Virdie Allen, 70, of Poca, formerly of Shorewood, Illinois, passed away peacefully on April 7, 2023, after a courageous battle with cancer.
She previously lived 35 years in Shorewood, Illinois, being a loving wife, mother and grandmother. Prior to that she worked various locations in the Kanawha Valley.
Virdie was preceded in death by her husband, Robert, and her parents, Clay and Mary Halstead. Also, her brother, Jackie.
Survivors include her son and his wife, Paul and Laura Erlewine of Tennessee; sisters Doris (Joe) Pringle, Connie (Randy) Casto all of Poca and brother Doug Burford of Pennsylvania. She is also survived by the loves of her life, her grandchildren Brooke of Illinois and Dylan and Nathan of Tennessee.
At Virdie’s request there will be no service.
NORMA LEE ASHWORTH
Norma Lee Ramey Ashworth, of Milton, was called home on April 3, 2023 at the age of 83. Born March 6, 1940 to the late Earl James and Margaret Ellen Ramey.
She was preceded in death by her husband Roy Lee Bud Ashworth, son David Brent Adkins, sisters Lilly Mae Ramey, Carolyn Sue Ramey Adkins, Barbara Jean Hedrick, brother David Kent Ramey.
She is survived by, daughter Penny Brooke (Terry) Quintrell, son Bryon Adkins, Granddaughter Micah Fisher, grandson Jacob Adkins, Brandon Quintrell, Adopted daughter Helen Berry, adopted son Donald Steel, and special friend Betty Hamrick and special friend and neighbor Mariette Grass and three grandchildren and one great great children and a host of nieces and nephews
She was a person of faith and known for her strong gospel voice and she made recording in Nashville, TN. Anyone who met her, never forgot her.
She was a CNA and had worked in home health all of her adult life. She had a great love for animals especially her dog and cats. She loved her children and grand children with all her heart and will be dearly missed by all.
Funeral service was April 7, 2023 at Allen Funeral Home with Rev. Lyle McMicken officiating. Burial was in Swann Cemetery.
JAMES P. BARGMANN
James P. Bargmann, age 58 of Winfield, passed away on April 3rd 2023 in his home.
Born March 13, 1965 in Zanesville, Ohio, adopted by Robert and Rosemary Bargmann, he was preceded in death by Robert and Rosemary Bargmann and one grandson, James Michael Bargmann.
Jamie was a graduate of Lima Central Catholic High School class of 1984.
Jamie enjoyed fishing, cars, and boating at Kanawha River and Lake Norman with his boys. He liked going to Ocean Isle Beach and riding his Harley while listening to classic Rock.
He is survived by 3 sons, James (Danielle), Matthew and Jacob; grandchildren, Jordan and Michael; 3 siblings, Barney, Camilla Nichols (Dan), Kim Archer, as well as many nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews. As well as, close long time friend Wilma Lake.
KELLIE ANN MAGAW
Kellie Ann Magaw, 53, of Hurricane, passed away on Friday, March 31, 2023 after a sudden illness.
She was a 1988 graduate of Hurricane High School where she ran Track and Field, and held several records that stood for many years. Kellie loved her dogs and her Tennessee Walking horses, and enjoyed trail rides and competing in horse shows. Kellie taught countless numbers of children and adults how to ride horses, and had been involved in most every aspect of horsemanship. Kellie was a member of the Eastern Kentucky Walking and Racking Horse Association, and The Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders and Exhibitors Association.
Kellie was also a Certified Equine Sports Massage Therapist. She loved working with animals and was quick to help anyone with a sick or injured animal, doing everything she could to help the owner get their animal healthy again. Kellie enjoyed being outdoors, working on the farm, deer hunting, and the occasional motorcycle ride.
Kellie was a former co-owner of Celebration Sensations in Hurricane. Kellie was employed by Service Wire Corporation, where she worked as a Dielectric Technician.
She is survived by her husband Rex Magaw and daughter Amber Lynn Magaw, stepfather Thomas Noecker, brothers James Parks and Ricky Noecker, and her sister Jennifer Greenlief (CT), nephew Brett Reed, and niece Addi Mae Greenlief.
Funeral service was Saturday, April 8, 2023 at Allen Funeral Home. Burial was in Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens.
CHARLES ‘DUKE’ RAINES
Charles K “Duke” Raines, of Hurricane, was born March 25, 1931 and passed away on April 6, 2023 at the age of 92.
He was preceded in death by his Father Charles “Doc” Raines and Mother, Edna Raines, his brother Frederic Donovan Raines and a grandson Sean M Harris.
He will be missed by his loving wife of 65 years, Jeanni Raines who he truly loved and appreciated, Loving daughter Teresa Raines Harris and her husband Chris Harris. As well as a host of friends. He and Jeanni would sing “Have I told You Lately That I Love You?” to each other every day. Even in the hospital she leaned over and sang to him, and he joined in!
He retired from the US Army Corps of Engineers in Huntington after 30 years.
Duke absolutely loved his family, life and telling jokes and stories. He enjoyed working around his property and “clearing brush and trees” with a couple of teenage helpers who always enjoyed being with him on the weekends. His beloved beagle “Dutchess” used to love eating ice cream cones and after working, all would load up in the 1950 Ford truck and drive through Dairy Queen.
Later in his life he enjoyed studying the Bible and appreciating the hope it showed for the future. He also enjoyed sharing these Bible truths with others by means of letters and talking to people when he could. He dedicated his life to Jehovah and on April 19, 2015, was baptized as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses.
There will be a Memorial Service on April 22, 2023, at 1:00 at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 606 King St., Dunbar. For those not able to attend in person there will be arrangements for a Zoom tie-in. Please email [email protected] for login information. A private burial will be held in Valley View Cemetery at a late date.
JOAN LEE REED
Joan Lee Reed, 86 of Hurricane, fell asleep in the Lord on Sunday, April 9, 2023.
She is preceded in death by her husband of 67 years, Rev. Kenneth “Linden” Reed and sister Glenna Wilkerson.
Joan is survived by her three children Cindy and husband Danny Adkins, Debbie and husband Mark Young, and Mark and wife Ashley Reed; three brothers David and wife Patty Abbott, Greg Abbott, and Larry Abbott; six grandchildren Brian and wife Heidi Cook, Claire and husband Adam Culver, Mandy and husband Brandon Arthur, Emily and husband John Heim, Katherine Reed, and Mark Reed, II; twelve great grandchildren Eliana, Ayden, Lexi, Hannah, Caleb, Brooklynn, Canaan, Christian, Bella, Connor, Oliver, and Raegan.
A tribute to the life of Mrs. Joan Reed will be 2:00 PM Friday, April 14, 2023 at Mt. Union Church, Pliny, with her son, Mark L. Reed officiating. Burial will be in Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service on Friday at the church.
GARY WAYNE SEARLS
Gary Wayne Searls, 57, of Hurricane, passed away Friday, April 7, 2023 in CAMC Memorial after an extended illness. He was a 1983 graduate of Hurricane High School. He served in the U.S. Marines, was a retired Millwright and a member of the Masonic lodge.
He was preceded in death by his Wife, Kristi Searls, Father Leslie Searls and granddaughter Henslea Searls.
He is survived by his children, Tyler Searls of Kenova, Jacob (Amie) Searls, Marina Searls, granddaughter Charlea, mother Mitzi Searls, all of Hurricane and sister Darlene (Roger) Wheeler of Culloden.
Funeral service was Tuesday, April 11, 2023 at Allen Funeral Home with Rev. Charles Marker officiating. Burial was in Mt. Olive Cemetery.
Olga Irene White Williams, 86, of Hurricane, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, April 2, 2023 after suffering from Alzheimer’s.
She was born on October 31, 1936 in Charleston, to the late Rex and Florence White.
Olga was dedicated Christian who loved the Lord and is rejoicing with him today. While on this earth she was committed to her family and loved her three boys with all her heart and soul.
She was a graduate of Dunbar High School. She retired after working with the Prosecuting Attorney’s office, Sheriff’s office, Magistrate’s office and the Legal Aid Society.
In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by her husband, Roy Franklin Williams.
She leaves behind her sons, Rodney Williams (Cindy), Frank Williams (Bev), and Steve Williams (Wendy); grandchildren, Rodney Williams II (Courtney), Alesha Williams Akridge, Alexis Williams, Tiffany Gum (Steve), Tara Flynn (Robert); and 12 great grandchildren.
Funeral service was Wednesday, April 5, at Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar, with Pastor Steve Arbogast officiating. Burial was in Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens, Cross Lanes.