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Obituaries for Week of May 25

Amy N. Anderson
Amy N. Anderson, 40, of Nitro, formerly of Liberty, passed away May 21, 2023.
Amy was employed by Casci and a 2000 graduate of Poca High School. She was a member and sang on the praise and worship team at Praise Worship Center, Alum Creek. Amy loved her family and enjoyed working with crafts.
She is preceded in death by her great grandparents Lovell and Hazel Presley.
She is survived by her husband Joey Anderson; daughter Whitley Bias; mother Denise Bailey; grandparents Helen and Franklin Bailey and dog mom to Jaida.
A tribute to the life of Amy was held Thursday, May 25, 2023 at Gatens-Harding Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Dan McCormick officiating.

William Wayne Bailey Jr.
William Wayne Bailey Jr., 65, of Culloden, passed away May 14, 2023. He was born June 7, 1957, in Bluefield, son of Ellen Jack Lester Lusk of Scott Depot, and the late William Wayne Bailey. He was also preceded in death by his son Richard Bailey. He is survived by his wife Allison Hughart; his children Isabella Poeder (Jonathan), Sophia Bailey, Lindsay Garrison, and William Bailey III; two grandchildren Oliver Poeder and Lillian Puckett.
Funeral service will be conducted at 12 noon Saturday, June 3, 2023, at St. Timothy’s in-the-Valley Episcopal Church by The Rev. Cheryl Winter. Visitation will be from 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon Saturday at the church.

Rebecca Allene Beckett, (May 21,1951 – May 15, 2023), of Sparta, GA, formerly of Hurricane, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, 6 days prior to her 72nd birthday. She died after a short illness at Atrium Health Navicent, Macon, GA. She was known by family and friends as Becky.
She is missed by her loving husband Robert of 43 years, he adored her and she adored him.
She was kind, generous and compassionate. She always put everyone’s needs above her own. She loved working with plants, going fishing and animals of all kinds.
Becky is survived by her husband, Robert (Bob) Beckett of Sparta, GA. Son, Matthew Beckett of Hurricane, stepdaughter Sandy Haas of Hurricane, and her 2 daughters and 1 great grandson and 1 great granddaughter, sister, Carol Branham and 2 brothers Ben and Joe Selbe.
She will be cremated and her ashes will be spread at a later date.

Nancy Bright
Nancy Lynn Kuhn Bright 84, of Nicholasville, KY, formerly of Scott Depot, passed away on Saturday, May 13, 2023 after a short illness.
Nancy was born on October 10, 1938 in Charleston to the late James B. Kuhn Jr and Hazel W. Kuhn. She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 40 years, John Paul Bright and her brother: James B. Kuhn III.
Nancy was a proud graduate of DuPont High School Class of 1956. She attended West Virginia Institute of Technology and Morris Harvey College. She was a member and former elder of Teays Valley Presbyterian Church, a former member of Rock Lake Presbyterian Church and St. Peter’s United Methodist Church. In addition to singing in the church choir, Nancy sang with the St. Albans Choralettes and Hurricane Civic Chorus. She was always involved in her local church and had a strong love for the State of West Virginia and its incredible beauty.
Nancy had various different sales positions throughout her career allowing her to build strong relationships with her community. She retired as the Director of Putnam and Kanawha County Welcome Agency. She was a member of the Teays Valley Newcomers and Neighborhood Club, Salina Chapter No. 81 Order of Eastern Star and International P.E.O. Sisterhood WV Chapter H.
Nancy was very proud of, and will be lovingly remembered by, her daughter and son-in-law: Melissa (Missy) and James (Jim) Cox of Nicholasville, KY.
Graveside services to honor Nancy were held Monday, May 22, 2023 at Valley View Memorial Park Mausoleum, Hurricane, with Pastor Greg Chandler officiating.

Jamie Kay Collins
Jamie Kay Collins, 39, of Hurricane, passed away unexpectedly on May 14, 2023.
Jamie was born November 3, 1983 to John and the late Linda Collins. In addition to her mother she was preceded in death by her brother, Jeffrey Dale Collins, maternal grandparents, Samuel and Virginia Darnell, paternal grandfather, Harvey Collins, uncles: Carl Darnell, Harry Darnell, Chipper Collins, and Rick “Dickie” Collins, aunt Caroline Pinkney, and cousins: Lezlie Ayers and Marilyn Johnson.
Jamie was part of the Hurricane High School Class of 2002. She loved her family and absolutely enjoyed every moment she spent with them. She was a Christian and attended First Baptist Church of St. Albans.
Left to cherish her memory is her father, John Collins, companion, Kyle Bauman; daughters: Kaydyn Collins, Alanna Bauman, and Johnna Collins, son; Kamryn Collins; granddaughter, Brynlee Collins, brother: Johnny Collins; grandmother: Wanda Collins; nieces, Emmy, Beez, and Lindsey, and uncle Monk (Barb) Collins.
Jamie’s Memorial Service was Sunday, May 21, 2023 at Chapman Funeral Home, Hurricane.

Dr. Douglas Henson
Dr. Doug Henson, 56, died in Huntington on Sunday, May, 14th, peacefully surrounded by his family. He was preceded in death by his father Dr. Sam Henson, brothers Andy Henson and Dr. Scott Henson of Hurricane.
He is survived by his beautiful and resilient mother Joan Henson, son Conner Henson with Mary Kate and his granddaughter Madeline, daughter Caitlin Henson, nephew Seth Henson, niece Brogan Henson and great nieces Haley Henson and Parker Henson, sister-in-law Kim Henson, cousin Stefanie Henson and his devoted fiancé, Stephanie L. Pratt and her children Rachel, Allie, Natalie and Eli Pratt.
He is also survived by a close group of lifelong friends Dave Oney, Herman Brunetti and Tony Russell.
Doug grew up in Hurricane, graduating from Hurricane High School in 1984. He attended undergraduate school at Marshall University as the class of 1989. He is an alumnus of the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine graduating in 1993, followed by a General Surgery residency at Marshall which he completed in 1998. Over the last 25 years Dr. Henson has cared for thousands of patients and mentored countless young doctors. Highly knowledgeable and skilled, he will be fondly remembered for his supremely humble nature and capability to always provide a laugh through the most difficult situations.
Outside of his life as a surgeon, Dr. Henson maintained wide and varied interests. He had endless stacks of books and could discuss each one for hours. He loved classical music and often spent his evenings and nights at the piano studying and playing the works of all the great composers. He sculpted and painted dinosaurs, built model trains, and enjoyed golf with his dad and son – although he self-admittedly was not very good at that. He was a devoted father, son, uncle, partner and friend to so many.
The loss to the local medical community and to his family and friends is immeasurable.
Dr. Henson asked that no public service be held.

MSG Robert Scott McCormack
MSG Robert Scott McCormack, 48, passed away on May 15, 2023 in Morgantown.
Robb, as he was known to those who loved him, was born on December 2, 1974, in Washington, D.C. His parents, Robert McCormack and Esther (Baker) McCormack, lovingly raised him and his older sister, Michelle Florimbio Schall, in Maryland. MSG McCormack attended Seneca Valley High School in Germantown, MD before enlisting in the United States Army in 1994. He obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from West Virginia State University in 2005.
MSG McCormack, a veteran of the Global War on Terrorism, served three years with the 3rd Ranger Battalion and one year with the 82nd Airborne Division. He then continued his service to the Nation by enlisting in the West Virginia National Guard in 2003, where joined the 2nd Battalion, 19th Special Forces Group (Airborne) in Kenova. Throughout his career, he transferred to the 1092nd Engineer Battalion in Parkersburg, returned to the 2/19th Special Forces Group, and culminated his career with the West Virginia Army National Guard Training Center in Kingwood where he worked full-time as the Operations Non-Commissioned Officer responsible for unit training and readiness. His primary military occupational specialty was as an Intelligence Analyst, a position in which he was responsible for maintaining language and security databases on hundreds of Soldiers, coordinating training for large scale exercises and creating various intelligence products for several countries in the Indo-Pacific Command, as well as advising command and senior leaders on intelligence and physical security. He also held qualifications as a Jumpmaster and a Parachutist. MSG McCormack completed three deployments during his time in service, including to Southwest Asia, Afghanistan, and South Korea. MSG McCormack’s awards and decorations include: two Meritorious Service Medals, four Army Commendation Medals, four Army Achievement Medals, one NATO medal, two Overseas Service Ribbons, one Parachutist Badge, one Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, one Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, one Combat Action Badge, two Afghanistan Campaign medals, and one Korea Defense Service Medal. MSG Robert S. McCormack honorably served the United States of America and the State of West Virginia for over 20 years.
MSG McCormack met his wife, Olivia, in college in 2004 and they married in September 2006. Together they had two children he adored. In his free time, MSG McCormack enjoyed movies, music, hiking, exploring the woods, and hunting. He enjoyed reading autobiographies and history-related books. He had a contagious, hearty laugh that was loved by many. He was very charming, and he loved telling jokes and pranking others every chance he could get. He enjoyed spending time with his family. He always looked forward to visiting his mother every year in his childhood home. He loved spending time with his father and especially their many late-night phone calls that lasted for hours. He was an honorable and respectful man with a deep sense of integrity. He was loyal and dedicated to every aspect of his life: his friendships, his career, his home, his pets and most of all, his family. He was an incredibly generous person to those he cared about, and he gave more than he ever received throughout his entire life.
MSG McCormack is survived by his wife, Olivia (Withrow) McCormack; and his two children: Isaac McCormack and Mina Lawson-Radcliffe. He is also survived by his parents: Robert McCormack and Esther (Baker) McCormack; his sister: Michelle (McCormack) Florimbio Schall and husband, Jeffrey Schall; his parents-in-law: Michael and Elizabeth (Blackburn) Withrow; and his sister-in-law: Amanda (Withrow) Cash and husband, Joshua Cash. He also had 12 nieces and nephews.
Funeral service for MSG McCormack was Tuesday, May 23, 2003 at Chapman Funeral Home, Hurricane. Graveside service with military honors was conducted at Donel C. Kinnard Memorial State Veterans Cemetery, Dunbar.

Jonathan Alexander Netcher
Jonathan Alexander Netcher, 61, of Scott Depot, passed away Sunday, May 14, 2023 at home.
He was born July 16, 1961 to the late Earl and Dolly Netcher.
Jonathan proudly served his country as a US Army Veteran.
He is survived by his loving wife of 36 years, Nena Netcher of Scott Depot; daughter, Jessica Womack (Jason) of Sissonville, and 3 loving grandchildren: Zachary, Aden and Jaylynn all of Sissonville.

Peggy Ann Parsons
Peggy Ann Parsons (Pauley), 64, of Scott Depot, passed away peacefully, into the arms of Jesus, on May 18, 2023.
Peggy was born December 6, 1958 to the late Raymond Pauley and Mary Pauline Blackburn.
She was a graduate of Winfield High School and a lifelong resident of Putnam County. She worked as an engraver at Southland Trophies. She loved spending time with her grandchildren and watching her “Soaps”.
Peggy is survived by her husband of 7 years, Dale Parsons; daughter, Amanda Shirkey Dowell (Jonathan Logue) of Scott Depot; grandchildren: Joseph Shirkey and Tressalina Dowell; Stepdaughter, Chaunalee Lanham (Thomas); step-grandchildren: Thomas Lanham III and Abagail Lanham; sister, Linda Toney of Nitro; brothers: Houston Pauley (Ladonna) of St. Albans, Lloyd Clinton Pauley (Carolyn) of St. Albans and several close friends.
Funeral service for Peggy was Wednesday, May 24, 2023 at Chapman Funeral Home, Hurricane, with Pastor Larry McCallister officiating.

James Rodney Vannatter
James Rodney Vannatter, 72 of Hudson, FL, formerly of Hurricane, passed away May 11, 2023.
Mr. Vannatter is a graduate of Hurricane High School and an Air Force Veteran. He enjoyed traveling and being a handyman.
He is the son of the late Thomas and Lillian Vannatter. He is also preceded in death by his sister Barbara Kay Adams.
He is survived by his children and his siblings Charles David Vannatter of Scott Depot and Patricia Stewart of San Bernardino, CA.
At his request there will be no services.

Joyce Ann Voorhees
Joyce Ann Knapp Voorhees, of Hurricane, passed away into the Lord’s loving arms on May 13, 2023 after a long battle with Multiple Myeloma.
She was born to the late Elizabeth “Betty” (Lyons) and Edward Knapp on December 5th, 1947 in Newark, NJ.
She is preceded in death by her husband Kenneth Voorhees and her son Mark Voorhees.
Joyce married the love of her life Kenneth Voorhees in 1967 and moved to WV in 1994. She was a parishioner of Ascension Catholic Church and worked as a Church Secretary for St. Timothy’s In-The-Valley Episcopal Church and Cross of Grace Lutheran Church. Joyce enjoyed spending time with her grandbabies, baking and traveling. She was a faithful steward and true believer in Christ.
She leaves behind her three children, son: Michael Voorhees (Sharon) and their children Michael, Ashley, Amanda, Samantha, Darrin and Devin; her daughters: Kristin Jordan (Glen) and their children Wyatt and August, and Jamie Bailey (Daniel) and their children Mason, Judson and Lilah, siblings: Kathleen Mayer (Steve) of Wall NJ, Edward Knapp (Mollie) from Rochester NY, and Mary Ellen Sacco (Ben) of Freehold NJ.
Joyce was an amazing wife, mother, sister, grandmother and friend and will be missed eternally by all who knew her.
Mass of Christian Burial was held Thursday, May 18, 2023 at Ascension Catholic Church, Hurricane, with Rev. Father Vincent officiating. Burial was in St. Patricks Cemetery, Scott Depot.

Judith Darlene Weaver
Judith Darlene Weaver, 80, of Winfield, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, May 16, 2023, after a short illness.
Darlene was born on December 10, 1942 at her grandma Kennedy’s home near Ripley, Ohio to the late Jasper Duell and Esther Ruth Kennedy.
In October 1957 she received Christ as her Lord and Savior and was baptized in Eagle Creek near Ripley, Ohio. Over the past 23 years she attended Elizabeth Baptist Church in Bancroft.
She graduated from Russellville Jefferson High School in 1961 and went to work at the Brown County Courthouse in the Treasurer’s office for three years. She married and moved to West Virginia where she remained the rest of her life.
She was retired from K-Mart in Saint Albans as a registered pharmacy technician. She was a loving mother who enjoyed life and being with her family. She had a passion for nature and loved living along the Kanawha River. She was dearly loved by her family, church family and many close friends.
Left to cherish her memory are her daughter Dawna D. (Douglas) Wilson of St. Albans; brother Daniel Ray (Cathy) Kennedy of Russellville, OH; nephews Randy (Vicky) Kennedy of Hamersville, OH and Devin Kennedy and his son Bryson of Sardinia, OH.
Celebration of her life was held under the direction of Gatens-Harding Funeral Home in Poca. Burial was in Cunningham Memorial Park in St. Albans.

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