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Obituaries for Week of June 15

Edgar Lovel Davis, 74, of Teays Valley, passed away suddenly on Monday, June 5, 2023.
Ed was born October 16, 1948 in Nitro. He was preceded in death by his parents, Eithel and Edgar Davis, Sr., brother David Davis, and sister Betsy Davis.
Left to cherish his memory is his loving wife of 21 years, Marti (Hanson) Davis, his three sons; John Davis of Valdosta GA, Eric Davis of Fort Walton Beach FL, and Kevin Davis and Renee of Baxley GA. He is also survived by four step children; Sanford “Lee” Johnston of Shrewsbury, Thomas Johnston and Lisa Tuttle of South Charleston, Michael Johnston and Gina Jordan of South Charleston, and Amy Johnston and Ricky Downey of Winfield.
Ed was the proud “Poppy” of 7 grandchildren. He is also survived by his sisters Kay Doak of Marietta OH, and Jean and Rick Drennen of Nitro, and brother Mike Davis and Lynn, of Cross Lanes as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Ed will be extremely missed by his mother-in-law, Joyce Hanson, who adored him.
After his 1966 graduation from Nitro High School, Ed proudly served his country in the U.S. Army from 1967 to 1969. Following his active duty service, he continued his military career with the Army National Guard.
Ed was a faithful employee of Union Carbide for 34 years. After retirement, Ed’s work ethic led him into a second career as a truck driver for Quick Delivery in Nitro.
Ed’s unwavering dependability was the cornerstone of his character. He will be truly missed by all who knew him, especially by his soulmate, Marti, who shared over two decades of love and laughter with him.
A celebration of Ed’s life will be 1:00 pm on Saturday, June 17, 2023 at Shawnee Park, Dunbar.

Joyce Eileen Fizer, 79, of Scott Depot, passed away June 5, 2023 from a long illness.
She was born to the late Wilmer and Oma Sargent, July 10,1943, in Dunbar. Their seventh child out of eight, she grew up singing in the Dunbar Church of God.
Joyce was a graduate of Dunbar High School and later went on to work at Kanawha Manufacturing. Joyce babysat children in her home, and later became a secretary for Kanawha County Schools, spending most of those years at Alban Elementary and then for the Title I office.
In 1965, she married Dan Fizer and a few years later moved to Scott Depot where they began a family.
A founding member of Teays Valley Church of God, she served in various aspects. She led the music there, served in their ladies’ group, the WCG, made dinners for others, cleaned the church, and continued attending even though her health failed her.
Joyce suffered a severe stroke and has fought hard for almost four years. She is survived by her two children, Sam Fizer (Lori) and their son David, and Danielle Williams (John) and their daughter Brooklyn Stiltner (Jacob) and son Drew. She is also survived by her sisters: Wanda Mynes, Wilda Young, Loretta Jividen, and Elaine Merrifield; sister-in-law; Delores Sargent; brother, Kenny Sargent (Mary), and a multitude of nieces and nephews.
Funeral Service for Joyce was Thursday, June 8, 2023 at Teays Valley Church of God, Scott Depot, with Rev. Dr. Melissa Pratt officiating. Burial was in Donel C. Kinnard Memorial State Veterans Cemetery, Dunbar.

Keagan Jay Gross
Keagan Jay Gross, 15, of Poca, went to Heaven from his home on June 7th, 2023, with his parents and sister by his side after several months long battle with cancer.
During his battle with cancer Keagan remained strong and courageous and fought a warrior’s battle while keeping God at his center.
Keagan will always be remembered as the fun-loving goofy kid that could brighten anyone’s day with laughter. He was a good and loyal friend to many, an exceptional athlete, a wonderful son to his parents Glenn and Sarah and loving brother to his sister Shannon.
Keagan is also survived by his parents Glenn and Sarah Gross, his sister Shannon Gross, grandparents Sandy “Nana” Reedy, Don “Pappy” and Connie “Grammy” Gross, Aunt and Uncle Brandy and Jerry Kane, Cousins Autumn and Wyatt Kane, and many more extended family and friends throughout the Poca community and beyond.
Keagan was preceded in death by his aunt Nicky Dawson and grandfather Jerry “Poppy” Reedy.
Keagan during his battle and encourage everyone to remember the words that God spoke. “You must suffer through the pain of the night to see the glory of tomorrow.” Romans 8:18
Keagan’s Celebration of Life Service will be held outside at 7:00 PM Friday, June 16, 2023, at Haven of Rest Memory Gardens, Red House, with Pastors Jay Mace and Bron Walker officiating. The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 7:00 PM prior to the service on Friday. Seating will be limited.

Phillip Hostetter
Phillip Hostetter, 83, of Hurricane, passed away Tuesday, June 6, 2023.
He was born December 15, 1939, in Fayette County, the son of Phillip Reece and Effie Lee Hostetter. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife of 48 years, Judith L., brothers, Richard, Rodney, Gary, Allan, Gerald, and sister, Silvia Hager.
Phillip was a retired pipefitter employed with McJunkin Corp. and later Mountaineer Fabricators. He was a US Army veteran having served in Germany. Phillip was master of many talents. He loved the outdoors, camping and gardening. A loving, father, grandfather, great grandfather and friend that will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
He is survived by his son, Robert Thomas and wife Sonya, of Snellville, GA, daughter, Carrie Hostetter, of Navarre, FL, granddaughter, Kaycie Hays, grandson, Robert Thomas, III, and great grandson, Eli Hays.
Celebration of Phillip’s life was Saturday, June 10, 2023 at Tyler Mountain Funeral Home with Pastor Richard McCallister officiating. Burial was in Tyler Mt. Memory Gardens, Cross Lanes.

Peter Ray O’Dell
Peter Ray O’Dell, 74, of Putnam County, West Virginia, passed away on May 31, 2023, but not before living a life as colorful as his personality.
Born on June 14, 1948, in Nicholas County, Peter was a man of many trades and talents. He was a stockbroker, traveling salesman, magazine writer and editor, hypnotherapist, entrepreneur, and instructor of various techniques, including NLP and Silva Mind Method.
Peter was always curious about how things worked and loved to explore alternative beliefs. He was a fervent ham radio enthusiast (WB2D) and an inveterate lover of all things tech. It’s safe to say he was a true nerd at heart–he even worked as a liaison to NASA and the media. Peter had degrees from Marshall University and City College of New York, where he probably aced all his classes.
When he wasn’t busy with his many careers and interests, Peter spent time with his two adult children, Miriam and Suzanne, and his parrot, Angel. He had a wicked sense of humor and loved to laugh a booming laugh, especially when watching movies. He was always looking for new ways to frame everything he knew and had a ready smile and a rapier wit.
Wendy, his partner, preceded him in death, as well as his parents, Pete and Veg O’Dell.
Peter’s celebration of life was held on Saturday, June 10, 2023, at FireSide Grille in Hurricane.

Ida Jennalee Osborne
Ida J. Osborne, 86, of Hurricane, formerly of Buffalo Creek, Logan County, passed away on Friday, June 9, 2023, at CAMC Memorial Hospital.
She was born July 29, 1936 to the late Andrew and Rosie Simpkins of Whitesville, KY,
In addition to her parents, Ida was preceded in death by her loving husband Howard G. Osborne, daughter Brenda Campbell; brothers, Clifford, Cullen, and George; sister, June; and son-in-law’s, Woodrow Booth, Robert Campbell, and Michael Williamson.
Ida is survived by two sons, James Osborne (Vickie) of Lorado, WV; Howard G. Osborne II of Hurricane; three daughters, Glenna Williamson of New Lexington, OH; Sabrina Booth of Bedford, VA; and Tammy Davis (Kenneth) of Hurricane (with whom she made her home); and a sister, Ann Osborne of Alum Creek. Ida was survived by a large family of 13 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren and a host of more relatives and friends.
Ida was a devout follower of our LORD and Savior Jesus of Nazareth and GOD, our Heavenly Father. She was a long-time member of Saunders Freewill Baptist Church at Lorado before moving from the area. She made many friends and acquaintances in the Man and Buffalo Creek area while working at Man Dairy Bar, Man Mercantile, and Druthers’ Restaurant.
Ida will be cremated per her last wishes.
A Memorial service will be scheduled at a later date and time at Highland Memory Gardens, Chapmanville.

Timothy ‘TJ’ Searls Jr.
Timothy Wayne Searls Jr. (TJ) entered his heavenly home and was reunited with his Daddy and Sister on June 10th 2023 after a long illness.
TJ is preceded in death by his father Timothy Searls, his eldest sister Leighann Searls, grandparents Melvin and Phyllis Searls, Grandfather Paul Call, brother in law Brian Hopkins. TJ is survived by his mother Polly Searls, Sister Virginia Hopkins (Riken Nowlin) Sister Katherine Searls (Tommy Owsley) Nephews Gage Hopkins, Alexander Dailey, Colten Hopkins and one niece Skyler Dailey. Grandparents Joanna and Kenny Newsome, Grandmother Mary Call. His cousins and best friends Donnie Call and Zach Brant, and his longtime friend Chad Skaggs. And a host of many Uncles, Aunts, Cousins and friends!
TJ worked in the tire business for the entirety of his life, starting at 8 years old in his grandfather’s business Teays Valley Tire and finishing his career at S&S tire at the start of his illness in 2021. TJ was an avid outdoorsman who loved to hunt fish and work on his farm. Tj was a hardworking man, a wonderful son, a protective brother, a caring uncle and a loyal friend. He would help anyone any chance he could. He loved his family dearly. After the loss of his father, TJ took care of his mother, sisters, niece and nephews. TJ was the rock of our family and we will be lost without him.
In TJs memory we ask that you consider becoming an organ donor.

Lois Kay Stewart
Lois Kay Ferguson Stewart, 72, of Fraziers Bottom, ran into the Lord’s Arms on June 3, 2023 at St. Mary’s Medical Center Huntington.
Kay was born on May 22, 1951 to the late Russell R. and Zeda Mae Fellure Ferguson. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers: Larry and Ray Ferguson.
She proudly served her country for over 52 years in the United States Air Force and was a long time member of Mount Union Church Fraziers Bottom. There would be very few in her community that were not fed, loved or prayed for by Kay, if they needed it. She was a loving and caring mother, grandmother, sister, cousin, friend and sister in Christ.
She always gave her words of wisdom. Her favorites: Leave it in God’s hands; and We have to take it day by day.
Kay will be sorely missed by her family and friends, although she is survived by her children: Zeda Renee and Bruce Gregory of Seamen, OH, Norma Kay and Jesse Parker of Fraziers Bottom, and Paul William and Dr. Kimberly Stewart of Dayton, OH; grandchildren: Mackenzie and Ean Parker and Ilana, Ava and Erica Stewart; brothers: Johnny Ferguson, Pete and Sandy Ferguson, Dick and Betty Ferguson, Bob and Sue Ferguson, Terry and Carolyn Ferguson and Jimmy and Tammy Ferguson; as well as many other family members.
Funeral Service for Kay was Friday June 9, 2023 at Mount Union Church, Fraziers Bottom, with Pastor Bruce Fellure officiating. Burial was in Bowcott Cemetery.

Betty White
Betty White, 89, of Culloden, passed away Sunday, June 4, 2023 at Emogene Dolin Hospice House.
Betty was a Christian, she enjoyed working outside in the yard with her flowers and collecting from estate sales with her late husband.
Betty is preceded in death by her husband Forrest “Nye” White. She is survived by her sister-in-law Mildred Davis, 9 nieces and nephews and a host of other family and friends.
A tribute to the life of Betty White was held Wednesday, June 7, 2023 at Wallace Funeral Home in Milton. Burial was in Valley View Memorial Park in Hurricane.

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