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Obituaries for Week of August 10

Carl G Cochran, 84, of Poca, passed away Friday, August 3, 2023 at home. He was born December 2, 1938 to Pearl and Arkie Cochran.
Carl is preceded in death by his wife Lola M. Cochran and son Carl A. Cochran.
He is survived by his children Jimmy and Pam Cochran, Ray and Chris Cochran, Sissy Hayes and Gary Summers, Bonny and Kevin Parsons, 11 grandchildren, and 18 great grandchildren.
At his request there will be no services.

Jack A. Eastwood, 78, of Zephyrhills, FL, formerly of Poca, passed away Sunday, July 30, 2023 in Fl.
He was born October 12, 1944 in Charleston, the son of Clarence and Geraldine Brown which preceded in death.
Jack was a 1963 graduate of Poca High School. He retired from Dow Chemical after 30 years of service and was a US Navy Veteran.
He is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Brenda, sister in law, Karen Spears, of Lawrenceburg, TN, aunt, Mary Eastwood, of Inverness, FL, special friends Will Yancey and Sandra Masten, and a host of cousins and friends.
Graveside Service was Friday, August 4, 2023 at Tyler Mt. Memory Gardens, Cross Lanes, with Military graveside rites conducted by St Albans VFW Post 6418 and American Legion Post 73.

Dayton Delmore Kayser, 88, of Baltimore, Ohio, formerly of Hurricane, passed away at home on July 30, 2023 with his wife by his side.
He was born on May 15, 1935 to the late Claro and Opal L. Thompson Kayser in Lincoln County.
Dayton retired from Drew Shoe in Lancaster, OH and had a passion for playing Bluegrass guitar.
He is survived by his loving wife Linda R. Frasher Kayser of Baltimore, OH; sons: Eric and Victor Kayser both of Reno, NV; as well as several brothers and sisters, and other family.
Funeral service for Dayton was Thursday, August 3, 2023 at Chapman Funeral Home, Hurricane. Burial was in Sycamore Cemetery, Culloden.

Louise Morrison Lemkuhl, of Teays Valley, at the age of 72, went to her heavenly home on July 31, 2023. She was a caring mother, devoted grandmother, loving aunt, and loyal friend. Louise was born in Charleston on April 26, 1951 to the late Charles A. Lemkuhl, Jr. and Doris Erwin Lemkuhl. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her sister, Laura Dorsey Nixon and her brother, Charles Adrian Lemkuhl.
Louise was a retired special education teacher after nearly 30 years of dedication. She was passionate about teaching her students life skills and giving them real life experiences. After her retirement Louise was able to spend more time doing the things she loved. She spent as much time as she could with her family, especially her grandsons, whom she often referred to as, “The reasons I live”. When she was not with her family she enjoyed going to the movies with friends, traveling, sewing, and quilting. Louise was an expert seamstress and an avid quilter. She shared the love of creating with Legos, with all three of her grandsons.
Louise is survived by her children: daughter Helen Stuck, son Samuel Stuck and his wife Bethany; three grandsons: Blane White and his fiancé Madison, Aidan Stuck, and Zachary Stuck; niece, Melody Nixon; nephews: Farmer Nixon and Mallory Nixon; several great nieces and nephews.
Funeral service for Louise was Monday, August 7, 2023 at Chapman Funeral Home, Hurricane, with Pastor Jesse Waggoner officiating. Burial was in Mountain View Memorial Park, Charleston.

Violet ‘Peggy’ Martin
Violet (Peggy) Grace Martin passed away Tuesday, August 1, 2023, at Cabell Health Center in Culloden.
She was born in Liberty on May 25, 1933. She was preceded in death by her husband Donald Martin Sr., son, Donald “Eddie” Martin Jr. and parents Birt and Nettie Boggess.
Peggy was a member of the Hurricane Main Street Church of Christ where she attended faithfully as long as she was able. She was a graduate of Hurricane High School, Class of 1951 and Century College of Commerce in Huntington. She worked for seven years at Ross Burks Optical in Huntington. She was instrumental in getting the first class for disabled children in Putnam County. She worked with the Spina Bifida Society and Putnam County for disabled children for many years. She was a member of the Collis P. Railroad Society. She loved growing flowers, traveling, collecting antiques and spending time with her classmates. She had many friends, especially her close friends, Bernadine Harrison and Carol Rowsey. Special cousin-in-law Anne Gibson whom she loved dearly. She grew especially close to her wonderful caregivers Lori Conley and Erica Upchurch. She spent the last 9 months at Cabell Health Center in Culloden where she was treated like family and developed a close bond with many of the staff.
Funeral service was Friday, August 4, 2023, at Allen Funeral Home with Minister D. J. Curry officiating. Burial was in Emma Chapel Cemetery.

Thomas E. McCallister
Thomas E. McCallister, 76, of Scott Depot, passed away peacefully at his home on August 5, 2023. He was surrounded with the love of his family and dear friends during the last months of his life while facing a recently diagnosed illness.
Born December 16, 1946, in Scott Depot, he was the son of the late Pete and Mary McCallister. He was married to Carolyn Cyrus McCallister for 47 years until her passing April 11, 2013. Tom was also preceded in death by two sisters, Connie Straughan of Hampstead, NC and Carol Sanford of Scott Depot.
Tom was a 1964 Winfield High School graduate and a United States Navy veteran who served his country during the Vietnam War. Later, he joined the West Virginia State Police and then Union Carbide Corporation, before retiring from Aventis. Tom’s first retirement was short lived because we all know, Tom was not a man that could just sit back and relax, He continued helping others with home projects and eventually went to work at Teays Valley Hardware in Scott Depot. He finally retired for good just a handful of years back. He was a person that was happy working and very grateful for all the friendships he made over all of these years.
Surviving Tom are two children, his daughter Dee Rose (husband Scott) of Nitro; and his son Tommy (wife Sherry) of Hurricane, WV; Three grandchildren: Scott McCallister of Nitro, WV; Tanner McCallister (fiancé Abby Ventura); and Tory McCallister of Hurricane, WV; Sibling Terry McCallister of Saint Albans, WV and two nephews Jimmy Straughan of Hampstead, NC., and Ryan McCallister of Saint Albans, WV.
Funeral service was Wednesday, August 9, 2023, at Allen Funeral Home. Tom was laid to rest at Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens in Cross Lanes beside his wife Carolyn. Richard “Rick” Rectenwald
Richard Allen Rectenwald, 65, of Culloden, passed away after a long illness, August 6, 2023. He was preceded in death by his first-born son Christopher Rectenwald, Father Alfred “Al” Rectenwald, and sister Suzie (Nomar) Rectenwald. He is survived by his mother, Shirley Rectenwald, sister, Evie Williams both of St. Albans, Sons, Andrew (Krystal) Rectenwald of Hurricane, Thomas Rectenwald of Winfield, Ben Rectenwald of Ashland, KY, three grandchildren: Arianna, Nathaniel, and Emma Grace; Three Ex wives he remained friends with until his passing, Barbara Qualls, Jane Gordon, and Kandi Rectenwald.
Rick was a retired diesel mechanic of 40 years. He was an avid motorcycle rider/racer throughout the years. After retirement he still loved working on vehicles, motorcycles and four wheelers. Rick was outgoing and always cracking jokes, enjoyed traveling and spending time at Holden Beach, NC.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Ruby Irene Taylor
Ruby Irene Taylor, 81, of Hurricane, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on July 29, 2023.
She was born on November 4, 1941 in Cottageville to the late Everett and Mabel Perry. In addition to her parents, Ruby was preceded in death by her loving husband of 53 years, Jesse Taylor; sisters: Ollie Stone and Opal Durham; and brothers: Ray Perry, Jack Perry and Jim Perry who were all originally from Jackson County
She is survived by her three children: daughters, Sandra (Calvin) Bench, Claudia (Frank) Yeager, and son: Jesse “JA” (Gayle) Taylor II, all of Hurricane; four grandchildren: Amanda (Roscoe) Bevins, Joshua Bench, Ashley Yeager of Hurricane and Charles Edwards (Taylor) of Huntington; six great-grandchildren: Dylan, Kayleigh and Makenzie Bevins, Emma Bench, Weston and Brooklyn Yeager all of Hurricane; brother, Tom (Mollie) Perry of Surf City, NC and sister, Diana (Steve) Pierce of Brighton, Michigan and many nieces, nephews and friends.
Ruby was a devout Christian who loved her Savior more than anything. She was a member of Teays Valley Baptist Church for 49 years. She was a blessing to everyone who knew her. Being a mother, grandmother and great-grandmother brought her so much joy. She loved her family and continued to show how much she cared by taking care of needs before her own at times. She would always be willing to help anyone out and had so much compassion to share with all who knew her. She will always be remembered for her big beautiful blue eyes and her warm hugs. She enjoyed cooking, listening to gospel music, listening to preaching, reading her Bible and spending time with her family. She will be missed by so very many people.
Although she loved her family very much, she missed her sweet husband tremendously since he went to be with His Savior in 2014. She would always talk about him and looked forward to the day they would be reunited.
Funeral Service for Ruby was August 5, 2023 at Teays Valley Missionary Baptist Church, Hurricane, with Rev. Dr. John Smith officiating. Burial was in Valley View Memorial Park, Hurricane.

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