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Obituaries for Week of September 14

Shelley Kay Adkins, 75, of Fraziers Bottom, entered into her Heavenly Home on September 5, 2023 at St. Mary’s Medical Center Huntington.
Kay was born a coal miner’s daughter in Giles Cabin Creek to the late Ward Paskal and Jocelyn Harlan Akers on December 9, 1947. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband: Glenn A. Adkins; son: Glenn A. Adkins II; grandson: Jeb Adkins; and her siblings: Frances (Sis) Gallihugh, Paskal (Junior) Akers, Dewey Akers and Sherry Copper.
She was a Christian and was a proud member of 5 & 20 United Baptist Church in Fraziers Bottom, as well as a retired beautician. She loved her family, her church family and going to The Putnam County Fair to watch her grandkids show their pigs.
Kay is survived by her sons: Glenn A. (Diana) Adkins III and Jay (Tia) Adkins; grandchildren: Katie (Casey) Rowe, Chase (Kristin) Adkins and Sydnee Adkins, Patrick (Rachel) Flora, Ashley (JR) Marion, Trey Chapman, Isaac and Isaiah Pierson; great grandchildren: Kyle Rowe, Jase Rowe, Noah Marion, Tucker Rowe, Cora Adkins and Theo Adkins; and brother: Russell (Alice) Akers; as well as many friends, and other family members.
Funeral Service was Saturday, September 9, 2023 at Chapman Funeral Home, Winfield, with Rev. Don Reynolds officiating. Burial was in Mt. Zion Cemetery, Fraziers Bottom.

Becky Lynn Clark, 43, of Poca, passed away September 4, 2023.
Becky is former manager of Nitro McDonalds and loved spending time with her kids and family.
She is preceded in death by her dad Steve Jordan and brother-in-law Cecil Haas.
She is survived by her four children Hailey, McKenzie, Abigail, and Hunter; mother Debra McClure; sisters April, Dorothy, Donna, and Crystal; brother Christopher and a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Services will be held at a later date.

Ronald Paul Cooley, 83, of Circleville, OH, passed away September 7, 2023.
Ronnie was retired from Georgia Pacific with over 40 years of service and an avid Ohio State and Cincinnati Bengals fan. He is a graduate of Poca High School where he met the love of his life for the last 62 years, the late Cora Sue Cooley.
He is also preceded in death by his mother Thelma Cooley; seven siblings, and granddaughter Jessica Brown.
He is survived by his three children Gregory Cooley, Gerald and wife Lisa Cooley, and Teresa and husband Steve Riddle; sister JoAnn Gibson; brother Kenneth and wife Jan Cooley; sisters-in-law Patricia Reed and Priscilla Clevenger; six grandchildren Calvin and wife Devon Cooley, Jeffrey and wife Beth Brown, Kayla Cooley, Chris Brown, Sabriana Riddle, and Brittany Riddle; and eight great grandchildren Zachary, Realynn, Kree, Marliegh, Payton, Isabella, Madison, and Lane.
A tribute to the life of Ronald Cooley was held Wednesday, September 13, 2023 at Gatens-Harding Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Randy Stanley officiating. Burial was in Cunningham Memorial Park, St. Albans.

Patricia Jean Drake
Patricia Jean Drake, born November 17, 1933, went to her heavenly home on September 5, 2023.
She was the daughter of the late Kenneth and Eula Faulkner. She was also preceded in death by her husband of 66 years Clyde W. Drake and brother Robert E. Faulkner.
Jean, as she was known, was very active in her life. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Hurricane where she was involved in the choir for many years, was an avid seamstress who made several items with the Sew and Grow Circle, a former Cub Scout Den Mother, and let’s not forget her talent of being a wonderful cook. Left to cherish her memory are her sister Janet (Francis) Miller, her sons, Mark Drake of Kanawha City, Keith (Terry) Drake of Hurricane, Gerald (Karen) Drake of Myrtle Beach, SC, Tim (Cindy) Drake of Hurricane, and Paul (Nancy) Drake of St. Peters, MO. 11 grandchildren and 11 Great-grandchildren.
Funeral service was Saturday, September 9, 2023, at Allen Funeral Home with Rev. Jerry Losh officiating. Burial was in Valley View Memorial Park.

Shirley Hamilton
Shirley Ann Wolfe Hamilton, 86, of Hurricane, passed away September 5, 2023.
Shirley is retired nursing supervisor with York Hospital, York, PA; a member of the Women’s Presbyterian Group in Milton; and a Christian. She is a 1954 graduate of Poca High School and a 1957 graduate of Charleston General School of Nursing.
She is preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, Jennings W. Hamilton; parents Leslie and Mae Wolfe; son Anthony Scott “Tony” Hamilton and daughter Yvonne Hamilton; sisters Mary Jane Lett and Alice Faye Sellers and brother Paul David Wolfe.
Shirley is survived by her four grandchildren Michael Hamilton and his fiancée Kaethe, Jennifer Hamilton Padilla and her husband Erick, Kelly Hamilton Spiess and her husband James and David Hamilton and his wife Michelle; three great grandchildren; daughter-in-law Kathy Hamilton; two brothers Donald Lee Wolfe and his wife Judy and Leslie Dale Wolfe and his wife Mary and a host of nieces and nephews.
A tribute to the life of Shirley Ann Wolfe Hamilton was held Friday, September 8, 2023 at Gatens-Harding Funeral Home Chapel with Ralph Workman and Chad Harding officiating. Burial was in Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens, Cross Lanes.

John Edward Hesson
John Edward Hesson, 63, of St. Albans, went home to be with the lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Thursday September 7, 2023 after a short illness.
John was born on November 13th 1959 to the late Allen and Christine Hesson. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his brother Allen A. Hesson.
John was a member of Teays Valley Missionary Baptist Church where he loved to sing in the choir for the Lord. He was also the lead singer for Hallmark Quartet. He was and will always be the best father, husband and friend. He never met a stranger, always had a smile on his face, gave the best advice and was loved by everyone who knew him. He will be dearly missed by many.
John is survived by his wife and best friend Beverly; son, Dustin and daughter in law Rebecca, who he was very proud of and loved very much; siblings: Mark Hesson (Sharon), and Lydia McKay; sister in law, Kim Hesson; and his beloved fur babies.
Funeral Service for John was Thursday, September 14, 2023 at Teays Valley Missionary Baptist Church, Hurricane, with Rev. Dr. John Smith officiating. Burial was in Sunset Memorial Park, South Charleston.

Cynthia High
Cynthia Ann (Pauley) High, 65, of Hurricane, passed away on Saturday, September 2, 2023 surrounded by her family after a long illness.
She was born on August 25, 1958 in Madison. She is the daughter of the late Reverend Leo Dale Pauley and Molly Faye (Epling) Pauley.
Cindy started her career as a talented florist at age 18. She had an incredible gift of making everyone feel loved and safe. Always quick to help others out and lend an ear to anyone that needed to be heard. She was the epitome of a selfless and resilient mother, wife and friend. She loved all of her family fiercely and without condition. Her dedication to her family was the source of her happiness and this dedication was the source of theirs.
Survivors include her husband Stephen Blaine High; sons Matthew (Laura) and Todd (Shannon) High; Sister Jennifer (Brent) Bublitz; brothers Rick (Sharron) and Danny (Drema) Pauley; Nephews Christopher (Perri) Pauley, Luke (Vera) and Jake (Anna) Bublitz, Ryan (Sarah) and Eric (Kait) Pauley and Adam (Rebecca) Bragg; Nieces Chelsea (Nate) Mannon, Jessica Pauley and Andrea (Brian) Silhanek. Along with many Aunts, Uncles and cousins.
Funeral service was held at Forrest Burdette Methodist Church on Friday, September 8th.

Cecil ‘Butch’ Magaw Jr.
Cecil E. “Butch” Magaw Jr., 82, of Eleanor, passed away September 5, 2023 at Hubbard Hospice House, Charleston.
Butch was born September 28, 1940 the son of Cecil Elsworth Magaw Sr and Thelma Howerton Magaw. He was a lifelong member of International Union of Operating Engineers Local 132 Charleston and worked on many construction projects in the Tri State area.
Butch was a Big Man, standing 6’ 6-1/2” and had an even bigger personality. If you met him once, you wouldn’t forget him! He knew everyone and he never met a stranger in his life. Butch was a Cowboy and had horses most of his life and had “Butch’s Trail Ride” as a young man. He also went west with his brother Walt and herded cattle. He was also a farmer and leased over 1000 acres in the Putnam County area and raised an assortment of crops. He loved horses and kept all sorts of animals — pigs, sheep, cattle, goats, chickens and ducks. He also ran an Esso Gas Station and had a Purina Feed Store.
He is survived by his Loving wife of 61 years Lorraine Watson Magaw; Children, Laurel (Jamie) Moore, Lorne (Kathy) Magaw, Josh (Stacy) Magaw; Sister, Ona (Wayne) Willard; Grandchildren, Anthony (Lauryn) Davis, Shayla (Josh) Yarbrough, Levi Magaw; Bonus Grandchildren, Amanda Moore Walker, Austin Priddy, Seth Wells; Great Grandchildren, Oaklynn Rose Yarbrough; Bonus Great Grandchildren, Blair Lee Walker, Cheyenne Elaine Walker. He is also survived by lots of nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his siblings, Betty Magaw Smith, Roger Magaw, Donna Magaw Burch, Roy Dean Magaw, Walter Magaw and Linda ”Sharry” Magaw White.
Celebration of Butch’s life was held Friday, September 8, 2023 at Tyler Mountain Funeral Home with Celebrant H.R. Whittington presiding. Entombment was in Tyler Mt. Memory Gardens, Cross Lanes.

Larry Eugene Null
Larry Eugene Null, 82, of Hurricane, passed away September 1, 2023 at Rolling Meadows Assisted Living in Scott Depot.
He was born on October 28, 1940 to the late Nadine Null King and Ovan K. Null in Charleston. In addition to his parents and brother, Robert Lee Null, he was preceded in death by his wife, Carolyn Sue Parsons Null.
Larry graduated from Nitro High School in 1959. He worked for the West Virginia Department of Natural Resources as a Conservation Officer and Reclamation Inspector until his retirement in 1997. He was an avid outdoorsman who loved to hunt, trap, ride four wheelers, and spend most of his time in nature.
Larry is survived by his son, Rob (Barbara) of Hurricane; grandchildren: Andrea (Zach) of Scott Depot, and Ryan (Amanda) of Chesapeake, VA; great-grandchildren: Mia and Aria Harris. He is also survived by his brothers: Kermit (Doris) of Hurricane, Ronna of Elkview, and one sister, Leona Francisco (Wayne) of Fraziers Bottom, and several nephews.
A Celebration of Life for Larry was held Friday, September 8, 2023 at Chapman Funeral Home, Hurricane, with Rev. David Bowen officiating.

Lisa Smith
Lisa Denise Smith, 59, of Greenville, South Carolina, left this world unexpectedly on September 6, 2023, leaving a void that can never be filled. Lisa was born on November 12, 1963, in Columbus, GA, to her loving parents, Dorothy Stover and Fravel Null, who preceded her in death, along with her beloved sister, Lana Summers.
Lisa’s legacy lives on through her three cherished children: Marisa Smith of Greenville, Jillian Clinkscales (Jarred) of Fountain Inn, SC, and Joshua Smith (Typhani) of Myrtle Beach, SC. Lisa was affectionately known as “Nana” to her six adoring grandchildren, Caiden, Avieon, London, Ashton, Emory, and Chase, who were her world.
Lisa also leaves behind four siblings who will forever hold her memory close to their hearts: Pamela Jacobs, Stacy Izaguirre, Eric Null and Tim Null. Her presence was a source of joy and comfort to her family, and her absence will be profoundly felt.
Lisa was a woman of boundless love and compassion. She had a passion for live music and cherished the moments spent with her children and grandchildren. She derived immeasurable happiness from watching her grandsons play sports and was proudly known as their biggest fan. Her unconditional love and unwavering support made her a pillar of strength for her family.
In her lifetime, Lisa touched the hearts of many with her warm smile, kind spirit, and friendship. She leaves behind a legacy of love, resilience, and cherished memories that will forever endure in the hearts of those who knew her.
A private ceremony to celebrate Lisa’s life was held by immediate family.

Shawn R. Steiner
Shawn R. Steiner, 56, of Milton, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, September 7, 2023 after an extended illness. He was a graduate of Nitro High School and attended Marshall University. Shawn then became and a contractor by trade and was the owner of Sparky’s Home Improvement, LLC. He was a member of Main Street Church of Christ.
He is survived by his wife of 31 years Melissa Casdorph Steiner; Son, Lawrence Rice of Indiana; Daughter Alea Ardoin of Milton; 5 grandchildren, Coltyn, Landon, Liam, Logan, and Lucas; Mother, Drema Sue Steiner of Dunbar, and brothers, Tarza, Doral and Joe, and lots of extended family.
Funeral service was Tuesday, September 12, 2023 at Main Street Church of Christ with Minister D. J. Curry officiating.

Cierra Lorynn Stevens
Cierra Lorynn Steven’s light was extinguished from this earth on September 3, 2023 in Morgantown.
In her 31 years, Cierra touched the lives of many others and lived with admirable tenacity and fierce love. She had kaleidoscope eyes, the brightest smile and an infectious laugh she always shared. She surrounded herself with music, and always danced to her own, individual tune. Cierra was highly intelligent and was continuously absorbing information throughout her life, expanding her knowledge. She was an avid lover of plants and cultivated many species while educating others with her experience. During her lifetime, Cierra struggled with addiction and mental health barriers. One thing she was most proud of was her clean time achievements and her ability to create a safe space for others to help them do the same. She loved her dog Finn dearly, and thanks to Tracy Buzzard and Angie Kay, Finn has happily found his forever home where he can run and play.
Cierra was preceded in death by her great-grandparents Don and Freda Mallory; Robert and Jane Stevens; Orland and Betty Truman; cousin Michael Frame; aunt Heather Hilts and Jake, her first dog that was the love of her life.
Cierra is survived by her mother, Marcie Stevens of Scott Depot; father, Andrew (Debbie) Hilts of Madison; nanna, Karen (Herb) Whittard of Charleston, SC; Paw Paw, Bill (Jan) Stevens of St. Albans; grandparents Ed & Kathy Hilts of New Port Richey, FL; aunt Kristen Hilts Walskey of Tampa, Florida; and half-siblings, Tiler Lockhart and Ryann Hilts; “uncle Chris” (Nikki) Wiseman; many great aunts such as Jill (Jeff) Cline, great uncles and cousins, and a tremendous group of friends and co-workers from the Hurricane and Morgantown area.
A celebration of life will be 4:00 pm Saturday, September 16, 2023 at Chapman Funeral Home, Hurricane.

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