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Obituaries for Week of October 19

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our mother, Lois Brogan, 76, of Hurricane, formerly of Logan, as she peacefully left this world on October 9, 2023 at 9:15 am.
She was born on September 4, 1947, to the late Betty Canterbury Cremeans and the late Edward Junior Cremeans. She raised three daughters with her late husband Posey Brogan. Missy (Shane) Nichols of Winfield, Amy (Brandon) Vance of McConnell, WV, and Jamie (Jarrett) Clay of Ashville, NC.
She had 10 grandchildren: Ashley (Jacob) Rollins, Stephanie (Tyler) Halpern, Abby (Jackson) Elkins, Ally Kirk, Connor Clay, Carson Kirk, Anna Clay, Evan Clay, Caden and Caleb Nichols. Five great grandchildren: Brady Halpern, Charleigh Halpern, Briar Rollins, Jack Halpern, and Truett Elkins.
In addition, Lois is survived by her loving stepmother, who raised her, Beulah Cremeans; four sisters: Donna Cornish, Brenda Barker, Vickie (Ken) Pritchard, Lesa Martin; brother, Sonny Willard Adams; and a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Lois was a member of the Teays Valley Church of the Nazarene. Professionally, Lois spent many years as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) caring for others.
A Celebration of Lois’ Life will be held on Sunday, October 29, at 2:00 pm at Whitman Freewill Baptist Church, Whitman.

Betty Uldine Dunbar, 94, of Scott Depot, passed away October 15, 2023.
She was born on July 11, 1929 to the late Richard and Dixie Honaker.
Betty was a graduate of East Bank High School. She loved her family and could not have been more proud of her children and grandchildren, she loved nothing more than having all of them together under one roof. She loved her Lord and Savior, who she spoke to everyday.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years and love of her life: Everette Dunbar and her siblings: Carol Ann Bradley, Gerald Aubrey Honaker, Lewis Richard Honaker and Ruth Oralea Lavender.
Betty is survived by her son: Richard Joseph Dunbar (Susan) of Winfield; daughters: Terri Lynn Crites (Willard) of Winfield and Ruth Ann Hatten (David) of Little River, SC; grandchildren: Emily Crites Thomas, Bethany Crites Husson, Leah Dunbar Surface, Jonathan Everette Dunbar, and Brian Keith Hatten; and great-grandchildren: Aili Corrine Hogue, Reagan Aubrey Surface, Dacey Simone Hogue, Reuben Wyatt Surface, Isabella Rayne Husson, Isaac Nicholas Husson, Angelena Sharon Husson, and Addison Rachel Husson.
Funeral Service for Betty will be 1:00 PM, Saturday, October 21, 2023 at Chapman Funeral Home, Hurricane, with Pastor Larry Hammett officiating. Burial will follow in Cunningham Memorial Park St. Albans

Thomas Benjamin Duncan, of Red House, formerly of Charleston, born March 8, 1968, passed away October 14, 2023 at the age of Fifty Five years, Seven months and Six days. There will be a private family memorial at a later date. Ferrell-Chambers Funeral Home, Huntington, is handling arrangements.

Charles Eugene Hughes
Charles Eugene Hughes, 63, of Hurricane, passed away on Tuesday, October 10, 2023. He was born April 20, 1960 in Kanawha County to the late James and Ruby Hughes.
Charles was a retired mason, enjoyed the outdoors, hunting and fishing.
Left to cherish his memory is his companion and best friend Dianna Sowards; brothers: James Hughes, Richard (Karen) Hughes, John (Renee) Hughes, Gary (Melissa) Hughes; sisters: Barbara (Patrick) Andrews, Patricia Kniceley, a host of nieces, nephews and family; Brian (Betsy) Thorniley.
Graveside service for Charles was Friday, October 13, 2023 at Valley View Memorial Park Mausoleum, Hurricane, with Pastor Larry Cooper officiating.

William Hobert Lee Joyce
William Hobert Lee Joyce, 95, of Scott Depot, formerly of Fort Myers, FL, passed away on October 12, 2023 at his home following a lengthy battle with Parkinson’s. He was surrounded by his family as he entered Heaven into the loving arms of Jesus.
Affectionately known as Hobie, he was born the 12th of 13 children on the family farm in Scott Depot on July 14, 1928, to the late Arnold and Sarah Joyce. He was also preceded in death by his first wife of 44 years, Patsy, and 11 of his 12 siblings: Madeline, Lillian, Inez, Lyman, Elizabeth, Alice, Jean, Wilson, Colleen, Bob, and Ruth.
He is survived by his loving wife of almost 26 years Betty; daughters: Cheryl Bailey (Philip) of Wrightsville PA, Debbi Joyce of Scott Depot, and Jodi Stover of Scott Depot. He was a proud grandfather to: Megan Hencinsky (Mike) of Wharton NJ, Cassi Williamson (Matt) of Xenia OH, Tyler White (Alyssa) of Columbia PA, Kelly Meadows of Barboursville, Ashley Jacobs (Jeremy) of Scott Depot, Brent Meadows (Luci) of Huntington and Josh Stover (Tabitha) of Fayetteville. He was also a proud great-grandfather to: Oliver, Sam, Piper, Teo, Luna, Willow, and Oak. Hobie is also survived by his last surviving sibling, Arlene Wells.
He proudly served his country in the US Army during the Korean War and was honorably discharged as a Staff Sargent.
His love of chemistry led him to being hired in 1953 as a Lab Tech at Union Carbide. Hobie took a few chemistry classes at Morris Harvey College and West Virginia State College. As his career progressed, he became recognized as an expert in Infrared Spectroscopy Interpretation, not only at Union Carbide but around the country.
Hobie retired as a Project Scientist and a week later was rehired as a Consultant. He played a vital role in the investigation of the December 1984 Union Carbide Bhopal India gas leak disaster and remained employed for 6 more years.
He enjoyed visiting with family, golf, football, bird watching, gardening and just being outside in nature.
There will be a private graveside service at Cunningham Memorial Park in St. Albans at a later time.

Virginia Sue Kelly
Virginia Lahoda Kelly, 86, of St. Albans, passed away October 10, 2023.
Virginia was born in Oak Hill on February 26, 1937 to Frank and Faye Lahoda. She was the oldest of 5 children in the household. They moved as a family to St. Albans where she graduated from St. Albans High School. After high school she married and had first a son, Michael Wayne and later a daughter, Deborah Jo. Her journey took her to Hurricane where she lived for 13 years and raised her children. It was there that her children became involved in sports and she was always sitting in the stands watching every sporting event her children were involved in. She never missed a game. Once an empty nester, she moved back to St. Albans where she lived for the last 40 years of her life. As her children married, her family began to expand to her great pleasure. When she became a grandmother in 1980, her true spirit in life became apparent. She was a very devoted mother and grandmother. She eventually had more grandchildren and step-grandchildren to spoil. She lived by the rule you could never have too much family in the room. When she thought her heart couldn’t get any fuller then came the great-grandchildren in 2008. Her heart was full with children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren all in one life. Her greatest pride and joy.
Virginia was active in the senior community teaching line dancing for many years. She had a passion for dance which shined. She took her troops to nursing homes and senior centers which gave her great joy.
She loved family vacations together or day trips as well as going out to a restaurant. It was always the little things with her.
Her absence will be a painful void in the family but the memories will bring great joy. She was one of a kind and very cherished. She will be greatly missed.
She survived her parents, Frank and Faye Lahoda; brother, Steven Jack Lahoda; and a stepson David Michael Staats.
She is survived by her children: Michael Wayne Staats (Toni), Deborah Jo Ferguson (Lane), Kenneth Wayne Staats (Sue); grandchildren: Jessica Lee Porta (Nic), Kristen Sue Hively (Josh), Cory Michael Staats, Jillian Lee Bauman (Aaron), Brooke Staats; great-grandchildren: Baylee Nicole Carpenter, Austin Lane Porta, Karli Lynn Hively, Cooper Lee Porta, Cora James Bauman; sisters: Barbara Ramey, Linda Davis (William); brother, Donald Lahoda (Anna) and many nieces and nephews and extended family.

Michael Legg
Michael Phillip “Mike” Legg, 70, of Eleanor, passed away Tuesday, October 10, 2023 with his daughter, Kelsey, by his side. He was a 1970 graduate of Buffalo High School. He worked a career as a welder and was a member of the Boilermakers Local 667 union. Mike was a local legend when it came to motorcycle racing and won countless trophies for his riding. As he settled down (a little bit, anyway), his natural talent shone as an avid and impressive golfer.
Born July 11, 1953, he was the son of the late Donald M. Legg and Hope Legg. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sisters, Ramona Stover and Roseanna Nettles.
Survivors include his devoted daughter, Kelsey Legg Chapman of Brooklyn, NY; girlfriend of 23 years, Kathy Eads of Leon; brothers Terry (Tammy) Legg of Buffalo, Jeff (Sheila) Legg of Robertsburg and Donnie (Missy) Legg of Robertsburg.
Funeral service was Saturday, October 14, 2023 at Raynes Funeral Home, Eleanor, with Pastor Mike Tucker officiating. Burial was in Buffalo Memorial Park, Buffalo.

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