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Obituaries for Week of November 9

March 4, 1948 – October 30, 2023
With sadness in our hearts we announce that Anna went home to be with the Lord on October 30, 2023 while in the care of Hospice at Charleston Memorial Hospital.
Anna is survived by her daughter Traci (husband John) and 5 grandchildren Jackie, Jeridon, Brandon, Cora, Sarah and Madison and 3 great-grandchildren; brother Ronald LeGrand (wife Sharon), several nieces and nephews and cousins who all loved her so much.
Anna is preceded in death by her son Anthony Wayne Clark, her husband Jackie Lee Buzzard, her parents Donald and Julia LeGrand, her sister Sandra Morris, and her brother Roger LeGrand.
Anna was so loved by her friends, neighbors and anyone who knew her. She will be missed by all who loved her.
Her Funeral Service was Saturday, November 4, 2023 at Allen Funeral Home in Hurricane.

Roy M. Craig, 78, of Buffalo, passed away Monday, October 30, 2023. He retired from Century Aluminum and was a member of the Steelworkers Union Local 5668. He was a member of the Buffalo Church of Christ and the Winfield Church of Christ. Roy loved to collect antiques and was very artistic. In addition to painting and drawing, he had a strong appreciation for West Virginia history and the Town of Buffalo history.
Born March 1, 1945, he was the son of the late William Albert Craig and Mary A. Oldaker Craig. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his loving wife of 46 years, Ramona Louise Tucker Craig; son, Jeffrey C. Craig; brothers, Charles, James, Howard, Cleon “Rusty”, William “Page” and Johnny Craig; sisters Erma Craig, Iona “Midge” Grady, Lula Belle Stover and Elnora Hill.
Survivors include his son, Scott Craig of Buffalo; sisters; Berna Jo (“Pooch”) Higginbotham of Leon and Hazel Absten of Buffalo; grandchildren, Mackenzie, Austin, Breanna, Steven, Jeffrey II and Kristen; five great grandchildren. Roy is also survived by a host of nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.
Funeral service was Friday, November 3, 2023 at Raynes Funeral Home, Buffalo, with Rev. Randy Parsons officiating. Burial was in Kirkpatrick Cemetery, Buffalo.

Ruth Kathryn Bird Cremeans, 94, of Culloden, passed away on November 2, 2023 at Hubbard Hospice House Charleston.
She was born on August 29, 1929 to the late Leonard David and Lillian Florence Call Taylor in Hurricane. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband: Robert T. Bird; second husband: Donald E. Cremeans; daughters: Carolyn Sue Bird and Debbra Lynn Bird-Johnson; son: Bill Bird; and several siblings.
Ruth was a retired nurse from Thomas Memorial Hospital and attended Peach Ridge Community Church.
Ruth is survived by her sons: Robert L. (Kathy) Bird of Orange Park, FL and James P. Bird of Culloden; 6 siblings, 13 grandchildren and several great grandchildren, as well as many other family members.
Funeral service for Ruth was Wednesday, November 8, 2023 at Chapman Funeral Home, Hurricane, with Ruth’s brother David Taylor officiating. Burial was in Forest Memorial Park, Milton.

Johnny Ferguson
Johnny Ferguson, 81, of Fraziers Bottom, passed away on November 3, 2023 at Cabell Huntington Hospital.
He was born on April 24, 1942 to the late Russell and Zeda Mae Fellure Ferguson in Fraziers Bottom. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his daughter: Tammy Ferguson; a son: Joey Ernst; his granddaughter: Kaylee Pearson; his sister: Lois Kay Ferguson Stewart and his brothers: Larry and Ray Ferguson.
Johnny was a self-employed electrician and plumber, working with his family in their construction business, “Ferguson Brothers,” among many others that called him anytime of the day or night for help.
He is survived by his children: Tina Nutter of Buffalo and Vicky Crouser (Eddie McDaniels) of Fraziers Bottom, Patricia Kennedy (Steve) of TN, Greg Ernst (Laura) of PA, and Robbie Ernst (Cameron) of Milton; his Special Buddy: Grayson Proctor; 10 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren and a great great granddaughter; special companion: Goldie Powell; brothers: 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 services for Johnny were Tuesday, November 7, at Chapman Funeral Home, Hurricane, with Pastor Rex Nance officiating.

Jon “Mick” Hoover
Jon (Mick) Hoover, 76, of Winfield, passed away on Thursday, October 27, 2023 at the Hubbard Hospice House West, after a short illness with throat cancer.
Mick was born May 24, 1947 to the late Ben Sr. and Edith Stanley Hoover.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his brothers Ben Hoover III and Thomas Hoover.
He is survived by his beloved wife Brenda Kaye Hoover; son, Jon David Hoover; daughter Leslie Ann Hoover; sister, Robin Sovine; 5 grandchildren, and a host of friends and family.
A Celebration of Life was held Wednesday, November 15, 2023 at Chapman Funeral Home, Winfield, with Pastor Delbert Hawley officiating.

Mark Edward Johnson
Mark Edward Johnson, 72, of Hurricane, passed away on Friday, November 3, 2023 following a brief, unexpected and rapidly progressive illness He was surrounded by family and golfing partners at the Emogene Dolin Jones Hospice House in Huntington.
Mark was born August 20, 1951 to Raymon and Marvine Johnson and lived almost his entire life on his beloved Turkey Creek Road. He was predeceased by his father and mother as well as brother Tim Johnson and son-in-law, Eric Tygrett. Mark is survived by his wife, Kathy (McCallister) Johnson; sister Judith Batterson; brother Mike Johnson; niece Heather Hill; great nieces Lacy Johnson and Hallie Johnson and great-great nephew Easton Fogerty; nephew Heath Johnson; step-father John Loving and step-sisters Val Melton and Patty Alexander and their families; daughter Angel Tygrett; son Jeremy Johnson; step-daughter Jennifer Freeman and her husband Peter Freeman; grandson Steven Jeffers; granddaughter Erica Tygrett; step-grandaughters Jorden and Sydney Freeman; great-grandaughters Avery Jeffers and Lexie Jeffers and step-great-grandson Matthew Freeman-Keller.
On May 31, 1991 Mark married Kathy, following a romance which began at the 20 year reunion of their Hurricane High School class of 1970. They have continued to treasure the close friendship of their classmates with monthly dinners and yearly picnics at their Turkey Creek home. Mark was retired from Bayer Cropscience (formerly Carbide) where he worked in operations, later becoming a captain and EMT in the plant fire station. He loved golfing with a close group of buddies in the Carbide retiree golf league, taking yearly golf trips which he enjoyed greatly. He and Kathy traveled frequently, visiting much of the US, including Hawaii and Alaska and, recently a long anticipated trip to England and Scotland.
Services were held at Allen Funeral Home, Hurricane, on Wednesday, November 8th. He was buried alongside his mother, father and brother at Mount Moriah Cemetery.

Eugene Dale “Bucky” Kessel
Eugene Dale “Bucky” Kessel, 93, of Manilla Creek, Poca, passed away November 4, 2023.
Bucky is retired from Laborers Local # 1353 and attended Painter Bethel Church and Heizer Creek Community Church.
He is preceded in death by his wife Ellen “Sissy” Kessel; parents Joe and Ora Kessel; and 11 siblings.
He is survived by a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins.
A tribute to the life of Bucky was held Tuesday, November 7, 2023 at Gatens-Harding Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Kevin Starcher and Bob Sigman officiating. Burial was in Center Point Cemetery.

Timothy Scott Kitchen
Timothy Scott Kitchen, 43, of Winfield, passed away Thursday, October 26, 2023. He was born July 11, 1980 in Huntington.
He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Robert Kitchen and Maternal Grandparents, Davey and Gaythelle Riley. Timothy is survived by his father, Timothy Allen (Rhonda) Kitchen; mother, Trina (Steve) Davis; children, Tyler (Carly Bright) Kitchen, Kaleigh Kitchen; grandchildren, Olivia Kitchen, Eli Kitchen; brothers, Craig (Kristie Childers) Kitchen, Dylan Kitchen; sister, Lisa (Steve) Allen; paternal grandmother, Josephine Kitchen; and a host of extended family and friends.
Funeral service was Thursday, November 2, 2023 at Henson & Kitchen Mortuary, Huntington.

Larry Paul Landers
Larry Paul Landers, 81, of Bancroft, passed away from this life November 3, 2023, at CAMC Memorial Hospital after an extended illness.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Kermit and Mabel Landers; brother and sister-in-law Ken and Nell Landers (Walkup); and niece Robin Smisor.
Those left to cherish his memory are his loving wife, Annette; daughters Wendy Monk (Bob) of Scott Depot and Lisa Kincaid (Billy) of Kanawha City; stepson Chris Wamsley of Hernshaw; brother Frank Landers (Mary) of Fuquay-Varina, NC; grandchildren Brenden Iezzi (Carolyn) of West Haven, UT and Laren Iezzi of Hurricane, also bonus granddaughter Emma Courtney of Hurricane; and nephews, Franklin Landers (Melissa) of Fuquay-Varina, NC and Kenneth Landers, Jr. (Lisa) of Franklin, TN.
Larry was a true “wonderment”, as he would put it. He never met a stranger and enjoyed a good conversation (especially if centered around politics and Dodge vehicles). One of his favorite pastimes was meeting with friends, where they would gather to drink coffee and solve the world’s problems. He cherished those times and had many friends he would visit almost daily. He had an infectious laugh and was full of mischievous humor, and loved a good story, joke, or prank.
Larry also loved to mow the grass and move dirt on his tractor. He truly enjoyed seeing the fruits of his labor and was very much a mirror of his father, Kermit, in this way. Working on vehicles, tinkering in the garage, and bowling were also some of his favorite hobbies. On any given day he could be heard happily humming, singing, or whistling while busy with his endeavors.
A true patriot, one of his proudest achievements was his service as a trumpet player in the U.S. Army Band while stationed in Hawaii, where he would perform overseas and take special duty to play “Taps” for many military funerals.
Larry’s family and friends will forever cherish the time and memories they shared with him and will hold his memory close to their hearts forever.
Services were Wednesday, November 8, at Gatens-Harding Funeral Home in Poca with Rev. David Peters officiating. Burial was in Haven of Rest Memorial Gardens in Red House, with military honors.

Adoree Myers
D. Adoree Myers was a caring wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend. She entered her eternal home the afternoon of October 30th with her children and caregivers by her side.
Adoree was born to David (Mack) and Lillie Caldwell on July 14, 1938. She graduated from Hurricane High School in 1956 and attended WV State College before meeting the love of her life, Don, on a blind date–that nearly never happened. She once confided that she waited upstairs looking out the window for her date to arrive. If he had been ugly, she had no plans to come downstairs at all. After marrying in 1962, she accompanied Don to Kentucky where he was finishing his college degree. Don and Adoree returned to West Virginia in 1964, where they would raise a family and complete life’s journey.
In addition to making a home for her family, Adoree worked as an administrative assistant and eventually established a day-care business which she managed for nearly two decades, positively impacting many children and their families.
Adoree was predeceased by her husband, Don, in 2018. She is survived by her son Jodie (Lisa) Myers and his children Aaron (Melissa) Myers, Nate (Katie) Myers, Christina Myers, daughter Darla Myers and her fiancé James Cottrell, sister in-law Suzi Caldwell, nephew David Caldwell, and many friends and “adopted” children whom she cared for over the years.
A celebration of Adoree’s life was held November 6, 2023 at Allen Funeral Home on Main Street in Hurricane. Entombment was in Cunningham Memorial Park in St. Albans.

Kenneth “KD” David Nelson
Kenneth David “KD” Nelson, Jr., 31, of Winfield, passed away on November 1, 2023 at CAMC Teays Valley.
He was born on November 30, 1991 to Kenneth David and Susan Michelle Nelson.
KD was preceded in death by his infant son: John David Nelson; grandparents: Jim Saunders and John & Nancy Nelson.
He enjoyed tinkering on trucks, animals and loved to fish and watch WVU Sports.
In addition to his parents, KD is survived by his sisters: Brittany and Emily Nelson; grandparents: John and Susan Fleck and his support dog: Dixie.
In accordance with KD’s wishes, there will be no formal services at this time.

Luvenia Lee Richards
Luvenia Lee Richards, 87, of Culloden, passed away peacefully on October 30, 2023 at St Mary’s Hospital after an extended illness.
She was preceded in death by her husband Clyde, daughter Becky Thacker and grandsons Jeffrey Scott Hayes and Brian Hopkins.
Luvenia was a homemaker and a door greater at the Hurricane Walmart for ten plus years.
She leaves behind 2 sons Roger (Denise) Hayes and Jeff (Robin) Hayes and daughter Brenda Hopkins (Mike) as well as 7 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren and a host of many more family and friends.
Funeral service was Friday, November 3, 2023 at Allen Funeral Home.

Connie Sue Sanders
Connie Sue Sanders, 77, of Hurricane, passed away Monday, October 30, 2023. She was born September 23, 1946, in Madison, West Virginia to Elliot and Hettie (Pauley) Holestin. She was Preceded in death by one Brother, Robert “Bob” Dameron. She is survived by two daughters, Kara (Rodney) King of Salt Rock, and Melissa (Sam) Steele of Summerville, SC; sister Linda Elswick-Stocker of Cedar Lake, IN; Four grandchildren McKenna, Austin, Jadon, and Anna; and five nieces and nephews.
Funeral service was Thursday, November 2, 2023, at Allen Funeral Home, Hurricane, with Pastor O.F. Adkins officiating. Burial was in Danville Memorial Park.

Bentford “Ben” Harold Spradling Jr.
Bentford “Ben” Harold Spradling Jr. 83, of Hurricane, passed away on October 30, 2023 at home.
Ben was born to the late Bentford Harold Sr. and Freda Stonestreet Spradling on February 17, 1940.
He was a graduate of Stonewall Jackson High School, retired from Union Carbide, was a member at the Nitro Moose and most importantly enjoyed showing off his Model T with the Hurricane Car Club.
Ben is survived by his loving wife, Deborah L. Spradling; step-son: Matthew T. Reynolds; a niece and nephew.
Graveside service for Ben was Friday, November 3, 2023 at Valley View Memorial Park Mausoleum, Hurricane, with Pastor Jim Dennis officiating.

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