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Obituaries for Week of November 16

Dolores Jean Holstein, 88, was born on February 15th, 1935. She was adamant believer in divine healing and passed away peacefully and pain free without medication on November 8th, 2023 after a short illness in the home built for her by her late son, Timothy, and that she recently shared with her daughter and caregiver, Teresa, in St. Albans.
She was preceded in death by her son: Timothy Mark Eskins; grandsons: Christopher Eskins and Dustin Fitzgerald; parents: James and Virginia Holstein; siblings: Mary Keffer, Freda Brogan, Carl Holstein, Lorraine Roberts, Donald Holstein, Bill Holstein, Ethel Gravely, Evelyn Fowlkes-Edens, James Darrell Holstein, Della Holstein and twin boys that died at birth.
She is survived by son: James H. Eskins, Jr.(Kathy); daughters: Teresa G. Eskins and Patricia R. Eskins; grandchildren: Angela Miller (Bryan), James H. Eskins III, Josephine Collins (Shawn), Jessica Nelson, Richard Toler (Denise), Lonnie Paul Nelson (Pauline), Isaac Eskins (Rachel), Lisa Parsons (Richard) and Patrick Nelson (Emily); 28 great grandchildren and 5 great great grandchildren; Many nieces and nephews.
Dolores was born in a little two bedroom home in Ashford in a little community called “Bull Creek”. She was the fourth of thirteen children born to her parents. She published a book about her life growing up in the Appalachian mountains titled “A Diamond in the Rough” in 2010. She spent the majority of her adult life as a holiness preacher and was a Pastor at several churches throughout her lifetime. She traveled and preached in many different country churches in West Virginia, Florida, and the surrounding states doing evangelical work as well as Haiti and the Six Nations Reserve in Ontario, Canada, where she ministered along side many of the Native American pastors and evangelists. She wrote several songs during her life that have since been posted on YouTube. Among them was the album “Jesus is Heaven to Me”.
Later in life she worked as a Home Healthcare Assistant in both West Virginia and Florida. She had so many funny and heartfelt stories to tell about those of whom she built bonds while caring for them during the last years of their lives. She retired in 2007 and was the caregiver for her disabled son until his death in 2019.
She always dreaded the cold dark days of winter and rallied on a beautiful sunny day. It is so ‘her’ to leave us before the winter days have arrived and during the sunny days of autumn. After several years of being confined to a wheelchair, this winter will find her bathing in the sunlight of God’s love and running through the wild flowers in heaven picking blackberries and paw paw’s. She loved animals and had a bird sanctuary on on back porch. She was loved and honored by many and will be missed immensely. Most of her friends have gone on before her and we find joy in knowing that she is reunited with them, talking, laughing and sharing the goodness of God while bathing in the light of His Glory.
Her wake was held in the home of her daughter, Patricia, on the evening of November 9th and her service was November 10th. She was buried next to her son’s home in the Eskins’ Cemetary in Hurricane.

Matthew E. Leary
Matthew Everett Leary, 44, of Hurricane, formerly of Clarksburg, passed away very unexpectedly at home on November 7, 2023.
He was born to Carol A. Ramsey Dean and Danny R. Leary in Clarksburg on September 4, 1979.
Matt was the Owner/Operator of Farley’s Famous Hotdogs in Hurricane and was formerly the store opening General Manager of Cabela’s in Charleston. He was a friend to many and will certainly be missed within our community, as well as with his family.
In addition to his parents: Matt is survived by his loving wife of 22 years: Lori Weese Leary; daughters: Madison Leary, Emma Leary and Payton Leary all of Hurricane; his brothers: Danny R. Leary Jr. of Clarksburg, and Brandon Leary of Jane Lew; and his mother in-law: Lois Weese of Scott Depot, as well as many friends and other family members.
Funeral Service for Matt was Sunday November, 12, 2023 at Chapman Funeral Home, Hurricane.

Surilda Kay Mobley
Surilda Kay Mobley, 64, of Winfield, passed away November 9, 2023 at St. Mary’s Hospital.
She was born December 6, 1958 to the late Robert Blaine and Sylvia Bell Edwards. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her sister, Theresa Mobley.
Surilda loved to fish, spend time with her family and loved her grandchildren.
Surilda is survived by her loving husband of 47 years, David Richard Mobley; loving daughter, Madah Meadows of Charleston; brothers, Harold Edwards of Winfield, Robert Edwards Jr. of Hurricane; and grandchildren, Olivia (OJ) Thompson, Josh Meadows, and Angel Meadows.
In keeping with her wishes, there will be no services.

Joshua Glen Sizemore
Joshua Glen Sizemore, 38, of Columbus, Ohio, passed away on November 3, 2023 at Doctors Hospital West Columbus, OH.
Josh was born to Glen and Mitzi C. Sizemore on October 19, 1985 in Charleston.
He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather: Paul E. Moore and maternal grandmother: Peggy Pettry; and several Brothers and Sisters from 101st Airborne Division.
Josh was a 2003 Graduate of Hurricane High School, Graduate of Marshall University and proudly served his country in the US ARMY, where he ultimately earned a Combat Purple Heart. His love of motorcycles led him to work at Moto Boutique Motorcycles in Columbus, OH and ride with Ohio Rocket Riders, as well as loving to watch and attend football games while using his Cincinnati Bengals season pass tickets.
In addition to his parents, Josh is survived by his sister: Angela Sizemore and his niece: Adalynn Sizemore both of St. Albans; special aunt: Peggy Watson of Cannelton, WV; paternal grandmother: Dorma Moore of Lizmores, WV; and maternal grandfather: Bobby Pettry of Powellton, WV.
Service with military honors provided by American Legion Post #73 and VFW Post #6418 both of St. Albans was Monday November 13, 2023 at Chapman Funeral Home, Hurricane.

Lewis Otto Wilson, 76, of Hurricane, passed away peacefully following a brief illness on Sunday, November 5, 2023, surrounded by friends and family. Lewis was born August 3, 1947, in Spencer to Otto and Geneva Wilson.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Kathleen (Smith); his daughters Melanie Mulcahy and Rebecca Anderson (Dan): his six grandchildren: Paul, John Lewis, Catherine, Clare, Caitlyn, and Abi; great grandchildren Chelsea and Teddy; brother Leroy Snodgrass (Loretta); sister Leona Campbell (Paul); sister-in-laws Sallie Brown, Norma Ferrell and Judy Ferrell; and extended family John Mulcahy, Jacklynn Mace and her children Braylynn and Brenley, and many special cousins, nieces and nephews. Lewis was predeceased by his father, mother, and his sister Donna Shank.
Lewis proudly served in the US Army from 1966 to 1968. On July 26, 1969, he married his high school sweetheart, Kathleen. Following a career of 37 years in the telephone industry, he retired from Verizon in 2002.
Lewis was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting, photography, and fishing. He volunteered with his local Trout Unlimited chapter and enjoyed trips supporting the Healing Waters veterans’ programs.
Lewis had a quick wit coupled with a spark of good-humored mischief. He was a loving husband, generous and supportive father, and doting grandfather. He will be missed by all who knew him.
Services were held Monday, November 13, 2023 at Allen Funeral Home in Hurricane. Burial was in Donel C. Kinnard Memorial State Veterans Cemetery, Dunbar.

Pamela Workman
Pamela Ann Stafford Workman, 75, of Hurricane, was received into the arms of Jesus on Saturday, October 28, 2023 at Genesis Marmet Center after battling Dementia.
Pam was preceded in death by her Husband, Jim Workman, Sr.; Father, Kenneth Stafford, Jr., Mother, Marie Stafford, and sisters Patty Goodman and Mary Lynn Burgess.
Pam was a loving mother, grandmother, sister and friend. She enjoyed playing piano in church, traveling, (especially to Kure Beach and Pigeon Forge), and spoiling her grandchildren and grand dogs.
She is survived by her children, Jimmy (Danette) Workman of Glasgow; Missi (Danny) of Sissonville, and Brian (Marisa) Workman of Hurricane; grandchildren Jacob Kinder and Andrew Kinder of Sissonville, Paige Workman of Glasgow, Aaron Workman of Hurricane, and several nieces and nephews.
A Celebration of Pam’s life was held on Sunday, November 12, 2023 at Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Sissonville, with Danny Kinder II officiating.

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