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Obituaries for Week of April 18

Rosalee Jane Ashley, 74, of Poca, went home to be with the Lord on April 8, 2024, at home.
Rosalee retired from St. Francis Hospital and was a member of New Beginnings Church, St. Albans. She loved the Lord with all her heart, enjoyed church and loved helping others.
She is preceded in death by her parents Darrell and Delma Tolley.
She is survived by her daughter Natalie and her husband Mark; son Josh; granddaughter Katherine; and five siblings Wayne, Karen, David, Darrell, Jr., and Nancy.
A tribute to the life of Rosalee was held Friday, April 26, 2024 at Gatens-Harding Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Mark Turley officiating.

Junior Gay Bays, age 97, of Hamlin, joined his Heavenly Father on April 12, 2024.
Junior was born in Putnam County to the late Outher Elmer and Garnett Bays on February 26, 1927. His early life instilled in him a great work ethic and ingenuity. Junior married Christina Lovejoy on January 25, 1945 sharing 77 years of marriage. He joined the United States Army later the same year and proudly served as a rifleman and truck driver. He was a member of the American Legion Milton Post 139 for over 60 years.
Junior was a farmer the majority of his life, and he enjoyed tinkering on projects in his garage. He lived a full life and will be remembered for his infectious sense of humor and many stories.
Junior is preceded in death by his wife, Christina Bays, and was blessed with a large and loving family— daughters Linda Bailey and Connie (Roger Garland) Chaney; sons Mike Landers and Bob (Bethany) Bays; ten grandchildren; twenty-three great-grandchildren; and twenty-one great-great-grandchildren.
Service was Wednesday, April 17, 2024, at Allen Funeral Home in Hurricane with Rev. David Vickers and Pete Trenum officiating. Burial was in Lawson Cemetery in Hamlin.

Charles T. Browning, 92, of Scott Depot, WV passed away at home, April 12, 2024.
He was born December 29, 1931 to the late Ernest and Zella (Miller) Browning in Madison. In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by four sisters and two brothers.
Charles is survived by his loving wife Jackline; sons: Butch, Jerry, and Bill; granddaughter; Sarah; and a host of family and friends who loved him dearly.
A Gathering of Family and Friends will be 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm Friday, April 19, 2024 at Chapman Funeral Home, Hurricane.

Betty Jane Collins, 83, passed away peacefully on Thursday, April 11, 2024 with her two daughters by her side.
Betty was born in Hamlin on February 7, 1941 to the late Buss Salmons and Marie Davis. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband Gary Collins; son; William Collins; and siblings: Sandra Robinson, William Salmons, and Ricky Davis.
Betty was a loving and caring person, a devoted wife, mother, and friend. She loved spending time with her family and scrapbooking fond memories with them, being outdoors tending to her garden and feeding the deer. Betty was loved and will be missed by many.
She is survived by her daughters: Tina (Danny) Young and Teresa Graham; step-daughter, Angela (Jimmy) Rapp; and grandchildren: Whitney and Wyatt Young, Ryan and Haleigh Rowe, and Peyton Vance.
Funeral service for Betty will be 1:00 pm Friday, April 19, 2024 at Chapman Funeral Home, Hurricane. Entombment will follow at Valley View Memorial Park, Hurricane.

Judy Chere Ferrell
Judy C. Ferrell, 84, of Winfield, passed away April 9, 2024.
Funeral Service for Judy was Monday, April 15, 2024 at Chapman Funeral Home, Winfield.
Burial was in Donel C. Kinnard Memorial State Veterans Cemetery, Dunbar.

Judith Clair Lovejoy
Judith Clair Caldwell-Adkins-Lovejoy, 74, of Red House, a loving soul and beloved mother, left this world Thursday, April 11, 2024 to join her dearly departed family in paradise.
Born February 1, 1950 in Fayetteville, she was the daughter of the late Ernest “Mack” and Kathleen Caldwell. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Roy T. Lovejoy; and brothers, Terry and Wayne Caldwell.
Left to cherish her memory are her loving son, Scott Wayne Lovejoy of Red House; sisters, Nadine Greene of Cleveland, Ohio, and Dale Caldwell Young of Hurricane; as well as many nieces and nephews.
Judy’s greatest joys were crafting and organizing her Hurricane High School Class of 1968 reunions, and Hills Dept. Store reunions. She was a joy to all her friends and they loved having her organize these events. She worked various jobs in her lifetime, including the Cleveland Metropolitan Hospital, Nitro Bowling Alley, Scottie’s Drive Inn, Gino’s Cross Lanes, an EMT driver in Cross Lanes, and a cook at Genesis Care Center, Teays Valley.
She will be missed by all her family and life-long friends. “Farewell, my baby sister, till we meet again, love you always”.
Funeral service was Tuesday, April 16, 2024 at Raynes Funeral Home, Eleanor, with Pastor Donnie Fisher officiating. Burial was in Haven of Rest Memory Gardens, Red House.

Michael Dennis Lyons
Michael Dennis (Denny) Lyons, 71, of Murfreesboro, TN, went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, March 23, 2024 after a battle with cancer. He was preceded in death by his father Dennis Lyons and daughter Tammy Lyons. Denny is survived by his beloved wife of 50 years Pamela Edwards Lyons, mother Emma Kathryn Lyons-Estep of Hurricane, his brother Timothy (Terry) Lyons of Huntsville, AL, his daughters Jennifer Kathryn (Stephen) Lyons Cain of Knoxville, TN, Cynthia Renee Lyons of Saint Louis, MO, and son Jon-Michael Dennis (Ashleigh) Lyons, granddaughters Lucille Lyons, Eleanor Lyons, Clara Can and grandson Walter Cain.
Denny was a graduate of St. Albans High School, class of 1970. Some of his high school honors include being selected to attend the Youth Leaders Camp of the WV National Guard at Camp Dawson and he was appointed to the Selective Service Youth Advisory Committee for WV in Washington, DC, to meet with the President of the United States for his recommendations and suggestions representing the state of WV. He received an appointment and attended the U.S. Air Force Academy and graduated with the class of 1974. Denny was an accomplished baseball player both in high school and at the academy. He was also a skilled organist, pianist and singer where he shared his skills in many churches. After serving in the U.S. Air Force, Caption Lyons turned his skills to civilian life. His dynamic personality and easy going demeanor made him a highly qualified fit for personnel management. In his civilian career he worked in a number of high level positions for various companies with a specialty of job placement.
Denny loved his family, loved life and loved Jesus. Nothing made him happier than to spend time with his wife, children and grandchildren. One of his favorite things to do was to go to his parents’ beach cottage for family gatherings. A lot of family memories were made there. After retirement, Denny and Pam turned their extra time to travel and made many trips in the US and abroad including much of Europe.
Caption Lyons will be laid to rest with fully military rites at the U.S. Air Force Academy on October 2 at 10 a.m. in Colorado Springs during the 50 year reunion of the class of 1974.

Clinton Darrel Moses
Clinton Darrel Moses, 64, of Zanesville, OH, passed away unexpectedly on April 8, 2024 at the James Cancer Hospital in Columbus, OH, surrounded by family. He was born on May 15, 1959 in Charleston, to the late Darrel and Verna Moses of Hurricane. Clinton graduated from Hurricane High School, attended the West Virginia State Police Academy, and worked as a deputy sheriff in Kanawha and Putnam County before starting a distinguished career with American Electric Power (AEP). He retired from AEP on February 2, 2024 after 39 years and 2 months of service.
Clinton was always willing to lend a hand. He loved to share all his wonderful knowledge and skills with his family, friends, and coworkers, though he could be stubborn when it came to asking someone else for help. It seemed there was nothing he could not do or figure out how to do. Clinton was an avid DeWalt power tool collector and loved diesel Ford trucks. He enjoyed traveling, spending time with family, going out to eat, and having play time outdoors with his five German shepherds.
Clinton is survived by his wife of 26 years Renee Moses, his children Summer Moses of Gahanna, OH, Jared (Emily) Moses of Hurricane, WV, Chris (Risa) Manning of Loveland, OH, and Jaron (Emily) Paima of Zanesville, OH, his sister Dorenda Lee of Hurricane, WV, a host of grandchildren, two nieces, and several grand puppies.
A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

Thomas ‘Jeff’ Perry
Thomas “Jeff” Perry, 67, of Scott Depot, passed away April 10, 2024 at CAMC Memorial with his family by his side.
He was born June 5, 1956 in Charleston, the son of Charles and Donna Adkins Perry. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by brother, David Perry.
He worked for Local 625 for over 42 years. He was an avid outdoorsman, Dallas Cowboy Fan and spending time with family. A loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend that will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
He is survived by his loving wife of 47 years, Gloria, son, Brandon (Sarah) Perry, of Winfield, daughter, Shanna (Matt) McGrath, of Hurricane, grandchildren, Jacob, Conner, Kaleb, Brody, Vada, Lincoln, and Wyatt, brother, Tim Perry, of NC, and a host of family and friends.
And with honoring his wishes there will be no service.

Wanda Rice
Wanda Sue Searls Rice, 79, of Hurricane, passed away on April 8, 2024, after a sudden illness. She was a graduate of Hurricane High School; she was preceded in death by her husband Lewis Cass Rice and parents Earl and Zula Searls and sister-in-law Rita Searls. She is survived by her brother Paul Searls, niece, Kathy Anderson, and nephew, Davis Searls all of Hurricane and several extended family members and friends.
Funeral service was Thursday, April 11, 2024, at Allen Funeral Home with Pastor Mark Finley officiating. Burial was in Mt. Olive Cemetery.

Judy Carol Stratton
Judith Carol Stratton, 79, of Culloden, passed away on April 11, 2024 at her home.
She was preceded in death by her father: Willard Mays; husband: Clifford Stratton; and her brother: William Gene Mays.
Judy loved to cook, get her hair done on Saturdays, go shopping and spend time with her family. She was a bookkeeper at the Same Ole Place and attended Lighthouse Baptist Church in Hurricane.
She is survived by her children: Robert Andrews Jr. (Paula Gibson) and Pamela Lewis (Hilton), both of Culloden; 10 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren, as well as many other family members.
Funeral Service for Judy was Wednesday, April 17, 2024 at Chapman Funeral Home, Hurricane.

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