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Obituaries for Week of May 23

Darrell Lee Bower, 83, of Scott Depot, formerly of Wharton, passed away on Thursday, May 9, 2024.
He was born on September 24, 1940, the son of the late David and Eva Bower (Green). He also was preceded in death by brothers William “Hank”, Dallas, and Charles Bower; his sister Alice Peters; and daughter Dara Lynn Bower.
Darrell attended Van High School and was retired from Eastern Associated Coal. He was a loving father, grandfather, and friend.
Darrell is survived by his sister, Ruth Evans, of Branson, MO; son, David (Andrea) Bower, of Scott Depot; and grandchildren, David Bower, Jr. and Tabitha Bower.
Service was held Monday, May 20th, at the Gospel Center Tabernacle church in West Madison, WV.

Thorr Junior Carpenter, 20, of Leon, passed away Wednesday, May 15, 2024, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. He was a 2022 graduate of Pt. Pleasant High School and was a current employee of Buffalo Tire. Thorr didn’t know a stranger and will always be remembered for his friendly and outgoing personality. He was a hard worker with an excellent sense of humor.
He is survived by his parents, Jeff and Jeraldine Carpenter of Leon; son, Waylon Carpenter; fiancé, Jaden Jordan; sisters, Brittany Smerke, Brandy Hall, Madison Carpenter, Haylee Carpenter and Chelsie Cowger.
Memorial service was Thursday May 23, 2024 at Raynes Funeral Home, Buffalo, with Rev. Randy Parsons officiating.

Kenneth N. Clark, departed this earth on May 13, 2024 surrounded by the love of his family. He had a wonderful life of 79 years. Ken enjoyed his family and friends, but his priority was his wonderful wife of nearly 60 years. Janet was his high school sweetheart who became his lifetime best friend. Their relationship provided an unshakeable foundation for his children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, and many others who they wrapped in love over the years.
Ken is survived by his wife Janet, his daughters Kim Gray of Winfield, and Sabrina Haddad who resides in Gisborne, New Zealand; granddaughters Megan Gray, Madison Gray, Morgan Gray, Ashley Kirk, Vanessa Haddad; grandsons Logan Haddad, Blake Haddad, Grayson Bell and two great grandchildren Noah and Karlie Kirk.
Ken had a lifetime career in the insurance industry and is most known for his local Scott Depot business – Clark Insurance Agency. He was very active in his community and always had time to stop and have a conversation with everyone. His two favorite topics of course were politics and sports.
As he requested, there will not be a formal service.

Charles F. DeWeese, 84, of Buffalo, left life on May 18, 2024, to meet our Heavenly Father. Finally, his battle with dementia has ended.
He was born July 3, 1939, to the late Charlie and Wilma DeWeese. He is also preceded in death by his sister Rachel Stover and brother Jimmy DeWeese.
He will be missed by his siblings Mary McCoy, Patricia Estep, David DeWeese, Janice Clark, Terry Barnett, and Johnny DeWeese. He will also be missed by other family and friends.
Graveside service and burial will be held 12:00 pm Saturday May 25, 2024, at Center Point Cemetery. All friends and acquaintances are welcome to attend.

Michael Lee Francisco
Michael Lee Francisco, 67 of Hurricane, passed away May 15, 2024, at home.
Mike is retired from the Painters Local Union # 970 and was a member of the NRA. He enjoyed playing cards, bowling, spending time with his family, and especially his grandkids.
He is preceded in death by his parents Ernest and Audrey Francisco; brother David Francisco; and uncle Eddie Rhodes.
Mike is survived by his loving wife of 49 years, Sharon Francisco; three children Shane Francisco and wife Kelly, Matthew Francisco and wife Amy, and Amber Gray and husband Chad; close brother Mark Francisco; brother Danny Francisco; sister Rhonda Francisco; special sister-in-law Clara Rhodes and close friends and neighbors Mike and April Carpenter. Mike was “Daddy Mike” to his four grandchildren Courtney, Mitchell, Kayla, and Haley and two great grandchildren Jordan and Braylee and one great grandchild on the way.
A tribute to the life of Mr. Michael Francisco was held Monday, May 20, 2024, at Gatens-Harding Funeral Home Chapel with Jason Rhodes officiating. Burial was in Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens.

Our beloved Lee Hamilton Hale, 51 of Winfield, WV entered into eternal rest with the Lord on Saturday, May 18, 2024, after a long illness. Lee was born on September 1, 1972, in Charleston, West Virginia to Rodney Hale and Judy Clark Hale.
Loved and missed by his mother, Judy Hale, sister, Leah Hale, nephew and nieces, Jacob, Lilly, Lainey, all of Winfield, WV. and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
Lee was a 1991 graduate of St. Albans High School. He proudly followed in his father’s footsteps and entered the Boilermakers Local 667 apprenticeship program. He became a dedicated member of the Boilermakers Local 667 union in 1996. Lee worked as a journeyman and welder for the Boilermakers Local 667 from 1996 until his death. Lee worked the past several years as General Forman at John Amos Power Plant. Lee loved his work and excelled at his trade. He viewed his brothers and sisters in the Boilermakers as family.
Lee had a passion for cooking, building new things, but most of all Lee had a love for people. Lee’s quick wit, mischievous grin, and calm demeanor attracted others to him, and he never missed an opportunity to get to know a new friend. Lee brought joy and laughter to the lives of all who were fortunate to know him. Lee’s unwavering friendship and his tender heart made him loved by so many who called him friend. He was a great Uncle Lee loved to spoil his nephew and nieces.
He is proceeded in death by his best friend and father, Rodney Hale, paternal grandparents George and Olivene Chandler, and maternal grandparents Mirrell and Hallene Clark.
Celebration of Lee’s life was Wednesday, May 22, 2024, at Curry Funeral Home with Pastor George Chandler officiating. Burial was in Orchard Hills Memory Gardens.

Arden Hodges
Arden R. Hodges, age 86, passed away on Monday, May 13, 2024. He was from and lived most of his life in Hurricane. He retired from Columbia Gas Transmission where he spent most of his career as Director of State Government Affairs after serving as Director of Personnel for the WV Civil Service System. He was a graduate of Hurricane High School and WV State College.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Lewis R. and Nettie E. Hodges. He is survived by his daughter, Tracy (Mark) Mangano of Chester, WV, and son, Charles Hodges of Hurricane; granddaughters, Jennifer and Christen Mangano; sister, Nancy (Jim) Tolley and nephews, Brad (Aaron) Tolley and Jeff (Debbie) Tolley.
In honoring his wishes, a graveside service was held for the immediate family.

Al Howard
Alva (Al) Allen Howard, 78, of Hurricane, passed away peacefully, surrounded by family on May 13, 2024.
The son of the late Green Adam and Ruby Hoskins Howard, he was born in Hulen, Kentucky, on February 11, 1946. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his brother, Jerry W. Howard and a Grandson. A class of 1973 graduate from the University of Kentucky, he remained true to his Kentucky Wildcats.
Al is survived by his loving and devoted wife of fifty-three years, Judith Howard; children: Dana Howard of Scott Depot, Allen (Amber) Howard of Hurricane, and Meghan (Mike) Hutchinson of Scott Depot; and his loving sister, Henrietta Robinson of Washington, IN. Al’s legacy will live on in his children, eight grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Co-Owner of Metal Center Recycling, Al was a United States Air Force Veteran serving his country during the Vietnam War. He was a forty-seven year member of the Masonic Fraternity, a forty-six year member of the Scottish Rite having obtained his 33rd Degree, a thirteen year member of the Hurricane Chapter #116 Order of the Eastern Star. A faithful and selfless servant of his community, he served for three years as President of The Huntington Scottish Rite Foundation. Al served Putnam County and the City of Hurricane for nearly two decades. He served Putnam County as a member of the Putnam County Development Authority and PROTEC Board and the City of Hurricane, as a member of the Sewer Board and City Council.
Funeral Service for Al was Saturday May 18th, 2024, at Chapman Funeral Home, Hurricane, West with Pastor Brad Joseph officiating. Burial was in the Howard Family Cemetery in Bell County, Kentucky.

Ramona ‘Pennie’ Price
Ramona “Pennie” Hensley Mullins Price of Teays Valley, and formerly Ft, Myers, FL, took her final breath on May 14, 2024 at the age of 79.
Pennie was the first of two daughters born in St. Francis Hospital in Charleston to the late Lillie Clark Hensley and Oval Hensley.
Ramona, as she was known in school, was a 1962 graduate of Stonewall Jackson High School. She lived most of her life in the Kanawha Valley and grew up on Charleston’s west side. She also lived in Amarillo, TX, Columbus, OH, and Ft, Myers, FL. After working in various construction and medical offices, she retired from the WV Board of Medicine and became a snowbird, spending winters in FL, even though she loved snow. (The sacrifices we make for our spouses).
She liked birds and watched for a family of tree swallows to return to her birdhouse each spring. Pennie was a quilt maker and a member of Hurricane Quilt Guild, flower gardener, and dabbled in crafting and scrap booking. She loved babies and volunteered in the NICU at Thomas Memorial Hospital until her physical problems prevented her from continuing.
Pennie was a member of the Gable Gals, a group of friends who lived in The Gables of Teays and met monthly for lunch. She was a charter member of Charleston’s Crimson Chicks, a chapter of the Red Hat Society. She was a born-again Christian (often disobedient, but our God is a forgiving God), and attended Cross Lanes Baptist Church.
In addition to her parents, Ramona was preceded in death by her first husband/father of her children, Robert Mullins.
She is survived by her husband, James “Allen” Price ( Peewee to his friends); sister, Barbara England of St. Albans; son, David Mullins and his wife, Kim, of Lexington, KY and their daughter, Sydney, of Seattle, WA; daughter, Catherine Mullins Wilson, her husband, Tim, and their sons Andrew and Jacob of Cross Lanes; and a step-son, Blair Price, of Ft. Myers, FL.
Pennie’s family was her greatest pride and joy. She loved spending time with them more than anything else.
A Gathering was held in her honor Wednesday, May 22, 2024 at Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar.

Montie R. Rigney
Montie R. Rigney, 84, of Hurricane, entered his eternal rest on May 14, 2024.
He was preceded in death by his parents Charlie and Mildred Rigney, birth mother; Nancy Jane Rigney, who died when he was a baby; brothers: Billy, C.B., and Ernie (Butch) Rigney, and his sister Susie Gilbert.
Montie is survived by his wife of sixty years, Kay; sons: Paul and Michael Rigney of Hurricane; daughter and son-in-law, Joan & Geb Blum of Bixby, OK; son and daughter-in-law, Joe and Cathy Rigney of Hurricane; six grandchildren: Caleb (Paige) Archambo of Bixby, OK, Ryan (Hannah) Archambo of Dallas, TX, Blaire (Will) Rigney-Sawyer of Greenville, SC, Michele (Ryan) Lewis of Broken Arrow, OK, Ben (Mackenzi) Rigney of Hurricane, and Jonathan Rigney of Hurricane.
Montie had the privilege of seeing all of his beloved grandchildren grow into adulthood and recently welcomed two great-grandchildren Ila Archambo, and Lucia Lewis.
Born on October 27, 1939, Montie was raised in St. Albans where he graduated high school and then went on to serve in the WV Army National Guard, being called to active duty for most of his military stint. He then worked 18 years at Union Carbide before founding the custom HVAC equipment company Thermodyne, Inc. in 1984 where he was president until his retirement in 2018. Montie and Kay raised their family in Cross Lanes and were members of Bible Center Church in Charleston. Montie was a well-known supporter of the West Virginia State Police and the Putnam County Sheriff’s Department and contributed regularly to the Shop-With-A-Cop program and other community charities which revolved around helping local youth.
Montie was a good friend to many people and will be greatly missed. As we commit his body back to the earth, we have the Divine hope that his every atom will be reassembled and glorified at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
A celebration of Montie’s life will be held at noon on Saturday May 25, 2024 at Teays Valley Baptist Church, Hurricane.

Monna Booth Sheets
Monna Louise Booth Sheets, 79, passed away on May 17th, 2024 at her home in Winfield. Monna was born in Hometown to Oran Ross and Gladys “Pit” Booth. She graduated from Poca High School in 1963 and was a life-long proud Poca Dot.
Monna was a loving sister and a caring and dutiful daughter, but first and foremost she was a devoted wife and mother. She spent all of her life’s efforts providing a loving home and caring for her family. She treasured her children and embraced every moment with them; she was a homeroom mother and a band booster, sewed many dance costumes, and spent countless hours helping with homework and working on school projects. Each child had a special song that was sang often and a special birthday dessert, and Christmas brought a fully decorated home, Elvis Christmas music, and a star that could be seen throughout town. She enjoyed singing in the car with her husband, and her children loved to listen.
Her life’s joy was multiplied with the arrival of grandchildren. She loved nothing more than rocking a baby, and took every opportunity to do so. Later, she was front row for every band concert, show choir performance, and ball game.
Her loving on others extended beyond her family; she was a second mother to her children’s friends and to the children she cared for while their mothers worked.
Monna was a sports fan, and on Sundays regularly rooted for her brother’s Cleveland Browns and her sister’s Washington Commanders. But all else was eclipsed by her love of the Chicago Cubs.
Monna was preceded in death by her parents and an infant daughter; brother “Pooch” Booth; sisters-in-law Phyllis and “Nook” Booth; brothers-in-law Warren Magoun and Gary Sheets; and mother-in-law Louise Sheets.
She is survived by her loving and devoted husband of 56 years, Roger Dale “Pogo” Sheets, along with her daughters Jonni (Scott) Winter, Ronni Sheets, and Kristi (Tony) Gillispie; her grandchildren, the loves and joys of her life, Whitley and Gavin Winter, and Garrett, Nate, and Kooper Gillispie; sister Bobbie Magoun; brother Bill Booth; sisters-in-law Wanda (Doug) Robertson, Brenda Sheets, and Shelia (John) Dent; as well as many well-loved nieces and nephews and other family. All of these she loved and loved well, and our lives were better for her love.
Burial was in Haven of Rest Memory Gardens.

Libbie Sigman
Grace Elizabeth “Libbie” Sigman, 87, of Liberty, passed away Sunday, May 19, 2024, at Genesis Putnam Center. She was a member of Grandview Baptist Church and loved to sing.
Born March 17, 1937, in Pt. Pleasant, she was the daughter of the late Wyatt Love and Corda Catherine Love. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her loving husband of 54 years, Shirley Gene Sigman; brothers, Kenneth Love and Marion Love.
Survivors include her daughters, Tammi (Ron) Garton of Charleston and Genella (Matt) Meadows of Culloden; son, Matt (Vickie) Sigman of Hampton SC; grandchildren, Taryn Grace Garton, Makayla Meadows, Megan Meadows, Mason Sigman, Brooke Gibson and Brice Gibson.
Funeral service will be held at 1:00 P.M. on Friday, May 24, 2024, at Raynes Funeral Home, Eleanor, with Pastor Clifford Curry and Pastor Woody Willard officiating. Burial will follow in Haven of Rest Memory Gardens, Red House. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

Charlotte Thompson
Charlotte Juanita Thompson (Miller), 93, of Culloden, formally Hurricane, went to be with the Lord on May 12th at home surrounded by her loving family.
She was the daughter of the late Ralph and Ora Miller of Huntington and was preceded in death by sister, Elizabeth Semones of OH, Catherine Damron of NC, Dean Stewart of NM, daughter-in-law, Sheila (Tate) Thompson and loving husband, Wilson Bryan Thompson.
She is survived by her children: Ronald (Cindy) Thompson, David (Patty) Thompson, Rebecca Racer and Tara (Mike) Hicks. She is also survived by her sister, Connie Jolly (Longnecker), her grandchildren; Tracy (Dale) Rayburn, Crystal Wilkinson, Natalie (Kevin) Grant, Melody (Dustin) Dalton, Caleb (Kate) Thompson, Trevor Thompson, Isaiah Thompson as well as 12 great-grandchildren, 9 great-great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Charlotte was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She worked at M.L. Becketts where she made many friends. She loved to travel and spend time with her family. She enjoyed crafts, game night, getting her hair and nails done and singing church hymns, reading her Bible and attending church. She also loved yard selling, especially in Florida. She loved animals, especially her cat, Sassy. She loved suckers and if you came to the house, she would always try to get you to take one. She will be greatly missed.
Funeral service was Saturday, May 18, 2024, at Allen Funeral Home, Hurricane. Burial was in Valley View Memorial Park.

Elizabeth Ann Tucker
Elizabeth Ann Tucker, 41, of Eleanor, passed away Wednesday May 15, 2024. She was a 2000 graduate of Buffalo High School. Elizabeth attended NIT in Cross Lanes and Bridge Valley Community & Technical College. She was a very loving, caring and courageous person with an excellent sense of humor. She loved cheerleading. Elizabeth cheered for Midget League through her senior year of high school. Her biggest joy was being a cheerleading coach for Buffalo High School. She loved “her girls” and Ms. Anderson. She was a Christian and anytime she thought you needed to hear about Jesus, she was quick to share her love for him with you. Elizabeth attended Cross Creek Community Church.
She was the daughter of Linda Parsons Tucker of Eleanor and the late Noland Tucker, who passed away on February 28, 2024. In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by her grandparents Alfred and Ruth Parsons and Harold and Mary K. Tucker.
In addition to her mother, Elizabeth is survived many extended family members and many friends that she loved dearly.
Graveside service was Monday, May 20, 2024 at Buffalo Memorial Park, Buffalo, with Pastor Joe Scarberry officiating.

David Wade
David Whitten Wade, 72, of Hurricane, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, May 12, at the Sanctuary of the Ohio Valley Care Home. He was a Hurricane High School graduate and retired from Southeast Gas Company.
He is survived by his sister Rena Gail Wade of Beckley and brothers, Roger Lee Wade of Cleveland, Tim Wade of St. Albans, Billy Wade of Nitro and Rodney Wade of Flatwoods. Graveside service was Friday, May 17, 2024 at Mt. Olive Cemetery.

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