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Obituaries for Week of June 6

Janice Bowden Aliff
Janice Bowden Aliff, of Teays, went Home to be with the Lord on Sunday May 26, 2024 at her daughter’s home surrounded by pets and family.
She was born in New Bedford, MA on April 4, 1937, the first of two children, to the late Roscoe Snow and Charlotte E. Ledbury Bowden. Her earliest years were spent in Walpole, Massachusetts where she graduated from Walpole High School in 1954.
Janice then went on to receive a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Simon’s Women’s College School of Nursing in 1959. She married James Richard Aliff of St. Albans on September 6, 1957, celebrating over 63 years of marriage when he passed away.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, a sister, Marilyn Campbell; son, David Lee Aliff; several aunts and uncles.
Janice moved to West Virginia after college and began a nursing career at Charleston Memorial Hospital, where she was an OR surgical nurse and was on the first open heart surgery performed at the hospital. She worked for many years at Charleston Memorial and was on the hospital bowling team, and later worked as a surgical nurse for Putnam General Hospital where she worked until her retirement.
Janice was a member of Teays Valley Missionary Baptist Church where she sang in the choir and played the organ for over 30 years.
She also had many hobbies including sewing, quilting, cooking, and gardening. She loved quilting with friends and always had great food on the table. Janice also had a love of animals, she rescued quite a few and had too many pets to mention them all.
She is survived by her daughter: Amy Bowles (Jarrod) of Scott Depot; granddaughters: Ashlynn and Alexis; sister-in-law: Janis Aliff of Springfield, VA; brother in-law: Kenneth Campbell of Holliston, MA and his children: niece, Andrea and nephew, Matt; and her cat, Blackie Piper.
Funeral service for Janice was Saturday, June 1, 2024 at Teays Valley Missionary Baptist Church, Hurricane, with Rev. Dr. John D. Smith officiating. Burial was in Cunningham Memorial Park, St. Albans.

Gary L. Bailey
Gary L. Bailey, 79, of Eleanor, passed away on June 1, 2024, at the Emogene Dolin Jones Hospice House in Huntington after a long battle with cancer and Parkinson’s disease.
Gary was born on May 7, 1945, to the late Carlton and Mary Hinkle Bailey. He graduated from Butler High School in Butler, New Jersey, and earned a degree in Biology from West Virginia Wesleyan College in Buckhannon, West Virginia.
Gary served as a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division of the United States Army, stationed in Germany. He retired from the USDA as a District Director of the Farm Service Agency after 37 years of service.
He was active in the Putnam County Gun Club, WV State Rifle & Pistol Association, NRA, and American Legion. He enjoyed spending time at his farm in French Creek, Upshur County, where he engaged in hunting, trapping, and enjoying nature. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend to many. Gary was also a member of the First Baptist Church of Buckhannon.
Preceding him in death are his parents; grandparents, Harold and Nelle Bailey and W.O. and Alfa Hinkle; in-laws, Amos and Lillian Hornbeck Waugh; brother-in-law, Ronald Davidson, all of Buckhannon, and brother-in-law, Dr. Gary A. Waugh of South Carolina.
Gary is survived by his wife of 51 years, Percilla Waugh Bailey; sons, Aaron H. Bailey (Lisa) of Proctorville, Ohio, and Travis M. Bailey (Bonnie) of Milton, WV; grandsons, Turner and Bryor Bailey of Milton, WV. He is also survived by his brother, Phil Bailey of Newton, NJ; sister, Carol Horernle (Erich) of Florida; sisters-in-law, Nancy Waugh Davidson of Buckhannon, WV, and Joyce Gerrad Waugh of South Carolina; as well as several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Funeral service was June 5, 2024, at Raynes Funeral Home in Eleanor with Pastor Will Basham officiating. Interment with military graveside honors was at the Donel C. Kinnard Memorial State Veterans Cemetery, Dunbar.

Valerie Ann Bayless
Valerie Ann Bayless, 71, of Eleanor, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, May 28, 2024 at Genesis Putnam Center. She was a courageous person and battled cerebral palsy her entire life. She lived at home for 44 years with a great world of love and care surrounding her. She was the 1956 Kanawha Valley Easter Seal Girl.
She was preceded in death by her father, Robert Reese Bayless; maternal grandparents, George and Lille Mae Taylor; paternal grandparents, Wilson and Flora Bayless.
She is survived by her lifelong caregiver and dedicated mother, Geraldine E. Taylor Bayless of Eleanor; sister Elizabeth Jean Bayless of Florida; brother Robert R. “Chip” (Sherry) Bayless of Milton. Valerie is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral service was Friday, May 31, 2024 at Raynes Funeral Home, Eleanor, with Pastor David Panaro Jr. officiating. Burial was in Beech Grove Cemetery, Eleanor.

Herbert Dale Erwin
Herbert Dale Erwin, 69, of Poca, went home to be with the Lord on June 1, 2024.
He was a 1972 graduate of Poca High School. He retired from Union Carbide and Dow with 41 years of service. He enjoyed golf, corn hole, and being outside (specifically cutting grass). However, there was nothing he loved more than laughing, dancing, playing card games, and just spending time with his devoted wife, Stephanie.
He was preceded in death by his mom, dad, and sister June. He is survived by his wife Stephanie, sons Tony (Amy) and Stephen Erwin, daughter Kayla Good (Corey), sister Sandra McLane (Randall), grandsons Nicholas Erwin (Brittany) and Jacob Conner, great-granddaughter Gracie Mae Erwin, and many other family members and friends that he loved as family.
Herb was an amazing man and friend to many. He was willing to lend a helping hand to, literally, anyone that needed it. To know Herb, was to love Herb. He could tell the best story, even if you had heard it a time (or two) before. He brought the joy of life everywhere he went. His light and presence in everyone’s lives will never be matched. Once a Dot, Always a Dot.
A tribute to the life of Herb was held Monday, June 3,2024 at Gatens Harding Funeral Home chapel with Pastor Jim Legg officiating.

William “Bill” Goddard
William Clayton “Bill” Goddard, 69, of Red House, passed away Wednesday, May 29, 2024 at his home following a long illness. He was a 1973 graduate of Buffalo High School, and retired from E & L Inc. as a driver. He also worked for T.A. Chapman. He enjoyed tinkering/piddling around on small engines, and he enjoyed hunting and fishing. Bill loved being with his family most of all.
Born October 1, 1954, he was the son of the late Clayton Goddard and Lillian Parsons Goddard. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by sisters, Connie Adkins and Dolores Barnett.
He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Karinda Goddard; daughter, Kimberly Goddard; twin daughters, Amie Goddard (Mark Hawkins), and Jamie Goddard, all of Red House; grandson, Wyatt Hawkins, and twin granddaughters, Sophie and Zoie Hawkins, all of Red House; brother, Roger Goddard of Missouri; sister, Janet Goddard of Red House; two nephews, Stevie Barnett of Red House, and Richie (Mariah) Adkins of Hometown; two great-nephews, Landon and Levi; one great-niece, Graceyn; as well as extended family and many friends.
Funeral service was Monday, June 3, 2024 at Raynes Funeral Home, Eleanor, with Pastor Rick Legg officiating. Burial was in Shiloah Church Cemetery, Red House.

James Tillison Martin, Jr
James Tillison Martin, Jr, age 75, a resident of Hurricane, passed away Friday, May 24, 2024 in the Charleston Area Medical Center in Charleston. James was born January 11, 1949 in Barbour County a son of the late James Tillison and Joan (Lake) Martin. James cherished Roann (Taylor) Martin as the love of his life, whom he married August 26, 1989.
James retired as a coal miner after 43 years having worked for Bethlem Coal Company and several other mining companies over the 43 years. James was currently employed with Putnam Aging in Hometown where he cherished his time assisting the seniors.
James’s memory will be cherished by the loved ones he left behind his wife Roann; his daughter Megan had a special place in his heart, being the center of his world, furthermore, his grandson, Tillison, brought immeasurable pride and joy to his life, making their time together one of the happiest years he had ever experienced; stepsons Todd McBee and wife Sonia, and Mark McBee and wife Susan; four step grandchildren; four step great grandchildren; sisters Margaret Ann Carney, Mary Jo McBee and husband Robert, Tom Martin and wife Cindy, and Rick Martin and wife Diane; also several nieces and nephews.
James was preceded in death by his parents James Tillison and Joan Martin; his first wife Norma Lee Martin.
Funeral was at the Wright Funeral Home, Philippi, on Thursday, May 30, with Rev. Tami Shoup officiating. Interment was in Mt. Vernon Memorial Cemetery, Philippi.

Freeda Maddox
Freeda Mae Womack Maddox walked into the arms of Jesus on May 26, 2024, and was greeted by her husband, Harold, her parents, H. E. (Ned) and Amanda Womack, and her siblings – Rachel, Hazel, Homer, Phyllis, and Jennings.
Born on March 1, 1931, Freeda valued family, faith, and hard work. Any interaction with Freeda would have been evidence of those values.
Harold and Freeda established their home in Scott Depot where they raised their 3 children- Alan (Rose) Maddox, Becky (Robin) Crouch and Marilyn (Rich) McClure. They devoted their time to providing for them and teaching them about God’s love and how to love others. Seven grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren, and 1 great great grandchild will continue that legacy: Michael (Terra) Maddox- Austin, Taylor, Brianna, (Jackson) VanScoy- David; Angela Maddox; Sarah (Ryan) Rhodes- Grayce, Briar, Hadley and Harper; Bethany (Justin) Cox – Jase, Lucas and Nolan; Brian (Sara) McClure- Declan, Asher and Eli; Todd (Erin) McClure – Jehiah and Abi; and Scott (Katie) McClure- Sadie and Keely.
Freeda enjoyed being with children. She taught at Scott Teays Elementary and then was preschool director at First Baptist Church of St. Albans. She enjoyed having sleepovers with the grandchildren, planning crafts, and other activities for them. As a Sunday School teacher, Bible School teacher, and Teays Valley Baptist Association camp director she taught many children about Jesus and the importance of knowing God’s Word.
Freeda loved her church and serving with others. Participating in the women’s groups and singing in the choir allowed her to use her gifts and talents for the Lord. She instilled in her children and grandchildren a love for music and modeled the importance of using your talents to serve the Lord.
Freeda enjoyed sewing and cooking for her family. Each of the family have a quilt or pillow that she made. Gardening and canning allowed her to prepare delicious and abundant meals for family and others who stopped to visit. Her home was the site of many family gatherings and reunions with cousins, nieces, and nephews.
Service was Thursday, May 30, at First Baptist Church of St. Albans with a Celebration of Life with Rev. Joel Harpold officiating.

Brenda McDaniel
Brenda McDaniel, 75, of Culloden, passed away on Tuesday, May 28, 2024, after a short illness. She was a graduate of Hurricane High School and Huntington Beauty School. She is survived by her Husband, Sam McDaniel, Daughter, Shelli (Shawn) Fox of Culloden, Son, Marty (Ashley) McDaniel of Culloden, Grandchildren, Anna McDaniel, Grace Edmunds, Ali McDaniel, Noel Edmunds, Sophie McDaniel, Lilly McDaniel, Sister, Kathy (Terry) Hanson, and Nephew A.J. (Leslie) Hanson.
Funeral service was Thursday, May 30, 2024 at Allen Funeral Home with Pastor Charles Elkins officiating. Burial was in Valley View Memorial Park.

Kathryn Rose (Call) Smith, 52, of Milton, passed away suddenly on May 25, 2024.
She was born June 21, 1971 to the late Hubert and Connie Call of Hurricane. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Ronnie Call and two special grandchildren.
She is survived by her husband William “Bill” Smith of Milton; sons: Billy (Nikki) Call of Hurricane and Hunter (Sidney) Smith of Milton; three grandchildren: Landyn, Isebelle and baby River; sister: Robin (Calvin) Call of Hurricane; and a brother: Ronald (Melissa) Call of Hurricane; and a host of nieces and nephews.
Funeral service for Kathy was Friday May 31, 2024 at Chapman Funeral Home, Hurricane, with Pastor James Jobe officiating. Burial was in Oak Ridge Cemetery, Winfield.

Gloria Jean Vanoy, 79, of Hurricane, passed away on May 25, 2024.
Gloria was born to the late Dennie and Hazel Leach on January 10, 1945 in Charleston. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, James R. Vanoy Sr.; son, James Vanoy II; siblings: Gary Leach, Bobby Leach and sister in heart: Betty Leach.
She worked at the Diamond Department Store in her early years and finished her career working as a Realtor for Century 21 Real Estate.
Gloria is survived by her loving family, her children: Michelle Vanoy-Warner (Jim) and Robert Gillispie (Emily); grandchildren: James R. Vanoy III (Alyssa), Alex Turley, Liam Warner, Morgan Warner, Josh Warner (Emily), Robbie Gillispie and Isaiah Gillispie; great-grandchildren: Rhett Vanoy, Xander Turley, Journi Turley, Bryce Warner, Brock Warner, Isla Balbuena and Banks Balbuena; siblings: Dicke Leach (Lynn) and Butch Leach (Gail).
Gloria could not tell a lie, so you did not ask her a question if you didn’t want the truth. She had the sweetest smile, but she sure was feisty. She loved traveling, especially with Jim and Betty, they went all over (while usually finding a casino along the way). She adored her grandchildren and great grandchildren, but honestly, she adored every baby she met. She loved watching the kids play which always made her smile. There was nothing she wouldn’t do for her family. Gloria and Jim had the most endearing marriage, it was the kind of love that everyone admired.
Funeral service for Gloria was Thursday May 30, 2024 at Chapman Funeral Home, Hurricane, with Pastor Richard Thompson officiating. Burial was in Floral Hills Garden of Memories, Pocatalico.

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