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Obituaries for Week of June 13

Fredrick (Jack) Burton Arnold Jr., 85, of Scott Depot, passed away peacefully on May 28, 2024.
Jack was an American Veteran having served in the U.S. Air Force for 24 years and the U.S. Postal Service before retiring in Scott Depot.
Jack is the beloved husband of Annabelle Arnold. He is also survived by his daughter: Teresa Velazquez; and son: Christopher Arnold; in addition to four daughters on Annabelle’s side: Stephanie Goff, Valerie Fowler, Susan Shaffer and Angela Shock.
We are honoring his wish that he be cremated and no services at this time.

Alan Homer Currence, 75, of Hurricane, passed away Sunday, June 2, 2024 at his home.
He was born August 12, 1948 in Honolulu, Hawaii, to the late Homer Cleophus Currence and Annabel Fimple Currence. In addition to his parents, he was preceded by his wife: Janet Ann Currence.
Alan is survived by his son: Brian Todd Currence; and daughter: Rebecca Elyse Currence; brother: Fayne Russell Currence and his children: Michael Fayne and Ginger Ann Woods.
Alan had lived in England and Manassas, Virginia, before moving to Fairmont, West Virginia. He was an avid Boy Scout and spelunker throughout his youth and young adulthood.
After retiring from Columbia Gas with 24 years of experience, he began teaching at Everett Institute in Cross Lanes, West Virginia; he taught Electronics and IT courses. Alan had a great love of teaching and a true talent for translating complex ideas into approachable and learnable concepts.
We are honoring his wish that he be cremated and no services at this time.

Richard Lee Lanning, 71, of Hurricane, went to his heavenly home on June 9, 2024, after a brief illness. A 1970 graduate of Hurricane High School, he joined the Army in 1971. He proudly fought for his country in Vietnam with the 192nd Assault Helicopter Company – returned home 1973. A member of the Carpenters Local 439, he retired from G & G Construction in 2012 after 28 years of service to enjoy life with his loving wife Kelley.
Richard was the son of the late Elmer and Marjorie Lanning and step-mother Mayola Lanning.
He is survived by his wife, Kelley Lanning; children, Dustin (Angela) Lanning, Darin Lanning, and Danielle Lanning, Shane (Angela) Alexander and Derek (Nichi) Alexander; sister, Linda McCallister and children; grandchildren, Megan (Derek) Stanley, Adi (Brandon) Shafer, Gwyneth Lanning, Sydne Alexander, Jaxin Alexander, Paula Grace Alexander, Zachary Lanning, Nathan Alexander; and great grandson Hunter Stanley.
Richard enjoyed walking with Kelley on the beach and around their neighborhood, a good western movie, and laughing with his family and friends. His grandchildren always knew that they could find him on the sidelines cheering them on in whatever they chose to do. He will also be missed by the squirrels, birds and the occasional racoon that he enjoyed feeding in his back yard.
Richard was a devoted member of the Pine Grove Church of Christ. He loved to fellowship with his brothers and sisters in Christ, always willing to do whatever the Church needed.
Service date and times are pending.

Marva Colleen Ledbetter, 71, of Scott Depot, went home to be with the Lord on April 25, 2024. Marva was born on January 26, 1953 to Dennis and Leah Ross who preceded her in death. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by a brother, D.J. Ross.
Marva is survived by her sister Linda Ross of Pinch, brother Ricky Ross of Kenna, son Michael Ledbetter of Scott Depot, four grandchildren whom she loved dearly- Alyssa, Hannah, Jaidon and Jacob, great grandson Jackson Cole, and several nieces and nephews.
We have comfort in knowing Marva is reunited with her parents and brother and is watching over our family.

Michael McCoy
Michael T. McCoy, 76, of Hurricane, passed away on June 1, 2024 after a long illness.
His family Mattew, Kevin, Timothy, Janet, Eli, Gabe and sister Donna Caroline along with in-laws, nephews and nieces will miss him.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Donald W and Agnes V. McCoy and his brother David R. McCoy.
He loved to go to Tudor’s every morning for breakfast and talking together with the people who sat at the “Old Coots and Codgers Table. He also loved NASCAR races.
A Celebration of Life Ceremony will be held at a later date.

Polly Mynes
Polly Abbott Mynes, 89, of Hurricane, West Virginia, passed away peacefully on Friday, June 7, 2024, after a brief illness. Born on January 4, 1935, and was the daughter of the late Kermit and Hazel Abbott. Polly graduated from Hurricane High School in 1951 and pursued further education at The Century School of Business in Huntington. She dedicated many years of her professional life to working at Putnam County Bank.
In 1955, Polly married the love of her life, Buster Mynes, with whom she shared many wonderful years until his passing in 2000. Together, they were active members of their community, teaching the youth Sunday school class at Trace Fork Missionary Baptist Church before becoming long-time members of the First Baptist Church of Hurricane.
Polly had a zest for life and cherished the simple pleasures. She was an avid reader, often found with a good book in hand. She enjoyed listening to gospel music on TV, the refreshing taste of a cold can of Coca-Cola and looked forward to her every Thursday trip to New U Hair, where she enjoyed catching up with friends.
Polly is preceded in death by her husband, Buster; her parents, Kermit and Hazel; and her oldest daughter, Julie Casto. She is survived by her youngest daughter, Jody Rollins, and her husband, Mike. Polly was a loving grandmother to Laura Casto and her husband, Glenn Pill, of Melbourne, Australia; Joseph Rollins and his wife, Brandi, of Beckley, West Virginia; and Joshua Rollins and his wife, Jen, of Pataskala, Ohio. She was also the beloved great-grandmother to Isla Casto of Melbourne, Australia.
A memorial service honoring Polly’s life was held Tuesday, June 11, at Allen Funeral Home in Hurricane with Pastor Jerry Losh officiating. Polly was laid to rest at Valley View Cemetery in Hurricane.

Clara Jo Owens
Clara Jo Owens, 90, of Hurricane, passed away on June 2, 2024 at home.
She was born to the late James Hermas and Ernestine McSpadden Majors on August 9, 1933.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Harold, daughter: Pamela Ross, sisters: Joyline Majors and Sarah Burdick; brothers: Robert Jarrell and Bill Majors.
Clara was retired from the United Postal Service and a member of Paradise Bible Church.
Clara is survived by her children: James (Deborah) Owens, Timothy (Connie) Owens and Paula Owens; and brother: Wayne Jarrell, as well as 11 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.
Graveside service for Clara was Wednesday June 5, 2024 at Haven of Rest Memorial Gardens Mausoleum, Red House, with Pastor Paul Browning.

Bernice Oxley
Bernice Oxley, 85, passed away recently in Thomas Hospital of Covid. She was the daughter of the late Clayton and Debbie Fisher of Hurricane and a graduate of Hurricane High School of 1957.
She lived most of her adult life in New Jersey. She had four children, all deceased, and four grandchildren, three in Tampa, Florida, and one in New Jersey. She has one great-grandchild and a great, great granddaughter in New Jersey. Surviving are five sisters, Betty of Culloden, Roberta of Point Pleasant, Rita and Bob of Coos Bay, Oregon. Linda and Dave of Dalton, Ohio and Susan of Mount Alto and brother Dale and Regina of Hurricane. Several nieces and nephews. Special thanks to Frankie and Cathy Persinger and Betty Oxley.
There was no public service.

Linda Diane Persinger
Diane Persinger, 68, of Hometown, passed away on June 2, 2024 after a short illness.
She will be deeply missed by her husband, Rex; son: Rocky and his wife Allison; and six grandchildren: Emily, Eaden, Drema, Harley, Axel and Norman.
Above all else, Diane dedicated her life to her husband, family, children and grandchildren. She was never afraid to speak her mind. If you didn’t want to know what she was thinking, you shouldn’t ask, and sometimes you didn’t have to. She enjoyed oil painting, fishing, riding Harleys, sitting on her front porch watching the grandkids and gardening.
In honoring her wishes, her ashes will be scattered at the family cemetery in Jackson County.

Helen Frances Sayre
Helen Frances Bailey Sayre 91, of Hurricane, passed away on May 31, 2024 at Hubbard Hospice House West in South Charleston.
She was born on January 4, 1933 to the late James Bennett and Virgie Alice Goodwin Bailey in Poca. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her son: Denny Thompson; daughter: Sandra Greer; and grandson: Lucas Ingram.
Helen is survived by her children: Dee (Tom) Payne, Butch Thompson, Randy (Jane) Shamblin, Kenny (Tracy) Sayre, and Brenda (Terry) Whittaker, sixteen grandchildren and seventeen great grandchildren.
Helen was a dedicated mother who loved her family with all her heart. Her favorite day was Sunday, she would cook everyone’s best meal of the week and then enjoy spending time together sharing. She was a faithful employee to Putnam County Schools for 17 years where she served as a Custodian and her schools were always among the cleanest. She developed many friendships with teachers, staff and students. Helen was a Poca Dot through to her core!
She was always positive and upbeat and would put a smile on your face with her presence.
A Celebration of Helen’s Life was held Sunday, June 9, 2024 at Chapman Funeral Home, Hurricane, with Pastor Delbert Hawley officiating.

Peggy Sowards
Peggy Louise Sowards, 87, of Culloden, passed away peacefully June 7th 2024, in her home surrounded by loved ones. She was preceded in death by her parents; Lewis and Louise Underwood; husband Charles Sowards. She was survived by two sons JB Browning (Sue) of Culloden, Malcolm Sowards of Culloden; Grandkids; Andrea Nibert (Dave) of Milton, Cody Browning (Destiny) of Hurricane, Chris Sowards (Andrea) of Culloden. Great Grandchildren; Halen, Jalen, Michael, Bristol, Bentley, Ellie. Special friend Jerry Mitchell.
Peggy enjoyed her time in the outdoors, spending time with her friends and family, and always strived to put her relationship with God first.
Funeral service was Monday, June 10, 2024 at Allen Funeral Home with Pastor Jonah Dillon officiating. Burial was in the family cemetery.

Jessie Lou Thompson
Jessie Lou Thompson, of Scott Depot, passed away June 3, 2024 at home.
She was born on June 16, 1939 to the late Donald and Irene Wilson Walker.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband: Charles R. Thompson; sisters: Carol Matheny, Sonja Dingess and Betty Ferrell.
Jessie is survived by her daughter: Jill (Doug) Thompson Walker of Hurricane; grandchildren: Ashley (Josh) Gatens of St. Albans, and Tyler Walker of Wheelersburg; great grandchildren: Autumn Sheets and Audrey Walker; sisters: Shelva Richards of St. Albans, and Elsie Hackney of Elkview; brothers: Rusty Walker of Raleigh, NC and Don Walker of South Charleston, as well as several other family members.
Funeral service for Jessie was Thursday, June 6, 2024 at Chapman Funeral Home, Hurricane, with Pastor Delbert Hawley officiating. Entombment was in Valley View Memorial Park, Hurricane.

Edward Lee Whittington
Edward Lee Whittington was born on July 25, 1961 and entered into the Lord Jesus’ presence on June 3, 2024. Ed was the youngest child of Frank and Allie Whittington (Trent) of St. Albans. He was a 1980 graduate of Hurricane High School. He was married to his wife of 41 years, Tina (Morris) on July 10, 1982.
Ed was a proud father, Pop, and uncle. He loved to study his Bible, talk of what he had learned, to read, spend time outdoors, and most of all to spend time watching and playing with his grandchildren. Ed was a member of Calvary Baptist Church of Hurricane. He loved his church family and enjoyed fellowship with believers.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Frank Whittington and Allie Trent of St. Albans, and grandchild “Baby Whittington” (miscarried 2013).
He is survived by his beloved wife: Justine (Tina) Whittington; son: Frankie Whittington Scott Depot; son and daughter-in-law: Bill and Elizabeth Whittington Ponca City, OK; and seven grandchildren: Phoebe, Priscilla, Moses, Elisha, Simeon, Corrianna, and Tabitha Whittington. He is also survived by his siblings: Charles (Suzy) Whittington, Rita Woodall, and Ronny (Debbie) Whittington; and siblings-in-law: Robert (Barbara) Morris, Patricia Morris, Joni (Bill) Winkler; and many nephews and nieces.
Most of all, Ed loved the Lord Jesus. In his last conversation with his son, Bill, Ed said, “The gospel is simple: Christ died for my sins and rose again.” In that hope, Ed will be laid to rest in the family cemetery in Scott Depot. His soul in the presence of Jesus. His body awaiting the blessed hope of Jesus’ return.
Celebration of Ed’s Life was held at Calvary Baptist Church, Hurricane, Monday, June 10, 2024 with Pastor Aaron Karr officiating. Burial was in the family cemetery on the farm.

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