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Obituaries for Week of June 27

Garrey Roger Bush, 85, of Hurricane, passed away June 19, 2024. He was born March 9, 1939 in Huntington, a son of the late Oliver and Ethel Carpenter Bush. He is survived by his wife, Phyllis Jean Ginn Bush and one son, Gary Michael Bush, of Huntington. There will be no visitation.
Funeral service was held Saturday, June 22, 2024 at the Valley View Memorial Park Mausoleum, Hurricane, with Steve Miller officiating.

Cathy Jo Lowther, 63, of Charleston, passed away Tuesday June 18, 2024 at home following a short illness. She was a 1978 graduate of Buffalo High School.
Born September 23, 1960, she was the daughter of the late Rodney Barnett and Helena Parks Barnett. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by sisters, Delores King and Virginia Jean Warner; brothers, James Barnett, Clyde Warner and Ray Warner.
Survivors include her children, Billy Casto of Charleston, Tiffany (Chris) Cooper of Tennessee, Randie Lowther Spaulding of Dunbar and Lindsey Lowther of Charleston; brother, Jimmy Warner of Buffalo; grandchildren, Jayden Hatfield, Isabella Spaulding, Victoria Spaulding and Christian Casto.
Funeral service was Friday, June 21, 2024 at Raynes Funeral Home, Buffalo. Burial was in Buffalo Memorial Park, Buffalo.

Dr. Ivan Scott Muslin PhD, 54, of Hurricane, passed away June 14, 2024, surrounded by loved ones after bravely battling health issues.
Dr. Muzz received his PhD from the University of Memphis. He was an Assistant Professor of Management at Marshall University. He held the position of Visiting Professor of Management at Drake University, and Graduate Assistant at the University of Memphis. He was a strong supporter of lifelong learning and encouraged all to seek higher education and offered support that would buttress their educational goals. The family has received numerous messages from students, colleagues and administrators noting the impact he had on their educational and career paths. He was always willing to help anyone in need. He had a way of making you laugh and reassured you that things were going to be ok.
In his private life, Ivan was focused on his family and friends. He loved to travel, experience good food and was always ready for a concert or sporting event. He loved his Chicago Cubs and Bears, and Tampa Buccaneers and Bolts.
Ivan was preceded in death by his parents Harvey and Adrienne (Berg) Muslin.
Those who will treasure his memory are his wife, Angela Petry-Muslin, children: Harvey and Emma Muslin, Haleigh Petry (Brady Griffin); sister, Erica (Chris) Adkins; brother, David “Ollie” (Christine) Muslin; uncle, Larry Muslin, Jennifer Muslin, and his “brother from another mother” and best friends James and Karley Vardaman along with a host of family and friends.
The family has chosen to have a memorial service at a later date.

Susan Lynn O’Neill, 65, of Winfield, passed away June 19, 2024, at home surrounded by her loving family.
Susan was born December 4, 1958, in Charleston to the late George and Betty Rhodes. She is also preceded in death by her sister Sheryl Hendricks.
She was a homemaker, former employee for the Cross Lanes Lowes for 15 years and a 1977 graduate of Poca High School. Susan enjoyed working in her flower garden and growing her beautiful roses, but especially enjoyed being Mama to Payton.
She is survived by her children Crystal Roupe and Kris Hendricks; brother Cecil and his wife Amber Rhodes; and granddaughter Payton Barnett.
A tribute to the life of Susan will be 11:00 AM, Saturday, June 29, 2024 at Gatens-Harding Funeral Home with Pastor James “Speedy” Arthur officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service on Saturday at the funeral home.

Jill Forth Oxley
Jill Oxley, of Scott Depot, died peacefully Friday, June 15, 2024, surrounded by the love and support of family.
Jill Forth was born in 1955 in Hurricane to Vivian and Claude Forth. Beginning in childhood Jill had a strong sense of community, acting as a bicycle messenger to the families in her neighborhood, carrying important information and distributing kitchen herbs that the neighbors shared with each other. She enjoyed accompanying her father to the ponds on his property where she helped him by catching bait and fishing. As a young woman, her sense of duty to her community broadened as she volunteered at shelters for unhoused people, tutored individuals in adult literacy programs, and acted as a Girl Scout leader even before having a daughter of her own.
In 1974, Jill endured a traumatic car accident. She overcame life altering injuries. After her recovery, she believed that because her life had been spared from what was likely to have been a fatal crash, the remainder of her life was a gift.
In 1975, Jill married Robert Oxley, who she met through mutual friends. They shared 28 years of marriage before his death in 2003.
In 1978 and 1981, Jill and Bob welcomed their children, Jasmine and Casey. Motherhood was the role Jill cherished most, and she used her influence to encourage her children to emulate her sense of community responsibility. She was the humane officer and director of her county’s animal shelter and worked tirelessly to advocate for the rights of vulnerable animals. Later, Jill used her journalism degree to become a human interest reporter. While her career path focused on helping her community, Jill’s personal life was laser focused on her love for her family. She cared for her mother as she endured illness, created a happy and humor-filled home with her husband, and supported her children in everything- attending sporting events, acting as a Girl Scout leader, and including them in her passions and activism.
In 2008 and 2011, Jill was elated to add two granddaughters, Emberlynn and Sydney, to her life. She embraced the opportunity to support her children as they navigated their lives as parents and was especially proud of their gentle, devoted parenting styles.
Jill’s irreverent, mischievous nature allowed her to persevere and overcome hardship. Her quick wit and ability to find humor in challenging situations was admired by her family and friends. Her primary partner in shenanigans was her beloved sister Linda, with whom she enjoyed getting lost on every road trip. Together, Jill and Linda inflicted endless antique shop visits and Motown music on Jasmine, Casey, and Linda’s daughter, Jessica. Jill’s love of the ridiculous allowed her to spend her last days laughing, appreciating sarcasm, and sharing inside jokes with her daughter and visitors. She utilized well-timed expressions to make others laugh even when language failed her.
She will be loved and missed by all who knew her. She is survived by her daughter, Jasmine Oxley, son, Casey Oxley, granddaughters Emberlynn Barefield and Sydney Oxley, her sister Linda Harrison, her beloved dog, Ollie and cat, Myki, and extended family members.

Phyllis Jean Stinette
Phyllis Jean (Kinnison) Stinnette, 86, of Scott Depot, passed away on June 21, 2024 after a short illness. She is now in the loving hands of our Heavenly Father.
She was born February 27, 1938 in Lobelia, WV to the late W.W. (Bus) and Nellie Kinnison.
Phyllis is survived by her loving husband of 59 years William (Bill) E. Stinnette Jr.; daughters: Patricia (Fred) Andrews of Hampstead, NC and Pamela (Chris) Childers of Scott Depot, WV; grandchildren: Elizabeth Andrews, Tiffany Childers, Melissa Andrews, and Jeffrey Childers; sister, Lois (George) DeBell of Poinciana, FL, and several nieces, great nieces and nephews.
She was a graduate from South Charleston High in 1956, and the Charleston School of Business. She was a member of Beta Sigma Phi sorority for 60 plus years and a member of Winfield United Methodist Church where she acted as financial secretary for many years. She worked for the State Board of Education and then Terminix. Between her two stints of employment she was a house wife and stay at home mom where she filled her time actively participating in PTA, homeroom mothers, Girl Scout Leader, and band booster.
Funeral service for Phyllis was Thursday, June 27, 2024 at Chapman Funeral Home in Winfield with Rev. Charlie Mays officiating. Burial was in Cunningham Memorial Park.

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