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Obituaries for Week of July 11

Pansy Lee Bailey, 68, of Poca, went home to be with the Lord on July 5, 2024
She was born on July 14, 1955 in Charleston, the daughter of the late Vernon and Della Reed.
Pansy’s passion in life was spending as much time as she could with family and crafting.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her daughter, Tammy Reed; sister, Joann Dawson; and her lifelong best friend, Diane Cole.
Left to cherish Pansy’s memories are her husband, Darrell Bailey; daughters, Missy Loudin (Tom) and Mindy Pauley; son, Omar Bailey; granddaughters, Deanna Gibson (Travis), Morgan Lewis (Austin), Cassie Bryant, Lily Loudin, and Megan Carr; grandson, Connor Bailey; ten great-grandchildren who were her life; sister, Kitty Tincher (Kenny); brothers, Kenneth Reed and Terry Reed; along with a host of other relatives and friends.
A Celebration of Pansy’s life was held Thursday, July11, 2024 at Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar.

Helen Ruth Burnside, of Hometown, passed peacefully in her home surrounded by her loving family on July 6, 2024, at the age of 94. She was born February 9, 1930, in Nitro.
She is preceded in death by her parents Homer (Sr.) and Vada Deal Santrock of Nitro, husband Thomas Gene Burnside, son Thomas David Burnside, daughter Deborah Lynn Burnside, great-grandson Noah Alexander Burnside, brothers Homer Santrock, Jr, Sandy Santrock, Charles Santrock, and Robert Santrock; sisters Beatrice Wilkinson, Clara Marie Edwards, Isabelle Byrd, Vada Lee Rollins, Jackie Rollins, and Shirley Evans.
Helen is survived by son Roger and Deanna Burnside of Hometown; grandson Randy and Kim Burnside of Winfield; grandson Shane and Jill Burnside of Red House; granddaughter Nicole Cartrette and Ray Eshelman of Conway, S.C.; and great grandchildren Shayna, Kaylee, Braden, Morgan, Kolton, Gillian, and Nora Helen.
Helen retired after 27 years with the United States Postal Service and serving as Postmaster of Hometown. She became the first kidney donor in West Virginia’s history when she donated a kidney to her daughter in 1975.
She was a member of Hometown Independent Mission Church where she played piano and sang in the choir. Her hobbies included singing in quartets, reading, shopping, and spending time with her family. She had an adventurous spirit and loved to travel. Throughout her life, it was her love of God and family that filled her spirit most.
A tribute to the life of Helen was held Wednesday, July 10, 2024, at Gatens-Harding Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Joey Scarberry officiating. Burial was in Haven of Rest Memory Gardens, Red House.

Joyce Ann (Totten) Call, 87, of Winfield, gained her Heavenly Wings on July 5, 2024 surrounded by her loved ones. Joyce lived a life marked by devotion to her family & friends.
She was born on July 8, 1936 to the late Ernest & Florence Totten in Acme, (Kanawha County).
In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her only son, Scott Allen Call; daughter: Annette Pate; grandsons: Jason Todd Pate, Brian Allen Call, & Steven Ryan Call; her fur baby and partner in crime: Joy; and many other loved ones.
Joyce is survived by her caregivers: daughter & son-in-law: Lisa & Jay Dorsey of Winfield; daughters: Sandra Jones (Dee) of Hurricane & Vickie Pauley of Troutman, NC; she also leaves behind her grandchildren: Austin Dorsey (Timothy), Eric Call (Nichole), Stacey Call, Tracey Call, and Marquita Ireland; and many great-grandchildren. In addition, she is also survived by special niece: Brenda White; & special cousin: Don Gallion & his family.
Joyce’s presence will be deeply missed by all who knew her and her legacy will live on through the love and kindness she shared.
Funeral service for Joyce was Wednesday, July 10, 2024, at Chapman Funeral Home, Hurricane. Burial was in Heavens Gateway Memorial Park.

Dena Lynn Duncan, 54, of Scott Depot, passed away July 4, 2024, at home.
Dena was a graduate of South Charleston High School and the Art Institute in Pittsburgh. She is retired from Kroger in Teays Valley and enjoyed photography, painting, DYI projects, and animals.
She is preceded in death by her parents Thomas and Wanda Ross Duncan and brother Thomas Benjamin Duncan.
Dena is survived by her sister Melissa Duncan of Eleanor; best friend Kimberly Alderman of TN; nieces Cristina Haynes of Eleanor and Emily Duncan of Huntington; and great nephew Braxton Mitchell of Eleanor.

Doug Facemyre, Jr.
With heavy hearts, we announce the passing of James Douglas Facemyre, Jr., from Nitro.
Doug was born in Charleston on December 16, 1957, and passed on July 4, 2024, from a sudden illness.
He worked for Superior Office Service for approximately 40 years as a salesman.
Doug was a WVU and Cincinnati Reds fan. He loved to hunt and hang out with all of his friends that were extremely close to him over the years. He played golf when he had the chance to. He adored his chicken poops (grandkids) 1, 2, and 3. His blue eyes and smile would light up the room. He loved everybody and everybody loved him. He had a lot of great friends and would give you the shirt off of his back.
Doug was preceded in death by his parents Margret and James D. Facemyre, Sr. and his brother Charles T. Facemyre.
Doug is survived by his last wife Cindy Faceyre and his daughter Kristina Gillispie and her husband David of Winfield. Grandsons Owen James, Waylon David, and granddaughter Adalynn Rose. Sister Tami Facemyre and Dave of Nitro. Nieces Tawnya Facemyre and Lindsay Facemyre of Fraziers Bottom. As well as his Niece, Arionna, and nephews Joel and Jamison.
A Celebration of Life service for Doug was held on Tuesday, July 9, 2024, at Cooke Funeral Home, Nitro.

Monique Renee Nunley
Ms. Monique Renee Nunley, 59, of Madison, passed away July 6, 2024, at home.
Monique was born in France on December 16, 1964, to the late Deward Nunley and Sue Westfall Nunley. She is a 1982 graduate of Poca High School and a 1987 graduate of WV State University where she later received her master’s degree. Monique retired from Boone County Schools where she served as music educator and band director at Scott High School and finished her career teaching Computer Technology at Madison Middle School. She is the former assistant tennis coach at Scott High School and the former owner of Basement Awards & Engraving in Madison. She enjoyed playing saxophone with the Mel Gillispie Orchestra and with Ringling Brothers Circus and The Temptations while they were in Charleston. Monique had a great impact on her Boone County Community, especially her students. She could always be found helping those in need and being generous with her time and money to help students further their education or help with extracurricular activities. She loved to travel domestically and internationally and loved caring for her cats.
She is preceded in death by her father Deward and his wife Mary Nunley and her grandparents Earl “Nute” and wife Myrtle Westfall.
Monique is survived by her loving mother, Carol “Sue” Nunley; brother Dennis and his wife Beth Nunley; two nieces Samantha and Hannah Nunley; adopted sister Jo Hendricks; and a host of former students, special friends and family.
A tribute to the life of Monique was held Thursday, July 11, 2024 at Gatens-Harding Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Jim Butcher officiating. Burial was in Haven of Rest Memory Gardens, Red House.

Dr. Deborah Ann Speidel
Dr. Deborah Ann Speidel, 72, of Poca, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, June 17, 2024, surrounded by her loving family at Thomas Memorial Hospital, South Charleston.
She was born in Reading, Pennsylvania, to the late Harry Wesner Speidel and Mary Louise Houck Speidel.
Debi graduated from Muhlenberg Twp. HS, Villanova University, and Women’s Medical College of Pennsylvania and completed her residency at the Reading Hospital. She was a family practice physician in Florida for Health-First and lived in Cocoa Beach, Merritt Island, and Rockledge. Before going to college and medical school, Debi worked as a beautician, and she always took care of her appearance and was dressed to the nines. She had a talent for decorating and flower arranging.
She enjoyed traveling, sailing, fishing, listening to music, being at the beach and caring for her many pets over the years. Most of all Debi enjoyed spending time with her friends and family. She loved going to Disney World and doing anything “festive.” She was an active and grateful member of a 12 Step Recovery Program where she made many lasting friendships. After moving to WV in 2016, Debi enjoyed activities at the Hometown Senior Center. The family is grateful to Cindy Bright the program director at Hometown, Emily Dickerson her home caregiver, the staff at Thomas Hospital and Pulmonology Associates of Charleston, as well as Debi’s church family and her friends.
Surviving are her sister Connie Ivey (Buck), brother Harry W. Speidel, II (Debra), stepbrother Craig Schofer, and her beloved dog Zoe.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, July 12, 2024, at the First Presbyterian Church, St. Albans, with Pastor Mark Boyd officiating.

Keith Sullivan
Emerson “Keith” “Silkey” Sullivan, 83, of Buffalo, passed away Sunday July 7, 2024 at his home following a long illness. He was a 1959 graduate of Buffalo High School and a proud U.S. Army Veteran. Keith served in Korea as a U.S. Army Paratrooper.
Born February 11, 1941 he was the son of the late Dale Sullivan and Freda Pritt Sullivan. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his beloved daughter, Mary Beth; sister, Edith Harrison and brother-in-law, Charlie Harrison.
Keith left a message of thank you to those providing care and compassion during his sickness: Charlotte Harrison, Misty and crew from Visiting Angels, V.A. nurses, Carla Waugh and Beth Hughes, life long friends, Paul “Gordy” Garrison and Gary Garrison.
Keith was a good friend to many and be missed by all that knew him.
Funeral service was Thursday, July 11, 2024 at Raynes Funeral Home, Buffalo, with Pastor Bill Severn and Rev. Randy Parsons officiating. Burial with military honors was in Buffalo Memorial Park, Buffalo.

Connie Lynn Thornton
Connie Lynn Thornton, 62, of Hurricane, passed away peacefully on Sunday, June 30, 2024 at Genesis Teays Valley Center. She was a 1981 graduate of Buffalo High School.
Born July 31, 1961, she was the daughter of the late Alvin and Naomi Bowles of Grimms Landing. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Linda Thornton.
Survivors include her daughters, Rebecca Buck, and Angela (Scott) Alsup; sister, Janet (Mark) Chattin; 10 grandchildren, Wesley, Lucas, Khloe, Isodora, Gavin, Wyatt, Colby, Ethan, Eli, and Ean; and a nephew, Brad Chattin.
There is no service planned for the public at this time.

Arlene Sue Watkins
Arlene Sue Watkins, 87, of Poca, passed away July 2, 2024, at home.
Arlene was born June 10, 1937, to the late Lula and Harry Lett. She is also preceded in death by her husband Paul H. Watkins; granddaughter Charlotte “Noel” Wooten; aunt Ada Marie (Arthur) Terry and great aunt Ethel Perry.
She is survived by her sons Andre (Jeffrey Konzen) Watkins and Kerry(Connie) Smith; grandchildren Roy (Kathy) Smith and Kerry Smith, Jr; and great grandchildren Abaigail, Bobby, Sabrina, James Issac, Kiera, Carmen, and Beatrice.
Arlene was a member of Poca United Methodist Church where she was very active in the ladies ministry. She enjoyed writing, reading, and working puzzles.
A joint service for Paul and Arlene was held Tuesday, July 9, 2024 at Gatens-Harding Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Pete Thompson officiating. Burial was in Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens, Cross Lanes.

Elizabeth ‘Betty’ Whiteley
Elizabeth Jane Whiteley, known affectionately as Betty, passed away unexpectedly on June 29, 2024, in Scott Depot, at the age of 74. She was born on August 21, 1949, in Charleston, to parents Sally Neal and James Davis.
Betty graduated from Charleston High School and embarked on a diverse career path. She worked in various professions, including farming and truck driving for an oil company. However, her true calling was in real estate, where she dedicated many years as a passionate agent, helping numerous families find their homes.
Betty had a creative spirit, evident in her hobbies which included playing the piano and crafting with ceramics, dried flowers, and quilting. Her love for animals was unmatched, caring deeply for all creatures, big and small, including her beloved dogs, Happy and Candy. Betty will be remembered for her vibrant personality, her strong will, and her unwavering dedication to her family and friends.
Betty’s family was the cornerstone of her life. She is survived by her sister, Jackie Davis Jennings (Steve) and their daughters, Becky, Bethany, and Brittany of North Carolina; her daughter, Susie Sanders of Poca; sons, Tim Dorsey (Tina) of Charleston, and Travis Dorsey of Cincinnati, Ohio. She was a cherished grandmother to Aliecia Sanders, Breanna Sovine, and Zachary Sanders, and a great-grandmother to Tyler Stroble, Meeia Beatty, Amayleah Sovine, Anthony Sovine, and Adrian Ballou. Betty was preceded in death by her mother and father, brother James Davis II, and her husband, John Whiteley.
Service honoring Betty’s life was held at Gatens-Harding Funeral Home in Poca on Saturday, July 6, 2024.

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