• Allan Wayne Akers, 43, of 164 Shadow Wood Valley, Princeton, died Sunday, Jan. 20, 2008 at his home. Arrangements incomplete at Bailey-Kirk Funeral Home in Princeton.
• Loya E. Compton, 93, of Shortt Gap, Va., died Monday, Jan. 21, 2008. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Singleton Funeral Service at Cedar Bluff, Va.
• Margaret Louise Selvey Cyphers, 91, of Pulaski, Va., formerly of Bluewell, died Monday, Jan. 21, 2008 at Pulaski Community Hospital. Arrangements will be announced by the Cravens-Shires Funeral Home in Bluewell.
• David Lee “Mudlick” Harding, 60, of P.O. Box 64, Baisden, died Sunday, Jan. 20, 2008 at Williamson Memorial Hospital, Williamson. Mounts Funeral Home of Gilbert is in charge of arrangements.
• Teresa Addison Lawless, 34, of College Avenue, Bluefield, died Saturday, Jan. 19, 2008 at her residence. Arrangements will be announced by Cravens-Shires Funeral Home in Bluewell.
• Gladys W. McComas, 92, of Peterstown, died Sunday, Jan. 20, 2008 at Riverview Nursing Home. Arrangements are incomplete at Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home, Peterstown.
• Harold D. “Toby” Meadows, 85, a prominent resident of Willowton, died Sunday, Jan. 20, 2008 at Princeton Community Hospital. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Fredeking Funeral Service in Oakvale.
• Betty L. Willis, 78, of Medina, Ohio, formerly of Rich Creek, Va., died Saturday, Jan. 19, 2008. Arrangements are incomplete at Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home, Peterstown.
Rebecca Pocahontas Smith Davis
LUTZ, Fla. — Rebecca Pocahontas Smith Davis, 96, formerly of War, passed away in Lutz, Fla., on January 15, 2008.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Joshua Benjamin Davis in 1972.
Mrs. Davis is survived by her five children, Robert Nancy, “Buck,” Ann, and Lee; as well as eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Davis and her husband owned Davis Furniture Company in War and were active members of the War United Methodist Church.
A graveside service will be conducted by Dr. Bala Rao on Saturday, January 26, 2008 at 2 p.m., at Center Cemetery in Cumberland, Va.
Memorial gifts may be made to the War United Methodist Church, War, WV 24802.
Information submitted by Bennett & Barden Funeral Home, Powhatan, Va.
BECKLEY — Polly Hagerman, 91, of the Welch/Pineville Road, formerly of Jolo, died this morning, Monday, January 21, 2008 in Appalachian Regional Hospital in Beckley.
Ms. Hagerman was born September 8, 1916 in Buchanan County, Va., a daughter of the late Andrew and Elizabeth Lester Baker. She was a former storekeeper, bookkeeper, and seamstress, and once owned and operated her own fabric shop in Raysal. In addition she worked as a Nutrition Aide for the West Virginia University extension in McDowell County. Also, she was a member of the Old Regular Baptist Church with her membership at the Antioch Church on the Welch/Pineville Road. She was the last surviving member of her original family.
In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, James Hagerman; and all nine of her siblings; Ocie McClanahan, Irene Stacy, Charlie Baker, Matthew Baker, Jane Jones, Henry Baker, Elisha Baker, Jink Baker, and William Joseph Baker.
Survivors include one daughter, Sharon Testerman and husband James of the Welch/Pineville Road; one grandson, Joshua Ryan Testerman and Rachel Hawkins of the Welch/Pineville Road; and two great-grandchildren, Nicholas and Bella also of the Welch/Pineville, Road; a very special niece, Polly Ann Hess and husband Alvie of Swords Creek, Va.; two additional nieces, Mrs. Nelson (Cloia) George of West Jefferson, N.C., and her children, Sara Jane George of North Carolina; Nelson George Jr. and James Patrick George and their families of Maryland; and Mrs. John (Mary Lou) Duran of Clarksville, Ark., and her daughter, Kimberly Gobble and family of Maryland; two nephews, William Richard Wade, Jr., and family of Clarksville, Ark., and Shawn Wade and family of Maryland. Additional survivors include William B. Hicks of York, Pa.; and a multitude of nieces and nephews of Aunt Polly.
Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday, January 23, 2008 at 1 o’clock at the chapel of Fanning Funeral Home in Iaeger with Elders Jerry Stacy, Roscoe Crouse, Curtis Crouse, and Brother Mike Mullins officiating. Burial will follow in the Roosevelt Hagerman Cemetery on Rockridge near Paynesville.
Friends of the family will serve as pallbearers.
Friends may call at the funeral home Tuesday evening, January 22, 2008 from 6 to 9 p.m. where evening services will be held at 7 p.m. with elders from the Antioch Church, Elder Cecil Belcher, Elder Gene Green, and Elder Bryce Phillips officiating.
Arrangements by Fanning Funeral Home in Iaeger.
Robert J. Marrs, Jr.
MARIETTA, Ga. — Robert J. Marrs, Jr., LTC USAF (Ret), died in Marietta, Ga., on January 10th at the age of 77 after a protracted illness.
He was known to friends and family as Bob. He and his wife Pat recently relocated to Marietta to be with family.
He was born in 1930 to Robert Marrs Sr. and Lessie Blevins Marrs in Canebrake, McDowell County. They later relocated to Welch. Bob was educated at Concord College in Athens and was a star athlete and excellent student. He received a B.A. degree in Political Science.
After graduating in 1952, he enlisted in the United States Air Force. He married the former Patricia Ann Stewart of Pineville on December 27th 1953. Together they enjoyed 25 years of military life making their homes in California, Maine, Texas, North Dakota, Florida and Georgia. He retired in 1978 with the rank of Lt. Colonel. While serving in the Air Force, Colonel Marrs, a navigator, flew 158 combat missions over North Vietnam and was awarded numerous awards and decorations including the Air Medal (Ninth Oak Leaf Cluster), the Air Force Commendation Medal (Second Oak Leaf Cluster) and the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm.
Bob and Pat moved to Beckley in 1978 where he enjoyed a second career with the United Mine Workers of America Health and Retirement Funds. He worked there for 20 years and retired in 1998.
He is survived by his wife, Patricia Marrs of Marietta, Ga.; daughter, Elizabeth Marrs Dean of Marietta, Ga.; son, Robert J. Marrs III of Orlando, Fla.; sister, Barbara Marrs Dorff of Circleville, Ohio; and grandchildren, Rebecca Anne Marrs and Robert J. Marrs IV of Jacksonville, Fla.
No memorial services will be held in Georgia. Burial will be at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va., with full military honors on Monday, February 25th at 3:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association.
Arrangements by H.M. Patterson & Son Funeral Directors, 1157 Old Canton Road, Marietta, GA, 30068, (770) 977-9485
Sarah Frances “Dimples" McClaugherty
PRINCETON — Sarah Frances “Dimples” McClaugherty, 87, of the Ridge Care Facility, Halls Ridge Road, formerly of 329 Fifth St., Princeton, died Saturday evening, January 19, 2008 at Princeton Community Hospital.
Born February 28, 1920, at Princeton, she was the daughter of the late Marvin H. & Sallie Dickerson Jones.
Dimples was a graduate of Princeton High School and a former Beautician, working for many years at Violet’s Beauty Shop in Princeton. She was a member of the Princeton Presbyterian Church, and while her health permitted, she was active in many phases within the life of the church.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband John Thomas “J.T.” McClaugherty; along with her sisters, Virginia Chambers, Violet Haman, Hazel Little, Gloria Dawn Whitlock; and brother, Marvin H. Jones.
Survivors include several nieces and nephews; Bill & Melinda Chambers, Ellen & Gary Deese, Bill & Carol Haman, Marvin Haman, Sarah & Rick Akers, Marvin & Janice Jones, Dawn Ellen Little, Sue Little, David & Julia Little, Diana & Dan Donahue, Susan Miller Santon, Herb & Carol McClaugherty Hugh & Roma McClaugherty, Jr., Tom Defobio, Frank McClaugherty, John McClaugherty; sisters-in-law, Grace Defobio of Princeton, Dorotha McClaugherty of Ballard, Mary McClaugherty of Warrenton, Va.
Funeral Services will be held 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 23, 2008 from the Burns Wornal Chapel of the Memorial Funeral Directory on the Athens Road in Princeton with Pastor John King officiating. Burial will follow in the Roselawn Memorial Gardens on the Courthouse Road in Princeton.
Visitation for Mrs. McClaugherty will be on Wednesday from 1:00 p.m. until the service hour at the funeral home.
Family & friends may share online condolence via www.memorialfd.com.
Members of her family will serve as pallbearers.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts of love can be made to the Tender Mercies Food Pantry, P.O. Box 669, Princeton, WV 24740.
The McClaugherty family is being served by the Memorial Funeral Directory & Cremation Center on the Athens Road in Princeton.
Mrs. Hattiestien Martin Neal
WELCH — Mrs. Hattiestien Martin Patterson Neal, age 81, of 92 Oak St., Welch, departed this life on Wednesday, January 16, 2008 at Welch Community Hospital.
She was born January 8, 1927 in Birmingham, Ala., and the daughter of the late Washington Martin and Clemmie Hicks Martin. At an early age she moved to Welch with her mom, the late Mrs. Jessie Lee Patterson. Mrs. Neal was a graduate of Kimball High School and attended Bluefield State College. Before her illness, she was an active member and held many offices at the A.M.E. Zion Temple Methodist Church in Welch. She was employed as a seamstress at the McDowell Fashions in Kimball and served as Union Representative until the plant closed. She was a member and past president of both the Creative Extension Homemakers and the Cheer Club in Welch and a member of the N.A.A.C.P. She strongly believed in the education of her children, enjoyed interior designing, decorating, loved to travel and was known as the “neighborhood mom” to many children.
In addition to her parents, those preceding her in death include: her husband, Harry I. Neal Jr.; her son, Dr. James H. Neal; and her grandson, Harry I. Neal, IV.
Mrs. Neal leaves a life time of beautiful memories to her two sisters, Cassie R. Gilliam of Baltimore, Md., and Corrine Connor of Pittsburgh, Pa.; three daughters: Gertrude Watkins of Gary, the Reverend Cheryl L. Duncan of Hartford, Conn., and Clemmie G. Armstrong of Lithonia, Ga.; four sons: Harry I. Neal, III. and wife, Shirley of Fort Washington, Md.; George E. Neal and wife, Rosa of Gwynn Oak, Md.; Joseph L. Neal of Clinton, Md., and Sheldon W. Neal of Hartford, Conn.; and a daughter-in-law, the Reverend Rhonda Neal of Ft. Washington, Md.; 18 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, five great-great-grandchildren and a host of nephews, nieces, other relatives and many friends.
Mrs. Neal’s Homegoing Service will be held at 12:00 noon, Wednesday, January 23, 2008 at St. James Missionary Baptist Church in Welch, with the Reverend George Masterson, officiating, assisted by the Reverends Cheryl L. Duncan and Larry Hairston. Interment will follow in Restlawn Memorial Gardens, Rt. 20, Littlesburg Road, Bluewell.
Her sons, grandsons and granddaughters will serve as pallbearers and flower bearers.
Friends may call at 11:00 a.m., until the hour of Service Wednesday at the church.
Arrangements and Services entrusted to Gregory-Page Funeral Home in Welch.
To leave personal condolences online, visit www.legacy.com.
Ms. Sarah Morgan Pruett
KEEN MOUNTAIN, Va. — Ms. Sarah Morgan Pruett, age 55, of Keen Mountain, Va., formerly of Richlands, Va., passed away Sunday, January 20, 2008 in an Abingdon, Va., hospital following a lengthy illness.
Sarah was born in Richlands, Va., and was the daughter of the late Peery and Zeta Morgan Pruett former Richlands natives. She had a loving and kind hearted spirit and was a blessing to her family.
In addition to her parents she was also preceded in death by three sisters, Margaret Louise Newman, Pamela Coffelt, Frances Ratliff; and two brothers, John Michael Pruett and Guy Porter Pruett.
Those who survive her are her sisters: Mrs. Patricia Blankenship of Wytheville, Va., Mrs. Julia Fuchs and husband Robert of New London, N.C.; one brother: Bobby Pruett of Crestview, Fla.; sister-in-law: Patty Pruett of Richlands, Va.; two brothers in law: Oscar Ratliff of Bluefield, Va., Zane Coffelt of Front Royal, Va. Several nieces and nephews also survive along with her special friends who were the residents and staff of Baxter House, Mt. View Home and Maple Grove Nursing Home.
A memorial service will be held at Clinch Valley Memorial Cemetery in the Mausoleum on Wednesday, January 23, 2008 at 1:00 pm with the Rev. Randy Tedford officiating. Inurnment will follow in the Clinch Valley Memorial Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family request that donations be made to the National Down Syndrome Congress, 1370 Center Drive, Suite 102, Atlanta, GA, 30338.
Friends may contact the family at the home of Patty Pruett, 1925 Fifth St., Richlands, Va.
Hurst-Scott Funeral Home in Richlands, Va., is in charge of arrangements and those wishing to express sympathy online may do so at www.hurstscottfuneralhomes.com.
Nellie Agnes Caudill Roberts
PIPESTEM — Nellie Agnes Caudill Roberts, 88, of Island Creek, Pipestem, formerly of Bluefield, died peacefully Monday afternoon, January 21, 2008.
Born February 7, 1919, at Paintlick, Va., she was the daughter of the late William Paris Caudill and Mary Hoops Caudill.
She was educated in Tazewell County, Va. For many years, Nellie worked for Burkhart & Carroll Grocery, Bluefield. She was a member of the College Avenue Baptist Church in Bluefield. Nellie was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and friend. She loved to cook and read (especially to children).
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, William Morris Roberts; a grandchild, Michael Roberts; along with several siblings, George, John, and Hallie Caudill, Aileen McCoy, Mattie Hall and Fannie Brown.
Survivors, two sons and their spouses, Kenneth L. & Joyce Roberts of Pipestem, David D. & Joyce Roberts of Chicago, Ill.; grandchildren, Ritchie Roberts, Cathy Hatchett, Deanna Gaw; seven great-grandchildren, one sister, Lola Marshall of Chilhowie, Va.; A host of nephews and nieces.
Funeral Services will be held 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, January 23, 2008 from the Burns Wornal Chapel of the Memorial Funeral Directory on the Athens Road in Princeton with Pastor David Altizer officiating. Burial will follow in the Grandview Memory Gardens on the Bluefield-Tazewell Road, Bluefield, Va.
Friends may visit with the family today (Tuesday) from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home.
Family & friends may share online condolence via www.memorialfd.com.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts can be made to the Chuck Mathena Foundation, Inc (CMC) P.O. Box 5446, Princeton WV 24740.
The Roberts Family is being served by the Memorial Funeral Directory & Cremation Center on the Athens Road in Princeton.
Viola Marie Ross
LASHMEET — Viola Marie Ross, 79, of 110 Clines Country Road, Lashmeet, died Monday, January 21, 2008 at her home.
Born October 7, 1928 at Arista, she was the daughter of the late Arlie Brown and Edna Armintie Farmer Brown.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Martha Widner and Dorothy Stovall.
Survivors include her husband, Raymond Ross of Lashmeet; one son, Roger Dale Ross and his wife Mary of Lashmeet; one daughter, Patricia Ross of Lashmeet; one sister, Maxine Conner of Lashmeet; two brothers, Bernard Brown of Rock and Bobby Brown of Wisconsin; three grandchildren, Lisa Gray, William Ross and Erica Spaudling, all of Lashmeet; and three great-grandchildren, Leanna Chrisley, Jenefer Tilley and Katelyn Ross.
A graveside service will be conducted at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, January 23, 2008 at the Roselawn Memorial Gardens Mausoleum in Princeton with the Rev. Paul Hall officiating.
Family and friends attending the graveside service are asked to meet at the cemetery.
Arrangements by Bailey-Kirk Funeral Home in Princeton.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.bailey-kirk.com.
Funerals scheduled today include:
• Dillard Hal Keene: 2 p.m., Tazewell Presbyterian Church in Tazewell, Va. Burial will follow at Grandview Memory Gardens, Bluefield, Va.
• Roxie Brown Krumm: 2 p.m., graveside services will be conducted at Woodlawn Mausoleum in Bluewell. Burial will follow at Woodlawn Memorial Park Cemetery, Bluewell.
• Clyde E. Thomason: 11 a.m., Maranatha Baptist Church on Oakvale Road in Princeton. Burial will follow at Orchard Cemetery, Ballard.
• Shirley Katherine Walker: 2 p.m., A. Vest & Sons Funeral Home, White Gate, Va. Burial at Morning Star Cemetery, Bland, Va.
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Delmas Eugene (Gene) Addair
CEDAR BLUFF, Va. — Delmas Eugene (Gene) Addair, age 79, of Cedar Bluff, Virginia passed away Wednesday, December 11, 2013.
Jeffrey Paul May
BLUEFIELD — Jeffrey Paul May, 54, of Bluefield, WV, died Monday, December 9, 2013 in Bluefield.
Betty Irene Rasnake Peery
CEDAR BLUFF, Va. — Betty Irene Rasnake Peery, age 66, of the Cochran Hollow community of Cedar Bluff, VA died Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at her home.
Nellie L. Hensdill Kessinger
PRINCETON — Nellie L. Hensdill Kessinger, 79, of 137 Lynwood Circle, Princeton, formerly of Athens and Panama City Beach, FL, passed away on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at her residence surrounded by her loved ones.
Eric Shannon Asbury
GREEN VALLEY — Eric Shannon Asbury, 33, of Green Valley passed away Friday, December 6, 2013 in Princeton, WV.
Fred B. Treadway
PETERSTOWN — Fred B. Treadway, 63, of Peterstown, WV passed away Thursday, December 12, 2013 at the Veterans Hospital in Beckley, WV.
Virgil Vern Walker Jr.
NORTHFORK — Virgil Vern Walker Jr., age 69, of 21 Endicott Lane, Northfork, W.Va., went to be with the Lord on Tuesday evening, December 10, 2013, at his residence after a long illness.
David Andrew Bailey
BLUEFIELD, Va. — David Andrew Bailey, 35, of Bluefield, VA, passed away on Sunday, December 8, 2013 at Princeton Community Hospital.
Douglas W. Wright, Sr.
Douglas Wayne Wright, Sr., 58, husband of Pamela Marie “Sue” (Sykes) Wright of 267 Bells Lane passed away Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at his residence.
Milton Harlow Anthony, Sr.
BLUEFIELD — Milton Harlow Anthony, Sr., 86, of Bluefield, WV died Saturday, December 7, 2013 at Mt. Carmel St. Ann’s Hospital in Westerville, Ohio.
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