Charlotte M. Keller, 72,
dedicated wife, mother and former educator, passed away on Monday, Oct. 19, 2009.
Charlotte died peacefully at Hubbard Hospice House, Charleston, following a courageous battle with
Born May 26, 1938, in Madison, Charlotte
graduated from Scott High School and Morris Harvey College, after which she returned to her high school alma mater to teach. She married the late Dr. David E. Wallace, a Boone County physician and West Virginia Senator, who served from 1971 to 1974. They had three sons, David, Richard and James, all of whom served in the military, David in the Navy and Richard and James in the Air Force.
Following the death of Dr. Wallace, Charlotte married the Rev. George Keller in 1982. Together they operated a small pizza business in Merritt Island, Fla. After the sale of the business, the Kellers returned to West Virginia, settling in Sumerco.
Charlotte was a member of the Bible Center Church and lived a life dedicated to showing love and caring for those around her. Prior to her illness, she was known to hundreds of people in the Alum Creek area as “Mom,” having served breakfast to
countless residents at the Alum Creek B Mart.
Left to cherish her memory are her husband, the Reverend George Keller; sons, David Wallace and wife, Lisa, of Sumerco, Richard Wallace and wife, Pam, of Charles Town, James Wallace, of New York, N.Y., Steve Keller, of Nashville, Tenn., and Kirk Keller and his wife, Beth, of Centerville, Ohio; nine grandchildren; brother, Buddy Miller and his wife, Phyllis, of Rock Creek and sister Carolyn Price, of Madison.
A memorial gathering for friends and family was held on Oct. 23 at Handley Funeral Home, Danville. The family would like to give special thanks to the doctors, nurses and staff of the Hubbard Hospice House for their kindness and care.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be sent in Charlotte's name to HospiceCare, 1606 Kanawha Blvd. W., Charleston, WV 25312.
Anna Loraine Rice Massey
Anna Loraine Rice Massey, 89, of Mansfield, Ohio, passed away Thursday, Oct. 22, 2009, at MedCentral Health System. She was a resident of Oak Grove Manor.
Anna was born April 8, 1920, to William A. and Laura (Kelly) Rice at Besoca, W.Va.
On Aug. 10, 1940, she
married Vivian and they spent the early years of their
marriage in Boone County. In 1955 they moved to Mansfield. She and Vivian had been married 52 years at the time of his death in 1993.
Anna worked at Liberty Shoe Store for several years and retired from there in 1974. She was a member of Mansfield Baptist Temple. She enjoyed vacationing at Pigeon Forge and Nashville, Tenn., attending the Grand Ole Opry as long as her health permitted. She also enjoyed her flower gardens every season.
Surviving are a son and
daughter-in-law, Jerry and Donna Massey; three daughters and sons-in-law, Janet and Art Amsbaugh, Joyce and Gary Stansberry and Julia and Kenney Bauer all of Mansfield; seven grandchildren, Debbie Phillips, Jeff Amsbaugh, Kevin Ward, Susan Baughman, Joe Fulwider, Jon Fulwider and Keith Ward; 14 great-grandchildren; two great great grandchildren; and a sister, Betty Poth of Hemet, CA.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by an infant son, Robert Donavan; brothers, Glen Rice, William R. Rice and Homer Rice; and two sisters, Hazel Williams and Jean Blair.
Funeral services were held on Oct. 26 at Street Home of Wappner Funeral Directors with pastor Dennis Nezerick of Grace Evangelical Free Church and Rev. Dr. Dale Adkins of Mansfield Baptist Temple officiating. Burial followed at Mansfield Cemetery.
Elsie Eloweese Bailey
Elsie Eloweese Bailey, 68, of Danville, formerly of Jeffrey, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2009.
She was born Jan. 14, 1941 and was a daughter of the late John and Martha Dotson.
She was a loyal supporter of TBN and contributed to that ministry regularly.
She is survived by four
children, Julian Bailey of Greenview, Wayne (Bud) Bailey of Madison, Lisa Wallace of Sumerco, and Julie Bailey of Madison; 17 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
Elsie touched the hearts of everyone she met and will be greatly and sadly missed by all of us who love her.
Funeral services were held on Oct. 19 at Handley Funeral Home, Danville with Minister John Staffer officiating. Burial followed at Highland Memorial Gardens, Godby Heights.
Bobby J. Johnson
Bobby Joe “B.J.” Johnson, 55, of Seth died Saturday, Oct 17, following a long battle with melanoma cancer.
Born Sept 14, 1954, he lived his life to the fullest. He was employed as an electrician in the coal mines most of his life.
He was a former member of the Brothers of the Wheel motorcycle club. He was a member of the Freewill Baptist Church in Bim.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Huler Hammonds, Edith McNelly, and John and Florence Hampton; and a brother, John Wade Hampton.
Survivors include his father and mother, John and Vernelle Hammonds Hampton of Athens, Tenn.; wife, Arebell Callahan Johnson of Seth; two sons, Bobby Joe Steele Johnson of Seth and Jonathan Keith Johnson and wife, Jennifer Johnson, of Ten Mile, Tenn; one daughter, Tonya Ann Green and husband, Scottie Green, of Etowah, Tenn.; five grandchildren, Leah Breann Hall and Dylan Scott Green of Etowah, Tenn., and Jacob Kimble Kile, Ryan Thomas Kile, and Emma Ruth Walden, all of Ten Mile Tenn.; one brother, Ricky Lee Hampton of Summerville, S.C.; three sisters, Patricia Gail Johnson Crisp of Englewood, Tenn., Sherry Denise Hampton and husband, Toby Bourque, of Athens, Tenn., and Cynthia Lynn Hampton and husband, Michael Hallinan, of Etowah, Tenn.; and nieces and nephews, Ryan Scott Hampton of Summerville, S.C., Charles “Chuck” Edward Gregory, wife, Cody Gregory, and their daughter, Jaden Moates, of Athens, Tenn., Joshua Wade Toler, wife, Mary Toler, and their children, Kalin, Gracie, Michael and William. He is loved by many aunts and uncles.
Funeral services were held on Oct. 20 at Stevens Funeral Home, Madison, with Roger Halstead officiating.
Burial followed on Oct. 21 at Memory Gardens, Madison. Pallbearers are Bobby Joe Steele Johnson, Jonathan Johnson, Ricky Hampton, Scottie Green, Michael Hallinan, Toby Bourque, David Muller, and Zachary Kirk.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Noreen O’Neill Foundation for Melanoma Research, 3601 Spruce St., Room 489, Philadelphia, PA 19104.
Lewis E. “Lou” Legg
Lewis E. “Lou” Legg, 61, went home to Heaven Friday, Oct. 16, 2009, as a result of an auto accident on W.Va. Route 55, Fenwick.
He was a retired coal miner and owner/operator of Legg's Heating & Cooling, Ashford. Lou loved hunting, fishing and the outdoors.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Porter and Berneda Legg; and brothers, Carl and Lloyd Legg.
He was a loving husband, father and grandfather and will be greatly missed by his family.
He is survived by his wife, Kathy; son, Brian (Olivia) Legg of North Charleston; daughter, Denise (Matt) Taylor of Marmet; stepson, Travis Barker of Peytona; stepdaughters, Sharon Meadows of Montgomery and Tonya (A.J.) of Uneeda; brothers, Henry, Wando “Bud”, Fred and Jerry Legg; sister, Cathy Rayanearson; and 11 grandchildren.
Funeral services were held on Oct. 20 at Rumble Community Church with Pastors Earl Elliott and Richard Harrold officiating. Burial followed at Estep family cemetery, Ashford.
Romie R. Nottingham Sr.
Romie R. Nottingham Sr., 68, of Williams Mountain went home to be with his Lord on Oct. 16, 2009, at home.
He was a retired miner with 24 years at Kessler Coal Company, Whitesville, a member of Antioch Baptist Church, Ansted, and a member of UMWA and was an ordained minister.
His hobbies were hunting, camping, fishing, family and spending time with his
He loved the outdoors.
He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 43 years, Linda Nottingham.
He was also preceded by his parents, James and Lassie Nottingham of Crichton; brother, Curtis Nottingham of Ramsey; and sisters, Ruby Workman of Pinch and Nevie Reynolds of Quinwood.
He is survived by his loving children, Romie Nottingham Jr. and his wife, Michelle, of Van and Julie “Prissy” Sullivan and husband, Greg, of Williams Mountain; grandchildren, Mikaela, Miranda, Gabbi, Cody, Camron, Chyann, Clayton, and Brian Nottingham and wife, Hollie; and great-grandchildren, Andrew, Kayden and Zandr of Seth; brothers, Donald Nottingham of Madison, Buck Nottingham of Crichton, and David Nottingham of Ramsey; and sisters, Gracie Scott of Greensboro, Ohio, Rena Holcomb of Ansted, and Betty Kise of Jodie.
He had a host of special nieces and nephew and great-nieces and -nephews, and friends who loved him so much.
He will be sadly missed by his family. He was a very special father, grandfather, uncle and friend.
Funeral services were held Oct. 20 at Handley Funeral Home, Danville, with the Rev. June Ferrell officiating. Burial followed at Mordue Cemetery, Whitesville.
Psalm: 23: 4, 5 - Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies; thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
In lieu of flowers, family suggests donation in his memory in care of Handley Funeral Home.
Paul Clayton Bradley
Paul Clayton Bradley, 85, a resident of St. Albans, departed this life peacefully on Tuesday evening, Oct. 13, 2009.
He had been in care briefly at Pleasant Valley Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Point Pleasant.
His family appreciates the loving care he received in the past from Angel Avenue Assisted Living, Hurricane, the Hansford Senior Center, St. Albans, and recent months at Pleasant Valley Hospital and Pleasant Valley Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.
Paul was born on Nov. 27, 1922, and was one of the six
children of the late Cora L. Hudson and Kenneth A. Bradley, in Peytona. He was also preceded in death by his beloved wife, Betty Yvonne Bradley, whom he cherished for many years; as well as older brothers, William Bradley and Kenneth A. Bradley Jr.
He was a supportive,
compassionate father, survived by his two children, Charles A. Bradley and fiancée, Mary Beth Carlisle, of Point Pleasant and Mark C. Bradley and wife, Paula, of Hurricane; as well as three
siblings, Lena May Itnyre of Boonsboro, Md., and the twins, Helen Pritt of Dunbar and H.E. “Cotton” Bradley of Teays Valley. He also leaves behind seven grandchildren and two great grandchildren, Loren C. Bradley and wife, Tiffany, with son, Brody C., of Milton, Aaron L. Bradley and wife, Erica, with daughter, Ayla, of Covington, Va., Tara M. Bradley of Scott Depot, Lora L. Bradley of Charleston, Holly N. Bradley of Hurricane, Julia Y. Bradley of St. Albans, and C. Andrew Bradley of St. Albans; and sister-in-law, Janice Vealey Ferris of Charleston; as well as her two daughters, Terri Lively Mitchell and Denise Shulz Harvey.
Paul was a graduate of Sherman High School, Seth, with the class of 1941, and attended West Virginia Institute of Technology before serving in the armed forces in the U.S. Army in the Philippines and Japan during World War II. He and his three brothers worked under the guidance of their father in the family business of Indian Creek Gas Company in Boone County.
They worked in every aspect of the business, from laying miles of gas transmission line, sometimes by hand, to day-to-day operations, drilling wells and finally serving as officers of the corporation after their father passed on. Paul was employed by Union Carbide Corporation and retired after 35 years of service.
His career at UCC took him from a chemical operator to a foreman and, finally, a training supervisor where he was able to draw on his experience and knowledge, producing courses of instruction on chemical
operations and developed a passion for passing on his knowledge as an instructor.
He and his wife
Betty owned and operated the St. Albans News Agency on
Main Street, popularly known as “The Newsstand” to many local residents.
Paul was a lover of conversation, a humble man with the gift of an engaging personality. He was a wonderful father and grandfather and a great listener for all.
Paul entertained others with his wonderful sense of humor, endless stories and a contagious smile. He loved fishing and boating in the many streams, lakes and rivers and traveling in the Mountain State, almost always taking his family with him on his outings.
Funeral services were held Oct. 21 at Bartlett-Chapman Funeral Home, St. Albans. Interment with military honors followed beside his beloved wife, Betty, in Cunningham Memorial Park, St. Albans, followed by a celebration of his life at the Hansford Senior Center in St. Albans.
Sadie E. Miller
Sadie E. Miller, 93, of Naoma died Oct. 18, 2009. Funeral services were held on Oct. 21 at Armstrong Funeral Home, Whitesville. Burial followed at Miller Cemetery, Rock Creek.
Joyce Bennett Barker
Joyce Bennett Barker, 46, of Ashford died Oct. 19, 2009, of injuries received in an automobile accident on Ashford-Nellis Road, Rumble.
She was a former caregiver at Edgewood Summit in Charleston and was a lifelong resident of Kanawha County.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Alex Edgar “Buddy” and Sultana Harper Bennett; sister, Vicky Bennett; and first husband, William Sparkman.
Surviving are her husband, James Barker of Ashford; sons, Chris Bennett and wife, Ruth Anderson, of Elkview and Caleb “C.J.” Sparkman of Marmet; daughter, Lashasta Bennett of Ashford; sisters, Connie Connely of Charleston and Donna Steele of Teays Valley, brothers, Alex Bennett Jr. of Teays Valley and William Bennett of Whitesville; and grandchildren, Chayanna Dawn Bennett and Andrew Jordan Bennett.
Funeral services were held Oct. 22 at Leonard Johnson Funeral Home, Marmet, with the Rev. Jack Long and the Rev. Charles Shelton officiating. Burial followed at Mount Hope Cemetery, Dawes Mountain.
Joyce Ann White
Joyce Ann White, 76, of Servia, formerly of Ivydale, Clay County, went to be with her Lord on Oct. 21, 2009, at home with her family by her side.
She was born Aug. 11, 1933, in Boone County, a daughter of the late Delbert and Arbutus Thompson White.
She was a homemaker and a precious and devoted mother and grandmother. She loved to garden, feed the birds and draw.
She is survived by children, Carl David Duffield and wife, Judy, of Springfield, Ohio; Dianna Chapman and husband, Mickey, of Servia; Dwayne Duffield and wife, Jo Ann, of Palestine; Donna Duffield Wilmoth of Ivydale; Gary Duffield and wife, Beth, of Ivydale; 14 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by son, Dale Duffield; and sisters, Carol and Linda Kay.
Funeral services were held on Oct. 24 at Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway, with Pastor Richard Cook officiating. Burial followed at Chapman Cemetery, Servia.
Lou Gordon McComas,
Lou Gordon McComas, 81, of Red House, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2009, after a courageous battle with cancer.
Lou was native of Madison and graduated from Scott High School. He served in the Air Force during the Korean War. He retired from Purity Baking Company with 28 years of service. He then worked for Flowers and Storck Sunbeam Baking Companies for nine years. To fulfill his desire to be around people, he then worked for Hardwood Creations and Winfield IGA.
Lou was a member of Poca Baptist Church and attended Paradise Bible Church. He faithfully served the Lord for 60 years and was a witness and example to all who knew him. He was devoted husband and father. Lou was known for his quiet manner, gentle spirit and deep love for family and friends.
The outdoors, God's nature and feeding the birds brought much joy to Lou's life. He also looked forward to his yearly fishing trip to Louisiana.
Lou was preceded in death by his parents, E.E. and Lora McComas; sisters, Ceacile Counts, Maxine McBrayer and Ruth Shropshire; brothers, Emil and Edward McComas.
Lou is survived by, the love of his life, his wife of 58 years, Evelyn Holstein McComas; sons, Doug (Jan), Mike (Rene') of Red House, John of Hampton, Va.; daughter, Kathy (Greg) Johnson of Luling, La.; sister, Myrna Dolin of South Charleston; eight grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
Lou will be sadly missed, but thanks be to God for his wonderful testimony. His heart's desire was for all his family and friends to accept the Lord and join him in a great reunion, in heaven.
Funeral services were held on Oct. 25 at Chapman Funeral Home, Winfield, with Pastor Doug McComas and Pastor Jim Butcher officiating. Burial follow at Boone Memorial Park, Madison.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to: Independent Baptist Mission, HC 63 Box 352, Red House, WV 25168 or HospiceCare, 1606 Kanawha Blvd. W, Charleston, WV 25312.
A special thanks goes to HospiceCare, for their tender love and care during our difficult time.
Norma Jean White
Norma Jean White, 70, of Charleston, passed away at 9:45 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 22, 2009, in Hubbard Hospice House, Charleston, after years of battling a terminal illness.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Arkley Raymond and Magdalene Dickens Wilson.
Surviving are her loving husband, Jesco “The Dancing Outlaw” White of Madison; daughters, Deborah Jordan of Peytona and Katherine Bunner of Grantsville; and son, Vernon King Jr. of Elizabeth.
She was the loving
grandmother of 12 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
Family and friends will remember her as an outgoing, caring, beautiful and courageous woman. She will be missed greatly.
A private family memorial service will be held at a later date.
Leonard Johnson Funeral Home, Marmet, is in charge of arrangements.
Alice Smoot Gentry
Alice Smoot Gentry passed away Oct. 24, 2009, in Louisville, Ky.
She was born in Madison, W.Va., to Lucy and the late Boyd Smoot on March 11, 1952.
Immediate family survivors include two children Allyson Leigh and Greer Lee Gentry, Jr., her mother Lucy Smoot and six siblings: Phillip (Alice), Vera (Thad), Douglas (Carolyn), Janice (Jerry), Rodney and Shelia (Dan).
In lieu of flowers, you may send expressions of sympathy to the dental scholarship fund honoring the memory of Alice’s late father: Boyd A. Smoot Memorial Scholarship, Fund number 3Z018. Mail to West Virginia University Foundation, One Waterfront Place, P O Box 1650, Morgantown, WV 26507-1650.
Visitation will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 30 at Handley Funeral Home, 439 Phipps Ave., Danville, WV 25053.
The funeral service will be Saturday, Oct. 31 at 11 a.m. Interment follows immediately at Memory Gardens Cemetery, Garden of Devotion Mausoleum, Low Gap Road, Madison.
Betty J Cook
Betty J Cook, of Hewett died Oct. 20, 2009.
Funeral services were held on Oct. 22 at Greenview Church of Christ, Greenview.
Burial followed at Ferrell Cemetery at Lake. Handley Funeral Home, Danville is in charge of arrangements.