Ralph Harold Bragg, 87, of Madison passed away at home Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2010 after struggling with Alzheimer's disease for three years.
Born May 13, 1923, in Gallipolis Ferry, West Virginia, he was the son of the late Abraham Lincoln Bragg and Laura Susan Smith Bragg of Chapmanville, West Virginia. He was the second youngest child in a family of 11 children, all of whom predeceased him.
Ralph grew up on farms in Gallipolis Ferry on the Ohio River and in Phico on the Guyandotte River, near Chapmanville, and he graduated from Chapmanville High School in 1942 where he played basketball.
Ralph was in the Navy during World War II, serving from 1943 to 1946 aboard the destroyer USS Haggard DD-555 in the Pacific Ocean.
Ralph worked as an area servicer for Appalachian Power Company in the Logan-Williamson division, and his primary job was to be first on the scene at power outages to restore electricity and safeguard the public from downed power lines.
For most of his career, he worked from the Madison office and his territory included Pond and Spruce forks of the Little Coal River and Horse and Big Ugly creeks. He retired May 1, 1985.
During his daughters' high school years, he belonged to Scott High School parents' booster clubs.
Ralph loved woodworking and spent many hours in his garage building shelves and furniture including a cradle for his granddaughter.
He refinished old furniture, especially family heirlooms, and helped build and expand his house in West Madison and his parents' home in Phico.
Ralph gardened in his yard in Madison and at his parent's farm and for several years sold Christmas trees.
For 15 years he and his wife danced with the Madison Squares.
In earlier years, he coached Jr. Women's Club little league basketball at the Madison Community Center.
Ralph was a member of the Madison City Council from 1987 to 1989, where he was elected with the highest number of votes, 125, of twelve candidates in the 1987 election.
His concerns during his tenure leaned toward the practical problems of citizens like crumbling sidewalks, icy roads and cable television prices.
He was a member of the Madison United Methodist Church.
He liked to read history, and he played golf at Riverview Country Club for many years.
Ralph leaves behind his beloved wife Elizabeth Vranch Bragg, to whom he was married for 60 years, and who cared for him at home the last two years of his life.
His eldest daughter, Laura Frances Bragg McDaniel, predeceased him in 1995.
He is survived by two daughters, Mary Ann Bragg of Provincetown, Mass. and Elizabeth Jane Kravitz of Johns Creek, Georgia; and two grandchildren, Rachel Laura Kravitz and Michael Steven Kravitz, both of Johns Creek, Georgia. Ralph also leaves behind several nieces and nephews and family members by marriage.
The family wishes to thank home caregivers Wendy Cabell of Madison and Jeanie Collins of Chapmanville, as well as Hospice Care staff members Sallie Starkey, Sherry Wooten, Jack Schultz, Rhonda Toney and Libby Smith of the Madison office.
The loving care and support of members of the Madison United Methodist Church, friends and neighbors is greatly appreciated as well.
Funeral services were held on Sunday, Sept. 26, at Handley Funeral Home in Danville, with Dr. L. Frank "Tex" Frye officiating. Burial followed in Forest Lawn Cemetery at Pecks Mill with military graveside rites performed by Daniel Boone VFW Post 5578, Madison.
Condolences may be expressed at www.handleyfh.com and donations, if desired, could be made to HospiceCare, 1606 Kanawha Blvd., Charleston, W.V. 25312.
Roy Dale Marshall
Roy Dale Marshall, 50, of Verona, passed away peacefully Sunday, September 12, 2010, in Charleston, West Virginia. He departed this life to be withhis Lord.
He was born February 23, 1960 in Staunton, a son of the late George W. and Bertha E. (Tuning) Marshall.
Dale enjoyed football and was a Dallas Cowboy fan. He also enjoyed Nascar and was a Bill Elliot fan.
Family included three sisters, Judy K. Garber and her husband, Dave, of Bridgewater, Kathy D. Harris and her companion, Dennis Smith, of Verona, Jackie Messer and her husband, Jerry, of Julian, West Virginia; three brothers and two sisters-in-law, George W. and Sandy Marshall, Dennis and Debbie Marshall, and Stephen Marshall, all of Staunton; several uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews, cousins, including a dear cousin, Lynn Marshall, and a special friend, Dennis Chapman.
A funeral service was conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday, September 15, 2010 in the Henry Funeral Home Chapel, Staunton, VA, by Pastor Charles Griffin.
Burial followed in Thornrose Cemetery.
Active pallbearers were Joe Tuning, Gary Marshall, Delmas Marshall, Lynn Marshall, David Chandler, and Jerry Messer.
Honorary pallbearers were Brian Welcher, Gary Sprouse, Lacy Huff, and friends.
The family received friends from 7 until 9 p.m. September 14, 2010 in the funeral home.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.henryfuneralhome.net.
Johnny Ray Hager
Johnny Ray Hager, 60, of Danville died Sept. 24, 2010. Service was Monday, Sept. 27, at Handley Funeral Home, Danville. Burial followed in Hager-Barnett family cemetery, Danville.
Oril DeWayne Jarrell
Oril DeWayne “Squarehead” Jarrell, 80, died on Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2010, at Boone Memorial Hospital, Madison.
He was born a son of the late Callas and Elsie Jarrell on Sept. 12, 1930, in Van.
He was a coal miner with 45 years of service, retiring from Peabody-Harris No. 1 in 1992.
He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Janice Sue Green Jarrell; two daughters, Sherry Bender and her husband, Kermit, and Kathy Jane Jarrell; one son, Robert DeWayne Jarrell and his wife, Tammy; three grandchildren, Heather Cox Workman and her husband, John, Jamie Cox and his wife, Patty, and Breeanne Jarrell Price and her husband, Brian; six great-grandchildren, Miranda, Marisa and Hunter Workman, Ashley and Jarret Cox, and Cade Price; four brothers and their wives, Franklin and Don Rita, Jimmy and Mary, Joe and Jeannie and Paul Jarrell.
We would like to extend our many thanks to the staff at the Meadowbrook Assisted Living for the love and care he was given.
He was special to all and they all called him “Papaw.” We would like to thank Jimmy and Pat Adkins for all they have done for our family over the past few years.
Funeral services were on Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010 at Handley Funeral Home, Danville, with Tom Bias and Mike Green officiating. Burial followed in Memory Gardens, Madison.
You may express your condolences to the family at www.handleyfh.com.