James C. Bush
James Carroll Bush, 86, of Liberty died December 26, 1999, in Jackson General Hospital after a long illness.
He was a retired farmer and member of Mount Zion Community Church, Given.
Surviving: daughter, Catherine Bush, at home; brother, Edward Bush of Pontotoc, Mississippi; sister, Phyllis Bush of Evans; several nieces and newphews.
Service was held December 29, 1999 at Mount Zion Community Church with the Rev. Paul Arthur officiating. Burial was in Mount Zion Cemetery. Raynes Funeral Home, Buffalo, was in charge of arrangements.
Heather N. Thornton
Heather Nicole Thornton, 15, of Red House died December 26, 1999, in General Division, CAMC, from injuries received in an auto accident on Christmas day.
She was a sophomore at Poca High School, where she was a member of the Lady Dots basketball team, the soccer team and DECA. She was a member of North Putnam Girls Softball Team.
Surviving: mother, Lora Thornton of Red House; brothers, Garrett Thornton and Jimmy LeMasters Jr., both of Red House; maternal grandparents, Gilbert and Dortha Thornton of Red House; maternal great-grandmother, Gladys Thornton of Red House.
Service was held December 29, 1999 at Gatens Funeral Home, Poca, with Pastor Joe Scarberry officiating. Burial was in Haven of Rest Memorial Gardens, Red House.
Eugenea Lisa Elswick
Eugenia Lisa Elswick, 34, of Leon died December 25, 1999, of injuries received in an automobile accident.
She was a beautician at First Choice Hair Salon in Winfield, a member of Warner Community Church, Elmwood, and a graduate of Mountaineer Beauty College.
Surviving: husband, John Wayne Elswick; faughter, Lisa Marie Elswick, at home; parents, Eugene E. and Phyllis Jean Bays of Leon; sister, Phyullis Marie Bays of Leon; one niece.
Service was held December 30, 1999 at Raynes Funeral Home, Buffalo, with the Rev. Harry Adkins officiating. Burial was in Bays Family Cemetery, Leon.
Oren W. Smith Jr.
Oren William Smith Jr., 82, of Eleanor died December 29, 1999, at home after a long illness.
He was a retired electrician from American Viscose with 42 years’ service and a member of First Baptist Church of Eleanor and the Buffalo Senior Citizens.
Surviving: wife, Evelyn Imogene Morris Smith; sons, Larry Oren Smith, Dallas Smith and Marvin Smith, all of Eleanor, and James Morris-Smith of Huntington; daughters, Reva Jean Meadows and Avis Newman, both of Eleanor; brother, Olandus of McFarland; 12 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren.
Service was held December 31, 1999 at Raynes Funeral Home, Buffalo, with the Rev. David Panaro Sr. and the Rev. David Panaro Jr. officiating. Burial was in Beech Grove Cemetery, Eleanor.
Hessie Honaker Harmon, 99, of Red House died December 31, 1999, in Thomas Memorial Hospital after a long illness.
She was a former schoolteacher and a member of Riverside Baptist Church.
Surviving: daughters, Frances Arthur of Red House, Ruth Allen of Hurricane, and Mary Catherine Rollyson of Swansboro, North Carolina; son, Stephen “Bill” Harmon of Red House; eight grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren.
Service was held January 3, 2000 at Gatens Funeral Home, Poca, with Pastor Michael Hanna officiating. Burial was in Haven of Rest Memorial Gardens, Red House.
Sarah Amanda Brumfield
Sarah Amanda Brumfield, 93, went to sleep in the arms of Jesus and awoke to spring time in glory Sunday, January 2, 2000, where she was greeted by all her loved ones that went on before her. Grann Grann was the light and laughter of our lives. She loved life and was a blessing to all that knew her. We will always hold in our hearts the sound of her songs of praise to her Lord. We thank God for placing her in our family to show us the meaning of joy. She was born August 22, 1906, in Fall Creek, Lincoln County, WV. She was a member of Beulah Chapel Baptist Church.
Preceding her to heaven were: her husband, William Henry Brumfield; her stepchildren, Vivian Hager, Kessel Brumfield and Remlyn Brumfield; her parents, Rev. Andrew “Dick” and Melvinia Eplin Booth; all her brothers and sisters, Edmond Oliver, Polly, Bailey, Della, Riley, Lucy, Nancy, Dailey, Ailey and Fraley Booth; a special grandson, Gary Bostic; and a host of other family and friends. She is survived by: four daughters including Wanda Collins and her husband, Golden of Milton, Geraldine Holley of Apple Grove, Betty Lewis of Charleston and Leda Serrano of Phoenix, Arizona; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren including Goldie, Jamie, Sarah, Shawn and Cheryl Bostic, Mike, Cindy and Jared Collins, Rick Collins and Tammy Collins, Ronnie Stowers, Mark Stowers and Kenny Stowers; a special sister-in-law, Garnet Booth; a special niece, Juanita Pauley; and many other family and friends.
Funeral services were conducted Wednesday, January 5, 2000, at the Wallace Funeral Home & Chapel, Barboursville, by Brother Ray Davis. Burial in Forest Memorial Park, Milton.
Ethel Eaves Walker
Ethel Eaves Walker, 70, of East Lynn went home to be with the Lord Sunday, January 2, 2000. Funeral services were conducted Wednesday, January 5, 2000, at the Bethlehem United Baptist Church of which she was a member by the Rev. Vernon Perry and Rev. A.J. Perry. Burial in the Jones Cemetery. She was born May 30,1929, in Cabell County, a daughter of the late William and Fannie Robertson Eaves. She was also preceded in death by four brothers, one sister and one great-grandson. She is survived by her husband of fifty-five years, Clarence Walker, five children, Juanita Christopher, Helen Sargent and her husband Earl, Harold Walker and his wife Darlene, Clarence Gilmer Walker and his wife Betty, all of East Lynn and Myrtle Sizemore and her husband Verlin of Branchland; two sisters Effie Adkins of Branchland and Annie Eplin of Huntington; two brothers, Ralzie Eaves of Columbus, Ohio, and Okey Eaves of Branchland; thirteen grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren. Viewing was held at her residence. Wallace Funeral Home, Barboursville, was in charge of arrangements .
Woodrow Wilson Ross
Woodrow Wilson Ross, 81, of Barboursville, passed away Wednesday, December 29, 1999 at his home after a long illness. Funeral services were conducted Monday, January 3, 2000 at the Wallace Funeral Home & Chapel by the Rev. David Cardwell. Burial in the Ross Cemetery. He was born November 11, 1918 in Cabell County, a son of the late Alex and Edith Vernatt Ross. He was retired from ACF Industries after thirty-six years of service and was a member of Cyrus Creek Missionary Baptist Church. He was also preceded in death by one son, Troy Ross. He is survived by his wife of fifty-nine years, Rena Cremeans Ross; one son, David Ross at home; one granddaughter, Torie Lee Ross at home; two grandsons, Tony Martin Ross of Ona and Joseph Scott Ross of Florida; and a host of friends, nieces and nephews.
Joyce Lynn Mullins
Joyce Lynn Mullins, 52, of Barboursville, passed away Friday, December 31, 1999, at St Mary’s Hospital after a lengthy and valiant battle with cancer. Funeral service were conducted Tuesday, January 4, 2000 at the Wallace Funeral Home & Chapel by the Rev. Phillip Warren. Graveside services at the Suncrest Cemetery, Point Pleasant. She was born August 28, 1947, in Point Pleasant, WV, a daughter of Betty Hudson Warren of Columbus, Ohio, and the late Walter Charles Warren. She was a retired West Virginia licensed clinical social worker and was a lifelong Methodist by faith. She was a graduate of Marshall University with a BA Degree in Counseling Rehabilitation and a Masters Degree in Counseling. She also received a Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of Kentucky. She is survived by her husband George R. Mullins; two daughters, Lesley A. Gall of Dublin, Ohio, and Marisa Mullins, at home; one sister, Jill A. Roberto of Columbus; a half-brother, David Hess of South Carolina; one granddaughter, Jessica Lynn Gall; two nieces, Erica Lynn Rawson and Elizabeth R. Roberto, both of Columbus; and a special friend, Janice Conley of St. Albans, WV.
June F. Edmunds
Mrs. June F. Edmunds, 70, of Barboursville, W.Va., died Dec. 25, 1999, in Cabell Huntington Hospital. Funeral services were conducted Wednesday, Dec. 29, 1999, at Henson Mortuary, Pea Ridge, by the Rev. Gary Clarke. Burial in White Chapel Memorial Gardens. She was born June 24, 1929, in Seacoal, W.Va., in Boone County, a daughter of the late Dennie and Mary Alice Kingery Scott. She was a homemaker and a member of First Guyandotte Baptist Church. She also was preceded in death by her husband, Walter Edmunds. Survivors include her stepmother, Ina Scott of Barboursville; a son and daughter-in-law, John and Sandie Duncan of Barboursville; a stepson and daughter-in-law, David and Sharon Edmunds of Barboursville; a daughter and son-in-law, Sue and Okie Napier of Wayne, W.Va.; a sister, Pauline Handy of Barboursville; six grandchildren, Okie Napier Jr., Daniel Napier, Samuel Napier, Scott Duncan, Aaron Duncan and Josh Duncan; three step-grandchildren, David Andrew Edmunds, Parthena Booton and J.J. Hurt; and a great-granddaughter, Natasha Napier. Grandsons served as pallbearers.
Claude M. Garnes Jr.
Claude M. “Junior” Garnes Jr., 62, of Poca died January 3, 2000, at home after a long illness.
He was a retired mechanic from Harris Chevron and a former employee of True Temper.
Surviving: wife, Velda Fisher Garnes; daughter, Cynthia Taylor of Big Chimney; son, Marvin of Liberty; sisters, Reta Harrision of Eleanor and Stella Tobia of Tornado; brothers, Ronald of Red House, Carroll of Liberty and Keith of Cross Lanes; two grandsons.
Service was held January 5, 2000 at Gatens Funeral Home, Poca, with the Rev. Ralph Workman officiating. Burial was in Emma Chapel Cemetery, Liberty.
Sarah Elizabeth Coulter
Sarah Elizabeth Coulter, infant daughter of Earl and Peggy Coulter of Hurricane, was stillborn December 17, 1999.
Also surviving: brother, Christopher Gillespie at home; sister, Wynter Gillespie of Hurricane; maternal grandparents, Billy and Helen Thompson of Millwood; paternal grandmother, Estella Coulter of Huntington; maternal great-grandmother, Mildred Hemmings of Hurricane.
Curry Funeral Home, Alum Creek, was in charge of arrangements. There was no service.
Blanche K. Conway
Blanche K. Conway, 85, of St. Albans died January 2, 2000, in Thomas Memorial Hospital after a long illness.
She was a native of Poca, a homemaker and a Protestant.
Surviving: daughter, Lora Dane Womack of St. Albans; sister, Clara Kinder Cottrell of Cross Lanes; five grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren.
Service was held January 5, 2000 at Cooke Funeral Home, Nitro, with Pastor Mike Hanna officiating. Burial was in Haven of Rest Memorial Gardens, Red House.
Janet H. Joyce
Janet Hayslett Joyce, 68, of Hurricand died January 2, 2000, at home after a short illness.
She was a member of First Baptist Church, Hurricane, and a homemaker. She was a graduate of Hurricane High School and a lifelong resident of Hurricane.
Surviving: daughters, Beverly Joyce of Eleanor, Penelope Joyce Eads of Winchester, Virginia, and Candice Joyce Brewer of Hurricane; brother, Harold Hayslett of South Charleston; three grandchildren.
Service was held January 6, 2000 at First Baptist Church, Hurricane. Burial was in Cunningham Memorial Park, St. Albans, with the Rev. Charles Hendrick and Jim McGehee officiating. Chapman Funeral Home, Teays Valley, was in charge of arrangements. Memorial donations may be sent to First Baptist Church, 2635 Main Street, Hurricane WV 25526 or the American Cancer Society, 2428 Kanawha Blvd. East, Charleston WV 25301.
Charles T. McBrayer
Charles T. “Chuck” McBrayer, 71, of Scott Depot died January 7, 2000, at home.
He was a retired partner from Clingenpeel-McBrayer, attended Glad Tidings Assembly of God, Hurricane, and was a member of the National Fire Protection Association, the American Scoiety of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning and the Professional Engineering Association. He was an Army veteran of the Korean War.
Surviving: wife, Doris J. Bailey McBrayer; daughter, Renay McBrayer jarrell of Scott Depot; sons, Charles L. of Denna and Dee of Scott Depot; sister, Hazel Maynard of Lake; five grandchildren; one great-granddaughter.
Service was held January 9, 2000 at Chapman Funeral Home, Teays Valley, with the Rev. William Ellis, the Rev. Ron Fredericks and the Rev. Kenneth Greene officiating. Entombment was in Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens, Cross Lanes.
Samuel R. Young
Samuel Raynes Young, 88, of Hometown, formerly of Buffalo, died January 7, 2000, in Putnam General Hospital after a short illness.
He was a retired farmer and a former member of the Kanawha Valley Fox Hunters Association.
Surviving: sister, Ruth Y. Booth of Poca; nepher, with whom he resided, Frank Young; several additional nieces and nephews.
Service was held January 9, 2000 at Raynes Funeral Home, Buffalo, with the Rev. Arles Covert officiating. Burial was in Bethel Cemetery, Buffalo.
Pauline “Polly” Adams Starkey
Pauline “Polly” Adams Starkey, 82, of Lesage, W.Va., devoted wife, daughter, mother, and grandmother went home to be with the Lord Saturday, Jan. 8, 2000. Funeral services were conducted on Tuesday, January 11th, at Heck Funeral Home with Pastor Paul Meadows officiating. Burial in Union Ridge Cemetery. She was born Aug. 1, 1917 in Huntington, W.Va., a daughter of the late Charles W. and Golda Wilkes Adams. She was also preceded in her death by her husband, Harry T. Starkey, two brothers, Earl B. and Carl H. Adams; a sister-in-law, Irma H. Adams; a son-in-law, Elwood Spurlock, Jr.; and a niece, Wanda Adams Light. Polly was a homemaker and a member of Sunrise United Methodist Church.
She is survived by three daughters and two sons-in-law, Phyllis A. Spurlock of Ona, W.Va, Mary F. and David A. Clagg of Lesage, Carolyn “Jeannie” and Ronald G. Nicholson of Ceredo, W.Va.; one brother, Fred M. Adams of Lesage; three sisters-in-law, Anna Adams of of Huntington, W.Va, Marie Holley of Pliny, W.Va, and Opal McComas of Milton, WVa, special cousins, W. D. “Buddy' and Mary Wilkes of South Point, Ohio; nephews, Carl and Phyllis Adams of Independence, Ky., and Tom and Mary Lou Light of Huntington; seven grandchildren, Lea and Rodney Bodmer of Glenwood, W.Va, Tony and Kelly Spurlock of Ona, Barbie and Carl Lovins of Huntington Brent and Sherry Clagg of Lesage, Paula and Rodney Cremeans of Ona, Daniel and Jamie Nicholson of Kenova, W.Va, Pam and Larry Gue of Ceredo; fourteen great-grandchildren, Eric and Chad Bodmer, Garrett Spurlock, Meghan, Brandi and Bryan Lovins, Steven and Drake Clagg, Courtney and Lindsey Cremeans, Jessica and Jonathan Nicholson, and Kristy and Sean Gue; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, neighbors, and friends. Heck Funeral Home, Milton, was in charge of arrangements.
Carl O. Woodyard
Carl O. Woodyard, 66, of Huntington, went home to be with the Lord Tuesday, January 4, 2000. Funeral services were conducted Friday, January 7, 2000, at the Wallace Funeral Home & Chapel by the Rev. Gary Yochum. Burial in White Chapel Memorial Gardens. He was born March 1, 1933, in Cabell County, a son of the late Carl Odell and Virginia Legg Woodyard. He was retired from Kerr Glass and from maintenance at Forest Bluff. He is survived by his wife, Bertha Blake Woodyard; one daughter, Kimberly Woodyard and her friend Tim Turner of Huntington; two sons and daughters-in-law, Kelly and Melanie Woodyard, Danny and Ruth Woodyard, all of Huntington; three sisters, Janice McKee of Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina, Barbara Barr and Judy Plybon, both of Huntington; one brother, James Woodyard of Huntington; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Georgia McDonald, 87, of Huntington, passed away Tuesday, January 4, 2000, at FairHaven Rest Home. Funeral services were conducted Friday, January 7, 2000, at the Wallace Funeral Home & Chapel, by Rev. Ed Hood. Burial in McComas Cemetery. She was born January 19, 1912, in Cabell County, a daughter of the late Hamilton Lawhorn and Della Mae Vernatter McComas. She was a member of the Salt Rock United Methodist Church, and was preceded in death by her husband, Balace McDonald, and one daughter, Daisy Mae McDonald. She is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, James and Lorraine McDonald of Proctorville; five sisters, Ruth Bailey, Gladys Murphy, Ruby Adkins, Emma Self and Mary Pratt; three brothers, Bud McComas, Doliver McComas, and C.G. McComas; three grandchildren, James Franklin McDonald, Edward Scott McDonald, and Reba Gay Holley; and several great-grandchildren.