Kelson Henry, 67, of Lesage, went home to be with the Lord, Thursday, September 13, 2001, at St. Mary’s Hospital, Huntington. He was the son of the late Clyde and Ruzella Scarberry Henry. He was a retired Transportation Supervisor with the Cabell County Board of Education. Funeral Services were conducted Sunday, September 16, 2001 at Heck Funeral Home with the Rev. Gordon Rutherford officiating, burial in Union Ridge Cemetery, Milton. He is survived by three sisters, Pauline Ryder, of Lesage, Alma Kuhn of Barboursville, and Gladys Ellis of Gallipolis, Ohio; one brother, Basil Henry of Milton; one special niece, Amber Henry of Lesage.
Oscar Dallas Vance
Oscar Dallas Vance, 77, of Milton, husband of Mary Baumgardner Vance, died Sunday, September 9, 2001 at home. He was a pipe fitter with ACF Industries. Also surviving are three brothers, Lawrence Vance of Culloden, Grant Vance of Milton and Kennith Vance of Columbus, Ohio; and two sisters, Mae Lucas of Culloden and Inez Lucas of Milton. Funeral services were held Tuesday, September 11, 2001 at Heck Funeral Home, Milton; burial in Forest Memorial Park, Milton.
Alma Louise Craig
Alma Louise Craig, 83, of Wayne, W.Va., formerly of Milton, W.Va., passed away Tuesday, September 11, 2001, in Cabell Huntington Hospital. She was born November 28, 1917, in Pocahontas County, W.Va.; a daughter of the late Lacey and Monna Johnston Bowling. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Dana W. Craig; a son, Paul “Sonny” Craig; and two sisters, Elaine Constable and Eva Ferguson. Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Anita and Darrell Looney of Huntington; a sister, Freida Michael of Rivesvillle, W.Va.; a brother, W. K Bowling of Pennsylvania; three grandchildren, David Looney of South Pasadena, Fla., Beth Gibson of Huntington and Antonia Craig of Charleston, S.C.; and two great-grandchildren, Aaron Gibson and Morgan Gibson, both of Huntington. Funeral services were conducted Thursday, September 13, 2001, at Chapman’s Mortuary, Huntington, with Rev. Harry M. Scarberry officiating. Burial in White Chapel Memorial Gardens, Barboursville, W.Va. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Hospice of Huntington.
Calma May Thompson
Calma May Thompson, 91, of Barboursville, died Monday, September 10, 2001, in St. Mary’s Hospital. Graveside service were conducted Thursday, September 13, 2001, at Oaklawn Memorial Park, by Pastor Bill Davis. She was born September 14, 1910, in Barboursville, a daughter of the late Charles W. and Grace Midkiff May. She was a member of Kuhn Memorial Presbyterian Church. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Stanley Thompson; a son, Phillip Stanley Thompson; and six brothers and sisters. She is survived by one sister, Helen Perry of Lakeworth, Fla.; one brother and sister-in-law, Sam and Georgia May of Huntington; a daughter-in-law, Dixie Thompson of Palm Beach Garden, Fla.; three grandchildren, Phillip Aaron Thompson, Melody Fay Browne and Tara Charmaine Sherrod; seven great-grandchildren; and eight nieces and nephews, Charles “Corky” Thompson, Michael E. Thompson, Candy Ciccolella, Patricia Workman and Raymond Thompson, all of Barboursville, Roger Neal Thompson of Atlanta, Ga., Barney Thompson of New Smyrna Beach, Fla., and Susie Coburn of Columbus, Ohio. Wallace Funeral Home & Chapel, Barboursville, was in charge of arrangements.
Hubert L. Harshbarger
Hubert L. Harshbarger, 89, of Milton, died September 10, 2001, in St. Mary’s Hospital, Huntington. He was a retired printer, having worked from the age of 12 on the Cabell Record and several other newspapers including the Charleston Daily Mail. He also spent several years working for Jones Printing and Jarrett Printing Companies in Charleston. While in Charleston, he was President for several years of the Local International Typographical Union. In his younger years, he was a graduate of Grant High School, later known as Milton High School. He received the Harshbarger Cup for outstanding leadership and service at graduation.
He built his own home in the 1940’s. He had a business doing upholstery and carpentry work known as Hubert’s Novelty Shop. Later he did photography work, taking pictures of weddings or anything organizations or individuals sought out to remember. From 1977-87, he did volunteer service with the Cabell County Southwestern Community Action Council, Inc., Board of Directors. He was publisher of a newspaper, “Us Old Folks” for Milton Senior Center. Sometimes, he drove the van, was in charge of opening the Milton Senior Building when someone had it rented and enjoyed playing in the fun band. In 1991, he was elected as the Milton Town Recorder, serving from 1991- 93. He was chairman for many years of the Milton Sanitary and Water Commission. One of his favorite things to do in his spare time was cook.
In the Cabell Record in May of 1989, he was featured as Cook of the Week and discussed his popular Mexican Cornbread, which he liked to fix, plus steak, potato rolled chicken and pimento cheese spread. In November, 1995, he had a featured article on his printing even though he was 83 years old. Channel 13 also had an interview featuring his willingness to keep on working.
He last had an article in five different newspapers in November, 2000, that he wrote titled, “It’s Tim to Put Controls on Prescriptions.” He is survived by his wife, Ora Mae Vickers Harshbarger; three daughters, Louis Mae and Billy Conner of Milton, Annette and Merrill Lunsford of Milton, Jeannette Rickard of Rome, Ga.; one son, Victor Harshbarger of Milton. He is the last surviving child of the family of the late Charles Carroll Harshbarger and Fannie Louis Field Harshbarger. He was preceded in death by three sisters, Clarice, Clyde and Maggie; four brothers, Theodore, Tim, Leo “Bud” and Mark. He is also survived by five grandchildren, Shari Parsons, Brian Davis, Miriam McGhee, Martha Rickard and Debra Lou Conner; five great grandchildren, Nathan Parsons, Joel Parsons, Jeff Langley, Shari Langley and Sam Robert Langley. Funeral services were conducted Thursday, September 13, 2001, at the Milton United Methodist Church with the Rev. Keith Leap officiating. Burial in Forest Memorial Park Milton. Heck Funeral Home, Milton, was in charge of arrangements.
Matthew S. Kerns
Matthew S. “Woody” Kerns, 19, of Teays Valley died August 29, 2001.
Matthew was a very special child who will be missed by an abundance of friends and family. He will join his beloved grandfather, Nat Burgess, who preceded him in death.
He was a senior at Winfield High School, a member of the Putnam County 4-H, and a member of Providence Baptist Church, Winfield.
Surviving: mother, Connie Briscoe of Teays Valley; father, Homer “Pete” Kerns of Hurricane; sister, Jessica Briscoe at home; stepsister, Brandy Briscoe of Winfield; grandmother, Carmel Burgess of Teays Valley; aunts and uncles, Randy and Kim Burgess of Teays Valley and Steve and Regina Burgess of Nitro; caring friend, Bobby Davis.
Service was held Saturday, September 1, 2001, at Winfield High School with the Rev. Mike Rader and the Rev. Robert W. Kelly officiating. Burial was in Forest Memorial Park, Milton. Chapman Funeral Home, Teays Valley, was in charge of arrangements.
Edith C. Buck
Edith C. Herdman Buck, 92, of Buffalo died September 1, 2001, in Pleasant Valley Nursing and Rehabilitation Center following a long illness.
She was a lifelong resident of Putnam County, a homemaker and retired owner of Buck Nursing Home with 37 years’ service.
She was preceded in death by her husband, W.M. Buck; son, Wilbur Priddy; five brothers and three sisters.
Surviving: daughters, Bonnie Buck of Buffalo, and Ella Casto and her husband, Keith, of Columbus, Ohio; sons, Arnold “Pete” Priddy and William L. Buck, both of Buffalo; sister, Delcie Ferrell of Leon; 11 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren.
Service was held Tuesday, September 4, 2001, at Raynes Funeral Home, Buffalo, with Pastor Jasper Herdman officiating. Burial was in Manila Cemetery, Robertsburg.
Thelma West Chapman
Thelma West Chapman, 91, of Winfield, formerly of Nitro, died September 1, 2001, at home after a short illness.
She was a cook at Union Carbide, Institute, and at West Virginia State College. She attended Community Chapel Church and Maranatha Fellowship.
She was preceded in death by her daughter, Betty West and her son, Kenny West.
Surviving: Charlotte West of Winfield; sons, Jack L. West and Thomas L. West, both of Winfield; stepdaugther, Carolyn Farley of Barboursville; six grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild.
Service was held Wednesday, September 5, 2001, at Tyler Mountain Funeral Home, Cross Lanes, with the Rev. James Wright officiating. Burial was in Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens, Cross Lanes.
Doris J. Roberts
Doris Jean Roberts, 51, of Hurricane died September 2, 2001, in Putnam General Hospital after a short illness.
She was employed at SunBridge of Putnam and was a member of Culloden Church of Christ.
Surviving: husband, Roger Roberts; son, Mark Roberts of Hurricane; daughter, Melissa Roberts of Hurricane; mother, Irene Stowers of Griffithsville; sister, JoAnn Mullins of Griffithsville; brother, Ricky Stowers of Griffithsville; stepmother, Annie Stowers of Pt. Pleasant.
Service was held Wednesday, September 5, 2001, at Allen Funeral Home, Hurricane. Burial was in Lawson Cemetery on Big Creek, near Hurricane.
Hallie A. Barker
Hallie A. Barker, 41, of Huricane died August 31, 2001.
Private memorial service will be held at a later date. Allen Funeral Home, Hurricane, was in charge of arrangements.
Everett C. McPherson
Everett C. “Pee Wee” McPherson of Paradise died September 4, 2001, in Putnam General Hospital after a short illness.
Mr. McPherson was retired from Carpenters Local 1207, Charleston. He was a member of the Church of Christ and enjoyed working in his workshop with his two grandsons.
Surviving: wife, Bonnie McPherson, daughter and son-in-law, Sharlene and Brad Wiseman of Liberty; sister, Janet Nakamoto of Reston, Virginia; brother, Ronald McPherson of Portland, Ohio; grandsons, James and Joe Wiseman.
Service was held Friday, September, 7, 2001, at Gatens Funeral Home, Poca, with Minister Christopher M. Gallagher officiating. Burial was in the Wiseman family cemetery on Bowles Ridge.
Willajean G. Tucker
Mrs. Willajean G. “Billie” Tucker, 65, of Bancroft died September 7, 2001, at home.
She was retired from Thomas Memorial Hospital with 20 years of service. She was a former employee of Avtex Fibers in Nitro and was a member of Bancroft Church of God Mission.
Surviving: sons, Danny Tucker of Poca, Bruce Tucker of St. Albans and Henny Tucker of Bancroft; brothers, Ora Jett of Charleston and Pat Collins of Friendly; sisters, Minnie Jett of Elkview and Martha Fields of Stark, Florida; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren.
Graveside service was held Sunday, September 9, 2001, at Showen Cemetery with Paul Arthur officiating. Gatens Funeral Home, Poca, was in charge of arrangements. The family requests donations be made to Kanawha Hospice 1143 Dunbar Avenue, Dunbar WV 25064.
Virginia E. Ballard
Virginia Ellen Ballard, 79, of Scott Depot died September 8, 2001, in CAMC Memorial of complications following surgery.
She was a member of Scott Depot Christ Fellowship and a homemaker.
Surviving: son,, Ronnie I. Davis of Hurricane; sisters, Juanita Whitt of Elkview, Marieda Paxton of Walton and Shirley King of Elkview; brother, Clifford Davis of Elkview; grandchildren, Vicki McCallister of Yadkinville, North Carolina and Gayle Akers of Hurricane; four great-grandchildren.
Service was held Tuesday, September 11, 2001, at Scott Depot Christ Fellowship with Dr. Rodney Taylor officiating. Burial was in Elk Hills Memorial Gardens, Big Chimney. Chapman Funeral Home, Teays Valley, was in charge of arrangements.
Jimmie J. Nelson
Jimmie J. Nelson of Scott Depot died September 6, 2001, in an auto accident.
He was preceded in death by his latest wife, Joann Pritt Nelson.
Surviving: son, Jimmy Ray Nelson; stepdaughters, Diana Starcher of Scott Depot and Devona Casto and husband, Kerry, of Liberty; granddaughter, Kristin Casto; grandsons, Kerry Ray Casto II and Darren Casto of Liberty; companion, Mary Lou King; sister, Dora Hill of Massillon, Ohio; brothers, Paul Nelson of Julian and Roger Nelson of Canton, Ohio.
Service was held Monday, September 10, 2001, at Handley Funeral Home, Danville, with Pastor Billy Baley and the Rev. Gilbert Neely officiating. Burial was in Haven of Rest Memorial Gardens, Red House.