Rebecca L. Gilfilen
Rebecca Lynn “Becky” Gilfilen, 31, of Hurricane died October 26, 2002, of injuries received in an automobile accident.
Becky was a lifelong resident of Hurricane.
She was preceded in death by her father, Harvey Gilfilen, and brother, Mack Gilfilen.
Surviving: daughter, Lisa Brooke Sowards; mother, Hilda Gilfilen of Hurricane; sisters, Sherrie Gilfilen of Culloden, Debbie Stevens and Teresa Tucker, both of Hurricane, Bambi Gilfilen and Donette Mynes, both of St. Albans, and Sharon Black of Culloden; brothers, Delbert Gilfilen of Hurricane, Scott Gilfilen of Winfield, David Gilfilen of Hurricane, and Londell Gilfilen of Michigan.
Service was held Tuesday, October 29, 2002, at Chapman Funeral Home, Teays Valley, with the Rev. Ray Sovine officiating. Burial was in Oak Ridge Cemetery, Hurricane.
Myrtle F. Smith
Myrtle Faye McCallister Smith, 93, of Hurricane died October 27, 2002, in Hubbard Hospice House, Charleston, after a long illness.
She was of the Christian faith.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Lavelle “Joe” Smith, mother and father, Awilda and Frank McCallister.
Surviving: sons, Larence and Billy Smith, both of Hurricane; daughters, Mistress L.SA. Oxley of Hurricane, Areta Kelley of St. Albans, Marilee Young and Wanda McPherson, both of Vero Beach, Florida; brother, Orel McCallister of Hurricane; caregivers, Karen and Jerry Whittington and family; eight grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren.
Service was held Wednesday, October 30, 2002, at Allen Funeral Home, Hurricane, with the Rev. Jim McGehee officiating. Burial was in Culloden Cemetery.
Catherine E. White
Catherine E. White, 74, of Hurricane died October 25, 2002, in Thomas Memorial Hospital after a short illness.
She was formerly of St. Albans.
Surviving: daughters, Linda Donegan of Charleston, Patti A. White of Hurricane, Sandra Lee Underwood of St. Albans, and Pam Shelton of Hurricane; sons, James E. White of Red House, Robert A. White and John T. White, both of Hurricane; brother, John Johnson; sister, Edna Mae McDaniel of New Jersey; nine grandchildren; five great-grandchildren.
Graveside service was held Monday, October 28, 2002, at Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens, Cross Lanes, with the Rev. James K. Harris officiating. Allen Funeral Home, Hurricane, was in charge of arrangements.
Mrs. Ruth Hodges Eddins of Hurricane died October 22, 2002, in Thomas Memorial Hospital.
She was a charter member of The Catholic Church of the Ascension, Hurricane, Mount Salem Homemakers and the Putnam Democratic Women’s Club.
She was born and raised in Hurricane and was a resident of both Huntington and Lebanon, Virginia.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Elwin R. Eddins, and her parents, Preston Frazier and Clara Catherine Hill Hodges.
Surviving: daughters and son-in-law, Margaret Anne Dale and Michael Stinson Dale of Oceanport, New Jersey, Carolyn Eddins Outman and the late H.A. “Lee” Outman of Charlotte, North Carolina; sons and daughter-in-law, E. Russell Eddins, Jr. of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Robert and Jennifer Leigh Eddins of St. Albans; sisters, Virginia Catherine Soter of Newport News, Virginia and Frances Alice Annie of Hurricane; grandchildren, Rachel Hill Eddins of Charleston, Victoria Leigh Eddins of St. Albans, Adrienne Stinson Dale and Rose Patrick Dale, both of Oceanport, New Jersey.
Mass of Christian Burial was held Saturday, October 26, 2002, at The Catholic Church of the Ascension with Father Neil Buchlein and her nephew, Father Fredrick P. Annie, serving as co-celebrants. Burial was in Cunningham Memorial Park, St. Albans. Chapman Funeral Home, Teays Valley, was in charge of arrangements.
Elizabeth “Beth” J. Jarrett, 37, of Poca died Wednesday, October 23, 2002.
She was employed as a special education teacher at McKinley Junion High School in St. Albans. She was a graduate of Glenville State College and Frankfort High School in Ridgeley. She was a member of WVEA, AFT and Delta Zeta Fraternity. She was a member of Graceland Baptist Church in Ridgeley.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Carlton and Elizabeth Krantz; cousin, Phillip Peer, and uncle, Billy Krantz.
Surviving: husband, Mark Jarrett of Poca; daughter, Holly, and son, Brent, both at home; parents, Robert and Darlene Peer Krantz of Ridgeley; grandparents, Oscar and Wilda Peer of Springfield, Jane Peer and Ed Deremer of Ridgeley; sister, Shelly and husband, John Donaldson, and their children, Shaina and Landon VanMeter of Ridgeley; mother- and father-in-law, Harold and Norma Jean Jarrett of Nitro; sister-in-law, Kim Jarrett, her son and daughter, Andrew and Logan, of Charleston; brother-in-law, Michael Jarrett of Poca; uncles and aunts, Glen and Kathryn Peer, Wayne and Linda Peer, both of Ridgeley, Pat and Eva Krantz of Akron, Ohio; aunt, Barbara Ward of Topeka, Kansas; uncle, Mike Krantz of Buffalo, New York; very special counsins, Wade, Dave, Dale, Tim, Randy Peer, Jeff and Greg Jones, Susie Mellon, all of Ridgeley; Robbie Peer of Ashville, North Carolina, Keith and Kevin Callahan of Topeka, Kansas.
Service was held Sunday, October 27, 2002, at Nitro Church of God with Dr. Larry McCallister and the Rev. David McCormick officiating. Burial was in Grandview Memorial Park, Dunbar. Cooke Funeral Home, Nitro, was in charge of arrangements.
Pearl May Sisson
Pearl May Sisson, 96, of Southside died Monday, October 28, 2002, at home.
She was born May 15, 1906, the daughter of the late James and Mahalia (Cremeans) Dunn. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Everett Sisson, infant son, Ronald Sisson, brothers, Worthy, Elmer, Stanford and Gilbert Dunn, and sisters, Virgie L. Coleman and Carolyn Edmonds.
She was a homemaker and a member of Mt. Union United Methodist Church, Pliny.
Surviving: sons and daughters-in-law, Linford E. and Ruth Ann Sisson of Southside and Donla and JoAnn Sisson of Pliny; granddaughters, Diana Lynn Sisson and Betsey Ann Sisson, both of New Haven, Connecticut, and Barbara Nance of Pliny; several nieces and nephews.
Service was held Thursday, October 31, 2002, at Wilcoxen Funeral Home, Pt. Pleasant, with Rev. Marlin Campbell officiating. Burial was in Barton Chapel Cemetery, Apple Grove.
Glen S. Landers
Glen S. Landers, 84, of Rock Branch died October 21, 2002 at home.
He was a 60-year resident of Rock Branch, was retired from American Viscose with 42 years’ service, was a member of Textile Workers of American AFL-CIO and was an Army veteran of World War II.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Avalee “Cricket” Landers.
Surviving: sons and daughters-in-law, Kenny and Brenda Landers of Poca, Jerry and Karen Landers of Charleston; daughters and sons-in-law, Linda and Jerry McClanahan of Poca, Sherry and Glenn Jeffries of Eleanor; grandchildren, Kendra Coates, Scott Landers, Mark Landers, Hope Bailey, Shannon Landers, Jill Landers, Kaci Landers, Frank McClanahan, Jeff McClanahan, Jason McClanahan, Ashley Jeffries, and Austin Jeffries; great-grandchildren, Samantha Coates, Justin Coates, Joshua Landers, Aaron Landers, Kristen Landers, Kyle Landers, Emily Bailey, Allie Bailey, Davin Landers, Anthony Gavin, Kiersten Landers, Mandi McClanahan, Alyssa McClanahan, Mac McClanahan, Talya Smith, Maya McClanahan, Ty McClanahan, Olivia McClanahan, and Julia McClanahan; sisters, Mary Mathes of Nitro and Maxine Workman of Hurricane.
Service was held Thursday, October 24, 2002, at Gatens Funeral Home, Poca, with Pastor Jason McClanahan and Pastor Delbert Hawley officiating. Burial was in Asbury Cemetery, Nitro. The family requests memorial donations be made to Providence Baptist Church Building Fund, c/o Pastor Jason McClanahan, 427 Canfield Drive, Columbus OH 43230.
Danny C. Markins
Danny C. Markins, 65, of Huntington died Oct. 25, 2002 at his residence. Funeral services were conducted Monday, Oct. 28, at the Wallace Funeral Home and Chapel Barboursville, by Pastor Michael Rowe. Burial in White Chapel Memorial Gardens. He was born July 18, 1937, a son of the late Charles and Mary Alma Perry Markins. He was a retired employee of the Cabell County Board of Education Transportation department. He was also preceded in death by one brother, Joseph Markins; one sister, Mary Butcher; and one son-in-law, Cline McComas. He is survived by his wife, Sheila Ours Markins; one daughter, Jennifer McComas of Huntington; two sons and daughters-in-law, Gregory and Teresa Markins of Lavalette and Curtis and Mollee Markins of Minerva, Ohio; three brothers, James Markins and Charles A. Markins, both of Salt Rock. and Paul Markins of Baltimore; two sisters, Rachel Hines of Barboursville and Faye Finley of Roach W.Va.; grandchildren, Angela and Richard Rippeto, Doug Belt, Kalyn and Curtis Roberts, Jacob McComas and Karah, Ashton, Andria, Jesseca, Quin, Emmalee, Alyssa and Garrison Markins; and three great-grandchildren, Hannah, Isaac and Zachary. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Huntington, Box 464, Huntington, WV 25709.
Creath L. Keaton
Creath L. Keaton, 94, of Milton, widower of Winnie Chapman Keaton died Friday, October 25, 2002 in Heritage Center. He was a retired school bus driver for the Cabell County Board of Education. Funeral services were conducted at Heck Funeral Home; burial in White Chapel Memorial Gardens.
Alan Boyd Chapman
Mr. Alan Boyd Chapman, 55, former Senior Manager of the Purchasing and Materials Department at Waycross, Georgia, for CSX Transportation, died Oct. 27, 2002, at his home and, in one moment exchanged the struggles of this life for the joys of the next. He was born Nov. 30, 1946, in Huntington, W.Va., a son of Carl E. Chapman and the late Mildred Boyd Settle Chapman. Following graduation from Milton High School in 1964, he enlisted in the U S. Army National Guard, was trained and certified as an air traffic controller and served his country for 11 years. Following active duty, he began as a machinist apprentice at the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway shops in Huntington. Promotions and transfers took him from Huntington to Clifton Forge, Va., to Jacksonville, Fla. and finally to Waycross, Ga., during this 34 years of service to the railroad. Alan received much encouragement during his illness from colleagues and friends all over the United States. He will be sadly missed by his wife of 34 years, Sharon, and his children, Katherine Murray (husband Mark) of Dallas, Ga., and his son Adam Chapman of Hoboken, Ga. He is survived by his father, Carl Chapman of Milton W.Va.; one sister, Carla Dunlap (husband Gary) also of Milton; three brothers, David Chapman (wife Linda) of Ona, W.Va., Michael Chapman (wife Donna) of Shepherdsville, KY., and Patrick Chapman of Winfield, W.Va.; one niece; nephews; two uncles; and many cousins. Life taught Alan to trust God, love his family and work hard. He encouraged others to do so as well. His body was cremated and at his request, there was no memorial service. If anyone wishes to join his family in celebrating his life, they may do so by performing a kind act for another person or by donating time or funds to Hospice Satilla at 1921 Alice Street, Suite A-1, Waycross, GA 31501. Special thanks to the hospice chaplain Bart Thigpen.
Mr. Frederick T. Wells
Mr. Frederick T. Wells, 78, of Barboursville, husband of Geneva Scarberry Wells, passed away, Oct. 26, 2002 in St. Mary’s Medical Center. Graveside funeral services were conducted Monday, Oct. 28, at Woodmere Abbey of Peace, with the Rev. Paul Ray Farley officiating; burial in Woodmere Memorial Park. He was born June 12, 1924, in Huntington, a son of the late James A. and Nannie Carrico Wells. He was a retired conductor from CSX Transportation. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Benny, John and Robert and three sisters, Becky Scarberry, Marietta Triplett and Mabel York. Additional survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Judy L. and James M. Mundy of Jacksonville, Fla.; two sons and daughters-in-law, Tom and Barbara Wells of Barboursville and J.A. and Joy Wells of Huntington; a sister, Nellie Rogers of Huntington; seven grandchildren, Dana Luczyszyn, Tiffany Crawford Jamie Pemberton, Tracy Wells, Shanon Mundy, Shane Wells and Shawn Wells; and four great-grandchildren, Victoria, Peter, Michael and Gabrielle. Chapman’s Mortuary, Huntington, was in charge of arrangements.
Harold Thurman Collins
Harold Thurman Collins, 80, of Huntington, passed away Sunday, Oct. 20, 2002, at his residence. Funeral services were conducted Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2002 at Henson Mortuary by the Rev. Jim Dailey. Burial in White Chapel Memorial Garden. He was born May 8, 1922, in Cabell County, a son of the late Sam and Agnes Clark Collins. He was also preceded in death by two daughters, Sarah Emma Hicks and Julia Mae Collins. He was a retired carpenter, having worked with Lowell Clay Construction Co., and Mel Wright Construction. Mr. Collins was a member of Lewis Memorial Baptist Church. He is survived by his wife Elsie Mae Reed Collins; a son and daughter-in-law, the Rev. David and Roberta Collins of Huntington; a daughter and son-in-law, Brenda and Wondel Vanoe of Huntington; twin brother Carroll Collins of Huntington; 15 grandchildren, 37 great-grandchildren and 17 great great-grandchildren.
Edith E. Cummings
Edith E. Cummings, 90, of Red House died October 13, 2002, in SunBridge of Putnam Nursing Home, Hurricane.
She was a 30-year resident of Red House, former owner of Sportland Market, Red House, and attended Lone Oak Church of God Mission.
Surviving: children, Kathlyn Popovich of Shelby, North Carolina, Evelyn Wilson of Eleanor, Anna Hutchinson of Poca, Leroy Jividen of Shelby, Glendle Jividen of Titus, Alabama, Johnny Jividen of Chatsworth, Georgia, Jerry Jividen of Poca, and Danny Jividen of Poca; sisters, Laura Beller of Reynoldsburg, Ohio and Lilly Bush of Liberty; brother, Jesse French of Grandview; a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
Service was held Wednesday, October 16, 2002, at Barnett Chapel Church, Liberty, with the Rev. Roy Painter officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Gatens Funeral Home, Poca, was in charge of arrangements. The family requests memorial donations be made to Barnett Chapel Cemetery, 117 Poplar Point Estates, Poca WV 25159.
Cameron Hunter Raines, 7-week-old son of Carl and Angela Michele Raines of Teays Valley, died October 13, 2002 in Putnam General Hospital. He was born August 23, 2002.
In addition to his parents, he is survived by his brothers, Austin and Brogan; maternal grandparents, Brenda and Terry Campbell of Teays Valley and Calvin Craig of Buffalo; paternal grandparents, Clarence F. and Rebecca B. Raines of Culloden; maternal great-grandparents, Howard and Dollie Craig of Buffalo and Clifford Eugene Thompson of Wayne County; paternal great-grandmother, Georgia Martin of Dunbar; special uncle, Travis Craig; several aunts and uncles.
Graveside service was held Wednesday, October 16, 2002, at Craig-Oldaker Cemetery, Buffalo. Raynes Funeral Home, Buffalo, was in charge of arrangements.
Geraldine W. McAvoy
Geraldine Williamson McAvoy, 82, of Hurricane, formerly of St. Albans, died October 15, 2002, in St. Mary’s Hospital, Huntington, after a short illness.
She was a homemaker, a member of Cross of Grace Lutheran Church, Hurricane, and a charter member of Grace Lutheran Church, St. Albans. She was a 1938 graduate of St. Albans High School and a graduate of West Virginia Wesleyan College.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Dale McAvoy Sr.
Surviving: daughter, Nancy Chalhoub of St. Albans; sons, R. Dale McAvoy Jr. of Indianapolis and Richard L. McAvoy of Ridgeley; sisters, Metty McKelvey of Huntington, Mary York of Russell, Kentucky, and Ernestine “Sis” Robertson of St. Albans; six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Service was held Thursday, October 17, 2002, at Chapman Funeral Home, Teays Valley, with the Rev. Clifford Smith officiating. Burial was in Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens, Cross Lanes. The family suggests memorial donations be made to Cross of Grace Lutheran Church, 515 Hurricane Creek Road, PO Box 1025, Hurricane WV 25526
John W. Simpkins Sr.
John W. Simpkins Sr., 56, of Hurricane died October 14, 2002, in Putnam General Hospital after a long illness.
He was retired from Kerr Glass, Huntington, with 15 years of service and was a 13-year resident of Hurricane.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruby Virginia Simpkins.
Surviving: Reta Lotts of Hurricane; daughters, Betty Jean Provence of St. Albans and Shelia Kay Simpkins of Pt. Pleasant; sons, John W. Simpkins Jr. of Hurricane, Thomas Lotts of Missouri and Larry Lotts of St. Albans; sisters, Margaret Louise Whitney of Youngstown, Ohio; brothers, Benjamin Franklin Simpkins of Clarington, Ohio, Charles “Frankie” and Rex Allen Simpkins, both of Florida; one grandchild.
Service was held Thursday, October 17, 2002, at Chapman Funeral Home, Teays Valley. Burial was in Forest Memorial Park, Milton.
Betty Jo Crawford
Betty Jo Crawford, 72, of Hurricane died October 15, 2002, in Thomas Memorial Hospital after a long illness.
She was retired from Central Employment Service, Inc., Charleston, with 30 years’ service. She was formerly from Marmet and Kelleys Creek.
Surviving: husband of 50 years, C.L. Crawford; daughter, Cheryl Moss of Huntington; sons, Kerry Lee Crawford of Charleston and Rodney L. Crawford of Tampa, Florida; grandchildren, Eddie Moss, Shauna Moss, Christina Crawford and Brandon Crawford.
Service was held Friday, October 18, 2002, at Chapman Funeral Home, Teays Valley, with the Rev. Richard Work officiating., Burial was in White Chapel Memorial Gardens, Barboursville.
Donald Marks Jr.
Donald Marks Jr., 43, of Hurricane died October 14, 2002 in Putnam General Hospital.
He was born February 27, 1959 in Wood County, the son of Donald E. Marks Sr. and the late Vivian H. Stull Marks.
Prior to being director of materials management at Putnam General Hospital, he was employed at St. Joseph’s Hospital for 18 years. He was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Parkersburg, and he also attended Mount Vernon Baptist Church, Teays Valley. He was a member of the West Virginia Bow Hunters Association.
Surviving: wife of two years, Wanda G. Parsons Schreckengost Marks; father, Donald E. Marks Sr. and special friend, Willa Surbaugh of Washington; son, Donald E. Marks III of Parkersburg; stepson, Todd Schreckengost of Hurricane; daughter, Melissa Taylor of Goldtown; grandchildren, Hannah Marie and Elizabeth Ann Taylor of Goldtown; sisters, Rebecca S. Miller and husband, Robert of Wadsworth, Ohio, Donna K. King of Parkersburg, Jerri L. Coss of Creston, Ohio; three nieces and four nephews.
Service was held Friday, October 18, 2002, at Sunset Memorial Funeral Home, Parkersburg, with the Rev. David Freshour officiating. Burial was in Sunset Memory Gardens. A memorial service will be held at Putnam General Hospital.
Patsy Goff Ammoscato, 54, of Hurricane died October 18, 2002, at Putnam General Hospital after a long illness.
She was a former employee of Morris Memorial Nursing Home, Milton, and Wayne Conley’s Barbershop, Winfield. She was a Baptist by faith. She lived in Linden, New Jwersey from 1960 to 1970 and has several close friends and family members in the area.
She was preceded in death by her mother and stepfather, Betty and Sidney Ellis, father, Murphy Goff, brother, Sidney B. Ellis, grandparents, Everett and Irene Gibson.
Surviving: daughter and son-in-law, Donna Marie and John Elswick of Hurricane; grandchildren, Johnny, Joey and Dustin Elswick of Hurricane; sisters, Phyllis Goff Bays of Culloden and Donna Goff of Hurricane; brothers, Roy Gibson of Westerville, Ohio, Murphy Goff Jr., Randy Goff, Bobby Ellis, John Ellis and Brian Ellis, all of Hurricane; longtime friend, Randy Hodge.
Service was held Monday, October 21, 2002, at Chapman Funeral Home, Teays Valley, with Rev. Wayne Conley officiating. Burial was in Lower Hodges Cemetery, Hurricane. The family suggests memorial donations be made to Kanawha Hospice Care, 1143 Dunbar Avenue, Dunbar WV 25064, or the Putnam Animal Relief Center, No. 1 Sabre Road, Winfield WV 25213.
Mrs. Carolyn Brown, 65, of Hurricane died October 18, 2002, at home after a long illness.
She was born January 13, 1937 in Portsmouth, Ohio, the only daughter of Pauline Bateman Dixon of Scott Depot and the late John Dixon. She was a member of the Catholic Church of the Ascention, Hurricane, and was a homemaker.
She was preceded in death by her husband, John D. Brown, May 9, 2001.
Also surviving: sons, Mike Brown of Nashville, Tennessee, Randy Brown of Cross Lanes and Brian Brown of Hurricane.
Mass of Christian Burial was held Monday, October 21 2002, at the Catholic Church of the Ascention with Father Neil Buchlein as celebrant. Entombment was in Memorial Burial Park, Wheelersburg, Ohio. Chapman Funeral Home, Teays Valley, was in charge of arrangements. Memorial donations may be made to the Catholic Church of the Ascention, 905 Hickory Mill Road, Hurricane WV 25526.