Dec 28 2005 Thelma Lorraine Thomas, 36, of Maysel, died Monday, December 26, 2005, at her home. Born on June 2, 1969, in Charleston, WV, she was the daughter of the late Lowell Thomas and Brenda Thomas of Maysel. She was a home care giver for Clay Development Corp. In addition to her mother, she is survived by her sons, Brian Matthew Blackburn of Columbus, OH, Timothy Lowell Thomas and Cody Alan Thomas, both of Maysel; sisters, Ruby Marie Thomas of Greenup, KY, and Barbara Kay Shamblin of Procious; grandson, Collin Blackburn of Columbus. Thelma was loved by many. Graveside service will be 11 am Friday, December 30, 2005, at Clay Memorial Gardens, Clay, with Minister John Day officiating. There will be no visitation. Carl Wilson Funeral Home, Clay, is in charge of arrangements.
Dec 28 2005 Elizabeth Jones Manning, 86, of Hot Springs, AR, formerly of Clay County, WV, entered into rest Tuesday, December 27, 2005, at Advanced Care Hospital in Hot Springs. Born on May 26, 1919, in Bomont, WV, she was the daughter of the late James A. and Lillie Mullins Jones. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her husband, Robert Clay Manning, her brothers, Perry, Earl, Tillman and Mac, and her sister, Retha. She was a retired food service worker. Survivors include her sons, Jimmy of Waco, TX, and Robert Clay II of Elkton, MD; daughters and sons-in-law, Patricia and Fred Waites of Hot Springs Village, AR, and Sharon and Charles Evers of Midland, TX; 9 grandchildren, 8 great- grandchildren. Funeral service will be 11 am Saturday, December 31, 2005, at Carl Wilson Funeral Home, Clay. Burial will follow in the Walnut Grove Cemetery, Strange Creek, WV. Friends may call from 6 to 8 pm on Friday at the funeral home.
Dec 28 2005 Harriett Murphy, 78, of Maysel, entered into rest Tuesday, December 27, 2005, at Laurel Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Ivydale. Born on February 7, 1927, at Hansford Fork, she was the daughter of the late William B. and Louise Moore Griffith. She was a substitute school teacher, and former co-owner of the Fashion Shop in Clay. Her husband, Delbert Murphy, survives her. Graveside service will be 2 pm Friday, December 30, 2005, at Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Wallback, with Minister Ralph Davis officiating. Friends may call from 6 to 8 pm on Thursday at Carl Wilson Funeral Home, Clay.
Dec 27 2005 Mavis Runion, 94, During her 42-year career as a school teacher, Mrs. Mavis S. Runion always put a major emphasis on reading. "She said that if they didn't learn how to read then they couldn't comprehend and learn other subjects," her daughter, Marcella Ruel of Lakeland, said. The retired first grade teacher at Combee Elementary School died of complications following a stroke Thursday (Dec. 15, 2005) in Lakeland. She was 94. Born in Dille, W.Va., on Sept. 25, 1911, she was raised on a farm in West Virginia. She graduated from high school at the age of 16 and obtained her teaching degree from Glenville State Teachers College in West Virginia. Mrs. Runion began her career in 1933, teaching in a two-room school house in West Virginia. Mrs. Runion loved children and had eight of her own and one on the way when her husband of 15 years passed away in 1947. She came to Lakeland from Clay, W.Va., in 1956. Her career with the Polk County School Board teaching first grade started at John Cox Elementary School. She later taught at Lime Street Elementary and Combee Elementary School. She was an artist and enjoyed painting and making quilts. She was a member of Bonny Baptist Church. Mrs. Runion was preceded in death by her first husband, Carl Streets, and second husband, James Runion, in the mid 1960s. In addition to her daughter, Marcella Ruel, she is survived by her sons, Duane Streets, Haines City, Kenneth Streets, Thomasville, Ga., Dane Streets, Lakeland; stepson, Robert Johnson, Lakeland; daughters, Patsy Carroll, Sandra Dean, Shirley Murray and Carol Adams, all of Lakeland; 24 grandchildren; 49 great-granchildren.
Dec 21 2005 John Lester Dozer, Sr., 68, of Bickmore, entered into life ever after peaceably at home Monday, December 19, 2005. He was born June 25, 1937, in Zanesville, OH, to the late Ernest and Edna Dozer. He was a retired Whirlpool Technician from Sears, and retired Military. He resided in Fola, WV. He was a loving husband and father, a dedicated member and Trustee of Fola Missionary Baptist Church, and always a friend to everyone he met. He is survived by his wife, Gloria J. (Workman) Dozer of Fola; daughter, Jeanna Marie of Fola; sons, John L. Jr. and Rachell Dozer of Weston and James E. Dozer of Fola; 7 grandchildren, Joseph and Willa Dozer of NC, Corey Dobbins of Left Hand, James Jr., Alexander, and Kayla Dozer of Fola, Jacee and Elijah Dozer of Weston. Funeral service will be 11 am Friday, December 23, 2005, at Fola Missionary Baptist Church, Fola Road, with Ministers Teddy Legg and
and Tony Taylor officiating. Burial will follow in the Workman family Cemetery, Fola. Friends may call from 6 to 9 pm on Thursday at Carl Wilson Funeral Home, Clay.
Dec 19 2005 Ceril McClistle Fitzwater , 82, of Clendenin, formerly of Clay, went home to be with the Lord after a long battle with Alzheimer?s Disease. He died Sunday, December 18, 2005 at Laurel Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, surrounded by his loving family. Born August 25, 1923, in Clay County WV, he was the son of the late Morgan Shafter and Mary Ursula Price Fitzwater. He brothers, Creedis and Edsel, and his sister Ermel Taylor, preceded him in death. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Willadene Hope Fitzwater of Clendenin, his children and their spouses, Preston and Teresa Fitzwater of Clendenin, Valerie and Keith Brown of Fola, Chris and Elba Fitzwater of New Hampshire and Danita and Dwayne Mullins of Fola. He is survived by nine grandchildren that he adored: Amanda and her husband Mark, Grayam and Amelia Fitzwater, Jeremy and Jessie Mullins, Caleb and Sam Brown, and Fernando, Jonathan and Vanita Fitzwater; three great-grandchildren, Jacob and Nicholas Grayam and Jayden Randolph. He is also survived by his brother Carmel Fitzwater of Fola, and his sister Vernal Taylor of Bickmore. Ceril was a life-long member of the Fola Missionary Baptist Church where he served as Deacon, Sunday School Superintendent, Sunday School Teacher and Choir Director. He helped develop the annual Christmas nativity that has been presented at the church on Christmas Eve for 44 years. In the 1960?s he directed the Fola Missionary Baptist Church Girls Chorus who traveled throughout the state. He was also a former Scout Master of Boy Scout Troop 130, which the church sponsored. He was retired from the Clay County Schools where he taught at several schools throughout the county over his long career and where he was the first Principal of Clay County Junior High School, serving for 9 years. Ceril finished his career as an educator doing what he loved most, teaching English at Clay County High School. Ceril epitomized the Greatest Generation. He served in the Pacific Theater as a deep-sea demolition diver and signalman with the U.S. Navy in World War II. During the war Ceril participated in campaigns such as Iwo Jima and Saipan, and survived his ship being sunk by a typhoon, another by an enemy torpedo, and a transport plane ditching at sea. He was also a Pacific Golden Gloves boxer.
After his discharge, he attended the Stamps-Baxter School of Music in Dallas Texas, and for a short while toured throughout the south east with the Four States gospel quartet. On his return home to Fola, WV, he taught singing schools and worked in his family?s logging business until he began his teaching career while attending college on the GI bill. He attended Glenville State College, received his BA degree from Morris Harvey College, and his MA degree from WVCOGS in Charleston. The Rev. Tom Price and the Rev. Rodney Smith will conduct the funeral services Wednesday, December 21, at 11:00 a.m. at the Fola Missionary Baptist Church, Fola, WV. Burial will follow in the Fitzwater Family Cemetery, Fola. A gathering of family and friends will be Tuesday evening from 6 to 9 at Carl Wilson Funeral Home, Clay. The family would like to thank the kind, dedicated and professional staff of Laurel Nursing and Rehabilitation Center at Big Otter for the loving care they provided. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Ceril?s memory to the West Virginia chapter of the Alzheimer?s Association. The family requests that all former members of the Fola Missionary Baptist Church Girls Chorus contact Mrs. Greta Brown at 304-587-2934. Carl Wilson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Dec 19 2005 Karl O. Morton, Sr. Chesapeake, Virginia - Karl Okey "Skip" Morton Sr., 70, died Friday, December 9, 2005. Mr. Morton was born in Widen, WV to the late Okey and Columbia Givens Morton. He was a veteran having served in the United States Navy for 31 years and obtaining the rank of Petty Officer, First Class. During his naval career, he served in the Korean Conflict and Vietnam and had worked as a deep sea diver for 16 years. Upon retiring, Mr. Morton worked as a maintenance engineer for a large property management group and as a volunteer E.M.T. for the Chesapeake Beach Volunteer Fire and Rescue Squad, where he was later retired as an honorary captain. Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 48 years, Carol Morton; daughter Carolyn S. Morton-Booker and husband Robert of Virginia Beach, Va; sons Karl Okey Morton, II of Virginia Beach, Va; Ronald B. Morton and wife Regina of Chesapeake, Va; and John Morton and wife Mary of Chesapeake, Va; sisters Jincy Rouse and Peggy Miller both of Charleston, WV; and thirteen grandchildren. The family requests that memorial donations be made to the Chesapeake Beach Volunteer Fire and Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 5674, Virginia Beach, VA 23455.
Dec 19 2005 D. Nadine McKown, 66, of Spencer, died at her residence Thursday following an extended illness. McKown retired in 1995 after 30 years of service in education. At the time of her retirement, she was Director of Personnel and Director of Curriculum & Instruction for the Roane County Board of Education. Among her accomplishments were starting kindergarten classes in Linden, Newton, Left Hand and Walton schools. She was the first principal of the Geary School, Left Hand. She formerly taught classes at Glenville State College and was an adjunct professor at COGS. She was a member of the W.Va. Association of Retired Teachers. She earned a Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education from Morris Harvey College; a Masters Degrees in both Early Childhood Education and Education Administration from COGS. She was also a member of the Roane County Republican Executive Committee and the Roane County Republican Women’s Club; a member of the Newton Baptist Church and the Eastern Star. She was a past member of the Delta Kappa Gamma. McKown was active in 4-H, serving as club leader and various other capacities. She was born February 28, 1939, in Clay County, a daughter of the late Tommy A. and Ruby A. Samples. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, C.I. “Buddy” McKown, Sr., and one brother, Neal Samples. Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, C.I. “Sam” and Feli McKown of Newton; three grandchildren, Isaac, Quincy and Victoria McKown; brother, Garrett Samples of Clendenin; two sisters, Emogene Morris of Jacksonville, FL and Karen Dawson of Ovapa; a godchild, Jill Jett of Little Hocking, OH. A funeral service will be conducted Sunday, December 18 at 2 p.m. in the John H. Taylor Funeral Home, Spencer, with the Rev. Ronald W. Fisher officiating. Eulogies will be given by Joe Evans, (former Roane County schools superintendent), Carmel Morris, (classmate and brother-in-law), and Donna Dunn, (longtime friend and colleague). Burial will be in the King-Kirkhart Cemetery, Newton. Friends may call at the funeral home from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. on Saturday. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to either HospiceCare, 1143 Dunbar Ave., Dunbar, WV 25064 or the Campaign for Roane General Hospital, c/o Roane General Hospital Foundation, 200 Hospital Drive, Spencer, WV 25276.
Dec 18 2005 Alton Oscar Legg, 70, of Lizemores, entered into rest December 15, 2005, at his home after a long and courageous battle with cancer. He was born August 23, 1935, in Indore to the late Robert Jackson and Donnie Legg. He was a retired custodian from the Clay County Board of Education, and also worked 16 years with Ford Motor Company. He was an Army Veteran, and a member of Laurel Fork Missionary Baptist Church. Survivors include his wife, Judy Nichols Legg of Lizemores; daughter and son-in-law, Nancy and Seth Fener of Jacksonville, NC; step-son, Timmy Stone of Lizemores; step-daughter, Tammy Craze of Kimberly; brother, Kline Arris Legg of Great Bend, KA; sister, Jo Ann Reed of Canton, OH; 4 step-grandchildren, l step-great- granddaughter. The family would like to thank the staff of Kanawha Hubbard Hospice. Funeral service will be 2 pm Sunday, December 18, 2005, at Laurel Fork Missionary Baptist Church, Adonijah Road, Lizemores, with Minister Dennis Legg and Minister Naaman Moore officiating. Burial will follow in the Adonijah Community Cemetery, Adonijah Road. Friends may call from 6 to 8 pm Saturday, December 17, 2005, at Carl Wilson Funeral Home, Clay.
Dec 14 2005 Maredith Margaret Hall, 75, of Clay, passed away December 9, 2005, after a brief illness. Born on April 23, 1930, in Nicholas County, she was the daughter of the late Giles and Lillie Adkins Wood. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her husband, Murl E. Hall. Survivors include her children; Larry E. Hall of Harrison, Carol Weekly of Elyria, OH, Connie Gill of LaGrange, OH, Debra McKinney of Clay, Randy Hall of Bidwell, OH, and Ronnie Hall of Walton; brother, Arden Wood of Amarillo, TX; 14 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren. Our mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother will be greatly missed by all of us who loved her dearly. Funeral service will be 10 am Monday, December 12, 2005, at Carl Wilson Funeral Home, Clay, with Minister James Paxton officiating. Burial will follow in the Wood-Keener Cemetery, Morris. Friends may call from 6 to 9 pm on Sunday at the funeral home. The family will gather at the home of Mrs. Hall's daughter and son-in-law, Debra and Roy McKinney of Clay.
Dec 9 2005 Dennis Berlin James, 63, of Big Otter, died unexpectedly on December 7, 2005, at his workshop at home. Born on May 26, 1942, at Dink, WV, he was the son of the late Fred and Dessie Ashley James. He retired from General Motors in 1993. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, wood working, and restoring antiques. He was a founding member of the Big Otter Volunteer Fire Department, an active member of the Nebo Baptist Church, and a devoted husband, father and grandfather. He is survived by his loving wife of 44 years, Phyllis Matheney James; sons, Allen and family of Fitzgerald, GA and David and wife, Brandie, of Horner, WV; daughters, Dorene Crawford and family of Akron, OH and Denise and John of Dearing, GA; brother, Gary of Mogadore, OH, and his mother-in-law, Marie Matheney of Ivydale; 6 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Big Otter Volunteer Fire Department in his honor. Funeral service will be 2 pm Sunday, December 11, 2005, at Carl Wilson Funeral Home, Clay, with Minister Darius Arnold and Pastor Dewey Tanner officiating. Burial will follow in the McLaughlin Cemetery, Rush Fork. Friends may call from 6 to 9 pm on Saturday at the funeral home.
Dec 8 2005 Ramona Ann Miller, 54, of Salinesville, OH, entered into rest Saturday, December 3, 2005, at East Liverpool City Hospital, East Liverpool, OH. Born on February 24, 1951, in Montgomery, WV, she was the daughter of the late Lovell R. and Jenny June Stalnaker Nutter. She was a homemaker. Survivors include her son, Larry J. Seiver, Jr. of Clay; daughters, Sherry Adkins of Clay and Michelle Seiver of Cleveland, OH; sister, Tremma Dancey of Salinesville; 4 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren. There will be no services. Carl Wilson Funeral Home, Clay, is in charge of arrangements.
Dec 8 2005 Annie Myrtle Marling, 92, of Bickmore, entered into rest on December 6, 2005, at Montgomery General Hospital. Born on March 20, 1913, in Clay County, she was the daughter of the late James and Samantha Keith Nottingham. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her husband, Jacob Phillip Marling and two sons, George W. Marling and Henry L. (Doc) Marling. She was a homemaker, and a Baptist. Survivors include sons, James P. Marling of Bickmore and Luther K. (Peewee) Nottingham of Duck; daughters, Maggie V. (Toots) Neff of Bickmore, Ollie S. Neff of Bickmore, Abbie K. Grose of Duck, Linda Sue Blankenship of Frametown, and Hazel F. Boggs of Clay; 27 grandchildren, 40 great-grandchildren, l great-great-grandchild. Funeral service will be 10 am Saturday, December 10, 2005, at Carl Wilson Funeral Home, Clay, with Minister Freddie Schoolcraft officiating. Burial will follow in Sunset Cemetery, Bickmore. Friends may call from 6 to 8 pm on Friday at the funeral home.
Dec 8 2005 Carol Joy Facemire, age 70, of Sutton, W.Va. departed this life on Dec. 6, 2005, after a long struggle with diabetes and heart disease. She was born April 24, 1935, in Sutton, Braxton County, W.Va. She was a lifelong resident of Braxton County and a graduate from Sutton High School. She worked as a cashier at IGA, in Sutton, and the Sutton Foodland for many years until her retirement from the latter. A homemaker and devoted wife, mother, and grandmother, she was extremely proud of her family especially her children and grandchildren. During her lifetime, she touched the lives and the hearts of many individuals in Braxton County and central West Virginia and cherished her friends and family. Preceding her in death were one son, James R. Facemire; her parents, Rev. Leslie Skidmore and Irene (Sutton) Skidmore; and two sisters, Sue Jewett and Colleen Payne. She is survived by her husband, Russell A. Facemire; three sons, Richard A. Facemire and wife Patricia (Pat) Facemire, of Gassaway, W.Va., David N. Facemire and wife, Christina (Tena), of Sutton, W.Va., and John D. Facemire of Sutton, W.Va.; seven grandchildren, Nacoal Ransbottom and husband, Joey, of Sutton, W.Va., Amanda Payne and husband, B.J., of Sutton, W.Va., Isaac Facemire of Sutton, W.Va., Kylan Facemire of Charleston, W.Va., Andrew Facemire, Patrick Facemire, and Christian Facemire of Gassaway; two great-grandchildren, Sydney Ransbottom of Sutton, W.Va. and Brylee Facemire of Charleston, W.Va. She is also survived by one sister, Donna S. Miller and husband, Rex, of Solomons, Md.; two brothers, Albert (John) Skidmore and wife, Rhonda, of Sutton, W.Va. and James L. Skidmore and wife, Karen, of Charleston, W.Va.; and one aunt, who was more like a sister, Alberta (Sutton) Skidmore and husband, Harold Skidmore, of Heaters, W.Va. Service will be on Friday, Dec. 9, 2005, at 11 a.m. at Greene-Robertson Funeral Home, Sutton, W.Va. with Rev. Bill Griffin and Rev. Bill Hopkins officiating. Burial will be in the Elizabeth Chapel Cemetery, Sutton, W.Va. Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 8 at Greene-Robertson Funeral Home, Riverview Drive, Sutton, W.Va. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to American Diabetes Association, Member and Honor Program, P. O. Box 1132, Fairfax, VA 22038-1132 or to the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, 3959 Electric Rd., Suite 222, Roanoke, VA 24018. Funeral arrangements by Greene-Robertson Funeral Home, Sutton, W.Va.