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James J. Bivens
CRAWLEY -- James Jarrett Bivens, 70, of Crawley, Greenbrier County, died Sunday, May 24, 1998, at home after a short illness. He was a retired assistant agricultural commissioner from the state Department of Agriculture, retired from the West Virginia National Guard, was owner of Alpine Shop, Crawley, co-owner of Crestwood Tree Farms, Crawley, and a former realtor with Old Colony Co. He was a graduate of West Virginia University, a member of Rupert Rotary Club and All Saints Episcopal Church, South Charleston. Surviving: uncle, Frank Bivens of Crawley. Service will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at Wallace-Wallace Funeral Home, Rainelle, with the Rev. Jim Johnson and the Rev. Eddie Keeney officiating. A memorial service will be 2 p.m. Saturday at All Saints Episcopal Church, South Charleston. Burial will be in End of the Trail Cemetery, Clintonville. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. The family suggests memorial contributions to All Saints Episcopal Church, 4032 MacCorkle Ave. S.W., South Charleston, WV 25309.

Faye J. Bostic
WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS -- Faye J. Bostic, 78, of White Sulphur Springs died Monday, May 25, 1998, in Greenbrier Valley Medical Center, Fairlea, after a short illness. She was a retired nurse from Abbott's Clinic, White Sulphur Springs, a member of Order of the Eastern Star and a Baptist. Surviving: husband, Ray Bostic; son, Jerry Bostic of White Sulphur Springs; three grandchildren. Service will be 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at Shanklin Funeral Home, White Sulphur Springs. Entombment will be in Rosewood Mausoleum, Lewisburg. Friends may call one hour prior to service at the funeral home. The family suggests memorial contributions to White Sulphur Springs Rescue Squad or a church of choice.

Carl Brunty
WEST HAMLIN -- Carl Brunty, 70, of West Hamlin died Sunday, May 24, 1998, at home after a long illness. He retired from the state Department of Highways. Surviving: wife, Eloise Brunty; daughter, Rose Morrison of Milton; sons, C.L. "Butch" Brunty and Douglas Brunty of Salt Rock; sisters, Lorene Kozicki of Pennsylvania, Wilda Simpkins of Branchland, Shelba Graham of Sweetland, Eula McComas Bowen of Salt Rock, Kay Plumley of Columbus, Ohio; brother, Jack Brunty of Branchland, Gary Brunty of Ty Ty, Ga., Charles Porter of Huntington Park, Calif., Ivan Porter of Springfield, Mo.; four grandchildren. Service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Valley Decision Church, Salt Rock, with the Rev. Lee Helms officiating. Burial will be in Ray Cemetery, West Hamlin. Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. today at McGhee-Handley Funeral Home, West Hamlin, and one hour prior to service at the church.

Lorena R. Bullock
BECKLEY -- Lorena R. Bullock, 72, of Beckley died Sunday, May 24, 1998, in Beckley Appalachian Regional Hospital after a long illness. Ritchie-Johnson Funeral Home, Beckley, is in charge of arrangements.

Robert S. Burgess
FAYETTEVILLE -- Robert Shannon Burgess, 63, of Fayetteville died Sunday, May 24, 1998, in an Oak Hill hospital after a long illness. He was a retired Air Force veteran and retired from Fayco Lumber Co., Oak Hill. Surviving: wife, Leta E. Eagle Chasing Burgess; daughters, Eva M. Lew of Piney View, Lisa E. Burgess of Myrtle Beach, Mary E. Burgess of Oak Hill; brothers, Lewis W. Burgess of Florida, Paul E. Burgess of Fayetteville; sister, Genevieve Adkins of Oak Hill; six grandchildren. Service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, Fayetteville, with the Rev. John Wildman officiating. Burial will be in Montgomery Memorial Park, London. Friends may call one hour prior to service at the funeral home.

Ethel L. Butcher
WESTON -- Ethel Leigh Butcher, 91, of Weston died Sunday, May 24, 1998, in Barbour County Good Samaritan Nursing Home, Belington, after a long illness. She was a homemaker and a 50-year charter member of Jackson Miller Baptist Church, where she served as a Sunday school teacher and was Sunday school treasurer. Surviving: daughters, Margie M. Lovett of Weston, LaVaughn Wood of Berlin, Md.; brother, Paul E. Douglas of Elkins; sister, Vera Douglas of Belington; four grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; two step-grandchildren. Service will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at Floyd Funeral Home, Weston, with the Rev. Robert Poling and the Rev. Charles R. "Dick" Burnside officiating. Burial will be in Weston Masonic Cemetery. Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Elsie L. Byers
RENICK -- Elsie Louise Byers, 69, of Renick, Greenbrier County, died Monday, May 25, 1998, at the home of her sister, Esther Hammons of Renick, after a long illness. She was a home caregiver and a member of Woodland Presbyterian Church. Also surviving: sons, Curtis Oliver Byers of Auto, William Eddie Byers and Avery Byers of Lewisburg; sisters, Virginia Tharp of Caldwell, Lucille Workman of Lewisburg; brother, Cleo Harford of Clarksburg, Ind.; eight grandchildren. Service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Wallace-Wallace Funeral Home, Lewisburg, with the Rev. Jim Anderson officiating. Burial will be in Woodland Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Auto. Friends may call from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Larry M. Byrd
CRAIGSVILLE -- Larry Michael Byrd, 21, of Craigsville died Sunday, May 24, 1998, in Richwood Area Community Hospital, Richwood, from injuries received in a single-vehicle automobile accident on W.Va. 55, said a spokesman for the Nicholas County Sheriff's Department. He was a merchandiser for Coca-Cola Co., Craigsville, and Pepsi Cola Co., Flatwoods, a 1995 graduate of Richwood High School, and attended Locust Grove Baptist Church, Craigsville. Surviving: parents, Marlin and Lena Byrd of Craigsville; brother, Lee Byrd of Craigsville; paternal grandmother, Una Byrd Thomas of St. Albans; maternal grandmother, Flossie Ward of Craigsville; niece, Summer Byrd of Craigsville. Service will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at Locust Grove Baptist Church, Craigsville, with the Rev. George Peyatt officiating. Burial will be in Mountain Trail Cemetery, Craigsville. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Simons-Coleman Funeral Home, Richwood.

Ernie Dirickson
HURRICANE -- Ernie Dirickson, 64, of Hurricane died Saturday, May 23, 1998, in Huntington Veterans Administration Medical Center after a short illness. He was a member and elder of Presbyterian Church of the Covenant, Hurricane, and a retired truck driver. He was a 39-year resident of the Kanawha Valley, a member of Teamster's Local 175, Charleston, and a former gunner sergeant with the Marine Corps, serving in the Korean War. Surviving: wife, Betty Worley Dirickson; daughters, Joyce Rollins of Beckley, Vesta L. Sobczyk of Omaha, Neb., Lisa Dirickson Webb of Tornado; sisters, Betty June Matherly of Buckeye, Ariz., Juanita Sue Shaffer of Phoenix, Ariz., Ella Mae Clark of Sandwich, Ill.; brothers, John of Burley, Idaho, Albert Jr. of Horatio, Ark.; eight grandchildren. Service will be 11 a.m. Thursday at Chapman Funeral Home, Teays Valley, with the Rev. David Bush and the Rev. Tom Young officiating. Burial will be in Valley View Memorial Park, Hurricane. Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. The family suggests memorial contributions to Presbyterian Church of the Covenant, 2436 U.S. 60, Hurricane, WV 25526.

Randall L. Dornbos
Randall L. Dornbos, 48, of St. Albans died Sunday, May 24, 1998, in Thomas Memorial Hospital after a short illness. He was employed by United Talent and was a graduate of West Virginia State College with a bachelor's degree in business and an associate degree in chemistry. He was a 40-year resident of St. Albans, a member ofHighlawn Presbyterian Church, St. Albans, and National Guard 130th Unit, Charleston. He was a Boy Scout leader of Troop 75 and was an Eagle Scout. Surviving: wife, Anna Hendrick Dornbos; sons, Joseph and Andrew at home; mother, Norma Bryan of St. Albans; sister, Paulla Smith of St. Albans. Service will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at Bartlett-Chapman Funeral Home, St. Albans, with the Rev. Donald W. Howard officiating. Burial will be in Cunningham Memorial Park, St. Albans. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. The family suggests memorial contributions to Kanawha Hospice Care, 1143 Dunbar Ave., Dunbar, WV 25064, or Highlawn Presbyterian Church Education Fund, 2501 Washington Ave., St. Albans, WV 25177.

Bobby Doss
WHITESVILLE -- Bobby Doss, 51, of Whitesville, Boone County, died Sunday, May 26, 1998, in Thomas Memorial Hospital after a long illness. Armstrong Funeral Home, Whitesville, is in charge of arrangements.

Darris D. Facemyre
Darris Dearl Facemyre, 56, of Cabin Creek, formerly of Sissonville, died Saturday, May 23, 1998, in Memorial Division, CAMC, after a short illness. He was a retired sergeant major from the Army, a member of Eskdale Missionary Baptist Church, and was coordinator for Women and Children's Hospital Dietary Department. Surviving: wife, Rebekah Facemyre; daughters, Kim Allman and Shelia Middleton of Sissonville; son, Derek Facemyre of Stonewood; stepdaughters, Rachel Stephenson and Leah Stephenson of Cabin Creek; stepsons, John Paul Stephenson and Joshua Stephenson of Cabin Creek; sisters, Janet Johnson of Sissonville, Joyce Rawlings of Pensacola, Fla.; brothers, Herschel Facemyre of Nitro, Randal Facemyre of Pinch, Charles Facemyre of Poca; seven grandchildren. Service will be noon Thursday at Long-Fisher Funeral Home, Sissonville, with the Rev. David Howell officiating. Burial will be in Floral Hills Garden of Memories, Sissonville, with military graveside rites performed by Gauley Bridge VFW. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Anita D. Forsythe
PROCTORVILLE, Ohio -- Anita Dittmar Forsythe, 72, of Proctorville, formerly of Charleston, W.Va., died Thursday, May 21, 1998, in St. Mary's Hospital, Huntington, W.Va. She was a member of New Hope United Methodist Church, Proctorville. Surviving: son, Brent Forsythe of Proctorville; sister, Jean Heaton of Baton Rouge, La.; brothers, Robert Dittmar of Ravenswood, W.Va., L.C. Dittmar of Denver, Colo.; three grandchildren. Service was Saturday at New Hope United Methodist Church with the Rev. Mike Swanton officiating. Burial will be in Miller Memorial Gardens, Proctorville. Hall Funeral Home, Proctorville, is in charge of arrangements.

William Gartin
ETHEL -- William Gartin, 74, of Ethel, Logan County, died Sunday, May 24, 1998, in Logan General Hospital. He was a retired miner from Elkay Mining with more than 27 years of service and a machinist with ITT Lester Industries, Bedford Heights, Ohio, with more than 21 years of service. He was a Baptist. Surviving: daughters, Peggy Navarro of Dale City, Va., Pamela Bias of Statesville, N.C.; sons, Larry Gartin of Manassas, Va., Emory Gartin of Cleveland, Ohio, Kenneth Gartin of Bluford, Ill.; sisters, Nola Kitchen of Columbus, Ohio, Rose Schaffer of Cleveland, Nancy Robertson of Ethel, Lois Ireson of Holden; brother, Thomas Gartin of Mudfork; 12 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren. Service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Honaker Funeral Home, Logan, with the Rev. Fletcher Tomblin officiating. Burial will be in Highland Memory Gardens, Godby. Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Ezell Green
Ezell Green, 78, of Charleston died Friday, May 22, 1998, in Heartland of Charleston Nursing Home after a long illness. She was a graduate of Washington High School. Service will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at Preston Funeral Home with the Rev. Roy E. Terry officiating. Burial will be in Spring Hill Cemetery, Charleston. Friends may call one hour prior to service at the funeral home.

William Ham
BECKLEY -- William Ham, 64, of Beckley died Monday, May 25, 1998, in Raleigh General Hospital, Beckley. Rose-Quesenberry Funeral Home, Beckley, is in charge of arrangements.

John E. Hartmann
PARKERSBURG -- John Earl Hartmann, 90, of Arlington Personal Care Home, Parkersburg, died Sunday, May 24, 1998, in St. Joseph Hospital. He was employed by the state Department of Highways, was a street superintendent for the city of Parkersburg with 20 years of service and was a member of Parkview United Methodist Church, Parkersburg. Surviving: daughter, Jean Lint of Hacker Valley; sisters, Evelyn Burnside of Morgantown, Ruth Davis of Tucson, Ariz.; four grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren. Service will be 9 a.m. Thursday at Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, Parkersburg, with the Rev. Nolan Turner officiating. Burial will be in Rock Cove. Friends may call from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, Parkersburg, and from noon to 2 p.m. Thursday at Vincent Funeral Home, French Creek.

Randil G. Herdman
ROBERTSBURG -- Randil G. Herdman, 68, of Robertsburg died Sunday, May 24, 1998, in Putnam General Hospital after a short illness. He was a retired heavy equipment operator in the railroad and construction business. He attended Manilla Chapel Church, Robertsburg. Surviving: wife, Celestia Virginia Bowling Herdman; daughter, Jennie Jones of Ohio; sons, Brycle E. and Randil L. of Robertsburg, Keith A. of Charleston; stepdaughter, Aretta M. Hollis of Ohio; sisters, Irene Rhodes and Donna Jividen of Robertsburg; brothers, Clayton Herdman of Buffalo, Dayton Herdman of Robertsburg; 10 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren. Service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Raynes Funeral Home, Buffalo, with the Rev. Sampy Hart and Warren Jividen officiating. Burial will be in Shiloah Cemetery, Red House. Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Waneda Justice
CHLOE -- Waneda Justice, 77, of Chloe, Calhoun County, died Sunday, May 24, 1998, at home. She was a member of Stinson Church of Christ Surviving: daughter, Pat Murphy of Chloe; son, Jack of Lewisville, Ohio; seven grandchildren; one great-grandchild. Service will be 1 p.m. Thursday at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg. Burial will be in Lamb Cemetery, Chloe. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Betty C. Kenna
FERNANDINA BEACH, Fla. -- Betty C. Kenna, 78, of Fernandina Beach, formerly of St. Albans, W.Va., died Sunday, May 24, 1998, in Fernandina Beach. She was a homemaker and a member of Memorial United Methodist Church, Fernandina Beach. Surviving: husband, A.P. Kenna; son, Jack of Galena, Ill.; daughters, Jeanie Dunlap of Peachtree City, Ga., Joan Wellman of Greensboro, N.C.; sister, Erdine Hickerson of Huntersville, N.C.; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren. Memorial service will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at Memorial United Methodist Church, Fernandina Beach, with the Rev. Ann Burkholder officiating. Private burial will be held at a later date. Oxley-Heard Funeral Home, Fernandina Beach, is in charge of arrangements.

Bernard D. Kuhl
NORMANTOWN -- Bernard D. Kuhl, 56, of Normantown, Gilmer County, died Sunday, May 24, 1998, at home after a long illness. He was a former employee of the state Department of Highways, retired from Consolidated Natural Gas Corp. with 28 years of service, was a member of Mount Pisgah Baptist Church, Stumptown, and a farmer. Surviving: wife, Mescal James Kuhl; father, Russell Kuhl of Normantown; sister, Deloris Furr of Letter Gap; brothers, Bob Kuhl of Ashland, Ohio, Bill Kuhl of Walker, Byrle Kuhl of Barberton, Ohio. Service will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at Mount Pisgah Baptist Church, Stumptown, with the Rev. Mark Watkins officiating. Burial will be in Collins Community Cemetery, Stumptown. Friends may call from 4:30 to 9 p.m. today at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, and one hour prior to service Wednesday at the church.

Elizabeth F. Lester
DANIELS -- Elizabeth "Granny" Frances Blankenship Lester, 95, of Daniels, formerly of Wyoming County and McDowell County, died Sunday, May 24, 1998, in a Daniels care center after a long illness. She was a 35-year resident of Roderfield and Havaco, a member of Glen Morgan Missionary Baptist Church, attended Little Vine Church, Roderfield, was a homemaker and a longtime resident of Daniels. Surviving: son, Billy Ray Lester of Logan, Ohio; daughters, Janice Lacey and Gladys Cadle of Daniels; sister, Louise Varney of Chicago, Ill.; 30 grandchildren; 58 great-grandchildren; 25 great-great-grandchildren. Service will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at Melton Mortuary, Beckley, with the Rev. Grayson Lilly officiating. Burial will be in Lester family cemetery, Huff Creek, Wyoming County. Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. today, and one hour prior to service Wednesday, at the mortuary.

Genevieve Y. McNemar
KETTERING, Ohio -- Genevieve Young McNemar, 81, of Kettering died Sunday, May 24, 1998, in Manorcare of Centerville after a long illness. She was a graduate of Burnsville High School and a homemaker. Surviving: several nieces and nephews. Service will be 3 p.m. Wednesday at Stockert-Gibson Funeral Home, Flatwoods, W.Va., with the Rev. Mark Billington officiating. Burial will be in K of P Cemetery, Burnsville, W.Va. Friends may call one hour prior to service Wednesday at the funeral home.

Chester Norman
Chester Norman, 73, of Charleston died Sunday, May 24, 1998, at home. He retired from Dawson Bridge Construction and was a member of McKinnon Presbyterian Church, Tyler Mountain. He was a 41-year resident of Charleston, formerly of Freeburn, Ky. Surviving: wife, Edna Norman; sons, Archie Norman and Danny R. Norman of Atlanta, Ga.; daughters, Brenda C. Nettles and Ann Sims of Atlanta; brother, Levi Norman of Freeburn; sisters, Bertha Asbury of Freeburn, Della Gooslin of Cincinnati, Ohio, Nancy Mounts of Michigan; six grandchildren. Service will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar, with the Rev. Conrad Haning and the Rev. Archie Norman officiating. Burial will be in Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens, Cross Lanes. Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.


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