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Alvin K. Bowles
GRIMMS LANDING -- Alvin Kenton Bowles, 68, of Grimms Landing, Putnam County, died Thursday, Jan. 18, 2001, at Flatrock, following a short illness. He was a retired boiler operator for Lakin State Hospital and was groundskeeper for the City of Eleanor with 10 years of service. He attended Oma Chapel Church, Grimms Landing. Surviving: wife, Tucker Bowles; daughters, Connie Thortonof Buffalo, Janet Chattin of Flatrock; brother, Clifton "Jack" Bowles of Robertsburg; sister, Maxine Daugherty of AguaFria, Ariz.; four grandchildren. Service will be 2 p.m. Sunday at Raynes Funeral Home, Buffalo with Pastor Randy Parsons officiating. Burial will be in Walker Chapel Cemetery. Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Charles E. Burns
Charles E. Burns, 80, of Coal River Road, Raleigh County, died Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2001, at home. He was a retired timberman. Surviving: wife, Evelyn Carrie Beasley Burns; daughters, Betty Martin of Stirrat, Mildred Martin of West Palm Beach, Fla., Dorothy Haynes of Ecorse, Mich., Mable Chernin of Sebastian, Fla., Rebecca Griffitts of Beckley, Barbara May of Ashland, Ky., Cindy Jarrell of Williamsburg, Va.; sons, Charles Burns Jr. of Stickney, Eddie Burns of Beckley, Raymond Burns of Charleston; 22 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren. Service will be 1 p.m. Saturday at Armstrong Funeral Home, Whitesville, with the Rev. Jack Stewart officiating. Burial will follow in Pine View Cemetery, Orgas. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Ruby J. Campbell
GOSHEN, Ind. -- Ruby Josephine Campbell, 86, of Goshen, Ind., formerly of Fayetteville, W.Va., died Monday, Jan. 15, 2001, in Hickory Creek of Goshen Care Center, Goshen, Ind., after a long illness. She was a member of the Montville Community Church, Montville, Mich. and was formerly employed as a seamstress for SanTress Draperies, Elkhart, Ind. Surviving: son, Alec Allen of Goshen, Ind.; daughters, Mary Coburn of Cannelton, W.Va., Delila Reese of Elkhart, Ind.; stepdaughters, Thelma Varney of Belfry, Ky., Loretta Kendrick of Canton, Ohio; sister, Cynthia Bailey of Kincaid, W.Va.; half-sister, Geneda Marks of Duck, W.Va.; 15 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren. Service will be 1 p.m. Saturday at Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, Fayetteville with the Rev. Delmas Wolfe officiating. Entombment will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Garden Mausoleum, Prosperity, W.Va. Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Paul V. Cunningham
Paul V. Cunningham, 71, of St. Albans, died Thursday, Jan. 18, 2001, in Thomas Memorial Hospital, South Charleston, after a short illness. He was a retired executive vice president over operations at One Valley Bank, Charleston, after 42 years of service. Surviving: wife, Doris; daughters, Patsy Brown of Chesterfield, Va., Linda S. Cunningham of Pittsburgh, Pa., Judy Cunningham of Nitro; sisters, Marie Wright of Huntington, Lydia Rainey of Point Pleasant; brother, Charles Cunningham; grandsons, Eric, Travis and Brian. Service will be 2 p.m. Sunday at Highlawn Baptist Church, St. Albans, with Dr. Joe Hyde officiating. Entombment will be in Cunningham Memorial Park, St. Albans. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Curry Funeral Home, Alum Creek, and one hour prior to the service at the church. The family suggests memorial contributions to Highlawn Baptist Church Building Fund, 2304 Jefferson Ave., St. Albans, WV 25177.

Joseph W. Dillard
Joseph W. "Joey" Dillard, 35, of Pond Gap, died Thursday, Jan. 18, 2001, in Thomas Memorial Hospital, South Charleston, from leukemia. He was disabled and was a former welder and mechanic for McElroy Mine Supply, Houston. He was a lifelong resident of Kanawha County. He attended Pond Gap Advent Christian Church. He attended DuPont High School and Cedar Grove Community Schools. Surviving: companion, Becky Backus of Pond Gap; daughter, Becky Jo Dillard of Belle; parents, Ira F. and Lorena Ellen Smith Dillard of Pond Gap; brother, Frank Dillard of Pond Gap; sisters, Cindy Johnson of Shrewsbury and Shellie Dillard of St. Albans; several aunts and uncles; two nieces; one nephew. Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday at Cooke Funeral Home, Cedar Grove.

Lucille R. Ellis
CLARKSBURG -- Lucille Rago Ellis, 85, of Clarksburg, died Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2001, at home. She was a graduate of Salem College. She taught at Victory High School, Bridgeport High School and Washington Irving High School. She was principal of the W.Va. Business College. She worked with her husband at Ellis Lunch from 1945 to 1950 and then at Ellis Restaurant from 1950 to 1980. She was named the Italian Woman of the Year, the Clarksburg Exponent Telegram Woman of the Year 2000, Outstanding Alumni of Salem College and Volunteer of the Year for the United Hospital Center Auxillary. The hospital's recently renovated gift shop was named for her. She was a member of Catholic Daughters of American, the Clarksburg Woman's Club, Delta Kappa Gamma Society, Staley Garden Club, and Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Clarksburg. Surviving: husband, Sam Ellis Sr.; sons, Richard Ellis of Reno, Nev., David Ellis of Charleston, Sam Ellis Jr. of New York; six grandchildren; three great- grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. Mass of Christian burial will be 10 a.m. Saturday at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with the Father Cesidio J. Federico officiating. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery. Friends may call from noon to 9 p.m. today at Bartolo Funeral Home, Clarksburg, where a scriptural wake service will be held at 7 p.m. today. The family suggests memorial contributions to the United Hospital Scholarship Fund.

Jo Ann Fowler
ORLANDO, Fla. - Jo Ann Fowler, 69, of Orlando, formerly of Sissonville, W.Va., died Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2001, in Orlando. She was a member of Peace United Methodist Church, Orlando. Surviving: husband, Art Fowler; sons, Rick and Scott of Orlando; sisters, Betty Fisher and Susan Tinney of Charleston; brother, Robert Dawson of Charleston; two grandchildren. Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Wilson Funeral Home, Charleston. Burial will be in Floral Hills Garden of Memories, Pocatalico. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Alice S. Hager
Alice Slater Hager, 91, of Charleston, died Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2001, at home after a shortillness. She was a homemaker and a 50-year member of the Salvation Army Church. Surviving: daughter, Mona Myers of Charleston; sons, Don Shamblin of Dunbar, Rev. Dr. Jasper E. Slater of Chesapeake, Va., Tom Slater of Parkersburg; 12 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren. Service will be 11 a.m. Saturday at the Salvation Army Church, Bigley Ave. with Capt. Raymond Pruitt officiating. Burial will follow in Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens, Cross Lanes. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. The family suggests memorial contributions to the Salvation Army Church, 301 Mary St., Charleston, WV25302. Bartlett-Burdette Cox Funeral Home, Charleston is in charge of arrangements.

Ruth A. Hamilton
Ruth Ann Hamilton, 38, of Buckhannon died Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2001, in Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown. She was a dispatcher for Cable Vision and attended Calvary Baptist Church. Surviving: husband, Tracy Hamilton of Buckhannon; daughter, Brandi Nicole Hamilton at home; son, Travis Wayne Hamilton at home; parents, Coleman and Mary Lena Wilfong of Buckhannon; sisters, Mary Ellen Miracle of Palm Bay, Fla., Helen Bennett of Statesville, N.C., Linda Jarrell of Charleston; brothers, Lonnie Wilfong and David Wilfong of Buckhannon. Service will be 1 p.m. Saturday at Poling-St. Clair Funeral Home, Inc. with the Rev. Mike Tallman officiating. Burial will be in Bailey Cemetery, Buckhannon. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Ruth A Hicks
LESTER -- Ruth A. Hicks, 74, of Lester, Raleigh County, formerly of Fayetteville, died Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2001, in Columbia Raleigh General Hospital, Beckley, after a long illness. She formerly worked as a nurse's aid at Pine Lodge, Beckley. Surviving: daughter, Iona M. Welch of Lester; granddaughter, Terri Kelly of Beckley; two great-grandchildren. Service will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home Chapel, Fayetteville with the Rev. Gordon Humphreys officiating. Burial will be in Huse Memorial Park, Fayetteville. Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

L. Poe High
L. Poe High, 83, of Malden, died Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2001, at home after a short illness. He was a retied insulator for E. I Dupont, Belle, and a member of Kanawha Salines Presbyterian Church. Surviving: daughters, Judy Hickman of Canton, Ohio, Marsha Applegate of Greenup, Ky.; three grandchildren. Service will be 1 p.m. Saturday at Stevens and Grass Funeral Home, Malden with the Rev. Jack Edwards officiating. Burial will be in Tyler Mountain Memory Garden, Cross Lanes. Friends may call from noon until service time Saturday at the funeral home.

Donnie W. Holmes
Donnie Walker Holmes, 93, of Tuppers Creek, died Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2001, in Cedar Ridge Nursing Home, Sissonville, after a long illness. She was a lifelong resident of Kanawha County and a charter member of Walker Chapel Baptist Church, Tuppers Creek. Surviving: daughters, Myrtle Keeler of St. Albans, Betty Jo Walker of Tuppers Creek; brother, Grant Walker of Walton; sisters, Biddie Boggess of Charleston, Ruby Rhodes of California; 12 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; nine great- great-grandchildren. Service will be 1 p.m. Saturday at Cunningham-Parker-Johnson Funeral Home, Charleston with the Rev. Walter Clendenin officiating. Burial will be Floral Hills Garden of Memories, Pocatalico. Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Elma L. Hudson
Elma Lee Hudson, 74, of South Charleston, died Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2001, at CAMC General Hospital, after a short illness. She was retired from Guthrie Air Force Base and Kenna Elementary. She was a 69- year member of the Davis Creek Church of the Nazarene, where she was the nursery supervisor for 25 years. Surviving: husband, Walter O.; sons, Glenn O. of Dunbar, Darrell E. of Hamilton, Ohio; daughter, Sharon K. Womack of Hurricane; brother, Edgar "Corky" Dunlap of Arcadia, Fla.; sister, Mary Lou Hudson of Ruth; 13 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren. Service will be 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Davis Creek Church of the Nazarene with the Rev. Frank Goff and the Rev. Merlin Provance officiating. Burial will be in Graceland Memorial Park, South Charleston. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the church. Good Shepherd Mortuary, South Charleston is in charge of arrangements.

Buren D. Jones
Buren D. Jones, 85, of St. Albans, died Friday, Jan. 12, 2001, in Cook County North Shore Hospital, Minnesota, after a long illness. The family will hold a private memorial service at a later date. Information supplied by Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home, Charleston.

William H. Kuhn
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- William Henry Kuhn, 77, of Sacramento, Calif., formerly of Belle, W.Va., died Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2001, after a long illness. He was a former Postal Service employee of Belle, W.Va. and Redwood City, Calif. He was a graduate of DuPont High School, Belle and attended West Virginia University. Surviving: wife, Barbara Kuhn; stepdaughters, Sheila Reeder and Mary Hernandez of Calif.; brother, John S. Kuhn of Belle; five grandchildren; seven great- grandchildren. There was no service. The family suggests memorial contributions to Sunrise Community Activity, 7501 Sunrise Blvd., Citrus Heights, Calif. 95610. North Sacramento Funeral Home, was in charge of arrangements.

Louise Layton
Louise Layton, 84, of Nitro, died Thursday, Jan. 18, 2001, at home, after a long illness. She was a native of Raymond City, a 62-year resident of Nitro, a former waitress for Nitro Moose Lodge with 20 years service, a former cook at Nitro Elementary School for 16 years, a member of Women of the Moose, Nitro, and a Women's Army Corps veteran of World War II. Surviving: daughter, Helena Reed of Ormand Beach, Fla.; son, Robert "Butch" Layton of St. Albans; brother, James Farmer of Sheffield Lake, Ohio; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild. Service will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Gatens Funeral Home Chapel, Poca. Burial will be in Haven of Rest Memorial Gardens, Red House with military rites. Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.

Cecil H. McPherson
Cecil Harold McPherson, 84, of South Charleston, died Thursday, Jan. 18, 2001, at St. Francis Hospital, after a long illness. He was a retired self-employed carpenter, a Navy veteran of World War II and attended St. Lukes United Methodist Church, South Charleston. Surviving: wife, Dorotha; son, Cecil Harold McPherson of Stanton, Va.; stepson, Charles Coffman of Charleston; daughters, Nancy Jo McPherson of Maryland, Linda Killian, Sylvia Marcum and Karen Anderson of Stanton, Va., Cecilia Davoli of North Carolina, Patty High of Charleston; brother, John McPherson of Stanton, Va.; several grandchildren; several great-grandchildren. Service will be 1 p.m. Saturday at Good Shepherd Mortuary, South Charleston with the Rev. Paul Baldwin officiating. Burial will be in Sunset Memorial Park, South Charleston. Friends may call one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

Dortha M. Mitchell
Dortha Mae Mitchell, 88, of Dunbar died Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2001, at home, after a short illness. She was retired from Ruffner-Payne Insurance Company, Charleston, attended Dunbar First Baptist Church, and has been a 53-year resident of Dunbar. Surviving: son, James R. Marshall of Dunbar; brothers, Roger Cowley of St. Albans, Wilson Cowley of North Charleston; sister, Betty Easter of Ravenswood; three granddaughters; two great-grandchildren. Service will be 2 p.m. Saturday, at Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar with the Rev. Ralph Workman officiating. Entombment will be in Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens, Cross Lanes. Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home. The family suggests memorial contributions to Kanawha Hospice Care, 1143 Dunbar Ave., Dunbar, WV 25064.

Mae R. Parish
Mae R. Parish, 96, of Charleston died Monday, Jan. 15, 2001, in Sunbridge Nursing Home, after a long illness. She was a retired nurse's aide at McMillon Hospital, a member of Elk Hills Presbyterian Church and a lifelong resident of West Virginia. Surviving: son, Robert "Bob" Parish of Charleston; sister, Margaret Samples of Florida; brothers, C.W. Rawson of Charleston, Joe A. Rawson of Gas City, Ind.; grandchild, Paige Hunter of Clendenin. Memorial service will be 12:30 p.m. Sunday at Elk Hills Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Jim Robertson officiating. Burial will be in the Rawson Family Cemetery, Clay County. There will be no visitation. Barlow-Bonsall Funeral Home, Charleston is in charge of arrangements.

Louis N. Peck
ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- Louis Nolan Peck, 87, of Alexandria, formerly of Charleston, W.Va., and Pulaski, died Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2001, at home. He was retired from Ohio Laborers Union 423 as a construction worker and attended Unity Apostolic Church of Summit Station and Emmanuel Church of Etna. Surviving: wife, Virginia Elizabeth Ingram Peck; daughters, Violet Welch of Chattanooga, Tenn., Pat McKinniss of Newark, N.J., Cathy Nipper of Pulaski, Fay Legg and Linda Carr of Alexandria, Brenda Knapp of Barboursville, W.Va., Bonnie Chandler of Pataskala; sons, David Peck of Pulaski, Larry Peck of Newark; sister, Beulah Ellis of Charleston; 20 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren. Service will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Warren F. Kauber Funeral Home, Pataskala with the Rev. Roger Legg II and the Rev. Mike Lee officiating. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, Alexandria. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Loreeta M. Peters
LINN -- Loreeta Marie Self Peters, 85, of Linn, Gilmer County, died Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2001, in Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital, Weston, after a long illness. She was a homemaker and attended the Rock Grove Baptist Church, Linn. Surviving: sons, Richard Peters of Linn, John Peters of Craigsville, Mike Peters of Linn, Ronald Joseph Peters of Weston; daughters, Mary Ann Dobbins of Creston, Sharon Radcliff of Weston, Nina Kayser of Weston; 17 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren. Service will be 11 a.m. Saturday at the Rock Grove Baptist Church, Linn, with the Rev. Kenny Fisher and the Rev. Ralph Edward Grove officiating. Burial will follow in the Rock Grove Cemetery, Linn. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Floyd Funeral Home, Weston.

Olive Prince
HEATERS -- Olive Prince, 77, of Heaters, Braxton County, died Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2001, in United Hospital Center, Clarksburg, after a long illness. She was a homemaker and a member of the Tichenel United Methodist Church, Heaters, where she was treasurer and a Sunday school teacher. Surviving: husband, Lonnie Prince; daughters, Debra Justice of Castelia, Ohio, Pamela Tetzloff of Sandusky, Ohio; son, E. Michael Prince of Heaters; sisters, Nina Burroughs of Heaters, Flora Belle Renshaw of Pierpont, Ohio; brothers, Paul Riffle of Walkersville, Cecil Riffle of Bluefield; six grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; one great-grandchild; four step-great-grandchildren. Service will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Stockert-Gibson Funeral Home with the Rev. Nancy Cale, the Rev. Sheila Baughman and the Rev. Ressie Robison officiating. Burial will follow in Lake Lane Cemetery near Heathers. Friends may call from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday and 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Betty J. Richard
Betty Jane Westfall Richard, 45, of Clendenin, died Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2001, in CAMC Memorial Hospital, after a long illness. She was a homemaker and a member of Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, Elkview. Surviving: father, Hoyt Clarence Westfall of Charleston; sons, Billy Richard of Fort Lee, Va., Charles Richard of Germany; sister, Mildred Hinkle of Glen; brothers, Benny Westfall of Charleston, Bobby Westfall of Clendenin, Eddie Westfall of Bomont, Rodney Westfall of Clendenin. Service will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Matics Funeral Home, Clendenin with the Rev. Lee Swor and the Rev. Jim Pinkerton officiating. Burial will be in Snyder Cemetery, Queens Shoals. Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.


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