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Timothy E. Lanham
Timothy Edward "Tim" Lanham, 47, of Cross Lanes died Thursday, Feb. 5, 1998, in Thomas Memorial Hospital, South Charleston, after a short illness. He was a foreman for Green Valley Bridge Heavy Construction, manager of the Living Proof band and a graduate of Nitro High School.
Surviving: wife, Sheila Lanham; daughters, Misty Little and Shasta Lanham of Cross Lanes; sons, James and Charles Lanham at home, Paul Little of Cross Lanes, Timothy E. Lanham II of Charleston; mother, Ruth Lanham of Cross Lanes; sisters, Pamela Tawney of Cross Lanes, Jan Walker of Scott Depot; brother, Jerry Lanham of Roanoke; three grandchildren. Service will be 2 p.m. Sunday at Gatens Funeral Home, Poca. Entombment will be in Haven of Rest Memorial Gardens, Red House. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Timothy A. Lesher
SALISBURY, N.C. -- Timothy Albert Lesher, 37, of Salisbury died Friday, Feb. 6, 1998, at the Baptist Hospital at Wake Forest Medical Center, from injuries suffered when he was struck by an automobile in Salisbury on Feb. 4, said a spokesman for the Salisbury Police Department. He was a self-employed painter.
Surviving: son, Benjamin Lesher of Painesville, Ohio; daughter, Atalie Lesher of Painesville; parents, Albert and Katheryn Smith Lesher of Woodleaf; brothers, Jack of Howard, Pa., Ron of Woodleaf; sisters, Sharon Cole of Cleveland, N.C., Kathy Sheets of Williamsburg, Va. Service will be 2 p.m. Sunday at Matics Funeral Home, Clendenin, W.Va., with Virgil Ross officiating. Burial will be in Clendenin Memorial Gardens. Friends may call two hours prior to service at the funeral home.

Bernard C. Lyons
RICHWOOD -- Bernard Curtis Lyons, 79, of Richwood died Thursday, Feb. 5, 1998, in Holzer Medical Center, Gallipolis, Ohio, after a short illness. He was a member of UMW, a retired miner and a Marine Corps veteran of World War II.
Surviving: daughter, Suzanne Given of Birch River; brother, Keith Lyons of Norton, Va.; sisters, Jeanette Kelly of San Leandro, Calif., Edith Owens of Hixon, Tenn., Ktielee Goine of Big Stone Gap, Va., Ruth Thompson of Walnut Creek, Calif.; two granddaughters; one great-granddaughter. Service will be 1 p.m. Monday at Simons-Coleman Funeral Home, Richwood, with the Rev. Timothy Skaggs officiating. Burial will be in Mountain View Memorial Park, Richwood. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Robert C. Magnuson
RANDALLSTOWN, MD. -- Robert C. Magnuson, 39, of Randallstown, Md., formerly of Charleston, died Friday, Feb. 6, 1998, at Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, Md., after a short illness He was an Administrative Officer with Hazardous and Solid Waste Management Administration with the state of Maryland, a graduate of West Virginia University and received his masters degree from the University of Colorado.
Surviving: mother, Eleanor C. Glaser of Palm Springs, Calif.; father, Robert E. Magnuson of Snowshoe, W.Va.; sister, Ann Magnuson of Los Angeles, Calif. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Information provided by Loring Byers Funeral Directors Inc., Randallstown, Md.

Gertrude McIntire
MACON, Mo. -- Gertrude McIntire, 93, of Macon, formerly of Carey, Ohio, and Greenbrier County, W.Va., died Thursday, Feb. 5, 1998, in Macon Health Care Center. She was a member of Highland Church of God, Rainelle, and attended Memorial United Methodist Church, Carey.
Surviving: daughters, Wanda L. Arthur of Houston, Patricia A. Clemons of Excello, Jane Williams of Auburn, Ind.; eight grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren. Service will be 10 a.m. Monday at Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Lewisburg, W.Va., with Michael Darby officiating. Burial will be in Wallace Memorial Cemetery, Clintonville, W.Va. Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. The family suggests donations be sent to the Alzheimer's Association.

Earl E. Moore Sr.
CASA GRANDE, Ariz. -- Earl Eugene Moore Sr., 65, of Casa Grande died Wednesday, Feb. 4, 1998, in Veteran Hospital, Tucson, after a long illness. Long & Fisher Funeral Home, Sissonville, is in charge of arrangements.

Vestal V. Moorefield
SHADY SPRING -- Vestal V. Griffith Moorefield, 91, of Shady Spring died Thursday, Feb. 5, 1998, in a Beckley nursing home after a long illness. She was a homemaker, a member of First Baptist Church, Shady Spring, and former owner of Moorefield Poultry Farm.
Surviving: son, Donnie Dean Moorefield of Beckley; daughter, Flora Bell Johnson of Belpre, Ohio; five grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren. Service will be 2 p.m. Sunday at Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Prosperity, with the Rev. Delvin Elwell officiating. Entombment will be in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens Mausoleum of Faith. Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Grover Mullins
DINGESS -- Grover Mullins, 72, of Dingess died Thursday, Feb. 5, 1998, at home. He was a retired miner, a member of UMW and Maryetta United Baptist Church, Verdunville, and a Navy veteran of World War II.
Surviving: wife, Joy Grubb Mullins; daughters, Judy Lynn and Billie Gay Vance of Dingess; sons, Eddie and Kennith Mullins of Dingess; sisters, Nora Bjornson of Huntington, Iota "Chock" Mayberry of Ocala, Fla., Leona Marcum of Dingess; brothers, Amos Mullins of Hawthorne, Fla., Willard "Smokey" Mullins of Dingess; 10 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren. Service will be noon Sunday at Maryetta United Baptist Church with the Rev. Lonnie Gore officiating. Burial will be in Mullins family cemetery, Dingess. Friends may call after 6 p.m. today at the church. James Funeral Home, Logan, is in charge of arrangements.

Robert V. Perry
PARKERSBURG -- Lt. Col Robert V. Perry, 71, of Parkersburg and Punta Gorda, Fla., died Wednesday, Feb. 4, 1998, in Charlotte Regional Medical Center, Punta Gorda. He was a retired real estate broker, former president of the West Virginia Association of Realtors, a member of National Association of Realtors, a former member of the Lions Club, a Navy veteran of World War II, a Baptist and was retired from the national guard.
Surviving: daughters, Taia D. Perry of Idyllwild, Calif., Linda Thompson of Washington state; sons, Charles R. of Kissimmee, Fla., Russell L. of Charleston; four grandchildren. Graveside service will be 3 p.m. Monday in Suncrest Cemetery, Point Pleasant, with the Rev. Don Johnson officiating. Crow-Hussell Funeral Home, Point Pleasant, is in charge of arrangements. The family suggests donations be sent to Charlotte County Habitat for Humanity, P.O. Box 6028, Port Charlotte, Fla. 33949.

Bobby N. Pullen
WEST HAMLIN -- Bobby Nello Pullen, 69, of West Hamlin died Friday, Feb. 6, 1998, in Cabell Huntington Hospital after a short illness. He was retired from C&O Railroad and from Putnam Fabricating Co., Nitro, an Army veteran of World War II and a Baptist.
Surviving: wife, Alma Jean Pullen; sons, Bobby Nello Pullen II and Douglas Scott Pullen of West Hamlin; sisters, Reba Lou Hall of Jackson, Ga., Verba Plymale of Huntington; brothers, Guy and Russell of West Hamlin; two grandchildren. Service will be 2 p.m. Monday at Chapman Funeral Home, Hurricane. Burial will be in Franklin Cemetery, Branchland. Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Melissa R. Sydenstricker
Melissa Rose Sydenstricker, 92, of Dunbar died Thursday, Feb. 5, 1998, in Elder Care Nursing Home, Ripley, after a long illness. She was a homemaker and a member of First Church of the Nazarene, Dunbar.
Surviving: sons, Kenneth Stryker of Safety Harbor, Fla., Rev. Paul D. Sydenstricker of Lake Placid, Fla., Joseph Guy Sydenstricker of Tierra Verde, Fla.; brother, Roy Miller of Goshen, Ohio; sisters, Elizabeth Carney of St. Albans, Ruth Bonham of Sissonville; seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren. Service will 11 a.m. Monday at Kellers Funeral Home, Dunbar, with the Rev. Paul Sydenstricker officiating. Burial will be in Cunningham Memorial Park. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Brycle P. Stephens
LEON -- Brycle Paul Stephens, 62, of Leon died Friday, Feb. 6, 1998, at Pleasant Valley Hospital, Point Pleasant, after a long illness. He was a Point Pleasant High School graduate, a member of the Harvey Chapel Church, Leon, a U.S. Navy veteran of the Korean War and was retired from American Alloy, New Haven.
Surviving: wife, Florence DeVault Stephens; daughters, Cheryl Edwards and Joy Thomas of Leon, Jan Loomis of Gallipolis Ferry; son, Paul Ray of Pomeroy, Ohio; sisters, Crystal Thomas of Leon, Icyble Herdman of Rutland, Ohio, Violet Fridley of Ripley; brother, Homer Stevens of Leon; stepdaughters, Sandy Randolph and Susan Randolph of Leon; stepsons, Harold Shirley Jr. and Pinkney Shirley of Leon; five grandchildren; seven stepgrandchildren Service will be 1 p.m. Monday at Wilcoxen Funeral Home, Point Pleasant, with the Revs. Verlin "Sampy" Hart and Herman Jordan. Burial will be in Mount Zion, with military graveside rites by the American Legion Post 23 of Point Pleasant. Friends may call Sunday from 4 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.

Helen V. Toler
Helen Virginia Toler, 72, of Charleston died Thursday, Feb. 5, 1998, in CAMC, Memorial Division, after a long illness. She was retired from CAMC, Memorial Division. She was also a licensed beautician and a member of Kanawha City Apostolic Holiness Church.
Surviving: husband, Elmer Toler; daughters, Nadeane Ferguson and Linda Booth of Charleston, Tammy Milam of South Charleston; sisters, Wanda and Louellen Toler of Charleston; brothers, William Young of Malden, Arthur Young of Nitro, Curtis Young Jr. of Pinch; four grandchildren. Service will be 2 p.m. Sunday at Stevens & Grass Funeral Home, Malden, with the Rev. Paul Phoenix officiating. Burial will be in Graceland Memorial Park, South Charleston. Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home. The family suggests donations be sent to the Kanawha Humane Society.

Rev. Thomas G. Walls
CYCLONE -- The Rev. Thomas Guy Walls, 70, of Cyclone died Wednesday, Feb. 4, 1998, in a Man hospital after a short illness. He was a retired miner from Eastern Associated Coal Co. Kopperston No. 1 mine with 41 years of service, an ordained minister, former pastor at churches in Justice, Emmett and Gilbert and was pastor of Cyclone Missionary Baptist Church with 31 years of service. Surviving; wife, Virginia Toler Walls; sons, Stephen of Rock View, Merle of Cyclone; daughters, Judy Thacker of Kopperston, Sharon Stewart of Clear Fork, Linda O'Neal and Virginia Boggs of Cyclone, Brenda Proffitt, Stephanie Bailey and Cindy Staton of Oceana; brothers, Bill, Frank and Norman of Cyclone; sisters, Elizabeth Perry of Cyclone, Elsie Horn of Charleston; 11 grandchildren. Service will be 11 a.m. Sunday at Cyclone Missionary Baptist Church with Uhel Adkins and Millard Toler officiating. Burial will be in Palm Memorial Gardens, Matheny. Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. today at the church. Evans Funeral Home, Oceana, is in charge of arrangements.

Josephine Willis
OAK HILL -- Josephine Willis, 79, of Oak Hill died Thursday, Feb. 5, 1998, in Plateau Medical Center after a short illness. She was a homemaker and a member of Church of God of Prophecy, Oak Hill.
Surviving: sister, Madge Evans of Oak Hill; brothers, Howard Willis of Berwick, Pa., Emery Willis of Kilsyth. Service will be 11 a.m. Sunday at Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill, with the Rev. Bill Lawrence officiating. Burial will be in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Prosperity. Friends may call one hour prior to service at the funeral home.

Goldie Biggs Absalom
MONTGOMERY -- Goldie Biggs Absalom, 100, of Montgomery died Feb. 3, 1998, in a Montgomery hospital after a long illness. She was a 50-year resident of Montgomery and was a member of First Christian Church.
Surviving: son, Samuel Ferrell of Montgomery; sister, Ocie Bennett of Madison; two grandchildren; two great-grandchildren. Service will be 2 p.m. today at Melton Mortuary, Beckley, with the Rev. James Smith officiating. Burial will be in Biggs family cemetery, Prosperity. Friends may call from noon until time of service at the mortuary.

Charles A. Clements
Charles Adrian Clements, 67, of Charleston died Feb. 5, 1998, Memorial Division, CAMC, after a long illness. He was a retired ironworker and a Methodist. He was a lifelong resident of the Kanawha Valley.
Surviving: wife, Julia Clements; sons, Donald Wayne Clements of Arcola, Ill., Randall William Clements and Jeffery Allen Clements, both of Charleston; daughters, Elizabeth A. Cameron of Columbus, Ohio, Robin Gail Duncan of Charleston; brother, Richard Edward Clements of Charleston; sister, Delma Brittingham of Charleston; five grandchildren. Service will be 2 p.m. Monday at Good Shepherd Mortuary, South Charleston, with the Rev. Harold Runyan officiating. Burial will be in Eastwood Cemetery, South Charleston. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the mortuary.

Charles E. Flanagan Sr.
BECKLEY -- Charles Eugene Flanagan Sr., 63, of Beckley died Feb. 6, 1998, in a Beckley hospital after a long illness. He was a retired division safety inspector at Eastern Associated Coal Corp. and was a member of Mount Tabor Baptist Church.
Surviving: wife, Barbara Cullop Flanagan; sons, Charles Jr. and Victor, both of Charleston; daughter, Lori Lewis of Beckley; sisters, Virginia Bradbury of Ranson, Betty Watkins of Charles Town, Peggy Wilbur of Kimball; five grandchildren. Service will be 11 a.m. Monday at Mount Tabor Baptist Church with Pastor Michael King and Pastor Philip Lilly officiating. Burial will be in Sunset Memorial Park, Beckley. Friends may call from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. today at the church. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Mount Tabor Christian School, 262 Mount Tabor Road, Beckley, W.Va. 25801, or Hospice of Southern West Virginia, P.O. Box 1472, Beckley, W.Va. 25801. Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Prosperity, is in charge of arrangements.

Elizabeth D. Fontaine
MINNEAPOLIS -- Elizabeth Davis Fontaine, 93, of Minneapolis, formerly of Charleston, W.Va., died Feb. 6, 1998, in Minneapolis. She was a longtime resident of Charleston.
Surviving: daughters, Elizabeth Fontaine and Nancy Fontaine Otto; son, Douglas Fontaine; 13 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren. Memorial service will be Friday at Cathedral Church of St. Mark's, Minneapolis. Entombment will be in St. Mark's Mausoleum. Washburn-McReavy Funeral Home, Minneapolis, is in charge of arrangements.

Dona Ford
Dona "Junior" Ford, 69, of Cedar Grove died Feb. 6, 1998, in General Division, CAMC, after a short illness. He was a former plant worker, a native of Hughes Creek, and was a longtime resident of Kanawha County. He was a Protestant.
Surviving: son, Ronald Ford of Springfield, Tenn.; daughters, Phyllis Bragg of Cedar Grove, Joyce McCann of Adena Village, Mount Carbon; brothers, Robert L. of Elyria, Ohio, William T. of Duck, Charles D. of London, Franklin R. of Cleveland; sisters, Naomi Daugherty of London, Carol Deangelis of Calabash, N.C.; seven grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren. Service will be 1 p.m. Monday at Cooke Funeral Home, Cedar Grove, with the Rev. Alfred Bowe officiating. Burial will be in Hughes Creek Cemetery, Hugheston. Friends may call from 11 a.m. until time of service at the funeral home.

Edith Graley
PORTSMOUTH, Ohio -- Edith Graley, 78, of Portsmouth, formerly of Alum Creek, W.Va., died Feb. 7, 1998, in Scioto Memorial Hospital, Portsmouth, after a long illness. She was a homemaker and a Christian.
Surviving: sisters, Violet Briggs and Mary Bobbs, both of Portsmouth, Madeline Lutz of Lancaster, Phyllis Carter of Florence, Ky.; brothers, Willard Payne of Menor, Gaylord Payne of Portsmouth, Lloyd Payne of Louisville, Ky., Ralph Payne of Cleveland, Robert Payne of Minford. Service will be 2 p.m. Monday at Curry Funeral Home, Alum Creek, with the Rev. F.A. Giles officiating. Burial will be in Barker Cemetery, Ashford, W.Va. Friends may call one hour prior to service at the funeral home.

Avis M. Griffith
Avis M. Goldsberry Griffith, 84, of Charleston died Feb. 4, 1998, in Thomas Memorial Hospital, South Charleston, after a long illness. She was retired from the Kanawha County Board of Education, former employee of Charleston Laundry Co., member and past Noble Grand of Kanawha Rebekah Lodge 9 I.O.O.F., and was a member of Starcher Baptist Church.
Surviving: daughter, Janet Campbell Thrift of Newport News, Va.; brothers, Charlie Goldsberry of Ashford, James Goldsberry of Madison, O. Earl Goldsberry of Nitro; sisters, Marie Wooten of Columbus, Ohio, Pearl Compton of Madison; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren. Service will be 1 p.m. Monday at Cunningham-Parker-Johnson Funeral Home, Charleston, with the Rev. Doyle D. Smith officiating. Burial will be in Floral Hills Garden of Memories, Pocatalico. Friends may call from 2 to 4 p.m. today at the funeral home, where a memorial service will be held at 2:30 p.m. by Rebekah Lodge 9 I.O.O.F.

Roger Lee Helton
MARLINTON -- Roger Lee Helton, 53, of Marlinton died Feb. 5, 1998, in Pocahontas Memorial Hospital. He was employed by VanReenen Funeral Home and Pocahontas Times and attended Marlinton Presbyterian Church.
Surviving: wife, Doreen Sue Helton; son, James Curtis at home; brothers, Ronnie Studivon of Charleston, Randy Helton and Ricky Helton, both of Princeton, Johnny Helton of Kernersville, N.C., Danny Helton of Williamsburg, Va. Service will be 1 p.m. Monday at Marlinton Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Randy Benson officiating. Burial will be in Mountain View Cemetery, Marlinton. Friends may call from 5 to 9 p.m. today at VanReenen Funeral Home, Marlinton.

Gary Allen Hill
Gary Allen Hill, 47, of Charleston, formerly of Dunbar, died Feb. 5, 1998, at home after a short illness. He was an employee of C&H Taxi and was a Navy veteran of the Vietnam War.
Surviving: companion, Diane J. Hill; sons, Joshua Allen Hill at home, Jason Allen Stewart of South Charleston; stepdaughter, Tonya Young of Carolina Beach, N.C.; brother, Jack Robinson of South Charleston; sisters, Patricia Nance of Rural Hill, N.C., Laura Hill of Charleston, Sheila Bayliss of Hurricane. A memorial service will be 2 p.m. today at Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar, with Richard Workman officiating. There will be no visitation. The family suggests donations to the American Diabetes Association or the Charleston Men's Shelter. Elk Funeral Home, Charleston, is in charge of arrangements.

Edith S. Hoffman
Edith Scott Hoffman, 61, of South Charleston died Feb. 6, 1998, in Thomas Memorial Hospital after a long illness. She was a homemaker, amember of First Presbyterian Church, South Charleston, and a lifelong resident of South Charleston.
Surviving: husband, David Hoffman; son, David K. Hoffman II of South Charleston; daughters, Beverly Allen of Hurricane; Karen Hoffman of Columbus, Ohio, Bonnie Layne of Worthington, Ohio; five grandchildren. Service will be 11 a.m. Monday at First Presbyterian Church, South Charleston, with the Rev. Ingram Hedgepeth and the Rev. Marilyn Hedgepeth officiating. Burial will be in Cunningham Memorial Park, St. Albans. Friends may call from 3 to 5 p.m. today at Good Shepherd Mortuary, South Charleston.


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