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Mamie T. Gillinwater
HEATH, Ohio -- Mamie T. Gillinwater, 92, of Heath, formerly of Scarbro, W.Va., died Friday, Feb. 6, 1998, in an Ohio hospital. She was a homemaker and member of Oak Hill Church of Christ.
Surviving: daughter, Cecelia Jean Delridge of Heath; one grandchild; one great-grandchild. Service will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill, with Minister George Lauer officiating. Entombment will be in Blue Ridge Memorial Mausoleum, Prosperity. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Letha C. Greathouse
PARKERSBURG -- Letha Catherine Greathouse, 89, of Parkersburg died Sunday, Feb. 8, 1998, in Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital, Parkersburg, after a long illness. She was a homemaker and member of Otto Advent Christian Church.
Surviving: daughters, Phyllis Workman and Mary Brannon of Parkersburg; four grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren. Service will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at Taylor-Vandale Funeral Home, Spencer, with the Rev. Leon Strickland officiating. Burial will be in Otto Cemetery. Friends may call from 2 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Laura Hopson
BRAEHOLM -- Laura Hopson, 102, of Braeholm, Logan County, died Saturday, Feb. 7, 1998, in Logan General Hospital after a short illness. She was born in Greensboro, Ala., and was a member of Mount Olivet Missionary Baptist Church, Braeholm, where she was a member of the Mission Circle.
Surviving: grandson, Charles Hopson of Braeholm, with whom she made her home. Service will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at Mount Olivet Missionary Baptist Church with the Rev. David Bell and the Rev. Audie Murphy officiating. Burial will be in Guyan Memorial Gardens, Godby. Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday and one hour prior to service Wednesday at the church. Chatman Funeral Home, Logan, is in charge of arrangements.

Isaac Jennings
HARPER -- Isaac Jennings, 78, of Harper died Friday, Feb. 6, 1998, in a Beckley hospital after a long illness. Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Prosperity, is in charge of arrangements.

Lyman B. Joyce
SCOTT DEPOT -- Lyman Burton "Briarchin" Joyce, 85, of Scott Depot died Sunday, Feb. 8, 1998, at home. He was a member of Nitro United Baptist Mission Church, where he served as Sunday School teacher and deacon for 25 years. He was a retired insulator with Union Carbide Corp., Institute Plant, with 32 years of service and a lifelong resident of Scott Depot.
Surviving: wife, Mamie Z. Joyce; daughters, Shirley Smith of Hurricane, Bonnie Graley and Joan Wiseman of Scott Depot; sons, Kenny and Tom of Hurricane, Larry of Scott Depot, Steve of Pliny, Bob of Tornado; sisters, Lillian McCain, Inez Eggleton, Alice Eggleton, Colleen Byrnside and Ruth Pauley of Scott Depot, Imogene Briscoe of Louisiana, Arlene Wells of Hurricane; brothers, Wilson Joyce of Hampton, Va., Hobie Joyce of Florida; 22 grandchildren; seven stepgrandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; five stepgreat-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren. Service will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at Chapman Funeral Home, Teays Valley, with the Rev. Dewey M. Bourn officiating. Burial will be in Mount Vernon Cemetery, Hurricane. Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Clarence E. Lamb
WESTON -- Clarence E. "Doc" Lamb, 72, of Weston died Sunday, Feb. 8, 1998, in Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital, Weston, after a long illness. He was a self-employed advertising specialist selling for various companies, a Methodist, an Army veteran of World War II, a member of the VFW and American Legion.
Surviving: wife, Mamie Madeline Lamb; daughters, Gloria Jean Walker and Debra Jane McVay of Weston; sons, Ricky A. and David C. of Weston, Steven W. of Louisville, Ky.; sisters, Frances Turner of Weston, Kitty Collins of Buckhannon; 10 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren. Service will be 1 p.m. Tuesday at Boyle Funeral Home, Weston, with the Rev. Clyde Crites officiating. Burial will be in Rock Grove Cemetery, Kinn. Friends may call from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

April Lynn Lambert
April Lynn Lambert, 18, of South Charleston died Saturday, Feb. 7, 1998, in St. Francis Hospital from injuries received in an automobile accident Nov. 7 on I-64, said a hospital spokeswoman. She was a hostess at Fifth Quarter Steak House, member of Church of Christ, South Charleston, and was a lifelong resident of the area.
Surviving: son, Benjamin Tyler Lambert at home; mother, Linda Lambert of South Charleston; brother, William Thomas Lambert of South Charleston; maternal grandmother, Martha C. Scruggs of South Charleston. Service will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at Snodgrass Funeral Home, South Charleston, with Minister Louis Watts officiating. Burial will be in Cunningham Memorial Park, St. Albans. Friends may call from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

John D. McBride
BECKLEY -- John D. McBride, 67, of Beckley died Saturday, Feb. 7, 1998, at home after a long illness. He was a former steelmill worker in Illinois, a veteran of the Korean War and Vietnam War, a longtime resident of Beckley and a former Golden Gloves boxer.
Surviving: daughters, Julie Bowers of Germantown, Md., Joy Donnally of Oak Hill, Eva Buantello of Beckley; five grandchildren. Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. today at Rose-Quesenberry Funeral Home, Beckley.

Clafus O. Parsons
Clafus O. Parsons, 97, of Charleston and Fort Myers, Fla., died Saturday, Feb. 7, 1998, in Americare of Dunbar after a short illness. He was a freight agent for New York Central Railroad, Charleston, retiring in 1965 with 48 years of service.
Surviving: son, William E. of Charleston. Graveside service will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at Fort Myers Memorial Gardens, Fort Myers, Fla., with the Rev. B.R. Johnson officiating. Friends may call from 2 to 4 p.m. today at Wilson Funeral Home, Charleston.

Jimmie E. Powell
GREENVIEW -- Jimmie Edward Powell, 70, of Greenview, Boone County, died Saturday, Feb. 7, 1998, at home after a long illness. He retired from C.W. Transport Trucking Co., Bridgeview, Ill., and was a member of Monclo Freewill Baptist Church.
Surviving: wife, Betty A. Lane Powell; sons, Gar Powell of Berwyn, Ill., Gregory Powell of Spokane, Wash.; daughters, Linda Galarza of Melrose Park, Ill., Rosalee Powell of Berwyn; seven grandchildren. Service will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at Stevens Funeral Home, Madison, with Pastor Joe Lane and Junior White officiating. Burial will be in Boone Memorial Park, Madison. Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Donnie T. Slater
Donnie Thaxton Slater, 82, of Charleston died Friday, Feb. 6, 1998, in Heartland of Charleston after a long illness. She was a lifelong resident of Kanawha County and a member of Elizabeth Baptist Church.
Surviving: several nieces and nephews. Service was to be 11 a.m. today at Cunningham-Parker-Johnson Funeral Home with the Rev. Eddie Haynes officiating. Burial was to be in Goff-McClanahan Cemetery, Sissonville.

Katheryn A. Smith
KIMBERLY -- Katheryn Ann Smith, 60, of Kimberly, Fayette County, died Saturday, Feb. 7, 1998, in Hawkins General Hospital, Rogerville, Tenn., after a long illness. She was a homemaker and a member of First Missionary Baptist Church, Kimberly.
Surviving: daughter, Kathy Brice of Rogerville; sons, Lloyd A. of Jacksonville, Fla., Doug W. of Dunbar, Ronald M. and David M. of Miami, Fla., Daryl A. and Gary K. of Ashland, Ky.; mother, C. Marie Diggs of Kimberly; sisters, Aileen M. Davis of Ashland, Phyllis J. Diggs and Inez Y. Reid of Silver Spring, Md.; brothers, Howard Diggs, Rodney V. Diggs, Thomas W. Diggs and Richard K. Diggs of Silver Spring, James O. Diggs of Arizona; 18 grandchildren. Service will be 7 p.m. Tuesday at First Missionary Baptist Church, Kimberly, with the Rev. Larry Smith officiating. Burial will be at a later date in Montgomery Memorial Park, London. Friends may call one hour prior to service at the church. Anderson-Hairston Funeral Home, Montgomery, is in charge of arrangements.

Edward W. Strain Jr.
Edward William Strain Jr., 69, of South Charleston died Saturday, Feb. 7, 1998, in Thomas Memorial Hospital after a short illness. He was a native of Malden, retired from the Kroger Co. and was formerly employed in the automobile business with 40 years of service. He was a member of United Food and Commercial Workers Local 347, Grace Church of the Nazarene, South Charleston, and was a lifelong resident of South Charleston.
Surviving: wife, Billie Jo Hundley Strain; daughters, Lee Ann Kennedy and Tammy Shuff of South Charleston; father, Edward W. Strain Sr. of Dunbar; brothers, Herman A. Strain of St. Albans, Larry Strain of Florida; three grandchildren. Service will be 1 p.m. Tuesday at Grace Church of the Nazarene with the Rev. Harold Runyan officiating. Burial will be in Cunningham Memorial Park, St. Albans. Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. today at Good Shepherd Mortuary, South Charleston. The family suggests memorial contributions to Grace Church of the Nazarene, 2nd and B Street, South Charleston, WV 25303.

Robert L. Stricker
Robert Letcher Stricker, 76, of Clendenin died Saturday, Feb. 7, 1998, in CAMC, General Division, after a short illness. He retired from Evans Lumber Co. with 35 years of service, was a Christian and an Army Air Corps veteran of World War II.
Surviving: wife, Mary Roslie Mullins Stricker; sons, Robert Letcher Jr. and Timothy Wayne of Clendenin; sisters, Flossie Hawks of Big Chimney, Margaret Stricker and Virgie Stricker of Clendenin; brother, Basil of Clendenin; grandson, Robert Allen Stricker of Clendenin. Service will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at Matics Funeral Home, Clendenin, with the Rev. Virgil Ross officiating. Burial will be in Murdock Cemetery, Clendenin, with military graveside rites conducted by VFW Post 8516. Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

William Thompson
LANDVILLE -- The Rev. William "Bill" Thompson, 67, of Landville, Logan County, died Saturday, Feb. 7, 1998, in Man Appalachian Regional Hospital after an apparent heart attack.
Surviving: sisters, Carmel Flannery of Mallory, Phyllis Barrett of Florida, Carol Chillemi of Landville; brother, Robert Thompson of Landville. Graveside service will be noon Wednesday at Wallace Memorial Cemetery, Clintonville, with the Rev. Phil Combs officiating. Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Morgan Funeral Home, Lewisburg.

Guy Trent Sr.
GILBERT -- Guy Trent Sr., 77, of Gilbert, Mingo County, died Saturday, Feb. 7, 1998, in CAMC, General Division. He was a retired miner with 45 years of service, member of Greenbranch Free Will Baptist Church, Man, and the UMW. He was an Army veteran of World War II.
Surviving: wife, Ramona Adkins Trent; sons, Herbert E. "Herbie" and Guy Jr. of Gilbert; stepsons, David Adkins of Taplin, Roger Adkins of Sarah Ann; stepdaughter, Faye Adkins of Taplin; three grandchildren; two great-grandchildren. Service will be 1 p.m. Tuesday at Greenbranch Free Will Baptist Church with the Rev. Clarence Fortner and the Rev. Conley Goad officiating. Burial will be in Hollywood Cemetery, Gilbert with military graveside rites conducted by American Legion Post 175 and DAV Chapter 56, Oceana. Friends may call from 6 to 10 p.m. today and one hour prior to service Tuesday at the church. The family suggests memorial contributions to Man Appalachian Regional Hospital Dialysis Unit, c/o Mrs. Perry, 700 E. McDonald Ave., Man, WV 25635. Krantz-McNeely Funeral Home, Man, is in charge of arrangements.

Pearl F. Tucker
PLINY -- Pearl Farley Tucker, 69, of Pliny, Mason County, formerly of Nitro, died Saturday, Feb. 7, 1998, at home after a long illness. She was born in Fraziers Bottom, was a homemaker, member of the Church of Christ, Nitro, and Church of Christ, Winfield. She was a graduate of Nitro High School.
Surviving: daughters, Linda Fisher of Pliny, Marlene Kelley of Nitro, Cheryl Earp of Pasadena, Texas; sons, Wayne Persinger of Augusta, Ga., Jimmy Fisher and Nick Fisher of Pliny; sister, Juanita Vintrous of Rock Branch; two grandchildren; one great-grandchild. Service will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at Nitro Church of Christ with Minister George Ervin officiating. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery, Fraziers Bottom. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Cooke Funeral Home, Nitro. The family suggests memorial contributions to Kanawha Hospice, 1143 Dunbar Ave., Dunbar, WV 25064.

Douglas K. Ward
SUMMERSVILLE -- Douglas Keith Ward, 37, of Summersville died Friday, Feb. 6, 1998, at home after a long illness. He was a carpenter.
Surviving: sons, James W. Ward of Canvas, Cody Cecil Ward of Ronceverte; father and stepmother, James W. and Donna Ward of Wichita, Kan.; mother and stepfather, Sylvia L. and Kenneth L. Moore of Summersville; brothers, Rick Ward and Bob Ward of Buckhannon, James Ward of Stafford, Va.; stepbrother, Kenneth Ray Moore of Summersville; stepsisters, Angela R. Moore of Summersville, Kelly Renee Moore of Wichita; half-brothers, Tim Ward and Phillip Ward of Wichita; maternal grandmother, Glenneth Spade of Alderson. Service will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at White Funeral Home, Summersville, with the Rev. Lonnie Thomas officiating. Burial will be in Backus Family Cemetery, Airport Road, near Summersville. Friends may call two hours prior to service at the funeral home.

Pershing Foch P.F. "Peck'' Tucker
GLASGOW -- Pershing Foch P.F. "Peck'' Tucker, who served as mayor of Glasgow for 40 years, has died after a short illness. Tucker died Sunday in Beverly Health Care Nursing Home, Glasgow. He was 79. A native of Hughes Creek, Tucker retired from his post as mayor in 1995 after federal budget cuts helped reduce the small town's budget from $250,000 to $190,000. "We got used to that champagne appetite with the champagne income,'' he said. "Now we get a beer, but we still have the champagne appetite.'' A former councilman, police chief, city judge and street commissioner for Glasgow, Tucker's administration came under fire in the 1980s amid charges of nepotism and conflicts of interest. According to news accounts, five relatives were on the city payroll as full-time or occasional employees. In 1975, Tucker was one of two mayors from the eastern half of the county who refused to serve on a committee formed to rally support for secession from Kanawha County. He was a former employee of Surface Chevrolet, Chelyan, with 22 years of service, an employee of Cooke Funeral Home, Cedar Grove, and was a member of Riverside First Church of God. He was a member of the board of directors of the Kanawha County Emergency Ambulance Authority, a former member of Regional Development Authority and was a former member of Regional Intergovernmental Council. Tucker founded the Upper Kanawha Valley Mayor's Association, was a 1997 Jefferson Award recipient and was a two-time winner of the Distinguished West Virginian Award. He was one of the founders and first chief of the Glasgow Volunteer Fire Department and was a Kentucky Colonel.
Surviving: wife, Donna Mae Jones Tucker; son, the Rev. Ronald Alan Tucker of Glasgow; daughters, Peggy L. Linville of Glasgow, Kelli R. Williams of Evans; brothers, Harold P. "Tiny" Tucker of Lutz, Fla., George D. Tucker of Glasgow, Robert L. Tucker of Sun City, Fla., Keith Hudnall of Tampa, Fla.; sisters, Madeline Sweeney of Glasgow, Mayme Palmer of Sanford, Fla., Arla Tucker, Ruby Goutierem, and Margaret Shearer of Fredericktown, Ohio; eight grandchildren. Friends may call after 7 p.m. Tuesday at Cooke Funeral Home, Cedar Grove.

Leona M. Bailey
MOUNT HOPE -- Leona Marian "Sis" McLain Bailey, 73, of Mount Hope, formerly of Cleveland, Ohio, died Sunday, Feb. 8, 1998, in Appalachian Regional Hospital, Beckley, after a short illness. She was a former employee of Sears, American Greetings and Higbees in Cleveland and attended Mount Hope Baptist Temple.
Surviving: sons, Herbert W. Bailey of Cleveland, Russell R. Bailey of Salem, Ore.; sisters, Colaine Nichols and Hazel Huffman of Mount Hope; brother, Fred McLain Sr. of Mount Hope; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren. Service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope, with the Rev. David McCoy officiating. Burial will be in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Prosperity. Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Ruby S. Baker
SWEET SPRINGS -- Ruby Sams Baker, 82, of Sweet Springs, Monroe County, died Sunday, Feb. 8, 1998, in Greenbrier Manor Nursing Home, Fairlea, after a long illness. She was a retried Sweet Springs postmaster with 40 years of service and a member, Sunday school teacher and superintendent of Shiloh Methodist Church.
Surviving: son, Gordon Baker of Sweet Springs; sister, Irene Sams of Sweet Springs; brother, Elmer Sams Sr. of Union; three grandchildren; three great-grandchildren. Service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Broyles-McGuire Funeral Home, Union, with the Rev. Mark Smearman and the Rev. William Hartsfield officiating. Burial will be in Mountain View Cemetery, Sweet Springs. Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Juanita F. Beard
Juanita F. Beard, 71, of Rand, died Sunday, Feb. 8, 1998 in Chesapeake (Va.) General Hospital after a long illness. Scott Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Blanche T. Bowne
Blanche T. Bowne, 84, of Charleston died Sunday, Feb. 8, 1998, in CAMC, Memorial Division, after a short illness. She was a former Boone County schoolteacher and a former member of Baptist Temple, Charleston.
Surviving: daughter, Nancy Bowne of Pennsylvania; sister, Dorothy Mitchell of College Station, Texas, Gerry Hall of Charleston; two grandchildren; four great-grandchildren. Graveside service will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at Pineview Memorial Park, Orgas, with Pastor John D. Elliott officiating. J.E. Johnson Funeral Home, Kanawha City, is in charge of arrangements.


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