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Mary Elizabeth Short Stewart, 83, of North Dinwiddie, VA formerly of Matheny, WV passed away on
Wednesday January 27, 2016 at her home. She was born March 17, 1932 in Mallory, WV a daughter of the
late Aulbert and Mila Cline Short. Mary was a member of the Matoaca Baptist Church and the Matheny
Methodist Church. In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by her first husband Isaac Maurice
Bailey; second husband Jess Stewart; and two sisters Mabel and Athlene. Survivors include two daughters
Diana Bailey of Dinwiddie, VA and Nance Zymantas of Chicago, IL; four sons Glenn Bailey of Chesterfield,
VA, Randy Bailey of Chicago, IL, Larry (Janet) Bailey of Chicago, IL and David Bailey of Columbus, OH; a
sister Violet (Stanley) Stone of Lexington, NC; a brother Ronnie Short of Lexington, NC; eight
grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; and a host of other loving family and friends. Funeral services
will be held at 2:00 PM on Sunday January 31, 2016 in the Chapel of Stafford Family Funeral Home, Lynco,
WV with Rev. Michael Dent officiating. She will be laid to rest in Claypool Hill Cemetery, Davin, WV.
Friends may gather with the family from Noon until time of service on Sunday January 31, 2016 at the
funeral home. Pallbearers will be family and friends. E-mail letters of sympathy may be sent at
www.staffordfamilyfuneralhome.com. The family is being served by the Stafford Family Funeral Home,
Lynco, WV.
William Wyatt Baker, Jr., 78, of Saulsville, WV died on Wednesday January 27, 2016 at Bowers Hospice
House, Beckley, WV. He was born on September 24, 1937 in Dagsboro, DE a son of the late William W. , Sr.  
and Kathryn Mitchell Baker. William was a longtime minister of Jehovah's Witnesses. After spending their
younger years in their home state of DE they retired and moved to WV where they lived for the last 26
years.  He is preceded in death by his parents.   Survivors include his loving wife of 58 years Connie Smith
Baker; two sons David W. (Susie) Baker of Mayfield, KY and Mark L. Baker of Bridgeville, DE; two sisters
Bonnie K. (Lynn) Bullock of Millsboro, DE and Beth (Bryce) Collins of Millsboro, DE; two sister-in-laws
Babs Smith Jessen of Georgetown, DE and Susan Smith (Keith) Jones Lyman, ME; a daughter of the heart
Peggy J. (David) Oren of Saulsville; a granddaughter of the heart Michaela Oren of Saulsville; and a host of
other loving family and friends. A memorial service will be held at 3:30 PM on Sunday Jan. 31, 2016 at the
Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, Welch, WV with Mr. David Oren officiating. In keeping with his
wishes he will be cremated.  In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's
Witnesses, 1161 Stewart St. Welch, WV 24801 or Bowers Hospice House, Box 1472 Beckley, WV 25801.
E-mail letters of sympathy may be sent at www.staffordfamilyfuneralhome.com. The family is being
served by the Stafford Family Funeral Home, Lynco, WV.
Freda Mae Massey Blankenship, 76, of Oceana, WV passed away on January 29, 2016 at the McDowell
Nursing and Rehab, Gary, WV. She was born on October 31, 1939 in Sunhill, WV a daughter of the late Hicks
and Martha Lambert Massey. Freda was the last survivor of her immediate family. In addition to her
parents she is preceded in death by her husband of 49 years Bruce Blankenship, Jr.; two daughters Tina
Toler and Lisa Hall; brothers Ed Massey, Junior Hicks Massey, Lee Massey, Bill Massey and Ralph Cook;
sisters Sue Belcher, Dollie Rollins and Hannah Cook. Survivors include Two sons Ricky (Valerie)
Blankenship of Lynco and Tommy (Ella Mae) Blankenship of Kopperston; several grandchildren and great
grandchildren; and a host of other loving family and friends. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 PM on
Monday February 1, 2016 in the Chapel of Stafford Family Funeral Home, Lynco, WV with Rev. Jesse Cline
and Rev. Steve Massey officiating, In keeping with her wishes she will be cremated.  E-mail letters of
sympathy may be sent at www.staffordfamilyfuneralhome.com. The family is being served by the Stafford
Family Funeral Home, Lynco, WV.
Carol Sue "Granny Sue" Spratt, 71, of Cedar Creek, WV went to be with the Lord on Sunday, February 7,
2016 at Select Specialty Hospital, Charleston, WV. She was born on June 11, 1944 in Davy, WV a daughter
of the late William Kelly and Asie England Lambert. In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by
her loving husband James Spratt, Jr.; a son Kevin Spratt; three brothers Ralph, Bob and Ronnie Lambert;
and two sisters Violet and Faye Lusk. Survivors include a daughter Amanda Faye (Danny Russell) Mitchell
of Clear Fork; three sons Randy James (Cleila) Spratt of Salisbury, NC, Michael Edward (Christy P.) Spratt
of Smithfield, NC and Scott (Michelle) Spratt Hendersonville, TN; thirteen grandchildren Tara (Matthew)
King, Allyson (Randy) Coleman, Tasha (Jason) Morin, Derrick (Katelyn) Spratt, David "Tyler" Lloyd, Liam
Spratt, Levi Allen Mitchell, Danny Russell Mitchell II,  Kevin Mitchell, Eric Mitchell, Kelly Spratt, Karol
Spratt, James Spratt and Masie Sue Mitchell due to be born in April 2016;  great grandchildren Wyatt
Coleman, Olivia Coleman, Luke Coleman, Claire King, Adyn Cummings, Landon Cummings, Addison
Cummings, Emery Morin, Kieran Morin, Aria Mitchell, Dante Spratt and Silas Morin due in August 2016
two sisters Fern (Hershel) Hatfield of Alderson and Betty Reed of Pleasant City, OH; two brothers Eddie
(Ann) Lambert of Brenton and Dan (JoAnn) Lambert of Knoxville, TN; a sister-in-law Loretta Lambert of
Pleasant City, OH; a brother-in-law Burbridge Lusk of Fanrock;  and a host of other loving family and
friends. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 PM on Wednesday, February 10,  2016 in the Chapel of
Stafford Family Funeral Home, Lynco, WV with Pastor Johnny Jones officiating. She will be laid to rest in
the Spratt Family Cemetery, Cedar Creek, WV. Friends may gather with the family from 6-9:00 PM on
Tuesday, February 9, 2016 at the funeral home. E-mail letters of sympathy may be sent at
www.staffordfamilyfuneralhome.com. The family is being served by the Stafford Family Funeral Home,
Lynco, WV.
Charles Edward "Shag" Robinette, 66, of Princeton, WV formerly of Iaeger, WV passed away on Sunday,
February 7, 2016 after a short battle with lung cancer. He was born on December 20, 1949 in Milebranch
located in Avondale, WV a son of the late Alfred Thomas and Mary Flossie Estep Robinette. He was a
retired coal truck driver. He had driven many trucks in his life including coal, rock, cement and produce, he
was indeed a lifelong trucker.  In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by a brother Randy
Darnell Robinette. He leaves behind many friends and family including a daughter Djuna (Dennis) Justice
of Panther; a son Charles "CT" Robinette of Parkersburg; eight grandchildren Timothy Justice (Amber
Adams) of Panther, Alyshia Justice (Vernard Trent) of Wharncliffe, Savannah Robinette and Summer
Robinette both of Panther, Skyler Robinette of Grafton, VA, Anastasia Robinette, Haylynn Robinette and
Johnathon Robinette all of Princeton; a great grandchild Aidan Justice of Panther; a sister Theda (Johnny)
Mullins of Winston Salem, NC; a half sister Nancy DeMars of West Springfield, MA; many special friends
including Diane Thornsbury; his girls of S&S Express, the women of S&H Trailer lot; and a host of other
loving family and friends.   Funeral services will be held at noon on Friday, February 12, 2016 at the
Panther Missionary Baptist Church, Panther, WV. He will be laid to rest in Collins Memorial Cemetery,
Litwar, WV. Friends may gather with the family after 6:00 PM on Thursday, February 11, 2016 at the
church. Pallbearers will be family and friends. The family would like to give special thanks to the beautiful
ladies Michelle Nunley and Sherry Lusk of Amedisys Hospice for helping us in our time of need. Also to
Kevin McKenny and Kenneth Steele for all of your help. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be
made to the funeral home.  E-mail letters of sympathy may be sent at
www.staffordfamilyfuneralhome.com. The family is being served by the Stafford Family Funeral Home,
Lynco, WV.
Dwight Trent, 58, of Clear Fork, WV went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, February 14, 2016 in
Princeton Community Hospital, Princeton, WV. He was born on June 20, 1957 in Simon, WV a son of Zida
Aliff Trent Chambers of Laurel Branch and the late Melvin Trent.  Dwight was a member of Christ
Cathedral Church, the UMWA and  a 1975 graduate of Baileysville High School. In addition to his father he
is preceded in death by his step-father Herbert F. Chambers; a sister Geraldine Pinter and a brother Gary
Eugene "Gene" Trent.  In addition to his mother those left to cherish his memories are his daughter
Heather Trent of Charlotte, NC; a son Adam (Courtney) Trent of Laurel Branch; two sisters Betty (Jerry)
King of Laurel Branch, Juanita (Clayton) Dunigan; a brother Mike Trent of Laurel Branch; nieces and
nephews Jodi (Scott) Parsons, Randy King, Mark Gonzalez, Angela (Kevin) Battle, Amy Pinter, and Tammy
Toler; great nieces and nephew Jeremiah Parsons, Addi Parsons, Harlee Rose Pinter, Emily Battle, and
Matthew Thomas; Arlene Trent wife to Dwight and mother to Adam and Heather ; special friends who
were like brothers to him Larry Morgan, Darrell Cline, and Wes Wicker; and a host of other loving family
and friends. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 PM on Friday, February 19, 2016 in the Chapel of Stafford
Family Funeral Home, Lynco, WV with Rev. Russell King officiating. He will be laid to rest in Trent Family
Cemetery, Laurel Branch, WV. Friends may gather with the family from 6-9:00 PM on Thursday, February
18, 2016 at the funeral home. Pallbearers will be family and friends. E-mail letters of sympathy may be
sent at www.staffordfamilyfuneralhome.com. The family is being served by the Stafford Family Funeral
Home, Lynco, WV.
Tony Mason Gibson, 42, of Oceana, WV passed away on Monday February 15, 2016 at his home. He was
born December 13, 1973 in Beckley, WV a son of the late Dillard Mason and Jessiline Walls Gibson. Also
preceding him in death was two brothers Gary Grant Gibson and Paul Gibson, an aunt Jeraldine Walls
Green, an uncle Earl Walls and grandparents Sam and Ronda Gibson and Linza and Murla Hatfield Walls.
Survivors include his companion Lora Leigh Stacy of Oceana; a special granddaughter Danielle Brooke
Belcher; a sister Barbara Ann Keene of Greensboro, NC; two brothers James David Gibson of Salisbury, NC
and Michael Duke (Darlene) Gibson of Pineville, WV; and a host of other loving family and friends. A
memorial service will be held from 6-8:00 PM on Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at the Lynco Pentecostal
House of Prayer, Lynco, WV. E-mail letters of sympathy may be sent at Lynco, WV.
Tabbatha Gail Belcher Bailey, 46, of Oceana, WV passed away on Monday February 15, 2016. She was born
on April 11, 1968 in Detroit, MI a daughter of Geneva Francis Cline Belcher of Lynco and the late Ronald
Dale Belcher. Survivors include her husband Gregory Bailey; two daughters Natosha Belcher of Oceana and
Lasosha Belcher of Lynco; a son Coby Hurley of NC; two sisters Doreen (Roy) Trent of Lillydale and Bernice
Mashburn of Pineville; two brothers Dale Belcher and Todd Belcher both of Lynco; six grandchildren; and a
host of other loving family and friends. Funeral services will be held at noon on Monday, February, 22,
2016 at the Long Branch Apostolic House of Faith, Foundation Fork, WV with Rev. Patty Morgan and Larry
Morgan officiating. She will be laid to rest in Kennedy Cemetery, Foundation Fork, WV. Friends may gather
with the family after 6:00 PM on Sunday, February, 21, 2016 at the church. E-mail letters of sympathy may
be sent at www.staffordfamilyfuneralhome.com. The family is being served by the Stafford Family
Funeral Home, Lynco, WV.
Joseph Bryan Toler, 79, of Jesse, WV passed away on Friday, February 19, 2016 at his home. He was born
on July 27, 1936 in Clear Fork, WV a son of the late Johnny and Mary Ellen Aliff Toler. Joseph was a United
States Air Force Veteran, a certified barber and welder. In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by
a brother Luther Toler and four sisters Norlin Toler, Ethel Blankenship, Lucy Harvey and Polly Crouse.
Survivors include a sister Lula Neal of Coolridge; a special niece Veronica Gail (Carl) Allen of Sunhill; and a
host of other loving family and friends. In keeping with his wishes he will be cremated and there will be no
services. E-mail letters of sympathy may be sent at www.staffordfamilyfuneralhome.com. The family is
being served by the Stafford Family Funeral Home, Lynco, WV.
Frances "Fuz" Toler, 79, of Mallory, WV, went to be with the Lord on Friday, February 19, 2016, at St.
Mary's Medical Center, Huntington, WV. She was born on February 16, 1937, in Logan County, WV, a
daughter of the late Joe and Madelyn Denofrio Secreto. Frances was an excellent mother, grandmother,
worker and everyone's friend. She opened her heart to everyone and loved to cook and sew. She was a
loving mother and devoted her life to raising her children. She was the strength and backbone of her
family. In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by her husband Donald Gene Toler, Sr.; seven
sisters Teresa Topeka, Lucy Martin, America Patrick, Virginia Mutters, Antionette Mayhew, Annie Adkins
and Angie Betker; a brother Mike Deflumeri; and a niece Mary Margaret Toler. Survivors include two
daughters Sherry (Jeff) Vance of Brenton and Debra (Johnny) Paynter of Walnut Grove, NC; four sons
Mark (Peggy) Toler of Davin, Ricky Toler and fiancée Cassie White of Mallory, Michael "Tony" (Shelly)
Toler of Martinsburg and Donald "Gino" (Robin) Toler, Jr.; Five grandchildren April (Dana) Bridges of
Greer, SC, Rachel Amburgey and fiance David White of West Milford, Clifford (Beth) Sturgell of Lexington,
NC, Eric (Christey) Toler of KY and Ambria (William) Carpenter of Man; six great-grandchildren Gillian
Raye Bridges of SC, Amber and Peyton Sturgell of NC, Noah Toler of KY and Thomas and Hannah
Blankenship of VA; her twin brother Frankie Secreto; special nieces Eyvonne Dean, Donna Secreto, Sissy
Mutters, Cindy Mutters, Kathy Mutters and Karla Mutters; special nephew Frankie Secreto; brother-in-law
Larry (Linda) Toler of Arlington, VA; special friends Nancy Thomas of NY and Jackie Armstrong of Omar;
and a host of other loving family and friends. Graveside services will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday,
February 23, 2016, at Highland Memory Gardens, Logan, WV. Friends may gather with the family from 11
to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, February 23, 2016, in the Chapel of Stafford Family Funeral Home, Lynco, WV. Special
thanks to the nursing and rehabilitation staff at the McDowell Nursing and Rehab in Gary, WV, and
son-in-law Jeff Vance and Shorty Vance. E-mail letters of sympathy may be sent at
www.staffordfamilyfuneralhome.com. The family is being served by the Stafford Family Funeral Home,
Lynco, WV.
George Edward Marcum, 71, of Matheny, WV passed away on Monday, February 22, 2016 at his home. He
was born on August 8, 1944 in Logan, WV a son of the late Harry and Ruth Thornhill Marcum.  In addition
to his parents he is preceded in death by a son Johnny Marcum; a brother Larry Marcum; a sister Faye
Marcum; and his first wife Doris Marcum. Survivors include two daughters Cindy (Randy) Duncan of Crab
Orchard and Carrie (Paul) Donell of Maxwell Hill; a son Edward Marcum of Oceana; four grandchildren
John Harvey, Jr., Brandie Parris, Logan Donell and Olivia Donell; three great grandchildren Abigail Harvey,
Isaac Harvey and Penelope Parris; and a host of other loving family and friends. In keeping with his wishes
he will be cremated and there will be no services.  E-mail letters of sympathy may be sent at
www.staffordfamilyfuneralhome.com. The family is being served by the Stafford Family Funeral Home,
Lynco, WV.
Elmira Frances Stewart, 61, of Oceana passed away on Thursday March 3, 2016. Born February 12, 1955 in
Man, WV a daughter of the late Posey Berman and Waveline Gunnoe Lusk. Also preceding her in death
were sons Teddy Ray and Ronnie Lusk; a daughter Reana Chapman; two husbands Ronnie Booth and David
Stewart; siblings Ellery Lusk, Berman Lusk, Karen Cook. Survivors include brothers Teddy Gunnoe and
Tony Lusk; sister Sharon Harrison; grandchildren Ronnie Ray and Marina Lusk, Cheynne and Dillon
Chapman; great grandchildren Anna, Jaylynn and Jaiden. Funeral will be held at 5:00 Monday at Stafford
Family Funeral Home Chapel, with visitation from 4:00 to 5:00. Following the service she will be
cremated. The family is being served by the Stafford Family Funeral Home, Lynco, WV.
Barbara Jeanette Dove Miller, 53, of Bluefield, WV formerly of Baileysville and War Eagle passed away on March
7, 2016 in Bluefield Regional Medical Center, Bluefield, WV. She was born on March 10, 1962 in Baileysville, WV a
daughter of Jessie Green Dove of Beckley and the late William Dove. In addition to her father she is preceded in
death by a sister Debbie and two brothers Billy and David. Those left to cherish her memory are three daughters
Alisha Price, Aletta Shephard all of Bluefield and Tanya  (Raymond) Akers of Florence, SC; a son Shawn (Miranda)
Miller  of Hurley, VA; a sister Donna Steele of Oceana; a brother Carl Dove of Pineville; her companion Steve
Compton of Bluefield; nine grandchildren Nellie Miller, Brian Woolridge, Damien Shephard, Chelsey Shephard,
Kiara Miller, Kylie Miller, Kason Miller, Rachel Akers and Ranea Akers; and a host of other loving family and
friends. Memorial services will be at 7:00 PM on Friday March 11, 2016 at the Isaban Church of God, Isaban, WV
with Bro. Steve May officiating. Friends may gather with the family from 6:00 PM until time of service on Friday,
March 11, 2016 at the church. In keeping with her wishes she will be cremated. E-mail letters of sympathy may be
sent at www.staffordfamilyfuneralhome.com.  The family is being served by the Stafford Family Funeral Home,
Lynco, WV.
Walter Silas Lafferty,71, of Cedar Creek, WV passed away on Monday, March 14, 2016 at his home with his
wife by his side. He was born November 6, 1944 in Matheny, WV a son of the late Benny and Ida Belcher
Lafferty. He had previously worked as a coal miner for 21 years in WV as well as King Trucking repair in VA.
In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by his son Walter Christopher Lafferty and a brother
William “Bill” Lafferty. He is survived by his wife Glenna Cline Lafferty of the home; a daughter Rebecca
Peek and husband Willie of Salisbury, NC; two step-daughters Teresa Fromsness of Mt. Juliet, TN; Glenna
Blankenship of Taylorsville, NC; two step-sons Jon Conn and wife Michelle, Jessie Dunford and wife Alice
of Taylorsville, NC; a sister Margaret Osborne and husband Landy of Matheny, Dixie Cook and husband
David of Jesse; a brother Benny Lafferty and wife Virginia of Matheny; as well as a “special” nephew Jackie
“Darnell” Belcher and wife Angie of Nobesville, VA; Walter left 15 grandchildren to cherish his memories
Summer and Stephanie Lafferty, Brandon, Courtney, and Mason Greenwood, Waylan Peek, Sierra and
Savanna Fromsness, Madisyn and Braxtyn Conn, Jamie, Jessica, Jason, and Jaylynn Dunford, and Corey
Blankenship; and a host of other loving family and friends. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 PM on
Thursday, March 17, 2016 in the Chapel of Stafford Family Funeral Home, Lynco, WV with Rev. Jerry McCoy
and Pastor Seth Cline officiating. He will be laid to rest in Palm Memorial Gardens, Matheny, WV. Friends
may gather with the family from 11:00 AM until time of service on Thursday  at the funeral home.  E-mail
letters of sympathy may be sent at www.staffordfamilyfuneralhome.com. The family is being served by the
Stafford Family Funeral Home, Oceana, WV.
"Who can find a virtuous woman? For her price is far above rubies"
Leslie Bailey Kennedy,38, of Glen Daniel, formerly of Oceana took her heavenly flight to be with her Lord
and Savior on Wednesday, March 16, 2016 in Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH following a long illness. Born
February 1, 1978 in Beckley, WV to Avary Bailey and the late Betty Jo Cook Bailey.  Leslie is a member of
Coal Marsh Missionary Baptist Church, Glen Daniel where her husband serves as pastor, and  a 1996
graduate of Oceana High School. Leslie loved spending time with her family and church family, camping,
fishing, facebooking, but nothing compared to the love that she had for her nieces and nephew whom she
adored. In addition to her mother she is preceded in death by her mother-in-law  Robin Kennedy, paternal
grandparents Sheldon and Willie McMillion Bailey; maternal grandparents Dewey and Virginia Billings
Cook. Survivors include her loving husband of 17 years Rev. Scott Kennedy; her father Avary Bailey of
Crany; a brother Jason Bailey and wife Roncheski of Crany; her father-in-law David Kennedy of Oceana; a
brother-in-law Michael Kennedy and wife Tonya of Oceana; two nieces Ella and Olivia Bailey of Crany; a
nephew Aaron Kennedy of Oceana; five uncles Algie Cook and wife Peggy, Larry Cook and wife Brenda  all
of Crany, Kermit  Bailey and wife Lillian, Gary Bailey and wife Tammy all of Lynco, Teddy Bailey and wife
Anita of KY; and a host of other loving family and friends.  Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM on
Sunday, March 20, 2016 at the Lillyhaven Baptist Church,   Lynco, WV with Rev. Steve Ross and Rev. Algie
Cook officiating. She will be laid to rest in Kopperston Community Cemetery, Kopperston, WV. Friends may
gather with the family from 6-9:00 PM on Saturday, March 19, 2016 at the church. Pallbearers will be
Nathan Short, Larry Joseph Cook, Travis Cook, AJ Cook, Francis Bailey, Calen Dixon and Zeb Dixon. E-mail
letters of sympathy may be sent at www.staffordfamilyfuneralhome.com. The family is being served by
the Stafford Family Funeral Home, Oceana, WV.
Betty Lou Bowling Prater, 74, of Oceana, WV passed away on Friday, March 18, 2016 at Bowers Hospice
House, Beckley, WV. She was born on September 5, 1941 in Phelps, KY a daughter of the late Henry and
Goldie Anise Coleman. Betty was of the Baptist Faith. In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by
her husband of 16 years Richard Eugene Prater; four brothers Ermal, George, Eugene and Buck Bowling; and
two sisters Magalene Bowling and Katheleen Ratliff. Survivors include a daughter Tabitha (Pete) Maynor of
Oceana; two sons Tim (Karen) Rife of South Part, NC and Kevin (Joy) Rife of Sharon, SC; two sisters Mollie
Lester of Phelps, KY and Beualah Wetizel of PA;  a brother Kyris (Minnie) Bowling of KY; seven
grandchildren Wesley Rife, Joshua Maynor, Matthew Maynor, Heather Maynor, Kayla Smith, Hali Rife and
Nicholas Rife; four great grandchildren Jayden Christian, Noiah Christian, Aubree Elswick and Emma
Maynor; a special niece Rose Ann Frances; and a host of other loving family and friends. Funeral services
will be held at 1:00 PM on Monday, March 21, 2016 in the Chapel of Stafford Family Funeral Home, Lynco,
WV with Rev. James Walker officiating. She will be laid to rest in Lester Cemetery, Phelps, KY. Friends may
gather with the family from 11:00 AM on Monday, March 21, 2016 at the funeral home.  E-mail letters of
sympathy may be sent at www.staffordfamilyfuneralhome.com. The family is being served by the Stafford
Family Funeral Home, Lynco, WV.
Johnny Lee New, 25, of Gloucester, VA formerly of Brenton, WV passed away on Saturday, March 19, 2016
at his home. He was born on June 9, 1990 in Welch, WV a son of Ina Jean New of Brenton and Garland
Eugene Burchette of Princeton. Johnny was a 2009 graduate of Westside, worked as a pipeliner; former
employee of Upper Laurel Ambulance Company, Virginia DOH and Randy's carpentry and landscaping and
was a former member of the Brenton Volunteer Fire Department.  Those preceding him in death are his
grandparents Eugene New, Treely and Lucinda Burchette; second mother Ellen Dennis; and best friend
Justin Wimmer . Survivors include his parents; a son Aiden Christopher New; a sister Pamela (Mike)
Crowder; step sister Rebecca Johnson; brothers Roy (Christy) New and Tommy (Brandy) Burchette;
grandmother Ina Geraldine New; special nieces Paisley New, Audrey New and Casey Crigger; an uncle
Herbert New and companion Barbara; best friends Robby Dennis and Tyler Lester; and a host of other
loving family and friends. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 AM on Saturday, March 26th at the Brenton
Baptist Church with Rev. Tommy Knotts and Rev.  Wayne Bailey officiating. He will be laid to rest in Palm
Memorial Gardens, Matheny, WV. Friends may gather with the family from 6-9:00 PM on Friday, March
25th at the church. E-mail letters of sympathy may be sent at www.staffordfamilyfuneralhome.com. The
family is being served by Stafford Family Funeral Home, Lynco, WV.
Delores Carol Justice, 73, of Oceana, WV passed away on Wednesday, March 23, 2016 in Raleigh General
Hospital, Beckley, WV. She was born on July 3, 1942 in Crany, WV a daughter of the late Clarence and Doris
Mae Kennedy Rose. Carol was a 1959 graduate of Oceana High School. She is preceded in death by her
parents. Survivors include her loving husband Richard Leon Justice; two sons Kevin Lee (Ginger) Chaffins
of Lewisburg and Rich (Alise) Chaffins of Morgantown; a brother Terry (Becky) Rose; seven grandchildren;
and a host of other loving family and friends. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 PM on Monday, March
28, 2016 in the Chapel of Stafford Family Funeral Home, Lynco, WV with Rev. Mark Sandor officiating. She
will be laid to rest in Palm Memorial Gardens, Matheny, WV. Friends may gather with the family from 11:00
AM until time of service on Monday at the funeral home. E-mail letters of sympathy may be sent at
www.staffordfamilyfuneralhome.com. The family is being served by Stafford Family Funeral Home, Lynco,
WV.
Virginia Alice Day Belcher, 81, of Oceana, WV passed away on Friday, March 25, 2016 in CAMC General,
Charleston, WV. She was born on January 30, 1935 in Glen Morrison, WV a daughter of the late Walter Lee
and Vira Nettie Hubbard Day. Virginia was a member of the Oceana Freewill Baptist Church. In addition to
her parents she is preceded in death by her loving husband Ward Belcher; a son Michael Belcher; and a
sister Dorothy Coleman. Survivors include a daughter Melissa Dawn Cozart of Oceana; her life long son of
the heart Richard Hannah of Oceana; two sisters Georgetta (Bob) Price of Kopperston and Virgie (Bobby)
Belcher of Oceana; a brother Bob (Judy) Day of Saulsville; three grandchildren Kim (Billy) Shumate of
Oceana, Jamie (Jeremy) Blankenship of Mt. Hope and Brandon Belcher of Beckley; three great
grandchildren Aaron Shumate, Jordan Shumate and Brooklyn Lee; and a host of other loving family and
friends. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 PM on Tuesday, March 29, 2016 at the Oceana Freewill Baptist
Church, Oceana. She will be laid to rest in Palm Memorial Gardens, Matheny, WV. Friends may gather with
the family from noon until time of service on Tuesday March 29, 2016 at the church. E-mail letters of
sympathy may be sent at www.staffordfamilyfuneralhome.com. The family is being served by Stafford
Family Funeral Home, Lynco, WV.
Betty Jean Massey Lester, 65, of Brenton, WV passed away on Tuesday, March 29, 2016 in Appalachian
Regional Hospital, Beckley, WV. She was born on July 15, 1950 in Matoka, WV a daughter of the Ethel
Shrewsbury Massey of Oak Hill and the late Tom Massey. She is preceded in death by her father. Survivors
include her loving husband of 15 years Milford Clinton Lester; a daughter Tina (Boston) Carpenter of New
Orleans, LA; two sons Roger (Angie) Blankenship of Charleston and Steven Blankenship and fiancé' Marsha
Arrington of Baileysville; two sisters Rosie (Charlie) Nutter  and Judy Harless all of Oak Hill; two brothers
Bill (Ugonda) Massey of Lynco and Johnny Massey of Oak Hill; two grandchildren Greg Church and Brittany
Cook; three great grandchildren Kyra Blankenship, Peyton Blankenship and Taylynn Fortner; and a host of
other loving family and friends. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 PM on Friday, April 1, 2016 in the
Chapel of Stafford Family Funeral Home, Lynco, WV with Bro. Wayne Bailey officiating. She will be laid to
rest in Lester Cemetery, Brier Creek, WV. Friends may gather with the family from 6-9:00 PM on Thursday,
March 31, 2016 at the funeral home. Pallbearers will be family and friends. E-mail letters of sympathy may
be sent at www.staffordfamilyfuneralhome.com. The family is being served by Stafford Family Funeral
Home, Lynco, WV.
Mary Bernadine "Bunny" Harold, 89, of Brenton, WV passed away on Wednesday, March 30, 2016 at
McDowell Nursing and Rehab, Gary, WV. She was born on October 26, 1926 in Bolair, WV  a daughter of the
late Maynard Lynch and Lena Baker Lynch Leggett. Mary was a member of the Brenton Baptist Church, a
loving mother, grandmother and was the last surviving family member. In addition to her parents she is
preceded in death by her loving husband of 53 years Darrell B. Harold; her father who raised her Rev. Wills
B. Leggett; two sons Buel "Red" Harold and Dale Roger Harold.  Survivors include a daughter Patricia
"Patty" (Eddie) St. Clair of Turkey Creek; a son Paul B. (Linda) Harold of SC; grandchildren Christy (Billy )
Fox, Angela (Dave) Morrison, Cindy (Harry) Stafford, Eric Harold, Melissa (Mark) Hiller and Eddie Lee
(Heather) St. Clair; and a host of other loving family and friends. Graveside services will be held at 11AM on
Friday, April 1, 2016 at Palm Memorial Gardens, Matheny, WV with Rev. Tommy Knotts officiating. E-mail
letters of sympathy may be sent at www.staffordfamilyfuneralhome.com. The family is being served by
Stafford Family Funeral Home, Lynco, WV.
Jimmie Ralph Harvey, 75, of Greenville, TN passed away on March 30, 2016 in Greenville, TN. He was born
May 25, 1940 in Cyclone, WV a son of the late Rev. Kenna and Opal Leland Lusk Harvey. Jimmie was a
retired truck driver for Wal-Mart and attended to Faithful View Church in Greenville, TN. He was a US
Army Veteran. He was also preceded in death by an infant daughter Vonda Opal Harvey, a sister Edna
Turner and two brothers Jerry and Allen Harvey. survivors include a daughter Kathy Harvey and David
Patton of Oak Ridge, TN; three sons John (Vicky) Harvey of LA, David (Missy) Harvey of Oak Ridge, TN
and Cody (Michelle) Harvey of Greenville, TN; two sisters Betty Rock of Roanoke, VA and Bonnie
(Tommy) Pendry of Jesse; three brothers Henry (Virginia) Harvey of Bob White, Donnie (Orpha) Harvey
of Cyclone and Michael Lee (Brenda) Harvey of Wharton; six grandchildren and five great grandchildren;
and a host of other loving family and friends. Funeral service will be held at 1:00 pm on Monday April 4,
2016 at Stafford Family Funeral Home with Rev. Benny Turner, Rev. Scott Harvey and Bro. Carlos Webb
officiating. Burial will follow in the Harvey Toler Cemetery, Farley Branch. Military Rites will be
conducted by the Madison VFW Post. Friends may call from 11:00 AM until time of service on Monday
April 4, 2016 at the funeral home. Pallbearers will be Doug Harvey, Jimmie Harvey, John Harvey, Cody
Harvey, Mike Dolley and David Patton.  E-mail letters of sympathy may be sent at
www.staffordfamilyfuneralhome.com. The family is served by the Stafford Family Funeral Home, Lynco.
Carol Sue Osborne, 50, of Clear Fork, WV passed away on Wednesday, March 30, 2016 at her home. She was
born on March 1, 1966 in Welch, WV. Carol was a member of the Sweet Home Baptist Church, Princeton,
WV and a graduate of Pineville High School. Survivors include her loving husband of seven years William  
Dink Osborne, Jr.; her parents Leroy and Lorene Green of Fort Branch;  a daughter Carrie Justice of Fort
Branch; a son Adam Tyler Mullins of Clear Fork; a grandchild Drake Belcher; a sister Tabitha Mullins of NC;
two brothers Bruce Green of Welch Pineville Rd. and Tommy Lane of NC; and a host of other loving family
and friends. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 PM on Tuesday, April 5, 2016 in the Chapel of Stafford
Family Funeral Home, Lynco, WV with Rev. Thurman Belcher officiating. She will be laid to rest in Green
Family Cemetery, Welch Pineville Road. Friends may gather with the family 11:00 AM until time of service
on Tuesday at the funeral home.  E-mail letters of sympathy may be sent at
www.staffordfamilyfuneralhome.com. The family is being served by Stafford Family Funeral Home, Lynco,
WV.
Dianna Darlene Morgan, 62, of Elgin, SC went home to be with the lord Saturday April 2, 2016 after a short
illness. Born  Aug. 16, 1953 at Grace Hospital in Welch WV. She was the daughter of Hilda Mae Davis
Morgan and the late Herbert “Hoover” Morgan. She was a graduate of Oceana High School class of 1971. A
director of the Peterson Presbyterian Day Care Center in Elgin four years and was an employee of Food
Lion five years. She was preceded in death by her dad Herbert “Hoover” Morgan, a brother Barry K
Morgan, a brother-in-law Dwight Trent a brother-in-law Satish “Sam” Salatri; a brother-in-law James
“Pug” Eslwick; and a sister-in-law Pam Morgan. Survivors include daughter Nicole Nicandro (husband)
Rodney a grandson Nathaniel “Nate” and a granddaughter Riley all of Columbia SC. Son Anthony “Tony”
Foltz (wife) Sherry two grandson’s Anthony “TJ” and Dylan of Oceana. Her mother Hilda Morgan of Clear
Fork, Five brothers, Marvin Morgan (wife) Jane of Leesburg Fl, Mike Morgan of Oceana, Justin Morgan
(wife) Lisa of Ortonville MI, Jeffery Morgan of Clear Fork, Larry Morgan (wife) Carrie of Kopperston.
Three sisters Vikki Sims (husband) Tab of Beckley, Judy Wicker (husband) Wess of Clear Fork and Arlene
Trent of Catawba NC.  Other family members Tami Pafford Morgan, Romaine Abbott Morgan and Evelyn
Morgan Kidd and many many loved nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews. Funeral services
will be held at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, April 6, 2016 in the Chapel of Stafford family Funeral Home,
Lynco, WV with Rev. Erwin Gregory officiating.  Burial will follow at the Morgan Family Cemetery , Clear
Fork up Elk Lick Road. Visitation is from 6 - 9:00 PM on Tuesday April 5, 2016 at the funeral home.
Pallbearers will be brothers Marvin Morgan, Mike Morgan, Justin Morgan, Jeff Morgan and Larry Morgan
, Son Tony Foltz and TJ Foltz.  Music by her nephew Jamie Morgan and piano playing by Angie Mollette.  In
lieu of flowers donations can be made to, Vikki Sims or Hilda Morgan for payment toward funeral services.
E-mail letters of sympathy may be sent at www.staffordfamilyfuneralhome.com. The family is served by
the Stafford Family Funeral Home, Lynco.
Paula Mae "Polly" Powers, 54, of Davy, WV passed away on Wednesday, March 30, 2016 of a brief illness
at her home. She was born on December 29, 1961 in Welch, WV a daughter of the late Robert "Bob" Roy
and Phyllis Lafern Harvey Brooks. She was a construction worker, mostly on highway projects. Those left
to cherish Polly's memory are her husband Steve Powers; a daughter Heather Wingate and husband Adam
of Davy; a son Michael "Mikey" Powers and wife Sara of Princeton; two grandchildren whom she loved
with all her heart Aden and Aza Wingate of Davy; a sister Teresa Walters and husband Greg of Roderfield;
three brothers Harry "Peanuts" Brooks and wife Vicky of Princeton, Robert Brooks and wife Sherry of
Davy and William "Billy" Brooks and wife Violet of Davy; her parrot Clyde; her dog Cali; and a host of
nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 PM on Thursday, April 7, 2016
at Big Jenny Freewill Baptist Church, with Sister Marie Bolden officiating. She will be laid to rest in Harvey
Cemetery, Big Jenny, WV. Friends may gather with the family from 11:00 AM until time of service on
Thursday, April 7, 2016 at the church. Pallbearers will be her nephews.   E-mail letters of sympathy may be
sent at www.staffordfamilyfuneralhome.com. The family is being served by Stafford Family Funeral
Home, Lynco, WV.
Melissa Denise Stapleton, 47, of Matheny, WV passed away surrounded by her loving family on Tuesday,
April 5, 2016. She was born on December 5, 1968 in Beckley, WV a daughter of William Lee and Sharon
Lynn Frazier Pennington of Sabine, WV. She was a 1986 graduate of Glen Rogers High School. She was a
member of the Upper Laurel Fire Department and attended the Glen Fork Church of God. She is preceded
in death by  two brothers Danny and Edward Pennington; grandparents Hubert and Hydrith Frazier and
Bill and Lissie Pennington. In addition to her parents she is survived by her husband Darren Wayne
Stapleton; two daughters Brittany (Dougie) Hatfield of Hanover and Courtney Stapleton of Matheny; two
sons Derrek Wayne Stapleton and Christopher Darrell Stapleton of Matheny; two grandchildren Cayden
and Tyler of Hanover; her father and mother -in-law whom she greatly loved and appreciated Bishop
Darrell and Magel Stapleton  of Matheny; and a host of other loving family and friends.  Funeral services
will be held  at 1:00 PM on Thursday, April 7, 2016 at Glen Fork Church of God with Pastor Loretta Taylor
and Rev. Cecil Thompson officiating. She will be laid to rest  in Sunset Memorial Gardens, Beckley, WV.
Friends may gather with the family from Noon until time of service on Thursday, April 7, 2016 at the
church. Pallbearers will be Richard Shumate, Scott DeRossett, Brad Walls, Adrian Griffith, Dennis Brown
and members of the Upper Laurel Fire Department.  E-mail letters of sympathy may be sent at
www.staffordfamilyfuneralhome.com. The family is being served by Stafford Family Funeral Home,
Lynco, WV.
Charlie Eugene Acord, 85, of Glen Fork, WV passed on Wednesday, April 6, 2016 in Raleigh General Hospital
after a short illness. He was born December 15, 1930 in Glen Fork, WV, a son of the late Walter and Thelma
Adkins Acord. He was a faithful Christian, having served as a deacon and taught Sunday School for over 20
years. He was a retired Senior Master Sgt. with 30 years in the US Air Force and he retired from Harris Mine
after 13 years. In addition to his parents three brothers preceded him in death Robert Harold, David Earl
and Roger C. Acord. Left to cherish his memory are his loving wife Gwendolyn Sue Acord; two step sons
Brandon Baldwin and (fiancé` Kelly Thorton) of Jesse and Michael (Tammie) Tolliver of Biloxi, MS; a sister
Mable "Pat" Lambert and her son Chip Lambert of Glen Fork; a brother Dale (Mary) Acord of Glen Fork; and
a host of other loving family and friends. Funeral will be held at 1:00 PM on Saturday April 9, 2016 at
Stafford Family Funeral Home, Lynco with Rev. Michael Tolliver officiating. Burial will follow in Palm
Memorial Gardens, Matheny, WV. Visitation will be from noon until service time at the funeral home. In
lieu of flowers make donations to the Humane Society. E-mail letters of sympathy at
www.staffordfamilyfuneralhome. The family is being served by Stafford Family Funeral Home, Lynco, WV.
Pauline Turpin, 84, of Trace Fork, WV went to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ and her loving
husband James Allan Turpin, Jr. of 67 years on April 6, 2016. She was born on March 17, 1932 in McDowell
County a daughter of the late Hobert and Virginia Kenny. Pauline was a member of the Briar Creek
Tabernacle. In addition to her parents and husband she is preceded in death by a daughter Francis
Cornwell; a son-in-law Giles Cornwell; a sister Margaret Hosko; three grandchildren Tonya Turpin, Lisa
Turpin and Ronald Hatfield, Jr.; and two great grandchildren Drema Walls and Jacob Fritz. Those left to
cherish her memory are a son James E. (Drema) Turpin; three daughters Diana (Philip) Ritchie, Jacquetta
(Kent) Vance and Rebecca (Ronald) Hatfield; a sister Willie Letner; grandchildren Kenny Vance, Amy (Chad)
Sizemore, Ronnie Hatfield, Stephanie (Zach) Vance, Carol Dwyer, Allan (Nikki) Cornwell, Polly Turpin,
Edward Turpin and Michael Turpin; great grandchildren Halen Sizemore, Caroline Sizemore, Brian Vance,
Kailee Vance, Zoie Vance, Eli Vance, Ethan Vance, Courtney Dwyer, Zack Dwyer, Casey Dwyer, Emily Dwyer,
Lea Kennedy, Katie Walls and Emily Fritz; a great great grandchild Kinze Reynolds; two expected
grandsons; and a host of other loving family and friends. Funeral services will be held at 1PM on Tuesday,
April 12, 2016 at the Briar Creek Tabernacle with Rev. Earnest Francis officiating. She will be laid to rest in
Palm Memorial Gardens, Matheny, WV. Friends may gather with the family from 6-9PM on Monday, April
11, 2016 at the church. Pallbearers will be Zach Vance, Chad Sizemore, Jimmy Turpin, Kenny Vance, Alan
Cornwell and Brian Vance. E-mail letters of sympathy at www.staffordfamilyfuneralhome. The family is
being served by Stafford Family Funeral Home, Lynco, WV.
Virginia Belle Tilley, 90, of Mullens, WV passed away Friday, April 8, 2016 at her home. Where she was
lovingly cared for by her grandson Alan Neely. Born June 18, 1925 in Jumping Branch, WV, a daughter of
the late Glen and Edna Cole Cochran. Virginia was a homemaker, owner of Virginia's Fabric and was a
member of Corinne First Church of God. In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by her
husband Calvin Graham Tilley; a sister Glenna Lemons and husband Connie; a brother Buel "Boone"
Cochran and Wife Beulah "Boots"; great granddaughters Carson Elizabeth Patton and Mackenzie Erin
Cardwell; and a daughter-in-law JoAnn Tilley Menefee. Virginia loved spending time with her family,
talking on the phone, working in her flower garden, crafts, painting, playing playdoh and coloring with
her grandchildren. Those left to cherish her memory are sons Robert "Bob" (Kathy) Tilley of Daniels,
Terry (Tracy) Tilley; a daughter Tammy (Reece) Neely all of Mullens; granddaughters Christy (Raymond)
Cardwell, Lauren (Brad) Kyer, Mary (Robbie) Patton, Amy (Ofer) Kooba, Leslie (Jarrod) Brewer and
Augusta (Eric) Blanchard; grandsons Robert Jeremy (Allonna) Tilley, Derek (Becky) Brumfield, Alan
Neely and Greg (Carrie) Neely; great grandchildren Jordan, Kelsey, Aidan and Addison Cardwell, Justin,
Evan and Madelynn Kyer, Ethan, Tanner and Cameron Tilley, Levi Brumfield, Morgan and Grant Patton,
Dylan Kooba, Colton, Olivia and Ryder Neely, Trevor Smith and Mykelle Wyatt; many nieces, nephews,
great nieces and nephews; special daughter Tresa McGraw; beloved cousin Anna Stanley; special
longtime friends Louise Thomas, Evelyn Williamson, Becky Fulford, Barbara Cook, Louella Wrenn, Edith
Sturgeon and friends in Christ, her church family. Funeral services will be held at 1PM on Wednesday,
April 13, 2016 at the Corinne First Church of God. She will be laid to rest in Cochran Cemetery, Mt. View
Rd, Jumping Branch, WV. Friends may gather with the family from 11AM until time of service on
Wednesday April 13, 2016  at the church. Pallbearers will be Alan Neely, Greg Neely, Jarrod Brewer,
Jeremy Tilley, Derek Brumfield and longtime friend Doug Thorn. E-mail letters of sympathy at
www.staffordfamilyfuneralhome. The family is being served by Stafford Family Funeral Home, Lynco,
WV.
Virgie Jean Wyatt, 78, of Brenton, WV passed away on Sunday, April 10, 2016 at her home. She was born on
November 12, 1937 in Bartley, WV a daughter of the late Cecil and Corba England Steele. Virgie is a member
of Brenton Baptist Church. In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by two brothers Luther Steele
and Everette Steele; and two sisters Lola Lester and Shirley Roberts. Survivors include her loving husband of
58 years Carl B. Wyatt; a son Stevie Carl (Paula) Wyatt of Rockwell, NC; two daughters Sandra Marlene West
and Karen Denise (Eugene) Johnston all of Brenton; two brothers Clarence (Brenda) Steele of Statesville,
NC, and Donald (Gladys) Steele of OH; a brother-in-law George Lester of Steels; four grandchildren Amanda
Fischer, Danielle Scarlett, Stephanie Wyatt and Alyssa Boring; six great grandchildren; Emma and Wyatt
Boring, Carleigh Suttles, Bentley and Brantley Fischer, and Ian Fischer due in June 2016; and a host of other
loving family and friends. Funeral services will be held at 1PM on Wednesday, April 13, 2016 in the Chapel of
Stafford Family Funeral Home, Lynco, WV with Rev. Lee Fisher and Rev. Tommy Knotts officiating. She will
be laid to rest in Palm Memorial Gardens, Matheny, WV. Friends may gather with the family from 11AM
until time of service on Wednesday, April 13, 2016 at the funeral home.  The family is being served by
Stafford Family Funeral Home, Lynco, WV.
Albert James Lusk, 66, of Matheny, WV passed  away on Saturday, April  9, 2016 at his home after fighting
a courageous battle with cancer. He was born March 15, 1950 in Mullens, WV, a son of the late Robert and
Mary Belle Mullens Lusk. He was a member of the UMWA. In addition to his parents he was preceded in
death by four sisters Pearl Steele, Gladys Morgan, Arbutus Mullins and Opal Warren and a brother Coy
Lusk. Albert will always be cherished in the hearts of his loving wife and forever soul mate of 43 years
Linda Biggs Lusk of Matheny; his two sons Hayden Lusk and Robert Lusk; his two daughters Angela Lusk
and Milissa Henery; grandchildren Austin and Noah Fields, Dakota, Hunter, Logan and Samantha Lusk,
Brooke Toler and Brayden Henery and many beautiful great grandchildren; a sister Betty Smith and four
brothers Boyd, Dale, Robert and Ralph Lusk; and a host of other loving family and friends. Funeral service
will be held at 2:00 PM on Thursday April 14, 2016 in the Chapel of Stafford Family Funeral Home with Bro.
Timmy Brown officiating. Burial will follow in Palm Memorial Gardens, Matheny, WV. Friends may call
from 6 - 8:00 PM on Wednesday April 13, 2016 at the funeral home. E-mail letters of sympathy at
www.staffordfamilyfuneralhome. The family is being served by Stafford Family Funeral Home, Lynco, WV.
Johnny Mack Toler, 69, of Charlotte, NC passed away on Wednesday, April 13, 2016 at CMC Carolina
Medical, Concord, NC. He was born on February 14, 1947 in Cyclone, WV a son of the late Homer G. "Jud"
and Margaret McComas Toler. John was a United States Army Veteran who served during the Vietnam
era. He then worked for many years for McJunkin Corporation in both Charleston and Marietta, OH. John
retired and worked in construction so he would not be bored. He had two favorite things to do fish and
watch football. He moved to Charlotte, NC when his first grandchild was born and loved being called
papaw John by all five of his grandkids Madison Ann, Mason James, Tatum Jolee, Carly Rae and Faith
Marie. John was a 1964 graduate of Oceana High School, attended Beckley College and a member of
Lacoma Baptist Church. He is survived by three sons James P. (Missy) Toler of Charlotte, NC, John C.
(Lynette) Toler of Charleston, SC and Matthew A. (Shawnacy) Toler of Lancaster, OH; a daughter
Amanda J. Toler of Ashland, KY;  a brother Homer G. (Becky) Toler of South Charleston; three sisters
Connie Long of St. Albans, Margie J. Toler of Sutton and Dolly J. Toler; a host of nieces, nephews and
family and friends.  Funeral services will be held at 12:30 PM on Sunday, April 17, 2016 at the Lacoma
Baptist Church, Cyclone, WV with Rev. Jerry Cook officiating. He will be laid to rest in Toler Cemetery,
Cyclone, WV. Friends may gather with the family from 11:30 AM until time of service on Sunday, April 17,
2016 at the church.  The family is being served by Stafford Family Funeral Home, Lynco, WV.
Charles Raymond "Charlie" Blessard, 69, of Fairmont, WV formerly of Oceana, passed away peacefully on
April 15, 2016 at his home. He was born on October 25, 1946 in Welch, WV, a son of the late Bob and Edna
Speaks.  Charlie proudly served his country during the Vietnam War as a chaplain’s assistant and a
helicopter gunner. He was a member of Wyoming-McDowell DAV Chapter 56, VFW and the Wyoming
County Veterans Honor Guard. He worked as a coal miner and owned a Barber shop serving the Oceana
community for nearly 30 years. He had a love for most any sport and enjoyed playing softball in his
younger days. In his later years he enjoyed traveling the country with his wife Nancy and seeing the sites.
He was survived by his spouse Nancy Ramsey-Blessard; two daughters  Shae (Fred) Morales, and Martha
"Marty" (Shawn) Beverly; son Charles Robert "Bobby" Blessard; step-children Charlie (spouse Valerie),
Shane and Cindy Davis; Eleven grandchildren, Kara, Jessica, Tiffany, Brittney, Nikki, Lezlie, Shane, Whitney,
Austin, Lydia and Ryan; five great-grandchildren; two sisters Pamela Brogan and Karen Speaks. Funeral
service will be held at 7:00PM on Monday April 18, 2016 in the Chapel of Stafford Family Funeral Home
with Rev. Lewis Lester officiating. Burial will follow in Grafton National Veterans Cemetery, Grafton, WV.
The Wyoming County Veterans Honor Guard will conduct military rites. Friends may call from 5 - 9:00PM
on Monday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the funeral home.  The family
is being served by Stafford Family Funeral Home, Lynco, WV.
On Sunday morning, April 17, 2016, Elmer Goodman, 66, departed this life at Raleigh General Hospital. Born
on September 22, 1949, he was the son of the late Mike and Elsie Goodman. In addition to his parents he is
preceded in death by his 16 year old baby girl Megan; brothers James, Ralph and Benny; and mother-in-law
Babe Toler. A retired coal miner and barber, Elmer had served on the Oceana City Council and served his
country in Vietnam. With a great fondness of gardening and fishing; and making new friends when he sold
apples, Elmer enjoyed watching the WV Mountaineer games. Left to cherish 27 years of everlasting and
precious memories shared with Elmer is his loving wife Rita Toler Goodman, who was his constant and
devoted companion. Also survived by daughter Ashley Shannon Goodman and grandchildren Harlow
Osborne and Ledger Bailey; three biological children Larry Goodman, Michael and Altar Sheppard;  brother
Johnny (wife Rita); two sisters Mary Bishop Acord (Husband Bob) and Betsy Bailey; father-in-law Ray Toler;
two brothers-in-law Rayvon Toler (Wife Betty) and Stacy Toler; several nephews and nieces; his little buddy
Cameron Morgan; and so many friends made over the years. Per Elmer's wishes there will be no visitation.
Graveside services will be held at 1:00 PM on Thursday, April 21, 2016 at Palm Memorial Gardens, Matheny,
WV. The Wyoming County Veterans Honor Guard will conduct military rites.  The family is being served by
Stafford Family Funeral Home, Lynco, WV.
Haford Hurley, 58, of Jumping Branch, WV  passed away on Sunday, April 17, 2016 at his home. He was born
on March 28, 1958 in Pike County, KY a son of Gertrude Justice of Brenton and the late Buford Hurley. In
addition to his father he is preceded in death by a granddaughter Danielle Hurley; a sister Betty Correll; two
brothers Dale and Hassell Hurley; a nephew Mickey Hurley; and a brother-in-law Maxwell Correll. Survivors
include his wife of three years Marisa Cline Hurley; two sons Roger Hurley and Dusty (Melissa) Hurley all of
Jumping Branch; a daughter Destiny Mitchell of Lenore, NC; five brothers Timmy Hurley, Jimmy Hurley,
Harrison Hurley, Thomas Hurley and Max Hurley all of Brenton; seven grandchildren; and a host of other
loving family and friends. Graveside services will be held at 1:00 PM on Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at the
Lester Cemetery, Indian Creek, WV. Pallbearers will be family and friends.  The family is being served by
Stafford Family Funeral Home, Lynco, WV.
Debbie Jean Brown Keck, 56, of Oceana, WV, passed away on Saturday, April 23, 2016 at Bowers Hospice
House. She was born on September 22, 1959 in Welch, WV, the daughter of the late Ronnie Lee and Lola
Claire Lusk Brown. She was a member of the Christian Fellowship Center in Pineville and a loving wife,
mother and grandmother. Left to cherish her memory are her loving husband of sixteen years Robert
Keck; two sons Jimmie "Tig" Daniels and wife Michelle of Harrisville and Richard Daniels and wife Melisha
of Glen Fork; two step daughters Shannon Keck of Gillman Bottom and Shawnna Gollihue and husband
Pete of Davin; a step son Eric Mullins and wife Amy of Mallory; two brothers Darrell Brown and Jimmy
Brown; a granddaughter Kylie Daniels; seven step grandchildren Lauren and Jessica Turner, Mattae, Tyler
and Haley Keck, Shawn Mullins and Jeremiah Gollihue; several special children in her life; and a host of
other loving family and friends. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 PM on Tuesday, April 26, 2016 in the
Chapel of Stafford Family Funeral Home, Lynco, WV with Pastor Bill Goode officiating. She will be laid to
rest in Palm Memorial Gardens, Matheny, WV. Friends may gather with the family from 11:00 AM until
service time on Tuesday at the funeral home.  Pallbearers will be family and friends. E-mail letters of
sympathy may be sent at www.staffordfamilyfuneralhome.com. The family is being served by the Stafford
Family Funeral Home, Lynco, WV.
Hazel Hawks, 84, of Pineville, WV went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, April 27, 2016. She was
born on October 3, 1931 in Brenton, WV a daughter of the late Curtis Henry and Bertie Vay "Babe"
Dameron Hawks. Hazel was a member of the Pineville Church of God. In addition to her parents she is
preceded in death by a great niece Kayla Nicole Hawks. Hazel never met a stranger and loved everyone.  
Survivors include a sister Phyllis (Neil) Blankenship of Pineville with whom she made her home; a brother
Harold (Nancy) Hawks of Brenton; nieces and nephews Larry (Kim) Blankenship, Belinda (Tim) Stewart,
Christopher "Chris" Blankenship, Dean Hawks, Michael Hawks, Kevin Hawks and Chris Hawks; great
nieces Megan Stewart (Cody) Crosby, Anna Paige Stewart and Devan Blankenship; and a host of other
loving family and friends. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 PM on Saturday, April 30, 2016 in the
Chapel of Stafford Family Funeral Home, Lynco, WV with Pastor Timmy Brewster and Kay Fields
officiating. She will be laid to rest in Miller Cemetery, Shannon Mill Creek. Friends may gather with the
family from noon unit time of services on Saturday, April 30,  2016 at the funeral home. Pallbearers will
be Larry Blankenship, Chris Blankenship, Devan Blankenship, Timmy Stewart, Cody Crosby and Jacob
Johnson. E-mail letters of sympathy may be sent at www.staffordfamilyfuneralhome.com. The family is
being served by the Stafford Family Funeral Home, Oceana, WV.
Billy Jack Stewart, 74, of Oceana, WV went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, May 1, 2016. He was born
on May 14, 1941 in Jesse, WV a son of the late Charles Gillis and Minnie Edna Walker Stewart.  In addition to
his parents he is preceded in death by brothers Charles Stewart, Neely Stewart, Sebert Stewart, Johnny
Stewart and Cecil Stewart; sisters Violet Shields, Hazel Cline and Patricia Prine. Those left to cherish his
memory are his loving wife of 52 years Patricia Diana Stewart; three daughters Denise Meadows of
Matheny, Regina (Rev. Tim) Redden of Pineville and Rhonda (Chuck) Miller of Oceana; six granddaughters  
Tabitha Ford and fiance' Tomas Torgerson of Kristiansand,  Norway, Amber (John) Marshall of Oceana,
Sami "JoJo" Redden of Charleston, Heather (Ben) Morgan of Keyrock, Ginger (Chris) Walls of Oceana and
Mady  Redden of Pineville; three grandsons Steve Redden of Beckley, Timothy Meadows of Matheny and
Joshua (Brittany) Miller of Oceana; fifteen great grandchildren; a sister Gladys Lusk of Beaver; and a host of
other loving family and friends. Funeral services will be held at 1PM on Thursday, May 5, 2016 in the Chapel
of Stafford Family Funeral Home, Lynco, WV with Rev. Jay Blankenship and Rev. Ronnie Acord officiating.
He will be laid to rest in Palm Memorial Gardens, Matheny, WV. Friends may gather with the family from
11AM until time of service on Thursday at the funeral home. The family is being served by the Stafford
Family Funeral Home, Oceana, WV.
Toni Lynn Sizemore Belcher, 48, of Saint Albans, WV passed away on Sunday, April 24, 2016. She was born
on August 19, 1967 in Man, WV a daughter of the late Virgil Elbe and Anna Ruth Sizemore. She is preceded
in death by her parents. Survivors include her husband Nelson Eddie Belcher; a son Joshua Belcher; two
sisters Diana Belcher of Oceana and Floetta Stoman; and a host of other loving family and friends.  A
memorial service will be held on Sunday, May 7, 2016 at the Lynco Community Church, Lynco, WV. In
keeping with her wishes she was cremated. The family is being served by the Stafford Family Funeral
Home, Lynco, WV.
Orville William Godfrey, Jr., 54, of Columbus, OH  passed away on Sunday, May 8, 2016.He was born on
December 26, 1961 in Pineville, WV a son of the late Orville William and Reatha Vivette Harvey Godfrey,
Sr. In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by two brothers Larry Eugene Godfrey and Danny Ray
Cline. Survivors include a sister Glenna Lafferty of Taylorsville, NC; a brother Rocky (Betty) Cline of
Oceana; an aunt Betty Jean Christian of Coal Mountain; and a host of other loving family and friends. A
Memorial service will be held from 2-4PM on Saturday, May 14, 2016 in the Chapel of Stafford Family
Funeral Home, Lynco, WV. In keeping with his wishes he will be cremated. The family is being served by
the Stafford Family Funeral Home, Lynco, WV.
:Stephen Layne Vance, 56, of Oceana, WV  passed away on Tuesday, May 10, 2016. He was born on March
19, 1960 in Leatherwood, WV a son of the late Calvin Lonnie and Ardney Browning Vance. In addition to his
parents he is preceded in death by a sister Yvette Lester; and a brother-in-law Freddie Lester. Survivors
include a daughter Brittany (Ardelle Lane) Vance and her children Kowen Lambert and Isabella Mullins all
of Oceana; two sons Calvin Vance of Pence Springs and Jeremy Vance and his children McKailynn, Levi,
Jeremiah, and Allie Vance and Jordyn Morgan all of Oceana; three sisters Yvonne Belcher of Oceana,
Florence Belcher of Man and Dolly (Sammy Lusk) Hendricks  of Verner; a brother Johnny Vance of Welch
Pineville Road; a daughter-in-law Leela Morgan of Oceana; and a host of other loving family and friends.
Funeral services will be held 1:00PM Sunday, May 15, 2016 in the Chapel of Stafford Family Funeral Home,
Lynco, WV with Rev. William Cook officiating. He will be laid to rest in Goode Family Cemetery, Saulsville,
WV. Friends may gather with the family from 11:00 AM until time of service on Sunday at the funeral
home. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the funeral home. The family is being
served by the Stafford Family Funeral Home, Lynco, WV.
John K. Hurley, 68, of Oceana, WV  passed away on Tuesday, May 10, 2016 in the University of Virginia
Hospital, Charlottesville, VA. He was born on November 4, 1947 in Welch, WV a son of the late Oley
Wallace and Vida Gaye Bailey Hurley. John was a United States Army Veteran and a member of the
Disabled American Veterans and the Wyoming County Honor Guard. In addition to his parents he is
preceded in death by his wife of 26 years Doris Jean Altizer Hurley. Survivors include two brothers Donald
(Shelia) Hurley of Mt. Hope and Alexander Lee (Joan) Hurley of Springfield, OH; and a host of other
loving family and friends. In keeping with his wishes he will be cremated. Graveside services  will be held
at a later date and he will be laid to rest in Beaver Cemetery.  The Wyoming County Veterans Honor Guard
will conduct military rites.  The family is being served by the Stafford Family Funeral Home, Lynco, WV.
Rev. Larry Dean Preece, 64, of Lynco, WV  went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, May 12, 2016 after a
sudden illness. He was born on September 22, 1951 in Logan, WV a son of the late Virgil Jasper and Marie
Miles Preece. Larry was a member of the Christian Fellowship Center in Pineville and the UMWA Local
1713. In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by a brother Jack Preece; and grandmother Blanchie
Miles. Survivors include his loving wife of 45 years Lawona S. Proffitt Preece; two sons Ricky Dean (Janice)
Preece of Reidsville, NC and C. Joe (Kim) Preece of Pineville; three brothers Frank, Lowell and Kip Preece;
six grandchildren Andrea, Nathan, Evan, Joseph, Kyle Preece and McKenzie Proffitt; a great grandchild
Westin Hezakiah; and a host of other loving family and friends. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 PM on
Monday, May 16, 2016 at the Christian Fellowship Worship Center, Pineville, WV with Pastor Bill Goode
and Bro. Rick Keck officiating. He will be laid to rest in Palm Memorial Gardens, Matheny, WV. Friends may
gather with the family from 6-9:00 PM on Sunday, May 15, 2016 at the church.  The Wyoming County
Veterans Honor Guard will conduct military rites. Pallbearers will be family and friends. E-mail letters of
sympathy may be sent at www.staffordfamilyfuneralhome.com. The family is being served by the Stafford
Family Funeral Home, Lynco, WV.
Ruby L. Workman, 46, of Bim, formerly of Wayne County, WV  passed away on May 12, 2016 at her home.
She was born on August 16, 1969 the daughter of the late Charles Ray and Brenda L. Tomblin. Ruby was a
loving mother and wife. Survivors include her husband of 27 years Randy L. Workman; a son Randy L.
Workman, Jr.; a daughter Takesha (Noah) Adkins of all of Boone County; a brother Dale (Missy) Tomblin; a
sister Loretta (John) Thornhill all of Wayne County; seven grandchildren Ethan, Hailey, Ryan, Bryan,
Kyleigh, Carley and Maylee; many brother and sister-in-laws, nieces, nephews and family and friends.
Funeral services will be held at 3:00PM on Wednesday, May 18, 2016 in the Chapel of Stafford Family
Funeral Home, Lynco, WV with Pastor Gary Hunt, Jr. officiating. She will be laid to rest in Hatfield
Cemetery, Pond Fork Rd. Friends may gather with the family from 1:00 until time of service on Wednesday
at the funeral home.  E-mail letters of sympathy may be sent at www.staffordfamilyfuneralhome.com. The
family is being served by the Stafford Family Funeral Home, Lynco, WV.
Christopher Wayne Addison, 37, of Verner, WV passed away on Friday, May 13, 2016 in Bowers Hospice
House, Beckley, WV. He was born on July 8, 1979 in Man, WV a son of Rebecca Addison Bishop and the late
Anderson Bishop. In addition to his mother he is survived by two sisters Santana (Jeremy) Bragg and
Shiranda Bishop and fiance' Thomas Boe Morgan; two nephews Hayden Bragg and Isaiah Morgan; two
nieces Addison Bragg and Gracie Morgan; a special uncle Mervin Morgan; and a host of cousins, family and
friends. In keeping with his wishes he will be cremated. A celebration of his life will be held at 6:00 PM on
Friday, May 20, 2016 at the RD Bailey Big Branch Shelter.  In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the
funeral home. The family is being served by the Stafford Family Funeral Home, Lynco, WV.
Phyllis Gay Sanders Johnson, 76, of Crany, WV  went to be with the Lord on Friday, May 13, 2016. She was
born on November 29, 1939 in Wayne County, WV a daughter of the late Levi and Verle McClellan Sanders.
Phyllis was a member of the Crany Missionary Baptist Church. In addition to her parents she is preceded in
death by two daughters Helen Diane Kershner and Brenda Lee Johnson; two sons William Elvis "Newt"
McDonald and Dana Sanders; and three brothers Golden, Will and Jack Sanders. Survivors include her
loving husband of 51 years Doyle Johnson; two daughters Tammie Lozier of Bolt and Dreama Floyd of
South Point, OH. two sisters Kay Sue Mills and Lois Lambert both of Branchland; a brother Harold Sanders
of Branchland; several grandchildren and great grandchildren; and a host of other loving family and
friends. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 PM on Tuesday, May 17, 2016 at the Crany Missionary Baptist
Church, Crany, WV with Pastor James Walker and Rev. Dwight Stafford officiating. She will be laid to rest
in Palm Memorial Gardens, Matheny, WV. Friends may gather with the family from 6-9:00 PM on Monday,
May 16, 2016 at the church. Pallbearers will be Kris Rider, Bill Cook, Billy Redden, Kenny Lamb, Michael
Lamb Larry Reed and Mike Johnson.   The family is being served by the Stafford Family Funeral Home,
Lynco, WV.
Jack Acord, 83, of Cyclone, WV passed away on Tuesday, May 17, 2016 at his home. He was born on
February 25, 1933 in Bolt, WV a son of the late Lacy James and Flossie Acord. Jack was saved and baptized
in April of 2013 and attended the Cyclone Missionary Baptist Church and worked for Robinson Phillips Coal
Company for over 29 years. He enjoyed spending time with his family, coon hunting, camping,  and playing
and listening to Bluegrass music. In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by several brothers and
sisters. Survivors include his loving wife of 53 years Lois Jean Brown Acord; a daughter Jill (Brian) Noe of
Stollings; a son Greg Acord of the home; two grandchildren Ryan Noe and Laura (Cheyenne) Smith; a great
grandchild born May 7, 2016 Penelope Smith; a brother Gail (B.B.) Acord of Daniels; a sister-in-law India
(Eugene) Paugh, of Keyrock; special  cousin and friend Roger Acord; and a host of other loving family and
friends. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 PM on Thursday, May 19, 2016 in the Chapel of Stafford Family
Funeral Home, Lynco, WV with Pastor Stephen Walls and Rev. Merle Walls  officiating. He will be laid to
rest in Palm Memorial Gardens, Matheny, WV. Friends may gather with the family from 11:00 AM until
time of service on Thursday at the funeral home. Pallbearers will be Ryan Noe, Mackie Lusk, Jared
Stafford, Floyd Blankenship, Roger Acord and Brad Acord. E-mail letters of sympathy may be sent at
www.staffordfamilyfuneralhome.com.  The family is being served by the Stafford Family Funeral Home,
Lynco, WV.
Robert Lee Adams, 74, of Fanrock, WV passed away. He was born on March 3, 1942 in Aberdeen, MD a son
of the late Dempsey Adams and Thelma Faye McMillion Adams Epperhart. In addition to his parents he is
preceded in death by his wife of 46 years Wilma Jean Short Adams; step-father Edward Clayton Epperhart;
two step sons Kenneth and Ernest Atwell; two brothers Johnny and William Epperhart; a sister Shirley Ann
Epperhart; and a grandson Joey Rose.  Survivors include two step daughters Linda (Bo) Rasnake of Fanrock
and Barbara Wyrick of Princeton; six sisters Norma Jean Jackson of Lynnville, TN, Elizabeth (Ray) Neely of
Gahanna, OH, Carol Short of Davy, Betty (Paul) Holleman of Indian Creek, Linda (Tommy) Vance of Hinton
and Brenda Epperhart of Princeton; five brothers Edward Epperhart, David (Linda) Epperhart, Timothy
Epperhart, and James Epperhart all of Fanrock and Larry (Teresa) Epperhart of Kopperston; numerous
grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren; and a host of other loving family and
friends. Memorial service will be held at 8PM on Thursday, May 26th in the Chapel of Stafford Family
Funeral Home, Lynco, WV with Rev. Scotty Cline officiating. In keeping with his wishes he will be cremated
and his ashes will be laid to rest in Brewster Cemetery, Indian Creek. Friends may gather with the family
from 6-8PM on Thursday.   E-mail letters of sympathy at www.staffordfamilyfuneralhome. The family is
being served by Stafford Family Funeral Home, Lynco, WV.
Juanita Osborne, 64, of Cyclone, WV, passed away on Saturday May 28, 2016 in Cabell Huntington
Hospital, Huntington, WV. She was born July 30, 1951 in Logan County, WV, a daughter of the late Delbert
and Alfie Greene Osborne. She was a homemaker and loving mother and grandmother. In addition to her
parents she was preceded in death by two sisters Pauline Osborne and Darlene Bradley.  Left to cherish her
memory are her children Tammy (Johnny) Elkins of Lorado, Ruby Hatfield of Madison, Larry Lee Osborne
of Lorado and Joe (Jean) Osborne of Cyclone; a sister Fannie Mae Bradley of Madison; three brothers
Tommy Lee (Judy) Osborne, Joe Osborne and Howard (Connie) Osborne all of Cyclone; six grandchildren
Mark, Tiffany and Carla Elkins, Amanda Tanner, Richard Paynter and Tiffany Gibson; seven great
grandchildren Sophia Elkins, Jordan and Jayden Tanner, Isabella Paynter, Troy, Arista and Angel Gibson;
and a host of other loving family and friends. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 PM on Wednesday June
1, 2016 in the Chapel of Stafford Family Funeral Home, Lynco, with Rev. Roger Halstead officiating. She
will be laid to rest in Osborne Cemetery, Brushy Fork, WV. Friends may gather with the family from 6 – 9:
00 PM on Tuesday May 31, 2016 at the funeral home. E-mail letters of sympathy may be sent at www.
staffordfamilyfuneralhome.com. The family is being served by the Stafford Family Funeral Home, Lynco,
WV.
Mildred Grace Sizemore, 69, of Cyclone, WV passed away on Thursday, June 2, 2016. She was born on July
28, 1946 in Welch, WV  a daughter of the late George "June" and Brooke "Brookie" Blankenship Toler. In
addition to her parents she is preceded in death by a son Waylon Cole Sizemore; two brothers Robert and
Arvis Toler; two sisters Rosie Racine Toler and Carolyn (Danny) Osborne; two nephews Bucky Walls and
Lane Perry; and a niece Angie Osborne. Survivors include her loving husband of 27 years Paul Sizemore; two
daughters Yvette (Mike) Wintz and Pamela (Victor) Brown all of Cyclone; a sister Freda (Richard) Walls of
Uniontown, PA; two brothers Jim (Claire) Toler  and Tom (Ellen) Toler all of Cyclone; four grandchildren
Derick (Amanda) Sizemore, Victoria Brown and fiancé Zachery Nelson, RJ Bailey and Brookie Bailey and
fiancé Jerad Cook; four great grandchildren Parker Sizemore, Jagger Sizemore, Dawson Cook and Owen
Cook; and a host of other loving family and friends. Funeral services  will be held at 1PM Monday, June 6,
2016  in the Chapel of  Stafford Family Funeral Home, Lynco, WV with Bro. Keith Osborne officiating. She
will be laid to rest in Highland Memory Garden, Logan, WV. Friends may gather with the family from 11AM
until time of service on Monday, June 6, 2016 at the funeral home. Pallbearers will be Victor Brown, Mike
Wintz, DJ Osborne, Timmy Osborne, Derick Sizemore, RJ Bailey, Andy Meade, Rany Toler and Mike Toler.  
E-mail letters of sympathy may be sent at www.staffordfamilyfuneralhome.com.  The family is being served
by the Stafford Family Funeral Home, Lynco, WV.
Carolyn Brown, 76, of Clear Fork, WV passed away on Friday, June 3, 2016 in CAMC General, Charleston,
WV. She was born on March 3, 1940 in Sunhill, WV a daughter of the late Roy and Sadie Cline Cole. Carolyn is
a member of the Clear Fork Valley Baptist Church. She is preceded in death by her parents. Survivors include
her loving husband  Buford Brown; a son Marty Brown of Union, WV; a sister Kathleen Morgan of Sunhill;
three grandchildren Tori Kessler, Albany Brown and Aydan Brown; one great grandchild Mia Kessler; and a
host of other loving family and friends. Funeral services will be held at 1PM on Wednesday, June 8, 2016 in
the Chapel of Stafford Family Funeral Home, Lynco, WV with Pastor Erwin Gregory officiating. She will be
laid to rest in Cole Family Cemetery, Sunhill, WV. Friends may gather with the family from 11AM until time
of service on Wednesday, June 8, 2016 at the funeral home. Pallbearers will be family and friends. The
family is being served by the Stafford Family Funeral Home, Lynco, WV.
James Robert King, 48, of Oceana passed away on Thursday, May 31, 2016 in Logan Regional Medical
Center. Logan, WV. He was born on June 9, 1967 in Sevierville, TN a son of Jack King of Sevierville, TN and
the late Dorothy Loveday King. In addition to his mother he is preceded in death by two brothers Jackie
Lynn King and Kenneth Lee Workman; and two sisters Anna Faye King and Loretta Jane King.  Survivors
include his wife of 11 years Sue Ellen Workman King; a daughter Amanda King of Sevierville, TN; two sisters
Carolyn Sue King and Suellen Workman King; three brothers Johnny Ray King, Joey Lee King and Jonathan
(Meghan) Workman; four grandchildren Gannon Silas Underwood, Kirsten Chentelle Weaver, Katilyn Grace
Weaver and Trysten Joshua Cruze; a niece Brianna Leigh Workman; a sister-in-law Lynn Workman; and a
host of other loving family and friend. Funeral services will be held at 4PM on Tuesday, June 7, 2016 in the
Chapel of Stafford Family Funeral Home, Lynco, WV. Friends may gather with the family from 2PM until
time of service at the funeral home. In keeping with his wishes he will be cremated following the service.
E-mail letters of sympathy may be sent at www.staffordfamilyfuneralhome.com. The family is being served
by the Stafford Family Funeral Home, Lynco, WV.
Caleb Allen Wolford, 25, of Gilbert, WV passed away on Monday, June 6, 2016 in Logan Regional Medical
Center. Logan, WV. He was born on October 13, 1990 in Logan, WV a son of Mary Beth Cline of Gilbert and
Dennis Larry Wolford of Clinchco, VA. Caleb was of the Church of God Faith. He is preceded in death by his
maternal grandparents Naomi and Kendall Cline; paternal grandfather Talt Wolford; an aunt Sonya
Wolford Sexton and uncle Mark Cline. In addition to his parents he is survived by a sister Denise Lyall of
Knoxville, TN; a brother Damon Lyall of Knoxville, TN; grandmother Minnie Wolford of Clinchco, VA; two
uncles Macky Cline and Manuel Cline both of Gilbert; a great aunt Grace Lester of Gilbert Creek; and a host
of other loving family and friends. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 PM on Thursday, June 9, 2016 at the
Four Winds Tabernacle, Sprattsville, WV. Friends may gather with the family from 11:00 AM until time of
service on Thursday, June 9, 2016 at the church.  E-mail letters of sympathy may be sent at
www.staffordfamilyfuneralhome.com. The family is being served by the Stafford Family Funeral Home,
Lynco, WV.
Charles Donald Simmons, 69, of Mullens, WV passed away on Thursday, June 9, 2016 in Raleigh General
Hospital, Beckley, WV. He was born on November 20, 1946 in Oceana, WV a son of the late Charles Franklin
and Garnett Forren Simmons. Charles was attended the Otsego Bible Chapel, worked with the Mullens Little
League for over 50 years, the Midget League and Wyoming East High School. His top priority in life was his
family. In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by a sister Carolyn Siers; a daughter Melissa Ball
and granddaughter Allyson Ball. Survivors include his loving wife of 49 years Sharon Gayle Wilson Simmons;
seven daughters Nimfa, Naome, Nancy, Jan, Selina, Janelle and Mailyn; nine sons Bryan, Donnie, Ben, Kevin,
Ryan, Chris, Aaron, Turtle and Steven "Possum"; four sisters Brenda Miller, Robin Cannady, Cheryl Hudson
and Judy Schurdell; two brothers Jeff and Dean Simmons; his handy man and father-in-law KA Wilson;
numerous grandchildren and a host of other loving family and friends. A memorial services will be held at
2:00 PM on Sunday, June 12, 2016 at the Mullens Football Field, Mullens, WV with Pastor Mike Endreson,
Dr. Kevin Siers and others officiating. In keeping with his wishes he will be cremated.      E-mail letters of
sympathy may be sent at www.staffordfamilyfuneralhome.com. The family is being served by the Stafford
Family Funeral Home, Lynco, WV.
Rachel Mae Colbird McNeely, 56, of Bolt, WV passed away on Wednesday, June 15, 2016 at her home. She
was born on May 10, 1960 in Mullens, WV a daughter of the late Robert Eugene and Geneva Catherine Lusk
Colbird. In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by her sister Debbie Lambert. Survivors include a
daughter Cherish Stover of Bolt; three sons Joshua (Pamela) Stover of Bud, Shannon Stover of Princeton
and Branden Stover of Bolt; two sisters Anita Garner of Beckley and Sherri (Earl) Cook of Skin Fork; a
brother Melvin (Sue) Colbird of Herndon; eight grandchildren Kelsey Breelyn Stover, Layla Jane Stover,
Dakota Shane Stover, Gavin Blake Stover, Mia Ann Stover, Branden Keith Stover, Jr., Bella Nicole Stover and
Maximus Lucas Stover; a great grandchild Neveah May Stover; and a host of other loving family and
friends. In keeping with her wishes she will be cremated. E-mail letters of sympathy may be sent at
www.staffordfamilyfuneralhome.com. The family is being served by the Stafford Family Funeral Home,
Lynco, WV.
Johnny Blankenship, 65, of Glen Rogers, WV went to be with the Lord on Friday, June 17, 2016 at Raleigh
General Hospital, Beckley, WV. He was born on January 7, 1951 in Mullens, WV a son of the late John and
Inez Elswick Blankenship. Johnny was a member of the UMWA and the Rhema Ministries. In addition to his
parents he is preceded  in by three brothers Gerald, Jim and Lee Blankenship; and three sisters Pearl
Lafferty, Marie Sinecoff and Ruby Cole. Survivors include his loving wife of 38 years Kathy Jane Brooks
Blankenship; a son David Arthur Blankenship and girlfriend Morgan Tilley of Ravencliff; five sisters Maxine
(Jim) Lafferty of Glen Rogers, Marlene (Stanley) Tabor of Glen Rogers, Darlene (Willis) Lafferty of Glen
Rogers, Phyllis Lafferty of Lester and Pat (Roy) Armstrong of Glen Rogers and; a brother Henry (Barbara)
Blankenship of Glen Rogers; two grandchildren Karressa Blankenship and Nathaniel Blankenship; and a host
of other loving family and friends. Funeral services will be held at 2PM on Monday, June 20, 2016 at the
Pine Grove Missionary Baptist Church, Ravencliff, WV with Rev. Johnathan Cresong officiating. He will be
laid to rest in Pine Grove Cemetery, Ravencliff, WV. Friends may gather with the family from noon until time
of service on Monday, June 20, 2016 at the church. Pallbearers will be family and friends.  E-mail letters of
sympathy may be sent at www.staffordfamilyfuneralhome.com. The family is being served by the Stafford
Family Funeral Home, Lynco, WV.
Juanita Vernatter, 71, of Bull Creek, WV went to be with Jesus and the Angels on Friday, June 17, 2016 after
a long illness. She was the daughter of the late Author and Ruby Cline Vernatter. She was born November 6,
1944 and made her home on Bull Creek her whole life. She was also preceded in death by a brother Howard
Vernatter and his wife Faye and their son Timothy and a sister Freda Vernatter that she loved dearly. Left to
cherish her memory is two daughters Elaine Robinette and fiance` Jerry Daughtery of Iaeger and Regina
Bowles and husband Lee of Bassett, VA; a son Bradley Vernatter of Bull Creek; a grandson Casey Vernatter of
Bull Creek that she loved like her own son and two granddaughters Savannah Brooke Robinette of Iaeger and
Rachel Bowles of Bassette, VA; a sister Cora Justus and husband Sherman of Bassette, VA; a brother Bobby
Vernatter and wife Betty of Bull Creek; three special nieces that were like daughters Hope Dotson and
husband Ricky, Dawn Vernatter and companion Randall Robinette and Connie Blankenship and companion
Harold Robinette; loving nieces Julia Lockhart, Tammy Bailey, Diane Cline and  Tammy McCoy; loving
nephews Keith Mitchell,  Billy Vernatter, Steven Coleman, Teddy Justus and Jeff Justus; special great nieces
Makiesha Dotson and Charity Blankenship; special great nephews Austin Dotson and Michael Vernatter;
along with several other great nieces and nephews and so many friends that loved her. Funeral service will
be held at 1:00 pm on Wednesday June 22, 2016 at the Panther Missionary Baptist Church with Pastor
Lawyer Jr. Bailey and Pastor Willie Coleman officiating. Friends may call after 6:00 on Tuesday at the church.
Burial will follow in the Vernatter Cemetery, Bull Creek, WV. Pallbearers will be family and friends. E-mail
letters of sympathy may be sent at www.staffordfamilyfuneralhome.com. The family is being served by the
Stafford Family Funeral Home, Lynco, WV.
Roger Lee "Blackie" Simpson, 61, of Surveyor, formerly of Gilbert, WV passed away on Saturday, June 18,
2016 at Raleigh General Hospital, Beckley, WV. He was born on April 8, 1955 in Iaeger, WV a son of the late
Ralph and Adell Browning Simpson of Gilbert. In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by his wife
Wanda Fortner Simpson of Surveyor. Roger's favorite hobbies were hunting, fishing, gardening, going to
church and spending time with his daughter McKenzie. Those left to cherish his memory a daughter
McKenzie Simpson of Surveyor; siblings Carnetta Sue (Clyde) Keyser of Gilbert, Dean (Charlotte) Simpson of
Gilbert, Tammy (Dana) Browning of Hanover, James Simpson of Gilbert and Mary Alice (Jeff) Testerman of
Gilbert; many nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of other loving family and friends. A memorial service will
be held at 1PM on Saturday, June 25, 2016 at  the Promise Land Church, Oceana, WV with Pastor David
Johnson officiating. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Stafford Family Funeral Home.  E-mail
letters of sympathy may be sent at www.staffordfamilyfuneralhome.com. The family is being served by the
Stafford Family Funeral Home, Lynco, WV.
Bobby Ray Belcher, 74, of Oceana, WV went to be with his Heavenly Father on Father's Day, June 19, 2016
at Bowers Hospice House. Born on March 9, 1942 in Elk Lick, WV a son of the late Bernard and Merlie
Moore Belcher. Bobby was a member of Oceana Freewill Baptist Church where he sang in the choir and was
a Baileysville High School graduate. He was a retired manager of Lynco Company Store where he met his
wife of 40 years.  Bobby enjoyed spending time with his family and his pride and joy, his great
grandchildren. He also loved his little buddy, his cat Lucky. In addition to his parents he is preceded in
death by his sons Kevin Belcher and Terry Combs; granddaughter Amy Combs; and brothers Jackie, Gene
and Alfred Belcher. Those left to cherish his memory are his wife Virgie Day Belcher; daughter Cathy
(Timmy) Harless of Cyclone; grandchildren Tara (Dale) Boothe of McGraws, Jared (Sara) Harless of
Oceana, and Matthew Combs of Oceana, great grandchildren Brooklynn and Jacob Toler, Chloe and Jenna
Harless, and Tyler Cameron; sister Betty Ann Cline of Lynco; and a host of other loving family and friends.
Funeral services will be held at 1PM on Thursday, June 23, 2016 at the Oceana Freewill Baptist Church with
Pastor Jackie Grimmett and Rev. Michael Dent officiating. Burial in Palm Memorial Gardens, Matheny.
Friends may call from 11-1:00 on Thursday at the church. Pallbearers will be family and friends. The family
is being served by the Stafford Family Funeral Home, Lynco, WV.
Jacob Dwayne Sims, 2, of Cyclone passed away on Wednesday, June 22, 2016 at Logan Regional Medical
Center, Logan, WV. He was born on October 25, 2013 in Logan, WV, a son of Joshua Dwayne and Priscilla
Dawn Davis Sims of Cyclone. He is preceded in death by a grandfather James Dameron; great grandfathers
Robert Sims and Jack Vance. In addition to his parents survivors include  two sisters Madison and McKayla
Sims; a brother Hunter Sims; grandmothers Essie Davis of Campus and Joyce Lusk of Pineville; grandfathers
Donald (Diana) Davis of Davin and Richard Lusk of Oceana; great grandmothers Martha (Benny) Osborne of
Davin, Shirley Hunt of Oceana and Elenora Hammonds of Davin; uncles DJ (Lana) Davis of Campus and
Richard Lusk, Jr. of Morgantown; aunt Breana Lusk of Campus and a host of other aunts, uncles and many
cousins, family and friends. Funeral services will be held at 2:00PM on Monday, June 27, 2016 at the
Campus Church of God, Campus, WV with Pastor Michael Dent officiating. He will be laid to rest in the
County Line Cemetery, Cyclone, WV. Friends may gather with the family from noon until time of services on
Monday, June 27, 2016 at the church. E-mail letters of sympathy may be sent at
www.staffordfamilyfuneralhome.com. The family is being served by the Stafford Family Funeral Home,
Lynco, WV.
Harold  Hawks, 82, of Brenton, WV passed away on Thursday, June 30, 2016 at Bowers Hospice House,
Beckley, WV. He was born on June 23, 1934 in Brenton, WV a son of the late Curtis Henry and Bertie Vay
"Babe" Dameron Hawks. Harold was a member of the UMWA and the Brenton Baptist Church. In addition
to his parents he is preceded in death by a granddaughter Kayla Nicole Hawks and a sister Hazel Hawks.  
Survivors include his wife of 50 years Nancy Justus Hawks; four sons Harold Dean Hawks, Michael Keith
Hawks, Kevin Ray Hawks and Christopher Dean Hawks all of Brenton; three grandchildren Jarrett Hawks,
Patricia Marie Hawks and Elaina Wolfe; a sister Phyllis (Neil) Blankenship of Pineville;  and a host of other
loving family and friends. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 PM on Sunday, July 3, 2016 in the Chapel of
Stafford Family Funeral Home, Lynco, WV. He will be laid to rest in Miller Cemetery, Shannon Mill Creek.
Friends may gather with the family from 11:00 AM until time of services on Sunday, July 3, 2016 at the
funeral home. E-mail letters of sympathy may be sent at www.staffordfamilyfuneralhome.com. The family
is being served by the Stafford Family Funeral Home, L
ynco, WV.
Margaret Virginia Sizemore Mitchem, 93, of Clear Fork, WV passed away on Sunday, July 3, 2016 at her
home. She was born on March 6, 1923 in Pineville, WV a daughter  of the late Phillip Edward and Rosetta
"Etta" Sarver Sizemore.  In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by her loving husband Luther
Mitchem;  two sons Ray Sizemore and John Mitchem;  and two step sons Riley and Paul Mitchem. Survivors
include four daughters Sue (Steve) Clay, Nancy (Lee) Lester, Genalea Raye, and Edith (Ernest) Gilley; three
sons Randy (Joni) Mitchem, Wayne Mitchem, and Luther (Meredith) Mitchem, Jr.; two daughter-in-laws
Libby Mitchem and Iris Sizemore; several grandchildren, great grandchildren and one great great
grandchildren; and a host of other loving family and friends. Graveside services will be held at 1:00 PM on
Wednesday, July 6, 2016 at the Hickory Ridge Cemetery, Bud Mountain, WV with Rev. Tommy Knotts
officiating. Pallbearers will be family and friends.    E-mail letters of sympathy may be sent at
www.staffordfamilyfuneralhome.com. The family is being served by the Stafford Family Funeral Home,
L
ynco, WV.
Ethel "Irene" Parsley Duncan, 87, of Kopperston, WV passed away on Sunday, July 3, 2016 at Bowers
Hospice House, Beckley, WV. She was born on July 4, 1928 in Pilgrim, KY a daughter of the late George and
Fannie Moore Parsley. In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by her husband Mason Glen
Duncan; great grandson Tony Aliff;  brothers and sisters Grethel Brown, Betty Jo Daugherty, Avonelle
Snively and Leonard Parsley.  Survivors include her three daughters Velna (Ray “Buck”) Goodwin, Jr. of
Williamsburg, VA, Wanda (Farley “Delmie”) Toler and JoAnn (Oza) Mullens, Jr. all of Kopperston; a son
Gerald (Carol) Duncan of Kopperston; four sisters Ruby (Verla) Eary, Annabelle (Kenneth) Sloop, Tennessee
Duncan and Billie Jean Armstrong; a brother James Chester "Raymond" (Rosa) Parsley;  twelve
grandchildren and twenty-seven great grandchildren; seventeen great great grandchildren; and a host of
other loving family and friends. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 PM on Friday, July 8, 2016 in the Chapel
of Stafford Family Funeral Home, Lynco, WV with Rev. Ron Harvey officiating. She will be laid to rest in
Palm Memorial Gardens, Matheny, WV. Friends may gather with the family from noon until time of service
on Friday, July 8, 2016 at the funeral home.  Pallbearers will be Jonathan Cresong, Buster Brown, Freddie
Parkins, William Toler, Mike Hinkle and Dale Thomas. E-mail letters of sympathy may be sent at www.
staffordfamilyfuneralhome.com. The family is being served by the Stafford Family Funeral Home, Lynco, WV.
Cynthia Denise Harman Hill, 47, of Knoxville, TN, formerly of Kopperston, WV passed away on Monday, July
4, 2016 at Parkwest Medical Center, Knoxville, TN. She was born on June 7, 1969 in Radford, VA a daughter
of Bobby Edward Harman and wife Freda of Clear Fork and Darinkia Joyce Adkins McDonald and husband
Michael of Leesburg, FL. Cynthia was a United States Army Veteran and a 1987 graduate of Oceana High
School. She is preceded in death by a son-in-law Michael Thorston. Survivors include her daughter Charlene
Thorston of Greer, SC; a son William "Billy" Breite of Greer, SC; grandmother Mary Lou Harman of Squire;
three sisters Dyann Hart of Leesburg, FL, Beth Harman Ford of Beckley and April (Eric) Clay of Beckley; a
grandson Paul Thorston; her life partner Brant Hill of Knoxville, TN; eight nieces and nephews; one great
niece; and a host of other loving family and friends. Funeral services will be held at 7:00 PM on Friday, July
8, 2016 in the Chapel of Stafford Family Funeral Home, Lynco, WV with Pastor Algie Cook officiating. In
keeping with her wishes she will be cremated following the service. Friends may gather with the family from
6-9:00 PM on Friday, July 8, 2016 at the funeral home.  The family is being served by the Stafford Family
Funeral Home, Lynco, WV.
Nancy Jane Allen, 64, of Ravencliff, WV passed away on Thursday, July 7, 2016 at Princeton Community
Hospital, Princeton, WV. She was born on May 29, 1952 in Mullens, WV a daughter of Mandy Jane Tilley
Allen of Ravencliff and  the late Claude Preston Allen. In addition to her father she is preceded in death by a
brother Jackie Allen; sister Betty Bowman and her grandparents. In addition to her mother she is survived
by a daughter Selena Jane Cozort of Sabine; a son Justin (Stacy) Cozort of Sabine; granddaughter Aria Cozort
of Sabine; her companion of 21 years Gordon Hickman; two sisters Doris Allen and Donna Allen all of
Ravencliff;  four brothers Dennis (Susan) Allen of McGraws, Darrell “Jake” (Tammy) Allen of Glen Fork,
Claude Allen, Jr. and Randell Allen both of Ravencliff; five nephews Eric Taylor, Adam Taylor, Jerrod Taylor,
Matthew Allen and Josh Allen; two nieces Rachel Allen and Ashley Allen; and a host of other loving family
and friends. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 PM on Wednesday, July 13, 2016 in the Chapel of Stafford
Family Funeral Home, Lynco, WV. She will be laid to rest in Pretty Ridge Cemetery, Saulsville, WV. Friends
may gather with the family from 11:00 AM until time of service on Wednesday, July 13, 2016 at the funeral
home. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the funeral home. E-mail letters of sympathy may be sent
at www.staffordfamilyfuneralhome.com. The family is being served by the Stafford Family Funeral Home,
Lynco, WV.
Billy Joe Tilley, 61, of Ravencliff, WV passed away on Wednesday, July 6, 2016 at Summers County ARH,
Hinton, WV. He was born on November 28, 1954 in Pineville, WV a son of Lola Day Tilley of Glen Fork and
the late Harvey Waymen Tilley. Billy was a loving husband, son, Dad, grandfather, brother and friend to
many. He loved to hunt, fish and spend time at his camper. He also loved spending time with all of his family
and playing cards with his buddies, but most of all his greatest joy was making a life time of memories with
his grandkids. In addition to his father he is preceded in death by a brother Lawerence Tilley; and two
brother-in-laws Robert "Patch Eye" Bailey and Ricky Frazier. Survivors include his loving wife of 37 years
Elaine Sizemore Tilley; two children Dana (John) Day and Jerry (Rose) Tilley all of Ravencliff; five
grandchildren Cassandra (Cody) Thompson of Ravencliff, Chandale Osborne of Ritchie County, Layla Tilley
of Ravencliff, Dalton Tilley of Keyrock and Branson Tilley of Ravencliff; two great grandchildren McKenzie
and Makaleigh Thompson; four extended grandchildren Jeffrey Allen, Brittany Meadows, Allie Meadows
and Wyatt Harvey; six sisters Charlotte Bailey of Glen Fork, Rosemary Frazier of Sabine, Sharon Church of
Jesse, Bobbi Gale (Andy) Jones of Glen Fork, Nancy (Bobby) Newsome of Maben and Lisa (Tim) Trump of
Elkview; four brothers Charles (Trena) Tilley of Glen Fork, David (Teresa) Tilley of Warsaw, IL, Carlos (Susie)
Tilley of Randleman, NC, and  Randy Tilley of Naughtuck; sister-in-law Gail Tilley of Ravencliff; and a host of
nieces, nephews, family and friends. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM on Tuesday, July 12, 2016 at
the Christian Fellowship Worship Center, Pineville, WV with Pastor Bill Goode officiating. In keeping with
his wishes he will be cremated following the service. Friends may gather with the family from noon until
time of service on Tuesday, July 12, 2016 at the church. E-mail letters of sympathy may be sent at
www.staffordfamilyfuneralhome.com. The family is being served by the Stafford Family Funeral Home,
Lynco, WV.
Jim Remely Brown, III, 26, of Glen Fork, WV passed away on Saturday, July 9, 2016 at Bowers Hospice
House, Beckley, WV.  He was born on May 26, 1990 in Welch, WV a son of the late Jim Remely Brown, Jr.
and Rachel Michelle Graham. In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by his grandmother Lorraine
Brown. Survivors include his son Joshua Brown of Mullens; two sisters Lori Michelle Brown of Glen Fork and
Hope Leann Brown of Glen Fork; two brothers Ronnie Jacob Brown and Ethan Joseph Brown both of Ohio;
grandfather Jim Remely "Jamie" Brown, Sr. of Glen Fork; three aunts Carlene Backus, Tina Lynn (Jimmy)
Clark all of Glen Fork and Ida Joyce (Charlie) Bailey of Glen Daniels; four uncles Terry James (Carmela)
Brown and Jerry Lee Brown all of Glen Fork, and Mark Anthony (Amanda) Brown of MI and Jody (Beth)
Brown of Kopperston; and a host of other loving family and friends. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM
on Thursday, July 14, 2016 in the Chapel of Stafford Family Funeral Home, Lynco, WV. He will be laid to rest
in Adkins Cemetery, Glen Fork, WV. Friends may gather with the family from noon until time of service on
Thursday, July 14, 2016 at the funeral home. Thank you to James, Shawn and  Autumn for always being
there with him and a special thank you to Jerry Brown for the love he showed him. E-mail letters of
sympathy may be sent at www.staffordfamilyfuneralhome.com. The family is being served by the Stafford
Family Funeral Home, Lynco, WV.
Adeline Bailey, 55, of New Richmond, WV passed away on Sunday, July 10, 2016 at her home. She was born
on February 12, 1961 in Detroit, MI a daughter of  Evelena Lawrence Hughes of Simon and the late Buel
Cline. Adeline attended the Jesus Name Church. In addition to her father she is preceded in death by her
step-father Woodrow Walker; three sisters her twin Cathleen Nichols, Tamie Ramsey Kenneda and Evonda
Kenneda; a brother Adam Cline; a grandson Bailey Braiden Toler; grandmother Kizzie Creola Sandau;
grandparents Verner and Dicilean "Dicie" Cline; and several aunts and uncles. In addition to her mother
survivors include her loving husband of 18 years Ralph William Bailey, Sr.; three daughters Hazel Rebecca
(William Brewster) Toler, Ashley Kennedy (Ricky) Cook  and Kendra Lawrence all of New Richmond; three
step sons Ralph (Jeri) Bailey, Jr. and  Dickie Lee Bailey all of Simon and Oakley James Bailey of New
Richmond; a brother Verlin T. Cline of New Richmond; four grandchildren Ashton Toler, Shana Godsey,
Aiden Toler and Carleen Godsey; and a host of other loving family and friends.  Funeral services will be held
at 1:00 PM on Friday, July 15, 2016 at the Long Branch Freewill Baptist Church, Long Branch, WV. She will
be laid to rest in Morgan Sandau Cemetery, Long Branch Mountain. Friends may gather with the family
after 6:00 PM on Wednesday, July 13th and Thursday, July 14th at the church. Pallbearers will be family
and friends. E-mail letters of sympathy may be sent at www.staffordfamilyfuneralhome.com. The family is
being served by the Stafford Family Funeral Home, Lynco, WV.
George Edward Hughes, 83, of Simon, WV passed away on Wednesday, July 20, 2016 at
Beckley Veterans Administration Medical Center.  He was born on August 28, 1932 in Akron,
OH a son of the late Charles Washington and Margaret McMullen Hughes, Sr. He worked many
years as a tow truck driver. In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by a sister Mary
Lee Mathers, a brother Charles W. Hughes, Jr., an aunt Ruth Lee Williams and a sister-in-law
Karen Hughes. He was an US Army National Guard Veteran and a member of the Baileysville
Baptist Church and the VFW. Survivors include two brothers Raymond H. Hughes of Clear Fork
and Ralph E. Hughes and wife Evelena of Simon; a longtime friend Conrad Dixon of Inkster,
Michigan and several nieces, nephews and other loving family and friends. Funeral services
will be held at 7:00 PM on Friday, July 22, 2016 in the Chapel of Stafford Family Funeral
Home, Lynco, WV. He will be laid to rest in Donel C. Kinnard Memorial State Veterans
Cemetery, Dunbar, WV. Friends may gather with the family from 6:00 until time of service on
Friday and after the service until 9:00 PM at the funeral home. E-mail letters of sympathy may
be sent at www.staffordfamilyfuneralhome.com. The family is being served by the Stafford
Family Funeral Home, Lynco, WV.
On Thursday July 21st Wilma Gay Brooks, 68 of Fanrock passed away peacefully with her family by her side
after a courageous battle with liver disease. She was born in Mullens on October 30th, 1947. She was the
daughter of James Perry Brooks and Lila Mae Kennedy who both preceded her in death. She was a retired
school bus driver for Wyoming County Schools after 32 years of faithful service earning perfect or faithful
attendance every year. She loved animals and enjoyed watching her grandson participate in high school
basketball and could often be found bragging on his and her children's accomplishments. She also enjoyed
taking care of her home, both inside and out and loved decorating her home with candles and angels. A
loving mother and grandmother, she is survived by her son Darrell Hatfield and his wife Lori of Orange,
Virginia, her daughter Vanessa Adkins of Fanrock along with her grandson Christopher Adkins also of
Fanrock. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews and a very special sister-in-law Adelene Adams.
Graveside services will be held at 2:00 PM on Monday, July 25, 2016 at Palm Memorial Gardens, Matheny,
WV. Friends may gather with the family from 6-9:00 PM on Sunday, July 24, 2016 in the Chapel of Stafford
Family Funeral Home, Lynco, WV. E-mail letters of sympathy may be sent at
www.staffordfamilyfuneralhome.com. The family is being served by the Stafford Family Funeral Home,
Lynco, WV.
George W. Collins, 71, of Mallory, WV passed away on Friday, July 22, 2016 at Trinity Health Care, Logan,
WV.  He was born on October 29, 1944 in Braholm, WV a son of the late William and Cleo Roseberry Collins.
George was a member of the PJ Tomblin Outreach. In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by a
daughter Shawn Matthews; sisters Reba Banks, Joann McCoy, Nadine Hayes and Betty Robertson; two
granddaughters Seirra and Taylor Saucier; and a brother Robert Roseberry. Survivors include his loving wife
of 45 years Linda Johnson Collins; a daughter Roberta (Jeffery) Saucier of Hampton, VA; a son George M.
Collins, Jr. of Kistler; two sisters Von Doty of Kistler and Naomia Perry of NC; a brother John L. Collins of
Mallory; an ex daughter-in-law Tonia Johnson; four grandchildren Kristen Johnson, Jeremy Johnson,
Rihanna Johnson and a very special loving granddaughter Kayla Matthews; two great grandchildren Mia
Johnson and Tyler Goad; and a host of other loving family and friends. Funeral services will be held at 7:00
PM on Monday, July 25, 2016 at the Kistler Freewill Baptist Church, Kistler, WV with Rev. P.J. Tomblin
officiating. In keeping with his wishes he will be cremated following the services. Friends may gather with
the family from 5:00 PM on Monday, July 25, 2016 until time of service at the church.  E-mail letters of
sympathy may be sent at www.staffordfamilyfuneralhome.com. The family is being served by the Stafford
Family Funeral Home, Lynco, WV.
Patty S. White, 95, of Indian Creek, WV passed away on Wednesday, July 27, 2016 at Welch Community
Hospital, Welch, WV.  She was born on May 1, 1921 in McDowell County, WV a daughter of the late Josh and
Lilly Margaret Mitchell Arnold. In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by her husband Josh
White; a son Harold Eugene White; a step daughter Aileen; two step sons Clyde and Leon Arnold; five
sisters Ethel, Carma, Clara, Martha and Rosie; and three brothers Ellis, Henry and George Arnold. Survivors
include two sisters Climmie A. Vance and Lettie Arnold both of Indian Creek; several nieces, nephews and a
host of other loving family and friends. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 PM on Saturday, July 30, 2016
in the Chapel of Stafford Family Funeral Home, Lynco, WV with Rev. Tommy Knotts officiating. She will be
laid to rest in Kisser Cemetery, Buchanan County, VA. Friends may gather with the family from noon until
time of service on Saturday, July 30, 2016 at the funeral home. A special thank you to Amedisys Home
Health, Bobby and Pansy Keene, Billy Rose and all of the doctors and nurses at CAMC and Welch
Community Hospital. E-mail letters of sympathy may be sent at www.staffordfamilyfuneralhome.com. The
family is being served by the Stafford Family Funeral Home, Lynco, WV.
Michael L. Parsons, 37, of Cyclone, WV was taken tragically from this earth to soon at his home on
Thursday, July 28, 2016.  He was born on June 14, 1979 in Beckley, WV a son of Janet Riffe Parsons and  
William "PeeWee" and Debbie Parsons all of Oceana. Mike loved coaching baseball and fishing. He served
on the Oceana Little League B.O.D, previously served as  a volunteer firefighter for Oceana and Cyclone, EMT
and truck driver during his short life here on Earth. His heart was always full of love for everyone. He is
preceded in death by his stepfather Charles Maynard; maternal grandparents Bishop J.L. and Addie Paynter
Riffe and paternal grandparents Virgil and Rita Parsons. In addition to his parents those left to cherish his
memories are a son Michael "Blake" Parsons; a brother Shawn  and Becky Parsons of Saulsville; a sister
Carla and Ryan King of Oceana; Blakes's adoptive parents Jenings and Dianna Talbert of Oceana; a niece
Haeleigh Parsons; three nephews Nathan Parsons, Malachi and Mycha King; and a host of other loving
family and friends. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM on Thursday, August 4, 2016 at the Joseph
Baptist Church, Lynco, WV with Pastor William Cook officiating. He will be laid to rest in Cook Cemetery,
Lynco, WV. Friends may gather with the family from 6-9:00 PM on Wednesday, August 3, 2016 at the
church. E-mail letters of sympathy may be sent at www.staffordfamilyfuneralhome.com. The family is being
served by the Stafford Family Funeral Home, Lynco, WV.
Tina Renee Blankenship Cook, 49, of Jefferson, LA formerly of Oceana passed away on Saturday, July, 30,
2016 in Eastern Jefferson General Hospital, Jefferson, LA. She was born on May 31, 1967 in Welch, WV a
daughter of the late Roger Blankenship and the late Betty Jean Massey Lester. In addition to her parents
she is preceded in death by her grandfather Tom Massey. Survivors include her husband Brian Carpenter of
Jefferson, LA; a daughter Brittany Michelle Cook and fiance' Marcus Fortner of Brenton; two sons S
teven Ray
Blankenship and fiance' Marsha Arrington of Baileysville and Greggory Scott Church of Oceana; a brother
Roger (Angie) Blankenship of Charleston; stepfather Milford Clinton Lester of Baileysville; three
grandchildren Kyra Blankenship, Peyton Blankenship and Taylynn Fortner; and a host of other loving family
and friends. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 PM on Friday, August 5, 2016 in the Chapel of Stafford
Family Funeral Home, Lynco, WV with Rev. Algie Cook officiating. She will be laid to rest in Lester
Cemetery, Brier Creek, WV.  Friends may gather with the family from 11:00 AM until time of service on
Friday, August 5, 2016 at the funeral home. E-mail letters of sympathy may be sent at
www.staffordfamilyfuneralhome.com. The family is being served by the Stafford Family Funeral Home,
Lynco, WV.
Ruth Madalene Helmandollar Asbury, 86, of Welch, WV passed away on Wednesday, August 3, 2016 at
McDowell Nursing and Rehab, Gary, WV. She was born on November 30, 1929 in Panther, WV a daughter of
the late Perry and Effie Mae Whittaker Helmandollar.  Ruth was of the Baptist Faith. In addition to her
parents she is preceded in death  by her husband Robert Randolph Asbury; a brother and three sisters. She
was the last surviving member of her family. Survivors include a son Richard Asbury of Isaban; two
grandchildren Robert Asbury of Isaban and Jamie (Adam) Daugherty of North Spring; a sister-in-law
Philistine Helmandollar of Princeton; two great grandchildren Jacob Daugherty and Noah Chaney; and a
host of other loving family and friends. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM on Monday, August 8, 2016
at the Isaban Baptist Church, Isaban, WV with Rev. Gary Justice officiating. She will be laid to rest in Four
Pole Cemetery, Mohawk, WV. Friends may gather with the family from noon until time of service on
Monday, August 8, 2016 at the church. E-mail letters of sympathy may be sent at
www.staffordfamilyfuneralhome.com. The family is being served by the Stafford Family Funeral Home,
Lynco, WV.
Kathleen Cole Morgan, 80, of Sunhill, WV passed away on Tuesday, August 2, 2016 surrounded by her loving
family with her husband holding her hand at Bowers Hospice House, Beckley, WV. She was born on April 17,
1936 in Sunhill, WV a daughter  of the late Roy and Sadie Cline Cole. Kathleen was of the Methodist Faith
and was the last surviving member of her immediate family. She was a Christian all of her life and made God
the center of it, and an excellent guide in answering questions about the scriptures. . Her most prized
possessions in life were her husband, children and her bible. Younger she always dreamed of having a job
but gladly gave that up to take care of her children and this gave her the most satisfaction and gratification
that she could have received. Kathleen was an accomplished seamstress beginning in her young days
making her daughter dresses out of flour sacks and became good enough to make clothes for her teenage
daughters, herself and many others. She was also an accomplished baker who made the best chocolate pies
and peanut butter fudge around along with other pastries.  In addition to her parents she is preceded in
death by a sister Carolyn Brown; and a daughter Sandra Morgan; a son Clifton Morgan; and grandson Jason
Lusk. Survivors include her loving husband of 63 years Chester Morgan; a daughter Anita Yvonne Morgan of
Oceana; a son Timothy Chester Morgan of Beckley; three grandchildren Cindy (JR) Cook, Amy Lusk and
Bobby Lusk; five great grandchildren Taylor Williams, Justin Prichard, Katie Cook, Jamie Cook and Madison
Blankenship; a nephew Marty Brown;   and a host of other loving family and friends. Funeral services will be
held at 2:00 PM on Sunday, August 7, 2016 in the Chapel of Stafford Family Funeral Home, Lynco, WV with
Rev. Erwin Gregory officiating. She will be laid to rest in Morgan Family Cemetery, Sunhill, WV. Friends may
gather with the family from noon until time of services on Sunday, August 7, 2016 at the funeral home.  
Pallbearers will be Tim Morgan, Bobby Lusk, Justin Prichard, Mitchell Blackburn, Lucas Minor and Cameron
Prichard. Special Thanks to home health care nurses, Bowers Hospice nurses Sarah and Teresa and a very
special thank you to Rondell and Jeanetta Belcher for their wonderful meals they prepared. The family is
being served by the Stafford Family Funeral Home, Lynco, WV.
George David Carper, 52, of Glen White, WV passed away on Wednesday, August 3, 2016 at Bowers Hospice
House, Beckley, WV. He was born on September 23, 1963 in Simon, WV a son of the late Johnny Lee and
Saundra Lea Harper Carper. George enjoyed fishing, hunting, riding his motorcycle and most of all spending
time with his family. In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by  two sisters Arelitta Myers and
Charlene Carper; and two brothers Johnny Ray Carper and Roger Dale Carper. Survivors include his loving
wife of 32 years Connie Jean Gibson Carper; a daughter Angel Beth Carper of Glen White; two sisters
Jeanetta Hayes and companion Teddy of Lincolnton, NC and Marlene (Robert) Dyer of Denver, NC; three
brothers Eric Carper of Parkersburg, Ricky Carper of Glen White and Rocky (Debbie) Carper of Martinsburg;
and a host of other loving family and friends. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 PM on Tuesday, August 9,
2016 in the Chapel of Stafford Family Funeral Home, Lynco, WV with Bro. Lewis Arnold officiating. He will
be laid to rest in Cook Cemetery, Lynco, WV. Friends may gather with the family from noon until time of
service on Tuesday, August 9, 2016 at the funeral home. E-mail letters of sympathy may be sent at
www.staffordfamilyfuneralhome.com. The family is being served by the Stafford Family Funeral Home,
Lynco, WV.
Belvia Lovins Meade, 61, of Oceana, WV passed away on Wednesday, August 3, 2016 at her home. She was
born September 7, 1954 a daughter of Ruth Prichard Lovins of Pineville and the late Willard Lovins. Belvia
was a 1972 graduate of OHS. In addition to her father she is preceded in death by a son John D. Meade; two
brothers David and Roy Lovins; and  a sister Betty Keene. In addition to her mother she is survived  by  her
husband Jerry Meade; three children Moses (Schurla) Meade, Melissa Meade and fiance' Greg Dean and
Jerry L. Meade; grandchildren Kristen (Adam) Burks, Jacob (Wendy) Meade, Genevieve Meade, Sadie Grace
Dean, Bethany and Breanna Evans, and Brandon Adkins; great grandchildren Tegan and Anabel Burks,
Braelyn Garcia and Xander Ward; siblings Gay Osborne, Thelma (Roger) Frazier, Nadine Laxton, Carolyn
Shumate, Sheryl Fritz, Brad (Belinda) Lovins, Jimmy (Linda) Lovins, and Willard Andrew Lovins; and a host
of other loving family and friends. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 PM on Wednesday, August 10, 2016
in the Chapel of Stafford Family Funeral Home, Lynco, WV with Rev. William Wagner officiating. She will be
laid to rest in Palm Memorial Gardens, Matheny, WV. Friends may gather with the family from 11:00 AM
until time of service on Wednesday at the funeral home. Pallbearers will be Moses Meade, Jacob Meade,
Jerry Lee Meade, Adam Burks, Roger Frazier, and Willard Andrew Lovins. The family is being served by the
Stafford Family Funeral Home, Lynco, WV.
Alfred Blankenship, 86, of Fanrock, WV passed away on Friday, August 5, 2016 at Golden Harvest Nursing
Home, Welch, WV. He was born on June 18, 1930 in Christian. WV a son of the late Ezra and Maudie Bowens
Blankenship. In keeping with his wishes he will be cremated and there will be no service. E-mail letters of
sympathy may be sent at www.staffordfamilyfuneralhome.com. The family is being served by the Stafford
Family Funeral Home, Lynco, WV.
Cecil Stafford,53, of Enterprise, WV, formerly of Fanrock, WV passed away on Saturday, August 6, 2016 at
United Hospital Center, Bridgeport, WV. He was born on March 25, 1963 in Cleveland, OH a son of the late
Harry L. and Adeline "Trudy" Spoltore Stafford. Cecil was a 1981 graduate of Baileysville High School. In
addition to his parents he is preceded in death by two sisters Sheila Ann Stafford and Tammy Margaret
Stafford. Survivors include a daughter Taylor Beal of Enterprise; a son Tyler Beal of Enterprise; two brothers
Harry L. Stafford and wife Cindy of South Clermont, FL and David "Wormy" Stafford and wife Lynn of
Pineville;  his best friend Sidney Clifton of St. Petersburg, FL; several nieces and nephews; and a host of
other loving family and friends. Funeral services will be held at 7:00 PM on Wednesday, August 10, 2016 in
the Chapel of Stafford Family Funeral Home, Lynco, WV. He will be laid to rest in Morgan Cemetery, Indian
Creek, WV. Friends may gather with the family from 6-9:00 PM on Wednesday, August 10, 2016 at the
funeral home. E-mail letters of sympathy may be sent at www.staffordfamilyfuneralhome.com. The family
is being served by the Stafford Family Funeral Home, Lynco, WV.
Marcella Stewart Clay, 80, of Pineville, WV passed away on Tuesday, August 9, 2016 at Beckley Appalachian
Regional Hospital. She was born February 24, 1936 in Glen Fork, WV a daughter of the late Nelson and Ruby
Garnett Stewart Whitt. Marcella is a member of the Pineville Church of God. She loved her family and God
very much. In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by a son Robby Keith Clay; stepfather Loyd
Whitt; grandson Luke Christopher Clay; and a great grandson Zachary Aiden Clay. Survivors include her
loving husband of 60 years Jerome Clay, Jr.; a daughter Sheila (Lee) Harrison of Pineville; three sons Steve
Clay of Ambrose, GA, Randy (JoAnn) Clay of Broxton, GA and Chris (Melissa) Clay of Beckley; a
daughter-in-law Carla Clay of Fanrock; a brother Rex (Cassie) Stewart of Pineville; two sister-in-laws Doris
(Paul) Pishner of Stanaford and Betty Guilliams of NC; eight grandchildren Rickey (Jessica) Clay, Christy
(Mike) Laxton, Robert (Misty) Clay, Nikki (Norman) Loving, Cody Clay, Kaitlyn Clay, Trinity Clay and Brielle
Clay; sixteen great grandchildren; and a host of other loving family and friends. Funeral services will be held
at noon on Monday, August 15, 2016 at the Pineville Church of God, Pineville, WV with Pastor Norman Gray
officiating. She will be laid to rest in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Beckley, WV. Friends may gather with
the family from 6-9:00 PM on Sunday, August 14, 2016 In the Chapel of Stafford Family Funeral Home,
Lynco, WV. E-mail letters of sympathy may be sent at www.staffordfamilyfuneralhome.com. The family is
being served by the Stafford Family Funeral Home, Lynco, WV.
Jason Ray Newcomb, 36, of Fanrock, WV passed away on Thursday, August 18, 2016. E-mail letters of
sympathy may be sent at www.staffordfamilyfuneralhome.com. The family is being served by the Stafford
Family Funeral Home, Lynco, WV.