Sally Ann Means

February 26th, 2010 | Posted by curryfuneralhome in Obituaries - (0 Comments)

Sally Ann Means, 62, of Camden, went home to be with Jesus, on Friday, February 26, 2010, at West Virginia University Hospital in Morgantown, following a short illness.

She was the wife of Bruce Dallas Means. They shared 43 happy years of marriage with never an argument.

Besides her husband she is survived by her daughter, Gloria Kay Means of South Charleston, sons, Dallas Lee (Brenda) Means of South Charleston, and John William (Kathy) Means of Clover, and step-son Ralph Pistore of Charleston.

Sally is also survived by 6 grandchildren: Robert, Brandon, and Jason McCord, Michael and Bruce Means, and Jessica Dillon. Brothers: John Johnson of Arizona, and Jerry  (Tina) Reed of Germany. Sister Pat Wagner of Camden.

She was preceded in death by her father and mother, Delbert and Edith Johnson of Milton Freewaters, Oregon; sister Mary Johnson and brother Leslie Johnson both of Oregon.

A Home-going Celebration  will be 2:00 PM Tuesday at Curry Funeral Home 2097 Childress Road Alum Creek with pastors Paul Thompson and Danny Whited officiating. Burial will follow in B J Means Memorial Cemetery on Spring Hill Mountain. Viewing will be held one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

Her children arise up and call her blessed, her husband also, and he praiseth her. Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all. Prov. 31: 28, 29.

Ralph Boyce Duncan

February 25th, 2010 | Posted by curryfuneralhome in Obituaries - (0 Comments)

Ralph Boyce Duncan, 71 of So. Charleston died Thursday, February 25, 2010. Graveside service will be 1:00 PM Monday March 1 at Graceland Memorial Park. Curry Funeral Home Alum Creek is in charge of arrangements

Patty Jean Justice

February 25th, 2010 | Posted by curryfuneralhome in Obituaries - (0 Comments)

Patty Jean Justice, 71, of Cross Lanes formerly of Alum Creek, went home to be with the Lord Thursday, February 25, 2010, at Hubbard Hospice House, Charleston, WV.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Curtis Eugene Justice, grandson, Timothy Michael Sterling, and brother, Lloyd Gillenwater.

She was a graduate of Duval High School and a member of Cobbs Creek Missionary Baptist Church, Sod, WV.

She is survived by:

Two Daughters: Kim (Jim) Cyrus  –   Cross Lanes, WV

Dee Dee (David)  Sterling  – Siberia, Russia

Two Sisters: Geraldine Marker  – Sumerco, WV

Bonnie Clark     – Sumerco, WV

One Brother:   David Gillenwater – Sumerco, WV

Six Grandchildren:   Matthew, Zach, Brittany, Rebekah, Ryan & Timothy

Funeral services will be held 2:00pm on Sunday, February 28, 2010, at Curry Funeral Home with Pastors Frank Chapman and Delbert Hawley officiating.  Burial will follow at Lively Cemetery, Sod, WV.

Friends will gather from 6:00 to 8:00pm on Saturday, February 27, 2010, at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Hubbard Hospice House, 1001 Kennawa Dr., Charleston, WV 25311,.

Linda Sue Mallory (Walls) Campbell, 57, of Alkol went home to be with the Lord Wednesday, February 24, 2010.

She was preceded in death by her daughter, Traci Walls; parents, Paul & Essie Mallory; brothers,

Stevie & Clifford Mallory.

She is survived by her husband: Michael Grubbs

Son: Michael Walls of London, England

Sisters: Brenda Walker-Bowen of St. Albans

Jenny Collins of Ripley

Edna Arias of West Palm Beach, FL

Kathy Stone of Morrisvale

Brother: Ike Mallory of Culloden

and a host of nieces and nephews: Jami Saul, Ronnie Collins, Jennifer Meadows, Stephanie Hooper, Jessica & Mallory Stone, Jason Mallory, Misty Burns, Julio Arias, Kayla & Jacob Mallory.

A Memorial Service will be 2:00 pm Monday, March 1, 2010 at Curry Funeral Home, 2097 Childress Road, Alum Creek with Pastor Mike Kordusky officiating.  Friends may gather from 12 – 2:00 PM on Monday.

L. Calvin Robbins

February 24th, 2010 | Posted by curryfuneralhome in Obituaries - (0 Comments)

L. Calvin Robbins, a World War II Veteran, died on February 24, 2010,  at the age of 84.  He was being cared for at the Hubbard Hospice House in Charleston.  His wife, Charlotte Sue Kinder Robbins, and his stepdaughter, Rebecca Robbins Kimmel, were both with him as he peacefully took his last breath.

Born July 20, 1925, in Cinnaminson, New Jersey, he was the son of Lindley C. And Ida Vandervoort Parry Robbins.  He graduated from Westfield Friends, George School and Vanderbilt University, with a B.A. degree in Business Administration.  He was a member of the Sigma Nu Fraternity.  He was enrolled as a freshman at Swarthmore College before he was drafted in the U.S. Navy.  While in the Navy, he served abroad ship for three years and was awarded two bronze stars.  He was attached to the Third Fleet, spending his entire time in the Pacific Oceans Area.  While still aboard ship in Okinawa, he received an appointment to the Naval Reserve Officer’s Training Program and was sent to Vanderbilt University, where he subsequently graduated and received his commission as Ensign in the United States Naval Reserve.

After graduation from Vanderbilt, he began his career in retail with Montgomery Ward & Company as a management trainee.  During a twelve year period he was the manager of two stores and the regional manager of advertising and sales promotion in Chicago for their North Central region.  While in Chicago he attended Northwestern University, earning credits toward his M.B.A. on the Chicago campus at night.

He then joined Joseph Horne Company, a leading department store in Pittsburgh, during which time he opened and managed two suburban stores and later became the new store development manager for the entire company.  Subsequently., he was appointed by the parent company, Associated Dry Goods Corporation of New York City, to be one of a three-man team to open a new store division in St. Petersburg, FL.  As a Vice President of operations and Superintendent of the company, Robinson’s of Florida grew to be a chain of thirteen major department stores located in west, central and south Florida.  This parent company and all operating divisions were eventually taken over in a merger by The May Department Store Company out of St. Louis.  After this, he joined Heck’s Department Store of Charleston, West Virginia (his wife’s hometown) as a Vice President.  At that time they were operating 65 stores, but the competition forced the company to close.

Following this, he left retail and the then governor of West Virginia, Hon. Gaston Caperton, appointed him Deputy Cabinet Secretary of the Department of Health & Human Services.  After a change of Governors, he was appointed Assistant Director of the Department of Economic Opportunity.  Upon leaving state government, he joined the United National Bank as a Trust Investment Officer and this was his last professional position before he retired.

He served on the advisory board of the Salvation Army, was a Lieutenant in the U.S. Naval Reserve and belonged to the Reserved Officer’s Association. Mr. Robbins was also a member of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, a charter member of the Illinois Huguenot Society and a member of the Board of Trustees of The Alice Paul Institute in Mt. Laurel, New Jersey.  A birthright Quaker, he was the first cousin of Alice Paul, a fellow Quaker and the American suffragist leader who fought for the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution which secured a woman’s right to vote.  He was also a direct descendent of John Winthrop, a long-term colonial governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony and of British Naval Captain, William Crispin, the uncle of William Penn and the first Chief Commissioner of the Province of Pennsylvania.

Mr. Robbins is survived by his wife, Charlotte Kinder Robbins of South Charleston, his son, William Greenlee Robbins of St. Petersburg, FL, his stepdaughter, Rebecca Robbins Kimmel of Drexel Hill, PA, and his stepson, Troy A. Mynes of Dunbar.  He leaves three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his daughter, Barbara Hatley of St. Petersburg, FL.  There will be no viewing or service.  The family will have a private burial in Moorestown, NJ, at a later date.  He donated his brain to The University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia to be used for research in finding a cure for Alzheimer’s disease.

Halley Richard Mitchell

February 23rd, 2010 | Posted by curryfuneralhome in Obituaries - (0 Comments)

Halley Richard Mitchell,  95, of Alum Creek went home to be with the Lord   Tuesday,  February 23, 2010 at St. Mary’s Hospital, Huntington, WV.

He was a retired manager of Carbide Construction Electrical Dept. with 35 years of service.

He was a member of Dunbar #159 Masonic Lodge & Scottish Rite and a member of Pine Grove Baptist Church but had recently attended Maranatha Fellowship in St. Albans.  He was a Navy Veteran is of WWII.

He is survived by:

Son: Michael (Sandra) Mitchell of South Charleston

Daughters: Myrna Mitchell of South Charleston

Marcella (Jerry)  Turley of Brennigville, PA

3 Grandchildren: Lori, Angie & Jason

Service will be 1:00 pm Friday, February 26, 2010 at Curry Funeral Home, 2097 Childress Road, Alum Creek with Pastor Gene Pauley and Rev. David Mitchell officiating.  Burial will be in Graceland Memorial Park, South Charleston with military graveside rites conducted by the Benny Padilla VFW Post 4768.  Friends will gather from 6 to 8 PM Thursday at the funeral home.

Floyd Allen “Shorty” Ennis

February 22nd, 2010 | Posted by curryfuneralhome in Obituaries - (0 Comments)

Floyd Allen “Shorty” Ennis, passed away Monday, February 22, 2010 at home after a long illness.

He was a coal miner.

He is survived by:

Daughters: Marcie Skiles, 331 1st Ave., South Charleston, WV 25303

Sherry Jones, 101 Falls Creek Road, Tornado, WV 25202

No services.

Vennie Ellen Miller Holstein

February 19th, 2010 | Posted by curryfuneralhome in Obituaries - (0 Comments)

Vennie Ellen Miller Holstein 75, of Alum Creek went home to be with the Lord on Friday, Feb. 19, 2010 at home with her family by her side.

She was retired from Gino’s Pizza and was a member of Alum Creek Independent Missionary Baptist Church whom she dearly loved and was loved by her church family. She was preceded in death by her parents, Other & Virgie Miller, Son, Johnnie Thompson, 2 brothers, Elzie & Donald Ray Miller, and 2 sisters, Shirley Dunlap & Dottie Miller.

Vennie is survived by her son: Ronnie (Gail) Thompson, Daughter: Dottie (Lonnie) Dunlap, Dau. In Law: Pam Thompson, Sisters: Wanda (Larry) Quinn, Phyllis Dunlap, Lila Miller, Brothers: Larry Miller, Bill (Dorie) Miller and special sister in law: Ethel Miller.

Grandchildren: Tommy (Kara) Dunlap,  Melinda (Chad) Peters, Amanda (Todd) Brogan, Rhonda Holbert, Jamie (Christie) Thompson, Ronnie Jr.,  (Capri) Thompson, Terry (Kristen) Thompson,  C. B. (Jennette) Bragg,  Tracy (Eric) Bailey, Kristy (Chris) Cobb.

Great grandchildren: Blake, Madison, Payton, Kimberly, Haley, Brogan, Skylar, Kaden, Bralin, Easton, Jarrett, Johnathan, Jackson, Dakota, Dawson, Tyley, Luke, Braxton and Isaiah.

Step Grandchildren: Eli, Emma, Chance, John, Jacob, Mindy, Alyssa, Ryan, and Jacob

Vennie loved all of her family and will be greatly missed.  The family wishes to give a special thank you to Pastor Frank and Kim Chapman for their compassion and love shown to us through the entire time of mom’s illness. Also a special thanks to Jim & Charlotte Price for their support & help.

Services will be 2:00 PM Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2010 at the Alum Creek Independent Missionary Baptist Church with Pastor Frank Chapman officiating and Brother George Hughes singing.  Burial will follow in the Lively Cemetery at Sod.  Friends will gather from 6 to 8 PM on Monday at the Church.

Curry Funeral Home at Alum Creek is in care of the arrangements.

Anna Eloise Bell Dunlap

February 13th, 2010 | Posted by curryfuneralhome in Obituaries - (0 Comments)

Anna Eloise Bell Dunlap, 81, of South Charleston went home to be with the Lord Saturday, February 13, 2010. She was born June 11, 1928 and was the daughter of Tony and Belva Bell.

Also preceding her in death was her loving husband, Rev. Dennis C. Dunlap; brothers, Radith Lee (Shorty) Bell, J. E. Bell, Sanford Bell, Freeman Bell and her special friend Faye Stewart.

She was a member of Hopewell Baptist Church and enjoyed singing in the choir and bowling, and also was a graduate of Washington District High School.

Those left to cherish her memory are her children, Sheila Dent and husband, Eddie, of So. Charleston,  Dennis R, Dunlap and wife, Janet, of Milton, Brenda Stuck and husband Tom, of Charleston,  Mona Lewis and her husband Kenny, of Hurricane; nine grandchildren, Nicole Dent, GSgt. Chad E. Dent, Robie Dunlap (Kristi), Jason Dunlap (Sarah), Julie Brogan, Jennifer Robinson (Scott), Stephanie Packtor (Eric), Jessica Jordan (Justin), Heather Runyan (Michael); 14 great-grandchildren with another due in July; one sister, Phyllis Harrison, three brothers, Ronald Bell (Jean), Kenny Bell (Marci), Dennie Bell (Denise); many nieces, nephews and friends.

Service will be 2:00 PM Wednesday February 17, at Curry Funeral Home 2097 Childress Road Alum Creek with Pastors Dwight McClure and Butch Leadman officiating. Burial will follow at Forks of Coal Memorial Park Alum Creek. Family and friends will gather from 6 to 8 pm Tuesday at the funeral home.

For a Christmas present to the family our mom was asked to write about her greatest blessing. This is what she wrote to us.

I was asked to write about my greatest blessing. Well, that this is pretty hard to do. He has blessed me with so many. A dear sainted mother who raised me and my seven brothers and one sister all on her own and took us to church. Then He blessed me with a wonderful, loving Christian husband who was an old time minister, preaching God’s word. He also blessed me with 4 wonderful Christian children, nine loving grandchildren who love the Lord and also fourteen adorable great-grandchildren and a new special one on the way! I guess I’d have to say my greatest blessing would  have to be my loving family. It’s such a great blessing when we all get together. We enjoy the love we have for each other. He has overflowed me with His great love and wonderful blessings He bestows upon me each and everyday. I praise Him and thank Him everyday for all my friends and loved ones. It’s a great blessing just to know the Lord.

By Eloise Dunlap

This was our mother. What more could we have ask God to give us?

Linda Gale Abbott Gillenwater Mannon, 68, of Scott Depot, formerly of Alum Creek, went home to the Lord Saturday February 13, 2010 at CAMC Memorial after a long illness.

Preceded in death by Marland Eastwood of Indiana.

She is survived by her daughters, Wendella Jones (Dennis) of Scott Depot, Barbara McElhaney (Richard), Mylinda Zirkle (Tom) and son Dayton Charles W. Gillenwater all of Alum Creek. Granddaughters Briann Jones and Kaitlyn Jones, grandsons T.C. Zirkle and Addison Zirkle. Three daughters of the heart, Lizzy Loftis, Jill Midkiff and Beverley Milam. Sister Nancy Nichols of So. Charleston. ½ brothers Carl Eastwood of So. Charleston and ½ sister Francis Williams of Charleston.

Service will be 2:00 pm Thursday February 18, 2010 at Curry Funeral Home 2097 Childress Road Alum Creek with Pastor Frank Chapman officiating. Burial will be in Forks of Coal Cemetery Alum Creek. Family and friends may gather from 6 to 8 pm Wednesday at the funeral home.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Cohen, his nurse Linda and the staff of David Lee Cancer Center.