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Tony Lewis


Tony Curtis Lewis, 56, of Yawkey went home Friday, August 15, 2014 at CAMC General Division, Charleston, WV.

He was currently employed at the West Virginia DMV in Logan; he was former owner and operator of the Market Express in Alum Creek; and was a longtime manager of Foodland in Hamlin.

Tony was preceded in death by his mother, Helen Lewis.

He is survived by daughter, Erica (Scott) Hall of Yawkey; son, Jason (Erin) Lewis of Huntersville, NC; father, Billy Lewis of Alum Creek; brother, Kenny (Mona) Lewis of Hurricane;  and two grandchildren, Kennedy and Tyson Hall.

Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Monday, August 18, at Curry Funeral Home, 2097 Childress Road, Alum Creek, with Pastor Frank Chapman officiating.  Burial will follow at Forks of Coal Memorial Park, Alum Creek.  The  family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.

Gene DebordGene Dow DeBord, 79, of Alum Creek, passed away Wednesday, August 13, 2014 at Hubbard Hospice West.  He retired from Union Carbide where he worked for 43 years.

Gene loved to hunt, fish, and spend time with family and friends.  He was a very spiritual person and a member of Bible Center Church.  He was kind and generous to everyone.

He was preceded in death by his son, Gary DeBord; brothers, Talmadge and James DeBord, and sister, Virginia Midkiff.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Yvonne DeBord; daughter, Paula Meikle and her husband Gregory; grandchildren and a great-grandson; brother French and his wife, Sue DeBord; sisters, Freda Eskew, Faye Bell, Joyce Pauley, Sherry DeHart; sister in law, Jaunita DeBord.

Funeral Services will be held at 1:00pm, Saturday, August 16, 2014 at The Bible Center Church with Pastor Chad Cowan officiating.  Burial will follow at Graceland Memorial Park, South Charleston.  Friends may call from 11:00am to 1:00pm prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Kanawha Hospice Care, 1606 Kanawha Blvd. W., Charleston, WV  25387.

Martha BowyerOur Precious Martha Ann Bowyer, 43, of St. Albans, went to Heaven on Wednesday, August 13, 2014 after a hard fought short illness.  She was surrounded by her loving family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her loving father Phillip C. Bowyer.

Martha was born November 10, 1970, in South Charleston, WV.  She lived a good and happy life.  She was a member of Highlawn Baptist Church where she served in different capacities.   She would start the prayer chains; helped  people get rides to appointments; check on the shut-ins and many others every day.  She was WSAZ News Channel 3 Home Town Hero in September 2000. She was a St. Albans High School graduate in 1989. Martha loved watching football and never missed a game all three years of high school.  She was a girl scout. Martha loved to travel: some of her favorite trips were her graduation present from Dad – A Caribbean cruise with her Mom, Sister Brenda, and Grandmother Edens.  A trip Out west to Olympia, WA to visit Brother Paul and family, then on to CA to visit Aunt Debbie & JR, Aunt Emmajean & family.  She went to Richmond, VA and stayed at the Jefferson Hotel to attend her special friend’s wedding of Patti Ruch to John Holt.  She also loved getting backstage for pictures  at  concerts to see John R. Scheider,  and the WCAW Family Reunion with Kathy Mettea, Shelly West, etc. to name a few.

Surviving are her loving family: Mother Dorothy Edens Bowyer; Brother Paul (Diane) Bowyer of Lacey, WA; Sister Brenda (Jeff) Hughes of Dunbar, WV, Nieces and nephews – JP (Laura) Hughes, Apex, NC; Sarah Hughes, High Point, NC; Russ Bowyer, Alyse (Joe) Spears, and Rebecca Bowyer, Olympia, WA.  Great Niece and nephews: Alayna Spears, Olympia, WA; Jackson and Jonathan Hughes, Apex, NC; and of course her beloved dog Lady; Preceded in death loving father Phillip C. Bowyer.

A celebration of Martha’s life will be 1 pm Friday, August 15, at Highlawn Baptist Church, St. Albans, with Rev. Mark Stauffer officiating.  Burial will follow at Cunningham Memorial Park, St. Albans.

The family will receive friends from 11am to 1 pm Friday before the service.

The family wishes to thank the outstanding Doctors and Nurses at CAMC Memorial SICU & Hospice Care for Martha’s excellent care.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Highlawn Baptist Church, 2304 Jefferson Ave., St. Albans, WV 25177. Or Hospice Care 1606 Kanawha Blvd., West, Charleston, WV 25387.

Romie Virgil SmithGolda Mae Smith, 92, of Sod, WV, peacefully passed away during the night of Tuesday, August 5, 2014 at Sweetbrier Assisted Living in Dunbar, WV.

Born in 1922, she was the last surviving sibling of the ten children born to David Joseph and Sara Ann Goode.  In 1945, upon his return from WWII, she married Romie Virgil Smith, and together they made and stayed in their home on Garretts Bend Road until his passing in 2012.

In addition to her late husband, she is also preceded in death by her son-in-law, Charles Bowman.

She was a lifelong member of the Little Laurel Creek Old Regular Baptist Church.

Golda’s surviving family include her children:  Gary V. (Donna) Smith of Clendenin; and Linda Bowman of St. Albans, her four grandchildren:  Chuck (Cyndi) Bowman of St. Albans; Sonya (Jay) Dunlap of Sod; Jessica (Adam) Marshalek of Scenery Hill, PA; and Elizabeth Smith of Norman, OK, her great-grandchildren: Weston and Gavin Dunlap; and Natalie and Kyle Bowman; and several nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held at 1:00p.m., Wednesday, August 13, 2014, at Lively Cemetery, Sod, WV, with Mark Ruby officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family encourages that donations be made in Golda’s memory to HospiceCare, 1606 Kanawha Blvd., West, Charleston, WV 25387-2536 or to the charity of your choice.


Mildred Ann Hammond, 78, of Julian died Thursday, July 31, 2014 at CAMC General Division after a short illness.

She is survived by son, Benjamin Lee Hammond.

Burial will be at the Wood Family Cemetery, Camden-on-the-Gauley, WV
There will be no visitation or funeral.

Adam J. Baire, 51, of Alum Creek went to be with the Lord on Thursday, July 31, 2014 at home after long illness.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Haden and Mary Baire; brothers, Willie and David.

Adam is survived by eleven siblings, Greathel Lovejoy, Basil (Joyce) Baire, Junie (Buddy) Kirk, Martha Holstein, Linzie (Janet) Baire, Bawfurd and Bob Baire, William (Donna) Baire, Joyce (Danny) Pauley, Hazel (Terry) Rabel and Mary (Barney) Johnson. Special nephew, Rocky Baire, who was like a brother to Adam and several other nieces, nephews, and family.

Funeral service will be 3:00 pm Sunday, August 3, at Curry Funeral Home, 2097 Childress Road, Alum Creek with Pastors Kenneth Samms and Daniel Kelly officiating. Burial will be in Brounland Cemetery, Alum Creek. Family and friends will gather one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

Thomas MaloneThomas Edmund Malone, 52, of Statts Mill, Ripley, went home to be with the  Lord on Sunday, July 27, 2014.

He was preceded in death by his mother and father, Genevieve and Thomas Malone and brother, James G. Malone.

Tommy was a 1981 graduate of George Washington High School and was General Manager of J and M Industrial, Inc., of Millwood, WV for 20 plus years.   He was an avid fisherman and loved tending to his garden at his dream home on the lake.

He is survived by his wife, the love of his life, Teresa Malone;  daughters, Amanda and Christina and son, Phillip of Charleston; brother, Mike Malone of Newport News, Va; sister, Patricia Malone Riley (Dave) of Ohio and sister-in-law, Cheryl Malone of Charleston.  Several nieces, nephews, cousins, many lifelong friends and co-workers.

Funeral service will be 1:00 pm Friday, August 1, at  Curry Funeral Home, 2097 Childress Road, Alum Creek with Pastor Joey Cunningham officiating.  Burial will follow in Sunset Memorial Park, South Charleston.  Family and friends will gather 2 hours prior to the service  at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations toward the funeral service.

Robert PayneRobert Lee Payne 82 of Hurricane died Saturday, July 19, 2014  at CAMC Memorial Division surrounded by his family and a host of friends after a sudden illness.

He was a graduate of So Charleston High School and attended Morris Harvey College.  He was a U. S.  Navy Veteran, a member of the St. Albans Masonic Lodge #58 AF & AM and retired from Chemical Leaman Tank Lines at Institute.

He is survived by his wife and soul mate of 54 years, Opal Miller Payne, Wonderful son Tony (Tonya) Payne of Hurricane, Two grandchildren who were the love of his life, Ashlee and Tyler Payne of Hurricane,   Brother: Bill (Juanita) Payne of Ravenswood, Brother in Law: Edgar Gene Miller, Sisters in Law: Shirley (David) Waldron and Kathy Reed.  Special Nephews: Eddie (Drema) Walker  and Randy (Sherry) Payne.

Funeral services will be 11:00 am on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at the Curry Funeral Home Chapel, 2097 Childress Rd., Alum Creek, with Pastor Mark Thaxton Officiating.  Family and friends will gather From 6 to 8 PM on Tuesday at the funeral home.   A graveside service with military graveside rites by the Alum Creek VFW 4768 will be held at the Miller Family Cemetery on Saturday August 9, 2014 at 2:00 pm for all who wish to come.

The family would like to give a special thank you to Dr. Sampath, Dr. Keith, Dr. Joseph, Dr. White,  Dr. Matulis, Dr. Ashaab,  Dr. Gray,  the nursing staff on 4 South, 5 West, open heart recovery and Cath Lab  for the great care Robert received during this illness.


William StapletonWilliam Chauncey Stapleton, 48, of South Charleston flew away home this morning, Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at 6:20 am  to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. 

He served the Lord with gladness for 20 years and was a member of Hopewell Baptist Church.  He was a former employee of Mouldagraph Corp., Nitro, where he had many friends 

William was predeceased by his parents, Johnathan and Clara Stapleton and brother, Gary Harris.  

He leaves behind a loving wife of 16 years, Shiela Denise;  brothers and sisters, John Basham and companion, Judy, of Huntington, Zola McCoy of Proctorville, Oh,  Hattie Hensley of Huntington, James Stapleton and wife, Kate, of Pa., Rosie Beach of Huntington, and Daniel Stapleton and companion, Sharon, of Point Pleasant; father and mother-in-law, Jimmy and Eva Gibson of So. Charleston; six nephews, four nieces,  special sister and brother-in-law, Daisy and Randy Searls; special nephews, Nathaniel Lane and Jonathan Warren Searls; special niece, Hannah Elizabeth Searls; and especially his beloved cat, Gracie.  He was  loved by a host of great friends and loved ones.  

Funeral service will be 1:00 pm Friday, July 18, at Curry Funeral Home, 2097 Childress Road, Alum Creek with Pastors Dwight McClure and Chuck Adkins officiating.  Burial will follow in Sunset Memorial Park, South Charleston.  The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 pm Thursday at the funeral home. 

The family would like to express a special thank you to all his cancer doctors and Hospice West for all their love and support.

Clarence “Dickie” Whitlock, 75, of Alum Creek died Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at home after a short illness.

He was owner and operator of the Kanawha Grill in Charleston and served in the U. S. Army for over  seven years.

Dickie was preceded in death by his son, Johnny.

He is survived by daughters, Cathy Morrone of St. Petersburg, FL and Crystal Miron of Grovetown, GA; stepson, Jay Morrone of St. Albans; grandchildren, Allison Jane, Logan James, Mia Gabrielle and Elijah William; siblings, Mary Jo, Carol, Alan, Terry, Elwood, Wayne, Shelly and Mark.

At Dickie’s request there will be no services.  Contributions may be made to HospiceCare, 1001 Curtis Price Way, Charleston, WV  25311