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Bernice C. Elkins of Alkol, WV, at the age of 100 went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at home surrounded by her family.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 49 years, Arb Elkins. They were owners of Elkins Exxon at Alkol. She was a member of Sycamore Grove Missionary Baptist Church for 57 years.

She is survived by her 2 sons: Bob and wife Pat Elkins of St. Albans and Daryle and wife, Jean Elkins of Alkol; Also survived by three grandchildren: Shann Elkins and wife Heather and Stacy and husband Ric Leadman and Bruce Whitten; Great-Grandchildren: Kelsey and Alaina Leadman; Caroline, Cade, Cole and Camden Elkins; 3 Sisters: Brentha Linville , Martha Davis and Ethel Shirley and one brother: Charles Miller and many nieces and nephews.

Service will be Saturday, April 19, 2014 at 1:00pm at Curry Funeral Home Chapel, 2097 Childress Road, Alum Creek, with Pastor Butch Leadman officiating. Burial will be at Orchard Hills Memory Gardens, Yawkey. Visitation will be two hours prior to the service.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to her caregivers. Contributions may be made to HospiceCare, 1606 Kanawha Blvd., W., Charleston, WV 25387 in memory of Bernice.

Charles Estep
Charles Edward Estep, 77, passed away Thursday, April 10, 2014 at Thomas Memorial Hospital, South Charleston.

He was a supervisor in road construction until his retirement. Charles served in the U. S. Army and was a very active member of the American Legion Logan, WV Post 19.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Phillip and Allie Estep; brother, Robert Estep; and great granddaughter, Chelsie Dawn Estep Barker.

Charles is survived by companion and life partner, Linda Estep; children, Pattie Estep and Mary Renick; step-son, Rick McCoy; brother, Jimmy Estep; granddaughters, Nicole and Thisha; great granddaughters, Khloe and Peyton and very dear friend, Martha Ryan.

Funeral service will be 3:00 pm Sunday, April 13, at Curry Funeral Home, 2097 Childress Road, Alum Creek with Pastor Frank Chapman officiating. Burial will follow in Brounland Cemetery with military graveside conducted by the Alum Creek VFW Post 4768. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

Theodore LivelyTheodore D. “Jim”  Lively, 81, of South Charleston, entered into the rest of our Lord on Tuesday,  April 8, 2014.  He passed peacefully at his home and now awaits the trumpet call of the resurrection and eternal life with Jesus.

Jim worked as a steel fabricator in the Kanawha Valley beginning at Swain Steel and continued until his retirement as a shop foreman.   He loved to garden and work with his hands.  It was often said he could build or fix anything.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Dewey and Ethel Lively; brother, Joe; sister, Rachel Hager and infant sister, Sharon Lively.

Jim is survived by his wife of 63 years, Dorothy Pauley Lively; daughter, Darlene Burton (John); only grandson, Russell Mills (Bianca) of Jupiter, FL; sisters, Eula Howerton (Leo) and Linda Johnson; and sister-in-law, Lura Mann.  He will be missed by many nieces and nephews.

Jim served his country in the U. S. Army during the Korean era separating as Sgt.  He was a faithful member of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church where he served as elder and deacon.  He taught Bible Studies and lead many to know Jesus Christ.  He followed faithfully the command of our Lord to love and serve one another by countless acts of kindness and mercy.   He was a humble and patient man with a kind and gentle spirit.

Funeral service will be 1:00 pm Saturday, April 12, at Curry Funeral Home, 2097 Childress Road, Alum Creek, with Pastor Rodney Davis officiating.  Burial will follow at Graceland Memorial Park, South Charleston.  The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 pm Friday at the funeral home and one hour prior to the service.

Billie Wright

 

Billie Sue Wright, 86, of St. Albans, went home to the Lord Monday, April 7, 2014 with her family by her side.

She was a hard working,  beautiful lady.  She started her career at Shoney’s, was a model for Haddad’s and then worked in the medical field for 40 years.  Working for Dr. Spanis and Dr. Foundis.  Later in life, she moved to Florida and worked for Med-Pool.  Billie absolutely adored her grandchildren and great granddaughter, loving all the time she spent with family and friends.

Billie was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Wright; parents, William and Evelyn Stone; brother, Harry Stone and daughter, Patricia Kay James.

Leaving behind and to be with her someday are her son, John (Dick) Hanson; caregiver and grandson, Greg (Clara) Garber; grandchildren, Mike Garber Kimberly Pauley (Tony), Angie Diehl (Tom), Thomas James, Kelly Haynes (Jeremy), Cherie Walls (John); nine great grandchildren and one great great granddaughter.

A memorial service will be held 11:00 am Saturday, April 12, 2014 at Graceland Memorial Park Mausoleum, South Charleston, where Entombment will follow.   Pastor Frank Chapman will be officiating the service.

Gerald FanninGerald “Omer” Fannin, 61, of Charleston died Sunday, April 6, 2014 at CAMC General Division, Charleston.

He was retired from the Charleston Police Department; he also worked at AIG Insurance Co.; and a member of the American Legion.

Omer was preceded in death by his mother, Eloise Fannin and grandmother, Bernice Darling.

He is survived by his wife, Kay Bowman Fannin; two daughters, Jennifer Adkinson and Jamie Fannin; three stepchildren, Jackie, Jenny and Lisa; seven grandchildren; five great grandchildren and best friends and brother-in-law, Paul and Barbara Bowman.

A Memorial Service will be 4:00 pm Saturday, April 12, 2014 at Curry Funeral Home, 2097 Childress Road, Alum Creek, with Graveside Rites conducted by the  VFW Post 4768 of Alum Creek.

 

Russell AshworthRussell Lee “Pete” Ashworth, 78, of Alum Creek went to be with the Lord in the faith and promise of Jesus Christ.  A Christian since April 1960, “I have nothing to bragg about save the Lord.”

He served in the U. S. Marines from 1953 – 1961 and was a 33 year employee of Union Carbide Rhone-Poulenc and a member of Independent Missionary Baptist of Alum Creek.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Dohnna Means Ashworth; parents, Ernest E. and Ida Mays Ashworth; sisters, Margaret Songer and Evelyn Evans; brothers, Grover Atlee, Paul Y. and Lovell Ashworth; brothers-in-law, Paul Songer, Charles Evans and Darrell McMellon.

He is survived by his loyal fiancee, Loleta Justice; adopted son, Mark Ashworth; stepson, Freddie Jansohn and wife and their children; brothers, Charles E. and wife, Louise Ashworth; sisters, Judy McMellon Black and husband, Fred, and Carolyn Sue and husband, James McClure; and many nieces, nephews and family members.

Funeral service will be 11:00 am Friday, April 11, 2014 at Curry Funeral Home, 2097 Childress Road, Alum Creek, with Pastor Frank Chapman officiating.  Burial will follow in Forks of Coal Memorial Park, Alum Creek, with military graveside rites conducted by the Alum Creek VFW Post 4768.  The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 pm Thursday at the funeral home.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ed VickersEdward E. Vickers, 86 of Alum Creek, WV went home to be with the Lord , on Sunday, April 6, 2014, at Hospice West, South Charleston, WV after a brief illness. He was born May 22, 1927 at Nellis, WV and he was a former resident of Alkol, WV.

Ed was employed by Appalachian Construction Company with 40 years of service, retiring as Vice President. He was a WWII Navy Veteran.

Surviving – his loving wife of 70 years, Garnett Ford Vickers, daughters Vicki (Robert) Stevens, South Charleston and Melinda (John) Moore, Charleston and son, Paul Edward (Connie) Vickers Hurricane. Grandchildren: Patricia Smith Roberts, Jenny Smith Commins, Paula Vickers Lawson, Thomas Moore, Allison Moore, Caroline Moore and 8 Great Grandchildren. Sisters: Carol Vickers Matthews of Sumerco and Jean Vickers Pauley of Yawkey and brother Richard Vickers of Sumerco.

At Mr. Vickers’s request his body was donated to Marshall University Medical School.

A Memorial Service will be at 6:00PM Wednesday, April 9, at Curry Funeral Home, 2097 Childress Road, Alum Creek with Pastor Keith George officiating. Friends may call from 4:00PM to 6:00PM Wednesday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to Kanawha Hospice, 1606 Kanawha Blvd. W, Charleston, WV 25387 or Forks of Coal Missionary Baptist Church, 2002 Childress Road, Alum Creek, WV 25003.

Ed Jackson

The passing of a great man

Eddie D. Jackson (Ed) entered eternity peacefully, surrounded by all those who loved him deeply on April 3, 2014 at 5:05 p.m.

Ed was born on the 21st of July 1946 and for the past 14 years fought a courageous battle with prostate cancer.  He was a member of Bible Center Church and a faithful follower of Jesus Christ. Ed was one of God’s best encouragers, always ready with an uplifting word; a generous and gracious reflection of His Father.

Ed is preceded in death by his parents, Donald and Ruby Virginia Jackson-Gatens; sister Ann Siders; brother, William Jackson; and grandson, Asher Paul Spurlock.

He is survived by his wife, Jane; children, Bryan Craig Jackson of Charleston, Julie Jackson-Drummond (Chris) of Huntington, and stepson, Jordan Paul Spurlock (Mindy) of S. Charleston; grandchildren:  Evelyn Grace Drummond, William Jackson Drummond, Ivy Jean Drummond, Jakob James Whitlock and Aaron Lee Spurlock; brothers, Donald “Sonny”  Jackson (Jean) of Fort Worth, TX, Jerry Ray Jackson of Charleston, Jimmie Wayne Jackson (Linda) of Laporte, IN and Teddie DeWayne Jackson of Charleston; sister, Agnes Fay Morton of Charleston.

Ed was a graduate of the University of Charleston.  His love of people and desire to help others lead him to a successful career with Northwestern Mutual Life (NML) as a Certified Financial Planner for over forty years.  Ed was a Million Dollar Roundtable (MDRT) qualifying and life member for over thirty years. He was recognized with many awards and honors including Master Achievement Awards, Forum, and others with NML.  His leadership, dedication and hard work to the industry aided many clients in reaching their financial goals.

Being an avid golfer, Ed was a member of Berry Hills Country Club where he served on the Board of Directors for six years.  In 2012, Ed founded the annual “Evans Cup” which honored the club’s employees.

The funeral service will be Monday, April 7, 2014 at Bible Center Church, 100 Bible Center Drive, South Charleston, with Pastors Eric Mounts and Shawn Thornton officiating.  Burial will follow in Sunset Memorial Park, South Charleston.  The family will receive friends 11:00 am – 1:00 pm with the funeral service following.

The family would like to extend a special “thank you” to the staff of the David Lee Cancer Center, specifically Dr. Steven Jubelirer and Donna Tittle for years of extraordinary care and encouragement. And too, all of our closest family and friends who have faithfully prayed for Ed and his family.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to HospiceCare, 1606 Kanawha Blvd. W., Charleston, WV  25387-2536.

 

 

David Gillispie
David Preston Gillispie, 57, of Alum Creek, died at home on Saturday, March 29, 2014.

He was a member of the UMWA, and was an expert in mining reclamation. He served in the US Navy.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Arnold & Isabelle Gillispie. He is survived by his sons: David (Tara) Gillispie; and Jason”Sparky” (Cindy) Gillispie; daughter: Ann Marie Johnson; Brother: Buzzy Gillispie, and sisters: Deborah K. Marler, and Pamela Cook; former daughter-in-law: Amanda; seven grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Services will be 1:00pm on Monday, April 7, 2014 at Curry Funeral Home Chapel, 2097 Childress Road, Alum Creek, with Pastor Frank Chapman officiating. Burial will follow at Graceland Memorial Park. Family and friends will gather one hour prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, it is requested that donations be made toward funeral expenses.

Connie FowlerConnie E. Smith Fowler , 62, of Leon, formerly of Alum Creek, went to be with the Lord Friday March 28, 2014 at her home with family and friends at her side.

She was  retired from the State of West Virginia Social Security Division.

Connie was preceded in death by her parents, Elbert and Mary Jane Smith.

She is survived by her children, Tina Smith(Phillip) of Leon and Elbert(Jessica) Fowler of Big Chimney; life long partner, Damon Harrison; brother, Conrad Smith of South Charleston; sister, Imogene Purdue of Comfort; 12 grandchildren, Nathan, Cody, Austin, Morgan, Abby, Skylor, Sydney, Lenzy, Stevie, Brady, Brex, Alijiah; great granddaughter, Kynzie, and one on the way due October 6.

Service will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at Curry Funeral Home Chapel 2097 Childress Road, Alum Creek, with Pastor Gene Pauley officiating. Burial will follow at Barker Cemetery at Ashford.  The family will receive  friends one hour prior to the service.