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Betty McComasBetty Ross Saul McComas of Alum Creek, WV passed away Monday, March 30, 2015 at Candlelight Cottage, St. Albans, WV, after  a long illness.  Betty retired from the Lincoln County Board of Education after serving 43 years as a teacher and administrator.  She served her last 22 years as Principal of Griffithsville Elementary.

She was a past member of the Phythian Sisters Eastern Star, the RHO Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma Honorary Teachers Society and Alpha Delta Pi Sorority. She was a member of the St. Timothy Lutheran Church, The National Education Association and a life-time member of The West Virginia Teachers Association.    Mrs. McComas received her AB Degree from Morris Harvey College (now University of Charleston) and Masters Degree in Supervision and Administration from Marshall University.  She was a faithful member of the Thomas Memorial Auxiliary as a volunteer since her retirement.

She was preceded in death by her father Robert Ross, Sr., and mother and step-father William & Della Rymer, brother Robert Ross, Jr., and brother and sister-in-law William Ray & Pauline Rymer and Betty’s late husbands Dorsey D. Saul and Hal S. McComas, Jr.

Survivors include her son David (Diana) Saul of Charleston; daughter Nancy (Larry) Pauley of Sod; brother Jimmy (Anna Gae) Rymer of Yawkey; sister-in-law Lucille Ross of Spring Grove, PA; Granddaughters, Lindsey (Ryan) Welch of Dunbar, Tia Saul of Plano, TX; Grandsons, Craig (Jennifer) Pauley of Sandy Ridge, NC, Bruce (Karrah) Pauley of South Charleston; Great-Granddaughters: Chasity (Codey) Cromer, Isabella Pauley & Genevieve Welch, Great-Grandsons Riley Pauley & Augustin Welch, along with several nieces and nephews.

Service will be 1:00pm Friday April 3rd with Pastors Oshel Bell and Frank Chapman officiating at Curry Funeral Home, 2097 Childress Road, Alum Creek, WV. Burial will follow at Orchard Hills Memory Gardens, Yawkey.  Visitation will be from 6:00 – 8:00pm on Thursday, April 2nd.

The family would like to thank Candlelight Cottage and Lauren Robinson for taking such good care of her these last few years.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Hospice Care, 1606 Kanawha Blvd., W., Charleston, WV 25387-2536.


Sewell RyanSewell Wesley Ryan, Jr., 87,  of Sandyville, entered Heaven on Friday, March 27, 2015, surrounded by loved ones.

Born January 17, 1928,  in Nellis, he was the son of the late Sewell and Tressa Ryan.  He was preceded in death by his dear wife, Audra; loving daughter, Carolyn Parsons; and sisters, Joy Grey, Sandra Ryan and Delores Peggs.

Sewell is survived by his beloved and devoted wife, Ada; daughters, Linda Posten (Randall) and Elaine King (Kem); and Ada’s children, Jeff and Dena, who are very dear to Sewell; and brother, James Ryan (Sharon).  He was the best PaPa ever to his five grandchildren, fifteen great grandchildren and loved by his many nieces and nephews.

He retired from Kaiser Aluminum in Ravenswood.  A brilliant and humble man who saw the good in everyone and never a bad word uttered through his lips.  This avid adventurous man, full of love and laughter, was a joy to be around.  He loved trips to his cabin in Randolph Co. with his wife, neighbors and family.  Countless stories with his friends have been shared time and again and enjoyed just as much the last time as the first time.  A wonderful man who loved hunting and fishing, a man who loved nature and what it had to offer, a man fair, honest and faithful.  Faithful to his church, his fellow man and above all to God.  Sewell (Jr) was a gentleman, as well as a gentle man, and if you knew him you have an idea of how broken our hearts are.  Sewell clearly found joy in giving and that makes such a difference in this world.  He loved going to the Ponderosa in Ripley and they loved him.  Father, husband and friend, we love who you are and what you mean to us and for us it is forever and on-going.

There will be a gathering of family and friends from 6-8 pm  Monday,  March 30 at the Curry Funeral Home in Alum Creek, West Virginia.  The funeral service will be held 2 pm Tuesday, March 31  at  Sandyville Church of Christ, 7796 Parkersburg Road, Sandyville, WV  with Minister Jeff Dorton officiating.  Burial will follow at  Orchard Hills Memory Gardens, Yawkey.

The family wishes to thank our church family, who has been very dear to us;  the many nurses and doctors who cared for him down through the years; a special thank you to Cathy Easter from Hospice and all those who came all hours relentless in their help, the family is grateful.


Robert Harris, 90, of South Charleston, died Sunday March 22, 2015 at Hubbard Hospice House West after a long illness.

He retired from the U. S. Postal Service and also served in WWII.

He is survived by his daughter, Frances Gonzalez; son, Keith Harris; granddaughter, Lucy and great grandson, Landin.

There were no services.


Turley 2 RusselRussell Ray Turley, 78,  of St. Albans, was born May 11, 1936 and passed away Thursday, March 26, 2015 at home after a long illness surrounded by his family that loved him dearly.

Russell worked at Carbide from 1961-1972; he retired as Superintendent from Orders Construction with over 20 years service; and he was a member of the United Steel Workers Local 14614.  Russell  graduated from Winfield High School in 1955.    He served 3 years in the US Army and was also a Civil War buff.  He loved hunting, family history and genealogy.

Russell is survived by his wife of 58 years, Loretta; children, Rose Delaney, Thomas Turley, Lori Allen all of St. Albans and Brian Turley of Greenwood, IN.  He left behind ten grandchildren, nine great grandchildren and a set of twins on the way; sister,  Mary Lou Hughes of Cross Lanes; and a host of nieces, nephews, brothers and sisters-in-law.

The family would like to give special thanks to Hospice Home Care for their loving and gentle care provided for the family during this time.

Turley 1Services will be 3:00 pm Sunday, March 29 at Curry Funeral Home, Alum Creek with Pastor Fred McCallister officiating.   Burial will follow at the Johnson Family Cemetery, Alkol.  The family will receive friends  two hours prior to the service.

Carrol Jean Manley, 76, of St. Albans, WV went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, March 24, 2015.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Eual and Agnes Adkins; sisters, Vickie Adkins and Donna Sue Martin; brother, Sonny Adkins, and son, Chuck Smith.

Carrol is survived by her son, Tracy Smith of St. Albans; niece, Leah; nephews, Roy “Bim” Mannon and Bobby Jo Martin; great nieces, Nikki and Haylee Dawn Martin.

Funeral service will be 1:00pm Saturday, March 28th at Curry Funeral Home, 2097 Childress Road, Alum Creek, WV, with Pastor Butch Leadman officiating.  Visitation will be  held one hour prior to the service.  Burial will follow at Forks of Coal Memorial Park, Alum Creek.


Carol ChanceyCarol Sue Chancey, 74, of New Port Richey, Fla., went home Thursday, March 12, 2015 at Madison Pointe Rehab and Nursing Center, New Port Richey, Fla.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Irene Fields; and a brother, Junior Fields.

She is survived by her daughter, Pamela (William) Port of New Port Richey, Fla.; son, Marvin (Patty) Cooper of Ashland, Ky.; eight grandchildren, Stasha, Shana, Samantha, Roger, Trevor, Robert, Sean and Stephanie; nine great grandchildren with one on the way, sister Debbie Westerlund.

Funeral service will be 11:00 am Monday, March 16, at Curry Funeral Home, Alum Creek with Pastor Jeff Ferguson officiating.  Burial will follow at Forks of Coal Memorial Park, Alum Creek.  Friends will gather one hour prior to the service.

Dennis F. Pete BarkerDennis “Pete” Barker, Sr., 71, of Alum Creek died Thursday, March 12, 2015 at CAMC Memorial Division ER of an apparent heart attack.

He was a retired coal miner and a member of the UMWA.

Pete was preceded in death by his parents, John and Connissie Barker; and granddaughter, Chelsie.

He is survived by his wife, Bonnie; sons, Frankie, Rickie, Wayne and John (Karen) Barker; 4 grandchildren; sister, Ruth Barker; and brothers, Danny and Doyle Barker.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Lena P. Hall, 97, of Union, formerly of Dunbar, went home to be with the Lord, surrounded by her family, Saturday, February 28, 2015 at Springfield Nursing Center, Lindside.

She was a homemaker and a member of Dunbar United Methodist Church, Dunbar.

Lena was preceded in death by her husband, Edward E. Hall; daughter, Barbara June Smith; and grandson, John Scott Smith.

She is survived by her daughter, Linda Dowdy of Union; sons, James (Shigeko) Hall of York, Pa., and Richard (Nancy) Hall of York,  S.C.;son in law, Eddie Smith; brother, Carroll (Barbara) Hunt of Broken Arrow, Okla.;  11 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and 6 great-great- grandchildren.

Funeral service will be 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 3,at Curry Funeral Home, Alum Creek with Pastor Butch Leadman officiating.  Burial will follow at Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens, Cross Lanes.

The family will receive friends from 11a.m. to 1 p.m. prior to the service.

The family would like to express a special thank you to the staff of Springfield Nursing Center for their loving care.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Springfield Nursing Center Activities Department, Rt. 1,  Box 101A,  Lindside, WV 24951 in memory of Mom.

Donna Egnor

Donna Marie Egnor, 65, of Yawkey passed away Thursday, February 26, 2015 at Lincoln Nursing and Rehabilitation, Hamlin, WV.

She was the daughter of the late Hudson and Edith Sizemore Pendry of Wyoming County. She worked as a secretary at the Lincoln County Court House.

Donna was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Ray Egnor.

She leaves behind one daughter, Beth (Todd) Miller of Yawkey; sons, David (Tammy) Egnor of Salt Rock, Joe Egnor of Nitro and Jeff Egnor of Ceredo; grandchildren, Erica Miller, C. J. and Alex Egnor; brothers, David and Roger Pendry of St. Albans and Jerry Pendry of Va.; and sister, Gloria Caserta of Ceredo.

Funeral service will be 1:00 PM Sunday, March 1, 2015 at Curry Funeral Home, Alum Creek with Pastor Oshel Bell officiating.  Burial will follow at Orchard Hills Memory Gardens, Yawkey.  The family will receive friends from 11am – 1 pm prior to the service at the funeral home.




Melvia Hudson

Melvia Magdaline Williams Hudson, 91, of St. Albans, formerly of Atlas Road, South Charleston, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at Teays Valley Assisted Living in Hurricane.

Melvia was born on April 9, 1923 in Olcott, West Virginia to Wallace and Grace Williams.  On January 13, 1942 Melvia married Robert Lee “Bob” Hudson and became a “military wife” for several years while Bob served our country in World War II.  For over 45 years, Bob and Melvia lived at Atlas Road in South Charleston, where they raised a family of eight children and enjoyed their grandchildren before moving to St. Albans. The best memories their grandkids have are of spending time at their house on Atlas Road enjoying countless holiday meals, Sunday suppers, and playing in the woods and fields.  She was one of the most genuine, loving, and caring human beings that God ever created.  Melvia would have given her last penny, her last scrap of food, and the shirt off her back to any one she thought was in need.   She always found the good in everyone and became friends with anyone who had the honor of meeting her.  She retired from the Kanawha County Board of Education as Head Cook at Kenna Elementary in Charleston.  Upon retirement, Bob and Melvia spent many weeks at a time throughout the year at their camp in Dunmore, Pocahontas County, until missing their grandchildren and great grandchildren would get the best of them and they would have to make a trip home.  Melvia attended Davis Creek Church of the Nazarene for many years.

In addition to her parents, Melvia was preceded in death by her husband of 67 years, Bob, on November 11, 2008.  She was also preceded in death by all of her siblings, brothers, Stanley, Rondal, and Carl Williams and sisters, Arlene Harrison, Evelyn Jackson, Gloria Dodd, and Louise Roberts Curry;  son, Gary Hudson;  grandson, Dennis Hudson and  great grandson, Logan Moore.  She surely had a happy reunion with them all!

Melvia is survived by her children, Bob and Sue Hudson of Davis Creek,  Jim and Charla Hudson of South Charleston, Carol and Greg Abbott of Alum Creek,  Chuck and Joyce Hudson of South Charleston, Linda and Jerry Taylor of St. Albans,  Mark and Robin Hudson of St. Albans, and Kevin and Shayna Hudson of Kenna. Melvia was blessed to be survived by 22 grandchildren, 53 great grandchildren, and 16 great-great grandchildren; with one additional great grandson due any day.  She was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend and will be deeply missed by the many who loved her.  She was the personification of Proverbs 31:28:  “Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.”

The family would like to thank Dr. Vinodrai Lakhani and his staff for the wonderful care that he provided Melvia over the years.

Service will be 1:00 PM Monday March 2 ,2015 at Curry Funeral Home, Alum Creek with Worship Pastor Nichole Stewart officiating. Entombment will follow at Graceland Memorial Park Mausoleum, South Charleston. Family and friends will gather from 4 to 6 pm Sunday at the funeral home.