Today's Obituaries

Thelma N. Allport

Thelma N. Allport 95, of Lansing, passed away Thursday, August 17, 2017. Family and friends will be received at the Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home in Fayetteville from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, with the funeral beginning at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations be made to Lansing Baptist Church, P.O. Box 43, Lansing, WV 25862 or Bowers Hospice House, 454 Cranberry Dr., Beckley, WV 25801. Arrangements entrusted to Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, 350 West Maple Ave., Fayetteville, W.Va.

James August Balser

James August Balser, 63, of Montgomery, died August 14, 2017. He was born August 14, 1954, at Mt. Olive to the late James Henry and Wanda Lee Roat Balser. Along with his parents, he was predeceased by a brother Bartley Balser.

He is survived by his daughters; Marianne Sparks of Cincinnati, Ashley Balser of Chelyan, son; James Chapman of Mt. Carbon, step-daughter; Amber Sepcic of Charleston, brothers; Joe Balser of Cincinnati, Jack Balser of Pinch, sisters; Barbara Chapman of Mt. Carbon, Mary Kelly of South Carolina, Ida Miller of Charleston, Sadie Hicks of Cedar Grove, seven grandchildren, and one great-grandchild on the way.

At this time there will be no service or visitation. O'Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery is in charge of arrangements. Expressions of sympathy may be sent at

Julian "J.C." Blume

Julian Christian "J.C." Blume, 95, of Fayetteville, peacefully passed away Wednesday, August 16, 2017, at St. Francis Hospital in Charleston. Family will have a private memorial service at a later date. In lieu of flowers, any remembrances may be sent to Huse Memorial Park, P.O. Box 298, Fayetteville, WV 25840 or to a charity of choice. Submitted by Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, Fayetteville, W.Va.

Sam Eugene Daniels

Sam Eugene Daniels, 51, of Bomont, passed away Monday, August 14, 2017. Born November 25, 1965, in Charleston, he was the son of Maven and Lucy (Burdette) Daniels. Graveside service was held at 2 p.m. Thursday, August 24, at Smith Cemetery, Bomont, with Minister Cecil Lee Officiating. On-line condolences may be sent to the family at

Denise Rana Smoot Fernatt

Denise Rana Smoot Fernatt, age 46 of Hugheston, died August 5, 2017. She was born on October 25, 1970, in Beckley, to Dreama Jones Harris, and Ray Smoot.

She is survived by her husband; Roy Fernatt, sons; Joseph Parrish, and Hunter Parrish, grand-daughter; Natalie, step-daughter; Asgton Fernatt, mother; Dreama Harris, step-father; Robert Harris, father; Ray Smoot, brother; Ray Smoot Jr., and his wife Jennifer, sisters; Anna Marie Bryant and her husband Rob, Michelle Wyant, Susan Stumpf and her husband Phillip, eleven nieces and nephews, one great-nephew, as well as her many loved brothers and sisters in the Brothers Keepers M/C.

Services will be at 2 p.m. on Saturday, August 19, at the Hughes Creek Community Church, Hugheston with Pastors Gary H. Tucker and Travis McCracken officiating. Friends may call two hours prior to the service at the church. O'Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery is in charge of arrangements. Expressions of sympathy may be sent at

Donald Hall

Mr. Donald Eugene "Donnie" Hall, 65, of Peach Creek, in Logan, departed this life on Wednesday, August 16, 2017, at the Dignity Hospice House in Chapmanville. Memorial services will be from 2 p.m until 4 p.m. Saturday, August 19, at the Church of God of Prophecy, on Pine Street, in Logan. Evans Funeral Home and Cremation Services at Chapmanville are serving the Hall Family.

Robert Halonen

Husband, father, businessman, professor and philanthropist, Robert John ("Bob") Halonen passed away at his home in Cincinnati, Ohio, on Sunday, August 13, 2017, at the age of 77, after a year-long battle with cholangiocarcinoma, a rare form of cancer.

The only child of the late Edward and Martha Halonen, Robert was born on March 18, 1940, in Virginia, Minnesota. He is an alumnus of Gilbert (MN) High School, the University of Minnesota (BSB), the University of Chicago (MBA) and the University of Arizona (PhD). Prior to moving to Cincinnati, Robert lived for many years in Charleston, West Virginia.

Having shown an aptitude for finance, Robert spent his early professional years as a professor. He taught undergraduate and graduate level courses in Economics, Finance and Healthcare Administration at numerous institutions, including the University of Arizona and Virginia Commonwealth University.

The majority of his career was spent in healthcare. Over the course of this career, he was entrusted with managing the financial operations of Trihealth, where he was CFO, The Bethesda Foundation (VP Treasury/Investment), the Sisters of Charity Healthcare System (SVP of Finance), Georgetown University Medical Center (CFO) and Charleston Area Medical Center (VP for Finance).

Robert felt strongly about giving back to the community and applied his talents by serving on various boards of numerous organizations, including Kaleida Healthcare, The College of Mount St. Joseph, Lighthouse Youth Services and Hospice of Cincinnati.

Robert is survived by his wife, Susan, and his four children, Michael (Michelle), Matthew (Laura), Kathleen and Christopher. He is also survived by his sister-in-law, Kathleen Braun, and his three grandchildren.

Family, friends and all others whose lives Robert touched are invited to a memorial celebration of his life from 4 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, August 19, at Kenwood Country Club (6501 Kenwood Road, Cincinnati, OH 45243).

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in memory of Robert J. Halonen to Hospice of Cincinnati ( or Hospice of Cincinnati, c/o Bethesda Foundation Inc., P.O. Box 633597, Cincinnati, OH 45263) and Lighthouse Youth Services ( or 401 E. McMillan St., Cincinnati, OH 45206).

Carlton Hazelett

Carlton Roy Hazelett, 60, of Branchland, died Monday August 14, 2017. Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, August 19, at McGhee-Handley Funeral Home, West Hamlin. A visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Marlene Hunter

Marlene Noble Hunter, 79, of Gassaway, passed peacefully at home, after a brief illness on August 16, 2017.

Marlene was born on December 31, 1937 in Manila, W.Va. She was preceded in death by her father, "Dick" Workman and mother, Faye Varney; her first husband, Jerry Noble and infant son, David Noble; her second husband, Ernest Hunter; brothers, Kenneth Workman and Jim Ellis.

Marlene is survived by brother, Charles (Nancy) Workman; sister, Emily Shields; son, Don Noble (Anne Hart); daughters, Janet (Matt) Gibson, daughter, Beverly (Mike) Smith; son, Darren (Shawn) Hunter; stepson, Ernie Hunter; step-daughter, Sharon Hunter. She is also survived by 13 grandchildren, Lee, Luke, Shea, Micah, Ashley, Travis, Jonathan, Tiara, Holden, Dan, Jeff, Heather and Jessie and 10 great-grandchildren.

Marlene was a member of Gassaway Church of Christ and lived her life in service to friends and family. She served on the Braxton County Democratic Executive Committee for several years.

A Celebration of Marlene's Life will be noon Saturday, August 19, at Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway with Pastor Vincent Powell officiating. Interment will be in the Sugar Creek Cemetery, Gassaway.

Visitation will be from 9 a.m. till time of service, at the funeral home.

Condolences may be extended to the family at

Patricia Ann Jenkins Jarrett

Patricia Ann Jenkins Jarrett, 85, of Charleston, daughter of the late Harry R. and Marguerite Rectenwald Jarrett, died Wednesday August 16, 2017, at CAMC General Division. She was retired from Union Carbide Corp. as an executive secretary with 32 years of service, and a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Charleston. Patricia was a great sports fan where she enjoyed WVU football and had also followed her husband, Coach Bill Jarrett's career over the many years as well.

Also preceding her in death were her three sisters.

Surviving, husband of years, William "Bill" Jarrett.

Service will be 1 p.m. Saturday, with Rev. Doug Jenkins officiating. Burial will be in Spring Hill Cemetery, Charleston. Friends may call one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

Norman E. Jones

Norman E. Jones, 80, of St. Albans, passed away August 15, 2017. Service will be noon, Monday, August 21, at St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church, St. Albans, with visitation one hour prior to the service. Casdorph & Curry Funeral Home, 110 B Street, St. Albans, is assisting Mr. Jones' family with arrangements.

Betty Lightner

Betty Lightner, 92, of Parkersburg, died Wednesday, August 16, 2017, at CCMC Memorial Campus. She was born in Lane Lew, a daughter of the late Russell L. and Tina (Townsend) Shelby.

She retired from Elder Berman and had also worked at Shelba's Stout Shop and FMC. She was a Baptist by faith. She won an award in 1938 for a writing she had done.

She is survived by her son, Kevin Lightner (Libby) of Charleston.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, William Lightner; daughter, Sandra Lightner; two sisters, Patty Corra and Robert Whitehill; and an infant brother.

Service will be 1 p.m. Saturday at Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg. Burial will be at Sunset Memory Gardens. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday.

Online condolences may sent to the famliy at

Justin Owen Myers

Justin Owen Myers, 35, of Webster Springs, passed away August 16, 2017. Service will be 2 p.m. Saturday, August 19, at Dodd & Reed Funeral Home, Webster Springs.

Linda C. Nibert

Linda C. Nibert, 68, of Gallipolis Ferry, passed away August 16, 2017, at Pleasant Valley Hospital. Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Sunday, August 20, at the Wilcoxen Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Arrangements are under the direction of the Wilcoxen Funeral Home, Point Pleasant.

William "Billy" Opie Bernard Ore

William "Billy" Opie Bernard Ore, 50, of Clendenin, went home to be with the Lord, Tuesday, August 15, 2017, at CAMC Memorial after a long illness.

He was preceded in death by his brothers, Matthew Rogers Ore and Jacob Chase Ore; and mother in law, Betty Roush.

He was of the Catholic Faith. Billy was a graduate of Hurricane High School and also a graduate of Gupto-Jones College of Funeral Service. He was also manager of Ore's Hardware. He was a Funeral Director and he worked for various funeral homes in the West Virginia area; Barlow-Bonsall, Hafers, Wilson-Shamblin-Smith and in Brunswick, Ga. He worked for Edo Miller & Sons. He loved the outdoors and B.S.-ing with his customers. He was a loving husband, father and son.

Billy is survived by: wife, Lora J. Roush-Ore; mother, Marcie Sowards and her husband, Steve; father, William J. Ore and his wife Grace; son, Will (Holly) Ore; daughter, Molly Ore; sisters, Aimee (Jake) Rollyson, Lindsay (Jon Matuszkiewicz) Ore, and Marcie (Mike) Morrison; grandmother, Pauline Pullins; father-in-law, Duke (Barbara) Roush; life-time friend, Ron Shamblin; he loved his nieces and nephews, Cody, Reese, Brayden, Blake, Braxton, Mason, Eva, Mila and Emma.

Billy loved animals, so the family suggest in lieu of flowers donations may be made to Kanawha-Charleston Humane Association, 1248 Greenbrier St., Charleston, WV 25311.

Funeral service will be 7 p.m. Saturday, August 19, at Clendenin United Methodist Church with Rev. Scott Ferguson and Rev. Lee Swor officiating. Burial will be at a later date at Ore Family Cemetery Clendenin. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, at the Church. Matics Funeral Home Clendenin is in charge of the Arrangements. Online condolences may be expressed at

Christopher Parsons

Christopher Shawn Parsons, 40, of Hurricane, passed away August 13, 2017. Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Friday, August 18, at Koontz Funeral Home, Hamlin. Visiting hours will be 1 to 2 p.m. Friday, August 18, at Koontz Funeral Home, Hamlin.

Ernest Earl Pennington

Ernest Earl Pennington, 71, of Charleston, passed away peacefully on June 19, 2017, at the Hubbard Hospice House after a long illness.

"I must go down to the sea again, for the call of the running tide is a wild call and a clear call that may not be denied…. And a quiet sleep and a sweet dream when the long trick's over."

He was preceded in death by his parents, father, Eugene Debbs Pennington, mother, Nettie Belle Scaggs, his sister, Beatrice Jean Davis, and brother, Norman Pennington.

He is survived by his loving wife of 43 years, Joan Elizabeth Pennington, his son and daughter-in-law, Ryan and Heather Pennington, his daughter and son-in-law Samara and JJ Songer. He is also survived by his granddaughter, Alyson Pennington and step grandson Dylan Lester, his grandsons, Jace Pennington and Julian Pennington Songer.

He is also survived by his sister and brother-in-law, Ruth Ann and Gerald Perry and family, and by his sister-in-law, Gloria Jean Pennington and family.

A celebration of his life and picnic will be held at 5 p.m. Sunday, August 20, at Brown United Methodist Church, 4314 Woodrums Lane, Charleston.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Hubbard Hospice house at 1001 Curtis Price Way, Charleston, WV 25311.

Cremation services were provided by Affordable Cremations of WV, 413 D Street, South Charleston, WV.

Deborah Jean Rouse

Deborah Jean Rouse, 61, of Winifrede, went home to be with the Lord on August 17, 2017, at CAMC Memorial Hospital, Charleston.

She retired from Central Distributing in Charleston after many years of service and was a member of Old Glory Freewill Baptist Church, Winifrede.

She was preceded in death by parents: Donald and Janet Gunnoe Taylor and Sister: Terri Harlan. Surviving are: Husband: Larry Gene Rouse of Winifrede, daughter: Malinda (Jamie) Estep of Clendenin, son: Larry A. (Lisa Priddy) Rouse of Winifrede, sister: Cheryl Jones of Georgia, brother: Donald Taylor of South Charleston, grandchildren: Dustin and Chase Estep, Haley and Kendra Petry and Tanner Rouse.

Funeral will be 2 p.m. Sunday August 20, at Leonard Johnson Funeral Home, Marmet, with Pastor Tim Oakes officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Hope Cemetery, Dawes Mountain. Friends may call two hours prior to the service at the Funeral Home.

Condolences may be sent to the family at

James "Ord" Shafer

James "Ord" Shafer, 77, of Clendenin, passed away Sunday, August 13, 2017, at Hubbard Hospice House West, after a long illness.

He was the son of the late Esper Crawford Shafer and Mary Myrtle Elmore Shafer. He was also preceded in death by his son, Malcolm Jeffrey Shafer; step-son, Cedric Craft; brothers, Ray, Clifford, Ben, Joe E., Jack, Esper Jr. and Johnny Shafer; sisters, Goldie Burdette and Rose Edna Withrow.

Ord was co-owner and operator of S&T Pipeline, member of Local Union 132 and member of the WV Draft Horse & Mule.

He is survived by: daughter, Dallie Mae Dennis; former wife, Helen Maxine Shafer; survivors, Eddie Craft, Carla Craft, Celica Conn, Tiffany Richard and Leah Ann Engram; brothers, Melvin, Sam (Sharon) and Molt Shafer; sisters, Maxine Huffman and Mary (Tony) Weese: daughter-in-law Sheila Shafer; grandchildren, David and Lucas; and step granddaughter, Tracy.

Special thanks to Molt and Sheila Shafer for all the help they've given in Ord's last days.

Funeral service will be noon, Saturday, August 19, at Matics Funeral Home, Clendenin, with Pastor Darris Barker officiating. Burial will be in the Molt C. Shafer Cemetery Clendenin. Visitation will be one hour prior to the funeral, from 11 a.m. to noon, at the funeral home. Online condolences may be expressed at

Sheryl Lynn Dials Stollings

Sheryl Lynn Dials Stollings was born May 20, 1953, and passed peacefully in her sleep on August 14, 2017. She was preceded in death by her parents James and Bessie Dials; and twin sisters, Brenda Sue and Linda Lou.

Sheryl was a CNA and worked at Thomas Memorial before beginning her work in the job she held dear to her heart, as an aide in the Boone County Head Start Program, first in Laurel City, then moving along with her students to Danville. Many children passed through her class whom she would often tell fond stories of. In her younger years she enjoyed bowling and softball, and riding through the hills on the 4 wheeler, and she always enjoyed going to their camp in Greenbrier.

Those left to cherish her memory are her husband of 44 years, Carl Max Stollings I; her sons, Carl Max II "Little Max" and Barbara Stollings, and Michael and Lisa Stollings; six grandchildren, Kaitlyn "Baby Girl", Carl Max III, Billie, Michelle, Mikey and Josie Stollings; sister, Susie and Claude Crisp; brothers, James and Linda, and Scott and Ginger Dials; sister-in-law,Brenda Brumfield; and an additional host of nieces, nephews, family and friends.

Service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, August 19, at Handley Funeral Home, Danville with the Rev. Joe Lane officiating. Burial will follow in Boone Memorial Park, Madison.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m., Friday, at the funeral home.

You may express your condolences to the family at

Elvis Vanoy

Elvis Vanoy, 59, of Cross Lanes, passed away Aug. 17, 2017. Gatens Harding Funeral Home is serving the Vanoy family.

Funerals for: August 18, 2017

Ash, Sammy 1 p.m., Judson Baptist Church, Belle.

Caldwell, Robert 11 a.m., Lewisburg United Methodist Church, Lewisburg.

Estes, John Carl 2 p.m., Bartlett

Gentry, Emma Norine Noon, Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home, Charleston.

Graham, Vivian 1 p.m., Wallace Funeral Home, Milton.

Guthrie, Charles 11 a.m., Allen Funeral Home Chapel, Hurricane.

Holmes Jr., Darrel 1 p.m., Greene

James, Harlan "Jerry" 11 a.m., Ellyson Mortuary, Inc., Glenville.

Jividen, Audrey M. 1 p.m., Buffalo Memorial Park, Buffalo.

Parsons, Christopher 2 p.m., Koontz Funeral Home, Hamlin.

Pennington, Merial Lee 1 p.m., Leonard Johnson Funeral Home, Marmet.

Potterfield, Phyllis 11 a.m., Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, Charleston.

Smith, Virginia 2 p.m., Matics Funeral Home, Clendenin.

Spurgeon, Winoma M. 2 p.m., Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg.