WELCOME
09 MIRACLE MTN REUNION
BLAST FROM THE PAST
CLASS REUNION GROUPS
CLASS REUNION INDIVIDUALS
COALDIGGER MILITARY
FUN & CHUCKLE
GARY COALDIGGER PAGE
GHS TEACHERS
GHS SKIDOOS GATHERING
GARY, WVA INFO PAGE
INSPIRATIONAL
MEMORIAL AND OBITS 1
MEMORIAL AND OBITS 2
 MEMORIALS & OBITS 3
MY MTN MEMORIES OF WVA
NEWS & EVENTS
PHOTO'S:ANAWALT
PHOTO'S GARY AREA
PHOTO'S PAGETON
PHOTO'S  WILCOE
FLORIDA REUNION
WHITES GET TOGETHER
SPECIAL MEMORIALS
MEMORIAL PAGE FOUR
Email Me


IN LOVING MEMORY

CAMMIE (SONNY) HARMAN


Cammie (Sonny) Harman:  Born Nov 4, 1940 in Pageton, WV. he was a son of the late Cammie K. Harman Sr. and Rose Graham Harman.  He retired from the Brenco Corporation in  Petersburg, VA.  Cammie graduated from Gary High School Class of 1958.

Surivivors include his wife, Patricia Davidson Harman; one daughter, Terri Wolfe and Friend Dan Morrissay
both of Charlotte, NC: One son Jeffrey David Harman and wife Terry of Jacksonville, FL; Two grand      daughters, Heather and Drema Wolfe both of Chesterfield, VA;  Three Grandsons, Pryce, Gunnar and Jacob Harman, all of Jacksonville;Two Sisters, Janice Allgood and Shelby Hagy and husband Gordon all of  Saltville, VA.

Funeral Services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct 13, 2005 at Peery & StClair Funeral Home Chapel in Tazswell, VA. with the Rev Charles Allen officiating.  Burial will follow at Shady Grove Cememtery in Skygusty, WV,  Cousins will serve as ballbearers.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 6-9 p.m. today, Oct 12, 2005

The family request that memorial contributions be directed to the American Cancer Society, PO. Box 22718, Oldahoma, Ok,  72123-1718 or the Community Hospice Northwest FLorida, 4266 Sunbeam Rd, Jacksonville, FL. 32257.


James Conley “Connie” Martin

GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN

IN LOVING MEMORY


BLUEFIELD, Va. — James Conley “Connie” Martin, 72, of 63 Sedgewood Townhouse, Bluefield, Va., went home to be with his heavenly father on Wednesday, March 7, 2007 from a Bluefield hospital.

Born on April 7, 1934 in Pageton, he was a son of the late Kyle and Mae Belcher Martin. He had been a resident of Bluefield, Va. for 2 1/2 years and was a retired salesman for Gianato Pontiac in Welch. He was a member of the Nazarene Church.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Patrick Kyle Martin.

Survivors include: Wife: Doris O'Brien Martin of the home; one daughter: Rhonda Vance and husband Kenneth Michael of Bluefield, Va.; one granddaughter: Meagan Vance of Bluefield, Va.; five brothers: Eugene Martin and wife Odessa of Greensboro, Ind., David Martin and wife Sue of Greenville, S.C., Paul Martin and wife Linda of New Castle, Ind., Arvil Martin and wife Teresa of Columbus, Ind., John Martin of Greensboro, Ind.; five sisters: Aurelia Harmon and husband George of Leckie, Maxine Thomasson and husband Grady of Avon, Ind., Katherine Keaton of Higginsville, Mo., Mary Stine of Greenfield, Ind., Linda Bowling of Greensboro, Ind.; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral services will be conducted on Sunday, March 11, 2007 at 11:00 a.m. at the Cravens-Shires Funeral Home Chapel in Bluewell with the Rev. Roger Hatfield officiating. Burial will follow at Maple Hill Cemetery in Bluefield, Va. with family serving as pallbearers.

Friends may call on Saturday from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Cravens-Shires Funeral Home in Bluewell is serving the Martin family.

JOHN WAYNE PARMER

IN LOVING MEMORY

      GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN


 • John Wayne Palmer, 32, of Anawalt, died Sunday, March 4, 2007, at Charleston Area Medical Center after a long illness. Arrangements will be announced by Widener Funeral Home in Northfork.

NANCY LEE MACHINCIA

 
DUBLIN, Va. Nancy Lee Machincia, 77, of Dublin, passed away Tuesday, March 20, 2007.
 
She was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Coila Wiseman Hall; three brothers, Norman, Otis, and Eddie Hall; and two sisters, Betty Blankenship and Margaret Davis.
 
Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, John and Nancy E. Machincia Jr. of Christiansburg, Va.; a brother and sister-in-law, Billy Joe and Peggy Hall of Dublin; special niece, Barbara Hall Castle of Churchill, Tenn.; two grandchildren and spouse, Jessica and Trinity Heckman of Elliston, Brad Machincia of Christiansburg.
 
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Newbern Community Christian Church at 5382 Grace Street, Dublin, VA 24084.
 
Memorial services will be held at 5:00 p.m. Friday, March 23, 2007 at Newbern Community Christian Church with the Rev. Ernie Depew officiating.
 
The Machincia family is in the care of Mullins Funeral Home & Crematory in Radford, Va.
 
Nancy attended Gary High School

JERRY J. PARKER

ROCKWELL   ---Jerry Joseph Parker, 68, of Rockwell died Thursday, Feb 8, 2007, at his residence.
Born Apirl 16, 1938 in Thorpe, WVa.  Mr. Parker was a son of Mrs. Helen Kapish Parker of Salisbury and the late Charles W. Parker.  A graduate of Gary High School, Gary, West VA, He attended Rowan Cabarrus Community College studying Criminal Justice.

Mr. Parker was a highly decorated serviceman of the United States Marine Corps, where he proudly served for over 18 years, including three extended tours in Vietnam

He worked as a guard at Piedmont Correctional Center, retired from the City Transit Department, and worked as a school bus driver until his death.  He was a member of St. Peter's Lutheran Church.

Preceding him in death was brother Charles Parker of Gretna, LA.

He is survived by his loving wife of 25 years, Elizabeth "Libby" Messimore Parker, whom he married April 24, 1982; their beloved family pet "Precious " and by his "Girls" Robin Parker Boone and husband William Scott of Salisbury, Angela Parker Madison and husband Chris of Charlotte, Cheryl Parker Yuhas of Rockwell and Jamie Parker of Rockwell.  Also surviving are brother Lawrence Damon Parker and wife Joretta of Enterprize AL, and grandchildren Tristen, Coleton, Tamera, Zachary, Meghan, Zoe and soon-to-be-great-granddaughter Kailyn!

Service:  3 p.m. Monday at James C. Lyerly Chapel with Military Rites by the Rowan County Honor Guard:  Rev. Lori Hefner, Rev. Doug Hefner and Rev. Doug Hefiner and Rev. Lawrence Walser officiating.

Burial:  The body will be cremated and remains placed at the Salisbury National Cemetery at a later date.

Visiitation:  1-3 pm Monday at Lyerly Funeral Home.  The family will also receive friends at the residence following the services.

Lyerly Funeral Home is serving the Parker family.




Eugene Farmer


Eugene Farmer (Gene) of Manassas, Va., passed away in his home, surrounded by his family, on Monday, March 26, 2007. He was born to Cere Harrison and Lottie May (Hagy) Farmer on July 28, 1939, in Grundy, Va., and grew up in Anawalt, W.Va. Gene attended Gary High School, Gary, WV. Class of 1957
   
Married to Gloria Cox in 1958, Gene was a gentle and loving husband, father and grandfather. The family moved to Virginia in 1961 and to Manassas, Va., in 1966. During Gene's working years he was employed by Kroger, Greenbelt Co-op and Giant Food as a meat cutter. He retired in 2001, and spent the next few years taking care of his grandchildren. He enjoyed antique cars, coffee, kids and dogs.

He was a member of Old Dominion Baptist Church in Bristow, Va. Surviving Gene are his wife of 48 years, Gloria Farmer; son, Stephen Farmer and Jay Cloud of Hamilton, Va.; daughter, Katherine Crawford and husband, Lee, of Manassas; granddaughters, Victoria Perdue and husband, Jerry, of Kannapolis, N.C., and Shannon Crawford of the home; one grandson, Christopher Crawford of the home. Two brothers, William Farmer and wife, Cindy, of Alexandria and James Farmer of Falls Church also survive as well as a close and loving friend of Gene and his family, Lillian Abare of Manassas, Va. His extended family includes many brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, nephews and nieces.

 Special thanks go to our families and Capital Hospice Staff, who have provided major support to the family throughout Gene's long illness. Friends may visit the Pierce-Price Funeral Home, 9609 Center St., Manassas, Va., on Friday, March 30, 2007, from 5 to 8 p.m. for viewing and where funeral services will be held on Saturday, March 31 at noon with Pastor Robert Perdue and Pastor Steve Benedict officiating. Interment will be at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Old Dominion Baptist Church, 9560 Linton Hall Road, Bristow, VA 20136 or to Capital Hospice, 10530 Linden Lake Plaza, Suite 200, Manassas, VA 20109-6434. Sign the guestbook at PotomacNews.com. ManassasJM.com.
Published in the Potomac News and Manassas Journal Messenger on 3/28/2007.

ANN BLASHER DORULA

McLean, Va.- Ann Blasher Dorula 87, formerly of Elbert, died Friday, July 27, 2007, at Avalon House Assisted Living in McLean, Va.  Born October 2, 1919, in Elkhorn, she was the daughter of the late Carl Blasher and Julia Semonco Blasher, immigrants from Russia and Czechoslovakia.  She married Walter S. Dorula on June 2, 1942, in Hattiesburg, MIss.,(U.S. Army Camp Shelby).
 
In addition to her parents and husband of 48 years, she was preceded in death by sisters Mary Blasher Gregory and Julia Blasher Monette; and six brothers, Mike, Paul, John, Pete, Andy and Steve Blasher.  She was the last surviving member of her immediate family.
 
Ann was a 1938 graduate of Gary High School.  She was an active member of Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church and Altar Society and The American Legion Auxiliary Post 38 of Gary for many years.
 
Survivors include three daughters, Joyce Dorula of Springfield, Va., Vicki (Charles) Presley of Faiefax, Va. and Cathy Dorula of Bristol, Va.; one son Walter Michael (Donna) Dorula of Clifton, Va.; seven grandchildren, Diann Presley of Oak Hill, Va., Sharon (Jim Waddell) Presley of Brambleton, Va., Jason Lester of Kingsport, Tenn., SPC Benjamin Lester of Bristol, Va.,(U.S. Army, currently serving in Iraq), John Dorula, Mary Catherine Dorula and Karen Dorula of Clifton, Va.  She is also survived by sisters-in-law Frances (Pete) Blasher of Bethel Park, Pa., and Asalee (John) Blasher of Salem, Va.; her first-born niece, Frances Gregory Gouge of Gary, and several other special nieces and nephews.
 
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, August 1, 2007, at Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church in Gary with Father That Son as the celebrant.  Interment will be at Roselawn Memorial Gardens on the Old Bluefield-Princeton Road.
 
Friends may call on Tuesday, July 31, 2007, at the Fanning Funeral Home in Welch, from 6 to 8 p.m., where a Prayer Service will be conducted at 7:30 p.m.
 
Pallbearers will be Jimmy Ed Gouge, John Dorula, Jason Lester, James Waddell, Alan Riggins, Nicky Shaffron, Ricky Gilliam, Andy Carl Blasher, and Michael Blasher:  Honorary pallbearers will be SPC Benjamin Lester, Earl Stone, Harry Switch, John Sandy Perfin and James Pete Blasher.
 
Memorial contributions may be made to the Knights of Columbus Cemetery Fund, c/o Our Lady of Victory  Catholic Church, P.O. Box 130, Gary, WV.-24836.
 
Fanning Funeral Home of Welch is serving the Dorula family.

Ernest Glenn Minton, "Gloves,"

Ernest Glenn Minton, "Gloves," age 67, of Wanatah, formerly of Lake Station
and Gary, passed away Friday, July 27, 2007.  He was born August 18, 1939 in
Russell Co., VA to Ernest Lee and Nova Lydia (Phillips) Minton.  He had been
a welder with U.S. Steel for 34 years, retiring in 1994, and was a member
and deacon of Little Dove Community Baptist Church.  An active Mason, he was
Past Master of the McClelland Lodge #357 in Hobart and a current member of
Porter Lodge #137 in Valparaiso; a 32nd degree Scottish Rite and member of
the Hobart Shrine Club as well as the Lt. Colonel Unit of the Orak Shrine
and a member of the Orak Temple Guard.  He held dual memberships in the
Order of Eastern Star Valparaiso Chapter #164 and Hobart Chapter #314 where
he was Past Worthy Patron.  He was also a member of the York Rite and the
Hillbilly Unit of the Orak Shrine.Glenn was also a 1957 Graduate of Gary, WV High S

On May 9, 1959 he married Patricia Dingus, who survives, along with three
children, Cathy (Dave) Podguski of Valparaiso, Lynne (Dan) Jordan of
Valparaiso, and Richard Glenn (Sheila) Minton of Wanatah; six grandchildren,
Michael, Tricia and Lauren Podguski, Hilary and Miranda Jordan, and Candace
Minton; one sister, Shirley Kelley of Clintwood, VA; one aunt, Rudy Glovier.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Henry Minton.

Funeral services will be Wednesday at 10:00 AM at Moeller Funeral Home, 104
Roosevelt Rd., Valparaiso, Michael Podguski and Pastor James R. Adcock
officiating, with entombment to follow at Graceland Cemetery.  Visitation
will be Tuesday from 3:00 to 8:00 PM with an Easter Star service at 7:15 PM
followed by a Masonic Service at 7:30 PM.  In lieu of flowers memorials may
be made to the Shriners Children's Hospital or to the family.
moellerfuneralhome.com





Sharon Faye Simms Overbaugh " Shiney"


BLAND, Va. — Sharon Faye Simms Overbaugh, 58, of 2854 Waddletown Road, Bland, Va., died on Thursday, July 26, 2007 at her home.

Born on October 12, 1948 in Welch, she was a daughter of the late Steven and Pauline Sims, of Pageton, WVA. She was a graduate of Gary High School, Class of 66 and went to college at Concord College. She had worked in an automotive accounting department for 34 years. She had lived in Bland for the past 22 years and was of the Baptist faith.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sisters, Evelyn, Ruby, Roseland, Wilma, Shelby and Margaret; and by her brothers, Ralph, Donald, Gilbert, Harry (Red), and Billy.

Survivors: Husband: Howard Ray Overbaugh of the home; son: Stanley Overbaugh of Rutledge, Tenn.; daughter: Julie Roberts of Cleveland, Ohio; sisters: Barbara Simms of Sebring, Fla., Nancy Freeman of Warm Springs, Va., Patty Johnson of Anawalt, Brenda Norwalk of Henderson, Tenn.; grandchildren: Jeremy Roberts, Ashley Overbaugh and Heidi Overbaugh.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, July 28, 2007 at 1:30 p.m. at the Cravens-Shires Funeral Home in Bluewell with Minister Clowney Hammons officiating. Burial will follow at Woodlawn Memorial Gardens in Bluewell.

Friends may call on Friday (today) from 7:00-9:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

The Cravens-Shires Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

James Edward Bales

 
Filbert - James Edward Bales, 85, of Filbert, died Sunday, April 1, 2007, at McDowell Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Gary.  Born December 9, 1921 in Richlands, Virginia, he was the son of the late Henry Bales  and Mary Belle Odell Bales.
 
He was a resident of Filbert the greater part of his life.  A member of Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church in Gary and  the Knights of Columbus.  He served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1940 to 1946 and he was a 1940 graduate of Gary High School.
 
Preceded in death by parents; two sisters, Louise Bare, Lenny Martin; and one brother; Joe Bales.
 
Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Rose Mary Colombo Bales of the home; two sons, Coney Bales and wife Alice, Kenneth Bales and wife Theresa all of Welch; two nieces, Debbie Parks and husband Danny of Princeton, Tammy Herron and husband Curt of Beckley; grandchildren, Senior Trooper, Roger Flippen and wife Jennifer of Pecks Mill, Samantha Blackburn and husband Sgt. Todd Blackburn of Phenix City, Ala., Lisa Miller and husband Lee of Nashville, Tenn., Nicole Rohrig and husband Adam of Abingdon, Va., Deana Bales of Bluewell; great grandchildren, Malachi, Nolan,Brayden and Grayson.
 
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday, April 4, 2007 at 11 a.m. from the Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church in Gary with Father Tan Nguyen, S.V.D., celebrant assisted by Brother Rogers Hannan.  Entombment will follow at Woodlawn Memorial Park Mausoleum in Bluewell.
 
Friends may call Tuesday at the Fanning Funeral Home in Welch, from 6 to 8 p.m. where a Virgil Prayer Service will be conducted at 7 p.m.
 
Pallbearers will be Robert Cure, Lee Miller, Roger Flippen Jr., Adam Rohrig, Cecil Patterson and Sid Cure.
 
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Building Fund of the Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church, Gary. WV 24836 or St. Peter Catholic Church, Welch, WV 24801.
 
Fanning Funeral Home of Welch is serving the Bales family.

                   Linda Sue Defelice                                       


PRINCETON —
Linda Sue DeFelice, age 56, of P.O. Box 5, Princeton, and formerly of Welch, died on Saturday, November 3, 2007 at her residence.

Born on July 22, 1951 in McDowell County, she was a daughter of Louis DeFelice of McDowell County, and the late Pauline Schust Morgan. She had been a resident of Princeton for 3 years and was of the Catholic faith. She was a retired schoolteacher in McDowell County and was a graduate of Gary High School and Marshall University. She was formerly married to John DeFelice of Welch.

Survivors in addition to her father include: One son: Jed DeFelice and wife Jennifer of Charlotte, N.C.; one grandson: Cameron Morris of Charlotte, N.C.; two brothers: George Morgan of Roanoke, Va. and Charlie Morgan of West Palm Beach, Fla.

Memorial services will be conducted on Saturday, November 17, 2007 at 11:00 a.m. at the Cravens-Shires Funeral Home in Bluewell with the Rev. Myron Tilley officiating. Burial will follow at Woodlawn Memorial Gardens in Bluewell.

Friends may call on Saturday one hour before services, from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home.

Cravens-Shires Funeral Home in Bluewell is serving the DeFelice family.


LARRY EDWARD DALTON


Larry Rdward Dalton 62, of Gary. Died 11-15-07 Alzheimer's Born 2-28-45.....63 graduate Welch Hi School Vet US ARMy Retired Mine Forman U.S.Steel No,2 Mines resident of Gary most of his life.  Married 42 years to Linda Moore Dalton. brother died Jimmy Bo Dalton Funeral Gary United Methodist Church  Gary 11-19-07

ETHEL SUE WHITEHEAD PEOPLES

Ethel Sue Whitehead Peoples Blfd, born 1-17-38 died 11-15-07.late father Samuel Edward & Dorothy Elizabeth
Hagy Whitehead....deceased brother Wm. (Bill) Whitehead....sister Linda Shoemaker....had 5 sons.

Info furnished by
Nancy Reynolds






BILLY JOE NORTON

BLUEFIELD — Billy Joe Norton, 71, of Rt. 5 Box 722 Bluefield, beloved son, brother, husband and father passed away on Thursday, November 29, 2007 at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown.

Billy was born on May 23, 1936 in Chuckey, Tenn., to the Clara Broyles Norton and the late John H. Norton. Billy graduated from Gary High School in 1954 and served in the United States Army as a Military Policeman until 1957 where he was stationed in Tokyo, Japan. He received degrees from East Tennessee State University, Radford University and West Virginia University.

Billy taught and coached basketball at Bramwell High School and led the 1967 Bramwell Millionaires to a 26-0 season and on to win the Class 'A' State Championship. Thereafter he was named director of physical education for Mercer County Schools. He later served as Principal at Bramwell High School from 1981-1983 and Bluefield High School from 1983-1989. Following his retirement from the school system, he became director of Community Action of South Eastern West Virginia until 1998.

In addition to his, father John H. Norton he was preceded in death by his nephew James (Jimmy) Blizzard.

Billy is survived by his mother: Clara Broyles Norton of Bluefield; his wife of 48 years: Etta J. Powers Norton of Bluefield; one son: John S. Norton of Bluefield; one daughter: Amy Norton Badeau and husband Allen of Morgantown; one sister: Faye Blizzard and husband Charles of Bluefield; one nephew: Chuck Blizzard of Bluefield; two grandchildren: Amanda S. Norton and John William Aaron Norton of Bluefield.

Funeral service will be held on Sunday, December 2, 2007 at 2:00 p.m. at the Cravens-Shires Funeral Home Chapel with the Minister Preston Mathena officiating the service. Burial will follow at the Woodlawn Memorial Park in Bluewell.

Friends and family may call at the Cravens-Shires Funeral Home on Sunday, December 2, 2007 from noon until 2:00 p.m.

BOYER RICHARD D
Boyer, Richard D.
Richard D. Boyer, 75, died November 14, 2007, in Gastonia, NC.
 
Mr. Boyer was born October 25, 1932 in Elbert, WV, the son of Walter and Susie (David) Boyer.    He lived in Niagara Falls for several years, prior to moving to North Carolina a year and a half ago.
 
He served in the Navy during the Korean War.   He was employed for 30 years at Goodyear.
 
He was the husband of the late Marlene (Trent) Boyer, who died in 1999 and father of the late James Boyer.
 
He is survived by a son, Rick Boyer of Morristown, TN; two daughters, Darlene Seal of Bluefield, NC and Nicole Boyer of Gastonia, NC; a sister, Sandra Lane of Gary, WV; two brothers, Walter Boyer, Jr. of Gary, WV and Calvin Boyer of Dandridge, TN; five grandchildren, Sarah, Daniel, Andrew, Matthew and Jason and two great-granddaughters, Emily and Gracie and several nieces and nephews.
 
The family will receive friends from 3 to 7 PM Sunday in the LANE FUNERAL HOME, INC., 8622 Buffalo Avenue, where funeral services will be held Monday at 11 AM.
 
Rev. Ron Maines will officiate.    Interment will be in Riverdale Cemetery, Town of Lewiston.
 
Published in the Greater Niagara Newspapers from 11/16/2007 - 11/18/2007.




Eunice Pauline Panciera 

TANNERSVILLE, Va. — Eunice Pauline Panciera, age 73, of Tannersville, Va. and Bradenton, Fla., was called home by our Lord and Savior on December 17, 2007 from her home.

Born June 18, 1934 in Skygusty, she was the daughter of the late Albert and Sallie Belle Harman. She was a 1952 graduate of Gary High School and moved to Washington, D.C. in 1954 where she married Ronald J. Panciera Sr. from Ashway, R.I. on November 19, 1955. Together they raised their three children in LaPlata, Md. Upon retirement, in 1994, they moved to Bradenton, Fla., where together they enjoyed playing bridge and socializing with their church family.

Eunice is survived by her husband of 52 years, and their family, Ronald Jr., and wife Martha, their children, Justin, Joseph, and Ronald III, Albert Troy and wife Betty and his children with Karen Panciera, Melissa and Amanda; Gina Maria and husband, James Mulloy and their children, Ryan McDonnell and Luke Mulloy. She was a proud great-grandparent of Allen and Jonathan Panciera, and Lilly Reese, children of Justin and Sharon Panciera; sister in law and family, Marilyn and Andy Boris of Westerly, R.I.; aunt, Robbie Watts of Corsicana, Texas; niece, Christine Smith, husband, William and their children Allison and Katherine. Eunice was a loving wife and mother who will be greatly missed by all her family and friends.

Her life will be celebrated at Tazewell Baptist Church in Tazewell, Va. on Saturday, December 22, 2007 at 12:00 noon with the Rev. Robert Belcher officiating. Burial will follow at Shady Grove Cemetery in Skygusty.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations to Woodland Baptist Church, 9607 State Road 70 East, Bradenton, FL 34202.

Peery & St.Clair Funeral Home of Tazewell, Va. is serving the Panciera family.

To leave personal condolences online, visit www.legacy.comE

Moore, Patricia Presley
  View/Sign Guest Book
MOORESVILLE, N.C. — Patricia Presley Moore, 61, of Mooresville, N.C. formerly of Bluefield, passed away on Friday, December 21 at Lake Norman Regional Medical Center.
 
Mrs. Moore was born in Jenkinjones, on August 10, 1946.   She was the daughter of the late Steward C. and Dorothy Barnette Presley.On December 14, 1968,
 
Patricia married Jimmy R. Moore of Bramwell.   Patricia was a clerk for the Iredell County Health Department in Statesville.
 
She is survived by her husband, Jimmy R. Moore; sons, Steven and Randall Moore, both of Charlotte, N.C.; sisters and brothers, Margaret Vincent of Bramwell, Steward Presley Jr. of Hueytown, Ala., Mike Presley of Hueytown, Ala., Yvette Hatter of Glenwood, and Yvonne Catron of Alabaster, Ala.; loving nieces and nephews, and her 2 dogs, Lady and Prissy, and 2 cats, Max and Sunshine.
 
Visiting will be held from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 27, 2007 at the Cavin-Cook Funeral Home, 494 E. Plaza Dr., Mooresville.    Religious Service will follow at 8:00 p.m. with the Rev. Mark Pitts officiating.
 
Memorials can be made to Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, 505 East Blvd., Suite 101, Charlotte, NC 28203 or the American Heart Association, 222 S. Church St., Suite 303, Charlotte, NC 28202.
 
Cavin-Cook Funeral Home of Mooresville, N.C., is assisting the Moore Family.
 
To leave personal condolences online, visit www.legacy.com.
 
Published in the Bluefield Daily Telegraph on 12/23/2007.




Jack Marion “Fish” Penland 

PAGETON — Jack Marion “Fish” Penland, 57, of Rt. 161 (River Road), Pageton, died on Sunday, January 27, 2008 at his home.

Born on August 27, 1950 in Welch, he was a son of Thelma Shumate Penland of the McDowell Nursing and Rehab Center in Gary and the late Ernest (Bob) Penland. He had been a resident of Pageton for most of his life and was a graduate of Gary High School. He was employed at XMV No. 35 mines at Elbert. He was of the Baptist faith.

In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by a brother, James Nowal Penland; and his grandparents, Oscar and Verna Penland and Slater and Janie Shumate.

Survivors in addition to his mother include: Sister: Jane (Eddie) Bevins of Pageton; nephews: Michael E. (Lorrie) Bevins of Skygusty, James L. (Lynda) Penland of Summerduck, Va.; great nephew: Michael “Bubba” Bevins; great nieces: Maria Bevins and Courtney Stepp; sisters in law: Mildred Penland of Jenkinjones and Frances Penland of Bluefield.

Graveside services will be conducted on Saturday, February 2, 2008 at 11:00 a.m. at the Roselawn Memorial Gardens Mausoleum in Princeton with the Rev. Jim Blevins officiating. Burial will follow with Michael Bevins, Larry Farmer, Alec Rose, Ricky Hurt, Charles Leach, Dan Farmer, and Brian Rose serving as pallbearers. Michael “Bubba” Bevins, Adam and Dustin Farmer will serve as honorary pallbearers.

Those wishing to attend services are requested to meet at the Mausoleum on Saturday at 11:00 a.m.

Cravens-Shires Funeral Home in Bluewell is serving the Penland family.

To leave personal condolences online, visit www.legacy.com

Gerald Harold Nieto

PRINCETON —
Gerald Harold Nieto, 81, of 2092 Pisgah Road, Princeton, died Saturday, April 7, 2007 at Princeton Community Hospital. He had been a resident for 3 1/2 years at Cassell's Board and Care in Princeton. Prior to this, he resided at Filbert No. 9 for most of his life.

Born on Dec. 16, 1925 in Ream (No. 6), he was the son of the late Joe and Anna Sironko Nieto. He graduated from Gary High School in 1943 and was a member of the Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church. He was proud to be a veteran and served during World War II in the U.S. Army. He worked for U.S. Steel Preparation Plant for 37 years until he retired. In earlier years, he enjoyed dancing the Polka, playing the saxophone and harmonica, feeding the birds, working puzzles, and sitting on the porch.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his daughter in law, Bridget Nieto.

Survivors include: Loving wife of 55 years: Theresa Pisano Nieto of the home; one son: Dr. Joseph P. Nieto of Princeton; one daughter: Anne Monica Mills and husband Gareth of Princeton; one brother: William Nieto of Denver, Colo.; one sister: Magdalene McGrady and husband Carl Sr. of Bristol, Va.; grandchildren: Zachary, Lukas, and Josiah Nieto, Caleb and Jacob Mills all of Princeton.

Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted on Friday, April 13, 2007 at 11:00 a.m. at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Princeton with Father William Matheny and Deacon Daniel Pisano officiating. Burial will follow at Woodlawn Memorial Park in Bluewell with family members serving as pallbearers.

Friends may call on Thursday from 6-8 p.m. at Cravens-Shires Funeral Home in Bluewell where a Christian wake service will be conducted at 7:30 p.m. Friends may also call one hour before services at the church.

Memorial contributions may be made to a church of your choice.

Cravens-Shires Funeral Home in Bluewell is serving the Nieto family

Mary Ruth McNew Friel

WELCH —
Mary Ruth McNew Friel, 82, of Welch, died early Sunday morning, March 2, 2008, at the home of her daughter in Morgantown. She had been cared for by her daughter, son-in-law and grandchildren in their home during her failing health over the past year.

Mary was born August 1, 1925 in Clinchport, Va., the youngest child of the late Robert Hiram and Mary Alice (Rhoton) McNew. She graduated from Gary High School in 1944. She worked as a teletype operator for U.S. Steel from 1944-1960 and was a homemaker from 1960-1974. She worked as a bookkeeper and drive-through teller at the McDowell County National Bank from 1974 until her retirement in 1999. After retirement she enjoyed spending winters in Morgantown caring for her grandchildren. She was a resident of Welch the greater part of her life. She was a member of St. Peter Catholic Church in Welch and was a member of the St. Theresa Society.

Mary is survived by her only daughter, Mary Cornelia Friel Fanning and her husband Robert Fanning and three grandchildren, Mason Cornelius, Kyle Alexander and Helen Rebecca Fanning, all of Morgantown and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 34 years, Cornelius John Friel, on April 4, 1985, six brothers, Clarence (Mary), Clyde (Rosetta), Robert (Iona), Ryland (Phoebia), Henry (Rachel) and Arthur (Venus) McNew and four sisters, Bertha (Jim) Hill, Martha (Charlie) Bishop, Elsie (Howard) Hawks and Ethel (Leonard) Hill. She is the last surviving member of her original family.

Friends may call at the chapel of Fanning Funeral Home, Welch, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. (today) Tuesday, March 4, 2008, where a prayer service will be held at 7 p.m.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday morning at St. Peter Catholic Church in Welch, with Father That Son Nguyen and Father Dan Pisano serving as co-celebrants. Burial will follow in Monte Vista Cemetery in Ceres.

Pallbearers will be Mason Fanning, Kyle Fanning, Rick Murensky, Randall Hatfield, Steve Ford, David Falin, Kelly Belcher and John Sidote.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Peter Catholic Church, 111 Virginia Avenue, Welch, WV 24801 or St. John's University Parish, 1481 University Avenue, Morgantown, WV 26505. Condolences may be sent to her family at 21 Maple Avenue, Morgantown, WV 26501.

Fanning Funeral Home in Welch is serving the Friel family.


  



    GREER, CAROL ANN HAMM

      DECATUR, Ala. - Carol Ann Hamm Greer, 67, of Decatur died Saturday,
April 12, 2008 at her home.She was born October 25, 1940 in West Virginia to
Conley Vaughn Hamm and Lava Sylvestia Mitchem Hamm

. She was preceded in death by son, Loyd Duayne Greer Sr., daughter, Cheryl Lynn Greer and
brother, Theodore Hamm.Survivors include son, Steven Edward Greer of
Decatur; two sons, she raised as her own, Loyd Duayne Greer Jr., and
Jonathan Greer, both of Decatur; two brothers, Conley Paul Hamm of Lemoore,
Calif., and Kenneth Hamm of Lanette, Ala; two sisters, Evelyn Carter of
Saltville, Va., and Drema Powell of Princeton.

 Roselawn Funeral Home, 741 Danville Road SW, Decatur, Ala., was in charge of arrangements. To leave
personal condolences online, visit www.legacy.com
      Published in the Bluefield Daily Telegraph from 4/23/2008 - 4/24/2008.

 
NORTH TAZEWELL, Va. — William Clarence “Bill” McCormick, Jr., 67, of Goose Creek Road, North Tazewell, Virginia, formerly of Gary, died Thursday, May 1, 2008 at Tazewell Community Hospital.Born May 8, 1940, at Thorpe, he was the son of the late William C. and Lucille Rush McCormick, Sr.Bill was a graduate of Gary High School in 1958. He served with the U.S. Air Force from 1959 until 1964. Bill had worked for the WV Department of Highways District 10 in Princeton, McCormick Remolding and 23 years with U.S. Steel Corporation at Gary. He was an active member of the U.M.W.A., having held office as Financial Secretary of Local 1713 and on the Safety Committee, a member of Local 2526, and served as President and on the Safety Committee for Local # 3375.Bill was a member of the Gary Lions Club for over 30 years, a member of the American Legion Post and past member of the Tug Twirlers Square Club, and a member of the Triangle Sportsman Club for twenty years. He was of the Methodist faith.

Survivors: His devoted wife of 43 years, Brenda Dunn McCormick of North Tazewell, Va.; two children, Roberta (Robin) Lee of Bluefield, Va. and David W. McCormick of Salem, Va.; four grandchildren, Jessica Leigh and Amber Nicole Steele of Bluefield, Va., Britni Marie and Shalaina Marie McCormick of Salem, Va.; three sisters, Beverly Hallstrom and husband Edwin of Orlando, Fla., B. Adell Compton of Laurel Md., Sandra Metcalf and husband Marshall of Waldorf, Md.; brothers, Glenn E. McCormick of Roanoke Va. and Phillip D. McCormick of Arundel, Maine; 10 nieces and nephews; two longtime friends, Robert Wilson of Crumpler and Grover Roland of Lexington N.C.

Graveside services will be held 3:00 p.m. Monday, May 5, 2008 in the Garden of Last Supper, Roselawn Memorial Gardens on the Courthouse Road in Princeton with military honor being conducted by the WV Honor Guard.There will be no visitation at the funeral home.Family and friends may share messages of concerns and love via www.memorialfd.comThose wishing to attend the graveside services are requested to meet at the Memorial Funeral Directory on the Athens Road in Princeton by 2:30 p.m. on Monday.Serving as pallbearers will be David McCormick, Britni McCormick, Shalaina McCormick, Phillip McCormick, Grover Roland, Robert Wilson and Allen Palmer.In honoring Mr. McCormick’s request, memorial gifts can be made to the Tazewell County Fire and Rescue, Tazewell, VA or the Chuck Mathena Foundation, P.O. Box 5664, Princeton WV 24740

ERNEST D. ROSE

BLUEFIELD — Ernest D. Rose, 81, died Friday, May 16, 2008, at Westwood Health Care Center. Graveside rites will be Monday at 11:00 a.m. with Dr. Don Scott officiating the service at Roselawn Memorial Park in Princeton, W.Va.Burial will be in Roselawn Cemetery with Cravens-Shires Funeral Home of Bluewell, in charge.Mr. Rose was a native of West Virginia. He was born on June 9, 1926, in Wilcoe, W.Va. He was a veteran of World War II serving in the Pacific Theater with the 25th Infantry Division of the U.S. Army. Mr. Rose retired in 1986, from the N and W Railroad where he was employed for over forty-four years as a brakeman and conductor. He was a former resident of Wilcoe, W.Va., where he resided before moving to Bluefield, in 1978.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Lou (Mabry) Rose; one daughter, Elizabeth (Libby) Murray and her husband Frank of Pauley's Island, S.C.; two sons, Danny Rose and wife Cornelia (Corny) of Madison, Ala., and Jeffery Rose and wife Sherry of Clinton, Mich.; and 6 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. Additionally, he is survived by one brother, Roger Rose and wife Pam of Bluefield, Va. and many nieces and nephews and friends.The family will serve as pallbearers.

Those wishing to attend the service are requested to meet at the Cravens-Shires Funeral Home by 10:30 a.m. on Monday, May 19, 2008.The Cravens-Shires Funeral Home is serving the Rose family.To leave personal condolences online, visit www.legacy.com
Published in the Bluefield Daily Telegraph from 5/17/2008 - 5/18/2008

Fritts, Teresa Filisky

Fritts, Teresa Filisky 81, of New Port Richey, Fl, formerly of Gary and Princeton, WV passed away Monday, August 25, 2008 at the Little House on Oakshire, Adult Family Care Home, (under Hospice care) in Port Richey, FL.

She was born in Clinton, Indiana, the daughter of the late John S. Filisky and Mary M. Filisky.  She was a homemaker.  She is survived by her husband of over 61 years, Clarence E. Fritts of New Port Richey.  She is also survived by six children Jerome E. Fritts & spouse Louisa, of Dover, DE, John C. Fritts & spouse Lynn of Centreville, VA, Michael A. Fritts & spouse Kellee of Chantilly, VA, Karen F. Anderson & spouse Dave of Southport, NC, Mary Ellen F. Tetrick & spouse Frank of Irvington, VA, and Patricia F. Wilkinson & spouse Gary, of Bluefield, VA, ten Grandchildren, five Great Grandchildren and a sister Anna A Filisky, of Bluefield, WV.  

Friends will be received on Saturday August 30, 2008 from 1-2:30 pm, in the Wildwood addition  at Roselawn Funeral home and Cemetery on Court House Road, Princeton, WV, where funeral services will follow.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations may be made to the Hernando-Pasco Hospice, 6807 Rowan Road, New Port Richey, FL 34653 or the Alzheimer’s Family Organization, P.O. Box 1939, New Port Richey, FL 34656-1939.   Dad/Clarence.

William Anthony"Bill" Gergely

PRINCETON — William Anthony “Bill” Gergely, 80, of 137 Bratton Avenue, Apt. 1-A in Princeton, died Monday, November 10, 2008, at his residence. Born in Thorpe, W.Va., November 10, 1928, he was the son of the late Steve and Anna Kaminski Gergely.He was retired from the mining supplies sales division of Blizzard's, Inc. in Bluefield. Bill was a faithful member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Princeton where he was also a member of the Knight's of Columbus. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran. Bill made his home in Welch, W.Va. for several years before moving to South Bend, Ind. While living there he became, and remains today, an avid fan of Notre Dame football. He moved from South Bend to Princeton in 1979.In addition to his parents, one brother, Frank Gergely and one sister, Sister Anntherese Gergely, preceded him in death.Survivors include his wife of fifty years, Carmen Hamro Gergely of Princeton; two daughters, Monica G. Yocum and her husband Charles of Baltimore, Md. and Mary Beth Gergely of Princeton; two sons, Michael Gergely and his wife Jodi Lynn of Wesley Chapel, Fla. and Matthew William Gergely and his wife Tracy of South Bend, Ind.; eight grandchildren, Kristen Yocum, Will Yocum, Caitlyn Gergely, Jordan Gergely, Brandon Gergely, Aaron Gergely, Matthew Gergely and Nicholas Gergely; one sister, Anne Gergely of Thorpe, W.Va. and two brothers, Steve Gergely of Deltona, Fla. and Julius Gergely of Princeton.Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, November 12, 2008, at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Princeton with Father Paul Wharton as Celebrant. Inurnment will follow in Roselawn Memorial Gardens Chapel of the Wildwood in Princeton.In keeping with Bill's wishes the body has been cremated and there will be no visitation.Memorial contributions may be made to the Sacred Heart Catholic Church Building Fund, 507 Harrison St., Princeton, WV 24740 or Community Hospices of America, The Virginias, 1033 Stafford Dr., Princeton, WV 24740.Online condolences may be made on www.seaverfuneralservice.comSeaver Funeral Home in Princeton is serving the Gergely family.


 

BLANCHE LOVELACE HILL

GLENWOOD PARK — Blanche Lovelace Hill, 81, of the Glenwood Retirement Village, 1924 Glenwood Park Road, Princeton, formerly of Old Gardner Road, died Friday, October 31, 2008 at her residence.Born June 2, 1927 in McDowell County, she was the daughter of the late Nathan and Miranda Harmon Bailey.Blanche was a graduate of Gary High School in 1945. She was a member of the Bethel United Methodist Church.In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, James C. Lovelace, her second husband, Pastor Ira H. Hill, and a daughter, Effie Jane Short.Survivors: Her daughter, Laura Larkin and husband, John of Princeton; stepchildren, Kent Hill and wife Becky of Nitro, Sandra Templeton and husband David of Melton, Sharon Smith and husband Bob of Cincinnati, Ohio; nine grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren, two great-great grandchildren.Funeral services will be held 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, November 5, 2008 from the Burns Wornal Chapel of the Memorial Funeral Directory on the Athens Road in Princeton with Pastor Dallas Peyton Sr. officiating. Burial will follow in the Woodlawn Memorial Park in Bluewell.Friends may visit with the family on Wednesday from noon until the service hour.Family and friends may share messages of love and concern via www.memorialfd.comFamily and friends will serve as pallbearers.In lieu of flowers, gifts can be made to the Community Hospice of America, 1033 Stafford Drive, Princeton WV 24740.The Hill family is being served by the Memorial Funeral Directory and Cremation Center on the Athens Road in Princeton.
-_________________________________________________________________

Rev. Daniel Ray Parish

LECKIE — Rev. Daniel Ray Parish, age 61, of Leckie, W.Va., passed away on Friday, December 5, 2008 as a result of injuries sustained from an accident at work.Born on April 29, 1947 in Leckie, he was a son of the late Willie Estel and Edna C. Blevins Parish. He had been a lifelong resident of Leckie and was a self employed contractor and ordained minister, where he served as pastor of the Leckie, Coalwood, and Crane Creek Pentecostal Holiness Churches, and the Boyd’s Chapel and Jenkinjones Methodist Churches.
He was a veteran of the US Army where he served in Vietnam.Survivors include: His beloved wife, Betty Fowler Parish of the home; His son: Marine Cpl. Joshua Parish of San Diego, Calif.; Granddaughter: Laken Myers of Welch; Brothers: Jack Parish of Dublin, Va., Tom Parish and wife Ellen of Anawalt, Charles Pruitt and wife Brenda of Newport News, Va., Vaughan Pruitt and wife Nancy of Roanoke, Va.; Sister: Billy Kay Middleton of Roanoke, Va.; Father and mother-in-law: Robert and Georgia Fowler of Statesville, N.C.; Sisters-in-law: Janice Forbes and husband David of Dublin, Va., Ellen Hodge and husband Herman of Radford, Va., Sandra Adams and husband Dennis of Statesville, N.C. Also survived by Lisa Strange of Statesville, NC, who was like a daughter to Dan. Many nieces and nephews that he dearly loved.

Funeral services will be conducted on Thursday, December 11, 2008 at 11:00 a.m. at the Cravens-Shires Funeral Home Chapel in Bluewell with nephew Bill Parish; son, Joshua Parish; and Minister Mary Lambert officiating. Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Gardens in Princeton with Jack Parish, Thomas Parish, James Bailey, Dean Winebarger, Marty Parish, Louie Hunley, Ronnie England and Willard Lambert serving as pallbearers. The WV Honor Guard will conduct military graveside honors.Friends may call on Wednesday from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home.Cravens-Shires Funeral Home in Bluewell is serving the Parish family.
__________________________________________________________________

WELLS JR., HARRY P. Of Carmichael, CA passed away peacefully at Mercy San Juan Hospital on October 6, 2008 at the age of 73. He now rejoins his loving wife of 43 years Ann T. Wells, who passed away 3 years ago. Harry is survived by his daughter Michelle (Wells) Cox, her husband Michael Cox, and three grandchildren Alexander, Cameron, and Kaitlyn Cox of Visalia, CA, son James Wells of Carmichael, and brother Jack, who lives in Turkey. Harry served 20 years in the US Air Force and retired as a Senior Master Sergeant. He was a pioneer in Nuclear Medicine and Heart Imaging Procedures, receiving the Casimir Funk Award from the Association of Military Surgeons for Innovations in Medicine. Harry joined Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento, following his retirement from the Air Force and embarked on a second career as the Nuclear Medicine Director and later as the Administrative Director of Diagnostic Imaging at Sutter Memorial Hospital. He was an active member of the Carmichael Elks Lodge, SIR'S Branch 102, and the American Legion. Harry (a.k.a. "The Silver Fox") was a warm hearted, gentle, and fun loving man who enjoyed golf, fishing, and hunting. He loved to socialize and met regularly with friends for lunch or any occasion. He will always be remembered by his friends and family for his great sense of humor and his mischievous smile. Harry was cherished by those who knew him and will be deeply missed. A memorial service will be held at the Carmichael, CA Elks Lodge, 5631 Cypress Ave. on Friday November 7, 2008 from 7 to 9:30 p.m.
_________________________________________________ Riley J. justice

Husband of Delores Farmer ..Gary Class of 1950.     Delores is the sister of Orphia,JD,Ruth and Eugene Burge.
WAR — Riley J. Justice, age 84, of War, died Friday, February 6, 2009 at Tazewell Community Hospital. Born April 11, 1924 in Asco, he was the son of the late Albert and Julia Hawks Justice.
 
He was preceded in death, in addition to his parents, by two brothers, John and Charles Justice; and several half brothers and sisters.
 
Survivors include his wife of 56 years of marriage, Delores Farmer Justice of War; two daughters, Edie Baluss and husband Jim of Tarboro, N.C., and Frieda Utley and husband Milton of Hampstead, N.C.; two sons, Charles Justice and wife Shelia of Morgantown, N.C., and Albert Justice of War; two brothers, a twin brother, Rush Justice and wife Mary Ann of War, and Lowry Justice and wife Martha of Monks Corner, S.C.; four sisters, Ruth Kirby of Tazewell, Va., Geneva Gillespie and husband Thomas of Florida, Joyce Smith and husband Elbert of Logan, W.Va., Dorothy Marcus of Indianapolis, Ind.; four granddaughters, Natalie Waggett, Allison Mang Kang, Melissa Barnes, and Megan Justice; also four great-grandchildren.
 
He had been a resident of War since 1948, and a veteran of service during World War II, serving in the Seabees. A retired barber, he was of the Primitive Baptist Faith. He was an avid fisherman and a member of the American Post of War.
 
Funeral service will be Monday at 1:00 p.m. from the Fanning Funeral Home Chapel in War with Elders Jerry Farmer and Junior Connors in charge.
 
Burial will follow in Justice Cemetery in Asco. Friends may call at the funeral home Sunday from 6 to 8 p.m. Pallbearers are Roger Deel, Roger White, Ron and Rush Foster, Paul David Whitt, Claude Adams, Neils Lowry, Brandon and Jonathan McKinney and Alvin Saunders.Fanning Funeral Home of War is in charge of arrangements.To leave personal condolences online, visit www.legacy.com  



 
MARY RUTH McNEW FRIEL WELCH —

 Mary Ruth McNew Friel, 82, of Welch, died early Sunday morning, March 2, 2008, at the home of her daughter in Morgantown. She had been cared for by her daughter, son-in-law and grandchildren in their home during her failing health over the past year. Mary was born August 1, 1925 in Clinchport, Va., the youngest child of the late Robert Hiram and Mary Alice (Rhoton) McNew. She graduated from Gary High School in 1944. She worked as a teletype operator for U.S. Steel from 1944-1960 and was a homemaker from 1960-1974. She worked as a bookkeeper and drive-through teller at the McDowell County National Bank from 1974 until her retirement in 1999. After retirement she enjoyed spending winters in Morgantown caring for her grandchildren.

 She was a resident of Welch the greater part of her life. She was a member of St. Peter Catholic Church in Welch and was a member of the St. Theresa Society. Mary is survived by her only daughter, Mary Cornelia Friel Fanning and her husband Robert Fanning and three grandchildren, Mason Cornelius, Kyle Alexander and Helen Rebecca Fanning, all of Morgantown and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 34 years, Cornelius John Friel, on April 4, 1985, six brothers, Clarence (Mary), Clyde (Rosetta), Robert (Iona), Ryland (Phoebia), Henry (Rachel) and Arthur (Venus) McNew and four sisters, Bertha (Jim) Hill, Martha (Charlie) Bishop, Elsie (Howard) Hawks and Ethel (Leonard) Hill. She is the last surviving member of her original family.

 Friends may call at the chapel of Fanning Funeral Home, Welch, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. (today) Tuesday, March 4, 2008, where a prayer service will be held at 7 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday morning at St. Peter Catholic Church in Welch, with Father That Son Nguyen and Father Dan Pisano serving as co-celebrants. Burial will follow in Monte Vista Cemetery in Ceres. Pallbearers will be Mason Fanning, Kyle Fanning, Rick Murensky, Randall Hatfield, Steve Ford, David Falin, Kelly Belcher and John Sidote. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Peter Catholic Church, 111 Virginia Avenue, Welch, WV 24801 or St. John's University Parish, 1481 University Avenue, Morgantown, WV 26505. Condolences may be sent to her family at 21 Maple Avenue, Morgantown, WV 26501. Fanning Funeral Home in Welch is serving the Friel family. To leave personal condolences online, visit www.legacy.com ____________________________________________________________________

COLOLOMBO, ANTOINETTE MARIE   


 of Elbert, W.Va., passed away on February 9, 2009 at Bluefield Regional Medical Center following a long illness. Antionette was born February 12, 1934 in Elbert. She was the daughter of the late Pete and Angelina (Demetrio) Colombo.

She attended the Gary schools, where she graduated from Gary High School. She was a life-long member of Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church, where she was in the altar society. She was active in the Beta Sigma Phi Sorority, and an active member of the Gary High School Alumni Association and the American Legion Auxiliary

. Antionette was employed by U.S. Steel Corp., where she worked as a bookkeeper at the Gary Company Store. After it closed in 1976, she went to work for "Johnny Davis" jewelry store in Welch, where she worked for twenty years. She recently worked at the Bantam Market in Gary, W.Va.

In addition to her parents, Antoinette was preceded in death by three brothers: Valentino, Carlo, and Pete 'Bobo' Colombo. 

She is survived by three sisters: Mrs. James (Rosie) Bales of Filbert, Mrs. Anthony (Aster) Yanesh of the home and Bluefield, W.Va., and Mrs. Sidney (Maria) Cure of Elbert, and one sister-in-law, Mrs. Carlo Colombo of Elbert. She also leaves behind a special friend, Adrianna Stevenson of Gary, W.Va. "Na-Na" was the beloved aunt of six nephews, five nieces, six great nephews, five great-great nephews, and one great-great niece. Nephews include: James (Coney) Bales and Kenneth (Frog) Bales of Welch, Robert (Tony) Colombo and Dr. Carl Samuel Colombo of York, Pa., Dr. Robert J. Cure of Huntington, W.Va. and Gino Colombo, of Richmond, Va. Nieces are: Teresa Colombo of Elbert, Mrs. Cecil (Cathy) Patterson, of Caretta, Jean Colombo, of Morgantown, Mrs. Russell (Carla) Brown of Roanoke, Va. and Mary Colombo, of Glen Easton, W.Va. Great nephews include: William (Baby Dale) Patterson and Nicholas T. Patterson, of Caretta, Dominic Colombo, of York, Pa., Julian-Dante Giglio, of Elbert, Christopher Conner Brown of Roanoke, Va. and Roger Flippen, of Peck's Mill, W.Va. Great nieces are: Mrs. Adam (Nikki) Rohrig, of Abingdon, Va., Deanna Bales, of Bluefield, W.Va., Mrs. Lee (Lisa) Miller of Thompson Station, Tenn., Gabrielle Colombo of Princeton, W.Va., Danielle Colombo of York, Pa., Carolyn Kinnear of Glen Easton, W.Va. and Mrs. Todd (Samantha) Blackburn, of Fort Benning, Ga. Great-great nephews and nieces are: Malachi Blackburn of Fort Benning, Ga., Nolan Miller and Grayson Miller of Thompson Station, Tenn. and Brayden Flippen, Connor Flippen, and Kaitlyn Flippen of Peck's Mill, W.Va

. Friends will be received Friday evening, February 13, 2009 at the Fanning Funeral Home in Welch, from 6-9 p.m., with a prayer service at 7 p.m., officiated by Sister Libby Deliee, RSM.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, February 14, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. at Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church in Gary, with Father That-Son Nguyen as celebrant, assisted by Father Dan Pisano.

Entombment will follow at the waterfall mausoleum at Woodlawn Memorial Park in Bluewell, W.Va. Pallbearers will be James Bales, Kenneth Bales, Robert Colombo, Dr. Carl Colombo, Dr. Robert Cure, Gino Colombo, Cecil Patterson and Russell Brown. Honorary pallbearers are Louie Berentes, Louie Conte, Nick Cavallo, Anthony Cavallo, Pete Ramella, Jimmy Longo, Dr. David Carr, Jessie Williams, Edward "Sonny" Stevenson, and Frank Pisano. Fanning Funeral Home in Welch is serving the Colombo family. To leave personal condolences online, visit www.legacy.com Published in the Bluefield Daily Telegraph on 2/12/2009

___________________________________________________________________________

Carolyn Allen Lusk‏. GHs class of 67?

 Carolyn was found in her home in Al. Sunday evening. They said she had been dead about two or three days. Cause of death was a heart attack. She had a slight heart attack about two months ago which probably lead up to this fatal one. Her mother (Thelma) is beside herself as you can imagine. Bud and Thelma left this morning. She leaves behind one daughter (Debbie) and son-in-law (Tim) and three grandchildren (Evan Ray, Jennifer and Sheyenne (not sure of the spelling) ___________________________________________________________________________

Marie Garay Patocka

Patocka, Marie Lorraine (Garay), age 67, of Yorba Linda, California passed away Sunday, February 8, 2009 at the Anaheim Memorial Hospital in Anaheim, California. She lost a long hard battle with cancer, she fought all the way to the end refusing to give up, she never lost hope and faith. Marie was born December 3, 1941 in Filbert, West Virginia. She was a daughter of the late Louis and Helen (Mercs) Garay. She attended Gary High School, where she graduated in 1959.

 After graduating Marie left West Virginia and moved to California. She worked for the phone company in Long Beach for many years. She met and married the love of her life, Bob Patocka. Eventually settling down in Yorba linda. Most of her life she had a love of polka music and played the accordion with her husband Bob's band and once played with Frank Yankovic. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her sister, Grace A. Garay; a niece, Jennifer S. Garay and an aunt, Mary (Garay) Vangilder, age 98 on Saturday, February 7, 2009. Survivors include her loving husband of thirty years, Bob Patocka; a brother, Louis "Buddy" Garay and his wife, Elise of Belen, New Mexico; one niece, Naida Garay of Belen, NM and several cousins.

 She has many friends from all over the country, her polka friends in CA to special lifelong friends in the Eastern States.

 There will be a viewing for family and friends at Fueraria Del Angel Pierce Brothers Anaheim Chapel on Monday, February 16, 2009 from 4;00 to 8:00 p.m. with a 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, February 17, 2009. Funeral Mass at St. Justin Martyr Catholic Church in Anaheim. Inter will follow at Holy Sepulcher Cemetery in Orange. Please visit www.mem.com to leave your condolences. Directors-Funeraria Del Angel Pierce Brothers Anaheim Mortuary 2425 W. Lincoln Ave. Anaheim 714-828-6440. Funeraria Del Angel Pierce Brothers Anaheim Mortuary

 
Show per page
  View/Sign Guest Book
TAZEWELL, Va. — Nathan C. “Red” Guess, Jr., age 81, of Tazewell, Va., died Tuesday, February 17, 2009 at Roanoke Memorial Hospital in Roanoke, Va. from injuries sustained in an accident. Born October 18, 1927 at O'toole, W.Va., he was a son of the late Nathan C. Guess, Sr. and the late Louise McGhee Guess.Mr. Guess was a United States Navy Veteran of World War II having served as a Seaman First Class on the USS John A. Newcomb in the South Pacific. He received many commendations to include two purple hearts. Nathan was on Iwo Jima during the raising of the American Flag. He was of the Christian faith and was attending Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church in Pounding Mill, Va. Mr. Guess had worked in the coal mines for the majority of his life, having worked as a Mine Foreman with US Steel at Gary, W.Va. He was a member of the Tazewell Masonic Lodge #62, AF and AM and the Tazewell Order of the Eastern Star #187.In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Mary Guess; two children, one son, William E. Guess; one infant daughter; one sister, Marcella Eanes.Survivors include his loving wife of twenty-one years, Rebecca Guess; sisters, Geraldine Lafon of Princeton, W.Va. and two other sisters; one brother, Ed Guess and wife, Barbara of Ohio; several nieces and nephews, other family members and many friends.Funeral services for Nathan C. “Red” Guess, Jr. will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, February 21, 2009 at Hurst-Scott Funeral Home Chapel in Tazewell, Va. with the Rev. Robert Buckles and the Rev. J.C. Johnson officiating. Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Gardens in Princeton, W.Va. where Military Graveside Rites will be conducted by the Members of the Casey-Shortt VFW Post #9640 in Richlands, Va. Pallbearers will be Terry Long, Eric Newberry, Ronnie Childress, Dwayne Hale, Bill Kitts, and Mike Lambert. Lewey Sparks will serve as honorary pallbearer.The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 6-9 p.m. Friday, February 20, 2009, where Masonic Rites will be conducted by members of the Tazewell Masonic Lodge #62, AF and AM at 7:30 p.m. Hurst-Scott Funeral Home in Tazewell, Va. is serving the family of Mr. Guess and those wishing to express sympathy online may do so at www.hurstscottfuneralhomes.com.
Published in the Bluefield Daily Telegraph from 2/20/2009 - 2/21/2009
NoticeGuest BookFlowersVisit the gift shop Charities 
Share photos, videos and more with Legacy Memorial Websites. Find out more.




LUSK, CAROLYN ALICE ALLEN,

LUSK, cAROLYN ALICE ALLEN, age 60, of Hueytown, AL, formerly of Gary,
WV, passed away Sunday, February 15, 2009. She was a member of The
Crossing. She was preceded by her husband, Roy Lusk. She is survived by
her daughter, Deborah Michelle Myles (Timothy) of Ft. Benning, GA;
parents, Lester "Bud" and Thelma Allen of Gary, WV; grandchildren, Evan
Ray, Jennifer and Shianne. Funeral services will be 2:00 pm Saturday,
February 21, 2009 at Bessemer Brown Service Funeral Home with Pastor
Michael Sharp officiating. Burial will be at Cedar Hill Cemetery. The
family will receive friends Friday, February 20, 2009 from 6:00 until
8:00 pm. Bessemer Brown Service Funeral Home is honored to serve the
Lusk family. 




08/25/05

|WELCOME| |09 MIRACLE MTN REUNION| |BLAST FROM THE PAST | |CLASS REUNION GROUPS | |CLASS REUNION INDIVIDUALS| |COALDIGGER MILITARY| |FUN & CHUCKLE| |GARY COALDIGGER PAGE| |GHS TEACHERS| |GHS SKIDOOS GATHERING | |GARY, WVA INFO PAGE| |INSPIRATIONAL| |MEMORIAL AND OBITS 1| |MEMORIAL AND OBITS 2| | MEMORIALS & OBITS 3| |MY MTN MEMORIES OF WVA| |NEWS & EVENTS| |PHOTO'S:ANAWALT | |PHOTO'S GARY AREA| |PHOTO'S PAGETON| |PHOTO'S WILCOE| |FLORIDA REUNION| |WHITES GET TOGETHER| |SPECIAL MEMORIALS| |MEMORIAL PAGE FOUR|