The daughter of the late Earl McCoy Robinson and Mabel Pickett Robinson, "Patti Lou" Robinson was born May 5, 1926, in Moundsville. She grew up in Moundsville and attended Moundsville High School. She graduated with honors from West Virginia University, majoring in language arts. She also received her master's degree from WVU in 1948.
On Sept. 2, 1950, Patricia married John C. Ashworth, who also grew up in Moundsville. The couple moved to Beckley in 1950 and John entered into law practice with his older brother, Robert. Patricia and John were active in many civic and social organizations in the Beckley area throughout their lives. The couple had two daughters, Robin and Melinda. Judge John Ashworth died in 1995.
Mrs. Ashworth taught at Waynesburg College, West Virginia University and the former Beckley College. She was chair of the English department, served as dean of women and dean of students at Beckley College. She is fondly remembered by many of her former students as a kind but tenacious professor who expected the best from her students. She retired from Beckley College in 1985.
Mrs. Ashworth was a member of the United Methodist Temple, the Women's Club of Beckley, Delta Kappa Gamma educational sorority and WVU Emeritus Society. She was an excellent cook, a skilled hostess, a loyal friend to many and an extremely organized and efficient person. She was a devoted wife and loving mother and grandmother. Above all, she was always a lady.
Mrs. Ashworth is survived by her daughters, Robin Ashworth Tice of St. Marys and Melinda Ashworth Kiss and her husband, Bob, of Charleston. She is also survived by five grandchildren, John David Tice and his wife, Jessica, Jared Tice, Laura Tice, Cameron Kiss and Carter Kiss. Also surviving are three great-grandchildren, Clara Tice, Ella Tice and Benjamin Tice; several nieces and nephews; and her beloved neighbors, Mary Ann and Don Wise.
Service for Mrs. Ashworth will be Saturday, Dec. 7, at 11 a.m. at Rose & Quesenberry Funeral Home, Beckley, with the Rev. G. Randall Adkins officiating. Entombment will follow in Sunset Memorial Park Mausoleum, Beckley.
Friends may gather with the family on Friday, Dec. 6, from 6 to 8 p.m., and one hour prior to the service on Saturday.
While flowers are welcome (she loved flowers), donations of sympathy, in lieu of flowers, are also appreciated and can be made to United Methodist Temple, 201 Templeview Drive, Beckley, WV 25801; Beckley Area Foundation, 129 Main St., Beckley, WV 25801; or WVU Foundation, Inc., P.O. Box 1650, Morgantown, WV 26507-1650.
Private online condolences, floral tributes and other expressions of sympathy may be directed to the family via our guestbook at www.roseandquesenberry.net.
Arrangements are by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, 1901 S. Kanawha St., Beckley.
Walter was a former employee of Union Carbide and later retired from CAMC General Hospital as a registered nurse. He was a member of Elkview Baptist Church and a former member of Bethany Baptist Church. He was a polio survivor, and proud to be a graduate of East Bank High School, class of 1967. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He was a member of the last graduating class of Charleston General Hospital School of Nursing.
He was preceded in death by his mother, June Bledsoe, and father, Everett Bledsoe.
Left to cherish his memory are his loving wife of 42 years, Sara Bledsoe; children, Jennifer Siders (Jeremy), Jason Bledsoe (Nicole) and Jeana Lipscomb (Jay); brothers, Bill Bledsoe, Charlie Bledsoe and John Bledsoe; sisters, Charlotte Bradley and Joey Graham; and grandchildren, Taylor, Jacob, Kailyn, Jaylen, Caleb, Jackson and Stephanie.
The family would like to express their gratitude and appreciation for the love and care their family received from CAMC General MICU during this most difficult time.
Service will be noon Saturday, Dec. 7, at Elkview Baptist Church, Elkview, with Pastor David Keeney and Pastor Bobby Sizemore officiating. Entombment will follow at Elk Hills Memorial Park, Big Chimney.
Visitation will be two hours prior to service at the church.
Online condolences may be shared at www.haferfuneralhome.net.
Hafer Funeral Home, Elkview, is assisting the Bledsoe family.
She was born Dec. 4, 1918, in Clarksburg. She moved to South Charleston at an early age and lived all of her life in South Charleston. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of South Charleston.
Opal was a 1936 graduate of South Charleston High School. She also graduated from Capitol Business School, PLPN Nursing School and Respiratory Therapy. She retired from H.J. Thomas Memorial Hospital. She was a 50-year member of the Order of the Eastern Star and, in 2008, was awarded the Order of the 35th Star and Distinguished West Virginian of the Year.
She was a caring and giving person, a respected member of her community and showed a true dedication to her family and friends that is a great example to all of us. She was a person of many talents and lived her life for her family. Our family feels so blessed to have had such a wonderful mother and grandmother.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Daniel and Verna Mae Pence; husband, Wetzel Brumfield; son, Dan; grandson, Scott; and brothers, Dale, Dr. Fred, the Rev. Charles and Robert Pence.
She is survived by her loving family: daughters, Ann (Roy) Mallory and Mary (Dick) Meeks; son, David (Matilda) Brumfield, all of South Charleston; sisters, Pat Lore of St. Albans and Wanda Kessinger of Ada, Okla.; grandchildren, Nancy (Patrick) Chapman, Jackie Brumfield, Mark Brumfield, Doug (Shawna) Meeks, Kristi (Ricky) Workman, Kelli (Phil) Haynes and Rae Ann (Scott) Nichols; five great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
A committal service to honor the life of Opal will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at Cunningham Memorial Park Upper Chapel, St. Albans, with the Rev. Walter Allen officiating.
Family and friends may visit from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at Snodgrass Funeral Home, South Charleston.
Special Thanks to Dr. Sara Nease, Tara Alden (caregiver) and Hospice Care.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Hospice Care, 1606 Kanawha Blvd. W., Charleston, WV 25387 or First Church of God, 5303 Ohio St., South Charleston, WV 25309 or a charity of your choice.
Memories of Opal may be shared by visiting www.snodgrassfuneral.com and selecting the obituary. Snodgrass Funeral Home, South Charleston, is handling the arrangements.
She was born April 23, 1931, in Flower, Braxton County.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Gladys (Moyers) Townsend and Alva Wellington Townsend; her beloved husband, Calvin Chapman; and granddaughter, Amy Lyn Chapman.
She is survived by her two sons, Lawrence Michael Chapman (Mary) of Gassaway and Richard Lane Chapman (Nancy) of Gassaway; grandchildren, Michael Chapman (Randi) of Charlottesville, Va., Justin Chapman (Dhayne) of Toronto, Canada, Travis Chapman of Gassaway, Linzy Chapman of Bel Air, Md., and Kristen Frame of Gassaway; great-grandchildren, Jade Chapman of Gassaway and Justin Brian Chapman of Toronto, Canada; and sister, Willa Dean Grooms (late husband, Bob) of Ellicott City, Md.
As a young girl, she faithfully attended church, Sunday school and revivals. Her dad presented her with a Bible in which he signed his name. Barba accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior at Waldeck Evangelical United Brethren Church. In 1950 Barba graduated from Gassaway High School. On July 11, 1952, she married in the Gassaway United Methodist Church. In the early years of their marriage, Calvin and Barba lived in Buckhannon until their sons were born. In April 1960 Barba, along with her husband, founded the Gassaway Dairy Queen. Barba created the famous secret recipe for the Gassaway Dairy Queen hot dog chili. She continued to operate the Dairy Queen until she retired in 1993. Through the years Barba was active in her community at local schools and sporting events. She was a member of the GFWC Woman's Club of Gassaway. She was an active member of Gassaway United Methodist Church upon her death, serving on several committees.
Barba dearly loved her family and enjoyed family gatherings.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to Gassaway United Methodist Church, 710 Braxton St., Gassaway, WV 26624.
Service will be 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, at Gassaway United Methodist Church with the Rev. James R. Malick officiating. Interment will follow in Little Kanawha Memorial Gardens, Heaters.
Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday at Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway.
Condolences may be extended to the family at www.roachfuneralhome.com.
Arrangements by Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway.
Danny was preceded in death by his first wife, Mary Ann Eskew Chapman; his daughter, Terri Lee Chapman, who also fought a courageous battle with cancer; his parents, Scott and Alma Chapman; and his brother, Duane Keith Chapman.
Those left to mourn Danny's passing are his wife, Beverly; his son, Scott Robert Chapman (fiancee, Kristina Smith), and his grandaughter, Shelby Chapman, of Morgantown; his stepchildren, Chuck Mallory, Cindy Thomas and Dianna Faso of Naples, Fla.; brother-in-law, Robert Eskew (Donna) of Illinois; and nieces, Vicky Berghorst and Cheryl Jackson.
He was born and continued to make his home in West Virginia, the state that he loved so much. From an early age he loved all things with an engine; repairing, washing, waxing and polishing to perfection. He felt extremely lucky to have been able to make his living doing what he loved. He loved fast cars, motorcycles and NASCAR. Danny and his first wife, Mary Ann, owned and operated Danny's Service Center in Kanawha City for many years before moving to Scott Depot and opening Danny Chapman's Select Cars, from which he retired in 2001.
Danny loved his home in Beechwood Estates and all of his wonderful and supportive neighbors who helped with their many acts of kindness and prayers. He loved his family, his many friends, his pets and all the neighborhood pets, especially Joanne Twohig's cat, Izzy!
Although he fought his battles with cancer since 1996, he enjoyed meeting his soul brother, Roger Randolph, and many friends each morning at Tudor's, where special waitresses and Karen, the manager, became his good friends. He also enjoyed many great meals at Tammy's Country Kitchen with his buddy, Johnnie Morris.
The family would like to offer a special thanks to Dr. William Harris for 43 years of wonderful care and also to Dr. James Tierney and staff for their constant care.
Thank you to the wonderful staff of doctors, surgeons, nurses and caregivers at CAMC Memorial Hospital and to the great nurses and staff for the tender care he received at Hospice House West and at home during his final days. They are the most competent group of dedicated people our family has had the privilege of knowing. Thank you to Pastor Martin Hallett at St. John United Methodist Church and to the church family for constantly keeping him in their prayers.
A special thanks to his "adopted family," Roger and Grace Randolph, without whose love and support he could not have endured his final battle.
Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at St. John United Methodist Church, 4013 Teays Valley Road, Scott Depot, WV 25560, with Dr. Martin Hallet officiating. Burial will follow at Elk Hills Memorial Park, 4705 Pennsylvania Ave., Big Chimney.
A gathering of family and friends will be held one hour prior to the service.
You may share sympathies with the family by visiting www.chapmanfuneralhomes.com.
The family suggests donations of sympathy can be made to the following, but flowers are also welcome: Hospice House West, 4605-A MacCorkle Ave. SW, South Charleston, WV 25309; St. John United Methodist Church Building Fund, 4013 Teays Valley Road, Scott Depot, WV 25560; David Lee Cancer Center, 3100 MacCorkle Avenue SE, Charleston, WV 25304.
Chapman Funeral Home, your family-owned funeral home, located at 3941 Teays Valley Road, Hurricane is honored to serve the Chapman family.
Dorothy was born April 24, 1921, in Barton, Md., to the late Alphonsus and Sarah Dawson.
She was a 1939 graduate of Morgantown High School and served her country as a WAVE with the United States Navy, where she processed intelligence photos. After the war she and her husband, John, traveled the southeast with his job before settling in Hyattsville, Md., Charlottesville, Va., and, finally, Charleston.
Dorothy worked at Diamond Department Store for many years and later volunteered at Charleston General Hospital and the food pantry. She was a longtime member of Asbury United Methodist Church.
Dorothy enjoyed working in her garden and was an avid reader with a lively curiosity. She liked to knit, sew, do ceramics, decorate cakes, work crossword and jigsaw puzzles and loved to travel with her friend, Rachel. She loved and spoiled her dogs, Molly, Maggie and Johnnie Dog.
In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by a sister and brother, Jean Dawson Ervin and Robert Dawson.
She is survived by her two children, Saralyn Davis of Charleston and Jay Davis and his wife, Diana, of Morgantown, and two grandchildren, John Davis of Morgantown and Emily Davis of Bloomington, Ind.
The family would like to extend their deepest thanks for the loving care that was given to her during her short illness, especially to the staff of 3 East and 4 North at CAMC Memorial; to Stephanie and Brittany from Kanawha Hospice; and also to Dr. Kayi, who treated her for many years. Special thanks to her many good friends who shared her life journey, especially to Rachel White, Pam King, Libby Miller, Patricia and Fred Elswick, and Charlotte and JN Campbell.
Memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, at Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home with the Rev. Margo Friend officiating. Friends may call one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations may be made to Kanawha Hospice Care, 1606 Kanawha Blvd. W., Charleston, WV 25387-2536 or Meals on Wheels, Charleston.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.barlowbonsall.com.
Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home, Charleston, has been entrusted with the arrangements.
Survivors include one daughter, Rhoda (Cecil) Vance of Dana; her grandchildren, Thomas (Reggie) Vance of Streator, Ill., Patricia (David) Lynch of Lizemores, W.Va., Clifford (Joanne) Vance of Dana, Linda (Terry) Moore of Pontiac, Ill., Amanda Vance of Toluca, Ill., and Duane (Kim) Vance of El Paso, Ill.; 14 great-grandchildren; and 10 great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by one brother, Gerald Lipsconv, and one sister, Edith Peters.
Elma had worked in the West Virginia Laborers Office until she was 71. She was an avid hockey fan.
Funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at Ruestman-Harris Funeral Home, Minonk. The Rev. Scott Folkerson will officiate. Burial will be in Dana Cemetery.
Visitation will be held on Friday evening from 4 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Dana Fire Department. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.ruestmanharrisfuneralhome.com.
Joyce was a member of Centerpoint Church, Liberty. She was a former employee of Owens Illinois, Kanawha City.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Loren O. and Bertha Bonnett Fisher, and several siblings.
Joyce is survived by her loving husband of 57 years, Earl L. Harrison; daughter, Noca Marshall of Winfield; brother, Rossie Fisher; two sisters, Noca Harrison and Joann Fisher; three grandchildren, Brandon and wife, Alison Marshall, Jennifer and husband, Spencer Reynolds and Rachel Marshall, all of Winfield; and four great-grandchildren, Brayden and Trace Marshall and Lacy and Lane Reynolds.
A tribute to the life of Joyce Harrison will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at Gatens-Harding Chapel with Anthony Cochran officiating. Friends may visit one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations be made in honor of Joyce to Hubbard Hospice House West, 4605-A MacCorkle Ave. SW, South Charleston, WV 25309.
Gatens-Harding Funeral Home, 147 Main St., Poca, is serving the Harrison family.
Online condolences may be sent to www.hardingfamilygroup.com.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Virginia Huffman, and brother, Donald L. Huffman.
Surviving are his brothers, Dale Huffman, Doug Huffman, Dewayne Huffman and Darrell Huffman; nieces, Season Adkins, Caitlin, Daryl, Ashley, Caroline and Shelby Huffman and Chelsea and Carly Pickens; nephews, Donald and David Huffman and Collin Pickens; and the love of his life, Judy Meadows.
David loved music and being outdoors at his beloved home.
There will be no service or visitation.
Good Shepherd Mortuary, South Charleston, is in charge of arrangements.
Ronnie was a longtime employee at Malden Public Service, a longtime coach for Northeast Little League and was an avid outdoorsman.
He was preceded in death by his father, George Ronald Kinison, and his mother, Barbara Jean Counts Kinison.
Survived by his wife, Trena Wilmoth Kinison; daughters, Tessa Smith (Deke) and Bobbi Jeffrey (Josh); five grandchildren, Morgan, Bailey, Riley, Elijah and Ellie, that he loved very much; sister, Judy "Cricket" Young; uncles, Tag, Jerry and Kenny; and aunts, Norma Lee Hill and Janet Naylor.
The funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at Stevens & Grass Funeral Home, Malden, with the Rev. Mike Long officiating. The burial will follow the service in Montgomery Memorial Park, London.
Family and friends will gather for the visitation on Friday, Dec. 6, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the funeral home.
The online guestbook for Ronnie Lee Kinison may be accessed at www.stevensandgrass.com.
Born January 21, 1918, in Lizemores, she was the daughter of the late William and Virgie (Sizemore) Holcomb. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her husband, Bill May; son, Billy Lewis May; and daughter, Katheryn.
Lura is survived by her son, Maynard May of Charleston; three grandchildren; and sister, Audrey Bays of Rand.
Graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, at Moorefork Cemetery, Big Otter, with Minister Arlis Rexroad officiating.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.carlwilsonfuneralhome.com.
Wilson-Shamblin-Smith Funeral Home, Clay, is honored to be serving the May family.
Those left to cherish her memory are her loving husband of 36 years, Roy; her daughter, Bethany (Cory Wilson) of New Philadelphia, Ohio; her siblings, Ron Stump (Lucy) of Fredericksburg, Va., Sharon Davidson (John) of Charleston and Delcie Goettel (Bill) of Fairmont; mother-in-law, Fannie McCallister of St. Albans; sister-in-law, Mary Lynn Leonard (Bobby) of Columbus, Ohio; and brother-in-law, Henry McCallister (Patti) of Lumberton, N.C. Debbie is also survived by many loving aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.
Preceding Debbie in death were her parents, Jerry Stump and Juanita Cavender Stump, and her father-in-law, Leroy McCallister.
Debbie's life was filled with music. She was a talented soprano and pianist who used her talents to the glory of God. She taught music in Wayne, Cabell, Putnam and Kanawha counties for many years. Her latest employment was at East Bank Middle School. She loved her students! She attended Herbert Hoover High School, Concord College, West Virginia State College and Marshall University.
Debbie's favorite color is pink. To celebrate her life, if you have any pink to wear, please wear it to her homecoming service to honor her. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Abundant Life Ministries Ladies Group, which serves the community through a variety of projects. Debbie was passionate about serving the local community.
Hafer Funeral Home, Elkview, is in charge of arrangements. You may visit between the hours of 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 6, at the funeral home.
A homecoming service will be held at Abundant Life Ministries on Washington Street East on Saturday, Dec. 7, at 11 a.m., with friends able to visit an hour prior. Pastor Wayne Crozier will officiate. Debbie will be laid to rest at Cunningham Memorial Park, St. Albans.
The family would like to thank the wonderful staff at CAMC General Hospital MICU; they were so compassionate and caring. They made sure Debbie's last days were comfortable and filled with loved ones. Debbie's family would like to thank Pastor and First Lady Crozier, the Abundant Life Ministries family as well as many friends and family who have surrounded her with prayer and offering spiritual comfort during this difficult time. Debbie received the ultimate miracle - a fully healed body singing and dancing at the feet of her Lord.
She was a loving and giving mother of two daughters, Janet Irene (Russell) Smith of Ravenswood and Clara Joy (Albert Dale) Roush of St. Albans. She was a wonderful grandmother to four grandsons and one granddaughter, Doug (Kristen) Smith of Millwood, Mike Smith of Ravenswood, Matt (Drema) Smith of Ravenswood, David (Stephanie) Roush of Culloden and Sherry (Michael) Haynes of St. Albans. She had nine great-grandchildren who adored her very much, Brandon Haynes, Kristopher Haynes, Scott Roush, Caroline Roush, Matthew Smith Jr., Morgan Smith, Mason Smith, Jilliana Smith and Nolan Smith; and one step-granddaughter, Hayley. She is also survived by two sisters, Bernice Justice of Vinton, Ohio, and Ammie Hysell of Wilkesville, Ohio, and many nieces and nephews who have many fond memories of her.
Another one of Easter's many talents was her superb cooking; family and friends could not wait for an invitation to dinner for some of her mouth-watering biscuits and homemade apple butter.
Easter was preceded in death by her husband, Basil W. Richmond; sister, Gladys Molden of Salem Center, Ohio; and brothers, Russell Welch of Culloden and Julian Welch of Middleport, Ohio.
The family would like to extend their deepest love and appreciation to all of the staff at Valley Center and to the very special ladies of Hospice for their excellent care and outpouring of love for our mother and the entire family. Their care and love will never be forgotten. Thank you!
Service will be at noon Saturday, Dec. 7, at Highlawn Baptist Church, 2304 Jefferson Ave., St. Albans, with Pastor Mark Stauffer officiating. Burial will be at 4 p.m. at Alderson Cemetery, Alderson.
Visitation will be one hour prior to the service.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to HospiceCare, 1606 Kanawha Blvd. W., Charleston, WV 25387-2536.
Condolences to the family may be expressed at www.curryfuneralhome.org.
He was born at home in Wurtland, Ky., on Sept. 26, 1936, to James Paul and Alma Lorene Riffe. Dennie grew up on the Riffe family farm in Kentucky. He and Norma Jean Hartley married on Sept. 6, 1957, at Old Orchard Church of Christ, Ashland, Ky. They moved to South Charleston in 1959.
Frank retired from Chemical Leaman Tank Lines in 1992 as a professional truck driver with 30 years of service and safe driving. He also was a member of Teamsters Local 175.
Dennie "Pappaw" enjoyed camping, fishing, family vacations and cattle farming. His biggest enjoyment in life came from his children and grandchildren.
Dennie was preceded in death by his father, James Paul Riffe; his mother, Alma Lorene Riffe; his sister, Alberta Gevedon; four brothers, William "Toadie," Jack, Larry and Donnie.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Norma Jean Hartley Riffe of South Charleston, and his children, Cathy Shriver and husband, Ted, of Pinch, Becky Bowman of Nags Head, N.C., Libby Blake and husband, Mike, of South Charleston and Franklin "Dennie" Riffe Jr. and companion, Sandra Childress, of South Charleston. Also surviving are grandchildren, Joshua Shriver and wife, Candi, and step-great-grandchildren, Myrissa and Freddy, Megan Bowman, George Bowman Jr., Justin Bowman, Aaron Bowman and Michael Blake. He is also survived by his sisters-in-law, Louise Riffe and Sue Riffe; brother-in-law, Everett "Sonny" Gevedon; and several nieces and nephews.
A service to honor the life of Dennie will be held at noon Saturday, Dec. 7, at Snodgrass Funeral Home, South Charleston, with Pastor Mark Patton officiating. Burial will follow at Scott Family Cemetery, Oldtown, Ky.
Friends may visit two hours prior to the service.
Pallbearers will be Dennie Riffe, Joshua Shriver, George Bowman Jr., Justin Bowman, Aaron Bowman, Michael Blake, Mike Blake and Ted Shriver.
Cathy, Becky and Libby would like to extend a loving special thank you to our brother for giving our dad excellent loving care through the years of his illness.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in his memory to the Alzheimer's Association, 1601 Second Ave., Charleston, WV 25387, 304-343-2717.
Memories of Frank may be shared by visiting www.snodgrassfuneral.com and selecting the obituary.
He was born Dec. 30, 1943, in Webster Springs, the son of the late Hertzel and Margaret Looman Spencer. In addition to his parents, a brother, Robert Spencer, preceded him in death.
He is survived by his wife, Linda Landis Spencer; daughters, Robin Nesbitt and husband, Dave, and Carrie Tenney and husband, Marshall, all of Buckhannon; brothers, Roger Spencer and wife, Bonita, and Mark Spencer and wife, Kristie, all of Buckhannon; and three grandchildren, Ashton, Emily and Brett.
Arrangements are being handled by VanReenen Funeral Home, where the family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7. The family will also receive friends from 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, at Poling-St. Clair Funeral Home, Buckhannon.
The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 9, at Poling-St. Clair Funeral Home, Buckhannon, with the Rev. David Merryman and the Rev. Robert Mann officiating. Interment will be in Lorentz Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Marlinton Fire Department.
She was born in Whitesville and graduated from Sherman High School in 1946. She retired from Rite Aid Pharmacy in Spring Hill as manager. She was a member of Bethel Baptist Church and was an active member of ABW, as well as "The Famous Kitchen Crew" at the church. She loved to travel and enjoyed bowling and was on several different bowling leagues over the years. Most of all, she loved her grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, George and Debora Murry Adkins; brothers, Omer Adkins, Buster Adkins, Robert Adkins and Eugene Adkins; and sister, Mildred Lipford.
Christine is survived by her loving husband, Drexel Tomlinson; sons, Drexel Jerry Tomlinson Jr. and Terry Tomlinson; grandson, Adam Tomlinson; granddaughter, Lynsey Tomlinson; great-grandson, Skyler Tomlinson; brothers, George Lawrence Adkins of Albuquerque, N.M., and Joe Eddie Adkins of Freeport, Fla.; sisters, Helen Payne of Little Rock, Ark., and Joan Howard of Green Valley, Ariz.; and best friend, Cotton Boone.
A service to honor the life of Christine will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, at Snodgrass Funeral Home, South Charleston, with Pastor Randy Bratka and Pastor Charles Rhodes officiating. Burial will be in Sunset Memorial Park, South Charleston.
Family and friends may visit one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
Memories of Christine may be shared by visiting www.snodgrassfuneral.com and selecting the obituary.
Snodgrass Funeral Home, South Charleston, is handling the arrangements.
Kelly was a senior majoring in business marketing at West Virginia State University before becoming ill. Kelly enjoyed traveling and promoting her girls participation in an elite collegiate professional cheerleading organization. She was a caring, funny, ambitious, gregarious mother who took special pride in her family and education.
Kelly left to celebrate her memories: her mother, Dianne Watson of Montgomery, and father, Rufus Spillman of Deepwater; her 14-year companion, Robbie Miller of Charleston; son, Francis Isaiah Divita, and daughters, Aaliyah Rockell Miller, Nevaeh Sunshine Miller and Shya La'May Miller, all of Charleston; brothers, Rudy Watson of Huntington, Ryan Watson of Teays Valley, Lorrenzo Moore of Montgomery and Alonzo Moore of Montgomery; and sisters, Terri Williams of Falls View, Suzanne Spillman of Charleston, Rachel Coles of Oak Hill and Carmilla Spillman of East Bank. Kelly also leaves behind her aunts, Frances Coles of Dunbar and Mary-Ann Payne of Dayton, Ohio; uncles, Virgil Payne of Beards Fork, William Payne of Oklahoma, Robert Harvey of Dayton, Ohio, and John Edwards Spillman of Cleveland, Ohio; honorable mention to Aumentine Watson, Sireena Coles, Keyairra Davenport and Shauna Overton; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Kelly was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Cecil Temple Watson and Jessie Mea Harvey-Watson of Montgomery; paternal grandparents, John and Ruth Spillman of Deepwater; brother, William D. Terrell of Montgomery; and aunt, Cecil Lavern Watson of Columbus, Ohio.
Kelly's life was devoted to her family and kids. She was always there when anyone needed her. She was loved by many and will be truly missed.
Funeral service will be held at Living Waters Church, Montgomery, on Saturday, Dec. 7, with a personal viewing from noon to 1:50 p.m. and funeral service beginning at 2 p.m. with the Rev. William Kinney officiating. The burial will follow in Meadow Haven Memorial Park, Ingram Branch. Friends may call two hours prior to the service at the church.
Expressions of sympathy can be sent at www.odellfuneralhome.com.
After a short illness she died early Monday in Potomac, Md., where she had moved to be near her son and family in recent years.
Raised in Amma, Dorothy attended Morris Harvey College and played basketball for the city leagues in Charleston, W.Va. She went to work for the Charleston telephone company at age 16 and stayed there for 45 years, rising through the ranks to a management role at a time when few women achieved such a level of professional success. A lifelong Methodist, she was a longtime member of Jarrett United Methodist Church in Elkview and South Charleston United Methodist and was active in the Telephone Pioneers of America and the West Virginia Republican Women's Association.
She married Calvin R. Young in February 1950. Together they shared a love for the game of golf and long road trips across the United States, and never passed up the chance to play a competitive hand of rook. Widowed in 1982, Dorothy continued to travel extensively, visiting much of the nation and Europe with her three grandsons. To this day, each of them remains convinced that he was her favorite, and in different ways, each one was right.
Dorothy Young was preceded in death by her husband, Calvin Young; her sister, Betty Sutherland Fish; and her brother, James Cook.
She is survived by her son, David Michael Young and wife, Alice; a brother, Jack Cook of Tampa, Fla.; grandsons, David Michael II (Maria), Gregory Adam (Amy) and Jonathan Matthew (Rebekah); great-grandchildren, Jackie, Calvin, Katie and Grace; and countless other relatives, friends and neighbors.
Visitation will be held at Harding Funerals & Cremations, Kanawha City, beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, with a memorial service immediately following.