George Russell Crook Clendenen, 92, of Racine passed away on June 5, 2011, at CAMC Memorial Hospital, surrounded by his family. He was born on May 23, 1919, in Racine, where he lived his entire life. Crook is the nickname he received when he was 3 years old. He saw some of his dad's friends take some tools from his garage and told his dad, Those crooks stole your tools again. Russell grew up to be a very honorable and respected man. He retired from DuPont in 1971 after 30 years of employment. He served our country during WWII as a tank commander with the 743rd Tank Battalion, 30th Division, and landed on the beach of Normandy on D-Day, June 6, 1944. He participated in six major battles. He received many decorations, including the Purple Heart, six Battle Stars and the Presidential Unit Citation. Russell was one of the founding members of the Racine Volunteer Fire Department and was named a lifetime assistant chief with 38 years of service. Russell also had a life membership in the following organizations: the DuPont Activities Association, the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Knights of Pythias. He was an active member and supporter of the Boy Scouts of America Troop 45 since 1955. He served more than 14 years as the president of the Boone County Veterans Memorial Association. He was preceded in death by his parents, William K. and Ada Clendenen; brothers, Gay and Clarence Clendenen; and sisters, Mary Shumate, Eurania Lewis, Beulah Harris, Pauline Roush and Willie Clendenen. Russell is survived by his sweetheart and wife of 69 years, Lillian M. Clendenen; children, James Russell Jimbo Clendenen and Sharon M. Estep of Racine, and William L. Bill Clendenen and wife, Honey Lee, of Bloomingrose; grandchildren, Kelly McCormick and husband, David, of Racine, George Russell Rusty Clendenen II and his wife, Kim, of Ripley, James Jamie Clendenen and wife, Trish, of Racine, Terry Estep and wife, Tina, of Millwood and Larry Estep of Racine; great-grandchildren, Olivia Witt and husband, Jason, of Charleston, Austin McCormick of Racine, Caroline and Cole Russell Clendenen of Ripley, Jarrod, Josh and Lindsie Clendenen of Racine and Morgan and Dean Russell Estep of Millwood; great-great-granddaughters, Cassidy and Caylee Witt of Charleston; sisters, Virginia McCormick of Hickory, N.C., Katie Gray of Crepe Myrtle, Texas, and Brenda Cooper of Cooperstown; sister-in-law, Indra Clendenen of Racine; several loving nieces and nephews; and a multitude of friends. Funeral service was held at 1 p.m. Thursday, June 9, in the Crook Clendenen Community Room at the Racine Volunteer Fire Department with Minister Charlie McKinney officiating. Burial will follow in Pineview Cemetery, Orgas, where military graveside rites were conducted by Daniel Boone VFW Post 5578, Madison. Leonard Johnson Funeral Home, Marmet, is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be sent to the family at leonardjohnsonfuneralhome.com. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to the Racine Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 100, Racine, WV 25165.
James Shirley Williams
James Shirley Williams, 86, of Jamestown, Pa., was born in Madison on July 10, 1924 and passed fro this life on May 14, 2011. He was a son of the late, James Burton Williams and Essie Dolin Williams. He was also preceded in death by a brother, Billy Richard Williams; and daughter, Kay Volpe Reichow. James was a loving husband o Zelda e. Wallace Williams; brother to Elaine Williams Scaggs of Aiken, S.C., and Robert L. Williams of Madison. James Pap Williams was also a devoted grandfather to Charlotte Volpe Brown and Leonard Volpe; and doting grandfather to Amanda, Aaron and Austin Brown and Chelsie and Jordan Volpe. James left Scott High School to attend service. He was a WWII veteran, serving from April 1943 to February 1946. He graduated from Stewart Technical School in New York to serve as an airplane mechanic on B-29s in New Guinea. He was a recipient of the Bronze Star in the battle for New Guinea. James Shorty was an avid gravely tractor restorer. He was a member of the Gravely Tractor Club of America. He loved fishing, hunting and spending time with his family. He will be greatly missed. Graveside military services will be announced at a later date.
Betty Jo Jarrell
Betty Jo Jarrell, 83, of Danville passed away on June 11, 2011, at Hubbard Hospice House, Charleston. She was preceded in death by her parents, Ray and Mary Estep Hendricks; a sister, Gloria Sue Slack; and her husband, Circuit Judge Donald E. Jarrell. Betty Jo was a 1945 graduate of Sherman High School. As a young high school girl, her first job was working at Branham and Britts Hardware in Whitesville. After graduating, she moved to Charleston, and worked briefly for Kanawha Banking and Trust. She moved back to Whitesville in the later 1940s and went to work as a teller for the Whitesville State Bank in Whitesville, a job she loved. During those same years, she sold tickets at the local drive-in theatre, the JUR Drive-In. Then, in 1955, she married her husband, Donald E. Jarrell. Betty Jo was a dedicated and meticulous homemaker, mother and wife. She took great pride in her home and loved celebrating the holidays with her family and growing beautiful flowers in her yard each summer. After the unexpected death of her husband in 1975, she was devoted to the care of her parents and her two daughters. She always put the well-being of her family first. Despite long-term health problems, she always maintained an optimistic and positive outlook on life and was known for her effervescent personality and charm. She loved music and had a beautiful voice. She loved singing in the church choir at Whitesville Baptist Church, the church of her youth, and the choir at Sylvester Missionary Baptist Church. She and her husband were founding members of the Sylvester Missionary Baptist Church, where she remained a member until her death. Betty Jo loved the West Virginia University Mountaineers and was a loyal and avid fan of both the football and basketball teams. Betty Jo's family would like to thank the Hospice nurses who helped with her care at home these last months, as well as the wonderful staff at Hubbard Hospice House in Charleston, who took care of her with kindness, dignity and respect until her death. The family would also like to thank the staff of Boone County Community Organization, and particularly Mrs. Shirley Prince, who cared for Betty Jo with love each day at her home in Danville. She is survived by her daughters, Cecelia Gail Jarrell of Danville and Cynthia Jo Jarrell Compston and husband Steve of Danville; grandsons, Tyler Jarrell-Compston and Patrick Evan Compston of Danville; a sister, Mary Lou Griffith of Beckley; and a host of cousins, nieces and nephews. Funeral service were held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, June 14, at Sylvester Missionary Baptist Church, Sylvester, with the Rev. Terry Holley and the Rev. David Minturn officiating. Burial followed in Amick Cemetery, Comfort. Arrangements are by Handley Funeral Home, Danville. You may express your condolences to the family at www.handleyfh.com.
Michael Oris Pauley
Michael Oris Pauley, 58, passed away at home on Tuesday, June 7, 2011, in West Columbia, Tx. Formally of Hewett in Boone County and a graduate of Scott High School. He attended WVU on a sports scholarship and later moved to Texas. He is survived by his son Gavin; and his mother Doris and sister Karen now of Weatherford, TX. Memorial services are pending for a later time.
Raymond Earl Adkins
Raymond Earl Adkins, 93, of Danville died June 9, 2011. Service was at 11 a.m. Monday, June 13, at Handley Funeral Home, Danville.
William B. Bill Hancock
William B. Bill Hancock, 48, of Danville departed this life suddenly on June 10, 2011, as a result of a motorcycle accident. Bill was born April 7, 1963, to William and Betty Hancock of Malden. He graduated from Dupont High School in 1982 and was employed by Peerless Block and Brick Company of St. Albans. Bill loved life and was a dedicated family man. He was always the life of the party and was known for his quick smile and jovial sense of humor. He loved spending time with his family and friends. His hobbies included camping, swimming and just hanging out with his boys. He was always ready and willing to lend a helping hand to anyone in need. In addition to his parents, Bill leaves behind his loving wife and soulmate of 18 years, Julie. He will forever live on through his children, Corey and Matthew of Danville; his son, William Jr. of Richmond, Va.; his daughter, Kathleen Hancock; and his precious granddaughter, Ariel of Charleston. He is also survived by his sister, Patricia Conley of Charleston; his loving in-laws, Keith Smokey and Barbara Miller of Madison; brother-in-law, Chris Miller, his wife Hope; and a host of nieces and nephews. He will be sadly missed by a multitude of extended family and friends. Bill was preceded in death by his uncle, Charles Chuck Hancock; maternal grandparents, Eldridge Huff and Neelie May Wagoner; paternal grandparents, John Henry and Stella Hancock. Funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 12, at Handley Funeral Home, Danville, with Gary Bell officiating. Burial followed in Memory Gardens, Madison. You may express your condolences to the family at www.handleyfh.com.
Elmer Reid Dolin Elmer Reid Dolin, 81, of Foster passed away June 7, 2011, in Boone Memorial Hospital, Madison. He was a retired truck driver for Kroger, a veteran of the Air Force, a member of the American Legion and was a Boy Scout volunteer. He is survived by his loving wife, Matilda; daughter; Donna and husband, Arvel Miller, of Danville; sons, Terry and wife, Jerry Bain, of Maumelle, Ark., and Gary and wife, Susan Bain, of Scott Depot; sisters, Jean Changes of Foster and Elizabeth Ballard of Kanawha City; seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Funeral service was at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 11, at Handley Funeral Home, Danville, with Pastor John Smith officiating. Burial followed in Memory Gardens, Madison. You may express your condolences to the family at www.handleyfh.com.
Lucy Ann Warner Lucy Ann Warner, 81, of Van went home to be with the Lord on June 8, 2011, at CAMC Memorial Hospital. Born Oct. 18, 1929, she was a daughter of the late George and Florence Keffer Davis. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Ardith Warner; sons, Ray and Jake Warner; and grandsons, Shawn and Justin Warner. She is survived by her children, Martha, Judy and Glenn Warner of Van, Kim White and husband, Steve, of Bim and Linda Warner of Van; 17 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren. Funeral service was at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 11, at Handley Funeral Home, Danville, with the Rev. Phil Rowe officiating. Burial followed in Memory Gardens, Madison. You may express your condolences to the family at www.handleyfh.com.
Jerry Allen Matthews Jerry Allen Matthews, 56, of Seth, passed away June 1, 2011. He was preceded in death by his parents, Willie Brown and Elizabeth Jones Matthews. He was a plant worker for United Dairy for 36 years and was an Army veteran. Surviving are his wife, Bertha; daughters, Melissa Renee Matthews of Charleston and Kristi Lynn Matthews of Seth; a son, Jeffrey Allan Matthews of Charleston; sisters, Glenna Parson of Kenna and Carrie Dean of Belle; brothers, Sonny, Roger and William, all of Sissonville; a granddaughter, Autumn Raine Carter; and one grandson. A graveside service was held at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 11, in the Boggess Cemetery, Sissonville. Arrangements are by Handley Funeral Home, Danville. You may express your condolences to the family at www.handleyfh.com.
Ada Alice Legg Green Ada Alice Legg Green, 85, of Gordon, went home to be with the Lord on June 6, 2011. She was born December 24, 1925, and was the daughter of the late Oscar and Mary E. Massey Legg. She was preceded in death by her husband, Elva Green; a son, Billy Eugene Green; and her granddaughter, Kristie Green. She was a lifetime member of Gordon Missionary Baptist Church. She leaves behind her two daughters, Patty Weddington and Sue (Ray) Lovejoy; sister, Juanita Legg of Lexington, N.C.; grandchildren, Brookie Davis, Kenny (Roni) Weddington, Celeste (Paul) Miller, Paul (Renee) Stamey II and Billy (Tracy) Green; nine grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; and many friends. A graveside service was at 11 a.m. Friday, June 10, in White's Branch Cemetery, Gordon, with the Rev. Joe Ballard officiating. Arrangements are by Handley Funeral Home, Danville. You may express your condolences to the family at www.handleyfh.com.
Ruth Garnett Scragg Ruth Garnett Scragg, 87, of Ottawa went home to be with the Lord on June 6, 2011, at the home of her daughter, Martha Nichols, with her family by her side. She was born on January 11, 1924, and was a daughter of the late James Buck and Emmer Nelson Bias. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Daniel Elmer Scragg; first husband, Sesco Turner; sister, Marble Bias; and brothers, Don Bias, Ray Bias, Mansfield Bias and James Buck Bias. She was a member of Laurel City Church for 50 years. She is survived by son, Sesco (Donna) Turner of Hinckley, Ohio; daughters, Emogene Hawkins of Orgas and Martha (Leon) Nichols of Hewett; grandchildren, Carl Aleshire, Jackie Burgess, Tony (Lisa) Nichols, Tammy (John) Hapney, Mark Turner, Jeff Burgess, Eddie Miller, Jenny (John) Rocco and Denise (John) Cox; 12 great-grandchildren; nine great-great-grandchildren; sisters, Nina (Jim) McClure of Spencer, Ohio, Eleanor Wade of Grafton, Ohio and Bonnie (Herman) Miller of Clothier; sisters-in-law, Joyce Bias of Alabama and Doris Bias of Foster; and several nieces and nephews. Services was at 2 p.m. Friday, June 10, at Handley Funeral Home, Danville, with the Rev. Roger McCauley and Ralph Caudill officiating. Burial followed in Bias Pauley Cemetery, Laurel. The family would like to thank Hospice of Chapmanville for the love and care given to Mother, and all of our church friends and relatives for your support and prayers. You may express your condolences to the family at www.handleyfh.com.
Dorothy Ann Wilkinson Lovejoy On June 9, 2011, God welcomed into his arms our beloved matriarch, Dorothy Ann Wilkinson Lovejoy. Dorothy will always be remembered in the hearts of those who knew her as someone who truly lived her life to the fullest. She was one of those people who never met a stranger. She was unconditionally devoted to God, her family, and her friends. Dorothy lived her life with grace, passion and dignity. Dorothy was born on November 4, 1929, in Williamson to Joseph and Mamie Wilkinson. She was a graduate of Huntington High School and Marshall University. In her nearly 40 years of teaching, she inspired the lives of many young children. After retirement, Dorothy spent her time devoting herself to her family and her friends. Dorothy enjoyed a wandering spirit, which led her to travel to many destinations around the world. Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents Joseph and Mamie Wilkinson; sister, Mary Jane Berry; and brothers, Joseph and David Wilkinson. Dorothy is survived by her son, Ralph (Carolyn) Lovejoy; her daughter, Beth (John) Midkiff; her grandchildren, Heather (Lucas) McCall, John B. Midkiff, Lynn Lovejoy and Katherine Ann Lovejoy; her two constant feline companions, Simon and Shimmer; and her loving extended family and friends. A funeral service was held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 14, at Trinity United Methodist Church, Hamlin, with Ralph Lovejoy and the Rev. Warren Dove officiating. Burial followed in Ridgelawn Cemetery, Huntington. In lieu of flowers, donations should be directed to Trinity United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 74, Hamlin, WV, 25523.