Elizabeth Margaret Handy, 69, of 1062 Stewart St. in Welch, died
Saturday, June 24, 2006 at the home of her son David Handy in Rock
Born July 17, 1936 in
Whitman, she was the daughter of the late Louis and Elizabeth Popp
JOHN W. BAILEY
LECKIE John W. Bailey, 57,
of HC 71 Box 400, Leckie, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2006 at
Bluefield Regional Medical Center, Bluefield.
Born Aug. 1, 1948 in Leckie, he was
a son of the late John A. Bailey and Wanda Hodges Bailey Hall.
Eleanor M. Scott
Eleanor M. Scott, age 75,
of Albuquerque, passed away Wednesday, January 25, 2006 at a local care
facility. She was born November 25, 1930 in Gary
Hollow, WV to Roy N. and Opal Goad.
by TOM PARKER on
Jul - 03 -06 07:39 PM(est)
MY BROTHER J.D.
PARKER, CLASS OF 57, DIED ON JUNE 30
AFTER A TOUGH BATTLE WITH CANCER. HE PLAYED BASKETBALL
FOR THE COALDIGGERS. PLEASE REMEMBER HIS WIFE AND 3 SONS IN
MARTINSVILLE,VA. J.D. WORKED AT DUPONT FOR 32 YEARS
BEEN RETIRED FOR SEVERAL YEARS. HE WAS 68.
Joseph Parker Sr.
Joseph David Parker Sr., 68, of 920 Glade St.,
died Friday, June 30, 2006,
at his home.He was
born March 26, 1938, in Smyth County to
Trigg Zachariah Parker
and Ruby Katherine Harris Parker.
Hello fellow Coaldiggers. It
saddens me to tell all of our classmates that my brother, Steve Parks
(Geech) is dead. He died sometime between the 2 and 3 of July, he was
50 years old. He was a member of the Class of 1974. A talented
musician, his love of music followed him his entire life. Many of you
knew Steve, and found him to be a kind, funny and generious man. Me and
the rest of my family will miss him dearly. He joins our father
William, Mother Edith, brothers William Jr. and Ticky in heaven. God
Speed Brother.. posted by Sterling Parks.
Hunbert Alfred Bingham
Hunbert Alfred Bingham,II (86 years old)died May 14th and was burried
in the Military Cemetery in Denver, Col. on May 22nd. He graduated from
Gary High school in 1939 - served in the Air Force as a B-29 pilot
(flew bombing missions over Tokyo) and was one of five brothers serving
in WWII at the same time. Two others brothers served in the Korean War
and one during the Vietnam war. He is survied by his wife, one son and
three Grandchildren. His surviving brothers include Bill(GHS 52) of
Bristol and Richard (GHS 55) of Bluefield. Other siblings deceased
include Elizabeth - James - Luther - Eugene - Tommy - David - Louis.
Randal Butler Sr.
RANDAL BUTLER SR. 51 of Pageton, passed away Jan 2, 2006 at his
residence. He was born Jan 1, 1955 in Welch, WVa and was a resident of
Pageton. He was a Veteran of the US Army and Mr. Butler was a graduate
of Gary, High School
Memories of David Blevins
..FOND MEMORIES OF DAVID
BLEVINS.. David Blevins earned more than a paycheck for his work as a
coal mine foreman---He earned respect.... For the better part of three
decades, Blevins took care of the men who worked for him in the mines.
After his body was recovered from the depths of Norht America's deepest
underground coal mine, the working men he supervised through the years,
laid him to rest as though he was one of their own.... Blevins was one
of 13 coal miners who died in an explosion on Sept 23,2001 at the Jim
Walter Blue Creek #5 mine in Brookwood, Ala.... Blevins was the only
salaried employee who died in the disaster that included a pair of
explosions Rescue teams who located his remains on Oct 30, have
idicated he was apparently on his way to the site of the initial
explosion when he was killed by the subsequent explosion... As a result
of his singular act of care for his men, United Mine Workers of America
President Cecil Roberts spoke of him at the memorial held for the 12
union members. In addition, Roberts spoke at Blevins memorial and
committal service on Nov 3, in Tuscaloosa. Ala...
|"I was a
pallbearer," Jack Parish, a lifelong friend and union coal miner said.
"Mr. Roberts spoke at the funeral and he laid an evergreen wreath on
his grave. I understand he was the first salaried man to ever have that
happen to him. A lot of union men had a great deal of respect for Dave.
I thought it was decent.... One of the most decent things I've ever
seen."... Blevins and Parish were the same age-- 52. They grew up
together in Leckie near Anawalt, attended Anawalt Elementary School and
graduated from Gary High School together in the Class of 1967... The
two men went to work in the Newport News Va, ship building yards for
about a year. Parish was drafted into the Army and sent to Vietnam, and
Blevins returned home to start a family with his (now) widow, Wanda....
"After I got out of the service, I came back home and got a job at the
U.S Steel mines in Gary," Parish said. On the first day, they sent me
to No.2 Mines and guess who the section foreman was there? Dave
men worked together there for the next 15 years, but when U.S. Steel
shut down Gary in the mid-1980's, the two men went in different
directions. Parish stayed with the union and eventually went to a U.S.
Steel mine in Alabams. Blevins joined a group of independent coal
miners in McDowell Country made up primarioy of former foremen and
supervisory personnel, who tried to operate the old No 2 Gary Mine to
sell coal on the spot market.... "My dad sat me down and told me he
didn't want me to go into the mines." Jody Blevins, 30, Blevins"
youngest son said " He said I could make good money, but it wasn't
worth all the health problems that comes with it" Jody works at
W&B Fabricatiors in Glenwood. His older brother, David S.
Blevins, works at the Jim Walter No 7 Mine in Alabama.
kids needed it more than we did," Jody Blevins said " That's still my
most memorable Christmas." His older brother David S. Blevins, works at
the Jim Walter No 7 Mine in Alabama... Dave and Wanda Blevins helped
more than just kids. They relocated to Tuscaloosa, Ala. about seven
years ago, and opened their home to several coal miners and their
families who came south looking for work. They were doing that as
recent as this summer.... When a family or relatives living in Maitland
(near Welch) got washed out in the July 8, flood. They gave them a
place to stay at their home, and helped raise money for a new mobile
home in Tuscaloosa, according to Blevins...
of the coal miners who spoke at his memorial service said he was the
best foareman they ever had. Some of them said they would look at the
board to see who the weekend foreman was before they signed up. If they
saw my dad's name there, they'd work the extra time"... Blevins said
his father's death has been difficult for the family, but he said the
huge outpouring of support from friends, family and the people he
worked with and for had been of great comfort. He expressed his
appreciation to everyone.....
believed in work," Jody Blevins said of his father. "In all the time he
was here at Gary, I only knew of him missing two days of work, and that
was because he couldn't get out of the bed."... Jody Blevins recalled
his father's passion for others. He said one Christmas, his brother and
him that rather than buy anything for themn, He was going to take the
money he would have spent on his own sons and spend it on gifts for the
children of a needy family in Leckie.....
|FOND MEMORIES OF A GARY HIGH
SCHOOL COALDIGGER, HIS MEMORY WILL LIVE ON WITH ALL THE COALDIGGERS....
...Thanks to Lillian Lovelace, Brooks, Holt and June lovelace Jones for
this info on David Blevins a Former Coaldigger...bssims...
of Anawalt Jr. High School and former Assistant Principal of
Gary High School
has gone to be with the Lord on May 15th, 2001. He will be
missed by all that knew him.
|PETER A.McCOY: Following a
private family graveside servie, a memorial servie was conducted at 3
p.m. Saturday, May 19, 2001, for Peter A. McCoy, 87, who died Tuesday
morning, May 15th, in Summit Square, Waynesboro, VA. Where he was a
||The Rev. Ken Brown officiated
at First Presbyterian Church.... .....He was born January 13, 1914 in
Princeton, and was the son of Al and Mattie Atwell McCoy.
|.....A graduate of West
Virginia University, He was a teacher and Principal in the McDowell
County until 1941. He left the county for services in World War ii and
served in the South Pacific with the Navy as a communications officer
through World War II. He was honoralbly discharged in 1946 and returned
for a short time after the war.
||.....He and two brothers
founded McCoys Furniture Co in 1946. He served as President and CEO of
McCoy's until 1991.. ...He was a past president and received the
Distinguished Service Award as a member of the Kiwanis Club for over 50
years.... ...Mr. McCoy was employed by the McDowell Country Board of
Education during the late 30's and again in the late 40's...
|....During his tenure in the
county school system he served as Assistant Principal at Gary High
School and as Principal of Anawalt Junior High Schoo.... His brother,
Bob was principal of the Berwind Junior High School... In addition to
his parents, he was also preceded in death by nine brothers and two
sisters... ...Survivors include his wife, Elouise P. McCoy of Summit
Square, a son Peter A & (Rita) McCoy Jr. of Timberville; three
grandchildren, Ashley Marie McCoy, Jesse Barton McCoy and Peter A.
|...The family received friends
following the memorial service... Memorial contributions may be made to
Hospice of the Shenandoah, P.O box 215, Fishersville, VA 22939.
Reynolds Funeral Service of Waynesboro directed arrangements.
AILENE GAYLE DAVIS MILLS
|PRINCETON — Aileen
Gayle Davis Mills, 67, formerly of Bluefield and Leckie, went to be
with her Lord Thursday, Feb. 23, 2006 at Princeton Health Care Center,
Princeton.... Born Dec. 16, 1938 in Leckie, she was the daughter of the
late Lee Earl Davis Sr. and Vergie Roark Davis. color="#333333"
face="Arial" size="2">Ms. Mills graduated from Gary
High School in 1956 and attended McLains Business College and Bluefield
THELMA HARMAN KELLY 68, of Mountain Spring Road,
Tannersville, Va., formerly of Oak Hill, Fla., died Saturday, March 4,
2006 in a Tazewell, Va. hospital following a lengthy illness. Funeral
services will be conducted at noon Tuesday at Hurst-Scott Funeral
Chapel in Tazewell. Interment will follow in Shady Spring Cemetery,
Skygusty. Friends may call at the funeral home one hour prior to the
funeral service. Those wishing to express sympathy online may do so at
WILMA SIMS HAWS 71, entered into Heaven on Saturday, March
18, 2006. She was born
and raised in Pageton, West Virginia,but lived in Cleveland,
OH for a number
of years. She was preceded in Death by her Father. Steve Sims
of Pageton, WV,
her mother Pauline Sims Coe of Pageton, WV.A Daughter, Mary Pauline
of Cleveland, OH and 5 Brothers, Ralph, Don, Gilbert,
4 Sisters, Evelyn Smith Ruby Spencer, Roseland
Misshoe and Shelby
Survivors include her husband Thomas, Her sons, Randy Mullins,Timothy
Mullins and James Conley.
Daughters, Darlene Branham, Betty Zimmer SISTERS:
Barbara Sims Sebring, FL, Nancy Freeman Warm Springs,VA
Patricia Johnson, Anawalt, WV Brenda Norwalk,
Sharon (Shiney) Overbaugh, Bland, Va. She was a Dear Grandmother to ten
grandchildren, and ten Great Grandchildren.
Friends may call at the Busch Funeral Home, 7501 Ridge Rd, Parma, OH
from 6-9 P.M. Monday.
SERVICE: at Evans Funeral Home, Chapmanville, WV.
VIEWING: on Wednesday from 6-9
FUNERAL: on Thursday 11:00 AM March 23rd
CLERGY: Rev. Tommy Williams,
previously from Gary, WV... INTERMENT
Highland Memory Gardens
godby, West Virginia
Wilma attended Gary High School
class of 52
JACQUELINE CAROL GOODMAN TREBES
BURNIE, Md. — Jacqueline Carol Goodman Trebes, 69, of Glen
Burnie, died Sunday, April 30, 2006 at Baltimore-Washington Medical
Born Aug. 17, 1936 in West Virginia, she was a daughter of the late
Andrew and Helen Goodman. She graduated from Gary High School, Gary, in
JOHN SPICHEK, JR
John Spichek, Jr. 79 of 121 Lakeland Park, Bluefield, WV died Monday,
May 15, 2006 at his residence. Born July 16, 1926, he had
been a resident of Bluefield for 22 years and was formerly of Gary
(Elbert). He was retired from USS and a lifetime member of
the USS mine rescue team. He was a GHS graduate in the class
BILLY MACK MARTIN
RUSSELL SPRINGS, Ky. — Billy M. Martin, 70, of the Parks
Ridge community, Russell Springs, formerly of Anawalt, died Saturday,
May 13, 2006 at his home after a long illness.
Born Sept. 23, 1935 at Pageton, he was the son of the late Woodrow
Martin and Stella Simpkins Martin. Mr. Martin was of the Pentecostal
Holiness faith. He last worked as a machine operator for Precision
Machine Company in Fisher, Ind.
Survivors include his wife, Sylvia Rose Martin of Russell Springs; five
children, Sharon Best of Amma, Bobbie Wilson of Russell Springs, Judy
McVey of Carthage, Ind., Becky Waterman of Shelbyville, Ind. and Billie
Jo Martin of Manilla, Ind.; eight grandchildren and ten great
grandchildren; eight brothers, Richard Martin of Speedway, Dan Martin
of Richlands, Wash., Frank Martin of Anawalt, Edward Martin of Gary,
Ind., James Martin of Kokomo, Ind., Roger Martin of Bluefield, Douglas
Martin of Birmingham, Ala. and Norman Martin of Unionville, Tenn.; four
sisters, Marilyn Farris and Joyce Carque, both of Charlotte, N.C., Joan
Akers of Salisbury, N.C. and Paulette Butler of Thorpe.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 16, 2006 at
the Rowland H. Bailey Funeral Chapel of the Bailey-Kirk Funeral Home in
Princeton with the Rev. Allen Martin officiating. Internment will
follow at Roselawn Memorial Gardens in Princeton. Family will serve as
Friends may call from 6-8 p.m. today, May 15, 2006 at the Bailey-Kirk
Funeral Home in Princeton.
|ALFREDA KELLY CONLEE Alfreda
Kelly, 1946 GHS graduate, died today, April 26,2006, in Fort Myers, Fl.
She will be cremated and returned to WV. Her urn will be placed in the
cemetery at Roderfield, WV....... ......Info furnished by Shelby Kelly
Mary Craig Rhea,
Craig Rhea, 96 died Sunday, May 7, 2006 at Johnson Memorial Hospital in
Va. She was a graduate of Radford University. She was a
teacher having taught second grade at Gary Elementary School
for 20 years. Funeral services were conducted on Wednesday,
May 10 and burial followed in Lutheran Cemetery in Rhea
Valley. Farris Funeral Services in Abingdon, Va. was in
charge of arrangements.
VIRGINIA GOFF WALTON
Frances Virginia Goff Walton, 69
of Madison Heights, Va. passed away Saturday,
Sept.17, 2005 at Lynchburg General Hospital. She is
survived by her husband of 44 years, Herbert A. Walton.
Born May 20, 1936 in Wilcoe, WV, she was the
daughter of the late James E. Goff and the late Lillie Mae Ayers Goff.
She was a member of Shiloh United Methodist Church. Frances was a
dedicated health care professional with 45 years of nursing service.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in
death by an infant sister
Annabell Marie Goff.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by
three children: Thela A. Walton, and Douglas L. Walton, both of Madison
Heights, Va. and Rebecca L. "Becky" Walton of Lynchburg,Va.; a precious
granddaughter, Kristen Dawn Walton of Rustburg, Va.; eight
sisters: Helen Goff Wilt, Alice Goff Spencer and Mary Goff Jenkins of
Lynchburg,Va., Nancy Goff New of Amherst,Va.,Bessie Goff Roland of
Wytheville,Va., Lois Goff Powell of Morganton, N.C., Margie Goff Mawyer
of Midlothian,Va., Barbara Goff Gooden of Sunland, Ca.; three brothers:
James E. Goff of Lynchburg,Va., William L. (Bil)
Goff of Lake City, FL., and Daniel E. Goff of Morganton, NC.
Frances graduated from Gary High School, in Gary, West Virginia,,,,,
Information furnished by Bil Goff, Brother of Frances.
Bil for the info and pic's
ALICE MAE GOFF SPENCER
IN LOVING MEMORY
GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN
Alice Mae Goff Spencer, 78 of Lynchburg, Va.,
passed away Saturday, Aug.12, 2006 at the Medical Care Center. For 44
years, she was the wife of the late Beverly "Jack" Spencer.
Born May 26,1928 in Wilcoe, WV, she was the
daughter of the late James E.Goff and the late Lillie Mae Ayers
Goff. Mrs Spencer had retired from Pride Dry
Cleaners, Where she was employed for many years
and was a long time member of Shiloh United
In addition to her parents and husband, she was
preceded in death by two sisters, Frances Goff Walton 2005
and infant sister Annabell Marie Goff 1934.
She is survived by seven sisters , Helen
Goff Wilt and Mary GoffJenkins both of Lynchburg,Va., Nancy Goff New of
Amherst,Va., BessieGoff Roland of Wytheville,Va., Lois Goff
Powell of Morganton,NC.., Margie Goff Mawyer of Midlothian, Va.,
Barbara Goff Gooden of Sunland,Ca.; three brothers ,James E.Goff of
Lynchburg,Va.,William(Bil) Goff of Lake City, FL., Daniel E. Goff of
Alice attended Gary High School. Obit sent with
permission to post by brother Bil Goff
|Lillie Mae Ayers Goff and James
E. Goff THEN In their younger years. NOW in their Golden years,
E. & LILLIE MAE AYERS GOFF
GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN
E. Goff and Lillie Mae Ayers was Married Aug.17,
1925, and went to Wilcoe ,WV on there honeymoon and lived up Saw mill
James took a job in
the Coalmines at Gary for US Steel. They had 13
children, 10 girls and 3 boys before he retired and moved to Lynchburg,Va. That was 37 years.
James and Lillie had
61 years of marriage when James E. Goff , 86 died in his home Feb. 4,
1987 He was Born Dec. 8,1900 in Bedford County,Va.
Ayers Goff Died two year later April 15,
1989, she was 79 and was born June 7, 1909 in
Buchanan,Va. They had 25 years of Retirement
They were members of Beulah Baptist Church. They had a
Marie Goff that was born May 25,
1934 and she died June 17, 1934.
AM Goff is buried on
top Of Sarka's Mountain, Sarka's Mtn. Cemetery.
Lillie and James Goff
had 30 grandchildren and 25 great grandchildren.
Thanks to Bil Goff for providing me info on his Mom &
Mamie O'Brian Cooper
all AnawaltGary Alumni Members
Mamie O'Brien Cooper Class of 1926 died today at the Glenwood Assistant
Living Home in Princeton. Mamie was the last surviving member of her
class. She was 98 years old. Aunt Mamie as she was affectionately
called by her Class of 1955 taught Civics and was the school librarian
at Anawalt for 46 years. Her funeral will be at the Fanning Funeral
Home in Welch, WV on Monday, August 29 at ll:00 a.m. For more
information contact me at my email.
Patricia Carol O'Brien Class of 1958.
L. "Bill" Lockhart
William L. "Bill" Lockhart, 54, of Talman Village
near Gary, died August 27, 2006, at Welch Community Hospital (DOA).
Born November 28, 1951, in Welch, he was the son of
Walter Lee and Rose Marie Peak Lockhart Sr.
He was a lifelong resident of the county, a former
employee of U.S. Steel No. 9 mine and the Gary Preparation
Plant. Before becoming disabled, he owned and operated his
own auto repair shop. He was a veteran of the U.S.
Army and a member of the American Legion Post 8 of Welch. He
was of the Catholic faith, and graduated from Gary High School in
1971. He loved hunting and riding his 4-wheeler; but mostly
spending time with his family.
He was preceded in death by his maternal
grandparents, Dave and Pearlie Mae Peak and paternal grandparents,
Wallace and Kathleen Lockhart.
Suvivors include in addition to his parents; His
wife, Cathy Switch Lockhart of Talman Village; one son, William L.
Lockhart Jr. and wife Amanda of Mooresville, N.C.; one
daughter , Denise Ann Carvalho and husband Manuel "Mac" of
Timonium, Md.; three brothers, Walter L. Lockhart Jr. and wife Svetlana
of Hinesville, Ga., Wallace L. Lockhart and wife Mary Dawn of Welch,
WV.,Willie Lane Lockhart of Bluewell, WV.; two sisters, Donna Myers and
husband Andy of East Palatka, Fla., Helen Clemins and husband Robert of
No. 10 Gary, WV.; his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Harry and Ann
Switch of Welch, WV.; his two Springer Spaniels, "Beau" and "Duke"; and
the greatest two joys of his life, his granddaughters, Hanna Lockhart
and Abby Carvalho; and a host of other family members and special
Funeral services will be conducted Thursday evening
at 7 p.m. from the Fanning Funeral Home Chapel in Welch with Brother
Rogers Hanna , S.V.D., officiating. In keeping with his
wishes, the body has been cremated.
Friends may call Thursday evening at the funeral
home from 6 to 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests
memorial donations be sent to Our Lady of Victory Catholic Churchy, Box
130, Gary, WV. -24836.
Fanning Funeral Home of Welch is serving the
BOBBY JOE RATLIFF
||Bobby Joe was born April 14,
1946, at Roderfield. He was an outstanding athlete at Gary, lettering
in both football and basketball. As a senior, he was elected co-captain
of the football team.
||While in high school, he served
as treasurer and sgt.-at-arms on the Student Council and was president
of the Future Business Leaders of America. He was also a member of the
Safety club and was voted most popular by his classmates in his senior
||After graduation, he received a
football scholarship to Marshall University where he attended one
semester before enlisting in the Marines. He served ten months in
Vietnam and held the rank of Corporal. Bobby Joe was killed on June 19,
1967 at Quang Nam, Vietnam. He was awarded, posthumously, the Purple
Heart, Vietnam Campaign Medal, National Defense Service Medal and
Vietnam Service Medal.
Pete "Bobo" Columbo, Jr. of Elbert WV passed away Sunday,
October 1, 2006 at Welch Community Hospital, following a long illness.
|"Bobo" was born on March 13,
1936 in Elbert. He was the son of the late Pete and Angelina (Demetrio)
Columbio. He attended the Gary Schools where he graduated from High
School, before attending Barber College, He was a member of " Our Lady
of Victory" Catholic church in Gary, WV, all of his life, where he
served as an usher. He belonged to the Knights of Columbus of Welch. He
was also a member of the Moose Club and the Barber's Union. He was an
active member of the Gary High School Alumni Association, where he
served as Sargent-At-Arms. " Bobo" owned and operated "Bobo" barber
shop in Welch, for almost 50 years. "Bobo" and his barber shop were
featured several times in the Welch Daily News, Most recently for his
extensive Beer Bottle Collection. He was also an avid West Virginia
University football fan, and he loved going to the football games in
Morgantown. Some of his family's fondest memories of "Bobo" will be the
pleasure of accompanying him on these special Saturdays at "Mountaineer
|In additon to his parents. he
was preceded in death by two brothers, Valentino and Carlo. Survivors
include sisters - Mrs. James (Rosie) Bales of Filbert, Ms. Aster Yanesh
of the home and Bluefield, Miss Antoinette Columbo of the home, and
Mrs. Sidney (Maria) Cure of Gary, and one sister-in-law, Helen Colombo
|"Bobo" was the beloved uncle of
six nephews, five nieces, six great nephews and four great-great
nephews. Nephews include James (Coney Bales and Kenneth (Frog) Bales of
Welch, Tony Columbo and Dr. Carl Colombo of York, PA, Dr. Robert Cure
of Hunnington, and Gino Collumbo of Richmond, VA
|Nieces are Teresa Colombo of
Elbert, Cathy Patterson of Caretta, Jean Colombo of Morgantown, Carla
Brown of Roanoke, VA, and Mary Colombo of Glen Easton....... Great
nieces are Nikki Robrig of Abingdon, VA, Deanna Bales of Bluefield,
Lisa Miller of Thompson Station, TNGabrielle Colombo of Bluefield,
Danielle Colombo of York, PA, Carolyn Colombo of Glen Easton and
Samantha Blackburn of Atlanta , GA.
|Great nephew include Dale
Patterson and Nick Patterson of Caretta, Dominic Colombo of York, PA,
Julian-Dante Giglio of Elbert, Christopher Brown of Roanoke, VA and
Roger Flippen Jr. of Peck's Mill, WV........ Great-great nephews are
Malachi Blackburn of Atlanta, GA. Nolan Miller and Grayson Miller of
Thompson Station, TN., and Braden Flippen of Peck's Mill, WV.
|Friends will be received
Wednesday at the Fanning Funeral Home in Welch from 6-9 p.m. A
vigil-prayer service will be at 7 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will
be celebrated Thursday at 11:00 a.m. at Our Lady of Victory Catholic
Church in Gary with Father Tan Nguyen , S.V.D. as Celebrant.
|Entombment will follow in the
Waterfall Mausoleum at Bluewell. Pallbearers will be Dr. David Carr,
James (Conley) bales and Kenneth (Frog) Bales, Tony Colombo, Dr. Carl
Colombo, and Gino Colombo, Dr. Robert Joseph Cure, Cecil Patterson and
|Honorary pallbearers will be Al
Gravely, Arville Wyatt, Joe Monti, Jessie Williams, Nick Cavallo, Frank
Piano, Jimmy Longo, Louiie Conte, Louie Berentes, Phillip Salcines,
Jimmy Flannigan, Dan Rasi, Anthony Cavallo, and Willie Spechiek.
|In Leiu of flowers, donations
may be made to Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church or to the Gary High
School Alumni Association. Fanning Funeral Home of Welch is serving the
Prudy Creola Parks Spencer
— Prudy Creola Parks Spencer, 91, of P.O. Box
484, Anawalt, passed away on Sunday, Oct. 8, 2006 at Welch Community
Hospital following a long illness.
Born on July 10, 1915 in Fairwood, Va., she was a daughter of the late
Eli Fletcher and Fanny Mae Cooper Parks. Her family moved to Elbert
from Virginia in 1919 and later moved in 1920 to No. 12 US Steel Coal
Mines near Anawalt. Prudy attended the old Anawalt School and was in
the fifth grade when the present one opened. She graduated Gary High
School in 1934. She worked for Foreman’s Dry Goods after
graduating. She married Arthur Woodrow Spencer in 1940 and became a
mother and housewife to three children. She worked as a cook for Welch
Emergency Hospital. She was a devout Christian and a member of the
Anawalt Methodist Church most of her life where she served as
Treasurer, MYF Counselor, and Sunday School Teacher.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of
60 years, Arthur Woodrow Spencer and a brother, Delbert Fernly Parks.
Survivors: Daughters: Judy and husband Rev. Steve Kowalski of Holly
Ridge, N.C., Linda and husband Pastor Raymond Gilley of Anawalt; son:
Ronnie Spencer of the home; brother: Clarance Parks and wife Freda of
Deerfield Beach, Fla.; sister: Betty Hall and husband Richard of Scott
Depot; grandchildren: Steve Kowalski, Stephanie McIntyre, Sean
Kowalski, and Jessey Gilley; great-grandchildren: Stephen Kowalski,
Samantha Kowalski, and Amanda McIntyre; and many nieces, nephews, great
nieces, and great nephews plus a multitude of friends.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 11, 1006 at 1:00 p.m.
at the Cravens-Shires Funeral Home in Bluewell with the Rev. Steve
Kowalski and Pastor Ray Gilley officiating. Burial will follow at
Woodlawn Memorial Park in Bluewell where her grandsons and friends will
serve as her pallbearers. Friends may call from 6-9 p.m. at the funeral
home on Tuesday (today).
The Cravens-Shires Funeral Home is serving the Spencer family.
William James "Jimmy" Boner
- William James "Jimmy" Boner, 71, of Gary, died Sunday, October
29,2006 at his residence.
Born March 30, 1935 in Elbert, he was the son of
the late Samuel and Ethel Hall Boner. He graduated from Gary
High School in 1953 and was a lifelong resident of Gary. He
was of the Protestant faith, a veteran of the U.S. Army and a retired
mechanic from U.S. Steel Mining Company in Gary. He was an
avid WVU football and Nascar fan.
Preceded in death by, in addition to his parents,
brothers, Joseph, Lee, Charles and Andrew Boner and sisters, Elizabeth
Boner, Mary Martin and Mildred Snowhite.
Survivors include his wife, Margie Kish Boner of
Gary; one brother; Samuel Boner of Baltimore, Maryland; one
sister; Louise Cornett of Baltimore; one special sister in law, Peggy
Boner of Filbert; several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday ,
November 1, 2006 at 2:30 p.m. from the Fanning Funeral Home Chapel in
Welch with the Rev. Charlene Edwards officiating. Burial will
follow at Roselawn Memorial Gardens in Princeton.
Friends may call Wednesday at the funeral home from
1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Pallbearers will be family and friends.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the
Gary United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 400, Gary, WV - 24836.
DEC 28, 1954 - NOV 3, 2006
RADFORD, Va. — Jerry
Dean Woolridge, 51, of Radford, formerly of Skygusty, passed away
Friday, Nov. 3, 2006 of injuries received in a car accident in Bedford
Born Dec. 28, 1954 in Welch, he was the son of Josephine Woolridge of
Skygusty, and the late John Lee Woolridge. He was a graduate of Gary High School 1978
CHARLES "Charlie" REED
BUT NOT FORGOTTEN
Charles "Charlie" Reed, 47, of Welch, died Saturday, Dec. 9, 2006 at
788 Stewart Street in Welch.
Born April 7, 1959 in Welch, he was the son of Louise Parker Reed of
Bluefield and the late Jessie E. Reed. He was a resident of the
Welch-Gary area all his life. He was a graduate of Gary High School.