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Thomas J. Smith
Thomas J. Smith, 59, of Barboursville, died Friday, December 3, 1999 at St. Mary's Hospital. Funeral services were conducted Monday, December 6,1999 at the Wallace Funeral Home & Chapel by the Rev. David Cardwell. Burial in Baylous Cemetery. He was born October 24,1940 in Cabell County, a son of the late Kenneth E. and Hazel Lewis Smith. He is survived by his wife, Karen Crank Smith; two daughters and sons-in-law, Melinda and Harry Hill, Jr. of Barboursville, Angie and Steven Conrad of Loris, South Carolina; two sisters, Gladys Hinkle and Kathy Black, both of Culloden; four brothers, Gene Smith, Bob Smith and Rickie Smith, all of Barboursville and Jimmy Smith of Culloden; five grandchildren Dustin Hill, Jeremy Hill, Joshua Conrad, Caitlin Conrad and Candace Conrad; and an extra special “Buddy”, Brian McCallister. Wallace Funeral Home, Barboursville, was in charge of arrangements.
Warner H. Sowards
Warner H. Sowards, 64, of St. Albans, husband of Betty Sowards, died Saturday, December 25, 1999 at home. He was a truck driver for Rush Trucking. Also surviving are his mother, Emalene Sowards of Ona; two daughters, Brenda Morrison and Cindy Morrison, both of St. Albans; two sisters, Donna Bowen of Lovely, Ky. and Sue Chapman of Ona and one brother, Lee Sowards of Barboursville. Funeral services were held Tuesday, December 28, 1999 at Allen Funeral Home; burial in Culloden Cemetery.
Charles T. Smith
Charles T. Smith, 71, of Deerfield Plantation, Myrtle Beach, SC, formerly of Huntington, WV, passed away Friday, Dec. 24, 1999 at Grand Strand Regional Medical Center. He was born June 26, 1928, a son of the late Charles Thomas and Oma Fry Smith. While living in Huntington, WV, he was a member of Highlawn Church of Christ, Huntington, where he taught the Adult Sunday School Class, was also the Bible School Superintendent, Chairman of the Board, a Deac
on and an Elder. He was retired from Smith Transfer, Huntington, after thirty years of service. After moving to Myrtle Beach, SC, he became a member of the First Baptist Church of Surfside Beach, where he was a member of the JOY Sunday School Class. He was employed by Prestwick C. C. until January of this year. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Deborah Lynn Barrett; sisters, Betty Roberts and Frances Hopkins. Surviving are his wife, Betty L. Hainor Smith; one granddaughter, Catherine Barrett Horton and her husband, G. Shane of Surfside Beach, SC; two brothers, John and Herb Smith of Ohio; three sisters, Lou Jean Unroe of VA, Faye Fritz of Oregon and Elsie La Cross of Washington; sister-in-law, Dolly Steel of KY. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, December 28, 1999 at the Wallace Funeral Home & Chapel, Barboursville, by Minister John Hays. Burial in Oaklawn Memorial Park, Huntington.
Richard Alan Swann
Richard Alan Swann, 50, of Barboursville, WV, left University of Kentucky Medical Center, December 23, 1999 to be with the Lord. He was greeted by many loved ones. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, December 28, 1999 at the Wallace Funeral Home & Chapel, Barboursville. Burial in Swann Cemetery. He was born January 14, 1949 in Huntington a son of the late Woodrow and Pauline Dailey Swann. He was an employee of CSX Transportation, a member of Mt. Pisgah United Methodist Church, Huntington Archery Club, WV Bowhunters Association, Mountaineer Sportsmans Gun Club and the I. O. O. F. #64 Huntington. He is survived by his loving wife of 30 years, Reba Morrison Swann; one daughter and son-in-law, Paula and Eric Lingenfelter of Barboursville; one son, Steve Swann at home; three sisters and brothers-in-law, Connie and Lanny King of Salt Rock, Joann Walker and Pat and Wane Bowen, all of Barboursville; one granddaughter who brought him much joy, Emily Paige Lingenfelter and a host of loving friends. Isaiah 40-31 “But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not be weak.”
Homer L. Salmon
Homer L. Salmon, 79, of Milton, W.Va., passed away Wednesday, Sept. 29, 1999 in St. Mary’s Hospital, Huntington. Funeral services were conducted Saturday, Oct. 2 at the Milton United Methodist Church of which he was a member, with Rev. Keith Leap officiating. Burial in Ridgelawn Memorial Park, Huntington. Homer was born at Hamlin, W.Va., on Nov. 19, 1919. He was a son of the late Oscar and Clara Moore Salmon. He was also preceded in death by a sister, Millie L. Bays. Homer was active in the Milton United Methodist Church, having served as a Sunday School Teacher and Trustee. He retired in 1978 from Union Carbide, Institute, W.Va. He will be greatly missed by his wife of 58 years, Phyllis Jacks Salmon; a sister, Lula A. Bradford of Huntington; a brother, Leonard A. Salmon of Grove City, Ohio, and a host of other family and friends. The family suggests memorials to the Milton United Methodist Church, Church and Smith Streets, Milton, WV, 25541 in lieu of flowers. Heck Funeral Home, Milton, was in charge of arrangements. 
Mary Jo Stephens
Mary Jo Stephens, 82, of Huntington, died Friday, Sept. 17, 1999 in Chateau Grove Nursing Home, Barboursville. Funeral services were conducted Monday, Sept. 20, 1999 at Henson Mortuary, Pea Ridge, by Revs. Dana and Jean Sutton. Burial in Ridgelawn Memorial Park. She was born April 8, 1917 in Yawkey, Lincoln County, W.Va., a daughter of the late Frank E. and Stella Riggs Grass. She was an instructor at Marshall Laboratory School, and for many years was Youth Director of the Huntington-Cabell County American Red Cross, and was a member of Bates Memorial Presbyterian Church. Mrs. Stephens was also preceded by her husband, Robert E. Stephens in 1974 and a brother, Frank Riggs Grass. Survivors include one sister, Ruth Grass Adkins Bolar of Oklahoma, City, Okla.; two nieces, Anne Abington of Clearwater, Fla. and Mary Ellen Adkins Herring of Atlanta, Ga.; and one nephew, Dr. Frank S. Grass of Charlotte N.C. Donations may be made to the building fund of Bates Memorial Presbyterian Church.
Mrs. Alberta Stowers
Mrs. Alberta Stowers, 89, of Milton W.Va, passed away Friday, Sept. 17, 1999 in St. Mary’s Hospital, Huntington. Funeral services were conducted Monday, Sept 20 at Heck Funeral Home with Rev. Keith Leap officiating. Burial in the Milton Cemetery. Alberta was born in Lincoln County on Aug. 3, 1910. She was a daughter of the late Reason and Rosa Verna Johnson Wheeler. Alberta was also preceded in death by her husband, Murrell Stowers, and by a daughter, Alma Hill. She was a member of the Milton United Methodist Church and a retired employee of the Cabell County Board of Education. She is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Norma Jean and Jack Goodall of Huntington and Sharon and John Williams of Milton and three sons and two daughters-in-law, Rondel Stowers of Las Vegas, Nev, Roy and Johanna Stowers of Chesterfield, Va., and Lewis and Mary Stowers of Lansing, Kan.; 14 grandchildren and several great- and great-great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Eva Scarberry
Mrs. Eva Scarberry, 90, of Lesage, W.V, widow of Thomas Jefferson Scarberry, went to rest with her Lord Monday, Aug. 23, 1999, in St. Mary’s Hospital, Huntington. Funeral services were conducted Thursday, Aug. 26, 1999, at Heck Funeral Home, Milton, with Rev. Doug Spurlock officiated. Burial in the Union Ridge Cemetery, Glenwood. Eva was born in Cabell County on Feb. 1, 1909. She was a daughter of the late John and Elizabeth Bailey Henry. Eva was also preceded in death by brothers, Clyde, Clarence, Chester and Lester Henry; one sister, Myrtle Mounts; two granddaughters, Geneva Hanna and Donna Carter; two sons-in-law, Rex Underwood and Ray Hanna; and one daughter-in-law, Janice Scarberry. She is survived by six daughters, Eloise Scarberry, Rosa Scarberry, Patricia Scarberry, Delores Roten, Ella Underwood and Ruby Hanna, all of Lesage; two sons, Rex Scarberry of Lesage and James Scarberry of Ona; ten grandchildren, Danny Hanna, Jimmy Hanna, Mark Scarberry, Angela Barrett, Dwayne Scarberry, Scott Scarberry, Rex Allen Scarberry, Barbara Chapman, Kellie King and Tammy Justin; 22 great-grandchildren; one brother, Chancey Henry of Ona; a host of nieces, nephews, friends and neighbors.
Albert Edgar Snider
Albert Edgar Snider, 73, of Barboursville, died Wednesday, Aug. 18, 1999 at the Huntington Veterans Administration Medical Center. Funeral services were conducted Aug. 21, 1999 at the Wallace Funeral Home & Chapel. Burial in Oaklawn Memorial Park He was born Dec. 30,1925 in Cabell County, a son of the late Guy and Alma Kuhn Snider. He was retired from Sears. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and a member of American Legion #177. He was also preceded in death by three brothers, Emery, Don, and Clifford Snider. He is survived by his wife, Lucille Clark Snider; two daughters and sons-in-law, Joyce and Randy Bishop of Lawrenceville, Georgia and Brenda and Brett Bailey of Valrico, Florida; one son, Dale Snider of Barboursville; two sisters, Joan White of Huntington and Barbara Dunkle of Barboursville; two brothers Jerry, Snider of Huntington, and Raymond Snider of Kokomo, Indiana, six grandchildren, Shane Snider and wife Tammy of Columbus, Brooke Snider of Huntington, Trisha McCullah and husband Billy of Lawrenceville, Lauren Bailey and Kendra Bailey, both of Valrico, and Mark Bishop of Lawrenceville; and one great-grandson Will McCullah of Lawrenceville.
Mildred Lee Rose Lang Shortt
Mildred Lee Rose Lang Shortt, 85, of Ona, widow of Randolph K Shortt, died Tuesday, August 10, 1999 in St. Mary’s Hospital She was a homemaker. Survivors include one son, Maurice “Tim” Lang of Summersville; one daughter, Anne Barham of Aiken, S.C.; one sister, Louise Rose McKeage of Montrose, Pa.; and one brother, Hubert Shan Rose of Hendersonville, Tenn Graveside service was held Saturday, August 14, in Mountain View Cemetery, Marlinton. VanReenen Funeral Home, Marlinton, was in charge of arrangements. Contributions may be made to Marlinton United Methodist Church Women.
Reverend Finley E. “Ed” Stewart
On the 23rd day of July, 1999, 58-year-old Reverend Finley E. “Ed” Stewart went home to be with the Lord. He was prceded in death by his father and mother Stanley and Garnet Stewart, and one brother Lawrence Stewart. Survivors include his wife Linda and two daughters, Tammy Stewart from Chesapeake, Ohio, and Tena Stewart Thomas from Leon, W.Va., two sons-in-law, Steve Eschleman and William Thomas and four grandchildren, Allen Thomas, Seonta Thomas, Zara Thomas and Zachariah Thomas. Other survivors include three brothers and four sisters. He was a member of Community Baptist Church of Huntington and was an ordained Baptist minister. Ed was a truly kind and gentle soul who was loved by many and will be greatly missed by family and friends. Heck Funeral Home in Milton was in charge of arrangements. Funeral services for Ed were held Sunday at Heck Funeral Home with burial following at Pete Meadows Cemetery in Glenwood, WV.

Doris Lee Cooper Stanley
Mrs. Doris Lee Cooper Stanley, 68, of Proctorville, Ohio, passed away Saturday, July 24, 1999, at Heartland of Riverview Nursing Home. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, July 27, 1999, at the Wallace Funeral Home & Chapel by the Rev. Craig Coster. Burial in Oaklawn Memorial Park. She was born January 10, 1931, in Cabell County, a daughter of the late Russell D. and Garnet Stewart Cooper. She is survived by her husband, Norman Stanley; one daughter and son-in-law, Shari L. and Bill Thomas of Huntington; one sister and brother-in-law, Helen Louise and Bunk Perry of Barboursville; four grandchildren, Jared Thomas, Josiah Thomas, Hannah Thomas, and Seth Thomas; and two nieces, Connie Blankenship and Tracy Gooch. Wallace Funeral Home, Barboursville. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Huntington, P.O. Box 464, Huntington, WV 25709 or Community Hospice, 1538 Central Ave. Ashland, Ky, 41101.

Timothy Joseph Spade
Timothy Joseph Spade, 36, of Culloden, died Tuesday in Putnam General Hospital. He was a former employee of Rust Equipment of Culloden. Survivors include his mother, Nell F. Spade of Culloden; one son, Timothy Joseph Spade Jr. of Culloden; two daughters, Shannon Spade and Mandy Spade, both of Virginia; two stepdaughters, Melissa Willis and Audra Willis, both of Culloden; one sister, Betty Sue Barnett of Amherst, Va.; and three brothers, Norvell “Sam” Spade of Cross Lanes, Richard A. Spade of Warrenton, Va., and Jeffrey D. Spade of Culloden. Funeral was held Friday, July 2, 1999 at Chapman Funeral Home Chapel, Teays Valley; burial Zoar Cemetery.

Dennis C. “Denny” Shaw
Dennis C. “Denny” Shaw, 76, of Ona, WV died Wednesday, July 14, 1999 in St. Mary’s Hospital, Huntington of a heart attack. Funeral services were conducted on. Saturday, July 17 at Heck Funeral Home, Milton with Fred Lunsford officiating. Burial in Bexfield Cemetery, Milton. Denny was born in Cabell Co. on April 21, 1923. He was a son of the late James A. and Mary Helen Adams Shaw. Denny was also preceded in death by four brothers, James, Leo, Andrew and Johnny Shaw. He was retired from Barboursville Clay Mfg., Barboursville, WV and a member of Beulah Ann Baptist Church, Ona. He is survived by his wife, Leoma Bledsoe Shaw, one brother, Sam Shaw of Ona; four sisters, Margaret Sandmayr of Loveland, OH, Agnes Darst and Josephine Day both of Bellevue, KY and Cecelia Shaw.
Lexie Louise Smith
Lexie Louise Smith, 92, of Huntington, died Saturday, June19, 1999 in Heritage Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. She was a retired employee for Pilgrim Laundry. Survivors include two daughters, Dorothy Ann Donahoe of South Point, Ohio, and Marlen Sue Wilder of Huntington. Graveside services at Chestnut Grove Baptist Church Cemetery, Milton. There was no visitation. Heck Funeral Home, Milton, was in charge of arrangements.

Anthony L. Sowards
Anthony L. Sowards, 45, of Hurricane, died Sunday, June 27, 1999 at his residence. Survivors include his mother, Loretta Gipson Sowards of Hurricane; three sisters, Cheryl Sowards of Hurricane, Donna Buchanan of Akron, Ohio, and Tina Duvall of Cleveland; three brothers, Jeffery Sowards and Darrell Sowards, both of Hurricane, and David Sowards of Mount Olive. Graveside funeral Tuesday, June 29, 1999 in Kingery Cemetery. Heck Funeral Home, Milton, was in charge of arrangements.

James Sharp, 78, of Barboursville, W.Va., passed away Saturday, April 3, 1999, at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Huntington. Funeral services were conducte Tuesday, April 6, 1999, at the Wallace Funeral Home & Chapel, Barboursville, by the Rev. Monty Brown. Burial in Woodmere Memorial Park, Huntington. He was born April 20,1920, in Huntington, a son of the late James J. and Ida L. Chapman Sharp. He was a retired rural mail carrier for the Barboursville Post Office; served seven years in the U.S. Navy during World War II; a member of Orchard Hills Country Club where he served on the Board of Directors; a member of Christ the King Lutheran Church. He was preceded in death by a sister, Juanita E. Hall; and two grandsons, Matthew Luke Sharp and John Corbet Sharp. Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Shirley Eck Sharp; one sister, Loretta Leighty of Winfield, W.Va.; one son and daughter-in-law, Jack and Connie Sharp of Barboursville; three daughters and sons-in-law, Sunny and Fred Hammers, Jill and Gerald Asbury, Penny and Kris Jones, all of Barboursville; grandchildren include Sean 'Corky' Hammers and his wife, Beth "Buffy" Meghann Hammers, Kenny and Billy Jones, Jake and Joey Sharp, Summer, Tara and Carlee Villars, Emily Asbury; and his little buddy, Charlie, all of Barboursville. Military graveside rites were conducted by the V.F.W. #9738, Huntington.


Richard Paul Scher, 77, Barboursville, died Wednesday, March 31, 1999 at St. Mary's Hospital. He was born Dec. 24, 1921 in Belington, W.Va., a son of the late Miltford M. and Lucy Markwood Scher. He was a talented songwriter and music was his wife and love. He was a volunteer at the Prestera Mental Health Center and was active in many community services advocating for people's rights. He was also preceded in death by one brother, Markwood Mason Scher. He is survived by one sister, Alice A. Robinson of Knoxville, Tenn.; a special friend, John Davies; one nephew, three nieces, three great-nieces, five great-nephews, two great-great-nephews, and one great-great-niece. Memorial contributions may be made to Prestera Mental Health Center. Wallace Funeral Home & Chapel, Barboursville, was in charge of arrangements. He was loved and will be missed by many.

Norman Earl Sheppard

Norman Earl Sheppard, 69, of Winter Haven, Florida formerly of Milton, WV, died May 4, 1999, at James A. Halley Veterans Hospital in Tampa. Funeral services were conducted Friday, May 7, 1999 at Mitchell-Harden Funeral Home in Winter Haven. Burial at the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell. Norman was born August 11, 1929, in Myrtle, Mingo County, WV. He is the son of the late Pierce and Bertha Hayes Sheppard. He was preceded in death by three sisters and two brothers, Annetta Hatfield, Vernie Clagg Blankenship, Marie Sheppard, Rush "Rusty" Sheppard and William "John" Sheppard. He was a member of the Moose Lodge, VFW and American Legion Post 8. He was a World War II U.S. Marine Corps veteran. He is survived by his wife, Evelyn Keeler Sheppard; two daughters, Mary Jane Adkins of Huntington, WV, and Joyce Renee Gilkerson of Paintsville, KY; one brother, Fredrick Sheppard of Crossville, TN; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Charles Ronald Spradling

Charles Ronald Spradling, 67, of Barboursville died Saturday, May 15, 1999, at his residence. Funeral services were conducted Wednesday, May 19, 1999, at Henson Mortuary with the Rev. Ralph Cazad officiating. Burial in White Chapel Memorial Gardens with V.F.W. Post #9738 conducting graveside services. He was born March 22, 1932, in Cabell County, WV, a son of the late James B. and Elizabeth Scott Spradling. He was formerly employed with Huntington Mall, presently employed with Big Lots, Eastern Heights, and was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean Conflict. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Robert Cecil Spradling. He is survived by his wife, Ellen Cook Spradling; one stepson, Fred Ray Collins of Sedalia, Ohio; three stepdaughters, Carolyn Plybon of Washington Court House, Ohio, Joyce Cook of Barboursville and Brenda Kay Cook of Huntington; five sisters, Virginia Morris and Rose Johnson, both of Norfolk, Va., Mary Johnson of Pensacola, Fla., Carolyn Kessler and Ruth Spradling, both of Barboursville; four brothers, Ed Spradling and John Spradling, both of Barboursville, George Spradling of Huntington and Jackie Spradling of Norfolk; four grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Leona N. Sims

Leona N. Sims, 83, of Milton, widow of Ray Forest Sims, died Wednesday, May 19, 1999. Survivors include two daughters, Delores Bellow of DeBary, Fla., and Frances Hickman of Milton; and two sons, Ronald Sims of Proctorville, Ohio, and Samuel Ray Sims of Middleburg, Fla. Funeral Monday, May 24, 1999 at Chapman's Mortuary; burial in Woodmere Memorial Park.

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