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Saturday, March 17, 2007

Nitro High School Student obits/posts

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The nitroalumni.com forum has been discontinued. This is sad as many excellent posts and memories went with it. Thank you Timothy Davis NHS '77 for your gift to us all. Perhaps one day it can be recovered.

Note that there are more NHS WV news/obits/interests on other pages of this blog. I ran into a posting capacity issue for each post.

Feel free to submit remembrances/contributions re: NHS WV to me: ch*ord*97@*gmail.*com (ignore *) to limit spam.

Use the Find Function under EDIT (Windows toolbar) to look for NHS class members. You might try just the last or first name to be successful. The find function is case sensitive. I have posted obituaries, miscellaneous info, and announcements for our classmates.

Mildred B. Selby

Mrs. Mildred B. Selby, 90, of Nitro passed away Saturday, Oct. 15, 2005, after a short illness.

Mrs. Selby was a graduate of Morris Harvey College. She was a retired schoolteacher having taught mostly in the Nitro area schools. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of St. Albans.

She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, John Kent and Julia S. Selby of Nitro; two grandsons, John Charles Selby of St. Albans and David Andrew Selby of Belton, Texas; two great-grandsons; and two great-granddaughters.

She donated her body to West Virginia University's Medical School.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 22 at the First Presbyterian Church of St. Albans with Pastor Paul Romine officiating.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Kanawha Hospice Care, 1143 Dunbar Avenue, Dunbar, WV 25064.

Gatens-Harding Funeral Home, 147 Main Street, Poca is in charge of the arrangements.


Richard Scott “Rick” Duff, 39, of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina died December 8, 2002, in Fulton County, Georgia after a sudden illness.
He was co-owner and head chef at Biminis Oyster Bar and Seafood Cafe. He was a member of Old Kanawha Baptist Church, Pratt, and a graduate of Nitro High School.
He was preceded in death by his father, Ray Staunton Duff Jr.
Surviving: longtime special friend, Joyce Woodfield of Connecticut; mother, Shirley A. Duff of Hurricane; sister, Tina Renee Crawford of Valrico, Florida; twin brother, Randall Ray Duff of Cary, North Carolina; brother, Kevin Conrad Duff of South Point, Ohio; maternal grandmother, Sydna McClung of Hurricane; nephews, Brandon Crawford and Dalton Duff; niece, Christina Crawford.
Service was held Saturday, December 14, 2002, at Chapman Funeral Home, Teays Valley, with the Rev. Kelly Parsons officiating. Burial was in Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens, Cross Lanes

1999 Matthew Irby

GRADUATE: Matthew Irby graduated cum laude earlier this month from Northern Kentucky University’s Chase College of Law with a Juris Doctor degree. His wife, Danielle, was not to be denied. She also graduated cum laude from the same university with a bachelor of arts degree in elementary and special education. Matthew is the son of Russell and Brenda Irby of Huntington. He’s a 1996 graduate of Huntington East High School and a 2002 graduate of Marshall University. Danielle is the daughter of Billy and Gail Alford of Cross Lanes and a 1999 graduate of Nitro High School.

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I Graduated in 1965


Hi,I was at the all class party this year,things were going great.I was looking for Carla Scott,my first girlfriend,I found out she had passed away some time ago.If anyone has info about here you can email me at stevtaystaylor@yahoo.com.I miss her and the friendship,she was the girl I never dated,never held her hand,never danced with her and held her close,never kissed her,never told her how special she was to me.I hope if she was married and had kids she was happy.Looked for her at Tyler Mt,maybe she is there under her married name.I visit there to see other friends and family.Thanks


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Clay Bailey said the disgruntled police and firefighters should have found another way to air their grievances. Carla Scott, a 35-year-old medical social worker living in Morgantown, thought the uniformed officers should...
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Belinda Mae Rose, 28, of Charleston, died July 31, 2005, in Hubbard Hospice House, after a short battle with cancer.

She attended Nitro High School and Maranatha Fellowship Church.

Belinda was preceded in death by her father, Roger Rose Sr. and brother, Wayne Rose.

Surviving are her fiancé, Jimmy Thaxton, of Charleston; sons, Kyle Rose at home and Blair Kane Baldwin of Charleston; mother, Ruth Cain of Charleston; brothers, Roger Allen Rose Jr. of Charleston, Milton Ray Myers Jr. of Nitro, and Robert Rose of Corbin, Ky.; sisters, Tesia D. Cain of Charleston and Angela Cain of Clarksburg; maternal grandmother, Lydia Carte of Charleston; and paternal grandmother, Barbara Douglas of Texas.

Service will be 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 4, at Cunningham-Parker-Johnson Funeral Home, Charleston with the Rev. David Thaxton officiating. Entombment will be in Floral Hills Garden of Memories, Pocatalico.

Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at cpjfuneralhome@aol.com.

Cunningham-Parker-Johnson Funeral Home is serving the Rose family.

Mrs. Barbara Wygal Miller, 64 of Nitro went home to be with the Lord July 7, 2005 at home.
Mrs. Miller is a 1958 graduate of Nitro High School
; Attended West Virginia State College and 15th Street Nitro Church of God and retired from College and University Systems of WV in 2000.
She is preceded in death by her parents Frank and Elizabeth Wygal of Nitro; her husband Tom Miller and nephew Justin Wygal.
She is survived by her loving daughter Lori Beth and husband J.R. Gibson of Milton; Brother Jim and wife Patti Wygal of Poca; two sisters Patti and husband Frank Neary of Winfield and Debbie and husband Ed Bridgette of Poca; two sister-in-laws Jean and Mitzi Roberts both of St. Albans; and one grandson T.J. Gibson. Barbara is also survived by a host of nieces and nephews.
The family would like to thank Eric Hicks and the Right at Home Health Care Agency and Jeff Carrier and the staff at Kanawha Hospice for all their love and support. A special thank you to Brenda, Delma, Marilyn, Micki, and Joann for being so good to Mom.
Funeral Service will be 1:00 PM Sunday July 10, 2005 at 15th Street Church of God in Nitro with Rev. Arley Cravens and Pastor Rob Van Fossen officiating. Burial will follow in Cunningham Memorial Park. Friends may call 6 to 8 PM Saturday at the 15th St. Church of God in Nitro.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations be made to Kanawha Hospice 1143 Dunbar Ave. Dunbar, WV 25064.

WINFIELD - Michael Thomas Alan Buckner, 25, of Winfield died Feb. 24, 1997, from injuries received after being shot in the parking lot of a housing development near St. Albans, a Kanawha County Sheriff's spokesman said.

He attended St. Albans High School and Nitro High School, where he was captain of the football team and a member of the All-State team. He was a member of St. Albans Moose and Laborers Local 1353.

Surviving: daughters, Tessa Dawn Buckner and Nikki Jones, of North Charleston mother, Violet Mae Kinder of Nitro father, Tommy Joe Coleman of Oak Hill sisters, Teresa Womack of Winfield, Cinda Thornton of Liberty, Linda Owens of Hurricane several aunts and uncles.

Service will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Casdorph-Curry Funeral Home, St. Albans, with the Rev. Kenny Roberts officiating. Entombment will be in Cunningham Memorial Park, St. Albans. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Wanda Gail Randolph

Wanda Gail Morton Randolph, 65, of Midway died Monday, June 6, 2005, after a long battle with cancer.

She was born in Charleston, a daughter of the late Norvil U. Morton and the late Edith Whittington Harper. She was preceded in death by her husband of 46 years, Donald Riley Randolph, and sisters, Dorothy Morrisette of California and Barbara Kang of Teays Valley.

She was a graduate of Nitro High School and a former co-owner of Jackson County Home Center, Ravenswood. She worked for many years as an independent designer. She was a member of Nitro Church of Christ, where she volunteered her time putting clothing baskets together for newborns at local hospitals.

Surviving: sons and their wives, Mark E. and Julie of Hurricane, Barry L. and Tammy of Beavercreek, Ohio, Brent R. and Teresa, also of Beavercreek, and Roger Call and Mary Beth of Naples, Florida; daughters and their husbands, Terri Gordon and Gene of Naples, Florida, Lorie Karbley and David of Taylorsville, North Carolina; stepmother, Virgie Morton of Poca; brothers and their wives, Norvil “Doc” Morton and Suzanne of Hurricane, Jess Morton and Roberta of Ravenswood, and Bill Morton and Joan of Midway; sister and her husband, Glenna Tucker and Michael of Millwood; 11 grandsons; five granddaughters; one great-grandchild; special friends, Helen and Gary Arthur of Bancroft; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Service was held Friday, June 10, 2005, at Gatens Funeral Home, Poca, with Minister Craig Culberston officiating. Burial was in Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens, Cross Lanes.

Michael Wayne Cunningham, 52, of Cross Lanes fought the good fight, finished his course and kept the faith on Aug. 30, 2005, at CAMC Memorial Hospital.

Michael was very involved in community service. He was president of the Nitro-Cross Lanes Little League and Youth Basketball associations. He was also a coach for both of these leagues. He was employed at Vimasco Corporation, Nitro, and had 30 years of service. Michael was a 1971 graduate of Nitro High School and, for the past five years, was the girls track team coach at Nitro High. He was a member of Otterbein United Methodist Church, Nitro, and was a good father and a good friend to all who knew him.

His wife, Lisa Bradley Cunningham, preceded Michael in death.

He is survived by his son, Christopher Cunningham of Cross Lanes; his parents, Kenneth C. and Betty Ash Cunningham of Leon; two brothers and their wives, David L. and Ginny Cunningham of Eleanor and Robert A. and Kathy Cunningham of Winfield. Michael had one grandson and is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

A celebration of his life will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 2, at Casdorph & Curry Funeral Home, 110 B St., St. Albans, with the Rev. Basil Hudson officiating. Burial will follow in Cunningham Memorial Park, St. Albans.

There will be a gathering of family and friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Michael's family would like to say a special “thank you” to Jack Eastwood and his family.

Buck M. Farley

Buck M. Farley, 91, of Scott Depot, W.Va., died September 16, 2005, at Thomas Memorial Hospital, South Charleston.

Buck was retired from Union Carbide with 24 years of service. During his high school years at Nitro High he excelled at all forms of athletics. Buck was a member of the Nitro Masonic Lodge No 170 AF & AM, Scottish Rite, York Rite, and Beni Kedem Shrine.

He is survived by his wife, Electa Pruett Farley; son and daughter-in-law, R. W. “Rick” and Jeanie Farley of Cross Lanes; stepson and his wife, Robert L. and Linda Pruett of Jacksonville, N.C.; grandson, R. M. “Dicky” Farley and wife, Bedar; granddaughter, Connie Brown and husband, Tom; and great-grandchildren, Jacob and Katie Farley. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

The funeral service will be 2 p.m. Monday, September 19, 2005, at Tyler Mountain Funeral Home with Paul Arthur officiating. Entombment with Masonic rites will be in Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens Mausoleum, Cross Lanes.

A gathering of family and friends will be from noon to 2 p.m. Monday, Sept. 19, at Tyler Mountain Funeral Home, 5233 Rocky Fork Rd., Cross Lanes.

The family wishes to express a thank you to Junior and Helen Farley for their kindness and support and to his caregivers at Moss Golden Years Care Home for all their loving care.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations may be made to your favorite charity or church of your choice.

SSG. Robert F. White

U.S. Army SSG Robert White, 34, of Hope Mills, N.C., formerly of Cross Lanes, W.Va., died in Afghanistan on September 26, 2005.

He was born February 20, 1971. He graduated from Nitro High School in Nitro in 1989. Bob entered the United States Army in November of 1990 and died serving his country.

SSG White was a committed member of Lafayette Baptist Church and a dedicated Scout Master to Boy Scout Troop 40 in Hope Mills.

Surviving is his wife, Cathy R. White; and son, Zachary T. White of Hope Mills, N.C.; his parents, Stan and Shirley White of Cross Lanes, W.Va.; his paternal grandmother, Eva Mae White of Chesapeake, W.Va.; two brothers, William H. White Jr. of Hampton, Va., and Andrew Ryan White of Cross Lanes, W.Va.; and two sisters, Phyllis Marie Sellards of Huntington, W.Va., and Christina Mae White of Cross Lanes, W.Va.

The family will be receiving friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday evening, October 4, at Lafayette Baptist Church and the funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, October 5, at Lafayette Baptist Church in Fayetteville, N.C.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Boy Scouts of America Troop 40, addressed to 6108 Arabello Rd, Hope Mills, NC 28348 or the Zachary White Fund through Lafayette Baptist Church, 501 Hope Mills, Rd., Fayetteville, NC 28304.

A memorial service will also be held at Nitro First Baptist Church in Nitro at 1 p.m. on Saturday, October 8, 2005.

Arrangements are by Highland Funeral Service & Crematory, Fayetteville, N.C.

Roy Joseph “Big Joe” McCune Sr., 75, of Nitro passed away Saturday, Oct. 29, 2005, in Thomas Memorial Hospital after a short illness.

He was retired from Rhone-Poulenc and Union Carbide with 36 years of service and was a U.S. Navy veteran, serving from 1948 to 1952. Je served as an electrician petty officer second class aboard the USS Crow during the Korean War. He was a 1948 graduate of Gassaway High School and a 47-year resident of Nitro. Big Joe was an avid hunter and fisherman and a wonderful dad.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Ora Mae Nunley McCune; and parents, Bruce and Blanch McCune of Gassaway.

He is survived by sons, Bruce Jerald “Jud” McCune of Nitro, Roy Joseph McCune Jr. and Lisa Wiggins of Red House and Jack and Tracey McCune of Cross Lanes; daughter, Kathy and Jim Turner of North Augusta, S.C.; brothers, Frederick “Fred” McCune of Santa Ana, Calif., Bruce Jerald and his wife, Ruth, of Crede and Raymond Lee and his wife, Jo Ann McCune, of Fort Wayne, Ind.; sister, Julia Kathryn McCray of Fort Wayne, Ind.; three grandchildren, Candace McCune and April and Adam Turner; stepgranddaughter, Devin McGrew; stepgreat-granddaughter, Lauren; and special friends, Maggie and Connie Jones, Kitty French and Brian, Benji and Maggie Jean Norvell. A very special thanks to all his “hunting buddies” and Dr. Mark Duff.

Nitro grapples with DUI sentence

Matthew Thompson
Daily Mail staff

Tuesday November 08, 2005

At least two members of the Nitro City Council say fellow council member Bill Racer should resign following his sentencing on a drunken driving charge last week.

"He has brought discredit to the position that he holds," said Councilman Bill Clark. "Normally when that happens you would step down."

Racer, a 55-year-old representative of the city's 2nd ward, was sentenced to 48 hours at the Western Regional Jail on Nov. 1. He was arrested on drunk driving charges last summer. Racer began serving time three days after the sentencing.

Last week, at-large council member Brenda Tyler said she would seek Racer's resignation at the Nov. 17 council meeting.

Clark said he believes the issue will come up but would not say if he directly will seek Racer's resignation.

Racer could not be reached for comment.

But Clark and Tyler don't appear to have widespread support on the eight-member council.

Joan McClanahan, a council member and city recorder, said she believes council should leave the issue alone.

"We were elected to serve the people and if the people are unhappy, then they will prove it at the ballot box," McClanahan said. "We are here to do a job and work as a group. We are not here to attack anybody personally."

Councilman Tim Harrison he would hate to lose Racer's input on council.

"The way I look at it, it's not a council matter, it's a personal matter," Harrison said. "I hate it for Bill and I hate it for us, too, but I think we need to keep our thoughts to ourselves."

Councilwoman Gertie Estep said Racer works hard for the city and if anybody is to have a say in whether Racer is to resign, it should be the people in his ward who voted him in.

"I know people in his ward want him to stay because he's done a wonderful job," Estep said. "He's a very private person and has never had anything bad to say about anyone and that's how this issue should be treated."

Estep said she thinks the council will discuss the matter at the next meeting but hopes a resignation will not be on the agenda.

Nitro Mayor Rusty Casto said it's up to Racer to decide whether or not he will stay on council. Casto said he has mixed emotions about the arrest but is inclined to forgive Racer this time. (Page 2 of 2)

"Mr. Racer has to answer for his actions the first time, but then I'll answer for him the second time," Casto said. "If this happens again, I will vote to remove him."

Racer's jail sentence is just another chapter in a rough year for the embattled city council.

In May, Clark made headlines when he sued Wanda Carney, the leader of local political watchdog group West Virginia Wants to Know. Clark alleged that Carney solicited sex from him while implying she could offer him political help. Carney filed a countersuit days later claiming Clark had slandered her.

In July, the council voted successfully to bar the group from future meetings following heated confrontations between the entities. The group at the time was investigating the city's finances. The group ended up suing the council, alleging it violated the group's constitutional rights.

Casto later agreed to allow members of the organization to speak for five minutes at the end of council meetings.

Harrison said he has been upset about the "negative" media coverage the council has received. He hopes council can toss out personal matters and focus on the more pressing matters for the city.

"We were elected to do a job to help out the public," Harrison aid. "We are all trying to make this town grow and do stuff that is positive."

Contact writer Matthew Thompson at 348-4834.

Mr. Joseph Edward “Joe” King, 42, of Nitro went home to be with the Lord November 18, 2005.

Joe was a caring, compassionate, loving, and devoted husband and father. Joe was a gentleman that would help anyone with anything. He loved to hunt and fish and spending time with his family.

He was an employee of PSI.

Joe is survived by his best friend and wife of 21 years, Mrs. Judy King; daughter, Jessica of Teays Valley; son, Justin of Nitro; Mother and Father, Connie and Jim Clark of Marmet; father, Joe “Buster” King of Nitro; sisters, Cathy King and Melinda Yeager, both of Cabin Creek; brothers, Matt Clark of North Carolina and Mark Clark of Marmet; mother-in-law, Ruth Thompson of Poca; niece, Amanda Stanley of Cabin Creek: and dearest friends, Teke and Glenna Shaffer of Charleston. Joe is also survived by aunts; uncles; cousins; and a host of friends.

A celebration of Joe's life will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, November 23, 2005, at Gatens-Harding Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Randall Wilson officiating. Burial will follow in Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens.

James Robert Moss II, 22, of Dunbar passed away on Nov. 20, 2005.

He graduated from Nitro High School in 2002 and was attending West Virginia State University.

He leaves to cherish his memory a son, Isaiah Edward Outlaw Moss; fiancée, Brandy Dempsey; mother, Roblene Cardella Beatty; stepfather, Rafael Anthony Beatty; father, James Robert Moss Sr.; stepmother, Earlene Moss; brothers, Raymond (Keisha) Richardson and Robert (Melissa) Turner; stepsister, Rayshaell Smith; stepbrother, Kenneth Cox; maternal grandparents, Joyce and Isadora Hughes and Delmore Harris; paternal grandmother, Charlotte Davis; and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and special friends.

"June" C. Rucker

“June” C. Rucker, 72, of Nitro passed away Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2005, at her home after a long illness.

She was a homemaker and a lifelong resident of Nitro.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Steve and Cora Farmer Shamblin; sister, Mary Halstead; and brother, Charles “Ozzie” Shamblin.

She is survived by her husband, Jim Rucker of Nitro; daughter, Kathy Rucker of Nitro; sons and their wives, Steve and Vicky Rucker of Nitro, Larry and Becki Rucker of Charleston, Billy and Karen Rucker of Georgia and Terry and Valerie Rucker of St. Albans; sister, Ethel Postlethwaite of Nitro; brother, Robert Shamblin of Parkersburg; several nieces and nephews; eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Heather Dawn Rucker

Heather Dawn Summers Rucker, 25, of Hurricane, formerly of Nitro, went to join her two daughters, Hannah Mae and Emily Grace, on Dec. 20, 2005.

Heather was a 1998 graduate of Nitro High School and was a graduate of St. Mary's School of Nursing. She was employed by St. Mary's Medical Center as a registered nurse. She was a member of the 130th West Virginia Air National Guard and attended Fairview United Methodist Church, Cross Lanes.

She is survived by her husband, Charles A. Rucker; son, Peyton Ryan; parents, Harold and Vicki Summers of Nitro; brother, Philip Summers and companion, Lisa Donahoe, of Nitro; and great-grandfather, Robert Eskins of Nitro.

Her smiling face will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 23, at Tyler Mountain Funeral Home with Pastor Jonathan Nettles officiating. Burial will follow in Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens.

There will be a gathering of family and friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Tyler Mountain Funeral Home, 5233 Rocky Fork Road, Cross Lanes.

Pastor Johnny Alan Withrow

Pastor Johnny Alan Withrow, 59, of Scott Depot, lost his 106-day battle with heart problems on Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2006, at Medical College of Virginia in Richmond, but won the war over death and the grave as he stepped into the presence of his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ at 2:04 p.m. with a smile on his face.

Johnny founded Christian Fellowship Church of Nitro on Aug. 19, 1984, four years after his miraculous salvation. He was a pastor, prophet, and loyal friend to all who knew him, a father to many, a good son, and the world's best husband. His passion for life was preaching the Word of God. He was an artist and his paintings were turned into greeting cards.

During Johnny's illness in Virginia, he touched the lives of all who entered his room and thousands who checked on his daily progress report on the web site www.gizzards.us.com. During his illness, he was privileged to witness a tremendous outpouring of love from family, friends from a lifetime, Christian brothers and sisters from around the world and his new friends he met in the hospital.

His wife, Cheryl, wishes to thank the nurses who loved and cared for him in his silent witness of faith in His Savior; for all who dared to pray in faith believing for his healing; and his and Cheryl's families who stepped in to take care of business.

Preceding him in death was his father, Robert N. Withrow.

Surviving are his loving wife of 39 years, Cheryl Wintz Withrow of Scott Depot; precious daughter, Johna Lynn Withrow Shrader, her husband, Billy, and his beloved grandchildren, Justin Tyler and Sierra Olivia Shrader of Scott Depot; his mother, Ruby Hardman Withrow of Walton; sister, Barbara Vannatter and husband, Richard, of Hurricane; brother, George Frederick Withrow and wife, Connie, of Cross Lanes; sisters-in-law, Julie Wintz Kiff and husband, Lloyd, of Boise, Idaho, Billie Wintz Honaker of Cross Lanes, and Bobbie Wintz Beddow of Nitro; and father and mother-in-law, William D. and Ruth Wintz of St. Albans.

Family will receive friends at a viewing on Saturday, Jan. 28, at First Presbyterian Church of Nitro on 21st St. from 6 to 9 p.m. The funeral on Sunday, Jan. 29, will also be held at First Presbyterian Church of Nitro at 2 p.m. and will be conducted by Pastors Mike Ramsey, Cheryl Withrow, and Charley Bailey. Burial will follow at Cunningham Memorial Park, St. Albans.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hospital Hospitality House, 612 East Marshall St., Richmond, VA 23219, the place Cheryl called home for three months during Johnny's illness.

Cooke Funeral Home, Nitro, is in charge of the arrangements.

Pauline L. Honaker

Pauline L. West Persinger Honaker, 93, of Nitro, passed away Friday, March 17, 2006, at home after a short illness.

Pauline lived most of her life in Nitro and was a 1931 graduate of Nitro High School, a member of the Nitro Church of God for over 50 years, and served her Lord daily. She loved life and lived every day to the fullest.

Pauline was a retired cook, having worked for over 32 years at Nitro Junior High School and Nitro High School. Pauline started her working career for Hills Grocery Store, then on to American Viscoe-FMC Corp., and then Kanawha County Board of Education as a school cook.

She was preceded in death by her parents, George and Ada Tucker West; husband, Murrell D. Honaker; and son, George E. Persinger.

Pauline loved her family deeply and is survived by sons and their wives, Bryan and Regina Honaker of Charleston, Stephen and Cynthia Honaker of Charlotte, N.C.; daughter Jan Diehl and her husband Steve of Poca; sister, Maurine Davis of Nitro; grandchildren, Bryan Honaker Jr., Stephanie Radford, Meredith Bowen, Megan Honaker, Amy Tillis and Flint Diehl; great-grandchildren, Reagan Radford, Abbey and Hannah Honaker-Buzzard, Ryder Bowen, Gary Tillis, Morgan Diehl and Patrick Diehl.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday, March 20, 2006, at The Nitro Church of God, 15th St. and 2nd. Ave., Nitro, with the Rev. Rob VanFossen officiating. Burial will follow the services in Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens, Cross Lanes.

Friends may call from 6 until 9 p.m. Sunday, March 19, 2006, at Cooke Funeral Home, Nitro, and from 1 p.m. until service time at the church on Monday, March 20, 2006.

Gordon McClanahan’s father: Jewel F. McClanahan

Jewel F. McClanahan, 86, of Nitro, passed away Thursday, March 23, 2006, at St. Francis Hospital, Charleston, after a long illness.

Jewel lived most of his life in Nitro. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Nitro and served as a former trustee, treasurer, and deacon of the church. Jewel was also a member of the St. Albans Masonic Lodge. The Jaycees named Jewel Nitro's Outstanding Person in 1950.

Jewel was preceded in death by his wife, Valeida Thomas McClanahan; daughter, Sandra Glover; father, Austin McClanahan; mother, Estola McClanahan; brothers, Harry, Bill, Harold, Vincent, Eustice Ray, and Raynil; and sisters, Claudetta, Helen, and Wanda.

Surviving are daughter, Joan McClanahan of Nitro; son, Gordon and his wife, Sharon McClanahan of Cross Lanes; brothers, Junior “JJ” McClanahan of West Virginia, John McClanahan of Cross Lanes; sisters, Monda and Brenda of Florida; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Jewel started his work career at FMC Viscose Plant and then moved into Retail Sales and the Grocery Business. He also worked at the West Virginia Road Commission. He was a general insurance agent, real estate broker, member of the Board of Review of West Virginia Department of Employment Security, and also chairman. He owned and operated McClanahan Mobil Home Sales and was president of McClanahan Real Estate Inc. He was president of Ins. Exchange Inc., vice president of Continental Reality Co., founded the Bank of Winfield and served as President and chairman of the Board, president of M&M Builders, and president of Political Business Services Inc.

Jewel was president of the Nitro Development Authority, WV Mobil Home Association, Nitro Businessmen's Association, and Nitro Junior Chamber of Commerce. He was former chairman Putnam County Polio Chapter, former Chairman Putnam County Democrat Executive Comm., former vice president and treasurer of National Association of Administrative Law Judges, former Board of Trustees member of the Manufactured Housing Institute and Alderson Broaddus College, and former Nitro Council member and Kanawha County Parks and Recreation Comm. He was a former member of Kanawha Valley Regional Transportation Authority and also served as president. Jewel was active in county, state, and national politics.


former Dorthea McCormick. Their children are Carl of Nitro, Katherine Bush of Palm Bay, Fla., Kathleen Toney of Hurricane, Sollie of Franklin, Tenn., and the late Ray II. They have eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren....
Published: November 26, 1995

Candace Ann Bridgette, daughter of Ronald and Rebecca Bridgette of Cross Lanes, and Ralph Steven Duran, son of Ralph...
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Surviving: sons, Larry M. Hill of Laurinburg, N.C., Gary M. Hill of Red House; daughters, Joetta M. Goodson of Plant City, Fla., Dorothy Clendenin of Cross Lanes, Donna Garnes...
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Suzanne Maddox Scharf

Suzanne Maddox Scharf, 57, of Hurricane went to be with the Lord Sunday, April 23, 2006, at Cabell Huntington Hospital after a short illness.

Suzanne was a 1966 graduate of Nitro High School and a 1970 graduate of Marshall University in English and journalism. Her education career started at the Kanawha County Board of Education as coordinator of public information. She held the same post in Putnam County from 1973 to 1986. After five years in Germany and five years in North Carolina, she returned to teach at Hurricane High School in 2001, where she taught until her death.

Suzanne had many friends and never met a stranger. A true Christian, she enjoyed attending People's Baptist Church.

Her father, Bill Maddox, preceded her in death.

Surviving: her mother, Evelyn Maddox of Nitro; husband, Martin Scharf at home; son, Bill Scharf; and daughter-in-law, Carrie Scharf of Franklin, N.C.

Service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 27, at People's Baptist Church, Scott Depot, with the Rev. Robert Spradling officiating. Burial will follow the services in Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens, Cross Lanes.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Cooke Funeral Home, Nitro.

Cooke Funeral Home, Nitro, is in charge of arrangements.

Condolences may be sent to the family via our Web site: www.cookefuneralhome.com.

Joseph Kevin Kniceley

Joe Kniceley, age 48, of Centerville, Ohio, passed away Wednesday, April 26, 2006.

He was a native of Nitro, and is a graduate of Glenville (WV) State College with a BBA, where he was a letterman on the Pioneer basketball team 1977, 1978, and 1979.

Kniceley is survived by his wife, Tamara (a native of St. Albans) and four children, Todd, age 26, of Clearwater, Fla., along with his wife, Danay, and their two children, Peyton, age 5, and Jadyn, 3 months old; Jodi, age 23, Alex, age 15, and Kaci, age 13, all living at home.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Betty Jo Kniceley and his father in-law, Corbert “Tobe” Bostic.

Kniceley is also survived by his father, Ken Kniceley of Nitro; his older brother, Steve of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; and his younger brother, Andy of Fairmont, and their families.

In addition, he is survived by his mother-in-law, Garnet Allen of Poca, and siblings of his spouse, Tanya Cyrus of Poca, Tiffany Laton of St. Albans, and Chris Bostic of Charleston, and their families.

Local funeral services will be held Sunday, April 30, 2006, at St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Nitro. The family will receive friends from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Pastor Tom McDowell will be officiating services.

Kniceley was Vice President of Americas region for NCR's Payment and Imaging Solutions group. He had served NCR and its customers for 27 years in the financial solutions industry.

Joe Kniceley will always be remembered in our hearts as a loving husband, father, son, brother, uncle, Grandpa and friend. He was known as a great leader and innovator in his field. “Big Joe” will be sadly missed by his family and many friends in the community - as well as his customers and colleagues at NCR.

Kniceley will be buried in the family cemetery in Braxton County.

Mother of Tim, David, and Jeff Perry:

Donna L. Adkins Perry, 75, of Nitro passed away Tuesday, May 16, 2006, at Thomas Memorial Hospital, South Charleston, after a short illness.

Donna was a homemaker, a Baptist and a lifelong resident of Nitro.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Tom Perry, and son, Dave Perry.

Surviving: sons and their wives, Tim and Deborah Perry of Greensboro, N.C., and Jeff and Gloria Perry of St. Albans; daughter-in-law, Rita Perry of Cross Lanes; grandchildren, Michelle Perry, Jason Perry, Amanda Beeson, Brandon Perry and Shanna Perry; and three great-grandchildren.

Services will be 11 a.m. Friday, May 19, at Cooke Funeral Home, 2002 20th St., Nitro, with the Rev. Harold White officiating. Burial will follow the services in Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens, Cross Lanes.

Helen M. Smith Farley, 73, of Nitro passed away Thursday, May 18, 2006, at CAMC Memorial Hospital, Charleston, after a short illness. She was a lifelong resident of Nitro and a homemaker. She was a graduate of Nitro High School and a member of St. Paul's United Methodist Church, Nitro. Surviving: husband, Clifton Farley at home; son, Clifton E. “Clipper” Farley II of Hurricane; daughter, Lynne Kibler of Poca; brothers, Donald “Duck” Smith of Buffalo and O.L. “Rocky” Smith of Cross Lanes; grandchildren, Clifton Farley III of Hurricane, Betsy Bowen of Tampa, Fla., and Anessa Pitzer of Huntington; and great-granddaughter, Kayli Bowen of Tampa, Fla. Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, May 20, at St. Paul's United Methodist Church, 2008 20th St., Nitro, with Dr. Tom McDowell officiating. Burial will follow the services in Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens, Cross Lanes.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at St. Paul's United Methodist Church.

Condolences may be sent to the family via our Web site: www.cookefuneralhome.com.

Cooke Funeral Home, Nitro, is in charge of arrangements.

Wilma A. Burdette Davis, 85, of Nitro, passed away Monday, May 22, 2006, at home after a long illness. Wilma was a homemaker and attended the Valley Drive Church of God Mission.

Surviving are son, Clifford Conway of Nitro; stepsons, Howard Davis of Stillwater, Ok., James Davis of Chatsworth, Ga., and Russell Davis of Rupert; daughter, Martha E. Messer of Nitro; stepdaughters, Juanita Suttle of Ohio, and Mary Haley of Stillwater, Ok.; brothers, Henry and Ray Burdette, both of Poca, Allen Burdette of Nitro; sister, Faye Grady of Poca; five grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and several stepgrandchildren and step great-grandchildren.

Service will be Thursday, May 25, at 11 a.m. at Cooke Funeral Home Chapel, 2002 20th St., Nitro, with the Rev. Joey Scarberry and the Rev. Victor Keathley officiating.

Burial will follow the service in the Burdette Family Cemetery, Nitro.

Friends may call Wednesday, May 24, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Nitro Jr. High Music Teacher: Virginia Hyer Brooks

Virginia Hyer Brooks, 84, of North Palm Beach, Fla., formerly of St. Albans, W.Va., Deltona, Fla., and California, Md., died peacefully in her sleep Friday, June 2, 2006, at the home of her daughter, Kay Brooks Koch of North Palm Beach, Fla. She was the wife of the late Dr. Herbert V. Brooks, to whom she was married for 22 years. She was born May 28, 1922, in Tucson, Ariz., a daughter of the late Porter and Grace (Hopkins) Hyer. In addition to her daughter Kay, Virginia is survived by a son, Col. John H. Brooks with the U.S. Army in Baghdad; two daughters, Vivian Flynt of North Palm Beach, Fla. and Carol Treglia of Great Mills, Md.; five grandchildren, Michael J. Brooks of Spartanburg, S.C., Sharon Brooks of Jacksonville, Ala., Donna G. Brooks of Spartanburg, S.C., Vincent Treglia and Alison Treglia, both of Great Mills, Md.; a stepgrandchild, Stephanie Hall-Koch of Winnipeg, Manitoba; and a great-grandchild, Keller Brooks of Spartanburg, S.C. Mrs. Brooks was a graduate of Ward-Belmont College, Nashville, Tenn., and a graduate of West Virginia University, Morgantown, where she earned a Bachelor's degree in music education. Virginia was a longtime music instructor for Kanawha County Schools, teaching primarily at Sissonville and Nitro Junior High Schools. She was a member of Alpha Delta Phi social sorority and a former state alumnae director for West Virginia for the sorority. She was also a member of AARP and a former instructor in the organization's 55 Alive driving program. Virginia was a former member of West Virginia Education Association; West Virginia Retired Teachers Association; Alpha Delta Kappa International Honorary Sorority for women educators; American Association of University Women; Pilot Club International; and garden clubs in the St. Albans area. She was a former volunteer for Florida Hospital Fish Memorial in Orange City, Fla.

Virginia enjoyed music, gardening, travel and her family.

Mrs. Brooks was a member of First Church of Christ, Scientist in Boston and the Christian Science Society in Lexington Park, Md. She was a former member of Christian Science Churches in Deltona, Fla., and St. Albans.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend the funeral 10 a.m. Thursday, June 8, and the viewing from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, June 7, at Emig Funeral Home, 47 N. Queen St., Dover, Pa. Burial will follow in Salem Union Cemetery, Dover, Pa. Officiating will be Richard Kutz of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, York, Pa.

Cecil Standish

Cecil Standish, 86, of Nitro passed away Thursday, June 8, 2006, at CAMC Memorial Hospital, Charleston, after a short illness.

Cecil lived most of his life in West Virginia and was a member of Nitro Church of Christ. Cecil was a retired lab technician from Union Carbide and was a U.S. Air Force veteran of World War II and the Korean War.

Surviving: wife, Katherine Conley Standish at home; sons, Richard (Vera) of Hurricane and Robert Bruce (Beth) of Nitro; daughter, Diann (Ervin) Beckman of New Martinsville; brother, Stephen Standish of Texas; 11 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Ella Frances Wilson

Mrs. Ella Frances Board Wilson, 58, of Statesville, N.C., passed away Friday, July 7, 2006, at the Gordon Hospice House due to a lengthy illness.

Mrs. Wilson was born August 21, 1947, in Charleston, W.Va., and was the daughter of the late John G. Board and Neva Bell Recob Board. She attended Nitro High School and was a homemaker. On June 15, 1962, Ella was married to Donald Victor Wilson, who survives.

In addition to her husband, Mrs. Wilson is survived by one daughter, Debbra W. Frank and husband, James, of Statesville, N.C.; two granddaughters, Jaydon Frank, and Mathilda Frank of Statesville, N.C.; one grandson, Dinnen Frank of Statesville, N.C.; one sister, Catherine Board Burford and husband, Doug, of Charleston; a sister-in-law, Virginia Board of Nitro; and many nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Wilson was preceded in death by one brother, Andrew J. Board; and one sister, Nellie Ann Berry.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, July 9, 2006, at the Nicholson Funeral Home Chapel with Phillip L. Tillman officiating. Interment will follow in Oakwood Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Nicholson Funeral Home prior to the funeral hour.

Memorials may be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of Iredell County, 2347 Simonton Rd., Statesville, NC 28625.

E. Darrell “Chirpy” Luikart Sr., 82, of Nitro passed away Friday, July 14, 2006, at Thomas Memorial Hospital after a short illness.

Darrell was a lifelong resident of Nitro and a Protestant. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II.

Darrell was retired from FMC Corporation, Nitro, where he worked in the shipping department. Chirpy never met anyone who wasn't his friend.

His grandson, Jeromy Luikart, preceded him in death.

Surviving: wife, Nora G. Mace Luikart at home; son, E. Darrell Luikart Jr. and his wife, Connie, of Columbus, Ohio; and grandson, Jeffrey Luikart of Grove City, Ohio.

Services will be 11 a.m. Monday, July 17, at the Cooke Funeral Home Chapel, 2002 20th St., Nitro, with Dr. Tom McDowell officiating. Burial will follow the services in Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens, Cross Lanes. Friends may call from 6 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Cooke Funeral Home, Nitro.

Condolences may be sent to the family via our Web site: www.cookefuneralhome.com.

Cooke Funeral Home, Nitro, is in charge of arrangements.

Vera Geraldine Eubank Hicks of Nitro, born February 26, 1919, in Eubank, Ky., left this life July 14, 2006, to reunite with her loving husband, Silas.

This reunion also included her parents, Gertrude Bishop Eubank and John Thomas Eubank; one brother, Leonard Eubank; and three sisters, Bernice Birch, Opal Lanham, and Louise Emerson.

Vera recognized the importance of education and earned a BA from Glenville State College, should the need arise to work outside the home. Fortunately, she was able to devote her life to caring for her family. She had an all-encompassing love for her children, Ronald Lee Hicks of Chaplin, Ky., and Carol Ann Hicks Martin of Nitro, always putting their needs before her own. Few sons and daughters have experienced the unconditional love of such a forgiving mother. Other surviving loved ones include her son-in-law, Dana Martin of Nitro; two step-grandchildren, Christopher Lee Martin and Kara Martin Yeates and husband, Tyson; three step-great-grandchildren, Alex Martin and Jaxton and Makell Yeates of SLC, Utah; grandsons, Michael Bousquet of Fredericksburg, Va., and Zachariah Meador of Huntington.

Vera was a member of the Nitro Church of Christ.

The funeral will be at 4 p.m. Monday, July 17, at Cooke Funeral Home, Nitro, with the visitation beginning at 3 p.m. Ronald Tucker will conduct the service. Entombment will be at Woodmere Memorial Park, Huntington.

Everett Nelson McLaughlin

Mr. Everett Nelson McLaughlin, 68, of Nitro, passed away July 18, 2006, in the VA Medical Center.

Mr. McLaughlin is a former employee of Avtex Fibers; an Army veteran; graduate of Nitro High School; and an avid hunter and fisherman.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Belva and James McLaughlin; sister, Phyllis Clark; and infant grandchild, R. B. “Ayla” Hall.

He is survived by his children, Belinda Reffett of Deputy, Ind.; David McLaughlin of Mt. Gilead, Ohio, and Jaclyn McLaughlin of Fraziers Bottom; sisters, Marie Harris of Nitro, and Shirley Hartman of South Charleston; grandchildren, James Farley, Aaron Morgan, Todd Reffett, Denney Reffett, and Dalaina McLaughlin; one great-grandchild, Zoe Farley; and special friend, Bill Hickman. He will always be remembered as “Uncle Joe” by his nieces and nephews.

Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Friday, July 21, at Gatens-Harding Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Robert Morris officiating. Burial will follow in Haven of Rest Memory Gardens and Crematorium, Red House. Friends may call 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Gatens-Harding Funeral Home, 147 Main St., Poca, is serving the McLaughlin family.

Condolences may be sent by visiting www.gatensharding.com.

Gloria Jean Hodges, 60, of Hurricane, departed this life peacefully and walked into heaven July 28, 2006.

Born June 20, 1946, she was a daughter of the late William Warden and Lizzie Acel Lovejoy. She was also preceded in death by her brother, Carroll Lovejoy.

Gloria was a graduate of Nitro High School and was a former 23-year employee of Carrier Corporation, Teays Valley.

Surviving are her daughter, Gwyn Paul and her husband, Matthew, of Hurricane; her son, Brian Stover and his wife, Joanna, of Hurricane; her brother, Darrell “Corky” Lovejoy and his wife, Sue, of St. Albans; her sisters, Iris Bernadine Waddell of Scott Depot, and Wanda Tuckett and her husband, Jim, of Sterling Heights, Mich.; her grandchildren, Brae, Blake, Madison, Cole, Gracie and Evan. She is also survived by her life-long best friend, Connie O'Dell; and a host of other family and friends.

Service will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, August 1, 2006, at Chapman Funeral Home, 3941 Teays Valley Road, Hurricane, with Pastor Jeff Arthur officiating. Burial will be in Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens, Cross Lanes.

Donald Michael Hayzlett Sr.

Donald Michael “Mike” Hayzlett Sr. died July 28, 2006, at home after a long illness. He was preceded in death by his parents, Kyle and Mildred Hayzlett.

He was a 1968 graduate of Nitro High School and a veteran of the U.S. Army.

He is survived by daughter and son-in-law, Emily Dawn and Ron Lehman of Oklahoma; sons, Donald Michael Hayzlett Jr. of Florida, and Christopher Alan Hayzlett of South Carolina; one grandson; brother and sister-in-law, Lester and Debbie Hayzlett; brother, Tom Hayzlett; and sister and brother-in-law, Judy and Eddie Raynes, all of Nitro.

In accordance with his wishes, his body will be cremated and there will be no visitation or service.

The family would like to express special thanks and appreciation to the staff at Kanawha Hospice, Dunbar, for the wonderful care they provided. Also, a special heartfelt thanks and appreciation to his sister-in-law, Debbie, for her loving care and devotion to the needs of our brother.

Joy G. Larabee, 59, of Nitro started her life with the Lord Monday, August 7, 2006.

Born Dec. 16, 1946, she was a daughter of the late Clarence and Maycel Hedrick of Nitro.

Joy was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend.

She is survived by her loving husband of 39 years, Dempsey Paul Larabee of Nitro; daughter, Joy "Renee" Larabee-Adkins of Nitro; son, Dempsey "Sherman" Larabee of Dunbar; sister, Joyce Priddy and her husband, Rufus, of Red House; and her three special grandchildren Mia Renee Fitzwater, Christopher Lee Adkins, and Kameryn Nickole Larabee. She had 38 nieces and nephews and a host of loving friends.

She was of the Protestant faith. Married on June 3,1968, she was a lifelong homemaker.

To the many friends and loved ones who were blessed with the opportunity to allow her to make a mark upon your life, know that her strength will always be with us. Our family will continue to pray that each one of you always remember the kind words, the long talks, or the words of wisdom that she gave to you and hope that you will always remember the comfort of her happy smile or the warmth of her hug anytime we needed her. This world has truly lost an angel, but the kingdom needed her strength and she will now truly be able to be beside us all.

Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug 10, at Cooke Funeral Home, 2002 20th Street, Nitro, with the Rev. Richard Mallory officiating. Burial will be at Cunningham Memorial Park, St. Albans, immediately following the service.

Coach David Wood had such a good sense of humor and intelligence, and we had a good time yet managed to learn. Coach Wood had a policy of inviting students to 'make baskets' with rolled-up paper from about 10 feet away from the trashcan. If you made your shot, fine, but if you missed you had to touch your toes, and he would make your bottom 'explode' with his custom wooden board. If Coach Wood appears silly for doing this, what about the hapless students (including me) that actually tried to make the shots!!

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Only by living absurdly can we change this absurd life...Ecuadoran graffiti (translated by Michael Gill)

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Ha Ha!

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Ms McGucken was wonderful. She stands out as a winner, instilling confidence in students, and obviously loving her job! I remember in her music class we each had to play one song for the class at the end of the semester. My turn came and I banged some atrocity out of the piano. Instead of leaving the stage, I was intoxicated by being such a big star on stage, and I requested an encore! Ms McGucken enthusiastically encouraged me on, and I proceeded to play Good King Winceles, or some such tripe. The class must have barfed, but I was on top of the world!!

Only by living absurdly can we change this absurd life...Ecuadoran graffiti (translated by Michael Gill)

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She might not have been my favorite, but certainly one of the most interesting classes....Ms Laurent?? (Biology). It's amazing how some of the most unusual memories stick with you. Every time I eat a peanut, I remember disecting one in her class!!

'Dance Like Nobody's Watching'

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Ms Leurant was great!! I remember her class was called 'blue biology' and was sort of an honors class. She was demanding, and really got our attention! Once she told us that she had been accepted in a veterinary college, and for the required class project, the students had to raise a puppy and at the end of the semester, to 'sacrifice' it for dissection!!! Ms Leurant quit when she learned of this requirement, and became a teacher!! Her brother Bob Leurant was still substituting as a teacher a couple of years back. Ms Leurant reportedly stayed single; I don't know if she is still around....hope so!!

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According to an obituary sent to me a few years back, Almodie Leurant passed away May 30, 1998 at the age of 71 after a long illness.

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Sorry to hear of Ms Leurant's passing. She gave us all a lot of herself, and was an inspiration. She had a B.S. University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Women's Medical School,(Medical College of Pennsylvania
Medical College of Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia; chartered and opened 1851 as the Female Medical College of Pennsylvania; became Woman's Medical College of Pennsylvania 1867, Medical College of Pennsylvania 1970. It was the first women's medical college in the world. Although it is now open to male students as well, the school continues its strong commitment to women in the medical profession.)
and an M.S. and M.A. from West Virginia University, and taught General and Blue Biology at N.H.S. I hope that if she is in heaven, she gets the puppy she refused to raise and destroy in veterinary school...

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When I was in Ms. Leurant's class she had a collection of snakes -- both alive and preserved. One of the "inmates" escaped and was on the lam for several days before it finally wandered out from under the radiator under the window during a class session (thankfully not mine!) No doubt that side of the classroom cleared rather quickly!

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Nothing startles quite like a snake!! I bet you guys learned something about the 'fight or flight' adrenaline response!!

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Mrs. Witry, 7th grade Civics, was another excellent teacher. She challenged us to ponder history and government in completely new ways. The Cold War nearly became Armegeddon during the Cuban Missile Crisis and she made us aware of our immediate danger. We grew up quickly as we pondered our mortality. Mrs. Witry consistently maintained a sense of respect and dignity in her class, and it seemed that we all responded in kind. She was a class act!!

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Mrs. Lucille Clark Storage, 88, of Cross Lanes joined the Lord on Saturday August 26, 2006.

Born in Raymond City in 1918, she was the daughter of the late Thomas and Mary Clark. Lucille was a 1937 graduate of Nitro High School and worked in the food service business for over 30 years, much of which was as co-owner and operator of the Corner Restaurant with her late husband William A. Storage, who died in 1995.

She attended the Raymond City Community Church and was a former member of the Eastern Star, Rebecca's and Pocahontas.

Lucille is survived by four sons, William A. Storage, Jr. and wife Judy of Centreville, Md.; T.W. “Pete” Storage and wife Wendy of Nitro; Jerry and wife Hoda of Huntington Beach, Calif.; Michael and wife Vicky of Milton; sisters, Doris Hart of Nitro and Margaret Erwin of Melbourne, Fla.; brother, William Clark of Nitro; 12 grandchildren; and eight great grandchildren.

The funeral service will be 5 p.m. Monday August 28, 2006, at Gatens-Harding Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Doyle Young officiating. Burial will be 9 a.m. Tuesday, August 29, 2006 at Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens; Cross Lanes.

Friends may call 3 to 5 p.m. on Monday, August 28, at the funeral home.

Gatens-Harding Funeral Home, 147 Main St. Poca, is serving the Storage family.

Nancy Young:

Robert S. Young Sr.
Robert S. Young Sr., 77, of Scott Depot died June 24, 2002, in SunBridge of Putnam after a long illness.
He was a retired residential contractor, a former member of the Cross Lanes Lions Club and a former employee of Appalachian Electric Power. He was a Navy veteran of World War II. He was a deacon and member of Perrow Evangelical Presbyterian Church.
Surviving: wife, Stella Young of Scott Depot; daughter and son-in-law, Nancy and Skip Robinson of Scott Depot; sons and daughters-in-law, Bob an Jeanne Young of Scott Depot, Stephan Harry and Debbie Young of Ridge Manor, Florida, Alan and Kimberly Young of Cool Ridge; 16 grandchildren; one great-granddaughter.
Memorial service was held Wednesday, June 26, 2002, at Perrow Evangelical Presbyterian Church, Cross Lanes, with the Rev. Keith Cobb and the Rev. Jack Maxwell officiating. Tyler Mountain Funeral Home, Cross Lanes, was in charge of arrangements. Memorial donations may be made to Perrow Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 5345 Big Tyler Road, Cross Lanes WV 25313.

Glenn Dale Jividen

Glenn Dale “Zeke” Jividen, 84, of Nitro, passed away Friday, September 8, 2006, at home following a long illness.

He was a former employee of Union Carbide's Institute Plant with over 40 years of service. His co-workers knew him by the nickname “Zeke”. He was also known as the “Voice of Carbide” for his duty as the plant announcer. Born November 21, 1921, he was the son of the late Cecil and Rachel Tucker Jividen.

He was also preceded in death by his first wife, Bertha Stover Jividen; sister, Gaynell Jividen; an infant brother; and brothers, Glair and Gerald Jividen.

Survivors include his wife, Betty Riffle Jividen; sons, Darrell of Cross Lanes, and Glenn Joe and wife Linda of St. Albans; daughter, Carolyn Miller and husband Charles of Barboursville; stepsons, Otis Riffle and wife Sandy of Bancroft, and Clark Riffle and wife Missy of Buffalo; grandchildren, Teresa and Nick Carney of Calhoun, Ga., Charles Dwayne and Dianne Miller of Baltimore, Ohio, Paul and Connie Miller of Barboursville, Jennifer Jividen of St. Albans, and Aaron Jividen of St. Albans; step-grandchildren, Beth Ann Riffle of Nitro, Travis Riffle of Nitro, Andrew Riffle of Buffalo, Cody Wolfe of Buffalo, Frankie Wolfe of Buffalo, Gary Riffle of Bancroft, and Cristie Riffle Kelly of Teays Valley; great-grandchildren, Ashley Miller of Fairfield, Vt., Avery Miller of Baltimore, Ohio, Adrienne Miller of Baltimore, Ohio, Tara and Anthony Lawhorn of Huntington, Bradley Midkiff of Barboursville, and Luke Carney of Calhoun, Ga.

The service will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, September 11, 2006, at Raynes Funeral Home, Buffalo, with Pastor Roy Painter officiating. Burial will follow at Walker Chapel Cemetery, Robertsburg.

Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday, September 10, at the funeral home.

Friends of the Jividen family may send online condolences and sign the guestbook by visiting www.raynesfuneralhome.com

Helen M. Fisher

Helen M. Fisher, 76, of Cross Lanes died on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2006, at home after a short illness.

She was a longtime resident of Cross Lanes, although born in Morgantown, where she graduated from University High School, attended Vincent Palatti Hospital School of Nursing and was a graduate of St. Mary's School of Nursing in 1950.

She was the daughter of Thomas L. and Cora Mae Stevens.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Quentin R. Fisher; sons, Steven M. Huff and Jeffrey B. Huff; her daughter, Beverly A. Huff; and former husband, Harry M. Huff.

She is survived by her sister, Susie Rowan; brother, Thomas L. Stevens; niece, Sandy Wise; nephew, Dick Braham, all of the Morgantown area; son Kevin B. Huff of Cross Lanes, Brian A. Huff of Charleston; daughters, Mindi Lemon of Crown Point, Ind., and Colleen Kortz of Charleston; and seven grandchildren.

She was a registered nurse in the Charleston area for 10 years. She worked for the state of West Virginia in public health for over 27 years and, at the time of her retirement, was director of Women's Services for the state of West Virginia.

She was a loving mother and grandmother.

She chose to be a donor for anatomical gift to the West Virginia University Anatomical Board through the West Virginia University Human Gift Registry.

A gathering of family and friends will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 15, at her home in Cross Lanes.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Beverly Ann Huff Memorial Scholarship at the University of Tennessee Women's Athletic Department, Attention: Dara Worrell, at 865-974-2861, or by e-mail at dworrell@utk.edu, or HospiceCare.

Carol Ann Paxton

Carol Ann Barnett Paxton, age 57, passed away Sunday September 17, 2006, at home after a long battle with colon/liver cancer.

Carol was born in Nitro, on December 13, 1948. She was a Christian, a 1966 graduate of Nitro High School, a member of the Nitro Church of God, where she was active in the church choir prior to her illness, and a former member of the Nitro Community Chorus.

She was a former secretary with the West Virginia Division of Rehabilitation Services, former part-time pharmacy clerk at Fruth Pharmacy in Nitro, and a secretary for the West Virginia Department of Education at the time of her death.

Carol was preceded in death by her parents, Kermit and Peggy Kilgore Barnett; infant daughters, Melissa Ellen Paxton and Holly Ann Paxton; maternal grandparents, Fred and Grace Kilgore; paternal grandfather and step-grandmother, Clayo and Virginia Barnett; and paternal grandmother, Luvica Ellen Casto Barnett.

Carol is survived by her loving husband, Jim; son James Christopher “Chris” Paxton of Poca; daughter, Amy Michelle Paxton Jones of Nitro; and two grandchildren, Jacob Paxton and Kailey Paxton of Poca. Carol is also survived by her devoted sisters, Sandra Jean Barnett of Tornado, and Kathy Ray Barnett Meadows of Charleston; and brother, Gregory Kermit Barnett of Winfield. Carol is also survived by her nieces, Megan Hash, Peggy Hash, Kathy Hash, Kerri Barnett, and Katie Barnett; nephews, James Barnett Lovell, Mason Lovell, and Ian Hash. Also surviving Carol are her lifelong friends, Paula Sparkman, Mary Brady, and Janice McMillen.

Carol wanted to send a special thank-you to Dr. Arun Nagarjah at the David Lee Cancer Center; and chemotherapy nurses, Donna, Lorelei, Marietta, Heather, Sarah, Deborah, and Sheila for their special care and friendship.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Monday, September 18, 2006, at the Nitro Church of God, 15th Street and 2nd Avenue, Nitro. Per Carol's request, a private graveside service, officiated by Pastor Robert VanFossen, will be held at Showen Hill Cemetery in Bancroft.

Betty Dimple Carpenter Russell, 71, of Hurricane, formerly of Nitro, departed this life for a better one on September 22, 2006, surrounded by family and other loved ones.

Betty was born on November 24, 1934, at Garrett's Bend. She worked fro Charleston Newspapers for 17 years, delivering papers to all of Nitro. She was also a caregiver, and homemaker. She also enjoyed fishing, watching WV Mountaineers and Atlanta Braves baseball. Betty never met a stranger and she will be missed by all who knew her.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents, Shelton and Zella Carpenter; and her husband, Donald Edward Russell.

Survivors include her brothers, Joseph (John) Carpenter and wife Arbutus of Hurricane, Silvon "Smokey" Carpenter and wife Delores of St. Helen, Mich., Robert "Bob" Carpenter and wife Margaret of Fayetteville, N.C., William "Bill" Carpenter and wife Pat of Harrisville, Mich., and Timothy "Scott" Carpenter and companion Erma of Calhoun, Ga. Her sisters include Martha Smith and husband JB of Stanwood, Mich., Becky Ruppell and husband Don of Saginaw, Mich., Mary Edwards and husband Tony of Hurricane.

Children include Constance Yvonne Russell of Nitro and her son Danny Dawson and his wife Pam of Poca, Donald (Eddie) Russell and wife Rita of Ellensboro, N.C., Joe Russell and companion Mary of Nitro, Patty Bailey and husband David of Cross Lanes, Charlie Russell of Cross Lanes, Doug and wife Treasa of Poca, Tommy Russell and companion Jeanne of Acworth, Ga. and Bryan and Chris Russell of Nitro. She also leaves eight grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

The family would like to offer their sincere thanks and gratitude to John and Arbutus Carpenter, who allowed Betty to finish out her days at their home on Turkey Creek, Hurricane. Also, special thanks to Marsha, Nancy, Cindy, Crystal, Martha, Becky, Mary and Delores, as well as John and Arbutus, for taking such good care of Betty. Special thanks also go to Erin and Julie from Hospice.

God has called our loved one home for eternal rest. Mr. Herbert Austin “Sonny” Rhodes Jr., 71, of Buffalo, died Oct. 3, 2006, at home after a long illness.

He was born July 15, 1935, in Kanawha County, to the late Herbert A. Rhodes Sr. and Louise Kilgore Rhodes of Nitro. Sonny is a retiree of Viscose of Nitro, F.M.C. of Nitro and Great Lakes Chemical Corp. in Nitro. He was also a volunteer for Nitro Fire Department; a Christian; Air Force veteran; and a dedicated family man.

He is survived by his wife of 17 years, Brenda Lou Rhodes; daughter, Dora and husband, Patrick Belcher, of Winfield; sister, Veda Phelps and her friend, Lee Wyatt, of St. Albans; brother, Gary Rhodes and wife, Joyce, of Jacksonville, Fla.; sister, Lynn and husband, Tim Russell, of St. Albans; stepdaughter, Jennifer D. Scragg of Buffalo; two beloved grandsons of Winfield; and his beloved dog, Bandit Lou Rhodes. He called him Daddy's boy; he was the love of his life.

A tribute to the life of Sonny will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7, at the home of Sonny and Brenda Rhodes, 1814 Cross Creek Road, Buffalo. Friends may call from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the home on Saturday. A dinner will follow the services.

Sonny was cremated and a private burial will be held at a later date at Shiloh Church.

Gatens-Harding Funeral Home, 147 Main St., Poca, is serving the Rhodes family.

Vernon R. Casebolt

Vernon R. Casebolt, 78, of Nitro passed away Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2006, at CAMC General Hospital after a short illness.

Vernon was a retired laboratory maintenance supervisor from Union Carbide with over 35 years of service. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II and a member of the Nitro Church of Christ for over 54 years, where he served as a deacon and elder. He dearly loved his church.

Vernon was a 1944 graduate of Dupont High School and attended West Virginia Tech and Marshall University. He played semi-pro baseball for the Institute team from 1943 to 1944 and the semi-pro Twilight League baseball organization from 1948 to 1950.

Vernon served as PTA president for Baker Elementary, Nitro Junior High and Nitro High schools. He was president of the Nitro Little League baseball and football organizations. He was president of the Nitro Youth Organization and, along with other Little League fathers, built the present baseball fields located at Nitro City Park. Vernon was president of the Nitro High School Athletic Boosters Club where he was instrumental in building the present bleachers and press box at the Nitro High School football field.

He served on Nitro City Council from 1972 to 1976. He was a member of the Nitro Senior Citizen Advisory Council and was the Wednesday morning BINGO caller.

Vernon was a faithful husband of 55 years and a loving father, grandfather and great-grandfather.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Harold Ray and Norma Crystal Casebolt, and daughter, Crystal Stoner.

Surviving: wife, Mildred; sons, Steve (Gail) and David (Cathy); daughter, Debbie (Quinten) Campbell; son-in-law, Britt (Jamie) Stoner; grandchildren, Jeremy (Joni,) Heather (Pete) Griffith, Joshua (Kelly,) Jason (Sarah,) Benjamin (Brooklyn) Campbell, Jon, Erin (Scott) Pittman, Megan (Jesse) Toler, Ryan, Lindsay and MacKenzie, Jackson and Brooklyn Stoner; great-grandchildren, Benjamin, Emma Jacob and Michael and Graceland Buonarota; stepgrandchildren, Libby (Shaun) Shamblin, Whitney (Mike) Buonarota and David McIntyre; and brothers, Robert Casebolt of Charleston and Richard Casebolt of Panama City Beach, Fla.

Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 21, at Nitro Church of Christ, Lock Street and Main Avenue, Nitro, with Minister Craig Culbertson officiating. Burial will follow the services in Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens, Cross Lanes.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Nitro Church of Christ, Lock Street and Main Ave., Nitro.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Nitro Church of Christ in memory of Vernon R. Casebolt.

Cooke Funeral Home and Crematorium is in charge of arrangements.

Condolences may be sent to the family via our Web site: www.cookefuneralhome.com.

A. Frank McClanahan, 65, of Nitro went home to be with the Lord Tuesday, October 31, 2006, in Putnam General Hospital after a long illness.

Frank was a lifelong resident of Nitro and was retired from Tri-State Roofing and Sheet Metal. He had played bass guitar for the Patriots Quartet in churches and concerts up and down the Kanawha Valley for over 14 years. Frank was a member of Hometown Independent Mission. He was a man who loved his family dearly and was known for his sense of humor and joking with everyone he met. Frank was an extra special PaPa to his grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Arnie “Pop” and Christa Mae McClanahan, and two sisters, Carolyn Casto and Vickie Belcher.

Frank is survived by his loving wife of 42 years, Judy Nelson McClanahan; daughter and son-in-law Angela and Rodney Stonestreet of Kingsport, Tenn.; son, Eric N. McClanahan of Nitro; sister, Laura Alford of Eleanor; brother, Ray McClanahan of Gallatin, Tenn.; and his four grandchildren, Savannah Stonestreet, Trey McClanahan, Cooper Stonestreet and C.J. McClanahan.

A celebration of Frank's life will be at 2 p.m. Friday, November 3, at Tyler Mountain Funeral Home with Pastor Darren Persinger and Pastor Greg Casto officiating. Burial will follow in Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens, Cross Lanes.

There will be a gathering of family and friends from noon to 2 p.m. Friday at the funeral home, 5233 Rocky Fork Road, Cross Lanes

Roger Keith Fore

Roger Keith Fore, 45 of Nitro, after a very short battle with bone cancer, passed away Sunday, November 5, 2006, at Thomas Memorial Hospital, South Charleston.

Roger was a graduate of Nitro High School and a member of the Nitro Moose Lodge No. 565.

He is survived by his mother, Ruth Ann Johnson of Hurricane; father and stepmother, Bill and Janice Fore of Hometown; brother, Billy Fore and his wife, Sue, of Hometown; sister, Kristi and her husband, Jim Sinnott, of Hurricane; and four stepbrothers, Jason, Adam, Travis and Tony Long. Roger is also survived by his nephews, Brandon, Christian and Dylan Hutchins; niece, Madison Sinnott of Hurricane; 12 other nieces and nephews; aunts and uncles; and a very special aunt, Nini Dodd of Nitro.

Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, November 8, at Chapman Funeral Home, 3941 Teays Valley Road, Hurricane, with the Rev. Ross Harrison officiating. Burial will follow in Haven of Rest Memory Gardens, Red House.

Willie W. Asbury

Willie W. “Tom” Asbury, 82, of Cross Lanes passed away Nov. 5, 2006, at Thomas Memorial Hospital.

Tom was a Christian and loved his family. He was loved by all who knew him. He was a retired auto body repairman and was a member of Baber Agee United Methodist Church. Tom loved to hunt and fish and was a lifelong resident of Tyler Mountain. He served his country in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

He was preceded in death by his son, Donnie Mundy.

Tom is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Virginia Brannon Asbury; daughters, Sharon Asbury Cundiff of Cross Lanes and Connie Asbury Holmes and her husband, Brent, of Odenton, Md.; sister, Dorothy Rhodes of Pinellas Park, Fla.; grandchildren, Angela Hammons and her husband, Jimmy, Candace Kraus and her husband, Brian, Chuck Boling Mundy, Allison Humphries and her husband, Sonnie, Kristina Flores and her husband, Cesar, Tina Kirk and her husband, Kevin, Tammi “Tom” Mundy and Aaron and Chance Holmes; and great-grandchildren, Jake, Jessali, Isaac, Nikki, Taylor, Eli, Luke, Kevin, Cruz and Logan. The family will soon be blessed by a new granddaughter.

Julia C. Barton

Julia C. Barton of Nitro passed away Saturday, November 11, 2006, at home.

She was a homemaker and former owner of Kanawha Terrace Big Dollar Supermarket in St. Albans.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Harvey P. Barton.

She is survived by son, Harvey Barton and his wife Jennifer of Huntington; daughter, Nancy and her husband Bob Eberbaugh of Atlanta, Ga., and Jeffrey L. Barton of Nitro; and four grandchildren.

Services will be Tuesday, November 14, 2006, at 12 p.m. high noon at The First Presbyterian Church of Nitro with the Rev. David Lee, Jeffrey L. Barton and Bob Eberbaugh officiating. Burial will follow the services in Graceland Memorial Park, South Charleston.

Roger L. Roberts

Roger L. “Smokey” Roberts, 55, of Culloden, formerly of Nitro, passed away Sunday, Dec. 3, 2006, at St. Mary's Medical Center, Huntington, after a long illness.

Roger lived most of his life in Nitro and was a Protestant. He was a former employee of Avtex Fibers Corporation, Nitro, and also worked as an auto salesman.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ronald W. and Genevieve G. Harris Roberts, and his infant son, Matthew Roberts.

Surviving: fiancée, Jeanie Ammons of Culloden; son, Anthony “Tony” Roberts of Orlando, Fla.; daughter, Amanda Joelle “Mandi” Roberts of South Charleston; brother, Ronald Roberts and his wife, Judy, of Eleanor; sister, Gloria King and her husband, Glen, of Summerville, S.C.; many nieces and nephews; and a host of friends.

Memorial services will be 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, at Cooke Funeral Home & Crematorium, 2002 20th St., Nitro, with the Rev. Don Myers and the Rev. David Wilkinson officiating.

Condolences may be sent to the family via www.cookefuneralhome.com.

Cooke Funeral Home & Crematorium, Nitro, is in charge of arrangements.

Rachel McDaniel Alexander

Rachel McDaniel Alexander, 93, of Nitro passed away at the Hubbard Hospice House in Charleston on Friday, December 15, 2006, after a long illness.

Rachel was a lifelong resident of Nitro and a homemaker most of her life. She was a member of St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Nitro and the United Methodist Women.

She was preceded in death by her husband, W.W. “Bill” Alexander, former Mayor of the city of Nitro; and her daughter, Edith Ann Alexander Sullivan of St. Albans.

Survivors include daughters, Sue Alexander of Lexington, Ky., and Billie Alexander Hauser of Charleston; grandchildren, Aaron Sullivan of Cross Lanes, Brian Hall and wife Stacy of Scott Depot, Elizabeth Mangan and husband Sean of Cincinnati, Ohio, Jennifer Sullivan of Falls Church, Va., and Willard Sullivan of Charleston; great-grandchildren, Baylee Hall, Bryce Hall, Ella Mangan, Shelby Mangan, and Timmy Trimble; sister, Dollie Grimwood of Pennsylvania.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, December 19, at St. Paul's United Methodist Church, 20th St., Nitro, with Dr. Tom McDowell officiating. Burial will follow in Cunningham Memorial Park, St. Albans.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, December 18, at Cooke Funeral Home, 2002 20th St., Nitro, and one hour prior to services at the church on Tuesday.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Hubbard Hospice House of Charleston, or St. Paul's United Methodist, 20th St., Nitro.

Mary Jo Gaylor NHS 2006

12/22/06 Charleston Daily Mail

MU student dies in Cross Lanes wreck

by Kelly L. Holleran

Daily Mail staff

Two Cross Lanes car accidents that happened within hours of one another left one woman dead and another seriously injured.

Marshall University student Mary Jo Gaylor, 18, was driving in the 600 block of New Goff Mountain Road near Terramite Corp. about 2 p.m. Thursday.

She lost control of her Ford Escort and slid sideways into the path of a Chevrolet Lumina that T-boned Gaylor's car, a dispatcher for the Kanawha County Sheriff's Department said.

She was pronounced dead at the scene, the dispatcher said.

About three hours later and just a few miles away from that accident, Judy Kay Donofrio, a 42-year-old Dunbar woman, was driving west on Interstate 64 when she tried to switch lanes near the Cross Lanes exit and lost control of the green Mercury Sable she was driving, the dispatcher said.

She hit a retaining wall and crossed three lanes of traffic, he said.

Sarah Julie Woody, a 21-year-old woman from Culloden, was a passenger in Donofrio's car.

Their car struck a tractor-trailer and Woody was seriously injured, the dispatcher said.

She was transported to Charleston Area Medical Center's General Hospital and later had to have part of her right arm amputated, the dispatcher said.

Hospital officials were not able to provide information about her condition this morning, but they said she was under evaluation.

Police said Donofrio was not injured, and they reported no other serious injuries in either accident.

Gaylor, who was from Cross Lanes, graduated in May from Nitro High. She was enrolled at Marshall University and was studying banking and finance and information technology, according to her profile on the student Web site facebook.com.

All day Thursday students who had graduated with her were calling Nitro High, said Cindy Sturm, Gaylor's counselor at the school.

"The class that she graduated with, they all knew her," Sturm said.

Gaylor was a popular, good person, Sturm said.

"She was a wonderful girl," she said. "She was a very good student. She was lovely. A lot of people know her. She was well liked."

Family members could not be reached.

According to her Facebook profile, Gaylor lived in a dorm at Twin Towers West on Marshall's Huntington campus and enjoyed skiing, riding horses and cars.

She stated in her profile that she loved to "just go driving around."

Many of Gaylor's friends left messages Thursday on the Web site saying how much they would miss her.

"You are an amazing person, and I know you're watching over us," someone wrote. "I've never known anyone who was so loved by so many people."

New Goff Mountain Road was closed for hours Thursday afternoon while deputies reconstructed the accident.

A report has been sent to a reconstructionist this morning, and officials still were investigating, a sheriff's dispatcher said.

Misty Jo Gaylor

Misty Jo Gaylor, 18, of Cross Lanes, passed away Thursday, December 21, 2006, due to injuries received in an automobile accident.

Misty was a 2006 graduate of Nitro High School and had just completed her first semester at Marshall University, majoring in Business. She loved everything to do with the outdoors and animals, especially anything to do with the water. In high school, she was a member of the ski club. Misty loved to go horseback riding. She had built her own personal computer and enjoyed repairing friends and families computers. Misty was the prime example of the saying, “to have friends you must be a friend to others”, for she had a host of close friends.

Misty leaves behind her devoted, loving Mom, Carol Gaylor; and her mother's fiance Robbie Fleshman; her loving Dad, Bobby Gaylor; her sister, Crystal Brooke; and her brother, Ryan; her boyfriend, Chris Eggelston; special uncle, Jeff Hall; Aunt Jean; and Uncle Jim. She is also survived by her grandparents, Joe and Betty Gaylor; Aunt Mary; close cousins, Cassie, Eric, Jeremy, Timra, Joey, Sabrina, Dakota, Easton, Chelsea, Michael, and Lexi; Uncle Doug and Aunt Pat; Steff and Tracy; Steve and Lori; Doug and Dreama; and Gracie.

Misty Jo has so very many dear friends that there is not enough time or space to even begin to list them all.

A celebration of Misty Jo's life will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, December 26, 2006, at Tyler Mountain Funeral Home with the Rev. “Hank” Brown officiating. Burial will follow in Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens.

There will be a gathering of family and friends from noon until service time at the funeral home, 5233 Rocky Fork Road, Cross Lanes.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent care of Misty Gaylor Memorial Fund, 5096 W. Washington St., Apt 307, Cross Lanes, WV 25313.

Lois Ferrari Vaughn

Lois Ferrari Vaughn, 73, of Las Vegas, Nev., formerly of Nitro, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2006.

She was born Dec. 20,1933, in Nitro, a daughter of the late Frank and Lillian Ferrari. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her son, Mark Steele and sister, Betty Russell.

Lois graduated from Nitro High School and was formerly employed by Shoney's and One Valley Bank.

She is survived by her son, Bruce Steele and her granddaughter, Scarlett, of Las Vegas, Nev.; brother, Bud Ferrari; her sister, Tonsi Powell, both of Nitro; and her uncle "Bus" Ferrari of New York.

Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 3 at Tyler Mountain Funeral Home. Entombment will follow in Tyler Mt. Memory Gardens, Cross Lanes.

A gathering of Family and friends will be two hours prior to the service.

Online condolences can be e-mailed to www.tylermountainfuneralhome.com.

Tyler Mountain Funeral Home, Cross Lanes, is in charge of arrangements.

Gary W. Fisher

Gary W. Fisher, 66, of Nitro passed away Sunday, January 7, 2007, at home after a short illness. Gary was a lifelong resident of Nitro and a Protestant.

He was a US Army Vietnam veteran, having served as a Military Police officer. Gary was a former employee for American Viscose Corporation, where he worked in the painting department. Gary also worked for the City of Nitro as their Humane Officer. He was a member of the National Rifle Association and the Putnam County Gun Club.

Gary was an avid sports fan, having played several sports, football, basketball, and baseball, in high school. After high school Gary played baseball for several local leagues and he won several trophies.

Gary was preceded in death by his father, Loren Douglas Fisher; and grandparents, Earl and Goldie Harris.

Surviving are mother, Eulah Harris at home; niece, Cheryl Duty of Letart; nephew, Gregory Harris of St. Albans; uncle, John Harris of Nitro; cousins, Randy Hartley of New York and Kent and his wife Cindy of Milton.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2007, at Cooke Funeral Home & Crematorium Chapel, 2002-20th St., Nitro, with the Rev. Arley Cravens officiating. Burial will follow the services in Cunningham Memorial Park, St. Albans, with Military Rites provided by American Legion Post No. 73 and VFW Post 6418 of St. Albans.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, January 9, 2007, at Cooke Funeral Home, 2002-20th St., Nitro.

The family wishes to express their thanks to all the nurses, doctors, and especially Hospice caregivers for their kindness and wonderful care during Gary's illness.

Aaron C. Anderson

Aaron C. Anderson, 28, of Ormond Beach, Fla., formerly of St. Albans, passed away January 6, 2007, at his home.

Aaron was employed by Embarq, in Altamonte Springs, Fla., as a computer technician. He enjoyed spending time on the beach and was a NASCAR enthusiast. He was a 1997 graduate of Nitro High School and was preceded in death by his father, George H. Anderson.

He is survived by his wife of three years, Diane Rucker Anderson; son Aaron Michael Anderson; mother, Helen Thompson of St. Albans; brother and sister-in-law, George Anderson II and Kathy of Culloden; grandmother, Wonetia Thompson of Hurricane; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Michele and Mike Rucker of St. Albans; and grandmother-in-law, Florence Husson Cassis of St. Albans.

A service honoring the life of Aaron will be 11 a.m. Friday, January 12, at Maranatha Fellowship, St. Albans, with the Rev. James Wright officiating. Burial will be in Teays Hill Cemetery, St. Albans.

Family and friends will visit from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Maranatha Fellowship, St. Albans.

Those unable to attend may send condolences to kar@snodgrassfuneral.com.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Aaron Michael Anderson Trust Fund, c/o Michael H. Rucker II, 6514 MacCorkle Ave., St. Albans, WV 25177, or to Maranatha Fellowship Family Life Center, 2910 Kanawha Terrace, St. Albans, WV 25177.

Nellie L. Cook

Nellie L. Hindle Cook, 65, of West Lafayette, Ind., passed away at 8:23 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 11, 2007, at her home with her family by her side.

Mrs. Cook was born September 20, 1941, to the late Benford Holly Hindle and Audrey Clifton Gwinn in Diamond W.Va. She was a 1959 graduate of Nitro High School and a 1962 graduate of the Charleston General Hospital School of Nursing.

Mrs. Cook was a registered nurse who worked for CAMC, Kanawha Valley Memorial Hospital, Doctor's Hospital, Putnam General Hospital and Thomas Memorial Hospital. She held several positions, including Medical, Surgical and Substance Abuse Charge Nurse. She also worked as a nurse for Dr. Donald Gilbert and Dr. S.E. Hatfield. She was employed as an industrial nurse for Monsanto Chemical Company and John Amos Power Plant. She taught medical assisting at Ben Franklin Career and Technical Education Center. She taught for the Kanawha County Board of Education and West Virginia University. She also worked as a medical case manager for Accordia of West Virginia, Genex Services, Inc. and CorVel Corporation. She was a certified Red Cross Nurse and a CPR instructor.

Mrs. Cook received several honors and awards during her career. She served as an advisor on the State of WV LPN Advisory Board, and as the Registered Nurse Counselor for the Foreign Study League. She served as State of WV Administrator for the National Examination for Medical Assistants, and was awarded the State of WV Vocational Education Teacher of the Year in 1972.

Surviving are a daughter, Kama McClanahan-Darr, married to Dr. Christopher Darr, both formerly of Charleston, and their two children, Piper Christina and Rhys Michael. Also surviving are two brothers and their spouses, Mike and Jill Hindle and Steve and Benna Hindle, all of Cross Lanes; and two nieces and a nephew, Angie Reynolds, Trenis Hindle, and Stephanie Hindle.

She enjoyed taking care of and playing with her two grandchildren, reading, traveling, and history. She was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Audrey Lee Darr.

A celebration of life service will be held for her, as well as her beloved late husband, Don Cook, in Charleston, with family and friends at a date to be announced. For more information please contact ckdarr@insightbb.com.

Virginia C. Crawford

Virginia C. Crawford, 78, of Nitro, passed away January 20, 2007, after a long illness.

She was a homemaker and a retired clothing store manager.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold W. Crawford Sr.; and parents, James Quiller and Mary Blankenship.

Surviving are sons, Harold W. Crawford Jr. and wife, Barbara J., of Summerville, S.C., and William M. Crawford of Putnam County; daughter, Brenda Joan Bumgarner of Scott Depot; brother, Carl Blankenship and wife, Letha, of St. Albans; sister, Georgia Blankenship of Alum Creek; sister-in-law, Susie Ann Herdman and husband, Dwight, of Melbourne, Fla.; grandchildren, Nicholas T. Crawford of Orlando, Fla., Jennifer J. Crawford of Summerville, S.C., Christy L. Bumgarner of Scott Depot, S. Elizabeth Toney of Rock Branch; and many nieces and nephews.

There will be a graveside service at 11 a.m. Tuesday, January 23, 2007, at Cunningham Memorial Park, St. Albans. Burial will follow at Cunningham Memorial Park.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, January 22, at Cooke Funeral Home & Crematorium, Nitro.

Katherine C. Styles

Katherine C. “Kitty” Styles of Pliny, formerly of Cross Lanes, passed away Friday, Jan. 19, 2007, after a short illness, at Sunbridge of Dunbar, Dunbar.

She was a former member of Cross Lanes Methodist Church, and she was a homemaker

Kitty was preceded in death by her husband, William H. Styles; granddaughter, Tracy Styles; and her parents, Earl and Laura Willis Harper.

Surviving are sons, Stephen W. Styles and wife, Sandra, of Nitro, Frank P. Styles and wife, Nancy, of Pliny, William A. Styles and wife, Diane, of Summersville; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

The service will be at 11:00 a.m. Monday, Jan. 22, 2007, at Sunset Memorial Park Mausoleum Chapel with Pastor David Clark officiating. Burial will follow at Sunset Memorial Park, South Charleston.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the charity of your choice.

Doris L. Applegate

Mrs. Doris L. Applegate, 81, of Cross Lanes passed away January 31, 2007, at home following a short illness.

Mrs. Applegate is a member of the First Baptist Church of Cross Lanes and the Cross Lanes Women's Club. She enjoyed raising and selling strawberries for many years alongside her husband and children. She also enjoyed gardening, hunting, fishing and crocheting. Doris always had a smile for everyone.

She was preceded in death by her husband, A. T. Applegate; son, Wayne Applegate; and grandson, Christopher Sayre.

She is survived by five daughters, Cheryl and husband, Dan Steele, of Scott Depot, Janet and husband, Larry Kersey, of Charleston, Susan and husband, James Sayre, of Charleston, Donna Carter of Laurel, Maryland, and Beverly Swepston and fiance, Bert Rogers, of Charleston; four grandchildren, Tracy and husband, Rob Jackson, Nick Carter, Josh Carter and Melanie and husband, Charles Lyons; three great-grandchildren, Morgan Johnson, Eric Lyons and Christopher Sayre.

A tribute to the life of Doris will be 7 p.m. Friday, February 2, at Gatens-Harding Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Paul Bailey officiating. At the request of Mrs. Applegate, her body was donated to the West Virginia University Human Gift Registry.

Millard C. “Turk” Jeffers, 63, of Nitro passed away Monday, January 31, 2007, at home with his family at his bedside.

He was the son of the late Millard and Pauline Jeffers of Nitro.

He was a U.S. Air Force veteran. He is retired from American Electric Power Company with 35 years of service.

He was formerly married to Annie Jeffers and they raised three children together.

Surviving: son, Millard C. Jeffers Jr. of Nitro; daughter, Sheryl of Chesapeake, Va.; and stepson, Ray Burke and his wife, Lisa, of Hurricane. He was the proud grandfather of eight grandchildren. Also surviving are sisters, Judith Ann Smith of Eleanor and Sandra Gatens of Frazier's Bottom; and brother, John Jeffers of Dunbar.

Services will be 2 p.m. Saturday, February 3, at Cooke Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Greg Casto officiating. Burial will follow in Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens, Cross Lanes, with military rites provided by Veterans of Foreign War Post 6418 and American Legion Post 75.

Myrtle Louise Pryor

Myrtle Louise Phelps Pryor, 73, of Martinsburg, formerly of Nitro, died Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2007, at City Hospital.

Born April 28, 1933, in Nitro, she was the daughter of the late Norman Phelps and Amy May Thacker Phelps.

She was retired from C&P Telephone Company. Mrs. Pryor was a member of the Order of Eastern Star in Nitro for over 50 years. She was a graduate of Nitro High School and had been a majorette.

She is survived by her husband of 47 years, Olin Lester Pryor and one brother, Lloyd Phelps of Nitro; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, March 3, at Cunningham Memorial Park Lower Mausoleum Chapel, St. Albans. Interment will follow in the memorial park.

The family will receive friends at the Brown Funeral Home, Martinsburg, on Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Friday at the Cooke Funeral Home in Nitro from 6 to 8 p.m.

The family requests no flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Panhandle, 122 Waverly Ct., Martinsburg, WV 25403.

Linda "Susie" McDavid (Susie Hill-Majorette NHS ’68)

Linda “Susie” Sue McDavid, formerly of Nitro, W.Va., passed away Thursday, March 15, 2007, at her home in Houston, Texas, at the age of 56.

She was born Sept. 14, 1950, in Charleston.

Linda was preceded in death by her father, Lawrence Hill.

She is survived by her husband of 36 years, Timothy J. McDavid; mother, Mary Alice Hill; sons, Nathan McDavid and wife, Lauren, and Ian McDavid; and brother, Larry Hill.

Visitation will be held Friday, March 16, from 5 to 7 p.m. with a Vigil at 7 p.m. at Crowder Funeral Home Chapel, 111 E. Medical Center Blvd., Webster, TX 77598. Funeral service will be Saturday, 10:30 a.m. March 17, at St. Bernadette's Catholic Church, 15500 El Camino Real, Houston, TX 77062 with Father Adrian Wilde as officiant. Interment will follow at Mt. Olivet Catholic Cemetery in Dickinson, Texas.

In lieu of flowers, you may send memorials to St. Bernadette's Catholic Church.

Harold Robert Summers

Harold Robert Summers, 53, of Nitro went home to be with the Lord Wednesday, March 14, 2007, in CAMC General Hospital.

Harold was a loving father, grandfather, brother, uncle, friend and, most importantly, a loving husband. He was a lifelong resident of Nitro, a service manager for Superior Carriers, an active member of Fairview United Methodist Church, Cross Lanes, and active in the Cross Lanes Community Food Pantry.

He was preceded in death by his parents Lloyd and Eva Summers; his daughter, Heather Rucker; two granddaughters, Hannah Mae Rucker and Emily Grace Rucker; and a nephew Adam Wade Summers.

Harold is survived by his wife, Vicki Eskins Summers; son, Philip Summers of Nitro and his fiancée, Lisa Donahoe; son-in-law, Charles Rucker of Hurricane; brothers, Jerry Summers and Keith Summers, both of Mocksville, N.C., and Lealon Summers and Ben Summers, both of Nitro; grandchildren, Shane and Luke Summers and Peyton Ryan.

A celebration of Harold's life will be 3 p.m. Sunday, March 18, at Tyler Mountain Funeral Home, 5233 Rocky Fork Road, Cross Lanes, with the Rev. Jarrold Lanham and the Rev. Jonathan Nettle officiating. Burial will follow in Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens.

There will be a gathering of family and friends from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

You may express online condolences at tylermountainfuneralhome.com.

Brenda Coiner Burke-Cremeans ’94 is president of

Hurricane High School Alumni and lives in Hurricane with

her husband of six years, John Cremeans, Sr. Last summer

she coordinated Hurricane’s first all-school reunion, which

started two scholarships for Hurricane High School

graduates. Mrs. Burke-Cremeans currently teaches in her

“home county” of Putnam spending the a.m. at Buffalo

High and the afternoon at Winfield High. Upon graduating

from GSC, she taught in South Carolina schools for 5 years

then returned to West Virginia where she taught at Nitro

High School for 6 years before taking the positions in

Putnam County. She proudly tells the Alumni News that

several of her former students from Nitro have attended or

are attending GSC at the present time. Additionally Mrs.

Burke-Cremeans is still a student herself – a grad student at

Marshall in South Charleston.

Johnny Lee Fields

Johnny Lee Fields, 64, of Nitro died Oct. 8, 2004, at Patty's House of Care, Hometown.

Johnny was retired from the City of Dunbar with 17 years of service. He loved to fish and watch NASCAR.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Odell and Mae Fields.

Johnny is survived by his children, Kerri Lynn Fields of Sissonville, and Terry Fields of Poca; sisters, Patricia Haynes, Kathie Skeens, and Georgia Kidd of Cross Lanes, Juanita Ash of Huntington, WVa., and Barbara French of Red House; brothers, Jackie, Timmy, and Randy Fields of Poca, WVa., Dennis and Robert Fields of Nitro, and Ricky Fields of Cross Lanes; several nieces, nephews, a host of friends, and a special thanks. to Kay and Brenda Fields for their care and support.

Elbert W. Thompson

Elbert W Thompson, 79, a longtime resident of Nitro, passed away on Monday, Oct. 4, 2004, at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tenn., after a long illness.

He was preceded in death by his son David Michael Thompson; and Dolly Thompson, his wife of 57 years.

Elbert retired from Union Carbide after 32 years of employment. He was a World War II veteran of the U.S. Army Air Force and a member of the Nitro Church of Christ.

Elbert is survived by his daughter, Teresa Thompson of Nashville, Tenn.; a son, John Thompson of Nashville, Tenn.; a son, Kenneth Thompson and grandson, Kristopher Thompson, Charlotte, N.C.; granddaughter, Shannon and her husband, Clayton Hicks, and great-granddaughter, Chloe Hicks of Virginia Beach, Va.; daughter-in-law Sharon Thompson of Virginia Beach, Va.; and special friends Jaime Branch and David Washburn of Nashville, Tenn.

Samuel R. Hardway

Samuel R. Hardway, 70, of Poca, died Oct. 4, 2004, at home after a short illness.

Samuel was a retired welder from Union Boiler, Nitro, with 20 years of service. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and will be sadly missed by his family and friends.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Pat Hardway; daughter and son-in-law, Sherry and Brian Wood of Cross Lanes; son, Jason Hardway of Cross Lanes; granddaughter, Sarah Weaver of Cross Lanes; brother, James Hardway of Cross Lanes; sisters, Erma Todd of Cross Lanes, Evelyn Gannon of Spring Hill.

Ronald S. King

Ronald S. King, 71, of Nitro, passed away Saturday, March 17, 2007, at Thomas Memorial Hospital after a short illness.

Ronald was a lifelong resident of Nitro and a Protestant. He was a retired Nitro Letter Carrier for the US Postal Service with over 33 years of service.

Ronald was a former council member for the City of Nitro and also served as a volunteer fireman for the City of Nitro for many years.

Ronald was a U.S. Army veteran and a member of the Nitro Masonic Lodge No. 170 AF & AM, Scottish Rite Bodies of Charleston and The Beni Kedem Shrine Temple of Charleston.

Ronald was preceded in death by his parents, Laben and Almeda Stewart King; brothers, Arthur, Dewey, Kenneth and Jim; and sisters, Arlene Lett and Virginia King.

Surviving are wife, Peggy Morris King at home; son, Ronnie A. King and his wife Sherry of Nitro; grandchildren, Anna, Katy and Cody King; brothers, Don of Arizona and Fred of Nitro; and sister Anita Burford of Hurricane.

Services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 20, at Cooke Funeral Home Chapel, 2002-20th St., Nitro, with the Rev. Robert VanFossen officiating. Burial will follow in Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens, Cross Lanes, with Masonic Rites provided by Nitro Masonic Lodge No. 170 AF & AM.

Betty Ernest Payne

Betty Ernest Payne, 81, formerly of Nitro, passed away Friday, March 16, 2007, at Oakridge Center, Charleston.

She was a poet and left this For Her Loved Ones,

If I must leave, unwilling tho I may be

This I ask of those I love-weep not for me.

Remember not the tears,

but the laughter we shared.

Remember not the harsh,

but the tender words we spoke. Weep not for me,

for I have lived and loved,

and I would have you smile

in sweet remembrance.

She is survived by her sister, Martha Smith of Nitro; children, Robin McClure of South Carolina, John E. Payne of South Carolina and Penny Fioravante of Charleston; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Fred Zain was a West Virginia State Police forensics expert from 1979 until 1989 and later the chief of physical evidence for the medical examiner in Bexar County, Texas. He attracted national attention after an investigation of his work ordered by the W. Va. Supreme Court concluded Zain may have lied or fabricated evidence in dozens of rape and murder cases. Zain died on Dec. 2, 2002, at age 52.

Clark Gable. According to Nitro - The WWI Boom Town by William D. Wintz, Gable "came to Nitro when he was 17 years old soon after graduating from high school in Cadiz, Ohio. He hired in as a laborer and spent most of his time either digging ditches or pushing wheelbarrows." Wintz also writes, "Gable said he had a girlfriend while at Nitro who left before he did, returning to her home in Welch. He recalled that he went to see her one weekend and well remembered the hard two-day, round-trip train ride it took to spend only a few hours with her." Wintz says he came across this information in a newspaper article. However a biography of Gable says he dropped out of school at age 15 and moved to Akron. Other biographies of Gable do not support Wintz's claim.


Nitro High School Web Site:


1967 A 1967 class reunion is planned for July 27th and July 28th, 2007. Contact cbdavidsonjr@aol.com for more information.

1973 http://www.nitro73.com/ Nitro High School Class of 1973

c/o Steven Davis

5337 Westbrook Drive

Cross Lanes, WV 25313

Email: info@nitro73.com

1989 State Teachers of the Year

West Virginia -- Teresa R. Hardman; Nitro High School, Nitro, WV -- Mathematics

We endorse the Free John Skaggs Petition to Nitro High

School. To: Nitro High School

We the people of this great land, wish for the freedom of John Skaggs. This young man was wrongly imprisoned, and he deserves his freedom. It should be a crime that he is forced to go without his friends and other supporters. His parents are unqualified and he should be taken from them immediately. Please consider this the voice of the people's will.




Justin Bowe




angela skaggs




wade matt


Becca Jones


Todd Lagendyk


Stoners of Nitro High School


Stupid Kids of Nirto High School


Donna Driggs


Matt Shoemaker




john jacob


Courtmey Knight


Steven Hightower


Ryan Buggs


John Skaggs


Logan Smiith


Bryant Templeton






Erin Deegan


Peaches [Kaitlynn]


Sarah Allen


Chelsie Hedrick


Jeremy Merriken


April Hall




josh blair


Tony DiMarco


Jonathan Tincher

House The appellant, Aaron Elliott, was a senior at Nitro High School on December 5,. 1998. On that day, Nitro High School won the state championship football ...

1965 Ron Null http://www.dailymail.com/story/Sports/Frank+Giardina/2007022637/1966-67-Morris-Harvey-team-may-be-conferences-best-ever

Matt Easter http://cornellbigred.cstv.com/sports/m-wrestl/mtt/easter_matt00.html

Kathy Mattea (1959- ), country music star, grew up in Cross Lanes and was born in South Charleston. She graduated from Nitro High School and attended West Virginia University.

Nitro High School, Nitro, WV
Nitro High School Class Reunion Website Hosted by www.classreport.org
Reconnect with your friends and classmates from high school. Reunion Plans.
Class Reunion Announcements. Message Board. Class News. Family News. Upcoming Birthdays.
Nitro High School Reunion Photos from slide.com and youtube.com.

Quinton Jennings http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendid=126443994

1966 State Teachers of the Year

West Virginia -- Doris R. Bowers; Nirtro High School, Nitro, WV -- Business

Teresa Eagle http://webpages.marshall.edu/~thardman/vita.html

Class of 1987 http://members.tripod.com/~nitro87/

Halley Smith - Nitro High School, class of 2005, will be attending Randolph-Macon Woman's College

Brittany Racer

Charles Bayless http://www.wvutech.edu/pressreleases/President_Bayless/Bayless_announcement.html

Registered Alumni for All Class Reunion

Connie Cooper Whittington

Homer Hudnall

Evelyn Creasy Hawkins

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Tinker Rawlings
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Bill Wintz

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Shannon Smith Slavens
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Stan Brothers
Richard K. Burdette
Brenda Garnes Loudin
Pat Goff
John Jarrett
Sam Laton
Lee Ann Patton
Guy D Pointer
Marjorie Rutledge Riddle
Timothy C Smith
Nancy Summers Bradford
Becky Thacker Mathis
Candi Wood Riggs

Class Rep: Renee Fowler Chandler -- 776-8441
Renee Badger Layman
Tiauna Basham Slack
Annette M Bowman
Lisa Browning Stough
Jeff Clendenin
Denise Coffman Goff
Renee Fowler Chandler
Brian Jarrett
Andy Kniceley
Lisa Kolb Hughes
Pam Lanham Gibson
Nancy Loftis Massingille
Joanne Marks Ralstin
Thomas Martin
Thomas Martin
Phillip Mattox
Kathryn McCune Turner
Barbara McDougal Gallimore
Evie McGinnis McPherson
Bruce Perkins
Kara Pyles Russell
Theresa Reveal
Susan Riggleman Jarrett
Candy Sayre
Angie Sergent Donohoe
Robert G Shaver
Susan Skees
JoAnna Stommel
Susan VanBuren Mustian
Patti Young

Class Rep: Patty Neinke Marria -- 577-6313
Gerald Bell
Marian Gates Jahnes
Linda Gibson Gentry
Tina Hunt Payne
Scott Kahn
Mark W Kelley
Mike Joseph Layman
Kim Lovejoy Taylor
Doug Payne
Melori Pennington DeFries
Steven Pointer

Class Rep: Lisa Gibson Hall -- 755-8616
Lisa Bailey English
Lisa Gibson Hall
Mike McCown
Beth Negley Kirk
K. Scott Phillips
Laura Reeves Cottrill

Class Rep: Shelia Huffman Coleman -- 776-5241
Matthew Dudas
Len Franklin
Forrest Hall
Gail Hopkins Spence
Lisa Jackson Cobb
Chris Legg
Marilou Martin
Tracy Mattox
Ray Parsons
Todd A. Stommel
Scott L Summers
Scott Wissuchek

Class Rep: Polly Legg Blaylock -- 722-8856
David A Blaylock
Shawnna Bowles
Kathryn Davis Handy
Roger Goff
Cathie Jo Hartling
Polly A Legg Blaylock

Class Rep: Beth Ferrari -- 755-7666
Class Rep: John Lovejoy -- 722-8183
Beth Gibson Ferrari
Kari Judd Ross
John Lovejoy
Tammy Reese
Erin Steele

Class Rep: Shelly Raynes -- 727-5890
Class Rep: Leigh Ann Vance Bright -- 766-0820
Candice Cundiff Kraus
Wendy Fisher
Kippi George Laws
Jim Jordan
Steve McGrew
Shelley Raynes
Pamela Sadler Blankenship
Leigh Ann Vance Bright
Debbra Wilson Frank

Class Rep: Vicki Clendenin Dye -- 755-6138
Class Rep: Misi Jordan -- 776-3458
Carmela Bechtel
Jennifer Broome Dillon
Vicki Clendenin Dye
Scott Dillon
Kevin Dye
Missi Jordon
Todd Martin
Bryan Muench
Jennifer Waldron Butta
Neil White

Class Rep: Nichole Ciliberti -- 769-0412
Chris Martin
Amy McLaughlin
Tina Neal White
Suzanne Raynes Carney
Billie Jo Reese Miller

Class Rep: Stacey Burke Floyd -- 925-5733
Class Rep: Carol Foster Dye -- 722-9199
Eric Dye
Carol Foster Dye
Mark Jarrett
Bill Jones
Matt Lee
Mary Spencer Holbrook

Class Rep: Looking For Class Rep --
Jason Edge
Alicia Kyle
Beth Ann Vance

Class Rep: Matt Young -- 606-271-0981
Chad Buck

Class Rep: Lisa Asbury -- 614-272-1265
Brandon Lee
Cher Lee

Class Rep: Cristina Stewart -- 776-6387
Aletha Lee
Lara Slack

Class Rep: Chasity Miller -- 737-4178
Anita Foster

Class Rep: Tara Burke -- 776-4663
Justin Valleau

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Megan McClanahan

Celebrities, Notable Public Figures Reveal Their Most Memorable Teachers http://www.nea.org/teacherday/celebrity.html

Rep. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV)
Ms. Cole
Nitro High School
Nitro, WV



James Edmond "Jim" Richardson
Mr. James Edmond Richardson, 67, of Cross Lanes died Saturday, Feb. 28, 2004,
at St. Mary's Medical Center in Huntington, W.Va.
Born June 28, 1936, he was the son of the late James Camp Richardson, b.Toana,
James City, Va. ,and Macy Lee Basham Richardson, b.Streeter, Summers County,
A wonderful son, brother, father, and grandfather who always put his family first, he
is survived by: two sisters and one brother-in-law, Elizabeth Ann Cantrell of Nitro,
Macy Lee Varian and husband, William Fred Varian, of Fayetteville, N.C.; two
sons and daughters-in-law, James Edmond Richardson Jr., and wife, Donna
(Ingram), of Sissonville, Joseph Eugene Richardson, and wife, Beth (Brecker), of
Winfield, W.Va.; one daughter and son-in-law, Ellen Valerie Richardson Pritchard
and husband, Glen "Jody", of West Hamlin, W.Va. seven grandchildren, Jasmine
Viola Richardson of Marin County, Calif., Valerie Nichole Pritchard of Huntington,
James Camp "J.C." Richardson of Charleston, Jodie Michele Pritchard of West
Hamlin, Barbara Irene Richardson of Winfield, Joseph Charles Richardson of
Winfield, Isaac Castelle Richardson of Sissonville; one great-granddaughter, Jhaisey
Nevaeh Richardson of Charleston; one step-grandson, Clayton Joshua Chapman of
Sissonville; longtime companion, Betty Stanley of Hurricane; a host of wonderful
nieces and nephews; two special family members, Robert Michael Sellards of
Huntington and Krisha Michelle Hartley of Charleston; and many, many loved ones,
friends, and genealogy buddies.
He was retired from Union Carbide Corporation, (now Dow Chemical), where he
was a chemical analyst. He had also been a Gazette Carrier Boy in 1950, and was
employed for a time at the Diamond Department Store. He attended Stonewall
Jackson High School and Nitro High School, where he graduated in 1954. He also
attended Morris Harvey College in Charleston.
He was a veteran of the Armed Forces, honorably discharged from the United
States Air Force in 1961 after being stationed in Biloxi, Miss., and Ankara, Turkey.
He was a 1950 survivor of Polio, after spending five weeks in Marmet Hospital for
Crippled Children; he regained full use of his legs which at the time were partially
paralyzed by the disease.
He served as Scout Master for several years of Boy Scout Troop 77, Tyler
A master genealogist, he wrote and had published numerous books for various
family names including the Bashams, Lillys, and Shrewsburys.
He was a member of several organizations including: The Boone County
Genealogical Society, The Lilly Family Reunion Association Inc., and the Nitro
Class Reunion Committee for the Class of 1954.

Thomas (Tom) Snyder IIClass of 69I Graduated in 1969My occupation is Millwright, Union Carbide

Profiles for Class of 1968

Harold Crawford
It's Great just to be Here

Mary Holcomb-Jenkins
Life can be summed up in 3 words......it goes on.........

Terry Dunn
All For Nitro Stand Up And Holler

Mike Warner
Life's Been Good To Me So Far

Kristine Sales-Dunlap
I wish that I knew what I know now - when I was younger.

Timothy Cavender
There needs to be 36 hours in each day!!!

Marsha Harvey Beatty Dollin

Richie Hively
Still in Nitro after all these years!

Mike Mattea
The infamous brother of the famous sister is here.

Albert Tinsley
Grandchildren are coming too quick!

Sandy Martin-Ross
The best things in life aren't things.

Ona Willard
Never Thought I'd be a Worthless Nut (Buckeye)

Robert Miller
Still like that ol' time rock and roll

Gerald Thacker
Local Boy Makes Good In Pennsylvania!

Betty Higginbotham-Brabban
Greetings from Murfreesboro, NC

Lola Payne Waldorf
Who's the class that's really great? The senior class of '68!

Profiles for Class of 1969

Joan Crawford-Bumgarner

Thomas (Tom) Snyder II
Class of 69

Cathy Davis-Ison

Lynn Cole-Neal
Hello everyone!

Kathy Morris
Winin' and Dinin'............class of 69

Debby Derrick-Reese

David Williams
A Lot of Time Has Passed Since Sixty-Nine!

Bobbie Sizemore-Bailey
Would love to hear from other alumni

Dan Higgins
Lord, Make Me the Man My Dog Thinks I Am.

Greg Milam
Greetings From Chicago

David Dempsey
Would love to hear from some former classmates!

Marilyn Boggess Flack
Transplanted from one Charleston area to another

Nancy Oseien
definitely be one of my "favorite" sites.

Jack Bess
Hello from the Houston Texas Area

Billy Javins

Gloria Wills-Johnston
Would love to hear from old classmates and friends!

Judy (Duling) Huck
Looking for old friends

Amy Rust-Sullivan

Nancy Crewdson Smith
Hello everyone!

Randy Humphreys
Hello old NHS friends

Jay Gladwell
Accept that some days you are the pigeon and some days the statue.

Cathy Davis-Ison
Remember when we thought 50 was really old?

Bill Roser
Been gone for a while

Julie Burns
I am back.......

1953 http://www.nitroalumni.com/class1953/index.htm


Latest Information

Married Name

E-mail address

Angel, Larry

Lives in Nitro, WV

Asbury, Mary J.

Lives in Pt. Pleasant, WV


Bailes, Margaret

Lives in Nitro, WV

Paul R. Hill

Bailey, Glendel I.

Lives in Charleston, WV

Lowell Fisher


Baldridge, John S.

Lives in Amherst, VA


Baldwin, Betty

Deceased December 1972

Barnes, Elsie

Lives in Charleston, WV

Otis R. Litton

Barnette, Mary Louise

Lives in Jacksonville, FL

Clayton A. Roach


Basham, William Albert

Lives in Cross Lanes, WV


Beckman, Nancy

Lives in Charleston, WV

Dayton A. Duvall

Blackshire, Delores


Robert Cobb (dec)

Brick, Charles Dan

Lives in Hurricane, WV

Cadle, Billy E.

Lives in Charleston, WV

Campbell, Douglas

Lives in Houston, TX

Carder, Paddy Sue

Lives in Huntington, WV

John P. Gay


Carter, Frances

Lives in Middleport, OH

Paul Kauff

Casto, Bobby Eugene

Lives in Tenaha, TX


Casto, Erma

Deceased March 1975

Casto, Hazel F.

Lives in Charleston, WV

Ray Jenkins

Casto, June

Lives in Oak Island, NC

Denver Higginbotham


Childers, David L.

Lives in Parkersburg, WV

Cochran, Frank D.

Lives in Scott Depot, WV

Collins, David B.

Deceased July 25, 2003

Cottrill, Shirley

Deceased February 1998

Coulter, Charles R.

Lives in Ravenswood, WV and Zephyrhills, FL

Davis, Sonny

Lives in Nitro, WV

Deem, Clifford J.

Deceased July 1998

Donegan, Carroll

Lives in Anderson, SC

David L. Bohn

Drake, Lois Carol

Lives in St. Albans, WV

Charles D. Young

Ferrell, David D.

Lives in Titusville, FL


Fore, Dimples

Deceased September 14, 2003

Fowler, James

Deceased November 1995

Fraser, William F.

Lives in Charleston, WV

Gillispie, John R.

Lives in Nitro, WV

Grover, Shirley Anne

Lives in Nitro, WV

David B. Collins (dec)

Hanna, Imogene

Lives in Sanford, FL

? Kilgore

Hanna, Mona Lee

Lives in Hurricane, WV

Robert Krebs

Harper, Fannie Lou

Lives in Titusville, FL

Joe Brown (dec)


Harrison, Marie

Lives in Melbourne, FL

J. T. Anten, Jr.

Hendricks, George B.

Lives in Lake Placid, FL


Hill, James R.

Address unknown

Hill, Leonard

Deceased January 26, 2004

Hoffman, Rachel

Lives in Kernersville, NC

Donald Gantt

Hornish, Robert M.

Lives in Cross Lanes, WV


Hudson, Phyllis

Deceased, April 15, 2000

Ingram, James S.

Lives in New Martinsville, WV


Jeffers, Betty Ann

Lives in Winfield, IL

John Elkmann

Jeffers, Robert H.

Deceased September 2003

Jividen, Thurman

Lives in Thornton, CO

Johnston, Jack E.

Lives in Nitro, WV

Jones, Carolyn Sue

Lives in Amherst, NY

Peter Schregel


Jones, Edwin

Deceased, October 1959

Jones, James F.

Lives in Scott Depot, WV

Jones, Jimmie E.

Lives in Scott Depot, WV

Jones, Paul A.

Lives in Millersville, MD


Jordan, Harry

Lives in Belton, SC


Joseph, Loretta

Lives in Nitro, WV

Carrol Bowles

Kelly, Homer

Deceased August 1996

Kilgore, Truda P.

Lives in Nitro, WV

George Null


King, James F.

Deceased, November 1967

King, Ronald

Lives in Nitro, WV

Lamb, Paula Nadine

Lives in Baton Rouge, LA

Charles Sells

Lane, Charles W.

Deceased October 4, 2003

Lanham, Donald

Address unknown

Lanham, Doris

Lives in Simpsonville, SC

Clyde Ash


Lee, Sam, Jr.

Lives in Poca, WV

Leshon, Anthony J.

Lives in Louisville, KY


Love, Toni J.

Lives in Leesburg, FL

Joseph D. Powell


Lunsford, Loretta L.

Lives in Frostproof, FL and Port Aransas TX

Kenneth E. Kellogg


Lyons, Mary Lou

Lives in Winchester, VA

Lovell Allen Witt


MaGaw, Roy Dean

Lives in Port St. Lucie, FL


Martin, John

Lives in Edgewater, MD

Martin, Richard L.

Lives in Charleston, WV

Mattox, Paul

Lives in Nitro, WV

McDonald, Robert L.

Lives in Myrtle Beach SC and Poca WV

Monamcdonald @aol.com

Milam, Frank

Lives in Lewisburg, WV


Miller, Harry L.

Lives in Winfield, WV

Morgan, D. Jacqueline

Lives in Nitro, WV

Harold B. White, Jr.


Morgan, Emma Irene

Lives in St. Albans, WV

Harry E. Nelson

Morris, Carl

Lives in Poca, WV


Nichols, Richard E.

Lives in Greenbank, WV


Null, Lorene

Lives in Nitro, WV

Ronald Asbury

O'Dell, Wanda

Lives in Hurricane, WV

Jack Miller

Ogburn, Donna J.

Lives in Bradenton, FL

Emory E. Hedrick, Jr.


Osborne, Ralph H.

Lives in Nitro, WV

Owsley, Warren W.

Deceased November 1993

Parsons, Sherman Jack

Lives in Akron, OH


Raynes, Carl Mac

Deceased December 1986

Reed, Doris Jean

Lives in Liberty, WV

Paul E. Parks

Rucker, Robert

Deceased June 7, 2001

Rutherford, Helen

Deceased October 1998

Samples, Frank S.

Lives in Port Huron, MI and Kissimmee FL


Sampson, Mary Agnes

Lives in Ormond Beach, FL

William Jones


Saunders, Irene

Deceased December 1999

Shamblin, Loretta

Lives in Norwood, MA

? Nigro

Sizemore, Robert

Lives in Lady Lake, FL

Summers, Delbert

Lives in Charleston, WV 25313

Temple, Joel R., MD

Lives in Dover, DE

Thacker, Loretta

Lives in St. Albans, WV

William Craddock

Tolliver, Billy

Lives in Jacksonville, FL

Trumbo, John W., Jr.

Lives in Ocean Springs, MS


Tucker, Ronald E.

Lives in Nitro, WV

Tyson, Diane

Lives in Dunbar, WV

Raymond Endricks

Wade, Reba

Deceased December 1980

West, Kenneth

Deceased June 1999

Westfall, Anna Mae

Deceased May 2000

White, Bob

Address unknown

White, Charles C., Jr., DDS

Lives in Pensascola, FL


Whittington, Jacqueline

Lives in Ellicott City, MD

Jack D. Lanier


Willard, Peggy Carol

Deceased October 1997

Willard, Vance E.

Deceased April 21, 2001

Winters, Reba

Deceased February 2, 2004

Wise, Mary Ann

Lives in Scott Depot, WV

? Winter

Young, Joyce

Address unknown

James Goff

E-mail Donna at DOHedrick@aol.com for updates and suggestions for the Class of 1953.

In Memory:

Edwin Jones, 1959 James King, 1967 Betty Baldwin, 1972 Erma Casto, 1975 Reba Wade, 1980 Warren Owsley, 1993 Mac Raynes, 1986 James Fowler, 1995 Homer Kelly, 1996 Peggy Willard, 1997 Clifford Deem, 1998 Helen Rutherford, 1998 Shirley Cottrill, 1998 Irene Saunders, 1999 Kenneth West, 1999 Phyllis Hudson, 2000 Anna Mae Westfall, 2000 Robert Rucker, 2001 Vance Willard, 2001 David Collins, 2003

No Picture


Dimples Fore, 2003 Robert Jeffers, 2003 Charles Lane, 2003 Leonard Hill, 2004 Reba Winters, 2004

Back Class of 53 Scarlett Oaks 1988 Reunion

Back Class of 53 Held in 1993

The Original Nitro High School



Our faithful reunion committee met this year (2005) on Memorial Day weekend. Classmates attending were Jim Ingram, Bill Basham, Dan Brick, Ralph Osborne, Hazel Casto, Paddy Sue Carder, Truda Kilgore, Dick Martin and Jimmy Jones.

Jim Ingram will chair the 2008 event. He is thinking late September 2008. He would like ideas, people to help with those ideas, and lots of input.

We have no information on these classmates. Can you help? Can you contact someone who might help? Contact me with any obtained information.

James R. Hill, Donald Lanham, Bob White, Joyce Young

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Charleston Daily Mail, Saturday 05/28/1932

William H. Higginbotham (1914-1932) WV

Nitro Youth Dead In Dive From Lock

Employ Searchlights In Hunt For Body; Companions Not Aware Of Tragedy

Searchers continued their efforts Saturday to recover the body of William Higginbotham, 17 years old, Nitro High School student, who was drowned Friday afternoon when he jumped from the concrete chamber of Lock No. 7 into the river while he was swimming.

Searchlights were rigged up Friday night to assist volunteers seeking the body

The youth was the son of Mr. and Mrs. John W. Higginbotham and had been promoted to his junior year in high school this week.

Two of his companions, David Ambler and Arnold Owsley, reported that they saw him reappear on the surface after he had gone down the first time, but said they did not know that he was in distress.

Surviving Higginbotham besides the parents are four brothers, Hansford, Willard and Virgil Higginbotham, of Miami, Fla., and James Higginbotham, at home, and two young sisters, Della and Mae.

Charleston Daily Mail, Sunday 05/29/1932

Search for Nitro Boy's Body Unrewarded After 36 Hours

New Bathing Suit Proved Shroud for William Higginbotham, Popular High School Student and Athlete

"I hope none of you boys gets married or killed before next year."

Coach Dubois Crickenberger, of Nitro High School, was dismissing his tennis team for the year. It was just his way of saying that he hoped all would be able to report, with racquets ready, next fall.

Coach Crickenberger smiled as he spoke. So, too, did the youthful athletes he addressed. The idea of getting married was amusing. As for getting killed.

A little sad, that parting. But they would see each other frequently during the summer.

The group dispensed and William Higginbotham, 17 years old, walked down the street. The day was warm and there was a bathing suit in a store that he had set his heart upon. The suits were not to go on sale until Saturday, but William was confident of his ability to coax the merchant to sell him one ahead of time.

Youth was served. The suit passed over the counter a day ahead of time. William left his books in the store, saying he would call for them after a dip in the river. It was the work of minutes to round up two or three companions, and the little group set out for Lock No. 7 - their favorite swimming place.

William soon dived from the lock wall. He was followed within a second by one of his friends - so closely, in fact, that the second swimmer touched William under the water.

Tragedy had taken place. One of the tennis team members would not report in the fall.

William drowned in that plunge.

The search for William's body passed the 36-hour mark at midnight. It was believed he had struck a submerged log or rock.

William was a son of Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Higginbotham, and was one of the most popular youths in Nitro.

Charleston Daily Mail, Monday 05/30/1932

Body Of Boy Found

Poca Men in Boat Discover Nitro School Swimmer

Four miles below the spot where he was drowned last Friday afternoon, the body of William Higginbotham, 17 years old, of Nitro, was taken from the Kanawha River Monday morning.

Floating on the surface, the body was found by Reuben Christy, Homer Fletcher and Tom Eskew, all of Poca, who were rowing in the stream. A reward, offered by the victim's family for the recovery of the body, was divided among the three.

E. E. Higginbotham, Nitro mayor, an uncle of the youth, said an examination revealed an injury on the head, believed to have been received when he dived from the lock wall at Nitro and struck a submerged wall of masonry.

Funeral services for the youth will be held at the Nitro Baptist Church Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock. Rev. J. R. Reynolds and Rev. Urvan Wills will officiate. Burial will be in the I. O. O. F. cemetery, at Poca.

Stanley L. Smith, 85

Stanley Lawrence Smith, 85, of Nitro, died July 11, 2002, after a sudden illness.

Mr. Smith was born in Pittsburgh, PA, on May 27, 1917, the son of the late Howard Stanley Smith and Helen Logue Smith. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Margie Edwards Smith; and four brothers and one sister.

Survivors include daughters, Helen S. Harman of Luray, VA, and Rebecca S. Jordan of South Lake, TX; sons John L. Smith of Hurricane and Richard S. Smith of St. Albans; brother Ronald "Zip" Smith of Nitro; sister Eleanor Williams of Parkersburg; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

A lifelong resident of Nitro, he graduated from Nitro High School in 1936. He retired in 1980 from American Viscose Corp., where he had worked since 1937 as a foreman/supervisor and a member of the Foreman's Club. He was a member of St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Nitro since 1934. He was an avid golfer and charter membe rof Sleepy Hollow Golf Club.

He was a devoted father and grandfather and recently celebrated a joyous 85th birthday with family and friends.

1965 NHS Ronnie Dye
Ronnie Lee Dye, 51, of White Hall, died Wednesday (April 4, 2001) at his home.
He was born May 16, 1949, in Charleston, the son of Flora May Harland Dye of Charleston, and the late Forrest Dye.
He graduated from Nitro High School. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War, serving in the U.S. Army from 1969-71. He had worked as a cable splicing technician for Verison before retiring with 32 years of service.
He enjoyed boating and riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Fairmont. He also belonged to the National Harley Davidson Owner's Group Association.
In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife, Diane McCale Dye; a step-daughter, Amanda Jo Rose of Fairmont; three brothers and sisters-in-law, Larry and Sharon Dye of Nitro, James and Tina Dye of Bancroft, and David and Cindi Dye of Clendenin; a sister and brother-in-law, Susan and Charles Belcher of Orlando, Fla.; his grandmother, Flora Wills of Charleston; and eight nieces and nephews.
Friends may call from 5-9 p.m. today and 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday at the First Presbyterian Church, 301 Jackson St., Fairmont. Services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at the church with the Rev. Gene Lassiter officiating. Burial will follow in the West Virginia National Cemetery in Pruntytown, where a flag-folding ceremony will be conducted.
Arrangements are being handled by the Carpenter & Ford Funeral Home, 209 Merchant St., Fairmont.

Lew Burdette baseball star http://www.baseball-reference.com/bullpen/Lew_Burdette

Ruby Edith Smith Higginbotham (1914-2002) WV
Ruby E. Higginbotham, 88, of Nitro, died Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2002, in Thomas Memorial Hospital after a short illness.
She was a retired cook from Nitro Moose Lodge No. 565 with 25 years of service and Nitro High School with 20 years of service. She was a native of Putnam County and a lifelong resident of Nitro and attended Rock Branch Independent Church.
She is preceded in death by her husband, George P. Higginbotham Sr.; sons, George Jr., Eugene, and Bobbie Lee Higginbotham.
She is survived by: a granddaughter, Reba and her husband, Michael Parsons and their children, Chelsea and Alex of Nitro; granddaughters, Pam Higginbotham of San Diego, Calif., and Barbara Witt of Hometown; grandsons, Randy Higginbotham of Cross Lanes, Steve Higginbotham of St. Albans and Bobby Higginbotham of Nitro. She is also survived by five great-grandchildren.

Mary Kessenger: Mary is still a math teacher. She taught at Stonewall Middle School, and Nitro High School, but now teaches a high school/college class in a collaborative education program at WV State University. Now co-owner Mountaineer Framing, St. Albans.

Charlie Bayless http://www.zoominfo.com/people/Bayless_Young_922374565.aspx

Roger Cooke http://www.cookefuneralhome.com/about.asp

Barbara McGill Hensley, 66, of Crossview Drive, wife of the late Denny L. Hensley, died Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2003, at Greenville Memorial Hospital.

Born in Nitro, W.Va., she was a daughter of the late J Linders McGill II and Norma McGill Sharp. Mrs. Hensley was a former child care owner, and was a member of First Baptist Church in Nitro, W.Va.

Surviving are one son and daughter-in-law, Greggory L. and Jennifer Hensley, of Greenville; one sister, Connie Sue Helton, of Gig Harbor, W.Va.; one brother, J Linders McGill III, of Charleston, W.Va.; and three grandchildren, Samuel Raines, Matthew Raines and Chancellor Hensley. Mrs. Hensley was predeceased by two sons, Michael Dennis Hensley and Kevin Scott Hensley.

Army Pfc. Rick Hafer

Pfc. Hafer

Rick Hafer's love for his two half-sisters led him to join the Army, family members said

"His sisters were his whole life," said Sherry Barclay, his former stepmother, who raised him for much of his childhood. "He said when he left that he wanted to keep our home ground safe for them to live in."

The 21-year-old was killed Nov. 15 when two Black Hawk helicopters collided in Iraq. He lived in Nitro, W.Va., and was based at Fort Campbell. He is survived by his father, Richard Hafer.

At 6 feet 5 inches and 275 pounds, Hafer was known for his "commanding presence," First Sgt. Perry Bunn said.

Hafer was a star defensive lineman in his Laurel Valley, Pa., high school, but poor grades kept him from entering college to play football. He hoped joining the Army would enable him to pursue his college football dream.

"He wanted to prove to everybody that he could be somebody," Barclay said.

Keith H. Estep is a member of the Upper Vandalia Historical Society. A native of Nitro, in 2006, he published the book Growing Up In Nitro, which details the first eighteen years of his life, and provides a personal perspective on life in the former World War I boom town. Estep’s stories of life in this Kanawha County community have touched former residents around the country.
Nominated by Upper Vandalia Historical Society

Mr. Brooks Band Leader NHS http://www.nitrohighband.com/Sections/Band%20Director/Band%20Director.htm

Class of 2007 Band Leaders: http://www.nitrohighband.com/Sections/Seniors/2006%20seniors.htm


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