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Sunday, April 24, 2011

Updates NHS 4/2011

Megan ''Jane'' Mitchell

Megan "Jane" Mitchell found peace on Thursday, April 28, 2011. She was with us for 25 years.

There will be a family only service at Tyler Mountain Funeral Home on Sunday, May 1.

Megan graduated from Nitro High School and attended Marshall University, where she studied fashion design. She loved art, music, reading and cinema.

She is survived by her loving parents, Tim and Tammie Mitchell, and her brother, Chris Mitchell. She also leaves behind her grandparents, Dennis and Phyllis Mitchell, as well as the following aunts and uncles: Joyce Holden, David Sowards, Randy Mitchell, Sandra McNeely, Truda Torres, Scott Mitchell and Denny Mitchell.

Eleanor J. Pennington

Eleanor J. Pennington, 86, of Cross Lanes passed away on April 24, 2011, at Thomas Memorial Hospital.

Eleanor was preceded in death by her husband, Edsel Pennington; grandson, James Paul Pennington; parents, William J. Maddy and Cora Maddy DeWitt; and brother, William L. Maddy.

Eleanor graduated from Stonewall Jackson High School in 1942 and retired as a bookkeeper from S. Spencer Moore.

She is survived by her son, Paul Pennington and his wife, Nancy, of Cross Lanes; grandson, Dr. Michael Pennington of Beaumont, Texas; sister, Margaret Rollins of Kanauga, Ohio; sister-in-law, Lola Mae Pennington of Red House; and several nieces and nephews.

Deborah Lynn Brown

Deborah Lynn Slate Brown, 53, of Cross Lanes passed away Wednesday, April 20, 2011, at Thomas Memorial Hospital.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Harold William and Viola Slate; and a sister, Teresa Slate.

She is survived by her devoted and loving husband, Bill Brown of Cross Lanes; one son, Anthony Lee Snodgrass of Texas; and her grandchildren, Daelyn, Abby Kate, Reece, and Callie Grace. She also leaves behind to mourn her four brothers and two sisters.

As per Deborah's wishes, there will be no services.

Gladys Irene Ball

Mrs. Gladys Irene Ball, 89, of Nitro went home to be with the Lord on April 14, 2011, in Teays Valley Center.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ray Ball; and three children, David Ball, Woody Ball and Debbie Ball Toler.

Gladys is survived by her children, Wilda Ball Harris of South Point, Ohio, Gene Ball of Hurricane, Patricia Ball Burgess of Ohio, Vada Ball (NHS ’68) Booher of Florida and Bobby Ball of St. Albans; sister, Violet Smith of Virginia; 22 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.

Steven Eugene West, NHS 1956

Steven Eugene West of Nitro passed away Friday, April 8, 2011, at Thomas Memorial Hospital after a sudden illness.

He was predeceased by his parents, Lowell C. West and Helen R. West of Nitro.

He was a professor of education at West Virginia State University for many years. He attended many universities and held degrees from WVSU as well as Appalachian State University in Boone, N.C. He was a lifelong member of the First Presbyterian Church of Nitro. He was a Nitro City councilman for 10 years.

He is survived by his loving wife, Judith Welton West of Nitro; and close friends, Vickie B. Gates, David R. Dean and Natalie Hulshizer; as well as his beloved rescued pets.

Mrs. West would like to thank the Nitro 56ers Group for all of their love and compassion shown throughout the years.

Norvel L. Evans, 92, of Walnut Valley Drive in Cross Lanes, had his heavenly home-going at the Hubbard Hospice House on Friday, April 8, 2011, after a long struggle with Alzheimer's.

His celebration of life service will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, April 11, at the Tabernacle of Praise in Cross Lanes. His viewing will be at the church prior to the service, beginning at 6 p.m. The interment graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens in Cross Lanes. The Rev. Bill Huddleston was his pastor for many years, and is in charge of the service. Tyler Mountain Funeral Home is handling the funeral arrangements.

Norvel was born December 1, 1918, in Summers County, to Charles Edgar Evans and Effie Jenetta Bowles. His siblings are Margie Bailey, James, Janice, [who have predeceased him], and those living, Evelyn Eskins, Estrue Simon, Charles Jr. and David. He was married to his “sweetie wife,” Hazel Marie Weaver, who passed away on March 14, 2011, on October 26, 1940. They celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary in 2010.

Norvel has two children, Sheldon Evans, who preceded him in death in 2004, and Susan A. Evans Frampton of Teays Valley. He has three grandchildren, Shelly of Elmore, Ala., Ryan of Teays Valley, and Katelin of Cross Lanes. He has three great-grandchildren; and many friends, relatives and church family, who loved and respected him.

Norvel was a successful building contractor who founded and operated N.L. Evans Builders for 50+ years. He served in the Navy during World War II on the USS Bliss as the master carpenter. He was a co-founder of the Tabernacle of Praise, which had its beginning in his home at Cross Lanes in 1977. He was a great father, husband and friend. He was a strong believer in his savior, Jesus, and shared his experience in Christ with everyone he met. His wit, wisdom, skill and charming personality will be missed by all who knew him.

Robert Eugene Dawson

Robert Eugene Dawson, 57, of Adairsville, Ga., formerly of Charleston, W.Va., passed away March 31, 2011.

He was employed by UPS Freight since 1989; was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, and a graduate of Nitro High School, class of 1972.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and working on cars. He also had a green thumb, and enjoyed flowers.

Surviving him is his loving wife of 27 years, Joann; daughter, Bobby Jo Dawson of Adairsville, Ga.; stepdaughter, Stacy Dawn Wolfe of Virginia; parents, Phyllis and Billy Cadle Sr., of Cross Lanes; grandchildren, Cohen Lee Greenway of Adairsville, Ga., and Brantley William Suniga of Kingsland, Ga.; six step-grandchildren; brothers, Stephen L. Dawson and wife Trena of Sissonville; Billy Cadle Jr. of Beckley, and Darrell Cadle of Charleston; friend, Larry Tucker of Charleston; and sister, Jaquetta Knight and husband Daniel of Charleston. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews, who are left to mourn his passing.

Juanita Fay White

Mrs. Juanita Fay White, 83, of Cross Lanes went home to be with the Lord on March 25, 2011, at home.

Fay was retired from C & P Telephone with 30 years of service. She was a member of Community Chapel Church and past member of the bowling association.

She was preceded in death by her sisters, Del Emma Ray and Virginia Maddox.

She is survived by her sons, James D. White and wife, JoAnn White, of Culloden, Richard A. White and wife, Lisa White, of Nitro and Kelley S. White of Cross Lanes; seven grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Adran A. Harris

Adran A. “Poodle” Harris, 69, of Nitro went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, March 3, 2011, after an extended illness.

He was preceded in death by two sons, Dana Scott Harris and Alex Ryan Harris; his parents, George “Willie” and Lura Harris; his brothers, Estelle, Bob and Stanley; and sisters, Gladys Harris Norvell, Genevieve Harris Roberts, Mavis Harris Wilkinson and Marion Harris.

Poodle is survived by his wife of 47 years, Rhonda (Trent) Harris; his son, Kevin W. Harris of Montreal, Quebec, Canada; his daughters, Tracy D. Harris (Steve) Combs of Cross Lanes and Tara R. Harris Arnold of Ashland, Ky.; son-in-law, Mark Arnold of St. Albans; daughter-in-law, Melissa Harris of Nitro; grandchildren, Starla (Jason) Miller of Cross Lanes, Steve (Susie) Combs of Lexington, Ky., and Brittany and Hunter Harris and their mother, Karen, of Cross Lanes; great-grandchildren, Alexis, Dylan and Aubree Arnold of Nitro, Cierra Litton, Carli and Cydney Miller of Cross Lanes, Carmen and Maddox Combs of Lexington, Ky., and Whitni and Hunter Hawley of Nitro.

Poodle was honorably discharged from the Army after serving as a paratrooper in the 101st Airborne Division and the Infantry from 1958 to 1962. He was employed by American Viscose (Avtex Fiber) and Kincaid Enterprises, located in Nitro.

Services will be 2 p.m. Monday, March 7, at Cooke Funeral Home, Nitro. His nephew, David Wilkinson, will be officiating. Burial will follow the service in Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens, Cross Lanes.

Thomas A. Carder Sr.

Thomas A. Carder Sr. of Foley, Ala., died on Saturday, April 23, 2011.
Tom was born in Savannah, Ga., in 1929, and was raised in West Virginia. He was a graduate of Nitro High School, class of 1947, and served in the United States Air Force. After an honorable discharge in 1955, he settled in Alabama. He retired from the U.S. Army Missile Command, Huntsville, Ala., in 1976 and relocated to Baldwin County, Ala., where he lived until his death.
He is survived by his wife, Nancy; two sons, Tom Carder Jr. and Russell Carder and their families, which include seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his three sisters, Paddy Sue Gay of Huntington, Shirley Cunningham of Charleston and Sharon Unger of Tiffin, Ohio.
He was a member of the Calvary Baptist Church in Foley, Ala., and was an active member of the American Legion and the National Association of Federal Employees.

Alice M. Smith

Mrs. Alice M. Smith, 81, of Cross Lanes passed away May 3, 2011, at Oak Ridge Center after a short illness.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Dallas E. Smith; daughter, Patricia K. Smith Baker; and a grandson, David Alexander Fisher.
She is survived by her sons, Danny and wife, Brenda Persinger, James Persinger and Dallas and wife, Rhonda Smith; daughters Sherri and husband, Joe Hardway, Lisa "Lee Mae" Huffman, Tereasa and husband, Greg Wall, Beverly and husband, Tim Boothe and Jennifer and husband, Chris Kannengieser; 21 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and a special niece, June Reed of Nitro.

Z. Irene Stinson Mullins, 77, of Nitro passed away at home on Wednesday, May 4, 2011.
Irene was a homemaker and a lifelong resident of Parkersburg and Nitro. She was a Baptist by faith.
She was preceded in death by her husband, W. T. “Moon” Mullins.
Irene is survived by her children, Thomas Mullins and wife, Linda, of St. Albans, Bill Mullins and wife, Carol, of Hamlin, Jerry Mullins and wife, Patty, of Hurricane, Chris Mullins and wife, Kristi, of Hurricane, Brenda Mullins Drinkard and husband, Don, of Scott Depot, Freda Mullins Lusher and husband, Ron Lusher NHS ‘67, of Nitro and Mable Mullins Caplinger and husband, Wayne, of Parkersburg; brothers, Dana Stinson and Rocky Stinson, both of St. Albans, Delbert Stinson of Parkersburg and Willard Stinson and wife, Mary, of Ohio; 16 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren.
A service to celebrate Irene's life will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, May 6, at Cooke Funeral Home Chapel, 2002 20th St., Nitro, with Chaplain Pete Thompson officiating. Burial will be in Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens, Cross Lanes.

Mr. Gary E. Hensley, 55 of Cross Lanes passed away suddenly July 23, 2005.
He was born August 7, 1949 and was the son of Garnet Hensley and the late Eugene Hensley of Nitro. He graduated from Nitro High School in 1967.
He is survived by his wife and soul mate of 34 years, Susan Diane Houston Hensley. (They would have celebrated their 34th anniversary on Sunday, July 24, 2005). Other survivors include daughter and son-in-law, Tammy and James Schaale of Massachusetts, daughters Amy Adele Hensley of Ona, and Alexandra A. Hensley of Cross Lanes, sister Deborah Hensley Houston and husband Alan Houston of Charleston, SC, granddaughters Brittany, Cassidy, Hannah and one granddaughter on the way, and one grandson Ryan.
Many friends and family members will sadly miss him. He worked at Hobet Mining, Inc. for over 25 years. Gary loved his family very much. He loved hunting, fishing and outdoor activities, and most of all his faith in God.
Funeral Service will be 11:00 AM Wednesday July 27, 2005 at Gatens-Harding Funeral Home Chapel with Martin Hnizdil and Curtis Bauske officiating. Burial will follow in Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens. Visitation will be held Tuesday July 26, 2005 from 6 to 8 PM.