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Saturday, October 01, 2011

Nitro High School, WV, News, Obituaries, Noteworthy, October 2011 update

Franklin Reed Gibeaut, 77, of Nitro went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, October 18, 2011, at home, surrounded by his loving family. Frank was retired from Republic Container Company, Nitro, and was a member of the United Steel Workers of America Local 5712, Nitro Masonic Lodge 170 AF&AM, Scottish Rite Bodies, and Beni Kedem Shrine. He was an active member of the Nitro Church of God, where he taught Sunday school, was a visitation minister, and a member of the Mission Team. Frank loved to sing gospel music and had sung in the Gospel Light Quartet. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Mary Elizabeth Gibeaut; parents, Richard Dana and Flora Hill Gibeaut; sisters, Macil Gibeaut Morgan, Jean Gibeaut Lett and Lula Gibeaut; and brother, James Gibeaut. Left behind to cherish his memory are his wife of 60 years, Wanda Boggess Gibeaut; daughters, Gail Gibeaut Ball of Fraziers Bottom, Cathy Gibeaut Keene and husband, Bill, of Pinch, Hollis Gibeaut Claypool and husband, Loren, of Mequon, Wis., and Amy Gibeaut of Charleston; son, Robert Reed Gibeaut of Nitro; sisters, Mary Spears of Bancroft and Josie Warner of Red House; and brother, Charles "Shark" Gibeaut of Poca. Frank is also survived by his grandson, whom they raised, Jamie Layne; grandchildren, Ann Lockard, David Gibeaut, Jared Layne, Jason Ball, Sarah Cox, Stefan Claypool, Kathleen Claypool, Justin Wright and Dillon Wright; and great-grandchildren, Kerrigan Lockard, Samuel Lockard, Joshua Ball, Bailey Layne, Alana Cox and Seth Layne.

Johnny Bill Goodall, 88, of Nitro passed away Friday, October 14, 2011, at Thomas Memorial Hospital. Johnny was born April 10, 1923, and was the son of the late Cecil and Beulah Goodall. Johnny retired from Monsanto Chemical Company with 35 years of service. He was a Navy veteran of WWII. Johnny was an avid outdoorsman who loved to hunt and fish. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Nitro, where he had served as a trustee. He is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Franceline Goodall; son, Scott Goodall and Dee Goodall; son, Mark Goodall and wife, Suzy Goodall; grandchildren, Loren Goodall, Blake Goodall, Blair Goodall and Bryce Ritter; sister, Maryann and husband, Gene Brightwell; and brother-in-law, Walt and wife, Dee Showen.

Denvil Glassco "Plum" Plumley, 88, of Cross Lanes went home to be with his Lord on Oct. 11, 2011, at Hubbard Hospice House West after a four-month battle with illnesses. Denvil was born Jan. 5, 1923, in Pear, Raleigh County. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Tyler Mountain, where he served as a trustee and worked hard in his church. His mission was visiting the sick and you could always count on him when in need. He also worked for many years with Tyler Mountain/Cross Lanes Community Service, collecting and distributing food to those in need. He retired from Union Carbide, South Charleston, in 1985 with 46 years of service as a heavy equipment operator. You could see him from long off, running the largest crane in the plant. He and his wife were 50-year charter members of the Nitro Antique Car Club. This was the love of his life; he had many cars and was always gathering with the fellows to work on somebody's. He took his family on lots of rides, picnics, camping and trips in those cars. Denvil served in the CCC camps as a young man. He went straight into the Army as a sergeant. He served his country, building lots of things. One he talked about was working on the Boulder Dam in Colorado. Denvil was a 52-year Master Mason of Nitro Lodge 170. He also was a 50-year 32nd degree Scottish Rite Shriner in the Beni Kedem Shrine, Charleston. Denvil was preceded in death by his loving wife of 64 years, Mary Anna Summers Plumley; parents, Marion and Dora Kincaid Plumley; a brother, Olden; and a sister, Doleta "Tootsie." He is survived by his four children: daughter, Virginia Plumley NHS 1968 Martin and husband, David; and sons, Freddie Plumley and Thomas Tom Plumley and wife, Linda, all of Cross Lanes, and David Wayne Plumley and wife, Libby, of Poca. Also surviving are grandchildren, Annette Good and husband, Raymond, and David Martin and wife, Rebekah, all of Cross Lanes, Anna Church and husband, Wesley, of Morgantown and David Plumley II of Poca; stepgrandchild, Shannon Wallace of Sissonville; great-grandchildren, Joshua, Rachel, Matthew and Joseph Good and Zachary Martin; and stepgreat-grandchildren, Lillian O'Dell and Samantha Wallace.

Toby Jon Buel Jr., 26, of Cross Lanes passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, October 8, 2011 Our beautiful son went home to be with God. We are crying for ourselves, while we know he is safe and cared for in the arms of Jesus. We will see him again when we depart this world. Please remember Toby as a truly good and kind person. He had compassion for people who were less fortunate than himself. He was never content, he always pushed for bettering the lives of others around him. Toby will be sadly missed by his family and many friends. Toby was born in St. Petersburg, Fla., son of Toby and Tamara Knox Buel Sr. of Cross Lanes. He was a member of Cross Lanes Baptist Church. He was a 2003 graduate of Nitro High School, 2007 graduate of West Virginia University with an undergraduate degree in political science and a 2010 graduate of WVU College of Law with JD and MBA degrees. He practiced law in Charleston. In addition to his devoted parents, he is survived by his brother, Sean Michael Buel; and sister, Rachel Kathleen Buel.

Charles Leonard Murphy, 84, of Nitro, formerly of Cottle, passed away Thursday, October 6, 2011 at Hubbard Hospice House after a long illness. Leonard was born October 29, 1926 in Morris (Braxton County) to the late Edmund and Lucy Adkins Murphy. He is also preceded in death by his brothers, Herald Murphy, Bernard Murphy, Herman Murphy and Buren Murphy; sister, Evelyene Murphy Long; and grandsons, David Southall and Barry Southall. Leonard proudly served in the Army during World War II. He was a coal miner for 40 years and a member of the UMWA. He had a love for gospel music and genealogy. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Lucille Johnston Murphy of Nitro; daughter, Joyce Murphy Southall and husband, David Southall, of Nitro; son, Charles Murphy and wife, Patricia, of Charleston; sister, Margie Murphy Crislip and husband, Terry, of Burnsville; grandchildren, Jason and wife, Erin Southall, of Barboursville and Bennett Murphy and Mikalyn Murphy of Charleston; great-grandchildren, Ethan, Jaxon and Ryanne Southall, all of Barboursville; and eight step-great-grandchildren.

Ronald Foster, 45, of Cross Lanes died Tuesday, September 13, in Huntington. He was a graduate of Nitro High School and was formerly employed by Fletcher Enamel, in Dunbar, and Wendy's. He was preceded in death by his parents, Bill and Sylvia Foster of Rocky Fork. He is survived by his children, Vaylena Foster of Akron, Ohio, Billy Foster of Nitro and Crystal Foster of North Carolina. He is also survived by his sisters, Geraldine Foster Legg of St. Albans, Virginia Foster Bailey of Ashland, Ky., and Michael Foster of Charleston. He is also survived by a host of friends in the Rocky Fork/Cross Lanes area.

Loretta M. "Dumpy" Halley Westfall went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, September 29. She was born December 14, 1930, to Jesse Walden and Marie Martin Halley in Nitro. Loretta graduated from Nitro High School in 1948 and went to work at the telephone company in Nitro until her marriage to John T. "Buddy" Westfall in 1950. Loretta was active in several groups at Poca Methodist Church, including serving as Girl Scout leader for many years. She was school secretary at Rock Branch Elementary and a teacher's aide at Poca High School before going to work full-time with John in his State Farm Insurance office. Loretta attended Judson Baptist Church, Nitro Church of the Nazarene and, most recently, Rock Branch Independent Church. She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Buddy. Survivors include: brother, Bill Halley of Colleyville, Texas; children, Linda Halliday of Winfield, Larry and Kathy Westfall of Nitro and Cheryl Farrington of Winston-Salem, N.C.; grandchildren, Lori Farrington and Stephen Surrell of Pilot Mountain, N.C., Chad and Carol Westfall of Winfield, Niki Farrington of Pilot Mountain, N.C., and Nathan Westfall of Poca; and great-grandchildren, Maci, Amee, Michael, Carly and Connor. She is also survived by many other relatives and friends.

O.E. "Jack " Russell Jr., 86, of Nitro finished his race September 29, 2011, at his home, surrounded by his family. Jack was a decorated U.S. Army veteran who served in Europe during WWII and was a member of the VFW. He worked as a general contractor until he retired at 82 years old. Jack was a faithful member of Victory Baptist Church in Cross Lanes, where he was a member of the Board of Trustees and served as Sunday school superintendent for many years. He also faithfully ministered in the Visitation Program of the church. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ode Russell and Nancy; his brothers, Joe Harry Russell, Willard Russell, Miles Russell, Donald Russell and RobertRussell; and his sisters, Margaret Russell, Betty Jean Russell and Lillian Russell. Jack is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Mona Russell; his brother, James Russell and spouse, Edra, of Spring Hill; his five children and their spouses, Barbara Russell and Ben Alt of Louisville, Ky., Elaine Russell and Roger Harrison of Nitro, Jack and Suzie Russell of Nitro, Julie Russell and Terry Slater of Cross Lanes and Jennifer Russell of Nitro; his nine grandchildren, Jeff, Jessica, Jason, Lisa, Emily, Joshua, Breanna, Bethany and Caleb; and six great-grandchildren.

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