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Allen, Rachel Hammonds - Hunt  
RACHEL ALLEN HUNT, W.Va. — Rachel Hammonds Allen, 70, of Hunt, Greenville, W.Va., went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ Thursday, May 25, 2016, at home. Her children, family and friends surrounded her. After winning her courageous battle with cancer, she has made her home in Heaven. She was preceded in death by her father, Taylor Hammonds; mother, Effie Mae Hammonds; one brother, Aubrey James Hammonds; three sisters: Mable Hall, Darlene (Dodgie) Clay, Brenda Sue Walker, and a special nephew, John 'Jed' Duncan. Her survivors include her children: Wayne (Alicia) Allen of Naples, N.Y., Barbara (Tennis) Cline of Fairdale, W.Va., Ricky (Trish) Allen of Taplin, W.Va., Timmy (Sheila) Allen of Davin, W.Va., and Kimberly (Ralph) Caudill, at home; special nephew/son, Steven (Sandy) Hammonds of Greenville, W.Va.; special niece, Drema Kay Toler (Becky Jo); grandchildren: Eric (Brandi) Allen, LaVonna (Mike) Graham, Danielle (Chris) Cline, Ricky Allen Jr., Kelli Allen, Summer Allen, Angel Whitt, Jarrod Allen, Alyssa Allen, Little Rachel Allen, Little Ralph Caudill, Julia Allen, Cameron Caudill, Joey (Jennifer) Cline, Ada Clay, Kayla (Derek) Adkins, Tyler, Leslie and Dillon Hammonds, Angie and Randall Clark, and Hannah Ward; 12 great-grandchildren: Eric, Logan, Bailee, Braxton, Austin, Kyler, Aiden, Brittanie, Breonna, MaKayla, Madison, Jaylee, and Hayden; her loving brother, Tracy Hammonds; three sisters: Betty Cook, Carol (Larry) Lawson and Sharlene Hammonds, and a host of family and friends. Services will be at Greenville Freewill Baptist Church at Greenville. Visitation will be Saturday, May 28, from 4-6 p.m. for family, and 6-11 p.m. family and friends. Funeral will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 29, with Rev. Baxter Toler and Rev. Chet Clay officiating. Burial will follow in Hammonds Family Cemetery at Greenville. Pallbearers will be family and friends.
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Published in The Logan Banner from May 26 to May 27, 2016
Chapman, Olivia - Delbarton  
OLIVIA CHAPMAN DELBARTON, W.Va. — Olivia Ariel Chapman, 15-month-old daughter of Cody Chapman of Omar, W.Va., and Mr. and Mrs. Leslie and Emelia Hobbs of Delbarton, W.Va., was welcomed into Heaven Saturday, May 21, 2016. Olivia was born February 18, 2015 in Charleston, W.Va. She was preceded in death by her great-grandparents: Polly and Preston Bailey, Benigno and Emelia Ramirez, and Randolph and Martha Copley; her Tia, Victoria Mendez, and infant cousin, Joshua Ramirez. Additional survivors include her paternal grandparents: Jennifer Bailey and Budro Baisden; maternal grandparents: Mr. and Mrs. Troy (Maria) Copley, and Mr. and Mrs. Danny (Jennifer) Hobbs, and great-grandparents: Oather and Debbie Baisden. She is loved and will be missed by many aunts, uncles, and cousins including Rancene Copley, Christine (Dale), Donna (John) Bartram, Jackie Hudnell, Rick (Dianne) Ramirez, Nick (Anna) Ramirez, Bryson, Braxton, and Brock Baisden, Danny (Sabrina) Hobbs, and numerous cousins. Services will take place Wednesday, May 25, at James a Funeral Home. Visitation will be from noon-2 p.m. with a funeral service following at 2 p.m. Burial will follow at Highland Memory Gardens. Online condolences may be left at www.jamesfh.com James Funeral Home at Logan, W.Va., is in charge of arrangements.
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Published in The Logan Banner from May 23 to May 24, 2016
Hatfield, Bennett K. - Charleston  
BENNETT K. HATFIELD CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Bennett K. Hatfield, 59, of Charleston, W.Va., passed away unexpectedly Sunday, May 22, 2016. Born Oct. 26, 1956, at Williamson, W.Va., he was a son of the Rev. Sonny A. and Nola Phillips Hatfield. A longtime business leader in this region, Ben was the Principal of Coal Strategies LLC and also served as an Independent Director on the Boards of Foresight Energy LP and Minerals Refining Company. Ben had served in senior executive positions for more than 20 years at Massey Energy, then was CEO of International Coal Group and later CEO of Patriot Coal. He was a Virginia Tech alumnus, graduating cum laude in 1979 with a B.S. in Mining Engineering. He received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Virginia Tech Mining and Minerals Engineering Department in 1999. In 2015, Ben was named to the Academy of Engineering Excellence by the Virginia Tech College of Engineering. Ben was a registered professional engineer, a third-generation coal miner, and served for many years on the board of the West Virginia Coal Association. Ben was preceded in death by his wife, Debbie Starr Hatfield, and his father, the Rev. Sonny A. Hatfield. Survivors include his mother, Nola Phillips Hatfield of Inez, Ky.; daughters: Ashley Kay (Watson) Stelly of Richmond, Va., and Lauren Nicole Hatfield of Arlington, Va.; and son, Michael Shawn Lee of Louisville, Ky. Also surviving are brothers: Ronald (Naomi) Hatfield of Logan, W.Va., Stephen (Mary) Hatfield of Charleston, and Dennis (Trish) Hatfield of Louisa, Ky.; sisters: Roma Marcum of Inez, Ky., and Pat (Bill) Keck of Huntington, W.Va.; and a cherished honorary family member Yufei Wu (David) Albizzati, now of Edinburgh, Scotland. He also leaves many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews who all loved their Uncle B. dearly. Ben's favorite pastime was spending time with his family. He went to great lengths to plan yearly family reunions together. He was a benefactor to many special causes and charitable events, many done anonymously. Ben attended the River Ridge Church, and he and his wife, Debbie, were strong supporters of the Ambassador Christian Academy at Williamson, WV. The family will receive friends at River Ridge Church, 2090 Greenbrier Street, Charleston, from 5-8 p.m. Saturday. Funeral will be at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Regional Church of God at Delbarton, W.Va., with the Rev. Mitchell Bias officiating. Interment will follow at Mt. View Memory Gardens at Maher, W.Va. Active pallbearers will include Michael Castle, Roger Nicholson, Charles Snavely, Eugene Kitts, Mike Hardesty, Ray Marcum, Brad Hatfield, and Jeremy Hatfield. Honorary pallbearers include Howard M. Persinger, Baxter Phillips, Kevin Crutchfield, Bobby Webb, Sam Kitts, and Aaron Ray Hatfield. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Ambassador Christian Academy, 701 Alderson Street, Williamson, WV 25661. You may express online condolences at www.weavermortuaryinc.com . Weaver Mortuary of West Williamson, W.Va., is serving the Hatfield family.
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Published in The Logan Banner from May 26 to May 27, 2016
Hill, Pauline - Charleston  
PAULINE HILL CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Pauline Hill, 90, formally of Logan, W.Va., passed away Sunday, May 22, 2016, leaving peacefully from Edgewood Summit (Arthur B. Hodges Center), at Charleston, W.Va. Born April 17, 1926, she was a daughter of the late Linville and Mary Jeffrey. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Bill Hill; and sister, Norma Jean Cornett. Those left to cherish her memory include her daughter, Sandra (Dale) Lucha; twin brother, Paul (Pauline) Jeffrey; sister-in-law, Bessie Ann (Tom) Wade; many nieces and nephews; and a host of other relatives, friends, and neighbors. The family is grateful to the staff of Edgewood Summit (The Ridgemont and Arthur B. Hodges Center) and Kanawha Hospice for their kindness and care. They would also like to thank her church family at West Logan Missionary Baptist Church for their love and support. Service will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, May 26, at Handley Funeral Home at Danville, W.Va., with Reverend Robert Morris officiating. Burial will follow at Highland Memory Gardens. Visitation will begin one hour prior to service. You may express your condolences to the family at www.handleyfh.com .
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Published in The Logan Banner from May 24 to May 25, 2016
Klipa, Milan - Mount Juliet  
MILAN KLIPA MOUNT JULIET, Tenn. — Milan Klipa, 80, of Mount Juliet, Tenn., formerly of Mallory, W.Va., went home to be with the Lord Sunday, May 22, 2016, leaving peacefully from his home after a long illness. Born August 31, 1935, at Kistler, W.Va., he was a son of the late Pete and Julia Murin Klipa. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers: George Klipa and Pete Klipa. Milan was a long time postman of Man, W.Va., and pastor of Accoville United Methodist Church. He was a 1954 graduate of Man High School and a veteran of the United States Army, serving in Korea. Milan was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather who loved his family. He loved golfing, chocolate ice cream and the WV Mountaineers. Those left to cherish his memory include his wife of 60 years, Barbara Harrison Klipa; one son, Milan (Beth) Klipa of South Carolina; two daughters: Pamela and Ludena Klipa, both of Tennessee; one brother, Donald (Susie) Klipa of Tennessee; two sisters: Margaret (Bill) Chandler of Virginia and Elizabeth Suarez of Maryland; five grandchildren: Onna (James) Withrow of Tennessee, Jason (Dawn) Stacy and Tyler (Heather) Klipa, both of North Carolina, and Matthew and Annie Klipa of South Carolina; four great-grandchildren: Emily, Rachel and Garrett Stacy, all of North Carolina and Sydney Withrow of Tennessee, along with a host of nephews, nieces, other relatives and friends. The family would like to say a special thank you to Visiting Angels Homecare owners Steve and Delline McCharen and caregivers Teresa and Julian. As well as AseraCare Hospice. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to the Alzheimer's Association ( alz.org ) or AseraCare Hospice Foundation ( aseracarefoundation.org ). Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, May 27, Forest Lawn Cemetery Mausoleum at Pecks Mill, W.Va., with Rev. Wayne Nutter officiating. Burial will follow in Forest Lawn Cemetery where military graveside rites will be conducted by VFW Post 6153 and American Legion Post 103 of Chapmanville and DAV Post 39 of Harts. Pallbearers will be Milan Klipa, Jason Stacy, Tyler Klipa, Matthew Klipa, James Withrow, and Harold Combs. Honorary pallbearer will be Garrett Stacy. Online condolences may be sent to www.krantzmcneelyfuneralhome.com Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Krantz-McNeely Funeral Home of Man, W.Va.
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Published in The Logan Banner from May 23 to May 24, 2016
Mazzocchi, Fossie Kay - Pecks Mill  
FOSSIE MAZZOCCHI PECKS MILL, W.Va. — Fossie Kay Mazzocchi, 94, of Pecks Mill, W.Va., went home to be with her Lord and Savior Tuesday, May 24th, 2016. Fossie Kay Fillinger Mazzocchi was born March 7, 1922, at Crawley Creek, Chapmanville, W.Va. Fossie Kay was the daughter of the late Lewis and Roma Fillinger. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Domenick Mike Mazzocchi, and sisters: Jane Fillinger, Sally Godby, Shawnee Wall, and Nawasa Fillinger. Fossie Kay attended Chapmanville High School and in the early 40's moved to Baltimore, Maryland and worked in the shipyards — under the Emergency shipbuilding program that needed new sources of labor for the emergency yards to build ships. The popular symbolic figure "Rosie the Riveter" partly sprung from the wartime shipyards where a new cadre of female ship fitters suddenly developed. Fossie Kay worked at the Bethlehem Steel Shipyard at Sparrows Point, Md., and for Eastern Aircraft. Fossie Kay was a "Rosie the Riveter" Those family members left to cherish her memory include her two sons: Eugene Mike (Margitta) Mazzocchi of Chapmanville, and Angelo Lewis Mazzocchi of Houston, Texas; one daughter, Zendra Louise (Gary) Manley of Three Rivers, Mich.; and Fossie Kay's grandchildren: Derrick E. (Cindy) Mazzocchi of Weselberg, Germany, Marco Schaaf of Morgantown, W.Va., Mara Kay Mazzocchi, also of Morgantown, Rebecca (Brad) Love of Reynoldsburg, Ohio, and Angelo M. (Karen) Mazzocchi of Osceola, Ind.; and great-grandchildren include Bjork Tara Mazzocchi, Natalie and Nicholas Love, and Domenick, Amber, and Ziah Mazzocchi. In addition are Fossie Kay's sister, Nevada Dillon of Chapmanville; two brothers: James Lewis (Mary Jane) Fillinger of Iowa, and Geronimo Fillinger of Hall Town, W.Va., and a host of loving nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends… including one of her best and closest life long friends, Judy Shelton of Logan. Services will be held as follows: visitation will be from noon-1 p.m. Saturday, May 28, at Freeman Funeral Home at Chapmanville. Funeral services will follow at 1 p.m. with Rev. Josh Vanhook officiating. Burial will be at the Simonds-Johnson Cemetery at Highland Memory Gardens Cemetery off of the old Logan Road. Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Freeman Funeral Home at Chapmanville.
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Published in The Logan Banner from May 25 to May 26, 2016
Meadows Jr., Rev. Wayne - Omar  
REV. WAYNE MEADOWS JR. OMAR, W.Va. — Rev. Wayne Meadows Jr., 52, of Omar, was born December 30, 1963 at Logan, W.Va., a son of the late Wayne Sr. and Betty Abraham Meadows. He departed this life Sunday, May 29, 2016, at Logan Regional Medical Center at Logan. Junior, as he was affectionately known, was an ordained Freewill Baptist Minister, member of the New Life Freewill Baptist Church, and former pastor of the Stirrat Community Church. He was a long time employee of Evans Funeral Home and Cremation Services at Chapmanville, W.V., having started washing cars as a teen, a licensed Funeral Director, Embalmer, and Crematory Operator since 2011, and a graduate of the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science in 2011. Also, he was on the board of directors for the Omar Fire Department, a former employee of the W.Va. Department of Highways, and an avid WVU fan, NASCAR fan, and trout fisherman. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Jesse and Bobby Meadows; father-in-law, Rev. Roger Robinson; sister-in-law, Sandra Robinson, and his aunts: Belle Meadows and Gracie Lambert. Survivors include his wife of 30 years, Dee Meadows; daughter, Constance (Dave) Maynard; two very special family members, Connie (Dewey) Viars and Faye McCoy; mother-in-law, Christine Robinson, and a host of cousins and other family members. Services will be at noon Wednesday, June 1, at Evans Funeral Home and Cremation Services with Rev. Steve Ramey and Rev. Mansfield Damron officiating. At Junior's request, his remains will be cremated after the services. Visitation will be from 6-9 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
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Published in The Logan Banner from May 30 to May 31, 2016
Ward, Ruth Ann - Logan  
RUTH WARD LOGAN, W.Va. — Ruth Ann Aliff Ward, 82, of Logan, went home to be with her Lord and Savior March 14, 2016 at Logan Regional Medical Center. Born January 5, 1934, at Cleaneagle, W.Va., she was a daughter of the late Randolph and Rosa Blankenship Aliff. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her loving husband, Tilman Ward; four sisters and five brothers. Ruth was an avid cook and loved spending time with her family and friends. Survivors include one daughter, Debra Ward of Whitman; three sons: Rodney and Tilman Jr., both of Tuscaloosa, Ala., and Robert of Logan; 11 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; two special nieces; Iris Shanklin and Marilyn Cook, and many other relatives and friends. A celebration of Ruth's life will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 28, at New Covenant Fellowship Church at Logan with Pastors Tilman Ward Jr. and Dan Lawrence presiding.
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Published in The Logan Banner from May 24 to May 25, 2016
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