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Notable deaths in the Tri-State full of influential people

Dec. 30, 2012 @ 12:00 AM


The year 2012 saw the deaths of community members who were champions of small business, politicians, dotcom leaders and champions of patient rights.

Here is a list of some notable deaths in the Tri-State this past year.

DOTTIE JEAN ALLEN, 74, of Proctorville, Ohio, died, Feb. 27 at home. She was owner of the former 4th Avenue Peanut Shoppe.

EDGAR BARRETT, 81, of Huntington died June 15. He was former Marshall University Athletic Director and West Virginia University Sports Information Director. He served on the NCAA Public Relations Committee from 1963-67. He was elected to WVU Sports Hall of Fame in 2010. WVU honored Barrett and his wife Betty in 2009 as Most Loyal West Virginians and the 2007 Outstanding Volunteer Philanthropists.

DR. MILDRED MITCHELL BATEMAN, 89, of Charleston died Jan. 25. She was a nationally-known psychologist, having authored numerous papers on treatment and housing of the mentally ill. The hospital in Huntington which treats the mentally challenged bears her name.

C. EDWARD BENNETT of Huntington died Jan. 1. He was owner and operator of Flowers by Edward Bennett Inc., past president of Middle Atlantic Florists Association and Southern Retail Florists Association, and past chairman of W.Va. District of Florists and Transworld Delivery.

A. RAY BLACK, 93, formerly of Huntington died Jan. 22 in Cincinnati where he was residing. He was a retired funeral director and former owner of Steele-Black Funeral Home in Huntington.

JIM BOOTON, 72, of Lavalette, died April 9 in Emogene Dolin Jones Hospice House in Huntington. He was the sitting Wayne County Clerk and had previously served 20 years as a Wayne County Commissioner. He was also owner of Booton Realty and Lavalette Mini Storage and former owner of Queen's Store in Wayne. He was past president of The Tri-State Airport Authority.

JIMMY LEE BUCHANAN, 68, of Proctorville, Ohio, died Dec. 6 in St. Mary's Medical Center. He was formerly mayor of Proctorville and owner of Jim's Gun and Tackle shop.

GLENN BRUMFIELD, a lifelong resident of Ceredo, died Nov. 23 at the age of 88. He founded Glenn's Sporting Goods in 1970.

JOHN C. BURRIS, 57, formerly of New Haven, W.Va., died Oct. 19 at home in Annapolis, Md., of colon cancer. He was former CEO of Sourcefire and was managing director and vice president for Asia Pacific for AT&T and Gulf States Area general manager. He was more recently senior vice president, worldwide sales and services at Citrix Systems and a board member of QlikTech.

DONNIE BUTCHER, 76, of Milford, Mich., formerly of Johnson County, Ky., husband of Delorise Elam Butcher, died Oct. 8 in Michigan. He was a coach for the Detroit (Mich.) Pistons.

VERNON LEWIS CRADDOCK, 78, of Barboursville died Jan. 16 in Emogene Dolin Jones Hospice House. He was owner, developer and builder of Linmont properties, homes, townhouses and apartments.

NELLIE S. CRANS, 88, of Huntington died May 25 at home. She was co-owner of the Whiz Discount Stores and Crans Supply.

VERNON E. DICKENS, 79, of Ashland died Nov. 26. He was co-owner of Western Hills Motor Lodge, Western Hills Florist and Dickens Shell on 13th Street and a founding member and former chief of the Cannonsburg Volunteer Fire Department.

DORIS CURTIS EATON, 100, of Huntington died Jan. 10 at the Woodlands Retirement Community. She was a founding member of the Marshall University chapter of Phi Mu sorority.

DR. EVALYN G. EVANS, 81, formerly of Ashland died Jan. 29 at St. Elizabeth Hospice in Edgewood, Ky. She was a graduate of University of Kentucky and University of Tennessee Medical School and was one of the first female pediatricians in Kentucky, practicing in Ashland for 28 years.

JOHN TIMOTHY EVANS, 86, Gallipolis, Ohio, and Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., died Oct. 11. He was the final surviving founder of Bob Evans Farms, Inc.

NORMAN KEITH FENSTERMAKER, 90, of Powell, Ohio, formerly of Huntington, died Feb. 24 at the Sanctuary at Tuttle Crossing Care Center, Dublin, Ohio. He started his law career in earnest at Jenkins & Jenkins in Huntington, W.Va. Norman practiced law there for 28 years, culminating as the founding partner of Jenkins & Fenstermaker, PLLC.

DAVID ALLEN FOARD, 89, of Huntington died Feb. 17 at the Woodlands. He was owner of Foard and Harwood shoe store.

CHARLIE HATCHER, 65, of Huntington died Jan. 27. He was a former prosecuting attorney and at the time of his death, a criminal defense attorney. He headed the first West Virginia Legal Services office, now Legal Aid of West Virginia, in Huntington.

FREDDIE LEE HAYES SR., 75, of Scottown, Ohio, died Sept. 5. He owned and operated Chesapeake Ford and Huntington fruit and produce terminal.

ESTHER LEE HENSLEY, 84, of Barboursville died Feb. 24 in Chateau Grove Senior Living. She was owner of Vital Foods in Barboursville.

WALLACE HORN JR., 91, of Chapmanville, W.Va., died Jan. 10 in Trinity Healthcare Services, Henlawson, W.Va. He was owner and operator of Horn's Radio and TV, Chapmanville, and a member of the West Virginia Broadcasters Hall of Fame.

ANNA LILA HOWARD, 93, of Ashland, died Jan. 25. She was retired director of the Marshall University Medical School library.

ERNEST BOWIE KAHLE, 72, of Huntington died Nov. 6 in Emogene Dolin Jones Hospice House. He was a retired Marshall University faculty member of the College of Science and College of Medicine, with positions in Physiology and Family Medicine. A biochemist with special interest in metabolism of muscle and genetics in obesity, Kahle focused his research in chromosome mapping of obesity genes and also initiated a study of human obesity genetics in central Appalachia.

SAM KOONTZ II, 93, of Hamlin, W.Va., died June 11 at home. He was owner and operator of Koontz Funeral Home for 64 years and charter member of the Hamlin Lions Club.

JIM LEMASTER, 74, of Coal Grove, Ohio, died Oct. 25 in Markey Cancer Center, Lexington, Ky. He was founder and owner of Giovanni's Restaurants.

LAWRENCE BILL LEWIS, 90, of Scottown, Ohio, died Feb. 16 at home. He was retired vice president of Walker Machinery.

LANCE CPL. JONATHAN LONG, 22, of Barboursville, died Feb. 26 at a training base in Twentynine Palms, Calif. He collapsed during personal time after a day of training at the base. He and his unit from Camp Lejeune, N.C., were at the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center for Enhanced Mojave Viper exercises. It was part of a 35-day program to certify readiness for deployment to Afghanistan. He was a bulk fuel specialist.

SISTER CELESTE LYNCH, SAC, 88, a member of the Pallottine Missionary Sisters, died Dec. 2 at St. Mary's Convent Infirmary in Huntington. She was director of St. Mary's School of Nursing from 1959-1976. She served on St. Mary's Medical Center Board, St. Joseph's Hospital Board (Buckhannon, W.Va.) and St. Vincent Pallotti High School Board in Laurel, Md. She was President of Pallottine Health Services, Inc. (1988-2012).

ROBERT L. MAYS SR., 84, of Hurricane, W.Va., and Venice, Fla., died Feb. 24. Mays was the founder and former owner of Standard Food Service in Hurricane, which is now known as U.S. Foodservice of W.Va. He was former chairman of NIFDA (National Institutional Food Distributor Associates).

TED WILLIAM MASSEY, 61, of Scott Depot, W.Va., died Nov. 5 of cancer. He retired from Marshall as associate vice president for finance.

JACKIE L. MASSIE JR., 57, of Glenwood, W.Va., died June 11 He was owner of T.J. Massie Construction and president of the Cabell County Fair.

HERBERT MAYNARD, 91, of Wayne died June 26. He was a barber and minister. Maynard ran the Bowery Mission in New York City for a time. In his later years, he played the role of Aaron, The High Priest, and Moses at The Holy Land Experience in Orlando, Fla., retiring at age 88.

TEDDY EUGENE MAYS, 48, of Wayne died May 21 at home of an apparent heart attack. He was a two-term Wayne County magistrate. He was also a former brick and stone mason and also coached youth sports.

BARBARA EVELYN HENNESSY MacCOURTNEY, 81, died Nov. 2, at St Anne's Salvatorian Campus in Milwaukee, Wis. She taught in Catholic schools in Pennsylvania and West Virginia and served as principal of St. Joseph Catholic School in Huntington.

DR. RICHARD EARL McCRAY JR., of Huntington died June 12 in the VA Medical Center, Huntington. He was a retired maxillofacial surgeon and dentist. He was one of the physicians performing forensic identification at the 1970 Marshall University plane crash.

JACK McFANN, 77, of Lesage died June 2 at home. He was owner of R.F. Steiner's and the Riviera Country Club.

ROGER GENE NELSON, 62, of Dwale, Ky., died Feb. 17 at St. Mary's Medical center. He was the owner of Nelson Frazier Funeral Home, retired coroner and at the time of his death, was deputy coroner of Floyd County, Ky.

KEITH L. NEWMAN, 88, of Huntington died April 7. He practiced law in Huntington from 1949 to 2007. He served as an assistant prosecuting attorney in Cabell County under three different prosecutors.

LARRY ELDON RANDOLPH, 66, of Kanawha City, W.Va., died May 23 in the Charleston Area Medical Center following a heart attack. He was former part owner and vice president of C.J. Hughes Construction in Huntington for 40 years. In 2006, he became part owner and vice president / chief marketing officer of Apex Pipeline Services and part owner and president of Appalachian Hydroseeding, both of Nitro, W.Va.

JIM RITTER, 67, of Huntington died May 24 in Emogene Dolin Jones Hospice House. He served on Huntington's City Council for 22 years. He was also a retired mechanic for Murphy Elevator and coached soccer, Little League Baseball, senior baseball and Midget League basketball, in addition to being soccer coach at Vinson High School, Spring Valley High School and Cabell Midland High School.

BOBBY LEE SCHULTZ, 82, of Athalia, Ohio, died Jan. 18. He was a retired Fairland School District superintendent.

BILLY SCOTT, 70, formerly of Huntington died Nov. 17 at his Charlotte, N.C., home of pancreatic and liver cancer. Born Peter Pendleton, he was a member of the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame. As a member of The Prophets, he earned his first gold record in 1968. They recorded and performed beach music hits in the 1970s. "It has been very good to me to be called a beach music artist," Scott said in a 2011 interview. "Before that it was soul music and R&B and those were the genres I thought I was in, and I was."

DR. WILLIAM SHEILS, 77, of Huntington, died Oct. 28, in Emogene Dolin Jones Hospice House. He was a retired cardiologist and founder and past president of Huntington Internal Medicine Group.

FRED SHEWEY, 95, of Gainesville, Fla., formerly of Kermit, W.Va., died Jan. 16 at home. He was one of the founders of Dash Coal Company, which grew into International Industries, Inc., and was owner and president of Grey Eagle Construction Company. He established scholarships at Marshall University and the University of Florida, started the Shewey Research and Learning Center for the southern counties of West Virginia.

STEPHEN "STEVE" JOSEPH SOLTIS, 94, of Huntington died Dec. 23 at St. Mary's Medical Center in Huntington. He was the first lay administrator of St. Mary's Hospital, where he served for 28 years. He was the executive director of all Pallottine Hospitals in West Virginia; an honoree on the St. Mary's Wall of Fame; and former president of West Virginia Hospital Association and fellow of the American College of Hospital Executives.

GENE SPURLOCK, 86, of Huntington died Dec. 10 at home. He was the owner and operator of Spurlock's Flowers.

BRUCE STOUT, 55, of Huntington died Jan. 28 at home. He was a partner at Huddleston Bolen LLC, specializing in estate law.

Dr. RANDALL A. TAYLOR, 84, of Point Pleasant, W.Va., died Feb. 27 in The Cleveland Clinic. He was a retired chiropractor.

GEORGE THORNBURG, 78, of Huntington died Dec. 10 He was owner and operator of Thornburg's Food Market on 29th Street in Huntington.

DOMINIC P. TORLONE, 85, of Huntington died Jan. 9 in Cincinnati, Ohio. He was co-owner and operator of Torlone's Community Bakery.

PAUL EDWARD WARD SR., 89, of Apple Grove, W.Va., died June 2 in St. Mary's Medical Center. He was the owner and operator of Ward's Donut Shop for 53 years.

ART WEISBERG, 88, of Huntington a regional business leader and a major benefactor of Marshall University, died Nov. 24 at Cabell Huntington Hospital. He founded State Electric Supply Company in 1952 and Service Wire Company in 1968, which he owned and grew over the years. Weisberg was also a major donor for Marshall University. He and his wife Joan donated millions to Marshall, though they never wanted to publicize the amounts because they thought it took attention away from the positive impact the money would have students. Two engineering buildings are named for him -- the Arthur Weisberg Family Engineering Laboratories and the new Arthur Weisberg Family Applied Engineering Complex, which is under construction.