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Putnam County obituaries

Feb. 01, 2013 @ 11:30 AM

CLARENCE E. "BROWNIE" BROWN, 78, of Hurricane, W.Va., husband of Laura Brown, died Jan. 25 at Hospice House, Huntington. He retired from GM. Funeral service was Monday at Allen Funeral Home. Burial at Valley View Memorial Park, Hurricane. Visitation from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. www.allenfuneralhomewv.com.

GEORGE WILLIAM COOK, 89, of Scott Depot, W.Va., passed away Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013, at Broadmore Assisted Living, Hurricane, W.Va. George was born Sept. 9, 1923, in Hubbel, W.Va. He is preceded in death by his wife of 69 years, Iva Dean Cook; his parents, Norma Jean and William Lawrence Cook; and sisters, Bea Perry, Jenny Perry, Ida Myrtle Curry, Billie Jo Cummings and Jerry Skees. He is survived by his daughters, Brenda Sue Cook Burford of Huntington, W.Va., and Myrtle Beach, S.C., and Pam Marks-Shulman (Bill) of Nashville, Tenn.; granddaughters, Stephanie Sharkey Howell (Doug), Allegra Marks and Christy Griffin; grandsons, Stephen Sharkey, Travis Sharkey and Sebastian Marks; great-grandchildren, Chase O'Dell, Stone Van Camp, Brenlin Van Camp, Ashley Glover, Cory Griffin and Jenna Griffin; and many special nieces and nephews. George was the owner of Cook's Gulf Station in Huntington until 1971, then worked for Parts Plus in Charleston, W.Va., until retirement. There wasn't a thing he couldn't fix or build, and Mother sure kept him busy. He always had a joke or good story to tell, loved a good laugh, and was first in line to help out friends, family, and neighbors. The best lesson he taught my sister and me was, "Take the short end of the stick. You'll always come out ahead." Even in heaven, if you ask him how he is, he'll tell you, "Top drawer." He was a member of Teays Valley Presbyterian Church, as well as the Huntington Masonic Lodge, No. 53, AF&AM.; the Huntington Commandery No. 9, Knights Templar, Huntington, W.Va., and a 50-year member of the Beni Kedem Shrine, Charleston, W.Va. Funeral service was Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013, at Chapman Funeral Home, 3941 Teays Valley Road, Hurricane with the Rev. Arlie Cravens officiating. Burial followed in White Chapel Memorial Gardens, Barboursville. Online condolences may also be made by visiting www.chapmanfuneralhomes.com. Memorial contributions are encouraged to be made to either the Shriners Hospitals for Children, 3229 Burnet Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45229-3095, or to Teays Valley Presbyterian Church, 4122 Teays Valley Road, Scott Depot, WV 25560.

LARRY DAVID "BUTCH" FLORA, 65, of Hurricane went to be with the Lord on Monday, January 28, 2013, at his home after a long illness from complications of Agent Orange exposure. He was a retired steelworker with Special Metals in Huntington. He was an honorably discharged Vietnam veteran, a loving husband, father and grandfather and a member of Sycamore Independent Missionary Baptist Church. He is survived by his wife of 44 years Nancy Flora; sons David and Billy and daughter Christine Ferraro, all of Hurricane; grandchildren Brian and Carlena Farraro, Alicyn and Madison Flora and Brittany Flora; and special friends Mike and Billie Ermling and Kenneth and Nola Hayes. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Friday, February 1, 2013, at Allen Funeral Home, Hurricane, with Pastor Michael Wray officiating Burial will follow in Forrest Memorial Park. Visitation was 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, January 31, 2013, at Allen Funeral Home. Please visit www.allenfuneralhomewv.com to share memories and condolences.

VIOLET GRACE SHEETS, 62, of Hurricane, W.Va., wife of Walter Sheets, died Jan. 23. She was a homemaker. Funeral service was Saturday, Allen Funeral Home, Hurricane; burial follows in Mount Moriah Cemetery. Visitation one hour before service. There will be a fellowship after the burial at Mount Moriah's fellowship hall. www.allenfuneralhomewv.com.