PATRICK "PAT" MACKAY ANDERSON, age 88, of Fraziers Bottom, W.Va., formerly of Huntington, passed away peacefully Monday, Oct. 1, 2012, at his home, surrounded by his loving family, after a long and courageous battle with Alzheimer's Disease. Patrick was born Aug. 19, 1924, and was the only child of the late James H. Anderson and Elizabeth Mackay Anderson. He graduated from South Charleston High School in 1942 and enlisted in the U.S. Army. He was accepted into the U.S. Air Cadet Program and received his pilot training at Lodwick School of Aeronautics. He proudly served his country as a P47 fighter pilot during World War II with the 9th U.S. Army Air Forces in the European Theater of Operations, flying 81 successful missions and receiving numerous honors, including the Distinguished Flying Cross and eight Air Medals, and achieving the rank of First Lieutenant. After the war ended, he attended college on the GI Bill at Carnegie Institute near Pittsburgh, later transferring to Marshall College, now Marshall University, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry. While attending college, he met classmate Mary Lou Anderson. They married on Dec. 31, 1955, and made their home in Huntington, residing there for 55 years. Patrick was employed first as a chemist with Allied Chemical, but spent most of his career with Novamont Chemical-Aristech, later purchased by U.S. Steel, retiring with 25 years of service. He loved to tinker with electronics and was quite gifted at it. He enjoyed traveling and hiking, identifying wildflowers and birdwatching. He was an avid reader and coin collector. In addition to his parents, Patrick was preceded in death by his nephew, Stanley Lee Frazier. Left to cherish his memory are his beloved wife of 56 years, Mary Lou Frazier Anderson; niece, Catherine M. Frazier Akers and husband Danny; nephew, William "Gary" Frazier and wife Karen; nephew, Joseph Frazier; great-niece and nephews and great-great-nieces and nephews; and many other family members and friends. A memorial service was held on Friday, Oct. 5, at the Fraziers Bottom Church of God. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to HospiceCare, 1606 Kanawha Boulevard, W., Charleston, WV 25312. Reger Funeral Home is providing cremation services for Patrick by his request. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.regerfh.com.
DONALD F. CHANEY, 72 years old, of Hurricane, W.Va., went to be with the lord on Oct. 5, 2012, to leave all his worldly pain behind. Donald grew up in Hamlin, the youngest son of Vergil and Marie Gibson Chaney, who preceded him in death. He leaves behind his wife of 50 years, Barbara Nichols Chaney; son, Greg Chaney M.D. and his wife Susan of Kenova; daughter, Kimberly Chaney (his buddy) of Hurricane; two brothers, William Chaney and his wife Anna, and Arthur Chaney and his wife Joyce of Hamlin; granddaughter, Jordan Chaney of Portsmouth, Ohio; grandson, Colby Chaney of Barboursville; step-granddaughter, Nichole Bishop of Huntington; and his beloved dogs. Don was a construction worker, working out of several local unions. He retired from Hobet Coal Mines (Patriot Coal) at Julian, W.Va. Don attended Ethel Baptist Church at Sweetland, W.Va. The family would like to thank the Emogene Dolin Jones Hospice House of Huntington for their care and understanding through a very difficult time and all of our friends and our Church. Funeral service was Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012, at Allen Funeral Home with Rev. Buck Adkins and Rev. J. R. Steward officiating. Burial followed in Forest Memorial Park in Milton. Please visit allenfuneralhomewv.com to share memories and condolences.
BILLY LEE HENDERSON, 94, of Hurricane, husband of Evon Henderson, died Oct. 3 at home. He was founder of Henderson Insurance. Funeral service was Monday, First Baptist Church, Hurricane; burial at Hurricane Town Cemetery. Visitation one hour before service. www.allenfuneralhomewv.com. Memorials may be made to Hospice, 1606 Kanawha Blvd., Charleston, WV 25302.