James “Jamie” Blankenship, 59, of Huntington, W.Va. was ushered into the presence of the King Thursday morning, January 14, 2021. Funeral service will be conducted 2:00 P.M. Monday, January 18, 2021 at the First Baptist Church of Kenova, of which he was a member, with Pastor David Akers officiating. Interment will follow in Maple Hill Cemetery. Jamie was born July 6, 1961 in Huntington a son of the late Orval “Jack” and Arlene Burdette Blankenship. He was a former salesman with Clayton Homes and present owner of Rocky Tops Pizza in Kenova. Jamie was an avid Marshall Fan. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents Cline and Virgie Blankenship; maternal grandparents J.B. and Bernice Tanner; two brothers Randy Blankenship and Robert “Bobby Jack” Blankenship; two special aunts Peggy Turman and Marlene Crook (Carly) and father-in-law David Akers. Survivors include his beloved wife Jeannette Akers Blankenship; precious daughter April Blankenship (Marshall Young); special cousin, whom he considered more like a sister, Angela Adams (Bruce); three aunts Mary Cussick (Jack), Jennifer Tanner and Sue Russell and two nieces Tracy Arthur and Renee Law (Paul). He is also survived by his mother-in-law Annette Akers; brother and sister-in-law David Akers (Pam); two nieces Cassidy Adkins (T.J.) and Whitney Buck (Ryan); two nephews Dr. Brad Akers (Breanne) and Zachary Akers (Amanda); a host of great nieces and nephews and two special friends Mike Brumfield (Mandy) and Jeff Barrett. Friends may call one hour prior to the service Monday, January 18, 2021 at the church. Rollins Funeral Home in Kenova is assisting the family. Social distancing and mask will be required. Online condolences may be expressed at rollinsfh.com.
Samuel H. Lancaster, II, 39, of Huntington, W.Va. passed away Saturday, January 9, 2021. Graveside service will be conducted 12:30 P.M. Friday, January 15, 2021 at Browning Cemetery with Pastor Gary Graves officiating. He was born January 18, 1981 in Huntington, W.Va. a son of Samuel H. Lancaster, Jr. and the late Vickie Allen Lancaster. He coached basketball in years past. In addition to his mother he was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather Samuel H. Lancaster, Sr.. In addition to his father he is survived by two brothers Ryan Lancaster (fiancé Amy Vaness) and Aaron Lancaster (Ashley); niece which he was crazy about Annistyn Lancaster; paternal grandmother Betty Lancaster; maternal grandparents Bob & Rita Allen; special friend Jessica Ball. Social distancing and masks will be required. Visitation will be from 11:00 A.M.-12:00 P.M. at Rollins Funeral Home in Kenova. Online condolences may be expressed at rollinsfh.com.
James “Jamie” Anthony “Fitz” Fitzgerald, 47, of Ashland, Ky. passed away Wednesday, December 9, 2020. Funeral service will be conducted 2: P.M. Sunday, January 17, 2021 at the Catlettsburg Elementary School with Eulogist Tim Holmes. Interment will follow in Catlettsburg Cemetery. He was born September 5, 1973 in Pontiac, Michigan a son of the late John P. Fitzgerald and the late Virginia Lee Conn. He was a member of the Laborers Local 1445 and Fraternal Order of Eagles 2329. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his step-dad Walter Peterman, grandmother Mary Conn and niece Cassandra Nicole Fitzgerald. Survivors include his fiancé Lora Carter Conley; children Adison Taylor Fitzgerald, Chloe Bramblett and Carter Conley; brother John P. Fitzgerald, II (Melissa); sister Lynn Fitzgerald; two nephews Matthew Fitzgerald and Zachary Fitzgerald (Jocelyn); niece Brittany Fitzgerald and Stephen & Cherie Carter. Friends may call 6-8 P.M. Saturday, January 16, 2021 at the Catlettsburg Elementary School. Rollins Funeral Home in Kenova is assisting the family. Social distancing and mask will be required. Online condolences may be expressed at rollinsfh.com.
Richard Lee Lawson, 66, of Kenova, W.Va. passed away Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at the Community Hospice Care Center in Ashland. He was born September 8, 1954 in Hamlin, W.Va. a son of the late Arthur and Ruth Pauley Lawson. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by two sisters Marcie and Mary Jane and one grandson Nathaniel. Survivors include his wife Jamie Bailey Lawson; children Michele Lawson, Melissa Cooper, Cindy McCoy and Tracie Thocher; two sisters Darlene Mason and Renee Strickland and grandchildren Parker, Andrew, Jordan, Bryce, Laycee, Baylee, Emma and Lilly. Services will be conducted at a later date. Rollins Funeral Home in Kenova is assisting the family. Online condolences may be expressed at rollinsfh.com.
Brady Herman Gilkerson, 43, of Kenova, W.Va. passed away Friday, January 8, 2021 at St. Mary’s Medical Center. He was born August 10, 1977 in Huntington, W.Va. a son of Gary “Sonny” Gilkerson and Kathy (Jay) Enterkin. Brady was a paratrooper in the United States Army for 17 years. He served in five combat tours, three in Afghanistan, Iraq and Saudi Arabia. His first duty station was in El Paso, Texas where he met the love of his life, Tiffany Gilkerson. Together they spent a large portion of his military career stationed in North Carolina where his three daughters Haley Gilkerson, Emily Gilkerson and Izzy Gilkerson were born and raised. Once retired Brady and his family moved back to his hometown in West Virginia where he continued to serve his community by joining the Fort Gay Volunteer Fire Department and briefly worked for the Prichard EMS. He was preceded in death by a sister Drema Gilkerson; paternal grandparents Dora Frasher and Brady (Jim) Gilkerson and maternal grandparents Barbara Perdue and John Ellis and maternal step-grandmother Billie Blevins. In addition to his parents he is survived by his beloved wife Tiffany Gilkerson; four children Haley, Emily and Dora (Izzy) Gilkerson and Allison Peterman (Austin); two grandchildren Brooklyn and Elijah Peterman; brother Shawn Gilkerson; step-sister Kimberly Kuntz (A.J.) and step-brother Craig Enterkin. All services will be private. Online condolences may be expressed at rollinsfh.com.
Retired Captain Perry Wayne Sarver of the Huntington Fire Department passed away Tuesday January 5, 2021 at the Cabell Health Care Center. Perry was born July 22, 1955, a son of Carol Sue Childress Sarver Curry. He was a graduate of Huntington High School. Perry was employed by the City of Huntington. A member of Local IAFF 289, he was hired August 13, 1979. On June 9, 1980 he received his National Registry EMT certification. He was promoted to Lieutenant March 2, 1985 and then was promoted to Captain September 26, 1987 and finally retiring in 1994. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents Berton & Lucille McCormick. In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife Tina Louise Turner Sarver; one son, Kristopher Sarver; one daughter, Brittany Ann Atteberry. Grandchildren, Bella, Livy, Kinley, Weston; one special nephew, Emerson Pauley; two brothers, Jerry Sarver and Jonathan (Taite) Pauley; one sister, Camilla Brammer; two honorary granddaughters, Reagan and Reese Mooney; special friends, Christopher (Christa) Mooney and Fred Mellert and a host of other family and friends. Tina would like to thank the entire staff at Cabell Health Care Center for their loving and compassionate care, especially the Light House Unit. Funeral services will be conducted at Kenova United Methodist Church, January 13, 2021 at 1:00 pm with Eulogist Retired Captain Forrest Marshall, Huntington Fire Department. Visitation will be from 11:30-1:00 pm, January 13, 2021. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Ronald McDonald House, 1500 17th Street, Huntington, WV 25701. Rollins Funeral Home in Kenova is assisting the family with the arrangements. Online condolences may be expressed at www.RollinsFH.com.
Charles Anthony “Tony” Delpapa, 42, of Huntington, W.Va. passed away Monday, November 9, 2020. Graveside services will be conducted 2:15 P.M. Monday, November 16, 2020 at the Browning Cemetery on Goodwill Road with Pastor Gary Graves officiating. Tony was born January 29, 1978 in Huntington, W.Va. son of Charles Delpapa and Rebecca Lancaster Delpapa. Tony loved his children and family and he loved to fish. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather Harry Lancaster and paternal grandparents Mildred and Lawrence Delpapa. In addition to his parents he is survived by his precious children, daughter, Addison Delpapa and son, Charles “Chas” Delpapa; sister and brother-in-law Meredith and Justin Fallon; niece Emily Fallon; nephews Colton and Lane Fallon; maternal grandmother Betty Lancaster; best friends Nick Angelo, Freddie McCoy and Jerrod Workman and many, many other friends and family members. In lieu of flowers, donations maybe made to help with future needs of his children, C/O Rebecca Delpapa 1170 South Jefferson Drive Huntington, W.Va. 25701. Visitation will be Monday, November 16, 2020 from 1-2 P.M. at Rollins Funeral Home in Kenova. Social distancing and mask are required. Rollins Funeral Home in Kenova is assisting the family. Online condolences may be expressed at www.rollinsfh.com. Continue reading “Delpapa, Charles A “Tony””
Emma “Poodle” Plymale, 87, of Kenova, W.Va. passed away March 5, 2020 at her residence. Funeral service will be conducted 1:30 P.M. Monday, March 9, 2020 at Dock’s Creek Cemetery with Pastor Jim Richards officiating. She was born January 9, 1933 in Charleston, W.Va. a daughter of the late John Allen and Fannie Lockwood Workman. She retired from Mack & Dave’s where she was an Office Clerk. Poodle was a loving and giving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her beloved husband George W. Plymale. She is survived by one daughter and son-in-law Heather and Dirk Blevins; one son and daughter-in-law Jorge Eric and Cheryl Plymale; two granddaughters Erica and Eric Denney and Jade Spurlock; one great-grandchild Marley Denney; two brothers and sister’s-in-law Frank and Glenna Workman and Lonnie and Jane Workman and special nieces Becky Christian and Sue Ward. Friends may call from 11:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. on Monday, March 9, 2020 at Rollins Funeral Home in Kenova. Online condolences may be expressed at www.rollinsfh.com.