Noble, Ira Eugene “Gene”

IRA EUGENE “GENE” NOBLE, 71, of Kenova, W.Va., passed away on Thursday, May 23, 2019, at his home. Gene was born May 23, 1948, in Kenova, a son of Nora Stone Stewart of Kenova and the late Ira Noble. He was a 1966 graduate of C-K High School. Gene served his country as a member of the U.S. Air Force and was a member and former employee of American Legion Post 93, whose Military Guard will conduct graveside rites. He was a firefighter for the City of Huntington and retired after 27 years of service. The fire department will stand honor guard during visitation and will also conduct firefighter services. Gene has also been employed by the US Postal Service in Huntington, W.Va. He attended Liberty Baptist Church in Milton, W.Va. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Elsworth and Frances Stone. In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife, Debbie LaFontaine Noble; one daughter and son-in-law, Heather and Aaron Diehl; one son and daughter-in-law, Brian and Tiffany Noble; grandchildren, Madison, Blaze, Leah, Erica, Hunter and Gavin; one brother-in-law, Jim LaFontaine and one sister-in-law, Melanie Gleason and a host of other family and friends. Visitation will be from noon to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 25, 2019, at Rollins Funeral Home in Kenova. Funeral services will follow at 1 p.m. at the funeral home with Pastor Kim Stone officiating. Burial will follow in Maple Hill Cemetery. Online condolences may be expressed at

Howard-Pelfrey, Thelma L

THELMA LEE HOWARD PELFREY, 76, of Kenova, W.Va., passed away Sunday, May 19, 2019, at her residence. Graveside service will be conducted 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 22, 2019, at Maple Hill Cemetery with Pastor Scott Byard, officiating. Thelma was born March 21, 1943, in Wayne County, a daughter of the late Severt and Mae Booth Howard. She was a member of the Post 93 Ladies Auxiliary and El Hasa Clownetts. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Marvin “Marvo” Pelfrey; a precious daughter, Shereen “Sherry” Pelfrey Woody; one sister, Mildred Davis and two brothers, Clifford and Jimmy Howard. Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Angela “Angie” Whitney (Bill); a very special grandson, Lucas Tanner Whitney; one sister and brother-in-law, Violet Cornwell (Jennings); one brother-in-law and sister-in-law, James and Vickie Pelfrey; several nieces, nephews and a host of friends. The family wishes to extend a special thanks to all of her caregivers and Hospice. There will be no visitation and no procession to the cemetery. In lieu of flowers, if you want to remember her, plant a perennial in her honor. Online condolences may be expressed at

VanHoose, Howard C

Howard Curtis VanHoose,77, of Catlettsburg, Ky., passed away Saturday, May 11, 2019 at the Community Hospice Care Center. Howard was born December 25, 1941 in Huntington, WVa. son of the late Everette and Faye Arrowood VanHoose. He retired from AK Steel and was a veteran having served in the U.S. Air Force. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a sister Carol Billups. He is survived by his beloved wife Barbara Beckley VanHoose; three children Mark VanHoose (Sue), Sonja Lewis (Terry) and James VanHoose; three grandchildren Tia VanHoose (Tim Collins), Paige VanHoose and Madison VanHoose; two great-grandchildren Hunter VanHoose and Oakley Tate Hamm and one sister Jennie VanHoose Agee (Phil). Graveside services will be conducted 1:00 P.M. Saturday, May 18, 2019 at Hillcrest Cemetery. There will be no visitation and no procession to the cemetery. Rollins Funeral Home in Kenova is assisting the family. Online condolences may be expressed at

Finley, Jack

Jack Finley passed peacefully from this life the morning of May 14th at the Emogene Dolin Jones Hospice house. Jack was born on March 24th, 1937 in Dunlow, WV. to the late George and Fannie Raines Finley. Jack loved his family. He was a father, grandfather, father-in-law, brother, & friend. He is survived by his beloved son, Joshua Finley, his cherished granddaughter Sophie Finley, daughter-in-law Deborah Finley and siblings Laura Cole, Juanita Brown and Henry Finley. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister Martha Finley. He will be dearly missed by his loved ones, who celebrate the fact that he is now at peace with his creator. Jack was known as a loving, patient and kind man whose positive influence affected everyone he knew. He worked in construction as a heavy equipment operator until his retirement. In his spare time, he enjoyed selling goods at the former Bus Barn Flea Market, Chesapeake Flea Market and in his shop, Jack’s Variety Store on Chestnut Street in Kenova. Jack’s Celebration of Life will be held 1:00 P.M. Thursday May 16th at Rollins Funeral Home with Pastor Paul Cantrell officiating. Interment will follow in Hillcrest Cemetery. Friends may call one hour prior to the service. Rollins Funeral Home is assisting the family. Online condolences may be made at

Billups, Patricia S

PATRICIA S. BILLUPS, 88, of Ceredo, passed away at home on her birthday, May 9, 2019. She was born in Kenova, a daughter of the late Carl Staley and Rosalie Staley Ratcliff. Also predeceasing Mrs. Billups were her siblings, Mary Childers, John Staley, and Carl Staley. Pat is survived by her husband of 68 years, James T. Billups of Ceredo; her children, Paul A. Billups (Kathy), Leigh Ann Johnson (Richard), and Jon Andrew Billups; along with the grandchildren that she adored: Morgan Billups, Sarah Johnson, Matthew Johnson, Emily Billups, Jenna Marie Billups; and daughter-in-law, Lora Billups. Mrs. Billups held undergraduate and graduate degrees from Marshall University and had a deep passion for learning and education, spending her career as a classroom teacher and administrator in the Wayne County school system. She was most proud of the years she spent as a first-grade teacher and the many Ceredo and Kenova students she influenced with her love of reading. Pursuant to her request, a graveside service will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 11, 2019, at Crescent Hill Cemetery in Ceredo, with the Rev. H. Scott Byard officiating. In lieu of flowers it is requested that donations be made to the Town of Ceredo Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 691, Ceredo, WV 25507. Rollins Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Farley, Jackie Renee Dunlap

Jackie Renee Dunlap Farley, 36, of Catlettsburg, Ky., passed away Friday, May 3, 2019 at her residence. Funeral Service will be conducted 11:00 A.M. Friday, May 10, 2018 at Rollins Funeral Home in Kenova with Pastor Frank Hulett officiating. Interment will follow in Golden Oaks Memorial Park, Ashland. She was born May 22, 1982 in Galion, Ohio, a daughter of Jack Russell Dunlap, Jr. and Vickki Lynn Nelson Dunlap. Jackie was employed with Save-A-Lot as the Produce Manager. She was preceded in death by her maternal and paternal grandparents, uncle, aunts and father-in-law. In addition to her parents she is survived by two precious sons Zach Farley and Rylan Farley; boyfriend Dustin Jones; two sisters and brothers-in-law Carrie Hoffman (Rance) and Heather Castle (JR); special niece Reese Powell; five nieces and one nephew. The family will receive friends from 6-8 P.M. Thursday, May 9, 2019 at Rollins Funeral Home in Kenova. In lieu of flowers the family respectfully request that you make a donation to the funeral home to help with final expenses. Online condolences may be expressed at

Nixon, Alison McLean Yeoman

Alison McLean Yeoman Nixon, 53, of Ceredo, WV, formerly of Wheeling, WV passed away peacefully at St. Mary’s Medical Center on May 4, 2019 after a brief illness. She was the daughter of the late William G. & Helen B. Yeoman. Surviving are a daughter, Madison McLean Nixon (Matthew Peppard) and a son, Joshua Michael Nixon, triplet grandchildren, Luna McLean, Varo Allen and Atticus Matthew Peppard, all of Moundsville, WV. Alison is also survived by a sister, Susan (Clyde) May, of Huntington, WV and two brothers, Philip (Lori) Yeoman of Louisville, KY and Paul (Lisa) Yeoman of Kenova, WV, as well as a host of nieces and nephews. Alison was a kind and gentle soul with a passion for animals. In lieu of flowers, please donate in her honor to: Western West Virginia Animal Rescue Alliance, 1901 James River Road, Huntington, WV. 25701 or the Webark Estates Inc. Rt. 1 Box 431-A Moundsville, WV 26041. At her request, a private memorial service will be held for Alison at a later date.

Anderson, III., Ronald E

Ronald “Trace” Edward Anderson, III,26, of Huntington, passed away Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at his residence. He was born June 8, 1992 in Huntington, WV.  Trace was employed with the Customer response team at Amazon. He was preceded in death by his grandfather Lynn Hyre and Larry Slone, Sr. Survivors include his life partner Elizabeth Ciavarella; mother Beth Anderson (Larry Slone, Jr.), father Ronald Edward Anderson, II (Beth); sister Shannon Elizabeth Higgins (Gregg); paternal grandparents Ronald and Patricia Anderson; maternal grandmother Sue Hyre; cousins Benjamin Topping (Leah), Christopher Topping (Nicole); uncle Marc Hyre (Laura) and aunts Kimberly Hyre and Sheri Smith (Jesse). A memorial service will be conducted 2:00 P.M. Sunday, May 5, 2019 at Rollins Funeral Home in Kenova. The family will receive friends two hours prior to the service. In lieu of flowers the family respectfully request that you make a memorial donation to The First Tee at or the charity of your choice. Online condolences may be expressed at

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Shirley, Robert M

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Robert Mark Shirley, Sr., loving husband, doting father and loyal friend, on April 19, 2019. “Bub” was preceded in death by his parents, Samuel and Rosalie Shirley, father-in-law, Walter Bradley, and two sons, Brian and Michael Moore. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Doris Shirley, and four children, Lisa Stackhouse (Brian), Robert Shirley Jr. (Dorothy), Colleen Shirley (Donald Swanson), and Chris Moore (Bobbi Jo). Also left behind to mourn his loss are three sisters, Peg Shirley, Virginia Atkinson, Donna Unger (Barry), and one brother, Thomas Shirley (Stacey), 14 grandchildren, Katie Neal (John), Julie, Darcy and Colby Stackhouse, Gabrielle, Austin and Calvin Shirley, Madison Nessel (Nick Kappra), Piper and Bridget White, Parker Chapman, Tiffany Hardwick (James), Cody Moore and Morgan Dorr (Jason), 6 great-grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews. Continue reading “Shirley, Robert M”

Crum, Kay F

Kay F. Crum, 73, of Kenova, passed away Friday, April 26, 2019 at Cornerstone Hospital and is now rejoicing in Heaven with her father George Crum, mother Stella Crum, brother George ”Sonny” Crum and sister Betty Prario. She was born March 9, 1946 in Ward, WVa. She leaves behind a sister Nancy Brown and a host of nieces and nephews, Melissa Bailey, Michael and Emalee with whom she made her home. She also leaves behind her special running around buddy Melinda Calhoun. Kay will be remembered for her love of music, animals, life, and had a special ability to light up a room. A graveside service will be held 11:00 A.M. Tuesday, April 30, 2019 at Maple Hill Cemetery. There will be no public visitation and no procession to the cemetery. Rollins Funeral Home in Kenova is assisting the family. Online condolences may be expressed at

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