Obituary-Wallace Franklin “Jack” Suttle

Posted: Oct. 13, 2018 | Source: Hafer Funeral Home

Wallace Franklin (Jack) Suttle, loving husband, caring father and grandfather, respected businessman and a minister of the gospel went home to be with the Lord on October 11, 2018, at CAMC Memorial Division after losing his battle against pancreatic cancer. Jack was born October 22, 1943, in Rupert, WV. He was preceded in death by his parents Paris Franklin and Eugenia Alice Suttle and sister Barbara Ely.

Jack’s entrepreneurial spirit began at the age of 10 as a paper carrier in Rainelle, WV and had the rights to carry every route in town by the time he was 14. After graduation from Rainelle High School, he moved to Charleston School of Commerce to study accounting and later graduated from Morris Harvey College (University of Charleston) with an accounting degree. He then founded Suttle & Stalnaker, PLLC with his business partner, David Stalnaker and served many years as the managing partner of the firm. During his 40-year accounting career, he was a visionary and focused on improving his profession. He was a past President of the West Virginia Society of CPAs and a former board member of the West Virginia Healthcare Financial Management Association.

After heart conditions forced his early retirement from the firm in 2004, he volunteered as the accounting teacher at Elk Valley Christian School and became the school’s principal from 2013-2018. He dearly loved his students and cared for them as his own children.

Jack lived to serve Christ and others. In 1970, he began singing with the Servants Quartet and in 1977 he began singing with his family, the Suttles, and did so until 2005. He was passionate about sharing God’s love through song and became an ordained minister in 1978 and began holding evangelistic meetings throughout the eastern United States and various missionary trips to India. Jack also served Christ as a Deacon, School Board Member and Sunday School Teacher at his home church, Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife, Nancy Jo Suttle; his brother, Bill (Delane); two children: Lynette Lucas (Tony) and Wallace F. (Wally) Suttle, II (Spring) and four grandchildren: Zachary Lucas (Kayla), Parker Lucas (Kaley), Wallace F. (Trey) Suttle and Meredith Suttle. He is also survived by two great-granddaughters and another to be born soon.

The family would like to thank his great medical team at CAMC and Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. They would especially like to thank his cardiologist, Dr. Stanton for keeping him “ticking” all of these years and his oncology team Dr. Sissoko, Dr. Elmore, Dr. Weiss, Dr. Shah and the nurses on the MICU floor (Robin, Kenny and Justin) for their tremendous care.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be made to Elk Valley Christian School for construction of awnings over the steps of the Jack Suttle Elementary Building.

Jack was a giver his whole life, and his final act of gratitude came when he donated his body to the West Virginia University School of Medicine to assist doctors in finding a cure for pancreatic cancer. Cancer stripped him of his goal to donate his organs, but he felt he could have a greater impact on the world if he gave his whole body.

2 Timothy 4:7-8, I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness . . .

A visitation will be held on Monday, October 15, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church, Elkview, WV. A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, October 16 at Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church, at 7 p.m., with Rev. Lee Swor and Rev. Regan Jett officiating.

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Arrangements are in the care of Hafer Funeral Home, 50 North Pinch Road, Elkview.

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Obituary-Lester E. Sears

Posted: October 12, 2018 | Source: Adams Mason Funeral Home

Lester E. Sears, 90, passed away October 5, 2018. He lived in the Akron area since 1952, and was a native of Clay County, West Virginia, son of the late Lanta W. and Joda B. Sears.

He served his country in the U.S. Army as a truck driver after WWII. He graduated from Fairmont State College in Fairmont, West Virginia, and was a member of Adoniram Masonic Lodge. Les retired from the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company with 35 years service and was later employed part time at various companies.

He is survived by one aunt; one uncle; and many friends. Friends may call 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM Tuesday October 16, 2018 at the Adams Mason Funeral Home (791 East Market Street), where funeral services will immediately follow at 1:00 PM. Rev. Larry Knight will officiate. Interment Greenlawn Memorial Park. Arrangements entrusted to Adams Mason Funeral Home (330) 535-9186

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By: Stacy Nelson | Posted: Oct. 9, 2018

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Obituary-Hoyt Everett Newman

Posted: May 25, 2018 | Source: Matics Funeral Home

Hoyt Everett Newman, 77, of Clendenin, went home to be with the Lord Thursday, May 24, 2018, at home after a long illness.

He was the son of the late Elva Geraldine Osborne Davis. He was also preceded in death by his brother, Robert Newman.

Hoyt was owner and operator of the Clendenin Dairy Queen since 1977. He also worked for Columbia Gas Transmission. He was a 50-year member of Clendenin Lodge #126, Eastern Star Thelma Chapter 24 Clendenin, Scottish Rite Bodies and the Beni Kedem Shrine. Hoyt was a Korean War veteran where he received the Korean Citation, Veterans Citation for the Army in the 2nd Infantry Division. He served as Commander for the American Legion Post 61 where he received many honors, such as, Post Commander of the Year Div. III in 2001. Hoyt was a member of the VFW where he served as the VFW State Junior Commander Dept. of WV.

He is survived by: wife, Sandy Ryder Newman; daughter, Angela (Scott) Freyberg; son, Paul (Tina) Newman; grandsons, Joshua Newman, Jacob (Amy) Elkins and Jared Freyberg; great – granddaughters, Aubrey and Allyson Elkins; sister, Julia Davis; special friends, Homer Rucker, Sam Harper, Jim Shafer, Jack Belcher, and cousin, Kenny Drennen; furry friend, Gypsy.

The Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, May 26, at Matics Funeral Home, Clendenin. The Funeral will be 2 p.m. Sunday, May 27, at Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, with Pastor Lee Swor officiating. Burial will be at Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens with Masonic Lodge #126 performing Graveside Rites and American Legion Post 61 performing military Graveside Rites.

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Obituary-William W. Tolley

Posted: May 23, 2018 | Source: Hafer Funeral Home

William W. Tolley, 88, of Elkview, went home to be with his Lord, on Monday, May 21, 2018, at Hubbard Hospice West, South Charleston.

He was born in Lowell, Ohio, on September 25, 1929, to the late Donald Ova Tolley and Maysel Jane Hill Tolley, also preceded in death by six of his siblings.

He graduated from Walton High School in 1949, and then served his country in the Navy for nearly four years. He was very proud to have served on the U.S.S. Missouri, and happy that part of that time he was able to serve with his brother, Curtis. Bill was employed by AEP, Valley Bell, Ordnance Plant, and then retired from FMC. Bill accepted Christ in 1969 and was a member of Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church.

Bill is survived by his wife of 63 1/2 years, Kathryn “Katie” Gandee Tolley, and, daughters, Kristina (Ron) Spurgeon of Williamstown, Belinda Dorsey of Nitro, Teresa (John) Ward Keenan of Knoxville, Tenn., and Martha Shaffer and fiancé Ron Jackson of Charleston; brother, Walter Eugene (Wanda) Tolley. He is also survived by seven grandchildren.

Service will be noon Friday, May 25, at Hafer Funeral Home, with Pastor Lee Swor officiating. Burial will be in the Droddy-Canterbury Cemetery, Walton.

Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, please contribute to the Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church Building Fund.

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Arrangements are in the care of Hafer Funeral Home, 50 North Pinch Road, Elkview.