In Memoriam

In Memoriam

“What we have once enjoyed and deeply loved we can never lose, for all that we love deeply becomes a part of us.”
- Helen Keller

This list is in honor of those alumni & friends of West Virginia State who have passed away. If you have a name that should be added to this list, please contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 304.766.4121 or email Amber Cunningham at


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In Memoriam Norma V. Paige 6/30/2023  
Charlotte - Norma Paige, age 78, of Charlotte transitioned on July 30, 2023 at Pelican at Randolph in Charlotte, NC. Norma leaves to cherish fond memories, her daughter, Simone Conner; her sons, Joel Paige ( Brandy: wife) and Kyle Paige ; her seven grandchildren , Tyler, Maryssa, Madison, Taryn, Jacob, Caleb and Gabriel; one great-grandchild, Swaye as well as many friends and family members who were very dear to her heart.

Norma was preceded in death by parents; Harold VanRiel and Bernice VanRiel and a sister, Karen Galloway
In Memoriam Maria T. Sisco 8/8/2023  
Maria Therese Sisco, 67, of Charleston, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, August 1, 2023.

She was born on June 15,1956 in Charleston, to the late David Sisco and Barbara Ferguson Hill. Maria is a 1974 graduate of Stonewall Jackson High School where she was a majorette and cheerleader. She then went on to graduate from West Virginia State College in 1979 while being a cheerleader and member of Delta Sigma Theta. She was a successful supervisor of Family Services with the State of West Virginia. Maria loved music, and loved to sing. She had a God-given passion for helping people.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her grandmother, Lily Ferguson; grandfather, Garnett Ferguson.

Maria is survived by daughters, Jerrika and Jessica Lynon both of Charleston; sisters, Cheryl Conard (Spencer) of Waxhaw, SC, Renea Crozier (Dwayne) of Charleston; step-sister, Tammy Hill of Charlotte, NC; step-father, James Hill of Charleston; and step-daughters, Asha, Audra, and Kendra Wilson of Pittsburgh, PA; niece, Aliya Crozier of Charleston, WV; and nephew, Andre Dawkins of Norman, OK; and an extended number of cousins, friends, Sorority Sisters, and work family.

A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday, August, 7 at Abundant Life Ministries, Charleston with Bishop Wayne Crozier officiating. Burial will follow in Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens, Cross Lanes.

Friends may visit one hour prior to the service at the church.

Arrangements are in the care of Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar.
In Memoriam Merle L. Chambers 4/27/2023  

In Memoriam Juliette B. Helmick 2/6/2023  
It is with great sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of Juliette Burrell Helmick on February 6th, 2023. Juliette was born on May 25, 1944, to Julius and Myrtle Burrell in Chesapeake, West Virginia. Juliette was a dedicated educator and made a lasting impact on the lives of her students and families. She graduated from Charleston High School in West Virginia at 16 years old, and obtained her Bachelors degree from West Virginia State University at 20 years old. While working full time as a teacher she obtained her Master's degree in Education Administration from Cleveland State University. Throughout her career, she taught at John Hay High School, John F Kennedy High School and served as an Assistant Principal at Patrick Henry Junior High, Collinwood High, Cleveland School of the Arts, Cleveland Heights and as the first female Principal at Monticello Junior High in Cleveland Heights, Ohio. Juliette was a loving mother to her dedicated only child, Jeffrey Helmick, and adored her granddaughters, Lauren and Victoria. She is also survived by her sister, Mattie B. James, brother, Michael X Burrell, nephews Kevin, Keith, and Kelly, and special friends Linda Young, Viney Chandler, Gloria Lovelace, Mary Lidgey, and Diane Lewis. In addition, Juliette is survived by many nieces and cousins. Juliette lived a full and fulfilling life, enriched by her wit and charm, which impacted the lives of everyone she encountered. She loved to travel and visited every continent except Antarctica. In her very active retirement she continued to work with schools and children in a consulting role and she would tell everyone she encountered that she scored two holes in one in her favorite activity golf. She will be remembered as a kind, generous, and compassionate person who touched the lives of many and will be deeply missed. The memories of her love, laughter, and dedication will live on in the hearts of all who knew and loved her. Celebration of Life service to be announced. Arrangements entrusted to LUCAS MEMORIAL CHAPEL 9010 Garfield Blvd. in Garfield Hts.
In Memoriam Lenore E. Casey 3/27/2023  
Lenore E. (Thompson) Casey was one of those rare individuals who never had an unkind word to say about anyone. She was a gentle lady who spoke softly and had an infectious smile. It was not uncommon for her to put the needs of others before her own.

Lenore, 84, died Dec. 8, 2022, at Care One at Brookline (MA), after a months-long stay due to declining health. She was born Aug. 1, 1938, in Brooklyn, NY, to Charles and Maude Thompson. Lenore’s only sibling, her younger brother, Arnold, died as a child.

Lenore was beautiful inside and out. She graduated West Virginia State University, a HBCU, where she was the homecoming queen in 1960, and a member of the prestigious Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority.

Lenore was an elementary school teacher for nearly 40 years: five years in each Teaneck, NJ., and Charlotte, NC., and 27 years in Duxbury, MA.

In her spare time, Lenore, who played the violin, enjoyed listening to music and reading. Her passion was her son and her grandchildren.

Her only child, Charles Thompson, Sr. of Plymouth, MA, said his mother was his “hero.” She will be remembered as “a loving, caring mother who sacrificed everything for her family.”

“She was very kind and generous and she had unconditional love for everyone,” he recalled.

In addition to her son, Lenore is survived by five grandchildren: Tasiana Thompson White (Terrance) of Houston, TX; Jordan (Nicole) Thompson of Quincy; Charles Thompson, Jr., of Plymouth; Leahna Thompson of Plymouth; and Karina Brown of Framingham, MA.

She is also survived by six great-grandchildren: Leland Thompson, Madison Thompson, Tristan Thompson, and Myles Thompson, all of Quincy; and Osias Abanobi and Kortnee Rose Leday of Houston.

Lenore is additionally survived by a host of cousins, including Pat West of Marco Island, FL, and Martha’s Vineyard, MA, who was like a sister.
In Memoriam George R. Tynes 3/27/2023  
George Richard Tynes was born on December 28, 1938 and passed away on August 16, 2018 and is under the care of.
In Memoriam James E. Cullop 3/24/2023  
James (Jim) Edwin Cullop, Jr, 86 of Ocala, died peacefully on March 3rd 2022 from a lengthy illness at The Ted and Diane Brandley House in Summerfield. He was born November 14th, 1935 in Elkridge, WV to James and Dolores (Hoffman) Cullop of WV. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Bonnie (Schaefer) Cullop, of Ocala and two children, Vincent (Gina) Hain of Ocala, and Kimberly (John) Silva of Manassas, VA. Grandchildren: Heather Waite; Alodie (Brandon), Amber, and Ashley Hain; Kaitlyn Hines Schlosser (Dennis) and Carson Hines; and great grandchildren: Joey, William, and Kyleigh Foster; Jazelle, Jelina, Jaelyn, and Brandon Jr Barrone; Caspian Fargo; Miles Manual; and Ruth Schlosser. Family Pet: Sammy VI, the Siamese cat. He was preceded in death by both parents and his brother Robert Conley Cullop.

Upon graduating from Montgomery High School, Jim snuck away to join the USAF where he proudly served his country from Sep 54 through Jan 58. After a brief stop at Ohio State, Jim graduated from West Virginia State College and was later honored with an induction into the WV State University Hall of Fame Class of 2008 for his athletic accomplishments while competing as a student athlete in swimming/diving.

Jim had a tenacious work ethic and while working for FMC in the DC Metro area he was so beloved that upon leaving every co-worker gave a $5 contribution to fund his travel to his new career in Florida. In his infamous Triumph TR4, accompanied by his good friend Jack Jarvis, they famously ate KFC on the way to Orlando, FL.

In January 1970, while working for Florida Gas, Jim met the absolute love of his life Bonnie, and the rest is history. In July of 1970, during their lunch break, Jim and Bonnie were married at the Orlando Courthouse and moved to Ocala that Fall. Jim was an amazing father, not only to his daughter Kimberly, but also to his new son Vincent, who he taught to golf, swim, dive, play tennis, and basketball.

While working for Nobility Homes, Jim met Mr. Dub Gillis who thought Jim would be a good fit for the insurance business because of his personality and work ethic. Jim was a natural, and quickly gained the admiration of everyone at Gulf Life Insurance. He was promoted to the Home Office, Gulf Life Tower in Jacksonville in August 1977. He ascended the corporate ladder and became the Director of Training for American Heritage Life Co holding this position until his retirement in 2002. The highlights of his insurance career included travels with Bonnie to Hawaii (their favorite destination), San Francisco, the Bahamas, Bermuda, and Nashville, all while working as the Convention Coordinator.

Throughout his life Jim loved golf. He routinely played competitive golf from the West Virginia Amateur, to any, and all, events possible in the Ocala area. Known for his Gator wear, Jim was an unofficial Ambassador for the Ocala Golf Club. He was very active with the Men's Golf Association, and worked as a Starter, taught Junior Golf, and represented the Club on the City Council, where he successfully fought to keep Pine Oaks and the Ocala Golf Club from being closed. Some of his fondest memories were the Wednesday and Saturday games. He took great pride when he won two-man events with his son, Vinny. Jim was famous for his smile, jokes, and storytelling. He was a loyal, giving friend, so much so, that after receiving his Gold Jacket for his HOF induction, he gave it to one of his closest friends, Bobby Griffith and stated, "It’s too hot to wear in Ocala and you can enjoy it more up here in WV.”

A Celebration of Life for family and friends will be held at the Ocala Golf Club, 3130 E. Silver Springs Blvd, Ocala, FL 34470 on Saturday, April 2nd, from 1 to 4 pm.

Arrangements were handled by the National Cremation Society.
In Memoriam John L. Davidson 1/29/2020  
March 9, 1952 - January 24, 2020

John Levi Davidson III, the eldest son of the late John L. and Lousinda Davidson was born on March 9, 1952 in Welch, West Virginia. He was one of six children blessed from this union. His early childhood years were nurtured in Anawalt, West Virginia. His spiritual walk began at the First Missionary Baptist Church in Anawalt. This grounding strengthened his character and prepared him for life, John fought a gallant fight and transitioned peacefully on Friday, January 24, 2020. John faced his challenges with grace and dignity and never complained. His spiritual convictions and faithful until the end.

John recieved his elementary and secondary education from McDowell County Schools. He excelled in academics and played football and ran track (especially the 440 Relay). In 1970, John graduated from Gary High School and entered West Virginia State University (WVSU) where he received an associate degree in Law Enforcement and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice. While there he played football as an outside linebacker.

John served his country as a Sergeant in the United States Army Reserves and a Corrections Officer with the DC Department of Corrections in Lorton, Virginia. John's destiny was yet to be fulfilled. He was obedient to God and had no idea that his career would lay the groundwork for a life of service and induction into the Heavenly Hall of Fame.

In 1987, John met the love his life, Vivette L. Alexander. John and Vivette Davidson were married in 1992. John and "Vet" (as he called her) raised and nurtured many spiritual children. The Davidsons were passionate about sports (especially football) and enjoyed watching basketball and other sports together, especially on the weekends.

During his career with the U.S. Board of Parole, the Lord planted a seed of ministry in his heart. He stepped out on faith and went into private practice specializing in domestic violence, anger management and substance abuse treatment. This seed grew to become ProjectCan, a Christian-based organization that promoted awareness of domestic violence. John was determined to make ProjectCan a success. He studied all aspects of domestic violence, enrolled in accredited programs to validate his knowledge, and was certified as a domestic violence expert. He understood anger and its effect on community was determined to do something about it.

John was devoted spiritually to ProjectCan. His program gave people hope and he proved that Christian values can be utilized within the criminal justice system to restore wholeness. John made a difference in the lives of the men and women who entered the system as domestic violence offenders. John's work with ProjectCan afforded him the honor of implementing a weekly anger management and domestic violence counseling group at the Prince George's County Correctional Facility in Upper Marlboro, Maryland. The inmates he serviced respected and admired him. John loved the challenge of changing their lives and restoring souls. John also served as the Chief Operating Officer of the Prince George's Coalition Against Domestic Violence in Prince George's County Maryland and was an adjunct instructor for the U.S. Homeland Security Agency.

John devoted his life to the criminal justice profession and in 2000, after 39 years, he retired from federal law enforcement service as a Special Agent for the Department of Justice and the U.S. Board of Parole (Court Services and Offender's Supervision Agency) in Washington, D.C.

John was affectionately known as "John D" to his friends, "Uncle John" to the kids and "Butch" to his family and those close to him. John was a man of character and strength. He had a smile that brightened his pathway everywhere he went. He loved music, especially smooth jazz and oldies but goodies. He also loved spending quality time with family and friends. He was a real jokester and loved children. No child was exempt from the wrath of Uncle John appearing out of nowhere wearing the infamous "ogre" mask. John loved to eat and one of his past-times was preparing good food. His fried fish and fried turkey are well worth honorable mention. Whenever he fried fish, his famous words were "Fish Up!" During the holidays, John would take orders for fried turkeys. He would work all night and sometimes would have as many as 35 fried turkeys or more packaged and ready for pick up.

John loved his experience at WVSU and remained active and devoted to his Alma Mater. He served as the President of the West Virginia State University, National "W" Club, and the Shenandoah Valley Chapter for eight years. John enhanced his support by contributing to the construction of the Monroe Athletic complex. For his generous support to the WVSU yellowjacketnation4life, the John L. Davidson, III Football Office was dedicated in his honor where there are several athletic lockers inscribed with his name. He was also a member of the Bullpen Baseball team established to ensure the continuing legacy of Coach Calvin Bailey.

John was a member of Vash Na Ha Fraternity and remained active as an alumni member. He cherished the "Vash Na Ha Brotherhood" and the friendships he made over the years remained dear to his heart. Many of the experiences he shared remained with him for his lifetime. His friendships with these men, his "Brothers in Arms" stood by him through it all. In 2016, John L. Davidson III was voted a member of the President's Circle at West Virginia State University as a Presidential honoree for his philanthropic recognition and induction into the "Heavenly Hall of Fame." John was a member of the First Baptist Church of Glenarden in Upper Marlboro, MD where he served on the Security Ministry.

John believed in God, family, hard work, community and compassion for his fellow man. He leaves to cherish his memory: His devoted wife of 27 years, Vivette L. Davidson; son John L. Davidson, IV (Chantal); daughter Dreama; three sisters Linda Davidson, Nancy Davidson, Gail Davidson, brother Samuel Davidson, two brothers-in-law Charles (Maria), Michael, eight grandchildren (Camille, Michaela, Arianna, Levi, Josiah, Jonah, Jordan, Johannah) and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. His sister Billie Jean Huff preceded him in death. John was beloved by everyone he met. He was a phenomenal husband, father, brother, friend, co-worker, mentor and a "good man who loved God, his wife, his family and life."
In Memoriam Delories O. Davis 3/24/2023  
Mrs. Delories Y. Osborne Davis, 77, of Charleston, was born on January 19, 1946 in Bluefield, and passed away peacefully on Monday, March 13, 2023.

She is preceded in death by her father, Charles H. Osborne; mother, Alice M. Osborne; husband, Keith R. Davis; and three brothers.

Delories was a loving daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, sister, loyal friend, and mentor to everyone. She is survived by her daughter, Marseeia A. Davis-Segovia; son, Major Keith R. Davis II, with the United States Army; and grandchild, Natalia Cordia-Alice Segovia.

Delories attended West Virginia State University and received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1977. In 1994 she received a Master of Arts degree with a major in Agency Counseling from Marshall University. Her accomplishments are innumerable. She was a trailblazer on the campus of West Virginia State University as she organized developed and opened the first Child Development Center. Under her direction and supervision, the West Virginia State University Child Development Center opened in 1990 and was located on the campus in Institute. The childcare facility was designed to supervise and care for children. The daycare services supported parents and guardians by providing excellent care for children who were too young to be left alone and for children that required care before or after school. The program, which was educationally based, focused on age-appropriate developmental activities.

In her position as Executive Director of the Center, Delories provided opportunities for many West Virginia State University students to complete their programmatic field experiences and she also provided valuable mentoring services for many students who respected her knowledge of working with children. Delories Davis served for 20 years as the administrator of the Child Development Center at West Virginia State University before retiring on June 1, 2011.

Delories was active in the community and served on various boards such as the Executive Committee of the St. Francis of Assisi. At West Virginia State University, she was a member of the President's Circle, which is West Virginia Sate University's premier annual giving society, recognizing WVSU's most faithful and generous donors. She maintained membership in several organizations, including Beta Beta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, where her offices of service included serving a President and serving as Co-Chair of the first Great Lakes Regional Conference in 1986 that was hosted by the twelve chapters in the West Virginia Cluster. She was a Silver Star member with forty-six years of service, having been initiated in 1977. In 1999 she served as Vice President of the Charleston-Institute Chapter of Links, Incorporated. During her thirty-seven years of membership she was a faithful and loyal member as she fulfilled her responsibilities in accomplishing organizational goals.

After her retirement, Delories continued to work in the community championing access to educational opportunities. She also focused on health and safety issues, especially risk reduction as related to hazardous materials produced, stored and transported in the community areas of Institute, Pinewood and Dunbar. In her retirement years she still continued with her personal philosophy, which was "Giving of self through volunteer service can help create a positive change for the community with a special focus on mentoring young adults and the welfare of children and senior citizens."

A funeral service will be held at 12 p.m. on Saturday, March 25, at First Baptist Church, Charleston with Rev. Paul Dunn officiating. Burial will follow in Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens, Cross Lanes.

Friends may visit one hour prior to the service at First Baptist Church, Charleston.

Arrangements are in the care of Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar.
In Memoriam Clarence L. Kinney 3/24/2023  
Obituary for Clarence L. Kinney Sr.

Clarence Kinney of Glen Mills, PA passed away at Paoli Hospital on Monday January 4, 2021. He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Geraldine Kinney, his sons Larry Kinney (Lisa Jones) and Troy Kinney (Zoe Kinney), grandsons: Matthew Kinney, Weston Kinney, and Micha Kinney, and granddaughter Lena Kinney. Clarence was born to Robert Kinney and Eliza Brown Jordan in Standard, Pennsylvania. His step- mother was Lena Kinney. He served in the United States Navy during World War II and graduated from West Virginia State College University with a BS in Business Administration. Clarence held a long career in Financial Administration working for the US Postal Service, City of Philadelphia, Commonwealth of PA Department of Justice and Comptroller Bursar for Lincoln University.

Clarence was initiated into the Alpha Theta Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. at West Virginia State College University in April 1949. He was an active member of Nu Sigma Chapter in Philadelphia. He held the Offices of President, Vice-President, Corresponding Secretary, and Financial Secretary over the years. He was a Graduate Advisor for Mu Chapter at Lincoln University from 1969-1990. He became a Life member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity in 1974. Clarence received numerous awards and honors, including: The Man of the Year Award for the Nu Sigma Chapter in 1979, Easter Region Prominent Brother Service Citation in 2002, the Dr. Raymond Bounds Award, Certification of Appreciation from Lincoln University, Conclave Citation Longevity of Service for 50 years, National President Memorial Collegiate Leadership Development, and the Certificate of Distinction from the Chapel of Four Chaplains. Clarence volunteered his time with the Boy Scouts of America, Tick-Tock Early Learning Center, and Mount Pleasant Nursery and Kindergarten. He was active in the West Virginia State University Alumni Association. Clarence enjoyed spending time with his family and looked forward to attending Fraternity gatherings and the annual Brown McNair Family Reunions. He greatly enjoyed meeting and conversing with family, friends, and fellow Fraternity Brothers.

Celebration of Life Memorial service will be for immediate family members only (due to Covid 19). In lieu of flowers donations can be made in his memory to the West Virginia State College University Alumni Association at:
In Memoriam Mary I. Moore 3/24/2023  
Mary Ion Moore, a social worker and homemaker, died on Saturday, March 19, 2022, in Philadelphia after a brief illness. She was 93.

She was born on Sept. 12, 1928, in Philadelphia to the late Linwood H. Ewell Sr. and Lillian M. (Roberts) Ewell.

Moore was educated in the Philadelphia School System and graduated from Simon Gratz High School in 1946. She earned a bachelor of arts in social studies from West Virginia State College (now University) in 1950.

She excelled in the spoken arts and was selected by the English Department to give the main address at the annual public speaking banquet.

Moore was a life member of the Alumni Association and was awarded the Grover Smiley 110 Percent Award, recommended by the WVSU Philadelphia/Delaware Valley Chapter, of which she was a charter member. While at West Virginia State, she was initiated into the Alpha Delta Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She became a Diamond Life Member and was active in the Philadelphia Alumnae Chapter, where she participated in the 1963 March on Washington.

She was the widow of the late Henry L. Moore, a Tuskegee airman she met on the first day on campus in the registration line. They were married on Sept. 8, 1951, and settled in Philadelphia, where she worked at the Veterans Administration.

She moved from Philadelphia to Washington, D.C., following her husband's job. Upon returning to Philadelphia, she became a social worker for the Pennsylvania Department of Public Assistance until she decided to stay at home and take care of her daughters.

"She felt that her most important role was as a wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and mentor to many," her family said.

In 1960, Moore and her husband bought a home in Mount Airy and were proud to be the second Black family on their block. They loved traveling across the country by car, train and auto train together and on family trips. In addition, Moore accompanied her husband to Phi Beta Sigma, Inc. conventions in her role as a Sigma Shadow.

In 1961, Moore joined Summit Presbyterian Church in Mount Airy where her family became the third Black family to join. She was ordained as an elder. She also served as a deacon, was a member of several committees, notably the Pastoral Nominating Committee and Worship Committee, and sang in the Chancel Choir.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her brother, Linwood H. Ewell, Jr.

She is survived by: her daughters, Nadene Moore and Meva Moore Justice (Kenneth Justice); grandsons, Keith Justice (Toccara Hilliard Justice) and Mark Justice (Stephanie Mazariegos); great-grandson, Sol Justice; and other family members and friends.

Services were held March 30 at Summit Presbyterian Church, 6757 Greene St.

Viewing was at 10 a.m. Services followed at 11 a.m.

Emmanuel Johnson Funeral Home handled the arrangements.
In Memoriam Kirkland L. Fain 3/13/2023  
Kirkland Leonard Fain (WVSC, 1965) born September 1, 1943 in Derby, CT and passed on May 12, 2022. Earned Master's degree at Southern CT College. Taught for over forty years in the New Haven and Hartford, CT school systems.
Graveside service held on May 26, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at Pine Grove Cemetery, Ansonia, CT. The family request donations in his memory be made to the West Virginia State University Foundation.

In Memoriam Fatiema J. Wilkerson 3/10/2023  
Fatiema Jean Wilkerson, age 70, passed away at Hubbard Hospice House West of South Charleston, WV, on Friday, January 8, 2021. She was born on February 18, 1950 in Charleston, WV to the late Golden Vernell Strawther and the late Blanche Strawther.

She was a graduate of St. Albans High School in 1968 and she earned her Bachelor's Degree at West Virginia State University. She worked in Human Resources and retired from Dow Chemicals after 33 years of service with Dow and Union Carbide in South Charleston, WV. She continued working after a brief intermission and retired again from West Virginia State University after 10 years as an Administrative Assistant. She loved her volunteer work with the Charleston - Institute WV Chapter of the Links Inc., WVSU Alumni Associations and the Pilot Club of St. Albans.

She was married to Walter Wilkerson of Institute, WV. She is survived by her daughters Jerri Dionne Wilson of Conyers, GA, Nada Wilkerson of Dunbar, WV, and Barbara Lacy (Eric) Omgba of Marietta, GA and son Maurice (Sarah) Wilkerson, Westerville, OH. She leaves behind 9 grandchildren and sisters, Doris (Sterling) Smith - Institute, WV, Barbara Evans - Fayetteville, GA, Nachette (Anver) Classens - Charlotte, NC, Karen (Sherman) Lucas - Fayetteville, GA. She was preceded in death by two brothers Marshall Strawther - St. Albans, WV and Curtis Strawther and a sister Goldie Ann Carter (James), Columbus, GA. She will be dearly missed by a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives.

The memorial service will be held on Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at Tyler Mountain Memorial Gardens in Cross Lanes, WV at noon. Visitation will begin at 11:00am Tuesday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in her name to the Walter and Margaret Wilkerson Scholarship Fund, West Virginia State University Foundation, P.O. Box 1000, Institute, WV 25112 or The W Club, P.O. Box 621, Institute, WV 25112. (
In Memoriam Richard E. Fields 3/9/2023  
Richard E. Fields CHARLESTON - FORMER RETIRED STATE CIRCUIT JUDGE RICHARD E, FIELDS passed away Friday, March 3, 2023. He was 103 years old. Funeral Service will be held on Monday, March 13, 2023 at Centenary United Methodist Church, 60 Wentworth Street, Charleston, SC, 29403. Further information will be forthcoming. Arrangements by Fielding Home for Funerals, 122 Logan Street, Charleston, SC 29401, 843-722-3348 or 1-800-290-5954. Visit our guestbook at
In Memoriam Kipp T. Gutshall 1/10/2023  
February 12, 1939 - August 10, 2022

Kipp Taylor Gutshall peacefully made her way to heaven's gates on August 10. She was surrounded by her family at her bedside through her final hours.

Kipp was born in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania to the late Isaac Newton and Janet Taylor. She attended Huntingdon High School where she was affectionately known as "Kippy". An active member of the marching band, she was known for her excellent contribution of sound and timbre of the glockenspiel. Kipp also participated in yearbook, prom committee and attended high school reunions for decades as she was devout in maintaining her friendships in high school and her community.

She went on to attend Penn State University where she became a member of Kappa Alpha Theta. Kipp finished her degree in food and nutrition at West Virginia State University and went on to teach nutrition at the Charleston General School of Nursing in West Virginia.

During her high school years, Kipp met the love of her life, Thomas Gutshall and together they built a family that now spans three generations across their sixty-three (63) years of marriage. Together, the couple lived in Delaware, Maryland, West Virginia, North Carolina, Missouri and California. For the past forty (40) years they have resided in Los Altos Hills where they have been active members of the community and their church Union Presbyterian.

Kipp served as the president of her local chapter of Aglow International for many years. In this role she did what she loved the most which was serving the Lord and providing ministry to local women throughout the Bay Area.

Amongst being an active member of her local church, Kipp was a talented seamstress. She loved selecting fabrics and patterns and could be found sewing for hours at her sewing machine. Whether it be clothing, curtains or decorations, there wasn't a sewing project too challenging that Kipp wasn't ready to tackle. Some of her children's favorite memories are of clothes made from old bedspreads or curtains (with patterns and shapes from coloring books adorned on the fabric) just like 'The Sound of Music'.

Kipp is survived by her husband Tom Gutshall, brother John Taylor, children Jennifer Gutshall Hawks, Doug Gutshall (Ericka Gutshall) and Jodi McDermott (Kevin McDermott), twelve grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

In Memoriam Roger Chalmers 12/19/2022  
Obituary for Roger Chalmers

Born November 23, 1941, in Harlem, New York City, to Earl Sefer Chalmers and Carrie Cole Chalmers. Roger and his younger sister Phyllis, attended New York City public schools. With discipline, love and support; Earl and Carrie leveraged their children's skills and talents to solidify a pathway for their futures. Roger was part of Minisink/New York City Mission Society, a local youth leadership agency. Roger was involved in Minisink's music, leadership, and camping programs; eventually becoming a camp counselor.

Roger's musical talent led to his acceptance at the prestigious Music and Arts High School in New York. His love and study of music led to him becoming a pianist and trombone player. His wife, Marilyn, says that Roger also has a "pitch-perfect" ear. (Who knew??) In fact, his son Tim asked his father to listen to a band he was considering for his wedding. Afterwards, Roger said don't hire that band. The singer is off-key, as is one of the horn players. His "pitch-perfect" ear is only one of the many of characteristics of Roger, that we all came to appreciate. If you didn't want his opinion, don't ask for it.

Roger attended West Virginia State College, where he joined the ROTC. In 1962, he became the one and only member to join the Omega Psi Phi fraternity that year. In WVA, as a young college student, he met and married Patricia Coles. They share two sons, Roger Jr., and Craig. Upon graduation, Roger enlisted in the United States Army where he was commissioned as a second lieutenant. Roger served in Orleans, France serving as company commander before returning and settling in the states. Roger humbly credits Minisink, his military background, and the ROTC with the development of his strong leadership skills.

Following his military service, Roger made time to obtain a master's degree from Southern Connecticut State University in Urban Studies. He later became a corporate trailblazer. In fact, I don't think there was a trail, once Roger arrived; he truly blazed those trails, opening doors for so many of us to walk proudly through.

Returning to the states as Capt. Roger Chalmers, he landed his first management job at the technological giant IBM. He held human resources and operational leadership roles at Mobil Oil, American Cyanamid, Nestles, and Federal Express.

Roger and his best buddy, the late Jimmy Robinson, developed and worked on a program to provide financial support for minority students entering college. He provided support and guidance to family members and friends. "He often showed up at your office to take you to lunch and offer a listening ear and advice."

It was Roger's love of Golf that led him to a tournament in Virginia, where he met his wife, Marilyn Miles. Marilyn and Roger have been married thirty-eight years, calling each other "The Love of their Lives." A consummate family man, Roger, and Marilyn worked successfully to blend their families: Roger Jr., Craig, Nika, and Tim, settling in Madison, Connecticut. Roger sought out his family members and was the patriarch that checked in on everyone -- sisters, aunts, uncles, and cousins -- he truly cared and loved his family.

Roger and Marilyn moved to Providence Forge, Virginia after retirement. Roger became a member of New Zion Baptist Church, Williamsburg, Virginia. He enjoyed visiting and checking in on his elderly aunts and researching his family tree. He believed that it is important that his children know their family history and heritage. The check-ins on all his family continued, via his cell phone. Roger loved to talk (to no one's surprise), certainly in the Chalmers' DNA; or as the old folks used to say, "he got it honest." If Roger called you, take a seat, it was going to be a long ride, filled with laughter and love. We will all miss those calls. It was a long-distance hug. He also had a commitment and appreciation for volunteering and mentoring, in his community. He served on a domestic violence board, volunteering, with his wife, in the Palliative Care Unit at Virginia Commonwealth University Hospital. He served as president of the Ruritan Club in his local community.

Roger's legacy will live among his wife Marilyn, their children, Roger Jr., Craig (Felicia) Nika (Javier), and Tim (Melanie): Seven grandchildren- Hunter, Cara, Craig, Jr., Jacobi, Cydney, Kennedy and Elle. One great grandchild- Josiah. Sisters, Phyllis Gleaton and Frances Thomas. Three nephews- Kevin and Salim Gleaton and Arthur Thomas. One surviving aunt, Rev. Pauline Johnson, a host of faithful and caring cousins, friends, and the brothers of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity.

This is only a snippet and does not begin to describe the life and legacy of Roger Chalmers, and how much he will be missed. Nonetheless, we must take comfort in knowing he's with the Lord and the elders that went on before him. A Jewish prayer says, "may his memory be a blessing." Roger was a blessing. It's his family's hope that his memory will bless and keep us until we meet again.

Many thanks to cousins, Joyce Coleman, Gail Britton, and daughter-in-law Felicia Chalmers for helping in recalling Roger's written memories.

The Family gives many thanks to the healing hands of all of Roger's medical doctors and staff, during his long, hard-fought medical battles. Special thanks to his caregiver, Lauretta and the staff of Kindred Hospice who helped to make his "journey" more comfortable.

A funeral service will be held 2 pm, Sunday, August 7th at Vincent Funeral Home, 9923 Pocahontas Trail, Providence Forge, Virginia 23140. The family will receive friends from 1-2 p.m., just prior to the service.

Repast held immediately after services at Antebellum, 4370 N Courthouse Road, Providence Forge, Virginia 23140.

Burial at later date, at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia 22202.

In lieu of flowers, you may make donations to New Zion Baptist Church, Endowment Fund. Mail to P.O. Box 63, Lightfoot, VA 23090 or via the website: and note "Endowment Fund".
In Memoriam Barry Clark 12/19/2022  
Barry Kent Clark, 78, formerly of Charleston, West Virginia, passed away November 22, 2022, from a sudden illness at his residence in Charlotte, North Carolina. Barry was born and raised in Buffalo, New York, where he graduated from Bennett High School. He then attended West Virginia State College to play basketball. Barry began his career in the banking industry with M & T Bank in Buffalo before relocating to Charleston to work for the National Bank of Commerce. After his career in banking and several years in construction, his love for kids and passion for helping others led him to work for the security department at Charleston Job Corps.

Barry was a towering figure with a deep booming voice, yet he was best known for his soft heart and willingness to help those in need in whatever way he could.

Barry was preceded in death by his parents, Lawrence and Thelma Clark, sisters, Judith Clark and Elaine Blyden, brother, David Clark, and grandson, Sydnee Tuffin.

Barry is survived by his sons, Gerald (Deitrich) of Charleston, WV, and Brian (Amber, fiancée) of Portland, OR, daughter, Dawnyetta Reese, of Los Angeles, CA, and brother, Dennis Clark of Southfield MI.

Barry loved all his family, but his heartbeat was his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, to whom he was affectionately known as "Gramps." Gramps is survived by his grandchildren; Paige, Brittney, Nichole (Lance), Aaron, Cory, Val, Destiny, Amahn, Solomon, Daniel, Joshua, and Samuel, and great-grandchildren, Riley, and Lailah.

There will be a live steam of the service on the church Facebook page.
In Memoriam Sandra A. Crockett 12/19/2022  
Rev. Dr. Sandra Carlye Allen Coleman Crockett Mack


Sandra was born to the union of Carl and Willa Allen on September 4, 1941, in Logan, West Virginia. Three years earlier her only living, sibling Robert L. Allen was born in Holder, West Virginia. She was raised by her mother and stepfather, James Paige Jr.

The family moved, West Virginia to Beckley when Sandra was three years old. She entered Morton Reaves Elementary School where she attended through 8th grade. After which she began her membership and was baptized at the Second Baptist Church.

Sandra began the 9th grade at Stratton High School and was chosen as a Majorette for the Stratton Marching Band. She became head Majorette for three years. She made the mark as one of the "Show Stopping" Majorettes that ever led the band. Many people expressed that they attended the games just to see her perform. She enjoyed performing as a Majorette and carried that style with her as she entered College at West Virginia State University. She graduated with honors from High School and was a member of the National Honor Society, that gained her a full scholarship to West Virginia State University. At West Virginia State she joined the Majorette Corps and was in competition with colleges from various other states and was very successful in winning. During her tenor at West Virginia State, she was chosen Miss Sophomore and Miss Junior as assistant to Miss West Virginia State. In her senior year she was chosen "Miss West Virginia State University".

Sandra graduated from West Virginia State University with her Bachelors of Degree and went on to obtain her master's degree in theology from Payne Seminary at Wilberforce University and United Seminary in Dayton, Ohio. She received a master's degree in criminal justice from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio and a PHD in Education with Specialty areas in Counseling Psychology and Corrections at the Ohio State University. Sandra went on to work for Job Corps Center and Appalachian Youth Program in Charleston, West Virginia; where she worked President Kennedy's Team. She also worked for the Governor of West Virginia. During her stay in West Virginia, she worked with Senator Jennings Randolph who later became the most outstanding US Senator in history. Sandra was blessed to have taught at many universities: Central State University, Mountain State University of Charleston, Springfield Community Hospital School of Nursing, and the Ohio State University. She worked under 2 Ohio Governors, Governor Celeste as Commission of Ohio Department of Mental Retardation. Other positions held were Director of Volunteers Services with the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections. She also taught at Ohio State in the Dresden Program at the Ohio Technical College. She also did psychological testing for the Ohio Industrial Commission.

Sandra was blessed to become a member of the Ohio Parole Board for 14 years where she was responsible for the release consideration for over 65,00 men and women who were housed in Ohio Prison. One of Sandra's biggest accomplishments was to help start the Hospice program here in Columbus, Ohio. She also taught Business Education to over 500 women and placed them in jobs in the private section, Local, State and Federal Government.

Sandra's biggest joy was raising her three children, Tyrone, Todd and Thandi. Her love for her grandchildren, Patrick, Julian, Tyanna, Taniyah, Tavin, Ronnell and Mikea. Bobby reached the moon and back. Her love for the students she taught at Central State University was unlimited.

Sandra was preceded in death by her mother; Willa Paige, father; Carl Allen and stepfather; James Paige, Jr.

Left to cherish her memories are her loving children, sons; Tyrone Coleman and Todd Coleman, daughter; Thandi Crockett, stepdaughters; Mekelle and Monesha as well as a host of other relatives and special friends.

Visitation 1:00 PM, Omega Omega Service 1:30 PM, Memorial Service 2:00 PM Thursday, September 29, 2022 at Mt. Vernon AME Church, 1127 Mt. Vernon Ave. Ministry of Comfort entrusted to MARLAN J. GARY FUNERAL HOME, THE CHAPEL OF PEACE EAST, 5456 E. LIVINGSTON AVE.

You can view the service (via livestream) at Mt. Vernon AME Church Facebook Page.
In Memoriam Jon L. Featherston 12/19/2022  
Featherston, Jon L., 78 of Piscataway, NJ on Saturday, August 13, 2022. Beloved husband of Marjorie Falby. Born in Tupelo, MS, he was employed as a Director of Personal at IBM in Kingston, NY. Surviving in addition to his wife are children, Franklyn and Gracelyn, daughters-in-law, Laura and Lynda, grandchildren, Franklyn, Amaya and Jayda and nephew, Dexter. Several nieces and nephews also survive. Pre-deceased by his parents and a son, Billy. Visitation and Services on Wednesday, August 24, 2022 at Richards Funeral Home, 1440 Union Valley Road, West Milford, NJ 07480 from 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM. Private disposition will follow. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Heart Association, National Center, 7272 Greenville Ave., Dallas, TX 75231. or
In Memoriam Frank G. Chester 7/26/2022  
Frank Chester
Chief Operations Officer
Frank Chester, a West Virginia native, traveled to Baton Rouge in February 2021 to serve as the Chief Operations Officer for the East Baton Rouge Parish School System. Chester looks forward to continuing his work in the educational field so that he can carry on his mission in creating new opportunities for youth. He began his career working for several Fortune 500 companies serving in various senior manager and executive roles. However, when the opportunity arose to make an impact in students’ lives, he made the leap and never looked back. He describes the new path as an opportunity to forge a more opportunistic future for minority students. “As the first in my family to graduate from college, my whole life has been characterized by the role of education and the outcomes it provides.”
Chester’s education career began in Pennsylvania in the Pittsburgh School System as the Chief Human Resources & Talent Officer. He also served as the Chief Human Resources Officer for Bridgeport Public Schools in Connecticut. Both systems are reflective of the demographic makeup of the East Baton Rouge Parish School System.
He earned his degree from West Virginia State University before serving as a U.S. Army Officer that included both international and stateside assignments where he eventually achieved the rank of Captain.
Chester believes in investing in and serving the community in which he lives. While in Pittsburgh, he was selected and honored as one of the ’50 Men of Excellence’ by the Pittsburgh Courier. In addition, he is also a graduate of Leadership Minneapolis and a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. He also volunteers his spare time as a career coach.
Chester, never living further south than Charlotte, North Carolina, cannot wait to spend time soaking up the Louisiana sun where he will enjoy his hobbies of fishing, golf, and immersing himself in Louisiana’s famous culture.
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