In Remembrance

Charles F. Greco

December 19, 1934 - August 12, 2023

Charles F. Greco, 88, of Murrells Inlet, SC, formerly of Fairmont and Weirton, WV husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and esteemed member of the funeral service community, passed away on Saturday August 12, 2023, in Murrells Inlet, SC. His first wife, Patty will no doubt greet him with class and dignity, with the words, I could have told you…

Charles was born in Fairmont, WV, on December 19, 1934, one of two children born to Anthony “Tony” and Martha “Virgina: DiCea Greco.
Charles graduated from East Fairmont High School in 1952. He had a passion for the Weirton community, and his journey in life was filled with kindness, success, and a profound commitment to helping others in their times of need. He would always say “Throw away your watch and take care of the people.”

In his early years, Charlie hitchhiked to Weirton, WV, at the encouragement of Dr. Ray, Victor, Johnny and Joe Greco. There, he started his career at Hertnick’s Funeral Home driving the ambulance and service car, in the Summer of 53. It was at Hertnick’s Funeral Home that he met Joan Patricia “Patty” Hertnick, whom he married on August 25, 1956. Together, they raised two daughters and a son and were blessed with two grandsons, three granddaughters, and a great-granddaughter.

Driven by a desire to serve, Charles pursued higher education, graduating from West Virginia University and continuing on as a graduate of the Class of 1958 Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science. Alongside his devoted wife Patty, they became the owners and operators of the Greco Hertnick Funeral Home for over 40 years. Under their care and guidance, the funeral home has become an institution in the community, standing for over a century in Downtown Weirton. Their legacy continues through their son, John, who now owns and operates the funeral home and crematory.

In addition to his work in Weirton, Charles owned the Bavington Inn in Bavington, PA. He also expanded his contributions to the funeral service profession, acquiring and managing the Lynch Stacy Greco Funeral Home in Clarksburg, WV. His dedication to the funeral profession extended to his role on the West Virginia Board of Funeral Service Examiners, where he served for 17 years, even holding the position of President of the board. Charles was appointed to the board by 3 West Virginia Governors Moore, Rockefeller, and Caperton. He also achieved the prestigious distinction of being the first West Virginian to serve as President of the International Conference of Funeral Service Examining Boards and the American Board of Funeral Service Education. His firm was invited to join the National Selected Morticians in 1971. The funeral home has been honored with this distinction for over 50 years.

Beyond his professional accomplishments, Charlie will be remembered for his generosity, warm smile, and easygoing spirit. He cherished the company of his friends, sharing countless meals and conversations with them. Whether it was going to breakfast, lunch, or dinner, he treasured every moment of camaraderie with friends like George Huxie – Sarge Mergen, Jimmy Zerkle, John T. Grossi, Bill Marino, Tom Sessi, Chas Marino, Romie Castelli, Don Gianni, Andy DiFonzo, Ed Klee, Emmanuel Starvaggi, Jeff Jezierski, Morris Chijner, Lenny Shaw, Chappy Ballato, Al Lauttamus, Nick Hawley, and Richard Wilburn, just to name a few.

Charlie’s life was one of dedication to his friends, and the communities he served. He was always concerned about the funeral home. His daily calls to his son John would always start out with “You busy” and end with “I love you all.” His presence will be deeply missed, but his legacy of compassion, service, and camaraderie will continue to shine brightly in the hearts of all who had the privilege of knowing him.

Charles is survived by his daughters, Mary Zick (Jeff) and Michelle Gallaway (Walt), and his son John Charles (Susan) Greco. He also leaves behind his grandchildren W. Michael (Michelle) Bettinazzi, Elle M. and Eliza P. Greco, Jeffry, and Katerina Zick, and his great-granddaughter, Olivia; his sister, Anna Marie Durham; his spouse of the last 15 years Faye Powers and their beloved dog Franklin; his nieces, nephews many cousins.

Visitation will be 5-7 PM Wednesday and 3 – 7 PM Thursday at the Greco Hertnick Funeral Home 3219 Main Street Weirton, WV
His funeral will be held at 10 AM Friday at Saint Paul’s Roman Catholic Church in Weirton.
He will be laid to rest with his family at Saint Paul’s Cemetery.

His children and grandchildren thank Debi McKenzie, Myrlee Powers and Richard Wilburn for all the love and care they gave to our father and grandfather during his time in South Carolina and with his recent illness.

Margie Edith Cooper Mock

September 30,1927 - March 10th, 2024

Margie Edith Cooper Mock, 96 of Hinton, passed away peacefully Sunday, March 10th, 2024 at the home of her granddaughter in Wake Forest, North Carolina following a short illness.

Margie was born September 30,1927 in Hinton, a daughter of the late Archie Edward and Gussie Mae Shrader Cooper.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, Donald F. Mock, Sr., one son, Donald F. “Freddie” Mock, Jr. and a daughter, Sandra Honaker Yost; four brothers, Clarence “Whitt” Cooper, Raymond Cooper, Charles “Buster” Cooper and Jerry A. Cooper; three sisters, Imogene Ewing, Geraldine Kirby and Phyllis Berry; son in law Billy Ray Honaker.

Survivors include a daughter, Donna Pivont and husband Ray, with whom she made her home in Hinton; six grandchildren, Kelly Brogan and husband Jim of Princeton, WV, Autumn Paluch and husband Ted of Wake Forest, NC, Kimberly Toth and husband James of Pt. Pleasant, WV, Lee Pivont and wife Dena of Hinton, Donald F. “D. F.” Mock III and wife Juli of Charleston, and Mollie Mock-Kaufman and husband Craig of Morgantown, WV; 18 great grandchildren, Tyler Ellison, Kelsey Reynolds (Keith), Katherine Brogan and fiancé Mark Blankenship, Payton Paluch, Landry Paluch, Quest Paluch, Evan Smith (Dustin), Avery Pivont, Gavin Pivont, Sullivan Pivont, Alexa England (Zane), Cole McCormack (Catie), Savannah Lidel (Matt), Chandler Haga (Tyler), Haydon Mock, Harper Mock, Roe Kaufman, and Cooper Kaufman; 14 great, great grandchildren; Lincoln, Langley and Boston England, Maddox Ellison, Adeline and Nora Reynolds, Ryder, Blake, Saylor and Suttyn McCormack, Gemma Garwood, Cambreigh Simpson, Leighton Lidel, and Sawyer Smith; sisters-in-law, Janie Cooper of Oak Hill, WV and Dorothy Mock of West Palm Beach, FL; daughters-in-law, Faye Mock of Rome,GA and Donna Sue Mock of Huntington, WV; son-in-law, Lance Yost of Point Pleasant, WV; several loving nieces and nephews also survive.

Margie, affectionately known as “Granny Margie” by her family and friends, was a lifelong resident of Hinton and was a member of Beech Run Baptist Church. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and friend. Throughout her life, she excelled in creating a beautiful and gracious home which welcomed anyone who came through the door. She loved her family dearly, having babysat all her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was a wonderful cook and enjoyed gardening, canning, and working on puzzles. Margie had an infectious smile and a gentle spirit that impacted all who knew her. Her loss has left a profound imprint on the heart of her family.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 pm Thursday, March 14, 2024 at Pivont Funeral Home Chapel in Hinton with Pastor Jeff Canterbury officiating. Burial will follow in Restwood Memorial Gardens in Hinton. Friends may call from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm Wednesday evening at the funeral home.
Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

Dewey Smith Hastings

September 10, 1925 - September 7, 2023

Dewey Smith Hastings, 97, of Morgantown, died Thursday, September 7, 2023 at Sundale Nursing Home in Morgantown. He was born September 10, 1925 in Morgantown, a son of the late George Dewey and Jeannette Elizabeth (Smith) Hastings. He was raised on a dairy farm, owned and operated by his family. He graduated from Morgantown High School and was attending West Virginia University when he joined the United States Army Air Force and served during World War II. After his honorable discharge in 1945, he began serving his two year apprenticeship as a funeral director and embalmer at a local funeral home in Morgantown.

Upon completion of his apprenticeship, Dewey attended the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science in Pittsburgh, PA, graduating in 1949 and was a member of the Pi Sigma Epsilon Honorary. Returning to Morgantown after graduation, he married a local girl, Mary Nichols and resumed his work. With the help of his family, Dewey and Mary purchased the Hardigan property in Morgantown, the site of the first Morgantown hospital. They established Hastings Funeral Home on February 15, 1952. He was a faithful member of Spruce Street United Methodist Church.

Dewey was a member of several civic and fraternal organizations including the Phi Delta Theta fraternity at WVU, Sons of Italy, Sons of the Revolution, IOOF #10 as a 70+ year member, WV Farm Bureau, and Rotary International as a Paul Harris Fellow. Professionally, he was past president of the WV Funeral Directors and Embalmers Association from 1985-86 and was a longtime member of NFDA. He is survived by his two sons, Edward Daniel Hastings, Dewey Samuel Hastings; three grandsons, Matthew Daniel Hastings, Grant Smith Hastings, and Ted Andrew Hastings; two granddaughters, Mary Elizabeth Hastings and Jennifer Ann Hastings; brother, Robert Hastings and his wife Carol; sister in law, Marcia Nichols; and several nieces and nephews, including Andy Pickering, Paula Pickering, Tim Hastings, Rob Hastings, Kimberly Nichols Goodman, Edward Bartow Nichols, Leigh Nichols Turner, Claudia Nichols Bays, Monica Nichols and Andrea Coleman. He was preceded in death by his wife of 72 years, Mary Stella Hastings and his sister, Margaret Peggy Hastings and her husband, Richard “Dick” Pickering.

The Hastings family would like to thank the administration and staff at Sundale Nursing Home and special friend Donna Darby for their excellent care. Friends and family will be received at the funeral home he founded, Hastings Funeral Home, 153 Spruce St., Morgantown on Monday, September 11, 2023 from 2-5 PM. Visitation will continue at the WVU Erickson Alumni Center, 1 Alumni Drive, Morgantown, on Tuesday, September 12, 2023 from 4-7 PM and again on Wednesday, September 13, 2023 from 10 AM until the time of the funeral service at 11:00 AM with Rev. Bart Thompson officiating. A family committal service will take place at East Oak Grove Cemetery with full military rites being conducted by VFW Post #9916, #548, and the United States Army. Donations may be made to Morgantown Hospice, 3596 Collins Ferry Road, Suite 250, Morgantown, WV 26505 or to St. Ursula Food Pantry Outreach, P O Box 18, Pursglove, WV 26546.

Bud Smith

September 24th, 1950 - March 15th, 2024

Charles W. “Bud” Smith, 73, of Farmington, passed away peacefully Friday afternoon, March 15th, 2024 at Mon Health Medical Center in Morgantown after a short, but very brave bout with pancreatic cancer.

Bud was born September 24th, 1950 in Glen Dale, WV, a son of the late Jack and Irene Poland Smith.

Survivors include his two sons, Matt Smith with whom he made his home, and Jason Smith and his wife Cathy of Morgantown; a grandson, Austin Charles Smith of Hubbard, OH; four step-grandchildren, Jeremy and Zach Reeder, and Jordan and Taylor Thorn; two brothers, Dave Smith and wife Carol Sue of Mannington, and Gary Smith and his companion Susie of South Carolina; several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews, and his most faithful canine buddy, Pebbles.

Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of more than 45 years, Linda Mays Smith, and a brother, Bob Smith.

Bud graduated in the class of 1968 from the former Mannington High School. For more than 20 years, he worked for Consolidated Natural Gas in various capacities. Bud was an assistant baseball coach in Farmington and was active in the North Marion High School Band Boosters during his son Jason’s four years there.

He was a member of the Mannington Elks Lodge #388 and was an early member of the Woodcutters who were responsible in large part for the construction of the football field at North Marion High School. For the last several months, Bud was a constant fixture at his son Matt’s business, Wright Dogs in Fairmont. He always enjoyed seeing the customers and his buddies there.

Bud was a sweet and simple guy. He enjoyed life’s simple pleasures such as being out on the boat with his son Matthew, spending a lot of quality time with Pebbles, and had a kind word for everyone he knew. Even during his cancer diagnosis, he looked ahead and fought it with dignity and grace, and never feared whatever may have come his way.

Friend may join the family to honor Bud’s life and legacy at Masters Funeral Home, 209 Main St. , Mannington on Tuesday, March 19th from 2:00 PM – 8:00 PM and again on Wednesday, March 20th, from 12:00 Noon until the time of the funeral service at 1:00 PM with Pastors Jason Marshall and Isaac Harmon co-officiating. Bud will be laid to rest next to his wife at the IOOF Cemetery in Farmington.

Mannington Elks Lodge #388 will hold a memorial service for Bud at 7:30 PM Tuesday evening at the funeral home to conclude the visitation, and will also hold a dinner in Bud’s honor at the lodge following the graveside service for those in attendance.

While flowers are welcomed at the funeral home and because of Bud’s love of animals, please direct contributions in Bud’s memory to the Marion County Humane Society, PO Box 905, Fairmont, WV 26554, or online at

Masters Funeral Home is being assisted with Bud’s arrangements by his son and daughter-in-law, Jason and Cathy Smith, with Smith Funeral & Cremation Care of Westover / Morgantown.

Messages of comfort and other symbolic gestures for the Smith family may be offered at either or

Elaine Evelyn Price Stallard Shaver

August 27, 1947 - March 26, 2024

Elaine Evelyn Price Stallard Shaver, 76, of Fairmont, WV formerly of Red Jacket, WV went home to be with her Lord on Tuesday, March 26, 2024 at home surrounded by her family. She was born August 27, 1947 the daughter of the late David Lloyd and Marjorie Grace Panrell Price. She was retired Mingo County School teacher, a graduate of Fairmont State University and Marshall University. She also served with her late husband, Rev. Curtis Drew Stallard as pastors of the Oneness Pentecostal Lighthouse Church – O.P.L. Worship Center, Red, Jacket, WV. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by two sisters, Marjorie Ann Price Reckart and Linda Lou Price Shaver. She is survived by her current husband, Walter Shaver of Fairmont, WV; her four children, Amber (Fred) Kitchen of Milton, WV, Chad (Dawnetta) Stallard of Dayton, OH, Erica (Troy) Rodeheaver of Hopwood, PA and Ashley (Chad) Rowan of Morgantown, WV; her sister, Dorothy “Jeannie” Starr of Huntington, WV; twelve grandchildren, Annalise Kitchen, fiancé Nik Walker and Arabella Kitchen, Landon and Chloe Stallard, Rocco, Leo, Silas and Foster Rodeheaver, Abree, Cayna, Judah and Titus Rowan; and a host of nieces, nephews and family. Funeral Services honoring Elaine’s life will be conducted at 12:00 PM on Saturday, March 30, 2024 at O.P.L. Worship Center, 2150 WV-65 Red Jacket, WV 25692. Burial will follow in Mountain View Memory Gardens, Maher, WV. The family will receive friends from 6-8 PM on Friday, March 29, 2024 at O.P.L. Worship Center, 2150 WV-65 Red Jacket, WV 25692. Henson and Kitchen Mortuary and Cremation Services 6357 E. Pea Ridge Rd. Huntington, WV near Barboursville are caring for the family. Online condolences and memories may be shared with the family by visiting

Loring Hines, Jr.

June 11, 1933 - December 27, 2023

Loring Lawson Hines, Jr., mostly known as Junior, passed away peacefully on the morning of December 27, 2023, at the Winchester Medical Center in Winchester, VA. He was 90 years old. Born on June 11, 1933, in Moorefield, WV, Junior was the cherished son of Loring Lawson Hines, Sr. and Ruth Esther Funkhouser Hines.

Junior was a proud graduate of Moorefield High School, Class of 1951, and went on to pursue higher education at Potomac State College, where he graduated in 1953. He continued his studies at West Virginia University and later attended the prestigious Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science, earning his degree in 1958.

His dedication to providing compassionate support during times of loss led him to a career in funeral directing. Junior began his professional journey at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bluefield, WV, later serving communities in Welch and Grafton. Ultimately, he settled in the Elkins area, serving families at the Lohr & Barb Funeral Home until his retirement in 1997. Always with an unwavering commitment to his hometown, Junior returned to Moorefield to care for his elderly parents, lovingly devoting himself to their well-being. He also became a valued member of the Fraley Funeral Home staff, ensuring that his community received the utmost care during their most difficult moments.

While Junior was an only child, he formed deep and lifelong friendships that became his chosen family. His best friends, Jeff Fraley and Rodney Weese, and their respective families, stood by him through thick and thin. Junior’s numerous cousins also held a special place in his heart, creating a tightly knit family bond that brought him joy and support throughout his life.

A celebration of Junior’s life will take place on Tuesday, January 2, 2024, at 11:00 AM at the Fraley Funeral Home Chapel, located at 107 Washington Street in Moorefield. Retired Pastor Katherine Jackson will officiate the service, offering words of comfort and remembrance. Interment will follow the service in Olivet Cemetery where he will be laid to eternal rest next to his mother. Visitation for family and friends will be held on Monday evening, January 1, 2024, from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM at the funeral home.

In honor of Junior’s memory, memorial contributions can be made to the Moorefield Presbyterian Church. Donations can be sent to P.O. Box 653, Moorefield, WV 26836, as a testament to Junior’s faith and his commitment to his community.

The legacy of Loring Lawson Hines, Jr. will forever be imprinted on the hearts of those he touched. His compassionate and unwavering dedication to serving grieving families will be deeply missed. May he find eternal peace and may his memory continue to inspire acts of love and support within our community.

Richard Vaughn Taylor

May 7, 1939 - January 22, 2024

Richard V. Taylor, 84, of Spencer, WV passed away January 22, 2024 at Miletree Center in Spencer.
Richard was born May 7, 1939 in Spencer and was the son of the late Sigel and Margaret Wilt Taylor. He was the former owner of the Vandale Funeral Home which later became the Taylor-Vandale Funeral Home in Spencer until his retirement.
He is survived by his wife, Carolyn Vandale Taylor of Spencer; three children, Mark Taylor (Sheila) of Evans, WV, Craig Taylor (Melissa) of Spencer, and Lisa Allen (Mike) of Warren, OH; brother, Kermit Taylor (Barbara) of Severn, MD; seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his infant daughter, Elizabeth Ann Taylor; and sister, Wanda Carol Cooper.
A private family graveside service will be held at the Spencer Memorial Cemetery with Pastor Jack Roberts officiating.
In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer donations be made to the Spencer Memorial Cemetery, 406 Market Street, Spencer, WV 25276 or St. John’s United Methodist Church, 335 Church Street, Spencer, WV 25276 or the Roane County Library, 110 Parking Plaza, Spencer, WV 25276.

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Robert Metz

July 30, 1938 — January 12, 2024

Robert “Bob” Truman Metz, 85, of Parsons, passed away on January 12, 2024, at his home, surrounded by his family. Born on July 30, 1938, in Pisgah, he was the son of the late James Russell and Grace Winifred (Butcher) Metz.

Bob proudly served his country in the United States Army. He worked in the Steel Mill industry, as a heavy equipment operator, owner of Auviltown grocery, and volunteered as a transport driver for the Veterans Association. He enjoyed buying, selling, and trading. He spent countless hours in his garage creating cabs for his tractors and four-wheelers and manufacturing anything he set his mind to. He loved spending time in the woods, riding his side-by-side, and creating new roads for the hunters. He enjoyed hunting and fishing but rarely took a trophy home as it was more important to him to spend time with his family and friends in the woods and on the shore banks. He had a special place in his heart for the campground that he built, Trinity Campground, where his renters were family to him. His favorite times were spent at the campground, surrounded by his family and friends, enjoying the beautiful life God gave him.

He is survived by his children, Joanna Kelley, Randy “Banjo” Kelley and wife Ruby, and Pam Kelley; seven grandchildren, Kelli Roby and partner Mike Harding, Kristie Mayfied and husband Chad, Kimmi White and husband Jeremy, Melissa Kelley and partner Chad Wells, Randy “Bubby” Kelley Jr., and wife Aileen, Jordan Fenner and wife Rebecca, and Elizabeth Fenner; eight great grandchildren; three siblings, William Metz, Thomas Metz and wife Judy, and Darla Brown and husband Tim; along with a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and his adopted family from Trinity Campground.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his loving wife, Mary Elizabeth (Tennant) Kelley Metz, to whom he was married in 1980; a brother, Ralph Metz; and a sister in law, Jerri Metz.

Friends will be received on Friday, January 19, 2024, from 11 AM to 1 PM at Sycamore Grove Church, 219 Bull Run Rd., Parsons. A funeral service will be held at 1 PM with Pastor Bob Yothers officiating. Interment will follow in the Pifer Mountain Cemetery.
The Hinkle-Fenner Funeral Home is honored to be serving Bob’s family.

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Roland Alfred Conner

August 28, 1928 - December 22, 2023

Roland Alfred Conner, 95, of Scott Depot, formerly of Cottageville, WV (Evergreen Hills Community) passed away December 22, 2023 at the Hubbard Hospice House, Charleston, WV following a brief illness

He was born August 28, 1928 in Spencer, WV the son of the late, Roscoe C. and Gertie Rebecca (Price) Conner. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers, Kenneth Conner, Randel Conner, twin brother, Roger Conner and sisters, Muriel Webb and Margie Clarkson.

He was a United States Army veteran of the Korean War, was a retired mill operator from Century Aluminum and member of the United Steelworkers Union, Local #5668. He was an avid gardener and enjoyed hunting and fishing.

Survivors include his wife, D. Eloise (Morehead) Conner; son, Michael A. Conner of Charleston; daughters, Karen L. Casto (Jim) of Cottageville and Eydie Payne (Kevin) of Scott Depot; grandchildren, J.W. Casto, III (Jenna), Megan R. Casto, Morgan T. Casto and three step- grandchildren; great grandchildren, J. William Casto IV, Sophia Casto and step-great granddaughter, Gracie Divita; brother, James Conner of Rock Hill, SC; sister, Rose Marie “Toots” Somervill of Spencer and several nieces and nephews.

Service will be 1 p.m. ~ Tuesday, December 26, 2023 at Casto Funeral Home, Evans, WV, with Pastor Mark Price officiating. Entombment will follow in Jackson County Memory Gardens Mausoleum, Cottageville, WV. Visitation will be one hour prior to service time at the funeral home.

Tanner James Talbott

June 12, 2000 - March 15, 2024

Mr. Tanner James Talbott age 23, a resident of Belington was taken from this life due to a senseless tragedy Friday evening March 15, 2024 at Philippi. He was born June 12, 2000 at Elkins, WV, a son of Brian Paul and Rhonda Lea Kelley Talbott. In addition to his parents, he is survived by one daughter Adeline “Addi” “Poo” Talbott who was the love of his life, and his fiancé Allison “Alli” Phillips of Philippi, and a brother Taylor Paul Talbott who he considered his best friend. Additional survivors include his maternal grandmother Mary Hamlin Kelley of Philippi, paternal grandmother Dottie Talbott of Belington, great-grandmother Eileen Rodriguez Hamlin of Clarksburg, great-grandmother Waneta Weese Wheeler of Ohio, several aunts, uncles, cousins and a whole host of friends, including his coal mining family. Also surviving is a special friend and hunting buddy Brandon Messenger, who would always be there for Tanner at the drop of a hat with no questions asked. Two bonus mothers: Heidi Phillips and Amy Rollins, and his special hunting buddies: Brandon, Travis, Jordan, Ross, Ryan and Tim.

Tanner was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather Paul Nolan Talbott and his maternal grandfather Roger Lee Kelley.
Tanner was a 2018 graduate of Philip Barbour High School and graduated from the Fred W. Eberle Technical Center Welding Program. He was currently employed with Leer South Mining where he was a shift foreman. Tanner truly loved his mining occupation and stated that it was in his blood. Tanner was an avid deer and bear hunter, loved to fish and in his teenage years he raced quads, traveling the east coast where he made several life long friends. Tanner’s family can take peace in knowing that he has been reunited with both of his “Pap’s.”

Friends will be received at the Talbott Funeral Home 56 N. Brandenburg Street in Belington on Wednesday March 20, 2024 from 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm and again on Thursday March 21, 2024 from 8:00 am – 11:00 am the funeral hour when final rites will be conducted from the funeral home chapel with the Pastor Johnny Paul Williams II officiating. Interment will follow in the Mt. Vernon Cemetery near Philippi. In lieu of flowers there has been a fund established at B.C. Bank to pay for special needs children to be able to go bear hunting B.C. Bank P.O. Box 370 Philippi, WV 26416. Condolences can be made to the family at The Talbott Funeral Home in Belington is in charge of the arrangements for Mr. Tanner James Talbott.

Hubert Paul Compton

May 19, 1946 - August 17, 2023

Hubert Paul Compton, 77, of Huntington, WV, faithful husband, caring father, passed away Thursday, August 17, 2023 at home after a brief illness. Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 am Monday, August 21, 2023 at the Reger Funeral Home, Huntington, WV by Doctor Keith Wiebe and Pastor David Brokke.

Burial will be at 1:00 pm Tuesday at the Maplewood Cemetery, Elkins, WV. Hubert was born May 19, 1946 in Montrose, WV a son of the late Edward Ray Compton and Vita Augusta Poling Compton Kelley. He was a 1964 graduate of Elkins High School, attended West Virginia University and was a 1969 graduate of The Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science. He served his apprenticeship at the Fred L. Jenkins Funeral Home in Morgantown, WV and after graduating returned home where he worked at the John Lohr Funeral Home in Elkins before moving to Huntington in March of 1971 to work at Chapman’s Mortuary until 1993. In April of 1993, he went to work for the Reger Funeral Home where he would finish his more than 50 years as a funeral director assisting and caring for families until his retirement in January 2020. On October 18, 1970 he married Ellen Conrad who preceded him in death on March 17, 2016. They were blessed to be able to spend 45 plus years together, along with their children, son David Paul Compton and daughter Rebecca Ellen “Becky” Compton, both of Huntington. He along with his family provided care for his wife, mother and his in-laws before their passing. He was a member of Grace Gospel Church and the West Virginia Funeral Directors Association.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his stepfather Elim H. Kelley, his in-laws Wilson H. Conrad and Mayme Gimmel Conrad, a sister and brother-in-law Mary Lea and Johnny Nelson, a sister Margaret Catherine Bounds, a niece Barbara Susan Nelson and his three faithful companions, Bo Duke, Teddy and Pennington. In addition to his children, survivors include a sister-in-law Doris Conrad of Hagerstown, MD, a brother-in-law Bob Bounds of Port St. Lucie, FL, nieces and nephews include Janet and Jacques Williams, Jane and Ray Francis, Bob Bounds, Rachel and John Fabrizio, Dan Bounds, Michael Conrad, Mark and Becky Conrad, Melissa Conrad, several great nieces and great nephews, his caregiver Sara Swann and his “grand dog” Spencer. Friends may call from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm Sunday at the Reger Funeral Home, 1242 Adams Avenue, Huntington, WV. The family wishes to thank the many doctors and their staffs who treated Dad for all of their care and kindness. Also, to the entire staff and volunteers of Hospice of Huntington. Contributions may be made to Grace Gospel Backpack Ministry, 1111 Adams Avenue, Huntington, WV 25704 or Hospice of Huntington, 1101 6th Avenue, Huntington, WV 25701.

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