Teddy Barger

Teddy Lee Barger, 69, of Statesville, N.Car., formerly of Lenore, died Monday, January 7, 2019, at the Iredell Memorial Hospital, Statesville, North Carolina.  

He was born at Holden, May 21, 1949, the son of the late William Jay “Billy” and Mae Lawson Barger.

He graduated from Lenore High School in 1967. He spent most of his career in the coal mines, in southern West Virginia and Eastern Kentucky, before moving to North Carolina, where he worked for Statesville Brick Company.  He was a lifelong UMWA member and was also a member of Kermit Masonic Lodge #167. He was of the Christian faith.

Teddy was a sweet soul who loved his family, enjoyed being with friends and was a passionate fan of WVU sports. He realized a long-time dream by attending his first WVU football game last September at Panthers Stadium with family and friends.

He is survived by his wife, Dolly; his daughter, Crystal Harkey (Todd), of Statesville, N.Car.; his son, Jason Martin (Shellie), of Delbarton; his brother, Eddie Ray (Brenda), of  Rawl; his sisters, Billie Jo Powers (Ronnie), of Belo, and Kathy Kitts (Gene), of Fort Mill, S.Car.; and four grandchildren, whom he adored, Gracie Martin, Brayden Martin, Grayson Harkey and Emma Harkey. He relished being their Pawpaw.  

Funeral services will be held at 12 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019, at the Parsley Bottom Freewill Baptist Church, Lenore, with Rev. Glen Belcher officiating. Burial will follow at the Stafford-White Cemetery, Gilbert, with Masonic Rites being observed.

Visitation will be held from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m., Friday, Jan. 11, at the church. Arrangements are under the direction of the Chafin Funeral Home of Delbarton.

The guestbook may be signed at www.chafinfuneralhome.com.

Larry Croaff

Larry Croaff, 74, of Edgarton, died Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019, at the Tug Valley Regional Medical Center, South Williamson, Kentucky.

He was born Feb. 7, 1944, the son of the late William “Bill” and Mary Ocie Matney Croaff.

Larry was better known as the “Mayor of Delorme” and was a beloved family and community oriented man. When his health allowed, he enjoyed hunting, fishing or anything that pertained to the outdoors. He had created his very own “Green Acres” in Delorme. He loved and surrounded himself with animals and loved the “farm life.” He was an avid Yankees fan and greatly enjoyed watching and supporting his favorite team. He worked 40 years as a coal miner, employed by Chisholm Coal Company of Phelps. He was a proud member of the UMWA. Of all his accomplishments, his most valued was his family. They were his priority. His wife, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren were the sparkles of his eye. He was of the Baptist faith and always wore a smile. He wore it proudly and was the same regardless of his health issues or the worries he may have been pondering at the time.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Billy Croaff; five sisters, Virginia Hall, Myrtle Parker, Ruth Murphy, Clara Nell Hayes and Joyce Ratliff; a twin infant sibling; and other infant siblings.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Christine Croaff, of Edgarton; his son, Yogi Croaff, of Edgarton; his daughters, Sherry Slone (Paul), of Kimper, Ky., Sheila Belcher (Rick), of Asheboro, N.Car., Sandra Croaff (her companion, Boger) and Sabrina Blankenship (Jerry), both of Phelps, Ky.; his brother, Eddie Croaff, of Edgarton; his grandchildren, Kirsten Slone and Tony, Kyra Slone, Zach Croaff, Cody Croaff and Dustin; his great-grandchildren, Brayden and Ian Croaff; several nieces and nephews; many beloved friends; and a community of neighbors, who will always remember him as “Mayor of Delorme.”

He will indeed be missed.

Honoring services were held at 12 p.m., Monday, Jan. 7, 2019, at the Chambers Funeral Services Chapel, with Pastor Bill Moseley officiating. Burial followed at the Croaff family cemetery plot, Blackberry City Cemetery, Matewan, with family and friends serving as pallbearers. Arrangements are under the direction of Chambers Funeral Services of Matewan.  

The guestbook may be signed at www.chambersfuneralservices.com.

Bonnie Lester

Bonnie Lou Hughes Lester, 69, of Gilbert, died Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019, at her residence, surrounded by her family.

She was born at Ben Creek, June 7, 1949, the daughter of the late Bruce and Lovis Cline Hughes.

She enjoyed being with her family, activities with her granddaughter, Sophie, and was always looking for a way to help others. She was very involved in the community. She served as recorder for the town of Gilbert in the 80’s. Bonnie and Mack owned and operated several businesses together, throughout their marriage, including the Gilbert Arcade, Creative T- Shirts and M & J Auto Parts in Gilbert for 20 years. They loved racing and constructed the first local dirt track, Hatfield – McCoy Speedway, at Hanover. Her love of cooking and feeding others led her to open T’s Drive In. She would often set up in town, on special occasions, selling her locally loved hotdogs and donate money to those in need. She devoted her life to God and served Him along with her church family at Eagle Sanctuary. Her service there, especially the work in the kitchen, will be greatly missed. 

In addition to her parents, she was welcomed into Heaven by her sisters, Donna Hamilton, Palma Morgan, Jaquetta Hughes and Melissa Hughes; her brother, Michael Hughes; and one unborn grandchild.

She is survived by her husband, the love of her life of 48 years, Arthur Mack Lester; her loving son, Mack Todd Lester (Adrianne), of Greenville, Tenn.; her daughter and best friend, Missy Dawn Birchfield (Brad), of Isaban; her granddaughters, Tianna Paige Lester, Morgan Hearns, Marleigh Birchfield, her sunshine, Sophie Dawn Birchfield, and coming in May 2019, Ella Grace Birchfield; her sister, Susan Michelle Hughes Jewell; her special uncle, Clifford Cline; her very special sisters-in law, Winnie Dingess and Wanda Noe; and a host of family and friends.

Bonnie was indeed one of a kind.

A special thanks to Dignity Hospice for their services and Winnie and Wanda for their loving care. Also, special thanks to Anthony and Denise Hudgins and Eagle Sanctuary for their support.

Friends may gather with the family from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m., Friday, Jan. 11, 2019, at Eagle Sanctuary, Christian. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 12, at Eagle Sanctuary, with Bishop Anthony Hudgins officiating. Burial will follow at Justice Memorial Gardens, Justice, with Dave Lester, Joey Lester, Jimmy Dingess, Michael DeFabbo, Michael Hamilton, Todd Lester, Brad Birchfield and Gideon Noe serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be: Clifford Cline, Joe Lester, Clyde Lester, Vinton Hamilton and Marty Fortner. Arrangements are under the direction of Mounts Funeral Home, Inc., of Gilbert.

Her wonderful smile and gentle heart will be missed by all who were fortunate to have known and loved her.

The guestbook may be signed at www.mountsfuneralhome.com.

Henry Ray

Henry David Ray, 45, of Thacker, died Friday, Jan. 4, 2019, at Pikeville Medical Center, Pikeville, Kentucky.  

He was born at South Williamson, Ky., April 18, 1973,  a son of John Nelson and Lillie Mae Dotson Ray, of Thacker.

Henry was the kind of person who loved helping others. He was a momma’s boy, who loved his mother so much. He also dearly loved his nieces and nephews. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and tinkering on old vehicles and other things. 

He was preceded in death by his wife, Michelle Dotson Ray; one brother, Jason Lee Ray; and one sister, Tammy Ray.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his brothers, Darrell Ray, of Georgia, Kevin Ray, of Paducah, Ky., and his special little brother, Darrin Lee Ray. Henry and Darrin Lee loved each other very much and liked to argue with one another. He is also survived by his sisters, Maggie Marie Ray, of Akron, Ohio, and Virginia Ann Adams, of Thacker; and a host of nieces, nephews, other family and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m., Friday, Jan. 11, 2019, at the Bible Way Apostolic Church, Thacker, with Rev. Rick Jackson  and Rev. Bernard Smith officiating. Burial will follow at the Thacker Hollow Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of the Jones & West Funeral Home of Phelps, Kentucky.

In lieu of flowers, a donation in Henry’s memory may be made directly to the funeral home to offset funeral expenses.

The guestbook may be signed at www.joneswestfh.com.

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