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Manual Browning

Manual Browning

Manual Wayne Browning, 65, of Varney, died Saturday, June 1, 2019, at the Dignity Hospice House in Chapmanville.  

He was born at Welch, March 11, 1954, the son of the late Moss and Nellie Gibson Browning.

He was a mechanic, a jack of all trades and a member of the Varney Church of God.  

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Burgess Browning.  

He is survived by his loving wife of 40 years, Avonelle Chapman Browning; his daughter, Jessica Smith (Paul); his grandchildren, Jacob David Smith and Natalee Rayne Smith; his sister, Nina Browning Bowe (Mike); his brothers, Timothy Browning, John Browning and Louie Browning (Lisa); several nieces and nephews, including his special nephews, Bill Blair, Ruggy Blair, Mikie Blair and Tyler Blair; his special friends, Mike Coleman and Cricket Browning; and so many more special friends and neighbors.

Funeral services were held at 1 p.m., Tuesday, June 4, 2019, at the Chafin Funeral Home Chapel with Rev.Gary “Bo” Starr and Rev. Gary Starr officiating. Burial followed at the Browning Family Cemetery, Varney, with Bill Blair, David Chapman, Frank Chapman, Mike Bowe, Andrew Williams and Bo Kennedy serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were: Timothy Browning, John Browning, Louie Browning, Paul Browning, Jacob Browning and Mike Coleman. Arrangements were under the direction of the Chafin Funeral Home of Delbarton.

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

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Tommy Lester

Tommy Lester

Tommy Dwayne Lester, 47, of Wharncliffe, died Saturday, June 1, 2019, at Logan Regional Medical Center.

He was born at Man, Jan. 1, 2019, the son of the late Larry and Betty Lester.

He was a loving son, father, brother, uncle, nephew and friend. He was an avid hunter and especially enjoyed coon hunting. He also enjoyed deer hunting, fishing and fighting chickens.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Pernell Lester and Anthony Lester; one sister, Cynthia Berry; his grandparents, Gerald and Virginia Marsingill and Sherman & Minnie Lester; his uncle, Jerry Lester; and his aunt, Marcella Lester.

He is survived by his two beautiful daughters, Destiny Wolford (Donald Shelton), of Michigan, and Brooklyn Lester, of Monroe County; his brother, Eric Lester (Missy), of Dingess; three aunts, Tina Goodman (Eugene), of Baisden, Debbie Lewis, of Beckley, and Ileen Cline, of Hanover; his uncle, Leon Lester, of Man; his half-brother, David Sparks, of Wharncliffe; his ex- wives, Heather Johnson and Sally Dunn; a special friend, Joann Cline, of Wharncliffe; many nieces and nephews; and a host of other dear family and friends.

Funeral services were held at 1 p.m., Tuesday, June 4, 2019, at the Wharncliffe Church of God with Rev. Ricky Endicott and Rev. Donald Robinette officiating. Burial followed at the Oak Log Cemetery, Baisden, with Nathan Hall, Blake Wolford, Don Shelton, Jamie Lester and Daniel Johnson serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were: Larry Wolford and Eric Lester. Arrangements were under the direction of Mounts Funeral Home, Inc., of Gilbert.

He is gone from our sight, but never from our hearts.

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

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Barbara Rawls

Barbara Rawls

Barbara Ruth Rawls, 59, of Gilbert, died Saturday, June 1, 2019, CAMC Memorial Hospital, Charleston, W.Va., surrounded by her loving family.

She was born at Welch, Nov. 25, 1959, the daughter of Dennis and Alice Straley, of Justice.

She was a member of the Reach Out Community Church, where her husband, Clifford, is the pastor. She was a very faithful Christian for going on 43 years. She was one of the best at doing vacation Bible school and Christmas plays. She was an avid choir director and Bible study teacher. She was a great support to her husband’s ministry. She was the associate executive director of The Store House, Inc., of Gilbert. While at The Store House, she helped to feed close to 400 families a month. She loved Thanksgiving and Christmas because she knew that she would be helping many families in need. Her secretarial skills were top-notch. On a personal note, she was Clifford’s high school sweetheart and they were joined together in holy matrimony in 1978. She was a wonderful helpmate to him for almost 41 years. She was so proud of her three children and was the greatest Nana to her six grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by an infant son, David Rawls; and her grandparents, Garland and Hazel Lester.

In addition to her parents, she is survived by her loving husband of 41 years, Clifford Rawls, of Gilbert; two daughters, Betina Elliott (Acie), of Wayne, and Gini Ellis (Bub), of Baisden; one son, Brad Rawls (Erica), of Gilbert; six precious grandchildren, Gabrielle Elliott, Hannah Ellis, Braylee Elliott, Heidi Ellis, Hazley Ellis and Owen Rawls; one brother, Dennis Straley (Romana), of Missouri; one sister, Marie Browning (Bear), of Justice; many nieces and nephews; and a host of other dear family and friends.

She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her until the Lord allows them to be together again.

Funeral services were held at 12 p.m., Wednesday, June 5, 2019, at the Freedom Full Gospel Assembly House of Prayer with Bishop Will Compton, Pastor Cab Wolford and Rev. Daniel Dean officiating. Burial followed at the Justice Memorial Gardens, Justice. She was carried to her final resting place by: Chris Sparks, Kris Preece, Dakota Rawls, Trampus Browning, Marty Straley, Bear Browning, Jay Browning and Chad Rassette. Honorary pallbearers were: Phil Cook, Clarence Rawls and Mike Sherman. Arrangements were under the direction of Mounts Funeral Home, Inc., of Gilbert.

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13.

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

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