McDowell and Wyoming Co, WV Families and Individuals

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Johnny Michael "Mike" Foster

1. FindAGrave.com Website; submitted by Vernon Miller; 9 Jan 2013.
" Johnny Michael Foster
Birth 13 Mar 1954
War, McDowell County, West Virginia, USA
Death 6 Jan 2013 (aged 58)
Hurdle Mills, Person County, North Carolina, USA
Burial
Grandview Memory Gardens
Bluefield, Tazewell County, Virginia, USA
Memorial ID 103315821"

Additional Information Posted;
"Johnny Michael Foster, age 58 of Hurdle Mills, NC died Sunday, January 6, 2013 at a Hurdle Mills, NC hospital. He was born March 13, 1954 at War, WV and was the son of Pat Foster of War, WV and the late Darrie Foster. Mr. Foster had worked for several years as a maintenance worker for Duke University in Durham, NC. Mr. Foster was an active member of the Five Forks Baptist Church and was an active participant in a jail ministry. He was a simple man whose life revolved around his family, his faith, and his Church.

"In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by one son, Frankie Jordan Foster; one nephew, Mark Foster; one niece, Tabitha Foster.

"Those left to cherish his memories include his loving wife, Crystal Lynn Foster; one daughter, Rebecca Lynn Foster of War, WV; three sons, Don Michael Foster and wife, Sarah of Bristol, CT, John Edward Foster of Hurdle Mills, NC, and Eric James Foster of Butner, NC; four sisters, Penny Robinette and husband, Joe of Princeton, WV, Brenda Wilson and husband, Paul of Ohio, Joyce Adams and husband, Claude, and Kathie Whitt and husband, Paul both of War, WV; six brothers, Jim Foster and wife, Barb of Florida, Randy Foster and wife, Carla and Riley Foster and wife, Jennifer, Darrell Foster and wife, Sharon all of North Carolina, Ronnie Foster and wife, Karen of Bluewell, WV, and Rush Foster and wife, Joyce of Cucumber, WV; three grandchildren, Noah Michael Foster, Lilah Joelle Foster and Tyler Foster; several nieces and nephews; his church family, and many other family members and friends also survive.

"Funeral services for Johnny Michael Foster will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, January 12, 2013 at the Canebrake Freewill Baptist Church in Canebrake, WV with the Rev. Darrell Long officiating. Burial will follow at Grandview Memory Gardens in Bluefield, VA. Pallbearers will be Don Foster, John Foster, Riley Foster, Adam Foster, Ron Foster, Darrell Foster and Ray Foster.

"The family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at the Canebrake Freewill Baptist Church in Canebrake, WV Friday, January 11, 2013.

"Hurst – Scott Funeral Home in Tazewell, VA is serving the family of Mr. Foster and those wishing to express sympathy online may do so at www.hurstscottfuneralhomes.com."


Roy Daniel Vanover Jr

1. Virginia, U.S., Marriage Records, 1936-2014; Ancestry.com Website.
"Name: Roy Daniel Vanover
Gender: Male
Race: White
Age: 36
Birth Date: abt 1928
Marriage Registration Place: Buchanan, Virginia, USA
Marriage Date: 1 Feb 1964
Marriage Place: Grundy, Virginia, USA
Father: Creed Vanover
Mother: Maggie Powell
Spouse: Phyllis Nadine Beckner
Certificate Number: 1964004149"
2. Virginia, U.S., Marriage Records, 1936-2014; Ancestry.com Website.
"Name: Roy Daniel Vanover
Gender: Male
Race: White
Age: 20
Birth Date: 31 Oct 1948
Marriage Registration Place: Buchanan, Virginia, USA
Marriage Date: 23 Dec 1968
Marriage Place: Grundy, Virginia, USA
Father: Roy Daniel Vanover
Mother: Clarice Kennedy
Spouse: Linda Mae Mitchem
Certificate Number: 1968049677"
3. Fanning Funeral Home, Iaeger, WV; Posted Obit.
"Roy Daniel Vanover Jr. (Junebug) age 68 of Iaeger went to be with his Lord and Savior on July 25, 2017 following a short illness. Roy was born October 31, 1948 in Iaeger, WV, a son of the late Roy Daniel Vanover Sr. and Clarice Kennedy Kiser. Roy served his country by enlisting in the U.S. Army and he was also in the Vietnam War. He was a former coal truck driver and mechanic. He loved to work on old cars and he loved nature. Roy was preceded in death by his father, Roy Daniel Vanover Sr., his mother, Clarice Kennedy Kiser and one infant sister. Those left to cherish his memory are his loving, caring, devoted wife of 49 years, Linda M. Mitchem Vanover of the home; his one and only child, Misty (Marty) Lawrence of Hanover; grandchildren, Maranda (John) Chafin of Iaeger and Malissa Lawrence of Hanover (who were his whole life); one sister, Sharon (Freddie) Peakes of Princeton; two brothers, Dennis (Elizabeth Gay) Vanover of Iaeger and Henry J. Kiser (Jaybird) of Wolfe; very special aunt, Jeanette K. Vanover of Florida; his step father, Charles (Charlie) Kiser of Wolfe; and a host of nieces and nephews. We know Roy (my daddy) is with his Lord and it’s very comforting for us. My daddy was very special; he was not only my best friend but also a wonderful husband, poppie, brother, uncle and a wonderful friend to many others. Funeral services will be Thursday, July 27, 2017 at 6 p.m. with Reverend Russell King and Reverend Martin West officiating at the Christ Cathedral Church in Iaeger. Friends are welcome to visit with the family at the church from 5 p.m. until the time of services. ..."


Phyllis Nadine Beckner

1. Virginia, U.S., Marriage Records, 1936-2014; Ancestry.com Website.
"Name: Phyllis Nadine Beckner
Gender: Female
Race: White
Age: 16
Birth Date: abt 1948
Marriage Registration Place: Buchanan, Virginia, USA
Marriage Date: 1 Feb 1964
Marriage Place: Grundy, Virginia, USA
Father: Stanford Horton Beckner
Mother: Mae Keaton
Spouse: Roy Daniel Vanover
Certificate Number: 1964004149"
2. Russell Co, VA; Marriage License #88-067887; Ancestry.com Website.
William Edward Fox; age 42; born 3 Sep 1946 in VA; divorced; this is his 2nd marriage; first marriage
ended 2 Sep 1988; 7th grade education; living at 305 Hinkle St, Thomasville, NC; son of William
Augustus and Lene Mae (Riley) Fox; married on 14 Dec 1988 in Lebanon, VA; Phyllis Nadine Vanover;
maiden name, Beckner; age 41; 10 May 1947 in WV; divorced; this is her 3rd marriage; last marriage
ended 7 Dec 1987; 12th grade education; living at PO Box 322, Eckman, WV; daughter of Stanford
Horton and Mea (Keaton) Beckner.


Robert Leslie Sparks

1. Hurst-Scott Funeral Home; Tazewell, VA; Posted Obit.
"Robert Leslie Sparks, age 68 of Squire, WV died Friday, May 22, 2020 at his home. He was born May 27, 1951 in Bishop, VA and was a son of the late William Fieldon Sparks and Mildred Pauline Millsap Sparks. Mr. Sparks was a retired coal miner, having worked for several local mines; he retired from Amonate Coal and was a member of the UMWA LOCAL 2322. Mr. Sparks was a member of the Bluefield Moose Lodge and enjoyed watching Western Movies and fishing. He had a big heart and was always ready to help anyone in need. Mr. Sparks loved his family and will be missed by all who knew him.

"In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Cathy Fowler Sparks; two brothers, Willie Sparks and Tim “Fizz” Sparks; one sister, Linda McGuire.

"Those who survive to share his memory includes five children, Leslie Sparks Cheatham and husband, Rodney of Appomattox, VA, Beverly Anne Sparks of North Carolina, Angelia Christine Sparks, James “Jim-Bob” Sparks and Haleigh Elizabeth Sparks, both of Squire, WV; one sister, Patricia Casey and husband, Randy of Tazewell, VA; two brothers, Ernest Sparks and wife, Susan of Squire, WV and David Leon Sparks of Miami, FL; grandchildren, Robin Saul and husband, John and Ashlee Nix and husband, Tyler, both of Hopewell, WV and Eric Cheatham of Appomattox, VA ; great-grandchild, Nicole Nix of Hopewell, WV; several family members and many friends also survive.

"Graveside Funeral Services will be conducted at 3:00 p.m. Sunday, May 24, 2020 at the Grandview Memory Gardens Mausoleum in Bluefield, VA with Pastor Wade Quesenberry officiating. Burial will follow. Family members and friends will serve as pallbearers. COVID-19 Precautions are strongly recommended.

"The family will be meeting at Hurst-Scott Funeral Home in Tazewell, VA one hour prior to the Graveside Service and will receive family members and friends. Those wishing to travel in the procession with the family are asked to meet at the funeral home by 2:30 p.m.

"In addition to floral tributes, the family request that donations be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital: PO Box 1000 Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38101-9908 or to the American Cancer Society – South Atlantic Division, Inc. Attn: Memorial Gifts: 4240 Park Place Court, Glen Allen, VA 23060.

"Hurst-Scott Funeral Home in Tazewell, VA is serving the family of Mr. Sparks and those wishing to express sympathy online may do so at www.hurstscottfuneralhomes.com."


Oscar Marshall

1. "The Heritage of McDowell County, West Virginia, 1858-1995"; 1995; Edited by Dr, Thomas C.
Hatcher; Geneva Steele; Sandra Long and Christine Carr McGuire; "H.C. (Curnie) and Daisy Smith
Puckett"; Article; Page 226; submitted by Charlotte Harman Puckett, Rt 4, Box 89, North Tazewel, VA
24630.


Mahalia Ann Puckett

1. "The Heritage of McDowell County, West Virginia, 1858-1995"; 1995; Edited by Dr, Thomas C.
Hatcher; Geneva Steele; Sandra Long and Christine Carr McGuire; "H.C. (Curnie) and Daisy Smith
Puckett"; Article; Page 226; submitted by Charlotte Harman Puckett, Rt 4, Box 89, North Tazewel, VA
24630.


Ernest "Buddy" Vanover

1. Henry Co, VA; Marriage License #70 002324; Ancestry.com Website.
Ernest Vanover; age 20; born 4 Mar 1949 in WV; single; this is his 1st marriage; 1 yr HS education;
living at Iaeger, WV; son of Clarence and Mary (Blevins) Vanover; married on 28 Jan 1970 in Henry
Co, VA; Gwendolyn Sue Christian; age 22; born 23 Aug 1947 in WV; single; this is her 1st marriage;
4 yrs HS education; living at Roderfield, WV; daughter of Winfred and Mabel (Perky) Christian.
2. U.S., Public Records Index, 1950-1993, Volume 1; Ancestry.com Website.
"Name: Ernest Vanover
Birth Date: Mar 1949 [Mar 1949]
Residence Date: 1993
Phone Number: 589-5144
Address: RR 1 POB 517
Residence: Bluefield, WV
Postal Code: 24701
Second Residence Date: 1991
Second Phone Number: 589-5144
Second Address: 316 Hassam Dr
Second Residence:
Second Postal Code: 24740-7177
Third Phone Number: 589-5144
Third Address: General Delivery
Third Residence: Bluewell, WV
Third Postal Code: 24701-9999"
3. U.S., Index to Public Records, 1994-2019; Ancestry.com Website.
"Name: Ernest Vanover
Birth Date: Mar 1949
Residence Date: 2016-2020
Address: 6919 Sandusky Blvd
Residence: Concord, North Carolina, USA
Postal Code: 28027
Second Residence Date: 2004-2017
Second Address: 746 Firelight CT SW
Second Residence:
Second Postal Code: 28027
Third Residence Date: 1997-2004
Third Address: 120 Meadowlane Loop
Third Residence: Bluefield, West Virginia, USA
Third Postal Code: 24701
Fourth Residence Date: 1993-2004
Fourth Address: Rr 1 Box 517
Fourth Residence: Bluefield, West Virginia, USA
Fourth Postal Code: 24701"


Gwendolyn Sue Christian

1. Henry Co, VA; Marriage License #70 002324; Ancestry.com Website.
Ernest Vanover; age 20; born 4 Mar 1949 in WV; single; this is his 1st marriage; 1 yr HS education;
living at Iaeger, WV; son of Clarence and Mary (Blevins) Vanover; married on 28 Jan 1970 in Henry
Co, VA; Gwendolyn Sue Christian; age 22; born 23 Aug 1947 in WV; single; this is her 1st marriage;
4 yrs HS education; living at Roderfield, WV; daughter of Winfred and Mabel (Perky) Christian.


Ernest "Buddy" Vanover

1. Henry Co, VA; Marriage License #70 002324; Ancestry.com Website.
Ernest Vanover; age 20; born 4 Mar 1949 in WV; single; this is his 1st marriage; 1 yr HS education;
living at Iaeger, WV; son of Clarence and Mary (Blevins) Vanover; married on 28 Jan 1970 in Henry
Co, VA; Gwendolyn Sue Christian; age 22; born 23 Aug 1947 in WV; single; this is her 1st marriage;
4 yrs HS education; living at Roderfield, WV; daughter of Winfred and Mabel (Perky) Christian.
2. U.S., Public Records Index, 1950-1993, Volume 1; Ancestry.com Website.
"Name: Ernest Vanover
Birth Date: Mar 1949 [Mar 1949]
Residence Date: 1993
Phone Number: 589-5144
Address: RR 1 POB 517
Residence: Bluefield, WV
Postal Code: 24701
Second Residence Date: 1991
Second Phone Number: 589-5144
Second Address: 316 Hassam Dr
Second Residence:
Second Postal Code: 24740-7177
Third Phone Number: 589-5144
Third Address: General Delivery
Third Residence: Bluewell, WV
Third Postal Code: 24701-9999"
3. U.S., Index to Public Records, 1994-2019; Ancestry.com Website.
"Name: Ernest Vanover
Birth Date: Mar 1949
Residence Date: 2016-2020
Address: 6919 Sandusky Blvd
Residence: Concord, North Carolina, USA
Postal Code: 28027
Second Residence Date: 2004-2017
Second Address: 746 Firelight CT SW
Second Residence:
Second Postal Code: 28027
Third Residence Date: 1997-2004
Third Address: 120 Meadowlane Loop
Third Residence: Bluefield, West Virginia, USA
Third Postal Code: 24701
Fourth Residence Date: 1993-2004
Fourth Address: Rr 1 Box 517
Fourth Residence: Bluefield, West Virginia, USA
Fourth Postal Code: 24701"


Connie Jeanell Fry

1. U.S., Index to Public Records, 1994-2019; Ancestry.com Website.
"Name: Connie Jeannell Vanover [Connie J Dale] [Connie J Fry]
Birth Date: Apr 1959
Residence Date: 2016-2020
Address: 6919 Sandusky Blvd
Residence: Concord, North Carolina, USA
Postal Code: 28027
Second Residence Date: 1995-2005
Second Address: 120 Meadowlane Loop
Second Residence: Bluefield, West Virginia, USA
Second Postal Code: 24701
Third Residence Date: 2003
Third Address: 606 Balfour Rd
Third Residence: Winston Salem, North Carolina, USA
Third Postal Code: 27104
Fourth Residence Date: 1998-2001
Fourth Address: 270 Cedarbrook CT
Fourth Residence: Lewisville, North Carolina, USA
Fourth Postal Code: 27023"
2. U.S., Public Records Index, 1950-1993, Volume 2; Ancestry.com Website.
"Name: Connie Dale
Birth Date: 25 Apr 1959
Address: 378 Virginia Ave
Residence Place: Welch, West Virginia, USA
Zip Code: 24801"


George Dewey Gentry

1. 1930 Census, McDowell Co, WV; Big Creek District; Canebrake; taken 15 Apr 1930; Page 168B;
Image 36 of 57; Family #280/286.
Listed as Dewey Genrty; age 32; born in NC; married at 27; coal miner; head of household.
2. Tazewell Co, VA; Marriage License #40065; Ancestry.com Web Site.
Dewey Gentry; age 41; born in Ashville, NC; divorced; one previous marriage; living in Richlands, VA;
miner; son of John I. and Addie (Reese) Gentry; married on 28 Oct 1939 in Tazewell, VA; Thelma
Freeman; age 21; born in Kimball, WV; single; living in Richlands, VA; daughter of Emmett and
Annie (Rupe) Freeman.
3. WWII Draft Cards Young Men, 1940-1947; Ancestry.com Web Site.
"Name: George Dewey Gentry
Race: White
Age: 43
Relationship to Draftee: Self (Head)
Birth Date: 14 May 1898
Birth Place: Ashville, North Carolina, USA
Residence Place: Keystone, Mcdowell, West Virginia, USA
Registration Date: 16 Feb 1942
Registration Place: Keystone, Mcdowell, West Virginia, USA
Employer: New River And Pocahontas Coal Company
Weight: 185
Complexion: Ruddy
Eye Color: Blue
Hair Color: Black
Height: 5 9
Next of Kin: Thelma Gentry
Household Members:
Name Relationship
George Dewey Gentry Self (Head)"
4. McDowell Co, WV; Death Certificate #'60 012466; WV Archives Web Site.
George Dewey Gentry; age 62; born 14 May 1898 in Asheville, NC; married; miner; living at Davy,
WV; SS #233-12-6006; son of John and Elva Gentry; died 10 Aug 1960 in Stevens Clinic, Welch,
WV; from cardiac insufficiency due to hypertension and pneumonconiosis; buried 12 Aug 1960
in Mitchell Cemetery, Hensley, WV; informant, Mrs. G.D. Gentry, Davy, WV.
5. "The Heritage of McDowell County, West Virginia, 1858-1999"; 1999; By Geneva Steel, Tom
Hatcher and Sandra Long; "Kenneth M. and Jane Bishop Gentry and Family"; Article; Page 149;
submitted by Kenneth M. Gentry, HCR 65, Box 43, Davy, WV 24829.


Stella Edwards

1. 1930 Census, McDowell Co, WV; Big Creek District; Canebrake; taken 15 Apr 1930; Page 168B;
Image 36 of 57; Family #280/286.
Listed as Stella Genrty; age 24; born in VA; married at 14; in household of husband, George D.
Gentry.
2. Stella Mae Turner; age 77; born 22 Oct 1906 in VA; widow; wife of Willie Hesker Turner; housewife;
living at Rt 1, Clinchco, VA; daughter of Charles and Mary Ann (Cochran) Edwards; died 16 May 1984
in Wise General Hospital, Wise, VA; due to Cardiac arrest with probable pulmonary embolism or
myocardial infarction; COPD from cigarette smoking; buried in Turner Cemetery, Clinchco, VA.


Charles Gentry

1. "The Heritage of McDowell County, West Virginia, 1858-1999"; 1999; By Geneva Steel, Tom
Hatcher and Sandra Long; "Kenneth M. and Jane Bishop Gentry and Family"; Article; Page 149;
submitted by Kenneth M. Gentry, HCR 65, Box 43, Davy, WV 24829.
2. 1930 Census, McDowell Co, WV; Big Creek District; Canebrake; taken 15 Apr 1930; Page 169A;
Image 37 of 57; Family #280/286.
Listed as Charles Genrty; age 2; born in WV in household of father, George D. Gentry.