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Gazette-Mail speller has high hopes for final bee (with video)
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Gazette-Mail speller has high hopes for final bee (with video)

His spelling career may be coming to an end, but Varun Kukkillaya has no regrets.

After failing to advance past preliminary rounds in the 2014 Scripps National Spelling Bee, the 14-year-old John Adams Middle School eighth-grader outlasted local...

Funerals for: May 24, 2015

Adkins, Roland W. 4 p.m., East Fork Freewill Baptist Church, Ranger.

Anderson, William J. 2 p.m., Deal Funeral Home, Point Pleasant.

Bays, Wilma 2 p.m., Green Bottom Cemetery, Green Bottom.

Flippin,...

Bruce M. Morris

Bruce Maynard Morris, 62, of Charleston, passed away Friday, May 22, 2015 at his residence. Stevens & Grass Funeral Home, Malden, is in charge of arrangements.

Earl O. Ripley Sr.

Earl O. Ripley Sr., 95, of Gap Mills, died May 21, 2015. Service will be 1 p.m. Tuesday, May 26, at Groves Funeral Home Chapel, Union. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, May 25, at the funeral home.

Joyce A. Harrison

Joyce Aileen Smith Harrison, 87, of Alderson, formerly of Brooklyn, N.Y., died May 7, 2015. In honor of her request, she has been cremated and private burial will be held at Old Greenbrier Memorial Cemetery, Alderson. Arrangements by Lobban Funeral...

Irvin "Leroy" Riffle

Irvin "Leroy" Riffle, 77, of Kellys Creek, died May 22, 2015. Service will be 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 27, at Baber Agee United Methodist Church, Charleston. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 26, at the church. Arrangements by Long & Fisher...

Shirley M. Meadows

Shirley Mae Meadows, 75, of Milton, died May 22, 2015. Service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 27, at Guyan Church, Glenwood, with visitation beginning at 12:30 p.m. Arrangements by Deal Funeral Home, Point Pleasant.

Ted Bishop

Ted Bishop, 84, of St. Albans, passed away May 22, 2015. Arrangements are incomplete with Casdorph & Curry Funeral Home, St. Albans.

Marcia Lynn Jackson

Marcia Lynn "Jorge" Jackson, 57, of Williamstown, passed away May 22, 2015. Service will be 1 p.m. Tuesday, May 26, at Casto Funeral Home Chapel, Ravenswood. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, May 25, at the funeral home.

Patrick "Pudge" Beane
Patrick "Pudge" Beane

Patrick "Pudge" Beane, 56, of Marmet, passed away Thursday, May 21, 2015 at CAMC Memorial, surrounded by his loving family.

Born Dec. 20, 1958 in Charleston, he was the son of the late James and Sarah Beane.

Pudge was an avid Mountaineer...

John "Jack" Townson
John "Jack" Townson

John "Jack" R. Townson, 80, a lifelong resident of Dunbar, passed away at CAMC General Hospital on Tuesday, May 19, 2015, surrounded by his loving family, after a brief illness.

He was born Aug. 3, 1934 in Elwood, Ind., to the late John and...

Joann Holder Miller
Joann Holder Miller

Joann Holder Miller, 85, of Charleston, passed away at home on May 21, 2015. She was born April 7, 1930 in Liberty, S.C., to the late Ernest Perry and Minnie (Laboone) Holder.

Mrs. Miller was raised in Liberty, S.C., before moving to Charleston....

Phillip H. Harris

Phillip Harold Harris, 43, of Charleston, passed away May 4, 2015 in Charleston. No services are scheduled at this time. Online condolences may be shared at www.adamsreedfh.com. Adams-Reed Funeral Home, Cowen, is honored to be serving the Harris...

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