Obituaries – February 21, 2019


Virginia Joan Starcher, 97, of Minnora, died Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019, at Minnie Hamilton Health System Long Term Care.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late Lester and Maude Hershman Bailey. She was a long-time member of Prudence Chapel and a resident of MHHS LTC for 2-1/2 years.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Clayton Starcher; one son, Marvin Lee Starcher; one daughter-in-law, Joy Starcher; one daughter, Evelyn Jean LaFleur; and one son-in-law, “Frenchie” LaFleur.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. Tim Hickman officiating. Burial was in Minnora Cemetery.


Ruth Ann Yost, 96, of Chloe, died Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019, at Roane General Hospital.

She was born at Floe, Clay County, the daughter of the late John Burton and Belle Vaughan. She attended Walker United Methodist Church and had been a Sunday School teacher and song leader.

Surviving are two daughters, Launa Butler of Chloe and Carolyn Lane of Orma; six grandchildren, Michelle Cutshall and Bev and Bill Mullins, all of Chloe, Ron and Jackie Butler of Princeton, Rick and Rita Butler of Hacker Valley, Rhonda and Charlie Laughlin of Arnoldsburg and Vickie and Cecil Rogers of Minnora; 15 great-grandchildren; and 14 great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her step-mother, Anna Vaughan; husband, Fountain Yost; three sisters, Mabel Smith, Ruby Hensley and Geneva Snyder; one brother, Paul Vaughan; one son-in-law, Nolan Butler; and one great-grandson, Lucas Butler.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Rev. Rick Metheney officiating. Burial was in Yost Cemetery.


Stephen Glenn Goodnight, 74, of Grantsville, died Friday, Feb. 15, 2019, at his residence in Annamoriah.

He was born in Calhoun County, the son of the late Cecil Harold and Wanoka Goodnight Morehead. He was a retired well tender, farmer, and also raised cattle.

Graveside memorial service will be held Satur-day, Mar. 23, 1 p.m., at Goodnight Cemetery, Big Bend. To leave condolences, visit


Howard J. Ooten, 80, of Arnoldsburg, died Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019.
He was born at Ragland, the son of the late Rosa Mae Burke Ooten-Adkins and Garland Ooten. He was a retired coal miner, member of UMWA Local 5958 and Masonic Lodge #99, Logan, and attended Walnut Grove Church.

Surviving are his wife of 53 years, Garnet Ooten; six daughters, Rose Ann Getts and Kathy Baker, both of Michigan, Christy Stevens of Clarksburg, Lori Brown of Danville, Mary Blankenship of Cyclone and Julie Ooten Fortune of Logan; six grandchildren, Susan Nelson, Anthony Smith, Drake Hughes, Joshua Brown, Jesse Blankenship and Gracie Blankenship; three brothers, Tom Ooten, Wendell Ooten and Johnny Adkins; and one sister, Alene James.

He was preceded in death by one brother, Arvel Ooten, and one sister, Hannah Wooten.

A private family service will be held at a later date. His body will be cremated.


Bernice Riddle Stump, 94, formerly of Russett, died Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019, at Macclesfield, N.C.

She was the daughter of the late Ralph and Daisy Smith Riddle. She was a graduate of Calhoun County High School, Glenville State College and attended West Virginia University. She was a school teacher in Calhoun County for 40 years and was a member of Rush Run Baptist Church, Rush Run CEOS and Calhoun County Retired School Employees.

Surviving are one son, Stephen Stump; two grandsons, Zachary Stephen Stump and Hayden Taylor Stump; one great-granddaughter, Sophia Bracewell; and long-time friend and caregiver, Linda Taylor.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Hughart Stump; one sister, Agnes Kendall Lewis; and one grandchild, Jordan Leigh Stump.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Rev. Kenny Kendall and Rev. John Vannoy officiating. Burial was in Sand Ridge Cemetery.


Lewis “Louie” Gail Cottrell, 70, of Nebo, died Monday, Feb. 11, 2019.

He was the son of the late Okey Lee and Alma Nellie Truman Cottrell. He was a Vietnam War veteran.

Surviving are his wife, Linda Starcher Cottrell; two sons, Johnny Cottrell of Nebo and Jason Cottrell of Nicut; three granddaughters, Kimmi (Popeye), Briana (JuneBug) and Kassy (FuzzBug); two grandsons, Darian (Knothead) and Dalton (Outlaw); three great-granddaughters, Aubrey, Sydney and EllaMae; two brothers Ronnie of Ivydale and Randy of Clay; and two sisters, Lois of Chloe and Kay Coleman of Ivydale.

He was preceded in death by one daughter, Jackie Lyn, and one grandson, Johnny Cottrell, Jr. (Jughead).
Burial will be in Cottrell Cemetery at a later date.

James A. Cinalli, 92, of Bridgeport, died Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019, at Russell County Hospital, Lebanon, Va.

He was born in Fairmont, the son of the late Nicola and Marie Casanova Cinalli. He graduated from Fairmont Senior High School and entered the U.S. Army, where he served with the 9th Infantry in Germany during World War II. He graduated from Benjamin Franklin University, Washington, D.C., in 1951, and began working for the Internal Revenue Service, where he retired after 34 years of service.

Surviving are two sons, Dr. Mark Cinalli of Mineral Wells and Dr. Paul Cinalli of Tucson, Ariz.; one daughter, Mary Conley of Lebanon; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 59 years, Madeline Cinalli, in 2012.

Funeral liturgy will be celebrated Saturday, 10 a.m., at All Saints Church, 317 East Main St., Bridgeport. Visitation will be held Friday, 2 to 8 p.m., at Ford Funeral Home, 215 East Main St., Bridgeport. Vigil service will be held Friday, 7:30 p.m., at the funeral home. Condolences may be extended to the family at