Charles L. Van Hoye

Charles L. Van Hoye

White Sulphur Springs-Charles L. Van Hoye, 75, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015, in Saint Marys, WV, following a sudden illness.

Born June 8, 1939, in Alderson, he was the son of the late Charles Edward Van Hoye and the late Zelda Green Van Hoye North.

Mr. Van Hoye was a former maintenance worker for the United States Forestry Service and was a former employee of the Town of White Sulphur Springs. He attended Alderson Schools in Alderson. Mr. Van Hoye loved to ginseng, go fishing, go to flea markets, and collect old coins and stamps. He also enjoyed playing cards and horseshoes and especially loved his cats.

Survivors include: his wife, Wilma Ann Cook Van Hoye of Philippi; two sons, Charles Corey Van Hoye and wife Melissa of White Sulphur Springs and Anthony Andrew Van Hoye of Philippi; two daughters, Tina Ann Golden of Philippi and Mariann Faith Henry of Philippi; two sisters, Betty Carmen Tincher of Christiansburg, VA and Wanda Ann Morris of Denver, CO; four brothers, Rodney Edward Van Hoye of White Sulphur Springs, William Carl Van Hoye and wife Dorothy of White Sulphur Springs, Wilfred Melvin Van Hoye and wife Carolyn of Blountville, TN and George Thomas Van Hoye of Medford, OR; special friend, Sarah Lee Cook of White Sulphur Springs; six grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Private family services were held Sunday, Feb. 22, at Lobban Funeral Home Chapel, Alderson.

In honor of Mr. Van Hoye’s wishes cremation followed the services.

Arrangements by Lobban Funeral Home, Alderson.


Carlton Ray Cockerham

Covington, VA-Carlton Ray Cockerham, a kind and gentle but very stubborn spiritual son of God, drew his last earthly breath and returned to his Heavenly Father on Sunday, Mar. 8, 2015, while sleeping peacefully beside his wife at his home in Covington, VA.

He is enjoying a glorious reunion with his Savior, his parents, his first wife, two grandsons, a great grandson, and all of his siblings.

Carlton was born in his family’s farmhouse on May 25, 1925, near Friars Hill in Greenbrier County, the elder child of Flora Ann Lyall and Marcus Lafayette Cockerham.

He completed grade school at the McMillion School and began his freshman year at Renick High School before dropping out to help with the family farm.

His father was about 76 years old when Carlton quit school to operate the farm with their team of horses. He joined the U.S. Marine Corps briefly in 1945 at the end of World War II before being discharged from boot camp. He took a correspondence course in radio electronics. While his education was limited, he had a great desire and capacity to learn new things and graduated from the “school of hard knocks” with honors. Carlton married Mattie Ray on May 10, 1948, in Catlettsburg, KY. She preceded him in death in 1991. He moved his young family to Manassas, VA, in 1959 for better employment. He worked variously as a carpenter, an electronics technician, and finally as an oxygen acetylene plant manager. He enjoyed traveling, restoring antique cars, and especially wood working. His wooden handicrafts grace the homes of many friends and family members across the country.

Carlton married Dessie Hefner Owens on Dec. 5, 1992, near Renick.

Besides his parents and his first wife, Carlton was preceded in death by his only full sibling and brother, Herbert Dean Cockerham; his grandsons, Matthew Alan Cockerham and Marcus Avery Cockerham; great-grandson, Christopher Uriah Selecman; 11 half-brothers; five half-sisters; and dozens of nieces and nephews.

Carlton is survived by: his loving wife of 23 years, Dessie Lee Cockerham, of Covington, VA; sons, Gary C. Cockerham (Nola) of West Valley City, UT; Alan W. Cockerham (Cathy) of Spotsylvania, VA: and Donald T. Cockerham of Rhoadesville, VA; stepsons, Gerald L. Owens (Regenia) and Brian K. Owens (Rosa) both of Renick; a very special sister-in-law, Hilda Hefner Cockerham; 12 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; and dozens of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services with Pastor Dennis Nicely officiating will be held at 12 noon on Saturday, Mar. 14, at the Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home at 102 N. Jefferson Street, in Lewisburg. Visitation with the family will begin at 10:30 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Morningside Cemetery Association, c/o Lucille McMillion, P.O. Box 135, Renick, WV 24966.

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