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Bennett K. Hatfield

1956 - 2016

Bennett K. Hatfield, 59, of Charleston, WV, passed away unexpectedly Sunday, May 22, 2016.

He was born Oct. 26, 1956, in Williamson, WV, to the Rev. Sonny A. and Nola Phillips Hatfield. A longtime business leader in this region, Ben was the Principal of Coal Strategies LLC and also served as an Independent Director on the Boards of Foresight Energy LP and Minerals Refining Company. Ben had served in senior executive positions for over 20 years at Massey Energy, then was CEO of International Coal Group and later CEO of Patriot Coal. He was a Virginia Tech alumnus, graduating cum laude in 1979 with a B.S. in Mining Engineering. He received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Virginia Tech Mining and Minerals Engineering Department in 1999. In 2015, Ben was named to the Academy of Engineering Excellence by the Virginia Tech College of Engineering. Ben was a registered professional engineer, a third-generation coal miner, and served for many years on the board of the West Virginia Coal Association.

Ben was preceded in death by his wife, Debbie Starr Hatfield, and his father, the Rev. Sonny A. Hatfield. He is survived by his mother, Nola Phillips Hatfield of Inez, KY; daughters, Ashley Kay (Watson) Stelly of Richmond, VA, and Lauren Nicole Hatfield of Arlington, VA; and son, Michael Shawn Lee of Louisville, KY. Also surviving are brothers, Ronald (Naomi) Hatfield of Logan, WV, Stephen (Mary) Hatfield of Charleston, WV, and Dennis (Trish) Hatfield of Louisa, KY; sisters, Roma Marcum of Inez, KY, and Pat (Bill) Keck of Huntington, WV; and a cherished honorary family member, Yufei Wu (David) Albizzati, now of Edinburgh, Scotland. He also leaves many nieces, nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews who all loved their Uncle B. dearly.

Ben's favorite pastime was spending time with his family. He went to great lengths to plan yearly family reunions together. He was a benefactor to many special causes and charitable events, many done anonymously. Ben attended the River Ridge Church, and he and his wife, Debbie, were strong supporters of the Ambassador Christian Academy at Williamson, WV.

The family will receive friends at River Ridge Church, 2090 Greenbrier Street, Charleston, WV, from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday. Funeral will be at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Regional Church of God at Delbarton, WV, with the Rev. Mitchell Bias officiating. Interment will follow at Mt. View Memory Gardens at Maher, WV. Active pallbearers will include Michael Castle, Roger Nicholson, Charles Snavely, Eugene Kitts, Mike Hardesty, Ray Marcum, Brad Hatfield, and Jeremy Hatfield. Honorary pallbearers include Howard M. Persinger, Baxter Phillips, Kevin Crutchfield, Bobby Webb, Sam Kitts, and Aaron Ray Hatfield.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Ambassador Christian Academy, 701 Alderson Street, Williamson, WV 25661.

Weaver Mortuary of West Williamson, WV, is serving the Hatfield family.

Byrd Prince, Jr.

1929 – 2016

Byrd Prince, Jr., 86 of Fallsburg passed away on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at home.

Mr. Prince was born in Crum, West Virginia on December 29, 1929 to the late Byrd and Essie Meade-Prince.

Byrd loved his family and enjoyed playing his guitar and singing gospel music and was a Veteran who served his Country selflessly and honorably in the United States Army. He attended the Savage Memorial Church and various area churches. He was self-employed as a logger and also owned Prince Grocery.

Besides his parents he was preceded in death by his siblings including George Curtis Prince, Lowell Thomas Prince and Beatrice James.

He leaves behind a loving and devoted family including his wife Myrtle M. Mills-Prince of Fallsburg; nine children; Dianne Lynn Raylor of South Hampton, England, Larry Joe Prince and Cecil Prince both of Bolts Fork, Ky., Sammy Keith Prince and James Lowell Prince both of Fallsburg, Ky., Kimberly Sue Ayers,Donna Lynnette Prince and Beverly Ann Moss all of Chicago, Illinois, and Sherry C. Spillman of Fallsburg, Ky.; one brother Jesse Donald Prince of South Bloomfield, Ohio; one sister Eunice Collen Prince of Cardington, Ohio; 25 grandchildren; 22 great grandchildren and 2 great great grandschildren as well as many nieces, nephews, friends and extended family all of whom will cherish his memory.

Funeral Services will be held at the Fallsburg Tabernacle Church in Fallsburg on Saturday, May 28, 2016 at 2:00 pm with Pastor Greg Caudill officiating. Burial will follow at the Prince Family Cemetery in Fallsburg with military honors.

Visitation for family and friends will be at the church on Friday, May 27, 2016 from 6-9 pm.

Online condolences may be left for the family at

Frank Wheeler 

1947 - 2016

Frank Wheeler, 68, of Louisa, KY went to be with the Lord on Saturday May 21, 2016 at his home surrounded by his loving family.

Frank was born Aug. 21, 1947 at Philadelphia, PA the son of the late Carl and Olga Mostes Wheeler. In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by a sister Joan Wheeler. Frank was a retired Kentucky Power Co. employee in the maintance department. He is a United State Army Veteran serving in Viet Nam with the 101st Airborne Division.

Survivors include his loving wife Janet Kelly Wheeler, a daughter Kelly Antoinette Wheeler Holbrook and husband Jerry; a son Matthew Franklin Wheeler and fiancé Causby Muncy; brothers Ronald Wheeler, George Wheeler, Mike Wheeler, John Wheeler, and James Tryforos; two sisters Mia Pharris and Carol Anderson; a step sister Judy McBride; grandchildren Christopher Morris Eddy, Gavin Carson, and Jocelann Carson; and a host of friends.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday May 25th at 11:00 am at the Wilson Funeral Home with Revs Jesse Fyffe, Mike Roberts, and David Boggs officiating. Burial will follow in the Kentucky Veterans Cemetery North East 100 Veterans Memorial Drive Greenup County, KY. with military honors.

Friends may visit the family on Tuesday from 6:00 PM to 9:00 pm at the Wilson Funeral Home.

Care has been entrusted to Wilson Funeral Home.

 Robert “Bob” Allen Gussler

1945 - 2016

Robert “Bob” Allen Gussler 70 of Blaine, KY passed away Saturday May 21, 2016 at the Pikeville Medical Center following a brief illness.

Bob was born August 2, 1945 at Adams, KY the son of the late Leonard and Marie Moore Gussler. He was a retired farmer and timber cutter. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a brother Freddie Gussler.

Survivors include his loving wife of 46 years Marjorie Carter Gussler; a daughter Tammy Gussler-Skaggs and husband Robert of Blaine, KY; a sister Joann Collins of London, OH; two brother-in-laws; a step grandson and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday May 24th at 1:00 pm at the Wilson Funeral Home with Rev. Mike Roberts officiating. Burial will follow in the Yatesville Memorial Gardens at Louisa, KY.

Friends may visit the family on Monday from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the Wilson Funeral Home.

Care has been entrusted to Wilson Funeral Home.

Willa Iris Bryan

1937 - 2016

Willa Iris Bryan, 78, of Catlettsburg, Kentucky was called home to her Heavenly Father on Saturday, May 21, 2016.

She was born on September 5, 1937 to Joe and Pearl Kelley (deceased). Iris is survived by her loving husband of 60 years, Thomas Bryan. Iris and Thomas were blessed with 3 wonderful children, Cheryl Ratcliff (Michael), Brenda Bryan and Tom Bryan (Tina) all of Catlettsburg. Iris was known as Nan-Nan to her grandchildren; Jennifer Eerenberg (Brian), Joseph Diamond and Jacob Bryan. And to her great grandchildren;  Kaden Neese, Isabella and Julianna Eerenberg. She was loved and survived by 3 siblings; Pat Castle (Bill), Bob Kelley (Charlene), and Sue Yates (Don).

Iris will be missed by all her family and friends. She was a kind and gentle soul always wanting to take care of others;  she was truly a giver in all things. Iris fulfilled her dream by being a fabulous mother and homemaker. She was a member of Buchanan Chapel where she attended many years and served her Lord proudly. Although Iris will be greatly missed here on earth there is great rejoicing in Heaven today.

Services for Iris will be conducted 11:00 AM Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at Buchanan Chapel with Pastor Keith Workman and Rev. Michael Ratcliff officiating. Burial will follow at Buchanan Cemetery.

Visitation for Iris will be 6:00 PM  until 9:00 PM Monday at Buchanan Chapel, under the direction of Young Funeral Home.

Online condolences may be left for the family at