Stephen Douglas Ellis of Gilbert went to be in God’s care on February 10, 2011 from Logan Regional Medical Center. He was born on March 31, 1955 at Fort Meade Md. Stephen was the son of Richard Neal Ellis and Mary Ellen Toler Ellis.
He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents George W. and Estelle Harmon Ellis and Maternal grandparents Ira H. Sr. and Merl Cook Toler. Steve was also preceded in death by aunts and uncles Charley and Belva Toler Simpson, Ira H. Jr. and Alicia Woods Toler, Elmer and Eluoine Toler Aliff, and Arley Clendenin Toler and Ruth Lefler Toler and uncle, William J. Toler.
Stephen is survived by sisters Sarah Jane Ellis of Coal Mountain and Mary Elizabeth Ellis Varney of Gilbert and brothers Larry Neal Ellis of Gilbert and James R. Ellis of Roanoke, Va. Surviving also are aunts and uncles Vaughn D. Toler and Anita Puckett Toler, Donald D. and Helen Blankenship Toler, all of Madison and aunts Celia Hughes Toler of Clear Fork and Marlene Toler Ford of Edmond, Ok. Also aunts and uncles: David H. and Wilma Aliff Ellis of Cross Lanes, and Marjorie R. Ellis and Gene Hasley of Camp Verde, Texas. Also Stephen has a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. An attempt to find any enemies of Stephen proved fruitless.
Stephen graduated from Gilbert High School in 1976 where he was the Gilbert High School Lion Football Manager under the direction of Coach Jerry Miller. Stephen was an avid fan of the Gilbert High School Lions Football and one of the highlights of his life was cheering the Gilbert “Lions” thru the 1995 Class A Championship in Wheeling.
Stephen was a long time member of the Gilbert Vol. Fire Dept, and a member of the Gilbert Kiwanis Club. He was best recognized because of his efforts to keep the Town of Gilbert clean. For years Stephen daily cruised the town with his “buggy” on his daily rounds thru the rain, shine, snow or mud to keep Gilbert clean. Stephen was also recognized and received local, county and state recognition for these efforts. And he also received the “Hometown Hero” award from WSAZ Channel 3. Stephen was also inducted as a charter member by James H. “Buck” Harless as a Bridge Builder” at a formal dinner and program at the Marriott in Charleston, WV. A portion of the Larry Joe Harless Community Center recreation area is also named in honor of Stephen.
Stephen was a member of the Sharon Height Assembly of God Church where he was a loving and devoted member, and he attended faithfully until illness prevented him from attending. He blessed everyone with his singing and his drama skits.
Funeral services will be held Sunday, February 13, 2011 at the Sharon Height Assembly of God Church at 1 pm. Officiating will be Pastor Arville Cline and a lifelong family friend Rev. Clifford Rawls.
Burial will follow in the Hollywood Cemetery at Gilbert. Stephen may be gone from our sight, but he will never be forgotton.
Active pallbearers are: Gordon Carter, Roger Cline, Mick Endicott, Eric Lester, Parker Akers and Lewis “Bud” Adams. Honorary pallbearers are: Hersel Cline, James Fields, Charles Cline, Greg Butcher, John Toler, Danny Hobbs Sr., Tom White, Dick White, Randy Livingood, David Fox, James H. “Buck” Harless, “Big” Jim Hatfield, Dusty McGuire, Kendall Simpson, John Adams, Wayne Ellis and Zane Perry.
Friends may gather with the family at the Mounts Funeral Home Chapel on Saturday, February 12, 2011 from 6 to 9 pm. s
Delores Jean Walker, 63, died Friday, Feb. 11, 2011, at Cabell Huntington Hospital in Huntington.
Born Aug. 29, 1947, she was the daughter of the late Leander Grayson and Zelma Toler.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2011, at the Pathway Church of God at Christian with the Revs. Harrison Williamson and Donald Ellis officiating. Burial will follow at the Christian Cemetery.
Hearl Toler, 81, of Lower Muzzle Creek Road, near Hanover, WV, went home to be with the Lord, Tuesday, February 8, 2011, at the home of his daughter surrounded by his loving family.
Hearl was born July 17, 1929 at Harry's Branch/Leatherwood, a son of the late Paris and Helen Toler. He was a retired coal miner and a member of the Ikes Fork Freewill Baptist Church.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his loving wife, Janet Bailey Toler, three infant daughters, three brothers, Wade, Norman, and Earl Toler, and two sisters, Icie Hatfield and Macie Wiley.
Survivors include one daughter, Leura Melinda Daugherty and husband Steven of Hanover; four sons, Edward Toler and wife Kimberly of Ikes Fork, Thomas Toler and wife Angela of Inez, KY, Hearl J. Toler and wife Bobbie of Lexington, NC, and Paris E. Toler and wife Amy of Peterstown; one brother, Wirt Toler of Justice; ten grandchildren, Tabitha Rowe, Tiffany Kennedy, Brandon Toler, Tracie Toler, Courtney Daugherty, Matthew Toler, Kristen Toler, Melissa Daugherty, Andrea Daugherty, and Kirsten Toler; and four great grandchildren, Dakota Rowe, Payton Kennedy, Braelyn Toler and Alexis Kennedy.
Funeral services wrer Friday, February 11, 2011, at 1 p.m. with Reverend Clyde Endicott, Reverend Dennis Lester and Reverend Homer Blankenship, Jr. officiating at the Ikes Fork Freewill Baptist Church at Ikes Fork. Burial followed in the Bailey Family Cemetery on Lower Muzzle Creek Road at Hanover. Hearl was carried to his final resting place by his sons, grandsons, family, and friends.
Fanning Funeral Home in Iaeger is assisting the Toler Family.