Obituaries for the Christian Family
Lorene Burr Christian
LANSING -- Lorene Burr Christian, 96, died Wednesday, Oct. 14, 1998, at her home following a short illness. Born Feb. 13, 1902, at Lansing, she was the daughter of the late Curtis Mason and Mary Sims Kincaid. Mrs. Christian was a homemaker and a member of the Lansing Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her first husband, John Burr in 1948; and her second husband, Cecil H. Christian in 1976. Survivors include four daughters, Jane Thomas of Saratoga, Calif., Jacque Moore of Carlisle, Ohio, Carrie Warr of Lansing and Lenore McClung of Richwood; six grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Graveside services and burial will be 11 a.m. Friday at Lansing Cemetery with the Rev. Kenny Hayes officiating. Arrangements by Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, Fayetteville.
Charles E. Christian
OAK HILL -- Charles E. Christian, 79, died Saturday, Oct. 10, 1998 at his home following a long illness. Born June 30, 1919, at Cabin Creek, he was the son of the late Charles Edward Christian Sr. and Ella Louise West Christian. Mr. Christian worked for Virginian Railroad (later N & M), was manager of Bailey Lumber Company at Oak Hill until his retirement in 1983. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the Army with the 10th Mountain Division, was a former Oak Hill City Council member, and was one of the founders of the Oak Hill Swim Club. He was preceded in death by his wife, Virginia "Bunny" Christian; and two sisters, Kathleen Taylor and Hazel Foster. Survivors include a son, Charles "Butch" Christian and his wife, Rose Mary, of Oak Hill; a sister, Mary Davis and her husband, Ed, of Roanoke, Va.; a granddaughter, Amy Beth Christian of Oak Hill; three nieces and two nephews. Services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at Tyree Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill, with the Rev. James Shepherd officiating. Burial will follow in High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill. Friends may call 7 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home. Military graveside rites will be conducted by VFW Post 3110 of Oak Hill. Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.
Gloria A Christian
ALEXANDRIA, Va. - Gloria Armstrong Christian, 74, died Saturday, Feb. 9, 2002, in Leesburg, Va. Born Oct. 17, 1927, in Mount Hope, she was the daughter of the late Arlie and Bertha Armstrong. Mrs. Christian attended local schools in Mount Hope, graduating from Mount Hope High School in 1945, and attended Beckley College. She was a member of University Baptist Church, Baltimore. She was a longtime employee of Waynewood Elementary School and loved all the kids. She was preceded in death by her husband, Fred V. Christian Jr.; and six sisters and brothers, Arlene Armstrong, Estelle Smith, Mark Armstrong, Max Armstrong, Maxine Mitchell and Randall "Sonny" Armstrong. Survivors include her beloved daughters, Toni Christian Miller of Leesburg and Robin S. Christian of Albuquerque, N.M.; a grandson, Zachary Christian Jackson of Alexandria; a sister, Mary Davis of Beckley; and numerous nieces and nephews. Memorial service will be 1 p.m. Saturday, March 2, at Mount Hope Baptist Temple with David McCoy officiating. Mrs. Christian was a former member of this church. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Mount Hope Baptist Temple, 406 Main St., Mount Hope, WV 25880.
James A. Christian
James A. Christian, DDS/ MD, was born to eternal rest Thursday, May 24, 2001. Born April 12, 1929, in Oak Hill, he was one of 11 children born to William Christian and Emma Clemmons. Dr. Christian rose from these humble beginnings to become both a dentist and a physician. A graduate of Fisk University, he received a degree in dentistry from the Indiana University School of Dentistry. After serving in the U.S. Navy, he practiced dentistry in Indianapolis and Racine, Wis., before returning to Nashville to attend Meharry Medical College. He began his practice in Milwaukee, where he would later graduate from the otolaryngology department of the Medical College of Wisconsin and serve as an assistant clinical professor. Dr. Christian continued to practice as an ear, nose and throat surgeon until his retirement in 1986. He is survived by his sisters, Dorothy C. Harris of Milwaukee, Alice Howard of Columbus, Ohio, Ruth Muse of Williamson and Dr. Horace D. Christian of Wexford, Ohio. Memorials should be sent to Fisk University or Meharry Medical College of Nashville, Tenn., Indiana University School of Dentistry of Indianapolis or the Medical College of Wisconsin, Wauwatosa, Wis. Arrangements by Northwest Funeral Chapel.
Bertie E. Christian
Bertie E. Christian, 91, died Monday, Nov. 26, 2001, in a Beckley care facility following a long illness. Born Aug. 12, 1910, at Indian Mills, she was the daughter of the late William Austin and Lula Jane Thomas Raines. Mrs. Christian was a homemaker, and was a member of Hedrick Street Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Homer Tenneson Christian; a son, Clarence Edgar Christian; three brothers, John Theodore, Thomas Ryan, and Samuel Hunter Raines; and two sisters, Annie and Nellie Gray Raines. Survivors include a grandson, James Christian of Cottageville; a granddaughter, Jennifer Christian of Cottageville; four great-grandchildren, Scott and Chris Cale of Cottageville, Amy Anderson of Sandyville, and Tina Christian of Cottageville, and a sister, Tula Broyles of Ballard. Service will be 11 a.m. Thursday at Blue Ridge Funeral Home Chapel, Beckley, with the Rev. Tommy Treadway officiating. Burial will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Beckley. Friends may call 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Arrangements by Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley.
Denzil L Christian
An Eccles night mechanic, who died of a heart attack an hour after he got up to wash his dogs for a fox hunters association field trials, will be buried at Mount Tabor today. He is Denzel L. Christian, 37, employee of the Crab Orchid Improvement Company, member of the Eccles union and the Mount Tabor church. Christian was wakened at 10 am Friday by his wife, and she left him preparing his dogs for the field trials that afternoon, going to visit the home of her father, J. D. Stanley, on Harper Road. When she returned at 1 p.m., she found her husband dead in the front yard. Examination showed he had been dead about two hours. Surviving are his widow, Redga Stanley Christian; his father, Henry D. Christian, Harper Road; four brothers, Howard H., of Sprague, Rufus, of Sun, Bill and Thedford, Harper Road; one sister, Mrs. Charles Haldren, Harper Road. The body was returned to the home at Eccles yesterday afternoon, and will remain there until the funeral hour at 2:30 p.m. today. Services at the Mount Tabor Baptist Church will be conducted by the Rev. Merlin E. Smith, of Crab Orchard, and followed by burial in the Mount Tabor cemetery. Active Pallbearers will be Carl King, Walter Patton, Ennis Phipps, Sam Fink, G. T. Rorrer, and G. H. French. Members of the Fox Hunters Association will meet in a body at the church to attend the services.
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