This site has photographs and genealogical information about southern West Virginia families including the Vest family of White Oak MountainSmith family of Abraham in Richmond District, the Gadd and Cochran families, and the Biars family of West Virginia and Ohio. A whole bunch of cousins contributed to this site. Thank you! The aerial photo above, taken in 1985, is my childhood home, the Earl and Golda Smith farm on Route 3, Hinton Road, White Oak Mountain, Raleigh County, W.Va. The yellow house was built by my grandparents, Leonard H. Vest and Stella Gadd Vest. 

IMPORTANT NOTICE. The images on this site – photos and obituaries – were stored on Photobucket. The company has raised its fee 10X and I am considering my options. If a link doesn’t work, please email me and I will send you the image. 

Giving credit where credit is due 
If you've shared a photo or information and I haven't given you credit, please e-mail me and I'll add your name. If you use photos or information from West Virginia Memories, please make note and include this site address: http://wva.homestead.com I want more cousins to find their way here. If you have photos or information to share or corrections/suggestions or if you just want to say hello, I am always glad to get e-mail

A page with links to obituaries of those with a connection to the families on West Virginia Memories. Recent entries: Katie Jo Smith, 78, of Oak Hill, W.Va., passed away on March 29, 2018.  Rheo Donald Plumley, 87, of Shady Spring, W.Va., died on Nov. 30, 2017. Iva Marie Richmond Fortner, 89, died on Dec. 4, 2017.  Ellen Smith Lutz, 73, a former Ironton, Ohio, resident, passed away on July 19, 2017, in Naples, Fla.  Lloyd Ellsworth Harvey, 97, of Nimitz, Summers County, W.Va., passed away on July 20, 2017Cecil Clyde Cochran, 101, died on Saturday, May 20, 2017, in Roanoke Va. Mr. Cochran was a former resident of Summers County, W.Va. His brother Ned Preston Cochran, 90, of Jumping Branch, Summers County, W.Va., died on Dec. 10, 2016. George Donald Smith, 88, of Danese, W.Va., died on July 14, 2016, at the Raleigh Center in Daniels, Raleigh County, W.Va.  Ruby Ann Harvey, 63, of Beckley died on 19 Sep 2015. Richard Vest Sr., 82,of Lenoir City, Tenn., passed away Thursday, July 30, 2015.  Dorothy Jean Smith, 87, died on Friday, May 8, 2015, at Plateau Medical Center in Oak Hill, W.Va. Gilda Pearl Vest Hudson, 84, died on March 17, 2015, in Fayetteville, N.C. Glema Blanche Cochran Wills, 98, of Jumping Branch, W.Va., died on Feb. 27, 2015, in Summers County, W.Va. Martha Frances Harvey Headington of Michigan passed away surrounded by her loving family on July 15, 2014. Lyle Douglas Fox, 75, of Beckley, Raleigh County, W.Va., passed away Saturday, July 5, 2014, at his home. Clara Annette Richmond, 56, of Meadow Bridge, W.Va., died on 14 June 2014 in Bowers Hospice House in Beckley, W.Va. She  was a daughter of the late Erville Elmore and Dorothy Marie Runyan Richmond. Rachel Marie Smith Richmond, 96, of The Villages of Greystone, formerly of Russell Street, Beckley, W.Va., died Thursday, 02 Jan 2014. Dianna Lottie Harvey, 65, of White Oak Mountain, W.Va., died on 31 Dec 2013 in Hinton, W.Va. (GO TO In Memory FOR MORE INFORMATION AND OTHER ENTRIES.)

In addition to West Virginia Talk, I have put together a page of Random Quotations, selected just because I like them. There is a separate page for Quotes about Lies, Half Truths and Truth.
Smith Farm on White Oak Mountain, W.Va.