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- Jesse T. Adkins
ORMAND BEACH, Fla. – Jesse T. Adkins, formerly of Prosperity, died Sunday, June 13, 2004 at Ormand Beach Memorial Hospital in Florida.
Born Jan. 15, 1940, he was the son of the late Jesse A. Adkins and Mae Minerva Plumley Adkins.
He was also preceded in death by an infant son, Tommy and a brother, Brady R. Adkins.
Mr. Adkins had served in the Navy 20 years and was a Chief Petty Officer, he also fought in the Vietnam Conflict for two years and was a member of the VFW. He was a carpenter for many years.
Survivors include four children, Donna Wilson and husband, Chris of Port Orange, Fla., Sharon Gutierrec and husband, Ed of Port Orange, Fla., Diana Hulvey of Port Orange, Fla., and Daniel Adkins and wife, Jo Ann of Dothan; two sisters, Dreama Lyons and husband, Homer of Shady Spring and Glenna Bennett of Loraine, Ohio; a foster sister, Betty Vandall and husband, Ronnie of Logan, Ohio; six grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
His body will be cremated and returned to West Virginia.
There will be no services.
Arrangements by Allen-Summerhill, 126 E. New York, Deland, Fla.
- Wanda Adkins-Ames
- Mary Anna Atkins-Bolton
Mary Anna Bolton, age 71, of Beckley, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, Aug. 9, 2009, following a short illness.
Born Sept. 28, 1937, at Beckley, she was the daughter of the late Frank E. Atkins and Mary Anna Lynn Atkins.
Mary was a graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School and was of the Baptist faith. She was a nurse for 25 years at the Beckley Hospital and six years at the Raleigh General Hospital prior to retirement in 2003. Mary Anna felt that she had found her calling in nursing
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by three brothers, Kyle, Marlin, and Franklin Atkins; and a sister, Evelyn Celene “Lou” Hajash.
Those left to cherish her memory include three daughters, Donna L. Atkins of Beckley, Teresa Lester of Crab Orchard, and Robin Dunning-Cruz and husband, Javier, of Beckley; two grandchildren, Shannon Dunning and Justin Lester; two sisters, Charlotte “Viv” Pouttu and Nancy Thompson, both of Beckley; and a host of nieces and nephews.
Services will be held at Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home in Beckley on Thursday, Aug. 13, 2009, with the family calling at 11 a.m., visitation to follow at 12 noon, and services will begin at 1 p.m. with Pastors Alex Moore and Mike Sisson officiating. Burial will follow in Sunset Memorial Park, Beckley.
Pallbearers will be Justin Lester, Kenneth Thompson, Brandon Thompson, Johnny Hajash, John Hajash, Elgie Thompson III and Jeffery Gregory.
Online condolences may be sent to our guestbook at www.roseandquesenberry.net.
Arrangements by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, Beckley.
- David Robert Bailes
Services for David Robert Bailes, 37, of Sand Branch, will be Tuesday at 11 a.m. in Blue Ridge Funeral Home chapel in Prosperity with the Rev. Fred Dinkler officiating. Burial will be in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens.
Mr. Bailes died Saturday of a gunshot wound according to the Raleigh County Sheriff’s Department.
Born Aug. 18, 1940, he was the son of Mrs. Mae Worrell of Mt Hope and the late Earl Bailes.
Bailes was a mining machine mechanic.
Other survivors include two daughters, Vickie and Karen, both at home; three sisters, Mrs. Carol Smith, Nieca Kay Smith and Sharon Bailes, all of Mt. Hope, and three half brothers, Ernie Ray, Mark and Jody Worrell, all of Mt. Hope.
The family requests no visitation.
Pallbearers will be Jody Worrell, Mark Worrell, Ernie Ray Worrell, Dan SMith,Ricky Snned and Lonnie Williams.
- Ronald G. Baker
November 06, 1940 – October 20, 2013
Ron (Ronnie) Baker was born on November 6, 1940 at Mullens in Wyoming County and died on October 20th at the Beckley Appalachian Regional Hospital. His parents, preceding him in death, were the late John Anderson Baker and Louise Grace Baker of Beckley. Ron spent most of his early years in Beckley, graduating from Woodrow Wilson High School in 1958. He served in the Air Force for 4 years before finding work near Charleston, West Virginia. Initially, he was employed by FMC Corporation in South Charleston helping build armored personal carriers, but spent the majority of his work life with Dunbar Printing Company in the bindery department. Ron was especially fond of hunting and hiking in the West Virginia hills where he gained special pleasure in improving his skills in archery. He also enjoyed traveling to Canada to fish with friends. Ron retired in about 2006 and became the heroic caregiver for his mother and father in their later years on Mankin Avenue in Beckley. Ron was a member of the United Methodist Temple. He is survived by one brother, Michael Baker of Grand Junction, Colorado and nephews Ethan, also of Grand Junction, and Aaron of Houston, Texas. The Baker Family would like acknowledge the assistance provided by caregivers Debbie Adams and Jamie Wolfe and his supportive Mankin Avenue neighbors. Funeral services will be Monday, October 28th at 1:00 pm at the Melton Mortuary Chapel. Rev. Dr. Sam Stone will be officiating. Burial will follow in the Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens at Prosperity. The family will receive friends from noon until the service hour.
- Loretta Eileen Bays
Miss Loretta Eileen Bays, 55, of Daniels, died Thursday, May 18, 1995 in a Beckley Hospital, following a short illness.
Born January 10, 1940, in Charleston, she was the daughter of Hettie Lantz Bays of Beckley and the late I. Wilbur Bays.
Miss Bays was a 1958 graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School, attended WV University and was a graduate of Marshall University. She was employed by the West Virginia Department of Vocational Rehabilitation, where she served as a counsellor until her retirement in 1984.
Other survivors include two sisters, Loreta Rossmeyer of Beckley and Mrs. Richard (Linda) Cooper of Flat Top Lake; three nieces, Dr. Lisa Rossmeyer Wade of Memphis, Tenn., Lori Rossmeyer Cobb of Kansas City, Mo. and Laura Elizabeth Cooper of Flat Top Lake; a nephew, Thomas Richard Cooper III; two great-nephews, Marshall Wade of Memphis and Wesley Cobb of Kansas City and a great-niece, Meredith Bays Wade of Memphis.
Services will be 3 p.m.Sunday at Melton Mortuary Chapel with Rev. Frank Bourner officiating. Interment will follow at the Serentity Chapel of Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens Mausoleum, Beckley.
Friends may call from 2 p.m. until time of the services Sunday at the funeral home.
Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.
Arrangements by Melton Mortuary, Beckley.
- Larry Keith Bazzie
- Jerry Gordon Beavers
KINCAID – Jerry Gordon Beavers Sr., 61, died Friday, March 12, 2004, at his home in Kincaid.
Born March 28, 1940, at Beckley, the son of the late C.E. “Sleepy” Beavers and Billie Belcher Beavers.
Mr. Beavers was a retired auto salesman having worked at Earehart Motors.
Mr. Beavers was a member of the Page Baptist Church, Oak Hill Lodge No. 120 AF and AM, Sewell Chapter No. 24 R.A.M., Scottish Rite Bodies and Beni Kedem Shrine, a 1958 graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School, Beckley. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran.
He was a former Boy Scout and President of Mountaineer Cruisers Car Club.
Survivors include his wife, Teressa Shockey Beavers of Kincaid; a son, Jerry G. Beavers Jr. of Weddington, N.C.; three daughters, Heather Beavers of San Diego, Calif. Nicole Skaggs of Russellville, WV and Tiffany Beavers Sizemore of Oak Hill; and one granddaughter, Payton Beavers.
Service will be 11 a.m. at Tyree Funeral Chapel, Oak Hill, with the Rev. Delmas Wolfe officiating. Burial with masonic graveside rites will follow at High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill.
Friends may call from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.
Condolences may be sent to www.tyreefuneralhome.com
Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.
- David L. Bennett
David L. Bennett, 72, passed away Thursday, September 20, 2012. He was a loving husband, devoted father and caring friend to all who knew him. David is preceded in death by his loving wife, Amy R. Bennett of 44 wonderful years and son David Bryan Bennett. He was born in Mabscott, West Virginia on November 14, 1939 to the late Edith Williams. David served in the US Navy, during the Vietnam Era, and retired as a Chief Petty Officer. He was a 32 degree master mason, lifetime member of the VFW post 3137 Isle of Palms, South Carolina, a shriner with the Wrecking Crew, located in Jacksonville, FL, a life member of the Blue Lodge 369 in South Carolina and The Scottish Rite here in Jacksonville, FL.David is survived by his son, Jesse Earl Bennett of Jacksonville, FL; nephew, James Calvin Weatherford of Goose Creek, SC; daughter, Lora (Mack) Brayboy of Charlotte, NC; grandson Frank Bryan Lambert; great-grandson Jonathon Nicolas Pinkard. Family will receive friends on Thursday, September 27, 2012 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at Arlington Park Funeral Home, 6920 Lone Star Road, Jacksonville, FL. His funeral will be held on Friday, September 28, 2012 at 11:00am in the funeral home chapel. Interment will follow at Arlington Park Cemetery.
- Janet Elouise Bennett-Grecco
Janet E. Bennett Grecco, 66, formerly of Bradley, died at 11:10 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, 2005, after a long illness at Pinecrest Hospital nursing home, Beckley.
She was born Oct. 25, 1939, at Mount Hope, the daughter of the late John Manuel “Pete” Bennett and Virgie (Suttle) Bennett of Bradley. She grew up at Skelton and lived most of her adult life in the Bradley/Beckley area.
Janet was a 1958 graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School and attended Beckley College. After 10 years in Waldorf, Md., she was employed by Raleigh County National Bank in Beckley in 1973 as a secretary in the trust department where she eventually worked herself up to become the assistant trust officer.
Janet was a member of Bradley Freewill Baptist Church and the American Institute of Banking. She loved the outdoors, gardening, oil painting, pencil sketches and ceramics. She was also a past member of the Beckley Art Guild.
She was preceded in death by her father, John Manuel “Pete” Bennett. In addition to her mother, Virgie Suttle Bennett, she is survived by a son, Carl D. Grecco of Beckley and friend, Melissa Mullins; a daughter, Cheryl Ballard and her husband, Scott, of Beckley; six sisters, Linda and her husband Paul Martin, of Beckley, Pat and her husband, Jim Tomczyk, of Knoxville, Tenn., Helen, and her husband, Don Farley, of Sophia, Ellen and her husband, Jerry Dean, of Knoxville, Sandra, and her husband, David Allen, of Shady Spring and Bobbie, and her husband, Dennis Humphrey, of Beckley; a brother, Charles and his wife, Maxine Bennett, of Bradley; and two grandchildren, Ryan Ballard and Tre Ballard of Beckley. She is also survived by the father of her children, Fred Grecco of Beckley; several nieces, nephews and other relatives; and her many friends. Janet will be remembered as a loving daughter, mother, grandmother, aunt and friend to those who knew her.
In keeping with her wishes, Janet’s body was donated to WVU for medical research.
Memorial service will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Bradley Freewill Baptist Church with the Rev. Daniel Legg officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to charities of your choice, to Bradley Freewill Baptist Church, to the Alzheimer’s Association or to Gideons International, c/o A.K. Walker, 517 Orchard Ave., Beckley, WV 25801
Submitted by Melton Mortuary, Beckley.
- Judy Benson Keener
Judith Benson Keener, age 71, of Clayton passed away on August 11, 2011. Born in Buchanan County, Virginia on February 26, 1940, she was the daughter of the late Benjamin Franklin and Vivian Virginia Vaden Benson. Mrs. Keener was a member of the Way of Life Baptist Church in Clayton. She was a loving mother and grandmother. A Celebration of Life service will be held on Saturday, August 20, at 11 AM at the Way of Life Baptist Church in Clayton. The family will receive friends at the church following the service. Surviving are her daughter, Catrina Rousch of Wendell; brother, Neal Edward Benson of Clayton; half-sisters, Marie O’Reily of Massachusetts and Joyce Benson of California; and one grandchild, Natalie Nicole Rousch.
- James Griffin Booth
HUNTINGTON – James Griffin Booth, 60, formerly of Beckley, died Sunday, July 2, 2000, in a Huntington hospital.
Born November 29, 1939, in Beckley, he was the son of the late Whitten Monroe and Mary Elizabeth Nugen Booth.
Mr. Booth last worked as a radio equipment installer and had been disabled since 1976. He was a member of the First Baptist Church, Beckley and was a member of Beckley Masonic Lodge #95 A.F. & A.M. He had been a resident of Huntington since November 1996.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, William Whitten Booth and Carson Booth.
Survivors include his wife, Janie Taylor Booth of Beckley, a son, Steven James Booth and his wife Sue of Hindman, Kent.; two daughters, Donna Michele Deaton and her husband Greg, of Chesapeake, Ohio and Elizabeth Carol Church and her husband, Jason, of Fort Knox, Kent.; a brother, John Booth and his wife, Harriett, of St. Albans, four sisters. Violet Stover and her husband, Dean, of Macon, Ga., Dorthy Rollins of Seminole, Fla., Edith Callahan and her husband Jim, of Silver Hill, Fla., Anna Herman of Brookeville, Fla., six grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Services will be 1 p.m. Thursday at the Calfee Funeral Home Chapel, Beckley, with the Rev. Ronnie Stapleton officiating. Burial will follow in Sunset Memorial Park, Beckley.
Friends may call 7 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Beckley Masonic Lodge #95 A.F. & A.M. will serve as pallbearers and conduct masonic graveside rites.
Arrangements by Calfee Funeral Home, Beckley.
- Marvin George Bostick
Marvin George Bostick, 71, of Beckley, passed away Monday, November 29, 2010, at Bowers Hospice House. Born July 15, 1939, at Sprague, W.Va., he was the son of the late Herman and Maddie Pittman Bostick. Marvin was retired from the maintenance department of the Raleigh County Board of Education. He enjoyed woodworking and carpentry and working on his old home place. He was proud of the work he did on his church, New Beginnings Seventh Day Adventist Church. Besides his parents, Marvin was preceded in death by a brother, Ray Bostick. Survivors include his wife, Gloria Angeline Jones Bostick, daughters, Marcia Morgan and her husband Fred of Columbia, Md., Nora Miles and her husband Lee of Forest, Va., grandchildren, Wesley Morgan, Paige Morgan, Nathan Miles and Luke Miles; twin brother, Melvin Bostick and wife Janice of Grafton, W.Va.; sister, Betty Williams and husband Dan of Grafton; sisters-in-law, Jean Bostick of Mt. Vernon, Ohio, Frances Martin of Ravenna, Ohio, Carolyn Sue Jones of Kent, Ohio; brother-in-law, Charles Joseph Jones of Spencer, W.Va. and numerous cousins. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday, December 2, 2010, in the Calfee Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Ronald Patterson officiating. Burial will follow in Sunset Memorial Park. Friends may call at the funeral home from 12:30 p.m. until service time on Thursday. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to Bowers Hospice House, 454 Cranberry Dr., Beckley, WV 25801. On line condolences may be left at www.calfeefh.com Arrangements by Calfee Funeral Home, Beckley.
- Michael Whisler Bowman
- Roland Darol Brewster
- James Lee Broome
GREENSBORO, Ga. – James L. Broome, 71, of 1720 Snug Harbor Drive, passed away surrounded by his loving family August 7, 2011. He was the son of J. C. and Eloise Broome of Beckley. He graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School and Marshall University. After leaving Marshall he went to work for Walker Machinery selling earth moving equipment until he moved to Greensboro, Ga., with JCB, Inc. After retirement he enjoyed golf at Reynolds Landing. He was a member of the Men’s Golf Association, Elks Club, Lakeside Baptist Church and Marshall University Alumni Association. He is survived by his wife, Judy; daughter, Jeanann and her husband David Briscoe, adopted son, Bruce Niday and his wife, Teresa, daughter-in-law, Brenda Broome; four grandsons, James Branson Pickett, James Bruce Broome, Nicco Niday and Bradley Dane Niday of Huntington, W.Va.; four sisters, Henrietta Pittman of Knoxville, Tenn., Rebecca Bird and husband Darrell of Dublin, Va., Venila Jones of Knoxville, Tenn., sister and brother-in-law, Fred and Jackie Bishop of Tega Cay, S.C.; brother-in-law, Mark Slack; and a host of nieces and nephews. He is lovely remembered as a wonderful husband and a devoted and loving father, grandfather and uncle. The family request that any memorials be made to Global Samaritans, 6561 Union Point Highway, Union Point, GA 30669. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, August 9, 2011, at 7 p.m. at McCommons Chapel with Rev. Michael Hardy officiating. The family will receive friends at a reception after the service in the Historic Hall-Thomas House next to the funeral home. Graveside services will be held at Springhill Cemetery in Huntington, W.Va. at 6 p.m., Friday, August 12, 2011. After the graveside service all friends and family are welcome to celebrate the life of James L. Broome at 319 10th Avenue, Huntington, WV 25701, home of Bill and Joy McIlvain. McCommons Funeral Home, 109 W. Broad St., Greensboro, GA, 706-453-2626, is in charge of arrangements. Visit us at www.mccommonsfuneralhome.com to sign the online guest register.
- Dalton Reid Broyles
- Eugene Bryner
Eugene Austin Bryner (G.B.), age 68, of 309 East Prince St., Beckley, W.Va., died Tuesday, January 20, 2009, following a short illness.
Born November 1, 1939, at Beckley, W.Va., he was the son of the late Clyde A. Bryner and Edna E. Jones Bryner.
Gene was a retired real estate broker and owner of Mountaineer Realty. He was a foreman with Slabfork Coal Co., district manager at RGIS Inventory, and at the time of his death, he was an employee of the Register-Herald Newspaper.
Gene was a member of the Beckley Moose Lodge No. 1606, Eagles Club, and VFW. Gene served in the U.S. Arms Services under the Air Force.
Other than his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Margret Soltes Bryner; a sister, Ada Louise Stanley; and father-in-law, Joe Soltes.
Survivors include his children, Rodney Gene Bryner and his wife Cathy of Tampa, Fla., and Ricky Lee Bryner and his wife Nancy of Richmond, Va.; two grandsons, Mick and Drew Bryner of Richmond, Va.; a granddaughter, Lauren Bryner of Tampa, Fla.; three brothers-in-law, Warner Stanley II of Prosperity, W.Va., George Soltes and wife Vicky of Beckley, W.Va., and Joseph Soltes and wife Linda of Greenfield, Ind.; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be conducted 3 p.m. Saturday at the Rose and Quesenberry Peace Chapel in Beckley, with Rev. Mr. Don Wise officiating. Burial will follow at Sunset Memorial Park in Beckley.
Friends may call at the funeral home from 6 to 9 p.m. today.
Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.
Online condolences may be sent to our guest book at www.roseandquesenberry.net.
Arrangements by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home in Beckley.
- Howard McRay Campbell
By the grace of God, Howard “Sonny” Campbell departed this life on Monday, Aug. 15, 2005, after a short illness
Born Sept. 14, 1940, in Beckley, he was the son of Kathelyne Blake of Beckley and the late Bernard Campbell.
Sonny attended Mount Tabor Christain School and graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School, class of 1958. He was a former resident of Daniels and worked 20 years as an electrical field supervisor for BLC Construction Co. of Virginia Beach, Va. He made his home in Forest Hill for the past year. He was a member of the Beckley Masonic Lodge No. 95 AF and AM.
Sonny was preceded in death by his loving daughter, Sherri Campbell Burnett; a brother, Bob Williams; stepfather, Harold Blake; and a dear aunt, Margie Williams.
Survivors, in addition to his mother, include his loving wife of 46 years, Shirley Angle Campbell; a daughter, Diane Mays of Cool Ridge; a son, John Campbell of Hinton; five grandchildren; two great grandchildren; a brother, Charles “Chuck” Blake and wife, Sue and sister Pam Bailey and husband Gary, all of Beckley; two stepsisters, Barbara Currier and Beatrice Farley, and a stepbrother, Pete Blake and wife Joann.
Service will be 1 p.m. Saturday at Melton Mortuary Chapel, Beckley with the Rev. Bill Jenkins officiating. Burial will follow in Cavalry Baptist Church Cemetery, Red Sulphur Springs.
Friends may call from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Pallbearers will be Eddie Cochran, Danny Birchfield, Donnie Caldwell, Jim Blake, Ronnie Ward and Aaron Mays, along with honorary pallbearers of David Crum and Don Davis.
Arrangements by Melton Mortuary, Beckley.
Note – Howard McRay Campbell’s name is listed among the 1955 graduates of Beckley Junior High School appearing May 25, 1955 in the Beckley Post-Herald.
- Charlene Carson
- Eugene Edwin Chappo
Eugene Edwin Chappo, 53, of 127 High St., Beckley was dead on arrival Wednesday, June 1, 1994 at a Beckley hospital following a short illness.
Born September 2, 1940, at Beckley, he was the son of Steve Chappo of Beckley and the late Mary Seaman Chappo.
Mr. Chappo was of the Christain faith, had served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict where he served as a Military Policeman in the K-9 Corp.
He was the owner and operator of the Bonnie-Blue Ice Cream Company in Beckley, was a former policeman for the City of Beckley, a former policeman for the Austin City Police Department and the Park Rangers in Austin, Texas.
Mr. Chappo was the former manager of Backporch Barbeque Restaurant, was a 1958 graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School and was known for his work in leather crafts.
Other survivors include his wife of 23 years, Sandra Morrison Chappo; a son, Stephen Chappo stationed with the U.S. Air Force in Azores, Portugual; a daughter, Mrs. Randy (Shelia Jo) Peterson of Austin, Texas; two grandchildren, Brent and Kayla Peterson; a step grandson, James Peterson; a sister, Mrs. Don (Mary Ann) Crook of Blue Jay Six and a nephew, Chris Crook.
Services will be 1 p.m. Sunday at the Rose and Quesenberry Peace Chapel with the Rev. Robin Debham officiating. Burial will be in the Sunset Memorial Park, Beckley.
Friends may call from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Pallbearers will be Robert Keene, Bernie Lovern, Howard Green, Carlos McMillion, Von Daniel and Jimmy Wheeler.
Arrangements by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, Beckley.
Note – Gene Chappo was only 13 years old when the Korean Conflict ended. The article probably meant to say he had served in Korea.
- Loretta Clark Hunter
Loretta K. Clark Hunter, age 71 of Beckley, passed away on Tuesday, March 20, 2012, at Bowers Hospice House following an extended illness.
Born on July 10, 1940, in Beckley, a daughter of the late Aubrey Clark and Ocie Ellison Clark.
Loretta previously worked for Stone and Thomas and also Elder Beerman for many years. She also worked in real estate in the Beckley area. She also attended Memorial Baptist Church on occasion.
In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by her husband, Paul T. Hunter; brother, Wilbert Clark; and sister, Gloria Clark.
Those left to cherish her memory include her sister, Kitty Weaver of Midway; niece, Gloria Cozart of Midway; sister-in-law, Patty Mares of Florida; and cousins, Jessica Skelton of Beckley and Leslie and Leora Hunter of Beckley; a special friend Pat Gwinn of Beckley; and a host of other family.
A celebration of Loretta’s life will be conducted 11 a.m. Friday, March 23, 2012 at the Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home in Beckley with Rev. Orville Setliff officiating. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Park, on Harper Road in Beckley.
Pallbearers will be family and friends.
Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the funeral home on Friday.
Online condolences and other information are available at roseandquesenberry.net
Arrangements with Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, 1901 South Kanawha St., Beckley.
- Reba Jane Pittman Cline-Rapp
Reba Jane Rapp
Reba Jane Rapp, age 73, born March 31, 1940, in Sprague, W.Va., died Aug. 28, 2013, in Ocala, Fla.
She is survived by her husband, Bob Rapp of Ocklawaha, Fla.; her sons, Herbert Cline of Ocklawaha, Fla., and John Rapp of Dunnellon, Fla.; stepdaughter Terri Thigpen of Virginia; sisters, Faye Coleman of Sprague, W.Va., and Margaret Ball of Sprague, W.Va.; grandchildren Justin Rapp, Stacey Rapp, Matthew Rapp and Aubrey Thigpen. Also survived by several nieces and nephews.
Reba was cremated and upon her husband’s death their Cremated Remains will be scattered in the Greenbrier River at Talcott, W.Va.
Submitted by Roberts Funeral Homes, Downtown chapel, Ocala, Fla.
- Jerry Bryan Cole
Funeral services for Jerry Brian Cole, 19, of 401 Stanley Street will be conducted at 2 p.m.Saturday in the Methodist Temple by the Rev. J.B.F. Yoak, Jr. Burial will be in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens. Cole died at 1:10 a.m., Thursday from an accidently, self-inflicted bullet wound in his right temple. Beckley police said Cole shot himslef in the presence of his friends, Mr. and Mrs. James Lee Broome and his fiancee, Mary Ann Kosco. The accident happened in the kitchen of the Broome home at 2109 S. Kanawha Street at about 11 p.m. Wednesday. Police termed the shooting accidental.
The father of the shooting victim, Alfred L. Cole, termed it, “a simple accident which could happen to anyone.” [illegible] account of the accident, three persons saw the shooting – the Broomes and Miss Kosco. Cole and Miss Kosco were planning to get married. The senior Cole said, “The four people were having a friendly card game. They had made some tea and J.B. got up to get a cup of tea.” “He saw the new gun (a .22 caliber revovler) lying there and picked up the gun. He told Mary Ann ‘if you ever want to get rid of me, all you have to do is pull the trigger.’” “Then he pulled the trigger and accidently shot himself. It was a new gun Broome had bought because prowlers had been reported in the neighbohood.” “J.B. fell to the floor and the only words he said were, ‘Mary Ann.’” “J.B. was certainly not depressed or worried about anything. He worked in the store (Beckley Super Market) yesterday (Wednesday) and was whistling at his work and happy. He attended classes at Beckley College last night, and got out about 9:30 and he and his girl went to visit Jimmy Broome and his wife.” It was just a simple accident which could happen to anyone.”
Cole graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in 1958. He played football at Beckley Junior High School and WWHS.
Survivors other than his father include his mother, Violet Brackman Cole, and two brothers, Larry Cole, a pre-medical student at West Virginia University and A.L. Cole Jr., stationed with the Air Force at Langley Field, Va.
The body will remain at Calfee Funeral Home until one hour prior to services.
- Joyce Ann Cooney
- John Cox
He never held a public office, perhaps, you did not even know him, but this past Monday, our community lost a kind and gentle man, who will be remembered by many people. On Monday, January 26th, 2015, surrounded by his family, John Cox passed away peacefully at the Bowers Hospice House. He was in his 74th year.
The second of two children, John Howard Cox was born on January 5th, 1941, at Stanaford. He was the son of the late Howard Lafayette and Nancy Parisi Cox.
John spent his childhood at Stanaford and Mabscott. He was a 1958 graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School. In 1960, John enlisted in the US Marine Corps. He was deployed to Guantanamo Bay in southeastern Cuba during the Cuban Missile Crisis of Oct. 1962. John was the recipient of the Navy Marine Corps Expeditionary Medal and the Good Conduct Medal.
Upon returning home, John began a career with Mabscott Supply in 1966. After 48 years of faithful service, he retired as plant manager on Oct. 31st of last year.
John had a myriad of interests. He loved to bowl and was on the Friday Night Mixed League for many years and more recently bowled with the Thursday night, Hometown KIA Mixed League. He enjoyed golfing. Like so many, John was an avid WVU fan.
John was a devoted member of the First Christian Church, Court House Square in Beckley, where he served as a Deacon. John Cox lived his faith quietly.
A devoted family man, he was married to his high school classmate, Clela Crawford. John and Clela have been together 47 years this past August 5th. To their union was born their only child, a son, John Thomas. Tom is married to Pauline and they blessed John and Clela with their only grandchild, Andrew Thomas Cox aged 19. “Paw Paw John” loved his “Drew Bear,” and enjoyed watching him play ball. Drew was his favorite golfing partner. His wife, son and his son’s family was everything to John.
John’s only sister, Janice, meant the world to him. He had an extremely close relationship with Jan and her husband, Claude “Sarge” Maynard, and their son John. They were always very “tight.” John frequently stopped by Jimmies Place, the Maynards’ place of business to visit sister and Sarge. He had many friends at Jimmies Place and always offered to give someone a ride. That was John Cox, kind to everyone in an understated way. Even when he wasn’t bowling he often stopped to see his friends at the alley.
John was blessed with a large extended family that he held in high regard. He has two first cousins, Virginia Hinkle and Mary Catherine Chambers and their families. Clela’s family, the Crawfords, survive as well. Brother-in-law, Robert Crawford and his wife, Virda, and their families, James Crawford and his wife, Christine, and their children, Noah and Caleb, Sarah Crawford Toney and her husband, Casey, and their daughter, Natalie; sister-in-law, Carol Sue Polk and her husband, Dennis, and their son, Alan, and his son, Bryant.
This Saturday, January 31st, at 11 a.m. we will honor the life of John Howard Cox with a “Service of Remembrance” at the Melton Mortuary Chapel. The Rev. Don Snyder will be officiating. John will be laid to rest in Garden of the Crucifix at the Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Prosperity. There will be military honors. The family will receive friends on Friday evening from 6 to 9 p.m. at the mortuary and one hour prior to the services on Saturday.
Pallbearers will be: Tom Cox, Andrew Cox, John Maynard, James Crawford, Darren Parker and Ray Griffith; Honorary pallbearers will be Robert Hinkle, Casey Toney, Robert Crawford, Dennis and Alan Polk, Mary and Deidre Ford and Payton Fowler.
The family suggests donations of sympathy can be made to the First Christian Church, 119 North Fayette St., Beckley, WV 25801 or the Bowers Hospice House, PO Box 1472, Beckley, WV 25802.
God bless this humble man. May John Cox Rest In Peace.
Arrangements are by the Melton Mortuary and Cremation Center, Beckley.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.meltonmortuary.com
- David Lloyd Craig
NEWARK: A funeral service for David Lloyd Craig, 73, of Newark, OH will be held at 11 AM on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at the Licking Valley Church of Christ, 1578 Dayton Rd NE, Newark, OH with Pastors Gus Andrews and Ronnie Goodwin officiating. Burial will follow at Wilson Cemetery.
Mr. Craig passed away on January 31, 2014 at his residence. He was born on June 27, 1940 to the late Loyd Mark and Ada Leota (James) Craig in Beckley, WV.
He is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Zelma J. (Taylor); sons, David Mark (Kristen) and James Franklin (Melissa) Craig; grandchildren, Rebecca, Allison, Amy, Joshua, Ashleigh, Jeremy and Bethany; sister, Dorothy Lee Adelman; niece, Patricia (Jeff) Almond; and a large extended family and many very special friends.
Mr. Craig retired in 2000 from Kaiser Aluminum after 36 years of service. He was a member of the Licking Valley Church of Christ where he served as Deacon and enjoyed helping with various youth groups. He enjoyed all family oriented activities including, bowling, fishing and camping.
The family will receive friends on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 from 2-4 and 6-8 PM at Brucker-Kishler Funeral Home, 985 N. 21st St., Newark, OH.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Licking Valley Church of Christ or Licking Memorial Hospital Oncology Department.
- Antonio Manuel Cueto
SFC Antonio M. Cueto, USA, retired, reported for his last duty assignment on Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2008, following a long battle with kidney failure.
Born July 1, 1940, in Kingston, W.Va., he was the son of the late Manuel and Mona Cueto, formerly of Sprague, W.Va.
After graduating from Woodrow Wilson High School in 1958, he joined the Army in 1959, and honorably and faithfully served his country until his retirement in 1979. While in service, he served overseas in France, Korea and two tours of duty in Vietnam as an Advanced Medical Specialist. Most of his stateside duty was at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, and Walson Army Hospital in Ft. Dix, N.J. At Fort Dix, he was NCOIC of Nursing Education.
After his retirement, he attended Burlington County College in Pemberton, N.J. After college, he went to work for the Dept. of the Army at Ft. Dix, N.J., as an EMT/Ambulance driver.
His hobbies and interests included stamp collecting, puzzles, reading, computers, WVU sports, listening to classic rock music and the New York Yankees. He did much volunteer work with children, especially those with special needs. He was of the Methodist faith.
Survivors include his wife, Nancy, and dear cat, Callie, of Hines; a daughter, Lisa Goodwin and husband, David, of Lumberport, W.Va.; grandchildren, Alura Dawn and Tyler David Goodwin of Lumberport, W.Va.; and stepsons, Daniel Osborne and wife, Machelle, of Mount Vernon, Wash., and Troy Osborne of Hines.
Service will be 2 p.m. Saturday at the Wallace & Wallace Funeral Chapel, Rainelle, with Pastor David Moore officiating. Burial will follow in the Wallace Memorial Cemetery, Clintonville.
Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral chapel.
The family wishes to express special thanks to Jan Care Ambulance, especially Larry, Keith, Joe, Sterling and Stacey, Ansted Center, Dr. Gordinho and staff, Fayetteville Dialysis Center, especially Lisa, and Home Care Plus.
Arrangements by Wallace and Wallace, Rainelle.
- Janice Gayle Curtis Walker
April 03, 1940 – January 02, 2014
In the early morning hours of Thursday, January 2nd, 2014, that calm and sweet spirit of Janice Walker took flight to see her Savior “Face to Face.” Janice had been in declining health since September. The first of two children, Janice Gayle Curtis was born in Beckley. Her parents were the late Ewell and Mary Fernandez Curtis. Born on April 3rd, 1940, she was 73 years of age. Janice was the dear sister of Gene Curtis and his wife, Linda Mahaffey Curtis of Emerald Isle, NC. Janice spent her childhood at Oak Grove. She was a 1958 graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School. Janice furthered her studies at Concord College where she received a degree in elementary education. A dedicated school teacher in the Raleigh County School system, she retired in 1999, with 37 years of service, last teaching at Stanaford Elementary. Janice was a faithful member of the Carriage Drive Church of Christ. Family was everything to Janice. She tenderly looked after her parents in their declining years. Married to Wesley Walker for many years, they made their home at Stanaford. Wes preceded her in death in 2006. The light of her life was her two daughters, Tina and Rebekah. As the girls recall their mother, it was these words, “Loving and Calm” that always came to mind. “Everything is going to be alright.” Tina is married to Joe Lowery, they reside in Oak Hill and Rebekah Walker lives in the Curtis home place at Oak Grove. The great blessing of being a grandmother has been the birth of her grandsons, Will age 14 and Logan age eight. According to Ma Maw, “They could do no wrong.” Her extended family includes her brother, Gene’s daughter, Tara Hopkins and her family; several cousins, among them, Randy Fernandez who has went out of his way to check on Janice. As her health began to fail, caregiver and companion, Patricia Hairston and “adopted daughter” her summertime caregiver, Julie Firebaugh entered her life. They were so kind to Janice. The family wants to publicly acknowledge the Hidden Valley Center for their exceptional care. Janice was a great lover of animals. The family suggests donations of sympathy can be made to the Humane Society of Raleigh County Inc., 325 Gray Flats Road, P O Box 115, Beckley, WV 25802 On Sunday, January 5th at 2:00pm we will honor the life Janice Curtis Walker. “The Service of Remembrance” will be held at the Melton Mortuary Chapel. Pastor, Scott Hamilton will be officiating. Janice will be laid to rest in the Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens Mausoleum at Prosperity. The family will receive friends from noon until the service hour. And so now, we give Janice back to God. “She will be the swift uplifting rush, when we awake in the morning’s hush. She will be one of those quiet birds in circle flight…. one of those soft stars that shine at night…” May she forever rest in peace.
- Benjamin Vaughn Daniel
From Beckley (WV) Raleigh Register
Thursday, December 26, 1974
Final rites for Benjamin Von Daniel, 33, of Canton, Ohio, formerly of Beckley will be conducted Friday at 2 p.m. in the Blue Ridge Funeral Home Chapel by the Rev. William Thompson. Burial will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens.
Daniel died of an apparent heart attack at 8 p.m. Monday.
Friends may call at the funeral home from 6 p.m.to 9 p.m. today.
- Eleanor Sue Daugherty Renneisen
RENNEISEN, Eleanor Sue
Our much loved ‘Sue’ passed away peacefully on June 2, 2014, one day after her 74th birthday. Sue was a loving wife to her husband Arthur J. Renneisen for over 39 years, who passed away in 2006. Sue was a devoted and loving mother to her three children, Michael Daugherty, Jay P. Renneisen and Susan Renneisen, and a loving grandma to her grandsons Shane Daugherty, Justin Daugherty, Colby Jay Renneisen and Nathan Daugherty, all of whom survived her. Sue was a true ‘Coal Miner’s Daughter’ of Russell Daugherty and Bessie (Pickett) Daugherty and she came from a family of 12 siblings, six boys and six girls. Sue is survived by her sisters Anna Van De Veire and Retha Daugherty and her brothers James Daugherty, Frank Daugherty, Larry Daugherty and Clark Daugherty, all of whom she loved very much. Sue was preceded by her parents, her sisters Alice Pointer, Linda Bradley and Brenda Holt and her brothers Curtis Daugherty and Jeffrey Daugherty. Sue is survived by many, many other relatives and close friends all of whom she loved so very much. Sue was loved immensely and will be missed greatly.
Published in The Sacramento Bee from June 8 to June 9, 2014
- Richard Harrison Davis
VENICE, Fla. — Richard H. Davis, 66, died Friday. March 9, 2007. He was born July 7, 1940, in Lynch, Ky., and moved to Venice five years ago from Pittsburgh, Pa.
He was vice president of USWA — United Steel Workers of America, retiring in 2002. Mr. Davis started with the Steel Workers Union in 1962; graduated from Concord University in West Virginia; was active in the Democratic Party; was the USWA District 7 director in Alabama; and traveled extensively as the USWA International Affairs director.
Survivors include his wife of 46 years, Kay Davis; two sons, Richard A. Davis of Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., and Robert H. Davis of San Luis Obispo, Calif.; four grandchildren, Caroline, Rocco, Madalyn and Abagail; sister, Brenda Miller of Charleston; and brother, Jim Davis of Orange Park, Fla. He was pre-deceased by his brother, Tom Davis.
A gathering will be 2 to 3 p.m. Monday, March 12, at Farley Funeral Home, Venice Chapel. Celebration of life will follow at 3 p.m.
Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 2801 Fruitville Road, Suite 250, Sarasota, Fla. 34237.
Friends may visit anytime online at www.farleyfuneralhome.com to sign guest register book and extend condolences to the family.
Arrangements by Farley Funeral Home, Venice.
- Carol Ann Fearn-Gardner
FREDERICKSBURG, Va. – Carol Ann Gardner, 56, formerly of McAlphin, died Sunday, Sept. 14, 1997 at her home following a long illness.
Born November 24, 1940, at McAlphin. She was the former Carol Ann Fearn.
Mrs. Gardner was a 1958 graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School, Beckley.
Survivors include her husband, Jefferson Gardner; two daughters Tina Day and Kimberly Campfield, both of Fredericksburg, Va.; and three grandchildren, William Day, William Campfield and Kendall Campfield; three sisters, Margaret Jones of Huntington, Bonnie Wickline of Fredericksburg, Va. and Ruth Hunt of Buckhannon; three brothers, Lloyd Fearn of Olmstead, Ohio, Ronald Fearn of Crab Orchard and William Fearn of Raleigh, N.C.
Graveside services will be 3 p.m. Friday at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Beckley with the Rev. Jerry Wickline officiating.
- James Curtis Francisco
James Curtis “J.C.” Francisco, 65, of Beckley, died Monday, June 13, 2005, in a Charleston hospital after a short illness.
Born March 17, 1940, at Beckley, he was the son of the late Charles Filmore and Lila Gunnoe Francisco.
Mr. Francisco was a former food service representative for Kraft Food and a former area manager for Valley Poultry Farms. Most recently, he retired as owner of J.C.’s Club in Beckley. He was a member of the Beckley Moose Lodge No. 1606.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Herb Francisco; and a sister, Gloria Washburn.
He is survived by his wife, Charlene Hesse Francisco; a son, Curtis Francisco and his wife, Zakiyyah, of Silver Spring, Md.; Stepson, Scott Brown and his wife, Jennifer, of Beckley; his former wife, Betty Francisco of Beckley; stepdaughter, Vicky Underwood and her husband, David, of Beckley; stepson, Danny McGrady and his wife, Karen, of Beckley; brother Bob Francisco and his wife, Sue, of Beaver; grandchildren, Chase Brown, Noelle Brown, Taffy Underwood, Allison Underwood and Kelli McGrady.
He is also survived by his many friends and classmates of Woodrow Wilson Class of 1958 whom he loved dearly.
Following J.C.’s wishes, his body has been cremated and there will be no service.
His friends are invited to gather at 6 p.m. Wednesday at J.C.’s Club to raise a glass one more time in celebration of J.C.’s life.
Arrangements by Calfee Funeral Home, Beckley.
- Rebecca Ann Freeland Aaron
Born Jan. 2, 1941, in Beckley, Becky was the daughter of the late Epson and Margaret Tucker Freeland.
Becky was preceded in death by her husband, Don Carter Aaron.
Becky leaves behind two sons, Paul Aaron and his wife, Lori and Mark Aaron and his wife, Sherry all East Bend, N.C.; two brothers, Larry and his wife, Jeannie of Daniels, and Don his wife, Carey of Bluffton, S.C.; two loving grandsons, Mark Aaron Jr. of Spokane, Wash. and Sydney Aaron of East Bend, N.C.; two precious great granddaughters, Lyndsey and Maria of Spokane, Wash.; nieces, Michele Tacado of Charlotte, N.C., Shannon Lilly and her husband, Louis Lilly of Shady Spring, W.Va.; nephews whom she adored, Nate and Noah Freeland; great nephews, Gunner Tacado, Luke Lilly and niece, Langston Lilly, all who lovingly called her Aunt B.B.
Affectionaly known as Becky by all her many friends, she was known for her lovely smile, kind spirit and generousity to others.
Becky loved the Lord and served faithfully in various ministries at her church.
A celebration of her life will be held Saturday, Sept. 6th at 2 p.m. in the Daniels Missionary Baptist Church at Daniels, with Pastor Jack Thomas officiating.
Friends may call one hour prior to service. Becky will be laid to rest in the Sunset Memorial Park.
Pallbearers will be Nate Freeland, Larry Freeland, Don Freeland, Mark Aaron Jr, Sydney Aaron and Louis Lilly.
At Becky’s request in lieu of flowers please make donations to Daniels Missionary Baptist Church Building Fund, 132 C&O Dam Road, Daniels, WV 25832.
- Mildred Jean Gilliam-King
The funeral for Mrs. Mildred J. King, 33, Montgomery Heights, will be held Wednesday, at 1 p.m. in the Rose and Quesenberry Peace Chapel with Air Force Chaplain Major Frank Hartsell officiating.
Burial will be in the Montgomery Memorial Park.
Mrs. King died at 3:45 p.m. Monday, September 16, 1974 in a Montgomery hospital after an illness of several weeks.
She was a member of the Simbach Chapel, Simbach, Germany. Born September 26, 1940 in Kimberly, Mrs. King was a daughter of Russell and Genevieve Swyers Gilliam of Beckley.
In addition to her parents, she is survived by her husband T. Sgt. Donald King, Montgomery Heights; four daughters, Ladawna, Cherly, Karin and Stacy, all at home; a brother, Randy Gilliam, Beckley, and two sisters, Mrs. Connie Peterson, Beckley and Mrs. Karen Callahan, Oak Hill.
Friends may call at the chapel after 5 p.m., today.
- Leon Alva Goins
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- Sharon Jeanette Goodman-Cassity
Sharon Jeanette Goodman-Cassity, 64, of Beckley, departed this life on Thursday, Sept. 22, 2005.
She was born Dec. 13, 1940, and was the daughter of the late Stuart Edward Goodman and Erma Sue Mills Goodman.
Sharon was of the Baptist faith and was a graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School, Class of 1958.
Survivors include her husband, Charles Edward Cassity; a daughter, Virginia “Ginny” Sue Cassity Allison of Beckley; a step-daughter, Laura Tocado Zank of Ohio; a granddaughter, Amanda Yvonne Allison of Beckley; a sister, Carol Goodman Scott of Lynchburg, Va; mother-in-law, Ruth Stump Cassity of Oak Hill; two sisters-in-law, Patricia Cassity Shirkey and husband, Ken, of Ohio and Marceline Cassity Lilly and husband, Michael, of Beckley; and several nieces and nephews.
Service will be 2 p.m. Sunday at Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley, with the Rev. Dan Johnson officiating. Burial will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Beckley.
Friends may call one hour before service Sunday at the funeral home.
Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Hurricane Katrina Relief Fund, in memory of Sharon Cassity, Web address bushclintonkatrinafund.org.
Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley, is serving the family.
- Judith Lynn Griffith-Hirst
- Edward Grygiel
Edward (Eddie) Grygiel, 74, Beckley, passed away suddenly Wednesday, January 8, 2014.
He was born July 19, 1939, to the late Paul Grygiel Sr. and Olga.
He is survived by his daughter Carroll Ann (Grygiel) Wright of Clinton, Tennessee; son Edward E. Grygiel of Clinton, Tennessee; grandson Zachary Tanner Wright of Clinton, Tennessee; great-grandaughter Kylee Brooke Wright of Knoxville, Tennessee; brother Paul Grygiel Jr. and wife Teresa of Daniels, West Virginia; niece Karen Hahner and husband Edward of Indian Trail, North Carolina; nephew Scott Grygiel of Beckley; great-nephews Andrew and Jeffery Hahner; great-niece Lisa Hahner all of Indian Trail, N.C.; Aunt Margaret Cruikshank of Everett, Mich. He graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School. Eddie served in the United States Army from 1959-1962. He retired from Cole *Layer*Trumble (CLT) after 30 years of dedicated service.
The family will be having a Memorial Service Friday, January 17, 2014, at 3 p.m. at Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, Beckley. Pastor Randy Adkins will be officiating the Memorial Service and the Director of Music Daniel H. Spurgeon will assist with the music.
Friends may call thirty minutes prior to the service.
In lieu of flowers, the family ask that a donation be made to either the American Heart Association, PO Box 15120, Chicago, IL 60693 or the American Cancer Society call 1-800-227-2345 to make a donation by phone.
Private online condolences, floral tributes, and other expressions of sympathy may be directed to the family via our guestbook at www.roseandquesenberry.net
Arrangements are by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, 1901 S. Kanawha Street, Beckley.
- David Allen Hall
- William Stewart Harsanyi
- Judith Ann Haynes Elliot
Judith Ann “Judy” Elliott, 72, of Palatka, passed away Tuesday, February 5, 2013. A native of Charleston, WV, she resided in Palatka since 1973 coming from Jacksonville, Beach. Judy attended Marshal University in Huntington, WV and graduated from the Stenotype Institute in Jacksonville in 1970. Judy worked as a deputy official court reporter and freelance reporter with E. Wesley Elliott and Associates, Inc. until retiring. Judy was widely respected in her field. She was an avid reader and excellent and adventurous cook. She enjoyed gardening, sewing, pets and spending time with family, especially her grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Earl Wesley (Wes) Elliott, her parents, Rev. O.F. Haynes and Mrs. Garnet W. Haynes, a brother, John B. Haynes, sister-in-law, Mary Haynes, nephews, Jerry Haynes and Gregory Haynes and niece Sonja Haynes.
She is survived by daughters Samantha Rezanka Goll and son-in-law Curtis V. Goll of Wellington, FL and Nicole Rezanka Wilson and son-in-law, Dr. William Wilson of Bellevue, WA.
She is also survived by a brother, Rev. James C. Haynes, Doctor of Ministry and sister-in-law, Nancy C. Haynes of Camden, Ohio, a sister, Jane D. Stockton and brother-in-law Ralph Stockton of Rock Hill, South Carolina, a granddaughter, Amanda Goll of West Palm Beach, a grandson, Curtis W. Goll of Boulder, CO, aunts, Connie Comer Upton of Sissonville, WV, Patricia Haynes Wittington and Phyllis Haynes Lynch of Charleston, WV and numerous nephews and nieces.
Graveside services will be at 3:00 P.M. Friday, February 15, 2013 at Palatka Memorial Gardens with Pastor Louis Tremblay officiating. Friends are invited to join the family for visitation and memorial celebration Friday from 4:30 to 7:00 P.M. at Crystal Cove Resort, 133 Crystal Cove Drive, Palatka, FL 32177.
Flowers are gratefully accepted or memorial donations may be made to Haven Hospice Roberts Care Center, 6400 St. Johns Ave., Palatka, FL 32177.
Memories and condolences may be expressed to the family at www.JohnsonOverturffunerals.com.
Arrangements are under the direction of Johnson-Overturf Funeral Home in Palatka.
- Franklin Davis Heatherly
FISHERS, Ind. — Dr. Franklin Davis Heatherly, age 71, of Fishers, Ind., passed away on March 1, 2011 in Noblesville, Ind. Born on Oct. 7, 1940, in Montgomery, W.Va., he was the son of Gip and Ruth (Davis) Heatherly. Dr. Heatherly was previously married to Joan Givens and Gena Heatherly.
Frank earned his undergraduate degree in History and Psychology from Concord University in West Virginia. He then earned his Ph.D. in Education from the University of Alabama. Dr. Heatherly taught for the University of Alabama in Columbia, Ecuador, and the Dominican Republic. He traveled to all seven continents throughout his lifetime and visited places such as China, the Korean Peninsula, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Israel, Europe, Antarctica, and South America. During his travels to China, he did missionary work as a visiting professor.
Dr. Heatherly was also a social studies specialist for the Alabama State Department of Education. He brought the metric system to schools in Northern Alabama and was the former Superintendent of Schools in Cullman, Ala. He was a published amateur photographer and was the youngest ham radio operator in West Virginia in 1954. Later, he used the ham radio to allow families to speak to soldiers serving in Vietnam during the Vietnam War. He loved to tell stories and was very generous with his time and money. Dr. Heatherly taught Sunday School class for twenty years and up until his passing taught GED classes as a volunteer at the Hamilton County Jail.
Surviving him are his children, Laura Lynne Simpson of Beckley, W.Va., Franklin Davis “Dave” (Adriane) Heatherly, Jr. of Prattville, Ala., and Matthew Scott Heatherly of Noblesville; grandchildren, Stephanie, Jordan, and Gavin; and a great-grandchild, Mackenzie. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Cody Heatherly; and first wife, Joan Givens.
A memorial service will be held in West Virginia at a later date. Arrangements are being handled by Erlewein Mortuary, Greenfield, Ind. Friends may sign the online guestbook at www.erleweinmortuary.com or e-mail condolences to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Billie Sue Hedrick Harless
- Teresa Marie Hensley-Barnette
Point Pleasant (Wv) Register
03.15.13 – 06:00 pm
Teresa Marie “Sue” Barnette, 73, of Point Pleasant, passed away Friday, March 15, 2013, at Pleasant Valley Hospital.
She was born March 1, 1940, a daughter of the late Hampton and Jewell Hensley.
Sue was a woman of strong faith, and greatly enriched the lives of those around her. She was born and raised in Beckley, where she graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School and later obtained her degree in Education from West Virginia State University. Being a woman of many …
- John L. Hickman
CHESTERFIELD, Va. – John Lloyd Hickman Jr., 55, formerly of Sprague, died Saturday, Sept, 23, 1995.
Services will be 11 a.m. today at Joseph W. Bliley Funeral Home, Chippenham Chapel, 6900 Hull Street Road, Richmond, Va.
Arrangements by Joseph W. Bliley Funeral Home, Richmond, Va.
- Mainard Franklin Hicks
Mainard F. Hicks, 65, of Grafton, died Saturday, Dec. 3, 2005, at his home after a long illness.
Born in Hinton, W.Va., he lived in the Grafton area most of his life.
Mr. Hicks owned and operated Mainard Hicks Insurance Agency in Lorain for 12 years, retiring in 1995. He formerly worked as a sales manager at WOBL in Oberlin and was a veteran of the Army. He was a member of the Elyria Elks Lodge 465.
He enjoyed golf, bowling and competitive league play in both sports.
Survivors include his wife of 22 years, Linda Hicks; a daughter, Coleen Brennan of Olmsted Falls; sons Dion and Steve Hicks, both of Elyria; a stepdaughter, Courtney Miller of Grafton; a stepson David Hawke of Elyria; 10 grandchildren; sisters Imogene Monazzi of Richmond, Va., and Linda Vega of Houston, Texas; and a brother, Dorse Hicks of Beckley, W.Va.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Austeen Hicks and Lorraine Hazelgrove.
Friends may call 4 to 7 p.m. today at Bauer-Laubenthal Funeral Home, 38475 Chestnut Ridge Road at state Route 57, Elyria, where services will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday.
The Rev. Charles Keesee, pastor of Midway Baptist Church in Elyria, will officiate.
Burial will be in LaPorte Cemetery, Carlisle Township.
Memorials may be made to Community Health Partners Regional Foundation, New Life Hospice, 3700 Kolbe Road, Lorain, OH 44053 or Midway Baptist Church, 41812 Griswold Road, Elyria, OH 44035.
- Jacqueline Hollandsworth-Kingery
- Johnnie Herbert Hoskins
HOSKINS, Johnnie Herbert, died August 30, 2014. Born October 9, 1940 to parents, Clifford Hoskins and Eula Ruth in Lynch, Kentucky. Johnnie lived much of his life in the service of his country. Leaving his family farm in West Virginia at 17 and joining the Air National Guard, he later transferred into the Air Force as an Intel Photo Interpreter and Linguist. While stationed in Berlin, he met and married the love of his life, Angelika Otto. Following a tour in Southeast Asia, Johnnie joined the Veterans of Foreign Wars – a decision that would shape the remaining years of his life. He dedicated himself to helping fellow vets in many roles in both the VFW and the Military Order of the Cooties – at the local, district, and state levels. His dedication even resulted in the creation of a brand new VFW Post in Germany. Post-military life found Johnnie helping less fortunate people with Arizona’s Aid to Families with Dependent Children. In his younger days – he enjoyed dabbling in the theatric arts – from constructing sets to acting as a decapitated soldier in a performance of Pippin for a local theatre group. A U of A alumnus and rabid Wildcat fan – Johnnie enjoyed watching both football and basketball. Johnnie is survived by his wife, Angelika; son, Thomas (Bernadette) of Parker, Colorado; daughter, Kristin of Tucson, Arizona and granddaughter, Molly and the thousands of former brothers and sisters in arms he has encountered over the years. A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, September 3, 2014 at VFW Post #549, 8424 E. Old Spanish Trail, Tucson, AZ 85710. Arrangements by FUNERARIA DEL ANGEL SOUTH LAWN. – See more information here.
- Cecilia Ann Hovanski-Baden
HUNTLEY – Cecilia A. Baden, 69, of Sun City, Huntley, and formerly of Park Ridge, passed away Thursday, May 7, 2009, at her home.
She was born April 7, 1940, in Beckley, W.Va., to Augustine and Violet (Walney) Hovanski. On Aug. 3, 1963, she married Donald Baden in Chicago.
She was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Huntley. She was a member of the Sun City Red Hatters and the Bunco Club and loved playing Rummy Cube with her neighbors. She enjoyed traveling and especially loved cruises.
She is survived by her husband, Donald; her sons, Kirk Baden of Des Plaines and Kevin (Debra) Baden of Poplar Grove; her grandchildren, Madeline, Corinne, Austin, Tyler, Zachary, Cooper and Kevin Christopher; her sister, Gladys Ochap; and her brothers, Raymond Hovanski and Augustine Hovanski.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Frances Kasten; and a brother, John Hovanski.
The visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday, May 11, at James A. O’Connor Funeral Home, 11603 E. Main St., Huntley. The visitation will continue from 9 a.m. Tuesday, May 12, until the 10 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial is celebrated at 10 a.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church, 10307 Huntley/Dundee Road, Huntley. Inurnment will be in the church cemetery at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in her name may be directed to the American Cancer Society, 143 First St., Batavia, IL 60501 or Vitas Hospice, 580 Watersedge, Suite 100, Lombard, IL 60148.
For information, call the funeral home at 847-669-5111.
- Michael Clayton Howery
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – Michael C. Howery, 63, formerly of Beckley, died Dec. 26, 2003. Michael was born in Beckley on Sept. 10, 1940. Memorial Service will be 1 p.m. Friday at Huse Memorial Park, Fayetteville.
- Brenda Jackson Thios
Brenda Gaye Jackson Thios, 71, of Colonial Heights, went to meet her Lord on Friday, September 7, 2012 after a long illness. Born in Oak Hill, West Virginia September 26, 1940, she was the daughter of William Miller and Hallie Gaye Jackson. She graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in 1958 and was one of two female cheerleaders in a previously all-male squad. Brenda graduated from Charleston School of Commerce and worked as a finance administrator at several local nursing homes and as a teaching aid in the Colonial Heights School System. She married her high school “sweetheart,” John T. (Tom) Thios and this romance lasted for 54 years till her death. Brenda was a member of 1st Baptist Church, Petersburg, where she sang in the choir and was the church historian for many years. She was a brownie leader and enjoyed arts and crafts, gardening, traveling and cooking. In addition to her hobbies, she was also a member of the Shepard’s Center in Chester, Va., and the Colonial Heights Junior Women’s Club. Brenda survived cancer twice during her lifetime. Love of family, friends and the Lord defined her life. She was preceded in death by her parents. Survivors are two children, Kathy Thios Batten and husband, Lee of Chester, Va., and John T. Thios Jr. and wife, Veronika of Fredericksburg, Va.; three grandchildren, Kristen, Amanda and husband, David and Abigail; and a great-grandchild, Aiden. Also surviving are two brothers, William Miller Jackson and wife, Lois of Charelston, W.Va., and Michael Wayne Jackson and wife, Lynn of Pawleys Island, S.C.; one brother-in-law, Sam Thios and wife, Bobbie of Savannah, Ga.; and numerous nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the Massey Cancer Center of Virginia Commonwealth University at P.O. Box 980214, Richmond, Va. 23298 (email@example.com) and can be reached at (804) 828-1450 or to First Baptist Church at 235 W. Washington Street, Petersburg, Va. 23803 and can be reached at (804) 733-7484. The family will receive friends Tuesday, September 11, 2012 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Colonial Heights Chapel of the E. Alvin Small Funeral Homes and Crematory 2033 Boulevard Colonial Heights Va. 23834. Funeral services will be held the following day, Wednesday, September 12, 2012 at 11 a.m. at the same location.
- James Elias Kilpatrick
Mr. James Elias Kilpatrick, 63, of Dalton, departed this life Wednesday morning, March 19, 2003 at his home.
Mr. Kilpatrick was born March 4, 1940, in Union County, N.C., a son of the late John Fred and Edna Mae Hall Kilpatrick. His brother Johnny Kilpatrick, also preceded him in death.
Survivors include his wife, Shirley Maddox Kilpatrick of the residence; sons and daughter-in-law, Michael and Teresa Kilpatrick of Chatsworth; and Steven Kilpatrick of Dalton; daughters and sons-in-law, Sherrie L. and David Waters and Melissa and Andy Freeman, all of Dalton; grandchildren, Brittani Sherleen Waters, James Adam Benjamin Waters, Rachel Ann Leon, Monica Beiling, Letasha Kilpatrick, James Steven Kilpatrick and Stephanie Kilpatrick; great-grandchildren, Diego Leon and Austn Leon; sisters Athelee Worley of Dalton and Vivian Payne of Monroe; several nieces and nephews. Services are Friday at 2 p.m. in the Calhoun Chapel of Ponders Funeral Home with the Rev. John Meadeor officiating. Burial will be in the Bethlehem Baptist Church Cemetery in Resaca.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home today after 3 p.m.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to House of Prayer Revival Center or to Shirley Kilpatrick, 4103 S. Dixie Highway, Dalton, GA 30721. Condolences may be sent to kilpatrick family@ponders funeral home.com
Ponders Funeral home, Calhoun Chapel, Highway 41 North, Calhoun is in charge of arrangements.
- Connie Kish-Arnold
Huntington – Mrs. Connie Kish Arnold, 54, formerly of Raleigh County, died, Monday, Oct. 24, 1994 at her home following a long illness.
Born Sept. 3, 1940, at Glen Jean, she was the daughter of Eve Quesenberry Kish of Daniels and the late Alexander Thomas Kish.
Mrs. Arnold retired in 1987 as a registered nurse with the Huntington Veterans Administration Medical Center and formerly served at the Beckley Veterans Administration Medical Center.
She was a graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School, Beckley and received her diploma as a registered nurse with high honors from the Orangeburg (S.C.) Regional Hospital University of South Carolina joint program.
Mrs. Arnold was a member of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church in Huntington.
Survivors include her husband, Dr. George T. Arnold; a daughter and son-in-law, Alexandria and Mark Amick of Ashoskie, N.C., a granddaughter, Britney and grandson, Zachery, both of Ashoskie.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, Beckley with Frank O’Kruta as celebrant. Entombment will follow in Sunset Memorial Park Mausoleum, Beckley.
Friends may call 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. today at Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, South Kanawha St., Beckley, where a Christian prayer service will be recited by Decon Don Wise at 8:30 p.m.
Pallbearers will be Jerry Bell, Jim Brown, Harry Evans, Mark Mooney, Doug Lilly and Jay, Larry and Sam Quesenberry.
Arrangements by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, Beckley.
- Johnny Edward Kozar
- Mary Catherine Lagos
- Nancy Lewis Haley
Nancy “Teetie” Hamilton Lewis Haley, age 69, passed away peacefully on July 17, 2010. She was preceded in death by her parents Charles Scott Lew-is Jr. and Nancy Pat Lewis-Smith. She is survived by her two daughters Kate Marie Hatfield (husband Eric Hatfield) and Ann Hamilton Donegan (husband Tom Donegan) both of Beckley, WV; two sisters Langhorne Abrams (husband David Abrams) of Beckley, WV, and Mary Charles Sutphin (husband Kem Sutphin) of Raleigh, NC; five grandchildren, Ansley Donegan, Evan Donegan, Brayden Donegan, John Hamilton Sanders, and Jared Donegan; and nieces Rachel Hopkins, Sarah Abrams, Mary Kemple Henderson, and Rebecca Holt. A lifelong resident of Beckley, WV, Nancy was born on September 10, 1940. Nancy graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School and Stephens College. She worked as a substitute teacher for Raleigh County Schools and she also taught pre-school at St. Stephen’s Day School. Nancy was a volunteer for Beckley Renaissance and Hospice of Southern West Virginia. She was involved with Daughters of Revolution (DAR), Beckley Junior Women’s Club, a local garden club and book club. Nancy enjoyed spending time with her five grandchildren whom she loved greatly. She also enjoyed long walks on Woodlawn Avenue with her dog, Gustaf. She loved her children and devoted all her time to making them happy. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church on Tuesday, July 20, 2010, with Fr. Eric Miller officiating. Friends may call at Calfee Funeral Home on Monday, July 19, 2010, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Pallbearers will be Eric Hatfield, Tom Donegan, David Abrams, Kem Sutphin, Jerry Haley and Beldon Lafferty. Online condolences may be sent to www.calfeefh.com. In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial contributions be made to The Bowers Hospice House, 454 Cranberry Drive, Beckley, WV 25801, or St. Stephen’s Episcopal Day School, 200 Virginia Street, Beckley, WV 25801, in the name of Nancy Hamilton Lewis Haley. Arrangements by Calfee Funeral Home, Beckley.
- Fred Vivan Lilly
MCLEAN, Va. — Frederick V. Lilly II, 67, passed away at Virginia Hospital Center of complications following a long-term illness.
He was born in Beckley, the oldest child of the late Dr. Vivan and Lena Lilly. He graduated from East Tennessee State University with a master’s degree and maintained strong ties to his fraternity, Sigma Alpha Epsilon. Following five years of government service in South Vietnam, he moved to McLean in 1972 where he founded Lilly Homes Inc., a high-end custom home construction company. He and his wife, Jacqui, raised their two children, Trip and Tricia, in the area and were actively involved with The Potomac School and McLean youth programs.
He is survived by his wife, Jacquelyn Reeke Lilly; a son, Frederick V Lilly III of New York City; a daughter, Tricia A Lilly of Arlington, Va.; a brother, Dr. Eric V Lilly of Greensboro, N.C.; and a sister, Mrs. Sandra Fitzmaurice of Santa Fe, N.M.
He was pre-deceased by a brother, Thomas Lilly.
Memorial service will be 10 a.m. Saturday, March 29, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 400 Green St., Alexandria, Va.
The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, contributions be made to the American Heart Association or the American Diabetes Association.
*Note – Fred died on Wednesday, March 19, 2008 in Arlington, Virginia. His date of birth was April 29, 1940.
- Raymond Lilly
SILER CITY, N.C. — Raymond Earnest Lilly, 69, of 425 E. Raleigh St., Siler City, died Sunday, Nov. 1, 2009, at Siler City Care & Rehabilitation, Siler City.
Mr. Lilly was born Aug. 10, 1940, the son of Lacy Lewis and Goldie (Sizemore) Lilly.
Mr. Lilly was a native of Raleigh County, W.Va., and attended Cornerstone Baptist Church. He was a self-employed taxidermist.
He is survived by his wife: Martha (Stone) Lilly; and two sons, Stephen Lilly and wife, Kim, of Siler City, N.C., and David R. Lilly and wife, Bo, of Mooresville, N.C.; one sister, Zonia Williams and husband, Larry, of Siler City, N.C.; granddaughter, LeeAnn Lilly; stepgrandchildren, Renatta Marker, Dominique and Alex Maciel; stepgreat-grandchildren, Lillian and Brianna Marker; two nieces and one nephew.
The family will receive friends 5 to 8 p.m. today, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2009, at the home, 425 E. Raleigh St., Siler City, N.C.
The graveside service will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2009, at Cornerstone Baptist Church, 396 NC Hwy. 42, Goldston, with Rev. Bewey Shaver officiating.
Memorials may be made to a charity of donor’s choice.
Arrangements by Smith & Buckner Funeral Home, Siler City.
- Geneva Sue Lowe-Shaw
ST. ALBANS – Mrs. Susan Lowe Shaw, 49, died Friday, Oct. 13, at her home following a long illness.
Born August 3, 1940 at Stirrat, she was the daughter of Sarah Ann Dower Lowe of St. Albans, formerly of Beckley and the late Benjamin F. Lowe Sr.
Mrs. Shaw was employed by the Kanawha County Board of Education, was a kindergarten teacher at the Wiemer Elementary School, member of the First Baptist Church of St. Albans, a graduate of Alderson-Broaddus College and West Virginia State College, was director of the preschool program at the First Baptist Church and was a Sunday school teacher
She was a volunteer of the American Red Cross and the Literacy and Adult Children Program, was a member of the West Virginia Association of Young Children, the Southern Association of Children Under Six, the National Association of Education of Young Children and the Kappa Delta Phi Honor Society in Education.
Other survivors include her husband, Wesley J. Shaw III; three daughters,Dawna E. Freeman of Fairfield, Ohio and Vonda R. Shaw, student at Marshall University and Christi L. Shaw, student at the University of Kentucky; a sister, June Mueller of Fortville, Ind., and a brother, Bejamin F. Lowe Jr. of Lexington, Ky.
Services will be Monday at 1 p.m. at the Bartlett Funeral Home in St. Albans with the Rev. Dr. S. Robert Weaver officiating. Burial will be in the Cunningham Memorial Park at St. Albans.
Friends may call Sunday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Any donations of sympathy may be made to the Giddeons Living Memorial Bible, P.O. Box 7124, Charleston, WV 25313 or the Kanawha Hospice, 1321 Dunbar Ave., Dunbar
Note – Susan Lowe’s birth name was Geneva Sue Lowe
- Mary Belle Lyons-Kennedy
Mrs. Mary Belle Lyons Kennedy, 44, of Mabscott and Mary Anna Christian, 27, of 307 Highland St., Beckley, were dead on arrival Thursday at 6:30 a.m. at a Beckley hospital of injuries received in a five-car accident on W. Va. 3 at White Oak, according to Raleigh County Sheriff’s Department.
Born June 5, 1939, at Big Otter, Clay County, Mrs. Kennedy a daughter of Goldie M. Lyons of Cranberry and the late Edward G. Lyons.
Mrs. Kennedy was a member of the Cranberry Community Church, was deputy Raleigh County assessor.
She was preceded in death by two brothers, Charles and Carl Lyons and a sister, Anna Mae Arthur.
Other survivors include three son, David Arthur Kennedy, Jr., Robert Allen Kennedy, both of Mabscott and Johnny Ray Kennedy of Crab Orchard; two daughters, Kathy Sue Tolliver and Deborah Lynn Osborne, both of Beckley; four brothers, the Rev. Frank Lyons, Wayne Lyons, Monroe and Glenn Lyons, all of Beckley; a sister, Susan Bailey of Cranberry and 11 granchildren.
Born Feb. 4, 1957 in Mabscott, Mary Anna was a daughter of David A. Kennedy of Sissonville and the late Mary Belle Lyons Kennedy.
The following article appeared on the page 4B, column 1 of the Beckley Register-Herald on Friday, March 16, 1984.
Five-vehicle crash takes lives of two in Raleigh
By Vaughn Rhody Staff Writer
Mary Belle Kennedy, a Raleigh County deputy assessor suffering from throat cancer, was traveling with her daughter this morning to a Charlottesville, Va. hospital for a checkup.
Neither woman made it. On an apparently icy curve on W. Va. 3, just before Basham Brothers Garage, a five-vehicle accident took the lives of Mrs. Kennedy, who was in her 40s and her daughter Mary Ann Christian, in her 20s.
Three others were injured in the 6:30 a.m. accident. Sharon Holliday, 35, of Alderson and Herb Lee Edwards, 34 of Anderson, S.C. were being treated this morning at Raleigh General Hospital and no information concerning their injuries was available, a nursing supervisor said. A third person, William Adams, age and address unknown, was treated at Beckley Applician Regional Hospital and released, a BARH nursing supervisor said.
The accident involved Mrs. Kennedy’s Jeep Cherokee, a tractor trailer, a yellow Plymouth driven by Mrs. Holliday, a coal truck and a parked car. Edwards and Adams were occupants of the tractor trailer, but police did not say who was driving.
The coal truck driver, John Groves, 23 of White Sulphur Springs, was not injured. He said he was traveling on W. Va. 3 toward Shady Spring to pick up a load of coal. As his truck rounded the curve, he saw the wrecked tractor trailer and the Jeep, which had flipped on its top. He said he slammed on his brakes which caused him to slide into the side of the Jeep, pushing it farther into the side of the bank on the inside of the curve.
“When you run around a blind curve like that and see an accident, it’s scary.”, he said. “I didn’t know what to do. If I hadn’t hit my brakes I’d probably been alright. When I hit the car, I just shoved it on up inside the bank.”
Groves said the road surface in the curve was covered with ice.
Mrs. Holliday’s car apparently was traveling behind the coal truck and veered off the right side of the road, crashing into the unoccupied parked vehicle, according to Ghent Volunteer Fire Chief Jimmy Coleman.
Groves said the driver of the tractor trailer emerged from his vehicle saying he had hit Mrs. Kennedy’s Jeep Cherokee head on before crashing through a utility pole a few yards down the road.
Coleman said rescue workers had to use a jaws of life to free the two ladies from the Jeep Cherokee.
The damage to the utility pole left about 40 homes between the White Oak Post Office and the Beckley Reservior, said Kenneth Keatley, area service restorer for Applician Power Co. Keatley said he expected power would be restored by about 10 a.m.
Traffic on W. Va. 3 was blocked in both directions for about three hours. At 8:30 a.m. state Trooper R.D. Jones said he would have to complete his investigation and APCO would have to complete its work before he would allow one lane of traffic to reopen.
Cpl. Gary Lively of the Raleigh County Sheriff’s Department also investigated. However, Lively and Jones said they weren’t sure exactly what happened and it would be a while before the investigation would be completed.
County Assessor Odell Jessup, Mrs. Kennedy’s boss said Mrs. Kennedy was a “very efficient and very good worker” who had worked in the assessor’s office for about five years.
“I really hate the situation.” Jessup said. “I’m really sorry this happened. It’s real tragic, and we’re really hurt.”
A friend of Mrs. Kennedy’s who is also a deputy assessor, Liz Acord said Mrs. Kennedy was a “conscientious worker and dedicated mother” who loved everybody.
“She was quiet, a dedicated worker,” Mrs. Acord said. “We were just talking about how we’d all liked to have been more like her.”
Mrs. Kennedy had six children, including Mrs. Christian
- Wanda Marie Lyons-Gutierrez
WOODBRIDGE, Va. – Mrs. Wanda Marie Gutierrez, 51, died Tuesday, June 9, at her home.
Born Nov. 4, 1940, at Beckley, she was the daughter of the late Otis and Livey Campbell Lyons.
Mrs. Gutierrez was a resident of Woodbridge since 1968 and worked in Civil Service for 18 years at Quantico Marine Corps Base.
Survivors include her husband, Daniel Gutierrez, two sons, Dave Gutierrez of Stafford, Va., and Chris Gutierrez of Woodbridge; and five brothers, Bob, Lloyd and Jim Lyons, all of Beckley, Johnny Lyons of Alexandria, Va., and David Lyons of Mt. Sidney, Va.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Mountcastle Funeral Home, Dale City, Va. Burial will be private.
Arrangements by Mountcastle Funeral Home, Dale City.
- Virginia Lee Mackey-Thompson
Virginia “Boo” Mackey Thompson, 58, of Morgan Hills, Beckley, died Wednesday, March 25, 1998, in a Beckley hospital following a long illness.
Born Dec. 9, 1939, at Ward, she was the daughter of the late James Elmer and Thelma Jones Mackey.
Mrs. Thompson spent her childhood in Beckley, graduating from Woodrow Wilson High School in 1958. She was a licensed hair dresser and formerly co-owned a salon in Hinton. She had been a resident of Morgan Hills since 1979, coming from Pineville. She was of the Christain faith.
Survivors include her husband of 34 years, Richard Dalton Thompson; a son, Rick Thompson and his wife, Maverisa, and their sons, Chirstopher and Michael, all of Atlanta; two brothers, Elmer and Harold Mackey, both of Beckley; and two sisters, Delores McMilion of Beckley and Millie Honaker of Elyeria, Ohio.
Services will be 1 p.m. Saturday at Melton Mortuary Chapel with the Rev. George Dickson officiating. Entombment will follow in Sunset Memorial Park Mausoleum, Beckley.
Friends may call 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.
Arrangements by Melton Mortuary, Beckley
- Frederick Authur Maddow
Mr. Fred Maddow, age 71, of Atmore, Ala., passed away Monday, December 12, 2011 while hospitalized in Pensacola, Fla. He was born in Raleigh County, Eccles, West Virginia to Marguerite Graham Vermillion of Century, Fla. and the late Andrew Joseph Maddow. He served four years and was honorably discharged from the U.S. Navy as a Petty Officer 2nd class and was currently retired after forty-five years of dedicated employment.
He was preceded in death by his brother Leon Edward “Bob” Maddow and son-in-law Charles Daren Wright.
Mr. Maddow is survived by his wife, Sharon L. Maddow; two daughters, Annette Marie Wright Samford and husband, John H. of Wetumpka, Ala. and Marian Denise Moore and husband, Robert A. of Hoschton, Ga.; five grandchildren, Daphne Rush, Christopher Wright, Johnathon Samford, Brittany Moore and Andrew Moore.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, December 14, 2011 at 2 p.m. from Johnson-Quimby Funeral Chapel with Reverend Ronald McGhee and Reverend James Weber officiating. Interment followed at Steadham Cemetery in McCullough, Ala.
Active pallbearers were John Samford, Robert Moore, Christopher Wright, Johnathon Samford, John Steadham, Chipley Clopton and Andrew Moore.
Honorary pallbearers were the family members and friends of the McCullough Hunting Club.
The family received friends Wednesday, December 14, 2011 from 12 p.m. until service time.
Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home, Inc. in charge of all arrangements.
- Billie Isabella Maddy
- John Luther Maddy
John L. Maddy, formerly of Beckley, died Sunday, Sept. 21, 1997, following a long illness with cancer.
He was born May 12, 1940, in Beckley.
Mr. Maddy earned an associate’s degree in health care management, a bachelor’s degree in public administrtion, and a master’s degree in health care administration. He served 22 years in the Air Force and was retired Chief Master Sergeant in 1980. After retirement he became the chief of the Resources Management and Bio-Metrics division at Air Force Systems Command, Andrews AFB, Md.
In 1986, he moved to the Pentagon to work in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs, where his position was the Executive Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of Defense, for Medical Resources Administration.
In May 1990, he was assigned as Principal Director to the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Budgets and Programs. In September 1997, he received the Exceptional Civilian Service Medal for his outstanding Civil Service career and for work during the time he was the acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Budgets and Programs.
Mr. Maddy enjoyed hunting on Pulto Mountain and fishing on Beaver Lake.
He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and the Senior Exectivve Service Association.
Survivors include his wife, Patricia Maddy; five children: daughters Theresa and Karen; a son John; stepchildren, Matthew and Lisa; and two grandchildren Nicholas and Amanda.
Mass of Christain Burial will be 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Piscataway, Md. Burial will follow in Maryland Veteran’s Cemetery, Cheltenham, Md.
In lieu of flowers, donations of sympathy may be made to the St. Mary’s Catholic Church Building Fund, Piscataway, Md.
Friends called Monday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and may call 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at the Lee Funeral Home, Branch Avenue and Coventry Way, Clinton, Md.
Arrangements by Lee Funeral Home, Clinton, Md.
- Betty Jo Mahaffey Taylor
This past New Year’s Eve, 2011, our most cherished Betty Mahaffey Taylor entered into eternal life following a two-year battle with cancer. She was in her 71st year.
Betty Joe Mahaffey was born on July 6th, 1940. Her parents were the late John and Mildred (Midge) Biggs Mahaffey, longtime residents of Lilly Street here in Beckley.
Betty spent her early childhood at Eccles. The Mahaffey family moved to Beckley, settling on Westwood Drive where Betty and her younger sister, Linda, would finish growing up. Betty was a 1958 graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School. She attended Concord College, where she was a member of the Sigma Sigma Sigma Sorority. She would graduate in 1962 with a Bachelor of Science in Education. A middle school science teacher in both West Virginia and Virginia, she would begin a career as a research analyst in 1984 with Kimberly Clark in Atlanta, GA. Betty has made her home in Roswell, GA, and was a devout member of St. Brigid Catholic Church in Alpharetta, GA. In her leisure time, painting was he passion.
Betty was married to Jack Taylor. She was the beloved mother of Jeffery D. Taylor of Atlanta; the dear sister of Linda Mahaffey Curtis and her husband Gene of Emerald Isle, NC; her niece, Tara Curtis Hopkins, survives as well as large extended family of cousins.
The Funeral Liturgy was celebrated from St. Brigid Catholic Church on Thursday, January 5th. The Rite of Committal followed within the grounds of the Monastery of the Hol Spirit, at Honey Creek Woodlands in Conyers, GA.
The family suggests donations of sympathy can be made to your favorite charity.
This information was submitted by Melton Mortuary.
Online condolences may be sent to www.meltonmortuary.com.
- Robert Grant Mankin
- Jeanette Premo Marcinko
Jeanette Premo-Marcinko went to be with the Lord on November 25, 2010 in Lancaster, Calif. She was born April 12, 1940 in West Virginia. Survived by her husband Andras Marcinko, son Michael Sr. (wife Kelly) of Oklahoma, daughters Andrea (husband Tony), Elizabeth and Kathleen, grandchildren Michael Jr., Rose (husband John), Katelin, Jennifer and Lisa, great- grandchildren Arupnna and Cameron. She also leaves behind her brother Edward (wife Barbara), Linda (husband Jim), brother-in-law (Uncle Jimmy) and many nieces and nephews. Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, December 1, 2010 at Joshua Memorial Park & Mortuary, Landcaster. Donations can be made to the American Cancer, Junior Amateur Golf Scholars, P.O. Box 172, Cypress, CA 90630. www.joshuamortuary.com.
- Daniel Elvin Martin
The funeral for Daniel Martin of Conyers will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at the chapel of Harry L. White Funeral Home in Conyers. Chaplin Steve Austin will officiate. Interment will follow at Green Meadow Memorial Gardens.
Born in West Virginia, Mr. Martin, 62, died February 26, 2002, at Portsbridge Hospice. He was a supervisor for American Pest Control, and he was preceded in death by a daughter, Charlene Martin.
Surviving are his daughter, Tyann Davis of Covington; brother, Charles Martin Jr. of West Virginia; sisters, Ruby Todd, also of West Virginia and Shirley Huffman of North Carolina; and several nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends today from 5-8 p.m. at the funeral home.
- E. Clark Martin
Elbert Clark Martin was born in Beckley, West Virginia on January 26, 1941. He graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in 1958 and served in the United States Air Force. Clark died on August 12, 1996 in Daytona Beach, Florida as we are informed by his sister, Helen Martin-Biggs (WWHS-1960). Helen does not believe that an obituary was ever published for her brother.
- Larry Martin
GREEN COVE SPRINGS, Fla. — Larry Rodney Martin, 72, of Green Cove Springs, died Monday, May 27, 2013.
Mr. Martin was a native of Terry, W.Va., and a resident of Green Cove Springs for the past 10 years having moved here from Virginia Beach. He was a graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School in 1958 and received his degree in Accounting from Morris Harvey College in 1967. Mr. Martin served his country as a veteran of the USMC and retired from the Navy Auditor Services after 30 years. Following his move to Florida, he was employed by Northrop Grumman and retired as an Internal Auditor Accountant after four years of service. While living in West Virginia, he enjoyed fishing and hunting and after his retirement, he has enjoyed golfing and camping. He was a member of the General Roy Geiger Marine Corps League Detachment #1047 Clay County, Fla., for the past five years.
Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Carol Martin, son, Rodney (Joyce) Martin, daughter Melinda (Floyd) Kirk, sister, Ramona Malcolm, four grandchildren, Bryce and Emma Martin, Kaitlyn and Brittany Kirk, along with many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Mr. Martin was preceded in death by his parents, Elmer and Beulah Martin, two brothers, John and Clinton Martin, four sisters, Marie Upton, Thelma Tanner, Freda Gurack, and Mae Fuller.
The family will receive friends on Monday evening, June 3rd, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Melton Mortuary. Committal services will be Tuesday, June 4th, at 11 a.m. at the Sunset Memorial Park Mausoleum with full military honors. Those wishing to attend the committal services are asked to meet at the mortuary by 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday.
In lieu of flowers, the family wishes that memorials be made to either: General Roy Geiger Marine Corps League Detachment #1047 Clay County, P.O. Box 2533, Middleburg, FL 32068, or Safe Animal Shelter, 2913 County Road 220, Middleburg, FL 32068.
Condolences may be sent to the family’s guestbook at www.meltonmortuary.com.
- Paul Edward Martin
Paul E. Martin, USAF MSGT (ret.), of Cedar Creek, passed away suddenly on June 7, 2000.
Paul enjoyed life, and was always at full speed. There was never enough tomorrows for all the things he wanted to do. His humor and wit, and marvelous crazy ideas will be missed more than any of us can even begin to imagine.
His wife, Roseann; two brothers; three sisters; his four children; and many good friends survive Paul.
A memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, June 12, 2000, at Wilke-Clay-Fish Funeral Home.
A graveside service will follow at 1:30 p.m., at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery, San Antonio, Texas.
Arrangements by WilkepClay-Fish Funeral Home, 2620 S. Congress, 442-1446.
- Ted Curtis Maxey
Ted C. Maxey passed away peacefully in his sleep in Beaver, on Saturday, August 20, 2016.
Born June 12, 1939 in Lillybrook, WV to the late Dale and Francis Woods Maxey.
He was a retired Federal Mine Inspector and member of Free Mason, the American Legion, Shriners Lion Club and a 20+ year member of the Beckley Moose Club. Ted enjoyed camping and the outdoors when he wasn’t working.
In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his granddaughter, Crystal Maxey.
Those left to cherish his memory include his son, Terry Maxey and Beth McKnight Underwood of Beaver; sister, Lois Jones Maxey of Colorado; grandchildren, Jessica Maxey of Charleston, WV, Travis Maxey of Melbourne, FL, Natasha Maxey Prince and Michael Price II of Lake Norman NC and Ashley Duncan of Pittsburg, PA; and six great-grandchildren.
Friends may gather with the family Tuesday, August 23, 2016 at Blue Ridge Funeral Home from 6-8 pm. A committal service will be held Wednesday, August 24, 2016 at 11 am at Sunset Memorial Park, Beckley.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.blueridgefuneralhome.com.
Blue Ridge Funeral Home, 5251 Robert C. Byrd Drive, Beckley, has the honor of serving the Maxey family.
Published in The Register Herald
- Emma Lou McComas Meadows
Emma Lou McComas Meadows, age 65, of Locust Creek, died Monday, March 13, 2006, at her home.
She was a retired school bus driver.
She was born March 23, 1940, at Crab Orchard, the daughter of the late Retha and Anna Mae Cooper McComas.
Her husband, Lowell Thomas Meadows, daughters, Kathleen Meadows, of Radford, Virginia, Terrie Gingery, of Enterprise, Alabama, and Denise Wirt, of Christiansburg, Virginia, and four grandchildren survive her.
At her request the body will be cremated and there will be no services.
- Tom Edward McGrady
Tom Edward McGrady, 78, of Beckley died Saturday, November 4 following a long illness. He was born on August 10, 1939 in MacArthur to the late Earl and Eura Rivers McGrady.
Tom served in the U.S. Army where he was stationed in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Tom worked for N+W and also Westmoreland Coal Company until it shut down in 1985. Tom then opened and helped operate Byrd Drive Auto Sales until he retired.
He was preceded in death by brothers Raymond McGrady of Daniels, Earl (Teeny) McGrady of Beckley, and Bill McGrady of Beckley.
Those left to cherish his memories are his wife of 53 years Margaret Underwood McGrady; son Donald McGrady of Grandview and a daughter Dianne Westmoreland of Beckley. Two grandchildren Erin McGrady of Oak Hill and Kaylan Westmoreland of Beckley and sister, Lorene Tolbert of Lewisburg.
Funeral services will be held at 1 P.M. Wednesday, November 8 at Calfee Funeral Home on South Oakwood Avenue in Beckley with Reverend Douglas Holley officiating. Burial will follow in the McGrady Family Cemetery in Cool Ridge. Friends may visit with the family one hour prior to the service.
Arrangements by Calfee Funeral Home, Beckley.
- Greta Mae Meadows Wood
Greta Mae Wood, age 77, of Beaver, WV, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, October 13, 2016, at her home surrounded by her loving family.
Born on October 28, 1938, in Raleigh, WV, she was the daughter of the late Toy Q. Meadows and Goldie Yost Meadows.
Mrs. Wood was a graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School, and was a former employee of the Raleigh County Sheriff’s Department Tax Division, and the US Census Bureau. Mrs. Wood was an active member of the First Baptist Church in Beaver, and enjoyed working in her flower garden, along with going to the family camp in Pendleton County.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by mother-in-law and father-in-law, Bertha Wood and James M. Wood, and a son-in-law, James Byron Taylor.
Those survivors left to cherish her memory include loving husband of 57 years, Thomas “Tom” Wood, three children, Gloria Taylor of Daniels, Tom Wood and his wife, Becky, of Pax, and James Wood and his wife, Loria, of Flat Top; two sisters, Retha Merritt and her husband, Chuck, of Beaver, and Jeanette Mays and her husband, Robert, of Beaver; four grandchildren; Jonathan Taylor of Evansville, Indiana, Michelle Nottingham and her husband, Justin, of Scott Depot, WV, and Andrew and Shaina Wood of Flat Top; two great-grandchildren, Byron and Lily Nottingham, also survive.
The family extends special thanks to the Carl Larson Cancer Center and to Hospice of Southern WV for their great care of Greta.
Funeral services will be conducted at Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home Shady Spring Chapel on Saturday, October 15, 2016, at 3 PM with Pastor Paul Holstein officiating. Burial will follow at the Mount View Cemetery at Mount View, WV. Friends may visit with the family from 1 PM until service time on Saturday at the funeral home. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of Southern WV, P. O. Box 1472, Beckley, WV 25802 in memory of Greta Wood.
Private online condolences and other expressions of sympathy may be directed to the family via our guestbook at www.roseandquesenberry.net. Arrangements are by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home
Shady Spring Chapel, 729 Flat Top Road, Shady Spring, WV.
- Gene Raymond McElrath
Final rites for Gene Raymond McElrath, 31, Crab Orchard, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in the Rose and Quesenberry Peace Chapel. Burial will follow in Sunset Memorial Park.
His body was found at about 9 a.m. Wednesday face down in Piney Creek near West Raleigh. Investigating officers said McElrath was “apparently beaten to death.”
Born May 16, 1940 at Big Stick, he was the son of Mrs. Elizabeth Lucas Adams Miller, Milwaukee, Wis., and the late Raymond Adams.
A 1958 graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School, he served in the U.S. Army and was formerly employed as a taxi cab driver.
Additional survivors include a sister, Mrs. Margaret Davenport, Milwaukee, and a half brother and sister.
Friends may call at the funeral home after 5 p.m. Friday.
A corresponding article on the same page of the newspaper reads as follows:
Man Found In Creek Was Beaten To Death
Suspects in the death of a 31 year old Crab Orchard man will be questioned today according to state police.
Officers said Gene Raymond McElrath was “apparently beaten to death.” His bruised body was found Wednesday face down in Piney Creek near West Raleigh.
McElrath was a former cab driver but it could not be learned whether he was employed anywhere at the time of his death.
The body is at the Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home
- Thomas Streibeigh McElrath
- Leonard Ray McNulty
Leonard Ray McNulty, 56, of Beckley died February 17, 1997, in a Beckley hospital after a long illness.
He was a graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School, an Army veteran, a former employee of Melton Mortuary, Beckley, a policeman for the cities of Beckley and Clearwater, Fla., attended St. Frances deSales Church, Beckley, and was a Faternal Order of Police member.
Surviving; wife, Mary Ellen Davis McNulty, daughters, Patty Dacus of Odessa, Texas, Brenda Graham and Carmen Hensley, both of Beckley, Debby McLachlan of Arnold, MO., stepsons, Larry Spence of Kannapolis, N.C., Samuel Foley of Atlanta, step daughters, Ruth Kamensky of Beckley, Connie Hurlocker of Kannapolis, Eva Wood of Carthage, N.C., Melanie Dolman of Sanford, N.C., sisters, Lillian McCollum of Ashford, Mary Louise Pachuta of Beckley and 10 grandchildren.
Service will be 1 p.m. Thursday at Melton Mortuary with the Rev. Sam Sacus and the Rev. Travis White officiating.
Burial will be in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Prosperity.
Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. today at the mortuary.
- Harold Meade
Harold Meade, born March 29, 1940, to the the late Robert and Opal Meade, passed away on Saturday, Oct. 21, 2006, at Potomac Hospital with his loving wife, Betty, of 42 years by his side. They have been residents of Manasas for 34 years. Since retiring from Carr Homes after 41 years of service, he spent time woodworking and was an avid sports fan. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Clarence and George Meade; and his sisters, Mable Salyers and Helen Spencer. Harold is survived by two sons, Brian and his wife Milena of Beckley, W. Va., and Mark and his wife Erin of Montclair, Va.; three brothers, Bobby and his wife Jean, Charles and Randy; three sisters, Kathleen Gayhart, Shirley Chizmar and Shelia Hein and her husband Ken; and five grandchildren, Brianna, Marissa, Blake, Sydney and Ryan., whom he adored and loved. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Friends may call at Miller Funeral Home, 3200 Golansky Blvd., Woodbridge, on Wednesday, Oct, 25, 2006, where the family will be present from 7 to 9 p.m., and where services will be held on Thursday, Oct. 26, 2006. Interment will follow at Stonewall Memorial Gardens, Manassas, Va.
- John Norwood Meadows
John N. Meadows, 69, of Beckley, passed away January 20, 2010, at his home. Born February 28, 1940, in Beckley, he was the son of Basile and Mary Harvey Meadows. Mr. Meadows was a 1958 graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School; he attended Columbia Technical College where he obtained his degree in Architectural Drafting. He then joined his father and grandfather in the construction field. John was responsible for the first shopping center in Beckley; until the late 1990’s, John and his sons continued building in Southern West Virginia. John was a Beckley Jaycee for 15 years, during this time he was drawn to community service and never lost the love for community. The Jaycees honored him with the JCI Senator’s Award. His other hobbies included Street Rods, Drag Racing, and NASCAR. Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Patricia Kidd Meadows, whom he married January 22, 1960; two sons, John Meadows and wife, Robin of Princewick, and David of Woodstock, Ga.; a daughter, Melissa Smith and husband, Lloyd of Rosewell, Ga.; three grandchildren, Nicholas and Claire Smith and Jason Sell; one brother, Steven Meadows and wife, Linda of Lynchburg, Va.; and his pets, ’Moochie’ and ’Taz.’ John has donated his body to the Human Gift Registry of West Virginia University. In keeping with John’s wishes there will be no services. The family requests that memorial donations be made to the Gift Registry of West Virginia in Morgantown, Hospice of Southern West Virginia, or the Raleigh County Humane Society. Submitted by Blue Ridge Funeral Home, 5251 Robert C. Byrd Drive, Beckley.
- Scotty Leon Meadows
- Phillip Rex Munsey
- Coy Lee Nicely
- Linda Oscar Willis
FREDERICK COUNTY, Va. – Lynda Oscar Sawyers-Willis, 70, of Frederick County, Virginia, died Wednesday, May 18, 2011, in Winchester Medical Center. Mrs. Willis was born in 1940, in Prosperity, West Virginia, the daughter of the late Frank and Christy Oscar. She was an Office Administrator for 32 years, retiring in 2007 from the accounting firm of Bonnie J. Dennis & Associates. She enjoyed gardening, crossword puzzles and baking and decorating cakes. Mrs. Willis was a 1958 graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School in Beckley, West Virginia. She married Larry Lee Willis on November 5, 2005, in South Hill, Virginia. Her first husband, Glyndon “John” Sawyers, preceded her in death in April 1999. Surviving with her husband are her son, Michael Sawyers and his wife, Myra, of Haymarket, Virginia; her daughter, Johanna Sawyers of Fairfax, Virginia; stepson, Jeff Willis and his wife, Laura, of Highland Springs, Virginia; stepdaughter, Anna Pettry of Charleston, West Virginia; grandson, George Sawyers; stepgrandchildren, Jay and John Willis and Leann and Erika Pettry; two sisters, Betty Lockley of Winchester, Tina Rakes of Beckley, West Virginia; two brothers, Bud Oscar of Hagerstown, Maryland, Galen Oscar of Stephens City, Virginia; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. A funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, at Omps Funeral Home, South Chapel, with Pastor Jerrad Holloway officiating. Interment will be in Shenandoah Memorial Park, Frederick County, Virginia, with a Celebration of her life at the Willis Home at 1334 Perry Road in Winchester following the ceremony. The Family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday at Omps Funeral Home, South Chapel. Memorial contributions may be made by mail to Pulmonary Hypertension Association, 801 Roeder Road, Suite 1000, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910, or online at www.phassociation.org. Please view obituary and tribute wall at www.ompsfuneralhome.com.
- Aubrey David Pack
From Pittsburgh Post-Gazette On-Line Edition August 23, 2006
Aubrey David Pack
On Tuesday, August 22, 2006, age 66 of McCandless Twp.; husband of Gail A. Myers; father of Cindi Runion and Travis Todd Pack; stepfather of Brian M. & Emily S. Fee; son of Margaret Pack and the late Aubrey Pack; brother of Norma Duncan, Lonnie (Maureen) Pack, Jerry (Erma) Pack, Vickie (Larry) Mayhew, and Randy Pack; also survived by nieces and nephews.
NO VIEWING. The family will receive friends from 2-4 & 7-9pm Friday, August 25th, at the THOMAS M. SMITH FUNERAL HOME & CREMATORY, 930 Center Ave., Blawnox. PLEASE OMIT FLOWERS. The family respectfully suggests memorial contributions to the American Lung Ass’n., 11676 Perry Hwy., Wexford, PA 15090.
Send condolences at post-gazette.com/gb
From Beckley Register-Herald On-Line Edition August 24, 2006
Aubrey David Pack
MCCANDLESS TOWNSHIP, Pa. — Aubrey David Pack, 66, died Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2006, at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pa.
Born June 9, 1940, in Portsmouth, Ohio, he was the son of Margaret Hamby of Columbus, Ohio, and the late Aubrey Pack.
Mr. Pack was a resident of McCandless Township for the past three and a half years; prior to that he lived in Pittsburgh. He was the county planning director for the Venango County Planning Commission.
He served in the U.S. Army during peace time.
He was a motorcycle enthusiast and enjoyed gardening.
Besides his mother, other survivors include his wife, Gail A. Myers; a daughter, Cindi Runion of Atlanta, Ga.; a son, Travis Todd Pack of Atlanta; a stepson, Brian M. Fee of Forest Hills, Pa.; a stepdaughter, Emily S. Fee of Peoria, Ill.; a sister, Norma Duncan of Fairfax, Va.; brothers, Lonnie Pack and wife, Maureen, of Columbus, Ohio, and Jerry Pack and wife, Erma, of Worthington, Ohio; a sister, Vicki Mayhew and husband, Larry, of Madison, Tenn.; a brother, Randy Pack of Houston, Texas; and several nieces and nephews.
There will be no viewing. The family will receive friends 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at Thomas M. Smith Funeral Home and Crematory, 930 Center Ave., Blawnox, Pa.
Flowers are to be omitted, please.
The family respectfully suggests memorial contributions to the American Lung Association, 11676 Perry Hwy., Wexford, PA 15090.
Arrangements by Thomas M. Smith Funeral Home and Crematory, Blawnox
- Patricia Ann Patrick Roles
JUMPING BRANCH — Patricia Ann Roles, age 72, of Jumping Branch, West Virginia, passed away on Thursday, April 4, 2013, at her home.
Born on January 2, 1941, in Winding Gulf, WV, she was the daughter of Geneva Treadway Patrick Giles of Prosperity, WV, and the late Johnnie Patrick.
Mrs. Roles was a former office manager at the Shady Spring PSD, and was a former manager of the Green Valley Town Houses.
She was a member of the Cross Pointe Church of God, and had made her home at Jumping Branch for the past 17 years.
Mrs. Roles was preceded in death by her husband, John Roles.
Survivors include two sons, William Glenn Roles of Jumping Branch, and Mark Alan Roles of Jumping Branch.
A sister, Brenda Wurst of Dallas, Texas, six grandchildren, Jocelyn, Jenna, Jessica, Ty, Trip, and Trent. Two great-grandchildren, Kylee and Adrian.
A memorial service will be held at the Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home Shady Spring Chapel on Sunday, April 7, 2013, at 2 p.m. with Pastor Vondie Cook officiating. Friends may visit with the family 30 minutes prior to the services at the funeral home.
Private online condolences, floral gifts, and other expressions of sympathy are available to the family via our guestbook at www.roseandquesenberry.net.
Arrangements are by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home Shady Spring Chapel, 729 Flat Top Road, Shady Spring, WV.
- Linda Carroll Lawson Riffe-Clark
Family-Placed Death Notice
Linda Lawson Clark, 65, Director of Animal Care and Control for Rockdale County, passed away after a brief illness Sunday, August 28, 2005 morning at the Rockdale Medical Center. A native of Beckley, West Virginia, Linda received her Bachelor’s Degree from Concord College in Athens, WV, and her Master’s Degree in Library Science at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. After moving to Rockdale County 31 years ago with her husband, Robert R. Clark and their two daughters, Linda left her career as a distinguished educator and began a mission to assist and promote responsible pet ownership in her community. Beginning with her work on the county’s original animal shelter, which opened in March 1978, she helped to develop what would eventually become the current Rockdale Animal Care and Control Center. Mrs. Clark’s accomplishments include numerous state leadeship roles in the Georgia Animal Control Association and the Southeastern Animal Control Association, as well as serving as the Chairman of the Animal Advisory Committee for the Georgia Department of Agriculture. She was the architect of landmark animal welfare programs such as curriculum packages for elementary schools, the Senior Citizens’ Friends, and a seasonal program of spay/nutering of dogs and cats for county residents. Her efforts also contributed to the devolpment of a state license plate to be sold for supporting county spay/neutering programs across the State of Georgia. In her free time she loved to read, talk about world affairs, and sit in her and her husband’s garden. In her life and in her work, she always sought to uphold her conviction that life is precious. She loved and took great pride in her family and was never happier than when she was giving of herself. She was both a friend and a mentor to many, and is much beloved by her family. She will be dearly missed. She is survived by her husband of 40 years, Robert; her daughters; Ingrid Clark Zavadoski, of Wausau, Wisconsin, and Nicole McGowan of Social Circle, and a grandson, Alek Clark Zavadoski. She is also survived by a brother, Andrew Lawson of Conyers; two sisters, Donna Ramsey of Beckley, WV, and Sherry Lawson of Easton, PA.; nieces and nephews, and many pets. Friends and family are invited to gather Thursday evening from 6:00-8:00 pm st the Horis Ward Funeral Home, (770-918-8851) on Hwy. 138 in Conyers, with services on Friday, September 2, 2005, at 11:00 am at the same location. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Cancer Society, 2200 Lake Blvd., Atlanta, GA 30319. Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on 8/31/2005.
- Vivien Mintle Moss
Following graduation from high school, Vivien attended West Virginia State Teachers College for one year. She moved to Baltimore, Maryland and then to Brooklyn, New York continuing her education and earning a teaching certificate. She taught school in Brooklyn. No obituary is available.
- Elizabeth Marie (Betty) Parker
Betty Swann, age 67, of Beckley, died Thursday, May 24, 2007, at the Beckley Appalachian Regional Hospital, following a long illness.
Born at Beckley on March 29, 1940, she was the daughter of the late Mason and Lulu Marie Quesenberry Parker.
She was a homemaker.
Survivors include her son, Daniel Swann of Beckley; daughters, Brenda Calderis of Beckley and Kathy Swann of South Carolina; a brother, Frank Parker of Memphis, Tenn.; two grandchildren, Christina Black of Beckley and Jennifer Black of Beckley; and six great-grandchildren
There will be no services or visitation.
Arrangements by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home in Beckley.
Note: Although her name appears in the obituary as Betty, Raleigh County birth records show her given name was Elizabeth Marie Parker. She attended Institute Elementary School during 5th grade and Lincoln Elementary School during 6th grade as Betty Parker, graduating from BJHS with the Class of 1958 as Elizabeth Marie Parker. Betty,as she preferred to be called, married before high school completion and moved the Charleston where she graduated. Her name was added to our roster on June 11, 2007 at the request of classmate Ida Rose Adkins.
- Sister Sandra Ann Peraldo
Sister Sandra, the second of three children of the late Plinio and Lena Peraldo, was born in Beckley on May 17, 1940. She was baptized and confirmed at St. Francis de Sales Church in Beckley and was graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School there. Sister Sandra died at Mount St. Joseph on Friday, August 5, 2011. Sandra entered religious life on September 9, 1962 at Mount St. Joseph in Wheeling and, having completed her novitiate experience, she professed her vows of chastity, poverty and obedience as a Sister of St. Joseph on July 31, 1965. Prior to entering the Congregation of St. Joseph, Sister Sandra had received her B.S. Ed. from Concord College in Athens, West Virginia, after which she taught for a year at her parish school in Beckley. In 1970 she received an M.E. degree in counseling from Catholic University of America. In addition, she was certified by the National Association of Catholic Chaplains in 1998. As a teacher in parochial schools of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston, Sister Sandra ministered at: St. Francis de Sales in Beckley and St. John in Benwood. As a counselor she ministered for fourteen years to women imprisoned at the Federal Correctional Institution at Alderson, as an employee of its Religious Department. As a pastoral minister, she served the people of St. Patrick’s Parish in Hinton, All Saints Parish in Bridgeport, St. Elizabeth of Hungary Parish in Elizabeth, and St. Joseph’s Hospital in Parkersburg from which she retired in 2010. She also served as a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph Personnel Committee, the Formation Team, the Associate Advisory Committee, and the SSJ Health and Wellness Foundation Board. Beyond her service within West Virginia, from 1981 until 1985, Sister Sandra was first a student and then was named an assistant director in the Ministry to Ministers Program at the Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio, Texas. In 2001 she was selected and honored as the Italian Woman of the Year in Clarksburg. Sister Sandra was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Carlo Peraldo. In addition to members of her congregation, she is survived by her brother, Robert Peraldo and his wife Pam, a sister-in-law, Charlotte Peraldo, three nieces, one nephew, three great-nieces, four great-nephews, and numerous friends. Family and friends will be received from 1-9 p.m. today at Mount St. Joseph, 137 Mount St. Joseph Road, Wheeling, where Vigil Services will be held at 7 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday in the Mount St. Joseph Chapel with Rev. John Finnell as celebrant. Interment in the Sisters of St. Joseph section of Mount Calvary Cemetery. A memorial Mass will be held at St. Margaret Mary Church in Parkersburg at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 1, 2011. Memorial contributions may be made to the Sisters of St. Joseph of Wheeling Foundation, 137 Mount St. Joseph Road, Wheeling, WV 26003. Funeral arrangements by Altmeyer Funeral Home, Fourteenth and Eoff Streets, Wheeling. Online condolences may be offered to the family at www.altmeyer.com.
- Edward ‘Eddie’ Phipps
VIENNA, Va.- Edward I. “Eddie” Phipps, 61, formerly of Beckley, passed away Thursday, May 31, 2001, following a two-year battle with cancer.
Born Feb. 29, 1940, in Beckley, he was the son of the late Edward and Elva Rorrer Phipps.
Mr. Phipps worked as a machinist for Holladay Tyler Printing Corp. in Bowie, Md., for 27 years, and the last seven years of his employment was Craftsman Press in Bladensburg, Md., as a machinist/mechanic.
He was an avid NASCAR fan and loved working on his cars and trucks, doing upholstery work and spending time with his beloved dachshund, Barney.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Patty Phipps.
Survivors include his wife, Cora; two daughters, Elvann Doss and her husband, Wayne, of Sophia and Robin Sue of Charleston; a son, Danny of Sophia; two stepchildren, Robin Zimmerman and her husband, David, of Haymarket, Va., and Keith Mills of Dickerson, Md; three grandchildren, Keri Allen Colemen, Mark Lee Doss and Samantha Gayle Doss, all of Sophia; a brother, Dallas Phipps and his wife, Joyce of Beckley; two sisters, Shirley Carter and her husband, William, of Shady Spring and Mary Jane Gilkerson and her husband Glenn, of Lewisburg; and two aunts, Dellmeda Phipps and Revelle Phipps, both of Beckley.
Service will be 2 p.m. today at Calfee Funeral Home Chapel, Beckley, with the Rev. Andrew Davis officiating. Burial will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Beckley.
Friends may call one hour before service today at the funeral home.
Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.
Arrangements by Calfee Funeral Home, Beckley.
- Carol Potts-Bradley
SHEFFIELD LAKE, OHIO – Mrs. Carol Potts Bradley, formerly of Beckley, died Monday, in a Lorain, Ohio hospital after a long illness.
She was a daughter of the late Guy and Mildred Potts.
Survivors include her husband Curtis; one daughter, Regina and one son, Timothy, both at home: two sisters, Sandy Kendell of Townsend, Md. and Patricia Smith of Logan, Utah, and step-mother Virginia Potts of Beckley.
Services will be Thursday at 1 p.m. in the Purmeister Funeral Home chapel at Avon Lake, Ohio, with burial to follow.
- John Gray Pruett
Born December 26, 1940 – Died September 9, 2006 in Ocala, Florida.
From the Class Epilogue (Written in 2005)
John Pruett put food on the table by running the grocery store. After working in the advertising department for Coca Cola Bottling in Beckley, John moved to Florida in 1960 and found work at A&P. He rose to manager with the Tea Company before purchasing a grocery store in Dunnellon, Florida in 1982. He retired in 1992. John has stood on top of the Rocky Mountains, put his foot in the water of the Rio Grande River, visited Graceland in Tennessee and vacationed in the Great Smokey Mountains. His favorite place is still Grandview Park and his heart will always be in Beckley.
- Anna Marie Radford-Flowers
- Jeannie Ransom
- Sue Ellen Redden
Sue Ellen Redden Walters, 75, of Mabscott, passed away on Sunday, April 17, 2016.
“Susie” as she was affectionately known was the daughter of the late Home and MiIdred Redden.
Her husband, Freddie Ray Walters and son, Freddie Dale Walters have preceded her death as well.
Those left to cherish her memory is her children, Marsha Gail Walters and Casey Stuart Walters (girlfriend, Bettina Askew); brother, Dennis Dale (Betty Sue ) Redden, grandson, Christian Brandon Hines and granddaughter, Anna Leigh Thompson.
Funeral services will be Saturday, Apr. 23 at 3 pm at the Melton Mortuary Chapel. Jerry Rose will be officiating. Burial will be in the Calfee Cemetery at Mt. Tabor. The family will receive friends at 1 pm.
In lieu of flowers, donations sent to Melton Mortuary to offset the funeral expenses would be greatly appreciated.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.meltonmortuary.com
- Patrick Chester Richmond
From The Eagle Dispatch
May 29, 1957
Fellow Classmate Drowns
The news of the death of Patrick Chester Richmond, brought sadness and grief to Woodrow Wilson High School students and faculty during the Easter Vacation. The 17 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Purvey Richmond of Crab Orchard, Pat drowned Saturday afternoon, April 20 in the New River.
Pat, a senior at W.W.H.S., was a member of a five man fishing party that had made a weekend trip to the river. Other members included Bill Coms 23, Shirley Johnson 36, Avery Johnson 34, and Charles Johnson 13.
According to Combs, Pat leaped from his stalled boat into the turbulent stream. He was returning from one side of the river where he had taken Charles Johnson.
As he was returning, Combs said, the motor stopped. The boat was in the “pull of the swift current,” and Pat who apparently became alarmed, jumped out, he said.
The drowning occurred near the old home for negro aged and infirm recently abandoned at McKendree. Rescue workers described the river at this point as very deep, muddy and swift.
Combs said he yelled at Richmond, telling him not to leave the boat. He added that he went into the river after Richmond but was unable to reach him. He said Pat was an excellent swimmer.
The body was recovered at 3:19 p.m. Sunday by members of the Beckley Rescue Squad and Raleigh County Sheriff’s Office. The body was discovered in an eddy, about 100 yards from where Combs said he last saw it, and had gone over two sets of rapids.
The boat continued into the same eddy where the body was located. Although it had some water in it, the minnow and night crawler buckets had not been overturned.
The rescue squad was composed of Beckley firemen Capt. Cecil P. Conner, Clyde Bostic, Robert Mandeville, and Eugene and Garland Allen. They left Beckley at 9 a.m. Sunday to hunt for the body. Also aiding the rescuers were sheriff’s deputies Wesley Thompson and Zina French. They went to the scene of the tragedy late Saturday, but the approaching darkness kept them from launching their boat.
Comb’s father, Cecil 45, who joined the search, told watchers that he saw the body surface in the eddy. A few minutes later the rescue boat pulled into the eddy and found it in the place Cecil Combs pointed out.
Pat was born at Crab Orchard on November 25, 1939 a son of Purvey and Lena Stover Richmond.
At Woodrow Wilson, Pat was the treasurer of the Photography club and had previously had been active in the Athletic and Handicraft clubs. In his junior year, he was a football manager.
Pat was taking a general course and this year, his subjects included: social science, bookkeeping I and typing I the first semester, and auto mechanics at the Vocational school the second semister. A member of Mrs. Thompson’s home room, 12D, he had completed English 12 in summer school.
From information derived from a close friend of Pat’s, Knarl Meador, it was found that Pat’s plans for the future had included attending Marshall College to study law.
A member of the Archery club, Pat was fond of hunting, fishing and swimming.
Pat had attended Crab Orchard Grade School, Beckley Junior High School, and Woodrow Wilson High School. He was a member of the Crab Orchard Baptist Church.
He was employed at the Giant Dollar store on the By-Pass in Beckley, and in the previous summer had been employed at the Crab Orchard Amoco Serice Station.
Funeral services were conducted in the Crab Orchard Baptist Church at 2 p.m., Tuesday, April 23.
The Reverend Shirley Donnelly and the Reverend Mark Wolfe were in charge. Burial was made in the Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens.
Surviving in addition to the parents are two brothers, Robert, a student at Marshall College and Philip of Biloxi, Miss.
The body was removed from the Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home to the residence a 4 p.m. Monday, and was taken to the church one hour prior to the services.
Pallbearers were Knarl Meador, Bo Wooten, Frederick Smith, Bill Combs, John McGuire, Mike Davis, Don Fink and Ernest Widener.
- Cecil Owen Riffe, Jr.
Anchorage resident Cecil Owen Riffe Jr., 67, died February 3, 2008, in Anchorage.
A service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at St. Patrick’s Parish, 2111 Muldoon Road.
Mr. Riffe was born March 10, 1940 in Crab Orchard, W.V. He attended Woodrow Wilson High School in Beckley, W.V. , and West Virginia University in Morgantown from 1958 to 1959. Later he attended the University of Oregon in Eugene from 1961 to 1967, completing his five year bachelor of architecture degree.
He started spending his summers in Alaska in 1962, and in 1967, after graduating from college, he became a full-time resident.
During his life in Alaska, he lived in Hooper Bay, McGrath, Fairbanks, Hope, Girdwod, Kotzebue, and Anchorage. Cecil worked for the U.S. Forest Service from 1959 to 1961 and the Bureau of Land Management from 1962 to 1969. From 1972 to 1992 he established the firm of Riffe and Associates. He worked as the city administrator for Hooper Bay from 1980 to 1983 and 1994 to 1995. He worked for the AVCP Regional Housing Authority from 1998 to 2000. From 2000 to 2007, he was the owner and principal of World Planning, Design and Management. Mr. Riffe also served as school board member at the Iditarod and Lower Yukon School District. He enjoyed painting, carving, sculpture, reading, traveling and hiking.
“Cecil Owen Riffe was a great man and a caring father and grandfather,” his family wrote. “He accomplished a lot for the Native communities. Owen designed and built many buildings throughout Alaska. He dedicated his life to his children. He lived by the words his father told him, which were ‘honesty, sincerity and the will to do good.’ He would never turn his back on anyone who needed help.
“Owen enjoyed spending his time painting, carving masks and spending time with his grandchildren on his land, where he was building a cabin. He will be deeply missed by his family and friends and was very much loved and respected by all.”
Mr. Riffe is survived by his children, Auna Riffe, Cecil Owne Riffe III and Evelyn Riffe; former wife Dorthy Riffe; grandchildren, Justin Riffe, Kaarma Riffe, Tommy Oates and Audrey Lake; brothers Jack Riffe and Teddy Riffe and many cousins, nieces and nephews throughout Virginia and West Virginia.
Local arrangements are with Witzleben Family Funeral Home and Crematory.
NOTE – This obituary was provided by Owen’s three children
- Ronald ‘Ron’ Eugene Robertson Sr.
Ronald “Ron” Eugene Robertson Sr., age 67, of Beckley, entered into God’s rest on Saturday, Dec. 29, 2007, at the Bowers Hospice House following a courageous battle with cancer. “To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord.”
Born on July 5, 1940, in Princeton, W.Va., he was the son of the late Alvy George “A.G.” and Margaret Louise Davis Robertson.
Ron attended Woodrow Wilson High School, and graduated from Fulton High School in Knoxville, Tenn. His first career was managing the Shainberg’s Department Store. During his 21 years of management, the store was recognized as one of the most profitable in the company.
In 1977, Ron returned to Beckley to follow in his father’s insurance career with Kentucky Central, which later became Liberty Life. He had a successful career and was first, second, or third in the company nationwide in sales for 14 years. Ron retired in 1999.
Ron was an active member of Memorial Baptist Church and Bykota Sunday School Class. Ron and his wife, Kitty, were co-chairmen of the Senior Adult Ministry known as “Forever Young” for six years. He also served on the church Finance Committee and the Church Council.
Ron was known for being an avid University of Kentucky Wildcat basketball fan.
Those left to cherish his memory are his wife of 23 years, Kitty Lou Mitchell Robertson of Beckley; a son, Ronald Eugene Robertson Jr. and his wife, Sarah Riffle Robertson of Alum Creek; two daughters, Terasa Robertson Miller and her husband, Terry Miller of Charleston, and Tammy Crews and her husband, Scott Calhoun of Beckley; three grandchildren, Samuel Agee Robertson, Teagan Leigh Miller, and Bryn Eliesse Calhoun; an aunt, June Davis Calfee of Princeton; mother-in-law, Lucille Mitchell of Cranberry; and sister-in-law, Kyra Vance of Cranberry.
A celebration of Ron’s life will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 3, 2008, at the Memorial Baptist Church, 1405 S. Kanawha St., Beckley, with Dr. Charles Bright officiating. Entombment will follow at Sunset Memorial Park Mausoleum in Beckley.
Friends may call at the church two hours prior to the service.
Pallbearers will be Barry Cales, Darrell Ford, Lee Hart, Dwain Lilly, Mike Moore, Junior Varney, Walt Watson and Mike White.
Honorary pallbearer will be Victor Rizzi.
Ron’s request was that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Bowers Hospice House, 454 Cranberry Drive, Beckley, WV 25801, or to the Gideons International, c/o A.K. Walker, 517 Orchard Ave., Beckley, WV 25801.
Online condolences may be sent to our guest book at www.roseandquesenberry.net.
Arrangements by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, Beckley.
- John Griffin Roles
JUMPING BRANCH — John Griffin Roles, 68, of Jumping Branch, died Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2007, at the Beckley Appalachian Regional Hospital following a sudden illness.
Born March 9, 1939, at Beckley, he was the son of the late William Henry Roles and Mildred Rebecca Holliday Roles.
Mr. Roles was a former distributor with Black Diamond Distributing in Beckley and was an industrial salesman for Kimball-Midwest. Mr. Roles became disabled in 1998.
Mr. Roles was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving during the Cu-ban Missile Crisis, and was a member of the American Legion Post 32 of Beckley. He was of the Baptist faith.
Surviving are his wife, Patricia Ann Patrick Roles; two sons, William Glenn Roles of Biscoe, N.C., and Mark Alan Roles and wife, Jamie, of Jumping Branch; three sisters, Rebecca Ann Lilly and husband, Naaman H. Lilly, of Grandview, Judith Davis and husband, Jim, of Pittsburgh, Pa., and Mary Louise Sparks and husband, Robert, of St. Albans; five grandchildren, Ty Dylan Roles and Trip Owen Roles of Jumping Branch and Jocelyn Roles, Jenna Roles and Jessica Roles, all of Biscoe.
Service will be 3 p.m. Sunday at Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, Shady Spring Chapel, with the Rev. Paul Holstein officiating. Entombment will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens Mausoleum, Beckley.
Friends may call 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Pallbearers will be Roy “Buck” Cole, Walter Welch, Jim Elswick, Bob Sparks, Jim Davis and Mike Horton.
Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting our guest book at www.roseandquesenberry.com.
Arrangements by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, Shady Spring.
- Lundy C. Sarrett
- Glyndon W. ‘John’ Sawyers Jr.
FALLS CHURCH, VA – Glyndon W. “John” Sawyers Jr., died April 22, 1999, in a Fairfax, Va. hospital following a short illness.
Mr. Sawyers was the son of the late G.W. “Jimmy” and Madeline Moodespaugh Sawyers of Cranberry.
He and his wife had lived in the Washington metropolital area since 1962 and resided in Falls Church, Va., since 1967. He was a 1958 graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School before serving an apprenticeship in cabinet making and working for Giant Food Maintenance since the early 1970s.
Mr. Sawyers was preceded in death by a brother, Conrad “Connie” Sawyers and a sister, Beverly Sawyers.
Survivors include his wife of 40 years, Lynda Oscar Sawyers; a son, J. Michael and his wife, Myra, of Haymarket, Va.; a daughter, Johanna M. Sawyers of Falls Church, Va.; a niece, Valinda Donovan; two sister-in laws, Vera Lockley of Winchester, Va. and Tina and her husband, Frank Rakes of Beckley; a brother-in-law, Galen Oscar of Winchester, Va.; and several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and many wonderful friends.
The family received friends at DeMaine Springfield-Annandale Chapel, Backlick and Edsal Road, Springfield, Va. April 24. The funeral was conducted there April 25, with graveside services at Shenandoah Memorial Park, Winchester, Va.
- Gary Lee Schiffer
In Loving Memory of Gary Schiffer who died on Sunday, February 8, 2009, at age 68 at the Bowers Hospice House.
Gary was born in Beckley, W.Va., on January 1, 1941, to his late mother Anne Cook Schiffer. He grew up and eventually returned to spend his life in Beckley with short stints in N.Y. as a “runner” on Wall Street and in the Army stationed in West Germany where he served as an Army Tank Commander from 1959 to 1963. While in the Army he was a Scoutmaster to an American scout unit in West Germany, and managed a local baseball team while stationed in Crailsheim. When he returned from service he continued his love of baseball, for the next 30 years, by being active in his local little league. In addition, he earned many awards throughout his lifetime as a Boy Scout, Eagle Scout and as an adult he earned the highest honor of the Silver Beaver Award. His greatest love and privilege was educating children for 30 years at Mark Twain Elementary School and Piney View Elementary School, both in Beckley, and earned the American Legion Teacher Award. Gary or “Bubby” as he is known to his family will be sadly missed.
He is survived by his sister Helen and her husband Dr. Abul Mohiuddin, his nephews Abu and Khaled and their families, cousins Howard Yeager and his wife Carol, Barbara Delp, Mary Elizabeth Cantwell and her husband Danny, Lory Cook, Linda Ann Cook, Michael Cook, and Linda Marie Cook the widow of J.C. He also left behind many loving friends and colleagues who will miss him.
Following Gary’s wishes a private burial was held at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens.
Online condolences may be left at www.calfeefh.com.
Memorial contributions may be made to Beckley Little League, P.O. Box 812, Beckley, WV 25801.
Arrangements by Calfee Funeral Home, Beckley.
- Joyce Kay Shumate-Phipps
Joyce K. Phipps, 68, of Beckley, died Friday, June 12, 2009, at her home surrounded by family and friends. Born August 31, 1940, in Ravenscliff, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Wanus Shumate and Loreen Phillips Shumate Collier. Joyce was a loving wife, mother, and grand-mother. She was a retired Social Worker for the State of West Virginia. Besides her parents she was preceded in death by a sister, Gloria Bryant of Beckley. Survivors include her husband Dallas Phipps; daughter, Debra Bryant and husband Daniel of Hickery, N.C.; son, Greg Phipps and wife Mary of Beckley; sister, Alice Johnson of Hopewell, Va.; grandsons, Samuel Phipps of Highpoint, N.C., Zachery and Nicholas Bryant of Hickery, N.C.; great aunt, Shirley Pendry of Virginia, and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be conducted at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, June 14, 2009, in the Calfee Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Delmas Wolfe of Hospice of Southern West Virginia officiating. Burial will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens. Friends may call 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. Pallbearers will be family and friends. The family suggests in lieu of flowers donations be made to Hospice of Southern West Virginia. On line condolences may be left at www.calfeefh.com Arrangements by Calfee Funeral Home, Beckley.
- Carolyn Louise Smith
- Ernest Wade Smith
- Margaret Carolyn Soltes-Bryner
Mrs. Margaret Carolyn Bryner, 50, of 309 East Prince St., Beckley, died Thursday, Aug. 30, in a Charleston hospital, following a short illness.
Born May 6, 1940, in Beckley, she was the daughter of Mary Withrow Soltes of Beckley and the late Joe Albert Soltes.
Mrs. Bryner was a salesperson for Derald Rollyson, Inc., in Beckley, was former owner and operator of Mountaineer Realty and was a member of the St. Francis DeSales Catholic Church in Beckley.
Other survivors include her husband, Eugene A. Bryner of Beckley; two sons, Rodney Gene Bryner of Mainville, Ohio, and Ricky Lee Bryner of Beckley; two brothers, Joseph Albert Soltes of Greenfield, Ind., and George Andrew Soltes of Beckley.
A mass of Christian Burial will be Monday at 11 a.m. at the St. Francis DeSales Catholic Church in Beckley with the Rev. Father John McGinnity and Father Casey B. Mahone as celebrants. Burial will be in the Mount Calvary Cemetery at Sunset Memorial Park in Beckley.
Friends may call Sunday from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home in Beckley where a Rosary will be recited at 9 p.m. by Father McSweeney.
Pallbearers will be Doug Rollyson, Thomas Burgnott, Darrell Donely, Johnny Withrow, Greg Shumate and Cecil Hughes.
- Thomas ‘Tommy’ F. Sparks
Thomas “Tommy” F. Sparks, age 73, of Prosperity, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, April 3, 2013, at his home following an extended illness.
Born January 30, 1940, in Cranberry, WV, to the late James Samuel Sparks and Irene Goins Sparks Miller.
Tommy Served as an Elder at Grace Baptist Church in Daniels, attended Woodrow Wilson High School class of 1958, and also served our country in the United States Army from 1958-1964. He belonged to Sheet Metal Union Local #33 in Charleston, WV. He was a retired sheet metal journeyman for 47 years. He was an avid sports fan and loved many sports such as NASCAR, college football, college basketball, and especially his West Virginia Mountaineers which was his favorite.
He loved his church family and enjoyed speaking on any occasion about his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. He very much enjoyed spending an afternoon on the back porch surrounded by family and friends. He had a charming personality and a one of a kind sense of humor and loved to laugh. He was loved by all who knew him and will be sadly missed.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his son, James “Jay” Edward Sparks; brother, Roger Lee Sparks; paternal grandparents, Tom and Ruby Creed; maternal grandparents, Hike McKenley and Edith Winger Goins.
Those left to cherish his memory include his loving wife of 51 years, Shirley Harmon Sparks; daughter, Barbara Sparks Porterfield (Steve) of Shady Spring; grandchildren, James “Sparky” Sparks II (Karen) of Pax, Kaylin Sparks of Maple Fork, Alexander “AJ” Sparks of Bradley; four stepgrandchildren, Jessica Pittman, Branden Pittman both of Bradley, Steven J. Porterfield of Lakes Charles, LA, and John Porterfield of Maple Fork; daughter-in-law, Barbara Sparks of Bradley; sister-in-law, Martha Ford of Prosperity; niece, Jennifer Sparks Dinkle (Troy) of Albany, NY; nephews, Roger Sparks, Jr., (Carrie) of Lansing, MI, and Tim Ford (Dawn) of Bristol, CT; special friends, Joe Shelton of Beckley and Michael Ray of Sophia.
Services to celebrate the life of Tommy will be conducted at 1 p.m. Monday, April 8, 2013, at the Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Chapel in Beckley with Pastor Bryan Bird and Dr. Charles Bright officiating. Interment will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens in Prosperity.
Family and friends will serve as his pallbearers.
The visitation will be held the same afternoon on Monday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the funeral chapel.
The family would like to extend a special thanks to Heartland of Beckley G-Wing and Physical Therapy Department, and also Hospice of Southern West Virginia.
In lieu of flowers the family asks donations be sent to the American Cancer Society, 921 W. Neville St., Beckley, WV 25801.
Private online condolences, floral gifts, and other expressions of sympathy are available to the family via www.roseandquesenberry.net.
Arrangements with Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, 1901 South Kanawha Street in Beckley.
- Larry Franklin Stover
Larry Franklin Stover, 60, of Charlotte, N.C., formerly of Beckley, died Saturday, July 15, 2000, at the home of his friend Danny Moore of Beaver following a short illness of cancer.
Born May 11, 1940, in Beckley, he was the son of the late H.R. and Ella Spencer Stover.
Mr. Stover was a 1958 graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School and began employment with Raleigh-Wyoming Coal Co. at Glen Rogers in 1959. Mr. Stover was a former employee of the city of Beckley over a 15-year span. From 1960 to 1963, he was a radio operator and desk clerk for the Beckley Police Department. For the city of Beckley, he was a former secretary-manager of the Beckley Sanitary Board, recorder-treasurer of the city of Beckley, zoning officer, chief elections officer, custodian of pension funds, secretary of the Mechanical Trades Board, recreation board, Board of Public Works, and the Firemen’s and Policemen’s Civil Service Commissions. After leaving employment with the city of Beckley, Mr. Stover was vice-president of finance with Gates Engineering Co., in Beckley for nearly 10 years. Following employment with Gates Engineering Co., Mr. Stover worked with the West Virginia Business Foundation in Charleston. Afterward, he served as manager of the Beckley Hotel for six and a half years. He was employed by Media Promotions Enterprises of Huntington, and was a former manager of Rebels and Redcoats in Huntington from 1996 to 1997. He was also a former employee of McDermott Funeral Home in Pittsburg. Mr. Stover was presently employed by Sprint PCS in Charlotte, N.C.
Mr. Stover was the Horseshow announcer at the Raleigh, N.C., State Fair for 25 years and the West Virginia State Fair for 25 years. He was the master of ceremony of the 1999 Equesterian World Olympic Games in Raleigh, N.C. He was the first non-North Carolinian to be inducted into the North Carolina Agricultural Hall of Fame. Mr. Stover also served on the Board of Directors of the Bank of Raleigh and had served in the U.S. Army Reserves from 1964 to 1972. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Beckley, and was a former deacon of the Kenmar Presbyterian Church in Pittsburg. He was a member of the Raleigh County Historical Society and the Beautification Society of Beckley.
Survivors include two sons, Eric Hutchinson Stover of Charleston and Paul David Franklin Stover of Fairmont, and their mother, Mary Hutchinson Stover of Beckley.
Memorial services will be 7 p.m. Tuesday at the First Baptist Church in Beckley with Dr. David Carrico officiating. The family will receive friends one hour before services Tuesday at the church. In lieu of flowers, donations of sympathy may be made to Hospice of Southern West Virginia, P.O. Box 1472, Beckley, WV 25802, in memory of Mr. Stover.
Arrangements by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, Beckley.
- Betty Sudderth Jamison
Betty Sudderth Jamison
Betty Sudderth Jamison passed away on Friday, October 18, 2013, at the Bowers Hospice House. She was the daughter of the late Jack and Lenore Sudderth of MacArthur.
She is survived by Dr. Melvin Jamison, to whom she was married for 53 years. Their children are Sheree Wolfe and husband, Les, of Nokesville, VA, Melvin Jamison and wife, Amy, of Coal City, and David Jamison and wife, Theresa, of Kingsport, TN.
Their grandchildren are Lauren Wolfe, Austin Jamison, Katelyn Jamison, and Brenna Jamison.
Betty is also survived by her sisters, Faye and Cindy, and brothers, Jack and Walter, and numerous cousins, aunts, and uncles.
Betty taught school for nearly 38 years and was well loved by her students and fellow teachers and staff members. She was affectionately known as Ms. J.
Betty was an excellent example of a Pastor’s wife and worked in several churches as Sunday school teacher, Bible School worker, and was involved in visiting shut-ins. She was a member of the Sunset Hills Missionary Baptist Church in Coal City and loved her many church friends and pastor, Tim Mitchem.
Services for Mrs. Jamison will be held at Blue Ridge Funeral Home in Prosperity with Pastor Tim Mitchem officiating. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Monday evening, October 21, and her funeral will be held on Tuesday, October 22, at 1 p.m. Following the services Mrs. Jamison will be laid to rest at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Prosperity.
The family would like to give a loving thanks to the Ladies of the Church for coming and staying with Betty during her illness and for the food they prepared for the family.
The family would like to also suggest an alternative to flowers, a donation in the Memory of Betty be made to the Hospice of Southern West Virginia or the Bowers Hospice House. These two organizations were absolutely outstanding in their assistance to Betty and her family during her battle with Leukemia.
Online condolences and other information can be found by visiting www.blueridgefuneralhome.com.
Blue Ridge Funeral Home, 5251 Robert C. Byrd Drive, Beckley, is in charge of the arrangements.
- Richard Pierson Summers
SUMMERS, Richard Pierson, 73, of Blaine Chermont Road, Bridgeport, Ohio, passed Tuesday June 18, 2013, at home.
- Joan Gay Sweptson Stevens
Joan G Swepston Stevens, 76, of Beckley WV lost her battle with ALS on July 11 2016. With a strong faith she fought her battle until the end and never gave up hope. Born March 27, 1940 in Hinton WV she was the only child of Charles Roy Swepston and Dorothy Evelyn Sheppard Swepston.
Joan was a retired switchboard operator/receptionist at First Community Bank in Beckley. Everyone who knew her,loved her. She loved her family and friends with all her heart and never met a stranger.
Her granddaughters were the light of her life. She loved attending all of their softball/volleyball games and was their biggest fan.
She was preceded in death by her Father, Mother and beloved dog, Chewey.
She is survived by her only child, Donna Stevens Nary and her husband, Danny L Nary Jr of Greenville, SC, her granddaughters, Ashleigh Nicole Nary of Elgin, SC, Katie Noelle Nary of Greenville, SC. and the father of Donna, William D. Stevens of Brandywine, MD. She is also survived by nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.
- Lorene Vivian Taylor-Widner
WALKERTOWN – Lorene Taylor Widner, 70, passed away Thursday, October 29th, 2009 at Oak Forest Health and Rehabilitation. She was born April 01, 1939 in Raleigh Co., WV to the late Arlie and Pearl Pennington Taylor.
Mrs. Widner was a member of Gospel Light Baptist Church for over 42 years. She was married to Ernest Franklin Widner, who was the manager for many years at Paragon Food Center in Winston Salem.
Surviving are her husband Ernest Widner of Walkertown; daughters, Kristen Allen and husband Jeffrey of Belews Creek, Kathy Dix and husband Tim of Walnut Cive, Suzanne Juoska of Walkertown; four grandchildren, Erin Waddell and husband Bryan, Jared Covington and wife Natalia, Andrew Juoska, Emma Allen; one great-grand child, Levi W. Covington; three brothers, Ronald Taylor of Kernersville, Levi Taylor of Reidsville, and Arlie Taylor of Shady Springs, WV.
A funeral service will be conducted at 3:00 p.m., Sunday, November 01, 2009 at Gospel Light Baptist Church with Dr. Bobby Roberson officiating. Burial will follow in Gardens of Memory in Walkertown. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church.
Hayworth Miller Kernersville Chapel is assisting the Widner family.
Memorials may be made to Gideon’s International, PO Box 5811, Winsten Salem, NC 27113-5811.
- Teresa Alpha Thompson
Miss Theresa Alpha Thompson, 17, of 116 Earhart Street died at her residence yesterday at 7:45 a.m. after an illness of 15 months.
She was born in Beckley on February 28, 1940, a daughter of Kelly Lee and Gladys Irene Lawrence Thompson.
She was an active member of the First Baptist Church where she was active in all young people organizations, the National Honor Society and a member of the White Sulphur Springs High School Band for one year.
In addition to her parents she is survived by one brother, Lawrence Hugh at home; one sister, Irene Marie at home and her paternal grandmother, Mrs. O.E. Miller of Beckley.
Funeral services are tentatively scheduled for 2:00 p.m. tomorrow at the First Baptist Church. Services will be conducted by Dr. Alvin J. Cook.
Burial will be in the Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens.
The body will be taken from Melton Mortuary to the residence at 2:00 p.m. today
- George Winton Thompson
- Michael ‘Grover’ Trent
Michael Grover Trent of Eugene (Oregon) died of cancer May 22  at age 55. No service will be held.
Trent was born Nov. 18, 1937, in Besoco, W.V. He married Sue Vogel in Roanoke, Ill., on October 15, 1960.
Trent served four years in the Air Force and worked for The Boeing Co. in Seattle before moving to Eugene, where he worked 22 years as a communications technician at Northwest Pipeline Corp.
In addition to his wife, Trent is survived by a son Robert, and a daughter Marnie, both of Eugene; a brother, Reginald of Eliot, Maine; and a sister, Willis Mae Duran of San Francisco.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Sacred Heart Medical Center Foundation, P.O. Box 10905, Eugene, Ore. 97440, or to the American Cancer Society. England’s Eugene Memorial Chapel is in charge of cremation.
My brother Grover, graduated with me and the other Crab Orchard kids in May of 1953 or 1954 from Beckley Junior High School. He was in Woodrow Wilson High School until I think it was 1955 or 1956 and then he left WWHS and joined the Air Force. He got his diploma once he joined the Air Force by going to school in the service and then Mr. Peregoy approved his graduation. This is the reason his picture is not in the year book. There should be pictures of Grover in maybe 1955 as one of the cheerleaders because he cheered with Jake Jenkins at WWHS. His name would probably be down as Michael Grover Trent. There is a picture of Grover with two girls in the 1957 year book on the page called “Snaps” and it is the first picture on that page.
Willis Mae Trent-Duran, WWHS Class of 1957
- Laura Charlotte Tolliver-Farley
Pensacola, Fla. – Laura Charlotte Tolliver-Farley, formerly of Beckley, entered the kingdom of God at 3:40 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2002, following an extended illness.
Mrs. Farley was the daughter of the late Charles G. Tolliver and Nellie I. Tolliver
She was preceded in death by her husband, Arlie Farley; and brothers and sisters, James S. Tolliver, Robert T. Tolliver, Dorthy L. Wardup, Maejory M. Butterick and Thelma M. Phillips
Survivors include her children, Arlie J. Farley of Middletown, R.I., Robinet Ford Robbins of Pensacola, Fla.; a granddaughter, Debra Sue Vatovec of Lakenheath Air Force Base, England; brother and sisters, Rolland A. Tolliver and wife Drema, of Eastpointe, Mich., Alfreda D. Hyde of Pensacola, Fla., Arzella C. Cox of Stanaford, Loretta Hartzog and husband Buford, of MacArthur, Meleta B. Tolliver of Beckley and Naomi C. Brooke of Beckley; and many amny nieces, nephews and cousins.
Service will be 1 p.m. Sunday at Rose and Quesenberry Peace Chapel, Beckley with the Rev. Troy W. Simmons officiating. Private viewing for family only will be at 11 a.m.
Burial will follow at Farley Vest Cemetery, White Oak Mountain.
Arrangements by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, Beckley.
- Gloria Jean Vaughn-Cochran
MONETA, Va. — Gloria Jean Cochran, 66, formerly of MacArthur, passed away Saturday Sept. 22, 2007.
Graveside service will be 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, at Mountain View Cemetery, Vinton, Va. Family will receive friends 6 to 8 p.m. today at Oakey’s Funeral Service Vinton Chapel.
Submitted by Calfee Funeral Home, Beckley.
- James Franklin Walker
Fairfax, Va. – James Franklin Walker, 61, died Tuesday, June 11, 2002, in Chicago of natural causes.
Born Sept., 5, 1940, in Skelton, he was the son of the late James C. and Grace Walker of Beckley.
Mr. Walker was vice president for field service for the National Telephone Cooperative in Arlington, Va.
Previously he was a teacher in the Raleigh County School District in West Virginia. He graduated from Concord College in Athens and Woodrow Wilson High School.
Survivors include his wife, Marcee Christian Walker; two daughters, Mary Lane Wigren and her husband, Eric, of Lorton, Va., and Lisa Escobar and her husband, Alan, of Leesburg, Va; a son, James Christian Walker of Fairfax, Va.; three grandsons, Taylor Gordy and Max Wigren of Lorton and Zachary Escobar of Leesburg; and a sister, Mary Catherine Chandler of Beckley.
Visitation will be 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at Melton Mortuary Chapel, in Beckley. Interment will be private.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 12110, Charleston, WV 25302.
Arrangements by Melton Mortuary, Beckley.
- Annete Yvonne Walney-Treadway
Mrs. Annette Yvonne Treadway of Matthews, became an Angel in Heaven, after being one on earth. After a courageous 5 year battle with breast, liver, and brain cancer, she went to be with her Lord on October 15, 2002, while she was in Florida visiting her mother and the beach she so dearly loved.
Annette was a graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School in Beckley, WV in 1958, and then went on to become a Registered Nurse graduating from St. Mary’s School of Nursing in Huntington, WV in 1961.
In 1971, Annette, her husband and two daughters relocated to Matthews NC, so her husband could finish his 22 year career in the United States Navy at Camp Lejune and then the Navy Reserves in Charlotte. Shortly after moving to North Carolina in 1972 Annette became a devoted and caring nurse at Mercy Hospital Main, in Charlotte for over 30 years. She was dedicated to her profession and her patients. She loved working and taking care of her patients more than anything; even when she was on chemotherapy she pulled herself together and went to work to take care of others. Even at her weakest she wanted to be able to go back to work. She took care of her family most of all, never judging always prepared, always thinking ahead. Never once did she forget a birthday or special occasion; never did she put herself first. She did not want to leave this earth because she did not want to leave her best friend, her husband, Howard. Never once did he leave her side; he would pick her up and together they would face the next day. One day they will be together again eternally.
Annette is preceded in death by her father Walter F. Walney. She is survived by her mother Ethel Yvette Walney, of Ocala, Florida. She leaves behind to cherish her memory, her husband and best friend of 38 years, Howard A. Treadway; 2 daughters, who will try to carry on her caring and nurturing ways and live life with the memory of a beautiful and loving mother, Theresa Lynne Berry and husband Sam P. Berry of Indian Trail, NC, and Anita Craig-Bennett and husband David Michael Bennett, of Pineville; 3 grandsons she so deeply loved, R. Justin Craig, Christopher Lee Caston, and Robert Calvin Craig III (Bobby); 2 step-grandsons, Brikk M. Bennett and Ethan Gage Bennett; her sister who she loved so much, Rita Yvette Gwinn and husband Rex Randolph Gwinn of Taylor, SC; her nephew and oldest Godson, Timothy Lee Gwinn and wife Lora and their 3 children, Stephanie, Michael, and her youngest Godson Matthew, of Philadelphia, PA; nephews, Anthony Bryan Gwinn and Stephan R. Gwinn, and niece Michelle Yvette Gwinn, all of Taylor, SC; and many, many, many more brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, cousins, nieces and nephews, and special friends. She will watch over each and all of you.
The family wants to thank Dr. Mitchell and the staff at Piedmont Oncology in Charlotte, Dr. Tater and staff at Boman Gray at Wake Forest University, Munroe Regional Medical Center SICU, her nurse Diane and staff in Ocala, Florida, and all her friends who stood by her, Malinda, Judy, Nancy, Barbara, and everyone at Mercy Hospital she loved so much. Pallbearers will be David M. Bennett, Sam P. Berry, R. Justin Craig, Christopher Lee Caston, Robert Calvin Craig III and Brikk M. Bennett.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted from the Sanctuary of St. Gabriel Catholic Church at 12:30 p.m. Monday, with Father Richard Bellow, celebrant. Interment will follow at Forest Lawn East Cemetery. Visitation will be on Sunday evening from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Heritage Funeral Home, 4431 Old Monroe Road. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 500 E. Morehead St., Suite 211, Charlotte, NC 28202.
Funeral Arrangements for the family of Mrs. Treadway are in the care of Heritage Funeral Home, Indian Trail/Matthews. From the Charlotte Observer.
- William Roderick ‘Roddy’ Wood
William Roderick “Rod” Wood, 56, of Chestnut Drive, Beckley, died Wednesdy, Sept. 18, 1996, at his home.
Born March 26, 1940, at Crab Orchard, he was the son of Trixie Butler Wood Shifleh of Ocala, Fla., and the late William Franklin Wood.
Mr. Wood spent his childhood at MacArthur, attended Woodrow Wilson High School, had been employed by Maben Energy, was a Vietnam Conflict veteran serving in the U.S. Air Force, and was recipient of the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal.
Other survivors include his wife, Alma Jewell Hoskins Wood, a son, Rupert “Rupie” Phillips of Man, three daughters, Mrs. Danny (Karen) Farley of Crab Orchard, Mrs. Craig (Ashley) Conger of Huntersville, N.C., and Christina Phillips, with the U.S. Navy in Virginia Beach, Va.; two grandchildren, Amanda and Eric Farley; a brother, Steve Wood of Hurricane; a sister, Mrs. Chester (Sherry) Lovett of Charleston, and his step-father, Jim Shifleh of Ocala, Fla.
Committal services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Sunset Memorial Park Mausoleum, Beckley with the Rev. Randy Pugh officiating. Entombment will follow.
Friends may call 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. today at Melton Mortuary, Beckley.
Those attending the service are asked to meet at the funeral home by 10:30 a.m. Saturday.
Military graveside rites will be conducted by Oak Hill VFW Post No. 3110.
Arrangements by Melton Mortuary, Beckley.
- Shirley Wooten Dinsmore
Shirley Jean Wooten Dinsmore, age 71 of Beckley, passed away on Monday March 5, 2012, at her home following a long illness. Born on May 20, 1940, in Dott, W.Va., Mercer County, she was the daughter of the late James Blaine and Nellie Lydia Taylor Wooten. Mrs. Dinsmore was a retired cook for the Raleigh County School System, last working at Independence Junior High School at Coal City, W.Va. She was a long time member of the Mabscott Christian Baptist Church. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Samuel Earl Dinsmore; a daughter, Elaine Coalson of Charleston, S.C.; a step daughter, Jewel Baugman, a stepson Rodney Dinsmore, both of Virginia, and a great grandchild Aiden Bryce Coalson. Those left to cherish her memory are two daughters, Teresa Dinsmore Terry and her fiancé Doug Bryant of Beckley, and Karen Anne Dinsmore of Beckley; a step daughter Anita Dinsmore Long of Maryland; two sisters, Wanda Gail Wooten of Daniels and Bonnie Wooten Gray of Beckley. Eight grandchildren, five step grandchildren, fifteen great grandchildren, and many other extended family members and friends. Special thanks go to sister-in-law Donna Wooten from Fort Wayne, Ind., and to the Hospice of Southern WV Team for their love, kindness, and support. Funeral services will be conducted to Celebrate The Life Of Shirley Jean Dinsmore on Wednesday March 7, 2012, at 1 p.m. at the Rose and Quesenberry Peace Chapel in Beckley with Pastor Harmon Davis and Pastor Doug Holley officiating. Burial will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens at Prosperity. Friends may visit with the family from 11 a.m. until service time of Wednesday. Pallbearers will be Chris Coalson, Brian Higginbotham, James Gwinn, Josh Coalson, Zac Nelson, and Dan Foley. Online condolences may be sent to our guestbook at www.roseandquesenberry. net In lieu of flowers, donations of sympathy may be made to Hospice of Southern WV, P.O. Box 1472, Beckley, WV or to the Gideons International for the purchase of Bibles. Arrangements are by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, 1901 South Kanawha Street, Beckley.
- Delmer Ray Worley
Delmer Ray Worley, age 67, of Amelia, passed away on September 12, 2006.
He is survived by his wife, Patricia Ann (Smith) Worley; son, Michael and wife Shannon of Amelia; brother, Dennis Worley of Beckley, WV; sisters Rita Settle and husband Norman of Powhatan, Va. and Drema Roach of Shady Springs, WV; three grandchildren, Hannah Beth, Shane Elias, and Lauren Virginia Worley of Amelia; and devoted sister in law and brother in law Sugar and Melvin Bostick of Grafton, Ohio.
He was preceded in death by his son, Scott Raymond Worley.
The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 pm on Friday, September 15, 2006 at Hillsman Hix Funeral Home, 16409 Court Street, Amelia, with a memorial service to follow at 7p.m. Interment will be private.
Contributions may be made to the Amelia Rescue Squad.
- Edna Wriston Quesenberry
Edna Wriston Quesenberry, age 75 of Beckley, passed away on Friday February 26, 2016 surrounded by her family at the Bowers Hospice House in Beckley.
Born on April 21, 1940 in Maple Fork, WV , she was the daughter of the late Wilber Wriston and Olive Haught Wriston.
Mrs. Quesenberry was a former employee of the G.C. Murphy Company in Beckley and Warrenizing Cleaners in Beckley.
She enjoyed Bible study, loved her flowers, and had volunteered at Helping Hands.
Mrs. Quesenberry was a member of the Joyful Life Baptist Church in Beckley.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Harry Quesenberry, and a brother Denvil Wriston.
Those survivors left to cherish her memory include her sons, Jimmy Wriston and his wife Connie of Maple Fork, Johnny Wriston and his wife Sandra of Maple Fork, and Mark Quesenberry and his wife Carmella of Layland, WV. Two sisters, Wilma Wriston Reed of Beckley, and Garnet Wriston Mooney of Beckley. Nine grandchildren and five great grandchildren also survive.
Funeral services will be conducted at the Rose and Quesenberry Peace Chapel in Beckley on Tuesday March 1, 2016 at 1PM with Dr. Phil Smith officiating.
Friends may visit with the family from 11 AM until service time on Tuesday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the family in care of, Garnet Mooney, 313 Temple Street, Beckley, WV. 25801.
Private online condolences, floral tributes, and other expressions of sympathy may be directed to the family via our guestbook at www.roseandquesenberry.net.
Arrangements are by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, 1901 South Kanawha Street, Beckley, WV.
- Harold W. Yost, Jr.
HAGERSTOWN, MD – Harold W. Yost, Jr., 62, formerly of Raleigh, died Tuesday, March 13, 2001, at his home following a short illness.
Born July 15, 1938, he was the son of Harold W. Yost, Sr. of Raleigh and the late Mary Ann Hilton Yost.
Mr. Yost was a professional floor mechanic and had been a resident of Maryland for more than 40 years.
Other survivors besides his father include two sisters, Ethel Yost of Raleigh and Patricia Ann Hartley and her husband, Wayne, of Bluefield.
Serice will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens Mausoleum with the Rev. Cleve Allen officiating, with burial immediately following. Family members will serve as pallbearers.
The family resectfully requests that flowers be omitted.
Arrangements by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, Beckley.