The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

December 13, 2013

Obituaries — Friday, Dec. 13, 2013

Chester Cantley

ANDERSON, Ind. — Owen (Chester) Cantley, 90, formerly of Rock Creek, died Nov. 6, 2013.

Memorial services were 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at Park Place Church of God, Anderson, Ind., with Pastor David Markle and Pastor Carma Wood officiating.

In lieu of flowers, friends and family are asked to make contributions to Park Place Church of God Children’s Center Food Pantry or Heartland Hospice in Indianapolis.

Arrangements by Robert D. Loose Funeral Homes & Crematory, Anderson, Ind.

Jerry Lee Cole

Jerry Lee Cole, 56, of Beckley, passed away Wednesday, December 11, 2013, at Bowers Hospice House following a long illness.

Born July 8, 1957, he was the son of the late Lee and Eleanor Cole.

He is survived by several aunts, uncles and cousins as well as by numerous friends and neighbors.

Jerry was anxious to spend Christmas in Heaven with His Savior.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Friday, December 13, 2013, in the Calfee Funeral Home Chapel with Jerry’s Pastor Steven Beverly of the Beckley Regular Baptist Church officiating. Burial will follow in Sunset Memorial Park. Friends may call one hour prior to the service on Friday.

Special thanks to the caring staff of Hilltop Center and Bowers Hospice House.

In lieu of flowers please make donations to Bowers Hospice House, 454 Cranberry Drive, Beckley, WV 25801.

Online condolences may be left at

Arrangements by Calfee Funeral Home, Beckley.

Dempsey F. Cyrus

GREEN SULPHUR SPRINGS — Dempsey F. Cyrus, 85, of Green Sulphur Springs, passed away Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, at Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors Chapel. Burial will follow in the Hicks-Cyrus Cemetery on Shepherd Mountain. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral parlors.

Condolences may be sent to the family at

Arrangements are by the Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors of Hinton.

Charles David Dorsey

DRENNEN — Charles David Dorsey, 47, of Drennen, died Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, in the White Funeral Home at Summersville. Interment will follow in the Walker Memorial Park at Summersville. Friends may call one hour prior to the services Saturday at the funeral home.

Condolences may be sent to the family at

George William Doss Jr.

OAKLAND, Md. — George William Doss Jr., 54, of Oakland, passed away Sunday, December 8, 2013, at his home.

Born April 28, 1959, he was preceded in death by his parents, Buddy and Shelby Doss; his brother, Wayne Doss; maternal and paternal grandparents, Barney and Geneva Geneseo and George and Annie May Doss.

Those left to cherish his memory include his sisters, Terri Wrinkle and husband, Robert, of Crab Orchard and Tina Doss of McAlpin; sister-in-law, Elva Doss of Sophia; nephew, Mark Doss of McAlpin; two nieces, Keri Hatcher of MacArthur and Samantha Chapman of Sophia; great-nephew, Trey Hatcher, great-nieces, Lily Hatcher both of MacArthur and Cadence Meadows of Charleston; many cousins, uncles, aunts, and friends.

George loved watching all sports and playing with his dogs.

The family would like to give a special thank you to Randall Skeevers and his family from Maryland. You made George feel like a part of your family and for that you will always be a part of our family and we love you all for that.

A celebration of George William Doss Jr.’s life will be held Friday, December 13, 2013, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Williams-Blue Ridge Funeral Home, 101 1st St., Sophia, with an opportunity to share memories at 7 p.m.

Online condolences and other information can be found by visiting

Williams-Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Sophia, is honored to be serving the Doss family.

Joan ‘Cookie’ Powell Edmonds

HENDERSON, N.C. — Joan “Cookie” Powell Edmonds, of Henderson, formerly of Beckley, departed this life peacefully on Saturday, December 7, 2013, at Duke University Hospital in Durham, N.C.

Born in Winding Gulf, W.Va., Joan was the daughter of the late Junior and Elnora Powell of Beckley.

Cookie graduated from Stratton High School Class of 1960.

She accepted Christ at an early age and was baptized at Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Beckley. Joan had an unconditional love for children and devoted her life to providing social services to families in need throughout West Virginia, New Jersey and North Carolina. The children and families that she nurtured and assisted are too numerous to list. Joan possessed a knowledge and passion for bowling and tennis that she passed along to her husband, family and community.

Joan graduated from Essex County College in Newark, N.J., where she received an Associate Business Degree and worked for Public Service Gas and Electric for more than twenty years. Following relocation to Henderson, N.C., Joan worked for the Vance County Social Services Department of Adult Medicaid as a supervisor.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sisters, Mary Hannah and Eunice Reeves, and brother, James Powell.

Joan leaves to cherish her memory her devoted husband of 46 years, Jerry Edmonds Jr.; son, Jerry (Dorcel) Edmonds III of Milwaukee, Wis.; two grandchildren, Jerrica Edmonds of Memphis, Tenn., and Jerry Edmonds IV of Bowling Green, Ky.; sisters, Lynda (David) Powell Cole of Dallas, Texas and Deborah (Ray) Powell Williams of Grand Rapids, Mich.; brothers William (Myrna) Powell of Baltimore, Md., Nathaniel (Effie) Powell of Baltimore, Md., and Raymond Powell of St. Petersburg, Fla.; aunt, Beulah Chambers of Harrisburg, Pa.; mother-in-law, Parthenia Edmonds, 98 years old, of Beckley; and a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

Funeral service will be 1 p.m. Saturday, December 14, 2013, at Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 142 Mool Avenue, Beckley, with Rev. Thomas V. Moore and Rev. Nelson Staples III officiating. Burial will follow in Greenwood Memorial Park, Beckley.

Friends may call one hour prior to the service at the church.

Condolences may be e-mailed to ritchie-johnson@suddenlinkmail.

Arrangements entrusted to Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.

Joan Winifred Flerx

LEWISBURG — Joan Winifred Flerx of Lewisburg passed away Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013.

At Mrs. Flerx’s request her body was cremated. Memorial services will be at a later date.

Groves Funeral Home in Union is in charge of arrangements.

Helen Keith Lowe Killman

Jan. 18, 1939 – Dec. 10, 2013

Helen Keith Lowe Killman, the blond-haired blue-eyed beauty who turned heads wherever she went, departed this temporal earthly realm for everlasting life and peace on December 10, 2013.

Helen was born to William and Thelma Lowe on January 18, 1939, in Beckley. She was predeceased by her parents, her only sibling, Donald Earl Lowe, and by her dear husband, Samuel Henry Killman III. Those left to cherish her include three children, Sam Killman IV of Wilmington, N.C.; Sharon Drennan (Rob) of Charlotte, N.C.; Jack Killman (Rachelle) of Matthews, N.C.; four grandchildren, Sam Killman V and Jesse Killman of Wilmington, N.C., Aaron Killman, USMC, and Avery Killman of Wilmington, N.C.; many beloved cousins, in-laws, nieces, nephews, friends and neighbors.

Helen never met a stranger; she made friends easily and maintained lifelong relationships over time and distance. She created a swathe of joyful fun from her childhood in Beckley, to her life in Charlotte where she married Sam in 1957, put herself through college and practiced nursing at what was then Charlotte Memorial Hospital. At CMH, she cared for newborn babies and then served as Head Nurse of the Psychiatric Unit. From there, Helen and Sam moved to Myrtle Beach, SC, where she continued her education, this time in Fine Arts. She was a multimedia artist, painter and accomplished photographer. Finally, Helen and Sam settled in Wrightsville Beach/Wilmington where she enjoyed a life of retirement enriched by her family, friends, neighbors and involvement in community arts and activities.

Through it all, Helen put her family and others first, being Sam’s biggest fan and supporter of his policing career, concerned for the happiness of her children and grandchildren and committed to fair treatment of all people.

For a while, there were many perfect days filled with sunshine, sea breeze and music. But after cancer took Sam away, this earthly life became ever more difficult until it became impossible. Helen died peacefully at home as her elder son sat vigil.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, December 14, 2013, at Andrews Mortuary Valley Chapel, 4108 College Road, Wilmington, N.C. Family will receive visitors one hour prior. Burial will follow at Oleander Memorial Gardens, 306 Bradley Drive.

Her children would like to thank our mother’s doctors, neighbors and extended family for their care, love and prayers. If anyone is moved to remember Helen with a gift, please contribute to your local Humane Society for animals.

Condolences to the family at

Delores Priscilla Mullins

MILL CREEK — Delores Priscilla Mullins, 69, of Mill Creek, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, December 10, 2013, following a short illness.

Born August 8, 1944, she was the daughter of the late Ausie and Blanche “Bell” Blankenship of Rockhouse.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Bobbi Jo; her ex-husband, Michael E. Mullins Sr.; two great-grandchildren, Angel Mullins and Anrek Steele; four brothers, Truman, Truble, Lacy and Danny; and four sisters, Estaliane, Evelyn, Eldean and Mildred.

Those left to mourn her loss are two sons, Michael E. Mullins Jr. and his wife, Patty, and Phillip Mullins and his wife, Donna, all of Mill Creek; a daughter, Michelle Lynn Lester and her husband, Dale, of Baileysville; two grandsons, Michael Shawn Mullins and Samuel Steele; four granddaughters, Samantha Mullins, Candace Mullins, Heather McNeil and Priscilla Mullins; one great-grandson, Cameron Mullins; two sisters, Shirley Harvey of Matheny and Betty Sue Thorngill of Oklahoma; a brother, Roger Blankenship of Crouch’s Farm; a very special friend, Betty Lester; and a host of family and friends.

A celebration of Delores’ life will be 1 p.m. Saturday, December 14, 2013, at Evans Funeral Home Memorial Chapel, Oceana. The Rev. Lewis Stafford and Rev. Bill Massey will officiate. Interment will follow at Palm Memorial Gardens, Matheny. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers. The family will receive friends from 12 noon until time of service Saturday, at the funeral home.

Those wishing to share condolences with the family may do so at

Evans Funeral Home of Oceana is serving the Mullins family.

Gregory A. Svonavec

Gregory A. Svonavec, 53, of Beckley, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013.

Online condolences may be left at

Arrangements by Calfee Funeral Home, Beckley.

Jack Thompson

LOGAN — Jack Thompson, 77, of Logan, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013.

Graveside services with military honors will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, with the Rev. Keith McClung officiating at Forest Lawn Cemetery.

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Honaker Funeral Home of Logan is in charge of the arrangements.

Fred B. Treadway

PETERSTOWN — Fred B. Treadway, 63, of Peterstown, a native of Stotesbury, passed away Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013. 

A memorial service will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, at the Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor J.C. Finley officiating. Burial will follow in the Karnes Cemetery, Peterstown, with military rites by American Legion #311, VFW #6000, American Legion #68 and Rowe Jones #145. Visitation will be noon until time of the service at 2 p.m. at the funeral home.

Online guestbook can be signed or condolences may be sent to the Treadway family at

Arrangements by Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home, Peterstown.

Carrie Lynn Hosler Withrow

SCARBRO — Carrie Lynn Hosler Withrow, 40, the beloved wife of Earl K. Withrow of Scarbro, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, December 9, 2013.

Born June 7, 1973, at Elkhart, Ind., she was the daughter of Robert and Martha Grimsley Hosler of Elkhart, Ind.

She was a member of the Spirit and Truth Ministries, Oak Hill.

Carrie was a graduate of Elkhart Central High School, Elkhart, Ind. She will long be remembered for her love of life, her joy of singing and karaoke, and her endearment to all things “Mickey Mouse.”

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Evelyn and Fred Wilson of Elkhart, Ind.; grandmother, Charlene Hosler of Elkhart, Ind.; and Judy Bair of New Albany, Ind., all of whom she adored.

In addition to her devoted parents and beloved husband, she leaves her memories to be cherished by her loving daughter, Brittany Hosler; stepsons, Joshua and Raymond Withrow of Oak Hill; sister, Melissa (Joseph) Withrow of Elkhart, Ind.; her adoring grandchildren, Kaleighana Edmond, K’vion Miller and Kamron Painter all of Oak Hill; and numerous nieces and nephews she held dearly to her heart.

Funeral services will be on Saturday, December 14, 2013, at 2 p.m. at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill with Rev. Sam R. Calloway Jr. officiating. She will be cremated following the service.

Friends may call one hour prior to the service on Saturday at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.