The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

September 20, 2012

Obituaries - Thursday, September 20, 2012


June Craddock

OAK HILL — June Craddock, age 79, of Oak Hill, passed away on Wednesday, September 19, 2012.

Private online condolences and other information available at roseandquesenberry.net

Arrangements pending with Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, 1901 South Kanawha Street in Beckley.

M.A. ‘Tony’ Grimmett

HINTON — M.A. “Tony” Grimmett, 73, of Hinton, passed away Tuesday, September 18, 2012, following a long illness.

Arrangements are incomplete at this time at the Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors in Hinton.

Teddy H. Hanshaw

BRENTON — Teddy H. Hanshaw, 77, of Brenton, passed away on Sunday, September 16, 2012, at Welch Community Hospital.

Born October 30, 1934 in Baileysville, he was the son of the late Richard and Elizabeth Toler Hanshaw.

He was a retired state road worker for the Division of Highways.

Teddy was preceded in death by his parents, six brothers and three sisters. Those who are left to cherish his memories include his loving wife of 53 years Alice Faye Toler Hanshaw; four sons Rickey (Sherry) Hanshaw Sr. of Coal Mountain, Jeffery Lee (Jeanette) of Harriman, Tenn., William Wyatt (Patti) Hanshaw of Mullens and Jamie (Kelli) Hanshaw of Oceana; a daughter Rebecca Hanshaw of Pineville; 10 grandchildren, Rickey Hanshaw Jr. (girl friend Jessica), Nicole “Cole Bucket” (Preston) Cumbie, Brittani “Red” Hanshaw, Jayson Hanshaw, Amber Hanshaw, Christopher (Veronica) Hanshaw, Kody (Kayla) Paynter, Stephen Sammons, Brooklyn Hanshaw and Hunter Hanshaw; nine step grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; a nephew John L. (Gloria) Hanshaw of Skin Fork; and many other nieces, nephews and other loving family and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m.  Friday, September 21, 2012, at the Sunhill Freewill Baptist Church with Pastor Nub Blankenship and Rev. Alan Blankenship officiating. He will be laid to rest in the Hatfield Cemetery, Coal Mountain.

Friends may gather with the family after 6 p.m. Thursday at the church.

Pallbearers will be family and friends.

E-mail letters of sympathy may be sent at www.staffordfamilyfuneralhome.com

The family is being served by the Stafford Family Funeral Home, Lynco.

Hilda Hoston

Mrs. Hilda Hoston, of Beckley, died Sunday, September 16,2012.

Service will be 1 p.m., Saturday, September 22, 2012, at Central Baptist Church, Brooks and G. Street, Beckley. Burial will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Prosperity. Friends may call one hour prior to the service at the church.

Condolences may be emailed to ritchie-johnson@suddenlinkmail.com

Arrangements entrusted to Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.

Annabel L. Hughes

Annabel L. Hughes, 91, of Maxwelton, passed away Tuesday, September 18, 2012, at Greenbrier Valley Medical Center

Born March 21, 1921, at Vago, she was the daughter of the late Andrew Lee and Ada Virginia Boone Yates.

Upon graduation, Annabel left and helped other “Rosies The Riveter,” making gas masks for the soldiers during World War II at the Goodyear Plant in Akron, Ohio. She retired as correctional officer from the Federal Bureau of Prisons. After her retirement she also worked at the Greenbrier Manor. She was also a charter member of the “Blue Haired Women of Green Lane Beauty Salon in Lewisburg. Annabel was a member of the Emmanuel Open Bible Church, formerly Neal Chapel and was a very caring mother and grandmother with interest in gardening and farming. Annabel always found good in everyone she knew.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by husband, Jesse Ray Hughes; daughter, Wanda June Hughes; sisters, Beatrice and Ruth; brother Alex “Eck” Yates and a grandson James Perry.

Surviving include daughter, Donna Huffman of Maxwelton; sons, Mitchell (Kathryn) Hughes of Frankford and Mark (Mickie) Hughes of Maxwelton; grandchildren, Scott (Angel) Huffman, Legend Huffman and Katie Hughes, sisters, Lula Collins, Phyllis Dotson and Betty Hughes all of Frankford.

Services will be noon on Friday, September, 21, 2012, at the Emmanuel Open Bible Church with Rev. Lula Collins and Rev’s Gary and Debbie Devart. Burial will follow at the Lewis Chapel Cemetery in Vago.

Friends may call on Thursday September 20, 2012, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home in Lewisburg.

Please send online condolences by visiting www.wallaceandwallacefh.com

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Lewisburg.

Raymond ‘Bub’ C. Hungate II

WOODBRIDGE, Va. — Raymond “Bub” C. Hungate II, 49, of Woodbridge, Va., passed away Monday, September 17, 2012.

Born September 25, 1962, he was the son of Raymond “Red” Hungate and Marketa “Kitty” Hornsby Hungate.

Raymond loved NASCAR racing. He had season tickets for all the races. Raymond was a 1980 graduate of Independence High School. He also proudly served with the U.S. Army.

Raymond is preceded in death by his nephew Chris Wills and brother-in-law, Bob Brown.

Those left to cherish his memory include his parents, Raymond “Red” Hungate and Marketa “Kitty” Hungate of Ghent; sisters, Judy Wills and husband Vaughn of Princewick, Miranda Brown of Ghent; niece, Erica Cunningham of Ghent and nephew, Jeremy Cunningham; also numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.

A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.blueridgefuneralhome.com

Arrangements by Blue Ridge Funeral Home, 5251 Robert C. Byrd Drive, Beckley.  

Sharon Lea De Leon

Sharon Lea De Leon, 72, of Beckley, passed away Monday, Sept. 17, 2012, following a long illness.

Arrangements by Durgan Funeral Home, Beckley.

Valerie Lilly

Valerie Lilly, age 44, of Beckley, passed away on September 9, 2012, at her home.

In keeping with Valerie’s wishes she was cremated and there will be no services.

Private online condolences and other information available at roseandquesenberry.net

Arrangements with Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, 1901 South Kanawha Street in Beckley.

Curtiss Lee Maddox

Infant Curtiss Lee Maddox, of Beckley, died Monday, Sept. 17, 2012.

Graveside service will be 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 21, 2012, at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Prosperity.

Arrangements entrusted to Ritchie and Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.

Thomas ‘Mike’ McQuain

HURRICANE — Thomas “Mike” McQuain, 69, of Hurricane, W.Va., passed away Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2012, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Huntington, following a short illness.

Born Aug. 9, 1943, at Newton, W.Va., he was the son of the late Charles R. McQuain and Virginia R. Halsey McQuain Hall.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Hilda Faye Huffman McQuain on Sept. 18, 2011; his step father, George Hall; four sisters, Haley Cordial, Shirley McQuain, Judy Hall and Ethel McQuain; four brothers, Pat McQuain, Earl McQuain, Kenny McQuain, and Guy McQuain.

Mike was a U.S. Air Force veteran, and a member of Midland Trail Masonic Lodge No. 166 A.F. and A.M. He was retired from CSX Railroad as a supervisor of train operations.

Survivors include three daughters, Debra Canfield and husband, Carl of Charmco, Shelly Adkins and husband, Allen of Beckley, and Kelly Williams and husband, Randy of Huntington; two sons, Jimmy Walkup and wife, Patricia of Rainelle, and Jeffrey Walkup and wife, Tessa of Charleston, W.Va.; three sisters, Betty Dillon of Baltimore, Md., Gail Hanshew of Green Sulphur Springs, and Charlotte Finigan of Flemington, N.J.; three brothers, Roscoe McQuain of Rainelle, George Hall of Rainelle, and Paul Hall of McRoss, W.Va.; 14 grandchildren, Pappy’s Little Buddy, Paydan, Chastity, Paxton, Courtney, Lindsay, Josh, Eli, Rachel, Megan, Brittany, Taylor, Jeffrey II, Kendra, and Adrianna; 23 great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Services will be 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 21, 2012, at Wallace & Wallace Chapel of Rainelle, with the Rev. Eddie Ray Goddard officiating. Burial will follow in Wallace Memorial Cemetery, Clintonville.

Friends may visit with the family from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday evening at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be sent to www.wallaceandwallacefh.com

Arrangements entrusted to Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Rainelle.

Gazie Joe Pachuta

On Tuesday evening, September 18, 2012, Gazie Joe Pachuta of Beckley, began his final journey to be reunited with his parents Joe and Mary Hritzo Pachuta.

In addition to his parents, Gazie was preceded in death by two sisters, Agnes Dillon and JoAnn Dresser.

He leaves behind his beloved wife of 58 years, Josephine Peelish Pachuta. They were each other’s best friends and cherished every day they spent together.

Also surviving Gazie are two admiring sons, Bob (Nancy) and John (Vickie); and adoring granddaughter, Laura and her three children Sophie, Jayce and Riley. He will be greatly missed by a special great grandson Brian Barnabi.

In addition, he is survived by two sisters, Rosalie Sutyak and Mary Lowe.

Gazie was born in Oswald, W.Va., on September 3, 1929. As a young man, Gazie worked for several local mining companies. He left his mining job to proudly serve in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He returned to mining and later became a printer for BJW Printers where he remained until he retired.

Gazie was a soft-spoken yet strong man. He was admired and adored by his entire family and his passing will create a huge void for all.

On Friday, September 21 at 11 a.m., we will gather at St. Francis de Sales Church to say a fond farewell to our endearing husband, most respected father and loving grandfather. Monsignor Samuel S. Sacus will lead us all as we celebrate Gazies’ earthly life of 83 years and the beginning of his life eternal. There will be visitiation one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens.

Pallbearers will be Ralph Chamarro, Walter Peelish, John Peelish, Joe Voloski, Ron Koontz, and Jimmy Booth.

Online condolences may be left at www.calfeefh.com

The family is being served by Calfee Funeral Home, Beckley.

“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.”

Richard Bruce Pitzer

NITRO — Richard Bruce “Butch” Pitzer, 67, of Nitro, W.Va., passed away peacefully at home on Monday,  September 18, 2012, after a battle with cancer.

Born April 15, 1945, in Hinton, he was the son of the late Gladys Pauline Honaker and Ernest Frank Pitzer.

Mr. Pitzer was reared in Hinton. He was a 1963 graduate of Hinton High School. After graduating he was immediately employed by Western Electric Company, now known as Lucent Technologies until his retirement in 2004. On weekends and evenings Richard also successfully operated several self-employment ventures including The Electronic Broker, The Little Italian Seafood Inn, and B&R Discount and Pawn. He served in the Army National Guard, 150th Armored Calvary from 1965-1971. He served one term as Charleston’s Moose Club Junior Governor in 1971.

He was preceded in death by both parents, and a half brother, Harold Lee (Jinx) Greever. Harold gave his life for his country during his 4th tour of duty in Vietnam in 1969.

Richard is survived by his beloved wife of 49 years, Frances Bennett Pitzer. His daughter, Shelley Rae Hall of Charleston, W.Va., and his son, Bruce Pitzer and wife Brandy of Bishop, W.Va. Also a niece and nephew in Germany, a nephew inCalifornia and a niece and two great nephews in Pennsylvania.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, September 22, 2012, at Pivont Funeral Home Chapel in Hinton,  with Pastor David Mullins officiating. Burial will follow in Greenbrier Burial Park in Hinton.

Friends may call from noon until time of services on Saturday at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be: Randy Meador, Randy Bennett, J.C. Cales, Jason Adkins, Lee Metz, Jerry Redman, Dwight Sisson and Joe Jackson.

Honorary pallbearers will be: Pete Meadows, Chuck Petrey, Bobby Joe Petrey, Herb Blankenship, Wayne Caldwell, Okey Tucker, Junior Gill, Michael Bennett and Raymond Workman.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Hinton No Kill Shelter of the Summers County Humane Society, PO Box 236, Hinton, WV 25951.

Online condolences and guest register at www.pivontfuneralhome.com

Arrangements by Pivont Funeral Home, Hinton.

Samuel H. Riffe

LINDSIDE — Samuel H. Riffe, age 96, of Lindside, passed away Sunday, September 16, 2012.

Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, September 22, 2012, at the Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home Chapel in Peterstown, with Pastor Eugene Fullen officiating. Burial will follow at the Chambers Cemetery, Lindside.

Friends may call from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, September 21, 2012, at the funeral home.

Online guest book can be signed or condolences sent to the Riffe family at www.broyles-shrewsbury.com

Arrangements by Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home, Peterstown.

Florence Smith

Mrs. Florence Smith of Beckley, died Wednesday, September 19, 2012.

Arrangements entrusted to Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.

Raymond Trent

MONROE, Ohio — Raymond Trent, age 80, of Monroe, passed away Tuesday, September 18, 2012 at Atrium Medical Center.

He was born February 13, 1932, in Wharncliffe, W.Va., to William and Mazie (Steele) Trent.

He was a foreman for McGraw and Baker Concrete. Raymond was a member of Faith Pentecostal in Hamilton where he served as an usher and was on the visitation committee.

He is preceded in death by his parents; son, Steve Trent (who has been a police officer for Lemon Township); sibings, Leonard, Carrie, Ina, Ethel and Mary.

Raymond is survived by his wife, Clara Trent of 60 years; daughter, Cindy Trent of Lebanon, Ohio; granddaughter, Ericka Browley of West Virginia; sister, Pearl Cohenour of West Virginia.

A visitation will be held Sunday, September 23, 2012 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Baker-Stevens-Parramore Funeral Home, 1500 Manchester Ave., Middletown, Ohio, with a second visitation will be held Monday, September 24, 2012, from 1 p.m. until time of the service at 2 p.m. at the funeral home with Pastor Rick Witt officiating. Entombment will be at Woodside Cemetery, Middletown, Ohio.

 Memorial contributions may be made to Faith Pentecostal Church, Building Program, 719 Kenworth Drive, Hamilton, Ohio 45013.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.bakerstevensparramore.com

James ‘Jimmy’ Lewis Williams

James “Jimmy” Lewis Williams, 42, of Artie, went home to be with his Heavenly Father on Sunday, September 16, 2012.

He was born April 9, 1970, in Beckley, the son of Ronald “Boyd” Alton and Deloris “Jean” Thompson Williams.

He was preceded in death by a baby brother, James David, grandparents, Horace and Pernie Thompson, Wayburn and Linnie Williams, nephew, Lewis Gene, and special friend, Leffie Jarrell.

Jimmy’s interests include hunting, fishing, ginsenging, four-wheeler riding and hunting with his wife, Kista. He enjoyed all outdoors activities and has the trophy mounts in their home to show his love for his hunting interests. Jimmy enjoyed his time spent with his family and friends. He lived his life to the fullest, including searching and digging up arrowheads and items from his garden. Jimmy was employed throuh Brody Mining most recent with mining being his occupation.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his loving wife of 23 years, Kista Stover Williams; children, Jimmy L. Williams, Johnathan Williams, Courtney Marie, Meagan Kay, Kathryn Paige; brother, Eugene Williams and companion Cheryl; sisters, Donna Stover and husband, Paul and Sherry Taylor and husband Jerry; special hunting buddy and nephew, Aiden Stover; 10 nieces and nephews; special friend and cousin, Little Man, and a beloved pet, “Zoey.”

Jimmy was of the Pentecostal faith, had a strong belief in God and will be sadly missed by his family and friends. We love you Jimmy.

Service will be 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21, 2012, in the Sycamore Free Pentecostal Church, Sycamore, W.Va., with the Revs. Jerry Tyree and Jeff Shea officiating. Burial will follow in the Williams Family Cemetery, White Oak.

Friendsmay call 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the church.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

Arrangements by Armstrong Funeral Home, Whitesville.

Jimmy Ray Wills Jr.

2 Timothy, 4:7

I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.

After a long, courageous battle with cancer, it is with heartbreak and deep sadness we are announcing the passing of Jimmy Ray Wills Jr.

Jimmy was born March 17, 1966, in Covington, Va. He was 46 years old and was the son of Jimmy and Sue Whitman Wills of Madams Creek.

Jimmy was a 1984 graduate of Hinton High School. He began his career as an Emergency Services Operator for the City of Hinton and Summers County. He then became an engineer for the City of Hinton Fire Department. Jimmy was asked to become a member of the Hinton Police Department and upon graduation from the WV State Police Academy accepted the position of patrolman. Jimmy then accepted a position with the Beckley Fire Department as an Engineer and served that department for 22 years. During this same time, he also served as chief deputy for the Summers County Sheriff’s Department and later as assistant chief for the City of Hinton Police Department. He was named Fireman of the Year in 2011 by the Beckley Fire Department in recognition of his proficient and dedicated service to that community. Jimmy enjoyed competitive drag-racing and also owned and operated an auto body shop in Summers County. He was a member of Martha’s Chapel Methodist Church at Madams Creek.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandmother, Idabelle Lilly of Hinton. Also preceded by his paternal grandfather, Clarence Wills of Madams Creek.

Besides his parents, Jimmy is survived by the joy of his life, his precious son, Tyler Cole Wills. His Lil Sis, Libby Meadows and husband Timmy of Madams Creek. His only nephew, Josh Meadows of Madams Creek. His paternal grandmother, Virginia Wills of Madams Creek. He is also survived by two very special people in his life, his fiancée, Melissa Richards and her daughter, Emma Crook. Several uncles and aunts, including his special aunt, Jan Plumley of Hinton, and special uncle, Robert Wills of Madams Creek.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday,  September 21, 2012, at Pivont Funeral Home Chapel in Hinton with Chaplin Charlie Lilly and Pastor Roy Carter officiating. Burial will follow in Restwood Memorial Gardens in Hinton.

Friends may call from 6 until 9 p.m. Thursday evening at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be Jimmy’s colleagues at Beckley Fire Department: Johnny Mann, Donnie Morgan, Ed Wills, Stuart Scott, Mike Atterson and Chris Graham.

Online condolences & guest register at www.pivontfuneralhome.com

Arrangements by Pivont Funeral Home, Hinton.