The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

November 6, 2012

Obituaries — Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012




Carmen Barnhouse

CRAIGSVILLE — Carmen Barnhouse, 51, passed away Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012.

Per Mrs. Barnhouse’s request, her body was cremated. No services are being held at this time.

All arrangements were made by Simons-Coleman Funeral Home, Richwood.



Erma Phyllis Brown

Erma Phyllis Brown, 81, of Maple Fork, passed away Monday, Nov. 5, 2012.

Online condolences may be left at www.calfeefh.com.

Arrangements by Calfee Funeral Home, Beckley.



Nancy Jonette Cheetham

HUNTINGTON — Nancy Jonette Cheetham, 52, of Huntington, formerly of Beckley, went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, November 3, 2012, following a short battle with cancer. Her friends and family were by her side when she passed in her family home.

Born January 23, 1960, she was the youngest daughter of the late John George Cheetham and Ailene Rolling Cheetham.

Known as Jonette to those close to her, she was on the support staff of the Prestera Center in Huntington. Jonette was passionately dedicated to her job, using her own experience and compassion to help better the lives of young women battling substance abuse. She was also dedicated to living her life in the teachings of God and her Baptist faith.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her sister, Debra M. Cheetham.

Those left to cherish her memory are her companion of 25 years, Basil Spangler of Huntington; sister, Sandra Sturms of Cary, N.C.; aunts, Cora Spangler and Evelyn Howlett; uncle, Robert Spangler; nephew, John Cheetham and companion Lorelei Smith, and their daughter Callie Cheetham of Beckley; nephew, Greg Lilly of Beckley; dear friends, Wilma Toppings, Susie Lewis Peterson, whom she loved dearly. The family would also like to give thanks to Lorelei Smith and friend Phyllis Chapman for the great care they provided for Jonette in her final days.

Graveside rites and interment will be conducted at 1 p.m. Wednesday, November 7, 2012, at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Prosperity, with Pastor Dennis Epperly officiating.

At Jonette’s request, there will be no visitation.

In lieu of flowers donations of sympathy may be made to the Princewick Missionary Baptist Church, Lyton Lane Princewick, WV 25908.

Private online condolences and other information available via roseandquesenberry.net.

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



Loma Marie Combs

Loma Marie Combs, 83, of Cool Ridge, died Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012.

Arrangements by Bailey-Kirk Funeral Home in Princeton.



Peggy B. Cook

MULLENS — Peggy Ann Brooks Cook, 79, of Mullens, passed away on Saturday, November 3, 2012, in a Huntington hospital, following a short illness.

Born July 30, 1933, in Beckley, she was the daughter of the late Robert Lee and Mae Tulley Brooks.

Peggy was a 1951 graduate of Mullens High School, a 70-year member of the Mullens United Methodist Church, and a former employee of C and P Telephone Company where she served as a service rep and office manager with 16 years of service. She was a member of the Beta Sigma Phi Sorority, a former organist for Longanacre Funeral Home, and retiring from Tankersley Funeral Home with 14 years of service as organist and secretary.

In her leisure she enjoyed making flower arrangements.

When we pause to remember Peggy B, we shall remember her devotion to her husband, Bobby Jack, her love for funeral service and her willingness to help others in their time of bereavement, and her great sense of humor.

Those left to cherish her memory include her husband of 54 years Bobby Jack Cook; a daughter, Suzanne M. Peters of Barboursville; a son, David J. Cook and his wife, Monica, of Montgomery; four grandchildren, Madison, Jack, and Emerson, all of Barboursville, and John David of Montgomery; two sisters, Doris Christian of Indianapolis, Ind., and Sue Dillon of Hurricane; a sister-in-law, Brenda Houck of Mullens, and her son, Cannon; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be 8 p.m. today, November 6, 2012, at Tankersley Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Lewis Arnold officiating.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

In keeping with Peggy’s wishes cremation will follow.

For those considering an expression of sympathy the family requests contributions be made to Edwards Comprehensive Cancer Center, Attn: Becky Martin, 1400 Hal Greer Blvd.,  Huntington, WV 25701. 

Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.tankersleyfh.com.

The family of Peggy Brooks Cook is being cared for by Tankersley Funeral Home, Mullens.



Larry Dean Davis

COAL MOUNTAIN — Larry Dean Davis, 73, passed away Thursday, November 1, 2012, at Bowers Hospice House.

Born July 20, 1939, in Landville, W.Va., he was the son of the late Roy and Golden Davis.

Larry was retired from Island Creek Coal Company, where he worked as a coal sampler. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, where he served his country proudly in Korea.

Those left to cherish Larry’s memory are his sister, Phyllis Hatfield of Brenton, and nephews, Bradley Hatfield of Brenton and Tony Hatfield and his wife, Terena, and their daughter, Madison, all of Coal Mountain.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, November 7, 2012, at Evans Funeral Home Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Wayne Bailey officiating. Burial will follow in Coal Mountain Community Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from noon until time of services Wednesday at the funeral home.

An online guestbook and additional information can be found at www.evans-funeralhome.com.

Evans Funeral Home of Oceana is serving the Davis family.



Andrew Lee Fama Sr.

Andrew Lee Fama Sr., 80, of Beckley, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, November 4, 2012, after a long illness.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife of 57 years, Karen; two sons, Andrew Lee Fama Jr., and wife Susie, children Chrissy Phillips, Timmy Fama and wife Christa, Ashlee Fama and Ronald Lee Fama and wife Brenda, children, Conner Fama and stepchildren, Kristin Vandall and Erica Meadows; brothers, George and Tony Fama, and their families; sisters, Rosa Shucet and Connie Bowden, and their families.

He was known through the years for his smiling face and caring heart, and many people recognized these attributes through the family-owned business, Fama’s Shoe Store. He was a business graduate of West Virginia University and he also served in the Army where he was stationed in Italy.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, November 7, 2012, at the United Methodist Temple, with Pastor Randy Adkins officiating. Burial will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens.

Friends may visit with the family from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the church.

Memorial contributions for Andy may be sent to Alzheimer’s Research, 22512 Gateway Center Drive, Clarksburg, MD 20871, or Hospice of Southern West Virginia, PO Box 1472, Beckley, WV 25802.

Online condolences may be left at www.calfeefh.com.

Arrangements by Calfee Funeral Home, Beckley.



Forrest Leon Flanagan

CRAIGSVILLE — Forrest Leon Flanagan, 88, of Craigsville, passed away Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012.

Service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7, at Alderson Baptist Church, Craigsville, with Pastor Eddie Groves and Pastor Jim Meadows officiating. Burial will follow in West Virginia Memorial Gardens, Calvin. Friends may call 12:30 to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7, at the church.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the charity of your choice.

All arrangements were made by Simons-Coleman Funeral Home, Richwood.



Dennis Wayne Gillespie

CRAWLEY — Dennis Wayne Gillespie, 56, of Hundley Road, went home to be with the Lord early Sunday morning, Nov. 4, 2012, at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, following a long illness.

Born March 13, 1956, at Richwood, W.Va., he was the son of John D. and Helen Shawver Gillespie.

Dennis was an outdoorsman, and loved to hunt.

He and his wife both enjoyed singing gospel music. Dennis was a truck driver for The Waggoner Trucking Co., and was a member of Lewisburg Baptist Church. He was also a U.S. Army Veteran.

Survivors include his wife, Kathryne Denise Ward Gillespie of Crawley; his parents, John and Helen Gillespie of Crawley; a daughter, Heather Marie Gillespie of Maxwelton; a stepdaughter, Rachel McCoy of Lewisburg; a sister, Nina Amick of Nettie; two nephews, Johnathon Parks of Grand Junction, Colo., and Daniel Parks of Greenville, Tenn.; and a stepgranddaughter, Mya Kathryne McCoy.

Services will be 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012, at Lewisburg Baptist Church in Lewisburg, with Pastor Jonathan Comer officiating. Entombment will be at Wallace Memorial Mausoleum at Clintonville.

Friends may call one hour prior to the service (1 to 2 p.m. Thursday).

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the family for funeral expenses.

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Rainelle.



Ruth M. Hutson

BUD — Ruth M. Hutson, 74, of Bud, died Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012.

Arrangements by Bailey-Kirk Funeral Home in Princeton.

Danny Ray Kennedy

Danny Ray Kennedy, 54, of Beckley, died Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012.

Condolences may be sent to the family’s guestbook at www.meltonmortuary.com.

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary Inc., Beckley.



Winona Jewell Martin

Winona Jewell Martin, age 85, passed peacefully on Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012, at the Bowers Hospice House.

Jewell was born Sept. 17, 1927, to the late Herbert and Blondell Bressler.

She grew up in Skelton along with two siblings, the late Noka Denny and her brother, the late Jake Bressler.

Jewell graduated from Woodrow Wilson; after graduation she went on to Beckley College. She married the love of her life, the late Edward Joseph Martin, and eventually moved to Mount Hope where they lived for the last 56 years and raised their family. She was a member of the Mt. Hope United Methodist Church, the Mt. Hope Federated League and later attended when possible the Presbyterian Church, where she enjoyed meeting with the Women of the Church.

She was preceded in death by her mother and father-in-law, Verner “V.L” and Zelma Feazell Martin.

She will be sadly missed by her children, Jerry Martin and wife Lorri of Stanaford, Debra Lynn Gordon of Norfolk, Va., and Jim Martin and wife Judy of Beckley.

Jewell was a very much loved Granny and Nana to her grandchildren, Amy Lynn Gordon Wargo and husband Jay of Virginia Beach, Va., Elizabeth Jewell Gordon of Norfolk, Va., Ashley Nicole Martin of Stanaford and Sam Martin and wife Tammy.

Also missing their Granny are her great-grandchildren, Bailey Madison Wargo and Joseph William “Will” Wargo lll of Virginia Beach, Va., and A.J. Martin.

She is also survived by her sister-in-law Peggy Dorsey, her brothers and sisters-in-law, Bob and Sue Martin of Reynoldsburg, Ohio, Mal and Patty Parker of Mt. Hope; eight nieces, five nephews, and their respective families.

The family would like to thank their mom’s wonderful neighbors and friends who looked in on her and helped her in many ways. She also had a very special care giver Caroline Rose who made her last days at home happy ones. A very special thank you to Betty Jo Lilly, a childhood friend who was at her bedside when she passed, for her never-ending friendship to Jewell and her family. Also the Bowers Hospice House for their help, care and guidance through mom’s last days.

A celebration of life will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, November 8, 2012, at the Rose and Quesenberry Peace Chapel, with the Rev. Elizabeth Stone officiating. Burial will follow at High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill, W.Va.

The family will receive friends at the Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the Bowers Hospice House, 454 Cranberry Drive, Beckley WV 25801, or the Mt. Hope Presbyterian Church, 412 Main Street, Mount Hope, WV 25880.

Online condolences may be sent to our guestbook at www.roseandquesenberry.net.

Arrangements by Rose and Quesenberry, 1901 S. Kanawha Street, Beckley.



Roderick F. Spanbauer

Roderick F. Spanbauer, 79, of Beaver, passed away Sunday, November 4, 2012.

Born March 3, 1933, in Boston, Mass., he was the son of the late John G. and Agnes Johnston Spanbauer.

Roderick was a retired engineer for United Technologies. He was a member of St. Francis deSales Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus. He enjoyed golf, crossword puzzles, pets, gardening and bowling. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a sister, Mary Theile, and a brother, John G. Spanbauer.

He is survived by his wife, Juanita Blevins Spanbauer; son, Paul Spanbauer of Greensboro, N.C.; sisters, Joan Spanbauer and Teresa Borden of Brighton, Mass.; brother, Charles Spanbauer of Monroe, Conn.; nieces, Carolyn Honrado and Connie Hudson; his best friend from childhood, Tommy Burke of Brighton, Mass.; and his friends and caretakers at The Courtyard at Greystone.

A visitation for family and close friends will be 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, November 6, 2012, at the Calfee Funeral Home, Beckley. Funeral services will follow at 2 p.m. with Deacon Jay Ziolkowski officiating. Entombment will be in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens.

The family suggests memorial contributions be made to Alzheimer’s Research, 22512 Gateway Center Drive, Clarksburg, MD 20871, or Hospice of Southern West Virginia, PO Box 1472, Beckley, WV 25802.

Online condolences may be left at www.calfeefh.com.

Arrangements by Calfee Funeral Home, Beckley.



Della Marie Sparks

OCEANA — Della Marie Sparks, 94, passed away Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012.

A celebration of Mrs. Sparks’ life will be 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7, at Adam Toler Memorial Funeral Home. The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. until time of service Wednesday at the funeral home.

Services entrusted to Adam Toler Memorial Funeral Home, Oceana.



Wilma L. Proctor Stevens

SUMMERSVILLE — Wilma L. Proctor Stevens, 91, passed away Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012.

A celebration of Wilma’s life will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7, in the Summersville Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Greg Kupar officiating. Interment will follow in the Walker Memorial Park at Summersville. Friends may call one hour prior the service at the church.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Summersville Presbyterian Church, 427 Waters St., Summersville, WV 26651.

Arrangements by White Funeral Home, Summersville.



Arthur Thompson

PIPESTEM — Arthur Thompson, 74, of Pipestem, went home to be with the Lord, Saturday, November 3, 2012, at the Charleston Area Medical Center Memorial Division, following a sudden illness.

Born March 25, 1938, at Marfrance, he was a son of the late Joe W. and Catherine Hatcher Thompson.

He was formerly a member of River’s Edge Bible Church in Prince George, Va., and currently a member of Cooks Chapel Baptist Church in Pipestem. Arthur served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He retired from Allied Chemical Corporation following 30 years of service and enjoyed reading, square dancing, church activities and spending time with family and friends and was the last surviving member of his immediate family.

Preceding him in death are two brothers, Jack and Joe P. Thompson; two sisters, Frances Hockman and Geneva Meek.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife of 50 years, Judy Thompson at home; six children, Chuck Thompson and wife Carman of Hopewell, Va., Sandy Lloyd and husband Garrett of Hopewell, Va., Jackie Thompson and wife Julie of Prince George, Va., Doni Kidder of Peoria, Ill., Justin Thompson of Pipestem and Krista Aleshire and husband Paul of Ronceverte; six grandchildren, Daniel Thompson and wife Katie, Mary Kathryn Thompson, Benjamin and Isaac Lloyd and Jacob and Jordan Thompson.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, November 7, 2012, at the Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors Chapel with Pastor Dallas Peyton officiating. The family requests burial to be private following the services.

Friends may call at the funeral parlors from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday. The family will serve as pallbearers.

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

Arrangements are by the Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors of Hinton.