The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


October 8, 2012

Obituaries — Monday, Oct. 8, 2012


Charles Edward Garten

November 14, 1948 ~ October 1, 2012

DUDLEY, N.C. — Charles Edward Garten, 63, of Dudley passed away at his residence Monday morning surrounded by his family. He is the son of the late Herman and Edith Arthur Garten, and was the husband of Roy Ann Garten. Mr. Garten was a member of First Pentecostal Holiness Church of Mt. Olive, and a member of The Riders of The Cross motorcycle club.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, October 13, at First Pentecostal Holiness Church at 11 a.m. with Pastor Doug Bartlett and Pastor Glenn Mills officiating. The family will receive friends following the service.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Garten is survived by 2 sons, David Garten and wife, Melissa, of Surf City, NC, and Chris Clark and wife, Stephanie, of Mullens, WV; a daughter, Lori Suzanne Panos and husband, Brett, of Moncks Corner, SC; a brother, Kenneth Garten of East Orange, NJ; three sisters, Patty Garten of Beckley, WV, Gloria Hager of Oak Hill, WV, and Clara Ayers and husband, Bill, of Indiana; a special niece, Pamela Lilly of Oak Hill, WV; 15 grandchildren; and 2 great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to The American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718.

Shumate-Faulk Funeral Home is serving the Garten family, and online condolences may be sent through

James Houston Harris

James Houston Harris, 88, of Sullivan Road, Glen Morgan, passed away Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012.

Arrangements are pending completion at the Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, 1901 S. Kanawha St., Beckley.

Drema E. Stevens Madera

WILLIMANTIC, Conn. — Ms. Drema E. Stevens Madera, 61, of Willimantic, CT, formerly of Beckley, passed away Monday, October 1, 2012.

Born October 12, 2012, in Beckley, she was the daughter of Catherine E. Stevens of Beckley and the late Robert L. Stevens.

A 1969 graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School, she loved arts and crafts and writing books. Her first book “Three Wishes for Christmas” was published in November 2007. Her lifelong passion was to write children’s books.

In addition to her mother those left to cherish precious memories are her siblings, Rose M. French, Shirley J. Hassler and Ronald L. Stevens, all of Beckley; nephews, Keith P., Sean M. and Timothy L. Stevens, all of Beckley, and Twyman Hunt of Canton, OH; niece, Clarice Cosby of Whipple, WV; five great-nieces; best friend, Luz Gonzalez of Willimantic, CT; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, October 10, 2012, at the Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor Chapel with Rev. Abner Wright officiating. Burial will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Prosperity. Friends may call one hour prior to the service at the funeral parlor.

Condolences may be e-mailed to

Arrangements entrusted to Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.

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