The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


June 4, 2013

Obituaries — Tuesday, June 4, 2013


Katherine Lynn Miller

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS — Katherine Lynn Miller, 54, of White Sulphur Springs, passed away Thursday, May 16, 2013.

Graveside services and burial will be 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 5, at the Adwell Cemetery, Ronceverte, with Pastor Stewart Farley officiating. There will be no visitation.

Wallace & Wallace, Rainelle, is in charge of arrangements.

Jessie Brown Beard Powell

TRAVELLER’S REPOSE — Jessie Brown Beard Powell, 98, of Traveller’s Repose, died Sunday, June 2, 2013.

The family will receive visitors from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, June 7, at Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home in Arbovale. The funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 8, at the funeral home in Arbovale with the Rev. David Rittenhouse officiating. Interment will follow at Arbovale Cemetery.

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Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home in Lewisburg is in charge of arrangements.

Sam Protan

FOSTERVILLE — Sam Protan of Fosterville, died Sunday, June 2, 2013.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 5, in the Sylvester Baptist Church, Sylvester, with Pastor David Minturn officiating. Interment will be in Pineview Cemetery, Orgas, with military graveside rites. Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the church.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be sent to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. To donate in honor of Sam Protan please use tribute number 33671841. To donate by phone please call 1-800-805-5856 or donate online at

Armstrong Funeral Home is serving the family.

Thomas Barron Smallwood

Thomas Barron Smallwood, 41, of Beaver, passed away Sunday, June 2, 2013.

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

Morton G. ‘Morty’ Smith

HICO — Morton G. “Morty” Smith, 55, of Hico, West Virginia, passed away early Sunday morning, June 2, 2013, at his home in Hico, following a short illness. Born June 17, 1957, at Gauley Bridge, he was the son of the late Morton Givens Smith, Sr., and Dolores Lee Wood Violet and stepfather John H. Violet of Springfield, Ohio. Morty worked as a diesel mechanic for a utility company and was of the Protestant Faith. He loved talking on his Ham Radio, and taking scenic photos outdoors. In addition to his father, he was also preceded in death by his stepmother, Frances Smith.

Survivors include his companion: Nina Bonanno of Hico and her children, and her father Hobart Rogers and wife Katherine and their children. Mother: Dolores Wood Violet and stepfather John of Springfield, Ohio. Brother: David Gorman Smith of Hico, WV. Several cousins and other extended family and many, many friends.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 6, 2013, at Wallace & Wallace Chapel in Ansted.

Entombment will follow at Chapel of Rest Mausoleum in Victor, WV.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday evening at the funeral home in Ansted.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations of sympathy be made to Hospice of Southern WV at 456 Cranberry Drive, Beckley, West Virginia 25801.

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace of Ansted, WV.

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