The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

May 25, 2010

Obituaries — Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Helen Joyce Acord

Helen Joyce Acord of Lester, one of God’s Special Angels, was called home to be with the Lord and her sister that loved her dearly on Sunday, May 23, 2010, following a sudden illness. She was 68 years of age.

Born on January 30, 1942, at Bolt, she the daughter of the late John and Minnie Acord. A brother, William “Bill” Acord, and a sister, Myrtle “Blackie” Goff, who loved and took care of Helen all her life, preceded her in death.

Helen was of the Baptist faith; she will be remembered as a very lovely and wonderful women who enjoyed listening to music, watching television and loved spending time with her loved ones.

Left to cherish her memory is her brother-in-law, Russell Goff, with whom she made her home and who took care of her. Helen was also blessed to have her nephews and nieces, Russell “JR” Goff and his wife Phylicia, Phillip Goff, Stanley Goff, Robert “Bobby” Goff and his companion, Lisa Brown, Wesley Goff and his wife, Alicia, Joe Hudson, Martha Pettrey who also took care of Helen, Cindy Duncan and her companion, Randy Snuffer, and Bobbie Jo Goff and her companion, Daniel Koehler.

On Wednesday, May 26th, we will remember the life of this sweet spirit with a service at 1 p.m. at the Melton Mortuary Chapel with the Rev. Dewey Lowe officiating. Helen will then be taken to the Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens at Prosperity where she will be laid to rest beside her dear sister, Blackie. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the services on Wednesday.

Pallbearers will be: Russell “JR” Goff, Stanley Goff, Robert “Bobby” Goff, Wesley Goff, Luke Goff and Barry Brown.

Condolences may be sent to the family’s guestbook at

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary, Beckley.

Robert Douglas Hedrick

LEE’S SUMMIT, Mo. — Robert Douglas Hedrick, 37, of Lee’s Summit, passed away Saturday, May 22, 2010, at his residence.

Robert was born November 12, 1972, in Cheyenne, Wyo., to Douglas B. and Sheryl (Meints) Hedrick.

He graduated from high school in Mullens, W.Va., 1991. He had worked construction for his entire life. Robert enjoyed golf and all other sports and was catholic by faith.

He is survived by his mother, Sheryl Penniman of Grain Valley, Mo.; his father, Douglas Hedrick of Mullens, W.Va.; a son, Dillon Hedrick, and a daughter, Isabella Hedrick, of the home; three sisters, Elizabeth Shrewsbury, Danielle Johnson and Kelly Penniman; his companion, Jennifer Butler of the home; a grandmother, Marlyn Meints; an uncle, Robert A. Meints; and four nieces and nephews.

Online condolences may be expressed at

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, May 27, 2010, at St. John Lalande Catholic Church, Blue Springs, Mo. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Raytown, Mo.

The family will greet friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday evening at the Speaks Suburban Chapel.

Arrangements by Speaks Suburban Chapel, Independence, Mo., 816-373-3600.

Charlotte Cox Howe

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Charlotte Cox Howe, 89, of Washington, formerly of Beckley, died Thursday, May 20, 2010, in Washington, D.C.

A private burial will be today, May 25, at Sunset Memorial Park in Beckley.

Arrangements by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, 1901 S. Kanawha St., Beckley.

Jayson Dean Johnson

CRAIGSVILLE — Jayson Dean Johnson, 36, died Thursday, May 20, 2010.

Service will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at Simons-Coleman Funeral Home, Richwood. Burial will follow in the Grandview Cemetery, North Versailles, Pa. Friends may call 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to WV Habitat for Humanity, Make a Wish Foundation or St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

Arrangements by Simons-Coleman Funeral Home, Richwood.

Kathryn Elizabeth Kenney

Our most loved mother, grandmother, aunt, cousin and friend, Kathryn Elizabeth Kenney, 84, left this world in the arms of angels and went home to be with the Lord on Friday, May 21, 2010, at Plateau Medical Center in Oak Hill.

She was born August 14, 1925, in Clifton Forge, Va.; she was the daughter of the late Luther “Perk” Nowlin and Mary Mosley Nowlin. Kathryn shared her birthday with her oldest sister, Irene, and her oldest daughter, Jeanette.

Kathryn was a faithful member of the Hillgrove Baptist Church of Derryhale, W.Va., where she served as an usher, choir member, and church clerk from 1965 until the church closed in 2003. She attended the Pleasant Valley Baptist Church of Minden until her health prevented her from attending. Also, Kathryn was a member of the WV Baptist Quartet Convention, The New River District Baptist Usher’s Federation, and served as secretary of the New River District Music Convention. She loved praising the Lord through song, her children, taking care of others, and spending time with family and friends.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James Kenney; her three sisters, Irene Fore, Rosetta Dean, and Gertrude Nowlin; an aunt, Dorothy Baker; and an uncle, William Mosley.

Those left to cherish precious memories are her seven children: David (Nettie) Nowlin of Indianapolis, Ind., Edward (Carolyn) Nowlin of Montgomery, James “June” Kenney of Cleveland, Ohio, Jeanette (Gary) Morris of Columbus, Ohio, Cathy Mason of Los Angeles, Calif., Donald (Eva) Kenney and Barbara Kenney of Mt. Hope; two special nephews, James (Ruth) Brown of Washington, D.C., and Sylvester “Butch” (Denise) Nowlin of Columbus, Ohio; ten grandchildren, Paul, Michael, Pam, Shea, Adrianne, Monique, Brandon, Alyson, Janeisha, and Jauron; eight great-grandchildren; two special friends, Beatrice Lett and Hazel Summerville; and a host of nieces, cousins, and friends.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Thursday, May 27, 2010, at the United Missionary Baptist Church, 205 S. Fayette Avenue, Mt. Hope, with the Rev. Clifford Riley, Rev. Phillip Copney, Rev. Calvin Moore Sr. and Rev. Larry Smith officiating. Burial will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Prosperity.

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

Condolences may be e-mailed to

Arrangements entrusted to Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.

Virginia Dare Green Knuckles

PICKAWAY — Virginia Dare Green Knuckles, 76, of Pickaway, passed away Sunday night, May 23, 2010, at Roanoke Memorial Hospital following a short illness.

She was born at Rich Creek, Va., September 18, 1933, a daughter of the late Walter S. and Mary Carte Green.

Ms. Knuckles was a retired employee of the Andrew S. Rowan Home at Sweet Springs.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Mary Sue Green Crotty; two sons, Melvin Leslie Knuckles and Roger Dale Knuckles; two brothers, Gordon Green and Aubrey Green; a sister, Alma Green Rhodes.

Surviving are a son, Ronnie Green and his wife, Patricia, of Gap Mills; a daughter, Deborah Crislip and her husband, Oscar, of Gap Mills; a sister, Eula Knight of Lindside; 11 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services will be held 3 p.m. Wednesday, May 26, 2010, at the Groves Funeral Home Chapel in Union with the Rev. Danny Morgan and Rev. Eugene Fullen officiating. Burial will follow in the Carmel Cemetery at Gap Mills, W.Va.

Friends may call at the Groves Funeral Home in Union from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday.

Pallbearers will be Jamie, Jesse and Okey Crislip, Aaron Green, Keith Carter and Jonathon Crotty.

Groves Funeral Home in Union is in charge of arrangements.

Viola L. Morgan

Viola L. Morgan, 103, died Monday, May 24, 2010.

She was born May 9, 1907, at Caldwell, W.Va. She was a lifelong resident of Greenbrier County.

Viola was a devoted mother, a homemaker and of the Baptist faith.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Atchless and Nancy Long; a daughter, Nancy L. Morgan; husband, Jennings B. Morgan; and son, Zack W. Morgan.

Her memory will forever be treasured by daughters, B. Belle (E.B.) Hodges of Ronceverte, Leta M. (Charles) Judy of Richmond, Va.; sons, Stephen G. (Lynda) Morgan of Warner Robins, Ga., Isaac L. Morgan (Toby) of Lewisburg; a daughter-in-law, Linda H. Morgan of Ronceverte. She is also survived by 14 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren, and 14 great-great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 26, 2010, at Morgan Funeral Home in Lewisburg, where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, May 27, 2010, with the Rev. Arnold Morgan officiating. Burial will follow in the Morgan Cemetery at Ronceverte.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice Care Inc., 223 Maplewood Ave., Lewisburg, WV 24901 (304-645-2700).

Arrangements by Morgan Funeral Home, Lewisburg.

Freda Mae Akers Perdue

Freda Mae Akers Perdue, 60, of Princewick, passed away Sunday, May 23, 2010, following a long illness.

Born November 21, 1949, in Beckley, she was the daughter of the late Ralph and Marie Smith Akers. Other than her parents she was preceded in death by a brother, Robert Akers; one sister, Hester Craig; and a sister-in-law; Kay Akers.

She was a homemaker, loved looking at pictures, camping, talking on the phone and most of all spending time with her children, grandchildren and family.

She is survived by her former husband, Henry Haven Perdue, one son, Henry Haven Perdue Jr. and wife Michelle Lee of Beckley, two daughters, Mary Ann Perdue Hosler and fiancé Ronnie Rutledge of Princewick, and Donna Marie Perdue Deaton and husband David of Dayton, Ohio; two brothers, Tommy Akers and fiancée Danielle of Crab Orchard, Jerry Akers of New Oxford, Pa., five sisters, Mildred Lester of Sophia, Maxine Adkins of New Carrolton, Md., Hazel Baker of Marion, W.Va., Linda Mullins of Beckley, and Elise Perkins of Phenix, Ala., grandchildren, Brian Joseph Hosler, Ashlea Mae Hosler, Henry Haven Perdue III, Laila Loretta Perdue, Savannah Lee Perdue, Tiffany Marie Deaton, Justin Ryan Deaton, and Amber Baker and husband Michael; great-grandchildren, Lillian Nicole Hosler, Kayden Alexander Deaton and Stori.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, May 27, 2010, at the Rose and Quesenberry Peace Chapel, Beckley, with Pastor Bill Reed officiating. Burial will follow in the Hot Coal Cemetery, Sophia.

Pallbearers will be Ronnie Rutledge, Brian Hosler, Steven Mercadante, Michael Baker, David Deaton, and Henry Haven Perdue.

Friends may gather with the family one hour prior to the service.

Online condolences may be sent to our guestbook at

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

Ethel Bell ‘Beulah’ Phillips

KINCAID — Ethel Bell “Beulah” Phillips, age 83, of Kincaid, died on Sunday, May 23, 2010, at Bowers Hospice House.

Born March 6, 1927, at Kincaid, she was the daughter of the late Thomas Edward Kincaid and Nora Pennington Kincaid Rinehart.

She was a sales clerk/cashier having worked at the Midget Market, IGA on Jones Avenue in Oak Hill and at Butch’s IGA. She was a graduate of South Charleston High School Class of 1945 and a member of the Kincaid United Methodist Church. In her spare time she enjoyed quilting and crocheting.

She was preceded in death by her husband, George Howard Phillips, on February 16, 2010; by sisters, Hattie Gent, Patsy O’Daniels Boyd, Dicksie Hunt, Nathalie Harler and Jessie Smith; by her brothers, Richard Ingram and Lacy and Ernest Kincaid.

Surviving are her three daughters, Judith Casto of Poca, Shari Vest of Salem, Va., and Tammy Phillips of Roanoke, Va.; two sons: Gregory Phillips of Douglasville, Ga., and Stewart Phillips of Marietta, Ga.; two grandchildren: William Leon Franklin Jr. of Hinton and Christopher Phillips of Greer, S.C.; great-grandchildren: Joshua, Eli and Gabriel Franklin and Alexander Phillips.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 26, 2010, at the Tyree Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill, with Rev. William Slates officiating. Burial will follow in High Lawn Memorial Park.

Friends may call 6 to 8 p.m. today, Tuesday, May 25, 2010, at the funeral home.

Family members will serve as pallbearers.

Online condolences may be sent to

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Kathryn Rhodes

ASBURY — Kathryn Rhodes, 52, passed away on Saturday, May 22, 2010, at Greenbrier Valley Medical Center in Ronceverte following a long illness.

Born April 29, 1958, in Greenbrier County, she was the daughter of the late Raymond and Sarah Ruth Highlander Rhodes.

Kathryn was of the Baptist faith and a homemaker.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Rhonda Hardy, and a brother, Raymond Rhodes.

Survivors include her fiancé, James L. Boggess of Asbury; two daughters, Annie Kerner of Williamsburg, Va., and Tina Ruth Thompson of Rupert; four sons, Mark Wayne Rhodes of Rupert, Russell William Adkins of Williamsburg, Va., Dwayne Allan Deal of Jarrett, Va., and Cleve Kimpton Deal of Williamsburg, Va.; four sisters, Virginia Chartrand of Pennsylvania, Whilda Cortor of Ohio, Linda Lou Rhodes of Rainelle, and Laura Loudermilk of Rupert; four brothers, John F. Rhodes of Rainelle, James Rhodes of North Carolina, Buford Rhodes of Bellburn and Martin Rhodes of North Carolina; 44 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Service will be 2 p.m. Thursday at the Wallace & Wallace Chapel in Rainelle. Burial will follow in Wallace Memorial Cemetery, Clintonville.

Friends may call from 1 to 2 p.m. (one hour) before the service on Thursday. There will be no evening service.

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace, Rainelle.