The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

December 17, 2013

Obituaries — Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013

Margaret Jane (Olson) Beard

Margaret Jane (Olson) Beard left this life at Pine Lodge Nursing Home on Dec. 15, 2013, after a long battle with cancer.

She was born on December 1, 1928, at Skelton, WV, the fourth daughter of Eric and Margaret Olson, both deceased.

She was also preceded in death by a daughter, Jane Ann Beard, and by siblings Mary Dean, George, Charles Eric, Ann Falconer and Clara Sandberg.

She is survived by granddaughter Mallory Mann of Beckley, WV, brother Thomas of Huntington, WV, numerous nieces and nephews, her good friends Barbara and Kathy Baker, and her faithful and loving church family at Calloway Heights Baptist Church.

There will be no visitation or funeral service. A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date.

James K. Bledsoe

NORTH SPRING — James K. Bledsoe, 63, of North Spring, passed away Friday, Dec. 13, 2013.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 19, at the Little Cub Baptist Church, North Spring, with the Rev. Randall Staton and the Rev. William Cook officiating. He will be laid to rest in Bledsoe Family Cemetery, North Spring. Friends may gather with the family after 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17, and Wednesday, Dec. 18, at the church.

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

Collin Lee Blevins

Collin Lee Blevins, infant son of Nicole Nadine Blevins, was stillborn Friday, Dec. 13, 2013.

Graveside services will be noon Thursday, Dec. 19, at the Harrah Cemetery, Backus Mountain.

Online condolences may be left at

Arrangements by Calfee Funeral Home, Beckley.

Angela Mae (Jones) Burdette

SISSONVILLE — Angela Mae (Jones) Burdette, 53, of Sissonville, passed away Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013.

Service times are pending with Long and Fisher Funeral Home, 6837 Sissonville Drive, Sissonville.

Geraldine Harris Coleman

Mrs. Geraldine Harris Coleman, 85, of Beckley died Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013.

Funeral service will be 1 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 18, at Free and Independent Holiness Church, 106 Seventh St., Beckley, with Bishop John Grant officiating. Burial will follow in Greenwood Memorial Park, Beckley. Friends may call one hour prior to the service at the church.

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Arrangements entrusted to Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.

Richard Allen ‘Ricky’ Couch

LYNCO — Richard Allen “Ricky” Couch, 33, of Lynco, WV, slipped away on Saturday, December 14, 2013, from complications of Salmonella poisoning in Raleigh General Hospital.

He was born December 26, 1979, in Beckley, WV, a son of Charlie Allen and Mary Ann Matney Couch.

Ricky was a 1999 graduate of Oceana High School and a coal truck driver.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents Charlie and Sylvia Couch and Aaron and Francis Matney.

Ricky was a loving husband, father and friend and will be sadly missed by all who knew him.

He is survived by his loving wife of 13 years Julie Ann Lambert Couch; his parents Charlie and Mary Ann Couch of Lynco; two sons Tyler Couch and Garrett Couch both of the home; a sister Kelly Hall and husband Mark of Spartanburg, SC; many special truck driving friends; and a host of other loving family and friends.

Funeral services will be held at noon Wednesday, December 18, 2013, at the Joseph Baptist Church, Lynco, WV, with Rev. Eddie B. Aliff and Pastor William Cook officiating. He will be laid to rest in Sunset Memorial Gardens, Beckley, WV.

Friends may gather with the family on Tuesday, December 17, 2013, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the church.

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

Larkin DeLung

MOSSY — Larkin DeLung, 68, of Mossy passed away Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013.

Arrangements are incomplete. Blue Ridge Funeral Home is assisting the DeLung family.

Juddy Dickens

Juddy Ray Dickens, 63, of Claypool Hollow Road, Glen Daniel, died Dec. 13, 2013.

Condolences may be sent to the family’s guestbook at

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary and Cremation Center, Beckley.

James W. ‘Jim’ Diem

CALDWELL — James W. “Jim” Diem, 89, of Caldwell passed away Sunday, December 15, 2013, at Greenbrier Manor.

He was born at Fort Springs on June 24, 1924. He was the son of the late James Frederick Diem and Rachel Faye Lawhorn Diem.

Mr. Diem was a World War II Army Veteran. He worked and retired from the telephone company with over 37 years of service. He was a member of Zion’s Light Baptist Church, the WV Farm Bureau, Greenbrier County Cattlemen’s Association and the Telephone Pioneers.

He enjoyed farming and raising his children on the farm.

Mr. Diem was preceded in death by his eldest son, James Fredrick Diem. He was also preceded in death by Charlotte Boyd, sister; Virginia Hutchinson and Burton Hutchinson, sister and brother-in-law; and Alice and Jim Ramsey, sister and brother-in-law.

Mr. Diem is survived by his wife of 64 years, Anilee Shafer Diem of Caldwell. Surviving are their three children, Deborah J. Diem, of Caldwell, Keith Diem and wife Debbie of Caldwell and Karl Diem and wife Kay P. Diem of Caldwell. He is also survived by Fred’s widow, Patricia Diem of Belle Haven, VA.

He is survived by grandchildren, James Walter Diem and wife Heather of Belle Haven, VA, Stephanie Zodun and husband Mike of Belle Haven, VA, Laura Bond and husband Russ of Beaver, WV, Nicole Smith and husband Jason of Caldwell, WV, Kyle Diem of Caldwell, WV, and Karee Diem of Caldwell, WV.

Mr. Diem is survived by his great-grandchildren, Tyler, Abby and Ashley Zodun, Madison and Sarah Diem all of Belle Haven, VA.

Pallbearers will be James E. Shafer, David Shafer, Kenny Shafer, Montie Shafer, Eddie McDowell and Mark Shafer. Honorary pallbearers will be William “Bill” E. Shafer, Donald L. Shafer, and Winifred Baker.

Services will be 2 p.m. on Wednesday, December 18, 2013, at Zion’s Light Baptist Church with Pastor Gary Baker officiating. Burial will follow at the McLean Cemetery.

Friends may call from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home in Ronceverte.

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

Please send online condolences by visiting

In lieu of flowers, donations of sympathy may be mad to either The Gideons, P.O. Box 1380, Lewisburg, WV 24901, or Alzheimer’s Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090-6011.

Mary Eagle

FISHERSVILLE, Va. — Mary Marquis Eagle, 91, of Fishersville, Va., died Friday, Dec. 13, 2013.

A visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17, in the mausoleum at Sunset Memorial Park of Beckley, with a graveside service following at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Stanley Belcher officiating.

In lieu of flowers, please make memorial contributions to a charity of your choice.

Relatives and friends may share condolences and memories with the family online by visiting

Rev. Rodger Elkins

Rev. Rodger Elkins, 65, of Beckley, passed away December 13, 2013.

Born January 29, 1948, to the late Hewie and Rosa Elkins. Roger was an Ordained Minister of the Assembly of God and Pastored the Arnett Assembly of God and Sundial Assembly for many years.

In addition to his parents, Roger was preceded in death by his mother and father-in-law, Grover and Juanita Hendrick; five sisters, Jessie, Helen, Kathleen, Kitty, and Carol; four brothers, Roy, Hubert, Bill, and Paul.

Those left to cherish his memory include his loving wife of 46 years, Rose Ann Elkins; a son, Rodney Elkins and wife, Kelly; a granddaughter, Haley Brooke Elkins; a sister, Violet; two brothers, John and Ricky; and many special nieces, nephews.

Services to celebrate the life of Rodger Elkins will be held 1 p.m. Wednesday, December 18, 2013, at Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley, with Rev. Wayne Peters officiating. Following the services, Rodger will be laid to rest at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Beckley.

Friends may gather with the family from 12 p.m. until time of the service Wednesday at the funeral home.

Online condolences and other information can be found by visiting

Blue Ridge Funeral Home, 5251 Robert C. Byrd Drive, Beckley, is honored to be serving the family.

Jack Ellis

GILBERT — Jack Ellis, 83, of Gilbert, died Dec. 13, 2013.

Funeral will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17, at Mounts Funeral Home with the Rev. Clifford Rawls officiating. Burial is in Ellis Family Cemetery, Gilbert. Friends may gather with the family from 6 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.

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Mounts Funeral Home of Gilbert is in charge of arrangements.

Reva Ilene Hollins

Reva Ilene Hollins, 74, born on August 7th, 1939, in Bud, WV, to Shelvy and Versie Lusk, went to see her heavenly father on December 13, 2013, surrounded by her loving family.

Reva is preceded in death by parents; granddaughter, Rebecca A. Seitz; and twin great-granddaughters.

She is survived by her husband of 56 years, Thomas Hollins; daughter, Mericia (Michael) Seitz; sons, Gregg Hollins and Don Hollins; grandchildren, Katie, Kyle and Amanda; stepgrandchildren, Feihvean, Tyler, Austin, Timothy, Benjamin and Noah; future great-granddaughter, Vivian Reva Rose; and siblings Norma Jean, Janet and Belinda.

Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday, December 19, 2013, followed by funeral services at 11 a.m. at Newcomer Funeral Home, 3047 E. Dublin-Granville Road, Columbus, OH 43231, with the committal service at Northlawn Memory Gardens immediately following.

Polly Ann Keaton

NIMITZ — Polly Ann Keaton, 84, of Nimitz passed away Monday, Dec. 9, 2013.

In honoring Polly’s wishes the body has been cremated and there will be no services.

Condolences may be sent to the family at

Arrangements are by the Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors of Hinton.

Ronnie Lyniel Meadows

CAMP CREEK — Ronnie Lyniel Meadows, 69, of Camp Creek, WV, passed away on Saturday, December 14, 2013, at Princeton Community Hospital.

Born December 18th, 1943, he was the son of the late Ivan Edward and Myrtle Jane Meadows.

During his lifetime, Ronnie graduated from Spanishburg High School and attended two years of college at Concord  University. He worked briefly at United Airlines in Chicago before being called to service in the Navy during the Vietnam Conflict.

After 4 years of service he went on to work a number of jobs: a technician for the Princeton Sanitary Board, maintenance for the Board of Education Physical Plant, a dialysis technician for BMA/Fresenius Kidney Dialysis Unit in Green Valley. He worked for Consol and Justice Energy as a driller on several strip mining operations: Three Forks Strip, Reed Strip and the job he retired from which was as a driller on Red Fox Strip.

Ronnie was, above all, a good hard-working family man who loved being surrounded by family and friends.

His hobbies were hunting, working on the farm and gathering for weeklong reunions with his sisters, cousins, and many nieces and nephews. It was a joy to him when family and friends would come to visit on the farm.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Russell Albert, Hubert, and Eldridge.

Also preceding him were two sisters, Pauline Lilly and Athaline Kulbe Jilek.

Survivors include his wife of 43 years, Mary Hanchon Meadows, one daughter, Denise Convery and husband Brad of Camp Creek, and one son Ronnie Jr. and wife Rebecca Ellison Meadows of Camp Creek, Four grandchildren: Brandon Convery, Amber Convery, Jill Meadows and Jacob Meadows.

Four sisters, Virginia Howe of Pensacola, FL, Launa Bowling and husband Carl of Arlington Heights, IL, Velma Burton and husband Jack of Fairmont, WV, and his very special sister Juanita Smith and her husband Raymond of Charlottesville, VA.

In keeping with Ronnie’s wishes, his body will be cremated and there will be no formal funeral service. The family will plan a celebration of his life to be held later in the spring “when the leaves on the dogwood trees are the size of squirrels’ ears.”

The family would like to extend deepest gratitude to all those who tended to Ronnie during his hospital stay. The doctors, nursing staff and many others who were so good to Ronnie and the whole family. We will always remember your professionalism and your kindness.

Because there will be no service, flowers are, of course, unnecessary. However, in lieu of flowers, you can make a donation to the Jonathan Powell Hope Foundation or Princeton Hospital Hospitality House, two worthy causes which were a great help to the family during this difficult time.

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The Meadows family is being served by Memorial Funeral Directory and Cremation Center on the Athens Road in Princeton.

Dennis Moorefield

Dennis Moorefield, 61, of Shady Spring, passed away Monday, Dec. 16, 2013.

Arrangements are pending completion at Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, 729 Flat Top Road, Shady Spring.

Tommy Simms

OAK HILL — Tommy Simms, 60, of Oak Hill, WV, died unexpectedly on Thursday, December 12, 2013.

Born August 31, 1953, at Oak Hill, WV, he was the son of the late Cornelius Houston and Marjorie Oiler Simms.

Tommy Simms was a kind, tender-hearted man. He was a hardworking coal miner having dedicated 35 years to his employment. In his spare time he liked to hunt, fish, watch NASCAR and do woodworking.

His former wife, Jane Ann Samuels Simms, preceded him in death on Nov. 13, 2013.

He is survived by his loving daughters who were the center of his life, Lesley Simms of Fayetteville and Brittney Simms of Fayetteville; and his only grandchild, Brynnlee Jackson of Fayetteville.

Tommy is also survived by seven brothers, Larry Simms and wife, Carol, of Gatewood, Jimmy Simms and wife, Ann, of Hartville, OH, Roger Simms and wife, Carolyn, of Whiteland, IN, Michael Simms and wife, Karen, of Plum Orchard, Connie Mack Simms and wife, Jennie, of Oak Hill, Paul Dean Simms and wife, Bernie, of Dale City, VA, and Bruce Simms and wife, Jennifer, of Oak Hill; and four sisters, Lois O’Daniels of Wilmington, NC, Trenia Christianson of Seattle, WA, Vicki Maynard and husband, Randy, of China and Madge Hamilton and companion, Bob Kelly of Cape Coral, FL. He will be greatly missed by several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be on Wednesday, December 18, 2013, at 2 p.m. at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill with Rev. Ernie Francis officiating. Burial will be at High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill. Friends may call one hour prior to the service on Wednesday.

Brothers will serve as pallbearers.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill, WV.

Joyce Williamson

Joyce Williamson died Dec. 13, 2013.

Memorial service will be at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 18, at the Pathway Church of God with the Rev. Ed Hunt officiating.

Arrangements by Mounts Funeral Home Inc.