The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

December 26, 2013

Obituaries — Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013

Maxine Raye Martin Pendleton

 Maxine Raye Martin Pendleton, 81, of Beaver, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, December 22, 2013, at Bowers Hospice House after a brief but brave fight against liver cancer.

  Born September 3, 1932 in Glen Morgan, she was the daughter of the late Carlos and Nora Smith Martin.

  She was preceded in death by her first husband, Benjamin Sweeney, her second husband, Morton Pendleton, and her son, Terry Sweeney.

  Survivors include her 3 daughters, Deborah Salango and her husband, Ronnie of Daniels, Benita Wiseman and her husband, Steve of Shady Spring, and Angela Pendleton and her husband, Timmy of Shady Spring; her brother Jennings Martin (Patty) of Glen Morgan, and 2 sisters, Connie Ward (Don) of Glen Morgan, and Arlene Yarbrough of South Carolina.

  She is also survived by 9 grandchildren, Tim Salango of Morgantown, Ben Salango (Tera) of Charleston, Kristy Salango-Smith (Matt) of Charleston, Patrick Joseph Salango of Charleston, Doug Wiseman of Beaver, Kim Meador (Jesse) of Cool Ridge, Natalie Wiseman of Shady Spring, and Ayrella and Garren Armentrout of Shady Spring; 3 great-grandchildren, Morgan Salango, T.J. and Caden; and all of her pets.

  Maxine worked for 20 years for Wheat First Securities in Beckley; she enjoyed working with animals, painting, sewing, and traveling. She loved spending time with her family. Maxine attended the Camp Creek Community Church.

  Services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, December 27, 2013 at Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley with Pastor Russell Ellison officiating.  Burial will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens. Grandsons and family will serve as pallbearers.

  Friends may gather with the family Friday from 12 - 1 p.m. at the funeral home.

  Online condolences may be sent to the family at

  Arrangements by Blue Ridge Funeral Home, 5251 Robert C. Byrd Dr. Beckley, WV.


Dr. Darrell Prater

Doctor Darrell Prater went to be with his Lord on December 24, 2013. Darrell was a wonderful Man of God who loved his family, his church, community and his job. He will be missed by all who knew him.

Darrell was preceded in death by his Father Walter Prater, his Mother Herma Jordan Prater, his sister Beulah Prater Fewell, and his brother Pat Taylor.

 Darrell is survived by his loving wife of 42 years Joyce Overbaugh Prater; his son Keith Prater and his wife Tracy, his son Reverend Mark Prater and his wife Teresa; his grandchildren, Nathan, Michael and Cora; his brother Pete and sister Belinda; as well as many other family members.

The family asks that you join in the celebration of his life and legacy. We know that he is rejoicing with all his many family and friends that have gone before him. We know this is not the end but just the beginning for his eternal reward and we will see him again.

 Service will be 2 p.m. Saturday, December 28, at High Lawn Funeral Chapel, Oak Hill with Darrell’s son the Rev. Mark Prater officiating, assisted by Randel Kinder. Burial will follow in Gethsemane Memorial Gardens, Oak Hill.

 Visitation open to his many friends and brothers and sisters in Christ will be Friday December 27, from 6 to 8 p.m. at High Lawn Funeral Chapel, Oak Hill.

 In lieu of flowers donations can be made in Darrell's memory to Ashford Church of God, 231 Ashford-Nellis Rd. Ashford, WV 25009.

Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, 1435 East Main Street, Oak Hill.


David Earl Acord

JESSE — David Earl Acord, 80, passed away Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013, in Bowers Hospice House, Beckley.

He was born March 13, 1933, in Glen Fork, a son of the late Walter W. and Thelma Adkins Acord.

David was a U.S. Navy veteran and a member of Russell Missionary Baptist Church in Glen Fork. He was the former chief mechanic at Cook Ford Sales in Oceana, shop foreman at Eastern Associated Coal Harris #1 and retired from Patriot Coal. He enjoyed playing his banjo with his sons and friends; and hunting and fishing.

In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by a brother, Roger Acord; a daughter-in-law, Bonnie Marie Acord; and a granddaughter MyLisa Sue Acord Graham.

Survivors include his loving wife of 61 years, Dorothy Imogene Gunnoe Acord; five sons, Richard Earl Acord of Ravencliff; Tommy Gerald Acord of Bolt; Ronald Durwin (Joetta) Acord of Matewan; Steven Dwayne (Donna) Acord of Fairdale; and Larry (Vickie) Acord of Jesse; a daughter, MyLinda Sue (Jeff) Acord of Jesse; 10 grandchildren and 17 great grand-children and a button due in July 2014; and a host of other loving family and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday Dec. 26, 2013, at New Life Church, Jesse. with Rev. Ernest Francis and Brother Gene Reid officiating. Friends may gather with the family Thursday Dec. 26, 2013, from 6 p.m. until service time and until 9 p.m. following the service at the church.

He will be laid to rest at noon on Friday, Dec. 27, 2013, in Sunset Memorial Park, Beckley.

E-mail letters of sympathy may be sent at

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


Sibyl Louise Linton Ball

Sibyl Louise Linton Ball of Stanaford died Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013, following a short illness. She was 94 years of age.

Condolences may be sent to the family’s guestbook at

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary and Cremation Center.


Della Marie Blake

POWELLTON — Della Marie Blake, age 68, died Dec. 23, 2013.

She was born July 24, 1945, in Powellton, and was the daughter of the late William and Mary Ruth Edwards Hartwell. She was also preceded in death by her husband and father of her children, Basil “Connard” Blake, and her companion Doug Rogers and also her children, Frankie Blake and Tamera Blake.

She was a retired nursing assistant from Montgomery General Extended Care Unit, where she was a resident and president of the Residence Council and she was an avid Christian and she enjoyed teaching and singing.

She was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother and she is survived by her children, Mack Blake and his wife Melissa of Gassaway, Mike Blake and his wife Libby of South Charleston, India Welder and her husband John of Powellton and Monica Stover and her husband Robbie of Franklinville, N.C.;  stepson Jimmy Rogers and his wife Patty of Powellton; brother Kenneth Hartwell of Cleveland, Ohio; sisters Margaret Grindstaff of Mullens and Nancy Compton of Mossy; grandchildren Meagan, Max, Kristen, Jonathan, Callie, Kyndell, Michael, Haley, Joey and Mikey; great-grandchildren Conner and Zoey and many nieces, nephews, friends and Montgomery General Extended Care Unit staff.

Service will be 11 a.m. Saturday at O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery, with Rev. Jeff Floyd officiating. Burial will follow in Kanawha Valley Memorial Gardens at Glasgow.

Friends may call Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home. 

Expressions of sympathy can be sent at

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be sent in Della’s name to the Residences of Montgomery General Extended Care Unit, in care of Elaine Foster.


Mildred Loretta Canterbury

DENVER, N.C. — Mildred Loretta Canterbury, 86, formerly of Jesse, passed away Dec 24, 2013.

Calfee Funeral and Cremation Service is serving the Canterbury family.


P. Audrey Eggleston

FORT MITCHELL, Ky. — P. Audrey Eggleston, age 87, died Sunday, Dec. 22, 201, at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Florence, Ky.

Funeral services will be Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013, at 1 p.m. at the Lobban Funeral Home Chapel, Alderson, with the Rev. Frank Jones officiating. Burial will follow at Mt. Zion Cemetery, Alderson.

Friends may call Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Lobban Funeral Home, Alderson.

Arrangements by Lobban Funeral Home, Alderson.


William Hammond Farrell

VENICE, Fla. — William Hammond Farrell, 87 of Venice, Fla., and Forest Hill, W.Va., died Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013, in Venice.

He was born to Mildred Schillat Farrell and William Hammond Farrell Sr. on Jan. 30, 1926, a wintry day in Montclair, N.J. He attended local schools and graduated from Montclair High School in 1943.

He was an active Boy Scout in Troop 19, and his picture was used on the cover of “Boy’s Life Magazine” when he was 15.

He entered Wheaton College in Wheaton, Ill., in the summer of 1943.

In January 1944 he enlisted in the U.S. Navy, and after his ship was commissioned, he served as its radio operator in the South Pacific and Japan.

“Bill” returned to Wheaton College in the fall of 1946, and majored in history and political science.

There he met Joyce Ferrell, a similar last name, and they were seated together alphabetically in certain classes. Joyce was his wife-to-be, and his goal became to teach history. They were married one week after graduation in 1949. He had been married to Margaret Joyce Farrell for 64-1/2 years.

Bill taught school in a one-room schoolhouse at Ellison Ridge, near Hinton, Summers County, W.Va., in 1950-51.

He later studied at Clark University in Worchester, Mass., and was awarded a Masters Degree in History and International Relations in 1953.

He worked briefly for the Social Security Administration in Clarksburg.

Returning to Montclair, he joined his father in the printing business at the Schillat-Farrell Press in Newark, N.J.

He saw the business progress from hand-set type into computer automation. He printed for many religious organizations, schools, colleges, insurance companies, banks and other customers. He eventually sold the business and worked as consultant before retiring. Retirement years were spent between the farm in West Virginia and Florida.

He grew up a Presbyterian, belonged to Grace Presbyterian Church in Montclair, and was an elder and trustee of the church. He taught Sunday School and was an advisor to the youth groups. He enjoyed services at both of the churches at Forest Hill and at Old Stone Church in Lewisburg. He became an affiliate member of Venice Presbyterian Church, Venice, Fla.

He and Joyce found Venice by boat through friends from Montclair who bought one of Jetty Villas. Soon after, he and Joyce acquired their townhouse in Osprey and lived there in the winter months before moving full time to Village On The Isle in Venice.

He loved doing crossword puzzles, sail-boating, the Jersey Shore and the farm in West Virginia. He was a hard worker who loved his family.

Now experiencing the Wonders of Heaven, he leaves behind his wife, Margaret Joyce; sister, Mildred Elizabeth, Lancaster, Pa.; brother, Robert Frederick, Osprey, Fla; three sons, John William of Hinton, Peter Wayne (Mary Jo), of Burnt Hills, N.Y. Bruce Andrew (Barbara), of Fort Collins, Colo.; five grandchildren, Rachel, Caleb, Luke, Leah and Ryan; and two great-grandchildren, Wesley Peter, and Paivi Elizabeth.

Viewing will be 10 to 11 a.m. with services following at Fairview Baptist Church, Forest Hill, Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013, with interment in the church cemetery. A memorial service will be scheduled later in Venice.

In lieu of flowers, it is requested that a donation be made to Tidewell Hospice, Venice, Fla., or the Fairview Baptist Church at Forest Hill.

Online condolences and guest register at www.pivontfuneralhome. com

Arrangements by Pivont Funeral Home, Hinton.


Herbert Curtis Graham

PINEVILLE  — Herbert Curtis Graham, 85, died Dec. 24, 2013, following a long illness.

Calfee Funeral and Cremation Service is serving the Graham family.


Lloyd Curtis Graham

Lloyd Curtis Graham, 89, of Midway, passed away Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013.

Born Sept. 24, 1924, in Wyoming County to Matthew and Erma McKinney Graham.

Mr. Graham was a member of the Sophia First Baptist Church, where he had previously served as a deacon and Sunday School superintendent for many years. He barbered for 58 years and five days.

Mr. Graham served his country proudly in the U.S. Army. He entered the Army in May 1943, when he had only been out of high school for three days. He was a World War II veteran and was in the Battle of the Bulge two times. He was a recipient of the Good Conduct Medal, American Theater Service Ribbon, European Ribbon, and the World War II Victory Ribbon.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Helen Hope Graham, in 2012; grandson, Michael Belcher in 1998; sister, Annie Ward; brothers, Paris, Perry, Chester and Matthew Graham.

Those left to cherish his memory include a daughter, Nancy Crutcher, of Sophia; a son, Dr. Cecil Graham, of Scottsdale, Ariz.; four grandchildren, Alexa, Taylor, Austin, and Steele, all of Scottsdale, Ariz.; sisters, Versie Hyatt and Effie Lemon, of Ohio; brother, Brady, of Oklahoma and Willard, of Virginia.; sisters and brothers-in-law, Donald and Betty Brown, of Daniels, Buddy and Catherine Odham, of Midway, and Peggy Moran, of Ghent, and a host of nieces and nephews.

Special thanks to his special caregiver Kathy McGraw who took care of him like he was her own father. We could not have had a better caregiver. He thought the world of her. 

Services will be held 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 27, 2013, at Sophia First Baptist Church, Sophia with Pastor Charles Gilbert officiating. Following the services, Mr. Graham will be laid to rest at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Beckley.

Mr. Graham’s nephews, Billy, Thomas, and Dennis Richards, Dwayne Odham, Ronald and Donald Blevins will serve as pallbearers.

Friends may gather with the family Friday from 1 p.m. until time of the service at the church.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Raleigh County Humane Society, 325 Grey Flats Road, Beckley, WV 25801.

Online condolences and other information can be found by visiting

Williams-Blue Ridge Funeral Home, 101 1st Street, Sophia is honored to be serving the family.


Eleanor Ann Hawley

On Friday, Dec. 20, 2013, our most cherished, Eleanor Ann Hawley departed this world to be with Jesus. She was 71 years of age.

Eleanor was devoted to her family of one daughter and three sons. A son, Michael has preceded her in death.

Left to cherish her memory is her daughter, Crystal, and surviving sons, David and his wife, Mary and Steven and his wife Debbie.

Eleanor leaves behind her three grandchildren, Hayley, Jalynn and Heather, and a great-grandchild, Zayden.

A “Service of Remembrance” for Eleanor will be on Friday, Dec. 27, at 1 p.m. at the Melton Mortuary Chapel. Pastor Roger Pauley will be officiating. The family will receive friends from noon until the service hour.

Eleanor will be laid to rest in Sunset Memorial Park. Family members will serve as pallbearers.

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

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary and Cremation Center.


Lula Mae ‘Lou’ Long

LINDSIDE — Lula Mae “Lou” Long, 83, died Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013, at Country View Assisted Living in Peterstown.

Funeral service will be 1 p.m., Friday, Dec. 27, 2013, at Lindside United Methodist Church, Lindside, with Pastor Brent Brown and Pastor Tommy Mounts officiating. 

Burial will follow in the Long Family Cemetery, Lindside. 

Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until time of the service at 1 p.m. at the church. 

The family would like to express their sincere thanks to the staff at Country View Assisted Living for their wonderful care and compassion shown to Lou during her stay. 

Online guestbook can be signed or condolences may be sent to the Long family at 

Arrangements by Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home, Peterstown.


Lee B. Martin

BALLARD — Lee B. Martin, 94, died Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013, at Riverview Nursing Home, Rich Creek, Va.

Arrangements are incomplete at Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home, Peterstown.


Frankie McClung Meadows

RUPERT — Frankie Irene McClung Meadows, 83, died Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013.

Services will be 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 28, in the Sewell Valley Baptist Church, Rainelle.

Friends may call two hours before the service from 11 a.m. to 1p.m. at the church.

Arrangements by Smathers Funeral Chapel Inc., Rainelle.


Irene Parker

MULLENS — Helen Irene Graham Parker, 70, passed away at home with her husband by her side on Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013, after a courageous battle with lung cancer.

Born Nov. 27, 1943, at Baileysville, she was the daughter of the late Herbert and Kathleen (Bradley) Graham.

Irene was a sweet, loving, and devoted wife, mother, “Nanny” and friend. She was extremely proud of her grandchildren and loved them dearly. She was deeply of the Christian faith and was a hairdresser for 45 years and operated her own salon (Irene’s Beauty Salon) in Mullens. She was a graduate of The Little French Beauty Academy, a supporter for sick and hospitalized terminally ill children, supporting many charities throughout the years, and was also an avid animal lover, caring for, and feeding any animal in need.

Irene enjoyed her love of flowers, photography and writing children’s stories. During her husband’s two terms as Wyoming County sherriff, Helen proudly supported him during his campaigns and loved the town of Mullens and people in Wyoming County.

In addition to her parents she is also preceded in death by her in-laws, Cloyd and Kathleen Parker; and one brother, Dennis Graham.

Those left to cherish her memory include her husband of 43 years, C.S. “Sherill” Parker of Mullens; her son, Scott Parker and his wife, Kim and their three children, Nicholas, Kaitlyn and Chandler, of Beckley; her son, Patrick R. Parker and his son, Parker Jace, of Charleston; a very special friend that she looked at as a son, Carl Sears; and the family is eternally grateful to her caregiver and friend, Tina Lawson of Corinne; hospice nurse, Teresa Lopez; and her family physician and friend, Dr. Dominador Lao.

Services will be 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 27, 2013, at Mullens Pentecostal Holiness Church with Rev. Lewis Arnold officiating. Burial will follow in Roselawn Memorial Gardens, Princeton.

Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013, at the church and one hour prior to services Friday at the church.

Wyoming County Sherriff’s Department Deputies will serve as pallbearers, along with honorary pallbearers, Scott Parker, Patrick R. Parker, Nicholas Parker and Carl Sears.

Online condolences may be expressed to the family at

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

The family of Irene Parker is being cared for by Tankersley Funeral Home, Mullens.


Elsie May Beals Taylor

WRISTON — Elsie May Beals Taylor, 95, died Friday, Dec. 20, 2013, at Hilltop Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Hilltop.

Born June 20, 1918, at Cheyenne, Okla., she was the daughter of the late Abe and Bertha Kiser Beals.

Mrs. Taylor was a member of the Loop Creek Baptist Church at Wriston.

Her first husband, Luther Copley; second husband, Ernest Taylor; grandson, Robert Settle; great-granddaughter, Montana Rose Riser; sisters, Gladys Blake and Virginia Ina Garrett; and brothers, David Beals, Kenneth Beals and Martin Beals all preceded her in death.

Survivors include her children, Betty Phillips and husband Virgil, of Ashland, Ohio, Franklin D. Copley and wife Barbara, of Latonia, Ky. and Eva Mae Settle and husband, James of Wriston; three sisters, Odella Pennington, of Beards Fork, Evelyn Abbott, of Oak Hill and Edna Kincaid, of Oak Hill; 11 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and 28 great-great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013, at 2 p.m. at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill with Rev. Charles Webb officiating. Burial will be at High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill.

Friends may call one hour prior to the service on Saturday at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.


Michael Dale Wells

LYNCO — Michael Dale Wells, 53, passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013, in Raleigh General Hospital, Beckley.

E-mail letters of sympathy may be sent at

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


Ivyanna LaShay Wright

SILOAM, N.C. — Ivyanna LaShay Wright, 13, became an angel of God on Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013. 

Born December 13, 2000, in Stokes County, N.C., she was the adopted daughter of her grandmother Marsha Lynn Wright, of Siloam, and the granddaughter of Jerry Conner, of Hinton.

Besides her grandmother and grandfather, she is survived by her biological mother Crystal Lynn Wheeler and husband Brandon; two sisters, Shianne Renee McHone, Eden Raine Conner, and one step-brother Aiden Scott Wheeler all of Siloam. Others left to cherish her memory are three uncles, Ronnie Wright and companion Francis of Madams Creek, Billy Ray Wright of Charleston, Randy Wright and companion Faith, of Pineville. Four aunts, Carolyn Foster and husband Danny of Jumping Branch, Debra Woods and husband Darrell of Sarasota, Fla., Sharon Ward and husband Oliver of Hix, Christy Wright and companion Tommy, of Jumping Branch, and two special uncles Harry Bennett of Hinton, and Buddy Dawson Sr. of Siloam. She is also survived by a host of loving great aunts, great uncles and numerous cousins. 

She was preceded in death by her maternal great-grandparents, Billy Keith Wright, and Glenna Ruth Wright. Her uncle Roy Kevin Wright and her namesake cousin Ivan Wayne Gill.  

Although, Miss Ivy, as she was fondly referred to, had cerebral palsy, she always spread an abundance of love and joy to all of whom she met. 

Ivy was a participant in Special Olympics, and won several trophies and ribbons for her softball participation, wheelchair races and other events. During the Surry County North Carolina Agriculture Fair, her beautiful paintings brought two first place winnings, and four second place winnings.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers. 

In lieu of flowers please bring a doll or teddy bear to be donated to Special Olympics honor of Miss Ivy. All of her family feels today she walks in the presence of the Lord, and if she could speak to us now, she would remind us all, no matter individual’s adversities, we should follow His word and love all the children of the world, as we so loved her.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Dec., 27, 2013, at Pivont Funeral Home Chapel in Hinton. Burial will follow in Lilly-Crews Cemetery at Nimtiz.

Friends may call  at the funeral home Friday from 1 p.m. until time of services.

Online condolences and guest register at

Arrangements by Pivont Funeral Home, Hinton.