The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


December 28, 2013

Obituaries — Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013

Helen H. Evans

DELTONA, Fla. — Mrs. Helen H. Evans, age 89, of Deltona, Florida, passed away on Monday, December 23, 2013, at Hospice of Volusia/Flagler in Orange City, Florida.

Helen was born January 30, 1924, in Kinsale, Virginia, the daughter of Frank A. and Roberta V. Hardwick.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 40 years, Robert Evans Sr., brother Frank Hardwick and sister Maryanne Baker.

Survivors include her two daughters, Janet L. Montgomery (husband Danny) of Deltona, Florida, and Cindy R. Fowler of Daytona Beach, Florida, and one son, Robert W. Evans Jr. (wife Kathy) of Frederick, MD; as well as six grandchildren (Tiffany and Evan, Shaun and Erin, and Corey and Cody); one great-granddaughter (Sophia), and her brother, Snowden V. Hardwick of DeBary, FL.

Helen was a retired banker from Citizens Bank of Maryland and Raleigh County National Bank in West Virginia. She loved spending time with her family and friends. She also enjoyed playing cards, bingo and bringing laughter into people’s lives.

She was a blessing to those who were fortunate enough to have her in their lives and will be dearly missed.

Visitation for family and friends will be Saturday, December 28th, 6 to 8 p.m. at Deltona Memorial Funeral Home. Funeral Service will be held Sunday, December 29th, 11 a.m. at the funeral home with Chaplain David Meyer officiating.

Contributions may be made in her memory to Halifax Health, Hospice of Volusia Flagler, 3800 Woodbriar Trail, Port Orange, FL 32129.

Deltona Memorial Funeral Home, 1295 Saxon Boulevard, Orange City, Florida 32763, 386-775-4260,

Edith Halstead Lilly

Darling Edith Halstead Lilly, age 92, of MacArthur, died at the Bowers Hospice House in Cranberry on Dec. 25th, 2013.

Edith, affectionately known as Bunny by her family and friends, was a beloved daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, aunt, cousin, friend and a Child of God.

She was the widow of Roger Merrill Lilly and the mother of Mason R. Lilly of MacArthur, Mark A. Lilly and wife, Brenda Kay Lilly, of Beckley and grandmother of Henry and Melinda Lilly of Beckley and Jay and Sarah Lilly of Berea, KY, sons of Mason Lilly. Although grandsons were often interchangeable with her sons, her love for family knew no discrimination or order.

Edith was one of fourteen children born to Charles A. and Cordia Ann Lilly Halstead. She was preceded in death by her parents, five brothers, Mason, Tennis, William (Bill), Paul and Charles Halstead, and six sisters, Mildred Aliff, Nora Adkins, Blanche Martin, Edna Nowlan, Ruby Crooks, and Ann Halsey.

Those left to cherish her memory are Lois Banks and husband, Dr. James W. Banks, of Union and Mary Rodgers of Charleston.

Although Edith made everyone feel special, she will be missed by her special niece, Cordia Halstead of Beckley, and many other surviving nieces and nephews.

Edith was a faithful member of Sovereign Grace Chapel and a Christian sister to many.

Funeral services will be on Sunday, Dec. 29th, at 3 p.m. at the Melton Mortuary Chapel. Pastor Walter Pendleton will be officiating. Interment will be at the Sunset Memorial Park.

The family will receive friends Saturday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at the mortuary and one hour prior to the services on Sunday.

Pallbearers will be grandsons, Henry and Jay Lilly, Jerry Pegram, David Shrader, Casey Shrader and Paul Pendleton.

The family extends their heartfelt thanks to Bowers Hospice House for their care and compassion of our beloved Bunny in her final days. The family urges that any donations be made to Hospice of Southern West Virginia, PO Box 1472, Beckley, WV 25802.

Condolences may be sent to the family’s guestbook at

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary and Cremation Center, Beckley, WV.

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