The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

January 1, 2014

Obituaries — Wednesday, Jan. 1, 1014

Gerald S. Bennett

Gerald S. Bennett, 80, of Fenwick Mt., passed away Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013.

Services will be Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014 at 1 p.m. in Simons-Coleman Funeral Home, Richwood.

Friends may call Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014 from noon till service time here in the funeral home with Pastor Jack Cole officiating.

Interment will be in Russell Cemetery, Craigsville.

Arrangements were made by Simons-Coleman Funeral Home Richwood, WV.


John Ray Cox

On Sunday, Dec. 29th, 2013, our most cherished, John Ray Cox, of Daniels went home to be with the Lord after a long Illness. He was in his 81st year.   

One of ten children, John Ray was born on July 19, 1932 at Skelton. He was the son of the late Charles A. and Nellie Sydenstricker Cox. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Carl Hubert Cox, Raymond J. Cox, Howard L. Cox, Samuel T. Cox, Charles A. Cox and sisters, Gracie M. Cox and Glennis Green. He is the dear brother of his surviving sisters, Eva Freeman of Clarksville, Tenn. and Lucille Palmer and her husband, Frank, of Beckley.

John worked for Kroger. He retired with 44 years of service. In his leisure time he enjoyed wood working and bowling. John loved time spent with his family. In his later years, he cherished the time with his grandchildren.

In addition to his sisters, John leaves to cherish his memory, his beloved wife, the former Sarah Lilly. To their union was born a son and two daughters. His oldest daughter, Teresa Ann has preceded him in death. He was the dear father to Susan Jackson and her husband, Andrew of Willamsburg, Va. and John Randall Cox and his wife, Julie of Clayton, N.C. He was the doting grandfather of Andrea Jackson and Savannah Jackson of Williamsburg and Mari and William Cox of Clayton.

Today, Wednesday, New Years Day we will remember the life of John Ray Cox at the Melton Mortuary Chapel. The Service of Remembrance will be conducted at 1 p.m. The Rev. Paul Zutaut will be officiating. John will be laid to rest beside his daughter, Teresa Ann at the Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens at Prosperity. And now, “Oh Glad Reunion.”  Family members and friends will serve as pallbearers. Friends may gather with the family from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Cox family would like to publicly acknowledge the Hill Top Nursing Center for compassion and care they gave to John.

As we, John’s family look to the New Year, we feel a little closer to Heaven.  May he and Teresa Ann forever rest in peace together.    

Condolences may be sent to the family’s guestbook at

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


Betty Jean Bennett Denton

Betty Jean Bennett Denton, 76, of Oak Hill, died on Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013.

Funeral services will be Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014 at 2 p.m. at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill.

Burial will be at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Prosperity.

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, WV.


Eugene Deskins

LOGAN — Eugene Deskins, 61, of Logan, departed this life on Monday, December 30, 2013.

Funeral services will be held at the First Baptist Church of McConnell on Friday, January 3, 2014 at 2 p.m. with Pastor John E. Godby officiating. Burial will follow in Mountain View Memory Gardens at Maher, W.Va.

Friends may call on the family from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m., Thursday, January 2, 2014 at the church.

For e-mail condolences go to:

Honaker Funeral Home of Logan is in charge of the arrangements.


Lottie Lynn Foster

Lottie Lynn Foster, 47, of Richwood, passed away Saturday, Dec. 29, 2013.

Services held Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014, at 11 a.m. in West Virginia Memorial Gardens Mausoleum, Calvin, with Rev. Pat Green officiating.

Burial will be in West Virginia Memorial Gardens, Calvin.

Simons-Coleman Funeral Home, Richwood, WV is in charge of arrangements.


Lula Virginia Fuller

Lula Virginia Fuller, 91, of Lula Lane, Keyrock Road, Pineville passed away Monday, Dec. 30, 2013 at Wyoming Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, New Richmond, where she had been a resident for several years.

Born Nov. 14, 1922, at Asco, she was the daughter of the late William H. “Bill” Brooks and Margaret E. Rose Brooks of Indian Creek.

She was a former employee of Holloway Drug Store. She loved to share stories from her years working at the store.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Donald Fuller and an infant child; four sisters, Virginia “Virgie” Short, Gladys Ellison, Pearl Phillips and Edith Lester; five brothers, Charles “Buddy” Brooks, Howard Brooks, William “Greevor” Brooks, James H. “Dutch” Brooks and Walter Brooks.

She is survived by many nieces and nephews.

 A celebration of Lula’s life will be held at 1 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014 in the Calfee Funeral Service Chapel with the Elder Bryce Phillips and Elder Russell McCoy officiating

Burial will follow at Palm Memorial Gardens, Matheny. Nephews will serve as pallbearers.

The family will receive friends from noon until the time of the service.

The family wishes to express their gratitude to the Wyoming Nursing and Rehabilitation Center for their love for Lou Lou. Their care and compassion for her as her health declined due to Alzheimer’s.

Online guest book may be signed at

Calfee Funeral and Cremation Service of Pineville is serving the Fuller family.


Yvette Marie Lester

Yvette Marie Lester, 48, of Lynco, passed away Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013 at Cabell Huntington Hospital, Huntington.

E-mail letters of sympathy may be sent at

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


Kenneth Lee McClung

Kenneth Lee McClung, 66, a resident of Heartland Nursing Home of Rainelle, passed away Monday, Dec. 30, 2013 from a long illness.

He was born Dec. 7, 1947 in Rupert.

Preceding him in death was his daughter, Hazel D. (DeeDee) McClung, his son, Ray M. Stinson, and his parents, Doyle and Hazel McClung.

Kenneth is survived by his wife, Norma J. McClung of Rainelle; four more daughters, Maria Gaynor and husband Larry of Charleston, Deborah Cruse of Valley Bend, Randa McClung of Aiken, S.C., Lorria Gabbert and husband Larry of McRoss; 12 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; three brothers, Tommy McClung and wife Carolyn of Ricmond, Va., Buck McClung and wife Dessie of Fla., Ronnie McClung and wife Ellen of Rupert; and a loving sister-in-law that was a caregiver to him, Wanda Buttrum of Rupert.

Kenneth was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He was an honorable man who was respected and love by many. He was a Vietnam veteran and a coal miner. He was also a member of the Victory Temple Church, where the family will receive friends on Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014 at 11 a.m. on Tommie Hall Road in Rupert.

Officiating the memorial service will be brothers in the Lord: Felix Baker and Gary Cooper.

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace, Rainelle, WV.


Edna Myles

Edna Myles, 79, of Daniels, passed away Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at Raleigh General Hospital.

Arrangements are pending completion at Rose and Quesenberry, 729 Flat Top Rd., Shady Spring.


Elizabeth Irene ‘Rennie’ Pugh

Elizabeth Irene “Rennie” Pugh, 87, of Danese, passed away early Monday morning, Dec. 30, 2013, at Beckley Appalachian Regional Healthcare, following a long illness.

Born Jan. 29, 1926, at Kathryn, she was the daughter of the late Theodore and Eliza O’Conner Kincaid.

She was a member of Chestnut Knob Christian Church of Layland, and also attended Faith Community Church of Beckley.

Rennie was a mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and a homemaker.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Owen Otis Pugh, Sr., a daughter, Linda Keller and several sisters.

Survivors include five sons, Otis Pugh (Janet) of Layland, George Pugh of Danese, Donald Pugh (Susan) of Saturday Road, Hico, Bobby Pugh (Sandy) of Mich., Larry Pugh (Fran) of Maplewood; 15 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; eight great-great-grandchildren and one brother, Kenneth Kincaid, of Fla.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014 at Wallace & Wallace Chapel in Rainelle, with Marvin Mullens and Jason Lowe officiating. Burial will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens at Prosperity. Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday evening at the funeral home.

Special thanks goes to her caregiver, Helen Burdette of Piney View.

Please send online condolences to

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace of Rainelle.


Donald Gene Toler

BRENTON — Donald Gene Toler, 76, of Brenton, passed away Tuesday, December 31, 2013.

Calfee Funeral and Cremation Service of Pineville is serving the Toler family.


Joann Feazell Wood

SEA LEVEL, N.C. — Joann Feazell Wood, 77, formerly of Oak Hill and Fayetteville, W.Va., passed away Tuesday, December 24, 2013.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, January 4, 2014 at Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, Fayetteville, with Pastor Jackie Pittman officiating. Burial will follow at Huse Memorial Park, Fayetteville.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made in her memory to Victory Junction, 4500 Adams Way, Randleman, NC 27317.     

For those wishing to express their condolences to the Wood family, you may do so by visiting our website at

Arrangements are entrusted to Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, 350 West Maple Avenue, Fayetteville.


Carol Woolwine

Carol Woolwine, 59, of Oceana, went home to be with the Lord, on Saturday, December 28, 2013 following a long illness.

Born December 10, 1954, in South Carolina, she was the daughter of the late Bill and Nancy Lucille Faile.

Carol was “Mom” to all the neighborhood kids. She loved taking care of all of the children that came to her house over the years. She enjoyed being with her family and riding with her late husband Randy when he traveled all over the U.S. in his “Big Rig”. Carol loved the Lord, and He was her comfort  during her illness.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death on January 28, 2013 by her husband Randy Woolwine, her son Jason Dean Howard on January 6, 2011.

Those left to cherish her memory include her daughter Tiffany Howard and her companion Adrain Brown. Her Grandson Donovan Howard, who was her heart. Her brother Ronald Conner, and James “Pookie” Bledsoe, whom she considered her son, her stepdaughter Nora Smith and her children, and her very dear friend B.J. Chandler.

In keeping with Carol’s wishes, she will be cremated with a memorial service at a later date in South Carolina.

Online condolences can be sent to the family by visiting

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