The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

January 3, 2014

Obituaries — Friday, Jan. 3, 2014

Basil Junior Casey

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS — Basil Junior Casey, 57, died Dec. 26, 2013, at his home.

Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014, in the chapel of Shanklin Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until service time.

Shanklin Funeral Home, White Sulphur Springs, is serving the family.

Doris Lavain ‘Vannie’ Cook

OCEANA — Doris LaVain “Vannie” Cook, 57, died Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014, at Welch Community Hospital, Welch.

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

Jacquelyn Fortney

STOLLONGS — Jacquelyn “Jackie” Fortney, 83, died Wednesday Jan. 1, 2014. 

Funeral services will be held Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014, at 1 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Logan, with Pastor Tim Barnhouse officiating. 

Friends may call on the family Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. at Honaker Funeral Home in Logan.

The family will have a private burial service at a later date.

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Honaker Funeral Home of Logan is in charge of arrangements.

James M. Fox

James M. Fox, 73, of Stanaford, died Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014, following a long illness.

Arrangements are pending completion with Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley.

Phyllis Jean Howerton

Phyllis Jean Howerton, beloved wife, mother, grandmother and friend went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014.

Born June 22, 1946, at Affinity, she was a daughter of the late Herbert and Leora Clinton.

Phyllis loved crocheting, reading, spending time with her children and grandchildren. She was a nurses’ aide at Heartland of Beckley for approximately 22 years. She was of the Baptist faith and had a special love for her pets.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, William Wilson Clinton Sr. and Earl Eugene Clinton; nephew, Archie Wilson Clinton; great-niece, Kirstyn Clinton. She was the last surviving member of her immediate family.

Those left to cherish her memory include her loving husband of 49 years whom she married on Aug. 13, 1964, Harold Howerton; four daughters, Deanna “Dee” Maxey and husband, Bobby of Crab Orchard, Dana Howerton and companion, Ronnie Woods of Beckley, Lori Howerton of Coal City, and Brittany Thompson of Beckley; a son, Brandon Howerton of Beckley; two grandchildren, Carrie Maxey of Crab Orchard and Scott Thomas Jr. of Coal City; great-grandchild, Tayven Hall; and her sisters-in-law, whom she loved dearly and looked at them as sisters in Christ, Ruth Iskander, Onita Lose, Barbara Clinton, Connie Howerton and Mae Pugh and the late Sharon Howerton; extended family and a host of friends.

She had inspired and touched many lives on her journey while on Earth and she was known by many as “MawMaw.”

A service to celebrate the life of Phyllis Jean Howerton will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014, at Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley with Pastor Gary Williams officiating. Following the services, she will be laid to rest at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Beckley.

Friends may gather with the family from 1 p.m. until time of the service Saturday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made in her memory to the Muscular Dystrophy Association

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 Howerton Family.

Floyd R. ‘Randy’ Kegley

PRINCETON  — Floyd R. "Randy" Kegley, 82, died Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014. 

Arrangements by Bailey-Kirk Funeral Home in Princeton.

Yvette Marie Lester

LYNCO — Yvette Marie Lester, 48, died Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013, at Cabell Huntington Hospital, Huntington, following a short battle with cancer.

Funeral service will be held at noon Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014, in the Chapel of Stafford Family Funeral Home, Lynco, with Brother Gary Walker officiating. She will be laid to rest in Hickory Ridge Cemetery, Bud Mountain.

Friends may call from 10 a.m. until service time at the funeral home. Pallbearers will be family and friends.

E-mail letters of sympathy may be sent at

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

Arthur ‘Buddy’ Marcum Jr.

It is with great sadness that we the family of Arthur Marcum, Jr. announce his passing.

Our “Buddy,” as he was affectionately known, left for “Biker’s Heaven” on Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013, at his home in MacArthur, surrounded by family and friends that loved him so.

Born on Jan. 2, 1951, Buddy was six days shy of his 63rd birthday. Buddy had battled cancer privately for a very short time. He was seen out and about just days before his short illness. 

He was the son of the late Arthur and Esther Zippith Marcum Sr. In addition to his parents, Buddy was preceded in death by his wife, Charlene, and a sister, Kimberley Tolliver.

A retired coal miner and a member of the UMWA, Buddy was an AVID motorcycle rider. A member of the Beckley Moose Lodge 1606, he was also a member of the “Inner Circle” at Jimmies’ Place (where all GOOD PEOPLE are a member of the Inner Circle.) He will be sadly missed by all his friends. In these later years of his life, Buddy has immensely enjoyed taking his grandson, Lyric, fishing and loving on his granddaughter, Ezra.

In addition to his beloved grandchildren, Buddy leaves to cherish his memory, his only child and mother of his grandchildren, Tiffany Bauguess and her husband, Michael; he was the fond brother of Dinah Lilly, Anita Canaday, Delessa Lytle, Lyle Marcum, and Joyceann Davidson. His good friend, Teresa Brown, survives as well. It is all just too soon, but we his family must let him go. God speed until we are all together again.  

On Saturday, Jan. 4, at 1 p.m. we shall remember Buddy with a “Service of Remembrance” at the Melton Mortuary Chapel. The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. until the service hour at 1 p.m. 

Buddy’s close friends will be officiating at his service. He will be laid to rest in the Sunset Memorial Park. The honor of carrying Buddy has been given to Woody Pegram, Bill Shumate, Mike Black, Dick Carpender, Todd “Turtle” Kelly, Tim “Chewy” Chewning, David Heaton, and Al Sines. Christian Burks is an honorary pallbearer.

Following Buddy’s burial, there will be a repast at Jimmies’ Place, 727 South Kanawha Street, Beckley. A time of celebration, food and remembering will be had by all. Dress casually for the funeral. If the weather is good, ride your motorcycle!    

And now we must say goodbye. To Buddy, short on years, long on life; a free spirit, who lived to love the simple things, trails, streams and sunsets. May you rest in peace.

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

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary and Cremation Center, Beckley.

Randy ‘Shorty’ Matthews

KEGLEY — Randy "Shorty" Matthews, 48, died Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013. 

Arrangements by Bailey-Kirk Funeral Home in Princeton.

Edna Lou Myles

Edna Lou Myles, age 79, of Daniels, passed away at the Raleigh Center in Daniels on Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013.

Born Dec. 12, 1934, in  Daniels, she was the daughter of the late Phillip Lester and Elizabeth Basham Lester.

Mrs. Myles was a homemaker, and attended the Grace Gospel Church. She had made Daniels her home for most of her life.

Mrs. Myles was preceded in death by her husband, Harold K. Myles.

Survivors include her children, Harold Dean Myles and his wife Lois of Daniels, and April Sue Lesher and her husband Kevin of Beckley; two sisters, Dorothy Massie of Daniels, and Frances Chapman and her husband Jackie of Cool Ridge; three grandchildren, Jamie Sue Martin and her husband Scott, Kimberly James Stafford and her husband Christian, and Lily Myles; a great-grandchild, Colton Martin, a special friend Marybeth Chapman of Cool Ridge.

Funeral services will be conducted at Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home Shady Spring Chapel Friday, Jan. 3, 2014, at 1 p.m. with Pastor Jack Thomas officiating. Entombment will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens Mausoleum at Prosperity. 

Friends may visit with the family from 11 a.m. until service time Friday. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

Private online condolences, floral tributes, and other expressions of sympathy may be directed to the family via our guestbook at

Arrangements are by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home Shady Spring Chapel, 729 Flat Top Road, Shady Spring.

Billy J. Philyaw

RAVEN CLIFF — Billy J. Philyaw, of Raven Cliff and Boonville, N.C., died Dec. 23, 2013.

Mr. Philyaw requested to be cremated, and due to inclement weather, the memorial service at the Church of God Prophecy in Raven Cliff will be announced at a later date. 

Gentry Family Funeral Service of Yadkinville N.C., is serving the family. Online condolences may be made to

Rachel Marie Richmond

Rachel Marie Smith Richmond of The Villages of Greystone, formerly of Russell Street, Beckley, died Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014. She was 96 years of age. 

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

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary and Cremation Center, Beckley.

Robert ‘Bob’ C. Ripley

Robert “Bob” C. Ripley, Sr., 89, of Rainelle, passed away Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013, at Greenbrier Valley Medical Center, Fairlea, with his sons, Carl and David, as well as Dr. Haven N. Wall Jr., M.D., by his side.

Bob was born on Sept. 14, 1924, in Rainelle, son of the late John and Ruth Carr Ripley. He was preceded in death by his lovely wife, Mary Frances Whitlock Ripley (June 5, 2009); they were married for 61 years. Bob was also predeceased by two brothers: Fred Ripley (Sept. 28, 1996), John Stuart Ripley (Jan. 13, 2011), and brother-in-law, Merrill Whitlock (Sept. 7, 1997).

An active member of the Rainelle United Methodist Church since 1956 until his mobility declined last year, Bob sang in the choir and was active in a variety of other capacities including treasurer of the Trustee Committee for over 50 years.

From 1943 through 1952, Bob worked at Johnstown Coal and Coke, Belburn, W.Va., and Burnrite Coal Co. In 1953, he became a salesman at Deligne Ford and Mercury in Ansted. In 1956, he went back to work at Johnstown Coal and Coke at the #4 mine at Panther Creek. In 1958 he joined Dodson-Hager Ford Sales, at Rupert, and was Sales Manager through 1963. When Dodson-Hager Ford moved from Rupert to Rainelle, he became a partner as he continued as Sales Manager from 1963 through 1990.

Bob was one of the original directors at First State Bank and Trust of Rainelle for 25 years while also serving as chairman of the board at First State Bank and Trust of Rainelle for a number of years. First State Bank and Trust has now become part of City Holding Co. headquartered in Cross Lanes, W.Va. As a civic-minded person, he was active on Rainelle Town Council for years as well the Greenbrier County Planning Commission.

A few weeks ago in early December, Bob was recognized and honored in receiving a 45-year member pin for his dedication and work with the Rainelle Lions Club. He was also a 48-year member of the Midland Trail Masonic Lodge No. 166.

Bob was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother and uncle. He cherished spending time with family and friends.

Bob is survived by two sons, Rev. Robert Carl Ripley Jr. of Arlington, Va., and David Lee Ripley (wife Beth) of Fredericksburg, Va,; 2 granddaughters: Kristin Grigonis (husband Brandon) of Gloucester, Va., Kaitlyn Ripley (fiance Eric Rehbein) of Fredericksburg, Va.; and great-granddaughter Arber Grigonis of Gloucester, Va.

He is also survived by two brothers, Jim Ripley (Padi) of Austin, Texas, Sam Ripley (Marlene) of Rainelle, and six sisters: Betty Blackburn of Reynoldsburg, Ohio, Helen Hanson of Rainelle, Peggy Barker of New Orleans, La., Phyllis Cool (Keith) of Ripley, Shirley Osborne (Charles) of Tampa, Fla., and Vivian Lusher of Rainelle; sister-in-law Mary Ray Whitlock of Cornstalk; and a host of nieces and nephews and other fond relatives and friends.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 3, 2014, at Smathers Funeral Chapel Inc., 1109 Main St., Rainelle. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014, at Rainelle United Methodist Church, 617 Kanawha Ave., Rainelle, WV, 25962, with Pastor Sam Groves officiating, assisted by Rev. Ron McCauley. Entombment will follow the memorial service in the Wallace Memorial Mausoleum at Clintonville.

A reception in the Fellowship Hall of Rainelle United Methodist Church will immediately follow the entombment.

In lieu of flowers, donations of sympathy may be made to Rainelle United Methodist Church Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 646, Rainelle, WV 25962.

Arrangements by Smathers Funeral Chapel Inc., Rainelle.

Peggy Jo Almond Shiver

CHARLESTON, S.C. — Peggy Jo Almond Shiver, 75, passed away on Dec. 23, 2013, surrounded by family and friends.

She was born on March 25, 1938, in Lego, W.Va., to Levi and Jennie Bell Almond.

She graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in Beckley and from Marshall University in Huntington. She worked at the Charleston Post and Courier as a zone manager for the circulation department for many years and retired in 2000. After her retirement she continued working as a distributor for the Post and Courier. She was of the Baptist faith.

She is survived by her husband of 48 years, Edwin “Leon” Shiver; two daughters, JoLynn Shiver Dasch DeFee and Laura Jane Shiver; three grandchildren, David M. Dasch III, Wesley T. DeFee, Laura “Kylie” Dorothy; five siblings, Levi G. “Jr.” Almond (Arna Mae), Donald E. Almond (Kitty), Theodore H. Almond (Betty), Michael A. Almond (Loretha) and Carol J. Almond Bailey (Richard); sisters-in-law, Marian Norris (Bill) and Betty Sue Villeponteaux; and numerous beloved nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her mother and father, and eight siblings, Kathryn Almond Giletto, Margaret Almond Jenkins, John W. “Billy” Almond, Mary Almond, Richard R. “Dicky” Almond, Frederick L. “Fred” Almond, Robert L. “Jack” Almond and Gerald R. “Jerry” Almond.

Funeral service was held Friday, Dec. 27, 2013, at Carolina Memorial Funeral Home.

Arrangements by Carolina Memorial Park, Funerals and Cremations, 7113 Rivers Avenue, North Charleston, SC 29406. 843-797-2222.

Jason Daniel ‘Bart’ Simpson

OCEANA — Jason Daniel “Bart” Simpson, 36, died Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013, at Raleigh General Hospital, Beckley.

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

Arthur Testerman Jr.

GILBERT — Arthur Testerman Jr., 76, died Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014.

Friends may call Friday, Jan. 3, 2014, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Mounts Funeral Home, Gilbert.

Funeral service will be Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014, at 1 p.m. at Four Winds Tabernacle Church, Gilbert, with Pastor Rev Clayton Cline officiating.

Janice Curtis Walker

Janice Curtis Walker of Stanaford died Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014, at Hidden Valley Center following a short illness. She was 73 years of age.

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

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary and Cremation Center, Beckley.