The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

October 25, 2012

Obituaries — Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012

Louella Amar

Mrs. Louella Amar, 82, of Glenn Ave., Beckley, passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012.

Arrangements are pending completion at Durgan Funeral Home, 1501 S. Kanawha St., Beckley.

Juanita Marie Brakefield

Juanita Marie Brakefield, 87, of Coal City, went home to be with the Lord on October 24, 2012. She died peacefully at home and was among her family.

Born at Lego, W.Va., on February 10, 1925, she was the daughter of the late Ralph L. Lilly and Aldie Reedy Harvey Lilly.

She was a Christian and of the Baptist faith, Juanita was a charter member of the Princewick Missionary Baptist Church. She taught Sunday school and was a President of the Mission Circle. She then became a member of the Sunset Hills Missionary Baptist Church. She was also active in the visitation of the sick of the community and assisted in church work. In her younger years she worked for Mountain Market and Shumates Grocery in Coal City, W.Va. She loved to fellowship with her friends and family and would want them to eat something before they left her home. She will be sadly missed by all those who knew her.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, John Dewey Brakefield, following 65 years of marriage; a grandson, Steven Brakefield; a daughter-in-law, Andrea Sue Brakefield, a sister, Loretta Crews and husband, Andrew; and brothers, Hershal, Harold, and Bobbie Lilly.

Those left to cherish her memory include three sons, Bennie Brakefield and wife, Catherine, Lemuel D. Brakefield of Coal City, and Larry Brakefield and wife, Judy of Elkridge, Md.; a sister, Patricia Cook and husband, Ralph of Dothan, Ala.; three brothers, Dewey H. Lilly and wife, Lavera of Beckley, and Ralph “Cripp” Lilly and wife, Grace of Romulus, Mich.; also, grandchildren, Sheila Canterbury, Aaron N. Brakefield, Jonathan Brakefield, Robert Brakefield, Jennifer Brakefield, Stacy Brakefield; three great-grandchildren, Madison Brakefield, Erich Brakefield, and Alyssa Brakefield.

The family would like to thank all of the friends and family who visited in time of sickness, the church for your prayers and cards, Mrs. Nedra Lilly and caretaker, Yulaine Murphy, and Hospice of Southern W.Va.

Services will be 1 p.m. Saturday, October 27, 2012 at the Sunset Hills Missionary Baptist Church, Coal City, with Pastor Timothy Mitchem and former Pastor Melvin Jamison officiating. Following the services Juanita will be laid to rest beside her husband, John at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Beckley.

Friends may gather with the family from noon until time of service Saturday at the church.

Online condolences and other information can be found by visiting

Williams-Blue Ridge Funeral Home, 101 1st St., Sophia, is in charge of the arrangements.

Jim Remely ‘Whitey’ Brown Jr.

GLEN FORK — Jim Remely “Whitey” Brown Jr., 51, of Glen Fork, passed away Tuesday,  October 23, 2012, at the Bowers Hospice House Beckley.

E-mail letters of sympathy may be sent at

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

Shirley Lou Coleman

Shirley Lou Coleman, age 69, of Maxwell Hill, Beckley, passed away on Monday, October 22, 2012 at the Raleigh General Hospital in Beckley.

Born on December 27, 1942, in Charleston, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Jewell Hammon Shamblin and Olif Dayton Shamblin.

Mrs. Coleman was a homemaker, and was a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church.

She had made her home at Maxwell Hill for most of her life.

Mrs. Coleman was preceded in death by her husband, Bill Coleman, a son, James Jackson Coleman.

Those survivors left to cherish her memory include her children; Marsha Jackson of Charleston, Bill Coleman and his wife Donna of Lester, Tammy Holstein of Beckley, six step daughters and two step sons; brothers, Jack, Luther, Greg, Kenville, and "Shorty", all of Charleston; sisters, Jinny and Carolyn, both of Charleston; many grandchildren and great grandchildren are also among her survivors.

Committal services will be conducted at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens Mausoleum at Prosperity, on Friday, October 26, 2012, at 11 a.m. Burial will follow at the cemetery.

Friends may call at the mausoleum from 10:30 a.m. until 11 a.m. on Friday.

Family members will serve as pallbearers.

Online condolences may be sent to our guestbook at  

Arrangements are by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, 1901 S, Kanawha St., Beckley.

Joe Ann Cornett Dams

HOLLAND, Mich. — Joe Ann Cornett Dams, age 78, of Holland, formerly of Eccles, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012, after a brief and courageous battle with cancer.

Born Jan. 27, 1934, at Eccles, she was the daughter of the late Monroe W. and Mary Cornett.

Joe Ann was a graduate of Trap Hill High School.

She was an enthusiastic member of Pillar Christian Reformed Church She worked as a waitress at Russ’ Restaurant for 20 years and at Haworth Inc. for 20 years.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth Dams in 2010; three brothers, Clyde, Garrett and Eugene; and two sisters, Mattie and Lucille.

She is survived by her daughter, Sandra and Dave Johnson of Holland; a son, Glen and Sandra Dams of Holland; grandchildren, Levi Dams, Melissa Dams, Courtney Johnson and Carly Johnson; a brother, Gilles and Vicky Cornett of Beckley; brother-in-law, Ronald Dams of Holland; and several nieces and nephews and many friends.

Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012, at Pillar Church, 57 E 10th St., with Rev. Michael DeVries, Rev. Chris DeVos and Rev. Jon Brown officiating. Burial will follow in the Pilgrim Home Cemetery

Friends may call 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 26, 2012, at Langeland-Sterenberg Funeral Home, 315 E. 16th St., Holland.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Pillar Church.

Chloie Mae Farley

Chloie Mae Farley, age 84, of Whitby, went to be with the Lord on Monday, October 22, 2012. She passed following a long illness, surrounded by loved ones.

Born on June 2, 1928, she was the daughter of the late Andrew Johnson Farley and Luzanie Cox Farley.

Chloie left behind a legacy of love, compassion, and unmatched devotion to each individual with whom she shared her life. She was the number one fan for each of her children, and grandchildren. Chloie loved each of them unconditionally and equally; never showing favoritism to anyone, and always encouraging them to do right by one another and by the Lord.

Chloie was always a strong, unfailingly quick-witted woman, respectful wife, loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, cousin, aunt, and friend. She embraced each of her roles and touched the lives of those around her. She radiated love, and taught others to love. She was faithful to the Lord and her family.

Chloie loved quilting, cooking and taking care of her family. Her door was always open, and there was always food on the table. No one could go hungry at Chloie’s house- she took care of everyone. No matter the hour, she would tell her visitors to “stay a while. We’ll have fresh biscuits in a few minutes.” She was the epitome of the virtuous woman and her children have indeed risen up to call her blessed. We claim comfort knowing we shall see you again in a better place that God has prepared for those who believe.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Oris Lilly, her second husband, Edward Farley, by brothers Chester, Lonnie, Virgil, Carl, and Beecher, and by sisters Annie, Ruby, Opal, Evelyn, and infant twin sisters.

She is deeply loved and missed by her surviving family which includes one sister Irene Lilly of Coal City; one daughter Frances Okes and her husband Joe of Whitby; six sons, Oris Lee Lilly and his wife Joyce of Cool Ridge, Otis Farley and his wife Theresa of London, England, Lacy Farley and his wife Melissa of Cool Ridge, Thomas Farley and his wife Tammy of Cool Ridge, Charles Farley of Whitby, and Harold Farley and his wife Sandra of Coal City; 15 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren, and many other special family members and friends whom she counted as family.

Funeral services will be conducted to Celebrate The Life Of Chloie Farley on Friday October 26, 2012, at 3 p.m. at the Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home Shady Spring Chapel with Rev. Ernie Junior Moye officiating. Burial will follow at the Lilly-Crews Cemetery at Nimitz.

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

Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

Online condolences may be sent to our guestbook at

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

Virginia Mae Gwinn

HINTON — Virginia Mae Gwinn, 88, of Hinton, died Saturday, October 20, 2012, at Summers County A.R.H. in Hinton, following a long illness.

Born November 20, 1923, in Hinton, she was the daughter of the late Leo Moorefield and Mary M. Carden Peck.

Ms. Gwinn was a 1941 graduate of Hinton High School. She was a retired clerk for the C&O Railway Company in Hinton and faithful member of St. Patrick Catholic Church in Hinton, and a member of the Women of St. Patrick at the parish. She was a lifelong resident of Summers County.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Henry S. Gwinn. Also preceded by a brother, Harry G. Peck and a step-son, Kyle Gwinn.

Survivors include a sister, Jeanne Peck Hazel and husband Jack of St. Charles, Ill.; one nephew, Harry G. Peck of North Carolina; one niece, Virginia Richmond of Alabama, and a sister-in-law, Betty Peck of Alabama.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, October 26, 2012, at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Hinton, with Fr. Bonaventure Lussier as celebrant. Rite of Committal will follow in Restwood Memorial Gardens in Hinton.

Friends may call from 6 until 8 p.m. Thursday evening at Pivont Funeral Home in Hinton, where a Rosary will be recited at 7:30 p.m.

Men of St. Patrick Catholic Church will serve as pallbearers.

Online condolences and guest register at

Arrangements by Pivont Funeral Home, Hinton.

Kenneth George Tony Hall I

MATHENY — Kenneth George Tony Hall I, 54, of Matheny, passed away on Thursday,  October 19, 2012 at his home.

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

Eddie Wayne Harris Sr.

Eddie Wayne Harris Sr., age 64 of Crab Orchard, passed away on Tuesday, October 23, 2012, at the Charleston Area Medical Center Memorial Division.

Born on December 14, 1947, in Rock Creek, WV, he was the son of the late Robert Harris and Kathryn Hinkle Harris.

Mr. Harris was a retired coal miner. He was a member of the Loyal Order of the Moose in Beckley, and had made his home in Crab Orchard for the past 23 years. Mr. Harris enjoyed bluegrass music and was always happy with his fiddle in hand, or riding his motorcycle.

Eddie loved his family and he leaves behind those to cherish his memory; his children, Eddie Harris Jr. of Fairdale, WV, Shawna Ray and her husband Rod of Beckley, and Michael Harris and his wife Loni of Sykesville, Maryland; a sister Joyce Faye Cantley and her husband Lyle of Dry Creek, WV; three grandchildren, Brittany Worley and her husband Michael, Derek Asbury, and Bobby Harris, with an additional grandchild expected; two great grandchildren,  Drake and Joel Worley.

Funeral services will be conducted to Celebrate The Life Of Eddie Wayne Harris Sr. on Saturday, October 27, 2012, at noon at the Rose and Quesenberry Peace Chapel in Beckley with Rev. Danny Gilfilen officiating. Burial will follow at the Pineview Cemetery at Orgas, WV.

Friends may call at the funeral home from 10 a.m. until service time on Saturday.

Family members will serve as pallbearers.

Online condolences may be sent to our guestbook at

Arrangements are by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, 1901 South Kanawha Street, Beckley.

George ‘Bitsy’ Hogan

FAYETTEVILLE — George Lee “Bitsy” Hogan, 60, of Fayetteville, passed away at home.

Arrangements are incomplete at Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, Fayetteville.

Lt. Col. James Murray Jeffries Jr., USAF Ret.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Lt. Col. James Murray Jeffries Jr., USAF Ret., of Washington, passed on to Glory on October 16, 2012.

James was born on March 29, 1930, in Gary, W.Va., he was preceded in death by his parents, the late James Murray and Hallye Viola Norman Jeffries Sr. of Beckley.

Jeff graduated from Stratton High School in Beckley, where he earned All State honors as a guard for the Bulldogs. He also graduated from Bluefield State College in Bluefield, Va., with a degree in Biology and a minor in Physical and General Sciences. He later earned a master’s degree in Public Administration from Rider College in Lawrenceville, N.J.

He retired from the Veterans Administration in 1994 where he served as co-chairman of the VA- DOD Shared Procurement Program. He also served his country in the United States Air Force, retiring as Lieutenant Colonel in 1975. He was also a Korean War veteran.

He is survived by his loving wife, Julia Winston Jeffries, four children: James of Peoria, Ill., Jayne of Southampton, N.J., Joy of Hyattsville, Md., and Jon of Alexandria, Va.; seven grandchildren: Paige West, Brennan Jeffries, Aryn Jeffries, James, Eric, Jarrett and Ethan Jeffries; one great grandchild, Jaylah Brown Jeffries, and a host of cousins and friends.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, October, 27, 2012, at East Friendship Baptist Church, 4401 Brooks Street NE, Washington, DC 20019. Visitation will be from 9 to 10:45 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Alpha Scholarship Endowment Fund of IUL, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. In Memory of Bro. James M. Jeffries Jr., 811 East Randolph Road, Silver Spring, MD 20904

Arrangements by J.B. Jenkins Funeral Home. Submitted by Ritchie & Johnson funeral Parlor, Beckley.

Louise Kerns Longanacre

RONCEVERTE — Mrs. Louise Kerns Longanacre, 86, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012, at the Greenbrier Manor Nursing Home, Fairlea, after a long illness.

Born Dec. 11, 1925, at Tracefork, Sandyville, W.Va., and was the daughter of the late Wade H. and Faust Casto Kerns.

Mrs. Longanacre had been a resident of Ronceverte for many years, member of he Ronceverte Presbyterian Church, caretaker and homemaker.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 61 years, Charles Longanacre; and two sisters, Erma Myers and Linda Johnson.

Survivors include her daughter, Anita Joe Wagner and husband, Marvin of White Sulphur Springs; a sister, Lora Waskey of Sandyville; six brothers, Paul and Bonnie Kerns of Parkersburg, Dale and Marilyn Kerns of Washington, W.Va., Creel and Betty Kerns of Sandyville, Keith and Margaret Kerns of Fayetteville, Tenn., Richard and Donna Kerns of Harrisville and Roy and Jan Kerns of Kennewisk, Wash.; special sister-in-law, Marjorie Farren of Lewisburg and Ormand Beach, Fla.; two brothers in law, Kenneth Longanacre of Ronceverte, and Klase Longanacre of Lawton, Okla.; over 40 nieces and nephews; four step grandchildren, Tommy Wagner of Georgia, Travis Wagner of Fairlea, Timmy Wagner of Lewisburg and Todd and Lee Wagner of Ronceverte; and eight step great-grandchildren.

Service will be 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012, at the Longanacre Funeral Home Chapel, Fairlea, with the Rev. Stephen Baldwin officiating. Burial will follow in the Riverview Cemetery, Ronceverte.

Friends and family may call 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26, 2012, at the Longanacre Funeral Home, Fairlea.

Memorials may be made to the Ronceverte Presbyterian Church, 305 Locust St., Ronceverte, WV 24970.

Arrangements by Longanacre Funeral Home, Fairlea.

Lora Ethel Lyons

HINTON — Lora Ethel Lyons, 81, of 608 Greenbrier Drive, Hinton, died Thursday, October 18, 2012, at Bowers Hospice House in Beckley, following a long illness.

Born September 22, 1931, at Naomi, she was the daughter of the late Sidney and Bertie Miller Jarrell.

Ms. Lyons was a graduate of Marsh Fork High School. She, along with her late husband, owned and operated the Bluestone Museum in Hinton for many years.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence E. Lyons in 2008. Also preceded by a daughter, Laura Rae Lyons. Six brothers, Marshall, Sidney Jr., Bill, Scott, Lemmie and Curtis Jarrell, and two sisters, Mabel Wills and Linda Peters.

Survivors include three sons, Lake Lyons and wife Pam of Hinton, Olaus Lyons and wife Kay of Wessington Springs, SD and Clare Lyons of Hinton; one brother, Virgil (Darrell) Jarrell and wife Carrie of Sylvester; two sisters, Beulah Jarrell of Dry Creek, and Anna Jarrell and husband Roy of Fairdale; five grandchildren, Willie, Andy, Casey, Lorrie and Sidney Lyons; a great grandchild, Solomon; brother-in-law, Jerry Peters of Naomi; sisters-in-law, Linda Witherspoon of Ft. Pierce, FL and Carol Jarrell of Wayne, W.Va.

Graveside services and burial will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, October 27, 2012, at Restwood Memorial Gardens in Hinton, with Pastor Robbie Merritt officiating. There will be no visitation. A procession will depart from Pivont Funeral Home at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday.

Pallbearers will be: Dwayne Rudisill, Norman Farley Jr., Joe Bengy, J.W. Peters and Willie and Andy Lyons.

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Arrangements by Pivont Funeral Home, Hinton.

Martha P. McKinney

BUD — Martha P. McKinney, 88, of Bud, passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012, at Wyoming Nursing and Rehab, following a long illness.

Arrangements are incomplete at Tankersley Funeral Home, Mullens.

Richard Frank Neff

SUMMERSVILLE — Richard Frank Neff, 84, of Summersville, passed away Tuesday, October 23, 2012.

In keeping with his wishes the body was cremated and the family will hold a service at a later date.

White Funeral Home at Summersville was in charge of the arrangements.

Naomi Catherine Stewart Short

Naomi Catherine Stewart Short of Beckley, formerly of Baileysville and Matheny, lost her battle with cancer and congestive heart disease; she departed this life Tuesday, October 23, 2012.

Born October 7, 1939, Catherine was the daughter of the late Ralph E. and Beulah Elkins Stewart. She was a 1958 graduate of Oceana High School. She attended Concord University and was employed by Wyoming County Schools as a school secretary.

Catherine had a great love of music. In addition to playing various instruments in the Oceana High School band, she was an accomplished pianist and teacher. It was not uncommon for her piano playing to fill the house. Though she may have been passionate about music, Catherine’s true passion was that of being a loving wife, mother and grandmother to her four children and three grandchildren. All who knew her would agree that Catherine’s light truly shined when she was performing the loving and caring task of wife, mother and grandmother. Her light shall continue to shine on through these children and all to follow.

Catherine is survived by her husband of 53 years, Joe Short. Also surviving are her children, Greg Short of Manassas, Va., Chuck and Judy Short of Perryville, Ky., Myra Short of Beckley, Jeanne Short and Sherry White of Virginia Beach, Va.; one grandson, Tyler; two granddaughters, Kaile and Mackenzie; and one brother, Emerson Stewart of Matheny.

A celebration of Catherine’s life will be held 1 p.m., Saturday, October 27, 2012, at Evans Funeral Home Memorial Chapel, Oceana. The Rev. James Milam will officiate. Interment will follow in Sunset Memorial Park, Beckley. The family will receive friends 5 to 8 p.m., Friday, October 26, at the funeral home.

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Evans Funeral Home of Oceana is serving the Short family.

James ‘Jimmy’ Hartwell Smith

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — James “Jimmy” Hartwell Smith, age 68, of Charlottesville, VA, passed to a greater life on Sunday, October 21, 2012. Jimmy, born on January 27, 1944, was the youngest of five children of the late Lewis Hartwell and Sarah Catherine Krantz Smith. He was also preceded in death by his brothers-in-law D. S. Morris Jr. and Rupert M. Owens, as well as nieces’ husbands Patrick Mawyer Jr. and Robin Moore.

Jimmy is survived by one brother, the Rev. Cecil Smith, and wife Sharon of Beckley, WV, and their children Cindy Henderson (children Bryan and Shea), Terry Moore, and Evan Smith; sister, Frances Morris, and her children Kathryn Mawyer (children Sara and Cameron), Daniel “Danny” Morris III and wife Jane (daughter Shelley Brubeck, husband John, and children Brittany, Rebekah, Peter, Benjamin, Abigail and Abraham), Elizabeth “Beth” Perkins (children Sean, Laura, and Andrew); sister Doris “Dot” Wood and her husband Earl, and son E. Edward “Eddie” Wood (son Peyton); and sister Patricia “Patsy” Owens Jones and her husband Vernon “Bill” Jones Jr. In addition to his family, Jimmy leaves special friends Kim Varin and his wife Linda, Penny Ray, and Edmund “Lee” Ward.

Jimmy was a loving and attentive son, brother, uncle and loyal friend. He loved people, treating all the same. After retirement, he enjoyed daily visiting the downtown mall. Rarely did he miss the Saturday morning Farmers Market where he “collected” many hugs along with the treats he enjoyed.

Jimmy started working at an early age, doing numerous part-time jobs along with employment for 7 years at the then downtown Red Cross building. In 1964, he began his career at the Jefferson Madison Regional Library, where he devoted himself to keeping the building in operation. He retired in the year 2000 but continued taking care of the book drop and faithfully opened the library for Congregation Beth Israel’s Sunday morning Religious School classes.

The family extends special thanks to Donna Lydon for her daily pastoral visits during Jimmy’s most recent residential care and hospitalization. Also, for their skilled and compassionate medical care, a special thanks to Dr. James Bergin of UVA Cardiology and his team, especially Dr. Jamie Kennedy and RN NP Craig Thomas, and to all the nurses and staff on 4 Central at UVA Hospital. In addition, they appreciate his longtime primary care physician Dr. J. Devon Lowdon of Internal Medicine LTD, and the staff of Martha Jefferson Hospital. Finally, they wish to commend the work of the Hospice of the Piedmont, whose Hospice House staff helped ease Jimmy’s transition to eternal life as well as guiding the family as he did so.  

The family will greet friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, October 25, at Hill & Wood Funeral Home. The funeral service will be conducted by Rev. Cecil Smith and Pastor Jim Thornton at 1 p.m. Friday, October 26, at Ivy Creek United Methodist Church, 674 Woodlands Road, with burial following at Holly Memorial Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, please make a gift in Jimmy’s memory to Good Shepherd of the Hills Episcopal Church, PO Box 31, Free Union, VA 22940, or to Ivy Creek United Methodist Church, 674 Woodlands Road, Charlottesville, VA 22901.

Rev. George  Thompson

Rev. George Thompson, age 78, of Beckley, passed away Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at Beckley Appalachian Regional Hospital.

Arrangements are pending completion at Rose and Quesenberry, 1901 S. Kanawha St., Beckley.