The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

June 12, 2013

Obituaries — Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Charles Michael ‘Mike’ Bass

Charles Michael “Mike” Bass, 62, of Crab Orchard, fought a courageous and noble battle with cancer, found his ultimate healing in Heaven.

Mike was the son of the late Rev. Charles Bass and Orpha Marie Bass.

Those he left behind will cherish Mike include his wife Dawn “Hill” Bass; and daughter Lynn Bass Stover and her husband Eric, and their children Mia and Nolan; and daughters Erin Bass and Anne Bass; and a young lady he considered one of his own: Joanna Blair Fitzpatrick, and her husband Dale and their children Alden and Alex. Mike was considered a son rather than a son-in-law to Allan and Lila Hill of Beckley; and an amazing brother to Jane and Bob Morhard and an amazing uncle to their children Lauren, Ryan and Robert of Eagleville, Pa. Mike will always be remembered as a kind and generous man. Soft spoken and always a kind word to share.

Mike was a CPA for the Hess, Stewart & Campbell firm of Beckley. Mike’s passion was being able to coach his daughters’ soccer teams. In this role Mike was a positive influence to many young people’s lives. He was a man of strong faith, and a member and deacon of Crab Orchard Baptist Church.

Mike’s request was for a celebration of life, to be held at the Crab Orchard Baptist Church activity building. Visitation is Thursday, June 13, 2013 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., with celebration of life service to begin at 7:30 with Pastor Mike Sisson officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Crab Orchard Baptist Church Building Fund, PO Box 446, Crab Orchard WV 25827.

Online condolences and other information can be found by visiting  

Blue Ridge Funeral Home, 5251 Robert C. Byrd Drive, Beckley is in charge of the arrangements.

Jimmy ‘James’ Leon Cornelius

LEWISBURG — Jimmy “James” Leon Cornelius, passed away Sunday, June 9, 2013.

Service will be 2 p.m. Saturday, June 15, 2013, at the Rhema Christian Center in Ronceverte, with Pastor Stewart Farley officiating. Burial will follow in Wallace Memorial Cemetery.

There will be a viewing at the church one hour prior to the service.

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Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Lewisburg.

Dorothy Hancock

PLEASANT GROVE, Ala. — Dorothy Hancock, 77, of Pleasant Grove, formerly of Sprague, passed away on Tuesday, June 11, 2013.

Arrangements pending completion with Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, 1901 South Kanawha Street in Beckley.

Donald E. Howerton

Donald E. Howerton, 83, of Grandview, passed away Monday, June 10, 2013.

His wishes were to be cremated.

Memorial services will be held at a later date.

Cunningham-Parker-Johnson Funeral Home, Charleston, is in charge of the arrangements.

Elizabeth ‘Betty’ Howerton

LOGAN — Elizabeth “Betty” Howerton, passed away Sunday, June 9, 2013.

Services will be 2 p.m. Friday June 14, 2013 at the First Presbyterian Church of Logan, with the Rev. Doug Craven officiating. Entombment will follow in Forest Lawn Cemetery at Pecks Mill. Friends may call on the family one hour prior to services at the church.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the First Presbyterian Church or Dignity Hospice.

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Honaker Funeral Home of Logan is in charge of arrangements.

Dorothy ‘Dot’ Kirby Jeter                                                                                                                         BARBOURSVILLE — Dorothy “Dot” Kirby Jeter, of Barboursville, formerly of Mount Hope, died Monday, June 10, 2013.

Arrangements are incomplete at Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope.

Wallace ‘Freelan’ Justice Jr.

LOGAN —  Wallace “Freelan” Justice Sr., 67, of Logan, passed away Monday, June 10, 2013.

Services will be 2 p.m. on Thursday,  June 13, 2013 at Honaker Funeral Home of Logan, with Rev. Noah Lombardo officiating. Burial will follow in Forest Lawn Cemetery at Pecks Mill.

Friends may call on the family from noon to 2 p.m. on Thursday at the funeral home.

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Honaker Funeral Home of Logan is in charge of arrangements.

Stanley Haywood Robinson

Mr. Stanley Haywood Robinson, 65, of Beckley, died Sunday, June 9, 2013 at VA Medical Center.

Born May 31, 1948, he was the son of Rebecca J. Robinson-Thomas of Beckley and the late Stanley J. Robinson.

Mr. Robinson was a Navy Veteran.

He was preceded in death by his father, Stanley J. Robinson.

Along with his mother, those left to cherish his memories are his sons, Brian Smith and Stanley Robinson Jr. of Dayton, Ohio; daughters, Kim Parker of Columbus, Ohio and Belinda Smith of Dayton, Ohio; brothers, Lee and Maurice Robinson of Beckley; sisters, Carrie Stroud-Armstrong of Milwaukee, Wis., Pearl Yarn of Saginaw, Mich., and Ethel Royal of Ft. Wayne, Ind.; 10 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral service will be at 2 p.m., Thursday, June 13, 2013 at Ritchie and Johnson Funeral Parlor Chapel, 748 South Fayette St., Beckley, with Pastor William Fruit officiating. Burial will be at Donel C. Kinnard Memorial Veterans Cemetery, Dunbar.

Friends may call one hour prior at the funeral parlor.

Condolences may be e-mailed to ritchie-johnson@suddenlinkmail. com

Arrangements entrusted to Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.

Olga Maria Sparks

Olga Maria Sparks, 86, of MacArthur, W.Va., went to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Tuesday, June 11, 2013 after a long and courageous battle with cancer.

Olga was born on August 25, 1926 in Blatnica, Czechosolvakia, daughter of the late Andrew and Maria Kosman. Olga came to the United States at the age of four in 1930 and landed at Ellis Island in New York City. Her family immigrated to Chicago and then later moved to Boyceville, Wisconsin.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Walter Kosman; a sister, Vera Turchany; and a step-mother, Emilia “Millie” Kosman.

She is survived by her husband of 65 years, George W. Sparks Sr. of MacArthur; children, George W. Sparks Jr., of Denver, Colo.; Mike Sparks and spouse, Kathy, of Beckley, Patti Varner, of Morgantown, W.Va.; and Dale Sparks, and spouse, Lisa, also of Morgantown. She is also survived by her sister, Irene Klatt and spouse, John; and her brother, John Kosman and spouse, Helen, all of Menomonie, Wis. In addition, she is survived by nine grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild and many beloved nieces and nephews.

Olga was a homemaker and was a devout Christian often serving as a “Prayer Warrior” for anyone in need. She enjoyed praying and reading her Bible, singing hymns, quilting and baking her famous homemade rolls. She touched many lives and will be sadly missed by all who knew this wonderful woman. She was a member of the Crab Orchard Baptist Church for over 60 years serving in many capacities including a former member of the Deaconess Board, a Guild Girls leader, a member of the Friendship Sunday School Class, a Prayer Group member, a member of Circle #2, a Quilting Group member and a member of her beloved church choir.

Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, June 13, 2013, at Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home in Beckley. Services will be at 11 a.m., Friday, June 14, 2013 with visitation an hour before at Crab Orchard Baptist Church in Crab Orchard, W.Va.

In lieu of flowers, donations of sympathy may be sent to Hospice of Southern West Virginia.

Private online condolences may be sent to the family via

Arrangements with Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, 1901 South Kanawha Street in Beckley.

Sherrell Spencer                                                                                                                                                        Mrs. Sherrell Spencer, 64, died Thursday, June 6, 2013, in Fayetteville, N.C.

A remembrance service will be held at Morgan Funeral Home, Lewisburg, W.Va., on Friday, June 14, 2013, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Richard Ivan Stonestreet

KING, N.C. — Richard Ivan Stonestreet, 58, of King, formerly of Kincaid, W.Va., died on Wednesday, May 29, 2013 in King.

Richard was cremated. A memorial service will be on Friday, June 14, 2013 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Freewill Baptist Church in Robson, with Pastor Gary Philpott officiating. Family and friends are invited to attend this time of remembrance.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Paulette ‘Polly’ Stover Williams

Paulette “Polly” Stover Williams, age 66, of Clear Creek, passed away on Saturday, June 8, 2013 at Bowers Hospice House in Beckley.

Born December 13, 1946, at Clear Creek, she was the daughter of the late Wilburn and Bessie Ewings Stover.

Polly was a care giver and also worked at Kellys Corner at Pax, W.Va. She was the Christian faith, loved to play cards, read, pitch horseshoes and spending time with her family.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Winfred B. Williams and by two brothers, Wilburn Hubert Jr. and David Hubert.

Surviving are her son, Mike Williams of Clear Creek, her grandchildren, Caressa Williams Browning, Derek Chance Williams, Phoenix Michael Williams and Aaron David Williams, her great grandchildren, Zoey Jade Williams and Zaiden River Williams, her loving care givers, loving daughter-in-law, Vickie Williams and spouse David Williams. Also surviving are her brother, Bronston Lee Stover of Beckley; her two sisters, Aline Williams of Artie, W.Va. and Evetta Williams of Beckley. A host of nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services with be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, June 13, 2013 at the Ewings Creek Community Church with Becky Maynor officiating. Burial will follow beside her husband Winfred on her home property.

Friends may call at the Ewing Creek Community Church on Thursday, June 13, 2013 one hour prior to services.

Online condolences may be sent to

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope.

Haskew Williamson

Haskew Williamson, 94, of Seth, passed away Monday, June 10, 2013.

Service will be 1 p.m. Friday, June 14, 2013, at the Church of God, Seth, with Pastor Roy Barnette officiating. Burial will follow in Pineview Cemetery, Orgas.

Friends may call 11 a.m. on Friday at the church (two hours prior to the service).

Arrangements by Armstrong Funeral Home, Whitesville.