The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

September 28, 2012

Obituaries — Friday, Sept. 28, 2012


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Buck Hannan Coffee III

SILVER SPRING, Md. — Buck Hannan Coffee, III, 63, of Silver Spring, MD, formerly of Bud, died Saturday, September 22, 2012. Born July 30, 1949, at Bud, he was the son of Mary Helen Angle Sherman of Virginia and the late Buck H. Coffee, Jr.

He was a veteran of the United States Navy serving on the USS America during the Vietnam War.

Survivors include his wife, Christine Coffee; one daughter, Terra Coffee and husband Gabriel Lord of Leesburg, GA; three granddaughters, Billie Lord, Carmen Lord and Sydney Lord; two brothers, Jimmy Coffee and wife Sharon of Sophia and William “Wil” Coffee of Maryland; and several nieces.

Graveside services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, September 29, 2012, at Roselawn Memorial Gardens in Princeton with Pastor Randy West officiating. Military honors will be conducted by the U.S. Navy honor guard and the Mercer County Veterans Council. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

Those attending the graveside service are asked to meet at the Bailey-Kirk Funeral Home in Princeton by 1:45 p.m. on Saturday. In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial contributions be made to the Disabled American Veterans Program, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301.

Arrangements by Bailey-Kirk Funeral Home in Princeton. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.bailey-kirk.com.



Charlotte Yvonne Berry Combs

JUMPING BRANCH — Charlotte Yvonne Berry Combs, 74, of Jumping Branch went home to be with Jesus, Wednesday, September 26, 2012, at the Raleigh Care Center following a short illness.

Born March 19, 1938, at Thurmond, she was a daughter of the late Harry A. Berry and Blanche E. Stone Berry Perkins.

She is preceded in death by one sister, Sandra Snodgraft.

Those left to cherish her memory include her husband of 57 years, Robert A. Combs at home; her children, Robert A. Combs Jr. and wife Leigh Ann, Constance Hodges and companion Terron Matthews and Eric M. Combs and wife Tammy all of Concord, N.C.; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren and one sister, Carol Ray and husband Charles of Roanoke, VA, also survive.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, September 29, 2012, at the Jumping Branch Tabernacle with Pastors Jim Combs, Ed Cook and Jim Puckett officiating. Burial will follow in the Lilly-Crews Cemetery at Nimitz. Friends may call at the Jumping Branch Tabernacle from 11 a.m. until time of services Saturday at the church. Grandchildren and nephews will serve as pallbearers.

Arrangements are by the Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors of Hinton.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.ronaldmeadowsfp.com.



Louis Franklin Eddins

Louis Franklin Eddins, 78, of Coal City passed away on Thursday, Sept. 27th, at the VA Medical Center in Beckley.

Louis was born on June 24, 1934, in Sophia, West Virginia.

He was preceded in death by his parents Joseph and Pearl Polk Eddins, and his beloved wife of 56 years Edna Frances Lewis Eddins, two brothers, Carl of LA and Charles of VA.

He is survived by two sisters Rebecca Lee of Coal City and Mary Hart of Landson, SC, daughter Norma Martin of Coal City, whom he resided with, and granddaughter Rebecca Hylton of Coal City and special nephew Jerry Hart of Bufort, SC, and numerous nieces, nephews, family and friends.

Services will be Saturday, Sept. 29th, at the Melton Mortuary Chapel at 8 p.m. with Thomas Wallace II officiating. Family will receive friends from 5 p.m. until the time of service.

The family would like to send a special thanks to Hospice of Southern West Virginia.

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

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary, Inc., Beckley, WV.



Karen Lynn Fortner

It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Karen Lynn Fortner on Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012, following a short illness at her home.

Karen Lynn Foley Fortner was born in Beckley on May 8, 1963. She was the second of three children born to the late Chester Foley and Doris Wells Foley.

Karen was a dental assistant of the Beckley VA Hospital and two times recipient of the customer service award and received many citations to the excellent service to our veterans.

Those left to cherish her memory are her husband of 26 years C.J. Fortner and their sons Andrew and Derrick of Cool Ridge, brothers David A. Foley of Beckley and Alan Foley of Beckley and many nieces and nephews and special friends Jackie Matherly and Amanda Pannell.

When we remember Karen, we will remember how she loved scrap booking, arts and crafts and her love of animals.

Pallbearers will be family members and friends.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday, September 29th, at the First Church of the Nazarene, 607 Johnstown Road, in Beckley with the Rev. Richard Wagoner officiating. Burial will follow at the Sunset Memorial Park Cemetery. Friends may call from noon until the time of service.

In lieu of flowers the family has requested donations be made to the Humane Society of Raleigh County, 325 Gray Flats Road, Beckley, WV 25801.

And so now we must say goodbye to our wife, mother, daughter, sister and friend.

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

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary, Inc., Beckley, WV.



Robert G. ‘Chip’ Hanna

RENICK — Robert G. “Chip” Hanna, 67, of Renick passed away Wednesday, September 26, 2012, at Greenbrier Valley Medical Center in Fairlea.

Chip was born in Ronceverte on January 21, 1945, to Alice McClung Hanna and the late Geuel Hanna.

Chip was a retired X-ray Technician from the Greenbrier Clinic in White Sulphur Springs. He was a Vietnam Air Force Veteran, a member of the Renick Volunteer Fire Department for many years and a member of the Spring Creek Presbyterian Church.

Survivors include his wife, Rebecca Rupert Hanna of Renick; daughter, Alice Ann Hanna of Lewisburg; mother, Alice McClung Hanna of Renick; brother-in-law, Roger (Brenda) Rupert of Frankford; niece, Ronda Moncada of Scott Depot; nephew, Rusty Rupert of Roanoke, VA.

Service will be 2 p.m. on Sunday, September 30, 2012, at the Spring Creek Presbyterian Church with Pastor Lynn Randolph officiating. Burial will follow at the Morningside Cemetery.

Friends may call one hour prior to service.

Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home in Lewisburg is in charge of arrangements.

Please send online condolences by visiting www.WallaceandWallaceFH.com.



Aileen Ruth McGraw ‘Mama’ Janney

OAK HILL — Aileen Ruth McGraw “Mama” Janney, 92, of Oak Hill, WV, formerly of Pax, WV, died on Wednesday, September 26, 2012, at Bowers Hospice House in Beckley, WV.

Born May 26, 1920, at Long Branch, WV, she was the daughter of the late Henry “Chick” and Virginia Burgess McGraw.

Aileen was a member of Winolia Chapter No. 59 OES and the Long Branch United Methodist Church. She was a homemaker.

The family would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to the staff at Summit Assisted Living in Oak Hill and the staff at Bowers Hospice House. A special thanks to friends Ruth Ann Wingrove, Luann Thornquest and Buddy and Joann Lively.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James Seibert Janney, her children, Seibert Wayne Janney and Bernadine Janney Smith, and siblings, Lorena Akers, Rupert McGraw, Helen Lively and Bernard McGraw, and a nephew, Dwight Akers.

Survivors include her granddaughter, Sally Kay Blackburn and husband, Jeffrey, and great-grandsons, Matthew and Eric Blackburn all of Hurricane. She will be affectionately remembered by a host of family and friends.

Funeral services will be on Sunday, September 30, 2012, at 2 p.m. at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill with Rev. Mervin Sizemore officiating. Burial will be at High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill. Friends may call one hour prior to the service on Sunday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations be made to Bowers Hospice House, 454 Cranberry Drive, Beckley, WV 25801.

Online condolences may be sent at www.tyreefuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill, WV.



Effie Marie Ledahawsky

TUCSON, Ariz. — Effie Marie Ledahawsky passed away Sunday, September 16, 2012, in Tucson, Arizona, at the age of 85.

Miss Effie, as she was known by many, was a longtime resident of Tucson and beloved for her 48 years of remarkable customer service at The Levy’s Department Store and its successors.

She is survived by her sister Rebecca Harris of Mentor, Ohio, her nieces and nephews living in Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Virginia, as well as her former husband Frank Ledahawsky II of Tucson.

She was predeceased by her son Frank Ledahawsky III and her grandson Anthony, as well as her other siblings.

A Memorial Service was held in Tucson, Arizona, on Friday, September 21, 2012, at East Lawn Palms Mortuary. An inurnment service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, September 29, 2012, at Sunset Memorial Park in Beckley, West Virginia.



Rev. Bill L. Murray

DAVIN — Rev. Bill L. Murray, 80, of Davin, died Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 1, at the Claypool United Methodist Church at Davin with the Rev. David Fisher, the Rev. Bryan C. Baker, and Brother Bill Cline officiating. Burial will follow in Highland Memory Gardens at Godby, where military graveside rites will be conducted. Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the church and one hour prior to services.

Online condolences may be sent to www.krantzmcneelyfuneralhome.com.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of the Krantz-McNeely Funeral Home at Man.



Ruth ‘Pearl’ Prewitt

MOCKSVILLE, N.C. — Ruth “Pearl” Prewitt, 92, of Mocksville, NC, formerly of Blue Jay, WV, finished her earthly journey on September 26, 2012, and began a glorious eternity with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Born in Krupp, KY, on February 19, 1920, she was the daughter of the late Warren and Flara Hinkle Prewitt. She was preceded in death by her husband, Rev. Finley Prewitt, and a grandson, Kelly Warren Prewitt. She was also preceded in death by eleven siblings.

She is survived by her son, Keith (Deanna) Prewitt of Covington, VA; 2 daughters, Nancy (Harold, Jr.) Ward of Daniels, WV, and Ruth (Shelby) Harbour of Cooleemee, NC. She was the loving grandmother to Kevin Prewitt, Kimberly Prewitt, Jim and Steve McMorrow, Karen McMorrow Biederman, Brian Ward, Lisa Wiseman, Amy Chapman, Jason Harbour, Laura Crisp and 9 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by half sisters, Lorene Meador, Emma Waddell and Sue Parks.

She faithfully served the Lord with her husband, the late Rev. Finley Prewitt, at several churches in West Virginia. After his death in 1971, she continued to serve her Lord at Daniels Missionary Baptist Church in Daniels, WV, and later at Victory Baptist Church in Cooleemee, NC. Known affectionately as “Gee” by her grandchildren, she was always careful to make sure everyone had plenty to eat and a place to sleep at her house.

A Celebration of Life service will be held at Victory Baptist Church, Cooleemee, NC, on Saturday, September 29, at 11 a.m. with Rev. Shelby Harbour officiating. The family will receive friends on Saturday from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. at the church.

A second celebration service will be held on Sunday, September 30, at 4 p.m. at the Daniels Missionary Baptist Church, 152 C&O Dam Road, Daniels, WV 25832, with Rev. Shelby Harbour and Rev. Jack Thomas officiating. The family will receive friends on Sunday from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. at the church.

A final celebration service will be held on Monday, October 1, at the Vankirk-Grisell Funeral Home, 607 Master Street, Corbin, KY 40701, at 11 a.m. with Rev. Shelby Harbour officiating. The family will receive friends on Monday from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Corinth Cemetery in Corbin.

Memorials may be made to Victory Baptist Church, PO Box 686, Cooleemee, NC 27014, Daniels Missionary Baptist Church, PO Box 427, Daniels, WV 25832, or to the Hospice of your choice.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.daviefuneralservice.com.



Stacey Gail Rakes

OAK HILL — Stacey Gail Rakes, 38, of Oak Hill, died Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30, at the Oak Hill Church of the Nazarene with Pastor Jerry Bush officiating. Burial will be at Gethsemane Memorial Gardens, Oak Hill. Friends may call one hour prior to the service Sunday at the Oak Hill Church of the Nazarene.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Oak Hill Church of the Nazarene, Haiti Project – for the Stacey Rakes Chapel, PO Box 22, Oak Hill, WV 25901.

Online condolences may be sent at www.tyreefuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Jacqueline B. Lawson Bowman Richmond

II Timothy 4:7 — I have fought a good fight. I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.

Jacqueline B. Lawson Bowman Richmond, 79, of Beckley, passed away Wednesday, September 26, 2012, at Bowers Hospice House. Born February 5, 1933, at Lanark, WV, she was the daughter of the late Mayo and Carrie Roark Lawson. Jacqueline worked as a nurse’s aide at Heartland of Beckley and retired from Beckley Appalachian Regional Hospital. She loved to garden and can what the Lord gave her. She loved to make apple butter the old-fashioned way. Jacqueline gave her heart to the Lord at the age of 12. She loved the Lord and her church family. She called Sprague Freewill Baptist Church her church and her preacher, Pastor Fred.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her first husband Lonnie E. Bowman; 3 children, Carolyn Bowman, Diana Lynn Bowman and Lonnie Bowman, Jr.; second husband, Roy R. Richmond; 2 sisters, Patricia Girvin, T. Ruby Bennett; and a brother, James Lawson.

Survivors include her daughter, Tammy Miller and husband Keith of Beckley; sons, Gary Bowman and wife Sandra of MacArthur, WV, Larry Bowman and wife Teresa of Fairdale, WV; sisters, Jewel Lawson of Beckley, Juanita Henrich and husband Fenn of Pittsburgh, PA; brothers, John Lawson and wife Vicky of Lynco, WV, Dr. Dave Lawson and wife Brenda of Jacksonville, FL, Earl Lawson of Douglasville, GA; 10 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren and a little boy on the way; many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Saturday, September 29, 2012, in the Calfee Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Fred Lovell officiating. Burial will follow in Sunset Memorial Park. Friends may visit with the family from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday.

Online condolences may be left at www.calfeefh.com.

Arrangements by Calfee Funeral Home, Beckley.



Kimberly Kay Rose

LEWISBURG — Kimberly Kay Rose, 41, of Lewisburg, died Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.ronaldmeadowsfp.com.

Arrangements are by the Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors of Hinton.



Gwendolyn Irene (Blackburn) Sanger

Gwendolyn Irene (Blackburn) Sanger passed to her eternal home in the arms of our Lord and was greeted by her true love, Carl Morris Sanger, who died on July 20, 2012. Present at her bedside at Plateau Medical Center were her daughter, Sarah Glover, family true friend and adopted family Jimmy Day, and caring and compassionate care givers. Grandson Eric Hambrick and family have shown by their words and actions of love during these times. Special heartfelt praise and unconditional love and recognition go to Pat Franklin from Jones Avenue Church of God, Steve Hayslett and fiancée Cindy, Carolyn Yarber, Nancy Newberry, Tommy Tomlin, John and Hope Scott, and brother of Carl Sanger, Jack in Charleston, West Virginia.

Gwen was born in Louisa, Kentucky, on September 8, 1927, to a family of 15 children. She moved to Page, West Virginia, at 16 years old and married John McKinney and later had one daughter, Sarah Ellen. John was killed in a mine accident when she was two years old. Eight years later Carl and Gwen married and with Sarah traveled doing surveying of highways. Gwen worked at numerous organizations to help support their family.

Moving back to Oak Hill in 1961 they purchased a home and farm where they raised Morgan horses, farmed, and loved living. Gwen worked at Noyes Men’s and Boys Store for over 30 years before retiring and enjoying her and Carl’s love.

Left behind are their daughter, Sarah Glover, grandson, Eric (Tammy) Hambrick, and granddaughter Kristen (Eric) Gallant both from Ohio. She has five great-grandchildren, Darian Heintzman, Lauren Hambrick, Ian Heintzman, Evan Hambrick, and Makenna Gallant.

Mom and Dad gave to the best of their ability, with the work of their body, the limits of their minds and the strengths of their soul, tried to fill us with love, shelter, and food. They gave us as much of their time as possible in this hectic, hurried word. They always gave us fun and laughter. They tried to give us the safety and protection we have a right to and felt we had an obligation to pass it on.

They tried to let us know about life’s unpleasantries without scaring us too much. They tried to give us as much trust as possible in an apparent untrusting world. We thank Mom—MomMaw for the pleasures and treasures you have given us, both deserved and not. There has never been anything you have done that has taken away our unconditional love for you. Always and now, in our eyes, heart and soul, you are the most beautiful bud, the loveliest bloom, and the most perfect flower. We love you with every breath we take — forever.

Due to her wishes she will be cremated and memorial service held later.

Online condolences may be sent at www.tyreefuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill, WV.