The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

October 3, 2012

Obituaries — Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012

Mason Lake Alderman

ALVON — Mason Lake Alderman, 85, of Alvon, W.Va., died Sunday, September 30, 2012.

Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Thursday, October 4, 2012, at Shanklin Funeral Home, White Sulphur Springs, with Rev. Gene Sizemore officiating. Burial will follow at Rosewood Cemetery, Lewisburg.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at the funeral home.

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


Ruth E. Hedrick Arnold

LINCOLNTON, N.C. — Ruth E. Hedrick Arnold, formerly of Greenbrier County, W.Va., passed away Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012, at her home in Lincolnton, N.C.

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Lewisburg.


Mable Marie Dixon Bennett

OAK HILL — Mable Marie Dixon Bennett, 91, of Oak Hill, died on Tuesday, October 2, 2012, at Bowers Hospice House in Beckley.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.


Elmer Berry

Elmer Berry, 46, of Beckley, passed away Tuesday, October 2, 2012, at Bowers Hospice House.

Arrangements are pending completion at Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, 1901 S. Kanawha Street, Beckley.


Ronald Lee Cook

GLOUCESTER, Va. — Ronald Lee Cook, 88, of Gloucester, formerly of Oceana, passed away on Wednesday, September 26, 2012, at his home surrounded by his family.

He was born May 5, 1924, in Oceana, a son of the late John Homer and Sadie Elizabeth Cook.

He graduated from Oceana High School in May of 1942 and joined the Marine Corps and rose to the rank of sergeant, having served in the Solomon Islands and also the Treasury Island-Bougainville operations. Following his discharge in 1945 he attended West Virginia University from 1945-1949 majoring in history. He served as principal at Oceana High School and in 1949 he became supervisor for the Wyoming County Board of Education, a position that he held until 1984. When the Korean War broke out, he entered the U.S. Army as a company commander and rose to the rank of captain and saw action during Pork Chop Hill.

Ronald was a member of Bellamy United Methodist Church in Gloucester and sang in the choir. He was a charter member of the Middle Peninsula Detachment No. 1317 of the Marine Corps League.

He was also preceded in death by his brother John Willard Cook who died during Wolrd War II.

He is survived by his loving wife of 66 years, Betty Ann Claypool Cook; his two daughters Virginia Lynn Ellis and Colleen Morgan; five grandchildren Jennifer Knowles, Jason Knowles, Devon Rowan, Lauren Rowan, and Josh Rowan; and two great grandchildren, and a host of other loving family and friends.

The family received friends at Bellamy United Methodist Church on Tuesday October 2, 2012, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. with the services starting at 11:30 a.m.

Funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, October 4, 2012, at the Oceana United Methodist Church, Oceana. He will be laid to rest in Palm Memorial Gardens, Matheny. The Wyoming County Veterans Honor Guard will conduct military rites.

Friends may gather with the family from 10 a.m. until time of service at the church.

E-mail letters of sympathy may be sent at

The family is being served by the Stafford Family Funeral Home, Lynco, and Andrews Funeral Home, Gloucester, Va.


William R. Hundley

 OAK HILL — William R. Hundley, 75, of Oak Hill, passed away Saturday, September 29, 2012.

A memorial service will be held 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, October 6, 2012, at the Nicholas County Senior Center, 151 Sids Way, Summersville.

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Ansted.


Bonnie Jean Knicely

CRAIGSVILLE — Bonnie Jean Knicely, 84, of Craigsville, passed away Monday, October 1, 2012.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. on Friday, October 5, 2012, in the Saint Luke’s United Methodist Church at Craigsville with Pastor Charlie Stevens officiating. Interment will follow in the WV Memorial Gardens at Calvin.

Friends may call 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday at the St. Luke’s United Methodist Church.

Arrangements by White Funeral Home at Craigsville.


Reba Veda Puckett Mitchell

RAINELLE — Reba Veda Puckett Mitchell, 94, of Rainelle, passed away Monday, Oct. 1, 2012, at her home, following a long illness.

Born Dec. 16, 1917, at Vale, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late James E. and Junie B. Puckett.

Reba was a member of the First Baptist Church of Rainelle, and a homemaker.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Everette Franklin Mitchell, in 1997.

Those left to cherish her memories are a daughter, Nancy Cunningham (David) of Rainelle; two grandchildren, David Cunningham Jr. (Jackie) of Smoot, W.Va., Tammy Robinson (James) of Crawley, W.Va.; and one great-grandchild, Sydney Robinson of Crawley, W.Va.

Services will be 3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012, at Wallace & Wallace Chapel in Rainelle, with the Rev. Keith Shumaker officiating. Burial will follow in Wallace Memorial Cemetery, Clintonville.

Friends may call hone hour prior (2 to 3 p.m.) to the service at the funeral home in Rainelle.

Arrangements entrusted to Wallace & Wallace of Rainelle.


Carolyn June Osborne

CYCLONE — Carolyn June Osborne,  63, departed this life Saturday, September 29, 2012, at her home surrounded by her loving family following a courageous battle with cancer.

Born October 12, 1948, in Cyclone,  she was the daughter of the late George and Brookie Toler.

Carolyn was a 1965 graduate of Oceana High School, retired outreach worker with Council on Aging, a member of the Eastern Star and a Baptist. She was a loving mother, grandmother, sister and a friend to everyone never turning anyone away.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband of 47 years, Danny D. Osborne on August 11, 2012; a daughter, Angie Osborne; grandson, Lane Perry; two brothers, Edwin Gene Toler and Robert Gene Toler; a sister, Rosa Racine Toler; three nephews, Waylon Sizemore, Richard Osborne and Bucky Walls; two sister-in-laws, Diane Parton and  Bonnie Walls; four brother-in-laws, Guy Parton, Sebert Lusk, Danny Walls and Rommie Osborne.

Those left to cherish her memory are a daughter, Rhonda Meade and husband, Andrew of Cyclone; two sons, Danny Osborne Jr., and wife, Tonya of Oceana and Timothy Osborne of Cyclone; three brothers, Arvis Toler of Tenn., Jimmy Toler and wife, Gladys of Cyclone and Tom Toler and wife, Ellen of Cyclone; two sisters, Freda Walls and husband, Richard of Pa., and Mildred Sizemore and husband, Pete of Cyclone; six grandchildren, Timothy “Tim Tim” Osborne III, Danny “Trey” Osborne III, Ashley Hunt and husband, Joe, Brandon Messer Osborne, Cody Miller and Samatha Miller; great-grandchild, James Brown III; brother-in-law, Keith Osborne and wife, Shelia of Cyclone; two sister-in-laws, Sharon Osborne and Drema Lusk, both of Cyclone; several nieces and nephews and a host of family and friends.

A celebration of Carolyn’s life will be 2  p.m. Wednesday, October 3, 2012, at Adam Toler Memorial Chapel, with the Rev. Roland Cook officiating. Burial will follow in Cook Cemetery, Cyclone.

The family will received friends from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, October 2, 2012, at the funeral home.

The family would like to say “Thank you", to Hospice of Southern West Virginia for the wonderful care they gave their mother.

In lieu of flowers donation of sympathy may be made to the Cyclone Fire Department.

A video tribute and guestbook at

Services entrusted to Adam Toler Memorial Funeral Home, Oceana.


Ronald Mack ‘Ronnie’ Parsons

OCEANA — Ronald Mack “Ronnie” Parsons, 56, passed away Saturday, September 29, 2012, at his home.

E-mail letters of sympathy may be sent at

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


Debra S. Paugh

WILLOW SPRING, N.C. — Debra Sue Paugh, 55, passed away Friday, September 28, 2012, after a seven year battle with kidney cancer which she bravely fought with her strong will, incredible courage and amazing grace. Through this time, she taught us many lessons of love, perseverance, strength and faith.

She was born September 21,1957, in Wheeling, W.Va., to the late Joseph Campbell and Carol Hagan Campbell, where she grew up with her younger brother, the late Joseph Campbell Jr.  

Debbi was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and friend. She was graced with a beautiful, caring personality that touched the lives of many. She loved spending time with her family, traveling and dipping her toes in the ocean along the North Carolina beaches.

Debbi is survived by her husband George Paugh; her daughters, Casie Purdy and husband, Tad of Beckley, Suzi Tripp and husband, Billy of Garner, N.C., Jaimie Thompson and husband, Mat of Garner, and her grandchildren, Riley and Drew Purdy, and Braden Tripp.

A memorial Mass was held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, October 2, 2012, at St Mary, Mother of the Church Catholic Parish in Garner, N.C. The family received friends 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday, October 1, 2012, at the Bryan-Lee Funeral Home, 1200 Benson Road in Garner.

Condolences may be made to

Arrangements by Bryan-Lee Funeral Home, Garner, N.C. 919-772-8225


James H. Pierce Sr.

James H. Pierce Sr., 83, of Beckley, passed away Tuesday, October 2, 2012.

Arrangements are pending completion with Blue Ridge Funeral Home, 5251 Robert C. Byrd Drive, Beckley.


Edna Ruth Sparks Repass

OCEANA — Edna Ruth Sparks “Sue” Repass, 78, passed away Tuesday, October 2, 2012, in the comfort of her home due to a short battle with cancer.

E-mail letters of sympathy may be sent at

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


Katherine Hancock Shiflet

UNION — Katherine “Kathy” Hancock Shiflet, 57, of Charleston and Union, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, September 25, 2012.

She was the daughter of Katherine

Lanier Hancock Shiflet and the late Hon. William Marion Shiflet of Union.

She was a member of the Class of 1973 of Union High School, Kathy had the privilege of being a Rotary International Exchange Student to Stockholm, Sweden her senior year in high school. Upon returning from Sweden, Kathy attended and graduated from Mary Washington College (now University) in Fredericksburg, Va., where she was a ranked tennis player for the College In the Commonwealth of Virginia. She received a master’s degree in Sociology from Virginia Tech.

Kathy had a career with the U.S. Census Bureau that spanned over 30 years. Her last position was a director in the Midwest, being part of the Detroit, Mich. office. She served as president of the Woman’s Club of Charleston, W.Va., from 2006 through 2008. Her greatest job, however, was being “the best Fairy God-Mother” ever to her beloved nieces, nephews and younger cousins.

Along with her mother, Kathy is survived by her siblings: Marian (Mollie) Shiflet O’Brien of Media, Pa., William Marion “ Bill” Shiflet II and his wife, Julie of Union, W.Va., and the Hon. Caroline L Sparks and her husband, Mark, of Union, W.Va., and her nieces and nephews, McKenzie and Buckley O’Brien of Wilmington, N.C.: Carter, Laine and Tripp Shiflet and Rebecca and Riley Sparks of Union, W.Va.

A celebration of Kathy’s life will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, October 6, 2012, at the All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Union, where Kathy was a member, with the Rev. Ben James officiating. Burial will be private.

The family will receive visitors on Friday, October 5th from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Broyles-McGuire Funeral Home in Union.

Donations may be made in Kathy’s memory to the All Saints’ Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 401, Union, WV 24983.


Carl M. Stewart

ROCKVIEW — Carl M. Stewart, 81, of Rockview, went home to be with the Lord and his heavenly family on Monday, Oct. 1, 2012.

Born Nov. 15, 1930, at Itmann, he was the son of the late Walter O. and Edith Godfrey Stewart.

Carl was a member of the Rock Castle Baptist Church. He was a very proud Marine Sergeant having served his country during the Korean War where he earned a Purple Heart. Carl was retired from the Wyoming County Board of Education as an Auto Body Repair instructor.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his father- and mother-in-law, Roy and Myrtle Goddard; his sisters, Lena Hill, Clarice Hill, Garnette Stewart and Ethel Stewart; and a brother, Clair Stewart.

Survivors include his loving wife of 61 years, Virginia “Catherine” Goddard Stewart; a son, William Stewart and his wife, Carolyn, of Wyoming; a daughter, Kathy Stewart and her fiancé, Ed Bolen, of Princewick; grandchildren, Sherri Brewster, Melissa Haynes and her husband, Tommy, Chris Mullens and his wife, Sabrina and Ashley Harper and her husband, Joshua; great-grandchildren, Johnta’ Brewster, Tyler Haynes, Bryleigh Harper, Matthew Harper and Caleb Mullens; and Tammy Halsey of Rockview, who was like a daughter to him.

A celebration of Carl’s life will be 1 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012, at Calfee Funeral Service Chapel, Pineville with the Rev. Evan Arkell and Bob Adams officiating. Burial will follow in Palm Memorial Gardens, Matheny.

Pallbearers will be Chris Mullens, Tommy Haynes, Joshua Harper, Jeff Halsey, Johnny Goddard and Donnie Cook. Honorary pallbearers will be Bob Adams and Lonnie Green.

Family will receive friends from 6 to 9 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012 at the funeral home.

Military rites will be performed by the Wyoming County Honor Guard.

Online guest book, flowers and gifts may be found at

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


Larry D. Thornton

BUD — Larry Dean Thornton, 52, of Bud, passed away Sunday, September 30, 2012 at his residence following a short illness.

Born December 1, 1959, at Mullens, he was the son of the late Bernard Melvin Thornton Jr. and Betty Maxine (Alley) Thornton.

Larry was a Masonary Mason having worked most of his career in construction and he was a former employee of Talon Manufacturing. In his leisure he enjoyed hunting and playing horse shoes.

In addition to his parents he is also preceded in death by a sister, Linda Gwinn; three brothers, Greg Thornton, Robert Benji Thornton, and an infant brother, Bernard Melvin Thornton III.

Those left to cherish his memory include his loving wife of 28 years, Dorothy Ann Graham Thornton; a son, Larry Dean Thornton Jr. at home and his son, Jarred and a son, Derek Lee Thornton at home; one sister, Tina Campbell and her husband, Robert Jake of Corinne; two brothers, Donald Thornton and his wife, Betty of Covel and Mark Thornton and his wife, Marie of Florida; his mother and father in law, Patricia Graham of Basin and the late Arthur Graham; and several nieces and nephews.

Services will be 8 p.m. Thursday, October 4, 2012, at Tankersley Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Larry England officiating.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday at the funeral home.

In keeping with Larry’s wishes cremation will follow.

Online condolences may be expressed to the family at

The family of Larry Thornton is being cared for by Tankersley Funeral Home, Mullens.


Portarhee Tinney White

CLEARWATER, Fla. — Portarhee “Pat” Tinney White, 89, formerly of Swansdale, W.Va., passed away Monday, October 1, 2012.

 A gathering with the family will be held at the White Funeral Home, Summersville, on Thursday, October 4, from 6 to 8 p.m. A service in her memory will be held on Friday, October 5, at White Funeral Home Chapel at 11  a.m. with interment to follow at the Walker Memorial Cemetery in Summersville, with Rev. Dr. Richard M White of Summersville.

Arrangements by White Funeral Home, Summersville.