The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

September 13, 2013

Obituaries — Friday, Sept. 13, 2013


Stefanie Denise ‘Big Red’ Amick

NETTIE — Stefanie Denise “Big Red” Amick, 46, of Nettie, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013, at Ruby Memorial Hospital, following a short illness.

Born Feb. 28, 1967, in Summersville, she was the daughter of the late Eria Paulett Stoneburner and her adoptive father, Robert Adams of McRoss. In addition to her mother, she was preceded in death by a sister, Joanna Bennett; two uncles, Glen and Griffin Stoneburner; and grandparents, Paul and Rebecca Stoneburner.

Survivors include her spouse, Mark Dewayne Amick of Nettie; daughter, Mackenzie Breanna Hardwick of Nettie; her three-year-old K9 son, Buckshot Amick; two aunts, Claudett (John) O’Dell of Leivasy and Kim (Bonnie) O’Quinn of Princeton; nephew, Neil Adam Pence, and niece, Keely Nicole Bennett.

Memorial services will be at 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013, at the Peniel United Methodist Church at Hominy Falls, W.Va., with Pastor Harold Dusky officiating.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.wallaceandwallacefh.com.

Arrangements entrusted to Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home of Rainelle.



Joey Wayne Bailey

GLEN ROGERS — Joey Wayne Bailey, 53, of Glen Rogers, passed away Monday, September 9, 2013, at Raleigh General Hospital from injuries sustained in an auto accident.

Born July 20, 1960 at Beckley, he was the son of the late Nelson Bailey and Quinnie Cozart Bailey of Glen Rogers.

Joey enjoyed fishing, reading, gardening, being outdoors and spending time with his grandchildren.

Survivors include his mother, Quinnie Bailey of Glen Rogers; two daughters, Melanie Nelson and her husband, Christopher, of Pineville and Sarah Bailey and her companion, Michael McCoy, of Mullens; a brother, Radie Bailey of Beckley; six sisters, Nancy Snuffer of Glen Rogers, Julie Goode of Beckley, Helen Reavis of Eatonton, Ga., Margaret Lester of Beckley, Betty Richardson of Glen Rogers and Joann Ellis of Soak Creek; nine grandchildren, Chad, Megan, Triston, Husten, Jacob, Abby, Alexus, Allison and Andrew.

A celebration of Joey’s life will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, September 13, 2013, in the Calfee Funeral Service Chapel, Pineville.

Those wishing to extend their condolences may do so by visiting www.calfeefuneralservice.com.

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



Billy Jerrel Bane

LYNCO — Billy Jerrel Bane, 76, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 15, at Evans Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Jerry Cook officiating. The family will receive friends from 1 p.m. until time of service Sunday.

Evans Funeral Home of Oceana is serving the Bane Family.



Virginia Sue Belcher

QUINWOOD — Virginia Sue Belcher, 79, of Quinwood, finished her journey on this earth and entered into rest to await the return of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, September 10, 2013, following a short illness.

Born October 16, 1933, in Marfrance, she was the daughter of the late James and Bessie O’Dell.

One of the main priorities in Virginia’s life was always her family. She was a gentle soul with a heart of gold that loved everyone and would do anything for those she cared about, especially her family. She was the love of her husband’s life for 59 years, and it is easy to say that one of the biggest accomplishments of her life was being an incredible wife and mother. She was loved so very much by all of her family — many nieces and nephews saw her as a second mother, and she was more like a sister to many of her brothers and sisters in-law as well. Virginia was also an important member of the Advent Christian Church in Quinwood. She attended this little family church for most of her life, and her presence there will, without a doubt, be dearly missed.

We will miss her sweet smile, we will miss her happy laugh, and we will just miss her altogether. The loss of this special woman will surely leave emptiness in all of our hearts, but through loving our Savior as much as Virginia loved him throughout her life, we can live with the hope of the promise that we will see her once again.

She is survived by her loving husband of 59 years Romie Belcher; son, Michael Belcher; sisters Almagene Hellems (Ralph) and Loretta Belcher (Clyde); and many loving, nieces, nephews, family, and friends who will all miss her dearly.

On Saturday, September 14, 2013, at 2 p.m. we will celebrate the life of Virginia Belcher at Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Rainelle, with Pastors Roy Boyd, Jerold Hamrick and Steve Beard officiating. A graveside service will be held immediately following at Wallace Memorial Cemetery, Clintonville, W.Va. Friends may call Saturday from 1 to 2 p.m. prior to the ceremony.

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Rainelle.

CPL Cory Alan Bowyer

ALDERSON — CPL Cory Alan Bowyer, 31, of Alderson, died Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013.

Memorial services will be noon Saturday, Sept. 14, at McCraw Funeral Home, Lewisburg, with Pastor Gary Baker officiating. Friends may call 11 a.m. until service time Saturday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers the family is asking for donations to cover funeral expenses, c/o Gary Bowyer, HC 37 Box 94, Frankford, WV 24938.

Arrangements by McCraw Funeral Home, Lewisburg.



Willard Justice

Willard Justice, 90, of Daniels, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 15, at the Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home Shady Spring Chapel with the Rev. Jerry Cook officiating. Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Gardens at Princeton. Friends may visit with the family from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

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

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



William Cleveland (Sarge) McGhee

MULLENS — William Cleveland (Sarge) McGhee, 92, of Mullens, passed away on Monday, September 9, 2013, at Bowers Hospice House in Beckley.

Born November 3, 1920, in Norfolk, Va., to Noah and Zora (Parker) McGhee, he lived most of his life in Mullens.

Sarge was a talented and civic-minded person who enjoyed oil painting, woodcarving, drawing, writing stories, building ships-in-the-bottle, planning and participating in community events, and taking part in church activities. He was instrumental in the founding of the Mullens Community Theater Group. He designed the official stamp cancellations for the U.S. Postal Station at the annual Mullens Dogwood Festival. He was the recipient of an award for volunteer service to the community presented in 2008 by Joe Manchin, then Governor of West Virginia. Sarge is probably remembered most for his nearly 35 years as a leader in the Boy Scouts and for the numerous outdoor and indoor murals he designed and painted in downtown Mullens.

Sarge was a veteran of World War II where he served in the U.S. Marine Corps in Iceland and in the South Pacific, including Guadalcanal. During the Korean War he returned to service as a drill instructor at Camp Lejeune, N.C. After World War II, Sarge came back to Mullens where he married his sweetheart, Marjorie, and got a job on the Virginian Railroad.

Sarge was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Noah (Fibber) McGhee Jr., of Mullens, and a sister, Virginia Webb, of Roanoke, Va.

He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Marjorie (Akers) McGhee; five children: Patrick of Mullens; Kathy and her husband Larry Lyon of Attica, Ind.; Tim and his wife Cindy of Charleston, W.Va.; Susan of Bloomington, Ind.; and Anne of Wilmington, Del. He is also survived by six grandchildren; one great-grandchild; a sister, Frances Bright of Mullens; a brother, Dewey of Cornelius, N.C.; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Sarge was a donor to the Human Gift Registry at West Virginia University. A memorial service will celebrate Sarge’s life on Sunday, September 15, 2013, at 3 p.m. at the Highland Avenue Baptist Church in Mullens.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made in Sarge’s name to the Highland Avenue Baptist Church, 319 Highland Avenue, Mullens, WV 25882.

Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.tankersleyfh.com.

Information submitted by Tankersley Funeral Home, Mullens.



Nellie L. McLaughlin Miller

MASSILLON, Ohio — Nellie L. (McLaughlin) Miller, 77, of Massillon, a native of Roeford, W.Va., passed away Monday, Sept. 9, 2013.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, in the Zoar Baptist Church at Keslers Cross Lanes with Pastor Arnold Nicholas officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. Friends may call one hour prior to the funeral services at the church.

Condolences may be sent to the family at whitefuneralhomewv.com.

Arrangements by White Funeral Home, Summersville.



Josephine B. Nickell

OAK HILL — Josephine B. Nickell, 89, of Oak Hill, died on Wednesday, September 11, 2013, at Bowers Hospice House in Beckley.

Born June 8, 1924, at Page, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late John Julius Bukant Sr. and Bessie Youravish Bukant. She was the stepdaughter of the late Anthony Youravish Jr. and Lora Bukant Novobilsky.

A member of the Oak Hill United Methodist Church, she also attended the 3F’s Circle.

Josephine was a 1942 graduate of Oak Hill High School. She was a member of the Business and Professional Women.

She was a retired secretary for Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill and had previously been employed by Garvin, later Lively, Insurance Company in Oak Hill.

Her husband, Ralph Eugene Nickell; brother, John J. Bukant Jr.; half sisters, Rena King and Mary Wells, and half brothers, James Anthony Youravish Jr., George Youravish and Joe Youravish, all preceded her in death.

Surviving are her loving family, twin daughters, Pamela Jo Smelcer and husband, Harold, of Panama City, Fla., and Paula Jean Nickell of Dunbar.

Pamela and Paula extend their heartfelt thanks to all their mother’s caregivers, Rhonda Cox, Julie Lovell, Marlene Lovell, Dorothy Ward and JoAnne Erickson.

Funeral services will be on Saturday, September 14, 2013, at 2 p.m. at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill with Rev. Delmas Wolfe officiating. Burial will be at High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill.

Friends may call one hour prior to the service on Saturday at the funeral home.

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

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.



Reba Jane Rapp

Reba Jane Rapp, age 73, born March 31, 1940, in Sprague, W.Va., died Aug. 28, 2013, in Ocala, Fla.

She is survived by her husband, Bob Rapp of Ocklawaha, Fla.; her sons, Herbert Cline of Ocklawaha, Fla., and John Rapp of Dunnellon, Fla.; stepdaughter Terri Thigpen of Virginia; sisters, Faye Coleman of Sprague, W.Va., and Margaret Ball of Sprague, W.Va.; grandchildren Justin Rapp, Stacey Rapp, Matthew Rapp and Aubrey Thigpen. Also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Reba was cremated and upon her husband’s death their Cremated Remains will be scattered in the Greenbrier River at Talcott, W.Va.

Submitted by Roberts Funeral Homes, Downtown chapel, Ocala, Fla.



Thelma H. Lightfoot Hughes Ratliff

OAK HILL — Thelma H. Lightfoot Hughes Ratliff, 87, of Oak Hill, died on Wednesday, September 11, 2013, at Plateau Medical Center in Oak Hill.

Born May 7, 1926, at Oak Hill, she was the daughter of the late Andrew Lightfoot and Georgia Lucas Lightfoot Ratkosky.

Mrs. Ratliff was a member of the LifeBridge Assembly of God of Oak Hill. She was a homemaker.

Her first husband, James Hughes; second husband, John Ratliff; son, Kenneth Ratliff; brothers, Robert Lightfoot, David Lee Lightfoot, Andrew J. Lightfoot and Clemor D. Lightfoot, and sister, Virginia Munoz Noffsinger, all preceded her in death.

Survivors include her children, Ruth Ellen Holland and husband, Dennis, of Elkton, Ky., James Hughes and wife, Julie, of Mechanicsville, Md., Susan Hughes and husband, Robert, of Oak Hill and Robert Ratliff of Oak Hill; daughter-in-law, Marie Ratliff of Beckley; stepchildren, Diana Wise of Circleville, Ohio, and Darrell Ratliff and wife, Janet, of Stoutsville, Ohio; 13 grandchildren; one stepgrandson; 18 great-grandchildren and one stepgreat-grandson.

Funeral services will be on Saturday, September 14, 2013, at 11 a.m. at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill with Rev. Shirlie Watson officiating. Burial will be at I.O.O.F. Cemetery, Oak Hill.

Visitation will be held at Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill, on Friday, September 13, 2013, from 6 to 8 p.m.

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

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.



Betty Frances Thomas

1920-2013

Betty Frances Thomas, 92, of Coal City, passed away Thursday, September 12, 2013, at Bowers Hospice House. She was the oldest of 10 children to the late Floyd Leonard (Slim) Thomas and Elsie Lee Ailstock Thomas born on October 22, 1920, in Mt. Hope, W.Va.

Miss Thomas was an Honor graduate of Collins High School Class of 1938, Epperly Hill, W.Va. She was the President of the Senior Class and the Editor of “The Pirate,” the Collins High School Year Book. She continued her education at West Virginia National Business College in Bluefield, W.Va. She was a member of the girls N.B.C. basketball team. After graduation, Miss Thomas began her career in 1942 working for Pocahontas Fuel Co. in Bluefield, Va., until retirement in 1984.

Betty enjoyed her retirement years by traveling with family, gardening, reading, canning, baking, hunting, playing cards and games with family. She treasured the history of her family and explored that history through genealogy and family reunions. She was a loving sister, aunt, and cherished friend.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers Floyd L. Thomas Jr. and wife Margie, Jerry V. Thomas and wife Betty; sisters Mary Lee Thomas, Ruth Moreland and husband Louis and Helen Ritter and husband Roy.

Those left to cherish her memory are brothers Johnny R. Thomas and wife Wanda, Jack C. Thomas and wife Rosemary, both of Coal City, W.Va.; Bobby C. (Wheel) Thomas and wife Barbara of Oak Hill, W.Va.; Jimmy P. Thomas and wife Connie of Oakhurst, Calif.; and 21 nephews and nieces, their spouses and children.

The family will receive friends Saturday, September 14, 2013, from 11 a.m. until 12 noon at Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley, with the funeral service beginning at 12 noon with Dr. Bob Stoddard officiating. Burial will follow at High Lawn Memorial Park in Oak Hill, W.Va. Nephews will serve as pallbearers.

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

Online condolences and other information can be found by visiting www.blueridgefuneralhome.com.

Blue Ridge Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.



Raymond Lee Ward Sr.

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Raymond Lee Ward Sr., 61, of Cleveland, formerly of Oak Hill, W.Va., died on Saturday, September 7, 2013, in Cleveland, Ohio.

Born July 5, 1952, he was the son of the late Floyd and Garnet Tompkins Ward.

His beloved wife, Sharon Sue Crouch Ward, preceded him in death on June 29, 2013.

Survivors include three sons, James Ward and wife, Sue, of Cleveland, Raymond Ward Jr. of Cleveland and John Ward and wife, Kelly, of Cleveland; two stepdaughters, Jeanette Nuckles and husband, Harold, of Oak Hill and Debra Parker of Oak Hill; three brothers, Frank Ward of Minden, Mike Ward of Oak Hill and Elvie Ward of Oak Hill; three sisters, Betty Craft of Oak Hill, Connie Berry of Minden and Susie Willoughby of Blacksburg, S.C.; 16 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

A memorial services will be at 2 p.m. on Saturday, September 14, 2013, at the Oak Hill Gospel Tabernacle with Pastor Eric Smith officiating. His cremains will be laid to rest beside his wife at the I.O.O.F. Cemetery, Oak Hill.

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

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.



Lonnie Lee ‘Bill’ Watkins

CHARLESTON — Lonnie Lee “Bill” Watkins, 82, of Charleston, W.Va., formerly of Dothan and Sugar Grove, W.Va., went home to be with the Lord on Monday, September 9, 2013, at Beckley VAMC.

Born July 3, 1931, he was the son of the late Ambrose and Bernice Toney Watkins.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife Betty J. Flanagan Watkins; three brothers, Charles Watkins, Robert Watkins, and Joseph Watkins; one sister, Charlene Watkins.

Survivors include two daughters, Myra “Susan” Watkins of Charleston, W.Va., and Michelle Griffith and husband Jeff of Cool Ridge, W.Va.; two sons, James Watkins and wife Sandra of Shepherdstown, W.Va., and Michael Watkins and wife Linda of Kearneysville, W.Va.; one sister Ida Mae Williams of Scarbro, W.Va.; five grandchildren, Emily Lord Watkins-Kern of Cambridge, England, Noah Watkins of Frederick, Md., Trista Watkins of Maysville, W.Va., Ashley Watkins of Charleston, W.Va., and Nicole Griffith of Cool Ridge; five great-grandchildren, Elyssa Kimple Watkins, Peyton Longerbeam, Elyah Leslie, William Cook, and Lonnie Cook.

Mr. Watkins loved his family; he also enjoyed traveling, auto mechanics, and NASCAR and especially enjoyed a good laugh. Mr. Watkins was a U.S. Army Master Sergeant Retired, with 24 years of service to his country. Following his Military retirement Mr. Watkins worked the next 20 years at the Reagan National Airport. He was a member of the VFW and American Legion in Charles Town, W.Va., and he was of the Baptist faith.

Funeral services will be held 1 p.m. Sunday, September 15, 2013, at Blue Ridge Funeral Home Chapel in Beckley, with Chaplain Mark Iobst and Chaplain Paul Bricker officiating. Burial will follow in Sunset Memorial Park, Beckley, where the American Legion Post 32 Honor Guard will have Military graveside rites.

Friends may gather with the family Saturday, September 14, 2013, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Marcus Boone, Robert Estepp, Paul Jarvi, Danny Howell, Nichole Hylton, Erik Reynolds, Matthew Gavin, Don Penn, Shaun Longerbeam, Noah Watkins, and Jason Cook will serve as pallbearers.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Beckley VAMC Recreation Department, 200 Veterans Drive, Beckley, WV 25801.

Those wishing to send online condolences may do so by visiting www.blueridgefuneralhome.com.

Blue Ridge Funeral Home, 5251 Robert C. Byrd Drive, Beckley, has the honor of serving the Watkins Family.