The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

November 17, 2013

Obituaries — Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013

Rhonda Dorene Greene Belcher

SHERMAN, Texas — Rhonda Dorene Belcher, age 56, of Sherman, departed this life on Tuesday, September 17, 2013, after suffering a long and detrimental illness.

She was born to the late John E. Greene and Mary E. Hatcher Greene on March 28, 1957.

Rhonda attended Mabscott Elementary School and graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in 1975. She was one of the very first Candy Stripers to work at the Beckley Hospital; this is where her passion for others became evident.

She attended Beckley College to start her career as a nurse, to follow in her mother’s footsteps and continue that passion, but she did not complete this venue as her heart could not handle the suffering and pain she witnessed daily. Rhonda worked in several department stores in the Beckley area before she took a job working at the West Virginia Turnpike; this is where she met her soul mate David Belcher.

She attended the MacArthur Church of God where she later was married and also gave her life to God.

Family and friends were Rhonda’s joy and delight. She loved to host and entertain; she frequently hosted special holiday parties at her home in Sherman, Texas. She enjoyed her time in Texas and made many lifelong friends there.

Rhonda was a Sunday school teacher for many years in her two daughters’ younger years, and then also became their Girl Scout leader for several years. She eventually returned back to her first passion of helping others and went to work at a gynecologist’s office; Dr. Bertran and his team became a second family to Rhonda for eleven years.

Rhonda never lost her love for West Virginia and after twenty-seven years in Texas she and Dave moved back to the hills of West Virginia, but for only a short while; her desire to return home to West Virginia did not compare to her wanting to be near her beautiful daughters and a new grandson (the light of her life) ... so Texas won out again.

She was very active and loved being outdoors; her love for animals almost exceeded her love for people; she carried dog and cat food in her car for strays she would meet along her path, or for animals she thought just needed a little more.

Fall was her favorite season and she would always ask for pictures of the turning leaves; this is what she said she missed the most about leaving West Virginia … the changing seasons.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her twin brothers Ronald and Donald Greene, grandparents Arnold and Flora Hatcher, grandparents Azel and Dora Greene, nephew Eddie Lee Hampton Jr., uncles Arnold Hatcher Jr. and James Hatcher, Carson Greene, Paris Greene, Homer Greene, aunts Nellie Griffith, Bertha McBride, Ethel Fitzwater.

Rhonda is survived by her husband David Belcher (Texas), daughter Larissa Mellnick, her wife Jenny (Texas), daughter Tara Davis, her husband Landon (Texas), her grandson Luke Mellnick (Texas), sister Ann Hampton, her husband Eddie (West Virginia), sister Drema Pauley (Texas), mother-in-law Louise Belcher (West Virginia), sister-in-law Bonnie Fox, her husband Denny (West Virginia), brother-in-law Russell, his wife Pat (Tenn.), niece Kimberly Hampton Collins, her husband Billy (North Carolina), niece Jennifer Pauley (Texas), great-niece Gavin Olivia Hampton Staton, great-niece Mason Isabella Hampton Staton (NC), Aunt Beulah Farley (West Virginia), Uncle Bobby Hatcher, his wife Margie (Virginia), Uncle William Hatcher, his wife Margaret (Virginia), Uncle Joseph Howard Greene, his wife Ardis (West Virginia) many cousins who were like brothers and sisters to her, and she also leaves behind many, many friends.

Rhonda requested a small memorial service to be held in Texas for family and her close friends, and also one in West Virginia at a later date for extended family, to spread her ashes in the hills she loved.

The family wishes to thank all of those who made donations in her memory to help with overwhelming and unexpected lifesaving efforts; her wish was to donate her body to save others.

The Texas service was held at Northpointe Assembly of God in Plano, Texas. The date and details for the service to be held in West Virginia will be shared at a later time.

Jack C. Chrislip

LOGAN — Jack C. Chrislip, 59, of Logan passed away Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Monday, Nov. 18, at Honaker Funeral Home of Logan, with the Rev. Robert Austin Shultz officiating. Friends may call on the family from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. In keeping with his wishes cremation will follow after the services Monday.

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Honaker Funeral Home of Logan is in charge of arrangements.

Goldie Mae Smith Hicks Compton

Goldie Mae Smith Hicks Compton, 89, of Cool Ridge, WV, received her Angel Wings at Pine Lodge Nursing Facility in Beckley, WV.

Goldie was born November 18, 1923, in Fitzpatrick, WV. She was the daughter of the late Henry and Hallie Hatton Smith.

Goldie was a retired cook for the Raleigh County Board of Education. She was a member of the Senior Friends and a regular at the water aerobics at the YMCA. Goldie loved the Senior Friends activities and she loved spending time with “the girls.”

Goldie was a member of the Ghent Freewill Baptist Church where she had taught Sunday School for a number of years. She was active in the Women’s Auxiliary Group at the Church and loved preparing foods for gatherings at the Church. Goldie truly loved her Church Family.

In addition to her parents, Goldie was preceded in death by her loving husband, Homer Compton; two sons, Lawton Hicks, II, and Denver Ray Hicks; her brothers, Don, Charlie, Chester, Jim, and William “Buck” Smith, and her sisters, Iva, Cybil, Carrie, and Mable Smith.

She is survived by three sons whom she dearly loved. David Hicks and wife, Teresa, of Daniels, WV, and Russ and Roger Hicks of Cool Ridge, WV; 8 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great-grandchild. Goldie was accompanied by her loving companion, “Katie the Kitty.”

Goldie was an avid gardener. She loved to grow and can the vegetable she grew. Goldie canned everything that she could. Goldie loved to cook and always made a big hit with her “school rolls” and  her homemade apple pies, using only the best apples she canned.

Goldie was such an amazing woman. Her kindness, goodness, generosity, and love touch so many lives; even after her suffering the stroke, she was still touching lives of those around her. She was so loved and will be missed by so many.

A service to Celebrate the life of Goldie Mae Smith Hicks Compton will be held 2 p.m. Monday, November 18, 2013, at Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley, with Pastor Jeff Shrewsbury officiating. Following the services Goldie will be laid to rest at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Beckley.

Friends may gather with the family from 12 p.m. until time of the service Monday at the funeral home.

David and Teresa would like to thank the staff at Pine Lodge Nursing Facility for the wonderful care they took of Goldie. Our words cannot express how thankful we are for each of you who made Goldie feel at home. We would like to thank Terah, Alice, Martha, and Lena and all the wonderful residents we met at Pine Lodge for being with Goldie when we could not be there. We love you all.

There’s One who hears you when you pray; put yourself in His hands today. Trust in His goodness, lean on His love, and know that His blessings come from above.

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

Bessie Elizabeth Fox

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — Bessie Elizabeth Fox, 99, formerly of Summersville, WV, passed away Thursday, November 14, 2013, at Heritage Hall of Virginia Beach following an extended illness.

Born on July 30, 1914, at Hinton, WV, she was the daughter of the late John and Carrie Overstreet Rush.

Mrs. Fox was a homemaker and a volunteer at the Commission on Action for 11 years and the Retired and Senior Volunteer program for 21 years.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Naaman Willington Fox, on April 7, 2003.

Left to cherish her memory include her daughter, Marybell Kenney and her husband Daniel of Virginia Beach, VA; one granddaughter, Melissa Cogburn; three great-grandchildren, Steven, Joey, Katie; and one great-great-grandchild, Lil Joey.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday, November 18, 2013, at the Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home at Fayetteville with Pastor Rick Swearengin officiating. Interment will follow at Huse Memorial park in Fayetteville.

Friends may call at the funeral home one hour prior to the funeral services.

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Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, 350 W. Maple Avenue, Fayetteville, will be assisting the family.

Mabel Grace Alderman Hardiman

CHARLESTON — Mabel Grace Alderman Hardiman, 89, of Charleston and Alvon, WV, passed away Friday, November 15, 2013, at Hubbard Hospice House in Charleston.

Born March 2, 1924, at Alvon, WV, she was a daughter of the late Mitchell Summers Alderman and Jessie Elizabeth Hoylman Alderman.

Mrs. Hardiman was a member of Alvon United Methodist Church and was a former Assistant Troop Leader of Cub Scouts and Brownie Troops.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Freda Wade and Kathleen Alderman, and three brothers, Kermit, Kenton, and Mason Alderman.

She is survived by her husband, Ralph Walter Hardiman; two children, Brenda Kees (Mike) of Raleigh, NC, and William Lee Hardiman (Donna) of Belle, WV; four grandchildren, Ginger Tennant, William Lee Hardiman, II, Brett Kees and Eamon Hardiman; three great-grandchildren, Samantha Tennant, Jacob Tennant and Sophia Tennant; two sisters, Olga Wade of Alvon, WV, and Dorothy Alderman of South Charleston, WV; a brother, Charles Dale Alderman of Florida and White Sulphur Springs, WV; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will 2 p.m. Sunday, November 17, 2013, at Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home in Lewisburg, with Rev. John Massey officiating. Burial will follow at Rosewood Cemetery in Lewisburg.

There will be no formal visitation.

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

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Dorothy G. Henrey

Mrs. Dorothy G. Henrey, 85, of Beckley, died Friday, Nov. 15, 2013.

Arrangements are entrusted to Ritchie and Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.

Lena Mondana Hicks

FOREST HILL — Lena Mondana Hicks, 98, of Forest Hill, died Friday, November 16, 2013, at Summers County A.R.H. Hospital in Hinton following a long illness.

Born September 18, 1915, at Ramp, she was the daughter of the late Burgess and Mattie Sears Richmond.

Mrs. Hicks was a homemaker and member of the Ramp Holiness Church. She enjoyed quilting and sewing and was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She had lived most of her life in Summers County.

She was preceded in death by five brothers, Garland, Burgess Franklin, Russell and William Richmond and an infant brother. Also preceded by two sisters, Leta Arthur and an infant sister.

Survivors include her husband of 71 years, Calvin Hicks. One son, Gerry Hicks and wife Debbie of Pembroke, VA. One daughter, Linda Kollar and husband Charles of West Jefferson, OH. A sister, Ola Clowers and husband Virgil of Hilldale. Three grandchildren, Kevin Kollar, Christy Miller and husband Mike and Tammy Barnhill and husband David. Six great-grandchildren also survive.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, November 18, 2013, at Pivont Funeral Home Chapel in Hinton with Pastor Lloyd Hart officiating. Burial will follow in the Hicks Cemetery at Ramp. Friends may call from 6 until 8 p.m. Sunday evening at the funeral home.

Grandsons, great-grandsons and family members will serve as pallbearers.

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Arrangements by Pivont Funeral Home, Hinton, WV.

Rosemary Spaulding Holstein

Rosemary Spaulding Holstein, 73, of Beaver, went home to be with her Lord on Nov. 15, 2013, following a long, courageous battle with Alzheimer’s in the Raleigh Center in Daniels.

Born on January 19, 1940, she was the daughter of the late Roy and Irene Snead Spaulding.

Other than her parents she was preceded in death by a daughter, Alicia Jenkins.

Rosemary was a devout Christian, devoting her life to Christ and being a pastor’s wife to her dedicated husband of 55 years, Paul Holstein. She was a loving mother and doting grandmother. Her kind and caring ways will be missed by all who knew her.

Other than her husband, Paul, others that will cherish her memory are her children Deanna Milam (Terry) of Knightdale, N.C., Leah Williams (Eric) of Charlotte, N.C., Paula Blakley (Wyatt) of Jasper, Ga.; a brother, Eddie Spaulding of Charleston; a sister Charlotte Stanley (Carson) of Cabin Creek; six grandchildren Jennifer Blaisdell, Seth Jenkins, Kevin R. Short, Zachary Short, Nicholas Short and Ty Short; and numerous other family and friends.

A celebration of Rosemary’s life will be conducted at the Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Chapel, Shady Spring, on Monday, Nov. 18, 2013, at 1 p.m. with Pastor Bud Israel officiating. Burial will follow at the Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens in Prosperity.

Friends may visit at the funeral home from 6 to 9 p.m. on Sunday.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

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

David E. Meadows

LORIS, S.C. — David E. Meadows, age 46, formerly of Beckley, passed away Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013, in South Carolina.

Mr. Meadows was born in Detroit, Mich., a son of Lynn McGee Ferguson and the late Gary Meadows. He was preceded in death by his father, Gary Meadows, and his brother, Vince Meadows.

David graduated in 1985 from Woodrow Wilson High School. He worked in Manassas, Va., before moving to South Carolina.

Survivors include his paternal grandparents, Virgil and Marion Meadows of Beckley; his mother, Lynn M. Ferguson, and stepfather, Ken, of Catlett, Va.; his wife, Rachel Rabon Meadows of Loris; three children, Nate, Gage and Gabriel; a brother, Brian Meadows and his wife, Giovannie, of Charlotte, N.C.; two nephews, T.J. and Carter Meadows, and a niece, Julie O’Brian.

David enjoyed making people around him laugh; he will be sadly missed by family, friends and co-workers.

Friends called Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Goldfinch Funeral Home, Loris Chapel.

Services were held 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013, at Goldfinch Funeral Home, Loris Chapel, with the Rev. Jimmy Floyd officiating. Burial followed in the Bayboro Cemetery in South Carolina.

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Arrangements by Goldfinch Funeral Home, Loris Chapel, S.C.

Mary Pishner Ware

NALLEN — Mary Pishner Ware, 87, of Nallen, passed away Thursday, November 14, 2013, at Bowers Hospice House, Beckley.

Born September 26, 1926, in Shinnston, she was the daughter of the late Alexander and Lovie Pishner. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Virgil Ware.

Survivors include her two sons Michael Ware and wife Shelia of Knoxville, TN, and Bruce Ware of Shelby, IN; one brother, Rudolph (Duke) Pishner of Beckley; five grandchildren, Amelia, Elizabeth, Benjamin, Regenia, and Kayla; and 8 great-grandchildren.

Mary was a member of Bays Chapel United Methodist Church of Nallen and a homemaker.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, November 17, 2013, at the Wallace & Wallace Chapel, with Pastor Mike Loudermilk officiating. Interment will follow at Wallace Memorial Cemetery, Clintonville.

Friends may gather with the family Sunday, November 17, 2013, from 1 p.m. until time of service at the Wallace & Wallace Chapel.

In light of her love of wildlife, the family requests a donation be made to the WV Division of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Section, 324 4th Avenue, South Charleston, WV 25303. Designate in memo section: For Wildlife Center. Mary also loved children and requests in lieu of flowers, a donation be made to the St. Jude Children’s Honor & Memorial Program, 501 St. Jude Place, Richmond, VA 38105-1942.

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Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Rainelle.