The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

March 24, 2011

Obituaries — Thursday, March 24, 2011


The Register-Herald

Jay Cee ‘Smokey’ Bell

RICHWOOD — Jay Cee “Smokey” Bell, 60, died Tuesday, March 22, 2011.

Memorial service will be held at a later date. At his request he will be cremated.

Arrangements by Simons-Coleman Funeral Home, Richwood.

Vannis Joy   Blankenship

FANROCK — Vannis Joy Blankenship, 54, of Fanrock, passed away Sunday, March 20, 2011, at her residence following a sudden illness.

Born Oct. 21, 1956, in Logan County, she was the daughter of Alfred Blankenship of Fanrock and the late Mavis Cook Blankenship.

Vannis enjoyed being with her family.

In addition to her mother, she was preceded in death by a sister, Delores Shiflett and a brother, Alfred Blankenship Jr.

In addition to her father, survivors include a brother, Johnnie Mack Blankenship and his wife, Cathy, of Pineville; a sister, Dinah Dillon and her husband, Richard, of Bob White; two nephews, Johnny Mack Blankenship Jr. of Pineville and Jeffrey Lee Blankenship and his wife, Marilyn, of Arlington, Va.; and a niece, Kelly Blankenship of Pineville.

A celebration of Vannis’ life will be 1 p.m., Friday, March 25, 2011, at Calfee Funeral Service Chapel, Pineville, with the Rev. Hannibal Blankenship Jr. officiating. Burial will follow in Palm Memorial Gardens, Matheny.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

Family will receive friends from noon until time of service at the funeral home on Friday.

Online guest book may be signed at www.calfeefuneralservice.com

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

 

Madeline Victoria Burdette Burns

CHARLESTON — Mrs. Madeline Victoria Burdette Burns, age 89, of Charleston, W.Va., went home to be with the Lord on Monday, March 21, 2011 at her home in Charleston, following a long illness.

Born May 22, 1921 in Alderson, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Oscar David and Nettie Mae Williams Burdette. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Robert T. Burns Sr.; five brothers; and two sisters.

Mrs. Burns worked at various occupations throughout her life. She retired from the City of Charleston Police Department where she had worked as a Meter Maid. She was a former member of the Griffith Creek Baptist Church at Alderson for many years and was a member of the Oakwood Baptist Church in Charleston, where she had served as librarian.

Mrs. Burns developed a love for motorcycle riding late in life and at the age of 83, she rode with her son, to and from Myrtle Beach, S.C. to attend Bike Week. At the age of 84 she again rode with her son, to and from the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C., Memorial Day Weekend 2005. Mrs. Burns was devoted to her family. She loved her church family, her neighbors and friends.

Survivors include a daughter, Marietta M. Burns Vermillion and her husband, Earlie M. Vermillion, of Charleston; a son, Robert T. Burns Jr. and his companion, Kimberly Arrington, of Charleston; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be Saturday, March 26, 2011 at 3 p.m. at the Lobban Funeral Home Chapel, Alderson, W.Va., with the Rev. Jim Marcum and Pastor Audie Sorg officiating.  Burial will follow at the Alderson Cemetery, Alderson, W.Va.

Friends may call Saturday, March 26, 2011 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Lobban Funeral Home, Alderson.

Serving as pallbearers will be members of the Brothers of the Wheel MC.

The family wishes to thank Madeline's caretakers and HospiceCare. 

In lieu of flowers, the family request that donations be made to the Griffith Creek Baptist Church Building Fund, HC 73 Box 24A, Alderson, WV 24910, or to the Hubbard Hospice House, 1606 Kanawha Blvd., West, Charleston, WV 25312-2536.    

Arrangements by Lobban Funeral Home, Alderson.

 

Johnny R. Cantley

 TRALEE — Johnny Ray Cantley, 74, of Tralee, died Tuesday, March 22, 2011.

Services will be noon Saturday, March 26, 2011, at Tankersley Funeral Home Chapel, Mullens.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 25, 2011 at the funeral home.

Arrangements by Tankersley Funeral Home, Mullens.

 

James Ronald Combs

MAN — James Ronald Combs, 57, of Man, died Monday, March 21, 2011.

Services will commence at 1 p.m. Friday, March 25, 2011, at the Greenbranch Free Will Baptist Church, Man, with Rev. Johnny Hatfield assisted by Rev. James Ellis officiating.  Burial will follow in Highland Memory Gardens at Godby.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the Greenbranch Free Will Baptist Church and one hour prior to services.

Online condolences may be sent to krantzmcneelyfuneralhome.com

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

 

Joyce Ann Newton Craft

OAK HILL — Our loving wife, mother and grandmother, Joyce Ann Newton Craft, 67, of  Oak Hill, died on Tuesday, March 22, 2011, at St. Mary's Medical Center in Huntington, W.Va.

Born September 4, 1943 at Harvey, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Edgar and Lannie Smith Newton.

 Mrs. Craft was a member of the Baptist faith and a homemaker.

Four brothers, Edward Newton, Junior Newton, George Newton and Isaac Newton preceded her in death.

Survivors include her husband, William C. "Bill" Craft; two sons, Steve Tincher of Oak Hill and Mike Tincher of Oak Hill, daughter, Debra Pemberton of Oak Hill, and two brothers, James Plumley of Minden and Larry Newton of Madison, Ohio.

Also surviving are five grandchildren, Elizabeth Pemberton, Amanda Pemberton, Tena Miller, Lena Tincher and Becky Tincher, and five great grandchildren, Kelsie Miller, Dakota Miller, Gracie Tincher, Harley Tincher and Jewel Tincher.

Funeral services will be on Friday, March 25, 2011 at 12 noon, at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill, with Rev. David Sneed officiating. Burial will be at Gethsemane Memorial Gardens, Oak Hill.

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

Online condolences may be sent at www.tyreefuneralhome.com

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

 

Geraldine Alice     Deskins

FAIRLEA — Geraldine (Jerry) Alice Deskins, 83, passed away Tuesday, March 22, 2011, at the Brier Nursing Home, Ronceverte, after a long illness.

Born  March 10, 1928, in Randolph County, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Ernest Cleveland Sr. and Cora Alice Keller Rose.

Mrs. Deskins was a lifelong resident of Fairlea, member of the First Baptist Church of Fairlea, was retired from the Greenbrier County Board of Education and a homemaker. She was called the Cake Lady and was a good Christian.

She was preceded in death by her parents; four sisters, Lela Hardway, Lana Rose, Beulah Rose and Shirley Harris and four brothers, Argil Rose, Ernest Rose Jr., her twin, Gerald Rose and Larry Rose.

Survivors include her husband, Robert Morris Deskins of Fairlea; two daughters, Deborah Kay McIntire of Ronceverte, and Lori A. Williams and Jim of Lewisburg; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Service will be 4 p.m. Friday, March 25, 2011, at the First Baptist Church of Fairlea, with the Rev. Kevin Prevett officiating. Burial will follow in the Greenhill Cemetery, Union, W.Va.

Friends may call 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 24, 2011, at the Longanacre Funeral Home, Fairlea.

Arrangements by Longanacre Funeral Home, Fairlea.

 

Harold L. ‘Billy’ Hansbury

DETROIT, Mich. — Harold L. “Billy” Hansbury, age 61, of Detroit, formerly of Beckley, departed this life on Sunday, March 20, 2011, at Sinai-Grace Hospital in Detroit, following a brief illness.

He was born August 20, 1949 in Killarney, (Raleigh County) W.Va., and the son of Mrs. Myrtle Hairston Hansbury of Welch, W.Va. and the late Percy R. Hansbury.

“Billy” was raised in Beckley, and a graduate of Stratton High School. He was of the Baptist faith and a veteran of the U.S. Army having served during the Vietnam era.  After serving in the military, he moved to Detroit where he was employed for many years at Botsford Medical Center in the Housekeeping Department. 

In addition to his father, “Billy” was preceded in death by one brother, Kenneth and his maternal and paternal grandparents.

“Billy” is survived by his mother and two daughters, Malinda Hansbury and Shannon Hansbury, both of Decatur, Ga.; one brother, Jerry L. and wife, Denita Hansbury of Spring Lake, N.C.;  two sisters, Francine and husband, Clayton Johnson Sr. of Columbus, Ohio and Rosemary Hansbury of Welch; his seven nephews and nieces: Clayton Jr., Catrina, Denicia, Donald, Jamaar, Donald and Martuise; two uncles, Robert Hampton of Columbus, Ohio and Jackie Frederick of Welch; two aunts,  Frances Neal of Beckley, and Clara Mae Redd of Anaheim, Calif., and host of cousins and many friends..

Services celebrating “Billy’s” life will be held at 12 noon on Friday, March 25, 2011, at St. James Missionary Baptist Church in Welch, W.Va., with the Rev. George Masterson officiating  and being assisted by the Rev. Clayton Johnson Jr. Interment will follow in Rest Lawn Memorial Gardens, Rt. 20 on Littlesburg Road in Bluewell, W.Va.

Burial rites will be performed by V.F.W. Post 1144, Iaeger, W.Va. and American Legion Post 175, Bradshaw, W.Va.

Family and friends will serve as both pallbearers and flower bearers.

Visitation will begin at 11 a.m., until the time of service on Friday at the church.

Arrangements and services entrusted to the Gregory-Page Funeral Home in Welch.

 

Arlie L. Hefner

SPRINGBORO, Ohio — Arlie L. Hefner, 64, a native of Frankford, died Tuesday, March 22, 2011.

Service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, March 26, 2011, at Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Lewisburg, with the Rev. Steve Barnett officiating. Burial will follow in the Greenbrier Memorial Gardens Lewisburg.

Friends may call 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, March 25, 2011, at the funeral home in Lewisburg.

Please send online condolences by visiting www.wallaceandwallacefh.com

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Lewisburg.

 

Dorothy Blanche ‘Dollie’ Craft       Hendrix

ALDERSON — Dorothy Blanche “Dollie” Craft Hendrix, age 68, of Alderson, died March 22, 2011, at Greenbrier Valley Medical Center in Fairlea, W.Va., following a long illness.

Born May 22, 1942, at Rupert, W.Va., Dollie was the daughter the late Bernard Earl and Lula Crone Craft.

When she was young and raising her family, Dollie was a frequent volunteer. She was a Cub Scout Leader, worked with a church nursery school, Brownie Scouts and many other volunteer positions. As her own children matured, Dollie began to express her creative ideas in the medium of oil paint. After her youngest child left home, Dollie operated a Virginia State licensed home-based day care and preschool in Sterling, Va. She cared for four to six children at a time, at times accommodating parents with twelve hour work days. After ten years with preschool and day care, worsening back problems forced her to retire.

Dollie carried deep religious convictions, but disdained the political in-fighting she found in several churches she attended. As her health began to fail, her doctors ordered her to avoid public contact as much as possible. Even though she expressed an interest in sampling the churches of Alderson, her avoidance of public contact prevented her from attending any of the churches.

From an early age, Dollie was the anchor of her family. Her father died when Dollie was four years old, and left her mother with nine children. By the time Dollie was nine years old, her mother had worked so hard supporting herself and her children that she had suffered a heart attack and was bed-ridden for extended periods. As the only female child left at home, it became Dollie’s job to cook the meals, wash the dishes, do the laundry, and try to keep the house clean for her mother and two older brothers and one younger brother. Through all the adversity, Dollie maintained a positive outlook on life and worked hard on her education. She developed a great love for books, reading all she gained access to. She accumulated enough credits to graduate at the end of the first semester of her senior year.

In April of 1960, she married her high school love and left Rupert for the big city of Washington, DC. She was always the one other family members sought out for advice or for temporary shelter when it was needed.

She was always open and welcoming to both family and friends. She worked at several different jobs, but got the greatest satisfaction from working with children. Her love of reading continued until her death.

She was preceded in death by her parents, four sisters: Shelma Craft Lerch, Anna Belle Craft Osborne McJilton, Mary Lou Craft Harris and Lillian Craft Bryant; and three brothers: Richard Eugene (Dick) (Clara) Craft, Carl Edward Craft, and Roger Elwood Craft.

 Those left to cherish the memory of Dollie are her husband of 50 years, Roy P. Hendrix of Alderson, sons; David E. (Kassie) of Apopka, Fla.; Roy P. Jr. (Lisa) of Ransom, W.Va., and a daughter Laura (Alistair) Hastings of Herndon, Va.; five grandchildren; Jessie and McKenzie Hendrix of Ransom, Oliver (Chip) Moore of Herndon, and James and Ravyn of Apopka; one brother Robert Earl Craft (Connie) of Brookville, Md., and numerous nephews and nieces

 Services will be conducted Saturday, March 26, 2011 at 2 p.m., at the Wallace and Wallace Funeral Home in Lewisburg with The Rev. Annette Carper officiating. The family will receive their friends one hour prior to the services on Saturday. Following cremation, a private internment will occur at a later date.

Please send online condolences by visiting www.wallaceandwallacefh.com

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home in Lewisburg.

 

Gary C. Hopkins

 Gary Curtis Hopkins, of Soak Creek, died Tuesday, March 22, 2011, at the Bowers Hospice House following a long illness. He was 60 years of age.

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

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary Inc., Beckley.

 

Curtis H. Hunt Sr.

Curtis H. Hunt Sr., age 88, of Sophia, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, March 22, 2011, at his home following an extended illness.

Born on October 6, 1922 in Sophia, he is the son of the late John Henry Hunt and Lockie Shirlda Covey Hunt.

Mr. Hunt was a lifelong member of Sophia. He had worked as a coal miner with Coppers Coal Camp and also enjoyed woodworking. Years ago, along with his brothers and family, Curtis was in business in the town of Sophia having owned a grocery store, gas station, furniture and clothing stores and also did many contracting jobs within the community. He also had a car dealership and at one time a large mink farm located on their property.

He witnessed the whole town of Sophia being constructed—every building that was built he was a sure witness.

Curtis was the youngest son of his family and by living in Sophia his whole life he got to witness many of the ups and downs of the town. He is the last surviving member of his immediate family.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his first wife, Geneva Hunt, whom was the mother of his children; second wife, Helen Hunt; brothers, Guy, Johnny, Sterling, and Swaney Hunt; sisters, Tina Akers, Ora Payne, Lois Soltes, Edith Houck, and Myrtle Hunt.

Those left to cherish his memory include his children, Kitty Basham and husband Leon of Youngsville, N.C., Curtis Hunt Jr. and wife Annette of Peachtree City, Ga., and Linda Shiflet and husband Larry of Sophia; grandchildren, Bill Basham and wife Karen of Wake Forest, N.C., Stephen Basham and companion Toni of Greensboro, N.C., Stephanie Farley and husband Johnny of Youngsville, N.C., Dr. Nikki Gebara and husband Dr. Andy Gebera of Lithia, Fla., Keri Strawn and husband Scott of Kingmond, Ariz., Melanie Griffin and husband Carlton of Fayetteville, N.C.; 10 great grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews and other family.

Services for Mr. Hunt will be conducted at noon on Friday, March 25, 2011 at Williams-Blue Ridge Funeral Home Chapel in Sophia, with Rev. George Smith officiating. Entombment will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens Mausoleum, Beckley.

Friends may gather with the family from 11 a.m. until time of service on Friday.

Pallbearers will be Bill Basham, Johnny Farley, Chris Farley, and Steve Basham.

Online condolences may be sent to our website at www.blueridgefuneralhome.com

Arrangements by Williams-Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Sophia.

 

Mack Green       Johnson

KISTLER, W.Va. — Mack Green Johnson, 76, of Accoville, died Monday, March 21, 2011

Services will commence at 12 noon Thursday, March 24, 2011, at the Krantz-McNeely Funeral Home, Man with Rev. Buddy Hager officiating. Burial will follow in Highland Memory Gardens, Godby.

Visitation will be one hour prior to services.

Online condolences may be sent to krantzmcneelyfuneralhome.com

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

 

Charles E. Kincaid

MEADOW BRIDGE — Charles E. Kincaid, 62, of Kincaid Lane, passed away Monday evening, March 21, 2011, at his home, following a long illness.

Born May 14, 1948, at Meadow Bridge, he was the son of the late Novell L. and Florence E. Bowles Kincaid.

Charles was a retired endloader operator for Jim C. Hamer Sawmill.

Other than his  parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Janet L. Durrett Kincaid in 2007.

Survivors include two sons, Charles R. Kincaid of Dawson, and Larry J. Kincaid of Meadow Bridge; two daughters, Arlene Taylor and husband, Frank of  Lexington, N.C. and Angela Kincaid of Lewisburg; two brothers, George E. Kincaid and wife, Doris of Quinwood, and Conward E. Kincaid and wife, Judy of Fayetteville; five grandchildren, Ryder Kincaid, Sumner Kincaid Adkins, Schuyler Kincaid Adkins, Corbin Kincaid Workman, and Caitlin Taylor; nieces and nephews, friends and extended family.

Services will be 1 p.m. Friday, March 25, 2011, at Wallace & Wallace Chapel in Rainelle, with Pastor Steve Martin officiating. Burial will follow in the Bowles Cemetery at Lockbridge, W.Va.

Friends may call one hour prior to the services (noon to 1 p.m.)

Arrangements entrusted to Wallace & Wallace of Rainelle.

 

Robert L. Mann

LINDSIDE — Robert L. Mann, age 89, of Lindside, passed away Wednesday, March 23, 2011, at Springfield Care Center following a long illness.

Arrangements are incomplete at Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home, Peterstown.

 

John Meadows

John Meadows, 89, of Beckley, passed away Tuesday, March 22, 2011, at the Bowers Hospice House, Prosperity, following a long illness.

He was born April 24, 1921 at Lerona, W.Va., son of the late Ernie Odell and May Wood Meadows.

He was a US Navy Veteran serving as a gunner in WWII, a retired construction worker, his family attended the Bible Baptist Church at MacArthur, he loved to hunt, fish, travel, camp and always included his entire family in his activities.

Other than his parents he was preceded in death by one brother, Donzie Odell Meadows;  one sister, Pearl Isom; one sister-in-law, Joyce Bragg and two brothers-in-law, Vindor Lamb and Tommy Meadows.

Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Ann Meadows of Beckley; his four children, Johnnie Leo Meadows and wife Joan of Lanark, Calvin Herbert Meadows and wife Karen of Bolt, Kevin Dean Meadows of Beckley and Janet Gunther of Cabell Heights. He also leaves behind nine grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

One sister Stella Mae Meadows Lamb of Lerona, W.Va., sister-in-law Marcella Meadows of Magadora, Ohio, and two brothers-in-law, Wilbert Bragg and Tommy Goodson, both of Bragg.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday March 26, 2011, at the Rose and Quesenberry Peace Chapel, with Pastor Thomas Sheppard officiating. Burial will follow in Goodson #2 Cemetery at Bragg, with Ricky Bragg, Steve and Brian Janney, Trey Gunther, and Tommy Meadows serving as pallbearers. American Legion Post #32 will perform military graveside rites.

Friends may gather with the family from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, March 25, 2011, at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be sent to our guestbook at www.roseandquesenberry.net

 In lieu of flowers, donations of sympathy may be made to the Bowers Hospice House, 454 Cranberry Drive, Beckley, W.Va., 25801, in memory of Mr. Meadows.

Arrangements by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, 1901 S. Kanawha St., Beckley.

 

John Meadows

John Meadows, age 89, of Beckley, W.Va., passed away on Tuesday, March 22, 2011, at 11:25 p.m., at the Bowers Hospice House in Beckley, following a long illness.

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

 

Jean Edward        Milligan

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — Jean Edward Milligan, 81, of Port St. Lucie, formerly of Princeton, died Sunday, March 20, 2011, at Ft. Pierce, Fla.

Born August 26, 1929 in Whitman, W.Va., he was the son of the late Edward VanDorn Milligan and Rebecca Rice Milligan.

Jean was a retired accountant and a U.S. Army veteran serving in the Korean War. He was a member and former Deacon of the Immanuel Baptist Church in Princeton. He was an avid golfer in his younger years and had been a resident of Port St. Lucie, for the past year moving there from Princeton.

In addition to his parents, six brothers and sisters preceded him in death.

Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Euna Ransom Milligan of Port St. Lucie; one daughter, Joyce Hibser and husband Roy of Port St. Lucie; two grandchildren, Kelly Beason and wife Brittany of Stuart, Fla., and Kerri Beason of Huntsville, Ala.; and several step brothers and sisters including Tim Milligan of Chapmanville, W.Va.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m., Friday, March 25, 2011, at the George W. Seaver Chapel of Seaver Funeral Home in Princeton, with Rev. Dan Jividen officiating. Burial will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens in Beckley, with the West Virginia National Guard Honor Guard conducting military graveside rites.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

Friends may call at the funeral home from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 24, 2011.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Immanuel Baptist Church Building Fund, 264 New Hope Rd., Princeton, WV 24740.

On line condolences may be sent at www.seaverfuneralservice.com

Seaver Funeral Home in Princeton is serving the Milligan family.  

 

Edward ‘Eddie’ Pryor

DETROIT, Mich. — Edward "Eddie" Pryor, 57, formerly of Red Star, W.Va., died March 20, 2011.

Services will be 12 noon, Saturday, March 26,2011 at United Missionary Baptist Church, 205 South Fayette Avenue, Mt. Hope, W.Va., with Rev. Phillip Copney Sr., officiating. Burial will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Prosperity.

Friends may call one hour prior to the services at the church.

Arrangements entrusted to Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.

 

Isabella Thomas

CYCLONE — Isabella Thomas was born sleeping on Wednesday, March 16, 2011.

Graveside service will be noon Friday, March 25, 2011, at Brown Cemetery, Cyclone.

Those wishing to attend may meet family at cemetery.

Services entrusted to Adam Toler Memorial Funeral Home, Oceana.

 

Wanda Tyree Toney

CIRTSVILLE — Wanda TyreeToney, 85, of Cirtsville, died on Tuesday, March 22, 2011.

Services will be on Saturday, March 26, 2011, at 12 noon at Tyree Funeral Home in Mount Hope, with Rev. Roger Tolliver officiating. Burial will be at Pax Community Cemetery.  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, Mount Hope.



Zelma M. White

MULLENS — Zelma Marie (Bishop) White, 75, of Mullens, a good and faithful servant of the Lord, was called home to Heaven on Monday, March 21, 2011, in a Beckley hospital following a long illness.

Born June 28, 1935 at Bud, she was the daughter of the late James Aaron Bishop and Gusta (Trogden) Bishop Perdue.

Mrs. White was a homemaker, and a former nurses aid in the Pediatric Ward at Wyoming General Hospital. She was the wife of the former pastor of The Alpoca Pentecostal Church Of God, Alpoca where she attended for more than 34 years. In her leisure she enjoyed cooking, raising her family, and always put the needs of others before her own.

In addition to her parents she is also preceded in death by her husband, Rev. Arlon E. White; a daughter, Deborah Lynn White; a sister, Vida Bishop; a brother, Paul Cox and a infant brother, Buddy Bishop.

Those left to cherish her memory include a daughter, Diane Marie Lilly and her husband, Gary of Alpoca; a son, Terry Ray White and his wife, Kathy of Alpoca; six grandchildren, Tiffany Carter and her husband, Justin, and Misty Lafferty and her husband, Bobby, all of Alpoca, Tara Lafferty and her husband, Charles of Spanishburg, Morgan White of Mullens, Zack White and Luke Mitchem, both of Turkey Creek; three great-grandchildren, Tyler, Emily, and Jacob Lafferty; five sisters, Arlene Walls and her husband, Phillip of Bud, Ruby Lilly of Beckley, Carol Ward and her husband, Bob of Beckley, Ernie Perry of Pineville and Drema Bishop of Beckley.

Services will be 12 noon Friday, March 25, 2011, at The Alpoca Pentecostal Church Of God with Rev. Paul Lusk and Rev. Gary Pollard officiating. Burial will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Beckley.

Friends may call one hour prior to services Friday at the church.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

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

Arrangements by Tankersley Funeral Home, Mullens.