The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

January 25, 2013

Obituaries — Friday, Jan. 27, 2013




Ronald Lincoln Alt

UNION — Ronald L. Alt, 84, passed away Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013.

Memorial services will be at a later date.

Condolences may be sent to broyles.mcguirefuneralhome@gmail.com or to Cynthia A. Dixon, Rt. 1 Box 319, Ronceverte, WV 24970.

Broyles-McGuire Funeral Home in Union is in charge of arrangements.



Austin Brown

RENICK — Austin Brown, 71, died Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013.

Service will be 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at Enon Baptist Church, Frankford. Burial will follow in Morningside Cemetery, Renick. Friends may call 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the Morgan Funeral Home, Lewisburg.

Arrangements by Morgan Funeral Home, Lewisburg.



Blondine L. Bickford Teubert Epling

Blondine L. Bickford Teubert Epling, 89, of Orlando, passed away on Tuesday, January 22, 2013, at Prairie Lakes Health Campus in Noblesville, Ind.

She was born on June 19, 1923, to Ashby and Annie (Kelly) Bickford in Page, W.Va.

Blondine was a bookkeeper for many years at GC Murphy in Beckley, and was a 1942 graduate of Montgomery High School in West Virginia.

She is survived by daughter, Gloria J Latham of Fishers, Ind.; sons, Richard A. Teubert of Del City, Okla., and Thomas C. Teubert of Yorktown, Va.; stepson, Randall M. Epling of Beckley; two brothers, Freddie E. Bickford and Calvin Bickford; sister, Mazie Shrewsbury; eight grandchildren; three stepgrandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, William F. Epling; three brothers, Sola E, Clinton H. and Thomas K. Bickford; and two sisters, Louise Benton and Julia Ann Gray.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Sunday, January 27, 2013, at the Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Chapel in Beckley, with the Rev. Orville Setliff officiating. Entombment will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens in Prosperity.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

Visitation will be held on Saturday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral chapel.

Private online condolences, floral gifts, and other expressions of sympathy are available at www.roseandquesenberry.net.

Arrangements with Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, 1901 S. Kanawha Street in Beckley.



Sara Jane ‘Kitty’ Epperhart

FANROCK — Sara Jane “Kitty” Epperhart, 67, of Fanrock, passed away on Wednesday, January 23, 2013, in Raleigh General Hospital, Beckley.

She was born December 28, 1945, in Amherstdale, W.Va., a daughter of the late Troy and Maysie Justice Toler.

She was a homemaker and a member of the Brenton Baptist Church.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by a brother Gerald Toler.

Left to cherish her memories are her loving husband of almost 39 years, Edward Clayton Epperhart Jr.; two daughters Drema (Randy) Morgan of Fanrock and Kathy Epperhart of Brenton; a son Gregory Shawn Baugh of Spindale, N.C.; seven sisters Sue Blair of Portage, IN, Jean Hatfield of Beckley, Audrey Goins of Beckley, Margie McClellan of Lynco, Sally (Aaron) Stewart of Turkey Dip, Sharon (Clint) Toler of Simon and Betty (Allen) Blankenship of Clear Fork; three brothers Kenneth “Buck” (Shirley) Toler of Cedar Creek, Tommy (Ledia) Toler of Sunhill and Homer (Alice) Toler of Cedar Creek; seven grandchildren Randy (Chasidy) Morgan, Kevin (Holly) Morgan, Brandon Morgan, Sabrina Baugh, Cameron Baugh, Justin Hatfield and Calista Hatfield; five great-grandchildren Kinley Morgan, Kaden Morgan, Kaylinn Morgan, Brycen Morgan and Holden Morgan; and a host of other loving family and friends.

Funeral services will be held at noon on Saturday, January 26, 2013, at Brenton Baptist Church, with Pastor Tommy Knotts officiating. She will be laid to rest in Palm Memorial Gardens, Matheny, W.Va.

Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, January 25, 2013, at Stafford Family Funeral Home, Lynco.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

E-mail letters of sympathy may be sent at www.staffordfamilyfuneralhome.com.

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

Willie J. Estep

COMFORT — Willie J. Estep, 53, of Comfort, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013.

Service will be 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at the Toney’s Branch Freewill Baptist Church, Toney’s Branch, with Jr. Perdue officiating. Friends may call two hours before the service Saturday at the church. In keeping with his wishes, he will be cremated following the service.

Arrangements by Armstrong Funeral Home, Whitesville.



Bonnie Carr Estes

DUNKIRK, Md. — Bonnie Carr Estes, 86, of Dunkirk, Md., formerly of Sewell Mountain, Rainelle, passed away Monday, Jan. 21, 2013.

Born Dec. 18, 1926, in Powellton, she was the only child of the late Rev. Mont and Beulah Mayes Carr.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Johnny Estes, in 1989.

Bonnie worked at the Crawford Superette in Charmco for several years, the Rainelle Tent Factory and was a homemaker. She attended Big Sewell Baptist Church and Sturgeon Branch Baptist Church until she moved to Dunkirk, Md., six years ago and attended Christian Fellowship of Calvert Church in Owings, Md.

Survivors include her son, Johnny B. Estes and wife, Glenda, of Ringgold, Ga.; her daughter, Irlanda Estes Jones and husband, Robert, of Arnold, Md.; her daughter, Denise Bennett and husband, the Rev. Daniel Bennett, of Dunkirk, Md.; her son, the Rev. Dennis Estes and wife, Diana, of Buckhannon; five grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.

Services will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013, at the Smathers Funeral Chapel in Rainelle, with Pastor Kermit Hunter officiating. Burial will follow in the Wallace Memorial Cemetery at Clintonville.

Friends may call two hours before the service from 12 noon to 2 p.m. at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be expressed at www. smathersfuneralchapel.com.

Arrangements by Smathers Funeral Chapel, Inc., Rainelle.



Rev. James E. ‘Jimmy’ Fitzpatrick

JUMPING BRANCH — Rev. James E. (Jimmy) Fitzpatrick, 73, of Jumping Branch, went home to be with the Lord Thursday, January 24, 2013, at his home, following a seven-year battle with cancer.

Jimmy was born January 15, 1940, on the Raleigh County side of Sandstone. He was the son of the late Basil and Iva Fitzpatrick.

Jimmy was saved at the Jumping Branch Tabernacle on October 8, 1967. He pastored the Thorny Point Tabernacle at Lockbridge, W.Va., for more than 36 years. From October 2009 until present, he was the Associate Pastor at Wesleyan Chapel on Johnstown Road in Beckley.

Jimmy was preceded in death by one brother, Gordon R. Fitzpatrick, and one half brother, Jerry Bennett.

Those left to cherish his memory are his loving wife of 54 years, Gladys (Penny) Plumley Fitzpatrick; one son, J. Dale Fitzpatrick and wife Lora of Lexington, Ky.; one daughter, Tammy Sue Fitzpatrick and companion Wayne Young of Princeton, W.Va.; one sister Mary Mann and husband Frank of Hinton; one half sister, Jeanie Bennett of Ripley, W.Va.; one granddaughter, Jayme Quintanilla and husband Aaron of White Bluff, Tenn.; one grandson, David Bragg of Jumping Branch; three great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews also survive, as well as many loving friends.

Jimmy was a loving husband and father who loved his family and most of all loved serving his Lord. He was a hard worker providing for his family. He worked more than 23 years for Abshire Lumber Company and also 13 years as a coal miner for various mines. Since September 1988 he worked for Lewis & Goetz (Gooding Rubber Company) in Beckley.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, January 27, 2013, at Pivont Funeral Home Chapel in Hinton, with Pastor John Hart and Pastor James Farnsworth officiating. Burial will follow in Lilly-Crews Cemetery at Nimitz.

Friends may call from 12 noon until time of services on Sunday at the funeral home.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

The family would like to extend a special Thank You to David Moten, Willie Lyons, Wayne Young and to each and every one that helped in any way during Jimmy’s illness.

Online condolences and guest register at www.pivontfuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by Pivont Funeral Home, Hinton.



Lois Ann Garten

Lois Ann Garten, 79, of Coal City, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 28, at the Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Chapel in Beckley with the Rev. Tim Mitchem officiating. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Park in Beckley. Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the funeral chapel.

Private online condolences, floral gifts, and other expressions of sympathy available at www.roseandquesenberry.net.

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

Betty Jo Griffith

Betty Jo Griffith, 80, entered into eternal peace on Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013, in the comfort of her home and surrounded by family and loved ones.

Betty was born on April 14, 1932; she was the daughter of the late George and Lillie Mae Dillon.

She graduated from Clear Fork High School in Colcord, W.Va. Betty was a devout Christian and had spoken vividly of seeing the Lord in the days prior to her death. She was known for her humor and smile and was widely recognized within the community as just “Granny.” Her interests included gardening, singing gospel music and spending as much time as she could with the family she loved so much.

Betty was preceded in death by the love of her life, Lester Griffith, whom she remained steadfastly devoted to throughout her life, including the 35 years following his death; and her loving siblings, Charles “Pee Wee” Dillon, Paul Dillon, Dora “Sissy” Dillon and Blandine “Lannie” Scarbro. She was anxiously awaiting her time to see them again and to finally meet her father, who died before she was born.

She leaves her loving memories to be cherished by her daughters, Melody Ann Williams and husband Alex of Artie and Ina Mae Williams and husband Gary of Artie; Grandchildren, Michelle Thapa and husband, Hari, of Beckley, Amanda Williams of Beckley, Tamara Rahal and husband, Jonathan, of Beaver and Alan Williams of Artie; Her little angels, great-grandchildren, Sohan Jha, Haley Williams, Carli Rahal and Alexis Sears; special family members, Diana McClure, Mary Crean, Timothy Dillon, Bette Dillon, Gary Dillon, Floyd Griffith, Jamie Hilderbrand and Lou Williams; and special friends, Shelia Stover, Carol Williams, Sandra Scarbro and many others.

Following the wishes of Betty, services will be held graveside at Pineview Cemetery in Orgas, W.Va., on Saturday, January 26th, 2013, at 1 p.m. with Pastor Gary Williams presiding. Friends and relatives are invited to attend to honor her memory and celebrate her 80 years on this earth and her joyous new life in Heaven.

Pallbearers will be Alan Williams, Jamie Hilderbrand, Jonathan Rahal, Abhin Jha, Gary Dillon, Alex Williams and Bobby Sears.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Hospice of Southern West Virginia in honor of Betty. Memorial donations can be made by selecting the “Donation” link on their website, www.hospiceofsouthernwv.org.

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

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary and Cremation Center, Beckley.



Charles William Halsey Sr.

Charles William Halsey Sr. (9/12/1948 - 01/19/2013)

He passed away surrounded by family Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, in Perris, Calif.

A graduate of Meadow Bridge High School class of 1968. He was employed for the last 38 years with R.W. Lyall & Co. An avid horseshoe player, he competed in the National Horseshoe Pitchers Association. He spent his free time gardening, woodworking and enjoyed playing card games. He attended the First Methodist Church of Santa Ana, Calif., and he served in the United States Marine Corps, honorably discharged in 1971.

At the time of his death he was married to Evelyn of Santa Ana. He is survived by brothers: Donnie Halsey, Meadow Bridge, W.Va., Russell Halsey, Barberton, Ohio, Bernie Halsey of Springdale, W.Va., and his sister Susie Wright, Gaitherburg, Md. His daughters: Zoan Mancenido (Edgar), Fontana, Calif., Sonia Bocanegra (Jesse), Murrieta, Calif., Naomi Halsey (Josue Martinez) and Katie Halsey-Salvador (Josef), Perris, Calif. His grandchildren: James Halsey, Joshua Bocanegra, Caleb Bocanegra, Theodore Mancenido and Danille Bocanegra.

He is predeceased by parents: Doc and Edna Halsey, wife of 28 years, Noemi Verduzco Halsey, and son Charles W. Halsey Jr.

Funeral services will be held at Oakdale Memorial Park & Mortuary, Glendora, Calif., at 10 a.m. on Sunday, January 27, 2013.

Online at m.dignitymemorial.com.



Carolyn Maude Heltzel

CHILHOWIE, Va. — Carolyn Maude Heltzel, 78, passed away Tuesday, January 22, 2013,  at Valley Health Care Center, Chilhowie.

Carolyn was a devoted wife, loving mother and sister. She was a school teacher for over 35 years and touched the lives of many students.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, William “Bill” Heltzel, her mother and father Goldie and Charley Hicks.

Carolyn is survived by her son Charlie Heltzel and wife Sonji and granddaughter, Emily Terry of Abingdon, Va. Also survived by her sister Mary Lou Borrelli and husband Jerry, of Knoxville, Tenn.; brother Joel Hicks and wife Melinda of Radford, Va.

Carolyn is also survived by niece Amy Hicks; and nephews T.J. Hicks and Scott Borrelli.

The family wishes to extend thanks to the staff at Valley Heath Center, Chilhowie, Va., and the staff and caregivers and Grand Court, Bristol, Va.

Visitation will be held Friday, Jan. 25th, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Simons-Coleman Funeral Home, Richwood, W.Va. Funeral will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 26th, at Simons-Coleman, with Pastor Brant Seacrist officiating. Burial will be at Mountain View Memorial Park, Richwood, W.Va.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to the Riverside Baptist Church, Richwood, W.Va., and the Richwood Volunteer Fire Department.

Arrangements by Simons-Coleman Funeral Home, Richwood.



Charles Edgar Hull

ALVON — Charles Edgar Hull, 80, of Alvon, passed early Tuesday morning, January 22, 2013, at Greenbrier Manor after a courageous battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

Born at Alvon, W.Va., on April 16, 1932, he was a son of the late James Midleton and Rebecca Holley Hull.

He attended White Sulphur High School and graduated in 1952.

Edgar, as everyone knew him, was a member of the Alvon United Methodist Church in Alvon. He enjoyed working on the new Methodist Youth Building with other church members and he also enjoyed working with the area food pantries. Edgar was a great “people person.” He was in charge of manning the Old Blue Bend Fire Tower on Hopkins Mountain for many years. It was an important, confining, responsible position that he handled well day and night during fire seasons, radioing proper officials of any suspicious locations of fire or smoke being sited. Edgar was a retired recreation supervisor and in later years was a food unit manager for the U.S. Forest Service serving wherever needed with Forest Firefighters nationwide with 25-plus years of service and was also a faithful and devoted part-time employee of Shanklin Funeral Home in White Sulphur Springs for many years.

Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Virginia, at home; two daughters: Cheryl (Clyde) Gum of Sweet Springs, Debbie (David) Childers of Alvon, and four grandchildren: Amanda Lynn Gum of Beckley, Becky (Jonas) Clendenin of Alvon, Adam Hull Gum of Sweet Springs, and Jenny Childers of Alvon.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday, January 26, 2013, at the Alvon United Methodist Church, in Alvon with Revs. Gerald Roberts, Bobby McClintic, and Buck Caldwell officiating. Interment will follow in the Alvon United Methodist Cemetery at Alvon.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday evening, January 25, 2013, at the church.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alvon United Methodist Church and area food pantries.

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



Janet ‘Suzie’ Lewis

Janet “Suzie” Lewis, 55, of Shady Spring, passed away on Monday, January 21st, 2013,  of a heart attack.

Suzie was born in Shady Spring, on April 24, 1957. She graduated from Shady Spring High School in 1975.

Suzie was married to Robert Lewis on June 26, 1989; they were married 23 years.

Suzie collected singing stuffed animals, and she enjoyed puzzles, card games, various computer games, and torturing her loved ones.

Suzie is preceded in death by her father, Willard J.D. Lilly, and her brother, Jack Lilly.

Suzie is survived by her husband, Robert Lewis; her mother, Wanda Lilly; her siblings, John Lilly, Jeffrey Lilly, and Joyce Young; her children, Angel Rosser, Brian Hoffman, and Eric Hoffman; her grandson, Gage Rosser; and other family and friends.

There will be no services or visitation. In keeping with her wishes she was cremated.

Private online condolences, floral gifts, and other expressions of sympathy are available at www.roseandquesenberry.net.

Arrangements with Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home Shady Spring Chapel, 729 Flat Top Road in Shady Spring.



Johnny K. Lowe

Johnny Keith Lowe, 81, of Russell Street, Beckley, died Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013.

A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at the Melton Mortuary Chapel, with the Rev. Paul Zutaut officiating. The family will be receiving friends from noon until the service hour.

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

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary and Cremation Center, Beckley.



Maurice Lamar ‘Reece’ McCain

On Thursday, January 17, 2013, our beloved son, brother, and friend to all he ever met was tragically taken from us.

Maurice “Reece” McCain, 25, of Oak Hill, was born January 19, 1987, in Beckley. “Reece” was the son of Fannie Mae Gray and Phillip Lamont Gray, also of Oak Hill. Other than his dear parents, his loving sisters, Shanice McCain, and Leslie Hughes, survived him in death.

Maurice “Reece” grew up in Oak Hill and attended Oak Hill High School. There he excelled in football and graduated in 2005. He went on to attend Marshall University and took a job working with special needs adults through ResCare. Reece had a strong relationship with God, believing in the word of The Bible and daily prayer.

To all that knew him, Reece was always there to lend a helping hand, give his time, and help others in any way he could. He was very passionate about fashion, shoes, and music. He always knew the latest and the greatest.

His grandparents Perry Smith, Annie Bell McCain, Lee Phillip Gray, and Carolyn Gray preceded Maurice in death.

Maurice cherished the time he spent with his large family and many friends. Besides his immediate family, his aunts Brenda Brooks, Sharon McCain, Shirley Gray, uncle Gregory Gray, as well as a host of cousins and special friends survived him in death.

Maurice referred to many of his friends as his brothers and sisters. He spent countless hours with his “little buddy” Dietrick Penn and his second family, Jillian and Mon Lynch. The family would like to mention some of Reece’s precious friends: Daryl Vaughn, Daemian Thompson, Marqueese Milstery, Jonathan Fruit, Dewayne Hopkins, Mike Rose, and Neil Woodson, Robert and Wesley Lee, Tammy Jones, Tina Stevenson, Patrice McMillan, Christina “Teenie” Michael, Shayla Lynch, Erica Hartman, Annie, Nuka, and Mya Mickey. Reece was loved by too many people to name, but in your heart, you know who you are.

Reece’s Legacy will forever live on in the many hearts of the people whose lives he touched with his thoughtfulness, laughter, and unconditional love. Rest in Heaven, our Sweet Boy, you are home with your Lord now.

A service to celebrate the life of Maurice “Reece” McCain will be held 12 p.m. Saturday, January 26, 2013, at the First Baptist Church of Harlem Heights, Oak Hill, with Bishop Robert Hicks and Rev. Shannon Robinson officiating. Following the services “Reece” will be laid to rest at Sunset Memorial Park, Beckley.

Pallbearers will be Mon Lynch, Hasaan “Chief” Khaliq, Damian Martin, Daz Martin, Mustafa Smith, and Andre Thomas.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday evening at the church. Flowers are being provided by Bessie’s Floral of Oak Hill.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to “The Maurice McCain Memorial Fund” at any United Bank.

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

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



Merle McKinney

“I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, and I have kept the faith.

Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord the righteous judge shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.” 2 Timothy 4:7-8.

Merle McKinney, 89, of Bud, went to be with her Lord on Wednesday, January 23, 2013, at Wyoming Nursing and Rehabilitation Center following a long illness and a courageous battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

Born June 25, 1923, at Herndon, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Jack and Becca Graham Graham.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Bernard McKinney, who was killed in a mine accident in 1960. She was also preceded in death by a sister, Hazel Harman, and a brother, Orville Graham.

Saved at the age of 19, she was a faithful servant of the Lord and a dedicated member of the Spruce Grove Missionary Baptist Church where she taught the Primary Class of Sunday School for over 20 years.

Merle was a homemaker, devoting her life to her family and church. She spent her summers gardening, canning and growing beautiful flowers. Her winters were spent quilting and doing embroidery. She found year-round enjoyment feeding and watching squirrels, turkey, deer and her menagerie of birds. She experienced many hardships in her life and is now resting in the arms of her Savior and Lord. Through all the trials and tribulations of life, her faith in the God she served never wavered.

Those left to cherish her memory are her loving daughter and son-in-law, Linda and Rev. Danny Lusk with whom she made her home for 40 years. Merle is also survived by sisters, Ina Lane of Stephenson, W.Va., Ethel Lusk of Bud, brother and sister-in-law Ray and Layla Graham of Herndon, and sister-in-law Joyce Graham of Helen, W.Va.

Also surviving are nieces, nephews and a host of friends and church family.

Nephews, Devon Lane, Jeffrey Graham, Larry Workman, Albert Graham, Orville Graham Jr., and David McKinney will serve as pallbearers. Ronnie Harman and Jackie Harman will serve as honorary pallbearers.

A celebration service of her life and home going will be at 12 noon Sunday, January 27, 2013, at the Spruce Grove Missionary Baptist Church, with Rev. Danny Lusk officiating.

Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, January 26, at the funeral home and one hour prior to the service on Sunday.

She will be laid to rest beside her beloved husband in the Rube Howerton Cemetery.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the entire staff of Wyoming Nursing and Rehabilitation Center for the excellent care and kindness shown to Merle. Your love and devotion will be remembered forever.

Memorial donations may be made in Merle’s memory to Wyoming Nursing and Rehabilitation Center Activity Dept., PO Box 149, New Richmond, WV 24867. 

Online condolences may be expressed at www.tankersleyfh.com.

The family of Merle McKinney is being cared for by Tankersley Funeral Home, Mullens.

Pauline Snead Reed

Pauline Virginia Snead Reed, 92, of the Pleasant Hills Community, died Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013.

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

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary and Cremation Center, Beckley.



William George Roman

William George Roman, age 83, of Bradley, went home to be with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Tuesday, January 22, 2013, at the Bowers Hospice House, following a long illness.

Born on February 20, 1929, at Sanger, W.Va., to the late Mike and Rosa Benis Roman.

Mr. Roman was a United States Army Veteran and served during the Korean War Conflict. After serving his country he was a welder by trade and worked for the Beckley Water Company until he became disabled. He was a proud member of the Disabled American Veterans Association. He enjoyed the outdoors and working on anything mechanical. He was also of the Christian faith.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by brothers, Idore, John, Harry, and Joe Roman; sisters, Annie Roman Crouch and Mattie Roman Smith; and his dog of 17 years, Spike.

Those surviving include his wife of 54 years, Mrs. Hazel Evans Roman, at home; daughters, Ellen Roman Moore (Calvin) of Mt. Hope, Karen Roman Small (John) of Bradley; sister, Dorothy Roman Clay of Easton, Pa.; two grandchildren, Michael Moore (Jaime) of Clemmons, N.C., and Kira Small of Bradley; and an abundance of nieces and nephews.

Graveside services will be conducted 1 p.m. Friday, January 25, 2013, at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens Mausoleum, with Pastor Gene Evans officiating, and military graveside rites being conducted by Oak Hill VFW Post 3110. Interment will then follow in the cemetery.

Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. at Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Chapel, Beckley.

Pallbearers will be family and friends.

The family would like to express gratitude to the nurses and doctors on the third and sixth floor who took such good care of Mr. Roman during his many stays at the Beckley VA Hospital. Also a special thanks to the wonderful, caring nurses at Bowers Hospice House for their tender loving care.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Bowers Hospice House, 454 Cranberry Drive, Beckley, WV 25801.

Private online condolences, floral gifts, and other expressions of sympathy are available at www.roseandquesenberry.net.

Arrangements with Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, 1901 S. Kanawha Street in Beckley.



Michael Leslie ‘Macky’ Sheets Jr.

SCARBRO — Michael Leslie “Macky” Sheets Jr., 46, of Scarbro, died on Monday, January 21, 2013, at Plateau Medical Center in Oak Hill.

Born March 1, 1966, at Ripley, W.Va., he was the son of Mildred Aileen Mitchell Sheets Hill and the late Michael Leslie Sheets Sr.

Michael was an outdoorsman who loved to hunt, fish and look for ginseng.

His grandparents, Buck and Ruby Mitchell; Leslie Sheets; and Deliha and Leonard Casto; and an aunt, Linda Cooper, preceded him in death.

Those left to cherish is memory are his loving daughter, Katie Frances Sheets, who was the love of his life; his mother, Mildred “Meddie” Hill and Danny of Mossy; paternal grandmother, Kathleen Sheets of Ripley; brothers, Johnathan Sheets and Anita Layton of Cedar Grove and Leonard and Robin Sheets of Sharon, sisters, Adeline Sheets and Dennis Pyles of Dawes, Carolyn “Sue” and Ronnie Foster of Miami, Sarah and Wesley Pennington of Scarbro; stepbrother, Wesley and Tammy Hill, and stepsisters, Jennifer Hill and Andrea Hill.

Also surviving are sister-in-law, Mildred “Millie” Sheets of Dry Branch, uncles and aunts, David and Judy Sheets, Randy, Andy and Juanita Sheets, Ronnie and Betsy Sheets, Connie and Jeff Ellis all of Ripley, Diane Haggar of Sissonville, Parvin Casto of Giles, Carl Mitchell of Hawaii, Norman Facemyer of Arkansas, his red dog John-John Boggess; friends Jerry Wood and Jason “Head” Mullins; 21 nieces and nephews and 23 great-nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be on Saturday, January 26, 2013, at 11 a.m. at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill, with Pastor Lum Toney officiating. Graveside rites and committal will then be held at 1:30 p.m. at the Mount Hope Cemetery, Slaughter Creek at Dawes Mountain. Burial will follow.

Visitation will be held at Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill, on Friday, January 25, 2013, from 5 to 7 p.m.

Davy Sheets, Johnny Sheets, Troy Foster, Jeffery Pennington, Little Leonard Sheets and Leonard Sheets will serve as pallbearers.

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

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.



Lorraine ‘Tootie’ Spurlock

GRIFFITHSVILLE — Lorraine “Tootie” Spurlock, 91, of Griffithsville, passed away Monday, January 22, 2013, at CAMC Teays Valley Hospital.

She was born July 28, 1921, in Yawkey, W.Va., a daughter of the late Robert Harrison and Nannie Johnson Porter.

She was also preceded in death by her husband, Walter Froud Spurlock, and two sisters, Ardith McCormick and Omal Valentine.

She was a homemaker, Charter member of the Yawkey Methodist Church, member of the Women’s Club of Hamlin for more than 60 years. She enjoyed doing handwork, reading and cooking for family and friends. Her kitchen was open just like her heart.

She is survived by two sons, Ben G. (Iris) of Beckley, and Thomas H. (Debbie) of Midland, Texas; a daughter, Rebecca S. Wiley of Huntington; grandsons, Craig (Carolyn), Barry (Buffy), Morgan and Matthew (Alison); great-grandchildren, Kelsey, Caitlin Hulver (Richard), Austin, Bailey, Piper, Addison, Laken, Reese, Ryan; her other daughter, Sandy Linn; and special friends Lou Ellen McClure and Sonya Stickler.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Sunday, January 28, 2013, at Yawkey Methodist Church with Butch Loftis, Dave Callison and Kim Matthews officiating. The burial will follow in the Miller Cemetery, Sweetland, W.Va.

Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Handley Funeral Home, Hamlin, W.Va.

Arrangements by Handley Funeral Home, Hamlin.



Annie Braenovich Thomas

WILMINGTON, N.C. — Annie Braenovich Thomas, 89, of Wilmington, formerly of Page, died Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27, at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill, with the Rev. Delmas Wolfe officiating. Burial will be at High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at the funeral home.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association, Ohio Valley Affiliate, 162 Court St., Charleston, WV 25301.

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

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.



Patricia ‘Trish’ Vallandingham

ORGAN CAVE — Patricia “Trish” Vallandingham, 53, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013.

Service will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at the Greenbrier Baptist Church, Ronceverte, with the Rev. Tim Dillon officiating. Interment will follow at the Old Greenbrier Memorial Cemetery, Alderson. The family will receive their family and friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25, at the Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Ronceverte.

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

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Ronceverte.



Mack D. Woosley

MULLENS — Mack Donald Woosley, 89, of Mullens, passed away Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013.

Arrangements are incomplete at Tankersley Funeral Home, Mullens.