The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


February 2, 2013

Obituaries — Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013


Neva Burdette

Neva Burdette, 91, of Beckley, died Friday, Feb. 1, 2013.

Arrangements are pending completion at Pivont Funeral Home, Hinton.

Charles Michael Dillon

Charles Michael Dillon, age 51, of Shady Spring, passed away on Wednesday, January 30, 2013, after a long illness.

Mike was born at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., on September 14, 1961.

He was a graduate of Shady Spring High School in 1980, and was a well-known local artist and sign maker who operated his own business in the area for many years. Mike was well known and well liked by all who knew him. He was a kind-hearted and generous man.

Mike was preceded in death by his son, Eric M. Dillon, in 2009.

He is survived by his sons, Adam S. Dillon of Shady Spring, and Ryan Dillon of Coal City.

Also surviving are his parents, Charles and Ruth Miles Dillon of Shady Spring, his sister and brother-in-law, Karen and Keith Cook of Roanoke, Virginia; his grandchildren, Tessa S. and Eli M. Dillon of Shady Spring, his companion Deborah Mitchell of Raleigh, W.Va., his former spouses, Anita H. Dillon of Raleigh, N.C., and Teresa S. Dillon of Coal City. Nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins also survive.

Son, brother, husband, father, grandfather — Your sweet memory will be with us always.

A Celebration of Mike’s life will be held at the home of his parents Charles and Ruth Dillon, 116 Bessie Lane, Shady Spring, on Sunday, February 3, 2013, at 2 p.m. for family members and close friends.

There will be no visitation. Online condolences may be sent to our guestbook at

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

Irene Elizabeth Gutshall

RAINELLE — Irene Elizabeth Gutshall, 80, of Rainelle, went home to be with the Lord Wednesday, January 30, 2013, in the Greenbrier Valley Medical Center at Fairlea, following a short illness.

Born September 21, 1932, at Sandstone, she was the daughter of the late Henry Earl and Margaret Anna Steninbeck Rookstool.

Irene was first and foremost a mother who raised her six children after the death of her husband, Glen David Gutshall. She worked at the G.C. Murphy Store before its closing and then at the Rainelle Medical Center until she retired. She was a loving grandmother and great-grandmother.

Irene was a faithful member of the Sewell Valley Baptist Church at Rainelle. She was a graduate of Sandstone High School; a volunteer at the Rainelle Christian Academy; and led a Bible Study Ministry at Heartland Nursing and Rehabilitation Center for several years. Irene blessed many with her card ministry, her apple pies and rolls and many babies are cuddled in the soft flannel blankets she made for them.

Survivors include four sons, David Gutshall and wife Lisa of Rainelle, Danny Gutshall of Petersburg, Va., Joe Gutshall and wife Susan of Rainelle, and Johnnie Gutshall and wife Janet of Summersville; two daughters, Jennifer Toler and husband Harold of Rupert and Lori Alderson and husband Rick of Crawley; 15 grandchildren, Stephen Gutshall (Amie) of Morgantown, Stephanie Ash (Shane) of Culpepper, Va., Harold Lee Toler (Andrea) of Fairfax, Va., Brad Toler (Katie) of Columbus, Ohio, Zeke Gutshall (Rachel) of Delaware, Cam Gutshall and Lynlee Gutshall, both of Petersburg, Va., Caleb, Jacob and Isaac Gutshall, all of Rainelle, Jonathan Gutshall and Jessica Gutshall, both of Summersville, Nathan Alderson, Benjamin Alderson and Lauren Alderson, all of Crawley; and nine great-grandchildren; one brother Harvey Rookstool (Pat) of Indiana; seven sisters Glenna Daniels of Dawson, Madeline Howard of Rupert, Evelyn Williams of Rainelle, Dola Harris (Ronald) of Teays Valley, Essie McGraw of Cincinnati, Ohio, Margaret Heckelman (Jim) of Norwalk, Ohio, and Carolyn Knapp (Rodney) of Alderson; and special friend Mary Beth Surbaugh of Rainelle.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, February 2, in the Sewell Valley Baptist Church at Rainelle.

Services will be 2 p.m. Sunday in the Sewell Valley Baptist Church with Pastors B.J. Grimmett and Fred Fryar officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Paul Boggs, Lee Partain, Wesley Johnson, Charles Surbaugh, Tyler Surbaugh, Gary Gwinn, Garret Vestal, Isiah Tuck, Franklin Tuck, Joshua Tuck, Steve Vaughan, and Kelly Vaughan.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations of sympathy may be made to Sewell Valley Baptist Church Missions Fund, P.O. Box 784, Rainelle, WV 25962.

Online condolences may be expressed at

Arrangements by Smathers Funeral Chapel, Inc., Rainelle.

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