The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

February 5, 2013

Obituaries — Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013

Esther Mae Acord

KESLERS CROSS LANES — Esther Mae Acord, 79, a native of Clendenin, passed away Monday, February 4, 2013.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. on Friday, February 8, 2013, in the White Funeral Home at Summersville, with Pastor Charles Blankenship officiating. Interment will follow in the Zoar Church Cemetery at Keslers Cross Lanes.

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

Arrangements by White Funeral Home, Summersville.

Betty Sue Alderman

It is with heavy heart that the family of Betty Sue Harris Alderman from Quinwood, WV, and formerly from Martinsville, VA, and White Sulphur Springs, WV, announce her passing. She succumbed to a hard-fought battle with cancer the evening of January 30, 2013, at Roanoke Memorial Hospital.

Betty was born in White Sulphur Springs, WV, June 14, 1937, to the late Henry Houston Harris and Ethel Marie Harris. She was a graduate of the White Sulphur Springs High School, and was retired from The Greenbrier hotel. Most knew her as Nanny for her great love of all the children she was always surrounded by. She was of the Catholic faith.

Other than her parents, Betty was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, J. Gordon Alderman, daughter, Karen Alderman, grandson, Anthony R. Alderman, brothers, Houston Harris and Charles Harris, and sisters, Thelma Harris and Frances Feury.

She leaves behind a family that feels blessed that they were a part of her life and include a sister, Virginia Emory of Tennessee; children, Rebecca Stout of Martinsville, VA, Rhonda Knuckles of Summersville, WV, Daniel Alderman and wife Georgia of Columbus, OH, Kathy Miller and husband Jeffrey of White Sulphur Springs, WV, Steven Alderman of Quinwood, WV, and Sheryl Jenkins of Summersville, WV. Twenty-three grandchildren, seventeen great-grandchildren and numerous cousins, nephews, nieces and extended family.

Per her request there will be a cremation with no visitation. There will be a memorial service on Saturday, February 9, 2013, at 11 a.m. at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in White Sulphur Springs with Deacon Bill Strange officiating. Interment will follow in Mt. Loretto Cemetery of St. Charles Borromeo Church.

A special thank you to Betty’s team of physicians and the staff of Roanoke Memorial Hospital.

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

Arrangements by Pivont Funeral Home, Hinton, WV.

Shawn Michael Bragg

MT. NEBO — Shawn Michael Bragg, 32, of Mt. Nebo, died Tuesday, February 5, 2013.

In keeping with his wishes the body was cremated. Memorial services will be held at a later date.

White Funeral Home at Summersville, is in charge of the arrangements.

Wilda Cole Bragg

ANSTED — Wilda Cole Bragg, 93, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013, following a long illness.

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Ansted.

Neva Blanche Burdette

Neva Blanche Burdette, of Beckley, passed away Friday, Feb. 1, 2013, at Hospice Bowers House, Beckley. She died peacefully at 1:20 p.m. Neva had been a resident of Heartland of Beckley since July 12, 2004.

Neva graduated from the old Hinton Hospital with the last graduating class of 1945. Neva was an excellent registered nurse and enjoyed her work.

Those who preceded her in death were Thomas H. Burdette, the love of her life, on Feb. 6, 1964. Also a sister, Gladys Lilly and Irene Alderman.

Neva will be sadly missed by all who knew her.

Survivors include her daughter, Linda Marguerite Burdette; a sister, Virginia Baker of White Sulphur Springs; a special nephew, Ron Lilly and his wife, Vickey and other nieces and nephews; a special nurse, Becky Claypool; a good friend of the family, Dolly Spencer.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Pivont Funeral Home in Hinton, is in charge of arrangements.

Dale Dean Chipps Sr.

KERENS — Dale Dean Chipps Sr., 92, of Kerens, W.Va., departed this life early Sunday morning, February 3, 2013, at the Princeton Community Hospital at Princeton.

He had been in declining health for the past three months.

He was born Thursday, December 30, 1920, at Elkins, a son of the late Clinton B. and Mabel Dean Chipps. On November 1, 1941, he was married to the former Mildred Louise Poling, who preceded him in death October 12, 2006. They had celebrated 64 years of marriage.

Surviving are two sons, Dale Dean Chipps Jr., Fort Myers, FL; Thomas S. Chipps and wife Jane Rothlisberger Chipps, Beckley; five grandchildren, Lory Chipps Dillon and husband Tyler, Ft. Myers, FL; Matthew Dean Chipps, Bridgeport; Jason Thomas Chipps and wife Katherine, Charleston; Ashley Jane Chipps; and Joshua Hunter Chipps, both of Beckley; and five great grandchildren, Braden Thomas Chipps; Ella Grace Chipps; Hannah Marie Dillon; Tyler Dillon, III; and Jack Dillon.

He was the last surviving member of his immediate family. Preceding him in death are one sister, Pauline Arles Harsh; and two granddaughters, Carey Elizabeth Chipps; and Kelly Suzanne Chipps.

He was a graduate of Elkins High School with the Class of 1939 and was a veteran of the U. S. Navy, serving during World War II, from 1942 to 1945, being a part of the Normandy Invasion, the Casablanca Invasion and served on the Atlantic Fleet Flag Ship that carried President Truman. He was an employee of the WV Division of Highways with 35 years of service, retiring as the Supervisor of the District 8 Material Testing Laboratory. He was a member of the former Kerens Lodge No. 183, IOOF, was a member of the H. W. Daniel’s Post No. 29, American Legion, the Tygarts Valley Post No. 3647, Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Elkins Lodge No. 108, A. F. & A. M. where he was a 32 degree Mason and the former Harts Chapel Methodist Church at Kerens.

The family will receive friends at the Lohr & Barb Funeral Home of Elkins from 5 to 8 p.m., Thursday. Final Rites will be conducted at the funeral home chapel, Friday, February 8, 2013 at 1 p.m. The Rev. Kevin Gainer will officiate and interment will follow at the Israel Cemetery at Kerens, WV, where the H. W. Daniel’s Post No. 29, American Legion, the Tygarts Valley Post No. 3647, Veterans of Foreign Wars and the United States Navy will conduct full military honors.

The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the Israel Church Cemetery Fund, Route 2, Box 304-B, Elkins, WV 26241.

Condolences may be expressed to the family at;

The Lohr & Barb Funeral Home, 120 First St., Elkins, is in charge of the arrangements.

James Edwin Justice

CLAYPOOL HILL, Va. — James Edwin Justice, age 79, of Claypool Hill, passed away Monday, February 4, 2013, in a Bristol, Tenn. hospital.

He was born in Holden, W.Va., and was the son of the late Harry and Edna Creech Justice.

He was very active in the mining industry having worked for Island Creek, Iaeger Mining Company, and Consolidation Coal Company. He was also was a mine inspector for the state of West Virginia, the Mine Enforcement and Safety Administration, and Consolidation Coal Co. He was a 50 year member of the Berwind Masonic Lodge and was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Richlands, Va.  

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Clarence, Kenneth, and Max; and four sisters, Clara, Lucille, Lillian, and Maxine. He was the last surviving member of his immediate family.

Survivors are his wife of 60 years, June Carol Hammond Justice; two daughters, Kimberly Brewster and husband, Alvin of Pounding Mill, Va. and Stephanie Berry and husband, Daniel of Richlands, Va.; two sons, Tim Justice and wife, Debbie of Madison, and

Mark Justice and wife, Brenda of Pineville, W.Va.; six grandchildren: Jimmy Justice, Kevin Justice, Brandon Webb, Lori Bernhart, Angela Chambers, and Leslie Whited and five great grandchildren also survive.

Funeral services for James E. Justice will be conducted Friday, February 8, 2013, at 1 p.m.  at the First United Methodist Church in Richlands, Va., with the Rev. Larry Ramey officiating. Entombment will follow at the Woodlawn Memorial Park Mausoleum in Bluewell, W.Va.

Pallbearers will be: Donnie Hammond, Fred Stinson, Jerry Hickman, Jimmy Justice, Kevin Justice, and Brandon Webb. Honorary pallbearers will be: Members of the Berwind Masonic Lodge.

Friends may call from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. Friday at the church.

Hurst-Scott Funeral Home in Richlands, Va., is in charge of the arrangements and those wishing to express sympathy online may do so at

Antionette E. Lash

Antionette E. Lash, 64, of Beckley, departed her earthly home early Sunday morning, February 3, 2013, following an extended illness.

Born in Detroit, Michigan, on March 21, 1948, she was the daughter of Elizabeth Clayton of Columbus, Ohio and the late David Smith.

Mrs. Lash was an insurance agent in West Virginia, a loving house wife for many years and also a faithful member of The Holiness Church of Jesus, where she sang many years in the choir.

In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by her aunts, Katherine, Annie, Dorothy, Pearl, and Sally.

Left to cherish precious memories are: her loving husband, Edward E. Lash of Beckley; six brothers, Lemaitre of Charleston, WV, Glen of Cleveland, Ohio, Justin Jr. of Columbus, Ohio and Gustavo, Abram, and Daniel of Greensboro, NC; three sisters, Estella of Columbus, Ohio, Kathy of Cleveland, Ohio, and Diana of Greensboro, NC; two uncles, Douglas Smith of Beckley, and Lonnie Coleman of Detroit, Mich., and a host of nieces, nephew, and cousins.

The Homegoing Service will be 12 noon, Friday, Feb. 8, 2013, at The Holiness Church of Jesus, 127 Ringleben Street, Beckley, with Bishop Connie T. Scales officiating. Burial will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Prosperity.

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

Condolences may be emailed to

Arrangements entrusted to Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.

William L. ‘Bill’ Mann

TALCOTT — William L. “Bill” Mann, 82, of Talcott, passed away February 3, 2013, at Summers County Appalachian Regional Hospital, following a short illness.

Born September 23, 1930, at Talcott, he was the son of the late Everette L. and Florence C. Bostic Mann.

Bill was a retired machinist for C&O Railway with 43 years of service. He enjoyed farming, sharing stories, making people laugh and spending time with his family and friends. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather.

Bill was the last surviving member of his immediate family. Other than his parents he was preceded in death by one sister, Laura “Polly” Mann.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife of 62 years, Betty J. Mann, at home; one son, James W. Mann and wife Teresa of Hinton; one daughter, Rhonda Mann Hale and husband Gary of Phoenix, AZ; four grandchildren, Jamie Mann and partner Merenda Crotts of New Castle, VA, Joshua Mann and wife Zadia of Goodview, VA, Casey Hale and wife Kim of Phoenix, AZ and Adam Hale of Phoenix, AZ; three step grandchildren, Chris Bragg of Lost River, Michelle Bragg Comer of Huntington and Amy Bragg Crawford of Forest Hill; five great grandchildren, Lucas Mann, Sadie Mann, Mason Hale, Jackson Hale, Jocelyn Hale; two step great grandchildren, Candace Crawford and Leah Comer.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m., Thursday, February 7, 2013, at Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors Chapel, with Pastor Dana Stalnaker officiating. Burial will follow in the Talcott Cemetery.

Friends may call from noon until time of services at the funeral parlors.

Pallbearers will be Richard Hypes, Jamie and Josh Mann, Casey and Adam Hale and Josh Lee.

Arrangements by Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors, Hinton.

Gladys Massey

RICHWOOD — Gladys Massey, 94, of Richwood, passed away Tuesday, February 5, 2013.

Service will be 2 p.m. Thursday, February 7, 2013, at Simons-Coleman Funeral Home, Richwood, with Pastor Bonnie Keener officiating. Burial will follow in West Virginia Memorial Gardens, Calvin.

Friends may call noon until 2 p.m. on Thursday, February 7, 2013, at the funeral home.

All arrangements were made by Simons-Coleman Funeral Home, Inc., Richwood.

Betty Skaggs Pauley

Betty Skaggs Pauley, age 64, of Shady Spring, went home to be with the Lord and her Mother and Father on Saturday, February 2, 2013, at the Bowers Hospice House, after a very brave fight with Leukemia.

Betty was born on May 5, 1948, to the late Chester and Thelma Fisher Skaggs in Beckley.

Left to cherish her memories are her sister Jane Scott Micchelli and her husband Richard of Denville, New Jersey and a nephew Mark Gravely of Hammonton, N.J.

Friends and helpers Dale Marsh of Shady Spring, Lucy Hackey of Shady Spring, and friend and caregiver Linda Prince and husband Paul of Shady Spring, and Linda’s family, Wendy, Bub, Nick, and Garrett Basham of Daniels, Nickie and Craig Bess and children Keegan, Kadee, Kolten, and Kerianna Mueller of Shady Spring, C.H., Shelly, Brent, and Jill Mitchell of Shady Spring, Matthew and Bay Mitchell of Maui and Tommy Mitchell of North Carolina. Also her very best friend and companion, Pippi, her 8-year-old Snauzer.

Betty enjoyed the 23rd Psalm, and Psalms 121, bowling, country/western music, King Tut Drive In, and shopping on QVC.

She had numerous jobs through the years including the Va. Bell system, Health Wise, Beckley Water Company, Cook Engineering, Beckley Police Department, and retired from the Cornerstone IGA in Daniels.

The family says a special thank you to Raleigh Cancer Center, BARH, Raleigh General Hospital, Ruby Memorial, and certainly to the Bowers Hospice House Staff for their loving care and kindness to Betty the last three weeks.   

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

Betty’s body was cremated and a memorial service will be held in her memory at the Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home Shady Spring Chapel, with Rev. John Hart officiating, at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013.

Friends may visit with the family one hour before the services at the funeral home.  

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

Ernie May Tolliver Perry

PINEVILLE — Ernie May Tolliver Perry, 81, of Pineville, passed away Sunday, February 3, 2013, at the Bowers Hospice House following a long illness.

Born March 13, 1931, at Bud, WV, she was the daughter of the late Aaron Bishop and Augusta Trogdan Bishop.

Mrs. Perry was a member of the Pineville Church of God. She enjoyed playing bingo, cooking, crocheting, keeping her grandchildren and being with her family.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Ballard Tolliver; her second husband, Leroy Perry; two brothers, Aaron Bishop, Jr., and Paul Cox, and two sisters, Zelma White and Vida Bishop.

Survivors include her daughter Betty Blankenship and husband Larry of Pineville; a son, Bobby Tolliver and his wife, Francene, of Pineville; four grandchildren, Randy Blankenship, Lena Lester, Amanda Bliss Perry and Rachel Beth Lange; 5 great-grandchildren, Randy Blankenship, Brooke, Eli and Gage Lester and Alexandria Claire Perry.

4 sisters: Arlene Walls of Bud; Carol Ward, Drema Bishop and Ruby Lilly all of Beckley.

A celebration of Ernie’s life will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, February 6, 2013, in the Calfee Funeral Service Chapel with the Rev. Melissa White officiating. The family will receive friends from noon until time of the service.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

Burial will follow at Palm Memorial Gardens, Matheny, WV.

Online Condolences and Guest Register may be signed online at

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

Clarence ‘Cotton’ Reed

Clarence “Cotton” Reed, 86, formerly of Helen, died February 4, 2013 at the Bowers Hospice House, in Beckley, following a short illness.

Condolences may be sent to the family’s guestbook at

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary & Cremation Center, Beckley.

Brenda Sue Watkins Richmond

Brenda Sue “Watkins” Richmond, 61, of Shady Spring, passed away Tuesday, February 5, 2013.

Born October 17, 1951, in Oak Hill, she was the daughter of Juanita Meador Slutterink of Beckley and the late Robert E. Lee Watkins.

Brenda was a former restaurant manager and server. She played Buffet the Clown and loved bringing joy to all kids. Brenda served her country serving with the U.S. Navy.

In addition to her father she was preceded in death by a twin sister, Linda Watkins.

Survivors include her husband, Dan Corbitt Richmond; son, Bryan Garringer and wife Sarah of Jacksonville, Fla.; daughter, Sandra Bolen and husband Jeffery of Shady Spring; grandchildren, Bryan Garringer Jr., Devin Garringer, Kaytlin Plumley, Dustin Bolen, Roberta Garringer, Stephanie Garringer, Brenden Bolen, Daniel Amick; brothers, Larry Watkins and wife Mindy, David Watkins; sister, Sandra Murray and husband Richard; two special nieces, Summer Reynolds and Stephanie Murray; special great nephew, Richard Walter Hill III as well as numerous other nieces and nephews.

In keeping with Brenda’s wishes she will be cremated. The family is planning a memorial service at a later date.

On line condolences may be left at

Arrangements by Calfee Funeral Home, Beckley.

James Spencer

James Spencer, age 63, of Crab Orchard, passed away Tuesday, February 5, 2013, at Bowers Hospice House.

Arrangements are pending completion at Rose and Quesenberry, 1901 S. Kanawha Street, Beckley.

Mildred E. Turner

FT. PAYNE, Ala. — Mildred E. Turner, 92, of Ft. Payne, formerly of Harper Heights, died Wednesday, January 30, 2013.

Born June 15, 1920, in Stotesbury, she was the second oldest of five children born to the late John Henry and Malia Smith-Kent.

Mildred professed Christ at an early age and became a member of First Baptist Church of Stotesbury, later joining Shiloh Baptist Church in Harper Heights, First Baptist Church of Harper Heights, and Faith in Christ Church, Ft. Payne. She was also a member of the Winding Gulf Baptist Music Convention, where she was a member of the choir and served in other capacities when called upon.

In addition to her parents and husband, Walter T. Turner Sr., she was preceded in death by two children; two brothers; one sister and her daughter-in-law, LaVenia B. Turner.

Left to cherish her memories are her daughter, Betty A. (Francis) Cooper of Washington, DC; son, Walter T. Turner Jr. of Ft. Payne; brother LTC (Retired Air Force) Gaylord S. (Dorothy) Kent of Clay, NY; six grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013, at the Ritchie and Johnson Funeral Parlor Chapel, 748 S. Fayette St., Beckley. Burial will follow in Greenwood Memorial Park, Beckley.

Friends may call one hour prior to the service at the funeral parlor.

Condolences may be e-mailed to

Arrangements entrusted to Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.


Ray Charles White

Ray Charles White, 61, of Beckley, formerly of Elkins, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, February 4, 2013.

Born July 28, 1951, at Elkins, to the late Woodrow Aaron White and Alberta May Tavis White.

Mr. White was an Artisan Woodworker, he volunteered at Greater Beckley Christian School and volunteered at the Autism Recovery Resource Center with his wife. He was a graduate of Elkins High School, a member of Faith Baptist Church, Prosperity, and had worked as a orthopedic surgical technician for over 20 years for Dr. David C. Shamblin.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his daughter-in-law’s brother, Mark Kinder.

Those left to cherish his memory include his loving wife of 23 years, Dr. Kelli White; daughters, Rachel May White and partner, Holly Kinder of Beckley; Shelby Nicole White of Beckley and Jordan Ray White of Beckley; grandchildren, DonoVan Brannen, Delainey Brannen, and DeVonte Kinder; brother, Roy White and wife, Delaine White of Elkins; only niece, Elizabeth Ray Ferguson and husband, Jason of Abingdon, Md.; aunt, Irene Bush of Alva, Okla.; uncle, Ronald White and wife, Margaret of Bemis, W.Va.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Bowers Hospice House and a special and dear friend, James E. Lowe.

Ray had chosen to donate his earthly remains to the Osteopathic School, to help his fellow man.

A memorial service to celebrate the life of Mr. Ray Charles White will be held 6 p.m.  Thursday, February 7, 2013, at Faith Baptist Church, Prosperity, with  Dr. Larry Halsey and Evangelist Dwight Bright officiating.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Ray’s honor to the Angel Fund to the Autism Recovery Resource Center, 2401 S. Kanawha Street, Beckley, WV 25801.

Online condolences and other information can be found by visiting

Submitted by Blue Ridge Funeral Home, 5251 Robert C. Byrd Drive, Beckley.