The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

April 5, 2013

Obituaries — Friday, April 5, 2013

Sharon Lorraine Beans

UNION — Sharon Lorraine Beans, 42 of Union, passed away Tuesday morning, April 2, 2013.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Friday, April 5, at the Groves Funeral Home Chapel in Union with the Rev. Bob Bradley officiating. Burial will follow at the Ballard Cemetery near Union. Friends may call from 10 a.m. until service time Friday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial donation be made to the Union Rescue Squad at P.O. Box 78, Union.

Groves Funeral Home in Union is in charge of arrangements.

Lillian Elizabeth Jackson Brown

LEWISBURG — Lillian Elizabeth Jackson Brown, age 88, of Lewisburg, WV, passed away April 4, 2013, at Greenbrier Valley Medical Center from natural causes.

Lillian was born in Brantville, WV, on June 3, 1924. The daughter of George Mason Brandt and Annie Myrtle Ford, Lillian attended Frankfort High School. She was married to Cefales Lee Jackson who passed in 1978. Lillian then married Benjamin Porter Brown on Nov. 13, 1982.

Lillian spent her career working at Jackson’s Ladies Shop in Ronceverte/Lewisburg selling Ladies Clothing and Merle Norman Cosmetics.

Lillian is survived by her husband Benjamin Porter Brown, her sister Della Lea Simms, her daughter Karen Jackson Bowling, her grandchildren William R Bowling, IV, and Jackson Lee Bowling, and Great-Grandchild William R Bowling, V.

A viewing and funeral service will be held at Wallace and Wallace Funeral Home in Lewisburg, WV, on Saturday, April 6, 2013. Viewing will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and the Funeral Service will begin at 7 p.m., with Pastor Beth Peters officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation at: Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 6931 Arlington Road, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814.

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

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Reverend Richard Starrett Burns

RONCEVERTE — Reverend Richard Starrett Burns, 94, of Teaberry Road passed away Wednesday, April 3, 2013, at his home after a long illness.

Born July 19, 1918, at Fort Spring and was the son of the late Michael and Minnie Massey Burns of Fort Spring.

Mr. Burns had been a resident of Ronceverte since 1951 and was formerly of Fort Spring, member of the Ft. Spring Missionary Baptist Church, he was a minister with the Southern Baptist Ministries and had been a pastor at Big Creek Baptist Church, Hinton, WV, Four Mile Baptist Church, Hinton, WV, Wolf Creek Baptist Church, Wolf Creek, WV, Ronceverte Baptist Church, Ronceverte, and numerous other Baptist churches. He was a highly decorated Veteran of WWII and worked at Acme Limestone where he retired.

He was preceded in death by parents; wife, Gladys Loudermilk Burns; and a son, John Andrew Burns; one stepdaughter, the late Aleta Loudermilk.

Survived by his sons, Richard Steven Burns (Marilyn) of Greensboro, NC, William Leroy Burns (Polly) of Ronceverte, Michael Floyd Burns (Rebecca) of Enterprise, AL, Phillip Anthony Burns (Dee) of Fairlea, Harvey Lee Burns (Francis) of Carrollton, GA, daughter, Jeanette Virginia Biggs (Alan) of Liberty, NC, and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren, former wife and mother of his children, Hallie Virginia Abbot, numerous nephews and nieces.

He was known by many and loved by all who knew him.

Service will be 1 p.m. Saturday, April 6, 2013, at the Longanacre Funeral Home Chapel, Fairlea, with Pastor Donnie Weikle officiating. Burial will follow in Greenbrier Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Lewisburg.

Friends and family may call 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 5,  2013, at the Longanacre Funeral Home, Fairlea.

Arrangements by Longanacre Funeral Home, Fairlea, West Virginia.

Howard Everett Carr

LINDSIDE — Howard Everett Carr, age 78, of Lindside, WV, passed away Tuesday, April 2, 2013, at his home.

Born December 3, 1934, at Assurance, WV, he was the son of the late Homer Everett and Louvine Pearl Lane Carr.

Howard was a founding member of the Bartow Camp of the West Virginia Bear Hunters Association.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife, Flora Jean Mann Carr, son, Glendon Carr, brother, Richard Carr, and sister, Cleo Ruddler.

Survivors include his daughter, Kimberly Carr Page and husband Joe of Pearisburg, VA, two sons, Nathanial Carr and fiancée, Katrina Pence of Wayside, WV, and Jesse Robert “Bob” Carr and wife Twila of Martinsburg, WV, four grandchildren, Steven Dalton, Angela Dawn Carr, Amy Carr and Christa Carr, four brothers, H.W. Carr and wife Thelma of Lindside, WV, Willis Carr and wife Judy of Ballard, WV, Homer David Carr and wife Marie of Red Sulphur Springs, WV, and Roger Pitzer and wife Janet of Cooks Run, WV, five sisters, Ethel Underwood of Oklahoma, Irene Broyles of New Castle, VA, Iris McCallister of Hinton, WV, Rebecca Tingler of Covington, VA, and Linda Pitzer of Ballard, WV, several nieces and nephews.

It was Howard’s wish to be cremated. A Memorial Service will be 1 p.m. Saturday, April 6, 2013, at the Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home Chapel, Peterstown, WV, with Pastor John J. Rinehart officiating. Burial will follow in the Keaton Cemetery, Greenville, WV. Online guestbook can be signed or condolences may be sent to the Carr family at

Arrangements by Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home, Peterstown, WV.

Frank Mason Fortner

BAILEYSVILLE — Frank Mason Fortner, 95, of Baileysville, passed away Wednesday, April 3, 2013.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Sunday, April 7, at Calfee Funeral Service in Pineville, with the Rev. Russell King officiating. Mr. Fortner will be laid to rest at Palm Memorial Gardens, Matheny. Friends may gather with the family 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, April 6, at the funeral home.

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

Mary Julia Gray

MOUNT HOPE — Mrs. Mary Julia Gray, 70, of Mt. Hope died Sunday, March 31, 2013.

Born August 28, 1942, in Mt. Hope, she was the daughter of the late Shirley Evert Stevens and Eva Mae Miller.

Mrs. Gray was a homemaker.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Julian Ray Leonard; brothers, Walter, Reno, Harwood, and Joe; and sisters, Princess and Emily.

Those left to cherish her memories are her husband Fred; son, Major Stephen Ray (Daniela) Leonard; brothers, Anthony Stevens of Bedford Heights, OH, Clark Stevens of Charleston, WV, George Stevens of Mt. Hope; sisters, Laveda Brown of Charleston, WV, and Yvonne Johnson of Hempstead, NY; one grandson, Rhain Naviyd Ray Leonard; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Saturday, April 6, 2013, at the Ritchie and Johnson Funeral Parlor Chapel, 748 S. Fayette St., Beckley, with Rev. Phillip E. Copney officiating.

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.

Oscar Hayes III

Oscar Leonard Hayes III, 29, of Carter Street, Beckley, died Wednesday, April 3, 2013.

Condolences may be sent to the family’s guestbook at

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary and Cremation Center, Beckley.

Robert Melvin Morris

A joyful celebration was had in Heaven on Tuesday, April 2, 2013, when our beloved dad, pawpaw and brother, Robert Melvin Morris, 77, of Sophia, went home to be with his Lord and Savior. Waiting on him with open arms was the love of his life to whom he was married 47 years, Virginia Marlene Coleman Morris, whom he said many times that he could not wait to be with again, together with their family. He passed away at Heartland of Beckley following a short illness.

Robert was born September 22, 1935, at McAlpin, WV, the son of the late Jeffrey Roosevelt and Mary Loraine Doss Morris.

He was also preceded in death by two sisters Rose Marie Morris and Francis Mack and three brothers Thomas, Harry, and Donald Morris.

He was a member of Sophia First Baptist Church for over 53 years where he was a member of the choir, served as Deacon, Sunday School teacher, and taught Awanas. He loved working on cars, collecting Hot Wheels, watching NASCAR, traveling with his grandson, and spending time with family and friends. His greatest joys were his grandchildren.

He served in the United States Air Force from 1952-1956 and received an Honorable Discharge. He worked for Westmoreland Coal Company in McAlpin for over 27 years, Magnatite Auto Works, Jim’s Engine Service, and Advance Auto in Sophia and Beckley.

Those left to cherish his memory are his daughter Beverley Chandler and her husband Tom, along with their children Felicia, Nick and Madison of Beckley; son Rodney Morris and his wife Gina and their children Nathaniel and Cole of Fort Worth, TX; two sisters Evelyn Richards of Sophia and Dottie Adams and husband Carl of Maryland; many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews, and great-great-nieces and nephews, and friends; and special friends Eugene Evans and Doug Doss.

Friends may join the family for visitation on Friday, April 5, 2013, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Sophia First Baptist Church.

Funeral Services will be held on Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Church with Pastor Charlie Gilbert officiating. Interment will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens. Military Honors will be provided by Addison-McLaughlin VFW Post 3738 of Webster Springs.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the family c/o Beverley Chandler, 122 Myles Avenue, Beckley, WV 25801.

Richard Louis Olzer Sr.

LONGS, S.C. — Richard Louis Olzer, Sr., 95, of Longs, South Carolina, died Tuesday, April 2, 2013, at his home following a long illness.

Born September 28, 1917, at Scarbro, West Virginia, he was the son of the late Julius C. and Sallie Ellen Light Olzer.

Mr. Olzer was retired from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and was also a former coal miner. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He was of the Methodist faith and was an avid supporter of Marshall University and M.U. sports.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Ellen Myers Olzer.

Survivors include a son, Richard L. Olzer, Jr., of Longs, SC, and a daughter, Sallie Childers and husband Lynn of Richmond, VA. A twin sister, Josephine Allen of Beckley, WV. Three grandchildren, Amanda Olzer, Heather Racer and Veronica Timbers. Four great-grandchildren also survive.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 6, 2013, at Pivont Funeral Home Chapel in Hinton with Rev. Joanne Hartman officiating. Burial will follow in New Hope Church Cemetery at Marie, WV. Friends may call from 12 p.m. until time of services on Saturday at the funeral home.

Online condolences and guest register at

Arrangements by Pivont Funeral Home, Hinton, WV.

Tracy L. Riffe

Tracy L. Riffe, 88, of Beckley, passed away Wednesday, April 3, 2013.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Sunday, April 7, at the Crab Orchard Baptist Church with Pastor Mike Sisson officiating. Entombment will follow in Sunset Memorial Park. Friends may visit with the family from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the Calfee Funeral Home, 800 S. Oakwood Ave., Beckley.

The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Crab Orchard Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 446, Crab Orchard, WV 25827.

Online condolences may be left at

Arrangements by Calfee Funeral Home, Beckley.

Patricia Roles

JUMPING BRANCH — Patricia Roles, 72, of Jumping Branch, passed away Thursday, April 4, 2013.

Arrangements are pending completion at the Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home Shady Spring Chapel, 729 Flat Top Road, Shady Spring.

Gary Wayne Smith Jr.

HILLTOP — Gary Wayne Smith Jr., 22, of Hilltop, passed away April 3, 2013.

A memorial service will be at 4 p.m. Saturday, April 6, at Blue Ridge Funeral Home. Friends may call an hour prior to service at the funeral home.

Blue Ridge Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mary Elizabeth Rakes Smith

OAK HILL — Mary Elizabeth Rakes Smith, 80, of Oak Hill, WV, died on Wednesday, April 3, 2013, at Hilltop Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Hilltop, WV.

Born May 8, 1932, at Dunloup, WV, she was the daughter of the late Noah Austin Rakes, Sr., and Grace Augusta Hinchee Rakes.

Mrs. Smith was a member of the Oak Hill Alliance Church and was a homemaker.

Her husband, Howard Richard Smith, preceded her in death on May 11, 1995. She was also preceded by brothers, Billy Richard Rakes, Noah Austin Rakes, Jr., and Ralph Rakes.

Survivors include daughter, Gayle Humphrey of Oak Hill, son James Smith of Oak Hill, two grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be on Saturday, April 6, 2013, at 2 p.m. at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill with Pastor Albert Bowman officiating. Burial will be at Hilltop Cemetery at Hilltop. Friends may call one hour prior to the service on Saturday.

Nephews will serve as pallbearers.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill, WV.

Robert K. Smith

EAST BEND, N.C. — Robert K. “Bob” Smith of East Bend, NC, Loving Husband, Dad, PaPaw, Brother, Uncle, Son and Friend, left his Earthly home with open arms to join his Heavenly home on April 2, 2013. The Smith’s Family earthly loss is Heaven’s great gain. The bells are ringing and angels are singing as those who have gone before Welcome Bob home. Angels from Heaven whispered, “Come take my Hand; your work is done.” No more struggling, no more pain, no more sorrow. Bob fought for a year with Stage 4 lung cancer, with chemo and radiation to stay with his loving family, but weakened each day till the Lord decided to free him.

Bob was born in 1952 in Pineville, WV, and graduated from Pineville High School in 1972 before joining the U.S. Army where he served 6 years. He worked in the WV coal mines for 9 years before moving to Winston-Salem, NC. He was employed by Salem Electric for 10 years before becoming a level III electrical inspector of Winston-Salem/Forsyth County. During this time he served on the Curriculum Development Committee for the education selection of the Code Official’s Board. He taught continuing education classes for both the Qualification Board and the NC Board of Examiners of Electrical Contractors. He was also an instructor at Forsyth Community College where he taught Electrical apprenticeship courses. He was a long-standing member of the International Association of Electrical Inspectors. Bob has always been one to assist and share his knowledge of the electrical field with students, contractors, homeowners: Anyone with a question knew to call Bob for the answers. He received the Distinguished Service Award from the NC Ellis Cannady Chapter of IAEI. Bob often credited his brother, Alvin Smith, for his interest and knowledge of the electrical field.

Bob is joining his Mom’s unbroken circle in Heaven. In that circle are his parents, Oley and Marie Smith; his brothers, Arville, Wendell, Alvin, David, and Michael; sisters, Helen, Sylvia, and Edith. What a joyous reunion they are having; listen closely and you can hear his Mom praising Jesus for bringing her baby boy home to her.

Those left here to cherish his memories and miss him every single day are his loving wife, Janice; son, Shannon; daughter-in-law, Lynn; and his grandsons, Joey and Austen. Bob’s love and pride of his family was evident in every aspect of his life.

Also left here are his brothers, KV Smith and wife Wilma of Pineville, WV, and Darrell Smith of Ballard, WV; sister, Gloria Dawn Spence and companion Steve Johnson of Beckley, WV; 19 nieces and nephews; 34 great-nieces and nephews; and 14 great-great-nieces and nephews. Also surviving are many of the Harris family, no longer in-laws but true brothers, sisters and loving family. Multitudes of family and friends will miss the example and guidance that Bob provided to all who knew him.

A visitation will be Friday, April 5, at Vogler and Sons Reynolda Chapel. There will be a visitation at Tankersley Funeral Home in Mullens, WV, on Saturday, April 6, from 1 to 3 p.m. A graveside service will follow at Walker Branch Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Phillip Spaugh, David Bailey, Jason Spence, Scott Woosley, Jacob Bailey, Tim Smith, Vince Smith, Adam Bailes, Ray Lewis, and Wayne Vernon.

The Smith family would like to thank the following people for the kindness and caring they have shown to Bob and Jan: Forsyth Hospital-9 West; Cancer Center of Forsyth Hospital; Hospice of Davey County, NC; Forsyth Community College; City of Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Electrical, Plumbing and Building Inspector; and The Ellis Cannady Chapter of IAEI.

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Local funeral arrangements are being handled by Tankersley Funeral Home, Mullens.

Walter ‘Keith’ Smith

Walter “Keith” Smith, 51, of 305 Hunter Street, Beckley, WV, peacefully went home on Wednesday, March 27, 2013, at Raleigh General Hospital.

Keith was born July 18, 1961, in Beckley, WV, to the late Clarence R. Smith, Jr., and Pansy M. (Ross) Smith.

He graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School, Raleigh County Vocational School of Masonry, attended Beckley College, and served in the U.S. Military (Army) from July 1983 to May 1987.

His profession of trade was masonry.

Keith was preceded in death by his father, Clarence R. Smith, Jr., two grandmothers, Addie B. Smith and Lee Ann Ross, and fiancée, Sandra Bibbs.

Left to cherish his memories are his mother, Pansy Smith of Beckley, WV; one son, Brandon Keith Smith of Beckley, WV; four brothers, Clarence (Carolyn) Smith III of Woodbridge, VA, Kenneth Smith of Beckley, WV, Floyd (Tanya) Smith of Charlotte, NC, and Jerry (Dor-Cel) Edmonds III of Milwaukee, WI; one aunt, Beatrice Johnson of Roanoke, VA, and a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

Funeral Services will be held at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, April 6, at New Hope Baptist Church, 304 Worley Road in Beckley, WV. Officiating will be Rev. Nathaniel Carey, Bishop Gerald Dillard, Rev. Thomas Simpson, and Rev. Eugene Nabors. Visitation will be prior to services,  beginning at 11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.

Burial will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens where Post 32 Honor Guard will conduct military rites.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Durgan Funeral Home, Inc., 1501 S. Kanawha St., Beckley, WV. Online condolences may be sent to

Thomas ‘Tommy’ Sparks

Thomas “Tommy” Sparks, 73, of Prosperity, passed away Wednesday, April 3, 2013.

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

Elaine V. Taylor

PRINCE — Ms. Elaine V. Taylor, 86, of Prince, WV, entered eternal rest during the evening on Easter Sunday, March 31, 2013, at Appalachian Regional Hospital-Beckley.

Born October 25, 1926, in Quinnimont, WV, she was the devoted daughter of the late Spurgeon and Julia Dickerson Taylor.

Elaine was a graduate of Simmons High School in Montgomery, WV. During her twenties, she lived briefly in Cincinnati, OH, where she worked at the J.M. Gidding & Company before returning to Prince to care for her parents.

Elaine confessed a hope in Christ and was baptized at an early age. She was a faithful member of the Quinnimont Baptist Church where she served as the church clerk. She was also an Avon representative. Elaine enjoyed cooking and baking, reading, crossword puzzles and mind teasers, and everything gospel.

Those left to cherish her precious memories are her beloved cousins, Alvin Dickerson of Cincinnati, OH, and Doris Mosley of Rainelle, WV, and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral service will be 1 p.m. Sunday, April 7, 2013, at the Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor Chapel, 748 S. Fayette Street, Beckley, with Rev. Greg Scott officiating. Burial will follow in Trails End Cemetery, Clintonville.

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, WV.

Huron Keith Toler

REEDY CREEK — Huron Keith Toler, 71, of Reedy Creek, WV, passed away on Sunday, March 31, 2013, at his sister’s home in Coal Mountain, WV, due to complications of leukemia.

He was born January 12, 1942, in Reedy Creek, WV, a son of the late Albert H. and Macie Hatfield Toler.

He graduated from Baileysville High School and was a retired fork lift operator and security guard.

He is preceded in death by his parents, a brother Leland Toler and a sister-in-law Babe Toler.

He is survived by a daughter Lana Cook of Beckley; a sister Katherine (Roger) Hatfield of Coal Mountain; a brother Ray Toler of Reedy Creek; three nephews Rayvon (Betty) Toler of Lynco, Stacy Toler of Reedy Creek, and Kenny Ray (Jeanette) Hatfield of Charleston; a niece Rita (Elmer) Goodman of Oceana; two great-nephews Brian Toler of Lynco, and Chase (Summer) Hatfield of Charleston; three great-nieces Heather (Chris) Morgan and their children Megan and Cameron of Reedy Creek, Tina (Darrick) Kenneda and their children Kyler and Rylee of Simon, and Lacie Hatfield of Charleston; and a host of other loving family and friends.

Special thanks for the help and support Keith received from family and friends Clint and Sharon Toler, Randy and Joan Morrell, and Danny and Gail Hedrick.

Memorial services will be held at 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 6, 2013, in the Chapel of Stafford Family Home, Lynco, with Rev. Randall Staton officiating. Friends may gather with the family from 6 p.m. until service time at the funeral home. In keeping with his wishes Keith will be cremated. His cremains will be buried in the Toler Family Cemetery, Reedy Creek, WV, at a later date. E-mail letters of sympathy may be sent at

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

Joanne Rybak Webb

Joanne Margaret (Rybak) Webb, 71, of Naoma, W.Va., passed from this life Sunday, March 3, at home in the peaceful presence of family and friends. She had fought a brief battle with cancer. A private memorial gathering was held at home.

Joanne was born on Oct. 7, 1941, to Joe and Margaret Rybak in Lakewood, OH. She lived most of her life in the Cleveland area, where she attended St. Cyril Methodius School. She enjoyed music, dancing, attending concerts, and spending time with friends and family. Joanne was a passionate Cleveland Browns fan. She had an outgoing personality and became fast friends with new acquaintances. She retired with her husband to West Virginia in 2001.

In West Virginia, Joanne played a valuable role behind the scenes in the struggle to protect Appalachia from mountaintop removal coal mining sites such as the one above her home. She kept the home fires burning while other family members were on the road raising awareness and opposition to the practice. At her home, she often hosted visitors such as Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., Daryl Hannah, several authors and reporters, and countless volunteers working to protect communities’ health and safety.

Joanne was preceded in death by her parents and her brother Jimmy. She is survived by her husband David (Bo) Webb of Naoma; son Benjamin Webb of Naoma; daughter Sarah Webb-Haltom of Princeton; sister Denise Thomay of Fairview Park, OH; four grandchildren, Kayla Webb of Naoma, Taylor and Jacob Webb of Cleveland, and Oz Haltom of Princeton, W.Va.; and nieces and nephews.

On Saturday, April 6th, Joanne’s family will bring her to St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church at 614 South Oakwood Ave., Beckley. The Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. Fr. Joseph Babu will be the celebrant, assisted by Rev. Mr. John Ziolkowski. The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until the service hour.

In lieu of flowers, the family ask memorial donations be made to the Appalachian Community Health Emergency (ACHE) campaign at P.O. Box 274, Naoma, WV 25140, or online at

Condolences may be sent to the family’s guestbook at

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary and Cremation Center, Beckley, WV.

Leuna Evelyn Murdock Williams

MONTGOMERY — Leuna Evelyn Murdock Williams, 95, formerly of Robson, WV, died on Wednesday, April 3, 2013, at Montgomery General Extended Care in Montgomery, WV.

Born September 26, 1917, at Glen Jean, WV, she was the daughter of the late Clarence and Orpha Kirby Murdock.

Mrs. Williams was a member of the Robson Freewill Baptist Church and a homemaker.

Her husband, Rev. Herman N. Williams; one son, Phillip “Sonny” Williams, two brothers, Glen Murdock and Elwood Murdock, and two sisters, Ethel Murdock Stines and Violet Murdock Bennett, preceded her in death.

Survivors include one son, Bob Williams and wife, Mary Jane, of Robson; two daughters, Pat Sizemore of Beckley and Phyllis James and husband, David, of Oak Hill; and two nieces, Joan Clay of Falling Waters and Janice Bilodeau and husband, John, of Cranford, NJ, and one nephew, Charles Murdock of Jacksonville, FL.

Also surviving are seven grandkids, Beverly Johnston and husband, Wayne, of Page, Robbie Williams and wife, Missy, of Beckley, Brian Williams and wife, Kim, of Robson, Brad Williams and wife, Jenny, of Robson, Lana Sizemore and husband, Michael, of Beckley, Dennis Sizemore and wife, Mary, of Beckley and Karen Leblanc and husband, Greg, of Parkersburg; three stepgranddaughters, Christina Wood Casciani of North Carolina, Amanda Wood Leidner of Illinois and Amy Wood Kirk of Cross Lanes; sixteen great-grandkids, Stacie Angel and husband, Nick, of Oak Hill, Jake Johnston of Page, Destini Williams of Beckley, Chasity Hicks and husband, James, of Richmond, VA, Maranda and Sydney Williams of Robson, Tyler Sizemore of Morgantown, Dakota Sizemore of Beckley, Betheny Sizemore of Beckley, Braydon Williams of Robson, Noah and Ryan Richardson and Sophie and Owen Leblanc of Parkersburg; ten stepgreat-grandkids, Ashley, Hunter and Carter Adkins, Emily, Sarah, Sam and Claire Casciani, Jannell Wood, Zachary Weaver and Lucas Kirk; and seven great-great-grandkids, Luke, Andrew and Eli Angel of Oak Hill, Kaiden Randolph of Beckley, Traelynd and Brylynd Hicks of Richmond, VA, and Laylah Williams of Robson.

Funeral services will be on Saturday, April 6, 2013, at 11 a.m. at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill with Rev. Gail Raynes and Rev. Orville Syner officiating. Burial will be at High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill.

Visitation will be held at Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill, on Friday, April 5, 2013, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Gary Philpott, grandsons Robbie, Brian and Brad Williams, Dennis Sizemore and Wayne Johnston and great-grandsons Robert “Jake” Johnston and Nick Angel will serve as pallbearers.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill, WV.