The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

December 1, 2012

Obituaries — Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012

William Callens

Mr. William Callens, 56, of Beckley, died Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012.

Arrangements entrusted to Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.

Denver Edward Carte

Denver Edward Carte, 70, of Beckley, formerly of Nitro, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012.

A memorial service will be at a later date.

Cooke Funeral Home and Crematorium, Nitro, is assisting the Carte family.

Paul Lee Cook

MCGRAWS — Paul Lee Cook, 66, of McGraws, passed away Friday, Nov. 30, 2012.

E-mail letters of sympathy may be sent at

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

Anthony Alvin Farmer

Go rest high on that mountain, son, your work on Earth is done.

Surrounded by his wife, children, and grandchildren, Anthony Alvin Farmer peacefully entered into his heavenly retirement on Tuesday, November 27, 2012, at the age of 83.

Born July 4, 1929, in Bolt, W.Va., Alvin was the oldest son of A.A. and Icie Tabor Farmer.

He was a 1947 graduate of Trap Hill High School where he excelled at basketball and football. He attended Concord College and was a proud graduate of Duke University “Class of 1952” with a B.A. in Business Administration and Economics. He was very grateful to his parents for the sacrifices they made that allowed him to receive an education at such a fine institution of higher learning. He also served two years in the United States Army.

Alvin owned and operated many successful businesses throughout his life. He ran the family business, A.A. Farmer and Co., upon his graduation from college. He founded A.A. Quality Home Sales, A.A. Quality Home Furnishings, and A.A. Quality Homes Mobile Home Park. He was also an employee of the United States Postal Service.

Alvin was a member of Breckenridge Missionary Baptist Church and was a former Sunday School teacher and deacon. He was blessed with the God-given ability to produce beautiful prayers. He was a founding member of the Trap Hill Scholarship Fund and believed that an education could never be taken away from an individual. He most recently served as a member of Arch Coal Community Advisory Panel.

Alvin savored a good meal and loved to watch “Let’s Make a Deal” and “The Price Is Right.” He also enjoyed sports on TV, and was a diehard supporter of all things Duke. On his last adventures to Florida, he was thrilled to locate a special group of family members, his beloved Aunt Emogene Tabor Gillespie and her children Rose, Gail, and Jimmy. They formed a lasting bond in the short time they spent together.

He loved his family and wanted the best for all of them. Those left to cherish his memory include his loving wife of 57 years, Mary Ann Egich Farmer; children, Alecia Ann (Gary) Peters and Anthony Alvin (Tracie) Farmer II; grandchildren, Jenny, Anna, Travis Peters, Allie, Megan, Joshua Farmer; and great-granddaughter, Kaydence Farmer; sisters and brother Agnes Smith and Annette (Wallace) Carter of Newark, Del., Arlene White of Bolt, and C.C. (Pat) Farmer of Phoenix, Ariz.; and many Farmer and Tabor nieces, nephews, and cousins.

In honor of his wishes Alvin has been cremated.

A celebration of his life will be conducted at 3 p.m. Sunday, December 2, 2012, at the Breckenridge Missionary Baptist Church in Bolt with Pastor Dewey Lowe officiating.

Visitation will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. at the church.

A memorial stone will be placed in the Farmer Cemetery in Bolt by the family.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made in Alvin’s memory to Hospice of Southern West Virginia, Trap Hill–Liberty Scholarship Fund, or a charity of personal choice.

Private online condolences, floral gifts, and other expressions of sympathy may be found at

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

Frances ‘Fanny’ Lee Hicks

RICHWOOD — Frances “Fanny” Lee Hicks, 85, of Richwood, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, November 28, 2012, at Charleston Area Medical Center-Memorial Division, after a short illness.

Fanny was born December 29, 1926, in Richwood, to the late Leland and Hopkins Weese Reese.

She was a loving mother and grandmother and a devoted care giver for her late invalid mother.

She graduated from Richwood High School class of 1944 and received a degree from the school “Hard Knocks.” She worked in Washington, D.C., during World War II, and then she returned home to work at B.F. Goodrich Rubber Co.

With her husband, she operated the business, Hicks Full Service Station, until it was later sold.

At the time of her death she was employed at Dollar Tree in Summersville, W.Va. She loved her home town and knew its history well; John and Fanny were the home town “boy & girl.” She was a member of First Presbyterian Church where she was an Elder and Treasurer. She was also a member of Beta Sigma Phi Society, Rhododendron Garden Club, Commandant of Corps of Admiral Ladies, Anniversary “Sweetheart” Cherry River Navy and a member of the Charleston Ski Club.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, John David Hicks.

Survivors include a son, John David Hicks II and wife, Betty, Richwood; sister-in-law, Winifred and husband, Bill Smith, Parkersburg, W.Va.; cousins, Andy Reese, Maryland, Sue and Harland Wilcox, Richwood, and Sallie Messar, Wellsburg, W.Va.; and a grandson, Jacob Jones.

Service will be 2 p.m. Sunday, December 2, 2012, at the First Presbyterian Church, Richwood, with Lay Reader Bob Johnson and Rev. Joan Stewart officiating. Interment will follow in Mountain View Memorial Park, Richwood.

Friends may call 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, December 1, 2012, at Simons-Coleman Funeral Home, Richwood.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Richwood Public Library, 8 White Avenue, Richwood, WV 26261, or First Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 627, Richwood, WV 26261.

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

Billy Clifford Hoke Jr. and Jason Matthew Hoke

HOLLYWOOD — Billy Clifford Hoke Jr., 36, of Hollywood, passed away Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012.

Jason Matthew Hoke, 29, of Hollywood, passed away Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, at the Groves Funeral Home Chapel in Union, with the Rev. Otis Lewis and the Rev. Charles Feury officiating. Burial will follow in the Vance Cemetery at Glace.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations of sympathy be made to the Groves Funeral Home, P.O. Box 436, Union, WV 24983.

Groves Funeral Home in Union is in charge of arrangements.

Steven O’Dell

MOUNT NEBO — Steven O’Dell, 27, of Mount Nebo, died Friday, Nov. 30, 2012, following an accident at Anjean.

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home.

Frances Catherine Rossano

SUMMERSVILLE — Frances Catherine Rossano, 87, of Summersville, died Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012.

Mass of Christian burial will be at 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 3, in the Saint Johns Catholic Church at Summersville, with Father Xavier Cooney officiating. Graveside services and interment will follow at 2 p.m. the same day in the Masonic Cemetery at Shinnston. Friends may call 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the White Funeral Home at Summersville.

Basil E. Smith

RUPERT — Basil E. Smith, age 64, of Rupert, passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012, following a brief illness.

Born Aug. 25, 1948, he was the son of the late Opal and Emmett Smith.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Sandra and his daughter, Stephanie Smith Maiello (Mark), and his granddaughters, MaKenzie and Alexis of Ronceverte; his stepchildren, Kevin Adams (Jackie) of Buffalo, N.Y., Jennifer Adams of Shinnston, W.Va., BJ Adams of Morgantown, and his stepgranddaughter, Sadie Lynne Adams of Shinnston. He is also survived by brothers, Randy Smith (Jewell) of Moneta, Va., and Roger Smith (Janice) of Roanoke, Va.

As per Basil’s request the body will be cremated and a celebration of his life will be held at a later date.

Any donations of sympathy to assist the family may be sent to Sandra Smith, P.O. Box 396, Rupert, W.Va. 25984.

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Rainelle.

Mary Esther Yancey

HINTON — Mary Esther Yancey, 86, of 513 Chestnut St., Hinton, died at 3:30 a.m. Thursday, November 29, 2012, at her home following a long illness.

Born November 3, 1926, in Hinton, she was the daughter of the late James Jeremiah and Emma Dobbins McLaughlin.

Ms. Yancey was a former employee of The Don Array Shop in Hinton. She was a member of Central Baptist Church of Hinton and was a lifelong resident of Hinton.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Francis M. “Babe” Yancey, on November 15, 2005. Also preceded by a brother, James A. McLaughlin, and a sister, Mildred Meadows.

Survivors include a son, Mike Yancey and wife Holly of Hinton; a daughter, Betty Grier of Beckley; a brother, Patrick McLaughlin of Beaver, and a sister, Marie Ford and husband Jim “Bootie” of Hinton. Four grandchildren, River and Abigail Yancey, Dee Dee Johnston and Rocky Davis, and two great-grandchildren, Cole and Trevor Snead.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, December 2, 2012, at Pivont Funeral Home Chapel, in Hinton, with Pastor Robbie Merritt officiating. Burial will follow in Restwood Memorial Gardens in Hinton.

Friends may call from 6 until 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be: Rodney, Ricky, Tucker and John Ford, Steve McNeer and Kim Bennett.

The family wishes to thank the caregivers for all the love and the attention shown to Mary during her illness.

Online condolences and guest register at

Arrangements by Pivont Funeral Home, Hinton.