The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

December 7, 2012

Obituaries — Friday, Dec. 7, 2012

Bonnie G. Aliff

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Bonnie Guard Aliff, 89, of Jacksonville, formerly of Mullens, passed away on Tuesday, December 4, 2012, following a short illness.

Born June 3, 1923, in Powhatan, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Silas Luther Guard and Lillie Ora Miller. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert (Bob) Aliff, as well as two brothers and one sister.

She was a 1942 graduate of Herndon High School, Herndon, W.Va. After graduation she went to Hagerstown, Md., to work as a riveter for Fairchild Aircraft. She continued in that position until the end of WWII, at which time she returned to WV and married the love of her life, Bob, who had just returned from serving in the Army.

Bonnie worked for many years at GC Murphy Co. Her department was “toys” and all the kids in town loved to visit her and check out all the new toys.

In 2005 she relocated to Jacksonville, to be near her daughter and family. She always said she didn’t really like Florida and that WV would always be her home. She loved the “West Virginia Mountains.” Bonnie enjoyed quilting and crocheting but in later years rheumatoid arthritis crippled her fingers and she was no longer able to do what she loved.

She was a member of the First Church of God, Corinne, W.Va., and had a very special bond with its members.

Those left to cherish her memory are her only daughter Linda Hight (Dean) of Jacksonville; two grandchildren, Jason Hight (Kelly) and Jennifer Fowler (Justin), and three great-grandchildren, Bradley Hight, Lindsay and Jessica Fowler, all of Jacksonville.

Arrangements in Jacksonville are by George H. Hewell and Son Funeral Homes.

A viewing for Bonnie will be held at Tankersley Funeral Home, Mullens, on Friday, December 7, from 6 to 8 p.m. Graveside services will be at Roselawn Cemetery, Princeton, W.Va., at 11 a.m. on Saturday, December 8, 2012, with Pastor Evelyn Williamson officiating.

Those wishing to attend the graveside service are asked to meet at the cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Dean Hight, Jason Hight, Bradley Hight, Justin Fowler, Lacy Hight, Bill Hight and Mark Wilson.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to First Church of God, Box 15, Corinne, WV  25826.

A special thank you from the family to Community Hospice of Northeast Florida for the wonderful care and support given to Bonnie and her family.

Online condolences may be expressed to the family at

The family of Bonnie Aliff is being cared for by the Tankersley Funeral Home, Mullens.

Ginger Cantley

On Monday, Dec. 3rd, 2012, our most cherished, Ginger Cantley, of the Ridge Park Drive community, died at her home. She was approaching her 35th birthday.

The youngest of two girls, Mary Ginger Persinger was born on Dec. 9th, 1977, in Charleston. Ginger was the daughter of Vivian Ann Tackett Persinger McIntosh and the late James Edward Persinger. Ginger’s sister, Misty Lynn Acree, has preceded her in death.

Ginger spent her childhood in Summersville. She loved the out of doors, enjoyed rock ’n’ roll music and tattoos. She loved life.

On July 8th, 2002, Ginger married the love of her life, James Darrell Cantley. Through all times, the good, the bad, the happy, the sad, James and Ginger have stuck together. To this union was born their only child, Sydnee Paige. Sydnee is seven years of age and attends Hollywood Elementary School. Sydnee has such wonderful memories of her Mother; one of the best is going to the water park. Ginger’s mother-in-law, Betty, recalls, “Ginger was the best mother.” Through all of life’s struggles, Ginger made sure she was there for Sydnee.

Ginger also leaves to cherish her memory her maternal grandmother, Peggy Tackett. “Ma-Maw” always called her Ginger, “Ginger Bread.” Ginger was very fond of James’ maternal grandmother, Mabel Tungett, who has preceded her in death. James’ parents survive as well, his father, Darrell Cantley, and his mother, Betty Gogle, and her husband, Dennis. Several aunts, uncles and cousins are left behind and many friends.

This Saturday, Dec. 8th, at 3 p.m. we will remember the life of Ginger with a “Service of Remembrance” at the Melton Mortuary Chapel. Adam Davis, the minister of the North Beckley Church of Christ, will be officiating. The family will receive friends from 2 p.m. until the service hour. Ginger will be laid to rest in the Sunset Memorial Park.

And now, we shall put our trust in Philippians 4:7 “…And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding…”

Condolences may be sent to the family’s guestbook at

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary, Inc., Beckley.

Ligao Chen

OAK HILL — Ligao Chen, 78, of Oak Hill, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012.

Online condolences may be left at

Arrangements by Calfee Funeral Home, Beckley.

John Madison Critchley

DANESE — John Madison Critchley, 74, of Danese, passed away on Sunday, December 2, 2012, at Beckley Appalachian Regional Hospital, following a long illness.

Born November 29, 1938, in Raleigh County, WV, he was the son of the late Richard Alfred “Buzz” and Mary Elizabeth Carter Critchley.

John was a miner for 38 years and a member of the UMWA. He loved farming and his cows.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Genevieve Fletcher and Thelma Ausmus, and a grandson, Matt Blair, and son-in-law, David Smith.

Survivors include his wife, Hilda of Danese; children, Steve Critchley of Lakewood, Ohio, Karen Smith of Pulaski, Va., Tony and wife, Nikki Critchley, of Danese, Robert and wife, Tressa Critchley, of Danese, and Donna Sue and husband, Mike Galford, of Union; special former daughter-in-law, Mary Critchley Hundley of Corliss; four sisters, Joanne Lehet of Parma, Ohio, Betty Seldomridge of Alderson, Dorothy “Sissy” Sheaves of Brecksville, Ohio, and Alice Wolfe of Cleveland, Ohio; four brothers, Kenneth and Delbert Critchley of Danese, Jackie Critchley of Macedonia, Ohio, and Richard Critchley of Lexington, S.C.; five  grandchildren, Mark Critchley, Brian Critchley, Little Tony Critchley, John Blair and Jennifer and husband, Robert Amick; and five great-grandchildren, Braedyn Tharp, Macie Critchley, Laiken Critchley, Braelynn Critchley and special great-grandchild, Hunter Amick.

Special thanks to the 3rd floor physicians and entire medical staff of Beckley Appalachian Regional Hospital for their loving care and service.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, December 8, 2012, at the Wallace & Wallace Chapel in Rainelle, with Pastor Floyd Bolen and special friend Mr. Roger Eades officiating. Burial will follow at the John M. Critchley Homeplace Cemetery in Danese.

Pallbearers will be Mark Critchley, Brian Critchley, Little Tony Critchley, John Blair, Rick Critchley, and Michael Shumate.

Friends may call from 6 until 8 p.m., Friday, December 7, 2012, at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be sent to

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace, Inc., of Rainelle.

Edith Arnice Graham

GHENT — Edith Arnice Graham, age 91, of Ghent, passed away on Wednesday, December 5, 2012, at the Summers County ARH in Hinton, following a short illness.

Born on October 12, 1921, in Crumpler, she was the daughter of the late Elige Reed and Allie Monk Reed.

Mrs. Graham was a homemaker and was of the Baptist faith. She had made her home in Ghent for over 30 years, and enjoyed fishing, gardening, and spending time with her family.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lacy M. Graham, a daughter Patricia Richmond, a son Jack Graham, by a granddaughter Edith Marie Graham, and by a grandson Grant Randall Graham.

Those survivors left to cherish her memory include her children: Lacy T. Graham and his wife Naomi of Flat Top, George Graham and his wife Ellen of Sophia, Brenda Hogan and her husband Ted of Crow, Sandra Bjork and her husband Steve of Flat Top. A daughter-in-law, Wilma Graham of Ghent, a son-in-law, William Richmond Jr. of Shady Spring. Nine grandchildren: Kindra Watson and her husband Jeff of Alberta, Canada, Thomas Graham and his wife Marina of Cherokee, N.C., Pamela Bragg and her husband Jimmy of Shady Spring, Ray Richmond and his wife Holly of Virginia, Kevin Moerke and his wife Sara of South Carolina, Bryan Bjork and his wife Chrystal of Crab Orchard, Tony Selden and his wife Lisa of Chesapeake Beach, Md., Patrick Sgro and his wife Mandy of Maryland, Edward Graham and his wife Melissa of Ghent; 20 great-grandchildren, Alex Barnes, Kaitlin Barnes, Josh Graham, Noah Graham, Morgan Hunley, Makayla Bragg, Austin Bragg, Joey Hicks, Timmy Richmond, Tiffany Moerke, Stephen Bjork, Haley Bjork, Caitlin Selden, Jaclyn Selden, Alec Sgro, Brittany Sgro, Victoria Sgro, David Graham, Tyler Graham, Justin Graham, Ashli Moerke, and Dillon Moerke. A half sister, Pansy Tate of North Carolina, and two half brothers, Junior and Ray Reed of Matoaka. Close friends Peggy Moran of Ghent, Al and Susie Strassburger of Egeria.

Funeral services will be conducted to Celebrate The Life Of Edith Graham on Saturday, December 8, 2012, at 1 p.m. at the Rose and Quesenberry Peace Chapel in Beckley, with Rev. Jimmy Mitchell officiating. Burial will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens at Prosperity.

Friends may call at the funeral home on Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.

Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

Online condolences may be sent to our guestbook at

Arrangements are by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, 1901 South Kanawha Street, Beckley.

Robert Woodrow Griffith

ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. — Robert Woodrow Griffith passed peacefully at his home in Elizabethtown, Ky.

Born Oct. 5, 1965, in Mullens, he was the son of the late John Willard Griffith and Norma Lee Blankenship Sinecoff.

He enjoyed sports and spending time with his children. He was very proud of his military career. He graduated from Glen Rogers High School in 1984 before he entered his career with the U.S. Army. He was a graduate of Columbia College and Graduate School.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Delores.

Those left to cherish his memory include his children, Daniel Griffith, Felicia Horne and her husband, Jermaine, of Ratcliff, Ky., and Morgan Griffith and Jordan Griffith, both of McGraws; sisters, Sandra Zandlo and her husband, Victor Jo, Elizabeth Ann Lafferty and her husband, Franklin, Janie Fournier and her husband, Jimmy, Linda Adkins, Christina Bailey and her husband, James, and Jean Tilley; brothers, Johnny Griffith and his wife, Derena, Stephen Griffith and his wife, Lynn, Ronald “Poncho” Sinecoff and his companion, Alicia, and Timmy Sinecoff and his wife, Debbie; stepfather, Ronald Sinecoff; three grandchildren, Antaun, Alaya and Ally; and several nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012, at Calfee Funeral Service Chapel, Pineville, with the Rev. John Cresong officiating.

Family will receive friends from 2 p.m. until time of service on Saturday at the funeral home. Inurnment will follow at a later date in Arlington National Cemetery.

Military rites will be conducted by the Wyoming County Honor Guard.

Information submitted for the family by Calfee Funeral and Cremation Service, Pineville.

SFC Max Martin ‘Sarge’ Haase

SFC Max Martin (Sarge) Haase, age 69, departed this life on earth Thursday, December 6, 2012, one day before his 70th birthday. He traded his braces, crutches, and wheel chair for a new pair of legs as he walked into the eternal presence of God.

He was born Dec. 7, 1942, in San Diego, Calif. He was the last surviving member of his immediate family.

Sergeant Haase was U.S. Army Retired after 22 years of active service, having served tours in Germany and 2 tours in Vietnam. He was a brave and proud soldier and talked often of his love for the military and his country.

Upon retirement from the military, he taught the JROTC program for 11 years at Richwood High and Jr. High Schools. After leaving that position, he worked for Homeland Security at the Federal Courthouse in Beckley, Social Security Offices and FEMA. He was forced to retire from the Workforce after his battle with a crippling muscle disease got steadily worse. But his greatest battle was the one against the cancer that invaded his already weakened body.

Sergeant Haase was preceded in death by his parents, Elton and Juanita Haase of Albuquerque, NM; one brother, Tex Haase of Tucumacri, NM; and one sister, Kay Carol Majorowicz of New Bern, NC.

Survivors include his wife, Brenda King Haase of Rainelle; two stepsons, Larry King and wife, Leotha, of Liberty, NC, and Leonard King and wife, Jennifer, of Alderson; one stepdaughter, Debbie King Nauth and husband, Scotty, of Arden, NC; five stepgrandchildren; one stepgreat-granddaughter; and two nephews and five nieces.

Sergeant Haase was a life member of the Veterans of Foreign War having previously served as Chaplain and Adjutant of local post 4484 in Rainelle. He was also a life member of the American Legion and a member of the National Rifle Association. He attended the Gospel Lighthouse at Grassy Meadows for the last 20 Years. His beloved hobby was woodworking. He loved to spend time in his workshop where he could build about anything that he set his mind to.

A special thanks to the VA Hospital in Beckley, Dr. Timothy Workman of Fairlea, Hospice of Lewisburg, his nurse, Shawna Morgan, and a special helper, Freda Loudermilk of Rainelle. Thanks to those who visited him and prayed for him.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Sunday, December 9, 2012, at the Grassy Meadows Gospel Lighthouse with Pastor Butch LeGrande officiating. Burial will follow in the McElhenney Cemetery at Grassy Meadows.

Friends may call from 6 until 8 p.m. Saturday, December 8, 2012, at the church.

Online condolences may be sent to

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace, Inc., of Rainelle.

Kathy May Riley

Kathy May Riley, 41, passed away Sunday morning, November 25, 2012, following a long illness.

Kathy was born May 6, 1971, in Beckley, to Sylvia Lawson Riley and the late Raymond Riley. Besides her father Kathy was preceded in death by an infant son.

Those left to cherish her memory are her two sons Nicholas and Alex Riley, her companion of 25 years David Clower, a grandson Alexander Elliott Riley II, four brothers and two sisters.

Memorial services will be conducted on Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012, at Glen White Church of God, at 1 p.m., with Pastor Jesse Farley officiating. The family will receive friends at 12:30 until time of service.

Kathy will be truly missed by many.

Condolences may be sent to the family’s guestbook at

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary, Inc., Beckley.

James Clarence Sandy Sr.

CRAIGSVILLE — James Clarence Sandy Sr., 79, of Craigsville, passed away Monday, Dec. 3, 2012.

Service will be 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at Simons-Coleman Funeral Home, Richwood, with Pastor Jenny Russ officiating. Burial will follow in West Virginia Memorial Gardens, Calvin. Friends may call 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, at the funeral home.

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

Mary Magdalene McAlpine Stewart

MATHENY — Mary Magdalene McAlpine Stewart, widow of Troy Marcum Stewart Sr., died Tuesday, December 4, 2012, at the age of 90.

Born February 26, 1922, in Warrior, Ala., she was the elder daughter of the late Homer McAlpine and Clara Simons McAlpine.

She was associated with the Matheny Church of God for over 65 years. At the time of her death, she was the longest surviving member of the congregation.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a son, Homer Kelly Stewart Sr.; two sisters, Josephine and Willadene; and four brothers, Paul, Joseph, Chester, and Clarence.

She is survived by three children: Dr. Troy M. Stewart Jr. and wife, Kay, of Huntington, Cynthia Stewart Kidd and husband, David, of Matheny and Rebecca Stewart Cooke of Matheny. She took great pride in the fact that all four of her children were graduates of Oceana High School.

She is also survived by grandchildren: Troy Marcum Stewart III of Nashville, Tenn., Sherry Hall Adkins and husband, Darrell, of Chester, Va., Nathan Stewart Cooke of Blacksburg, Va., Adam Thomas Cooke and wife, Sammie, of Pineville, Homer Kelly Stewart Jr. of Beaufort, S.C., and Kevin Stewart of Yemasee, S.C.; two sisters, Geraldine Maag of Winfield and Hazel Richmond of Prince George, Va.; nine great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren. Her passing will also be mourned by two special friends, Joseph and Dorothy Paynter of Pineville.

A celebration of Mrs. Stewart’s life will be 11 a.m. Saturday, December 8, 2012, at the Matheny Church of God, with the Rev. Tommy Perry and Rev. Jerry Graham officiating. Interment will follow at Palm Memorial Gardens, Matheny.

Friends may call 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, December 7, at Evans Funeral Home.

An online guestbook and additional information can be found at

Evans Funeral Home of Oceana is serving the Stewart family.

Constance Bowyer Taylor

FENWICK — Constance Bowyer Taylor, 66, of Fenwick, passed away Dec. 4, 2012.

A tribute to her life will be 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at Simons-Coleman Funeral Home, Richwood, with Pastor Larry Russell officiating. Burial will follow in Mountain View Memorial Park, Richwood. Friends may call 3 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at the funeral home.

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