The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


December 7, 2012

Obituaries — Friday, Dec. 7, 2012


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.

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