The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

December 17, 2012

Obituaries — Monday, Dec. 17, 2012

Jacqueline Rose Akers

Jacqueline “Jackie” Rose Akers, 85, of Ameagle, passed away after a long battle with Alzheimer’s on Saturday, December 15, 2012, at Bowers Hospice House surrounded by her family.

Jackie was born October 15, 1927, in Crites, WV, and was the daughter of the late Clifford Earl and Ethel Odessa White. She is also preceded in death by her husband Roy David Akers, and three brothers: Lonnie, Lee, and Billy White.

Jackie grew up in the coalfields of WV and her first job was at the Company Store in Ameagle. She also worked for the power company in Whitesville, WV. In 1950, she married her high school sweetheart of 8 years and began her family. She later earned her teaching degree from Morris Harvey and began her teaching career for Raleigh County Schools. She taught first grade at Clear Fork Elementary for over 30 years and retired in 1992. Jackie was known for her feisty, strong-willed personality and showed this even in her last days. She attended Beckley Church of God.

She is survived by a brother, James White and wife Ellie of Pipestem, WV; a daughter, Denna Persinger and husband Randy of Ameagle; a son Michael Akers and wife Barbara of Beckley; five granddaughters, April Cantley of Beaver, Jada Bradley of Beckley, Shaela Persinger of Ameagle, Sarah and Mikayla Akers of Beckley; and four great-grandchildren, Jacob and Kaylee Bradley of Beckley, and Audrey and Dana Cantley of Beaver.

Services will be Wednesday, Dec. 19, at 1 p.m. at Armstrong Funeral Home in Whitesville, with Bishop Danny Bennett officiating. Friends may visit one hour prior to service. Burial will follow at Estep Cemetery in Ameagle.

The family wishes to express gratitude to Pine Lodge Nursing Home and Bowers Hospice House for the dedication and kindness the nurses and staff provided while she was under their care.

Jim Chambers

II Corinthians 5:6-8 So we are always with good courage. We know that while we are home in the body we are away from the Lord, for we walk by faith, not by sight. Yes, we are of good courage, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord.

James Bailey Chambers (Papa, Big Jim, Uncle Jim) went to be with his Lord December 15th, 2012, following a short illness. Born October 25th, 1924, in Peterstown, WV, to humble beginnings, he was the son of the late Opie and Willie May Chambers.

He was also preceded in death by his loving wife of 53 years, Unavell Chambers, brothers Jay Chambers and Jerry Chambers and sister June LaPrade.

Those left to cherish his memory are his very special wife Jo Raso Chambers, son Jim Lewis Chambers and wife, Nancy, Juanita Cornett and husband Rick Cornett, Joetta Oliver and husband Tim, Annette McGrady and husband Reggie, Darryl Raso and wife Sandra, Frank Raso III and wife Terri.

Grandchildren Dr. Stuart Cornett and wife Amy, Todd Cornett and wife Rachel, Lori Gray, Carley Gray and husband Jason, Ricky Cornett and companion Kelsey, Chad McGrady, Brandon McGrady and his wife Beth, Addison Raso, Chance Raso, Brady Raso, Cole Raso and Ashlei Anderson.

Great-Grandchildren Baylei Cornett, Kennedy Cornett, Rylei Cornett, Todd Cornett II, Tristan Cornett, Lauren Gray, Sami Jo Gray, Ella Gray, Carson Gray, Aidyn McGrady and Tori McGrady.

Brothers Jess Chambers and wife Katie, Joe Chambers, Jasper Chambers and wife Louise. Sisters, Jeanetta Summers and husband Richard, Joyce Ann Thompson, and hundreds of family and friends.

Jim’s work history includes Beckley Awning, American Carpets, Jim Chambers House of Carpets and Jan-Care Ambulance Service, all of which he was dedicated to. He was a longtime member of the Church of God Family Worship Center. He was a 32nd degree Mason, past High Priest of the Beckley Chapter of Shriners, Mt. Hope Commandery and a very proud lifetime board member of the Salvation Army.

For almost 20 years, he played Santa Claus for all the area nursing homes. He would pray with every single patient every year. It was his passion.

He will most be remembered for the love and compassion he showed to anyone he ever met and the radiant spiritual guidance he provided to so many. In the very appropriate words of his loving daughter, Joetta, on behalf of all the family “God has you wrapped in his arms; we all have you wrapped around our hearts.” Thank you, Lord, for the precious time we had with him; he has molded our character forever. Love you always!

On Tuesday, December 18th, at 11 a.m. we will remember the life of James Bailey Chambers with a “Service of Celebration for a Life Well Lived” at the Family Worship Center, 224 Pinewood Drive, Beckley. Entombment will follow in the Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens Mausoleum at Prosperity. The family will receive friends on Monday, December 17th, at the church from 6 to 9 p.m. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers. The family suggests in lieu of flowers, donations to the Salvation Army of Beckley, 312 South Fayette Street, Beckley WV 25801.

Condolences may be sent to the family’s guestbook at

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary, Inc., Beckley, WV.

Connie Sue Cole

Connie Sue Cole, 65, of Midway, passed away Friday, Dec. 14, 2012.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 19, in the Calfee Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Ardeth Bailey officiating. Burial will follow in the Acord Family Cemetery at Slab Fork. Friends may visit with the family from 11 a.m. until service time Wednesday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that memorial contributions be made to the Akers Baptist Church.

Online condolences may be left at

Arrangements by Calfee Funeral Home, Beckley.

Walker Fairley Hall

RONCEVERTE — Walker Fairley Hall, 66, passed away Friday, Dec. 14, 2012.

Service will be 1 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 19, at the River of Life Church of God, Route 63, Alderson, with the Rev. Anthony Carter officiating. Burial will follow in the New Lebanon Cemetery, Pickaway. Family and friends may call 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 18, at the church.

Arrangements by Longanacre Funeral Home, Fort Spring.

Patty Edds Hiser

RONCEVERTE — Patty Edds Hiser, 61, of Ronceverte died Dec. 15, 2012.

Services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 19, at Morgan Funeral Home in Lewisburg. Burial will follow in New Lebanon Cemetery at Pickaway. Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 18, at the funeral home.

Arrangements by Morgan Funeral Home in Lewisburg.

Joyce Arthur Johnson

Joyce Arthur Johnson departed this life December 16, 2012, and is now in the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Joyce was born June 10, 1933, in Covington, VA. She was the daughter of the late Leo and Peggy Jenkins Arthur.

Joyce was a 1952 graduate of Hinton High School. She was employed as Medical Records Clerk at Hinton Hospital and retired from Summers County ARH. Joyce was an active member of the First Baptist Church where she was a member of the choir.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother Leo Arthur, Jr.

Left to cherish her memories are her loving husband of sixty years, Bud Johnson; one son, David Johnson and wife Carolyn of Hinton; granddaughter, Caryne Johnson of Myrtle Beach, SC; grandson, Mel Johnson of Washington, DC. Three sisters, Alma Doyle Joseph of Ironton, OH; Jane Okes (Lonnie) of Roanoke, VA; Sandy Lawson (Sonny) of Summersville, WV; three sisters-in-law Judy Arthur of Hinton, Wilma Angotti of Hinton and Carolyn W. Johnson of Gastonia, NC; and brother-in-law, Arnold Lee Johnson of Hinton. Several nieces, nephews, cousins and close friends also survive.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday, December 18, 2012, at Pivont Funeral Home Chapel in Hinton with Pastor Ronald Cobb officiating. Burial will follow at Restwood Memorial Gardens.

Friends may call from 11 a.m. until time of the service Tuesday.

Pallbearers will be Alex and Nick Walters, Arnold Lee Johnson, Sonny Lawson, Johnny Angotti and Dan Johnson.

Online condolences may be sent to

Arrangements by Pivont Funeral Home, 100 Park Avenue, Hinton, WV 25951.

John Jones

DINGESS — John Jones, 90, of Dingess, passed away Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012.

Arrangements are incomplete at this time. Honaker Funeral Home of Logan is in charge of arrangements.

Virgil Robert Lewis

Virgil Robert Lewis, 82, of Daniels, passed away Friday, December 14, 2012, at his home following a long illness. Born July 21, 1930, in Beckley, he was the oldest son of the late Virgil Robert Lewis, Sr., and Gladys Loretha McClung Lewis. Virgil served his country from 1951-1953 in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He also had many talents and hobbies in his lifetime. He was an expert jeweler and watch repairman, a trade he learned as a young boy from his grandfather, P.W. McClung. He worked for various jewelry stores in Beckley and later became a self-employed clock repairman. He worked for the Raleigh County Board of Education as a school bus driver. He was a beekeeper all his life and enjoyed gardening and working outside around his home. He had an interest in radio-controlled model airplanes and collecting old radios. He loved to ride in his classic 1969 Lincoln and go to car shows.

He is survived by his loving wife and best friend of 20+ years, Tammey Hawks Lewis, who wrapped him in her arms as he died peacefully in their home. Virgil was the proud father of 5 caring children, son, Vernon Lewis and wife Kay of Dallas, TX; daughters, Patty Wood and husband Doug of Beckley, Linda Crook and husband John of Limestone, TN, Laverna Richmond and Angie Underwood of Daniels. He is also survived by his loving sister, Violet Lynch and husband Jack of Winchester, VA, and a brother, Ray Lewis and wife Joan of Frederick, MD. There are 9 wonderful grandchildren and 8 adorable great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Tuesday, December 18, 2012, in the Calfee Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Jesse Farley officiating. Burial will follow in Wildwood Cemetery. Friends may visit with the family one hour prior to service at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be J.W. and Shawn Crook, Chris Wood, Josh Canada, Don Hawks, Donald Lee Hawks, II.

The family suggests that in lieu of flowers memorial contributions be made to the family to assist with expenses or to a charity of choice.

Online condolences may be left at

Arrangements by Calfee Funeral Home, Beckley.

Charles E. ‘Charlie’ Waddell

PRINCETON — Charles E. “Charlie” Waddell, 99, of 803 Hale Avenue in Princeton died Saturday, December 15, 2012, at the Maples in Bluefield.

Born September 19, 1913, in Beckley, he was the son of the late Allen Alexander and Cora Mae Waddell.

After moving to Princeton in 1939, Charles worked in the development and real estate business. He was an employee of the Lilly Land Company until his retirement. Many homes in the Princeton area were built and sold by Charles. He worked in all aspects of real estate, eventually operating his own office in Princeton. Charles was a member of First United Methodist Church in Princeton. He was a 1931 graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School in Beckley.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Bonnie Tolley Waddell; one son, Charles E. Waddell, Jr.; and one sister, Opal Hart. He was the last surviving member of his immediate family.

Charles is survived by his second wife, Barbara Davidson Waddell of Princeton; two nieces, Mary Kinsinger and her husband Kenneth of Ft. Myers, FL, and Judy Lohmyer and her husband Rev. Richard Lohmyer of Alderson; one nephew, Buddy Hart and his wife Judy of Ft. Myers, FL; four stepchildren, Rev. James Grubb and his wife Debra of Greenville, SC, Ronald L. Grubb and his wife Margaret of Charleston, SC, Valerie Parks and her husband James of Claytor Lake, VA, and Michael Andrew Grubb and his wife Diana of Beckley; his caregiver, Angie Barton of Sandlick; and his closest living friend, Neil Lohr of Princeton.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday, December 18, 2012, at the George W. Seaver Chapel of Seaver Funeral Home in Princeton with Rev. Scott Sears officiating. Burial will follow at Monte Vista Park Cemetery in Green Valley. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers. Friends may call from 1 p.m. until the service hour Tuesday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 304, Princeton, WV 24740. Online condolences may be made by visiting

The Waddell family is being served by Seaver Funeral Home in Princeton.