The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

April 7, 2013

Obituaries — Sunday, April 7, 2013




Pina Leetha Webb Bailey

OCEANA — Pina Leetha Webb Bailey, 96, of Oceana, WV, went home to be with the Lord on Friday, April 5, 2013, in Raleigh General Hospital, Beckley, WV. She was born December 11, 1916, in Olive Hill, KY. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death in December of 1979 by her loving husband Rev. Roy A. Bailey, a son Ottis Bailey, a daughter Beulah Gay Walker, an infant daughter Adurey Faye Bailey and three grandchildren Boe Walker, Theresa Walker and Robin Canada. She was a dedicated Christian and had attended and was a member of the Oceana Freewill Baptist Church for over 60 years.

Those left to cherish her memories include her daughter Diana (John) Mathis of Oceana; a son Denvil E. (Eva) Bailey of Disputanta, VA; a brother Harold Webb of Dayton, OH; grandchildren Timmy (Stephanie) Bailey, Terry Bailey, Kim (Homer) Perdue, Christa (Don) Bailey-Shutt, Angela Bailey-Monty; several great- and great-great-grandchildren; a cousin who was like a sister Earline Adkins of Wharton; and a host of other loving family and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday, April 8, 2013, in the Oceana Freewill Baptist Church with Pastor Jackie Grimmett and Rev. Tim Brewster officiating. She will be laid to rest beside her husband in Palm Memorial Gardens, Matheny, WV. Friends may gather with the family from 6 to 9 p.m. on Sunday, April 7, 2013, at the church. Pallbearers will be family and friends. E-mail letters of sympathy may be sent at www.staffordfamilyfuneralhome.com.

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



Mary Sibyl Triplett Fowler Burks

MILL POINT — Mary Sibyl Triplett Fowler Burks, 91, of Mill Point died April 4, 2013.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Sunday, April 7, at VanReenen Funeral Home. Friends may call two hours prior to services at the funeral home.



David Ray Crawford

To David, although we’re not together we will never be apart because you have the special place right here within my heart always and forever. Love, Patti

MOSSY — David Ray Crawford, age 60, of Mossy, passed away on Sunday, March 31, 2013, at Beckley Appalachian Regional Hospital following heart complications.

Born June 11, 1952, in Ohio to the late John W. Crawford and Juanita June Crawford.

David enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, especially his wife, Patti, his grandchildren, and his friend John Kinder. He spent most of his time doing yard work and has driven coal trucks in the past.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by sons, Robert and Josh; and 3 brothers.

Those remaining to cherish his memory include his loving wife Patti Crawford; children, Ashley, Jamie, April, Britney, and Justin; sister, Jane; brothers, Robert and Sonny; grandchildren, Aralynn, Kendylle, and an infant grandchild; a special friend, John Kinder; and a host of nieces, nephews, and other family and friends.

In keeping with David’s final wishes, he was cremated.

Private online condolences, floral gifts, and other expressions of sympathy are available to the family via www.roseandquesenberry.net.

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



Dixie J. Farmer

Dixie J. Farmer, 79, of Beckley, passed away Saturday, April 6, 2013.

Private online condolences, floral gifts, and other expressions of sympathy available via www.roseandquesenberry.net.

Arrangements pending completion with Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, 1901 S. Kanawha St. in Beckley.



James ‘Jimmy’ A. Hargis Jr.

MOUNT AIRY, N.C. — James “Jimmy” A. Hargis, Jr., 50, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, April 4, 2013, at Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home in Winston-Salem, NC. He was born January 28, 1963, in Franklin Co., OH, to Patsy Hurley Hargis and the late James Arthur Hargis, Sr. Jimmy served in the 101st Airborne with the U.S. Army and then became a truck driver.

He leaves behind his mother; two brothers, Jeffrey “Scotty” Hargis of Mt. Airy and Christopher Hargis (Lisa) of Pineville, WV; several aunts, uncles, niece and nephews.

A graveside service will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 9, 2013, at Roselawn Memorial Gardens, Beckley, WV.

The family can be reached at cremationsvc@aol.com.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice and Palliative Care, 101 Hospice Lane, Winston-Salem, NC 27103.



Barbara Jean Lane

Barbara Jean Lane, 68, of Cool Ridge, West Virginia, won her 4-year battle with cancer on Thursday, April 4, 2013, when she left the arms of her loving family and entered into the arms of the Lord.

Born on May 17, 1944, in Council Bluffs, Iowa, she was the daughter of the late Lyle and Juanita Skelton.

Barbara married the love of her life, Jimmie D. Lane of Cool Ridge, WV, on February 16, 1962, in Plattsmouth, NE. They spent 51 years happily married and had three children who brought great joy to their lives.

Survivors include her husband Jimmie, son Darrel Lane and wife Donna of Fort Ashby, WV, daughter Kelly Legg and husband Randy of Mt. Lookout, WV, grandchildren Brandon and Lane Lilly, Ric’Kell Lusk (Cody), and Jared Lane. Also survived by a sister Patricia Strickland (Robert), Linita Chapman (adopted daughter), Cheryl Wood (adopted sister), one of her special angels, Carol Lyn Lane, and cousins and aunts in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

She was preceded in death by her son Jeffrey Scott, a sister Linda, a brother Ronnie, and father and mother-in-law Frank and Nola Lane.

She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend. She enjoyed reading, sewing, painting, and spending time with family and friends. Her grandchildren were very dear to her heart; she spent countless hours reading, painting, and crafting with them to lay the foundation to prepare them for their future education. She also enjoyed spending time with friends and a very special group of military families.

The family would like to express their deep appreciation to all the personnel at Raleigh Regional Cancer Center, Eppy’s Drug, and Jarrell’s Pharmacy.

Services will be held at the Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, Shady Spring Chapel, on Monday, April 8, 2013, at 1 p.m. with Jack Barber officiating. Family and friends may visit with the family beginning at 11 a.m. prior to the services. Burial will follow at the Mt. View Cemetery at Cool Ridge, WV. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Bowers Hospice House, 454 Cranberry Drive, Beckley, WV 25801, or the American Cancer Society, 921 W. Neville Street, Beckley, WV 25801.

Private online condolences, floral gifts, and other expressions of sympathy are available to the family via our guestbook at www.roseandquesenberry.net.

Arrangements are by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home Shady Spring Chapel, 729 Flat Top Road, Shady Spring, WV.



Denford Lester Jr.

WAR EAGLE — Denford Lester Jr., 39, of War Eagle, died Thursday, April 4, 2013.

Funeral will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 9, at Upon the Rock Ministries, War Eagle, with the Rev. Steve May officiating. Burial will be in Lee Lester Family Cemetery, War Eagle. Friends may gather with the family after 6 p.m. with a special service at 7 p.m. Monday, April 8, at the Upon the Rock Ministries at War Eagle.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to Mounts Funeral Home Inc., P.O. Box 1567, Gilbert WV 25621, to help with funeral expenses.

Online at www.mountsfuneralhome.com.

Mounts Funeral Home of Gilbert is in charge of arrangements.



Nancy H. McCormick

SINKS GROVE — Nancy H. McCormick, age 73, of Sinks Grove, WV, passed away April 5, 2013, after a long illness. Nancy was born on February 27, 1940, in Sinks Grove, WV. She was the daughter of the late Cecil M. and Mildred C. Hinkle. She was a member of the Mt. Pleasant Presbyterian Church in Sinks Grove. She retired as the Inmate Systems Manager of the Federal Prison Camp of Alderson in 1997.

Nancy is survived by her husband Charles Lewis McCormick, daughter Cathy Lynn (Don) Hylton of Organ Cave, son Michael Lewis McCormick of Sinks Grove, grandson Jason (Leah) Hylton of Organ Cave, granddaughters Megan (Charles) Ivins of Lexington, VA, Sara Hylton of Organ Cave, great-grandchildren Hunter, Chase, and Autumn Hylton, and Jacob and Hannah Ivins. She is also survived by her brother Cecil Jr. (Mary Ann) Hinkle of Union, sisters Mary Ann Ballard of Port Orange, FL, and Phyllis (Art) Baker of Pickaway, brother-in-law Billy G. (Sue) McCormick of Organ Cave, sisters-in-law Phyllis (Milton) Crickenberger of Lewisburg, Bettye (Medford) Bloodsworth of Portsmouth, VA, Sue (Cecil) Gillette of Portsmouth, VA, Mildred McCormick of Ronceverte, and Carole McCormick of Lewisburg. Nancy is survived by several nieces and nephews and many special friends.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. on Monday, April 8th, at the Groves Funeral home in Union, WV, with Pastor Mike Estep and Rev. Greg Scott. Burial will follow at the New Lebanon Cemetery in Pickaway.

The visitation will be held Sunday, April 7th, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.    

Pallbearers will be Rick Bennett, Jim Bennett, Dirk McCormick, Michael Furrow, R.J. Cox, and Mick Eskins.

Honorary pallbearers are Charles McNeil, John Laws, Roy Cox, Jamie Cox, Jack Schmaker, David Schmaker, Paul Carter, James Taylor, James King, David King, and David Anderson.

In lieu of flowers the family asks donations be made to the Shriner’s Hospital, 1900 Richmond Road, Lexington, KY 40502. Arrangements provided by Groves Funeral Home.

Groves Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.



Lola Mae Harper Morris

OAK HILL — Lola Mae Harper Morris, 95, of Oak Hill died Friday, April 5, 2013, at her residence following a short illness. Born at Decota, WV, on January 18, 1918, she was the daughter of the late Van and Dora Stanley Harper. She was also preceded in death by her husband Earnie W. Morris; infant children Geraldine Faye and Eric Wayne; stepson Lloyd Morris; brother Alva Harper and sisters Fleda Davis, Bleka Profitt, Delphia Spencer, Leona Rose and Arlene Batton.

Mrs. Morris was a homemaker and attended Jones Avenue Church of God, Oak Hill, WV, since 1981. She was an avid reader and was known for her card ministry.

Survivors include five daughters, Gloria Ernestine Meadows and husband Pat of Oak Hill, Carolyn Yvonne Clark and husband Harold of Bramwell, WV, Gwendolyn Kay Nelson and husband Gary of Oak Hill, Judy Raye Alexander and husband Walter of Oak Hill, Stephanie Lynn Scarbro and husband Berkley of Oak Hill. One sister Bernice Sampson of Radford, VA. She had a host of nieces and nephews, caregiver Marilyn Mullins and special friend Diana Janney. 9 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren, 5 great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be Tuesday, April 9, 2013, at 1 p.m. at Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill, WV. Burial will follow at High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill, with Rev. Ralph Shupe, Rev. Richard Bradley and Rev. Michael Meadows officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home on Monday, April 8, 2013, from 6 til 8 p.m. Pallbearers will be grandsons, Rev. Michael Meadows, Eric K. Clark, Walter Alexander II, Brian Meadows, Christopher Nelson and Jeremy Scarbro. Honorary pallbearers will be great-grandsons, Walter Alexander III, Chase Faircloth, Keith Clark and Nick Clark.

The family requests that donations be made to the Jones Avenue Church of God, Oak Hill, WV, and the Hospice of your choice.

Online condolences may be sent to our website at www.tyreefuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill, WV.



Larry Robert Puffenbarger

GHENT — The angels rejoiced as another one of God’s children, Larry Robert Puffenbarger, 72, of Ghent, WV, formerly of Rupert, WV, entered the gates of heaven on Friday, April 5th, 2013, following a long illness.

Born on February 7th, 1941, in Pocahontas County, Green Bank, WV, he was the son of the late Robert Lee Puffenbarger and Eloise Jane Arbogast Puffenbarger.

He attended Cool Ridge Community Church. Larry was a retired coal miner. He was a loving dad and husband who enjoyed life and loved to joke around with people. Some of his favorite past times over the years include playing music (he was a talented musician), singing, attending church, restoring antique vehicles, spending time with family and friends. Also spending time with his little buddy, Taco (his 8-year-old Chihuahua). He will always be missed by family and friends. He touched all of our lives in some way and things will never be the same.

He was preceded in death by two wives, Norma Jane Taylor Puffenbarger and Madeline Yvonne Crawford Puffenbarger. Also preceded in death by his dad, Robert Lee Puffenbarger.

Survivors include his wife, Connie B. Puffenbarger of Ghent, WV. His Mom, Eloise Jane Arbogast Puffenbarger of Lewisburg, WV, formerly of Cool Ridge, WV. Two children, Vicki Renee Fairfax of Rupert, WV, and Kipton Wayne Puffenbarger and wife Cindy also of Rupert, WV. Two stepdaughters, Tammy Bell of Radford, Virginia, and Debbie Goins of NC. One stepson, Carlos Crawford of Texas. Three grandchildren, Desmond Puffenbarger of Toledo, OH, Sheena Baldwin of Durham, NC, and Jaise Puffenbarger of Rupert, WV. Two stepgrandchildren, Lensay and Lucas Reece of Radford, Virginia. Two brothers, Thomas Puffenbarger and wife Gloria of Rupert, WV, and Rick Puffenbarger and wife, Cricket, of Ghent, WV. One sister, Jane Loudermilk and husband Earl of Clintonville, WV.

Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. on Monday, April 8th, 2013. Funeral services will be Tuesday, April 9th, at 1 p.m. at the Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home Shady Spring Chapel. Burial will follow at the Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens at Prosperity.

Private online condolences, floral gifts, and other expressions of sympathy are available to the family at www.roseandquesenberry.net.

Arrangements are by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home Shady Spring Chapel, 729 Flat Top Road, Shady Spring, WV.



Thomas ‘Tommy’ F. Sparks

Thomas “Tommy” F. Sparks, age 73, of Prosperity, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, April 3, 2013, at his home following an extended illness.

Born January 30, 1940, in Cranberry, WV, to the late James Samuel Sparks and Irene Goins Sparks Miller.

Tommy Served as an Elder at Grace Baptist Church in Daniels, attended Woodrow Wilson High School class of 1958, and also served our country in the United States Army from 1958-1964. He belonged to Sheet Metal Union Local #33 in Charleston, WV. He was a retired sheet metal journeyman for 47 years. He was an avid sports fan and loved many sports such as NASCAR, college football, college basketball, and especially his West Virginia Mountaineers which was his favorite.

He loved his church family and enjoyed speaking on any occasion about his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. He very much enjoyed spending an afternoon on the back porch surrounded by family and friends. He had a charming personality and a one of a kind sense of humor and loved to laugh. He was loved by all who knew him and will be sadly missed.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his son, James “Jay” Edward Sparks; brother, Roger Lee Sparks; paternal grandparents, Tom and Ruby Creed; maternal grandparents, Hike McKenley and Edith Winger Goins.

Those left to cherish his memory include his loving wife of 51 years, Shirley Harmon Sparks; daughter, Barbara Sparks Porterfield (Steve) of Shady Spring; grandchildren, James “Sparky” Sparks II (Karen) of Pax, Kaylin Sparks of Maple Fork, Alexander “AJ” Sparks of Bradley; four stepgrandchildren, Jessica Pittman, Branden Pittman both of Bradley, Steven J. Porterfield of Lakes Charles, LA, and John Porterfield of Maple Fork; daughter-in-law, Barbara Sparks of Bradley; sister-in-law, Martha Ford of Prosperity; niece, Jennifer Sparks Dinkle (Troy) of Albany, NY; nephews, Roger Sparks, Jr., (Carrie) of Lansing, MI, and Tim Ford (Dawn) of Bristol, CT; special friends, Joe Shelton of Beckley and Michael Ray of Sophia.

Services to celebrate the life of Tommy will be conducted at 1 p.m. Monday, April 8, 2013, at the Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Chapel in Beckley with Pastor Bryan Bird and Dr. Charles Bright officiating. Interment will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens in Prosperity.

Family and friends will serve as his pallbearers.

The visitation will be held the same afternoon on Monday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the funeral chapel.

The family would like to extend a special thanks to Heartland of Beckley G-Wing and Physical Therapy Department, and also Hospice of Southern West Virginia.

In lieu of flowers the family asks donations be sent to the American Cancer Society, 921 W. Neville St., Beckley, WV 25801.

Private online condolences, floral gifts, and other expressions of sympathy are available to the family via www.roseandquesenberry.net.

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



Geraldine F. Turner

Geraldine F. Turner, 77, passed away Tuesday, April 2, 2013.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 9, in the Bethel United Methodist Church at Poe with Ben Turner officiating. Burial will follow in the Fitzwater Cemetery at Poe. Friends may call one hour prior to the service Tuesday at the church.

E-Condolences: watersfuneralchapel@frontier.com.

The Waters Funeral Chapel in Summersville is in charge of arrangements.



Gaynell Hill Walters Walker

WILLIAMSTOWN — Gaynell Hill “Blue” Walters Walker, 73, of Williamstown, formerly from Glen Fork, passed away April 4, 2013, in Parkersburg following a short illness.

Born March 16, 1940, at Hurricane Branch, Jesse, WV, she was the daughter of the late Joseph Dempster Hill and Anna Mae Bailey Hill.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by husband, Jerry Walker; and two brothers, Bobby J. Hill and Charles E. Hill.

Gaynell was of the Christian faith. She enjoyed gardening, watching the Atlanta Braves, listening to country music, cooking and spending time with her family and friends.

Survivors include her sons, Kenneth Gene Walters, Jr., and his wife, Monica, of Williamstown, H.J. Walters and his wife, Kendra, of Lexington, NC, Jody Dean Walters and his companion Carla of Hurdle Mills, NC; Brothers: Jerry W. Hill of Saulsville, Eddie Hill of Pineville, Thomas Hill of Glen Fork and Frank Hill of Crany; Sisters: Judy Walker of New Richmond, Drema Spears of Oceana, Edna Francis of Glen Fork and Frances Summers of Glen Fork; Grandchildren: Camille, Cassie, Hunter and Haven Walters.

A celebration of Gaynell’s life will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, April 8, 2013, in the Calfee Funeral Service Chapel with the Rev. Ernest Francis officiating. The family will receive friends from noon until time of the service.

Burial will follow in Palm Memorial Gardens, Matheny, WV.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

Online guest book may be signed at www.calfeefuneralservice.com.

Calfee Funeral and Cremation Service is serving the Walker family.



Ronald Lee Weikle Jr.

UNION — Ronald Lee Weikle, Jr., 37, of Union, left his earthly trials and tribulations behind on April 4, 2013, when he went home to be with his Lord and Savior.

He was born at Union, WV, on June 10, 1975, a son of Ronald Lee and Virginia L. Dunbar Weikle, Sr., of Ballard.

Mr. Weikle was a truck driver and construction worker and he was a member of the Rock Camp Baptist Church at Rock Camp.

He was preceded in death by a brother, William Harvey Weikle.

Ron was a very loving and giving person; he loved his family and friends. He also enjoyed his canine companions and will be missed by everyone who knew and loved him.

Surviving in addition to his parents are a daughter, Ashley Leanne Weikle of Peterstown; a son, Logan Lee Weikle of Union; a granddaughter, Aubrey Madeline Bowers of Peterstown; a sister, Jennifer Mae Copeland and husband, Dan, of Union; a brother, Donald Wayne Weikle and wife, Amber, of Wikel; and a very special aunt, Eva Mae Miller, and uncle, Mervin Weikle.

Funeral Services will be held 2 p.m. Thursday, April 9, 2013, at the Rock Camp Baptist Church at Rock Camp with Pastor Paul Broyles officiating.

Burial will follow in the Ballard Cemetery at Union.

Friends may call at the Groves Funeral Home in Union, Monday, April 8, 2013, from 6 to 8 p.m. and at the church one hour prior to the services.

Groves Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.