The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

October 23, 2013

Obituaries — Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013


Alice ‘Cookie’ Cunningham

SPEEDWAY — Alice “Cookie” Cunningham, 67, of Double Cabin Branch Road, Speedway, died Monday, October 21, 2013, at Bluefield Regional Medical Center.

Born on October 14, 1946 in Tazewell, Va., she was the daughter of the late Gordon Lee Bowling and Mary Elizabeth Bales Bowling.

Prior to being employed by Concord University as a cashier, Cookie worked for Sealy Mattress in Bluefield, Va., for over 38 years.

She loved sporting events, reading and her pets. When her health permitted, she attended the Painter’s Chapel United Methodist Church in Speedway.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, John Raymond Bowling and Dale Bowling and one sister, Maxine Gills.

Survivors include her husband, Daniel Owen Cunningham; one sister, Kay Hayes and her husband Kenny of Yorktown, Va. and a host of nieces and nephews.

A service to celebrate the life of Alice “Cookie” Cunningham will be held Thursday, October 24, 2013, at 1 p.m. from the Painter’s Chapel United Methodist Church in Speedway with Pastor David Damewood officiating. Burial will follow in Roselawn Memorial Gardens in Princeton.

The family will receive friends Thursday from 11:30 a.m. until the service hour at the church.

Jeffery Dale Bowling, Tommy Lee Bowling, Curtis Ray Moore, J.B. Gusler, Bill Walker and Josh Sargent will serve as pallbearers.

Online condolences may be shared via www.memorialfd.com

The Cunningham family is being served by the Memorial Funeral Directory and Cremation Center on the Athens Road in Princeton.

 

Ronald G. Baker

Ronald Gene Baker, 72, of the Bowling Addition, Beckley, died Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013.

Condolences may be sent to the family’s guestbook at www.meltonmortuary. com

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary and Cremation Center, Beckley.

 

Harry C. Barker

BRIDGEPORT, W.Va. — Harry C. Barker, age 92 of Bridgeport, WV departed this life on Monday, Oct. 21, 2013, at The Heritage in Bridgeport.

He was born in Lincoln County, W.Va., on Feb. 28, 1921, a son of the late Raven R. Barker and Lena (Mullens) Barker.

Surviving are his wife, Clarice (Wylie) Barker, step children; Bill & Gabi Whanger, Larry and  Susan Whanger, Cherie Davenport, Kerry and Tina Whanger, Shane Whanger and Stephen Whanger, three sisters, Ruth Osborn, Edna and Dick McPeek and Shirley and Douglas Crawford, eight grandchildren, several great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

He also was preceded in death by an infant son, Michael and a brother, Denver Barker.

Mr. Barker was a member of the Christ Episcopal Church in Clarksburg. He was a member of Allegheny Lodge No. 136 A F & A M, White Sulphur Springs, W.Va.

He served his country during World War II in the Army Air Force. Mr. Barker was owner of Hobart Sales and Service for many years until his retirement.

Friends may call at the Davis-Weaver Funeral Home, 329 East Main St., Clarksburg from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday. A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m., Friday, Oct. 25, 2013, at the Christ Episcopal Church in Clarksburg with the Rev. Ann West presiding. Interment will be in the Bridgeport Cemetery.

Arrangements by Davis-Weaver Funeral Home, Clarksburg.

 

Roy E. Bell

FAYETTEVILLE — Roy Edward Bell, 58, of Fayetteville, passed away suddenly on Saturday, October 19, 2013.

Born on September 1, 1955, at Beckwith, he was the son of the late Robert Lawrence and Audrey Blake Bell.

Roy served in the U.S. Army as a paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne Division and was an avid fan of the Denver Broncos. He had worked as a lineman for the cable companies and was employed with Sherry’s of Fayetteville. He enjoyed working on cars, hunting, and fishing.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Jeremy Bell; two brothers, Harold Bell and Mike Bell; and a baby infant sister.

Survivors include his daughter, Christi (Keith) McGraw of Fayetteville; grandson and granddaughter, Will McGraw and Kinlee McGraw, both of Fayetteville; a special little girl near and dear to his heart, Shannen Davis of Ansted; four brothers, David (Kathy) Bell of Warfield, Ky., Teddy (Barbara) Bell of Oak Hill, Don (Julie) Bell of Dallas, Ga., and Timmy Bell of Fayetteville; three sisters, Trilby (Dan) Johnson of Greenville, S.C., Sherry (Johnny) Varney of Nashville, Tenn., and Lisa (Doug) Miller of Fayetteville; and a host of other family and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, October 24, 2013, at Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home Chapel, Fayetteville, with Rev. Mike Parsons and Pastor Danny Goins officiating. Burial will follow at the Blake Family Cemetery at Beckwith.

The family will receive friends one hour before the funeral at the funeral home on Thursday.

For those wishing to express their condolences to the Bell family, you may do so by visiting our website at www.doddpaynehessfuneralhome.com

Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, 350 W. Maple Avenue, Fayetteville, will be assisting the family.

 

Eugene ‘Gene’ Elmer Bostic

ORGAN CAVE — Eugene ‘Gene’ Elmer Bostic, 90, passed away Monday, Oct. 21, 2013.

Honoring Eugene’s wishes, a graveside service with military honors will be 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013, at Sinks Grove Baptist Church Cemetery, Sinks Grove, with Rev. Mike Wilson officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to HospiceCare, Inc., 223 Maplewood Ave., Lewisburg, WV 24901.

Please send online condolences by visiting www.wallaceandwallacefh.com

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Lewisburg.

 

Jerry W. Burgess

Jerry W. Burgess, 61, of Shady Spring, went home to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, on Monday, October 21, 2013.

Born May 26, 1952, in Beckley, he was the son of the late Ernest and Stella Martin Burgess.

Jerry worked for several years for the Westmoreland Coal Company, he was then employed by the Raleigh County Board of Education. Jerry was a committed member of the Teel Apostolic Church of Beckley, where he faithfully served in the Sunday School department as well as the usher board. Jerry loved the Lord, and was always positive, holding firmly to his faith in God.  

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his brother Ernie Burgess.

Those left to cherish his memory include his loving wife of 40 years Connie Stover Burgess, his two sons Jerry Wayne Burgess Jr. and Jason Aaron Burgess and his wife Amber, both of Daniels; three grandsons Hunter, Conner and Luke; four sisters Emogene Burgess-Bennett of Piney View, Mary Ames of Piney View, Gloria Tanner of Grandview, Cora Mae Lambert of Beckley and a host of many nieces, nephews, cousins, in-laws, and his beloved church family.

Jerry was a man who loved nature, hunting, fishing and just spending time in the outdoors with wife, sons and grandsons. Jerry was committed to his grandsons; always instilling the ways of God into their hearts. His greatest desire was to see his family serving God, laying hold on eternal life. His influence on his grandsons will be greatly missed.

Services will be held to Celebrate the Life of Jerry, on Thursday, October 24, 2013, at 6 p.m. at the Teel Apostolic Church of Beckley with Pastor Gary Blankenship officiating. Friends may gather with the family from 5 p.m. until service time Thursday at the church. Private burial will take place at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens.

Men of the church will serve as pallbearers.

An online guest registry is available by visiting www.blueridgefuneralhome.com

Arrangements by Blue Ridge Funeral Home, 5251 Robert C. Byrd Drive, Beckley.

 

Rickey Joseph Dunn

NARROWS, Va. — Rickey Joseph Dunn, 65 of Narrows, passed away Saturday, October 19, 2013.

It was Rickey’s request to be cremated. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Online guestbook can be signed or condolences may be sent to the Dunn family at www.broyles-shrewsbury.com

Arrangements by Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home, Peterstown.

 

Dorothy J. Dye

 TALLMADGE, Ohio — Dorothy Janet Dye, 94, of Tallmadge, formerly of Allen Junction, passed away on Monday, October 21, 2013.

Graveside services and burial will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, October 24, 2013, at Sunset Memorial Park, Beckley.

Anyone wishing to attend are asked to meet at the cemetery.

Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.tankersleyfh.com

Arrangements by Tankersley Funeral Home, Mullens.

 

Harlan Lewis Gwinn

Harlan Lewis Gwinn, 91, of Piney View, passed away Monday, October 21, 2013, at Bowers Hospice House.

Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley, is in charge of arrangements.

 

Billy J. Halsey Sr.

CORINNE — Billy Joe Halsey Sr., 83, of Corinne, passed away on Monday, October 21, 2013, in a Beckley hospital following a long illness.

Services will be noon, Friday, October 25, 2013 at Tankersley Funeral Home Chapel.

Friends may call one hour prior to services Friday at the funeral home.

Arrangements by Tankersley Funeral Home, Mullens.

 

Joseph Edward Hornsby

Joseph Edward Hornsby, age 72 of Ghent, passed away on Tuesday, October 22, 2013.

Funeral services will be conducted at the Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home Shady Spring Chapel on Saturday, October 26, 2013, at 11 a.m.  with Rev. Joe Cadle and Rev. Jimmy Hornsby officiating. Burial will follow at the New Salem Baptist Church Cemetery at Abraham.

Friends may visit with the family from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday at the funeral home.

American Legion Post No. 32 honor guard will conduct military graveside rites.

Private online condolences, floral tributes, and other expressions of sympathy may be directed 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.

 

Bert Paris Hume Jr.

LEWISBURG — Bert Paris Hume Jr., 82, of Lewisburg, passed away Monday, Oct. 21, 2013, at the Brier Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Ronceverte.

Please send online condolences by visiting www.wallaceandwallacefh.com

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Lewisburg.

 

Dennis Ricky Lambert

On Friday, October 18th, 2013, Dennis Ricky Lambert of Hilldale, formerly of Eccles, was called by the Lord to play in the heavenly choir.

He was the son of the late Donnie Hofford and Mable Lambert.

Ricky loved to play music, fish, hunt and ride his motorcycle when he was younger.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three sisters, Donna Cozart, Dixie Dunbar and Mazie Harrison.  

Ricky leaves to cherish his memory his brother, Donald Lambert; six sisters, Elsie Burnette, Phyllis Cook, Lila Smallwood, Mable Daniels, Loretta Silar and Carrie Williams; many nieces and nephews survive as well.

Funeral services will be Wednesday, Oct. 23rd, at 1 p.m. at the Melton Mortuary Chapel. Pastor Gene Miller will be officiating. The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. until the service hour. Burial will follow in the Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens at Prosperity.  

Condolences may be sent to the family’s guestbook at www.meltonmortuary. com

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary and Cremation Center, Beckley.

 

Melvin C. Lambert

Melvin Charles Lambert of MacArthur, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, October 19th, 2013. He was 63 years of age.

Melvin was born on January 30th, 1950, in McDowell County. He was the son of Mary Lane Lambert of Jessie and the late Junior Lambert.

In addition to his father, Melvin was preceded in death by his sons, Melvin and Gary; a grandson, Dakota Stump; his sister and brothers, Dorothy Burks-Masters and Ricky, Billy and Danny Lambert.

Melvin leaves to cherish his memory his wife, and the love of his life, Carolyn Pierce Lambert; daughters, Pamela (Joey) Meadows and Kimberly Stump; five sisters, Louise Burks (Larry) of Jessie, Della Boos of Toledo, Ohio, Martha (Jackie) Fields of Pounding Mills, Va., Polly (Larry) Price of Billings Mont., Sue (Eddie) Price of Coal Dale; brothers, Dean (Connie) Lambert of Bluewell, Jimmy (Connie) Lambert of Coal Dale, Raymond (Tammy) Lambert of Beeson; grandchildren, Kristen Davis, Samantha and Bryan Meadows and Hunter Stump; a very special nephew and friend, Wade Price of Rural Retreat; a host of additional nieces and nephews survive as well.

Funeral services will be Thursday, Oct. 24th, at 1 p.m. at the Melton Mortuary Chapel. Pastor Scott Messor will be officiating. The family will receive friends from noon until the service hour. In lieu of flowers, donations to offset the funeral expenses will be greatly appreciated.  

Condolences may be sent to the family’s guestbook at www.meltonmortuary. com

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary and Cremation Center, Beckley.

 

Edward P. McKown

CHARLESTON — Edward P. McKown, 74, of Charleston, died on Saturday, October 19, 2013.

A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, November 9, at 2 p.m. at St. Marks United Methodist Church, 900 Washington Street East, in Charleston, W.Va.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions made to: The Arlington's Children's Chorus, C/O Kevin Carr, 4019 Blue Slate Drive, Alexandria, VA 22306.

Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home, Charleston, has been entrusted to handle the arrangements.                           

 

Regina Sue North

CHARMCO — Regina Sue North, 41, of Leslie, passed away Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013, at her home, following a long illness.

Services will be held at a later date, arrangements by Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Rainelle.

 

Nancy K. Surbaugh Robertson

Nancy K. Surbaugh Robertson, of Clintonville, WV, left this world early Saturday morning, October 19, 2013, following a short illness.

Nancy is survived by her husband Joseph “Butch” Robertson of Clintonville, sons Ivan Leef (Angie) of Clintonville, Eric Leef (Elise) of Clintonville and stepson Jared Robertson (Amy) of Grassy Meadows. She is also survived by her grandchildren Shaun Leef of Hurricane, Shanna Boutchyard (Richard) of Fredericksburg, Va., Corey and Morgan Leef of Clintonville, step grandchildren Jacob and Lucas of Grassy Meadows, great-grandchildren Cali, Kyle, and Graham, and many beloved nephews, nieces and cousins.

She is preceded in death by her father Clarence Adrian Surbaugh, mother Barbara Loretta Morgan Surbaugh Kincaid, and stepfather Otis Kincaid. She is also preceded in death by her sister Joy Lavinder, and brothers George Surbaugh, Gerald Surbaugh, and Ronnie Surbaugh. Living sisters in law include Doris Surbaugh of Clintonville, Frankie Surbaugh of Oak Hill, Marty Morris (Glenn Morris) of Lexington, Ky., and brother in law Murel Robertson (Nancy) of Lewisburg.

Nancy grew up in Summers County, graduating from Sandstone High School, where she was crowned homecoming queen, “Miss Hornet.” Nancy worked in advertising for Senator Bob Holliday at the Meadow River Post for almost 20 years in the Nicholas, Greenbrier and Fayette County areas. While working at the Meadow River Post Nancy wrote a weekly column called “From Where I Sit,” that many people looked forward to reading. After working at the Meadow River Post, Nancy became self-employed, managing private homes at the Greenbrier Resort. For many years Nancy sang with Sharon Wolfe and Mary Catherine Loudermilk in a gospel trio, “Sweet Charity.” We know Nancy is now singing in perfect harmony with the heavenly choir.

As a young woman, Nancy was a very gifted artist. After not painting anything for 35 years, Nancy returned to painting with Jeanne Brenneman and the Greenbrier Artists group. Watercolor painting became an instant joy to her and the group became an extended family. Nancy enjoyed nothing more in this life than spending time with her family and friends, taking sightseeing and antiquing trips with her beloved Butch, or traveling far and wide with friends to fellowship and listen to some of their favorite southern gospel groups. Family meant everything to Nancy, and not a day went by where she didn’t make that known.

Nancy was a member of James Chapel United Methodist Church in Clintonville.

The viewing will be held Saturday, October 26, 2013 from 6 to 9 p.m. in the evening at Wallace and Wallace Funeral Home in Rainelle. The service will be held on Sunday, October 27, 2013, at 2 p.m. at James Chapel United Methodist Church on Shoestring Trail in Clintonville, with interment at Wallace Memorial Cemetery in Clintonville immediately following.

The Church will be open an hour before the service to allow friends and family to share memories.

 

Robert ‘Bob’ Samson Sr.

SCOTT DEPOT — Robert “Bob” Samson Sr., 96, of Scott Depot, formerly of Logan, passed away Monday, October 21, 2013.

Funeral services will held on Friday, October 25, 2013, at 1 p.m. at Honaker Funeral Home in Logan, with the Dr. L. Frank Frye officiating. Burial will follow in Highland Memory Gardens at Godby. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

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

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to: St. John’s United Methodist Church 4013 Teays Valley Rd. Scott Depot, WV 25560 and Kanawha Hospice Care 1001 Kennawa Dr. Charleston, WV 25311.

For email condolences go to: www.honakerfuneralhome.org.

Honaker Funeral Home of Logan has been entrusted with the arrangements.

 

Versie Sedlock

LOGAN — Versie Sedlock, 94, of Logan, passed away Monday, October 21, 2013.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, October 24, 2013, at 2 p.m.  at Honaker Funeral Home of Logan.  Burial will follow in Forest Lawn Cemetery at Pecks Mill.

Friends may call on the family one hour prior to services on Thursday.

For email condolences go to: www.honakerfuneralhome.org

Honaker Funeral Home of Logan is in charge of arrangements.

 

Basil Ross Sweeney

Basil Ross Sweeney, 87, of Beckley, passed away on Saturday, October 19, 2013, at Raleigh General Hospital in Beckley.

Born August 13, 1926, at Sweeneysburg, he was the son of the late Charles A. and Eliza Tyree Sweeney.

Basil was employed by the state at West Virginia Department of Veterans Affairs and retired from the Department of Environmental Protection.

He was a graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School class of 1945. Mr. Sweeney was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Beckley where he served as trustee, usher and President of the Pathfinders Sunday school class. He volunteered at Helping Hands and was a World War II U.S. Army veteran, a product of the greatest generation. He was a lifetime member of the Moose and 50 plus year member of the American Legion.

He was preceded in death by his infant twin sons, Charles and Clinton; and as the last surviving member of his immediate family by brothers, Edra, Cecil, Grady, Dorsey, Ira and Ray and sister, Gustava..

Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Maxine (Mickey) Sweeney; daughter, Carolyn (David) Earehart; son, Larry (Linda) Sweeney; five grandchildren, Amy Earehart Key, Carrie Earehart, Donley Sweeney, Shawn Sweeney and Jack Sweeney; great granddaughter, Camryn Key and sister-in-law, Loretta Sweeney.

Funeral services will be on Wednesday, October 23, 2013, at 2 p.m. at Tyree Funeral Home Mount Hope in Mount Hope, with Rev. Rick Waller officiating. Burial will be at Sunset Memorial Park, Beckley.

Visitation will be held at Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope on Tuesday, October 22, 2013, from 6 to 8 p.m.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions be made to First United Methodist Church, 217 Heber Street, Beckley, WV 25801.

Online condolences may be sent at www.tyreefuneralhome.com

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope.

 

Jessica Nichole Woods

NEWTON, N.C. — Jessica Nichole Woods, 30 of Newton, formerly of Birch River, passed away on Thursday, October 17, 2013.

Funeral Services will be conducted Thursday October 24th, 2013, at 2 p.m. in the Waters Funeral Chapel at Summersville with Rev. Roger McCauley officiating. Burial will follow in Birch River Cemetery.

Friends may call at the funeral chapel one hour prior to the service on Thursday.

E-Condolences: watersfuneralchapel@frontier. com