The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

November 9, 2013

Obituaries — Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013

Wayne Burgess

NEW YORK — Wayne Burgess, 66, formerly of Artie, son of the late Clyde and Mary Williams Burgess, following a battle with cancer, passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, with family in his New York home. Leaving a sister, Venice, and a brother, Edwin.

His wishes were for no services. His guestbook may be signed in obituaries at

Elmer Haga

Elmer Haga, 66, of Beckley, passed away Friday, Nov. 8, 2013.

Arrangements are pending completion at the Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, 1901 S. Kanawha St., Beckley.

Phyllis Keller Hammack

SISSONVILLE — Phyllis Keller Hammack, 80, of Sissonville, passed away Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013. 

Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10, at Long and Fisher Funeral Home in Sissonville with Pastors David Taylor and John Hensley officiating. Burial will be in Floral Hills Garden of Memories in Sissonville. Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, at the funeral home.

Online condolences and tributes may be expressed via

Arrangements with Long and Fisher Funeral Home, 6837 Sissonville Drive in Sissonville.

Lila Virginia Wiles Lester

Mrs. Lila Virginia Wiles Lester, 85, of Pemberton, passed away Wednesday evening, November 6, 2013, at Raleigh General Hospital following a sudden illness.

Born March 20, 1928, Lila was the daughter of the late Sheffey Clay and Leah Kiser Wiles.

She was a member of the Pemberton Missionary Baptist Church, a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who will be forever missed by family and friends.

Lila was preceded in death by her husband, Howard Lester, in 2005 and her son Kenneth Lester in 2009.

Survivors include her children Keith Lester and wife Carol of Oak Hill; Carolyn Osborne and husband Larry of Conover, N.C.; Marlene Duncan and husband David of Hickory, N.C.; Allen Lester and wife Jackie of Pemberton; Mary Lang and husband Gerald of Charlotte, N.C.; Brenda Vass and husband Fred of Nimitz and Linda Markland and husband Edward of Lexington, N.C. Nephews Mac Lilly of Crab Orchard  and Jimmy Ford of Beckley also survive.

Lila leaves behind seven grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.

Service will be held Saturday, November 9, 2013, at 1 p.m. in the Mausoleum of Faith at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Beckley, with the Rev. James Ford officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests any donations be made to the Pemberton Missionary Baptist Church, 576 Coal City Road, Midway, WV 25878.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

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

Beulah Clintella Williams McFarland

SUMMERLEE — Mrs. Beulah Clintella Williams McFarland, 88, of Summerlee, died Tuesday, November 5, 2013. 

Born October 11, 1925, in Willis Branch, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Rev. Samuel W. and Julia Ann Williams Sr.

She was a homemaker and member of First Baptist Church Summerlee, Silver Leaf Chapter # 24, New River Chorus, New River Music Convention, Order of the Eastern Star, First Baptist Church Choir, Number Two District Baptist Music Convention, and WV Quartet Convention.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Isaac L. Williams; five sisters, Catherine Austin, Lola Wilkins, Jerlena Adams, Corrine Williams and Julia Nettles; husband, John D.; sons, John W. (Butch), Isaac L., Jeffrey, Jethro; daughter, Rhonda D.; two grandsons and three great-grandchildren.

Left to cherish precious memories are her children: Terry W. (Erma) McFarland Sr. of Bear, Del., William L. McFarland of St. Albans, Elder Kenneth A. (Natalie) McFarland of Madison, Ala., Forrest L. “Foxx” McFarland of Summerlee, Mary Howard of Cincinnati, Ohio, Joyce McFarland of Snellville, Ga., Jerlena McFarland of Tampa, Fla., Myra K. (Ronald) Stevens of Summerlee and Kathy (Al) Chatfield of Cincinnati, Ohio; brother, Rev. Dr. Samuel (Cleo) Williams Jr. of Pittsburgh, Pa.; sisters, Fannie Martin and Frances (Joseph) Williams, both of Buffalo, N.Y., and Jacqueline Albert of Pittsburgh, Pa.; 32 grandchildren; 65 great-grandchildren; 22 great-great-grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral service will be 1 p.m. Monday, November 11, 2013, at First Baptist Church Summerlee, Allman Street, Summerlee, with Rev. Dr. Samuel W. Williams Jr., Rev. William R. Stevens, Rev. Homer Jones and Rev. Lowell Williams officiating. Entombment will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens Mausoleum, Prosperity.

Friends may call one hour prior to the service at the church.

Condolences may be e-mailed to

Arrangements entrusted to Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.

Edith Jean Ragland

Edith Jean Ragland, 95, of Beckley, passed away Friday, Nov. 8, 2013.

Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 11, at the First Church of Nazarene, Beckley. Friends may gather with the family from noon until 1:30 p.m. Monday at the church.

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

Ruth H. Simmons

Ruth H. Simmons passed away Nov. 6, 2013, at home.

Ruth attended college in Montgomery and graduated from Roanoke Business College. She was a secretary for Haynes and Ford law firm for many years and office manager for Greenbrier Cable Company. She was a member of Frankford United Methodist Church.

Born Sept. 25, 1915, in Spring Creek, she was the daughter of the late Harry and Barbara Simmons and was also preceded in death by her sisters Margie (infant), Mary Alice Warner and Rubie Gail Gibbs.

She is survived by her nephew, William G. Warner; niece Barbara E. “Beth” Mullins; great-nephews, Zack and Thomas Mullins, Dylan Gunter; great-nieces, Courtney, Kayla and Abigail Mullins; great-great-niece, Alyssa Mullins; and numerous cousins.

Service will be 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013, at Morgan Funeral Home in Lewisburg with Pastor Phil Hickman officiating. Burial will follow in Rosewood Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. prior to the funeral.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Frankford United Methodist Church or Hospice Care Inc., 223 Maplewood Ave., Lewisburg, WV 24901.

Online condolences may be expressed at

Arrangements by Morgan Funeral Home, Lewisburg.

Frances Suttle

OAK HILL — Frances Leona Suttle, 52, of Oak Hill, passed away Friday, Nov. 8, 2013.

Arrangements are incomplete at Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, Fayetteville.

Donna Raye Dillon Wykle

Donna Raye Dillon Wykle passed away peacefully on Friday, November 8, at 8:15 a.m. with her family by her side. She was proud to be an 18-year breast cancer survivor.

Donna was born in Talcott, on Valentine’s Day February 14, 1949. Her parents were the late Charles (Charlie) Lewis Dillon and Gertrude Allen Dillon Miller. She was the granddaughter of Lewis Dillon, well-known blacksmith, and Nannie Keatley Dillon and Carlos Allen, World War I veteran and Purple Heart recipient, and Forrest Meadows Allen.

In addition to her parents and grandparents, she was preceded in death by an infant brother, Richard; brother, Doug Dillon; and sisters, Joann Dillon Boyd and Clara Lou Dillon Graham.

She is survived by her husband of 46 years, Ellery Wykle, and was blessed in September to vacation at Blackwater State Park in celebration of their anniversary. She is also survived by her sons Chad Wykle and Brad Wykle, both of Talcott, and her granddaughters Ansley and Brynne Wykle. Other survivors include brothers Charles Lewis Dillon Jr. of LeHigh Acres, Fla., John W. (Bill) Dillon and wife Becky of Hilldale, Dale Dillon and wife Drema of Talcott, sister-in-law Becky Payne Dillon of Hilldale, and mother of her granddaughters Jamie Chambers Wykle of Hinton.

In 2010, Donna and Ellery retired after 30 years of owning and operating Dillon’s Superette in Talcott. She was a 1967 graduate of Talcott High School, a member of the Hilldale-Talcott Ruritan Club, John Henry Historical Society, Inc., The John Henry Days Committee and Friends of the Lower Greenbrier. She served on The Talcott School Improvement Council for many years. Donna was a 4-H leader for 25 years and dearly loved all the 4-Hers she had in the Talcott Tip Top 4-H Club and all the young people at Summers County 4-H Camp where she was a counselor for many years. She was elected into the West Virginia State 4-H All Stars in 1985. The 4-H motto “To Make the Best Better” was something she strived to do. Donna was a member of Clayton Baptist where she received much joy worshiping at the little white church. She will be remembered by her saying — Don’t worry about me, I’ll be okay.

Donna received great happiness from baking cookies, making peanut brittle, and making cheeseballs for family and friends at Christmas or anytime someone needed something made. Last, but certainly not least, Donna was a devoted West Virginia Mountaineer fan and always supported them win or lose.

A funeral service will be held at Pivont Funeral Home on Monday, November 11, at 11 a.m., with Pastor Grant Petitt and Dr. James Blume Jr. officiating. Burial will follow at the Oak Grove Cemetery in Ballengee. Friends may call at the funeral home from 5 to 8 p.m. on Sunday evening.

Nephews who will serve as pallbearers are Donnie Massey, Gary Massey, Wally Boyd, Paul Wykle Jr., Keith Wykle, Charlie B. Dillon, Kevin Wykle, Matt Dillon, Lake Wykle, Jason Wykle, Johnny Dillon, Darren Dillon and Danny Dillon. Honorary pallbearers will be Pete Tabor, Jimmy Rookstool, Troy Flanagan and Ronnie Bower.

A special thank you to her beloved niece Jodi Dillon Bennett, Kathy McHenry with Hospice of Southern West Virginia, Dr. James Blume and his staff, the team at Summers County ARH, the staff at Summers Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, and the team at Blue Ridge Cancer Care in Low Moor, Va.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to be used for the establishment of the John Henry Museum at the former Dillon's Superette building. Please make checks payable to John Henry Days - Attention: John Henry Museum, PO Box 353, Talcott, WV 24981.

Online condolences and guest register at

Arrangements by Pivont Funeral Home, Hinton.