The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


January 2, 2014

Obituaries — Thursday, January 2, 2014

Terry Campbell

Mr. Terry Campbell, 56, of Beckley, died Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013.

Arrangements entrusted to Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.


Betty Jean Bennett Denton

Betty Jean Bennett Denton, 76, of Oak Hill, died Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013, at CAMC - General Division in Charleston.

Born April 12, 1937, at Cunard, she was the daughter of the late Basil and Dimmie Simmons Bennett.

Mrs. Denton was a retired textile mill office secretary having worked in California.

She was a member of the Catholic faith.

Her husband, Forrest Denton preceded her in death.

Survivors include one son, Kevin Zamiela and wife, Ellen of Dunbar; a sister Klyde Merrell of California and a brother, James “Wetzel” Bennett of Sissonville.

Funeral services will be Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014, at 2 p.m. at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill with Rev. Carlos Melocoton, Jr. officiating. Burial will be at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Prosperity. Friends may call one hour prior to the service on Saturday at the funeral home.

Family and Friends will serve as pallbearers.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill, WV.


Elizabeth Virginia Donelson

Elizabeth Virginia Donelson, 86, of Nettie, died Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014, in the Ward Road Freewill Baptist Church at Nettie with Pastors Tim Scott and Ed Hughes officiating. Interment will follow in the Ward Road Cemetery at Nettie.

Friends may call at the White Funeral Home at Summersville Friday from 6 to 8 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Ward Road Freewill Baptist Church P.O. Box 480 Canvas, WV 26662.

Condolences may be sent to the family at


Jesse Willard Hatfield

Jesse Willard Hatfield, age 97, went to be with his Lord Monday, Dec. 30, 2013, at Hospice House of Citrus County on the Nature Coast, Beverly Hills, Fla., following a long illness.

He was a native West Virginian, retiring to Florida over 30 years ago. He resided in New Smyrna Beach for many years where he was a member of the First Baptist Church of New Smyrna Beach, Florida. He later moved to Beverly Hills, Fla., where he has made his home with daughter Jessie Fay and husband John Lowe for the past nine years.

Mr. Hatfield had a long career in the coal mining industry retiring in January, 1976. He was assistant Inspector-at-Large for the New River-Winding Gulf Division of the West Virginia Department of Mines, serving 20 under four governors.

He received the designation of “Distinguished West Virginian” by Governor Arch A. Moore, Jr., in recognition of his meritorious service. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge, NO. 138, Pineville, for over 61 years.

He was the youngest of 12 children, born April 12, 1916, in Pea Ridge, to Newman Pomp and Ella Ferrell Hatfield. Mr. Hatfield’s childhood and young adult years were spent in Man, where he met and married Edith Fay Mahone. Together they had three children.

He is preceded in death by his parents, eight sisters, three brothers, first wife of 46 years, Edith Fay Mahone Hatfield, second wife of 23 years Opha Pauline Brown Eller Hatfield, and son Rondal Willard Hatfield.

He is survived by daughters Doris Evelyn Hughes and husband Donald of Corinne, and Jessie Fay Lowe and husband John of Beverly Hills, Fla.; daughter-in-law Joan Hatfield of Midway; step-daughter, Brenda Eller James of New Smyrna Beach, Fla.; step-sons, Frank Eller and wife Donna of New Smyrna Beach, Fla. and Ross Eller and wife Karen, Glades Springs; six grandchildren, Deloris Reed and husband John, Michelle Keen and husband Tim, Winter Haven, Fla., Ronald Lee Hatfield and wife Debbie, Gaston, S.C., Jerry Wayne Hatfield and wife Kim, Wilmington, S.C., Kevin Brian Lowe, Sanford, Fla., Kara Clark and husband Mark, Orlando, Fla.; three step-granddaughters; one step-grandson; 11 great-grandchildren, six great-great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Mr. Hatfield was a man of great integrity and humility. He was well known for his sense of humor and desire to make others laugh. He will remain beloved in the hearts of all who knew him and will be remembered as a proud WV Mountaineer.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to The Hospice House of Citrus County on the Nature Coast. Graveside services will be held at the Sunset Memorial Park Mausoleum in Beckley, WV, Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014, at 4 p.m.

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