The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

April 28, 2012

Obituaries — Saturday, April 28, 2012


Wilson Myles Boggs

RAINELLE — Wilson Myles Boggs, 91, of Rainelle, WV, went home to be with his Lord on Thursday, April 26, 2012, at his home.

Born October 21, 1920, in Greenbrier County, he was the son of the late Albert Allen and Dona Frances Williams Boggs.

Wilson was a coal miner. He served in the U.S. Army during WWII for 2 years, 7 months and 29 days with the 444th Signal Battalion attached to the II Air Force. He was a member of the Rupert Church of God, the VFW and the UMWA.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Mattie Madeline Spence Boggs, in 2007; three sisters, Melba Bell, Verna Sanford and Florence May; and three brothers, Enoch, Bedford and Adron Boggs; and one grandson, John.

Survivors include a daughter, Hattie Boggs Rudd (Paul) of Rainelle; a son Conrad Boggs (Cheryl) of Crag; two sisters Elizabeth Smith and Ardala Via, both of Ohio; a brother, Harmon Boggs of Crawley; five grandchildren, Kenneth and Lisa Rudd of Rainelle, Debra and Clayton Anderson of Charleston, James Rudd of New Jersey, Tamara and Jimmy Lively of Rural Hall, NC, and Jeffrey Boggs of Crag; and five great-grandchildren, Jason, Austin and Riley Rudd and Taylor and Josh Lively; and five stepgrandchildren, Amy, Rebecca, Theresa, Andrew and Alvin; as well as many nieces and nephews.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 29, 2012, at the Wallace & Wallace Chapel in Rainelle with Pastor James Johnson officiating. Burial will follow at the Wallace Memorial Cemetery in Clintonville.

Friends may call one hour prior to the service. There will be no evening visitation.

Online condolences may be sent to wallaceandwallacefh.com.

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace of Rainelle.

 



Thomas Andrew Drennen

ESCONDIDO, Calif. — Mr. Thomas Andrew Drennen, age 40, of Escondido, CA, passed away Saturday, April 21, 2012, in Traphill, NC. He was born July 27, 1971, in Laguna Beach, CA, to Earl Franklin Drennen and Nelda Ruth Gunn Drennen.

Mr. Drennen was a member of Little Creek Baptist Church in Rainelle, WV.

Survivors include his wife, Cynthia K, Drennen of the home; father, Earl Franklin Drennen and his wife Gaye Swaim Drennen of Traphill; mother, Nelda Drennen-Thorson of Arizona; and brother, Frank Drennen of Burbank, CA.

Funeral services will be conducted Tuesday, May 1, 2012, at 2 p.m. at Little Creek Baptist Church in Rainelle, WV, with Rev. Ronnie McMillan officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church.

Online condolences may be made to www.elkinfuneralservice.com.

Services entrusted to Elkin Funeral Service.

 



John Edward ‘Jed’ Duncan Jr.

GILMAN BOTTOM — John Edward “Jed” Duncan Jr., 46, of Gilman Bottom, passed away Thursday, April 26, 2012.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Sunday, April 29, at the Greenville Freewill Baptist Church at Greenville. Burial will follow in the Hammond Family Cemetery at Greenville. Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the Greenville Freewill Baptist Church and one hour prior to services also. Military honors will be observed.

Online condolences may be sent to www.krantzmcneelyfuneralhome.com.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of the Krantz-McNeely Funeral Home at Man.

 



Nellie Garnet Toombs Ford

OAK HILL — Nellie Garnet Toombs Ford, 90, of Oak Hill, WV, died on Thursday, April 26, 2012, at Hidden Valley Nursing and Rehab Center in Oak Hill, WV.

Born October 21, 1921, at Minden, WV, she was the daughter of the late Charles W. and Emma Frances Harless Toombs.

Mrs. Ford was a member of the Oak Hill Baptist Church and the Shirley Donnelly Bible Class. She was a homemaker.

Her husband, Alfred D. “John” Ford, eight brothers, Glucia “Ray” Toombs, Kent Joseph Toombs, Charles Toombs, Scott Toombs, Cecil Toombs, George Toombs, Robert Toombs and Rupert B. Toombs, three sisters, Gertrude Toombs, Ella Harley and Trilby Trigg; and a granddaughter, Amy Sue Ford, preceded her in death.

Survivors include one son, Alfred D. Ford, Jr., and wife, Melanie “Susie,” of Shady Spring, daughter, Linda Rosemary Wheeler and husband, Steve, of Fayetteville, four grandchildren, Christopher Ford, Nota Elizabeth Heath, Laura Ferrell and Brent Wheeler; and seven great-grandchildren along with a special niece, Betty Tupper, and special friend, Adele “Peggy” Terry.

Funeral services will be on Sunday, April 29, 2012, at 1 p.m. at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill with Rev. David White and Rev. Robert “Bobby” Pauley officiating. Entombment will be at Wallace & Wallace Memorial Park, Clintonville.

Visitation will be held at Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill, on Saturday, April 28, 2012, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Online condolences may be sent at www.tyreefuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill, WV.

 



Garnett Jewel Gaither Garden

ASHLAND, Ohio — Garnett Jewel Gaither Garden, 84, of Ashland, OH, formerly of Oak Hill, WV, died on Wednesday, April 25, 2012, at Good Shepherd Nursing Home in Ashland, OH.

Born January 29, 1928, at Scarbro, WV, she was the daughter of the late Baxter and Damar Thomas Gaither.

Mrs. Garden was a member of the Jones Avenue First Church of God, Oak Hill, and a homemaker.

Her husband, Nicholas David “Nick” Garden, and son, Gary Wayne Garden, preceded her in death.

Survivors include two daughters, Linda Curtis and husband, John, of Virginia Beach, VA, and Becky Corbin and husband, Perry, of Ashland, OH, and a sister, Ruth McVey of Prosperity.

Also surviving are four grandchildren, John A. Curtis, Jeremy N. Curtis, Gary W. Garden and Tara L. Donnen.

Funeral services will be on Sunday, April 29, 2012, at 2:30 p.m. at the Jones Avenue First Church of God in Oak Hill with Rev. Ralph Shupe and Rev. Tonya Shupe officiating. Burial will be at High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill.

Visitation will be held at Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill, on Saturday, April 28, 2012, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Online condolences may be sent at www.tyreefuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill, WV.

 



Gracie Lane Green

PINEVILLE — Gracie Lane Green, 79, of Pineville, passed away Thursday, April 26, 2012.

A memorial graveside service will be at a later date.

Calfee Funeral and Cremation Service of Pineville is serving the Green family.

 



Hiawatha Ann Hanson

LEWISBURG — Hiawatha Ann Hanson, 95, of Lewisburg died April 27, 2012.

Graveside services and burial will be 3 p.m. Sunday, April 29, at the Roach Cemetery on Muddy Creek Mountain. Visitation will be from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Morgan Funeral Home in Lewisburg.

 



Paul Heath

Paul Heath, 71, of Prosperity, formerly of Oceana, died Thursday, April 26, 2012.

A celebration of Paul’s life will be 2 p.m. Sunday, April 29, at Adam Toler Memorial Chapel. The family will receive friends from noon until time of service Sunday at the funeral home.

Services entrusted to Adam Toler Memorial Funeral Home, Oceana.

 



Maxtren Eugene Holley

Maxtren Eugene Holley, age 88, of Beaver, WV, passed away at the Bowers Hospice House in Beckley on Thursday, April 26, 2012.

Born on November 8, 1923, in Pax, WV, he was the son of the late D.C. “Doc” Holley and Ruby Woolwine Holley.

Gene served in the United States Navy during World War II, serving in Germany, England, and France during the Normandy D-day invasion.

Before retiring in 1982 Gene along with his wife, Utholee, owned and operated the Nature Shop on Eisenhower Drive in Beckley. He had a special love for animals, classic cars, and enjoyed for many years playing lead guitar for several local bands including the “Hallmarks” alongside his sons.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 70 years, Utholee Windon Holley, a brother, Charles Holley, a sister Emma Jane Stacy, and a daughter-in-law, Kethel Holley.

Survivors include his two sons, Darrell “Peanut” Holley of Beckley, Bobby Holley and his wife Beni of Beckley, two grandchildren, LaDawn Holley of Beckley, Landon Holley of Bridgeport, and a great-granddaughter Kasey Mitchem of Beckley, a sister Shirley Fara of Maryland, a brother Joe Holley of Beckley, and several nieces and nephews.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to the SICU staff of Raleigh General Hospital, the staff of Central WV, and the wonderful staff and volunteers of the Bowers Hospice House for their loving care and kindness.

Funeral services will be conducted at the Rose and Quesenberry Peace Chapel in Beckley on Sunday, April 29, 2012, at 2 p.m. with Rev. Randy Warden officiating. Burial will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens at Prosperity, WV. Friends may call at the funeral home one hour prior to the services on Sunday.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations of sympathy be made to the Bowers Hospice House, 454 Cranberry Drive, Beckley, WV, in memory of Gene Holley.

Online condolences may be sent to our guestbook at www.roseandquesenberry.net.

Arrangements are by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, 1901 South Kanawha Street, Beckley, WV.

 



Henry James ‘Cooter’ Johnson Jr.

OAK HILL — Mr. Henry James “Cooter” Johnson, Jr., 79, of Oak Hill, WV, died Saturday, April 21, 2012.

Born April 1, 1933, in Summerlee, WV, he was the son of the late Henry James Sr. and Margaret Allen Johnson.

He worked at Consolidation Coal Company, was a member of First Baptist Church of Summerlee, WV, and a former member of Just Rite Lodge of Harlem Heights.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Elizabeth “Butsey” Charlden Johnson; brother, Lindsay “Luke” Johnson; two sisters, Twila “Dit” Bambus and twin sister, Henritta “Retta” SinClair; brother-in-law, Hewett Grasty Sr.; special uncle, John L. Allen; and special friend, Thomas “Jeff” Canada.

Left to cherish his precious memories are: his son, Landon (Rita) Loving of Minden, WV; stepson, Dalton Charlden of Harlem Heights, WV; adopted son, Darren Johnson of Beckley, WV; brother, Joe L. Johnson, Sr., of Chicago, IL; sister, Thelma “Johnson” Grasty of Harlem Heights, WV; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and other relatives.

Special thanks to care givers, Mickey Grasty, Jackie Coleman, Mt. State Home Health Care, and Ameri Health Care.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Monday, April 30, 2012, at the First Baptist Church of Summerlee, Allman Street, Summerlee, WV, with Rev. William R. Stevens officiating. Entombment will follow at High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill, WV. Friends may call one hour prior to the services at the church.

Condolences may be e-mailed to ritchie-johnson@suddenlinkmail.com.

Arrangements entrusted to Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.

 



Bernard Joseph ‘Joey’ Moore

OAK HILL — Bernard Joseph “Joey” Moore, 36, of Oak Hill passed away Wednesday, April 25, 2012, at Plateau Medical Center. Born August 2, 1975, the son of the late Billy Wayne Moore Sr. and Mary Ann Beidler Moore of Scarbro. Joseph was preceded in death by his dad Billy Wayne “Bubby” Moore Sr. and a brother Billy Wayne Moore Jr.

Joey was a welder on construction projects and attended school in Oak Hill. Being a loving and devoted father to his sons was Joey’s most admirable quality. He also loved the outdoors and was a jack of all trades. He was always the first to call when you needed a helping hand. He had a heart of gold, and loved his family and friends with all he had to give. Joey will be greatly missed and all our memories of him will be cherished. Those left to cherish his memory include his mother Mary Moore of Scarbro, his wife Stacy Gill Moore of Fayetteville, his sons Dustin Cole Moore and Ben Wade Moore of Fayetteville, sisters Lesia Moore of Beckwith, Allison Taylor and husband John of Scarbro, a brother Ray Moore and wife Tammy of Oak Hill, and several nieces and nephews.

His remains rest at the High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, 1435 E. Main St., Oak Hill, where the funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Sunday with Rev. Mack Canterbury officiating, and where the family will receive friends from noon until time of the service on Sunday. Burial will follow in High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill.

Pallbearers will be family and friends.

Condolences may be sent to www.highlawnfuneralhomechapel.com.

Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel.

 



Betty Faye Stanley

BUD MOUNTAIN — Betty Faye Stanley, age 76, of Bud Mountain, WV, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, April 24, 2012, at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown surrounded by her family following a sudden illness.

Born on March 14, 1936, in Bud, WV, to the late Virgil Bell and Louvenia Lusk Bell.

Mrs. Stanley was a homemaker. She enjoyed cooking for her family, loved to shop and do crocheting. She was exceptionally famous for her homemade banana pudding. She loved to travel across the country to visit family and loved to vacation. She was a member of Guyandotte Baptist Church on Bud Mountain. She was a very loving wife, mother, and grandmother. She has left behind a legacy which will be cherished by the entire family. Family “get togethers” will never be the same without her warm welcoming smile, delicious meals, and the love she gave to her entire family.

In the earlier years of her life, her and husband Ted lived in Carson, California, for 17 years where they worked and raised their family. They moved back to Mullens in 1973 and started a business, Stanley’s TV Sells and Service, located on Moran Avenue in Mullens for 28 years until the flood of 2001.

In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by brothers Ernest, Alexander, and Paris and Elizie Lane; sister Ruby Bolen; and a granddaughter Laura Rochelle Rine.

Those left to cherish her memory include her loving husband of 60 years Mr. Harrison “Ted” Stanley, at home; son Dennis Stanley and wife Cindy of Allyn, Washington; daughters Shirley Stanley of Beckley, Jane Falk and husband John of Daniels, WV, and Barbara McElwain and husband William “Buddy” of Lewisburg, WV; brother Orville Bell and wife Lola of North Wilkesboro, NC; sisters Irene Lambert of Purlar, NC, Olia “Aunt Kate” Hylton of Bud Mountain, and Onie Dickerson of Beckley; grandchildren David Lynn Burchett and companion Elizabeth of Hampton, VA, Scott Burchett and companion April Wright of Stanaford, Jason Stanley of Allyn, WA, Joey Stanley and fiancée Michelle Hoem of Allyn, WA, Katie Geissler and husband Jon of Tacoma, WA, Nick Rine and companion Veronica Lusk of Beckley, Jennifer Rine and companion Josh Moran of Pineville, LA, Summer and Emily McElwain of Lewisburg; 12 great-grandchildren and 2 expected great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.

A celebration of Betty’s life will be conducted 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 28, 2012, at the Guyandotte Baptist Church on Bud Mountain with Brother Nathan Lane officiating. Interment will follow at Lusk Cemetery next to the church.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

Visitation will be held from 1 p.m. until time of service on Saturday at the church.

In lieu of flowers donations of sympathy may be made to the Guyandotte Baptist Church, HC 69 Box 43, Herndon, WV 24726, in memory of Betty.

If you are unsure of directions to the church, call the funeral home at 304-253-4461 and speak with Nick Rine to obtain step-by-step directions.

Online condolences and other information may be available at roseandquesenberry.net.

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

 



Leah ‘Cookie’ Vance

SOUTHGATE, Ky. — Leah “Cookie” Vance, 69, of Southgate, KY, formerly of Highland Mountain, passed away on Wednesday, April 25, 2012, following a long battle with cancer.

Born January 26, 1943, at Laurel Creek in Fayette Co., WV, she was the daughter of the late Basil Ray and Mary Evelyn Rose Flint.

Cookie was preceded in death by her husband, Calvin Vance; two brothers, Butch and Lloyd; and two nephews, Dean and Scooter.

Survivors include two daughters, Virginia Vance of Southgate, KY, and Yolanda Coffman of Las Vegas, NV; two sons, John Vance (Angie) of Danese and Carless Vance of Southgate, KY; a sister, Janie Kincaid (Lee) of Piney View, WV; three brothers, Buddy Flint (Janet) of Layland, Junior Flint (Violet) of Oak Hill and Buster Flint (Denise) of Highland Mountain; and four grandchildren, Wesley, Shane, Jacob and Chantal, all of Danese. She had family and numerous friends in WV, KY, and OH — too many to list.

Visitation will be held from 10 until 11 a.m. on Sunday, April 29, 2012, at the Wallace & Wallace Chapel in Rainelle.

A graveside service will follow immediately thereafter at the Smith Cemetery at Highland Mountain, WV, officiated by Pastor Steve Martin.

Online condolences may be sent to wallaceandwallacefh.com.

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace of Rainelle.