The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

May 14, 2014

Obituaries — Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Ida Lynch Alderman

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS — Ida Lynch Alderman, 85, of White Sulphur Springs, passed away May 11, 2014.

Her funeral service will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday, May 14, at the Bethesda Temple of Praise on Route 92, White Sulphur Springs, with Pastor Brian Matthews officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. A private burial will follow at Alvon United Methodist Church Cemetery in Alvon.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Ida’s memory to Friends For Life Inc., animal sanctuary, RR02, Lewisburg, WV 24901, phone: 304-667-1387.

Shanklin Funeral Home, White Sulphur Springs, is serving the family.

Eugene Hamilton Casto

CARLISLE — Eugene Hamilton Casto, age 94, of Carlisle, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, May 11, 2014.

He was born on March 10, 1920, in Cabin Creek, W.Va., the son of the late John and Lola Casto.

Eugene enjoyed spending his time hunting, gardening, taking photographs, and going to flea markets.

Eugene was preceded in death by his parents, John and Lola Casto; his siblings, John, Demus, Geneva, and Frances.

Those left to cherish his memory are his beloved wife, Lola Casto; his sons, Mark Dewayne Casto and wife Brenda of Carlisle and Edward Casto of Oak Hill; his grandchildren, Eddie Casto Jr. and wife Kim of Monroe, N.C., Danny and wife Yvonna of Oak Hill, and Robbie and wife Cristy of Moundsville, Ala.; his great-grandchildren, Austin, Amber, John Mark, Amanda and Kelly; and many loving friends.

A gathering for friends and family will be held on Friday from 1 to 2 p.m. at Solid Rock Worship Center, 101 White Street, Oak Hill. Funeral services will begin immediately following the visitation at the church at 2 p.m. with Pastor Greg Hurley officiating. Entombment will be held at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens with military honors by the American Legion Post 32 Honor Guard.

Online condolences may be left for the family at

Arrangements by Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley.

Mary Ella Cook

MARLINTON — Mary Ella Cook, 81, of Marlinton, passed away Monday, May 12, 2014.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, May 17, at Lantz Funeral Home in Buckeye. In keeping with her request she will be cremated.

In lieu of flowers donations of sympathy may be made to American Cancer Society, 921 W. Neville St., Beckley, WV 25801.

Online condolences may be made at

James Henry Deaver, D.O.

CLARKRANGE, Tenn. — James Henry Deaver, D.O., 63, formerly of Hinton, W.Va., went home to be with our Savior on March 13, 2014, from a sudden illness.

Jim was born on Sept. 6, 1950, in Hinton, to the late Howard Henry Deaver and Naomi (Gill) Deaver.

He was of the Christian faith, being baptized in 1998.

Jim graduated from Hinton High School in 1968 and joined the Navy, where he traveled to Spain. He was discharged in 1971. He then moved to Richmond, Va., where he became a police officer for Henrico County for several years. He then went to work for J. Sargent Reynolds as an apprentice and was certified as a journeyman machinist. While working there he also attended the University of Richmond where he did all of his pre-med studies. In 1983 he was accepted at West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine in Lewisburg, W.Va., graduating in 1988.

After graduation, he accepted a position at Gilbert Family Practice in Gilbert, W.Va., and at Welch Emergency in 1989. He was the Primary Care Physician at the Glen Daniel Clinic in Glen Daniel, W.Va. In 1991 he moved to Clarkrange, Tenn., and accepted a position as Director of Medicine at Clarkrange Medical Center. He was also the Director of Medicine at Convenient Care Clinic at Cookville, Tenn. He did locum tenas in Putnam and White counties as Primary Care Physician. He was the Primary Care Physician at the Complete Wellness Medical Center at Cookville, Tenn. In 2000, he opened Deavers Medical Clinic as the Primary Care Physician in Clarkrange, Tenn. In 2006 he was the Primary Care Physician for the Twin City Medical Center-SVCHS in Bristol, Va. He then accepted the position as Primary Care Physician at Mountain People Health Clinic in Elgin, Tenn. In 2010 he accepted a position as Primary Care Physician for Southern Health Partners, where he worked until his death.

Jim was also a Special Deputy and Diver with the Fentress County Tennessee Sheriffs Department for many years. He was licensed and certified as Board certified American Osteopathic Board of Family Practice — licensed in WV, VA, KY and TN. Diplomate of Board Academy of Pain Management. He was a Master Scuba Diver, an EMT, a Hunting Safety Instructor, an Ordained Minister, a Pilot (where he built and flew his own plane). He opened his own Arms and Ammo business, and he was a Ninth Degree Black Belt in Karate. He was a member of Air Evac Lifeteam and lifetime member of American Legion. He was always active with the Special Olympics.

In his spare time he loved to hunt and fish. He traveled extensively out west to Montana, Colorado, Wyoming as well as Santa Fe, New Mexico, Alaska, and Canada on hunting trips. He had several trips to Africa hunting big game, taking many trophies of his hunts.

He was preceded in death by his parents and an infant brother, Howard Stephen Deaver.

Those left to cherish his memory are his sisters: Virginia “Ginger” Pate of Pipestem, Patricia Taylor of Hinton and Barbara Shaffer of Pipestem; a special niece, Susan Powell of Pipestem; a special great-nephew, David Michael Patrick of Pipestem, and two special great-nieces, Virginia “Ginny” Henderson and Victoria “Tori” Lemon, both of Pipestem. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews, great-nieces and nephews and great-great-nieces and nephews and friends too numerous to mention. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him.

As per his wishes, he was cremated. His ashes will be scattered on his birthday, Sept. 6th, 2014, with a memorial celebration of his life to follow, at 3 p.m. in the Pipestem State Park Mountaineer Room.

Alfred E. Delp Sr.

Alfred E. Delp Sr., age 85, of Beckley, passed away at the Beckley Appalachian Regional Hospital on Sunday, May 11, 2014.

Born on October 30, 1928, at Stotesbury, W.Va., he was the son of the late Robert Lee Delp Sr., and Cynthia Truitt Delp.

Mr. Delp was a retired coal miner with 34 years of service, and was a member of the UMWA. He was a U.S. Navy Veteran and served as a gunner’s mate on the USS Worcester during the Korean Conflict. Mr. Delp attended the Stotesbury School and enjoyed gardening as a hobby. He was a member of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses.

He was preceded in death by sisters, Louise Mullis, Jean Bowling, Ina Hornsby, Joyce Hurley, and Martha Frances; by brothers Robert, James Earl, Gary, Raymond, Harold, and Larry Delp.

Survivors include his wife of nearly 57 years, Alice Hutchens Delp. His children, Susan Delp of Columbia, S.C., Kimberly Elkins and her husband Dan of Columbia, S.C., David Delp and his wife Susan of Cool Ridge, and Alfred Delp Jr. and his wife Tisa of Manning, S.C. Grandchildren, Zachary and Tyler Elkins of Columbia, S.C., Jonathan Delp of Columbia, S.C., and David Andrew Delp and his wife Christy of Beaver; two great-grandchildren, Madison and Riley Grace Delp; two stepgrandchildren, Joseph Elkins of Columbia, S.C., and Tesa Bontrager and her husband David of Eagle River, Wis.; three stepgreat-grandchildren, Lance, Bethalyn, and Lillian Bontrager, all of Eagle River, Wis. A sister, Janet Caulder and her husband Carl of Fairmont, N.C., and sisters-in-law, Chloe Delp of Dallas, Texas, and Erma Delp of Beckley. A host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends also survive.

Funeral services will be conducted at the Rose and Quesenberry Peace Chapel in Beckley on Wednesday, May 14, 2014, at 11 a.m., with Mr. Steve Baird officiating. Burial will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens at Prosperity.

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

Grandsons and friends will serve as pallbearers.

Private online condolences may be directed to the family via our guestbook at

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

Nancy Fox Drescher

CHARLESTON — Nancy Fox Drescher, 56, of Charleston, passed away at the Hubbard Hospice House on May 11, 2014, after living courageously with cancer for over three years.

Nancy was born and raised in Beckley.

She graduated from West Virginia University with a degree in pharmacy in 1981 and worked at several local pharmacies over the last 30 years.

Throughout the years, Nancy was an active volunteer at Weberwood Elementary, John Adams Middle School, and George Washington High School. She was actively involved with Read Aloud WV of Kanawha County, First Presbyterian Church of Charleston, the East End Resource Center, and the CAMC Foundation supporting the new CAMC Cancer Center.

She was a lover and creator of art and jewelry, an avid gardener, and an engaged member of the Charleston community.

Nancy is survived by her parents, Dr. Lewis and Shirley Fox of Beckley; her husband of 31 years, Alan; her son and daughter-in-law, Chris and Abigail of Augusta, Ga.; her daughter, Molly, and her partner, Evan Widney of Carrboro, N.C.; her sister and brother-in-law, Lynn and Ken Evans of Doylestown, Pa.; her in-laws, Otto and Dottie Drescher of St. Albans; six nieces and nephews; and many wonderful friends and extended family.

All who knew Nancy will remember her warm smile, kind heart, generous spirit, and compassionate soul.

A celebration of Nancy’s life will take place at 4 p.m. on Thursday, May 15, 2014, at First Presbyterian Church of Charleston. Nancy’s family will be in the Ruffner Room from 2 to 4 p.m. for visitation prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, Nancy requested donations be made in her memory to Read Aloud WV of Kanawha County at P.O. Box 1784, Charleston, WV 25326, or the CAMC Foundation in support of the new CAMC Cancer Center at 3412 Staunton Ave. SE, Charleston, WV 25304.

Condolences may be sent to the family at

Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home of Charleston has been entrusted with the arrangements.

Doris Endicott

MITCHELL HEIGHTS — Doris Endicott, 88, of Mitchell Heights, passed away Tuesday, May 13, 2014.

Arrangements are incomplete at this time. Honaker Funeral Home of Logan is in charge of arrangements.

Lorene B. Ferguson Ganoe

BOZOO — Lorene B. Ferguson Ganoe, 89, of Bozoo, passed away Sunday, May 11, 2014, at the Springfield Center, Lindside, W.Va.

Born May 24, 1924, at Airpoint, Va., she was the daughter of the late Charles Campbell “Cam” and Louella Waldron Ballard.

Mrs. Ganoe was a member of the Bozoo Christian Church and was a homemaker.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her first husband, Thomas “Tom” Ferguson, second husband, James Opie Ganoe, brothers, Henry Ike “Bunt” Ballard, Campbell Stratton “Strat” Ballard, John Cole Ballard, Patrick Ballard, sisters, Anna Lea Mann, Nellie Long, Lilly Bell “Peg” Page and Hazel Heath.

Survivors include a sister, Lucy Mae Smith of Alderson, brother-in-law, “Les” Heath of Fairborn, Ohio, many nieces, nephews, friends and a stepson, Ronald Ganoe.

Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Thursday, May 15, 2014, at the Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home Chapel, Peterstown, with Pastor Steve Howdock officiating. Burial will follow in the Orchard Cemetery, Ballard.

Visitation will be 12:30 p.m. until time of the services at the funeral home.

Online guestbook can be signed or condolences may be sent to the Ganoe family at

Arrangements by Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home, Peterstown.

Minnie D. ‘Dottie’ Shadd-Gonzales

TOLEDO, Ohio — Minnie D. “Dottie” Shadd-Gonzales, 68, of Toledo, passed away Sunday, May 11, 2014, with family by her side.

Known to all as Dottie, she always had a smile and a joke to tell and was loved by all.

Born in Crab Orchard, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Ralph and Myrtle Hawkins.

She was preceded in death by ten brothers and sisters and her son, Jason R. Shadd.

Dottie is survived by her loving husband, Juan A. Gonzales; sons, Daniel L. Shadd and Jeremy M. (wife Korri) Shadd; four grandchildren. She is also survived by her brother, R. Leslie Hawkins; sisters, Delores J. Brown, Barbara L. Wiseman and Eloise A. Moore; and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 12 noon Wednesday, May 14, 2014, at Heritage Baptist Church, 5433 Lewis Avenue, Toledo, Ohio.

Memorial contributions may be made to Southern Care Hospice, American Diabetes Association or St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Arrangements by Ansberg-West Funeral Directors, Toledo, Ohio.

Charles Clifford Groves

WHITESVILLE — Charles Clifford Groves, 84, of Whitesville, passed away May 9, 2014.

Service will be 2 p.m. Thursday, May 15, at the Sylvester Baptist Church, Sylvester, with Pastor David Minturn officiating. Interment will follow in Pineview Cemetery, Orgas. Military rites will be conducted. Friends may call two hours prior to the services Thursday at the church.

Arrangements by Armstrong Funeral Home, Whitesville.

Emma Josephine Jenkins

Emma Jo left us to join Ella Sue, her beloved mother, after a long and very brave battle with COPD, on Monday, May 12, 2014.

Emma Josephine Jenkins was born on August 8, 1936, in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, the oldest child of the late Ella Sue and Cornelius Moore.

In addition to her parents, Emma Jo was predeceased by her sister, Connie Moore.

Left behind to cherish her memory are her sons, Jeffrey Neil Jenkins and girlfriend Mandy Westbrook, and Franklin Scott Jenkins and wife Corrine Sue Jenkins; grandchildren, Bianca Denea, Tallon Jenkins and Journey Conley Jenkins; along with many very special friends and neighbors; and her loving companions, Winnie and Pooh.

Emma was an extremely strong-willed woman who was known for being very giving, loving, and hard-working her entire life. She will be greatly missed by all that knew her. She was an amazing mother, grandmother, and a great friend to many.

Condolences and memories may be shared with the family at

Dana Lester Keeney

COMFORT — Dana Lester Keeney, 74, of Comfort, W.Va., passed away Monday, May 12, 2014.

Service will be 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 14, at Armstrong Funeral Home, Whitesville, with the Rev. Roger Halstead officiating. Burial will follow in Pineview Cemetery at Orgas. Friends may call one hour prior to the service Wednesday at the funeral home.

Arrangements by Armstrong Funeral Home, Whitesville.

Bobby Ray Lemon

Bobby Ray Lemon, 74, of Arnett, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, May 11, 2014, at his home after a long illness.

He was born May 22, 1939, at Saxon, W.Va., a son of the late Virgil and May Cook Lemon.

He was a member of Flat Branch Baptist Church and Deacon having served for 25 years in that position. Bobby had been serving the Lord over 40 years.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers, Virgil Lemon Jr., Jimmy Joe Lemon; sisters, Naoma Kennan, Nadine Brown and June Skeens; and first wife, Maxine Daniel; stepson, Lloyd Lee Daniel. He is survived by his loving wife, Letha Sue Cook Lemon, David Q. Lemon and wife, Linda, of Arnett, Charles Cook and wife, Ellen, of Toledo, Ohio, James Lemon and wife, Shirley, of Arnett, W.Va.; sister, Sandra Grimm and husband, Dale, of New Haven, W.Va., Gail Clay of Arnett, W.Va.; two stepdaughters, Judy Taylor of North Carolina and Reitha Edwards of Calif.

Service will be 2 p.m. Friday, May 16, 2014, at the Flat Branch Baptist Church, Arnett, with Pastor Gene Miller and Pastor Andrew Davis officiating. Interment will follow in the Lemon Family Cemetery, Arnett.

Pallbearers will be Phillip Lemon, Rob Lemon, Dale Lemon, Scott Lemon, Brian Lemon and Joe Lemon.

Friends may call 11 a.m. Friday at the church.

Arrangements by Armstrong Funeral Home, Whitesville.

Minnis Osborne

CYCLONE — Minnis Osborne, 73, of Cyclone, departed this life on Monday, May 12, 2014, at his home.

He was born July 17, 1940, in Lorado, W.Va., a son of the late Wavy Osborne Daniels.

Minnis was a member of the Bright Prospect Missionary Baptist Church. He was the Sunday School Superintendent for 40 1/2 years, and Sunday School Teacher for 43 years. Minnis worked for Eastern Associated Coal Corp. at Kopperston, W.Va., for 26 years and was a member of Local Union #7604.

Minnis enjoyed the outdoors, camping, and hunting, but his main priority was his church and family.

In addition to his mother he is preceded in death by his grandparents Landy and Lessie Osborne Bostic, and Charlie Bostic who raised him from birth; his daughter Betsy Osborne Garvey (his Ten-Ten); a brother Vester Osborne; two sisters Letha Webb and Cindy Price.

Those left to cherish his memory are his loving wife of 54 years Charlotte Lusk Osborne; two sons Dean and wife Eva, and Rex and wife Norma; two daughters Bonnie and husband Jed, and Dolly Osborne all of Cyclone; nine grandchildren Brandi, Zac, Logan, Chelsie, Carli, Casey, Brooklyn Osborne, Cody Tolliver, and Brittany Miller and husband Adam all of Cyclone; two great-grandchildren Dason Griffey and Adalynn Miller; two sisters Brookie Lusk, and Juanita Toler all of Cyclone; four brothers Willis and Wannis Daniels of Cyclone, Eugene Daniels of North Carolina, and Braden Daniels of Greenville, W.Va.; special brother-in-law James Lusk and his wife Beulah of Cyclone; special nephew Carlos Webb and his wife Joyce; and special niece Donna Toler and husband Ran all of Cyclone; and a host of other loving family and friends.

Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, May 15, 2014, at the Bright Prospect Missionary Baptist Church, Cyclone, with Pastor Jackie Lusk officiating. He will be laid to rest in the Brown’s Cemetery, Cyclone.

Friends may gather with the family 6 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, May 14, 2014, at the church.

E-mail letters of sympathy may be sent at

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

Brian Simmons

It is with a heavy heart that we the family of Brian Simmons of Mabscott announce his passing on Thursday, May 8th, 2014. He was 45 years of age.

One of four children, Brian Wesley Simmons was born on Sept. 9th, 1969. He is the beloved son of Norma Jean Cassity Simmons and the late Dennis I. Simmons. His brother, Michael “Mike” Simmons, has preceded him in death along with his paternal and maternal grandparents, Irvin and Sada Simmons and James and Daisy Cassity; his aunt, Carolyn Maxey, and cousins, Billy Lester, Butch and Sam Cassity, have preceded him in death as well.

Brian was of the Baptist faith. He attended Hillcrest Baptist Church. Brian enjoyed hunting, fishing, and spending time with family and friends.

In addition to his mother, those left to cherish his memory are loving daughter, Haley Walker and her husband, Shawn, and their children, Jordan and Alyssa Walker. Brian loved his grandchildren. They were his most precious possession.

Brian was the dear brother of Dennis “Rusty” Simmons and Arlene of Indian Mills and Jeanie Simmons Cole and her daughter, Madison, of Beckley.

On Thursday, May 15th, at 6 p.m. we will honor the life of Brian Wesley Simmons with a “Service of Remembrance” at the Melton Mortuary Chapel. Pastor Eugene Miller will be officiating. The family will receive friends from 4 p.m. until the service hour.

Condolences may be sent to the family’s guestbook at

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary and Cremation Center, Beckley.

W.R. ‘Bob’ Staton

William Robert “Bob” Staton died May 10, 2014, at Westwood Center, Bluefield, Va. Born in Mullens, on August 31, 1926, he was the son of the late Russell Cunningham Staton and Bertha Webb Staton Harmon.

Bob graduated in 1944 from Mullens High School. He served in the U.S. Air Force during WWII and was deployed throughout the Americas. Bob received a bachelor’s degree from Concord College and a master’s degree from the College of Graduate Studies. He was an adjunct instructor for SWVCTC. He taught at Herndon, Pineville and Mullens. He was assistant principal at Mullens High School where one of his best friends C.C. “Sonnie” Phillips Jr. was principal. He later became principal at Herndon, and retired from the school where he started his career. Known to his students as “Zeus,” Bob went the extra mile for students, but would never take credit for the lives he touched.

He traveled with his wife to Algeria, Europe and Hawaii. He enjoyed a trip to France with his family to visit a memorial to his brother, Jack, who was killed there during WWII.

He, Jim Musser and Rob Nolley worked together on remodeling and wood working projects for their families, friends and church. He enjoyed hunting and walking in the woods.

He was a member of the Highland Avenue Baptist Church, Rotary Club, Lions Club, Association of Retired Teachers and the American Legion. He was chairman of the Wyoming County Republican Executive Committee and the nominee for Justice of the Peace in 1968 and for House of Delegates in 1972. 

Bob married Marcella Joan Sutphin, on December 18, 1947. They were inseparable until her death on January 20, 1999.

In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by his brother, Jack, in 1944 and his sister, Charlotte “Peggy” Baker, in 2013. 

Left to cherish his memory are daughter, Vicki Fleshman and husband Jerry, of Rural Hall, N.C.; son, Jack and wife Robin, of El Centro, Calif., and son, Rick of Mullens and Charleston. He is survived by his brother, Thomas and wife Pat of Princeton. He was the grandfather of Kathy Fleshman of Rural Hall, N.C.; Ashley O’Brien and children, Brandi Desimone, Stephen and Christopher O’Brien of Olathe, Kan.; Robert Staton II and wife Katie Kovac of Huntington Beach, Calif.; Dr. Michael Staton and fiancée, Dr. Danielle Guldner of Loma Linda, Calif.; Carrie Staton and husband John Hale of Morgantown; Blair Shelley and husband Zack of North Charleston, S.C.; and Bryce Staton of Mullens. He is survived by several nieces and nephews, including Janet Hunt of Vienna, Pat Anderson of Princeton, Susan Stiltner of Brier Creek and Judy Caldwell of Beaver. He was blessed with neighbor Betty Houck and caretakers Kim Lambert and Carol Sizemore. His extended family includes the students and teachers whose lives he touched.

Services will be 11 a.m. Thursday, May 15, 2014, at Highland Avenue Baptist Church, 317 Highland Avenue, Mullens, W.Va., with Pastor Lewis Arnold and Reverend Warren Gilpin officiating. Burial will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Beckley.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 14, 2014, at Highland Avenue Baptist Church, and one hour prior to the services.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

Memorial donations may be made to the Highland Avenue Baptist Church Memorial Fund, 317 Highland Avenue, Mullens, WV 25882-1339, or the charity of your choice.

Online condolences may be expressed to the family at

Mr. Staton’s family is being cared for by Tankersley Funeral Home, Mullens.

Shirley E. Walker Taylor

RAINELLE — Shirley E. Walker Taylor, 78, of Rainelle, passed away Monday, May 12, 2014.

Services will be 2 p.m. Friday, May 16, at Smathers Funeral Chapel Inc. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 15, at the funeral home.

Arrangements by Smathers Funeral Chapel Inc., Rainelle.

Betty Thomas

On Thursday, May 8th, 2014, surrounded by her family, our most beloved Betty Jane Burton Thomas passed away at her home in Shady Spring following a long illness. She was in her 85th year.

Betty was the last surviving member of her immediate family. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert, and grandson, Eric.

Those left to cherish her memory are her son, Bobby and wife Sue, grandson, Bobby II, great-grandson, Alex, and several nephews and nieces survive as well.

In keeping with her explicit wishes Betty’s services were private. The Rev. John Hart officiated.

Condolences may be sent to the family’s guestbook at

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary and Cremation Center, Beckley.

Edward ‘Jack’ Webb

FAYETTEVILLE — Edward Jackson “Jack” Webb, 91, of Fayetteville, passed away Tuesday, May 13, 2014, at the Beckley VA Medical Center following an extended illness.

Born on March 9, 1923, at Eskdale, he was the son of the late Hazen Lathrope Webb and Florian Mae Scherer Webb.

Jack served in the U.S. Navy as a gunner mate during World War II. He was a retired boiler operator and supervisor for Union Carbide (Alloy Plant) at Alloy, W.Va.

Jack was an avid guitar player and enjoyed playing music with friends.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Wilma J. Webb; sons, Danny E. Webb and Edward Jackson Webb Jr.; three sisters, Barbara Ann Naylor, Teresa Elizabeth Fowler, and Mary Alice Walker; and three brothers, Comer Oberton Webb, John “Doug” Webb, and Hazen “Ben” Webb.

Left to cherish many memories are his grandchildren: Crystal and her husband Wilbert Lively III of Edmond and Luis Edward Webb of Durham, N.C.; five great-grandchildren: Brandon Lively, Ada Jae Lively, Claire Lively, Madelyne Webb, and Andrew Webb; and a host of other family and friends.

To honor his wishes, Jack will be cremated with no services scheduled.

Memorials may be made in his memory to Bluegrass Preservation Society, 94 Beech Street, Gassaway, WV 26624.

For those wishing to express condolences to the Webb family, you may do so by visiting our website at

Arrangements are with Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, 350 W. Maple Avenue, Fayetteville.