The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


May 14, 2014

Obituaries — Wednesday, May 14, 2014


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.

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