The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

October 20, 2012

Obituaries — Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012

Cpl. Hubert ‘Red’ E. Bennett

2 Timothy 4:7-8

I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith...... There is laid up for me a crown of righteousness.......

Cpl. Hubert “Red” E. Bennett, 83, of Beckley, entered into rest on Wednesday, October 17, 2012, following a long illness, at Bowers Hospice House surrounded by family and friends praying and singing his favorite gospel songs.

Born April 30th, 1929, in Fayette County, WV, he was the son of the late Robert H. and Margie Irene (Pugh) Bennett. He was preceded in death by his father, mother, and sister, Betty Katherine (Bennett) Harrah, and two grandchildren.

He served in the Army during the Korean War 1951-1953 as a Medic in the 98th. He was stationed at General Hospital in Munich, Germany. He remained enlisted in the U.S. Army Active Reserve until 1957.

Affectionately known as “Red” to all who knew him, was married to Betty Jean Goddard, May 3rd, 1958. He and his bride moved to Chicago, Illinois, where he worked in steel plants and protection controls. Late 1969, he moved his family back to his home state and worked in the coal industry until he retired in August 1986.

Red was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and was devoted to his family and church, Beckwith Apostolic. He loved to fish and sing with his family. His beautiful voice will be greatly missed by all who had the pleasure to hear it lifted in songs of praise, and his tambourine will never again be played the same.

Red will be cherished in memory by his beloved wife of 54 1/2 years, Betty Jean Bennett (Goddard), his loving daughters, Anita and husband Rev. Louis Wooten, Jeanie and husband Mike Campbell, his grandchildren, Andrea (Wooten) and husband John Thompson, Stacie Wooten, Shelly (Wooten) and husband Joshua Smith, Courtney Campbell and Alexandrea Wooten, his great-grandchildren, Brooke, Ray and McKinley. A special nephew, who also had the honor of being his pastor, Rev. Rick Barker and wife Irene. A host of family and friends, including many brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews.

A celebration of Red’s life will take place Sunday, October, 21, 2 p.m. at Beckwith Apostolic Church, Beckwith, WV. Services will be officiated by Pastor Rick Barker. Visitation for friends and family will be prior to the service from 12 noon to 2 p.m. on Sunday.

Pallbearers will be family and friends.

Burial with military honors will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Prosperity, with graveside military honors being provided by Oak Hill VFW. Flowers can be sent to the church or funeral home.

Arrangements are being handled by Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Prosperity, WV, and online condolences and additional information can be found at

Stanley H. ‘Smokin Stan’ Brown

Mr. Stanley H. “Smokin Stan” Brown, 67, of Beckley, died Monday, October 17, 2012, at the VA Medical Center.

Born December 28, 1944, in Jersey City, NJ, he was the son of the late Hercules Moorer and Eartha Brown.

Mr. Brown worked as District Manager for Combined Insurance and was owner/operator of Smokin Stans Barbeque. He was a Vietnam Veteran ranked as a Sergeant E-5 and was honored with the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with 2 (two) bronze service stars, was a Sharp Shooter and a 2nd Class Gunner.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by five brothers and five sisters.

Left to cherish precious memories are his loving wife, Eugenia “Regina” Brown of Beckley, WV; son, James (Kathy) Miller of Beckley, WV; daughters, Melissa Cooper and Moncherie (William) Chapman of Highland Village, TX, Keisha (James) Miller and Ronda (Roger Hicks) Miller, both of Beckley, WV; brothers, Harry (Teresa) Brown of Wilkes Barre, PA, Henry Moorer of Beckley, WV, and Louie Brown of Jersey City, NJ; sisters, Louise Brown of Lynchburg, VA, and Ann Louise Strickland of Sumpter, SC; special friends, Gene Nabors and Rick Vance; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Monday, October 22, 2012, at St. Matthew A.M.E. Church, 103 Mills Street, Beckley, WV, with Rev. Debra Smoot officiating. Burial will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, 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.

Philip W. Davis

Philip W. Davis, 59, of Beckley, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, September 27, 2012, at his residence following a very short battle with cancer.

Born October 22, 1952, in Boston, Mass., he was the son of the late Earl V. “Boots” and Delores DeLung Davis.

Philip was a Unit Manager for the WV Division of Corrections, working in the Beckley Correctional Facility in Pinecrest Hospital. He dearly loved his job. He was a member of the Wesleyan Chapel on Johnstown Road in Beckley, and he dearly loved his church, where he taught Sunday School and Bible study.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by two brothers-in-law Luther Baugh and Roy Baugh.

Those left to cherish his memory include his loving wife of 19 years, Edna Baugh Davis of the home; his son, Philip W. Davis II and his wife, Angela, of Kentucky; his daughter Adrianne Ashburn of Kentucky; his stepdaughter, Vicky Johnson and husband, Bill, of Peterstown; grandson, whom he was helping to raise, Philip W. Davis III of Beckley; grandson, Issac Davis of Kentucky; granddaughter Morgan Ashburn of Kentucky; stepgranddaughter, Kayla McClung and husband, Patrick, of Peterstown; three brothers, Steve Davis, David Davis, and Kevin Davis all of Oak Hill; one sister, Cheryl Campbell and husband, Zenis, of Oak Hill. Two special brothers-in-law Walter Baugh and wife Francis of Danese, Paul Kenney and wife Ruby of Pineville, a special aunt, Peggy Jones of Oak Hill, a host of aunts and uncles, nieces and nephews and beloved friends, and his dear little dog Sassy.

In keeping with his wishes Philip has been cremated.

Services celebrating Philip’s life will be held 11 a.m. Sunday, October 21, 2012, at the Wesleyan Chapel on Johnstown Road in Beckley, with Pastor John Hart and Pastor Jimmy Fitzpatrick officiating.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made in Philip’s memory to Hospice of Southern West Virginia.

An online guest registry and other information can be found by visiting

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

Charles Dorsey

Charles Dorsey, 64, of White Oak, passed away Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012.

Arrangements are pending completion at Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, 729 Flat Top Road, Shady Spring.

Anna Louise Duncan

CRAIGSVILLE — Anna Louise Duncan, 77, of Craigsville, died Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the White Funeral Home at Craigsville. In keeping with her wishes the body will be cremated after the service.

Mary Glenna Fitzwater

SUMMERSVILLE — Mary Glenna Fitzwater, 99, of Summersville, passed away Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21, in the Summersville Memorial United Methodist Church with the Rev. Calvin McCutcheon and the Rev. David Lancaster officiating. Interment will follow in Walker Memorial Park at Summersville. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday in the White Funeral Home at Summersville.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Gideon International, P.O. Box 131, Summersville, WV 26651. 

Relious Glasco

Mr. Relious Glasco, 58, of Beckley died Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012.

As per his request, he will be cremated and there will be no service or visitation.

Condolences may be e-mailed to

Arrangements entrusted to Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.

Eunice Virginia Hinchee

CORINNE — Eunice Virginia Hinchee, 90, entered Heaven’s Shore on Sunday, Oct. 14, 2012.

Born April 24, 1922, in Pearisburg, Va., she was the daughter of the late Jesse Franklin and Virginia Hale Atwood.

Mrs. Hinchee lived most of her life in Corinne, where she was a loving devoted mother to her four children: sons, Harvey Anthony (deceased), of Woodbridge, Va., and Luther Allen and wife, Linda, of Salem, Va.; daughters, Darlene Elizabeth Wilson and husband, Richard, of Roanoke, Va., and Lynette Virginia Watchempino and husband, Arnie, of El Dorado Hills, Calif.

Our mother was quite the athlete being a natural swimmer. A beautiful alto voice gave her the opportunity to sing in a quartet in the local churches and radio stations for many years.

She was preceded in death by her children’s father, Luther William Hinchee; son, Harvey Anthony; baby grandson, Seth James Watchempino; brothers, Jesse Mullins, John, Henry, Claude, Robert, Harvey and Alvin Atwood; sisters, Nannie Vipperman, Roxie Hale, Allie Rinehart and Kathleen Cline.

She is survived by nine grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. She also leaves behind her wonderful caregivers at Princeton Health Care Center and Hospice Compassus. May God bless every one of them.

Private graveside services (at her request) were held on Friday, Oct. 19, 2012.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Second Wind Dreams at the Princeton Healthcare Center.

Jesus Signed My Pardon — Heaven Will Surely Be Worth It All

Online condolences may be sent to our guestbook at

Arrangements by Rose and Quesenberry, 729 Flat Top Road, Shady Spring.

Dennis James Keffer Sr.

LIVELY — Dennis James Keffer Sr., 89, of Lively, died on Thursday, October 18, 2012, at Veterans Administration Hospital in Beckley.

Born April 3, 1923, at Lively, he was the son of the late Elmer Brady and Myrtle “Mertie” Lively Keffer.

Dennis was a proud veteran of World War II, having served in the U.S. Army in north Africa.

Following his service to his county he served the people of the state of West Virginia as an officer for the WV Department of Natural Resources. He was an avid sportsman and enjoyed working on the farm and gardening.

He was a very social person and was loved greatly by so many members of the community. He was noted as a local historian and contributed information to many publications and book.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his first wife, Irma Lee Nichols Keffer, brother, Alfred Franklin Keffer, and sisters, Opal Holley, Violet Williams and Mabel Evans.

Survivors include his wife, Delma Coleman Keffer, sons, Dennis James Keffer Jr. and wife, Lisa, of Pax, and Stephen N. Keffer and wife, Angie, of Lively, daughters, Debra A. Westbrook and husband, Earl, of Charlotte, NC, stepson, George “Steve” Sparks and wife, Regina, of Oak Hill, and stepdaughter, Beth Sparks Sturges and husband, Jim, of Swansea, SC.

He is also survived by his grandchildren, Angie Patterson, Christine Robinson, Wayne Lafferty, Jarrod Keffer, Merrit Markham, Heather Keffer, Shaun Keffer, Brandon Keffer, Adam Okes, Brittney Biere, Steven Sparks, James W. Sturges, IIl, Simon Sturges, Josiah Sturges, Mamie Sturges, Katie Sturges, Linus Sturges, and Zoë Sturges. He will also be missed by numerous great-grandchildren and other family members.

Funeral services will be on Sunday, October 21, 2012, at 1 p.m. at Tyree Funeral Home in Mount Hope with Rev. Doug Holley officiating. Burial will be at Gethsemane Memorial Gardens, Oak Hill, with military graveside rites by Oak Hill VFW Post #3110.

Pallbearers will be members of his family.

Family and friends may attend his visitation at Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope, on Saturday, Oct. 20, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope.

Ronald Estel Lambert

PRINCETON — Ronald Estel Lambert, 73, of Princeton, passed away Monday, Oct. 15, 2012.

Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, at the Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. John Offenberger and Pastor Archie Bowling officiating. Burial will follow in the New Zion Cemetery, Elgood. Friends called from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19, at the funeral home.

Online guestbook can be signed, condolences may be sent or a tribute video may be viewed at

Arrangements by Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home, Peterstown.

Joe Lester

Donald Ray “Joe” Lester, 82, of Lester, died Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012.

Condolences may be sent to the family’s guestbook at

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary Inc., Beckley.

Ruth Dean Miller

PETERSTOWN — Ruth Dean Miller, age 91, of Peterstown, passed away Friday, October 19, 2012, at the Riverview Nursing Home, Rich Creek, Va.

Born February 8, 1921, at Lindside, she was the daughter of the late Gaston Caperton and Romanza Bowers Bradley.

Ruth was a member of the Peterstown Church of God and was a homemaker. She liked to spend a lot of her time sewing at home.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her first husband, Archie Lee Moser, and her second husband, Marion Miller, eleven brothers and sisters, two daughters, Beetina Chandler and Remona Irvin, and one son, Harvey Moser.

Survivors include one son, Ronald Miller of Daniels, WV, one daughter, Shelby Miller of Rutherfordton, NC; a daughter-in-law, Linda Moser of Radford, VA; a special niece, Margaret Hazelwood; twelve grandchildren, thirty-one great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Sunday, October 21, 2012, at the Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home Chapel, Peterstown, with Pastor Ryan Bradley officiating. Burial will follow in the Bradley Cemetery, Lindside.

Friends may call from 12 noon until time of the services at the funeral home.

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

Arrangements by Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home, Peterstown.

Audrey Norris

Audrey Norris, 70, of Jonben, passed away on Tuesday, October 16, 2012.

Born June 7, 1942, she was the daughter of the late Orville and Rachel Seguel Pegram.

Audrey loved gardening, reading and quilting.

In addition to her parents, Audrey is preceded in death by her husband, James Edward Norris; brothers, Charles Pegram, Jerry Pegram; and sister, Nancy Bradley.

Those left to cherish her memory include daughters, Tammy Marchetti of Des Plaines, IL, Rhonda Smith and husband Richard of Lake Zurich, IL; grandson, James Sears of Jonben; granddaughters, Rachel Quinn of Des Plaines, IL, Hannah Smith of Lake Zurich, IL, Heidi Smith of Lake Zurich, IL; great-granddaughter, Natalija Audrey Marie Sears of Jonben; sisters, Halaine Todd and husband James of Beckley, Brenda Greer and husband Kenny of Fireco, Sharon Gordon and husband Dean of Talcott; and brother Steve Pegram.

Services will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday, October 20, 2012, at Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley, with Elder Keith Mills officiating.

Friends may gather with the family Saturday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the American Heart Association.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

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

Eddie Dean Persinger

Eddie Dean Persinger, 60, of Crab Orchard, passed away Tuesday, October 16, 2012, in the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, following a long illness.

Born June 1, 1952, in Beckley, he was the son of the late Homer “Pee Wee” and Raphael Rice Persinger.  

Dean was a coal miner retiring from Patriot Coal. He was a member of Cross Point Church of God and the UMWA. Dean loved horseback riding, golf, WVU Mountaineer and Pittsburgh Steeler football and spending time with his family.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by brothers, Dallas, Homer, Bobby, Freddie and Tommy Persinger.

Survivors include his wife, Diane Hartley Persinger; daughter, Lisa Meadows and husband Steve of Glen Morgan; son, Eddie Persinger and wife Melissa of MacArthur; grandchildren, Tristan Meadows, Brianna, Caleb, MaKayla and Logan Persinger; brothers, Jackie Persinger and wife Donna of Culpeper, VA, Charlie Persinger and wife Ann of AZ, Paul Persinger of VA; sisters, Judy O’Meara and husband Paul of Manassas, VA, Sherry Gray and husband Arnold of Beckley; as well as a host of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Monday, October 22, 2012, at Cross Point Church of God with Pastor Vondie L. Cook II officiating. Burial will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens. Friends may visit with the family from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the church.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

The family suggests memorial contributions be made to Cross Point Church of God Building Fund, 110 Crescent Road, Beckley, WV 25801.

Online condolences may be left at

Arrangements by Calfee Funeral Home, Beckley.

Charlotte Ann Sweet

Romans 8: 38-39

For I am persuaded that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come. Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Charlotte began her journey here on earth October 3, 1956, and started her new journey with God October 17, 2012. She was a kind person, never met a stranger and would help anyone she met. She loved working with elderly people and showed that love by being an in-home aide several years ago. She will continue to share her love with others through organ donation to families that will be able to have a better life and a second chance through her death.

She will again be with her husband Joe and her dad Harold Cochran.

Those left to keep her memory alive are her mother Mary Hinkle Cochran, sister Debbie (Joe) Young, brothers Roger (Bonnie) and Donnie (Teresa) Cochran. Nephews Joe Pat (Mary) Young, Zach and Josh Cochran, nieces Joy Young Woods and Mariana (Mark) Young Weflen, great-niece and nephew Abby and Patrick Young.

Her little companion Baby was the love of her life.

There will be a private family celebration of Charlotte’s life, Not Good Bye, we will see you later.

The Waters Funeral Chapel in Summersville is in charge of arrangements.

Aydin Mason Toler

MAN — Aydin Mason Toler, 2, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012.

A celebration of Aydin’s life will be 1 p.m. Monday, Oct. 22, at Toler Baptist at Campus. The family will receive friends from 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21, at the church.

A video tribute, guestbook

Services entrusted to Adam Toler Memorial Funeral Home, Oceana.

Anna Frances Whitlock Wilder

FAYETTEVILLE — Anna Frances Whitlock Wilder, 81, of Fayetteville, passed away Friday, Oct. 19, 2012.

Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.