The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

January 21, 2014

Obituaries — Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014

Donna Lorraine Asbury

LESTER — Donna Lorraine Asbury, 54, passed away Saturday, January 18, 2014, at her home.

Born March 5, 1959, in Beckley, WV, she was the daughter of Bobby Lee Lawson and Mary (Sizemore) Lawson.

She worked as interior designer for Home Interior. Donna attended Breckenridge Memorial Baptist Church in Bolt; she was a member of Gospel Echoes and played piano at Hotchkiss Missionary Baptist Church. Donna struggled with her health, but no matter how sick she was, her heart was always filled with love and concern for everyone else. She was more concerned with taking care of others than herself.

She was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents Letha Sizemore and William Fred Sizemore; her paternal grandparents Cressie Lawson and Daniel Lawson; uncle William “Bill” Sizemore; aunt Faye Pope; Goldie Engle; uncle Johnny Lawson and aunt Myrtle Lucas.

Left to cherish her memory are her husband Gary W. Asbury of Lester, WV; father Bobby Lee Lawson, mother Mary (Sizemore) Lawson of Lester, WV; brother Daniel Lawson and wife Tamara of Raleigh, NC; son Adam Asbury and wife Mary of Lester, WV; daughter Erica Stover and husband Anthony of Crab Orchard, WV; eight grandchildren Alex Asbury, Aleigha Asbury, Jayleigh Asbury, Laiton Asbury, Ryder Asbury, Lillianna Asbury, Lacy and Danica Stover, Stephanie Richardson whom Donna Considered as a daughter, and her daughter Raegan Richardson; four special friends Roxie, Katie, Kathy and Lisa, a host of friends and extended family by whom she will be dearly remembered.

Visitation will be Wednesday, January 22, 2014, at Breckenridge Memorial Baptist Church from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Funeral services will follow at 2 p.m. with the Reverend Dewey Lowe officiating.

To leave online condolences with the family, please visit

Services entrusted to Roselawn Funeral Home, 450 Courthouse Road, Princeton, WV.

Castella Mae  Blosser Barker

OTSEGO — Castella Mae Blosser Barker, 79, of Otsego, passed away Friday Jan. 17, 2014.

There will be no services or visitation.

Private online condolences, floral tributes, and other expressions of sympathy may be directed to the family via our guestbook at

Arrangements are by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, 1901 S. Kanawha St., Beckley.

Rosa Ellen Bragg Boggus

CHARMCO — Rosa Ellen Bragg Boggus, 75, of Charmco, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014.

There will be no service at this time.

Arrangements by Smathers Funeral Chapel Inc., Rainelle.

Jackie Lee Hager

MONTGOMERY — Jackie Lee Hager, age 75, of Montgomery died January 17, 2014.

He was born December 4, 1938, at Seth and was the son of the late Dell C. and Opal Woodrum Hager. 

He was a retired mine foreman for Peabody Coal Company with 24 years of service. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and he was a skilled artist. Jackie loved to fish and travel. He and his wife Jean traveled every state in the union except Washington, Oregon and Alaska.

Surviving are his wife of 28 years Jean Hager; children Brian Hager and his wife Melissia of Tucson, AZ, David White and his wife Janie of Montgomery and Mike White and his wife Ann of Beckley; Brother Clifford J. Hager and his wife Lois of Palatka, FL; sister Charlotte Hager Leedy and her husband John of Racine; 5 granddaughters, 2 grandsons and 2 great-grandsons; 1 niece and 3 nephews.

There will not be any service or visitation at this time.

O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery, is in charge of arrangements.

Expressions of sympathy can be sent at

Debra Kay Wriston Johnston

KINCAID — Debra Kay Wriston Johnston, 56, of Kincaid, WV, died on Sunday, January 19, 2014, at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, WV.

Born March 21, 1957, at Oak Hill, WV, she was the daughter of Patsy Fridley Dorsey of North Carolina and the late Gilbert Ray Wriston, Sr.

Debra was a member of the Page Baptist Church. She was a homemaker.

A brother, Gilbert Wriston, Jr., and a grandson, Jeremy Johnston Naylor, preceded her in death.

In addition to her mother survivors include her husband, Wilburn Sylvester “Jug” Johnston; one son, Jeremy Johnston and wife, Lisa, of Page; two daughters, Terri Stanley and husband, Keith, of Kincaid and Angela Rollins and fiancé Dan Francis of Kincaid; two brothers, Steven Wriston, Sr., and wife, Sherry, of North Carolina and Jerry Wriston and wife, Machell, of Pennsylvania; and four sisters, Nancy Johnston of Kincaid, Rita Craigo and husband, James, of North Carolina, Kim Stover and husband, Mike, of Robson and Becky Damron of Kincaid.

She is also survived by nine grandchildren, Kelly, Brianna, Kevin, Alexis, C.W., Phoenix, Christian, Issac and Colton.

Funeral services will be on Wednesday, January 22, 2014, at 2 p.m. at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill with Pastor Delmas Wolfe officiating. Burial will be at Johnson Family Cemetery, Johnson Branch.

Friends may call two hours prior to the service on Wednesday 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.

Nada Mae Sweeney O’Dell

On Saturday, January 18, 2014, Nada Mae Sweeney O’Dell of Sweeneysburg entered into eternal rest at Bowers Hospice house. She was loved and cherished by all who knew her.

She was born on March  6, 1932, to loving parents, Phillip H. and Mildred Stover Sweeney, Sr., of Sweeneysburg. They were godly parents that led her to accept Jesus Christ as her personal savior at the age of 8.

She met the love of her life while she was working at P.H. Sweeney Store, her father’s country store. Nada married Ronald O’Dell on August 26, 1950. They were blessed with two children, Nancy and Ronnie. Nada and Ron began their life together in Beckley, WV; however, they moved with Ronald’s work all over southern WV before moving to Welch, WV, where they spent many happy years together. During her time in Welch, Nada was an active member of the First United Methodist Church. She was also a member of the Princeton Chapter 53 Eastern Star. She attended Beckley College.

After her father’s death and husband’s retirement, Nada moved back to her childhood home in Sweeneysburg. Nada loved her family and always enjoyed time spent with them. She was very close to the Sweeney, O’Dell, Hager, and Smith families. She looked forward to time that she could spend sharing food and laughter with them. Nada had a very special way to make every person she knew feel loved and her family has many wonderful memories of that love. She continued her dedication to serve the Lord and became a member of the United Methodist Temple in Beckley.

Besides her husband, Ronald, she is left behind by her brother, Phillip Sweeney, her daughter Nancy and husband Michael Thomson of Sweeneysburg and her son Ronald O’Dell II, of Lanark, WV. Grandchildren whom she helped to raise and was a very active part of their life, Alison and husband John Suptic, Jennifer Thomson, all of Sweeneysburg, and Phillip O’Dell of Lanark, WV. She also leaves behind many brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Please join her family in the celebration of her life at 1 p.m. Wednesday, January 22, 2014, at Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley, with Rev. Randy Adkins officiating.

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

Nada’s family would like to thank the staff of Hidden Valley Nursing and Rehab and the staff of Bowers Hospice house for their exceptional care during her illness.

Donations can be made to United Methodist Temple or to Bowers Hospice House.

Online Condolences may be sent to the family at

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

Eulalia ‘Yankee’ Peeks

CHARLESTON — Mrs. Eulalia “Yankee” Peeks, 89, of Charleston, died Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014.

Funeral service will be 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22, at Simpson Memorial United Methodist Church, 607 Shrewsbury St., Charleston, with the Rev. Ron English officiating. She will be laid to rest at Spring Hill Cemetery. Friends may call one hour prior to the service at the church.

Condolences may be e-mailed to

Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor is in charge of arrangements.

William ‘Bill’ Rye

William “Bill” Rye, 80, of Beckley passed away Saturday, Jan. 17, 2013.

Arrangements are in the care of Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley.

James Freddie Snead

CAMP CREEK — James Freddie Snead, 88, of Camp Creek, died Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014.

Funeral service at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22, at Bailey-Kirk Funeral Home in Princeton.

Gary Wayne ‘Hot Rod’ Sparks

MARYLAND — Gary Wayne “Hot Rod” Sparks, 61, of Maryland, formerly of Duo, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014.

Submitted by Smathers Funeral Chapel Inc., Rainelle.

Norman Marlin Sparks

FLORIDA — Norman Marlin Sparks, 71, of Florida, formerly of Duo, passed away Friday, Jan. 3, 2014.

Submitted by Smathers Funeral Chapel Inc., Rainelle.

Helen Mary Triolo

MITCHELL HEIGHTS — Helen Mary Triolo, 87, of Mitchell Heights, passed away Jan. 19, 2014.

A requiem Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22, at Saint Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Logan with Father Dave Glockner officiating. There will be no visitation and at the request of the family the following cemetery services will be private. Burial will take place in the Triolo family plot at Forest Lawn Cemetery, Pecks Mill.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to The Logan County Educational Trust Fund, P.O. Box 29, Logan, WV 25601.

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Honaker Funeral Home of Logan is in charge of arrangements.

Robert Joe Turner

CARLETON, Mich. — Robert Joe Turner, 81, of Carleton, MI, formerly of Forest Hill, WV, passed away Saturday, January 18, 2014, in the Oakwood Hospital following a short illness.

Born June 7, 1932, at Hinton, he was the son of the late Joe and Norene Violet Saunders Turner.

Bob retired as a paint supervisor for General Motors after 30 years of service. He was a United States Army Korean War Veteran, a member of the Masonic Lodge #569, Dearborn, MI, and a member of the Goldwing Riders Association Chapter C. Bob was a member of the Roles Chapel Baptist Church and enjoyed motorcycle riding, farming and spending time with family and friends.

He was preceded in death by two infant sisters, Virginia Fern and Helen Gray Turner, and one sister, Linda Turner Coleman.

Those left to cherish his memory include two sons, Phillip Joseph Turner of Monroe, MI, and Robert Eugene “Bob” Turner of Carleton, MI; one daughter, Linda Darlene Tuite and husband Robert of Roscommon County, MI; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren and two brothers, Earl Turner and wife Jane of Forest Hill and Sam Turner and wife Remona of Forest Hill.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday, January 22, 2014, at Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors Chapel with Pastor Robbie Merritt officiating. Burial will follow in the Roles Chapel Baptist Church Cemetery with the Hinton Masonic Lodge conducting graveside rites.

Friends may call Wednesday from 11 a.m. until time of services.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers. 

Arrangements are by the Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors of Hinton.

Condolences may be sent to the family at

June Waselchalk

RAINELLE — June Waselchalk, 84, of Rainelle, West Virginia, passed away Saturday afternoon, January 18, 2014, at St. Francis Hospital in Charleston, following a short illness.

Born April 5, 1929, at Berrytown, WV, she was the daughter of the late William (Bill) Matthew Carter and Pearl Jane Berry Carter.

In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her husband, “Joe” Waselchalk, her companion, Freeland “Pete” Slussar, three brothers, Joe, Bob, and Benny Jack Carter, and by two sisters, Margaret Olivaraz and Barbara Selby.

June loved going to church, and attended the House of Prayer at Charmco. She loved working with her flowers and feeding the birds.

Survivors include a daughter: Dawn Renée Waselchalk (David Gibbs) of Rainelle, WV; a son: Joseph Waselchalk and wife Marcia of Lewisburg, WV; 6 grandchildren: Bengie Queen and Crystal May of Meadow Bridge, WV, Jody Waselchalk and Chris of Rupert, WV, Amber Cobb and Jeff of Frankford, WV, Charley Waselchalk and Heather of Charleston, WV, Amy Knapp and Randy of Quinwood, WV, Candace Hamons of Rupert, WV; 7 great-grandchildren: Kain Queen, Kaydence Queen, Kenleigh Phlegar, Kyleigh Humphrey and their mother Sheena Richmond, all of Danese, WV, Emily Isaacs of Wilmington, NC, Anna Knapp of Quinwood, and Kindle Hamons of Rupert, WV; a very special sister-in-law and dear friend, Linda Carter of Beckley; special and dear friends, Katherine Slussar of Rainelle and Oneta Martin of Lewisburg, WV.

Services will be 1 p.m. Friday, January 24, at Wallace & Wallace Chapel in Rainelle, with Pastor Mark Spence officiating. Burial will follow at Wallace Memorial Cemetery, Clintonville.

Friends may visit with the family 1 1/2 hour prior to the service (11:30 to 1 p.m.).

Pallbearers will be Bengie Queen, David Gibbs, Larry Riffle, Jody Waselchalk, Charley Waselchalk, and Jerry Dean Critchley.

Wallace & Wallace of Rainelle will be assisting the family.

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Geraldine S. Wilson

MOUNT HOPE — On Saturday, January 18th, 2014, our most cherished Geraldine S. Wilson passed away at her home in Mt. Hope. She was 71 years old.

Those left to cherish “Jeri’s” memories are her husband, James “Jim” Wilson; her children, Phillip Tolman and his wife, Diana Topjian, of Charleston, SC, Scott Tolman of Oak Hill and Keri Pugh and her husband, Kevin, of Beckley, Traci Flint and her husband, Mike, of Oak Hill and James “Tommy” Wilson of Beckley; her grandchildren, Matthew Myers, Emma and Sydney Pugh, James, Brittany, and Aiden Flint.

Jeri was retired from the Mine Safety and Health Administration.

A private family ceremony will be held at a later date.

Condolences may be sent to the family’s guestbook at

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary and Cremation Center, Beckley.