The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

June 30, 2011

Obituaries — Thursday, June 30, 2011

Jeanne Smith Allen

ALDERSON — Jeanne Smith Allen, died Sunday, June 26, 2011.

Visitation will be 1 p.m. Saturday, July 2, 2011, at the Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Lewisburg, followed by a funeral service at 2 p.m.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be sent to Hospice Care Inc., 223 Maplewood Ave., Lewisburg, WV 24901.

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Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Lewisburg.

John W. ‘Bill’ Almond

John W. “Bill” Almond, 89, died Tuesday, June 28, 2011, surrounded by family in Crab Orchard, after a long illness.

Mr. Almond was born September 12, 1921, in Cranberry, W.Va., to English immigrant Levi and Jennie Bell Almond who preceded him in death. He was the 3rd of 14 children and oldest son. He lived his entire life in Raleigh County including Cranberry, Lego, Rhodell, and MacArthur spending the last year on Spring Street in Beckley with his “baby daughter” Joyce.

Bill graduated from Stoco High School in 1937 at the age of 16 and began a long career working at Lego Company Store.

When his country called, Bill proudly served in the U.S. Navy in WW II aboard the USS Kwajalein in the Pacific Theatre. He routinely boasted that he and all of his eight brothers and three brother-in-laws served in the U.S. military. He was owner of Almond’s Market in Rhodell for 25 years. He retired from the U.S. Post Office serving as postmaster at MacArthur. After retirement he stayed very active by volunteering at Jackie Withrow/ Pinecrest Hospital in the canteen where he received numerous awards including Volunteer of the Year in 1994 and at Helping Hands Community Resource Center, both in Beckley. He was well known for his humour, dry wit and practical jokes. He also spent lots of time with his grandchildren taking them camping and basically anywhere they wanted to go. His interests included family, gardening, music, woodworking, boating and reading. He attended St. Marys United Methodist Church, S. Kanawha Street, Beckley.

Mr. Almond is survived by his wife Freda Archer Almond; sons William D. (John) and wife Jane, Jeffrey and wife Pat, daughters Judi Almond, Jennifer Milam and husband Barry, Joyce Almond; step-son Jerry Thompson and wife Pam; grandchildren John Cook and wife Carolyn, Elain Milam, Paul Almond and wife Angel, Aryn Henry and husband Clint, Kelsey Almond, Justin Milam; and great-grandchildren Warren Edwards, Michaleigh Adkins, Dylan Henry, Elizabeth Adkins and Isabella Almond; brothers L.G. (Junior) and wife Arna Mae, Richard (Dicky) and wife Jeraldine, Donald (Donny) and wife Kitty; Theodore (Ted) and wife Betty, Michael (Mickey) and wife Loretha; sisters, Peggy Jo Shiver and husband Leon, Carol Bailey and husband Dickie, Rose Johnson and husband Harry; sister-in-laws Carol Ann Almond and Vera Bundy and numerous nephews and nieces.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Almond was preceded in death by his first wife and Mother to his children Evelyn Belcher Almond; brothers, Fred Almond and his wife Drema, Robert (Jack) Almond; Gerald (Jerry) Almond; sisters, Katherine Giletto and husband James, Margaret Jenkins and husband Paul, and Mary Almond.

Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. at Blue Ridge Funeral Home in Prosperity on Thursday June 30. A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. on July 1, 2011, at Blue Ridge with visitation one hour prior.

Pallbearers will be John Cook, Paul Almond, Clint Henry, Justin Milam, Jim Kiser, Ted Almond Jr., Tom Almond and Franklin Almond.

In lieu of flowers the family would request donations be sent to Helping Hands Community Resource Center, 106 1st Street, Beckley, WV 25801.

Funeral arrangements by Blue Ridge Funeral Homes and Memorial Gardens, Beckley.

Betty Lee Lane  Bennett

RAINELLE — Betty Lee Lane Bennett, 75, of Rainelle, passed away early Tuesday morning, June 28, 2011, at her home on Kanawha Avenue, following a long illness.

Born Sept. 29, 1935, at Widen, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Norvelle Harrison and Mary Emily Kessler Lane.

She was a homemaker and of the Pentecostal faith.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, George Edward Bennett in November of 2008; three sisters, Faye Boyce, Katherine Boyce, and Rosemary Hamons, and a brother, Earl David Kessler.

Survivors include four sisters, Mildred Owens of Rainelle, Shirlene Tucker of  Lewisburg, Patty Bormon of North Carolina, and Mary Jane Kessler of Beckley; and four brothers, Dubree Lane of Baltimore, Md., Ray Lane of Romney, W.Va., Roger Lee Kessler of Alpine, Va., and Billy Kessler of Virginia.

Services will be 1 p.m. Sunday, July 3, 2011, at Wallace & Wallace Chapel in Rainelle, with Pastor John Wyatt officiating. Burial will follow in Wallace Memorial Cemetery, Clintonville, W.Va.

Friends may call 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday evening at the funeral home.

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace of Rainelle.

Dallas C. Elkins Sr.

FAYETTEVILLE — Dallas C. Elkins Sr., 68, of Fayetteville, passed away Tuesday, June 28, 2011, in Almo, Ky.

Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, 350 W. Maple Ave., Fayetteville, will be assisting the family.

Harold Jennings Garten

ALDERSON — Harold Jennings Garten, age 92, of Alderson, died Monday, June 27, 2011.

In honor of his wishes, his body has been donated to the Human Gift Registry at the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, Lewisburg, W.Va. 

A memorial service will be held at a future date.

Arrangements by Lobban Funeral Home, Alderson, W.Va.

Andora Lilly Giffen

A loving wife, devoted mother and grandmother departed this life June 27, 2011. Andora Lilly Giffen, of Bluefield, Va., was born in Jumping Branch, W.Va., Nov. 17, 1945, daughter of the ale Audrey W. Lilly and Reva Farley Lilly.

Andora graduated from Hinton High School 1963 and Concord College in 1967. She was a member of Alpha Sigma Alpha Sorority. She married the love of her life, Tom Giffen, in 1967 and had two cherished daughters. The family moved to Bluefield, Va., in 1976, where Tom and Andora lived for her remaining years.

She enjoyed an eclectic early career teaching school, working for the town of Bluefield, Va., and as a librarian for National Business College. Later in life, she found her talent and chosen profession in Interior Design and Decorating. Working first with great friends at Interior Motives, she later opened her own business, Corner Chair Designs. She delighted in her career, which brought her many friends and much joy.

Civic and service minded, she served in numerous clubs and boards, such as Quota Club and Lions Club. She was a steadfast member of the First United Methodist Church for many years where she taught Vacation Bible School, worked on the Parsonage Committee and played in the Handbell Choir.

Of her many roles, her most favorite was that of generous fried and beloved family member. She enjoyed traveling, collecting antiques, laughing with her girlfriends, playing with her pets, but above all spending time with family and spoiling her grandchildren.

In addition to her loving parents, Andora was preceded in death by her dear brother, Stewart Lilly in 2006. Along with her husband of 43 years, Tom, she is survived by her two daughters, Jennifer Vadersen and husband, Erik of Savannah, Georgia and Greta Valeyko and husband Brian of Charlottesville, Va. She is survived by her three adored grandchildren, Jack and Lilly Vadersen and Chloe Valeyko, her sister, Margie Arthur and husband, Gary of Ona, W.Va., her sister-in-law, Betz Lilly of Augusta, Ga., her nieces, Shelley Harbor and husband, Kelly, Angela Lewis and husband, John of Milton, W.Va., Hallie Merry and husband, Howard of Augusta, Ga., and nephews, Mike Lilly and wife, Karen of Evans, Ga., and Ray Lilly and wife, Suzanne of Evans, Ga. She is also survived by a special uncle, Paul Farley of Martinsville, Va. and friends too numerous to mention who brought her great happiness and joy.

Memorial services will be held on Saturday, July 2, 2011, at First United Methodist Church, Bluefield, Va., at 10 a.m. The family will receive visitors at Dudley Memorial Mortuary, Bluefield, Va., on Friday, July 1, 2011, from  6 to 8 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations are made to First United Methodist Church or the Bluefield Union Mission.

Leonard Joseph Goscinski I

DANESE — Leonard Joseph Goscinski I, 76, of Danese, passed away Wednesday, June 29, 2011, at his home following a long illness.

Born June 14, 1935, in Cleveland, Ohio, he was the son of the late Joseph and Alexandria Tybuszewski Goscinski.

Leonard was a miner.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by two brothers, Stanley and David Goscinski.

Survivors include his wife, Carolyn Sue Hamric Goscinski; a son, Leonard Joseph (Joey) Goscinski II and wife, Kelly of Chesterfield, Va.; a daughter, Rachel Lyn Meadows and husband, Elbert; two grandchildren, Madison and Alex Meadows, all of Shady Spring; a brother, Kenneth D. Goscinski of Apache Junction, Ariz.; two sisters, Joann Kitchen of Norton, Ohio and Cynthia Butler of Handover, Pa.; four nieces and five nephews.

As he requested, he was cremated and there will be no visitation or service.

Arrangements by Smathers Funeral Chapel, Rainelle.

James W. Graham

OCALA, Fla. — James W. Graham, 91, of Ocala, died Sunday, June 26, 2011, in Ocala.

Arrangements are pending completion at Pivont Funeral Home, Hinton.

Frances Hambrick

LIGHTHOUSE POINT, Fla. — Frances Hambrick of Lighthouse Point, Florida, passed away January 31, 2011.

She was born in Fayetteville to the late Granger R. King and Ruth Alexander King. She was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church in Deerfield Beach, Fla., where she was a volunteer in the Thrift Shop and was past president of the Pompano Beach Power Squadron Auxiliary.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her daughter Susan Marie Hambrick and her sister Betty Martin Robertson. Survivors include her husband James H.; son James H. Jr. (Maureen); grandsons, James J. (Virginia), Brian D. and Daniel J. (Isadora); nine great-grandchildren; sisters Rachel Bennett of Fayetteville and Margie Dunbar of Rupert; brother Bennie King (Virginia) of Sullivan, Ohio.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, July 2, at Huse Memorial Park in Fayetteville with the Reverend Mr. Morris Nutter officiating.

Arrangements by Kraeer Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Pompano Beach, Fla.

Nancy C. Martin

SMOOT — Nancy C. Martin, 67, passed away late Sunday night at Roanoke Memorial Hospital, Roanoke, Va., following a long illness.

Born April 3, 1944, at Anjean, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Alvie H. and Ila M. Bowles Fitzwater.

Other than her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Alvie Fitzwater Jr.

She attended the Sam Black United Methodist Church and was a homemaker.

Survivors include two daughters, Melody Austin of Daleville, Va. and Laurie Eanes of Gum Spring, Va.; two sisters, Effie J. Martin of Clintonville, W.Va. and Violet M. Tuttle of Charleston, W.Va.; two grandchildren, Tyler Reese Austin and Dakota Faith Eanes.

Services will be 11 a.m. Thursday, June 30, 2011, at Wallace & Wallace Chapel, Rainelle, with the Rev. Roy Gwinn officiating. Burial will follow at Wallace Memorial Cemetery, Clintonville.

Friends called 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday evening at the funeral home.

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace of Rainelle.

Mary Alice Groves McMillion

LEWISBURG — Mary Alice Groves McMillion, 76, died June 29, 2011.

Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, July 2, 2011, at Morgan Funeral Home, Lewisburg.

Friends may call 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Arrangements by Morgan Funeral Home, Lewisburg.

Joyce White Pearce

FAYETTEVLLE — Joyce W. Pearce, 77, of Fayetteville, passed away Friday, June 24, 2011 at the Warren Hills Nursing Center in Warrenton, N.C.

Born on March 3, 1934, at Wise, N.C., she was the daughter of the late M. Sinclair and Elizabeth F. White.

Mrs. Pearce was retired from Chase Bank in Oak Hill, WV.

Mrs. Pearce was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 59 years, Lawrence E. Pearce.

Also, she was preceded in death by one sister, Beatrice White; and one brother, Sinclair White.

She leaves behind one daughter, Dawn Pearce Sedlock of Oak Hill; a special son, Ronnie Sedlock of Fayetteville; sisters, Barbara Swain of Wilson, N.C.; and Nancy Withrow and husband Fred of Little River, S.C.; one grandson, Brian Sedlock of Fayetteville; one granddaughter, Misty S. Smith and husband, Alvie of Fayetteville; great-grandsons, Andrew and Luke Sedlock of Fayetteville; and many nieces, nephews, and friends.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, June 30, 2011, at the Zion Methodist Church, Norlina, N.C., with Minister Rod Mullen officiating. 

In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the New River Humane Society, PO Box 955, Fayetteville, WV 25840.

Blaylock Funeral Home, Warrenton, N.C., will be assisting the family.

John Kelly Price

John Kelly Price, 76, of Beckley, passed away June 25, 2011, at Jackie Withrow Hospital following a long illness.

Born July 4, 1934, in Beckley, he was the son of the late Halbert D. and Golden Gates Clay Price.

John formerly owned and operated Fayette Collecting Service in Oak Hill and Minit–Print It in Beckley. He was a member of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church and resided most of his life in Raleigh County.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Perry Clay Price.

Survivors include sons, John T. Price and Valerie of Tampa, Fla., David Price and Rhenda of Ormond Beach, Fla., Donald Price and Lori of Riverview, Fla., Shane Price and Lisa of Martinsburg, W.Va.; daughter, Karen Gilligan and Rob of Davis, W.Va.; brother, Halbert D. Price II and Lois of Beckley; sister, Anne Singer of Huntington, W.Va.; grandchildren, April, Melody, Sean, James, Kaylee, Michelle, Amanda, Micheal, Melissa, Robbie, John, Chrispother, Mckenzie; great-grandchildren, Phoenix, Kaylee, Nina, William and Grace.

A private family memorial service will be held at a later date.

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Arrangements are pending at Calfee Funeral Home, Beckley.

Alonzo Riley

WHIPPLE — Alonzo Riley 82, of Whipple, died Tuesday, June 28,2011.

Services will be noon Saturday, July 2, 2011, at Spirit and Truth Ministries, 100 West Main St., Oak Hill.

Friends may call one hour prior to the services.

The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Friday, July 1,2011, at Spirit and Truth Ministries.

Arrangements entrusted to Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.

Glenna Rutherford

On Monday evening, June 27th, 2011, our most loved, Glenna Rutherford of Buena Vista, Va., formerly of Allen Avenue in Beckley, passed away at her home in Buena Vista following a long illness. She was in her 86th year.

One of three daughters, Glenna Marilyn Richardson was born on September 24th, 1924, at Crow. She was the daughter of the late Roscoe and Nora Lee Meador Richardson. Her sister, Delores Bragg has preceded her in death.

Glenna spent her childhood at Beckley. While living in Beckley she was a sales clerk at Grants and the G.C. Murphy Company. A resident of Allen Avenue, Glenna was a member of the Church of the Nazarene on Johnstown Road. In 1978 Glenna and her family moved to Buena Vista, Va., where she has made her home on Forest Avenue. She attended the Good Shepherd Church.

Glenna was married to Andy Rutherford. To this union was born two sons, Danny of Buena Vista and Dewayne and his wife Kathy of Hinton. The boys will miss their mother very much. Glenna was the fond sister of Hazel Holliday of South Charleston. Andy Rutherford died on November 8th, 2001.

The family will receive friends on Friday morning, July 1st, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Melton Mortuary, 1200 Harper Road, Beckley. Committal services will be held at the Prosperity Community Cemetery at 11 a.m. The Rev. Odell Humphries will be officiating.  Glenna will then be laid to rest in the Rutherford family plot beside her beloved Andy. Those wishing to attend the graveside services are asked to meet at the mortuary by 10:30 a.m.

Condolences may be sent to the family’s guestbook at www.meltonmortuary. com

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary, Inc., Beckley.

Jenny O’Mara Sims

INVERNESS, Fla. — Jenny O’Mara Sims, 78, of Inverness, formerly of Hinton, passed away peacefully on Saturday, June 25, 2011, in the care of Dr. Gelin and the wonderful staff of the Arbor Trail Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Center in Inverness, where she had spent her last years.

The daughter of the late Mark McKinley and Mabel Turley Sims, Jenny was born in Newport, Ky., but spent most of her life in Summers County, W.Va. and later years in Roanoke, Va. and Inverness, Fla. Jenny was of Catholic faith and very active in her church wherever she lived.

She was preceded in death by two sisters, Hester H. McCabe and Dorothy H. Harvey.

Jenny is survived by one sister, Frances “Peggy” Weaver, Reunion, Fla.; caregiver and niece, Rebecca H. Casto, Inverness; nephew, James “Buck” McCabe and wife Susan, Atlanta, Ga.; nieces: Hester Clow, Inverness; namesake Jenny Lee Harvey, Hinton; Susan W. Hastings and husband Mike, Daniels; Sarah Weaver, Myrtle Beach, S.C.; and Cecelia Weaver, Reunion, Fla.; and dear friend, Jack Casto, Inverness.

Service arrangements in Florida were provided by Charles E. Davis Funeral Home and Crematory with local services provided by Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors in Hinton. Private interment services will follow at a later date in the Oak Grove Cemetery, Ballengee, W.Va.

The family requests that donations of sympathy be made to Hospice of Citrus County, P.O. Box 641270, Beverly Hills, FL 34464, or Gideons International, Beckley Gideon Camp, P.O. Box 713, Beckley, WV 25802.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.ronaldmeadowsfp. com

Arrangements are by the Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors of Hinton.

Charlotte Christine Adams Staples

On Tuesday, June 28th, 2011, Charlotte Christine Adams Staples of Beckley, received her reward and left this earth and went to be with the Lord at the Bowers Hospice House. She was in her 90th year of life.

One of four children, Charlotte was born on March 29th, 1921, at Stotesbury, the daughter of the late William Thomas and Sibbia Shumate Adams. Her brother, William Tracy Adams and sisters, Katherine Lacy and Eva Mae Haulsee have preceded her in death.

Charlotte worked at Eastern Gas and Fuel (Koppers) for 21 years. She retired from Sears with 20 years of service. A homemaker, she enjoyed sewing, working with children and was a Girl Scout leader for several years. Charlotte was a member of the First Baptist Church of Beckley, the American Baptist Women and the Fellowship Class. Charlotte was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur J. Staples.

Those left to cherish her memory include Peggy Ann Raso of St. Louis, Mo., and a niece Della Farley of Akron, Ohio, several distant nieces, nephews, many good friends and her devoted caregivers, Terry Calvert, Eva Meadows, Georgia Perkins, Anna Marie Miller, and Wendel Farley.

On Friday, July 1st, at 1 p.m. we will remember the life of Charlotte Christine Adams Staples with a service at the Melton Mortuary Chapel. The Rev. Doc Adkins of the First Baptist Church will be officiating. Charlotte will then be entombed in the Sunset Memorial Park Mausoleum at Beckley. The family will receive friends from noon until the service hour.

Pallbearers will be Felix Shumate, Jimmy Shumate, Wendel Farley, Greg Shumate, James Shumate and Terry Calvert.

The family suggest donations of sympathy can be made to the First Baptist Church, 422 Neville, Street, Beckley, WV 25801 or Bowers Hospice House, PO Box 1472, Beckley, WV 25802.

Condolences may be sent to the family’s guestbook at

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary, Inc., Beckley.       

Judith Kay Ward

ORANGE PARK, Fla. — Judith Kay Ward of Orange Park, passed away on June 28, 2011. She has been a resident of Orange Park for 23 years.

The daughter of Jewel and Cebert Wriston of Mossy, W.Va., was born on April 5, 1945.

She is survived by her husband of 47 years, Dennis Lee Ward and their two daughters, Jamie (Louis) Poretti of Orange Park, Fla. and Sherry (John) Jarman of Clendenin, W.Va. She also leaves behind her brother, Thomas Wriston of Mossy, W.Va.; two grandchildren, Brittany (James) Senna and Brady Ward McCrosky and three step-grandchildren, Shane Jarman, Sheena Trost and Marissa Poretti.

Judith was preceded in death by her parents: Jewel and Cebert Wriston of Mossy, W.Va. and her brother James Wriston of Summersville, W.Va.

At the family’s request, there will be a private service at a later date. Cremations arrangements provided by Hardage-Giddens Rivermead Funeral Home, 127 Blanding Blvd., Orange Park, Fla. Please post tributes at

Her family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to The American Cancer Society.

Sadie Mae Ray Wender

Sadie Mae Ray Wender, 100, of Beckley, passed away Monday, June 27, 2011, in a Beckley hospital.

Born September 26, 1910, in Huntington, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Standard and Helen Ray. Sadie was a retired music teacher for the Raleigh County Board of Education. She was a member of the First Baptist Church and Beckley Woman’s Club and had been a resident of Beckley since 1953.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Benjamin Hyman Wender.

Survivors include her daughter, Vicki Wender Patterson and husband William of Lebanon, Ohio; sister-in-law, Mrs. Morris Wender of Oak Hill; nephew, Matthew Wender of Oak Hill; neices, Karen Nicole Wender Downing of Indianapolis, Ind., Lynda Wender Mortimer of Fulson, Calif., Michael Wender Zak of Oakland, Calif., and special friends, Buck and Betty Curtis and family of Beckley.

Following her wishes she will be cremated. There will be no visitation or service.

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Arrangements by Calfee Funeral Home, Beckley.

Shadrack A. Zickafoose

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Shadrack A. Zickafoose, 75, formerly of Lawn, passed away April 30, 2011.

A memorial service will be 6p.m. Saturday, July 2, 2011, at Mt. View Missionary Baptist Church, Lawn.

Submitted by Smathers Funeral Chapel, Rainelle.