The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

November 21, 2013

Obituaries — Thursday, November 21, 2013


Ray Burton Boley

Ray Burton Boley, 88, passed away Monday, November 18, 2013.

Funeral services will be 11:30 a.m.  Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013 at White Funeral Home at Craigsville. Interment will be at WV Memorial Gardens at Calvin.

Family and friends may call at the funeral home from 10 to 11:30 a.m.

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

Glen Douglas Boyden

Mr. Glen Douglas Boyden, 49, of Beckley, died Sunday, November 17, 2013.

Born March 24, 1964 in Beckley, he was the son of Jewell Catherine McWhorter Boyden and the late Chester Rayfield Boyden.

Mr. Boyden attended New Hope Baptist Church, Beckley until his accident and subsequent disability at the age of four.

In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his brother, Leslie G. Boyden; paternal grandparents, George and Nannie Boyden; maternal grandparents, Financial and Nonie McWhorter and special uncle, Carl G. Boyden.

Left to cherish precious memories are his brother, Ray E. Boyden of Cedar Grove, N.C.; sisters, Veronica L. Pettiford of Beckley, Shelia J. Boyden of Missouri City, Texas and Jacqueline E. Boyden of Mebane, N.C. and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral service will be 3 p.m., Friday, November 22, 2013 at Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor Chapel, 748 S. Fayette Street, Beckley, with Bishop Fred T. Simms and Rev. Nelson Staples III officiating. Burial will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Prosperity.

Condolences may be e-mailed  to ritchie-johnson@suddenlinkmail.com

Arrangements entrusted to Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.         

Gloria Jane Clark

Gloria Jane Clark, 80, of Shady Spring, passed away at her home on Tuesday, November 19, 2013.

Born on October 30, 1933 in Shady Spring, she was the daughter of the late Charlie Marshall and Lena Bryant Marshall.

Mrs. Clark was a homemaker and was of the Baptist faith. She made her home at Shady Spring for most of her life.

Mrs. Clark was preceded in death by her husband, Richard Clark, a grandson, Rickie Clark, by sisters, Evelyn Davidson, Geraldine Grant, Katherine Reynolds and by three brothers, Arthur, Charles, and Cletus Ray Marshall.

Surviving children, Dreama Clark of Shady Spring, Rick Clark and his wife Jackie of Daniels, James Clark and his wife Roberta of Mount Hope and Anna Marie Clark of Shady Spring. Brothers, Harold Marshall and his wife Barbara of Shady Spring, Aubrey Marshall and his wife Wilma Jean of Shady Spring and Larry Marshall of Shady Spring; a sister, Heidi Harrison of North Carolina; 10 grandchildren and 31 great grandchildren also survive.

Funeral services will be conducted at the Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home Shady Spring Chapel on Friday, November 22, 2013 at 1 p.m. with Rev. Brandon Smith officiating. Burial will follow at the Skaggs Cemetery at Shady Spring.

Friends may call at the funeral home from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday.

Family members will serve as pallbearers.

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

Arrangements are by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home Shady Spring Chapel, 729 Flat Top Road, Shady Spring.

Yonsia Geraldine Dandridge

GREENTOWN — Yonsia Geraldine Dandridge, 65, of Greentown, died Sunday, November 17, 2013.

Born November 1, 1948 in Greentown, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Gerald Clifford and Emogene Price Dandridge.

Ms. Dandridge was a former worker at Mt. Olive Prison and was a member of St. Paul Baptist Temple, Beckley.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Left to cherish precious memories are her sister, Fonda Dandridge and her husband Robert Brooks, uncle, Dennis Price Sr. and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral service will be 12 noon, Saturday, November 23, 2013 at St. Paul Baptist Temple, 129 Rice Street, Beckley, with Rev. Walter Leach officiating. Burial will follow in Gethsemane Memorial Park, Oak Hill.

Friends may call one hour prior to the service at the church.

Condolences may be e-mailed to ritchie-johnson@suddenlinkmail.com

Arrangements entrusted to Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.

Franklin O. Davis

INDIAN TRAIL, N.C. — Franklin O. Davis, 89, of Indian Trail, formerly of Beckley, went to Heaven to be with his wife Helen on November 19, 2013.

Born on October 4, 1924, he was the son of Gordon and Mary Davis.

Frank was a long-time member of First Baptist Church of Beckley and recently a member of First Baptist Church of Matthews, N.C. He was a World War II veteran in the Navy and worked for 43 years in the coal mines.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 67 years, Helen, two sons, Franklin Davis Jr. and Jeffrey Davis.

Survivors include daughter, Dinah Atkins and husband Harry of Indian Trail; son, Mike Davis and wife Elisa of Indian Trail; daughter-in-law, Mary Davis of Mabscott; grand- children, Charles Atkins and wife Deborah of Danville, Va., Joe Rivituso and wife Jennifer of Indian Trail, Amy Hulderman and husband Brent of Charlotte, N.C.; great-grandchildren, Charlie and Alex Atkins, Jack and Stella Rivituso and Hailey Hulderman; one sister, Pat Caldwell and husband Curt of Lexington, Ky.; one brother, John Davis and wife June of Hico, W.Va.; sister-in-law, Joy Thomas and husband Jim and brother-in-law Bill Taylor.

Services will be held at 7 p.m. on Saturday, November 23, 2013 at the Rose and Quesenberry Peace Chapel, Beckley, with grandson Charles Atkins officiating. Burial will be at 12 noon on Sunday, November 24 in the West Virginia Memorial Gardens, Calvin, W.Va.

Friends may gather with the family from 5:30 to 7 p.m. prior to the service.

Online condolences may be sent to our guestbook at www.roseandquesenberry.net

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

Teddy Carlyle Ford

Teddy Carlyle Ford, 72, of Shady Spring, passed away on Wednesday, November 20, 2013.

Born September 8, 1941 in Coal City, he was the son of the late Theodore and Juanita Martin Ford. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother-in-law, Albert Cole.

Teddy was a manager for the Verizon phone company, a Ham Radio operator and enjoyed going to flea markets where he would buy antique clocks and radios to fix up and tinker around with. He loved taking weekend trips to North Carolina and Tennessee as often as he could and was a member of, along with his sisters, The Fords, a local touring gospel trio who made two albums together. Teddy was a veteran of the US Army and of the Baptist faith.

Survivors include his son, Tim Ford and wife Dawn of Bristol, Conn.; grandsons, Jonathan and Alex Ford of Bristol, Conn.; companion, Belinda Watkins of Shady Spring; his first wife, Martha Harmon Ford of Prosperity; second wife, Ann Dickson of Beaver; sisters, Jeanette Phillips and husband Bill of Daniels and Annabell Cole of Denver, Colo.; brother, Danny Ford of Daniels and numerous other family.

Funeral Services will be 1 p.m., Friday, November 22, 2013 at Calfee Funeral Home with Pastor Delvin Elwell officiating. Friends may visit with the family one hour prior to the service. Burial will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens.

In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial donations be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38148.

Online condolences may be left at www.calfeefh.com

Arrangements by Calfee Funeral Home, Beckley.

Gladys M. Erskine Garner

RONCEVERTE — Gladys M. Erskine Garner, 88, of Ronceverte, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013.

Service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013, at Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Lewisburg, with the Rev. Andy Howdock officiating. Burial will follow in the Salem Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Organ Cave.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 22, 2013, at the funeral home, Lewisburg.

Please send online condolences by visiting www.wallaceandwallacefh.com

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Lewisburg.

Alfred M. ‘Junior’ Harvey Jr.

HINTON — Alfred M. “Junior” Harvey Jr., 68, of Hinton went home to be with his beloved mother Tuesday, November 19, 2013 at the Summers County Appalachian Regional Hospital following a sudden illness.

Born October 5, 1945 at Alexandria, Va., he was a son of the late Alfred M. Sr. and Cynthia E. Gill Harvey.

Alfred had lived most of his life in Summers County. He loved western movies, reading, writing short stories, learning and taking care of his pets. Alfred took great pride in receiving his GED in 2006.

He was preceded in death by paternal grandparents, Everette and Eddie Harvey; maternal grandparents, Samuel and Mintie Gill and one brother Lloyd E. Harvey.

Those left to cherish his memory include, one sister, Sandra R. Harvey of Hinton; one brother, Wayne S. Harvey and wife Elizabeth of San Diego, Calif.; two nephews, Eric M. Harvey and Charles W. Harvey; one niece, Audra J. Ulrich and husband Tim; two great nephews, Robert A. Yancey Jr. and Coty E. Yancey and wife Savanna and one great great niece, Natalie Paige Yancey.

Funeral services will be held 2:30 p.m. Friday, November 22, 2013 at Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors Chapel with Pastor Eddie Crews officiating. Burial will follow in the Gill Family Cemetery.

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

Family will serve as pallbearers.

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

Arrangements are by the Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors of Hinton.

          

Lue Venie Hatfield

COAL MOUNTAIN — Lue Venie Hatfield, 93, of Coal Mountain, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, November 20, 2013, from her home, after a short illness.

She was born on May 31, 1920, at Guyan, the daughter of the late Lon and Corba Walker Browning.

Also preceding her in death are her husband, Wayne Hatfield and six sons, Robert, Rondal, Carl, Kenneth, Louie Dean, and an infant baby boy.

Venie was a home maker and a member of the Big Cub Missionary Baptist Church.  She loved attending church, reading her Bible, spending time with her grandchildren, and talking on the phone to her sister-in-law Ruth whom she loved very much. Up until the last month, she lived a very active life and was an inspiration to all who knew her.   

Those left to cherish her memory are one son, James (Linda) Hatfield of Oceana; eight grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; a special nephew, Billy Hatfield, and her church family along with a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013, at the Big Cub Missionary Baptist Church at Coal Mountain, with Rev. Tommy White and Rev. Wendell Hatfield Jr. officiating. Burial will follow in the Big Cub Missionary Baptist Cemetery at Coal Mountain.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at the church and one hour prior to services.

Online condolences may be sent to www.krantzmcneelyfuneralhome.com

Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of the Krantz-McNeely Funeral Home at Man.



Lois McKenna Hibbs

HOLDEN — Lois McKenna Hibbs, 77, formerly of Farmington, W.Va., passed away on Tuesday, November 19, 2013.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m.  Saturday, November 23, 2013 at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Logan with Father Yesu Golla officiating.

Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday at Honaker Funeral Home in Logan. Entombment will follow in Forest Lawn Cemetery at Pecks Mill, W.Va.

For e-mail condolences go to www.honakerfuneralhome.org

Honaker Funeral Home in Logan is in charge of her services.

Roy Wayne Hinkle

HILLTOP — Roy Wayne Hinkle, 60, of Hilltop, died on Monday, November 18, 2013.

Mr. Hinkle was cremated. There will be no visitation or service.

Online condolences may be sent at www.tyreefuneralhome.com

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Dorothy Kincaid Honaker

FAYETTEVILLE — Dorothy Kincaid Honaker, 89, of Fayetteville, passed away Tuesday, November 19, 2013 at Bowers Hospice House, Beckley.

Born in Smithers on June 18, 1924, she was the daughter of the late Berl Dunlavy and Lottie Craigo Semon.

She graduated from Gauley Bridge High School and was a resident of Fayetteville for 58 years.

Dorothy loved her church, Fayetteville Baptist Church, where she taught Sunday school, served as circle chairman for the local circles as well as the Fayette Association ABW Women, the Scholarship Committee and the food committee.

A homemaker and a great cook, Dorothy was known for her hot rolls and “cinnamon rolls”.  She participated in the local Garden Club, Homemaker Club and the Red Hat Society.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husbands, Robert Kincaid and Robert Honaker; stepmother, Charlotte Dunlavy; stepfather, Herb Semon and stepsons, Mike and Ike Honaker.

Left to cherish her precious memories is her son, Bob (Sherry) Kincaid of Racine, Ohio; her daughter, Kandy (David) Akers of Fayetteville, W.Va.; stepdaughters, Sandy (Leon) Copeland of Charleston, W.Va. and Libby (Bob) Neely of South Charleston, W.Va.; sisters, Emily (Denver) Corley of Hillsborough, N.C.; Pat (Frank) Werner of Pittsburgh, Pa.; several cousins, special friends and caregivers and 14  grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.

Funeral services will be held 1 p.m. on Friday, November 22, 2013 at the Fayetteville Baptist Church at Fayetteville with Pastor David Sneed and Pastor Ron George officiating. Interment will follow at Huse Memorial Park in Fayetteville.

Friends may call at the church on Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to the Fayetteville Food Pantry, PO Box 33, Fayetteville, WV 25840 or the Bowers Hospice House, 454 Cranberry Drive, Beckley, WV 25801.

For those wishing to express their condolences to Dorothy’s family, you may do so by visiting our website at www.doddpaynehessfuneralhome.com

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

Wayne Steve Jones

Wayne Steve Jones, 82, of Beckley, passed away at his residence on Wednesday, November 20, 2013.

Funeral services will be 2:30 p.m. Saturday, November 23, 3013 at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens Mausoleum. Friends may visit with the family one hour prior to the service.

On line condolences may be left at www.calfeefh.com

In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial contributions be made to Hospice of Southern WV, P.O. Box 1472, Beckley, WV 25802

Arrangements by Calfee Funeral Home, Beckley.

Erma Marie Klaproth

SUMMERSVILLE — Erma Marie Klaproth, 84, of Summersville, died Tuesday, November 19, 2013.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Friday, November 22, 2013 in the Waters Funeral Chapel at Summersville. Burial will follow in the Walker Memorial Park at Summersville.

Friends may call at the funeral chapel one hour prior to the service on Friday.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to Hubbard Hospice House, 1001 Kennawa Drive, Charleston WV 25311.

E-Condolences: watersfuneralchapel@frontier.com



Howard Maffin

Howard Maffin, 79, of Crab Orchard, went to be with the Lord on Monday, November 18, 2013 at his home.

Howard was born on December 16, 1933 in Michigan, and was a member of the US Marine Corps. during the Korean Conflict. He served honorably with two years of active duty from 1952 until 1960.

Howard accepted the Lord while watching Billy Graham on TV in 1961.  He retired from General Motors in 1994 after 42 years of service. He has been a member of the Bible Baptist Church and a faithful servant at the John-Romans Mission for 14 years.

Those left behind to cherish his  memories are his wife of 59 years,  Joyce Maffin; a daughter Lisa House; two sons, Mark and his wife Connoley Maffin and Greg and his wife Christine Maffin. Nine wonderful grandchildren; a brother Roy and his wife Martha Maffin and a sister Marie Rudland, along with numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be conducted at the Rose and Quesenberry Peace Chapel in Beckley on Saturday November 23, 2013 at 1 p.m. with Pastor Tom Shepherd officiating.  Entombment will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens Mausoleum at Prosperity.

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

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Bible Baptist Church  John-Romans Mission and may be reached at 304-250-0312.

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

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

Peggy Ann Vickers McCallister

ALDERSON — Peggy Ann Vickers McCallister, 70, of Alderson, passed away on Thursday, November 14, 2013 at her home in Alderson, following a short illness.

Arrangements by Lobban Funeral Home, Alderson.

David McKinney

David McKinney, 78, of Stephenson, passed away Wednesday, November 20, 2013 at Bowers Hospice House.

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

Evelyn Staley Ocheltree

RAINELLE — Evelyn Staley Ocheltree, 83, of Rainelle, passed away Tuesday, November 19, 2013.

Services will be 1 p.m. Saturday, November 23, in the Rainelle United Methodist Church.

Friends may call one hour before the service from 12 noon to 1 p.m. at the church.

Arrangements by Smathers Funeral Chapel, Inc., Rainelle.



Helen Julia Granila Pitotti

Helen Julia (Granila) Pitotti, 95, of Beckley, passed away Wednesday, November 20, 2013 at her residence following a long illness.

Born February 14, 1918 at Gary, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late John Granila and Elizabeth Markovics Granila Somody.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Dario Pitotti and a sister, Irene Andrighetti.

Helen attended schools in McDowell Co. and graduated from Welch High School. She attended Bowling Green College of Commerce. She came to Beckley from McDowell County in 1937. Helen was a member of St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church where she served on the Parish Council. She was a past Grand Regent of Catholic Daughters of America #741, first secretary for St. Francis de Sales Catholic School PTO, member of Golden Agers at St. Francis and a past member of Beckley Professional Business Women’s Club. Helen was employed as secretary and office clerk with Koppers Coal Co. at Helen and Eastern Gas and Fuel Co. as secretary to the general superintendent, Glen White. She was later employed in the accounting office of Higgins and Gorman and R.L. Persinger & Co. retiring in 1987 after 18 years.

Survivors include her children, Elizabeth Pitotti Wallen of Beckley, Col. Stephen J. Pioitti and wife Sarah of Dumfries, Va., Laura Pitotti Johnson and husband Mark of Bloomington, Ill., Margaret Pitotti of Springfield, Va. and Thomas D. Pitotti and wife Mary Frances of Winchester, Va.; grandchildren, William Elliott,  L.T. Elliott Jr., Christopher Pitotti, Aaron Johnson, Melissa Pitotti, Stephanie Williams, Laura Susan Weaver, Jennifer, Emily and Christine Pitotti, Alexandra (Allie) Johnson Browning; great-grandchildren, Taylor Lord, Oliver Pitotti, Sophia Johnson, Cameron and Hudson Elliott, Addison and Avery Weaver and Noah Ryan.

A funeral liturgy will be recited at 11  a.m. Saturday, November 23, 2013 at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church with Monsignor Samuel Sacus officiating. A rite of committal will follow in Sunset Memorial Park.

Friends may visit with the family from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Calfee Funeral Home where a rosary will be recited at 7:45 p.m. led by Rev. Mr. Don Wise.

Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, 614 S. Oakwood Ave., Beckley, WV 25801 or to Hospice of Southern WV, P.O. Box 1472, Beckley, WV 25802.

On line condolences may be left at www.calfeefh.com

Arrangements by Calfee Funeral Home, Beckley.



Mark Dale Robinson

PINEVILLE — Mark Dale Robinson, 51, of Pineville, passed away Sunday, November 17, 2013 following a sudden illness.

Born January 31, 1962, in Cincinnati, Ohio, he was the son of Charles Dale Robinson of Brenton and the late Margaret Brown Robinson.

Mark was of the Methodist faith. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and 4-wheeling. He was the former owner of Pineville Pizzamingo and was last employed at Alpha Natural Resources, Alpha #2 Mine.

In addition to his mother, he was preceded in death by a sister, Lou Ann Robinson

He is survived by his wife, Debbie Paynter Robinson of Pineville; father, Charles Dale Robinson of Brenton; a son, Mark David Robinson of Pineville; a daughter, Keri Williams and her husband, Terry of Moundville, Ala. The love of his life, his grandson, Kason Williams aka “Big K” of Moundville, Ala.; sisters, Sherri Stratton and her husband, Timmy of Gilbert, Beth Robinson of Hammond, La., Ashley Robinson of Brenton. Special nieces and nephews: Sara Stratton, Jessica, Thomas and Timothy Paynter, Jaime Paynter, Christopher Runyon and Kelly Dawn Paynter. His two dogs, Reese aka” Buck” and Katie Sue and his cat, Kenzie Grace

A celebration of Mark’s life will be at 1 p.m., Friday, November 22, 2013 at the Claypool United Methodist Church with the Rev. Rick Brown officiating. Entombment will follow in Palm Memorial Gardens Mausoleum, Matheny

The family will receive friends from 6 to 9 p.m., Thursday, November 21, 2013 in the Calfee Funeral Service Chapel, Pineville.  

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

Those wishing to extend their condolences may do so by visiting www.calfeefuneralservice.com

Calfee Funeral and Cremation Service of Pineville is serving the Robinson family.

Phillip B. Shrewsbury

MATOAKA — Phillip B. Shrewsbury, 72, of Matoaka, formerly of Covel, died Wednesday, November 20, 2013.

Arrangements are incomplete at Bailey-Kirk Funeral Home in Princeton.

Jane Ann Samuels Simms

OAK HILL — Jane Ann Samuels Simms, 58, of Oak Hill, died on Wednesday, November 13, 2013 at her home.

Born February 26, 1955 at Oak Hill, she was the daughter of the late John R. and Dorothy Leffel Samuels.

Jane was a homemaker and a former employee of Heck’s Department Store, various other department stores and the Committee on Aging. She enjoyed gardening, collecting antiques and was very good at doing craft work.

A brother, Johnny Samuels and two sisters, Alice Honaker and Brenda Hunter preceded her in death.

Surviving are her loving family which includes two daughters, Lesley Simms of Fayetteville and Brittney Simms of Fayetteville; her loving ex-husband, Tommy Simms of Oak Hill; two brothers, David Samuels of Hampton, Va. and Hugh Samuels of Kentucky; two sisters, Barbara Fuller of Virginia and Shella Smith of Virginia and one grandchild, Brynnlee Jackson of Fayetteville. She will be sadly missed by several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be on Saturday, November 23, 2013 at 2 p.m. at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill with Rev. Ernest Francis officiating. Burial will be at High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill.

Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service on Saturday at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be sent at www.tyreefuneralhome.com

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.



Charles O. ‘C.O.’ (Smitty) Smith Jr.

Charles O. “C.O.” “Smitty” Smith Jr. of Beckley, passed away at home on Sunday, November 17 at the age of 92.

He was born at Abraham, Raleigh County, to the late Charles Ota and Flora Arthur Smith on January 9, 1921.

After graduating from high school, C.O. attended Concord College until 1940, when he enlisted in the United States Navy, serving until November 1946. As an Aviation Ordinanceman (Chief Petty Officer) and flight crewmember on Martin PBM Mariner patrol bombers, in Navy Squadron VPB 203, Smith saw duty in Norfolk, Va., Puerto Rico and Recife, Brazil. He received a personal commendation for participating in a mission that tracked a German submarine off the coast of Brazil until it was sunk and the surviving crew members captured.

Returning to the United States after the dis-establishment of this air squadron, he married his wife of 68 years, Norma L. Richmond, on November 10, 1945 at Oak Harbor, Wash.

He is survived by his wife Norma; children Kenneth E. Smith and wife Norma of Marie; Kathryn L. Anderson and husband Mark of Beaver; Charles M. Smith of North Wales, Pa.; grandson Kenneth Earl Smith and wife Teresa of Elizabethton, Tenn.; granddaughters Heather Renee Smith of Mt. Pleasant, S.C. and Tatiana Smith of North Wales, Pa. and great-granddaughter Madison Olivia Smith of Elizabethton, Tenn.

He is also survived by a sister Marie Richmond of Villages of Greystone, Daniels.  In addition to his parents, he was pre-deceased by sisters Juanita Fitzgerald, June Westfall, Louella Goodson and Eileen Mann; brothers Sebird, Dempsey and Robert Noel Smith.

After returning to West Virginia in 1946, he sold automobiles for Duncan Catron Motors and Burleson Motors before being elected to two, six-year terms as Clerk of Court of Raleigh County. While Clerk of Court, he served a one year term as president of the West Virginia Association of County and Circuit Clerks and hosted the annual convention in Beckley. He served nine years as Business Administrator of Beckley’s Pinecrest Hospital followed by a position as a real estate sales associate with Home Seekers Reality.   During this time he was also serving with Naval Air Reserve with Naval Patrol Squadron VP 68 at Naval Air Facility, Andrews Air Force Base, Washington D.C. and Naval Air Station, Patuxent River, Md. During the Vietnam and Cold War Eras, he accumulated six-thousand hours in anti-submarine patrol aircraft from naval air stations and facilities in Burmuda, Spain, Cuba, Holland, Portugal, Sicily, Italy, England, the Azores, the Cape Verde Islands and both the east and west coasts of the United States. He continued serving his country until his retirement in 1983.

C.O. was a long standing and active member of First United Methodist Church in Beckley, until 2007 when he became a member of the United Methodist Temple. He served on the board of Beckley Child Care Center (presently Burlington Youth Center). He was one of the incorporators of the local Citizens Scholarship Foundation and was elected president of that organization for two terms.  

Raised a Master Mason in Whidby Island Lodge #15, State of Washington, July 1946, he later demitted to Beckley Lodge #95. At the 1973 Scottish rite spring reunion, he completed the degree work in all four lodges. He was a member of Benni Kedem Temple, Royal Order of Jesters, Court No. 111, Order of the Eastern Star, Beckley Chapter #38 R.A.M., and the Scottish Research Society. He was invested with the rank and decoration of Knight Commander Court of honor in 1993 and 33rd Degree October 3, 2001.  

Active in organizing numerous fund raisers and other Shrine functions, Smith sponsored approximately 50 children to Shriners Hospitals and Shriners Burn Centers.

Services will be at 1 p.m., Thursday, November 21, 2013 at United Methodist Temple Beckley, with the Reverends Randy Adkins and Dan Johnson officiating. Masonic Grave Side Rites will be conducted by the Masonic Lodge #95 AF & AM with burial to follow at Sunset Memorial Park.  

Visitation will be Wednesday, November 20, 2013 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home in Beckley and also one hour prior to the service at the church.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in his memory to the Shriners Hospital for Children, 3229 Burnet Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45229-3095 or Hospice of Southern WV, PO Box 1472, Beckley, WV 25802-1472.

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

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

Walter George Summers Jr.

MOUNT HOPE — Walter George Summers Jr., 92, of Mount Hope, passed away on  Tuesday, November 19, 2013 at Hilltop Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Hilltop, following a long illness.

Born August 8, 1921 at Sun, W.Va., he was the son of the late Walter G. Summers Sr. and Margaret Summers Bouchard.

Mr. Summers was a 47 year employee of the New River Company. Following his retirement, he served as a volunteer at Raleigh General Hospital for several years. He was a member of the Beckley First Baptist Church. A former Mount Hope city councilman he was also a member of the Housing Authority. He was past Worshipful Master and a 50 year member of the MacDonald Lodge No. 103 A.F. & A.M.   

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Robert S. and Roy T. Summers and two sisters, Goldie Baker and Margaret McClung.

Survivors include wife of 72 years, Nancy Thompson Summers. They have a daughter, Carol Lynn Haimberger, her husband, Gerhard and their son, Fritz. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

A visitation will be held at Tyree Funeral Home in Mount Home on Thursday, November 21, 2013 from 7 to 8 p.m. Burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the First Baptist Church, 422 Neville Street, Beckley WV 25801 or Mount Hope Foundation.

Online condolences may be sent at www.tyreefuneralhome.com

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope.

Barbara Tilton

BERMUDA RUN, N.C. — Barbara Tilton, of Bermuda Run, a native of Beckley, passed away November 19, 2013 following a long illness, with family by her side.

She was born to Bill and Nancy Wilbur in Beckley, on September 13, 1950.

Barbara was a 1968 graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School in Beckley and attended Beckley College. Following Flight Attendant Training in Kansas City, Mo., Barbara became a Flight Attendant for Piedmont Airlines.

She was very active in the Bermuda Run Community especially in the fundraising activities and support of the Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home in Winston Salem, N.C. She was also active the Bermuda Run 9 Hole Ladies Golf Association, of which she was a past president.

Barbara was predeceased by her husband, Captain Brooks B. Tilton and her parents, Bill and Nancy Wilbur.

She is survived by children Sabrina (Beau) Brown of Fayetteville, Ga. and Brooks (Gina) Tilton Jr. of Peachtree City, Ga.; grandchildren, Austin, Taylor, Hunter and Raven, as well as brother Paul (Kathie) Wilbur of Summerville, S.C. and sister Sandy (Roger) Sprinkle of Holly Springs, N.C. She will also be missed by her very dear friends in the community, especially those that have been involved in the Bermuda Run Golf and Tennis Classic, which Barbara was instrumental in starting.

Per her wishes, her remains have been cremated. The family will receive friends on Saturday, November 23, 2013 from 2 to 4 p.m. at Hayworth Miller Kinderton Chapel, 108 E. Kinderton Way, Advance, N.C.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be considered for the Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home, 101 Hospice Lane, Winston-Salem, NC 27103.

Online condolences may be made to www.hayworth-miller.com

Eugene Voss

Eugene Voss, 84, of Beaver, passed away Wednesday, November 20, 2013 at his residence.

Arrangements are pending completion at Rose and Quesenberry, 1901 S. Kanawha Street, Beckley.