The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

November 4, 2012

Obituaries — Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012

Phyllis Marie Adkins

Phyllis Marie Adkins, 81, of Beckley went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, November 1, 2012. Born May 1, 1931, she was a daughter of the late Arthur Houston Kincaid and Bessie Jane Smith Kincaid.

Phyllis loved gardening; loved talking on the phone to her friends on the mountain; spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She enjoyed sewing, canning, reading and writing poems. When Phyllis was younger, she was a bee charmer with a photographic memory. She cherished her mommy and daddy and also her sister Margie. Phyllis attended the Sophia First Baptist Church and the North Gate Baptist Church.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by husband, Giles Junior Adkins; brothers, Wiley Ewing, Aaron Ewing and Willard Ewing; sisters, Margie Alderson and Edith Kincaid.

Those left to cherish her memories include her sons, Giles Wayne Adkins and wife Brenda Kay of Fairdale, Paul David Adkins and fiancée Faith of Fayetteville; daughters, Danna Vance and husband Rex of Beckley, Deanna Adkins Ruggles and husband Mike of Beckley; grandchildren, Tena Keith and husband Don of NC, Tonya Adkins of Beckley, Kendra Hanes and husband Tim of Shepardstown, Amanda Collins and husband Luke of Shepardstown, Thomas Giles Adkins of Fayetteville, Joeb Vance and fiancée Kim of Prosperity, Jonathan Wayne Adkins, Shane Daugherty and wife Kim of Beckley, Amy Mills and husband Fred of Beckley; 17 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren; her cat, “Kit-Kat”; and her dear friends, June Pennington and Dorothy Smith.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, November 5, 2012, at Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley, with Pastor Don Kelly officiating. Following the services she will be laid to rest at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Beckley.

Friends may gather with the family Monday from 1 to 2 p.m. at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

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

Juanna A. ‘Johnnie’ Peters Arnold

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Johnnie, 67, passed away October 29, 2012, in Olympia, Washington. She was born March 11, 1945, to John and Margaret Peters in Mabscott, West Virginia. She graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in Beckley, WV, and Beckley College. She also attended West Virginia Tech in Montgomery, WV.

Johnnie married James Arnold on August 20, 1966, in Pearisburg, Virginia. She lived in Olympia for the last 26 years, where she worked for St. Vincent DePaul, Legion of Mary, and Pastoral Visitor, and was a member of St. Michael Catholic Church.

She is survived by her husband, James; son, Jeff Arnold and his wife, Theresa, and their children Hannah and Emma of Sammamish, WA; son James Arnold of Harrigstown, MD; and brother, John Peters, and his wife Anita, and three children. She was preceded in death by her parents; and sister Joan Diane Peters.

A viewing will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, November 7, 2012, at St. Michael Catholic Church, 1208 11th Ave. SE, Olympia. A funeral Mass will begin at 12 noon, followed by a reception at the church, and inurnment at Calvary Cemetery, Tumwater, Washington.

Arrangements are with Funeral Alternatives of Washington, 360-753-1065.

Keith Brian Bennett

RONCEVERTE — Keith Brian Bennett, 50, passed away Friday, November, 2, 2012, at his home after a long illness.

Born February 22, 1962, in Millville, N.J., and was the son of Joann Lackey Whitaker of Lewisburg and the late Richard Bennett.

Mr. Bennett had been a resident of Greenbrier County for 20 years and was formerly of New Jersey, member of the Greenbrier Valley Church of the Nazarene in Fairlea, loved Southern Gospel music and collecting Hot Wheels cars, and was a disabled truck driver.

He was preceded in death by his father, Richard Bennett, in 1974, stepdaughter, Beth Thompson, and brother, Rick Bennett.

Survivors include his wife, Shari Honaker Bennett of Ronceverte, mother, Joann Whitaker and husband, Al, of Lewisburg, 2 daughters, Renee Gibson and husband, Cliff, of Covington, Va., Kali Knauff of Brigantine, NJ, and stepdaughter, Katie Windon and husband, Jason, of Fairlea, two sons, Alan Bennett and wife, Tiffany, of Ronceverte and Brandon Sipps and wife, Brieanna, of Pennsville, NJ, sisters, Beverly Sams and husband, Roger, of Alderson, and stepsister, Susan Dixon of Fairlea, two stepbrothers, Al Whitaker, Jr., of Beckley and Steve Whitaker of Aiken, SC, six grandchildren and two more on the way.

Service will be 2 p.m. Monday, November 5, 2012, at the Greenbrier Valley Church of the Nazarene, Fairlea, with Rev. Glen Thaxton and Rev. David Hersman officiating. Burial to follow in the Wallace Memorial Cemetery, Clintonville.

Friends and family may call from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, November 4, 2012, at the Greenbrier Valley Church of the Nazarene and on Monday at 1 p.m. at the church.

In lieu of flowers, please make memorials to the Greenbrier Valley Church of the Nazarene, Greyrock Professional Park, Rt. 2, Box 168, Lewisburg, WV 24901.

Arrangements by Longanacre Funeral Home, Fairlea, West Virginia.

Herbert Edward Bowyer

FAYETTEVILLE — Herbert Edward Bowyer, 78, of Route 1, Fayetteville, passed away Wednesday, October 31, 2012, at his home surrounded by family. Born October 23, 1934, at Oak Hill, the son of the late Jesse Herbert Bowyer and Cleo (Atkins) Bowyer.

He was preceded in death by his parents and three older sisters.

Those left to cherish his memory include his loving wife of over 55 years Zetta Jane (Bernath) Bowyer; three sons David Bowyer of Fayetteville, Herbie Bowyer and his wife Donna of Fayetteville, Mark Allen Bowyer and his wife Olivia of Vineland, NJ; one daughter Deanna Lynne Brooks of Fayetteville; one sister Bertha Mae Compton and her husband Bennie of Ft. Wayne, Indiana; three grandsons; four granddaughters; 11 great-grandchildren; three special sisters-in-law; one special brother-in-law; and many nieces and nephews.

His remains rest at High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, 1435 E. Main Street, Oak Hill, where the visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. today and where the funeral service will be held 1 p.m. Monday with Rev. Joe Cuthbertson officiating. Burial will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens at Beckley with military rites conducted by the Oak Hill V.F.W. Post 3110.

Family members will serve as pallbearers (Buddy, Jesse, James, David, Mark, and Jamie Paul).

The family wishes to thank Hospice of Southern West Virginia and especially Stephanie Isaac and Amy Shumate Lanham.

Condolences may be sent to

Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.

Nancy Cheetham

Nancy Cheetham, 52, of Beckley, passed away Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012.

Arrangements pending with Rose and Quesenberry, Beckley.

Jean Pamela Cowder

UNION — Jean Pamela Cowder, 84, died October 16, 2012, at home in Union. 

Born November 13, 1927, in St. Albans, England, she was the daughter of the late Reginald and Elsie Edith Biggerstaff Dear. In 2001 she was preceded in death by her husband of 36 years, W. Wayne Cowder.

Survivors include two sisters, Sheila Lowther and husband John of Calne, England, and Patricia Hargraves, a nephew and five nieces all of England and one sister-in-law, Lila Warner of Aydlett, North Carolina.

Jean trained as a nurse at the London Hospital and worked there before coming to America in 1954. She was employed in various hospitals in New Jersey as an Operating Room Nurse and then spent four years as a Public Health Visiting Nurse before retiring in 1968.

Jean came to Monroe County, W.Va., in 1976, where she enjoyed raising her farm stock and riding her horses. She was also known locally as a potter and later as a watercolor artist. Her pottery and paintings grace many homes and businesses across the country.  She completed paintings of many of the historical buildings in Monroe County and surrounding areas, and many of the beautiful landscapes. She was commissioned by many homeowners to do paintings of their homes. In support of the Monroe County Bicentennial celebration, she wrote “Women of Monroe” and a play “The Kidnapping of Elizabeth Graham.”

Jean and her husband Wayne started and directed the Monroe Art Gallery, where works of art from the community were placed on display and she would teach art classes. She was a member of the Monroe County Autumn Harvest Festival Board and coordinated the Art Show for children and adults at the Autumn Harvest Festival for many years. In recent years, she served as the First Queen Mother of the Monroe Madams of The Red Hat Society. She was the founder of a local art group known as The Wednesday Artists, where the group supported the efforts of the Monroe County schools in judging and displaying the artworks of grades 4 to 12. Jean would conduct classes and give directions to her group when they met on Wednesday of each week. She was also involved with the community in numerous ways, supporting art, education and historical preservation.

Jean participated in and was accepted by the Human Gift Registry program at the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine in Lewisburg. There will be no visitation.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Union Fire Department or to the Union Rescue Squad.

A memorial service celebrating the life of Jean will be held at the Union Senior Center on November 15, 2012, from 3:30 p.m. until 8 p.m. Please bring a story or tale about Jean to share with everyone.

Arrangements by Groves Funeral Home in Union.

Genevieve Dillion

PETERSTOWN — Genevieve Dillion, 91, of Peterstown, passed away Friday, Nov. 2, 2012

Funeral services will be 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 5, at the Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home Chapel in Peterstown, with Minister Donald Henegar and Barry Harper officiating. A private family burial be the following day at the Williams Cemetery, Green Valley Road, Peterstown. Friends may call from 5 p.m. until time of services Monday.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested memorial contributions be made to the Williams Cemetery, C/O Donnie Williams, Rt. 1 Box 180, Peterstown, WV 24963.

Online guest book can be signed or condolences sent to the Dillion family at

Arrangements by Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home, Peterstown.

Howard Lewis Gunnoe

Howard Lewis Gunnoe, 100, of Dry Creek, passed away on Thursday, November 1, 2012.

Born December 2, 1911, at Dry Creek to the late Oatie Gunnoe and the late Nancy “Nan” Pettry Gunnoe.

Howard loved anything pertaining to the outdoors, but especially loved hunting, ginsenging, gardening, and fishing. He was a great story teller, and a Deacon at the Dry Creek Freewill Baptist Church.

Howard was preceded in death by his wife, Pearl Effie Gunnoe; parents, Oatie and Nan Gunnoe; four sisters, Ivory, Bensie, Tacy, and Georgia; and a brother, Orville.

Those left to cherish his memory include his four daughters, Phyllis Snuffer of Jonesborough, TN, Loretta Carver and husband, James, of Johnson City, TN, Joyce Jean Richmond and husband, Larry, of Jonesborough, TN, and Mary Miller and husband, Tracy, of Jonesborough, TN; a son, Paul Gunnoe and wife, Norma, of Dry Creek; 10 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and 10 great-great-grandchildren.

A celebration of Howard’s Life will be held 11 a.m. Monday, November 5, 2012, at Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley, with Rev. Danny Gilfilen officiating, assisted by Pastor Roger Mullens, and Deacon David Howell. Following the services Howard will be laid to rest at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Beckley.

Steven Gunnoe, David Carver, Randall Carver, Mark Carver, Michael Richmond, Esco Richmond, Jamie Ferguson, and Doug Browning will be serving as pallbearers.

Friends may gather with the family from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers please send donation to the Bowers Hospice House, 454 Cranberry Drive, Beckley, WV 25801.

The family would like to extend a special Thank You to Howard’s sitter, Vivian Lively.

Online condolences and other information can be found by visiting www.

Blue Ridge Funeral Home, 5251 Robert C. Byrd Drive, Beckley, is in charge of the arrangements.

Amos Lee Lockhart

PANTHER — Amos Lee Lockhart, 69, of Panther, passed away Monday, Oct. 29, 2012.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Monday, Nov. 5, at the Panther Missionary Baptist Church with Brother Darrell Blankenship officiating. He will be laid to rest in Lockhart Cemetery, Panther. Friends may gather with the family after 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4, at the church.

E-mail letters of sympathy may be sent at

The family is being served by the Stafford Family Funeral Home, Lynco.

Loretta Gregory Maynor

Loretta Gregory Maynor, age 83, of Shady Spring, passed away at the Raleigh General Hospital in Beckley on Thursday, November 1, 2012, following a long illness.

Born on November 14, 1928, in Beckley, she was the daughter of the late Clyde Gregory and Alma Treadway Gregory.

Loretta was retired from the Southern Soil Conservation District with over 30 years of service. One of her greatest joys was being involved in the Perry Memorial United Methodist Church. Favorite activities included teaching Sunday School, making eggs with the “Perry Egg Factory,” and serving with friends on many other projects. She had been a member of PMUMC since 1963.

Loretta was a cherished, loving, and clever mother of three daughters. She treasured her friendships and loved conversation and get-togethers with old and new friends. She was also a masterful cook, an avid golfer, and loved to travel.

Those survivors left to cherish her memory include her husband of 62 years, Marvin “Tom” Maynor; three daughters, Sherry Maynor of Beaver, Sheila Maynor of Clearwater, Florida, and Cindee Arnold and her husband Bob of Beckley. Her sister, Jewel Cossu of Asheboro, North Carolina, preceded her in death.

Funeral services will be conducted to Celebrate The Life Of Loretta Maynor on Monday, November 5, 2012, at 1 p.m., at the Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home Shady Spring Chapel with Pastor Scott Mayberry officiating.

Burial will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens at Prosperity, WV. Friends may call at the funeral home from 11 a.m. until service time on Monday.

Pallbearers will be family members and friends.

Online condolences may be sent to our guestbook at

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Perry Memorial United Methodist Scholarship Fund, c/o Beckley Area Foundation, 129 Main Street, Suite 203, Beckley, WV 25801, with memo note: “Perry Memorial United Methodist Church — Loretta Maynor.”

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

Edna McMillen

Edna J. McMillen of Glen White died Sunday, October 28th, 2012, in a Raleigh, North Carolina, Care Center. She was in her 90th year.

One of several children, Edna Joan Lawrence was born on Feb. 2nd, 1922, at Widemouth. Her parents were the late Fitzugh Lee and Dixie Minnie Lawrence. Of her original family, a sister, Peggy Hughes of Abingdon, VA, survives.

Edna spent her childhood at Matoaka. She was a longtime resident of Elkhorn in McDowell County, where she attended the Elkhorn Baptist Church. A resident of Glen White the past 30 years, Edna was a member of the Glen White Missionary Baptist Church. She will be remembered as a devoted wife, beloved mother, sweet grandmother and a gentle Christian lady.

Edna was married to the late Henry Herbert McMillen. To this union were born two sons, Henry Herbert Jr. and Howard Lee.

Henry Jr. was married to Lucille; they made their home in Raleigh, NC. They have both passed away. Howard is married to Eleanor and they reside in Ocoee, FL. Edna was the dear grandmother of Sandra Lee Moore, Howard Lee McMillen Jr. and Cherri Lynn Cosentino; the proud great-grandmother of Jessica Anne Moore and Elizabeth Monica McMillen.

A Committal Service will be Monday, Nov. 5nd, at 1 p.m. in the Woodlawn Memorial Park at Bluewell, with the Rev. Kenneth Parent officiating. The family will receive friends from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Melton Mortuary. Those wishing to attend the committal services in Bluewell are asked to be at the mortuary by 11:30 a.m.

Condolences may be sent to the family’s guestbook at

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary, Inc., Beckley, WV.

James W. Ratliff

PETERSTOWN— James W. Ratliff, 72, of Peterstown, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012.

In keeping with James’ wishes he was cremated and memorial services will be 1 p.m. Monday, Nov. 5, at the Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home Chapel, Peterstown, with Pete Dunford officiating.

Online guest book can be signed or condolences sent to the Ratliff family at

Arrangements by Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home, Peterstown.

Burl Ross

FOSTERVILLE — Burl Ross of Fosterville, WV, went home to be with the Lord on Friday, November 2, 2012.

Burl was born December 31, 1917, in Newlon, WV, the youngest of the 14 children of William Francis Ross and Mary Louise Martin Ross, all deceased. He was married for 54 years to Ruth May Sheets Ross, also deceased.

Burl was a veteran of the U.S. Army in WWII and served in the Air National Guard and Naval Air Reserve and was graduated valedictorian of Piedmont School of Aeronautics in 1970. He was the Store Manager of Standard Supply Company Store in Montcoal, WV, for over 30 years. He was a member of the Sylvester Baptist Church, Sylvester, WV.

Burl is survived by his only child Paula Maxson (Stephen) of Fosterville, WV; grandchildren Julie and Dina Sharps, Angie Russell, Thumper Maxson, Dawn Mayle; great-grandchildren Melia, Samuel, Maureen, BJ, Samantha and great-great-grandchild Savannah. He was blessed with extended family and the support of Thea Bowling, Tina Flint, Barb Michael, Dwight Bowne family, Leslie Davis, Brenda Buzzard, and hospice staff members Sallie, Rhonda, and Libby.

Funeral services will be held Monday afternoon, November 5, 2012, at 1 o’clock in the Sylvester Baptist Church, Sylvester, WV, with Pastor David Minturn. A Graveside service will follow Tuesday morning at 11 in the Simpson Cemetery at Simpson, WV.

A visitation will be 2 hours before the service at the church.

Armstrong Funeral Home is entrusted with arrangements.

Junia M. Wygal

CANVAS — Junia M. “June” Wygal, 87, of Canvas, WV, went home to be with her Sweet Jesus on Thursday, November 1, 2012. Born November 19, 1924, at Talcott, she was a daughter of the late William Stires and Cleo Garten Sherwood. She was also preceded in death by all of her siblings, four sisters and three brothers.

She was a member of the Jordan Chapel United Methodist Church at Canvas, was a former Sunday school teacher, and was a homemaker and excellent cook.

Survivors include her beloved husband of sixty-five years, Ernest Wygal; children, Sandra and Russell Taylor of Greenville, SC, Milton and Bobbie Wygal of Mt. Lookout, and Carol and Kevin Wine of Canvas; five grandchildren, Stephen and Michele Taylor, John and Dusty Taylor, Betsy and Tyler Atkins, Caleb and Tasha Wygal, and Noah Wygal; and four great-grandchildren, Benjamin Taylor, Matthew Taylor, Saige Taylor, and Bella Wygal.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, November 5, 2012, in the Jordan Chapel United Methodist Church at Canvas with Pastor Paul Mateer officiating. Interment will follow in the Walker Memorial Park at Summersville.

Friends may call at the church on Monday one hour prior to the funeral services.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Webster Nursing & Rehab Center Family Counsel Division, P.O. Box 989, Cowen, WV 26206.

White Funeral Home at Summersville is in charge of the arrangements.