The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


November 7, 2012

Obituaries - Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012


Robert Mendel

LOGAN — Robert Mendel, 57, of Logan, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012.

Arrangements are incomplete. Honaker Funeral Home of Logan is in charge of the arrangements.

Gabriel O’Hara

LUGOFF, S.C. — Gabriel Briers O’Hara was born into the arms of Jesus on November 1, 2012.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, November 10, 2012, at 2 p.m. at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, 1709 Lyttleton Street, Camden, S.C.

Gabriel was the son of Joseph S. and Rebekah Briers O’Hara of Lugoff.

Surviving are his parents; brothers, Luke, Thomas and Reagan of Lugoff; paternal grandfather, James T. O’Hara; and maternal grandmother, Laura Sue Briers.

He was predeceased by paternal grandmother, Margaret Mary O’Hara; and maternal grandfather, William J. Briers Jr.

You may sign the online register at

Information submitted by the Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors of Hinton.

Shirley Joyce Schenking

Shirley Joyce Schenking, 76, of Sylvester, passed away Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012.

Service will be 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Whitesville, with Father Soosai A. Arokiadass. Burial will follow in Pineview Cemetery, Orgas. Friends may call two hours prior to the services Thursday at the church.

Arrangements by Armstrong Funeral Home, Whitesville.

Della Marie Sparks

OCEANA — Della Marie Sparks, 93, went to live with her Heavenly Father Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012, at Bowers Hospice House, surrounded by her family following a short illness.

Born December 12, 1918, in Kimball, she was the daughter of the late John and Rosa Ross.

Mrs. Sparks was a cook for Wyoming County Schools at Pineville High School and Glen Fork Grade School for 20 years. She enjoyed gardening, crossword puzzles and picture puzzles. She was a member of Glen Fork Baptist Temple and also attended Oceana First Baptist Church. She loved her best friend and pet, Lila. Mrs. Sparks will be dearly missed by her family.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Clyde Ray Sparks; a son, Austin “Buddy” Sparks; a daughter, Rita Quesenberry.

Those left to cherish her memory are two daughters, Frances Roney of Laurel, Mich., and Audrey Samples and husband, Donald, of Oceana; six grandchildren, Scott Conley Quesenberry, Shannon Quesenberry Hobbs, Krista Samples Coleman, Lydia Samples Scott, Austin Roney and Ben Roney; eight great-grandchildren, Austin Quesenberry, William Quesenberry, Kellen Hobbs, Jeff Hobbs, Layla Scott, Lilly Scott, Sarah Frances Roney and Vincent Roney; a special friend and helper, Denice Lester; and a host of family and friends.

A celebration of Mrs. Sparks’ life will be 1 p.m. Wednesday, November 7, 2012, at Adam Toler Memorial Funeral Home, with Rev. Jerry Cook officiating. Mrs. Sparks will be laid to rest in Palm Memorial Gardens, Matheny.

Casketbearers will be Donald Samples, Ronald Samples, Eddie Samples, Arnold James Sparks Jr., Todd Scott, and Eugene McMillion.

The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. until time of service on Wednesday at the funeral home.

A video tribute and guestbook at

Donations of sympathy may be made in Mrs. Sparks’ memory to Bowers Hospice House, 454 Cranberry Drive, Beckley, WV 25801.

Services entrusted to Adam Toler Memorial Funeral Home, Oceana.

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