The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

June 11, 2013

Obituaries — Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Louie Vernon Ayers

FIRECO — Louie Vernon Ayers, age 75, of Fireco, passed away at the Jackie Withrow Hospital in Beckley on Saturday, June 8, 2013.

Born on December 10, 1937, at Fireco, he was the son of the late Albert Ayers and Melva Altice Ayers.

He was a retired factory worker and a former coal miner.

Mr. Ayers was preceded in death by brothers, Charlie and James Ayers, and Albert Cumbo, and by a sister Daisy Ayers.

Surviving are his son, Michael Ayers of Odd; brothers, Bill Ayers of Odd, Doug Ayers of Coal City, Roy Ayers of Chicago, Ill., Frank Ayers and his wife Argenia of Coal City, Worley Ayers of Pax; sisters, Melva Hylton and her husband Hershel of Coal City, Leona Hall and her husband Charlie of Princewick, Ethel Hooper and her husband Dewey of Shady Spring, W.Va. Several nieces and nephews also survive. The family extends special thanks to the Jackie Withrow Hospital for the great care that was given to Louie.

Graveside rites and burial will be conducted at the Tom Lilly Cemetery at Ghent, W.Va. on Thursday, June 13, 2013, at 11 a.m. with Rev. Randy Sadler officiating.

Friends may visit with the family from 6 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday at the Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home Shady Spring Chapel.

Online condolences, floral tributes and other expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family via our guestbook at

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

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

Ralph Chester Cochran

PRINCETON — Ralph Chester Cochran, 73, of Princeton, passed away Sunday, June 9, 2013, at his home surrounded by his family following a long illness.

Born December 13, 1939, at Warford in Summers County, where he lived the early part of his life he was the son of the late John Albert Cochran and Effie Lee Forren Cochran Cox and his step-father, Earl Cox who reared him.

He had lived most of his life in Ohio and Iowa and retired to this area 12 years ago. A nine-year member of the WV National Guard where he was called into active duty during the Cuban Missile Crisis, retired machinist for CSX and Burlington Northern Railroads, a member of the Association of International Machinists and the New Hope Church of the Nazarene at Hinton. He was a devoted family man, avid fisherman, hunter and gardener.

Preceded in death by one brother, James Cochran.

Survived by his wife of 52 years, Janet Hall Cochran; four children, Ralph Cochran and wife Patty of Big Creek, Greg Cochran and fiancé Stephanie of Clarksburg, Lisa Diane Marshall and husband Dan of Toledo, Ohio and Kevin Michael Cochran and wife Rebecca of Princeton; one sister, Kay Talbott of Talcott; adopted daughter, Michelle Artripe of Toledo, Ohio; one sister-in-law, Nancy Cochran of Big Creek; 11 grandchildren, eight great grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 12, 2013, at the New Hope Church of the Nazarene, 1301 Summers Street in Hinton, with Pastor Eddie Crews officiating. Burial will follow in the Valley View Cemetery on Powley’s Creek.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, June 11, 2013, at the church and one hour prior to services on Wednesday.

Grandchildren 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.

Clayton T. Dickens

WYCO — Clayton Truman Dickens, 60, of Wyco, passed away Sunday, June 9, 2013 at Bowers Hospice House, Beckley, following a long illness. 

Arrangements are incomplete at Tankersley Funeral Home, Mullens.

Donald Ralph Elswick

HUNTINGTON — Donald Ralph Elswick, 76, of Huntington, died Saturday, June 8, 2013. 

Funeral services will be conducted at 3 p.m. Tuesday, June 11, 2013, at the Wallace Funeral Home & Chapel, Barboursville, by Pastor Cledith Campbell. Friends may visit from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, June 11, 2013 at Wallace Funeral Home, Barboursville.  Entombment will be conducted 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at Palm Memorial Gardens, Matheny, W.Va.

Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.timeformemory. com/wallace

Brenda Kay Foster

MARIE — Brenda Kay Foster, 61, of Marie, passed away on Sunday morning June 9, 2013, at her home following a long illness.

Born of January 14, 1952, at Alpoca, W.Va., she was the daughter of Clara Lee McKinney Lusk of Lexington, Va. and the late Leonard Calvin Hugh Lilly. 

Besides her father she was preceded in death by her son, Matthew Thomas Foster and two infant grandsons.

Besides her mother she is survived by her husband of 43 years, Jerry Lynn Foster at home; one daughter, Alice Marie (David) Adkins; two sons, Gary Lynn (Kimberly) Foster and Kevin Daniel (Erin) Foster; two granddaughters, Samantha Dawn Adkins and Lauren Danielle Foster; three step-grandchildren, Sara Beth Mattis, Andrew and Chase Richmond; one step-great grandchild, Trace Anthony Allman; two brothers, Tom Lilly and Jason Lusk; two sisters, Jodi Bragg and Cindy Lowry.

Graveside services and burial will be held 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 12, 2013, at the Roles Chapel Baptist Church Cemetery, with Pastor Michael McCoy officiating.

Friends may gather at the cemetery at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday. There will be no visitation.

Gary and Kevin Foster, Keith and Jameson Lilly, Kenny Webb and Jack Waddell will serve as pallbearers.

In lieu of flowers donations of sympathy may be made to the Summers County Cancer Society, Walk For Her Lifetime or Hospice of Southern WV.

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

Arrangements are by the Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors of Hinton.

Linda Faye Summers Green

SEYMOUR, Tenn. — Mrs. Linda Faye Summers Green, 64, of Seymour, Tenn., formerly of Oceana, passed away Saturday, June 8, 2013.

Friends may call 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, June 11, 2013, in the Chapel of Evans Mortuary in Rockwood, Tenn. Funeral service will be 11 a.m. on Wednesday, June 12, 2013, at the Pine Orchard Baptist Church, with Rev. Gerald Tilley officiating. The body will lie in state at 10 a.m. for one hour prior to the funeral. Concluding services, interment will be in the Odd Fellows Cemetery, in Rockwood, Tenn.

Evans Mortuary of Rockwood, Tenn., is directing and serving the Family of Mrs. Linda Faye Summers Green.

Myrtle Jourdan

On Wednesday, June 5th, 2013, our most cherished Myrtle Jourdan, of Arnett, passed away at the Raleigh General Hospital following a short illness. She was in her 79th year. 

The third of five children, Myrtle Combs was born on Nov. 20th, 1933, at Arnett. Her parents were the late Bert and Laura Cook Combs. A sister, Delcie Wills and brothers, Dexter Combs and Kenneth Nelson have preceded her in death.

Her sister, Marilyn “Sally” Parsons and her husband, Darrell of Rock Creek survive.

Myrtle was a lifelong resident of Arnett. She was a well known and well thought of postal carrier in the Arnett-Glen Daniel area for 31 years. In her leisure time she enjoyed going to yard sales. The great joy of her life in her later years was being a grandmother and great grandmother. 

While working at the Glass House on the WV Turnpike, Myrtle met a truck driver, Ottis Jourdan from Mississippi. They would marry and be blessed with two children, Michael Eugene who is married to Diana and Debra Carol. Sadly, Debra died at the age of three. Ottis died in 1997. Myrtle was the devoted “MeMaw” to Eric Jourdan and his wife, Reba and Amanda Mauller and her husband, Jon. She was the proud great grandmother of Kyleigh Jourdan and Joseph Mauller. A sister-in-law, Mary Ann Murrow survives, as well as many friends and neighbors. 

On Tuesday, June 11th at 1 p.m. there will be a “Service of Remembrance” at the Flat Branch Baptist Church. Pastor Donnie Russell will be officiating. Myrtle will be laid to rest in the Massey Cemetery beside Ottis and Debra Carol. The family will receive friends on Monday evening from 6 to 9 p.m. at the church and one hour prior to the services on Tuesday.

Pallbearers will be family members and friends.  

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

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary and Cremation Center, Beckley.

Danny Ray Richardson Jr.

ALDERSON — Danny Ray Richardson Jr., 33, of Alderson, formerly of Lynchburg, Va., passed away on Monday, June 3, 2013.

A private memorial graveside service and burial was held on Sunday, June 9, 2013, at 2 p.m. at the Edds Family Cemetery on Flat Mountain, Alderson, with Dennis Workman officiating.

For those considering an expression of sympathy, the family request that donations be made to the Danny Ray Richardson Jr. and Children’s Fund at any City National Bank location.

Arrangements by Lobban Funeral Home, Alderson.

Stanley Robinson

Mr. Stanley Robinson, 65, of Beckley, died Sunday, June 9, 2013.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m., Thursday, June 13, 2013, at Ritchie and Johnson Funeral Parlor Chapel, 748 South Fayette Street, Beckley. Burial will follow at Donel C. Kinnard Memorial State Veterans Cemetery, Dunbar.

Friends may call one hour prior to the service at the funeral parlor.

Condolences may be emailed to

Arrangements entrusted to Ritchie and Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.

Brenda Kay Snead

Brenda Kay Snead, age 56, a native of Beckley, passed away on Friday, June 7, 2013.

Brenda was born January 22, 1957, in Beckley, the daughter of Beulah and Ralph Snead.

Brenda was a member of the Dwelling Place Church and was an active volunteer. Brenda thoroughly enjoyed the outdoors and working in the garden. She possessed a strong love and compassion for animals. Brenda owned many animals over the years, she rode horses throughout her life and was most recently a loving companion to her dog Lilly.

Brenda was an avid supporter of both the Humane Society and PETA.

She is survived by her sister, Libby Sturgell, brothers Gerald and Rick Snead, daughter Sheila Donahue, stepdaughter Lisa Knisely, stepson Chris Hicks, three grandchildren, her beloved dog Lilly and a number of other close relatives and friends.

Brenda was a beautiful and giving person and will be terribly missed by her family.

Memorial Services will be held 4 p.m. Tuesday, June 11, 2013, at Little Valley Baptist Church, Sand Branch Road, Prosperity, W.Va., (corner of 103 Little Valley Road and South Sand Branch Road).

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be sent in the name of The Humane Society HSUS Dept. HHHONL 2100 L St. NW Washington DC 20037.

Arrangements by Tharp Funeral Home, Bedford, Va.

Sally Ann Surber

Sally Ann Surber, 85, went to be with her Lord and Saviour on Sunday morning, June 9, 2013, at Roanoke Memorial Hospital in Roanoke Va., following an extended illness.

Mrs. Surber was born on July 7, 1927, in Caldwell W.Va., a daughter of the late William Shelby Freeman and Vera Bennett Freeman.

A devoted daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother, Sally was a long time member of the Emmanuel United Methodist Church. Sally will always be remembered  as a friend to all, a helping hand in time of need, a lover of music and dance and an avid sports fan.

Left to cherish her memory are her two daughters, Shelby J. Wilson and her husband, Mike Wilson of Chattanooga, Tenn.; Susie Surber of White Sulphur Springs; a son, John Michael Surber of Belleview, Fla., six grandchildren, Carrie Wilson Brown and her husband, Sam, Dalton, Ga.; Jennifer Wilson Ellis and her husband Heath, Dalton, Ga., Scott Wilson, Chattanooga, Tenn., Brandon, Matthew and Tyler Surber, all of Belleview Fla.; two great granddaughters, Sophia Ellis and Jayden Surber., several nieces, nephews, and a special family friend, Tammy Belt.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband, John H. Surber in 2008.

A graveside service will be conducted on Wednesday, June, 12, 2013, at the Greenbrier Memorial Gardens in Lewisburg, W.Va., for all family and friends beginning at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Kenneth Peters officiating.

There will be no visitation.

Shanklin Funeral Home, White Sulphur Springs is serving the family.

Quincy Darrell ‘Bubbles’ Thompson

Quincy Darrell “Bubbles” Thompson, 82 of Coal City, formerly of Glade Springs and Ocala, Fla., died Sunday, June 9, 2013.

In keeping with Darrell’s final wishes, he was cremated, 

Memorial services to celebrate the life of Darrell will be conducted 2 p.m. Saturday, June 15, 2013 at the Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Chapel in Beckley. There will be no prior visitation. 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Thompson Memorial Scholarship at Independence High School, 800 Independence Road, Coal City WV 25823. 

Private online condolences may be written to the family via 

Arrangements with Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, 1901 South Kanawha Street in Beckley.

Everett Richard Willis

OAK HILL — Everett Richard Willis, 70, of Oak Hill, passed away on Saturday at Plateau Medical Center.

Born May 29, 1943, at Hico, he was the son of the late Everett Dow Willis and Velva Ann Robinson Willis.

He retired from the U.S. Navy as a senior chief. He was retired from General Ambulanc e Service as their maintenance supervisor.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his youngest son, Daniel “Danny” Willis.

Those left to cherish his memory include his companion of 23 years, Adrian Goff of Oak Hill, children Sandy Phillips of Gatewood, Diana McMillion of Oak Hill, David Goff and his wife Angie of Fayetteville, W.Va., Steven Bailey of St. Johns, Ariz., Jodi Tregembo of Portsmouth. Va., David Willis of Chesapeake, Va., and Rick Willis of Melton, W.Va.; one brother; three sisters; eight grandchildren; and eight great grandchildren.

His remains rest at High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel where the funeral will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday and where the family will receive friends from 1 p.m.  until time of service. Officiating minister will be the Rev. David Edwards. Burial will follow in High Lawn Memorial Park.

Condolences may be sent to

Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.