The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

April 22, 2014

Obituaries — Tuesday, April 22, 2014


Mabel Brakefield

Mabel Brakefield, 88, of Princewick, passed away Monday, April 21, 2014.

Arrangements pending at Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Prosperity.



Maxine Crook

Maxine Crook, 91, of Shady Spring, passed away Monday, April 21, 2014.

Arrangements are pending completion at the Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home Shady Spring Chapel, 729 Flat Top Road, Shady Spring.



Lydia Danese Crowder

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS — Lydia Danese Crowder, 91, of White Sulphur Springs, died Friday night, April 18, 2014.

Her funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 22, in the chapel of Shanklin Funeral Home with the Rev. Ken Peters and the Rev. Buck Caldwell officiating. Interment will follow in McCreery Cemetery on Tuckahoe Road, White Sulphur Springs. Visitation will be one hour prior to the funeral.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made for funeral expenses.

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



Lillian Lee Hatfield Greer

PETERSTOWN — Lillian Lee Hatfield Greer, 88, of Peterstown, died Monday April 21, 2014.

Arrangements are incomplete at Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home, Peterstown.



Oliver A. Holstein

Oliver A. Holstein, 66, of Naoma passed away Saturday, April 19, 2014.

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

Arrangements are incomplete at this time. Arrangements by Melton Mortuary and Cremation Center, Beckley.



Rosa Lee Johnson Ingram

FRANKFORD — Rosa Lee Johnson Ingram, 83, of Frankford, died Sunday, April 20, 2014.

Service will be at 1 p.m. April 23 at the McCraw Funeral Home with the Rev. Joe Hutchinson officiating. Burial will follow at the Lewis Chapel Cemetery at Vago. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

McCraw in Lewisburg is in charge of arrangements.



Larry Douglas James

OAK HILL — Larry Douglas James of Oak Hill entered his eternal home, and was reunited with his beloved wife, Debbie, on April 18, 2014, at his home following a long illness.

Born on December 21, 1952, in Oak Hill, he was the son of the late Paskell Davis James and Icie Missouri Drennen James.

Larry was a 1971 graduate of Collins High School, and he was a member of Mountain View Church of God at Hilltop where he served as a member of the choir and a past member of the board of directors for Mountain View Christian School. Before his illness, Larry had been caregiver for his late wife and worked as a vehicle salesman. Most people in Fayette County would know his friendly face from Deligne’s Ford, previously in Ansted, where he worked for many years.

In addition to his parents, Larry was preceded in death by his wife, Deborah “Debbie” Lynn Atha James, two children, Jason Douglas and Charlean Renee, father-in-law, Charley Hampton Atha, brother, Kenneth James, sister, Evelyn Nugen and her husband Bert Nugen, and brother-in-law Charley “CH” Atha, Jr.

Those left to cherish his memory are his daughter Tiffany James of Simpsonville, SC; “adopted” daughter Brandi Turner and her son Corban, brother Orville James and wife Anna, sister-in-law Deborah Atha, sister-in-law Judith James Price, mother-in-law Sclean Atha, nieces Kristi Atha-Rader, Joyce Fawcett, Karen Hildebrand, Diane Hogan, and Sandra Price; nephews Danny James, Chip Atha, Allen Nugen, Shawn James, Kenny James, and Chris James; several great-nieces and great-nephews; and many close friends.

Larry will be remembered by his family and friends for his playfulness and love for friends and family. If you were his friend, you knew that he would always be there for you. Larry loved God, his friends and family, music, his guitars, cars, and his guns. He liked nothing more than to sing at church, and his deep voice singing “The Lighthouse” with hands raised and tears in his eyes, receiving a blessing and blessing others, will not be forgotten. He was a big teddy bear with a huge heart, and his hugs will be missed by all who knew him.

Services for Larry James will be held at Mountain View Church of God, 2 Mountain View Road, Hilltop, at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, April 23, with Rev. Rudell Bloomfield officiating. Burial will follow in Gethsemane Memorial Gardens, Pea Ridge Road, Oak Hill.

The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, April 22, at the church.  In lieu of flowers donations in his memory can be made to the Mountain View Christian School scholarship fund in his memory.

Condolences may be sent to www.highlawnfuneralhomechapel.com.

Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.



Frank Kenney

SEWELL MOUNTAIN — Frank Kenney, 70, of Sewell Mountain, passed away Friday, April 18, 2014, in the Greenbrier Valley Medical Center at Fairlea, following a sudden illness.

Born August 26, 1943, on Sewell Mountain, he was the son of the late Earl and Lottie Gilkeson Kenney.

Frank worked in the lumber yards until his retirement. He loved the outdoors and reading. He worshipped at the Big Sewell Baptist Church on Sewell Mountain.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by a grandson, Aaron Eugene Kenney.

Survivors include his wife of 43 years, Patricia Minear Kenney; 2 sons Daniel Wayne Kenney (Cheryl) of Akron, OH, and Timothy Allen Kenney (Amber) of Mesa, AZ; 3 sisters Joann Gilkeson of Rainelle, Zulema Hudson (Gary) of Virginia and Lois Minear of Sewell Mountain; 10 grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 23, at Smathers Funeral Chapel, Inc., with Pastor Kermit Hunter, Jr., officiating. Burial will follow in the Sims Cemetery on Loops Road.

Friends may call one hour before the service from 10 to 11 a.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations of sympathy be sent to Smathers Funeral Chapel, Inc., 1109 Main Street, Rainelle, WV 25962.

Arrangements by Smathers Funeral Chapel, Inc., Rainelle.



Norma ‘Skippy’ Jean Lucas

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS — Norma “Skippy” Jean Lucas, 79, of White Sulphur Springs, formerly of Sweet Chalybeate, Va., died Sunday morning, April 20, 2014.

Her funeral service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 23, in the chapel of Shanklin Funeral Home with the Rev. Kenny Baker officiating. Interment will follow in the Sweet Chalybeate Cemetery in Sweet Chalybeate, Va. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday April 22, at the funeral home.

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



Robert Newton Meadows

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Robert Newton Meadows, 84, of Knoxville, Tenn., formerly of Willowton, W.Va., passed away Sunday, April 20, 2014.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 23, at the Willowton Christian Church, Willowton, with Mike Robertson, minister of the church, and the Rev. Aubrey Whitlow officiating. Burial will follow at the Sunrise Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Rich Creek, Va. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 22, at the Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home in Peterstown and one hour prior to the service at the church.

Online guestbook can be signed or condolences sent to the Meadows family at www.broyles-shrewsbury.com.

Arrangements by Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home, Peterstown.



Larry Price

DINGESS — Larry Price, 62, of Dingess, passed Sunday, April 20, 2014.

Arrangements are incomplete at this time. Honaker Funeral Home of Logan is in charge of arrangements.



Virginia Eloise Gunter Stewart

MATHENY — Virginia Eloise Gunter Stewart, 81, of Matheny, WV, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, April 20, 2014, after a long illness.

Born in Helen, WV, she was the daughter of the late Dewey and Annie Halsey Gunter.

She was the greatest wife, mother, grandmother and homemaker; she was very much loved. More than anything else she loved working in the church; it gave her much satisfaction and enjoyment. She was always happy to help with any activities going on. She was a longtime member of the Matheny Church of God and Matheny United Methodist Church. She was Vice President of the United Methodist Women.

For a short period of time she was a cook at the Matheny Grade School and also a cook at “The Shanty.”

In addition to her loving parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 44 years, Perry Glen Stewart. Also preceding her in death were two brothers, Neil and Charles “Sonny” Gunter, and two sisters, Sharon Lane and Bonnie Wagner.

She is survived by her children: Brenda Stewart of Leesport, PA, Judy Acord and husband Lloyd Curtis of Ghent, Eddie Stewart and wife Vickie of Matheny, Dewey Stewart and wife Carla of Pawnee, IL, and Danny Stewart and wife Mary of Philippi; thirteen grandchildren; twenty-five great-grandchildren; and eight great-great-grandchildren. She is also survived by three brothers: James of Belton, TX, Joe of Alderson and David of Peterstown; four sisters: Edith Stewart of Alderson, Mary Gurley of Southern Pines, NC, Cora McMillin of Alderson and Wanda Minton of Thomson, IL.

A celebration of Eloise’s life will be 12 p.m. Wednesday, April 23, 2014, at Matheny United Methodist Church with the Rev. David White and Bishop Randy Bowles officiating. Interment will follow at Palm Memorial Gardens, Matheny. Her grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

The family will receive friends Tuesday, April 22, 6 to 9 p.m., at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to: Hospice of Southern WV, PO Box 1472, Beckley, WV 25802, or Matheny United Methodist Church, PO Box 395, Matheny, WV 24860.

An online guestbook may be signed at www.evans-funeralhome.com.

Evans Funeral Home of Oceana is serving the Stewart family.



Phillip Harold Sweeney Jr.

Phillip Harold Sweeney Jr., age 84, of Sweeneysburg Road, passed away at the Bowers Hospice House in Beckley on Sunday, April 20, 2014.

Born on March 25, 1930, at Sweeneysburg, he was the son of the late Phillip H. Sweeney and Mildred Stover Sweeney.

Mr. Sweeney was a former truck driver,  was a former route carrier for Beckley Newspapers, and was the former owner and operator of Sweeney’s Grocery at Sweeneysburg. He was a member of the New Prospect Baptist Church at Sweeneysburg, where he served as a deacon for many years. Mr. Sweeney enjoyed spending time with his family.

Mr. Sweeney was preceded in death by his wife, Mrytle Sweeney, an infant daughter Judith Sweeney, a grandson, Johnny Sweeney, and a sister Nada O’Dell.

Those left to cherish his memory include his children, Danny Sweeney and his wife Dora of Charlotte, NC,  Donnie Sweeney at home, and  Mike Sweeney and his wife Ann of Sweeneysburg.

Four grandchildren, Jeanne Sweeney, Jimmy Sweeney, April Adkins, and Mike Sweeney II,   six great-grandchildren, Melissa Jarrell, Chucky Hodge, Caleb Akins and David Adkins, Tanner  and  Tab Sweeney, and one great-great-grandchild Riley Jarrell.

Funeral services will be conducted at the Rose and Quesenberry Peace Chapel in Beckley on Wednesday, April 23, 2014, at 2 p.m. with Pastor Gary Williams officiating. Burial will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens at Prosperity.

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

Pallbearers will be Mike Sweeney II, Chucky Hodge, Tommy Adkins, Watus Dow, Mike Thomson, and John Suptic.

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

In lieu of flowers, donations of sympathy may be directed to the Bowers Hospice House, 454 Cranberry Drive, Beckley, WV.

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



Mary L. Vest

HINTON — Mary L. Vest, 93, of Hinton passed away Monday, April 21, 2014.

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

Arrangements are incomplete at the Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors of Hinton.



Sylvia Jean Washington

Mrs. Sylvia Jean Washington, 76, of Beckley, died Wednesday, April 16, 2014. 

Born July 16, 1937, in Beckley, she was the daughter of the late James and Elnora Hunt.

Sylvia was an active member of Central Baptist Church, served on the Dorcas Missionary Society, was president of the Senior Choir and sang with the Martin Luther King Celebration Choir.

A 1955 graduate of Stratton High School, Honorary Member of the Stratton High School Alumni Association, a former member of the Fraternal Order of the Elks, and of Maggie L. Walker Temple #738 of The Improved Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks of the World, she worked at the Moose Lodge and Elks Club, but specialized in raising her two sons.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, brothers, and sister.

Left to cherish precious memories are sons, Vernal (Kathy) Washington, Jr., of Atlanta, GA, and Carl (Vanessa) Washington of Augusta, GA; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; brother, James (Francis) Hunt of Marietta, GA; sisters, Dorothy Toler and Joyce (Gwinn) Henry, both of Marietta, GA, and Ophelia Taylor of Dayton, OH; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 23, 2014, at Central Baptist Church, corner of Brook and G Streets, Beckley, with Revs. Charles Gore and Brian Copney officiating. Burial will follow in Greenwood Memorial Park, Beckley. 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 and Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.



Violet Meadows Williamson

SETH — Violet Meadows Williamson, 85, of Seth and Reynoldsburg, Ohio, died Friday, April 18, 2014.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 23, in the Church of God, Seth, with Pastor Roy Barnette officiating. Interment is in Pineview Cemetery, Orgas. Visitation will be one hour before the service at the church.

Armstrong Funeral Home is serving the family.