The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

July 23, 2013

Obituaries — Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Mary Beth ‘Cookie’ Altice

FAYETTEVILLE — Mary Beth “Cookie” Altice, 70, of Fayetteville, passed away Monday, July 22, 2013.

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Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.

Lois ‘Jenny Wren’ Rice Blaschak

LANCING, Tenn. — Mrs. Lois “Jenny Wren” Rice Blaschak, age 83, of Lancing, TN, formerly of Scarbro, WV, went home to be with her Lord on July 19, 2013, after a long illness. Jenny was surrounded by her loving family whom she loved very much.

She was a faithful Christian who loved her Lord. Jenny Wren was an accomplished author of many books, loved painting, and writing poetry and had a love of music and loved playing the organ. Jenny never met a stranger.

She was preceded in death by her parents: James Mattison and Arizona Harrington Rice, husbands: Cager D. Howard, and Walter Blaschak, daughter: Freda Babinski; brothers: John Wesley, William J., Charles Casto, Rufus, Thomas, and Hayden Clark Rice and sisters: Lillie Mae Sanders, Jessie Lee Hamby, Lou-Anna Rice, Nellie Beatrice Seletyn and Mattie Louise Riser.

She is survived by daughter Lou Whitson and husband, Curtis, of Lancing; grandchildren: Audrey Korgan and husband, Michael, of Florida, Angela Humphries and husband, Don, of Lancing, Jarrod Whitson and wife, Cyndy, of Harriman and Lindsey Johnson and husband, Andrew, of Murfreesboro; 8 great-grandchildren: Brittney, Michael, Faith, Brock, Tyler, Nate, Mathew and Ari and many nieces and nephews and a host of friends.

The family received friends Monday, July 22, 2013, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Schubert Funeral Home, Wartburg. Funeral services followed with Bro. Rick Taylor officiating.

The family will also be receiving friends on Wednesday, July 24, 2013, from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill. Graveside services will follow at 2:15 p.m. at the High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill, with Bro. Walter Webb officiating.

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Information submitted by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill, WV.

Richard Gale Bryant

MADISON, N.C. — Richard Gale Bryant, 71, of Madison, NC, died July 20, 2013, at home surrounded by his devoted family.

The funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday, July 23, 2013, at Ellisboro Baptist Church with Reverend Darrell Brumfield officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery with Masonic rites.

Born August 16, 1941, in Thornwood, WV, he was the son of the late Sherron Virginia Waybright and Floyd Matthews.

Mr. Bryant was an active member of Ellisboro Baptist Church, serving on various committees and the deacon board. For many years he was employed by Slab Fork Coal Company as a section foreman. Favorite pastimes were hunting and fishing and spending time with family and friends. 

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife, Irene; two sons, Richard II, his wife Sandra, and  Steven, his wife, Ginny; stepfather, Delbert Waybright; brothers, Charles, his wife, Patty, of Arizona, Harold, his wife, Hope, of Texas, David, his wife, Melinda, of West Virginia, James Matthews, his wife, Marcine, of WV, David Matthews, his wife, Donna, of WV; sister, Pamela Pridemore, her husband, Eddie, of WV; two grandchildren, Steven II and Kaitlin and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to Ellisboro Baptist Church, 1604 Ellisboro Road, Madison, NC 27025; Hospice of Rockingham County, 2150 NC Hwy 65, Reidsville, NC 27320; or charity of donor’s choice.

Colonial Funeral Home in Madison is serving the family.

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Robert Cable Jr.

MERCER COUNTY — Robert Cable Jr., 52, of Mercer Nursing and Rehab Center died Wednesday, July 17, 2013.

Arrangements are incomplete at the Cravens-Shires Funeral Home in Bluewell.

Kathleen C. Collins

ROANOKE, Va. — Kathleen C. Collins, 93, of Roanoke, Va., formerly of Rupert, passed away Saturday, July 21, 2013, at her home in Roanoke.

Born Aug. 14, 1919, at Kieffer, she was the daughter of the late Samuel Lonnie Remley and the late Gussie Crane Remley.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Virgil E. “Jack” Collins, in 1966, and a son, Robert H. Collins.

She was a former member of the Amwell Baptist Church, Rupert, and had worked for Sears & Roebuck.

Survivors include: one daughter, with whom she made her home, Jeanie Collins Murray, of Roanoke; one son William E. “Butch” Collins of Roanoke; six (6) grandchildren; three (3) great-grandchildren; and one (1) great-great-grandchild.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 24, at the Wallace & Wallace Funeral Chapel, Rainelle, with Pastor Gary Eisenman officiating. Burial will follow in the At the End of the Trail Cemetery, Clintonville.

Visitation will be Wednesday at the funeral chapel one hour prior to the funeral.

Charles K. Connor Jr.

TREASURE ISLAND, Fla. — Charles K. Connor Jr., 89, retired publisher of Beckley Newspapers, died July 21, 2013, at his condo in Treasure Island, Fla. Connor and his wife Nancy McGrew Connor both grew up in Huntington, lived in Charleston and Beckley, and spent their retirement years in Florida.

A dedicated newspaperman since the age of 10 when he established his own neighborhood newspaper in his hometown of Huntington, Connor ended 40 years of professional journalism after the sale of Beckley Newspapers in 1987. He had come to Beckley as publisher in 1981 after 34 years in Charleston.

A week after graduating from Marshall in January of 1948, he married Nancy McGrew, a classmate and also a Huntington native. A week later he started his professional career at the Charleston Daily Mail as a cub reporter writing obituaries, a custom in that day.

He had worked on the afternoon Charleston Daily Mail, covering all beats as a reporter and columnist, rising to become the paper’s managing editor, and later executive editor, before moving to Beckley as publisher of its newspapers, the morning Post-Herald and the evening Raleigh Register.

During his early years at the Daily Mail, his six-days-a-week column “Roving the Valley with Friends and Neighbors” enjoyed wide readership. Despite his move into management ranks, he always thought of himself first as a reporter.

During these years he also served as Time Magazine’s West Virginia reporter. Connor was also the subject of the national newsmagazine’s story in 1960, when he and Daily Mail photographer Earl Benton visited Philadelphia to show that poverty existed everywhere, not only in West Virginia. Philadelphia was home to the Saturday Evening Post, a popular magazine which had described West Virginia as a dying state and showcased many of its woes and backward ways.

In Charleston, Connor created controversy in a personal campaign to get gold on the Capitol dome, as originally prescribed by the Capitol’s architect, Cass Gilbert. His attempt to get Gov. John D. Rockefeller IV to underwrite the expense was delivered in high good humor, but not especially appreciated by Jay. Later, when Gov. Arch Moore succeeded Rockefeller, the Republican governor rekindled the move to get gold on the dome.

In Beckley, Connor’s main contribution to good health in southern West Virginia came after a successful campaign to control the plague of black flies (simulium jenningsi). The pests were more than a nuisance. They were a health hazard. Connor recalled that the paper moved into action when dozens of Beckley mothers brought their children, their eyes swollen shut by bites from the flies, into the newspaper’s offices.

It was a five-year effort. An environmental group initially opposed the newspaper’s campaign which called for Bti to be sprayed on the waters of the New, Bluestone and Greenbrier rivers. When Bti was proven an environmentally friendly form of pest control, the newspaper won the fight and was widely applauded by the public.

The Raleigh County Health Department joined the mothers’ campaign along with the newspaper and outdoor living enthusiasts. Gov. Moore ordered the first river spraying and Raleigh County representatives, headed by House Speaker Bob Kiss, eventually provided permanent funding as a line item in West Virginia’s state budget.

After his retirement in 1988, Connor was one of 10 organizers of the Beckley Area Foundation, serving as its first executive director. BAF started with $1.2 million in funding. The board now oversees $25 million and grants thousands of dollars to charity, scholarships and community projects each year. After 10 years in “retirement,” he retired again. In 1990 his community service won him the “Spirit of Beckley” award. He was a member of the Beckley Rotary Club and Beckley Presbyterian Church.

On two occasions Connor was proclaimed a Distinguished West Virginian. He was awarded this designation by Republican Gov. Arch Moore and Democratic Gov. Gaston Caperton.

He served on the Marshall University Board of Advisors and later on the statewide Board of Regents.

During World War II, he served with the Army Signal Corps in North Africa as a staff sergeant.

As a journalist, he was one of the first Marshall graduates to be elected to the W. Page Pitt School of Journalism’s Hall of Fame. Later he was honored by the West Virginia Press Association with its “Premier Journalist” award.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Nancy McGrew Connor, and his four children, Charles Michael Connor of El Dorado, Calif.; Carolyn Monday of Stafford, Va.; Amy Connor of San Diego, Calif.; and Marsha Bescos of Los Angeles, Calif. Connor had 10 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be announced in the near future.

A memorial gift may be made to the Nancy and Charlie Connor Fund, Beckley Area Foundation, 129 Main Street, Suite 203, Beckley, WV 25801.

Suncoast Hospice in St. Petersburg, Fla., provided much care and kindness during his illness. The family requests that if you desire, a memorial gift would be welcomed and appreciated. Please contact Suncoast Hospice, 3050 1st Ave., St. Petersburg, FL 33712.

Staff Sgt. Thomas M. Edwards

CAMERON, N.C. — Staff Sgt. Thomas M. Edwards, 32, of Cameron, N.C., formerly of Daniels, passed away July 18, 2013.

Arrangements are pending completion. The honor of serving the Edwards family has been given to Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley.

Sidney Dale Goodwin

DUNEDIN, Fla. — Sidney Dale Goodwin, 71, of Dunedin, Fla., formerly of Oceana, passed away Sunday, July 21, 2013.

A memorial service will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 24, in the Chapel of Stafford Family Funeral Home, Lynco, with Pastor Ricky Proffitt officiating. Friends may gather with the family from 5 p.m. until time of service Wednesday. In keeping with his wishes he will be cremated.

E-mail letters of sympathy may be sent at www. staffordfamilyfuneralhome. com.

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

Jimmy Lee Hamon

Jimmy Lee Hamon, 73, of Beckley, passed away on Sunday, July 21, 2013, at his home surrounded by his family following an extended illness.

He was born on June 14, 1940, in Arista, WV, to the late Captilow Shrewsbury Hamon.

Jimmy made his career in life as an elementary teacher for over 45 years having worked at Shady Spring. He was a member of the Grandview Christian Church.

Those surviving Jimmy include his wife of 49 years, Mrs. Alma June (Trail) Hamon; sons, James Michael Hamon and wife Jennifer of Ashboro, NC, and Jonathan Mark Hamon of Beckley; daughter, April (Hamon) Summers and husband Chad of Williamstown, WV; grandchildren, Sheelan and Garrett Summers, Noah and Caleb Hamon.

Services to celebrate the life of Jimmy will be conducted at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, July 24, 2013, at the Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Chapel in Beckley with Pastor Oscar Schwitzerlette and Pastor Terry Newton officiating. Entombment will follow at Sunset Memorial Park in Beckley.

The gentlemen serving as pallbearers will be Mike Hamm, Mark Hamon, Chad Summers, Steve Smith, Jeff Trail, and Brian Trail.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday evening from 6 to 9 p.m. at Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Chapel in Beckley.

Private online condolences, floral gifts, and other expressions of sympathy are available to the family via

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

Genetta Frances Honaker

UNION — Genetta Frances Honaker, 69, of Union, passed away Sunday, July 21, 2013, at CAMC General in Charleston following a long illness. 

She was born in Raleigh County, WV, February 14, 1944, a daughter of the late Willy Thomas and Lottie May Harrah Goodson.

Mrs. Honaker was a self-employed beautician and she was affiliated with the Protestant faith.

She was preceded in death by a sister, Elzena Adkins.

Surviving are her husband, Marvin Lee Honaker of Union; a son, Travis Kelly Honaker and his wife, Jennifer, of Union; 2 grandchildren, Paige Olivia Honaker and Mason Levi Honaker; 3 brothers, Carl Goodson and wife, Dorothy, of Cyclone, Billy Goodson of Oceana and Keaton Goodson and wife Dottie of Cleveland, Ohio; 3 sisters, Margaret Dugger of Beckley, Louella Willis of Beckley, Emma Whitecotton of Cleveland, Ohio. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral Services will be held 1 p.m. Thursday, July 25, 2013, at the Groves Funeral Home Chapel in Union with Rev. Ken Sauder officiating. Burial will follow in the Green Hill Cemetery at Union. 

Friends may call at the Groves Funeral Home in Union from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday.

Groves Funeral Home in Union is in charge of arrangements.

Max C. Hughes

AMHERST, Ohio — Max C. Hughes passed away Friday, July 19, 2013.

Max was born July 29, 1939, in Kopperston. He was raised in Pax and attended school there until moving to Ohio in 1956. He lived in Henrietta Township for the past 39 years.

He worked at American Ship Yard until it closed. He and his wife owned the Woolly Bear Restaurant in Birmingham, Ohio, until Dec. 31, 2012. Max loved playing cards, traveling, and spending time with his family.

Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Zelma Hughes (nee: Sheppard); his sons Larry (Sherry) Hughes of Amherst and Mike Hughes of Berlin Heights, Ohio; his daughter Cindy (Corky) Knott of Wakeman, Ohio; his brothers Howard (Brenda) Hughes and Thomas (Jane) Hughes both of Pax; his sisters Donna (Albert) Brewer of Vermilion, Ohio, Kaye (Gary) Weaver of Myrtle Beach, S.C., and Jane (Mike) Conlin of Lancaster, Pa.; nine grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and 17 nieces and nephews.

Max was preceded in death by his parents John and Josephine (Humphrey) Hughes of Pax.

The family will receive friends on Tuesday, July 23, 2013, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. at the Hempel Funeral Home, 373 Cleveland Ave., Amherst. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, July 24, at 1 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Evergreen Cemetery, South Amherst, Ohio.

Additional information and online register book are available at www.

Robert Lee Long

CASS — Robert Lee Long, 67, of Cass, passed away Monday, July 22, 2013.

Services will be 11 a.m. Thursday, July 25, at Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home in Arbovale, with the Rev. David Rittenhouse officiating. Burial will follow in the Wanless Cemetery at Cass. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 24, at the funeral home in Arbovale.

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Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home in Arbovale is in charge of arrangements.

Christine M. Meadows

CLIFTON FORGE, Va. — Christine M. Meadows, 89, of Clifton Forge, VA, formerly of Hinton, WV, passed away on Sunday, July 21, 2013, at the Scott Hill Retirement Center in Clifton Forge.

Born December 25, 1923, in Brooks, WV, Mrs. Meadows was the daughter of the late Roy O. and Mary Virginia Mullins Cale.

Mrs. Meadows was a 1942 graduate of Hinton High School. She was a retired sales clerk of G.C. Murphy Company in Hinton and was a homemaker. She was a member of both the First Baptist Church of Hinton and Temple Baptist Church in Covington. She was a member of the Fidelis Sunday School Class and Choir of First Baptist, Fellowship Sunday School Class of Temple Baptist, Gladys Hinton Mission Circle, Hinton Women’s Club, and was a former secretary of Brooks Baptist Church at Brooks, WV.

She is preceded in death by one sister, Rena Lee Harford.

She is survived by her loving husband of 71 years, Cecil I. Meadows, son Steve Meadows and wife Laura of Covington, VA, grandchildren Chris Meadows of Covington, VA, and Tony and wife Bridgette Meadows both of Antioch, TN, and great-granddaughters Madison and Faith Meadows of Covington, VA, and Darcy Meadows of Antioch, TN. Her family also wishes to thank a special caregiver, Mary Lynn Meadows of Clifton Forge.

Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 25, 2013, at the Pivont Funeral Home Chapel in Hinton, WV, with Pastors Butch Honaker and Bill Hartsfield presiding. Burial will follow at Restwood Memorial Gardens in Hinton. Friends may call from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday morning at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will include men of First Baptist Church in Hinton.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Temple Baptist Scholarship Fund at 300 Stratton St., Covington, VA 24426.

Online condolences and guest register at

Arrangements by Pivont Funeral Home, Hinton, WV.

Sylvester Penn

RAVENSWOOD — Mr. Sylvester Penn, 59, of Ravenswood, died Saturday, July 20, 2013.

Arrangements entrusted to Anderson-Hairston Funeral Home, Montgomery.

with photo Greg Allen Stover

Greg Allen Stover, age 39, of Sand Branch, WV, passed away on Friday, July 19, 2013, at Raleigh General Hospital in Beckley, WV.

Born November 10, 1973, at Beckley, WV, he was the son of Roberta Lee Williams Stover of Sand Branch, and the late Roger J. Stover.

Greg enjoyed the outdoors and tinkering with old cars.

In addition to his mother Greg is survived by three sisters, Tina Kincaid of Vass Branch, WV, Amy Ayers and husband John of Beckley and Shelby Bowyer of Clear Fork Road. Also surviving are brother-in-law, Greg Bowyer, special niece Heather Bowyer, several cousins, nieces and nephews, several aunts and uncles.

Special thanks to Shannett, ICU Nurse at Raleigh General Hospital.

He will be sadly missed by family and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, July 25, 2013, at the Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope, with Rev. Jerry Tyree officiating. Burial will follow in the Moles–Williams Cemetery at Artie, WV.

Friends may call at the funeral home from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, July 24, 2013.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

Online condolences can be sent to

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope, WV.

Roger D. Wallace

PINEVILLE — Roger D. Wallace, 62, of Pineville passed away Saturday, July 20, 2013.

Born January 1, 1951, at Guyan, he was the son of the late Richard and Lucy Hatfield and his adopted parents, John and Pricey Brown.

Roger was a graduate from Baileysville High School in 1969 and was a member of the Independent Trinity Pentecostal Holiness Church in Mullensville. He also was a member of the Wyoming County Council on Aging, where he wanted to go every day, participating and enjoying his time in all their wonderful activities.

In addition to his parents and adopted parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Freddie Wallace and James Brown.

Survivors include his wife, Betty Bradford Wallace of Pineville

3 Sisters, Sue Addison of Coal Mountain; Polly Hatfield and her husband, Steve; and

Martha Brown and her husband, Lewis, all of Coal Mountain

4 Brothers, Ronnie Brown of Coal Mountain; Roy Brown and his wife, Margie, of Greenwood, SC; Leon Brown and his wife, Sue, of Greenwood, SC; and John Brown, Jr., of Slab Fork

A special cousin, Phyllis Bartley of Coal Mountain.

A celebration of Roger’s life will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 24, 2013, in the Evans Memorial Chapel, Oceana, with the Rev. Glenn Hatfield officiating

The family will receive friends from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, July 23, 2013.

Burial will follow at Palm Memorial Gardens, Matheny.

Those wishing to extend their condolences may do so by visiting

Evans Funeral Home of Oceana is serving the Wallace family.

Afton C. Willis

FAYETTEVILLE — Afton C. Willis, 63, of Fayetteville, passed away Saturday, July 20, 2013.

His remains rest at High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, where the funeral will be 3 p.m. Thursday and where the family will receive friends from 1 p.m. until time of service.

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Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.

Grady Newland Wills

PETERSTOWN — Grady Newland Wills, 91, of Peterstown, passed away Monday, July 22, 2013.

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