The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

July 24, 2013

Obituaries — Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Franklin MacArthur Bishop

Franklin MacArthur “Frankie” Bishop, 20, of New Richmond, passed away Monday, July 22, 2013.

Arrangements are incomplete.

Calfee Funeral and Cremation Services of Pineville is serving the Bishop family.

Sharon Champ

OAK HILL — Sharon Champ, age 52, passed away Sunday, July 20, 2013, at her home.

Arrangements are pending completion at Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, 1901 S. Kanawha St., Beckley.

Staff Sgt. Thomas M. Edwards

CAMERON, N.C. — Staff Sgt. Thomas M. Edwards, USAF, passed away Thursday, July 18, 2013. Born July 20, 1980, he is the son of Dale and Vicky Edwards of Daniels.

Staff Sgt. Edwards proudly served his country by enlisting in the United States Air Force. At the time of his death he was stationed in Fort Bragg, N.C.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Carl and Thena Edwards, Rev. Earl and Garnet Pittman, both of Sprague; uncles, Thomas Pittman of North Carolina, Frank Pittman of Beckley.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Stacy Edwards of  Cameron; stepchildren, Nathan and Emma; his mother and father-in-law. Randy and Sue McMillion; two brothers, Dale and Cori Edwards of Princeton and William (Billy) and Michelle Edwards of Daniels; uncles, Calvin Edwards of Bradley, Scott Edwards of Raleigh, N.C., Mark and Patty Edwards of Sprague, Earl and Oney Pittman of Strossburg, Va., Charles and Betty Pittman of Middletown, Va, James and Margrett Furrows of Crow; nieces, Kasey and Jaelyn Edwards; nephews, Owen and Azariah Edwards.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, July 26, 2013, at the Family Worship Center, Beckley, with Rev. Ernie Moye Jr. officiating. Burial will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, with full military honors.

Friends may gather with the family Thursday from 6 to 9 p.m. at the church.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

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

Sidney Dale Goodwin

DUNEDIN, Fla. — Sidney Dale Goodwin, 71, of Dunedin, Fla., and Gap Mills, (formerly of Oceana), went home to be with our Lord on Sunday July 21, 2013, after a long battle with cancer.

He was born June 4, 1942, in Logan. Sid was a retired employee of Eastern Associated Coal Corp. Kopperston II mines. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and the mountains and sharing those loves with his family.

Left to carry on his legacy of strong family values and love of the beautiful outdoors are his wife Geraldine of 48 years; his children, Cindy (John) Lavezzo, Pam (Eric) Tobias, and Dale (Carmen) Goodwin, who all reside in Florida except when they can return home to the beautiful mountains of West Virginia. His 10 grandchildren, Kalie, Resha, Nick, Kortney, Jordan, Derek, Jakob, Ellie, Alyssa and grandson due on Sept. 3; four great-grandchildren Haley, Jasmine, Amiya and Jahsiah with whom he took pride in spending many hours teaching and sharing his values and abundance of knowledge.

He was predeceased by his father, Boots Logan Goodwin, mother, Orphia Mary Noe; sisters, Ellilouise Goodwin and Garnell Sheppard, and a brother Calvin Goodwin. Survived by his brother Joe Goodwin and sisters Garnett Lusk and Midge Hicks all of Oceana, and a host of nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday July 24, 2013, 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 on Wednesday. 

In keeping with his wishes he will be cremated.

In lieu of flowers Sid requested that you help his family fulfill his last dream of finishing the renovations of his cabin so his grandchildren can enjoy the love and peace of the mountains as he has. Donations can be sent to 427 Norfolk St., Dunedin, FL 34698.

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

Luke Earl Hess

Luke Earl Hess , 40, of Bradley, died on Saturday, July 20, 2013, at Sherwood Lake in Neola.

Born Nov. 12, 1972, at Beckley, he was the son of Novella Craigo Blankenship of Bradley and stepson of the late Monroe Blankenship.

Mr. Hess was a former employee of Hamer Pellet Fuel. He was a member of the NRA. He loved to fish, hunt, camp, 4-wheel, shoot guns and most of all loved spending time with his family and friends.

His grandparents, Jeanette and Theodore Spencer and his mother-in-law, Dorothy Irene Graham preceded him in death.

In addition to his mother, those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Rita Graham Hess; son, Luke Earl Hess II of Bradley; father-in-law, Bobby G. Graham of Bradley; sister-in-law, Anita Underwood and her husband, Douglas of Crow; nephew, Nicholas Underwood of Crow; and niece, Tiffany Rice and husband, Tyler of Morgantown.

He is also survived by his two favorite dogs, Diezle and Sassy, his best friend, Tim Smith and wife, Ginger of Beckley, and a whole host of dear friends and family.

Funeral services will be Friday, July 26, 2013, at 2 p.m. at Tyree Funeral Home in Mount Hope with Pastor Mike Belcher officiating. Burial will be at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Prosperity.

Visitation will be held at Tyree Funeral Home in Mount Hope on Thursday, July 25, 2013, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Luke Hess II, Scott Loftus, Tim Smith, Billy Reece, Leon Kiszka, Joey Cochran, Lee Bolen and Dennis Maehr will serve as pallbearers.

 In lieu of flowers the family requests donations of sympathy be made to aid the family with expenses: C/O Anita Underwood, PO Box 674, Bradley, WV 25818

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope.

Hazel Irene Abshire Kent

Hazel Irene “Cissie” Abshire Kent, 89, of Beckley, formerly of Mount Hope, died at her home on Monday, July 22, 2013.

Graveside Rites will be 2 p.m. Friday, July 26, 2013, at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Prosperity, with Minister Dennis Kinzer officiating. Burial will follow.

In lieu of flowers, donations of sympathy may be made to Mount Hope Christian Church, PO Box 449, Mount Hope, WV 25880.

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Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope.

Sandra Kay (Shirey) Kulcsar

COLORA, Md. — Sandra Kay (Shirey) Kulcsar, 67, passed away at her home May 26, 2013, after a long illness with her husband by her side.

Born in Beckley, on April 26, 1946, Sandy was the daughter of Irene D. (Brooks) Renault of Vero Beach, Fla., and the late Joseph D. Kulcsar.

She was a licensed cosmetologist and a devoted wife and mother. She served for several years as a volunteer working with her husband in the Baltimore Police Department and as the secretary of the Colora Civic Association. She loved birds, cats and her home and was known for her beautiful garden.

She and her husband Bert Shirey, who survives her, met when she was 15 and they were married July 3, 1965. She is also survived by her sister Joetta Winters of Vero Beach, Fla., and her brother Donald Kulcsar of Melbourne, Fla. She was preceded in death by her beloved daughter Elizabeth Kathleen, who died in 1997.

A service was held at R.T. Foard Funeral Home, P.A., 111 S. Queen St., Rising Sun, Md., on Friday May 31, 2013 at 1 p.m. Burial took place in West Nottingham Cemetery, Colora.

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Barbara Ellen McGuire

ANSTED — Barbara Ellen (Lovie) McGuire, 81, died Monday, July 22, 2013, at her home following a short illness.

Arrangements are incomplete.

Wallace & Wallace of Ansted is in charge of arrangements.

Myrtle Whitlock Parker

FAYETTEVILLE — Myrtle Whitlock Parker, 95, formerly of Hinton, died Tuesday, July 23, 2013. 

Arrangements are incomplete at this time at Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors in Hinton.

Dr. Roland P. Sharp Sr.

Dr. Roland P. Sharp Sr., a rural practitioner in West Virginia for nearly six decades and founding president of the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, died peacefully Thursday, July 18, 2013 at the age of 105.

Dr. Sharp was born in 1907 to Odessa Jordan Sharp and Aaron Sharp on a small farm in Frost in Pocahontas County, where four generations of Sharps were raised.

He attended primary school at Cove Hill and Raywood, and graduated from Edray District (later Marlinton) High School in 1926. He completed his college degree in 1936 at what is now Concord University. Thereafter, he earned his masters in biology at West Virginia University and graduated in 1943 from Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine (Missouri), now A.T. Still University.

He worked throughout the time he earned his degrees, initially as a school teacher and later as a professor of pathology and anatomy. His first 17 years in practice were spent serving miners and their families in Mullens. In 1962 he returned to serve the residents of Pocahontas County from his office in Greenbank until his retirement in 2001 at the age of 94.

From 1972 to 1978 he worked to establish WVSOM in order to train primary care physicians and served as its first president. His many accolades include Practitioner of the Year, the Distinguished Service Certificate, and Outstanding Medical Educator awarded by state and national osteopathic societies, as well as an honorary Doctorate of Humanitarian Service conferred by Concord.

In addition to his practice, Dr. Sharp raised polled Hereford cattle at his farm in Frost and was active in Rotary, loved music of all kinds and was a talented organist and piano player. His family and community are grateful for his wisdom, love and service and celebrate his remarkable life as they mourn his passing.

Dr. Sharp is survived by his wife, Thelma “Kit” Neal Sharp, who resides in Oak Hill, and her children Charles Lee Neal and Holly Burley; Lee’s wife Francine (Davey), their son Charlie and daughter Morgan, her husband Jeremy Church and their sons Warren and Conrad; Holly’s husband John, and their sons Paul Keith Gilkeson, his wife Jessie, and J.W. Gilkeson,along with his daughters Kendall and McKenna; Dr. Sharp’s five grandchildren and their families: Sherry Weleski, her son Christopher, wife Melissa and their sons Hunter and Peyton; Paula Sharp Jones, her husband Ken, son Alexander and daughter Hannah; Melanie Sharp and her son Andrew; Suzanne Sharp Townsend, husband John, and sons Jeffrey and Richard; and Roland P. Sharp III, wife Tammy, daughter Megan and son Roland Paul Sharp IV; his grandchildren’s parents Melva (Lilly) and John (“Jack”) Sheehand; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins; and his beloved assistant, Barbara McCarty.

Dr. Sharp was preceded in death by his son Roland Paul Sharp Jr., an osteopathic physician who practiced in Greenbank and Mullens before his death in 1963, and his first wife Opal Price Sharp, who died in 1978.

Family and friends may visit VanReenan’s Funeral Home in Marlinton on Thursday, July 25 from 3 to 8 p.m.

Services will be held at Frost Methodist Church (Rts. 92 and 84) on Friday, July 26, at 11 a.m., followed by a Masonic rights graveside service at 3 p.m. at Athens Cemetery in Athens.

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Wanda Steffey

OCEANA — Wanda Steffey, 80, went to be with the Lord on Monday July 22, 2013, in Morgantown after a long term illness. She was born in Rockhouse, Ky., a daughter of the late Palmer and Ivory Bartley Coleman.

Creativity was a significant part of Wanda’s life. She was an accomplished seamstress, even donating her time to create cheerleading and dance uniforms for the local girls in Oceana, and she was a talented artist who left many beautiful paintings for her family to admire. She served as president of the Oceana Woman’s Club, and for most of her career she was a department head at the Island Creek Store. Most importantly, Wanda was a devoted and cherished friend to many, sister, wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by two brothers, Bob and Bill Coleman; a beloved grandson, Will Cook; and a cherished daughter-in-law, Frankie Steffey.

Those left to cherish her memory include her husband of 62 years, John Pitts Steffey; a sister, Flo Thacker of Brownstown, Mich.; a son Larry Wayne Steffey of Gray, Tenn.; a daughter Connie Cook and her husband Larry of Queensland, Australia; three granddaughters, Beth Steffey, Sara Greene, and Haley Bunn; she was blessed with two great-grandchildren Olivia and Lucas Greene; and a host of other loving family and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, July 15, 2013, in the Chapel of Stafford Family Funeral Home, Lynco. Wanda will be laid to rest in Palm Memorial Gardens Mausoleum, Matheny.

Friends may gather with the family from 11 a.m. Thursday until time of service at the funeral home.

As an alternative to flowers, friends and family may make donations in memory of Wanda Steffey to the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center (

E-mail letters of sympathy may be sent at

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

Sharon Lee Vest

In memory of the one-year anniversary of the passing of Sharon Lee Vest.

GIRARD, Ill. — Sharon Lee Vest, 71, passed suddenly away at 12:58 p.m. Tuesday, July 24, 2012 at her residence on Sunset Lake.

Sharon was born in Chicago, Ill., on Oct. 12, 1940, a daughter to Emil and Blanche (Marose) Sikorski. 

She married John A. Magnetta in September 1957 and they divorced in 1971. She then married Howard. K. Vest in July 1973 and they divorced in 1986. She is survived by one daughter, Jeri Lee Magnetta, of Mission Viejo, Calif., and one grandson, Joseph A. Bernardi, of Springfield, Ill. Preceding Sharon in death are her parents.

Sharon earned an A.S. Mathematics and Recreation Management from Triton College in River Forest, Ill. She also earned a B.S. double major of Mathematics and Computer Science from Concord College in Athens, W.Va. Her M.S. in Computer Engineering was earned at West Virginia Graduate Studies, which was absorbed into Marshall University, in Charleston, West Virginia.

Her life dream was to become a math teacher and she successfully accomplished that goal as both a high school and college math teacher. She taught Calculus I, II, III and Differential Equations along with many computer subjects, such as Fortran, Assembler and Introduction to Automated Electronics for several colleges. Her areas of computer expertise also included BASIC, Cobol, MS-DOS, MS-Windows, Pascal, PL/I and VAX/MS.   

She was a computer technician for Illinois Public Aid and Public Health before becoming a trainer in MIS Training and Customer Service for the Illinois Department of Human Service. She retired from the State of Illinois in 2006.   

Among her life long activities, she enjoyed swimming and was an Olympic swim coach for one year. She was A NAUI Qualified Scuba Diver. She played racket ball and was a debate captain in college. She was a district winner for volleyball coach. She was also a bowler and had been a day manager of the Mages Bowlarerna in Melrose Park for over two years. Also, she was a bowling league president and officer for two years.  

Among her affiliations, she was a secretary/treasurer for the West Virginia state organization for Hospital Administrators and Supervising Mangers as she was an Supervisor of Admissions for three years at Raleigh General Hospital in Beckley. She was a member of the West Virginia Association of Computer Education, West Virginia Council of Teachers of Mathematics, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, Civitans of West Virginia Chapter, American Affiliation of Professional Women, and was Past President of BIS Investment Association. She was enjoyed a lifelong membership in the Society of Women Engineers.

Cremation rites were accorded by Calvert and Ferry Funeral Home of Girard, Ill. Her final wishes were to be scattered in the Gulf of Mexico nearby her annual time share on Fort Myers Beach, Fla. Memorials may be made to the wonderful volunteers of Prairieland Ambulance of Virden, Ill.

Roger D. Wallace

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

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

Roger was a graduate from Baileysville High School in 1969 and was a member of the Trinity 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; three sisters, Sue Addison of Coal Mountain; Polly Hatfield and her husband, Steve; and Martha Brown and her husband, Lewis, all of Coal Mountain; four brothers, Ronnie Brown of Coal Mountain; Roy Brown and his wife, Margie of Greenwood, S.C.; Leon Brown and his wife, Sue of Greenwood, S.C.; and John Brown Jr. of Slab Fork; a special cousin, Phyllis Bartley of Oceana.

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.

Burial will follow at Palm Memorial Gardens, Matheny.

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Evans Funeral Home of Oceana is serving the Wallace family.

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Afton C. Willis

FAYETTEVILLE — Afton C. Willis, 63, passed away Saturday, July 20, 2013 at Raleigh General Hospital. Born July 4, 1950, at Richwood, the son of the late Afton C. Willis Sr. and Priscilla Nancy (Adkins) Willis.

He was a former employee at Cogar Manufacturing as Senior Fabricator, and at Class VI Rafting Company as equipment truck driver and mechanic.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death in June 2006 by his loving wife and mother of his two children Bonnie Jones Willis, and he was preceded in death by one sister Peggy Ann Almond.

Those left to cherish his memory include daughter Kimberly Martin and her husband Ira of Brooklyn, W.Va.; son Paul D. Willis and his wife Angie (Ang) of Brooklyn; girlfriend and partner Deanna Brooks and her two sons Buddy Brooks and James Brooks of Wonderland; sisters Sandra Long and her husband Eddie of Lanark and Pamela Byrd and her husband Danny of Mullins; and grandchildren — he had them nicknamed — Babywas was Ashley, Bay was Bailey, Chritt was Christian, Brookie was Brooklyn and JD was Jackson.

His remains rest at High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel where the funeral will be held 3 p.m. Thursday with Rev. Jackie Pittman officiating and where the family will receive friends from 1 p.m. until time of service. In keeping with his wishes, he will be cremated.

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Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.

Grady Newland Wills

PETERSTOWN — Grady Newland Wills, 91, died Monday, July 22, 2013, at Carilion Giles Community Hospital, Pearisburg, Va. 

Funeral Services will be Noon, Thursday, July 25, 2013, at the Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home Chapel with Pete Dunford officiating. Burial will follow in the Peterstown Cemetery, Giles County, Va.

Friends may call from 10 a.m. until time of services.

Online guestbook can be signed or condolences may be sent to the Wills family at 

Arrangements by Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home, Peterstown.

Grady Newland Wills

PETERSTOWN — Grady Newland Wills, 91, died Monday, July 22, 2013, at Carilion Giles Community Hospital, Pearisburg, Va. 

Funeral Services will be Noon, Thursday, July 25, 2013, at the Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home Chapel with Pete Dunford officiating. Burial will follow in the Peterstown Cemetery, Giles County, Va.

Friends may call from 10 a.m. until time of services.

Online guestbook can be signed or condolences may be sent to the Wills family at 

Arrangements by Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home, Peterstown.

Paul E. Young

LINDSIDE – Paul E. Young, 78, died Tuesday, July 23, 2013, at Princeton Community Hospital, Princeton.

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