The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

June 3, 2013

Obituaries — Monday, June 3, 2013

Yauncey Freeman

DUNBAR — Mr. Yauncey Freeman, 56, of Dunbar, formerly of Fayetteville, departed this natural life on Tuesday, May 28, 2013, after a short illness.

Born October 24, 1956, to Willie Mae Thomas Freeman of Fayetteville, WV, and the late Charles Freeman, he was the third of 10 children.

Yauncey graduated from Collins High School and received his degree in Electrical Engineering from West Virginia Institute of Technology. He spent the majority of his working career with AEP working primarily at the John Amos Plant. He enjoyed working with the youth and spent many hours mentoring young men through West Virginia Heat Basketball. He attended church at New Life Ministries and enjoyed the pursuit of knowledge, working with his hands and a good laugh. He was lovingly known as “Fathead” to his sisters and “Encyclopedia First Addition” to his niece.

In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his brother, Quentin Freeman.

Along with his mother, those left to cherish precious memories are his son, Tristan Freeman of Huntington; brothers, Charles of Fayetteville, Pastor Byron of Oak Hill, James of Parkersburg, and David Charles of California; sisters, Pastor Sancerria (Willie) Carroll, Wauketa Okoli, Aleta Freeman, and Yolanda Freeman, all of Fayetteville, and Bettina Freeman of California; granddaughter Taniya Shamar of Huntington and special adopted son, Walter Clay. He is also survived by nine nieces, eight nephews, seven aunts, one uncle, and many cousins and loved ones.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 5, 2013, at Faith Tabernacle Church, 135 S. Court Street, Fayetteville, with Pastors Byron Freeman and Sancerria Carroll officiating. Burial will follow in Greenwood Memorial Park, Beckley.

Friends may call one hour prior to the service at the church.

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Arrangements entrusted to Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.

Patsy Jean Cline Maynard

Patsy Jean Cline Maynard, 55, of Beckley, formerly of Crouches Farm, passed away Friday, May 31, 2013.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 5, at the Brenton Church of God, with Brother Seth Cline officiating. Friends may gather with the family from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the church. She will be laid to rest in the Cline Family Cemetery, Sunhill.

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

Iris Dawn Stover

Iris Dawn Stover, 75, of Glen Daniel, passed away peacefully in her sleep Saturday morning, June 1, 2013, at her residence.

Born September 19, 1937, in Beckley, she was the daughter of the late Herb and Glena Tolley Mankin.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by 2 brothers, Charles and Bobby Mankin.

Iris was a devoted wife and mother. She loved her family and reading.

Those left to cherish her memory include her husband, Thomas Stover, Sr., son, Thomas Stover, Jr.; grandson, Douglas French and his wife Samantha; and a great-grandchild, Mason.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 4, 2013, in the Calfee Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Billy Belcher officiating. Entombment will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens.

Friends may visit with the family one hour prior to service on Tuesday.

Pallbearers will be Joe Stover, Jimmy Stover, Harry Stover, Douglas French, Brian Stover, Dominick Cangemi.

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Arrangements by Calfee Funeral Home, Beckley.

Robert E. Lee ‘Bob’ Thomas

RAINELLE — Robert E. Lee “Bob” Thomas, 86, of Rainelle, WV, passed away Friday, May 31, 2013, at Greenbrier Valley Medical Center after a short illness.

Bob, born in Meadow Bridge, WV, was one of nine children of the late A.T. Thomas and Virginia Mae Fitzwater Thomas.

Beginning in his childhood, Bob had a creative entrepreneurial spirit and a desire to see foreign lands. As a young man, he lived in Baltimore, MD, and joined the United States Merchant Marines. He traveled through the Mediterranean and Adriatic Seas, as well as the Cape of Good Hope and numerous other sea ports. Upon returning, he lived in Miami, FL, as a professional tile setter. After leaving Miami, he went to Los Angeles, CA, where he worked at MGM and Paramount Studios.

The West Virginia mountains called him back home in the late 1950s and he became a business owner. Bob met and married the love of his life in 1959. From 1961-1974 Bob owned the much-frequented American Café in Rainelle, during which time he also owned Thomas Shoe Store. In the early 1970s, Bob created a fiberglass bonding mix which he sold to mining companies to help hold up underground mine walls and ceilings. He also helped his brothers, Tim and John, launch Appalachian Root and Herb Co. which makes sales worldwide. In addition, Bob built several homes and apartments, and was always kind and fair to his tenants. In later years, he started a reclaimed American Chestnut lumber business, which has sold the extinct wood to businesses and individuals all over the United States, including the Ryman Auditorium, in Branson, MO.

Bob had a deep reverence for his Creator and exemplified God’s love through his kindness and generosity. He was an excellent provider, husband, and father. His family never doubted his unconditional love for them. Bob put the care of his family first in all of his endeavors. Two of his favorite pastimes were spending time with family and spending time outdoors, enjoying nature. He was truly an amazing man, adored by his family and loved by so many. He will be sorely missed on this earth. We hang on to the hope that we will meet again in the midst of God’s glory.

Bob was preceded in death by his daughter, Monna Jeannette Thomas Fulton of White Sulphur Springs, an infant sister, Janice, his father A.T. Thomas, his mother, Virginia Mae Fitzwater Thomas, all of Meadow Bridge, three other sisters, Audrey Thomas, of Meadow Bridge, Katherine Oxley of Phoenix, AZ, and Christine Spano of Victorville, CA, two brothers, Tim Thomas of Bingham Mountain, and John Thomas of Rainelle.

He is survived by his loving wife, Shelba Jean Hughart Thomas, of Rainelle, his son, Jeffery Thomas of Charleston, two daughters, Teresa Lee Thomas, and Katherine and husband Rodney Wallace of Princeton, 8 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandchild, two sisters, Alice Shuler of Ansted, and Phyllis Keeling and husband, Bob, of Tallmadge, OH, two very close nephews Rudy Thomas, of Portland, OR, and Timmy Lee Thomas, of Rainelle, and numerous other nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home in Rainelle at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, June 5, 2013, with the Reverend Bob Scharnhorst officiating. Burial will follow at the End of the Trail Cemetery in Clintonville.

Friends may call on the family from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, June 4, 2013, at the funeral home.

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home.

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Roy Whittenburg

Mr. Roy Whittenburg, 49, of Beckley died Saturday, June 1, 2013.

Arrangements entrusted to Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.