The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

December 6, 2013

Obituaries — Friday, Dec. 6, 2013


Patricia L. Ashworth

CHARLESTON — Patricia Lou Ashworth of Charleston, formerly of Beckley, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013.

The daughter of the late Earl McCoy Robinson and Mabel Pickett Robinson, “Patti Lou” Robinson was born May 5, 1926, in Moundsville, W.Va. She grew up in Moundsville and attended Moundsville High School. She graduated with honors from West Virginia University, majoring in Language Arts. She also received her Master’s degree from WVU in 1948.

On Sept. 2, 1950, Patricia married John C. Ashworth, who also grew up in Moundsville. The couple moved to Beckley in 1950 and John entered into law practice with his older brother, Robert. Patricia and John were active in many civic and social organizations in the Beckley area throughout their lives. The couple had two daughters, Robin and Melinda. Judge John Ashworth died in 1995.

Mrs. Ashworth taught at Waynesburg College, West Virginia University and the former Beckley College. She was Chair of the English Department, served as Dean of Women and Dean of Students at Beckley College. She is fondly remembered by many of her former students as a kind but tenacious professor who expected the best from her students. She retired from Beckley College in 1985.

Mrs. Ashworth was a member of the United Methodist Temple, the Women’s Club of Beckley, Delta Kappa Gamma Educational Sorority and WVU Emeritus Society. She was an excellent cook, a skilled hostess, a loyal friend to many and an extremely organized and efficient person. She was a devoted wife and loving mother and grandmother. Above all, she was always a lady.

Mrs. Ashworth is survived by her daughters Robin Ashworth Tice of St. Mary’s, W.Va., and Melinda Ashworth Kiss and her husband, Bob, of Charleston, W.Va. She is also survived by five grandchildren: John David Tice and his wife, Jessica, Jared Tice, Laura Tice, Cameron Kiss and Carter Kiss. Also surviving are three great-grandchildren: Clara Tice, Ella Tice and Benjamin Tice and several nieces and nephews and her beloved neighbors, Mary Ann and Don Wise.

Services for Mrs. Ashworth will be Saturday, Dec. 7th, at 11 a.m. at Rose & Quesenberry Funeral Home in Beckley, the Rev. G. Randall Adkins officiating. Friends may gather with the family on Friday, Dec. 6th, from 6 to 8 p.m. and one hour before the service on Saturday.

Entombment will follow at Sunset Memorial Park Mausoleum, Beckley.

While flowers are welcome (she loved flowers), donations of sympathy in lieu of flowers are also appreciated and can be made to United Methodist Temple, 201 Templeview Drive, Beckley, WV 25801; Beckley Area Foundation, 129 Main St., Beckley, WV 25801; or WVU Foundation, Inc., PO Box 1650, Morgantown, WV 26507-1650.

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

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



Bernard G. Blake

FAYETTEVILLE — Bernard G. Blake, 66, of Fayetteville, died on Wednesday, December 4, 2013, at Select Specialty Hospital at St. Francis in Charleston.

Born September 27, 1947, at Mossy, W.Va., he was the son of the late William B. and Dorothy L. Stover Blake.

He was a Heavy Equipment Operator for the coal mining industry.

Bernard enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was a U.S. Navy veteran having served in the Vietnam era.

He leaves behind a loving family which includes his wife, Helen Clendenin Blake; two sons, Matthew D. Blake and wife, Trina, of Oak Hill and Christopher Blake and wife, Trisha, of Mossy; and two sisters, Sherry Blake and companion Jack Hoare of Davidsonville, Md., and Sandra Blake of North Carolina.

He is also survived by three grandsons, Bobby Shumake, Christopher Blake and William Seth Blake; special granddaughter, Marianne Maminta; great-grandson, Michael Shumake; nieces, nephews and many friends.

Graveside rites and committal service will be on Saturday, December 7, 2013, at 2 p.m. at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens in Prosperity with Rev. Carlos Hodge officiating and with military graveside rites by Oak Hill VFW Post #3110. Burial will follow.

There will be no visitation.

Online condolences may be sent at www.tyreefuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.



Cathy Lynn Daniels

HUNTINGTON — Cathy Lynn Daniels, 58, of 6605 Country Club Drive in Huntington, W.Va., a former resident of Bluefield, died Saturday, November 30, 2013, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Huntington.

Born July 6, 1955, in Greenbrier County, she was the daughter of William E. Gadd of Alderson, W.Va., and the late Jo Ann Miller Gadd.

She was a dedicated educator for over 30 years. She taught 1 1/2 years in Fayette County and 2 years in Aiken, S.C., before coming to Mercer County where she served for 27 years. Three of her last nine years she served as Assistant Principal of Bluefield Middle School and the last 6 years she served as Principal of Bluefield Intermediate School. Cathy was a graduate of Greenbrier East High School, a graduate of Concord University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education, a graduate of West Virginia Graduate College with a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education and earned her Administrative Degree from Salem International University in Salem, W.Va.

Cathy was an avid reader who enjoyed quilting and loved living near her sons and grandchildren. Not only did Cathy love and cherish her sons, daughter-in-law and five wonderful grandchildren, she always held a love for all of her students throughout her career and a deep love and admiration for her entire staff at Bluefield Intermediate School and was proud to have been a part of the Mercer County Schools team. She was a former member of the Alpha Mu Chapter of the Alpha Delta Kappa Sorority and had lived in Huntington since 2011 moving there from Bluefield. She was of the Baptist faith.

Additional survivors include her husband of 38 years, Roger David Daniels of Huntington; two sons, Michael David Daniels and Sean Patrick Daniels and wife Stephanie, all of Huntington; five grandchildren, Rachael Daniels, Jonah Daniels, Ellie Daniels, Xavier Daniels and Colbie Daniels; and one sister, Sharon Newman of Beckley, W.Va.

In keeping with Cathy’s wishes her body has been cremated. A memorial service to celebrate the life of Cathy will be conducted at 4 p.m. Saturday, December 7, 2013, at the George W. Seaver Chapel of Seaver Funeral Home in Princeton with Rev. Jim Bates officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home from 2 p.m. until the service hour on Saturday.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 921 W. Neville St., Beckley, WV 25801.

Online condolences may be sent by visiting www.seaverfuneralservice.com.

Seaver Funeral Home in Princeton is serving the Daniels family.



Tristen Lee Daniels

PORTLAND, Tenn. — Tristen Lee Daniels, 4-day-old infant of Portland, passed away Wednesday, December 4, 2013, at Monroe Carroll Children’s Hospital in Nashville, Tenn.

Tristen Lee is the infant son of Harvey Lee and Erica Beth Hash Daniels of Portland; he was born on Friday, Nov. 29, 2013.

In his short life Tristen Lee was loved so much and touched many lives.

Along with his parents, Tristen Lee is survived by his grandparents, Lacy and Joanna Hash of Glen Fork, W.Va., William Daniels Jr. of Cyclone, W.Va., and Julie Hulsey of Portland, Tenn.; two aunts, Virginia McGuire of Montcalm, W.Va., and Kimberly Brooks of Glen Fork, W.Va.; one uncle, William Daniels III of Portland, Tenn.; and a special cousin, Hunter McGuire.

Graveside services will be held Friday, December 6, 2013, at 11 a.m. at Fairfield Cemetery in Oak Grove, Tenn. Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. until 9 p.m. Thursday at Portland Funeral Chapel.

Online condolences can be made at portlandfuneralchapel.com.

Arrangements by Portland Funeral Home Chapel, Portland, Tenn.



Margaret J. ‘Jackie’ Deeds

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. — Margaret J. “Jackie” Deeds, 86, of Williamsburg, formerly of Summers County, passed away peacefully after a short illness on December 4, 2013. 

She was born on January 15, 1927, in Dry Branch, W.Va., to the late Edgar and Emma Caudill Hatton. Also pre-deceasing her were her sisters Artha (Mike), Gertrude (Paul), Jean (Paul), and Grace (infant), her first husband Richard C. Lavender, and her second husband Dee Russie Deeds and her son, Mark Allyn Deeds.

She is survived by her son Randolph “Randy” Lavender (Sally) of Williamsburg, Va., and her daughter, Nancy D. Deeds also of Williamsburg. Also surviving are her sister, Janet Faye Reed (Johnny) of Lexington, Ky., and several nieces and nephews.

She worked in Charleston, W.Va., during WWII in support of the war and later became a hairdresser and worked in Chelyan and Nimitz, W.Va., for many years. She had been living in Williamsburg, Va., at Heritage Commons Independent Living Facility for the past 2 1/2 years. The family wants to thank the staff at Heritage Commons for their love and care for both Jackie and Nancy. They made many friends there.

Funeral services will be held at Pivont Funeral Home on Saturday, December 7, 2013, with Pastor Don Hannah officiating. Entombment will follow in Greenbrier Burial Park Mausoleum. Friends may call from 1 p.m. until time of services on Saturday at the funeral home.

Online condolences and guest register at www.pivontfuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by Pivont Funeral Home, Hinton.



Jackie Lee Dunbar

CLEAR CREEK — Jackie Lee Dunbar, 69, of Clear Creek, died on Tuesday, December 3, 2013, at Raleigh General Hospital in Beckley.

Born December 31, 1943, at Clear Creek, W.Va., he was the son of the late Cleo Ray and Emma Agnes Taylor Dunbar.

He was a coal mine roof bolter with 47 years service as a miner.

Jackie was a graduate of Clear Fork High School. He was a member of the Workman’s Creek Methodist Church where he was song leader and served as a Sunday school teacher. He liked to play guitar and sing.

There were many things Jackie loved — mowing grass and raising flowers; he so loved his precious grandchildren and above all he loved his Jesus.

A brother, Edward Dunbar, sister-in-law, Susie Dunbar; grandson, Gabriel; and best friends, Claude Coots and Leroy Gore, preceded him in death.

He leaves behind a loving family which includes his wife, Barbara Kay Blevins Dunlow; six children, twins, Matthew (Katie) Dunbar and Rachel Lea (Antonio) Anguiano, Justin (Tena) Dunbar, Lisa (Denny) Stone, Christina Collins and Jordan (Mario) Anguiano, all of Clear Creek; and brother, Kenneth (Drema) Dunbar of Clear Creek.

Also surviving are his grandchildren, Abraham, Noah, Sarah, Gennie, Maggie, Luke, Joseph, Kreed, Elijah, Isabella, Eleanor, Killy, Mike, Claudia, Sofia and Nicolas, and many loving nieces and nephews.

He was loved and will be missed by his work family.

Funeral services will be on Saturday, December 7, 2013, at 2 p.m. at Workman’s Creek Methodist Church with Pastor Arolette Stover officiating. Burial will be at Dunbar Family Cemetery, Clear Creek.

Visitation will be held at Tyree Funeral Home in Mount Hope on Friday, December 6, 2013, from 6 to 9 p.m.

He has found his peace in the valley.

Online condolences may be sent at www.tyreefuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope.



Seay Howard Earehart

Seay Howard Earehart, age 78, of Beckley, passed away at the Beckley Appalachian Regional Hospital on Wednesday, December 4, 2013.

Born on June 18, 1935, in Covington, Va., he was the son of the late Charles Houston Earehart and Juanita B. Andrews Earehart.

Mr. Earehart devoted his career in the automobile industry. He was the former president and owner and operator of Beckley Toyota and Volvo, Howard Earehart Inc., Pontiac-Buick, GMC and Jeep in Oak Hill, was the former vice president of Earehart Automotive Group and Earehart Inc. Most recently he was the retired owner and operator of Earehart Motors Preowned on Johnstown Road. He was a member of the American Business Club, and was a member of the Family Worship Center. Mr. Earehart was a former deacon of the church and was a member of the Full Gospel Business Men’s Club. He was a former member of the WV Auto Dealer’s Association, and was one of the most respected auto dealers in West Virginia.

Mr. Earehart had served on the Board of Directors of Theatre WV, and was a member and supporter of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. In his younger years, he was a former Cub Scout leader.

Mr. Earehart was preceded in death by brothers, Dillard, Charles “Charlie” and William “Bill” Earehart, and by sisters Norma Dakos and Lyda R. Tingler.

Surviving wife of 58 years, Alma Walters Earehart; sons, Seay Howard Earehart Jr. of Atlanta, Ga., Michael Wayne Earehart and Charles Houston Earehart II of Beckley.

A brother, Andy Earehart and his wife Pat of Beckley; three sisters, Betty Daniel of Beckley, Virginia Spencer of Covington, Va., and Juanita G. Hines and her husband George of Rome, Texas. One grandchild, Nicholas Earehart and his wife Suzanne of Boiling Springs, S.C.

Funeral services will be conducted to Celebrate The Life of Howard Earehart on Monday, December 9, 2013, at 11 a.m. at the Family Worship Center, Pinewood Drive, Beckley, with Pastor Stacy Dingess officiating. Burial will follow at Sunset Memorial Park in Beckley.

Friends may visit with the family at the church from 3 to 6 p.m. on Sunday.

Pallbearers will be Tommy Earehart, David Earehart, Reed Epperly, Mike Prunesti, Barry Clyburn, Johnny Rakes.

Honorary pallbearers will be John Pack, Orville Setliff, Marvin Lively, Howard Riffe, Andy Moscarity, David Hill, Dick Klaus, Don Windon, Arnest Lilly.

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

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



Demaia Tolli Foster

MOUNT HOPE — Demaia Tolli Foster, 92, of Mt. Hope, passed in peace on Wednesday, December 4, 2013, at Bowers Hospice House in Beckley.

Born November 11, 1921, at Page, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Serafino Francesco and Mary DiGivonni Tolli, both Italian immigrants who came to the U.S. in 1916.

Ms. Foster attended Woodrow Wilson High School and graduated from Montgomery High School. She received her professional training from the Raleigh County Vocational Technical Center and became a licensed practical nurse. She began her nursing career in 1963 and retired from Beckley ARH Hospital with over 20 years service. She will be remembered as a diligent and compassionate professional.

Ms. Foster was a member of the Kilsyth Free Will Baptist Church. She was a true servant of the Lord.

Above all, Ms. Foster was a proud and doting grandmother and great-grandmother. As the matriarch of the family, she was most invested in the physical and spiritual well-being of her family.

She was preceded in death by her brothers, Frank, Joseph, Albert and Tony Tolli, and sisters, Ruby Tolli and Annette Vargo.

Those left to cherish her memory include her brother, John Tolli and wife, Sherry, of Hendersonville, Tenn.; daughters, Linda Martin and husband, Sam, of Mount Hope and Mary Ellen Vaught and husband, Lester, of Beckley; grandsons, Christopher Vaught and wife, Debra, of Beckley and B.K. Vaught and wife, Kellie, of Beckley; and great-grandchildren, Ryan, Cooper, Sydney and Bailey Vaught.

The family would like to thank Dollie Wine, her devoted caregiver.

Funeral services will be on Saturday, December 7, 2013, at 1 p.m. at Tyree Funeral Home in Mount Hope with Rev. James F. Sturgill officiating. Burial will be at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens in Prosperity. Friends may call one hour prior to the service on Saturday at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be sent at www.tyreefuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope.



Margaret Ellen Shiflett Hill

GREEN BANK — Margaret Ellen Shiflett Hill, 80, of Green Bank, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013.

Services will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at Pine Grove Church of the Brethren, with Pastor Julian Rittenhouse and Pastor David Rittenhouse officiating. Burial will follow in the Arbovale Cemetery, Annex. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, at the funeral home in Arbovale.

Please send online condolences by visiting www.wallaceandwallacefh.com.

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Arbovale.



Carmella Weeks Hines

CHERRY HILL TOWNSHIP, N.J. — Carmella Weeks Hines, 81, of Cherry Hill Twp, died on Friday, November 29, 2013, at Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center in Camden City, N.J.

Born October 17, 1932, at Kingston, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late John Preston and Eva Imogene Rinehart Weeks.

She was a homemaker and former employee of the Admissions Department for High Mark Hospital. Mrs. Hines was a member of the Presbyterian Church.           

She was preceded in death by her husband, William E. Hines II.

Survivors include children, Beverly Hines O’Neill of Connecticut, K.E. Hines of New Jersey, Kathy L. Hines of New Jersey and Debbie Hines of New Jersey, and six grandchildren.

Funeral services will be on Friday, December 6, 2013, at 2 p.m. at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill with Rev. David Sneed officiating. Burial will be at High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill. Friends may call one hour prior to the service on Friday at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be sent at www.tyreefuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.



Alvin ‘Ray’ Landers

SISSONVILLE — Alvin “Ray” Landers, 87, of Sissonville, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013.

In keeping with Mr. Landers’ final wishes, he will be cremated and no services will be conducted. His urn will be laid to rest at Landers Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations of sympathy may be mailed to The Landers Family, 349 Landers Lane, Sissonville, WV 25320.

You may send the family online condolences by visiting this obituary at www.longfisherfuneralhome.com.

Arrangements with Long and Fisher Funeral Home, 6837 Sissonville Drive, Sissonville.



Evelyn Murphy

Evelyn Murphy, 63, of Beckley, passed away Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013.

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



Ethel Mae Ratliff

QUINWOOD — Ethel Mae Ratliff, 81, of Quinwood, went to be with the Lord on December 3, 2013, where she is reunited with her mother (Hennie) and her daughter (Ardigaye). Her final days were spent surrounded by her loving husband and her children.

Born September 14, 1932, in Camden, Ala., she was the daughter of the late Fred and Hennie Bonner.

She is survived by three brothers, Ed Bonner of Gadsden, Ala., Fred (Willie) Bonner of Victorsville, Calif., Bob Bonner of Leslie, W.Va.; five daughters, Ethelene Penn (Don) of Alderson, Linda Faye Ratliff of Quinwood, Davene Burks (Richard) of Morgantown, Darlene Ratliff Washington (Keith) of Irwin, Pa., and Donna Ratliff-Walker (Fred) of Durham, N.C.; three sons, Walter Lee Ratliff (Jennifer) of Albany, Ga., Danny Ratliff of Leslie and Rex Ratliff (Sarah) of Bluefield, W.Va.; 10 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren along with many nieces, nephews and cousins.

She spent her early years serving as homemaker to her husband and their nine children. She went on to acquire an Associate Degree and serve more that 20 years as a Restorative Assistant to the physical therapist at Heartland of Rainelle. She loved her family, crocheting and flowers. She will be sorely missed.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, December 7, 2013, at the Wallace & Wallace Chapel in Rainelle with Pastor Chad Rodes and Rev. Ronald L. Sherrod officiating. Burial will follow at the Trail’s End Cemetery in Clintonville.

Friends may call one hour prior to the services at the funeral home. There will be no evening visitation.

Online condolences may be sent to wallaceandwallacefh.com.

Arrangements by Wallace and Wallace, Inc., of Rainelle.



Elsie Thompson

Elsie Thompson, 87, of Coal City, passed away on Wednesday, December 4, 2013.

Born at Killarney, W.Va., on March 4, 1926, to the late John and Ida Buchanan.

Elsie lived most of her life in Coal City. Elsie was employed by the late Dr. John Hedrick for 35 years. She was a member and served as Treasurer of the Coal City Church of God. Elsie was an avid solver of crossword puzzles.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Wesley Thompson; a sister and brother-in-law, Marie and Paul Coalson; a nephew, Jerry Coalson; and a niece, Phyllis McGrady.

Those left to cherish her memory include her nephew Wayne Coalson and wife, Jennie; she also leaves behind her special cousins, Rema Blankenship and husband, Charles, and Sharon Hoffman of Paradise, Calif.; and grandnieces and nephews; special friends, Joyce and Michael Farley, J.C. and Connie Shumate; and of course the many friends of the Coal City Church of God.

Elsie was a wonderful and caring Aunt that will be missed greatly by both family and friends.

Services to celebrate the life of Elsie Thompson will be held 1 p.m. Monday, December 9, 2013, at Williams-Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Sophia, with Bishop Clarence Lee officiating. Men of the Coal City Church of God will be serving as pallbearers.

Following the services, Elsie will be laid to rest beside her husband, Wesley, at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Beckley.

Friends may gather with the family from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home and the chapel will be open to those wanting to pay their respects to Elsie Monday from 10 a.m.  until time of the service.

Online condolences and other information can be found by visiting www.blueridgefuneralhome.com.

Williams-Blue Ridge Funeral Home, 101 1st Street, Sophia, is honored to be serving the family of Mrs. Elsie Thompson.



Charles Wayne ‘Charlie’ Toney

OCEANA — Mr. Charles Wayne “Charlie” Toney, 73, of Oceana, passed away on Tuesday,  December 3, 2013, at his home.

He was born January 15, 1940, in Pax, W.Va., a son of the late Jesse Willard and Kathleen Kidd Toney.

Charlie was a retired coal miner with 30 years of service at Harris #1 Mine, a member of UMWA Local 1503. He spent seven years in service to our country in the military, first as a United States Marine and then with the United States Air Force.

Survivors include his loving wife of 47 years, Phyllis Barrs Toney; a brother Bill Toney and wife Brenda of Norwalk, Ohio; two sisters Joan Dixon of Oceana and Kathy Thompson and husband David of Pineville; and a host of other loving family and friends.

A celebration of his life will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday, December 6, 2013, at the New Life Church, Jesse, W.Va., with Pastor Jay Morgan officiating.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made in Charlie’s name to Hospice of Southern WV, PO Box 1472, Beckley, WV 25802-1472.

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

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



Munir Samuel Yarid

LEWISBURG — Munir Samuel Yarid, 89, of Lewisburg, died Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013.

A memorial service to celebrate the life will be 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 12, at the Old Stone Presbyterian Church. A luncheon will be in the Fellowship Hall of the Church immediately following the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Old Stone Presbyterian Church, 200 Church St., Lewisburg, WV 24901, or Carnegie Hall, 105 Church St., Lewisburg, WV 24901.

Please send online condolences by visiting www.wallaceandwallacefh.com.

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Lewisburg.