The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

May 2, 2012

Obituaries — Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Elaine Frances Brewer

Elaine Frances Brewer, 97, of Beckley, passed away Tuesday, May 1, 2012.

Online condolences may be left at

Arrangements by Calfee Funeral Home, Beckley.


Jane Cooper

BROOKSVILLE, Fla. — Jane Cooper, 83, of Brooksville, formerly of Crab Orchard, died April 24, 2012.

Born Nov. 19, 1928, at Ellison, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Cindy Persinger and Cliff Persinger.

She moved from Pennsylvania to Florida in 2000. She was a homemaker and member of Emmanuel Baptist Church.

Jane is survived by her husband, Richard; two daughters, Diane Ruth Freeman of Holiday, Fla., Barbara Jane Nesbitt of Easley, S.C.; sister, Shirley Marklen; brother, Kenneth Persinger; brother-in-law, Reverend Jim Stanley; seven grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

A memorial service will be conducted Saturday, May 5th, 3 p.m. at Emmanuel Baptist Church, 11321 Ponce de Leon, Brooksville, with the Rev. Chris Mundale officiating.

Online at  www.pinecrest

Arrangements by Pinecrest Funeral Chapel, 15010 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville, FL 34613. 352-796-1656


Arzella Cox

Arzella Cox, 76 of Beckley, passed away Sunday, April 29, 2012.

A celebration of life will be noon on Friday, May 4, 2012 at the Beckley Church of God, South Kanawha Street, Beckley with Rev. F.D. Sexton officiating. Interment will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens in Prosperity.

Visitation will be held on Thursday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Beckley Church of God.

In lieu of flowers the family asks donations be made to the Beckley Church of God, PO Box 3088, Beckley, WV 25801.

Online condolences and other information available at

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


Thelma Mae Hickman Dancy

RICHWOOD — Thelma Mae Hickman Dancy, 84, of Richwood, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, April 30, 2012, in Summersville Nursing Home, Summersville, after a short illness.

She was born December 2, 1927, in Durbin, W.Va., to the late William Jessie and Mattie Frances Wilfong Gregory.

She was a member of Faith United Methodist Church in Richwood. She worked at various schools as a cook and at the Richwood Hospital. She belonged to the Pine Grove Rebekah Lodge.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Denver Hickman and second, Elmer Dancy; brothers, Troy, Burles, Jessie, Dennis, Wallace, Ted, Leonard and Austin Gregory; one sister, Evie Adkins.

Survivors include a son, Bill Hickman (Mary), Fenwick; three daughters, Donna Lively (Mike), Nettie, Nancy Priestley (Ed), Craigsville, W.Va., Bev Hickman, Richwood; six grandchildren, Bob Butcher, Kelly Butcher, Bruce Priestley, Stacie Hickman, Melissa Donaldson, Savannah Hickman; one great-granddaughter, Bristol Priestley;  two step daughters, Patty Duffield and Pearly Adkins; four step sons, Hurl, Harold Lee, Rick, and Howard Earl Dancy; and several step grandchildren, great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Service will be 2 p.m. Thursday, May 3, 2012, at Simons-Coleman Funeral Home, Richwood, with Pastor Eddie Groves officiating. Burial will follow in the McClung Cemetery, Canvas, W.Va.

Friends may call noon until 2 p.m. on Thursday, May 3, at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the United Cancer Society, but the family will accept flowers.

All arrangements were made by Simons-Coleman Funeral Home, Richwood.


David Lloyd DeViese

TITUSVILLE, Fla. — David Lloyd DeViese, passed away on March 19th, 2012, at Royal Oaks Nursing Home near his residence in Titusville. He was 92.

He was born April 12, 1919 in Hilltop, W.Va., the son of the late James and Cordelia DeViese. He was preceded in death by his sisters, Helen Buckland, Pearl Miller, Ruth Huffman, Clara Mae Vaught, and brothers, James and Howard DeViese.

He was a veteran of World War II, serving in Europe as a warrant officer in the 9th Army Air Corps, and was a 32nd degree Mason.

Around 1950 he began a career in the automobile business as a salesman for E.C. Priestly at Riverside Motor Company in Madison W.Va. In 1959 he co-founded a dealership in Madison with C. Haddon Miller, also of Madison, and soon after acquired the Rambler franchise. Three years later he moved his family to Titusville, where he co-founded Brevard Motor Company in with L. John Loud, also of Madison. They acquired a Chrysler-Plymouth franchise in 1964 where they expanded and grew the dealership until they retired in 1985.

In Madison, he was also a member of the Madison Volunteer Fire Department, the Lion's Club, and the Madison Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Katherine Myers DeViese. He is also survived by son David M. of Charlottesville Va., wife Karen, and their sons Matthew and Tyler; son Frank Taylor, wife Carole, and their daughters Macey and Hildy, and son Hunter; daughter Rebecca Collier of Orlando, Fla., husband David and children Zachary and Jessica; son Tim of Fernandina Beach, wife Andra, and daughters Casey and Rachael. He is also survived by one great granddaughter- Zada Katherine Collier.

He was most proud of family and was most recently photographed at a Grand-nephew's wedding, seated at the center of the photograph beside his wife Katherine and surrounded by over 60 relatives and descendants of the DeViese Family.

A memorial service was held on March 25 in Titusville, Florida. The interment will be on May 5th at 2 p.m. at the High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill, W.Va., where his final resting place will be at the feet of his mother. A short graveside service will be held.


Bernice Douglas

Bernice Douglas, 70, of Colcord, W.Va., went home to be with the Lord Saturday, April 28, 2012, at her home.

She was born January 22, 1942 at McDunn, W.Va., a daughter of the late David F. and Birdie R. Harris Bledsoe.

She loved her family.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Birdie Kyle; two brothers; David and Jackie Bledsoe and one great-granddaughter, Jada Rachelle Beverly.

Surviviors include her husband, James Douglas Sr., children: James Douglas II and wife, Jeannie, Kimberly Scarbro and husband, Greg, Lisa Estep and husband, Jim and Shawna Williams and fiance, Jeff Spradlin; siblings: Margaret Calvert, Shirley Taylor, Dolly Jack, Chesaline Davis, Judy Cogar, Devon Bourbeau, Dawn Bledsoe Harris and Paige Dandrea; nine grandchildren and sixteen great-grandchildren.

Gone, but not forgotten This pain, I cannot hide In memory I see you A million tears I’ve cried. The tender thoughts you left me Stay locked in my memory Your loving smile, so precious Will always be with me. Your tender heart, your wisdom Your memories will grow  Gone, but not forgotten In my heart they go. I pray that I’ll still see you Upon a light blue sky I’ll long so much to  hold you And cease the urge to cry.  Just like a special angel God wrapped you in His care And took you off to heaven To live with Him, up there.

Service will be 1 p.m. Thursday, May 3, 2012, at the Clear Fork Worship Center, Clear Fork, with Pastor Greg Scarbro officiating. Burial will follow in the Estep Cemetery, Ameagle.

Friends may call 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the church.

Arrangements by Armstrong Funeral Home, Whitesville.


Lottie G. Fields

NETTIE — Lottie G.  Fields, 88, of Nettie, passed away, Sunday, April 29, 2012.

Services will be at 11 a.m., Saturday, May 5, 2012, at Olive Branch Baptist Church of Nettie, with Rev. Dave Acree officiating, assisted by Rev. Troy George. Burial will follow at Fields Cemetery, at Nettie.

Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at the church.

Arrangements entrusted to Wallace & Wallace of Rainelle.


Catherine Elaine Kershner Gillilan

FRANKFORD — Catherine Elaine Kershner Gillilan, 55, of Frankford, W.Va., died Monday, April 30, 2012, at Roanoke Memorial Hospital after a short illness.

Born Oct. 29, 1956, at Ronceverte, she is the daughter of Zelda Kershner of Renick and the late Stoner Kershner.

Catherine was a 1974 graduate of Greenbrier East High School and a graduate of Dabnery S. Lancaster Community College as a registered nurse.

Other survivors include her husband of 39 years, Clifford Gillilan of Frankford; a daughter, Kristen Gunter and husband, Josh of Franklinton, N.C.; a son, John Gillilan of Portland, Oreg.; a brother, Kenneth B. Kershner and wife, Linda of Louisa, Va.; a sister, Kay Reynolds and husband, Calvin of Frankford and several nieces and nephews.

Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, May 5, at the Memorial Chapel of the McCraw Funeral Home in Lewisburg, with the Rev. Susan Sharp Campbell and the Rev. Phil Hickman officiating. Burial will follow in the Morningside Cemetery at Renick.

Friends may call one hour prior to the service time Saturday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Frankford Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 149, Frankford, W.Va. 24938.

Arrangements by McCraw Funeral Home, Lewisburg.


Willis Gerald Glover

PRINCETON — Willis Gerald Glover, 82, of 812 Highland Avenue, Princeton, died Sunday, April 29, 2012 at Roanoke Memorial Hospital in Roanoke, Va.

Born June 18, 1929 in Herndon, W.Va., he was the son of the late Frank W. Glover and Cora Lambert Glover.

He was a graduate of Herndon High School and a 1959 graduate of West Virginia University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management. Willis was retired owner and operator of Mining Electronics, Inc. and a U.S. Navy veteran serving in the Korean War. He was a lifetime Alumni of WVU, a member of Princeton Elks Lodge #1459, and a member of the Fraternal Order of Police.

In addition to his parents, two brothers, Charles Glover and Frank “Jim” Glover; and two sisters, Annabelle Glover and Patricia Cromer preceded him in death. He was the last surviving member of his immediate family.

Survivors include his wife, Francis Louise Wilson Glover of Princeton; one son, Steve G. Glover of Colorado; two daughters, Tammy Glover and Vonda Kay Hardin and husband Cecil all of Roanoke, Va.; four grandchildren, Zachary Hardin, Madison Hardin, Francis Grace Glover and Kathy Stroupe; three great grandchildren; special sisters-in-law, Mary Ann Wilson of Princeton and Dorothy Runyon of Beckley; brother-in-law, Danny Wilson of Leesburg, Va.; and faithful canine companion, Buttons.

A graveside service will be conducted at 2 p.m., Wednesday, May 2, 2012 at Roselawn Memorial Gardens in Princeton with Rev. Marvin Mills officiating.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

There will be no visitation.

Those attending the graveside service are asked to meet at Seaver Funeral Home in Princeton by 1:45 p.m. or at the cemetery by the service hour on Wednesday.

On line condolences may be sent by visiting www.seaverfuneralservice. com

Seaver Funeral Home in Princeton is serving the Glover family.  


Barbara Goss

Barbara Goss, age 80, of Eccles, passed away on Monday, April 30, 2012 at Summers County Appalachian Regional Hospital following an extended illness.

Born July 29, 1931 in Peachtree, W.Va., to the late Joseph Cook and Martha Acord Cook.

Mrs. Goss retired from Beckley Appalachian Regional Hospital as a housekeeper. She was also a member of the Eccles First Baptist Church where she taught Sunday school. She was involved in her community with the local Lady’s Club. Most of all she loved her family and adored her grandchildren. She will be sadly missed.

In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by her husband Tony Goss Jr.

Those left to cherish her memory include her daughter Toni Marie Hornsby and husband Teddy of Eccles; sons Bobby Joe Goss and wife June of Dawson, W.Va., Donald Cook and wife Penny of Dameron, James Paul Cook and wife Peggy of Midway, and Bobby Ray Cook of MacArthur; sister Anna Morris of Crab Orchard; 14 grandchildren and eight great grandchildren; also the family would like to recognize Teddy and wife Sandy and Joseph and Heather for being such wonderful care givers for their grandmother.

A celebration of Barbara’s life will be conducted 11 a.m. Thursday, May 3, 2012 at the Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home Peace Chapel with Rev. Gary Hall officiating. Interment will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Prosperity.

Visitation will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. on Thursday at the funeral home.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

Online condolences and other information available at

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


Mae Lynch

Mae Lynch, 88, of Westwood Drive, Beckley, died Tuesday, May 1st, 2012 at the Bowers Hospice House.   

Condolences may be sent to the family’s guestbook at

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary, Inc., Beckley.


Harold Thomas Mullins

OAK HILL — Harold Thomas Mullins, 77, of Oak Hill, died on Monday, April 30, 2012 at his home.

Born January 17, 1935 at Clintwood, Va., he was the son of the late Grover and Victoria Belcher Mullins.

A former employee of Wallace & Wallace Vending and K & K Music, he was the owner of Tom's Amusements.

Tom was a member of the Oak Hill Church of the Nazarene. He was an avid walker and a familiar sight to Oak Hill residents who would see him driving around town in his blue Ranchero.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Jean Hall Mullins and was the last surviving member of his immediate family.

Survivors include his wife, Zelda U. Martin Mullins; one son, Danny R. Mullins and wife, Malisa of Spencer; daughter, Sharon Taylor of Scarbro; one stepson, Roger Johnson and wife, Draxie of Virgie, Ky., and two step daughters, Alice Johnson of Virgie, Ky. and Laura Lyke of Oak Hill.

He is also survived by several grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Graveside rites and committal service will be on Friday, May 4, 2012 at 1 p.m. at the Pearl Hall Family Cemetery, Long Fork Road in Virgie, Ky. Burial will follow.

Visitation will be held at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill on Thursday, May 3, 2012 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.


Jennie Thompson Nichols

PINEVILLE — Jennie Thompson Nichols, 61, of Pineville, passed away at her residence on Saturday, April 28, 2012.

Born Jan. 13, 1951, in Pineville, she was the daughter of the late J.V. and Rita Cook Thompson.

Jennie was a lifelong resident of Pineville. She was a Pineville High School graduate and attended Cook Memorial Baptist Church. Jennie retired as a bookkeeper from the Wyoming County Board of Education and worked at Pineville Children’s Clinic. She loved working with children especially special needs children. She was an avid reader and birdwatcher and a mediocre gardener.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her canine companion of many years, Buster “Slick.”

Survivors include her twin daughters, Kelly Nichols Everhart and her husband, Steve, of Lewisville, N.C. and Shannon Nichols of Pfafftown, N.C.; a brother, Kirby Thompson of Pineville, a granddaughter, Sarah Elizabeth Everhart; two beloved aunts, Clara Dee Cook and Debra Cook; and several cousins, friends and co-workers.

A celebration of Jennie’s life will be 11 a.m., Thursday, May 3, 2012, at Calfee Funeral Service Chapel, Pineville, with Pastor Keith Reed and Turk Bailey officiating.

Family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, May 2, 2012, at the funeral home.

Honorary pallbearers will be Steve Everhart, Turk Bailey, Paige Cline, Josh Lumbo, Howard Loving Sr., Howard Loving Jr. and Jimmy Jackson.

Online guest book, flowers and gifts may be found at

Calfee Funeral and Cremation Service of Pineville is serving the Nichols family.


Elmer Quentin Noble

FOREST HILL — Elmer Quentin Noble, 90, of Forest Hill, died at 12:04 a.m. Tuesday, May 1, 2012 in Summers County A.R.H. in Hinton following a short illness.

Born October 23, 1921 at Worford, Summers County, he was the son of the late John Elmer and Ola Wood Noble.

Mr. Noble was retired from S.J. Groves & Sons  Construction Company as a master mechanic with 25 years of service. He was a combat veteran, U.S. Army serving with the 314th Infantry, 79th Division in the European Theater during World War II. He was of the Baptist faith.

Preceded in death by a two brothers, Fred Noble and Williams Noble and also by a grandson, Tanner.

Survivors include his wife of almost 66 years, Ruth Sims Noble; one son, Patrick Noble and wife Pricilla of Rock Hill, S.C.; one daughter, Toni Williams of Alderson; two sisters, Joan Suiter and husband Marvin of Princeton and Patty Solso and husband Russell of Anderson, Calif.; two grandchildren, Stephanie Warren and husband Woody and Riley Noble; one great grandson, Quentin Warren; special nephews, Randy and Terry Noble, Michael and Dale Suiter and their extended families.

Mr. Noble lived a full life filled with love for his family, his country and his Lord. He reveled in sharing stories of his youth on the New River. He will be missed.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, May 3, 2012 at Pivont Funeral Home Chapel in Hinton with Pastors Joe Spencer and Robbie Merritt officiating. Burial will follow in Fairview Baptist Church Cemetery at Forest Hill.

Friends may call from 12 noon until time of services on Thursday at the funeral home.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

Online condolences & guest register at

Arrangements by Pivont Funeral Home, Hinton.


Ira Pickens

Mr. Ira Pickens, 74, of Beckley, died Tuesday, May 1, 2012.

Arrangements entrusted to Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.


Pasquale Pino

OAK HILL— Pasquale Pino, 85, of Oak Hill, formerly of Mount Hope, died on Monday, April 30, 2012.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Friday, May 4, 2012 at the Bradley Freewill Baptist Church with Pastor Wayne Peters and Pastor Danny Legg officiating. Burial will be at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Prosperity.

Visitation will be held at Tyree Funeral Home in Mount Hope, on Thursday, May 3, 2012 from 6 to 8 p.m. and one hour prior to the service on Friday at the church.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope.


Gary Ray Weikle

PETERSTOWN — Gary Ray Weikle, age 53, of Peterstown, passed away Monday, April 30, 2012 at Carilion Giles Community Hosptial, Pearisburg, Va., surrounded by his loving family and friends following a very brief battle with Lou-Gehrigs Disease.

He was a member of the Peterstown Pentecostal Holiness Church.

Born June 16, 1958 at Hinton, W.Va., he was the son of the late Alvin Caldwell and Janice Pearl Whitlock Weikle. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a brother, James Alvin Weikle.

Survivors include his wife of 21 years and also the love of his life, Angela Frances Weikle; his children which he loved dearly, one son, Shawn Weikle, two daughters, Kelli Renee and Courtney Pearl Weikle all of Peterstown; two brothers, Danny Weikle and wife Sue of Nimitz, and Brady Weikle and wife Roberta of Jumping Branch; two sisters, Nancy Rose and husband Wayne of Talcott, Beverly Baldwin and companion Keith Blankenship of Union; brothers and sisters in law, Dennis Wiley and wife Angie of Ballard, Teddy and Debbie Wiseman of Peterstown, and Paul and Missy Coe of Peterstown, several nieces, nephews, close friends, a very special nephew Justin Wickline of Peterstown, and a very special dog “Patch”.

Funeral services will be 4 p.m., Thursday, May 3, 2012 at the Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Wesley Galford officiating. Burial will follow in the Sunrise Memorial Gardens, Rich Creek, Va.

Friends may call from 2 p.m. until the time of services, Thursday.

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

Arrangements by Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home, Peterstown.



Kimberly Ann ‘Kimmie’ Wesley

ROCK — Kimberly Ann “Kimmie” Wesley, 21, of Rock, formerly of Ravencliff, passed away on Sunday, April 29, 2012.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday May 3, 2012 at the Pine Grove Baptist Church, Ravencliff, with the Rev. Bernard Brooks officiating. Burial will follow in Pine Grove Cemetery, Ravencliff.

Friends may gather with the family from noon until time of service at the church.

E-mail letters of sympathy may be sent at

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