The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

June 8, 2013

Obituaries — Saturday, June 8, 2013

Alice Jean Bostic Barton

RONCEVERTE — Alice Jean Bostic Barton, 69, of Ronceverte, formerly of Hollywood, W.Va., passed away on Thursday, June 6, 2013.

Graveside services and burial will be held Monday, June 10, 2013 at the Carlisle Cemetery, Hollywood. Family will receive friends from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Monday at the Bruffeys Methodist Church, Hollywood.

Broyles-McGuire Funeral Home in Union is in charge of arrangements.


Douglas Bowles

HINTON — Douglas Bowles, 63, of Hinton, died Friday, June 7, 2013 at Summers Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, Hilldale.

Arrangements are pending completion at Pivont Funeral Home, Hinton.


Betty Brammer

Betty Brammer, age 87 of Beaver, passed away at the Bowers Hospice House in Beckley on Friday, June 7, 2013.

Arrangements are pending completion at the Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home Shady Spring Chapel, 729 Flat Top Road, Shady Spring.


Charles Edward Cassity

Charles Edward Cassity, died peacefully at Raleigh General Hospital, Tuesday, June 4, 2013, after a brief illness.

Born December 4, 1938, in Pemberton, W.Va., Charles was the son of the late Charley and Ruth Hester Stump Cassity of Crab Orchard. He was preceded in death by his son Charles (Chuck)  Edward Cassity II; wife Sharon Jeanette Goodman Cassity; daughter Virginia Sue (Ginny Sue) Cassity Allison; grandparents Samuel and Zanie Cassity of Pemberton, William E. and Luzenia R. Stump of Fitzpatrick, Marvin T. and Maude Rasco of Sullivan Road and Crab Orchard, and 54 Uncles and Aunts.

Those left to cherish his memory are his granddaughter, Amanda Yvonne Allison and great grandchildren, Tyler Lee Edward Gooslin, and Alexis Jeanette Gooslin; sister Patricia (Patti) Dare Cassity Shirkey, brother-in-law, Kenneth B. Shirkey, sister Marceline (Marcy) Yvonne Cassity Lilly and brother-in-law, Michael E. Lilly; nephews, Rick Shirkey and wife, Barbara of Cleveland, Tennessee; Mike and son,Tanner Shirkey of Hamilton, Ohio; and  Alex Shirkey of Belleville, Illinois; and Matthew Lilly of Beckley; niece, Megan E. Lilly of Beckley; Aunt Louise Cassity Shekell of Michigan; numerous Cassity, Stump, and Rasco cousins; sister-in-law, Carol Goodman Scott; nephews and nieces, Mr. & Mrs. Brian Scott, and children of California, Mr. & Mrs. Keith Scott and children and  Mr. & Mrs. Eric Scott and children of Richmond, Virginia; Kim, his caregiver; close family friend, Ann Shirkey Toney, and too many friends to mention.

Charles attended Stoco High School, where he played football. He graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in 1957, where he was a member of the Thespian Club. He played on and coached various community baseball teams.

Charles served his country in the U.S. Army, and was stationed in Augsburg, Germany.  He worked in the Beckley community as a grocer/salesclerk; insurance salesman, Meadows Oil company, briefly as a coal miner, and the Beckley City Police Department.  He also worked for General Motors in Flint, Michigan; during the 1970’s he was a member of the Capitol Hill Police, Senate; in the 1980’s J&J Construction Company, Deputy Sheriff of Stafford County, serving Aquia Harbour Police Department, Eastern Airlines and Trump Shuttle at National Airport.

Charles, who never met a stranger, touched the lives of many people with his charm, wit, and Irish-Indian storytelling skills. He enjoyed sports of all kinds, NASCAR, WVU sports and the Redskins, working crossword puzzles, playing card games, dancing, and music. He especially enjoyed Conway Twitty, Loretta Lynn, The Gaithers, and all music, but especially music of the 1950’s and 60’s. His strong faith in God sustained him throughout his life.  His motto was, “God will never give me more than I can bear.”    

His love for his family and friends was immeasurable. A celebration of Charles’ life will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, June 9, 2013, at Calfee Funeral Home, with Chuck Pullins officiating.  Burial will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens.

Friends may call Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m. at Calfee Funeral Home, Beckley. Military honors will be conducted.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

Online condolences may be expressed to the family at

Contributions may also be made in honor and memory of Charles to Alzheimer’s and the American Heart Association.  

The family of Charles Cassity is being cared for by Calfee Funeral Home, Beckley.


Charles W. Gravely

Charles W. Gravely, 73 of Cool Ridge, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, June 5, 2013.

Born December 28, 1939, he was a son of the late Franklin and Zenobia Peters Gravely.

Charles loved motorcycles and Volkswagens, loved spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren; loved gardening, NASCAR and loved to dance with his wife.  Charles liked to joke and would always have a quick comeback. He enjoyed going to ballgames to watch his sons and grandchildren play ball. Charles graduated in 1957 from Shady Spring High School. He attended WV Tech College. Charles worked at Phillips Machinery where he was the lead electrician for several years before his retirement. He was a member of Calloway Heights Baptist Church where he served as a deacon.

In addition to his parents, Charles is preceded in death by his wife, Janet Gravely,  brother, John Gravely, and sister-in-law Katie Gravely.

Those left to cherish his memory include his sons, Chuck Gravely and wife Pam of Beckley, Rex Gravely and Larah of Cool Ridge, Gary Gravely and wife Christie of Roanoke, VA; grandchildren, Brandon Gravely and fiancée, Ellen, Billie Burdette and husband, Todd, Corey Gravely, Courtney Gravely, Garrison Gravely, Gabrielle Gravely; great-grandchildren, Gage Burdette, Charli Gravely, Caleb Plumley, Hayleigh Burdette, Kaylin Burdette and soon-to-be born great-grandson, Ryker Gravely; brothers, Everette Gravely, and wife Ann of Hudson, NC, Kenny Gravely of Charlotte, NC, Ivan Gravely and wife Carla of Charlotte, NC; sister, Vivian Gravely Owens and husband Dick of Raleigh, NC; sister-in-law, Becky Gravely of Taylor, SC.

Charles is loved and will be greatly missed by his family. The family would like to give special thanks to his caregivers, Tiffany Smith, and Rhonda Gunther.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 9, 2013 at Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley with Pastor Jeff Canterbury officiating. Burial will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

Friends may gather with the family Sunday from 1 to 2 p.m. at the funeral home.

Donations of sympathy may be made to the Beckley Gideon’s, PO Box 713, Beckley, WV 25802.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

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



Allen Wayne Griffy

Allen Wayne Griffy, 72, of Naoma, passed away Thursday morning, June 6, 2013, at Bower’s Hospice House following a courageous battle with cancer.

Born April 30, 1941, he was the son of the late Marie Jeffrey and Frank Griffy. He was also preceded in death by his wife of 47 years, Judy (Turner) Griffy, a sister, Hattie Bailey, and a half-brother, Jim Griffy. He was also preceded in death by two sets of foster parents, the Allens and the Millers.

He was a retired coal miner from Harris #1 in Boone County and proud member of the United Mine Workers of America. He also served as a private in the Marine Corps in the 1960’s. He was very proud of his time spent serving the country. He also prided himself on his time in the coal mines, his country music knowledge, and his love of classic cars.

Those left to cherish his memory are his loving daughter, Beverly (Griffy) Fulk, who stayed with him constantly as he battled cancer, and husband Johnny, of Mount Hope; son, Allen Griffy, of Rock Creek; three grandchildren, Felecia (Cook) Smith and husband, Steven, of Mount Hope, Zachary Cook and Joshua Griffy, both of Naoma; one great-grandchild, Kevin Smith, of Mount Hope; a brother, Robert Barker, of Ripley, W.Va.; a half-brother, Randall Russell, of Newfoundland.

Services will be held at Delbert Freewill Baptist Church in Naoma, on  Sunday, June 9, 2013 at 2 p.m., with the Revs. David Cook and Danny Gilfilen officiating. Singing will be the Brown Family.

Visitation will begin two hours prior to the service. The American Legion Post #32, Beckley, will provide a military graveside rites immediately following the service. Burial will follow at the Cook Cemetery, Naoma.

Nephews will serve as pallbearers.

The family would like to thank the Bower’s Hospice House of Beckley, and the wonderful staff employed there for the outstanding care provided to both Allen Griffy, and his wife Judy, as they battled cancer. Enough good cannot be said about the high quality of care they received.

Armstrong Funeral Home of Whitesville, is serving the family.


Sol Halcomb Sr.

UNION — Sol Halcomb Sr., 82, of Union, passed away Thursday, June 6, 2013.

Funeral services will be held 2 p.m., Monday, June 10, 2013 at the Groves Funeral Home Chapel in Union. Burial will follow in the Fairview Cemetery at Keenan.  

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

Groves Funeral Home in Union is in charge of arrangements.  


Lena Daniels Spade Harrah

Lena Daniels Spade Harrah, 80, of Stanaford, went home to be with her Lord on Thursday, June 6, 2013 at the Bowers Hospice House, in Beckley, surrounded by her loving family.

Born February 9, 1933 in Princewick, she was the daughter of the late Dawson and Allie Delp Daniels.

Lena was a beautician and had also worked in Hills Department Store. Lena was a member of the Living Waters Baptist Church. She was a devoted house wife and mother. She loved camping, working in her flower garden, and cooking family dinners.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her daughter, Brenda Ann Spade, her sister and brother-in-law Ruth and Carlos Williams, three brothers Gene, Deb, and James Daniels, sister-in-law Betty Daniels, and a son-in-law Mark McDermott.

Those left to cherish her memory include her husband William (Shorty) Harrah; two sons Jerry Spade and wife Kathy of Crab Orchard, and James David Spade of Stanaford; four daughters Janie Coleman and her husband Ronnie of Daniels, Carol Spade of Stanaford, Teresa Richmond and her husband Charles (Duke) of Daniels, and Johanna McDermott of Stanaford; her adopted son William (Buddy) Ray Harrah of Stanaford, her step-children, William Kermit Harrah Jr. and wife Jennifer of Beckley, Randall Harrah of Stanaford, Greg Harrah and his wife Beverly of North Carolina, and Yvette (Sissy) Bowling and husband Keith of Stanaford. She was a wonderful grandmother to all her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and a great influence in the lives of the three youngest grandchildren, Charles Thomas (Tommy) Richmond, Kara Bowling, and Donald Dunn, whom she raised from a baby. A special friend Teresa Taylor, and a host of nieces and nephews, and beloved friends.

Services will be held Sunday, June 9, 2013 at 3 p.m. in the chapel of Blue Ridge Funeral Home with the Pastor Mike Gunnoe officiating. Following the service she will be laid to rest in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens.

Family and friends will serve as pall bearers.

Friends may gather with the family from 2 p.m. until service time, Sunday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made in Lena’s memory to Hospice of Southern West Virginia.

An online guest registry and other information can be found by visiting

The honor of serving the Harrah family has been given to Blue Ridge Funeral Home, 5251 Robert C. Byrd Drive, Beckley, WV 25801.


Michael Eugene ‘Mike’ Hylton

“Our Little Angel,” Michael Eugene “Mike” Hylton, age 51, of Sullivan Road, Glen Morgan, went home to be with his Heavenly Father on Thursday,  June 6, 2013 at the Raleigh Center at Daniels.

Born on August 14, 1961 in Beckley, he was the son of Shirley Walker Hylton of Sullivan Road and the late Herman Hylton.

Mike loved all sports, especially bowling and basketball. He loved music, fishing, and camping. Mike enjoyed his outings with his special Day-Hab friends. Mike loved all people, who in turn loved him deeply. He loved his church family at the Tilden Community Church, where he was a member.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Patricia Ann Hylton, a special sister-in-law, Gladie Marie Hylton, by paternal grandparents, Henry and Pearl Hylton, and maternal grandparents, Thomas and Bertha Walker.        

Surviving other than his mother include his brother, Gerald “Bud” Hylton of Beckley; a sister, Lois Tennant and her husband Johnny of Beckley. Nieces, Sheri Hendricks and her husband Larry of Beckley, and Jennifer Laurentz and her husband Leonard of Scott Depot, Great Nephews, Ethan, Elijah, and Evan Hendricks, Cody Boggs, Jeffrey Chaffin, and Seth Laurentz; a great niece, April Boggs. Many great aunts, uncles, and cousins also survive.

Mike’s family extends special thanks to the caregivers at the Raleigh Center and to the Hospice of Southern WV for their excellent care and support.

“Our loss is Heaven’s gain.”

Funeral services will be conducted to Celebrate The Life Of Michael Hylton at the Rose and Quesenberry Peace Chapel in Beckley on Saturday, June 8, 2013 at 1 p.m. with Pastor Gene Terry officiating. Burial will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens at Prosperity.

Friends may visit with the family from 11 a.m. until service time on Saturday at the funeral home.

Private online condolences, floral tributes, and other expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family via our guestbook at

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


Todd Richard Rider

NEOLA — Todd Richard Rider, 29, of Neola, died Thursday, June 6, 2013.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, June 11, 2013 in the chapel of Shanklin Funeral Home, White Sulphur Springs with Rev. Lowell O’Dell officiating. Burial will follow at the May Chapel Cemetery in Neola.

The family will receive their friends on Monday, June 10, 2013 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.

Shanklin Funeral Home, White Sulphur Springs is serving the family.


William R. ‘Pete’ Sheppard

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS — William R. ‘Pete’ Sheppard, 63, died Friday, June 7, 2013.

The family will receive friends for a visitation from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Tuesday, June 11, 2013, at Morgan Funeral Home in Lewisburg, followed by a graveside service and burial at the Falls Cemetery on Muddy Creek Mountain.

Arrangements by Morgan Funeral Home, Lewisburg.


Annie Thomas

Mrs. Annie Thomas, 92, of Beckley, died Friday, June 7, 2013.

Arrangements entrusted to Ritchie and Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.


Earl Walker

DAYTON, Md. — Earl Walker, 93, of Dayton, passed away Sunday, June 2, 2013 at his home following a short illness.

He was born in Springdale, W.Va., on March 17, 1920, to the late William C. Walker and Elsie M. White Walker. In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by his sisters Thelma Peters, Jewel Miller, Grace Campbell, Glenna Jett, Pansie Twohig, Evelyn Rose, and his brothers Lawrence and Chester Walker.

He is survived by his sister Wanda Gregory of Dayton, Md.

He proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy. After his military service he became a mechanic in the auto industry. He was a member of the Baptist faith.

A visitation was held Friday, June 7, 2013 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Wallace and Wallace Funeral Home in Rainelle. The funeral service will be held at Wallace and Wallace Funeral Home in Rainelle, on Saturday, June 8, 2013 at 11 a.m. with Pastor Bob Scharnhorst officiating the service. Burial will follow at End of the Trail Cemetery in Clintonville, W.Va.,  with the Midland Trail Masonic Lodge 166 conducting the Masonic graveside rights.

Friends may send condolences online by visiting

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Rainelle.


Phyllis Jean Young

MUDDLETY — Phyllis Jean Young, 70, of Muddlety, died Thursday, June 6, 2013.

Her body was cremated. Memorial services will be conducted Monday, June 10, 2013 at 11 a.m. in the Waters Funeral Chapel at Summersville. Friends may call at the funeral chapel from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday evening.