The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

April 29, 2012

Obituaries — Sunday, April 29, 2012

Mary Ellen Blevins

Mary Ellen Blevins, 62, of Pemberton, passed away Wednesday, April 25, 2012, after a long illness.

Born in Beckley, she was the daughter of the late Herbert Beaver and Clara Alice (Acord) Ross. She attended Pemberton Baptist Church.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 36 years, Benny Blevins, and her sister, Gloria J. Wombles.

She will be lovingly remembered by her daughter, Kimberly D. Blevins of Pemberton and fiancé, David Hardin; granddaughter Shannon Marie Blevins; two sisters, Sandra K. Whiting and husband Kenny of Jackson, Miss., and Victoria L. Jennings and husband Emit G. Jennings Jr. of Beckley. Her nieces, Sandra’s daughters, Lisa and Christy and her nephews, Victoria’s sons, Emit G. Jennings III and wife Angie and Waylan L. Jennings. Great nieces and nephews, Brenton, Michael, Waylan II, Emit IV and Jolean. Special nephew, William Saunders and wife Sherry and a host of nieces and nephews of the Hart and Blevins families.

A service to celebrate Mary’s life will be held at Family Worship Center in Beckley Tuesday, May  1, 2012, at 11 a.m. Burial will follow in Kidwell Cemetery at Table Rock. Reverend Ken Clark and Reverend Ken White will be officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Blevins family, P.O. Box 208, Coal City, WV, 25823.

Condolences may be made at

Arrangements are entrusted to Roselawn Funeral Home, 450 Courthouse Road, Princeton, WV 24740.


Dana Leigh Ball Brooks

Dana Leigh Ball Brooks, 52, of Beckley, passed away Thursday, April 26, 2012, at Raleigh General Hospital.

Born July 20, 1959, in Beckley, she was the daughter of the late Jack G. Ball, a well-known sports figure and boxing promoter in Raleigh Co. during the early ’70s and a member of the Summers Co. Athletic Hall of Fame and the late Connie S. Boitnott Ball, a nurse at Pinecrest Sanitarium for 25 years.

Dana was a member of Daniels Bible Church. She was a people person and animal lover.

Survivors include her husband, Randy E. Brooks; stepchildren, Tammy Crook and husband Eric of Cool Ridge, Randy Brooks Jr. and wife Bridget of Fort Hood, Texas, Melissa Brooks and Michael Brooks of Beckley; stepgrandchildren, Adam, Justin, James, Sarah, Kathryn, Isaac, Timothy and Caleb; uncle, Charles Boitnott of San Mateo, Calif. and a very special friend, Elsie McCray of Beckley.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Tuesday, May 1, 2012, at Daniels Bible Church with Pastor Don Pfleger officiating. Burial will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens.

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

Family and friend will serve as pallbearers.

The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to Daniels Bible Church, 1351 Ritter Drive, Daniels, WV 25832.

Online condolences may be left at

Arrangements by Calfee Funeral Home, Beckley.


DPeuo Chen

DPeuo Chen, 67, of Beckley, passed away Thursday, April 26, 2012.

No arrangements or visitation will be held.

Arrangements entrusted to Rose and Quesenberry, 1901 S. Kanawha St., Beckley.


Edna Ferris

Edna Ferris, 97, of Beaver, passed away at the Greystone Inn in Beaver.

Arrangements are pending completion at the Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, Beckley.


Paul D. Heath

Paul D. Heath, 71, of Prosperity, formerly of Oceana, went home to be with the Lord on April 27, 2012.

Born August 24, 1940, at Los Angeles, Calif., he was the son of the late Orval and Lois MacReynolds Heath.

Proceded in death by his loving wife of 42 years, Yvonne Elkins Heath, and a brother David Heath.

Paul was a veteran who proudly served his country in the United States Navy aboard the USS Enterprise (CVN-65), a retired coal miner and a member of the UMWA.

Paul was also a member of Delilah United Methodist Church in Oceana, WV.

Paul was always seen with a smile on his face, a joke to tell and the love of the Lord in his heart. He loved spending time and telling tall tales to his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

His hobbies included collecting and displaying NASCAR scale model cars, proudly cheering on his WV Mountaineers (often wearing his Gold and Blue).

He loved fishing with the grandchildren and always looked forward to his daily walks with his special lady friend Drema Logan.

Those left to cherish his loving memories include two sons, Leroy and wife Lia of St. Marys, Ga., Chris and wife Pegge of Oak Hill; a daughter, Paula and husband Keith of Crab Orchard; 10 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren, Cameron, Joshua, Jared, Andrew, Trevor, Rebecca, Cody, Christian, Cameron, Adriana, Charlie, and Aiden; six sisters, Mary Kline of Modesto, Calif., Sarah Langford of Burlingame, Calif., Lily Stuart of Provo, Utah, Orlean Keller of Los Angeles, Calif., Grace Greene of Oroville, Calif., and Abilene Hargrave of Cottage Grove, Ore.; three brothers, Harland Heath of Sierra Madre, Calif., Orval Heath of Manchester, Wash., and John Heath of Escondido, Calif.; and a host of nieces and nephews, too many to count.

A celebration of Paul’s life will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 29, 2012 at the Adam Toler Memorial Funeral Home in Oceana with Pastor Richard Chester officiating.

Burial and 21-gun salute will follow at Palm Memorial Gardens in Matheny.

Friends may gather to pay their condolences with the family from noon until 2 p.m. at the funeral home.

Video tribute and guestbook at

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the Oceana Volunteer Fire Department, Rescue Squad, and Upper Laurel ambulance service for their sincere efforts and kindness in caring for our Father in his last moments.

Services entrusted to Adam Toler Memorial Funeral Home, Oceana.


Roger Hinkle

WILLIAMSBURG — Roger Hinkle, 61, died Friday evening, April 27, 2012, at CAMC General in Charleston, following a short illness.

Born April 13, 1951, at Ronceverte, he was the son of the late Robert Lloyd Hinkle, and Glenna Pearl Nicely Hinkle Taylor, of Williamsburg.

In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Barbara Ann Hinkle and infant Nancy Hinkle, and by two brothers, Robert C. Hinkle and Rob Hinkle.

Roger was a heavy equipment operator, an avid hunter, and enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren.

Survivors include his mother, Glenna Pearl Nicely Hinkle Taylor, of Williamsburg; one daughter, Chrystal McNeely (Dana), of Crawley; one son, Roger Hinkle Jr., of Frankford; two sisters, Becky Hinkle, of Ronceverte, and Joyce Spence, of Caldwell; five brothers, Scott, of S.C., Darrell, of Ronceverte, Delbert, of Va., Doug, of Rupert, Russ, of Danese; two granddaughters, Autumn and Brittany McNeely, of Crawley; one great-granddaughter, Paiten Surgeon, of Crawley.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 2, 2012 at Wallace and Wallace Chapel, Rainelle.

Burial will follow at Wallace Memorial Cemetery, Clintonville.

Friends may call from 6 until 8 p.m. Tuesday evening at the funeral home.

Arrangements entrusted to Wallace and Wallace of Rainelle. 


Maxtren Eugene Holley

Maxtren Eugene Holley, age 88, of Beaver, WV, passed away at Bowers Hospice House in Beckley on Thursday, April 26, 2012.

Born on November 8, 1923, in Pax, WV, he was the son of the late D.C. “Doc” Holley and Ruby Woolwine Holley.

Gene served in the United States Navy during World War II, serving in Germany, England and France during the Normandy D-day invasion.

Before retiring in 1982, Gene along with his wife, Utholee, owned and operated the Nature Shop on Eisenhower Drive in Beckley. He had a special love for animals, classic cars and enjoyed for many years playing lead guitar for several local bands, including the “Hallmarks,” alongside his sons.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 70 years, Utholee Windon Holley, a brother, Charles Holley, a sister Emma Jane Stacy, and a daughter-in-law, Kethel Holley.

Survivors include his two sons, Darrell “Peanut” Holley of Beckley, Bobby Holley and his wife Beni of Beckley, two grandchildren, LaDawn Holley of Beckley, Landon Holley of Bridgeport, and a great-granddaughter Kasey Mitchem of Beckley, a sister Shirley Fara of Maryland, a brother Joe Holley of Beckley, and several nieces and nephews.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to the SICU staff of Raleigh General Hospital, the staff of Central WV, and the wonderful staff and volunteers of the Bowers Hospice House for their loving care and kindness.

Funeral services will be conducted at the Rose and Quesenberry Peace Chapel in Beckley on Sunday, April 29, 2012, at 2 p.m. with  Rev. Randy Warden officiating. Burial will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens at Prosperity, WV. Friends may call at the funeral home one hour prior to the services on Sunday.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations of sympathy be made to Bowers Hospice House, 454 Cranberry Drive, Beckley, WV, in memory of Gene Holley. Online condolences may be sent to our guestbook at

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


Patricia Louise Honaker

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS — Patricia Louise Honaker, 64, died Friday, April 27, 2012.

Service will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at Morgan Funeral Home, Lewisburg, with burial in Mapledale Cemetary, White Sulphur Springs.

Visitation will be from 6 until 8 p.m. Monday, April 30 at the funeral home.


Flossie Knapp

Flossie Knapp, 92, of Clear Creek, died Saturday, April 28, 2012.

Arrangements are pending completion with Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley.


Howard McGinnis

STOLLINGS — Howard McGinnis, 84, died Saturday, April 28, 2012, at Logan Regional Medical Center, Logan.  

Arrangements are pending completion with Honaker Funeral Home, Logan.


Laura Belle Black Warner

Laura Belle Black Warner, 68, of Coal City, passed away at Beckley Appalachian Regional Hospital on Wednesday, April 25, 2012.

Born on February 21, 1944, at Besoco, she was the daughter of the late Rev. G.D. Black and Ivory Mae Bolen Black.

Mrs. Warner was a homemaker, and was of the Christian faith.  

She had made her home in the Coal City area most of her life.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Dane and Ernie Black.

Those survivors left to cherish her memory include her husband of 38 years, Walter William Warner; two sons, Walter Patrick Warner and his wife Kimberly and their children Colin, Brittany, and Caden of Vilseck, Germany, and Hank Warner at home; two brothers,  Rev. Lowell Black and John Black, both of Coal City; three sisters, Delores Echerd and her husband, Bill of Mooresville, N.C., Barbara Bennett of Coal City and Brenda Adams of Sophia; a special brother-in-law, Gary Warner of Coal City; and many nieces and nephews are also among her survivors.

Funeral services will be conducted to celebrate the life of Laura Warner on Monday, April 30, 2012 at 2 p.m. at Rose and Quesenberry Peace Chapel in Beckley with Rev. Tim Mitchem officiating.

Burial will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens at Prosperity. Friends may call at the funeral home one hour prior to the services on Monday.  

Pallbearers will be Edsel Adkins, Clyde Beavers, Gary Warner, Johnny Heath, Rob Thompson, and Mike Wyles. Honorary pallbearers will be Gid Black and Terry Smith.

Online condolences may be sent to our guestbook at

Arrangements by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, Beckley.