The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

April 6, 2010

Obituaries — Tuesday, April 6, 2010


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Diana Gail (Basham) Bolen

Our Angel, Diana Gail Basham Bolen, age 42, received her wings on Friday, April 2, 2010, after a long illness.

She was born August 16, 1967, in Beckley, the daughter of Ivan L. and Myrtle M. Mills (Haga) Basham.

She was a beloved and devoted wife, daughter, sister, aunt and friend. She is preceded in death by her paternal grandparents Mack and Anna Young Basham, her maternal grandparents Lundy and Peggy Milam Mills, and her father-in-law Joe Bolen.

Those left to cherish her wonderful memories and celebrate her life include her husband of 17 years, David K. Bolen, and their puppy Gracie of Crab Orchard, her parents, Ivan and Myrtle of Sophia, her brothers Donald Haga of MacArthur and Glenn Haga and wife Mitzi of Soak Creek, her sisters Cindy Delp and husband Jamie of Soak Creek and Susan R. Basham of Sophia; nephews Richard, Ryan, Scott, Brent and Jason Haga and David Delp, nieces Kathy Bishop and Jennifer Delp. She is also survived by two great-nephews, four great-nieces and a host of family and close friends.

Diana was of the Christian faith and attended Soak Creek Gospel Tabernacle. She was a 1985 graduate of Independence High School and attended Valley Technical College. She spent her career working in the home health and medical supply field.

Diana loved spending time with her family and watching the WVU Mountaineers and Cincinnati Reds. She will be greatly missed by her family, close friends and all whose lives she touched with her caring spirit and gentle, compassionate personality.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 7, 2010, at Williams Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Sophia, with Rev. Terry Hatcher, Larry Cochran and Denny Hughes officiating. Burial will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens.

Pallbearers will be Ryan, Richard, Scott and Brent Haga, David Delp and Blaine Bennett.

Friends may gather with the family 6 to 9 p.m. today, Tuesday, at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.blueridgefuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by Williams Blue Ridge Funeral Home, 101 1st, Sophia.





Beulah Lee Branham

SUMMERSVILLE — Beulah Lee Branham, 84, of Summersville, died Sunday, April 4, 2010.

Services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 7, in the Waters Funeral Chapel at Summersville with the Rev. William Johnson officiating. Burial will follow in the Branham Cemetery at Enon. Friends may call 6 to 8 p.m. today, Tuesday, at the funeral chapel.

Arrangements by Waters Funeral Chapel, Summersville.





Betty Z. Comer

VICTOR — Betty Z. Comer, 79, of Victor, passed away Saturday, April 3, 2010, at her residence.

She was born October 26, 1930, and was the daughter of the late Lester and Erma Hawver Zimmerman.

She was also preceded in death by a sister, Margaret Willis, and two brothers, Buck Zimmerman and Robert Zimmerman.

She was a clerk employed at Kroger for many years; she was a member of Landmark Baptist Church of Hico and Ansted Garden Club.

Survivors are nieces and nephews and special friends, Rob and Pam Campbell.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Saturday, April 10, 2010, at Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home Chapel in Ansted, with Pastor Charles Grigsby officiating. Burial will follow in Restlawn Memory Gardens in Victor.

Friends may call 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 9, at the chapel.

Wallace & Wallace of Ansted is in charge of the arrangements.





Gary Elmore

OAK HILL — Gary Elmore, 30, passed away Sunday, April 4, 2010, at Raleigh General Hospital following a long illness.

Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.





Ulles E. Fox

BARKSDALE — Ulles E. Fox, 87, of Barksdale, passed away on Easter Sunday, April 4, 2010, in the CAMC Memorial Division following a sudden illness.

Arrangements are incomplete at the Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors, Hinton.





Margaret Ann Ledahawsky Ginn

Margaret Ann (Ledahawsky) Ginn, age 77, passed on March 27, 2010, in Tucson, Ariz., after a two-year battle fighting cancer.

Marge was born in McAlpin, W.Va., on January 29, 1933, to Annie and Frank Ledahawsky.

After graduation from high school in Sophia, she joined the Navy. Upon leaving the Navy she attended the University of West Virginia, then moved to Washington, D.C., and started her long and distinguished career with the National Security Agency.

She is preceded in death by her parents; brother, Steve; and sisters, Sophie and Annie.

She is survived by her husband Charles; three sisters Mary, Katy, and Helen; two brothers Frank and John (Klara); and several nieces and nephews.

Marge wishes to be remembered as the avid animal lover she was. She energetically devoted time to funds to animal protection activities. Her house was home to many dearly loved “furry ones”; Dudley, Susan Beth and Benjamin Bradley were her most adored. The grounds surrounding her house will continue to serve as a habitat for wild life in commemoration of her dedication to their cause. Our deep thanks and appreciation to Tucson Medical Center Hospice for their kind, loving care.

Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 7, 2010, at Sunset Memorial Park, Beckley.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.blueridgefuneralhome.com.

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





Francis Hammond

LEWISBURG — Francis Hammond, of Lewisburg, died on Easter morning, April 4, 2010, as the result of a malignant brain tumor. He was 83.

Francis was born on Aug. 14, 1926, in Rockcastle County, Ky., the youngest child of James Edward Hammond and Nannie Lake Hammond.

He attended the one-room Hammond School near his childhood home on Clear Creek through the eighth grade. In order to continue his education through high school, he had to leave home at age 15 and move to Berea, Ky., where he graduated from Berea High School in 1945 and was the valedictorian and vice president of his class. He enlisted in the U.S. Army soon after graduation and served following the end of World War II on Okinawa Island. After his service in the Army, he attended Berea College, where he earned a B.S. in business administration in 1952.

Francis met the love of his life, Margie Lewis, at Berea College in February 1950. They married on Feb. 22, 1952, and settled in Berea, where he worked as a surveyor and draftsman. In 1964, Francis moved his family to Lewisburg, where he worked as a building contractor for many years. Many fine homes stand in Greenbrier County as memorials to his work. After his retirement, Francis devoted much of his time to community service while also enjoying the time to travel the country with Marie.

Francis was a member of First Baptist Church in Fairlea, where he was ordained a Deacon and served for many years as Sunday School Secretary. He was a member of the Lewisburg Lions Club and a founding member of the Board of Directors of Greenbrier Habitat for Humanity. He was a 50-year member of Greenbrier Lodge No. 42 AF and AM, a member and former Treasurer of Ronceverte Chapter No. 21, Royal Arch Masons, a member of Greenbrier Commandery No. 15, Knights of Templar, a member of the Scottish Rite, Valley of Charleston, and a member of Beni Kedem Shrine. For many years, he helped transport area children to Lexington, Ky., for medical care at the Shriners Hospital for Children. He was active in all of the Masonic bodies until his death.

In addition to his parents, Francis was preceded in death by his four brothers, Maurice, John, Earl and Lewis Hammond; three sisters, Rowena Coffey, Elizabeth Bowman and Mary Rose; a grandson, Jamie Honaker. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Margie Lewis Hammond; sons, Robert L. Hammond and Donald W. Hammond of Lewisburg and David G. Hammond of Charleston; daughters-in-law, Lorrie S. Hammond and Darla Phillips of Lewisburg and Teresa B. Hammond of Charleston; grandsons, Joshua E. Hammond of Destrahan, La., and Matthew L. Hammond of Roanoke, Va.; granddaughters, Emily C. Hammond of Charleston and Amber Phillips of Fairmont; special friends, Phyllis Merritt, Jody Baker and Tammy Long, and many special nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 7, 2010, at the First Baptist Church of Fairlea, with the Rev. Ben Gurley officiating. Interment will follow in Rosewood Cemetery, Lewisburg.

Friends may call 6 to 8 p.m. today, Tuesday, April 6, at the McCraw Funeral Home in Lewisburg.

The family suggests that memorial donations be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children, 1900 Richmond Road, Lexington, KY 40502-1204, or online at support, shrinershospitals.org.

Arrangements by McCraw Funeral Home, Lewisburg.





Lois Marie Walls Harper

ONA — Lois Marie Walls Harper, 70, died Saturday, April 3, 2010.

Service will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at Mounts Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Gary Browning officiating. Burial will follow in Skyline Cemetery, Justice. Friends may call 6 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Arrangements by Mounts Funeral Home, Gilbert.





Mary Gertrude Jennings

CUNARD — Mary Gertrude Jennings, age 104, went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Sunday, April 4, 2010, in Fayetteville, W.Va.

Mary was born June 28, 1905, in Pilot, Va., a daughter of the late Noah Epperly and Maude Payne Epperly.

Mary was preceded in death by her husband, Jackson Theodore Jennings, and children, Ellen Marie Rahall, Joe Alvin Jennings, Lawrence Jennings, Jackson T. Jennings Jr., Paul Dean Jennings, and Nancy Pat Ashcraft.

Those left to cherish her memory include a daughter, Polly Hoffman of Pennsville, N.J.; two sons, Billy Ray Jennings of Cunard, and Ted Jerome Jennings of Bedford, Va.; 15 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren, and 19 great-great-grandchildren.

Service will be 12 noon on Wednesday, April 7, 2010, at the Cunard Baptist Church, with the former Pastor Winston O’Neal officiating, and where the family will receive friends from 11 a.m. until time of the service. Burial will follow in Huse Memorial Park, Fayetteville.

Online condolences may be sent to www.highlawnfuneralhomechapel.com.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Cunard Baptist Church Missions Fund.

Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.





Dawson E. Kesner

HINTON — Dawson Edward Elwood Kesner, infant son of William J. Kesner and Crystal G. Cook of 515 Third Ave., born April 1, 2010, at 3:27 p.m. and became an angel in heaven at 5:23 p.m. April 1, 2010.

Services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 7, at Pivont Funeral Home Chapel in Hinton with Pastor Eddie Crews officiating. Burial will be in the Kesner Cemetery at Elk Knob. Friends may call from noon until time of services Wednesday at the funeral home.

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

Arrangements by Pivont Funeral Home, Hinton.





Ronald Jeremy Kidd

Ronald Jeremy Kidd, 26, of MacArthur, departed this life Friday, April 2, 2010.

Born June 25, 1983, in Beckley, he was the son of Ronald Kidd and Patricia Kidd.

Jeremy was a 2001 graduate of Oceana High School where he played football and loved the game. He enjoyed riding his Harley and four-wheelers. But most of all he enjoyed spending time with his family.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Jet Lee Kidd; and his maternal grandmother, Joyce Hash.

Those left to cherish his memory are his father, Ronald Kidd and wife Evelyn of Oceana; his mother, Patricia Kidd of Kopperston; his companion, Miranda Paugh of MacArthur; a stepson, whom he loved as his own, Brody Paugh of MacArthur; a stepsister, Tara Morgan of Oceana; maternal grandfather, Kernel Hash of Kopperston; paternal grandmother, Reba Kidd of Matheny; several aunts, uncles, cousins and a host of family and friends.

A celebration of Jeremy’s life will be 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 7, 2010, at Adam Toler Memorial Chapel with Rev. Erwin Gregory officiating. Jeremy will be laid to rest in Palm Memorial Gardens, Matheny.

Casketbearers will be Matthew Grubb, Austin Grubb, Greg Grubb, Matthew Haynes, Joshua Kidd and Gary Kidd.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 9 p.m. today, Tuesday, April 6, 2010, at Adam Toler Memorial Chapel.

A video tribute, guestbook and condolences at www.adamtolermemorialfuneralhome.com.

Services entrusted to Adam Toler Memorial Funeral Home, Oceana.





Johnny Roy Mabes

Johnny Roy Mabes, 77, of Daniels, died Sunday, April 4, 2010, at the Beckley Appalachian Regional Hospital following a long illness.

Services will be 1 p.m. Friday, April 9, at the Rose and Quesenberry Peace Chapel in Beckley, with Pastor Bill Spencer officiating. Burial will follow at the Rocky Mount Cemetery at Pipestem. Friends may call 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be sent to our guestbook at www.roseandquesenberry.net.

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





Roger Dale Maynor

PINEVILLE — Roger Dale Maynor, 53, of Pineville, passed away Sunday, April 4, 2010, in CAMC General Division of a sudden illness.

Born Oct. 4, 1956, at Welch, he was the son of the late Edgar and Eloise Hatfield Maynor.

In addition to his parents, Roger was also preceded in death by his only child, Tiffany Nicole Maynor.

Roger is survived by his sister, Helen Maynor of Claremont, N.C.; two brothers, Carl Maynor of Pineville and Buddy Maynor and his wife, Linda, of Glen Fork; three nieces, Sandra Daniels of Claremont, and Lena Maynor and Barbara Mullinix and her husband, Jason, all of Morgantown; great-niece and nephew, Summer Daniels and Zac Daniels, both of Claremont; and a very special friend to Roger, Cheryl Kelley of Pineville.

A celebration of Roger’s life will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 7, 2010, at Calfee Funeral Service Chapel, Pineville, with the Rev. Jesse Cline and the Rev. Gary Ford officiating. Burial will follow in Palm Memorial Gardens, Matheny.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

Family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today, Tuesday, April 6, 2010, at the funeral home.

Online guest book may be signed at www.calfeefuneralservice.com.

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





Howard Gateford McCloud

CRAIGSVILLE — Howard Gateford McCloud, 78, died Saturday, April 3, 2010.

Service will be 11 a.m. today at Simons-Coleman Funeral Home, with Elder Mark Wantz officiating. Internment will be in Tacy Cemetery at Cass. Friends may call one hour prior to the service today at the funeral home.

Arrangements by Simons-Coleman Funeral Home, Richwood.





Mary Lucy Snuffer

Mary Lucy Lilly Snuffer, age 88, of Daniels, went to be with the Lord on Friday, April 2, 2010, at the Bowers Hospice House following a long illness.

Mrs. Snuffer was born on July 26, 1921, in Beckley, and was the daughter of the late Noah and Bessie Thomas Lilly.

Mrs. Snuffer was a lifelong resident of Beckley, and had made her home with her daughter at Daniels, for the past two years. Mary was a homemaker, and the loving mother of four children and nine grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. She was a graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School in 1939, and was a former member of the Maxwell Hill Baptist Church at Maxwell Hill.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by sisters, May Warden, Maude Tucker, Merle Tingler; by brothers, Kyle Lilly, George Lilly, Alvin Lilly, and Landis Lilly; by her husband, Albert Snuffer; and by a daughter, Ella Mae Snuffer Cole.

She is survived by one living sister, Betty Lilly Williams of Columbus, Ohio.

Surviving are her children, Eugene Snuffer and his wife Linda of Orlando, Fla., Sandra Snuffer Farley and her husband Norman of Daniels, and Larry Snuffer of Beckley.

Her grandchildren: Lena Miller, Mary Jo Burleson, Christy Meninger, all of Beckley, Janelle Snuffer Liska of Groveland, Fla., Denise Snuffer Ufer of Sorrento, Fla., Cathy Loveday of King, N.C., Rene Schafer of Mooresville, N.C., Duane Farley of Windsor Locks, Conn., and Eliza Snuffer Pudder of Beckley.

Services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 7, 2010, at the Rose and Quesenberry Peace Chapel in Beckley, with Pastor Harmon Davis, the Rev. Andy Davis, and Mr. Eugene Snuffer officiating. Burial will follow at Sunset Memorial Park in Beckley.

Friends may call 6 to 9 p.m. today, Tuesday, at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be members of the family and friends.

Online condolences may be sent to our guestbook at www.roseandquesenberry.net.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of Southern WV, P.O. Box 1472, Beckley, WV 25802-1472. in memory of Mrs. Snuffer.

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





James Fred Sturdivant

SECOND CREEK — James Fred Sturdivant, 86, of Second Creek, passed away Sunday, April 4, 2010.

Service will be held 2 p.m. Thursday, April 8, at the Groves Funeral Home Chapel in Union with the Rev. Don Trent officiating. Burial will follow at the New Lebanon Cemetery at Pickaway. Friends may call 1 p.m. until time of the service Thursday at the funeral home.

Groves Funeral Home in Union is in charge of arrangements.





James Marshall Ward

James Marshall Ward, age 77, of Crab Orchard, West Virginia, died Friday, April 2, 2010, at his home following a long illness.

Born on April 22, 1932, at Sophia, W.Va., he was the son of the late Frank Ward and Alice Bridgemon Ward. Mr. Ward was a disabled veteran, having served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. He had made his home in Crab Orchard for the past year.

He was preceded in death by 2 children, Brenda Ward and Debbie Shuck, by 2 brothers, Ralph Chris Ward and Harold Ward, by 3 sisters, Ruby Ward, Helen Patton, and Ruth Duncan.

Surviving are his wife Hallie Mae Wheeler Ward; 7 children: Russell Johnson and his wife Debbie of Moncks Corner, S.C.; Dreama Morgan and her husband Walter of Crab Orchard, W.Va.; Sherri Murphy of Fort Myers, Florida; Paula Pulsifer of Mexico, Maine; Margie Leininger and her husband Glenn of Rock Hill, S.C.; James M. Ward Jr. and his wife Carol of Shady Spring, W.Va.; Patricia Ward of Shady Spring, W.Va.; 25 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren also survive. 2 sisters: Athalene Caudill and her husband Harold of Indiana; Carol Horton and her husband Tom of Beckley, W.Va.

Funeral services will be conducted at the Rose and Quesenberry Peace Chapel in Beckley, at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 7, 2010, with the Rev. Orville Setliff officiating. Burial will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens at Prosperity. Friends may call one hour prior to services on Wednesday. Pallbearers will be grandchildren, Jonathan Gillenwater, James H. Ward, Lee Foster, Greg Lilly, Walter Morgan Jr., Jeffery Persinger, Jimmy Chambers, and Jonathan Cain. Online condolences may be sent to our guestbook at www.roseandquesenberry.net.

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





Ernestine C. Whitlock

Ernestine C. Whitlock, 85, of Victor, passed away Saturday, April 3, 2010, following a long illness.

Ernestine was born April 28, 1924, in Victor; she was a daughter of the late Nathan Coleman Sr. and Viola Dix Coleman.

She was also preceded in death by her husband, John Whitlock, and a brother, Emmett Coleman.

She was a retired Deputy Clerk for the Circuit Court in Kanawha County and a member of Hopewell Baptist Church in Hopewell.

Survivors are a sister, Emily Hoffman of Victor; brothers, N.M. Coleman and wife Frances of Asheboro, N.C., Charles E. Coleman and wife Jean of Clearwater, Fla., John Coleman and wife Betty of Lompoc, Calif.; a sister-in-law, Joan Coleman of Metairie, La.; special nieces, Carol, Chris and Gabbi Kolar of Omaha, Neb., and many other nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 7, 2010, at Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home Chapel in Ansted, with Father Roy Gene Crist officiating. Burial will follow in Restlawn Memory Gardens in Victor.

Friends may call at 2 p.m. Wednesday until funeral time.

Wallace & Wallace of Ansted is in charge of the arrangements.