The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

July 4, 2013

Obituaries — Thursday, July 4, 2013

Everette ‘Eddie’ Blake

FAYETTEVILLE — Everette “Eddie” Blake, 52, of Fayetteville, passed away Tuesday, July 2, 2013.

Born on July 31, 1960, in St. Louis, Mo., he was the son of Harold and Callie Hedrick Blake of Fayetteville.

Eddie was an ordained deacon of Fayetteville Baptist Church and served on the Board of Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He graduated from Fayetteville High School.

He was a former employee for Pepsi and Dr. Pepper, worked as retail manager for Little General Food Stores; owner/operator of Blake Real Estate Development, owner/operator of Lochgelly Mulch and Stone, owner/operator of the “Custard Stand” at Oak Hill and Sams Hot Dog Stand at Malden, W.Va.    

Eddie enjoyed spending time with his family, friends, and working in the church.    

He was preceded in death by his father-in-law, Cecil Gibson, and niece, Carrie Myles.

Left to cherish many wonderful memories include his devoted wife, Stella Blake of Fayetteville; children, Matt (Lyndsey) Diederich of Oak Hill, Tyler Blake of Fayetteville, and Tiffany Blake of Jacksonville, Fla.; grandson and the joy of his life, Jace Diederich of Oak Hill; parents, Harold and Callie Blake of Fayetteville; brother, Butch (Debbie) Blake of Oak Hill; sisters, Belinda (Jake) Jacobowski of Oak Hill, Denise (Jim) Light of Fayetteville, Debbie Hendrick of Oak Hill, Tammy (Tim) Haynie of Athens, Myra Blake of Athens, Rhonda (Tommy) Church of Bluefield; mother-in-law, Maxine Gibson; and a host of famly and friends.

Funeral services will be Saturday, July 6, 2013, at 1 p.m. at Fayetteville Baptist Church, with Pastor Ron George Jr. officiating. Burial will follow at Huse Memorial Park, Fayetteville.

The family will receive friends from 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday, July 5, 2013, at Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, Fayetteville.

Memorials may be made in Eddie’s memory to Gideon’s International, Attn: Larry Hamlin, PO Box 429, Oak Hill, WV 25901 or Fellowship of Christian Athletes of Southern WV, Attn:  Mike White 304-253-2858, PO Box 840, Beckley, WV 25802.

For those wishing to express their condolences to the Blake family, you may do so by visiting our website at

Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, 350 W. Maple Avenue, Fayetteville, will be assisting the family.

J. William Bleau Jr.

MEADOW CREEK — J. William Bleau Jr., 99, of Meadow Creek, passed away peacefully at the home of his daughter in Marie on Wednesday, July 3, 2013.

Arrangements are pending completion at Pivont Funeral Home in Hinton.

Mary Louise Barringer Cox

Mrs. Mary Louise Barringer Cox, 58, of Beckley, died Saturday, June 29, 2013.

Born April 10, 1955, in Beckley, she was the daughter of the late Lorenzo and Mary Jane Berry Barringer.

She graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School, attended Beckley College and was employed as a secretary for City Hall, at the Sanitary Board, and Code Enforcement from May 1974 - May 2007. She was a member of New Era Baptist Church at Stanaford, W.Va., attended First Baptist Church of North Beckley, where she sang in the senior and combined choir, and worked with the Women of Vision.

Those left to cherish precious memories are her loving husband, Rev. James Cox; children, James Jeffrey Cox, Naji Shaheed, Jamie Arrington, and Keisha Black; brother, Wesley Barringer; aunts, Hazel Wilson and Evelyn Younger; nephew, John Barringer, and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral service will be 1 p.m., Saturday, July 6, 2013, at First Baptist Church North Beckley, 110 Ellis Street, Beckley, with Elder David Moore officiating. Burial will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Prosperity.

Friends may call one hour prior to the service at the church.

Condolences may be emailed to

Arrangements entrusted to Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.

Sharon Daniel

Sharon Daniel, 66, of Prosperity, passed away Wednesday, July 3, 2013 at her residence.

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

Layla Mae Giompalo

MORGANTOWN — Layla Mae Giompalo, on Saturday, June 29, 2013, at WVU Hospital in Morgantown. She was ours for a little while, with Jesus forever.

Born on June 29, 2013, she was the infant daughter of Joseph Anthony and Megan Bittle Giompalo, of Morgantown.

In addition to her parents, Layla is survived by maternal grandparents, Robin and Larry Bittle of Charles Town; Joseph Albert Giompalo of Beckley; great-grandfather, Theral Meadows, and great-grandparents, Matthew and Linda Bittle, all of Charles Town; and great-great grandmother, Dorothy Pague of Mont Alto, Pa.

She was preceded in death by her grandmother, Peggy Giompalo; and great-great grandmother, Dorothy Meadows.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, July 5, 2013, at The Bridge Church, 114 S. Fairfax Blvd., Ranson, W.Va., with Pastor Tim May officiating. Interment will be in Fairview Lutheran Cemetery at Harpers Ferry.

Condolences to the family may be expressed at Layla’s obituary at

Arrangements are by the Eackles-Spencer & Norton Funeral Home.

Janet Faye Hughes

MOUNT NEBO — Janet Faye Hughes, 62, of Mt. Nebo, passed away Tuesday, July 2, 2013.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 6, 2013, in the White Funeral Home at Summersville with Pastor Ed Hughes officiating.

Friends may call one hour prior to the service on Saturday.

Condolences may be sent to the family at

Arrangements by White Funeral Home, Summersville.

Janie MacArthur Pachuta Moore

Janie MacArthur Pachuta Moore, 71, of Beckley, passed away Wednesday, July 3, 2013, at Bowers Hospice House.

Born April 17, 1942, in Mabscott, she was the daughter of the late John J. and Elizabeth Pedro Pachuta.

Besides her parents, Janie was preceded in death by her husband, Larry Moore; sister, Billy Jo Franko and brother-in-law, Thomas Reinhardt.

Janie was the former owner of Janie’s Beauty Shop. She was a 1960 graduate Woodrow Wilson High School and Bluefield Beauty Academy. She was a member of St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church and a member of the church bereavement committee.

Janie is survived by two daughters, Dani Moore and Christy Hill; two grandsons, Rhandy Moore and Jace Moore; great grandson, Hunter Larry Blaine Moore; twin brother, John D. Pachuta and his wife Ann of Cary, NC; sisters, Mary Ann Wise and husband Don of Beckley, Margaret Reinhardt of Cincinnati, Ohio and Betty Peplowski and husband Joe of Beckley and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Friday, July 5, 2013, at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church with Monsignor Samuel Sacus officiating. Burial will follow in St. Sebastian Catholic Cemetery. Friends may visit with the family from 10 a.m. until service time at the church on Friday.

Members of the family will serve as pallbearers.

Memorial contributions may be made to Bowers Hospice House, 454 Cranberry Drive, Beckley, WV 25801 or to Calfee Funeral Home to assist the family with funeral expenses.

On line condolences may be left at

Arrangements by Calfee Funeral Home, Beckley.

Margaret Joyce Evans Perry

Peggy Joyce Perry, 82, of Beckley, was carried home in the arms of Jesus on Monday morning, July 1, 2013.

Born May 1, 1931, Peggy grew up in Edmond, W.Va., the youngest of six girls. She is survived by Ronald, her devoted husband of 54 years; her two daughters, Kimberly and Rebecca Perry of Charlotte, N.C.; her son Ronald Perry II of Charlotte, N.C.; and two sisters, Lois Call of Mocksville, N.C., and Mary Hope Forren of Beckley. She is preceded in death by her father, William Evans, her mother Adelaide Syner Evans, stepmother Jessa Holliday Evans (who took on the role of loving mother when Peggy was just six), and three sisters, Wilhelmina (Will) Hatch, Lillian Jones and Betty Jones.

Peggy and her five sisters grew up in the difficult environs of the coal-mining community during the Depression. All six girls shared the same faith in their Lord Jesus and remained extremely close after all of them had married and moved away. When Peggy was just two, her mother Adelaide died and William (Bill), their gentle, coal-miner father, lost the house he and Adelaide and their six girls had spent many happy years in. With finances tight, Bill raised the six girls on his own and was forced to make the difficult decision to send Peggy and her older sisters away with relatives for a time. When William met “Jessa Bell,” God saw to it that little Peggy, just nine at the time, and Lois, only twelve, would have another mother they so desperately longed for. At 40, having never married, “Jessa Bell” took the six girls under her wing and loved them as her own. William and Jessa married and the girls moved back home to enjoy the love and laughter of their close-knit family once again.

Peggy was a member of First Baptist Church in downtown Beckley and gained lifelong friends from her days in the circle. A devoted wife, mother and homemaker, her greatest pleasure was serving in these roles. She had a beautiful soprano voice and, along with her sister Lois, were often asked to sing at weddings and funerals when they were girls. She graduated from Nuttall General High School in Lookout, W.Va. in 1949. After graduation, she immediately went to work and sent home a good portion of her paycheck to her stepmother and father Bill, who had suffered a stroke. Later she was employed for several years at the Appalachian Power Company and made dear, lifelong friends in the process.

Peggy was known for her gentle, sweet spirit; compassionate nature, fun-loving, winsome personality and sense of humor. A prayer warrior who was never without her Bible and a devotional aid nearby, she had a deep, abiding faith that she passed down to her three children. Peggy loved reading, singing, the beach, and visiting with her children in Charlotte. A natural redhead, she was spirited, quick-witted and strong-willed. At the same time, she was a gentle, sweet soul with often a shy nature. Her compassion and concern for others were evident to all she came in contact with, even when her health had declined in later years. Although she struggled to walk very far or get a good breath, others could not help notice the sweet lady with the gentle, ready smile. People would often do a double-take when the diminutive lady with the slow gait looked up with her typical “How are you, honey?” greeting or a “Thank you, honey” reply.

Peggy loved animals and children. From her side porch on McClure Street, she was often found sitting, eating her fifth Popsicle and enjoying nature. In recent months, she had become friends with the neighborhood children who gathered around the side porch for daily visits. She loved Coca-Cola, Juicy Fruit chewing gum and grape and orange popsicles. Her children often joked that she alone kept the Coca-Cola and Juicy Fruit companies in business.   

Our sweet, gentle mother, wife, sister and friend is now in the arms of Jesus, celebrating a joyous reunion with her mom and dad, stepmom and three sisters. The family will receive friends for visitation at the First Baptist Church in Beckley, Saturday, July 6th, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Funeral services will follow at 1 p.m. Peggy will be buried at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens in Beckley.

The Robertson Funeral Service, Lic. is serving the family,

Jenny Lynn Russell

LOCHGELLY — Jennifer Lynn “Jenny” Russell, 50, of Lochgelly, passed away Monday, July 1, 2013, at home.

Born on January 31, 1963, at Charlton Heights, she was the daughter of the late Golden Earl and Frieda Pauley Hudson.

Jenny was a homemaker. She loved spending time and doing things with her family, fishing, playing on her iPad, and helping others. She attended Oak Hill High School.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her daughter, Chrissy Nicole Russell; and brothers, Donald, Ronald, and Dewitt.

Left to cherish many wonderful memories include her devoted husband, James F. Russell of Lochgelly; sons, James B. Russell of Lochgelly, and Jason S. (Allison) Russell of Lookout; sister, Kathy Humphrey; brothers, Michael Hudson, Terry (Missy) Hudson, and Bobby Hudson; special niece, Merranda (Eric) Williams and their sons, Walker and Clayton; many other nieces and nephews, family and friends.

A memorial service to celebrate her life will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday, July 5th, 2013, at Fayetteville Baptist Church with Pastor Ron George Jr. officiating.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 7 p.m., Friday evening at the church.

In keeping with Jenny’s wishes she requested her body be donated to the Human Gift Registry of WVSOM at Lewisburg. It was her desire to help others in the research of MS and lung cancer.

Memorials may be made in Jenny’s memory to Hospice of Southern West Virginia, PO Box 1472, Beckley, WV 25802-1472.

Condolences may be sent to the family on our website at

Submitted by Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, Fayetteville.

Benny Ray Saunders

MASCOUTAH, Ill. — Benny Ray Saunders, 58, of Mascoutah, born Sept. 9, 1954, in Mullens, W.Va., died suddenly Monday, July 1, 2013, at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Belleville, Ill.    

Benny was Manager and Director of Fueling at Dynegy Midwest Generations LLC at the Baldwin Energy Complex. He attended Holy Childhood Catholic Church in Mascoutah with his wife and children. He enjoyed hunting, camping, watching Cardinal baseball, and spending time with his family.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Curtis D. and Lillie Mae, nee Rethford, Saunders; a brother, Curtis Saunders; and a sister, Ava Saunders.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Therese, nee Newsome, Saunders whom he married in Mullens, on July 2, 1975; two children, Kimberly (Nathan) Caserotti of Mascoutah, and Brian Saunders of Mascoutah; two grandchildren, Lilliana and Bennett Caserotti; four brothers, Terry (Tammy) Saunders of Beckley, David (Lisa) Saunders of Beckley, Delbert (Dinah) Saunders of Roanoke, Va., and Ralph (Melissa) Saunders of Pineville, W.Va.; two sisters, Darlene (Larry) Kerr of Charleston, W.Va., and Della (Gary) Hauck of Mullens; a mother-in-law, Naza Lee Newsome of Mascoutah; numerous nieces, nephews, and many friends.

Memorials may be made to the Holy Childhood Memorial Improvement Fund, P.O. Box 160, Mascoutah, IL 62258.

Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting

Friends may call from 4 to 9 p.m. Friday, July 5, 2013 at the Moll Funeral Home in Mascoutah, and from 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday, July 6, 2013, at Holy Childhood Catholic Church, Mascoutah.

A funeral service will be held 10 a.m. Saturday, July 6, 2013, at Holy Childhood Catholic Church with Msgr. Jerome Hartlein officiating. Burial will be in Holy Childhood Cemetery in Mascoutah.

Arrangements by Moll Funeral Home, Mascoutah, Ill.

W. Eugene Shelford

W. Eugene Shelford passed away Wednesday July 3, 2013.

Arrangements are pending. Arrangements by Blue Ridge Funeral Home.

Reginald Timbers Jr.

Reginald Timbers Jr., 55, of Raleigh, passed away Tuesday, July 2, 2013, following a short illness.

Arrangements are incomplete at Durgan Funeral Service, 1501 South Kanawha Street, Beckley.

Sharon Sue Crouch Ward

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Sharon Sue Crouch Ward, 69, of Cleveland, formerly of Oak Hill, passed away Saturday, June 29, 2013.

Funeral services were held in Cleveland, Ohio, on Monday, July 1, 2013. Sharon will be laid to rest on Saturday, July 6, 2013, at 4 p.m. at the I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Oak Hill, with Pastor Eric Smith officiating the graveside rites and committal. There will be no visitation.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Jerry Don Wickline

OAK HILL — Jerry Don Wickline, 71, of Oak Hill, died on Tuesday, July 2, 2013.

Funeral services will be on Saturday, July 6, 2013, at 11 a.m. at the Jones Avenue Church of God in Oak Hill with Pastor Ralph Shupe and Pastor Scott Frady officiating. Burial will be at Gethsemane Memorial Gardens, Oak Hill with military graveside rites by Oak Hill VFW Post No. 3110.

Visitation will be held at Jones Avenue Church of God, Oak Hill on Friday, July 5, 2013, from 6 to 8 p.m..

In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions be made to: Special Projects Fund at the Jones Avenue Church of God, PO Box 104, Oak Hill, WV 25901 or Hospice of Southern West Virginia, PO Box 1472, Beckley WV 25802.

Online condolences may be sent at http://www.

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.