The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

January 13, 2013

Obituaries — Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013

Lowell Thomas Atha

SANDLICK — Lowell Thomas Atha, 69 of Sand-lick, WV, went to be with the Lord on January 11, 2013.

Born Nov. 1, 1943, he was the son of the late Walter and Edith Atha of Sandlick. He was a member and Deacon of Mattsville Community Church. He was formerly employed at Fredrick Engineering and Oscar Vecellio.

Survivors include his wife Georgia Atha, and his two daughters, Melissa Athey and husband Robert Athey of Glen Daniel, WV, and Vickie England and husband Aaron England of Mullens, WV. He was a loving grandfather to eight grandchildren, Stacey Tolliver and husband Kenneth, Robert Lowell, April and Jessica Athey, Zane Thomas, Sydney, Zoe and Ace England, and two great-grandchildren Keith Tolliver and Nicole Cantley.

Pallbearers will be Terry and Darrin Dillon, Brian and Kevin Lovely and Kenneth and Ronnie Dillon.

Funeral Service will be conducted on Monday, January 14, 2013, at 2 p.m. with Rev. Tim Vaughn and Rev. Aaron England officiating. Family will receive friends from noon until time of service. Burial will follow at Sunset Memorial Park.

The family would like to thank Dr. Bembalkar and his staff for their kindness that they showed his family.

Condolences may be sent to the family’s guestbook at

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary, Inc., Beckley, WV.


Betty Jo Ballard

Betty Jo Ballard, 82, died on Wednesday, January 9, 2013, in Charlotte, NC, surrounded by her loving family. She will always be remembered as a loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend to all who new her.

She was born on October 11, 1930, in Beckley, WV, one of nine children born to the late Terry Ervin Whittaker and Cecil Wheeler Whittaker. She was a graduate of Stoco High School, Coal City, WV, and was a majorette. She was active in her children’s lives as a Girl Scout leader and Boy Scout leader. She was a member of United Methodist Temple for many years and was a member of Cross Point Church in her later years. Betty worked for King Tut’s Drive-in as a cook, the Pastry Shop, Beckley Insulation, and leased the restaurant at Bowl Wick Bowling Alleys for several years.

Betty was also preceded in death by her beloved husband of 34 years, Otis Lee Ballard, her son Ronald Otis Ballard, her brother J.B. Whittaker, and her sisters, Nadine Thompson, Eva June King, Audrey Thompson, Joyce Whittaker, and Daphne Whittaker.

Those left to cherish her memory include her daughter, Ginger Lee George-Lukse and her husband Michael J. Lukse, of Charlotte, NC, her daughter Cathy Jo Allen, of Lynchburg, VA, her sisters, Francis Smith of Beckley, WV, and Charlotte Farley and her husband Ronald Farley of Shawsville, Va. She is survived by her grandchildren, Ginger Lee Steele of Lynchburg, VA, Brad Allen George of Charlotte, NC, Jennifer Allen of Bedford, VA, and Brian Patrick Allen of Mableton, GA, and her great-grandchildren, Reagan Steele, Dylan Allen, Devan Allen, and Layah Calloway.

Betty was also preceded in death by her husband, Otis Lee Ballard, her son Ronald Otis Ballard, her brother J.B. Whittaker, and her sisters, Nadine Thompson, Eva June King, Audrey Thompson, Joyce Whittaker, and Daphne Whittaker.

Betty will be dearly missed on this earth but Heaven will most certainly have a new star.

Visitation will be on Saturday, January 19, 2013, at the Rose & Quesenberry Funeral Home, 1901 S. Kanawha St., Beckley, WV, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. with a short service. A private interment with family will be at Sunset Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Lupus Foundation, or the Arthritis Foundation, or, due to her love of animals, the Raleigh County Humane Society.

Online condolences may be sent to our guest book at

Arrangements by Rose and Quesenberry, 1901 S. Kanawha Street, Beckley, WV 25801.


Wilma Bernadean Bauer

HINTON — Wilma Bernadean Bauer, 83, of Hinton died Friday, Jan. 11, 2013.

Arrangements are incomplete at Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors of Hinton.


Bernard Lee Bishop

CONWAY, S.C. — Bernard Lee Bishop, age 84, passed away Friday, January 11, 2013, at his residence.

Mr. Bishop was born in National, W.Va., a son of the late Harold J. and Gladys Irene Bray Bishop. He was an avid golfer and a member of Grand Strand Baptist Church. Prior to retirement he was employed by Slab Fork Coal Co. in Slab Fork, West Virginia.

Surviving are his wife Violet Bishop of Conway; two sons: Ray Bishop of Elizabeth, W.Va., Kenny Bishop of Scarborough, W.Va.; two daughters: Sharon Collins (John) of Warner Robbins, Ga., Linda Keen (Dusty) of Coal City, W.Va.; five grandchildren: Shannon Bishop, Kevin Collins, Mandy Keen, Sandy Trzicak, Rusty Keen; six great-grandchildren: Emily Bishop, Colby Keen, Ireland Collins, Patrick Collins, Ashlyn Keen, Kylee Trzicak; and a very close family friend, Susie Johnson.

Funeral Services will be held 5 p.m. Monday at Goldfinch Funeral Home, Conway Chapel, with Rev. Doug Smith officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will follow at a later date in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens in Beckley, W.Va.

Memorials may be made to Grand Strand Baptist Church Property Fund, 350 Hospitality Lane, Myrtle Beach, SC 29588.

An online guestbook will be available at www.

Goldfinch Funeral Home, Conway Chapel, is in charge of arrangements.


Joe Quentin Blevins

Joe Quentin Blevins, 72, of Clear Creek, WV, passed away on January 11, 2013, in Charleston, WV.

He was born December 22, 1940, a son of the late Kemper and Katherine Blevins. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Jeffery Wayne Blevins; late wife, Maria Blevins; a brother, Charles “Mike” Blevins.

He is survived by his wife, Joan; a daughter, Sandra (David) Lilly of New Castle, Del., two sons, Joe Jr. of Clear Creek, Robert (Melissa) of Pax; stepdaughter, Deborah Barbee of Delaware City, Del., Stepson Fred Wriston of Clear Creek; sisters, Patsy (Don) Payne of Connersville, PA, Barbara (Jackie) Dunbar of Clear Creek; brothers, Jimmie (Helen) Blevins of Narrows, VA, Jerry (Connie) Blevins of Fairdale, WV, Danny (Brenda) Blevins of Lindside, WV; twelve grandchildren and six great-grandchildren and several nieces, nephews, and many friends.

Funeral services will be held Monday afternoon, January 14, 2013, at 2 o’clock in the Workman’s Creek Methodist Church, Workman’s Creek, WV, with the Rev. Scott Farnsworth and Deacon David Kincaid. Interment will be in Workman’s Family Cemetery, Clear Creek, WV.

Visitation will be from 6 to 10 p.m. Sunday at the church.

Armstrong Funeral Home is serving the family.


Anna Sue Bradley Boothe

NARROWS, Va. — Anna Sue Bradley Boothe, 72, of Narrows, Va., passed away Friday, Jan. 11, 2013.

Funeral services will be noon Monday, Jan. 14, at the Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Alvin Trivette officiating. Burial will follow in the Bradley Cemetery, Lindside. Friends may call from 10 a.m. until time of the services Monday at the funeral home.

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

Arrangements by Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home, Peterstown.


Barbara Ann Field Brown

Barbara Ann Field Brown, age 84, of Beckley, WV, passed away at the Raleigh General Hospital in Beckley, WV, on Thursday, January 10, 2013.

Born on November 13, 1928, in Lansing, she was the daughter of the late Carl Campbell and Ruby Campbell.

Mrs. Brown was a retired registered nurse, last working for Beckley Appalachian Regional Hospital. She was a member of the first nursing staff of the Miners Memorial Hospital, which later became BARH. Mrs. Brown was a graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School, and the St. Francis School of Nursing in Charleston. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Beckley, and the Fellowship Sunday School Class of the church. 

Mrs. Brown was preceded in death by her first husband, Charles Field, and by a grandson Stacy Johnson.

Those survivors left to cherish her memory include her husband, C.R. Brown, a daughter Kathy Friel and her husband Charles of Wendell, NC; a son Mark Field and his wife Breta of Wendell, NC; stepson Mike Brown and his wife Sherry of Salem, VA; grandchildren, Beth Pitre, Adam Friel,  Katie Johnson, all of Wendell, NC, Amy Brown of Salem, Va., Joseph Brown of MacArthur, Great-grandchild, Bradley Pitre of Wendell, NC.

There will be no funeral services or visitation. In lieu of flowers, donations of sympathy may be made to Hospice of Southern WV, P.O. Box 1472, Beckley, WV 25801, in memory of Mrs. Brown. Online condolences may be sent to our guestbook at

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


Elizabeth Ann Connick

UNION — Elizabeth Ann Connick, 67, of Union passed away Friday, January 11, 2013, at the University of Virginia Hospital in Charlottesville, Va.

She was born at Bluefield, Virginia, Dec. 22, 1945, a daughter of the late Emil and Lena Love Beasley Aldish.

Mrs. Connick was a homemaker, a member of the Gap Mills United Methodist Church at Gap Mills, a 1964 graduate of Tazewell High School, a charter member of the Monroe Gardener’s and a member of the Monroe County Quilters.

Surviving are her husband, Jack Leo Connick of Union; 3 sons, Alan E. Connick and wife, April, of Lindside, Tony L. Connick of Arnold, MD, Jerry Wayne Connick and wife, Cathleen, of Yadkinville, NC; 2 brothers, George A. Aldish of Union, Danny Aldish of Struthers, Ohio; a sister, Susan Aldish of Lexington, NC; 4 grandsons, Jarrett Lee Connick, Austin Wayne Connick, Matthew H. Connick and Evan A. Connick.

Memorial Services will be held 7 p.m. Tuesday, January 15, 2013, at the Groves Funeral Home Chapel in Union with the Rev. Eugene Fullen officiating.

Friends may call at the Groves Funeral Home in Union from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the University of Virginia Heart and Vascular Center at Charlottesville, Virginia.

Groves Funeral Home in Union is in charge of arrangements.


Elizabeth Jo Moodespaugh Halstead

LOWELL — Elizabeth Jo Moodespaugh Halstead, 90, of Lowell, passed away Friday, Jan. 11, 2013.

Arrangements by Lobban Funeral Home, Alderson.


David R. Keffer

David R. Keffer, age 70, of Coal City, passed away on Friday, January 11, 2013, at Charleston Area Medical Center, Memorial Division, following an extended illness.

Born July 28, 1942, in Whitby, WV, to the late James Porter and Mae Blevins.

David worked in road construction most of his working life and was of the Baptist faith.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by brothers, James Porter, Jr., Terry Franklin, Mark Austin, Marvin and Daniel Keffer; four sisters, Ettie Blevins, Dorothy Meadows, Beulah Miller, and Flora Harless.

Those surviving include his wife of 50 years Mrs. Helen Keffer; sons, Scott Keffer and Mark  Keffer of Coal City; daughter Crystal Keffer of Coal City; brothers, Lloyd and Burl Keffer of Coal City and Roy Keffer of Ohio; sisters, Fannie Hensley of Ohio, Zelda Wills and Ruth Bolen of Coal City; grandchildren, Patrick Foster, Derek Foster, Mariah and Cameron Keffer, Aiden Keffer, Tyler Foster and Allysa Austin.

A service to celebrate the life of David Keffer will be conducted 2 p.m. Monday, January 14, 2013, at the Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Chapel in Beckley with Rev. Orville Hughes officiating. Interment will follow at Coal City Community Cemetery in Coal City.

Pallbearers will be his nephews.

Visitation will be held Sunday evening from 6 to 9 p.m. at the funeral chapel.

Private online condolences, floral gifts, and other expressions of sympathy are available at

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


Donald Lilly

Donald Lilly, 57, of Beckley, passed away Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013.

Private online condolences, floral gifts, and other expressions of sympathy are available at

Arrangements pending completion with Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, 1901 S. Kanawha St. in Beckley.


Helen Claytor Massie

Helen Claytor Massie, 97, of Daniels, passed away on Thursday, January 10, 2013, at the home of her grandson at Shady Spring.

Born on January 5, 1916, at Ansted, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Hollie Claytor and Alice Ferguson Claytor.

Mrs. Massie was a homemaker, and was of the Baptist faith. She had made her home at Daniels for the past 20 years, having lived most of her life at Shady Spring.

Mrs. Massie was preceded in death by her husband, Lacy Oral “Fuzzie” Massie, by a brother Alvin Claytor, and by sisters Irene Carte, Ruth Gray, and Mary Coleman.

Those survivors left to cherish her memory include her son, Jack Massie of Daniels, with whom they shared their home; two sisters, Virginia “Tip”  Claytor of Beaver, and Catherine “Cab” Claytor of Daniels; a grandson, Robert Massie and his fiancée Jodie Pollock of Shady Spring, and two great-grandchildren, Raysha Massie and Lexie Powell, both of Shady Spring.

Funeral services will be conducted to Celebrate The Life Of Helen Claytor Massie on Monday, January 14, 2013, at 11 a.m. at the Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home Shady Spring Chapel, with the Rev. Don Kelly officiating. Burial with follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens at Prosperity, W.Va.

Friends may call at the funeral home from 10 a.m. until service time on Monday.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

Online condolences may be sent to our guestbook at

Arrangements are by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home Shady Spring Chapel, 729 Flat Top Road, Shady Spring.


John Stuart McKay

ORANGE CITY, Fla. — John Stuart McKay passed away at John Knox Village in Orange City, Fla., on December 27th, 2012, at the age of 92.

He was predeceased by his mother Kenneth Sada Little McKay, second wife Teek Rice McKay and third wife Frankie Haldane McKay.

John is survived by his first wife Charlotte Hancox McKay, and fourth wife Florence McKay.

John is lovingly remembered by his children through Charlotte, David McKay, Michael McKay, and Jeffrey McKay. His marriage to Teek brought David Rice Sr., Butch Rice, and Jane Rice into the family. His daughters-in-law Michelle McKay, Ann Rice, Patricia McKay, Susan Rice and Jean McKay. His grandchildren David McKay Jr., Heather McKay, Adair Rice Jackson, David Rice Jr., Kendra Rice, and Jordan Rice Walton and Bill Bolling Jr. His great-grandson Cade Rice Jackson.

John was born in New York City, NY, on January 11th, 1920. He attended Howe Military academy, and graduated from University School Prep school, Cleveland, Ohio. He attended college at Bowdoin University, Maine, and graduated in 1942 with a degree In English.

As with most males of his age and generation he entered the Army in October 1942 shortly after graduation. He was attached to the First Army Headquarters during World War II and landed in Normandy on D-Day. He was responsible for reporting news of the status of the First Army as it progressed from Normandy to Germany during the war. His reports were published in Army news publications and in Stateside publications.

After the war he became a route salesman for Sexton Foods and purchased his first farm in Lerona, W.Va. In 1955 he purchased the King Tut Drive-In in Beckley. He also owned the Eatwell Café in downtown Beckley, and managed a restaurant in the Bowlwick Bowling alley for a time. He owned and managed King Tut until 2004 when he passed the business off to the family.

John enjoyed skiing and never missed an opportunity to go when the weather permitted. He enjoyed it so much that in the mid-1960s he partnered with some friends and started the Bald Knob Ski Area near Flat Top. John took up Christmas tree farming in the 1970s and was harvesting up to 10,000 trees per year for a time. John was raising five boys at the time and the family suspects he started the farm just to keep his sons busy. Regardless, many of Beckley’s young men learned how to work at that tree farm over the years. The McKay/Rice tree farm is still managed by the family today.

John’s greatest joy was watching his family grow up, marry, and get together at the farm on annual family events. He presided over sons, daughters-in-law and grandchildren in a caring and thoughtful manner. He had his peculiarities though. At King Tut he enjoyed chatting with customers on the curb. He spent more time with his customers than he did in the business on some days. He was a wonderful cook, but all of his family learned to stay out of his kitchen when he was cooking, and no one ever, ever, ate the last egg!

Per John’s wishes he will be interred at the Christmas tree farm in Pluto, West Virginia.


Danny J. O’Dell

GALLOWAY, Ohio — Danny J. O’Dell, 62, of Galloway, originally from Rainelle, W.Va., passed away Thursday, January 10, 2013.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Denzil O’Dell and Elizabeth McGregor.

Danny is survived by his wife, Teri; children, Angela (Gilbert) Ayala of North Carolina,  Jennifer (Sam) Jarrell, Kimberly (Tony) Scarberry, Danny O’Dell, Ryan Carpenter-O’Dell, Jacob Carpenter-O’Dell; stepson, Chad Carpenter; sister, Cheryl (Dennis) Lipps of Mt. Nebo, W.Va.; grandchildren, Dustin (Ashley), Sammy, Hunter, Logan, Aiden and Daniel; great-grandchildren, Jaidon, Madison and Devon; and nephew, Chuck (Becky) Lipps.

He was a 1968 graduate of Rainelle High School. He was an owner/operator truck driver for O’Dell Trucking and managed several local bowling alleys.

Visitation will be Tuesday, January 15, 2013, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Newcomer Funeral Home, SW Chapel, 3393 Broadway, Grove City, Ohio.

Funeral service will be 10 a.m. on Wednesday, January 16, 2013, at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Danny’s memory to the OSU Ross Heart Hospital.

Interment to follow at Alton Cemetery.

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Arrangements by Newcomer Funeral Home.

Dr. Joseph B. (Buddy) Oram, M.D.

Dr. Joseph B. Oram passed away on January 7, 2013, at Eden Hospital Medical Center in Castro Valley, CA. He was born October 3, 1925, at Stowe, PA, and raised in the small town of Lester in the heart of the coal mining country of southern West Virginia. He was a loving and caring husband, father, and grandfather. The apple of his eye was his wife Louise (Lui). He loved his family and took pride in being involved in their lives. He is survived by his dearest wife Louise, born in South Bend, IN; a daughter Susannah Oram deHaan and husband Gregg deHaan of Alameda, and children Buddy, Brooke, and Alice; and a son John Oram and wife Michelle and children Malena and Viviana of Berkeley. He is also survived by niece Deborah Williamson of Sophia, West Virginia. He was preceded in death by sister Iowa Williamson and his parents Georgia Reger Oram and Harold Joseph Oram.

Dr. Oram graduated from Trap Hill High School, Surveyor, West Virginia, in 1943. He loved football and played halfback on the high school varsity team for two years. He also enjoyed playing trombone in the band. After graduation he thought he would be going back to Portsmouth, VA, where he had worked in the Norfolk Navy Yard, but instead enrolled at Concord College, Athens, WV, to study chemistry, math, and biology. In 1944 he was inducted into the U.S. Army and served 15 months overseas in the Philippines and Yokohama, Japan. Basic training was at Fort Knox, KY, in medium tanks. Specialized training for the invasion of Japan was in amphibious tanks and tractors at Fort Ord, CA. After 30 days of zig-zagging across the Pacific he disembarked on Luzon in the Philippines. In September 1945 he arrived in Yokohama, Japan, and was transferred to the 28th Medical Laboratory in Yokohama where he soon became the non-commissioned officer in charge of the chemistry lab and later  the Acting First Sergeant of the 28th Medical Laboratory at which time he was promoted to Technician 3rd Grade (Technical Staff Sgt.).

 After discharge from the Army, he enrolled at Concord College and graduated in June 1948. His college activities consisted of being voted by the student body as “Red White” for the May Pole Festival, member of the Beta Sigma Mu social fraternity, awarded the Beta Sigma Mu Scholarship Key, serving as a member of the student council, student dormitory proctor, and member of the Chi Beta Phi honorary science fraternity, student chemistry laboratory instructor, member of the American Chemical Society, member of the Kappa Sigma Kappa social fraternity, and elected to the Blue Key National Scholastic Honorary Fraternity.

In September 1948 he enrolled at West Virginia University Medical School where he was a member of the Phi Beta Pi National Medical fraternity. In 1950 he transferred to the Medical College of Virginia, Richmond, from which he graduated in June 1950 with the degree of Doctor of Medicine. He interned at New York University, King County Hospital, Brooklyn, New York. This was followed by six years of General Practice as the company doctor for Glen Rogers Coal Company in southern West Virginia.

Fresh from an internship and starting a new practice where the nearest hospital and laboratory was 30 miles away, he had to learn to use his knowledge and intuition to treat 40 to 50 patients a day. Home deliveries were the norm; however, he had a delivery room in his office and delivered several babies a week. On one occasion he delivered a patient her 14th baby and the following morning she was buying groceries at the company store. This was a significant period in Dr. Oram’s life during which he made many friends. He became a steward in the Beckley First Methodist Church. He also joined the country club in Beckley, WV, and learned to play golf. In retirement he continued to enjoy golf weekly with friends Emmet Steed, Lou DeAbreu, and Arnie Celaya.

In 1958, after six years of general practice in southern West Virginia he began a residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Iowa. His Internal Medicine Residency was followed by a one-year Fellowship in Gastroenterology at the University of California Medical Center, San Francisco, where he was Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine from 1962 to 1972. In 1964 he joined the San Leandro Medical Group where he later became medical director. In 1969 he began practicing Internal Medicine, Gastroenterology and Allergy with Drs. Philip Strauss, Jay Julius, and Laszlo Hites in San Leandro. His activities in the medical community consisted of president of the East Bay Society of Internal Medicine; Alameda Contra Costa County Medical Association; council member of the Professional Services Committee, California State Medical Association; Chairman of the Department of Medicine and member of the Executive Committee, Vesper Memorial Hospital, San Leandro; member of Alameda Contra Costa Medical Association, California State Medical Association and American Medical Association. Throughout his medical career Dr. Oram chaired or was a member of numerous hospital committees for Vesper Memorial Hospital and San Leandro Hospital. He loved the practice of medicine, his patients, and the challenges they presented both in the office and hospital.

Dr. Oram was a 50-year Master Mason, Blue Lodge #151 Mullens, WV, and a 50-year member of Beni Kedem Shrine, Charleston, WV, a 32nd degree Scottish Rite Mason, and a York Rite Mason. He was listed several times in Who’s Who of California and was proud to belong to the Sons of the American Revolution, Thomas Jefferson Chapter. He sponsored a Little League Baseball Team (Dr. O’s) in Alameda for 20 years. Dr. Oram believed that Little League Baseball promoted team spirit, integrity, and self-esteem. He was also track coach for St. Joseph’s School for one year. Dr. Oram loved traveling, skiing, golfing, swimming, bowling (187 average!), reading, and staying current in the ever changing field of medicine. He and Louise honeymooned in Hawaii and returned to Maui each summer for over 40 years.

The Oram family would like to thank Dr. Ravi Arora and Dr. Jeffery Silvers and the nursing staff at Eden Hospital Medical Center for their excellent care during Dr. Oram’s illness. The family also greatly appreciates all the caring friends and neighbors who expressed their love to Joe through supportive prayers, visits, cards, letters, phone calls and meals.

Funeral services will be private. A Celebration of Life will be held at his home in Alameda at a later date.

In Dr. Oram’s memory, donations may be made to: Shriner’s Hospital for Children, Shriner’s International Headquarters, 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL 33607–1460, Telephone: 800-241-4438.


Buddy Lee Patrick

WHARNCLIFFE — Buddy Lee Patrick, 84, of Wharncliffe died Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013.

Funeral will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16, at Mounts Funeral Home Chapel, Gilbert, with the Rev. Denny May, the Rev. Benny Cozort, and the Rev. Diamond Carter. Burial will be in Laurel Fork Cemetery, Wharncliffe. Friends may gather with the family from 6 to 9 p.m. with a special service at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15, at the funeral home.

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Mounts Funeral Home of Gilbert is in charge of arrangements.


Richard L. Pritt

FRANKFORD — Richard L. Pritt, 61, of Frankford died Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013.

Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15, at Morgan Funeral Home in Lewisburg. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 14, at the funeral home.


Margaret Helen Rader

GLADE CREEK — Margaret Helen Rader, 85, of Glade Creek, died Friday, Jan. 11, 2013.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15, in the White Funeral Home at Summersville with the Rev. John McKee officiating. Interment will follow in the Walker Memorial Park at Summersville. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Bennett Memorial United Methodist Church c/o Pastor John McKee, 632 Shamrock St., Summersville, WV 26651.


Grace Ann Sutphin

MCKINNEY, Texas — Grace Ann Sutphin, 98, of McKinney, formerly of Beckley, passed away on Tuesday, January 8, 2013, in McKinney, Texas.

Born on December 29, 1915, in Raleigh, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Craig Quesenberry and Ella Mae Densmore Quesenberry.

Mrs. Sutphin was a former employee of Richmond’s Cleaners and Laundry and was a homemaker. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Allen, Texas, and had made her home in Texas for the past 19 years.

Those survivors left to cherish her memory include twin sons, Clyde Sutphin and his wife Mildred of Daniels, W.Va., and Craig Sutphin and his wife Sue of Allen, Texas; seven grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, and 10 great-great-grandchildren are also among her survivors.

She was the last surviving member of her immediate family. Three sisters, Beulah Avery, Jean Tyler, and Eve Kish, and a brother, Craig Quesenberry, preceded her in death.

Committal services will be conducted at Sunset Memorial Park Mausoleum B, on Sunday, January 13, 2013, at 2 p.m., with Rev. Thomas Shepherd officiating. Entombment will follow in the mausoleum. There will be no visitation.

Online condolences may be sent to our guestbook at

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


Glenna P. Taylor

WILLIAMSBURG — Glenna P. Taylor, 84, of Williamsburg died Friday, Jan. 11, 2013.

Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 14, at Morgan Funeral Home in Lewisburg. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13, at the funeral home.


Macie M. Milam Taylor

MAPLE FORK — Macie Milam Taylor, 70, of Maple Fork, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, January 10, 2013.

Born May 4, 1942, at Helen, West Virginia, to the late William and Hulda Milam.

Macie enjoyed quilting, canning and needle point. She also loved spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Macie took great pride in being a caregiver to others in need.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her loving husband of 39 years, Rosco Junior Taylor Sr., and two brothers, Joe and Virlon Milam.

Those left to cherish her memory include five children: Debbie S. Wiesolek and husband Richard, Rosco J. Taylor Jr., Theresa E. Taylor, Judith G. Esparza and husband Jose L. Sr., and Martha J. Taylor. Thirteen grandchildren: Laura, Huldie, Jose Jr., Adam, Jamie Jr., Elizabeth, Jessica, Richard Jr., Anna, Virginia, Katie, Angel, and Kyle. Six great-grandchildren Nicole, Taylor, Sophia, Arjae, Amelia, and Ava. Daughter-in-law Susan Taylor, son-in-law Jaime Torres Sr., and sister-in-law Dorothy Milam. Two extraordinary nieces Janie Milam and Julie Wickline. Macie is also survived by 7 brothers: Lacy, Jimhazel, William, Carl, David, Morris and Shorty; and 4 sisters: Dollie, Ettabell, Cora, and Bessie.

Services will be held 11 a.m. Monday, January 14, 2013, at Blue Ridge Funeral Home, in Beckley, West Virginia. Following the services Macie will be laid to rest at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Beckley. Pallbearers will be as follows: Jose Esparza Jr., Adam Torres, Richard Wiesolek Jr., Jamie Torres Jr., Elizabeth Shaw and Anna Esparza.

Friends may gather with the family from 6 to 9 on Sunday, January 13, 2013, at the funeral home.

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Blue Ridge Funeral Home, 5251 Robert C. Byrd Drive, Beckley, is in charge of the arrangements.


Rebecca Lynn Webb

Rebecca Lynn Webb, 61, of Beckley, passed away Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013.

Online condolences may be left at

Arrangements by Calfee Funeral Home, Beckley.


Patricia Ann Williams

CHARMCO — Patricia Ann Williams, 65, of Charmco, passed away Friday, January 11, 2013, following a long illness.

Born March 22, 1947, she was the daughter of the late Charles and Carrie McClung Williams. She was a farmer and she was of the Methodist Faith.

Other than her parents she was preceded in death by a sister, Velma Alley; three brothers, Jack, Herman, and Richard Williams.

Those left to cherish her memory are three brothers, Gaylen Williams of Rainelle, James Williams of Racine, WI, and Robert Williams of Cincinnati, Ohio.

Also surviving are several nieces and nephews and many great-nieces and nephews.

Services will be held 2 p.m. Tuesday, January 15, 2013, at the Wallace & Wallace Funeral Chapel, Rainelle. Burial will follow at the Wallace Memorial Cemetery, Clintonville. Friends may gather with the family Monday from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace Inc., of Rainelle.