The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

January 18, 2013

Obituaries — Friday, Jan. 18, 2013




Mark Steven Allenbaugh

Mark Steven Allenbaugh, 56, of Beckley, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013.

A private service will be at a later date.

Blue Ridge Funeral Home, 5251 Robert C. Byrd Drive, Beckley, is assisting the family.



Lillian Bowyer

ANSTED — Lillian Nadeen Bowyer, 83, of Ansted, died Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20, at Lovers Leap Baptist Church, Ansted, with Pastor Ron George Sr. and Pastor James Ellison officiating. Entombment will follow at Restlawn Memory Gardens, Victor. Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday at Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made in her memory to Lovers Leap Baptist Church Building Fund, PO Box 45, Ansted, WV 25812.

For those wishing to express their condolences to the Bowyer family, you may do so by visiting our website at www.doddpaynehessfuneralhome.com.

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



Rev. Charles Holroyd Browning

Rev. Charles Holroyd Browning, age 91, of Crab Orchard, passed away at Bowers Hospice House in Beckley on Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013.

Born on Feb. 6, 1921, at Glen Rogers, he was the son of the late Charles Virgil Browning and Blanche Williams Browning.

Rev. Browning was a retired UMWA coal miner, and also from the West Virginia Department of Mining. Rev. Browning was a former minister in the area for 25 years, having pastored Loupe Creek Baptist Church in Fayette County, New Haven Baptist Church at Cool Ridge, was an assistant pastor at Akers Baptist Church at Maple Meadow, and pastored Mountain Valley Baptist Church at Odd. He was a member of the Crab Orchard Baptist Church at Crab Orchard. Rev. Browning was a U.S. Navy veteran of WWII, having been attached to the Atlantic Fleet in communications for troop movement. He served 18 months with Saco in communications in China-Burma Theater.

Rev. Browning was preceded in death by brothers Benjamin, Lloyd, Thomas Jefferson “T.J.,” and Eddie Browning.

He was the last surviving member of his immediate family.

Those survivors left to cherish his memory include his wife of 67 years, Thelma Martin Browning; two sons, Robert Richard Browning and his wife Jeronna of Fairdale, and Samuel Keith Browning and his wife Donna of Tolleytown.

Grandchildren Robert R. Browning II and his wife Kristen of Cornelius, N.C., Brandon Browning and his wife Angel of Crab Orchard, Beth Ann Williams and her husband Dwayne of Junction City, Kan., Melissa Weeks and her husband Derek of Tolleytown, Jeremy Crouse and his wife Lendsy of Tolleytown, and 12 great-grandchildren also survive.

Funeral services will be conducted to Celebrate The Life Of Charles H. Browning on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, at 11 a.m. at Rose and Quesenberry Peace Chapel in Beckley with Rev. Mike Sisson and Rev. Dean Adams officiating. Burial will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens at Prosperity.

Friends may call at the funeral home from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Bowers Hospice House, 454 Cranberry Drive, Beckley, WV, in memory of Mr. Browning.

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



Evelyn Emma Ferguson Broyles

LINDSIDE — Evelyn Emma Ferguson Broyles, age 96, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013, at Country View Assisted Living, Peterstown.

Born Nov. 9, 1916, at Peterstown, she was the daughter of the late Clarence Oather and Jennie Avis Boothe Ferguson.

Mrs. Broyles was a homemaker and a member of the Spruce Run Church of the Brethren at Lindside.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband of 66 years, Adrian Broyles; three brothers, James “Foggy” Ferguson, William Howard Ferguson, Edward “Buddy” Ferguson; four sisters, Pauline Ferguson, Betty McMilan, Louise Boothe, and Alice Dillion. Mrs. Broyles is survived by one daughter, Patricia Harper, and husband Barry, and one son, Eddie Broyles all of Lindside; one brother, Raymond Ferguson and wife Iris of Black Lick, Ohio; two grandchildren, Steve Coulter and wife Tammy of Charlotte, N.C., and Cathy Martin and husband Phillip of Roanoke, Va.; six great-grandchildren, Tiffany, Cody, Cameron, Zekiah, Isaac and Anna Beth, and two very special people in her life, Lee Thompson and Lois Thompson.

Funeral Services will be 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, at the Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home Chapel in Peterstown with Bro. Rodger Boothe and Pastor Dewey Broyles officiating. Burial will follow at Broyles Cemetery, Lindside.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18, 2013, at the funeral home.

Steve Coulter, Cody Coulter, Lee Thompson, Dickie Broyles, William Broyles, and Carl Harman will serve as pallbearers.

Online guestbook can be signed or condolences sent to the Broyles family at www.broyles-shrewsbury.com.

Arrangements by Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home, Peterstown.



Jerry Burnette

Jerry Burnette 70, of Bolt, passed away Monday, Jan. 14, 2013, at his home after a long illness.

He will be greatly missed by his wife, Jeannie Turner Burnette; two sons, Anthony Burnette and his wife, Sharon, of La Plata, Md., Jeremy Burnette and his wife, Leeanna, of Posey Saxon; and a daughter, Marcie Klingenberg and her husband, Hal, of West Liberty, Ky.

Paw, a special man who was loved by his children’s children, Chase and Reagan Burnette, Alexis, Jessica and Wyatt Burnette and Ted, Cora and Grant Klingenberg.

A private service will be held at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens with Pastor Garry Hall officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family request that memorial donations be sent to Eccles First Baptist Church, PO Box 316, Harper, WV 25851, for the Missionary Fund and / or food bank.

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



Margie Thomas Cook

JESSE — Margie Thomas Cook, 78, of Jesse, passed away Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete. Calfee Funeral and Cremation Service of Pineville is serving the Cook family.



Betty Plumley Dick

Betty Plumley Dick, age 72, of Shady Spring, passed away at Bowers Hospice House in Beckley on Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013.

Born at Pear, W.Va., on March 27, 1940, she was the daughter of the late Lester Plumley and Leona Bennett Plumley.

Mrs. Dick was a homemaker, and a member of the New Salem Baptist Church at Abraham. She had made her home at Shady Spring for the past 17 years.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Shirley Greer.

Those survivors left to cherish her memory include her husband, Thomas Dick.

A son, Timothy Grant Dick and his wife Shari of Daniels. A daughter, Julie Ann Devericks and her husband Duane of Shady Spring.

A brother Lester Plumley Jr. of Abraham.

Three sisters, Jeanetta Tincher of Florida, Vera Copeland of Litchfield, Ohio, and Arlena Spangler of Plainfield, Ind. Six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren also survive.

Funeral services will be conducted to Celebrate The Life Of Betty Dick on Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013, at 1 p.m. at Rose and Quesenberry Peace Chapel in Beckley with Pastor Eddie McNeely officiating. Burial will follow at the Washington Plumley Cemetery at Plumley Mountain.

Friends may call at the funeral home from 6 to 9 p.m. on Saturday.

Grandsons and nephews will serve as pallbearers.

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

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



Rita Louise Criss Evans

PRUDENCE — Rita Louise Criss Evans, 69, died on Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013, at Fayette Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Fayetteville.

Born June 5, 1943, at Prudence, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Glennie and Helen Kochinsky Criss.

She was a former hostess for the Comfort Inn.

Rita attended the Harvey United Methodist Church.

A daughter, Sally Evans; sister, Glenna Whitney; and brother, Frankie Criss; preceded her in death.

Survivors include one daughter, Annette Evans of Oak Hill; three sons, Bill Evans and wife, Martha, of Prudence, Glenn Evans and wife, Annette M., of Prudence and Roger Evans and wife, Cara, of Summerlee; sisters, Lorrina Dilly of Prudence, Carol Horten of Fayetteville and Barbara Anders of Ghent; and brothers, Gene Criss of Texas and Joe Criss of Hilltop; and six stepbrothers and four stepsisters.

She is also survived by eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Graveside rites will be on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, at 2 p.m. at Hilltop Cemetery with Rev. Betty Lusk officiating. Burial will follow. There will be no visitation.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Harvey United Methodist Church, PO Box 225, Glen Jean, WV 25846.

Online condolences may be sent at www.tyreefuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.



Mark A. Kinder II

Mark A. Kinder II, 26, of Beckley, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013.

Born April 27, 1986, he was the son of Mark Kinder and Sandra Perry.

Mark loved watching WVU basketball. Mark passed away doing what he loved most — his job. He began his career with Jan-Care Ambulance approximately two years ago. He was a 2004 graduate of Liberty High School. His nieces and nephews were the sparkle in his eyes.

Mark is preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Von and Louise Williams; paternal grandmother, Joan Kinder; stepgrandmother, Lynda Lasorella; brother, Hayden Kinder; and stepsister, Melissa Miller.

Those left to cherish his memory include his father, Mark Kinder and wife Tina of North Olmsted, Ohio; mother, Sandra Perry and husband Ricky of Charleston; grandfather, Gary Kinder of Colcord; sisters, Tonya Kinder and fiancé Keith Hayes of Artie, Holly Kinder and partner Rachel White of Beckley, Isabella Kinder of North Olmsted, Ohio; stepsisters, April Perry Johnson and husband Jeremy of Charleston, Heather Perry Smith and husband Freeland of Charleston, Kelly Perry of Charleston, Cassandra Miller and fiancé Wade Divers of Beaver; nephews and nieces, Destiny Woods, Devonte Kinder, Donovan Brannen, Delainey Brannen, Zoey Hayes; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, at the Church of God Family Worship Center, 224 Pinewood Drive, Beckley, with Pastor Jeff Shea officiating. Burial will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens.

Friends may gather with the family Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the church.

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

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



Elizabeth Ann ‘Betty’ Lilly

MOCKSVILLE, N.C. — Elizabeth Ann “Betty” Lilly, 83, formerly of Pipestem Creek, W.Va., passed away Jan. 14, 2013, at Forsyth Medical Center in Winston-Salem, N.C.

Born May 5, 1929, at New Camp, Ky., she was a daughter of the late Fred Isaac and Elsie Montgomery Isaac.

Betty was a loving mother who enjoyed reading and working crossword puzzles. She was of the Baptist faith.

Other than her parents she was preceded in death by two brothers, one sister and a son-in-law, Randy Buckland.

Those left to cherish her memory include three daughters, Brenda Garcia and husband Joe of Hinton, Terri L. Cox and husband Charlie of Mocksville, N.C., and Cathy J. Buckland and companion Timothy Fleshman of Blue Springs, Mo.; nine grandchildren, Joseph, Mathew, Michael, Nathan, Danny, Christina, Jennifer, Melissa and Leanna; 11 great-grandchildren; one brother, Raymond Isaac of Indianapolis, Ind.; one sister, Mildred Slater of Corryton, Tenn.; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, at 11 a.m. at Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors Chapel with Pastor Dan Worley officiating. Burial will follow in the Lilly-Crews Cemetery at Nimitz. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral parlors.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

Arrangements are by the Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors of Hinton.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.ronaldmeadowsfp.com.



Kate Pauline Massey Lykens

Kate Pauline Massey Lykens, 86, of Eunice, reached her Heavenly home on Friday, Jan. 11, 2013, at Hubbard Hospice House in Charleston following an extended illness.

Born May 20, 1926, at Edwight, she was the daughter of Wood Lee Massey and Carrie Thelma Dodson Massey Richards. Kate attended Marsh Fork High School. She had been employed at the Edwight Company Store, American Hardware in Whitesville, and served as Head Teller for many years at the main branch of Whitesville State Bank. She most recently volunteered at the Good Samaritan Thrift Store in Whitesville, where she enjoyed visiting with members of the community. She was a member of Whitesville Presbyterian Church, where she enjoyed taking part in Sunday school. Kate loved to dance, cook, camp, hunt and spend time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Kate married Fred Lykens on Dec. 24, 1945. Fred preceded her in death on June 24, 2005. Kate was also preceded in death by an infant sister, Billie Virginia Massey, and a sister, Ella Richards Hamrick.

She is survived by her twin sons, Michael of Whitesville, and Patrick of Logan; daughter-in-law Lee Ann Stover Lykens of Ceredo; three grandchildren, Amanda Ciochetty and her companion, Matt Shamblin, of Crab Orchard; James Patrick (Jimmy) Lykens and his wife, Chelsie, of Nashville, Tenn.; and Jason Lee Lykens of Ceredo; four great-grandchildren, Kamryn Jeanette McPherson and Gavin Matthew McPherson of Crab Orchard, Evangeline Kate Lykens, due to arrive at any time in Nashville, Tenn., and Mary Brianna Shamblin, due in April; three sisters, Betty Massey Sheppard and her husband, Michael, of Phoenix, Ariz., Patsy Richards Persinger and her husband, Donnie, of Richwood, and Frannie Richards Conrad and her husband, Wayne, of Virginia; a special cousin, George Cantley of Whitesville; special friends, Bonnie and Gary Jarrell and Regina Jarrell, all of Eunice; Judith Davis of Beaver, Barbara Dickens and Dorothy Coffey of Whitesville.

The family would like to thank Dr. Aziz, the wonderful nurses and staff of 7 South at CAMC General, and the staff at Hubbard Hospice House for taking care of our precious Kate.

Funeral Services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, at Whitesville Presbyterian Church with ALP Michael Lykens officiating. Burial will follow at Adkins Cemetery, Naoma.

Pallbearers will be Jason Lykens, Jimmy Lykens, Randy Lipford, Bob Milam, Lee Milam, and Terry Lee Jarrell.

Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18, 2013, at the church.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests monetary donations in Kate’s memory to Whitesville Presbyterian Church.

Arrangements by Armstrong Funeral Home, Whitesville.



Violet Louise Masters

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS — Violet Louise (Church) Masters, 77, passed away Friday, Jan. 11, 2013.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, at Shanklin Funeral Home, White Sulphur Springs,  by the Rev. George Clarkson assisted by Kelly Thomas. Interment will follow immediately at Hillcrest Cemetery, White Sulphur Springs. Her family will receive family and friends starting at 1 p.m. until funeral time.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations in her memory to Ronald McDonald House, 2224 Jefferson St. S.E., Roanoke, VA 24014-2404.    

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

James William Meade Sr.

On Monday, Jan. 14, 2013, our most cherished, James William Meade Sr., passed away in his 76th year.

Known affectionately as “Jim,” James was born in Beckley on Dec. 14, 1936; he was the son of Roy and Janet Meade.

James loved hunting, farming and tending his cattle. He worked as a carpenter . 

In addition to his parents, James was preceded in death by his wife, Yvonne Pack Meade.

James leaves to cherish his memory his loving children, James Meade Jr., Rhonda Meade, Deloris Taylor and her husband, Charles, and John Meade all of Beckley; Gloria Pack Parker and husband George of Virginia; Loretta Pack Henslee and husband Randy of Maryville, Tenn.; he was the proud grandfather of Jesse Meade, Christopher Taylor, Matthew Taylor all of Beckley, Kenneth Pitsenbarger of Kentucky, Elizabeth Pitsenbarger Copeland of Kentucky, John Henslee of Tennessee, Cassie Mumejian of Connecticut and five great-grandchildren.

The life of James William Meade was remembered Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013, with a “Service of Remembrance” at the Melton Mortuary Chapel with the Rev. Paul Zutaut officiating. James was laid to rest in the Meade Family Cemetery on Sweeneysburg Road.

Family and friends served as pallbearers.

Condolences may be sent to the family’s guestbook at www.meltonmortuary.com.

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary Inc., Beckley.



Shirley Minor

Shirley Minor, 69, of Beckley, passed away Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013.

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

Patricia ‘Trish’ Ellen Nutter

CUNARD — Patricia “Trish” Ellen Nutter, 70, died Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013, after a yearlong battle with cancer.

Born March 30, 1942, at Brooklyn Bottom, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late John Henry Nutter and Dolly Ellen Smith Nutter.

She was a homemaker and caregiver to all. She loved her family.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her brothers, Ted Nutter and Eugene Nutter; her sisters, Nina Mae Nutter, Lena Bell Nutter Leming, Lizzie Bell Nutter Beckett and Marie Tootsie Nutter Bennett.

Those left to cherish her memory include her daughter, Judith Ann Lewis and her husband Joseph Scott Crist; her grandchildren Trey Allen Crist, Samantha Ann Lewis and her fiancé Michael Hager; her sister Bell Mae Wood; her brother Amos Nutter; her niece Judy Ann Ratliff; her nephew Gary Wayne Nutter and his wife Melinda Sue Nutter; great-nieces, nephews and cousin that were like her own; Stephanie Lynn Beverage and her husband Nicholas Beverage, Nichol Danielle Beverage, Robert Ray Conley, Tracy Ann Wickline and husband Brian Wickline, Waylon Garrett Wickline, Christopher Nutter, Jason “Jake” Nutter and countless others who loved her and were loved by her.

The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18, 2013, at Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, Fayetteville.

Funeral services will be conducted 3 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, at Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home Chapel, Fayetteville, with Pastor Steve Hysell and Johnny Pittman officiating. Interment will follow at the Cunard Community Cemetery.

For those wishing to express their condolences to the Nutter family, you may do so by visiting our website at www.doddpaynehessfuneralhome.com.

Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, 350 W. Maple Avenue, Fayetteville.

Hazel Ozella Reynolds

RONCEVERTE — Hazel Ozella Reynolds, 77, died Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013.

Services will be 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 21, at Wallace and Wallace Funeral Home in Ronceverte with the Rev. Stewart Farley officiating. Burial will follow at Greenbrier Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20, at the funeral home.

Please send online condolences by visiting WallaceandWallaceFH.com.

Arrangements by Wallace and Wallace Funeral Home, Ronceverte.

 

Marsha ‘Lynn’ Lusk Smith

JESSE — On Jan. 14, 2013, Marsha “Lynn” Lusk Smith opened her eyes in Heaven to see for the first time in 19 years, seeing God the Father and the beauty of Heaven; her prayers were answered.

She had fought a hard battle with diabetes since she was 8 years old, and in later years, she survived kidney and pancreas transplants at Ohio State University Medical Center, in Columbus, Ohio.

Lynn had a special love for her family, her church families and all of her friends.

Lynn gave her last gift, and her final deed was done when she gave her organs to be donated to others that needed them, as someone had so generously donated a kidney and pancreas to her.

Born Aug. 29, 1971, in Mullens, she was the daughter of Glen and Kay Lusk of Jesse.

She was a former store manager, and a 1989 graduate of Oceana High School. She had completed three years of college when she lost her sight.

She was a former member of the Guyandotte Baptist Church, which she attended during her youth. She and her husband, Ty, were members of Breckenridge Baptist Church of Bolt. She loved these churches and all the friends. She also loved the churches which they attended locally, and all the love that was shown to her at Cooper Memorial.

Lynn was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Walter and Mary McKinney, of Mullens; great-grandparents, Margie and James Cook of Jesse, Ben and Martha Lusk of Herndon, and James and Rosa Howerton of Stotesbury, and a special uncle, Rodney Keith Lusk.

Those left to cherish her memories are her loving husband, Ty, who loved her every day of her life, as much as she loved him.

She is survived by grandparents, Orville and Barbara Lusk of Fairdale; her loving brother, Steve and wife, Trish, and her special nephew, Cameron, whom she adored, all of Charleston.

She is also survived by stepchildren, Brandon Kane Smith and wife, Daffeny, and children, K.J., Bria, Brayden, and BrookeLynn, all of Princeton; her maternal aunt and uncle, Sandra and Kenny Sisk of Beckley; her paternal aunt and uncle, Mark and Debbie Lusk, and children, Bethany and Ben of Fairdale; her paternal aunt, Sandra K. Lusk, son, Adam, and grandson, Seth, of Matheny; and special friend from school, Tracy Williams.

Viewing will be at Guyandotte Baptist Church of Jesse, Friday, Jan. 18, 2013, from 6 to 9 p.m. Funeral services will be Saturday, Jan. 19, at 11 a.m. Services will be conducted by special pastor friends, Dewey Lowe, Harrison Abbott and Ron Harvey.

Special songs of Lynn’s request, to be sung by the church choir, accompanied by special friend, Anita Lusk, are “Covered by the Blood” and “I Can Call Jesus Anytime.”

Pallbearers will be family and friends.

We wish to thank all our brothers and sisters in Christ, our families and friends for their loving support and prayers, not only in this difficult time but who were always there.

Special thanks to Dr. Stephen Grubb and Dr. Roman of Charleston, and The Ohio State University Medical Staff, for all of their loving care during the transplant. Also a special thanks to the CORE transplant team, and to Becky Shrader.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations be made to: CORE, Center for Organ Recovery and Education, 204 Sigma Drive, RIDC Park, Pittsburgh, PA 15238.

An online guestbook and additional information can be found at www.evans-funeralhome.com.

Evans Funeral Home of Oceana is serving the Smith family.



Howard R. Thayer

STOLLINGS — Howard R. Thayer, 97, died Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013. 

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20, at Honaker Funeral Home with the Rev. Mike Evans officiating. Burial will follow in Forest Lawn Cemetery at Pecks Mill. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

For e-mail condolences, go to www.honakerfuneralhome.org.

Honaker Funeral Home in Logan is in charge of arrangements.



James Charles ‘Bro’ Wagner Jr.

James Charles “Bro” Wagner Jr., 73, of Eccles, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Jan. 16, 2013, after an extended illness.

Born May 30, 1939, he was the son of the late James C. Sr. and Ruth Dickerson Wagner.

Affectionately known as “Bro” by those who loved him, he was a devoted member and deacon of the First Baptist Church of Lester. A graduate of Stratton High School, he was a longtime employee of the Raleigh County Health Dept. and a caretaker for the late Dr. Charles and Mary Merritt, Dr. Joel and Presley Wagoner and family, and Dr. Kevin Bailey.

Left to cherish precious memories are his brother, Richard Wagner of Mansfield, Ohio; sisters: Dorothy Hudson of Freeport, N.Y., Texana Wagner of District Heights, Md., and Dreama Stewart of Eccles; special aunts, Mary Berger and Lilly Borders, and a host of nieces and nephews he helped raise, Millard “Spanky,” Rufus, Gary, Cheri, Kimberly, Shelia, and Sabrena, cousins, and devoted friends.

Service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, at Heart of God Ministries, 1703 S. Kanawha St., Beckley, with Rev. Walter Clay and Bishop Fred T. Simms officiating. Burial will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Prosperity.

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

Condolences may be e-mailed to ritchie-johnson@suddenlinkmail.com.

Arrangements entrusted to Ritchie and Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley. 



Robert Lee Williams

Robert Lee Williams, 58, of Beckley, formerly of Hinton, went to be with the Lord on Jan. 15, 2013, at Raleigh General Hospital after a long illness.

Born Feb. 9, 1954, in Hinton, he was the son of the late Charlie and Emma Palmer Williams.

Bobby was a 1972 graduate of Hinton High School and a member of the Army National Guard. He was also a member of the Moose Lodge.

He is survived by his loving wife of 22 years, Brenna Williams; one son, Charlie Jennings Williams III and wife Nikki of Beckley; two loving daughters, Marcey Michelle Rogers and husband Clint of Lake Worth, Fla., and Meredith Iwasz and husband Chad of Palm Beach, Fla.; two loving sisters, Enna Mary Richmond of Hinton and Patricia O’Bryan of Beckley; a loving brother, Fredrick Anderson Williams of Hinton; seven nieces and nephews. He is also survived by eight grandchildren that he loved dearly and unconditionally, Freddy Grunwald, Brittany Noon, Brooke Grunwald, Erin Noon (his Erin Annie), Katelyn Iwasz, Blake Rogers, Emma Williams (his little teddy bear) and Rockston Rogers. He also had an extended family in Beckley that he dearly loved.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, at Pivont Funeral Home Chapel in Hinton with Pastor Benny Allen officiating.

Friends may call from 11 a.m. until time of services on Saturday at the funeral home.

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

Arrangements by Pivont Funeral Home, Hinton.



Shelby Ray ‘Punkin’ Williams

Shelby Ray “Punkin” Williams, 83, of Shady Spring, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013, following a short illness.

Born May 27, 1929, at Red Dragon-Whitesville, he was the son of the late Joseph Nelson and Stollie Jarrell Williams.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his devoted wife of 49 years, Norma Jean Thompson Williams, and a brother, Joseph Nelson “Peanut” Williams.

Mr. Williams was a retired superintendent and chief electrician for Cedar Coal Co. and other mines for 32 years. He loved hunting with family, but his true love was running the New River with his jet boat while fishing for channel cat and small mouth bass. He was a Marine Corps veteran and served during the Korean War.

Those left to cherish his memory include sons, S. Wayne and Teresa Williams of Daniels, Johnny R. Williams Sr. of White Oak, and daughter, Toni and Rick Payne of North Ridgeville, Ohio; two sisters, Charlotte Milam and Doris Hambrick of Strongsville, Ohio; four grandchildren, Tiffany Cheeks, Johnny Ray Williams Jr., Ricky Payne and Nick Payne; three great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, at Blue Ridge Funeral Home with Rev. T.J. Salango officiating. Entombment will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens.

Pallbearers will be Wayne Williams, Johnny Williams, Johnny Ray Williams, Pete Webb, Jerry Cheeks and Hoss Thompson. Honorary pallbearers will be Ernie Thompson and Jay Roles.

Friends may gather with the family Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to Bowers Hospice House, 454 Cranberry Drive, Beckley, WV 25801.

The family would like to thank the wonderful and caring staff at Bowers House for their care and compassion during our time of need.

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

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