The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

January 27, 2013

Obituaries — Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013




Louise Cheatwood

Mrs. Louise Cheatwood, 92, of New Jersey, formerly of Beckley, died Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013.

Arrangements entrusted to Ritchie and Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.



Bonita Fleshman Donelow

MINDEN — Bonita Fleshman Donelow, 54, of Minden, WV, died Friday, January 25, 2013, at her home.

Born April 12, 1958, at Oak Hill, WV, she was the daughter of Barbara Sanger Fleshman of Minden and the late William Fleshman, Sr.

Bonita was a homemaker.

Preceded in death by her husband, Gilbert F. Donelow, who died February 3, 2010; two brothers, Michael Fleshman and James Fleshman; and one sister, Susan Evans.

Survivors include one daughter, Ruth Ann Owens of Minden; one son, Mathew Fleshman of Minden; nine stepchildren; six brothers, William Fleshman, Jr., Randy Fleshman, Sr., David Fleshman, Sr., all of Minden; Danny Fleshman, Sr., Jimmy Fleshman, Danny Fleshman, Jr., all of Hilltop; grandchildren, Dallas F. Elkins of Murray, KY, Brandon Elkins and Taylor Ann Elkins, both of Arizona; Sara Lynn Fleshman of Minden; one great-grandson and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Monday, January 28, 2013, at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill with Rev. Henry Hudson officiating. Burial will follow at Highlawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill.

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

Online condolences may be sent to our website at: www.tyreefuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.



Edward A. Gendron Jr.

Edward A. Gendron, Jr., went home to be with the Lord on January 25, 2013. He was born on June 23, 1932, in Cambridge, Mass., to the late Edward, Sr., and Helen Gendron.

He was a United States Navy Veteran and served in the Korean War.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his four brothers-in-law, Edward Christian, Tom Bishop, Robert Christian and John Gillenwater.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife of 52 years, Louise Gendron; daughter and son-in-law, Helen and Jeff Jameson of Daniels; sister, Lorraine Chambers and husband, Harvey, of Merrimach, NH; brother, Charlie Gendron and wife, Lillian, of Tewksbury, Mass.; sisters-in-law, Jessie Gillenwater of Church Hill, TN, Alma Bishop of Kingsport, TN, JoAnn Honaker and husband, Richard, of Rogersville, TN; and many nieces and nephews.

He was a truck driver for National Linen Service out of Roanoke, VA, which brought him to West Virginia. He then became a coal miner having worked for Ranger Fuel, Itmann, and Sabine Coal Companies. He then worked for Top Notch Services until his retirement.

He was an avid sports fan of the Boston Red Sox, New England Patriots, and the Boston Celtics.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the Doctors and Nurses at Raleigh General Hospital for the devotion and loving care that was given to Ed during his stay; also a special thanks to Mr. and Mrs. Tom Chips.

A service to celebrate the life of Edward A. Gendron, Jr., will be held 2 p.m. Monday, January 28, 2013, at Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley, with Rev. Larry Lilly officiating. Burial will follow the services at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Beckley.

Friends may gather with the family from 1 p.m. until time of the service Monday at the funeral home.

Online condolences and other information can be found by visiting www.blueridgefuneralhome.com.

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



Clarence ‘Buck’ Gibson

CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. — Clarence “Buck” Gibson, 90, of Christiansburg, Va., formerly of Lynco, passed away Saturday Jan. 26, 2013.

E-mail letters of sympathy may be sent at www.staffordfamilyfuneralhome.com.

The family is being served by the Stafford Family Funeral Home, Lynco.



Edna Olive Hughes

CANVAS — Edna Olive Hughes, 78, of Canvas, died Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29, in the White Funeral Home at Summersville with the Rev. Ed Hughes officiating. Interment will follow in the Fields Cemetery at Nettie. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.



Loraine Lincoln Jones Sr.

Mr. Loraine Lincoln Jones, Sr., 85, of Beckley, WV, died Wednesday, January 23, 2013, in Raleigh General Hospital after a short illness.

Born August 19, 1927, in Covington, VA, he was the son of the late Thomas and Bessie Lee Cabell Jones.

He was a member and Deacon of St. Matthew AME Church, where he was on the Steward Board. He was also a metal sorter at Raleigh Junk Company for 44 years.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife Juanita J. Edwards Jones; daughter, Carolyn Moore; son Lorraine Jones Jr.; brothers, Thomas Jones Jr., Paul, Augustus, William, Henry, Steve, Clinton, Cornelius, and Lawrence Jones; and sisters, Francis Jones, Graylee Mackins, Mattie Walters and Lucy Borders.

Left to cherish memories are sons, Charles and Brian; daughter Karen (James) McCray, all of Beckley; sister, Patricia Irving of Columbus, OH.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Tuesday, January 29, 2013, at St. Matthew AME Church, 103 Mills St., Beckley, with Rev. Deborah Smoot officiating. Burial will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Prosperity. Friends may call the church one hour prior to the service.

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

Arrangements entrusted to Ritchie and Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.



Thomas Eric Kincaid

Thomas Eric Kincaid, 54, of Beaver, passed away Dec. 22, 2012.

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



Ernest Kish

DELMAR, N.Y. — Ernest Kish, 91, died Monday, January 21, 2013, at the Eddy Village Green in Cohoes.

He was born in Monaville, W.Va., and resided in Beckley, Falls Church and Manassas, Va., and most recently in Delmar.

Ernest was the son of Hungarian immigrants, Gazel and Teresa (Somogyi) Kish, and husband of the late Teresa (Grace) Constance Aiello Kish.

During World War II, he served as a captain in the U.S. Army Air Corps and pilot of a P-47 Thunderbolt with the 8th Air Force, 56th Fighter Group, 61st Fighter Squadron, at Boxted Air Base in Colchester, England. He flew 95 missions over Normandy, Northern France, and the Rhineland, and was awarded the Air Medal with four Oak Leaf Clusters and the Distinguished Flying Cross.

A native speaker of Hungarian, he was recruited by the Central Intelligence Agency in 1952 and served for 26 years in Washington, DC, Athens, Greece, and Frankfurt, Germany. He retired in 1978 as a Branch Chief of the National Photographic Interpretation Center in Washington, DC.

Ernest was a child of the Great Depression, the son of a coal miner, and carpenter extraordinaire, who never forgot the kindnesses that were shown to him during his childhood. In 1984, he became one of the founding members of Project-Mend-A-House, an organization in Prince William County, Va., which “provides home modifications and repairs for low income seniors, the disabled and the struggling young and middle-aged.” He remained active with the group until 2007 when he moved to Delmar, NY. During that time, he designed and helped construct nearly 100 wheelchair ramps. He also served as a mentor to many volunteers, whom he later counted as dear friends.

A hero in our lives, Ernest is survived by his son, Ernest (Joyce) Kish; daughter, Constance (Mike) Cunningham; grandchildren, Patrick (Krissy) Kish, David, Jeannie and Becky Cunningham and John Evangelista; and great-grandsons, Nate and Alex Evangelista. He is also survived by his sister-in-law, Virginia (Jerry) Bechter of Denver, Colo., and many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his eight siblings, Mary, Helen, Gazel, Leo, Anna, Joe, Alex and Frances.

The family thanks the superb staff of House 14, Eddy Village Green at Cohoes, for their care of Ernest over the past months. During even his most difficult moments, Ernest felt at home there.

All services will be private. Entombment will be in Saratoga National Cemetery, Schuylerville, NY, at the convenience of the family.

Those who wish may make memorial contributions to the Alzheimer’s Association, NENY Chapter, PO Box, 96011, Washington, DC 20090-6011.

Online at www.applebeefuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by Applebee Funeral Home, Delmar, N.Y.



Frances Meador

Frances Ann Meador, 82, of Queen Street, Beckley, died Friday, Jan. 25, 2013.

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

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary and Cremation Center, Beckley.



Cynthia ‘Cindy’ Miller

Cynthia “Cindy” Miller, 55, of Beckley, formerly of Sophia, went home to be with the Lord after a long battle with cancer. Born September 14, 1957, she was daughter of the late Franklin D. and Pearl D. Miller; she was also preceded in death by her daughter, Dalena Clere.

Cynthia enjoyed crocheting, working on her crafts and helping others. She was a waitress at Freddie’s in Beckley for about four years. She was of the Baptist faith.

Those left to cherish her memory include her daughter, Juanita Cozart and companion Timmy Wager of Greencove Springs, FL, son, Denver Allen Bryant of Beckley; sister, Deborah “Debbie” Ellis and husband Jay Ellis of Keystone Heights, FL; brother, James A. “Jim” Miller and fiancée Janet Hinton of Hinton, WV; sister, Lorrie Sargent of Atlanta, GA; one grandson, three granddaughters; several nieces and nephews and longtime friend, Margaret Miller.

Cindy has made a very noble decision to donate her body to the West Virginia University Gift Registry.

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

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



Jack Mosley

Jack Mosley, 76, of Holly Hills, Fairdale, WV, and Buckeye, AZ, died Sunday, Jan 20, 2013, slipping peacefully away at 5:20 p.m. in the arms of his wife Margaret while a patient at the VA Medical Center, Beckley, WV.

He was born to John and Violet Stewart Mosley on Nov. 15,1936, at Ravencliff, WV, and was raised there. Many a trip he made to Glen Rogers, McGraws, Pine Grove Hollow, or just running the mountains of WV.

Jack attended Glen Rogers High School and received his Associate’s in Business from Polk County Community College in central FL. A disabled veteran, he traveled the world for the federal government, proudly serving his country for 44 years. He retired after 24 years in the Air Force plus 20 years of civil service at Robins AFB, Ga. He had many stories to tell about those years and liked to say he was a true lifer, a U.S. Government Issue (GI). He was a lifetime member of the VFW Post 11307, Bolt, WV, a lifetime member of DAV, and a member of the American Legion. Jack loved life, being happy, the Air Force, the WV mountains, his family and baseball.

In addition to his parents John and Violet he was preceded in death by his first wife Gwen Henry, 2 brothers Ted and Bill, 1 sister Lucille Hall Mosley and 1 sister-in-law Barbara.

Left to mourn their loss are his wife Margaret of Holly Hills, Fairdale, WV, and Buckeye, Ariz.; 8 children including 5 sons: Curtis (Tammy) of Athens, Ga., Doug (Debra) of Martinsville, Va., Robert (Kathy) Watson of Phoenix, Ariz., Thomas (Sherry) of Wittmann, Ariz., and SSgt. Sam (SSgt. Kathryn) Miller of Fayetteville, Ft. Bragg, N.C.; 3 daughters Anita MacKowski and Tammy (A.P.) Garcia of Warner Robins, Ga., and Pam (Tim) Underhill of Byron, Ga.; 2 Brothers Roy (Marilyn) of Glen Rogers, WV, Jerry (Barbara) of Bassett, Va.; 2 sisters, Dixie (Tony) Ferber of Clifton Springs, N.Y., Alice (Francis) Knute of Newark, N.Y.; 2 sisters-in-law Mary of Newark, N.Y., and Shirley (Estil) Bailey of Holly Hills, Fairdale, WV, 21 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren with 32, 33 and 34 on the way, lots of cousins, a host of special friends and neighbors especially Rodney Brendle.

Jack will be remembered in the Melton Mortuary Chapel, 1200 Harper Road, Beckley, WV, at 1 p.m. Monday, Jan. 28, 2013, with military honors. A celebration of his life follows, officiated by the Reverends DeWayne Hurd and Harry Lafferty. Come visit with the family at 12 noon until time of service.

We the Mosleys extend a special thanks to Bruce Blankenship of Melton Mortuary and our heartfelt gratitude goes to the VA Medical Center, all 4B wonderful staff who cared for Jack so professionally, yet with love, humor and tenderness and also the entire staff of 6th floor. We reserve stars for the crowns of Debra Lilly, Ph.D..; William Boyd, D.O.; John Ross, P.A.; and Irma Adams, F.N.P. You are most wonderful and caring. We thank you all.

Condolences may be sent to the Mosley family guestbook at http://www.meltonmortuary.com/.

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary and Cremation Center, Beckley, WV.

I, Margaret Miller Mosley, have composed and written this obituary as a token of my love and devotion to my husband Ralph Jack Mosley. Rest in peace, my sweetheart.



Eleanor Puckett

OCEANA — Eleanor Puckett, 76, passed away Thursday, January 24, 2013, at Raleigh General Hospital.

Born July 23, 1936, in Shirley, WV, she was the daughter of the late John and Melvina Underwood Stewart.

Eleanor attended Oceana High School and was a 1954 graduate of Pineville High School. She was an avid computer buff and enjoyed chatting with her many online friends. She was a member of Delilah Methodist Church.

In addition to her parents, Eleanor was preceded in death by her husband, Milton, and two daughters, Barbara Puckett and Kathy Jo Puckett.

Those left to cherish her memory are two children, Janet Kinser of Oceana and Christopher Puckett and his wife, Lanell, of Princeton; siblings, Jim Pettit and wife, Leona, of Paden City, WV, Joan Sluss of Ft. Ashby, WV, and Sue Lusk and husband, John, of Keyser, WV; four sisters-in-law, Verlie Puckett, Joan Lawson, Mary Lou Lusk, and Anita Toler; four grandchildren, Allison Kinser, Adam Kinser, Tristan Puckett, and Nathan Puckett; a host of nieces and nephews; and many, many friends.

A celebration of Eleanor’s life will be 1 p.m. Tuesday, January 29, 2013, at Evans Funeral Home Memorial Chapel with the Rev. David White officiating. Entombment will follow at Palm Memorial Gardens, Matheny.

The family will receive friends 6 to 9 p.m. Monday, January 28, at the funeral home.

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

Evans Funeral Home of Oceana is serving the Puckett family.

Jake Laret ‘Bub’ Ramsey

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Jake Laret “Bub” Ramsey, formerly of Edmond, passed away Monday, Jan. 21, 2013, in Sacramento, Calif.

He was born in Edmond, on Feb. 15, 1939.

Mr. Ramsey was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force; Jake was a Firefighter Equipment Operator for the Sacramento City Fire Department from 1962 to 1993. Bub enjoyed hunting, fishing and spending time with family.

Preceded in death by his parents Jake and Mabel Ramsey and son-in-law Art Carrillo.

Survivors include his first wife Mary Ramsey; children Cheryl Carrillo and Shelly Allport (Mike). Grandchildren, Mary Lego, Noah Allport, Gabriel Carrillo and Maria-Isabel Carrillo. Siblings, Laurie Johnson (Dave), Jim Ramsey, CD Ramsey (Amy) and Joe Ramsey (JoAnne), and special friend Melissa Schuler. Bub will be missed by many loving friends and family.

A Service of Remembrance will be held on Wednesday, January 30, 2013, at 7 p.m. at the North Sacramento Funeral Home, 725 El Camino Ave., Sacramento, CA 95815.

To sign the online guest book go to www.northsacfuneral.com.



Cheryl Anne Slaughter

OAK HILL — Cheryl Anne Slaughter, 43, of Oak Hill, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, at Plateau Medical Center. Born May 19, 1969, at Baltimore, MD, the daughter of William Joseph Holmes and Barbara Ann (Wolfe) Holmes.

Cheryl was preceded in death by her father William Joseph Holmes and one brother Thomas Joseph Holmes.

Those left to cherish her memory include her husband Larry Wayne Slaughter of Oak Hill, two sons Dale Joshua Joseph Holmes of Severn, MD, and Kyle Kristopher James Slaughter of Oak Hill; her mother Barbara Anne Ennis and her husband James of Severn, MD; one brother William Anton Holmes and his wife Christie of York, PA; and Beverly Donaldson of Millersville, MD, whom Cheryl loved like a second mom.

Her remains rest at High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, 1435 E. Main Street, Oak Hill, WV, where the funeral will be held 2 p.m. Monday and where the family will receive friends from 12 noon until time of the service.

Condolences may be sent to www.highlawnfuneralhomechapel.com.

Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.



Randall K. ‘Randy’ Stafford

OCEANA — Randall K. “Randy” Stafford, 53, of Oceana, passed away on Friday, January 25, 2013, at his home, from a battle with cancer.

He was born January 28, 1959, in Man, W.Va., a son of Kenneth Jacob Stafford of Kopperston and the late Erma Lillian Arthur Stafford.

Randy loved to ride his GoldWing motorcycle with his wife Sue. They had traveled to 39 of 50 States in the United States touring the country. He was a member of the Toneda Baptist Church and the UMWA. He enjoyed camping, fishing and hunting with his two sons Patrick and Jared. Randy enjoyed spending time with his granddaughter Jasmine, usually bicycling and fishing. He also volunteered in the past with church youth groups and Sunday school programs, civic organizations such as Oceana Little League, Biddy Buddy Basketball, and the Boy Scouts. He was formerly employed with Arch Coal Inc., Mingo Logan Coal Co., Transervice Inc., Harris #2 Mine, and Itmann Coal Co.

He was preceded in death by his mother.

In addition to his father Kenneth Jacob Stafford of Kopperston, he is survived by his wife of 33 years Sue Stafford of Oceana, their two sons Patrick Stafford of Welch, and Jared Stafford and wife Kat of Beckley; one grandchild Jasmine Stafford of Mullens; three sisters Lillian Tilley and husband Billy of Eccles, Marsha Sparks and husband Tommy of Oceana, and Sandy Solacz and husband Mitch of Mt. Hope; a special sister-in-law Lou Blankenship of Oceana who helped with his home health care; special friends Brenda and Frank Jenelos Sr., Frank Jenelos Jr., numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews, and a host of other loving family and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 8 p.m. on Sunday, January 27, 2013, at Toneda Missionary Baptist Church, Kopperston, W.Va., with Pastor Jim Hamrick and Rev. Ron Lee officiating. Special singing by Timmy Harless, Wes Cook and Eric Lusk Singers.

Friends gather with the family from 6 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, January 27, 2013, at the church.

In keeping with Randy’s wishes he will be cremated.

E-mail letters of sympathy may be sent at www.staffordfamilyfuneralhome.com.

The family is being served by the Stafford Family Funeral Home, Lynco.



Thelma Mae Pozzie Vance

OAK HILL — Thelma Mae Pozzie Vance, 87, of Oak Hill, passed away Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013.

Condolences may be sent to www.highlawnfuneralhomechapel.com.

Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.



Mildred Ellen Walls

Mildred Ellen Walls, age 95, passed away on January 25, 2013, at her home after several years of failing health.

Born March 9, 1917, in Gilbert, WV, to the late Rush Elkins and Mary Ellen Elkins.

Mildred was a lifelong homemaker. Her hobbies included gardening, sewing, flower gardening, and reading. She was especially fond of family history and will be sadly missed by family and friends.

She was the last surviving member of her immediate family. She was preceded in death by her only sister Charlotte Olsen and brothers Okie, Omar, Dwight, Delmas, Walter, and Malcolm Elkins.

In addition to her parents and siblings, she was preceded in death by her husband, Emick R. Walls; a son, Ray M. Walls.

Those surviving include her children, Roland K. Walls of Beckley, Darold T. Walls (Linda) of Jamestown, ND, Nadine Mossner (Ralph) of Saginaw, MI, Dr. Russell Walls of Morganton, NC, Ritchie Walls (Barbara) of Mount Hope, and Lorin Walls (Carol) of Sophia; 26 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday, January 28, 2013, at the Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Chapel in Beckley with Pastor Ken Killen officiating and Pastor Phillip Farrington assisting. Interment will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens in Prosperity.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

Visitation will be held the same morning from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at the funeral chapel.

Her family wishes to send a special thanks to Roland Walls, who devotedly and tenderly cared for her since her husband’s passing in 1974. Also, thanks to Maxwell Hill Baptist Church, where she was also a longtime member. Her grandchildren Alex Walls, Michelle Treadway, and Deborah Underwood who have taken turns taking care of her, and to Barbara Walls who cooked her meals for the last several years. Finally, thanks to Hospice who has also provided excellent care for her.

Private online condolences, floral gifts, and other expressions of sympathy are available at www.roseandquesenberry.net.

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



Julia Lynn Cochran Webb

Julia Lynn Cochran Webb of Beckley went home to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on January 25, 2013.

Born January 6, 1950, to the late William and Velda Cochran of Pax.

She was a graduate of Mt. Hope High School and the Raleigh County ACT LPN program. She worked as a nurse in WV and NC. She enjoyed crocheting and attending Stanaford New Beginnings Christian Church.

She married the love of her life and husband of 22 years, Donald M. Webb. In addition to her loving and devoted husband she leaves behind a daughter, Renee Griffin and husband Brian of Graham, NC; son, Wayne Collier and wife Jennifer of Leesburg, NC; five grandchildren, B.J., Chelsey, Jared, Greg, and Nate all of NC; brother, Billy Cochran of Mt. Hope; sister, Crystal Brewer of SC; sisters-in-law, Pat Smith and Ruth Ann Hess of Beckley; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Bill and Pamela Webb of Glyfada, Greece; and several nieces, nephews, and other family and friends.

Please join us in the celebration of the precious life of Julia Webb at 12 p.m. Tuesday, January 29, 2013, at the Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Chapel in Beckley with Pastor Lonnie Greer and Tony Mullins officiating. Burial will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens in Prosperity.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

The family will receive friends the same afternoon from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the funeral chapel.

Private online condolences, floral gifts, and other expressions of sympathy are available at www.roseandquesenberry.net.

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