The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

February 1, 2013

Obituaries — Friday, Feb. 1, 2013




Betty Sue Alderman

Betty Sue Alderman, 75, of Quinwood, died Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013.

Arrangements are pending completion at Pivont Funeral Home, Hinton.



Carlyle S. ‘Bud’ Bolen Jr.

BLUEFIELD — Carlyle S. “Bud” Bolen Jr., of Bluefield, W.Va., died Tuesday, January 29, 2013. 

Born May 25, 1930, in Bluefield, he was a son of the late Elizabeth Cole and Carlyle S. Bolen Sr.

He attended schools in Welch and Beckley, and was a 1952 graduate of Virginia Polytechnic Institute (Virginia Tech).

He was a former President and General Manager of Cole Baking Company where he worked for 40 years. He was twice President of the West Virginia Bakers Association and a former board member of the Independent Baker’s Association, Washington, D.C. He was past Vice President of The Bluefield Sales Executive Club, a former charter member of the Fincastle Country Club, The Greater Bluefield Jaycees, The Bluefield Kiwanis Club, and The Charleston Exchange Club.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Pachuta Bolen.

Survivors include three daughters, Catherine M. Bolen of Bedford, Va., Maria Bolen Pochick and husband Frank of Bluefield, Va., and Patricia S. Bolen of Bluefield, W.Va.; one son, C. Scott Bolen III of Savannah, Ga.; one sister, Elizabeth B. Courtney and husband, Richard, of Cary, N.C.; grandsons, Craig Hickman and wife Luciana and Aaron Hickman and wife Tracee, all of Savannah; and three great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends at Mercer Funeral Home on Thursday, January 31, 2013,  from 6 to 7:30 p.m. A Christian Wake Service will be held at 7:30 p.m.

Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted on Friday, February 1, 2013, at 11 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Celebrant Father Paul Wharton. Burial will follow at Monte Vista Park Cemetery where Craig Hickman, Aaron Hickman, Bruce Barilla, Tullio Ramello, Bill Courtney, Sam Comer, Bill Spracher, Greg Tomchin will serve as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. Keith Pochick, Dr. Mike Malamisura, Dr. Richard Bolen, Harry Gray, Dr. Harold Goforth Jr., Frank Melvin, Barry Turpin and Jack Garrison.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 1003 Wyoming Street, Bluefield, WV 24701.

Those wishing to share memories or condolence messages with the family may do so by visiting www.MercerFuneralHome.com.

Mercer Funeral Home & Crematory is serving the family of Mr. Carlyle S. “Bud” Bolen Jr. 



Thomas ‘Tom’ Bragg

OAK HILL — Thomas Lee “Tom” Bragg, 76, of Oak Hill, while surrounded by Heavenly Angels and a loving family, drew his last breath on this earth at Bowers Hospice House at Beckley, and peacefully opened his eyes in Heaven to be with the Lord and family members who include his Mother and Father and two brothers.

Raised by Christian parents he was taught the Word of God on a daily basis and accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior.

Though he lives on in Heaven in a new body no longer riddled with pain he will always be remembered by all who knew him as a man of honesty and integrity and kindness. His eagerness to help those less fortunate or those in need were qualities we must all strive to achieve.

He was a graduate of Fayetteville High School. A U.S. Air Force Veteran and prior to his illness he was a heavy equipment mechanic for Pittston Coal Group at Bolt, W.Va.

Those left to cherish his memory include his loving wife of over 50 years Shirley Marie (Patrick) Bragg; two sons Thomas David Bragg and his wife Rowena of Oak Hill and Kenneth E. Bragg and his wife Kathy of Fayetteville; sisters, Anna Marie Poore and her husband John of Beckley and Mary Elizabeth Burnside of Kincaid; three grandchildren Jason Adam Bragg and his wife Betty of Fayetteville, Kenneth Andrew Bragg of Fayetteville, and James Hendrix of Oak Hill; and two great-grandchildren Austin Tyree and Madison Tyree, both of Fayetteville.

His remains rest at High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, 1435 E. Main Street, Oak Hill,  where the funeral will be held 2 p.m. Saturday with Pastor Delmas Wolfe officiating and where the family will receive friends from 12 noon until time of the service. Entombment will follow in High Lawn Memorial Gardens Mausoleum, with military rites conducted by Oak Hill V.F.W. Post 3110.

Pallbearers will be Jason Bragg, Andrew Bragg, Austin Tyree, James Hendrix, and Timmy Bragg.

The family would like to express their thanks to the doctor, nurses and staff for the care and attention that Tom received while at the Bowers Hospice House.

Condolences may be sent to www.highlawnfuneralhomechapel.com.

Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.



Louise E. Cheatwood

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, N.J. — Mrs. Louise Elizabeth Cheatwood, 92, of South Plainfield, N.J., died Saturday, January 26, 2013, at Berkeley Heights Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

Born February 9, 1920, in Beckley, she was the daughter of the late James Thompson Sr. and Lottie B. Calloway Jones.

Mrs. Cheatwood was a beautician in Beckley for more than 60 years and a member of St. Matthew A.M.E. Church of Beckley. She graduated from Stratton High School in 1937 and attended beauty school in New York.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her two daughters, Jane Mitchell and Charlotte Mabry, and her brother, James Thompson Jr.

Those left to cherish her precious memories are her son: John A. (Donna) Cheatwood Jr. of South Plainfield, N.J.; three grandchildren, Matthew (Angel) Plante of Huntington, W.Va., Vicki Mabry of Hinesville, Ga., and John A. Cheatwood III of Pittsburgh, Pa.; four great- grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Saturday, February 2, 2013, at St. Matthew A.M.E. Church, 103 Mills Ave., Beckley, with Rev. Debra Smoot officiating. Burial will follow in Greenwood Memorial Park, Beckley.

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

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

Arrangements entrusted to Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.



Charles Michael Dillon

Charles Michael Dillon, 51, of Shady Spring, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013.

Arrangements are pending completion at the Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home Shady Spring Chapel, 729 Flat Top Road, Shady Spring.



Irene Elizabeth Gutshall

RAINELLE — Irene Elizabeth Gutshall, 80, of Rainelle, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013. 

Services will be 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 3, at Sewell Valley Baptist Church in Rainelle. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, at the church.

Arrangements by Smathers Funeral Chapel Inc., Rainelle.

Adam Lee Harvey

Adam Lee Harvey, 28, of Beckley, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013.

Online condolences may be left at www.calfeefh.com.

Arrangements are pending at Calfee Funeral Home, Beckley.



Lonnie Raymond Hubbard Sr.

AMIGO — Lonnie Raymond Hubbard Sr., 78, of Amigo, passed away on Wednesday, January 30, 2013, at his residence following a long illness.

Born September 16, 1934, at Bramwell, he was the son of the late George and Louise (Stahl) Hubbard.

Lonnie was a retired coal miner and a member of UMWA. In his leisure he enjoyed working on cars, gardening, and he especially loved playing Rummy with his children and brother.

In addition to his parents he is also preceded in death by his wife, Sylvia Hubbard; a son-in-law, Lonnie Smith; and 17 brothers and sisters.

Those left to cherish his memory include six daughters, Darlene Lawrence and her husband, Russell, of Princeton, Phyllis Perkins of Yadkinville, N.C., Connie O’Neal and her husband, Ray, of Amigo, Karen Hubbard and her companion, David, of MacArthur, Teresa Smith and her companion, Chad, of Coal City, and Jennie Reed and her husband, Daniel, of Rhodell; two sons, Richard Hubbard of Sophia and Lonnie Raymond Hubbard Jr. of Amigo; a special grandson, Jamie Perkins of Yadkinville, N.C.; 25 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandson; one brother, Charles Hubbard of Amigo who made his home with Lonnie; and an ex-daughter-in-law, Drema.

Graveside services and burial will be 1 p.m. Saturday, February 2, 2013, at the Jenkins Family Cemetery, Garwood Mtn., with Pastor Kenny Lambert officiating.

There will be no visitation and those wishing to attend the graveside service are asked to meet at the cemetery.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

For those considering an expression of sympathy the family requests contributions be made to help defray unexpected expenses to Tankersley Funeral Home, 102 Moran Avenue, Mullens, WV 25882.

Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.tankersleyfh.com.

The family of Lonnie Hubbard is being cared for by Tankersley Funeral Home, Mullens.



Paul L. Kennedy

WYCO — Paul L. Kennedy, 82, of Wyco, W.Va., passed away Monday, January 30, 2013.

Born January 6, 1931, in Long Branch, he was a son of the late Floyd Paul Kennedy and Nora Smith Kennedy.

Paul loved hunting, fishing and woodworking; he was a member of the NRA and the UMWA. Paul was a coal miner for 33 years.

In addition to his parents, Paul was preceded in death by his wife of 54 years of marriage, Helen Kennedy; two brothers, Charlie and Bob Kennedy; a sister, Geraldine Hatfield; and a sister-in-law, Loretta Kennedy.

Those left to cherish his memory include two sons, Glenn Kennedy of Wyco, and Michael Kennedy of Scio, Ohio; three daughters, Cathy Lamb and husband, Clayton, of Roanoke, Va., Carlene Cupp and husband, Tony, of Christiansburg, Va., and Amanda Turner and husband, Bobby, of Deep Run, N.C.; eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; three brothers-in-law, Bob Blankenship and wife, June, of Canton, Ohio, Doug Blankenship and wife, Emma, of Big Sandy, and Earl Blankenship and wife, Dee, of Thorpe; sisters-in-law, Carol Lester of Gary, Shelby Cox of Davy, and Marie Blankenship of Midway.

A service to celebrate the life of Paul L. Kennedy will be held 12 noon Saturday, February 2, 2013, at Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley, with Rev. Doug Blankenship officiating.

Following the services Paul will be entombed at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Chapel of Faith, Beckley.

Glenn Kennedy, Glenn P. Kennedy, Bobby Turner, Jason Powell, Eddie Bolen and Grim Whitt Jr. will serve as pallbearers.

Friends may gather with the family Friday, February 1, 2013, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.

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

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the 2nd floor nursing staff at the McDowell Nursing and Rehabilitation Facility.

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



Judith Lane

Judith Lane, 97, of Cool Ridge, passed away Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013.

Arrangements are pending completion at Rose and Quesenberry, 729 Flat Top Road, Shady Spring.



Marie Tallman Maddy

HINTON — Marie Tallman Maddy, 96, of Hinton, died at 7 p.m. Wednesday, January 30, 2013, at Summers Nursing and Rehabilitation Center at Hilldale, following a short illness.

Born March 4, 1916, at Hinton, she was the daughter of the late Charles F. and Clara Honaker Tallman.

Marie was a graduate of Talcott High School and the Huntington Beauty School. She was the co-owner of The Sewing Basket in Hinton. She was a member of Central Baptist Church in Hinton and was very active in the church as long as her health permitted. She was also a member of the Summers County A.R.H. Hospital Auxiliary.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Irvin S. Maddy. Also preceded in death by two brothers, Thomas and Fred Tallman, and one sister, Ruby Garten.

Survivors include two sons, Stan Maddy and wife Vicky of Hinton and Thomas Lynn Maddy of Hinton. Two sisters, Dorothy Westmoreland and Ruth Noel, both of Hinton. Four grandchildren, Trisha and John Maddy, Krista Lynn Vandall and Kelly Renee Maddy. Three great-grandchildren, Bethany Fernatt and Elena and Adelita Maddy. One great-great-grandchild, Xavier Fernatt.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, February 2, 2013, at Pivont Funeral Home Chapel in Hinton, with Pastor Robbie Merritt officiating. Burial will follow in Greenbrier Burial Park in Hinton.

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

Memorial contributions may be made to the Summers County A.R.H. Auxiliary, 1500 Terrace St., Hinton, WV 25951.

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

Arrangements by Pivont Funeral Home, Hinton.



Robert Anthony McGuire

MEADOW BRIDGE — Robert Anthony McGuire, 28, of Meadow Bridge, passed away Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013.

A memorial service will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, in the Bellwood Baptist Church.

Arrangements by Smathers Funeral Chapel Inc., Rainelle.



Charlotte H. McKay

Charlotte H. McKay passed away in Beckley, on January 9th, 2013. She was in her 94th year.

Charlotte was preceded in death by the father of her children, John S. McKay of Orange City, Florida.

Charlotte is lovingly remembered by her children, David G. McKay, Michael S. McKay and Jeffrey A. McKay. She was the dear grandmother of David G. McKay Jr., and Heather A. McKay.

Born in Columbus, Ohio, on November 1, 1918, Charlotte graduated from Columbus, Ohio, High School and went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in Education from Ohio State University in 1940, and a Master’s degree from Marshall University in 1973. A teacher in the Raleigh County school system, Charlotte taught accounting, bookkeeping, and other subjects at Richmond District School and Shady Spring High School.

In 1940, Charlotte was the only female member in the OSU flying club. Throughout her life, she enjoyed traveling, collecting, and, most of all, reading. Charlotte was always surrounded by her favorite books. She took up quilting in her later years and was a member of two local quilting clubs.

The Rite of Burial for the Dead with Holy Communion will be celebrated on Saturday, February 2nd, at 2 p.m. at St. Stephens Episcopal Church, 200 Virginia St., Beckley, with Rev. Jon M. White as the celebrant. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the services. A private Interment will follow at the St. Stephens Columbarium.

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

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary, Inc., Beckley.



Tom R. Plumley

HINTON — Tom R. Plumley, 77, of Hinton, died Wednesday, January 30, 2013, at Summers Nursing and Rehabilitation Center at Hilldale, following a long illness.

Born March 15, 1935, at Glade, W.Va., he was a son of the late J. Amos and Nell Ward Plumley.

Tom lived most of his life in Hinton and was a 50-plus-year member of the Hinton Masonic Lodge AM&FM. He was a U.S. Army Veteran where he served as military police and was a retired conductor for CSX railroad.

He is survived by his twin sons, Tommy Plumley and wife Cheryl of Jumping Branch and Tim Plumley and wife Pam of Jacksonville, N.C.; three grandchildren, Jarrod, Matt and Jill; two brothers, Melvin Plumley and wife Vivian of Hinton and Fred Plumley and wife Rita of Hinton; and one sister, Norma Willett and husband Jim of Punta Corda, Fla.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, February 2, 2013, at Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors Chapel, with Pastor Robbie Merritt officiating. Burial will follow in the Fox Cemetery at Brooks.

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

Hinton Masonic Lodge will serve as pallbearers and conduct graveside rites.

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

Arrangements are by the Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors of Hinton.



William ‘Tommy’ Sherman Shumate Sr.

William “Tommy” Sherman Shumate Sr., 72, of Sophia, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, January 29, 2013.

Born on June 27, 1940, at Itmann, W.Va., he was the son of the late Luther Arlie Shumate and Hazel Ruth Holdren Shumate.

William was known by many as Tommy or Shorty. He was a retired coal miner and a member of Rhodell Church of God. He had a love of antique cars, as well as collecting model cars, and enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his brothers Luther “Pete,” Samuel, Okey, and Furley Shumate, and sister Virginia “Snookie” Lilly.

Those left to cherish his memory include his loving wife of 54 years Rosa Lee Meadows Shumate. Three sons, Michael Meadows and wife Peggy of Rhodell, Muncy Shumate and wife Carol of Eccles, and Gregory “Slim” Shumate of Mt. Hope. Two daughters, Sharon Scott and husband Billy of Sophia and Darla Farruggia and fiancé Mark Criner of Coal City. Seven grandsons, Michael “Bo” Parks and wife Melissa, Mathew Meadows and wife Samantha, Billie Parks and wife Amanda, Nicholas Farruggia and wife Mandy, Nate Shumate, Zach Shumate, and Luke Farruggia. Three granddaughters, Michelle Austin and husband Jeff, Kim Criner, and Cathy Criner. Four sisters, Darcas “Dot” Rose, Elvira McKinney and husband Clyde, JoAnn Johnson, and Vicky Justice. Fourteen great-grandchildren and dear friends Leo and Charlene Helmondollar.

Funeral services will be conducted 1 p.m. Friday, February 1, 2013, at the Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Chapel in Beckley, with Pastor Gary Eskins officiating. Interment will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens in Prosperity.

Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

Visitation will be held Thursday evening from 6 to 9 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 South Kanawha Street in Beckley.



Randy Lee Woolwine

OCEANA — Randy Lee Woolwine, of Oceana, died Monday, January 28, 2013, in Huntington, after a hard-fought battle with lung cancer.

He was born September 25, 1955, in St. Albans. He was preceded in death by his mother, Kathryn Dearing; grandparents (adoptive parents), Thomas and Nora Woolwine; wife, Juanita; and brother, James Dearing.

Randy loved spending time with his wife, family and friends. He enjoyed playing golf and never missed an opportunity to go fishing. He spent 39 years working in the trucking industry. Many of those years as a long-distance truck driver. Randy ended his career in July, after becoming ill, as the Regional Sales Manager for Premier Transportation.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Nancy “Carol”; daughters, Nora Smith and husband, Jamey, Anita Sizemore and husband, Roy, Dorraine Maddy and husband, Robert; Chevelle Gibson and husband, Ronnie Jessie; and Tiffany Howard and companion, Adrain Brown; brother, Larry Woolwine; 13 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service to celebrate the life of Randy Lee Woolwine will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, February 9, 2013, at Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley, with Rev. Glen Cook officiating.

Friends may gather with the family from 12 p.m. until time of the service 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.