The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

February 7, 2013

Obituaries — Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013

Margaret Akers

Margaret Akers, age 58, of Coal City, passed away Wednesday, February 6, 2013, at Raleigh General Hospital.

Arrangements are pending completion at Rose and Quesenberry, 1901 S. Kanawha St., Beckley, WV 25801.

Frank Belcher

Frank Belcher, age 74 of Eccles, passed away at his home on Wednesday, February 6, 2013.  

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

Darrell T. Boothe

DUNE ACRES, Ind. — Darrell T. Boothe, of Dune Acres, died Monday, Feb. 4, 2013, after a long battle against Alzheimer’s disease.

He was born Oct. 13, 1929, in Greenbriar County, W.Va., to Kelly and Iva Agnes (O’Dell) Boothe, both of whom preceded him in death.

On February 3, 1951, at Sacred Heart Church in Charleston, W.Va., he married Helen Boothe (nee Gabbert), who survives. He is also survived by his children Darrell T. (Ted) Boothe Jr., of Porter, Ind.; Danielle T. Vogedes, of Michigan City, Ind.; Melinda S. (husband Sam) Massette, of Porter and Neil A. Boothe, of Chesterton, Ind. His grandchildren Marissa (Jameel) Abdullah, Michael Martinez, Joshua Boothe and Casey Vogedes survive as do his great-grandchildren Joseph Hardiman, Jameel and Jalen Abdullah and Vance Martinez. Sonya, a short-haired dachshund, has been his faithful companion through his Alzheimer’s.

Darrell graduated from Crichton High School, Greenbriar County, W.Va., in 1946. He left his parent’s 50 acre farm to work at Linde Division of Union Carbide Corp. and start school at Morris Harvey College in Charleston, W.Va. In 1954 he was transferred by Union Carbide to Norfolk, Va., where he was an agent to the military establishment around Hampton Roads. In 1960 he and his family were transferred to Indianapolis, Ind., then in 1963 moved to Dune Acres, Ind. He purchased Aluminum Welding and Machine Works, on U.S. Hwy 12, in 1969. Darrell was an avid golfer and won many tournaments at Long Beach and Sand Creek Country Clubs. He was Club Captain at Sand Creek. In the 1940s he was a semi-pro baseball player with the Industrial League. He was a competitive tennis player and loved to dance with his favorite partner Helen. He enjoyed hunting with friends. He loved playing bridge and gin rummy. He was always supportive of his wife’s and his children’s civic and political activities.

Darrell has donated his body for organ donation and his brain to the Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer’s Disease Center of Northwestern University to further scientific research and understanding of Alzheimer’s, with hopes for a cure. A memorial gathering will be held Saturday, Feb. 9, beginning at 2 p.m., with a reception to follow, at The Waterbird, 556 Indian Boundary Road, Chesterton, (located behind the shops on the south side of Indian Boundary Road). The gathering will be facilitated by Victoria Ubben, pastor of the 1st Christian Church of Valparaiso, Ind. Memorial contributions may be made to the Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer’s Disease Center of Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, 320 E. Superior, Searle 11-453, Chicago, Ill., 60611, to further Alzheimer’s research.

Arrangements are being handled by the Edmonds & Evans Funeral Home, 517 Broadway, Chesterton, 219-926-1330.

Claude Bostic

CONYERS, Ga. — Mr. Claude Bostic, age 98, of Conyers, formerly of Monroe County, W.Va., passed away February 2, 2013.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 61 years, Margaret Bostic; sister, Berelene Hicks; brothers, Rankin and Jack Bostic.

He is survived by daughters, Charlotte and Charles Fisher, Sebastopol, Calif., Marilene and Bob Cunningham, Cumming, Ga.; sister, Louise Martin, Decatur, Ga.; grandchildren, Caryn Fisher, Bodega Bay, Calif., Charles and Becky Fisher, San Diego, Calif., Brent Cunningham, Collierville, Tenn., Ashley and Jon Bruschi, Cumming, Ga.; great-grandchildren, Sophia Fisher and Jack Bruschi. Mr. Bostic was a member of Rockdale Baptist Church where he had been a Sunday School Teacher, past-president of Conyers Kiwanis Club and a member of Rockdale Retired Educators.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m., Friday, February 8, 2013, at the Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home, Peterstown, with Pastor Jonathan Jennings officiating. Burial will follow in the Green Hill Cemetery, Union.

Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, February 7, 2013, at the funeral home.

Contributions may be made to Rockdale Baptist Church, 1295 Smyrna Road, Conyers, GA 30094.

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

Arrangements by Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home, Peterstown.

Neal K. Cassell

CASS — Neal K. Cassell, 82, of Cass, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013.

Service will be 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013, at Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Arbovale, with the Rev. David Rittenhouse officiating. Burial will follow in the Wanless Cemetery at Cass.

Friends may call 11 a.m. until time of the service Saturday at the funeral home.

Please send online condolences by visiting

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Arbovale.

Sandra Eddie Woods Compton

BRIER CREEK — Sandra Eddie Woods Compton, 67, of Brier Creek, passed away on Saturday, February 2, 2013.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. on Friday, February 8, 2013, at the Brenton Community Church, Brenton, with Rev. Paul Compton officiating. Burial will follow in Compton Cemetery, Skin Fork.

Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, February 7, 2013, at the church.

E-mail letters of sympathy may be sent at

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

Chief Master Sgt. Walker Dale Cullop

CAMDEN-WYOMING, Del. — Chief Master Sgt. Walker Dale Cullop, of Camden-Wyoming, passed away Tuesday, February 5, 2013, surrounded by his loving family. He was 76.

Walker was born November 17, 1936, to the late Wiley Victor and Katherine Minton Cullop in Corinne, W.Va.

He proudly served his country in the U.S. Air Force for 30 years. He served 2 years in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War. His last active duty assignment was with the 9th MAS at Dover AFB, Del., where he achieved the rank of chief master sergeant. He received many awards in his career, including the Distinguished Flying Cross, Meritorious Service Medal, and Air Medal with 10 devices , all received for his bravery during the Vietnam conflict.

Upon his retirement in 1986, Chief Cullop owned and operated Delaware Assembly Service, until his retirement from his business in 2002.

His retirement hobbies included traveling to various AC-119 Gunship Association reunions and traveling to see family and friends. To his friends, he was a loyal and trusted confidante. To his family, he left behind a legacy of honor, faithfullness and love.

He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 36 years, Somjai Cullop, in 2008, a brother, John D. Cullop, a sister, Helen L. Crager, and brother in laws, Charles Flanagan and Warren Thompson.

He is survived by his children, Gwendolyn Ames, of Wyoming, Ill., Carmen Wantowski and her husband, Robert, of Virginia Beach, Va.; Pamela Satterfield and her husband, Donald, of Camden. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Justin Cullop, Aubrey Ames, Russell Wantowski, Jasmine Cullop, Joseph Satterfield, Alexis Ames, Emily McGaha and Madison McCann and four great-grandchildren.

He is also survived by six brothers, Wiley V. (Donna) Cullop, James (Judith) Cullop, Richard (Andrea) Cullop, Alvie (Donna) Cullop, Cecil (Susan) Cullop, and Gregory (Debbie) Cullop; seven sisters, Barbara (Jack) Ripley, Marion (Harry) Fox, Mary Lynn (Carl) Shrewsbury, Shirley Thompson, Rosa Lee (Burt) Casteel, Brenda (Bill) Toothman, and Karen Cullop, a sister in law Sherry Cullop, a brother in law Carl Crager, and a large extension of nephews and nieces He is also survived by his wife’s family in Thailand 

Funeral services will be Saturday, February 9, 2013, at 2 p.m. at Victory Baptist Church, Beaver, W.Va., with Dr. Roland Roberts officiating. Interment with full military honors will take place 1 p.m.  Friday, February 15, 2013, in the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Millsboro, Del.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions to Delaware Hospice, 911 South Dupont Highway, Dover, DE 19901.

Delaware arrangements handled by Pippin Funeral Home, Inc., Wyoming, Del.

Arland David Dix

PIPESTEM — Arland David Dix, 77, of Pipestem, passed away on Tuesday, February 5, 2013.

David, “Sonny Boy,” was born January 1, 1936, in Hix, W.Va., the son of the late Fred G. Dick, and Joy (Gunnoe) Dick of Beckley. He was also preceded in death by brothers, Kermet and Don, and a sister, Alfreda.

A 1954 graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School in Beckley, David embarked on a career in education. He obtained degrees from Beckley College, Bluefield State, and earned a MA in School Administration from West Virginia University. He obtained doctorate hours in Science at WVU, Marshall, and UVA. As a school teacher, David devoted his first three years at Clear Fork High School in WV. The following 21 years, he served in the role of principal at the elementary and secondary levels in Virginia, West Virginia and Ohio. In addition, he was also an adjunct professor at Beckley College, College of Southern and WVU. David also taught science summer camps throughout Fayette County. He laid groundwork for introduction and establishment of PEIA in WV. In 1972, he was a congressional candidate in West Virginia’s second district.

David was a sports enthusiast. He introduced soccer as a scholastic sport in WV and also was the first certified WVIAC soccer official. He coached soccer at Elkview, WV, and Marietta, OH; basketball at Waterford High School, OH; golf at Blennerhassett Elementary in Parkersburg. David held two senior national bowling titles and eight WV senior championship titles. He also enjoyed chess and historical board games.

David was a member of The First United Methodist Church. He believed his accomplishments were in truth, loyalty and perseverance in ethical achievements — in all endeavors.

Family left to cherish his memory are his wife, Judy (Hill) Dix; former wife, Sharon (Hurst) Dix, Beckley; daughter, Karin (Dix) Morris, Charleston, W.Va.; son, Sean Dix, Parkersburg, W.Va.; three sisters; Rosemary (Dick) Bosley, Pipestem, W.Va.; Wilma Dean (Dick) Fisher, Titusville, Fla.; Norma Jean (Dick) Gunter, Vienna, W.Va.; four grandchildren; Austin Dix, Brandon Dix, Mallory Fields, Kristen Warden and five great grandchildren.

Gravesite rites will be held at Wildwood Cemetery, Beckley, Friday, February 8, 2013, at noon.

Memorial contributions will be accepted at the First United Methodist Church, 217 So, Heber St., Beckley, WV 25801.

Ronald Meadows Funeral Home, 130 Temple Street, Hinton, has been entrusted with the arrangements.

Essie Marie Farmer

Essie Marie Farmer, 85, of Midway, went home to be with the Lord Jesus Christ on Sunday, February 3rd, 2013.

Born on January 18th, 1928, in Cool Ridge, she was the daughter of the late Erastus Greenlee Phillips.

Marie enjoyed reading her bible and crocheting; she was a member of the Midway Chapel.

Marie was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence Edward Farmer; grandparents and four siblings.

Those left to cherish her memory include her sister, Evelyn Prince of Smithers; best friend, Ruth Nicholes of Soak Creek; three children, Clarence Winton Farmer of Sophia, Edward Lee Farmer and Phyllis Ann Shrewsbury of Mercer County; eight grandchildren, Sandra Farmer, Rodney Farmer, Donna Farmer, Roger Wilson Smith Jr., Larry Ray Smith, Rhonda Duncan, Nashalla Farmer and Fallon Farmer; also a host of great-grandchildren.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, February 9, 2013, at Williams Blue Ridge Funeral Home Sophia. Friends may gather with the family from 1 p.m. until time of service at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Phillips Family Cemetery in Cool Ridge.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Arrangements by Williams Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Sophia.

Mary Eloise Kennedy Ryals Running Foxe

COOS BAY, Oreg. — Mary Eloise Kennedy Ryals Running Foxe, formerly of Beckley, passed away Jan. 5, 2013, in Creswell, Oreg.

She was born April 29, 1930, at Holly, W.Va., to the late William and Goldie McBride Kennedy.

Mary grew up in Beckley and enjoyed spending time with her large family. She moved to Elyria in 1953, was a long time Elyria resident and worked at Rigbee’s Toy Store for many years. After moving from Elyria, she lived in Beckley, W.Va. and most recently in Coos Bay, Oreg.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Gerry Running Foxe; a daughter, Sherry Leigh Ryals; sisters, Vena Kennedy Hopkins (William), Margaret Kennedy Amick (Otis), Ethel Kennedy Nichols (Carl), Frieda Kennedy Clere (Clayton), Helen Kennedy Meadows (Perry), Reecca Kennedy Manning (Okey); brothers, Wiliam Kennedy (Marire), George Kennedy (Irene), Kendall Kennedy.

Survivors include a daughter, Cynthia Ryals Ginter of Grafton, Ohio and son-in-law, Fred Ginter, of Grafton, Ohio; grandson, Jason Ginter of San Diego, Calif.; granddaughter, Elizabeth Ginter of Chicago, Ill; brother, David Kennedy of Beckley, and many nieces and nephews.

Cremation rites were held at Ocean View Crematory in Coos Bay, Oreg. A memorial service will be held at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, along with burial to follow.

Friends and family may sign the online guestbook at and

Arrangements by North Bend Chapel, North Bend, Oreg. 541-756-0440.

Sue Francisco

 Sue Francisco, age 79, of Blue Jay, passed away at the Beckley Appalachian Regional Hospital on Wednesday, February 6, 2013.  

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

Bobbie Walter George Jr.

Bobbie Walter George Jr., 82, of Maxwelton, went to his heavenly home Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013, following a long illness.

Born June 5, 1930, in Bellburn, W.Va., he was the son of the late Walter and Vergie Della Cales George.

In addition to his parent, she was preceded in death by four brothers, Aldon, Franklin, Chester and Calvin George and a sister, Olive George Robinson.

Bobbie was a retired coal miner from The George Coal Company and Westmoreland Coal Company, and a member of the U.M.W.A. He was a beloved husband, Daddy, Pawpaw, brother, uncle and friend. He was an avid NASCAR fan, and loved to spend time with his wife and family.

Survivors include his loving wife of 62 years, Gilla Irene Burkholder George of Maxwelton; four daughters, Barbara Bragg (Bobby) of White Sulphur Springs, Sue Treadway of Rupert, Anita George of Holden Beach, N.C., Rose McClung (Raymond “PeeWee”) of Rainelle; two brothers, Trophie George and wife, Wanda “Deannie” of Maxwelton, Denver George and wife, Ruby of Charleston, S.C.; seven grandchildren, Cindy Durham (Lynn) of Rainelle, Marrena Pounds (Glen) of Rock Hill, S.C., Marcie Vaughan (Kelly) of Rainelle, Crystal Pendleton (Drew) of Fairlea, Trina Comer (Tommy) of Summersville, Bobbie Shawn Treadway (Kelly) of Rupert, Anita Irene Lentz (Shawn) of Johnsonville, S.C.; one step grandchild, Jamie Bragg (Tonya); great-grandchildren, Summer Durham, Destiny, Michelle and Haley Green, Brittany Greer, Morgan Pendleton, Lindsay and Trey Comer, Lawson Vaughan, and Preslee Treaday; step great-grandchildren, Haley Durham, Chandler Crist, Kerrigan and Braden Bragg, Steven and Lawrence Pounds; two great-great-grandchildren, Jace Walter-Don Green, and Kaylei Marie; numerous nieces, nephews and other extended family.

Services will be 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013, at Wallace and Wallace Chapel in Rainelle, with the Rev. Troy George officiating. Entombment will follow in Wallace Memorial Mausoleum, Clintonville.

Friends may call one hour prior to the service (1 to 2 p.m.) at the funeral home in Rainelle.

Arrangements entrusted to Wallace and Wallace of Rainelle.

Roy Lee Harless II

Roy Lee Harless II, age 31, of Beckley, passed away on Saturday, February 2, 2013.

Born on December 18, 1981, in Beckley, he was the son of Roy and Tammy Hill Harless of Beckley.

Roy was a graduate of Independence High School in 2001. He was a dry wall construction worker.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather Richard Hill, and his paternal grandparents Roy and Anna Mae Harless, along with Larry Lilly and a special angel Kaidence Harvey.

In addition to his parents, those left to cherish his memory are his grandparents,  Angelo and Audra Mastrippolito and fiancé Samantha Lilly, and four beautiful children, two daughters, Alyssa, Summer, and two sons, Michael and Tyler. A host of aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends also survive.

A funeral service will be conducted to Celebrate The Life Of Roy Lee Harless II on Friday,  February 8, 2013, at 11 a.m. at the Rose and Quesenberry Peace Chapel in Beckley, with Rev. Rick Martin officiating. Burial will follow at Sunset Memorial Park in Beckley.

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

Pallbearers will be Jimmy Lilly, Brandon Lilly, Sherman Ratliff, Joey Mann, Stevie Moore, Billy Woods, David Lilly, and Cody Tolen.

Online condolences may be sent to our guestbook at

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

James E. Lively

Fayette County businessman and civic leader, James E. Lively, 85, of Oak Hill, passed away on Tuesday, February 5, 2013, at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, W.Va.

Jim was born May 9, 1927, at Quinwood, W.Va., the youngest of eight children and the only son born to the late Grover Cleveland and Eugenia Corron Lively.

In addition to his parents and four sisters; a daughter, Leah Lively Dean preceded him in death.

Jim is survived by his wife of 58 years, Loretta Ferri Lively; four sons, James Lively Jr. and wife, Cathy, Brett Lively and wife, Twila, Michael Lively and wife, Judy and Dr. Mathew Lively and wife, Lisa; four grandchildren, Dr. Jamie Lively, Luke Lively, Jared Lively, Kathleen Lively and one great grandchild, Ava Lively.

Also surviving are three sisters, Cleo Lively, Birdie Stone and Loni Evans.

Jim’s early interest was athletics and he was an outstanding athlete at Montgomery High School and WV Tech. He was an honor graduate and 3 sport letterman at Montgomery High School and after high school he joined and served in the US Navy during World War II. After the war, Jim went to WV Tech on a football scholarship where he quarterbacked the Golden Bears to their only undefeated team in school history in 1949. After graduating magna cum laude from WV Tech, he earned a master of science degree from West Virginia University and then taught biology and coached all sports at Mount Hope High School from 1950-1955.

After leaving coaching and the education field Jim founded Jim Lively Insurance which has its headquarters in Oak Hill. The business just celebrated it’s 50th anniversary and has grown to be one of West Virginia’s largest insurance firms. There are currently 7 statewide branches across West Virginia.

Jim was a president and member of the Fayette County Commission for 22 years. He was past President or and Charter Member of the Oak Hill Chamber of Commerce, where he originated the WV Sports Festival; helped initiate the Oak Hill Little League Basketball program and Rinky Dink Tournament; and was a 42 year member and past President of the Oak Hill Lions Club. He was also former President of the WV Tech Alumni Association; WV Association of County Officials; and founding member and President of the Fayette Plateau Business Development Corporation. Jim had also served on the Board of Directors of New River Bank; was Chairman of the Bluestone Planning and Development Council; Trustee of the Fayette Needy Association and past member of the Fayette County Planning Commission. He was currently a member of the Fayette County Urban Renewal Authority; trustee of the Sts. Peter and Paul Trust Fund and founder and President of the Plateau Club whose aim is to help area citizens who are in need and to send articles to US military members serving overseas. He and Loretta were the driving force and main benefactors of the new Amphitheater in downtown Oak Hill.

Jim was 1967 Oak Hill Citizen of the Year and the Lively Family were named 1973 Oak Hill All-American Family of the Year. He was WV Tech Alumnus of the Year in 1972 and was inducted in the WV Tech Football Hall of Fame in 1983. He and Loretta were awarded the Bishop’s Cross by the Roman Catholic Diocese of WV for extraordinary service to the Catholic Schools of West Virginia.

Jim is a member of Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Oak Hill where he served as a lecturer and Adult Bible School Facilitator.

Mass of Christian Burial will be on Saturday, February 9, 2013, at 11 a.m. at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Oak Hill, with Father Paul Yuenger officiating. Burial will follow at High Lawn Memorial Park in Oak Hill.

There will be no visitation.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic School,123 Elmore Street, Oak Hill, WV 25901.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Mary Helen Watson McPherson

KING, N.C. — Mrs. Mary Helen Watson McPherson, 83, formerly of Beckley, died Tuesday, February 5, 2013.

She was born March 3, 1929 in Maybeury, W.Va., to Fred Conley and Anna Dora Belcher Watson.

Helen and S. K. McPherson were long time active members of the United Methodist Temple in Beckley. Helen was employed at Rural Acres Clinic. They were residents of Orchard Avenue in Beckley for 31 years.

Along with her parents she was preceded in death by a son, Richard Wayne (Ricky) McPherson, four sisters, Cora Lee Billips, Barbara Stegman, Kathleen Marti, and Jean Kessinger, and five borthers, El, Ken, C.J., Kurt, and Charles Watson.

She is survived by her husband, S. K. McPherson Jr.; two daughters, Rhonda M. (Dwight) Duggins, and Reva M. (Tim) Halloran; five grandchildren, Cody Duggins, Hannah and Cameron Halloran, Brandon H. (Kristen) McPherson, and Kenzie R. McPherson; two great grandchildren, Emma Grace McPherson, and Sawyer Heath McPherson; one sister, Sue (Jay) Donathan; four brothers, Arthur, Frank, Wes, and Don Watson.

Funeral services will be held 12:30 p.m., Friday, February 8, 2013, at Trinity United Methodist Church in King, N.C. with the Rev. Diane Marsden and the Rev. Tim Halloran officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

The family will receive friends Friday at the church beginning at 11 a.m. and at the home following the service.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Mount Zion United Methodist Church, 1989 Perch Road, Pinnacle, NC 27043.

Arrangements by Slate Funeral Home, King, N.C.

Kenneth Paul (K.P.) Nester                    

Kenneth Paul “K.P.” Nester, departed this life and into the open arms of Jesus with his loving family by his side on Wednesday, February 6, 2013, at the age of 71, due to complications received in an automobile accident November 2, 2012.

Kenny was born on October 5, 1941, a son of the late Edwin Paul and Estelle (Blethen) Nester in Oak Hill, W.Va. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Charles Nester.

Kenny graduated from Collins High School in Oak Hill in 1960. He received a certificate of training in welding where he went on to work and retire as a welder at A.C.F Industries in Huntington after 30 years of service. He also spent time in the Norfolk Naval Yard in Virginia welding on several US warships in the 1960s and ’70s. He also worked part time as a mechanic at Hash’s Service Station in St. Albans.

An avid outdoorsmen, Kenny spent countless hours hunting and fishing all across WV. He was always at peace while he sat in his tree stand on the family farm in Mason County. He also was an avid WVU sports fan going to several home games with his family. He also spent the last several years sitting in his son, John’s garage enjoying WVU football and basketball games with his son and his great-granddaughter, Esabella. He also enjoyed going to jamborees and talking on his CB Radio using the handle (Alley Oop).

A devoted family man, there was never a time that a family member was in need. He would go above and beyond to ensure the repair of a vehicle or give a tow no matter the time of day. He was a man of several admirable qualities. He worked extremely hard for this family and everything he achieved in his life. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend and will be missed by all that new him.

He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 51 yrs, Brenda; son, Edward Nester and wife, Janet; daughter, Terra Shank; daughter, Cindy Bailey; son John and wife Michelle; and daughter, Jennifer and fiancé Kobby all of Scott Depot; sister, Iris Kay Barker and husband, Harvey of Hurricane; sister, Christy Nester of Oak Hill; grandchildren, Anthony and wife, Valerie of Winfield; Jonathan Nester JR and Kenneth Lee Nester of Scott Depot; Brandon and wife, Heather of Hurricane; Brenda Jean Nester; Justin (Fred) Shank; and Danielle Ross all of Scott Depot. Also suriviving are his great-grandchildren, Mason, Esabella, Addison, Payton, Ameila, Brycen, and Aubree. Also surviving are many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, February 9, 2013, at Chapman Funeral Home, 3941 Teays Valley Road, Hurricane, W.Va. Graveside service will be held at 2 p.m.  Saturday, at High Lawn Memorial Park, 1435 Main Street, East, Oak Hill, W.Va. Visitation will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Online condolences may also be made by visiting

Flowers are appreciated or you may also make a contribution to a charity of your choice in his memory.

Arrangements by Chapman Funeral Home, Hurricane.

Donald Bryan ‘Bull’ Parker

Mr. Donald Bryan “Bull” Parker, 44, of Beckley, died Monday, February 4, 2013.

Born April 28, 1968, he was the son of Donald E. Parker of Beckley and Geraldine Parker of Elmira, NY; the grandson of Adie Parker of Affinity, and the late Stella Parker and Ardelia and Henry Carter of Beckley.

Bryan accepted Christ at the age of nine, being baptized at New Hope Baptist Church, and rededicated his life and was baptized in Jesus Name, August 2011. He was a 1986 graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School and a 1991 inductee of Woodrow Wilson’s Football Hall of Fame. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1987, attended Salem College and was a graduate of West Virginia State College.

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife of nine years, Tracie Staples Parker; special mother, Norma Parker of Beckley; daughters, Deliesha Folden, Charleston, Courtney Prayear, Houston, TX, and Kameryn Parker, Beckley; two special daughters, Erika and Paige Staples, both of Beckley; three grandchildren, Malaya, Camren, and Dejur, all of Charleston; two sisters, Ardelia “DeeDee” Parker, Lithonia, GA and Stephanie Parker, Beckley; special brothers, Michael Grant, Charlotte, NC, and David Finney, Philadelphia, PA; as well as many aunts, uncles, cousins, and close friends.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m., Saturday, February 9, 2013 at Heart of God Ministries, 1703 South Kanawha St. with Bishop Earnest Stewart and Bishop Fred T. Simms 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

Arrangements entrusted to Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.

Barbara Ann Wilson Patton

FAYETTEVILLE — Barbara Ann Wilson Patton, 73, of Fayetteville, died on Tuesday, February 5, 2013.

Funeral services will be on Friday, February 8, 2013 at 1 p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints on Shawnee Drive in Huntington, with Bishop Gary Carico officiating. Burial will be at Ridgelawn Memorial Gardens, Barboursville.

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

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the church of your choice.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Clarence ‘Cotton’ Reed

On Monday, February 4th, 2013, our father and grandfather, Clarence “Cotton” Reed, passed away at the Bowers Hospice House, following a short illness. He was in his 86th year.  

Known affectionately as Cotton all his life, and a long time resident of Helen, Clarence was born in Fondee, Ky. The youngest of four children, he was born on Sept. 1st, 1926, his parents were the late James and Angeline Davis Reed. A brother, Orbin and a sister, Daisy have preceded him in death. His brother, Luther Reed of Pleasant Hills survives.

A veteran of the U.S. Army with the rank of private, Clarence was a coal miner, retiring from the Maben Energy Preparation Plant in 1989. In his leisure time, he enjoyed fishing, bird watching, and spending time at his camp on the river. 

Clarence was married to the former Alice Mary Dembeck. To this union was born four children, the first, Melvin has died. He leaves his wife, Liz Reed of Pipestem and their children, Rachel and her fiancé Tim Norris, Ivy Sagady and her husband, James, and a great grandchild to Clarence, Vera; second, is Tom Reed and his wife, Lynn of Beckley and their children, Michelle Jones and her husband, Phillip, Scott Reed and his fiance, Melissa Bennett and their great grandchildren to Clarence, Jordan, Taylan, Preslie, Ashton, and Ava; third is Michael Reed and his wife, Doris of Bolt and their children, Jared and Jessica; fourth is Cathy Pauletto of Conway, S.C. and her fiancé, Ronald DiDonato and Cathy’s children, Erica Ford and her husband, John, James and Daniel Pauletto.

On Friday, Feb. 8th at 1 p.m. there will be a “Service of Remembrance” at the Melton Mortuary Chapel. Pastor, Dale Birchfield will be officiating. Cotton will be laid to rest beside Alice at Mt. Calvary Cemetery in the Sunset Memorial Park.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday evening at the mortuary and one hour prior to the services on Friday. 

Grandsons will serve as pallbearers. 

The family suggests donations of sympathy can be made to the Bowers Hospice House, PO Box 1472, Beckley, WV 25802

Condolences may be sent to the family’s guestbook at

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary & Cremation Center, Beckley.

Louella Rock

Louella Rock, age 74, of Beaver, passed away at the St. Francis Hospital in Charleston, on Tuesday, February 5, 2013.

Arrangements are pending completion at the Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, 1901 South Kanawha Street, Beckley.

James Alvis ‘Jimmy’ Spencer

James Alvis “Jimmy” Spencer, age 63, of Crab Orchard, passed away Tuesday, February 5, 2013, after a courageous battle against cancer.

He was born in Beckley on November 12, 1949, and his parents Alice Atkinson Spencer  and Alvis Spencer preceded him in death.

Jimmy worked most of his life as an asphalt truck driver. He enjoyed racing cars and driving trucks.

Jimmy worked and resided in Boonesmill, Va. for many years before returning to West Virginia.

Survivors include his daughter, Janet Reed and her husband Danny; a sister, Connie Deanne Spencer; three grandchildren, Danny, Crystal, and Andrea Reed, an aunt and uncle, Lahoma and Roger Hart and several cousins.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday February 8, 2013, at the Rose and Quesenberry Peace Chapel in Beckley, with Pastor Don Kelly officiating. Burial will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens at Prosperity.

Friends may call at the funeral home one hour prior to the services on Friday.

Online condolences may be sent to our guestbook at  

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

Cameron Lee Taylor

Cameron Lee Taylor, 54, of Evansville, IN, passed away at 8:45 p.m. Saturday, January 12, 2013, at his home.

Cameron was born August 2, 1958, in Beckley, West Virginia. He was a 1976 graduate of Shady Spring High School in Shady Spring, WV, and a veteran of the United States Army. Cameron worked for Power Technologies in Petersburg, Indiana, as an engineer for fiber optic projects, certified CFOI and CFOT and was a member of OSA and IEEE. He attended NorthWoods Baptist Church.

He is survived by mother, Rita (Bottomly) Taylor of Beckley, WV, and niece and nephew, Michelle Dawn (Taylor) Nottingham, Jonathan Taylor, Evansville, IN, and sister-in-law Gloria Wood Taylor of Daniels. He was preceded in death by his father, James Roscoe Taylor, brother, James Byron Taylor, and grandparents, Roy and Bernice Bottomly.

Visitation starting at 1 p.m. with a Memorial Service being held at 2 p.m. Sunday, February 10, 2013, at Living Waters Baptist Church, 201 Jennings St. Beckley, WV, with Pastor Mike Gunnoe officiating. In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made to the “Living Waters Baptist Church” in his honor.

Jack Tazwell Underwood

HILLTOP — Jack Tazwell Underwood, 85, of Hilltop, died on Sunday, February 3, 2013, at Hilltop Nursing and Rehab Center, after a short illness.

Mr. Underwood donated his body to the WVU Human Gift Registry in Morgantown.

Private services will be held at a later date.

Online condolences may be sent at

Information submitted by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Dempsey ‘Demp’ Walls

CLEAR FORK — Dempsey “Demp” Walls, 85, of Clear Fork, passed away on Wednesday,  February 6, 2013, in Welch Community Hospital, Welch.

E-mail letters of sympathy may be sent at

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

Richard White

PRINCEWICK — Richard White, age 85, of Princewick, passed away Wednesday, February 6, 2013.

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

Aldeen Halsey Workman

Aldeen Halsey Workman, of Lester, died Tuesday, February 5th, 2013, at the Bowers Hospice House. She was 92 years of age.

Condolences may be sent to the family’s guestbook at

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary & Cremation Center, Beckley.