The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

February 15, 2013

Obituaries — Friday, Feb. 15, 2013




Francis Elaine Birchfield

BRENTON — Francis Elaine Birchfield, 60, of Brenton, died Tuesday, Feb. 12, 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.



Kathy Lynn Brewer

On February 9th, 2013, our dear mother, grandmother, sister, and friend, Kathy Lynn Brewer, 62, of Sophia, lost her courageous battle of 6 years but earned her wings and Heaven gained an angel. 

Born February 13, 1950, at Tams, W.Va., to the late William Gordon Cook and the late Frances Louise Gibson Cook.

Kathy enjoyed singing and playing the piano, shopping, traveling to Tennessee but most of all spending time with her precious family and grandchildren. She was a member of the Sophia Church of God, and was an Insurance Agent at Redden Wood and Associates in Bradley.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Frances E. Cook.

Those left to cherish her precious memory include her brother, Doug Cook and wife, Bev, of Midway; three daughters, Leah Pierce and husband, George, of Sophia, Jayme Brewer and companion, Roy Wills, of Coal City, and Amber Brewer of Crab Orchard; four grandchildren, Bree Tyree, Joseph Tyree, Lydia Wills, and Jayda Lynn Wills; stepgranddaughter, Lexy Pierce; two special cousins, Pam Binion and Linda Mills; a special niece, Lisa Cook Edwards; several nieces, nephews, and a host of friends.

Services to celebrate the life of Kathy Lynn Brewer will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, February 16, 2013, at Williams-Blue Ridge Funeral Home, 101 1st Street, Sophia, with Rev. F.D. Sexton officiating. Following the services Kathy will be laid to rest at Hot Coal Cemetery, Sophia.

George Pierce, Roy Wills, Ernie Edwards, Christopher Edwards, Nicholas Edwards, and  E. Edwards will be serving as pallbearers.

Friends may gather with the family from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

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

The honor of serving the Brewer family was given to Williams-Blue Ridge Funeral Home, 101 1st Street, Sophia.



David H. Brown

David H. Brown, nicknamed “Hungry Jack,” age 73, of LaVista, West Virginia, on Lookout Road, went home to meet his Lord and Savior at 12:15 p.m. Wednesday, February 13, 2013, following an extended illness.

Born February 4, 1940, in Clay County, he was a son of the late Jim and Bertha Brown.

He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, friend, and neighbor to all. David loved to cut wood, garden, and going to fellowship with his church family at Bell Creek Holiness Church in Dixie, WV. In his spare time he enjoyed riding 4-wheelers with his grandkids and going to football games.

David retired from Elkem Metals of Alloy, West Virginia, in 2002 as the head furnace tapper for the plant. He earned many rewards while working at the plant and enjoyed the times and people that he worked with. He got his nickname “Hungry Jack” while working at the plant because he always worked all the overtime that he could get. His fellow co-workers started calling him “Hungry Jack” because they thought he must be hungry to be working all the long hours.

On February 21, 1984, he was united in marriage to Hermenia “Vicky” Brown, who preceded him in death on May 16, 2008. In addition to his parents and his wife, he was preceded in death by one brother, Paul Herbert Brown of Indore, and one sister, Eva Faye Brown of Belva.

Survivors include two sons, James Franklin Brown of Ontario, Canada, and David Edward Brown of Gerrardstown; two daughters, Karen Louise Childers and husband Delmar of Valley Fork, and Deborah Naoma Brown of Ansted; four brothers, Gale and Delores Brown of Indore, Roy and Betty Brown of Memphis, TN, Joe and Patsy Brown of Dixie, and Phil and Polly Brown of Fayetteville; three sisters, Pauline Hedrick of Indore, Rosie Jane and George Lucas of Ansted and Betty Elizabeth and the late Gene Pullen of Fayetteville; one sister-in-law Sonjie Brown of Indore; 8 grandchildren, James Milroy and wife Jessica Ellen Brown of Glasgow, Samantha Jo Childers and fiancé Jesse Foster of Lizemores, Amy Marie Childers of Valley Fork, Matthew Brown, Taylor Brown, and Katherine Brown of Ontario, Canada, and Ryan and Heather Brown of Gerrardstown; one great-grandchild, Zoey Elizabeth Foster of Lizemores, and was expecting another great-grandchild, Bradley Gale Childers of Valley Fork, in March 2013.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Sunday, February 17, 2013, at Pennington Funeral Home in Gauley Bridge with Pastor Lee Holliday officiating. Burial will follow in McVey-Skaggs Cemetery in Shade Creek. Friends may call 6 to 8 Saturday at the funeral home.

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

Pennington Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Brown family.



Mary Alice Cashwell Carter

Mary Alice Cashwell Carter, 88, of White Sulphur Springs, died Friday, Feb. 8, 2013.

Born July 6, 1924, in Marlinton, she was the daughter of the late Matthew Cashwell and Cora Gilmore Cashwell Jackson.

Mrs. Carter was a member of the First Baptist Church White Sulphur Springs, Mother of the church, member of the neighborhood club, women’s aglow ministries, and the oldest working employee at The Greenbrier for over 65 years.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her daughter, Elsie “Sweetie” Owens; former husband, Joseph Carter; and brothers, Reginald and William Jackson, and Robert Cashwell.

Those left to cherish memories are her daughter, Joan Carter Curry; grandsons, Evan Sr. and Christopher (Gina El); great-grandsons, Evan Jr. and Erik, great-granddaughters, Erynn and Erulan; sisters, Mildred Fairfax, Virginia Banks and Linda Joyce Jackson Reid, Pandora Cashwell Johnson, and Laura Cashwell Rivera; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17, at the First Baptist Church White Sulphur Springs, 10 Church St., with Revs. Gregory Scott, Calvin Owens, Keith Allen, and Matthew Barnette officiating. Entombment will follow in Rosewood Cemetery Mausoleum, Lewisburg.

Friends may call ninety minutes prior to the service at the church.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the First Baptist Church White Sulphur Springs, PO Box 395, White Sulphur Springs, WV 24986.

Family will receive friends at any time at her residence, 165 Branch St., White Sulphur Springs.

Arrangements entrusted to Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.



Ireta May Day

RICHWOOD — Ireta May Day, 87, of Richwood, died Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013.

Funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, in Simons-Coleman Funeral Home, Richwood, with Pastor Jack Cole officiating. Interment will be in Mountain View Memorial Park, Richwood. Visitation will be from 12:30 to 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, in the funeral home.

All arrangements were made by Simons-Coleman Funeral Home Inc., Richwood.



Al Dewayne Guerrant

Al Dewayne Guerrant, 46, of Gillette, Wyoming, formerly of Winding Gulf, WV, went quietly and peacefully with the Lord on February 8, 2013. He was the son of the late Alfred and Catherine (Kitty) Guerrant.

Al attended and graduated from Independence High School where he played football, basketball and also ran track. In 1994 Al went to National Institute Technology School and graduated with an Electronic Engineering Degree. In 2010, Al got eighty hours of Underground Apprentice Card and a forty-hour Surface Apprentice.

Al moved to Gillette, Wyoming, in the spring of 2011 after meeting the love of his life, fiancée Lisa Renee Rohrich, with Lisa’s two daughters, Ashley Nichole and Taylar Raye, known to Al as “T Dog,” joined together with Al’s sons, Al, Ryan and Gabe, became a family.

Al was employed by the L&H Industrial Company. His co-workers spoke highly of him. Al took the role of being a father to Ashley and Taylar as well as to his own sons.

Left to cherish his precious memories are three sons, Al Dewayne II, of Austin, Texas; Ryan Henry of Beckley and Gabriel of Austin, Texas; one sister, Lori Mayo (Leonard); three stepchildren, Takiyah (TT), Desiree and Stassia all of Beckley, WV; one aunt, Ann McClame (Mac) of Clinton, MD; two uncles, Leonard (LC) Calloway (Paula), of Clinton MD, and Robert Guerrant of Charleston, WV; one nephew, Leonard Mayo II; his fiancé Lisa Renee Rohrich of Gillette, Wyoming; a host of relatives and his co-workers.

Service will be held Saturday, February 16, 2013, at St. Paul Baptist Temple, 129 Rice Street, Beckley, WV, with Pastor Walter M. Leach officiating. A viewing will be 12 noon with service following at 1 p.m. Burial will follow at Greenwood Memorial Park.

Condolence may be e-mailed to: durganfuneralhome1@frontier.com.

Arrangements entrusted to Durgan Funeral Services, 1501 S. Kanawha Street, Beckley, WV.



Robert Lee Gunther

Robert Lee Gunther, 78, of Mabscott passed away Monday, February 11, 2013, at Raleigh General Hospital.

Known affectionately as “Bob” all his life. He was born February 24, 1935, at Beckley. One of four children, his parents were the late Colonel H. and Bessie Gunther. His sisters, Betty Jane and Janet, and his brother, Johnny, have preceded him in death.

Bob was of the Baptist faith. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps, worked as a coal miner, retired from Slab Fork Coal Company, where he was a member of UMWA District 17. Bob had a high work ethic; he also worked for Nell Jean Enterprises for many years.

Robert married the former Daisy Jennings. Daisy had two sons, Kenneth Jennings (Donna) and Russell Jennings (Francis). Russell has passed away. Robert and Daisy were blessed to have a son, Robert Lee Gunther Jr., known as Robbie. Daisy passed away in 1990, and sadly Robbie died at the age of 41 in 2004.

In addition to Daisy’s family, those left to cherish his memory are his brother Charles (Lena), his daughter-in-law Janet, two grandchildren, Holly Gunther and Robert Lee Gunther III, his great-grandchildren Madison, Emma, and Caleb, several stepgrandchildren and stepgreat-grandchildren.

A “Service of Remembrance” will be held at Melton Mortuary Chapel at 3 p.m. on Saturday, February 16th. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Robert will then be laid to rest in the Sunset Memorial Park beside Daisy. Pallbearers will be family and friends.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be sent in memory of Bob to Hospice of Southern West Virginia, P.O. Box 1472, Beckley, WV 25802.



Wilma Lee McGraw

Wilma Lee McGraw, age 79, of Stanaford, WV, passed away on Wednesday, February 13, 2013, at the Beckley Appalachian Regional Hospital.

Born May 1, 1933, in Princewick, she was the daughter of the late Booker Adams and Ila Brown Adams.

She was a former teacher’s aide for the Raleigh County Board of Education, and was a member of the Stanaford Missionary Baptist Church. Mrs. McGraw had made her home at Stanaford for most of her adult life. She was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother, and was a woman of faith.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Deloris Ann McGraw, a son Daniel Thomas McGraw, by siblings, Jarrell Adams, Carson Adams, Raymond Adams, Junior Adams, Thelma Brown, Gladine Farley, and Charles Adams.

Those survivors left to cherish her memory include her husband of 62 years, Richard McGraw.

Her children: Barbara Thornley and her husband George of Concord, NC, Phyllis McGraw of Beckley, and Richard McGraw and his wife Stephanie of Beckley.

Grandchildren: Katie Thornley, George Thornley, Tyler McGraw, Todd McGraw, and Trey McGraw.

A brother, Rodger Adams of San Diego, California, Two sisters, Glenna Lilly of Hysperia, California, and Shelvy Blevins of Beckley.

Funeral services will be conducted to Celebrate The Life Of Wilma McGraw at the Rose and Quesenberry Peace Chapel in Beckley on Sunday, February 17, 2013, at 2 p.m. with Pastor George Wood officiating. Burial will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens at Prosperity, WV.

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

Family members 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 South Kanawha Street, Beckley, WV.



Shirley Marie Aurentz Skaggs

Shirley Marie Aurentz Skaggs, 77, formerly of Fayette County, WV, went home to be with her Lord Jesus on Wednesday, February 6, 2013, in Sumpter, SC.

Born February 10, 1935, at Nuttallburg, WV, she was the daughter of the late French Aurentz and Martha Sedlock Aurentz Boley.

Shirley was a homemaker and a loving daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She spent her life loving, blessing and serving her family, her church family and all who knew her. She will greatly missed.

She was a member of the Christian Home Church in Blountstown, FL.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Edwin W. Skaggs; brother, Thomas Aurentz; and a stillborn daughter.

Survivors include a brother, Lawrence Boley and wife, Linda, of Layland; son, Edwin W. Skaggs and wife, Susie, of Charleston; two daughters, Beverly Morris and husband, Roger, of Sumpter, SC, and Cathy Davis of Oak Hill; six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

In keeping with her wishes, Mrs. Skaggs was cremated. A memorial service will be on Saturday, February 16, 2013, at 7 p.m. at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill with Pastor Ed Skaggs officiating. Friends may call from 6:45 p.m. until service time.

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

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill, WV.



Helen Marie Stanley

Helen Marie Stanley, age 85, of Beckley, WV, passed away at the Bowers Hospice House in Beckley on Wednesday, February 13, 2013.

Born on February 25, 1927, at Maben, she was the daughter of Orb James and Virginia Wickline James.

Mrs. Stanley was a waitress for many years at the Ramada Inn in Beckley. She was a member of the Salvation Army in Beckley. Mrs. Stanley was a former member of the Fraternal Order of the Eagles, and the Women of the Moose.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Linda Sue Acord, a granddaughter, Sarah Jean Acord, by siblings, Charles F. James, Edward Lee James, Roy David James, Gladys Osivnik, Alice DeHart, and Shirley Cobb.

Those survivors left to cherish her memory include her children, Everette Ray Keener and his wife Sue of Fairdale, and Sharon Helen Young and her husband Samuel of Virginia.

A brother, Gene Autry James and his wife Patricia of Sophia. Seven grandchildren and Thirteen great-grandchildren also survive.

Funeral services will  be conducted to Celebrate The Life of Helen Stanley on Saturday, February 16, 2013, at noon 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 Saturday.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

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

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

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

David Ray Stewart

David Ray Stewart, 63, of Princeton, WV, formerly of Matheny, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, February 13, 2013, in at his home.

He was born March 29, 1949, in Matheny, WV, a son of the late Ira Paris and Mabel Lavoy Walker Stewart.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a brother Truman Walker, a brother-in-law Claude Proffitt, and a sister and brother-in-law Naomi and Jim Dishmon.

Survivors include his loving wife of almost twenty-six years Virginia Marie Collins Stewart; a daughter Susan Raye Stewart and companion Michael Williamson of Crum; a stepdaughter Pamela Sue (Michael) Crowder of Princeton; a stepson Thomas Eugene Burchette and companion Brandy Reed of Princeton; three sisters Annis (Glenn) Cook of Matheny, Bonnie (Clyde) Patrick of Matheny, and Ethel Proffitt of Statesville, NC; two brothers Leonard (Theresa) Stewart of Oceana, and Gary (Lisa) Stewart of Hinton; his pets Mollie and Jake; and a host of other loving family and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, February 16, 2013, in the Chapel of Stafford Family Funeral Home, Lynco, with Rev. Glenn Cook officiating. He will be laid to rest in Palm Memorial Gardens, Matheny, WV.

Friends may call from 11 a.m. until service time on Saturday, February 16, 2013, at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be family and friends.

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

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



Holly Patten Vance Jr.

POOL — Holly Patten Vance Jr., 50, of Pool, died Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013.

In keeping with his wishes the body was cremated, and there will be no services.

White Funeral Home at Summersville is in charge of the arrangements.



Addie Belle ‘Tiny’ Walters

ORIENT HILL — Addie Belle (Tiny) Walters, 48, went home to be with the Lord February 13, 2013, at her home in Orient Hill, WV, following a long illness. She was preceded in death by her parents, Rudy and Beatrice Adams Johnson, two brothers, Sherman and Danny Johnson, two twin siblings, Imagene and Eugene Adams, brother-in-law, Robert Walters, plus father-in-law and mother-in-law, John William and Katherine Ann Walters. Tiny was a member of Orient Hill Baptist Church and served as a Sunday School teacher, youth leader, member of mission circle, and was very active in Missions Outreach. She worked as a CNA at Heartland of Rainelle, and PMR at the U.S. Postal Service.

Survivors include her loving husband of 27 years: John Junior Walters of Orient Hill, WV; 2 daughters: Megan Isabella and Kendra Destiny Walters of Orient Hill, WV; Biological parents: Arvel and Janet Adams of Bartley, WV; 5 Sisters: Karen Hale and Billy of Oakwood, VA, Lynn Keene and Mickey of Bartley, WV, Lorraine Adams of Bartley, WV, Annie Tedford and Randy of Keen Mtn., VA, Lucille Owens of Peterstown, WV; 4 Brothers: Calvin Johnson and Ila of Rupert, WV, Darrell Johnson and Darlene of Rupert, WV, Dean Adams and Delores of Bartley, WV, Keith Adams of Bartley, WV; 1 sister-in-law: Louise and Frank Terry of Danese, WV; 2 brothers-in-law: Charles and Janice Walters of Morris Town, TN, and Kevin Walters of Meadow Bridge, WV; several nieces, nephews and other extended family.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, February 16, 2013, at Orient Hill Baptist Church, with Pastor David Moore officiating. Burial will follow at the Orient Hill Cemetery. Friends may call 6 to 8 p.m. Friday evening at Wallace & Wallace Chapel in Rainelle. Special THANKS to special friends and caregivers: Theresa Hoblitzell, Tacy and Kacy Bennett, Teresa Richmond, Robin Groves, and Sherry Rider. An EXTRA SPECIAL THANKS to Hospice Care and loving family and friends of Orient Hill Baptist Church. Please send online condolences by visiting www.wallaceandwallacefh.com.

Arrangements entrusted to Wallace & Wallace of Rainelle.



James Dennis Williams

James Dennis Williams passed away on Saturday, February 9, 2013, at his residence after a short illness.

Born on December 4, 1933, on Mount Tabor Road to the late Orville Lester, Sr., and Della Workman Williams.

He spent his childhood on the family farm known as the Williams Dairy Farm. The family delivered milk to the Beckley area until 1965; after that, his father switched to beef cattle until his father’s death in 1989 and the farm was sold. It is now known as the Briar Patch Golf Links. Jim attended the Mt. Tabor Grade School and the old Woodrow Wilson High School. He went to Mt. Tabor Baptist Church as a youth; following graduation he entered into the Marine Corps. After his service he moved to Baltimore, MD, to work in the shipyards. In 1960 he moved to Medina, OH, to apprentice in the sheet metal/heating/air conditioning fields under Marvin Milkey and Roy Collins. In 1973 he moved his wife and three children back to the family farm at Mt. Tabor. He worked  for several heating and air conditioning firms; among them were J.H. Holt, Beckley Heating, and Beckley Mechanical.

In his 79 years, Jim worked the family farm and performed skilled labor jobs, but his true calling was sheet metal fabrication and HVAC. His attention to detail and his care for quality made his handcrafted  metal much sought after in many states and allowed him to successfully run his business for many years in Ohio and West Virginia.

Dad was devoted to his family, both those being born to him and adopted by him. He was truly loved by all and provided  patient love and guidance to us all.

Dad was a longtime member of the Cranberry Community and Maple Fork Baptist Church. Dad enjoyed sitting on the front porch with a cup of coffee watching friends go by waving at all, a bowl of brown beans and cornbread with a glass of milk, driving around the countryside deer watching, the annual trips to Arkansas to catfish with Betty and her family with the grandkids, the trips to the Pocahontas County hunting camp, trips to Clinch Mountain, VA, fishing with grandkids, his sister, Thelma, and husband Forrest and neighbors Bill and Pauline Jessup, the trips to Michigan to see his stepson, Clinton Martin, and family and the salmon fishing while there. Dad loved to reminisce about growing up at Mt. Tabor and  the families there (Jessups, Harpers, Gunthers, Coxes, Huffmans, Christians, and Sydenstrickers). We also spent hours home watching Ray Stevens Tapes and any nature show that was on. Dad’s favorite thing to do when the kids were little was them teasing  him saying PawPaw was a baby and him chasing them with a belt pretending he couldn’t find them. Dad was a humble, kind, loving man and made all those that knew him feel like family. His door was always open and his coffee was always on. He never took; he gave. His word was his bond.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Orville Lester in 1989 and his mother, Della Workman Williams, in 1969, his wife, Betty Doris, in 2007 and brothers, Orville Lester, Jr., William Wayne, Robert Eugene, a sister, Alma; and nephews, Eddie Boyd and Wesley Williams.

He is survived by his sister, Thelma Boyd of Mt. Tabor, former wife, Betty Williams Avis, and his children, Lisa (Buddy) Miller of Oak Hill, James F. (Melissa) of Beckley, Forrest of Pax, Larah (Eddie) Gravely of Cool Ridge, Danny Cooper (Lori) of Greensboro, NC, and Clinton Martin (Debbie) of Michigan. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Frank Boone, Andrew Miller, Magen Arthur (Curtis), Amanda Smith, Aaron Williams, Jacob Williams (Vanessa), Tyler Williams, Corey Gravely, Tyler and Josh Cooper and David, Jacci and CJ Martin. He is also survived by former daughters-in-law, Beth McQuillen Wood and Tammy Ellis; great-grandchildren, Alexander Williams, Hunter and Isaac Smith, and great-granddaughter, Maci Arthur, due in July. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews, and cousins in the Beckley and Clear Creek areas. Among them are Randy and Joanne Boyd, Cleda and Ronald Williams, Topper and Debbie Williams, Frank, Tommy, Alice, Julie, Kenny and Francis, Karen, and Diane Williams, and Michael Workman. He is also survived by special friends, Sheila Linksweiler, Nancy Crowder, Paul and Judy Barley, Berchie Felton, and Jim and Rhonda Bowyer, and Debbie Whitt.

Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Saturday, February 16, 2013, at the Maple Fork Baptist Church with a Memorial Service to begin at 1 p.m.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions be made in memory of James D. Williams c/o Maple Fork Baptist Church, 1288 Maple Fork Road, Mt. Hope, WV 25880.

Special thanks to the nurses in ICU at BARH and the 4th floor nurses, Dr. Boustani and Dr. Lao. They treated our father with special care and love. We will forever be indebted to them for their care. Thanks to Kim and the staff at Hospice for their care and compassion in his last days. Thanks also to his cousin, Michael Workman, grandson, Frank Boone, and stepdaughter, Larah Gravely, for the love and care that they showed Dad. They spent many hours and days by Dad’s side during his illness and doing anything they could to help.

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

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



Louise Meador Young

On Tuesday, February 12th, 2013, our loving mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend, Louise Meador Young, passed from this earth to be with her Lord after a long illness. She was in her 77th year.

One of eleven children, Louise was born on April 10th, 1935, at Ellison Ridge, the daughter of the late Dewey Franklin and Eda Lilly Meador. Her sisters, Eula F. Meador, Iris Keith, Edna Farley, Joann Moye, and brothers, Nile, Jack and Vaughn “Pete” Farley, have preceded her in death. Louise was a member of the Zion Primitive Baptist Church.

Louise was married to Hubert N. Young, who has preceded her in death. To this union were born two daughters, Connie Walker and her husband, Danny, of Cool Ridge and Drema Harvey and her husband, Kevin, of Beckley; a granddaughter, Patti Jo James of Albuquerque, New Mexico, and a grandson, Greg Harvey and his wife, Shanielle, of Glen Morgan, as well as her great-grandchildren, Adam, Geordyn, Zane, Cami Jo and Jaxon; a stepson, Terry Young, and his children; sisters, Betty Almond and her husband, Ted, of Cool Ridge, Linda McAteer and her husband, Brown, of Heath Springs, SC, and a brother, Frank Meador and his wife, Elva, of Cool Ridge; several nieces and nephews, among them Jim Kiser and his wife, Bonnie, who was like a brother to Louise.

On Saturday, February 16th, at 11 a.m. there will be a “Service of Remembrance” at the Melton Mortuary Chapel. Rev. Charles McAteer will be officiating. Louise will be laid to rest in Garden of Devotion at the Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens at Prosperity. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday evening at the mortuary and one hour prior to the services on Saturday. Family members will serve as pallbearers. The family suggests donations of sympathy to the charity of your choice.

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

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