The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

July 5, 2013

Obituaries — Friday, July 5, 2013

J. William ‘Bill’ Bleau Jr.

MEADOW CREEK — J. William “Bill” Bleau, Jr., 99, of Meadow Creek, passed away Wednesday, July 3, 2013, at the home of his daughter in Forest Hill following a long illness.

Born June 18, 1914, at McKendra Hospital in Fayette County, he was the son of the late J. William, Sr., and Effie Ennis Bleau.

Bill started school at Meadow Creek, and graduated from Green Sulphur District High School, both in Summers County. He attended Concord Teachers College in Athens, West Virginia, and also Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. During World War II, he spent his summers from school working in the shell factories in Wilmington, Delaware, Elkton, Maryland, and New Jersey.

He was a retired school teacher for the Summers County school system with 45 years of service. In the early years, he walked a great distance to teach in rural schools throughout Summers County, including Chestnut Mountain, Claypool, Meadow Creek, where he spent most of his years, Green Sulphur, Brooks, Hinton and Sandstone. He was a proud member of the Retired Teachers of America. Bill was an avid hunter and fisherman, always raised a large garden and loved to work in his woodshop, turning out many beautiful pieces. For many years, he was an Amateur Radio Operator with call number W8dJW, and spent many hours talking with Hams all over the world.

Bill was a member and leader in the Ground Observer Corp., and was a 4-H Leader. He had been involved with the Summers County Senior Center since its formation and also served on the Board for many years. He was a member of Meadow Creek Baptist Church, serving as Sunday School teacher and Superintendent, as well as church Secretary and Treasurer.

In April 2010, due to declining health, he made his home with his daughter and son-in-law, Jewell and Leonard Webb, at Forest Hill. Even then, he enjoyed going to church and Sunday school at the Forest Hill churches and was actively involved in both as long as his health permitted. He cherished his new church family and they were endeared to him as well with his scripture knowledge.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Bessie Dale Hoke Bleau, in 1993. Also preceded by a brother, Sam Bleau, two sisters, Virginia Grimmett and Beulah Gaston, and son-in-law, John Caponiti.

Survivors include a son, William Bleau and wife Deloris of Walbridge, OH, two daughters, Jewell Webb and husband Leonard of Forest Hill and Becky Caponiti of Beckley. Grandsons, John Bleau and wife Jackie of Curtis, OH, Kenneth Webb and wife Donna of Forest Hill and Michael Webb and wife Jessica of Huntington. Granddaughters, Cynthia Karikas and husband David of Curtis, OH, Julie Fisher and husband Mike of Radford, VA, and Angela Hayostic and husband James of Warren, VA. Great-grandsons, Tristan and Shane Hayostic, both of Warren, VA, Jesse Webb of Forest Hill, Landon Bleau of Curtis, OH, Joe Karikas of Amherst, NY, and Elliott, Spencer and Ambrose (Sully) Webb all of Huntington. Great-granddaughters, Jessica Fisher Laws and husband James of South Boston, VA, Amanda Fisher of Radford, VA, Susan Fisher Mahlburg and husband Derek of Charlottesville, VA, Jayden and Kennedy Bleau and Abigail Karikas, all of Curtis, OH, Amber Bennett and husband Ronnie of Lerona, WV, and Lilly Jayden Hayostic of Warren, VA. Great-great-grandchildren, Mackenzi Bennett, Dylan Ray Bennett, Harper Mahlburg, Darius Fisher and Dakota Laws. Special friend, Neva Reed of Meadow Creek.

The family would like to thank a special grandson, Kenneth Webb and wife Donna for being there at all times possible to see to his needs, both love and material. Also a special thank you to Kathy, Michelle and Connie of Hospice of Southern West Virginia and Susan Meadows of Summers County Council of Aging as well as many others who cared for Bill.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 7, 2013, at Pivont Funeral Home Chapel in Hinton with Gary Adkins and Pastor Mike McCoy officiating. Burial will follow in the Richmond Cemetery at Sandstone. Friends may call from 6 until 8 p.m. Saturday evening at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Southern West Virginia.

Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

Online condolences and guest register at

Arrangements by Pivont Funeral Home, Hinton, WV.

Jackie Crawford

Jackie Crawford, 55, of Cool Ridge, passed away Thursday, July 4, 2013.

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

Christine Gentry

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — Christine Gentry, age 85, of Murfreesboro, TN, passed away July 2nd, 2013, peacefully.

Born in Smoot, WV, on July 26, 1927, Christine is preceded in death by her husband, Linnell Gentry, who passed away in 2000.

Survived by her children: son, Mike Gentry of Murfreesboro, TN; daughter, Sally Gentry-Hill (Jack Hill) of Nashville, TN; grandson, Brad Gentry of Murfreesboro, TN, and great-grandson, Tallon Gentry of Smithville, TN. She is also survived by her sister, Billie Ann Sanford of Rainelle, WV.

She was the daughter of the late William Bryan “W. B.” and Fannie Anderson. Christine is an alumna of West Virginia Wesleyan College class of 1949. She started her career as a home economics teacher in Greenbrier County, West Virginia, and taught at the Crichton and Lewisburg schools. She became a homemaker in 1952 to start her family. Christine was a volunteer for Middle TN Medical Center for over 30 years in the admitting department.

Christine was a member of First United Methodist Church in Murfreesboro, TN, since 1966.

Her family gives a heartfelt appreciation to the staff of Adams Place assisting living, rehab and long-term care unit for their care, compassion and love. The family sends a special thanks to her caregiver, Jane Lowe, who has helped and been with her since 2010.

Christine loved gardening, sewing and watching her roses bloom annually. She was a loving lady and would rather give than receive. Christine will be missed by everyone who knew her well.

Funeral services will be held Saturday at 11 a.m., at Woodfin Memorial Chapel, with Pastors Thad Austin and Ann Benson officiating. Burial will follow in Evergreen Cemetery. Friends of the family will serve as Pallbearers.

Visitation with the family will be held Friday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Woodfin Memorial Chapel, (615) 893-5151. Online condolences can be made at

Submitted by Wallace & Wallace, Rainelle.

Lemuel ‘L.R.’ Lester

Lemuel “L.R.” Lester, 50, of Beckley, formerly of Pineville, passed away Thursday, July 4, 2013.

Arrangements are incomplete at this time. Calfee Funeral and Cremation Service of Pineville is serving the Lester family.

J. Moffett McNeel Jr.

HILLSBORO — Jacob Moffett “Mac” McNeel Jr., age 85, of Hillsboro, passed away Tuesday, July 2, 2013, at Bowers Hospice House in Beckley.

Born May 22, 1928, at Hillsboro, he was a son of the late Jacob Moffett McNeel Sr. and Rachel Ann Edgar McNeel.

Moffett was a graduate of Hillsboro High School, a farmer and an active member of Oak Grove Presbyterian Church.

He married Elma Virginia Cutlip on May 27, 1949, and the couple farmed, side-by-side, until her death on January 9, 2009.

Moffett was a Lay Speaker for Presbyterian churches, served as Sunday School teacher and superintendent, Deacon, Elder, Clerk of Session and choir member at Oak Grove, was past-moderator of the Greenbrier Presbytery and served for eight years on the Presbytery of West Virginia’s Committee on Ministry.

Moffett once said, “If there is a profession more dependent on God than farming, I don’t know what it would be.”

As a young man, he was afforded the opportunity to travel to Chicago on two occasions for national competitions. His most prized possession was his first award — a gold watch — which he received as the State Meat Animal Winner in 1946. He was the winner of the 1949 4-H Sheep Shearing competition, and returned to Chicago to attend the National Club Congress. Thus began a lifetime of service and awards.

He and Elma were leaders for the Pep-to-Win 4-H Club which later became the Little Levels 4-H Club. They hosted hundreds, if not thousands, of children through an annual Farm Tour for second- and eighth-graders.

Moffett was inducted into the West Virginia Agriculture and Forestry Hall of Fame in July 2010.

He was a director of the Lewisburg and Roanoke Farm Credit for 35 years, serving as president for two years. He was a WV 4-H All Star, past member and President of the Pocahontas County Board of Education, and was serving as a director of Farmers Home Fire Insurance and member and chairman of Pocahontas County Landmarks Commission. He was also a member of the Pocahontas County Historical Society.

Working together, the couple received many honors and distinctions: 1956 County Winner Farming for Better Living; 1960 Regional Winner Farming for Better Living; 1968 Grand Sweepstakes Winner Farming for Better Living; President of the Pocahontas County Farm Bureau, serving as Secretary-Treasurer for 35 years; President of the Pocahontas County 4-H Foundation for 35 years; Director of West Virginia Farm Bureau; 1987 State Soil and Water Conservation Winner; 1988 Bringing Honor and Recognition to the State of West Virginia; 1996 West Virginia Farm Bureau Distinguished Service Award; and 1997 4-H Faithful Heritage Winner at the West Virginia State Fair; and vice chairman of the Pocahontas Historic Landmarks Commission for 20 years.

Moffett’s work ethic set an example, his love of family knew no bounds, his commitment to the community was inexhaustible and his faith made him strong.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Samuel Edgar McNeel; and two sisters, Mary Lydia McNeel Hilleary and Nancy Penick McNeel Edwards.

Moffett is survived by four sons, Donald McNeel, and wife, Karen, of Hillsboro, Dr. Jacob McNeel, and wife, Donna, of Beckley, Dr. Allan McNeel, and wife, Sabrina, of Winfield, and Charles McNeel, and wife, Darlene, of Beckley; 10 grandchildren, Chris, and wife, Nikki, Ruthana, and husband, Ken, Ben, and wife, Abigail, David, and wife, Ann, Brian, Jason, Kevin, Richie, Kristin and Rachel; nine great-grandchildren, Chaz, Reese, Cortland, Cara, Silas, Eli, JR, Kyleigh and Ivan; sister-in-law, Madeline Lee Marcum McNeel, of Hillsboro; brother-in-law, Dr. Randall Cutlip, and wife, Peggy, of Ames, Iowa; and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral service will be Saturday, July 6, at 1 p.m. at the Oak Grove Presbyterian Church in Hillsboro with the Rev. Cameron Harkness officiating.

Inurnment in the Oak Grove Cemetery at a later date.

The family will receive friends for a time of visitation following the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Oak Grove Presbyterian Church, Hillsboro, WV 24956.

Owen L. Osenton

LOGAN — Owen L. Osenton, 83, of Logan, W.Va., and St. Petersburg, Fla., died July 1, 2013.

The service will be at noon July 9, at the Nighbert Memorial United Methodist Church of Logan with the Rev. Thomas Beckette officiating. Burial will be in the Osenton Section of Forest Lawn Cemetery, Pecks Mill. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. July 8, at Honaker Funeral Home, in Logan.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Salvation Army, 205 Stratton St., Logan, WV 25601.

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Honaker Funeral Home in Logan is in charge of his arrangements.

Harry J. Perkins Jr.

Harry J. Perkins, Jr., age 49, of Daniels, WV, was taken from us way too soon on Tuesday, July 2, 2013, from blood clot complications.

Harry was born on August 4, 1963, in Daniels, and was the son of Sylvia Jean Huffman Perkins of Daniels, and the late Harry Perkins Sr.

Harry was an avid drag racer for over 20 years, and loved WV Mountaineer sports. He is sorely missed by his sidekick “Beagle Sally” which was with him no matter where he was, and his two favorite furry friends which cherished him “Little and Biggety.”

Harry never met a stranger and loved to talk. Later in life he started competing in classic car shows in the area where he met so many people.

Survivors include his soul mate in life, his wife of 30 years, Davena Kay Lilly Perkins, and  one sister Jeannie Harnest and her husband John of Mechanicsville, Virginia. 

Funeral services will be conducted to Celebrate The Life Of Harry Jay Perkins Jr. on Saturday, July 6, 2013, at 1 p.m. at the Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home Shady Spring Chapel with Pastor Luke Richmond officiating. Burial will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens at Prosperity, WV.

Friends may visit with the family at the funeral home from 11 a.m. until service time on Saturday.

Pallbearers will be family and friends.

Private online condolences, floral tributes, and other expressions of sympathy may be directed to our guestbook at

Arrangements are by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home Shady Spring Chapel, 729 Flat Top Road, Shady Spring, WV.

Sharon Sue Crouch Ward

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Sharon Sue Crouch Ward, 69, of Cleveland, formerly of Oak Hill, lost her battle with cancer on Saturday, June 29, 2013, in Cleveland.

Born November 3, 1943, at Minden, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Robert James and Helen Mae Alley Crouch.

She was a homemaker.

An infant sister, Gloria Crouch, and infant brother, David Crouch, preceded her in death.

The loving family who are left to cherish her memory include her husband, Raymond Ward; two daughters, Jeanette Nuckels and husband, Harold, of Oak Hill and Debra Parker of Oak Hill; three sons, James Ward and wife, Sue, of Cleveland, Ohio, Raymond Ward Jr. and Judy of Cleveland, Ohio, and John Ward and wife, Kelly, of Cleveland; fifteen grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held in Cleveland, Ohio, on Monday, July 1, 2013. Sharon will be laid to rest on Saturday, July 6, 2013, at 4 p.m. at the I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Oak Hill with Pastor Eric Smith officiating the graveside rites and committal. There will be no visitation.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Jerry Don Wickline

OAK HILL — Jerry Don Wickline, 71, of Oak Hill, WV, died on Tuesday, July 2, 2013, at his home.

Born June 18, 1942, at Oak Hill, WV, he was the son of the late Saylor Gatewood and Evelyn Viola Neubert Wickline.

Jerry was a member of the Jones Avenue Church of God, Oak Hill. He was a 1960 graduate of Collins High School in Oak Hill and served in the U.S. Air Force from 1960 to 1964. He was a retired radio broadcaster for WFIS Radio, Simpsonville, SC. Known as “the Voice of the Golden Strip,” Jerry’s broadcast career spanned nearly three decades. He enjoyed his work and brought much joy to his listeners.

Survivors include his wife, Cheryl Rae Blinn Wickline; two sons, Larry Wickline of Corolla, NC, and Jeff (Dino) Wickline of Los Angeles, CA; two daughters, Cindy (Scott) Frady of Hickory, NC, and Kathy Wickline of Simpsonville, SC; one brother, James (Jackie) Wickline of Fayetteville; two sisters, Jeanette (John) Burns of Fayetteville and June (John) Blake of Oak Hill; and brother-in-law, Brock (Debbie) Blinn of Danville, IL.

He is also survived by six grandchildren, Jordan Wickline of Florence, SC, Jeremy Frady, Joy Frady, Sara Frady and Timothy Frady all of Hickory, NC, and Josh Wickline of Corolla, NC; two great-grandchildren, Nolan Wickline of Florence, SC, and Cassidy Wickline of Corolla, NC; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be on Saturday, July 6, 2013, at 11 a.m. at the Jones Avenue Church of God in Oak Hill with Pastor Ralph Shupe and Pastor Scott Frady officiating. Burial will be at Gethsemane Memorial Gardens, Oak Hill, with military graveside rites by Oak Hill VFW Post #3110.

Visitation will be held at Jones Avenue Church of God, Oak Hill, on Friday, July 5, 2013, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Larry Wickline, John Blake, Jason Blake, Karl Roseblock, Christopher Roseblock and Brock Blinn will serve as pallbearers.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions be made to: Special Projects Fund at the Jones Avenue Church of God, PO Box 104, Oak Hill, WV 25901, or Hospice of Southern West Virginia, PO Box 1472, Beckley, WV 25802.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill, WV.

Randolph ‘Red’ Zimmerman

HICO — Randolph “Red” Zimmerman, 61, of Hico, passed away Wednesday, July 3, 2013, at Cabell-Huntington Hospital due to complications for a recent illness.

Born on December 5, 1951, in Hico, WV, he was the son of the late Robert and Betty Zimmerman.

He was also preceded in death by a brother, David Zimmerman, and father-in-law Dan Nutter.

Randy served in the United States Army in the early 1970s. He was also a 30-year volunteer at the Fayetteville Methodist Church Food Pantry in Fayetteville, WV, and well known within the community for always helping others in need. Randy loved gardening, listening to country music, NASCAR, and his pets.

Those left to cherish his memory are his loving, devoted wife of 39 years, Reda Zimmerman; sons, Randy Zimmerman and wife Jennifer of Hico, WV; Terrance Zimmerman and wife Sara of Meridianville, AL; and Gunnery Sergeant Robert Zimmerman (USMC) and wife Andrea of Okinawa, Japan. Nine grandchildren: Tyler, Madisyn, Katelyn, Lauren, Matthew, Juliet, Mackenzi, Cadence, and Evie Faye. He is also survived by one brother Rick Zimmerman and wife Chris of Hico, WV; six sisters: Nancy Compton of Fayetteville, WV; Cynda Gill of Bartonsville, PA; Rose Carte and husband Richard of Hico, WV; Jeanie Cole and husband Danny of Hico, WV; Diane White of Hilltop, WV; and Melody Simms and husband Scott of Hico, WV; aunt Charlene Crist and husband Clarence of Ansted, WV; uncle Willo Foster and wife Barbara of Ohio; mother-in-law Betty Nutter of Canvas, WV; family friend Amanda Ramsey of Craigsville, WV; many nieces, nephews, special friends, and his special canine companion “Bud.”

Pallbearers will be Randy’s three sons, grandson Tyler, brother Rick, brother-in-law Danny Cole, and nephews Travis Carte and Kain Carte.

Funeral services will be Sunday, July 7, 2013, at 2 p.m. at Wallace and Wallace Funeral Home in Ansted, WV, with Pastor Kenny Hayes, Pastor Bob Piotrowski, and Reverend Freddie Parkins officiating. Burial will follow at Legg Family Cemetery on Stringtown Road in Hico, WV.

Visitation will be Saturday, July 6, 2013, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Wallace and Wallace Funeral Home in Ansted, WV.

Condolences may be sent to Reda Zimmerman, 1793 Stringtown Road, Hico, WV 25854.