The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

June 3, 2011

Obituaries — Friday, June 3, 2011

The Register-Herald

Freda M. Nelson  Burton

Freda M. Nelson Burton, 75, of Prosperity, passed away on Thursday, June 2, 2011.

Services are pending completion with Blue Ridge Funeral Home, 5251 Robert C. Byrd Drive, Beckley.


Sidney Allen Clarke

Sidney Allen Clarke, 49, of Beckley, passed away Sunday, May 29, 2011.

Born September 9, 1961 in Alexandria, Va., he was the son of the late Sidney Allen Clarke Sr. and Hattie Marie Griffith Clarke of Beckley.

Sidney was a master carpenter for Alliance Construction Management. He loved hunting, fishing and spending time outdoors. He was a U.S. Army veteran and a lifelong resident of Raleigh County.

In addition to his mother he is survived by his wife, Mary Redden Clarke; sons, Allen Clarke of Sophia and Matthew Clarke of Beckley, daughter, Crystal Dawn Clarke of Beckley; grandchildren, Jason Clark of North Carolina, Zach and Hannah Clarke of Sophia, Christopher Young of Beckley; brothers, Eddie Clarke and wife Joyce, William Cunningham, Timmy Perdue, all of Beckley, Danny Perdue of Ohio, Kenneth and Mark Cunningham of North Carolina, Chris Clarke of Morgantown, W.Va.; sisters, Jennifer Clarke of Beckley and Victoria Cuevas of Kentucky.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 4, 2011 at Cross Point Church of God, 110 Crescent Rd. with Pastor Vondie L. Cook II officiating. Friends may visit with the family one hour prior to service on Saturday.

The family suggests memorial contributions be made to Cross Point Church of God Building Fund, 110 Crescent Rd., Beckley, WV  25801.

On line condolences may be left at

Arrangements are pending at Calfee Funeral Home, Beckley.


James Nelson Deitz

MT. LOOKOUT — James Nelson Deitz, 56, of Mt. Lookout, Nicholas County, died Wednesday, June 1, 2011 at home.

Born September 13, 1954 at Richwood, he was a son of Freda McClung Deitz of Mt. Lookout and the late Charles Verlin Deitz. 

He was a member of the Mt. Gilead Baptist Church at Pool, was a former school teacher, and was a former Cub Scout Leader.

Surviving besides his mother are brother, Larry and his wife, Brenda Deitz of Mt. Lookout and sister, Beverly and her husband, Ted Baber of Oak Hill; one nephew, Scott and his wife, Tammy Deitz of Charleston; great niece, Madison Deitz of Charleston; and special aunt, Audra Deitz of Mt. Lookout.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 4, 2011 in the Mount Pleasant Baptist Church at Mt. Lookout with Pastor Doug Beam and Pastor Randy Sunderland officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.

Friends may call at the White Funeral Home at Summersville on Friday from 6 to 8 p.m.

Arrangements by White Funeral Home, Summersville.


Marjorie Marie    Donahue

CRAIGSVILLE — Marjorie Marie Donahue, 72, of Craigsville, died Monday, May 30, 2011.

Service will be 11 a.m. Saturday at the Simons-Coleman Funeral Home, Richwood, with Pastor George Peyatt officiating. Burial will follow in the Taylor Cemetery, Fenwick Mountain.

Friends may call 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Arrangements by Simons-Coleman Funeral Home, Richwood.


Julia Alderson Fletcher

ALDERSON — Julia Alderson Fletcher, age 102, of Alderson, died Saturday, May 28, 2011 at Greenbrier Valley Medical Center, Fairlea, W.Va., following a long illness.

Born September 14, 1908 in Alderson, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late John Marshall Alderson II and the late Florence Hodges Alderson. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Lt. James Jackson Fletcher, who was killed in Italy while serving in combat during World War II; two brothers, John Marshall Alderson III and James Powell Alderson; three sisters, Gladys Alderson, Cornelia Alderson Smith, and Florence Alderson Kirby; and a niece, Mary Alderson Graham.

Mrs. Fletcher attended school in Alderson and graduated from Westhampton College at the University of Richmond, Va., with majors in physics and math. In 1972 she retired after serving many years as secretary to the Adjutant General of West Virginia in Charleston, and at that time, returned to Alderson to make her home. She was a member of the Old Greenbrier Baptist Church, Alderson, W.Va.

Survivors include two nieces, Florence Smith McCarthy of Huntington, W.Va., and Harriet Smith Powell and her husband, Douglas, of Newport News, Va.; two nephews, John Marshall Alderson IV and his wife, Betty, of Alderson, W.Va., and Richard Fletcher and his wife, Jeanie, of Charleston, W.Va.  She is also survived by many grand nieces, grand nephews, great grand nieces, great grand nephews and her very special caregivers.

Graveside services and burial will be Saturday, June 4, 2011 at 1 p.m. at the Fletcher Addition of the Alderson Cemetery, Alderson, W.Va., with Dr. Bill Bryan officiating.

Donations of sympathy in Mrs. Fletcher’s memory may be made to The Alderson Memorial Bridge Trust Fund, c/o Tammy Smith Skaggs, 605 West Maple Avenue, Alderson, WV 24910 or to a charity of one’s choice. 

Arrangements by Lobban Funeral Home, Alderson. 


Callie Irene Goad

RICHWOOD — Callie Irene Goad, 85, of Richwood, died Tuesday, May 31, 2011.

Service will be 10 a.m. Sunday, June 5, at the Simons-Coleman Funeral Home, Richwood, with Pastor Jim Buchanan officiating. Burial will follow in the Richwood Cemetery, Richwood.

Friends may call 9 to 10 a.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Arrangements by Simons-Coleman Funeral Home, Richwood.


Nellie Goode

PINEVILLE — Nellie Goode, 85, of Pineville, passed away Thursday, June 2, 2011, in Raleigh General Hospital, Beckley.

Calfee Funeral and Cremation Service of Pineville is serving the Goode family.


Dora Hazel Walkup Gwinn

CHARMCO — Dora Hazel Walkup Gwinn, 84, of Charmco, died Thursday, June 2, 2011, at home following a long illness.

Arrangements are being made at Wallace & Wallace, Inc. of Rainelle.PIC


Wilson L. Hall Jr.

Wilson L. “Willie” Hall Jr., 50, of Surveyor, passed away Tuesday, May 31, 2011.

He was a 1980 graduate of Liberty High School and was honorably discharged from the 1/505 82nd Airborne.

Survivors include his wife of 30 years, Tamela “Tammy” Westeen Sizemore-Hall; two  sons, Christopher Andrew and Anthony “Daniel” and one daughter, Samantha Westeen, all of Surveyor; granddaughter, Kasey Lynn Marie Hall; parents, Wilson L.Hall Sr., and Onita Richmond Hall of Surveyor; three sisters, Vicki Hall-Richardson and her husband, Michael of Surveyor, Bessie Hall-Richardson and her husband  Morgan “Bimbo” Richardson of Glen Daniel and Patricia Hall-Honaker and her husband Ralph “Eddie” Honaker of Surveyor; five nieces, Miranda Richardson, Jessica Richardson-Perryman, Candace Richardson-Hatfield, Onita Richardson- Daniels, and Brittany Honaker; two nephews, Michael D. Richardson Jr., and Ralph “Eddie” Honaker Jr.; three great nieces, Lillyanna Daniels, Morgan Perryman and Baylee Hatfield; and four great nephews, Taylor Daniels, Ethan Perryman, Parker Perryman and Brayden Hatfield.

Committal services will be 3 p.m. Saturday, June 4th, at the Sizemore Family Cemetery at Lester with the Rev. R.D. Bailey officiating. The family will receive friends from 1 p.m. until 2:30 p.m. at the Melton Mortuary.

Flowers are a wonderful gesture, but during these difficult times donations to the family would be greatly appreciated.

Condolences may be sent to the family’s guestbook at

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary, Inc., Beckley.


Edna Evelyn Henry

Edna Evelyn Henry, of Seth, passed away at the age of 94, at the Hubbard Hospice Center on June 1, 2011.

Born August 25, 1916, she was a 1934 graduate of Clear Fork High School. After attending Concord College she served as a teacher in the Raleigh County School System.

Beloved wife, mother and, aunt, Edna loved her coin collection, reading, bird watching and basketball. To all the family and friends who knew Aunt Edna and Uncle Ben, the door was always open and Edna took special pride in seeing that no one ever left her house hungry.

Edna was preceded in death by her husband, Ben; brothers Sam, Horace and John Robert Robinson and sister, Annabelle Dickens.

She is survived by son, Ben (Maggie) Henry of Greenwood, Ind.; daughter, Carol Kelley (Kerry) of Seth; grandchildren, Dale Henry and Kelly (Ben) Miller of Greenwood, Ind., and Derek Kelley of Seth, and one great-grandchild, Benjamin Scott Henry of Greenwood, Ind.

Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 4, 2011 at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens with Rev. Jerry Pauley officiating. Following the services, Edna will be laid to rest beside her husband Ben.

In lieu of flowers please make contributions to Hubbard Hospice House, 1001 Kennawa Drive, Charleston, WV 25311.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Arrangements by Blue Ridge Funeral Home, 5251 Robert C. Byrd Dr., Beckley.has E P IC


Clyde Arl Keaton

PIPESTEM — Clyde Arl Keaton, of Pipestem, was born April 6, 1933, to James Howard and Ruth Wyrick Keaton. Clyde went to his heavenly home Wednesday, June 1, 2011, at his home where he was surrounded by his loving family and pastor by his side.

Clyde was born in Lerona and was a graduate of Hinton High School. Clyde served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict from June of 1953 until May of 1955. He had received the National Defense Medal and the Good Conduct Medal. After the war, he returned to West Virginia to marry the love of his life, Rosa Lee Butler on December 24, 1955.

He then enrolled in trade school in Chicago, Ill., to become a tool and die maker and moved to Blacksburg, Va. He was employed at Litton Industries, Poly Scientific for 33 years where he made many lifelong friends and raised his family.

After retiring in 1993, he returned to the family farm in Pipestem where he and Rosa restored the family home and he enjoyed the farm life until being called home. Clyde was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and brother.

Clyde attended the Lerona United Methodist Church.

In addition to his parents, Clyde was preceded in death by his twin brother, Carl Erl Keaton along with a granddaughter, Brianna Kelsey Speaks.

He is survived by his loving and devoted wife Rosa Butler Keaton, children, Eddie Keaton, Jo Lynn Price and husband Daniel, and Deena Sexton and husband Bobby, all of Blacksburg, Va. Grandchildren, Christina Snider, Debra Snider, Carl Openshaw, Danny Price, all of Blacksburg, Va., Lori Bostwick and husband Sam of Pearisburg, Va., Bobby Joe and Nikki Newman of Pembroke, Va., Nikki Wilcher and husband Joe Elliston, Va., Olivia and Mitchell Keaton of Columbia, S.C. Great-grandchildren, Garth Boles, Mazzy Price, Tyler, Britny, Karly, and Alexis Speaks, Ethan Gray, Kolton Openshaw, Cooper Bostwick and Hayleigh Abbott, Kaitlyn, Melody and Alex Wilcher.

The last member of his immediate family, his sister, Maxine Mann of Pipestem; brother in law, Willie Butler; sisters in law, Neva Reed and Mary Ann McManaway, and a host of nieces and nephews.

On Saturday, June 4, 2011 at 1 p.m., we will celebrate the life of Clyde Keaton from the Burns Wornal Chapel of the Memorial Funeral Directory on the Athens Road in Princeton with Pastor Rick Chester officiating. Burial will follow in Roselawn Memorial Gardens in Princeton with military honors being conducted by the WV Honor Guard.

A time of gathering and sharing  with the family will be held Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Family and friends may share online condolence via

Serving as pallbearers will be members of Clyde’s family: Bobby Jo, Bernard, Rick and  Wayne, Scotty, Mitchell and Donald.

The honor of serving the Keaton Family has been given to the Memorial Funeral Directory and Cremation Center on the Athens Road in Princeton.


Kenneth ‘BUB’ Lester

DAVIN — Kenneth “BUB” Lester, 41, died Tuesday, May 31, 2011.

Services will commence at 1 p.m. Sunday, June 5, 2011, at the Krantz-McNeely Funeral Home at Man with Rev. Van Collins officiating. Burial will follow in Highland Memory Gardens at Godby.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home and one hour prior to services.

Online condolences may be sent to

Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Krantz-McNeely Funeral Home, Man.  



Vikki Lynn Mayse

RICHWOOD — Vikki Lynn Mayse, 61, of Richwood, died Saturday, May 28, 2011.

Graveside service and burial will be 2 p.m. Saturday, June 4, at the Mountain View Memorial Park, Richwood, with Pastor Larry Russell officiating.

Friends may call 7 to 9 p.m. today at the First United Methodist Church, Richwood.

Arrangements by Simons-Coleman Funeral Home, Richwood.E PIC


Freida G. McKinney

BASIN — Freida Gayle Coffey McKinney, 71, of Basin, went to her heavenly home on Tuesday, May 31, 2011 in a Beckley hospital.

Born April 26, 1940 at McComas, she was the daughter of the late Clayton Ivory and Edith Leeomy (Hartwell) Coffey.

Freida was a beautiful, loving, and caring woman. She was a member of the Mullens Church of God, she worked many years providing healthcare at Raleigh General Hospital and for Dr. Pitsenbarger. All those that knew her loved her and she will be sadly missed.

In addition to her parents she is also preceded in death by her husband of 51 years, Kenneth Ray McKinney and two brothers, Jerry Coffey and an infant brother James Edward Coffey.

 Those left to cherish her memory include five daughters, Debbie Stringfield, Tina Adams, Toni Ouimette, Kim Patterson, and Sheila Jordan; ten grandchildren, Tommy Stringfield, Heather Ouimette, Victoria Stringfield, Eric McKinney, Desirae Banks, Chris Todd Patterson, Michael Jordan, Brittany Patterson, Brooke Jordan, and Gracie Rae Jordan; six great grandchildren; and three sisters, Carol McKinney, Linda Jolly, and Peggy Macintyre.

Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, June 4, 2011 at Mullens Church of God, Black Eagle Road Mullens with Rev. J.L. Riffe and Rev. Lewis Arnold officiating. Burial will follow in Mitchell McKinney Cemetery, Peaks Ridge, Basin.

Friends may call from today 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home and one hour prior to services Saturday at the church.

Her daughters will serve as pallbearers.

Online condolences may be expressed to the family at

Arrangements by Tankersley Funeral Home, Mullens.


Roger Harry Nutter

SUMMERSVILLE — Roger Harry Nutter, 68, died Tuesday, May 31, 2011.

Funeral services will be conducted at 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 3, at Waters Funeral Chapel in Summersville with Rev. Wayne Litton officiating. 

Friends may call from 6 p.m. until service time on Friday.

Arrangements by Waters Funeral Chapel, Summersville.


Bobby Persinger

VALLEY SPRINGS, Calif. — Bobby Persinger, 75, of Valley Springs, formerly of Crab Orchard, passed away Wednesady, June 1, 2011.

Arrangements by Holy Angels Funeral Home in Hayward, Calif.


Doris Chingle Protan

Doris Chingle Protan, 86, of Sylvester, died Wednesday, June 1, 2011.

Funeral services will be 12 noon Saturday, June 4, at the Sylvester Baptist Church, Sylvester, with Pastor David Minturn officiating. Burial will follow in the Pineview Cemetery, Orgas.

Friends may call 6 to 9 p.m. today at the church.

Arrangements by Armstrong Funeral Home, Whitesville.


Jimmy Ray Shaw

PINEVILLE — Jimmy Ray Shaw, 53, of Pineville, died Wednesday, June 1, 2011.

Services will be 12 noon on Sunday, June 5, 2011 in the Chapel of Stafford Funeral Home, Lynco, with Minister Doug Thorn officiating. Burial will follow in Jackson Curve Cemetery, Pineville.

Friends may gather with the family from 10 a.m. until time of service.

E-mail letters of sympathy may be sent at

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


James Stewart Wingrove

James Stewart Wingrove, 78, of  Bradley, died on Wednesday, June 1, 2011 at Appalachian Regional Hospital in Beckley.

Born September 2, 1932 at Long Branch, W.Va., he was the son of the late Emery and Mable Williams Wingrove.

He was retired from General Motors.

Mr. Wingrove was a member of the Rock Assembly Church, Kilsyth and was a US Army veteran.

His wife, Imogene Elizabeth Crawford Wingrove preceded him in death on May 7, 2011. He was also preceded by a daughter, Ruth Swearinger and brothers, Clarence, Richard, Arnold and Marvin Wingrove.

Survivors include one son, Jimmy David Wingrove of River Rouge, Mich.; one daughter, Rhonda Medina of Bradley; sisters, Dora Jean Conner of Oak Hill and Nancy Elmore of Long Branch; brothers, Howard Wingrove of Sophia and Larry Wingrove of Richmond, Va.; nine grandchildren, and 12 great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be on Monday, June 6, 2011 at 2 p.m. at  Rock Assembly Church with Pastor Les Allen officiating. Burial will be at Gethsemane Memorial Gardens in Oak Hill with military graveside rites by Oak Hill VFW Post #3110.

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

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope, W.Va.


Evelyn Clay Woodard

Evelyn Clay Woodard went home to Jesus on Thursday, May 26, 2011. She was born Evelyn Cavell Curtis on November 3, 1918, to Elizabeth (Mullins) and Burnett Curtis in Beckley, WV. She had one sister, Ruth Ann Lively, who predeceased her. She graduated from Woodrow Wilson High in Beckley. Evelyn married Aulda B. Clay who predeceased her after 41 years of marriage. In 2001, she married Raymond C. Woodard.

She was a loving mother to son David Aulda Clay (Becky) and daughter Nancy Jane Murray (Stephen); grandmother “Bo” to David Aulda Clay II (Erin) and Joseph Clay Murray; and great-grandmother to David Andrew Clay and Adam Blake Clay.

Evelyn worked in the insurance industry for many years and retired from Independent Life as an Executive Secretary in the Mortgage Department. She was active for many years in First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) where she was a member since 1978; Community Hospice Women’s Auxiliary, as well as a trained Hospice volunteer; St. Luke’s Hospital Auxiliary volunteer; and the Republican Women’s Club.

Evelyn enjoyed traveling worldwide, playing hand bells at her church, cooking and baking and was always ready to bring freshly made baked goods to others. She was so loved by her family and will be missed by many.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 4, at 11 a.m. at First Christian Church, 11924 San Jose Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32223, with Reverend Jeffrey Smith officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to First Christian Church Memorial Fund.

Arrangements are under the care and direction of Hardage-Giddens Oaklawn Chapel & Cemetery, 4801 San Jose Blvd., Jacksonville, Florida 32207, phone 904-737-7171.