The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

February 16, 2014

Obituaries — Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014


Betty J. Ashley

PICKENS, S.C. — Betty J. Ashley of Pickens, S.C., died Feb. 11, 2014.

Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18, at First Presbyterian Church in Hinton, with Dr. Barbara Romfo officiating. Interment will be in Hilltop Cemetery. Friends may call 30 minutes prior to service time Tuesday at the church. A reception will follow the service at the church.

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

Local arrangements by Pivont Funeral Home, Hinton.



Edward Clay Barber

RICHLANDS, Va. — Edward Clay Barber, age 58, of Richlands, Virginia, passed away on Thursday, February 13, 2014, at his home in Hidden Valley, Richlands, Virginia, surrounded by his family. He was our cherished and beloved father, husband, brother, uncle and friend.

He was born in Richwood, West Virginia, and was the son of the late J.C. and Garnet Sneed Barber.

Edward was a graduate of Richlands High School and a Bachelor of Arts from ETSU in Johnson City, Tennessee. He was a salesman in the Mining Industry where he previously worked at Joy Manufacturing, Jewell Smokeless, Ingersoll Rand, Electroquip and, most recently, American Mine Research. He was an avid golfer being a member of the Tazewell County Country Club and he was a longtime resident of the area.

He is survived by: His Wife, Peggy Barber. One Daughter: Jill Barber Blankenship and husband, Derick, of Raleigh, North Carolina. One Son, Jason Clay Barber of Richlands, Virginia. One Sister, Nancy Meadows of Nashville, Tennessee. One Brother: JC Barber and wife, Sharon, of Beckley, West Virginia. One Nephew: Thomas Meadows and wife, Dottie, of Nashville, Tennessee. Three Nieces: Julie Nagy and husband, Dan, of Raleigh, North Carolina; Jann O’Hara and husband, Chris, of Morgantown, West Virginia; Jennifer Manchau and husband, Doug, of Morgantown, West Virginia. Great-Nieces and Nephews: Kortney Brus of Wilmington, North Carolina; Sarah Meadows of Nashville, Tennessee; Sean Meadows of Nashville, Tennessee; Jenna and Justin Nagy of Raleigh, North Carolina; Julianna and Jessica Manchau of Morgantown, West Virginia. His two dogs that he loved: Jager and Boomer.

Funeral services to remember the life of Edward Clay Barber will be Sunday, February 16, 2014, at the Hurst-Scott Funeral Chapel in Richlands, Virginia, with Rev. Larry David Ratliff and Rev. Betzy Elifrits Warren officiating. Interment will follow at Greenhills Memory Gardens, Claypool Hill, Virginia. Pallbearers will be: Dailey “Buck” Bucklen, Dale Conn, Gerald Ramsey, Kenneth “Butch” Reed, Robert “Bob” Saxton and Larry Worrell.

The Barber family will receive friends from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday evening at Hurst-Scott Funeral Home; 1401 Second St.; Richlands, VA.

The family request that donations of sympathy be made to: Legacy Hospice: 1963 Second St.; Richlands, VA 24641.

Hurst-Scott Funeral Home in Richlands, Virginia, is in charge of arrangements and those wishing to express sympathy online may do so at www.hurstscottfuneralhomes.com.



Sandra ‘Sandy’ Bias

OAK HILL — Sandra “Sandy” Bias, 55, of Oak Hill, passed away Monday, February 10, 2014.

Born September 5, 1958, in Oak Hill, she was a daughter of the late Thomas Eugene and Geraldine Patricia Cameron Wheeler.

She was a homemaker, a head waitress at Mountain Laurel Restaurant for 12 years and an attendant at the Coffee Club in Oak Hill since 2004.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Jack Alden Bias; one sister, Tammie Lynn Brown.

Left to cherish her precious memories are her daughter, Heather and her husband, Robb Massie, of Saucier, MS, son, Jason and his wife, Katherine, of Scarbro, WV, daughter, Amber Bias of Beckley; grandchildren, Sierra Toney, Hunter Pittman and Logan Pittman; four brothers, Steve Wheeler and his wife, Linda, of Fayetteville, Thomas Wheeler and his wife, Iris, of Germany, David Wheeler and his wife, Paula, of Fayetteville and Jonathan Wheeler and his wife, Brandy, of Lochgelly; brother-in-law, Billy Brown of Fayetteville; special friend, Linda Weant of Oak Hill; nieces and nephews, Brooke Foster, Hannah and her husband, Brandon Stone, Morgan Wheeler, Austin Brown, Brent Wheeler, Laura Wiley, Ciera Wheeler, and Bryson Wheeler.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, February 17, 2014, at Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home at Fayetteville with Pastor Eddie Persinger officiating. Interment will follow at Huse Memorial Park in Fayetteville.

Friends may call at the funeral home on Sunday, February 16, 2014, from 5 to 7 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to the American Cancer Society, 921 W. Neville Street, Beckley, WV 25801.

For those wishing to express their condolences to Sandy’s family, you may do so by visiting our website at www.doddpaynehessfuneralhome.com.

Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, 350 W. Maple Avenue, Fayetteville, will be assisting the family.



Sandra Mae Bolen

Sandra Mae Bolen, 54, of Rock Creek, went home to be with the Lord following a short illness on Wednesday, February 12, 2014.

Born May 17, 1959, in Beckley to the late David Clayton Huffman and Minnie Pearl Gibson.

Sandra loved doing crossword puzzles, studying her Bible, and spending time with her family. She was a graduate from Glen Rodgers High School and a member of the Breckenridge Baptist Church.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Dustin Shaine Huffman; brothers, Okey Osbourne and Arthur Huffman; and sisters, Virginia Huffman and Lou Brown.

Those left to cherish her memory include her son, Robert Bolen and companion, Brittany Dillon, Della Eastridge and husband, Dave, Brandie Holm and husband, Robert; ex-husband, Robert Bolen, Jr.; father-in-law, Rodney Scarbro; mother-in-law, Pearl Scarbro; grandchildren, Caige Acord, R.J. Calloway, Daylan Spencer, Justin Eastridge, Morgan Eastridge, Harlie Clark, Brooklyn Bolen, Braxton Holm; brothers, Mike Huffman and Clayton Huffman; sisters, Vondia Dotson, Sharon Huffman, and Carolyn Huffman; several nieces, nephews, extended family and a host of friends.

A memorial service to celebrate the life of Sandra Mae Bolen will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, February 20, 2014, at Breckenridge Baptist Church, 437 Breckenridge Road, Bolt, West Virginia, Pastor Dewey Lowe officiating.

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

Blue Ridge Funeral Home, 5251 Robert C. Byrd Drive, Beckley, is honored to be serving the family.



Herndon Duel Bragg

Herndon Duel Bragg, age 76, of Daniels, WV, went home to be with the Lord at his residence on Thursday, February 13, 2014, following a short illness.

Born on July 14, 1937, he was the son of the late Londie Lewis Bragg and Mary Keffer Bragg.

Mr. Bragg was a member of the UMWA, was a retired coal miner, and was a member of the Gospel Chapel in Daniels, WV.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Donald Bragg, a sister Naona Craighead, a granddaughter, Mary Suzanne Pate, and his stepmother Delsie Bragg.

Those survivors left to cherish his memory include his wife Lavina Bragg, who was the love of his life; seven children, Debbie Cooper and husband Ronnie of Beaver, Nancy Torrence of Harper, Rita Taylor of Daniels, Doug Bragg and wife Lisa of Shady Spring, Mary Goode and husband Mike of Glen Daniel, Scott Bragg and wife Alisha of Daniels, and Shane Bragg and wife Hollie of Crab Orchard.

Ten brothers and sisters, Richard Bragg and wife Mary of Christiansburg, Virginia, Macel Stone and husband Bunny of Christiansburg, Virginia, Barbara Gilberth and husband Bobby of Ellison, Virginia, Dale Bragg and wife Colleen of Radford, Virginia, Wanda Showalter of Arizona, David Akers of Tennessee, Phyllis Self of Virginia, Marie Cunningham and husband Jimmy of Ellison, Virginia, Sue Dickerson and husband Brownie of Christiansburg, Virginia, and Oral Bragg and wife Lisa of Johnson City, Tennessee, A brother-in-law, Paul Craighead of Virginia. He was affectionately referred to as PawPaw Hun by his 23 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren.

Services to Celebrate The Life Of Herndon Duel Bragg will be conducted at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, February 18, 2014, at the Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home Shady Spring Chapel with Pastors Luke Richmond, Junior Plumley, and Dean Adams officiating. Following the services Mr. Bragg will be laid to rest at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens at Prosperity, WV.

Friends may visit with the family from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Monday at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be Kenny Cooper, Ryan Bragg, Jake Saye, Keith Saye, Eric Pate, Jeremy  Meador, Jared Tredway, and Randy White. Honorary pallbearers will be Tyler Bragg, Dakota Bragg, and Caleb Hannah.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Kabbara and his staff, and his special nurse, Andi, for their wonderful care that was given to Herndon.

Private online condolences, floral tributes, and other expressions of sympathy may be directed to the family via our guestbook at www.roseandquesenberry.net.

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



David Ernest Buck

GREEN BANK — David Ernest Buck, 64, of Green Bank, passed away Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014.

Services will be 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18, at Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home in Arbovale with Mr. Hugh Giger officiating. Interment will follow in the Arbovale Cemetery Annex. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 17, at the funeral home.

Please send online condolences by visiting www.WallaceandWallaceFH.com.

Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home in Arbovale is in charge of arrangements.



Gladys ‘Gaggie’ Marie Childers

ROANOKE, Va. — Gladys “Gaggie” Marie Childers, 91, of Roanoke went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, February 12, 2014. She was a member of Calvary Tabernacle Church. Gaggie was retired from General Electric in 1984 after 28 years of service.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Della Childers; sister, Axie Honaker; brother, Thurman Childers; sister-in-law, Margaret Childers; extended family, Billy Peyton, Bonnie Peyton Hay.

Gaggie is survived by her extended family, Jack Lawson and wife, Betty, who were her long-term care givers, Brenda Slater, Ben Peyton; sister, Melba C. Stubbs; many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday, February 17, 2014, at Oakey’s North Chapel with Rev. Ben Peyton officiating.

The family will receive friends from 5 until 7 p.m. on Monday at Oakey’s North Chapel, www.oakeys.com.



Robert Jerome Copney Jr.

RALEIGH, N.C. — Mr. Robert Jerome Copney Jr., 50, of Raleigh, N.C., died Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014.

Due to inclement weather, the funeral service has been rescheduled for 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16, at Second Baptist Church, 700 F St., Beckley, with the Rev. Rudolph Poindexter officiating. Burial will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Prosperity. Friends may call one hour prior to the service at the church.

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

Arrangements entrusted to Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.



Brenda Sue Cox

HILLDALE — Brenda Sue Cox, 65, of Hilldale, died Friday, February 14, 2014, at CAMC General Division in Charleston after a short illness.

Born May 12, 1948, in Bluefield, Virginia, she was the daughter of the late Henry and Flora Frazier Harmon.

Brenda was a homemaker and loving wife, mother, Maw Maw, sister and friend to all who knew her. She was a member of Freedom Baptist Church at Powleys Creek, Summers County, and had lived most of her life in Summers County. Brenda greeted each person with a loving smile and she will be greatly missed by family and loved ones.

She was preceded in death by a son, James Douglas Cox, and also a brother, Henry Harmon.

She is survived by her husband of 48 years, Charles M. Cox. One son, Charles Matthew Cox and wife Angie of Forest Hill. Three daughters, Donna Sue Gill and husband Billy of Hinton, Sherri Grimmett and husband Jerry of Big Creek and Sarah Ann Bennett and husband Junior of Ballengee. Three sisters, including her twin, Barbara Doss of Hinton, and Violet Piasecki and Ivy Miller, both of Baltimore, MD. Five grandchildren, Amanda, Diane and Larry Jerrells, Emily Grimmett and Matthew Cox. Six great-grandchildren and several half brothers and sisters also survive.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, February 18, 2014, at Pivont Funeral Home Chapel in Hinton with Pastors Pete Cook and Robbie Merritt officiating. Burial will follow in Valley View Cemetery at Powleys Creek. Friends may call from 6 until 9 p.m. Monday evening at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be: Dayton Lowry, Wayne Grimmett, Coleman Leslie, Harold Holland, Elvis Canterbury, Ray Rexroad and Larry Cox.

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

Arrangements by Pivont Funeral Home, Hinton, WV.



Elsie Jean Dorado

MOUNT HOPE — Elsie Jean Dorado, 95, of Mount Hope, passed away Friday, Feb. 14, 2014.

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



Katherine ‘Kathy’ Evans

PINEVILLE — Katherine “Kathy” Evans, 50, of Pineville passed away February 13, 2014, following a long illness.

Born December 19, 1963, at Mullens, she was the daughter of the late Arthur Evans and Shirley Ann Privett Evans.

Kathy enjoyed summer, cleaning and being with her family and friends and her dog Candy Lynn.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her companion, Melvin Hall, and a sister, Carolyn Evans.

Survivors include her sister, Rachel Cisco and her companion Johnny Darby both of Williamson; Her niece, Misty Cook and her husband, Jake, of Pineville, and their daughter, Trinity; Niece, Cheyanne Graybeal of Beckley, and daughter, Ashlynn Cook; Nephew, Josh Clay of Pineville; Nephew, Shane Cisco of Williamson.

A celebration of Kathy’s life will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, February 17, 2014, in the Calfee Funeral Service Chapel with the Rev. Evan Arkell officiating.

The family will receive friends from 12 until the time of the service.

Online guest book may be signed at www.calfeefuneralservice.com.

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



Harold Dixon ‘H.D.’ Falls Jr.

PEARISBURG, Va. — Harold Dixon “H.D.” Falls Jr., 45, a resident of the Elm Tree Group Home, passed away Friday, Feb. 14, 2014. 

Funeral service will be noon Feb. 17, at the Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home Chapel, Peterstown, with Minister Donald Henegar officiating. Burial will follow in the Fairview Cemetery, Keenan. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations of sympathy be made to the Elm Tree Group Home, 205 Tazewell St., Pearisburg, VA 24134, in H.D.’s memory.

Online guestbook can be signed or condolences may be sent to the Falls family at www.broyles-shrewsbury.com.

Arrangements by Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home, Peterstown.



Judith Ann Goddard

Judith Ann “Judy” Goddard, 82, of Stanaford Acres, passed away Friday, February 14, 2014, on Valentine’s Day by the side of her sweetheart of 62 years, Wilbur Russell Goddard.

Born October 14, 1931, in Winding Gulf, WV, she was the only daughter of the late Thomas Vance and Nellie Mae Blevins of Midway, WV.

She was a homemaker, a retired English teacher, former Sunday school teacher and member of Memorial Baptist Church for 45 years and devoted mother to her three boys.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers, Thomas Vance “Junior” Blevins of Coal City and Fred  Paul “Freddie” Blevins of Midway, WV.

Left to cherish her memories are her husband, Wilbur Goddard; her three sons, Mike and his wife Debbie of Beckley, Pat and his wife Glenna of Mooresville, NC, and Len of Huntington, WV; One brother whom she raised as a son, Tom Blevins of Midway; grandchildren, Michele (husband Street) Sarrett of Beckley, Jeff (wife Rebecca) Goddard of Mooresville, NC, Chris (wife Sonnie) Goddard of Beckley, and Chandra (husband Shane) McPherson of Beckley: Great-Grandchildren Madeline, Mackenzie and Macy Sarrett; Emily, Sam and Ansley Goddard, Cailee and Andi Goddard, and Aiden McPherson.

Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. on Monday, February 17, 2014, at the Memorial Baptist Church, 1405 South Kanawha Street in Beckley, WV, with Pastors Dr. Charles Bright and Dr. James Boyd officiating. Burial will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens at Prosperity, WV.

Pallbearers will by Shane McPherson, Chad “Street” Sarrett, Chuck Blevins, Jeff Goddard, Chris Goddard and  Keith Searls.

Friends may call at the Memorial Baptist Church on Monday 12 to 2 p.m. prior to the service.

For those wishing to express their condolences to the Goddard family, you may do so by visiting the Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home website at www.roseandquesenberry.net.

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



Darwin O. Harper

STOLLINGS — Darwin O. Harper, 83, of Stollings, passed away Feb. 14, 2014.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 17, at Honaker Funeral Home with Pastor Donald Adkins officiating. Friends may call on the family from noon until 1 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Paws Squad Animal Shelter, Route 4 Box 5F, Chapmanville.

For e-mail condolences, go to www.honakerfunralhome.org.

Honaker Funeral Home of Logan is in charge of arrangements.



Paula Ann Legg

FRANKFORD — Paula Ann Legg, 51, passed away.

Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home in Lewisburg is in charge of arrangements, which are incomplete at this time.

Pam Payne 2/14/14 For Sunday suppose to bring in a check and a new copy with these revisions of graduate of Pineville and on the real estate name.???



Barbara Phillips Lucas

PORT TOWNSEND, Wash. — Barbara Phillips Lucas, 78, formerly of Pineville, passed away at her home in Port Townsend, Wash., following a long illness.

Born March 7th, 1935, to Claude and Bethel Phillips, she was a graduate of Pineville High School, Mary Washington College, Marshall University and received her graduate degree from University of North Carolina. Barbara began her career as an educator in Pineville before relocating to Long Beach, California. She was employed as a broker for Merrill Lynch Real Estate in Prescott, Ariz., before later retiring to Port Townsend, Wash.

Barbara maintained a level of excellence in each of her life endeavors including her hobbies as a voracious reader, avid gardener, accomplished cook, and compassionate caregiver to many family members throughout her life. She will be remembered by her loved ones as someone who was quick to laugh, strongly independent, an adventurous spirit, and a joy to share time.

Preceded in death by her parents, Claude and Bethel Phillips of Beckley, and her son Robert Lucas of Long Beach, Calif., Barbara is survived by her husband, Eric Lucas, daughter Lindsay Lucas, son Matthew Lucas of Portland, Ore., sister Pat Heilman and husband Dr. Kenneth Heilman of Gainesville, Fla., brother Joe Phillips and wife Diana Phillips of Beckley, grandchildren Sebastian MacDonald of Oakland, Calif., Nebraska Lucas of Portland, Ore., and several adoring nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

The family will commemorate Barbara’s life at the family reunion this summer. A remembrance marker will be placed beside her parents in Sunset Memorial Park.



Lewis Mitchell

Lewis Mitchell died Friday, Feb. 14, 2014.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19, at Calfee Funeral Service Chapel, Pineville, with the Rev. Lee Fischer officiating. Interment will follow in Beaver Family Cemetery, Baileysville. The family will receive friends from noon until time of service Wednesday at the funeral home.

Condolences may be shared with the Mitchell family at www.calfeefuneralservice.com.

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



LaDale Parker

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — Mrs. LaDale Parker, of Chambersburg, Pa., formerly of Beckley, died Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014.

Arrangements entrusted to Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.



James ‘Jim’ Pierce

STOLLINGS — James “Jim” Pierce, 84, of Stollings passed away Saturday morning, Feb. 15, 2014.

Arrangements are incomplete. Honaker Funeral Home in Logan is in charge of his services.



Reva Short

MATHENY — Reva Short, 87, died Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014.

Arrangements are incomplete. Services entrusted to Adam Toler Memorial Funeral Home, Oceana.



Robert Teet III

ATLANTA, Ga. — Robert Teet III, 65, formerly of Beckley, passed away Feb. 10, 2014.

Memorial services will be at a later date.

Submitted by Durgan Funeral Services, 1501 S. Kanawha St., Beckley.



Lloyd Garland Ward

HILLDALE — Lloyd Garland Ward, 82, of Hilldale went home to be with the Lord Thursday, February 13, 2014, at the VA Medical Center following a long illness.

Born August 31, 1931, at Barksdale, he was a son of the late Enny S. and Beatrice Meadows Ward.

Mr. Ward was a member of the Rollynsburg Baptist Church, a retired welder for CSX Railroad and a United States Army and WV National Guard veteran.

He is preceded in death by one son, Phillip Ward, 1991; one sister, Genevieve Adkins, 1982; and one brother, Summers Ward, in 1961.

Those left to cherish his memory include one daughter, Lisa Ward of Hilldale; one grandson, Derek Lehew of Hilldale; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral services will be 12 Wednesday, February 19, 2014, at the Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors Chapel with Pastor Dana Stalnaker officiating. Burial will follow in the Richmond Cemetery at Sandstone. Friends may call at the funeral parlors from 11 a.m. Wednesday until time of services. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

Arrangements are by the Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors of Hinton.

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



Richard White

MONAVILLE — Richard White, 58, of Monaville passed away Saturday morning, Feb. 15, 2014.

Arrangements are incomplete. Honaker Funeral Home in Logan is in charge of his services.



James Fredrick Woods

CRAIGSVILLE — James Fredrick Woods, 86, of Craigsville, Nicholas County, died Feb. 13, 2014.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Monday, Feb. 17, at Simons-Coleman Funeral Home at Richwood with the Rev. Charles Stevenson and the Rev. David Somerville officiating. Interment will follow at the Craigsville Cemetery. Friends and family may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16, at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers the family wishes donations to be made to the Sheltered Work Shop. P.O. Box 730, Craigsville, WV 26205, or Craigsville Public Library, 63 Library Lane, Craigsville, WV 26205.

Arrangements were made by Simons-Coleman Funeral Home, Richwood.



Sally Bunch Young

Sally Bunch Young, 80, of Park Avenue, Beckley, died Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014.

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

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary and Cremation Center, Beckley.