The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

January 15, 2014

Obituaries — Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014


Dorothy Baumgartner

OAK HILL — Dorothy Lucille Baumgartner, 87, of Oak Hill, passed away Sunday, January 12, 2014.

Mrs. Baumgartner has been cremated and no services have been scheduled.

For those wishing to express their condolences to the Bumgartner 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.

 

Rosa Lee ‘Jackie’ Scott Bobbitt

OAK HILL — Rosa Lee “Jackie” Scott Bobbitt, 83, of Oak Hill, died on Saturday, January 11, 2014, at Raleigh General Hospital in Beckley.

Born December 22, 1930, at Page, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late John C. Scott Sr. and Hiley Dunfee Scott.

Jackie was a member of the Oak Hill Church of the Nazarene and was a homemaker.

Her husband, Alonzo Lawrence “Buckie” Bobbitt; four sisters, Kathleen Scott, Virginia McKinney, Juanita Goode and Paully Scott and two brothers-in-law, Henry McKinney and Leo Goode preceded her in death.

Survivors include her two children, Bonnie Alvarran and husband, John of Oak Hill and John Bill “Billy” Bobbitt and wife, Pam of California; and one brother, John C. Scott Jr. and wife, Hope of Oak Hill.

Also surviving are five grandchildren, Jacqueline Tyree, Michael Bobbitt, Joni Watson, Jolene Clark and Matthew Bobbitt and 17 great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be on Friday, January 17, 2014, at 2 p.m. at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill with Pastor Jerry Bush officiating. Entombment will be at High Lawn Memorial Park Mausoleum, Oak Hill. Friends may call one hour prior to the service on Friday at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be sent at www.tyreefuneralhome.com

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

 

Charles Edward Canterbury

Known by some as “Chuck,” by others as “Charlie,” and still others as “Sarge,” Charles Edward Canterbury of Mount Hope died on January 9, 2014, at the Bowers Hospice House. He was 86 years old, and had fallen three weeks earlier, passing away from the resultant head injury.

Born in Page, W.Va., on August 23, 1927, Chuck lived fully, vividly, vibrantly, colorfully, and well. His was an adventurous life. He joined the Navy when he was underage because he wanted to serve his country in World War II, seeing some limited action in the Pacific before he was found out as too young to serve and sent home.

He later served in the Army for some twenty years, seeing action in Korea where he was wounded and received a Purple Heart. He was sent to the Pacific again in the early 1960s after having been deployed to Nevada in the late 1950s as part of the hydrogen bomb testing corps. Between those stints, he worked as a regular Army enlisted man with the Beckley office of the Army Reserve.

He later was a recruiter in Welch where he set records and won numerous awards for the numbers of people he successfully enlisted into the service. It is hard to find anyone in McDowell County who doesn’t have a relative who served in the Army as a result of Sarge’s recruiting efforts.

After retirement from the military, Chuck initially worked with Huey Perry and Jeff Monroe with the Buffalo Housing project to help people relocate who were ruined in the Buffalo Creek disaster. Later, he operated TV Lanes, the Top Hat Drive-In, and Chuck’s Pawn Shop, all in the Oak Hill area. An avid bowler, he enjoyed teaching kids to bowl about as much as he enjoyed bowling itself.

Chuck was a member and former member of a number of organizations. In the 1960s, he served as president of the Mount Hope Lions Club and loved coaching the little league baseball teams in town. He never missed a mighty, mighty Mustangs football game during those years. He also joined the Mount Hope Presbyterian Church in 1958, and remained a member until his death.

During his time in Welch, he volunteered as a junior high and high school football referee and was a member of the Welch Lions Club.

He was a member of the Beckley Moose Lodge No. 1606, the American Legion Post 149 in Fayetteville, VFW Post 4469 in Beckley and the Disabled American Veterans. Chuck loved video poker and was a regular at the Cold Spot in Glen Jean where someone else will now have to take his lucky seat.

Chuck is survived by his wife of 36 years, Barbara “Bobbie” Thomas Canterbury; his son Steven Canterbury and wife Nancy; his granddaughter Rachel Rogier; his brothers Norton and Cecil Canterbury and their wives, Mary and Betty; his sister Patsy Tatum; numerous nephews and nieces including Norton Lee Canterbury, Dale Canterbury, Bill and Jenelle Canterbury, Robin Thomas DiBartolomeo, and Ronald Bowyer; and his former neighbor and good friend Scott Johnson.

He was predeceased by his son Kevin Canterbury, his parents William and Reba Dooley Canterbury, his brother William Hal Canterbury, and his sister Cora Ellen “Corky” Richmond.

Chuck was an avid WVU fan, so it’s no surprise that he donated his body to the WVU Medical School. At his request, there will be no service. All who knew him are simply and generously requested to remember him as he lived -- larger than life.

 

Mary Evelyn Cole

WINONA — Mary Evelyn Cole, 79 of Winona, went home to be with the Lord, following a long illness at Beckley Appalachian Regional Hospital in Beckley, on Sunday, January 12, 2014.

She was born in Winona, on Sunday, July 22, 1934, the daughter of Vernon Everett Cole and Edith Crosby Idell Cole.

She was a loving and devoted sister who took care of her mother and housebound brother. She was a Christian. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sisters Wilma L. Cole of West Virginia, Wanda Fay Pridemore of California; brothers Thomas Edward Cole of California, Everett Andrew Cole Sr. of New York, Vernon Leslie Cole of West Virginia.

Survivors include her beloved Cheryl Lynn Sears and her husband Leonidas of Dacula, Georgia; sister Betty Jane Harrell of Winona, West Virginia; brothers Robert Floyd Cole and his wife Barbara of West Seneca, New York; Charles Ray Cole and his wife Kathy of Hamburg, New York; James Jerry Cole Sr., and his wife Connie of Winona, West Virginia; Donald Michael Cole and his wife Carol of Winona, West Virginia; and several nieces and nephews also survive.

Services will be 1 p.m. Thursday at Wallace & Wallace Funeral Chapel, Ansted, West Virginia, with Rev. Michael Loudermilk officiating. Burial will follow in the Jennette Cemetery, Lookout, West Virginia.

Friends may call Wednesday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at Wallace & Wallace Funeral Chapel, Ansted.

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

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Ansted.

 

Rosemary Farthing

ASHLAND, Ky. — Rosemary Farthing, 84, of Route 5, Ashland, died Sunday, January 12, 2014, at Community Hospice Care Center following an extended illness.

Rosemary was born April 11, 1929, at Beckley, W.Va., a daughter of the late Walter and Ruth Underwood Farthing. She was preceded in death, in addition to her parents, by a daughter, Leondas Ruth Miller, two brothers, Virgil and Woodrow Farthing and two sisters, Jeanette Hendrickson and Quindora Childers.

Surviving include three sons, Harry Miller, Walt Miller, and Dennis Miller, and wife B’Gail, all of Ashland, Ky.; a daughter, Gail Miller of Ashland, Kentucky; two sisters, Helen Lilly of Goldsboro, North Carolina and Winnie Deck (Gene) of Crab Orchard, and a brother William Farthing (Pinky) of Ocala, Fla.; seven grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.

Graveside services will be Thursday, January 16, 2014, at 1 p.m. at Sunset Memorial Gardens in Beckley, by Pastor Scott Dameron.

Arrangements are under the direction of Preston Family Funeral Home.

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

 

Ricky Gray

Ricky Lee Gray, 49, of Harper, passed away on Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014, following an accident.

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

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary and Cremation Center, Beckley.

 

Edward ‘Eddie’ Grygiel

Edward (Eddie) Grygiel, 74, Beckley, passed away suddenly Wednesday, January 8, 2014.

He was born July 19, 1939, to the late Paul Grygiel Sr. and Olga.

He is survived by his daughter Carroll Ann (Grygiel) Wright of Clinton, Tennessee; son Edward E. Grygiel of Clinton, Tennessee; grandson Zachary Tanner Wright of Clinton, Tennessee; great-grandaughter Kylee Brooke Wright of Knoxville, Tennessee; brother Paul Grygiel Jr. and wife Teresa of Daniels, West Virginia; niece Karen Hahner and husband Edward of Indian Trail, North Carolina; nephew Scott Grygiel of Beckley; great-nephews Andrew and Jeffery Hahner; great-niece Lisa Hahner all of Indian Trail, N.C.; Aunt Margaret Cruikshank of Everett, Mich. He graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School. Eddie served in the United States Army from 1959-1962. He retired from Cole *Layer*Trumble (CLT) after 30 years of dedicated service.

The family will be having a Memorial Service Friday, January 17, 2014, at 3 p.m. at Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, Beckley. Pastor Randy Adkins will be officiating the Memorial Service and the Director of Music Daniel H. Spurgeon will assist with the music.

Friends may call thirty minutes prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, the family ask that a donation be made to either the American Heart Association, PO Box 15120, Chicago, IL 60693 or the American Cancer Society call 1-800-227-2345 to make a donation by phone.

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, 1901 S. Kanawha Street, Beckley.

 

Joyce Evelyn Hawley

It is with much sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved Joyce Evelyn Hawley of Beckley. Joyce passed away on Monday, January 13, 2014, following a long illness.

The fourth of five children, Joyce Evelyn Smith Hawley was born in Glen Rogers. Her parents were the late Edward and Ruth Ellen Guthrie Smith. Born on July 3, 1940, she was 73 years of age. She was preceded in death by her loving husband Kenneth Curt Hawley of 56 years, sisters infant Thelma June Smith and Eleanor Ann Hawley.

Joyce was a graduate of Trap Hill High School. When her family was raised, Joyce furthered her studies and earned four degrees in Special Education at Beckley College, Marshall University and Concord University. Joyce was always top of her of class and always on the Dean’s list.

A dedicated school teacher at Lester Elementary teaching Special Education, she loved her students and they loved her. Her other interests were sewing, pottery and art and crafts in the teaching field.

Left to cherish her memory are her three loving children, Cheryl Ann Lacy and her husband Jeff of Daniels, Mark Steven Hawley of Beckley and Carla Goad and her husband Jim of Flat Top. She was blessed with four grandchildren, one great grandson. Her brothers Ivan Smith his wife Vernie of Fairdale and Ernest Smith his wife Caretta of Tazewell, Va.

When we remember Joyce, our memory will be of a very independent, outspoken, loving, kind, creative and thoughtful lady. She will be truly missed by all.

On Thursday, January 16th, at 1 p.m. we will honor the life of Joyce Evelyn Hawley.” The Service of Remembrance” will be held at the Melton Mortuary Chapel. Pastor Roger Pauley will be officiating. Joyce will be laid to rest at Sunset Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. until the service hour.

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

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary and Cremation Center, Beckley.

 

Amy Orean Kirk

MULLENS — Amy Orean Kirk, 89, of Mullens, passed away Tuesday, January 14, 2014, in Summers Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

Born February 20, 1924, at Dott, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Willard Lee and Sinda Florence Shrewsbury Basham. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, James Noble Kirk; daughter, Robin Lee Kirk; sisters, Beulah Rowe, Bonnie Troupe, Dorothy Dillon and brothers, Ralph and Roy Basham.

Orean was a member of the Mullens First Church of God where she served as song leader for many years. She loved playing the piano and organ.

She is survived by her daughter, Yvonne Chambers and her husband Ron of Daniels; son, Jimmy Kirk of Mullens; daughter-in-law, Juan of Crab Orchard; grandchildren, Michelle, Sherry, Laura, Noah and  Jamie; seven great-grandchildren and sisters, Delphia Ann Chow of Ft. Scott, Kans. and Edna Umile of Coatsville, Pa.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Thursday, January 16, 2014, in the Calfee Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Tony Bailey officiating. Burial will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens. Friends may visit with the family from 11 a.m. until service time on Thursday at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be Noah Kirk, Sam O’Neal, Cody Richmond, Bill Hatcher, Jason Wahl and David Richmond.

The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Mullens First Church of God

On line condolences may be left at www.calfeefh.com

Arrangements by Calfee Funeral Home, Beckley.

 

Elizabeth Anne Mahoney Morgan Lee

OAK HILL — Elizabeth Anne Mahoney Morgan Lee, 84, of Oak Hill, passed away Tuesday, January 14, 2014.

Per Elizabeth’s wishes, her body was donated to the Human Gift Registry.

Services will be held at a later date.

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

 

Charles ‘Sparky’ Parker

PINEVILLE — Charles “Sparky” Parker, 88, of Pineville, passed away Tuesday, January 14, 2014.

Calfee Funeral and Cremation Service of Pineville, is serving the Parker Family.

 

Heidi Joy Bragg Persinger

Heidi Joy Bragg Persinger, age 37, formerly of Jumping Branch, currently residing in Rock Hill, S.C., passed away on Saturday, January 11, 2014, in Monroe County, N.C., from injuries sustained in an ATV accident.

Born on December 8, 1976, in Hinton, W.Va., she was the daughter of Glen and Rita M. Ellis Bragg of  White Oak, W.Va.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Dillard Earl “Dewey” Persinger, by a sister Lisa Denise Bragg.

Other than her parents, she is survived by her two sons, Devin E. Hamp of Rock Hill, and James Persinger of Rock Hill; sisters, Angela  Helton and her husband William of Rock Hill, and Jessica R. McKinney of Shady Spring; nephews, Robert James Helton, of Rock Hill, John R. McKinney of Shady Spring; a host of extended family and friends.

Services will be held at noon on Friday, January, 17, 2014, at the Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home Shady Spring Chapel, with Rev. Orville Setliff officiating. Burial will follow at Sunset Memorial Park, Beckley.

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

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

Arrangements by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home Shady Spring Chapel, Shady Spring.

 

Ella Marie Arbaugh Parker Burroughs Petrey

WOODBRIDGE, Va. — Ella Marie Arbaugh Parker Burroughs Petrey, age 87, of Woodbridge, Va., formerly of Meadow Creek, W.Va., passed away Friday, January 10, 2014 at Mount Vernon Nursing Home, Alexandria, Va., following a long illness.

Arrangements by Lobban Funeral Home, Alderson, W.Va.              

 

Everett Harold  Spurlock

RAINELLE — Everett Harold Spurlock, 58, passed away Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014, at the Cleveland Clinic, in Cleveland, Ohio, following a short illness.

Born Nov. 1, 1955, at Holden, W.Va., he was the son of the late Everett and Gladys Marie McGuire Spurlock. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by a sister, Polly Morgan and a brother, Tony Spurlock.

Everett was a driver for a solid waste disposal company. He loved the outdoors and playing bingo.

Survivors include his wife, Tammy Johnson of Rainelle; a daughter, Tammy Willey and husband, Mark of Pence Springs; two sons, Tressie Johnson and wife, Tanya and Phillip Jarrells, all of Rainelle; three sisters, Debbie Meadows, Evelyn Lemming and Teresa  Jarrells, all of Summerville, Ga.; three sisters-in-law, Sheila, Lora and Tressie; three brothers, Timmy Spurlock of Delbarton, W.Va., Ronald Spurlock of Chillicothe, Ohio and Jacky Jarrells of Charmco, W.Va.; and eight grandchildren, Ashley, Tessa, Abby, T.J., Kodant, Kadence, Taylor and Blake.

Services will be noon on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014, at Wallace & Wallace Chapel in Rainelle, with Pastor Bennie Kenney officiating. Burial will follow in Greenbrier Memorial Gardens, Caldwell, W.Va.

Friends may visit with the family from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014 at the funeral home.

Please send online condolences to www.wallaceandwallacefh.com

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Rainelle.

 

Calvin Trail

Calvin Trail, age 81, of Shady Spring, passed away Sunday, January 12, 2014, at his residence.

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

 

John Willard Williams

Precious Husband, Daddy and Paw Paw, John Willard Williams, 79, of Maple Fork, passed away on Monday, January 13, 2014, at Raleigh General Hospital, Beckley.

Born November 27, 1934 at Toney’s Fork, W.Va., he was a son of the late Alvie and Maudie Boggs Williams.

He was a coal miner for 30 years and loved to coon hunt and go ginsenging.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Isom Williams; and two cousins, Lorn Williams and Orba Williams.

He is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Shelva Jean Holstein Williams; six daughters, Rose Mary Parsons and Connie Ruff and her husband, James of Mount Hope, Jane Ann Smith Williams of Fayetteville, Sandra Sanger and her husband, Skip, Tammy Underwood, and Debby Patterson and her husband, Robert, all of Mount Hope and Randall Parsons of Beckley, who was like a son. Also surviving are a brother, Ward Williams of Clear Creek and a sister, Orpha Collins of Ohio; 13 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews, family and friends.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, January 16, 2014, at Tyree Funeral Home in Mount Hope with Rev. Jerry Tyree officiating. Burial will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Prosperity. Friends may call one hour prior to the service on Thursday at the funeral home.

Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

Online condolences may be sent to our website at: www.tyreefuneralhome. com

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope.