The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

January 16, 2014

Obituaries — Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014


Michael Chapman

BLUEFIELD, W.Va. — Michael Chapman, age 57 of Bluefield, formerly of Beckley, passed away at a Bluefield care facility on Wednesday, January 8, 2014.

Born in Beckley on February 29, 1956, he was the son of the late Charles Chapman and Effie Stanley Chapman Pate. 

He grew up in Princewick, W.Va., with his mother and his grandparents, the late Mrytle and Arthur Stanley.

He is survived by two aunts, Betty Callicoat of Procterville, Ohio, and Anna Stanley of Coal City, W.Va. A special cousin, Shirley Ingole of Ghent, W.Va. Numerous other cousins in the area also survive.

Funeral services will be conducted at the Rose and Quesenberry Peace Chapel in Beckley on Saturday January 18, 2014, at 11 a.m., with Rev. Orville Setliff officiating. Burial will follow at the Parker Cemetery at Coal City, W.Va. Friends may visit at the funeral home from 9 a.m. until service time on Saturday.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be directed to a favorite charity.

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 South Kanawha Street, Beckley.

Nancy C. Coleman

LEWISBURG — Nancy C. Coleman, 83, of Lewisburg, passed away Wednesday, January 15, 2014, at Greenbrier Valley Medical Center.

Please send online condolences by visiting www.wallaceandwallacefh.com

Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home in Lewisburg are handling arrangements, which are incomplete at this time.

Mary Teena Hatfield

HANOVER — Mary Teena Hatfield, a native of Pineville, died Jan. 14, 2014.

Service will be 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 17, 2014, at the Freedom Full Gospel Assembly House of Prayer, with the Rev. Jimmy Fletcher and Evang. Butch White officiating. Burial will follow in Greenelawn Memorial Gardens, Greeneville, Tenn.

Friends may call 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014, at the Freedom Full Gospel Assembly House of Prayer.

Arrangements by Mounts Funeral Home, Gilbert.

Scott Dale Lemon

Scott Dale Lemon, 44, of 119 South Heber St. Apt. 401, Beckley, formerly of Hinton, died Saturday, January 11, 2014.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, January 16, 2014, at Pivont Funeral Home Chapel in Hinton with Pastor Lawrence Bennett officiating. Burial will follow in the Bennett Cemetery at Tug Creek. Friends may call from noon until time of services on Thursday at the funeral home.

Online condolences & guest register at www.pivontfuneralhome. com

Arrangements by Pivont Funeral Home, Hinton.

Mary Elizabeth Lewis

NETTIE — Mary Elizabeth Lewis, 85, of Nettie, died Wednesday, January 15, 2014.

Funeral services will be conducted Friday, January 17, 2014, at 1 p.m. in the Waters Funeral Chapel at Summersville with Pastor Tim Scott and Pastor Edwin Hughes officiating.  Burial will follow in the Walker Memorial Park at Summersville. Friends may call at the funeral chapel one hour prior to the service on Friday.

E-Condolences: watersfuneralchapel@frontier.com

Catherine K. Mack

LUBBOCK, Texas — Catherine K. Mack, passed away on Tuesday, January 14, 2014, in Lubbock, from a massive stroke.

Catherine is preceded in death by her spouse Carl M. Mack, her parents Jacob J. and Nellie Kossuth, and her brother J J. Kossuth Jr. of Florida.

She is survived by her two children Frank C. Mack, of Lubbock, Texas, and her daughter Rebecca Mack Meekin and her spouse Rex A. Meekin, of Fort Wayne, Ind. She is also survived by two grandsons, Joshua and Jeremiah Adkins of North Carolina, her sisters, Thelma Cunningham, Betty Jo Groscup, and Glenice Perry.

Catherine received her BS in Education from Morris Harvey College, her MA in Early Childhood from WV University, and taught for over 30 years in West Virginia. She was voted Teacher of the Year and Democratic Woman of the Year. She has authored two books. Catherine leaves behind a legacy that she and her husband Carl Mack nurtured for many years at Camp Thomas E. Lightfoot, in Hinton, W.Va. that has been remembered by thousands of children. She was loved and will be missed by many.

Services will be in Indiana.

Millard Murphy

Millard Murphy left his earthly body on Tuesday morning, January 14, 2014, just as he said God had promised. His family was with him. Know he looked forward to immediately seeing his first born son, Steven Allen Murphy, who went to heaven at age 1 year, 5 days, while laying in his father’s arms.

Mr. Murphy was also known as the “Mint Man” due to his gift of mints to those he counted as “his friends” and his “church family”. 

He leaves his devoted and loving wife of 65 years, Freda W. Murphy; children, Ginger Murphy-Phillips (David), and Rodney Murphy (Lee); grandchildren, Candace Akers (Jeff Todd), who he and his wife raised as their child, Don Hancock (Carolyn), Donna Hancock (Bryan), Jason Phillips (Tonya), Erin Murphy, Elisha R. Murphy, and Brianna Murphy. He also leaves great grandchildren, Michael Raven, who shares Poppaw Murphy’s birthday, Jordan Skylar Arnold, Daniel Akers (Jennifer), Chris Akers (Monica), Crystal, Justin and Chris; great great grandchildren, Zachery, Makayla and Mackenzie.

He leaves special children and grandchildren he has chosen as his own along the way, Brian and Carla, sons Tyler and Mason, who were always there to help and entertain him. He loved them dearly and counted them as family, often saying of Brian “that’s my son”. Eddie and Babs, Sue, Jeanette, Avery, Willis III, Doug and many others.

Mr. Murphy, born in West Virginia, joined the Air Force during World War II. He returned to West Virginia and became an electrician. He met Freda in Gilbert, W.Va. and they were married July 9, 1948. They moved to Roanoke and Millard retired from Norfolk Western Railway. They were members of Central Baptist Church from 1957, where Millard served as a Deacon. Mr. Murphy was a Mason belonging to the Cave Spring Lodge No. 230. 

He leaves behind enough memories and love to last and hold us until we are together again. When I think of a “hero”, I think of someone who stays the path. They work, take care of their family, teach them and others of the Lord Jesus, help those they can and do what God would have them do — one step at a time. There are heroes who quietly walk amongst us. He is “Our Hero”.

In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to the Masonic Home of Virginia, 4101 Ninemile Road, Richmond, VA 23223.

The family wishes to express their deep gratitude to Dr. Terrance May, Kat, Connie and staff, Dr. Whitney and staff, Lanka, RN with Carilion Home Health and his precious Joanna, sweet Rosa and staff with Gentle Shepherd Hospice. Bless you all for your heartfelt care. 

Funeral services will be at the Cryptside, at 1 p.m., on Saturday, January 18, 2014, at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens Mausoleum in Roanoke, Va. The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, January 17, 2014, at Oakey’s South Chapel.

La’Vante Zechariah Pankey

La’Vante Zechariah Pankey, infant son of Sharita Lashawn Pankey, was stillborn Monday, January 13, 2014.

Graveside services will be 1 p.m. Friday, January 17, 2014, at Calfee Cemetery at Mt. Tabor with Pastor Wanda Childs officiating.

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

Arrangements by Calfee Funeral Home, Beckley.

Charles ‘Sparky’ Parker Sr.

PINEVILLE — Charles “Sparky” Parker Sr., 88, of Pineville, passed away Tuesday, January 13, 2014.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m., Friday, January 17, 2014, in the Calfee Funeral Service Chapel, Pineville.

Graveside service will be at 11 a.m., Saturday, January 18, 2014, in the Palm Memorial Gardens Mausoleum

Burial will follow at Palm Memorial Gardens, Matheny.

Military graveside rites will be conducted by the Wyoming County Honor Guard.

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

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, 87, of Woodbridge, formerly of Meadow Creek, W.Va., passed away Friday, January 10, 2014.

Funeral services will be Friday, January 17, 2014, at 2 p.m. at the Lobban Funeral Home Chapel, Alderson, W.Va., with Pastor Rick Duncan officiating. Burial will follow at the Fletcher Addition of the Alderson Cemetery, Alderson, W.Va.

Friends may call Friday, January 17, 2014, from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. at the Lobban Funeral Home, Alderson.

Arrangements by Lobban Funeral Home, Alderson.

John Russell Shook Jr.

MCALLEN — John Russell Shook Jr. 59, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Saturday, January 11, 2014, at his McAllen residence.

He was born on May 16, 1954, in Cleveland, Ohio, to John Russell and Mary Lou Coleman Shook. He married Sarah Vernice Pipkin in 1981. He graduated from Appalachian Bible College, B.A.., Bowie State University, M.A.., and University of Missouri at Kansas City, PH.D. John spent four years in the Army as an Intelligence Analyst, the last couple of years at NSA in Maryland. He was called back to duty in 1991 for the Gulf War, during which he contracted a rare disease, Idiopathic Fibrosing Mediastinitis. He was known to be the longest living survivor of this disease. John taught and coached at Calvary Bible College in Kansas City, Missouri, and for the last 11 years at South Texas College in McAllen, TX. He was a man who was a strong believer in his faith and served as a member of Faith Baptist Church in Palmhurst, Texas.

He is survived by his loving wife, Sarah Shook; his mother, Mary Lou Shook and 15 siblings.

Family will receive friends today, January 16, 2014, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Faith Baptist Church in Palmhurst. Funeral service will be Friday, January 17, 2014, at 11 a.m. at Faith Baptist Church in Palmhurst. Interment will follow to Valley Memorial Gardens in Mission.

Contributions for student scholarships can be made to Faith Baptist Academy, 4301 N. Shary Road, Palmhurst, TX 78573.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Funeraria Del Angel in Mission, Texas, a dignity memorial provider.

Calvin R. Trail

Calvin R. Trail, age 81 of Shady Spring, W.Va., passed away at his home on Sunday, January 12, 2014.

Born on January 8, 1933 at Shady Spring, he was the son of the late George Trail and Willie Crews Trail.

Mr. Trail was a retired mechanic, and was a U.S. Air Force veteran serving in the Korean War. He was a lifelong Shady Spring resident.

He enjoyed making homemade lamps, Bluegrass music, old cars and collecting Indian figurines.

Mr. Trail was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy Trail, and was preceded by three brothers and a sister.

Surviving children, Carla June Thompson of Ghent, Robin Ballengee and husband Richard of Shady Spring, James Calvin Trail “J.T.” and his companion Jo Ann Tolbert of Crab Orchard, Katie Jo Brady and her husband Don of Dover, Ohio, and Linda White of White Oak; step children Shirley Adwell and her husband Donnie of Caldwell, and Russell Gene Tolliver and his wife Ruth of Cool Ridge; 20 grandchildren, and eight great grandchildren also survive.

Funeral services will be conducted at the Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home Shady Spring Chapel on  Saturday, January 18, 2014, at 2 p.m. with Rev. Orville Setliff officiating.  Burial will follow at the Mt . View Cemetery at Cool Ridge, W.Va. Friends may visit with the family from noon until service time on Saturday.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

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

American Legion Post 32 Honor Guard will provide Military Graveside Rites.

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