The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

December 6, 2012

Obituaries - Thursday, December 6, 2012

Bonnie G. Aliff

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Bonnie Guard Aliff, 89, of Jacksonville, formerly of Guyandotte Avenue, Mullens, passed away Tuesday, December 4, 2012.

Graveside services and burial will be 11 a.m. Saturday, December 8, 2012 at Roselawn Memorial Gardens, Princeton.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, December 7, 2012 at Tankersley Funeral Home, Mullens.

Online condolences may be expressed to the family at

Arrangements by Tankersley Funeral Home, Mullens.

James Franklin Brackman

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — James Franklin Brackman, 86, died November 22, 2012, at Fairfax Hospital, after a long illness. He was a long time resident of Alexandria.

James was born in Neola, W.Va., in 1926. He served in the U.S. Army/Air Force from 1945 to 1946 and received an Honorable Discharge. He completed a Bachelors of Science degree in Finance and Accounting from West Virginia Tech in 1950.

In 1952 Jim joined the United States Foreign Service and launched an expansive diplomatic career spanning 39 years. His first post was with the U.S. High Commission in Bonn, Germany, as part of the Marshall Plan. Jim then served at the U.S. Embassy in Bogota, Colombia. It was at his third post in Amman, Jordan, where he met his wife, Stella Scouros, and they were married in 1958. Jim subsequently served at U.S Embassies in Caracas, Venezuela; Karachi, Pakistan; Budapest, Hungary; Asuncion, Paraguay; Belgrade, in the former Yugoslavia; Kinshasa, Zaire; Cairo, Egypt; Beijing, China; and the U.S. Mission to the United Nations in New York. He retired after his tour in New York in 1991 with the title of First Secretary. In the course of his career, Jim received numerous honors and awards for exemplary performance.

After his retirement he accompanied his wife Stella, also a Foreign Service Officer, to her posts in Rome, Italy; New Delhi, India; Moscow, USSR; Bridgetown, Barbados and Brussels, Belgium. He worked as a retiree at the Embassies in New Delhi and Moscow where he was assigned to train newly hired local employees in Administrative and Budget issues. He loved the Foreign Service and thrived at every post by immersing himself in the culture and the new experiences that each country offered.

During his long career he was a witness to world events. Jim was sent to East Pakistan (presently Bangladesh) on the evacuation plane to help with the evacuation of American citizens. He was a member of the control team in Karachi, Pakistan during the visit of the late Mrs. Jacqueline Kennedy.

He served in Budapest while the U.S. was represented through a Legation, during which time Hungarian Cardinal Mindzenty had requested political asylum. Jim liked to tell the story that when the Cardinal, who often worked at night, found out that Jim was good at numbers and also a good typist, he would ring the bell for him the nights when Jim was on duty at the Embassy and ask "could I molest you?" The Cardinal's English was self taught and what he meant to say was "may I bother you?" In Budapest, he joined the diplomatic hunting club and hunted for boar at the hunting grounds of President Tito.

Born and raised in West Virginia, Jim loved the mountains and felt very much at home in Nepal. He loved to trek in the Himalayas and trekked to Everest Base Camp.

He was assigned in Cairo, Egypt during the assassination of President Sadat and participated in the preparations of all the VIPs and Presidents who attended the funeral.

In Beijing, China he participated in the preparation of President Reagan's visit.

He was assigned to the USUN Mission in New York during the first Gulf War.

As the Budget and Fiscal Officer, Jim was the main player in arranging all financial issues for the plethora of VIP visits at all the posts where he was assigned.

Jim was an enthusiastic sportsman, an avid tennis player and a menace at the net. He loved golf and strived to lower his handicap. In Barbados, while retired, he played golf daily and he used to say his "office hours are from 7-11:00 at the Rockley Golf Club." In Moscow he played at the opening of the first golf course in Moscow and won the initial tournament. Jim was an enthusiastic competitor and spectator of all sports. He followed and knew all of the scores of the various baseball and football teams and relished discussing them with his grandchildren Stephanie and Daniel. Closest to his heart was West Virginia football.

He loved returning to his home town Rainelle, W.Va., to visit the Brackmans, his sisters and brothers, and to play golf with old friends and nephews. He was very proud of his West Virginia roots and upbringing.

Jim made his home at Watergate at Landmark in Alexandria, Va., where he was an active member and former President of the Watergate Lions Club and the Watergate tennis group.

He battled with lung cancer for five years from 2000 to 2005 and stayed in remission until he passed away. His doctors used to call him "the wonder boy."

Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Stella Brackman of Alexandria; daughter, Gloria Brackman Nussbaum and son-in-law Peter Nussbaum of Westport, Conn., and his two grandchildren Stephanie and Daniel.

A funeral service will take place at 11 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 7, 2012, at the Saint Katherine Greek Orthodox Church, 3149 Glen Carlyn Rd., Falls Church, Va. 22041. Interment will be at Rock Creek Cemetery, Rock Creek Church Rd. and Webster St. NW, Washington, DC, on Saturday, Dec. 8, at 11 a.m.

Contributions may be made in Jim’s memory to the Foreign Service Living Foundation, 1716 N. Str. NW, Washington, DC 20036 or flowers may be sent to the Demaine Funeral Home, 5308 Backlick Rd., Springfield, Va. 22151, additional details will be available at www.demaine

Arrangements by Demaine Funeral Home, Springfield, Va.

William Callens

Mr. William Callens, 56, of Beckley, died Thursday, November 29, 2012.

There will be no service at this time. A memorial service may be scheduled at a later date.

Arrangements entrusted to Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.

Paul Lee Cook

MCGRAWS — Paul Lee Cook, 66, of McGraws, passed away on Friday, November 30, 2012.

Funeral service will be held at noon on Friday, December 7, 2012, in Pine Grove Baptist Church, Ravencliff, with Rev. Dwayne Hurd and Rev. Darrell Stapelton officiating. Burial will follow in the Pine Grove Cemetery, Ravencliff.

Friends may gather with the family on Thursday, December 6, 2012 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the church.

E-mail letters of sympathy may be sent at www.staffordfamilyfuneral

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

Helen Wilson Davis

OAK HILL — Helen Marie Wilson Davis, 59, formerly of Beckwith, passed away Monday, December 4, 2012

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m., Friday, December 7, 2012 at the Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home Chapel, Fayetteville, with Pastor Ken Souder and Pastor Freddie Stapleton officiating. Burial will follow at High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill.

The family will received friends from 12 noon to 1 p.m., Friday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the family to assist with expenses.

For those wishing to express their condolences to Helen’s family, you may do so by visiting our website at

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

Stephanie Jo Elliott

NARROWS, Va. — Stephanie Jo Elliott, 45, of Narrows, departed this life Tuesday, December 4, 2012 at UVA Medical Center in Charlottesville, Va., after a sudden illness.

Born in Covington, Va., on November 23, 1967, she was a daughter of Larry Joe and Joyce Lee Persinger Bolt of White Sulphur Springs, WV.   Stephanie was employed as an X-Ray Technician at Lewis-Gale Montgomery Hospital in Blacksburg, was a graduate of Greenbrier East High School, where she excelled in basketball and track, and Bluefield State College. She grew up a member of First Presbyterian Church in White Sulphur Springs, WV and most recently attended Bethel Chapel in Narrows, Va. She was an active member of the Giles Rescue Squad and worked very hard for the Relay For Life effort.

She leaves to cherish her memory her parents; her sons Caleb and Devin Elliott; her brothers Wayne and Michael Bolt and her nieces Madison and Rylee Bolt.

Funeral services will be conducted Friday at 6 p.m. in Bethel Chapel at Clendennin near Narrows, Va. The family will receive friends at the church from 4 until 6 p.m. before the services.

The family will also receive friends from 10 a.m. until 12 noon at the Whatcoat United Methodist Church in White Sulphur Springs, on Saturday morning. A graveside service will follow in the Hillcrest Cemetery in White Sulphur Springs.

The family suggests that in lieu of flowers contributions be made to the Giles County Relay for Life, in care of Erika Tolbert, 2840 Electric Road Suite 106, Roanoke, VA 24018.   Online condolences may be sent by visiting

The Kendall Funeral Home in Pembroke, Va., is handling the funeral arrangements.

Yvonne Hudson Farha

CHARLESTON — Yvonne Hudson Farha, age 76, of Charleston, formerly of Beckley, died Monday, December 3, 2012.

She was born August 15, 1936, at Powellton, and was the daughter of the late Thomas and Myrtle Beatrice Branam Hudson. She was also preceded in death by her brothers James, Tommy and Otis Hudson and a sister Thelma Diaz.

She was a retired secretary for St. Stephens Episcopal Church in Beckley. She was an avid homemaker and she was a devout Christian and she loved her family and her church.  She was a member of St. Christopher Episcopal Church in Charleston and she was loved by all who knew her. 

Surviving are her husband, Eddie Farha; son, Brad Farha and his wife Lisa of Beckley; daughter, Melanie Graham of N.C.; grandchildren Joshua and Kelsey Farha and Preston Riffe; brother, Howard Hudson of Fairmont ; sisters, Ethel White and her husband James of Powellton and Sheila Hudson of Charleston.

Service will be 11 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 7, at the St. Christopher Episcopal Church in Charleston, with Pastor Melissa Remington officiating. Burial will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens at Prosperity.

Friends may call on Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. at St. Christopher Church, 821 Edgewood Dr., Charleston, WV 25302.

Expressions of sympathy can be sent at www.odell

O'Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery, is in charge of arrangements.

Ivan Lee Farley

HUNTINGTON — Ivan Lee Farley, 54, of Huntington, died on Saturday, December 1, 2012.

Born January 24, 1958, in Beckley, he was the son of Ivan Curtis Farley and the late Rosetta Ann Lowery Farley. If you knew him you could not help but love him. He was truly a kind soul. His clever wit and sense of humor were unsurpassed. He was an avid sports fan and loved participating in fantasy baseball and football leagues over the last 27 years. He was a coach at Little League 3 and enjoyed coaching his sons. He loved Huntington High Football and watching his sons play. He was extremely proud of his sons and their accomplishments over the years. He dearly loved his family and was coping with the loss of his precious mother in 2011. Last but not least he was a West Virginia Mountaineer Fan. He loved them good or bad, win or lose and no one or nothing could ever change that.

Ivan is preceded in death by his mother, Rosetta “Mary Ann” Lowery Farley and sister, Debbie, who passed shortly after her birth and niece, Amy Farley.

Those left to cherish his memory include his devoted wife of 30 years, Wendy Lilly Farley of Huntington; his loving sons, Stephen and Mickey Farley of Huntington; his father, Ivan Farley of Daniels; brothers, Wayne Farley of Daniels and David Farley and wife Rei, also of Daniels; brothers in law, Alan Lilly and wife Junko of Holly, Mich. and Jeffrey Lilly and wife Kim of New London, N.C.; nephews, Kody Lilly of New London, N.C. and Noah Farley of Daniels; nieces, Samantha and Jade of Holly, Mich. and Ashley Mills of Daniels; many dear friends and co-workers.

He was a Civil Engineer for the US Army Corps of Engineers in Huntington for the last 29 years. His family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff at St. Mary’s Medical Center MICU in Huntington as they fought hard to save his precious life. You gave him care, comfort, compassion and calmed his fears as he ended his journey here on this earth and was embraced by God’s Loving Arms.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, December 6, 2012,  at Chapman’s Mortuary in Huntington. Graveside service will be held on Saturday, December 8, 2012 at 2 p.m. and he will be laid to rest at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens in Beckley.

Online condolences may be sent to

Edith Arnice Graham

Edith Arnice Graham, age 91, of Ghent, passed away Wednesday, December 5, 2012.

Arrangements are pending completion at Rose and Quesenberry, 729 Flat Top Rd., Shady Spring.

Kassandra Ashley Gill Guhl

MORGANTOWN — Kassandra Ashley Gill Guhl, 26, of Morgantown, died on Saturday, November 10, 2012 in Morgantown.

Born August 2, 1986 at Beckley, she was the daughter of James Gill of Charleston, W.Va. and Debra Buckner of Whipple, W.Va.

She was a Nursing Assistant in Cross Lanes.

Kassandra was a graduate of Oak Hill High School and was of the Pentecostal faith.

In addition to her parents she is survived by a brother, Justin Gill of Charleston and three sisters, Tonya Williams of Scarbro, Crystal Gill of Charleston and Jessica Robinson of Scarbro

A memorial service will be on Saturday, December 8, 2012 at 2 p.m. at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill, with Rev. Randy Sadle officiating.

Friends may call from 1:45 p.m. until service time.

Online condolences may be sent at www.tyreefuneral

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Norman Franklin Jackson

CRAIGSVILLE — Norman Franklin Jackson, 74, of Craigsville, passed away Saturday, December 1, 2012.

Service will be 2 p.m. Friday, December 7, 2012, at Simons-Coleman Funeral Home, Richwood. Internment will follow in West Virginia Memorial Gardens, Calvin.

Friends may call noon to 2 p.m. on Friday, December 7, 2012, at the funeral home.

All arrangements were made by Simons-Coleman Funeral Home, Inc., Richwood.

Joseph Z. McAlpine

Joseph “Joe” Zion McAlpine, 88, of Daniels, went home to be with the Lord on Monday,  December 3, 2012, in the VA Medical Center in Beckley, following a long illness.

Born February 17, 1924 in Warrior, Ala., he was the son of the late Homer and Clara Simmons McAlpine.

Joe was a very proud veteran of the US Army during World War II, during the war he was involved in major campaigns in the South Pacific. After returning home, Joe worked in the mines for many years. Joe was an avid sportsman, he loved being outdoors, hunting, fishing and just walking around outside. He was a very dedicated father, and grandfather, who always put his family first.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his loving wife of 59 years Rachel Rose McAlpine, his sister Magdalene Stewart passed away 22 hours after Joe passed.  His brothers Paul and Chester McAlpine, and Clarence Slaton. In addition to his sister Magadalene, two other sisters preceded him in death, Willadene Stewart, and Josephine Stewart.

Those left to cherish his memory include his six children Glenna Stover of Sophia, LaDonna Meadows of Beckley, Judy Linkous of Prosperity, Bob McAlpine and wife Shirley of Speedway, Roger McAlpine of Daniels, and Nancy Bolen and husband Mitch of Coal City; 11 grandchildren; 32 great grandchildren; his two sisters, Geraldine Hall Maag of Charleston, and Hazel Richmond of Hopewell, Va., and a host of nieces and nephews and beloved friends.

Services celebrating the life of Joe will be held Friday, December 7, 2012, at 11 a.m. in the chapel of Blue Ridge Funeral Home. Following the service, Joe will be entombed in the mausoleum at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens. Military graveside rites will be presented by the Oak Hill VFW. Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

Friends may gather with the family from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, December 6, 2012 at the funeral home.

An online guest registry and other information can be found by visiting www.blueridgefuneral

Arrangements by Blue Ridge Funeral Home, 5251 Robert C. Byrd Drive, Beckley.

Boyd Mounts

GILBERT — Boyd Mounts, 86, passed away Monday, Dec. 3, 2012.

Service will be noon Friday at Mounts Funeral Home Chapel, Gilbert, with the Revs. Diamond Carter and Lowell Smith officiating. Burial will follow in Forest Lawn Cemetery, Pecks Mill.

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

Online at www.mounts

Arrangements by Mounts Funeral Home, Gilbert.

Nena Beverley Nichols Wolfe

OAK HILL — In the Lord put I my trust: how say ye to my soul, flee as a bird to your mountain? Psalm 11:1

I waited patiently for the Lord; and he inclined unto me and heard my cry. Psalm 40:1

O clap your hands, all ye people; shout unto God with the voice of triumph. Psalm 47:1

And I said, oh that I had wings like a dove! For then would I fly away, and be at rest. Psalm 55:6

With a heavy heart I write this for my loving wife and friend for 40 years.

Nena Beverley Nichols Wolfe, age 55, of Oak Hill, passed away on Tuesday, December 4, 2012, at CAMC, MICU in Charleston, after a long illness with complications of rheumatoid arthritis. Her husband and sons were by her side.

Born April 2, 1957 at Oak Hill, she was the daughter of the late Maynard and Jewell Mae (Nichols) Nichols.

She leaves behind her loving husband, Terry W. Wolfe, two sons, Shawn Wolfe and wife, Kirby of Oak Hill and Travis Wolfe, and three grandchildren.

Also left to mourn are her four brothers, Larry Nichols, Lance Nichols, Steve Nichols and Randy Nichols whom she loved very much.

Bev donated her body to the Human Gift Registry at WVU School of Medicine with the hope that others might benefit.

It was her wish to have no traditional service. Family and friends will mourn and celebrate her life in private.

The family personally wants to thank all her family and many friends who stood by her and loved her so much. She will be dearly missed.

Online condolences may be sent at

Information submitted by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.