The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

January 22, 2014

Obituaries — Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014

Wayne Bostic

RONCEVERTE — Wayne Bostic, 66, of Ronceverte, passed away Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014.

Postponed services, will be noon Wednesday, Jan. 22, at the Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home in Ronceverte with Pastor Tim Dillon officiating. Burial will follow at the Salem Cemetery at Organ Cave.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Activity Department at the Brier Nursing Home, 601, Rocky Hill Road, Ronceverte, WV 24970.

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

Judith ‘Judy’ Karen Brown

The family of Judith (Judy) Karen Brown  of Drews Creek is sad to announce that she passed from this life on Monday, January 20th, 2014 after a long illness.

She was preceded in death by her infant twin sisters, Rebecca and Ramona; her daddy, Quentin Brown; and her grandma, Rebecca Margaret Miller (Margie) both of Drews Creek.

Judy leaves behind her beloved mother (Mommy), Mabel Chloe Brown; a sister, Susan Alice Landy, and her husband, Pete; a brother, Larry Wayne Brown, and his wife, Carol, all of Drews Creek. She also leaves behind niece Nikki Michelle Honaker, her husband, Danny, and their daughter, Faith, all of Drews Creek. Further, she leaves her nephew, Tracy Wayne Brown, and his wife, Jennifer, of Dunbar, W.Va. In addition, she leaves a niece, Joan-Margaret Cooper, her husband, David, and their son, Quin, of Midway, W.Va. Judy also leaves her ex-husband, John Canterbury, about whom she always cared. Furthermore, she takes leave of a multitude of friends. She will be greatly missed by all, especially her aunt, Virginia Bonds, of Drews Creek.

Judy was especially proud of her nephew, Tracy Brown, her nieces, Nikki Honaker, and Joan Cooper, and her great niece, Faith Honaker.

Judy was born at Naoma, on December 8, 1950, to Quentin and Mabel Brown. She was a sweet and loving child who could be depended on to occupy herself and stay out of trouble. Once, when her mother was sick and needed to be in bed, Judy told her not to worry, that she would sit right there by the bed and play jacks. And she did. She could always be depended on to be the first one up on Christmas morning, running around and yelling for everyone else to get up. As an adult, she could also be counted on to stand up for herself and anyone who was the underdog.

Judy spent much of her childhood in and out of hospitals, and having many surgeries. As a result, the good health that she enjoyed for many years as an adult was never taken for granted. Her early illnesses left her much of the time in bed, with nothing to do but read. As a result, she developed a love for reading that lasted throughout her life. She said, “Books are my friends.” She was never a whiner. Even when she was very ill during the last years of her life, she never complained. If asked how she was, she always replied, “I’m good, praise the Lord.” Judy was a graduate of Marsh Fork High School, West Virginia State College, and West Virginia University, where she received her master’s degree. She spent 40 years as a teacher in Raleigh County at Mt. View Elementary, Marsh Fork Elementary, and Trap Hill Middle Schools. Many colleagues at those schools became her close friends, and she missed them greatly when she was no longer able to teach. She was able to love and inspire over 1,000 students during those years, and they impacted her life, as well. Many were special to “Miss Brown," but especially Jodi Griffith and Julie Castle.

Judy was a member of Delbert Freewill Baptist Church on Drews Creek, where she sang with her mother and sister as “The Browns." She was a beloved member of the community, and a friend to many. She always put others before herself, and felt privileged to help countless people during her life.

Since Judy was a very giving person, the family asks that you do not send flowers or gifts. Instead, the family prefers that donations be made in her name to the Bowers Hospice House, where she peacefully spent her last days. Their address is 454 Cranberry Drive, Beckley, VVV 25801.

Services for Judy Brown will be held at Delbert Freewill Baptist Church on Drews Creek on Thursday at 2 p.m., January 23, 2014. Visitation for friends will be two hours before the service in the church, with the funeral immediately following. There will be no graveside rights. At Judy’s request, a dinner will be provided after the funeral for all who wish to attend. It will be catered, as Judy didn’t want her friends and family “to work too hard.”

Armstrong Funeral Home is serving the family.

Roger Dale Brown

ALDERSON — Roger Dale Brown, 57, passed away on Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014.

Service will be 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24, 2014, at the Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Ronceverte, with Pastor Youel Altizer officiating. Burial will follow in the Asbury Methodist Church Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. until time of the services Friday. The family suggest that memorial contributions can be made to Wallace & Wallace, 502 Monroe Ave., Ronceverte, WV 24970 to help with his funeral expenses.

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Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Ronceverte.

Tresa Dellinger

OAK HILL — Tresa Dellinger, 34, of Oak Hill, died on Saturday, January 18, 2014.

Funeral services will be on Thursday, January 23, 2014, at 2 p.m. at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill with Rev. Jessie Parker officiating. Cremation will follow the service. Friends may call one hour prior to the service on Thursday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to Tyree Funeral Home to assist with funeral expenses.

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Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Bonnie L. Ford

BELLBURN — Bonnie L. Ford, 71, passed away Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014.

Services will be 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014, at Wallace and Wallace Chapel in Rainelle. Burial will be at Wallace Memorial Cemetery, Clintonville.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday evening at the funeral home.

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Arrangements entrusted to Wallace and Wallace of Rainelle.

Jimmy Mike ‘Jim’ Hale

ITMANN — Jimmy Mike “Jim” Hale, 56, of Itmann, passed away at the Kindred Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky on Tuesday, January 21, 2014.

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

Marvie Dale Hatfield

COAL MOUNTAIN — Marvie Dale Hatfield, 73, died Jan. 20, 2014.

Service will be 1 p.m. Wednsday, Jan. 22, at the Big Cub Missionary Baptist Church.

Arrangements by Mounts Funeral Home, Gilbert.

Edith P. Hawley

On Thursday, January 16th, 2014, our most loved, Edith P. Hawley of Circleview Drive, Beckley went to see her Lord and Savior at the home of her daughter, Sandy Jarrell in Centreville, AL following a short illness. She was in her 87th year. 

Born at Surveyor on Dec. 22nd, 1926, Edith was the daughter of the late George and Effie Lucas Honaker. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers, Dee Acord, Ralph, Howard and Junior Honaker and sisters, Madeline Harmon and Marie Gibson.

Edith married the love of her life, Earl Hawley. To this union was born her children, James, Sandy and John. A devoted wife and mother, in her leisure time, Edith enjoyed reading, sewing, making quilts and spending time with her kitty cat, Babe. Earl has passed away as well as their son, James. Edith was a member of the First Baptist Church here in Beckley and worked for many years in the house wares department at Stone and Thomas.

Left to cherish her memory are her surviving children, Sandy Jarrell and her husband, Jeff of Centreville, John Hawley and his wife, Debbie of Cheyene, Wyo., and a daughter-in-law, Cherie Hawley. Edith was the doting “Maw Maw” to Amy Jarrell and Mike, Scotty Jarrell and his wife, Ginny, and Ryan and Niccole Hawley, J.E. Hawley and Andrea Radford and her husband Matt; the proud great grandmother of Alex Thomas, Jeffery and Jenna Jarrell, Picabo and Dayton Jarrell, Christian Hawley and Addison Radford; the fond sister of Virginia Iber and Betty Fagg. Edith was also survived by her stepmother, Rosie Honaker and half brothers, Doug, Randy and Jackie Honaker.

On Thursday, January 23rd, at 2 p.m. we will honor Edith with a “Service of Remembrance” at the Melton Mortuary Chapel. Rev. Andrew Davis will be officiating. The family will receive friends from noon until the service hour. Edith will be laid to rest in the Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens at Prosperity.

Pallbearers will be Scotty Jarrell, Jim Cangemi, J.E. Hawley, Matt Radford, Alex Thomas and Mike Milam.

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Arrangements by Melton Mortuary and Cremation Center, Beckley.

Ina Belle Hughes

LEWISBURG — Ina Belle Hughes, 88, of Lewisburg, died Monday, Jan. 20, 2014.

Services will be 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24, 2014, at the Clifton Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Janice Johnson. Burial will follow in Greenbrier Memorial Gardens.

Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

McCraw Funeral Home, Lewisburg is in charge of the arrangements.

Nada Mae Sweeney O’Dell

On Saturday, January 18, 2014, Nada Mae Sweeney O’Dell of Sweeneysburg entered into eternal rest at Bowers Hospice house. She was loved and cherished by all who knew her.

She was born on March  6, 1932, to loving parents, Phillip H. and Mildred Stover Sweeney Sr., of Sweeneysburg. They were godly parents that led her to accept Jesus Christ as her personal savior at the age of 8.

She met the love of her life while she was working at P.H. Sweeney Store, her father’s country store. Nada married Ronald O’Dell on August 26, 1950. They were blessed with two children, Nancy and Ronnie. Nada and Ron began their life together in Beckley, WV; however, they moved with Ronald’s work all over southern WV before moving to Welch, WV, where they spent many happy years together. During her time in Welch, Nada was an active member of the First United Methodist Church. She was also a member of the Princeton Chapter 53 Eastern Star. She attended Beckley College.

After her father’s death and husband’s retirement, Nada moved back to her childhood home in Sweeneysburg. Nada loved her family and always enjoyed time spent with them. She was very close to the Sweeney, O’Dell, Hager, and Smith families. She looked forward to time that she could spend sharing food and laughter with them. Nada had a very special way to make every person she knew feel loved and her family has many wonderful memories of that love. She continued her dedication to serve the Lord and became a member of the United Methodist Temple in Beckley.

Besides her husband, Ronald, she is left behind by her brother, Phillip Sweeney, her daughter Nancy and husband Michael Thomson of Sweeneysburg and her son Ronald O’Dell II, of Lanark, WV. Grandchildren whom she helped to raise and was a very active part of their life, Alison and husband John Suptic, Jennifer Thomson, all of Sweeneysburg, and Phillip O’Dell of Lanark, WV. She also leaves behind many brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Please join her family in the celebration of her life at 1 p.m. Wednesday, January 22, 2014, at Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley, with Rev. Randy Adkins officiating.

Friends may gather with the family Tuesday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.

Nada’s family would like to thank the staff of Hidden Valley Nursing and Rehab and the staff of Bowers Hospice house for their exceptional care during her illness. Donations can be made to United Methodist Temple or to Bowers Hospice House.

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

Nila Jean Pennock Smith

OAK HILL — Nila Jean Pennock Smith, 71, of Oak Hill, died on Sunday, January 19, 2014.

Funeral services will be on Thursday, January 23, 2014, at 11 a.m. at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill with Pastor Albert “Skip” Bowman officiating. Burial will be at Dooley Cemetery, Gatewood.

Friends may call one hour prior to the service on Thursday at the funeral.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.