The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

February 26, 2014

Obituaries — Wednesday, February 26, 2014


Elizabeth ‘Betty’ Plumley Burdette

FORT SPRING — Elizabeth “Betty” Plumley Burdette, 78, of Fort Spring, passed away on Sunday, February 23, 2014.

Funeral services will be Friday, February 28, 2014, at noon at the Fort Spring Missionary Baptist Church, Fort Spring, with Preacher Eddie Harris and Evangelist Randy Stewart Burdette officiating. Burial will follow at the Fletcher Addition of the Alderson Cemetery, Alderson.

Friends may call Thursday, February 27, 2014, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Fort Spring Missionary Baptist Church, Fort Spring, and one hour prior to services at the church on Friday.

The family request that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Lewisburg Baptist Church Deaf Ministry, 246 Grand Avenue, Lewisburg, WV 24901.

Arrangements by Lobban Funeral Home, Alderson.

Betty B. Caldwell

MULLENS — Betty Branham Caldwell, 79, of Mullens, died on Saturday, February 22, 2014, at King’s Daughters’ Medical Center in Ashland, Ky.

Born October 9, 1934 in Glade Springs, Va., she was the daughter of the late Roy and Blanche Elizabeth Mink Branham.

Betty was a retired accountant for Peabody Coal Company, a member of Beta Sigma Phi-Preceptor Kappa XI Omicron Sorority for over 50 years, a member of the Order of the Eastern Star Mullens Chapter No. 100 serving as Marshal, and was a member of the Mullens United Methodist Church.

In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her husband, Ray Caldwell; and a sister, Flossie “Cookie” Houck.

Those left to cherish her memory include two sons, Keith Caldwell and his wife, Pam of Wheeling and Steven Caldwell and his wife, Sonya of Ashland, Ky.; one brother, Bill Branham and his wife, Linda of Mullens; four grandsons, Justin Caldwell and Sean Caldwell of Wheeling, Alex Caldwell and Zac Caldwell of Ashland, Ky.; a brother-in-law, Stuart W. “Tug” Houck and his wife, Cheryl of Princeton; two nephews, Todd Houck and his wife, Tracey of Mullens and their son, Mason and Scott Branham of Knoxville, Tenn. and his daughters, Madison and Maryn.

Services will be noon, Thursday, February 27, 2014, at Mullens United Methodist Church with Pastor Mickey Mitchell and Pastor Earl Arthur officiating. Burial will follow in Sunset Memorial Park, Beckley.

The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until time of service Thursday at the church.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Mullens United Methodist Church, 108 Guyandotte Avenue, Mullens, WV 25882.

Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.tankersleyfh.com

The family of Betty Caldwell is being cared for by her son, Steven Caldwell of Miller Funeral Home, Ashland, Ky. and Tankersley Funeral Home, Mullens.

Lawrence Thomas Evans

CRANY — Lawrence Thomas Evans, 67, of Crany, passed away on Tuesday, February 25, 2014, at his home.

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

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

Dewey ‘Jay’ Godbey

Dewey “Jay” Godbey, 87, of Beckley, died Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, at the Villages of Greystone in Beaver, W.Va.

Born Feb. 17, 1927, at Beckley, he was the son of the late Dewey Jackson and Ofa Lively Godbey.

Mr. Godbey was a lifelong member and deacon of the First Baptist Church in Beckley. He was retired from Westmoreland Coal Co. as the Chief Shipping Clerk. He was a n Army veteran of World War II. He graduated from Bowling Green College of Commerce in accounting in 1950. He was a member of Beckley Lodge No. 95 AF and AM and member of the Mt. Hope Commandery No. 22 KT Chapter No. 24 RAM. He was also a life member of the NRA and an avid outdoorsman.

Jay was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Nell Godbey in 2005.

He is survived by a daughter, Sara Sutyak (Nick) Toney of MacArthur; son, Alan “Lee” Godbey (Diana) of Lewisburg and a sister, Ethel McCraw of Lewisburg. Grandchildren, Shayne Sutyak and companion Wendy Duncan of Beckley, Mark (Andrea) Sutyak of Fairmont, Hannah (Nathan) Sites of Parkersburg and Jordan Lee Godbey of Charleston and his fiancée Amanda Lucas of Oliver Springs, Tenn. Great-grandchildren are Michael, Elizabeth, Daniel Jay (DJ) and Lauren.

The family will receive relatives and friends on Saturday, March 1, 2014 between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. with funeral services beginning at 1 p.m. Services will be at the First Baptist Church in Beckley with Rev. Doc Adkins officiating. Burial will follow in the Calfee Cemetery at Mt. Tabor.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the First Baptist Church, 422 Neville St., Beckley, WV 25801.

The family would like to thank Jay’s son-in-law Nick Toney, the staff of Greystone and Hospice for their care to Jay.

McCraw Funeral Home in Lewisburg is in charge of arrangements.

Lillian Deloris Ingram Godby

DUBLIN, Ga. — Lillian Deloris Ingram Godby, 83, of Dublin, passed away on Wednesday, February 19, 2014.

Mrs. Godby was a homemaker. She married her husband Charles, December 3, 1943, and together they raised four children. She was a devoted wife and loving mother and grandmother.

Mrs. Godby was preceded in death by her parents, Leslie B. and Lydia Stauper Ingram.

Survivors include her husband of 66 years, Charles Anderson Godby Jr. of Dublin; sons, Charles David Godby of Murrieta, Calif., Gary Joseph Godby of Blue Ridge, Ga., Mark Alan Godby of Ocoee, Fla. and Michael Wayne Godby of El Canada, Calif.; 10 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; brothers, Harry Wayne Ingram of Colombia, Mo. and Denver Lynn Ingram of Tallahassee, Fla.; sisters, Elizabeth Gittinger, Carol Sue Harvey, both of Bellevue, Ohio, and Fay Ingram of Beckley.

Service will be 2 p.m. Friday, February 28, 2014, at High Lawn Funeral Chapel, Oak Hill. Interment will follow in High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill.

Friends may call from 4 to 6 p.m., Thursday, February 27, at the funeral home.

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

Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Chapel, Oak Hill.

Charles W. Greene

Charles W. Greene (Winky) of Coal City, went home to be with the Lord Sunday, February 23, 2014 at home, after a long illness due to brain cancer.

He was born March 12, 1957.

He is preceded in death by his parents Charles M. Greene (Chuck) and Mary S. Black Greene.

Charles was a disabled coal miner and he also served in the U.S. Navy. He was a member of the Coal City Freewill Baptist Church.

Charles loved life and lived it to the fullness; going to church and spending time with his family and friends. Up until two years ago he rode his Harley with his brothers in Christ that he went to church with. He always wanted to make a difference in life by reaching out to others telling them about the Lord; making people smile and laugh where ever he went. He never felt sorry for his self, he would always say I am blessed God gave me another day and if he keeps me here or takes me home I am a winner.

Those left to cherish his memory are is loving wife, Debra G. Greene; daughters, Amanda and husband, Jonny Van-dusen of Welling, W.Va., Megan Greene and her boyfriend, Charles Sparks of Crab Orchard, W.Va.; one grandson, baby Preston Tyler Van-dusen; two stepsons, Adam Sanders of Coal City, Perrie and his wife, Tara of Beckley; two step-grandchildren, Alias and Cherish Saunders of Beckley;  sister, Marilyn and husband Joe Meadows, their children, Carmen and Nick Meadows of Charleston, W.Va. and many uncles, aunts, and cousins.

He was blessed with a cousin and her husband from Murrells, S.C., Juanita and Dave Basham; they had great influence in his life and he loved and respected them deeply.

Charles’s body was donated to WVU, Morgantown, W.Va. for research to find a cure for cancer. He would always say, I hope to help others that come after me but the real hope is in Christ.

All family and friends are welcome to join us for a Celebration of Life at the Coal City Freewill Baptist Church on Thursday, February 27, 2014, with Pastor Charlie Brown officiating.

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

Dorothy Hargis

Dorothy Hargis, 83, of Beckley, passed away on Tuesday, February 25, 2014, at the Bowers Hospice House in Beckley.

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

Hildred Mae Hunter

RAINELLE — Hildred Mae Hunter, 86, of Rainelle, passed away Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014, at Greenbrier Valley Medical Center, Ronceverte, following a short illness.

Born July 12, 1927, at Tioga, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late John William and Esther Cynthia Miller Jarvis.

Hildred was a member of Big Sewell Baptist Church of Rainelle, and was a wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

She had worked at the Rainelle Tent Factory for over 14 years.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth Calvin Hunter Sr. in 1999; two sons, Kenneth and Terry Hunter and two sisters, Mary Richardson and Mildred Jenkins.

Survivors include a son, Derris Hunter and wife, Amanda of Rainelle; two sisters, Letha “Virginia” McHenry of Bumpass, Va. and Rose Yoak of Akron, Ohio; a brother, Roger Jarvis of Akron, Ohio; four grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.

Services will be 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28, 2014, at Wallace & Wallace Chapel in Rainelle, with Rev. Kermit Hunter officiating. Burial will follow at Wallace Memorial Cemetery, Clintonville.

Friends may visit with the family one hour prior to the service (1 to 2 p.m.) at the funeral home.

Please send online condolences to: www.wallaceandwallacefh.com

Arrangements entrusted to Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Rainelle.

Roy Daniel Lawson

Roy Daniel Lawson, age 61, of Slab Fork, passed away suddenly on Wednesday, February 19, 2014.

Roy was a disabled coal miner. He enjoyed antique cars, his dog, fishing, hunting and his grandkids. He was born on July 4, 1952, in Beckley, and was the son of the late Daniel and Cressie Lawson of Hotchkiss. He was also preceded in death by a son, Roy Daniel Jr.; brother, Johnny Lawson; and sisters, Goldie Engle, Faye Pope and Myrtle Lucas.

Those survivors left to cherish his memory include his wife of 41 years, Debra Lawson; children, Dain Lawson of Rock Creek, Crystal Howerton and husband Matt of Hotchkiss and Daniel Lawson and wife Brittany of Hotchkiss; sisters, Betty Arter and husband Jerry of Pennsylvania; Sylvia Riley and Dolly Wyatt both of West Virginia; brothers, Bobby Lawson and wife Mary of West Virginia, Jacob Lawson and wife Marie of Pennsylvania, and special friend, Doug Stanley of West Virginia; grandchildren, Matthew and Devin Howerton, Kayla, Johnny, Joshua and Ellie Lawson.

A service to celebrate the life of Roy Lawson will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday, February 27, 2014, at Williams-Blue Ridge Funeral Home in Sophia.

Visitation will be held from 12 to 2 p.m. at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be Jimmy Fraley, Jason Cox, Steve Cox, Doug Smith, Jakie Haines, and Donnie Willey.

The family welcomes any flowers and condolences to his former residence.

Online condolences and other tributes are also available on our website www.bluridgefuneralhome. com

Arrangements with Williams-Blue Ridge Funeral Home in Sophia.

James Edward Meadows Sr.

James Edward Meadows Sr., age 87 of Crab Orchard, passed away at the Sunbridge Pinelodge Nursing Home on Sunday, February 23, 2014.

Born on  October 16, 1926, in Blue Jay, he was the son of the late Oley Meadows and Eva Florence Reed Meadows.

Mr. Meadows was a retired coal miner, and was a US Navy and Army Veteran. He was of the Baptist faith.

He was preceded in death by his wife Thelma “Christine” Meadows in 1995, and by a brother Raymond Meadows.

Those left to cherish his memory include his children, James Edward Meadows Jr., and his wife Cathy of Crab Orchard, Cathy Bailey and her husband Jeff of Princeton, WV,  Brenda Arbaugh and her husband Roy of Castalian Springs, Tenn.; a brother, Robert Meador of McArthur; four sisters, Glenna Mitchem and her husband Theodore of McArthur, Claris Campbell of Beckley, Velma Rowe of McArthur, and Norma McAllister of McArthur. Nine grandchildren, and several great grandchildren also survive.

Funeral services will be conducted at the Rose and Quesenberry Peace Chapel on Thursday, February 27, 2014, at 1 p.m. with Rev. Orville Setliff officiating. Burial will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens at Prosperity.

Friends may visit with the family one hour prior to the services on Thursday.

Family members 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

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

Georgia Marie Allen Mitchell

On February 20, 2014, Georgia Marie Allen Mitchell, was reunited with her longest, strongest and truest love, her husband, Lewis who passed away six days earlier.

Georgia was born in a log cabin on the river near Bailesyville on September 3, 1930, to Andrew Lee Allen and Emma Morgan Allen.

She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers, Arnold Ralph Allen, William Sydney Allen; sisters, Louise (an infant), Bess Bentley Dean Omer, Mary Short, Julia Mabe, Mildred Prater, Martha Allen, Carolyn Kennedy and her identical twin sister, Garnette Hatfield.

Georgia is survived by her only child, Kathy Marie Mitchell Upton and her husband, Dean; three grandchildren, Joy Marie Wade and her husband, Christopher, Bonnie Lee Conner and her husband, Jason and Emma Elizabeth Upton; two great-grandsons, Roryk Mitchell Wade and Ronyn McKinley Wade; a sister, Joyce Vance and her husband, Riley Ord; several nieces and nephews; three special friends, Helen Graham, Juanita Cook and Nora Cline.  

Everyone who loved Georgia will especially miss her humor.

It was Georgia’s request there be no funeral or visitation. There will be a private burial in the Beaver Family Cemetery at Baileysville at 11 a.m. on Thursday, February 27, 2014, with the Rev. Lee Fischer officiating.

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

In lieu of flowers or memorial gifts, the family request that any donations in memory of Georgia be made to the Brenton Church of God.

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

Earl Wiley Moon

Mr. Earl Wiley Moon, 63, of Beckley, passed away Wednesday, February 19, 2014, following an long illness.

Born August 11, 1950, in Mead, W.Va., he was the son of the late Wiley Moon and Ida Mae Mabry.

Earl served eight years in the U.S. Navy. He was a graduate of Stoco High School in Coal City, W.Va. He received the Lord at an early age.

He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Josphine Radford; one uncle, Earl and one aunt, Roberta Davis.

Left to cherish his loving memories are his two sons, Germaine (Connie) Smith of Illinois and Gregory (Monica) Moon of Mississippi; three daughters Yolanda Moon of Mississippi; Shameka and Tarieysha Hairston, Michelle and Kanisha Cook, all of Beckley; Mother, Ida Mae Mabry of Illinois; step mother, Betty Moon of Virginia; his beloved Lisa Cook of Beckley; five sisters; Brenda (Willie) Phipps of Illinois,  Kathy Davies and Tracie Moon of Virginia, Dora Jackson and Lisa Jackson of Beckley; three brothers, Marvin (Kathy) Davis of Illinois,  Michael (Marie) Moon and Rodney Moon both of Virginia; and a host of nieces, nephews, friends and loved ones.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m.  Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, at Free and Independent Holiness Church, 106 Seventh St., Beckley. Officiating will be Elder Phylander Moon, the Rev. Onnie Cook and Bishop Ernest Stewart. Burial will follow at Greenwood Memorial Garden, Beckley. Military rites will be performed by American Legion Post 32 of Beckley.

Family hour will be one hour prior to services.

Condolences can be email at durganfuneralhome1@frontier.com

Final arrangements by Durgan Funeral Home,  Beckley.

Lisa Miller Morgan

HUNTINGTON — Lisa Miller Morgan, 51, of Huntington, formerly of Brenton and Augusta passed away Feb. 22, 2014.

Funeral services will be held 1 p.m. Friday, February 28, 2014, at Calfee Funeral Service with the Rev. Tommy Knotts officiating. Burial with follow in the Miller Family Cemetery at Mill Creek. Friends may gather with the family 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, February 27, at the funeral home.

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

Ted Oliver Sr.

Our loving dad, Ted Oliver Sr., 87, went to be with the Lord Saturday, February 22, 2014, at the Bower’s Hospice House, surrounded by his loving family.

Born June 17, 1926, in Keyrock, W.Va., he was the son of the late James Lester Oliver and Viola Jane Adkins Oliver.

Ted served in the Army during World War II in Japan and in the Philippines. He was a coal miner for 40 plus years. Ted was a member of the Coon Fork Church for over 45 years, serving as Pastor for a period of time. He was a devoted husband, and loving father. He was also well known for his love of gardening, honey bees and chopping wood. He was a friend to anyone and loved spreading the word of God.

In addition to his parents, Ted was preceded in death by his loving wife, Hazel Marie Anderson Oliver, as well as 11 brothers and sisters; Earl Oliver, Blaine Oliver, Virgil Oliver, Frank Oliver, Delford Oliver, Edward Oliver, Garland Oliver, Aiden Oliver, Sylvia Oliver Pack, Irene Oliver Cable and Garnett Oliver.

He was deeply loved by his family and friends in Wyoming County and resided on Keyrock Road his entire life. Ted is survived by his three children, Linda Oliver of Keyrock, Ted Oliver Jr. and his wife, Pamela Jackson Oliver of Pineville and Teena Oliver of Keyrock; Bobby Oliver and wife, Faye of Parkersburg, W.Va.; four grandchildren, Brian Hill of Naples, Italy, Heather Hill Bryan of Keyrock, Tasha Oliver of Pineville and Ted Jackson Oliver of Pineville; six great-grandchildren, Lexie Bryan of Ashland City, Tenn., Lanie Bryan of Keyrock, Lacie Bryan of Keyrock, Logan and Cayden Oliver of Palm Coast, Fla. and Caleb Garcia of Pineville.

Services will be held at Calfee Funeral Service Wednesday, between 6 and 9 p.m. followed by the funeral on Thursday at 1 p.m., with the Rev. Bill Goode officiating. Music will be provided by Michael Knotts of Pineville as well as a video provided by Pamela Hall. Burial will follow in Bower Cemetery, Twin Falls. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

The family would like to extend a special thanks to all those that prayed for and supported dad throughout his sickness. A special thank you to Michael Knotts for his special friendship to dad and for all the loving kindness and support he has shown our family. A special thanks to Dave and Denise Reid, and Nick Brown for endless hours of support and care.

A special thank you to the hospice in home healthcare staff as well as the staff at the Bowers Hospice House. Thanks to Bill and Carolyn Goode and Evan Arkell for their loving support to dad and his family and the Pineville Florist.

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

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

Edward Pennington

GLEN FORK — Edward Pennington, 46, of Glen Fork, passed away on Saturday, February 22, 2014.

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

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

Pendleton ‘Penn’ Raines

Pendleton “Penn” Raines, age 89, of  Beckley, passed away at the Beckley Appalachian Regional Hospital on Monday, February 24, 2014.

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

Dr. John Philip Raney

OAK HILL — Dr. John Philip Raney, 83, of Oak Hill, passed away on Sunday, February 23, 2014.

He was born January 20, 1931, in Kendallville, Ind., the son of the late Jesse and Donna Daniels Raney.

Dr. Raney graduated from Purdue University in 1954 with a B.S. degree in Agricultural Engineering. While at Purdue, he was enrolled in the NROTC program and upon graduation, was designated an Ensign in the U.S. Navy and reported to the USS Latimer (APA 152). He served onboard the Latimer from 1954 to 1956 as the Main Propulsion Officer and deployed with the ship to the Mediterranean for five months. He received commendation from the Commanding Officer for his outstanding performance of duty and his loyalty to the officers with whom he served.

Following his two years of active duty with the Navy, he was transferred to the Naval Ready Reserve and returned to Purdue University, earning his PhD in the field of Mechanical Engineering in 1959. Upon earning his Ph.D., Dr. Raney accepted a position at the University of Virginia (UVA) as an associate professor of Mechanical Engineering, where he taught both undergraduate and graduate level courses in engineering, and performed research on Dynamics of High Speed Rotating Machinery.

In 1963, Dr. Raney began working at the NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va. During his distinguished career with NASA, he served as a Group Leader in the Dynamic Loads Division from ’63-’64, head of the Analytical Dynamics Section from ‘65-’70, head of the NASTRAN Systems Management Office in the Structures Division from ’70-’73, head of the Aircraft Noise Prediction Office, Acoustics and Noise Reduction Division ’73-’78, head, Flight Systems Noise Branch, Acoustics and Noise Reduction Division ‘78-84, Senior Systems Engineer (Structures and Dynamics) in the Space Station Office from ‘84—’87, and from ’87—’89 he moved to Houston, Texas, where he served as Senior Systems Engineer in the Space Station Projects Office at the Johnson Space Center. While working at NASA, Dr. Raney attended night courses at the college of William and Mary, earning his MBA and graduating Summa Cum Laude in 1979.

After retiring from NASA with 28 years of service, Dr. Raney taught Mechanical Engineering at West Virginia Institute of Technology in Montgomery, WV, from 1991 until 1998. During this timeframe, he made two deployments with the U.S. Navy as a PACE (Program for Afloat College Education) instructor teaching Business and Management courses . His first deployment was onboard the USS Yorktown (CG-48) where he participated in BALTOPS ’92, deploying to the Baltic Sea. His experience on the Yorktown was a highlight in his life. While onboard, he went well above the “call of duty” for a PACE instructor and assisted the ship and wardroom in a myriad of events: he assisted the officer’s cook on the mess decks during Cook’s Night Off, he refereed the ships basketball tournament, participated in various shipboard drills, and even bravely confronted the trials of the “Blue Nose” initiation ceremony when the ship crossed the Arctic Circle. He was a “shipmate” in every sense of the word. Due to the enthusiastic evaluation Dr. Raney received from the Yorktown, he was requested by name many times for follow-on PACE tours and deployed again as a PACE instructor onboard the USS Paul Hamilton (DDG 60).

Dr. Raney’s interests were many and varied: he was an avid water skier and taught his family and many friends to water ski behind his ski boat on the Chickahominy River in Virginia. He won the Virginia State Championship Veteran Men’s Tricks division, and came in second in the slalom division. He coached his son Jeff’s and his daughter Elisa’s city league basketball teams for many years, and played softball on a NASA softball team affectionately called “Raney’s Raiders.” He rode his Harley Davidson motorcycle on a cross country motorcycle trip with Elisa from San Diego to West Virginia on Highway 50. He played clarinet in the Charleston Metro Band and always enjoyed performing with the band.

He was also very involved in his community and served as a member and former President of the Oak Hill Lion’s Club. He was a Life Member of the VFW and served with Oak Hill VFW Post 3110, performing military rights for veterans at hundreds of funeral services through the years. He also served on the Fayette County Dilapidated Building Committee. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge in Butler, Ind., and an officer and past High Priest of Sewell Chapter No. 24 of the Royal Arch Masons of Oak Hill, W.Va. He was also a Shriner in Indiana and played clarinet in the Shriner’s Gold Band in Charleston, W.Va. He was a member of the Knight’s Templar Commandary No. 22, Mount Hope, W.Va.

Survivors include his wife, Anne Kathryn Repaire; one son, Jeff Raney (Kerstin); two daughters, Capt. Elisa Raney USN (Ret.), and Rosi Whited (Allen); one sister, Madelon Lankford, (William); two nephews, Anthony Teutsch (MaryAnn), and Bill Lankford; one niece, Colleen Lankford Watson (Mike). In addition to his parents, Dr. Raney was preceded in death by his beloved sister, Mrs. Virginia Teutsch.

Dr. Raney had a great enthusiasm for life and was very dear to everyone who was fortunate enough to know him.

A memorial service will be on Thursday, February 27, 2014, at 4:30 p.m. at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill with Rev. Roy Gene Crist officiating. Friends may call one hour prior to the service on Thursday at the funeral home.

Military rites will be conducted by Oak Hill VFW Post 3110 and Masonic Rites by Oak Hill Lodge No. 120 A.F. and A.M.

In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial contributions be made to the New River Humane Society, PO Box 955, Fayetteville WV 25840.

Online condolences may be sent at www.tyreefuneralhome.com

Dr. Ronald Allen Rollins Sr.

OBERLIN, Ohio — Dr. Ronald Allen Rollins Sr., 79, died Friday, February 21, 2014, at the Cleveland Clinic, after an eight month struggle with leukemia.

He was a resident of Oberlin, since 1970 and enjoyed a long practice as an obstetrician/gynecologist at the Oberlin Clinic and Allen Memorial Hospital. He was proud to have cared for thousands of patients, and to have brought many babies safely into the world.

Dr. Rollins was born July 13, 1934, in Montgomery, W.Va., son of the late Leonard and Belva (Raynes) Rollins.

He attended Collins High School in Oak Hill and Davis & Elkins College in Elkins — the first member of his family to complete higher education. He attended the Bowman Gray School of Medicine at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C., and was a flight surgeon in the U.S. Air Force from 1960 to 1970.

He was a longtime member of First Church in Oberlin, where he held numerous lay leadership positions and oversaw groundskeeping. He was a member of the board of trustees of Davis & Elkins, where he helped establish an endowed professorial chair in honor of a beloved teacher and led other development efforts. He was a busy volunteer and board member, along with his wife, Barbara, at the Firelands Association for the Visual Arts (FAVA) in Oberlin. He served on the Kendal at Oberlin Senior Independence Board. He and Barbara were selected as Oberlin’s Citizens of the Year in 2012 by the Oberlin News-Tribune.

His interests and hobbies included gardening and landscaping; American history, especially that of the Civil War and the Lincoln presidency; reading; travel; and attending watercolor painting classes and workshops with Barbara.

He is survived by Barbara, to whom he was married for 55 year; his sister, Brenda Wagner and her husband, David; children and spouses, Melanie Hart (nee Schwinn) and John, Ronald Jr. and Amy, Amber Bock and Neil, Heather Laughman and Steve, and Brett Rollins and Robin Phillips; 11 grandchildren; a nephew and one great-grandchild.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 29, 2014, at First Church in Oberlin, Ohio.

Memorial donations may be made to FAVA or First Church.

Online condolences may be sent at www.tyreefuneralhome.com

Information submitted by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Samuel Sawyer

Samuel Sawyer, 60, of Beckley, died Monday, February 24, 2014.

Arrangements entrusted to Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.

Martha Smith

PALM BAY, Fla. — Martha Smith, 76, of Palm Bay, formerly of Beckley, passed away on Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014, at the University of Virginia Medical Center.

Arrangements by Calfee Funeral Home, Beckley.

Patricia Ann Strickland

Patricia Ann Strickland, 67, of Beckley, born August 17, 1946, in Brookfield, Mo. and raised in Nebraska and Iowa, went to be with the Lord Monday, February 24, 2014 after long and numerous illnesses.

She had been an active member of the Riverview Baptist Church in Woodbridge, Va., and the Northside Baptist Church in North Charleston, S.C. Patricia was a licensed cosmetologist and a meticulous homemaker.

She is preceded in death by her father, Lyle Skelton, and mother and stepfather Juanita and Lohman Ettinger, brother, Ronnie Moore who was killed in (Vietman, Tet 1968), sisters, Linda Schoening and Barbara Lane.

She is survived by her loving husband of 37 years, Robert (Bob) Strickland, nephews, Brandon Lilly and Lane Lilly and wife Brandie of Cool Ridge, and Joe Chapman and wife, Sam of Vienna, and Josh Chapman of Cool Ridge, Darrell Lane and wife Donna and their son Jared of Ft. Ashby, Dareld Study and wife Bridgette and family of Bartlett, IA, Martin Study and wife Amy and family of Randolph, IA, James Strickland and wife Mandy and family of Lincoln, NE, and Michael Strickland of Lincoln, NE; nieces, Trina Petersen and husband Roger of Bartlett, IA, Lanita Chapman of Beaver, Kelly Legg and husband Randy of Mount Lookout / Cool Ridge, and Ric’kell Lusk and husband Cody of Daniels, six step-children, 17 step-grandchildren and seven step-great grandchildren.

Service will be 2 p.m. Friday, February 28, 2014, at Curry Funeral Home, 2097 Childress Road, Alum Creek with Pastor Dan McCormick officiating. Burial will follow at the Proctor Family Cemetery on Little Sandy Road, Elkview.

Family and friends will gather one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.curryfuneralhome.org

Iris G. Wheeler

KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany — Iris G. Wheeler, 54, formerly of Fayetteville, passed away Saturday, February 22, 2014.

Funeral services will be held on Sunday, March 2, 2014, at 2 p.m. at Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home Chapel, Fayetteville, with Pastor Eddie Persinger officiating. Interment will follow at Huse Memorial Park, Fayetteville.

The family will receive friends one hour before the funeral on Sunday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Iris’ memory to Hospice of WV, PO Box 1472, Beckley, WV 25802-1472.

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

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