The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

March 4, 2014

Obituaries — Tuesday, March 4, 2014


Robert L. Bays

FAYETTEVILLE — Robert L. Bays, 85, of Fayetteville, passed away Monday, March 3, 2014.

Services are pending and Wallace & Wallace Inc. of Ansted is in charge of arrangements.



Betty F. Blankenship

CYCLONE — Betty F. Blankenship, 66, went home to be with the Lord Thursday, February 27, 2014.

Born February 24, 1948, she was the daughter of the late Rev. John Rollins Sr. and Ruth Rollins.

In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by her father-in-law, John Blankenship, and brothers-in-law, Lee and Bilton Blankenship.

In addition to her mother, she is survived by her husband of 47 years, Lonnie Blankenship Sr.; sons, Lonnie Jr. and wife Belinda, Michael and Bruce and wife Genene; daughter, Brenda; grandchildren Brittany, Lindsay, Drake, Ashley, Tori and Allison. Also surviving are brothers, Tom and wife Becky, Bill and wife Fannie, Gerald, John and wife Kris, and Greg; sister, Fannie; mother-in-law, Ruth Blankenship; brothers-in-law, Gene and wife Frankie, Ralph and wife Sandy, Dale and wife Pam, Gisele, Calvin and wife April, Roger and wife Debbie; and a host of nieces, nephews, family and friends.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 5, 2014, in Evans Funeral Home Memorial Chapel with the Rev. John Rollins Jr. officiating. The family will receive friends from 1 p.m. until time of service Wednesday.

Psalm 16:11: Thou wilt show me the path of life: in thy presence is fullness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.

Condolences may be shared with the Blankenship family at www.evans-funeralhome.com.

Evans Funeral Home of Oceana is serving the Blankenship family.



Walter Anstle Bowyer Jr.

Walter Anstle Bowyer Jr., 69, of Beckley, passed away Saturday, March 1, 2014.

Arrangements pending with Blue Ridge Funeral Home and Cremations, 5251 Robert C. Byrd Drive in Beckley.



Jewel Boyden

Mrs. Jewel Boyden, 88, of Beckley, died Monday, March 3, 2014.

Arrangements entrusted to Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.



French Browning

GILBERT — French Browning, 63, passed away Feb. 28, 2014.

Service will be noon Wednesday, March 5, at Mounts Funeral Home Chapel, Gilbert. Friends may call from 11 a.m. until time of the service Wednesday at the funeral home.

Arrangements by Mounts Funeral Home, Gilbert.



Connie Elizabeth Butcher

MILL CREEK — Connie Elizabeth Butcher, 65, died March 1, 2014.

Service will be 2 p.m. Thursday at Mill Creek Church of God, Logan. Friends may call 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Mounts Funeral Home Chapel, Gilbert.

Arrangements by Mounts Funeral Home, Gilbert.



Margaret Sue Eplin Caudill

LOGAN — Margaret Sue Eplin Caudill, 71, of Logan, passed away March 1, 2014.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 5, at Honaker Funeral Home in Logan. Friends may call two hours prior to services from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday. Burial will follow in Highland Memory Gardens at Godby.

For e-mail condolences go to www.honakerfuneralhome.org.

Honaker Funeral Home in Logan is in charge of her funeral arrangements.



Linda Kay Foster

SUMMERSVILLE — Linda Kay Foster, 67, of Summersville, died Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 4, in the Waters Funeral Chapel at Summersville with Pastor Denver Danberry officiating. Burial will follow in the Underwood Cemetery at Twenty-Mile. Friends may call one hour prior to the service Tuesday at the funeral chapel.

Arrangements by Waters Funeral Chapel, Summersville.



Dreama Elizabeth Gladwell

LEWISBURG — Dreama Elizabeth Gladwell, 85, passed away Sunday, March 2, 2014.

A memorial service will be at a later date.

Please send online condolences by visiting www.wallaceandwallacefh.com.

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Lewisburg.



Norma Lee Hagamon Green

PINEVILLE — Norma Lee Hagamon Green, 86, of Pineville, passed away Sunday, March 2, 2014.  

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



Charlotte Mae Turner Griffin

LYNDHURST, Va. — Charlotte Mae Turner Griffin, 84, of Lyndhurst, formerly of Dunmore, passed away Sunday, March 2, 2014.

A memorial service will be 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 4, at Lynside Mennonite Church, Lyndhurst, Va., with Pastors Gordon Miller and Robert Mansfield. A viewing at Dunmore United Methodist Church, Dunmore, will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 5, followed by a service at 1 p.m. with the Rev. David Rittenhouse officiating. Interment will follow at Dunmore Cemetery.

Please send online condolences by visiting www.wallaceandwallacefh.com.

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Arbovale.



Margaret Ann Fink Gunnoe

DANESE — Margaret Ann Fink Gunnoe, 89, of Danese, passed away Friday, February 28, 2014, at her home, following a short illness.

Born January 13, 1925, at Layland, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Jack and Mary Ellen Krause Fink.

Margaret was a member of Green Valley Methodist Church of Danese, and she loved to cook for family and friends. She had worked as a medical lab technician in the health care industry for 30 years.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by an infant son, James Edward Gunnoe, and three brothers, Arnett, George, and Eugene Fink.

Those left to cherish her memory are her husband of 68 years, Bernard M. Gunnoe of Danese; a sister, Louise Wischman (James) of Waterford, Mich.; two sisters-in-law, JoAnne Cole of Racine, Ohio, and Mary Ethel Douglas of Union City, Tenn.; many nieces and nephews and other extended family.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 5, 2014, at Wallace & Wallace Chapel in Rainelle, with Pastor Daniel Legg officiating, assisted by Rev. Sherman McCombs. Burial will follow at High Lawn Cemetery, Oak Hill.

Friends may visit with the family from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday evening at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested you donate to your favorite charity in Margaret’s name.

Please send online condolences to: www.wallaceandwallacefh.com.

Arrangements entrusted to Wallace & Wallace of Rainelle.



Joseph Anderson ‘Joe’ Harvey

LYNCO — Joseph Anderson “Joe” Harvey, 84, of Lynco, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014.

Joe will be cremated, and there will be no public services at this time.

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

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



Steven Edward Hawley

Steven Edward Hawley of Crab Orchard passed away on Wednesday, February 26, 2014, following a short illness. He was 46 years of age.

Steven Edward Hawley was born October 21, 1967, in Cleveland, Ohio. He was the son of Bobby Gene Hawley and the late Eleanor Ann Smith Hawley. His brother Michael Gene has also preceded him in death.

Steven will be remembered for his love of music, mechanics, travel and fishing.

In addition to his father, Bobby Gene Hawley, those left to cherish his memory are his wife, Debbie Ann, his daughter Heather Ann Spencer and companion Antonio Patterson, Heather’s mother Tonya Spencer, his sister Crystal Lynn Gill and her children Hayley Ann and Jalynn Grace, his brother David Wayne Hawley and his wife Mary, and his grandson Zayden.

Steven will be sadly missed by many friends and loved ones.

On Tuesday, March 4, 2014, at 1 p.m. we will honor the life of Steven with a “Service of Remembrance” at the Melton Mortuary Chapel. Rev. Roger Pauley will be officiating.

The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. until the service hour.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers and honorary pallbearer will be Brett “Doodle” Combs.

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

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary and Cremation Center, Beckley.



Billie B. Lafferty

PAX — Billie B. Lafferty, 81, of Pax, died Saturday, March 1, 2014.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Saturday, March 8, at Tyree Funeral Home in Mount Hope, with Pastor Sam Vance officiating. Burial will follow at Willis Branch Community Cemetery at Pax. Friends may call one hour prior to the service Saturday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial donations be made in Bill’s memory to the Packs Branch Baptist Church Missionary Fund.

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

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope.



Gail Martin

NALLEN — Gail Martin, 51, of Nallen, passed away Sunday, March 2, 2014.

Services are pending at Wallace & Wallace Inc. of Ansted.

Harold Albert ‘John’ Massie

ALDERSON — Harold Albert “John” Massie, 63, of Alderson, formerly of Ronceverte, passed away Sunday, March 2, 2014.

Arrangements by Lobban Funeral Home, Alderson.



William D. McCroskey

PETERSTOWN — William D. McCroskey, 71, of Peterstown, passed away Monday, March 3, 2014.

Arrangements are incomplete at Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home, Peterstown.



Jacqueline Sue Clay Plummer

BRIDGETON, N.J. — Jacqueline Sue Clay Plummer of Bridgeton, N.J., formerly of Oceana, went to be with her Lord in Inspira Medical Center, Vineland, N.J.

Jackie was born at Montcoal, W.Va., a daughter of the late Thomas Jennings Clay and Lola Mae Morgan Clay of Dameron, W.Va.

She was preceded in death by her husband Charles R. Plummer, a son-in-law Keith Bassler and a brother Jennings Clay.

Jackie lived in Upper Deerfield Township, Bridgeton, N.J., and owned and operated her beauty shop on Laurel Heights Drive for more than 40 years.

Jackie was a long-standing member of Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church, Bridgeton, N.J.

She was a 1958 graduate of Oceana High School.

Survivors include her daughters Cheri (Jim) Clemet of Gibbstown, N.J., Terri Bassler Somerpoint, N.J.; a son Barry (Carla) Plummer, Bridgeton, N.J.; Granddaughters, Jackie Clemet, Gibbstown, N.J., and Kelly Plummer of Bridgeton, N.J.; grandsons James (Gretel) Clemet, Havre-De-Grace, Md., Bradley (Jessica) Plummer, Vineland, N.J., and Kevin Plummer, Bridgeton, N.J.; two sisters Janith Clay, Bridgeton, N.J., and Jaunetta (Rondell) Belcher, Sun Hill, W.Va.; and her “little girl” Daisy.

Her funeral services were held at Freitag Funeral Home, Bridgeton, N.J., with Pastor Kevin Davis of St. Pauls United Methodist Church, Paulsbora, N.J., officiating.

Jackie was laid to rest beside her husband Charles at Overlook Cemetery, Bridgeton, N.J.

For those who desire, memorial contributions may be made to: Susan G. Komen for the Cure, 5005 LBJ Fwy., Ste. 250, Dallas, TX 75244.

Safely Home- I am home in heaven, dear ones; Oh, so happy and so bright! There is perfect joy and beauty, In this everlasting light. All the pain and grief is over, Every restless tossing passed; I am now at peace forever, You shall rest in God’s own land. There is work still waiting for you. So you must not idly stand; Do it now, while life remaineth- You shall rest in God’s own land. When that work is all completed, He will gently call you Home; Oh, the rapture of that meeting, Oh, the joy to see you come!

This information was submitted by Evans Funeral Home.



Lena Giovanni Ramella

Lena Giovanni Ramella, 92, of Daniels, formerly of Welch, passed away Monday, March 3, 2014.

Born February 3, 1921, in Sicily, she was the daughter of the late Antonio and Francesca Rasi.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Roosevelt Ramella; sister, Maria Oliver; and brother, Francesco “Frank” Rasi.

Lena was a former sales clerk for McDowell Supply Co. She was a member of St. Francis DeSales Catholic Church and former member of St. Peters Catholic Church and St. Theresa’s Society in Welch as well as the garden club. She enjoyed cooking, sewing and gardening.

She is survived by her sons, David Ramella and Dennis Ramella both of Daniels and Reno Ramella and his wife Drema of Charleston, W.Va.; grandson, Joseph Ramella of Hurricane, W.Va.; sister, Thelma Dina Rasi of Bluefield, Va.; and brother, Dionigi (Dan) Rasi and his wife Nancy of Bluefield, W.Va.; as well as many nieces and nephews.

A funeral liturgy will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, March 6, 2014, at St. Francis DeSales Catholic Church with Monsignor Samuel Sacus and Father Patrick McDonough officiating. Burial will follow in Woodlawn Memorial Park in Bluewell.

Friends may visit with the family from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Calfee Funeral Home where a rosary will be recited at 7:45 p.m. led by Rev. Mr. Don Wise.

Pallbearers will be Anthony Ramella, Jerry Rasi, Mike Munsey, Monte Ramella and other family members and friends.

The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to St. Francis DeSales Catholic Church, 614 S. Oakwood Ave., Beckley, WV 25801, or to St. Peter’s Catholic Church, 111 Virginia Ave., Welch, WV 24801.

Online condolences may be left at www.calfeefh.com.

Arrangements by Calfee Funeral Home, Beckley.



Athos ‘Stack’ Roy

RAINELLE — Athos “Stack” Roy, 87, of Rainelle, passed away Saturday, March 1, 2014, in the Greenbrier Valley Medical Center at Fairlea, following a short illness.

Born March 11, 1926, in Rainelle, he was the son of the late Wesley and Ollie Crookshanks Roy.

Stack operated a small engine repair shop in Rainelle until he retired. He was a faithful member of the First Baptist Church in Rainelle.

In addition to his parents, Stack is preceded in death by his brothers Alvin Roy and wife Margie, Aven Roy and wife Mary; his sister Ava “Sis” Roy; and his nephew Ronald Roy.

Surviving Stack are his niece Karen Roy Tuisku and husband Paul of Rocky River, Ohio; his niece Annabelle Roy of Lowell, Ind., and numerous grand/great-nieces and nephews.

The family wishes to thank all the friends, church members and neighbors for all the kindness, generosity and support they provided to both Sis and Stack for many years.

Services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 5, at Smathers Funeral Chapel, Inc., with Pastor and friend Keith Shumaker officiating. Burial will follow in the Big Sewell Church Cemetery on Sewell Mountain.

Friends may call one hour before the service from 12 noon to 1 p.m. at the funeral home.

Online condolences at www.smathersfuneralchapelinc.com.

Arrangements by Smathers Funeral Chapel, Inc., Rainelle.



Mary Frances Sears

ALDERSON — Mary Frances Sears, 81, of Alderson, passed away Feb. 23, 2014.

Her wish was to be cremated. A memorial service will be at a later date.

Please send online condolences by visiting www.wallaceandwallacefh.com.

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Lewisburg.



Richard Johnston Vance

RONCEVERTE — Richard Johnston Vance, 92, of Ronceverte, passed away Monday, March 3, 2014.

Service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 6, at Morgan Funeral Home, Lewisburg. Burial will follow in Adwell Cemetery, Ronceverte. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 5, at the funeral home.

Arrangements by Morgan Funeral Home in Lewisburg.