The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


June 25, 2013

Obituaries — Tuesday, June 25, 2013


James A. Walls Sr.

James A. Walls Sr., age 73, of Prosperity, formerly of Belle, went home to be with our Lord June 20, 2013, following a long illness.

Mr. Walls was born on August 18, 1939, in Gilbert, W.Va., and was the son of the late Leander “Lee” Walls and Orpha Bell Browning Walls.

He attended Baileysville High School in Mingo County before joining the U.S. Marine Corps. After serving in the Marine Corps, he relocated to Belle, where he worked as an upholsterer for more than 40 years, and owned Walls Upholstery for most of that time.

James was an active member of the Belle Church of the Nazarene for 37 years. He served as a board member, Sunday school superintendent, choir member, and song leader. He is probably best remembered for singing solos in church, and at local funerals.

James leaves behind his wife of 51 years, Frankie Walls of Beckley; daughter Amanda Walls Wellman, her husband Steve Wellman, grandsons J.C. Wellman and Joshua Wellman of Beckley; son James Walls Jr., his wife Jewell Nichols Walls, granddaughter Amber Walls Reeves of Belle; daughter Alisa Walls, grandson Chase Buonasera, granddaughter Christiana Walls of Beckley; brothers Darryl Walls of Lynco, Arley Walls of Oceana, Lowell Walls of Verner; and sister Florence Cline of Belle.

He was preceded in death by his mother and father, his sisters Opal Lester and Betty Woolum, brothers Teddy Walls, Danny Walls, Cecil Ardell Walls, three grandsons, and various aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, June 26, 2013, at Palm Memorial Gardens Mausoleum in Matheny, W.Va. Rev. Gary Browning will officiate. Friends may meet one hour prior to services. Mercer County Veteran’s Honor Guard will perform military rites.

The family will receive visitors at Melton Mortuary, 1200 Harper Road, Beckley, on Tuesday, June 25, 2013, from 6 to 8 p.m.

The family extends special thanks to the Beckley VA Hospital staff. Words cannot express our thankfulness for the compassionate care you gave our father and husband.

Condolences may be sent to the family’s guestbook at

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary and Cremation Center, Beckley.

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