The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

September 25, 2013

Obituaries — Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013

Clifton Wayne Ashley

Clifton Wayne Ashley, age 66, of Beckley, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, September 22, 2013, at Charleston CAMC General Division.

He was born in Clear Creek on August 4, 1947.

He was a coal miner, who worked at Maple Meadow Mining until his accident in 1978, and was a member of the UMWA and served in the United States Navy 1965 to 1969.

2nd Timothy 4:7, “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord the righteousness judge, shall give me at that day; and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.”

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Dorothy Mae Ashley; parents, Clifford and Genevie Ashley; grandparents, William and Alma Ashley, Noah Thomas and Nannie Bell Adkins; a special sister, Emogene Scicluna; six infant brothers and two infant sisters; brother in law, Donald Taylor; sister in law, Karen Queen; brother in law, Ronald Wriston;  in laws, Bill and Madeline Queen.

He is survived by his loving wife of 41 years, Diana (Wriston) Ashley and their children:  Denise and Jim Fletcher; Cliff and Denise Ashley; Richard and Stephanie Ashley; Melissa and Adam Compton (a special son in law) and former wife Susie Atkins. Special daughters: Karen Legg, Courtney Deaton, Charlotte Helmick and Sherry Brown. Sisters: Marie Lilly and spouse, Paul and Pastor Loretta Taylor. Special brothers in law and spouses: Bryant and Norma Queen, Johnny Queen and Kelly and Barb Wriston. A special sister in law Patty Wriston. Special honorary son-in-law John Legg; six grandchildren, Amanda, Christopher, Alex, Andrea, Ava and Nicholas and eight great grandchildren, all whom he loved unconditionally. Special nieces and nephews Clifford Scicluna, Gino Scicluna, Gina Overstreet, Toni Barnes and Chris Wriston. Also, a special friend Henry Dunbar. Isaiah 59:21 As for me, this is my covenant with them, saith the Lord; My spirit that is upon thee, and my words which I have put in thy mouth, shall not depart out of thy mouth, nor out of the mouth of thy seed, nor out of the mouth of thy seed’s seed, saith the Lord, from henceforth and forever.

He was a member of Ewing Creek Church and attended many other churches over the years. He enjoyed singing and playing guitar, hunting and fishing when he was able. He loved reading his Bible and listening to the Kingsman Quartet. He loved playing and going to Sweet Frogs with his special Great Grandaughter Izzy.

Services will be held 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27, 2013, at the Ewing Creek Church with Rev. Chris Wriston and Assistant Pastor Johnny Taylor officiating. Friends may visit with the family one hour prior to the service on Friday. Burial will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens at Prosperity.

Pallbearers will be Clifford and Gina Scicluna, Kent and Michael Taylor, John Legg, John Barnes, Dave Massey, Luther Ivey and Brian Zornes.

Donations may be made in lieu of flowers to the family.

Private online condolences, floral tributes, and other expressions of sympathy may be directed to the family via our guestbook at

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


Joe C. Boland

Joe C. Boland, 80, of Jumping Branch, was called to his heavenly home, Sunday, September 22, 2013, at Raleigh General Hospital following a long illness.

Born November 21, 1932, in Summers County he was a son of the late Harold and Hattie Higginbotham Boland.

Joe was a U.S. Army veteran having served in Germany. He served the state as a WV State Trooper securing the rank of corporal and upon retirement honorary captain. He served the Lord with his life and was proud to serve as Chaplain for the WV State Police for many years. Joe was a member and deacon of Bluestone Baptist Church. He was a former pastor of Stanaford Missionary Baptist Church and Wykle Community Church and had held many evangelical revivals across the state as well as the east coast.

Joe was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather who served God first then his country, state and community.

Other than his parents Joe was preceded in death by one brother, Merrell Boland; one half brother, Paul Boland and one half sister, Mildred Ulrich.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife of 62 years, Mrs. Margaret Hannigan Boland at home; one daughter, Teresa Lynette Lampe and husband John of Morganton, Ga.; two sons, Michael Joseph Boland and wife Myra of Hinton and Patrick Harrison Boland and wife Susan of Woodbridge, Va.; grandchildren, Kristopher Michael Boland and wife Megan, Kimberly Shafer and husband Josh, MacKenzie and Piper Boland; one great granddaughter, Carter Rhae Shafer; one sister, Joyce Hicks and husband Guy of Shady Spring; one sister in law, Shirley Boland of Jumping Branch; one nephew, Mitchell Boland and wife Susan of Shady Spring and one niece, Shari Thompson and husband Steve of Petersburg.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Friday, September 27, 2013, at Bluestone Baptist Church with Pastor Bill Fox and Corporal Jim Mitchell, Chaplain WV State Police. Burial will follow in the Restwood Memorial Gardens near Hinton. Friends may call at Bluestone Baptist Church from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday.

Members of the WV State Police will serve as pallbearers.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations of sympathy be made to the American Cancer Society.

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

Arrangements are by the Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors of Hinton.


Clyde Bostick

Clyde Bostick, age 66, of Beckley, passed away Tuesday, September  24, 2013, at his residence.

Arrangements are pending completion at Rose and Quesenberry, 1901 S. Kanawha Street Beckley.


Hazel M. Bradley

RAINELLE — Hazel M. Bradley, 69, of Rainelle, passed away Sunday, September 22, 2013, at CAMC, General Hospital in Charleston.

It was Hazel’s wishes to be cremated, with no services.

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace of Rainelle.


Dorothy Marie Buckingham

RAINELLE — Dorothy Marie Buckingham, 99, of Rainelle, formerly of Baltimore, Md., and Lewisburg, passed away Monday, Sept. 23, 2013, at Heartland of Rainelle nursing facility in Rainelle.

Born March 21, 1914, in Baltimore, Md., she was a homemaker and a member of the Highland First Church of God, Rainelle.

Survivors include two brothers, Thurman Wade of Lewisburg and Walter Wade of Alabama.

Services will be 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26, at the Wallace Memorial Mausoleum Chapel, Clintonville, with Pastor Bob Daniels officiating. Entombment will follow in the Wallace Memorial Mausoleum.

Visitation will be at the mausoleum chapel one hour prior to services.

Wallace & Wallace, Rainelle, is in charge of arrangements.


Eldron Hamilton

KOPPERSTON — Eldron Hamilton, 91, of Kopperston, passed away Monday, September 23, 2013.

Funeral services will be held at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 26, 2013, at the Clear Fork Valley Baptist Church with Rev. Rev Erwin Gregory officiating. Burial will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Beckley.

Friends may call from 10:30 a.m. until time of service on Thursday at the church.

E-mail letters of sympathy may be sent at

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


Dale Roger Harold

MARIANNA — Dale Roger Harold, 66, of Marianna, passed away, Monday, September 23, 2013.

The family wishes to honor Dale’s request of no service.

In lieu of flowers, the family would like donations to be made in Dales name to the following organizations: Hospice of Southern WV PO Box 1472 Beckley, WV 25802 or American Cancer Society (Lung Cancer) PO Box 22718 Oklahoma City, OK 73123.

E-mail letters of sympathy may be sent at

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


Sharon Justice

NORTH SPRING — Sharon Justice, 57, of North Spring, passed away Sunday, September 22, 2013, at her residence, following a long battle with cancer.

Sharon was born May 5, 1956, in Iaeger, a daughter of the late Billy James and Athlyn Jackson Hatfiled.

She was a homemaker, she loved her church family and was a founding member of the North Spring Baptist Church at North Spring. She also enjoyed dirt track racing.

Sharon was preceded in death by her parents.

Survivors include her husband of 39 years, Gordon Justice of the home; one son, Matt Justice and wife Mary Beth of Gilbert, W.Va.; one daughter, Amanda Kenneda and husband Chad of North Spring; two grandchildren, Ethan Kenneda of North Spring and Mattie Justice of Gilbert; one sister, Tammy Dillon and husband Gary of North Spring; one brother, Dale Hatfield and wife Christine also of North Spring; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Funeral services will be conducted Thursday, September 26, 2013, at 1 p.m., with Pastor Jerry Rose and Reverend Eugene Bailey officiating at the North Spring Baptist Church in North Spring. Burial will follow in Palm Memorial Gardens at Matheny.

Friends may visit with the family at the North Spring Baptist Church in North Spring, on Wednesday, September 25, 2013, from 6 to 10 p.m.

Serving as pallbearers will be Steven Dillon, Jonathan Hatfield, Thomas Justice, Scott Cline, Trevor Miller, and Chris Jackson.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Fanning Funeral Home in Iaeger is assisting the family.    


Billy Lester

On Friday, Sept. 20th, 2013, our most loved, Billy Lester passed away at his home in Mabscott.

Known affectionately as “Billy” all his life, William Edward Lester was born on July 15th, 1966, in Charlottesville, Va. He is the beloved son of Sandra Cassity Cole and her husband, William D. “Bill” Cole of Blue Jay and the late Billy D. Lester.

In addition to his father, Billy was preceded in death by his paternal and maternal grandparents, Arnold and Minnie Lester and James and Daisy Cassity; his aunt, Carolyn Maxey and his cousins, Mike Simmons and Samuel J. “Butch” Cassity.

Billy had attended Woodrow Wilson High School. He had been previously employed at Mabscott Post Office, Arrington Construction, Modley Plumbing and Heating, Thompson Printing, Beckley Newspaper, Bill Mahaffey Plumbing and Joe Bennett Plumbing.

When we his family remember Billy, we recall that “He never met a stranger. He touched the lives of many people. He had a strong faith in God that sustained his life. Billy’s love for family and friends was immeasurable.”

In addition to his mother he leaves to cherish his memory, his daughter, Amanda Lester; his brother, Matthew D. Lester; his favorite aunts, Jeanie Simmons and Lovonia Youtz; cousins, Terry Maxey, Rusty and Arlene Simmons, Brian Simmons, Jeanie D. Simmons Cole, Jimmy Cassity, Anna Cassity Willis and Bobby Willis, Cathy Cassity, Mary Beth Cassity, Jackie Cassity, Robin Cassity Bailey, and Chuck Lester.  

There will be no formal services.

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

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary and Cremation Center, Beckley.


Hugh L. Lucas

OAK HILL — Hugh L. Lucas, 74, of Oak Hill, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Monday, September 23, 2013, after a long illness.

He was born October 10, 1938, in Alexandria, Minn., to the late Clifford Charles Lucas and Sabina Clarissa Rhodes Lucas.

Hugh attended Brigham Young University from 1956 to 1959 and graduated from Concord College in 1986. He was a member of the U.S. Army Military Police Corps from 1961 to 1981 when he retired at the rank of Sergeant First Class. He was a police officer at the VA Hospital in Beckley, WV from 1981 to 1993. He worked as a security officer for the Wackenhut Corp, with duty at Kingston Resources, WV from 1994 to 2003. At the onset of his illness, he worked at Kingston Resources, and attained the rank of captain, a position created solely for him and a first for the company.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Charles Lucas, Richard Lucas and James Lucas; and sister, Harriet O’Neil.

Those left to cherish his memory are his loving wife of 46 years, Judith Ann Cook Lucas of Oak Hill; son, Mark L. Lucas and his wife Hyun of Winchester, Va.; daughters, Michelle D. Hylton and her husband Keith “Sam” of Oak Hill, Lisa D. Fields and her husband Andrew of Duffield, Va. and Shannon N. Burghduff and her husband Jeremy of Oak Hill; sisters, Phyllis Olson of Evansville, Minn., Pauline Peerbloom of Bloomington, Minn.; a spiritual daughter and son, Minister Debbie and Lewis Allen of Mount Hope; and 11 awesome grandchildren who all loved him dearly. He will be fondly remembered for his sense of humor and untiring desire to make us all laugh.

Our Dad was a loving father who loved the Lord and his family, who always put his wife and children’s needs and wants above his own. He has gone home to be with the Lord and will be greatly missed by all who love him. We love and honor you Dad!

Honoring Hugh’s wishes, his remains will be cremated. A private family memorial service will be held.

High Lawn Funeral Home, Oak Hill, is in charge of arrangements.


Rendia Plumley

Rendia Plumley, age 94, of Shady Spring, passed away at her home on Sunday, September 22, 2013.

Born on January 7, 1919, at Hump Mountain, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Tom and Elizabeth Ballengee.

Mrs. Plumley was a homemaker and was of the Baptist faith. She had made her home in Shady Spring for 63 years. She enjoyed making quilts and cooking.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Oley L. Plumley; a brother, Arthur Ballengee; a sister, Nora Heartfield; a granddaughter, Mary Clere; a grandson, Leffie Jarrell  a son-in-law, John Rogers, daughter-in-law, Kathy Ann Plumley; and two great grandchildren Sierra Ann Redden and Ryan Scott Cook.

Surviving are her children, Elmer Plumley and his wife Debbie of Shady Spring, with whom her home was made, Thelma Rogers of Cleveland, Ohio, Ethel Douglas and her husband Tom of Cleveland, Ohio, Oral Plumley and his wife Sandy of Shady Spring and Jean Scarlett and her husband Shane of Ohio and  Erman Plumley of Shady Spring; two brothers, Billy Ballengee of Shady Spring and Okley Ballengee of Shady Spring two sisters, Lottie Bennett of Shady Spring and Irene  Richmond of Beckley; 29 grandchildren, 34 great grandchildren, and four great–great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be conducted at the Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home Shady Spring Chapel on Thursday,  September 26, 2013, at 1 p.m. with Rev. Orville Setliff officiating. Burial will follow at Sunset Memorial Park in Beckley.

Friends may visit with the family one hour prior to the services at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be Jason Redden, Gary Sprouse, Justin Bennett, Randy Meadows, Tommy Dunn, and Jimmy Ballengee.

Private online condolences, floral tributes, and other expressions of sympathy may be directed to the family via our guestbook at

Arrangements are by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home Shady Spring Chapel, 729 Flat Top Road, Shady Spring.


Vernetta ‘Gay’ Williamson

Vernetta “Gay” Williamson, passed away Monday, September 23, 2013.

Funeral  services will be conducted  on Thursday, September 26, 2013, at 1 p.m. at Maryetta United Baptist Church with Pastor Lonnie Gore Jr., Rev. Barney Goins  and Rev. Larry Light officiating. Burial will follow in Forest Lawn Cemetery at Pecks Mill.

Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday at the church.

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Honaker Funeral Home in Logan is in charge of arrangements.