The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

September 26, 2013

Obituaries — Thursday, Sept. 26, 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 in 1965-1969. 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 Gino  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.


James C. Beard

James ‘Jim’ Christopher Beard, 89, of Maxwell Hill, died Monday, Sept. 23, 2013.

The family requests that flowers be omitted.

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

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary and Cremation Center, Beckley.


Forrest Ray Childs

CRAWLEY — Forrest Ray Childs, 84, of Kieffer Rd., Crawley, died Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013.

His body is to be cremated and there will be no services at this time.

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace of Rainelle.


Theodore ‘Ted’ Crook

Theodore “Ted” Crook, age 92, of Cool Ridge, passed away Wednesday, September 25, 2013 at his residence.

Arrangements are pending completion at Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, 729 Flat Top Rd., Shady Spring.


Belinda ‘Pixie’ Garten

Belinda “Pixie” Garten, 63, of Beaver passed away at BARH, Wednesday, September 25, 2013 after an extended illness.

Belinda was affectionately known as Pixie most of her life. She was born July 10, 1950 to Cecil and Lucille Sizemore.

Pixie grew up in Rhodell and graduated from Stoco High School in Coal City class of 1968.

Other than her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 25 years Dennis Ralph Davis who passed away December 9, 2000.

Those left to cherish her memory are her loving husband who never left her side, Thomas Garten. Pixie and Tommy were married December 18, 2011; also surviving are her son Chip Booth and his wife Heather, her two beautiful granddaughters Sophie and Caroline Booth and her step-daughter Lisa Keiling and her husband Brian and two beautiful step-grandchildren Jessica and Will Keiling.

A celebration of Pixie’s life will be held in the Sanctuary at Oak Grove Church on Friday, September 27, beginning at 2 p.m. with a service at 4 p.m. where Kelly Gowan will preside.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to St. Jude Children’s Research at, an organization dear to Pixie’s heart.  

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

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary and Cremation Center, Beckley.


Eldron Hamilton

KOPPERSTON — Eldron Hamilton, 91, of Kopperston, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, September 23, 2013.

He was born April 15, 1922 in Hanging Rock, Ohio. He was the son of the late Booten and Ida Collins Hamilton. Also preceding him in death was his loving wife of 67 years Elizabeth Hamilton; three sisters Arizona Moore, Inais Keene and Clara May Hobbs; three brothers Willie Hamilton, Delmer Lee Hamilton and Elisha Hamilton; and one great grandson James.

Survivors include his two daughters Rebecca Adkins of Kopperston and Kay (Jackie) Sanders of Glen Fork; two sons Roger (Mai) Hamilton of Blytheville, Ark. and Gregory (Elizabeth) Hamilton of Hutto, Texas; two sisters Edith Elliott of Orange, Texas and Immogene (Silas) Stunbo of Coal Grove, Ohio; a niece Immogene of Texas; 13 grandchildren; 22 great grandchildren; one great great grandson; and a host of other loving family and friends.

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

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

The family wishes to extend their deep appreciation to Hospice of Southern West Virginia for your special care of their father.

E-mail letters of sympathy may be sent at

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


Lois Jean Tipton Harmon

Lois Jean Tipton Harmon, 74, of Daniels, died Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at the Bower’s Hospice House. Who treated us and cared for her with the greatest compassion, following a long battle with breast cancer.

Born December 4, 1938 at Hot Coal, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Charles and Goldie Tipton.

Mrs. Harmon was a caregiver to the elderly in her younger years.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Woodrow Harmon, a son, Donnie Harmon and a stepson, Randy Harmon; brothers, Charles Tipton, Homer Tipton, Carl Tipton and Jimmy Tipton; sisters, Garnet Martin, Betty Bell and Lulu Cox.

Those left to cherish her memory include her children, Clifford Harmon and wife of Missouri, Gloria and Hubert Harmon of Midway, Kenny Harmon of Wilmington, N.C., Ronnie Harmon of Beeson, Linda and Douglas Cunningham, Reda Alderman, Emogene Hornsby, Ruth and Johnny Perkins and Brenda Harmon, all of Sophia and Carol Harmon of Daniels who lived at home; sister, Shirley McBride of Ohio; brother, Marvin Tipton of Hinton; grandchildren, David, Matthew and Richard Harmon, Anita Robertson, Lee Hall, John and Tammy Alderman, Scott Harmon, Andrew Hornsby, Vivia Harmon, Ashley Harmon, Amy Collins, Crystal Smith and Donald Wayne Harmon; great grandchildren, Amber Carte, Hunter, Britney and Nicholas Hall, Cameron and Baylee Alderman, Jonathan and Alexandria Bowling, Allyssa Hornsby, Freya Senopole, Conner Harmon, Hanna and Haley Collins and Olivia Smith.

Services to celebrate the life of Lois Jean Tipton Harmon will be held 2 p.m. Saturday,  September 28, 2013 at Williams-Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Sophia. Following the services she will be laid to rest beside her husband at Hot Coal Cemetery, Hot Coal.

Friends may gather with the family from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Online condolences and other information can be found by visiting

Williams-Blue Ridge Funeral Home, 101 1st Street Sophia is honored to be serving the Harmon Family.


Elder George L. Hubbard

Elder George Lacester Hubbard was born March 8, 1934 in Glen White, W.Va., to the late George and Toreccie Hubbard. He departed this life on Friday, September 20, 2013 at his home in McDonough, Ga.

He leaves to mourn his beloved and devoted wife of 591⁄2 years, Delores C. Hubbard and eight children Perry T. (Addie) Hubbard, El Paso, Texas, Rodney Hubbard (deceased), Gail K. Martin, McDonough, Ga., Damon R. (Brenda) Hubbard, Ronceverte, W.Va., Faron A. Hubbard, Seattle, Wash., Kevin D. Hubbard, Woodbridge, Va., Robin M. (Jerry) Sherrod, St. Albans, W.Va., Jeffery A. (Janice) Hubbard, Ronceverte, W.Va. There are 11 grandchildren, one great grandchild and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday, September 27, 2013, at the Heart of God Ministries at 1703 South Kanawha Street, Beckley, W.Va., with Dr. Lester Turner officiating, with Master of Ceremonies District Elder Timothy Schofield. Burial will follow at Wallace Memorial Cemetery, Clintonville, W.Va.

Friends may call one hour prior to the service at Heart of God Ministries in Beckley.

Arrangements entrusted to Wallace & Wallace of Rainelle, W.Va.


Christine Jewell Taylor

Christine Jewell Taylor, 86, passed away on Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at Beckley Appalachian Regional Hospital following an extended illness.

Born on August 25, 1927 in Beckley, to the late Almer and Roxie Janney.

Mrs. Taylor was a homemaker and a member of Sophia Freewill Baptist Church. She enjoyed singing gospel in the Taylor Family. She enjoyed cooking for her family and spending precious time with her children and grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Mr. James W. Taylor; daughter, Jacqueline K. “Jackie” Simmons; and a grandson, Sergeant John David Meador II.

Those surviving include her children, Sharon A. Meador (John) of Lexington, S.C., Tamara Taylor of Sophia, Melissa Oaks (James) of Beckley; grandchildren, Robbie Lee Spires, Rodney V. Spires, James O. Meador, Michael Meador, Kassi C. Taylor, Kristin D. Belmont, Abby Oaks; great grandchildren, Justin D. Meador, Jessica A. Meador, Olivia D. Frost Meador, Brianna M. Meador, Cayden M. Meador, Ansley E. Meador, Elana L. Meador, and Miley D. Waddell.

Graveside rites and interment will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, September 27, 2013 at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens in Prosperity with Pastor James L. Oaks officiating.

Friends may gather at the cemetery at 10 a.m. for visitation.

Private online condolences, floral gifts, and other expressions of sympathy may be made to the family via

Arrangements with Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, 1901 South Kanawha Street in Beckley.


Michael Anderson Thompson

LINDSIDE — Michael Anderson Thompson, 56, of Lindside, passed away Tuesday, September 24, 2013.

Memorial service will be held 2 p.m. on Friday, September 27, 2013 at Wickline Funeral Home. Burial will follow in North Carolina at a later date

Online condolences may be made at

Arrangements by Wickline Funeral Home of Lindside.