The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

October 5, 2013

Obituaries — Saturday, October 5, 2013


Clarence ‘Jiggs’ Brewer

Clarence ‘Jiggs’ Brewer, a native of Logan, died Oct. 2, 2013.

Service will be 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013, at Mounts Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. Arville Cline officiating. Burial will follow in Highland Memory Gardens, Godby Heights.

Friends may call from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Online at www.mountsfuneralhome.com

Arrangements by Mounts Funeral Home, Gilbert.

Johnny Mack Brown Sr.

DAVIN — Johnny Mack Brown Sr., 59, of Davin, passed away on Friday, October 4, 2013.

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

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

Okey Thomas Cook

1 Corinthians 13:13 And now abideth faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of this is love.

Okey Thomas Cook Jr., age 54, of Daniels, went to his heavenly home on Monday,  October 1, 2013.

Born on May 24, 1959 in Baltimore, Md., he was the son of Sylvia Kincaid Cook of Coal City and the late Okey Thomas Cook Sr.

In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his paternal and maternal  grandparents, also by nephews, James Gardner and Christian Bolen.

Okey was a coal miner for 36 years and was employed by Affinity Coal Company. He attended the Whitby Church of God. He and his wife enjoyed horseback and buggy riding and currently owned four horses.

In addition to his mother, those left to cherish his memory include his wife Debbie Lilly Cook who he said was the love of his life and his gift of God, a son Eddie Lilly and his wife Amanda, of Daniels, daughters, Jamie Kelley of Odd, Samantha Johnson and her husband Scott of North Carolina and Elizabeth Cook of Tennessee; a son Brandon Trivett of Florida.   Sisters, Beverly Evans and her husband Mason, Darlene Israel, Sherri Bolen and her husband Chris, all of Coal City. He also had eight grandchildren and several nieces and nephews, along with a special friend Tim Lusk and others.

Funeral services will be conducted at the Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home Shady Spring Chapel on Saturday, October 5, 2013 at 3 p.m. with Rev. Kepple Bolen officiating.  Burial will follow at the Lilly Family Cemetery on Hughes Road, Daniels.

Friends may call two hours prior to the service Saturday at the funeral home in Shady Spring.

Pallbearers will be Eddie Lilly, Scott Johnson, Chris Bolen, Mason Evans, Brantly Gardner, Dustin Tuma, Mikey Israel and Christopher Bolen.

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 Shady Spring Chapel, 729 Flat Top Road, Shady Spring.

Margaret Ann Dickesson

FENWICK — Margaret Ann Dickesson, 65, of Fenwick, (formerly of Kellogg, Idaho and Hominy Falls, W.Va.), passed away Thursday, October 3, 2013.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.wallaceandwallacefh.com

Arrangements are pending, Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Rainelle, in charge.

Kenneth E. ‘Skip’ Freeman

Kenneth E. “Skip” Freeman, 69, of Beckley, died Wednesday, October 2, 2013.

Arrangements entrusted to Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.



Louella ‘Cricket’ Yvonne Hedrick

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS — Louella “Cricket” Yvonne Hedrick, 58, of White Sulphur Springs passed away on October 3, 2013.

There will be a visitation service on Monday, October 7, 2013 in the chapel of Shanklin Funeral Home from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Shanklin Funeral Home, White Sulphur Springs is serving the family.

George Francis Kisiel

BOZOO — George Francis Kisiel, 62, of Bozoo, formerly of Trenton, N.J., passed away Thursday, October 4, 2013 at home.

Online at www.broyles-shrewsbury.com

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

Velma Sue Bailey McCoy

BRENTON — Velma Sue Bailey McCoy, 68, of Brenton, passed away on Friday, October 4, 2013.

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

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

Chessie Mae Meadows

CRAWLEY — Chessie Mae Meadows, 92, of Crawley, passed away Thursday, October 3, 2013, at Greenbrier Valley Medical Center, Ronceverte.

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Rainelle.

Mark Thompson Miller Sr.

OAK HILL — Mark Thompson Miller Sr., 89, of Oak Hill, died Friday, October 4, 2013, at Bowers Hospice House.

Born December 20, 1923 on a farm near Hans Creek in Monroe County, W.Va. he was the youngest son of the late Samuel Reuben and Dora Thompson Miller.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his siblings, Harriett Dillon, Zenith Morgan, Stella Martin, Susan “Blanche” Campbell, Samuel “Wade,” Arthur Dean, Charles “Winfred,” and Hugh. He was also preceded by his son, James Eugene “Jimmy” Miller.

He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Frances Gill Miller, son Mark T. “Tom” Miller Jr. and his wife Jane, daughter-in-law Janet, grandchildren (who knew him as “PaPa”) Marc Christopher Miller, Aaron Miller, Samuel Miller, Candice Miller, Lesley Miller, and Andrew Miller, as well as seven great-grandchildren and many cherished nieces and nephews.

Mark recently retired as President of Fayco Lumber Company, where he worked for over 65 years. A great community leader, he gave much of his time and expertise to help others, including work with the Oak Hill Lions Club, where he achieved the rank of District Governor, the United Methodist Church, and the Knights of Pythias. He is also a past president of the Builders Supply Association of West Virginia.

Friends may gather with the family from 3 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, October 6, 2013 at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill.  

Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, October 7, 2013 at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill with Dr. Charles Miller officiating. Entombment will follow at High Lawn Memorial Park Mausoleum, in Oak Hill.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Lions Clubs International Foundation (Department 4547, Carol Stream, IL 60122-4547) or Bowers Hospice House (454 Cranberry Drive, Beckley, WV 25801).

Online condolences may be sent at www.tyreefuneralhome.com

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Calvin Clarence Robertson

WRISTON — Calvin Clarence Robertson, 84, of Wriston, went home to be with his Jesus on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at Bowers Hospice House in Beckley.

Born September 26, 1929 at Taylor Branch, W.Va., he was the son of the late Walter Cecil and Mary Ellen Walker Robertson.

He was a retired surface miner having been a heavy equipment operator.

Mr. Robertson was a member of the Loup Creek Baptist Church, Wriston where he was Senior Deacon and had served for many years.. He was a member of the UMWA.

One brother, Alvin Robertson and three sisters, Gladys Jarrell, Garnet Skaggs and Mary Stump preceded him in death.

Those left behind to cherish the wonderful memories of his life are his wife, Margaret Lee Legg Robertson; children, Clarence Edward Robertson and wife, Debbie of Smyrna, Ga., Larry Robertson and wife, Pattie of Hico, John Steven Robertson and wife, Shelia of Hurricane, Linda Parrott and husband, Barry of Hiram, Ga., Terry Robertson and his fiance, Rhonda Protka of Oak Hill and Debbie Adamson and husband, Steve of Fayetteville; one sister, Pauline Plance of Pennsylvania; 13 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren; five step grandchildren and 17 step great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be on Sunday, October 6, 2013 at 2 p.m. at the Loup Creek Baptist Church in Wriston with Pastor Melvin “Buck” Nottingham officiating. Burial will be at the Robertson Family Cemetery, Wriston.

Visitation will be held at Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill on Saturday, October 5, 2013 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Online condolences may be sent at www.tyreefuneralhome.com

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Charles ‘Cotton’ Sawyers

BACKUS MOUNTAIN — Charles (Cotton) Sawyers, 84, of Backus Mtn., passed away Wednesday, October 2, 2013.

Services will be at 2 p.m., Monday, October 7, 2013, at the Wallace & Wallace Chapel, Rainelle, with Pastor Mike Nutter officiating.    

Friends may gather with the family Sunday, October 6, 2013, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Wallace & Wallace Chapel.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.wallaceandwallacefh.com

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Rainelle.

Morgan Breanna Welch Smith

Morgan Breanna Welch Smith, age 26 of Pax, along with her infant daughter Isabella Noelle passed away on Thursday, October 3, 2013 as a result of an automobile accident.

Born on September 10, 1987 in Cumberland, Md., and was the adopted daughter of Walter and Phyllis Welch of Shady Spring and was the biological daughter of Mark Welch and his wife Lisa of Statesville, N.C.

Morgan was a former employee of Lowe’s of Beckley and Staples Office Supplies in Beckley. She was a 2004 graduate of Shady Spring High School and attended New River Technical College and the Statesville Christian School in Statesville, N.C. (until the 10th grade). Morgan was a member of the North Gate Baptist Church in Beckley, and had been attending the Calvary Assembly of God in Beckley.

She competed in barrel and endurance racing as a young girl for several years. She placed third place for 25 miles in her age group in the endurance racing. She always had a love for horses.  

Morgan was preceded in death by her grandparents, Jack and Evelyn Walker, and Walter and Kizzie Welch. She was also preceded in death by an aunt who was very dear to her, Kathy Bodiford, and also by an aunt Christine Barnes.

Survivors include her children, two daughters, Haylea Breann Smith and Skyler Grace Brown and a son Michael Lowell Smith; a sister, Crysta Noel Welch of Statesville, N.C.;  step sisters, Ashley Niccole Wardell of Newton, N.C., Stephanie Elyse Bledsoe and her husband Michael of Mocksville, N.C.

Morgan was loved by all who knew her, and will be missed by family and friends.

Funeral services will be conducted at the Rose and Quesenberry Peace Chapel in Beckley on Sunday, October 6, 2013 at 3 p.m. with Pastor John Jordan officiating. Entombment will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens Mausoleum at Prosperity.

Friends may visit with the family at the funeral home from 6 to 9 p.m. on Saturday.

Pallbearers will be family members and friends.

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.

Wanda Humphrey Stover

MT. HOPE — Wanda Merle Humphrey Stover, 90, passed away Thursday, October 3, 2013, at the Bowers Hospice House after having several strokes.

Born July 16, 1923, in Pax, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Minnie Mae Evans Humphrey and her father, Jarrell Humphrey, who died before Wanda was born.

She was a 1941 graduate of Pax High School, where she enjoyed baseball, tennis, swimming and cheerleading. She fondly looked forward to attending all the Pax School Reunions.

At the age of 19, Wanda boarded a train with $15 in her pocket and went to Elkton, Md., where she worked in an ammunitions plant. She was proud to call herself a “Rosie the Riveter”. She met the man who was to become her husband at the Pax swimming hole. Bonnie Ray (Barney) Stover married Wanda on February 11, 1946 and they were inseparable until his passing in 1988.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers, Bruce Humphrey, Clarence “Froggy” Humphrey, Billie Humphrey, and sister, Geraldine Hurt Hamilton. She has one surviving brother, Lacy Hurt, from Pax.

Wanda took great pride in her flower gardens, her quilting, her children and their families and in her church, the Maynor Free Will Baptist Church. She loved to travel and especially loved to swim.

Surviving are her children, Kathy Vance and husband, Larry of Packs Branch, Lynn Carr and husband, Wes, of Cool Ridge, Douglas Stover of Sand Branch, and Vicki Kiser and husband, Randy, of Prince. She has eight grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.

Services will be Sunday, October 6 at 2 p.m. at the Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley with Pastor Larry Brown officiating. Following the services she will be laid to rest at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Beckley.

Friends may call from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Saturday evening at the funeral home.

Grandsons and friends will serve as pallbearers.

Online condolences and other information can be found by visiting www.blueridgefuneralhome.com

Blue Ridge Funeral Home, 5251 Robert C. Byrd Drive, Beckley is in charge of the  arrangements.

Junior Norman Tincher

RAINELLE — Junior Norman Tincher, of Rainelle, passed away Thursday, October 3, 2013 in the Greenbrier Valley Medical Center at Fairlea, following a short illness.

Born March 17, 1924, he was the last survivor of the late J.N. “Doc” and Hettie Simms Tincher family.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 48 years, Louise Simms Tincher, August 23, 1994; three sisters Letha and Nina Tincher and Leny McGuire and six brothers Buery, Gordan, Ray, Rankin and Clyde Tincher and Ernie Osborne.

Junior was a member of the Little Sewell Baptist Church, Crag, where attended since birth. He served under seven pastors who loved the Lord. Junior was a proud U.S. Navy veteran of WWII. He, Louise and their sons were the owners of the Tincher Poultry Farm at Crag. Junior was a coal miner and retired from the Greenbrier County Board of Education after 28 years of service as a bus driver.

Survivors include two sons, John Hilton Tincher and wife Connie of Lewisburg and Herman Lee Tincher and wife Donna of Winchester, Tenn.; six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; and a special friend, Wilda Judy of Lawn.

Services will be 1 p.m. Sunday, October 7, at Smathers Funeral Chapel, Inc. with Pastor Ray Sexton officiating. Burial will follow in the Wallace Memorial Cemetery at Clintonville.

Friends may call Saturday, October 5, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Online condolences at www.smathersfuneralchapelinc.com

Arrangements by Smathers Funeral Chapel, Inc., Rainelle.

Betty Ann Keeney Sheppard Toler

CLEAR FORK — Betty Ann Keeney Sheppard Toler, 65, of Clear Fork, passed away on Wednesday October 2, 2013 following a sudden cardiac event.

She was born April 29, 1948 in Cyclone, a daughter of Verna May Stevens Keeney of Neola, W.Va. and the late Bill Woodrow Keeney.

She was a retired coal miner having worked at US Steel’s Pinnacle Mine. Betty was a 1966 graduate of Oceana High School. Also preceding her in death was a brother Bill Keeney Jr., grandparents Annie Cook, Johnny Keeney and Sadie and Walter Stevens and a nephew Kim Wells.

Survivors include her loving husband of 28 years, Jimmy Darrell Toler; two daughters Verna Renae (Greg) Pennington and Virginia Lynn “Jenny” (James) Belcher; two step-sons Allen Darrell Toler and Mark Edward Toler; four sisters Norma Jean Wells and companion Ed Dunn, Eva (Wilburn) Bailey, Rita (Gene) Harvey, and Judy Lynn (Terry) St. Clair; a brother Joe (Linda) Keeney; five grandchildren D.J., Steven Trevor, Brian Austin, Seth Alexander and Victoria Ann; two great grandchildren Ethen and Madison; and a host of other loving family and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m. on Sunday, October 6, 2013 in the Chapel of Stafford Family Funeral Home with Rev. Johnny Toler and Rev. Eddie B. Aliff officiating. She will be laid to rest in the Cook – Keeney Cemetery, Cyclone. Friends may gather with the family from 2 p.m. until service time at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be grandsons and family.

The family would like to express special thanks to the Clear Fork Advent Church and the Faith Baptist Church.

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

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

Mae Jean Wenger

ZELA — Mae Jean Wenger, 81, of Zela, passed away Thursday, October 3, 2013.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, October 7, 2013 in the White Funeral Home at Summersville with Pastor David Lancaster officiating.

Friends may call at the funeral home on Monday one hour prior to the services.

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

Arrangements by White Funeral Home, Summersville.