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July 10, 2014

Obituaries — Thursday, July 10, 2014

James ‘JC’ Adkins

WHARNCLIFFE — James “JC” Adkins, 90, died Tuesday, July 8, 2014.

Service will be 1 p.m. Friday, July 11, 2014, at the Mounts Funeral Home Chapel, Gilbert. Burial will follow in the Hatfield Cemetery, Sharon Heights, Hampden.

Arrangements by Mounts Funeral Home, Gilbert.

Daniel L. Bailey

Daniel Lee Bailey, of Harper, died Tuesday, July 8th , 2014, at the Veterans Area Medical Center here in Beckley. He was 65 years of age.

Arrangements are being handled by Melton Mortuary. Online condolences may be mailed to

Lorraine Phyllis Bragg

STATESVILLE, N.C. — Lorraine Phyllis Bragg, 57, formerly of Marfrance and Rainelle area, passed away early Tuesday morning, July 8, 2014, at the home of her sister in Marfrance, WV, following a sudden illness.

Born March 16, 1957, she was the daughter of the late Elbert Lee Sr. and Mable Marie Hamonds Bragg.

In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her step-father, Walter Walkup, and a brother Houston “Hookie” Trout. She was a member of Statesville Full Gospel Tabernacle of Statesville, N.C. Lorraine worked as a manager of a retail store, loved gospel music, and spending quality time with her family.

Those left to cherish her memory are: two daughters, Stephanie Hummel and husband Thomas of Statesville, N.C. and Sarah Huntley and husband Tony of Statesville, N.C.; four sisters: Linda Garcia (Richard) of Nettie, Drema Trout of Marfrance, Suellen McClung and husband Tom of Statesville, N.C., Jewel Bragg (Lloyd) of Nettie, W.Va.; two brothers, Elbert Bragg Jr., of Nettie, and Delbert Bragg and wife Lori of Marfrance; five grandchildren,  Charlie, Abigail, Thomas, Chloe and Brooklyn.

 Services will be at 2 p.m., Friday, July 11, 2014, at Wallace & Wallace Chapel in Rainelle, with Pastor Phillip Clark officiating. Burial will follow in Wallace Memorial Cemetery, Clintonville.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday evening at the funeral home.

Please send online condolences to:

Arrangements entrusted to Wallace & Wallace of Rainelle.

Esther Elizabeth Reed Cafego

OAK HILL — Esther Elizabeth Reed Cafego, 96, of Oak Hill, died on Monday, July 7, 2014.

Funeral services will be on Thursday, July 10, 2014, at 11 a.m. at the Oak Hill Church of the Nazarene. Burial will be at High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill. Friends may call one hour prior to the service Thursday at the church.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Nancy Jane Crowder

Nancy Jane Crowder, 78, of Prosperity, went home to be with her Jesus on July 7th 2014 at Plateau Medical Center in Oak Hill, after a long illness of congestive heart failure.

Nancy was born September 20th 1935 in Beckley, to the late Basil Ray and Lettie Margaret Williams.

Nancy worked as a cook in the public schools, and then later opened her own catering service. She has made many beautiful wedding cakes. She always did the extra things to help people’s special day more special. She always had a huge smile on her face and a kind word for all. Nancy had an amazing sense of humor; she loved to laugh and enjoyed making other people happy as well. She made her home a warm and inviting place for others.

Nancy was a member of the Maple Fork Baptist Church where she loved spending time. She loved her church family, and they loved her!

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband of 28 years, Henry F. Crowder; brother Ralph Williams and a sister, Linda Crouch.

Those left to cherish her memory are her son, Dale Cadle and his wife Barbara of Beckley; daughter, Sandy D. Milam and her husband Andy of Waskom Texas; son, Henry A. Crowder and his wife Beth of Fayetteville, N.C; daughter, Varina Crowder Rochette and her husband Rocky from Fort Mead, Fla.; grandchildren Jeremy Crowder his wife Andrea, Heather Austin and her husband Chris, James Alfred Milan, Missy Royster and her husband Jimmy, Donna Glisson and her husband Jamie; great grandchildren Jackson and Madison Crowder, Amber and Jimmy Royster, Pearl, Rena Crowder. Patsy Webb, Jamie Jr.; sisters, Peggy Venable her husband Lee of Hague, Va., Margaret William Roop of Beckley, Betty Williams Goad of Prosperity, Lisa Felice and her husband Adria of Florence, S.C., Cathy Williams of Prosperity; and also numerous of nieces and nephews.

A celebration of Nancy’s life will be 1 p.m. Saturday, July 12, 2014, at the Maple Fork Baptist Church with Pastor Jim Bowyer officiating. Interment will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens in Prosperity.

The family will receive friends on July 11, 2014, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the church.

Pallbearers will be Jeremy Crowder, Randy Stump, Glen Williams, Buford Williams, Kevin Godbey, Robert and Billy Austin, Barry Pennington.

In lieu of flowers donations in Nancy’s memory to the Good News Hour, P.O. Box 203,  Bradley, WV 25801.

Nancy nourished people around her with her love and faith in God.

We would like to thank all of the people over at Hidden Valley Nursing Home and a special thank-you to her nurse Pam Givens. 

Online condolences are available to the family by visiting

Arrangements are under the direction of Blue Ridge Funeral Home and Cremations, 5251 Robert C. Byrd Drive in Prosperity.

Charles Edward ‘Concrete’ Jones

Charles Edward “Concrete” Jones, 63, of Beckley, died Saturday, July 5, 2014.

Born July 11, 1950, in Beckley, W.Va., he was the son of the late Loraine and Juanita Jones.

Self-employed, “Concrete” was a member of Second Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon, trustee, devotional leader, sang in the choir, evangelized, and picked up children for Sunday school.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Carolyn Moore; brother, Loraine Jones Jr.; children, Arnell Peoples and Kizzy Rhodes; grandmother, Gladys Jones; great-grandmother, Dora Snyder; and paternal grandparents, Tom and Bessie Jones.

Left to cherish precious memories are his children, Carlos Rhodes and Sybil Rhodes of Virginia, Alicia (James) Braswell of Chicago; brother, Brian Jones of Beckley; sister, Karen (Lou) McCray of Beckley; seven grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

Funeral service will be 12 noon, Friday, July 11, 2014, at Second Baptist Church, 700 F. Street, Beckley, with Rev. Rudolph Poindexter officiating. Burial will follow in Greenwood Memorial Park, Beckley.

Friends may call one hour prior to the services at the church.

Condolences may be emailed to

Arrangements entrusted to Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.

Elsie Dorine Martin Kelly

OAK HILL — Elsie Dorine Martin Kelly, 91, of  Oak Hill, died on Tuesday, July 8, 2014.

Funeral services will be on Friday, July 11, 2014, at 2 p.m. at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill, with Rev. David Sneed officiating. Burial will be at Gethsemane Memorial Gardens, Oak Hill.

Friends may call one hour prior to the service on Friday at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Owen ‘Rex’ Kinder

Owen “Rex” Kinder of Walhonde Village, W.Va., passed away Monday, July 7, 2014.

Service will be 1 p.m. Saturday, July 12, 2014, at Armstrong Funeral Home, Whitesville, with the Rev. Janice Florentz officiating. Burial will follow in Pineview Cemetery, Orgas, with military graveside rites by VFW Post No. 5578 of Madison.

Friends may call 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Arrangements by Armstrong Funeral Home, Whitesville.

Richard Harvey Lilly

Richard Harvey Lilly, of Beaver, joined his loving wife, Sunday, July 6, 2014.

Born December 8, 1942, he was the son of the late Joseph and Daisy Allen Lilly.

Richard enjoyed hunting, fishing and spending time with his grandchildren and gardening. He was a graduate of WVU and was employed for 27 years with the Department of Agriculture.

In addition to his parents, Richard is preceded in death by his wife, Judith Hatcher Lilly; brother, Tommy E. Lilly; step-father, Ray Young; brother-in-law, Jim Lowry.

Those left to cherish his memory include, sons, Alex Lilly and wife Kim, Joseph Lilly; daughter, Nicole Tomlin and husband, David; grandchildren, Garret Tomlin, Megan Painter; great-grandchildren, Trinity Tomlin, Avagail Painter; grandchildren, Zach Bowden, Ashley Bowden, Bobbi Jo Bowden; sisters, Alma Jo Lowry, Doris Ann Meador and husband, Jim; also many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, July 12, 2014, at Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley.

Friends may gather with the family Saturday from 2 to 3 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made in his honor to the Bowers Hospice House, 454 Cranberry Drive, Beckley, WV.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Arrangements by Blue Ridge Funeral Home, 5251 Robert C. Byrd Drive, Beckley.

Russell Harry      Magargal

DUNNS — Russell Harry Magargal, age 59 of Dunns, passed away at the Princeton Community Hospital on Tuesday, July 8, 2014.

Born on November 19, 1954, in Norristown, Pa., he was the son of the late Russell Magargal and Elizabeth Cunningham Magargal. All of his family was raised in the Catholic faith.

Russell was retired from Genurdi Supermarkets in Pennsylvania with 38 years of service as a meat cutter. He was a proud Irishman who loved bagpipes, playing harmonica, once as a blues brothers act, and was a big fan of the Mummers Parade in Philadelphia, Pa.

Russell was on dart, pool, and horseshoe leagues for many years. He also played on many softball teams in the Pennsylvania  area, and was an avid Philadelphia Eagles and Philadelphia Flyers fan, along with NASCAR. Russell enjoyed building various model ships, especially battleships and carriers.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Dennis Magargal.

Those survivors left to cherish his memory include his wife Pamela Coalson Mize  Magargal; two daughters, Cathy Mize and her companion Bruce Keaton of Pipestem, and Melissa Spera of Pennsylvania; a sister, Karen Slattery and her husband Tom of  Douglasville, Pa.; a sister-in-law Arlene Magargal of Graterford, Pa.; two grandchildren, Samantha Mize of Huntington, W.Va. and Gregory Keaton of Pipestem; three nieces, a nephew, and one great nephew also survive.

A memorial service will be held at the Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home Shady Spring Chapel on Friday, July 11, 2014, at 2 p.m., with Rev. Dan Coalson officiating.

Friends may visit with the family one hour prior to the memorial service on Friday at the funeral home.

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.

Sharon Ann       Malcomb

TIOGA — Sharon Ann Malcomb, 34, of Tioga, died Monday, July 7, 2014.

In keeping with her wishes the body was cremated there will be no services

There will be a private family service at the residence at a later date.

Condolences may be sent to the family at

Rev. Sterling D. Morgan

LEWISBURG — Rev. Sterling D. Morgan, 80, of Lewisburg, passed away Sunday, July 6, 2014, at his home.

Born April 8, 1934, in Ronceverte, he was the son of the late Homer K. and Elizabeth Jackson Boone Morgan.

Rev. Morgan was a member of the Conference of the United Methodist Church and served the churches of the Blue Sulphur Charge, Bascom-Quinwood Charge, Sophia-Mabscott Charge, Williamsburg Charge and Perry Memorial Church in Shady Spring. Prior to entering the ministry, Sterling served his country in the U.S. Army, was a Prudential Insurance Agent, worked for E. M. Meadows Funeral Home, Kroger, and John Doyle Grocery. He also served on the Summers County Board of Education.

Sterling loved gospel music and began group singing while still in high school. Throughout his life and ministry, he sang Bass with several Quartets and Choirs.

In addition to his parents, Sterling was preceded in death by his brothers, Herman, Ed, Wallace, and Wellar Morgan; Ed, Alfred, and Ralph Boone, and sisters Thelma Howard, Charlotte Reed, Annabel Johnson, Iva Hall, and Alice Boone.

Survivors include his loving wife of 58 years, Sue Graham Morgan; children, Neil Morgan (Sandra), Debbie Redden (Randy), Timothy Morgan (Shawn), Barbara Morgan, Kellen Leef (Mike) and Shannon Morgan (Leandra); grandchildren, Katie, Alex, Anthony, Luke, Rachel, Melissa, Jenny, Mary Beth, Daniel, Shaun, Shanna, Curtis and Leon; 22 great grand children and one great great-grandchild; brothers, Roy Boone and Victor Morgan (Martha) both of Hinton; sister, Barbara Morgan Scott of Millsboro, Del.; and sister-in-law, Theresa Boone of Georgetown, Del.

Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m., Saturday at Morgan Funeral Home in Lewisburg and on Sunday from 12:30 to 3 p.m. at the Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors in Hinton.

Services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, July 13, 2014, at Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlor in Hinton, with Rev. Jack Stevens, Rev. Roy Gwinn and Rev. B.J. Shields officiating. Burial will follow in Mt. Pisgah United Methodist Church Cemetery at Hilldale.

Contributions may be made in memory of Sterling to: HospiceCare of Lewisburg, 223 Maplewood Avenue, Lewisburg, WV 24901; United Methodist Committee on Relief through local United Methodist Churches; James Holliday Van Fund, c/o Ronceverte Baptist Church, Ronceverte, WV 24970.

Online condolences may be expressed at

Arrangements by Morgan Funeral Home, Lewisburg.

John Kristin Navicki

OAK HILL — Surrounded by loving family and friends, John Kristin Navicki, 44, of Oak Hill, died at Charleston Area Medical Center on June 5, 2014, following a four-year struggle with complications related to a stroke.

John was a 1988 graduate of Oak Hill High School where he served as captain of the football and baseball teams. He also attended Concord College. He was an avid sportsman who played golf, bowled, and fished. These activities were especially meaningful to him when he was accompanied by his son, Jacob.

John’s outgoing personality, sense of humor, and passionate love of tales were assets to his chosen career as an operations manager at the Augusta National Golf Course in Augusta, Ga. His profession allowed John the opportunity to share stories with fascinating, national and international guests attending the Masters’ Tournaments. While preparing for the 2010 Masters’ Tournament, John suffered a debilitating stroke. At that time, he returned to Oak Hill where he was tenderly cared for by his family and friends.

John is survived by his son, Jacob, a sophomore at Marshall University; his parents, Larry and Suellen Pinson Navicki of Oak Hill; a loving, attentive brother, Allen Navicki and his wife, Lee Ann of Oak Hill; two nieces, Julia and Alaina Navicki of Oak Hill, as well as a large extended family. John was blessed by the friendships of Gladys Smith and Gretchen Bradshaw of Oak Hill as well as that of his closest cousin and best friend, Dr. Scott Keffer of Victor.

He was preceded in death by his eldest brother, Lawrence E. (Nicky) Navicki; paternal grandparents, Frank and Julia Navicki; maternal grandparents, Benjamin and Katie A. Pinson, and his aunts and uncles.

In keeping with his wishes, John’s remains were cremated. A private memorial mass was celebrated for the family at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Oak Hill on June 11, by The Reverend Carlos Melocoton.

John’s friends and classmates as well as family friends are invited to attend a celebration of his life on Sunday, July 13, from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Three Gables Restaurant to share memories of John as we keep him forever alive in our hearts.

In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial contributions be made in memory of John to the OHHS/CHS Alumni Association, PO Box 462, Oak Hill, WV 25901.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

James Kenneth Pack

James Kenneth Pack, age 71 of Beckley, formerly of Tyler, Texas, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, July 7, 2014 at the Bowers Hospice House in Beckley, following an extended illness.

Born May 16, 1943, in Pax, W.Va., he was the son of the late Fredrick and Mary Gray Pack.

James was a retiree of Lane Construction Corporation of Connecticut, a former employee of Vecellio and Grogan and was a former coal miner. He was of the Christian faith and was loyal to his family and to his God.  

Other than his parents, he was preceded in death by the love of his life, his wife, Opal Ray Pack; a son, Wayne Pack, a grandson, William James Pack, and his brothers, Fred and Ronnie.

Those left to cherish his memory are his children, Wanda Chambers of Maple Fork, Tammy Sarab of Jacksonville, Fla., Robin Landrum of Arlington, Texas, Lisa Hatcher of Blacksburg, Va., Jake Pack of Alvarado, Texas, Rachelle Pack of Madison, Wis., Pamela McBride of Carthage, Texas, Jacob Pack of St. Albans, W.Va.; seven grandsons, eight  granddaughters, two great grandsons; brothers, Greg and Bruce Pack; sisters, Kathy Perdue, Pat Meadows, Barbara Vance and Dorena Plumley; and a host of other family and friends survive.  

A celebration of his life will be held at the Rose and Quesenberry Peace Chapel on Friday, July 11, 2014, at 7 p.m. with his son, Minister Jacob Pack conducting the service.

Friends may visit with the family one hour prior to the service.

A graveside service will be held on Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens in Prosperity with Skee Barley officiating.

Per the family’s request and in lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made to Hospice of Southern West Virginia, P. O. Box 1472, Beckley, WV 25802 in memory of James K. Pack.

Private online condolences may be sent to the family via our guest book at

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

Elmore ‘Butchie’ Pannell

Elmore “Butchie” Pannell, 59, of Beckley, passed away on Wednesday,  July 2, 2014.

Funeral services will be held at noon, Saturday, July 12, 2014, at New Hope Baptist Church, 305 Worley Road, Beckley, with the Revs. Nathaniel Carey, Walter M. Clay, Eugene Nabors, Walter Leach and Phillip Copney officiating.

Friends may visit one hour prior to the service.

Arrangements by Durgan Funeral Home,  1501 S. Kanawha St., Beckley.

Gregory Lee    Plumley

Gregory Lee Plumley, 45, of Coal City, passed from this life on July 7, 2014 at his home. Heaven gained a precious, loving angel.

Gregory was the firstborn son of Harold D. and Katherine J. Plumley. Being born on February 18, 1969, in Trenton, Michigan.

He is preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Joe Plumley Jr.; his maternal grandparents, Esau P. and Lilly Augusta Cook and a step son Allen Ray Blankenship.

Surviving are his dear wife, Alice Plumley; his loving parents, Harold and Katherine Plumley; his loving brother, Christopher Dean Plumley; his paternal grandmother, Gladys Lorene Plumley; his special niece, Ciara E. Plumley; stepchildren, Robert Blankenship, Brian Blankenship, Alice “Tiny” James and husband, Ernie; two special step-granddaughters, Salena Collier and Alyssa James; a special step-grandson, Jason James all whom he loved very much. He also leaves behind many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends who loved him dearly.

Gregory was a very loving husband, brother, son and friend. He was a very protective man. When you were with him you didn’t have to worry about anyone messing with you. He worked as a tractor mechanic before being disabled. He loved four wheel riding with his friends and collecting exotic pets. 

He enjoyed making people in his life happy. He was a self-professed mama’s boy and would happily tell anyone. Family and friends were very important to him and they knew it. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him. Gregory was of the Christian faith.

In keeping with his wishes, Gregory will be cremated.

A memorial service will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, July 11, 2014, at Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley with Rev. Richard Wagoner officiating. 

Friends may gather with the family Friday from 5 to 6 p.m. at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Arrangements by Blue Ridge Funeral Home, 5251 Robert C. Byrd Dr., Beckley.

Loretta Ward Small and Colonel Martin J. Small

VALENCIA, Calif. — Loretta Ward Small, 86, of Valencia, California, died Feb. 3, 2014, in Valencia, and her husband, Colonel Martin Small, Ret., passed away Feb. 28, 2014.

She was born Sept. 24, 1927, to Lula Belle Ward and Everett Green Ward, in Claypool, West Virginia.

Loretta was a graduate of Gauley Bridge High School, class of 1945.

Loretta married Colonel Martin J. Small in Redstone, Alabama in 1975. Colonel Martin Small, Ret. died on February 28, 2014.

Martin graduated from Laramie High School, Laramie, Wyoming in 1945, and West Point, Class of 1950.

Loretta and Martin were members of Grace Baptist Church in Valencia, California. Loretta will be remembered for her strong faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, her service to the church, and her wonderful sense of humor and fun.

Loretta is survived by several nieces and nephews, Delores Dalton, Susan Collins, Rebecca Drennan, Nina Taylor Farber, and Lois Workman, Estel Hughes and Timothy Hughes; and stepdaughter Margaret Small.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Lula Belle Ward and Everett Green Ward; her brothers, Richard H. Ward and Dudly Ward; and her sisters Clarice V. Ward and Jeanetta L Ward Hughes.

Services and burial for Loretta and Martin will be at 2 p.m. Friday, July 11, 2014, in Greenhill Cemetery, Laramie, Wyoming.

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