The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

April 17, 2013

Obituaries — Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Macil June Canfield

CHARMCO — Macil June Canfield, 89, of Charmco, passed away Monday, April 15, 2013.

Services will be 2 p.m. Sunday, April 21, 2013, at Wallace & Wallace Funeral Chapel, Rainelle, with the Rev. Les Mullins officiating. Burial will follow in Wallace Memorial Cemetery, Clintonville.

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

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Rainelle.

Dan Dahill

LOGAN — Dan Dahill, 93, of Logan, passed away Monday, April 15, 2013 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Huntington.

His arrangements are incomplete, Honaker Funeral Home in Logan is in charge of his services.

Carole Warren-George

It is with great sadness that we, the family of Carole Garcia Warren-George announce her passing on Saturday, April 13th, 2013.  

A twin, and the second of four children, Carole Garcia was born at Bolt, W.Va. Her parents were the late Juvenenito “Joe” Garcia and Irene Fanning Garcia Gallaher. In addition to her parents, Carole’s sister, Lenore and her step father, Stoddart Gallaher have preceded her in death. She was the fond twin sister of Darrell Garcia and his wife, Dixie and Larry Garcia and his wife, Debbie and their families.

Always proud of “her roots” Carole’s early years were spent at Bolt. She was a graduate of Trap Hill High School. In later years she was instrumental in the Trap Hill High School Alumni Scholarship Fund, where she served as an honorary board of director.

In 1957, Carole would marry Daniel Warren. To this union would be born three children, Danette, Danny and Lynn. The family would make their home on Wright Road in Beckley. While Daniel was busy establishing the family’s business, Warrenizing Cleaners, Carole was a devoted wife and mother. The Warrens worshiped at the United Methodist Temple. Since 1982, Carole has made her home at Glade Springs. Her home will be remembered for its’ welcoming warmth and unsurpassed beauty.  

Always looking out for others, Carole was the first Welcome Wagon Hostess in Beckley. Her “vision” was to welcome newcomers to Beckley so they would become an integral part of the Beckley community. A strong belief in giving back, she held memberships in the Woman’s Club of Beckley, was a past director of the Junior Womens Club, past president of the Beckley Community Concert Association, the Hospice Board of Southern West Virginia, and the Beckley YMCA Building Fund. Carole Warren-George was not just a “joiner” she was a “doer.” She believed in her volunteerism and wanted to make Beckley and Raleigh County a better place to live.

At the end of the day, it will be Carole’s unfaltering faith that we will remember best. From her early days of worship at the United Methodist Temple to the test of her final battle with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, Carole stayed strong in her faith. She served for decades in the Beckley Christian Women’s Club, acting as state chair person, was an area representative for Stonecraft Ministeries and until recently participated in Bible studies in her own home.

Carole’s blessings and challenges would be great along the way. In 1994, Daniel Warren died following an untimely illness of cancer. Carole stepped up to the plate and took over the family business which she has successfully ran for nearly 20 years. In 2000, Carole would find happiness again in her marriage to Larry George and embrace the Orthodox faith. She became a devoted member of St. Nicholas Orthodox Church. Larry’s daughters, Beverly Mamone and Patricia Lynn Nasby and their families would become a part of hers. Tragically, Lynn would die shortly in the first months of their marriage. Larry has often said, “Carole saved my life during those difficult days with her compassion and understanding.” In the late 2000’s Carole was diagnosed with ALS (Louis Gehrig’s disease). Throughout her illness, she has exhibited great courage and always, compassion for others who were going through troubling times. On October 10, 2011, Carole’s youngest, daughter, Carole Lynn, was tragically killed in an automobile accident, and yet Carole kept her faith. Brave, kind, compassionate to the end… “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.”

Family was everything to Carole. In addition to her brothers, she leaves her beloved husband, Larry; she was the devoted mother to her surviving children, daughter, Danette Slipkovich of Margate, FL; and son, Danny Warren and his wife, Shelia of Beckley; the dear grandmother to Daniel Adam Slipkovich; Larry’s family, his surviving daughter, Beverly Mamone and her children,Tony Culicerto and his wife, Angie and their children, Alex and Evan, Talia Pollack and her husband, Spencer; Lynn’s children, Casey and Courtney Nasby; her sister-in-law, Ila Warren and her family; former classmates, her employees at Warrenizing, her caregivers, and a host of friends.

On Friday, April 19th, at 11 a.m., Carole’s life will be remembered with a service at St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, 211 South Heber Street, The Very Rev. Fr. Samuel Haddad will be officiating. Carole will be laid to rest in the Sunset Memorial Park Mausoleum. The family will receive friends at the Melton Mortuary Chapel at 1200 Harper Road, Thursday evening from 6 to 9 p.m. The Trisagon Prayer Service will be held at 8 p.m. at the mortuary.

The honor of carrying Carole has been given to Casey Nasby, Randy Garcia, Jose Garcia, Joe Garcia, Dan Ritter, Greg Foster, and Dan Slipkovich.

The family suggests that donations of sympathy can be made to: the United Methodist Temple, 201 Templeview Drive, Beckley, WV 25801, St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, 211 South Heber St., Beckley, WV 25801, or the Trap Hill Alumni Scholarship Fund, PO Box 209, Harper, WV 25851        

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

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary and Cremation Center, Beckley.

Ruby Elizabeth Ash Hickman

MOUNT HOPE — Ruby Elizabeth Ash Hickman, 101, of Mount Hope, passed away unexpectedly on the morning of Sunday, April 14, 2013.

Born October 30, 1911, at Dun Glen, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Charles and Edith Jane Dower Ash.

She graduated from Mount Hope High School and soon married the love of her life, Bill Hickman. Ruby loved to garden, cook and bake for her friends and family. She shared her great cooking skills with the staff and students at the Mount Hope Elementary School cafeteria for many years where she retired.

Ruby was an active member at the First Assembly of God Church in Beckley, that later changed its name to Calvary Assembly of God, when the new church was built. She loved helping others especially in time of need. She prepared meals for the grieving along with celebrations. She taught Sunday School and was founder of the Saturday Morning Prayer Meeting at Calvary Assembly that has continued and is still ongoing for more than 17 years.

As Ruby’s health declined she moved into The Summit of Hidden Valley. The family would like to give thanks to all her friends and staff at the Summit for all their kindness and care the last couple of years.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her beloved husband, William J. Hickman, brothers, Charles and George and a sister, Ruth Kelly.

Left to cherish her memory is her daughter, Jane (Wendell) Schnell, grandchildren, William (Beth) Schnell and Sarah (Joel) Dollarhide, along with her treasured great grandchildren, William, Elizabeth, Joel, Benjamin, Olivia and Gracie.

The family would like to give special thanks to Dr. Bose Mikkilineni and Kim Mikkilineni for all their love, care and friendship they gave to Ruby. Also, remembrance and thanks to her extended family and friends at Calvary Assembly of God in Beckley.

Funeral services will be on Friday, April 19, 2013 at 11 a.m. at Calvary Assembly of God in Beckley, with Pastor John K. Jordan officiating. Burial will be at the I.O.O.F. Cemetery, Oak Hill.

Visitation will be held at Calvary Assembly of God, Beckley on Thursday, April 18, 2013, from 6 to 8 p.m. and one hour prior to the service on Friday at the church.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope.

Wilda ‘Sue’ Kivett

Shady Side, Md. — Wilda “Sue” Kivett, 67, formerly of Beckwith, W.Va., passed away Saturday, April 13, 2013, surrounded by her loved ones at the home of her son.

Born on February 20, 1946, at Montgomery, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Allie and Ruth Canterbury Copley.

Sue was a member of Deale Baptist Church in Deale, Md. She was a retired supervisor for Kelly Press in Maryland. In her spare time she enjoyed spending time with her family and friends as well as sewing, knitting, and boating with her husband, Terry.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, John Copley; nephews, Matthew Cooley, Benjamin and Jeffery Mathews; and stepson, Michael Joseph Kivett.

Left to cherish many wonderful memories include her husband, Terry Kivett of Shady Side; son, Doug (Leigh Ann) Knott of Fayetteville; stepson, Tony (Darlene) Kivett of St. Leonard, Md.; stepdaughter, Michelle Kivett Hartley of North Beach, Md.; and grandchildren, Kyle and Lauren Knott of Fayetteville; step-grandchildren: Heather, Justin, Ryan and Josh Kivett, Ashley Simpson, Tyler Kivett, Jenna and Kelsey Hartley, and Kyle Terczak; four step-great-grandchildren; brother, Phillip (Annette) Treadway of Beckwith; sisters, Porky (Gene) Mathews of Oak Hill, Donna (John) Ramsey of Stevensville, Md., and Myra Cooley of Beckwith; two special friends, Betty Helton and Evelyn Kaczmar; and a host of other family and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, April 20, 2013, at Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, Fayetteville, with her uncle, Pastor Mack Canterbury and Pastor Robert Mayes officiating.  Burial will follow at Huse Memorial Park, Fayetteville.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m., Friday, April 19, 2013, at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be Todd Cooley, Michael Cooley, Adam Matthews, Chad Everett, Justin Kivett, and Ryan Kivett.

For those wishing to express their condolences to the Kivett family, you may do so by visiting our website at

Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, 350 W. Maple Avenue, Fayetteville, will be assisting the family.

Wilma Jean ‘Lilly’ Lowery

MOCKSVILLE, N.C. — Ms. Wilma Jean ”Lilly” Lowery, 56, of Mocksville, formerly of Princeton, passed away on Friday, April 12, 2013 at Forsyth Medical Center.

Ms. Lowery was born on December 31, 1956, in Spartanburg, S.C. to James Paul Harrison and Betty Lee Palmer Harrison.

Ms. Lowery was a 1973 graduate of Princeton High School in Princeton, and she was of the Baptist faith. She loved spending time with her grandchildren. Everyone knew Wilma as an outgoing, free spirit who made friends easily and never met a stranger.

Preceding her in death are her parents, one brother, James Daniel Harrison and her great-grandmother, Isabel Farren Tracey.

Ms. Lowery is survived by her two daughters, Heather Lilly Sanders and Amanda Lilly Simmons, both of Farmington, NC; six grandchildren, Jonathon “Blake” Booie, Brandon Lee Booie, Taylar Marie Lilly-Johnson, Dylan Tate Sanders, Dustin Lee Simmons, and Jacob Gavin Lilly; two sisters, Brenda K. Hok (Rudy) of Milledgeville, GA and Barbara Ann Gray of Rocksprings, Wyoming; one brother, David Michael Harrison (Patricia) of Princeton, West Virginia and numerous other loving family members.

A memorial service was held 7 p.m. Monday, April 15, 2013, at Friends Baptist Church, 1840 Lewisville-Clemmons Rd., Clemmons, N.C., with Pastor Daron Osborne officiating. The family received friends following the service at the church.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made for the funeral expenses of Ms. Lowery to Hayworth-Miller Funeral Home, c/o Wilma Jean Lowery, 3315 Silas Creek Parkway, Winston-Salem, NC 27103.

Online condolences may be made at

Ronald Wayne Morton

OAK HILL — Ronald Wayne Morton, 59, of Oak Hill, passed away Monday, April 15, 2013, at his home surrounded by his family.

Born March 27, 1954, at Oak Hill, the son of the late Thurmond Harold Morton and Alberta Jean Allen Morton.

He served his country in the U.S. Navy and prior to his illness he was a coal miner for Terry Eagle Coal Company.

He is survived by daughters Donna Renee Lively and husband Leslie of Scarbro and Elissa Rose Morton-Riley of Columbus, Ohio; a good friend his former mother-in-law Barbara Maynus of Fayetteville; former wife and the mother of his children, Rena Beth Robinson and husband Gary of Scarbro; six siblings Alberta Ramsey and husband John of Akron, Ohio, Thurmond “Tink” Morton Jr. and wife Brenda of Lochgelly, Robert Morton and wife Sandy of Lochgelly, James Morton and wife Lori of Scarbro, Sharon Johnson and husband Edward of Oak Hill, and Daniel “Danny” Morton of Lochgelly; grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and a host of friends.

His remains rest at High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel where the funeral will be held 3 p.m. Thursday with Rev. Justin Seay officiating and where the family will receive friends from 1 p.m. until time of the service. Burial will follow in High Lawn Memorial Park with military rites.

Pallbearers will be Tim Johnson, Mark Dick, Mark Dick II, Michael Dick, Jeremy Morton, and Douglas Ramsey.

The family would like to thank everyone for their caregiving and help during Ronald’s illness.

Condolences may be sent to

Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.

Daisy Mae Pack

OAK HILL — Daisy Mae Pack, 63, of Oak Hill, passed away Satursday, April 13, 2013.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, April 17, 2013, at Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, Fayetteville, with Rev. Henry Hudson officiating. Burial will follow at Bibb Cemetery, Gatewood.

The family will receive friends from 10:30 a.m. until time of service on Wednesday at the funeral home.

For those wishing to express their condolences to the Pack family, you may do so by visiting our website at

Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, 350 W. Maple Avenue, Fayetteville, will be assisting the family.

Richard Luster Pence

LINDSIDE — Richard Luster Pence, age 79, of Lindside, passed away Sunday, April 14, 2013, at the Princeton Community Hospital, Princeton.

Born March 26, 1934, at Greenville, W.Va., he was the son of the late Everette Luster and Genetta Bradley Pence.

Richard was a member of the Lindside United Methodist Church where he served in various positions. He was retired from the Celanese Corp. after 39 1/2 years of service and was involved in numerous community activities and organizations.

Richard also served our country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.

In addition to his parents he was also preceded in death by his step mother, Kate McDaniel Pence.

Survivors include his loving wife of over 56 years, Frances Marie Meadows Pence, two daughters, Cindy Vest and husband Loyd of Lindside, and Valerie Marcin and husband Robert of Walkersville, Md., one sister, Louise Biggs and husband Harry of Lindside, six grandchildren, two great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m., Thursday, April 18, 2013, at the Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home Chapel, Peterstown, with Rev. Brent Brown officiating. Burial will follow in the Swope Cemetery, Lindside.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 17, 2013, at the funeral home.

Online guestbook can be signed or condolences may be sent to the Pence family at

Arrangements by Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home, Peterstown.

James Aaron Pridemore

OAK HILL — James Aaron Pridemore, 40, of Oak Hill, passed away Friday, April 12, 2013.

Born December 26, 1972, he was the son of Franklin Pridemore and the late Sandra Justus Pridemore.

James enjoyed spending time with his son and being a father, spending time outdoors, guiding the river, hiking, mountain biking, and riding his motorcycle. James had an infectious personality, he never met a stranger. His smile and laughter are in the memories of all those who knew him and will be sorely missed.

He was a graduate of Fayetteville High School and WVU Tech; he was employed as certified electrician.

In addition to his mother, James was preceded in death by his grandparents, Lawrence Justus and Thelma Justus McKnight; Uncle Ernest Pridemore and cousin Gaye Fox.

Those left to cherish his memory include his son, Jakob Pridemore; life partner, Candy Pietkoski; step-son, Kaleb Pietkoski; sister, Rebecca Bandy and husband Kent; nephews Matt Patrick and wife Hollie, C.K. Bandy; great niece Alexia Patrick, great nephew Tyler Patrick, and many other family members; uncles, Joseph McKnight and wife Gail, Milton Pridemore, Richard Pridemore and wife Frances; aunts, Sandy Pridemore, Norma Fox; cousins, Steven and Chris Pridemore, Sherri and Carrie Pridemore, Jane and Roger Fox.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, April 19, 2013 at Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley, with Minister Samuel Lambert officiating. Entombment will follow at Restlawn Cemetery, Victor, W.Va.

Friends may gather with the family Thursday from 6 to 8 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 Drive, Beckley.

Howard Smith

Howard Smith, age 86 of Sophia, passed away on Tuesday, April 16, 2013, at the Beckley VA Hospital, following an extended illness.

Born July 11, 1926, in Wyco, W.Va., to the late John Henry Smith and Martha James Smith.

Mr. Smith was a coal miner most of his life and also an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting and fishing.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Ricky Smith; and brothers, Billy, Junior, Garland, and Gean Smith.

Those surviving include his son David Smith of Sophia; daughters, Martha Ferguson of Beckley, and Vicki Lynn Cadle of Sophia; brother, Clifford Smith of Palm City, Fla.; and a sister, Mary Virginia Mills of Sophia.

In keeping with Howard’s final wishes he will be cremated.

There will be no services.

Private online condolences, floral gifts, and other expressions of sympathy are available to the family via

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

Kameka D. Smith

Kameka D. Smith, 34, of Beckley, died Tueday, April 16, 2013, at Raleigh General Hospital, after a short illness.

Arrangements entrusted to Durgan Funeral Home, Beckley.