The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

April 25, 2013

Obituaries — Thursday, April 25, 2013

Howard James  Bartley

Mr. Howard James Bartley, of Beckley, died Tuesday, April 23, 2013.

Arrangements entrusted to Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.


Shelva J. (Pennington) Bittinger

Shelva J. (Pennington) Bittinger, 70, of Beckley, celebrated her birthday with her family, and was called up to celebrate with the Lord that evening on April 21, 2013.

She is preceded in death by her father, John T. Duncan and her mother Mary Wallace.

She is survived by three sisters, Betty Young, Shirley Moore, and Helen Goodson. She was the mother of three children, Barry Pennington, Prosperity, WV, Nick Pennington, Roxboro, NC, and Johnna Havens, Bland, VA. She was also a grandmother to 4 grandsons, Nick Pennington, and Joey Pennington, Kaegan Young, and Braxdyn Havens.

Earning degrees from Concord College, and WVU, Shelva was a devoted English Teacher at Woodrow Wilson High School for 34 years. She was also an adjunct teacher for area colleges.

Shelva was an active member of her community and contributed her talents to many organizations. She was a member of First United Methodist Church, GFWC (Woman’s Club) of Beckley, Beckley Art Group, United Methodist Women, Sarah’s Circle, Pathfinder’s Sunday School Class, and Raleigh County Association of Retired School Employees.

Visitation will be held Wednesday, April 24 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Blue Ridge Funeral Home. Services will follow on Thursday, April 25th at 11 a.m. at the funeral home. Burial will follow in  Blue Ridge Memorial Garden, Beckley.  Officiating will be Dr. Bob Stoddard.

Pallbearers will be Barry Pennington, Nick Pennington, Brad Havens, Nick Pennington, Jr., Kaegan Young, and Joey Pennington.

In lieu of flowers, donations will be greatly appreciated at: First United Methodist Church, 217 South Heber Street, Beckley, WV 25801.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

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


Ruby Mae Justice Blankenship

SAULSVILLE — Ruby Mae Justice Blankenship of Saulsville, formerly of the Davy area, died April 22, 2013, surrounded by her family at Bower’s Hospice House in Beckley after an extended illness.

She was born November 22, 1929 to the late Daniel and Mary Cantrell Justice of Marytown.

She was a member of Carswell Community Church, and loved her church family dearly. She was a dedicated mother and grandmother. She loved cooking for her family, especially on holidays which she made each one special. She loved doing crafts and giving them to her family. She loved feeding and watching the birds. Her favorite bird was the cardinal.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband Ray (Junior) Blankenship; a daughter Donna Jennings; a brother Leon (Sonny) Justice; brothers-in-law Bill Stevenson and Henry Collins; a special uncle and aunt Elbert and Lillian Davis; niece Phyllis Wingate; nephew Danny Stevenson; and a grandson Keith Altizer Jr.

Left to cherish her memory are her daughters Frances (Keith) Altizer of Saulsville and Kathy (Bruce) Cottle of Moneta, VA; sisters Donna Blizzard of Princeton and Shirley Collins of Rantoul, IL; a half-sister Jo Anne Lee of Louisville, KY; a half brother Butch Justice of Virginia; grandchildren Roger (Nancy) Jennings of Sod, Christopher (Melinda) Jennings of Mullens, Ryan (Kim) Altizer of Rustburg, VA, Derek (Tasha) Altizer of Asheville, NC, Jennifer (Patrick) Sliter of York, SC, Amy (Micheal) Friefeld of Vinton, VA; great grandchildren Brittney (Thomas) Smith of Glenwood, R. J. (Brianna) Jennings III of Barboursville, Courteney and Evan Jennings of Mullens, Sydney, Addison and Karlee Altizer of Rustburg, VA, Isaac Altizer of Asheville, NC; great great grandchild Abbey Smith of Glenwood; special nieces Nancy Rotenberry, Connie Quinn and Lee Ann McMahon; nephews Ed Stevenson, David Stevenson, Lucky Collins, and Jimmy Miller; and the following people who supported and helped during her illness: Dr. Barit of Mullens, Dr. Gilbhrighde and nurses at Bower’s Hospice House, Mae Mullens of Key Rock, her neighbors Butch and Elizabeth Dye, Howard and Juanita Mullens and Rick and Ginny Shirley.

Funeral service will be conducted Thursday at 1 p.m. in the Carswell Community Church, Carswell with the Rev. Douglas Williams officiating. Burial will follow in Belcher Mountain Cemetery, Belcher Mountain. Friends may call at the church one hour prior to the service.

Pallbearers will be Roger Jennings Jr. Christopher Jennings, Ryan Altizer, Derek Altizer, R. J. Jennings III, Evan Jennings and Jimmy Miller.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Bower’s Hospice House, 454 Cranberry Drive, Beckley, WV 25801.

The Douglas Mortuary of Welch is serving the family.


Marjorie Olean Davis

Marjorie Olean (Westfall) Davis, entered her final rest Sunday, April 21, 2013.

Born on February 21, 1931, she was preceded in death by her parents, Muriel and Byrl Westfall; siblings, Doris Drake, Brenice Westfall, and Barbara Singleton; her daughter, Carol Ann Minnich; four grandsons, Lucas Gibson, Jeremiah, Gibson, Joseph Gibson, and Jacob Minnich; and one granddaughter, Hannah Salazar.  

Marjorie leaves behind children, Martha Cook of Exchange, WV, Sandra and Samuel Gibson of Herold, WV, Roland and Sue Davis of Exchange, WV, Jackie and Nelson Salazar of Beckley; grandchildren, Chad Gibson, Benjamin and Jessica Gibson, Abby and Howard Wankmuller, Mandy and Travis Brown, Maggie Gibson, Richard Andrew Minnich, Angela and Chris Sprouse of Glenville, WV, Charlie and Michelle Cook, Tiffany and Brian Balis, Nathan Davis, Ian, Jacob, and Zane Haymond, and Darien Salazar; great-grandchildren Jocelyn, Corina, and Vera Gibson, Cassidy, Emily, and Katie Brown, Kaitlyn and Kelsie Balis, Sydney and Hayley Sprouse, Thea, Alisha, Meiya, and Charles Cook III, Carmela and Malachi Wankmuller, Kurt and Shaylyn Minnich, Ciena and Presley Gibson and Brayden Minnich; siblings Janet and Steve Duckwork of Sugar Camp, WV and Eddie and Cindy Westfall of Exchange, WV.

Marjorie was a Sutton High School Alumni, attended Glenville State College and began her career as a school teacher in a one roomed school in Bonnie, WV. She later worked at the Sutton General Hospital, was a 25 year employee of Ben Franklin Company, and was employed with her former husband at Davis Vault, Inc. — Davis Construction. Following this, Marjorie continued to work at various jobs, including quilting. She continued her employment through Central Senior Agency of WV where she worked at the United Christian Food Bank and then at the Department of Health and Human Resources where she retired at age 78.

Marjorie was an active member in her community where she was a long time member at the Sunrise Methodist Church and she later attended the Shavers Fork Community Church. She will be long remembered by hosts of friends, family, nephews, nieces, cousins, and acquaintances that she touched along the way. Her ability to remember dates and places was impeccable along with her ability to spread laughter with her candid story telling. She also was a well known hostess, known for never turning anyone away from her home and most specifically her table. The wealth she was proud to acquire was her friends, family, and solid reputation. She leaves behind shoes not easy to fill, but many wonderful memories.

Services will be at Greene-Robertson Funeral Home in Sutton, WV. Friends may call 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 25, 2013. There will be funeral services Friday, April 26 at 11 a.m. at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be sent to:

Greene-Robertson Funeral Home is humbled to be serving the Davis Family.


Genevieve Dewese

Genevieve Dewese, originally from Ikes Fork, entered her eternal life Tuesday afternoon, April 23, 2013, surrounded by family and loved ones.

Genevieve was born on November 25, 1931 in Isaban W.Va., to Greenway and Mazie Cline.

She attended Iaeger High School, and continued her education at Concord University in Athens, WV, she graduated in 1955 with a degree in Elementary and Secondary English. For the next 33 years, Genevieve was a dedicated English teacher at Huff Consolidated in Hanover,WV as well as Baileysville High School. Keeping in contact with all of her students over the decades, it is evident that she had a unique bond and impact with them leaving a life-long impression.

Genevieve was also a devout Christian. She was an avid gardener and was especially well-known for her display of Christmas lights every year. At the time of her death, she was the longest living member of Hanover Baptist Church. Genevieve’s love and devotion to her family was unparalleled. She was extremely proud of her children and grandchildren. Everyone that knew Gen loved her dearly and respected her as woman of outstanding character and generosity. Her life is an inspiration to all who loved her.

Genevieve is preceded in death by her husband of 54 years, Robert James Dewese, of Ikes Fork, WV; her brothers Greenway “Junior”, Paul, Columbus, and Cecil Cline; and her sister Nora Scanlon. She is survived by her two children, Sheila Dewese, of Charleston, WV, and Steve Dewese and wife Robbin of Beckley, WV; her grandchildren, Zach Walker, of Palm Beach, FL, Kacy Walker, of Louisville, KY, Chase and Chandler Dewese, of Charlotte, NC; her sister Lois McArdle and Husband Jack, of Bristol, VA; Her brother Craig “Peanut” Cline and wife Mary Lou, of Ocala, Florida; sister in law Gerri Legato and Husband Jimmy, of Iaeger, WV, and many special nieces and nephews.

The family will hold a visitation from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, April 26, 2013 at the Blue Ridge Funeral Home. Memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 27, 2013 at 12 noon.

Pallbearers will be Chris Cline, Charlie Cline, Shawn Dewese, O.G. Cline, Chris Dewese, and Paul Yates.

Honorary pallbearers will be Eric Cline, Roger Cline, Kenny Cline, Jimmy Legato, and Greg Cline.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

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


Cethus Fleshman

Cethus Fleshman, 87, of Beckley, passed away Sunday, April 21st, 2013, at Raleigh General Hospital.

Cethus was born at Covel, W.Va., on April 25 th, 1925. He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert C. Fleshman and Vergie Meadows-Fleshman, one brother, Robert C. Fleshman Jr., and a nephew, Robbie Fleshman.

He was a World War II Veteran, serving in the United States Coast Guard aboard the U.S.S. Wakefield. Cethus was at Normandy on D-Day. He was also a 50 plus year member of the Masonic Lodge, belonging at Hinton Lodge #62. He loved hunting, fishing and being outdoors.

He was a retired coal miner, retiring from Westmoreland Coal Company with 38 years of service. He was a UMWA member and of the Baptist faith.

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife of 65 years, Anna Belle Lilly-Fleshman; his son, Cethus “Alan” Fleshman and wife, Rhonda of Midway, WV; granddaughter, Amanda Hart and husband, Randy of Crab Orchard, WV, grandson, Robert “K.C.” Craddock and wife, Miranda of Maple Fork, WV; four great grandchildren, Olivia and Trey Hart, and Kyle and Mackenzie Craddock; sister-in-law, Jo Fleshman of Beckley.

Our family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Harold Harvey and the nursing staff on 2 North at Raleigh General Hospital for their care and compassion.

The family will receive friends at Melton Mortuary in Beckley, on Friday, April 26th at noon, with a memorial service to follow at 1 p.m. with Rev. Don Kelly officiating.

Condolences may be sent to the family’s guestbook at

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary and Cremation Center, Beckley.


Joseph Lee Foster

SCARBRO — Joseph Lee Foster, 20, of Scarbro, passed away on Saturday, April 6, 2013.

He was born on April 24, 1992, in Beckley, a beautiful, baby boy to parents Terry Lee Foster Jr. of Scarbro and Sonja Underwood Bricker of Connellsville, Pa.

Joseph was a 2010 graduate of Oak Hill High School.

He was employed by Universal Well Service in Mt. Braddock, Pa. Joseph was an avid hunter, outdoorsman, and skilled technician. He recently earned his CDL License via All State Trucking in Connellsville, Pa., as well as a recent promotion to Gray Certification via Universal Well Service Company.

Joseph was a gentle soul loved and cherish by his family and friends. His love of Jesus, family, and friends will forever be remembered in our hearts.

In addition to his parents, those left to cherish his memory include his sister, Kasey Nicole Foster of Scottdale, Pa., and four brothers, Lloyd Franklin Foster, Terry Lee Foster III, Tyler Lee Foster, and Gregory Allen Callahan Jr. of Scarbro; his stepfather, Bob Bricker and stepbrother, Chad Bricker; his paternal grandparents, Terry and Brenda Foster (Papa and Honeybabe) of Scarbro; his maternal grandparents, Tony and Sandy Underwood of Hico; his paternal great-grandmother (Nanny), Velma Foster of Scarbro; his paternal great-grandparents (Mamaw and Papaw), Roy E. and Betty Stevens of Oak Hill; his maternal great-grandmother, Maxine Ferrell of Victor; his step-grandparents, Wilbur Bricker and Susan Leighliter of South Connellsville, Pa.; paternal aunt (Aunt Sissy), Melinda Kay Foster of Oak Hill; maternal aunts Toni and Andy Hicks of Edmond, Pam Sizemore of Louisa, Ky.; maternal uncle Robert and Michelle Underwood of Max Meadows, Va.; a step-aunt, Tammy and Tom Jenkins of South Connellsville, Pa.; and his many cousins across the miles.

 He was predeceased and met at the gates of Heaven by his Lord and his paternal great-grandfather (Papaw Foster), Alfred W. Foster Jr.; paternal uncle (Uncle Jr.), Roy E. Stevens Jr.; maternal grandparents, Ernestine and Robert Underwood; maternal great-grandfather, Charles Ferrell; a great-uncle, Jimmy Underwood; and step-grandmother, Shelia Marion Bricker.

Service was held on Tuesday, April 9, 2013 at 11 a.m. at Brooks Funeral Home, Inc. in Connellsville, Pa., Clergy was Reverend Dr. Marvin C. Watson. Interment was at Bakersville Cemetery in Somerset County, Pa.

Pallbearers attending the service were Joseph’s brothers, Lloyd Foster, Terry Foster III, and Tyler Foster. In addition, pallbearers were Tony Underwood, Robert Underwood, and Bob Bricker.

The Family of Terry Lee Foster Jr. extends their sincerest regards, thankfulness, and grateful hearts to our family, church families, friends, and our community for the loving support of us during this most tragic, grievous time.  May Jesus continue to bless each and every one of you….Always and Forever and No Matter What!


Born in April just like me,

little did he know how his life would go.

Life threw him obstacles,

never did he cease to overcome.

Kept his faith the whole way through,

isn’t that what we’re told to do?

Wasn’t one to have to be told,

wishing to help others until his time was up.

The Man up there,

His reasons will never be understood.

Placed yourself in His hands,

He needs you now.

Don’t look back,

I’ll meet you there “Joseph-ine”.

Author, Hailee Foster Harwood (Paternal First Cousin)

Online condolences may be sent at

Information submitted by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.


James H. Guilliams

Mr. James Harold Guilliams, 90, of Railroad Avenue, died Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013, at the Veterans Area Medical Center.

Condolences may be sent to the family’s guestbook at

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary and Cremation Center, Beckley.


Bohmer Mae Freeland Hatcher

HUMBLE, Texas — Bohmer Mae Freeland Hatcher, 75, of Nimitz, died Monday, April 15, 2013 in a Kingwood hospital.

She was born April 4, 1938 in True, WV, and was the daughter of the late Aaron W. “Poppy” Freeland and Dora F. Hogan Freeeland. She lived most of her life in Summers County, before relocating to Houston, TX in 2005 to be near her son Bob.

In addition to her parents, Bohmer is preceded in death by her sister, Catherine Cox of Beckley, and brother, Aaron J. Freeland of Nimitz.

Bohmer is survived by two sons, Kevin Sarver of Hinton, and Robert "Baby Bob" Sarver and his wife Belinda of Houston; sister, Etta Lilly and husband Zane of Hurricane, WV;  brother, Herbert Freeland and wife Retha of Roanoke, Va.  

She is also survived by the following grandchildren and great grandchildren: Grandchildren; Felicia, Chloe, Robert Sarver, and great grandchildren Shyanne Rose, and Ayden, all of Houston. Also, grandchildren Keli Martin of Junction City, Kansas; Kristi Sarver of York, PA; great granddaughters Allie Martin, Karissa and Kylie-jo, and great grandson Keandre. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Cremation has taken place per her wishes and a graveside service will be held at her interment in Lilly-Crews cemetery, Nimitz, Saturday, April 27, 2013, at 1 pm. Bohmer was of the Baptist faith.

Local arrangements by Pivont Funeral Home, Hinton.


Perina Marie Holstein

On Wednesday, April 17th, 2013, our most loved, Perina Marie Holstein of Dickens Court, Naomi passed away at her home. She was 40 years of age.

Perina was born on May 1st, 1972, in Cleveland, Ohio. She is the beloved daughter of  Dennis Jene and Bonnie Webb Pettry.

Perina spent her early years at Pettry Bottom. She attended Marsh Fork High School.  She loved family gatherings, shopping, crafting and was a great fan of boxing.

She was preceded in death by her paternal and maternal grandparents and an uncle, Michael Webb.  

In addition to her parents, she leaves to cherish her memory, her children, Natasha Dawn Stevens of Dry Creek and Christopher Cody Stevens of Whitesville; her brothers, Bobby Webb, of Ohio, Dennis "Jake" Pettry Jr. of Naoma, and Dewayne Pettry of Naoma. She was a loving aunt to her nephews. Perina was a great lover of animals, her faithful canine companions, Lucky, Miffy and Scooby have preceded her in death. Her little buddy, Furby still survives. Perina will be sadly missed by all of us.     

Condolences may be sent to the family’s guestbook at

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary and Cremation Center, Beckley.


Edith Wilson Long

RED SULPHUR SPRINGS — Edith Wilson Long, 88, of Red Sulphur Springs, passed away Monday, April 22, 2013, at Country View Assisted Living, Peterstown, W.Va.

Born June 28, 1924 at Scarbro, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Walter E. and Lucille McGhee Wilson.

Mrs. Long attended Ballard Baptist Church and was a farmer and homemaker. Being a lifelong resident of Red Sulphur Springs, she and her husband operated two dairy farms in the Hans Creek Community and in 1956 began operating a dairy farm at the home place at Red Sulphur Springs.

Mrs. Long’s most treasured hobby was showing Border Cheviot Sheep with her husband across the eastern United States and was most noted locally for having shown these sheep for 63 consecutive years at the West Virginia State Fair.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 68 years Homer C. Long; one daughter, Barbara Long Furrow, and a half brother.

Survivors include two daughters, Linda Stimpson and husband John of Red Sulphur Springs, and Judy Booth and husband Earl of Union, three grandsons, two granddaughters, three great grandsons, three great granddaughters and two great-great grandsons.

Funeral Services will be 1 p.m., Friday, April 26, 2013, at Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home Chapel, Peterstown, with Pastor David Spencer officiating. Burial will follow at Red Sulphur Springs Church Cemetery.

Friends may call from 11 a.m. until time of the services Friday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations of sympathy be made to the Ballard Christian School, HC 77 Box 106, Ballard, WV 24918 in Mrs. Long’s memory.

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

Arrangements by Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home, Peterstown.


Martin S. Mason

DRENNEN — Martin S. Mason, 65, of Drennen, died Tuesday, April 23, 2013.

In keeping with his wishes the body was cremated, there will be no services. His remains will be interred in the King-Mason Cemetery at Panther Mountain.

White Funeral Home at Summersville is in charge of the arrangements.


Jeffrey Allan McKinney

Jeffrey “Jeff” Allan McKinney 55, of Gallipolis, Ohio, formerly of Mullens, passed away Tuesday, April 23, 2013.

Born July 14, 1957 in Beckley, he was the son of the late Glen and Irene Blankenship McKinney.

Jeff loved animals, he was a avid NASCAR fan, and loved collecting the dye cast model cars. He was a skilled mechanic, and believed that laughter was the best medicine. Jeff enjoyed life and loved to laugh and shared his wit and personality with all that knew him.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife Trish, and his son Phillip, daughter Keri, his brothers Darrell McKinney and wife Cathy of Daniels, and Jerry McKinney of Princeton.  A host of nieces and nephews and beloved friends.

Graveside services will be held Friday, April 26, 2013 at noon in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, with the Pastor Scott Mayberry officiating.

Family will receive friends from 10:30 a.m. until 11:45 a.m. at Blue Ridge Funeral Home.

Online condolences can be sent by visiting

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


Lisa Renee Miller

Lisa Renee Miller, 46, of Coal City, died Thursday, April 18, 2013.

Born February 27, 1967, in Beckley, she was the daughter of Harold Lloyd and Sandra Miller.

Lisa worked for many years as a nurse and enjoyed sewing.

Besides her parents she is survived by her daughters, Tamra Dillon, Stephanie Dye and her husband Michael and Amy Harper and her husband Daniel; sisters, Susie Canterbury, Lynette Darnell and Barbara Carol Doran; uncles, Billy Miller, Cecil Miller and Paige Farley, an aunt, Rosa Lee Farley and numerous other family members.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m., Friday, April 26, 2013, at Calfee Funeral Home with Bishop Buzzy Keller officiating. Friends may visit with the family one hour prior to the service. Burial will follow in the Pemberton Cemetery.

Online condolences may be left at

Arrangements by Calfee Funeral Home, Beckley.


Donna Ramseyer Mills

BASSETT, Va. — Donna Ramseyer Mills, 61, of 25 Spruce Pine Lane, Bassett, formerly from Beckley, went home to be with her heavenly father on Sunday, April 21, 2013.

She was born in Ohio on September 11, 1951 to the late Paul and Faye Mast Ramseyer.

She was raised in Ohio. Donna lived a very simple life enjoying life to the fullest. She enjoyed spending time with her family but her pride and joy were her grandchildren.

Donna was of the Christian faith and loved to go to church and fellowship and worship in the house of the Lord.

Her wishes where carried out by donating her body to science that will be a lasting gift that will benefit many others. Donna believed by donating her body to medical research and education it contributes to finding cures for debilitating diseases and conditions affecting our children, grandchildren and future generations to come.    

Donna is survived by her daughter, Coralee Hatcher WV; son, Phillip Turner of the home; five grandchildren; brother, Lynn Ramseyer of OH; like a daughter, Tammy Beckner and two grandchildren and an extended family and friends.

A Celebration of Donna’s Life will be held at a later time.

Bassett Funeral Service is in charge of the arrangements and online condolences may be sent to the family at


Leon W. ‘Doc’ Reed

PICKAWAY — Leon W. “Doc” Reed, 97, of Pickaway, passed away Tuesday, April 23, 2013.

Services will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, April 27, 2013, at the Groves Funeral Home Chapel in Union, with the Rev. Walter Ellison and Rev. Don Trent officiating. Burial will follow in the Green Hill Cemetery at Union.

Friends may call at the Groves Funeral Home in Union from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday.

In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial donations be made to the Trinity United Methodist Church, c/o Nelson Jenkins, Rt. 2 Box A 10, Sinks Grove, WV 24976.

Groves Funeral Home in Union, is in charge of arrangements.


Ralph Simpson

GILBERT — Ralph Simpson, 80, died Monday, April 22, 2013.

Service will be 1 p.m. on Friday, April 26, 2013, at Mounts Funeral Home Chapel, Gilbert, with the Revs. Ronnie Lester and Denny May officiating. Burial will follow in the Davis Cemetery, Justice.

Online at

Arrangements by Mounts Funeral Home, Gilbert.


Juanita Miller Thomas

UNION — Juanita Miller Thomas, 92, of Union, passed away Wednesday, April 24, 2013 at her home.

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


Vivian Vanover

MT. GAY — Vivian Vanover, age 63, of Mt. Gay, passed away Wednesday, April 24, 2013, at St. Mary's Hospital  in Huntington.

Her arrangements are at this time incomplete, and Honaker Funeral Home in Logan is in charge of her services.


Chris Ward

On Thursday, April 18th, 2013, our most cherished, Christopher Ward was shot and killed at his home while obtaining his personal belongings. He was 39 years of age.

Known affectionately as “Chris” all his life, Christopher Bailey Ward was born on July 21st, 1973, in Melbourne Fla. He was the precious son of Gary and Carol Lively Ward of Beckley. His paternal and maternal grandparents, Gilbert and Freda Ward and J.O. and Virginia Lively have preceded him in death.

Christopher was a graduate of Woodrow Wilson and was employed at Patriot Coal Company in the Winchester Mines at Cabin Creek. His hobbies were working on cars, trucks, spending time with his children and his friends.

In addition to his parents, Christopher leaves to cherish his memory his children whom he loved unconditionally Chad, Todd, and Sarah; he was the dear brother of Deborah Ward Worrells and her husband, Robert of Beaver; the fond uncle of Sydney and Tyler Worrells; Chris had countless friends who were like family.

On Friday, April 26, 2013, at 8 p.m., Christopher's life will be remembered at the United Methodist Temple. Rev. Adeeb Khalil will be officiating. The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. until the service hour.  

Condolences may be sent to the family’s guestbook at

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary and Cremation Center, Beckley.


Ruth Workman

LYNCO — Ruth Workman, 87, of Lynco, passed away Tuesday,  April 23, 2013.

Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, April 26, 2013, at the Toler Cemetery, Laurel Branch, W.Va., with the Rev. Hannibal Blankenship Jr. officiating.

In lieu of flowers family requests donations be made to the funeral home.

E-mail letters of sympathy may be sent at

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