The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

August 1, 2013

Obituaries — Thursday, August 1, 2013

Ruby Hatton Pence Arnott

Ruby Hatton Pence Arnott, 86, of Beckley, died Wednesday, July 17, 2013.

Services were held 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 20, 2013.

Online at www.

Arrangements by Porter and Son of Campton, Ky.


Charles ‘Charlie’ Clayton Bostic

LEWISBURG — Charles “Charlie” Clayton Bostic, 84, passed away Monday, July 29, 2013.

Graveside service and burial will be 1 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013, at the Wallace Memorial Cemetery, Clintonville, with Pastor Roger Adams officiating.

There will be no visitation.

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association or to Trinity United Methodist Church Building Fund, 707 Pocahontas Ave., Ronceverte, WV 24970.

Arrangements by Longanacre Funeral Home, Fairlea.


Mark A. Crawford

HINTON — Mark A. Crawford, 63, of Hinton, passed away Saturday, July 27, 2013 following a long illness.

Mr. Crawford was born March 5, 1950 in Clifton Forge, Va., fourth son of the late Francis and Lillie Mae Oliver Crawford of Hinton.

After finishing high school in 1968, Mr. Crawford served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War, was severely wounded in combat, and was later active as a Disabled American Veteran. Mark was a member of the Camon Baptist Church and Second Baptist Church in Hinton and began each day studying his Bible. He was an avid chess player, passing his knowledge on to multiple youth in the community. He loved to stargaze and often had his telescope positioned alongside State Street. Above all, Mark loved children and even though he was not a father himself, he chose to “father” many less fortunate youngsters in the community whose physical needs were not being met.

He was preceded in death by brother Roger Crawford and sisters Rachel Crawford, Angelia Crawford, and Nora Sembly.

Survivors include brothers Retired Lt. Col. Francis E. Crawford of Springfield, Va., Retired Lt. Col. Rosco D. Crawford and wife Janice of Annadale, Va., and Robin S. Crawford and wife Patricia of Hinton, as well as many much-beloved nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 2 p.m. at the Pivont Funeral Home Chapel in Hinton. Reverend Matthew Saunders will officiate. Burial will follow at the Esquire Cemetery in Hinton.

Friends may call from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday, at the funeral home.

Online condolences & guest register at www.pivontfuneralhome. com

Arrangements by Pivont Funeral Home, Hinton.


Alex Dwain Crookshanks

CLINTONVILLE — Alex Dwain Crookshanks, 52, of Clintonville, died Saturday, July 27, 2013.

A graveside service will be 3 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2, 2013, at Wallace Memorial Cemetery, Clintonville.

There will be no visitation.

Arrangements by Morgan Funeral Home, Lewisburg.


Juanita Mae Donelow

Juanita Mae Donelow, 63, of Beckley passed away Monday, July 29, 2013.

Arrangements are pending completion.

Arrangements by Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley.


Patricia ‘Patti’ Foley

Patricia “Patti” Foley, 50, of Cool Ridge, went home to be with the Lord Sunday, July 28, 2013.

She was born on May 29, 1963 in Rhode Island. She is preceded in death by her father, Jerry Miser and sister, Diana Stroupe.

She leaves many behind to cherish her memory including her husband, David Foley of Cool Ridge, mother Jean Moneypenny and husband Lane; sister Norma Blevins and husband Gregg. Also, her daughters Tabatha Malott and husband Brian of Cool Ridge, Kassie Sturgill of Beaver, and her son John “L.J.” Cox and wife Kim of Flat Top. Also daughter Angie Petty and husband Bob. She cherished her grandchildren, and she will be honored through them. Her grandchildren include Annabelle Sturgill, Matthew Malott, Logan Malott, Marcus Sturgill, KJ Cox, Peyton Malott, and Elizabeth Petty. Also remembering her will be her Aunt Wanda Williams and husband Anthony. Her legacy will also be remembered by several nieces and nephews and many loving friends.

Patti obtained a Master’s degree in nursing and truly loved helping people. She spent a large part of her career aiding veterans and was a large supporter of the armed forces. She enjoyed reading, fishing, and spending time with her grandchildren to whom she was known as “Neena”. She was adored by them and will be missed greatly. She will be remembered by the special bond she had with each of them. She loved animals and leaves behind her beloved dog, Cindyanne.

Services to celebrate her life will be Friday, August 2, 2013 at 1 p.m. in the Rose and Quesenberry Shady Spring Chapel. Reverends Charles Lilly and Philip Farrington will be officiating. Interment will follow at the Sunset Memorial Park, Beckley.

Family will be serving as pallbearers.

Visitation will be Thursday evening from 6 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home in Shady Spring.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations made in honor of Patti. These can be made to the Patricia Foley Memorial Fund at City National Bank.

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

Arrangements by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home Shady Spring Chapel, 729 Flat Top Rd., Shady Spring.


Lawrence Jennings

CANA, Va. — Lawrence Jennings, age 65, of Cana, Va., formerly of Odd, passed away at his home on Wednesday, July 31, 2013.

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


Billie Woodrow ‘Shaw’ Keeney Jr.

CYCLONE — Billie Woodrow “Shaw” Keeney Jr., 68, of Cyclone, went on his heavenly flight in the morning hours of Monday, July 29, 2013.

He was born August 3, 1944 in Cyclone, the son of Verna Stevens Keeney and the late Billie W. Keeney Sr.

Bill was a US Army Veteran and served in the Vietnam War. He was always a happy man and enjoyed being around people.

In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by a grandson Austin Blankenship, two son-in-laws Darren Vankomen and Bill Compton, a nephew Kim Wells and lifelong friend Gary “Train” Brown.

He is survived by his mother Verna Keeney; three sons BJ (Sandra) Keeney, Brandon (Christi) Keeney and Mitchell (Lovetta) Toler; five daughters Kim (Terry) Benscoter, Tamberlie LaDawn (Roger) Peel, Stephanie Vankomen, Dusty Compton, Tanya (Mark) Jenkins; the mother of his children Peggy Keeney-White; Brandon’s mother Coretta Osborne; 18 grandkids Amber, Tiffany, Courtney and Trey Keeney, Corey Blankenship, Kayla Daniels, Brody and Tanner Jenkins, Chelsea White, Dakota Johnson, Brittney McPherson, Drayke, Trayce and Raeleigh Keeney, Destiny, Blake and Skyler Toler; three great grandchildren Chey Douglas, Darren Cook and one due in September 2013; five sisters Norma Jean Wells and companion Ed Dunn, Eva (Wilburn) Bailey, Rita (Gene) Harvey, Betty (Jimmy) Toler, Judy Lynn (Terry) St. Clair; a brother Mike (Barbara) Wells and a host of other loving family and friends. Bill was loved by all who knew him and will be greatly missed by many other family members and friends.

Funeral service will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday August 1, 2013 at the New Life Church, Jesse, W.Va., with Bro. Benny Osborne officiating. Friends may gather with the family from 5 p.m. until service time at the church on Thursday. Following the services he will be cremated.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Wounded Warriors Project.

E-mail letters of sympathy may be sent at

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


Carolyn J. Leach

GREEN BANK — Carolyn J. Leach, 88, passed away on Monday, July 29, 2013.

Friends may call 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 2, 2013, at Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home in Arbovale. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, August 3, 2013. She will be interred in the Alderson Cemetery in Alderson.

Please send online condolences by visiting

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Arbovale.


William Edward ‘Bill’ Menefee Jr.

William Edward “Bill” Menefee Jr., 78, formerly of Oak Hill, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at Hopewell, Va.

Born December 9, 1934 at Crown Hill, W.Va., Bill was the son of the late William Edward Menefee Sr. and Hazel Haymaker Menefee.

His is preceded in death by his son, James Edward “Jim” Menefee  of Covington, Va. and grandson, William Matthew  “Matt” Saye, of Prince George, Va.

Bill leaves behind his wife of 53 years, Rebecca “Becky” Owens Menefee, a son,  William J. Rainey and wife Caroline of Charleston, a daughter, Betty J. Saye of Petersburg, Va., son-in-law, William Jay Saye of Oak Hill,  daughter-in-law Michelle Menefee of Covington, Va.; and three grandchildren, Elizabeth Saye of Petersburg, Va., Brendan Rainey of Charleston, and Kate Rainey of Charleston.

He is also survived by sisters, JoAnn Kessler of Fayetteville, Mary Pearson of Oak Hill, Wilma Gelfeld and husband, Paul of Gaithersburg, Md., Peggy Greene and husband, Carson of Indiana, Pa., and Nancy Smith of Oak Hill, and two brothers John Menefee of Oak Hill, and Paul “Jackie” Menefee of Oak Hill, along with many nieces, nephews and cousins.

A 1954 graduate of Collins High School in Oak Hill and he was also a graduate of Beckley College with an associate degree in Education.

Bill was the former pastor of Fellowship Memorial Baptist Church in Oak Hill for 43 years. During that time he was actively involved in the Fayette Plateau Ministerial Association and held various offices for several years. Bill was happiest when serving God and helping others. Bill served Fayette County and surrounding areas preaching God's word and caring for people. He loved spending time with his family, his church family, watching football and enjoying his grandchildren.

The family will receive friends at Fellowship Memorial Baptist Church in Oak Hill on Friday evening, August  2, 2013 from 5 to 8 p.m.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. at Fellowship Memorial Baptist Church on Saturday, August 3, 2013. Burial will be at High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill. Rev. Robert “Bobby” Pauley and Rev. Pete Lokant will officiate.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Fellowship Memorial Baptist Church, PO Box 317, Oak Hill, WV or Crater Community Hospice, 3916 South Crater Road, Petersburg, VA 23805

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.


Annie Mae Richmond Mickey

DETROIT, Mich. — Mrs. Annie Mae Richmond Mickey, of Detroit, formerly of Beckley, died Saturday, July 27, 2013.

Funeral service will be 11 a.m., Saturday, August 3, 2013 at Central Baptist Church,

Brooks and G. Street, Beckley. Burial will follow in Greenwood Memorial Park, Beckley. Friends may call one hour prior to the service at the church.

Condolences may be e-mailed to

Arrangements entrusted to Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.


Anrek Shey Steele

Anrek Shey Steele, 5 month old son of Samuel Steele and Megan Audet of Pineville, passed away Saturday, July 27, 2013 at Welch Community Hospital.

He was born February 10, 2013, in Raleigh County.

Anrek was preceded in death by his grandfather, Rodney Audet.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his grandparents, Mike and Patty Mullins and Janet Audet, all of Brenton. Great-grandparents, Dennis and Delores Audet of Saulsville and Betty Sanders of Elgin, S.C.

Uncles: Joe Audet of Saulsville, Shawn Mullens of New Richmond, Conner and Caiden Sanders of Saulsville and Javier Vasquez of Oceana.

Aunts: Samantha Mullins of Pineville, Candace Mullins of Brenton

He is also survived by a host of other family members.

A celebration of Anrek’s life will be held at 1 p.m., Thursday, August 1, 2013 in the Calfee Funeral Service Chapel with the Rev. Ernest Francis officiating. The family will receive friends from 12 noon to 1 p.m.

Burial will follow in the Tilley/Tolliver Cemetery, Cabin Creek.

Those wishing to extend their condolences may do so by visiting

Calfee Funeral and Cremation Services of Pineville is serving the Steele/Audet family.


Gary Gene ‘Round Man’ White

COLCORD — Gary Gene “Round Man” White, 55, of Colcord died Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at home.  

He was born Feb. 19, 1958. Gary was a former truck driver.  

He was preceded in death by his parents Simon and Patsy Holstein White, and a brother, Terry White

Surviving are a daughter, Melinda (Michael Sumpter) White of Colcord; brothers, Larry “Ronnie” White of Colcord, Kevin White of Colcord;  sisters, Sherry White of Colcord, Teresa White of Dorothy; half sister, Lahoma Smith of Beckley; very special aunts, Shelby Stover of Dorothy, and Lenora and Margaret White, both of Dorothy; uncle, Benny “Popeye” (Agnes) White of Whitesville and several nieces, nephews and friends.

 Funeral will be 1 p.m. Friday, August 2, 2013 at Dorothy Church of God with Steve Massey, Scotty Stanley, Robby Brown and Cecil McClellan officiating.  Burial will follow in Estep Cemetery, Ameagle where family and friends will serve as the pallbearers.

Friends may call two hours prior to the service at the church.

Condolences may be sent to the family at

Leonard Johnson Funeral Home, 8706 California Ave., Marmet is in charge of arrangements. 304-949-3322.


Gerald Wickline

Gerald Wickline, 77, of Coal City, passed away on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at the Bowers Hospice House.

Arrangements are pending completion at the Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, 1901 South Kanawha Street, Beckley.