The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


August 4, 2013

Obituaries — Sunday, Aug. 4, 2013


Eva Rice

KOPPERSTON — Eva Rice, 93, passed away Friday, Aug. 2, 2013.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 6, in the Evans Funeral Home Memorial Chapel. Interment will follow at Highland Memory Gardens, Pecks Mill. Friends may gather with the family from 11 a.m. until time of service Tuesday at the funeral home.

Polly White Wheeler

AMELIA, Va. — Polly White Wheeler, 97, of Amelia, VA, formerly of Elgood, died Thursday, August 1, 2013, at her residence.

Born February 7, 1916, in Elgood, WV, she was the daughter of the late Samuel Patton White and Ollie Steele White.

Polly was a homemaker and the last surviving member of her immediate family.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Dewey B. Wheeler; six brothers, Aubrey, Allen, Fred, Blake, Lake and Donzie White; seven sisters, Maude Shumate, Lottie White, Elsie Shumate, Christie Kennedy, Rhoda Holdren, her twin sister, Chippie Ferguson, and Louise Harris; and one nephew, Arthur Shumate.

Survivors include one son, Bobby N. Wheeler and wife Susie of Powhatan, VA; two grandsons, Raymond Wheeler and wife Susie of Powhatan, VA, and Gary Wheeler of New London, OH; two great-grandchildren, Amanda Wheeler and Gary Wheeler, Jr.; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Monday, August 5, 2013, at the Mt. View Community Church in Elgood with Pastor Jim Stanley officiating. Burial will follow at the Mt. View Community Church Elgood Cemetery. Family will serve as pallbearers.

Friends may call at the church from 12 noon until the service hour on Monday.

Memorial contributions may be made to Mt. View Community Church Elgood Cemetery, c/o Eddie Hopkins, 6753 Cheesy Creek Road, Princeton, WV 24739.

Online condolences may be sent by visiting

Seaver Funeral Home in Princeton is serving the Wheeler family.

Mildred Miller Wickline

LOCKBRIDGE — Mildred Miller Wickline, of Lockbridge, passed away Friday, August 2, 2013, at the home of her son, Dale Miller, following a long illness.

Born January 25, 1927, at Lockbridge, she was the daughter of the late Lemuel and Annie Stickler Gwinn.

She was preceded in death by her husbands Harry W. Miller in 1970 and James Wickline in 1997; stepson James Olen Wickline; grandson Shane Michael Miller in 1981; great-granddaughter Angela Boothe; brothers James, Harley, Dempsey and Bobby Gwinn and sister Juanita Shoff.

Those left to cherish the memories of their loving mother are Dale Miller and wife Brenda; Anna Belle Lewis and husband John, all of Lockbridge, Karen Tincher and husband Darrell of Meadow Bridge and Michael Miller and wife Sue of Lockbridge; 3 stepdaughters Phyllis Cales of Hinton, Edna Mattics of Meadow Bridge and Reva Black of Florida; 2 stepsons Danny and Doug Wickline of Columbus, Ohio; grandchildren Melissa Meadows and husband Chris of Hinton, Christina Tincher and husband Mark of Frankford, Christopher Miller and wife Eleni of Huntington, Jonathan Miller and wife Jessy of Rainelle, Kimberly Moore and husband Barry of Mt. Airy, North Carolina, J.B. Simmons and wife Kaitie of Statesville, North Carolina, Matthew Tincher of Beckley, Chastity Smith and husband Warrick of Gauley Bridge, Alecia Ryan and husband A.W. of Meadow Bridge and Cecily Miller of Lockbridge; great-grandchildren Sean and Nash Meadows, Emilee Miller, Isaac and Lily Tincher, Evyenia Miller, Levi and Luke Mills, Ian, Colin, and Meredith Moretz, Ella Simmons, Andrew and Maegan Thomas and Dean and Aden Ryan; 1 sister Nelma Fitzwater of Viola, Delaware; sisters-in-law; numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

Mildred was a faithful member of the Thorny Point Tabernacle for 57 years where she served as secretary. She was a member of the Meadow Bridge Kiwanis Club, treasurer of the Sandstone All School Reunion, graduating in the class of 1945; and served on the board of the Summers County Committee on Aging.

The family would like to give a special thanks to Wanda Jones and the Hospice of Southern West Virginia for their love and care during Mildred’s illness.

Services will be 11 a.m. Monday, August 5, at the Thorny Point Tabernacle, Lockbridge, with Franklin Bowles officiating. Burial will follow in the Dequasie Cemetery, Lockbridge. 

Pallbearers will be grandsons Christopher and Jonathan Miller, J.B. Simmons, Brian and Matthew Tincher and serving in place of the late Shane Miller will be A.W. Ryan.

Friends may call today from 6 to 8 p.m. at Smathers Funeral Chapel, Inc.

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Arrangements by Smathers Funeral Chapel, Inc., Rainelle.

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