The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

August 14, 2013

Obituaries — Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Maggie Ann Kessler Birt

OAK HILL — Maggie Ann Kessler Birt, 49, of Oak Hill, passed away on Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at home.

Arrangements are incomplete.

For those wishing to express their condolences to the Birt 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.

Judy Lee Dixon

SCOTT DEPOT — Judy Lee Dixon, 67 of Scott Depot, formerly of Crickmer, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Saturday, August 10, 2013.

Born October 2, 1945, in Crickmer, she was the daughter of the late Charles and Pauline Tincher Pate.

For some moments in life there are just no words. On August 10, 2013 our loving Wife, Mother and Grandmother was called to heaven. One of the most important things in Judy’s life was her family. She loved and cared for her family above everything else, they were her world.  Judy touched all that knew her with her beautiful smile and heart of gold. Anyone that was blessed enough to have spent time with her quickly felt her contagious laughter.  She was generous, caring, thoughtful, and always wanted to make sure her loved ones were taken care of. She enjoyed her loved ones near and they loved being with her even more.

In addition to her family and friends, Judy loved all of God’s creatures. There was definitely a special place in her heart for cats and dogs. As she walked through The Pearly Gates of Heaven, it is certain that her “special angel” Shadow was there to greet her.   She loved Shadow so dearly, and it is a comfort to know that they are now together once again.

Apart from enjoying her family and pets, Judy liked to spend many of her Saturday evenings with her friends at the Culloden Opry House. She enjoyed clogging and listening to blue grass music. She truly had a love for life, she was loved by all that knew her and many felt privileged to call her friend.

Although she will be greatly missed, and her leaving has left emptiness in our hearts, we have God’s promise that we will be together again.

She is survived by her loving husband of 45 years Clarence Lee Dixon; son, Clarence Lee Dixon II (Amie Harper), grandchildren Chance Dixon and Maranda Dawn Heatherdale, brother, Charlie Pate (Karen), many loving friends, nieces and nephews, and her companions “Sissy” and “Cesar”, who will all miss her dearly.

 On Saturday August 17, 2013 at 11 a.m. we will celebrate the life of Judy Dixon at Chapman Funeral Home, 3941 Teays Valley Road, Hurricane with Pastor Mike Tincher officiating. A graveside service will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday at Wallace Memorial Cemetery, 16155 Midland Trail, Clintonville, WV.

Friends may call Friday, August 16, 2013 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be made at

Kassidy Lynn Fenton

Kassidy Lynn Fenton, the daughter of Anthony Lewis Fenton and Brittany Danielle Epperly Fenton of Page was born Sunday, August 11, 2013 at Raleigh General Hospital. Kassidy did not open her eyes in this world but as a little Angel in everlasting light in the flower garden of Heaven.

Baby Kassidy will live on in the hearts of her parents Anthony and Brittany Fenton, sister Kaylee Elise Fenton, grandparents Irma Fenton, Calvin Fenton, Kimberly Epperly, Frederick Lee Epperly and Alisha Ann Harrah; aunts Jennifer Suttle, Scarlett Suttle, Annie Epperly, Belinda Fenton, Kelly Fenton; uncles Erik Epperly, Kenneth Fenton, Daniel Fenton.

Special thanks to Ray, Mary and Dakota Lindille, Charles and Linda Knight, and finally Richard and Dena Walker.

Her remains rest at High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, where the funeral will be held 1 p.m. today with Rev. Charles Knight officiating, and where the family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. The committal and burial will follow in High Lawn Memorial Park.

Condolences may be sent to

Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.

Maynard Tyrone Fountain

Maynard Tyrone Fountain, 71, of Beckley, died Friday, August 9, 2013.

Born November 23, 1941 in Beckley, he was the son of the late Jessie Sr. and Polly Ann Hairston Fountain.

He was a truck driver.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by Jessie Jr., Harry “Tot”, Robert “Booker”, Annie Mae ‘Nehi” Anderson, Frances Bournes, Benjamin and Dorcas Fountain, Byron Hughes, Jameita L. and Reneita J. Jones.

Left to cherish precious memories are his loving wife, Betty Louise Irvin Fountain of Beckley; children, Troy Tyrone Fountain of Detroit, MI and LaTorya “Toe Toe” Staples Cummings of Charleston, WV; sisters, Parthenia Edmonds and Lucinda “Boots” Hughes of Beckley  and Belita Watson of Newark, NJ; three grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral service will be 1 p.m., Friday, August 16, 2013 at the First Baptist Church Harper Heights, Old Turnpike Road, Beckley, with Rev. Thomas V. Moore officiating. Burial will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Prosperity.

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.

Lynne Stewart Godby

With perfect sight and great stride Lynne “Stewart” Godby, 52, of Beckley, walked through the gates of Heaven, Sunday, August 11, 2013.

Lynne was born to the late Millard and Juanita Stewart on September 4, 1960 at King’s Daughter’s Hospital in Ashland, Ky. From childhood she possessed a spunk that rivaled even the most colorful of characters. An adventurous spirit pushed Lynne to discover all of the best things in life.

A former employees of Petroleum Products, Lynne’s position as internal auditor met her need for a challenge, and fulfilled her undying urge to learn more.  A lover of music, she would raise her arms and wave them freely to any tune. Fond of shopping, her family and friends were most often the benefactors of her spending. The desire to explore compelled her to travel often, always returning ready for the next journey. Destroyer of dullness, her mischievous sense of humor was echoed by an unmistakable laugh.

Lynne was preceded in death by her ex-husband Lee Godby. She is survived by her son Dustin Godby and wife Belinda of Cool Ridge; three brothers, Larry Stewart and wife Diane of Port St. Lucie, Fla., Doug Stewart and wife Shirley of Ashland, Ky., Michael Stewart and wife Deanna of Burnsville, W.Va.; one sister Sandra Wood and husband Michael of Shady Spring; nephews Larry Stewart II, and Joseph Stalka and nieces Kim Conley, Cheryl Davis, Dawn Matherly, April Massie, and Brittany Stewart. She is also survived by seven great nephews, four great nieces, one great-great nephew, one great-great niece, and a special family friend John Grose.

There will be a celebration to honor the life of Lynne Godby at 2 p.m. Friday, August 16, 2013 in the Calfee Funeral Home Chapel, 800 S. Oakwood Ave., Beckley, with Pastor Jeff Farley officiating. Friends may visit with the family from noon until service time on Friday.

On line condolences may be left at www.calfeefh. com

Arrangements by Calfee Funeral Home, Beckley.

Bradly Joe Williams

Bradly Joe Williams, age 25, of Shady Spring, passed away on Sunday, August 11, 2013,  following a sudden illness at the Charleston Area Medical Center General Division.

Born on February 8, 1988 in Beckley, he was the son of Delbert Milton Williams Jr. and Jo Michelle Calacino of Beckley.

Bradly was a coal miner who thoroughly loved his work and who took pride in his job. He was a graduate of Shady Spring High School Class of 2006. He was a member of the Beckley Gun Club. His hobbies included hunting, fishing, and motorcycles.

Bradly loved his wife and family dearly.

Survivors include his loving wife, Whitney Ann Wood Williams; three sisters, Chelsa Jo Williams of Beckley, Holly Marie Williams, Savannah Spring Williams, all of Beckley.   Grandparents, Joe Calacino Jr., and Melody Calacino, both of Shady Spring; Milton Williams and Margaret Williams, both of Clear Creek. Father-in-law and mother-in-law Greg and Mandy Wood of Cool Ridge. Brother-in-law, Nathan Wood of Daniels, and a sister-in-law,  Alaina Wood of Cool Ridge.

Funeral services will be conducted at the Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home Shady Spring Chapel on Thursday, August 15, 2013 at 1 p.m. with Minister Paul Zutaut officiating. Burial will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens at Prosperity.

Friends may visit with the family from 6 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday.

Pallbearers will be Taylor Martin, Jonathan Lilly, Woody Brogan, Adams Williams, Derek Davis, Scottie Lilly, Nathan Wood, and Danny Price.

Private online condolences, floral tributes, and other expressions of sympathy may be directed to the family via our guestbook at

Isaiah 40: Verses 29 -31: “He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”

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


Robert ‘Little Bob’ Warren Williams

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Robert “Little Bob” Warren Williams, 55, of Corpus Christi, a native of Sophia, passed away Tuesday, July 23, 2013.

Services were held Wednesday, July 31, 2013 at 11 a.m. at McDonald Funeral Home Chapel. Visitation was held Wednesday, July 31, 2013 from 9 a.m. until time of the service at McDonald Funeral Home. Rev. Allen Hickman officiated the service.

“Little Bob” was a native of Sophia, he was an Architectural Draftsman by trade and he built and designed new homes.

Those left to cherish his memory include his father and step-mother, Morris Griffin Williams and Janice Williams; his mother, Margaret McPeake; his daughter, Tracey Dawkins; his three grandchildren, Dade, Ryder, and AnnaBella; his brother, Frankie Wayne Williams and wife, Linda; his sister, Lynn Williams Dennis and husband, Darren; his nieces and nephews, Sarah Tussey, Phillip Williams, Rachel Weis, Brittany Dennis, Dustin Dennis and fiancée, Chelsea Davis, Blake Dupe’pe’; his great niece and nephews, Sydney, Eli, and Braden; and his aunt, Betty Sturgill, who was not only a aunt to “Little Bob” but raised him; brother, Frank Williams, along with cousins, Connie Moody, Bob Sturgill, Ron Sturgill, and Leon Sturgill.

Little Bob will not only be missed by his family, but also his friends in other states,  Little Bob, never met a stranger.

Little Bob’s best friend, Dennis Cella passed away on Thanksgiving Day. May they both be in heaven together now in peace.

Submitted by Williams-Blue Ridge Funeral Home, 101 1st Street, Sophia.

Trenton Jonathon Workman

Trenton Jonathon Workman of Beckley, born August 8th, 2013, went home to with the Lord on Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013.

He was the infant son of Robert Underwood and Misty Workman of Beckley.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by three brothers and two sisters, Robert Underwood Jr., De Anthony Workman, Landen Workman, Kyndell Workman, and Tyjer’re Underwood. Paternal grandparents, Richard Underwood of Washington, DC, Dorothy Underwood of Washington, DC; maternal grandmother, Judy Workman of Rock Creek; aunts, Courtney Workman of Beckley, Loueditia Scott and companion, Michael Morton of Daniels, Michelle Morton and companion, James Taylor of Beckley; uncles, Johnny Workman II of Rock Creek, James Davis of Beckley; cousins, Jeremiah Workman , Zachary Morton, Tiffany Morton and Kendra Davis.

He was greeted at the gates of heaven by his grandfather, Johnny Franklin Workman.

A special thanks to all the friends and family who prayed for Trenton.

Proverbs 3: 5-6

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, lean not unto your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct your paths.

Services will be Thursday, August 15th, at 1 p.m. at the Melton Mortuary Chapel. Pastor Donnie Russell will be officiating. Burial will follow in the Scarbro Cemetery at Rock Creek.  The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. until the service hour.

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

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary and Cremation Center, Beckley.