The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

November 23, 2012

Obituaries — Friday, Nov. 23, 2012

Molly Allen

Molly Jean Allen, 68, of Beckley went home to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Wednesday, November 21, 2012, in the Bowers Hospice House.

Born December 12, 1943, in Harper, she was the daughter of the late Marvin and Thelma Harper Maloney.

Molly worked for 26 years, as kindergarten aide, at Cranberry and Crab Orchard Elementary School, during her time as a teacher’s aide; she touched the lives of countless children teaching them how to read, write and mathematical skills. Earlier in her life she was a graduate of the Beckley School of Hair Design and worked as a cosmetologist. Molly worked in Chicago as a private secretary for the CEO of Flora Shime Shoes. She was a member of the Bradley Freewill Baptist Church, enjoyed going to church until her health prevented her from attending. She loved working in her Flower and Vegetable Gardens, she enjoyed cooking and canning, but her joy was her grandchildren.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by an infant son Shannon Allen, three brothers Marvin, Tom, and Bill Maloney.

Those left to cherish her memory include her loving husband of 48 years Larry Allen, Two daughters Kelly Taylor and Husband Jim of Fairmont, and Stephanie Bryson and Husband Ricky of Fairdale. Four grandchildren Brittany Bonnett, Wesley Webb, Seth Bryson, and Robbie Bryson. One Brother Patrick Maloney and wife Faye of Harvest, Alabama, Two sisters Shirley Ellis and her husband Joseph of Sugar Grove, Virginia, and Juanita Carter and her husband Robert of Fairdale.

Services celebrating Molly’s Life will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, November 24, 2012, in the chapel of Blue Ridge Funeral Home with the Rev. Wayne Peters, and Rev. Daniel Legg officiating. Following the service Molly will be laid to rest in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens. Family and Friends will serve as pallbearers.

Friends may gather with the family from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday evening at the funeral home.

Honey, I know how much you loved flowers and how much you enjoyed working in them and because of your love for flowers made me have a love for flowers also. I know God has a special flower bed for you to work in. I know you now have a new heart and a new body and will never hurt or tire again. It is like I told you before you went into a coma for you to keep looking around for I will soon be with you. Your answer was “I’ll be waiting.” When I get there, we both will have new bodies and  we will work in the flowers together.

I know you are with our son Shannon, whom you never got to hold, but now you two are with each other and soon I’ll join you both.

Right now God only knows the hurt and ache I have, but through the finished work of Jesus Christ, we will spend eternity together. My special love now is for my two daughters and four grandchildren. My desire is my grandchildren will accept Jesus as their savor before our lives are over.

I fell in love with you at the Eccles Youth Center when you were 14 and I was 16. I knew when I saw that beautiful dark-haired girl; I knew she had to be mine. How thankful I am for the years you were always there for me. I have always loved you and still do. Again, I so very much miss you and love you.

My special thanks to the Beckley Hospice House for their kindness and love they showed to my family and me. May God richly bless your work.

Love from your husband,


Don’t weep for me because I’m with my Father, and in my Father’s house there is no sorrow, For I suffer no more. Blessed be the name of the Lord, for I can walk and have no pain. So don’t weep for me for I’m still in your hearts. Think about the hugs and kisses, and the love that I have for each of you. My Father says He will never leave us and He will never forsake us. So don’t weep for me. For each day is a blessing and so are memories. So don’t weep for me. Give God the praises and the glory, because I am FREE. Until we meet again, don’t weep for me, just smile when you think of me. Because Praise God I Am Free!!

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Arrangements by Blue Ridge Funeral Home, 5251 Robert C. Byrd Drive, Beckley, WV 25801.

Margaret Anne Robertson Bowyer

AUGUSTA, Ga. — Margaret Anne Robertson Bowyer, 73, of Augusta, died on Sunday, November 18, 2012, at Doctor’s Hospital in Augusta, Ga.

Born July 3, 1939, at Glen White, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Leonard Preston and Glidys Rachel Daniels Robertson.

She was a member of the Helen Baptist Church.

Anne was a devoted and loving wife, loving mother and caregiver to many. She always put the interests of others ahead of her own needs. She was a friend to many and loved by all who knew her. She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and cooking, especially during the holiday.

She was one of seven children including the late Leonard, Jane, Mary, Wilma, Virginia and John, with two brothers, Leonard “Bucky” Robertson and John R. Robertston, surviving.

Anne was the beloved wife for 55 years to Donald Eugene Bowyer, mother of William E. Bowyer of Augusta, Ga., Michael P. Bowyer of Raleigh, N.C., Karen B. Crawford of Norfolk, Va., and David S. Bowyer of Norfolk, Va., and six grandchildren, Kristin Crawford, W. Patrick Bowyer, Alexandra Crawford, Michael Bowyer, Robert Bowyer and Kayla Bowyer.

She will also be missed by very special relatives including brother-in-law, Bill R. Bowyer of Ghent, daughter-in-law, Judy C. Bowyer of Augusta, and son-in-law, Neal Crawford of Norfolk, Va.

Graveside rites and committal services will be on Saturday, November 24, 2012, at 12 p.m. at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens in Prosperity with Pastor Harmon Davis officiating. Burial will follow. There will be no visitation.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Pamela Sue Dillon

With her family and two close friends by her side, the angels came and took our dear Pamela Sue Dillon to Heaven on Thursday, November 15, 2012. She went to be with her Lord and her loved ones.

Pamela was born in Illinois on February 22, 1960. She had been sick for a long time and could no longer do the things she loved. Things like raising her garden, working in her flowers and cooking. She also loved taking care of her two dogs, Courtney and Katie. As a fan of country and gospel music she played CDs quite a lot which gave her a great deal of peace.

Her paternal grandparents, Mark and Lilly Newhouse, maternal grandparents, Blair and Georgia Dillon, several aunts and uncles and three very special people in her life, Mamie Casey, Wilford Adkins and Gary Fannin, all preceded her in death as did her biological parents, Wallace Jack and Vona Louise Newhouse Dillon.

Survivors include her loving mother Carol Adkins of Cirtsville, who was by her side throughout, brothers, Christopher Adkins of Cirtsville and John Mullens of Cirtsville, sister, Debbie Holmes of Oak Hill, and a nephew, C.J. Bowyer of Oak Hill.

She is also survived by an aunt whom she loved very much, Carolyn Newhouse of Kincaid, an uncle, John Dillon of Page, as well as Russell and Debbie Walker of Kincaid, Jenny and Gary Taylor of Kincaid, Thomas Dillon of Kincaid, Russell Walker Jr. and wife, Stephanie, and their girls of Kincaid and two little nephews, Andrew and Hunter of Kincaid.

Funeral services will be on Saturday, November 24, 2012, at 2 p.m. at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill, with Pastor Ken Souder officiating. Burial will be at High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill.

Visitation will be held at Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill, on Friday, November 23, 2012, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Billie Jean Gillum

Billie Jean Gillum, age 78, of Cabell Heights, went to be with the Lord, at the Bowers Hospice House in Beckley, on Wednesday, November 21, 2012.

Born on April 16, 1934, in Beckley, she was the daughter of the late George Reinhart and Ruth Mayse Reinhart.

Mrs. Gillum was a retired cook, having served as a cook at Black Knight Country Club, National Mine Academy, Bank of Raleigh, and the Raleigh Headstart Program.

Mrs. Gillum was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. She was a lifelong resident of Raleigh County.

She was preceded in death by a son, Richard Eugene Gillum.

Those survivors left to cherish her memory include her husband of 64 years, George Edward Gillum; a daughter, Barbara Blankenship and her husband Tom of Ball Ground, Ga.; sons, Tom Gillum and his wife Bette of Pittsburgh, Pa., Harry Gillum and his wife Brenda of Clarksburg, W.Va., Michael Gillum and his wife, Christina, of Fayetteville; 12 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren are also among her survivors.

Funeral services will be conducted at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints at Stanaford Acres on Saturday, November 24, 2012, at 11 a.m., with Bishop Robert Doolittle as the speaker. Burial will follow at the Davis Cemetery at Mount Tabor, W.Va.

Friends may call at the church from 10 a.m. until service time on Saturday. 

Men of the church will serve as pallbearers.

Online condolences may be sent to our guestbook at

In lieu of flowers donations of sympathy may be made to the Bowers Hospice House, 454 Cranberry Drive, Beckley, WV 25801, in memory of Mrs. Gillum.

Arrangements are by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, 1901 South Kanawha Street, Beckley.

Ryta Belcher Nutter

RAINELLE — Ryta Belcher Nutter, 87, of Rainelle, passed away Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012.

Services will be 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 25, at Smathers Funeral Chapel. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 24, at the funeral home.

Arrangements by Smathers Funeral Chapel Inc., Rainelle.

Dr. Rouzbeh K. Parsi

Dr. Rouzbeh K. Parsi, 69, of Beckley passed away November 21, 2012, in Raleigh General Hospital following a courageous battle with cancer.

Born April 6, 1943, in Iran, he was the son of the late Mohammed Parsi and Khadija Parsi of Iran.

Dr. Parsi was a general and vascular surgeon that was educated at the University of Miami and the University of North Carolina, where he was chief resident. In 1989, he came to the Beckley area, and founded Med-Surg Group Inc., a multi-specialty physician group. For over 43 years in the medical profession Dr. Parsi saved and touched countless lives of the patients, co-workers, friends, and family that knew him. Dr. Parsi was always teaching, showing his love of his profession to everyone that would listen; even in the midst of his battle with cancer he was always concerned with the care of those around him. Dr. Parsi was a very loving and kind man that put the needs of his patients above his own.

In addition to his mother he is survived by loving wife of 32 years Shahin Parsi of Beckley, his son Vandad Parsi of Beckley, his 2 brothers and 2 sisters, and all of the staff of the Med-Surg Group which he called all of them his family.

A service celebrating the life of Dr. Parsi will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, November 25, 2012, in the chapel of Blue Ridge Funeral Home. Family and Friends will serve as pallbearers.

Following the service he will be laid to rest in Sunset Memorial Gardens, Beckley.

Friends may gather with the family from 1 p.m. until service time Sunday at the funeral home.

An online guest registry and other information can be found by visiting

The family would like to thank the countless friends that showed their support during Dr. Parsi’s illness.

Arrangements by Blue Ridge Funeral Home, 5251 Robert C. Byrd Drive, Beckley, West Virginia.

Violet Katherine ‘Kitty’ Sanford

RAINELLE — Violet Katherine “Kitty” Sanford, 68, of Lilly Park, Rainelle, passed away Tuesday, November 20, 2012, in the Greenbrier Valley Medical Center at Fairlea.

Born November 22, 1943, at Hines, she was the daughter of the late Johnny and Gladys Greer Brackenrich. Kitty was a homemaker who loved her family. She treasured the time with her husband “Tink” while they were on the road in his 18-wheeler traveling through 44 states out of 50. Kitty was a faithful member of the Rainelle V.F.W. Post #4484 Auxiliary, the Rainelle Red Hats; the Sewell Rebekah Lodge #217 and she loved to play BINGO. Kitty attended the Rainelle United Methodist Church when she was able.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her sister Dorothy Marie Brown.

Survivors include her husband of almost 51 years Marshall “Tink” Sanford; 4 sons Marshall Sanford and wife Marlene of Leslie, Chris, Charlie and Joey Powers, all of Rainelle; 2 daughters Kathy Parker and husband Gary of Rainelle and Stacy Spade and husband Kenny of Danese; 1 brother Johnny Brackenrich, Jr., and wife Charlotte of Springdale; 6 grandchildren Sandra Hicks, Greg Sanford and Kasi, Justin Cutlip, Dakota Sanford, T.J. Parker and Krystal Parker; 3 great-grandchildren Emory and Jaysen Sanford and Andrew Albee; many friends and her buddy, Suzie Q.

Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, November 23, at Smathers Funeral Chapel with Rev. Stanley Clark officiating. Burial will follow in the Wallace Memorial Cemetery at Clintonville.

Friends may call today from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be expressed at

Arrangements by Smathers Funeral Chapel, Inc., Rainelle.

Alta McKinney Thompson

On Wednesday, Nov. 21st, 2012, our most cherished Alta McKinney Thompson died at the Villages of Greystone.

The second of seven children, Alta Frances McKinney Thompson was born on May 13th, 1920, at Beckley. Her parents were the late Charles and Pearl Whitt McKinney. The McKinney family made their home on Rural Acres Drive and worshiped at the First United Methodist Church. The McKinney family has been blessed. Alta’s death at the age of 92 is the first of the McKinney children to pass. Alta’s brothers, Otto and Claude McKinney, and sisters, Eileen Gambrell, Louise Grinstead, Dora Robbins, and Anna Pioch, all survive.

Alta was a 1937 graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School. A graduate of Concord College where she studied music, Alta will be remembered as an accomplished musician. She had been the organist at First United Methodist Church and the First Christian Church, and was a member of the Chaminade Music Club.

On Nov. 20th, 1946, Alta would marry Charles Andrew “Slim” Thompson Jr. Slim was a mainstay in Raleigh County politics in his day, while Alta was active in civic organizations and was employed by the Raleigh County Board of Education for many years. Alta and Slim were blessed with a daughter, Patti Elizabeth, who brought them great joy. They made their home on Russell Street in Beckley and summered at Flat Top Lake. Slim died suddenly on Jan. 29th, 1987. Sadly, Patti died on Nov. 26th, 2006. 

Alta was blessed with Patti’s family, her faithful son-in-law, Eddy Hatcher of Beaver; she was the doting “Gran” to her grandchildren, Amanda Elizabeth Easter and her husband Justin of Charleston and Christopher Gale Hatcher of Beaver. A large extended family of the McKinneys survive as well.

On Saturday, Nov. 24th, at 1 p.m. we will remember the life of Alta Thompson with a “Service of Remembrance” at the Melton Mortuary Chapel. The Rev. Dr. Robert Stoddard will be officiating. Alta will be laid to rest beside Slim and near Patti in the Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens Mausoleum at Prosperity. The family will receive friends from noon until the service hour. The family suggests donations of sympathy to the First United Methodist Church, 216 South Heber St., Beckley, WV 25801, or to the charity of your choice.

Condolences may be sent to the family’s guestbook at

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary, Inc., Beckley, WV.

Ruby Viola Vandall

Ruby Viola Vandall, 84, of Meade, passed away peacefully at 8:15 p.m. on Wednesday, November 21, 2012, at Bowers Hospice House following a long illness.

Born October 28, 1928, in Maryland, she was the daughter of the late Earl and Ethel Martin Mason.

Ms. Vandall was a homemaker and her greatest joy was the Lord and her family.

She was married to her loving husband, Raymond Stanford Vandall, on August 30, 1944. He preceded her in death on June 10, 2000. She was also preceded in death by her son, Ronnie Vandall, daughter, Brenda Sams, granddaughters, Kristina Sams, Vanessa Ferguston and Crystal Hedrick, great-grandsons, Jerry Ferguson, Jr., Dakota Vandall and Alex and Brandon Gill; and brother, Vernon Mason and his wife Helen.

Those left to cherish her memory are her children: Carolyn Vandall of Meade, WV,  Vivian England and husband Bob of Indiana, Sharon Ferguson of Josephine, WV, Charlotte Wallace and husband Charles of Josephine, WV, Judy Britt of Indiana, Kathy Trail of Beckley, Ricky Vandall and wife Sherry of Hinton, Raymond (Randy) Vandall, Jr., and wife Margaret of Shady Spring, Don Vandall of Meade, WV, and Dean Vandall of Meade, WV. Sisters, Christine and Leatha. Son-in-law, David Sams of Indiana. Twenty-four grandchildren, forty-seven great-grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren also survive.

The family would like to extend a special thanks to Bowers Hospice House and all of her caregivers.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, November 24, 2012, at Pivont Funeral Home Chapel in Hinton with Pastor Bob England officiating. Burial will follow in the Elton Community Cemetery at Elton, WV. Friends may call from 12 p.m. until time of services on Saturday at the funeral home.

Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

Online condolences and guest register at

Arrangements by Pivont Funeral Home, Hinton, WV.