The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

December 16, 2012

Obituaries — Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012

Drema Adkins Bragg

Drema Adkins Bragg, 61, of Cool Ridge, passed away at her home Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012.

Born Sept. 5, 1951, at Beckley, she was the daughter of the late Lonnie and Nina Ewing Adkins.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Lisa Rose; brothers, Curtis and Virgil Adkins; a sister, Nila Bledsoe.

Survivors include a grandson, Dusty Raines of Cool Ridge; brothers, Jack of Cranberry, Ruben of Beckley and Floyd Adkins of Caldwell; sisters, Mary Obugene of Cranberry, Irene Cook of Beckley, Jewell Rawls of Beckley, Elizabeth Navarro of Toledo, Ohio.

At her request, she was cremated and there will be no visitation.

Memorial services will be at a later date.

Arrangements by Rose and Quesenberry Shady Spring Chapel, Shady Spring.

Jackie Lynn Carnifax

RAMSEY — Jackie Lynn Carnifax was born on October 27, 1951, at Ramsey, to loving parents, the late Herbert “Hub” and Sarah Veda Crist Carnifax. She passed away Thursday, December 13, 2012.

She was a former utility clerk for the state of WV and then became a phlebotomist for Plateau Medical Center before becoming disabled. Jackie attended Lighthouse Worship Center.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Bill and Ray Carnifax, and three sisters, Wanda Carnifax, Betty Fields, and Karen Carnifax.

Survived by daughter, Sue Ann Nuckols, and companion, Frank McClung; sisters, Ann Clay of Killbuck, Ohio, and Jean Kincaid of Ramsey; brothers, Bob (Susie) Carnifax of Barboursville, Ohio, and Dale (Shirley) Carnifax of Oak Hill; Nannie to two special grandsons, Gary Keith Nuckols and Christopher Seth White; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

In keeping with her wishes she will be cremated.

Memorial services will be held on Saturday, December 22, 2012, at 1 p.m., at the Lighthouse Worship Center, Smales Branch Road, with Rev. Danny Legg and Rev. Dennis Kincaid officiating. Immediately following memorial services, please join our family in making Jackie’s wishes come true by releasing balloons at burial site on Carnifax Family Farm, Victor, W.Va.

In an attempt to fulfill her last wishes, we request no flowers, bring or send your favorite balloons at grave site.

For those wishing to express their condolences to the Carnifax 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.

James ‘Jim’ B. Chambers

James “Jim” B. Chambers, 88, of the Pine Hills Community died Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012.

Condolences may be sent to the family’s guestbook at

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary Inc., Beckley.

Frieda Eller

Frieda Eller, 80, of Crab Orchard, passed away Wednesday, December 12, 2012, at her residence.

Born August 12, 1932, in Slab Fork, she was the daughter of the late Frank and Carrie Branch Martin.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband Arnold, and four sisters and one brother.

Those left to cherish her memory include her two sons, Derek Eller of Youngsville, N.C., and Douglas Eller of Sophia. A host of nieces and nephews and beloved friends.

Graveside services will be held on Monday, December 17, 2012, at 11 a.m. in Sunset Memorial Park, Beckley.

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

William R. Grunenberg

OAK HILL — William R. Grunenberg, 80, of Oak Hill, died Thursday, December 13, 2012, from injuries suffered in an automobile accident.

Born April 8, 1932, in Minden, WV, he was the son of the late Anton P. and Sally Webster Grunenberg. He was a truck driver, attended the Jones Avenue Church of God in Oak Hill and was a Veteran of the U.S. Army, serving in Korea. He was also a member of Disabled American Veterans.

Survivors include two sons: Billy Grunenberg of Pittsburgh, Pa., and Christopher Grunenberg of Salem, N.C. Two daughters: Debra Luft and Patricia Grunenberg, both of Pittsburgh, Pa. One brother, Donald Grunenberg of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, and two sisters Margaret Lattanzi and Mildred Ball, both of Fayetteville, WV.

Committal services will be held Monday, December 17, 2012, at 11 a.m. at High Lawn Memorial Park Mausoleum, Oak Hill, WV, with Pastor Ralph Shupe officiating. Friends may call from 10:30 a.m. until the time of the committal service. Entombment will follow at the Mausoleum with Military honors provided by Oak Hill V.F.W. Post 3110.

Online condolences may be sent to our website at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home of Oak Hill, WV.

Helen Hamilton

It is not everyone who gets to pass away in the manner they wish, but in our mom’s well-organized files, we found this verse entitled “Final Wish.” “At age 85, I’m old enough to die without mourning me. So just let me go to sleep peacefully, Without tubes and drugs, I want to be set free — And not be a burden to my family.”

The age was a blank line to fill in, but her wish was fulfilled in that she died peacefully at her home in Oak Hill, West Virginia, on 12-12-12 with her beloved youngest child Jay, her only son, and her dear friend and caregiver to both our mom and dad, Glennys Davis, by her side.

Helen Packer Hamilton was the last surviving member of her immediate family.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Edward Albert Packer and Beda Carlson Packer, and her sisters, Edith, Frances, and Ollie. Her nieces Karen and Shelley, daughters of her sister Fran, and two great-nieces survive along with her sister-in-law, Josephine Hamilton Houck, and Jo’s children.  

Helen was born in Miles City, Mont., on January 3rd, 1927. Her father ran a general merchandise store in Ashland, Mont., and her working life began when she helped as a clerk in the store. She was raised in the Lutheran Church. She is a graduate of Custer County High School in Miles City and of the University of Montana in Missoula where she was a member of Alpha Phi Sorority. In 1948 she attended the University of Minnesota to take an accelerated course to be a school librarian. That intense course led to librarian jobs in Portland, Oregon, and San Francisco.

She is survived by her husband of 62 years, Pat R. Hamilton, whom she married in 1950. They met when he was a FBI Special Agent and attorney stationed in Montana. They have four children, Patricia L. Hamilton (David Higgins), Debra L. Hamilton, Judith Hamilton Brooks (Mike Brooks), and James Edward Hamilton. She is also survived by her six grandchildren, Derek, Wes and Kyle Thomas (Brittany Wier), Jade and Courtney Hamilton, and Bailey Brooks. She became a great-grammy this year with the birth of K.J. Thomas, whose father Kyle says that K.J. will have the toughest guardian angel ever to watch over him.

Helen taught English and Spanish and was the librarian at Sidney High School, Montana, from 1948-1950. She was a librarian at the main library in San Francisco from 1950-51. Moving to Oak Hill, in 1954, she taught English and Spanish at Collins High School in Oak Hill, from 1954 through 1964.

She is a former member of the Oak Hill Civic League and Fayette Study Club. She was an elected member of the WV Democratic Executive Committee from 1968 to 1990. She also served as an elected delegate to Democratic National Conventions from 1972 through 1988. Helen was selected to be the WV Hostess at the Inauguration of President Jimmy Carter. Always progressive in her thinking, she was appointed as a charter member of the Advisory Committee for the WV Women’s Commission and was a member of the Rules Committee for the 1972 National Democratic Convention.

In her tradition of giving, our mom has donated her body to the WV Human Gift Registry for medical research and teaching purposes. Those who wish to make a gift in her memory may provide it in the deceased’s name to: The Alzheimer’s Association, WV Chapter, 1601 Second Avenue, Charleston, WV 25387, to help fight the disease that has claimed her husband for the last decade, or the Fayette County Public Library, 611 Main Street West, Oak Hill, WV 25901, or Hospice of Southern WV, PO Box 1472, Beckley, WV 25802.

In accordance with our mom’s wishes, a memorial service will be held at a later date at the Hamilton family plot in Fayetteville, W.Va. The following was in our mom’s file and we share it with you. It is typed by her and she may be the author as none is given:


I’d like the memory of me

To be a happy one.

I’d like to leave an afterglow of

Smiles when day is done.

I’d like to leave an echo

Whispering softly down the ways,

Of happy times and laughing times

and bright and sunny days.

I’d like the tears of those

who grieve to dry before the sun

of happy memories that

I leave when day is done.

Online condolences may be sent at

Information submitted by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Mary Elizabeth ‘Lizzie’ Dickson Hazelwood

ROCK CAMP — Mary Elizabeth “Lizzie” Dickson Hazelwood, age 78, of Rock Camp, WV, passed away Friday, December 14, 2012, at Greenbrier Valley Medical Center, Ronceverte, WV.

Born November 24, 1934, at Gates, WV, she was the daughter of the late Fleet Everette and Nina Elizabeth Givens Dickson.

Lizzie attended the Rock Camp United Methodist Church and was a homemaker.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her loving husband of 60 years Donnie Ramsey “Red” Hazelwood in May; two brothers, Roy and James Dickson; and a sister, Juanita Dickson Dent Thompson.

Survivors include one son, Dale Hazelwood of Rock Camp, WV; one daughter, Cricket Staten and husband Gary of Ronceverte, WV; two sisters, Glenna Sue Wickline and husband Leroy of Union, WV, and Juda Ratliff and husband Bubby of Zenith, WV; three grandchildren, Rebecca Staten of Rocky Mount, VA, Eric Hazelwood of Rock Camp, WV, and Ashlee Persinger and husband Jeremy of Rock Camp, WV; a sister-in-law, Clara Jewel Ferguson of Rock Camp; several nieces, nephews, cousins and close friends.

Funeral Services will be 11 a.m. Monday, December 17, 2012, at the Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home Chapel with Pastors Gene Fullen and Donnie Weikle officiating. Burial will follow at the Swope Cemetery, Lindside, WV. Friends may call from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, December 16, 2012, at the funeral home.

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

Arrangements by Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home, Peterstown, WV.

Virgil Robert Lewis

Virgil Robert Lewis, 82, of Daniels, passed away Sunday, Dec. 14, 2012.

Online condolences may be left at

Arrangements by Calfee Funeral Home, Beckley.

Rosie Lee Martin

Rosie Lee Martin, 81, of Crab Orchard went home to be with the Lord on Friday, December 14, 2012, in Raleigh General Hospital surrounded by her loving family.

Born February 12, 1931, in Glen Rogers, she was the daughter of the late Linkford and Delano Age Pedigo.

Rosie was a Raleigh County Elementary School teacher that touched countless lives over her years in education. Rosie was a faithful member of the Glen View Independent Baptist Church; she loved painting and being with her friends and family.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her brother Haskel Pedigo.

Those left to cherish her memory include her loving husband of 63 years Arnold W. Martin, her five children Phillip Martin and his wife Anita, Jerry Martin and his wife Nancy, Diana Gray and her husband Jerold, Charles Martin and his wife Becky, and Nancy Kassaee and her husband Ali; her sister Norma Jean Covey; 21 grandchildren; 41 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild; and a host of nieces and nephews and relatives and beloved friends.

Services celebrating Rosie’s life will be held Tuesday, December 18, 2012, at 1 p.m. in the chapel of Blue Ridge Funeral Home with Pastor Duane Pease officiating. Burial will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens. Rosie’s grandsons will serve as her pallbearers.

Friend may gather with the family from noon until service time Tuesday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Rosie’s memory to the Glen View Independent Baptist Church.

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

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

Roger D. Smith Sr.

STAFFORD, Va. — Roger D. Smith Sr., 58, of Stafford, formerly of Dothan, W.Va., died on Monday, December 10, 2012, at his home following a long illness.

Born May 8, 1954, at Dothan, W.Va., he was the son of the late Artie Layton and Nettie Irene Stover Smith.

Roger was an auto body and paint specialist. He was of the Missionary Baptist faith.

Two brothers, Arlie Franklin Smith and Joseph Henry Smith, and one sister, Barbara Smith Yates, preceded him in death.

He is survived by his wife, Wavie Lafferty Smith, three sons, Roger D. Smith Jr. of Stafford, Va., Rodney D. Smith of Mount Hope and Ryan E. Smith of Stafford, Va., one daughter, Lisa A. Smith of Woodbridge, Va., four brothers, Samuel Smith, Phillip Smith, Jackie Smith and Bobby Smith, all of Mossy, and four sisters, Tammy Nady and Loretta Walker of Virginia, Bethel Coleman of Texas and Faye Campbell of Illinois.

Six grandchildren, Sierra Smith, Cody Smith, Hailey Smith, Alicia Smith, Destiny Smith and Tyler Redding, also survive.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, December 22, 2012, at 2:30 p.m. at the Kenneys Creek Missionary Baptist Church in Winona, with Pastor Lum Toney officiating.

Friends may call from 1 p.m. until time for the service on Saturday at the church.

Online condolences may be sent at

Information submitted by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Joshua Aaron Stewart

SUMMERSVILLE — Joshua Aaron Stewart, 20, of Summersville died Friday, Dec. 14, 2012.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 19, in the Waters Funeral Chapel at Summersville. Burial will follow in the Zoar Cemetery at Keslers Cross Lanes. Friends may call from noon until service time Wednesday at the funeral chapel.


Shelby White Sr.

Shelby White Sr., 80, of Naoma, went home to be with the Lord Wednesday, December 12, 2012, at the CAMC Memorial Division Hospital, Charleston, WV, after a long illness. He was born November 5, 1932, at Prenter, WV.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Merdith and Audie Stanley White; first wife, Frances Pennington White; a daughter, Anna Marie White Hartman; brothers, Jimmy, Simon, Randall and Bruce White; sisters, Lucille White Belle, Margaret White Florentz and Carol Sue White.

Survivors include his loving wife, Regina Snodgrass White; sons, Shelby Eugene White Jr. and wife, Judy, of Shady, WV, Gary White and wife, Melody, of Petersburg, WV, Joel Daniel and companion, Lori Jenkins, of Winchester, VA; a daughter, Vonda White Thompson of Colcord, WV; one remaining sibling, Benny White and wife, Agnes. He is also survived by grandchildren, great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews.

Shelby and Leon Stover along with Cecil McClellan were the founders of the Sycamore Free Pentecostal Church of God. Shelby was a U.S. Marine Veteran of the Korean War. He loved to play his guitar and sing with his wife at the church events at churches he attended. He loved the Lord and loved his wife and children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Heaven gained a wonderful loving man that worked all his life to bring people to Christ. One of Shelby’s favorite scriptures: II Corinthians Chap. 5 vs 8: We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.

Funeral services will be held Monday afternoon, December 17, 2012, at 2 p.m. in the Armstrong Funeral Home, Whitesville, WV. Visitation will be two hours before the funeral service at the funeral home.

Clergy will be the Rev. Jerry Tyree. Singers will be 3rd Generation.

Interment will be at Estep Cemetery, Ameagle, WV, with military graveside rites by the Post # 32 Honor Guard American Legion, Beckley, WV. Pallbearers will be Lynn Maynor, CC Ballard, Tommy Ballard, Glen Duncan, Scott Stanley and Mike Hannah.