The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

December 20, 2013

Obituaries — Friday, Dec. 20, 2013


Marsha Rae Blankenship

Marsha Rae Blankenship, 60, of Beckley, passed away on Monday, December 16, 2013, in Raleigh General Hospital, Beckley.

She was born March 5, 1953, in Oceana, W.Va., a daughter of the late Ocel Clinton and Mary Ellen Greene Bowden.

She is survived by her loving husband of 31 years Raymond Blankenship; a son Nick Blankenship and fiancée Allison Greene; a grandson Alex Blankenship; a sister Sandra Holmes of Lillydale; three great-nephews Garrett Blackburn of Lillydale, Matthew Gilley of Texas and Bradley Gilley of Florida; a special friend Mike Craft of Lynco; and a host of other loving family and friends.

Friends may gather with the family on Friday, December 20, 2013, from 11 a.m. to noon in the Chapel of Stafford Family Funeral Home, Lynco, W.Va.; committal service will follow at the cemetery. She will be laid to rest in Palm Memorial Gardens, Matheny, W.Va.

E-mail letters of sympathy may be sent at www.staffordfamilyfuneralhome.com.

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



Jeanette F. Compton

MULLENS — Jeanette Faye Compton, 70, of Mullens, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013.

Arrangements are incomplete at Tankersley Funeral Home, Mullens.



Madgeline ‘Madge’ Compton

WYOMING — Madgeline “Madge” Compton, 33, of Wyoming, passed away Tuesday, December 17, 2013.

Born May 1, 1980, at Mullens, she was the daughter of the late Michael “MaGoo” Compton and Frankie Ward Compton.

Madge attended the Pineville Church of the Nazarene. She was a 1998 graduate of Pineville High School. She enjoyed playing softball, partying, taking care of her nieces and nephew, fishing, and being with her family and friends.

In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by her brother, Michael “Peck” Compton, nephew, Steven Strickland Jr., grandfather, Donald Franklin Hall, and grandparents, Lonnie and Madge Compton.

Survivors include her mother, Frankie Ward Compton of the residence; sisters, Lea Strickland of New Richmond, Eva Dawn Compton of Wyoming and Rosemary Ward of Beckley. Her grandmother, Mary Day Hall of Pineville; special nieces and nephew, Sierra, Kayla and Steven Compton.

A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, December 20, 2013, in the Calfee Funeral Service Chapel with Pastor Matt Mitchell officiating.

The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. until the time of the service.

Those wishing to extend their condolences may do so by visiting www.calfeefuneralservice.com.

Calfee Funeral and Cremation Service of Pineville is serving the Compton family.



Betty Jo Cook

Betty Jo Cook, 84, of Crab Orchard, went home to be with the Lord on December 17th, 2013, after a short illness.

She was preceded in death by her father, Robert Reed, her mother, Famie Reed Cannaday, her husband, Eugene H. Cook Sr., and her daughter, Kathy Jo.

Those left behind to cherish her memories are her sister and brother-in-law, Peggy and Darrell Payne, and sister-in-law Jane Cook; her children, Kay and Gil DeLaRosa, Eugene Jr. (Poncho) and Debbie Cook, Bonnie and Richard Buchanan, Donna and Richard Bramlett, and Robert and Lou Ann Cook; 11 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews, her loving neighbors, Brenda and Allen Moye and Dr. Gary Poling, all of whom she thought of as a part of her family.

She was a charter member of Bible Baptist Church, loved and faithfully served in the John-Romans ministry.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Bible Baptist Church John-Romans ministry, P.O. Box 415, MacArthur, WV 25873, in her memory.

Visitation will be at Bible Baptist Church in MacArthur, on Saturday, December 21st, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with the funeral service at 1 p.m.

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

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary and Cremation Center, Beckley.



Mary Paxton Dancy

COLUMBIA — Mary Paxton Dancy, 72, of Columbia, a native of Turkey Knob, died Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013.

Born Sept. 21, 1941, at Turkey Knob, she was the daughter of the late Cecil P. Paxton and Nellie Flossie Campbell.

She was the past president of both The Sumter Azelea Garden Club and The Sumter Square Dance Club. She enjoyed scrap booking and traveling.

She is survived by her husband, Joseph “Joe” Dancy Jr.; daughter, Judy (Jeff) DeVore; grandchildren, Brandon (Kelly) DeVore and Zach (Paige) DeVore; great-grandchildren, Michael and Braelyn DeVore.

Funeral service will be 12 noon on Friday, December 20, 2013, at Spring Valley Baptist Church, 91 Polo Road, with Dr. Robert Windburn officiating. The visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, December 19, 2013, at Kornegay & Moseley Funeral Home, 4645 Hard Scrabble Road. Burial will follow the service at Fort Jackson National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Spring Valley Baptist Church or The American Heart Association.

Please sign the online guest book at http://www.kornegayandmoseley.com/.

Arrangements by Kornegay and Moseley Funeral Home, Columbia.



Anna Lee Gadd

FLATWOODS, Ky. — Anna Lee Gadd, 88, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, Dec. 17th, 2013, at Trinity Station Retirement Community, Flatwoods, Ky.

She was born October 5, 1925, at Princeton, W.Va. She was preceded in death by her parents, Jacob and Bessie Reed Teaford; her former husband and father of her five children, Ben D. Shrewsbury; her husband Daniel P. Gadd; her son, David Alan Shrewsbury; and her sisters, Marion Hall, Ruth DeHart and Nell Wood.

She is survived by her children, Robert Shrewsbury (Diane) of Harker Heights, Texas, Elizabeth Pollastrini (Joe) of Scott Depot, Mary Walker (Rick) of Waynesburg, Pa., and Joann Bragg (Ralph) of Fayetteville; her grandchildren, Ryan Shrewsbury, Shannon Bishop, Sean Pollastrini, Dante Pollastrini, Benton Shrewsbury, Melissa Irons, Brent Walker, Kristin Smith, Jon-Erik Bragg and Tyler Bragg; 13 great-grandchildren and two on the way.

Anna Lee grew up in Lexington, Va., and Mullens, where she graduated from Mullens High School. She worked at the Bank of Mullens during and after high school. She married Ben D. Shrewsbury and, after he left the Army, they settled in Beckley and raised their five children. After divorcing, she later married Daniel P. Gadd, who died in 1977.

Education and learning were important. Anna Lee encouraged her children in their church and school activities — choir, BYF, 4-H, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts (she was a Cub Scout den mother for several years), Baptist camping and staff, and spelling bees. She started to Beckley College after being out of high school 22 years and raising five children. She graduated from Radford College in Virginia in 1972, the same year that David graduated from West Point and Mary graduated from high school. Her girls all graduated from college and Bob was in the Air Force 21 years and David in the Army for 20 years. Anna Lee continued her schooling until she received her Master’s in Education. She taught reading for 12 years in Raleigh County Schools.

Anna Lee ran the Maxwell Hill Community Center and pool, taught Red Cross swimming lessons at Waterdale Pool on Valley Drive, Beckley, worked election poll places, school and church activities and community fairs.

Anna Lee not only had a “green thumb” but she was green to her elbows. She was a Master Gardener and could, and did, grow anything. She raised big gardens, canned, preserved, and froze everything, teaching the five of us how to do the same. We raised chickens and rabbits for eating. Anna Lee was a seamstress; she taught the girls to sew.

Anna Lee retired and returned to Lexington where she built a home near her sister Ruth on Kerrs Creek. She enjoyed her five wooded acres, feeding and watching birds, turkey, deer, and her pet grouse that ate from her hand. She loved hunting, was a member of the NRA and the National Federation of Turkey Hunters, and killed her share of squirrel, turkey and deer.

She liked to travel and made trips to Alaska and to the Holy Land. Myrtle Beach, S.C., was one of her favorite places. She had a home at Apache Campground in North Myrtle. She spent all summers enjoying sun, sand and friends. She loved early morning walks on the beach watching the sun rise and collecting shells and shark teeth.

Anna Lee was a Christian and an active member of the First Baptist Church, Beckley, and the Kerrs Creek Baptist Church, Lexington, where she led the collection of all the items to fill shoeboxes for the Franklin Graham’s Operation Christmas Child. She went for several years to Boone, N.C., and helped prepare boxes to be sent to other countries.

Anna Lee led a full and active life until she suffered a stroke in 2005. She moved into Trinity Station Retirement Community, Flatwoods, Ky., where she lived until her death.

The family is so appreciative of the care Anna Lee received from the staff at Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital, Ashland, Ky., every time she was hospitalized, and especially the loving card she received from all the staff and “her girls” at Trinity Station during her eight years, one month and seventeen days she lived there.

We also thank everyone from Community Hospice that provided care and support to our family and our mother during her final days.

Funeral services will be Saturday, Dec. 21st, at 1 p.m. at the Melton Mortuary Chapel, 1200 Harper Road, Beckley. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Pastor Delbert Walker will be officiating. Burial will follow in the Sunset Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Community Hospice, Ashland Office, 1480 Carter Ave., Ashland, KY 41101.

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

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary and Cremation Center, Beckley.



Corbet ‘Vern’ Justus Sr.

BRENTON — Corbet Vernor “Vern” Justus Sr., 75, of Brenton, passed away Tuesday, December 17, 2013, at his residence following a long illness.

Born May 7, 1938, at Hurley, Va., he was the son of the late Carl Justus and Lettie Blankenship Justus.

Mr. Justus was of the Baptist faith. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening and being with his family.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Romelee Short Justus, and several brothers and sisters.

Survivors include his three sons, Corbet Justus Jr. and his wife Tammy of Pineville, Darrin Justus and his wife, Cathy, of Brenton, Danny Justus of Brenton; two daughters, Debbie Fortner and her husband, Donald, of Brenton, Sheila Byrd and her husband, Rodney, of Pineville; a brother, Frank Justus of Kopperston; five sisters, Imogene Short of Brenton, Nancy Hawks of Brenton, Drema Justus of Beckley, Inez Smith of Simon, Gertrude Hurley of Brenton; 14 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

A celebration of Corbet’s life will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, December 20, 2013, in the Calfee Funeral Service Chapel with the Rev. Norman Gray officiating.

The family will receive friends from noon until time of the service. Burial will follow at Palm Memorial Gardens, Matheny.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

Those wishing to extend their condolences may do so by visiting www.calfeefuneralservice.com.

Calfee Funeral and Cremation Service of Pineville is serving the Justus family.



Cecil Clarence Labus Jr.

HICO — Cecil Clarence Labus Jr., 62, of Hico, passed away Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013.

There will not be any viewing or funeral. He was cremated.

Donations of sympathy may be sent to Wallace and Wallace, P.O. Box 335, Ansted, WV 25812.

Wallace and Wallace of Ansted is in charge of the arrangements.



Margaret E. Lanham

SUMMERSVILLE — Margaret Elizabeth Lanham, 87, of Summersville, died Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19, in the White Funeral Home at Summersville with Pastor Dennis Cherry officiating. Interment will follow in the Walker Memorial Park at Summersville. Friends may call one hour prior to the funeral services Saturday at the funeral home.

Condolences may be sent to the family at whitefuneralhomewv.



Mona Ann Legg

On December 17, 2013, God sent his angels to take Mona Ann Legg to her home in Glory.

Mona was born on September 4, 1932m in Fayette County, W.Va. Most of her days were spent on Saturday Road, where she was cherished by her family and community.

Mona was a loyal daughter and a cherished wife. She was a loving and beloved Mother and Grandmother. She was a farmer, gardener, cook, homemaker and musician. Her hard-working calloused, beautiful hands were never idle. Mona was a longtime, honored member of Horseshoe Baptist Church and she loved her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Today, Mona is walking the streets of Heaven with her parents, Herb and Muriel Atha, brothers, Don, Herb and Charlie; sisters, Libby and Susie; her cherished husband Buz, her infant twin sons, Herb and Howard, her beloved son, Gregory, and her precious great-grandson, Jack Redin.

Mona leaves behind a family who anxiously waits to join her where pain and sorrow are banished, night is vanquished and sin and death have been defeated.

That family includes brother Bob Atha and sister Linda, sons, Harold “Buzzy” and wife Betty Legg, Bradley and wife Julie Legg; daughters, Tammy and husband Tom Blake, Darlene Cole, daughter-in-law, Sophia Legg. Grandsons, Jason and wife Crystal Blake, Brandon Cole, Bradley Legg Jr. Granddaughters, April and husband Lonnie Redin, Jill Blake, Mandy and husband, John Conger, Melissa and husband Billy Shirley, Haley Legg, Rebecca Legg, Jasmine Legg. Great-grandchildren, Shyla Blake, Lydia Redin, Elijah Conger, Mona Conger, Izzy Blake, Cyrus Taylor and Max Shirley.

Mona’s family will miss her greatly but their mourning will only last for a night, for Mona’s suffering has ended and her days of eternal joy have begun.

Funeral Services will be 2 p.m. Saturday, December 21, 2013, at Wallace and Wallace Funeral Home Chapel in Ansted with Pastor Joe Shaffer and Pastor Tom Blake officiating. Burial will follow at Martin Cemetery in Ramsey.

Friends may call at the funeral home chapel 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, December 20, 2013.

Online condolences may be sent to wallaceandwallacefh.com.

Wallace and Wallace of Ansted is in charge of the arrangements.



Patrick Joseph Madden

Patrick Joseph Madden, 70, of Daniels, died Tuesday, December 17, 2013.

He was born to the late Henry and Clare Madden, August 23, 1943, in Honesdale, Pa.

Patrick completed his training as a Radiology Technologist from Mercy Hospital, Scranton, Pa., in 1963 and received a BA from Morris Harvey University, Charleston, W.Va. Patrick served in the U.S. Army from 1966 to 1969. Patrick was a Radiologist Technologist, at the Beckley Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, from 1969 until his retirement in 1999.

Patrick was a member of the Saint Frances de Sales Church, Beckley.

Patrick is survived by his wife of 37 years, Shirley F. Madden, of Daniels, and his two children, Radonna M. Ford (Tom), Galena, Ohio, and Sean P. Madden (Denise), Ghent; sister, Mary Clare Jordan (Tony), Moscow, Pa. Six grandchildren, three nieces and two nephews also survive him.

Special Thank You To: Saint Frances de Sales, Father Sam, Father Penn, Rev. Darrell and Magel Stapleton, Glen Fork Church of God congregation, Andrew Moscaritio (Bonnie), Ronald Wilburn (Hilda), Dr. Santos and staff of Home Based Primary Care and Hospice of Southern WV for their constant support.

Mass of Christian burial will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, December 21, 2013, at St. Frances de Sales Church. Burial will follow at Sunset Memorial Park, Beckley.

Friends may gather with the family Saturday from 9:30 a.m. until service time at the church.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.blueridgefuneralhome.com.

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



Jeannie Martin

Jeannie Martin, age 55, went home to be with the Lord on Friday, December 13th, 2013, at her home at Edwards Crossing in Beaver.

She was born at Raleigh on June 3rd, 1958. She was the daughter of the late Bruce and  Betty Martin.

Miss Martin was a homemaker; she worked at Pinecrest Hospital as a care giver and a culinary helper in the dietary department. Her older sisters Judith Ann Martin and Linda Lou Martin preceded her in death.

Survivors include her daughter Amber Jane Martin from Beckley, and her surviving sisters are Elaine Slone of Shady Spring, Brenda Jane Bennett of Raleigh, Janis Gunnoe of Princeton, Dallas Hughey from Florida and Kitty Sue Baum from North Carolina.

There will be a Memorial Service held at Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, Shady Spring Chapel, at 10 a.m. Saturday, December 21, 2013.

Celebrating her Life, Pastor Rodney Allen will be officiating. There will be no visitation.

She will be missed by all and deeply loved. She was a wonderful mother, friend and sister to many people that were blessed by her presence. A special thank you to Venessa Redden and to Robin B. Poplen and Richard and all the loving neighbors and friends.

In lieu of flowers, send all donations to Amber Martin, 100 Bolton Drive, Apt. #27, Beckley, WV 25801.

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

Arrangements are by Rose and Quesenberry, 729 Flat Top Road, Shady Spring, WV 25918.



Stephen Kevin Modley

After a courageous 6-year battle with Alzheimer’s, Stephen Kevin Modley, 56, died at Bowers Hospice House on Saturday, December 14th, at 1:35 p.m. in Beckley, surrounded by his wife and loved ones.

Steve was the son of the late Frank and Pat Modley. Steve was also preceded in death by his son, Stevie, and his grandparents.

Steve is survived by his devoted wife, Tabby; his son, Taylor Modley; his stepdaughters, Amanda Diaczenko and husband Alex, Nicole Sorrent, Katie Bonds and husband Mike; his brothers Bob and Joe Modley; and several nieces and nephews.

Steve was the sole owner of Modley’s Plumbing and Heating for 30-plus years.

The family would like to thank Dr. Scott Lostetter and the caring staff at Family Medical Center; the staff at Bowers Hospice House and Steve’s extremely dedicated caregivers Gary Reed and Nancy Holt.

In lieu of flowers please make donations to WV Alzheimer’s Association, 1111 Lee Street E., Charleston, WV 25301, or Bowers Hospice House, 454 Cranberry Drive, Beckley, WV 25801.

Services will be held Saturday, December 21st, at 1 p.m. at Rose and Quesenberry Peace Chapel in Beckley with Reverend Roger Pauley officiating. Burial will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Prosperity.

Visitation will be one hour prior to services for close friends and family.

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

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



Brenda Sue Jack Plumley

PAGE — Brenda Sue Jack Plumley, 67, of Page, died Monday, Dec. 16, 2013.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill, with the Rev. Jim Elmore officiating. Burial will be at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Prosperity. Friends may call one hour prior to the service Saturday at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be sent at www.tyreefuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.



Franklin ‘Mike’ Simmons

NORTH CHESTERFIELD, Va. — Franklin “Mike” Simmons, 79, of N. Chesterfield, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, December 17, 2013, at St. Francis Medical Center in Midlothian, Va. He was surrounded by his loving family when he went home to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

He was born in Crichton, W.Va., on March 31, 1934, to the late Martin “Mike” and Orpha Simmons. He was also preceded in death by two sisters, Artist Simmons and Nina Simmons.

He is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Dortha O. Simmons, and one brother, Phillip Simmons and his wife, Jane, of Noblesville, Ind., two sisters-in-law, Norma Sears of N. Chesterfield and Shirley Vance and her husband, James, of Rainelle, W.Va., and a brother-in-law, Danny O’Dell of Chester, Va. He is also survived by many wonderful nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday at Clover Hill Baptist Church, 3100 Courthouse Road, N. Chesterfield, VA 23236 (across from Rockwood Park). His funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday at the church. Interment to follow in Dale Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions be made to Clover Hill Baptist Church, 3100 Courthouse Road, N. Chesterfield, VA 23236.

Arrangements by Morrissett Funeral & Cremation Service, Chesterfield, Va.



Vernon B. Simmons

PRINCETON — Vernon B. Simmons, 90, of Princeton, passed away on Wednesday, December 18, 2013, at Princeton Community Hospital.

Born on August 6, 1923, in Floyd, Va., he was the son of the late James and Edna Simmons. He is predeceased by three brothers, David (D.L.), Harman (Doc), Herbert L. (Buddy); and one sister Freeda Cannaday. 

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Estelle Knowles Simmons; son Kevin Simmons and wife Rachel of Watkinsville, Ga.; daughter, Camela Williams and husband James of Kenbridge, Va.; grandchildren, Luke, Beth, and John Mark Simmons, Michael and Janna Williams; nephew, Barry Simmons of Kingsport, Tenn.; niece, Karen Hammond of Griffin, Ga.; sisters-in-law, Ruby McCrary of Floyd and Belva (Bea) Simmons of Wise, Va.

Vernon served in the U.S. Army from 1943 to 1946 in Panama. Following this tour, he became a heavy equipment operator for 34 years, primarily serving the coal mining industry. He was a member of UMWA District 17, Local 1160. He was an active member of Cook Memorial Baptist Church of Pineville, W.Va., for 35 years, later transferring his membership to First Baptist Church of Princeton, W.Va.

Funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, December 21, 2013, at the Maberry Funeral Home Chapel with Kevin Simmons and Dr. David Dockery officiating. Interment will follow in the Jacksonville Cemetery with Military Rites by Floyd V.F.W. Post # 7854 and American Legion Post # 127. The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. prior to the funeral at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be made by visiting www.maberryfuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by Maberry Funeral Home Chapel, Floyd, Va.



Delores Tiller

RUPERT — Delores Tiller, 65, of Rupert, passed away Tuesday, December 17, 2013, at Greenbrier Valley Medical Center, Fairlea, W.Va.

Born January 12, 1948, in Smoot, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Henry and Thelma Flanagan Martin.

She is greatly loved and will be sorely missed by her husband Denver Tiller; sister Judy Flanagan and Mike of St. Albans; stepsons, Richard Tiller of Charleston and M/Sgt. Wayne Tiller of Scott AFB in Shiloh, Ill., and many wonderful friends and neighbors whom she loved and nurtured through life’s many trials.

A celebration of her life and ministry will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, December 21, 2013, at the Andrew Chapel United Methodist Church, Williamsburg, W.Va., with Pastors Rev. Mark Flynn, Rev. Rick Chester, Rev. Sterling Morgan and Rev. Charles Stevens officiating. Burial will follow at the Wallace Memorial Cemetery, Clintonville.

Friends and family may gather at the church one hour prior to the services.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Andrew Chapel, for hospital support for Dr. T.P. Manyeza at Mutare, Zimbabwe.

Online condolences may be sent to www.wallaceandwallacefh.com.

Arrangements entrusted to Wallace & Wallace of Rainelle.



Bessie J. Young Withrow

OAK HILL — Bessie J. Young Withrow, 82, of Oak Hill, died Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013.

She was cremated. A memorial service will be at a later date.

Online condolences may be sent at www.tyreefuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.