The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

December 30, 2013

Obituaries — Monday, Dec. 30, 2013

Leaborn A ‘Pete’ Blake

Leaborn A “Pete” Blake, 79, of Beckley, WV, formerly of Baltimore, Maryland, passed away at home on Saturday, December 28, 2013, at 6:04 a.m. after fighting a courageous battle with cancer.

He was born July 4, 1934, in Beckley, WV, to Harold William Houston Blake and Beulah Mae Caves Blake.

Leaborn married JoAnn Bika on April 28, 1956. They were married 57 years.

Leaborn was preceded in death by his parents Harold William Houston Blake and Beulah Mae Caves Blake Stumpf, his wife of 57 years JoAnn Bika Blake who passed away on August 7, 2013, and his brother Robert Allen Stumpf.

Left to cherish his memory is his son Gary J Blake of Charleston, WV; his daughter Gina Blake Mahaffey and her husband Allen Mahaffey of Mt. Hope, WV; special loving sister Beatrice Blake Farley of Beckley, WV; sister Madeline Riser of Baltimore, MD; brother William “Buddy” Stump of Baltimore, MD; brother Charles Blake and wife Sue of Beckley, WV; sister Frances Holloway of Chattanooga, TN; sister Barbara Currier of Bowie, MD; and sister Pamela Bailey of Beckley, WV. A special grandson Allen Mahaffey, II, and his wife Ashley of Beckley, WV; grandchildren David, Jesse, and RaDonna; expected great-granddaughter Sophia Bella Mahaffey; brother-in-law Tommy Thompson of Oceana, WV; numerous nieces and nephews; his extended loving family in Maryland that meant the world to him; and numerous friends.

Leaborn along with his wife JoAnn lived many years in Baltimore, MD, with their children Gary and Gina. Leaborn worked for Owens Yacht and FMC in Baltimore, MD, as a chemical operator. Upon his return to WV, Leaborn owned and operated Mountaineer Carpets and later worked for Eastern Associated Coal.

Special thanks to Dr. Gary Poling and Hospice of Southern WV.

Visitation will be held at Rose & Quesenberry Peace Chapel in Beckley on Tuesday, December 31, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. with Pastor Danny Winders officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Grove Christian Church Cemetery, 273 Oak Grove Road, Beckley. Pallbearers will be Allen Mahaffey, Allen Mahaffey II, Chuck Blake, Gary K White, Carrie Tincher, and Kenny Williams.

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

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

JP Bottomlee

PINEVILLE — JP Bottomlee, 83, of Pineville, passed away Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013.

Arrangements are incomplete at this time. Calfee Funeral and Cremation Service of Pineville is serving the Bottomlee family.

Georgene Daniel DuBois

CHARLESTON — Georgene Daniel DuBois passed away peacefully on December 29, 2013, in Charleston, West Virginia, while surrounded by her loving husband and family.

She was born March 4, 1928, in Saxon, West Virginia.

Georgene was a member of Saint Agnes Catholic Church in Kanawha City and The Basilica of the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Charleston, West Virginia.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Opha Honaker and Dovenor Daniel of Dry Creek in Raleigh County, and a daughter Cynthia DuBois Campise of New Orleans, Louisiana.

Georgene is survived by her husband of 65 years, Kenneth R. DuBois, and her children: Dr. Kenneth DuBois (Missy) of New Orleans, Louisiana; Julia Bruns (Michael) of Mesa, Arizona; James DuBois (Amy) of Orlando, Florida; Martha Anderson (Bill) of South Charleston, West Virginia; Mary Rita Caldwell (David) of Merritt Island, Florida; David DuBois of Charlotte, North Carolina; Kelly Sadd (David) of Charleston, West Virginia; and Jacqueline DuBois Kay of Charleston, West Virginia; 23 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren; a brother, Bob Daniel (Wanda deceased) of Dry Creek, West Virginia; a sister, Patty Jo Daniel Wall (Ollie deceased) of Titusville, Florida; and many nieces and nephews.

Georgene was a choir member, charter member of the St. Agnes Garden Club and started a chapter of the Legion of Mary. She was a graduate of Marsh Fork High School in Raleigh County, West Virginia, where she was head cheerleader. Georgene attended Charleston General Hospital School of Nursing and was retired from Charleston Area Medical Center as a registered nurse with 17 years of service as Staff Nurse, Employee Health Nurse and Nurse at the Substance Abuse Unit.

The family expresses deep appreciation for Georgene’s loving caregivers, including Joyce Elswick, Robin Turner, Linda Fetty, Tammy Johnston and Nerrisa Frye.

A viewing will be held at Barlow-Bonsall Funeral Home from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday, December 30, 2013, with a Christian Wake Service beginning at 7 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial, officiated by Monsignor Edward Sadie, will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, December 31, 2013, at The Basilica of the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Charleston, West Virginia. Burial will take place at Mount Olivet Cemetery and Mausoleum immediately following the Mass.

Donations can be made to Hospice Care of Kanawha Valley, 1606 Kanawha Blvd., West, Charleston, WV 25387-2536.

Jesse Evestes Lambert

HIGH POINT, N.C. — Jesse Evestes Lambert, age 68, of High Point, NC, formerly of Shady Spring, WV, passed away at his home on Sunday, December 22, 2013, following an apparent heart attack.

Born on June 30, 1945, at Mount View, WV, he was the son of the late Chalmers Lambert and Renee Thompson Lambert.

He was a self-employed owner and operator of Finished Carpentry in High Point, NC, and was of the Baptist faith. Mr. Lambert had made his home in High Point for nearly 30 years. He was a former employee of Chrysler Motors in Michigan.

He was preceded in death by a son Johnny Hornsby, and by a daughter Julie Ann Lambert.

Survivors include his children, Jesse James Lambert of Taylor, Michigan, Joyce Call and her husband Richard of Howell, Michigan, Deborah Michelle Adams of Ann Arbor, Michigan, Bridget Lambert of Toledo, Washington, Jesse Evestes Lambert Jr. of Toledo, Washington, Dereck Lambert of High Point, NC, Dakota Lambert of Beaver, WV.

Stepson William Lepley of Beaver, Siblings, Syble Coleman and her husband Gerald of Shady Spring, Donna Bragg and her husband Ruben of Shady Spring, Phyllis Meador and her husband Herb of Catlettsburg, Kentucky, Cathie Whittemore of Shady Spring, Frankie Lambert of Shady Spring, Connie Meador and her husband Rick of Richmond, Virginia, Joey Lambert and his wife Monica of Cool Ridge. His companion Melinda Railey of High Point, NC. A special niece and business partner Tina Key of Daniels, WV.

12 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren, and several nieces, nephews, and friends.

Funeral services will be conducted at the Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home Shady Spring Chapel on Monday, December 30, 2013, at 11 a.m. with Rev. Preston Adkins officiating. Burial will follow at the Mt. View Cemetery at Mt. View, WV.

Friends may visit with the family at the funeral home from 6 to 9 p.m. on Sunday.

Pallbearers will be J.R. Coleman, Kevin Harvey, Ernest Whittemore, Chad Harvey, Jordon Taylor, Richard Call, and Ruben Bragg JR.

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

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

Arthur ‘Buddy’ Marcum Jr.

Arthur “Buddy” Marcum Jr. 62, of MacArthur, passed away Dec. 28, 2013.

Condolences may be sent to the family’s guestbook at

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary and Cremation Center, Beckley.

Kenneth Valentine Martin

JUPITER, Fla. — Kenneth Valentine Martin, age 93, of Jupiter, FL, and past resident of Fort Lauderdale and White Sulphur Springs, W.Va., passed away on the holiest of days, December 25, 2013.

Kenny, as he was referred to by family and friends, was born in Carthage, South Dakota, on September 13, 1920. His mother and father, Gladys and Frank Martin, lived in Huron, SD, and were married on Christmas Day, 1915 … and brought their only child, Kenny, home to them and his wife the same date 98 years later… He served in the Army band and was stationed in Detroit, Michigan, from November 1942 until February 1946. He was married to his wife for 62 years, and is preceded in death by Beatrice Estelle Deason, who passed away on January 25, 2008. They met in the Army as she was a Sergeant in the W.A.C. and they met at the Officers Club where he entertained for enlisted officers. After the War and being honorably discharged, he worked with various big bands traveling on the road for ten plus years. He loved the friendship and good times on the road with Jack Teagarden, Jimmy Dorsey and Guy Lombardo Royal Canadians where he was a regular vocalist on the Hit Parade. He was featured on Times Square billboards as the lead vocalist for these great orchestras and he also played trombone. He took his family in 1956 to the world famous Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, where he performed nightly with the group The Populaires. He played for several Presidents and other dignitaries and industry titans and guests each night at the famous “Old White Club” at The Greenbrier. He was good friends of Sam Snead and many other well-known legends like Louis Armstrong. He retired after 30 years of performing. This well-recognized entertainment group The Populaires performed seasonally at The Greenbrier in the summer and spent the winter months playing such great venues from Pier 66 “Panorama” Room from 1959 to 1972, The Breakers, The Boca Raton Resort & Club and various other places in Las Vegas and Hawaii. His legendary ballad voice created over 8 recorded albums and many songs with his big bands including the song “Tangerine” he made famous. After retirement, he played with the Boca Pops orchestra and also Paul Cohen Big Band in Plantation, FL. He leaves behind an era of legendary musicians dedicated to the “real music” that everyone could appreciate and enjoy of the swing era.

He is survived by his four children, son, Ken Frank Martin and wife Gloria, daughter, Cindy Faye Heisler and husband, Steve Heisler, son Gary Scott Martin and wife, Oris, son, Craig Douglas Martin and wife, Fran; and between the four children over 8 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.

Besides his love for his family and friends was for golf, all sports, traveling and cars. He was an avid car enthusiast especially classic antiques.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to Hospice of Palm Beach County at 5300 East Avenue, West Palm Beach, FL 33407.

A memorial service will be held in late spring over Memorial weekend holiday up in Greenbrier County, West Virginia.

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Barbara Jean (Wittmer) Reitzel

Barbara Jean (Wittmer) Reitzel died on Saturday, Dec. 28. 

Born in Louisville, KY, on October 6, 1931, to Elma and Joseph Wittmer.

Raised by her beloved “Pop” Clinton Pasho.

Preceded in death by her parents, stepfather, 4 brothers (JC Wittmer, Kenneth Wittmer, Albert Wittmer, Timmy Wittmer) and 1 sister (Marie Fortenberry), her former husband (Joseph Reitzel), and longtime companion, Bobby Parrott.

Survived by her 3 daughters: Karen Willson-Wynne of Beckley, WV, Bobbie Poore (Jerry) of Louisville, KY, and Julie West of Fayetteville, TN. She has 6 grandchildren, Brian Willson, David Willson, Tony Poore, Julie (Poore) Andruzzi, Lori (West) Brooks, and Allison (West) Stout. Barbara also has 10 great-grandchildren.

Barbara attended Holy Cross Grade School and Presentation High School in Louisville, KY. She worked for the Courier-Journal before starting her family and then later worked 33 years for Pillsbury in Louisville and New Albany, IN, before retiring in 1987.

Barbara lived her whole life in Louisville, KY, before being moved to Heartland Nursing Facility in Beckley, WV, in April 2010. According to her wishes she will be cremated. Her ashes will be buried in St. Sebastian Cemetery in Beckley, WV.

There will be a memorial Mass celebrating her life at St. Francis de Sales Church in Beckley, WV, on December 30th at 2 p.m. with Father Penn and the Rev. Mr. Donald Wise officiating.

Arrangements are being made by Melton Mortuary in Beckley, WV.

Fred Herbert Ryan

MOUNT HOPE — Fred Herbert Ryan, 86, of Mt. Hope, WV, died Saturday, December 28, 2013, at Bowers Hospice House, Beckley, WV, following a short Illness.

Born April 25, 1927, in Norwood, Missouri, he was the son of the late Fred Ervin and Charlene Lord Allen Ryan.

Fred was a Federal Mine Inspector with M.S.H.A., a member of the Oak Hill United Methodist Church, a Mason with Mountain Lodge, No. 156 of Coal City AF&AM. He was also an avid hunter, fisherman and golfer. And a U.S. Army Veteran of World War II.

His wife, Uvedis Bea Blevins Ryan, preceded him in death. He was also preceded in death by brother Raymond and sister Jean Keffer.

Survivors include two sons, Barry Lane Ryan and wife Barbara of Morgantown, WV, and Keith Gregory Ryan and wife Anne Davis of Morganfield, KY, one brother Wayne Ryan of Reidsville, NC, four sisters, Delmae Walker of Aylett, VA, Lucille Farley of Daniels, WV, Dorothy Smith of Mabscott, WV, and Deanna Farmer of Coal City, WV. Three grandchildren, Shawn Ryan, Kelly Giles and Sharon O’Nan. Four great-grandchildren, Allison, Zachary, Landree and Grayson.

Funeral service will be Tuesday, December 31, 2013, at 2 p.m. at Tyree Funeral Home, Mt. Hope, WV, with Doctors Sharon and Charles Miller officiating. Entombment will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Park Mausoleum, Prosperity, WV. Friends may call at the funeral home on Monday, December 30, 2013, from 6 til 8 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family request that donations be made to Bowers Hospice House, 454 Cranberry Drive, Beckley, WV 25801.

Online condolences may be sent to our website at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Mt. Hope, WV.

Virgil Ray Shepherd

CLEAR FORK — Virgil Ray Shepherd, 83, of Clear Fork, passed away Friday, Dec. 27, 2013.

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

Clara M. Skeens

RICH CREEK, Va. — Clara M. Skeens, 68, of Rich Creek, Va., died Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013.

Arrangements are incomplete at Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home, Peterstown.

Maj. Richard Pentreath Taylor

OAK HILL — Major Richard Pentreath Taylor passed away peacefully at his home in Oak Hill in the early morning hours of Christmas Day 2013. Richard was born January 14, 1940, in Oak Hill, WV, the son of the late Willis and Marguerite Taylor. R.P., as he was known to his friends and family, retired from the Army after serving 22 years. During his service he flew Cobra Attack Helicopters in Vietnam and was awarded the Silver Star for gallantry in action, our nation’s third highest medal. R.P. enjoyed hosting friends and family at his home; he was renowned for his love of cooking, fine wine, and long conversations with the people he loved. In addition to his parents, Richard was preceded in death by his wife Ann Taylor, brother Thomas Taylor and sister Elizabeth Taylor Lindberg.

Those left to cherish his memory include his six sons: Tim McGuffin and wife Gay of Oak Hill; Jake McGuffin of Oak Hill; Richard Taylor Jr. and wife Tabitha of Jacksonville, FL; Ivey Taylor and wife Angie of Charlotte, NC; Willis Taylor and wife Lisa of Clarksville, TN; and David Taylor and wife Nicole of Charlotte, NC. He is also survived by 10 grandchildren: Darrin and wife Tega, Derek, Christopher, Valentina, Alexis, Jasmine, Karmen, Savannah, Alexandria, and Andrew and one great-grandchild, Haden McGuffin.

There will be a celebration of the life of Richard at St. Andrews Episcopal Church in Oak Hill on Tuesday, Dec. 31st, for family members beginning at 10 a.m. followed by a memorial service at 11 a.m. with Father Roy Crist officiating. Immediately following the service there will be an Honor Guard Service at Highlawn Memorial Park. A reception will be held at St. Andrews after the services for family and friends.

High Lawn Funeral Chapel, Oak Hill, is in charge of arrangement.

Stephen Ray ‘Steve’ Wykle

FRANKFORD — Stephen Ray “Steve” Wykle, 64, of Frankford went to be with the Lord on Sunday, December 29, 2013.

Steve was born April 3, 1949, at Ronceverte, WV, to the late Carl and Hazel Brackman Wykle and in addition to his parents was preceded in death by his son, Stephen Wayne Wykle, and a brother, Kenny Wykle.

Steve married Dreama Gail Wykle in 1969 and was a deacon in Enon Baptist Church for many years. He was a very outgoing person who loved his wife, kids and grandkids. He never knew a stranger and always loved a good Sale.

Survivors include his wife of 44 years, Dreama; two sons, Shawn and John Paul, both of Frankford; daughters-in-law, Shannon, Kimberly, Teresa and Katrina; grandchildren, Landon, Carlton, Lanie, Lauren and Tyler; brother, Larry Wykle and Sandra, and sister, Kathy Allen and Steve.

Services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, December 31, 2013, at Enon Baptist Church in Frankford with Rev. Ronal Williams and Rev. Steve Barnette officiating. Burial will follow in Enon Baptist Church Cemetery.

There will be no visitation.

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