The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

February 21, 2013

Obituaries — Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013


Helen G. Armstrong

CORLISS — Helen G. Armstrong, 86, died early Tuesday morning, Feb. 19, 2013, following a long battle with Alzheimer’s. She had resided at Ansted Center for the past 10 years.

Born March 20, 1926, at Corliss, she was the daughter of the late Henry C. and Bessie Costigan Harris.

Helen was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Paul H. Armstrong, an infant son Dale, a son James Armstrong and a daughter, Francis Smith Chavis. Helen came from a large family and was preceded in death by four brothers, George, Herman, Harry Ray and Virgil Calvin Harris; seven sisters, Lula May Walters, Clara Marie Sevy, Edna Virginia King, Mary Ella Burton, Lucy Annie Sevy, Elsie Maye Rodgers and Ethel Kincaid Worth.

She was the last surviving member of her immediate family

Survivors include two daughters, Carolyn Hamrick (Wayne) of Frankford, Kathy Alderman (Marvin Jr.) of Renick; a son, Robert Armstrong (Joan) of Corliss; daughter-in-law, June Armstrong Castle of Belle; 11 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 22, 2013, at Wallace & Wallace Chapel in Rainelle with Pastor Gene Bennett officiating. Burial will follow at Bethel Cemetery, Corliss.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Wallace & Wallace Chapel in Rainelle.

The family would like to express its appreciation to the Ansted Center and staff for all of the wonderful care she received and to everyone who sent cards, flowers, food, prayers and other expressions of love. We are ever so grateful.

Arrangements entrusted to Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home of Rainelle.

 



Carl (CW) Adams III

Carl (CW) Adams III, 43, of Beckley, went to Heaven Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013, at his home.

Born June 26, 1969, in Beckley to Carl W. Adams, Jr., and Sherry Underwood Adams of Beckley.

He was a United States Army veteran having served 11 years stationed in Hawaii and Berlin. Upon his honorable discharge he worked for the NSA and CIA. Upon returning to West Virginia he made a career of working the coalfields. He loved his family and friends and will be deeply missed by those who knew him.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Carrie Mae and Harold R. Underwood, and Carl W. and Dorla D. Adams; uncle, Terry Adams; and an aunt, Sarah Underwood Wickline.

In addition to his parents, those surviving include his wife, Krystal Church Adams, at home; son, Robert W. Adams and wife Samantha of Fort Campbell, Ky.; sister, Shawna McClanahan and husband Billy of Beckley; grandchildren, Kaleigh Basham and Baby Adams; nephews, Chris Martin and Hayden McClanahan of Beckley.

Funeral services will be conducted at noon Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013, at Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Chapel in Beckley with Rev. Dean Adams and Rev. Lonnie Grear officiating. Interment will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens in Prosperity.

Pallbearers will be Timmy Adams, Jeff Adams, Thomas Bower, Robert Adams, Chris Martin, Chris Snuffer, James Combs, Billy McClanahan and Hayden McClanahan.

Visitation will be held today from 10 a.m. to noon.

Private online condolences, floral gifts and other expressions of sympathy are available www.roseandquesenberry.net.

Arrangements with Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, 1901 S. Kanawha St. in Beckley.

 



Mary Josephine Turpin Blankenship

Mary Josephine Turpin Blankenship , 78, of Beckley, formerly of Oak Hill, died Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, at Raleigh General Hospital in Beckley.

Born July 23, 1934, at Carswell Hollow, she was the daughter of the late Bentley Turpin and Gay Delphia Turpin Johnson.

Mary had been a 14-year resident of Oak Hill. She was a homemaker and a former member of the Living Word Church, Mossy.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter Eugene Blankenship.

Survivors include one son, Eugene K. Blankenship of Beckley, and two sisters, Pam Souders and Harriet Cramer, both of Circleville, Ohio.

She is also survived by four grandchildren, Melanie Whelan, Crystal Gray, Teagen Nicole Blankenship and Kennedy Erika Blankenship and two great-grandchildren, Addy Gray and William Joseph Whelan.

Funeral services will be Friday, Feb. 22, 2013 at 11 a.m. at Living Word Church in Mossy with Pastor Paul Basham officiating. Committal and entombment will be at 1:30 p.m. at Roselawn Memorial Gardens Mausoleum in Princeton.

Friends may call at the church one hour prior to the service on Friday.

Mike Anderson, Dean Dix, Jared Gray, Ted Martin, Eugene K, Blankenship and Ben Whelan will serve as pallbearers.

Online condolences may be sent at www.tyreefuneralhome.com

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

 



George Michael Bowens Jr.

MALLORY — George Michael Bowens Jr., 35, died Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013, at Davin.

Service will be Friday, Feb. 22, 2013, at 1 p.m. Eagle Sanctuary, Man, with the Rev. Walter Hawkins and Bishop Anthony Hudgins officiating. Burial will follow at Highland Memory Gardens, Godby Heights, Pecks Mill.

Friends may gather with the family at Eagle Sanctuary at Man today after 6 p.m.

Mounts Funeral Home of Gilbert is in charge of arrangements.

 



Bonnie Hazel Turner Brown

 

To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.

A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted.

A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;

A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;

A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;

A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep and a time to cast away;

A time to rend, and a time to sew, a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;

A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.

— Ecclesiastes 3:1-8



Bonnie Hazel Turner  Brown of Drews Creek went home to be with the Lord on Monday, Feb. 18, 2013, at Bowers Hospice House, Beckley, after a long illness.

She was born Nov. 17, 1921, at Naoma, a daughter of the late Ennis and Rebecca Buzzard Turner.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers, Phil, Covey, Sherman, Johnny, Earl, Chester and Samuel; sisters, Sylvia, Esta, Blanche, Emma; husband, Dallas D. Brown; daughter, Sonja Brown; three grandchildren, Heather and Heidi Brown, Wayman Bonds and great-grandson, Phillip Saul; daughter-in-law, Juanita Brown.

She is survived by two sisters, Violet Mooney and husband, Buddy of Naoma, and June Poore of Cazy, W.Va.; five sons, Arthur “Jack” Bonds and wife, Betty, of Arnett, Carl Brown and wife, Mary, of Myrtle Beach, S.C., David Brown of Naoma, Maxie Brown and wife, Margie, of Sophia and Melvin Brown of Beckley; three daughters, Delma Harless Blackburn, who was raised by Theron and Esta Harless, Lelia Tolliver and husband, Jackie, of Beckley, and Patty Williams and husband, Harvey, of Naoma; 22 grandchildren, 36 great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren.

The family would like to express its appreciation to the staff at Pine Lodge and Bowers Hospice House for the loving care of our precious mom.

Graveside services will be held Thursday, Feb. 21, at 1 p.m. in Sunset Memorial Park, Beckley, with Rev. Danny Gilfilen and Rev. David Cook officiating.

Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations of sympathy be made to the Food Pantry at Victory Worship Center, P.O. Box 234, Naoma, WV 25140  

Arrangements by Armstrong Funeral Home, Whitesville.

 



Crystal Gail Franklin Cline

BRENTON — Crystal Gail Franklin Cline, 34, died Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013, at her home.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22, 2013, at the Brenton Church of God, Brenton, with Pastor Lee Fischer officiating. She will be laid to rest in Peaceful Retreat Cemetery, Indian Creek.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the funeral home.

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

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

 



Bessie Lee Cook

Bessie Lee Cook, 79, of Glen Daniel, went home to be with the Lord Monday, Feb. 18, 2013, at Bowers Hospice House, Beckley, after a long illness.

Bessie was born May 21, 1933, at Sundial, a daughter of the late Clinton and Maggie Raines Brown. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by three sisters, Myrtle Bearfield, Fannie Pettry, Rosa Cook, and one brother, Minnis Brown and daughter-in-law, Rebecca Cook.

Those left to cherish her memory include her loving husband of 62-1⁄2 years, James Dal Cook; three daughters, Rose Mary Miciotto and husband, John of Beckley, Carol Dulin and husband, Benjamin of Glen Daniel, Charlotte Turner and husband, Joe of Glen Daniel; two sons, Jimmy Cook of Naoma and Daryl Cook and wife, Jackie of Naoma; 11 grandchildren, Robert Peters Jr, Jeffery Peters, Wesley Peters, Stacy Agnor, Rosa Lee White, JC Cook, Jennifer Dulin, Thomas Dulin, Daren Cook, Lora Cook, Joey Turner; 15 great-grandchildren. The family would like to extend their love for caregivers, Daryl and Jackie Cook and Sherry Workman.

Funeral services will be held Friday afternoon, Feb. 22, 2013, at 1 p.m. in the Fairdale Freewill Baptist Church, Fairdale, with the Rev. David Cook, the Rev. TJ Salango and the Rev. Thomas Dulin officiating. Music will be provided by the Rev. Dean Adams and Heather Peters. Interment will follow at Adkins Cemetery, Naoma.

Grandsons will serve as pallbearers

Visitation will be two hours before the service at the church.

Armstrong Funeral Home is serving the family.

 

 

Rev. Douglas MacArthur Cook

On Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013, our beloved Douglas MacArthur Cook, 70, of Midway, passed away after a sudden illness.

Born on April 30, 1942, at Slab Fork, to the late William Gordon Cook and the late Frances Louise Gibson Cook, Doug was 1960 graduate of Sophia High School and a lifelong supporter of his Bluehawks. He enjoyed working on the reunion committee and attending all the reunions he was able to, so he could catch up with his high school buddies.

Doug attended the New Mexico Highlands University in New Mexico briefly after high school and lived in Arlington, Va., during the first couple of years of his marriage, but chose to come back to the hills of West Virginia that he called home. He worked for J.O. Lively Construction Co., as a foreman and as a teacher and principal at Sophia Christian Academy.

Doug was an Ordained Free Will Baptist minister and was honored to pastor several churches in the surrounding communities over the years. He enjoyed mentoring young Christians and started classes to help those young converts in their walk with God. He enjoyed singing and playing the guitar and loved gospel and bluegrass music.

He shared his love of small coal mining towns with his family, talking about the history of the communities. One of Doug’s favorite pastimes was driving his Polaris Ranger all over the hills of Midway, Sophia, Stotesbury, Pemberton and Princewick.  He was a wonderful husband, father, and grandfather who was the rock of his family.

Along with his parents, Doug was preceded in death by his sisters, Frances Elaine Cook and Kathy Lynn Cook Brewer.

Those left to cherish his memory include his loving wife of 48 years, Beverly Fitzpatrick Cook; five children, Jeffrey Douglas Cook and wife Connie of Midway, Gregory Allen Cook of Midway, Lisa LaDawn Edwards and husband Ernie of Beckley, Sherri Lynn Lilly and husband Charles of Ronceverte and Tina Louise Westfall and husband Gary of Beckley. He took great pride in his six grandchildren, Christopher Gordon Edwards, Samantha Rae Lilly, Nathan Andrew Lilly, Nicholas Aaron Edwards, E Dale Edwards and Evan Thomas Westfall.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013, at Blue Ridge Funeral Home Beckley with Rev. William O. Tolliver officiating. Burial will follow at Hot Coal Cemetery.

Friends may gather with family Saturday from noon to 2 p.m. at the funeral home.

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

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

 



Enfield O. ‘Ginger’ Dick Jr.

PRINCETON — Enfield O. “Ginger” Dick Jr., 75, of Teresa Street, died Monday afternoon, Feb. 18, 2013.

Born April 22, 1937, at Ramp, he was the son of the late Enfield O. Dick Sr. and Annie F. Brown Dick.

Ginger had served with United States Navy and was a member of the Church of Christ at Pettry. He had worked for the Norfolk and Western Railroad, and retired from Norfolk Southern Railroad with 30 years of service. He was a member of the Brotherhood of Maintenance Way.

He loved his family, enjoyed being in the outdoors especially hunting and fishing. After retirement, he devoted much of his spare time to woodworking, having made numerous pieces of furniture for family and friends. Ginger enjoyed riding his four-wheeler; he would ride a while, stop, talk a while, and then continue on riding.

Survivors include his loving, devoted wife of 52 years, Linda Sue Matherly Dick; three children, Mark and wife Debra Dick of Lerona, David and wife Diana Dick of Pettry, and Anna Wysong of Princeton.

His grandchildren, whom he adored and loved, Ginger and Andy, Jonnie and Tanner, Amy and Blake, Elizabeth, Ashlee and Cody. His nine great-grandchildren, Austin, Betheny, Skylar, Noah, TJ, Haiden, Mollie, Eli and Mason.

His siblings, Tom Dick of Shady Spring, Guy Dick and his wife Kay of Pipestem, Jean Hardy of Beeson; very close friends, Datise and Sue Reed, Kenneth and Ruby Matherly, and Robert and Beverly McManaway.

Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 22, 2013, from the Burns Wornal Chapel of the Memorial Funeral Directory on the Athens Road in Princeton with Jim Stanley officiating. Burial will follow in Resthaven Memorial Park Cemetery in Princeton with military honors given by the Mercer County Veterans Council.

Friends may visit with the family today from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be shared with the family via www.memorialfd.com

Serving as pallbearers will be Jeff Reed, Tony Reed, Greg Reed, Alvin White, Mike White and Mark Clemons.

The Dick family is being served by Memorial Funeral Directory Cremation Center on the Athens Road in Princeton.

 



James Franklin Estep

CRICHTON — James Franklin “Jim” Estep, 92, died Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013 at Lewis Gale Alleghany Hospital in Low Moor, Va., following a sudden illness.

Born Aug. 4, 1920, at Cannelton, he was the son of the late George Virgil and Rebecca Lou Boyd Estep.

In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his wife of 70 years, Helen Nagy Estep; 2 brothers, William and Thomas Estep; a granddaughter, Hope Estep and a grandson, James Nathaniel Kerns.

Jim was a retire coal miner, a member of Midland Trail Masonic Lodge, a member of Beni Kedem Shriners of Charleston and a member of Crichton United Methodist Church.

He had served on the Board of Directors for Public Service District #2 and on the Board of Directors for the Quinwood Fire Department and was the Quinwood Town Police for many years.

Survivors include three daughters, Patricia Ann Walker (Basil) of Goodview, Va., Rebecca Lou Whitt (Eddie) of Lewisburg, Christine Elizabeth Williams (David) of Tazewell, Va.; three sons, James Larry Estep (Janet) of Chilhowie, Va., Gary Franklin Estep (Carla) of Daniels and Thomas Vernon Estep (Debbie) of Bealton, Va.; one brother, Robert Quinton Estep of Santa Ana, Calif.; 11 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013, at Wallace & Wallace Chapel in Rainelle with the Rev. Billy Floyd officiating. Entombment will follow at Wallace Memorial Mausoleum, Clintonville.

Friends may call from noon to 2 p.m. at Wallace & Wallace Chapel.

Quinwood Fire Department will serve as pallbearers.

Arrangements entrusted to Wallace & Wallace of Rainelle.

 



Theo ‘Shy’ Gwinn

CHARLEVOIX, Mich. — Theo “Shy” Gwinn, 96, formerly of Meadow Bridge and Richwood, passed away Monday, Feb. 18, 2013, following a long illness.

Born Oct. 14, 1916 at Meadow Bridge, he was the son and last child of the late Ed and Emily Vandall Gwinn.

Theo “Shy” was a WWII United States Army veteran; a former coal miner and retired from Georgia-Pacific Lumber Yard in Richwood. He was of the Baptist faith and was a hard-working man.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his first wife, Gladys Gwinn; his second wife Charlotte Gwinn; four sisters, Doris Ennis, Dottie O'Dell Crane, Nellie Hanshew and Lillie Johnson; two brothers Russell and Cleate Gwinn.

Survivors include his three sons, Ted Gwinn of Freeport, Ill., Jessie Gwinn (Pat) of Burton, Mich., and George Calvin Gwinn (Debbie) of Charlevoix; 15 grandchildren Ashley Dowell, Emily, Dakota, Noelle and Angelique Gwinn, Jessie Gwinn Jr., Wendy Gwinn, Michelle, Carl, Bernie and Tim Manis, Jessica Shegitz, Neil, Vincent and Shawn Mendoza; 24 great-grandchildren and his beloved pet Jack.

Services will be 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 22, at Smathers Funeral Chapel with Pastor Mike Whisman officiating. Burial will follow in the Wickline Cemetery at Meadow Bridge.

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

Online condolences may be expressed at www.smathersfuneralchapel.com.

Arrangements by Smathers Funeral Chapel Inc., Rainelle.

 



Eddie Bill Hamilton

OAK HILL — William Edward “Eddie Bill” Hamilton, 59, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013, at Bowers Hospice House in Beckley.

Eddie was born on Feb. 21st, 1953, to the late William and Mary Hamilton of Dempsey. He was one of 13 children.

His brothers are Danny (Becky) of Ansted, David (Diane) of Harper’s Ferry, Mike of Oak Hill, Randy of Belle; his sisters are Linda Weant, Alpha Treadway and Mary Blethen (David) all of Oak Hill, Kathy Neal (Eric) of Prudence, Ginny Hamilton, Diane Spaudling (Keith) all of Troutman, N.C., Brenda Gunther (Gary) of Orlando, Fla., and a half brother, Jackie Baughan.

Eddie is loved and survived by five children, a son, Christopher of Oak Hill, four daughters, Elizabeth, Rachel and Emily all of Ashburn, Va, Kimberly Lynn (Christopher) of Texas.

Eddie will be greatly missed by a great wealth of nieces and nephews.

Eddie Bill was a fun-loving “Santa Claus” who never met a stranger. He enjoyed spending time with friends and family on Laurel Creek where he grew up. Eddie was always willing to help a person in need.

Eddie Bill’s remains will be cremated and a memorial service will be held at a later date.

The Hamilton family would to thank Dr. Scott Keffer, staff at Plateau Medical Center, Fayette Continuous Care and Bowers Hospice House of Beckley for the exceptional care Eddie was given. 

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

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary and Cremation Center, Beckley.

 



Mary Kathleen ‘Kat’ Justice

Mary Kathleen “Kat” Justice of Daniels, 89, passed away at the Beckley Appachian Regional Hospital in Beckley on Monday, Feb. 18, 2013.

Born on Feb. 17, 1924 in Pike County, Ky., she was the daughter of the late Henry Ruble and Armintha Roberts.

Mrs. Justice was a former owner and operator of several businesses in Oceana, the Roberts Motel, Guyan Grille and Archie’s Restaurant.

She was a member of the Oceana First Baptist Church, and had made her home at Daniels since 1989, having lived most of her life in Oceana.

Mrs. Justice was preceded in death by brothers, James Creska, Buster Roberts and  “Judge” Roberts, and  a sister, Henrietta “Ret” Lamb.

Those survivors left to cherish her memory include her husband, Willard Justice; two daughters, Barbara Cochran and her husband, Tom, of Daniels, Vivian Hunt and her husband, Earl, of Concord, N.C.

Sister-in-law, Bronia Roberts of Aurora, Colo.

Three grandchildren, Wendy Campbell and her husband, Pete, of  Castle Rock, Colo., Leslie Minor of Cool Ridge and  Monica Moss of Daniels. Seven great-grandchildren, Isaiah, David and Amelia Campbell, Cody and Allie Minor, Megan and Breeann Moss.

Special friends, Elsie Cochran, Betty Haynes, Ruth Rollins, Opal Spears and Eleanor Puckett.

Mrs. Justice was the last surviving member of her immediate family.

Funeral services will be conducted to Celebrate The Life Of Kathleen “Kat” Justice on Friday, Feb. 22, 2013. at 11 a.m. at Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home Shady Spring Chapel with Rev. Jerry Cook officiating. Burial will follow at the Roselawn Memorial Gardens  at Princeton. Friends may call at the funeral home from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday.

Family members will serve as pallbearers.

Online condolences may be sent to our guestbook at www.roseandquesenberry.net.    

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

 



William Hanna Legg

LEWISBURG — William Hanna Legg, 82, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, at Raleigh General Hospital in Beckley after a short illness.

Born Aug. 5, 1930, at Lewisburg, Bill was the son of the late Leslie Grant and Nita Edna Hanna Legg.

After retiring from the West Virginia Department of Highways in 1992, he enjoyed working in his woodshop, sitting on the patio visiting with neighbors and friends and making the best darn apple butter ever!! Bill served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean War and thoroughly enjoyed the annual reunion of his Platoon 576. Bill was a devoted husband, father and a selfless family member, friend and neighbor.

Other than his parents Bill was preceded in death by sister, Elizabeth Johnson, and brothers, James and Garnett Legg.

Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Norma Jean Legg; daughter, Terry Bare and husband Dudley of Ronceverte; son Rick Legg and companion Cora of Fairlea; sister Carol Gragg and husband James Lee of Westminster, Md.; brothers, Wayne Legg of Martinsburg and Robert Legg of Lewisburg; very special friends Patti Waid and husband Duke of Lewisburg; and a couple of special little boys who always brightened his day; Jackson Williams and great-grandson, Jameson Hunter and several nieces and nephews.

Services will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013, at Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home in Lewisburg with Rev. Lewis Brooks officiating. Burial will follow at the Rosewood Cemetery.

Family will receive friends from noon until time of service Saturday.

Send online condolences by visiting www.WallaceandWallaceFH.com.

Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home in Lewisburg is in charge of arrangements.

 



Pauline Arnold Light

OAK HILL — Pauline Arnold Light , 83, died Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013, at Plateau Medical Center in Oak Hill.

Born May 17, 1929 at Sanger, she was the daughter of the late Deniford and Amanda E. Suttle Arnold.

Pauline was a homemaker and attended the Church of God.

Her husband, Willie A. Light, preceded her in death.

Survivors include one son, Jerry Light and wife, Brenda of Richmond; one daughter, Deborah Light Brooks of Oak Hill; one brother, Tom Arnold of Louisiana; and three sisters, Eunice Salmons of Fayetteville, Drema Tolley of North Carolina and Lorriane Ceprich of North Carolina.

She is also survived by three grandchildren, Christopher Books, Jerry Light Jr. and Tiffany Light and five great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be on Friday, Feb. 22, 2013, at 2 p.m. at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill with the Rev. Joe Richardson officiating. Burial will be at High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill.

Friends may call one hour prior to the service on Friday at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be sent at www.tyreefuneralhome.com

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

 



Rev. James Edward Menefee

COVINGTON, Va. — The Rev. James Edward Menefee, 47, died, Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013.

Rev. Menefee was born Nov. 2, 1965, in Oak Hill, a son the Rev. William and Rebecca Owens Menefee of Oak Hill.

He was a graduate of Piedmont Bible College and received his master’s degree from Lancaster Bible College. He served as the associate pastor at Faith Baptist Church in Thomasville, N.C., from 1989 to 1992. For the past 20 years, he has been the pastor at New Hope Baptist Church in Covington.

In addition  to his parents, he is survived by his wife of 23 years, Michelle Darnell Menefee of Covington; his sister and brother-in-law, Betty and Jay Saye of Richmond, Va.; his brother and sister-in-law, Bill and Caroline Rainey of Charleston and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013, in the New Hope Baptist Church with Pastor Rodney Smith officiating, assisted by Pastor Barry Darnell.

Following the service, the family will receive their friends at his church.

The family suggests that donations in Pastor Jim’s name be made to the New Hope Baptist Church Missionary Fund to honor his passion for mission work.

Arritt Funeral Home in Covington is in charge of arrangements and online guest registration is available at arrittfuneralhome.com

 



Mark Anthony Pino

Beloved husband, father, son, brother, uncle, cousin and friend, Mark Anthony Pino, of Oak Hill passed away peacefully at home Sunday, Feb., 17, 2013, surrounded by loving family.

The son of John and Mary Hayes Pino, Mark was born Nov. 3, 1960, in Oak Hill.

He was a lifelong member of SS. Peter & Paul Catholic Church where he participated fully in the sacraments.

Mark attended SS. Peter & Paul’s Catholic School, graduated from Oak Hill High School in 1979, and attended West Virginia University and West Virginia Institute of Technology. A proficient brick mason, stonemason, an accomplished electrician, tile setter, carpenter and drywall installer, Mark worked in general contracting at Pino Construction Co, alongside his father, uncles and brothers for many years. Together they crafted many beautiful homes, churches, government and commercial buildings in West Virginia and Virginia. A skilled builder in many facets of life and quite adept at other special trades, Mark’s work ethic ensured that the fruits of his labors will continue to benefit any who were recipients of his work.

Mark was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Genevieve and Joe Hayes, his paternal grandparents, Santa and Pietro Pino, and his beloved work buddies, Uncle Frank Pino and Uncle Pat Pino.

Mark is survived by his devoted wife of 15 years, Jennifer Romage Pino; his loving daughters, Emma Raycher Pino and Molly Elizabeth Hayes Pino; and his dear parents, John and Mary, all of Oak Hill; brothers, Steve (Cindy) Pino, Joe (Donna) Pino and Rick (Tracey) Pino, all of Oak Hill, as well sisters, Kathy (Gene) Glover of Sims, N.C., Cindy (Mark) White of Fayetteville, Terri (Bill) Light of Gatewood and Angie (Joe) Re of Fayetteville.

Mark is also survived by many aunts and uncles, including two aunts, Betty Jo Hayes and Patricia Pino, who nurtured both him and his daughters. He is also survived by his mother-in-law, Helen Romage of Mt. Hope; eight brothers-in-law, four sisters-in-law and their spouses, who thought of him as a brother; a large number of cousins, 21 nieces, 20 nephews, 14 great-nieces and nephews, many godchildren and numerous longtime friends.

A gifted musician and composer, Mark left beautiful musical legacies for his wife and daughters, whose accomplishments were his source of unending joy. Mark had a quick wit and brilliant mind, and loved playing games, sports and other activities with Jenny, Emma, Molly, his parents and siblings, his extended family and friends. He was an avid golfer, talented horseshoe player and an enthusiastic Mountaineer fan.

The nicknames he gave to those he cherished and the practical jokes that delighted Mark kept each person in his huge circle feeling as if he or she were truly his best friend. His gentle spirit made people seek to be near him; his sisters and brothers provided him loving care during his final weeks. At his request, Mark’s family and an amazing network of prayer groups offered hourly prayers for peace and healing through his last days.

The Rosary will be prayed at 6 p.m. at SS. Peter & Paul Catholic Church on Oyler Avenue in Oak Hill prior to visitation at 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22, 2013. Father Paul Yuenger will celebrate the Mass of Christian Burial for Mark at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013.

Joe Pino, Steve Pino, Rick Pino, Corbin Tonelli, Alex White, Joe Re, Bill Light and Mark Romage will serve as pallbearers. Interment will follow at High Lawn Memorial Park in Oak Hill.

In memory of Mark’s life, the family requests that those who love him give a smile and hug to someone. Those who wish may contribute in Mark’s name to the Esophageal Cancer Research Program at University of Virginia Health System, Dr. David R. Jones, Principle Investigator, P.O. Box 800679, Charlottesville, VA 22908-0709; SS. Peter & Paul Catholic Church Food Pantry or SS. Peter & Paul Catholic School in Oak Hill.

Mark’s family offers special thanks to our brother-in-law Dr. Mark White, Dr. David R. Jones, Dr. Rajid Khanna, Dr. Carol Freas, Dr. Rajendra Singh and the SICU nurses at Raleigh General Hospital.

Online condolences may be sent at www.tyreefuneralhome.com

Arrangements are being handled by Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill.

 



Leonard Mason Richmond

FAYETTEVILLE — Leonard Mason Richmond, 61, passed away Feb. 19, 2013, at Plateau Medical Center, Oak Hill.

Born Feb. 26, 1951, at Fayetteville, he was the son of the late Alva Rosco and Ida Bell Pyatt Richmond.

Leonard was a retired master plumber and had 39 years of service with the Fayette County Board of Education. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. He loved being outside and working in his garden.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Robert Richmond and Cordie Lee Richmond; and four sisters, Mabel Gilson, Daisy Bryant, Joetta Richmond and Drema Jones.

Left to cherish many wonderful memories include his wife, Deanna Newhouse Richmond; son, Jonathan Richmond and companion, Tina Young of Fayetteville; daughter, Nichole Richmond and fiancé, Chris Cook of Fayetteville; sister, Masel Bays of Fayetteville; his faithful companion, Romeo; and a host of other family and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013, at Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, Fayetteville, with Pastor James Perkins officiating. Burial will follow at Huse Memorial Park, Fayetteville.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22, 2013, at the funeral home.

For those wishing to express their condolences to the Richmond family, you may do so by visiting our website at www.doddpaynehessfuneralhome.com.

Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, 350 W. Maple Avenue, Fayetteville, will be assisting the family.

 



Virginia Smith

Virginia A. Smith, 87, of Crow, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, at Bowers Hospice House following a long illness. She was born Aug. 28, 1925.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack Smith; a brother, Johnny Richmond; a sister, Ruth Gail Rone; her parents, John and Myrtle Richmond and two grandchildren, Keith and Brian McLaughlin.

Virginia worked with her husband, Jack as owners of Smith’s Grocery until closing in 1984. Mom was an avid bowler and loved to decorate for the holidays, especially at Christmas.

Those left to cherish her memories are her children, Fred McMillion of Daniels; Carol McLaughlin and her husband, Pat of Crow; Patty Furrow and her husband, Roger of Crow; Don Smith and his wife, Crissy of Cool Ridge; Martha Atkins and her companion, Tim of Beckley; Bobby Smith of Daniels; 13 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Louise Richmond of Stanaford; and sister, Myrtle Ann Peacock of Alabama.

Virginia’s wishes are to be cremated and her ashes be buried with husband, Jack in Wildwood Cemetery at Beckley.

A private service will held at the Melton Mortuary for family at close friends.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Bowers Hospice House. They are angels sent from God to take care of our families.

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

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary and Cremation Center, Beckley.

 



Vickie Lynn Travis

FRANK — Vickie Lynn Travis, 56, died Monday, Feb. 18, 2013, at Davis Memorial Hospital.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, at the Thornwood Community Church with Rev. David Rittenhouse officiating. Burial will follow in the Lambert Cemetery on Elk Mountain.

Friends may call Thursday from noon until time of service at the church.  

Online condolences may be made at Lantzfuneralhome.com.

 



Hugh West

BALLENGEE — Hugh West, 50, formerly of Glover, died Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, in Jackie Withrow Hospital, Beckley.

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

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

 



Orvan Leo Wickline

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS — Orvan Leo Wickline, 85, died Tuesday evening, Feb. 19, 2013, in the White Sulphur Springs Family Care Center after an extended illness.

Funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22, 2013, in the Chapel of Shanklin Funeral Home with Rev.Lowell O’Dell officiating. Burial will follow in the Wylie Cemetery near Moncove Lake in Monroe County.

Visitation will be Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Shanklin Funeral Home, White Sulphur Springs is serving the family.  

 



Olga Irene Vargo

LOGAN — Olga Irene Vargo, 89, died Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013, at Trinity Healthcare of Logan.

Funeral services will be conducted Friday Feb. 22, 2013, at 11 a.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Logan. Burial will follow in Highland Memory Gardens in Godby.

Friends may call on the family one hour prior to services on Friday at the church.

For e-mail condolences go to: www.honakerfuneralhome.org.

Honaker Funeral Home of Logan is in charge of arrangements.