The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


February 21, 2013

Obituaries — Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013



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

Arrangements by Smathers Funeral Chapel Inc., Rainelle.

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