The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

August 16, 2013

Obituaries — Friday, August 16, 2013

Elizabeth Belle George Belcher

PRINCETON — Elizabeth Belle George Belcher, 86, of Princeton, formerly of Belcher Mountain, died Wednesday, August 14, 2013, at her home following a long illness.

Born November 24, 1926, she was the daughter of the late Alex and Edith Horne George.

Mrs. Belcher was a homemaker and was a member of the Little Vine Regular Baptist Church. She was a loving mother, grandmother, and great grandmother who loved being surrounded by her family.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Calvin W. Belcher Sr. and her brother, Homer George.

Survivors include one son, Calvin W. Belcher Jr., and his wife Judy of Welch; four daughters, Patricia Bishop and her husband, Denny of Belcher Mountain (Welch), Janette Koger and her husband, Ronald of Princeton, Genieve Miles and her husband, Bill of Keystone, and Evelyn Green and her husband, Larry of Keyrock (Pineville); seven grandchildren, Krista Harvey and her husband Jeff of Bridgeport, Keith Belcher of Beckley, Jamie Press and her husband, Danny of Roanoke, Va., Michele Dunn and her husband,  Darrell of Keystone, Kevin Grubb and his wife, Lori of Bluefield, Heather Feeney Copen and her husband, Mike of Meadow Bridge, and Jason Green of Beckley; seven great grandchildren, Ricky East and his wife, Stacey of Bluefield, Alexis Harvey of Bridgeport, Jarred and Katie Grubb of Bluefield, Benjamin Feeney of Meadow Bridge, and Valarie, Madison and Noah Press of Roanoke, Va.

Services will be at 1 p.m., Saturday, August 17, 2013, at the Elkhorn Regular Baptist Church, Belcher Mountain, with Pastor Gene Pennington, Elder Bryce Phillips, Pastor Ralph Steele and Denny Bishop, officiating. Friends may call one hour before the service. Burial will follow in the Elkhorn Church Cemetery, Belcher Mountain.

Friends may call 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, August 16, 2013, at the Cravens-Shires Funeral Home in Bluewell.

Pallbearers will be grandsons, Keith Belcher, Kevin Grubb, Jason Green, Mike Copen, Jeffrey Harvey, Danny Press, and Darrell Dunn and great grandson, Ricky East. Honorary pallbearers will be Benjamin Feeney and Jarred Grubb.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Elkhorn Church Cemetery, c/o Roger Walker, P. O. Box 161, Roderfield, WV 24881.

Online condolences will be accepted at

Cravens-Shires Funeral Home, 3431 Coal Heritage Road (Bluewell), Bluefield, WV 24701 is serving the family.

Edward L. ‘Chub’ Burchette

CLEARFORK — Edward L. “Chub” Burchette, 74, departed this life Sunday, August 11, 2013.

Born February 8, 1939, in Baileysville he was the son of the late Greely and Lucinda Bailey Burchette.

Chub worked for U.S. Steel for 34 years as a member of Local Union 1713, and was a bus driver for Wyoming County Board of Education. An avid hunter of any kind of wildlife that was in season he and David took advantage of. They always planned vacations around hunting season. He killed a large Boone Crocket Caribou in Canada on one of his hunting trips. Chub will be sadly missed by his little Jack Russell dog, Rex-An who was his constant companion.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by two brothers, James Burchette and Freely “Tom” Burchette.

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife of 54 years, Deanna Burchette of Clear Fork. They were married on August 4, 1958, by his grandfather Floyd C. Graham. A son, David Keith Burchette and wife, Phyllis of Clear Fork; a brother, Garland Eugene Burchette of Kegley; two sisters, Joyce Miller and Juanita Growe both of Pineville; a sister-in-law, Miriam Burchette; two brother-in-laws, William C. Cook of San Antanio, Texas and Jack D. Cook of Clear Fork; several nieces and nephews and a host of family and friends.

A celebration of Chub’s life will be 7 p.m. Friday, August 16, 2013, at Adam Toler Memorial Chapel with Rev. Seth Cline officiating. Burial will be 1 p.m. Saturday, August 17, 2013, in Roselawn Cemetery in Princeton. Those wishing to attend should meet family at the mausoleum on Saturday.

The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Casketbearers will be family and friends.

A special thank you to Raleigh General Hospital, B-ARH, and to Dr. Suresh Thomas and his staff for the wonderful care they provided our loved one.

Condolences at

Services entrusted to Adam Toler Memorial Funeral Home, Oceana.

James E. Dix

HINES — Heaven gained a precious angel on Monday, August 12, 2013.  James E. Dix, 75, of Hines, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family, at Greenbrier Valley Medical Center, Ronceverte, West Virginia.

Born December 15, 1937, in Webster County, WV, he was the son of the late Walter and Gertrude Cogar Dix. James was devoted to his wife Diana for 31 years. He cherished and lived for his wife and children.

There was never a more caring, loving and giving person than he was to his family. Nothing would bring a smile to his face more than to compliment one of his children or grandchildren. James was always prepared to help others and to make everyone in his life happy. He was a member of Hines Baptist Church, and was a coal miner. He retired from Pittston Coal Company after 32 years service.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Darlene Sue Dix, and daughter, Vickie  L. Davenport, one granddaughter, Christina L. Osborne, the mother of his children, Mildred Goss Dix, one sister, Mildred Groves, two brothers,  Charles and Norman Dix, son-in-law, Steven A. Wills, a nephew, Mike and his father-in-law, Edward Holliday. His wife Diana, a registered nurse, was totally devoted to him and was the love of his life. They traveled everywhere together, and enjoyed each other so much. He loved his children and grandchildren very much, but  especially his great-grandchildren. James & Diana’s home was always open to all his family and friends. It totally pleased him when someone would send him a picture or tell him when one of his babies done anything special. God gave him a love that wouldn’t end.  

Survivors include his wife of 31 years:  Diana  G. Holliday Dix of Hines, WV,  daughter: Patricia Martin (Dwayne) of Quinwood; five sons: Jimmy E. Dix, Jr.  (Kim) of Orange, VA, David A. Dix (Tammie)  of Rhoadesville, VA, Mark A. Dix (Angie) of Rainelle, WV, Travis Herndon (April) of Maxwelton, WV, Erick Herndon, beloved son & devoted caretaker; 14 grandchildren: Jamie Dix (Nan), Jason Dix (Valerie), Laurie D. Starcher (Bradley), Jessica, Monica, Robbie, and Joseph Dix, Ashley Davenport, Dakota, Cameron, and Kaden Dix, Abigail, Julia, and Lucas Herndon; eight great-grandchildren: Kayla, Ethan, Malia, MacKinzie,Ryleigh, Ryan, Clarissa, and Johnathan; Mother-in-law: Myretta Holliday of Hines, WV; Special nieces and nephews, Timmy & Debbie, Bobby, Robin, Kim and Stanton, Frankie Dale and  Lizabeth, Donna and Tim, and Lisa; Sister-in-law: Tina Gravely (Mike) & son Sam; Brother-in-law: Gary Holliday (Nellie) and children Derik, Samantha, and Duncan; Son-in-law: Randy Holliday (Tina) and children Regina, Jimmy , Paula, and Randy (Stephanie).

He will be sadly missed by all who knew him, but especially by his wife, children and grandchildren. He is with God’s Angels ...

Services will be at 2 p.m., Sunday, August 18, 2013, at Wallace & Wallace Chapel in Rainelle, with Pastor Gary Eisenman officiating. Burial will be at Wallace Memorial Cemetery, Clintonville. Friends may visit with the family on Saturday evening 6 to 8 p.m. at Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home in Rainelle.

Pallbearers will be Derik Smith, Duncan Clendenin, Sam Gravely, Timmy Dix, Franklin Dix, Jason Dix, Jamie Dix, and Randy Holliday. Flower girls will be Samantha Smith, Tammy Dix, April Herndon, Julia Herndon, and Angela Dix. Vocalist will be Deloris Crookshanks of Rupert, WV.

Arrangements entrusted to Wallace & Wallace of Rainelle.                      

Charles Oliver Dower

OAK HILL — Charles Oliver Dower, 70, of Oak Hill, died on Wednesday, August 14, 2013, at CAMC - Memorial Division in Charleston, W.Va.

Born November 1, 1942, at Mount Hope, he was the son of the late William Clifford and Nettie May Bane Dower.

He was a retired carpenter for Vecellio and Grogan.

Survivors include four children, Rosalie Molly Jarvis and husband, Denver of Mount Hope, Jason Oliver Dower and wife, Mary Beth of Ansted, Loretta Mitchell and husband, Timothy and Clifford Dower and wife, Ranjani of Mount Hope; the mother of his children, Bessie May Miller Dower; four grandchildren, Harlan Wayne Elder III, Daniel David II, Clifford Dower II and Ronald Dower; and two brothers.

Funeral services will be on Saturday, August 17, 2013, at 2 p.m. at Tyree Funeral Home in Mount Hope with Sister Molly Jarvis officiating. Friends may call one hour prior to the service on Saturday at the funeral home. Mr. Dower will be cremated following the service.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope.

Jon Endlemann

Jon  Endelmann, 75, of Cool Ridge, passed away at the Princeton Community Hospital on Wednesday, August 14, 2013.

Arrangements are pending completion at the Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home Shady Spring Chapel, 729 Flat Top Road, Shady Spring.

Louise Aldina Carter Gibbs

HINTON — Louise Aldina Carter Gibbs, 90, of 102 Greenbrier Drive, Hinton, died at 6 a.m. Thursday August 15, 2013 at her home following a long illness.

Arrangements are pending completion at Pivont Funeral Home, Hinton.

Hazel M. Hendricks

FORT SPRINGS — Hazel M. Hendricks, 90, of Fort Springs, passed away Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013, at White Sulphur Springs Fmaily Care Center.

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Lewisburg.

Billie Jean Maberry Jude

GILBERT — Billie Jean Maberry Jude, of Amherst, Va., died Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013.

Service will be 1 p.m. Saturday at the Justice Freewill Baptist Church, Justice. Burial will follow in the Forest Lawn Cemetery, Pecks Mill.

Friends may call after 6 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 16, at the Justice Freewill Baptist Church, Justice.

Arrangements by Mounts Funeral Home, Gilbert.

Seth Andrew Martin

CHARMCO — Seth Andrew Martin, 20, of Charmco, passed away Tuesday, August 13, 2013, at his home.

Born June 7, 1993, in Charlottesville, Va., he was the son of the late Mary Elizabeth Newman Martin and Keith A. “Tony” Martin and wife Bonnie of Meadow Bridge.

Seth loved hunting, electrical work and helping his Paw Paw Buck do carpentry and was of the Holiness faith.

In addition to his father and step-mother, Seth is survived by five brothers Levi Martin of Huntington, Luke Martin and wife Kayla of Charmco with whom he lived, Christopher Watson, Tony Martin and Isaac Martin, all of Meadow Bridge; two sisters Betty Watson and Faith Martin, both of Meadow Bridge; grandparents Donald “Buck” Martin and wife Katie of Rainelle, Robert and Mary Newman of Hines, Anna Vestal of Arizona, and Cecil Ewing of Meadow Bridge; and one nephew Anthony Martin, Seth’s shadow, of Charmco.

Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, August 17, at Smathers Funeral Chapel, Inc. with Sebby Volpe officiating. Burial will follow in the Wallace Memorial Cemetery at Clintonville.

Friends may call Friday, August 16, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Online condolences at

Arrangements by Smathers Funeral Chapel, Inc., Rainelle.

William Russell ‘Johnny’ Maynor

CYCLONE — William Russell “Johnny” Maynor, 68, departed this life Wednesday, August 14, 2013.

A celebration of Johnny’s life will be 1 p.m. Sunday, August 18, 2013, at Toler Baptist Church Cyclone. Burial will follow in Palm Memorial Gardens, Matheny.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, at the church.

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Services entrusted to Adam Toler Memorial Funeral Home, Oceana.

Aleah Nicole McKendree

BUD — Aleah Nicole McKendree of Bud passed away and went home to be with the Lord on Monday, August 12, 2013.

Born August 12, 2013, at Welch, she was the daughter of Christol Grimmett and Earl McKendree.

She was preceded in death by her grandfather, Harold McKendree.

In addition to her parents, she was survived by two sisters, Brittany Grimmett and Kristen Foley; Grandparents, Carol and Carl Grimmett of Bud and Drema McKendree of Mullens; and a great-grandparent, Verleen Raye.

Aunts, Lori Laxton and husband, Jason, Nina Noon and Becky McKendree; Uncle Carl Grimmett and wife, Christy.

She was blessed with many other aunts, uncles and cousins.

Graveside services will be at 1 p.m., Saturday, August 17, 2013, with Rev. Steve Acord officiating, at the Lusk Cemetery, Bud

Pallbearers will be Josh Vereen, Melvin Lusk, Michael Lusk and Anthony (Pete) Monk.

The family would like to thank the staff of Calfee Funeral Service for their compassion during this difficult time.

Submitted by Calfee Funeral Service, Pineville.

Iness Okalee  Meadows

Iness Okalee Meadows, 81, of Shady Spring, passed away Thursday, August 14, 2013.

Arrangements by Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley.

Charles H. Spencer

SEWICKLEY, Pa. — Charles H. Spencer, 84, of Sewickley, formerly of Rainelle, died Wednesday, August 7, 2013, after a long, brave struggle with Alzheimer’s disease.

He was born March 28, 1929, in Rainelle, son of the late H. Kenneth and Ferris (Rose) Spencer.

He was the beloved husband of 60 years to Mary Virginia (Jackson) Spencer; loving father of Sally (Malcolm) Nimick of Sewickley and devoted Paw-Paw to Virginia Nimick of New York, NY, C. Spencer Nimick of Dallas, Texas, and Malcolm Charles Nimick of Sewickley.

He was predeceased by his siblings Margaret (George) Yeargo, Marion (Ray) Bowles, and Hugh Kenneth (“Babe”) Spencer Jr.

Charlie spent his career with CSX (C&O Railroad). His first job with the railroad was polishing engines with graphite in the car shop in Rainelle. He then served as a railroad apprentice electrician in Gary, Indiana, and finished his career in Baltimore, Md., as system-wide Manager of Compliance and Safety Administration. During his time at CSX, he participated in construction of the then-secret, cold war bunker built to house Congress, under The Greenbrier resort in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va.

Charlie was a member of Masonic Lodge 166 in Clifton Forge, Va., and earned his 32nd degree Scottish Rite in Baltimore. He was an avid collector of clocks and an amateur horologist. He belonged to the Valley Baptist Church in Lutherville, Md., the Senior Men’s Club of Sewickley, and the Hon. Order of Kentucky Colonels.

A memorial service will be held at the Sewickley Presbyterian Church, Chapel of the Resurrection, on Saturday, August 17, 2013, at 11 a.m. Please use the Grant Street entrance. Private interment will take place in his beloved West Virginia.

Donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Western Pennsylvania Chapter, 1100 Liberty Ave., Suite E – 201, Pittsburgh, PA 15222, or to the Rainelle Baptist Church, 309 7th St., Rainelle, WV 25962.

Arrangements by Copeland Funeral Home, Sewickley, Pa.

Regina Sue Stafford

LILLYDALE — Regina Sue Stafford, 47, of Lillydale, passed away on August 15, 2013 at her home.

E-mail letters of sympathy may be sent at

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

Donald Lee Taylor

RICHWOOD — Donald Lee Taylor, 70, of Richwood, passed away on Monday, August 12, 2013.

Service will be 2 p.m. Friday, August 16, 2013, at Simons-Coleman Funeral Home, Richwood, with Pastor Brent Franco officiating. Burial will follow in West Virginia Memorial Gardens, Calvin.

Friends may call 1 to 2 p.m. Friday, August 16, 2013.

All arrangements were made by Simons-Coleman Funeral Home, Inc., Richwood.

Glenn Tilley

Glenn Tillley, of Crab Orchard, passed away at the Beckley Appalachian Regional Hospital on Wednesday, August 14, 2013.

Arrangements are pending completion at the Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, 1901 South Kanawha Street, Beckley.

Nola M. Treadway

FAYETTEVILLE — Nola M. Treadway, 97, of Fayetteville, passed away Wednesday, August 14, 2013.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m., Monday, August 19, 2013, at Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home with Pastor Robert Morey officiating. Burial will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Garden, Prosperity.

The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. to service time at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her memory to the Christ Fellowship Learning Center, PO Box 241, Fayetteville, WV 25840.

Online condolences and other information available at

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

Rosa Helen Webb

Rosa Helen Webb, age 90, of Glen Daniel, passed away at the Bowers Hospice House on Thursday, August 15, 2013.

Born on July 27, 1923, at Naoma, she was the daughter of the late Freeland Linville and Amanda May Wiley Linville.

Mrs. Webb was a homemaker and was of the Baptist faith. She and her husband, the late Rev. Donnie Webb served in many churches in the area while he served in the ministry. Mrs. Webb was a resident of Naoma for most of her life, but had made her home with her son, Delmer Webb and wife Mary of Glen Daniel for the past 14 months.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Rev. Donnie Webb, a daughter Shirley Minshew, by brother Carl Linville and by sisters Velvet Miller and Violet Cook.

Survivors include her son, Delmer Webb and his wife Mary of Glen Daniel, five grandchildren, seven great grandchildren, two great-great grandchildren; two brothers, Chris Linville and his wife Myrtle of Beckley and Scott Linville and his wife Orpha of Elyria, Ohio; two sisters, Ona Cook of Arnett, and Marie Sexton of Madison, Ala.

Funeral services will be conducted at the Rose and Quesenberry Peace Chapel in Beckley on Saturday, August 17, 2013, at 2 p.m. with Rev. Larry Kinder officiating. Burial will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens at Prosperity.

Friends may visit with the family from noon until service time on Saturday at the funeral home.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

In lieu of flowers, donations of sympathy may be made to the Bowers Hospice House, 454 Cranberry Drive, Beckley, WV in memory of Mrs. Webb.

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 South Kanawha Street, Beckley.

Ronald Lee Whitmore

MINDEN — Ronald Lee Whitmore, 66, of Minden, passed away Wednesday, August 14, 2013.

His remains rest at High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, where the funeral will be held 1 p.m. Sunday, and where the family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Military rites will follow in High Lawn Memorial Park.

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Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.