The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

March 21, 2014

Obituaries — Friday, March 21, 2014

Beverly Kay Reed Carter

ALDERSON — Beverly Kay Reed Carter, 60, of Alderson, passed away Wednesday, March 19, 2014.

Arrangements by Lobban Funeral Home, Alderson.

Garland Franklin Cook

WYOMING — Garland Franklin Cook, 72, of Wyoming, passed away Monday, March 17, 2014.

Funeral services will be at noon Saturday, March 22, at the Brenton Community Church, Brenton, with Brother Lonnie Compton officiating. Burial will follow in Compton Cemetery, Skin Fork. Friends may gather with the family from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, March 21, at the church.

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

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

Aaron M. Deskins

MUSKEGON, Mich. — Mr. Aaron M. Deskins, age 85, formerly of Wyoming County, W.Va., passed away from his battle with pulmonary fibrosis on Tuesday, March 18, 2014.

Aaron was born on April 26, 1928, in Clinton, Texas, to Frank and Thelma (Stephenson) Deskins.

Surviving family members include his wife of 61 years, Juanita “Nita” (Casteel) Deskins; three daughters, Teri Deskins, Ann (Caz) Russell, Lisa (Bill) Arends; five grandchildren, Amanda, Billy and Matthew Arends and Cody and Ashley Russell; and his brother, Darvis (Glenna) Deskins.

He was preceded in death by his two sisters, Kathleen Harper and Klema Perry, and brother, Rufus Deskins.

Aaron grew up in Texas and West Virginia, retaining his beautiful southern drawl and the gift of storytelling. He was a proud Marine. He retired in 1985 as the President of the Bowling and Billiards Division of Brunswick Corporation in Muskegon.

Memorials may be made to The Wounded Warrior Project, 4899 Belfort Road, Suite 300, Jacksonville, Florida 32256, Phone (877) 832-6997,

To view Aaron’s complete obituary or to sign his online guestbook, please visit

Denver F. Gunnoe

Denver F. Gunnoe, 61, of Fairdale, was freed from the bonds of this earth on March 19, 2014. He was born on Nov. 28, 1952, the son of the late Fred Gunnoe and Zella Osborne Gunnoe. He was an Army veteran of the Vietnam War. He worked as a coal miner for many years. Then he worked 15 years as a State Coal Mine Inspector of West Virginia.

He was a lifetime member of the Disabled American Veterans, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4326 of Midway and Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 860 of Beckley. He was a member of Beckley Masonic Lodge No. 95, the Beni Kedem Shriners of Charleston, the Scottish Rite of Charleston, Beckley Moose Lodge, Montgomery Eagles Club, NAACP, Southern Poverty Law Group and American Civil Liberties Union.

He loved life and he loved people. He had an appreciation for all coal miners. He loved animals and loved the outdoors. He was a sports fan, especially football.

He was from a large family. He was preceded in death by brothers, Arlen, Kenner, Clarence, Erman and Cecil, and by sisters, Nadine Toler, Waveline Lusk, Joyce Todd, and special friend Joe Comer.

Survivors include his sisters, Coetta Toler of Glen Daniel, Retha Armstrong of Pineville, Lilly Cook of Beckley, Joselene Stewart of Oceana and Geraldine Aliff of Georgia; brothers, Arvil of Ohio, Dale of Fairdale, Danny of Midway, Hearldine of Naoma, Ricky of Fairdale and Ronnie of California. And he is survived by special friends, Roger Shelton of Sophia, Charlie Randall Canterbury of Lester, Randall Dillon of Glen Daniel, Roger “Snorkel” Clay of Pettry Bottom, and special friends and neighbors, James and Loretta Bragg of Fairdale. And special godson, Ethan Comer of Mt. Hope.

He wishes to thank all the good people he has met in his lifetime.

And to leave this: “Remember any act of kindness and love, however small, never goes away. It lasts for all eternity.”

He believed greatly in the spiritually and salvation of our Christ the Lord.

In keeping with his wishes, his body has been donated to the Human Gift Registry of West Virginia University, School of Medicine. Also in keeping with his wishes, no services will be held.

Any donations of sympathy should be made to Hospice of Southern West Virginia, P.O. Box 1472, Beckley, WV 25802-1472.

Submitted by Blue Ridge Funeral Home and Cremations, Prosperity.

James ‘Jim’ Hatfield

GILBERT — James “Jim” Hatfield, 82, passed away Wednesday, March 19, 2014.

Graveside service will be 2 p.m. Sunday, March 23, at Highland Memory Garden, Godby Heights, with the Rev. Doug Pendleton officiating. Burial will follow. Friends may call 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday at Mounts Funeral Home Chapel.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Gilbert Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 496, Gilbert, WV 25621.

Arrangements by Mounts Funeral Home Chapel, Gilbert.

James E. ‘Bo’ Hylton

EDEN, N.C. — James E. “Bo” Hylton, of Eden, formerly of Ballard, passed away Wednesday, March 19, 2014.

Visitation will be from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 22, at Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home, with a graveside service to follow at 3:30 p.m. at the Ballard Baptist Church Cemetery in Ballard.

Online guestbook can be signed or condolences may be sent to the Hylton family at

Arrangements by Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home, Peterstown.

Craig Brandon Kirkham

TALCOTT — Craig Brandon Kirkham, 34, of Talcott, passed away at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 19, 2014.

Arrangements are pending completion at Pivont Funeral Home, Hinton.

Cecil ‘Bee’ Boyd Sears Jr.

Cecil “Bee” Boyd Sears Jr., 79, of Midway, departed this life to forever praise his Savior on Wednesday, March 19, 2014, following a long illness.

Born January 2, 1935, in Sophia, he was the son of the late Cecil and Melvinie Polk Sears.

Mr. Sears was a U.S. Army Veteran as well as a retired coal miner. Bee also had a great love for gardening and hunting. He had a lovable personality and a way of picking on others that has made many buddies over the years. Above all Bee was of the Pentecostal faith and loved to read God’s word and shout Praises to his Lord.

Survivors include his loving wife of 49 years, Willa JoAnn Sears; a daughter, Robin Russell and her husband, Don, of Crab Orchard; a brother, Roger Lee Sears of North Carolina; a sister, Este Croft of Cleveland, Ohio; several “adopted” grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews; two special nephews, Steven Wyatt and David Ward.

A memorial of his life will held at 2 p.m. Monday, March 24, 2014, at the Glen White Church of God with Bishop Jesse Farley officiating.

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

The family would also like to thank the staff of Hospice for the great care provided.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Arrangements by Williams Blue Ridge Funeral Home, 101 1st Street, Sophia.

Joyce N. Critchley Slaughter

LESLIE — Joyce N. Critchley Slaughter, 71, of Leslie, passed away Sunday morning, March 16, 2014, at her home, following a long illness.

Born July 25, 1942, at Danese, she was the daughter of the late Roy E. and Mary Ann Atkins.

Joyce had worked in housekeeping for Pride Clean of New Castle, Del.

Other than her parents she was preceded in death by one sister, Margaret Critchley Martin, and one brother, Frank Raggio Critchley.

Those left to cherish her memory are one daughter, Joyce M. Chapman of Covington, Va.; one son, Edward Slaughter III of Middletown, Del.; three sisters, Audrey Critchley Hanshew (Asa) of Danese, W.Va., Brenda Critchley Pritchett (Bill) of Townsend, Del., and Sandra Critchley Jaffe of New Castle, Del.; one brother, Roy Edward Critchley (Thelma) of Leslie; 10 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

As per her wishes, her body will be cremated. Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 22, 2014, at the New Covenant Trinity Church of Rainelle, with Rev. Roy Asa Hanshew officiating, assisted by Pastor Ronald McClung.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations of sympathy to Wallace & Wallace, Inc., at 213 Main Street, Rainelle, W.Va.

Jaxon Tate Smith and Jayden Riley Smith

Jaxon Tate and Jayden Riley Smith, twin children of Jennifer Joelene Smith of Beaver, were stillborn Tuesday, March 18, 2014.

There will be no service or visitation. Interment was in the Calfee Cemetery at Mount Tabor.

Online condolences may be left at

Arrangements by Calfee Funeral Home, Beckley.

Willard Timothy Smithson

LINDSIDE — Willard Timothy Smithson, 56, of Lindside, passed away Tuesday, March 18, 2014.

Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, March 22, at the Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home Chapel, Peterstown, with the Rev. Earl Hanks, Brother Dewey Broyles, Brother Rodger Boothe and Pastor Jim Pearson officiating. Burial will follow in the Smithson Family Cemetery. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 21, at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations of sympathy be made to the Lindside Volunteer Fire Department, PO Box 156, Lindside, WV 24951.

Online guestbook can be signed or condolences may be sent to the Smithson family at

Arrangements by Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home, Peterstown.

Willie Mae Terry

Willie Mae Terry died March 18, 2014, at Raleigh General Hospital, following a long illness.

She was born in Winding Gulf, W.Va., to William Robert Terry and Ella Mae Hairston Terry.

She was baptized at an early age and later became a Jehovah’s Witness and was baptized in this faith and was a faithful and dedicated servant until God called her home. She attended Winding Gulf Elementary School, Byrd Prillerman High School and later graduated from Stratton High School. After high school Willie Mae furthered her education at Bluefield College and later on attended Hunter College in New York. She then began her life journey traveling abroad to places such as Acapulco and to the beautiful Country of Europe. When she returned to New York, she worked as a cashier for a few years then returned home to Beckley, to take care of her mother in her last day as well as help with raising her nieces and nephews. Once that mission was with the Kingdom Hall Family witnessing to all within arms’ reach about Jehovah.

She was predeceased by her parents, William Robert and Ella Mae Terry of Beckley; sister, Dorothy Williams of Mt. Vernon, New York; brother, James D. Terry.

She is survived by brothers: William Edward Terry of West Virginia and Thomas Lewis Terry of Houston, Texas; nephews: Daryl L. Terry, Thomas D. Terry, Ervin J. Graham, James R. Terry and Curtis E. Terry; nieces: Kiwana Dennis, Mauricia Thompson, Veronica Williams, Sharon William, Crystal D. Terry, Jacqueline Terry, Anita A. Terry and Alicia William and the Heartland Family.

Funeral Services will be Saturday, March 22, 2014, at 1 p.m. at Durgan Funeral Chapel, 1501 South Kanawha Street, Beckley, with Terry Sizemore officiating. Burial will be at Greenwood Cemetery.

The family will meet one hour prior to the service on Saturday.

Arrangements by Durgan Funeral Home, Beckley.

Jake White

Genesis 1:26 states, “Let us make man in our image”

On February 25, 1937, a young man was born into this world. He will have courage and strong determination to work hard. He will be given a help mate, Helen Kennedy, to marry and raise their family. He will be a keeper of the land and mine coal out of the earth. After retiring from the mines he will do what he has always loved the most, a tiller of the land, a farmer. He will plant and harvest, cut hay and put it away, raise cattle in his fields, he will farm raise his family and grandchildren. Then one night at a hospital he accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior. This man of hard work, a husband, father, brother, Grandfather, this man was a true farmer.

Jake White, 77, of Hico, went to be with the Lord March 19, 2014. He was a member of the Liberty Baptist Church of Hico and was in the coal industry. He was preceded in death by his parents Howard Elliott and Mary Retta Strickland White and one sister: Shirley Flanagan.

Surviving are his wife of 56 years of marriage, Helen White of Hico; two brothers: Jeff White of Tennessee and Jack White and wife Virginia of Hico; one sister-n-law: Yvonne Bergelow of North Carolina. Also left to cherish his memory are two daughters: Debbie Critchley and husband Joe of Danese and Kim Coppa of Hico; four sons: Jake Jr. White and wife Alice, Steve White and wife Josette, Chris White and wife Joy and Mike White and wife Crystal all of Hico. He had 12 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

The family wishes to thank Hospice for the care they gave in the time of need. A special thank you to Angie Butler and Pat Elswick.

Services will be on Sunday, March 23, 2014, at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Danny Legg officiating. Friends may visit with the family on Saturday, March 22, 2014, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will follow at the White Cemetery on Sunday Road in Hico.

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Wallace and Wallace of Ansted are in charge of arrangements.