The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

March 23, 2014

Obituaries — Sunday, March 23, 2014


Joy Belle Bailey

OAK HILL — Joy Belle Bailey, 72, of Oak Hill, passed away on Friday, March 21, 2014, at the Bowers Hospice House. Born January 9, 1942, in Beckley, she was the daughter of the late Jesse J. and Ruby Lee Lilly Furrow. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by a brother, Gary Wayne Furrow, and a brother-in-law, Lewis Redden.

Joy was a retired operations manager for the West Virginia Parkways Authority. She was a member of the Pemberton Missionary Baptist Church. Joy enjoyed shopping, traveling and spending time with her family. She was a former resident of Roanoke, VA, residing in Beckley for the past 35 years.

Survivors include her husband, Franklin D. Bailey; daughter, Janet B. Gray of Daniels, WV, and longtime partner, Gregory Keaton; Siblings, Joan Redden, James A. Furrow, Roger D. Furrow; sisters-in-law, Jean Furrow, Patty Furrow and Margie Furrow; grandchildren, Jessica, Eric, Steven, Farris, Erick; great-grandchildren, Haley, Kaitlyn, Mason, Malean and little Greg; 10 nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be 8 p.m. Monday, March 24, 2014, in the Calfee Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Jim Ford officiating. Friends may visit with the family from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Private interment will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens.

Pallbearers will be Joe Rakes, Roger Furrow, Jr., Randy Redden, Steven Redden, Steven Keaton and Eric Duncan.

Memorial contributions may be sent to Bowers Hospice, 454 Cranberry Drive, Beckley, WV 25801.

Online condolences may be left at www.calfeefh. com.

Arrangements by Calfee Funeral Home, Beckley.

Arnold E. Berry Sr.

BROOKS — Arnold E. Berry Sr., 90, of Brooks passed away Thursday, March 20, 2014.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Monday, March 24, at Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors Chapel with Pastor Robbie Merritt officiating. Friends may call from 11 a.m. until time of services at the funeral parlors. Burial will follow in the Berry-Adkins Cemetery, Freezeland Mountain.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www. ronaldmeadowsfp.com.

Arrangements are by the Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors of Hinton.

Carroll B. Calvert

BLUEFIELD, Va. — Carroll B. Calvert, 91, of Bluefield, VA, went to be with the Lord early Saturday morning, March 22, 2014, at Bluefield Regional Medical Center.

Born April 17, 1922, in Trafford, AL, he was the son of the late Joe DeForrest and Ethel (Foust) Calvert. Carroll served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II with the 508th Parachute infantry and was awarded the Silver Star for his gallant service in the war. Carroll then spent his working career as a heavy equipment mechanic and electrician for Westemoreland Coal. He was a member of the Cumberland Heights Baptist Church in Bluefield, and served as the Past Master of the Masonic Lodge #52 in Beckley, WV.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sisters, Elizabeth Elam, Etheleen Owens, and Lorene Hope.

He will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Bernice E. (Travis) Calvert of Bluefield, VA, his son, George “Skip” Calvert and wife Camillia of Oak Hill, his daughter, Nancy Lamb and husband Randy of Bluefield, VA, his brother, Joe “Sonny” Calvert of Charleston, a granddaughter, Leslie E. Nagle and husband Harold, and 2 great-grandsons, Noah and Reichen Nagle, all of Greensboro, NC.

Services to honor the life of Mr. Calvert will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday, March 24, 2014, at Roselawn Funeral Home Chapel, with Pastor Jim Kestner officiating.

There will be a visitation prior to the funeral service from 6 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.

Mr. Calvert will be entombed in Roselawn Memorial Gardens the following day, and family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

Please go to our website www.roselawnfuneral.com to leave online condolences for the family.

The Calvert family is being served by Roselawn Funeral Home and Cemetery, 450 Courthouse Road, Princeton, WV 24740.

Ruby Helen Linkous Fleenor

KOPPERSTON — Ruby Helen Linkous Fleenor, 87, of Kopperston, WV, entered Heaven’s gates on Friday, March 21, 2014, at Raleigh General Hospital, Beckley, WV.

She was born February 20, 1927, in Cranes Nest, VA, a daughter of the late Leonard and Minnie Johnson Linkous.

In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by her loving husband Carl Edward Fleenor, Sr.; a sister Ethel “Toots” Hilman; and a brother Bob Linkous.

Ruby’s Kind and generous spirit made all around her feel special. She loved her family with all of her being, and her strength, grace, and dignity will be remembered by all who knew her. Ruby was of the Christian faith, and she was an angel whom God allowed to walk with us. She was a beloved sister, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. Our hearts mourn her loss, but rejoice in knowing we will meet again.

Those left to cherish her memory are her loving son Carl Edward (Bev) Fleenor, Jr., of Kopperston; four sisters Marie Linkous of Clinchco, VA, Evelyn Saylers of Castlewood, VA, Bessie Castle of Castlewood, VA, and Gayneal (Jim) Skeens of Mt. Pleasant, TX; three brothers Herbert Linkous of Kopperston, Charlie (Shirley) Linkous of Castlewood, VA, and Jerry Ray (Brenda) Linkous of Dante, VA; three grandchildren Anessia (Rich) Thomas, Brandon (Kristy) Fleenor, and Chris (Mandy) Fleenor; five great-grandchildren Aly Fleenor, Jaeden Fleenor, Ian Thomas, Parker Thomas, and Mandolin; and Christian Fleenor Due on April 8, 2014; and a host of other loving family and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 12 p.m. on Monday, March 24, 2014, in the Chapel of Stafford Family Funeral Home, Lynco, WV, with Rev. James Hamrick officiating. She will be laid to rest in the Palm Memorial Gardens Mausoleum, Matheny, WV. Friends may gather with the family from 6 to 9 p.m. on Sunday, March 23, 2014, at 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, WV.

Vickie Jo Lopinsky Fleming

HILLTOP — Vickie Jo Lopinsky Fleming, 57, of Hilltop, West Virginia, died Friday, March 21, 2014, at her home after a short illness.

Born December 17, 1956, at Oak Hill, WV, she was the daughter of the late Henry Andrew and Frances Louise Graham Lopinsky.

She was employed by the Fayette County Board of Education as a cook at Fayetteville High School.

Vickie was a member of Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Oak Hill.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Andrew Lopinsky, and a sister, Gencie Lopinsky.

Survivors include her husband, Ray K. Fleming; three daughters, Kelly Schrader (Mark) of Oak Hill, Lisa Sullivan (Ricky) of Lochgelly, and Racheal Woods (Jimmy) of Hilltop; grandchildren, Ray A. Sullivan, Mattie Fleming, Paige Woods, Andrew Schrader, Dustin Woods and Derrick Sullivan; a great-grandchild, Noah Sullivan; her brothers and sisters, James Victor Lopinsky (Sandy) of Columbus,  OH, Emma Davis of Oak Hill, Frances Pemberton (Pee Wee) of Lochgelly, Paul Lopinsky of Madison Heights, VA, Michael Lopinsky (Jane) of Madison Heights, VA, and Teddy Lopinsky (Jonna) of Huddleston, VA; and many nieces and nephews.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 2 p.m. Monday, March 24, 2014, at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Oak Hill, with Father Carlos Melocoton, Jr., officiating. Burial will follow at Gethsemane Memorial Gardens, Oak Hill. Friends may call at the church from 12 noon until service time on Monday at the church.

Online condolences may be sent to our website at: www.tyreefuneralhome. com.

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Bobby ‘Bob’ Lee Harper

Bobby “Bob” Lee Harper, 82, husband of Goldie Turner Harper for 62 years, went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, March 22, 2014.

Mr. Harper was born on August 2, 1931, in Beckley, West Virginia, to the late Dorsey Harper and Edith Cole Harper. In West Virginia, he played minor league baseball and was a big supporter of the West Virginia Mountaineers football team. Bob was an active member of Mauldin First Baptist Church, where he was a greeter, R.A. Boys Leader, and a former Deacon. Bob retired from Piedmont and U.S. Airways and moved to Mauldin in 1982. He served on the Mauldin Planning Committee and was a community-minded person. Bob was a mason and a member of Empire Lodge 213, where he served as treasurer of the Lodge. He was also a member of the American Legion. He was an active member of the Hejaz Shriners where he was a member of the Greeters Unit and served as President of the Southeastern Greeters Association. He served as a Potentate’s Aide for several Potentates. Bob was a big worker for Shriners Hospital and had earned his 100,000 dollar bar to his Crown of Honor for his services to the hospital and to the Hejaz Shriners. He loved to play golf and was a member of the Hejaz Seniors Golf Association and the Luncheon Club. Bob was a veteran of the Korean conflict, serving in the U.S. Army in 1953 as a medic.

Surviving, in addition to his wife, are two daughters, Linda Durham (Joel) of Taylors, and Sharon Harper of Mauldin; a son, Roger Harper of Charlotte, NC; a sister, Glenna Underwood of West Virginia; a brother, Jimmy Harper of California; eight grandchildren, Audrey Smith, Michelle Rex, Roger Harper, Jr., Joel Durham II, Crystal Detamore, Johnny Detamore, Roger Eric Harper and David Harper; and eight great-grandchildren, Zackary Morris, Eric Pitchman, Haylea Morris, Brandon Smith, Sydnie Morris, Meghan Smith, William Harper and Bentley Harper.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Monday at Mauldin First Baptist, officiated by the Rev. Dr. L.E. Williamson. Entombment will be in the mausoleum at Graceland East Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the church for two hours prior to the service.

Memorials may be made to Auxiliary of the Shriners Hospital, P.O. Box 9877, Greenville, SC 29604.

The family is at the home, 107 Woodcreek Road in Mauldin.

Submitted by Fletcher Funeral Service.

Donna Lee Lilly Henry

Donna Lee Lilly Henry, 53, of Lanark, passed away Thursday, March 20, 2014. Born June 24, 1960, in Beckley, she was the daughter of the late Arnett Lee Lilly and Margaret Ann Meadows Lilly of Beckley. In addition to her father she was preceded in death by a brother, Gregory Lilly.

Donna attended the Calvary Assembly of God. She loved to draw, listening to music and spending time with her family.

Those left to cherish her memory are her husband, Philip Henry; daughter, Ceresa Hickman of Taylors, SC; sons, Christopher Henry of Morgantown, WV, and Curtis Henry of Beckley; grandchildren, Ethan and Haley Hickman of Taylors, SC, Isabella Henry of Oceana, WV; sisters, Debbie Andrighetti of Beckley, Demi Mills of Scott Depot, WV, Diana Janney of Crab Orchard, WV, Dena Monroe of Winfield, WV, and a brother, Douglas Lilly of Raleigh, NC.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Monday, March 24, in the Calfee Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Larry Lilly officiating. Burial will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens. Friends may visit with the family one hour prior to the service on Monday.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

Online condolences may be left at www.calfeefh.com.

Arrangements by Calfee Funeral Home, Beckley.

Kenneth L. Holliday

WINFIELD — Kenneth Lee Holliday, 62, of Winfield, passed away March 11, 2014, at his home.

He was born in Fayette County on May 14, 1951, and was a son of Kitty Callahan and her husband, Harold, of Oak Hill and the late Logan Holliday.

Kenneth was the owner/operator of his construction business. He was a member of Elks Lodge No. 202 and a U.S. Air Force veteran. He was an avid golfer and outdoorsman. He will be remembered for his words of encouragement, “There is never a dream or goal too high.”

He is survived by his loving wife of 17 years, Linda Daugherty Holliday; stepchildren, Michael J. Bradley of California and Sandra Elswick of Teays Valley; father-in-law, Leon Daugherty of Nitro; brother, Ronnie Holliday of Houston, Texas; sister, Sandra Kay Holliday of Oak Hill; and granddaughters, Julianna, Autumn and Natalie Elswick.

A celebration of Kenneth’s life was 11 a.m. Saturday, March 15, at Casdorph & Curry Funeral Home, St. Albans, with military rites to be conducted. Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery, Keenan.

A gathering of family and friends was Friday, March 14, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

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

Elizabeth Jarrell

Elizabeth Jarrell of Rock Creek died Friday, March 21, 2014.

At the request of the family there will be cremation only.

Armstrong Funeral Home is serving the family.

Franklin David Jenkins

CLEAR FORK — Franklin David Jenkins, 79, passed away Thursday, March 20, 2014, at Bowers Hospice House in Cranberry.

Born January 20, 1935, in Winding Gulf, WV, he was the son of the late Bernie C. and Nancy Ellen Jenkins.

Franklin was retired from the U.S. Navy, having served his country for 22 years. After retiring from the military, he worked as a Diesel Instructor for Ben Franklin Career Center in Dunbar, WV.

He enjoyed restoring old cars, playing golf and playing with his grandchildren and grandnieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Lucienne (Charlie) Jenkins, and two brothers, Johnny Lee Jenkins and Bernie (Sonny) Jenkins, Jr., and his wife, Joyce E. Jenkins.

In addition to his loving and devoted wife of 33 years, Rita Mae Short Jenkins, he is survived by his son, Phillip Franklin Jenkins and wife, Linda, of Norfolk, VA; sister and friend, Patty R. Fincham and husband, Jack, of Brenton, WV; brother, Jacob H. Jenkins and wife, Doris, of Bells Island, NC; sister-in-law, Linda Fortner Jenkins of FL; grandchildren, Phillip Jenkins II of FL and Zachary and Danielle Jenkins of Norfolk, VA; his loving nephew, David W. Blevins, who helped with his care for years; several nieces and nephews; and cousins by the dozens.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, March 24, 2014, in Evans Funeral Home Chapel; the Rev. Hannibal Blankenship, Jr., and Rev. Erwin Gregory will officiate. Entombment will follow in Palm Memorial Gardens Mausoleum, Matheny. Nephews will serve as pallbearers. Military Honors will be conducted by Wyoming and McDowell County Honor Guard No. 8364. The family will receive friends 12 p.m. until time of service Monday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to: Wyoming County Honor Guard, PO Box 492, Oceana, WV 24870.

An online guestbook is available at www.evans-funeralhome.com.

Evans Funeral Home of Oceana is serving the Jenkins family.

Leo Porreca

Leo Porreca, age 76, of Beckley passed away Friday, March 21st, 2014, after a short illness.

Born July 19th, 1937, in Charleroi, PA, he was the son of Rosina and Anthony Porreca.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his daughter, Kimberly, and a brother, Anthony.

Leo valued his family and God above all else. He was always happy and loved to tell jokes and stories to make people laugh. Leo was always a pleasure to be around and he leaves a legacy of laughter and love. He will be missed by many.

Leo served his country in the U.S. Army Reserves. He worked in sales for Lee-Norse Company and Phillips Machine for 50 years.

He was a member of the St. Francis de Sales Church where he was an usher. Leo was an active member of the Knights of Columbus holding the 3rd Degree.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife of 53 years, Darlene; son, Mark Porreca and wife, Wendy, of Bowling Green, KY; brother, Donald and wife, Sherryn, of Grandview; brother-in-law, Jack Stephenson and wife, Cheryl, of Pittsburgh; he also leaves behind his grandchildren: Shawn Sims and companion, Ashley, of Beckley, Jennifer Rose Porreca and companion, Matt Burke, of Chicago, Michelle and Katherine Porreca of Chicago, Krystle Crese of Beckley. Leo’s grandchildren and great-grandchildren were the loves of his life and he was happiest when he was around them. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

The family would like to thank the Phillips family of employees for their love and concern, especially Tom Cushman and others way too numerous to mention. Their calls and acts of kindness meant so much to Leo.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 23, at the Melton Mortuary Chapel. There will be a scripture service at 8:30 p.m. The Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated on Monday, March 24th, at 11 a.m. at the St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church. Monsignor Samuel Sacus and Fr. Pen will be the celebrants, assisted by Rev. Mr. William Donald Wise and Rev. Mr. John F. Ziolkowski. The Rite of Committal will follow in the St. Sebastian Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be: Mark Porreca, Shawn Sims, Scott Stephenson, Don Porreca, Tom Cushman, Jack Stephenson, Lew Savisky, John E. Voloski and Joe Voloski.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Francis de Sales Church, 626 Oakwood Ave., Beckley, WV 25801, or the Wounded Warriors Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675.

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

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary and Cremation Center, Beckley, WV.



Georgia Hylton  Powers

PINEVILLE — Georgia Hylton Powers, 75, of Turkey Creek, passed away Friday, March 21, 2014, at Appalachian Regional Hospital, surrounded by her loving family.

Born February 9, 1939, in Clifton Fork, VA, she was the daughter of the late Isaac Wesley Hylton, Jr., and Mary Etta Rose Hylton Deskins.

Georgia enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. She was a member of Brenton Church of God for over 25 years.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Melvin Powers; brothers, Frazer Hylton, Ellis Hylton, Charlie Hylton, Otis Hylton, Henry Hylton, John Lewis Hylton, Eugene Hylton, Elmer Hylton and Leon Hylton; and sisters, Virgie Davis, Dellie Ferrell and Madeline Deskins.

Those left to cherish her memory are her children, Melvin P. Powers and wife, Madonna, of Fairdale, Joan Bailey and husband, Tony, of Laurens, SC, and Pamela Crabtree and husband, Randy, of Clarksville, TN; a granddaughter whom she raised, Robbie Hodges and husband, Russell, of Oceana; grandchildren, Melvin W. Powers, Elizabeth Bailey, Nathan Bailey and Kennie Bailey; great-grandchildren, Chandra, Landen and Bristol Hodges and Ethan Bailey; brother, Billy Hylton and wife, Shirley; and several nieces and nephews.

A celebration of Georgia’s life will be 11 a.m. Monday, March 24, 2014, in the chapel of Calfee Funeral Service, the Rev. Lee Fisher, Rev. Andy Ratliff and Eddie Cameron officiating. Interment will follow at Palm Memorial Gardens, Matheny. The family will receive friends 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday, March 23, at the funeral home.

An online guestbook is available at www.evans-funeralhome.com.

Calfee Funeral and Cremation Service of Pineville is serving the Powers family.

Nicole ‘Nikki’ Ramsey

RAINELLE — Nicole “Nikki” Ramsey, 21, of Rainelle passed away March 17, 2014.

Services will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 25, with Pastor Ray Sexton officiating. Friends may gather with the family one hour prior to the service at the Wallace and Wallace funeral chapel in Rainelle.

You may send online condolences to www.wallaceandwallacefh.com.

Wallace and Wallace of Rainelle are in charge of arrangements.

Shirley Webb

On Thursday, March 20th, 2014, our most loved, Shirley Webb of Princeton, passed away at the Princeton Community Hospital. She was 66 years of age.

One of seven children, Shirley Irene Butcher was born on April 9th, 1947, at Lorado. She was the daughter of the late Charles and Katherine Smith Butcher. Her sisters Joann and Charlotte have preceded her in death.

A devoted wife and mother and dedicated homemaker, Shirley in her leisure time enjoyed the outdoors, working puzzles and sewing.

She leaves to cherish her memory her husband of 47 years, Ralph; daughter, Melissa, and two grandchildren, Nathan and Kelsey, and one great-grandchild; her brothers and sisters, Charles Butcher Jr. and his wife, Juanita, George Butcher and his wife, Debbie, Mary Harris and her husband, Stacy, and Katie Mann and her husband, Richard; numerous nieces and nephews survive as well.

On Monday, March 24th, at 2 p.m. we will honor the life of Shirley Irene Webb with a “Service of Remembrance” at the Melton Mortuary Chapel. Shirley’s brother Charles will be officiating. Shirley will be laid to rest in the Sunset Memorial Park in Beckley. The family will receive friends from noon until the service hour.

Pallbearers will be family members and friends.

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

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary and Cremation Center, Beckley, WV.