The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

November 15, 2012

Obituaries — Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012


Corine Elswick Blankenship

KOPPERSTON — Corine Elswick Blankenship, 77, of Kopperston, passed away on Saturday, November 10, 2012, at Kate B. Reynolds Hospice House, Winston–Salem, N.C. She was born November 29, 1934, in Lorado, W.Va., a daughter of the late Theodore “Pop” and Nealy “Mom” Elswick.

Corine was a faithful member of the Oceana Freewill Baptist Church, loving mother and friend.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband Allen Murphy Blankenship, four brothers Eugene Elswick, James “Pug” Elswick, Frank Osborne and Cyrus Elswick and a sister Dovie Rollins.

Survivors include two sons Allen Junior(Gina) Blankenship of Elkton, Md., and James Edward (Cindy) Blankenship of Asheville, N.C.; three daughters, Janet Lynn Blankenship of Colonial Heights, Va., Treasa Blankenship (David) Cook of Kernersville, N.C., and Stephanie Sue (Robert) Walls of Oceana; six grandchildren, Roy Allen Blankenship of Elkton, Md., Brian James Blankenship of Elkton, Md., James Allen Blankenship of Asheville, N.C., Amanda Corine Bruce of Laurens, S.C., Sandra Michelle Murphy of Colonial Heights, Va., and Laura Gabrielle Cook of Kernersville, N.C.; four great grandchildren, Roy Junior Blankenship, Nathan Blankenship, Nicholas Blankenship, and Alanna Blankenship; two brothers, Bobby (Mary Ann) Elswick, and Ralph (Verna) Elswick; a sister, Dorothy Gayhart; and a host of other loving family and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, November 16, 2012, in the Oceana Freewill Baptist Church, with Pastor Jackie Grimmett officiating. She will be laid to rest in Palm Memorial Gardens, Matheny.

Friends may gather with the family from 11 a.m. until service time at the church.

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

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

Danny Wayne Brown Sr.

RAINELLE — Danny Wayne Brown Sr., 47, of Rainelle, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012.

Memorial services will be 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012, at Wallace & Wallace Chapel in Rainelle, with Pastor Bennie Kenney officiating.

Friends may call one hour prior to the services (6 to 7 p.m.) at the funeral home.

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace of Rainelle.

William Wilbur Brown

So I’ll cherish the old rugged cross, till my trophies at last I lay down; I will cling to the old rugged cross, and exchange it someday for a crown. Surrounded by those he loved dearly, William Wilbur Brown, age 89, passed away peacefully at the Bowers House in Beckley on Tuesday, November 13, 2012. The son of the late Wilbur and Gertrude Brown, William was born at Mead Poca, W.Va., on January 16, 1923.

He lived most of his life in Arnett, with the last several years at Glen Daniel at the home of his cherished daughter Dolly and her husband Kermit Pettry. William was a born again Christian and one of the founding members of the Arnett Assembly of God Church where he served as Superintendent of Sunday School for over 50 years. William worked in the coal mines for several years and was a member of UMWA. He retired from the Raleigh County Board of Education as a bus driver. In his earlier years, William coached Little League baseball and coached basketball and softball at Mount View Elementary School.

William was also a World War II veteran and was a war hero. Having served in New Guinea and the Philippine Islands, in 1945 he saved the lives of several soldiers during the surrendering of Japanese’s General Yamashita. During the official surrendering ceremony, a Japanese soldier reached in his pocket which was noticed by William. He immediately went for him and grabbed his arm and took him out of the facility. As William and others searched him, they discovered a live hand grenade. There was no doubt the Japanese soldier had intentions of killing every American soldier there.

William was preceded in death by his wife Nadine whom he was married to for 56 years, sisters Goldie Pettry, Dora Mae Finsley, Fern Dennison and Roberta Wills Martin and one brother, Cledith Brown and two older siblings.

He is survived by his loving daughter and caregivers, Dolly and her husband Kermit of Glen Daniel, son Donnie and his wife Leah from Ashburn, Va., son Eugene and his wife Cathy from Prosperity. Grandchildren, Scott Pettry and his wife Stephney of Beckley, Sherri Ferrell and husband Travis of South Charleston, Greg Brown and wife Mechelle from Sparta, New Jersey, Stephanie Eikost and husband Derek of Beckley. He is also survived by great-grandchildren Alyssa and Andrew Pettry, Michael Ferrell, Austin and Elijah Eikost. William is also survived by a brother Bobby Brown and wife Enid of Ravenswood, W.Va., and sisters Patricia Snodgrass and husband Kenneth of Arnett and Kathleen Cales of Green Sulphur Springs, W.Va. In addition, he is survived by sister in law Pat Brown of Napoleon, Ohio, and brother in law James Pettry of Virginia. He is also survived by a host of loving nephews, nieces and friends.

Service will be 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16, 2012, at the Assembly of God Church, Arnett, with Pastor Randall Pugh and the Rev. Randall Brickey officiating. Burial will follow in the Lemon Famliy Cemetery, Posey Saxon Rd., Arnett, with military graveside rites by the American Legion, Post No. 32, Beckley.

Friends may call two hours prior to the services Friday at the church.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

Arrangements by Armstrong Funeral Home, Whitesville.

Marita Wikel Browning

PINEVILLE — Marita Wikel Browning, 88, of Pineville, passed away Monday, November 12, 2012, at Monroe Manor Assisted Living, following a short illness.

Born September 13, 1924, in Pineville, she was the daughter of the late Chester M. and Dottie Hash Wikel.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, William Browning Jr.; daughter, Kathy Cook; three brothers, Byron Wikel, Bernard Wikel and Johnny Wikel; two sisters, Myrtlene Stouffer and Virginia Butcher; and a brother-in-law, Oscar Butcher.

She is survived by her son, Michael Browning and wife, Ann of Monroe, N.C.; granddaughter, Kim Keziah and husband, Larry of Monroe, N.C.; grandson, Travis Cook of Pineville; great-grandchildren, Kristin Keziah, Jason Keziah and wife, Brooke, Andrew Keziah, and Ethan Keziah, all of Monroe, N.C.; and great-great-grandchildren, Avery Booth, Riley Keziah, Addyson Keziah, and Layla Keziah, all of Monroe, N.C.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m., Friday, November 16, 2012, at Palm Memorial Gardens Mausoleum, with the Rev. Bobby Bannister officiating. Burial will follow in Palm Memorial Gardens, Matheny. The family will receive friends from 10:30 a.m. until the time of service Friday.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to: Hospice of Union County, 700 W. Roosevelt Blvd., Monroe, NC 28110.

An online guestbook and additional information can be found at www.evans-funeralhome.com

Evans Funeral Home of Oceana is serving the Browning family.

Dennie Karl Carver Sr.

ALKOL — Dennie Karl Carver Sr., 53, of Alkol, passed away Monday, November 12, 2012.

Services will be 1 p.m. Saturday, November 17, 2012, at the Yolyn Community Church, with Pastor Shane Browning and Rev. Alfred Setser officiating. Burial will be in Chambers Cemetery at Cham.

Friends may call after 6 p.m. on Friday at the church.

For email condolences go to : www.honakerfuneralhome.org.

Honaker Funeral Home of Logan is in charge of arrangements.

Audrey J. Meddings Clendenin

WEST LOGAN — Audrey J. Meddings Clendenin, 79, of West Logan, a native of Price Hill, passed away Monday, Nov. 12, 2012.

Services will be 1 p.m. on Saturday, November 17, 2012, at the West Logan Missionary Baptist Church, with Pastor Robert Morris officiating. Interment will follow in Highland Memory Gardens at Godby.

Friends may call on Friday, November 16, 2012, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Honaker Funeral Home in Logan, and from 12:00 p.m. until 1 p.m. on Saturday at the church.

For email condolences go to www.honakerfuneralhome.org.

Honaker Funeral Home of Logan is in charge of arrangements.

Willis Junior Cook

HANOVER — Willis Junior Cook, 72, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012.

Service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012, at Mounts Funeral Home Chapel, Gilbert. Burial will follow in Roselawn Cemetery, Princeton. Friends may call 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Online at www.mountsfuneralhome.com

Arrangements by Mounts Funeral Home, Gilbert.

Rosemarie Corey

Rosemarie Corey, 83, of Beckley, passed away Wednesday, November 14, 2012, at the Raleigh Center.

Arrangements are pending completion at Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, 1901 S. Kanawha St., Beckley.

James Albert Hill

Mr. James Albert Hill, 94, of Beckley, died Wednesday, November 14, 2012.

Arrangements entrusted to Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.

Joy Reid Hite

HARRISBURG, N.C. — Mrs. Anita Joy Reid Hite, 73, died peacefully surrounded by her family at her residence on Monday, Nov. 12 2012.

Joy was born August 25, 1939, in Raleigh County, W.Va., daughter of the late Caesar J. and Eileen Hedrick Reid. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Steve S. Hite and a sister, Carol Farmer.

Joy’s surviving family include, her daughters, Diana Kincaid of Harrisburg, N.C., Jeni Kearnes of Huntersville, N.C., Brenda Cozart of Kings Mt., N.C. and Merri Lambert of Shelby, N.C.; son, Steve Hite of Concord, N.C.; 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; sisters, Nancy Bowers of San Antonio, Texas and Sandy Christensen of Bessemer, Mich.; brothers, Lake Reid of Gastonia, N.C. and Gary Reid of Raleigh, W.Va.; nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held at 1  p.m. on Saturday at Sunset Memorial Park, Old Mausoleum in Beckley. The family will greet friends after the service.

Memorials may be made to American Cancer Society, 1901 Brunswick Ave., Suite 100, Charlotte, NC 28207.

Condolences may be left at www.wilkinsonfuneralhome.com

Wilkinson Funeral Home of Concord, N.C., is in charge of arrangements.

Bobbie Johnson

STEPHENSON — Bobbie Johnson, 81, of Stephenson, passed away Tuesday, November 13, 2012, in a Charleston hospital.

Born at Kincaid, W.Va., on July 7, 1931, to the late Archie and Pearl Adkins Johnson.

Bobbie served his country proudly in the United States Army during the Korean War. He had retired from the Norfolk and Southern Railway.

In addition to his parents, Bobbie was preceded in death by a brother, Archie B. Johnson, and three sisters, Oleda Farley, Barbara Beals and Carylon Johnson.

Those left to cherish his memory include his loving wife of 56 years, LaFonda Taylor Johnson; two sons, Robert Johnson of Timonium, Md. and Delbert (Bart) Johnson and wife, Teresa of Daniels; a grandson, Justin Johnson of Daniels; four sisters, Loretta Wagner of Scott Depot, June Eldreth of Mullens, Nancy Settle of Harper, and Judy Kincaid of St. Albans; a brother, James Johnson of Ohio; brother-in-law, Carlos Taylor and wife, Janet of Robson; sister-in-law, Joann Johnson of Stephenson;  and two special nephews, Archie Johnson of Stephenson and David Johnson and wife, Sherry of Oceana.

Services will be 1 p.m. Thursday, November 15, 2012, at Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley, with Paul Lane officiating. Following the services Bobbie will be laid to rest at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Beckley.

Family and friends will be serving as pallbearers.

Friends may gather from 12 p.m. until time of the service Thursday at the funeral home.

Online condolences and other information can be found by visiting www.blueridgefuneralhome.com

Blue Ridge Funeral Home 5251 Robert C. Byrd Drive, Beckley, is in charge of the arrangements.

Evonda Lynn Walker Kennedy

BRENTON — Evonda Lynn Walker Kennedy, 49 of Brenton, departed this life on Monday, November 12th, 2012, at Welch Community Hospital.

Born January 8, 1963, at Manchester, Ky., she was the daughter of Evelyn Walker Hughes and the late Woodrow H. Walker.

In addition to her father she was preceded in death by one daughter, Tiffany Mae Kennedy; two sisters, Cathleen Nicholes and Tammie Kenneda; and one brother, Adam Cline.

Evonda was a loving daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. She was a certified nursing assistant at the Wyoming Nursing and Rehab Center and also an enviromentalist. She enjoyed fishing, camping, and spending time with her family and friends. She will be greatly missed by all who were previleged to have known and loved her.

Those left to love and cherish the memory of Evonda and to mourn her passing include her loving husband of 32 years, Preston Malone Kennedy Sr.; her son, Preston Malone Kennedy Jr., also known as Jaybird, and his companion, Carmella Brown; her grandchildren: Anthony Jacob Carter, Haley Mae Kennedy and Elijah Jay Kennedy; her mother, Evelyn Hughes; her brother, Verlin Todd Cline; her sister, Adeline Bailey; her niece and nephews, Chris, Brian and Nikki; and a host of other dear family members and friends.

Friends may gather with the family at the Long Branch Freewill Baptist Church at Simon on Thursday, November 15th, after 6 p.m.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, November 16th, at the Long Branch Freewill Baptist Church, with Rev. Tommy White and Rev. Larry Morgan Sr. officiating. Burial will follow in the Kennedy Cemetery at Foundation Fork of Long Branch, Simon.

Evonda will be carried to her final resting place by family and friends.

She is gone from our sight but never from our hearts.

Online at www.mountsfuneralhome.com

Arrangements by Mounts Funeral Home, Gilbert.

Teena Diane Hinkle Maynard

KISTLER — Teena Diane Hinkle Maynard, 50, died Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012.

Service will be noon Thursday, Nov. 15, at the Greater Vision Ministries at Crown, with the Revs. Pam Harvey and Melissa Booth officiating. Burial will follow in Home Sweet Home, Elk Lick section of Buffalo Creek.

Arrangements by Mounts Funeral Home, Gilbert.

Estel Hiram ‘Junior’ McComas Jr.

Estel Hiram “Junior” McComas Jr., 50, of Beckley, passed away Tuesday, November 13, 2012.

Arrangements are pending with Blue Ridge Funeral Home, 5251 Robert C. Byrd Drive Beckley.

Chris Garland McCoy

BRENTON — Chris Garland McCoy, 36, of Turkey Creek Road, passed away on Monday,  November 12, 2012.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, November 15, 2012, in the Brenton Baptist Church, with Pastor Tommy Knotts officiating. Burial will follow in the McCoy Family Cemetery, Key Rock.

Friends may gather with the family from noon until service time at the church.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

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

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

David William Pannell

Mr. David William Pannell, 62, of Beckley, died Wednesday, November 14, 2012.

Arrangements entrusted to Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.

Augustine Phelps

Augustine Phelps, age 62, of Beckley, passed away Wednesday, November 14, 2012, at Bowers Hospice House.

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

Betty N. Penn Poindexter

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Betty N. Penn Poindexter, 78, formerly of Beckley, passed away on Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012.

Service will be 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012, at the Heart of God Ministries, 1703 S. Kanawha St., Beckley, with the Bishop Fred T. Simms and the  Rev. Thomas Steelman officiating. Burial will follow in the Greenwood Memorial Park, Beckley.

Friends may gather with the family from 12 noon until service time at the church.

Online condolences may be sent to durganfuneralhome1@frontier.com

Arrangements by Durgan Funeral Home, 1501 S. Kanawha St., Beckley.

Terica L. Roush

ST. ALBANS — Terica “Teri” Lynn Knapp Roush, 55, of St. Albans, a native of Beckley, passed away Friday, November 9, 2012.

Memorial service will be 2 p.m.  Saturday, November 17, 2012, at First Baptist Church, 523 Second Street, St. Albans, with Rev. Joel M. Harpold officiating.

Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations be made to Shriner’s Hospital for Children, 1900 Richmond Road, Lexington, KY 40502 in honor of Teri’s granddaughter Kaitlyn Parsons. You may also share memories or condolences with the family at www.bartlettchapmanfuneralhome.com

Arrangements by Bartlett-Chapman Funeral Home, 409 Sixth Ave., St. Albans.

Jewell ‘Judy’ Ballard Whitt

PEARISBURG, Va. — Jewell (Judy) Ballard Whitt, passed away on Tuesday, November 13, 2012, after a short stay at Bowers Hospice House in Beckley. Previous to this she was lovingly cared for by her son in his Fayetteville home. Prior to her progressive illness, Judy always cared for others, placing her church, family and friends before herself.

Judy was born Jewell Fanning on March 13, 1927, in McDowell County, W.Va., to Nancy Fife and Alfred Fanning. One of seven children, she spent her early years in Iaeger, W.Va. Judy attended Concord College where she met the “love of her life,” Thomas E. Ballard Jr., when he walked into the “Sweet Shop” where she worked as a waitress. Judy and Tom were married November 26, 1946, and made their home in Peterstown. In addition to teaching grade school at Glen Lyn, and later, Rich Creek, Va., she was mother to two children and wife of a high school coach — football, baseball and basketball. As she often told us, “Your dad promised I would always be first in his life, after ball.” Judy and Tom later taught at Narrows High School in Virginia. For years, the whole family drove to NHS together, where their son and daughter attended classes, Judy taught English and remedial reading and Tom taught government. Both alternately pursued their master’s degrees at West Virginia University, during summers between school sessions. Judy later retired from Rich Creek Grade School where, she had returned as principal.

Judy was widowed early in 1971 after 24 years of marriage. In 1978 she married widower, France Whitt, then of Pearisburg, Va. Following many years as member of the Rich Creek Baptist Church, she joined France in his devotion and service to the Redeemer Lutheran Church in Pearisburg. Judy often laughingly described herself as a “LuBap.” In addition to service to their church, Judy and France enjoyed square-dancing and working on their expansive, riverfront farm. They eventually developed the farm into “River Bend” community homes and donated property bordering the New River to the city as a park. During this time, Judy began writing poetry. Many friends were thrilled to have their church activities, weddings, travels, and such, memorialized in one of Judy’s poems. Her favorite, “How Could You, LORD,” was even set to music. She was also well known for her baking, especially her famous “country rolls” and peanut butter cookies, which she regularly shared with neighbors and “shut-in” church members.

Judy is survived by her daughter, Connie Bastarache and son-in-law Ed, son Thomas E. Ballard III, grandchildren, Braxon, Braedon and Kalli Jo and great grandchildren, Logan and Whitley.

Jewell Ballard Whitt was truly a loving and strong wife, mother and friend. Her belief in and love for Christ sustained her through the loss of two husbands, each of whom she cared for and protected in their final years. She is also predeceased by five brothers and her only sister. She will be missed by many.

Funeral services will be noon, Friday, November 16, 2012, at the Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Fred Hodges officiating. Burial will follow in the Peterstown Cemetery, Giles County, Va.

Friends may call one hour prior to the services at the funeral home.

Online guestbook can be signed or condolences may be sent to the Whitt family at www.broyles-shrewsbury.com

Arrangements by Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home, Peterstown.

Heather Carmen Williams

Heather Carmen Williams, age 35, of Beaver, passed away on Sunday November 11, 2012, at the home of her brother, Bennie Lee Webb of Beaver.

Born on November 26, 1976, in Beckley, she was the daughter of the late Bennie Ross Webb and Norma McKinney Webb.

Heather was a homemaker, and had made her home in Beaver all of her life. She enjoyed her dog Oscar and her horse Baby, and also enjoyed working with flowers.

Those survivors left to cherish her memory include her husband, David Williams; her siblings, Bennie Lee Webb of Beaver, Vicky Lynn Moore and her husband Jack of Talcott,  Donna Renee Mills and her husband Larry of Odd.

She was preceded in death by her son, Colton David Williams, by a nephew Scottie Mills, a niece Renee Mills, and a sister-in-law, Teresa Webb.

Memorial services will be conducted 1 p.m. Saturday, November 17, 2012, at the Shady Spring Pentecostal Church with Kenny Wayne Webb officiating. There will be no visitation.

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

Donations of sympathy may be made to the Shady Spring Pentecostal Church.   

Arrangements are by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, 1901 South Kanawha St., Beckley.