The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

March 23, 2013

Obituaries — Saturday, March 23, 2013




James Walter ‘Jimmy’ Alexander II

OAK HILL — James Walter “Jimmy” Alexander II, 66, of Oak Hill, died on Friday, March 22, 2013.

Online condolences may be sent at www.tyreefuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.



Bobby Dale Anderson Sr.

HINTON — Bobby Dale Anderson Sr., 60, of 495 Stokes Drive, Hinton, died Wednesday, March 20, 2013, at his home after a sudden illness.

Born May 9, 1952, at Mullens, W.Va., he was the son of the late George and Goldie Smith Anderson.

Bobby was a former coal miner and was of the Protestant faith. He had been a resident of Summers County for several years.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Tony and Marvin Anderson.

Survivors include a son, Bobby Dale Anderson Jr. and wife Cheryl Ann of Oak Hill; two brothers, Danny Anderson and wife Brenda of Raleigh, N.C., and Roger Anderson of Huttonsville, W.Va.; three grandchildren, Whitney, Brandon and Bradley Howington.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 24, 2013, at Pivont Funeral Home Chapel in Hinton, with Pastor Denny Hughes officiating. Burial will follow in Lilly-Crews Cemetery at Nimitz.

Friends may call from 1 p.m. until time of services on Sunday at the funeral home.

Online condolences and guest register at www.pivontfuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by Pivont Funeral Home, Hinton.



Auda Mae Cook

OCEANA — Auda Mae Cook, 95, passed away Friday, March 22, 2013.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Monday, March 25, at Evans Funeral Home Chapel in Oceana, with the Rev. James Hamrick officiating. The family will receive friends 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, March 24, at the funeral home.

Evans Funeral Home of Oceana is serving the Cook family.



Ruth Ann Miles Dillon

Ruth Ann Miles Dillon of Shady Spring passed away on Thursday, March 21, 2013, after a long illness.

Ruth was born on May 3, 1937, in Grandview, W.Va., and spent 23 years as an Army wife traveling throughout the United States, and living for six years in Germany before returning to WV. Ruth lived in Shady Spring for the last 34 years.

Ruth was a loving and dedicated wife and mother, and she spent her life as a positive force in the lives of those she loved.

She was preceded in death by her son, Charles Michael Dillon, in January 2013, her grandson, Eric Michael Dillon, in 2009, and her parents, Russell Jackson and Ida Belle Miles.

Ruth is survived by her devoted husband of 57 years, Charles F. Dillon of Shady Spring, her daughter and son-in-law, Karen A. and Keith Cook of Roanoke, Va., granddaughter, Katherine Cook Cheslow of Roanoke, grandsons, Adam S. Dillon of Shady Spring, and Ryan Dillon of Coal City, W.Va., a great-granddaughter, Tessa S. Dillon, and great-grandson Eli M. Dillon, both of Shady Spring. Also surviving are sisters, Elaine Wills of Grandview, W.Va., Mary Hench of Chesapeake, Va., and her brother, Jack Miles of Daniels, W.Va. Additional survivors include nieces, nephews, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.

Ruth loved going to the beach and listening to the ocean. Ruth enjoyed reading, working puzzles and “NCIS.” Most of all, Ruth enjoyed her family. Ruth was a strong, kind-hearted woman who always looked for the best in people. She tried to always find the positive and praise it. Ruth’s memory will be treasured and will live on with those who loved her. “I love you Mom — that’s a given.” “They are not dead who live in the hearts they leave behind.”

Submitted by Oakey’s South Chapel, Roanoke, Va.



Maranda Kay ‘Mendy’ Dillow

BOZOO — Maranda Kay “Mendy” Dillow, 61, of Bozoo, Wednesday, March 20, 2013.

Services will be 2 p.m. Sunday, March 24, at the Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home Chapel, with Minister Donald Henegar officiating. Burial will follow in the Sunset View Cemetery, Bozoo. Friends may call from noon until time of the services Sunday at the funeral home.

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

Arrangements by Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home, Peterstown.



Valerie Hale

ITMANN — Valerie Hale, age 53, of Itmann, went home to be with her Lord on Thursday, March 21, 2013, at her residence surrounded by her loving family following an extended illness.

Valerie was born on June 12, 1959, in Mullens, W.Va., to the late Coy and Bessie Cecil McKinney.

Valerie was a dedicated minister of the apostolic faith, a loving wife and a devoted mother. She was always placing the needs of others before her own. Her smile and gentle ways will be missed by all who knew her.

Those left to cherish her memory are her husband, Jim Hale of Itmann; two daughters, Amy Semonco and her husband David of Beckley and Athena Cyrus and her husband Chris of Beckley; two brothers, Coy McKinney Jr. and his wife Janice of Sophia and Herbert McKinney and his wife Charlotte of Beckley; sisters, Edith Pennington of Gaffney, S.C., Sadie Akers and her husband Clarence of Besoco and Debra Meador and her husband David of MacArthur. She will also be missed by numerous other family, friends and neighbors.

A celebration of her home-going will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 24, 2013, at the Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Chapel in Beckley with Rev. Tom Tramel and Rev. Buddy Deem officiating. Entombment will follow in the Sunset Memorial Park Mausoleum in Beckley.

The visitation will be held the same afternoon from 12 until 2 p.m. at the funeral chapel.

The gentlemen serving as pallbearers will be David Semonco, Chris Cyrus, Carl Wall, Chris Meador, Johnny McKinney, and Gary McKinney.

Private online condolences, floral gifts, and other expressions of sympathy are available at www.roseandquesenberry.net.

Arrangements with Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, 1901 S. Kanawha Street in Beckley.



Lucy Glenna Tilley Halsey

MATHENY — Lucy Glenna Tilley Halsey, 90, passed away Thursday, March 21, 2013.

A celebration of Lucy’s life will be at noon Monday, March 25, in the Chapel of Calfee Funeral Service with the Rev. Gary Ford and Mr. James “Bimbo” McCracken officiating. Burial will follow in Palm Memorial Gardens, Matheny. Friends may gather with the family from 11 a.m. to noon Monday at the funeral home.

An online guest book and service information may be found by visiting calfeefuneralservice.com.

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



Criss Heston

LOGAN — Criss Heston, 61, of Logan, passed away Wednesday, March 20, 2013.

A celebration of life for Criss will be at 2 p.m. April 6, at the First Presbyterian Church of Logan, with Pastor Doug Craven officiating.

The family asks that if you wish to make a contribution in lieu of flowers to please remember the American Cancer Society of America, or Child Fund International.

To send the family a condolence please go to www.honakerfuneralhome.org.

Honaker Funeral Home in Logan is in charge of his services.



Earl Stanton Hickman

RICHWOOD — Earl Stanton Hickman, 83, of Richwood, passed away Thursday, March 21, 2013.

Service will be 3 p.m. Sunday, March 24, at the Church of God Universal, Craigsville. Burial will follow in Craigsville Cemetery, Craigsville. Friends may call 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday, March 24, at the church.

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



Trussie ‘Junior’ Holyman

LEWISBURG — Trussie “Junior” Holyman, 72, passed away Thursday, March 21, 2013.

Service will be 2 p.m. Sunday, March 24, at the Longanacre Funeral Home Chapel, Fairlea, with the Rev. Mike Honaker officiating. Burial will follow in the Mt. Vernon Cemetery, Ft. Spring. Friends and family may call from 1 p.m. until time of the service Sunday at the funeral home.

Arrangements by Longanacre Funeral Home, Fairlea.

Robert E. ‘Bob’ Jarrell

Robert E. “Bob” Jarrell, of Sundial, passed away on Wednesday, March 20, 2013, after a long illness.

He was born on Feb. 13, 1930, in Edwight, W.Va., a son of the late Ernest and Sylvia Jarrell.

Besides his parents he was preceded in death by a daughter Kathy Jarrell Ferrell.

He was a Korean War Veteran. He served in Japan in 1949. Bob graduated from Marsh Fork High School and Cincinnati College of Embalming. He retired from Dupont in Belle, W.Va., as a chemist and inspector. He was a former owner of Valley Funeral Home in Whitesville. He was a member of Boone Lodge #162, the Scottish Rite and the Shriners. Bob enjoyed being outdoors and loved to fish. He also enjoyed gardening, working in flower gardens and feeding hummingbirds. He also enjoyed working for the Marsh Fork High School reunion committee and the Sherman High Class meetings. Bob loved spending time with family and friends.

He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Alma Harless Jarrell of Sundial; his son John Jarrell and wife, Cindy, of Williamsburg, Va.; a granddaughter Sylvia Asbury and husband, Corey, of Hernshaw, W.Va., a grandson Blake Jarrell of Williamsburg, Va., and a great-granddaughter Mia Asbury of Hernshaw.

He is also survived by many brothers and sisters: Katherine Roberts of Pinehurst, NC, Charles “Charlie” Jarrell and wife, Shirley, of Charleston, WV, Shirley Godin of Sandersville, GA, Patricia Helvey and husband, Bob, of Stevensville, MD, Amarylis “Amy” Workman and husband William of Cumberland, MD, Glen Jarrell and wife Judy of Charleston, WV, and June Simmons of Stickney, WV, and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Funeral services will be 3 p.m. Sunday afternoon, March 24, 2013, in the Armstrong Funeral Home, Whitesville, with Speaker Dennis Dye and Pastor Ryan Hysell. Interment will follow in the Pineview Cemetery, Orgas, with military graveside rites by VFW Post #5578 Madison, WV, and Masonic Graveside rites by Boone Lodge #162 Whitesville, WV.

Visitation will begin at 12 noon on Sunday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Whitesville First Baptist Church and/or Hospice.

Armstrong Funeral Home, Whitesville, is serving the family.



Joe Dale Loudermilk

FAIRLEA — Joe Dale Loudermilk, of Fairlea, left this world for his heavenly home on Thursday, March 21, 2013. He departed this life peacefully surrounded by his loving children and grandchildren, his devoted partner Darlene, and her loving children and grandchildren. The house was full of family and friends, just the way he liked it.

Joe was preceded in death by his parents, Lake and Faye Fullen Loudermilk.

He is survived by his daughter, Meta Faber (Lance); son, J.D. Loudermilk Jr. (Christy); his granddaughters, Laken, Darcy, Hannah and Ali; his sisters, Shirley Lotts (Ray), and Nancy Ott (Bill), and nieces and nephews.

He was the owner/operator of Loudermilk Trailer Sales and Loudermilk Trailer Park.

Visitation will be at Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home in Ronceverte, on Saturday, March 23, from 6 to 9 p.m.

A celebration service of his life will be 3 p.m. Sunday, March 24, 2013, at the Fairlea A.R. Presbyterian Church. The family will be receiving friends starting at 2 p.m. The service will be conducted by the Revs. Ike Hughes and Bill Harris. Burial will follow at the Riverview Cemetery in Ronceverte.

Pallbearers for Joe will be: Doug Fullen, Danny Ott, John Critzer, Bill Ott, Frank Kast and Kip McMillion.

Please send online condolences by visiting www.wallaceandwallacefh.com.

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Ronceverte.



Ronnie Joe Lusk

OCEANA — Ronnie Joe Lusk, age 54, of Oceana, passed away Thursday, March 21, 2013, following a sudden illness.

Born May 16, 1958, in Logan, W.Va., a son to the late Joseph C. Lusk and Vernola Lucille Lucas Lusk.

Ronnie went to Oceana High School and then served our country in the United States Army where he was honorably discharged. He has over 30 years of experience in hauling coal for numerous coal companies in southern West Virginia and was currently employed with Mason Trucking. He was also an avid NASCAR fan.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a brother, Joseph C. Lusk Jr.; paternal grandparents, Hayes and Orpha Lusk; and his maternal grandparents, Vernon and Velma Lucas.

Those surviving include his daughter, Veronica Rine and husband Nick of Beckley; son, Joey Lusk of Oceana; brother, Donnie Lusk and companion Linda Derringer of Fairdale; sister, Franchiski “Ann” Dixon and husband Richard of Oceana; aunts, Tressie Isaacs and Sybil Bogdanski of West Hamlin and Dovie and Brookie Lusk of Huff Creek; nephews, Jason Lusk and companion Angela of Mabscott, Calen and Zeb Dixon of Oceana; nieces, Roncheski Bailey and husband Jason of Crany, Amanda Lusk and companion David Thompson of MacArthur, and Karmen Dixon of Oceana; great-nieces, Ella and Olivia Bailey of Crany, and Bre’Aunna Thompson and Kayleigh Lusk of MacArthur; and a stepgranddaughter, Cameron Brooke Rine of Oceana.

Services to celebrate the life of Ronnie Joe will be conducted 1 p.m. Monday, March 25, 2013, at the Turkey Ridge Baptist Church in Turkey Dip with Pastor Johnny Jones officiating. Interment will follow at Palm Memorial Gardens in Matheny where the Wyoming County Veterans Honor Guard will conduct military graveside rites.

The gentlemen serving as pallbearers will be Jason Lusk, Calen Dixon, Zeb Dixon, Jason Bailey, Warren Adkins, and Danny Spears.

A visitation will be held on Sunday evening from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Turkey Ridge Baptist Church.

Private online condolences, floral gifts, and other expressions of sympathy are available to the family via www.roseandquesenberry.net.

Arrangement with Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, 1901 South Kanawha Street in Beckley.



Peggy A. Moubray McClanahan

ARBOVALE — Peggy A. Moubray McClanahan, 82, of Arbovale, passed away Thursday, March 21, 2013.

Service will be 2 p.m. Saturday, March 23, at the Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Arbovale, and 1 p.m. Monday, March 25, at the Haven of Rest Memorial Gardens Mausoleum at Red House, with the Rev. William Vandevender officiating both services. Entombment will follow the service Monday at the mausoleum. Friends may call one hour prior to both services.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Hubbard Hospice House West, Kerr Chapel Church or the Senior Center at Green Bank.

Please send online condolences by visiting www.wallaceandwallacefh.com.

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Arbovale.



Melanie Frances Moore

Melanie Frances Moore, age 46, went to join her Mother, Martha Moore, in heaven on Saturday, March 16th, 2013. Melanie was a patient at Banner Thunderbird Hospital in Phoenix, Ariz., when our Lord called her home.

Born Oct. 5, 1966, in Beckley, Melanie was raised in a Christian home by her parents and was a lifelong member of Spoken Word Tabernacle where Rev. Roy Shrewsbury is her pastor. Melanie gave her heart to the Lord at an early age; she renewed that acquaintance with her Lord and Savior prior to her death.

Melanie’s hobbies included a love of reading and the culinary arts. Melanie had a special gift of giving that isn’t found much today, the gift of caring for others. She always carried a cheerful heart and spent her work career as either a caregiver or cook in various nursing homes and agencies. Melanie never seemed to take a person’s medical or physical condition into view when she came into their presence; instead of what was wrong or missing she just seemed to see through to who they really were on the inside. She could make them smile and seemed to brighten their day with a simple “good morning, how are you today?” She could spend hours and even days with someone and enjoy their presence when others couldn’t cope with their conditions for mere minutes.

Melanie spent her last week surrounded by the love of her “special friend” Steven Creamer of Arizona and her sister, Cindy. They will always cherish these days of love, hope and memories.

Melanie was preceded in death by her mother, Martha A. Moore, brothers, Paul Michael and James Terry Moore, and a sister, Linda L. Hill; grandparents, George and Cora Moore and Jim and Addie Greer.

Those left to cherish her memory are her father, John P. Moore, and sister, Cindy Bair and husband, Steve Bair, of White Oak, W.Va., and significant other, Steven Creamer of Phoenix, Ariz.

Melanie had a special title with Cindy’s children and that was “Aunt Mommy” as she liked to be referred to. She will ever be remembered as always being there with her love and support throughout their childhood. They are: Dr. Amy Bair of Huntington, W.Va., Bryan Bair and Stephen Bair and wife, Chantell, and baby Brooklyn of Beckley, W.Va.

Melanie loved all her deceased siblings’ children with a great love. They are Sherri Gwinn and Selena Williams; James Terry Jr. and Adam R. Moore; Cora Jane, Jonathan, Michael Landon and Tasha Moore. She also has many great-nieces and nephews, and cousins.

Miss Moore left behind a great host of friends and relatives; among them are special lifelong friends, Tinya Thomas, Diana Paschal, Sarah Sawyer, Angela Lilly and cousin Pat Gravley. Special thanks from the family go to Rev. Michael Patterson of Arizona for his spiritual support and comfort to her and her family during the time surrounding her death, also, to her friends, Rebekah Sawyer and sisters Kay and Sue.

Service will be held on Sunday afternoon, March 24, 2013, at 3 p.m. at Melton Mortuary, Harper Road, Beckley. Friends and relatives may call from 12 noon until 3 p.m. Rev. Ivan England and Rev. Ron Lilly of Spoken Word Tabernacle will be officiating. Burial will immediately follow at Oak Grove Cemetery.

Friends and family members will serve as pallbearers.

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary, Beckley.



Thelma M. Buckland Riser

OAK HILL — Thelma M. Buckland Riser, 71, of Oak Hill, passed away Thursday, March 21, 2013.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Monday, March 25, at the Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill, with the Rev. Gary Lilly officiating. Burial will follow in High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, March 24, at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be sent to www.tyreefuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.



Mildred B. Russell

HINTON — Mildred B. Russell, 69, of Hinton, passed away Thursday, March 21, 2013, at Summers County Appalachian Regional Hospital, following a long illness.

Born September 20, 1943, at McDowell County, W.Va., she was a daughter of the late Shafter and Almentia Bowman Day.

Mildred was a graduate of Gary High School and was a homemaker. She enjoyed gardening and loved animals. She was the last surviving member of her immediate family.

Mildred was preceded in death by her husband, Lowell Thomas Russell; two brothers, Alfred and James Day; one sister, Pauline Alice McKenzie; and a stepdaughter, Deborah Ann Russell.

Those left to cherish her memory include one daughter, Lisa Ratliff-Blair and husband Shawn of South Carolina; one son, Sammy Day; four stepsons, Dallas, James and Douglas Russell and Thomas Vaughn; one stepdaughter, Barbara, and one grandson, Kevin Lee Paul II of South Carolina.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, March 25, 2013, at the Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors Chapel with Pastor Robbie Merritt officiating. Burial will follow in the Richmond Cemetery on Freezeland Mountain.

Friends may call from noon until time of services Monday at the funeral parlors.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

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

Arrangements are by the Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors of Hinton.



Franklin John Thewes

OAK HILL — Franklin John Thewes, 79, of Oak Hill, died Friday, March 22, 2013.

Online condolences may be sent at www.tyreefuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.



Raymond Lloyd ‘Joe’ Tinnel

BIRCH RIVER — Raymond Lloyd “Joe” Tinnel, 66, of Birch River, died Wednesday, March 20, 2013.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Monday, March 25, in the Waters Funeral Chapel at Summersville, with Pastor Art Poff, Gary Moore and Danny Hagan officiating. Burial will follow in the Beulah Baptist Cemetery at Muddlety. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral chapel.

E-Condolences: watersfuneralchapel@frontier.com



Ruth Marie Wilcox

CHARLESTON — Ruth Marie Wilcox, 95, of Edgewood Summit, Charleston, formerly of Beckley, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, March 20, 2013.

Ruth was born September 11, 1917, in Blowing Rock, NC, to Jesse L. and Maude Nichols Hamlet.

She was a member of Crab Orchard Baptist Church for over 70 years. She was a member of American Baptist Women and Daughters of the American Revolution. She served on the Board of Trustees of Alderson-Broaddus College from 1983-2001, and on the College’s Board of Governors from 2002-present. She and her husband were instrumental in the creation of The Wilcox Chapel on the campus of the college.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Basil K. Wilcox; her daughter, Dr. Frances Wilcox; her infant brother, Leonard; and her sister Edythe Dunlap McGrath.

Those left to cherish her memories include her sons, Dwight (Ellen) Wilcox of Highland, Md., and Ken (Donetta) Wilcox of Charleston, W.Va.; grandchildren, Dwight Wilcox II, Reverend Diana Wilcox, Emily Hoyer, Molly Lyons, Kelly Cook, Sarah Jenkins, Madison Wilcox and Winter Wilcox; great-grandchildren, Dwight Wilcox III, Peter Wilcox, Daniel Wilcox, Sadie Lyons, Jill Lyons, Fiona Lyons, Cameron Cook, Taylor Cook, McKinley Jenkins and Gait Jenkins.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, March 25, 2013, at Crab Orchard Baptist Church with Pastor Mike Sisson officiating. Entombment will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens.

Pallbearers will be Dwight Wilcox III, Peter Wilcox, Daniel Wilcox, Pete Graham, Dick Cook, and Jim Bond.

Friends may gather with the family Sunday from 5 to 7 p.m. at Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley.

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

Arrangements by Blue Ridge Funeral Home, 5251 Robert C. Byrd Drive, Beckley.