The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

March 28, 2013

Obituaries— Thursday, March 28, 2013

Nellie Marie Davis Coleman Boyd

OAK HILL — Nellie Marie Davis Coleman Boyd, 88, of Oak Hill, WV, died on Tuesday, March 26, 2013, at her home.

Born October 9, 1924, at Dothan, WV, she was the daughter of the late Harvey Brenton “Bowser” and Elsie McKinney Davis.

Mrs. Boyd was a member of the Dothan Community Church and attended the Fellowship Memorial Baptist Church in Oak Hill. She was a homemaker.

Her first husband, Arlie West Coleman, son, Arlie Gene Coleman, and brother, Brenton “Jr.” Davis, preceded her in death.

Survivors include husband, Freel Boyd, one son, Frank E. Coleman and wife, Ginny, of Dothan, stepson, Stanley Boyd of Fayetteville, stepdaughter, Harlene Rice of Florida, two stepdaughters-in-law, Arvilla Boyd of Florida and Charlene Boyd of Fayetteville, three grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be on Saturday, March 30, 2013, at 2 p.m. at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill with Rev. Bob Pauley officiating. Burial will be at Lawson Webb Cemetery, Dothan. Friends may call one hour prior to the service on Saturday at the funeral home.

Frank W. Coleman, Brenton Davis, Kenny Adkins, Wyatt Adkins, Bo Garrett and Kevin Garrett will serve as pallbearers.

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Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill, WV.


Mary Elizabeth Bryant

LEWISBURG — Mary Elizabeth Bryant,  98, of Lewisburg, passed away March 26, 2013.

The funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 30, at Calvary United Methodist Church with the Rev. Nancy Bulla and the Rev. Emory Hanna officiating. Visitation for friends and family will be one hour prior to the service at the church.

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Wallace and Wallace Funeral Home in Lewisburg is in charge of arrangements.


Carey Cline

GILBERT — Carey Cline, 66, of Gilbert, died Tuesday, March 26, 2013.

Friends may gather with the family from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, March 28, at the Four Winds Tabernacle at the Sprattsville section of Gilbert.

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Mounts Funeral Home of Gilbert is in charge of arrangements.


Collett Cook

December 3, 1913 — March 24, 2013

DURHAM, NC — Collett Cook, 99, of the Welch-Pineville Road passed away March 24 in Durham, North Carolina, where he had resided for the past 10 years. He was born December 3, 1913, at Baldwin Branch and was the oldest of nine children of the late Ott Sanders Cook and Louvennie Ellen “Tinnie” Mullens Cook.

Mr. Cook served in the Civilian Conservation Corps (CC Camp) during the late 1930s and enlisted in the U.S. Army on December 16, 1942. Following his Army service, he worked for several lumber companies and coal mines. Throughout his life he was also a farmer, a beekeeper, and an occasional moonshiner. He enjoyed spending summer days in the mountains digging ginseng. He also enjoyed smoking his pipe, reading his Bible and playing checkers. He will be remembered for his sense of humor and his persistence.

Mr. Cook’s siblings are all deceased: George Cook (wife Carlee, deceased), Hettie Jackson (husband Virgil, deceased), Esther Beverly (husband Bert, deceased), Cleatus Mullens (husband Leonard, deceased), Ruby Beverly (husband Onnie, deceased) and Bertie Lilly.

Two siblings died at birth.

Surviving are a brother-in-law, Carlos “Mack” Lilly of Beckley, and several nieces and nephews, including Paula Cook of Durham, Louise Beverly Blaylock of Princeton and Harry Stanley, Jr., of Pineville.

Funeral service will be held Friday, March 29, at 2 p.m. in the Calfee Funeral Service Chapel in Pineville with the Rev. Evan Arkell officiating. Friends may visit with the family from 1 p.m. until the service. Burial will follow at the Cook Family Cemetery on the Welch-Pineville Road.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers a memorial contribution be made to a humane society or a charity of the donor’s choice.

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


John Deeds

John William Deeds, 70, of Beckley died Friday, March 22, 2013.

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Arrangements by Melton Mortuary and Cremation Center, Beckley.


Joyce Ann Epling

CONCORD, N.C. — Joyce Ann Epling, 71, of Concord, passed away on Monday, March 25, 2013, at her home.

The family will receive friends at Hartsell Funeral Home in Concord on Thursday, March 28, 2013, from 6 until 8 p.m. Funeral services will follow in the Concord chapel at 8 p.m., with Rev. Morris Tyree officiating.

Burial will be held in Flat Top, West Virginia, on Friday, March 29, 2013, at 2 p.m.

Mrs. Epling was born October 13, 1941, in Mercer County, WV, to the late Mirriam Archie and Mildred Martin Archie. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by a brother Gene Archie.

Joyce’s voice was like a bird. Her noteworthy achievement that we were all proud of was her love of her music. She played bass guitar at the Senior Center with her husband. She loved reading, and watching the cooking channel. More than anything Joyce loved being with her family.

She is survived by her husband, Carl C. Epling of the home; sons, Carl Epling and wife Diana of Harrisburg, NC, and Steven Edward Epling and wife Lorie of Indian Land, SC; brothers, Anthony Archie and Colin Archie both of Ohio; grandchildren, Joshua Garrett Epling of Harrisburg, NC, and Ryan Edward Epling of Indian Land, SC.

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

Hartsell Funeral Home of Concord is serving the Epling family.

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Sylvia Fraley

Sylvia Fraley of Slab Fork, formerly of Hotchkiss, WV, passed away Tuesday, March 26, 2013. She would have been 90 years old on May 4, 2013.

Sylvia was preceded in death by her husband, James V. Fraley, Sr.; four sons, James “Buddy,” Carl, Johnny, and Mark. She was also preceded in death by three brothers and four grandchildren.

She is survived by two daughters, Linda Ward and husband, Robert, of Slab Fork, whom she made her home with and who was her caretaker for the last twelve years, and Betty Bauguess and husband, David , of Shady Spring. She is also survived by one brother, Virgil Acord of Corinne, WV, and seven grandchildren.

Services to celebrate the life of Sylvia Ellen Fraley will be 12 p.m. Friday, March 29, 2013, at Williams-Blue Ridge Funeral Home, 101 1st Street, Sophia, with Pastor Charles “Butch” Acord officiating. Burial will follow at Sunset Memorial Park, Beckley. Grandsons and Great-Grandsons will be serving as pallbearers.

Friends may gather with the family from 10 a.m. until time of the service Friday at the funeral home.

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Williams-Blue Ridge Funeral Home, 101 1st Street, Sophia, has been given the honor of serving the family.


Louise M. Altman Hicks

LOCKBRIDGE — Louise M. Altman Hicks, 73, of Hump Mountain, Lockbridge, passed away Tuesday, March 26, 2013, in the Greenbrier Valley Medical Center at Fairlea.

Born July 22, 1939, in Birch Run Township, Saginaw County, Michigan, she was the daughter of the late David B. and Ethel L. Saxon Altman.

Louise used to work as a cook at a local restaurant. She attended Thorny Point Tabernacle on Hump Mountain and loved to read, knit, garden and feed the birds.

She is preceded in death by her husband Lawrence Hicks; 1 son Mike Cole; and 2 brothers George and Jack Altman.

Survivors include 2 sons Norman, Jr., of Missouri and Scott of Michigan; 4 daughters Kathy Dafoe (Darryl) of Michigan, Lavonna Umpress (Cole) of Texas, Tereasa Harrelson of Missouri and Annette Hopkins (Frank) of Texas; 3 brothers Henry Altman (Barb), David Altman (Sandy), and Nick Altman (Debbie) all of Michigan; 1 sister Mary Wale (Larry) of Michigan; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Friends may call Thursday, March 28, from 12 noon to 1 p.m. at Smathers Funeral Chapel, Rainelle.

There will be no service as per her request.

Burial will be in the Dequasie Cemetery at Lockbridge.

Arrangements by Smathers Funeral Chapel, Inc., Rainelle.


Isom Johnson

WHARNCLIFFE — Isom Johnson, 74,  of Wharncliffe, died Monday, March 25, 2013.

Funeral will be 1 p.m. Saturday, March 30, at the Mounts Funeral Home Chapel in Gilbert, with the Rev. Ronnie Lester. Burial is in Johnson Family Cemetery, Pounding Mill Hollow, Wharncliffe. Friends may gather with the family from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, March 29, at the funeral home.

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Mounts Funeral Home of Gilbert is in charge of arrangements.


Edith Marie Jolly

Edith Marie Jolly, age 70, of Pluto Road, Shady Spring, passed away on Saturday, March 23, 2013, at the Raleigh General Hospital in Beckley, due to an automobile accident.

Born on June 17, 1942, at Affinity, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Sherman Earl Murphy and Kathleen Waters Murphy.

She was last employed as a school teacher in Englewood, Colorado, and was formerly employed by Phillip Morris Tobacco Company in Richmond, Va., as a data entry employee.

Mrs. Jolly loved her home and enjoyed her flower garden. She dearly loved her daughter Elizabeth Reese and her granddaughter Toni Rae Reese.

Mrs. Jolly had been a resident of the Pluto Road area for the past four years.

Survivors include her daughter Elizabeth Louise Reese and her husband Tony of Jumping Branch; Edith’s husband of 22 years, Thomas Jolly of Pluto Road, Shady Spring; grandchildren, Richard R. Reese, Richard L. Samples, Misty Ann Harvey, Billie Marie Crews, Toni Rae Reese, Jonathan Reese, and Lisa Wright; great-grandchildren, Sophia Rose Starcher, Richard Jake Samples, Rebecca Harvey, Matthew Cole, and Cheyenne Wright.

Funeral services will be conducted to Celebrate The Life of Edith Jolly on Friday, March 29, 2013, at 1 p.m. at the Rose and Quesenberry Peace Chapel in Beckley with Rev. Danny Goins officiating. Burial will follow at the Flower Garden Memorial Cemetery at Jumping Branch. A private visitation will be held for invited guests and family members on Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

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

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


Charles Russell Keaton

PIPESTEM — Charles Russell Keaton, 93, of Pipestem, entered into eternal life March 22, 2013, following an extended illness.

Born January 17, 1920, in Princeton, WV, to the late Lonnie B. and Josie Vest Keaton.

He was a member of “The Greatest Generation,” having served his country in the Pacific Theater in the Philippines at Luzon. This generation helped lead the United States out of the Great Depression, brought about the defeat of Germany and Japan in World War II, and became the leaders of their churches, communities, businesses and government during a time of unprecedented accomplishment in the years after the war. They did not consider themselves to be heroes, just people who quietly and deliberately went about doing what needed to be done.

Mr. Keaton exemplified these values. His love of country and dedication to freedom made him always vote in every election.

Before joining the Army he worked at Lockheed Martin Corporation in Baltimore, Maryland, where he met his future wife, Dorothy Worrell of Shawsville, Virginia. They were married on December 6, 1946, in Christiansburg, Virginia.

Mr. Keaton was an active member of Rocky Mount Community Church at Pipestem, a charter member of the Pipestem Volunteer Fire Department and also helped charter Pipestem Ruritan Club in 1966. He worked tirelessly for the funding and construction of the first Ruritan/Fire Department building. He enjoyed being there and spent countless hours working to make certain the community of Pipestem had a nice building and grounds to enjoy. He was moderator of the Old Log Church Reunion at River Ridge most of his life.

He started working at the young age of 14, helping with family-owned sawmills. His vocation in later life was that of carpenter where he was an active member of the local Mid-Atlantic Regional Council of Carpenters.

Gospel music was such an important part of his life. He enjoyed singing tenor in a number of different quartets over the years along with his brother Dana Keaton, who sang bass.

He was a devoted family man who loved the Lord, spending time with his family, working on his farm, and spending time with his dog “Blackie.”

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Glendon and Samuel Jennings Keaton, two sisters, Julia Perry and Frances Hambrick.

He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 66 years, Dorothy Worrell Keaton. Four children, Martha Baker and husband Dave of Beckley, Rita Pack and husband Steve of Hinton, Lonnie Keaton and wife Florence of Pipestem and Mary Wills of Pipestem. Eight grandchildren, Jeremy Keith Wills, Matthew Russell Keaton, Sharon Pack, Ron Pack, Valerie Pack, Rachel Sack and husband Josh, Myla Papariello and husband Anthony and Chip Williams. Five great-grandchildren, Aleah, Keatley and Naomi Sack, and Lexa and Dezi Papariello. One brother, Dana Keaton, and 43 nieces and nephews also survive.

The family wishes to thank those who took the time to visit and pray for their Dad during his time of illness, especially his Pastor, Buck Goodwin. A special thank you to Hospice of Southern West Virginia and the VA Medical Center workers for the kindness and devoted care they showed to our Dad during his illness.

A service of remembrance and celebration will be held at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, March 30, 2013, at First Baptist Church, 108 Temple St., Hinton, WV. Friends may gather with the family at 11 a.m. until time of services at the church. A military graveside service will be conducted at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, March 30, 2013, at the Vest Cemetery at Pipestem.

Pallbearers will be grandsons, nephew Donnie Hanauer and son Lonnie Keaton.

Please do not wear any perfume or cologne.

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Arrangements by Pivont Funeral Home, Hinton, WV.


Ira Lilly

ORLANDO, Fla. — Ira Lilly, 93, of Orlando, Fla., formerly of Flat Top, passed away Wednesday, March 27, 2013.

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


Robert ‘Bob’ Lively

Robert “Bob” Lee Lively, 83, of the Woodcrest Addition died.

Condolences may be sent to the family’s guestbook at

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary and Cremation Center, Beckley.


Shirley A. Mullins

PRINCETON Shirley A. Mullins, 75, formerly of Itmann, passed away Wednesday, March 27, 2013.

Arrangements are incomplete at Tankersley Funeral Home, Mullens.


Virginia D. Owens

MOUNT HOPE — Mrs. Virginia D. Owens, 78, of Mt. Hope, WV, died Monday, March 25, 2013.

Born March 17, 1935, in Abbeville, SC, she was the daughter of the late Calhoun and Robena Johnson Robinson.

She was a member of United Missionary Baptist Church of Mt. Hope, and was a Health Care worker.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Susan M. Mosley, and Barbara J. Ford, and one brother, Samuel C. Robinson.

She leaves to cherish her precious memories: her husband, Bernard Owens, Sr.; son, Bernard J. Owens, Jr., of Mt. Hope, WV; three daughters, Bernetta D. Owens and Ella Y. Owens, both of Mt. Hope, WV, Donita Owens of Lindenwold, NJ; four brothers, Claude J. (Gloria) Robinson and Tyrone S. (Dovie) Robinson, both of Las Vegas, Nevada, Donald R. (Christine) Robinson of Grand Blanc, Michigan, and Stanley Robinson of Indianapolis, Indiana; granddaughter, Jedda Owens, 2 great-grandchildren, Justin and Sydney Owens, and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, March 30, 2013, at Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor Chapel, 748 S. Fayette Street, Beckley, with Rev. Robert Morton officiating. Burial will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Prosperity.

Friends may call one hour prior to the service at the funeral parlor.

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Arrangements entrusted to Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley, WV.


Mildred Prunest

Mrs. Mildred Bolon Prunest of Raleigh Court, Daniels, died Sunday, March 24th, 2013, following a long illness. She was in her 85th year.

One of eight children, Mildred Bertha Prunest was born on Nov. 5th, 1927, at Sandlick. Her parents were the late Carl and Bertha Marie Hicks Bolon.

Mildred was married to Frank Prunest for 60 years before he preceded her in death. They were longtime residents of Sullivan, where she was a lifetime member of the Sullivan Christian Church. They leave 95 direct decedents. To this union were born nine children; Phyllis and Jimmie have preceded her in death. The surviving children are: William Prunest and his wife Connie of Beckley, Frank Prunest of Mabscott, Gary Prunest and his wife Kim of Sullivan, Randy Prunest and his wife Barbara of Union, OH, Jewell Phipps of Brookville, OH, Rosalie Hyde and her husband Cecil of Sullivan, Wilma Joyce Embry of Daniels.

There are 22 surviving grandchildren, 45 great-grandchildren, 15 great-great-grandchildren. Three granddaughters and a grandson have preceded her in death.

Mildred is survived by her brothers and sisters Paul Bolon of Piney View, Dave Bolon of Nashville, TN, Jessie Prunest of Maple Fork, and Catherine Black of Grandview; a large extended family also survives.

A special thanks to Rosie Baldwin for being there. “Mom loved you as a sister.”

On Friday, March 29th, at 1 p.m. we will remember the life of Mildred Prunest with a “Service of Remembrance” at the Melton Mortuary Chapel. Pastor Clevie Allen will be officiating. Mildred will be laid to rest in the Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens at Prosperity. Family members will serve as pallbearers.

During these difficult economic times, donations to help offset the funeral expenses would be greatly appreciated. They may be sent to Melton Mortuary.

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


Roger Reese Reed

CORBIN, Ky. — Roger Reese Reed, 65, of Corbin, KY, formerly of Oak Hill, WV, passed away at his home Sunday, March 24, 2013. He was born May 19, 1947, at Hinton, WV, the son of James F. Reed and Juanita Reed Rookstool of Alderson, WV.

Roger was a loving and caring man who enjoyed being around people and never knew a stranger. He was an avid fisherman who loved nature and being in the outdoors. Roger was a construction worker and bridge builder for 46 years and was a loyal member of the United Steel Workers Union. He was a Christian and enjoyed attending Hawk Creek Church in London, KY.

He was a wonderful husband, daddy, and papaw and will be deeply missed.

He is survived by his wife, Shirley Rookstool Reed, of 48 years. His daughter, Melissa Reed Taylor and son-in-law Wayne Taylor of Corbin, KY. Grandson Roger W Taylor and wife Jennifer Daniel Taylor of Corbin, KY. Granddaughter Christina Taylor Waninger and husband Sam Waninger of Richmond, KY. His mother Juanita Reed Rookstool of Alderson, WV. His sister Anita Sharon Reed of Alderson, WV. Sister Sandy Burnette of WV, Brother-in-law Bill Rookstool and wife Wanette Rookstool of Fayetteville, WV. Sister-in-law Gloria Lindig and Loren Lindig of Coshocton, OH. Nephew William Rookstool II and wife Crystal Rookstool of Jackson, TN. Good friend Maxine Bush formerly of Oak Hill, WV, and too many friends and relations to list here.

He is preceded in death by his father, James F. Reed, and mother-in-law Lucille Rookstool.

His remains rest at High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, 1435 E. Main Street, Oak Hill, where the family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and where the funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Friday with Pastor Bill McClung officiating.

Burial will follow in Alderson Cemetery.

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Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.


Dema I. Day Sewell

BURLINGTON, N.C. — Dema Ivannell Day Sewell, 78, of Burlington, N.C., passed away Tuesday, March 26, 2013.

For those wishing to express their condolences to the Sewell family, you may do so by visiting our website at

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


Walter ‘Keith’ Smith

Mr. Walter “Keith” Smith, 51, of Beckley passed away Wednesday.

Arrangements entrusted to Durgan Funeral Home Inc.


Skyler Dawn Taylor

FAYETTEVILLE — On Wednesday, March 27, 2013, our little angel Skyler Dawn Taylor went to Heaven. She was the daughter of Jonathan W. and April Dawn Milam Taylor of Dempsey Road, Fayetteville, WV.

In addition to her parents, Skyler is survived by her maternal grandparents, Randall K. and Sharon Elaine Milam of Beckley; paternal grandparents, Gary L. and Deanna Taylor of Taylor Branch, Fayetteville; and great-grandparents, Shirley M. Taylor of Oak Hill, James A. Smith of Kincaid, Herbert and Lorena Milam of Lester and Lenda and Virginia Polk of Midway.

Graveside rites and committal services will be on Friday, March 29, 2013, at 2 p.m. at Gethsemane Memorial Gardens in Oak Hill with Pastor Ronald Persinger officiating. Burial will follow.

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Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill, WV.


Zelda M. Turner

HARVARD, Ill. — Zelda M. Turner, 95, of Harvard, Illinois, formerly of Crag, passed away Wednesday, March 20, 2013, at her home.

Born February 6, 1918, at Crag, West Virginia, she was the daughter of the late Homer and Nora Osborne Gillespie. On June 29, 1938, she married Orville Fleshman, who preceded her in death in 1945. On July 12, 1952, she married Sherman Turner who preceded her in death on January 20, 1978.

In addition to her parents and husbands, she is preceded in death by a son Toney Fleshman; a daughter Mellie Tate; and infant daughter Jean Ann Turner; 4 brothers Hobert, Clifford, Robert and Don Gillespie; 3 sisters Pansy Tincher, Fern Osborne and Letha Gillespie.

Zelda had been a Harvard resident since 1978 where she was a member of the First Baptist Church of Harvard. She worked at Crane Packing Co. of Morton Grove, Illinois, for 16 1/2 years. After retiring, she was a seamstress for Comet Cleaners in Harvard and a lunch lady at Central School in Harvard. She enjoyed being with her family, gardening and sewing. Later, she was involved with the Senior Citizens group and Red Hats of Harvard.

Survivors include her children: Terry Fleshman of McHenry, IL, Barbara Camren (Kip Thomas) of Sharon, WI, and Sharon Turner of Harvard, IL; grandchildren Mike Tate of Elgin, IL, Robert Jr. (Jeanny), Bradley (Lisa), Rebecca and Beth Camren all of Sharon, IL; great-grandchildren Quintin and Cheyenne Camren, Makenzie and Faith Camren, Alex Saynor and Jacob Camren; sisters Violet Aldridge of Lewisburg, Elsie Pillow of Roanoke, VA, Lillian Kincaid of Perrysburg, OH, Lenore Highlander of Alderson; and many nieces and nephews.

Services will be 1 p.m. Friday, March 29, at Smathers Funeral Chapel, Rainelle, WV.

Friends may call one hour before the service from noon to 1 p.m. at the funeral home.

Arrangements by Smathers Funeral Chapel, Rainelle, West Virginia.