The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

April 30, 2013

Obituaries — Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Christopher Columbus Copley

Christopher Columbus Copley, 91, of Daniels, went home to be with his Lord, on Sunday, April 28, 2013 in the Bowers Hospice House, Beckley.

Born October 7, 1921 in Hardy, Ky., he was the son of the late Allen and Mary Lawson Copley.

Mr. Copley was a veteran of the United States Marine Corps, serving proudly during the war to end all wars, World War II; from 1940 until 1946 he served in the South Pacific Islands on Okinawha and Guam. After returning home he sought out to help other veterans by volunteering at the Beckley VA Medical Center for over 28 years. In 2001 he was given the award as Volunteer of the year, and was inducted in to the Volunteer Hall of Fame, with over 15,000 hours as a volunteer. He was a member of the Gospel Chapel for over 43 years where he served as a Sunday School Teacher, Church Treasurer, and a Board Member.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his loving wife, Florence Copley; his brothers, James, Ted, and Junior Copley; his sister, Eva Copley Hatcher.

Those left to cherish his memory include his four daughters, Janice Richmond and her husband, Douglas of Beaver, Gwyn Rismiller and her husband, Tom of Versaillies, Ohio, Mary Cooper and her husband, Roger of Beaver, and Lois Sexton and her husband, Roger of Daniels; a son, Franklin Steve Copley of White Oak; twelve grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, and beloved friends.

Services celebrating the life of Mr. Copley will be held 11 a.m. Thursday, May 2, 2013, at Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley, with Rev. Luke Richmond officiating. Following the service he will be laid to rest in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens. Military graveside rights will be performed by the American Legion Post No. 32 Honor Guard of Beckley.

His grandchildren will serve as pallbearers.

Friends may gather with the family Wednesday, May 1, 2013, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

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

Online condolences can be sent to the family by visiting

The honor of serving the Copley family has been given to the Blue Ridge Funeral Home, 5251 Robert C. Byrd Drive, Beckley.

Thelma Marie Crist

HURRICANE — Thelma Marie Crist, 92, formerly of Alloy, passed away Sunday, April 28, 2013.

Service will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 1, 2013, at Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home Chapel, Ansted, with Pastor Danny Legg officiating. Burial will follow in Restlawn Memory Gardens, Victor.

Friends may call 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 30, 2013, at Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home Chapel, Ansted.

Online condolences may be sent to

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Ansted.

Virginia Elizabeth Lilly

HINTON — Virginia Elizabeth Lilly, 74, of 495 Stokes Drive, Hinton, died at 6:50 a.m. Saturday,  April 27, 2013, at Summers Nursing & Rehabilitation Center at Hilldale, following a short illness.

Born November 23, 1938, in Hinton, she was the daughter of the late Willard Hayes and Hazel Meadows Lilly.

Virginia was a graduate of Hinton High School and was a former sales clerk for G.C. Murphy Company in Hinton. She was a member of Hinton First Baptist Church and attended Central Baptist Church in Hinton. She was a lifelong resident of Hinton.

Survivors include a daughter, April Dawn Lilly of Fredericksburg, Va., and a brother Willard Lilly of Pipestem.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 1, 2013, at Pivont Funeral Home Chapel in Hinton, with Pastor Robbie Merritt officiating. Burial will follow in Restwood Memorial Gardens in Hinton.

Friends may call from 11 a.m. until time of services on Wednesday at the funeral home.

Friends will serve as pallbearers.

Memorial contributions may be made to Gideons International or the Central Baptist Church Missionary Fund.

Online condolences & guest register at www.pivontfuneralhome. com

Arrangements by Pivont Funeral Home, Hinton.

Diana Tarantini Mullens

LEWISBURG — Diana Tarantini Mullens, of Lewisburg, died April 26, 2013.

A Funeral Mass will be 4 p.m. Wednesday, May 1, 2013, at St. Charles Catholic Church, White Sulphur Springs.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Diana’s memory to the Cancer Treatment Center of America, Philadelphia, Pa. or to Dr. Todd W. Bauer of UVA Medical Center for Pancreatic Cancer Research.

Please send online condolences by visiting

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Lewisburg.

E. O. ‘Shorty’ Nutter

MAYSEL — E. O. “Shorty” Nutter, 88, of Maysel, Clay County, W.Va., died Sunday, April 28, 2013.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. on Wednesday, May 1, 2013, in the Pierson Chapel United Methodist Church, at Zela, with Pastor K. P. Pierson officiating. Interment will follow in the Summers Cemetery at Zela.

Friends may call at the Clay First Baptist at Clay on Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m.

Condolences may be sent to the family at

White Funeral Home at Summersville is in charge of the arrangements.   

Daniel Keith Persinger

SUN — Daniel Keith Persinger, 77, of Sun, died on Wednesday, April 24, 2013.

He was cremated. There will be no visitation or service. His cremains will be interred at High Lawn Memorial Park in Oak Hill.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Charles Wayne  Redden

MEADOW BRIDGE — Charles Wayne Redden, 54, of Beelick Knob, passed away Sunday, April 28, 2013.

Service will be 1 p.m. Friday, May 3, 2013, at Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home in Rainelle, with Pastor Steve Martin officiating. Friends may visit with the family one hour prior to the service (noon to 1 p.m.) at the funeral home.

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Rainelle.

Hershel Lee Thompson

ALDERSON — Hershel Lee Thompson, 72, passed away Saturday, April 27, 2013.

Service will be 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 1, 2013, at the Fort Spring Missionary Baptist Church, with the Rev. Jonathan Hunt officiating. Burial will follow in the Mount Vernon Cemetery, Fort Spring.

Friends may call 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 30, at the Longanacre Funeral Home, Fairlea, and at the church on Wednesday, May 1, one hour before the service.

Arrangements by Longanacre Funeral Home, Fairlea.

Ruth Wilkerson

OAK HILL — Mrs. Ruth Wilkerson, 89, of Oak Hill, died Saturday, April 27, 2013.

Funeral service will be 11 a.m., Thursday, May 2, 2013 at First Baptist Church, Harlem Heights, with Rev. Paul Baker and Rev. Shannon Robinson officiating.

Entombment will follow in High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill.

Friends may call one hour prior to the service at the church.

Condolences may be emailed to

Arrangements entrusted to Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.