The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

May 12, 2013

Obituaries — Sunday, May 12, 2013

Roger ‘Dale’ Auxier

Roger “Dale” Auxier, 57, of Stanaford, passed away on Thursday, May 9, 2013, following a long illness. Born June 7, 1955, he was the son of Howard Auxier and the late Anna Lou Tucker Auxier.

Those left to cherish his memory include his companion of 25 years, Mary Ann Morrison; daughters, Ashlee Belcher and husband Joe of Beckley, Amanda DelMoro and husband Pete of Beckley and Jennie Dewey of Beckley who was like a daughter; grandchildren, Halee, Alexis, and Joesiah; and a host of other family members.

Dale was a former employee of Mining Controls Inc. for 16 years and attended the Family Worship Center of Beckley.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 14, 2013, at Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley, with Pastor Stacey Dingess officiating. Dale will be laid to rest at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens.

Family and Friends will be serving as pallbearers.

Friends may gather with the family Tuesday from 1 to 2 p.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers the family request that monetary donations be made to: Roger Dale Auxier Memorial Fund, C/O MCNB Banks, 85 Jerome Vanmeter Drive, Beckley, WV 25801.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Blue Ridge Funeral Home, 5251 Robert C. Byrd Drive, Beckley, WV, is honored to be serving the family.

James Glen Booth

PETERSTOWN — James Glen Booth, 93, of Peterstown, passed away Friday, May 10, 2013.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Monday, May 13, at the Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Steve Howdock officiating. Burial will follow in the Orchard Cemetery, Ballard. Friends may call one hour prior to the services Monday at the funeral home.

Online guestbook can be signed or condolences may be sent to the Booth family at

Arrangements by Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home, Peterstown.

Rev. Robert I. Brown

Rev. Robert I. Brown was born on November 7, 1941, in Ashland, Kentucky, the second of four sons born to Mr. Theodore and Mrs. Willie Bell Brown. He was called to his heavenly reward on Tuesday, May 7, 2013, following a long illness. He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers Ted, Dan and Don Brown, and his beloved aunt Dr. Thelma Johnson.

He accepted Christ as his personal savior at the age of six and was baptized at the New Hope Baptist Church, Ashland, Kentucky, where he was a faithful member and valued member of the music department. He answered the call to ministry and was licensed to preach on June 25th, 1967, under the pastorate of Rev. Lowell M. McCowen at the New Hope Baptist Church, Ashland, KY.

He attended the public schools of Ashland, KY, and graduated from the “Booker T.” Washington High School as Salutatorian. He graduated from Morehead State University, Morehead, Kentucky, with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Vocal Music Education. He obtained a Master of Divinity degree from Virginia Union University, Richmond, Virginia, and pursued further Graduate studies in Christian Education at the Presbyterian School of Christian Education, Richmond, Virginia.

He was employed by the Ashland Oil Company, Ashland, Kentucky; McDowell County Board of Education, instructor of band and vocal music, Elkhorn and Excelsior High Schools; Counselor at Beaumont School for Boys, Beaumont, Virginia; Pastor of the Beautiful Plain Baptist Church, Charlotte Court House, Virginia; instructor of the Seminary extension courses for the West Virginia State Baptist Convention; and Pastor of Central Baptist church for 34 1/2 years.

He married to Sheilah Higginbotham, September 2, 1967. From this union two sons were born: Robert Ivelt Brown, Jr., (Yolanda) of Oak Hill, WV, and Brian Christopher Brown of Beckley, WV. He was a loving grandfather of two grandsons, Jonathan LaBradford Viney and Jovare Ivelt Brown.

Left to cherish precious memories are his loving wife of 45 years, sons, grandsons, family members, church family and friends.

Funeral Services will 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 14, at Central Baptist Church.

Friends may call from 5 to 6 p.m. Monday at Hilltop Baptist Center with celebration service beginning at 6 p.m. and from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday at Central Baptist Church. Burial will follow in Maplewood Cemetery, Tazewell, VA.

Condolences may be e-mailed to

Arrangements entrusted to Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.

Alicia Gail Clark

DELBARTON — Alicia Gail Clark, 32, of Delbarton, died Friday,  May 10, 2013.

Funeral will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday, May 14, at Mounts Funeral Home Chapel, Gilbert. Burial will be in Crabtree Cemetery, Crabtree Road, Varney. Friends may gather with the family from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday, May 13, at the funeral home.

Online at

Mounts Funeral Home of Gilbert is in charge of arrangements.

Jackie Ray Deal Sr.

OAK HILL — Jackie Ray Deal Sr., 69, of Oak Hill died Saturday, May 11, 2013.

Arrangements are pending at Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

James ‘Jim’ William Dotson Jr.

LEWISBURG — James (Jim) William Dotson, Jr., 93, passed away Thursday, May 9, 2013, at The Brier Rehab., Ronceverte, after a long illness.

Born August 2, 1919, at Clayton and was the son of the late James William and Minnie Williams Dotson, Sr.

Mr. Dotson had been a resident of Lewisburg and Ronceverte for over 30 years, member of the Lewisburg Baptist Church and had been a car salesman for Colonial Ford in Lewisburg and Center Chevrolet in Rainelle.

Survivors include several nieces and nephews and a special friend, Woody Boone.

Service will be 2 p.m. Sunday, May 12, 2013, at the Longanacre Funeral Home Chapel, Fairlea, with Pastor Jonathan Comer and Mr. Ronnie Comer officiating. Burial to follow in the Wallace Memorial Cemetery, Clintonville, WV.

Friends and family may call from 1 p.m. till time of the service on Sunday at the funeral home.

Longanacre Funeral Home, Fairlea, WV, in charge of arrangements.

Juanita June Wiley Dunn

PRINCETON — Juanita June Wiley Dunn, 92, of Princeton, formerly of Peterstown, passed away Friday, May 10, 2013. 

Graveside services will be 11 a.m. Monday, May 13, at the Peterstown Cemetery, Giles County, Va., with Pastor Dan Webb officiating. Those wishing to attend the graveside services are asked to meet at the Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home, Peterstown, by 10:30 a.m. Monday.

Online guestbook can be signed or condolences may be sent to the Dunn family at

Arrangements by Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home, Peterstown.

Mildred Faye Evans

OAK HILL — Mildred Faye Evans, 79, of Oak Hill, died Thursday, May 9, 2013.

Graveside service will be 1 p.m. Tuesday, May 14, at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens.

Blue Ridge Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Bailey Fritz III

JESSE — Bailey Fritz III, 42, of Jesse, passed away Friday, May 10, 2013.

Services will be 1 p.m. Tuesday, May 14, in the Chapel of Calfee Funeral Service with the Rev. Roy Lyons officiating. Entombment will follow at Palm Memorial Gardens Mausoleum, Matheny. Friends may gather with the family from 11 a.m. until time of service at the funeral home.

An online guestbook and other information can be found on our website at

Calfee Funeral and Cremation service is serving the Fritz family.

Douglas R. ‘Ranny’ Halsey

Douglas R. “Ranny” Halsey died of a sudden illness Saturday night, April 27th, 2013. He was in Houston, Texas, on business at the time of his death.

He was the son of the late A.W. “Buster” and Ruth Halsey.

Survivors include one brother, Jackie Halsey Sr. of New Jersey, five sisters, Joan Engel, Jean Aliff, Joyce Erickson, Jerri Hartsock, all of W.Va., and Janet Vandall of Ohio. He also leaves behind his faithful companion, Rocky, who has been adopted and lovingly cared for by Doug’s great-nephew Noah Aliff. Mr. Halsey is also survived by a large extended family including many nieces and nephews and a host of friends.

Douglas graduated from Pineville High School in 1960, then served four years in the U.S. Navy. In 1967, he began his career with the U.S. Coast Guard and began traveling the world. He graduated from Officer Candidate School in 1972 and rose through the ranks to become Lt. Commander Halsey. He retired from the Coast Guard after serving his country for a total of 25 years in the military. Doug was so proud to be a square knot sailor. Upon his retirement from the USCG he started his own business, Marine Safety Services. This involved Doug investigating, reporting on and testifying in court as an expert witness pertaining to accidents on waterways when casualties occurred. He was known by attorneys and judges as one of the most respected and knowledgeable expert witnesses on Maritime Law.

Friends and family learned early in their relationship with Doug you needn’t offer him a penny for his thoughts. He was always happy to share his opinions and philosophies at no charge and he relished a good political debate. Doug was a very generous man. He championed veterans and their charitable organizations and children’s charities, donating thousands of dollars every year to these organizations. Every Christmas Eve he celebrated the Holiday by playing Secret Santa in the lay-away department of the local Kmart. Doug was a proud American and an ever proud West Virginian. Our mountains were honored to have known him as a sincere Mountaineer.

No formal service is planned. His cremains will be spread atop his beloved mountains at a later date.

In lieu of flowers please send donations to the Fisher House, Wounded Warriors or St. Jude.

Submitted by Wilcoxen Funeral Home, Pt. Pleasant.

Lonnie Hatfield

Lonnie Hatfield, 73, of Eccles, passed away Saturday May 12, 2013.

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

Charles William ‘Gundy’ Hawver

VICTOR — Charles William “Gundy” Hawver of Victor passed away at his home Saturday, May 11, 2013, following a short illness. Born February 2, 1930, at Ansted, he was the son of the late Luther C. Hawver and the late Donna M. Murray.

Mr. Hawver is retired from the International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 137, Briar Cliff Manor, NY; he honorably served in the United States Marine Corps during the Korean war. He was a member of the Wappinger Falls, NY, Masonic Lodge 671 and was of the Protestant faith.

Charles enjoyed the simple things in life, his family and friends, golf and an occasional beer with his buds.

Other than his parents he is preceded in death by a son Gary Wayne; 2 brothers: Gene and James Hawver.

Charles is survived by his son William J. Hawver of Marlboro, NY, granddaughter Joslyn M. Hawver and grandson Damon J. and his wife Stephanie, great-grandson Damon J. Hawver Jr. all of Marlboro, NY. A very special Aunt, Bessie Fox, who gave him much maternal support throughout his life, also survives. He considered Bessie’s and the late Harold Fox’s Children Buddy, Retha, Brenda, Dale, Karen and Eddie as his brothers and sisters.

Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 14, 2013, at the Wallace & Wallace Funeral Chapel, Ansted. Burial will follow at the Mt. Zion Church Cemetery at Victor. Family and friends may gather with the family on Monday evening from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers the family request donations be made to Hospice of Southern WV, P.O. Box 1472 Beckley, WV 25802.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace Funeral Chapel, Ansted.

Cornelius Carson Hicks Jr.

MOUNT HOPE — Cornelius Carson Hicks Jr., 77, of Mt. Hope died Friday, May 10, 2013, at Raleigh General Hospital, Beckley, WV, following a short illness. He was the son of the late Cornelius, Sr., and Bessie Vass Hicks. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Emily Mae Milam Hicks, daughter Virginia Hicks and grandson James C. Bell. He was a retired coal miner.

Survivors include two sons, Terry Wayne Hicks and wife Dolly of Oak Hill and Glennis Carson Hicks of Mt. Hope; daughter Laura Bell and companion Danny Green of Kilsyth. Four grandchildren, Emilee, Jessica, John Wayne and Seth. And three great-grandchildren, Jewelian, Kolten and Addison.

Services will be Monday, May 13, 2013, at 2 p.m. at Tyree Funeral Home, Mt. Hope, WV, with Pastor Gunnoe officiating. Burial will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Prosperity, WV. Friends may call Monday from 1 p.m. til service time at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be sent to our website at

Tyree Funeral Home, Mt. Hope, WV, is in charge of arrangements.

Rebecca Sue ‘Becky’ Lusk

RICHWOOD — Rebecca Sue “Becky” Lusk, 53, died May 9, 2013.

Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Monday, May 13, in Simons-Coleman Funeral Home, Richwood, with Pastor Bonnie Keener officiating. Interment will be in West Virginia Memorial Gardens, Calvin. Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. Monday, May 13, in the funeral home.

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

Kristie Dawn Cudd Mahan

Mrs. Kristie Dawn Cudd Mahan, age 40, of Sophia, passed away Friday, May 10, 2013, at Raleigh General Hospital in Beckley.

Mrs. Mahan was born March 11, 1973, in Catawba County, NC, to Vernon J. Cudd and Betty Jean Byrd Cudd. She attended Bolt Church of God.

In addition to her father she was preceded in death by grandparents Hazel and Preston Byrd and Guydana Walker.

Survivors include: her husband, Glenn Mahan of the home; special pets, Bullet and Pickles; mother, Betty Jean Cudd of Elkin; grandfather, E.S. Walker of Lavonia, GA, brother, Dr. Keith Cudd and wife Jennifer of Jefferson, Ga., sister, Kelly Thompson and husband Jimmy of Elkin; nieces Nicole Tait and Cameron Cudd and nephews Stephen Johnson and Shane Johnson.

Funeral services will be conducted Tuesday, May 14, 2013, at 12 p.m. at Elkin Funeral Service Chapel with Dr. Keith Cudd officiating. Burial will follow in Sunrise Cemetery. The family will receive friends Monday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at Elkin Funeral Service.

The family would like to thank the nurses of Raleigh General Hospital CCU and aunts, Joyce Bell, Janet Harold, and Brenda Milan for their care.

Online condolences may be made to

Services entrusted to Elkin Funeral Service.

Rev. William ‘Bill’ Rae Miller

WOODSOCKET, S.D. — The Rev. William “Bill” Rae Miller, 79, of Woodsocket, S.D., formerly of Beaver, passed away March 19, 2013.

A memorial service will be at a later date.

Online condolences may be sent to our guestbook at

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

Dalton Wayne Newhouse

OAK HILL — Dalton Wayne Newhouse, 22, of Oak Hill, passed away Wednesday, May 8, 2013. Born May 1, 1991, at Beckley, the son of Robert Ray Newhouse and Sheila Marie (Rhodes) Newhouse Ballengee. He was a machine operator for Aspen Corporation.

He was preceded in death by maternal grandfather Gary Wayne Rhodes, Sr., and paternal grandmother Alma Newhouse.

Those left to cherish his memory include his mother Sheila Marie Ballengee and husband Timothy Ray Ballengee of Oak Hill; his father Robert Ray Newhouse of Oak Hill; fiancee Talina Kae Thomas of Oak Hill; sister Patricia Dawn Newhouse of Beckley; grandparents Pat Rhodes of Oak Hill, Vonda Newhouse of Wriston, WV, Nancy Carol O’Neal of Dawson, and Samuell Henry Ballengee of Hinton; uncles Gary Wayne Rhodes, Jr., and wife Tina of Oak Hill, and Joseph Newhouse and wife Tina of Oak Hill; aunts Mary Lee Newhouse of Oregon, Jeanie Webb and husband Bob of Oak Hill, Jane Newhouse of Princeton, and Donna Newhouse of Oak Hill; niece Ashlynn Marie Lilly; nephews Trayton Wade Newhouse and Trustin Wayne Lilly; numerous cousins; and many friends.

Friends may visit with the family from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel where a Time of Remembrance will be held at 7 p.m. with Rev. Markco Pritt officiating.

Condolences may be sent to

Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.

Mary Ostarich

LOGAN — Mary Ostarich, 84, of Logan died Saturday, May 11, 2013.

According to Mary’s wishes she is to be cremated with no services planned at this time.

Honaker Funeral Home in Logan is in charge of her arrangements.

Alfred Albert Torres

Alfred Albert Torres, 55, of Beckley, passed away on Wednesday, May 8, 2013, at his home, following a sudden illness.

Born May 18, 1957, in San Jose, Calif., to Louis Jess Torres (Lola) of San Jose, Calif., and his late mother Dorothy Lucille White.

Alfred was a proud United States Marine veteran and served our country during the Vietnam era, where he was 0311 Ground Pounder and Sharp-Shooter. He was a very kind and generous man and was very attached to all children and all children loved him. He enjoyed watching football, especially the San Francisco 49’ers, and also played football in his younger days. He also enjoyed movies such as westerns, action, and his favorite movie “Captains Courageous.”

In addition to his mother he was preceded in death by a sister, Elizabeth Waddups.

Those surviving include his wife, Anna Marie Torres; sister, Gail Cusick and husband Jim of Texas; aunts, uncles, cousins, and other family, and a host of nieces, nephews, and of course a multitude of friends from all over.

Mass of Christian burial will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 15, 2013, at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church in Beckley, with Father Samuel Sacus officiating. Interment will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens in Prosperity, where the American Legion Post 32 Honor Guard will be conducting military graveside rites.

The gentlemen serving as pallbearers will be Keith Manning, Randall Parsons, Tony Elswick, Rick Smith, and Randy Smith.

A visitation will be held on Tuesday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at Rose and Quesenberry in Beckley.

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

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

Delicia ‘Dede’ Vicinanza

Delicia “Dede” Vicinanza, 84, of Crab Orchard, formerly of East Islip, N.Y., passed away April 17, 2013.

Born July 20, 1928, in Manhattan, N.Y., daughter of the late Anna and Harry Eliakim.

Mrs. Vicinanza had attended the Oak Grove Christian Church and Glen White Church of God. She enjoyed quilting, knitting and crocheting. She started her career as an insurance agent, moved up to the Department of Labor and ended her career as a Child Support Investigator.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Julio Vicinanza; a sister, Veda Saunders.

She was the loving mother of Carol Curry of Cocoa, Fla., Harry Umansky of Patchogue, N.Y., Veda Umansky of Crab Orchard, Stephen Vicinanza of Staten Island, N.Y., Michael Vicinanza of East Islip, N.Y., and Rosalie Collumbell of Central Islip, N.Y. She was the cherished grandmother of 14, great-grandmother of 16 and great-great-grandmother of six.

Friends called and services were held at Overton Funeral Home, Inc., 172 Main St., Islip.

Cremation was private.