The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

July 18, 2011

Obituaries — Monday, July 18, 2011




Phillip Richard Allen

MOUNT HOPE — Phillip Richard Allen, 72, of Mount Hope passed away July 17, 2011.

Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.



Verna Basham

Verna Basham, 75, of Beckley, passed away Sunday, July 17, 2011.

Arrangements are pending completion at the Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home in Beckley.

Ruth Hurst Bowyer

ELKVIEW — Ruth Hurst Bowyer, of Elkview, passed away Jan. 3, 2009.

Her wish was to be cremated following her death. A memorial service was 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 12, at Hafer Funeral Home, Elkview, with the Rev. Ronald Buckalew officiating. Lobban Funeral Home is in charge of the graveside service at 2 p.m. July 20 at the Oak Grove Cemetery, Ballengee.



Freddie E. Forren

BRENTON — Freddie E. Forren, 87, of Brenton, WV, left his temporary life to assume his eternal life in Heaven on July 14, 2011, at the VA Medical Center in Salem, VA. He was born September 22, 1923, to Lonnie E. Forren and Ella Smith Forren of Beelick Knob, WV.

Fred was a lifelong member of Brenton Baptist Church where he was a devout Sunday school teacher, deacon and scholar in prophecy teaching. He served in the Army during WWII where he received a purple heart, three Battle Stars, and the Good Conduct Award. He entered the Army March 16, 1942, serving with the 80th Recon Division of General Patton’s 3rd Army.

Besides a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, Fred enjoyed gardening, hunting, studying the Bible, teaching, collecting knives and spending time with his family and dogs. He also enjoyed talking with his friend and neighbor Terry Riffe.

In addition to his parents, Fred is preceded in death by his children Michael Wayne and Stephen Richard.; brothers Charles Forren, Vearl Forren, Clinton Forren; sisters Thelma Sproles, Betty Bailey and Laura Forren.

Those left to cherish his memory include his loving wife of 60 years, Audrey J. Stevens Forren; children Sandra K. and Freddie McCoy, Linda M. and Harold Hatfield; grandchildren Fredrick and Carla Hatfield, Kellie and Dave Chapman, Richard and Mariesa Hatfield, Bobbie Ann Chambers, Sabrina L. Hatfield, Buddy and Renee Bolden and Jodie L. McCoy; great-grandchildren Reilly Hatfield, Dylan Hatfield, Noah Hatfield, Lili Hatfield and Emily Bolden; stepgrandchildren Christopher McCoy, Tammy McCoy; stepgreat-grandchildren Logan McCoy, Tyler McCoy and Jack McCoy.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 19, 2011, at the Brenton Baptist Church with Rev. Bob Price, Rev. Ben Knotts and Rev. Tommy Knotts officiating. Burial will follow at Wallace Memorial Cemetery at Clintonville. Pallbearers will be grandsons and great-grandchildren.

Friends may gather with the family Monday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Church.

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

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

Grace Louise Hefner

LEWISBURG — Grace Louise Hefner, 77, of Lewisburg died July 16, 2011.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday, at Henning Church of God, Vago, with burial in the church cemetery.

McCraw Funeral Home, Lewisburg, is in charge of arrangements.



Helen M. Ballengee-Howell

WAVERLY, Kan. — Helen M. Ballengee-Howell, age 79, of Waverly, Kansas, died Sunday, June 26, 2011, at Coffey County Hospital, Burlington, Kansas.

Helen was born September 14, 2931, at Glen Morgan, West Virginia. Parents were George and Crystal (Martin) Underwood.

Helen spent her childhood in Thurmond, WV, where she met and married Thomas E. Ballengee, Jr. Three sons were born of this union. They lived in Greenbrier County where Helen was employed as a purchasing agent for Greenbrier Valley Hospital. Thomas preceded her in death in 1971. Helen was later employed as a correctional officer at the Federal Reformatory for Women in Alderson, WV, where she met and married Lyle “Red” Howell. They moved to Coffey County, Kansas, where she was employed by Wolf Creek Generating Station. They returned to Lewisburg, WV, where Red preceded her in death in 1988. Helen returned to Kansas in 2006 to be closer to her son, Terry. Helen had been a resident of Sunset Manor of Waverly, Kansas, for two and a half years. Helen was a member of the United Methodist Church in Ronceverte and a member of the New Strawn Fire Department Auxiliary.

Helen was preceded in death by her parents, four brothers, and two sisters.

Helen is survived by her three sons: Thomas E. III of Marietta, OH, Timothy R. and Terri of Cary, NC, Terry L. and Mary of New Strawn, KS; nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild; three brothers and four sisters.

Memorial Service is planned for Saturday, July 23, 2011, at 1 p.m. at the Wallace and Wallace Funeral Home in Lewisburg with Rev. Dr. Joseph Kenaston officiating. Private interment at the Wallace Memorial Cemetery will follow the Memorial Service.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Helen’s name may be made to the Sunset Manor Activity Fund c/o Jones Funeral Home, PO Box 277, Burlington, KS 66839.

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

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



Patricia ‘Patty’ Ann Jones

MEADOW BRIDGE — Patricia “Patty” Ann Jones, 66, of Meadow Bridge, passed away on Friday, July 15, 2011, at Roanoke Memorial Hospital following a long illness.

Born October 6, 1944, in Maplewood, she was the daughter of Dorothy Louise Pitsenbarger Fitzwater and the late Fred O’Dell Berry.

Patty was a homemaker and had worked as a school aide for the Fayette Board of Education. She was a member of the Meadow Bridge Pentecostal Church.

Survivors include her husband of 48 years, Grover “Jimmie” Jones of Meadow Bridge; mother, Dorothy Fitzwater of Maplewood; one daughter, Brittany Nicole Jones of Meadow Bridge; two sons, James Leslie Jones and wife, Angela, of Fishersville, VA, and Jeffrey Alan Jones of Meadow Bridge; one brother, Fred “Bucky” Berry of Layland; and six grandchildren, Christina, Michael, Shawn, James, Logan and Izabella.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 20, 2011, at the Wallace & Wallace Chapel in Rainelle with Bishop Clarence Toney and Rev. Mark Spence officiating. Burial will follow at the Wallace Memorial Cemetery in Clintonville.

Friends may call from 6 until 9 p.m. Tuesday, July 19, 2011, at the funeral home.

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace, Inc., of Rainelle.



Betty Gladwell Long

LEWISBURG — Betty Gladwell Long, 84, of Lewisburg passed away Friday, July 15, 2011, at Charleston Area Medical Center, General Division, Charleston, WV.

Mrs. Long was born October 24, 1926, at Hillsboro, WV, and was the daughter of the late Lynn Andrew and Mary McNulty Gladwell.

Betty was a 1944 graduate of Greenbrier High School and a 1946 graduate of Greenbrier College for Women where she studied art and received an Associate Degree in Secretarial Science. She was employed as a secretary for Judge Jarrett at the Greenbrier County Courthouse, the State Civil Defense Department and then worked for several years at the Federal Correctional Institute for Women in Alderson, WV, from which she retired in 1973. Betty loved visits from her grandchildren. She enjoyed basket making, knitting and crocheting. After a 30-year absence from painting and to her family’s delight she resumed her love of painting and shared her oil paintings with her family and friends.

Preceded in death by her husband, David Long, and is survived by her son Thomas H. (Debbie) Long of Ronceverte; daughter, Mary Lynn (Larry) Wooten of Milton, WV; grandchildren, Autumn T. Detko, Meredith (Ben) Whited, Catlin Long, Chris (Shannon) Powell and Bryan Powell; great-grandchildren, Emma grant, Zion Detko, Annie Kay and Cora Lee Whited, Layne and Eden Powell; a brother, Gene Gladwell of Indiatlantic, FL, and a sister, Doodle (John) Kirk of Cocoa Beach, FL.

Services will be 1 p.m. Tuesday, July 19, 2011, at Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Lewisburg, with the Rev. Stephen Baldwin officiating. Burial is in Rosewood Cemetery in Lewisburg. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

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

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



Lucille Frankie Pyles Moore

DURBIN — Lucille Frankie Pyles Moore, 94, of Durbin, passed away Friday, July 15, 2011.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday, July 18, at Wallace and Wallace Funeral Home in Arbovale with the Rev. David Rittenhouse officiating. Burial is in Mountain View Cemetery in Marlinton. Family will receive their friends one hour prior to services at the funeral home.

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

Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home in Arbovale is in charge of arrangements.



Homer Nelson

Homer Nelson, 85, of Fairdale, passed away Saturday, July 16, 2011.

Arrangements are pending completion at the Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home in Beckley.



Zella Bayless Overbaugh

RICHWOOD — Zella Bayless Overbaugh, 78, of Richwood, died Saturday, July 16, 2011.

Viewing will be from 10 to 11 a.m. and services from 11 a.m. to noon Monday, July 18, at Simons-Coleman Funeral Home in Richwood, with the Rev. Gerald Proctor, officiator. Burial will follow at the Richwood Cemetery, Richwood.

All arrangements were made by Simons-Coleman Funeral Home, 12 Railroad Ave., Richwood.



Dora Frances ‘Frankie’ Vance Short

SPOTSYLVANIA, Va. — Dora Frances “Frankie” Vance Short, 70, of Spotsylvania, formerly of Wyoming County, WV, passed away on Thursday, July 14, 2011, at Mary Washington Hospital after having won a 12-year battle against Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia. Her family was at her side.

Frances (Frankie as many of her friends knew her) was born on April 1, 1941, in Baileysville, WV, the daughter of the late Troy Greenway and Virginia Mae Craft Vance. She often spoke fondly of how the difficulties of growing up in that era at Cub Creek, WV, were offset by the love and support of her sisters, brothers and nieces that were as sisters to her. The foundation of her belief in the importance of family was based on their support. She was baptized at the Oceana First Church of God and is a friend of the Clear Fork Independent Church of God, in WV. She was an avid supporter of the Women in the Military Memorial in Washington, DC, and to the American Indian Museum in Washington, DC. Frances spent her time on various bowling leagues over the years but more recently in Fredericksburg where she and her friends enjoyed bowling. She enjoyed it for decades and became quite skilled at it, having placed in tournaments regularly. Frances also began painting in the early ’80s as a creative outlet and evolved from student to artist over the last thirty years of her life. Her paintings and other art were personal endeavors that she rarely showed off. She has left behind a vast collection, however, for those of us for whom she cared and cared for her. Other artistic endeavors that she enjoyed include sewing, ceramics, gardening, cross-stitching and cooking for her family. Most importantly to her, she was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother whose love, leadership and impact will be felt for generations to come. She loved her family above all else and dedicated her life to their well-being.

Mrs. Short is survived by her husband, Chuck, of over 50 years. Other survivors are her children and spouses: Bradley and Joann Short of Fredericksburg, Alicia and Hamid Beladi-Mosavi of Bebehan, Iran, Kathleen Short of Blacksburg VA, and Craig and Erica Short of Buena Vista, VA; three brothers and their wives: Oakey and Mildred Vance of Orange, Riley and Joyce Vance of Baileysville, WV, and Clarence “Shorty” Vance of Baileysville, WV; two sisters and husbands: Grace Stewart of Richmond, WV, and Geraldine and Gene New, of Brenton, WV. Frances also has 12 grandchildren: Charles, Shabnam, Hamid, Farid, Omid and Navid Beladi-Mosavi, Michael and Wesley Blackburn, Nicolas Strasser, Sidney, Casey and Addison Short; five great-grandchildren: Nathan, Ethan, Emily, Cadence and Cody Blackburn; and a host of nieces, nephews and other loving family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her sister, Laura Lester and brothers Henry, Roby and Anderson Vance.

The family received friends 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 17, 2011, at Laurel Hill Funeral Home, Spotsylvania, VA. Funeral services will be conducted at 3 p.m. Monday, July 18, 2011, at the Clear Fork Independent Church of God with Pastor Hannibal Blankenship, Jr., officiating. Frankie will be laid to rest at the Vern and Mary Short Family Cemetery, Clear Fork, WV. Friends may gather with the family from 1 p.m. until service time at the church on Monday, July 18, 2011. Online condolences may be made at staffordfamilyfuneralhome.com and laurelhillfuneralhome.com.

The family is being served by the Stafford Family Funeral Home, Lynco, WV, and the Laurel Hill Funeral Home, Spotsylvania, VA.



Clarence Vaughan ‘Butch’ Skaggs

ANSTED — Clarence Vaughan “Butch” Skaggs was born in Ansted, WV, on March 25, 1938. Butch was called home to see our Savior on July 14, 2011.

He awaits the arrival of his wife of 43 years, Ruth Arbutus Dempsey Skaggs. His children, Ruth (Michael) Church, Greg (Annetta) Skaggs, Robert (Dori) Skaggs, Cathy (Dan) Demitroff, Kim (Joey) Blaine, Randy Skaggs, and Craig (Laurie) Skaggs. Grandfather of Nathaniel (Tara) Church, Gregory (Alissia) Skaggs, Ethan Church, Tyler Demitroff, Becki Skaggs, Katherine Skaggs, Caleb Church, Dustin Demitroff, Sydney Church, Jessica McClung, Nolan Demitroff, Jack Skaggs, Brittany (Walter) Simmons, Dylan Skaggs, Benjamin Skaggs and Kelsey Skaggs. Great-Grandfather of Will Skaggs and Joey Simmons.

Butch was proud to serve and protect his country. On July 8, 1955, he attended Basic Training at Fort Jackson, SC. After completing his 8-week training, he was sent to Fort Benning, GA, for advanced engineering training for combat. This is when the 78th Engineer Battalion was formed. December of ’55 the Battalion was sent to Germany to build tank trails and bridges on the Rhine River. He then pulled Border Patrol during the Berlin and Cuban Crisis. After 2 years he went back to Fort Benning before being sent back to Germany for Border Patrol on the Czech Border. On their way back to Fort Benning orders were changed for Skaggs to go to Arlington, VA, for Old Guard at the time of President Kennedy’s assassination. After serving 3 months in Arlington he finally made his way to his intended destination. Sergeant Skaggs was later sent to Korea to operate Border Patrol at Panmunjom Freedom Bridge for just over 13 months before returning to Fort Benning for his discharge of 11 years in the United States Army.

After leaving the military, Clarence worked for Ford Motor Company in production in Woodhaven, Michigan, until he retired in 1996 after working for 30 years. After retiring he returned to Ansted, WV. He worked at Hawks Nest Golf Course for the past 9 years. He was a brother, brother-in-law, uncle, friend to many.

Services will be held at Ansted Baptist Church, Ansted, WV, at 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 19, 2011, with Pastor Warren Gilpin officiating. Burial will follow at Restlawn Memory Gardens, Victor, WV, with Military Graveside rites conducted by VFW Post 3110, Oak Hill, WV. Visitation will be held at the Ansted Baptist Church Monday, July 18, 2011, where friends may call from 6 to 8.

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Ansted.



Buster Smith

MILTON, Fla. — Buster Smith died July 7, 2011.

A memorial service for Buster Smith is planned for 3 p.m. July 20 at The Salvation Army Chapel on South Fayette Street in Beckley.



Earnest J. Thomas

KISTLER — Earnest J. Thomas, 53, of Kistler, passed away Sunday, July 17, 2011.

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 Lee Wilson

LEWISBURG — David Lee Wilson, 42, of Lewisburg, formerly of Oak Hill, passed away Wednesday, July 13, 2011.

Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel. Visitation will be from noon until time of the service Tuesday at the funeral home.

Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.



Karen Kay Wilson (Ramsey)

LANSING — Karen Kay Wilson (Ramsey), 62, of Lansing, passed away on Saturday, July 16, 2011, at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown following a long illness.

Born October 29, 1948, in Hico, she was the daughter of the late Paul Lewis and Zela Harper Grimmett.

Karen was a homemaker who loved her husband, children and grandchildren. She loved the Lord; her faith in God and family meant the most to her. She had a heart of gold.

Survivors include her husband Albert F. Wilson, whom she loved dearly; two daughters, Sheila Lesher of Ames Heights and Meredith Davis of Oak Hill; three sons, Greg Ramsey of Greenville, SC, Dennis Ramsey, Jr., of Ansted and Donnie Ramsey of Pickens, SC; three sisters, Mary Lou Malay of Oak Hill, Sharon Kalos of Sandusky, OH, and Iduna Ratliff of Tiffin, OH; one brother, Russell Grimmett of Fayetteville; ten grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 20, 2011, at the Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home in Ansted with Pastor Kenny Hayes officiating. Burial will follow in the Restlawn Memory Gardens in Victor.

Friends may call one hour prior to the service from 12 noon until 1 p.m. at the funeral home.

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace, Inc., of Ansted.



Danny Lee Worley

GLEN FORK — Danny Lee Worley, 66, of Glen Fork went home to be with the Lord on Friday, July 15, 2011. Born October 21, 1944, he was the son of the late Robert and Susan Hurst Worley.

Danny loved hunting and fishing and spending time with his family. He was a member of the Fundamental Baptist Church at Bolt. In his younger days, Danny loved exploring the great state of WV.

In addition to his parents, Danny is preceded in death by his brother-in-law Ira Gene Rector and his uncle Raymond Hurst.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife of 47 years, Claudene Steffey Worley of Glen Fork; daughter Kelli L. Walker Blankenship of Daniels; son Daniel Scott Worley and wife Leigh Ann of Monroe, NC; granddaughter Ashley Nicole Walker Cole and husband Matt of Daniels; grandson Aaron Scott Walker of Daniels; great-granddaughter Gracee Mae Cole. Danny was looking forward to seeing his grandson Cabe Scott Worley who will be born on August 16, 2011.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, July 19, 2011, at Blue Ridge Funeral Home with Evangelist David Cook officiating.

Friends may gather with the family Tuesday from 12 to 1 p.m. at the funeral home.

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

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