Elsie Lee Akers
Elsie Lee Akers, 99, of Coal City, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at Pine Lodge Nursing Home following an extended illness.
She was born on the 21st day of November in 1914 in West Virginia and was a daughter to the late Hiram Crusoe “H.C.” Perry and Biddie Fannie Muncie.
Elsie was a homemaker and was an avid gardener; she enjoyed planting flowers and tending to her vegetable garden. She loved to sew. She was also a member of the Lilly Brook Freewill Baptist Church in Coal City.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Coy V. Akers; daughter, Rita Whitehair; brother, Carl Perry; sister, Gartha Dodson; and five grandchildren.
Those left behind to carry on her legacy include her children, Coy Vincent Akers Jr. and wife Joyce of Baltimore, Md., William Jack Akers and wife Daris of Sale Creek, Tenn., Evelyn Maurnetia Belcher of Charleston, W.Va., Martha Sue Miller of Rural Retreat, Va., H.C. “Buddy” Akers and wife Ruth of Lawton, Okla., Bonnie Jean Ford and husband Grover of Christiansburg, Va., Freddie Lee Akers and wife Karen of Charleston, W.Va., Barbara Ann “Bobbie” Lyman and husband Ray of Christiansburg, Va., Leonard Wayne “Bo” Akers and wife Verna of Beckley, Kenneth Dean Akers of Coal City, and Donna Lynette Nicholson and husband Scott of Edgewater, Fla.; 27 grandchildren, 33 great grandchildren, and 13 great-great grandchildren also survive her.
Services to celebrate the life of Elsie Lee Akers will be conducted at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, February 22, 2014 at the Williams-Blue Ridge Funeral Home in Sophia. Interment will follow at Hot Coal Cemetery, Sophia.
Pallbearers will be family and friends.
Family and friends may gather from 12:30 until 2:30 p.m. at the funeral home on Saturday for visitation.
Online condolences and other tributes may be made to the family via www.blueridgefuneralhome.com
Arrangements with Williams-Blue Ridge Funeral Home in Sophia.
Paolo Bellizzieri, 83, passed away on Monday, February 17, 2014 at the Rae-Ann Nursing Home Center in Geneva, Ohio, following a long illness.
He was born November 17, 1930 in Helen, West Virginia. He was preceded in death by his mother Ruie and step-father Charlie Bennett; by one sister: Mary Buckland.
He was a member of the TRW Rod & Club, he enjoyed hunting and trapping. He was a machine operator for the TRW in Ohio.
Paolo is survived by his spouse Loretta Harrah Bellizzieri of Rock Creek, Ohio; two sisters, Hazel Adkins of Rainelle, and Connie Watson also of Rainelle; three brothers, Charles Bennett of Maplewood, Louie Lazzarini of Maplewood and Johnny Lazzarini.
Services will be held at the Wallace & Wallace Chapel on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 2 p.m. with Pastor Bob Scharnhorst officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service on Sunday. Entombment will be at the Wallace Memorial Mausoleum in Clintonville.
Please send online condolences to www.wallaceandwallacefh.com
Wallace & Wallace of Rainelle are in charge of arrangements.
John Childress, 73, of Glade Springs in Daniels, passed away on Thursday, February 20, 2014.
Arrangements pending with Blue Ridge Funeral Home, 5251 Robert C. Byrd Drive in Prosperity.
George L. ‘Skip’ Clinebell
LEWISBURG — George L. ‘Skip’ Clinebell, 66, of Lewisburg, died Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014.
Memorial services will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, at the Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home in Lewisburg with Pastor Stewart Farley, Mr. James Clinebell and Bobby Linkous officiating.
The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service on Saturday at the funeral home.
Please send online condolences by visiting www.wallaceandwallacefh.com
Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Lewisburg.
Naomi Sarver Greco
On Tuesday, Feb. 18th, 2014, our most cherished, Naomi Greco of Beckley passed away following a long illness at the Bowers Hospice House. She was in her 89th year.
Born on Feb. 2nd, 1925, at Milam in Wyoming County, she was the daughter of the late John and Nancy Mae Phillips Sarver. Her brothers, James and Charles and sister, Winnie Stover have preceded her death as well as a sister-in-law, Bonnie Sarver and brother-in-law, S.J. Lilly.
The past four years, Naomi has made her home with her daughter and son-in-law, Ramona and Kenneth Reynolds.
Naomi was married to the late Raymond Greco. To this union was born their children, Janice who has passed away, Margaret Stoval and her husband, Wayne of Church Hill, Tenn., Ramona Reynolds and her husband, Kenneth of Beckley and Juanita Gwinn of Pineyview. Juanita’s husband, Graylon has also preceded Naomi in death. Her children will forever cherish her memory.
Naomi was the dear grandmother of Wayne Stovall and his wife, April of Mount Carmel, Tenn., Cathy Kincer and her husband, Casey of Virginia Beach, Va., Kenny Reynolds and his wife, Nikki of Beckley and Laura Williams and her husband, Chad of Bluefield, Va.
She was the proud great grandmother of Abram and Titus Stoval, Tristian and Austyn Kincer and Grayson Williams.
Naomi was the fond sister of Kenneth Sarver and his wife, Paquita and Kelly Sarver, all of Oak Hill, Pearl Lilly of Glendale, Ariz., Patricia Cooper of Piqua, Ohio; the sister-in-law, of Dale Stover of Harper.
Funeral services will be Saturday, Feb. 22nd at 1 p.m. in the Melton Mortuary Chapel. Pastor David Brooks from the Cornerstone Baptist Church in Crab Orchard will be officiating. The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. until the service hour. Naomi will be laid to rest in the Sunset Memorial Park.
Naomi’s family would like to thank the wonderful staff of Bowers Hospice House and suggests donations of sympathy be made to them. The address is PO Box 1472, Beckley, WV 25802-1472
Condolences may be sent to the family’s guestbook at www.meltonmortuary.com
Arrangements by Melton Mortuary and Cremation Center, Beckley.
Charlo Bridi Holshouser
Charlo Marie Bridi Holshouser, 73, left this world on February 15, 2014.
Born on August 29, 1940, to the late Edward and Mildred (Stalnaker) Bridi.
Charlo was a 1957 graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School, Beckley, and attended Alderson Broaddus College in Philippi, W.Va., until being accepted into Baltimore City Hospital’s X-ray Technology program. She served as department head of the Radiology Department at Raleigh General Hospital, Beckley, for many years where her legacy as a leader lived on even after she left the facility to become a full-time homemaker and mother spending countless hours supporting her children’s interests. Charlo brought many smiles to the patrons of Leisure Lanes, Beckley, where she was the party planner and the league secretary.
Charlo had many passions such as cake baking and decorating, flower arranging, playing computer games, and reading good novels just to name a few.
Left to cherish her memory are her loving husband, William (Bill) Holshouser; her children, Dianna Lynn Bridi of Kihei Maui, Hawaii, Timothy Vickers (wife Selina) and William Richard (Rick) Holshouser of Beckley; her granddaughter, Keagan Michaiah Vickers; and her sister, Dianna Bridi of Wilmington, N.C., along with a host of family and friends, and her faithful canine companion, Alley.
The immediate family wants to express their gratitude to cousins, Eva Maria Morales-Lewis and Elizabeth (Libby) Cole, her dear friend, Terry Peery, and her lifelong friend of 50 plus years, Billie Lewis, for always being there for her.
Visitation will be on Friday, February 21, 2014, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Melton Mortuary, Beckley, WV.
A service to celebrate her memory will be held on Saturday, February 22, 2014, at 3 p.m. at Melton Mortuary, Beckley, WV, with Elder Edward Lewis officiating.
The family suggests that donations of sympathy be made to the Humane Society of Raleigh County, P. O. Box 115, Beckley, WV 25801.
Condolences may be sent to the family’s guestbook at www.meltonmortuary.com.
Arrangements by Melton Mortuary and Cremation Center, Beckley.
Charles H. Hubbard
JACKSONVILLE, N.C. — Charles Henry Hubbard, 89, of Jacksonville, formerly of Matoaka and Amigo, passed away on Monday, February 17, 2014 at Onslow Memorial Hospital, Jacksonville, following a short illness.
Born July 10, 1924 at Bramwell, he was the son of the late George and Louise Stahl Hubbard.
Charles was the last survivor of his immediate family and was a former coal miner. In his leisure he enjoyed collecting and selling scrap metal, working jigsaw puzzles, playing cards, and fishing. He especially loved playing with his great-great niece and nephew, Sky (Mousie) and Oscar (Rat).
In addition to his parents he is also preceded in death by 18 brothers and sisters.
Those left to cherish his memory include several nieces and nephews; including a special nephew and his wife, Eric and Tammy Cox of Matoaka whom he lived with for several years, before moving to Amigo with his brother, Lonnie Hubbard Sr. There he was cared for by a very special niece and her husband, Connie and Ray O’Neal who took really good care of him. He moved with them to Jacksonville, at the end of August.
Graveside services will be 12 noon, Friday, February 21, 2014 at Roselawn Memorial Gardens Mausoleum, Princeton with Pastor Curtis Honaker officiating. Burial will follow in Roselawn Memorial Gardens.
Those wishing to attend the graveside service are asked to meet at the cemetery.
Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.
For those considering an expression of sympathy the family requests donations be made to help defray unexpected expenses to Tankersley Funeral Home, 102 Moran Avenue, Mullens, WV 25882.
Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.tankersleyfh.com
The family of Charles Hubbard is being cared for by Tankersley Funeral Home, Mullens.
Carl Jack Keith
LANDIS, N.C. — Mr. Carlin Jack Keith, 68, passed away Wednesday, February 19, 2014, at his residence.
Mr. Keith was born October 10, 1945 in Beckley, he was the son of the late Carlie Keith and Ivory Nell Maxey Keith.
He graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in Beckley, class of 1963. He owned and worked as a broker at C. Keith Realty in China Grove, N.C.
Mr. Keith is survived by his wife Carrie Walker Keith; daughter, Heather Chipley of China Grove; son, Bradford (Brad) Keith and wife Susan of Landis; and grandchild, Kayla Chipley of Cullowhee.
Memorials may be sent to the National Kidney Foundation. 4819 Park Rd. Charlotte, NC 28209.
Remembrances may be sent to the family at www.ladysfuneralhome.com
No services are scheduled at this time.
The family will receive friends from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, at their home, 110 W. Laurel St. in Landis, N.C.
Lady’s Funeral Home & Crematory, 268 N. Cannon Boulevard, Kannapolis, N.C. 28083, is assisting the family of Mr. Keith.
Orazio ‘Ray’ Lucento Jr.
Orazio “Ray” Lucento Jr., formerly of Bud-Alpoca, W.Va., passed away on Thursday, February 13, 2014. Ray was living in Tucson, Ariz., at the time of his death.
Ray was born to Italian immigrants on December 6, 1926. He served in the United States Navy during World War II as a seaman on the aircraft carrier Spider in the South Pacific. In the 1940’s and 50’s, he worked for the Virginian and the Norfolk & Western Railways as a machinist. After his time with the railways he worked for Columbia Gas as a welder and the Slab Fork Coal Company as an electrician. He also was a skilled stone mason and carpenter. Ray was active in the community and in the Catholic Church. He served on the Democratic Executive Committee in Wyoming County for many years.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Gloria; and first wife, Betty Jane Titta.
Those left to carry on his legacy include his second wife, Sandra Buckley and their daughter, Angelina of Tuscon, Arizona; sons, Orazio “Butch” Lucento III and wife Brenda of Christiansburg, Va., and John Lucento and wife Sheila of Beckley; siblings, Willie Lucento, Tracy Lucento, Virginia Queen, and Sonja Scott; grandchildren, Angela Hughes and husband Mark, Kenna Fox and husband Jimmy, and Nicholas Orazio Lucento; also survived by great-grandchildren, London Hughes, Colin Hughes, and Tatum Fox.
Graveside rites and committal will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday, February 22, 2014 at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens in Prosperity with military graveside rites following.
A family and friends gathering will be held at Blue Ridge Funeral Home from 12 to 12:45 p.m. on Saturday.
Online condolences and other tributes can be made to his family via www.blueridgefuneralhome.com
Arrangements with Blue Ridge Funeral Home, 5251 Robert C. Byrd Drive in Prosperity.
Rev. James Luther McCormick
PRINCETON — Reverend James Luther McCormick, 80, of Princeton, W.Va., passed away Tuesday, February 20, 2014, at his residence.
Arrangements are incomplete with Roselawn Funeral Home, Princeton.
OCEANA — Roger McKinney, 62, of Oceana, passed away Tuesday, February 18, 2014.
Funeral service will be held at noon on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at the Crany Missionary Baptist Church, Crany, with Pastor James Walker and his son Kevin Lee McKinney officiating. Burial will follow in Stepp Family Cemetery, Crany.
Friends may gather with the family from 6 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, February 22, 2014 in the Chapel of Stafford Family Funeral Home.
E-mail letters of sympathy may be sent at www.staffordfamilyfuneralhome.com
The family is being served by the Stafford Family Funeral Home, Lynco.
Earl Wiley Moon
Mr. Earl Wiley Moon, 63, of Beckley, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, following a long illness.
Arrangements pending completion at Durgan Funeral Home, 1501 South Kanawha St., Beckley.
Phyllis Ann Morris
OAK HILL — Phyllis Ann Morris, 69, of Oak Hill, died Thursday, February 20, 2014.
Arrangements entrusted to Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.
Martha Agnes Nolan
Martha Agnes Nolan, 78, of Coal City, passed away Wednesday, February 19, 2014 in Hilltop Center in Hilltop.
Born October 22, 1935 in Nuttalburg, she was the daughter of the late William Henry Coy Jr. and Nancy Ann Nutter Coy.
In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband Carl Nolan, her brothers and sisters Bud, Wallace, Joe, Jim, Johnnie, Grace, Ruth, Mabel, and Bea.
She is survived by a host of nieces and nephews.
In keeping with her wishes her body was donated to the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine in Lewisburg.
There will be no services.
Donations in Martha’s memory can be made to the Raleigh County Humane Society.
Information submitted by Blue Ridge Funeral Home, 5251 Robert C. Byrd Drive, Beckley, W.Va. 25801.
Lucky Randolph Richmond
ALDERSON — Lucky Randolph Richmond, 68, of Alderson, passed away on Monday, Feb. 17, 2014.
In honor of Mr. Richmond’s wishes, following cremation, a private service will be held at a later date.
Arrangements by Lobban Funeral Home, Alderson.
Larry Lynn Rogers
TROUTMAN, N.C. — Larry Lynn Rogers, 53, of Troutman, formerly of Elk Creek, W.Va., passed away on Monday, February 17, 2014.
Funeral Services will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, February 21, 2014 at the Westmoreland Chapel of Bunch-Johnson Funeral Home, Statesville, N.C., with Rev Ray Blankenship and Rev. Max Hayes officiating. The family will speak to family and friends at the funeral home and at the cemetery.
Local funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, February 22, 2014 in the Chapel of Stafford Family Funeral Home, Lynco. Burial will follow in Forest Lawn Cemetery, Pecks Mill, W.Va.
E-mail letters of sympathy may be sent at www.staffordfamilyfuneralhome.com
The family is being served by the Bunch-Johnson Funeral Home, Statesville, N.C., and the Stafford Family Funeral Home, Lynco, W.Va.
Stewart N. ‘Stew’ Stover
Stewart N. “Stew” Stover, 50, of Dorothy, passed away February 15, 2014 in Lexington, Ky., following a long illness.
Born November 9, 1963 in Beckley, he was the son of the late Jackie Lee and Patricia Faye Griffith Stover. Besides his parents he was preceded in death by a brother, Trent Stover.
Stew at one time was a teacher for the Boone County Board of Education. He enjoyed WVU football, the time he spent with family and friends and they loved the great sense of humor he had. He also enjoyed and appreciated the fellowship and prayers of his church family at Beckwith Apostolic Church in Fayetteville, W.Va.
Survivors include his wife, Teresa Lynn Stover; children, Heather Meadows and her husband Andrew of Glen Daniel, Joshua Dougherty and his wife Rachal of Mabscott and Adam Dougherty of Daniels; grandsons, Jaxon Horton and Brantley Alexander Dougherty; a brother, Jackie Lee Stover II and his wife Cami; nephews Jackie Lee Stover III, Heath Stover and Nicky Stover all of Dorothy, along with numerous other family.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Saturday, February 22, 2014 at Calfee Funeral Home with Pastor Rick Barker officiating. Friends may visit with the family on Friday, February 21 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Sunset Memorial Park.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to Scotty and Freda Stanley and Mike and Arlene Farley.
Online condolences may be left at www.calfeefh.com
Arrangements by Calfee Funeral Home, Beckley.
Olive E. Toney
Olive E. Toney, 76, passed away February 19, 2014.
She was born July 17, 1937 to the late Oscar Edward and Nora Gertrude Hall.
Those left to cherish her memory are sons, James Stover, Anthony Stover, Thomas Wayne Stover; daughters, Diane Jenkins Zapata, Nancy Stover, Kathy Tarwater, Karen Chapman; 20 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren.
Service will be 2 p.m. Saturday, February 22, 2014, at High Lawn Funeral Chapel, Oak Hill with Pastor Earl Robert Toney Jr. officiating. Burial will follow in Gethsemane Memorial Gardens, Oak Hill.
Friends may call from noon until the time of the service at the funeral home.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.highlawnfuneralhomechapel.com
Roger Allen Tyree
CIRTSVILLE — Roger Allen Tyree, 74, of Cirtsville, died Thursday, February 20, 2014 at his residence from complications of Liver disease.
Born August 3, 1939 at Cirtsville, he was the son of the late Ray and Lillian Maynor Tyree.
He was a coal miner with Cannelton Coal and was a Navy veteran of the Vietnam War.
Survivors include his wife, Ramona Lou Williams Tyree of Cirtsville; one son, Ray Allen Tyree of Cirtsville; two daughters; Becky Ormandy of Sand Branch, W.Va. and Jane Cardin of Salem, Va.; seven grandchildren, Keith Tyree, Kayla Martin, Christopher Horton, Joshua Horton, Jack Cardin, Shanon Ormandy and Nick Ormandy, and one great-grandchild Silas Martin. Also two brothers, Harry “Pete” Tyree of Beckley, and Wayne Tyree of Falling Waters, W.Va. and one sister, Ramona Abshire of Cirtsville.
Roger was also preceded in death by brother John Tyree and two sisters, Jean Sutphin and Wanda Toney.
Funeral service will be Saturday, February 22, 2014, at 1 p.m. at Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope, with Rev. Gary Williams officiating. Burial will follow at Maynor Cemetery, at Cirtsville, W.Va. Friends may call at the funeral home on Friday, February 21, 2014 from 6 to 8 p.m.
Online condolences may be sent to our website at www.tyreefuneralhome.com
Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope.