The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

February 25, 2014

Obituaries — Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014


James Bickford

FAYETTEVILLE — James Franklin Bickford, 69, of Fayetteville, passed away Saturday, February 22, 2014, at Hidden Valley Center, Oak Hill.

Born on March 15, 1944, at Beckwith, he was the son of the late Robert and Fannie Holly Bickford.

He was a retired mill worker at Helstrom Steel Mill in Chicago, Illinois.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his infant brothers, Bobby and Tommy Bickford, and brother, Ronnie Bickford.

Left to cherish his memory include his wife, Bonnie Bickford of Fayetteville; son, Jimmy Wayne Bickford; brothers: Charles (Mary “Snookie”) Bickford of Hilltop, Leo Bickford of Chicago, Ill., Jack (Margaret Ann) of Oak Hill, and Leonard (Anna) Bickford of Minden; sisters: Frances (Jerry Jones) Giles of Beckley, Trudy Bickford of Fayetteville, Louise (David) Gillespie of Beckwith, and Lisa Gaye (Jerry) Bess of Pinnacle, N.C.; and many nieces, nephews, family and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 12 noon on Wednesday, February 26, 2014, at Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, Fayetteville, with Rev. Ken Souder officiating. Burial will follow at the Adkins-Pate Cemetery in Crow Hollow at Beckwith.

The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. until time of service at the funeral home.

For those wishing to express their condolences to the Bickford family, you may do so by visiting our website at www.doddpaynehessfuneralhome.com.

Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home at 350 W. Maple Avenue, Fayetteville, will be assisting the family.



Elizabeth Betty Plumley Burdette

FORT SPRING — Elizabeth Betty Plumley Burdette, 78, of Fort Spring, passed away Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014.

Arrangements by Lobban Funeral Home, Alderson.



John J. (Joe) Childress

John J. (Joe) Childress of Daniels celebrated his entrance into God’s Kingdom, and can now play golf with beloved friends who preceded him at Heaven National Golf Course.

Our very special Husband, Father, Grandfather, Brother, Uncle, Cousin, Mentor, Golfing Buddy, and True Friend passed away peacefully in the early morning hours of Thursday, February 20, 2014. He graced us with 73 unique and wonderful years. His family was by his side and with him throughout his life.

He was born on December 11th, 1940, in Richlands, VA, and was the son of Henry and Ruth Childress.

While in grade school, his family moved to the Pineville, Wyoming County, area. Throughout his life, he was very proud of being from this area, and cherished the many friendships that he has kept from growing up there.

Joe was a 1959 graduate of Pineville High School / Vocational Technical Specialization, and while working in the construction field, he was inducted into the United States Army. He served his country proudly, attaining the rank of E5 in the 3rd Armor Division, stationed in Germany.

Prior to his military service, Joe and his life soul mate, the former Catherine (Kitty) Gunter of Pineville, had gotten married. Also during this period, their first son, John J. II (Joey), was born. After completing his tour of duty, Joe re-entered the workforce, being employed by Roberts & Schaefer Construction Company. His work experiences as a Field Services Manager allowed him to be involved in multiple functions of coal processing design and construction services that resulted in his attachment to many state-of-the-art coal processing facilities, and allowed him to expose and show his family the world with stays in multiple states as well as Canada and Turkey. It was during this period that their second son, Jay Robert, was born.

Having a growing family, and wanting to establish a family home base, Joe and Kitty planted roots in Beckley, and Joe started his own venture into providing coal processing construction services in the coalfields. His planning, hard work, and determination resulted in a successful private business history. He was one of the first in the coal processing industry to design and bring to fruition plants that utilized the “Feed to Zero” Heavy Media Circuitry. He designed and patented the first of its kind MULE (Moveable Unit Low Elevation) coal processing facility, a design that still hasn’t been duplicated in the coal processing industry.

Over the course of his professional career, Joe was involved in the design, construction, and ownership of over 35 Coal Processing Facilities around the world. He enjoyed every experience, and always felt there was something to learn from each and every one. He especially cherished the industry leaders that he got to learn from and work with, and used those experiences to help teach, mentor, and show some paths to so many associates who to this day work in leadership and lifetime positions in the coal industry.

With Kitty and his two sons, Joe enjoyed and learned from each and every day’s experiences. He “never gave in,” and always found a solution. These traits showed through as he engaged in his most recent health battle. He was a “Man’s Man,” never had an enemy, always helped others, and cherished so much his family, his friends, and enjoying all life had to offer. Joe C. always said, “If you are gonna go, go first class .... just don’t go as often!”

He loved to play golf, especially with his sons, grandsons, and all of his CAT game buddies at Glade Springs; spend time with Kitty at their second home area, the St. Petersburg, Fla., region (especially watching the sunsets), watch his special grandsons play sports, tell stories (all were true and so funny), watch and root for WVU teams, talk about experiences in the coal industry, and enjoy fun times with all his buddies and loyal friends. He was the highly successful Owner and General Manager of the Childress Corp. 13-15-year-old Babe Ruth Baseball Franchise, and enjoyed watching every player that came through over a 10-year period. And he loved to Parasail with his grandsons.

Joe was a very proud inductee into the Pineville High School Hall of Fame (1996), one of the first originators of the Coal Preparation Society of Southern West Virginia, and was a member of Glade Springs. Joe and Kitty attended the United Methodist Temple church in Beckley.

Joe was preceded in death by his parents (Henry S and Ruth E Childress), his in-laws (Hobart and Ina Gunter), his half brother William (Bill), his half sister (Becky), special niece Joella, and his grandson (Adam Joseph).

He is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Catherine (Kitty). Joe and Kitty enjoyed life to the fullest, and are the gold standard in making a life together.

He is also survived by his two sons and their special families: John J. II (Joey) and Janie of Frisco, TX, and Jay Robert and Nicole, along with their sons, and Pa’s Special Grandsons Jarrett, Chase, and Cooper. They are the twinkle in Pa’s eyes, and he loved playing golf with them, and listening to their “tall tales.”

He is also survived by a brother, Steve (Doris) of Rock Hill, SC, and his Childress nephews (Steve, Alex, and Tony). As well, he is survived by the Gunter family, who all grew to love him, and he to them as well.

During his fight over the past three (3) years, Joe showed true grit and determination in fighting this fight “head on,” and we saw that in him each and every day.

The family would like to thank all those that have helped in some way. The Doctors and Staff at the Raleigh Regional Cancer Center (Beckley), the Moffitt Cancer Center (Tampa, Fla.), the nurses of Hospice of Southern WV, especially Courtney, and Lori; his adopted  “daughter and son-in-law” Dr. Dick and Lora Daniel; so many very close friends, and two very special ladies, caregivers, and “family” to all of us: Sharon Daniel and Becky Lilly.

He left a legacy of truth, loyalty, love and friendship. We miss him so, but rejoice in knowing that he is enjoying God’s Blessings, and is smiling and laughing for sure.

A Celebration of Life and Heaven Party will be at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, February 26th, 2014, at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens and Mausoleum with Pastor Larry Halsey officiating. Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, February 25th, 2014, at the Funeral Home.

Pallbearers honored to carry Joe are his sons, Joey and Jay, his grandsons Jarrett and Chase, his nephew Mark Gunter, his special friend and business partner John Stroud, and special caregivers and “partners in crime” Sharon Daniel and Becky Lilly. Grandson Cooper is an Honorary Pallbearer.

In lieu of flowers, and according to his wishes, a scholarship fund has been set up for his grandsons at Childress Education Fund c/o Mark Gunter: Chase Bank, 500 Neville Street, Beckley, WV 25801.

Online condolences and other tributes are available to the family via www.blueridgefuneralhome.com.

Arrangements with Blue Ridge Funeral Home, 5251 Robert C. Byrd Drive in Prosperity.



Edna Mae Cooper

Edna Mae Cooper, age 89, of Beckley, passed away at the Bowers Hospice House in Beckley on Saturday, February 22, 2014.

Born on April 10, 1924, at Slab Fork,  she was the daughter of the late William T. Green and Ennis Lewis Green.

Mrs. Cooper was a homemaker, and a member of the Beckley Regular Baptist Church, where she had served as the church secretary and secretary for the AWANA program.

She enjoyed reading her Bible, and doing her devotions. Past hobbies included quilting and sewing.

Mrs. Cooper was preceded in death by her husband, Fred L. Cooper, in 1997, by brothers, William C., Paul, and Jerry Green, and nephews, Kenny Green and Gary Green.

Those survivors left to cherish her memory include her children, Fred R. Cooper of Beckley, and Kenneth L. Cooper and his wife Gwen of Beckley.

Two grandchildren, Brad Cooper of Beckley, Kenny Cooper and his fiancée Amanda Liller of Beckley.

Two stepgrandsons, Douglas and Dwayne Arthur. Two stepgreat-grandchildren, Krista Meadows and her husband Traves, and Dakota Arthur.

A brother, Herbert Green of Taylor, Michigan, three sisters, Mary Messersmith and her husband Robert of Martinsburg, WV, Wanda West and her husband Bernard of Greenwood, Delaware, and Brenda Wyant and her husband Richard of Hagerstown, Maryland. Numerous nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services will be conducted at the Rose and Quesenberry Peace Chapel in Beckley at 1 p.m. Wednesday, February 26, 2014, with Pastor Steven Beverly, of the Beckley Regular Baptist Church, and Pastor Roger Pauley of Cranberry Baptist Church, officiating. Burial will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens at Prosperity. Friends may visit with the family one hour prior to the services at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be men of the Beckley Regular Baptist Church. Honorary pallbearers will be Bill Davidson and G. Michael Walkup.

Private online condolences, floral tributes, and other expressions of sympathy may be directed to the family via our guestbook at www.roseandquesenberry.net.

In lieu of flowers, donations of sympathy may be made to the Bowers Hospice House, 454 Cranberry Drive, Beckley, WV, or to the Beckley Regular Baptist Church Missions Fund, 707 Johnstown Road, Beckley, WV.

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



David Richard Crawford

LIMA — David Richard Crawford, 85, of Lima passed away 7:48 a.m. Sunday morning, February 23, 2014, at his residence surrounded by his loving family.

He was born December 16, 1928, in Helen, W.Va., to Arlen and Garnet (Lambert) Crawford and they preceded him in death. On August 5, 1954, he married the love of his life, Vivian H. Baker, and she survives him.

They are the parents to two children, Richard Dale (Sherry) Crawford of Bowling Green and Kathy Lynn (Russ) Larotonda of Lima. He is grandfather to three grandchildren: Kristie Bane, Kyle Crawford and Jennifer Flory and one great-grandchild: Jaylyn Wilcox. He is also survived by a brother, Vincent Crawford of Toledo, and a sister, Betty (Don) Davis of Atlanta, Ga.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Edward and Harold Crawford.

He started his career as a diesel mechanic working for Norwalk Truck Lines, which later became Central Transport, and retired after 32 years. He was an Army veteran serving in the Korean Conflict from 1949-1952, where he received the Purple Heart. He is a member of the Disabled American Veterans, a member of VFW Post 1275. He was an avid cyclist and rower. He loved woodworking especially building clocks. 

Funeral services will be conducted 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014, at Siferd-Orians Funeral Home with Pastor Tony Richmond officiating. Friends may call 1 p.m. until the time of the service at the funeral home. Burial will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery.

Memorial contributions can be made to Community Health Professionals Hospice.

Condolences can be left at www.siferd-oriansfuneralhome.com.

The Crawford family would like to extend their deepest appreciation to Community Health Professionals for the wonderful care provided to David.



Donald Ray Daniels

LAKE — Donald Ray Daniels, 56, of Lake, went to be with his Heavenly Father on February 22, 2014. 

He was born April 5, 1957, and was a son of the late Dewey and Clara Daniels.

Donald was a devoted father and grandfather who loved his family with all his heart. He was a deacon at the Hilltop Chapel Freewill Baptist Church. He was a coal miner and a member of UMWA. He was loved by all who knew him.

Those left to cherish his memories are his loving wife of 37 years, Annetta Daniels; daughters, Amy (Scotty) Collins of Cyclone, Kelly (Ricky) Ellis of Hewett and Katie (Lonnie) Marcum of Chapmanville; one brother, Norman (Edwina) Daniels of Ripley; sisters, Brenda (Tim) Riley and Glenda Hatfield of Mabscott and Rhonda (Jamie) Fortner of Rutherford, Ohio; five grandchildren, Emily, Austin, Addyson, Kara and Madyson; father-in-law, Norman (Elizabeth) Brown of Pineville; two sisters-in-law, Mary Belcher and her companion, Norman, of Shadyside, Ohio, and Stephanie (Scottie) Lusk of Oceana; and a host of family and friends.

A special thank you to Dignity Hospice and our church family and friends who have been there for us during this trying time.

Service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, February 26, 2014, at Handley Funeral Home, Danville, with Terry Dingess officiating. Burial will follow in Boone Memorial Park, Madison.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

You may express your condolences to the family at www.handleyfh.com.



Darrell Dawson

Dennis Darrell Dawson, 81, of Beckley, died Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014 of injuries received in an automobile accident in Bristol, Tenn.

Condolences may be sent to the family’s guestbook at www.meltonmortuary.com.

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary and Cremation Center, Beckley.



Betty Sue (Williams) Francis

GILBERT — Betty Sue (Williams) Francis, 86, died Feb. 23, 2014.

Service will be noon Thursday at Mounts Funeral Home Chapel, Gilbert. Burial will follow in the Mountain View Memory Gardens, Huddy, Ky. Friends may call 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Arrangements by Mounts Funeral Home Chapel, Gilbert.



Barbara Sue Glandon

GILBERT — Barbara Sue Glandon, 71, died Feb. 23, 2014.

Service will be 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28, at Mounts Funeral Home Chapel, Gilbert. Burial will follow in the Hatfield Cemetery, Sharon Heights, Gilbert. Friends may call 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Arrangements by Mounts Funeral Home Chapel, Gilbert.



Ralph Walter Hardiman

BELLE — Ralph Walter Hardiman, 93, of Belle, passed away Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014, at Marmet Center in Marmet, W.Va.

He was born Feb. 19, 1921, at Alleghany, Va.; he was a son of the late Peter Sylvester and Ada Dora Walton Hardiman.

He volunteered for the Navy in 1942. During World War II he served in the European Theater of War. He volunteered for a Tour of Duty in Vietnam in 1968 with the Navy “Sea Bees.” He served in the Navy Reserves in the 1940s through the 1970s retiring in 1979 from the Navy “Sea Bee” Reserve with the Rank of Builder Chief Petty Officer. He was a life member of the VFW Post 3466 in Charleston, volunteered in the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in Virginia and received a Certificate of Membership in the Lee Volunteers of the United States Navy.

Mr. Hardiman retired as a Masonry foreman for Lowry Masonry Company in Charleston and was a life member of the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers. He was involved in the cleanup effort after numerous weather disasters in WV and after hurricanes in the Gulf of Mexico and Mexico.

He was an avid hunter and fisherman who enjoyed the outdoors on the family farm in the Monongahela Forest in Greenbrier County.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Mabel Grace Alderman Hardiman, on Nov. 15, 2013, and his siblings, Raymond, George, Ora, Katherine, Dennis, Edgar, Emmett, Mamie, Leila, Bernie, Myrtle, Lawrence, Lee Gentry, Clarence Gentry and Laura Gentry.

Survivors include a daughter, Brenda Kees (Mike) of Raleigh, NC.; son, William Lee Hardiman (Donna) of Belle, W.Va.; grandchildren, Ginger Tennant (Alan) of Raleigh, N.C., William Hardiman II and Eamon Hardiman, both of Charleston, W.Va., and Brett Kees (Breanna) of Alvon, W.Va.; four great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Olga Wade of Alvon, W.Va., and Dorothy Alderman of South Charleston, W.Va., and a brother-in-law, Dale Alderman of Florida and White Sulphur Springs, W.Va.

Services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014, at Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Lewisburg, with the Rev. John Massey officiating. Burial with Military Honors will follow in Rosewood Cemetery at Lewisburg.

The family will receive friends from 12 noon  until 1 p.m. at the funeral home on Wednesday.

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

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Lewisburg.



Agnes Sue Hawkins

Agnes Sue Hawkins, 71, passed away on February 22, 2014, at St. Francis Hospital following a short illness.

Born March 27, 1942, at Lookout, W.Va., Sue was the daughter of the late Seybert and Margaret Carte Hawkins of Hico, W.Va.

Retiring from GEICO of Chevy Chase, Md., after 44 years, she moved to Beaver, W.Va., to make her home. She recently began attending Victory Baptist Church there.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by brothers Curtiss and Fred and sister, Frances.

Those left to cherish her memory are her sisters Helen (Ken) Tucker of Silver Spring, Md., Ronda (Frank) Lacek of Beaver, and sister-in-law Mable Hawkins of Hico; brothers Glen (Donna) Hawkins of Hico, and Ronnie Hawkins of Ronceverte, W.Va.

Sue was an avid sports fan her entire life and thoroughly enjoyed the games. Sue cherished the friends she made during her working years and kept them close to heart. She enjoyed taking care of her home, tending her flowers, and shopping. Her family of brothers, sisters, nieces, and nephews meant everything to her. She will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her. The world was a better place when Sue was here.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, February 26, 2014, at Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley, with Pastor Rollan Roberts officiating. Burial will follow at the Richmond Chapel Cemetery in Victor, W.Va.

Friends may gather with the family one hour prior to the service 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.



Tennis Chess Jackson

NORTH SPRING — Tennis Chess Jackson, 56, of North Spring, passed away Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014.

Funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27, at the North Spring Baptist Church, North Spring, with the Rev. Clifford Rawls and Pastor Jerry Rose officiating. He will be laid to rest in the Cline Cemetery, North Spring. Friends may gather with the family from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26, at the church.

E-mail letters of sympathy may be sent at www.staffordfamilyfuneralhome.com.

The family is being served by the Stafford Family Funeral Home, Lynco.



Roy Daniel Lawson

Roy Daniel Lawson, age 61, of Slab Fork, passed away suddenly on Wednesday, February 19, 2014.

Roy was a disabled coal miner. He enjoyed antique cars, his dog, fishing, hunting, and his grandkids. He was born on July 4, 1952, in Beckley, and was the son of the late Daniel and Cressie Lawson of Hotchkiss. He was also preceded in death by a son, Roy Daniel Jr.; brother, Johnny Lawson; and sisters, Goldie Engle, Faye Pope and Myrtle Lucas.

Those survivors left to cherish his memory include his wife of 41 years, Debra Lawson; children, Dain Lawson of Rock Creek, Crystal Howerton and husband Matt of Hotchkiss and Daniel Lawson and wife Brittany of Hotchkiss; sisters, Betty Arter and husband Jerry of Pennsylvania; Sylvia Riley and Dolly Wyatt both of West Virginia; brothers, Bobby Lawson and wife Mary of West Virginia, Jacob Lawson and wife Marie of Pennsylvania, and special friend, Doug Stanley of West Virginia; grandchildren, Matthew and Devin Howerton, Kayla, Johnny, Joshua and Ellie Lawson.

A service to celebrate the life of Roy Lawson will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday, February 27, 2014, at Williams-Blue Ridge Funeral Home in Sophia.

Visitation will be held from 12 to 2 p.m. at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be Jimmy Fraley, Jason Cox, Steve Cox, Doug Smith, Jakie Haines, and Donnie Willey.

The family welcomes any flowers and condolences to his former residence.

Online condolences and other tributes are also available on our website www.blueridgefuneralhome.com.

Arrangements with Williams-Blue Ridge Funeral Home in Sophia.



Emory Loren Lusk Jr.

CYCLONE — Emory Loren Lusk Jr., 47, of Cyclone, passed away Friday, Feb. 21, 2014.

Funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26, at the Cyclone Church of God, Cyclone, with the Rev. Jackie Lusk and Brother Larry Lusk officiating. Burial will follow in Osborne Cemetery, Brushy Fork. Friends may gather with the family from 11 a.m. until time of service Wednesday at the church.

E-mail letters of sympathy may be sent at www.staffordfamilyfuneralhome.com.

The family is being served by the Stafford Family Funeral Home, Lynco.



Linda L. McKinney

Linda Lorine McKinney, 59, went home to be with our Lord Jesus on Sunday, February 23, 2014, at Bowers Hospice House after a sudden illness.

Born April 19, 1954, at Alpoca, she was the daughter of the late Dewey McKinney and Violet Lorine Eastridge McKinney.

Linda was a lifelong resident of Bud-Alpoca, W.Va., she is a graduate of Herndon High School, Herndon, and is a Christian of the Pentecostal-Holiness faith and loved the Lord with all of her heart.

She loved each and every opportunity to use her talented voice to sing for the Glory of God and has truly been a blessing to many people. Linda was a very loving, caring, and compassionate person to all who knew her: friends, neighbors, and family. She also had a special love not just for people, but also for animals, and her pets.

The world has lost a very special soul, but Heaven is gaining a new angel today and forever. She will suffer no more and will reign in Heaven with her loved ones that have passed on before.

In addition to her parents she was recently preceded in death by a nephew, Douglas Shane Hall.

Those left to cherish her memory include her six siblings: one brother, Terry L. McKinney of Allen Junction; five sisters, Sandra J. Lingerfelt and late husband, John J. Lingerfelt Jr., of Richmond, Va., Betty K. Segar and late husband, Bill Segar, of Blacksburg, Va., Janie L. Thomas and husband, Lawrence C. Thomas, of Beckley, Judy K. Hall and husband, Roy Hall, of Prosperity and Phyllis I. Ball and husband, Michael R. Ball, of Piney View; many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews; and a very special friend of honorable mention, Priscilla Belcher of Bud-Alpoca.

Services will be 12 noon Wednesday, February 26, 2014, at Tankersley Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Hibbard Hatfield and Bro. Okey Slate officiating. Burial will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Beckley.

Friends may call one hour prior to services Wednesday at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be Jason Thomas, Mike Lingerfelt, Jamie Hall, R.J. Hall, Jeremy Hall, and Richard Austin.

The family would like to thank the wonderful staff of Bowers Hospice House for providing the excellent care given to Linda.

Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.tankersleyfh.com.

The family of Linda McKinney is being cared for by Tankersley Funeral Home, Mullens.



James Edward Meadows Sr.

James Edward Meadows Sr., 87, of Crab Orchard, passed away Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27, at the Rose and Quesenberry Peace Chapel with the Rev. Orville Setliff officiating. Burial will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens at Prosperity. Friends may visit with the family one hour prior to the services Thursday.

Private online condolences, floral tributes, and other expressions of sympathy may be directed to the family via our guestbook at www.roseandquesenberry.net.

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



Earl Wiley Moon

Mr. Earl Wiley Moon, 63, of Beckley, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27, at Free and Independent Holiness Church, 106 Seventh St., Beckley. Officiating will be Elder Phylander Moon, the Rev. Onnie Cook and the Rev. Ernest Stewart. Burial will follow at Greenwood Memorial Garden, Beckley. Family hour will be one hour prior to services.

Final arrangements by Durgan Funeral Home, Beckley.



Barbara Ann Bennett Morrello

RAINELLE — Barbara Ann Bennett Morrello, 77, of Rainelle, passed away Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014.

Services will be 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28, at Smathers Funeral Chapel Inc. Friends may call one hour before the service.

Arrangements by Smathers Funeral Chapel Inc., Rainelle.



Ted Oliver

PINEVILLE — Ted Oliver, 87, of Pineville passed away Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014.

A celebration of Ted’s life will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27, in the Calfee Funeral Service Chapel with the Rev. Bill Goode officiating. The family will receive friends from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26, at the funeral home. Burial will follow in the Bower Family Cemetery, Twin Falls.

Online guest book may be signed at www.calfeefuneralservice.com.

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



Dr. John Philip Raney

OAK HILL — Dr. John Philip Raney, 83, of Oak Hill, died Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014.

A memorial service will be at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27, at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill with Father Roy Gene Crist officiating. Friends may call one hour prior to the service Thursday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial contributions be made to the New River Humane Society, PO Box 955, Fayetteville, WV 25840.

Online condolences may be sent at www.tyreefuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.



Paula Reynolds

WILLIAMS MOUNTAIN — Paula Reynolds, of Williams Mountain, died Feb. 19, 2014.

Her request was for cremation. A memorial service will be 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Hopkins Fork Community Church, Prenter.

Submitted by Armstrong Funeral Home, Whitesville.



Franklin Rhodes

Franklin Rhodes, age 71, of Beckley, passed away at the Bowers Hospice House in Beckley on Sunday, February 23, 2014.

Born on April 8, 1942, in Marfork, W.Va., he was the son of the late Nellis Rhodes and Martha Smith Rhodes.

Mr. Rhodes was a retired coal miner, and a member of the UMWA. He was a member of the Church of God Family Worship Center. Mr. Rhodes enjoyed gardening and working in his garage, and enjoyed fishing with his special grandson, Chance Rhodes (who was his pride and joy).

He was a U.S. Army Veteran.

Mr. Rhodes was preceded in death by a brother, Roger Lee Rhodes, by sisters, Juanita Webb, Delores Woodrum, Virginia Clay Ramsey, Norma Cook, Glenna Kuhn, and by two grandchildren.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife Alice Wall Rhodes; sons, Frank Rhodes Jr. and his wife Rosie of Beckley, Joey Rhodes and his wife Sebrena and Timmy Rhodes of Summersville, W.Va.; daughters, Tammy Sue Rhodes of Beckley, and Tera Lynn Rhodes of Beckley. A sister Judy Bragg and her husband Don of Cool Ridge; 11 grandchildren, and one great-grandchild also survive.

Funeral services will be conducted at the Rose and Quesenberry Peace Chapel in Beckley on Wednesday, February 26, 2014, at 7 p.m., with Pastor Carl Sellards officiating. Friends may visit with the family from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday.

Private online condolences, floral tributes, and other expressions of sympathy may be directed to the family via our guestbook at www.roseandquesenberry.net. In lieu of flowers, donations of sympathy may be made to the Bowers Hospice House, 454 Cranberry Drive, Beckley, WV.

Arrangements by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, Beckley.



Jimmy Swafford

Jimmy Swafford, 67, of Naoma, passed away Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014.

Service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26, at the Armstrong Funeral Home, Whitesville, with the Rev. David Cook officiating. Interment will follow in the Jarrell-Dickens Cemetery on Polly Hill at Pine Knob. Friends may call two hours before the service Wednesday at the funeral home.

Arrangements by Armstrong Funeral Home, Whitesville.



Frances Wheeler

On Saturday, Feb. 22nd, 2014, our most cherished, Frances Wheeler, passed away following a long illness. She was in her 84th year.

One of eight children, Frances Irene Smithson was born on Dec. 28th, 1929, at Ohley in Kanawha County. Her parents were the late Harley C. and Virgie M. Belcher Smithson. Her sisters Lava Bowling, and Dollie Stover and brothers, Quillie, Ray, Leslie and Richard Smithson, have preceded her in death.

Frances’ sister Dora Massie of Virginia survives.

Frances spent her childhood in Raleigh County. A graduate of Trap Hill High School, Frances was a member of the First Baptist Church of Beckley and the AARP. She was formerly employed by G.C. Murphy Co. Frances volunteered at the Beckley Hospital for many years. She will be remembered by her children as a devoted wife and Mother.

Frances was marred to Staff Sgt. William P. Wheeler. To this union were born their three daughters, Betty Williams her husband, Cecil, of Shady Spring, Pamela Mabes and her husband, Bobby Jr., of MacArthur and Rebecca Meadows and her husband, Ricky, of Powhatan, Va. William Wheeler died on Sept. 23, 1970.

Frances was the doting “Nanny Wheeler” to her grandchildren, Misty O’Neal of Shady Spring, Les Williams of Daniels, Christopher Mabes of Oak Hill, Mark Meadows of Gum Springs, Va., and Holly Meadows of Amelia, Va.; the proud great-grandmother of Cecily, Brittany, Amanda, Aiden, Lauren, Aaron and Luke; several nieces and nephews survive as well.

On Wednesday, Feb. 26th, at 2 p.m. there will be a “Service of Remembrance” for Frances at the Melton Mortuary Chapel. Pastor Kenneth Parent will be officiating. Frances will be laid to rest in Canaday Cemetery at Glen View.

The honor of carrying Frances has been given to Bobby Mabes Jr., Ricky Meadows, Greg O’Neal, Les Williams, Christopher Mabes and Mark Meadows.

The family will receive friends on Tuesday evening at the mortuary from 6 to 8 p.m. and one hour prior to the services on Wednesday.

The family would also like to give special thanks to the Hilltop Center for the kindness and compassion shown to us and our beloved Mother over the past years. May God Bless you.

“Farewell, We lost her long before she went away. She doesn’t know us anymore but that’s ok. We still love her very much. Does she still know that she’s lost touch? We wish she could remember all the love we shared and how much we still deeply care. We hope she does not feel alone and betrayed. Oh Lord, please don’t let her be afraid. Give us strength to do what’s right for today. For now only God can give her what she needs night and day.”

Condolences may be sent to the family’s guestbook at www.meltonmortuary.com.

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary and Cremation Center, Beckley.



Iris G. Wheeler

KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany — Iris G. Wheeler, 54, formerly of Fayetteville passed away Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014.

For those wishing to express their condolences to the Wheeler family, you may do so by visiting our website at www.doddpaynehessfuneralhome.com.

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



Linda L. Whipkey

LOOKOUT — Linda L. Whipkey, 67, of Lookout, died February 22, 2014.

Born March 31, 1946, at Winona, she was the daughter of Charles Hypes and Kathleen Sebert Hypes. She was preceded in death by her father, Charles Hypes, and father-in-law, Edgar Whipkey.

Mrs. Whipkey was retired from the Fayette County Board of Education, where she worked for many years at Nuttall Middle School and Midland Trail High School. She was a Christian by faith and loved the Heavenly Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost. Linda was a member of Mt. Olive United Methodist Church of Lookout. She also loved her family very much and was a devoted wife to her husband, Leonard Whipkey, and mother to her three sons, Sean, Charles and Heath.

She was always there with her unconditional love. She was an excellent cook and a very sweet lady who was loved by many. She was a 1964 graduate of Nuttall High School and also had an Associate Degree, which she obtained in her late fifties.

Surviving: her husband of 47 years, Leonard Whipkey; three sons, Sean (Linda) of Hico, Charles (Kimberly) of Leavenworth, Kan., and Heath (Debbie) of Summersville; her mother, Kathleen Sebert Hypes of Lookout, and her sister, Debbie (Russell) Bennett of Lookout; mother-in-law, Verna Whipkey of Oak Hill; nine grandchildren, Jimmy (Dena), Travis, Brandi, Whitney, Cody, Autumn, Suzanne, Summer and Jacob, and two great-grandchildren, Nickelle and Kayden; special cousin and aunt, Dianna and Carol Thompson of Lookout, and special friend Janice Comer of Fayetteville. She is also survived by many other family members and friends, all of whom were very special to her.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, February 26, 2014, at Wallace and Wallace Funeral Home Chapel in Ansted with Pastor Mike Loudermilk officiating. Entombment will follow at the Chapel of Rest Mausoleum in Victor.

Friends may call Wednesday from 12 noon to 2 p.m. at the funeral home chapel.

Online condolences may be sent to www.wallaceandwallacefh.com.

Wallace and Wallace of Ansted is in charge of the arrangements.