The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

February 28, 2014

Obituaries — Friday, Feb. 28, 2013

Carol Ann Bower

Carol Ann Bower, 75, of Coal City, passed away on Tuesday, February 25, 2014, after a courageous battle with lung cancer in the arms of her loving family. Born on July 14, 1938, in Lillybrook, she was the daughter of the late William Mays and Virgie Pearl Basham Mays.

Carol was a retired teacher’s aide of 29 years for the Raleigh Co. Board of Education, and a member of Princewick Missionary Baptist Church.

In addition to her parents, Carol is preceded in death by her beloved husband, Von Bower; sister, Hilda Wilson; brothers-in-law, Emette Wilson and Eugene Grim.

Those left to cherish her memory include her children, Tamela Ann Sprouse (Chuck) of Princewick, WV, and son, Von Edward Bower at home; 4 grandchildren, Angela Hudnall (Michael) of Princewick, WV, Charlie Sprouse (Ashton) of Coal City, WV, Gregory Sprouse (Jessica) of Madison, NC, Tosha (Kevin) of Fredricksburg, VA; 8 great-grandchildren, Logan Patrick, Kayla Michelle, Casey Ruth, Zachary Charles, Elizabeth Gail, Edward Harrison, Jeremiah Lee and Benjamin James; sisters, Aline (Jim) of Dunnellon, FL, Shirley Grim of Hudson, FL; sisters-in-law, Rosemary Thomas (Jack) of Coal City, Bobbie Helvey (Vernon) of Covington, VA, and Nora Faye (Eddie) of Christiansburg, VA; and a host of nieces, nephews and beloved friends.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 1, 2014, at Williams Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Sophia, with Pastor Shane Roark officiating. Burial will follow at Sunset Memorial Park.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

The family would also like to thank the Hospice Staff of Beckley, WV, and the staff at the Carl Larson Cancer Center, Beckley, WV.

Friends may gather with the family Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Arrangements by Williams Blue Ridge Funeral Home, 101 1st Street, Sophia, WV.

John M. Doss

John M. Doss, 67, of Bolt, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014.

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

Lawrence Thomas Evans

CRANY — Lawrence Thomas Evans, 67, of Crany, WV, passed away on Tuesday, February 25, 2014, at his home.

He was born January 27, 1947, in North Spring, WV, a son of the late William Marion and Tracy Mary Davis Evans.

He was a 1964 graduate of Baileysville High School, a United States Navy Veteran, and a 1970 graduate of the West Virginia University Institute of Technology.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers: William Ronald Evans and wife Fran and John Wesley Evans and wife Elaine; a sister Leatha Etta Peery and husband John; and an infant sister.

Tom was a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend, who was known for his incredible work ethic and quick sense of humor. He enjoyed relaxing and hunting with his brothers, extended family, and friends at his beloved cabin in Glady, WV, and more recently reconnecting with a dear friend from the Navy, Barry Roederer, on fishing trips. A special highlight of each year was an annual picnic with high school friends from the Baileysville Class of 1964. Tom retired as a foreman for Peabody Coal Co. and fought a valiant battle against cancer for the past 25 years.

Survivors include his loving wife of 46 years Linda Cochran Evans; two daughters Angela Lynn (Michael) Grinsell of Fleming Island, FL, and Dr. Carmella Evans (Chad) Molina of Zionsville, IN; two sisters Diana Lynn Evans of Houston, TX, and Dale Ann (Jim) Morris of Columbia, SC; three brothers Roger Barry Hatfield of Logan, Dr. Winston Churchill (Patricia) Evans of West Palm Beach, FL, and Jerry Arnold (Shelia) Evans of North Spring; four grandchildren: Thomas Wesley Grinsell, Rebecca Lynn Grinsell, Olivia Lianne Molina, and Cameron Elise Molina; and a host of other loving family and friends.

Funeral services will be held at noon on Saturday, March 1, 2014, at the Toneda Missionary Baptist Church, Crany, WV, with Pastor Jim Hamrick and Rev. Glenn Hatfield officiating. He will be laid to rest in the Palm Memorial Gardens, Matheny, WV. Military Rites will be conducted by the Wyoming County Veterans Honor Guard.

Friends may gather with the family from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, February 28, 2014, at the Chapel of Stafford Family Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Chad Molina, Michael Grinsell, Thomas Grinsell, Jeremiah Schollar, Charles Schollar, Bill Evans, Scott Evans, Teddy Riffe, Otis Riffe, and A.J. Cook.

The family would like to extend a special thank you and debt of gratitude to Debbie Schollar, Deanna and J.B. Cook, and Drs. Carl Larson and Mayez El-Harake and the staff of the Raleigh Regional Cancer Center for their help and assistance over the years.

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

Leola Faye Cook Gilliland

WYOMING COUNTY — Leola Faye Cook Gilliland, 92, of Wyoming County, WV, passed away Friday, February 21, 2014. 

Born December 11, 1921, in Turkey Creek, WV, she was the daughter of the late Walter Raleigh Cook and Minnie Edna Cook.

Faye was a 1940 graduate of Pineville High School.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 48 years William O. “Bill” Gilliland; four brothers, Otto, Lacy, Dale and Sydney Cook, and a sister, Merlie Irene Stewart.

Survivors include her son, William Terry Gilliland; A daughter, Regina Honaker and her husband, Gray; Grandchildren, Gray William Honaker and his partner, Katherine, Thomas Jason Honaker and his wife, Laura; Great-grandchildren, Henry Gray Honaker, Thomas Owen Honaker and Lucy Gray Honaker; Stepgrandchildren, Willow-mina Jozette Mikels and Jonathan Mikels; Brother-in-law, Gene Gilliland; Two special nieces, Wilma Jean Cook and Iris Stewart King. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins.

The family honored her request to be cremated.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, March 1, 2014, in the Calfee Funeral Service Chapel, Pineville, with the Rev. Evan Arkell officiating.

Burial will follow in Palm Memorial Gardens, Matheny.

The family requested that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to a church or Christian charity of your choice.

Online guest book may be signed at

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

Hazel Straley Goodson

DAVY — “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith”; Hazel Straley Goodson, 97, of Davy passed away peacefully, Wednesday, February 26, 2014, at the Greenbrier Manor in Fairlea, WV.

Born at Brier Creek, WV, on November 30, 1916, she was the daughter of the late W. Tilden and Goldie Short Straley.

She was a graduate of Williamson High School and Concord College, and a retired educator having taught thirty years in the Wyoming and McDowell County School systems. She was a member of the United Methodist Church in Davy where she was actively involved in the music and Sunday School Department. She loved singing in the choir as a way to praise her Lord, and enjoyed Bible study, gardening, cooking and ways to serve others.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Paul Goodson, five sisters, four brothers, and son-in-law, Olen W. Blankenship.

Survivors include three daughters, Paula Blankenship of Lewisburg, Sue Williams and husband, Richard, of Kimball, Mary Kay Amey and husband, Geoffrey, of Winter Park, FL; five grandchildren, Paul (JoLynn) Blankenship, Tonya (Erich) Walls, Sarah (Jamie) Hoke, Nicholas (Amanda) Williams, and Jason Amey; nine great-grandchildren, Zachary and Amber Blankenship, Trevor, Cameron and Maiya Walls, Hayden Hoke, Conner and Abigail Williams, and Caysen Amey; several nieces and nephews, and blessed with several devoted caregivers while she resided in Davy; The family would also like to thank the staff of the Greenbrier Manor for the outstanding care, love and compassion their mother received.

A service celebrating the life of Hazel Goodson will be Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Fanning Funeral Home Chapel in Welch, with Rev. Brian Long officiating. Burial will be beside her husband at Roselawn Memorial Gardens in Princeton. The family will receive friends from 11:30 a.m. until the hour of the service.

Pallbearers will be Paul Blankenship, Nicholas Williams, Jason Amey, Jamie Hoke, Erich Walls, and Jerry Goodson.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Helen Frances Gore

HINTON — Helen Frances Gore, 87, of 495 Stokes Drive, Hinton, died Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014.

Graveside services and burial will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 1, at Greenbrier Burial Park in Hinton. Pastor Jeff Canterbury will officiate. There will be no visitation.

Online condolences and guest register at

Arrangements by Pivont Funeral Home, Hinton.

Harold Lee Guilliams

“I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” Phil. 4:13. Harold Lee Guilliams, age 66, of Hines, WV, went home to heaven to be with his Lord and Savior on February 21, 2014, in the hospice unit of the VA Medical Center in Beckley, WV.

Born on January 11, 1948, he was the eldest son of Asline Gibson Guilliams and the late William Howard Guilliams. Harold was also known affectionately as “Cheezar,” a nickname given him as a child by his Grandfather Gibson.

Harold was a graduate of Rupert High School and served his country in the United States Army. He received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Theology from Toccoa Falls College in Toccoa Falls, Georgia, a diploma from the Region IV School of Practical Nursing, Lewisburg, WV, and an Associate in Applied Science Degree with a major in Nursing from the Dabney Lancaster Community College in Clifton Forge, VA.

He worked as a registered nurse at the Greenbrier Valley Medical Center in Fairlea, WV, and at Heartland Nursing Home in Rainelle, WV. Previous employment included working with mentally challenged patients at group facilities in Georgia and Lewisburg, WV. As a Bible scholar, he once served as pastor at Hines Gospel Tabernacle, preached at the Thorny Point Tabernacle on Hump Mountain and recently had been teaching Bible Study at Hines Baptist Church.

Those left to cherish his memory include his mother, Asline Guilliams of Hines, WV, his brother,  James (Floyd) Guilliams and wife Myra of Moneta, VA, his sisters Pat Smith and husband Lee of Crawley, WV, and Jean Fox and husband Robert of Leslie, WV, and the following nephews: Stewart Clements,  Philip Clements, Grant Clements, Evin Guilliams, Keelan Guilliams, Elliot Smith, Jared Smith, Nelson Smith, and Robby Fox, as well as a host of other family and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 1, 2014, at the Union Mission Church (formerly Hines Gospel Tabernacle) at Hines, WV, with pastors Gary Eisenman, Bill Cruse, and Delmas Beavers officiating. Nephews will serve as pallbearers. Burial will follow at Wallace Memorial Cemetery at Clintonville, WV. The family will receive friends at the church on Saturday from noon until 2 p.m.

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

Sally ‘ANN’ Kincaid

Sally “ANN” Kincaid, 55, of Backus Mountain Road, passed away Tuesday morning, February 25, 2014, at her home, following a long illness. Born August 11, 1958, at Beckley, she was the daughter of the late James Alfred Crowe, and Virginia Ann Wall Crowe Berry of Danese, WV. In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Ralph and Alma Crowe, and maternal grandparents, Melvin and Ruth Wall. Ann attended Chestnut Knob Baptist Church of Layland, and was a homemaker. She had also worked as a LPN, at Greenbrier Valley Medical Center, in Fairlea, for over 13 years.

Survivors include her husband: David Randell Kincaid of Backus Mountain; her mother: Virginia Ann Wall Crowe Berry and husband Harold of Danese, WV; daughter: Jennifer Ann Schoolcraft and husband James of Thomasville, NC; son: Jesse Alfred Kincaid and wife Crystal of Backus Mountain, WV; 5 brothers: James Alfred Crowe, Jr., and family of Danese, WV, David Wayne Crowe and family of Gonzales, LA, Roger Alan Crowe and family of Port Allen, LA, Melvin Willis Crowe and family of Port Allen, LA, Michael Lee Crowe and family of Walker, LA; 1 stepbrother: Harold Carl Berry, II, and family of Danese, WV; 4 grandchildren: Darren McClanahan, Courtney Kincaid, Dylan Schoolcraft, and Corey Kincaid; Many special friends and extended family.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 2, 2014, at Wallace & Wallace Chapel in Rainelle, with Pastor Floyd Bolen officiating. Burial will follow at Kincaid Cemetery on Backus Mountain Road.

Friends may visit with the family Saturday evening, March 1, 2014, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

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Arrangements entrusted to Wallace & Wallace of Rainelle.

John ‘Jackie’ Lemeul Nutter

THOMASVILLE, N.C. — John “Jackie” Lemeul Nutter, 57, of Thomasville, North Carolina, formerly of Rupert, passed away Tuesday, February 25, 2014, at his home following a short illness.

Born March 30, 1956, in Baltimore, Maryland, he was the son of the late Albert James and Lila Mae Duncan Nutter.

John, “Jackie,” worked in the medical field and enjoyed helping others. He received his B.S. from Bluefield State College. John volunteered at a homeless shelter, even providing lodging when needed. He was a loving and caring man.

Survivors include his son Jacob Nutter and wife Ashley of Rupert; his daughter Christy Rooker and husband Tim of Muddy Creek Mountain, Alderson; 3 brothers Jim Nutter and wife Judy of Meadow Bridge, Wayne Nutter and wife Kathy of Pickaway and Mike Nutter and wife Jackie of Rainelle; 3 grandchildren Madison Rooker, Layken Rooker and Landenn Nutter; and many extended family.

Services will be 1 p.m. Saturday, March 1, at Smathers Funeral Chapel, Inc. Burial will follow in the Wallace Memorial Cemetery at Clintonville.

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

Online condolences at

Arrangements by Smathers Funeral Chapel, Inc., Rainelle.

Steven Gordon Priestley

NETTIE — Steven Gordon Priestley 58, of Nettie, died Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014.

Funeral will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 1, in Simons-Coleman Funeral Home, Richwood, with Pastor Gerald Roberts officiating. Interment is in McClung Cemetery, Canvas. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until service time Saturday.

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

Pendleton Lewis Raines

On Monday, February 24, 2014, Pendleton Lewis Raines, 89, of Beckley, passed away with his family by his side. Born April 18, 1924, at Wayside, WV, he was the son of the late Pendleton Roy and Sarah Harris Raines.

Penn was a lifelong resident of Monroe and Raleigh counties. He was a Veteran of WWII, serving in the Army Air Force as an Aerial Gunner and receiving honorable discharge in 1945. Returning to Beckley, he was owner operator of Harper Heights Grocery and Service Station. Later, he attended Morris Harvey College in Charleston, WV, for a degree in Business Science. Raines and Raines Construction was formed in 1958, later becoming Beckley Realty Company. Penn was active in the area home building and real estate industry for over fifty years, completing his last house in 2010. During this time, he obtained his auctioneering license and truly enjoyed those events. He was involved in many community and business organizations. Also a member of several area dance clubs, he enjoyed ballroom and square dancing. Penn had many hobbies: including tending his small vineyard and crafting wines, traveling the back roads and abroad, and being with family and friends. A natural student of life and learning, he was always ready for the next adventure.

Penn was preceded in death by his wife, Louise Morrison Raines, a daughter Penny Ruth, a granddaughter Kristen Leigh, and brother Fred Henry Raines.

Survivors left to cherish his memory include a son, David L. Raines and wife, Tonja, grandson, David Ashton, all of Beckley. A daughter Deborah Denny and husband Chris of Flat Top. Grandson Zephan Keatley and wife, Brandy, great-grandson Liam, all of Raleigh, NC. A brother George Henry Raines and wife Dorty of Mansfield, OH. A sister-in-law Alberta Raines of Shreveport, LA, nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Service will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 2, 2014, at Rose & Quesenberry Peace Chapel in Beckley with Pastor Craig Stevens of Northgate Baptist Church officiating. A private burial will follow. Friends may call one hour before services at the funeral home.

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

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

Martha Smith

PALM BAY, Fla. — Martha Smith, 76, of Palm Bay, formerly of Beckley, passed away at University of Virginia Medical Center on February 23, 2014.

She was born on June 3, 1937, in Raleigh County, to the late Woodrow and Ruth Grimes.

Martha was a magistrate assistant in Raleigh County for 15 years until moving to Floyd, Va., where she became a magistrate until she retired. While living in Floyd, she also owned a gift shop on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

After retiring, she and her late husband, Ray, made their home in Palm Bay.

Martha enjoyed traveling, working in her yard and flower beds, playing the slot machines, and making beautiful flower arrangements. Her biggest joy was spending time with her granddaughter, watching her grow into an awesome skier, and attending her many recitals and “Nutcracker” performances.

Her loving husband, Ray Smith, of 56 years, preceded her in death on February 28, 2011.

Those left to cherish her memory are her daughters, Debbie and her husband Curtis Goad of Virginia, Cheryl and her husband Tom Potts of Beckley, her precious granddaughter, Presley Rae Peterson, stepgrandson Josh Goad, and stepgreat-granddaughter, Alivia, of San Diego, Calif.

She is also survived by brothers, Dean Grimes of Beckley, Norman Grimes of Texas, and a sister, Peggy Roza of Michigan.

Martha also leaves behind countless lifelong friends reaching from the east coast to the west coast.

Her daughters would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Gary Poling and his staff as well as Eppy’s IV for their devoted care of their mother.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 1, 2014, at Calfee Funeral Home with Rick Snuffer officiating. Visitation is from 1 to 3 p.m., and service will be at 3 p.m.

Online condolences may be left at

Arrangements by Calfee Funeral Home, Beckley.

Dorothy Staples

Dorothy Staples of Bradley went home to be with her Lord on Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014.

She was born at Cabin Creek on Dec. 24th, 1921, to the late James and Clara Ragland Rhodes. Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband, Lucian Mack Staples Jr., a son, Arthur Mack Staples, a daughter, Clara Falk, and a grandson, Brian Staples.

At her passing at the age of 92 years, Dorothy was the last surviving member of nine siblings which consisted of seven brothers and two sisters.

Others left behind include her daughter, Carolyn and her husband, Frank Cipolat of Liberty; son-in-law, Ben J. Falk of Bradley; grandchildren, John William Falk, Debra Akers, Lenna Poe, Kimberly Lancaster, Rene Lusk, Stacy Hawkins; and many great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be Friday, Feb. 28th, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. at the Melton Mortuary, 1200 Harper Road, Beckley. A Remembrance Service will follow. The Rev. Paul Zutaut will be officiating. Burial will follow in the Sunset Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, please give to a church or charity of your choice.

Condolences may be sent to the family’s guestbook at

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary and Cremation Center, Beckley, WV.

Edwin Howard Warfield

LEWISBURG — Edwin “Ed” Howard Warfield passed away February 26, 2014. He was 86 years old. Ed was born on November 29, 1927, in Shinnston, WV, to Joshua Dorsey and Clarice Stack Warfield, and was the youngest of seven children.

Ed served in the U.S. Army, attended Fairmont State College, graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Dentistry in 1956, and from West Virginia University, specializing in Orthodontics in 1975. He retired in November 2012 after 56 years of dedicated service in maintaining and improving the dental health and smiles for others. During his lifetime he was a member of numerous professional and civic organizations, and participated in local community and volunteer activities, including community theaters as both an actor and director. At the time of his death he had been attending Wild Meadow Baptist Church, and had been active locally with Gideons international until he was physically unable to participate.

Ed was preceded in death by his wife of 40 years, Nora Lee Davis Warfield, on Jan. 28th, 2014, as well as his parents and siblings, 3 brothers and 3 sisters.

Ed is survived by children: Dawn Warfield and husband Michael Knight, Karin McGraw and husband Gary, Edwin Warfield II and wife Felicia Glick; stepchildren: Ronald Chambers and wife Marilyn, Marilyn Lewis and husband Leo; grandchildren: Amanda McGraw, Laura Sheets, Andrew and Rachel Knight, Eric Oberwise, Christina, Kevin and Ashley Chambers, Micah Welhofer, Ryan Lewis; and great-grandchildren: Mary McGraw, Bradley Sheets, Kaleigh, Lilly and Eli Welhofer, Scarlett Chambers, and Clay Lewis.

Ed was living at the Greenbrier Manor in Lewisburg, WV, when he passed away. The family appreciates the wonderful care they provided to Ed and Nora while they were residents there over the last 14 months.

A joint memorial service, celebrating the lives of Ed and his beloved wife, Nora Lee, will be held on March 15th at 11 a.m., at the Wild Meadow Baptist Church, White Sulphur Springs, WV. Ed loved the Lord and was committed to helping provide God’s word to the world through the work of Gideons International. For this reason, those who would like to honor his memory at this time are asked to donate to Gideons International at, or mail contributions to Gideons International, P.O. Box 1380, Lewisburg, WV 24901.

Per Ed’s wishes, his body was donated to the Human Gift Registry. Wallace and Wallace Funeral Home, Lewisburg, is assisting the family.

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Iris G. Wheeler

KAISERSLAUTERN, GERMANY — Iris G. Wheeler, 54, formerly of Fayetteville, West Virginia, passed away Saturday, February 22, 2014, at home with her husband, Tom, and brother and sister-in-law, Erhard and Imtrud Eitel, in Kaiserslautern, Germany.

Born on October 18, 1959, in Wetzlar, Germany, and was the daughter of the late Helmut and Maria Elfriede Eitel of Wetzlar, Germany. 

She married her husband, Thomas C. Wheeler of Lochgelly, West Virginia, on October 13, 1982, in Rechtenbach, Germany. Iris worked as a civilian employee for the U.S. Army from 1978 until she medically retired in 2012. Her hobbies included genealogy, cross stitching and working.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Tammie L. Brown of Fayetteville, West Virginia, and Sandra (Sandy) Bias of Oak Hill, West Virginia.

Left to cherish her precious memories are four brothers: Erhard (Imtrud) Eitel of Germany, Steve (Linda) Wheeler of Fayetteville, David (Paula) Wheeler of Fayetteville, Jonathan (Brandy) Wheeler of Lochgelly, one sister, Rita Mueller of Germany; brother-in-law, Billy Brown of Fayetteville; nieces and nephews, Laura (Joe) Wiley, Marcus (Sandra) Mueller, Heather (Robb) Massie, Thomas (Nadine) Eitel, Jason (Katherine) Bias, Amber Pittman, Brooke Foster, Hannah (Brandon) Stone, Morgan Wheeler, Austin Brown, Brent Wheeler, Sarah Mueller, Ciera Wheeler, Sierra Toney, Bryson Wheeler, Aidan Foster, Nathan Wiley, Hunter Pittman, Logan Pittman, McKenna Wiley, Fynn Eitel, Cameron Foster, and Laura Eitel.

Funeral services will be held on Sunday, March 2, 2014, at 2 p.m. at Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home Chapel, Fayetteville, with Pastor Eddie Persinger officiating. Interment will follow at Huse Memorial Park, Fayetteville, West Virginia.

The family will receive friends one hour before the funeral on Sunday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Iris’ memory to Hospice of WV, PO Box 1472, Beckley, WV 25802-1472.

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

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

Arlene Farmer Chambers White

Arlene Farmer Chambers White was born January 1, 1932, at Bolt, West Virginia, and died February 26, 2014. She was the daughter of the late Anthony A. and Icie Tabor Farmer. On November 2, 2000, she was diagnosed with Evan’s Syndrome.

She was a member of the Breckenridge Missionary Baptist Church at Bolt since 1949, where she served as correspondence secretary.

A graduate of Trap Hill High School, class of 1949, she attended Concord College where she received a degree in education. She also held a Master’s Degree in Business Education from Marshall University. Arlene taught at Marsh Fork High and Man Junior High. After resigning from teaching, she became the Postmaster at Bolt, WV, until she retired in 1997. She was a member of the National Association of Postmasters, National League of Postmasters, Raleigh County League of Democratic Women and The Degree of Honor.

She was preceded in death by first husband, James Randall Chambers, in 1984 and second husband, Walter “Sam” White, in 2003, and a brother, A. Alvin Farmer, in 2013.

Survivors include: daughters, Mrs. J.R. (Robert) Dorton, of Holly Hills; Mrs. Rochelle (Alan) Barnette, of Sophia; Mrs. Raylene (Gilles) Caron of Bolt; six grandchildren: Mrs. Jennifer (Phil) Buchanan; Mrs. Jessica (Mark) Workman, Mrs. Jillian (Tyler) Davis; Joshua Caron, all of Bolt, and Joshua’s fiancée, Katie Muovich, of Lester, Aaron (Adrianna) Barnette; Adam Barnette and fiancée Liz Heatley, all of Tampa, FL. Great-grandchildren: Justine Buchanan, Kylee Davis, Jaxson Workman, Khyler Davis, Abigail Barnette, and baby girl Davis and Alec Barnette, both due in May. A brother, Charles C. (Pat) Farmer of Phoenix, AZ; two sisters: A. Agnes Smith and Annette (Wallace) Carter of Newark, DE.

Sam’s children: Mrs. Debbie (Larry) Keaton of Marshall, VA; Mrs. Karen (Jim) Keaton of Centreville, VA; and Scott White of Coal City; grandchildren, Shane, Michael, Michelle, Krystal, Justin; and great-grandchildren, Savanna, Noah, Cheyenne, Holly, Garrett and Gabriella.

Funeral services will be conducted at Breckenridge Missionary Baptist Church on Sunday, March 2, at 2 p.m. with Pastor Dewey Lowe officiating. Burial will follow in Sunset Memorial Park. Friends may visit with the family from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, March 1, at the church.

Friends will serve as pallbearers.

The family asks that in lieu of flowers, a memorial donation be made to BMBC Scholarship Fund, PO Box 106, Bolt, WV 25817.

Arrangements by Calfee Funeral Home, Beckley, WV.

Online condolences may be left at

Arrangements by Calfee Funeral Home, Beckley.

Lawrence Melvin Whitlock

OAK HILL — Lawrence Melvin Whitlock, 87, of Oak Hill, WV, died on Wednesday, February 26, 2014, at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Beckley, WV.

Born October 29, 1926, at Dewitt, WV, he was the son of the late Edward and Lola Keenan Whitlock.

He was a retired Truck Driver for Smith Transfer.

Lawrence was a member of Mount Hope Lodge No. 103, A.F. and A.M. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

Three brothers, Ralph Whitlock, Charles Whitlock and Bill Whitlock, and a sister, Helen Stone, preceded him in death.

Survivors include his loving wife of 63 years, Helen “Sissy” Vannatter Whitlock; one son, Larry Whitlock and wife, Cindy, of Oak Hill; and one sister, Margaret Spradlin.

Also surviving are his four grandchildren, Mel Whitlock and wife, Gina, of North Pole, Alaska, Stacey Ellison and husband, Brian, Jeff Whitlock of Oak Hill and Laura Whitlock of Oak Hill; five great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be on Saturday, March 1, 2014, at 2 p.m. at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill with Pastor Mike Kees and Rev. Allen Gallimore officiating. Burial will be at High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill.

Friends may call one hour prior to the service on Saturday at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill, WV.