The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


February 28, 2014

Obituaries — Friday, Feb. 28, 2013


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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