The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

March 29, 2013

Obituaries — Friday, March 29, 2013

Charles Adkins

Charles Adkins, 67, of Beckley, passed away Thursday, March 28, 2013.

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

Walter H. Bennett

PETERSTOWN — Walter H. Bennett, 72, of Shanklins Ferry Road, Peterstown, passed away Sunday, March 24, 2013.

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Arrangements are incomplete at Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home, Peterstown.

Segal Willis Browning

VERNER — Segal Willis Browning, 91, died Wednesday, March 27, 2013.

Service will be 3 p.m. Saturday at the Verner Community Church, Verner, with the Revs. Walter Grimmett and Peggy Ryder officiating. Burial will follow in Browning Cemetery, Verner. Friends may call after 6 p.m. Friday at the church.

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Arrangements by Mounts Funeral Home, Gilbert.

Darrell Ray Bumgarner Sr.

Darrell Ray Bumgarner Sr., of Beckley, formerly of Loops Road, Rainelle, passed away Monday, March 25, 2013. 

A graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 30, in the Sims Cemetery on Loops Road, Rainelle. There will be no visitation. 

Arrangements by Smathers Funeral Chapel Inc., Rainelle.

Diana Sturgill Cline

PINEVILLE — Diana Sturgill Cline, 66, of Pineville, a native of Mullens, passed away Sunday, March 24, 2013.

A memorial service will be at a later date.

Those wishing to express their condolences may do so by visiting our website at

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

Maria DeGroff

HINTON — Maria DeGroff, 71, of Hinton, died Thursday, March 28, 2013.

Arrangements are pending completion at Pivont Funeral Home, Hinton.

William Dudley Dugger Sr.

FORT PIERCE, Fla. — William Dudley Dugger Sr. passed away on Sunday, March 24th, 2013, in Fort Pierce. A tinkerer to the end, he was hospitalized with a screwdriver in his pocket. He was born July 7, 1926, in Savannah, Ga., and lived the last 30 years in Mount Hope, W.Va., and Vero Beach, Fla., with his loving wife Margaret Dugger.   

He was a graduate of the University of Georgia and a veteran of World War II, serving in post-war Japan. After the war, he worked for American Cyanamide and later became President and CEO of Beckley Magnetite, a supplier to the coal industry. He went on to create Dugger Enterprises which focuses on real estate development in West Virginia and Florida. A talented engineer and entrepreneur, his passions included flying, motorcycle riding and steam engine restoration.

He and his wife enjoyed traveling, antiquing, and spending time with their family.   

Survivors include his wife and five children: Susannah M. (Johnnie) Merritt, William (Debbie) Dugger Jr., Elizabeth Jane D. (Norman Gordon) Booth, John Alan (Elizabeth) Dugger and Ralph Dion (Sara) Phillips; eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his first wife Lida H. Moore and his daughter, Lillian B. London.  

Services will be held at the North Sand Branch Worship Center, Mt. Hope, on Saturday, March 30, 2013, at 2 p.m.  with the Rev. Ken Souder officiating, and following the service he will be laid to rest at Blue Ridge Memorial Garden, Beckley. Military graveside rites will be performed by the Beckley VFW.

Friends may gather with the family from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday evening at Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley.

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Memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Society of Beckley, W.Va., or other charity of choice.

The honor of serving the Dugger family was given to Blue Ridge Funeral Home, 5251 Robert C. Byrd Drive, Beckley.

Ruth R. Garten

HINTON — Ruth R. Garten, 90, of 701 Temple St., Hinton, died Thursday, March 28, 2013.

Arrangements are pending completion at Pivont Funeral Home, Hinton.

Robert Jackson Guerrant

CHARLESTON — Robert Jackson Guerrant, 90, of Charleston, passed away Tuesday, March 26, 2013.

Memorial services will be at a later date.

Arrangements are in the care of Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar.

Cecil C. ‘Q-Ball’ Holcomb

LOOKOUT — Cecil C. Holcomb (Q-Ball), 88, of Lookout, passed away on Wednesday, March 27, 2013, following a long illness.

Cecil was born on April 18, 1924, in Lookout; he was the son of the late Ernest Meaken Holcomb Sr., and Louise McKnight Holcomb. He was also preceded in death by three brothers, Forrest, Arnold, and Charles; and two sisters, Emma Jean and Ernestine; and a son, Cecil C. Holcomb Jr.

Q-Ball is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Wilda Eloise Clement Holcomb of Lookout; his children, Tom Holcomb and wife Pam of Summersville, Leota Smith of Beckley, Forrest Holcomb of Lookout, Lois Parry and husband Mike of Edmond, Clyde Holcomb and wife Michelle of Lookout, Annette Holcomb of Lookout; 11 grandchildren and 20 great- grandchildren; three brothers, Ronald Holcomb (Ursula) of Tennessee, Don Holcomb (Shirley) of Kansas, Ernest Holcomb (Mildred) of Danese; and one sister, Marshalene Buchanan of Texas.

Services will be 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 30, 2013, at Wallace and Wallace Funeral Home Chapel in Ansted, with Pastor Jesse Smith officiating.

Friends may call from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Funeral Home Chapel in Ansted.

By the request of Cecil he will be cremated after the services.

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

Robert ‘Bob’ Lively

On Wednesday, March 27th, 2013, our most cherished Robert Lively of the Woodcrest Addition died in the Veterans Area Medical Center following a short illness. He was in his 83rd year.

Known affectionately as “Bob” and “Bobby” all his life, Robert Lee Lively was born on Valentine’s Day in 1930, in Beckley. The youngest of two sons, his parents were the late William Oather Lively and Mary Alice Hatfield Lively Halstead. His brother, William, has preceded him in death. Robert’s maternal great-grandparents were William Anderson “Devil Anse” and Levisa Chafin Hatfield.

Robert spent his childhood and young adult life at Whitby and Clearco, graduating from Richwood High School. He attended Concord College, served in the U.S. Army, was a veteran of the Korean Conflict. Robert retired from the Department of Interior as mining specialist. Previously, he worked for Pittson Coal Company. Robert was a member of the Memorial Baptist Church.

Robert has been married to the former Diane Compton of Virginia for the past 32 years. They have made their home in the Woodcrest Addition since 1981.

In addition to Diane, Robert leaves to cherish his memory his children, Mark Robert Lively of Beckley, Marilyn Yvonne Lively Boyce and her husband, Bruce, of Richwood. He is the dear grandfather of Emily Boyce Bailes, Julie Boyce Moore, Victoria Lively Tussey and Sarah Lively; the proud great-grandfather of Bryce Alton Bailes, Thomas Braxten Tussey, Kenzie Lee Bailes and Laken Marie Tussey. 

On Saturday, March 30th, 2013, at 11 a.m. we will remember the life of Robert Lee Lively with a “Service of Remembrance” at the Melton Mortuary Chapel. Pastor Sam Peterson will be officiating. Robert will be laid to rest in the Sunset Memorial Park in Beckley. Full military honors will be conducted by the Mercer County Veterans Council.

The family will receive friends on Friday evening from 5 to 7 p.m. and one hour prior to the services on Saturday.

The honor of carrying Robert has been given to Joe and Mike Hatfield, Allen Hughes, Marc Miller, Bruce Boyce and Ben Tussey.

Condolences may be sent to the family’s guestbook at

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary and Cremation Center, Beckley.

June O. Marshall

On March 26, 2013, June Oneida Marshall, of Helen, entered Heaven’s gates.

Born September 24, 1930, at Otsego. She was the second of three daughters born to the late Dewey Marshall and Laura Tobler Marshall. June grew up at Otsego and was a graduate of Mullens High School.

She was a longtime Christian and she faithfully attended Helen Baptist Church.

In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her sisters, Recie Miller and Mae Booker, and her brother-in-law, Jack Booker. She was the last member of her immediate family.

Those left to cherish her memory include her loving daughter, Laura (Stevie) Williams and her husband, Harry, with whom she made her home; a grandson, Robert (Kim) of Beckley; a granddaughter, Lori Brammer (Waylon) of Helen; great-grandson, Jason; brother-in-law, Thurman Miller; and her special baby, her beloved pet “Yuchi”; and many nieces and nephews.

Services will be 2 p.m. Saturday, March 30, 2013, at Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley, with Rev. Danny Lusk officiating. Visitation will be from 12 noon until time of the service. Burial will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens.

Family and friends will be serving as pallbearers.

The family would like to extend a special thanks to Dr. Golden and Dr. Haught for their care and compassion, Danny and Linda Lusk, Raleigh Rehab for their excellent, loving care and the nursing staff at Raleigh General Hospital, and The Endo Gang, and her special caregiver, Monique Fowlkes.

Online condolences and other information can be found by visiting

Blue Ridge Funeral Home, 5251 Robert C. Byrd Drive, Beckley, is in charge of the arrangements.

Shirley A. Mullins

Shirley Ann Mullins, 75, formerly of Itmann, passed away Wednesday, March 27, 2013, at Princeton Health Care, following a long and courageous battle with Alzheimer’s disease. 

Born February 14, 1938, at Dott, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late James and Mildred Billings Graham. 

Shirley was a homemaker and was a member of Herndon Freewill Baptist Church. In her leisure she enjoyed fishing and especially loved spending time at Moncove Lake with her family. She was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. 

In addition to her parents she is also preceded in death by her husband, Willie Edward Mullins.

Those left to cherish her memory include her five children, Sheila Bowers Johnson and her husband, Randy, of Barger Springs, Willie (Bill) Mullins Jr. of Pipestem, Linda Austin of Princeton, Carla Lane and her husband, Ricky, of Fairdale, and Shelma Justice and her husband, John Doran, of Sophia; five sisters; seven brothers; 12 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. 

Services will be 1 p.m. Saturday, March 30, 2013, at Tankersley Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. William O. Tolliver officiating. Burial will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Beckley. 

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

Pallbearers will be Ricky Lane, Matt Lane, Brandon Justice, J.J. Justice, Dusty Cantley, and John Doran.

Online condolences may be expressed to the family at

The family of Shirley Mullins is being cared for by Tankersley Funeral Home, Mullens.  

John K. O’Neal

BLUEFIELD, Va. — John K. O’Neal, 73, of 319 Edgewood Road, Bluefield, Va., died Wednesday, March 27, 2013, at Bluefield Regional Medical Center.

He was born at Kilarney, W.Va., and was a son of the late Boyd Marshall O’Neal and Rheda Josephine Sarver O’Neal.

John was a 50-year member of the Memorial Baptist Church in Bluefield, Va., where he served as Sunday School Director and Teacher and was Chairman of the Ushers and served as Deacon. He retired from M.J. Electric and was a former employee for Rental Uniform Co. He had served in the U.S. Army reserves, was an outdoors man, enjoying fishing, and was a charter member of the Bluefield, Va., Rescue Squad.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers, James, Frank, twins, Perry and Larry O’Neal, and by a sister, Francis O’Neal.

He is survived by his wife, Karen Sue Hatfield O’Neal; son, John Mark O’Neal and wife, Linda, of Bluefield, Va.; daughters, Lisa K. O’Neal Clemson and husband, Travis, of Richmond, Va., and Susan Lynn O’Neal Gibberson and husband, James, of Bluefield, Va.; grandchildren: Andrew John Clemson, Hunter O’Neal, Brandon Gibberson, Cody Clemson and Kelsey Gibberson; great-grandchild, Cason B. Carman; brother, Bill O’Neal and wife, Nancy, of Princeton, W.Va.; sister, Dot Morgan and husband, Johnny, of Cool Ridge, W.Va.

Service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, March 30, 2013, at the Memorial Baptist Church in Bluefield, Va., with the Rev. Lacy Brooks officiating. Burial will follow in the Grandview Memory Gardens.

Friends may visit with the family from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, March 29, at the church.

Deacons of the church will serve as pallbearers.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Memorial Baptist Church, 401 Va. Ave., Bluefield, Va.

Dudley Memorial Mortuary in Bluefield, Va., is serving the O’Neal family.

Mabel Ann Maynor Williams

Mabel Ann Maynor Williams, age 61, of Toney’s Fork Road in Clear Creek, went to be with the Lord on March 28, 2013, at her home.

Born June 17, 1951, at Long Branch, W.Va., a daughter to the late Ross Edward and Della Jane Williams Maynor. Also preceding her in death are a granddaughter, Breanna Williams; brothers, Alfin Carl Maynor and Gary Cecil Maynor.

Mabel was a loving caregiver to many. She enjoyed quilting and doing crafts. She attended Ewing Creek Church since 1976 where she has been very active. Mabel also taught Sunday School, helped with the Veterans Day Service, youth rally, and also Bible School. She was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother and a friend to many.

Those left to cherish her memory include her husband of 41 years, Dennis Williams; sons, Danny Williams of Clear Creek and Donny Williams and wife Paula of Pax; grandchildren, Chrystal Williams, Matthew Paul, and Kara Ann Williams, Jesse, who was like a son, and his wife Rickelle Harding and sons Jesse II and Troy Harding of Lester; brothers, Raymond Maynor of Mossy, Sanford Maynor and wife Mary Lou of Dry Hill Road; sisters, Ethel P. Flint of Beckley, Gloria J. Crew and husband Willis of Stanaford Road, Margaret L. Wines of Pax, Florabelle Wines and Husband Herman of Pax; as well as aunts, uncles, and many nieces and nephews and of course a host of friends.

Services to celebrate the life of Mabel Williams will be conducted 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 30, 2013, at the Ewing Creek Church in Clear Creek, with Pastor Loretta Taylor and Rev. David Taylor officiating. Interment will follow at the Ewing Creek Cemetery at Toney’s Fork.

Pallbearers will be family and friends.

The visitation will be held on Friday evening from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Ewing Creek Church.

Special thanks to all the doctors and nurses who aided in her care. Thanks to Hospice, Cookie Runion and to her special friends Glenda Treadway, Tex, and Helen Bailey, Robert and Dinah Bailey, Tom and Jane Hughes, Donna and Al Oneil, June Keffer, Susan Griffin, Kathy Sizemore, Polly Williams, Randy and Angie Williams, Joan Mullins, Sherry Scurlock, Diann Collins and Pastor Loretta Taylor and Ewing Creek Church congregation.

Private online condolences, floral gifts, and other expressions of sympathy are available at

Arrangements with Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, 1901 South Kanawha Street in Beckley.

Patricia Ann Wright

Patricia Ann Wright, 55, of Beckley, died Saturday, March 23, 2013.

Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, March 29, at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be sent to

Arrangements by the Memorial Funeral Directory and Cremation Center, Princeton.