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March 29, 2013

Obituaries — Friday, March 29, 2013


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.

Online condolences may be sent to

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.

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