The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

January 17, 2013

Obituaries — Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013

Luther Miles Anderson

DELTONA, Fla. — Luther Miles Anderson, 88, died Jan. 13, 2013, at Haven Hospice Center in Orange Park, Fla.

Graveside services will 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013 at the Anderson Cemetery on Teaberry Road near Lewisburg. There will be no visitation.

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Wallace and Wallace Funeral Home in Lewisburg is in charge of arrangements.

Pauline S. Baker

SWEET SPRINGS — Pauline S. Baker, 102, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013, at the home of her daughter, Patricia Campbell.

She was born at Sweet Springs June 29, 1910, a daughter of the late Henry Thomas and Lettie Mahan Schumaker.

Mrs. Baker was a dedicated member of the Cokesbury United Methodist Church at Sweet Springs, serving in various positions for the church, a homemaker, a retired employee of the Monroe County Board of Education, having worked as a bus driver, a former employee of Celanese Corp. at Narrows, Va. and Eagles Nest restaurant.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Russell H. Baker; a daughter, Betty Anne Baker; an infant grandson, Larry Campbell; a great-grandson, Christopher Baker; four brothers and three sisters.

Those left to cherish her memory include two daughters, Doris Rowan and husband, John, of Toledo, Ohio, Patricia Campbell and husband, Franklin, of Gap Mills; two sons, Donald Baker and wife, Mary, Bobby Baker and wife, Janet, all of Covington, Va.; a brother, Lewis Schumaker and wife, Carol of Covington, Va.; eight grandchildren, Roger and Stephen Rowan of Toledo, Ohio, Michael and Dana Baker of Charlotte, N.C., Rodney Baker of Covington, Va., Jerry Campbell of Union, Keith and Mark Campbell both of Gap Mills; four great-grandchildren, Ashley and Leslie Rowan of Toledo, Ohio, Frankie and Dylan Campbell of Gap Mills..   

Funeral Services will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, at Groves Funeral Home Chapel in Union with Revs. Marva and Mark Smearman officiating. Burial will follow at Mt. View Cemetery at Sweet Springs.

Friends may call at the Groves Funeral Home in Union from 12:30 until service time on Saturday.

The family requests flowers or memorial donations be made to Kanawha Hospice, 223 Maplewood Ave., Lewisburg, WV  24901 or Mt. View Cemetery, c/o Jean Schumaker, 290 Mountain View, Sweet Springs, WV 24941 or Cokesbury United Methodist Church, c/o Karen Dillon, Rt.1 Box 375, Peterstown, WV 24963.

Groves Funeral Home in Union is in charge of arrangements.               

Betty Jo Ballard

Betty Jo Ballard, 82, died on Wednesday, January 9, 2013, in Charlotte, NC, surrounded by her loving family. She will always be remembered as a loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend to all who new her.

She was born on October 11, 1930, in Beckley, WV, one of nine children born to the late Terry Ervin Whittaker and Cecil Wheeler Whittaker. She was a graduate of Stoco High School, Coal City, WV, and was a majorette. She was active in her children’s lives as a Girl Scout leader and Boy Scout leader. She was a member of United Methodist Temple for many years and was a member of Cross Point Church in her later years. Betty worked for King Tut’s Drive-in as a cook, the Pastry Shop, Beckley Insulation and leased the restaurant at Bowl Wick Bowling Alley for several years.

Betty was also preceded in death by her beloved husband of 34 years, Otis Lee Ballard, her son Ronald Otis Ballard, her brother J.B. Whittaker and her sisters, Nadine Thompson, Eva June King, Audrey Thompson, Joyce Whittaker and Daphne Whittaker.

Those left to cherish her memory include her daughter, Ginger Lee George-Lukse and her husband Michael J. Lukse, of Charlotte, NC, her daughter Cathy Jo Allen, of Lynchburg, VA; her sisters, Francis Smith of Beckley, WV, and Charlotte Farley and her husband Ronald Farley of Shawsville, Va. She is survived by her grandchildren, Ginger Lee Steele of Lynchburg, VA, Brad Allen George of Charlotte, NC, Jennifer Allen of Bedford, VA, and Brian Patrick Allen of Mableton, GA, and her great-grandchildren, Reagan Steele, Dylan Allen, Devan Allen and Layah Calloway.

Betty was also preceded in death by her husband, Otis Lee Ballard, her son Ronald Otis Ballard, her brother J.B. Whittaker, and her sisters, Nadine Thompson, Eva June King, Audrey Thompson, Joyce Whittaker, and Daphne Whittaker.

Betty will be dearly missed on this earth but Heaven will most certainly have a new star.

Visitation will be Saturday, January 19, 2013, at Rose & Quesenberry Funeral Home, 1901 S. Kanawha St., Beckley, WV, from 1 to 2 p.m. with a short service. A private interment with family will be at Sunset Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Lupus Foundation, the Arthritis Foundation or, due to her love of animals, the Raleigh County Humane Society.

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Arrangements by Rose and Quesenberry, 1901 S. Kanawha Street, Beckley, WV 25801.

Irene Beni

FAYETTEVILLE — Irene Beni, 93, quietly passed away Monday, Jan. 14, 2013, surrounded by her loving family and caretaker.

Born on Aug. 18, 1919, in Radford, Va., she was the daughter of the late Grat Berkley and Ethel Lena Smith Hartsock.

After graduating at the age of 19 from Radford University: Irene taught for a couple years before marring her husband, Felix. Having moved to Fayetteville to set up housekeeping, they soon began their family and Felix opened Benwick Feed and Supply Store and Irene became their bookkeeper. Unfortunately, In 1961 Irene was suddenly widowed and found herself running the business.

Several years passed and she returned to her teaching profession in the Fayette County public school system. While teaching and still raising her youngest daughter, she earned her Masters in Education from Marshall University.

Irene was also an active member in her community. She enjoyed singing in the Fayetteville and Beckley community choirs as well as the Fayetteville United Methodist Church choir where she attended over 60 years. She was a member of the Fine Arts Council in Oak Hill, past president of the Vandalia Garden Club and also the Fayette County Garden Council, past president of the Art League; member of the Red Hat Society. She also was actively involved in Fayette County Study Club and was the former treasurer for the Fayette County Humane Society.

Irene left her daughters lasting gifts; a strong love for beauty and the arts; whether it be music, love of animals, growing or arranging flowers, sewing, painting or creating: all those intangible gifts that enrich one’s life; but most of all, she left them with a good set of values, self-reliance and a strong moral compass.

Like ripples from a stone thrown in still water, she will continue to make a difference in our lives and the world around us. Her grandchildren continue to reap the benefits through love of the arts. She will be sorely missed by her family but will remain in our hearts. Her life in this world made a difference and has left a lasting footprint.

Besides her parents, she has been preceded in death by her husband Felix, her sister Ruth Hurley and brother, Grat Berkley Hartsock Jr.

Left behind are daughters Felice Jorgeson and her husband, Kent of Parkersburg, Theresa Stanley and her husband, Vernon of Fayetteville, Annette DeVito and her husband, Tom of Raleigh, N.C.; grandchildren, Rene Jorgeson, Courtney Stanley, Cameron Stanley, Nicholas DeVito, Angelina DeVito; one great-grandson, Jack Jorgeson.

Memorial services will be held at 4 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, at Oak Hill United Methodist Church. Private burial graveside rites at Huse Memorial Park, Fayetteville, with Dr. Charles Miller officiating.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made in her memory to the New River Humane Society, PO Box 955, Fayetteville, WV 25840.     

For those wishing to express their condolences to Irene’s family, you may do so by visiting our website at

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

Evelyn E. Broyles

LINDSIDE — Evelyn E. Broyles, age 96, of Lindside, died Wednesday Jan. 16, 2013, at County View Assisted Living, Peterstown.

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

Don Keith Gilkeson

WEBSTER SPRINGS — Don Keith Gilkeson, 81, of Webster Springs, died Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, at Webster County Memorial Hospital.

The family invites friends to join them for Chapel Services Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, at 2 p.m. at Restlawn Memory Gardens in Victor with Rev. Bennie Cowger officiating.

Steve Grzyb

Steve Grzyb, 93, of Beaver, formerly of Oak Hill, died on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013, at Bowers Hospice House in Beckley.

Born March 13, 1919, in Lochgelly, he was the son of the late Michael and Anna Jarosz Grzyb.

Mr. Grzyb was retired from three different employers. He was a U.S. Army veteran who served from World War II through 1979, at which time he retired with the rank of Major. A tank commander during World War II, he fought in Northern France and Germany. He was a retired mine foreman for the New River Company and a retired electrician for McDowell Wellman.

He was preceded in death by his two brothers, Walter and Leo, and two sisters, Mary and Stephanie.

Survivors include two sons, Larry Grzyb of Raleigh, N.C., and Steve J. Grzyb Jr. of Eureka, Mo.; one daughter, Judy Judge of Hilton Head, S.C.; one brother, Joe Grzyb of Cleveland, Ohio; two sisters, Stella Bosco of Des Plaines, Ill., and Rosa Kessler of Detroit, Mich.; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Graveside rites and committal services will be on Friday, Jan. 18, 2013, at 2:15 p.m. at High Lawn Memorial Park in Oak Hill with Chaplain Bryan Knight WVANG officiating and with military graveside rites by Oak Hill VFW Post #3110. Burial will follow.

Visitation will be held at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill on Friday from noon to 2 p.m.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Bowers Hospice House, 454 Cranberry Drive, Beckley WV 25801.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Rapheal H. Jones

Rapheal Harvey Jones of Whitesville died Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013, at Boone Nursing and Rehabilitation Center at Danville. He was 80 years of age.

In  keeping with his wishes Rapheal has been cremated. A memorial mervice will be held at a later date.

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

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary Inc., Beckley.

Elizabeth Ann ‘Betty’ Lilly

MOCKSVILLE, N.C. — Elizabeth Ann “Betty” Lilly, 83, formerly of Pipestem Creek, W.Va., died Jan. 14, 2013 at Forsyth Medical Center in Winston Salem, N.C.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time at Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors in Hinton.

Kate Pauline Massey Lykens

Kate Pauline Massey Lykens, 86, of Eunice, reached her Heavenly home on Friday, Jan. 11, 2013, at Hubbard Hospice House in Charleston following an extended illness.

Born May 20, 1926, at Edwight, she was the daughter of Wood Lee Massey and Carrie Thelma Dodson Massey Richards. Kate attended Marsh Fork High School. She had been employed at the Edwight Company Store, American Hardware in Whitesville, and served as Head Teller for many years at the main branch of Whitesville State Bank. She most recently volunteered at the Good Samaritan Thrift Store in Whitesville, where she enjoyed visiting with members of the community. She was a member of Whitesville Presbyterian Church, where she enjoyed taking part in Sunday school. Kate loved to dance, cook, camp, hunt and spend time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Kate married Fred Lykens on Dec. 24, 1945. Fred preceded her in death on June 24, 2005. Kate was also preceded in death by an infant sister, Billie Virginia Massey, and a sister, Ella Richards Hamrick.

She is survived by her twin sons, Michael of Whitesville, and Patrick of Logan; daughter-in-law Lee Ann Stover Lykens of Ceredo; three grandchildren, Amanda Ciochetty and her companion, Matt Shamblin, of Crab Orchard; James Patrick (Jimmy) Lykens and his wife, Chelsie, of Nashville, Tenn.; and Jason Lee Lykens of Ceredo; four great-grandchildren, Kamryn Jeanette McPherson and Gavin Matthew McPherson of Crab Orchard, Evangeline Kate Lykens, due to arrive at any time in Nashville, Tenn., and Mary Brianna Shamblin, due in April; three sisters, Betty Massey Sheppard and her husband, Michael, of Phoenix, Ariz., Patsy Richards Persinger and her husband, Donnie, of Richwood, and Frannie Richards Conrad and her husband, Wayne, of Virginia; a special cousin, George Cantley of Whitesville; special friends, Bonnie and Gary Jarrell and Regina Jarrell, all of Eunice; Judith Davis of Beaver, Barbara Dickens and Dorothy Coffey of Whitesville.

The family would like to thank Dr. Aziz, the wonderful nurses and staff of 7 South at CAMC General, and the staff at Hubbard Hospice House for taking care of  our precious Kate.

Funeral Services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, at Whitesville Presbyterian Church with ALP Michael Lykens officiating. Burial will follow at Adkins Cemetery, Naoma.

Pallbearers will be Jason Lykens, Jimmy Lykens, Randy Lipford, Bob Milam, Lee Milam, and Terry Lee Jarrell.

Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18, 2013, at the church.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests monetary donations in Kate’s memory to Whitesville Presbyterian Church.

Arrangements by Armstrong Funeral Home, Whitesville.

Beatrice Martin

BELLROSE, N.Y. — Beatrice Martin, 69, formerly of Beckley, died Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013, in Glen Cove, Long Island, N.Y.

Arrangements entrusted to Ritchie and Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.

James William 'Jim' Meade Sr.

On Monday, Jan. 14., 2013, our most cherished, James William Meade Sr., passed away in his 76th year.

Known affectionately as “Jim,” James was born in Beckley on Dec, 14, 1936, he was the son of the Roy and Janet Meade.

James loved hunting, farming and tending his cattle. He worked as a carpenter .

In addition to his parents, James was preceded in death by his wife, Yvonne Pack Meade.

James leaves to cherish his memory his loving children, James Meade Jr., Rhonda Meade, Deloris Taylor and her husband, Charles, and John Meade all of Beckley; Gloria Pack Parker and husband George of Virginia; Loretta Pack Henslee and husband Randy of Maryville, Tenn.; he was the proud grandfather of Jesse Meade, Christopher Taylor,  Matthew Taylor all of Beckley, Kenneth Pitsenbarger of Kentucky, Elizabeth Pitsenbarger Copeland of Kentucky, John Henslee of Tennessee,Cassie Mumejian of Connecticut and five great-grandchildren.

On Thursday, Jan. 17, at 1 p.m., we will remember the life of James William Meade with a “Service of Remembrance” in the Melton Mortuary Chapel with the Rev. Paul Zutaut officiating. James will be laid to rest in the Meade Family Cemetery on Sweeneysburg Road. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the services.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

Condolences may be sent to the family’s guestbook at

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary Inc., Beckley

Shirkley Miller

Shirkley Miller, 89, of Prosperity, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013.

Born July 21, 1923, he was the son of the late Aken and Nema Jones Miller.

Shirkley enjoyed traveling, hunting, fishing and bluegrass and gospel music. He loved his mountain on his property at the ole home place.

Shirkley retired from the U.S. Army and worked in the medical field for many years. He was a born-again Christian, and loved the Lord with all his heart.

In addition to his parents, Shirkley is preceded in death by his sisters, Janet Oyama and Marie Englert, the mother of his children, Dorothy Miller Whitt.

Those left to cherish his memory include, his daughters, Carol Fisher and husband Jim of Alexandria, Va., Brenda Carter and husband Fred of Prosperity; six grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter and a host of friends.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 18, 2013, at Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley with Pastor Michael Knotts officiating. Burial will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Beckley.

Friends may gather with the family Friday from 10 to 11 a.m. at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Arrangements by Blue Ridge Funeral Home, 5251 Robert C. Byrd Drive, Beckley.

Denise E. Nary

Denise Elaine Nary of Beckley died Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013, at her home following a long illness. She was 50 years of age.

Memorial Services will be Sunday, Jan. 20 at 3 p.m. at Melton Mortuary Chapel. The family will receive friends from 2 p.m. until the service hour.

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

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary Inc., Beckley.

Patricia Nutter

FAYETTEVILLE — Patricia Nutter, 70, died Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013 at Beckley Appalachian Regional Hospital, Beckley.

Arrangements are pending at Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, Fayetteville.

Rodney Osborne

CYCLONE — Rodney Osborne, 41, died Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013.

Arrangements are incomplete

Services entrusted to Adam Toler Memorial Funeral Home, Oceana.

Jerry Donald ‘Don’ Pearson

OAK HILL  — Jerry Donald “Don” Pearson, 76, died on Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013, at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Beckley following a long illness.

Born Aug. 23, 1936, at Peoria, Ariz., he was the son of the late Newton and Irene Richeson Pearson.

Don was retired from the air cargo industry and most recently from Enterprise Car Rentals in Beckley.

He attended St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Beckley and St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Oak Hill. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran.

Survivors include his former wife, Mary Pearson of Oak Hill; two sons, Tony Pearson and wife, Teresa of Oak Hill and David Pearson of North Carolina; three daughters, Teresa Rosiek and husband, Rob of Fayetteville, Kathy Alexander and husband, Mike of Fayetteville and Dianna Sanford and husband, Rick of Florida and two sisters, Sharon McCord of Richmond, Va., and Delores Brewster and husband, Jerry of Livonia, Mich.

He is also survived by 15 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be on Friday, Jan. 18, 2013, at 7 p.m. at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill with Rev. Roy Gene Crist officiating. In keeping with his wishes, he will then be cremated.

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

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Patti Lynn Arthur Rogers

SUGAR HILL, Ga. — Our beautiful daughter, wife, mother, sister, aunt and friend lost her courageous battle with cancer on the evening of Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013.

Patti Lynn Arthur Rogers was born April 28, 1964, and celebrated 48 years of life.

She leaves a wonderful husband, Kevin Wayne Rogers, and a beautiful daughter, Lindsey Jenna Rogers, to carry on her legacy of love and devotion to her family and those surrounding her.

She was also loved by her mother, Bea Arthur, and sisters Pam Arthur, Mary Ann Pennington and brother-in-law Tommy Pennington of Fayetteville, and her brother Rob Arthur and sister-in-law Beth Arthur of Raleigh, N.C, and niece and nephew, Heather and Noah Pennington of Fayetteville, R.J. and Kayla Arthur of Raleigh, N.C., and brother, Curt and sister-in-law Sue Rogers of Suwnee, Ga.

She was born in West Virginia and she loved those “country roads” so she let them “take her home” for many visits with family and friends over her years spent living in Georgia. She lived with her husband and daughter in Sugar Hill. She graduated from Fayetteville High School and Concord College located in West Virginia and received her Master of Science degree from North Georgia College & State University then completed her Specialist in Education degree at Lincoln Memorial University (Tennessee). She loved teaching at Forsyth Central High School and helping the many hundreds of students over her 22 years there.

She was a champion of any cause she believed in and she loved with all of her heart. Her friends were always considered part of her family and we were all very fortunate to have her in our lives.

Her family and friends are invited to a “Celebration of Life” from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013, at Byars Funeral Home, where we will touch each other’s lives with the commemoration and remembrance of her wonderful life. The service will follow at 7 p.m. as we continue to honor our time spent with her.

A second “Celebration of Life” is planned for Fayetteville at a later date.

Her family would like to say thank-you for all the prayers and words of encouragement she received throughout the last few years as she battled this disease called cancer.

In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory to the Forsyth Central High School Relay for Life of Forsyth County, Ga.

Arrangements by Byars Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 155 Professional Park Drive, Cumming, Ga. Online condolences at

J. Robert ‘Bob’ Rowe

MAN — J. Robert “Bob” Rowe passed away Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013, at The Villages of Greystone at Daniels,

He was born Dec. 1, 1925, at Earling, the son of the late Anna J. and George Wesley Rowe.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Mary E. Rowe, in July 2012; his brothers, Thomas and John “Jack” Rowe; and his sister, Lucille Grand.

Bob was employed by Amherst Coal Co. and was a member of St. Edmund Catholic Church at Man. He also served his country as a sergeant in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict. Bob attended West Virginia University where he played football for his “beloved” Mountaineers. He was an inductee into the Man High School Sports Hall of Fame. However, Bob will be most remembered for his infectious laugh, his passion for life, wonderful sense of humor, and above all, his love for his family and friends.

Those left to cherish his memory are his three daughters, Sally (Larry) Wickline of Beckley, Becky (Elmer) Bailey of Man and Susan Rowe of Charleston; three grandchildren, Larry (Kathleen) Wickline II of Beckley, Andrea Bailey and her fiancé, Seth Hoblitzel, of Charleston and Joe Wickline of Pittsburgh; two great-grandchildren, Trey and Natalie Wickline of Beckley; and his sister Peggy (Don) Chura of St. Louis, Mo.; along with a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends.

A funeral mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013, at St. Edmund Catholic Church at Man with Father David Glockner officiating.  Burial will follow in Forest Lawn Cemetery at Pecks Mill.

Friends may call one hour prior to services at the St. Edmund Catholic Church Social Hall.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, 322 Eighth Ave., 7th Fl., New York, NY 10001, or online at , or St. Edmund Catholic Church, 106 North Bridge St., Man, WV 25635 or a charity of your choice.

Pallbearers will be Larry Wickline II, Joe Wickline, Seth Hoblitzel, Edward Altizer, Alan Doss and Derrick Miller.

Honorary Pall bearers are Mr. Bern Amburgey, Mr. Steve Bodnar, Mr. Gary Cline, Mr. Eddie Harrison, Dr. Thomas Long, and Mr. John White II.

Online condolences may be sent to 

Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of the Krantz-McNeely Funeral Home at Man.

Marsha ‘Lynn’ Lusk Smith

JESSE — On Jan. 14, 2013, Marsha “Lynn” Lusk Smith opened her eyes in Heaven to see for the first time in 19 years, seeing God the Father and the beauty of Heaven; her prayers were answered.

She had fought a hard battle with diabetes since she was 8 years old, and in later years, she survived kidney and pancreas transplants at Ohio State University Medical Center, in Columbus, Ohio.

Lynn had a special love for her family, her church families and all of her friends.

Lynn gave her last gift, and her final deed was done when she gave her organs to be donated to others that needed them, as someone had so generously donated a kidney and pancreas to her.

Born Aug. 29, 1971, in Mullens, she was the daughter of Glen and Kay Lusk of Jesse.

She was a former store manager, and a 1989 graduate of Oceana High School. She had completed three years of college when she lost her sight.

She was a former member of the Guyandotte Baptist Church, which she attended during her youth. She and her husband, Ty, were members of Breckenridge Baptist Church of Bolt. She loved these churches and all the friends. She also loved the churches which they attended locally, and all the love that was shown to her at Cooper Memorial.

Lynn was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Walter and Mary McKinney, of Mullens; great-grandparents, Margie and James Cook of Jesse, Ben and Martha Lusk of Herndon, and James and Rosa Howerton of Stotesbury, and a special uncle, Rodney Keith Lusk.

Those left to cherish her memories are her loving husband, Ty, who loved her every day of her life, as much as she loved him.

She is survived by grandparents, Orville and Barbara Lusk of Fairdale; her loving brother, Steve and wife, Trish, and her special nephew, Cameron, whom she adored, all of Charleston.

She is also survived by stepchildren, Brandon Kane Smith and wife, Daffeny and children, K.J., Bria, Brayden, and BrookeLynn, all of Princeton; her maternal aunt and uncle, Sandra and Kenny Sisk of Beckley; her paternal aunt and uncle, Mark and Debbie Lusk, and children, Bethany and Ben of Fairdale; her paternal aunt, Sandra K. Lusk, son, Adam and grandson, Seth of Matheny; and special friend from school, Tracy Williams.

Viewing will be at Guyandotte Baptist Church of Jesse, Friday, Jan. 18, 2013, from 6 to 9 p.m. Funeral services will be Saturday, Jan. 19, at 11 a.m. Services will be conducted by special pastor friends, Dewey Lowe, Harrison Abbott and Ron Harvey.

Special songs of Lynn’s request, to be sung by the church choir, accompanied by special friend, Anita Lusk, are “Covered by the Blood” and “I Can Call Jesus Anytime.”

Pallbearers will be family and friends.

We wish to thank all our brothers and sisters in Christ, our families and friends for their loving support and prayers, not only in this difficult time but, who were always there.

Special thanks to Dr. Stephen Grubb and Dr. Roman of Charleston, and The Ohio State University Medical Staff, for all of their loving care during the transplant. Also a special thanks to the CORE transplant team, and to Becky Shrader.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations be made to: CORE, Center for Organ Recovery and Education, 204 Sigma Dr., RIDC Park, Pittsburgh, PA  15238.

An online guestbook and additional information can be found at

Evans Funeral Home of Oceana is serving the Smith family.

Howard Thayer

STOLLINGS — Howard Thayer, 97, died Wednesday Jan. 16, 2013, at Trinity of Logan. Arrangements are incomplete at this time.

Honaker Funeral Home of Logan is in charge of arrangements.

James Wagner

James Wagner, 73, of Eccles, died Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013.

Arrangements entrusted to Ritchie and Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.

Robert Lee Williams

Robert Lee Williams, 58, of Beckley, died Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013, in Raleigh General Hospital.

Arrangements are pending completion at Pivont Funeral Home, Hinton.

Shelby Ray Williams

Shelby Ray “Punkin” Williams, 83, of Shady Spring, died Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013.

Services will be Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, at 11 am at Blue Ridge Funeral Home. Family will receive friends from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday evening at the funeral home.

Arrangements by Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley