The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

January 22, 2013

Obituaries — Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013




Ernestine Bragg

HINTON — Ernestine Bragg, 72, of Hinton died Monday, Jan. 21, 2013.

Arrangements are incomplete at Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors in Hinton.



June Milam Byrd

On Wednesday, January 16th, 2013, our most loved June Milam Byrd of Lester died in a Charleston hospital following a short illness. She was 70 years of age.

One of ten children, June Marie Milam was born on August 9th, 1942, at Lester in the house her father built. Her parents were the late William Henry and Viva Whitenak Milam. June has lived her entire life in this home at Lester. What a treasure of memories are in this house.

June attended Trap Hill High School. On Dec. 28th, 1961, she married Norman Henry Byrd Jr. To this union were born three children, a daughter, June Marie who died at the age of 13 on Dec. 9, 1975, and sons, Norman H. Byrd III and his wife, Melissa, and William E. Byrd and his wife, Julie. June will be remembered as a beloved wife and mother. She was the proud grandmother of Benjamin, Norman, David, Samantha and Jackson; she was the fond sister of Stanley Milam and his wife, Jane, Sherman Milam, Roy Milam and his wife, Mary, Darrel Milam and his wife, Regina, Theodore Milam, Larry Milam and his wife, Diane, Barbara Jean Milam, Joan Walker and her husband, Delbert, Delma Rutkowski and her husband, Michael; several nieces and nephews, among them Vonnie Shumate and her husband, Jimmy.

Funeral services will be Wednesday, January 23rd, at 1 p.m. at the Melton Mortuary Chapel. June will then be laid to rest in the Sunset Memorial Park at Beckley.

The family will receive friends on Tuesday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at the mortuary and one hour prior to the services on Wednesday.

Family members and friends will serve as pallbearers.

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

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary, Inc., Beckley, WV.



Lelia Mae Careway

COWEN — Lelia Mae Careway, 81, of Cowen went home to be with her Lord on Sunday, January 20, 2013, at Summersville Memorial Hospital.

She was born May 21, 1931, in Marlinton to Henry Tilman and Emma Alice Sharp Price and was a member of housekeeping for Sacred Heart Hospital in Richwood. She attended Love of Life Fellowship Church where she loved her church fellowship. She enjoyed her ministry of music throughout her church community and helped lead many souls to the Lord. She also enjoyed her quiet time with the Lord while quilting and gardening.

Lelia is survived by her sons Robert (Katherine) Beverage of Linthicum, MD, and Charles J. Careway and Ronald Careway both of Cowen; daughters Jeanie Beverage Ashley of Richwood, Peggy Rumbach of Canvas, and Lisa Careway McManamay of Beckley; sister Veta Pearl Price of Toledo, OH; and grandchildren Jay Banker, Shawn Jones, Monica Jones, Nathan Rumbach, Charles Rumbach, Lauren McManamay and John McManamay. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Charles Cabel Careway, and daughter Carol Beverage Jones.

Friends may join the family for visitation on Tuesday, January 22, 2013, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Love of Life Fellowship Church, Williams River Road, Cowen. Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday at 11 a.m. at the Church with Rev. Carmel Sanson officiating. Interment will follow in West Virginia Memorial Gardens, Calvin.



Helen L. Young Cole

HINTON — Helen L. Young Cole, 91, of Hinton went home to be with the Lord, Sunday, January 20, 2013, following a long illness.

Born July 31, 1921, at Raleigh County, she was a daughter of the late Paul D. Epperly Sr. and Lottie Epperly Ford.

Helen was a member of the Bluestone Baptist Church of Jumping Branch. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who enjoyed crocheting, gardening, tending to her many flowers and spending time with her family and friends. She especially loved spoiling her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Kenneth L. Young; second husband, Wilmer Thurl Cole; two brothers, Paul D. Epperly Jr. and Shirley Epperly; and one sister, Garnet Glover. She was the last surviving member of her immediate family.

Those left to cherish her memory include her two daughters, Dixie L. Fox and husband Bill and Drema C. Turner and husband Harry; five grandchildren, Kim Ballard and husband Steve, Lynn Hutchinson, Joy Bowling and husband Johnny, Mark Fox and wife Melissa and Pamela Bender and husband Matt; twelve great-grandchildren, Matthew Ballard, Luke Hutchinson, Zachary and Zoey Bowling, Savannah, Kendall and Brett Bender, Logan, Claire and Kenneth Nathan Fox, Kelsie and Jacob Lively. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, January 23, 2013, at the Bluestone Baptist Church with Pastor Roy Lee Honaker Jr. officiating. Burial will follow at the Greenbrier Burial Park in Hinton.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral parlors.

Pallbearers will be Steve Ballard, Johnny Bowling, Mark Fox, Matt Bender, Jimmy Harper and Darrell Lilly.

Arrangements are by the Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors of Hinton.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.ronaldmeadowsfp.com.



Hugh Fortney Jr.

STOLLINGS — Hugh Fortney Jr., 84, of Stollings, died Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013.

He is to be taken to Shinnston for burial, and his funeral services will be private.

For e-mail condolences go to www.honakerfuneralhome.org.

Honaker Funeral Home in Logan is in charge of his local arrangements.



Robert ‘Bobby’ Gallion

WHITMAN — Robert “Bobby” Gallion, 79, of Whitman, died Friday, Jan. 18, 2013.

In keeping with his wishes, Mr. Gallion will be cremated, with no services.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to a local church of your choice.

For e-mail condolences go to www.honakerfuneralhome.org.

Honaker Funeral Home of Logan is in charge of arrangements.



Bonnie K. Hill

SUMMERSVILLE — Bonnie K. Hill, 54, of Summersville, passed away Monday, Jan. 21, 2013.

Funeral services will be at noon Thursday, Jan. 24, in the Waters Funeral Chapel at Summersville with Tom Proffitt officiating. Burial will follow in the Montgomery Memorial Park at London. Friends may call one hour prior to the service Thursday at the funeral home.

Arrangements by Waters Funeral Chapel, Summersville.



Veronica Mary Keaton

Veronica Mary Keaton, a longtime resident of Beckley, passed away in Fletcher, NC, surrounded by her loving family on January 20, 2013. She was born Veronica Mary Droppleman on July 24, 1924, to Henry Droppleman and Emma (Maybury) Droppleman in St Clara (Doddridge County), WV.

At the young age of four, Veronica suffered a severe burn after a fireplace flame lit her dress on fire. She went on to recover and, as the eldest daughter, honed her homemaking skills and cared for her brothers and sisters under her mother’s tutelage. She advanced in school, graduating from Doddridge County High School in West Union, WV.

Veronica moved to Beckley, WV, to live with her aunt Lavinia Maybury and she studied bookkeeping at Beckley College. She also assisted her aunt in housekeeping for Father John Halpin at the Saint Francis de Sales rectory. She later began employment as a bookkeeper at the J.C. Penney department store in downtown Beckley.

She met Robert (Bob) Keaton in 1947 and they were married in January of 1949. They established a lovely and very clean home for their four daughters: Patricia Shea of Boulder, CO; Dr. Barbara Keaton of Oakdale, PA; Dr. Nancy Keaton of Fletcher, NC; and Catherine “Katie” Brasted of New Orleans, LA.

Veronica later worked as office manager at Cabell Heights Water and Gas Company where she retired after 26 years. She was very active in her church, St Francis de Sales, as a dedicated member of the Ladies of St Francis. She was especially proud of her young daughters and, as an accomplished seamstress, dressed them in her beautifully created dresses with matching coats. Later, she made their wedding gowns and those of many other friends.

She had a great love for gardening, and it showed. Every year, she and Bob filled their yard with gardens of fresh vegetables and rows upon rows of flowers. They were honored to win the City’s “Yard of the Month” on multiple occasions. She was extremely organized in keeping the house and gardens in tip-top shape and still found time to be “one very classy lady.” She was a fantastic cook, especially known for her delicious baked goods — oh, the many cakes, cookies and pies she made (and taste-tested) for family and friends.

She loved card games, especially Canasta, which she played very well and took … very seriously. If you were going to play with her, you best have your game face on. She taught her children and grandchildren to play and made evening games a family tradition. Also tradition, she always won.

Veronica is preceded in death by her loving husband of 62 years, Robert Keaton; two sisters, Nancy Kraus and Teresa Moran; and two brothers, Raymond Droppleman and George Droppleman. She is survived by her sister Mary Louise Weber of Weston, WV, and her brother John Droppleman of Fayetteville, WV.

She is survived by nine grandchildren: Christy L. Coleman (Los Angeles); Lesley E. Coleman (New York City); Claire K. Shea (London, UK); Megan F. Shea (Boston); Erika L. Risovich (Fairmont, WV); F. Alexander Risovich (Weirton, WV); Joshua K. Brasted (New Orleans), Chelsea A. Brasted (Baton Rouge) and Hayley M. Brasted (New Orleans). She is also survived by a great-granddaughter, Chancery Morris, and three sons-in-law: Daniel F. Shea (Boulder, CO); Dr. Michael Weaver (Fletcher, NC) and Dr. William S. Brasted (New Orleans).

Visitation services will be held at Calfee Funeral Home on Tuesday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. followed by a rosary at 8 p.m. A funeral liturgy will be Wednesday at 10 a.m. at St Francis de Sales Catholic Church in Beckley, WV, with Rev. Perry Malacaman officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in her memory to St Francis de Sales Catholic School, 622 South Oakwood Avenue, Beckley, WV 25801.

As Veronica loved to say at family Canasta games, “I’m going out!”

Online condolences may be left at www.calfeefh.com.

Arrangements by Calfee Funeral Home, Beckley.



Euvah Jeanette Kincaid

TOBACCOVILLE, N.C. — Euvah Jeanette Kincaid, 84, of Tobaccoville, N.C., passed away Jan. 20, 2013.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22, at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill with Carl Kincaid officiating. Burial will be at High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill. Friends may call two hours prior to the service Tuesday at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be sent at www.tyreefuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.



Harold J. ‘Charlie’ Kowalsky

FAYETTEVILLE — Harold Julian “Charlie” Kowalsky Sr., 83, of Fayetteville, went to be with the Lord Saturday, January 19, 2013, at the Beckley VA Medical Center following an extended illness.

Born on August 19, 1929, at Gatewood, he was the son of the late Matthew James and Mary J. Kowalsky.

Mr. Kowalsky was a disabled U.S. Army veteran and served during the Korean War Conflict. He was a member of the First Church of God at Fayetteville. He was a former Fayette County school bus driver.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Harold J. Kowalsky Jr., and grandson, Kenny Kowalsky.

Left to cherish his memory include his wife, Pearlie Waveline Sorrell Kowalsky of Fayetteville; four sons: Dennis J. (Libby) Kowalsky of Union, WV, Kenneth W. (Ginger) Kowalsky and Allen R. Kowalsky, Alvin E. (Leslie) Kowalsky, all of Fayetteville; three daughters: Sharon L. (Rodney) Gibson of Columbus, Ohio, Karen S. (Jim) Bledsoe of Carrolton, Ohio, and Brenda L. (David) Burgess of Fayetteville; three sisters, Janie, Susan, and Mary Jo; 12 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and his granddog, Princess.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, January 23, 2013, at Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, Fayetteville, with Rev. Michael Parsons and Pastor Richard Bradley officiating. Burial will follow at Restlawn Memory Gardens, Victor.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, January 22, 2013, at the funeral home.

Memorials in his memory may be made to the First Church of God – Building Fund, 114 Harvey Street, Fayetteville, WV 25840.

For those wishing to express their condolences to the Kowalsky family, you may do so by visiting our website at www.doddpaynehessfuneralhome.com.

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



Manuel Lester Jr.

RENICK — Manuel Lester Jr., 84, of Renick died Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at McCraw Funeral Home in Frankford with the Rev. Emory Hanna officiating. Burial will follow in Mt. Vernon Cemetery near Frankford. Visitation will be two hours prior to service time at the funeral home.

McCraw Funeral Home in Frankford is in charge of arrangements.



Johnny K. Lowe

Johnny Keith Lowe, 81, of Russell Street, Beckley, died Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013.

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

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary Inc., Beckley.



Ruby Gilbert McCombs

LEWISBURG — Ruby Gilbert McCombs, 81, of Lewisburg passed away Saturday, January 19, 2013, at Greenbrier Valley Medical Center, Fairlea.

Born February 6, 1931, she was the daughter of the late Fred and Elma Sims Gilbert.

Mrs. McCombs was a homemaker and a member of the First Baptist Church in Rainelle.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Juel “Buck” McCombs; one brother, Freddie Gilbert; two sisters, Grace Holstein and Alice Jones.

Survivors include five sisters, Vila Clowser and husband Alfred “Al” of Lewisburg, Shirley Perry and husband Ralph of Grundy, VA, Loraine Morrelo Hummer and husband Clarence “Ron” of Anaheim, CA, Clarice Short and husband Robert “Bob” of White Mountain Lake, AZ, and Virginia Surgeon and Husband Robert “Bob” of Lewisburg; and several nieces and nephews.

Service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, January 23, 2013, at the Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home in Lewisburg with Pastor Youel Altizer officiating. Burial will follow at the End of The Trail Cemetery, Clintonville.

Friends may call at Wallace & Wallace one hour prior to services.

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

Please send online condolences by visiting www.WallaceandWallaceFH.com.



Ralph Jack Mosley

Ralph Jack Mosley, 76, of Meadow Place, Lester and Buckeye, Ariz., died Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013.

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

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary, Inc., Beckley.



Sadie M. Phelps

JAROLDS VALLEY — Sadie M. Phelps of Jarolds Valley, WV, went with angels to heaven on Sunday, January 20, 2013, at the Hubbard Hospice House, Charleston, WV, after a short illness. She was surrounded by her loved ones.

Sadie was preceded in her journey by her loving husband Raymond, Father and Mother Arnett and Ada Cantley, sisters, Golda Putinsky, Mary Ellen Foster, and brother, John Henry Cantley.

She is survived by son Steve Phelps of Jarolds Valley, daughter and son-in-law, Bonnie and Gary Jarrell of Eunice. Grandson Brian Jarrell and wife, Ashley, of Grandview, WV, and three great-grandchildren “triplets” due to enter our world on July 4, 2013, sisters, Irene Jarrell of Fosterville, WV, Dorothy Dillion and husband, Bill, of Florida, Geraldine Palmer of Charleston, WV, Betty Lou Laxton and husband, Uylssess, of NC, brothers, Teddy Cantley and wife, Macy, of MI, Robert Cantley and wife, Patty, of MI, and Ronnie Cantley and wife, Sharon, of TN, and extended family members Regina and Terry Jarrell and Susie Williams.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday afternoon, January 22, 2013, at 1 o’clock in the Armstrong Funeral Home, Whitesville, WV, with the Rev. Ricky Peters. Interment will be in Pineview Cemetery, Orgas, WV.

Visitation will be 2 hours before at the funeral home.

Armstrong Funeral Home is serving the family.



Sarah Null Young Pollock

FAYETTEVILLE — Sarah Rachel Null Young Pollock, 78, of Fayetteville, passed away Sunday, January 20, 2013, at the Golden Living Center in Glasgow.

Born on May 15, 1934, at McDunn (Fayette County), WV, and was the daughter of the late Grant and Hazel D. Sigler Null.

Mrs. Pollock was a member of Grace Baptist Church, Fayetteville. She enjoyed sewing, quilting, crocheting, and working with flowers.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her 1st husband, Vernon E. Young, and her second husband, John H. Pollock; three brothers; and four sisters.

Left to cherish her memory include her son, Eddie (Tammy) Young of Fayetteville; daughter, Sherrie (John) Pierson of Doylestown, Ohio; six grandchildren: J.D. Pierson, Justin Pierson, Famon Pierson, Savannah Young, all of Doylestown, Ohio, Jason Young and Dylan Young, both of Fayetteville; one great-grandchild, Mason Young; and one sister, Geneva Clendenin of Sissonville.

Funeral services will be held at 12 noon on Thursday, January 24, 2013, at Grace Baptist Church, Fayetteville, with Rev. Delbert Walker officiating. Burial will follow at Huse Memorial Park, Fayetteville.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, January 23, 2013, at Grace Baptist Church, Fayetteville.

Memorials may be made to Grace Baptist Church-Building Fund, PO Box 336, Fayetteville, WV 25840.

For those wishing to express their condolences to the Pollock family, you may do so by visiting our website at www.doddpaynehessfuneralhome.com.

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



Katie Walker Riley

OAK HILL — Mrs. Katie Walker Riley, 100, of Oak Hill, WV, formerly of Beckley, died Saturday, January 19, 2013.

Born January 14, 1913, in Waldford, WV, she was the daughter of the late Tillis and Ethel Haynes Walker.

Answering the call to ministry, she ministered at New Bethel Temple, and later became a member at Sky Baptist Church, Beckley.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by husbands, Charles Mattox and James Riley; two sons, Curtis and Charles Mattox; sister, Myrtle Smallwood; and brother, Herbert Walker.

Left to cherish her memories are daughter, Belinda Bradford of Grand Prairie, TX; son, James Simon of Youngstown, Ohio; stepson, Alfonso Simon of North Carolina; 7 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends. 

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Thursday, January 24, 2013, at Sky Baptist Church, 815 So. Fayette St., Beckley, with Rev. William Fruit officiating. Burial will follow in Greenwood Memorial Park, Beckley. Friends may call one hour prior to the service at the church.

Condolences may be e-mailed to ritchie-johnson@suddenlinkmail.com.

Arrangements entrusted to Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.



Patti Lynn Arthur Rogers

SUGAR HILL, Ga. — Patti Lynn Arthur Rogers, 48, of Sugar Hill, Ga., formerly of West Virginia, died Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013.

The second “Celebration of Life” will be from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Jan. 26, at Fayetteville Methodist Church followed by commemorative service at noon at the church; all friends and family are welcome  to attend. Patti’s final resting place will be at Hughes Memorial Park Mausoleum via private family ceremony.

In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made 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 www.byarsfuneralhome.com.



Marvis Evelyn Rollyson

NIMITZ — Marvis Evelyn Rollyson, 92, of Nimitz, died Monday, January 21, 2013, at Summers County A.R.H. Hospital in Hinton following a long illness.

Born July 23, 1920, in Braxton County, she was the daughter of the late Van and Lula Underwood Stalnaker.

Ms. Rollyson was a homemaker and was a member of Rollynsburg Baptist Church at Talcott.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Vastel Marvin Rollyson. Also preceded by three brothers, Kelsie, Thurl and Virlin Stalnaker, and two sisters, Irene Jarvis and Opal Jarvis.

Survivors include four sons, Wilbert Vastel Rollyson of Hinton, Marvin Keith Rollyson and wife Eilena of Elyria, OH, Steven Paul Rollyson and wife Deborah of Nimitz and Charles Lynn Rollyson of Nimitz. Two daughters, Elaine Stump of Brunswick, OH, and Clara Jean Mick of Frametown, WV. Two brothers, Dana Stalnaker of Talcott and Virl Stalnaker of Ohio. Twelve grandchildren and eighteen great-grandchildren also survive.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, January 23, 2013, at Rollynsburg Baptist Church at Talcott with Pastor Dana Stalnaker officiating. Burial will follow in Talcott Cemetery. Friends may call from 6 until 8 p.m. Tuesday evening at Pivont Funeral Home in Hinton, and one hour prior to services on Wednesday at the church.

Grandsons and family will serve as pallbearers.

Online condolences and guest register at www.pivontfuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by Pivont Funeral Home, Hinton, WV.



Larry Edward Short

FAYETTEVILLE — Larry Edward Short, of Fayetteville, passed away Jan. 20, 2013.

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



Edna Smith

ROANOKE, Va. — Edna Smith, 90, of Roanoke, Va., formerly of Pax, passed away Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013.

Private online condolences, floral gifts, and other expressions of sympathy are available at www.roseandquesenberry.net.

Arrangements with Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, 1901 S. Kanawha St. in Beckley.



Antoinette Squillace

LOGAN — Antoinette Squillace, 89, of Logan died Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 25, at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Logan. Burial will follow in Forest Lawn Cemetery at Pecks Mill. Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday with a rosary at 7 p.m. at Honaker Funeral Home in Logan.

For e-mail condolences go to www.honakerfuneralhome.org.

Honaker Funeral Home in Logan is in charge of her services.



Teddy Seibert Stone

MOUNT HOPE — Teddy Seibert Stone, 83, of Mount Hope, died Monday, Jan. 21, 2013.

Online condolences may be sent at www.tyreefuneralhome.com.

Arrangements are incomplete by Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope.