Martha Elizabeth Collins Bryant
WOODBRIDGE, Va. — Martha Elizabeth Collins Bryant, 90, of Woodbridge, formerly of Alderson, W.Va., passed away Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27, at the Lobban Funeral Home Chapel, Alderson, with the Rev. Joe Geiger officiating. Burial will follow at the Alderson Cemetery, Alderson. Friends may call from 1 to 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27, at the funeral home.
Arrangements by Lobban Funeral Home, Alderson.
Phyllis Ann Sizemore Cline
Phyllis Ann Sizemore Cline, 71, of Fairdale, went to be with the Lord Thursday, January 24, 2013, at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, W.Va.
Born May 6, 1941, in Saulsville, she was the daughter of the late John and Irene Tilley Sizemore.
Phyllis was a graduate of Oceana High School class of 1959 and was a member of the Oceana Alumni Association, and had also been inducted into the Oceana High School Hall of Fame. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Marshall University and her Master’s Degree from WVU. She was a retired elementary school teacher from the Raleigh County School System, with 34 years of service. She taught first grade at Mt. View and Fairdale Elementary Schools.
Mrs. Cline had the pleasure of teaching three of her beautiful grandchildren and was passionate in the overseeing of their education until college, where they are now pursuing their own careers. Mrs. Cline was passionate about educating every child she taught and loved each one equally. She lovingly guided each of her three daughters to achieve their best and achieve the same with their own children. Mrs. Cline will be sadly missed by the many children she guided in her classroom.
She loved reading, spending time with her grandchildren and vacationing with her sisters. She attended Matheny United Methodist Church. She was the matriarch of her family and will be dearly missed.
In addition to her parents, those left to cherish her memory are her loving husband of 50 years, James Cline; children, Anita Cline Boothe and husband, Samuel G., of Fairdale, Cynthia Cline Bower and husband, Timothy, of Fairdale and Karen Cline Sigmon and husband, Jim, of Glen Fork. She also leaves behind five brothers and five sisters, Kenneth Sizemore and wife, Betty, Bonnie Farlow and husband, Jerry, Johnny Sizemore and wife, Ruth, Gayle Travis, Jimmy Sizemore and wife, Shirlene, Glenna Farlow and husband, Charles, Joyce Kirk and husband, Donnie, and Frances Hensley and husband, Steve, Mickey Sizemore and wife, Cathy, and Dennis Sizemore and wife, Sherri; six grandchildren, Corey and Chase Boothe, Erik and Emily Bower and Molly and Chloe Sigmon.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, January 28, 2013, at Evans Funeral Home Memorial Chapel, with the Rev. Rick Chester and Rev. David White officiating. Burial will follow at Palm Memorial Gardens, Matheny. The family will receive friends 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday, January 27, 2013, at the funeral home.
An online guestbook and additional information can be found at www.evans-funeralhome.com.
Evans Funeral Home of Oceana is serving the Cline family.
OCEANA — David Cook, 81, passed away Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013.
In keeping with his wishes, there will be no services.
Evans Funeral Home of Oceana is serving the Cook family.
Cora Pomphrey Crowe
PRINCETON — Cora Pomphrey Crowe, 91, of The Havens in Princeton, died Wednesday, January 23, 2013, at Princeton Community Hospital.
Born November 9, 1921, in Pickaway, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Lawrence Pomphrey and Ella Elmore Pomphrey.
She was a 1940 graduate of Union High School. Cora was a clerk for the Selective Service during World War II and was a secretary for the Monroe County Superintendent of Schools prior to moving to Princeton in 1960, where she quickly became active in her church and community.
She never met a stranger and her quick wit and beautiful smile made her many friends throughout the years. Cora was an active member of the First United Methodist Church in Princeton and was a member of the Holliday Sunday School Class and the Wesleyan Guild. She enjoyed giving devotions and programs throughout the community.
She was also a member of the Princeton Delphian Club, Maple Valley Homemakers Club, the Bud & Blossom Garden Club, Princeton Chapter of the AARP, and a Wednesday Bridge Club. Cora served on the City of Princeton Beautification Committee, and was a member of the initial committee which established The Princeton Health & Fitness Center. She was also a former clerk for the Tuberculosis and Health Association.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Tom Pomphrey and Grover Pomphrey; and one sister, Margaret Kinder.
Survivors include her husband of 63 years, Clement Eugene Crowe of Princeton; one daughter, Dr. Judith Crowe Carter of Princeton; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday, January 26, 2013, at the George W. Seaver Chapel of Seaver Funeral Home in Princeton, with Rev. Scott Sears officiating. Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Gardens in Princeton.
Friends may call at the funeral home from 11:30 a.m. until the service hour on Saturday.
Memorial contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church, PO Box 304, Princeton, WV 24740.
Online condolences may be sent by visiting www.seaverfuneralservice.com.
Seaver Funeral Home in Princeton is serving the Crowe family.
Lois Ann Garten
Lois Ann Garten, age 79, of Coal City, passed away on Wednesday, January 23, 2013, at Raleigh General Hospital, following an extended illness.
Born December 11, 1933, in Kentucky, to the late Arch White and Florida Mae Fugate White.
Ms. Garten operated the Old Country Store in Coal City for many years with her husband.
She also enjoyed gardening and planting flowers. She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and she was also a founding member of the Sunset Hills Missionary Baptist Church, where she sang in the choir and was a Sunday School teacher. She also enjoyed traveling and was a volunteer for Commission on Aging.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Tommy Garten; and numerous brothers and sisters.
Those surviving include her daughters, Debra Fink of Coal City and Patricia Ann Keaton (Kenneth) of Sophia; brothers, Ellis White of Coal City and Tommy White (Mary) of North Carolina; sisters, Carol Sears (Wayne) of Grandview, Lena Bragg (Gene) of Kentucky, Pat Lear of Hamon, Ind., and Barbara Woody (Dale) of North Carolina; four grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild, and numerous nephews and nieces.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Monday, January 28, 2013, at the Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Chapel in Beckley, with Rev. Tim Mitchem officiating. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Park in Beckley.
Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.
Visitation will be held Sunday evening from 6 to 9 p.m. at the funeral chapel.
Private online condolences, floral gifts, and other expressions of sympathy available at www.roseandquesenberry.net.
Arrangements with Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, 1901 S. Kanawha Street in Beckley.
Mrs. Louresa Griffin, 74, of Beckley, died Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013.
Arrangements entrusted to Ritchie and Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.
GILBERT — Ann Hatfield, 78, died Friday, Jan. 25, 2013.
Graveside services will be 1 p.m. Monday, Jan. 28, at Highland Memory Gardens, Godby Heights, Pecks Mill. Friends may call 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the Mounts Funeral Home Chapel, Gilbert.
Arrangements by Mounts Funeral Home, Gilbert.
DELMAR, N.Y. — Ernest Kish, 91, died Monday, January 21, 2013, at the Eddy Village Green in Cohoes.
He was born in Monaville, W.Va., and resided in Beckley, Falls Church and Manassas, Va., and most recently in Delmar.
Ernest was the son of Hungarian immigrants, Gazel and Teresa (Somogyi) Kish, and husband of the late Teresa (Grace) Constance Aiello Kish.
During World War II, he served as a captain in the U.S. Army Air Corps and pilot of a P-47 Thunderbolt with the 8th Air Force, 56th Fighter Group, 61st Fighter Squadron, at Boxted Air Base in Colchester, England. He flew 95 missions over Normandy, Northern France, and the Rhineland, and was awarded the Air Medal with four Oak Leaf Clusters and the Distinguished Flying Cross.
A native speaker of Hungarian, he was recruited by the Central Intelligence Agency in 1952 and served for 26 years in Washington, DC, Athens, Greece, and Frankfurt, Germany. He retired in 1978 as a Branch Chief of the National Photographic Interpretation Center in Washington, DC.
Ernest was a child of the Great Depression, the son of a coal miner, and carpenter extraordinaire, who never forgot the kindnesses that were shown to him during his childhood. In 1984, he became one of the founding members of Project-Mend-A-House, an organization in Prince William County, Va., which “provides home modifications and repairs for low income seniors, the disabled and the struggling young and middle-aged.” He remained active with the group until 2007 when he moved to Delmar, NY. During that time, he designed and helped construct nearly 100 wheelchair ramps. He also served as a mentor to many volunteers, whom he later counted as dear friends.
A hero in our lives, Ernest is survived by his son, Ernest (Joyce) Kish; daughter, Constance (Mike) Cunningham; grandchildren, Patrick (Krissy) Kish, David, Jeannie and Becky Cunningham and John Evangelista; and great-grandsons, Nate and Alex Evangelista. He is also survived by his sister-in-law, Virginia (Jerry) Bechter of Denver, Colo., and many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his eight siblings, Mary, Helen, Gazel, Leo, Anna, Joe, Alex and Frances.
The family thanks the superb staff of House 14, Eddy Village Green at Cohoes, for their care of Ernest over the past months. During even his most difficult moments, Ernest felt at home there.
All services will be private. Entombment will be in Saratoga National Cemetery, Schuylerville, NY, at the convenience of the family.
Those who wish may make memorial contributions to the Alzheimer’s Association, NENY Chapter, PO Box, 96011, Washington, DC 20090-6011.
Online at www.applebeefuneralhome.com.
Arrangements by Applebee Funeral Home, Delmar, N.Y.
“I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, and I have kept the faith.
“Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord the righteous judge shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.” 2 Timothy 4:7-8.
Merle McKinney, 89, of Bud, went to be with her Lord on Wednesday, January 23, 2013, at Wyoming Nursing and Rehabilitation Center following a long illness and a courageous battle with Alzheimer’s disease.
Born June 25, 1923, at Herndon, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Jack and Becca Graham Graham.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Bernard McKinney, who was killed in a mine accident in 1960. She was also preceded in death by a sister, Hazel Harman, and a brother, Orville Graham.
Saved at the age of 19, she was a faithful servant of the Lord and a dedicated member of the Spruce Grove Missionary Baptist Church where she taught the Primary Class of Sunday School for over 20 years.
Merle was a homemaker, devoting her life to her family and church. She spent her summers gardening, canning and growing beautiful flowers. Her winters were spent quilting and doing embroidery. She found year-round enjoyment feeding and watching squirrels, turkey, deer and her menagerie of birds. She experienced many hardships in her life and is now resting in the arms of her Savior and Lord. Through all the trials and tribulations of life, her faith in the God she served never wavered.
Those left to cherish her memory are her loving daughter and son-in-law, Linda and Rev. Danny Lusk, with whom she made her home for 40 years. Merle is also survived by sisters, Ina Lane of Stephenson, W.Va., Ethel Lusk of Bud, brother and sister-in-law Ray and Layla Graham of Herndon, and sister-in-law Joyce Graham of Helen, W.Va.
Also surviving are nieces, nephews and a host of friends and church family.
Nephews, Devon Lane, Jeffrey Graham, Larry Workman, Albert Graham, Orville Graham Jr., and David McKinney will serve as pallbearers. Ronnie Harman and Jackie Harman will serve as honorary pallbearers.
A celebration service of her life and home going will be at 12 noon Sunday, January 27, 2013, at the Spruce Grove Missionary Baptist Church, with Rev. Danny Lusk officiating.
Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, January 26, at the funeral home and one hour prior to the service on Sunday.
She will be laid to rest beside her beloved husband in the Rube Howerton Cemetery.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to the entire staff of Wyoming Nursing and Rehabilitation Center for the excellent care and kindness shown to Merle. Your love and devotion will be remembered forever.
Memorial donations may be made in Merle’s memory to Wyoming Nursing and Rehabilitation Center Activity Dept., PO Box 149, New Richmond, WV 24867.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.tankersleyfh.com.
The family of Merle McKinney is being cared for by Tankersley Funeral Home, Mullens.
George Estell Moody Sr.
George Estell Moody Sr., 96, known to his family and friends as “Uncle George,” of Asbury, passed away Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013, at his home.
Born Dec. 4, 1916, at Ronceverte, he was the son of the late John “Bud” Wallace Moody and Sally Roach Moody.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Margie Hanna Moody; son, George Moody Jr.; friend/ caregiver, Odessa Cooper; and son-in-law, Richard “Dickie” Dosier.
Survivors include his son, Kenneth Moody Sr. (Shirley); daughters, Emily Estep (Ivan “Buster”); and Helen Dosier; grandsons, Ivan “Rocky” Estep Jr., Tony Estep, Mike Estep, Clay Moody, and Kenneth “Kenny” Moody Jr.; granddaughters, Rita Pippin, April Thayer, Cherith Brooks, Sabra Castaneto, and Stephanie Poskin; 15 great-grandchildren, and seven great-great-grandchildren; his special caregivers — his “angels,” Shannon Gunder, Kathy Longanacre, Iva “Buster” Estep Sr., Cherith Brooks, and April Thayer; several nieces and nephews which includes special nephews, Jim Moody and Joe Hanna.
Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 28, 2013, at Morgan Funeral Home in Lewisburg, with Pastors Kermit Hunter and Jim Conyers officiating. Burial will follow in the Emmanuel Church Cemetery at Asbury.
Visitation will be 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013, at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to Kanawha Hospice Care, Inc., 223 Maplewood Ave., Lewisburg, WV 24901.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.morganfh.net.
Arrangements by Morgan Funeral Home, Lewisburg.
OCEANA — Eleanor Puckett, 76, passed away Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013.
Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29, at Evans Funeral Home Memorial Chapel, with the Rev. David White officiating. Entombment will follow at Palm Memorial Gardens, Matheny. The family will receive friends 6 to 9 p.m. Monday, Jan. 28.
Evans Funeral Home of Oceana is serving the Puckett family.
Arlie Pugh went to be with our Lord on Thursday, January 24, 2013. May God rest his soul and keep him close in his arms.
Arlie Harvey Pugh was born October 4, 1930, at Backus, W.Va., to Sam H. and Ella E. Gill Pugh. His brothers and sisters are Berlie, Herman, Shirley, Maggie, Sadie, Jesse, Paul and Pauline, Arleine, Ralph, Dorothy, Verna, Denny, and Harmon.
Arlie’s children are William, Robert, Michael, Scott, and Rebecca. He also has six wonderful grandchildren: Leslie, Garrett, Ryan, Katherine, Lindsey and Emma, and one great-grandchild: Brody.
Arlie spent 20 years in the U.S. Navy retiring on June 12, 1967. After retiring from the Navy he worked several years as a sales representative for major greeting card companies. Arlie served on COMCRUISER destroyer Flotilla 4 teaching leadership skills and career information from 1960 to 1967. He also worked as part of the manned spacecraft recovery team at Cape Kennedy, Florida.
Condolences may be offered at www.fuquabankston.com.
Fuqua-Bankston Funeral Home in Ozark, Ala., is in charge of the arrangements. Members of the Dignity Memorial network.
Opal Reed, 88, of Lanark, passed away Friday, Jan. 25, 2013.
Arrangements are pending completion at Rose and Quesenberry, 1901 S. Kanawha St., Beckley.
Pauline Snead Reed
On Thursday, January 24th, 2013, after a long and fruitful life, our most cherished Pauline Reed of the Pleasant Hills Community passed away at the Beckley Appalachian Regional Hospital. She was in her 91st year.
The first of two children, Pauline Virginia Snead was born on January 2nd, 1922, at Arista. She was the daughter of the late Booker Rastus and Mildred Virginia Lovell Snead. Her brother, Bernard, has preceded her in death.
Pauline spent her childhood at Rhodell, where she attended Stoco High School. Pauline grew up with a neighbor boy, Luther Reed. Pauline and Luther were married on October 28th, 1940. They have been blessed to be married 72 years, two months and 27 days. To their union were born two sons, Douglas Rogers who died in infancy and Gregory Allen who is married to Donna Lynn; they live in Dover, Del. Pauline and Luther were residents of Tams for 30 years, where she worked in the company store and the post office. Since 1970, Pauline and Luther have made their home in Pleasant Hills. They worshiped at the Oak Grove Christian Church.
Pauline enjoyed gardening, raising flowers and canning. She also liked her game shows.
Pauline is also survived by her sister-in-law, Jackie Snead, and her children of Myrtle Beach, S.C.
At the end of the day, we her family realize how blessed we are to have Pauline for so long. So to this beloved wife and mother, we now give you back to God. May She Rest In Peace.
On Sunday, January 27th, at 2 p.m. we will remember the life of Pauline with a “Service of Remembrance” at the Melton Mortuary Chapel. Pauline and Luther’s pastor, Kelly Gowan, will be officiating. Pauline will be laid to rest in the Sunset Memorial Park Mausoleum.
The family will receive friends from 1 p.m. until the service hour.
Pallbearers will be members of Luther’s Sunday School Class at the Oak Grove Christian Church.
The family suggests donations of sympathy can be made to the church in Pauline’s name.
Condolences may be sent to the family’s guestbook at www.meltonmortuary.com.
Arrangements by Melton Mortuary and Cremation Center, Beckley.
Mr. Isaiah Shivers, of Beckley, died Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013.
Arrangements entrusted to Ritchie and Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.
Randall K. ‘Randy’ Stafford
OCEANA — Randall K. “Randy” Stafford, 53, of Oceana, passed away on Friday, January 25, 2013, at his home, from a battle with cancer.
He was born January 28, 1959, in Man, W.Va., a son of Kenneth Jacob Stafford of Kopperston and the late Erma Lillian Arthur Stafford.
Randy loved to ride his GoldWing motorcycle with his wife Sue. They had traveled to 39 of 50 States in the United States touring the country. He was a member of the Toneda Baptist Church. He enjoyed camping, fishing and hunting with his two sons Patrick and Jared. Randy enjoyed spending time with his granddaughter Jasmine, usually bicycling and fishing. He also volunteered in the past with church youth groups and Sunday school programs, civic organizations such as Oceana Little League, Biddy Buddy Basketball, and the Boy Scouts. He was formerly employed with Arch Coal Inc., Mingo Logan Coal Co., Transervice Inc., Harris #2 Mine, and Itmann Coal Co.
He was preceded in death by his mother.
In addition to his father Kenneth Jacob Stafford of Kopperston, he is survived by his wife of 33 years Sue Stafford of Oceana, their two sons Patrick Stafford of Welch, and Jared Stafford and wife Kat of Beckley; one grandchild Jasmine Stafford of Mullens; three sisters Lillian Tilley and husband Billy of Eccles, Marsha Sparks and husband Tommy of Oceana, and Sandy Solacz and husband Mitch of Mt. Hope; a special sister-in-law Lou Blankenship of Oceana who helped with his home health care; special friends Brenda and Frank Jenelos Sr., Frank Jenelos Jr., numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews, and a host of other loving family and friends.
Funeral services will be held at 8 p.m. on Sunday, January 27, 2013, at Toneda Missionary Baptist Church, Kopperston, W.Va., with Pastor Jim Hamrick and Rev. Ron Lee officiating. Special singing by Timothy Harless and Eric Lusk Singers.
Friends gather with the family from 6 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, January 27, 2013, at the church.
In keeping with Randy’s wishes he will be cremated.
E-mail letters of sympathy may be sent at www.staffordfamilyfuneralhome.com.
The family is being served by the Stafford Family Funeral Home, Lynco.
Annie Braenovich Thomas
WILMINGTON, N.C. — Annie Braenovich Thomas, age 89, of Wilmington, formerly of Page, W.Va., went to be with our Lord on Wednesday, January 23, 2013, at the New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington.
Born August 14, 1923, in Page, she was the daughter of the late George and Mary Zilic Braenovich.
She is survived by her husband, Philip L. Thomas; one daughter, Sharon (Gene) Vincent of Wilmington; four grandchildren: Gene A. Vincent III and Ashley Vincent of Wilmington; and Jennifer and Nathan Martin, of Cane Ridge, Tenn.; one sister, Mrs. Julia Hudson of Northfork, W.Va.; and many nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews in West Virginia and surrounding states.
She was preceded in death by her daughter, Rebecca Marie Martin of Dothan, Ala.; a sister, Mary Cole of Oak Hill; and five brothers, Tony Braenovich of Boulder, Colo.; Melvin and Stoin Braenovich of Robson; Nick Braenovich of Page, and Drogran Braenovich of Kincaid.
As a homemaker for many years, Annie loved to cook, sew and crochet doilies and work with crafts. She served our country’s war efforts during WWII by working in a glass factory, which made windshields for armed services jeeps and trucks.
Services will be on Sunday, January 27, 2013, at 1 p.m. at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill, with Rev. Delmas Wolfe officiating. Burial will be at High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill.
Visitation will be held at Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill, on Saturday, January 26, 2013, from 5 to 7 p.m.
Memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association, Ohio Valley Affiliate, 162 Court Street, Charleston WV 25301.
Online condolences may be sent at www.tyreefuneralhome.com.
Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.
Mildred Walls, 95, of Beckley, passed away Friday, Jan. 25, 2013.
Arrangements are pending completion at Rose and Quesenberry, 1901 S. Kanawha St., Beckley.
Mack D. Woosley
MULLENS — Mack Donald Woosley, 89, of Mullens, passed away on Thursday, January 24, 2013, at Wyoming Nursing and Rehab Center, New Richmond, after a long illness.
Born July 7, 1923, at Crumpler, he was the son of the late John Logan and Barbara Burke Woosley.
Mr. Woosley was a former Road Brakeman/Conductor for N&S Railroad retiring after 33 years of service; he was a member of the Southern Baptist Church of Mullens and was a faithful member of Trinity Broadcasting Network.
He was a Veteran of the U.S. Army having served two tours in the South Pacific during World War II, a member of the Sophia VFW, and was the last surviving member of his immediate family.
In addition to his parents he is also preceded in death by his wife, Helen Woosley; three sisters, Florence, Lillian, and Barbara; and three brothers, Charlie, Jim, and Harold Woosley.
Those left to cherish his memory include his three sons, Wayne Woosley of Midway, Mark Woosley of Pineville, and Scott Woosley of Mullens; two grandchildren, Lakin Jarrell and her husband, Jimmie, of Keyrock and Austin Scott of Pierpoint; and a special care giver and ex daughter-in-law, Debbie Woosley of Saulsville.
Services will be 12 noon Monday, January 28, 2013, at Tankersley Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Dalley Maynard officiating. Burial will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Beckley.
Friends may call one hour prior to services Monday at the funeral home.
Military graveside honors will be conducted by the Mercer County Veterans Council.
Pallbearers will be Pete Stewart, Jimmie Jarrell, Butch Woosley, Bradley Ellison, Jason Spence, David Bailey, and Shannon Smith.
The family wishes to express a heartfelt special thanks to the staff of Wyoming Nursing and Rehab Center, New Richmond, for the care Mack received during his time with them.
Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.tankersleyfh.com.
The family of Mack Woosley is being cared for by Tankersley Funeral Home, Mullens.