The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

February 4, 2013

Obituaries — Monday, Feb. 4, 2013

Homer Ethan Ballard

CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. — Homer Ethan Ballard, 83, of Christiansburg, Va., formerly of Pipestem, passed away Friday, Feb. 1, 2013. 

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5, at the Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Shahn Wilburn officiating. Burial will follow in the Ellison Cemetery, Rock Camp. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 4, at the funeral home.

Online guestbook can be signed or condolences may be sent to the Ballard family at

Arrangements by Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home, Peterstown.

Marvin Gray Dixon Sr.

UNION — Marvin Gray Dixon, Sr., devoted father and husband, 75, of Union, WV, passed away Friday, February 1, 2013, at the Roanoke Memorial Hospital, Roanoke, Va., following a long illness.

He was born at Union, WV, April 19, 1937, a son of the late Fred Forest and Eula Compton Dixon.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his best friend and loving wife, Agnes Caroline Weikle Dixon, on June 13, 2000.

Those left to cherish his memory include 2 sons, Marvin Dixon, Jr., and wife, Terry, of Forest Hill, Michael Dixon of Union; 4 grandsons, Aaron Dixon and Adam Dixon of Union, Mark and Andy Dixon of Forest Hill; a sister, Ruby Humphreys of Union; and many nieces and nephews.

Marvin also left behind two special neighbors and friends, Richard and Patricia Ward, who were faithful and caring to the end. Richard visited Marvin every day for twelve years, sometimes three or four times a day. Patty often cooked and sent meals. No better friends exist. They are both considered family.

Marvin was a retired school bus operator with over 31 years service to the Monroe County Board of Education. He also owned and operated his own building contracting business, having worked in the building trade for over 50 years. He also ran a Grade C dairy in addition to his other occupations from 1957 until 1970. One of his proudest accomplishments was that he only missed two milkings in 13 years and that was due to serious illness. When the milk route was discontinued, he began raising beef cattle and registered Percheron draft horses. Marvin loved to farm and he was proud of his work ethic and heritage, raising a garden and home butchering until his health forced him to stop. He faithfully took care of his parents until their deaths and was a loving and faithful caregiver to his late wife even though his health was bad.

Marvin was a member of the Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church, where he served as deacon, church trustee, cemetery trustee and Sunday School Superintendent. He attended church there for over 60 years until declining health prevented him from attending.

Marvin’s top priorities in life were God, his family and work. As his illness progressed, he longed for the day of seeing and being with his savior Jesus Christ. He wanted everyone to know he did his best.

Funeral Services will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday, February 6, 2013, at the Groves Funeral Home Chapel in Union with the Rev. James Deskins, Jr., officiating. Burial will follow at the Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church Cemetery on Knob’s Road.

Friends may call at the Groves Funeral Home in Union from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, February 5, 2013.

Pallbearers and Honorary Pallbearers will be present and former bus operators of the Monroe County Board of Education, Rick Bailey, Bobby Dunbar, Larry Dunbar, Bill Miller, Randall Mills, Alan Spangler, Dorsey Galford, Neel Parker, Chuck Weikle, Quince Galford and Sonny Weikle.

Groves Funeral Home in Union is in charge of arrangements.

C.E. ‘Buddy’ Elder

GLEN JEAN — C.E. “Buddy” Elder, 65, of Glen Jean, died Friday, Feb. 1, 2013.

Online condolences may be sent to

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope.

Michael Franklin

Michael Franklin, age 54, of Cool Ridge, WV, passed away on Friday, February 1, 2013, at the Stonewall Jackson Hospital in Weston, WV, following a long and extended illness.

Mike was born in Fort Campbell, Kentucky, on February 15, 1958, to Ronald and Doncia Weaver Franklin of Lashmeet, WV.

He was a 1976 graduate of Mullens High School, and had worked for the Norfolk and Southern Railroad for 20 years. Then in 1995 he opened Total Imaging Detailing where he became known as Big Mike to all who knew him.

Mike was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Claude Franklin, and his maternal grandparents, Cecil and Arrettia Weaver.

He is survived by his loving wife, Twila Broom Franklin; his only child and pride and joy Heather Franklin of Pineville, WV. His mother-in-law, Nancy Broom of Pineville, and his very special friend whom he considered his son Kris Duff of Beckley.

Also surviving are his parents, Ronald and Doncia Franklin of Lashmeet, his sister Debbie Franklin Patrick and her husband Robbie of Lashmeet, his brother Doug Franklin of Albany, Georgia, and his grandmother Kathleen Franklin of Mullens. A very special aunt Kathryn Franklin Kelly of Mullens; brothers-in-law Dale Broom of Harrisburg, NC, Bill Broom of Atlanta, Georgia, a sister-in-law, Linda Arbogast and husband Sheldon of Manassas, Virginia; his nephews, Matt Arbogast and son Gavin of Tennessee, Alan Arbogast and wife Kerishma (and sons Kiyan and Kai) of Virginia, Benjamin Patrick of Lashmeet, Jeremey Patrick of Lashmeet, and Jamey and Paula Patrick and great-niece Allie of Stafford, Virginia.

His very special friends, Don and Ashley Hall of Cool Ridge, and a host of other family and friends.

Funeral Services will be conducted at the Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home Shady Spring Chapel on Tuesday, February 5, 2013, at 6 p.m. with Rev. Melissa White officiating. There will be a visitation for family members only.

Online condolences may be sent to our guestbook at

Arrangements are by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home Shady Spring Chapel, 729 Flat Top Road, Shady Spring, WV.

Eugene Neal

PINEVILLE — Eugene Neal, 91, passed away Saturday, February 2, 2013, at Wyoming Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in New Richmond.

Born January 16, 1922, in Matewan, WV, he was the son of the late William and Arizona Milam Neal.

Eugene was a member of Pineville Presbyterian Church. He was a member of Pineville Masonic Lodge for over fifty years, and also served as past Master. Eugene was also  a member of the Fred Shannon Order of The Eastern Star. He was also a member and past President of the Pineville Lions Club, where he also served as the District Secretary, for the District Lions Club. He was a veteran, having served in the U.S. Navy in the Pacific Submarine Services, during World War II. He enjoyed reading, playing golf and serving his community. He also enjoyed woodworking, and built many clocks.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret Alice Knight Neal; six brothers, Ray, Dock, Harold, Albert, Woodrow, and Homer; and five sisters, Pearl, Shirley, Roberta, Jessie, and Ethel.

Those left to cherish his memory are his son, Eugene Lee Neal and his wife, Darlene, of Hurricane; two daughters, Mary Margaret (Randi) Trumbauer and husband, David, of Ormond Beach, FL, and Katie Stump and husband, Dink, of Mullens; thirteen grandchildren, nineteen great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

A celebration of Eugene’s life will be 1 p.m. Monday, February 4, 2013, at Pineville Presbyterian Church with Dr. Michael Curry officiating. Entombment will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens Mausoleum, Beckley. The family will receive friends 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday at the church.

Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to: Pineville Presbyterian Church, PO Box 493, Pineville, WV 24874.

An online guestbook and additional information may be found at

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

Patsy Stone

“I want my flowers while I’m living,” is something Pasty Carol Stone used to say all the time. She wanted to enjoy things while she was alive, instead of them being useless to her in death. On Saturday, February 2nd, 2012, Patsy joined her boys in heaven. She was 74 years of age.

Patsy Carol Acord was born on April 11, 1938, at Rock Creek. She has made a happy home with her beloved husband, John Robert Stone, for the past 54 years. Patsy’s family was her greatest source of happiness and pride. Patsy was preceded in death by her two precious sons, Robert Dean Stone and Thomas Paul Stone. In addition to John Robert, Patsy leaves to cherish her memory her daughter, Patti Dickens and her husband, Tom; a daughter-in-law, Kelly Stone; her grandchildren, Shannon Taylor and her husband, Kenneth, Amanda Birchfield, Patrick Dickens, Jessica Stone and Haley Stone; her great-grandchildren, Issac Young, Thomas Young, Chloe Fink and Jolene Taylor; as well as many, many friends, her extended family and neighbors.

On Tuesday, February 5th, at 1 p.m. we will remember the life of Patsy Stone with a “Service of Remembrance” at the Melton Mortuary Chapel. Jerry Brooks Jr. will be officiating. Patsy will then be laid to rest beside her sons at her home place in Fairdale. The family will receive friends from noon until the service hour.

Pallbearers will be: Dan Kingery, James Allen, Hobert Allen, Eric Clemons, Patrick Dickens and Issac Young. In lieu of flowers, monetary gifts to offset the funeral expenses can be made to the Melton Mortuary. The Stone family will be so appreciative.

Condolences may be sent to the family’s guestbook at

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary and Cremation Center, Beckley, WV.