The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

February 8, 2013

Obituaries — Friday, Feb. 8, 2013

Margaret Akers

Margaret Akers, 58, of Coal City, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8, at Cornerstone Baptist Church, with the Rev. Roger Tolliver. Interment will follow at Jonben Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church.

Private online condolences, floral gifts, and other expressions of sympathy are available at

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

James Ball

RICHWOOD — James Ball, 81, of Richwood, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013.

Service will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, at Simons-Coleman Funeral Home, Richwood, with the Rev. Carl Bradshaw officiating. Burial will follow in the West Virginia Memorial Gardens, Calvin. Friends may call 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Arrangements by Simons-Coleman Funeral Home, Richwood.

Frank Belcher Jr.

Frank Belcher Jr., age 74, of Eccles, passed away at his home on Wednesday, February 6, 2013.

Born on April 8, 1938, at Stephenson, he was the son of the late Frank Belcher Sr. and Juanita Grace Harmon Belcher.

Mr. Belcher was a retired coal miner, and a member of the UMWA. He was a resident of Eccles for the past 38 years, and enjoyed working on cars.

He was preceded in death by his son, Dennis Belcher, by brothers, Jerry, Jessie, and Raymond Belcher, and by a sister, Freda Haymire.

Those survivors left to cherish his memory include his wife of nearly 42 years, Paula Gillespie Belcher; two children, Telietha Smith and her husband Roger of Beckley, and Paula Pelfrey and her husband Trevor of Beckley. Brothers: Keith Belcher and his wife Nadine of Odd, and Johnny Belcher of Texas. Sisters: Patricia Lozoyo of Beckley, and Doris Acord and her husband Denver of Glen White. Three grandchildren: Brandon Smith, Brianna Pelfrey, and William Yale; three great-grandchildren, Milaya McDowell, Kelani McDowell, and Bentley McDowell, all of Beckley; and special friends, Mike Green and Nellie Barker.

Committal services will be conducted at Sunset Memorial Park Mausoleum on Saturday, February 9, 2013, at 11 a.m. with Pastor Duane Pease and Rev. Snowden Collins officiating. Burial will follow at the cemetery.

Friends may visit with the family one hour prior to the services at the mausoleum.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

Online condolences may be sent to our guestbook at

Arrangements are by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, 1901 South Kanawha Street, Beckley.

Wilda Cole Bragg

ANSTED — Wilda Cole Bragg, 93, of Ansted, went home to be with the Lord, Tuesday, February 5, 2013, while surrounded by her family.

Born September 23, 1919, at Sugar Creek, W.Va., the daughter of the late Henry and Bina Cole.

Preceded in death by her late husband E.R. “Shorty” Bragg and son Cordell Bragg; brothers, Otha, Woodrow and Magee Cole.

She was a longtime member of Ansted Baptist Church, a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother. She was a homemaker.

Those left to cherish her memory include her daughters, Rita Phillips, Diana Withrow, Penny Cummins and son-in-law, David. Fifteen grandchildren, twenty-four great-grandchildren, fourteen great-great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral service will be 1 p.m. Saturday, February 9, 2013, at Ansted Baptist Church, with Pastor Jack Eades officiating. Burial will follow at Restlawn Memory Gardens in Victor.

Friends may gather with the family 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, February 8, 2013, at Wallace and Wallace Funeral Home Chapel in Ansted.

Online condolences may be sent to

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Ansted.

Jacqueline Rowan ‘Jackie’ Briggs

GAP MILLS — Jacqueline Rowan “Jackie” Briggs of Gap Mills passed away Monday, Feb. 4, 2013.

Services will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, at the Groves Funeral Home Chapel in Union, with the Rev. Gene Fullen officiating. Burial will follow at the Carmel Cemetery at Gap Mills. Friends may call from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Groves Funeral Home in Union is in charge of arrangements. 

Sue Ellen Francisco

Revelation 21: Verses 1-4 “And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.

And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.

And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.

And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things have been passed away.”

Sue Francisco, our precious Mom and MawMaw, left this life to join her eternal life with her Savior Jesus Christ on February 6, 2013.

She was born on March 26, 1933, in Beaver, and was the daughter of the late Aiden and Mackie Hall Gunnoe.

She was a graduate of Shady Spring High School. On September 21, 1954, she married the love of her life Bob Francisco. He has spent the past 59 years caring, loving, and supporting his wife. She was truly blessed and had a God-centered marriage.

She was a former employee of Grant’s. Most people remembered her from Hill’s Department Store. She was employed there for over 30 years. She led a Christian life and enjoyed singing and playing the piano at church. Sue was a member of the Living Waters Baptist Church where her son served as her pastor.

“MawMaw Sue” will be remembered the most by being the best mom and an even better mawmaw. She had two children Kathy Brewer and her husband John of Beaver, and Mike Gunnoe and his wife Kitty of Mt. Hope. Sue had also raised her granddaughter as a daughter, Yvette Gunnoe. She had seven grandchildren, Heather Brewer Poland, Johnny Brewer, Michelle Pack, Cindy Gunnoe, Shannon Wriston, and Reggie Wriston. She also had 15 great-grandchildren, Lila Kate, Laci, Steven, Nathan, Braxton, Chase, Kai, Riley, Lainey, Nevaeh, Zach, Rachael, Brooklin, Savannah, and T.K. She thought the world of her family and was so proud of them. They were her pride and joy.

Her family wishes to thank everyone who has called, prayed, and sent food to the home. A special thank you to Dr. Jafary who was always there and showed so much compassion toward her. Also thanks to the staff of BARH.

“Those who walk uprightly enter into peace; they find rest as they lie in death.”

A memorial service will be held to Celebrate The Life of Sue Francisco on Saturday, February 9, 2013, at 4 p.m. at the Rose and Quesenberry Peace Chapel in Beckley, with her son Pastor Mike Gunnoe officiating, with singing provided by her great-granddaughter Laci Poland.

Friends may visit with the family one hour prior to the services on Saturday.

In lieu of flowers, monetary donations may be made to the Living Waters Baptist Church, 201 Jennings Street, Beckley, WV 25801, in memory of Sue Francisco.

It was her wishes to be cremated and her cremains to be placed with her mother’s grave space.

Online condolences may be sent to our guestbook at

Arrangements are by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, 1901 South Kanawha Street, Beckley. 

Roy Lee Holliday

SMOOT — Roy Lee Holliday, 73, of Smoot, passed away at home Wednesday, February 6, 2013, following a sudden illness.

Born October 21, 1939, he was the son of the late Charles Leonard and Bertha Ellen Hizer Holliday. He was a retired farmer and served in the U.S. Army.

Other than his parents he was preceded in death by three brothers: Bill, Ralph and Sam Holliday.

Surviving are five brothers: Ernest “Pete” of Crichton, Curtis Carel of Smoot, Jim K. and wife Jean of River Rouqe, Mich., David E. and wife Doris of Sam Black Church and Neal Leo and wife Debby of Clintonville.

Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Friday, February 8, 2013, at Wallace & Wallace Funeral Chapel, Rainelle, with his brother Neal Leo Holliday officiating. Burial will follow at Wallace Memorial Cemetery, Clintonville.

Family and friends may gather with the family from 1 p.m. until service time at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace, Inc., of Rainelle.

Billy Joe Keatley

SPEEDWAY — Billy Joe Keatley, 67, of Speedway, died Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013.

Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, from the Burns Wornal Chapel of the Memorial Funeral Directory on the Athens Road in Princeton. Friends may call two hour prior to services Saturday or may leave online condolences at

Arrangements by the Memorial Funeral Directory and Cremation Center, Princeton.

Helen Knotts

FAIRLEA — Helen Knotts, 81, of Fairlea, died Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013.

Services will be 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10, at Enon Baptist Church, Frankford. Friends may call 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the Morgan Funeral Home, Lewisburg.

Arrangements by Morgan Funeral Home, Lewisburg.

Irene Irma Bernath Rader

LANHAM, Md. — Irene Irma Bernath Rader, 84, of Lanham, died on Sunday, February 3, 2013, at her home.

Born December 16, 1928, at Mount Hope, she was the daughter of the late John and Elizabeth Kovach Bernath.

Mrs. Rader was a member of the Presbyterian faith and a homemaker.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William Ray Rader; five brothers, John, George, James, Steve and Joe Bernath, and sisters, Annie Gleason, Julia Pratt, Elizabeth Luke, Margaret Bryant and Helen Radford.

Survivors include her only daughter, Skip Boettcher and husband, Hank, of Rehoboth Beach, Del.; grandson, Anthony Pallozzi and wife, Charlene, of Odenton, Md.; two granddaughters, Wendy Corbino-Krzycki and husband, Tom, of Bowie, Md., and Kimberly Corbino of Bowie, Md.; sister, Martha McGoskey and husband, George, of Ravenswood; brother-in-law, Mickey Radford; and five great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be on Saturday, February 9, 2013, at 2 p.m. at Tyree Funeral Home in Mount Hope with Pastor Jim Plyburn officiating. Burial will be at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Prosperity.

Visitation will be held at Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope, on Friday, February 8, 2013, from 5 to 7 p.m.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope.

Luella Virginia Rock

On February 5, 2013, the trumpets sounded a heavenly tune; the pearly gates of heaven opened wide; as the streets of gold glow. Our precious Luella, wife, mother, grandmother accepted her wings and Heaven’s newest angel will dance peacefully, on those streets made of gold, as she reunites with our heavenly Father, family, and friends. While our hearts are heavy, and heads hung low, our tears will be shed as our Savior crowns his newest angel’s head.

Luella Virginia Rock, 74, was born in Calloway Heights on February 23, 1938. She was daughter to Carl and Rosie Meadows Treadway of Glen Morgan. Her passing separates a fifty-eight-year celebration of marriage to her loving husband, Billy M. Rock of Beaver.

Luella was of the Baptist faith, having life-long membership and fellowship with Glen Morgan Missionary Baptist Church and its members. She was a loving wife and mother, and a devoted homemaker having lived the past nineteen years in Beaver. She was a member of the Ladies Circle at Glen Morgan Missionary Baptist Church where she loved to make quilts with the ladies that were given to those in need, veterans, and nursing homes. She loved to make her grandkids smile and never met a stranger; she was loved by all who were blessed by her presence.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Carl and Rosie Treadway; sisters Edith Cook, Paulette Webb, Carlene Treadway, and Mary Ann Danaher; brother Glendon Treadway; daughter Kathy Hamilton; granddaughter Heather Hamilton; and “Grandpa” Melvin Burke.

The lasting legacy of her blessings was passed on to her family and friends: brothers Dennis Treadway and wife Shella of Shady Spring, Walter Treadway and wife Jean of Glen Morgan; children Buster and wife Sherry Rock of Beckley, Rosemary and husband Bobby Staats of Cool Ridge, Timothy and wife Dinah of Cool Ridge, Glenna and husband Mark Dempsey of Glen Morgan, and Johnny and wife Michele Rock of Beaver; grandchildren Garrett Rock of NC, Kimberly Gwinn of Shady Spring, Timothy Rock II of Cool Ridge, Deborah Plumley of Sullivan, Jennifer Hash of Glen Fork, Krystal Akers of Cool Ridge, Emily Farley of Daniels, John Rock of Beaver, Adam Rock of Beaver, Joseph Staats of Cool Ridge, Aaron White of Beaver, Nick Cook of Beckley, Austin Henderson of Beckley, Aiden Harrah of Beckley; great-grandchildren Seth Moore, Brianna Hash, McKenzye Rock, Bryce Rock, Gavin Plumley, Dakota Akers, Aiden Hash, Colten Rock, Kaleigh Akers, Rylan Plumley, and Jayden Whitt. Special friends that Luella held very dear to her heart: Penny Cooper Wills and Heather Pack.

Funeral services will be conducted to celebrate the life of Luella Rock on Saturday,  February 9, 2013, at 1 p.m. at the Glen Morgan Missionary Baptist Church, with Rev. Ernie Junior Moye officiating. Burial will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens at Prosperity. Sons and grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

Friends are welcome at the Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home in Beckley, from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday and at the church one hour prior to services on Saturday.

Online condolences may be sent to our guestbook at

Arrangements are by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, 1901 South Kanawha Street, Beckley.

Cameron Lee Taylor

Cameron Lee Taylor, 54, of Evansville, IN, passed away at 8:45 p.m. Saturday, January 12, 2013, at his home.

Cameron was born August 2, 1958, in Beckley, West Virginia. He was a 1976 graduate of Shady Spring High School in Shady Spring, WV, and a veteran of the United States Army. Cameron worked for Power Technologies in Petersburg, Indiana, as an engineer for fiber optic projects, certified CFOI and CFOT and was a member of OSA and IEEE. He attended NorthWoods Baptist Church.

He is survived by mother, Rita (Bottomly) Taylor of Beckley, WV, and niece and nephew, Michelle Dawn (Taylor) Nottingham, Jonathan Taylor, Evansville, IN, and sister-in-law Gloria Wood Taylor of Daniels. He was preceded in death by his father, James Roscoe Taylor, brother, James Byron Taylor, and grandparents, Roy and Bernice Bottomly.

Visitation starting at 1 p.m. with a Memorial Service being held at 2 p.m. Sunday, February 10, 2013, at Living Waters Baptist Church, 201 Jennings St., Beckley, WV, with Pastor Mike Gunnoe officiating. In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made to the “Living Waters Baptist Church” in his honor.

Richard E. White

Richard E. White, 85, of Princewick, died Wednesday, February 6, 2013, at Bowers Hospice House, following an extended illness.

Born October 11, 1927, in Elgood, W.Va., Richard was the son of the late Allen and Edna White.

Preceded in death along with his parents was his beloved wife of 57 years, Madge (Miller) White.

Those left to cherish his memory include his daughter, Julia Simpson and her husband Gary of Beckley; his son, Richard E. White II (Rick) and his wife Peggy of Elkview, W.Va.; granddaughter, Lori Pack and her husband Casey of Beckley; grandsons, Gabriel White and Adam White of Elkview; great-granddaughter, Alison (Katie) Pack of Beckley; great-grandson, Kristopher Pack of Beckley; and his brother, James White of Princewick.

Deeply loved by so many, Richard was the center of the family. Richard worked for the Virginian Railroad, N&W Railroad and retired from the Norfolk Southern Railroads, a conductor. He had 30 years combined service. He was also a combat veteran in the United States Navy during World War II.

Richard’s faith was a testimony to those around him. He spent 20 years teaching adults in Bible class both at Princewick Baptist and Sunset Hills Missionary Baptist Church. His love for others and his love for Christ were always apparent. His genuine smile could light up a room, especially while he was watching his favorite team, the WVU Mountaineers.

Friends may celebrate Richard’s life with his family at 1 p.m. Saturday, February 9, 2013,  at Sunset Hills Missionary Baptist Church on Independence Road in Coal City, with Pastor Tim Mitchem and Rev. Mel Jamison officiating. Entombment will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens Mausoleum in Prosperity.

Visitation will be held the same afternoon from 12 to 1 p.m. at the church.

Pallbearers are Casey Pack, Kristopher Pack, John Vitsos, Adam White, Gabriel White, and Rick White. Honorary Pallbearers will be Roy Meador and Jim Kirk.

In lieu of flowers, donations of sympathy may be sent to Bowers Hospice House, 454 Cranberry Drive, Beckley, WV 25801.

Private online condolences, floral gifts, and other expressions of sympathy may be made at

Arrangements with Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, 1901 South Kanawha Street in Beckley.

Aldeen Halsey Workman

“Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.” Proverbs 31:10

Aldeen Halsey Workman, 92, of Lester, died Tuesday, February 5, 2013, at Bowers Hospice House, after a long and blessed life.

She was born on March 10, 1920, the second of 14 children born to Okey and Mary Houck Halsey. Known as “Aub” to her family, she was raised in Pierpoint, W.Va., and lived there until moving to Lester in 1953 with her husband and children.

She was able to be independent, driving until she was ninety and living alone until suffering a stroke in September 2012.

She gave her heart to the Lord at thirteen. She served Him faithfully throughout her life by singing His praises with her clear alto voice, teaching children in Sunday School, and  praying for anyone who had a need. She was always ready with a smile and an encouraging word.

She and her husband Earl operated Workman’s Grocery in Lester from 1967 until their retirement in 1976. She loved to cook and everyone looked for her chicken dumplings at church dinners and family reunions. Her favorite hobby was her flowers and she was  blessed with a green thumb.

Those left to cherish her memory are her children Okey Workman and his wife Jewel, Earl Ann “Cookie” Matics, and Valinda “Linnie” Morgan and her husband Jim, all of Lester; grandchildren Lisa Workman Anderson and her husband Steve of Canvas, Clint Workman and his wife Cris of Daniels, Melissa Matics Walker and her husband Vernon, Jay Matics and his wife Theresa, Lee Bailey and his wife Tesa, Amanda Bailey Washington and her husband Nick, all of Lester; great-grandchildren, Mathew, Jeff and Meghan Anderson, Ericka, Andy and Brittany Workman, Kalee and Cole Bailey, Nyah Matics, and Bella Washington; sisters, Emma Lee Reed of Crab Orchard, Lorna Wyatt and her husband, Greeley, of Roanoke, Va., and Norma Bolt of Beckley; brothers Carroll “Codge” Halsey of Cool Ridge, Ron Halsey, and Steve Halsey and his wife Betty of Va. Beach, Va.; sister-in-law Sue Halsey, her aunt Virginia Brown, both of Mullens; a host of nieces and nephews, and her church family, that she loved like her own family.

She was preceded in death by her husband Earl in 1992. She was also preceded in death by her son-in-law Frank Matics, her sister Lorene Workman, and brothers Martin Halsey, Herman “Pete” Halsey, and Orion Halsey.

A special thanks to her caregivers since having the stroke and Amedisys Home Health,  and also to Hospice of Southern West Virginia.

The family asks for no flowers but that donations of sympathy be sent to Lester First Church of God Building Fund, PO Box 721, Lester, WV 25865.

Visitation will be at the Lester First Church of God Friday, February 8, from 6 to 8 p.m.  Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, February 9, at the church with Rev. Dale Birchfield officiating. There will be one hour of visitation prior to the service. Entombment will follow at Sunset Memorial Park.

Grandsons and great-grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

A part of her testimony found in her Bible and written several years ago reads “I don’t know when He will call me home to glory but I’m ready to go and I know I will be welcome there. I’m so glad the King is coming and I have been redeemed.”

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary, Beckley.

Judy Richmond Young

RADFORD, Va. — Judy Richmond Young, 67, of Radford, passed away Thursday, January 31, 2013.

Judy was an active member of Snowville Christian Church. She was also a member of the Virginia Garden Club and a flower show judge. During her time living in Covington, she owned Old Colonial Bakery and Catering. She was also employed at Radford University and Virginia Tech, where she retired from in 2011.

She was preceded in death by husband, Gordon Young, and infant daughter, Katherine.

She is survived by sons, Steven Light and Alan Light; daughter-in-law, Chrissie Light; granddaughters, Amanda and Katherine Light; mother, Frances Cales; sisters, Rebecca Carroll, Debbie Vanderheydt, Juanita Evans, Bonnie Leger and Tammi Klein; brother, Tommy Carroll; dear cousin, Carolyn Jones; and her special Pomeranian, Cindy Sue.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, February 9, 2013, at 1 p.m. at the Snowville Christian Church, 5436 Lead Mine Road, Hiwassee, VA 24347.

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In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Snowville Christian Church or the West End Animal Clinic, 829 Second Street, Radford, VA 24141.

Judy will be sadly missed by many.

The Young family is in the care of Mullins Funeral Home in Radford, Virginia.

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