The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

February 13, 2013

Obituaries — Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013

— Dorothy S. Allen

UNION — Dorothy S. Allen, 92, of Union, passed away Tuesday morning, February 12, 2013, at The Greenbrier Valley Medical Center in Fairlea.

She was born in Monroe County, W.Va., on April 18, 1920, a daughter of the late Frank Dewey and Norah March McCormick Sibold.

Mrs. Allen was a retired employee of the WV Department of Employment Security at Ronceverte, a member of the Union United Methodist Church, United Methodist Women, United Daughters of the Confederacy, Daughters of the American Revolution, American Legion Auxiliary and the CEO Club.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Nevitt Allen on Jan. 5, 2011, a grandson, Joseph Allen on August 14, 1999, and a sister, Betty Jo Bostic on Dec. 29, 1995.

Surviving are four children, Terri, Kristi, David and Mike; seven grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held 1 p.m. Friday, February 15, 2013, at the Groves Funeral Home Chapel in Union, with the Rev. Walter Ellison officiating. Burial will follow at the New Lebanon Cemetery at Pickaway.

Friends may call at the Groves Funeral Home in Union from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorial donations be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place Memphis, TN 38105-3678.

Groves Funeral Home in Union, is in charge of arrangements.

Kathy Lynn Brewer

Kathy Lynn Brewer, 62, of Sophia, passed away Saturday, February 9, 2013.

Williams-Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Sophia, is in charge of the arrangements.

Betty Brooks

Betty Jo Brooks, 75, of Oak Hill, passed away early Tuesday morning, Feb. 12, 2013, at Plateau Medical Center, Oak Hill, following a short illness.

Born Nov. 20, 1936, at Charleston, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late James M. and Hazel Lee Blankenship Pierce.

Betty was a very loving wife, mother and grandmother. She had worked as a nurse’s assistant at Fayette Continuous Care in Oak Hill, and was of the Baptist faith.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Aaron ‘Bruce” Brooks in 2003; three daughters, Sharon Legg, Brenda Maynor, and Marie Buckland; two sons, John and Lloyd Brooks; two brothers, Bill and Russell Pierce, and one granddaughter, Tina Turner.

Survivors include a daughter, Linda Brooks of Oak Hill; a sister, Carolyn Lambert of Crab Orchard; three brothers, Roger Pierce of Beckley, Wayne Pierce of Beckley, and Ronald Pierce of Crab Orchard; 12 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

Services will be 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15, 2013, at Wallace & Wallace Chapel in Rainelle, W.Va. Burial will follow in Simms Cemetery on Loops Road, Sewell Mountain in Rainelle. Friends may call 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday evening at the funeral home.

Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Rainelle.

Betty Jewell Wright McKinney Davis

PINEVILLE — Betty Jewell Wright McKinney Davis, 81, of Pineville, passed away Tuesday, February 12, 2013.

A celebration of Betty’s life will be at 1 p.m., Thursday, February 14, 2013, in the Calfee Funeral Service Chapel, with Pastor Matthew Mitchell officiating. Burial will follow at Palm Memorial Gardens, Matheny.

The family will receive friends from noon until the time of the service.

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

Charles Edward Eary

EULONIA, Ga. — Charles Edward Eary of Eulonia, died Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013, at St. Joseph Hospital in Savannah. Funeral services will be held Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013, at Church of Jesus Christ of LatterDay Saints in Darien, with burial in Ebenezer Cemetery.

He is survived by his wife Faith Alston Eary; four children Florence (Scott) Chever, Charlotte Burdett, Edward (Nevie) Eary, Nelly (Kelly) Eary, sister Alyconi (Donald) Babb and brother Verla (Ruby) Eary.

A retired Master Sgt. of the Air Force, a native of West Virginia and a member of Church of Jesus Christ latter Day Saints.

Darien Funeral home in charge of arrangements. 912-437-4123.

Douglas Thomas Garnham

Douglas Thomas Garnham, 60, of Beckley, passed away Monday, February 11, 2013, following a apparent heart attack.

Born June 30, 1952, in Dublin, Ireland, to Elizabeth Caffrey Garnham of St. Johnsville, NY, and the late Douglas Garnham.

In addition to his mother, those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Shelby “Micki” Garnham; daughter, Melissa Audy of Middletown, NY; two grandchildren, Anthony and Aiden; sister, Christine Dolan and husband, Ed of St. Johnsville, NY; two brothers, Mark Garnham and wife, Ha of Middletown, NY, and Emmitt Garnham and wife, Jennifer of Middletown, NY; two step-daughters. Anna Davis of Denver, CO, and Lynn Powers of Denver, CO.

In keeping with his wishes, Doug will be cremated and a  private celebration of Doug’s life will be held in Beckley with Full Mass in Middletown, NY. Doug was a true happy Irishman.

Online condolences and other information can be found by visiting

Blue Ridge Funeral Home, 5251 Robert C. Byrd Drive, Beckley, is in charge of the arrangements.

Rhoda Virginia Hofstetter

ANSTED — Rhoda Virginia Hofstetter, 102, of Ansted, passed away Tuesday, February 12, 2013, at her residence following a sudden illness.

Arrangements are pending at Wallace & Wallace, Funeral Home, Ansted.

Joan Vandall Martin

RAINELLE — Joan Elizabeth Vandall Martin, 59, of Rainelle, went to be with the Lord Friday, February 8, 2013, at her home following a long illness.

Born November 22, 1953, at Meadow Bridge, she was the daughter of the late Dewey and Gloria Lewis Vandall.

Joan was employed at Isratex in Rainelle for many years as a seamstress and the Rainelle Pizza Hut.

She was a devout Christian and an active member of the First Baptist Church at Rainelle. Joan enjoyed cooking, sewing and spoiling her niece and nephews. Everyone who knew Joan loved and adored her.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her brother and best friend, David Vandall.

Survivors include her husband and soul mate Ronald Martin; one brother David Fleshman of Grassy Meadows; two sisters, Kathy Dorsey (John) of Rupert and Tammy Crookshanks (John) of Green Castle, Pa.; nephews Michael Vandall (Stacy) of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Christopher Vandall of Meadow Bridge, and Jeremy Dorsey of Rupert; one niece Jennifer Butler (Ed) of Odessa, Missouri; one great-nephew Malakai Butler of Odessa, Missouri and a devoted caregiver Doris Bryant of Smoot.

Service will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, February 13, at Smathers Funeral Chapel, Rainelle, with Pastors Bob Scharnhorst and Keith Shumaker officiating. Burial will follow in the Martin Cemetery at Crag.

Pallbearers will be Michael Vandall, Christopher Vandall, David Fleshman, John Dorsey, Mike Meyers and Roger Ball.

Arrangements by Smathers Funeral Chapel, Inc., Rainelle.

Devon Brooke Mayes

Devon Brooke Mayes of Beckley, passed away Saturday, February 9, 2013.

A graveside service at High Lawn Memorial Park, Garden of the Last Supper, Oak Hill, will be held 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013, with Rev. Pete Lokant officiating.

There will be no visitation.

Condolences may be sent to

Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.

Graydon Morgan

On Saturday, Feb. 9th, 2013, our beloved son, brother, grandson and nephew, Graydon Neal Morgan, of Fairdale, was taken from us to play with the angels after two short years of life. Our sweet “Gradybird” was born on Sept. 14, 2010, and is survived by his twin, Ezekiel and his “buddies,” brothers, Jeremiah and Adam Thomas.

Left to cherish the memory of his precious smiles, laughter and tight little hugs is his loving father, Adam Morgan of Fairdale and mother, Brandy Smallwood of Sandlick, grandparents, Brenda Hall of Beaver, Steve and Lora Morgan and Freddy and Debbie Smallwood, all of Sandlick; uncles, Steven and Zack Morgan, Brandon Smallwood, all of Sandlick; his aunt, Jennifer McDonald and uncle, Joseph Wright, both of White Oak.

Graydon was preceded in death by his paternal great grandparents, and namesake, Graydon and Bonnie Morgan and Mary Alice Acord.

“Gradybird” was greatly loved and will be missed by his many cousins, great aunts and uncles and great grandparents.

Matthew 19:14, “But Jesus said, ‘Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me; for of such is the kingdom of heaven.’ ”

Revelation 21:4-5, “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 are passed away. And HE that sat upon the throne said. Behold, I make all things new. And HE said, unto me, “Write: for these words are true and faithful.”

On Valentine’s Day, at 1 p.m. we will remember the life of this sweet little angel with a “Service of Remembrance” at the Melton Mortuary Chapel. Pastors, Steve Hall, T.J. Salango and Thomas Dulin officiating. The family will receive friends from noon until the service hour. Our little Gradybird will be laid to rest in the McGinnis Cemetery at Sandlick.

Pallbearers will be David Webb, Ronnie Dillon, Andy McGhee and Joe Wright.

The families of Graydon want to publicly thank everyone who has been so kind during this time of great sorrow.  

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

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary and Cremation Center, Beckley.

Nellie Mae Mullins

CHARLESTON — Nellie Mae Mullins, 72, of Charleston, formerly of Ansted, passed away, Sunday, February 10, 2013.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013, at Wallace and Wallace Funeral Home Chapel in Ansted. Burial will follow in the Fox Cemetery at Ramsey.

Friends may call at 1 p.m., one hour prior to the funeral.

On line condolence may be sent to

Wallace and Wallace in Ansted is in charge of the arrangements.

Helen Carolyn   Redden Pack

God chose to give me to my wonderful parents, Buel and Gladys Redden on February 16, 1937, at Beckley. Then God chose to take me home on Sunday, February 10, 2013, at Bowers Hospice House, Beckley, surrounded by my loving family.

I was saved in July 1950, and four years later, I received the wonderful gift of the Holy Ghost, and was Baptized in the name of Jesus, all of which I was never sorry. I was born to serve the Lord!

In addition to my parents, I am also preceded in death by one God child, Amber Sweeney.

I am survived by my (Sweet Ed) the most wonderful husband in the world, Edward Pack of 56 years of marriage, of Corinne; my beautiful daughter, Debra Hamilton and her wonderful minister husband, James of Maben; my beautiful granddaughter, Amber White and her wonderful minister husband, Joseph of Corinne; two precious sisters, Sharon Pack of Corinne and Billie Russell of Beckley; one brother, the best brother I could of ever have had, Charles Redden of Front Royal, Va.; one double first cousin, Bonnie Clark of Lancaster, Ohio, who was like a sister to me.

I am also survived by five God children, Leandrea Rhodes, Tiffany Howard, Adam Lester, and Jonathan Lester, all of Beckley, and Josh Lester of Mullens, also my special church friend, Judy Chafin of Coal City.

I was so blessed to be a part of two of the most wonderful churches in the world, the Jesus Way Church of Maben, who was pastored by the late Rev. Meek Hamilton and his wonderful wife, Lina of Maben and the House of Prayer in Sophia, pastored by Rev. Butch White and his wonderful wife, Judy and a host of other family, friends, and neighbors.

A gathering of my remembrances will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. today, Wednesday, February 13, 2013, at Tankersley Funeral Home, Mullens.

Graveside services and burial will be held 1 p.m. Thursday, February 14, 2013, at my final resting place Lilly Crews Cemetery, Nimitz, with my pastors, Rev. James Hamilton and Rev. Butch White officiating.

Those wishing to attend the graveside service are asked to meet at the cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Brad Pack, Jerry Green, Joseph Hodge, Steve Thomas, Junior Darnell, and Meridith Russell.

Obituary was written by Helen Pack.

Online condolences may be expressed to the family at

The family of Helen Pack is being cared for by Tankersley Funeral Home, Mullens.

Ernest W. Parks

LEXINGTON, N.C. — Ernest W. Parks (E.W.), 91, passed away Sunday, February 10, 2013, at his home.

He was born February 6, 1922, in Danville, Va., to the late Noah J. and Nora Newman Parks.

He was preceded in death by his two brothers, Roy and Everett; one sister, Helen; one son-in-law, John Fleshman; and two grandsons, Jacob Russell and William Gough.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Louise Hemric Parks, and by all six of their children: Daniel E. Parks (Sandra), Saint Croix, Virgin Islands; David Parks (Deborah), Lexington, Kentucky; Philip Parks (Randy), Flint, Texas; Sharon Russell (Calvin), Winston-Salem, N.C.; Joy Fleshman-Smith (Robert), Lexington, N.C.; Paula Antonelli (Ralph), Lexington, N.C.

He is survived also by ten grandchildren: Betsy Essick (Matthew), Daniel M. Parks (Christy), Joy Carrera (JD), Michelle Fleshman, Jonathan Parks, Christina Parks, Philip Fleshman, Benjamin Parks, Samuel Antonelli, Sharon Antonelli; one granddaughter-in-law, Christiane Russell (widow of grandson Jacob); five step-grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and 15 step-great-grandchildren.

He served his country honorably in the U.S. Army 1940-45. He was in the 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division, when it was first formed. He attained the rank of Staff Sergeant. He was wounded in the Battle of the Bulge at Bastogne, Belgium, January 5, 1945, and was awarded the Purple Heart, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign, and the Bronze Star with one Oak Leaf Cluster medals.

He founded Goldfloss Baptist Church in Winston-Salem, N.C., in 1954, and pastored there until 1957. He pastored Little Sewell Baptist Church in Rainelle, W.Va. (1957-66) and Hillcrest Baptist Church in Winston-Salem from 1966 until his retirement in 2008. After his retirement he ministered to Morris Fork Baptist Church in Dawson, W.Va.

His funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, February 15, 2013, at Hayworth-Miller Silas Creek Parkway by his three sons, elders Daniel E. Parks, David Parks, and Philip Parks, and his grandson Daniel M. Parks. His graveside service will be conducted at Parklawn Memorial Gardens by elders Bill James and Mark Minney.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Hospice of Davidson County, Lexington, North Carolina (telephone 336-475-5444).

Online condolences can be made at

Lois V. Patton

 MORGANTOWN — Lois Virginia Patton, 85, went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, February 9, 2013. She was living with her daughter Carol Patton Kiser in Hendersonville, Tenn., at the time of her passing.

Lois was born on September 21, 1927, in Washington, Pa., to the late James and Delys May Brierley. After six weeks they moved to Glen Rogers, W.Va., for two years and then to Beckley where she grew up. She graduated from Beckley Woodrow Wilson High School in 1945.

Lois was well known for her great mashed potatoes, pies and immaculate housekeeping. She often joked about being the chief vacuum cleaner in heaven. She took great care of her home and yard. Most of all she took great delight in her faithful service to the Lord. She attended Christian and Missionary Alliance Church in Morgantown, for over  40 years. She was a deaconess, served on the benevolent committee, operated the prayer chain and church food cupboard for several years but took the most pleasure in teaching the 3 to 4 year old Sunday School class well into her 80s and was affectionately known as “Miss Lois.” She epitomized the idea of faithfulness. She did not believe in retirement when it came to serving Jesus.

Lois was married to her sweetheart, William “Frank” Patton on July 14, 1946 in Beckley. She was swept off of her feet by Frank when they first met at Mt. Tabor Baptist Church in Beckley. They were blessed with three wonderful children, Carol Patton Kiser and her husband, Larry, James Franklin Patton and his wife Penny, and Mark William Patton and his wife Debbie; seven grandchildren Matthew Kiser and his wife Stephanie, Jonathan Kiser and his wife Brittney, Rebecca Patton, Micah Patton, Stephen Patton and his wife Heidi, Megan Patton Wesseling and her husband Zachary, and Jennifer Patton and her fiancé Robbie Guzik; five great grandchildren: Lane, Michael, and Mitchell Kiser, Addisyn Kiser, and Samuel William Wesseling; she was most recently overjoyed by the news that her granddaughter, Megan Wesseling is having twins, due in July.

In addition to her parents, Lois was met at Heaven’s gate by her husband, William “Frank” Patton, who was awaiting her arrival with a wink and a Dr. Pepper in hand.

Friends may call at McCulla Funeral Home on Thursday, February 14, from 6 to 8 p.m. and at the Christian and Missionary Alliance Church on Friday, February 15 from 9:30 until 10:30 a.m. Funeral service will follow with Pastors Douglas Miller, David Linn, and David Goodin officiating. Entombment will follow at Beverly Hills Mausoleum.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made in Lois’s memory to the Christian and Missionary Alliance Church Sunday School, 317 Elmhurst St. Morgantown, WV 26505.

Online condolences may be extended to the family at

Lisa Ann Riley

Lisa Ann Riley, age 47, of Sophia, formerly of Raleigh, passed away on Friday, Feb. 8, 2013, at the Raleigh General Hospital in Beckley, following a long illness.

Born on October 16, 1965, in Beckley, she was the daughter of the late Glen Riley and Piney McMillion Riley.

Lisa was a homemaker, and had made her home in Raleigh and Fairdale for most of her life.  

She was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, James and Elsie Riley, and maternal grandparents, Taft and Mary McMillion.   

Survivors include her children,  Eric Riley of Sophia, Toney and Jessie Riley of Princeton, Kathy Bailey of Fairdale, Savannah Bailey of Fairdale, Kayla Bailey of Fairdale, and Jimmy Bailey of Fairdale; two grandchildren,  Matthew Riley and Zoe Riley. Four brothers, Larry Riley and his wife Robin of Raleigh, Timothy Riley and his wife Brenda of MacArthur, James Riley of Raleigh, Ricky McMillion and his fiancé Ann Ruff of Panther; a sister, Sandy Coleman of Beckley.

Funeral services will be conducted at the Rose and Quesenberry Peace Chapel in Beckley on Thursday, February 14, 2013, at noon, with Rev. Ricky Lusk officiating. Burial will follow at Sunset Memorial Park in Beckley.

Friends may call at the funeral home from 11 a.m. until service time on Thursday.

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.

Gloria Faye Sandy

WEBSTER SPRINGS — Gloria Faye Sandy, 73, of Webster Springs, passed away on Sunday, February 10, 2013, at the home of her daughter in Beckley.

She was born May 26, 1939, in Layland, Fayette County, W.Va., to Hubert and Susie Freda McKinney Miller.

She was a homemaker, and lived the majority of her life in Webster County, previously living in Florida, North Carolina and Iowa. She attended Calvary Baptist Church in Bolair and enjoyed sewing, quilting, and spending time with her grandchildren.

Gloria is survived by her husband Larry Richard Sandy; son Eddy (Tammi) Sandy of Charlotte, NC; daughter Jennifer Lynn (Mike) Cowger of Beckley; brother Larry Miller of Sarasota, FL; sisters Betty Mason of Hico, Ann Starcher of Cortland, OH, Glenna Mayer of Hartville, OH, and Nancy Danko of Atwater, OH; grandchildren J. C. Phares, John Cowger, Jacob Cowger, Joshua Sandy, and Brandon Sandy; and great-grandchildren Jack and Jill Sandy.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Guy and Johnny Miller; and sister Madeline.

Friends may join the family for visitation on Wednesday, February 13, 2013, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Dodd & Reed Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held on Thursday at 11 a.m.  at the funeral home, with Rev. John Radcliff officiating. Interment will follow in McAvoy Cemetery.

Arrangements by Dodd & Reed Funeral Home, Webster Springs.

John Lewis Smith Sr.

WHARNCLIFFE — John Lewis Smith Sr., 76, of Wharncliffe, died Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013.

Service will be 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15, 2013, at Ben Creek Church of Christ, Wharncliffe, with the Revs. Gene Clemons, Denny May and Cletis Smith officiating. Burial will follow in the Smith Cemetery, Cedar/Beech Creek.

Friends may call after 6 p.m. Thursday at the church.

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Arrangements by Mounts Funeral Home, Gilbert.

Marguerite DiBetta Trueman

PENCE SPRINGS — Marguerite DiBetta Trueman, 88, of Pence Springs, formerly of New Orleans, La., passed away Tuesday, February 12, 2013, following a short illness.

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

David Williams

David Williams, age 61, of Shady Spring, passed away Tuesday, February 12, 2013, at Raleigh General Hospital.

Arrangements are pending completion at Rose and Quesenberry, 729 Flat Top Rd., Shady Spring.