The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

September 18, 2012

Obituaries — Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2012


Charles ‘Chookie’ Roland Blankenship

GILBERT — Charles “Chookie” Roland Blankenship, 69, died Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012.

Service will be 1 p.m. Thursday at Mounts Funeral Home, Gilbert, with the Revs. Mick Frye and Dale Collins officiating. Burial will follow in Hatfield Cemetery, Sharon Heights, Hampden. Friends may call 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Hubbard Hospice House, 1001 Kennawa Drive, Charleston, WV 15311.

Arrangements by Mounts Funeral Home, Gilbert.

Judy Kay (Bolin) Browning

Judy Kay (Bolin) Browning, age 66, of Beckley, passed away on Wednesday, September 12, 2012, at her home following a sudden illness.

Born February 7, 1946, in Beckley to the late Larry “Don” Bolin and Neda Thompson Bolin.

Judy was a member of the Grace Baptist Church in Stanaford, for over 30 years. She had a passion for singing. She had also gone to Teel Elementary School and graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School Class of 1964.

Those left to cherish her memory include her daughter, Tonya Payne and husband Mark of Alderson, WV, and their daughter Kaylynn Aneda-Jean Payne; and her sister, Linda Belcher and husband Tom of Skelton.

A memorial service to celebrate the life of Judy will be conducted at 7 p.m. Thursday, September 20, 2012, at the Grace Baptist Church in Stanaford with Rev. Roger Harding officiating.

Friends may gather with the family from 6 to 7 p.m. at the church.

Private online condolences and other information available at

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

Charles Clyde Cox Sr.

FLAT TOP — Charles Clyde Cox Sr., 60, of Flat Top, passed away on Thursday, September 13, 2012, in Princeton Community Hospital, following an extended illness.

Born August 3, 1952, at Hinton, he was the son of Betty Eads and the late Henry Brady Cox.

In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his brothers Lando and Ronnie Cox.

Charles spent most of his life working in the timber business. He was one of the hardest working men most could ever have known. His true life was in his family and the love of his wife, children, and grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife of 42 years, Kathy Okes Cox; three sons, Charles Cox Jr. and wife Elsie, Henry Cox and wife Anita, Marcus Cox, and daughter Sandra Cochran and husband Jason, all of Flat Top; five grandchildren, Taylor, Abbie, Madison, and Henry Cox, Jr., and Hunter Cochran, brothers Marvin Cox of Odd and Ivan Cox and wife Brenda of Ghent, sisters Susie Wyatt and husband Steve of Cool Ridge, Carolyn Akers and husband Andy of Delaware, Ohio, and Nora Rose and husband Tim of Princeton along with a host of extended family.

Funeral services will be held 12 noon on Wednesday, September 19, 2012, at Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home Shady Spring Chapel with Rev. John Ed Lilly officiating. Burial will follow at Dunns Cemetery.

Friends may join the family at the funeral home from 11 a.m. until time of service.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given in Charles’s name to The Wounded Warrior Project.

Online condolences may be sent to our guest book at

Arrangements by Rose and Quesenberry, 729 Flat Top Road, Shady Spring.

Teddy H. Hanshaw

BRENTON — Teddy H. Hanshaw, 77, of Brenton, passed away Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012.

E-mail letters of sympathy may be sent at

The family is being served by the Stafford Family Funeral Home, Lynco.

Betty Ann Hash

GLEN FORK — Mrs. Betty Ann Hash, 82, passed away Sunday, September 16, 2012, at Raleigh General Hospital.

Born December 7, 1929, she was the daughter of the late Ernest and Cora Francis.

Betty attended the Truth Assembly of Glen Fork and the Bellemeade Baptist Church of Sabine.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Lacy Hash Sr.; brothers, Troy Francis, Coy Francis, Ernest Francis Jr., Arvil Francis, and Eugene Francis; and a stepgrandson, David Michael Tilley.

She is survived by daughters, Wanda Jane Lucas and husband, John, of Trough Fork and Melissa Blackburn of Oceana; sons, Lacy Lee Hash Jr. and wife, Joanna, Kermit Hash and wife, Virginia, Jerry W. Hash and wife, Shirley, of Glen Fork, Randy Hash and wife, Fredia, of Twin Falls, and Rodney Hash of Manassas, Va.; sisters, Ruth McGuire of Jessie and Ernestine Shields of Pennsylvania; a brother, Roy Francis of Jessie; grandchildren, Karen Atwell, Virginia McGuire, Kimberly Brooks, Erica Daniels, Adam Hash, Brian Hash, Sara Pendry, Gwendolyn Lyons, Miranda Keistler, Evan Hash, Elizabeth Bee, Kayla Hall, Dana Tilley, and Jerry Wayne Tilley; stepgrandchildren, Breanna Atwell, Marina Harmon, Claudia Bowers, and Karen Tilley; 16 great-grandchildren, seven stepgreat-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; and many, many friends.

A celebration of Betty’s life will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, September 19, 2012, at Evans Funeral Home Memorial Chapel, with the Rev. Sam Francis and the Rev. Nathan Vance officiating. Interment will follow in Glen Fork Community Cemetery. The family will receive friends 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, September 18, at the funeral home.

The Hash family would like to extend a very special thank you to the staff of Raleigh General CCU, and to Dr. Roma. May God bless you all.

An online guestbook and other information can be found at

Evans Funeral Home of Oceana is serving the Hash family.

Hazel Scalf Koontz

Hazel Scalf Koontz, age 84, of Sprague, WV, passed away peacefully at the Raleigh Center in Daniels, WV, on Friday, September 14, 2012, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s and complications from Pneumonia. She was surrounded by her daughter, Mary, her nurse, Margie Gross, RN, and great-grandson, Robbie.

Born on December 18, 1927, in Kentucky, she was the daughter of the late James Milton  and Martha Ann Black Scalf. She came to West Virginia in 1949 to work at the Boarding House in Cranberry, WV, where she met her husband, Robert, on her way to church. She was a devoted wife and mother and a friend to everyone. Being a minister’s wife, she very rarely missed a church service; she visited many people in the hospitals and nursing homes. She lived in Sprague for 53 years before her illness required constant care. She survived many illnesses during her 84 years, being a 12-year survivor of breast cancer.

She was preceded in death by husband Rev. Robert Frances Koontz Jr., on October 13, 1994, several brothers and sisters, her precious pet Lady Gizmo Jennings, whom she watched every day like a baby while Mary and Ronald worked. This precious Pekingese kept her going for several years and was much enjoyment to her.

Left to cherish her memories are sons, Billy Frances Koontz and his wife Rosie of Beckley; Robert Edward Koontz and his wife Kimberly of Elkview; daughters: Magistrate Mary Koontz Jennings and her husband Ronald of Midway; Betty Koontz Bobbitt and her husband Stephen of Barboursville, WV; one sister, Mollie Bea Messer of Harrogate, TN; 10 grandchildren, Jeffrey Koontz, Virginia; Elizabeth Koontz Danley, Brandy Koontz Smith, Christopher Koontz, all of North Carolina; Michelle Koontz Dilday, Virginia Beach, Virginia; Ashley Koontz Dowling-Cloud, Millington, TN; Robert E. Koontz II, and Kayla Koontz, both of Elkview; Ronald H. Jennings, Jr., of Sophia; Anna Michelle Bobbitt Nada, Huntington, WV. 11 great-grandchildren, Two that were very special to her were her twins, Ronald Howard Jennings III, and Robert Edward Jennings; two special nieces, Violet Ann Koontz Collins, of Carolina Shores, NC; and Billie Jo Koontz Rowsey, of Hurricane, WV. Numerous nephews and nieces; her best friend Helen Knapp Richardson and husband Ferman, of Beckley, WV.

Flowers will be accepted but the family suggests that donations be made to the Activities Department at the Raleigh Center. The family wishes to thank the entire staff at the Raleigh Center for their excellent care of their Mother.

Services will be held on Tuesday, September 18, 2012, at 3 p.m. at the Rose and Quesenberry Peace Chapel in Beckley with Rev. Paul Chapman officiating. Burial will follow at the Calfee Cemetery at Mt. Tabor, WV. Friends may visit with the family on Monday, September 17, 2012, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Friends and family will serve as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Ronald H. Jennings III, and Robert Edward Jennings.

Online condolences may be sent to our guestbook at

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

Julian C. Lilly

HINTON — Julian C. Lilly, 88, of Hinton, passed away Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012.

A private memorial service will be at a later date.

Condolences may be sent to the family at

Arrangements are by the Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors of Hinton.

Charles ‘Chuck’ Neff

FAYETTEVILLE — Charles Edgar “Chuck” Neff, 66, of Fayetteville, passed away Saturday, September 15, 2012, at home.

Born on September 12, 1946, at Fayetteville, he was the son of the late Garland Neff and Loretta Bowyer Neff Bryant.

Chuck was a member of Fayetteville First Church of God. He was a retired custodian for Fayette County Schools with 18 years and camp manager for Appalachian Wildwaters for 18 years.

He was an avid WVU fan; he loved his family, friends, and church family. He enjoyed the visits from his many family and friends.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers and four sisters.

Left to cherish many wonderful memories include his loving and devoted wife, Pam Neff of Fayetteville; children, Anthony Neff of Raleigh, NC, Holly Smith (Billy) of Scarbro, Jennifer Neff of Red River, NM, and Andy Carte (Priscilla) of Hico; six grandchildren, John “JJ,” Levi, Abby, Hailey, Kelsie, and Brinney; one great-grandchild, Brennen; five brothers, Thomas Neff and Jim Neff (Mary Ellen) both of Fayetteville, Michael Neff of Oak Hill, Robert Neff (Deanna) of Massillon, Ohio, and Albert Neff (Michelle) of Saginaw, MI; five sisters, Loretta Treadway (Clyde) and Sharon Snuffer (JE) both of Fayetteville, Connie Fox (Tom) of Oak Hill, Betty Coleman (Ray) of Navarre, Ohio, and Nancy Philpott (Chalmer) of Newcomerstown, Ohio.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, September 20, 2012, at Fayetteville First Church of God with Pastor Russell Hays officiating. Burial will follow at Restlawn Memory Gardens at Victor.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, September 19, 2012, at Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, Fayetteville.

For those wishing to express their condolences to Mr. Neff’s family, you may do so by visiting our website at

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

Rosie Faye ‘Rosa’ Plumley

Rosie Faye “Rosa” Plumley, 87, formerly of Plumley Mountain Road and Mt. View, Streeter Road, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, September 16, 2012, at the Raleigh Center in Daniels where she had made her home for the last 1 1/2 years.

Born June 19, 1925, at Pear, W.Va., to the late Marion Edward Plumley and Dora Francis Kincaid Plumley.

Rosa was loved by all who knew her. She especially loved all her children always being there just when they needed her most. She was also a member of the New Salem Missionary Baptist Church.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband Silas Earl Plumley; two infant daughters, Reva and Nadine Plumley; a son, Larry Gene Plumley and his wife Margaret; two brothers, Denvil and wife Mary Anna and Olden Plumley; and a sister, Doleta Mae “Tootsie” Plumley.

Those left to cherish her memory include her two sons, Alfred Plumley and wife Patricia Ann Bennett Plumley of Plumley Mt., and Elvis Plumley and companion Dianne Westmoreland of Beckley; daughter, Paulette Plumley Lowe and husband Albert of Jumping Branch; brothers, Clinton Plumley and wife Goldie, Mervel Plumley and wife Ethel, and Ernie Plumley and Joanne; sisters, Geraldine Richmond and husband Ted, Maxine Adkins, Dorothy Bennett, and Anna Pearl Plumley; granddaughters, Patricia Bragg Plumley, Angel Nicole Rollins Toney Meador and husband John, Courtney Butterick Mooney and husband Steven, and Candace Mooney and husband Daniel; great-grandchildren, Dustin and Trevor Plumley, Madison Weikle, Luke and Mallory Toney, Levi, Kayden, and Torren Mooney, Alex Lilly, and Donaven, Aliyah, and Tyler Meador; two special friends, Jane Bielefeidt and Virginia Hollins; and a host of nieces and nephews.

A celebration of Rosa’s life will be conducted 2 p.m. Wednesday, September 19, 2012, at Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Chapel in Beckley with Pastor Steven Mooney and Pastor Roy Mills officiating. Interment will follow at Washington-Plumley Cemetery, Plumley Mountain Road.

Pallbearers will be Dustin Plumley, Trevor Plumley, Elmer Plumley, Daniel Mooney, John Meador, Ritchie Plumley, and honorary pallbearer Steven Mooney.

Friends may call from 1 to 2 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral chapel.

A special thanks to the staff of Raleigh Care Center for their love, kindness, and compassion for Rosa. She loved them all and considered them her family.

Private online condolences and other information available at

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

Samuel H. Riffe

LINDSIDE — Samuel H. Riffe, 96, of Lindside, passed away Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012.

Arrangements are incomplete at Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home, Peterstown.

George Allen Sheets

ARBOVALE — George Allen Sheets, 82, passed away Monday, Sept. 17, 2012.

Per George’s request, he will be cremated and there will be no funeral service or visitation.

Please send online condolences by visiting

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Arbovale.

Howard Edward ‘Blue’ Stanley

HINTON — Howard Edward “Blue” Stanley, 82, of Hinton, passed away Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012.

Arrangements are incomplete at Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors in Hinton.

Nellie Madge Coleman Wilborne

MOUNT HOPE — Nellie Madge Coleman Wilborne, 74, of Mount Hope, died Friday, Sept. 14, 2012.

Mrs. Wilborne was cremated. A memorial service will be at a later date.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope.

Jimmy Ray Wills Jr.

HINTON — Jimmy Ray Wills Jr., 46, of 412 1/2 Sixth Ave., Hinton, passed away Monday,  Sept. 17, 2012. 

Arrangements are pending completion at Pivont Funeral Home, Hinton.

Lorene Workman

Lorene Halsey Workman, 93, of Mabscott, died Monday, Sept. 17, 2012.

Condolences may be sent to the family’s guestbook at

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary Inc., Beckley.

Okie Junior Wyatt

HOTCHKISS — Okie Junior Wyatt, age 62, of Hotchkiss, W.Va., passed away Aug. 11, 2012, following a long illness.

Born March 28, 1950, in Mullens, W.Va., by the late Okie Junior Wyatt and Hazel Ellen Sears Wyatt.

He was a disabled coal miner and a member of UMWA.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Shaun M. Wyatt; his brother, Larry E. Wyatt; and brother-in-law, Danny Howerton.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Linda Howerton Wyatt of Crab Orchard; stepdaughter, Lisa Meador, and grandson, Christian Meador, of Crab Orchard; granddaughter, Mykelle Wyatt, and grandson, Trevor Smith, of Sophia; a brother, Steven D.  Wyatt and wife, Susie, of Cool Ridge; three sisters, Debby Ballard and husband, Daris, of Tennessee, Kathy Howerton and husband, Wayne, of Eccles, Missy Chavez and husband, Tony, of Texas; brothers-in-law, Robert Howerton and wife, Jean, of Eccles and James Howerton of Fairdale; sisters-in-law, Gay Tessaro of Grandview, Lori Howerton of Florida, Sue Farley and husband, Chester, of Flat Top, and Janice Wyatt of Lester. Many other nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Okie will be laid to rest beside his son at a graveside ceremony at Lester Cemetery in Lester, W.Va., on Saturday, Sept. 22, at 2 p.m., with the Rev. Bill Belcher officiating. A celebration of his life will follow at Twin Falls State Park.

Online condolences and other information available at

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