The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

September 19, 2012

Obituaries — Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012

Donnie L. Austin

FAYETTEVILLE — Donnie Lynn Austin, 59, of Fayetteville, passed away Sunday, September 16, 2012.

Arrangements are incomplete at Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, Fayetteville.

William Talmage Cox

CLAYTON, Del. — William Talmage Cox of Clayton, passed away at Seaford Center in Seaford, Del., on Monday, August 20, 2012.

A viewing was held on Friday, August 24, 2012, from 10 to 11 a.m. in the Faries Funeral Chapel, located at 29 S. Main St., Smyrna, Del. Funeral services began at 11 a.m. Burial followed in Odd Fellows Cemetery in Smyrna.

Condolence letters may be sent by visiting www.fariesfuneralhome. com

Bobbie Jo Pierson Drennen

FAYETTEVILLE — Bobbie Jo Pierson Drennen, 45, of Fayetteville, died on Sunday, September 16, 2012.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Thursday, September 20, 2012, at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill with Rev. Arnold Nicholas officiating. Burial will be at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Prosperity. Friends may call one hour prior to the service on Thursday at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Imogene Gwinn

MEADOW BRIDGE — Imogene Gwinn of Meadow Bridge, went to her heavenly home on Monday, September 17th, 2012, following a long illness.

Mrs. Gwinn was born on February 25  1927, at Meadow Creek. She was the daughter of the late Arthur and Rufina Smith.

She was a longtime member of Lane United Methodist Church and was an active member of her community.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by four brothers; Clyde, Theo, Roy and Forrest and two sisters, Margaret and Anna Mae.

She is survived by her husband of 65 years, Jack V. Gwinn; daughter, Judy Thomas and husband Dave of Linden, Va.; son, Michael S. Gwinn and wife Sherry of Beckley; grandchildren, Michael S. Gwinn II of Whitesville, W.Va., and Lana M. Gwinn of Ghent, W.Va.; two beautiful great grandchildren, Maura Brooke Flowers and Jenna Marie Flowers of Ghent; sister, Mary Ellen Richmond of Grandview, W.Va., and many nieces and nephews.

Service will be at 2 p.m., Thursday, September 20, 2012, at Wallace & Wallace Chapel in Rainelle, with Pastor Roger L. Booth officiating. Entombment will follow at Wallace Memorial Mausoleum at Clintonville.

Friends may call one hour prior (1 to 2 p.m.) to the service at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, donations of sympathy may be made to: Bowers Hospice House, 454 Cranberry Drive, Beckley, WV 25801 or the Lane United Methodist Church.

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace of Rainelle.

Teddy H. Hanshaw

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

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, September 21, 2012, at the Sunhill Freewill Baptist Church with Pastor Nub Blankenship and Rev. Alan Blankenship officiating. Burial will follow in the Hatfield Cemetery, Coal Mountain.

Friends may gather with the family after 6 p.m. on Thursday at the church.

E-mail letters of sympathy may be sent at

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

Hilda Hoston

Mrs. Hilda Hoston, of Beckley died Sunday, September 16, 2012.

Arrangements entrusted to Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.

Frances Lilly

DUNBAR — Frances Marie Lilly, 77, of Dunbar, passed away Monday, September 17, 2012.

Service will be 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012, at the West Logan Missionary Baptist Church with Pastor Robert Morris officiating. Burial will followi n Forest Lawn Cemetery at Pecks Mill, W.Va. Friends may call 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at the church.

In lieu of flowers, the family request memorial contributions be made to the West Logan Missionary Baptist Church.

For e-mail condolences or to make meomrial contributions go to

Arrangements are by Honaker Funeral Home, Logan.

Glenn M. McGhee

Glenn M. McGhee, 61, of Shady Spring, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, September 17, 2012.

Born January 1, 1951, he was a son of the late Albert and Doris Farley McGhee.

Glenn proudly served in the U.S. Marines and in U.S. Army.

In addition to his parents, Glenn is preceded in death by his oldest brother, Franklin George McGhee and youngest brother, James Curtis McGhee.

Those left to cherish his memory include his daughter, Tonya; brothers, Joseph Anderson McGhee, Albert George McGhee Jr.; sister, Betty McGhee Haas and a host of nieces, nephews and beloved friends.

Services will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, September 20, 2012, at Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley. Friends may gather with the family Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at the WV National Cemetery in Grafton, W.Va.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Arrangements by Blue Ridge Funeral Home, 5251 Robert C. Byrd Dr., Beckley.

Madeline Cavendish Sanford Losch O’Dell

Madeline Cavendish Sanford Losch O’Dell, age 102, entered into eternal rest on September 15, 2012, at O’Bleness Memorial Hospital, Athens, Ohio, after a long illness. She was flanked for this passage by her treasured son, Ronald Sanford with his wife Sharon and a daughter Jean Bullock with her son, Mark Bullock, her caretakers in her journey through her illness.

Madeline was the only daughter of the late Andrew Cavendish and Sarah McCutcheon Cavendish from Snow Hill, Nicholas County, West Virginia. 

She graduated from Snow Hill grade school and as an adult at age 44 she graduated from Ansted High School. She was a lifelong housewife who enjoyed reading, quilting, poetry, canning produce from her garden, and cooking for her family. Her fried potatoes and biscuits will not be forgotten.

Madeline is survived by four generations of family; her son, Ronald Sanford (Sharon); her daughter, Jean Sanford Bullock; grandchildren, Johnny Tobe Sanford, Michelle Sanford, Angelina Sanford Tatman, Steven Sanford and Eric Sanford, Ronald’s children and Mark Bullock, Wade Bullock and Faye Ellen Bullock Whaley, Jean’s children; eight grandchildren, 12  great grandchildren, two great great grandchildren, five nephews and her cousin, Ida Lee Viers.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers, John and Dave Cavendish; son, David Sanford; her spouses; Tobe Sanford, Cullen Losch and Paul O’Dell; her niece Verla Cavendish Laws, two nephews and her faithful guard dog, Buster.

Graveside services will be 3 p.m., Friday, September 21, 2012, at Restlawn Memory Gardens, Victor, with Pastor Mike Anderson and Rev. Freddie Parkins officiating.

Friends may call noon to 2:30 p.m. Friday at Hopewell Baptist Church, on Hopewell Road at Victor, W.Va.

On line condolences may be sent to

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

Richard Bruce ‘Butch’ Pitzer

NITRO — Richard Bruce “Butch” Pitzer, 67, of Nitro, died at 5 a.m. Tuesday, September 18, 2012, at his home.

Arrangements are pending completion at Pivont Funeral Home, Hinton.

Wilda Jane Pozzie

RAINELLE — Wilda Jane Pozzie, 61, of Rainelle, passed away Sunday, September 16, 2012, in the Greenbrier Valley Medical Center at Fairlea.

Born February 20, 1951, at Bellwood, she was the daughter of the late Darlie D. Bennett and Betty Jo Lively McClung.

Wilda loved life. She enjoyed fishing and being at the river, loving nature. Wilda was a loving person and was of the Church of God faith.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband Ridgemond Pozzie; two brothers Randy DePriest and Bruce McClung; and one sister Tammy Adkins.

Survivors include her son Bryan Stephens and wife Jennifer of Springtown, Texas; her daughter Eliza Smith and husband Samuel of Owensboro, Kentucky; six brothers, Ronnie Bennett of Elk Knob, Larry Bennett, Doug Bennett, both of Indiana, Greg Bennett of Texas, Mark and Michael Bennett, both of Indiana; four sisters, Cathy Bennett, Karen Delport, both of Indidna, and Jewel Adkins of Lewisburg, and Connie Taylor and husband Duke of Loops Road, Rainelle; 12 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Services will be 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012, at Smathers Funeral Chapel with Pastor John Bob Hamrick officiating. Burial will follow in the Harrah Cemetery on Backus Mountain Road.

Friends may call one hour before the service from 1 to 2 p.m. Thursday, at the funeral home.

Arrangements by Smathers Funeral Chapel, Inc., Rainelle.

Howard Edward ‘Blue’ Stanley

HINTON — Howard Edward “Blue” Stanley, 82, of Hinton, passed away Saturday, September 15, 2012, at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Durham, N.C., following complications from a surgical procedure.

Born March 23, 1930, at Kayford in Kanawha County, he was a son of the late Moody Stanley and Bessie Irene Stanley Wickline.

Blue was a U.S. Army veteran having served in Korea as a combat engineer in the Second Infantry Division, a miner and in later years a clerk for many local businesses and produce stands. He was an avid Major League Baseball and NFL Redskins fan who loved bluegrass music and collecting aluminum cans. He was of the Pentecostal faith.

Preceded in death by two brothers, Hubert Stanley and Cecil Stanley and one sister, Rhoda Rust.

Survived by one sister, Sue Cox and husband Roy of Hilldale; five nephews, Eric Cox of Hilldale, Bill Cooley and wife Stacy of Beckley, Steve and James Stanley of Cleveland, Ohio, Cecil Stanley Jr. of Eastlake, Ohio; three nieces, Erin Cox of Hinton, Karen Marion of Chardon, Ohio, Debbie Wise of Cleveland, Ohio; three great nieces that were close to him, Samantha Cooley, Marty and Melissa Marion; several other great nieces and nephews also survive; one sister in law, Rose Dorsey of Eastlake, Ohio; long time girl friend, Margie Weikle and her family of Union, his neighbors, David, Phyllis and D.J. Staley and Ruth Russell, as well as his many friends at the Summers County Bus Garage, Hinton Senior Citizens Center, Kirk’s Restaurant and First Community Bank in Hinton.

Memorial services will be 7 p.m. Tuesday, September 25, 2012, at Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors Chapel with Pastor Robbie Merritt officiating. Friends may call at the funeral parlors from 5 p.m. until time of services.

Condolences may be sent to the family at

Arrangements are by the Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors of Hinton.

Jimmy Ray Wills Jr.

2 Timothy, 4:7

I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.

After a long, courageous battle with cancer, it is with heartbreak and deep sadness we are announcing the passing of Jimmy Ray Wills Jr.

Jimmy was born March 17, 1966, in Covington, Va. He was 46 years old and was the son of Jimmy and Sue Whitman Wills of Madams Creek.

Jimmy was a 1984 graduate of Hinton High School. He began his career as an Emergency Services Operator for the City of Hinton and Summers County. He then became an engineer for the City of Hinton Fire Department. Jimmy was asked to become a member of the Hinton Police Department and upon graduation from the WV State Police Academy accepted the position of patrolman. Jimmy then accepted a position with the Beckley Fire Department as an engineer and served that department for 22 years. During this same time, he also served as Chief Deputy for the Summers County Sheriff’s Department and later as assistant chief for the City of Hinton Police Department. He was named Fireman of the Year in 2011 by the Beckley Fire Department in recognition of his proficient and dedicated service to that community. Jimmy enjoyed competitive drag-racing and also owned and operated an auto body shop in Summers County. He was a member of Martha’s Chapel Methodist Church at Madams Creek.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandmother, Idabelle Lilly of Hinton. Also preceded by his paternal grandfather, Clarence Wills of Madams Creek.

Besides his parents, Jimmy is survived by the joy of his life, his precious son, Tyler Cole Wills. His Lil Sis, Libby Meadows and husband Timmy of Madams Creek. His only nephew, Josh Meadows of Madams Creek. His paternal grandmother, Virginia Wills of Madams Creek. He is also survived by two very special people in his life, his fiancée, Melissa Richards and her daughter, Emma Crook. Several uncles and aunts, including his special aunt, Jane Plumley of Hinton of special uncle, Robert Wills of Madams Creek.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday,  September 21, 2012, at Pivont Funeral Home Chapel in Hinton with Chaplin Charlie Lilly and Pastor Roy Carter officiating. Burial will follow in Restwood Memorial Gardens in Hinton.

Friends may call from 6 until 9 p.m. Thursday evening at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be Jimmy’s colleagues at Beckley Fire Department: Johnny Mann, Donnie Morgan, Ed Wills, Stuart Scott, Mike Atterson and Chris Graham.

Online condolences & guest register at www.pivontfuneralhome. com

Arrangements by Pivont Funeral Home, Hinton.          

Lorene Workman

Lorene Workman of Mabscott, traded her old body in for a new one on the morning of Sept. 17, 2012, at Heartland of Beckley. This was the day she’d prayed for just to see her Lord and Savior and be united with her family and loved ones gone on before, so its shouting time for all who know her as she’s free at last and no more suffering.

Born March 31, 1919, at Otsego and grew up in Pierpoint, W.Va. She was the daughter of the late O.J. and Mary Houck Halsey. She was their first born of 14 children, always a very special child. The Lord didn’t see fit to give her any children but made her a loving mother to so very many; a mother to all eleven siblings and a grandmother to her many nieces and nephews. She loved her relatives, friends and church family also was a great neighbor and caregiver for anyone who needed her.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years Bee Workman, brothers Orion of Crab Orchard, Herman “Pete” of Grants, NM, Martin of Mullens.

Those left to cherish her memory are her sisters, Aldene Workman of Lester; Emma Lee Reed of Crab Orchard; Lorna (Greeley) Wyatt of Roanoke, Va. and Norma Bolt of Beckley;  brothers, Carroll (Codge) of Cool Ridge; Ron and Steve (Betty) Halsey of Virginia Beach, Va., sister-in-laws, Sue Halsey and Kathleen Workman Franklin of Mullens, and a special aunt of Mullens, Virginia Brown whose close in age to her.

A service to celebrate her life will be held at her church, the First Church of God at Lester on Wednesday night, September 19th, from 6 to 9 p.m. and funeral service will be held Thursday at 1 p.m., with Rev. Dale Birchfield officiating. She will be buried at Sunset Memorial Park in Beckley.

Pallbearers will be her nephews.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the First Church of God at Lester.

We would also like to thank Bayberry and Heartland for their tender loving care.

Condolences may be sent to the family’s guestbook at

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary, Inc., Beckley.