The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

February 7, 2011

Obituaries — Monday, Feb. 7, 2011




Bernard Ray Akers

Bernard Ray “Koochie” Akers, age 73, of Beckley, West Virginia, went home to be with the Lord on Friday, February 4, 2011, at the Raleigh General Hospital in Beckley following a long illness.

Born on September 23, 1937, in Corinne, West Virginia, he was the son of the late Ivan Dillard Akers and Daisy Mae Adams Akers.

Mr. Akers was a retired welder, and was a graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School in 1955. He had made his home in Beckley most of his life. Mr. Akers was an avid hunter and fisherman, who was a loving and supporting husband, father, and brother. He will be sadly missed by all who loved him.

Mr. Akers leaves behind his loving wife of 50 years, Ruby Darlington Akers, his daughter Jennifer Runyon and her husband Rick of Beaver, West Virginia; a granddaughter, Heather Rhodes, and his precious great-granddaughter Hallie of Beaver, West Virginia.

He is also survived by a brother, Kenneth Akers and his wife Patricia of Bradley, 2 sisters, Brenda Potter and her husband Roy of Beckley, and Sandy Canaday and her husband Ron of Crab Orchard. Numerous nieces and nephews are also among his survivors.

Funeral services will be conducted at the Rose and Quesenberry Peace Chapel in Beckley, West Virginia, on Tuesday, February 8, 2011, at 1 p.m. with Rev. Ron Browning officiating. Burial will follow at Sunset Memorial Park in Beckley, West Virginia. Friends may call at the funeral home from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday. Pallbearers will be family members and friends. Online condolences may be sent to our guestbook at www.roseandquesenberry.net.

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



Virginia Grace Harris Allen

LILLYDALE — Virginia Grace Harris Allen, 85, of Lillydale, WV, went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, February 5, 2011, at her home surrounded by her loving family.

She was born November 27, 1925, at Lookout, WV, a daughter of the late James and Thuries Proctor Harris. She was a homemaker, member of the Lynco Pentecostal House of Prayer, and a mighty servant of God. Her husband Henry Allen also preceded her in death along with a son, Roger Dale Allen.

Survivors include four daughters, Darlene Francis Allen of Lillydale, Ruth Ann Allen of Ashland, KY, Arlene Faye Al-Younis of Oceana, and Retha Carol Allen of Oceana; grandchildren Tiffany Nicole Allen, Natasha Ryan Walls and fiancé Micael Osborne, Zachary Kyle Bailey, Austin Tyler Allen and Roger Dale Allen, Jr.; great-grandchildren Logan Skylar Dale Allen, Dillon Slade Cordell Allen, and Ethan Ray Lusk; and a host of other loving family and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, February 8, 2011, in the Lynco Pentecostal House of Prayer with Pastor Firg Proffitt and Rev. Timmy Kennedy officiating. She will be laid to rest in Palm Memorial Gardens, Matheny, WV. Friends may gather with the family from 6 to 9 p.m. on Monday, February 7, 2011, at the church. E-mail letters of sympathy may be sent at www.staffordfamilyfuneralhome.com.

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



Leslie William Dillard Jr.

Mr. Leslie William Dillard Jr., 82, of Beckley, died Sunday, Feb. 6, 2011.

Arrangements entrusted to Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.



Doris Lilly

It is with great sadness today, we announce the passing of our beloved Doris Scott Lilly, but with a sure and certain hope that we know she is with our Lord and Savior in Heaven. A longtime resident of Blue Jay Lake, more recently of St. Albans, Doris passed away peacefully following a monthlong illness on Friday, February 4th, 2011, at Thomas Memorial Hospital in Charleston. She was in her 84th year.

Doris Marie Scott was born on October 21st, 1926, the first of two children born to the late Eustes Lofton and Mary McQuade Scott. Proud of her Irish heritage, Doris’s maternal grandparents, Peter and Jaminia McKidd McQuade, were one of the pioneer Catholic families in the Beckley area.

Doris’ early years were spent on Elkins Street. She studied ballet and tap dance as a young woman. A graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School, Class of 1944, Doris would further her studies at Brenau Women’s College in Gainesville, GA. A safety water instructor, people will remember Doris at the Waterdale Swim Club, and the Beckley YMCA. Doris Lilly was a “Renaissance Woman.” Traveling to New York on her own, she became a model for the House of Swansdown Modeling Agency and danced for the June Taylor Professional Dance Troop all over the country. Fate would have it that she came back to Beckley, met and fell in love with Joseph Lilly.

To this union would be born five sons. They are Joseph, Kim, John, David and Thomas. Doris would endure great losses along the way. Thomas would die in 1974 and Joseph in 2005. Her beloved Joe would die in 2001, following a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. Seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren survive as well as Kim’s wife Hyon Suk and Joe’s wife, Linda. Doris is the dear sister of Joseph Scott and his wife Pat of Walnut Creek, CA; she is the fond sister-in-law of Hal and Sandy Lilly and Charlotte Lilly.

At the end of the day when we remember Doris Lilly it is for her unfaltering faith. In her darkest hours, it seemed Doris was her brightest. Her quiet faith always would light the way. A daily communicate at St. Francis de Sales Church, you would always find Doris in the early morning hours at St. Francis quietly going about the Lord’s business. The people of St. Francis could depend on Doris Lilly.

Doris was genuine. She had a smile for everyone she encountered. In these recent days, her old friend Reggie Farmer said of her, “I never heard Doris Lilly speak ill of anyone.” Doris’s life was dedicated to God. A lesson is to be learned and observed in the way she tried to live her life. Our great loss is certainly Heaven’s gain.

On Tuesday, Feb. 8th, Doris will lie in repose at her beloved St. Francis de Sales Church at 614 South Oakwood Ave. from 11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., where the family will receive her friends. At 12:30 p.m. everyone, Catholic and Protestant alike, is invited to come and pray and listen to recitation of the rosary. Doris’ old friend Monsignor Samuel Sacus will celebrate the Funeral Liturgy at 1 p.m., assisted by Fr. Joshua Stevens and Deacons Rev. Mr. Donald Wise and Rev. Mr. Jay Ziolkowski. The Rite of Committal will follow in St. Sebastian Cemetery where she will be laid to rest beside her beloved Joe. Pallbearers will be: Tony Tipane, Mike Kosco, Rusty Rappold, Charlie Farmer, Cy Williams, Dick Calloway, Dr. Hak Kim, Louie Conte, Dr. Jessie Loot and Lou Savisky.

And so now we must say goodbye… “To live in hearts you leave behind, to see the best in others, to try to live for Christ … what more can we ever ask…”

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

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary, Inc., Beckley, WV.



Blanche Martin

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Blanche Martin, age 94, of Charlotte, North Carolina, formerly of MacArthur, West Virginia, passed away on Thursday, February 3, 2011, at the Presbyterian Hospital in Charlotte, North Carolina, following a short illness.

Born on November 20, 1916, at Whitby, West Virginia, she was a homemaker and was of the Baptist faith. She had made her home on Division Street in MacArthur, West Virginia, for many years, having made her home in Charlotte, North Carolina, for the past several years.

Mrs. Martin was preceded in death by her husband, John D. Martin, by her parents, Charles Halstead and Cordia Lilly Halstead, by brothers, Mason, Tennis, Paul, and Charles Halstead, and by sisters, Nora Pegram, Ruby Crisp, Edna Nolan, and Midge Aliff.

Survivors include a brother, William Halstead of Pence Springs, West Virginia; Sisters, Edith Lilly of MacArthur, West Virginia, Lois Banks of Union, West Virginia, Mary Rodgers of Charleston, West Virginia, Anne Halsey of Charlotte, North Carolina.

A niece whom she raised, supported, and loved as a daughter, Sarah Angotti, who in turn loved and cared for Mrs. Martin in her home in Charlotte, North Carolina, until her death.

Several other nieces and nephews are also among her survivors.

Committal rites will be conducted at Sunset Memorial Park in Beckley, West Virginia, on Tuesday, February 8, 2011, at 10 a.m. with Rev. Orville Setliff officiating. There will be no visitation. A memorial service will be arranged at a later date. Online condolences may be sent to our guestbook at www.roseandquesenberry.net.

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



Frederick Ernest Monnett Sr.

SUMMERSVILLE — Frederick Ernest Monnett, Sr., 70, of Summersville, went home to be with the Lord on Friday, Feb. 4, 2011, in the Nicholas County Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Richwood, after a short illness.

Graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 8, in Lake Lechliter/Monnett Cemetery, Short Gap, with Pastor George Loar officiating.

Arrangements were made by Simons-Coleman Funeral Home, Richwood.



Rosie ‘Faye’ Plumley

Rosie “Faye” Plumley, age 71, of Plumley Mountain, West Virginia, passed away on Saturday, February 5, 2011, at the Sunbridge Pinelodge Nursing Home following a long illness.

Born on October 17, 1939, at Pluto, West Virginia, she was the daughter of the late Edward Bennett and Sadie Bennett.

Mrs. Plumley was a homemaker, and a member of the New Salem Baptist Church at Abraham, West Virginia. She was a lifelong resident of the Richmond District area.

Mrs. Plumley was preceded in death by her husband, Glennis Plumley, by sons, Glen Ray “Pinto” Plumley, and Tommy Dean Plumley, by an infant son, Jimmie Plumley, by brothers, Darlo Bennett and John Bennett, and by sisters Unia Plumley, Martha Adkins, Rhoda Adkins, and Virgie Plumley.

Those left to cherish her memory include a son, Ronnie Lee Plumley, at home.

Two brothers, Bobby Bennett and his wife Lena of Beckley, West Virginia, and Noah Bennett of Abraham, West Virginia.

A sister, Goldie Plumley and her husband Clinton of Abraham, West Virginia.

A special niece, Norma Jean Richmond of Abraham, West Virginia, and a great-nephew, Steven Richmond of Abraham, West Virginia, are also among her survivors. The family wishes to express special thanks to her nurse at Pinelodge, “Donald,” for his care and support during her illness.

Graveside rites and burial will be held at the Washington Plumley Cemetery at Plumley Mountain, West Virginia, on Tuesday, February 8, 2011, at 3 p.m. with Rev. John Wesley Richmond officiating. There will be no visitation. Online condolences may be sent to our guestbook at www.roseandquesenberry.net.

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



Margaret Saunders

Margaret Saunders, 73, of Meadow Creek passed away Saturday, Feb. 5, 2011.

Arrangements are pending completion with Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley.



Marie (Sissy) Sigmond

Marie (Sissy) Sigmond, 85, of Beckley, formerly of Kopperston, WV, passed away February 6, 2011, at 3:35 a.m. at the Bowers Hospice House after a long illness. Born January 23, 1926, in Giles, WV, she was the daughter of the late Thomas J. and Frances Messer Holbrook. Marie was a member of Cross Point Church of God in Beckley and a former member of the First Church of God in Oceana, WV. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by two brothers, Thomas, Jr., and Elisha Holbrook.

Those left to cherish her memory include her husband of 65 years, Mancel V. Sigmond; four brothers, Harold Holbrook and wife Mary, Charles Holbrook and wife Kikue, Floyde Holbrook and wife June, Ray Holbrook and wife Patty; four sisters, Mable Simmons and husband the late Calvin Simmons, Bodie Haynes and husband Newell, Jannett Cook and husband Vondie Cook, Sr., and Annette Callison and husband Harold.

A Victory Celebration Service will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, February 8, 2011, in the Calfee Funeral Home Chapel, 800 S. Oakwood Ave., Beckley, WV, with Pastor Vondie Cook, II, and Rev. Vondie Cook, Sr., officiating. She will be laid to rest in the Sunset Memorial Park Mausoleum with family and friends serving as pallbearers. Friends may call at the funeral home from 1 p.m. until service time on Tuesday.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Cross Point Church of God Building Fund, 110 Crescent Road, Beckley, WV 25801.

Online condolences may be left at www.calfeefh.com.

Arrangements by Calfee Funeral Home, Beckley.



Elder Daniel Waller

Elder Daniel Waller, 72, of Beckley, died Saturday at a Charleston hospital following a long illness.

Arrangements are incomplete at McConnell Funeral Home, Bluefield.



Mossie M. Webb

On Saturday, February 5th, 2011, our loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt and friend, Mossie M. Webb, went to be with the Lord.

Born June 23, 1921, in Beech Grove, TN, she was the daughter of the late Rev. Homer Taylor and Birdie Mae Seavers Taylor. In addition to her parents, Mossie was preceded in death by her husband, James Aden Webb, grandson, Jeffrey, son-in-law, Johnny Upton, and 4 siblings, Ulysses Taylor, Millard Taylor, Jolene Long and Edna Lilly. Mossie was a member of the Arnett Chapel Church.

Those left to cherish her sweet memory are her daughter, Ann Webb of Beckley, and her daughter, Melissa (Mike) Byrne of Chicago, IL, a daughter, Rosemary Upton of Palatine, IL, and her sons, Derek (Tina) Upton of Des Plaines, IL, and Jason (Vanessa) Upton of Hoffman Estates, IL, and a son, Randy (Cindy) Webb of Beckley, and their sons, Michael and Ryan of Beckley and Scott of Charleston, SC; one great-grandson, Zachary of Hinton; her brothers and sisters, Earl Taylor, Paul Taylor, Wilma Shubert, Willene Feury, Alice Faye Milam, Margaret Dickens, Martha Bailey and Mary Helen Williams.

Funeral Services will be Tuesday, February 8th, at 4:30 p.m. at the Melton Mortuary Chapel with Brother Charles Dickens officiating. The family will receive friends from 3 p.m. until the service hour. There will be a private burial in the Sunset Memorial Park Mausoleum.

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

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary, Inc., Beckley, WV.



Elonza Smith ‘Lonnie, Great-Papa’ Whorley

ROANOKE, Va. — Elonza Smith “Lonnie, Great-Papa” Whorley, 94, of Roanoke, Va., formerly of Peterstown, passed away Friday, Feb. 4, 2011, at Raleigh Court Health and Rehab, Roanoke, Va.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 8, at the Peterstown Missionary Baptist Church, Peterstown, with Pastor Jonathan Jennings officiating. Burial will follow at the Pine Grove Memorial Gardens cemetery, Lindside. Friends may call from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. today, Feb. 7, at the Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home, Peterstown.

The family suggests donations of sympathy be made to the Peterstown Missionary Baptist Church, PO Box 670, Peterstown, WV 24963.

Online guestbook can be signed or condolences may be sent to the Whorley family at www.broyles-shrewsbury.com.

Arrangements by Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home, Peterstown.



Nancy Elizabeth Williams

HINTON — Nancy Elizabeth Williams, 91, of Madams Creek, Hinton, died at 3:35 a.m. Sunday morning at her home following a long illness.

Born October 9, 1919, in Wheeling, WV, she was the daughter of the late Tom and Minnie Saunders Hatcher.

Ms. Williams was a former nurse’s aide at the Hinton Hospital for 27 years and was a homemaker. She was of the Baptist faith and had lived most of her life in Hinton.

She was preceded in death by her husband Ralph Williams in 1973. Also preceded by a brother, Tom Hatcher. Four sisters, Ruby McGraw, Martha Taylor, Birdie Gill and Catherine Thompson.

Survivors include three sons, Jerry Ratliff and wife Dixie of Talcott, Andy Williams and wife Carol of Hopewell, VA, and Ralph Williams and wife Melanie of Hopewell, VA. Six daughters, Betty Hayslett and husband Jimmie of Covington, VA, Lee Anna Harvey and husband Richard of Hopewell, VA, Patricia O’Donnell and husband Jack of Covington, VA, Martha Davis of Hopewell, VA, Ramona Williams and husband Wesley of Roanoke, VA, and Mary Dotson and husband James of Union, KY. One sister, Cecile Gill of Lewisburg, and one sister-in-law, Nora Hatcher of Ft. Spring, WV. Twenty-four grandchildren, thirty great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild also survive.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, February 8, 2011, at Pivont Funeral Home Chapel in Hinton. Burial will follow in Restwood Memorial Gardens in Hinton. Friends may call from 12 noon until time of services on Tuesday at the funeral home.

Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

Online condolences and guest register at www.pivontfuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by Pivont Funeral Home, Hinton, WV.