The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

April 21, 2012

Obituaries — Saturday, April 21, 2012

The Register-Herald

Shirley Bailey

Shirley Bailey, of Beckley, WV, passed away on Wednesday, April 18, 2012, at her home. She was preceded in death by her parents, George Bailey and Celia Hill Bailey, by a brother Ira Bailey, and by a sister Gerry Bailey.

Shirley is survived by two sisters, Jean Hall of Anna, Texas, and Brenda Vonkaenel of Dover, Ohio. Three brothers, Roger Bailey of Sullivan Road, Glen Morgan, Rick Bailey of Lynchburg, Virginia, and Jim Bailey of Flatwoods, Kentucky.

Shirley led a very prosperous life full of laughter and wit in spite of her long and courageous battle with cancer. Her words, “I owned it, I learned it, I fought it, but had to embrace it. I became very independent of the circumstances.”

Shirley contributes her long survival of this disease to loved ones, family and friends. For that she was very grateful. She will always be remembered for her devotion to family and friends and for her love of life. She will be sadly missed by her family and friends and her very special “shihtzu” dog Sparky who was so bonded to her. Special thanks to Dr. Michael Webb and Robin Cox of Beckley, and Dr. Peyton Taylor of Charlottesville, Virginia.

“Her life has been full and she savored much — Good Friends, Good Times, A loved one’s touch; Perhaps time here seems all too brief — But request we do not lengthen our pain with undue grief.”

Shirley was a retired office manager at Raleigh General Hospital, was of the Methodist faith, and was a member of the Women of the Moose.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held for Shirley Bailey on Sunday, April 22, 2012, at the Rose and Quesenberry Peace Chapel in Beckley at 1 p.m. with Rev. Betty Lusk officiating. Burial will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens at Prosperity, WV. Friends may call at the funeral home from 6 to 9 p.m. on Saturday. Family members 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, WV.


Catherine Elizabeth Persinger Davis

ROCKY MOUNT, Va. — Mrs. Catherine Elizabeth Persinger Davis, age 95, of Rocky Mount, Va., passed away on Tuesday, April 17, 2012.

She is survived by five daughters, Mrs. Martha (Andrew) Holland, Rocky Mount, Va., Mrs. Betty Ganges, Philadelphia, Pa., Mrs. Shelby Wilkerson, Rocky Mount, Va., Ms. Marion Persinger, Rocky Mount, Va., Mrs. Victoria (Dean) Ferguson, Roanoke, Va.; two sons, Larry (Eva) Persinger, Beckley, W.Va., Allen L. Persinger Jr., Boones Mill, Va.; one stepdaughter, E. Patricia Ross, Clifton Forge, Va.; one stepson, Paul (Wanda) Davis of Clifton Forge, Va.; numerous grand, great-grand and great-great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Funeral service will be conducted on Monday at 10 a.m. at the First Baptist Church with Dr. Samuel Anderson officiating. The family will receive friends 1/2 hour prior to funeral. Interment in Greenwood Memorial Park, Beckley, W.Va.

Arrangements by Stanfield Mortuary Service, Rocky Mount, Va.


Larry Douglas      Epperly

ELKHART, Ind. — Larry Douglas Epperly, 77, of Elkhart, Indiana, formerly of Oak Hill, died Tuesday, April 17, 2012, at Riverside Village. Born February 17, 1935, in Oak Hill, he was the son of the late Ervin Edgar and the late Maude Minnie (Martin) Epperly.

Larry was a Materiel Supervisor for Ford at Dearborn, MI, for 43 years.

In addition to his parents, Larry was preceded in death by two brothers, Ervin, Jr., and Jerry Epperly, and one sister, Loretta Legg, and brother-in-law Russell McClung.

Larry is survived by his wife, Sharon (Dunbar) Epperly, whom he married on December 1, 1956; one daughter, Dianne Pierce and her husband Richard of Wayne, MI; one son, Michael Epperly and his wife Betty of Ada, MI; four sisters, Polly McClung of Fayetteville, Wandalene Shyblosky and her husband Larry of Lebanon, TN, Drema McClanahan and her husband Wesley of Oak Hill, Kay Allen and her husband Joe of Fayetteville; four grandchildren, Doug Pierce, Joshua, Jacob, Rachel Epperly; and one great-grandchild, Maya Pierce.

His remains rest at High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, 1435 East Main Street, Oak Hill, where the funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Sunday and where the family will receive friends from 1 p.m. until time of service. Burial will follow in High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be given to the Alzheimer’s Association, 225 North Michigan Avenue, 17th Floor, Chicago, IL 60601.

Condolences may be sent to

Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.


Oakley Leroy Gore

Mr. Oakley Leroy Gore, 72, of Beckley, died Wednesday, April 18, 2012.

Funeral services for Mr. Gore will be 1 p.m. Monday, April 23, at Heart of God Ministries, 1703 S. Kanawha St., Beckley, with Bishop Fred T. Simms officiating. Burial will follow in Greenwood Memorial Park, Beckley. Friends may call one hour prior to the service at the church.

 Arrangements entrusted to Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.


Sharon M.          Hollandsworth

NEW BALTIMORE, Mich. — Sharon M. Hollandsworth (nee Jurek), 44, of New Baltimore, MI, died April 18, 2012.

Beloved wife of Thomas. Loving sister of Michael Jurek, Kathryn [nee Jurek] (Dave) Tatarek and Joseph (Kristina) Jurek. Dear aunt of Brianna, Marisa, Adrianna, Matthew, Zacchary and Phillip. Daughter of the late Joseph and Dorothy Jurek.

Visitation 2:30 to 8 p.m. with a 7 p.m. Scripture Service Sunday, April 22, at Gendernalik Funeral Home, 35259 23 Mile Road, New Baltimore, MI.

In state at 10 a.m. Monday until time of Liturgy at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary Queen of Creation Church, 50931 Maria, New Baltimore.

Memorials to the Humane Society.

Submitted by Gendernalik Funeral Home, New Baltimore, MI.


Hazel M. Whitten Richmond

HINTON — Hazel M. Whitten Richmond, 89, of Hinton, died Friday, April 20, 2012, at Springfield Care Center at Lindside following a long illness.

Born December 4, 1922, in Hinton, she was the daughter of the late William and Maude Ella Wyrick Whitten.

Ms. Richmond was retired from the Summers County Hospital with 17 1/2 years of service. She was also a homemaker and was a member of the Church of the Living God at Madams Creek. For many years, she and her late husband owned and operated Richmond’s Bait Store in Hinton. Hazel was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 49 years, Herbert Richmond, in December 1990. Also preceded by three sons, James (Dude), Daniel (Dan) and Billy R. Richmond, and four grandchildren. Four brothers, Rupert, Lead, Winifred and James Whitten. Two sisters, Irene Toler Marcum and Virginia Ward.

Survivors include six daughters, Mamie Adkins of Hix, Janice Gill of Greenville, WV, Mary Ann (Helen) Adkins and husband Zina of Hinton, Bonnie McBride of Wayside, Georgia Little and husband Kenny of Partlow, VA, and Dorothy (Janie) Baker and husband Gerald of Bluefield, WV. One son, Richard Richmond and wife Jo Ann of Indian Mills. Two sisters, Louise Richardson of Ohio and Louanna Johnson of Spencer. Twenty-six grandchildren, forty-six great-grandchildren and twenty-seven great-great-grandchildren also survive.

Funeral services will be held at 12 p.m. Monday, April 23, 2012, at Pivont Funeral Home Chapel in Hinton with Pastor Ron Iddings officiating. Burial will follow in Greenbrier Burial Park in Hinton. Friends may call from 6 until 8 p.m. Sunday evening at the funeral home.

Grandsons will serve as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Jesse, Danny and Billy Ward and Ronnie Clark.

Online condolences and guest register at www.

Arrangements by Pivont Funeral Home, Hinton, WV.


William Roberts

IAEGER — William Roberts, 64, of Iaeger, passed away Friday, April 20, 2012.

E-mail letters of sympathy may be sent at

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

Cecilia Alice    Rookstool

SPRINGDALE — Cecilia Alice Rookstool, 72, of Springdale passed away Friday, April 20, 2012.

Arrangements by Smathers Funeral Chapel, Rainelle.


Alfred Emanuel   Skaggs

MONTPELIER, Va. — Alfred Emanuel Skaggs, 83, of Montpelier, Va., formerly of Ansted, passed away Friday, April 20, 2012.

Graveside services will be 3 p.m. Sunday, April 22, at Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. Freddie Parkins officiating. Burial will follow at Westlake Cemetery in Ansted. Friends may call one hour prior to the service.

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


Richard Lee ‘Rick’ Skaggs II

LEWISBURG — Richard Lee “Rick” Skaggs II, 60, of Lewisburg, passed away Wednesday, April 19, 2012, at Greenbrier Valley Medical Center after a sudden illness.

Born November 20, 1951, in Ronceverte, Rick was the son of Virginia Craggs Skaggs of Lewisburg and the late Richard Lee “Dick” Skaggs.

Rick was Owner of Quick Essentials in Lewisburg, former owner of Park Grove Farms Feed Store and Mountaineer Bump Shop was a member of the Old Stone Presbyterian Church, and was a member of Richlands Ruritan Club.

Other than his father, Rick was preceded in death by son-in-law Greg Carter.

Survivors include wife Mary Lou Skaggs of Lewisburg; mother Virginia S. Skaggs of Lewisburg; daughter Melissa Skaggs Carter of Lewisburg; stepdaughter Suzanne Brown of Maxwelton; stepgrandson Tyler Caldwell of Maxwelton; sister Ginnie (Dan) Glick of Clarksville, MD; brother Kim (Debbie) Skaggs of Richmond, VA; Melissa’s mother Nanette Skaggs of Lewisburg; aunt Barbara Braun of N.J.; uncles Bill Russell of Lewisburg and Douglas Craggs of Baltimore, MD; and several nieces and nephews.

Service will be 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 22, 2012, at the Old Stone Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Dr. Dexter Taylor officiating. Burial will follow at the Rosewood Cemetery.

Friends may call Saturday, April 21, 2012, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home in Lewisburg.

Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home in Lewisburg is in charge of arrangements.

Please send online condolences by visiting www.


Mary Spinelli

Mary Pensule Spinelli, 96, of Heartland Drive, Beckley, formerly of Tams, died Friday, April 20, 2012.

Condolences may be sent to the family’s guestbook at

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary Inc., Beckley.