The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

July 20, 2013

Obituaries — Saturday, July 20, 2013


Jason David Arthur

Jason David Arthur, age 30, of Grandview, WV, passed away at his home on Friday, July 12, 2013, surrounded by his loving family.

Born on September 19, 1982, in Beckley, he was the son of Rudy Arthur and Patricia Scott Arthur of Grandview.

Jason was an employee of the Shady Spring Public Service District as a lineman. He was a member of the Grandview Christian Church, and had been a lifelong resident of Grandview. Jason was a graduate of Shady Spring High School. He was the “world’s best talker.”

Jason was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Jim and Ruth Scott, and by his paternal grandparents, Rudolph and Peggy Arthur.

Surviving are his wife Felicia Raines Arthur, Two children, Natalie and Kinsey Arthur, both at home. Several aunts, uncles, and cousins are also among his survivors.

A memorial service will be conducted to Celebrate The Life Of Jason David Arthur on Saturday, July 20, 2013, at the Grandview Christian Church at 3 p.m. with Pastor Terry Newton officiating.

Friends may visit with the family at the church from 2 p.m. until service time on Saturday.

Private online condolences, floral tributes, and other expressions of sympathy may be directed to the family at www.roseandquesenberry.net.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the family for the purpose of caring for Jason’s and Felicia’s children.

Arrangements are by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home Shady Spring Chapel, 729 Flat Top Road, Shady Spring, WV.



Madeline Estepp Bailey

FAIRHOPE, Ala. — Madeline Estepp Bailey passed away peacefully at Fairhope, on June 14, 2013, at the age of 59. She was surrounded by the love of her three children when she left this earth.

Madeline is predeceased by mother Hazel Griffey, father Robert Estepp Sr. and her grandson Tristan Long.

She is lovingly remembered by her daughters Taylor Hurley of Logan, W.Va., Heather and husband Tony Medaris of Elberta, Ala., son Pat and wife Marcy Long of Denton, Texas; nieces and nephews, Shannon and Chris Ward of Oceana, W.Va., Brian and Misty Cline of Parkersburg, W.Va., Jonathan Pritt of Beckley, Amber Estepp of Glen Fork, W.Va., Robert Estepp of El Paso, Texas; her brother Martin and wife Nancy Estepp of Glen Fork, W.Va., and her sister Cheryl and husband John Pritt of Oceana, W.Va. She was the proud grandmother to her five grandbabies as well.

Madeline was born in Oceana on December 9, 1953. She graduated from Oceana High School in 1971 and went on to earn her Bachelor’s Degree from Concord University in 2011. Many know her from her work as a substitute teacher in Wyoming County and from her time working at McDonald’s in Oceana. Madeline was very fond of all her students and loved teaching.

Madeline was an incredible person and loved spending time with her grandbabies, as well as her friends and family. She also enjoyed gardening and reading.

At Madeline’s request a memorial service will be held at Faith Baptist Church in Matheny on July 27, 2013, at 1 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Cancer Research Institute, One Exchange Plaza, 55 Broadway, Suite 1802, New York, NY 10006.



Helen Rushbrook Bazzarre

Helen Rushbrook Bazzarre, 88, of Beckley, passed away Monday, July 15, 2013.

Born June 20, 1925, in McAlpine, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Henry and Nellie Rushbrook. Besides her parents Helen was preceded in death by a brother, Oather Rushbrook.

Mrs. Bazzarre was a graduate of Mark Twain High School and an active member of the Mark Twain High School Alumni Association. Helen graduated from the Raleigh General Hospital Nursing School and served in the Cadet Nurses Corps during World War II. She retired from the V.A. Medical Center after 30 years of dedicated work. At the time of her retirement she was supervisor of the Nursing Home Care Unit, a position she held for 18 years. She was a past member of the WV Nurses Association and the American Nurses Association. While employed at the VAMC, she was a writer and director of several comedy plays depicting nurses and several “This Is Your Life” plays. Helen was an active member of the Raleigh General Hospital Nurses Association having served as president for several years. She was also a member of the National Federation of Federal Employees. Helen was a member of the First Baptist Church in Beckley having served as deaconess, Chairman of the Kitchen Commity and Fellowship Sunday School Class where she served as president for many years.

Helen is survived by her husband of 67 years, Roy Wadell Bazzarre; a sister, Alice Boothe of Sterling Heights, Mich.; and Samantha, her beloved cat. She is also survived by beloved nieces, Mary Lynn Schnurr of Virginia and Joyce Dair Maytachak of Sterling Heights, Mich.; a nephew, Edy Rushbrook of Cross Lanes, W.Va., and several great-nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be 12 noon on Saturday, July 27, 2013, at the First Baptist Church in Beckley with Pastor Doc Adkins officiating. Friends may visit with the family one hour prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers the family asks memorial donations be made to First Baptist Church, 422 Neville St., Beckley, WV 25801, or the Raleigh County Humane Society, 325 Grey Flats Road, Beckley, WV 25801.

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

Arrangements by Calfee Funeral Home, Beckley.



Margaret Louise Puckett Beirne

OAK HILL — Margaret Louise Puckett Beirne, 86, of Oak Hill, died Wednesday, July 17, 2013.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 23, at the Calvary Baptist Church in Oak Hill with Pastor Mark Wood officiating. Burial will be at High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, July 22, at Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Online condolences may be sent at www.tyreefuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.



Paul Bell

Paul Bell, 66, of Beckley, passed away Friday, July 19, 2013.

Arrangements are pending completion at Rose and Quesenberry, 1901 S. Kanawha St., Beckley.



Robert Lee ‘Bob’ Blankenship

Robert Lee (Bob) Blankenship, 79, born and raised in Wyoming County, passed away July 15, 2013, in Clemmons, N.C. 

Born November 11, 1933, he was the son of Preacher Morgan and Cordia Adkins Blankenship.

He honorably served in the U.S. Army as a medic and worked many years as an insulator.

He was a longtime resident of Greensboro, N.C.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Euglanwa, and five brothers, Eugene, Coy, Roy, Dennis and Morris.

He is survived by two daughters, Robin White of Winston-Salem, N.C., and Teresa Kimbrough of East Bend, N.C.; a son, David Blankenship of Gainsville, Fla.; two sisters, Letha Allen of Ravencliff and Pauletta Shrewsbury of Mocksville, N.C.; three brothers, James and Theodore Blankenship of Pineville and Elden Blankenship of Brenton. He is also survived by nine grandchildren, fourteen great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

He will be dearly missed.

A memorial service will be 2 p.m. Sunday, July 21, 2013, in the Calfee Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. Ronald Adkins officiating. Friends may gather with the family from 1 p.m. until the time of service Sunday, at the funeral home.

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



Carolyn Sue Bowyer Clark

RAINELLE — Carolyn Sue Bowyer Clark, 75, of Rainelle, formerly of Oak Hill, died on Wednesday, July 17, 2013, at Summers County Hospital in Hinton.

Born May 25, 1938, at Oak Hill, she was the daughter of the late Nicholas Elmer Bowyer and Nancy Elick Duncan Bowyer Geffs.

She was a homemaker. Carolyn was a graduate of Collins High School in Oak Hill.

Survivors include two sons, Nicholas Johnson and wife, Dreama, of Ronceverte and Lee Johnson of Rainelle, and one grandchild, Gregory Johnson of Ronceverte.

Funeral services will be on Sunday, July 21, 2013, at 2 p.m. at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill, with the Rev. Ralph Shupe officiating. Burial will be at High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill.

Visitation will be held at Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill, on Saturday, July 20, 2013, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Online condolences may be sent at www.tyreefuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.



Gladys Patricia Preston-Glenn

ATLANTA, Ga. — Gladys Patricia Preston-Glenn, 63, of Atlanta, Ga., a native of Slab Fork, died Monday, July 8, 2013.

Visitation was 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, July 19, at Refuge Baptist Church, 400 N. 20th Ave., Columbus, Ohio. The family will also receive friends at 9 a.m. Saturday, July 20, at Refuge Baptist Church until start of service at 10 a.m. Interment is at Eastlawn Cemetery.

To offer condolences to the Preston-Glenn family visit www.THECHAPELOFPEACE.com.

Arrangements entrusted to Marlan J. Gary Funeral Home, The Chapel of Peace, 2500 Cleveland Ave., Columbus, Ohio.



Jimmie John ‘Johnny’ Hood

ROCK HILL, S.C. — Jimmie John (Johnny) Hood, 69, went home to be with Jesus and his family Wednesday, July 17, 2013, at his home in Rock Hill, SC.

Born in Kopperston, Johnny was the son of the late Earnie and Pauline Jarrett Hood. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister Betty Eagen; three brothers, Raymond, Paul and Jerry Hood.

Johnny graduated from Oceana High School in 1962 in Oceana. He is employed with Control Southeast in Charlotte, NC, where he has worked for the past 24 years. He was a former employee of Sophia Electric in Beckley, WV. He attended the Fort Mill Church of God.

Johnny is survived by his wife of 45 years, Freda Hood; two children Brian Hood and Denise Whisenant and her husband Ron; two grandchildren, Dylan and Mackenzie Holland, all of Rock Hill, SC.

Johnny is also survived by a sister, Frances (Muzzy) Morgan and Eudell of Dover, Tenn., five brothers, Larry and Brenda of Charlotte, N.C., Roger and Debbie of Myrtle Beach, S.C., Terry and Anita of Oceana, Jeff and Priscilla of Kopperston, Russell (Rusty) and April of Charlotte, N.C., and a host of family and friends.

A Celebration of Johnny’s life will be held at Palmetto Funeral Home in Fort Mill, S.C. The Family will receive friends Sunday, July 21, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Funeral services will follow. Johnny’s nephew, Dell Morgan of Dover, Tenn., will conduct the funeral. Eulogy will be given by Johnny’s boss and longtime friend Butch Hill.

A memorial will be held at a later date at the Palm Memorial Gardens in Matheny, W.Va., where Johnny’s ashes will be laid.

Online Condolences at www.palmettofh.com.

Palmetto Funeral Home & Crematory of Fort Mill, S.C., is serving the Hood Family.



Samuel S. Kelly

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS — Samuel S. Kelly of White Sulphur Springs passed away Thursday, July 18, 2013.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Sunday, July 21, at Greenbrier Valley Baptist Church in White Sulphur Springs, with visitation one hour prior to the service. The Rev. Lloyd Camp and the Rev. Gordon Ross will be officiating. Entombment will follow in Greenbrier Memorial Mausoleum in Lewisburg.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to Greenbrier Valley Baptist Church, P.O. Box 486, White Sulphur Springs.

Shanklin Funeral Home, White Sulphur Springs, is serving the family.

Betty Jane Hannah McFadden

GAINESVILLE, Ga. — Mrs. Betty Jane Hannah McFadden, 85, of Gainesville, Ga., went to be with her Lord on Wednesday, July 17, 2013.

Betty was born in Portsmouth, Ohio, daughter of the late Paul and Betty Jones Hannah.

Betty grew up on the Hannah farm in Pactolus, Ky. Her family moved to Wheeling, W.Va., during her high school years where she graduated from Wheeling High School.

She married Marlin Winning McFadden in August of 1958 and moved to Youngstown, Ohio, to become entrepreneurs. Marlin passed away in 1994 and Betty retired and moved to Gainesville, Ga., to live near her children. She was a member of Lanier Christian Church in Gainesville. Throughout her years, she was always a faithful and active member to her Lord as a Sunday school teacher and Youth Group leader. A special star of her later years was her granddaughter, Hannah Gracelyn Sweeney.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband of 36 years, Marlin McFadden, two brothers, Albert and Billy Hannah, and one sister, Virginia Jenny Hannah Dean.

She is survived by her son, Timothy McFadden; daughter Janifer McFadden Sweeney and husband Sean Sweeney; granddaughter, Hannah Gracelyn Sweeney, all of Georgia. She is also survived by extended family of nieces and nephews, and many special friends.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 20, 2013, at Lanier Christian Church. Rev. David Simpson will officiate. The family will receive friends at the church after the service.

Those wishing to make online condolences may do so at www.littledavenport.com.

Little & Davenport Funeral Home, 355 Dawsonville Highway, S.W., Gainesville, Ga. 30501, is in charge of arrangements.



Lois Brewer Mitchell O’Neal

Lois Brewer Mitchell O’Neal, 89, of Lester, Maple Meadow, passed away Thursday, July 18, 2013.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 23, at Williams Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Sophia, with the Rev. Ardeth Bailey officiating. Following the services, burial will follow in the Lester O’Neal Cemetery, Maple Meadow. Friends may gather with the family from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.blueridgefuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by Williams Blue Ridge Funeral Home, 101 1st St., Sophia.



Betty Carol Pettit

SUMMERSVILLE — Betty Carol Pettit, 77, of Summersville,  died Friday, July 19, 2013, in the Summersville Regional Medical Center.

She was the daughter of the late Delbert and Erma Murphy Boothe and was born at Anjean January 24, 1936. She was a homemaker.

Surviving are a son, Eugene Ray Pettit and wife Ellie of Summersville; a sister, Drema Holcomb and husband Bob of Pool, W.Va.; a brother, Randy Boothe of Ohio; five grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren and two great-great-granddaughters.

In keeping with her wishes her body will be cremated.

Memorial services will be conducted Monday, July 22, 2013, at 8 p.m. in the Waters Funeral Chapel at Summersville.

Friends may call at the funeral chapel from 6 p.m. until service time on Monday.

E-Condolences: watersfuneralchapel@frontier.com

Arrangements by Waters Funeral Chapel, Summersville.



Donald W. Sharp Sr.

ARBOVALE — Donald W. Sharp Sr., 84, of Arbovale, passed away Thursday, July 18, 2013.

Memorial services will be 2 p.m. Aug. 3 at the Church of God Chapel in Shawnee, Okla., with Brother Carl Schaeffer officiating. Burial will follow in the Bethel Cemetery on Hardesty Road in Shawnee, Okla.

Online condolences may be made at Lantzfuneralhome.com.

Lantz Funeral Home in Buckeye is in charge of arrangements.



Millie Garnet Meadows Vest

Millie Garnet Meadows Vest, age 90, of Blue Jay, was carried away to Heaven on the wings of angels on Thursday, July 18, 2013, at 2:20 p.m. in the afternoon from the Doug and Lucy Bowers Hospice House in Beckley. Her loving family surrounded her as she changed worlds peacefully.

Born October 13, 1922, Millie was the daughter of Luther and Ella Lilly Meadows. Raised in Beckley, Millie was the tenth of twelve siblings. Her mother passed away when Millie was 13, and her father passed shortly afterward. At her young age, Millie helped care for her younger siblings and at times lived with her sisters in their homes until she married her soul mate, the late Robert W. (Bob) Vest, on January 9, 1945. They made their home first in Hinton; then settled in Blue Jay, where they raised their family. They were blessed with four children: Bob, Randy, Ronnie, and Kathy.

Millie was a loving homemaker, and worked in the kitchen at Pinecrest Hospital prior to her marriage.

Millie is preceded in death by her loving husband Bob in 1997; her parents Luther and Ella, grandson Mark, and siblings Lula, Maude, Taff, Pearl, Katherine, Kenneth, Goldie, Jennings, James, and Junior.

Her loving memory will be cherished by her children and their spouses: Robert D. (Bob) Vest and wife Barbara of Shady Spring, Randall K. Vest and wife Donna of Beaver, Ronald K. Vest and wife Becky of Ripley, and Kathy L. Vest Jeffords and husband Larry of Blue Jay; eleven grandchildren; eighteen great-grandchildren; a special brother whom she adored, Frank Meadows of Warren, Michigan; numerous nieces and nephews; a host of extended family and friends who love her dearly; and a special friend, Dorothy Ayers of Beckley.

Millie, affectionately known as “Granny,” loved to make people laugh. You always felt better after visiting with her than you did when you came, because she was sure to share her good sense of humor. Her family truly was her pride and joy. Her children and grandchildren treasure many happy memories of “Sunday dinners at Granny’s house.” She poured out her love on her family, and loved to cook, bake, and can special treats for them. She loved the Lord Jesus with all her heart, and served Him faithfully for many years, after giving her heart to Him during a tent revival in the 1940s. She leaves the legacy of being a “prayer warrior,” and had countless testimonies of answered prayers. She attended Spoken Word Tabernacle at Beaver.

Proverbs 31:28 “Her children arise up, and call her blessed.”

Services will be held at the Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home Shady Spring Chapel on Sunday, July 21, 2013, at 1 p.m. with Rev. Larry Jeffords and Rev. Roy Shrewsbury officiating. Millie will be laid to rest next to her husband Bob at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Garden of Peace at Prosperity.

Friends may call at the funeral home from 6 to 9 p.m. on Saturday.

Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

The family extends a heartfelt thank you to those who helped give Granny special loving care during her last few months: her daughter Kathy who was her primary caregiver, Janie Morris, Drema Roach, Cindy Bair, Patty Gravely, and nieces Maxine Crews, Norma Hylton, and Debbie Hambrick. Also, to Dr. Jenny and the wonderful staff of the Bowers Hospice House in Beckley; words cannot express our deepest appreciation for your care and support. Private online condolences, floral tributes, and other expressions of sympathy may be directed to the family at our guestbook at www.roseandquesenberry.net.

Arrangements are by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home Shady Spring Chapel, 729 Flat Top Road, Shady Spring.



Nancy Jean Sevy Williams

CORLISS — Nancy Jean Sevy Williams, 77, of Corliss, W.Va., died on Wednesday, July 17, 2013, at her home.

Born July 17, 1936, at Lookout, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Snowden and Eva Martin Sevy.

Nancy was a member of the Hilton Village Baptist Church. She was also a member of the Corliss Red Hat Society and Corliss Garden Club and was a homemaker.

Her husband, Carlos Abram “Bags” Williams, preceded her in death on February 23, 2013.

Survivors include her daughter, Vickie Starcher and husband, James, of Columbus, Ohio; a brother, Jerry Sevy of Rainelle, and a sister, Effie Crist of Garner, N.C.

She is also survived by a granddaughter, Tara Arias of Columbus, Ohio; grandson, Cody Starcher of Columbus, Ohio; and four great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be on Sunday, July 21, 2013, at 1 p.m. at Tyree Funeral Home in Mount Hope with Pastor Eric Keister officiating. Burial will be at Pax Community Cemetery at Pax.

Friends may call one hour prior to the service on Sunday at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be sent at www.tyreefuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope.