The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

July 21, 2013

Obituaries — Sunday, July 21, 2013

Margaret Louise Puckett Beirne

Margaret Louise Puckett Beirne, 86, was granted her angel wings on July 17, 2013. Her final days were spent surrounded by loving family and friends whose lives she touched so memorably.

Margaret was born on May 22, 1927, a daughter of the late Charles and Hazel Puckett of Kilsyth, WV.

She was a 1945 graduate of Mt. Hope High School and a Mustang, through and through. On January 1, 1947, she married Pete Beirne and together they shared fifty years before his passing in 1996.

Margaret was a dedicated member of Calvary Baptist Church in Oak Hill. She had a very kind and gentle soul, a loving and generous heart, and was always giving to others.

She leaves her loving memories to be cherished by her family and friends; her brothers and sisters, Jim Puckett and his wife Juanita Puckett of Chesterfield, VA, Bettie Puckett Day and her husband Pat Day, of Oak Hill, Lois Puckett Tyree and her husband Larry Tyree of Wake Forest, NC, Donald Puckett and Sarah “Jupy” Puckett of Charlotte, NC, and Sonja Puckett Lohmar of Raleigh, NC, and all of her loving nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her brothers, Cecil Everett Puckett and Charles “Buster” Puckett, and sister, Charlotte Puckett Bookman.

Services will be held at Calvary Baptist Church, Oak Hill, WV, on Tuesday morning, July 23, 2013, at 11 a.m. The burial will immediately follow at High Lawn Memorial Park.

Friends and relatives are invited and may call at the Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill, on Monday, July 22, 2013, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Her legacy will live on in those whose lives she touched and who are inspired to realize the goodness she saw in them. The world is a better place because of her presence and she will be missed by all who knew and loved her.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Youth Program at Calvary Baptist Church, Oak Hill, WV, 25901.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill, WV.

Paul Russell Bell

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

There will be no funeral services or visitation.

Arrangements are by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, 1901 S. Kanawha St., Beckley.

Melvin Blackburn

Melvin Blackburn, 71, of Beckley passed away Saturday, July 20, 2013.

Arrangements are pending completion with Williams-Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Sophia.

Donna J. Buckland

PETERSTOWN — Donna J. Buckland, 77, of Peterstown, passed away Saturday, July 20, 2013.

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

Dr. Betty Vance Craft

Dr. Betty Vance Craft died on Friday, July 19, after a long, courageous battle with cancer.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Don, parents Paul and Etta Bostic Vance and a brother Marvin Vance.

Left to cherish her memory are her son Kevin, her sister Joyce Pritt and brother Paul and wife Barbara; sisters-in-law Joyce Vance, Charlotte Craft, Betty Townsend and June Blankenship. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

Betty was born on April 20, 1938, in Monroe County, West Virginia. She graduated from Union High School, Concord College, Central Michigan University and earned her Doctorate from Virginia Tech. She was a Medical Technologist at the Appalachian Hospital in Beckley, West Virginia, and taught at Alderson High School in Bluefield and Fort Chiswell High School.

In 1970 Dr. Craft joined the faculty at Wytheville Community College and served the college well as an outstanding teacher and instructional leader until her retirement on June 1, 2002. She held the rank of Program Director of the Medical Laboratory Technology Program at the time of her retirement. Dr. Craft was recognized and honored for excellence in teaching by her colleagues through receipt of various awards which included the WCC Improvement of Instruction Award, the Virginia Community Colleges Association Faculty Showcase Award and National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development Teaching Excellence Award.

Most important of all, she gave generously of herself to the students of the Medical Laboratory Technology Program by supporting them through her roles as teacher, mentor and friend. 

Betty was recognized by Wytheville Community College as Professor Emeritus in 2005 for her dedicated service as teacher and scientist. 

Betty was an active member of the Wytheville Presbyterian Church and attended Circle 1. She served as State Treasurer of the Virginia Retired Teachers Association for many years as well as serving on local committees of the organization. She was co-chairman for recruiting volunteers for the Red Cross Bloodmobile. Betty was a former member of AAUW, Delta Kappa Gamma and was past president of the Wytheville Woman’s Club.

Services for Betty Vance Craft will be held on Tuesday, July 23, at 10 a.m. at the Wytheville Presbyterian Church with Dr. John DiYorio officiating. The family will receive friends on Monday evening from 6 until 8 p.m. at Barnett’s Funeral Home. Interment will be at 2 p.m. at the New Lebanon Cemetery in Pickaway, West Virginia.

To honor her memory and distinguished service, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Dr. Betty V. Craft Scholarship Endowment at Wytheville Community which was established by the WCC Medical Laboratory Technology Advisory Committee.

Donald Dean Ford

WELCH-PINEVILLE ROAD — Donald Dean Ford, 70, of Welch-Pineville Road, passed away Friday, July 19, 2013.

E-mail letters of sympathy may be sent at

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

Mary Magdeline Knight Handy

LINDSIDE — Mary Magdeline Knight Handy, 87, of Lindside, died July 19, 2013.

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

Jane McClure

RAINELLE — Jane McClure, 67, of Rainelle, passed away early Wednesday morning, July 17, 2013, at Greenbrier Valley Medical Center, Ronceverte, following a short illness.

Born August 28, 1945, at Carl (Nicholas County), WV, she was the daughter of the late Okey Johnson and Jewel Irene Ramsey Truman.

Jane had worked as a store clerk for Pit Row Convenience Store.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Buster “Buck” McClure, in 2006, two sisters, Ona “Pud” Sigmond, and Ruth “Pat” Truman, and one brother, Jim Truman.

Survivors include a son: John Curran, Jr., and wife Tavia of St. Charles, Illinois; 2 sisters: Tammy Lazzarine and Robin Walton; 3 brothers: Joe, Harry, and Claude Truman; 2 grandchildren: Emily and Ian.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 23, 2013, at Wallace Memorial Mausoleum Chapel in Clintonville, with Rev. Troy George officiating. Entombment will follow at the mausoleum.

Friends may gather with the family one hour prior to the service at the mausoleum chapel (1 to 2 p.m.).

In lieu of flowers, as per Jane’s wishes, the family has requested any memorial contributions be made to Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home at 213 Main St., Rainelle, WV 25962.

Rebecca Sue Milam

CRAIGSVILLE — Rebecca Sue Milam, 52, of Craigsville, died Thursday, July 18, 2013.

Graveside service will be at 1 p.m. Monday, July 22, at West Virginia Memorial Gardens, Calvin, with Pastor Craig Johnson officiating. There will be no visitation.

In lieu of flowers, make a donation to your favorite charity.

All arrangements were made by Simons-Coleman Funeral Home, Richwood.

Lois Brewer Mitchell O’Neal

Lois Brewer Mitchell O’Neal, 89, of Lester, Maple Meadow, WV, went to be with her Lord on July 18, 2013.

Born July 24, 1923, in White Top, VA, she was the daughter of the late Luther Brewer and Ethel Dinkins Brewer.

In addition to her parents, Lois was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Virgil C. O’Neal, in 2006; her brother, Cleve Brewer, and seven sisters, Gladys Carter, Irene Farley Giraud, Von Tipton, Violet Brewer, Bernice Hughes, Madgie Brewer and Lorraine Blevins; one son, Billy Mitchell, and one granddaughter, Janis Mitchell; daughter-in-law, Lisa Mitchell.

Those left to remember her include son, James Ross Mitchell of Centerview, MO, and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; brother, Albert Scott Brewer and wife Donna of Vermilion, OH; nephew, Lewis Brewer and wife Sue of Beckley, WV, and dozens of nieces and nephews.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 23, 2013, at Williams Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Sophia, with Rev. Ardeth Bailey officiating. Following the services, she will be laid to rest beside her husband at the Lester O’Neal Cemetery.

Friends may gather with the family Monday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

In lieu of flowers, donations of sympathy can be made to Hospice of Southern West Virginia, PO Box 1472, Beckley WV 25802.

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

Greg Allen Stover

Greg Allen Stover, 39, of Sand Branch Road, passed away Friday, July 19, 2013.

Arrangements are pending at Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope.

Ethel Beatrice Miller Tincher

On Friday, July 19, 2013, at CAMC Memorial Division, Charleston, a precious, beautiful heart stopped beating.

Ethel Beatrice Miller Tincher was born July 6, 1921. She was the only surviving member of the late John and Maude Hoke Miller family. 

In addition to her parents, 3 sisters and 2 brothers, she was preceded in death by her husband, Howard Edgar Tincher, on March 11, 2002, and a son, Timothy Allen Tincher, on May 15, 2013.

Ethel came from an older generation that didn’t believe in overusing the words “I love you” but there was no questioning her love and devotion for her family. Raising 6 children, she rose early and worked long, hard days to provide for the needs of her growing family. Her oldest son was born with cerebral palsy and she was told by the doctors he would never live past 12 years of age. On June 1, of this year he celebrated his 70th birthday. His long life and health are due to her constant concern and lifelong devotion to him.

Like the virtuous woman in Proverbs 31, she raised chickens and harvested eggs, milked cows and made butter, helped put up hay, and a huge garden that got her family through the winter. She canned and froze hundreds of quarts of corn, tomatoes, green beans, sauerkraut, and pickles as well as peaches, apples, blackberries and cherries that she helped pick.

Mom never sat at the table during mealtime when we were growing up, always too busy making sure everyone had everything they needed. She would give you the last dime in her pocket and went without the basic items we take for granted — new shoes, new clothes, new curtains — to make sure her family had all we needed.

As she aged and became unable to do all the things she had once done, she still always put others’ needs ahead of her own. She never quit worrying about her family no matter how old they got, always making sure we had eaten well, were safe, and had our hats, boots, and galoshes even if it was the middle of the summer. She always saw the good in everyone, and no matter how she felt she always woke with a smile and a warm greeting. Mom was part of “The Greatest Generation” and lived her life not for praise or glory but just because it was the right thing to do.

She taught us responsibility, commitment, love, respect, patience, self-sacrifice, and kindness not so much by what she said but by her living example every day of our lives. In addition to all this she still had a feisty side, and at age 92 still had a quick wit, and could put any of us in our place if needed. She had a rare and quiet strength. At 85 years old she suffered a severe head trauma from a fall. The doctors had given her little chance for recovery, but with much prayer she did recover and lived pretty well for almost 8 more years. We were blessed to have her as our mother and grandmother. She will be greatly missed.

Survivors include 3 sons Jeff, with whom she made her home, and Jimmy, also at home, both of Crag, and Randy and wife Rita of Rainelle; 2 daughters Vada Clay and husband Ray of Meadow Bridge and Robin McQuain and husband Butch of Rainelle; 9 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.

Services will be 1 p.m. Monday, July 22, at Smathers Funeral Chapel, with Pastor Mike Whisman and Pastor Keith Shumaker officiating. Burial will follow in the Tincher Cemetery at Crag.

Friends may call one hour before the service from 12 noon to 1 p.m. at the funeral home.

Online condolences at

Arrangements by Smathers Funeral Chapel, Inc., Rainelle.

Darrell K. Vandall Sr.

DANESE — Darrell K. Vandall, Sr., 53, of Danese, passed away Thursday, July 18, 2013, at Hidden Valley Nursing Home of Oak Hill, West Virginia. Born June 12, 1960, he was the son of the late Teddy Ray Vandall and Dolphine C. Worley Vandall. Darrell had worked as a carpenter doing construction work. He had graduated from Meadow Bridge High School and served in the U.S. Army. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Danny Hiser.

Survivors include his wife: Donna Vandall of Danese, WV; 1 daughter: Fallon Vandall of Beckley, WV; 1 son: Darrell Vandall, Jr., of Danese, WV; 3 brothers: Dennis Vandall of Indianapolis, Indiana, Mark Vandall of Rainelle, WV, and Randy Vandall of Beckley, WV; 2 grandchildren: Zaden and Zadriana Vandall.

Services will be 2 p.m. Monday, July 22, 2013, at Wallace & Wallace Chapel in Rainelle, with Pastor Steve Martin officiating. Burial will follow at Smailes Cemetery at Landisburg, West Virginia. Friends may gather with the family from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday evening at the funeral home.

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace of Rainelle.