The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

March 10, 2013

Obituaries — Sunday, March 10, 2013

Annabelle Lee Bennett

MOUNT NEBO — Annabelle Lee Bennett, 75, of Mount Nebo, died Thursday, March 7, 2013.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Monday, March 11, in the White Funeral Home at Summersville with Pastor Alva Blankenship officiating. Interment will follow in the Dorsey Cemetery at Runa. Friends may call one hour prior to the services Monday at the funeral home.

Benny Ray Bowles II

CLEARFORK — Benny Ray Bowles II of Clearfork, West Virginia, passed on to be with the Lord March 8th, 2013. He was thirty-six years of age.

Born at Raleigh General Hospital in 1976, he was referred to as a “bicentennial baby.” Though he has lived in other areas, including Florida and Charlotte, Benny settled with his mother in Wyoming County where he spent the later part of his childhood and young adult life as an outstanding athlete in both basketball and especially golf. At the age of thirteen, he was the youngest to ever win the Wyoming County Open, breaking his father’s previous record. In 1993 he helped bring home a State Runners-up title in basketball, and in 1994 he helped take the State Champion’s title for his school, Oceana High. All who watched this sportsman were in awe and respect of his many talents. Benny loved the game, and the audiences loved him.

During his later adult life he remained an instructive coach to so many, a friend to all who needed him, an aid to his Grandmother Dolly, and an amazing Uncle to his nieces and nephew. His knowledge of sports, his love for his family, and his kindness to his friends and community will transcend his sudden departure from us all by the memories we hold in our hearts. A well-known figure of this community, a beloved family member, a protective brother, a cool cousin, a loving nephew, a giving Uncle, a trusted friend, an extremely talented sportsman, a helping grandson, and most of all a much-loved son who had more love in his heart for others than he knew what to do with. Benny Bowles has taught us all that if we shoot for the hole, look for the flag, and aim for the stars, we’re going to make it. Some stars shine forever.

He is preceded in death, but now blessedly joined with, a grandfather, Oliver R. Smith of Kopperston, a grandmother, Pearl Bowles of Lillydale, several uncles, John Smith of Kopperston, Ricky Bowles of Lillydale, David Bowles of Lillydale, two great grandmothers, Dorothy Whitt and Jean Hailston both of Kopperston, one aunt, Mitzy Smith of Kopperston, two great-grandfathers, Leigh Whitt and John Hailston both of Kopperston, a great-uncle, Doug Smith, a great-aunt, Mavis Smith, both of North Carolina.

He leaves behind an uncountable number of family and friends who will deeply miss him. His family includes: a mother, Valerie Bowles of Clearfork, a father, Benny Bowles of North Carolina, his wife Charlotte, a sister, Mandy Fleenor of Virginia, her husband Chris Fleenor and their daughter Mandolin, a grandmother, Dolly Smith of Kopperston, a grandfather, Luther Bowles of Lillydale. Many uncles, aunts and cousins; some include Leigh Smith of Oceana, his wife Debbie, and their daughter Lacey, Mike Smith of Welch and his wife Heather, Christy Fleshman of Kopperston, Brandy and Joey Bailey of Shady Spring and their son Conner, Amber and Nick Colucci of Kopperston and their children Evan and Isabella, Mike Bowles and family of Princeton, Ashley Walters and family of Oceana, Kenny Bowles and family of Princeton, Lori Noland and family of Virginia, Diane Bowles Hazelwood and family of North Carolina, Amy Kendrick and family of North Carolina, Angie Gray and family of North Carolina, April Rickman and family of North Carolina, Kathy and Freddie Brunty of Matheny, Leslie and Jared Whitney of North Carolina, Chris Brunty of Matheny, Toney and Angie Bowles of Clearfork and their sons Corey and Colin, Kristy High and family of Washington, cousins Doug Smith and family, Jerry Smith and family, and Lynda Smith and son, all of North Carolina, Vicki and Larry Mathis of Kopperston, Faye and Richard Davis of Kopperston, Connie and Tom Stickler of Kopperston, Brenda and Connie Cook of Kopperston, Pam Linn and family of Kopperston, Rachel Stickler and family of Jesse, Jason Mathis and family, David Mathis of Athens, Heather Stickler of Morgantown, Belenda Prudohmme and family of Morgantown, Dale Cook and family of Kopperston, Jeff Davis and family of Kopperston, and many, many more. All of his cousins, nieces, nephews, Uncles and Aunts, his grandmother, his grandfather, his old friends and new, the mentors, the teachers, the members of the Clearfork Valley Golf Course, the community he called home, and even those who only heard of him … will admire this rare and talented soul that gave as much as he was given and that loved more than we imagined. The depth of how much he will be missed is endless.

In our time of grief, we have no heart, no strength, no words. To our beloved Benny Ray: As a whole we are with you, as a whole we are by your side. For all the days that were, the days that are, and the promise of days to come, we fly with you. As we take aim in our lives and we shoot for the stars, we will remember what you taught us; we will remember that we can make it. Some stars shine forever…

Evans Funeral Home of Oceana, West Virginia, has been entrusted with his services. Family, friends, and loved ones may come and celebrate his life and memory on Sunday, March 10th, 2013, from 6 to 9 p.m. A funeral service will be held Monday, March 11th, 2013, at 1 p.m. The burial will be at Farley Hill, West Virginia.

James Hollie Brady

SUMMERSVILLE — James Hollie Brady, 68, of Summersville died Thursday, March 7, 2013.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 12, in the Waters Funeral Chapel at Summersville with Pastor Wayne Litton officiating. Burial will follow in the Ramsey Cemetery at Enoch. Friends may call one hour prior to the service Tuesday at the funeral chapel.


Forrest F. Frazier

LEWISBURG — Forrest F. Frazier, 89, of Lewisburg, passed away Friday, March 8, 2013.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 12, at the First Baptist Church of Fairlea, with the Rev. Gary Baker officiating. Burial with military honors will follow in the Bethel Pentecostal Holiness Church Cemetery at Organ Cave. The family will receive friends from noon until time of services Tuesday at the church.

In lieu of flowers, donations of sympathy may be made to HospiceCare Inc., 223 Maplewood Ave., Lewisburg, WV 24901.

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

Charles Russell Grose

SUMMERSVILLE — Charles Russell Grose, 74, of Summersville, died Friday, March 8, 2013.

In keeping with Charles’ wishes, his body was cremated. A celebration in honor of his life will be Sunday, April 21.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Bowers Hospice House, 454 Cranberry Drive, Beckley, WV 25801. 

White Funeral Home of Summersville is in charge of the cremation arrangements.

Rosa G. Harvey

Rosa G. Harvey, 91, of Beckley, died Wednesday, March 6, 2013.

One of six children, she was born January 7, 1922, in McDowell County, West Virginia, to the late Thomas and Grace Tuck.

On July 16, 1944, Rosa was united in holy matrimony to Floyd L. Harvey. God blessed this union with three children.

A graduate of Stratton High School, Beckley, West Virginia, Rosa attended West Virginia University in 1968 where she earned a certification in Citizenship and Public Affairs. She completed training in Business Law and Business Management with the Cooperative Business Development Program. In 1969 she earned a certification as a leader of the Community Health Project Committee, in Raleigh County. Rosa had strong beliefs in community involvement and often participated in hearings on Capitol Hill to voice her support for better health care services in Raleigh County, West Virginia.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Floyd L. Harvey, Sr.; son, Floyd L. Harvey, Jr.; sisters, Verna Burton, half sister, Lahoma; brothers, Thomas, Herman, and John Tuck; and grandson, Steven E. Harvey.

She leaves to cherish her memory her son, Thomas (Elizabeth), and daughter, Savanah; six grandchildren; fourteen great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be noon Monday, March 11, at Mt. Vernon Baptist Church, Lanark, with Pastor John Lambert and the Rev. Donald Cook officiating. Burial will follow in Greenwood Memorial Park, Beckley.

Friends may call one hour prior to the service at the church.

Condolences may be e-mailed to

Arrangements entrusted to Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.

Camilla Serge Hewell

On Thursday, March 7th, 2013, Camilla Serge Hewell of the McLean Addition passed away in her 99th year of life.

The fifth of 14 children, Camilla was born on August 28th, 1913, at Maybeury in McDowell County. She was christened at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Bluefield. Her father was James Vincenza Serge, who was born in Reggio Calabria, Italy, and her mother was Mary Theresa Sicari, born in Bivongi, Calabria, Italy. James and Mary immigrated to the United States in the early 1900s. To their union were born Richard in 1908, Michael in 1909, Joe in 1910, Concetta in 1911, Camilla in 1913, Minnie in 1914, Helen in 1916, Toney in 1917, Janie in 1918, Frank in 1921, Cosimo and Stella in 1923, Lucille in 1925, and Juliette in 1927. Of her family, Camilla’s dear sister Lucille Serge is her only living sibling; Lucille makes her home in Beckley.

Camilla Hewell is truly one of “The Greatest Generation.” Only a chance at a limited education, and from a large family who endured world wars and the Great Depression, she will be remembered as the matriarch of her family. Her success in life was built on hard work and the belief that everyone had a chance to live the “American Dream.” The great love of her life was Cleveland Eugene Hewell, a young man she met from Griffin, Georgia. With the onset of World War II, Eugene proposed marriage to Camilla and she promised to wait until he came home. For many long months, Eugene was a MIA during the war years. Unbeknownst to Camilla, Eugene was captured at Dunkirk, France, and was in a German POW Camp. Camilla had made up her mind to enter a convent if Eugene did not come home. The war ended; Camilla got her telegram that Eugene was on his way. They would marry in 1947, and became the successful owners of Hewell Tobacco, a well-known wholesale business in the Beckley area.

While Eugene worked hard to get their business under way, neither forgot where they came from. Camilla became active in many charitable works and quietly went about the business of “giving to others.” She was an active member of the Catholic Daughters of St. Francis de Sales Church and a volunteer at the Veterans Area Medical Center with her friend Jane Bridges for many years. Camilla and Eugene would become faithful benefactors of the St. Francis de Sales School; both had a great love for animals, throughout their lives they rescued many that were in need of a home. In the later years of their life together, Eugene suffered from Alzheimer’s disease. Camilla ran the family business and faithfully took care of Eugene at home for many long years. On March 15, 1992, Eugene passed away. And now, 20 years, eleven months and 20 days later…, “Oh Glad Reunion.” Theirs … was a great love.

In addition to Lucille, Camilla leaves her “sons” to cherish her memory, Frank Serge and his wife, Leiha, and their children, Krista and Caleb, of Clemmons, NC, and Mark Serge and his wife, Susan, and their son, Tony, of Beckley. A large extended family of nieces and nephews also survive.

On Monday, March 11th, Camilla’s family will bring her back to St. Francis de Sales Church, where the Serge family has worshiped for generations. The Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated at 1 p.m. Monsignor Samuel Sacus will be the celebrant assisted by Rev. Mr. William Donald Wise. The Rite of Committal will follow in the Sunset Memorial Park Mausoleum. The family will receive friends from 11:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. at the church. The rosary will be recited at 12:30 p.m. The honor of carrying Camilla goes to: Tony Serge, Lenny Fink, Mike Lawson, Retired Sgt. Franklin Cole, Bruce Blankenship, Gary Brown, Jacob Stover and Mike Kosco.

And now…, “Father, in thy gracious keeping, leave we now thy servant sleeping.”

Condolences may be sent to the family’s guestbook at

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary and Cremation Center, Beckley, WV.

James Emery Irvin

PRINCETON — James Emery Irvin, 80, of Princeton, formerly of Oak Hill, passed away Thursday, March 7, 2013, at his daughter’s residence. Born June 19, 1932, at Cowen, WV, the son of the late Blaine and Sylvia Irvin.

James was a retired coal miner from Pittston Coal Company.

James was survived by his wife Pattsy (Simons) Irvin; children Virginia Cogar of Tennessee, Theresa Giles and her husband Orval of Fairdale, WV, James Irvin of Cowen, WV, Brida Rozas and her husband Steve of Cowen, WV, Vicky Goddard of Union Bridge, MD, James Goddard of Glen Bernie, MD, and Yvonne Nunly and her husband John of Greensboro, NC; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; one brother Bob of Florida; and two sisters Mary and Betty both of WV.

His remains rest at High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, 1435 E. Main Street, Oak Hill, where Pattsy and her family and friends will visit from 2 to 4 p.m. Monday and where his family and friends from Cowen, WV, will visit from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday. The funeral service will be held 1 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Entombment will be in High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill.

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Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.

Gerald Jerome Jones

CHESAPEAKE, Va. — Gerald Jerome Jones, 62, formerly of Beckley, passed away March 6, 2013.

Arrangements are pending at Durgan Funeral Services, 1501 S. Kanawha St., Beckley.

James Richard ‘Dickie’ Lusk

TWIN FALLS — James Richard “Dickie” Lusk, 68, of Twin Falls, formerly of Davin, went to be with the Lord Thursday, March 7, 2013, from his home, after a long illness.

He was born March 6, 1945, at Huntington, the son of the late Fred and Mercedes “Teed” Cook Lusk.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one sister, Jacqueline R. Brown.

Dickie was a 1963 graduate of Oceana High School. He was the owner and operator of Andy and Abby Leasing and A & A Equipment Enterprises in Wyoming County. Before going into business for himself, he worked in the lab at Powellton Coal Company at Rock House. From 2001 until 2004, he and his wife, Barbara, operated the Princeton Motor Speedway at Princeton. When he was able, Dickie enjoyed playing golf, fishing, and watching the New York Yankees. He loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife of 13 years, Barbara A. York of Twin Falls; two sons, Brian (Amy) Lusk of Mallory and Barry (Melanie) Lusk of Davin; four grandchildren, Andrew, Abigail, Alex, and Arielle Lusk; three stepdaughters, JoElla (Tim) Engel, Rebecca (Jimmy) Cunningham, and Jennifer York, all of Hurricane; six stepgrandchildren, Mallory, Jacob, and Alexa Engel, and Trevor, Carly, and Joseph Cunningham; three sisters, Rosa (George) Cobb of Cyclone, Charlotte (Dal) Beatty of Orlando, FL, and Mavis Toler of Man; three brothers, Robert (Frankie) Lusk and Joe Lusk, both of County Line, and Gene (Peggy) Lusk of Mount Clair, VA; many nieces and nephews along with a host of other relatives and friends.

Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, March 11, 2013, at the Highland Memory Gardens at Godby.

The family requests that no flowers be sent.

Honoring Dickie’s request his remains have been cremated.

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Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of the Krantz-McNeely Funeral Home at Man.

Amaryllis ‘Annie’ McKinney

KISSIMMEE, Fla. — Amaryllis (Annie) McKinney of Kissimmee passed away on Wednesday, February 27th, 2013, at Osceola Regional Medical Center, Kissimmee, Fla.

Born in 1933, at Glen White, West Virginia, she was the daughter of Romy and Mary (Lakey) Hampton.

Amaryllis graduated from Sophia High in the Class of 1951. She went to Washington, D.C., and married the love of her life, Harold Shelby McKinney, in October 1952. They lived in Maryland and Tennessee before retiring to Kissimmee.

She was preceded in death by her mother and father, Romy and Mary; her brother, Jack of North Carolina; and her loving son, Edward of Clearwater, Fla.

She leaves behind to cherish her memory: her loving husband, Harold of Kissimmee; her sons: John and Cindy, and three grandchildren, of Brentwood, Tenn., and William of Raleigh, North Carolina; grandchildren: Jennifer O’Donoghue of Leominster, MA, and Chris of Lusby, Maryland; a sister, Rosalie Blythe of Irving, TX; four great-grandchildren: Katelyn, Aidan, Finn and Colin; nieces and nephews: Helen, Joyce and Roy Cook of Orlando, FL, Arlene, Anthony and Connie Darnell of Kissimmee, FL; and a special friend, Norma Straughan Russie; along with many other friends and family.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to the COPD Foundation, 2937 SW 27th Ave., Ste. #302, Miami, FL 33133-9961.

Arrangements are under the artful care of Osceola Memory Gardens, 1717 Old Boggy Creek Road, Kissimmee, FL 34744.

Chessie McPeake

PINEVILLE — Chessie McPeake, 80, of Pineville, passed away March 6, 2013.

In keeping with her wishes she will be cremated and a memorial service will be at a later date.

E-mail letters of sympathy may be sent at

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

Ora Miller

WEST LOGAN — Mr. Ora Miller, 86, of West Logan died Friday, March 8, 2013.

His arrangements are incomplete at this time, and Honaker Funeral Home in Logan is in charge.

Mattie ‘Edna’ Pannell

Mattie “Edna” Pannell, 81, of Beckley, went home to be with the Lord, Tuesday, March 5, 2013, following a long illness at Raleigh General Hospital.

She was born March 6, 1931, in Alpoca, WV, to the late Edward and Ozella Humbles.

Mrs. Pannell was a longtime employee at Lakin State Hospital and Beckley Hospital. A member of New Hope Baptist Church, she was a Pastor’s Aide and she sang in the choir. She was also a former member of the Social Saving Club.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond Joseph Pannell, and one daughter, Constance (Connie) Pannell.

She leaves to cherish her memory one son, Raymond Edward Pannell, and two daughters, Gladys Baldwin and Vanessa Burks, all of Beckley. Also included are six grandsons and three granddaughters: Marloe and La Sonya Hunter of Forest, MS, Simone and Leroy Griffin of Upper Marlboro, MD, Kevin and Charlene Pannell of El Paso, TX, Gaylon Burks, and Jamar (Stephanie) Pannell of Beckley and Edward Pannell of Atlanta, GA; Twelve great-great-grandchildren and five great-great-great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.

A special thanks to all the caregivers: Christina ”Cookie” Duncan, Juanita Murphy Ross, Patricia Banks, Gloria Walton, Tonya Guillis and our sister/cousins Wendy Pannell and Brenda Hairston.

Funeral Services will be 1 p.m. Monday, March 11, 2013, at New Hope Baptist Church, 305 Worley Road, Beckley, with Revs. Nathaniel Carey, Phillip Copney, Sr., Walter Clay, Walter Leach and Rudolph Poindexter officiating. Burial will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Garden, Prosperity, WV. Friends may call one hour prior to the service at the church. Condolences may be e-mailed to

Arrangements by Durgan Funeral Home, 1501 South Kanawha Street, Beckley, WV.

Barbara Ann Selby

Barbara Ann Selby, 68, of Beckley, passed away Saturday, March 9, 2013.

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

Roy A. Smith

OAK HILL — Mr. Roy Allen Smith, 89, of Allman Street, Oak Hill, died Friday, March 8, 2013.

Condolences may be sent to the family’s guestbook at

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary and Cremation Center, Beckley.

Oscar Dennis Via

RICH CREEK, Va. — Oscar Dennis Via, age 81, of Rich Creek, VA, passed away Friday, March 8, 2013, at his home. Born February 11, 1932, at Bozoo, WV, he was the son of the late Roy D. and Laura Gladys Frazier Via. Dennis had worked as a Brickmason. He was a member of the Lindside Christian Church, Bozoo Ruritan Club, I.O.O.F. Lodge #362 at Lindside, WV, and the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers Union.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a sister, Nina Sue Neece.

Survivors include his loving wife, Florence T. Hill Via, one son, R. Wayne Via of Crystal River, FL, one daughter, Joyce Ann Fox and husband Bill of Narrows, VA, two sisters, Laura Ann Williams and husband Alfred of Bozoo, WV, and Norma Jean Whitlow of Vinton, VA, four grandchildren, Lee Snidow, Chris Via, Angela Via and Brian Snidow, and 13 great-grandchildren.

Funeral Services will be 2 p.m. Monday, March 11, 2013, at the Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home Chapel, Peterstown, WV, with Minister Tony Reed officiating. Burial will follow in the Sunset View Cemetery, Bozoo, WV. Friends may call from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, March 10, 2013, at the funeral home. Online guestbook can be signed or condolences may be sent to the Via family at

Arrangements by Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home, Peterstown, WV.