The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

November 7, 2013

Obituaries — Thursday, November 7, 2013

Ollie Mae Shrewsbury Bishop

PRINCETON — Ollie Mae Shrewsbury Bishop, 88, of 210 Toni Lane, Princeton, died Tuesday, November 5, 2013, at Princeton Health Care Center.

Born January 10, 1925, in Bud, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Robert E. Lee and Ocie Jane Mills Shrewsbury.

Ollie dearly loved her family and was a devoted homemaker, mother, and grandmother. She was a faithful member of Liberty Baptist Church in Glenwood. She had been a resident of Mercer County since November 1985 moving here from Wyoming County.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 70  years, Roy Lee Bishop on March 11, 2013; one grandson, Kevin James Bishop; two sisters, Gracie McKinney and Opal Shrewsbury and one brother, Clyde Shrewsbury.

She is survived by nine children, Merle Mason Bishop and wife Shirley of Summersville, W.Va., Earnest Marvin Bishop and wife Carol of Lerona, Melvin Halroy Bishop and wife Sherlene of Princeton, Morris Roland Bishop and wife Dianna of East Bend, N.C., Willis Eugene Bishop and wife Mary of Bluefield, James Ivan Bishop and wife Jewel of Princeton, Kay Broyles and husband James of Princeton, Roy Lee Bishop Jr. and wife Linda of Charlotte, N.C. and David Ray Bishop of Lerona; 27 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren and numerous great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1  p.m. Friday, November 8, 2013, at the George W. Seaver Chapel of Seaver Funeral Home in Princeton with Pastor Greg Kinzer and Pastor Marvin Mills officiating. Burial will follow in Roselawn Memorial Gardens in Princeton.

Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

Friends may call at the funeral home from 11 a.m. until the service hour Friday.

Online condolences may be made by visiting

The Bishop family is being served by Seaver Funeral Home in Princeton.

Shelva Louise Marie Blanks

OAK HILL — Mrs. Shelva Louise Marie Blanks, 85, of Oak Hill, died Sunday, November 3, 2013.

Born May 18, 1928, in Glen Jean, she was the daughter of the late Jack Leftwich and Valara M. Minnis Wilson.

She was a housewife, mother, and member of First Baptist Church Harlem Heights and also a graduate of Dubois High School.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, George L. S. Blanks; daughter, Phyllis M. Blanks; stepson, George Blanks Jr. and brother, George D. Rose.

Left to cherish precious memories are her children: George A. Blanks of Middleport, Ohio, Rev. Stanley F. Blanks of Bradley, Phillip M. Blanks of High Point, N.C., Kenneth L. Blanks of Pueblo, Colo., Shelva M. Gwinn of High Point, N.C. and Joyce A. Blanks of Harlem Heights; brothers, Daniel Wilson of Gulfport, Miss. and Raymond J. Wilson of Minden; sister, Joanne Wilson of Minden; 13 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral service will be 2 p.m., Saturday, November 9, 2013, at First Baptist Church of Harlem Heights, Broadway Avenue, Harlem Heights, with Rev. Stanley F. Blanks officiating. Burial will follow in High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill. Friends may call one hour prior to the service at the church.

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Arrangements entrusted to Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.         

Geraldine Blosser

DANVILLE — Geraldine Blosser of Danville, died Monday, Nov 4, 2013, at the Boone Heathcare Center, Danville. Her request was for direct cremation.

Armstrong Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Russell E. ‘Rusty’ Edwards Jr.

OAK HILL — Russell E. “Rusty” Edwards Jr. , 62, of Oak Hill, died on Saturday, November 02, 2013 at CAMC - Memorial Division in Charleston.

Born August 10, 1951, at Oak Hill, he was the son of the late Russell E. Edwards Sr. and Etta Jean

Holdren Edwards Sr.

He was a construction Crane Operator.

Rusty was a motorcycle enthusiast and and avid fisherman and hunter. He was a 1969 graduate of Collins High School in Oak Hill. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of the Vietnam Conflict.

His wife, Virginia Lynn Edwards and a special sister, Dori Saunders preceded him in death.

Survivors include his son Jeremy Edwards of Amherst, Va.; his daughter, Kari Jean Edwards of Madison Heights, Va.; four grandchildren, Katlin Doss, Raven Brewer, BriAnna Skylar Edwards and Jeremy Edwards Jr.; a sister, Susan Edwards of Fayetteville and a special niece, Robin Thomas DiBartolomeo and family.

Rusty has been cremated. A memorial service will be on Saturday, November 9, 2013, at 2 p.m. at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill with Pastor Scott Farnsworth officiating. Friends may call one hour prior to the service on Saturday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the American Red Cross, Fayette-Nicholas Chapter, PO Box 355, Oak Hill WV 25901 for First Aid education.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Norman Eggers

Norman Eggers, 61, of Beckley, passed away at his home on Wednesday, November 6, 2013.

There will be no local services or visitation. A memorial service will be held in Indiana at a later date.

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

Edward M. Fox

HINTON — Edward M. Fox, 94, of Hinton, died Wednesday, November 5, 2013, at his home after a sudden illness.

Arrangements are pending completion at Pivont Funeral Home, Hinton.

Marshall Harless

GAP MILLS — Marshall Harless, 87, died Monday, Nov. 4, 2013.

Service will be 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013, at the Four Winds Tabernacle Church, with the Revs. David Johnson and Phillip Johnson officiating. Burial will follow in Harless Family Cemetery, Gilbert Creek section of Gilbert,

Arrangements by Mounts Funeral Home, Gilbert.

Leoda Harrah

PRINCETON — Leoda Harrah, 95, of Princeton, formerly of Meadow Creek, entered into eternal rest Tuesday, November 5, 2013, at Angel’s Touch Assisted Living in Princeton following a long illness.

Born October 22, 1918, at Royal, W.Va., she was a daughter of the late Lonnie and Almay Stewart Adkins.

Leoda attended Hinton Church of God and Meadow Creek Baptist Church. She was a homemaker who lived most of her life in Summers County. Leoda was the last surviving member of her immediate family. She was a master seamstress who enjoyed sewing, repairing jewelry and reading and studying her bible.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jesse H. Harrah; one daughter, Delsie Harrah; two sons, Junior H. Harrah and Gene “Tommy” H. Harrah; a granddaughter, Billie Jo Petrey and several brothers and sisters.

Those left to cherish her memory include; one daughter, Verna (Susie) Novell and husband Jerry of Princeton; one son, Billy Joe Harrah and wife Gail of Florida; eight grandchildren and a host of great grandchildren, great great grandchildren and step grandchildren whom she loved dearly; two daughters in law, Nellie Harrah of Danese and Georgiaetta Harrah of Meadow Creek.

Funeral services will be held 1 p.m. Friday, November 8, 2013, at Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors Chapel with Pastor Jerry Novell officiating. Burial will follow in the Claypool Cemetery.

Friends may call at the funeral parlor from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

Condolences may be sent to the family at

Arrangements are by the Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors of Hinton.

Beverly Lynn McLaughlin

LEWISBURG — Beverly Lynn McLaughlin, 65, of Lewisburg, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013.

Services will be held  2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, at the Edgewood Presbyterian Church, with the Rev. Ben Gurley officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the services at the church. Burial will follow at Rosewood Cemetery, Lewisburg.

Online condolences may be expressed at

Arrangements by Morgan Funeral Home, Lewisburg.

Zivia C. Powers

NEWARK, Del. — Zivia Carolyn Powers, 72, of Newark, died on Friday, Nov. 1, 2013, at Seasons Hospice in Christiana Hospital, Newark.

Zivia was born in Rock, W.Va., the 8th child of 13 to Effie Faye Basham Johnson and Earl Johnson.

She went to Raleigh Elementary School and Woodrow Wilson High School in Beckley. After graduating from high school, Zivia went to Baltimore where she married James Powers Jr. and shortly after had a daughter, Lelia Faye. In 1963 they moved to Delaware where James Thomas III was born.

Zivia worked several jobs including Stuart Pharmaceuticals, Woolco & Gaylords, before working at Chrysler Corporation, where she later retired.

Zivia is survived by her children, Lelia Faye and son-in-law Eric Williams of Middletown, Del., and James Thomas Powers III of Middletown, Del.; brother, Dewy Johnson; sister, Drema Pack. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Corbin and Cirten Williams and Michael Powers, and several nieces and nephews.

Zivias’ favorite things in life were cornbread, watermelon, pinto beans, fried potatoes, NFL Football (GO EAGLES!) and Harlequin Romance novels.

“Treat everyone the way you want to be treated, and keep your faith in human nature, it’s about the only thing we have left”. Zivia Powers.

A Funeral Service will be celebrated on Friday, Nov. 8th, at 2 p.m. at Beeson Funeral Home, 2053 Pulaski Highway, Newark, DE. 19702, where friends my visit with the family from noon to 2 p.m. Zivia will be buried on Monday, November 11th, in Blue Ridge Cemetery, 5251 Robert C. Byrd Drive, Beckley, WV 25801.

To offer online condolences, visit 302-453-1900

Arrangements by Beeson Funeral Home, Newark, Del.

Ralph Robertson

EGERIA — Ralph Robertson, 71, of Egeria, passed away on Monday,  November 4, 2013, at his home.

Born on April 29, 1942, in Egeria, he was the son of the late Thomas Robertson and Maudie Cline Robertson.

Mr. Robertson was a former mechanic, coal truck driver and mostly a timberman.

He was preceded in death by a son,  Ralph Ray Robertson, a granddaughter, Ariel Faith Rattler and by siblings, Charlie Robertson, Alma Graham and Opal Reed, by sister Loma Combs and by step brothers Cecil and Clyde Lusk.

Surviving wife, Genie Ellen Reed Robertson; his children, Amos Robertson and his wife Patricia of Matoaka, Mickey Robertson and his wife Robin of Odd, Amos Robertson Reed Jr. and his wife Rene of Forest Hill, Shirley Cadle and her companion Darren Farley of Cool Ridge, Katie Robertson and her companion Leon Lilly of Flat Top. A daughter-in-law, Zenia Robertson of Blue Jay Six; 17 grandchildren; 22 great grandchildren; a sister, Virginia Faye Lusk of Lashmeet.

Funeral services will be conducted at the Lighthouse Community Church on Egeria Road, Flat Top on Friday, Nov. 8, 2013, at 1 p.m. with Pastor Arthur Dangerfield and Rev. Sam Walker officiating. Burial will follow at the Robertson Family Cemetery at Egeria.

Friends may visit with the family two hours prior to the services on Friday.  

Pallbearers will be grandsons.

Private online condolences, floral tributes, and other expressions of sympathy may be directed to the family via our guestbook at

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

Richard A. Stanley

Richard Allen Stanley, 53, of Harper Road, died Monday, Nov. 4th, 2013, at Raleigh General Hosptial following a battle with cancer.

The Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated on Saturday, Nov. 9th, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church. Father Penn will be the celebrant. The Rite of Committal will follow at St. Sebastian Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Friday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Melton Mortuary Chapel. A rosary will be recited at 8 p.m. led by Rev. Mr. William Donald Wise.

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

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary and Cremation Center, Beckley.   

James A. ‘Dick’  Taylor

OAK HILL — James A. "Dick" Taylor, 89, of Oak Hill, died on Monday, November 4, 2013, at CAMC - General Division in Charleston, W.Va.

Born February 26, 1924, at Prudence, W.Va., he was the son of the late Carl and Elizabeth Starks Taylor.

Dick was a retired service man for WV American Water Company with 33 years service.

He served in the U.S. Marines during World War II and was awarded a Purple Heart. He was a member of the American Legion Post 149 in Fayetteville.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Elizabeth Fesco Taylor; son, Robert Taylor and wife, Tammie of Fayetteville; daughter, Karen Cogar and husband, Lee of Oak Hill and sister, Maxine Vandall of Beckley.

He is also survived by three grandchildren, Kristina Taylor, Morgan Roark and husband, Jordan and Jennifer Toney and husband, Rodney and five great grandchildren, Payton Roark, Amber Toney, Tristan Toney, Kaleb Toney and Jeremiah Toney.

Funeral services will be on Friday, Nov. 8, 2013, at 2 p.m. at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill with Rev. Paul Basham officiating. Burial will be at High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill with military graveside rites by Oak Hill VFW Post No. 3110.

Visitation will be held at Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill on Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Catherine Yvonne Wallace

ASHLAND, Ky. — Catherine Yvonne Wallace, 54, of Ashland, Ky., went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Sunday, November 3, 2013.

She was born in Hempstead, N.Y. on January 31, 1959, to the late James A. Walker and Rosaline Jones Canada of Oak Hill, W.Va.

In addition to her father she was preceded in death by her step father, Thomas Jefferson Canada Sr., and  a brother Bryant Hicklin.                 

Catherine was a 6th grade teacher at Boyd County Middle School and had received her master’s degree from Morehead State University. She was a faithful member of Christ Temple Church, a Sunday School teacher, a member of the Usher Board, a minister, and had a jail ministry. She also taught at the Ramey Home during spring, summer and fall breaks.   

She is survived by her loving husband of 34 years, Emory Wallace Jr. of Ashland, Ky., her mother, Rosaline Jones Canada of Oak Hill; a son Emory Wallace III (Stacy) of Ashland, Ky., a daughter Megan Elizabeth Wallace of Ashland, Ky., brothers William Walker (Gina), Kevin Walker (Carla) and Lewis Walker (Pam) all of Columbus, Ohio, sisters Patricia Walker and Rosetta Walker of Oak Hill and Felicia Walker of Columbus, Ohio and grandchildren Brooke, Camryn, Makenna, Ethan and Aidan along with four step brothers and two step sisters.   

Homegoing services will be held on Saturday, November 9, 2013, at 11 a.m. at Christ Temple Church with Minister J.D. Crockrel officiating, with burial to follow in Rose Hill Burial Park. Visitation will be on Saturday morning at the church from 10 a.m. until service time.

In lieu of flowers friends may make donations to Christ Temple Church, 2601 Lexington Avenue, Ashland, Ky. 41101.

Online condolences may be made to

Scott Washington

MOUNT HOPE — Mr. Scott Washington, 35, of Mt. Hope, died November 4, 2013.

Service will be 1 p.m., Friday, November 8, 2013, at Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor Chapel, 748 S. Fayette Street, Beckley, with Pastor Nancy Martin officiating.

Friends may call one hour prior to the services at the funeral parlor.

Condolences may be emailed to

Arrangements entrusted to Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.