The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

October 21, 2011

Obituaries — Friday, Oct. 21, 2011

The Register-Herald

Michael Akers

GWINN, Mich. — Michael Akers, 73, of Gwinn, passed away early Wednesday morning, October 12, 2011 at Marquette General Hospital.

Mr. Akers was born on August 12, 1938 at Garten, W.Va., to the late Other Lee and Aldena (Hoback) Akers. He had lived in this area on and off since 1956 eventually settling in Gwinn in 1968. 

Mike entered the U.S. Air Force in 1956 and retired from the former K.I. Sawyer Air Force Base in 1995 as a Civil Servant. He was then employed with the Ketola Construction Company of Gwinn for 13 years.

In his free time Mike enjoyed playing in both a cribbage and horseshoe league and loved spending time putzing at his camp. Loved by all who knew him, he was especially known for his sense of humor and the way he teased people. 

He was a life member of AMVETS and a Men’s Auxiliary member of Gwinn VFW Post #5670. 

Survivors include his wife, Betty Akers whom he married on February 20, 1970 in Gwinn; a son, Michael (Mickey) Young of Dillon, Colo.; five step-children, Vicki (Kevin) Merck of Minot N.D., Michael (Tammy) Mehus of Porterville, Calif., Max (LeAnn) Mehus of Minot, N.D., Kelly Mehus of Williston, N.D. and Mark Mehus of Minot, N.D.; a special “daughter dear,” Laurie VanDamme and her husband, Steve Govier of Gwinn; 10 grandchildren and four great grandchildren; three sisters, Patricia Cowsert of Florida, Connie (John) Witt and Kay (Joe) Phillips, both of West Virginia; also several nieces, nephews and very good friends. 

Preceding him in death besides his parents was a brother, Bill Akers; a sister, Dorothy Baker as well as an infant sister and his favorite lap warmer, Sammy the cat. 

Memorials are preferred to the Marquette General Foundation for cancer research, 580 W. College Ave., Marquette, MI 49855 in Mr. Akers’ memory. 

The Canale-Gwinn Funeral Home is assisting the family where memories may be shared at www.canale



Bobby Jack Alley

Bobby Jack Alley, 72, of Daniels, formerly of Rainelle, passed away Thursday, October 20, 2011.

Services will be 2 p.m. Saturday, October 22, at Smathers Funeral Chapel.

Friends may call one hour before the service from 1 to 2 p.m.

Online condolences may be expressed on

Arrangements by Smathers Funeral Chapel, Rainelle.


Larry Dean Ashby

Larry Dean Ashby, 65, of Beckley, passed away October 19, 2011.

Born August 15, 1946 in Sophia, to the late William and Eva Dickenson Ashby.

Larry was a coal miner, and retired from the Beckley Area Medical Center as a Medical Assistant, he attended the Open Bible Baptist Church.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Charles, Steve, and Norville Ashby and a sister, Effie Weddle.

Those left to cherish his memory include his loving wife of 39 years, Ann Ashby; a son, Richard Ashby and wife, Lisa Ashby of Beckley; three grandchildren, Kaden, Logan, and Tyler; two brothers, Lester and Jarrell Ashby of Coal City; two sisters, Phyllis Ann Lambert and Loretta Horton, both of Sophia; brother-in-law, Charles Dickerson Jr of Fayetteville;  sister-in-law, Sharon Richards of Fayetteville; extended family and friends.

In keeping with Larry’s wishes there will be no services.

Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.blueridgefuneral

Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley is assisting the Ashby family.



Edith G. Baldwin

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS — Edith G. Baldwin, 80, passed away Monday, October 17, 2011.

Service were held 2 p.m. Thursday, October 20, 2011 at the Bethesda Temple of Praise on Route 92, White Sulphur Springs. Burial followed in Greenbrier Memorial Gardens, Lewisburg.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Friends For Life, Inc., (the correct address is) Rt. 2 Box 271, Lewisburg, WV 24901.

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


Leona ‘Maw’ Carter

WYOMING — Leona “Maw” Carter, of Wyoming, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2011, at her residence following a long illness. She lived a loving life of 81 years.

Born Dec. 14, 1929, in Logan County, she was the daughter of the late Walter and Zelia Bailey Morgan.

Leona “Maw” Carter will always be loved and kept in the hearts and memories of those who had the privilege of knowing and loving her.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Ira Carter; two sons, Jimmy “Darrell” Carter and Walter “Wes” Carter; four brothers, Teddy Morgan, Ray Morgan, Alex “AR” Morgan and Frank “Doe” Morgan; and two sisters, Elvira Toler and Ethel Kenneda.

Survivors include six children, Katherine Sheffield of Florida, Donald “Don” Carter of Oceana, Phyllis Alfrey of Florida, Ernest Ray Carter of North Carolina, Bernoden Walker of Greencamp and Sharron K. Carter of Greencamp; two brothers, Jack Morgan and his wife, Bonnie, of Simon and Clarence Morgan of Baileysville; two sisters, Polly Jones and her husband, Grant, of Oceana and Adlene Adams and her husband, Nolan, of Clear Fork; a brother-in-law, Ray Toler of Simon; and several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

A celebration of Leona’s life will be 1 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 22, 2011, at Calfee Funeral Service Chapel, Pineville, with the Rev. Nolan Adams and Pastor Joshua Jones officiating. Burial will follow in Morgan Family Cemetery, Simon.

Family will receive friends from noon until time of service Saturday at the funeral home.

Online guest book may be signed at

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


Harrien Clark

DETROIT, Mich. — Mr. Harrien Clark, 58, of Detroit, formerly of Beckley, died Sunday, October 16, 2011.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, October 22,2011 at House of Prayer and Praise, 16520 Wyoming Avenue, Detroit, Mich.

Friends may call from 5 to 8  p.m. on Friday and one hour prior to the services at the church on Saturday.

Condolences may be emailed to swansonfuneral

Submitted by Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.


Buel Emmett Cochran

ALDERSON — Buel Emmett Cochran, 90, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2011, in the Summers Nursing & Rehabilitation, Hinton after a long illness.

Born Jan. 27, 1921, in Jumping Branch, W.Va., he was the son of the late Robert G. and Edna Cole Cochran.

Mr. Cochran was a lifelong resident of Alderson, was a World War II veteran, Corporal in the US Marine Corps, in the Battle of Iwo Jima and Occupation in Japan, and in 1991 legislation named the Highest Peak in Wolfcreek after him, “Boone’s Peak” of 2763 feet.

He was a member of the Alderson Baptist Church for over 30 years and was retired from the Federal Prison System.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Judith Ray Hertz; a sister, Glenna Lemons; and two grandsons, Kevin and Christopher.

Survivors include his wife, Beulah Cochran of Alderson; a daughter, Marsha Dale Ray of Alderson; a son, Richard Martin Sr. of Oak Hill; a sister, Virginia Tilley of Mullens; five grandchildren, Robert Flack II, Joseph Flack, Richard Martin Jr., Deborah Lee Martin and Cara Lee Evans; great-grandchildren, Katlyn, Alexandra, Shayanne, Megan, Erica and Kimberly and great-great-grandchild, Caleb  Ray McMillion.

Service will be 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 23, 2011, at the Longanacre Funeral Home Chapel, Fairlea, with the Rev. Harry Jackson officiating. Burial will follow in the Fletcher Addition of the Alderson Cemetery, Alderson with Military Graveside rites.

Friends may call 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, at the Longanacre Funeral Home, Fairlea.

Arrangements by Longanacre Funeral Home, Fairlea.


Edna Ann Goodwin Crawford

IVOR, Va. — Edna Ann Goodwin Crawford, 69, of Ivor, formerly of Oceana, passed away October 19, 2011 in Consulate Nursing Home, Windsor, Va.

E-mail letters of sympathy may be sent at www. staffordfamilyfuneralhome. com

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


Gloria Taylor Crouse

BECKWITH — Gloria Taylor Crouse, 82, died Thursday, Oct. 20, 2011.

Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.


Michelle Carole Daniels

Michelle Carole Daniels, 36, of Beckley, passed away Thursday, October 20, 2011 at her residence.

On line condolences may be left at

Arrangements are pending at Calfee Funeral Home, Beckley.


Florence DeBerry

Ms. Florence DeBerry, 32, of Dock Street, Beckley, died Wednesday, October 19, 2011.

Arrangements entrusted to Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.


Mark Edward Estep

ASBURY — Mark Edward Estep, 44, died Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2011.

Services will be 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 23, 2011, at Morgan Funeral Home, Lewisburg.

Friends may call 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, at the funeral home.

Arrangements by Morgan Funeral Home, Lewisburg.


Adlyn M. Gill

ANSTED — Adlyn M. Gill, 84, of Ansted, passed away, Monday, October 17, 2011, following a long illness.

She was born January 27, 1927 at Fayette Station, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Blume Brellahan and Nora Meads Brellahan.

Adlyn was preceded in death by her beloved grandmother, Ada Brellahan; parents, Blume Brellahan and Nora Meade Kious; husbands, George McGraw and Roy Gill; brothers, Mike and Ned Brellahan; son, Mike McGraw; grandson, Michael McGraw; step-children, Dana Gill and Ellen Peyton

She was a member of Victor United Methodist Church, she retired from the U.S. Postal Service, Adlyn loved gardening and volunteering in the community. Above all, she loved her family and cherished spending time with them.

A special thanks to the staff of Ansted Center, Amedysis and Plateau Medical Center for the care and compassion you showed mom and me through this journey. You truly became part of our family.

Survivors are a daughter, Sandra Evans; a granddaughter, Traci Siddiah and husband Vijay; a grandson, David Gill; great-grandchildren, Jamie, Michael, Austin, Surayia, Shyla and Sanjana; several nieces and nephews. Friends from the CEO’s and Ansted High School, class of 1945.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m., Saturday at Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home Chapel in Ansted with Pastor William Kincaid and Pastor Pat Gray officiating. Burial will follow in Restlawn Memory Gardens at Victor.

Friends may call Saturday at 12 noon until funeral time at the funeral home.

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


Reginald Halstead

MT. LOOKOUT — In loving memory of Reginald Halstead, 83, of Mt. Lookout. He was born in Pool, W.Va., on August 28, 1928 and departed this life on October 18, 2011. He was a loving son of the late Augustus “Gus” and Maude Nutter Halstead.

He was also preceded in death by siblings, Glenna, Robert, Russell, Ronald, a set of male and female twins who passed away in infancy, and a grandson, Roger.

Reg proudly served his country in both the U.S. Army and the U.S. Air Force. He served with the Army at Fort Chessie, AR from 1948 to 1952 and served in the Air Force at Banger, ME from 1954 to 1957. After serving his country he returned to this native WV and settled on the family farm at Mt. Lookout to raise his children barely two miles from where he was born. He embraced his roots and expanded on his experience continuing what became a lifetime of farming.

In 1960 he worked with his brother, Randall “Shorty” at the Halstead Family Foodland Store. He began his own produce business at that time hauling produce throughout the mid-west and South Carolina. Reg became recognized for his success as a farmer in 1961 when he and his brother Ronald began to farm and market potatoes. The business was known at R & R Halstead. The potatoes were grown, packaged, and marketed from Reg’s farm in Mt. Lookout. Soon after he fell in love with raising cattle as well. He was ambitious, hardworking and very proud of his achievements one of which is the 11 point buck displayed proudly on his wall reflecting his passion for hunting. Reg truly loved every aspect of his farm life and lived it on his own terms. He remained near his family in the modest log cabin on his farm in Mt. Lookout throughout this final season of his life. He departed peacefully at 7:30 p.m. on the evening of October 18, 2011 surrounded by love with family and friends.

The family wishes to extend warm, heart felt gratitude to the individuals who provided loving and professional care for Reg. Thank you Kathy, Colleen, Donna, Debbie, Betty, Denise “Nicie”, David, and Marsha. Thank you Hospice, Sandy, Angie, Pat, and Trista.  Thank you also to The Community Action Lighthouse Program. Thank you all so much for helping us manage, making it possible for Reg to remain at home on his farm near family and friends.

Reg was a loving and devout father to his daughter, Charlene and her husband, Graig, and his son, Rick; loving grandfather of three, Whitnee, Tara, and Roger, and loving great grandfather of four, Hanna, Lilly, Major, and Kamber, brother of Grace, Dolly, and Randall “Shorty” Halstead.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Saturday, October 22, 2011 in the Mt. Gilead Baptist Church at Pool with Pastors Allen Travis and Doug Beam officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery

Friends may call at the church on Saturday one hour prior to the funeral services.

Arrangements by White Funeral Home at Summersville.


Jackie Lee “Bud” Harrah

Jackie Lee “Bud” Harrah age 70 of Stanaford, passed away on Tuesday, October 18, 2011 at his home.

Born on Sept. 1, 1941 at Rainelle, he was the son of the late Earl and Alma Adkins Harrah.

Bud was a retired coal miner from Westmoreland Coal Company. He was an avid hunter and fisherman, and enjoyed NASCAR racing, and spending time with family and friends.  Bud was a member of the Chestnut Knob Community Church at Layland.

Bud was preceded in death by his son, Toby Lee Harrah in 2010, a daughter-in-law Donna Harrah in 2005, a grandson Jaime Harrah in 2008, a brother Johnny “Sonny” Harrah in 2005, and a niece Brittney Moody in 2011.

Survivors include his loving and devoted wife of 50 years, Phyllis Bailey Harrah; daughters, Denise Lambert of Sandstone, and Kim Gwinn and her husband Greg of Piney View; a son, Wayne Harrah of Jamescrest Peaceful Valley, in Beckley; sisters, Anna Sawyers of Backus Mountain, Betty Gilkerson of Maplewood, Mary Martin of Flatwoods, Ky., and Kathy Houck of Crab Orchard; brothers, Earl “Butch” Harrah Jr. of Portsmouth, Va., and Kermit Harrah of Texas; nine grandchildren, Amber Moore, Brandy McKinney, Allie Gwinn, Haley Harrah, Adam Wills, Alex Wills, Austin Wills, Toby Harrah Jr., Hunter Harrah, and Dakota Harrah; five great grandchildren, Mykah Moore, Aniyah Moore, Judah Moore, Kyndle McKinney, and Autumn Harrah.

Special friends, Donald Meadows, and Harmon Pugh, both of Piney View, and a host of other family members and friends.

Funeral services to Celebrate the Life of Jackie Lee Harrah will be conducted at the Rose and Quesenberry Peace Chapel in Beckley on Saturday October 22, 2011 at 3 p.m., with Pastor Floyd Bolen officiating. Burial will follow at the Harrah Cemetery at Backus Mountain.

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

Mr. Harrah’s grandchildren 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.


Shelbren Lee   Johnston

PAGE — Shelbren Lee Johnston, 78, of Page, died on Thursday, October 20, 2011 at Hilltop Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Hilltop.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.



Evabelle Quesenberry Kish

Evabelle Quesenberry Kish of Beckley, died peacefully in her sleep, Wednesday, Oct. 19, at the age of 91.

Born Nov. 19, 1919, in Raleigh, she was the daughter of the late Craig and Ella Rose Dinsmore Quesenberry.

Known affectionately by her family and friends as “Honey” and “Eve,” she was a lifelong resident of Raleigh County, a graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School and a longtime employee of Sears. She was a dignified, generous and loving lady who was head of her family for decades and served as a model for the four generations of children she helped raise.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Alexander Thomas Kish; a daughter, Connie Kish Arnold; two sisters, Beulah Avery and Jean Tyler; and a brother, Craig Quesenberry.

Survivors include a granddaughter, Alexandria Amick Carter and her husband, Rick, of Beckley; a great-granddaughter, Britney Smith and Chad McGuire of Beckley; a great-grandson, Zachary Amick of Beckley; two great-great grandchildren, Taylor Smith and Ashton McGuire of Beckley; a son-in-law, Dr. George Arnold of Lancaster, S.C.; a sister, Grace Sutphin of Allen, Texas; and a large number of dear relatives and friends.

Services will be 12 noon on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2011, at Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home Chapel in Beckley with the Rev. Gary Ickes officiating. Burial will follow in Sunset Memorial Park, Beckley.

Friends may gather with the family at 11 a.m. until time of the service on Saturday at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be Josh Burdiss, Jason Pryor, Roger Pack, Rev. Gary Ickes, Jerry Bell and Jay Quesenberry.

Online condolences may be sent to our guestbook at

Arrangements by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, Beckley.


Mitchell R. Legg

VICTOR — Mitchell Randolph Legg, 54, of Victor, passed away Monday, October 17, 2011, following a short illness.

Mitchell was born October 15, 1957 in Montgomery, W.Va., he was the son of Dallas H. Legg Sr. of Victor and the late Virginia Stewart Legg.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Stacy Wilson

He was a construction laborer and a member of Horseshoe Baptist Church.

Survivors, other than his Dad, are his wife, Roberta Fox Legg; sons, Aaron and Isaac Legg, both of Victor; sisters, Cynthia Campbell of Hico, Jean Shears  and Vickie Withrow,  both of Victor; brothers, Dallas Legg Jr., Frank Legg, Jeff Legg, all of Victor; grandchildren, Kaylee Legg, Emma Legg, Ciara Wilson and Ethon Wilson.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m., Saturday, October 22, 2011 at Horseshoe Baptist Church, with Pastor Danny Legg officiating. Burial will follow in the Legg Family Cemetery at Victor.

Friends may call at 12 noon until funeral time.

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



Helen Jean Mason

Helen Jean Mason, 75, of Sophia, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, October 18, 2011.

Born January 6, 1936, she was the daughter of the late Roy and Ellaree Sager Edgerton.

Helen loved going to church, cooking for her family and taking care of her little dog Pepper.

She was a member of the Church of God.

In addition to her parents, Helen is preceded in death by her husband, Vernon Mason; sisters, Nancy Clore, twin’s Adeline Edwards and Caroline Fournier; brother, Richard Edgerton; great-granddaughter, Lillian Johnson.

  Those left to cherish her memory include her children Jeanne Cannetti and husband Patrick of Cool Ridge, Wesley Mason and wife Mildred of Daniels, Brad Mason and wife Lisa of Packs Branch, Laura Ackerman and husband Michael of Elkton, Md., Frank Mason and wife Patty of Lester, Ervin Mason of Sophia; step-children, Rita Byrge of Crab Orchard, Celia Sellards and husband Bill of Beckley, Larry Mason and wife Wanda of New Castle, Del.; and a host of other grandchildren, great-grandchildren, her twin sister, Freda Edgerton and sister, Geraldine Thomas and husband John, both of Michigan; several   nieces and nephews also survive.

A celebration of life for Helen will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, October 22, 2011 at the Lester Church of God. Per her wishes she has been cremated.

The family of Helen Mason would like to send a special thank you to The Bower’s Hospice House.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations may be made to the Bowers Hospice House, 454 Cranberry Dr., Beckley, WV 25801.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Arrangements by Blue Ridge Funeral Home, 5251 Robert C. Byrd Dr., Beckley. 



Alice Faye Meadows

  Alice Faye Meadows, 63, of Cool Ridge, passed away at the Raleigh General Hospital in Beckley on Thursday, October 20, 2011.

Arrangements are pending completion at the Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, 729 Flat Top Road, Shady Spring.


Virginia Viney Page

ALDERSON — Virginia Viney Page, 93, died Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2011.

Graveside service and burial will be 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, 2011, at the Old Greenbrier Memorial Cemetery in Alderson.

Arrangements by Lobban Funeral Home, Alderson.



Michael Allen Payne

ALDERSON — Michael Allen Payne, 39, of Alderson, passed away Wednesday, October 19, 2011.

Services will be 2 p.m. Sunday, October 23, 2011 at the Mt. View Baptist Church on Flat Mountain with Pastor James Combs officiating. Burial will follow in the New Lebanon Cemetery at Pickaway. 

  Friends may call at the Groves Funeral Home in Union from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday and at the church one hour prior to the services.

Arrangements by Groves Funeral Home, Union.


Mark Toler

CANVAS — Mark Toler, 50, of Canvas, went home to be with the Lord Tuesday, October 18, 2011 in the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

He was the son of the late Willard and Evelyn Paynter Toler and was born at Man on June 10, 1961.

He was a coal miner and employee of Alex Energy/Green Valley Coal Company. He was a member of the New Beginnings Worship Center in Summersville.

He was also preceded in death by two brothers Ronald Martin and Bobby Dale Toler.

Surviving are his wife, Kimberly Ann Toler; three daughters, Juanita Paige Freeman and husband Jeremy of Canvas, Holly Jane Toler and Sydney Faith Toler, both at home; six brothers, Teddy of  Kopperston, Randall, Darrell, Clyde, Ronald, and Martin Toler, all of Cyclone; five sisters, Linda Walls, Glenda Daniels, Vickie Brown, all of Cyclone, Clara “Tiny” Phillips of Mallory, and Tammy Repass of Oceana.

Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, October 22, 2011 at 2 p.m. in the New Beginnings Worship Center at Summersville with Pastor Joey Sheppard officiating. Burial will follow in the East Lawn Cemetery at Canvas.

Friends may call at the church from noon until service time on Saturday.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the New Beginnings Building Fund, 307 Broad Street, Summersville, WV 26651.


The Waters Funeral Chapel in Summersville is in charge of arrangements.


James Sherman Tolley

LAS VEGAS, Nev. — James Sherman Tolley, born January 12, 1937, in Surveyor, West Virginia, died November 24, 2010, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

James was the son of William Sherman Tolley and Clatie Alma Perdue. James was preceded in death by sisters Alma Allene Hale, Martha Josephine Thompson and first wife Barbara May McFadden; daughter Jenifer Tolley; daughter-in-law Joy Barron; niece Sharon Lee Emrick-Masny; nephew Michael Shane Bond and granddaughter Amelia Lyon King. James’ sister Mary Elizabeth Tolley-Haley passed away this past December 25, 2010.

James is survived by his second wife Patricia Glynn Tatum-King of Grass Valley, CA; sister Linda Sue Tolley and husband Michael Wayne Bond of Buffalo, MO; half brother Christopher Anderson Tolley, and wife Melissa Ann of Greensboro, NC; half brother Michael David Tolley of Beckley, WV; half brother Joseph Sydney Tolley and wife Nancy Ann Blunden of Carthage, NY; son Robert Sherman Tolley and wife Lori Jean Kobzoff of La Habra, CA; son John David Tolley of Las Vegas, NV; daughter Catherine Lynn Tolley-Johnston of Anaheim, CA; stepson John Harvey King and wife Karen Elaine Armstrong of MacArthur, CA; stepson James William King and wife Tina Amelia Nestore of Grass Valley, CA; stepdaughter Susan Jeanine King and husband Christopher Thomas Morrow of Huntington Beach, CA, stepson Charles Lester King of Grass Valley, CA; and stepdaughter Cyndi Irene Fletcher–Hazzard of Los Chaves, NM. Jim is also survived by his beloved nieces and nephews: Virgil Edward Emrick, Deborah Lynn Haley-Boyles, John David Haley, Robert Shawn Bond, Stephen Allen Bond and Roscoe Thompson; and nineteen grandchildren: Randall Tolley; Brianne and Michael Barron; Adam and Corinne Johnston; Caleb and Karissa King; Mariah, Mimi, Maverick, Rachel, Remington and Callahan King; Jessica and Cassidy Morrow; Joshua and Alexiss King; Harley and Katyerra Hazzard and great-grandchild Emma Grace Johnston.

James grew up in Surveyor, West Virginia. He graduated 4th in his class of 52 students from Trap Hill H.S. in 1952 with an I.Q. of 129. His passion for computers and travel led him to Ohio where he first worked for Standard Oil from 1957-1963. While attending Fenn College in Cleveland, Ohio, Jim met and married Barbara May Mc Fadden on December 26, 1958. Jim’s hard work led to an opportunity to work with NASA so Jim and his family moved to Houston, Texas, and then Louisiana after only a year where he worked with computers monitoring seismic data. A year later XEROX Data Systems tapped Jim to help develop one of their new computer divisions. Jim, always the adventurer, packed up Barb and his family and they all moved to the land of sunshine and opportunity, southern California. During his time there, Jim was able to begin one of his life’s primary goals and travel the United States with his family. Every year Jim and his family trekked across the states, back to the East Coast visiting America’s landmarks while staying with friends and family. Jim studied Business and Accounting while attending the University of Houston in 1964 and at U.S.C. in 1969.

In 1969, a new computer company, Telemed, hired Jim to develop and implement a new technology. This enabled Jim and his family to move closer to his West Virginia roots and they relocated to Chicago, Illinois. Jim’s family adapted to the cold and snowy weather. It certainly became easier when his youngest sister Martha, her son Roscoe and niece Sharon also relocated to Chicago, bringing the family closer and strengthening the already supportive relationship.

Jim’s love for California and the itch to travel couldn’t be quenched, so in the mid-’70s Jim and his family relocated back to Southern California. Jim decided to continue his passion for computers and started his own computer consulting business, which he continued to operate until he retired in 2002.

Jim and Barbara divorced in 1980. Soon afterwards he met and married the beautiful Patricia King on August 15, 1981. Together with Patricia’s children, John, Jim, Sue, Charles and Cyndi, the Tolley family grew over the years by adding 19 blessed grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Jim and Pat were married for 29 years. They lived in the California cities of Orange, Irvine, Big Bear and La Mirada, California, always maintaining a loving, nurturing home. They both loved to travel. From their base in California they traveled to exotic places such as Hawaii, Paris, London, Rome, Alaska and Canada.

Jim and Pat finally retired in 2002 and fulfilled a lifelong dream of living as full-time travelers. They sold their home and bought a 32-ft. travel trailer and spent the next 7 years traveling the United States together. They traveled from Alaska to Maine visiting family, friends and loved ones across this great country. They finally settled in Las Vegas in 2009 after the travel became too difficult for Jim due to his battle with Parkinson’s disease.

Jim passed away on November 24, 2010, in Las Vegas at the Nathan Adelson Hospice with his sister Linda, all of his children and many of his grandchildren by his side. His next great travel adventure has now begun. We all love and will miss you, Jim.

Friends are invited to join the family on Saturday evening at 6 p.m. at Cracker Barrel Restaurant located at 2112 Harper Road, Beckley, West Virginia, for a gathering to share remembrances of the Tolley Family. Graveside services will be held Sunday, October 23rd, at 11 a.m. at the Tolleytown Cemetery in Surveyor, West Virginia. You may contact Jim’s daughter Cathy at 714-501-5207 for more information.



Paula ‘Pete’ Workman

Paula “Pete” Workman, 83, of Naoma, departed this life on Wednesday, October 19 at the Bowers Hospice House surrounded by her loving family.

Born on April 14, 1928 she was the daughter of the late James and Grace Elliott. Also preceding her in death was her husband, Joe Workman Jr. a daughter in law, Vickie Workman and sisters, Bridgie Moye, Belva James, Eula Carter, Maxine Bartlett, Fairy Skelton, Nedra Jones and two brothers, Ray Elliott and Omer Elliott.

Paula or “Pete” as she was affectionally known by her family and friends has spent the past five years at Pine Lodge where she had many special friends. She especially enjoyed singing, church services, and her frequent visits with Rev. David Cook.

Those left to cherish her memory are daughters, Barabara Acord and husband, Jack of Glen Daniel, and Lisa Workman and fiance, Tim Duffey of Alexandria, Ohio; sons, Danny Joe Workman of Naoma, Rodney Workman of Parma, Ohio, Kevin Workman and wife, Michelle of Upper Sandusky, Ohio, Randy and wife, Teresa of Daniels, WV.

  She is also survived by her twin brother, Paul Elliott of Oak Hill and a sister, Pat Trail of Beaver; grandchildren, Rachel, Neal, Ted, Angie, Crystal, Kimberly, Brandon, Andrew, Alexis, Adrianna; great grandchildren, Hunter and Abby, Caston, and Gabriella.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations of sympathy be made to the Bowers Hospice House, 454 Cranberry Dr., Beckley, WV 25801, in her memory.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 22, 2011, at the Armtrong Funeral Home, Whitesville, with the Rev. David Cook officiating. Burial will follow in the Pineview Cemetery, Orgas.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

Visitation will be two hours before the service at the funeral home.

Arrangements by Armstrong Funeral Home, Whitesville.