The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


February 27, 2014

Obituaries — Thursday, February 27, 2014


Edward Pennington

GLEN FORK — Edward Pennington, 46, of Glen Fork, passed away on Saturday, February 22, 2014.

He was born March 25, 196,7 in Beckley, a son of William Lee and Sharon Lynn Frazier Pennington of Sabine, W.Va.

He was a 1985 graduate of Glen Rogers High School.

He is preceded in death a brother Danny Pennington; grandparents Hubert and Hydrith Frazier, and Bill and Lissie Pennington.

Survivors include his parents William Lee and Sharon Lynn Frazier Pennington of Sabine; a son Austin Lee Pennington of McGraws; a sister Melissa Denise (Darren) Stapleton of Glen Fork; two nieces Courtney Stapleton, and Brittany (Dougie) Hatfield; two nephews Derrek Stapleton, and Chris Stapleton; two special great nephews Cayden and Tyler; and a host of other loving family and friends.

Funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, February 28, 2014, in the Chapel of Stafford Family Funeral Home, Lynco, with Rev. Tanya Smith and Rev. Darrell Stapleton officiating. He will be laid to rest in the Pine Grove Cemetery, Ravencliff.

Friends may gather with the family from 11 a.m. on Friday, February 28, 2014, until time of service at the funeral home.

E-mail letters of sympathy may be sent at

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

Deanna Joy Saxton

OAK HILL — Deanna Joy Saxton, 52, of Oak Hill, died on Tuesday, February 25, 2014, at her home.

Arrangements are incomplete.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Karen Sue Shinaberry

FRANK, W.Va. — Karen Sue Shinaberry, 68, of Frank, passed away Sunday, February 16, 2014.

Per her wishes the body was cremated. A memorial service will be scheduled for March.

Online condolences may be made at

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Arbovale.

Martha Smith

PALM BAY, Fla. — Martha Smith, 76, of Palm Bay, formerly of Beckley, passed away at University of Virginia Medical Center on February 23, 2014.

She was born on June 3, 1937, in Raleigh County, to the late Woodrow and Ruth Grimes.

Martha was a magistrate assistant in Raleigh County for 15 years until moving to Floyd, Va., where she became a magistrate until she retired. While living in Floyd, she also owned a gift shop on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

After retiring, she and her late husband, Ray, made their home in Palm Bay.

Martha enjoyed traveling, working in her yard and flower beds, playing the slot machines and making beautiful flower arrangements. Her biggest joy was spending time with her granddaughter, watching her grow into an awesome skier, and attending her many recitals and Nutcracker performances.

Her loving husband, Ray Smith, of 56 years, preceded her in death on February 28, 2011.

Those left to cherish her memory are her daughters, Debbie and her husband Curtis Goad of Virginia, Cheryl and her husband Tom Potts of Beckley, her precious granddaughter, Presley Rae Peterson, step-grandson Josh Goad, and step-great granddaughter, Alivia, of San Diego, Calif.

She is also survived by brothers, Dean Grimes of Beckley, Norman Grimes of Texas, and a sister, Peggy Roza of Michigan.

Martha also leaves behind countless life-long friends reaching from the east coast to the west coast.

Her daughters would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Gary Poling and his staff as well as Eppy’s IV for their devoted care of their mother.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 1, 2014, at Calfee Funeral Home with Rick Snuffer officiating. Visitation is from 1 to 3 p.m., and service will be at 3 p.m.

Online condolences may be left at

Arrangements by Calfee Funeral Home, Beckley.

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