The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

January 25, 2011

Obituaries — Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2011




Enous Lee Barrett

GLEN JEAN — Enous Lee Barrett, 77, of Glen Jean, died Saturday, Jan. 22, 2011, at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Beckley.

Graveside rites and committal services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 26, at High Lawn Memorial Park in Oak Hill, with the Rev. Melvin Adkins officiating. Burial will follow. There will be no visitation.

Online condolences may be sent at www.tyreefuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.



Vennie Blankenship

HANOVER — Vennie Blankenship, 77, of Hanover, died Saturday, Jan. 22, 2011, following a short illness.

Born Aug. 2, 1933, at Reedy Creek, Simon, he was the son of the late Wirt and Sadie Kenneda Blankenship.

Mr. Blankenship was a retired coal miner. He was a faithful member of the Long Branch Freewill Baptist Church, where he served as Bible class teacher for many years.

Vennie was a U.S. Army veteran, having received the National Defense Service Medal and the Good Conduct Medal.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Helen Louise Lester Blankenship; a brother, Benjamin; and a sister, Marie.

Survivors include his two daughters, Belinda (Jessie) Kennedy of Hanover and Brenda Cline of Hanover; two sons, Joe (Madeleine) Blankenship of Simon and Vennie (Lori) Blankenship Jr. of Lester; 10 grandchildren, Darren, Danny, and Josh (Danielle) Kennedy, Brandi (Justin) Johnson, Jody (Alison), and Jeff (Amanda) Cline, April Walls, Chad (Brandy), Zack (Shanon), and Jasmine Blankenship; 16 great-grandchildren; and a special loved one, Bethel Morgan; five brothers, Jay (Linda), Hobert (Retha), Allen (Betty), Jonathon (Lois), and Lonnie (Donna) Blankenship; his sister, Dolly Collins; and a host of other dear family and friends.

Services will be 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 27, at the Long Branch Freewill Baptist Church at Simon, with the Revs. Dennis Lester and James Ellis officiating. Burial will follow in the Blankenship Family Cemetery at Reedy Creek, Simon. Military graveside services will be performed by the Disabled American Veterans Chapter # 141 of Belfry, Ky.

Friends may gather with the family at the Long Branch Freewill Baptist Church at Simon, today and Wednesday, January 25th and 26th, after 6 p.m. with a special service at 7 p.m.

Nephews will serve as pallbearers.

Online at www.mountsfuneralhome.com.

Mounts Funeral Home of Gilbert, 304-664-3322, is in charge of arrangements.



Della Mae Shupe Cochran

GLEN JEAN — Della Mae Shupe Cochran, 89, of Glen Jean, formerly of Packs Branch, died Sunday, Jan. 23, 2011, at Bowers Hospice House in Beckley.

Online condolences may be sent at www.tyreefuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope.



Audrey Louise Kirby Jones

ALDERSON — Audrey Louise Kirby Jones, 76, of Alderson, died Saturday, Jan. 22, 2011, at her home in Alderson, following a long illness.

Arrangements by Lobban Funeral Home, Alderson.



Abigail Grace Lewis

Abigail Grace Lewis, infant daughter of Stewart and Christina Bonds Lewis, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, January 19, 2011.

In addition to her parents, those left to cherish her memory include her maternal grandparents, Bobby and Virginia Bonds of Sophia; paternal grandparents, Otis and Wilda Lewis of Williamsburg, WV; aunts Kimberly Dalton and husband Burton of Fitzpatrick, Melissa Rakes and husband Derrick of Beckley; uncle Daren Lewis and wife Amy of Charleston and cousin McKenna Kathleen Dalton of Fitzpatrick.

The family will have a private service for Abigail with Pastor Charles Gilbert officiating.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.blueridgefuneralhome.com.

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



Mark Warden Lokant

FAYETTEVILLE — Mark Warden Lokant, 51, of Fayetteville, died on Saturday, January 22, 2011, at his home.

Born April 20, 1959, at Oak Hill, he was the son of the late Martha Carroll Warden Lokant and Carl Frederick Lokant Jr.

Mr. Lokant was a retired Operations Manager from Mountaineer Gas in Oak Hill with 33 years service.

He was a 1977 graduate of Oak Hill High School and a former member of the Oak Hill Rotary Club. He loved NASCAR, always cheering on his favorite driver, Dale Earnhardt.

Mark is survived by his loving family which include his wife of 29 years, Jennifer Lynne Skidmore Lokant, one son, Christopher Mark Lokant and wife, Allison, of Oak Hill, one daughter, Heather Anne Miavitz and husband, George, of Oak Hill, a sister, Cynthia Lynn Lokant Burgess of Scarbro; and his mother-in-law, Maggie Dixon.

He is also survived by five grandchildren, George Taylor Miavitz, Brandon Alexander Miavitz, Jacob Thomas Miavitz, Timothy Daniel Garrison and Hayden Andrew Lokant, all of Oak Hill; several nephews and nieces, and his much loved canine pal, Max. He will be greatly missed by his friends at Mountaineer Gas.

Funeral services will be on Wednesday, January 26, 2011, at 1 p.m. at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill with Rev. Joe Cuthbertson officiating. Burial will be at High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill.

Visitation will be held at Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill, today, Tuesday, January 25, 2011, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Online condolences may be sent at www.tyreefuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.



Pansy I. Milam

FLAT TOP — Pansy I. Milam, age 74, of Egeria Road, Flat Top, passed away on Saturday, January 22, 2011, at her home following a short illness.

Born on October 22, 1936, at Herndon, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Phillip Chester and Elsie Donithan Chester.

Mrs. Milam was a homemaker, and was a member of Memorial Freewill Baptist Church at Egeria. She had made her home in the Egeria area since 1988.

Mrs. Milam was preceded in death by her husband Lewis Milam, and by her brothers, Jack and Jim Farley.

Those survivors left to cherish her memory include her children:

Robert Stowers and his wife Mary of Wintersville, Ohio; Mickey Stowers and his wife Denise of Toronto, Ohio; Dale Milam and his wife Tina of Cool Ridge; Mary Milam of White Oak, WV; Lonnie Milam and his wife Susan of York, SC; Henry Milam of Cool Ridge, WV; Linda Stabile and her husband Gene of Weirton, WV; Ida Canfield and her husband Chris of Egeria Road, Flat Top, with whom she had made her home; 12 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren are also among her survivors. Mrs. Milam was the last surviving member of her immediate family.

Funeral services will be conducted at the Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home Shady Spring Chapel on Friday, January 28, 2011, at 11 a.m. with Rev. Orville Setliff officiating. Burial will follow at the Milam Family Cemetery at Egeria, West Virginia. There will be no visitation.

Pallbearers will be Dale Milam, Lonnie Milam, Henry Milam, Chris Canfield, Mickey Stowers, and Gene Stabile.

Online condolences may be sent to our guestbook at www.roseandquesenberry.net.

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



Shirley Solinda Simmons Morgan

HINTON — Shirley Solinda Simmons Morgan of Hinton, our beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend, passed away January 20, 2011, at her home following a courageous battle with Alzheimer’s. Her loving husband Homer and daughter Susan were by her side. They were married in 1952 and shared 58 wonderful years together.

Shirley was born on June 8, 1931, in Durbin, to the late Arcellous and Mona Bennett Simmons.

She was a graduate of Greenbank High School in 1949; she then attended C&O Nursing School where she earned her Registered Nurse degree in 1952. Having worked many years as a dedicated and respected nurse at the Hinton Hospital and later as a home health nurse until her retirement in 1989, she enjoyed gardening, farming, canning, working with her flowers and doing puzzle books, and loved being with her family and her pets Clarabell and Spot.

Besides her parents she was preceded in death by a daughter, Cheryl Lynn Morgan, in September 2010 and a great-grandson, Anthony Taylor Morgan, in 1993.

Left to cherish her wonderful memory are her husband, Homer Morgan of Hinton; two daughters, Susan Shrader and husband Ronnie and Ann Bennett and husband Dallas, all of Hinton; two sons, Cecil Morgan of Alderson and David Morgan and wife Miriam of N.C.; nine grandchildren, Shelly Morgan Webb and husband Jimmy, Sabina Morgan, Courtney Turner Ford and husband Tucker, Amber Mills Stover and husband Frank, Jacob Morgan, Eli Morgan, Alexis Morgan, David Wayne Morgan and Homer Morgan; eleven great-grandchildren; two sisters, Marie Nottingham of Durbin and Bessie Sutton and husband Ivan of Maryland; two brothers, Jim Simmons and wife Jean of Ohio and Ralph Simmons and wife Jo Ann of Florida, and she will also be greatly missed by many nieces, nephews and friends.

As per her request her body was cremated and a private service with be held by the family at a later date.

In lieu of flowers please donate to the Alzheimer’s Association, 1111 Lee St. East, Charleston, WV 25301, and or Hospice of Southern WV, 540 North Jefferson St., Lewisburg, WV 24901.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.ronaldmeadowsfp.com.

Arrangements are by the Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors of Hinton.



Elizabeth W. Walker

BUD MOUNTAIN — Elizabeth Woodby Walker, 85, of Bud Mountain, formerly of Wilson, N.C., died Sunday, January 23, 2011, in a Huntington hospital following a short illness.

Born September 12, 1925, at Tazewell, Va., she was the daughter of the late Jim and Birtie Hensley Woodby.

Elizabeth was a homemaker. She was a member of the Peace Freewill Baptist Church of Wilson, N.C., and attended the Mullens Church of God and had been a resident of Bud Mountain for the past 23 years.

In addition to her parents, she is also preceded in death by one sister and one brother.

Those left to cherish her memory include her husband, Vernon L. Walker; two sons, Junior Graham of Maryland and Randy Walker of Wilson, N.C.; one sister, Mamie Weaver of Bud Mountain; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday, January 26, 2011, at Tankersley Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. J.L. Riffe officiating. Burial will follow in the Belle Cemetery, Bud Mountain.

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

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.tankersleyfh.com.

Arrangements by Tankersley Funeral Home, Mullens.