The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

April 1, 2013

Obituaries — Monday, April 1, 2013

Garnet F. Ballard

HINTON — Garnet F. Ballard, 82, of Hinton entered into God’s presence on Friday, March 29, 2013, at Summers Nursing and Rehabilitation Center at Hilldale, West Virginia, following a long illness.

Born October 8, 1930, in Hinton, she was the daughter of the late Pearl and Ethel Bower Donohoe.

Mrs. Ballard was a former employee of Keaton Cleaners and Laundry Service in Hinton and also the Hinton Radio Shack. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Hinton and the Fidelis Sunday School Class at the church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William C. Ballard, and a brother, Moody Donohoe.

Survivors include two sons, Randy Ballard and wife Debbie of Hinton and Steve Ballard and wife Kim of Daniels. Two stepchildren, W.C. Ballard, Jr., and wife Janice of Hinton and Charles Ballard of Kentucky. Two brothers, Mason Donohoe and wife Bonnie of Laurel, Del., and Mayo Donohoe and wife Judy of Hinton. One sister, Glenna Mize of Beaver. Three grandchildren, Lynette Ballard of Beckley, Jarrod Ballard and wife Jessica of Hinton and Matthew Ballard of Daniels.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 2, 2013, at Pivont Funeral Home Chapel in Hinton with Pastor Ronald Cobb officiating. Burial will follow in Greenbrier Burial Park in Hinton. Friends may call from 10 a.m. until time of the service on Tuesday at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be Jarrod Ballard, Benji Farley, Norman Farley, Jr., Matt Durnan, Mike Ballard and Craig Bowling.

Honorary pallbearers will be Norman Farley, Sr., and Jack Bennett.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to the staff of Summers Nursing & Rehabilitation Center and Dr. Chhabra for her care.

Online condolences and guest register at

Arrangements by Pivont Funeral Home, Hinton, WV.

John Banco Jr.

WASHINGTON, Pa. — John Banco, Jr., of 208 Clubhouse Drive, Washington, PA 15301, and formerly of Mountain View Ave., Bluefield, WV, passed away on March 28, 2013, after battling ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease). He was born on April 28, 1941, in Stanaford, WV, to the late John and Sophia Zebrowsky Banco, Sr.

John graduated in 1959 from Woodrow Wilson High School in Beckley, WV, where he was a successful football and baseball player. After graduation, he served in the U.S. Marine Corps and was stationed in Camp Lejeune, NC. He attended Coyne College in Chicago, Illinois, graduating in 1963. On November 28 of that year he married his high school sweetheart, Trina Cipolat of Beckley, WV, and they moved to Bluefield, WV. He enjoyed a long career as a specialist in mine equipment with McGraw Edison (National Electric Coil) and later with Lin Electric, Inc. After retiring, John devoted much of his time to working part-time with the bereaved at Roselawn Memorial Funeral Home where, in 2010, he was the recipient of the Dignity Memorial “Living the Brand” award, a nationally recognized award for outstanding care and service excellence.

John was an active member of the Fratelli Tricolore Lodge number 2631 of the Order of Sons of Italy in America and looked forward to the annual Italian Festival in Bluefield. He enjoyed working with his hands, both on his home, and particularly in his vegetable garden where he took great pride in the fruits of his labor. He cherished his family and especially his 4 grandsons. He also kept a close relationship with many of his 1959 Woodrow Wilson classmates and enjoyed their monthly luncheons. John was a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Bluefield, WV, for 48 years and was a member at the time of his death of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Washington, PA.

John is survived by his wife of 49 years, Trina Cipolat Banco of Washington, PA, and his two sons: Steve and his wife, Wendy, of Washington, PA, and Mark and his partner Stephen Canfield of New York, NY; his grandsons Trey, Jax, Ty and Jase, all of Washington, PA, who brought so much happiness to his life. His is also survived by his sister, Ann Holliday, his nephew, Rick Holliday, his niece Deborah Pressley and his cousins Frank and John McGuire.

The family will receive friends on Monday, April 1, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Roselawn Funeral Home, 450 Courthouse Road, Princeton, WV.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Tuesday, April 2, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 1003 Wyoming Street, Bluefield, WV, at 11 with Celebrant Father Paul Wharton. Entombment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Gardens.

A reception celebrating John’s life will be held immediately after interment at Fincastle on the Mountain (formerly Fincastle Country Club), 1000 Country Club Drive, Bluefield, VA, (276) 326-1170.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice Care of The Washington Hospital, 155 Wilson Avenue, Washington, PA 15301. Those wishing to share online condolences may do so via

Roselawn Funeral Home and Cemetery is serving the family of John Banco, Jr.

Walter Hensley Bennett

PETERSTOWN — Walter Hensley Bennett, 72, of Peterstown, died Sunday, March 24, 2013. 

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 2, at the Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home Chapel, Peterstown, with Pastor Dave Spencer officiating. Burial will follow in the Sunset View Cemetery, Bozoo. Friends may call from 11 a.m. until time of the service Tuesday at the funeral home.

Online guestbook can be signed or condolences may be sent to the Bennett family at

Arrangements by Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home, Peterstown.

David Crawford

SCARBRO — David Crawford, 60, of Scarbro, passed away Sunday, March 31, 2013.

Private online condolences, floral gifts, and other expressions of sympathy are available to the family via

Arrangements pending completion with Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, 1901 S. Kanawha St. in Beckley.

Marguerite Hale

PETERSTOWN — Marguerite Hale, 83, of Peterstown, passed away Monday, March 31, 2013.

Arrangements are incomplete at Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home, Peterstown.

Arthenia Gladys Gwinn Heaster

FINCASTLE, Va. — Arthenia Gladys Gwinn Heaster, 89, formerly of Sam Black, passed away at her home in Fincastle, Virginia, on Friday, March 29, 2013.

Born September 23, 1923, at Meadow Bridge, she was the daughter of the late Gilbert and Georgia Vandall Gwinn.

Arthenia was a homemaker and a member of the Sam Black United Methodist Church where she attended faithfully until she moved to Fincastle where she attended Eagle Rock Baptist Church. She loved to quilt and work in her flowers.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Harlis G. (Bill) Heaster on July 23, 2003; 2 brothers Lovell and Eugene Gwinn, both of Meadow Bridge; 4 sisters Christina Gwinn, Faye Adkins, Daphene Dixon and Stacy Ennis; and 1 son-in-law Granville C. Hunter.

Survivors include 1 son William Harlis (Bill) and wife Shirley of Electra, Texas; 4 daughters Betty C. Hunter of Kieffer, Shirlie Graley and husband Charlie of Hurricane, Karen Gordon and husband Neil of Shiatook, Oklahoma, and Remonia Thomas and husband Gerald of Fincastle, Virginia; 3 brothers Gilmer Gwinn and wife Ilene, Elzia Gwinn and wife Louise, all of Meadow Bridge, and Lowell Gwinn of Lindside; 2 sisters Georgetta Harrah of Meadow Creek and Gathalee Lafferty and husband Roger of Princeton; 11 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren.

Services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 2, at Smathers Funeral Chapel with Pastor Billy Ronk officiating. Burial will follow in the Wallace Memorial Cemetery at Clintonville.

Friends may call Monday, April 1, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be expressed at

Arrangements by Smathers Funeral Chapel, Inc., Rainelle.

Ira Dupuy (I.D.) Lilly

ORLANDO, Fla. — Ira Dupuy (I.D.) Lilly of Orlando, Florida, passed away at his residence with family on March 27, 2013, at the age of 93. He was born in the upstairs of an old store building his mother owned and operated in Cool Ridge, WV, on January 26, 1920. After earning a degree in teaching from Concord (Athens, WV), he taught in a one-room schoolhouse in the early 1940s. During World War II, he proudly enlisted in the Navy, where he was stationed in Lakehurst, NJ. I.D. served as a blimp pilot in North Africa, Spain and France. In addition, he was second in command of a blimp that flew missions over the Straits of Gibraltar, searching for German submarines entering the Mediterranean Sea. While serving the Navy in World War II, I.D. attained a ranking of LT JG. After leaving the Navy, he served as a reserve officer until June 1967.

In August of 1947, I.D. married the love of his life, Allegra Daniel, of Beckley, WV. In Beckley, he owned and operated Lewis Terminal, a 24-hour truck stop, at 5-Corners and began a small trucking company. He later moved to Orlando, FL, where he was a successful truck broker and owned/operated a trucking company. He worked closely with the Florida Gift Fruit Shippers Association in Orlando, retiring as the Transportation Manager in the mid-1980s. After retirement, I.D. developed a successful Office/Warehouse rental complex in west Orlando, which continues in operation today. Being a successful businessman was not I.D.’s greatest pleasure in life; his greatest joy was his wife of 65 years, family and friends.

I.D. was truly dedicated to the preservation of the Lilly Reunion, which he faithfully supported and attended throughout the years. He also served as a past board member.

He is superseded in death by his father, Ira; mother, Leona; and two brothers, Franklin and Major. He is survived by his daughter, Barbara Savino and her husband, Bill, of Longwood, FL; his son, Larry Lilly and his wife, Klaye, of Cool Ridge, WV; and his son, Alan Lilly and his wife, Cindy Schleier, of Orlando, FL. I.D. is also survived by his grandson, Michael Savino; his wife, Tisa; and their children, Gavin and Carson of Enterprise, FL; his grandson, Daniel Savino and his wife, Paula, of Raleigh, NC; his grandson, Clayton Lilly and his wife, Christa Lilly, Ph.D., of Fairmont, WV; his granddaughter, Kelley Wamsley, Ph.D., and her husband, Brock, of Starkville, MS; and his granddaughters, Meghan Lilly, M.D., of Harrisburg, PA, and Adriene Lilly of Guizhou, China.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to: Cornerstone Hospice Foundation, 8009 South Orange Avenue, Orlando, Florida 32809, in Memory of Ira D. Lilly.

The viewing will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday, April 1, at Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home in Beckley. The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, April 2, at Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, with Rev. Craig Stevens officiating. Entombment to follow at Sunset Memorial Park Mausoleum. Private online condolences, floral gifts, and other expressions of sympathy are available to the family via

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

Bud Lumbo

ITMANN — Bud Lumbo, 84, of Itmann, passed away Friday, March 29, 2013, following a short illness.

Born March 8, 1929, in Mingo County, he was the son of the late Joe and Stella Porter Lumbo.

Mr. Lumbo was a member of the UMWA and enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, and spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Jackie Mae Lumbo;  two brothers, Fred and Jimmy Lumbo; 3 sisters, Isabelle and Mabel Atkins and Grace Donathan.

Survivors include his wife, Etta Shrader Lumbo of the residence; A son, Danny Lumbo and his wife, Leigh Ann, of Pineville; A daughter, Judy Jennings and her husband, Marty, of Beckley; 2 sisters, Shirley McNulty and her husband, John, of New Richmond and Irene Francis of Glen Fork; 3 grandchildren: Elizabeth Nelson and her husband, Matt; Heather Simmons and her husband, Josh; and J.R. Brehm and his wife, Juli. 7 great-grandchildren: Austin, Lexi and Caleb Simmons; Dylan, Holly, Savannah and Peytin Brehm.

The Lumbo family would like to thank the Council on Aging and Sara Walker as well as Hospice of Southern West Virginia, home side nurses, Darlene, Teresa, Becky and Cassie and the Raleigh General Hospital 4-South Staff.

A celebration of Bud’s life will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 2, 2013, in the Calfee Funeral Service Chapel with the Rev. J.L. Riffe officiating. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, April 1, 2013.

Burial will follow in Palm Memorial Gardens, Matheny. Family will serve as pallbearers.

Memorial donations may be made in Bud’s name to Hospice of Southern West Virginia, P.O. Box 1472, Beckley, WV 25802.

Those wishing to express their condolences may do so by visiting our website at

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

Sherman M. Sowder

Sherman M. Sowder, 80, of MacArthur passed away Saturday, March 30, 2013, in the Bowers Hospice House following a long illness.

Born September 16, 1932, in Weirwood, WV, he was the son of the late William Ernest and Goldie Settle Sowder.

Sherman worked for Oscar Vecellio building Valley Drive which is now Robert C. Byrd Drive; he also worked for Eastern Associated Coal, Consol Coal, and retired in 1997 from Pittston Coal as the Regional Prep Plant Manager. Sherman loved fishing and regularly attended Oak Grove Christian Church. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his brother Harold W. Sowder, and his sister Loraine Lillian Radford.

Those left to cherish his memory include his loving wife of 56 years Joanna Sowder, his daughter Danita Bragg and her husband Gary of Maple Fork, three brothers James Sowder of Westchester, Pa., Bob G. Sowder and his wife Jan of Warrenton, VA, Charles Sowder and his wife Jessie of Baltimore, Maryland. 5 sisters Evelyn Turner of Martinsville, VA, Betty Kornke and her husband Bill of Baltimore, Maryland, Roseann Culley of Baltimore, Maryland, Bonnie Hornsby of Bradley, Geneva Coley of Oak Hill, a special niece that was like a sister to him Jacqueline Huffman and her husband Wayne of Beckley, and many nieces and nephews and beloved friends.

Services will be held Tuesday, April 2, 2013, at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Blue Ridge Funeral Home, with the Rev. Kelly Gowen officiating. Burial will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens Beckley. Family and Friends will serve as pallbearers.

Friends may gather with the family from noon until service time Tuesday at the funeral home.

Online condolences and other information can be found by visiting

Donations in Sherman’s memory can be made to Hospice of Southern WV, or Oak Grove Christian Church.

The honor of serving the Sowder Family was given to Blue Ridge Funeral Home, 5251 Robert C. Byrd Drive, Beckley, WV 25801.