The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

April 10, 2013

Obituaries — Wednesday, April 10, 2013


Hubert Lloyd Aliff

Hubert Lloyd Aliff, 81, of Beckley, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, April 8, 2013, in the Beckley VA Medical Center, following a long illness.

Born April 18, 1931 in Helen, he was the son of the late Woodrow Aliff and Ethel Bolen Satterlee.

Lloyd was a veteran of the United State Air Force. He worked for General Motors in Grand Rapids, Mich., for 30 years. Following his retirement he returned home to Raleigh County. He enjoyed woodworking and visiting his family in Florida and feeding the deer.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife of 47 years, Sandra “Tudy” Aliff, his daughter Wendy K. Rodriguez, and son Joseph Aliff, his brother Waldo Aliff, his sister Debra Meadows, and his step-mother Madeline Aliff.

Those left to cherish his memory include his children Wayne “Keith” Aliff, Wanda Kim McGinnis and husband Gary, and Wesley K. Alliff and wife Susan. His grandchildren and great–grandchildren. His brothers and sisters Eva Marie Clay, Gretna Jean Adkins, Anita Louise Williams and husband Roger, Wayne “Kescle” Aliff and wife Ama, Venetta Jane Broyles, James L. Aliff and his wife Sandy, and a special brother Marn, and a host of nieces and nephews and beloved friends.

Memorial Service will be held Saturday, April 20, 2013, at 1 p.m. at New Prospect Baptist Church at Sweenysburg, with Pastor Gary Williams officiating. In keeping with his wishes he will be cremated. Inurnment will take place in the Williams Family Cemetery at Cirtsville, following the service.

An online guest registry and other information can be found by visiting www.blueridgefuneralhome.com

The honor of serving the Aliff Family has been given to Blue Ridge Funeral Home, 5251 Robert C. Byrd Drive, Beckley.

Gilmer Ray Ayers

Gilmer Ray Ayers, 69, of Fortuna Ave., Eccles, died Monday, April 8th, 2013, following a short illness.

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

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary and Cremation Center, Beckley.

Denver Carl Bias

HINTON — Denver Carl Bias, 74, of Hinton, passed away Monday, April 8, 2013.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 13, 2013, at the Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors Chapel, with Rev. Dr. Barbara Romfo officiating. Burial will follow in the Meadows Cemetery on New River Road.

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

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

Arrangements are by the Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors of Hinton.

Stella Josephine ‘Jo’ Clower Blake

OAK HILL — Stella Josephine “Jo” Clower Blake, 82, of Oak Hill, died on Sunday, April 7, 2013, at Plateau Medical Center in Oak Hill, after a courageous nine-year battle with Alzheimer’s.

Born May 10, 1930 at Fayetteville, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Lewis H. and Pearl E. Clower.

Jo was a retired Food Services director for the Fayette County Board of Education.

She was a member of the Oak Hill United Methodist Church and a later member of the Avon Park United Methodist Church.

The family wishes to express their appreciation to the staff of Fayette Nursing and Rehab, where she resided for the past four years, for their loving care and patience.

Her husband, Samuel E. “Sam” Blake; two brothers, Bernie and Archie Clower and three sisters, Mary Simpkins, Minnie Aliff and Margaret Christian preceded her in death.

Survivors include one son, John Blake and wife, June of Oak Hill; daughter, Debra Welsh and husband, Patrick of Jacksonville, FL; four sisters, Mildred Clower of St. Albans, Virginia McDaniel of Avon Park, FL, Cam Simpkins of Chewelah, WA and Meta Evans of West End, NC; six grandchildren, seven great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.

Graveside rites and committal services will be on Thursday, April 11, 2013, at 11 a.m. at High Lawn Memorial Park in Oak Hill, with Rev. Ralph Shupe officiating. Burial will follow. There will be no visitation.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association (www.alz.org) PO Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090-6011.

Online condolences may be sent at www.tyreefuneralhome.com

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Virginia Helen Fitzpatrick Cales

HAMPTON, Va. — Virginia Helen Fitzpatrick Cales, 92, a native of Hinton, passed away on Monday, April 8, 2013.

A celebration of Virginia’s life will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 13, 2013, at Parklawn-Wood Funeral Home. Inurnment will follow at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church Columbarium.

Memorial contributions may be made to any animal shelter of your choice.

Friends are encouraged to visit www.parklawn-woodfh.com to share memories and words of condolence with the family.

Arrangements are under the care of Parklawn-Wood Funeral Home, 2551 N. Armistead Avenue, Hampton, VA 23666.

Walter Clyde Clay

YORKTOWN, Va. — Walter Clyde Clay, 77, of Yorktown, passed away Monday, April 8, 2013.

Condolences may be sent to www.highlawnfuneralhomechapel.com

Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.

Carlos Crouch

Carlos Lee Crouch, 75, of Autumn Lane, Beckley, died Monday, April 8th, 2013, at the Veterans Area Medical Center.

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

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary and Cremation Center, Beckley.

Roy Lee Duncan

OAK HILL — Roy Lee Duncan, 85, of Oak Hill, died on Monday, April 8, 2013, at Arbors Nursing Home in Gallipolis, Ohio.

Online condolences may be sent at www.tyreefuneralhome.com

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Eddie Highlander

Charles Edward “Eddie” Highlander, 70, of Rider Drive, Beckley, died Monday, April 8th, 2013, at the Bowers Hospice House.

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

Arrangements by Melton Mortuay and Cremation Center, Beckley.

Laura Stewart Hood

PINEVILLE — Laura Stewart Hood, 84, of Pineville, passed away Tuesday, April 9, 2013.

Calfee Funeral and Cremation Service of Pineville, is serving the Hood Family.

Dorothy LouAnn Lilly Loveday

Dorothy LouAnn Lilly Loveday, 69, of Cool Ridge, died Monday, April 8, 2013, at Raleigh General Hospital following a long illness.

Born May 11, 1943 in Beaver, she was the daughter of the late Stennie Caperton and Goldie Myrtle Griffith Lilly.

Survivors include her husband of 50 years, Charles Edward Loveday; children, Duane Loveday and wife Jamie of Conway, SC, Darrell Loveday of Cool Ridge, Charlene Frye and husband Mitchell of King, NC, Jeffrey Loveday and wife Cathy of King, NC; sister, Sylvia Lilly of Cool Ridge, and Stennie B. Lilly and wife Jackie of Lewisburg, WV; grandson, Logan Loveday and wife Katie of Greenville, SC; granddaughters, Hanna and Rachel Loveday of Conway, SC, and Victoria, Alexandria and Caroline Loveday of King, NC.

She was preceded in death by siblings James Lilly, Helen Okes, Kenneth Lilly, and Clarence Lilly.

She was a 1961 graduate of Shady Spring High School. She spent many years supporting her husband in church ministry including, Lynchburg, VA, Sevierville, TN, Union, WV, and Cool Ridge.

She was an avid homemaker, enjoyed singing gospel music and hymns in church with family and friends. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and aunt.  She more recently attended Bible Baptist Church, MacArthur, WV.

In memory of Ms. Loveday, charitable donations may be made to Bible Baptist Church.

Funeral Services will be conducted to Celebrate The Life of Mrs. Dorothy Loveday on Wednesday, April 10, 2013 at 2 p.m. (today ) at the Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home Shady Spring Chapel, with Pastor Thomas Shepherd officiating. Burial will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens at Prosperity.

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

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

Private online condolences, floral gifts, and other expressions of sympathy are available to the family via our guestbook at www.roseandquesenberry.net

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

Tollison Lusk Jr.

BUD — Tollison Lusk Jr., 85, of Bud, passed away on Monday, April 8, 2013, peacefully at his home.

Born March 20, 1928, at Herndon, he was the son of the late Charley E. and Metta (Garretson) Lusk of Herndon.

Tollison was a veteran of the Korean Conflict and was honorably discharged. He was a deacon of the Bud Baptist Church having served in numerous positions in the church over the years. His work career included N&W Railroad as a boilermaker. He was a boilermaker at Beach Grove, Indiana, a boiler inspector for Hartford Steam Boiler, boiler inspector for the State of WV, and retired from Commercial Union Ins. as a safety inspector.

Mr. Lusk was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather. He will be greatly missed.

In addition to his parents he is also preceded in death by one brother, Roy Lusk; two sisters, Pansie Snyder and Carrie McKinney; and four brother-in-laws, Noah Mills, Harold Howerton, Ira Snyder, and Murel McKinney.

Mr. Lusk is survived by his wife of 56 years, Alma (Shrewsberry) Lusk; a daughter, Pamela (Lusk) Bishop and her husband, Jeffrey of Bud; one son, Gregory B. Lusk and his wife, Charlotte of Corinne; five grandchildren, Adam Bishop, Stacie Allen and her husband, Matthew, Joshua Bishop and his wife, Kara, Brian Lusk, and Amy Lusk; one great grandchild, Olivia Allen; two sisters, Myrtle Mills of Herndon and Gracie Howerton of Princeton; one sister-in-law, Mary Lusk of Herndon; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Services will be 11 a.m. Thursday, April 11, 2013, at Tankersley Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Tom Lusk officiating. Burial will follow in the Lusk Cemetery, Lusk Settlement.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

The family would like to thank his caregivers, Elfreda, Brenda, and Nancy for their kindness and care. Also, we would like to thank our family and friends for their prayers and support.

Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.tankersleyfh.com

The family of Tollison Lusk is being cared for by Tankersley Funeral Home, Mullens.

Carrie Eileen Mann

Carrie Eileen Mann, age 88, of Daniels, passed away on Monday, April 8, 2013, at the Raleigh Center in Daniels.

Born on  July 16, 1924, at Abraham, she was the daughter of the late C.O. Smith and Flora Arthur Smith.

Mrs. Mann was a homemaker and a dedicated mother to her family. She had made her home in Daniels for most of her adult life.

Her husband, Fred F. Mann; a son Roger B. Smith, and several brothers and sisters preceded her in death.

Those survivors left to cherish her memory include her children; Rodney Smith and his wife Debbie of Bristol, Va., Sue Lilly and her husband Fred of Shady Spring, Margaret Vandall and her husband Randy of Shady Spring, Fred Mann and his wife Beth of East Bend, N.C., Nancy Ellison and her husband Jim of Flat Top. A daughter-in-law, Drema Smith of Beaver; two special friends, Lucille Adams of Beckley, and Janet Cooper of Daniels. A brother, C.O. Smith Jr. and his wife Norma of Dry Hill Road, Beckley, a sister Rachel Richmond of Greystone Village, Beaver. Numerous grandchildren and great–grandchildren  are also among her survivors.

Committal services will be held at Sunset Memorial Park Mausoleum in Beckley on Friday, April 12, 2013, at 3 p.m. with Rev. Jack Barber officiating.  Burial will follow at the Cemetery.

Friends may call at the mausoleum from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday.

Private online condolences, floral gifts, and other expressions of sympathy are available to the family via our guestbook at www.roseandquesenberry.net

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

Joann Marcum Maynard

LOGAN — Joann Marcum Maynard, 72, of Logan, passed away Sunday, April 7, 2013.

A memorial service will be held 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 10, 2013, at the Mud Fork Freewill Baptist Church with Pastor Jr. Collins officiating.

In lieu of flowers donations may be accepted by Honaker Funeral Home. For email condolences go to: www.honakerfuneralhome.org

Honaker Funeral Home of Logan is in charge of arrangements.

Theodore McAllister

PINEVILLE — Theodore McAllister, 84, of Pineville, passed away Tuesday, April 9, 2013.

Calfee Funeral and Cremation Service, Pineville, is serving the McAllister Family.

John Wayne Nutter

QUINWOOD — John Wayne Nutter, 60, of Russellville Road, passed away Monday afternoon, April 8, 2013, at Greenbrier Valley Medical Center, Ronceverte, following a long illness.

Born March 2, 1953, at Richwood, W.Va., he was the son of the late William J. “Lemon” Nutter and Virginia Elizabeth Parker Nutter.

John worked as a general laborer and was a member of the Carpenter’s Union.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Patricia Fraley and Elizabeth Kay Ferguson; and two brothers, Alfred and William J. Nutter.

Survivors include his companion, Latasha Dawn Harris of Quinwood; a daughter, Niesha Nutter of Quinwood; a stepdaughter, Kristen Harris of Rainelle; a son, William James Nutter of Quinwood; a stepson, Myles Harris of Kentucky; a sister, Barbara Yoder of Quinwood; two brothers, Jack Nutter (Carol) of Rainelle, and Eddie Nutter (Patty) of Quinwood; two grandchildren, Destiny Sims and Cassie Craycraft; and one great-grandchild.

Services will be 2 p.m. Saturday, April 13, 2013, at the Wallace & Wallace Chapel, Rainelle, with the Rev. David Kincaid officiating. Burial will follow at Wallace Memorial Cemetery, Clintonville.

Friends may call one hour prior to the services (1 to 2 p.m.) at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, for those considering an expression of sympathy, the family requests contributions to help defray the unexpected expenses, be made to Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, 213 Main St., Rainelle, WV 25962.

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Rainelle.

Dorothy Eladene Pickle

Dorothy Eladene Pickle, 91, of Beckley, passed away Monday, April 8, 2013.

Arrangements are pending completion with Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley.

Jackie Skaggs

On Sunday, April 7th, 2013, the angels rejoiced as another one of God’s children, Jackie Skaggs of Rock Creek, entered the gates of heaven, following a long illness. He was 53 years of age.  

Born on May 28th, 1959, he was the son of the late Carlton J. and Georgie Gunnoe Skaggs.

Jackie will be remembered as a loving husband and Dad who loved to joke around.  

Those left to cherish memory is his wife, Shirley; son, Jackie and Crystal of Sandlick, daughter, Bridgette and Matthew of MacArthur and sons, Jody and Shawn, both of Rock Creek; brothers, Dean and Nina Skaggs, Donnie and Darrell Skaggs, Delbert and Judy Gunnoe, Robert and Anna Skaggs and a sister, Drema and Dean Bradford; there are five grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

On Thursday, April 11th, 2013, at 1 p.m. there will be a “Service of Remembrance at the Melton Mortuary Chapel. Pastor Jerry Brown will be officiating. The burial will follow in the Pettry Cemetery at Dry Creek.

The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. until the service hour.

Family members and friends will serve as pallbearers.

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

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary and Cremation Center, Beckley.

Kathleen Ferguson Thompson

SPANISHBURG — Patricia Kathleen Ferguson Thompson, 80, of Spanishburg, formerly of Glade Springs, Ocala, Florida, and Coal City, died Thursday, March 14, 2013.

Kathleen was born in Camp Creek, Mercer County, WV, the daughter of the late David Lawrence Ferguson and Fern Glen Martin Ferguson Roseblock. She was preceded in death by four brothers, David Clement, Green Lawson, Ralph Burl and Herman Evestus Ferguson.

She is survived by her husband of 62 years, Q. Darrell “Bubbles” Thompson; two daughters, Kathy Lynn Thompson of Coal City and Leigh Ann Thompson Herron Venable; one grandchild, Rebecca Adrianne Herron Thrift and her husband, Thomas Thrift, of Midlothian, VA; two great-grandchildren, Canaan Edward Thrift and Kyelin Summers Thrift, also of Midlothian; one sister, Dixie Ferguson Blankenship and her husband, Edward Blankenship, of Spanishburg; two sisters-in-law, Erma Jean Thompson Ayers Allen of Glade Springs and Madonna Setliff Ferguson of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio; a brother-in-law, Eddie L. Jones of Coal City; and 21 much loved nieces and nephews.

Kathleen graduated from Stoco High School and Concord College (now Concord University). She taught English grammar, literature, reading, composition and research at Stoco Junior High School, Stoco High School and Independence High School for 24 years. Students considered her tough but fair; friends and family knew her as a woman of boundless generosity, great intellectual curiosity and great spirit. Those close to her knew when they needed help Kathleen would offer it before they asked. Her family was the axis on which her world revolved, and she was the axis for theirs. Her other interests included reading, music, painting and duplicate bridge.

In keeping with her wishes, she was cremated and the ashes will be interred in a private family service at the Ferguson Family Cemetery in Fairview. A public celebration of her life will be 2 p.m. Saturday, April 13, 2013, in the Little Theater at Independence High School. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions to the Thompson Memorial Scholarship Fund. Condolences may be made payable to Independence High School, P.O. Box 1595, Coal City, WV 25823, with Thompson Memorial Scholarship on the memo line, or donated by PayPal to thompsonmemorialscholarship@gmail.com.

All who truly knew and loved our mother/grandmother/great-grandmother/aunt/sister/sister-in-law and friend know that Kathleen would say, in the words of one of her favorite authors, William Shakespeare, that she is not really gone from us, but is only, like Romeo, “some other where.”

Private online condolences, floral gifts, and other expressions of sympathy available at www.roseandquesenberry.net.

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