The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

April 12, 2013

Obituaries — Friday, April 12, 2013




Sidney W. Allen

MASSILLON, Ohio — Sidney W. Allen, age 62, of Massillon, a native of Oak Hill, passed away Saturday, April 6, 2013.

He was born in Oak Hill, W.Va., on April 23, 1950, to Burkie and Billie Allen.

He was a kind free spirit that had tremendous love for his family and friends. Sidney also enjoyed music, especially playing the guitar. He was recently enrolled at Stark State University to become a massage therapist, and was employed as a car salesman in the area.

He was preceded in death by his father, Burkie Allen.

Sidney is survived by his children, Ryan and Nathan Allen; granddaughter, Bella Allen; mother, Billie (Goodman) Allen; brothers, Randy and John Allen, of West Virginia; nephews, John Jr. and Kevin Allen; his dear cousin, Jack Stone, and his companion, Pamela J. Wells.

Cremation has taken place and a gathering of friends will be held on Saturday, June 15, 2013, at 2 p.m., at 1305 Springhill NE, Massillon, OH 44646.

For any information regarding the service, please contact Pamela Wells at 330-834-0293.

Arrangements by Lewis Funeral Home, 330-452-4041.



Harry Beuran Atkinson

Harry Beuran Atkinson, 88, of Beckley, was lovingly welcomed into the arms of God on Wednesday, April 10, 2013, following a short illness.

Born August 24, 1924, he was the son of the late Harry Atkinson Sr. and Lillian Pearl Atkinson. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Deborah Atkinson McClure; grandsons, Mark Louis Atkinson and William Guy Atkinson II; also preceding him in death are his sisters, Mary Barney, Celia Barker, and brothers, Rev. John Atkinson and Harold Eugene Atkinson.

He is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Jane Ann Sparks Atkinson; sons, Barney Atkinson and his wife, Mary, Bill Atkinson and his wife, Sharon; and a daughter, Karen Eller and her husband, Ross; son-in-law, David McClure. Additionally, he is survived by grandchildren Kelli Atkinson Morrison and her husband, Todd, Amanda McClure Owens and her husband, Tommy, Kristin Atkinson Spinks and her husband, Jamie, Carrie McClure Carney and her fiancé, Victor Parker, Samuel Atkinson and his wife, Emily; great-grandchildren, Jacob Morrison, Savannah Lynn, Ethan Lynn, Elijah Morrison, Asa Morrison, Kaleb Spinks, and Grayson Spinks. He is also survived by sisters, Martha Muntz, Charity Fondale, Hope Atkinson, and a host of special nieces and nephews.

He proudly served in the U.S. Navy on the USS Independence during World War II. He was a graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School and Beckley College. He was the owner of Atkinson’s Super Market in Beckley and Atkinson’s Super Market in Coal City before becoming a real estate broker and owner of Van Buren Gallery of Homes. He was an astute businessman and entrepreneur. He formerly served as a past president of the Beckley Board of Realtors and as a member of the board of Appalachian Bible College. He served as past chairman of the Deacon Board for Regular Baptist Church and was a member of the Memorial Baptist Church, the Outreach Sunday School Class and First Baptist Church of New Smyrna Beach. He was an avid fisherman and hunter.

Although he lived a successful life, his passion was to live his life to honor God. He was considered by those that knew him best as one of the heroes of faith. Described as a loving and faithful husband, father, and grandfather, he touched the lives of everyone he met. He was a wise, gentle and compassionate man who wanted everyone to know abundant life in Christ.

Services to honor and celebrate his life will be conducted at the Blue Ridge Funeral Home on Saturday, April 13, 2013, at 11 a.m., with Dr. Charles Bright, Dr. James Boyd and Barney Atkinson officiating.

Visitation with the family will be held on Friday, April 12, 2013, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be Paul Atkinson, Hal Atkinson, David Fondale, Wes Fondale, Todd Morrison and Jamie Spinks.

The family requests any donations of sympathy be made to Hospice of Southern West Virginia or Memorial Baptist Church.

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

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



Arthur C. Ayers

HINTON — Arthur C. Ayers, 81, of Hinton, went home to be with the Lord and his wife Mary, on Wednesday, April 10, 2013, at the Bowers Hospice House, following a long illness.

Born March 18, 1932, at Hinton, he was the son of the late James O. and Pearl Jones Ayers.

He was a member of Central Baptist Church. Arthur was a U.S. Air Force Veteran who served during the Korean Conflict. He was a loving, kind and thoughtful man.

Other than his parents he was preceded in death by his wife Mary Ayers, who passed away February 24, 2010; three brothers, Clinton, Bobby and Franklin Ayers; one sister, June Hoover; and one nephew, Jonathan Ayers.

Those left to cherish his memory include a special niece, Vickie Trimble and husband John of Oak Hill; other nieces, Terrie Northcraft of Hillsborough, N.C., Amy Ayers of Clifton Forge, Va.; nephews, Gary Hoover of Fayetteville, Bill Hoover and wife Joyce of Summersville, Michael Ayers of Clifton Forge, Va.; and a special brother-in-law James Ward of Hinton.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, April 12, 2013, at the Central Baptist Church of Hinton, with Pastor Robbie Merritt officiating. Burial will follow in Restwood Memorial Gardens near Hinton.

Friends may call from 1 p.m. until time of services at the church.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

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

Arrangements are by Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors of Hinton.



Gilmer Ray Ayers

On Monday, April 8th, 2013, our most cherished, Gilmer Ray Ayers, passed away at his home on Fortuna Lane in Eccles, following a short illness. He was 69 years of age.

The first of three children, Gilmer was born on January 4th, 1944, at Beckley. He is the son of Gilmer Adrion and Rujean Bragg Ayers of Eccles. In addition to his parents, Gilmer leaves his brother Charles Ayers and his wife, Naomi, of Eccles and Kenneth Ayers and his wife, Helen, of Lester.

Gilmer spent his childhood at Eccles. He was a graduate of Trap Hill School, Class of 1962. A veteran of the U.S. Army, Gilmer was a coal miner, retiring from Pittston Coal. He had 38 years in the mining industry.

Gilmer loved the woods. He loved to hunt, fish and spend time at the Ayers Camp on the Greenbrier.

From a previous marriage Gilmer had three children, Chuck, Randy and Lisa Ayers. There are several grandchildren. This family resides in North Carolina.

On August 6th, 1982, Gilmer married Patricia Sue Keener. To this union were born Mollie and Adrian. Mollie is married to Brandon Coleman and they make their home at Bolt; Adrian is engaged to Olivia, he makes his home at Fairdale. There are three grandchildren, Gavin, Keaton, and Kyler. Sadly, Patricia died on June 8th, 2003. Patricia leaves her daughter Melanie Hinzman and her husband, David Ray, and their children, Jeremy, Dana, Rebecca and Samuel.

Gilmer will be deeply missed by his family. May He Rest In Peace. To Mollie and Adrian he was the touchstone to their mother.

On Friday, April 12th, at 3 p.m. there will be a “Service of Remembrance” at the Melton Mortuary Chapel. Rev. Garry Hall will be officiating. The family will receive friends from 1 p.m. until the service hour. Gilmer will be laid to rest at the Oak Grove Cemetery near his beloved Patricia.



Linda Brooks

SUMMERLEE — Linda Sue Brooks, 53, of Summerlee, passed away Thursday, April 11, 2013.

Arrangements are incomplete. Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, 350 W. Maple Ave., Fayetteville, will be assisting the family.



Frank Foster Bush II

SMOOT — Frank Foster Bush II, 32, of Smoot, passed away Monday, April 8, 2013, from injuries sustained in a logging accident in Nicholas County.

Born July 12, 1980, in Montrose, Pa., he was the son of the late Frank F. Bush and Emma Hendricks Burns and husband Andrew of Glace.

Frank was the most wonderful husband and father. The love he had for his children and wife was a beautiful thing. They were his entire world. Frank loved spending time with his family and friends. He loved the outdoors: hunting, fishing, mud bogging and working. He led his life by example and always did the right thing, no matter what. Everywhere he went, people could just tell he was a wonderful man. Frank showed his love in the way he treated people and in his easy-going nature. He never met a stranger and would have done anything for anyone. Frank was one in a million and will be missed by everyone who had the pleasure of knowing him.

In addition to his father, Frank was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents Maurice and Pauline Bush and his maternal grandfather Thomas Hendricks.

Along with his mother and stepfather, Frank is survived by his loving wife Jami Martin Bush; a son, Colton Jacob Bush, age 2; two daughters, Alyssa Grace Bush, age 6, and Madisyn Olivia Bush, age 5; a stepdaughter Kaitlyn Seairra Cochrum, age 15; his maternal grandmother Hazel Hendricks of White Sulphur Springs; three sisters Emily Burns (Darrell) of Muddy Creek Mountain, Andrea Burns (Buddy Tincher) of Union and Michele Bush (Larry Hardic) of Montrose, Pa.; a brother Gary Bush (Tammy) of Beaver; a special cousin Cassie Taylor and children of Alderson; his mother and father-in-law Arlan and Phyllis Martin of Smoot; a brother-in-law Michael Martin (Tammy Johnson) of Rupert; four nieces Leahanna Lewis, Tamera Gunter, Hayden Tincher and Jessica Bush; six nephews Curtis Darling, Christopher Burns, Jeremy Burns, Levi Bush, Remington Bush, and Shane Burns; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, friends, neighbors and co-workers.

Services will be 2 p.m. Saturday, April 13, 2013, at Smathers Funeral Chapel with Rev. Jonathan Hunt officiating. Burial will follow in the Sunrise Chapel Cemetery at Clintonville.

Friends may call Friday, April 12, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be Aaron Street, Christopher Burns, Jeremy Burns, Levi Bush, Bob Martin, Jimmy Pozzie, Jerry Pozzie and John Reed.

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

Arrangements by Smathers Funeral Chapel, Inc., Rainelle.



Lisa Cochran Carroll

KING GEORGE, Va. — Lisa Kaye Cochran Carroll, 45, of King George, formerly of Beckley, died Wednesday, April 10, 2013.

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

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary and Cremation Center, Beckley.



Walter Clyde Clay

YORKTOWN, Va. — Walter Clyde Clay, 77, of Yorktown, passed away Monday, April 8, 2013, with his loving family by his side. He was originally from West Virginia, and had lived the past 34 years in Virginia.

Walter retired after 26 years of Civil Service work and was an Air Force veteran. Walter’s true love in his life was his family.

Walter was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur Bryan Clay and Anona Walkup Clay.

Walter is survived by his loving wife of 55 years Elta Richardson Clay; five daughters, Rebecca Clay Hovorka (Tom), Deborah Clay Anderson and fiance Dwayne Ball, Terri Clay Moore (Henry), Belinda Clay Trombetta (Nick), Crystal Clay Phillips (Scott); 10 grandchildren, Rachel, Holly, Cristy, Joey, Michelle, Clay, Sean, Nichole, Van, and Breanna, as well as four great-grandchildren; two brothers, Ray Clay (Vada), and A.B. “Poochie” Clay, and a sister Phyllis Spade. Sisters-in-law, Mary Sue Smith and Rose Casey (C.B.); brothers-in-law, Ken Richardson (Rosie), Ray Richardson (Marie), Norman Richardson, and Ronald Richardson.

His remains rest at High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, where the family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday and where the funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, with Rev. Michael Whisman officiating. Burial will follow in High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill, with military rites conducted by Oak Hill V.F.W. Post 3110.

Condolences may be sent to www.highlawnfuneralhomechapel.com.

Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.



Barbara Stafford Cline

PINEVILLE — Barbara Stafford Cline, 79, passed away Thursday, April 11, 2013.

Arrangements by Calfee Funeral and Cremation Service, Pineville.



Richard Cline

FAYETTEVILLE — Richard Cline, 67, of Fayetteville, passed away Wednesday, April 10, 2013.

Arrangements are incomplete. Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, 350 W. Maple Ave., Fayetteville, will be assisting the family.



Jerry Mansel Dobson

SUMMERSVILLE — Jerry Mansel Dobson, 71, of Summersville, passed away Wednesday, April 10, 2013.

Service will be 2 p.m. Saturday, April 13, at Simons-Coleman Funeral Home, Richwood, with Pastor Dallas Dobson officiating. Burial will follow in Richwood Cemetery, Richwood. Friends may call 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 13, at the funeral home.

All arrangements were made by Simons-Coleman Funeral Home, Richwood.



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.

Born July 22, 1927, at Oak Hill, he was the son of the late C.W. “Doc” and Viola Blake Duncan.

Roy was a retired coal miner. He was a former Oak Hill police officer, former member of the Oak Hill Volunteer Fire Department and a member of the UMWA.

He was a World War II U.S. Navy veteran.

Survivors include a sister, Emma Duncan, and numerous cousins.

Graveside rites and committal service will be on Friday, April 12, 2013, at 2 p.m. at High Lawn Memorial Park in Oak Hill, with Rev. Shirley Watson officiating. Burial will follow. There will be no visitation.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

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

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.



Johnny Ray Endicott

GILBERT — Johnny Ray Endicott, 55, died Wednesday, April 10, 2013.

Service will be 2 p.m. Sunday, April 14, at Mounts Funeral Home Chapel, Gilbert, with the Rev. Diamond Carter and the Rev. Lowell Smith officiating. Burial will follow in the Hollywood Cemetery, Gilbert. Friends may call 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Online at www.mountsfuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by Mounts Funeral Home, Gilbert.



Rita Kay Fagg

DANESE — Rita Kay Fagg, 65, of Danese, passed away Wednesday, April 10, 2013.

The family will receive friends from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 13, at High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel. The graveside service will follow at High Lawn Memorial Park.

Condolences may be sent to www.highlawnfuneralhomechapel.com.

Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.

Nora Ferrell

COAL MOUNTAIN — Nora Ferrell, 92, passed away Tuesday, April 9, 2013.

Service will be noon Saturday, April 13, at the Coal Mountain Freewill Baptist Church, Coal Mountain, with the Revs. Roger Browning and James Ellis officiating. Burial will follow in the Palm Memorial Gardens, Matheny. Friends may call 6 to 9 p.m. today (Friday) at the church.

Online at www.mountsfuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by Mounts Funeral Home, Gilbert.



Geneva Fox

MEADOW BRIDGE — Geneva Fox, 78, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, lost her fight with Alzheimer’s Disease on Tuesday, April 9, 2013, at her home with all of her family by her side, following a long illness.

Born March 23, 1935, at Red Springs, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Oather and Ida Deloris Smith Adkins.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Chandler Geneva.

Geneva was a member of Red Springs Community Church of Red Springs, where she taught Sunday School for a long time. Even though she couldn’t drive, she never missed a Sunday School service. Her favorite Bible verse that she taught her family and wanted them to remember was Philippians 4:13 which reads, “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” She loved spending quality time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and was a homemaker.

Those left to cherish her memory are her husband: Alva K. Fox of Backus Mtn. Road; two daughters, Donna Marcum (Porky) of Beckley, and Dolly Smith (Joey) of Danese; two sons, Dean (Lena) Fox of Backus Mtn., and Dale Fox and special friend Chrissy of Danese; one sister, Virginia “Dingie” McMillen of Beckley; eight grandchildren: Samantha Fox, Tabitha Fox, Sarena Fox, Travis Fox, Tosha Spence, Haylee Smith, Taylor Smith and Ryan Fox; and two great-grandchildren: Bryce and Braxton.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 13, 2013, at the Wallace & Wallace Chapel in Rainelle, with Pastor Shirley Fox and Brother Ray Hicks officiating.

Friends may visit with family Friday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Her final resting place will be at Goddard Cemetery, beside her granddaughter Chandler, where she would have wanted to be.

Pallbearers will be Dean, Dale, Porky, Joey, Travis, and Ryan.

Words can never express the thanks we feel to those who helped and comforted us through this very difficult time.

Please send online condolences by visiting www.wallaceandwallacefh.com.

Arrangements through Wallace & Wallace of Rainelle.



Delmar Thomas Hamon

SUMMERSVILLE — Delmar Thomas Hamon, 85, of Summersville, passed away Wednesday, April 10, 2013.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 13, in the Waters Funeral Chapel at Summersville with Pastor Butch Collins officiating. Burial will follow in the WV Memorial Gardens at Calvin. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral chapel.

Arrangements by Waters Funeral Chapel, Summersville.



Viola Mae Ledford

OAK HILL — Viola Mae Ledford, age 89, of Oak Hill, passed away on Wednesday, April 10, 2013, at the Hidden Valley Health Care Center at Oak Hill.

Born on February 19, 1924, at Mercer County, she was the daughter of the late Pat Bowden and Mahala Richmond Bowden.

Mrs. Ledford was a homemaker, and a member of the Church of God in Erwin, Tennessee. She had made her home at Oak Hill for the past three years, moving from Erwin, Tennessee.

Mrs. Ledford was preceded in death by her husband, George, a daughter Jalta Jane Wood, five brothers, Teddy, Carl, Olza, James, and Andy Bowden, four sisters, Dolly Hatcher, Nellie Wood, Sarah Jane Kazee, and Pauline Edwards.

Survivors include two sons, Frank Harmon and his wife Carolyn of Boise, Idaho, and Charles Harmon and his wife Carol of Johnson City, Tennessee; three daughters, Fern Glenna Harmon of Kingsport, Tennessee, Violet Doolittle and her husband Robert of Scarbro, WV, and Ruth Ellis and her husband Marion of Elizabethon, Tennessee. Two brothers, Alvin Bowden and his wife Carolyn of Danzell, South Carolina, and Carlos Bowden and his wife Bonnie of Palm Bay, Florida. A sister-in-law, Patsy Bowden of Winston-Salem, NC. A sister Lorine Shumate of Christiansburg, Virginia. 21 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, and 2 great-great-grandchildren, along with many nieces, nephews, and friends.

Mrs. Ledford loved the Lord, traveling, sewing, quilting, and listening to gospel music. She loved her family and enjoyed having them come to visit.

Funeral services will be conducted at the Rose and Quesenberry Peace Chapel in Beckley on Saturday, April 13, 2013, at 1 p.m., with Rev. Becky Wheeler officiating. Burial will follow at Sunset Memorial Park in Beckley.

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

Pallbearers will be family members. 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, 1901 South Kanawha Street, Beckley.



Robert D. Minnick Jr.

Robert D. Minnick Jr., 63, of Beaver, went home to be with his Lord and to enter his eternal home Monday, April 8, 2013, at his residence following a courageous battle with lung cancer.

Born February 12, 1950, in Affinity, he was the son of the late Robert Minnick, and Mary Duff Minnick of Illinois.

Robert was a man of many hobbies; he enjoyed his dogs and his pet bird, he was a fan of the Chicago Bears, enjoyed NASCAR, but was a devout WVU football fan. When he came back home from Chicago, he said he would never live anywhere else but WV.

In addition to his father he was preceded in death by his daughter, Cindy Lester.

In addition to his mother those left to cherish his memory include his loving companion, Betty Amick; his 3 sons, Tommy McComas, Joe Minnick, and Josh Minnick, 7 grandchildren, and 3 great-grandchildren, two brothers, Larry Minnick and his wife Kay and Clinton Dale Minnick, a sister, Danielle and her husband, Bob; a very special friend, Corey Kincaid; and a host of aunts and uncles, nieces and nephews, and many beloved friends.

Services will be held Friday, April 12, 2013, at 1 p.m. in the chapel of Williams Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Sophia, with Rev. Hilda Shorter officiating. Following the service Robert will be laid to rest near his father in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens. Family and Friends will serve as pallbearers.

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

Online condolences can be sent to the family by visiting www.blueridgefuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by Williams-Blue Ridge Funeral Home, 101 First Street, Sophia.



Russell Robert O’Neal

Russell Robert O’Neal, age 98, of Crab Orchard, passed away Wednesday, April 10, 2013.

He was born November 7, 1914, in Crab Orchard, the son of the late Howard and Daisy Snuffer O’Neal.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife, Hazel O’Neal, and daughter, Karen O’Neal.

Brother O’Neal was licensed to the Gospel Ministry by the Crab Orchard Church of the Brethren (First District of Virginia, now Virlina) in December 1949. He was ordained prior to 1961. He has served as a free minister within the Crab Orchard Church and as pastor of the Oakvale Church. He also served as Chaplain at Pinecrest Hospital. He attended classes at the West Virginia Business College in Bluefield, WV, during 1934-35 and at Beckley College during 1935-36. For many years he was associated with the grocery business. He served as store clerk in the Gulf Mining Company Store (1938-1943) and as an assistant manager/accountant at the Carolina Super Market in Crab Orchard (1946-?). According to the teachings of his church, Brother Russell served as a Civilian Public Service worker from December 10, 1943, until July 11, 1946. As a conscientious objector to war, he served on projects of national importance at Lyndhurst, VA, (Blue Ridge Parkway/Forest Fire Suppression) and Bowie, Maryland (Fish and Wildlife Base Camp).

He is survived by three nephews, Larry Priddy and wife Janie of Crab Orchard, Don Priddy and wife Vicky of Prosperity and Max Priddy and wife Glenna of Crab Orchard; close family friends, Jim and Sue Campbell, and caregivers, Linda Muncy, Joe and Karen Birchfield, Sue Lilly, Delores Lowe and Christy Gouge.

Funeral services will be 12 p.m. Friday, April 12, 2013, in the Calfee Funeral Home Chapel, 800 S. Oakwood Ave. in Beckley. Those officiating will be David K. Shumate and Owen G. Stultz. Burial will follow in Sunset Memorial Park. Friends may visit with the family one hour prior to service on Friday.

Pallbearers will be Larry, Don, Max and Scott Priddy, Jim Campbell, Joe Birchfield and Mike Westmoreland.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Church of the Brethren, P.O. Box 386, Crab Orchard, WV 25827.

Online condolences may be left at www.calfeefh.com.

Arrangements by Calfee Funeral Home, Beckley.



Julia Ann Turner Plaugher

DURBIN — Julia Ann Turner Plaugher, 50, passed away Saturday, March 2, 2013.

A memorial service will be 2 p.m. Sunday, April 21, at the Durbin United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Julian Rittenhoue and the Rev. Gary Phillips officiating. The family will receive friends and family from 1 p.m. until time of the service Sunday at the church.

Please send online condolences by visiting www.wallaceandwallacefh.com.

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Arbovale.



Wayne Ramsey

Wayne Ramsey, 62, of Daniels, passed away Tuesday, April 9, 2013.

Arrangements are pending completion at Rose and Quesenberry, 1901 S. Kanawha St., Beckley.



Richard Anthony (Tony) Scurlock

LEWISBURG — Richard Anthony (Tony) Scurlock, 49, following a long illness, God called him home on Wednesday, April 10, 2013, at the Roanoke Memorial Hospital, Roanoke, Va. Tony will no longer suffer as he did here on Earth; instead he will be in the arms of Jesus and his brother, Eugene.

Born Oct. 16, 1963, in Summersville, and was the son of Aretta Dotson Butler of Fairlea and Richard Scurlock of Jackson, Ohio.

A lifelong resident of Greenbrier County, member of the Elks Club and had been a car salesman for Colonial Ford.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Eugene Butler.

Survivors include his wife, Nancy E. Scurlock of Lewisburg, mother and stepfather, Aretta and Henry Butler of Fairlea; father, Richard Scurlock of Jackson, Ohio; a sister, Angie and husband, Darrell Deskins, and the two most important people in his life, his pride and joys, nephew, Micah, and niece, Leah Beth Deskins, all of Union; three stepchildren and eight grandchildren, along with many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends who cared and love him deeply.

Service will be 1 p.m. Saturday, April 13, 2013, at the Longanacre Funeral Home Chapel, Fairlea, with the Rev. Randy Gillian and Mr. Robert Vass officiating. Entombment will follow in Rosewood Cemetery Mausoleum, Lewisburg.

Friends and family may call from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, April 12, 2013, at the Longanacre Funeral Home, Fairlea.

Arrangements by Longanacre Funeral Home, Fairlea.



Mable Marie Sewell

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Mable Marie Sewell, 80, of Columbia, formerly of Union, passed away Saturday, April 6, 2013, following a short illness.

She was born at Itmann, W.Va., December 18, 1932, a daughter of the late Joseph and Hattie Johnston McGhee.

Ms. Sewell was a factory worker, waitress, caregiver, a member of the Ghent Freewill Baptist Church and Ghent Order of the Eastern Star.

She was preceded in death by three sisters, Anna Mae Mounts, Lucille Walker, Elizabeth Gillespie, and two  brothers, Bob McGhee and Frank McGhee.

   Surviving are two daughters, Gwen Harvey of Columbia, S.C., Nancy Roles and husband, Randy, of Union; two sisters, Betty Parker of Union, Gladys Blevins and husband, Jim, of Shady Spring, and one brother, Jay McGhee and wife, Gladys, of Sweptsonville, N.C.; two grandchildren, one great-grandchild, three stepsons, three stepdaughters and numerous stepgrandchildren.

Memorial Services will be held 1 p.m. Sunday, April 14, 2013, at the Ghent Freewill Baptist Church at Ghent.

Information submitted by Groves Funeral Home in Union.

Delbert Ray Smith

RAINELLE — Delbert Ray Smith, 71, of Rainelle, passed away Wednesday, April 10, 2013. 

Services will be 2 p.m. Sunday, April 14, at Smathers Funeral Chapel, Rainelle. Friends may call 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, April 13, at the funeral home.

Online condolences at www.smathersfuneralchapelinc.com.

Arrangements by Smathers Funeral Chapel, Rainelle.



Donald Joseph Via

HINTON — Donald Joseph Via, 92, of Hinton, was united with his Lord and Savior and reunited with loved ones and friends on Tuesday, April 9, 2013, following a long illness. “I have fought a good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith.....” (2 Tim. 4:7)

Born in Summers County, March 2, 1921, Donald was the oldest son of the late Avery C. and Bertha Williams Via. He was a member of Central Baptist Church in Hinton. A 1940 graduate of Hinton High School and a machinist with the C&O Railroad, retiring after 40 years of service, he loved West Virginia, his camp on the New River, hunting, fishing, gardening and spending time with his family, especially the grandchildren. In later years his Saturday outings with his brother were the highlight of his week.

A member of “the Greatest Generation,” he loved his country and served with the U.S. Army in World War II. He was in the 75th Infantry Division, serving as an automatic rifleman in the liberation of Europe. He was awarded the Combat Infantry Badge and Bronze Star.

Donald was preceded in death by his wife of 68 years, the love of his life, Lottie McKinney Via, in 2007. Also, preceded by a brother, Howard L. Via, and a sister, Eloise Via Richmond.

Those left to cherish his memory include two daughters, Nana Watkins and husband Richard of Blythewood, SC, and Patricia Kerns and husband Steve of Centerville, OH; four grandsons, Greg Watkins, Lee Watkins (Deborah), Jonathan Watkins (Shannon), and Brian Kerns; two granddaughters, Kristin Watkins and Robyn Kerns Meyer (Philip); great-grandchildren, Elliott Cox; PFC Nicholas Watkins, USMC; Emily Watkins and Alexis Meyer. Also survived by one brother, Norman A. Via of Beckley; two sisters, Mary Via Cole of Shady Spring and Norma Via Bennett (Robert) of Alderson; brother-in-law James A. McKinney (Brenda) of Beckley and a number of nieces and nephews.

The family would like to thank two special people for their attentiveness and loving care during our Daddy’s long illness — Becky Howery of Hinton and Richard Horwath of Beaver. Also, we want to thank the staff (past and present) at Greystone for the wonderful care and comfort you all have given him over the past three years. Thanks to Hospice of Southern WV for their love and kindness these past two months.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 13, 2013, at the Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors Chapel with Pastor Sonny Angell officiating. Burial will follow in the Restwood Memorial Gardens near Hinton.

Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday at the funeral parlors.

Grandsons and family will serve as pallbearers.

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

Arrangements are by the Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors of Hinton.



Johnny A. Wallace

Johnny A. Wallace, 65, of Odd, WV, passed away Wednesday, March 10th, 2013, in a local hospital after a short illness.

He was born at Odd, WV, November 19th, 1947, the son of the late Harry and Lorena Wallace. He was loved so very much by his family and many, many friends. He was a 1965 graduate of Stoco High School. Johnny served in the U.S. Army and also Vietnam. He was a member of the Moose Lodge No. 1380, of Manassas, Virginia, and he also loved going to the Mardi Gras Casino in Cross Lanes with friends and family. Johnny was known to his friends as “The GOV.”

Those left to cherish his memory include three sisters, Shirley Snuffer and husband, Ronald “Junk” Snuffer of Beckley, WV, Norma Thompson and husband Thomas, of Mineral, VA, Linda Davis of Woodbridge, VA; one brother, Anthony “Tony” Wallace and wife Doreen of Manassas, VA; one niece, Regina May and husband Charles; four nephews, Keith Thompson and wife Chris, Kenny Thompson and wife Lori, Greg Davis and wife Kim and Anthony Davis; six great-nieces and one great-nephew; a host of cousins and many friends.

Services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, April 13th, 2013, at Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley, with Rev. Donnie Fink officiating. Following the service Johnny will be laid to rest at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers will be Larry Keaton, Ken Brogan, James Shrewsbury, Chris Brogan, Russell Thompson, and Pete Brogan.

Friends may gather with the family Saturday from 1:30 till service time at the funeral home.

Donations of sympathy may be made to Ghent Volunteer Fire Department, 2651 Flat Top Road, Ghent, WV 25843.

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

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



Dorothy Whitehead

Mrs. Dorothy Whitehead, 84, of Beckley, died Wednesday, April 10, 2013.

Arrangements entrusted to Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.



Mary Marie Withrow

FLAT TOP LAKE — Mary Marie Withrow, 100, of Flat Top Lake, passed away Thursday, April 11, 2013.

Arrangements are pending completion at Rose and Quesenberry, 1901 S. Kanawha St., Beckley.