The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

May 23, 2013

Obituaries — Thursday, May 23, 2013


Charlene Flora Vanhoy Billings

SPANISHBURG — “Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up.”  1st Cor.13-4

Charlene Flora Vanhoy Billings, 80, of Spanishburg, went to meet her Lord and Savior Thursday evening, May 21, 2013, at her home following a long illness.

She was born August 30, 1932, in Wyoming County, she was the daughter of the late Charles and Bertha Pendry Vanhoy.

Her two greatest loves, were the church and her offspring and was followed by her love for crocheting and canning. Her greatest recreation was work. She was of the Primitive Baptist faith and her faith endures forever.  

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her loving husband, Robert A. Billings; two brothers, Eugene and Earl Vanhoy, one sister, Christene Kowalski, along with a beloved daughter-in-law Nita Billings.

Those left to cherish her memory, are her children, Ronnie and Sylvia Billings of Kegley; Douglas and Carolyn Billings of Bremen, Ky.; Byron Ross and Marie Billings of Kegley; Stephen Billings of Princeton; Pamela Hull of Spanishburg; Danny and Brenda Dent of Bastian Va.; Otis and Belinda Akers of Spanishburg; Robert D. and Linda Billings of Princeton; 48 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Friday, May 24, 2013, at 11 a.m. from the Burns Wornal Chapel of the Memorial Funeral Directory on the Athens Road in Princeton with Elder Keith Mills officiating. Burial will follow in the Roselawn Memorial Gardens in Princeton.

Friends may visit with the family Thursday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be shared with the family via www.memorialfd.com

Serving as pallbearers will be, Michael and Matthew Dent, Jack Hull, Tyler Collins, Leroy Adkins, Shane Janutolo and Johnny and Timothy Billings.

The Billings family is being served by the Memorial Funeral Directory Cremation Center on the Athens Road in Princeton.

Ovena D. Bonds

UNION — Ovena D. Bonds, 83, of Union, died Wednesday, May 22, 2013, at home after a short illness.

Born March 26, 1930, at Crawley, La., the daughter of the late Joseph and Mary Cain Deville.

Mrs. Bonds was a member of First Baptist Church of Fairlea.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Emma Darleen; three sisters, Evelyn, Hazel and Mary; and a brother, Roy.

Mrs. Bonds is survived by her husband, James E. Bonds of Union; a daughter, Sally Willis of Lehigh Acres, Fla.; two sons, Lewis (Denise) Willis of Conway, Ark. and Terry (Donna) Willis of Union; nine grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

Services will be 1 p.m. Saturday at the First Baptist Church at Fairlea, with the Rev. Joseph Hutchinson officiating. Burial will follow in Greenbrier Memorial Gardens near Lewisburg.

Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home in Lewisburg.

McCraw Funeral Home, Lewisburg is in charge of arrangements.

Thomas ‘Tommy’ Franklin Bowles

PRINCE — Thomas “Tommy” Franklin Bowles, 78, passed away Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at his home following a long battle with cancer.

Born January 17, 1935, at Thayer, he was the son of the late William David and Dolly Tincher Bowles.

Tommy served in the United States Air Force. His favorite duty station was Castle Air Force Base, Atwater, California. He often referred to his time there was the only place he ever been that he liked as much as West Virginia. After working for the Royal and Pocahontas Company coal mines, he went to work for the Eastern Hardwood sawmill. Tommy’s passion life was fishing. He spent hours on the New River with his baby brother and best friend, the late David Clyde Bowles. He passed on his love of fishing to his family and grandsons.

In his later years, Tommy became especially close to his sister-in-law, Linda Bowles, often sharing stories of their loved one Clyde. He was especially fond of photography, always taking pictures of birds and flowers and of the family. Tommy also had an incredible sense of humor. Making people laugh was his gift.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by five brothers and five sisters.

Surviving is his wife of 51 years Lorraine Joyce Bowles. Their children and grandchildren include: Darrell Bowles and his wife Gabriele, of Neurkirchen, Germany. (Andrew, Jonathan), William Bowles of Beaver (Aaron and Ryann); Patricia Jones and her husband Daryl of Maple Fork Road (Darrell), Emily Turner of Apopka, FL (Allecia), and, Dolly Harrah of Beaver (Toby, Hunter, Dakota). The great grandchildren are Tristan, Andrew, Aleah, Elisabeth, Luke, Jacob, Darrell James and Natalie

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m., Friday, May 24, at Blue Ridge Funeral Home with Pastor Lonnie Grear and Pastor Ted Combs officiating. Interment will follow where full military honors will be conducted by the American Legion Post #32 of Beckley. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be Darrell Thomas Bowles, Aaron James Bowles, Toby Lee Harrah, and Hunter Anthony Harrah.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Hospice of Beckley. The family would like to give a thank you to Hospice for their care and kindness.

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

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

Shirley Guthrie Buttrick

CHARLESTON — Shirley Guthrie Buttrick, 78, of Charleston, died on Sunday, May 5, 2013, at Good Living Personal Care Home in Malden, after a long battle with dementia.

She was born to the late Everett and Erma Daniel Guthrie in Glen Rogers, W.Va. A graduate of Glen Rogers High School, Shirley also attended Morris Harvey College. She was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Danille Guthrie Sheppard.

Shirley retired from the WV Department of Employment Security in 1996, but continued to work during the WV Legislative sessions as a proofreader in the Senate and later, in the House Journal Room. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Charleston and the O.E.S. Tiskawah Chapter.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law Kim and John Robertson of Charleston, her brother and sister-in-law Mike and Carla Guthrie of Charleston, her granddaughters Bethany Creedon and husband Dylan of Santa Rosa, Calif.; and Allyson Robertson of Charleston and fiancé’ Jason Shipe of Mathias, W.Va. Shirley is also survived by her special aunt Lauretta Summers of Summersville, W.Va.

Shirley’s greatest joy was spending time with her granddaughters, Bet and Ally. Nanna was a very important part of their lives. Their bond was strong and their love was great.

The family gives special thanks to the staff at Good Living Personal Care Home for the loving care they provided to Shirley, especially Leslie, Pat, Vickie, Kim, and Karen. We could not have found better.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Kanawha City Lions Club Sight Foundation, PO Box 4373, Charleston WV 25364 or HospiceCare at 1606 Kanawha Boulevard West, Charleston, WV 25387.

A memorial service to celebrate Shirley’s life will be held on Saturday, May 25, 2013, at 2  p.m. at Harding Funerals & Cremations Chapel, with Pastor Wallace York officiating. The family will receive friends two hours prior to the service.

Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.hardingfamilygroup. com.

Harding Funerals & Cremations, 514 50th St. SE, Kanawha City is serving Shirley’s family.

James Edgar Cox

James Edgar Cox, 64, of Ury, went to Heaven on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 following a short illness.

Born November 4th, 1948, he was the son of the late Silas “Tim” Cox and Bessie McKinney Cox.

James was preceded in death by his two brothers, Albert and Silas Cox; a sister, Naomi Phllips and his brother-in-law, Donald Duke Cook.

Those left behind to cherish his memory is his wife of 29 years, Alta Greer Cox; a brother-in-law, Randolph Greer; four sisters, Myrtle Cook of Florida, Sue Whitt of Michigan, Mary Cook and Janice Smith, both of Sophia and a brother, Paul Cox of Rhodell; two very special friends, Golden and Pauline Wills. He also had several nieces and nephews.

James attended the Princewick Missionary Baptist Church.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 25th, 2013, at Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley, with Pastor Dennis Epperly officiating. Burial will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens.

  Friends may gather with the family Saturday from 10 to 11 a.m. at the funeral home.

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

Arrangements by Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley.

Jim ‘Pee Wee’ D’Angelo

MOUNT HOPE — Jim “Pee Wee” D’Angelo , 57, of Mount Hope, formerly of Glen Jean, died on Monday, May 20, 2013, at his home after a courageous battle with cancer.

Born August 23, 1955, at Beckley, he was the son of the late Jim and Lucille Romano D’Angelo.

Mr. D’Angelo was a retired plant operator for Reclaiming LLC.

He was a member of the Sts Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Oak Hill.

Pee Wee was an avid fan of the WVU Mountaineers and NASCAR with Tony Stewart being his favorite driver.

Special thanks to his Hospice nurses who treated him with love and kindness. The family would also like to extend their heartfelt thanks to all the friends who helped Pee Wee through his trying times.

Survivors include his wife, Anita Marie Rhodes D’Angelo; two daughters, Lucy D'Angelo of Beckley and Jamie D’Angelo of Oak Hill; three brothers, Carmen D’Angelo and wife, Mary of Derry Hale, Nick D’Angelo of Oak Hill and Mickey Ray Menei and wife, Melissa of Oak Hill and a sister, Carmen Marie D’Angelo of Oak Hill.

Pee Wee is also survived by six grandchildren, Maddie, Kenley, Chloe, Harlan, Cali, and Benjamin D’Angelo Miller, uncles, Vince Menei and wife, Norma of Derry Hale, Raymond Menei and wife, Phyllis of Mount Hope and Buddy Vannater and wife, Ann of Beckley; aunts, Carol Menei of Glen Jean and Jo Lafferty of Oak Hill; special nephew, Vincent Frank D’Angelo and wife, Teresa; and several other nieces and nephews.

Mass of Christian Burial will be on Friday, May 24, 2013 at 1 p.m. at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Oak Hill with Father Paul Yuenger officiating. Burial will be at High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill.

Visitation will be held at Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope on Thursday, May 23, 2013 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Nico Menei, Andrew D’Angelo, Timmy Newsome, Stevie Matheny, Sam Gregory and Michael Cottle will serve as pallbearers.

Online condolences may be sent at www.tyreefuneralhome.com

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope.

Ralph Dean DeGroff

HINTON — Ralph Dean DeGroff, 49, of 412 Oak St., Hinton, died Monday, May 20, 2013, in Princeton Community Hospital following a short illness.

Born November 17, 1963, in Connecticut, he was the son of the late Ralph Walter and Maria Ann Porter DeGroff.

Mr. DeGroff was a lifelong resident of Hinton. He was well known and liked by many business men and women, as well as homeowners for whom he worked many years as a contractor. Ralph was a member of Second Baptist Church in Hinton, where he served as a trustee.

Ralph was preceded in death by a young son, Ronnie Dean Cales.

Survivors include three children, Briani, Robert and Ralph Crawford, all of Hinton. His companion, Mary Sexton; one brother, Nicole James DeGroff and wife Deloras Faye Cook of Hinton; one step-daughter, Crystal Cook of Hinton; two sisters, Maria DeGroff of Lewisburg and Karlena Meeks and husband Woodrow of Beaver; five grandchildren and several nieces and nephews also survive. He will be deeply missed by his children, grandchildren, former wife, former father and mother in law and many friends.

Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 25, 2013, at Second Baptist Church in Hinton, with Rev. Matthew Saunders officiating. The family will receive friends from 1 p.m. until service time of Saturday at the church.

Online condolences and guest register at www.pivontfuneralhome. com

Arrangements by Pivont Funeral Home, Hinton.

Robert Dickens

NEBO — Robert Dickens, 87, of Nebo, passed away Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at the Hubbard House in Charleston, W.Va.

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

Patricia L. Harris

Patricia L. Harris, 73 of Slab Fork, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, May 22, 2013.

Born July 16, 1939, she was a daughter of the late Alexander and Della Moran Goode.

Patricia loved to read, travel and enjoyed cooking for her family. She worked as an assistant dietician at the Presbyterian Nursing Home in South Carolina and at Mullens General Hospital.

In addition to her parents, Patricia is preceded in death by her brother, Dale Goode and grandson, Ryan Stafford.

Those left to cherish her memory include her sisters, Dolly “Dottie” Ward of Oak Hill and Mildred Dixon and husband James of Florida; brothers, Larry Goode of Wyco, Melvin Goode of Thayer; daughter, Glenda Mills and husband Charles of Matoaka; sons, Kenneth Stafford and wife Linda of Slab Fork, Randall Stafford and wife Linda of Maben; grandchildren, Jason Compton of Saben, Melinda Groves and husband Jeremy of Bluefield, Kevin Mills of Beckley, Amanda Hubbard and husband Shaun of Beckley, Brandon Stafford and wife Candace of Beckley, Aaron Stafford of Maben, Luisa Stafford of Maben; great-grandchildren, Cadeance Compton, Joshua Garlow, Connor Hubbard, Blake Hubbard, Logan Stafford, Elizabeth Stafford, Abbigial Beckett Stafford.

Services will be held at 8 p.m. Friday, May 24, 2013, at Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley, with Pastor Gary Eskins officiating.

Friends may gather with the family Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Bowers Hospice House.

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

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

Mary Ann Justice

TAZEWELL, Va. — Mary Ann Justice, 37, of Tazewell, passed away on Wednesday, May 15, 2013.

Funeral services will be held at noon on Friday, May 24, 2013 at the Little Zion Baptist Church, Greenbrier, W.Va., with Ministers John R. Justice, Zeb Justice, Danny Hurley, Fred Bailey and Author Short officiating. Burial will follow in the Justice Cemetery, Trace Fork.

Friends may gather with the family on Thursday, May 23, 2013 after 6 p.m. at the church.

 E-mail letters of sympathy may be sent at www.staffordfamilyfuneralhome.com

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

Zelma L. Osborne

CLINTONVILLE — Zelma L. Osborne, 92, formerly of Rupert, went home to be with the Lord early Sunday morning, May 19, 2013, at Genesis Healthcare White Sulphur Springs Center, following a long illness.

Born Jan. 25, 1921, in Rainelle, she was the oldest child of the late W.K. and Eva Goddard Loudermilk.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Marvin Osborne in 1994; a sister, Zetha Reynolds; a brother, William (Randy) Loudermilk; and a son-in-law, Austin McMillion Sr. on Dec. 31, 2012.

Zelma was a member of the Bascom United Methodist Church, the Rupert Women’s Club, a charter member of the Rupert CEOS, and active in the senior citizens. She worked in retail sales for many years. She loved to crochet, do craft work, work in her flower and vegetable gardens, and she also collected coins and postcards.

Those left to cherish her memory is her only child, daughter, Karen (Sue) McMillion of Hurricane; grandson, Austin (JR) McMillion and wife, Julie of Columbus, Ohio; granddaughter, Christi Black of Barboursville; great-grandson, Ethan Black of Barboursville; great-granddaughter, Olivia McMillion of Morgantown; a sister, Melba Purkey of Chantilly, Va.; a brother, Leland Loudermilk and wife, Audrey of Durham, N.C.; best friend, Faye Williams of Rupert; and her canine companion, “Dandee”.

Services will be 2 p.m. Friday, May 24, 2013, at Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home Chapel in Rainelle, with Pastor Stanley Clark officiating. Burial will follow in Wallace Memorial Cemetery, Clintonville.

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

Arrangements entrusted to Wallace & Wallace of Rainelle.

David Allen Parks Sr.

David Allen Parks Sr., age 58, of Maple Meadow, went home to be with the Lord at his home on Monday, May 20, 2013.

Born on December 28, 1954, in Bluefield, W.Va., he was the son of Billie Parks of Cool Ridge and the late Lockie Thornton Parks.

Mr. Parks was a former coal mine electrician for 27 years. Upon his retirement, he was the co-owner and operator, along with his brother Mike of Dave Parks Electrical.

Residing at Maple Meadow since 1988, Mr. Parks enjoyed fishing, and spending time with his loving grandchildren.

As a decorated Martial Artist, Mr. Parks had enjoyed teaching karate at the YMCA for many years. He also had a passion of working with horses.

In addition to his mother, he was preceded in death by his brother William Gary Parks.

Those survivors left to cherish his memory include his wife, the love of his life, of nearly 40 years, Tonia Arlene Cole Parks; his children, David Allen Parks Jr. (Tracy) of Shady Spring, J. Adam Parks (Schaunna) of Maple Meadow, and Brenton Dane Parks (Maria) of Pax.

 The pride and joy of his life, Madison, Autumn, Dillon, Montana, Addison, and Carter, who dearly loved their “PawPaw”.

Three brothers, Mike Parks of Coal City, Lonnie Parks (Candie) of Illinois, and Tom Parks of Cool Ridge; two sisters, Sherry Grim (Charlie) of Delaware, and Diane Sturgill (John) of Midway. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services will be conducted to Celebrate The Life Of David Allen Parks Sr. on Friday, May 24, 2013 at 1 p.m. at the Rose and Quesenberry Peace Chapel in Beckley with Rev. Phillip Farrington officiating. Burial will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens at Prosperity.

Friends may call at the funeral home from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday.

Family members and friends will serve as pallbearers.

Private online condolences, floral tributes, and other expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family via our guestbook at www.roseandquesenberry. net

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

Anna Mae Pritt

MILL POINT — Anna Mae Pritt, 90, of Mill Point, a native of Clendenin, passed away Monday, December 31, 2012. A memorial services will be held at the home of Pete and Frannie Tawney at 2 p.m on Saturday, May 25, 2013. Interment of her ashes will follow in Ruckman Cemetery.

Online condolences may be expressed at Lantzfuneralhome.com

Lantz Funeral Home in Buckeye is in charge of arrangements.



Barbara A. Johnson Schuyler

SALEM, Va. — Barbara A. Johnson Schuyler, 75,  of Salem, formerly of Beckley, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, May 21, 2013.

She was preceded by her parents, George and Pearl Johnson; sisters, Margaret Dillon and Nancy Ruth Johnson.

Ms. Schuyler a registered nurse served proudly as a Captain in the United States Air Force, having been stationed here in the United States and overseas. She retired from Nursing with over 50 years of service, and then relocated from Beckley to Salem to be with family. She was a member the American Legion Post 32 in Beckley for many years. In Salem, she attended Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church. A person who enjoyed shopping, flowers, and mostly being with her family and three very precious grandchildren. A true lady, a special mother, grandmother, aunt, and a friend. Through the years she was honored to have touched many lives, both professionally and personally, she will be dearly missed by all.

Surviving are her daughter, Angela Schuyler-Meadows and husband, Les of Salem; grandchildren, Austin, Alyssa and Ashton Meadows; nieces, Margaret “Peggy” Chambers and husband Donnie, Bonnie Moore and husband Larry, all of W.Va.; nephew, George Boggs and wife Babetta of Tenn.; great niece and nephew, April Blake and Allen Moore both of W.Va.; along with a very dear friend, Judy Meadows of W.Va. and many other relatives and friends.

A memorial service celebrating Barbara’s life will be held 7 p.m. Friday, May 24, 2013 in Simpson Funeral Home, with Pastor Troy Mays officiating.

Family will receive friends from 5 p.m. till the service on Friday.

You may send your condolences to the family at www.simpsonfuneral.com

Arrangements by Simpson Funeral Home and Crematory, 540-366-0707.

Geneva M. Smith

HINTON — Geneva M. Smith, 77, of 515 James St., Hinton, died Tuesday, May 21, 2013, at Beckley A.R.H. Hospital.

Arrangements are pending completion at Pivont Funeral Home, Hinton.

Robert William Taylor

FENWICK MOUNTAIN — Robert William Taylor, 82, of Fenwick Mountain, passed away  Sunday, May 19, 2013.

A memorial service will be 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 25, 2013, at Simons-Coleman Funeral Home, Richwood, with Pastor Tony Taylor officiating. Visitation will be two hours prior to the service.

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

Freddy Lee Whittaker

Freddy Lee Whittaker, age 69, of Odd, passed away Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at his home, following a long illness.

Born March 6, 1944 in Herndon, W.Va., he was the son of the late John and Gracie Whittaker.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by three sisters, Eileen, Madilynn, and Barbara Whittaker and two brothers, Michael and Emory Whittaker.

Those surviving include his brothers, Larry and Danny Whittaker of Odd; John Whittaker of Sophia and Kenny Whittaker of Josephine; five sisters, Betty and Lorraine Whittaker, Nanny Lowe and Connie Graham all of Odd and Judy Acord of Glen White; niece Betty Rocha (Nelson Hernandez) and their children, Jorge, Marco, Selena, Brandon and Luis all of Helen, W.Va.; nephews, Timmy and Frankie Whittaker of Odd and a host of other nieces, nephews and family.

Funeral services will be conducted to celebrate the life of Freddy Whittaker at the Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home Shady Spring Chapel on Friday, May 24, 2013 at 2 p.m. with Rev. Charlie Bolen officiating. Burial will follow at the Whittaker Family Cemetery at Whitegate, Va., where family will serve as pallbearers.

Friends may call at the funeral home from 1 to 2 p.m. on Friday.

Private online condolences, floral tributes, and other expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family via our guestbook at www.roseandquesenberry.net

The family would like to express their gratitude to the wonderful staff of Hospice of Southern, WV for the extended support that they gave to Freddy and his family during this difficult time.

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

Scott Wilson

Scott Wilson, 69, of Jumping Branch, died Tuesday, May 21st, 2013, of injuries received in a car accident.  

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

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary and Cremation Center, Beckley.