The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

August 20, 2013

Obituaries — Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Amy Juanita Arnold

TALCOTT — Amy Juanita Arnold, 89, of Talcott, died Saturday, August 17, 2013, at the Main Street Care Nursing Facility and is resting in peace following a long illness.

Born March 20, 1924, at Giles County, Va., she was a daughter of the late Claude M. and Sue Weiss Trivett.

Amy lived most of her life in Summers County and was a homemaker, dedicated to raising and taking care of her family. She was a faithful Christian who enjoyed gardening, flower gardening, family reunions, cooking and spending time with family and friends.

Preceded in death by husband, Joshua Arnold; daughter, Diane Sue Arnold; son, Herman Lee Arnold; two brothers, Roscoe Trivett and Leroy Trivett; two sisters, Myrtle Wykle and Ruby Parker.

Amy leaves behind the legacy of a much beloved large family including her children, Hazel Marie Hughes and husband Paul of Washington, Ruby Bennett and husband Ronald of Zion Mt., Nora Tillery of Rocky Mount, N.C., Ralph Arnold and wife Juanita of Barger Springs, Betty Maroni of Mt. Vernon, Ill., David Arnold of Trout, W.Va. and Tena Smith and husband Timmy of Hungards Creek; 19 grandchildren; 31 great grandchildren; nine great great grandchildren; siblings, Mark Trivett and wife Judy of Pulaski, Va., Jimmy Trivett and wife Sharon of Florida, Bill Trivett of Hilldale, Berta Hunsecker of Hinton and Nora Keaton and husband Ray of Lerona; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins and a special caregiver and niece, Lynn Blevins of Hilldale.

Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday, August 21, 2013, at Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors Chapel with Robert Anderson officiating. Burial will follow in the Family Cemetery on Will Dodd Rd.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday.

Family and friends 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.

Charles ‘Leon’ Bolen

Charles “Leon” Bolen, age 68, peacefully passed away Saturday, Aug. 17, 2013, with family by his side. He fought a courageous 16 month battle with pancreatic cancer.

He was born Oct. 27, 1944, in Coal City, he was the son of the late Charles “Clenda” Bolen and Edith “Helen” Bolen. He was preceded in death by his siblings, Larry Bolen, Carolyn Bolen and Darlene Lansberry and father-in-law, John Mitchem and brother-in-law, Paul Mitchem.

He is survived by his wife, Rachel Bolen; son, Lee Bolen; daughter, Jo Bolen and grandson, Lee Lee Bolen.

Leon is also survived by his brothers, Lanny Bolen of Max Wellington, W.Va., Leslie (Dee) Bolen of Ghent, W.Va. and sister, Judy Shulick of Culpepper, Va., Betty Sue Bolen of Princeton, W.Va. and Corky Lansberry of Indian Head, Md.; in-laws, Micki Lavis of Akron, Ohio, Flora (Lionel) Griffis of Fairfax, Va., John (Lou) Mitchem of Crab Orchard, W.Va., Ruby Gill of Oakton, Va.; mother-in-law, Mertha Mitchem of Crab Orchard; 20 nieces, nephews and countless other family and friends.

Leon grew up in Coal City and was a graduate of Beckley College and Akron University. He spent his life as a building contractor and his work can be seen around WV and other states. He had a true passion for life and enjoyed being with family, laughing with friends, antiquing, and was an amazing cook.

He was a wonderful father, loving husband, loyal friend, and the best paw-paw a boy could ask for. He will be greatly missed but will be remembered for his strength, honesty and sense of humor.

He was a proud American and a U.S. Navy Veteran.

The family would like to give a special thank you to the VA Hospital, Hospice of Southern WV and friends and family.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013, at Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley, with Bob Mattox officiating. Burial will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens.

Pallbearers will be family and close friends.

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

Online condolences can be sent to the family at

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

Jimmy Dow Bragg

SUMMERSVILLE — Jimmy Dow Bragg, 66, of Summersville, died Friday, August 16, 2013.

Graveside services will be held noon on Wednesday, August 21, 2013, in the Taylor Family Cemetery at Williams River with Vaden Young officiating.

Condolences may be sent to the family at

Arrangements by White Funeral Home, Summersville.

Harold Ray Casino

NAOMA — Harold Ray Casino, of Naoma, with his loving wife Terri Lee Runion Casino and his dearest friends Jimmy and Lynn Ratliff of Layland by his side, left his earthly home and has no more pain and suffering on Friday, August 16, 2013, at 9:30 p.m. at Charleston Area Medical Center Memorial Division.

Born January 23, 1962, at Charleston W.Va., he was the only son of Ray and Verna Casino of Naoma. He was a 1981 graduate of Marsh Fork High School and was a welder with Mountaineer Resources until he was disabled in 2009 from a heart attack. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping but he was the happiest when he was riding his 4 wheeler with his wife and friends in the mountains.

Besides his wife and parents Harold is survived by two daughters, Leigh Rian Richmond (Anthony, USMC retired) of Ft. Seybert, W.Va.; Ashley Meagan Casino and son Dustin Allen Casino, both of Independence, Va. Five grandchildren; Amber Renee, Autum Lei, Kayleigh Marie and Kaden Anthony Richmond of Ft. Seybert, W.Va. and Emma Jade Testerman of Independence, Va. Two step daughters, Gayle Combs (Wesley) of Harrisonburg, Va. and Meghan Evick of Fairmont, W.Va. and one step grandson, Easton Riley Combs of Harrisonburg, Va. A “special daughter” Anna Maria Calabrese of Charleston.

He is also survived by two sisters, Loriann McFalls (David) of Naoma and Sherry Boggess ( Joe Eddie) of Dameron. His In-Laws Terry “Farmer” and Janet Runion of Charleston. Three nephews; David Lee McFalls (Maggie) of Sylvester; Kevin Ryan Cantley and Bryson Allen McFalls of Naoma and a niece April Dawn Campbell of Cross Lanes. A “special cousin” Don Gay of Charleston.

He was known simply as “H” to his special little cousins Trever and Tyler Cook and Taylor and Tara Massey all of Dry Creek and was “Papaw” to Walker and Clayton Williams of Clear Creek.

Also survived by his Uncle Charles Brown (Janet) of Dry Creek. His aunts, Lora Jane Bartrum (Larry) of Dry Creek, Louella Jones of Las Vegas and Jan Brown of Sundial, and a host of other family and friends.

Harold loved the outdoors and never wanted to be inside. He was known for his laughter and having fun. He loved to party and hated to dress up. Therefore, instead of a service and in keeping with his request the family invites you to attend a casual dress celebration of his life on Saturday, August 24, 2013, at 2 p.m. at The Pavillion, 1400 Stephens Lake Road, Surveyor, W.Va. In lieu of flowers the family request that you bring a covered dish.

At his request, Harold will be cremated then laid to rest with his wife when the time comes in the Lasley Family Cemetery, Artie, W.Va.

Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting

Harding Funerals & Cremations, 514 50th St. SE Kanawha City is serving the Casino family.

Nancy Marie Dean

VERNER — Nancy Marie Dean, 72, died Sunday, Aug. 18, 2013.

Friends may call 6 p.m. (Tuesday) today, Aug. 20, 2013, at the Riverview Freewill Baptist Church, Riverview, Slabtown section of Gilbert.  Services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at the church, with the Revs. Mike Browning and Roger Endicott officiating. Burial will follow in the Dean Family Cemetery, Verner.

Online at

Arrangements by Mounts Funeral Home, Gilbert.

Charlene Francis

DUNLOW — Charlene Francis, 49, of Dunlow, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013.

Graveside service will be 4 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013, at Fields Cemetery in Walton, with the Rev. Scott Ferguson officiating.

Condolences may be expressed online at www.maticsfuneralhome. com

Arrangements by Matics Funeral Home, Clendenin.

Danny R. Hinkle

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — Danny R. Hinkle, 58, of Myrtle Beach, formerly of Clintonville, went home to God on Sunday, Aug. 18, 2013, in Lewisburg.

Born Oct. 13, 1954, in Richwood, he was the son of the late Orville and Minnie Hinkle.

He was the loving husband of Renee and father to Daniel, step-father to Alisha Morgan, Nathan Vore, and James and Darren Ross, and brother to Arnett, Roger, Orville, Jr., Anthony, and Keith Hinkle, and Eleanor Robinson.

Danny spent most of his life as a carpenter, carpenter millwright and concrete carpenter, with 20 years at Ferguson Contruction in Sidney, Ohio, and finally Southern Industrial Construction in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Graveside services and burial will be 10 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013, at the Wallace Memorial Cemetery, Clintonville, with Pastor Stewart Farley officiating. Immediately following will be a picnic tribute at the Meadow River Community Park on U. S. 60 at McRoss.

Arrangements through Wallace & Wallace, Rainelle.

Virginia Killen

Virginia Lively Killen, of Beckley, died Monday, Aug. 19, 2013.

Condolences may be sent to the family’s guestbook at

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary and Cremation Center, Beckley.

Catherine Charlotte Lester Lane

LINDSIDE — Catherine Charlotte Lester Lane, 96, of Lindside, passed away Sunday, August 18, 2013, at the Nicholas County Nursing and Rehab, Richwood.

Online at    

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

Mildred Bivens McGraw

LYNCHBURG, Va. — Mildred Bivens McGraw, of Lynchburg, Va., formerly of Meadow Bridge, passed away Sunday, August 18, 2013, following a long illness.

Born April 2, 1929, in Lenox, Iowa, she was the daughter of the late Charles H. and Helen Neiderhaiser Bevins.

Mildred taught school in Iowa and was a drama director for Empire Production Company of St. Louis, Missouri. At the time of her marriage, she was a personnel representative for Bell Telephone Company in Omaha, Nebraska. Mildred faithfully attended the Meadow Bridge Missionary Baptist Church.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a daughter Marcia A. McGraw; her brother Charles Bivens; niece Dorothy Dukes; nephew Charles Bevins; and great-nephew Jerry Bivens.

Survivors include her loving husband, Ernest D. McGraw of Lynchburg, Va., formerly of Meadow Bridge; her loving daughter Teresa M. Warner and husband James E. of Lynchburg, Va.; her grandson Sean M. Warner of Lynchburg, Va.; sister-in-law Shirley McGraw of Meadow Bridge; nieces Wilma Shearer, Helen Hinshaw, Linda Hogan and husband Dean, Cathy Warner, Lauren Brown and Bobby Konkler; nephews Allen Dukes and wife Debbie, Leroy Dukes and wife Kay; step-nieces Kayte Mullen, Nancy Reuschel, and Jamie Mumon; and step-nephew Jerry McGraw.

Services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, August 21, at Smathers Funeral Chapel, Inc., with Pastor Mike Whisman officiating. Burial will be in the Wallace Memorial Cemetery at Clintonville.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, August 20, 2013, at the funeral home.

Online condolences at

Arrangements by Smathers Funeral Chapel, Inc., Rainelle.

Jarrold Glenn Miller

VICTOR — Jarrold Glenn “Perk” Miller, 75, of Victor, passed away Sunday, August 18, 2013, at the Veterans Medical Center in Backley

Jarrold was born January 3, 1938, in Beards Fork. He was the son of the late James Floyd Miller and Bertha Opal Harrah Miller. Also he was preceded in death by a sister, Janet Clark and a brother Jim Miller.

“Perk” was a retired truck driver for the Fayette County Division of Highways, He served in the U.S. Army and was a member of Ansted Church of the Redeemer.

Survivors of Jarrold are his daughters, Dixie Miller of Victor and Jerri Miller Skaggs of Richwood; His longtime companion and caregiver, Drema Cowles of Victor; three sisters, Carol Lynch and Ted of Toledo, Ohio, Karen Moore and Wayne of Winfield, JoAnn Cole and Jim of Scott Depot and a brother, Jack Miller and Sandy of Ansted.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m., Wednesday, August 21, 2013, at Wallace and Wallace Funeral Home Chapel in Ansted with Father Roy Gene Crist and Father Stan Holmes officiating. Burial will follow in the Legg Cemetery on Sunday Road at Hico.

Friends may call at the funeral chapel one hour prior to the service.

Online condolences may be sent to

Wallace and Wallace of Ansted is in charge of the arrangements.

Michael Morris

Michael Morris, age 47, of Daniels, passed away Sunday, August 18, 2013.

Arrangements are pending completion at Rose and Quesenberry, 729 Flat Top Road, Shady Spring.

Charlie Smith Jr.

Mr. Charlie Smith Jr., 77, of Beckley, died Friday, August 16, 2013, at Bowers Hospice House.

Born September 4, 1935, in Glen Rogers, he was the son of the late Charlie Lemous Smith Sr. and Bessie Lawson Smith Penn.

Mr. Smith was a security guard for the VA Hospital.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his two brothers, James Smith, infant brother, Phillip Smith, and sister, Barbara Reed.

Left to cherish precious memories are his wife, Fredena Smith; sisters, Bransford Gordon-Cartelle and Wanda Mann; brother, Harvey Smith; children, Andrea Sweatte, Jennifer (Jerry) Spaulding, Charlie (Alice) Smith III, Laurie (Marvin) Lawson, Michael (Thursa) Smith; 12 grandchildren, three great- grandchildren, and a host of other relatives and friends.

As per his request, there will be no visitation or service.

Condolences may be e-mailed to

Arrangements entrusted to Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.

James ‘Jim’ Stover

MILLERSBURG — James “Jim” Stover, 70, a native of Artie, died Tuesday, July 9, 2013.

Arrangements by Rieth-Rohrer-Ehret Funeral Home, Goshen.

Online condolences may be sent at

Maggie Cascio Vargo

Maggie Cascio Vargo, 86, of Stanaford, passed away Sunday, August 18, 2013.

Condolences may be sent to

Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.

U.S. Army Master Sgt. Ret. James ‘Jim’ Bryant Walker

SPRING LAKE, N.C. — U.S. Army Master Sgt. Ret., James “Jim” Bryant Walker, 71, of Spring Lake, passed away in his residence on Friday, August 16, 2013 after a long illness.

Master Sgt. Walker served in the United States Army for more than 21 years with distinguished and honorable service including two combat tours in Vietnam. He enlisted in the U.S. Army, West Virginia National Guard in 1960 and entered active duty service in May of 1961. Before retiring on June 30, 1982, his assignments included serving as First Sergeant, 396th Transportation Company, 4th Transportation Battalion, Germany and various other units to include 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg; Americal Division in Vietnam; United States Army Garrison at Heidelberg; 173rd Airborne Brigade in Vietnam in 1965; 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, and the West Virginia U.S. Army National Guard in his home state.

He is preceded in death by his son, Ken Lamar Walker; mother, Lorena Alley; sister, Alta Underwood; and great-granddaughter, Selina Walker.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Eva; daughter, Raquel White of Spring Lake; sons: James Walker Jr. and his wife, Lisa of Decatur, Alabama and Timothy Walker and his wife, Stephanie of Albany, Ohio; sisters: Della King and her husband, James of Beckley, and Margaret Hulvey and her husband, Roy of also of Beckley; grandchildren, Dylan and Jonathan White of Spring Lake, Tiffany Walker of Athens, Alabama and Amber Walker of Madison, Ala.; and six great grandchildren.

A special thanks to Kimberley Westbrook, RN Case Manager of United Hospice.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the SECU Hospice House, 426 Hospital Road, Smithfield, NC 27577.

A memorial service will be held 3 p.m. Wednesday, August 21, in the chapel at Adcock Funeral Home, 2226 Lillington Hwy., Spring Lake, N.C.

Jackie Lee Bowyer Wickline

Jackie Lee Bowyer Wickline, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend, journeyed home to be with her Heavenly Father on Sunday, August 18, 2013. She passed away at CAMC Memorial Hospital, surrounded by her family.

Jackie was born in Oak Hill, on February 8, 1957, to the late Lawrence and Patsy Fox Bowyer.

She graduated from Collins High School in 1975 and went on to earn her associates degree in nursing from Bluefield State College and her bachelor’s degree in Health Care Administration from Mountain State University. She worked as a registered nurse for many years, recently retiring from the WVDHHR where she served as a nursing home surveyor.

Preceding her in death were her parents and her brother, Larry Bowyer.

Left to cherish her memory are her devoted husband of 34 years, James Richard Wickline, her daughter Kelly Anne Wickline, her daughter Stacy (Eugene) Wickline Stump, her son Daniel Bowyer, and her precious grandchildren Connor and Brenna Stump, who lovingly knew her as their “Nene.” She also leaves behind her sister, Christy (Ralph) Humphrey, several nieces and nephews, as well as numerous other friends and family.

Jackie enjoyed reading, relaxing at home, cooking, baking, and spending time with her family. She was the love of her husband’s life, the best mother any child could ask for, and a sweet, playful grandmother to her young grandbabies.

She will be remembered for her indomitable spirit, quick wit, generous heart and unwavering love for her family.

The family wishes to thank those who called, visited, and who sent food and cards during Jackie’s illness. They also want to extend their appreciation to the hospice nurses and medical staff at CAMC who helped care for her.

Honoring Jackie’s request, she is being cremated and there will be no visitation or services.

Online condolences may be left at http://www.

Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill, WV is handling her arrangements.