The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

September 1, 2013

Obituaries — Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013

William Cammack Campbell

LEWISBURG — William Cammack Campbell, 90, of Lewisburg, died Aug. 30, 2013.

Service will be Tuesday, Sept. 10, at The Old Stone Presbyterian Church, Lewisburg, with the Rev. J. Dexter Taylor officiating. The time of service will be announced at a later date on the funeral home’s website.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be sent to the Cammack Children Center, Huntington, or The West Virginia Golf Association’s William C. Campbell Scholarship Fund.

Submitted by Wallace and Wallace Funeral Home, Lewisburg.

Cyrus Harvey

FLAT TOP — Cyrus Harvey, 91, of Flat Top, died Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013.

Arrangements by Bailey-Kirk Funeral Home in Princeton.

Juanita Mae Harvey

On August 30, 2013, our beloved Juanita Mae Harvey, 93, of Midway, had passed away at the Bowers Hospice House following a long illness. In her last years, Juanita was lovingly cared for by her granddaughter, Sherri Hunt.

She was born on November 20, 1919, in Pineville, WV, to the late Roy Vance and Etta Akers Vance.

When her son enlisted into the Marines, Juanita went back to school and earned her nursing degree. She worked for five years at Beckley Hospital and then went into private nursing, worked in Raleigh and Fayette counties for twenty years before retiring. Juanita was a woman of God and attended Sophia Freewill Baptist and Eccles Baptist Church. She would always say that she could not wait to go to Heaven to see the Lord and her family whom she missed every day.

Those who knew Juanita would say that she was just an ole country girl who got married, was devoted to her family, enjoyed talking and reading about gospel, and always knew exactly whom in your family you looked like. We cherish her memory and will keep her in our hearts always.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first and second husband, John Hunt and Reverend Doff Harvey; a son John Jr.; sisters, Eula Wood and Gloria Kirk; and a brother, Sonny Vance.

Survivors include her daughter-in-law, Ann Hunt; grandchildren, Sherri Hunt, Kim Hunt, and Becky Blevins and her husband Preston; great-grandchildren, Rebekah Blevins and Keith Blevins; sister-in-law, Angie Vance; nephew, Michael Vance; niece, Krispy Conner and her husband Andy; and a host of cousins that hold a special place in her heart.

Funeral services to celebrate the life of Juanita will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday, September 1, 2013, at the Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Chapel in Beckley with Pastor Mark Spence officiating. Interment will follow at the Coal City Community Cemetery.

The gentlemen serving as her pallbearers will be Allen Smith, Jay Spence, Cody Spence, Preston Blevins, Andy Conner, and Charlie Berry.

The family will accept friends from 10 to 11 a.m. on Monday morning at the funeral home.

The family would like to thank the special people at Raleigh Center and the Bowers Hospice House for the special care that Juanita received.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to a charity of your choice.

Private online condolences may be sent to the family via

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

Douglas Justice

Douglas Justice, 62, of Beckley, WV, died Friday, August 30th, at the Bowers Hospice House, after a long illness.

Born April 23, 1951, in Madison, WV, he was the son of Norma Jean (Jarrell) Justice of Madison, WV, and the late James Okey Justice.

Mr. Justice attended Mt. Tabor Baptist Church and was a retired employee of Patriot Coal.

Survivors, in addition to his mother, include his wife of 41 years Patricia A Justice, a son, Chadwick (Chad) Justice of Beckley; two brothers, Charles David Justice of S. Charleston, WV, and Gregory Justice of Madison. A grandson, Copper Ryllee Justice of Beckley, WV, also survives.

Funeral services will be conducted Monday at 1 p.m. at the Mt. Tabor Baptist Church with Rev. Michael King and Rev. Orville Syner officiating. Burial will be at Sunset Memorial Cemetery, Beckley.

Friends may call Sunday evening 6 to 9 p.m. at Melton Mortuary and one hour prior to the service time at the church.

The Family requests donations of sympathy be made to the Cancer Center of America and Bowers Hospice House.

Condolences may be sent to the family’s guestbook at

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary and Cremation Center, Beckley, WV.

Dr. Walter Joseph Kominsky

Dr. Walter Joseph Kominsky, 95, of Daniels, formerly of Oak Hill, passed away peacefully on Friday, August 30, 2013, at the Bowers Hospice House.

Walter was born in Blaine, Ohio, from Polish immigrants. He fought for his country in the United States Army during the Pearl Harbor attack. Walter was the sole remaining, West Virginia, Pearl Harbor survivor. Dr. Kominsky was a humble and noble optometrist for 40 years in Oak Hill. He generously donated glasses to the Lion’s Club for numerous needy families. So many of his patients fondly remember him fitting their first pair of glasses. He was also known for his love of polkas and gardening. His green thumb produced killer crops of tomatoes, corn, pumpkins, onions, and lettuce. His flower gardens were prominently displayed on the hillside of his home on Pea Ridge Road. Walter delighted in sharing his abundant crop of produce with family and friends all summer long.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Delores Kominsky, and his oldest son, John Kominsky.

Survivors include his two sons, Paul Kominsky of Oak Hill and Michael Kominsky and wife Julie of Daniels, daughter, Teresa and her husband Wes Keck of Richmond, VA; sisters, Tiny and Helen; five grandchildren, Christopher, Matthew, and Kevin Keck, Alexandria and Miles Kominsky.

Funeral liturgy will be conducted at 12 p.m. on Monday, September 2, 2013, at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church on South Oakwood Avenue in Beckley.

A rite of committal will follow at Sunset Memorial Park, Beckley.

Friends and family will serve as pallbearers.

There will be no prior visitation.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to all his wonderful caregivers, with special mention to Sally Wood.

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

Arrangements with Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home-Shady Spring Chapel, 729 Flat Top Road in Shady Spring.

Lucy Manning

MARION STATION, Md. — Lucy Manning, 75, of Marion Station and formerly of West Virginia and Baltimore, died Friday, August 30, 2013, at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury.

Born in Stephenson, West Virginia, on March 31, 1938, she was a daughter of the late Gilbert and Mary Mills Lester.

She was a factory worker at General Electric in Columbia, MD, retiring in 1985, and had been making her home in Marion Station since 1990.

She was a devoted member of the Crisfield Church of God where she enjoyed working in church functions and helping with numerous activities.

She is survived by her husband, Gene Manning of Marion Station; her son, Gene “Speedy” Manning, Jr., and wife Kathy of Severna Park, MD; two grandchildren, Hailey Manning and Tyler Manning of Severna Park; two brothers, Dillard Lester of Columbus, Ohio, and Gilbert Lester, Jr., and wife Sue of Beckley, West Virginia; two sisters, Joanne Brannen and husband Richard of Matoaka, West Virginia, and Mary Charlotte Carter of Slabfork, West Virginia; sister-in-law, Barbara Lester of Stephenson; and several nieces and nephews.

Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Archie Lester and Sherman Lester; a brother-in-law Roger Carter; and a sister-in-law, Florence Lester.

Funeral services officiated by Rev. Harvey Tyler will be held Tuesday, September 3, 2013, at 2 p.m. at the Crisfield Church of God. A viewing will be held Monday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at Bradshaw & Sons Funeral Home in Crisfield. Interment will be in Sunnyridge Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be sent to the Crisfield Church of God, 134 Maryland Avenue, Crisfield, MD 21817.

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Ronald Dewayne Morris Sr.

LAKE WYLIE, S.C. — Ronald Dewayne Morris, Sr., age 74, of Lake Wylie, SC, died August 30, 2013, at University Place Nursing and Rehab Center, Charlotte, NC.

The funeral service will be at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, September 3, 2013, at Blue Ridge Funeral Home in Beckley, WV. Graveside service will be at 2 p.m. at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Beckley, WV.

Mr. Morris was born September 14, 1938, in Dakota, WV, to the late Albert Henry Morris, Sr., and Mayme Dickison Gore.

He was a Marshall University alumni and worked as a Systems Analyst for Owens-Illinois and Ingersoll-Rand. Mr. Morris loved the outdoors, serving 7 years as Scout Master for Boy Scout Troop 259 in Perrysburg, OH. He enjoyed family vacations on the Outer Banks of North Carolina and lived in his RV on retirement, traveling from Maine to Texas and Key West to Alaska. Mr. Morris was a builder, handyman, and avid woodworker, completing many projects with his family. He held amateur radio license WB8ZIM/W4ZIM and was president of the TMRA radio club for several years. He had a sense of humor and a talent for helping people appreciate life, history, and the natural world.

Survivors are his wife Charlotte McKinney Morris, sons Ronald Dewayne Morris, Jr., and wife Virginia of Lake Wylie, SC; Timothy Madison Morris and wife Chris of Fuquay-Varina, NC, and daughter Meredith Ann Morris of Raleigh, NC, sisters Paula Conner of Warsaw, IN, and Rhea Halloran of Fort Wayne, IN, brothers Albert H. Morris, Jr., of Lake Wylie, SC, and Eric Morris of Summerville, SC, and new grandson Owen Alexander Morris.

The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the National Parkinson Foundation ( in their quest to find a cure.

M. L. Ford & Sons Funeral Home, Lake Wylie, SC, and Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley, WV, are serving the family of Mr. Morris.

Annie Frances Neal

BALLARD — Annie Frances Neal, 75, of Ballard, passed away Friday, Aug. 30, 2013.

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

William L. Nunley

FAYETTEVILLE — William Leonard Nunley, 80, formerly of Smithers, passed away Thursday, August 29, 2013, at Raleigh General Hospital, Beckley.

Born on November 6, 1932, at Smithers, he was the son of the late Leonard Fredrick Nunley and Alberta Artie Perdue Nunley.

Mr. Nunley attended the Emmanuel Baptist Church at Fayette Heights. He grew up in Smithers and graduated from Montgomery High School where he enjoyed playing sports (baseball and football), and he was a member of the band.

After high school he worked at Union Carbide at Alloy, manager at National Finance in Montgomery, service manager for Montgomery Motors, and served as secretary of Oak Hill Jaycees. 

His favorite job was that of his family. He enjoyed spending time with them at home and the family cabin. He was an artist, musician, builder, electrician, plumber, and above all a devoted son, husband, father, grandfather, and uncle.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, June Rose Morrow Nunley; son, William Frederick Nunley; and sister, Ora Mae Nunley McCune.

Left to cherish his memory include his four children: Cassandra May Bandy of Fayetteville, Jennifer Jayne (Donald) Atha of Fayetteville; John Wayne (Yvonne) Nunley of Greensboro, NC, and Gregory Scott (April) Nunley of Greensboro, NC; 14 grandchildren: William Frederick (Amanda) Nunley II, Jeremy Wayne (Cynthia) Bandy and Shawn Adam (Deana) Bandy, Zachary Levi Atha, Jared Nathaniel Atha, Gabriel Thomas Atha, Samuel Caleb Atha, Matthew Quinton Atha, Jonathan Tyler Atha, Joshua Micah Nunley and Amber Nicole Nunley; Jade Lee McCracken, Lauren Elizabeth Nunley and Hunter Wayne Nunley; ten great-grandchildren: Shawn Caleb Bandy, Isabella Grace Bandy and Olivia Faith Bandy, Brooklynn Elaine Nunley, William Frederick Nunley III, Aiden McCracken, Ember McCracken, Kaylin Hudnall, Yvonne Hudnall, and Joselyn Wayne; one brother, Jack Lee (Nancy) Nunley of Cartersville, GA; and a great number of loving nephews and nieces.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, September 8, 2013, at the Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home Chapel, Fayetteville, with Pastor Justin Seay officiating. Burial will follow at Montgomery Memorial Park, London, WV.

The family will receive friends 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the funeral home before the funeral on Sunday.

For those wishing to express their condolences to the Nunley family, you may do so by visiting our website at

Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, 350 W. Maple Avenue, Fayetteville, will be assisting the family.

Claire Alvis Phipps

LELAND, N.C. — Claire Alvis Phipps passed away in hospice care near Leland, NC, on Friday, August 30, 2013, and has joined her Lord and Savior and her husband, Paul Phipps, who died October 23, 1998, in heaven.

In addition to her parents, she is predeceased by her sister, Frances Hulbert, Washington, NC, and her brother, Harry Alvis, Jr., Lynchburg, VA, and their spouses.

She was born January 7, 1916, in Lynchburg, VA, and was a graduate of E.C. Glass High School, Lynchburg, VA, and a graduate of Lynchburg College. She was a member of the First Christian Church in Beckley, WV, where she taught and played the piano for the Primary Department Sunday School and was a member of the Christian Woman’s Fellowship. She was also a past President of the Beckley Woman’s Club, a past President of the Flowering Hills Garden Club, a Master Judge Emeritus of the National Garden Club, and was a member of the Beckley Girl Scouts Council. She was a loving, caring person and was devoted to her family, her community and her church.

Survivors include her son, Robert Phipps, and his wife Florence, of Florence, SC, and their son, Dr. Noel Phipps, and his wife, Dr. Michele Phipps, and their children, William, Cate, Forrest and Parker of Florence, SC. Also, a daughter, Martha Noel Winkeler and her husband, Arthur, of Leland, NC, and her three children Hank Hickman and his wife, Ashley, and their children Joseph, Joel and Ali of Hillsborough, NC; Claire Clemmons and her husband, Paul, and their children Caroline and Andy of Leland, NC; and Russell Hickman of Philadelphia, PA.

There will be a graveside ceremony 11 a.m. Tuesday in Beckley, WV, at Sunset Memorial Park cemetery on Harper Road.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Lower Cape Fear Hospice Foundation, 1414 Physicians Drive, Wilmington, NC 28401, or online at or a charity of one’s choice.

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Wilmington Funeral & Cremation, 525 Village Road, Leland, NC 28451, 910-383-3511.

Lena Mae Ferrell Runyon

VERNER — Lena Mae Ferrell Runyon, 86, of Verner, died Friday, Aug. 30, 2013.

Funeral will be 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 2, at Verner Community Church, Verner, with the Rev. Tilly Walls, the Rev. Walter Grimmett, and the Rev. Rodney Robinette. Burial will be in Highland Memory Gardens, Godby Heights, Pecks Mill. Friends may gather with the family beginning at 6 p.m. with a special service at 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 1, at the church.

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Mounts Funeral Home of Gilbert is in charge of arrangements.

Charlotte Lou Truex Houchins Stone

ANSTED — Charlotte Lou Truex Houchins Stone, 85, went home to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, Thursday, August 29, 2013, after an extended illness in the Ansted Nursing Center.

Born February 21, 1928, at Trout, she was the daughter of the late Alfred J. and Lula Gladwell Truex.

Charlotte belonged to the Seventh Day Adventist Church. After graduating from Williamsburg High School, she married her first husband, the late Carlis E. Houchins.  Charlotte loved to crochet, making beautiful throws, and was known for her beautiful smile.

In addition to her parents and first husband, she was preceded in death by her second husband John Stone; 3 brothers and 6 sisters.

Left to cherish her memory are 3 children Carroll Wayne Houchins and wife Karen of Ripley, Joyce Grose of Summersville and Mellie Fragomene and husband Frank of South Charleston; 2 sisters Ruth Crookshanks of Asbury and Geraldine Brown of Summersville; 5 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Services will be 1 p.m. Monday, September 2, at Smathers Funeral Chapel, Inc., with Pastor Joey Sheppard officiating. Burial will follow in the Wallace Memorial Cemetery at Clintonville.

Friends may call one hour before the service from 12 noon to 1 p.m. at the funeral home.

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Arrangements by Smathers Funeral Chapel, Inc., Rainelle.

Margaret Mae ‘Sloan’ Sydenstricker

Margaret Mae “Sloan” Sydenstricker, 78, of Beckley, passed away Thursday, August 29, 2013.

Born November 12, 1934, in Mabscott, she was the daughter of the late Henry and Myrtle Sloan. Besides her parents Margaret was preceded in death by her husband, Paul Sydenstricker; daughter, Paula Sydenstricker; and brothers, Harold and Frank Sloan.

Margaret was a retired bus aide for the Raleigh County Board of Education and a member of the Calvary Assembly of God.

Survivors include a son, David Sydenstricker and wife Theresa of Grandview; daughter, Rebecca Stowers of Shady Spring; grandchildren, April Taylor and husband Alan of Princeton, John, Amanda and Mary Stowers, of Shady Spring, Michael and Wesley Flannery of Beckley; 6 stepgrandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren, 14 great-great-grandchildren and numerous other family.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Monday, September 2, 2013, at Calvary Assembly of God, 319 Sunset Drive, Beckley, WV, with Pastor John Jordan officiating. Burial will follow in Calfee Cemetery at Mt. Tabor. Friends may visit with the family from 11 a.m. until service time on Monday at the church.

Pallbearers will be Roger D. Stowers, Jr., Roger A. Stowers, Sr., Roger A. Stowers, Jr., Alan Taylor, Michael Flannery and Wesley Flannery.

Memorial contributions may be sent to Calvary Assembly of God, 319 Sunset Drive, Beckley, WV 25801.

Online condolences may be left at

Arrangements by Calfee Funeral Home, Beckley.

Carrie Richmond Stone Weiford

Carrie Richmond Stone Weiford, age 94, of Shady Spring, WV, and Inverness, Florida, passed away at 6:03 a.m. Tuesday, August 27, 2013, at the Hospice House of Citrus County, Florida, following a short illness.

Born on March 3, 1919, at Table Rock, WV, she was the daughter of the late William Kelly Richmond and Ellen Nora Redden Richmond.

Carrie was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, James W. Weiford, on January 6, 2006, by seven brothers, Elliott, Everett, Elmer, Frank, Percy, Charlie, and Forrest Richmond, by five sisters, Gladys Acord, Tennis Redden, Leona Carper, Dell Richmond, and Ida Gilkerson. She was also preceded in death by paternal grandparents, Nathan and Mary Wills Richmond, maternal grandparents, Harrison Redden, and Mary “Polly” Kidwell Redden.

Carrie graduated from Shady Spring High School in 1936. She attended Beckley College and Concord College. She was an employee of the Raleigh County Board of Education for 35 years as an elementary teacher. She taught at Toney’s Fork, Penman, Clifftop and Shady Spring. She was a member of the Grandview Christian Church on Table Rock Road.

Survivors include her daughter, Le Rue Stone Crook Mahaffey and her companion Leonard Dickerson of Shady Spring, and Inverness, Florida. Grandson, Zane Crook, granddaughter Tonya Crook Smith and her husband Terry Smith, great-grandson Colby Smith, all of Shady Spring, Several nieces and nephews, also many other relatives, friends, and her beloved dog, Shasha.

The family extends special thanks to her caregiver, Leonee “Lee” Winburn, and to Hospice of Citrus County, Florida.

Funeral services will be conducted at the Rose and Quesenberry Peace Chapel in Beckley on Sunday, September 1, 2013, at 2 p.m. with Pastor Terry Newton and Pastor Oscar Schwitzerlette officiating. Burial will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens at Prosperity, WV. Friends may visit with the family two hours prior to the services on Sunday. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Hospice of Citrus County, P.O. Box 641270, Beverly Hills, Florida 34464.

Private online condolences, floral tributes, and other expressions of sympathy may be directed to the family via our guestbook at

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

Evelyn Dora Wendell

Mrs. Evelyn Dora Wendell, 86, of Piney View, passed away Friday, August 30, 2013, at her home following a long illness surrounded by her loving children.

She was born September 29, 1926, in Crickmer, WV, to the late Orville and Alice Goddard.

She was of the Pentecostal Faith; she loved talking about the Lord, listening to gospel music, spending time with her children and grandchildren, and embroidering.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her loving husband, Fred Wendell, and a daughter, Mandy Baker.

Those left to cherish her memory include her loving 5 daughters, Anna and Loyd Taylor of Piney View, Kathy and John Justus of Carpentersville, Ill, Patty and Bobby Dotson of Beckley, Brenda and  Chuck Clark of Delaware, OH, and Shelby and Mike Johnson of Charleston; two sons, David and Barbara Wendell of Beckley and William and Sharon Wendell of Piney View; a sister, Dorothy and John Ferguson, Lanark; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Services to celebrate the life of Mrs. Evelyn Dora Wendell will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday, September 4, 2013, at Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley, with Pastors Chester Bird and Lonnie Grear officiating. Family and friends will be serving as pallbearers. Following the services she will be laid to rest at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Beckley.

Friends may gather with the family from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Online condolences and other information can be found by visiting

The family would like to thank Dr. Richard Wiseman and staff, especially Blue and Hospice for their care and compassion.

Blue Ridge Funeral Home, 5251 Robert C. Byrd Drive, Beckley, is assisting the family.

Patricia ‘Pat’ Ann Wykle

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS — Patricia “Pat” Ann Wykle, 69, of White Sulphur Springs passed away on Thursday, August 29, 2013, at Roanoke Memorial Hospital, Roanoke, VA, following a short illness.

Born June 21, 1944, in White Sulphur Springs, she was a daughter of the late Myles Willard and Louise Catherine Koontz Bittinger.

She was a former employee of Hanover Shoe Company in White Sulphur Springs, and also was a retired pastry worker at The Greenbrier. Pat was a member of the Pentecostal Holiness Church on Ingleside Avenue, White Sulphur Springs, and a member of the Church Women’s Ministry Society. She was also a volunteer in the Church Food Pantry Program.

Survivors include her husband, Richard at home; a daughter, Annette Henderson (Rick) of Madison Heights, VA; two brothers, Roy W. Bittinger (Gail) of Bothell, WA, Raymond Bittinger of Christiansburg, VA; five sisters, Alice Jean Snider of Charlottesville, VA, Velma Defibaugh (Robert) of Winnsboro, SC, Ruth B. Cochran (Rev. Thomas) of Buena Vista, VA, Pauline Legg (David) of Covington, VA, and Shirley Thompson (Jimmy) of Charlottesville, VA; and a granddaughter, Makaila Henderson, “Pat’s Little Angel”; and a special sister, Diane Bittinger. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews, great- and great-great-nieces and nephews, many extended family and a host of friends.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, September 3, 2013, at the Pentecostal Holiness Church on Ingleside Avenue, White Sulphur Springs, with Rev. Gene Sizemore, Rev. James Black, and his wife Rev. Connie Black officiating. Interment will follow in Mapledale Cemetery, Rt. 92, White Sulphur Springs. Visitation will be on Monday evening, September 2, 2013, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the church.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Pentecostal Holiness Church Building Fund or to the Food Pantry Program.

Shanklin Funeral Home, White Sulphur Springs, is serving the family.