The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

October 14, 2013

Obituaries — Monday, Oct. 14, 2013

James Lloyd Adkins

KINCAID — James Lloyd Adkins, 82, of Kincaid, passed away Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16, at the Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill, with Pastor Delmas Wolfe officiating. Entombment will follow in High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill. Friends may call one hour prior to services Wednesday, Oct. 16, at the funeral home.

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Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Kenneth Blackburn

OCEANA — Kenneth Blackburn, 68, of Oceana, passed away Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013.

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

Della Kathleen Bragg

SOUTH CAROLINA — Della Kathleen Bragg, who always considered West Virginia as her home, died Oct. 11, 2013.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, at Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, Fayetteville. Burial will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Prosperity. The family will receive friends from noon until time of service at funeral home. 

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

John Franklin (Pappy) Campbell Jr.

ROANOKE, Va. — John Franklin (Pappy) Campbell, Jr., 81, of Roanoke, VA, went to be with the Lord on Friday, October 11, 2013, at Lewis-Gale Medical Center in Salem, VA. He was born on March 22, 1932, at White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, the son of the late John F. and Anna Stanley Campbell.

Left to cherish his memory are his loyal wife of 62 years (high school sweetheart) Viola Nester Campbell; son, John Floyd Campbell of Memphis, Tenn.; daughter, Marilyn Harden Arthur and her husband, Mike Arthur; granddaughters, Christie Dooley and her husband, Chris, Taylor Campbell Harden; grandson, Michael Wayne Arthur; great-granddaughter, Hailey Elizabeth Lowder; 2 great-grandson, Jamey and Conner Dooley. He is also survived by his sister, Jean Frazier and her husband, Jerry; brother, Albert Campbell, all of Roanoke; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his sister, Mary Frances Kidd and her husband, Charley, and sister, Dorothy Parker and her husband, Jack.

He graduated from White Sulphur Springs High School in 1950, served in the U.S. Army Signal Corps for 2 years. John and Viola moved to Roanoke in January 1955 to attend National Business College. John worked in the accounting field for a number of years before he and Viola opened Campbell Realty, Inc., in 1984. John managed the office and worked in sales until he became disabled with Alzheimer’s. From 2011 until his death, John was a resident at the Virginia Veterans Care Center where he received care from a warm and caring staff and the family would like to thank them for care he received during his stay. He was a member of Hollins Road Baptist Church where he has served as the Treasurer, Deacon and R.A. Counselor. John belonged to the Williamson Road Lions Club and the Isaac Walton League for a number of years, and was an avid hunter and gardener.

The family will receive friends at Oakey’s Funeral Service East Chapel on Monday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. A funeral service will be held at Oakey’s Funeral Service East Chapel at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, October 15, 2013, with the Rev. Charles (Chips) Doyle and Pastor Mark Washington officiating. Entombment will follow in Old Dominion Memorial Gardens, Roanoke, VA.

Arrangements by Oakey’s East Chapel, Roanoke, VA, Phone number 540-977-3909.

Orlando V. Copney

Mr. Orlando V. Copney, 59, of Beckley died Sunday, Oct. 13, 203.

Arrangements entrusted to Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.

F. David Epperson

OAK HILL — F. David Epperson, 73, of Oak Hill, WV, passed away on Friday, October 11, 2013, following a short illness.

Born on May 1, 1940, at Marfrance, WV, he was the son of the late Rex and Geneva Smith Epperson.

Dave was a retired coal miner and master electrician.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Ellen Sears Epperson, his daughter, Beth Epperson of Oak Hill, and his son, D. Scott Epperson of Beckley; his brother-in-law Wayne Sears and his wife Lois, of Hominy Falls, his sisters-in-law and their husbands, Julie and Kenny O’Dell of Simpsonville, SC, and Norie and Ed Brown of Quinton, VA; his aunts Beulah Epperson of Sam Black and Martha Lemons of Greensboro, NC; his uncle Tom and Pat Smith of Indiana, his cousins Sherry and Jim Gilkerson of Sam Black and Rita and Delmas Beavers of Hines and Rexy and Janice Smith of Virginia and Jerry Joe Epperson of Florida and a host of nieces and nephews.

Dave is also survived by four special friends, Louise Duckworth of Leivasy, Jesse Garcia of Oak Hill, Becky Arthur of Fayetteville and Jessica Holland Stanley of Oak Hill. Nephews and friends will serve as pallbearers.

There will be a visitation held on Monday, October 14, 2013, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Wallace and Wallace Funeral Chapel in Rainelle. The Funeral will be held Tuesday, October 15, 2013, at 2 p.m. at Wallace and Wallace Funeral Chapel, Rainelle, with Reverend Mark Wood officiating. Entombment will follow at Wallace Memorial Mausoleum in Clintonville, WV.

Donations of sympathy may be made to “Operation Underdog Pet Rescue,” PO Box 10, Cool Ridge, WV 25825, and “Fayette Plateau Ministerial Association Food Pantry,” P.O. Box 883, Oak Hill, WV 25901.

George Fama

“These good and wonderful parents, George and Mary Ann Fama, they loved us, they held us up … safely above the swirling waters of life … they were always there for us.” This past Saturday, October 12th, 2013, our most cherished father and grandfather, George Fama, went to join our sweet mother in Heaven. He was in his 92nd year of his long and fruitful life.

The 3rd of eight children, George Joseph Fama was born on Dec. 29th, 1920, at Mabscott. The son of Sicilian immigrants, who came from the town of Fiumedinis, George’s parents were the late Phillip and Nancy Sparacino Fama. His brothers, Patsy and Andy, have preceded him in death as well as an infant brother and sister. He leaves his surviving sisters, Connie Bowden and her husband Roy of Beckley, Rosa Shucet of Virginia Beach and Tony Fama of Beckley.

With the outbreak of the war in 1941, George along with his three brothers entered the armed forces. George serving in the U.S. Army would fight in the Battle of the Bulge where he was injured.

When he returned home, George along with his brothers was apprenticing under Mike Verde, a shoe cobbler on South Fayette Street. Around the corner on McCreery Street was a beautiful young woman by the name of Mary Ann Huzoski who owned the Courtesy Beauty Shop. Fate would bring George and Mary Ann together. They would marry on July 17th, 1948. To this union were blessed four children, Joe Fama and his wife, Becky, Anastasia Fama Morton and her husband, Ray, twins Michael Fama and his wife, Heather, and Phillip Fama and his wife, Kelly, all of Beckley. The children grew up on East C Street and Stanaford Acres. After 62 years of marriage, Mary Ann died on Dec. 23rd, 2010, and now, “Oh Glad Reunion.”

George was the doting “Grandpa” to George, Joey, Alex, Nicole, Taylor, Eli, Rachel, Ethan, Logan, Tanner and Kameron. A devout Catholic, George and his family worshiped at St. Francis de Sales Parish, where he was a Third Degree Knights of Columbus.

From shoe apprenticing, George and his brothers would open Fama Shoe Repair and eventually Fama Shoes that would become a successful chain of shoe stores throughout Southern West Virginia. George and his brothers were truly one of “The Greatest Generation” and lived the “American Dream.” After 46 years in the shoe industry, George retired from the shoe business, but not from working. He immensely enjoyed helping his sons in their business endeavors. At the age of 90, George was still rising early and baking bread at Bellacinos. He enjoyed interacting with his co-workers and had many friends of the younger generation. In his leisure time, he enjoyed the Beckley Moose Lodge.

At the end of the day, it was the love of family that was George’s reason to live. He adored his wife and children and spending time with grandchildren. He was the fond uncle of many nieces and nephews and the kind brother-in-law of June and Karen Fama. At this time in life, George still has an aunt, Nellie Rodriguez, who survives him. “Togetherness” was everything to George.

On Tuesday, October 15th, at 11 a.m. the Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated at St. Francis de Sales Church. Monsignor Samuel Sacus and Fr. Pen will be the celebrants. The family will receive friends on Monday evening from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Melton Mortuary Chapel. A Vigil Prayer Service will begin at 8 p.m. conducted by Rev. Mr. William Donald Wise. The Rite of Committal will follow in the Sunset Memorial Park Mausoleum where George will be entombed beside his beloved Mary Ann. Family members will be the pallbearers.

George’s family would like to publicly thank his many friends at Bayberry, especially Lily Ann Adkins, the Hospice Staff of the 4th Floor at the Veterans Area Medical Center along with Dr. Boyd and Dr. Jan and local physicians, Dr. Boustani and Dr. Thomas.

The family suggests donations of sympathy can be made to: St. Francis de Sales School, 622 South Oakwood Ave., Beckley, WV 25801, American Cancer Society, 101 S. Kanawha St., Beckley, WV 25801, or the Scholarship Fund of the Fr. John Halpin Council, 5667, Knights of Columbus.

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

Dorothy L. Lilly Harvey

NIMITZ — Dorothy L. Lilly Harvey, 96, of Nimitz, died Sunday, October 13, 2013, at the home of Debra Cline at Lerona following a long illness.

Born March 7, 1917, at Bertha, West Virginia, she was the daughter of the late Frank L. and Lilly Mae Wyant Bradberry.

Mrs. Harvey was a homemaker and was a lifelong resident of Summers County. She was a member of Grace Baptist Church at Nimitz and also attended Beech Run Baptist Church. She was a member of the Jumping Branch-Nimitz Senior Citizens.

She was preceded in death by an infant daughter, also a son, Ray Houchins, five brothers, William, Jesse, James, Arnold and Bobby Bradberry, and a sister, Sylvia Aliff.

Survivors include her husband, Lloyd E. Harvey. Grandson, William Ray Houchins and wife Tina of Christiansburg, VA. Two sisters, Nelle Thompson of Marietta, OH, and Mattie Jean Yancey of Hinton. Daughter-in-law, Jean Houchins of Talcott. Two sisters-in-law, Betty Bradberry of Millboro, VA, and Edith Bradberry of Clifton Forge, VA. Special caregivers, Debra Cline and Sandra and Randy and her other caregivers.

As per Dorothy’s request, there will be no visitation. Graveside services and burial will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, October 15, 2013, at the Neely Cemetery at Surveyors Branch, with Pastor Bill Ballengee officiating. Family and friends are asked to meet at the cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Grace Baptist Church or Beech Run Baptist Church.

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Arrangements by Pivont Funeral Home, Hinton, WV.

Mildred Geneva Jones

HIX — Mildred Geneva Jones, 92, of Hix, died at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013.

Arrangements are pending completion at Pivont Funeral Home, Hinton.

Danny Lee Kimble

BARTOW — Danny Lee Kimble, 38, of Bartow, passed away Friday, Oct. 11, 2013.

A memorial service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, at Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home in Arbovale, with the Rev. William Vandevender officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service Saturday at the funeral home.

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Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home in Arbovale is in charge of arrangements.

Margaret Aleene Massey

SINKS GROVE — Margaret Aleene Massey, 81, of Sinks Grove, passed away Saturday, October 12, 2013, at Greenbrier Manor Nursing Home.

Born December 1, 1931, at Fort Springs, she was a daughter of the late Clark M. and Mary Carter Burns.

Mrs. Massey was a member of Mt. Vernon United Methodist Church and was a homemaker.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Gordon K. Massey; sisters, Lucille Brooks and Martha Ramsey; and brothers, Houston and Charlie Burns.

She is survived by five sons, John (Pamela) Massey of Sinks Grove, James (Evelyn) Massey of Alderson, Ricky Massey of Sinks Grove, Bud (Theresa) Massey of Alderson and Joseph (Beth) Massey of Wolf Creek; a sister Dolly Jane Waid of South Hill, VA; 12 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, October 15, 2013, at Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home in Ronceverte, with Rev. Rick Duncan officiating. Burial will follow at Greenbrier Memorial Gardens in Lewisburg.

Friends may call Monday, October 14, 2013, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the funeral home in Ronceverte.

Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home in Ronceverte is in charge of arrangements.

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Harriet Aliff Neel

LINDSIDE — Harriet Aliff Neel, 90, of Lindside, died Monday, Oct. 7, 2013. 

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15, at the Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home Chapel, Peterstown, with Barry Harper officiating. Burial will follow in the Peterstown Cemetery, Giles County, Va. Visitation will be one hour prior to the services Tuesday.

Online guestbook can be signed or condolences may be sent to the Neel family at

Arrangements by Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home, Peterstown.

Pamela Dawn Jones Pomeroy

HIX — Pamela Dawn Jones Pomeroy, 56, of Hix went home to be with her Lord Saturday, October 12, 2013, due to a battle with kidney cancer.

Born October 24, 1956, she was the daughter of Mary E. Dolin of White Sulphur Springs and the late Williams E. Jones of Alderson, WV. She was the stepdaughter of the late Garland W. Dolin of White Sulphur Springs.

Also preceding her in death was her first husband, J.R. O’Bryan of Hix, WV.

Survivors include her faithful, loving and caring husband, Jeff Pomeroy of Hix. Loving mother, Mary E. Dolin of White Sulphur Springs. Loving daughter, Bethany Dawn O’Bryan, and loving granddaughter, Jesse Dawn Stover of Hix. Two brothers, Danny Lee Jones and wife Donna and Charles Allen Jones and wife Gayle of Mechanicsville, VA. Several beloved nephews. Mother-in-law, Betty Jo O’Bryan, and sister-in-law, Linda Sue O’Bryan, both of Hix. A very special cousin, Kaylin Cales of Hickory, NC. Pam loved the kids in her Sunday School Class. She had known Elisabeth Ward the longest and considered her a special friend.

After graduating from Hinton High School, Pam went to work at the Summers County Court House as an office deputy and worked for the Summers County 911 center as a dispatcher for several years. After graduating from Concord College with a degree in Social Work, she began working for the Greenbrier District Department of Health and Human Resources. During her years with the department, she held various positions including child protective services, foster family home finding and adoption specialist before becoming unable to work due to her illness.

She loved and cared for all of those in her life. She was a wonderful and giving mother, grandmother, friend and wife. Her laughter, love and warmth will be sorely missed by all of those who knew her best and loved her most. Her religion and relationship with God was especially important to her. We know that though she will be missed, she will be at peace in Heaven and we will see her again.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, October 15, 2013, at Chestnut Grove Baptist Church at Hix with Pastor Benny Allen officiating. Burial will follow in the O’Bryan Cemetery at Hix. Friends may call from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Tuesday at the church.

Pallbearers will be Bryan Adkins, Michael Adkins, Rich Hulmes, Allen Hunter, Dino Ward and Greg Richmond.

The family would like to extend special thanks to the nurses of Hospice, Tammy and Heather. They kept her laughing and Pam kept them laughing with her “Pamerisms.” Also a special thanks to the staff at Bowers Hospice House who cared for her.

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Arrangements by Pivont Funeral Home, Hinton, WV.

Don Porter

DINGESS — Don Porter, 79, of Dingess, passed away Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013.

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 14, at Rockel Cemetery at East Fork of 12 Pole.

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Honaker Funeral Home of Logan is in charge of arrangements.

Mary L. Sexton

RHODELL — Mary Leona Sexton, 49, of Rhodell died Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013.

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Arrangements by Melton Mortuary and Cremation Center, Beckley.

Connie Lynn Taylor

Miss Connie Lynn Taylor, age 55, of Clear Creek, WV, crossed that bridge to no more sorrows on Saturday, October 12, 2013, at home.

Connie was born on August 7, 1958, in Beckley, WV, and was the baby daughter of the late Willie and Essie Young Taylor. Following her mother’s sudden death she moved to Clear Creek in 1975 to dwell with her brother-in-law and sister Howard and Carol Bryant, where she resided  the last 38 years of her life as a daughter.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by an infant brother, Olen Taylor, and a brother Gary Taylor. 

Survivors include sisters Carol Bryant and her husband Howard of Clear Creek, Wilma Allman and her husband Michael, and Ann Snyder and her husband Terry, all of Knoxville, Tennessee.

Connie attended the Ewing Creek Church for 38 years. The members there were an extended family in her life. Her kind, sweet spirit, soft little hand shakes, contagious laugh,  love of music, kids, and her own little selection of baby dolls will be cherished memories we hold onto. Connie’s love of worship of God will forever be a testimony to the presence of God in her life and His Amazing love and grace. One of her last words spoken were “going to beat you to church.”

During Connie’s journey this last several months new friends were added to her life, for which we are all grateful, the Hospice of Southern West Virginia, who has blessed not only her life but our home.

A Celebration of Connie Lynn Taylor’s Life will be held on Tuesday, October 15, 2013, at 2 p.m. at the Ewing Creek Church with Pastors Loretta Taylor and David Taylor Jr. officiating. Burial will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens at Prosperity, WV. Friends may visit with the family from noon until service time on Tuesday. Pallbearers will be family and friends.

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.

Jack E. Weikle

CALDWELL — Jack E. Weikle, 76, of Caldwell died Oct. 12, 2013.

Services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15, at Greenbrier Baptist Church in Ronceverte. Burial will follow in the Vance Cemetery at Hollywood. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 14, at Morgan Funeral Home in Lewisburg.