The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

October 20, 2013

Obituaries — Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013

Robert Bair

Robert Bair, 65, of Beckley, passed away Oct. 19, 2013.

Arrangements are pending completion with Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley.

Ethylene Hardy Bingham

On Friday, Oct. 18th, 2013, our most cherished mother and grandmother, Ethylene Hardy Bingham of the Woodcrest Addition, Beckley, formerly of Filbert, passed away at the Bowers Hospice House in Beckley. She was in the 95th year of her life.

Mary Ethylene Wooldridge was born on Nov. 30th, 1918, at Filbert. Ethylene, as she was affectionately known all her life, was the eighth of twelve children. Her parents were the late George and Peggy McClure Wooldridge. Her brothers Fremont, Lloyd, Lawrence, and Herbert Wooldridge and sisters, Geneva Myers, Cleo Wooldridge, Annie Bales, Frances Cape, Edna George and Dorothy Cook, have preceded her in death. A brother, Harold Wooldridge of Sun City, AZ, survives as well as several nieces and nephews.

A lifelong resident of Filbert, Ethylene married Woodrow Hardy in 1936. To this union were born her two beloved daughters, Mary Jane and Shelby. Mary Jane is married to Steve Colosi; they make their home in Beckley. Shelby would marry Jerry Blevins. Sadly, Jerry and Shelby died at an early age. Woodrow Hardy died in 1963, at the age of 49. Ethylene would then marry William Bingham. “Grandma Ethylene” was blessed with five grandchildren, Verna Love, Jeanette Smith, Steve Colosi Jr., Sherri Kirkman and Maria Cochran. She was the proud great-grandmother of twelve great-grandchildren. Ethylene worshiped at the Filbert United Methodist Church. She loved to quilt and garden and was an avid walker. For many years, she walked four to five miles a day with her Filbert friends. William Bingham would die in 1972.

In 2004, at the age of 86, Ethylene came to Beckley to make her home with Mary Jane and Steve. She immensely enjoyed spending time at the Raleigh County Commission on Aging Day Care. She was blessed with her kind care givers, Terri Tilley, Judy Bolen, Juanita Dunbar, Marlene Sizemore, and Debbie Smith.

On Monday, Oct. 21st, at 11 a.m. there will be a “Service of Remembrance” for Ethylene at the Melton Mortuary Chapel. Pastor Tom Carver will be officiating. The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until the service hour. Ethylene will be laid to rest in the Woodlawn Memorial Park at Bluewell. The Committal services will be at 1:30 p.m.

The family suggests donations of sympathy can be made to the Bowers Hospice House, PO Box 1472, Beckley, WV 25802.

Condolences may be sent to the family’s guestbook at

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

Robert H. Brooks

JESSE — Robert H. Brooks, 95, of Jesse, passed away Friday, Oct. 18, 2013.

E-mail letters of sympathy may be sent at

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

Nathan (Nat) B. Gwinn

RICHMOND, Va. — Nathan (Nat) B. Gwinn, of Richmond, VA, formerly of Lockbridge, WV, passed away on Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, in McGuire Veterans Hospital in Richmond, VA, of a short illness. Born on Sept. 9th, 1933, he was the son of the late Cornelius B. and Golda Gwinn. He served four years in the Air Force and retired from the Virginia Department of Corrections.

Surviving are 2 sons: Nathan B. Gwinn Jr. (Karen), Chesterfield VA; Randall D. Gwinn, Ashland, VA. 2 daughters: Deanna Austin (Stephen), Virginia Beach, VA; Theresa Melton (Thomas), Ashland, VA. 7 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. 3 surviving brothers: Wesley Gwinn (Ruth, deceased), Lewisburg, WV; Dr. James Gwinn (Susan), Lockbridge, WV; Larry Gwinn (Phyllis), Nimitz, WV.

Preceded in death by 2 brothers: Cornelius B. Gwinn Jr. and Paul Gwinn; and 4 sisters, Mabel Carter, Faith Cozort, Joy Shulle, and Glo McFarland.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22, at the Wallace & Wallace Funeral Chapel, Rainelle, WV, with Pastor Larry Gwinn officiating. Burial will follow in the DeQuasie Cemetery, Lockbridge WV. Visitation will be Monday, Oct. 21, from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Wallace and Wallace Funeral Chapel, Rainelle, WV.

Betty Sudderth Jamison

Betty Sudderth Jamison passed away on Friday, October 18, 2013, at the Bowers Hospice House. She was the daughter of the late Jack and Lenore Sudderth of MacArthur.

She is survived by Dr. Melvin Jamison, to whom she was married for 53 years. Their children are Sheree Wolfe and husband, Les, of Nokesville, VA, Melvin Jamison and wife, Amy, of Coal City, and  David Jamison and wife, Theresa, of Kingsport, TN.

Their grandchildren are Lauren Wolfe, Austin Jamison, Katelyn Jamison, and Brenna Jamison.

Betty is also survived by her sisters, Faye and Cindy, and brothers, Jack and Walter, and numerous cousins, aunts, and uncles.

Betty taught school for nearly 38 years and was well loved by her students and fellow teachers and staff members. She was affectionately known as Ms. J.

Betty was an excellent example of a Pastor’s wife and worked in several churches as Sunday school teacher, Bible School worker, and was involved in visiting shut-ins. She was a member of the Sunset Hills Missionary Baptist Church in Coal City and loved her many church friends and pastor, Tim Mitchem.

Services for Mrs. Jamison will be held at Blue Ridge Funeral Home in Prosperity with Pastor Tim Mitchem officiating. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Monday evening, October 21, and her funeral will be held on Tuesday, October 22, at 1 p.m. Following the services Mrs. Jamison will be laid to rest at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Prosperity.

The family would like to give a loving thanks to the Ladies of the Church for coming and staying with Betty during her illness and for the food they prepared for the family.

The family would like to also suggest an alternative to flowers, a donation in the Memory of Betty be made to the Hospice of Southern West Virginia or the Bowers Hospice House. These two organizations were absolutely outstanding in their assistance to Betty and her family during her battle with Leukemia.

Online condolences and other information can be found by visiting

Blue Ridge Funeral Home, 5251 Robert C. Byrd Drive, Beckley, is in charge of the arrangements.

Melvin C. Lambert

Melvin C. Lambert, 63, of MacArthur died Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, near Tazewell, Va., resulting from injures in an automobile accident.

Condolences may be sent to the family’s guestbook at

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary and Cremation Center, Beckley.

Frank W. Lucas

Frank W. Lucas, age 77, passed peacefully in his sleep into the loving embrace of the Lord on October 18th, 2013, at Genesis Health Care.

He was born January 17th, 1936, in Jumping Branch, West Virginia, to the late Bud W. Lucas and Ruby Faye Lucas.

In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by his loving wife Anna Bell Lucas and Brother-in-law, David M. Quesenberry and Sister-in-law, Mary Francis Quesenberry.

He is Survived by his two sons, Grover Cleveland Lucas and Franklin Webster Lucas; Nephews and nieces, Frances Quesenberry of Columbus, Ohio, Robert Quesenberry of Reynoldsburg, Ohio, Margaret Quesenberry of McArthur, Ohio, Paulette Quesenberry of Florida, Grover Quesenberry of Florida, Leslie Quesenberry of Jackson, Ohio, Mack Quesenberry of Jackson, Ohio, Glen Quesenberry of Jackson, Ohio, and Linda Quesenberry of Ashville, Ohio, along with many Great-Nieces and Nephews.

Funeral services will be conducted at the Rose and Quesenberry Peace Chapel in Beckley on Monday, October 21, 2013, at 1 p.m. with Rev. Orville Setliff officiating. Burial will follow at Sunset Memorial Park in Beckley, WV. Friends may visit with the family one hour prior to the services. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

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.

Cecil I. Meadows

CLIFTON FORGE, Va. — Cecil I. Meadows, 94, of Clifton Forge, Va., formerly of Hinton, died Friday, Oct. 18,  2013.

Arrangements by Pivont Funeral Home in Hinton.

Roma F. Nichols

Roma F. Nichols of Beckley, WV, formerly of Parkersburg, WV, went home on his 87th birthday to be with our Lord and Savior. Born in Spencer, Roane County, WV, on October 19, 1926, he was the son of the late Given L. Nichols and Gypsie S. Nichols.

Roma is survived by his wife of 67 years, Geneva Ann Nichols, son, Gary M. Nichols and wife, Pamela Nichols, of Cool Ridge. Stepgrandchildren, Sterling “Dusty” Lewis and wife, Kimberly Hatfield Lewis, of Shady Spring, WV, and Courtney Lewis Marshall and husband, O. Wayne Marshall, of Davidson, N.C. Stepgreat-grandchildren, Sterling Cade Lewis and Alivia Hatfield. He was preceded in death by his brother, Gordon.

He was employed 33 years as an Accountant for NAPA, Parkersburg, WV. Served in the U.S. Army and was a veteran of World War II.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday, Oct. 21, in the Calfee Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Larry Halsey officiating. Entombment will follow in Sunset Memorial Park. Friends and family may call one hour prior to service.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

Online condolences may be left at

Arrangements by Calfee Funeral Home, Beckley.

Ruth L. Feist Price

MORGANTOWN — Ruth L. Feist Price, 86, passed from this life on October 17, 2013, at her home in Morgantown, WV.

Ruth was born November 13, 1926, in New Martinsville, WV, daughter of the late Leslie and Edna Rabel Feist.

She and her late husband were the owners of Band Box Cleaners in New Martinsville and Paden City, house mother at the former Colin Anderson Home and alterations manager for the former Stone and Thomas – Beckley, WV, proud graduate of Magnolia High School Class of 1945, enjoyed making puzzles, watching sports, quilting, sewing, gardening and playing Scrabble and was a member of the Glen Oaks Church of Christ in Morgantown.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, “Bill” Price (2008); an infant son, William Allen Price; and sister-in-law, Norma Feist.

Surviving are two sons, Max (Connie) Price of Ravenswood, WV, and Joe (Brenda) Price of Paden City, WV; daughter, Barbara (Michael) Cunningham of Morgantown, WV; brother, Russell Feist of Moundsville, WV; sister, Wanda (Paul) Rockwell of Paden City, WV; two sisters-in-law, Ruthann Joy and Mary Jo Price both of Paden City, WV; eleven grandchildren; sixteen great-grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Friends received 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday, October 20, 2013, at the Jarvis-Williams Funeral Home in Paden City where service will be held 11 a.m. Monday, October 21, 2013, with Ruth’s nephews Brian Price and Jeremy Joy co-officiating.

Interment to follow in Paden Memorial Gardens.

Expression of sympathy may be made at

Daniel Lee Toler

KOPPERSTON — Daniel Lee Toler, 62, died Friday, Oct. 18, 2013.

A celebration of Daniel’s life will be 1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22, at the Adam Toler Memorial Chapel. Family will receive friends from 6 to 9 at the funeral home.

Services entrusted to Evans Funeral Home of Chapmanville.

Louise Elaine Bowyer Wriston

PAX — Louise Elaine Bowyer Wriston, 67, of Pax, passed away Friday, Oct. 18, 2013.

Funeral services will be at noon Monday, Oct. 21, at the Willis Branch Community Church, Pax, with Richard Runyon officiating. Burial will follow in the Thompson Cemetery, Bee Branch Road, Pax. Friends may call after 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 20, at the church.

Online condolences may be sent to

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope.