The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

October 25, 2013

Obituaries — Friday, Oct. 25, 2013

Ronald G. Baker

Ronald Gene Baker, 72, of the Bowling Addition, Beckley, died Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Monday, Oct. 28, at the Melton Mortuary Cha-pel. Burial will follow in the Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens at Prosperity. The family will receive friends from noon until the service hour.

Condolences may be sent to the family’s guestbook at

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary and Cremation Center, Beckley.

Arlena Nadine Wright Carey

On Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013, Arlena Nadine Wright Carey, 59, of Beckley, went home to be with the Lord.

Born July 27, 1954, in Beckley, she was the daughter of the late James Otis Wright Sr. and Selena Wright.

Nadine was a member of the St. Paul Baptist Temple; she attended Stratton High School. She was loved by all her friends and loved ones.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, William E. Carey; a brother, James Otis “Butch” Wright Jr.; and a sister, Deborah Wright.

She leaves to cherish her memory her three daughters, Selena (Nikki) Wright, Chermette Wright and Teruka Carey; six grandchildren, Charviea and T’Dajah Wright, Tijah, Kevin and Ji’Haud Carey and Alani Love Lowery; a brother, Bernard Amar, and three sisters, Vernita (Vicky) Laster (Bill), Lonella Leach (Rev. Walter Leach) and Cynthia Ann Thomas (T); two special children, Keisha Leach and Walter Leach Jr.

Funeral services will be held at St. Paul Baptist Temple, 129 Rice Street, Beckley, 12 noon on Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013. Visitation will begin one hour prior to service. Rev. Walter Leach and Bishop Fred T. Simms will officiate.

Condolences may be sent to

Arrangements are entrusted to Durgan Funeral Home in Beckley.

Kenneth Wade Carpenter

VALLEY BEND — Kenneth Wade Carpenter, 57, passed away Friday, Oct. 18, 2013.

A memorial service will be 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at the Durbin Church of the Brethren, with the Rev. Donnie Curry officiating.

Please send online condolences by visiting

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Arbovale.

David Lee Church

ELSEGUNDO, Calif. — David Lee Church, 55, of Elsegundo, formerly of Beckley, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013.

Arrangements are pending completion at the Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, 1901 S. Kanawha St., Beckley.

Diannia Jeanett Brown Clutter

RAINELLE — Diannia Jeanett Brown Clutter, 62, of Rainelle, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013.

A celebration of life will be from 1 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at the Alderson Community Center for the Arts and Humanities, Alderson.

Arrangements by Lobban Funeral Home, Alderson.

Donna Janelle Elkins

GOLD HILL, N.C. — Mrs. Donna Janelle Elkins, 67, formerly of Oceana, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, October 24, 2013, at CMC Northeast surrounded by family.

She was born on January 5, 1946, in Brooklyn, W.Va., to the late Billy and Agnes Lambert of Turkey Dip, W.Va.

Mrs. Elkins was a 1963 graduate of Oceana High School. She retired from AT&T and was a homemaker. She was a member of Bible Missionary Baptist Church and enjoyed flowers, gardening, and loved her little dog Yoni. She also loved to write songs and poetry.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her son, David Russell Elkins, and brothers, Buck Lambert and Bill Lambert.

Mrs. Elkins is survived by her husband Larry Russell Elkins, son, Larry Elkins Jr. “Skip” and wife Sheila of Salisbury, N.C.; daughter, Shannon Foster and husband Errol of Bolt, brother, Greg Lambert and wife Caryn of Glen Fork and Julius Lambert and wife Karen of Garrett, N.D.; five grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and a host of extended family and friends.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, October 26, 2013, at the Powles Funeral Home Chapel conducted by Rev. Buddy Hoffner, pastor of Bible Missionary Baptist Church.

The family will receive friends from 2 to 3 p.m. prior to the funeral service at Powles Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to the Susan G. Komen of Charlotte: PO Box 601597, Charlotte, NC 28260-1597.

Online condolences may be made at

Powles Funeral Home, honored provider of Veteran’s Funeral Care, is assisting the family, 913 W. Main Street, Rockwell, NC 28138, 704-279-7241.

Juanita Marie Wilfong Hall

RAINELLE — Juanita Marie Wilfong Hall, 67, of Rainelle, went home to be with the Lord, Sunday, October 20, 2013, at her home surrounded by her loving family following a courageous battle with cancer.

Born April 13, 1946, in Randolph County, she was the daughter of the late Roscoe Thomas and Viola Harris Wilfong.

Juanita was a homemaker and a member of the Sewell Valley Baptist Church at Rainelle. She enjoyed crafting with her husband for 33 years throughout the area at many craft shows. Her smile was infectious.

Survivors include her loving husband of 46 years, George E. Hall; two daughters Cheryl Hall Simmons of Elkin, N.C., and Crystal Bennett and husband Randy of Yadkinville, N.C., who moved home to take care of her mother during her illness; her grandson Cody McCormick of Ronda, N.C.; four brothers Boyd Wilfong and wife Laura of Fayetteville, N.C., Fred Wilfong and wife Shirley of Wisconsin, Gary Wilfong and wife Kay of Rainelle and Dwight Wilfong and wife Thelma of Smith Mountain Lake, Va.; four sisters Elaine Williams of Lizella, Ga., Kathy Wilson and husband Willie of Oregon, Ill., Vonda Walker of Charleston and Fayetta Walkup and husband Roger of Delaware. The family wants to extend their gratitude to family and friends for all the prayers and continuous support throughout this journey. Words alone cannot begin to express their appreciation.

Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, October 26, in the Sewell Valley Baptist Church, Rainelle, with Pastors Fred Fryar and Mike Whisman officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Friends may call Friday, October 25, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Smathers Funeral Chapel, Inc., Rainelle.

Online condolences at

Arrangements by Smathers Funeral Chapel, Inc., Rainelle.

Joseph Edward Hornsby

GHENT — Joseph Edward Hornsby, age 72, of Ghent, passed away on Tuesday, October 22, 2013, at the Summers Continuous Care Center.

Born on November 23, 1940, in Quinnimont, W.Va., he was the son of the late Charles and Freda Carr Hornsby.

Mr. Hornsby was a disabled coal miner and carpenter. He was a member of the Rhodell Tabernacle and had made his home at Ghent for over 39 years.

Mr. Hornsby was a U.S. Marine Corps Veteran.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Anna Lea Tolliver, and by a brother, Charles “Doug” Hornsby.

Surviving wife of 49 years Joyce Carol Bennett Hornsby; his children, James Hornsby and his wife Kay of Forest, Va., Lisa Meinhardt of Farmington, Mo., and Robert Hornsby and his wife Kathy of Table Rock Road, Grandview. Granddaughters, Jane, Susan, and Morgan, and grandsons, Dewayne, Matthew and Dylan. Siblings, Teddy Hornsby and wife Toni of Grandview, Kenneth Hornsby and his wife Bonnie of Shackelford, Va., Betty McGraw and her husband Barry of Grandview, Rev. Jimmy Hornsby and his wife Joyce of Shady Spring, Gary Hornsby of Hinton, Tex Hornsby and his wife Retha “Coco” of Shady Spring, Barbara Rose and her husband Ronnie of Mabscott, Tommy Hornsby and his wife Sheila of Mechanicsville, Va., and Larry Hornsby and his wife Karen of Shady Spring. A special aunt, Polly Hornsby McBride of Coal City.

Funeral services will be conducted at the Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home Shady Spring Chapel on Saturday, October 26, 2013, at 11 a.m. with Rev. Joe Cadle and Rev. Jimmy Hornsby officiating. Burial will follow at the New Salem Baptist Church Cemetery at Abraham.

Friends may visit with the family from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be Jimmy Coleman, Donald Tolliver, Gary Watson, Timmy Bennett, Stan Michael Wood and Aaron Hornsby. Honorary pallbearers will be Gary Lilly and Tom Smithson.

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 Shady Spring Chapel, 729 Flat Top Road, Shady Spring.

Walter ‘Jim’ Looney

Walter “Jim” Looney, 89, of Beaver went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, October 22, 2013.

Born August 9, 1924, he was the son of the late William and Pearl Mattney Looney.

Walter was an avid lawn care enthusiast. People would always stop by and ask him about his beautiful lawn. Walter was employed as a power line superintendent at RH Bouligny from 1946-1957 and an electrical superintendent for Valley Camp Coal Company from 1957-1991 when he retired. He proudly served in the U.S. Army during WWII where he was stationed in Japan. Walter was a member of Clifftop Missionary Baptist Church. He was a resident of Wheeling, W.Va., from 1954-1991.

In addition to his parents, Walter is preceded in death by his first wife of 49 years, Irene Looney; brothers, Carl, John and Elmer Looney.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife of three years, Lucille Looney of Beaver; son, Jerry Looney and wife Susan of Beaver; granddaughter, Lynn Alomar and husband Victor of Virginia Beach, Va.; grandson, Dexter Looney and wife Brandi of Lynchburg, Va.; great-grandchildren, Maddie Alomar and Alannah Alomar.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, October 26, 2013, at Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley, with Pastor Larry Halsey and Pastor Matthew Hill officiating. Burial will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens.

Friends may gather with the family Saturday from 1 to 2 p.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Clifftop Missionary Baptist Church, 120 Clifftop Drive, Beaver, WV 25813, or to St. Jude Hospital at, in memory of Walter “Jim” Looney.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

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

Janice Marie McGurty

MOUNDSVILLE — Janice Marie McGurty, age 88, of Moundsville, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013.

She was born April 18, 1925, in Braxton County. She was a retired postmaster from Marfrance, W.Va., and currently resided in Moundsville.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas W. McGurty; her oldest son, Thomas D. McGurty; and great-granddaughter, Kandis Smith.

Surviving are: one sister, Mildred Wood; two sons, Ronald McGurty (Debbie) and Roger McGurty (Jackie), daughter-in-law Betty McGurty; four grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday, October 26th, at Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Rainelle, with Pastor Roger Ware officiating. Entombment will follow at Wallace Memorial Mausoleum.

Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 25th, at Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Rainelle.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Harvest Baptist Church, 1201 Covert St., Moundsville, WV 26041.

Please send online condolences to:

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Rainelle.

Maudie Louise Pennington

MARTINSVILLE, Va. — Maudie Louise Pennington, 91, of Martinsville, formerly of Oceana, passed away Monday, Oct. 21, 2013.

Family and friends will meet for graveside services at 11 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 27, at Roselawn Memorial Gardens, Princeton. There will be no procession going to the cemetery. Friends may gather with the family from 5 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at the Oceana First Church of God; a celebration service will begin at 6 p.m. followed by a final viewing for the family and friends, with Pastors William Wagner, Charles Childers, Perry Blankenship and Rick Brown officiating.

E-mail letters of sympathy may be sent at

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

Lena Belle Stanley Ratliff

ALDERSON — Lena Belle Stanley Ratliff, 100, of Alderson, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013.

Funeral services will be at noon Saturday, Oct. 26, at the Lobban Funeral Home Chapel, Alderson. Burial will follow at the Fletcher Addition of the Alderson Cemetery, Alderson. Friends may call from 11 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 26, at the funeral home.

Arrangements by Lobban Funeral Home, Alderson.

Nancy K. Surbaugh Robertson

CLINTONVILLE — Nancy K. Surbaugh Robertson, of Clintonville, WV, left this world early Saturday morning, October 19, 2013, following a short illness.

Nancy is survived by her husband Joseph “Butch” Robertson of Clintonville, sons Ivan Leef (Angie) of Clintonville, Eric Leef (Elise) of Clintonville and stepson Jared Robertson (Amy) of Grassy Meadows. She is also survived by her grandchildren Shaun Leef of Hurricane, Shanna Boutchyard (Richard) of Fredericksburg, Va., Corey and Morgan Leef of Clintonville, stepgrandchildren Jacob and Lucas of Grassy Meadows, great-grandchildren Cali, Kyle, and Graham, and many beloved nephews, nieces and cousins.

She is preceded in death by her father Clarence Adrian Surbaugh, mother Barbara Loretta Morgan Surbaugh Kincaid, and stepfather Otis Kincaid. She is also preceded in death by her sister Joy Lavinder, and brothers George Surbaugh, Gerald Surbaugh, and Ronnie Surbaugh. Living sisters-in-law include Doris Surbaugh of Clintonville, Frankie Surbaugh of Oak Hill, Marty Morris (Glenn Morris) of Lexington, Ky., and brother-in-law Murel Robertson (Nancy) of Lewisburg.

Nancy grew up in Summers County, graduating from Sandstone High School, where she was crowned homecoming queen, “Miss Hornet.” Nancy worked in advertising for Senator Bob Holliday at the Meadow River Post for almost 20 years in the Nicholas, Greenbrier and Fayette County areas. While working at the Meadow River Post Nancy wrote a weekly column called “From Where I Sit,” that many people looked forward to reading. After working at the Meadow River Post Nancy became self-employed, managing private homes at The Greenbrier Resort. For many years Nancy sang with Sharon Wolfe and Mary Catherine Loudermilk in a gospel trio, “Sweet Charity.” We know Nancy is now singing in perfect harmony with the heavenly choir.

As a young woman, Nancy was a very gifted artist. After not painting anything for 35 years, Nancy returned to painting with Jeanne Brenneman and the Greenbrier Artists group. Watercolor painting became an instant joy to her and the group became an extended family. Nancy enjoyed nothing more in this life than spending time with her family and friends, taking sightseeing and antiquing trips with her beloved Butch, or traveling far and wide with friends to fellowship and listen to some of their favorite southern gospel groups. Family meant everything to Nancy, and not a day went by where she didn’t make that known.

Nancy was a member of James Chapel United Methodist Church in Clintonville.

The viewing will be held Saturday, October 26, 2013, from 6 to 9 p.m. in the evening at Wallace and Wallace Funeral Home in Rainelle. The service will be held on Sunday, October 27, 2013, at 2 p.m. at James Chapel United Methodist Church on Shoestring Trail in Clintonville, with interment at Wallace Memorial Cemetery in Clintonville immediately following.

The Church will be open an hour before the service to allow friends and family to share memories.

Irene Shifflett

STAFFORD, Va. — Irene Shifflett, 68, of Stafford, passed away on Tuesday, October 22, 2013, in a Falls Church, Va., hospital.

Born July 24, 1945, at Basin, she was the daughter of the late Burl and Meda Graham Shrewsbury.

Irene had been a 35-year resident of Stafford, Va.; she was Baptist by faith and was former Administrative Assistant for the U.S. Department of Defense. In her leisure she enjoyed knitting and crocheting and had a special love for animals especially birds.

In addition to her parents she is also preceded in death by an infant son, Ralph Shifflett; two sisters, Carol Ann Ford and Betty Lou Shrewsbury.

Those left to cherish her memory include her husband of 40 years, Ralph L. Shifflett Jr.; a son whom she adored, Justin Burl Shifflett of Stafford, Va.; two sisters, Loretta Roberts of Arnett and Suellen Royce of Basin; and three brothers, Byron Shrewsbury, Bryant Shrewsbury and Bernie Shrewsbury, all of Basin.

Friends may call from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday, October 26, 2013, at the Basin Freewill Baptist Church, Basin. Graveside services and burial will immediately follow at the Shrewsbury Cemetery, Basin, with Rev. Randy Lusk officiating.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

Online condolences may be expressed to the family at

The family of Irene Shifflett is being cared for by Tankersley Funeral Home, Mullens.