The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

November 1, 2013

Obituaries — Friday, Nov. 1, 2013

Gene Marguerite Fitzwater

VICTOR — Gene Marguerite Fitzwater, 91, of Victor, with family by her bedside, slipped quietly away from the Bowers Hospice House to Heaven on Tuesday, October 29, 2013. She had been a resident of the Summit Assisted Living for seven years.

Gene was born at Graydon, W.Va., the place she always affectionately called “out home.” She was the last surviving member of her immediate family which included her parents, George Jackson and Annie Heald Clendenin: brothers George, Charles, Lorrie; sisters Edith McKown, Violet Moses, Kathleen Nickell, Maxine Barker and an infant sister.

She was also preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, Carl C. Fitzwater, who fell in love with her at first sight as he told his family, “I don’t know her name, but I just met the girl I’m going to marry.”

Gene was a member of Victor Methodist Church and Ansted High School graduating class of 1941; she was an accomplished seamstress, having worked in clothing factories during WWII. She used her artistic talent to design handmade quilts for family and friends.

Left to cherish her memory are her daughters and sons-in-law, Sylvia and Ralph Parks of Victor, Harriett and Paul Nusbaum of Charleston: grandchildren, Rachel and Johnny Carte of LaVista, Carl and Brandy Parks of Hico, Nathan and Holly Parks of Nallen, Michael Nusbaum of Morgantown and Brooke Nusbaum of Boston, Mass.; great-grandchildren, Emily and Catherine Carte, Renee, Sidney, Halee, Davis and Maryn Parks; sisters-in-law, Marie Fitzwater, Audrey Fitzwater, Mary Dailey, Anna Kinslow; and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be 3 p.m. Sunday, November 3, 2013, at Wallace and Wallace Funeral Home Chapel in Ansted with Pastor Michael Anderson officiating. Burial will follow in Restlawn Memory Gardens in Victor.

Friends may call from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home chapel.

Online condolences may be sent to

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Victor Methodist Church building fund, PO Box  211, Victor, WV 25938, or to the Gideons International, 311 Porter Street, Beckley, WV 25801.

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

Murray M. Maynor Sr.

SPOTSYLVANIA COUNTY, Va. — Murray Max Maynor Sr., 80, of Spotsylvania County,  passed away Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013, at Mary Washington Hospital.

He was born May 2, 1933, a son of the late Hobert and Alma Maynor.

Max Maynor proudly served in the U.S. Army and was a veteran of the Korean War. He was retired from Acme Markets and Virginia Power. He also worked as salesperson at Dudley Martin Chevrolet in Manassas, Va. Max was very hard-working and rarely missed a day of work. Max never met a stranger and was a devoted and loving family man. Even in the end he maintained his renowned sense of humor. Max followed West Virginia sports religiously and was always deeply interested in politics. He was a very generous man and always willing to help in any way he could. He was known for his smart and quick wit and was always the life of the party. He always brought humor and laughter with him in any situation and had an uncanny dancing ability. He loved and was proud of his family and was happiest when surrounded by them. He was an amazing husband, father, grandfather and great-granddad.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Sally A. Maynor; his three children, Kathy Zacharski and husband Bob, Sally Howell and husband Calvin, Murray Max Maynor Jr. and wife Kelly; four siblings Dean Maynor and wife Peggy, Dosey Eddy, Mary Cuba Flory and husband Elmer and Sandra Riner; six grandchildren Nikki Galvan and husband Brendan, Nic Gittings, Nathan Howell, Nolan Howell, Amber Maynor and Lexi Maynor; two great-grandchildren Isabella Galvan and Max Galvan; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by a brother Robert Maynor and nephew Roger Maynor.

A service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3, at Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg, Va. Burial will at 9 a.m. Monday, Nov. 4, at Quantico National Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Salem Fields Community Church, 11120 Gordon Road, Fredericksburg, Va. 22048, or to the Korean War Veterans Memorial Foundation Inc., 1301 McKinsty Mill Road, New Windsor, MD 21776.

Online guest book is at

Arrangements by Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg.

Sadie June McAllister

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS — Sadie June McAllister, 78, of White Sulphur Springs, died Oct. 29, 2013.

Funeral services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, in the chapel of Shanklin Funeral Home with the Rev. Don Brown officiating. Interment will follow in Greenbrier Memorial Gardens, Lewisburg. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2, at the funeral home.

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

Gary Mills

Gary Mills, 63, of Coal City, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013.

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

Carol Ann Roach Montgomery

GRASSY MEADOWS — Carol Ann Roach Montgomery, 68, of Grassy Meadows, passed away Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013. 

Services will be 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3, in the Elton Community Church. Friends may call one hour before the service from 2 to 3 p.m. at the church.

Arrangements by Smathers Funeral Chapel Inc., Rainelle.

Jason McKinley Riggins Jr.

CHAPMANVILLE — Jason McKinley Riggins Jr., 90, of Chapmanville, passed away Oct. 29, 2013.

A celebration of Jason’s life will be Saturday, Nov. 2, at the First Baptist Church in Logan, with the Rev. Rex Thompson officiating. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to noon. A memorial service will begin at noon. Interment with military rites will be at 3:30 p.m. at Ridgelawn Memorial Park 5547 West Pea Ridge Road, Huntington.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Emogene Dolin Jones Hospice House, 3100 Staunton Road, Huntington, WV 25702. 

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Honaker Funeral Home of Logan is in charge of arrangements.

Violet Vandall Sepkowski

On Tuesday, Oct. 29th, 2013, our most cherished, Violet “Sug” Vandall Sepkowski of Beckley, passed away following a long illness. She was in her 82nd year of life.

The third of four children, “Sug,” as Violet was affectionately known, was born Violet Esther Vandall on Feb. 20th, 1931, at Lawton. Her parents were the late Samuel William and Berchie Harrah Vandall. Her sisters, Aileen Spradlin and Rosalee Mann, and her brother, Samuel William Vandall Jr., have preceded her in death as well.

Violet spent her childhood at Laurel Creek in Fayette County. A graduate of Meadow Bridge High School, Class of 1948, she attended Concord College. Violet has been a resident of Beckley since 1951.  

In May of 1952, Violet began a career with the UMWA Health and Retirement Fund. She retired in 1988 as a benefits specialist and hearing officer, with 37 and half years of service. A member of St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, Violet had been active in the Beta Sigma Phi Sorority.

Violet leaves to cherish her memory her son, Ralph Edward “Rudy” Paugh II of Shady Spring, and her daughter, Mary Catherine “Cathy” Heft of Beaver; her grandchildren, Holly Pettry, Angie Presley, Jennifer Green, Bradley Scott Paugh and Hannah Heft; eight great-grandchildren survive as well as several nieces and nephews. Violet was blessed with many friends throughout her life, among them, her former daughter-in-law, Connie Paugh.

The family will receive friends on Saturday at 12:45 p.m. at the St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church. The rosary will be recited at 1:45 p.m. led by Rev. Mr. William Donald Wise. The Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated at 2 p.m. Monsignor Samuel Sacus will be the celebrant. The Rite of Committal will follow in the Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens Mausoleum at Prosperity. The honor of carrying Violet has been given to: Jamie Vandall, Greg Hill, Paul Roop II, Bryan McManus, Tim Vickers, and Charles Hill.

The family suggests donations of sympathy can be made to St. Francis de Sales, 614 S. Oakwood Ave., Beckley, WV 25801, Raleigh County Commission on Aging, 1614 S. Kanawha St., Beckley, WV 25801, or 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.

Margaret Tate

Margaret Tate, 82, of Maple Fork passed away Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013.

Services are not planned at this time.

Online condolences may be left at

Arrangements by Calfee Funeral Home, Beckley.

Delphia Lively Thompson

Mrs. Delphia Lively Thompson, 97, of the Mount Tabor community died Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013.

Condolences may be sent to the family’s guestbook at

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary and Creation Center, Beckley.

Steven J. Webb

BLACK FOOT, Idaho — Steven James Webb, 37, of Black Foot, formerly of Eccles, died Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Monday, Nov. 4, at the Melton Mortuary Chapel. Burial will follow in the Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens at Prosperity. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the mortuary and one hour prior to the services Monday.

Condolences may be sent to the family’s guestbook at

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary and Cremation Center, Beckley.

Freda ‘Sis’ White

Freda Christine “Sis” White, 90, of Dorothy, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, October 30, 2013, at the CAMC Memorial Division Hospital, Charleston, W.Va., after a short illness.

She was born January 18, 1923, at Dorothy, a daughter of the late John and Leah Stover Cook.

She was a member of the Assembly of God Church, Dorothy.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James D. White; brothers, Harold “Boo,” Charles and Jimmy Cook, and a sister, Stella Thompson.

She is survived by a daughter, Marilyn Kay Ferrell “Dallas” Sylvester, John White “Debbie” Peru, Ind., Eugene White “Kathy” Dorothy, James Ray White “Sissy” Knoxville, Tenn.; grandchildren, Cindy Timberlake “Randy” Pittsburgh, Pa., Kim Maroney Wheeling, Angela Waymire “Eric” Peru, Ind., Lisa Murphy “Matt” Peru, Ind., Nick White “Missy” Culpeper, Va., Andrew White “Amber” Comfort, Jamie White Williamsburg, Va., Jennifer White-King Radford, Va.; great-grandchildren, Matthew Maroney, Megan Maroney, Ean Waymire, Isabella Murphy, T.J. Murphy, Josiah White, Mary Rachel White, Caiden White, Lucas White, Sara Lester, Emily Lester, Lacey King, Alexis White; brother, John Cook “Irene”; sisters, Thelma Mancari “Joe,” Ruth Ann Bailey “Darrell,” Sue Harris, Mary Lou Workman; sisters-in-law, Juanita Cook, Glenna Cook; brother-in-law, Billy Ray Thompson; many nieces, nephews, friends and her church family.

Service will be 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, at the Assembly of God Church at Dorothy, with Pastor Jerry Pauley officiating. Burial will follow in Pineview Cemetery, Orgas.

Visitation will be 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at the church.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Dorothy Assembly of God Church, PO Box 119, Dorothy, WV 25060.

Arrangements by Armstrong Funeral Home, Whitesville.