OCEANA — Johnny Aliff, 86, passed away Tuesday, October 9, 2012.
Funeral services will be 2 p.m., Saturday, October 13, 2012 at Oceana Freewill Baptist Church. The Rev. Jackie Grimmett will be officiating. Interment will follow at Palm Memorial Gardens, Matheny. The family will receive friends 6 to 9 p.m., Friday, October 12 at the church.
Evans Funeral Home of Oceana is serving the Aliff family.
Etta Lou Richmond Bennett
Etta Lou Bennett nee Richmond passed away on October 9th, 2012.
Etta grew up near Hinton, W.Va., on Freezeland Mountain, daughter of the late Owen McKinley and Sarah Belle Richmond.
She was preceded in death by her twin sister, Betty Sue Lowry and her sisters, Maxine Richmond and Virginia Bowman and her brother James McKinley Richmond.
She is survived by her sister Rachel Rucker and brother in law Edgar Rucker of Grandview, her daughter Amy Burger and son in law Michael Burger of N.C. and son Edward Scott Feltz and daughter-in-law Victoria Feltz of N.J. She is also survived by her grandchildren Matthew, Emily, Autumn, Noah and Sydney and many loving nieces and nephews.
Etta lived for many years in New Jersey before returning home to West Virginia.
She was a devoted mother and homemaker. Etta resided at Manor House in Beckley for several years where she had many friends. She was given special care these last few years by her sister Rachel, niece Ginny Meadows and nephew Charles Lowry. A special thanks to Etta’s devoted caregiver Nancy Pugh.
There will be no services as per Etta’s wishes.
Online condolences may be sent to our guestbook at www.roseandquesenberry.net
Arrangements by Rose and Quesenberry, 1901 S. Kanawha St., Beckley.
Kay Ann Brown
Kay Ann Brown, 69 of Sandlick, passed away Tuesday, October 9, 2012.
A celebration of Kay’s life will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, October 14, 2012, at the Rose and Quesenberry Shady Spring Chapel with the Rev. Bruce Brown officiating. Interment will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens in Prosperity.
Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service on Sunday at the funeral chapel.
This obituary, private online condolences, and other information available at roseandquesenberry.net
Arrangements with Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home-Shady Spring Chapel, 729 Flat Top Road in Shady Spring.
Dennis Ray Church
MATHENY — Dennis Ray Church, 72, of Matheny, passed away on Tuesday, October 9, 2012.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, October 12, 2012, in the Mausoleum at Palm Memorial Gardens, Matheny. Burial will follow in Palm Memorial Gardens, Matheny.
E-mail letters of sympathy may be sent at www.staffordfamilyfuneralhome.com
The family is being served by the Stafford Family Funeral Home, Lynco.
Jackie Lee Coleman
SCARBRO — Jackie Lee Coleman , 72, of Scarbro, died on Tuesday, October 9, 2012, at home.
Born April 2, 1940, at Charleston, W.Va., he was the son of the late Azel Omer and Lillian Billings Coleman. He was raised by the late Roby and Iva E. Underwood Billings of Pax.
He was a retired coal miner having worked as a drill operator.
Jackie was a member of the Maple Fork Baptist Church.
Survivors include his wife, Nadine Hale Coleman, one son, Donald Coleman of St. Mary's, two daughters, Lowanna Ellison and husband, Mike of Pax and Tammy Mowell and husband, Johnny of Pax, siblings, Tommy Joe Coleman and wife, Alice of Scarbro, June Dunn of Beckley, Billie Crouse of Beckley, Peggy Plumley and husband, Charles of Beckley, Nancy Kubasek of Oregon, OH, Roby Wayne Billings and wife, Sheron of Hammond, IN, Alice Holdren of Whiting, IN, and Bobby Coleman of Ohio.
He is also survived by five grandchildren and five great grandchildren.
Funeral services will be on Friday, October 12, 2012, at 8 p.m. at Tyree Funeral Home in Mount Hope with Rev. Jim Bowyer officiating. Friends may call from 6 p.m. until service time on Friday at the funeral home. Mr. Coleman will be cremated following the service.
Online condolences may be sent at www.tyreefuneralhome.com
Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope.
Ronald Wayne Combs Sr.
PIPESTEM — Ronald Wayne Combs Sr. 63, of Pipestem, passed away Wednesday, October 10, 2012, at Princeton Community Hospital.
Born August 16, 1949 in Princeton to the late Frank and Stella Burrell Combs.
He was employed by Smith Services, Princeton, W.Va.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded by his daughter, April Combs; sisters, Blanche Cline, Beulah Pendleton, and Peggy Baker.
He is survived by his wife, Karen Combs, of Pipestem; children, Ronald “R.J.” Combs Jr. and Tamara Payne, of Bluefield, and David and Hope Goff, of Princeton; grandchildren, Brantley Combs, Khristian Goff, and Taylor Goff; brothers, Lester and Dee Combs, Ray and Cathy Combs, Roger and Chris Combs, and Doug and Lynn Combs, all of Princeton; sisters, Rose and Joel Ramsey, of Bassett, VA, Ann and Stan Whitt, Colonial Heights, VA, Betty Lilly, of Princeton, and Karen and Jeff Bishop, of Lerona; and numerous nieces and nephews. Mr. Combs will be sadly missed by his friends, including his best friend, Sue Harvey.
Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Thursday, October 11, 2012, from the Burns Wornal Chapel of the Memorial Funeral Directory on Athens Road in Princeton, with Pastor Dallas Peyton Jr. officiating. Burial will follow in Roselawn Memorial Gardens in Princeton.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 1 p.m. to the service hour.
Online condolence may be shared via www.memorialfd.com
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the National Kidney Foundation, 5001 W. Broad St., Suite 217, Richmond, VA 23230.
Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.
The Combs family is being served by Memorial Funeral Directory & Cremation Center on Athens Road in Princeton.
Merle Taylor Diatz
ROCKVILLE, Md. — Merle Taylor Diatz, 78, of Rockville, passed away Wednesday, October 10, 2012.
Graveside service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, October 13, 2012, in Sunset Memorial Park, Beckley.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the American Diabetes Association, 1400 16th Street NW , Suite 410, Washington, DC 20036
On line condolences may be left at www.calfeefh.com
Arrangements by Calfee Funeral Home, Beckley.
Estell Wayne Edwards
BLUEFIELD, Va. — Estell Wayne Edwards, 55, of 5691 Abbs Valley Road, Bluefield, passed away peacefully with loved ones by his side on Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012, at home.
“For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith. He never complained.”
Born Dec. 23, 1956, in Mercer County, he was the son of the late Luke and Gladys Edwards. he was preceded in death by a son, Estell Wayne Edwards Jr.; three brothers, Robert, Bill and Wade Edwards, and his father-in-law, Donnie Anderson Sr.
He graduated from Pocahontas High School and was a former employee of Highland Propane in Green Valley. He also worked a lot for people and friends. Estell was a former member of Rescue 945 and the Abbs Valley Fire Dept. Estell coached Little League baseball and enjoyed being with his son, Adam, and all the children on his teams. He was a loving husband, father, uncle and friend.
Survivors include his loving and caring wife of 26 years, Rhonda Anderson Edwards of the home; a special son who he was so proud of: Adam James Edwards of the home; sister, Karen Sue Houchins and husband, Larry of Harpers Ferry, W.Va.; brother, Don Edwards of Bluefield, Va.; mother-in-law, Shirley Anderson of Abbs Valley, Va.; aunt, Beulah Evans of Squire, W.Va.; uncle, Bob Brewster of Bluefield, Va.; brother and sister-in-law, Donnie and Judy Anderson of Falls Mills, Va.; nieces he loved dearly: Arissa Anderson (his little girl) and Becky Houchins; special nephews, Troy Anderson (his special little pal) and Robbie Houchins.
Estell was blessed with special family and friends at Bluefield Family Medicine and several cousins who he cared for a lot. Special caregivers: Donnie Anderson and Jessica Dixon. Special friends he loved dearly: Carlos Hess, Al and Sharyn Altizer, Bill and Sue Stone, Betty Marshall, Vincent and Susie Shumate, Keith and Lynn Scott, Clifford and Brenda Bowman, Margaret McCormick, Brenda and Ronnie Matthews, Lisa Hager, Allison and many, many more.
Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12, 2012, at the Cravens-Shires Funeral Home Chapel in Bluewell, with Pastor Carlos Hess officiating. Burial will follow in Woodlawn Memorial Park, Bluewell, with Gab Dawson, Alvin Dawson, Phillip Mathena, Daniel Scott and Keith Scott serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Adam Edwards, Troy Anderson, Al Altizer and Donnie Anderson Jr.
Friends may call 1 to 2 p.m. Friday (prior to the services) at the funeral home.
Online condolences will be accepted at www.cravens-shires.com
Cravens-Shires Funeral Home in Bluewell is serving the family.
James Houston Harris
At home and surrounded by family, James Houston Harris, 88, of Glen Morgan (formerly of White Sulphur Springs and Pipestem) was called to Heaven at daybreak on Sunday morning, October 7, 2012. He was excited to be reunited with his wife of 64 years, the late Nellie Gray Hensley Harris.
He was born on August 27, 1924, as the eldest child of the late Henry Houston Harris and the late Ethel Marie White Harris of White Sulphur Springs.
James was known for his hard work, his dedication to meeting the needs of his family, his love of children, his generosity to all those in need and his vast knowledge gained from extensive reading and life experiences. He served as patriarch and anchor to his children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews, and many other special friends. He will be greatly missed by all.
As a teenager, James remembered returning from a morning of milking the cows to find his parents huddled around the kitchen radio listening to the news of the bombing of Pearl Harbor. He and all his friends were swept into America’s response and the onslaught of World War II. He proudly served in the U.S. Army and was in active combat in Germany. After the war, he followed in the footsteps of his father and began his career in golf course maintenance at the Greenbrier Hotel in White Sulphur Springs. He moved to Summers County in 1966 when land was purchased for the creation of Pipestem State Park. He oversaw the design of the golf courses and served there as golf course superintendent until his retirement in 1988. He and his wife moved to “the mountain” in Glen Morgan in 1999 to be near children and grandchildren and to help establish a new family farm. He enjoyed a life time of hunting with “the guys,” gardening, and tending to livestock. Their homes were always the center of activity for celebrations and get-togethers and the door was always open to welcome others and make them part of the family.
In addition to his beloved parents and wife, James was preceded in death by his son, Wyatt Henry Harris; his grandson, Billy William Tate Jr.; his granddaughter-in-law, Wanda Tate; his great grandson, Matthew Tate; and two sisters, Francis Feury and Thelma Harris.
Left to cherish his memory and await reunion are his daughters, Barbara Harris and special friend, Pat Ryan, of Fayetteville; Ida Tate of Brosville, Va.; Linda Godbey of Abney; Cora Burch and husband, Walt, of Glen Morgan; daughter-in-law Elaine Harris of Coal City; sons-in-law, Bob Godbey of Bluefield and Billy Tate of Danville, Va.; grandchildren Billy Houston Tate, Jim (Marsha) Tate, David (Peggy) Tate, Nellie (Cotton) Heffinger, Rachel (Gerald) Boykin, all of Danville, Va.; Mike (Devin) Godbey of Ghent; Rob (Sheila) Godbey of Beaver; Israel (Summer) Harris of Kannapolis, N.C.; and Rebekah (Jim) Mills of Coal City; great grandchildren - Charlene, Mark, Daniel, Josh, Kristy, Casey, Megan, Hunter, Danielle, Sheylane, Krysten, Dennis, Jacob, Anthony, Brittany, Christina, John, Mary, Cheyenne, Ethan, Ben, Mikey, Cassie, Bradley, and Ashley; great great grandson Silas; two sisters, Louise Emory of Seymour, Tenn., and Betty Alderman and her husband Gordon of Quinwood, W.Va.; one brother, Charles Harris and his wife Peggy of Danville, Va.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, October 12, with son-in-law Walter Burch officiating. Family will receive friends from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, October 11, and for one hour before the service on Friday at the Rose and Quesenberry Peace Chapel at 1901 South Kanawha Street. James will be laid to rest in the family cemetery beside his wife.
Online condolences may be sent to our guest book at www.roseandquesenberry.net
Arrangements are by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, Beckley.
Kaidence Renee Harvey
Kaidence Renee Harvey, age 5, of Beckley, passed away Tuesday, October 9, 2012 at her home surrounded by her loving family.
She was born on August 29, 2007 in Beckley, to Amber Lilly and Mark Harvey of Beckley.
Kaidence loved watching TV and enjoyed her favorite cartoons, Tinkerbelle and The Little Mermaid. She loved spending time with her grandparents, brothers, and sisters.
She was preceded in death by her maternal grandfather, Larry Lilly; and maternal great grandparents, Roy and Barbara Wyatt.
In addition to her parents, her memory will be cherished by her brothers, Braiden and Dylan Harvey; her sisters, Kira, Bethany, Autumn, Tiana, and Alyssa Harvey; Grandmother, Donna Lilly of Beckley; and Grandparents, Dale Lilly and Tina (Lilly) McClung of Fireco; and a host of cousins, aunts, uncles, and other family.
A celebration of Kaidence’s life will be conducted at 3 p.m. Friday, October 12, 2012, at the Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Chapel in Beckley with Rev. Orville Setliff presiding. Interment will follow at Calfee Cemetery on Mt. Tabor Road in Beckley.
Pallbearers will be Brandon and Jimmy Lilly.
Visitation with the family will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. at the funeral chapel on Friday.
This obituary, private online condolences, and other information at roseandquesenberry.net
Arrangements with Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, 1901 South Kanawha Street, in Beckley.
Irene Isabel Hinkle
CRAIGSVILLE — Irene Isabell Hinkle, 93, of Craigsville, passed away October 9, 2012.
Graveside service and burial will be noon Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012, at the West Virginia Memorial Gardens, Calvin, with Pastor Robert Friend officiating.
Friends may call 11 a.m. until time of the service at the WV Memorial Gardens, Calvin.
Arrangements were made by Simons-Coleman Funeral Home, Richwood.
Goldie P. Jeffries
OAK HILL — Goldie P. Jeffries, 86, of Oak Hill, passed away Wednesday, October 10, 2012, at Bowers Hospice House.
Condolences may be sent to www.highlawnfuneralhomechapel.com
Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.
Rethel A. (Peck) Kincaid
Rethel A.(Peck) Kincaid of Sophia passed away suddenly at his home on Monday, October 8, 2012.
He was born in Ameagle, W.Va., on December 24, 1928. He was the son of the late Wollie (Peck) Kincaid and Myrada Kincaid Deel.
He is survived by the love of his life, his “sugar bear,” of 62 years, Doris Brown Kincaid. Together they shared a life of love and were blessed with four children who are left to cherish his memory, Phyllis Smith and her husband Mark of Sophia, Gina Kincaid and her companion Bill Gillenwater of Sophia, Kevin Kincaid and his wife Ginny of Shady Spring, and Danny Kincaid and wife Kim of Crab Orchard. Grandchildren, Jeremi Canaday of Charleston, WV, Jodi Canaday Green (Golden) of Goodlettsville, TN, B.R. Gillenwater II (Jheny) of Okinawa Japan, Matthew Smith (Desiree) of Tiverton, RI, Lydia Gillenwater (Joe Aldridge) of High Point, NC, Kayla Gray, Quinn Gray of Shady Spring, Ben Lilly of Shady Spring, Derek Kincaid, Geoffrey Kincaid, and Hannah Kincaid all of Crab Orchard. Eight great-grandchildren. Also, special extended family Natalie (Mickey) Thompson of Toledo, Ohio.
He is also survived by his sisters, Ona Farley of Dunbar, Nira Hamilton (Donnie) of St. Petersburg, Florida, Arita Perry (Delano) of Burnside, Kentucky, and brother Ronald Kincaid (Lucy) of Dayton, Ohio and a host of nieces and nephews.
Rethel was a member of the Cornerstone Free Will Baptist Church. He loved the Lord and loved to worship with his church family. He was proud to serve on the Board of Trustees and to serve as an Usher.
He was a former leader with the Boys Scouts of America in Amigo and Sophia. He was a Little League Coach at the Sophia Little League field in Glen White for several years. He was a former member of the Volunteer Fire Departments in Rhodell and Sophia. He was a Master Mason of the Grand Lodge of West Virginia, A.F. & A.M. of Mt. Hope. He was also a member of the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry of Charleston. He was a member of the UMWA. He retired from Westmoreland Coal Company in 1986. After his retirement, Rethel and Doris traveled extensively and often with their grandchildren in the summers. One of their fondest memories was being able to take their children and their spouses on the trip of a lifetime on a Caribbean Cruise.
Visitation will be on Friday October 12, 2012, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Cornerstone Free Will Baptist Church in Crab Orchard. We ask that you come with us to celebrate the life of “Paw.” The Funeral Services will be at 1 p.m. on Saturday, October 13, 2012, with visitation one hour before the service at the church. Those officiating will be Rev. Roger Tolliver, Rev. R. D. Tolliver, Rev. Kelly Bowman, and Rev. Danny Kincaid. Entombment with be in the Blue Ridge Mausoleum at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens.
Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.
Online condolences may be sent to our guestbook at www.roseandquesenberry.net
Arrangements by Rose and Quesenberry, 1901 S. Kanawha Street, Beckley.
JONBEN — Evelyn Lilly, age 57, of Jonben, passed away on Sunday, October 7, 2012.
Born August 30, 1955, in Jonben, to the late Oscar Hargus and Dorothy Meadows Hargus.
Evelyn recently retired from the State of West Virginia and Pinecrest Hospital, now known as Jackie Withrow Hospital, in Beckley as a Physical Therapy Assistant.
In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband Ronald Lilly; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Willard and Rachel Lilly; sisters, Marie Boner, Ilene Van Horn, and Maxine Copeland; and a brother, Boyd Hargus.
Those left to cherish her memory include her daughters, Pam Raymond and husband Jerry and their two sons, Tyler and Jonathon of Sun Prairie, WI, Tina Brooks and husband Mike and their two sons Dylan and A.J. of Gallatin, TN, and Melissa Wilson and her daughter Lexi of Spring Hill, TN; sisters, Daisy Garett and Beatrice Barnes of Crawford, TN, Julie Hensley and husband Donald of Fireco; Mary Canterberry and husband Johnny of Coal City, twin sister, Carolyn Rollins and husband James of Florida, and Jean Kelley and husband Berthal of Whitby; brother, Tom Meadows and wife Fay of Dickson, TN; also a host of aunts, uncles, nephews, nieces, cousins, and friends.
A celebration of Evelyn’s life will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, October 13, 2012, at the Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Chapel in Beckley with Rev. Gary Eskins officiating. Interment will follow at the Lilly Family Cemetery at Jonben.
Family will serve as pallbearers.
Visitation will be held from 6 to 9pm on Friday, October 12, 2012, at the funeral home in Beckley.
Online condolences and other information available via roseandquesenberry.net
Arrangements with Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, 1901 South Kanawha Street in Beckley.
Ramona Jean Akers Massey
Ramona Jean Akers Massey, 83, of Daniels, formerly of Colcord, passed away on Sunday, October 7, 2012, at UVA Hospital in Charlottesville, following a short illness.
Born on June 21, 1929, at Dunns, W.Va., on Mountain Creek in Summers County, she was the daughter of the late Wade Virgil and Lou Conner Akers. She was one of 10 children.
She graduated from Hinton High School in 1947 and received a teaching certificate from Concord College. She later earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in education from Morris Harvey College in Charleston, W.Va., in 1973. She began her teaching career in Ameagle, and retired from Raleigh County Schools after 29 years of teaching.
She was a former member of the Colcord Presbyterian Church, but later relocated in Daniels, where she became an active member of Trinity Presbyterian Church.
Her hobbies included gardening, painting with watercolors and acrylic, reading and playing string music and singing. She enjoyed spending time with her friends at the Commission on Aging and SAMs.
Ramona was a loving mother and grandmother, devoted to her family, her community through volunteer work, and her church.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur L. Massey, three brothers, Samuel, James and Elmo Akers, and three sisters, Denette Dillon, Shirley Lilly and Ruth Okes.
Ramona will be lovingly remembered by her daughters, Regina Proffit and husband, Bob, of Sugar Land, TX, Rebecca Veneri and husband, Anthony, of Princeton, her son, Brett Massey and wife, Kathy of Brandy Station, VA, seven grandchildren, Stacy and Troy Proffit, Anthony and Bryce Veneri, and Conner, Heather, and Seth Massey. She is also survived by her three sisters, Garnet Richmond, Clara Cox, and Colleen Ellison, and a host of nieces and nephews.
Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, October 11, 2012 at the Rose & Quesenberry Funeral Chapel in Shady Spring.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, October 12, 2012, at the funeral home, with Pastor Greg Stone officiating. Interment will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Beckley.
Ramona’s grandchildren will honor her by serving as pallbearers.
Online condolences may be sent to www.roseandquesenberry.net
The Massey family is being served by Rose & Quesenberry, Shady Spring.
Evang. Chiquitta McCray
Evangelist Chiquitta Diane Cheese McCray, 57, of Beckley, died Saturday, October 6, 2012.
Born November 3, 1954, in Harvey, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Howard Edward and Geraldine Mabel Woods Cheese.
She previously worked at the Fayette County Court House, was a member of Word of Truth Church of God in Christ, and former member of Outreach for Christ Christian Center.
Left to cherish her precious memories are her husband, Elder Michael McCray of Beckley; son, Jason Howard Cheese of Beckley; grandchildren, Jay’Den Cheese, Takyeshia Pearl and Tyrique Pearl, all of Beckley; sisters, Delores Mines, Irene Woods, Mabel Woods, Florence Robertson, Emma Lou Cheese and Angela Davis, all of White Plains, NY; and Sadde Thomas of Flint, MI; brothers-in-law, Robert (Lisa) McCray of Beckley, Louis McCray and Steven McCray, both of Queens, NY; sisters-in-law, Louise McCray of Queens, NY and Yvonne McCray of New Jersey and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Funeral service will be 1 p.m., Saturday, October 13, 2012, at Word of Truth Church of God in Christ, 911 Terrill Street, Beckley, with Pastor Sandra Jackson and Rev. Thomas Steelman officiating. Burial will follow in Greenwood Memorial Park, Beckley. Friends may call one hour prior to the service at the church.
Condolences may be emailed to email@example.com
Arrangements entrusted to Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.
Grover David Powers
NEW RICHMOND — Grover David Powers, 67, of New Richmond, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012.
A celebration of Grover’s life will be held at 12 noon on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012, at Calfee Funeral Service Chapel, Pineville, with Pastor Shane Powers officiating. Burial will follow in Cline Family Cemetery, Sun Hill. Family will receive friends from 6 to 9 p.m., Friday, Oct. 12, 2012, at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made in Grover’s name to Hospice of Southern West Virginia, PO Box 1472, Beckley, WV 25802.
Online guest book, flowers and gifts may be found at www.calfeefuneralservice.com
Calfee Funeral and Cremation Service of Pineville is serving the Powers family.
V. Burke Weaver Taylor
JUMPING BRANCH — V. Burke Weaver Taylor, was born in Jumping Branch on August 9, 1935, to the late Paul and Thelma Lilly Weaver. Burke, as she is known to family and friends near and far, made her trip to Heaven from Bowers Hospice House on October 10, 2012.
Burke was a 1954 graduate of Pineville High School and was very active with the Alumni Association. She greatly enjoyed planning and attending class reunions, especially her class’s 50th in 2004. She continued to share stories of her friends and their adventures throughout her life.
Family was the most important aspect of Burke’s life. She was devoted to her children, Myra of Ansbach, Germany, and William “Bill” of Buckhannon. She cherished her grandsons, Sabin, who preceded her in death and Grason of Charleston. She took great joy in her two great-grandchildren, Peyton and Alexis.
Following the death of her husband, William H. Taylor, Burke spent her years working as a housekeeper and as a nanny. Caring for children was her passion and she loved each and every one she cared for in a special way.
The family would like to thank the staff at Fayette Nursing and Rehab Center for their loving care over the past three and a half years. Also, we would like to thank the ICU Staff at Plateau Medical Center for their efforts and care of not only Burke but the entire family. Finally, thank you to the wonderful staff at the Bowers Hospice House for being so wonderful during Burke’s last days.
Services will be held Saturday, October 13, 2012, at Grace Baptist Church, located at the intersection of Hresan and Park Streets in Fayetteville. Visitors are welcome at 11 a.m. with the funeral service at 1 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in remembrance of Burke to Bowers Hospice House, 454 Cranberry Drive, Beckley, WV 25801.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.carlwilsonfuneralhome.com.
Pennington Funeral Home, Gauley Bridge, is honored to be serving the Taylor family.
Forrest M. Workman
LANSING — Forrest M. Workman, 89, of Lansing, passed away Wednesday, October 10, 2012, at Raleigh General Hospital, Beckley.
Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, Fayetteville, will be assisting the family.
Ethel Faye Wykle
UNION — Ethel Faye Wykle, 91 of Union, passed away Tuesday morning, October 9, 2012, at the Greenbrier Valley Medical Center in Fairlea, following a short illness.
Ms. Wykle was born at Sarton, W.Va., on December 19, 1920, a daughter of the late Elbert Brown and Mamie Taylor Wykle.
She was a former employee of Dr. Henry H. Hancock and a supervisor for West Virginia Mental Health and she was a member of the Mt. Alexander United Methodist Church at Sarton.
She was preceded in death by a grandson, Matthew Dority; six brothers and sisters, Margaret Collins, Mason Wykle, Wanda Hale, Eileen Lamb, Laura and Ella Mae Wykle.
Surviving is a son, Keith Wykle and wife, Sue of Marietta, Ga.; a daughter, Debra Dority and husband, Fred of Powder Springs, Ga.; a brother, William Good Wykle and wife, Jeannie of Courtland, Ohio; three grandchildren, Kimberly Hogan, Sara White and husband, Tommy, Amanda Cantrell and husband, Randy; seven great grandchildren, Kayla, Justin and Megan White, Taylor, Sydney and Cole Hogan and Merritt Cantrell.
Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Friday, October 12, 2012, at the Mt. Alexander United Methodist Church at Sarton with the Rev. Hughlyn Wilson and Rev. Terry Utterback officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
Friends may call at the Groves Funeral Home in Union from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and at the church one hour prior to the services.
The family requests that memorial donations be made to the Mt. Alexander United Methodist Church.
Groves Funeral Home in Union is in charge of arrangements.
Lorine Young of Beckley, passed away on Wednesday, October 10, 2012, at the Bowers Hospice House in Beckley.
Arrangements are pending completion at the Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, 1901 South Kanawha Street, Beckley.