The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

October 28, 2012

Obituaries — Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012

David Russell Allen

David Russell Allen known to all his friends as “Rusty” all his life. He was born on October 5, 1988, and was the most precious gift God gave his family. He passed away of a short illness on October 25, 2012.

Rusty worked side by side with his daddy Robbie Allen hanging steel mining tipples and cleaned mine prep plants. He loved his family and doing family things together. He never met a stranger. He loved to fish and hunt. Rusty was preceded in death by his daddy Robbie Allen.

Those left to cherish his memory are his mother Melissa Allen Walker and stepdad Jeff Walker; a brother Dustin “Ryan” Allen; and his MaMaw whom he adored Barbara Wills; and an Aunt Beth El-Quadi.

A Service of Celebration will be conducted 1 p.m. Monday, October 29, 2012, at the Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Chapel with Rev. Cleve Allen and Rev. Orville Setliff officiating. Interment will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens in Prosperity.

Pallbearers will be Jr. Buchannon, Eric Mills, Ryan Allen, Frank McVey, Jeff Walker and Randy Boggs.

Visitation will be from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday at the funeral home.

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Arrangements with Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, 1901 South Kanawha Street in Beckley.

Derrick Dewayne Blackburn

OCEANA — Derrick Dewayne Blackburn, 25, of Oceana, passed away Friday, Oct. 26, 2012.

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

William H. Carpenter

BUCKEYE — William H. Carpenter, 69, of Buckeye passed away Friday, Oct. 26, 2012.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28, at Lantz Funeral Home in Buckeye with Pastor Sam Felton officiating. Burial will follow in the Carpenter Family Cemetery on the Spruce Flats. Visitation will be noon Sunday until time of service at the funeral home.

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Kandy Sue Hall

SUMMERSVILLE — Kandy Sue Hall, 34, of Summersville died Friday, Oct. 25, 2012.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29, in the Waters Funeral Chapel at Summersville with the Rev. Sam Gray officiating. Burial will follow in the Dotson-Simpson Cemetery at Keslers Cross Lanes. Friends may call one hour prior to the service Monday at the funeral chapel.


Lois Jean Anderson Link

Lois Jean Anderson Link, age 87, of Beaver, WV, passed away on Friday, October 26, 2012. She was the last surviving member of her immediate family.

Born on February 18, 1925, at Beaver, WV, she was the daughter of the late Samuel J. and Reva Redden Anderson.

Mrs. Link was a 1942 graduate of Shady Spring High School. She was a homemaker, and a member of the Crow Baptist Church.

Mrs. Link was preceded in death by her husband, Paul Robert Link, in July of 1985, and by a son, Ronnie Lee Link, in May of 1999.  She was also preceded in death by brothers, Jessie, Mason, Basil, Charles, and Luther Anderson, and by sisters Edith Rogers, Chloe Dickerson, Glennis Lilly, Ruth Anderson, and Wilda Richmond. She was also preceded in death by two infant brothers and an infant sister.

Survivors include: Sons, Stephen Link of Beaver, and Connie Link of Daniels, Kerry Link and wife Jeanie of Beaver, David Link of Beaver, and Edwin Link and his wife Sally of Lincolnton, NC. A daughter Lou Link Worrell and her husband Steve of Daniels. A daughter-in-law, Delores Link of Beaver.

Grandchildren, Jason Link of Daniels, Brandon Link and his wife Jennifer of Daniels, Andrew Link of Beaver, Amy Worrell Tyree and her husband Shane of Daniels, Heather Lineberger and her husband Dale of Lincolnton, NC, Jennifer Smith and her husband Brad of Lincolnton, NC.

Great-grandchildren, Chloe Lineberger of Lincolnton, NC, Dillon Smith of Lincolnton, NC, Haley Link of Daniels, and Greyson Link of Daniels.

Also a special lifelong friend Elizabeth Epperly of Beaver.

Funeral services will be conducted at the Rose and Quesenberry Peace Chapel in Beckley on Tuesday, October 30, 2012, at 11 a.m. with Pastor Dennis Burks officiating. Burial will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens at Prosperity, WV.

Friends may call at the funeral home from 6 to 9 p.m. on Monday, October 29, 2012.

Pallbearers will be Jason Link, Brandon Link, Andrew Link, Dale Lineberger, Shane Tyree, and Roger Adkins. Honorary pallbearers will be J.D. Hicks, Ross Lewis, Bruce Miller, Bill Straight, and Donald Lilly.

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Arrangements are by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, 1901 South Kanawha Street, Beckley, WV.

Elizabeth Louise Logan

CINCINNATI, Ohio — Elizabeth Louise Logan, 92, of Cincinnati, OH, formerly of Beckley, died Sunday, October 21, 2012.

Born in Lenora, NC, on December 28, 1919, to the late John H. and Mary Ann Dixon-Boyce; she was one of six siblings.

She was a dedicated housewife and mother that put her family first all her life. She nurtured and raised eleven children, two that were not her own.

Elizabeth was a member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church and was a choir member.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, William James Logan; sons, Andrew, Leonard, Johnny, Ray, and Beverly; brothers, George, Eli, and Leonard; and sisters, Pauline, Frances, and Margie.

She’s survived by her sons, William J. Logan, Jr., and Edward Leroy Venable, and daughters, Lorean Logan Woods, Betty Logan, and Mary Logan, all of Cincinnati, Ohio; 28 grandchildren; 67 great-grandchildren; 55 great-great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Tuesday, October, 30, 2012, at Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 142 Mool Avenue, Beckley, WV, with Rev. Nelson Staples III officiating. Burial will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Prosperity, WV. Friends may call one hour prior to the service at the church.

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Arrangements entrusted to Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.

Mabel McClure

WINCHESTER, Va. — Mabel McClure, 100, of Winchester, Va., formerly of Helen, died Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012.

Arrangements by Bailey-Kirk Funeral Home in Princeton.

Bernice R. Mills

Bernice R. Mills, 85, of Daniels, went home to be with the Lord Friday, October 26, 2012.

Born May 23, 1927, in Calloway Heights, she was the daughter of the late Lois E. and Julia Mae Brammer.

She enjoyed gardening with her late husband of 32 years, William Elbert Mills. Before her retirement she was employed by W.T. Grants.

Bernice was a member of the Lighthouse Baptist Church of Daniels.

In addition to her parents and her husband she was preceded in death by two brothers, two sisters, and two nieces.

Those left to cherish her memory include her sister-in-law, Pat Brammer; two special cousins, Larry Jones and Roger Jones; and her special friend and devoted caregiver, Audrey Daniels.

A service celebrating Bernice’s life will be held at 12 p.m. Monday, October 29, 2012, in the chapel of Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley, with Pastor Larry Cochran officiating.

Entombment will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Beckley.

Friends may gather with the family from 11 a.m. until time of the service Monday at the funeral home.

An online guest registry and other information can be found by visiting

Arrangements by Blue Ridge Funeral Home, 5251 Robert C. Byrd Drive, Beckley, WV 25801.

Laura Esther Hendrick Mullins

Our beloved “Auntie Esther” passed into her heavenly home Thursday, October 25, 2012, at the Courtyard at the Villages of Greystone in Beaver.

She was the last surviving member of her immediate family, and was preceded in death by her first husband, Ivan Willis Hendrick, and her second husband, Esten Mullins.

Born on April 10, 1919, at Montcoal, to John Porter and Marietta Bone Acord.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by three sisters, Vione O’Neal, Ruth Gyovai, Velma Bland, and four infant brothers and sisters.

Because she had no biological children, her nieces and nephews were her dearly loved “children.” “Auntie” Esther was precious to four generations of nieces and nephews, and will be sadly missed by all of them. A longtime resident of Daniels, she attended the Calloway Heights Baptist Church. A gifted musician, most of her life was devoted to music ministry in gospel music. She composed hundreds of songs; one of them, “Think of Him,” was recorded by the Chuck Wagon Gang. She sponsored and participated in many singing groups and provided music and manuscripts for other composers, and was singing in a quartet and choir at age 80.

When struck by illness, it became the privilege of her niece, Marianne Turner, and her family to become her caregivers. Besides Marianne and Marvin Turner of Rock Creek, who were like her “daughter” and “son,” she is also survived by the great-nieces who assisted with her care and were like her granddaughters: Carrie (Ron) Bradley of Dry Creek, Kristy (James) Clendenin of Goode, Va., and Karla (Philip) Lafferty of Conover, N.C. Special niece, Carolyn Humphrey (Don) of Georgetown, Ind., and special great-nephew, Glenn Meadows (Carla) of Connelly Springs, N.C.

Dearly loved nieces and nephews, Steve (Nancy) Gyovai, of Naoma, Kenneth Gyovai, Hartwood, Va., Margie Gyovai, Naoma, Ellis (Jo) O’Neal, Ruth, Paul and Larry O’Neal of Sparta, Tenn., John (Betty) Hendrick of Wayside, Carol Faye (Charles) Jarrell of Ravenswood, numerous “great” nieces and nephews spanning three generations and many other relatives and friends.

Special thanks to other loving caregivers through the years: staff of Bayberry Inn, where she resided for five years, staff of the Villages of Greystone, her last residence, “Cookie” and the staff of Hospice of Southern WV, and Cecilia Wills. 

As the words of one of Esther’s songs expressed her deep and abiding faith, “Don’t weep for me, don’t shed a tear, For I’ll be through with pain and fear; Now don’t be sad, when I take my flight, I will live for aye in a land of day, where comes no night.”

A celebration of her life will be held at the Rose and Quesenberry Peace Chapel in Beckley on Sunday, October 28, 2012, at 2 p.m., with Pastor Jeff Canterbury officiating. Burial will follow at Sunset Memorial Park in Beckley. Friends may call at the funeral home from noon until service time on Sunday. 

Family members will serve as pallbearers.

Online condolences may be sent to our guestbook at

Arrangements are by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, 1901 South Kanawha Street, Beckley.

Richard ‘Rick’ Pennington

FAYETTEVILLE — Richard C. “Rick” Pennington, 67, of Fayetteville, passed away Monday, October 22, 2012, at Raleigh General Hospital, Beckley.

Born on August 19, 1945, at Oak Hill, he was the son of the late Ballard Richard Pennington and Helen M. Crist Pennington.

Rick was a Fayette County Sheriff Deputy for 14 years. He was a self-employed stable owner of A&J Stables.

It was his desire to be cremated and with no services.

Memorials in his memory may be made to the Hawks Nest Bass Club for Advanced Youth Fishing Tournament.

For those wishing to express their condolences to Rick’s family, you may do so by visiting our website at

Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, 350 W. Maple Avenue, Fayetteville, assisted the family.

Eloise Madlyn Jones Sweeney

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS — Eloise Madlyn Jones Sweeney, 91, died Oct. 26, 2012.

Arrangements are incomplete. The family has entrusted the Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors in Hinton.

William Russell Todd

William Russell Todd, age 83, of Beckley passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by family on Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012.

He was born March 6 in Nortonville, KY, to Leslie Holt and Lennie Marie (Sisk) Todd.

Russell served in the U.S. Air force until 1955. He worked as an account executive for Mobil Oil Corporation until his retirement.

He is survived by a daughter Patricia Todd and her husband JD Dillon of Glade Springs, Daniels, WV, a son Russ Todd and wife Paulette of Summit, MS, grandchildren Lindsey Todd of Maryland and India Bradford of Mississippi and a brother Doug Todd of Madisonville, KY.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 58 years Betty (Richard) Todd and his parents Holt and Lennie Todd.

Thanks to Hospice of Southern WV, the nursing staff of Raleigh General Hospital, Allay Home Care and the many friends for their love, help and support.

A private family Celebration of Life for Russell and Betty Todd will be held in KY.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern WV online or PO Box 1472, Beckley, WV.

Online condolences may be sent to our guestbook at

Cremation arrangements by Rose & Quesenberry Funeral Home, 1901 S. Kanawha Street Beckley, WV.

Johnny Franklin Workman

Johnny Franklin Workman of Rock Creek, WV, born Sept. 26,1955, went home to be with the Lord on October 24, 2012, after a long illness.

He was the son of the late Robert H. and Ethel Workman. He was also preceded in death by his father and mother-in-law, Edward and Violet Davis, infant sister, Linda Workman, two brothers-in-law: Timmy Davis and Charles Davis, special friend, Charles Scarbro, and two nephews.

Among those left to cherish his memory are the love of his life, his wife Judy Davis-Workman, and his beloved children: Loueditia Scott and companion, Michael Morton, James Davis, Misty Workman and companion Robert Underwood, Johnny Workman II and Courtney Workman; his grandchildren: Jeremiah, Kyndell, DeAnthony (DJ), Landen and Kendra. He is also survived by two brothers: Danny C. Workman and companion Ellen Mathis and Robert Alan and wife, Sherry Workman; four sisters: Judy and David Dickens, Peggy and Richard Scarbro, Rose and Jerry Watts and Helen and Steve Foster; brothers-in-law: Wayne and Connie Davis, Larry and Pam Davis, Ronald and Betty Davis, Harold and Kathy Davis, Curtis and Jan Davis and Claude (Bumper) Davis; sisters-in-law: Linda and Lonnie Vaughn, Evelyn and Lawrence McKnight, Marilyn and Curtis Bragg, Shirley and Jackie Skaggs, Elva and Woodrow Dillon, Ruby and Michael Lee and Jane Davis; special friends: Lundy Boggess, Bruce Young and Dickie and Dreama Daniels; a host of nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, cousins and friends.

Funeral services will be held Sunday afternoon, October 28, 2012, at 1 o’clock in the Rock Creek Community Church, Rock Creek, WV, with Pastor Donnie Russell and singers Scott Shuster and Alvis Alderman. Interment will be in Scarbro Cemetery, Rock Creek, WV.

Pallbearers will be: Johnny Workman II, Robert Underwood, Michael Morton, Arthur Seabrook, Claude (Bumper) Davis, Richard Scarbro, Ricky Ray Scarbro, Matt Simms, Alvis Alderman, Jo Eddie Foster, Scott Coffman, Lundy Boggess, Jerry Watts, James Davis and Adam Buchanan.

Armstrong Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Jean Porter Gallaher Zutaut

Jean Porter Gallaher Zutaut, 89, passed away Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012, at Raleigh General Hospital of a short illness.

Born in Flat Top, WV, May 6, 1923, in the house that is now known as Mavis Manor, she was the daughter of the late James Lee and Patricia Lilly Porter. She was preceded in death by her 3 brothers, Maurice, Harold, and Robert (Bob) Porter. She was also preceded in death by her first husband, Dr. Gray Gallaher, a Beckley dentist, who passed away in 1986.

Jean graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in 1941, attended Beckley College and Concord College. She taught elementary school and later became a preschool teacher at First Christian Church Pre-School and the Montessori School at Beckley Presbyterian Church. A past member of the Raleigh County Dental Society and Beckley Art Group, she was a longtime member and actively involved at the First Christian Church, especially the Friendship Class and Circle Groups. She was also a member and past president of the Primrose Garden Club, winning many awards for her beautiful flower arrangements at flower shows, including a Best of Show award. Jean was a talented artist and enjoyed creating and working on paintings, arts and crafts and also tending to her yard and flower garden.

After the death of her beloved Gray, Jean moved to Boca Raton, FL, to be near her daughter Christy. There, Jean worked for a Podiatrist and at the City of Boca Raton Library. After marrying her second husband, Willis Zutaut, in 1995, she moved to Pleasant Ridge, Michigan, where she lived for the last 17 years. An avid reader, she also enjoyed music of all kinds, singing and playing the piano whenever she could. She loved all her family and kept up with and enjoyed hearing about all her grandchildren, nieces and nephews and cousins alike.

Survivors include her husband Willis Zutaut of Michigan, her loving daughters, Christy (Mike) Duane of Indiantown, FL, Jean (Mike) Nutting of Fraser, CO, and Leslie (Larry) Misiti of Beckley, WV; 9 grandchildren, Eliza Jean (EJ), Burgess Lee, Thomas Gray and Michael James Duane all of Florida, Amanda Leigh and Mallory Landis Nutting of Colorado and Michael Stephen, Phillip Lawrence and Catherine Tory Misiti of WV. Also surviving is sister-in-law Vesta Porter of Macon, GA, along with many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Always a giving person, Jean requested that her body be donated to the Human Gift Registry. Even in death, Jean is giving life to others through her contribution to the training of medical doctors.

There will be no funeral service, but per Jean’s request, a Memorial service and family gathering will take place at a later date. Donations of sympathy may be made to the Salvation Army or to the First Christian Church, 119 N. Fayette St., Beckley, WV.

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Arrangements by Calfee Funeral Home, Beckley.