The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

February 27, 2013

Obituaries — Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013

— Ruth E. Dixon Aliff

Ruth E. Dixon Aliff, 92, of Coal City, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013.

Born Aug. 24, 1920, she was a daughter of the late Walter Thomas and Sally Douglas McDaniel Dixon.

Ruth attended the Cranberry Baptist Church.

In addition to her parents, Ruth is preceded in death by her husband, William Aliff; and several brothers and sisters.

Those left to cherish her memory include her brother, William Dixon and wife, Beulah, of Newport News, Va.; nephews, Gary Dixon, Ricky Dixon and wife, Erin, all of Newport News, Va., Jerry Dixon and wife, Barbara, of Titusville, Fla., Charlie Cardaro of Winston Salem, N.C., Douglas Dixon of Titusville, Fla., Jeremy Dixon of Titusville, Fla; and niece, Dreama Cardaro of Winston Salem, N.C.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013 at Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley, with Pastor Roger E. Pauley officiating. Entombment will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens.

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

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

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

Bobby Joe Ball II

Bobby Joe Ball II, age 36, of Sprague, went home to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Saturday, February 23, 2013.

Born on June 25, 1976, in Beckley, he was the son of Bobby Joe Ball and Sherry Faye Stover Ball of Sprague.

Bobby was graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School, and was last employed at Pocahontas Coal Company as a coal miner.

He attended the Christ Temple Church at Huntington, W.Va. Bobby enjoyed the outdoors, the beach, and NASCAR and dirt track racing. He loved family time, people, and the Lord.  He lived life to the fullest everyday. Bobby was a kind, anointed man with a huge marshmallow heart of compassion. He generously gave of his time and helped everyone he could. He felt like his passion in life was helping those sick and struggling with their addiction. Bobby was a recovering addict who found his purpose in helping others during their recovery. He was very active and strong in his recovery, and had lived in Huntington,  at the Oxford House from March through November 2012, where he served as a Department of Corrections Outreach Coordinator. He also served as a Housing Service Coordinator for the Oxford House. From December 2012 to February 2013 he was a House Mentor at the Shepherds House of Grace in Huntington. He never met a stranger and saw the good in everyone.  

He was  preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Carlos and Reda Stover, and by his paternal grandfather Freeland Ball Jr.

Surviving other than his parents include his brother, Jeremy Ball and his wife Joyce of Beckley; a niece LaneAnn Ball, and a nephew Jeremy Ball II; his paternal grandmother,   Margaret Ball of Sprague. Many friends, and several aunts, uncles, and cousins are also among his survivors.

Funeral services will be conducted at the Rose and Quesenberry Peace Chapel in Beckley on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013 at 11 a.m., with Pastor Chuck Lawrence officiating. A  eulogy will be provided by Doug Cihon and Andrew Daniels. Burial will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens at Prosperity.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday and also an hour before the services on Thursday.

Pallbearers will be family members and friends.

Online condolences may be sent to our guestbook at www.roseandquesenberry. net.

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

Clarence Eugene ‘Buster’ Billings

Clarence Eugene “Buster” Billings, 93, went home to be with the Lord and his family on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013.

Born in Kilsyth, W.Va., on Oct. 22, 1919, he was the fourth of 16 children born to Charley and Ada Billings. He is predeceased by six sisters and four brothers.

Clarence graduated from Pax High School, served almost 5 years as a Master Sergeant in the Army Air Force during World War II. Clarence was a member of Anchor and Ark Masonic Lodge No. 1027 in Waukegan, Ill., for 62 years. He worked as an electrical contractor, retiring in 1982.

He is survived by his devoted and beloved wife of over 65 years, Anita; a daughter Glenda Johnson, Fort Worth, Texas, a son Alan (Amy) of Raleigh, N.C.; two grandsons, Christopher Johnson, Denver, Colo., Andrew Billings, Raleigh, N.C.; two granddaughters, Kathryn Johnson Guardado (Ervey) of Fort Worth, Texas, Emily Rose Billings, Raleigh, N.C.; two sisters, Juanita Hatcher and Dorothy McCoy, Oak Hill; three brothers, Harold (Barbara) Billings, Delaware, Ohio, Keith Billings, Round Lake, Ill. and Bobby (Rosetta) Billings of Custer Park, Ill.; and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be at Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill, at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013, with visitation one hour before the service. Services conducted by Pastor Sam Vance of Packs Branch Baptist Church with burial following at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Beckley, with military graveside rites by Oak Hill VFW Post #3110.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in his name may be made to Bethel Baptist Church, 1111 W. Chatham St., Cary, NC 27511; or Packs Branch Baptist Church, 2343 Packs Branch Rd., Mount Hope, WV 25880.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Richard Amel ‘Dick’ Clark

Richard Amel “Dick” Clark, 74, of Lehigh Acres, Fla. and Jumping Branch, died February 16, 2013, in Florida.

Arrangements are pending completion at Pivont Funeral Home, Hinton.

Laura Mae Crabtree

RICH CREEK, Va. — Laura Mae Crabtree, 99, of Rich Creek, passed away Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013, at the Riverview Nursing Home, Rich Creek, Va.

Arrangements are incomplete at Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home, Peterstown.

Lillie B. Dixon

 PIERPOINT — Lillie Belle Dixon, 88, of Pierpoint, passed away Tuesday, February 26, 2013, in a Beckley hospital, following a short illness.

Arrangements are incomplete at Tankersley Funeral Home, Mullens.

Orville Lee Gibson Jr.

ACCOVILLE — Orville Lee Gibson Jr., 57, of Accoville, passed away Saturday, February 23, 2013.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, February 28, 2013, at Accoville United Methodist Church, Accoville, with Rev. Johnny Hatfield and Rev. Norman Harvey officiating. Burial will follow in Highland Memory Gardens, Pecks Mills, W.Va.

Friends may gather with the family from 6 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, February 27, 2013, at the church.

E-mail letters of sympathy may be sent at

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

Norma J. Lewis

MULLENS — Norma Jean Lewis, 48, of Mullens, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013, in a Beckley hospital, following a long illness.

Born Nov.11, 1964, in Mullens, she was the daughter of the late Monterville and Alice Marie (Snyder) Lusk.

Norma was a homemaker and had previously worked as an LPN at Beckley Appalachian Regional Hospital until 2011.

In addition to her parents she is also preceded in death by one sister, Debra Adkins.

Those left to cherish her memory include her husband of 22 years, James Lewis; one step-daughter, Anita Lewis of Sophia; three sisters, Sharon Reed of Mullens, Joanna Blankenship and her husband, Harry of Basin, and Mary Ann Hayes of Oak Hill; one sister-in-law, Jackie Houchins of Princeton; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Services will be 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013, at Tankersley Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Gilbert Dodson officiating. Burial will follow in Lusk Cemetery at the Lusk Settlement.

Friends may call one hour prior to services Thursday at the funeral home.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

Online condolences may be expressed to

The family of Norma Lewis is being cared for by Tankersley Funeral Home, Mullens.

Sara Jane Wilson McCollam

Sara Jane Wilson McCollam, died Monday, Feb. 25, 2013, at her home in Beckley.

She was born in Richlands, Va., on August 15, 1914, to James and Matilda Wilson and was raised in Peterstown, Virginia.

Sara was the former owner and manager of the Pagoda Motel as well as a former member of the First Christian Church and the Columbine Garden Club.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Maurice V. (Mac) McCollam, seven sisters and five brothers.

She leaves one son, Ronald M. McCollam and his wife Mavis of Beckley; three grandchildren, Tammy Romage and her husband Dan of Mechanicsburg, Pa., Ronald McCollam II and his wife Andrea of Boston, Mass. and Mavis Elizabeth McCollam also of Boston, Mass.

Also surviving are four great grandchildren, Christopher, Nikolas, Sara and Jamison Romage, all of Mechanicsburg, Pa., and a sister, Ann Mitchell of Roanoke, Va.

Graveside services will be held at 11:30 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013, at the Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, with Rev. Jon White of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church officiating. There will be no visitation.

Online condolences may be left at

Arrangements by Calfee Funeral Home, Beckley.E PIC  

Lois Carol McDaniel Meade

Lois Carol McDaniel Meade, passed away Sunday, February 24, 2013, at home, following a long illness.

Lois was born March 19th, 1938, to Agnes Connor McDaniel and Horace Jerome McDaniel.

Lois was a devoted mother, grandmother, sister, daughter, aunt, and most of all a friend to everyone she met.

Lois retired as hotel desk clerk three years ago, serving the community for over 30 years; Lois was also a member of the Moose Lodge of Beckley. Lois enjoyed spending time with family, visiting with friends and going to work.

Lois was preceded in death by her parents, Agnes and Jerome and infant sister, Margaret Ann McDaniel.

Lois is survived by two loving sons, Arthur “Shorty” Meade and wife Jackie of Mt. Pleasant, S.C. and Albert “Tuffy” Meade and wife Beverly of Bradley, W.Va.; five grandsons, Josh, Ryan, and Justin Meade, BJ Bohrer and Aaron Bailey. Lois is also survived by six brothers, Harold (Paula) McDaniel, Jerry McDaniel, Gary McDaniel, Darrell (Dreama) McDaniel, Bill (Ellie) McDaniel, and Jeff (Edna) McDaniel; four sisters, Etta (Pete) Meadows, Betty (Woody) Snodgrass, Sandy (Wayne) Wingrove, Patty (Wayne) Fox; a special niece who was like a daughter, Meredith Morris and a special great nephew who was like a grandson, Noah Spaulding, as well as a host of nieces and nephews, extended family and many friends.

The family would like to extend a thank you to Dr. Amjad and staff for his care of Lois through the many years.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013, at Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley, with Pastor Cecil Smith officiating. Burial will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens.

Friends may gather with the family Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be sent to the family  at

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

 Teddy Gray Morgan

RONCEVERTE — Teddy Gray Morgan, 75, of Ronceverte, passed away Saturday, Feb. 22, 2013, at Lakeland, Fla.

Teddy was born May 8, 1937, in Ronceverte, to the late Claude Milton and Zenith Marie Miller Morgan.

Teddy drove a milk truck for Ripco, an insurance agent for Life of Virginia, a part owner and car salesman for M&H Auto Sales, was one of the original founders for Penny Pitch. Teddy was a member of the Ronceverte Baptist Church, a Sunday School teacher, a member of the Men’s Fellowship and a Trustee at the church.

Other than his parents, Teddy was preceded in death by a grandson, Todd Morgan; and a sister, Myra Joan VanBuren.

Survivors include his wife, Illa Mae Morgan; sons, Steve (Susan) Morgan, Danny Morgan, Barry (Michelle) Morgan, Bryan (Cindy) Morgan, all of Ronceverte; grandchildren, Tony Morgan of Ronceverte, Dustin Morgan of Charlotte, N.C., Amanda Morgan of Ronceverte, Devin Morgan of Ronceverte, Ashley Morgan of Ronceverte and Abby Morgan of Ronceverte; one great-grandchild, Tristan Morgan; step grandchildren, Sativa and Audy Dunbrack; sisters, Carol Dixon of Hinckley, Ohio, Brenda Darlene Hunt and Teena Lee (Freddie) Porterfield of Ronceverte; a uncle, Mark Miller of Oak Hill, and a slew of nieces, nephews and special very close friends.

Services will be 2 p.m. Friday, March 1, 2013, at the Ronceverte Baptist Church, with Pastor Andy Howdock officiating. Burial will follow at the Greenbrier Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

Friends may call from 12 noon until time of the service at the church.

No live flowers due to medical condition. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to: Ronceverte Baptist Church Parking Lot Fund, 617 W. Main St., Ronceverte, WV 24970.

Please send online condolences by visiting

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Ronceverte.

Quentin R. Sprouse

FROST — Quentin R. Sprouse, 94, of Frost, passed away Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013.

In keeping with his wishes he was cremated and a memorial graveside services will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, March 2, 2013, at Mountain View Cemetery, with military graveside rites conducted by the Pocahontas County Veterans Honor Corps.

Online condolences may be made at

Arrangements by Lantz Funeral Home.

Perry Gray Stover

OAK HILL — Perry Gray Stover, 93, of Scarbro, died on Monday, Feb. 25, 2013.

Funeral services will be on Friday, March 1, 2013, at 2 p.m. at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill, with Pastor Paul Basham officiating. Burial will be at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Prosperity.

Friends may call one hour prior to the service on Friday at the funeral home.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Harry Howell  Vickers

PETERSTOWN — Harry Howell Vickers, 81 of Peterstown, passed away Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013, at Wake Forest Baptist Bowman Gray Hospital in Winston-Salem, N.C.

Born October 28, 1931 in Alkol, W.Va., he was a son of the late Hal and Edith Wilkerson Vickers.

Harry graduated in 1949 from Duval High School then attended Shepherd College. He left Shepherstown to teach in a one room schoolhouse before entering the Navy during the Korean War Crisis. He served aboard the USS Mount Olympus where he traveled a large part of Europe and the Mediterranean. After the service, Harry attended Marshall College then spent time working in Nevada before returning to West Virginia and Monroe County to farm and raise cattle

Harry is survived by stepmother Garnet Vickers of Alkol; sister Kathleen and husband James of Panaca, Nev., brothers Jack Vickers and wife Ruth of Peterstown, Kenneth Vickers and wife Margaret of Alkol. He was so loved by his nieces and nephews, Vic Wadsworth, Felicia Christiansen, Jeff Vickers, Monica Linville, James Vickers, Renee' Ryan, Michele Weaver, and Katrina King, as well as numerous great neices and nephews.

Harry loved books, animals, and birds and could always be counted on for a good joke, he will be missed by all who knew him.

Funeral services in memory of Harry will be held Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013 at 1 p.m.  at Wickline Funeral Home, with Elder Darrell Mann and Pastor Barry Harper officiating. Burial will follow at Bradley Cemetery in Lindside, W.Va.

Friends may call Wednesday, February 27, 2013 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Wickline Funeral Home in Lindside.

Funeral arrangements by Wickline Funeral Home of Lindside.

Monica Geraldine Wetzel

Monica Geraldine Wetzel, 91, passed away on Sunday, Feb. 3rd, 2013.

She was born on Dec. 10th 1921, and lived most of her life in West Virginia in the Alderson and White Sulphur Springs area. She resided the past five years in North Carolina.

Mrs. Wetzel was a retiree from the federal prison for women in Alderson. She enjoyed being an active member of the women's group at the United Methodist Church in White Sulphur Springs. Geraldine or Gerry to some was an accomplished seamstress, crocheter and baker. She was an avid reader and could work any crossword in front of her.

She will be sadly missed and fondly remembered by her children, Dave Wetzel, Elizabeth Hollidge and Beki Kroll.  

She was preceded in death by her daughter Bobbie Wetzel-Pizzitola.  

Also remembering her are her grandchildren Mark Wetzel, Doug Hollidge, Kris Wetzel and Andrea Cohen as well as her seven great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held for Mrs. Wetzel at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 9th 2013, at Emmanuel United Methodist Church, located at 25 Tressel Street in White Sulphur Springs. Internment will be at 4 p.m. at Wallace Memorial Mausoleum, 16155 Midland Trail West, Clintonville, W.Va.

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Information submitted by the Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home in Lewisburg.