The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


August 29, 2013

Obituaries — Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013


John D. Elswick

LEWISBURG — John D. Elswick, 73, died Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013.

Funeral services will be held 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013, at Morgan Funeral Home in Lewisburg.

Friends may call one hour prior to the service.

Lewis Alexander ‘Bud’ Fleshman Jr.

ALDERSON — Lewis Alexander “Bud” Fleshman Jr., 91, of Alderson, passed away on Sunday, August 25, 2013.

Funeral services will be Saturday, August 31, 2013, at 11 a.m. at the Lobban Funeral Home Chapel, Alderson, W.Va., with the Rev. Sam Groves officiating. Burial will follow At the End of the Trail Cemetery, Clintonville, W.Va.

Friends may call Friday, August 30, 2013, from 7 to 9  p.m. at the Lobban Funeral Home, Alderson, W.Va.

Arrangements by Lobban Funeral Home, Alderson, W.Va.

Layla J. Graham 

Layla Joyce Graham, 65, of Basin, passed away on Tuesday, August 27, 2013 at Woltz Hospice Home, Dobson, N.C. following a long illness.

Arrangements are incomplete at Tankersley Funeral Home, Mullens.

Mildred Louise Hicks

Mildred Louise Hicks entered the gates of Heaven on the morning of August 26th, 2013, following a long illness.

She was born Mildred Louise Carte in Gamoca, W.Va., Fayette County on May 18, 1931, to the late Clowney H. Carte and Ruby B. Puckett. Mildred has lived most of her life as a resident of Crab Orchard, Raleigh County. Her husband, Frank A. Hicks whom she married on July 16th, 1962, in Elton, Maryland, preceded her in death on January 14th, 1970.

Mildred was a homemaker and devoted Mother to her children. She was employed at Nina’s Market in Crab Orchard from 1952 to 1973 as a Store Clerk and Cashier. During this time she also conducted a self-employed bakery business, specializing in wedding cakes, birthday cakes and creations of her own unique designs and recipes.

She was a life time member of Bethel Freewill Baptist Church in MacArthur, W.Va. and a member of the Women’s Auxiliary, a member of the Marine Corps League, Chapter WV 1059 Fayette County Detachment serving as Chaplin and was awarded four distinguished National Chaplin Awards during her tenure.

She loved her church activities, home decorating (especially Christmas), antique collecting and various other crafts.

In addition to her husband Frank, she is preceded in death by her son, Danny Wayne Richardson. Mildred was the last surviving member of her immediate family. Two brothers, Adam Riley and Harold Hubert Carte, seven sisters: Hildred Lucille Carte Thompson, Mabel Elizabeth Carte Acord, Freda Elouise Carte Gillespie, Mary Rose Carte, Marion Carte, Wanda June Carte and Delma Jane Carte Wooten. 

Left to love and cherish her memory are two sons:  Dwayne Franklin Hicks and Ronald Lee Hicks. Three daughters: Lois Jane Vargo (Mike), Marcia Kay Carpenter, (Dale) and Myra Louise Craft. 

Also included are two very special nieces and loving care givers, Kathy Wooten and Sue Dixon, and two special people (like sons to her) Jeff Stanley and Dennis Barker. Several grandchildren, nieces, nephews, extended family members and friends. Other dear friends: Sue Richardson, Nancy G. Cook, Betty C. Basham, Mary R. Sisk, Norma J. Bibb, Ava McKinney, Sue Daniels, Peggy Bolt and JoAnn Bolen Behnseldt.

A special thank you to the staff of Hospice of Southern WV for their kind and compassionate care provide to our Mother a her end of life.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hospice of Southern WV, PO Box 1472, Beckley, WV 25802. 

Funeral services will be Friday, August 30th, at 1 p.m.  in the Bethel Freewill Baptist Church at MacArthur. The Rev.’s Terry Hatcher and L. C. Calhoun will be officiating. Burial will follow in the Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens at Prosperity.

Pallbearers will be: Bill Acord, Sonny Boninsegna, Chris Burnside, Robert Hilton, Gregory Withrow and Hal Withrow.

Honorary pallbearers will be David Gillespie and Randy Wooten.

The family will receive friends at the church on Thursday evening from 6 to 9 p.m. and one hour prior to the services on Friday.  

Condolences may be sent to the family’s guestbook at www.meltonmortuary. com

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary and Cremation Center, Beckley.

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