The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

May 2, 2013

Obituaries — Thursday, May 2, 2013

Opal McCoy Brooks

PINEVILLE — Opal McCoy Brooks, 71, of Pineville, passed away, Tuesday, April 30, 2013.

A celebration of Opal’s life will be at 2 p.m., Sunday, May 5, 2013 in the Calfee Funeral Service Chapel, with Elder Russell McCoy and Elder Bryce Phillips officiating. Burial will follow at Palm Memorial Gardens, Matheny

The family will receive friends from 6 to 9 p.m., Saturday, May 4, 2013.

Those wishing to extend their condolences may do so by visiting,

Calfee Funeral and Cremation Service, Pineville, is serving the Brooks family.


Roger Lee Clark

After a courageous battle with lung cancer, Roger Lee Clark, age 64, of Cool Ridge, passed peacefully into the arms of Jesus Christ, surrounded by his family on Wednesday, May 1, 2013.

Born February 26, 1949, at Herndon, W.Va., he is preceded in death by his parents Robert Lee and Loretta (Bishop) Clark; paternal grandparents, George and Fulvia Clark; maternal grandparents, Alonzo and Ethel Bishop.

Roger had accepted Christ into his life and was very devoted to his family and  many friends. He graduated from Herndon High School and prior to retirement he was owner and operator of Clark’s Produce in Daniels. He was a member of UMWA and the Moose Lodge.

Those left to cherish his memory are his loving wife, Dorothy Clark; a son, Robert Clark and wife Tiffany of Newport News, Va.; a daughter, Melissa Mounts and husband Anthony of Johnson City, Tenn.; one sister, Elaine Thompson and  husband Calvin of Daniels; brothers, Steven and wife Susie of MacArthur, W.Va. and Terry and family of Craigsville, W.Va.; seven grandchildren, Erin and Lilly Clark, Sarah, Timothy and  Isaiah Mounts, Dylan James and  Montana Justice; loving nieces, a nephew, aunts, uncles and countless friends.

Special thanks to his loving caregivers:  Jack Clay, Joyce Bolen and Blake Clay.   Also special thanks are given to Hospice of Southern WV.

Funeral services will be held Friday, May 3, 2013, at 1 p.m. at the Rose & Quesenberry Funeral Home, Shady Spring Chapel, with Pastor Don Kelly of  the Open Door Church, Shady Spring officiating. Burial will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Prosperity, W.Va.

Friends may visit with the family two  hours prior to service at the funeral home on Friday.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

Private online condolences, floral tributes, and other expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family via our guestbook at

In lieu of flowers, donations of sympathy may be sent to the Hospice of Southern WV, P.O. Box 1472, Beckley, WV, in memory of Roger Clark.

Arrangements are by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home Shady Spring  Chapel, 729 Flat Top Road, Shady Spring.

Evelyn Pearl Cochran

ELEVA, Wis. — Evelyn Pearl Cochran, 75, of Eleva, formerly of Crawley, passed from this world Sunday, April 28, 2013, at the Mayo Clinic Medical Center of Eau Claire, Wis., with her family by her side.

She was born in Clintonville, W.Va., on April 12, 1938, the daughter of the late Dewey and Margie Holliday Davis.

She married the love of her life, Virgil Cochran on June 27, 1956, in Virginia.

Evelyn was a self employed childcare provider and dedicated housewife. She has resided in the Eleva area for the last four years.

Evelyn was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She enjoyed gardening and bingo. Her greatest pleasure in life was being around her husband, children and those she cared for. Evelyn had an open arm policy and her generosity knew no bounds.

Evelyn is survived by her husband of  57 years, Virgil of Eleva; three children, Debbie (Jeff) Svik of Eleva, Wis., Mike Cochran (Ellen Trout) of Rupert, Patti (John) Kossman of Tennessee; five grandchildren, Joe (Ashley) Arnold, Crystal (Sergio), Mike (Amanda), and Brian (Donna) Cochran, Ashley Kossman; seven great-grandchildren, Joey, Ethan, Summer, Payton, Seth, Olivia, Laysie; three sibling, Everett (Ann) Davis of Morrilton, Ark., Edith Cook of North Carolina, Emily Van Meter of Quninwood; nieces, nephews and other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her daughter, Ruth Ann, parents, and brother, Earl Davis.

Services are planned for Saturday, May 4, 2013, at Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home in Rainelle. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, May 3, 2013.

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Kjentvet-Smith Funeral Home in Mondovi, Wis., is assisting the family with arrangements in Wisconsin.

Local arrangements by Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Rainelle.

Jackie Lee Crook Sr.

NIMITZ — Jackie Lee Crook Sr., 72, of Nimitz, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, April 30, 2013, at his home following a long illness.

Born January 24, 1941, at Nimitz, he was a son of the late Rev. Orville W. and Lucille Hall Crook.

Jackie dearly loved the Lord and attended Faith Baptist Church in Oakvale. He also sponsored several children through World Vision Ministries.

He was the owner and operator of JSB Sales in Nimitz and a former school bus driver for Summers County schools. Jackie enjoyed motorcycling, eating healthy, fitness and exercise. He also loved spending time with his children, family, friends, and his dog Trixie.

Other than his parents he was preceded in death by one brother, James Crook.

Those left to cherish his memory include his beloved wife of 38 years, Shelda J. Bennett Crook; six children: Deborah A. Bennett and husband Daniel of Streetsboro, Ohio, Terry Lynn Baich of Cleveland, Ohio, Jason Crook of Princeton, Jackie L. Crook II and wife Tina of Hinton, Aaron Crook and wife Whitney of Princeton and Brian T. Crook of Princeton; nine grandchildren, Angela, Melissa, Brandon, Jacob, Jeffry, Ryan, Nicole, Laura, and Katie; six great grandchildren, Alexis, Isaiah, Christian, Jasmine, Aiden and Mason; one sister, Ruth Pitchford and husband Bob of San Diego, Calif.; two brothers, Orville Ray Crook and wife Betty of Chesapeake Bay, Va. and Bobby Crook of Kernersville, N.C.; several nieces, nephews and great nieces and great nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 4, 2013 at Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors Chapel, with Pastor Terry Lambert officiating. Burial will follow in the Restwood Memorial Gardens.

Friends may visit at the funeral parlors from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

Condolences may be sent to the family at  

Arrangements are by the Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors of Hinton.

Omar Lee Dowdy

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — Entrepreneur/salesman Omar Lee Dowdy, 77, of Myrtle Beach, passed away on April 27, 2013, after a brief illness.

Mr. Dowdy was born Feb. 24, 1936, in Beckley. He was the youngest and last surviving child of four sons born to the late Henry Alexander Dowdy and Myrtle Carter Dowdy.

He graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School and attended Marshall University. He interrupted his studies to serve in the Army during the Korean War. He loved life, a good adventure -- and he made friends where ever he went. He was a deer hunter and wrote several unpublished novels, loosely based on his travels. But selling was Mr. Dowdy’s passion. With a disarming smile, a quick wit, a charming manor and a strong command of his product, Mr. Dowdy crafted a successful career selling a variety of merchandise from pharmaceuticals, women’s apparel to condominium timeshares, working into his 70s. He was an entrepreneur and started many businesses, largely in the southeast. One such enterprise was the Designer Group, a wholesaler of women’s clothing, which included showrooms in New York City, Atlanta and Charlotte, N.C. His clients included large department stores and boutiques. He operated gift shops at hotels in Myrtle Beach and until his recent illness he sold timeshares in the same community.

Mr. Dowdy’s survivors include his sons, Michael Lee Dowdy, Ben Alexander Dowdy; and daughter, Mary Martha Dowdy. Three grandchildren, Julian Alexander Perez-Dowdy, Rebecca Alexandra Dowdy and Aaron Anatole Dowdy and his friend and love, Randina Castronova.

He is preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, Buren, Ray and Clyde Dowdy, his loving uncle Dewey Campbell and his wife Carol Fabian Dowdy.

In lieu of flowers, contributions to your favorite charity can be made in his name.

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McMillan-Small Funeral Home, Myrtle Beach, is in charge of arrangements.

David E. Fox

LUDLOW, Pa. — David E. Fox, 70, of 42 Water Street in Ludlow, died Wednesday, April 17, 2013, at the Hospice of Citrus County, Lecanto, Fla.

Born April 9, 1943, in Red Springs, W.Va., he was the son of David and Delpha Hughart Fox. On November 23, 1963, in Alexandria, Va., he married Linda VanSteenberg, who survives.

Mr. Fox worked in corrosion protection for National Fuel Gas for thirty-four years, retiring in 1999.

He was a member of Kane Lodge # 566 F&AM, the Coudersport Consistory and the Kane Fish and Game Club.

Surviving, in addition to his wife, are two daughters, Rebecca (Mark Martin) Fox and Michelle Fox, both of Pittsburgh, Pa.; a brother, Dwayne Fox of Hernando, Fla., and a nephew, Dale VanSteenberg of Pittsburgh.

Friends may call at the Ronald McDonald II Funeral Home, Inc. in Kane, Pa., on Monday from 7 to 9 p.m., where a Masonic Service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Interment will be held privately in Mt. Tabor Cemetery in Sigel, Pa.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Friends’ Memorial Public Library, 230 Chase St., Kane, PA 16735; or to Hospice of Citrus County, Inc., P.O. Box 641270, Beverly Hills, FL 34464.

Online condolences may be expressed at

Arrangements by Ronald McDonald II Funeral Home, Inc., 103 South Fraley Street, Kane, PA, 16735. Phone 814-837-7575.

Elizabeth Imogene Jones

Elizabeth Imogene Jones, 79, of Beckley, passed away Wednesday, May 1, 2013.

Following her wishes there will be no visitation or service.

Online condolences may be left at

Arrangements by Calfee Funeral Home, Beckley.

John C. Lester

BUD — John Curtis Lester, 48, of Bud, passed into eternity on the night of Monday, April 29, 2013, leaving a hole in his family that can never be filled.

Johnny was a proud West Virginia son born on November 28, 1964, in Welch, to Alice Smith Lester and husband, Paul Lester and Roy “Sonny” Lester and wife, Mary Lester who all survive him with broken hearts. He was married to Angela Lester for 24 years. He gave her his heart when she was 17 and he took part of hers with him to Heaven.

All who knew Johnny knew him to be a man of few words. That just made the words he did say be more precious. If you listened, he would tell you how much he loved his family and God. He would tell you that his children were his world, his grandchildren were his light, and he loved his wife to distraction. He had the mountains in his blood and was happiest when he was out riding the ridges or at home playing his guitar.

He was met at the Jaspar Walls by beloved sister, Curcetis Lynn Lester and his longed for son and namesake, John C. Lester Jr.

Those left to mourn are his parents, loving wife, Angela Lester; three sons, Kody Lester and wife, Ashley, Kory Lester and his wife, Heather, and Brandon Lester; one daughter, Tabatha Lester Blankenship; one brother, Roy Lester Jr. and wife, Angie; two sisters, Sonya (Pinky) Shrewsberry and husband, Kenneth and Angela Lindsay and husband, Mark; numerous nieces, nephews, in-laws, cousins, and friends.

Services will be 2 p.m. Friday, May 3, 2013, at Tankersley Funeral Home Chapel with Elder Vernon Blankenship, Elder Russell McCoy, and Elder Bryce Phillips officiating. Burial will follow in the Leonard Goode Memorial Cemetery Bud, Mtn.

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

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

Online condolences may be expressed to the family at

The family of John Lester is being cared for by Tankersley Funeral Home, Mullens.

Ellis Lee McClung

CRAWLEY — Ellis Lee McClung, 86, of Crawley, passed away Tuesday, April 30, 2013.

Lee was born Sept. 8, 1926, to Wally and Armintie McClung in Nicholas County, W.Va.

He was preceded in death by three brothers, Andrew, John and Sam McClung and two sisters, Eunice Teeter and Mary Johnson Buster and a son, Ellis Lee McClung Jr.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Iona Irene Coulter McClung (Blackie); three sisters, Leda O’Dell of Lewisburg, Florence Franzello of Fredericksburg, Va. and Ann (Sam) Wright of Bluffton, S.C.; two children, Pamela (Barry) Casto of Morgantown, and James Craig (Vickie) McClung of Rainelle; seven grandchildren, Brandon McClung of Charlotte, N.C., Brian McClung of Charleston, Brad McClung of Lewisburg, and Brent McClung of Harrisonburg, Va., Geoff (Heather) Casto of Hyde Park, N.Y., Erin (Andy) Chrest of Baltimore, Md., Christopher Casto of Kalamazoo, Mich., and two great-grandchildren, Alek and Zack Casto of Hyde Park, N.Y. He was also a beloved uncle to 31 nieces and nephews.

A retired coal miner, Lee belonged to the local UMWA, Clear Creek Rod and Gun Club, and Clearco Sportsman’s Club. He loved the outdoors, especially berry picking, ramp digging, and turkey  hunting. He was known far and wide for his  willingness to help others with his time, labor and charitable giving.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Judge Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1942.

Graveside service will be noon Saturday, May 4, 2013, at Wallace Memorial Cemetery at Clintonville.

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Rainelle.

Byron F. McClure Jr.

Byron Francis McClure Jr., (Bop), 63, of Glen Fork, formerly of Leesburg, Fla. and Maryville, Tenn., went to be with his heavenly Father on Monday, April 29, 2013.

Born January 2, 1950, at Port Wentworth, Ga., he was the son of the late Genevieve McClure Paul and his father, Byron McClure Sr.

Byron was a Navy veteran and served on the USS Enterprise and the USS Kitty Hawk as a hydraulic mechanic for aircraft. After serving his country, he served his community as a deputy sheriff, firefighter, paramedic in the states of Florida and Tennessee.

He loved rebuilding his 88 Ford pickup (the grey ghost) and more than anything else, he loved spending time with his son and three beautiful grandchildren who gave his life joy and meaning.

Survivors include his son, Byron Justin McClure, age 27, and daughter-in-law, Alicia Trail McClure, age 25;  his grandchildren, Austin, age 5, Alivia, age 3 and Addison (Addy Bear) age 7 months, all of Glen Fork.

He is also survived by his ex-wife and mother of his only child, Linda McClure.

A celebration of Byron’s life will be at 1 p.m., Friday, May 3, 2013, in the Calfee Funeral Service Chapel with the Rev. Cecil Thompson, Rev. Tanya Smith and Rev. Darrell Stapleton officiating. Burial will follow in Palm Memorial Gardens, Matheny. Military graveside rites will be conducted by the Wyoming County Honor Guard.

The family will receive friends from noon until the time of the service.

 Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

Those wishing to extend their condolences may do so by visiting,

Calfee Funeral and Cremation Service, Pineville, is serving the McClure family


Tommy Roger Miller

Tommy Roger Miller, 77, of Horse Creek Rd., Naoma, W.Va., left this mortal life to live with his Heavenly Father forever on Monday, April 29, 2013.

A born again Christian Tom loved religious programs and gospel music. He also enjoyed the outdoors gardening and being in his garage.

He was born July 6, 193,5 at Edwight, W.Va., to the late Albert J. Miller and the late Opal Jarrell Miller. He was also preceded in death by a granddaughter, Melissa Dawn Miller and two brothers, Albert Johnson Miller Jr. and wife Oleata Miller and Joseph Norman Miller.

He is survived by his wife of 571⁄2  years, Jane Miller and four children: Gary Roger Miller and companion, Tamara Kyle, Chris Miller and wife Toni, Richard Dean Miller and wife, April Clay and Joy Lynn Merrifield and husband, Scott, nine grandchildren: Cassandra (Sandy) Miller and companion Wade Divers, Savannah Miller, Christopher Miller and companion Amanda Shrader, Lindsey, Jeremy, Ryan, Zachary and Caitlin Miller and Adam Shane Merrifield.

Five great grandchildren: Caleb Shelton, Kyle, Layla, Waylon and Clayton Miller. He is also survived by four brothers: James (Jim) Miller, Eugene Miller and wife, Pauline, George Miller and wife, Rose Mary and Jackie Miller and companion, Melissa, two sisters: Betty Aliff and husband Joe and Shirley Wall and husband Jerry and one sister-in-law, June Miller and special friends, Mary Ann Garretson and Jill Miller. He is also remembered by many nieces, nephews and dear friends.

Service will be 9 p.m. Friday evening, May 3, 2013, at the Armstrong Funeral Home, Whitesville, with the Rev. Benny Turner officiating. Singer will be Gene Miller. Burial will follow in the Jarrell Cemetery at Horse Creek.

A visitation will begin at 6 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Arrangements by Armstrong Funeral Home, Whitesville.

Enos Ray Morris

PORT BYRON, Ill. — Enos Ray Morris, 87, of Port Byron, died Sunday, April 28, 2013, at his son’s home in Bettendorf, IA.

Enos was born on January 27, 1926, in Sanderson, W.Va., the son of Della Patton Morris. He married JoAnn Jarrell and she preceded him in death in July of 1996.

Enos was a United States Marine Corps Veteran, retiring in 1969.  He was a member of Wildwood Baptist Church and the American Legion.

In addition to his parents and wife, Enos was preceded in death by his daughter, Melody Ann and three sisters.

 Those left to cherish his memory include his son, John Morris and wife Deb of Bettendorf, Iowa; grandchildren, Jason Morris of Davenport, Iowa, Laura Bradhurst of Davenport, Iowa, Jeffrey Morris of Bettendorf, Iowa, Stephanie Morris of Davenport, Iowa; four great grandsons, Gavin, Carter, Roman and Garrett.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 4, 2013, at Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley, with the Rev. Michael Knotts officiating.   Following the service Enos will be laid to rest at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens.

Friends may gather with the family from 10 a.m. until the time of the service at the funeral home.

Military Honors will be performed by the American Legion Post #32 Honor Guard, of Beckley.

Memorials may be made to Genesis Hospice.

Online condolences may be left for his family by visiting either or

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

Fred Stewart

PITTSBURG, Texas — Fred Stewart, 69, of Pittsburg, passed away Tuesday April 23, 2013, following a long illness.

Born June 1, 1943, at Jesse, he was the son of the late Charlie F. Stewart and Julia Brinegar Stewart.

Fred was a Vietnam Veteran and a retired truck driver.

He was preceded in death by four brothers; Robert, Joseph, David, and Eddie Stewart; one sister, Patricia; a son Joshua Sims and a grandson Noah Ward.

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife Brenda Stewart of Pittsburg, Texas; three daughters, Tina Ward, Julie Binion, and Regina Easley, all of Pagoda, Texas; three sons, Brandon Sims of Sacramento, Calif., Bo and William Stewart, both of Pittsburg, Texas; five brothers, Jack Stewart, Charlie Stewart, Richard Stewart, Anthony Stewart, and William Stewart; four sisters, Mary Collins, Lillian Stewart, Brenda Smith, and Cathy Mullens; twelve grandchildren, Emily and Sarah Easley, Hunter and Hannah Binion, Tyler and Austin Easley, Matthew, Brandon, Brian and Nicholas Sims, Kelsey Newman and Hagan Stewart.

Graveside Rites will be 1 p.m. Friday,  May 3, 2013 at Stewart Cemetery Jesse, with the Rev. Osa Mullins officiating. Military Rites will be conducted by the Wyoming County Honor Guard.

Information submitted by Evans Funeral Home Oceana.

Buford Stump

Buford Stump, age 75, of Beaver,  passed away Wednesday, May 1, 2013, at his residence.

Arrangements are pending completion at Rose and Quesenberry, 729 Flat Top Rd., Shady Spring.