The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

May 17, 2013

Obituaries — Friday, May 17, 2013

Doug Bolen

Aaron Douglas Bolen Sr., 68, of Josephine, went to be with the Lord Tuesday, May 14, 2013, at his home.

Born July 6, 1944, at Josephine, W.Va., he was the son of the late Carl and Aldena Lilly Bolen. He was also preceded in death by his sister, Gracie Wilson, and his Mother-in-law, Irene Lawson.

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife of 45 years Julia A. Kelley Bolen; daughters, Teresa Wilcox and husband Andy of Cool Ridge, Patty Bolen and fiance Chris Ellison of Josephine; sons Aaron “Dougie” Bolen Jr. and wife Heather of Josephine, Eric Jay Fielder and wife Terri of Pemberton; grandchildren, Chrystal and Justin Massie, Stephanie Thompson and Beth Hammons, Joshua and Justin Thompson, Chance, Audri and Bailee Bolen, Brianna Ellison and Krista Hughes; great-grandchildren Alyssa, Summer, Michael Bolen and Gabrielle Massie; a brother-in-law, Arlie Wilson; sister-in-law, Debbie Jo Sullivan; and two nephews Donald Abner and Billy Abner.

Doug was a retired coal miner of 26 years. He spent his time enjoying the outdoors and fishing; however, his greatest joy was his family.

Services will be 1 p.m. Saturday, May 18, 2013, at Melton Mortuary with the Rev. Roger Tolliver officiating. Friends and family may gather from 11 a.m. until time of services.

Pallbearers will be Andy Wilcox, Justin Massie, Beth Hammons, Chris Ellison, Donnie Abner, Billy Abner and Daniel Abner.

Condolences may be sent to the family’s guestbook at

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary and Cremation Center, Beckley.

Gary Lavon Boley

VICTOR — Gary Lavon Boley, 73, of Victor, died on Wednesday, May 15, 2013, at CAMC - General Division in Charleston, W.Va.

Born March 28, 1940, in Nicholas County, W.Va., he was the son of the late Denver and Sarah Tully Boley.

He was an elder in the Ansted Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses. This was the focus of Gary’s life.

He left the Hico area when he graduated from high school and spent most of his working life in the Cleveland, Ohio, area. Some of those years were spent owning and managing Gary’s Transmission Shop in Berea, Ohio. He finished his working years as a school bus driver in Strongsville, Ohio, and Fayette County, W.Va.

Gary married Marjorie Mitch in 1958. This union bore two children. After Marge’s death, he married Chandos Casteen Boley.

Survivors include his wife, Chandos Smith Casteen Boley; daughter, Laura Snowberger and husband, Bob, of Strongsville, Ohio; son, Gary Boley Jr. of Cleveland, Ohio; brother, Timothy Boley of Hico; sister, Sharon Chaney of Strongsville, Ohio; three stepchildren, Larry, Leonard and Brenda Casteen; two grandchildren, Jacob and Joe Snowberger; and two great-grandchildren Landen and Dayton Snowberger.

Mr. Boley was cremated. A memorial service will be on Saturday, May 18, 2013, at 2 p.m. at Kingdom Hall in Mount Lookout, with Speaker Keniman Belcher officiating. Friends may call one hour prior to the service on Saturday.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Bishop George W. Bostic

Bishop George W. Bostic, 87, of Beckley, passed away Wednesday, May 15, 2013.

Services to celebrate the life of Bishop George Bostic will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 19, at the Sophia Church of God with Bishop James W. Bostic, Bishop F.D. Sexton, and Bishop Wayne Wicker officiating. Entombment will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens Mausoleum in Prosperity with the American Legion Honor Guard Post 32 conducting military graveside rites. A visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the Sophia Church of God.

Private online condolences, floral gifts, and other expressions of sympathy are available to the family via

Arrangements by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, 1901 S. Kanawha St., Beckley.

Pansy May Bratcher

Pansy May Bratcher, 63, of Lester, passed away Friday, May 10, 2013.

Funeral service will be 1 p.m. Friday (today), May 17, at Rose and Quesenberry Peace Chapel in Beckley. Friends may call from noon until time of the service Friday.

Online condolences may be sent to our guest book at

Arrangements by Rose and Quesenberry, 1901 S. Kanawha St., Beckley.

Rita E. Houck Dotson

OAK HILL — Rita E. Houck Dotson, age 73, of Oak Hill, passed away peacefully Wednesday, May 15, 2013, surrounded by loved ones.

Born July 16, 1939, at Gary, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Quincy and Ola Mae Jordan Houck.

Rita’s loving memory will be cherished by her husband, Larry Dotson; daughters, Tammy Lilly of Charlotte, NC, and Dee Dotson of Charleston, WV; granddaughters, Amy Hanna and husband, Grey, and Rachel Rivenbark and husband, Patrick; and great-granddaughter Caroline Hanna, all of Charlotte, NC; a sister, Anna Christine Garten of Illinois; half brother, Sam Houck of Florida; and a half sister, Nina Lang of Florida; and many other family and friends.

Rita attended Calvary Baptist Church. She retired from the Probation Office at the Fayette County Courthouse after many devoted years. Rita enjoyed cooking for her loved ones, country line dancing, shopping and Lifetime Movies. She was known for her spunky personality, hip sense of style, and miraculous ability to have her Christmas shopping complete by the Fourth of July.

The family extends their deepest gratitude to Dr. Steven McCormick, his nurse Candy and the staff of CAMC for their exceptional care. Pastor Mark Wood has been with Rita and the family for countless hours. His prayers and loving concern supported and sustained. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you, Pastor.

The funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 18th, at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill with Pastor Mark Wood officiating. Entombment will follow at High Lawn Memorial Park Mausoleum, Oak Hill.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. at Tyree Funeral Home, 999 Jones Avenue, Oak Hill, on Friday, May 17th.  

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to: The American Heart Association, Ohio Valley Affiliate, 162 Court Street, Charleston WV 25301.

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Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Victor L. Hartnett

BIRCH RIVER — Victor L. Hartnett, 87, of Birch River, Nicholas County, passed away Dec. 29, 2012.

His body has been gifted to the WVU Human Gift Registry.

The family is planning a memorial service for 2 p.m. Saturday, May 18, 2013, at the Birch River Fire Department. Friends of the family are welcome to attend and are invited to a dinner afterward. For more information, contact 304-574-3567.

Online condolences may be sent at

Information submitted by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Bonnie Jean Furey Holliday

On Wednesday morning, May 15, 2013, our most cherished, Bonnie Jean Furey Holliday, passed away in Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown, W.Va. Bonnie was blessed to die very peacefully surrounded by her loving family. She was 83 years of age.

Known affectionately as “BonBon,” Bonnie was the first of four children. Born on April 22, 1930, she was the daughter of the late Dan Hayes and Virginia Maye Furey. Her sisters, Virginia Lee Boner and Betty Jo Carter, have preceded her in death.

She is survived by her brother Dan Hayes Furey Jr. and many nieces and nephews.

Bonnie was a longtime resident of the Rainelle/ Charmco areas. She was a retired office worker of GC Murphy in Rainelle. In her leisure time, she enjoyed browsing yard sales, gardening and her flowers.

Bonnie married her loving husband Henry Herbert Holliday on May 29, 1950. To this union were born Kathy and Cindie. Cindie was fortunate to stay close to her family. Kathy resides in Amelia, Va.

Bonnie was the beloved “Mom” to her daughters, Kathy Holliday Ingram and her husband, Jeff, of Amelia, Va., and Cindie Holliday of Charmco, W.Va. She was the proud “Nana” to three grandchildren Robert Elton Hicks of Ashland, Va., Eric Jason Keister of Charmco and Jillian Ingram Harlow of Chesterfield, Va. She cherished her seven great-grandchildren, Kayla, Kirstie, Ethan, Emily, Hailey, Mason and Caleb.

Bonnie will be remembered with a service at the Bellburn United Methodist Church. Pastor Verlin Butcher will be officiating. The Memorial service will be held at a later time.

Please no flowers! Donations in Loving Memory of Bonnie Holliday, to Bellburn Methodist Church, PO Box 715, Leslie, WV 25972, would be appreciated.

Drema Terry Bowyer Hylton

ALDERSON — Drema Terry Bowyer Hylton, 80, surrounded by family and friends at The Brier Nursing Home, went to meet the Lord on Tuesday, May 14, 2013, after a long illness.

Born March 24, 1933, in Alderson and was the daughter of the late Samuel and Etta Burns Terry.

Mrs. Hylton was a lifelong resident of Alderson, retired from BF Goodrich and was a homemaker.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Samuel and Etta Burns Terry; husband, Ernest A. Hylton; daughter, Linda Bowyer; great-grandson, Josiah Bryant; brothers, Walter, Elmer, and Richard Terry; and a sister, Minnie Weikle.

Survivors include daughters, Anna Bryant of Alderson and Wilma (JC) Hendricks of Ronceverte; sons, Marion (Letha) Bowyer of Alderson and Russell Bowyer of Alderson; brother, Charles Terry of Fredrick, Md.; sister, Ella Weikle of Alderson; five grandsons, James (Jessica) Bowyer of Crows, Va., Joe (Toni) Bowyer of Staunton, Va., Darrell (Amanda) Bryant of Alderson, Patrick Bryant of Alderson and James Hendricks of Ronceverte; granddaughter, Elizabeth Hendricks of Ronceverte; great-grandchildren, Justin, Shaleigh, Rylee, Hunter, Dylan, Madison and Lance; leaving behind also a host of nieces and nephews; her adopted children (the staff at the Brier) and a dear friend of many years, Annie Waugh.

Service will be 1 p.m. Monday, May 20, 2013, at the Longanacre Funeral Home Chapel, Fairlea, with Pastor David Spencer officiating. Burial will follow in the Mount Vernon Cemetery, Fort Spring.

Friends and family may call 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, May 19, at the Longanacre Funeral Home, Fairlea.

Arrangements by Longanacre Funeral Home, Fairlea.

Rev. Larry Lafferty

MULLENS — Rev. Larry David Lafferty, 60, of Mullens, passed away Thursday, May 16, 2013. 

Online condolences may be expressed to the family at

Arrangements are incomplete at Tankersley Funeral Home, Mullens.

Charlotte Marie Massinople

Charlotte Massinople, 96, died peacefully at her home on Tuesday, May 14, 2013, surrounded by her children.

Charlotte was born in Washington, DC, on February 19, 1917. She was the daughter of Placido and Maria Caponiti who had immigrated to the United States from Fumedenisi, Sicily. During her early childhood, her family returned to Sicily (Catania) before permanently settling in Washington, DC. After attending Washington schools and graduating from Strayer College, she embarked on a career as a Stenographer with Bell Telephone and Telegraph.

Charlotte was married on September 3, 1939, to her beloved husband of 69 years, Charles A. Massinople. Charles founded Mabscott Supply Company in 1942, where Charlotte served as the first Vice President and Secretary of the company. In addition, she served for many years on the firm’s Board of Directors.

Charlotte was a role model as wife and mother, supporting her family and community throughout the years. Often her role was one of inspiration and ideas, leaving others to be the public face of accomplishments. Her clarity of thought, gentle manner, and eternal optimism is her lasting legacy.

Charlotte was a lifelong member of St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church and assisted in the founding of St. Francis School. She was a member of Black Knight Country Club and Glade Springs with her husband. They established the Massinople Memorial Fund at Beckley Area Foundation. Highlighting her contributions to our area, the Beckley-Raleigh County YMCA recognized and honored Charlotte and Charles with the Spirit of Beckley Award in 2001.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Placido and Maria; her husband, Charles A. Massinople; a son, Anthony F. Massinople; and brothers, John, Natale and Frederick Caponiti.

Charlotte is survived by her children, Marion Charles “Mike” Massinople and his wife, Kathleen “Kitty,” of Beckley; Mary Grace Massinople Johnson and her husband, William Parke, of Morgantown; Charles Edward Massinople and his wife, Wilma, of Mars Hill, NC; John David Massinople of Charlotte, NC; Alicia Massinople Scott and her husband, Richard “Rick,” of Pittsburgh, Pa.; 11 grandchildren, Michael Charles Massinople and his wife, Kelly; Dr. Christina Massinople Park and her husband, Dr. William “Shawn” Park; Dr. David Samuel Massinople and his wife, Sharon; Angela Johnson Ellison and her husband, Ryan; Nicholas Parke Johnson; Chala Marie Massinople; Sam Theo Massinople; William Anthony Massinople; Mia Judith Scott; Cameron Richard Scott; and Natalie Charlotte Scott; seven great-grandchildren, Ryan Charles Massinople; Sophia Eileen Massinople; Michael Kessler Park; Mackenzie Alston Park; Alessia Loren Massinople; Milana Kay Massinople; and Piper Quinn Ellison. She is also survived by Barbara Massinople, widow of son Anthony Fredrick Massinople, of Wellington, KS; two sisters, Alice Sardone of Silver Spring, MD, and Stella Staley of Peterborough, NH; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Charlotte was attended to and was grateful for her exceptional caregivers in her later years: Rita Wills and Visiting Angels Megan Acord and Bonnie Wright. Additionally, she was assisted by Beverly Gordon and Bill Horton. The family also extends special thanks to Hospice of Southern West Virginia.

A funeral liturgy will be 2 p.m. Saturday at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church with Monsignor Samuel Sacus officiating. A rite of committal will follow at Sunset Memorial Park.

Friends may call 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at the Calfee Funeral Home, Beckley, where a Rosary will be recited at 8:30 p.m., led by Deacon Don Wise.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Beckley Area Foundation, 129 Main Street, Beckley, WV 25801, or St. Francis de Sales Catholic School, 614 Oakwood Ave., Beckley, WV, 25801.

Online condolences may be left at

Arrangements by Calfee Funeral Home, Beckley.

Lowell D. Maynor

OAK HILL — Lowell D. Maynor, 70, of Oak Hill, went home to be with the Lord, Tuesday, May 14, 2013, in Hilltop Nursing Center, following a long illness.

Born December 31, 1942, in Harper, he was the son of the late Joseph and Mary Richmond Maynor.

Lowell attended the Church of the Nazarene in Oak Hill, he was a Mason, and was a member of the Masonic Lodge in Mt. Hope.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by two brothers and one sister.

Those left to cherish his memory include his loving wife of 50 years Grace Maynor, his son Lowell W. Maynor, his two grandchildren Megan Maynor, and Zach Maynor, a host of beloved friends.

Services will be Saturday, May 18, 2013, at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Blue Ridge Funeral Home, with the Rev. Clif Adkins officiating. Burial will follow in Sunset Memorial Park, Beckley, with Masonic Graveside rites performed by the members of the Oak Hill and Mount Hope Masonic Lodges.

Friends may gather with the family from 1 p.m. until service time Saturday at the funeral home.

Online condolences can be sent to the family by visiting

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

Lairdy A. O’Dell

MOUNT NEBO — Lairdy A. O’Dell, 96, of Mount Nebo, passed away Wednesday, May 15, 2013.

Funeral services will be noon Saturday, May 18, at the Spruce Grove Community Church, Mount Nebo, with burial to follow in the church cemetery. Friends may call one hour prior to the funeral Saturday at the church.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to the Spruce Grove Community Church.

Wallace & Wallace, Rainelle, is in charge of arrangements.

Brenda Sue ‘Watkins’ Richmond

Brenda Sue “Watkins” Richmond, 61, of Shady Spring, passed away Tuesday, February 5, 2013.

Born October 17, 1951, in Oak Hill, W.Va., she was the daughter of Juanita Meador Slutterink of Beckley and the late Robert E. Lee Watkins.

Brenda was a former restaurant manager and server. She played Buffet the Clown and loved bringing joy to all kids. Brenda served her country serving with the U.S. Navy.

In addition to her father she was preceded in death by a twin sister, Linda Watkins.

Survivors include her husband, Dan Corbitt Richmond; son, Bryan Garringer and wife Sarah of Jacksonville, Fla.; daughter, Sandra Bolen and husband Jeffery of Shady Spring; grandchildren, Bryan Garringer Jr., Devin Garringer, Kaytlin Plumley, Dustin Bolen, Roberta Garringer, Stephanie Garringer, Brenden Bolen, Daniel Amick; brothers, Larry Watkins and wife Mindy, David Watkins; sister, Sandra Murray and husband Richard; two special nieces, Summer Reynolds and Stephanie Murray; special great-nephew, Richard Walter Hill III; as well as numerous other nieces and nephews.

A celebration of Brenda’s life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 18, 2013, in the Calfee Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Paul Bricker officiating. Friends may visit with the family one hour prior to service.

Online condolences may be left at

Arrangements by Calfee Funeral Home, Beckley.

Timothy Allen Tincher

CRAG — Timothy Allen Tincher, 57, of Crag, passed away Wednesday, May 15, 2013.

Services will be 1 p.m. Saturday, May 18, at Smathers Funeral Chapel. Friends may call one hour before the service from noon to 1 p.m. at the funeral home.

Arrangements by Smathers Funeral Chapel Inc., Rainelle.