The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

September 23, 2012

Obituaries — Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012


Travis Allen Adkins

SUMMERSVILLE — Travis Allen Adkins, 30, of Summersville passed away Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Monday, Sept. 24, in the Waters Funeral Chapel at Summersville with the Rev. Arnold Nicholas officiating. Burial will follow in the Walker Memorial Park at Summersville. Friends may call one hour prior to the service Monday at the funeral chapel.

James ‘Jimmy’ Ervin Altice Sr.

OAK HILL — James “Jimmy” Ervin Altice, Sr., 65, of Oak Hill, passed away Thursday, September 20, 2012, at Beckley ARH Hospital. Born May 19, 1947, at Sun, WV, the son of the late William C. Altice Sr. and Nellie Mae (Waddell) Altice Johnson.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his stepfather Charlie Johnson; one son James “Jimbo” Ervin Altice Jr.; one brother William “Buddy” Clarence Altice, Jr.; five sisters Ebbie, Ella, Ruby, Tootie, and Rayola; and grandson Preston J. Altice.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife Mary Beth “Cookie” Altice; four daughters Tina Sue Francisco and husband Bradley of Mt. Hope, Lisa Sue Sadler and husband Jimmy of Daniels, Melissa Ann Stiefer and husband Mark of Coal City, and Tammy Lynn Altice and companion Shawn Anderson of Crab Orchard; stepdaughters Jimelle Dillon of Oak Hill and Tralissa Combs and husband Lee of Fayetteville; sister Debra Tiscareno of Pax; eleven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.

His remains rest at High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, 1435 E. Main St., Oak Hill, where the family will receive friends from 2 to 3 p.m. today and where the funeral service will be held 3 p.m. today with Rev. Bryan White officiating. Burial will follow in High Lawn Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be Danny Hicks, Lee Combs, Bradley Francisco, Danny Jackson, Brandon Remy, Chris Reynolds, Manuel Tiscareno, and Shawn Anderson.

Condolences may be sent to

Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.

Dorothy Tolliver-Bloomingdale

On Thursday, Sept. 20th, 2012, Dorothy Tolliver-Bloomingdale, beloved wife of Eugene R. Bloomingdale, went home to with her Lord at 8:45 p.m. at the Raleigh General Hospital following a long illness. She was 78 years of age.

Born on March 27th, 1934, at Surveyor, she was the daughter of the late B.C. and Dora Birchfield Masden.

Dorothy was a wonderful homemaker and had many jobs during her life. She worked at Aircraft Plating Manufacturing in Cleveland, OH, for several years. Dorothy was a charter member of the Trap Hill Fire Department and served as their secretary. She also was a trained EMT and was in the first group to serve on Trap Hill’s ambulances.

Dorothy loved spending time with her family and traveling with her sisters. An avid gardener, she loved to preserve food and work in her flowers. She took pride in restoring furniture, crocheting, and macramé, and many other crafts. Dorothy attended Trap Hill schools and was of the Christian faith.

In addition to her parents, Dorothy was preceded in death by an infant son, James Tolliver; six sisters, Ina Rae, Elsie Childress, Betty Burkman, Marie Hill, June Bottomlee, and Norma Eileen Schlager, a brother, B.C. Clark, Jr., a niece and a nephew.

In addition to her loving and devoted husband, Eugene, Dorothy is survived by two sons, Robert Tolliver and his wife, Marlene, of Durham, NC, and Ronnie Tolliver of Beckley; three grandchildren, Joe, James, and Melissa Tolliver all of Beckley; four great-grandchildren; a brother, Kenneth Eugene Clark and his wife, Christine, of Grafton, OH; many nieces, nephews, and a host of friends.

Funeral services will be Monday, Sept. 24th, at 3 p.m. at the Melton Mortuary Chapel. Rev. Ardith Bailey will be officiating. Burial will follow in the Calfee Cemetery at Mt. Tabor. The family will receive friends from 1 p.m. until the service hour. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

Condolences may be sent to the family’s guestbook at

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary, Inc., Beckley, WV.

Deanna Branard

Deanna Branard passed away Sept. 16, 2012.

No services are scheduled.

Blue Ridge Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Troy Cook

Mr. Troy Cook of Beckley died Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012.

Arrangements entrusted to Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.

Ralph Ray Ellison

Ralph Ray Ellison, age 63, of Daniels, passed away at the Raleigh General Hospital in Beckley on Thursday, September 20, 2012.

Born on March 8, 1949, at White Oak, he was the son of the late Mariam Lois Howell Ellison.

He was retired from the trucking industry and was a member of the Crow Baptist Church.

Ralph enjoyed his friends, family, and his church family, where he served as a greeter at the church. He also enjoyed having a good meal.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Robert Roy Ellison.

Those survivors left to cherish his memory include his siblings, Louise Lois Plumley and her husband Clayton Basil of Elgin, Okla., Janet Cooper of Daniels, and her twin brother Charles Ellison and his fiancee Jane Carte of Beaver, W.Va. Several nieces and nephews, and special friends Terry Harrah and Zack Harrah.

Funeral services will be conducted to Celebrate The Life of Ralph Ellison on Sunday,  September 23, 2012, at 3 p.m. at the Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home Shady Spring Chapel, with Pastor Dennis Burks officiating. Burial will follow at the Williams Cemetery at White Oak, W.Va.

Friends may call at the funeral home from 1 p.m. until service time on Sunday.

Pallbearers will be Ruth Ann McMillion, Freddie McMillion III, Charles Ellison, Eddie Clark, Butch Thompson, and Sam Wright.

Online condolences may be sent to our guestbook at

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

Ruby G. Brown Ford

Ruby G. Brown Ford of Beckley, formerly of Oceana, passed away Thursday, September 20, 2012.

Born June 11, 1925, in South Williamson, KY, she was the daughter of the late Dewey and Stella Scott Brown.

Ruby was a 1943 graduate of Belfry High School. She continued her education by obtaining her Bachelor of Science degree (with honors) from Concord College and two Master’s degrees from Marshall University: one in Education and another in Administration. During her 34-year career, she taught middle school, high school, served as Vice Principal of Oceana High School and Principal of Berlin McKinney Elementary School.

She was a member of Calloway Heights Baptist Church in Beckley.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 57 years, George (G.W.) Ford; her sister, Lou Etta Brown Alley; and her two brothers, Hassel and Roger Brown.

She is survived by her son, Stephen W. Ford, and two grandchildren, Kelly V. Ford and Ryan W. Ford.

Ruby will be long remembered and sorely missed by her family, numerous friends, associates, and past co-workers of the Oceana, WV, school system.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, September 24, 2012, in the Evans Funeral Home Memorial Chapel, with the Rev. Bill Parker officiating. The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. until time of service Monday, at the funeral home. Interment will follow at Palm Memorial Gardens, Matheny.

An online guestbook and other information can be found at

Evans Funeral Home of Oceana is serving the Ford family.

Joe H. Griffith

NEWARK, Ohio — Joe H. Griffith, 79, of Newark, Ohio, formerly of Elk Creek, passed away Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012.

Friends may call from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday at the Newark Chapel at Henderson-Van Atta-Stickle Funeral and Cremation Service, 59 N. Fifth St., Newark, Ohio. Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Monday, Sept. 24, at the Krantz-McNeely Funeral Home at Man with the Rev. Walter Grimmett officiating. Burial will follow in Highland Memory Gardens at Godby. Friends may call one hour prior to services at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be sent to

Funeral arrangements in West Virginia have been entrusted to the care of the Krantz-McNeely Funeral Home at Man.

Virginia Light Henderson

BENTLEY, Mich. — Virginia Light Henderson, 74, formerly of Fayetteville, passed away Friday, Sept. 21, 2012.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25, at Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, Fayetteville, with the Rev. Eddie Persinger officiating. Burial will follow in Huse Memorial Park, Fayetteville. The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

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

Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, 350 W. Maple Ave., Fayetteville, will be assisting the family.

Helen Madeline Williams Hinkle

PAX — Helen Madeline Williams Hinkle, 89, of Pax, died Friday, Sept. 21, 2012.

Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 24, at Dock Lively Cemetery, Pax.

Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope, is in charge of arrangements.

Mary Louise Johnson

OAK HILL — Mary Louise Johnson, 71, of Oak Hill, died Friday, Sept. 21, 2012.

Arrangements are incomplete at Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Beulah Frances Hank Leslie

Heaven is surely rejoicing with the arrival of God’s faithful servant, Beulah Frances Hank Leslie, who surrounded by her family passed quietly from this world and into His loving arms on September 20, 2012. She was born June 19, 1925, at Meadow Creek, WV, the daughter of the late Andrew Coleman and Esta Gwinn Hank.

“Maw Maw,” as she was affectionately called by her loved ones, had a heart that was loving and kind to all who knew her especially her three children, eight grandchildren, and ten great-grandchildren. She never forgot us on a birthday, holidays, or special occasions, in times of illness or need. She praised our achievements, accepted our mistakes, and loved us unconditionally through many twists and turns of life. Regardless of the circumstances, she was proud of all her children and loved them as only a mother and grandmother could. Her eighty-seven years were full and active. She was a homemaker, taking care of her family during World War II while her husband, James, was away serving in occupied Germany. She loved most of all gathering her family around her for a home-cooked meal. She loved quilting, reusing, recycling bits and pieces of those that had already worn out. She faithfully served her church, the Riverview Chapel, through all the years of her life, serving as a Sunday School teacher and faithful servant of God. In later years, she also enjoyed attending her Grandson Derrick’s church, Calvary Baptist, where she enjoyed listening to him preach and watch her great-grandsons, Hunter and Dylan, sing and take part in church services. No one was ever left out. She especially loved Christmas where she would go overboard with her generosity, creating special goody boxes filled to the brim and stockings with the best surprises for all her dozens of family members. All holidays were a joyful feast with the kind of well-prepared food only Grandma could make. She used every means possible to serve someone else in need, saving box tops for the kids for school projects, collecting stamps for the church projects, gathering old buttons and religious materials to send to the poor in other nations, and countless other projects. She was an avid recycler, making sure the earth was as clean as it could possibly be from her efforts to put everything in its proper place. She was conscientious about waste, never throwing out food, rather finding some way to re-warm or re-make a dish from leftovers. She loved reading her Bible, praying for all in need, and listening to her favorite spiritual broadcasts on TV. What a great world this would be if everyone could be blessed with having a mother and grandmother like ours. She dedicated her whole life to giving us all she had, but the best she gave us was simply being our loving mother and “Maw-Maw” . . . . always there when we needed her.

She was married for 53 years to her husband James, who preceded her in death in 1996; her parents Coleman and Esta Hank; her sister, Jean, who passed in August 2011.

Her memory lives on in those who anticipate their own joyful reunions with her someday: son Jim Leslie and wife, Carla, of North Carolina; son Coleman Leslie and wife, Rita, of Talcott; and daughter, Delores Ann Brandon and her husband, Pat, of Hinton; one brother, Bill Hank and wife, Marg, of Hinton; her grandchildren, Derrick, Kim, Mark, Courtney, Alex, Brian, Heath and Heather, and her ten great-grandchildren, Hunter, Dylan, Noah, Jonah, Isaac, Kara, Klay, Kaleigh, Taylor, Bailey, and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held Monday morning, September 24, at 10 a.m. at the Pivont Funeral Home Chapel in Hinton, conducted by Maw Maw’s grandsons, Pastor Mark Brandon and Pastor Derrick Leslie, with burial following at Restwood Memorial Gardens.

Friends may call Sunday, September 23, from 3 to 5 p.m. at Pivont Funeral Home.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

Online condolences and guest register at

Arrangements by Pivont Funeral Home, Hinton, W.Va.

Ronnie Lee Williams

Ronnie Lee Williams, 37, of Naoma, WV, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, September 20, 2012.

Born January 7, 1975, in Raleigh County, he was the son of Danny and Rosa Williams of Naoma and Virginia (Jeanie) Williams of Wooster, OH.

Ronnie was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Harry and Jean Williams; his maternal grandparents, Bill and Hazel Chambers; grandmother, Geraldine Cantley; sister Shawknee Alderman and mother-in-law Greta Pettrey Quarles.

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife Tina of Horse Creek, WV; daughter Cheyenne Williams; his father, Danny Williams and wife Rosa; mother, Virginia (Jeanie) Williams; two brothers, Danny Jr. (DJ) and wife Lesley of Naoma and James and wife Ashley of Oak Hill; a sister, Brittany of Beckley; stepdaughter, Dustie Beller; two grandsons, Jacob Wade Beller and Logan Andrew Beller; granddaughter, McKenzie Williams; and several nieces and nephews.

Ronnie will be sadly missed by many friends and family.

Ronnie loved the outdoors, mountains, camping and fishing but most of all he loved spending time with his family, especially his wife and best friend Tina. They were always together.

“I love you Ronnie, always” – Tina.

Services will be 1 p.m. Tuesday, September 25, 2012, at the Naoma Freewill Baptist Church with Rev. David Cook officiating. Friends may visit with the family Monday from 6 to 9 p.m. at the church. Burial will follow at the Williams Family Cemetery in Naoma.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

The family requests memorial contributions may be made to the Williams family, C/O Calfee Funeral Home, 800 S. Oakwood Ave., Beckley, WV 25801.

Online condolences may be left at

Arrangements by Calfee Funeral Home, Beckley.

Marjorie Cornwell Wooddell

ORMOND BEACH, Fla. — Marjorie Cornwell Wooddell, 91, of Ormond Beach, a homemaker and photographer, died September 19, 2012.

She was born May 14, 1921, in Mt. Hope, West Virginia, to Frederick and Bertha Perry Cornwell.

She was predeceased by her husband, Randall Wooddell, and her son-in-law, Rodney D. Dorinson.

She is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law Marilyn Dorinson of Ormond Beach, FL; Joan and James Cartmill of Huntington, WV; and Anne and William Skewes of New Smyrna Beach, FL; six grandchildren, Susan Beckett of Huntington, WV; Jennifer Day of Huntington, WV; Matthew Dorinson of Fletcher, NC; Leah Skewes and Laura Skewes of Mt. Pleasant, SC; and Elizabeth Skewes of Bogart, GA; and one great-grandson, Grant Beckett of Huntington, WV.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Hospice of Volusia / Flagler or the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. A memorial service is planned for November 21, 2012, time to be announced at Condolences may also be shared with the family online at the same website.

Arrangements are under the care and trust of Volusia Memorial Funeral Home, 548 N. Nova Road, Ormond Beach, FL.