The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

June 26, 2013

Obituaries — Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Brian Lee Avis

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Brian Lee Avis, 31, of Cleveland, passed away Wednesday, June 19, 2013 in Cleveland.

Born December 15, 1981, the son of Gary Lee Avis and Margaret Louise Hurt Avis.

Those left to cherish his memory include his parents, Gary Lee Avis and Margaret Louise Avis, children Domnia Underwood of Oak Hill, Justin Avis of Cleveland, and Jayden Avis of California; one brother Gary A. Avis of Cleveland.

His remains rest at High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill, where the funeral service will be held 1 p.m. Thursday, June 27, 2013. Entombment will follow in High Lawn Memorial Park.

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Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.

Steven Lee Bryant

LOOKOUT — Steven Lee Bryant, 26, of Lookout, passed away Friday, June 21, 2013.

He was born June 12, 1987, in Summersville, W.Va., Steven was the son of Lawrence “Bo” Bryant and Carla Faye Petitt Bryant of Winona.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather; Charles Bryant and his maternal grandparents; Carl Petitt and Alice Petitt.

He was a member of Kenney’s Creek Missionary Baptist Church of Winona and a stocker for Wal-Mart of Fayetteville.

Steven’s survivors are his wife, Mindy Sue Halstead Bryant of Lookout, his son, Bryce Bryant at home; seven sisters, Lisa, Alexis, Jeannie, Tiffany, Christina, Kylee, and Katelyn all at home; a brother, Joshua Bryant of Winona; paternal grandmother, Betty Bryant of Winona.

Funeral service will be noon Thursday, June 27, 2013, at Kenney’s Creek Missionary Baptist Church in Winona, with Rev. Mark Secrist and Rev. Joe Shaffer officiating. Burial will follow in the Bryant Family Cemetery on Flanagan Mountain in Winona.

Friends may call Wednesday, June 26, 2013, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Wallace and Wallace Funeral Home Chapel in Ansted.

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Wallace and Wallace of Ansted is in charge of the arrangements.

Fred Caldwell

STOLLINGS, W.Va. — Fred Caldwell, 89, of Stollings, formerly of Dehue, died on Sunday, June 23, 2013.

Services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 29, at Honaker Funeral Home with Pastors Donnie Wells and  Robbie Gollihue officiating. Burial will follow in Forest Lawn Cemetery at Pecks Mill.

Friends may call on the family 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, June 28, 2013, at the funeral home.

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Honaker Funeral Home of Logan is in charge of arrangements.

Frances Marie Dodd

TOANO, Va. — Frances Marie Dodd, 85, a native of Raleigh, passed away on Saturday, June 22, 2013, at her home surrounded by her loving and caring family.

Mrs. Dodd was a native of Raleigh, W.Va., and a former resident of Newport News, Va.  before moving to Toano in 2008.

She was a member of Stevens Memorial Baptist Church of Newport News and was attending Faith Fellowship in Toano. She was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and a great-great grandmother and sister.

She was preceded in death by her husband Julian Dodd and a grandson Jay Kent Dodd, and by her parents Creasie Dixon and Albert Grimmett Sr. and a brother Albert Grimmett Jr. She is survived by her daughters, Marion Pachall of Paris, Tenn., Lee Noack and her husband Bob of Newport News, and Connie Jutras and her husband Jerry of Williamsburg, and a son J. Kent Dodd and his wife Donna of Toano; two sisters, Eva Hatcher of Williamsburg and Shelby Goebel of Tennessee; a brother Jack Grimmett of Ohio; 12 grand children, 11 great-grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren.

The family received friends 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, June 25, 2013, in Amory Funeral Home.

A graveside service will be at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, June 26, 2013, in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Beckley, W.Va.

In lieu of flowers donations in memory may be made to Stevens Memorial Baptist Church, 224 Richneck Road, Newport News, VA, 23608 or to Faith Fellowship,112 School House Lane, Williamsburg, VA 23188.

Arrangements by Amory Funeral Home, Grafton, Va.

Zella Graybeal Ford

Zella Graybeal Ford, 81, passed away peacefully at her home on Monday, June 24, 2013, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born in 1931 to the late Larry Lee and Thena Graybeal of Renick, W.Va. Upon graduating with a B.S. degree in Education from WVU, Zella taught at Rainelle and Renick High Schools until her marriage to Benjamin Franklin “Frank” Ford in 1958.

Upon her husband’s death in 1972, Zella continued to raise her five children while maintaining the family farm that she took such pride in. She was an active member of Calvary UMC in the Richlands where she served as the organist for 34 years, planned numerous programs, and served on many committees. Zella was a member of United Methodist Women Richlands Charge as well as the Richlands CEOS and PEO Sisterhood. Her service to the community was exemplary and far reaching.

Zella is survived by five children and eight grandchildren who adored her. Survivors include: Jayne Ann Ford and children, Cole and Kelly Hanson of Lewisburg; Glen Franklin Ford, his wife Christy, and children Jessie and Frank of Lewisburg; Nancy Lee Morgan, her husband, Cecil and daughter Gracelyn of Roanoke, Va.; Mary Jo Jouver and husband, Joe of Pittsburgh, Pa.; Linda Susan King, her husband, Jim, and children Griffin, Karly, and Kyle of Lewisburg. Zella is also survived by her sister-in-law, Louise Graybeal of Renick, as well as several special nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband, Zella was preceded in death by brothers, Larry Brown Graybeal, John Fields Graybeal, and Walter Graybeal, and sisters, Ethel Doyle and Alice Richards.

The family will receive friends on Wednesday, June 26, 2013, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home. A celebration of Zella’s life will be held at Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home at 11 a.m. on Thursday, June 27, 2013, with Rev. Ron Miller officiating. Interment will follow at Rosewood Cemetery.  

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Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Lewisburg.

Myrtle M. Helems

ANSTED — Myrtle M. Helems, 100, passed away Sunday, June 23, 2013.

Services will be at 2 p.m., Thursday, June 27, 2013, at Wallace & Wallace Chapel in Rainelle, with Rev. Tim McClung officiating. Visitation will begin one hour prior to the service (1 to 2 p.m.). Burial will be at Mtn. Baptist Church Cemetery at Carl.

Arrangements entrusted to Wallace & Wallace of Rainelle.

Idleane Mitchem

Idleane Maggie Mitchem of Crab Orchard (formerly of Hinton, W.Va.), passed away Sunday, June 23, 2013, at Bowers Hospice House in Beckley, following a short illness. She was very proud to have reached the age of 90 years young.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 69 years, Roy Dennis Mitchem Sr.; a sister, Mary Virginia “June” Presnell, and two brothers, Phillip “Phil” Frank and George William “Billy” Roop.

Roy and Idleane were married on April 6, 1941. Three children were born into this marriage: Roy Dennis Mitchem Jr. and his wife, Jenny of Hinton, Christine Marie “Chris” Sarver and her husband, Noah Lee of Crab Orchard and Joseph Ray “Joe” Mitchem Sr. and his wife Sue of New Windsor, Md. She was richly blessed by 11 grandchildren to whom she was a loving Grandmother: Matthew Wright, Vicki Mitchem, Jackie Richmond, Deborah Wilson, Andrew Wright, Robyn Robertson, Dennis Mitchem, Joey Mitchem, Katie Mitchem, Gary Sarver and Judy Richards. She had 13 great grandchildren. Idleane is also survived by brother-in-law, Troy Mitchem and his wife Jean, sisters-in-law, Mildred Ann Malcolm and Sue Warden as well as several nieces and nephews, whom affectionately called her “Aunt Idleane.”

Idleane and Roy enjoyed traveling. They often took long trips to visit family and friends. She enjoyed her needlework and was actively working on several projects. She enjoyed having a house full of people to laugh and visit with while providing everyone with food that warmed the soul.

Idleane was a pillar of strength for her family. She not only raised her own children but also her younger siblings. Many would call her house home over the years, as their door was always open to those who needed it. Independent, stubborn, feisty, strong, creative, generous, caring, honest, faithful, mother, grandmother, friend and most of all LOVED… these are all words that describe Idleane. All who knew her loved her and she will be missed by all.

Idleane was a member of the Freedom Baptist Church at Powley’s Creek.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, June 27, at 3 p.m. at the Melton Mortuary Chapel with Pastor Pete Cook officiating. Burial will follow in the Mt. Tabor Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 1 p.m. until the service time.

Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

The Mitchem family would like to thank the staff of Raleigh General Hospital and the Bower’s Hospice House for Idleane’s wonderful care and the compassionate words to the family during this difficult time.

Condolences may be sent to the family’s guestbook at

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary and Cremation Center, Beckley.

Alice Constance Jackson

SUMMERSVILLE — Alice Constance Jackson, 84, of Summersville, died Monday June 24, 2013.

Funeral services will be conducted 2 p.m. on Friday, June 28, 2013, in the Waters Funeral Chapel at Summersville, with Pastor’s Glen White and Drew Bledsoe officiating.  Entombment will follow in the High Lawn Memorial Park Mausoleum at Oak Hill.

Friends may call at the funeral chapel from noon until service time on Friday.


Robert Eugene Kincaid

SUMMERSVILLE — Robert Eugene Kincaid, 75, of Summersville, died Monday, June 24, 2013.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, June 27, 2013, in the Zoar Baptist Church at Keslers Cross Lanes with Pastor William Johnson. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Friends may call one hour prior to the service on Thursday at the church.

Condolences may be sent to the family at

Arrangements by White Funeral Home, Summersville.

Rev. James Thomas Mundy Jr.

MOUNT HOPE — Rev. James Thomas Mundy Jr., 77, of Mount Hope, died on Tuesday, June 25, 2013 in Lynchburg, Va.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements are incomplete, by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Christine Holly Rhodes

BECKWITH — Christine Mae Holly Rhodes, 87, of Beckwith, passed away Monday, June 24, 2013 at home.

Born on May 8, 1926, at Ansted, she was the daughter of the late Isaac and Lillie Sowers Holly.

Christine was a member of Cotton Hill Missionary Baptist Church at Beckwith.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Shirley I. Rhodes, and four sons, David Rhodes, Jimmie Rhodes, Daryl Rhodes, and Roger Dale Rhodes.

Left to cherish her memory include her sons, Stephen Michael (companion, Barbara Ramsey) Rhodes, Rodney J. Rhodes, and Mark (June) Rhodes; daughters, Mildred (Roger) Dye, Beverly K. (Russell “Bo”) Legg, and Rebecca A. Rhodes; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and a host of other family and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Thursday, May 27, 2013, at Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, Fayetteville, with Rev. Maynard Kessler officiating. Burial will follow in the Rhodes Cemetery at Beckwith.

The family will receive friends from noon until time of funeral at 2 p.m. at the funeral home.

For those wishing to express condolences to the Rhodes family, you may do so by visiting our website at

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

Linda Miller Stewart

OAK HILL — Our loving and devoted daughter, wife, mother and grandmother, Linda  Miller Stewart, 65, of Oak Hill, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, June 23, 2013, at Plateau Medical Center in Oak Hill.

Born September 1, 1947, at Martinsburg, W.Va., she was the daughter of Elaine McDaniel Miller of Hedgesville, W.Va. and the late Alvin F. Miller.

Mrs. Stewart was a member of the LifeBridge Assembly of God, Oak Hill where she served as church secretary and had a great passion for the mission work. 

Linda worked for the Fayette County Public Libray from which she retired in 2010. 

An avid traveler, she never missed a state park. She loved gardening and was a member of the Garden Club in Oak Hill. 

Loved by many — she was cherished by all who knew her.

A brother, George A. Miller preceded her in death.

Survivors include her husband, Charles Wayne Stewart; three sons, Chuck Stewart and wife, Jennifer, David Stewart and wife, Erica and Jonathan Stewart; one brother, Gary W. Miller; brothers-in-law, Wilbur Stewart and Tom Stewart; mothers-in-law, Mary Stewart and Martha Stewart and her grandchildren, Seth, Kaden, MyKayla, Caitlyn, Maraeya and Lane.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. on Thursday, June 27, 2013, at the LifeBridge Assembly of God in Oak Hill, with Pastor Joe Hoggard and Rev. Shirlie Watson officiating. Burial will be at Gethsemane Memorial Gardens, Oak Hill.

Visitation will be held at LifeBridge Assembly of God. Oak Hill on Wednesday, June 26, 2013, from 6 to 8 p.m. and one hour prior to the service on Thursday at the church.

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Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Clarence W. ‘Cag’ Toler

KOPPERSTON — Clarence W. “Cag” Toler, 77, of Kopperston, entered into eternal peace with his Lord and Savior and received his Heavenly reward on June 22, 2013.

Born October 9, 1935, in Lorado, W.Va., he was the son of the late Lonnie and Pearl Toler.

Cag graduated from Oceana High School and attended Pineville Trade School and completed his electrician degree through West Virginia University. He served as a Corporal in the United States Marine Corps. He worked for Eastern Peabody Coal for 35 years. He married Lula Belle Graham and they were married for 55 years.

Cag loved his church choir and cherished each member of the congregation at Delilah Methodist Church. He was a member for 51 years.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by four brothers, Lonnie Toler Jr., Harold Gene Toler, Emery Toler and Donald Toler and one sister, Daphine Dean.

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife, Lula Belle Toler; his three daughters, Diana Massey and husband, Harold of Oceana, Tammy Wilson and husband, DA of Elizabeth and Kimberly Adkins and husband, Mark of Huntington; seven grandchildren, Bridget Hatfield and husband, Ricky Hatfield, Charity Massey, Tabatha Massey, Johnathan Massey, Lauren Shumate and husband, Jeremy, Alex Wilson and Alexis Adkins; three great-grandchildren, Hallie Hatfield, Whittney Hatfield and Kelsey Hatfield; two brothers, Carnell Toler and wife, Beth of Daniels and Raynell Toler and wife, Rita of Oak Hill; and one sister, Helena Brown of Clear Fork.

A Special thanks to Cleveland Clinic physicians and nurses, who provided love and care beyond the call of duty. Also to Family Healthcare physicians, Jeff Prichard and Jennifer Stewart for providing our family loving care in a time of need.

A celebration of Cag’s life will be 1 p.m., Thursday, June 27, 2013, at Evans Funeral Home Memorial Chapel with the Rev. David White officiating. Military rites will be conducted by the Wyoming County Honor Guard. Interment will follow at Palm Memorial Gardens, Matheny. The family will receive friends 6 to 8 pm, Wednesday, June 26, at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be Darrell Bostic, Randy Cook, Jimmy Easter, Dean Rollins, Eddie Samples, Chris Toler, Jack Whitten and Gary Wood. Honorary pallbearers will be David Mayberry and Charlie Meadows.

Online condolences may be left and additional information may be found at

Evans Funeral Home of Oceana is serving the Toler family.

James Lee Varner

WRISTON — James Lee Varner, 62, of Wriston, formerly of Westland, Mich., died on Tuesday, June 25, 2013 at the home of his mother.

Arrangements are incomplete.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.