The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

November 15, 2013

Obituaries — Friday, Nov. 15, 2013

Doris Jean Akers

PRINCETON — Doris Jean Akers, 80, of Princeton, formerly of Athens, died Thursday, November 14, 2013, at Princeton Health Care Center.

Born September 28, 1933, in Besoco, she was the daughter of the late Everett A. Bolen and Lillie Walker Cole Bolen.

Mrs. Akers was a graduate of Stoco High School at Coal City in Raleigh County. She was a former employee of Maidenform in Princeton. She was a homemaker and of the Baptist faith. She loved to garden, travel and go camping. 

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 45 years, Frank B. Akers, in 2002; one infant brother, Joseph Cole Jr.; and one sister, Patricia Bailey.

Survivors include two daughters, Rhonda Akers Nash and husband Tim of Salem, Va., and Radene Akers Hinkle and husband Rodger of Princeton; grandchildren, Cheryl Myers, Lisa Nash, Michael Nash and Kristen Nash all of Salem, Va., Nicholas Akers Hinkle and Rebecca Akers Hinkle, both of Princeton; one great-grandson, Peyton Myers of Salem, Va.; one sister, Jacqueline Michael and husband Wilbur of Ravenna, Ohio; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, November 16, 2013, at the Rowland H. Bailey Funeral Chapel of the Bailey-Kirk Funeral Home in Princeton, with the Rev. Lacy Brooks officiating. Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Gardens in Princeton. Serving as pallbearers will be Tim Nash, Michael Nash, Rodger Hinkle, Nicholas Hinkle, Andy Croy and Tom Cook.

Friends may visit from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, November 15, at the Bailey-Kirk Funeral Home in Princeton.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Jack C. Chrislip

LOGAN — Jack C. Chrislip, 59, of Logan, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013.

Honaker Funeral Home of Logan is in charge of arrangements.

Brendan Edgar Xavier Evans

COLUMBIA, Md. — Mr. Brendan Edgar Xavier Evans, 25, of Columbia, died Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013.

Funeral services will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, at J.B. Jenkins Funeral Home, 7474 Landover Road, Hyattsville, MD 20785, 301-322-2300. Interment will be private. Friends may call one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

Submitted by Ritchie and Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.

Bessie Elizabeth Fox

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — Bessie Elizabeth Fox, 99, formerly of Summersville, passed away Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013.

Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, Fayetteville, will be assisting the family.

Samuel Jason Graham

On Tuesday, November 12, 2013, our youngest son Sammy went with Jesus to Heaven to join his older brother, Larry, who died September 11, 2011. Sammy was born December 14, 1975.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Larry; grandparents, Sam Colagrosso and Lawrence and Frances Graham Sr.

He is survived by one son, Dylan T. Graham of Pennsylvania; his parents, Lawrence Jr. and Mary Jo Colagrosso Graham; his maternal grandmother, Marilyn Colagrosso; his aunt, Bonnie L. Colagrosso; uncle, JW Clemons and wife Nikki; cousins, Erica Gourley and husband Chris and daughter, Mirabella, Ashley McRae and husband Blake and daughter, Dahilia, Elizabeth and Lucas Hunter Clemons; nephew, Matthew Lawrence Graham, and his brother, Tyler Hughs of Gassaway, W.Va.

Sammy went to Woodrow Wilson High School and was a graduate from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, Pa. He also graduated from a Truck Driving School where he drove cross country and up and down the east coast. Sammy was an accomplished tattoo artist.

Relatives and friends are invited to a celebration of Sam’s life from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m.  Saturday, November 16, 2013, at the First Church of the Nazarene, Johnstown Road, Beckley.

Information can be found by visiting

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

Jack D. Honaker

DELAND, Fla. — Jack D. Honaker, 85, of DeLand, Fla., formerly of Beckley, went home on Monday, Nov. 11, 2013.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 50 years, Nellie; his parents, Bertie and Albert Honaker; 11 brothers; four sisters; and one granddaughter.

Survivors include his three daughters, Vivian Stover, Debra Garrett and Cheryl McMillion; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

Memorial service will be 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013 at Trinity United Methodist Church in DeLand, Fla. Interment will follow in the spring at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, Fla.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Haven Hospice, 211 B. North Alabama Ave., DeLand, Fla. 32724.

Service is under the direction of Lankford Funeral Home, 220 East New York Ave., DeLand, Fla.

Edgar Stuart Kitchen

SUMMERSVILLE — Edgar Stuart Kitchen, 94, of Summersville, passed away Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17, in the White Funeral Home at Summersville with Pastor David Lancaster officiating. Entombment will follow in the West Virginia Memorial Gardens Mausoleum at Calvin. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Condolences may be sent to the family at

Lawrence Ashby Parker

Lawrence Asbury Parker, 87, of Barger Springs, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013.

Arrangements are pending with Blue Ridge Funeral Home, 5251 Robert C. Byrd Drive, Beckley.

Jennifer Michelle Wynes-Rowe

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — Beloved Jennifer Michelle Wynes-Rowe, 30, of Newport News, Va., went home to be with the Lord Monday morning, November 11, 2013. 

Jennifer was born in Washington, DC, on December 17, 1982. The family moved back to Summers County soon after where she attended Talcott Elementary School, Summers County Middle School and graduated from Summers County High School.

Jennifer was a U.S. Navy Veteran and a member of the Order of the Eastern Star (Golden Rule Chapter Seven Twelve of Hampton, Va.). She also operated Jenn’s Home Day Care and studied Criminal Justice at Strayer University.

Left to cherish her precious memories are her loving husband Arnist Samuel Rowe, son Montavious Tavaris Rowe and daughter Arnaejah Lehan Rowe of Newport News, Va., her parents William and Pamela Wynes and brother William Lee Wynes III of Lowell, W.Va., mother-in-law Wanda Collins, Fla., sister-in-law Thomacia Rowe and brother-in-law Daren Collins of Lakeland, Fla., and a host of uncles, aunts, cousins and friends.

A homegoing celebration will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, November 16, 2013, at Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors Chapel in Hinton, with Reverend Gerry Bradford officiating. Burial will follow in the Talcott Cemetery.

Friends may call at the funeral parlor from 1 to 2 p.m. on Saturday.

Following the service, food will be served to family and friends at the Second Baptist Church of Talcott.

Jane Ann Samuels Simms

OAK HILL — Jane Ann Samuels Simms, 58, of Oak Hill, died Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Gary ‘Spud’ Snuffer

Gary “Spud” W. Snuffer of Maple Meadow died Tuesday, Nov. 12th, 2013, at his home. He was 59 years of age.

Mr. Snuffer was a 1971 Honors graduate of Trap Hill High School, where he served as president of the Future Farmers of America. He was a certified lumber grader and worked at the Hobart B. Akers Sawmill until his retirement last year. Gary was also a member of the Teamsters AFL/CIO Union of America.

Gary was preceded in death by his parents, Alfred E. and Ada E. Snuffer of Glen Daniel.

Those left to cherish his memory are his brothers, Larry P. (Connie L.) Snuffer of Shady Spring and Thomas C. (Patricia D.) Snuffer of Marsh Bottom, and his sister, Nancy E. (Michael) Martin of Mount Hope; niece, Michelle M. (Kenneth ) Lecointe of Austin, Texas,  and his beloved cousins, Willard (Jean) Walker of Fairdale and George Thompson of Ripley. He will be sorely missed by his lifelong friend and hunting partner, Randy Furey of Fairdale.

Mr. Snuffer was a hard-working man. He was a shepherd (goats), an avid outdoorsman, a master gardener, an herbalist, he loved to read Western novels, The Mother Earth News, and the Farmers’ Almanac. He also enjoyed listening to Celtic music and National Public Radio.

His body has been cremated, per his wishes. A memorial service be held on Saturday, November 16th, 2013, at 1 p.m. at the Melton Mortuary Chapel officiated by Willard Walker. Friends call one hour prior to the service.

Honorary pallbearers are Randy Furey, Gary Gray, Willard Walker, Tommy Bunch, Jimmy Daniel, Richard Browning, Sam Painter and Alan Akers.

In lieu of flowers, donations of sympathy may be made to the Trap Hill High School Scholarship Fund, PO Box 209, Harper, WV 25851.

Condolences may be sent to the family’s guestbook at

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary and Cremation Center, Beckley.

John ‘Pitts’ Steffey

John “Pitts” Steffey passed away on Saturday, November 9th, 2013, in Beckley, after a long illness.

He was born in Pike County, Ky., on December 5th, 1927. He was a resident of Oceana for 62 years. He brought his new bride, Wanda Coleman Steffey, to Oceana shortly after they married in 1951. She passed away on July 22 of this year.

Pitts was also preceded in death by siblings Naomi Steffey, May Fern Warks, Charlie Steffey, Claude Steffey, Leon Steffey, Martha Ellen Elkins, Bonnie Adkins, James Steffey and Loretta Harvel; a beloved grandson, Will Cook; and a cherished daughter-in-law Frankie Steffey.

Left to cherish his memory are his sisters Eula Meeks of Sessor, Ill., Magdalene Scalf of Oceana, Helen Smith of Tram, Kay Stumbo of Knoxville, Tenn., and Hannah Whisenant of Oceana; his son, Larry Wayne Steffy of Gray, Tenn., and daughter, Connie Cook of Queensland, Australia; and grandchildren Beth Steffey, Sara Greene, and Haley Bunn. Pitts was also blessed with two great-grandchildren, Olivia and Lucas Greene.

Pitts was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and worked in the coal mines in several positions, including Mine Foreman, for Pocahontas Coal and Eastern Associated Coal Companies. Pitts was committed to public service, giving over 30 years of service to the Town of Oceana. He served as Town Councilman for several years and also served several terms as Mayor. Pitts took pleasure in fishing and hunting. He loved sports and was an avid fan of the Westside Renegades, the Oceana Indians, and the Mountaineers, even watching this season’s games from the nursing home. He also enjoyed golf and participated in many tournaments, either as a participant or assisting staff. He was even fortunate enough to achieve a “Hole In One,” on one occasion. He had many friends in Oceana, as well as in Davenport, Fla., where he and Wanda spent their winters in latter years. Pitts will be missed by all.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Sunday, November 17, 2013, in the Chapel of Stafford Family Funeral Home, Lynco. He will be laid to rest with his wife in Palm Memorial Gardens Mausoleum, Matheny. Friends may gather with the family from 11 a.m. on Sunday until time of service at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be family and friends.

E-mail letters of sympathy may be sent at

The family is being served by the Stafford Family Funeral Home, Lynco.

Van A. Trail

HINTON — Van A. Trail, 88, of Hinton, died Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013.

Arrangements are pending completion at Pivont Funeral Home, Hinton.

Mildred Twilla Walker

Mildred Twilla Walker passed away Monday, Nov. 11, 2013.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, at Nicely Funeral Home, Clifton Forge, Va. Friends may gather with the family from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday at Nicely Funeral Home, Clifton Forge.

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