The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

October 10, 2012

Obituaries — Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012

Charlotte Jean Amos

SUMMERSVILLE — Charlotte Jean Amos, 62, of Summersville, died Friday, October 5, 2012.

In keeping with her wishes the body will be cremated.

White Funeral Home of Summersville, is in charge of the arrangements.

Golden E. Argabright

BARBERTON, Ohio — Golden E. Argabright, 100, of Barberton, died on Saturday, October 6, 2012.

Born at Hilltop, W.Va., he was the son of the late Daniel V. and Eliza Jane Cregar Argabright.

Mr. Argabright had been a resident of Barberton for 51 years. Employed by the New River Coal Company for 21 years, he became part owner of Olson Sheet Metal in 1962, retiring in 1972.

He was a member of the Norton Baptist Church, an avid fisherman and hunter, especially deer hunting, and he enjoyed watching all sports on TV.

Golden took up golfing at age 91 and had his first "hole-in-one" at Copley Greens at age 100.

His wife of 66 years, Catherine E. Syner Argabright and a son, Robert Earl Argabright preceded him in death.

Survivors include son, John Argabright and wife, Marsha of Norton, Ohio, daughters, Jean VanHook of Ft. Myers, Fla., Eureka Orr and husband, Ronald of Simpsonville, S.C. and Janice Wilkinson and husband, Jerry of Simpsonville, S.C.; 17 grandchildren; 36 great grandchildren and 48 great-great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be on Thursday, October 11, 2012 at 1 p.m. at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill with Rev. George Holliday officiating. Burial will be at Hilltop Cemetery.

Friends may call from 11 a.m. until service time on Thursday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Mission USA, Fred Muffet, 544 Taft Ave., Barberton, OH 44203, please include "Haiti" on your check.

Online condolences may be sent at www.tyreefuneral

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Etta Bennett

Etta Bennett, 80, of Beckley, passed away Tuesday, October 9, 2012 at Select Specialty Hospital in Charleston, W.Va.

Arrangements are pending completion at Rose and Quesenberry, 1901 S. Kanawha Street, Beckley.

Jerry Boshell

BELLEVIEW, Fla. — Jerry Boshell, 85, of Belleview, formerly of Kopperston, died Saturday, October 6, 2012.

A graveside service will be conducted at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, October 21, 2012 at Sunset Memorial Park Cemetery in Beckley, by Pastor Jim Richards.

Rollins Funeral Home in Kenova is assisting the family.

Opal A. Bumgarner

Opal A. Bumgarner, 92, formerly of Richwood, passed away Sunday, October 7, 2012.

Service will be 1 p.m. Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at Simons-Coleman Funeral Home, Richwood, with Pastor Ben Stone officiating. Burial will follow in Mountain View Memorial Park, Richwood.

Friends may call noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, October 10, 2012, at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be shared at www.smith

Arrangements by Simons-Coleman Funeral Home, Richwood.E PIC

Gordon Stuart Donalson

Gordon Stuart Donalson, age 90, died peacefully at his sons’s home on Oct.7, 2012. He was surrounded by the ones whom loved him so much. He was a 59 year member of First United Methodist Church.

Gordon was preceded in death by his loving wife of 65 years, Eloise (six months to the day), and a daughter, Mary Lynn Donalson (1983).

Gordon was born July 24, 1922, in Walton Grove, W.Va., the son of the late Berman Talmadge “BT” Donalson and Ala Dilworth Donalson.

He is survived by a son, Gary Stuart Donalson and daughter-in-law, Lisa, two grandsons he loved so much, Andre Stuart and Alex Suart. He adored his two cats, Miss Kitty and Shadow, and his sheepdog, Baby Bear who has stayed by his side.

He was also prececed in death by his three brothers, Ronald Donalson of Columbus, Ohio, Glenn Donalson of Ocala, Fla. and Earl Donalson of California.

Survivors  also include many nephews and nieces he loved so dearly. The Donalson family and Tsatsos family, he adored all of your friendship and loved you all so much.

Gordon left Woodrow Wilson High School in Beckley, W.Va., in the 11th grade to join the Navy as part of the Great War. For six years, he was onboard several minesweepers and destroyers as a signal-man. These ships were involved in several major Allied invasions through North Africa and the Mediterranean. He returned from war and moved back to Beckley and completed his GED certificate.

He married his childhood sweetheart, Eloise, and soon moved to Bowling Green, Ky., where he went to Bowling Green Business University, pursuing an accounting degree. Upon graduation, they moved to Kingsport, Tenn., for a year before settling in Ashland. He took a job with Ashland Oil in 1953 and retired in 1985.

Gordon was a multi-task band parent, whether at Tomcat games or pulling the U-Haul trailer or driving the truck to gigs Gary played. Over a 30-year span, he and Eloise loved to follow Gary’s bands around the country to where they were playing.

Gordon was active at First United Methodist Church in Ashland, the church he loved so much. For several years, he ran the audio-visual department and since his retirement had helped with the church bulletin. He looked so forward to going weekly and seeing all his friends at the church office and staff. He also loved genealogy and has traced his family history back over 300 years. He was proud to say his four-time grandfather, John Hart, was one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence.

So many thanks go to the great folks at Hospice, his Hospice nurse, Carolee Tabor, his caregiver who was so good with him, Linda Newsome, Dr. Tim Hart and his Nottingham neighbors, Michelle and Brian Griffith. I thank all of the many “condolences” we have received on social media, many from my former band colleagues and close friends. I didn’t realize how many lives he had touched with his love and kindness. As one former band mate said, “I am so sorry for the loss of the creator of so many great adventures, none of which would have been accomplished without him. I am happy for his release into the pleasure of bliss. Your folks shared their joy knowing the love of their family and are at peace in the love and legacy they left here on Earth.”

So as I finish writing this eulogy and obituary for my father, I am sad and heartbroken, yet so proud to have had the “life experience” he and my mom allowed me. My sister and I were adopted as infants and “Mom and Dad” took us under their wing and provided the needed love and encouragement. The older I have gotten, I realized how very lucky I was. I have told him countless times over the past few years these exact words that he was truly my hero, and my friend and I was so honored to be his son. But ... most of all, I would tell him, God couldn’t have blessed me with a better dad. I am so glad I let him know that.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012, at Steen Funeral Home-Central Avenue Chapel in Ashland with the Rev. John Street officiating. Burial will be in Rose Hill Burial Park in Ashland, with military services provided by American Legion Post 93 of Kenova.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Donations may be sent to First United Methodist Church, 1811 Carter Ave., Ashland, KY 41101 or Community Hospice, 1480 Carter Ave., Ashland, KY 41101 in his memory.

Condolences may be sent to

James Houston Harris

At home and surrounded by family, James Houston Harris, 88, of Glen Morgan (formerly of White Sulphur Springs and Pipestem) was called to Heaven at daybreak on Sunday morning, October 7, 2012. He was excited to be reunited with his wife of 64 years, the late Nellie Gray Hensley Harris.

He was born on August 27, 1924, as the eldest child of the late Henry Houston Harris and the late Ethel Marie White Harris of White Sulphur Springs.

James was known for his hard work, his dedication to meeting the needs of his family, his love of children, his generosity to all those in need and his vast knowledge gained from extensive reading and life experiences. He served as patriarch and anchor to his children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews, and many other special friends.  He will be greatly missed by all.   

As a teenager, James remembered returning from a morning of milking the cows to find his parents huddled around the kitchen radio hearing the news of the bombing of Pearl Harbor. He and all his friends were swept into America’s response and the onslaught of World War II. He proudly served in the U.S. Army and was in active combat in Germany. After the war, he followed in the footsteps of his father and began his career in golf course maintenance at the Greenbrier Hotel in White Sulphur Springs. He moved to Summers County in 1966 when land was purchased for the creation of Pipestem State Park. He oversaw the design of the golf courses and served there as golf course superintendent until his retirement in 1988. He and his wife moved to “the mountain” in Glen Morgan in 1999 to be near children and grandchildren and to help establish a new family farm. He enjoyed a life time of hunting with “the guys,” gardening, and tending to livestock. Their homes were always the center of activity for celebrations and get-togethers and the door was always open to welcome others and make them part of the family.  

In addition to his beloved parents and wife, James was preceded in death by his son, Wyatt Henry Harris; his grandson, Billy William Tate Jr.; his granddaughter-in-law, Wanda Tate; his great grandson, Matthew Tate; and two sisters, Francis Feury and Thelma Harris.  

Left to cherish his memory and await reunion are his daughters, Barbara Harris and special friend, Pat Ryan, of Fayetteville; Ida Tate of Brosville, Va.; Linda Godbey of Abney; Cora Burch and husband, Walt, of Glen Morgan; daughter-in-law Elaine Harris of Coal City; sons-in-law, Bob Godbey of Bluefield and Billy Tate of Danville, Va.; grandchildren Billy Houston Tate, Jim (Marsha) Tate, David (Peggy) Tate, Nellie (Cotton) Heffinger, Rachel (Gerald) Boykin, all of Danville, Va.; Mike (Devin) Godbey of Ghent; Rob (Sheila) Godbey of Beaver; Israel (Summer) Harris of Kannapolis, N.C.; and Rebekah (Jim) Mills of Coal City; great grandchildren - Charlene, Mark, Daniel, Josh, Kristy, Casey, Megan, Hunter, Danielle, Sheylane, Krysten, Dennis, Jacob, Anthony, Brittany, Christina, John, Mary, Cheyenne, Ethan, Ben, Mikey, Cassie, Bradley, and Ashley; great great grandson Silas; two sisters, Louise Emory of Seymour, Tenn., and Betty Alderman and her husband Gordon of Quinwood, W.Va.; one brother, Charles Harris and his wife Peggy of Danville, Va.; and numerous nieces and nephews.     

A Celebration of Life will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, October 12, with son-in-law Walter Burch officiating. Family will receive friends from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, October 11, and for one hour before the service on Friday at the Rose and Quesenberry Peace Chapel at 1901 South Kanawha Street. James will be laid to rest in the family cemetery beside his wife.

Online condolences may be sent to our guest book at www.roseandquesenberry. net

Arrangements are by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, Beckley.        

Kadience Renee  Harvey

Kadience Renee Harvey, age 5, of Harper Heights, passed away on Tuesday, October 9, 2012.

Arrangements are pending completion at the Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, 1901 South Kanawha Street, Beckley.E PIC

Charles E. ‘Pete’ Haught

BRENTON — Charles E. "Pete" Haught, 86, left this world to rest peacefully in Heaven Monday, October 8, 2012, following a short illness.

Born December 5, 1925 in Wana, W.Va., he was the son of the late Macy Pearl and Leo Donely Haught.

Pete a lively, innovative, loyal and joyful man, happily served his country in the U.S. Navy and was a purple heart recipient. Pete's faith drove him to be the honorable man he was and he loved the Lord and served as a deacon at Baileysville Baptist Church. He was blessed with true love twice in his life; his wife of 52 years and the mother of his five sons, the late Berta Haught and his wife left on this earth to carry his memory and ensure his legecy lives on, his wife of eight years, Juanita Haught.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his first wife, Berta Haught; a brother, and a sister.

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife of eight years, Juanita Haught of Brenton; five sons, Eddie Haught and wife, Linda of Murfreesburo, TN, Richard Haught and wife, Beth of Appomotax, VA, Tony Haught and wife, Ruby of Cyclone, Jeff Haught and wife, Darlene, of Morganton, NC, and Steve Haught of Palm Springs, CA; two step-children, Robin Kunkel and husband, John of Seattle, Washington and Robert Beanblossom and wife, Judy of Charleston; twelve grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; several nieces and nephews and a host of family and friends.

A celebration of Mr. Haught will be 1 p.m. Wednesday, October 10, 2012, at Adam Toler Memorial Funeral Home with Rev. Arnold Harless officiating. Entombment will follow in Palm Memorial Gardens, Mausoleum, Matheny, with full military honors by Wyoming County Honor Guards.

Casketbearers will be family and friends.

The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. until time of service Wednesday at the funeral home.

The family would like to thank the 5th floor nursing staff of Raleigh General Hospital for their kindness and their care.

Guestbook and video tribute www.adamtolermemorial

Services entrusted to Adam Toler Memorial Funeral Home, Oceana.

Evelyn Lilly

Evelyn Lilly, age 57, of Jonben, passed away on Sunday, October 7, 2012.

A celebration of Evelyn’s life will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, October 13, 2012 at the Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Chapel in Beckley. Interment will follow at the Lilly Family Cemetery at Jonben.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 9 p.m.  on Friday, October 12, 2012 at the funeral home in Beckley.

Online condolences and other information available via

Arrangements with Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, 1901 South Kanawha Street in Beckley.

Ramona Jean Akers Massey

Ramona Jean Akers Massey, 83, of Daniels, formerly of Colcord, passed away on Sunday, October 7, 2012 at UVA Hospital in Charlottesville, following a short illness.

Born on June 21, 1929 at Dunns, W.Va., on Mountain Creek in Summers County, she was the daughter of the late Wade Virgil and Lou Conner Akers. She was one of 10 children.

She graduated from Hinton High School in 1947 and received a teaching certificate from Concord College. She later earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in education from Morris Harvey College in Charleston, WV 1973. She began her teaching career in Ameagle, and retired from Raleigh County Schools after 29 years of teaching.

She was a former member of the Colcord Presbyterian Church, but later relocated in Daniels, where she became an active member of Trinity Presbyterian Church.

Her hobbies included gardening, painting with watercolors and acrylic, reading and playing string music and singing. She enjoyed spending time with her friends at the Commission on Aging and SAMs.

Ramona was a loving mother and grandmother, devoted to her family, her community through volunteer work, and her church.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur L. Massey, three brothers, Samuel, James and Elmo Akers, and three sisters, Denette Dillon, Shirley Lilly and Ruth Okes.  

Ramona will be lovingly remembered by  her daughters, Regina Proffit and husband, Bob, of Sugar Land, TX, Rebecca Veneri and husband, Anthony, of Princeton, her son, Brett Massey and wife, Kathy of Brandy Station, VA, seven grandchildren, Stacy and Troy Proffit, Anthony and Bryce Veneri, and Conner, Heather, and Seth Massey. She is also survived by her three sisters, Garnet Richmond, Clara Cox, and Colleen Ellison, and a host of nieces and nephews.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, October 11, 2012 at the Rose & Quesenberry Funeral Chapel in Shady Spring.    

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, October 12, 2012, at the funeral home, with Reverend Jeff Barton officiating. Interment will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Beckley.

Ramona’s grandchildren will honor her by serving as pallbearers.

Online condolences may be sent to www.roseand

The Massey family is being served by Rose & Quesenberry, Shady Spring.

Mearl P. Parsons

RICHWOOD — Mearl Pearl Parsons, 78, of Richwood, Nicholas County, died Monday, October 8, 2012.

In keeping with her wishes the body will be cremated.

White Funeral Home at Summersville, is in charge of the arrangements.

Edna Mae Tredway

KINCAID — Edna Mae Tredway, 88, of Kincaid, passed away at her home peacefully in her sleep on Monday, October 8, 2012.

Born July 3, 1924 at Dunmore W.Va., the daughter of the late Albert F. Perry and Maggie S. McCutchon Perry.

She was a member of the Oak Hill Baptist Church and a member of the Oak Hill Baptist Church Ladies Bible Class. Edna Mae was a retired self-employed insurance agent from the former Tredway Insurance Agency.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Eugene L. Tredway, son Paul S. Workman, grandson Gene Hively, three sisters Anna Pearl Starcher, Nellie Wyatt, and Mary Perry; and two brothers William “Bill“ Perry and Noville Perry.

Edna Mae was the last surviving member of her family.

Those left to cherish her memory include her son Eugene Neil Tredway and his companion Tami Bennett of Kincaid; daughter Sharon Hively and her husband Julian of Weirton W.Va.; and several nieces and nephews.

Her remains rest at High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, 1435 E. Main Street, Oak Hill, where the funeral will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, with Pastor Brian Knight officiating and where the family will receive friends from noon until time of service. Burial will follow in High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill.

Condolences may be sent to www.highlawnfuneral

Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.