The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

September 21, 2012

Obituaries - Friday, September 21, 2012

Charles B. Anderson

SMITHVILLE, Ohio — Charles B. Anderson, age 71, of Smithville, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, September 19, 2012, at his residence, following a short illness.

He was born on May 13, 1941, in Prince, W.Va., the son of James and Helen (McKay) Anderson. He was united in marriage to Brenda S. Forren on July 12, 1969, in Beckley. She survives.

He had been a resident of Wayne County for 43 years and was previously employed at the former Orrville Products Co. and Wellman Friction Products in Medina, Ohio. He retired in 2009.

Charles enjoyed fishing, playing cards and his computer. He was an avid follower of the Cincinnati Reds and Bengals, and the West Virginia University Mountaineers. He especially enjoyed watching his grandchildren in sporting activities. Charles was a fixture at the gate collecting tickets for the football games at Smithville.

In addition to his wife, Brenda, he is survived by one son, Charles D. (Kelly) Anderson of Smithville; daughters, Belinda Dale (Mike) Tackett of Marshallville, Ohio, and Rhonda (Kephes) Larkin-Copper of Church Hill, Md.; eight grandchildren, Courtney Anderson (fiancé Brad Knight), Ian and A.J. Anderson, Chase and Alicia Tackett, Jaime Larkin, Edward and Kate Collins; great-grandchildren, Zacary Larkin and Khloe Anderson-Knight; brothers, Jim Bob (Nancy) Anderson of Hartley, Del., Jack (Carol) Anderson of Clifton Forge, Va., David (Ruth) Anderson of Chuluota, Fla., Alexander Anderson of Prince, W.Va., and Howard Anderson of Beckley, WV; sisters, Agnes (Steve) Hicks and Geritzi (Rick) Carlton, both of Clifton Forge, VA, and Brenda (Elmer) Wooleyhand of Smyrna, DE; mother-in-law, Eleanor Forren of Beckley; brothers and sisters-in-law, Pete Forren, Glenda Donitzen, Bobby Joe (Virginia) Forren, all of Beckley, Jerry (Theresa) Forren of Cross Lanes, W.Va., Linda (Jerry) Huffman of Wilkesboro, N.C., Gail (Rahn) Pittman of Elkhart, Ind., and Harold Forren of Smithville; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, father-in-law, Bill Forren, and a sister, Jeannie Bell Grubb.

Services will be held at Ambassador Baptist Church, 620 Trease Road, Wadsworth, Ohio, on Monday, Sept. 24, 2012, at 11 a.m. with Pastor Michael Decker officiating. Burial will take place at Sherwood Memorial Gardens in Wooster, Ohio.

Friends may call at Auble Funeral Home in Orrville, Ohio, on Sunday, from 3 to 6 p.m.

Online registry and expressions of condolence may be left at the funeral home website at

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice & Palliative Care of Greater Wayne County, 2525 Back Orrville Road, Wooster, OH 44691, or the American Cancer Society, 525 N. Broad St., Canfield, OH 44406.

Arrangements by Auble Funeral Home, 512 East Oak St., Orrville.

Helen Ruth Nester Arthur

YORKTOWN, Va. — Helen Ruth Nester Arthur, 72, of Yorktown, formerly of Glace, passed away Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012.

Graveside services will be 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 24, at the Carmel Cemetery, Gap Mills, with the Rev. Gene Fullen officiating. Family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the Broyles-McGuire Funeral Home, in Union.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be sent to the Alzheimer’s Foundation at

Broyles-McGuire Funeral Home in Union is in charge of arrangements.

Donnie L. Austin

FAYETTEVILLE — Donnie Lynn Austin, 59, of Fayetteville, passed away Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21, at the Fayetteville United Methodist Church with the Rev. Clare Sulgit-Horn officiating. Following the service he will be cremated. The family will receive friends from noon to 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21, at the church.

Memorials may be made in Mr. Austin’s memory to Fayetteville Food Pantry, PO Box 87, Fayetteville, WV 25840, or Fayetteville Community Choir, c/o Linda Myers, 151 Old Court St., Fayetteville, WV 25840.

For those wishing to express their condolences to Mr. Austin’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.

Jean Karen Dressler Beasley

ATHENS — Jean Karen Dressler Beasley died on September 19th, 2012, at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center at 4:09 a.m.

Born on January 17, 1947, at home in the West End of Hinton, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late William Edward Dressler and Virginia Clotille Harford Dressler. Her father was a railroader; her mother, a homemaker. Her brother, William C. Dressler, MD, her late sister Dr. Kloris Ann McCormick, and Jean were the valedictorians of their graduating classes at Hinton High School.

Jean continued her education at Marshall University and graduated in 1969, one of three summa cum laude graduates in her class. After teaching Latin and English at Shepherdstown (WV) High School and serving one year as a college counselor for the West Virginia Board of Regents, she completed her studies at West Virginia University School of Law in 1975. As an editor of the Law Review she authored an article that contributed significantly to the compensation of survivors of the Buffalo Creek disaster and to a fundamental change in state law.

Jean believed that being a good mother, wife, and friend required great love, imagination, patience, and willing work, every minute, day, and year for a lifetime. Her three daughters — Heather Lauren, Sarah Elizabeth, and Leah Ellen — and husband, Jerry, were the grateful beneficiaries of her love-in-action and faith that eventually spread outside the family to her church, the Concord and Athens communities, and to the state of West Virginia. A practical believer in common sense, she devoted meticulous care to everything she did. Joyfully sewing, cooking, gardening, drawing and designing, singing and playing the piano were rewarding ways she spent time. She also liked reading, researching, writing, and editing. And she gave willingly of these talents to countless people and organizations, never too many at one time but a considerable number over her lifetime.

Although her reading was diverse, the Bible was Jean’s principal source of inspiration and guidance; her commentary on reading it fills five notebooks. Yet, her faith was sufficiently deep and wide to embrace people of other faith traditions and all who are genuinely searching for ultimate meaning in their lives. She attended Riverview Chapel in Hinton as a girl; Concord United Methodist Church for the past 27 years where she was the “temporary” piano player for four years, a choir member, and chair of the pastor parish relations committee. A member of the Concord Interfaith Chapel Foundation Board, she assisted in the design of and fundraising for the Wilkes Family Chapel that stands now on the Concord campus.

Jean’s local affiliations reflected a desire to grow a better community. She served as president of the Mercer County Academic Boosters, chair of the Athens-Concord Town Social Committee, a member of the Athens Tree Board, the American Association of University Women, and the Pine Trees Chapter of the Concord Alumni Association. She was a founding member of the local hospice organization and wrote its certificate of need to gain authorization by the state. She judged spelling bees and social studies fairs, and joined others in planting flowers and trees in the Athens Town Park. She taught and mentored numerous college students at Concord University, West Virginia Wesleyan, and Waynesburg College.

She expressed many of these interests as a member of several state boards and commissions. As a governor-appointed member of the West Virginia Women’s Commission, Jean helped edit and publish profiles of exemplary women in our state’s history. She was a member of the West Virginia Faculty Merit Foundation and the West Virginia Humanities Council.

In addition to her loving husband and daughters, Jean is survived by her brother, William Conrad Dressler, and his wife, Wanda Dressler, and their children, Laurie, Debby, Susan, and Matthew; her brother- and sister-in-law, Philip and Mary Beasley, and their children and spouses, Michelle and Eric Williams, and Brad and Erin Beasley; her nephews Grant and Jeff Aldridge; her sons-in-law, Peter McIntyre (Heather), Thomas McKenna (Sarah), and Joshua Wojick (Leah); and her new grandson, Maxwell Beasley Wojick (Leah and Josh).

Gifts in her memory can be made to the Concord University Foundation scholarships, Town of Athens Flower Fund, Jean Dressler Beasley Fund of the Hinton Area Foundation, or the Concord United Methodist Church.

A service to celebrate the life of Jean Beasley will be held Saturday, September 22, 2012, at 11 a.m. from the Concord United Methodist Church in Athens with the Rev. Greg Godwin officiating. Burial will follow in the Restwood Memorial Gardens in Hinton.

The family will receive friends at the Memorial Funeral Directory on the Athens Road in Princeton Friday evening from 5 to 8 p.m.

Online condolences may be to the family by visiting

The Beasley family is being served by the Memorial Funeral Directory and Cremation Center on the Athens Road in Princeton.

June Loretta Cochran-Craddock

OAK HILL — June Loretta Cochran-Craddock, age 79, went home to be with the Lord Wednesday, September 19, 2012, at home in Oak Hill.

June was born in Glen White, on November 21, 1932, to the late James F. Cochran and Margaret Estep Cochran.

June was a devoted wife and mother for 59 years. She was active in the Church of Christ in Prosperity, W.Va., and Okeechobee, Fla., and during her last years attended the Oak Hill Church of Christ.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by Husband Eldridge E. Craddock; and brother Dale Cochran.

June is survived by her children: daughter, Virginia (Jenny) and Bill Reece; sons, William (Bill) and Aida Craddock and James (Jim) and Kelly Craddock; sister, Gloria Smali of Toledo, Ohio, and brother, James Cochran of New Smyrna, Fla. Grandchildren: Kristi Holdren (whom she helped rear), Joshua and Jodell Craddock, Callie Craddock, and great-grandson Ashwin Edmund. Stepgrandchildren: EJ and Wendy Ballard, Melissa Ballard, Christine Peters, Aretta Underwood, and Billy Ray Reece III. Stepgrandchildren: Tony, Zachary, Blade, Jessica, Sammy, Sharon, Trinity and stepgreat-grandchild Emma.

A celebration of June’s life will be conducted 1 p.m. Saturday, September 22, 2012, at the Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Chapel in Beckley, with Minister John Scott and Minister Ryan Scott officiating. Interment will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens in Prosperity.

Friends and family will serve as pallbearers.

Visitation will be held on Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Private online condolences and other information available at

Arrangements with Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, 1901 South Kanawha Street in 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, 1939, at White Oak, he was the son of the late Mariam Lois Howell.

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 fiance 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 Brandon Thompson, 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.

Jeremy Allen Ferrell

LAYLAND — Jeremy Allen Ferrell, 34, was called home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, September 18, 2012, following a sudden illness.

Born February 3, 1978, in Beckley, he was the son of Roger “Dennis” and the late Belinda Ferrell.

He was the loving husband of Gina Barnett Ferrell for 11 wonderful years. He is also survived by a daughter, Gracie Ferrell, and a son, Grant Ferrell, both at home; a sister, Lisa Ferrell-Kesterson and husband, Larry, of Mount Nebo; a brother, RD Ferrell and wife, April, of Victor; along with numerous family members and friends.

He was a lineman for over 14 years and was currently employed by H.G. Carte Electric. Jeremy was an amazing husband, father, son, grandson, brother, nephew, uncle and friend. He loved coaching little league football and basketball, and he touched so many young lives. He was deeply loved and will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

Services will be at 2 p.m. on Saturday, September 22, 2012, at Chestnut Knob Baptist Church in Layland, with Pastor Floyd Bolen officiating. Burial will follow in the Layland Cemetery.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the church.

Arrangements by Wallace and Wallace, Rainelle.

Ruby G. Brown Ford

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

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Monday, Sept. 24, 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.

Judy Louise Turner Griffy

Judy Louise (Turner) Griffy, of Naoma, was called home Tuesday, September 18, 2012, following a long battle with cancer.

Her life was devoted to her family, friends, and, most importantly, Jesus. She was a faithful member of Delbert Freewill Baptist Church and sang with her family in a gospel group, known as The Turner Family, at countless churches and funerals over the years. She has been instrumental in getting the Marsh Fork Community Center running, helped organize the Marsh Fork High School reunions, and recently paved the way for a memorial park at the site of the former Marsh Fork High School. Her hobbies included genealogy, spending countless hours immersed in nature, puzzles, and finding antiques. Though her passing has left a void in numerous lives, Heaven has gained a true angel.

She was born on August 4th, 1946, to the late Covey Eugene Turner and Edna Ferris (Harvey) Turner, both of Naoma. She was also preceded in death by her brother, Covey Wayne Turner.

Those left to remember her memory are her beloved husband of 47 years, Allen Wayne Griffy of Naoma; daughter, Beverly Fulk and husband, Johnny, of Mount Hope; son, Allen Griffy of Naoma; grandchildren, Felecia (Cook) Smith and husband, Steven; Zachary Cook, Joshua Griffy, one great-grandchild, Kevin Smith; two brothers, Roscoe Turner and wife, Sue, of Naoma; Benny Turner and wife, Debbie, of Naoma; one sister, Rosemary Miller and husband, George, of Naoma; and special friends, Deloris Workman and Danny Gilfilen, who stood by her side as she battled this illness.

Service will be 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012, at the Delbert Freewill Baptist Church, Drews Creek, with the Rev. David Cook officiating. Singers will be the Brown Family. Burial will follow in the Cook Cemetery at Naoma.

Friends may call two hours before the service Saturday at the church.

Arrangements by Armstrong Funeral Home, Whitesville.

Hilda Virginia Farmer Hoston

Mrs. Hilda Virginia Farmer Hoston of Beckley was called home to Glory on September 16, 2012. She was the fourth child of seven children born to the late Evangeline Rogers Farmer and Moody Farmer Sr.

Hilda was married to the late Samuel Hoston. She retired from Beckley Hospital in 1991. She was a faithful member of Central Baptist Church where she sang in the choir, served on the Usher Board, Mission Board, and was presently serving as Church Clerk. She was also active with the West Virginia State Baptist Convention, Beckley Human Rights Commission, NAACP, Senior Friends, Member of Order of Eastern Star Melvola-O.E.S. Chapter 1 of West Virginia. Hilda volunteered at Beckley Appalachian Regional Hospital and served as past President of the Volunteer Auxiliary.

She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, and three brothers, William Farmer, Leonard Farmer, and Darnell Farmer, two sisters, Marilyn Farmer White and Odaris Farmer.

She leaves to cherish her memory: brother, Charles Farmer of Detroit, MI, adopted daughter, Brenda Cormack, several nieces, nephews, and a host of friends.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Saturday, September 22, 2012, at Central Baptist Church, Brooks and G. Street, Beckley, with Pastor Brian Copney officiating. Burial will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Prosperity.

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

Condolences may be e-mailed to

Arrangements entrusted to Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley. 

Elizabeth ‘Betty’ Ann Sibray Howard

MOUNT HOPE — Elizabeth “Betty” Ann Sibray Howard, 86, of Mount Hope, died Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope.

Alberta Maatman

Alberta Maatman, 29, of Klaus Street, Beckley, died Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, at the Melton Mortuary Chapel. The family will receive friends from noon until the service hour.

Condolences may be sent to the family’s guestbook at

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary Inc., Beckley.

Frank Matics

Murriel Franklin “Frank” Matics, of Lester, died Friday, Sept. 7, 2012.

A gathering to celebrate and remember his life will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23, at the Beckley-Raleigh County Convention Center. A memorial service will begin at 4 p.m.

Condolences may be sent to the family’s guestbook at

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary Inc., Beckley.

Samuel H. Riffe

LINDSIDE — Samuel H. Riffe, age 96, of Lindside, passed away Sunday, September 16, 2012, at the Springfield Care Center, Lindside.

Born February 28, 1916, at Lindside, he was the son of the late Clifford S. and Bessie Fleshman Riffe.

Mr. Riffe was a farmer, a lifelong resident of Monroe County, and was a member of the Rock Camp United Methodist Church.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife, Delores Burton Riffe; a daughter, Carol Ann Riffe; son-in-law Douglas Folden, three sisters and two brothers.

Survivors include one daughter, Agnes Folden of Salem, Va.; one son, Richard S. Riffe of Lindside; four granddaughters, Rhonda Duncan and husband Gary of Salem, Va., Ashley Williams and husband Jon of Lindside, Amanda Mann and husband Ryan of Ballard, and Alisha Riffe of Lindside; six great-grandchildren, Jason, Courtney, Kyra, Preston, Kya, and Kyler. Several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, September 22, 2012, at the Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home Chapel in Peterstown, with Pastor Eugene Fullen officiating. Burial will follow at the Chambers Cemetery, Lindside.

Friends may call from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, September 21, 2012, at the funeral home.

Online guest book can be signed or condolences sent to the Riffe family at

Arrangements by Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home, Peterstown.

Roger Lee Rogers

Roger Lee Rogers, 62, of Hilltop, died Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012.

Condolences may be sent to the family’s guestbook at

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary Inc., Beckley.

Jerry Lee Solomon

AMHERSTDALE — Jerry Lee Solomon, 72, of Amherstdale, passed away Monday, Sept. 17, 2012.

Services will be 2 p.m. Monday, Sept. 24, at the Becco United Baptist Church at Becco, with the Rev. Denver McClellan Jr. and the Rev. P.J. Tomblin officiating. Burial will follow in Thompson Cemetery at McConnell. Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the church and one hour prior to services.

Online condolences may be sent to

Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of the Krantz-McNeely Funeral Home at Man.

Dolly M. Ross Whitlock

OAK HILL — Dolly M. Ross Whitlock, 96, of Oak Hill, died on Thursday, September 20, 2012, at Plateau Medical Center in Oak Hill.

Born May 5, 1916, at Glen Jean, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late John Franklin and Mary Thurbon Ross.

Mrs. Whitlock was a member of the Oak Hill United Methodist Church where she attended the Rebecca Bible Class and was a member of the 3 F’s.

Her husband, William Jennings Whitlock, sister, Margaret Dove, and brothers, Vance Ross, Edgar Ross and John Franklin Ross, preceded her in death.

Survivors include two children, William “Butch” Whitlock and wife, Janice, of Oak Hill and Melissa Jane Charnabay and husband, Jay, of Oak Hill, grandson, Stephen Douglas Whitlock and wife, Mary, of Westfield, N.J., two great-grandchildren, Riley Frances Whitlock, Bridget Mary Whitlock, both of Westfield, N.J., and a stepgrandson, Dan Wickens of Westfield, N.J.

Funeral services will be on Saturday, September 22, 2012, at 11 a.m. at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill, with Dr. Charles Miller officiating. Burial will be at High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill.

Friends may call one hour prior to the service on Saturday at the funeral home.

Donations of sympathy may be made to the Youth Program of the Oak Hill United Methodist Church, 205 East Main Street, Oak Hill, WV 25901.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.