The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

September 30, 2012

Obituaries — Sunday, Sept. 30, 2012


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Donald Atwood

MOUNT HOPE — Donald Atwood, 58, of Mount Hope died Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3, at Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley. Friends may gather with the family from noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

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



Causby Blankenship

BAISDEN — Causby Blankenship, 82, of Baisden, died Friday, Sept. 28, 2012.

Funeral will be 1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2, at Rosa Old Regular Baptist Church, Baisden, with Elder Hobert Hamilton and Eric Williamson. Burial will be in Blankenship Cemetery, Baisden. Friends may gather with the family from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday at the church.

Online at www.mountsfuneralhome.com.

Mounts Funeral Home of Gilbert is in charge of arrangements.



Ronald Lee Cook

GLOUCESTER, Va. — Ronald Lee Cook, 88, of Gloucester, Va., formerly of Oceana, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012.

The family will receive friends from 10 to 11:30 a.m. with the service starting at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2, at Bellamy United Methodist Church, Gloucester, Va. Funeral services will be at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 4, at the Oceana United Methodist Church, Oceana. He will be laid to rest in Palm Memorial Gardens, Matheny. The Wyoming County Veterans Honor Guard will conduct military rites. Friends may gather with the family from 10 a.m. until time of service Thursday at the church.

E-mail letters of sympathy may be sent at www.staffordfamilyfuneralhome.com.

The family is being served by the Stafford Family Funeral Home, Lynco, and Andrews Funeral Home, Gloucester, Va.



Philip Davis

Philip Davis, 59, of Beckley passed away Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012.

Arrangements by Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley.



Calvin Vale Goodwin

Calvin Vale Goodwin, 87, of Fairdale, died Friday, Sept. 28, 2012.

Online condolences and other information available at roseandquesenberry.net.

Arrangements pending with Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, 1901 S. Kanawha St. in Beckley.



Geraldine Hatfield

SIMON — Geraldine Hatfield, 75, of Simon, passed away on Thursday, September 27, 2012, at Raleigh General Hospital, Beckley, WV. She was born December 14, 1936, in McDowell County, WV, a daughter of the late Floyd and Nora Smith Kennedy. Geraldine was a member of Long Branch Freewill Baptist Church and a loving mother and grandmother. She was also preceded in death by her husband Virgil L. Hatfield, Sr., a son Ernest Hatfield two brothers Charles and Bobby and a sister Jean.

She is survived by three daughters Gail Ball and Carolyn Lester both of Simon and Barbara Blackburn of Cedar Creek; three sons Russell Hatfield of Nettie, Pat Hatfield of Mt. Airy, NC, and Virgil Lee Hatfield, Jr., of Oceana; a brother Paul Kennedy of Wyco; ten grandchildren; twenty-four great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild; and a host of other loving family and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday, October 1, 2012, in the Chapel of Stafford Family Funeral Home, Lynco, WV, with Rev. Firg Proffitt and Rev. Lonnie Blankenship officiating. She will be laid to rest in Milty Morgan Cemetery, Simon, WV. Friends may gather with the family from 6 to 9 p.m. on Sunday at the funeral home. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

E-mail letters of sympathy may be sent at www.staffordfamilyfuneralhome.com.

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



Elizabeth Karen ‘Libby’ Lilly

FLAT TOP — Elizabeth Karen “Libby” Lilly, age 59, of Flat Top, WV, passed away at the Charleston Area Medical Center General Division on Friday, September 28, 2012, following a sudden illness.

Libby was born on March 12, 1953, in Florida, and was the daughter of the late Jack Lambert and Florence Pomeroy Lambert.

Libby was the owner and operator of Haircrafting Beauty Salon in Shady Spring, and had been a licensed beautician for over 25 years. She was a member of the Church of God Family Worship Center in Beckley, and enjoyed refinishing antiques and playing with her dog Sarah.

Those survivors left to cherish her memory include her husband Ronnie Lilly, four children, Hal Stewart and his wife Danielle of Hurricane, Ann-Marie McGinnis and her husband Patrick of Kernersville, North Carolina, Justin Stewart of Beckley, and Sabrina Carter and her husband Nathan of Valdosta, Georgia.

Her brother Doug Lambert of Baltimore, Maryland, eight grandchildren, Morgan Stewart, Paige Stewart, Brooke Stewart, Blaine Matherly, Terri McGinnis, Shaye McGinnis, Juniper Stewart, and Landon Cole Carter.       

A memorial service will be conducted to Celebrate The Life Of Elizabeth K. “Libby” Lilly on Monday, October 1, 2012, at 8 p.m. at the Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home Shady Spring Chapel with Pastor Ken Wright officiating. Friends and family may gather together at the funeral home from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Monday. Private burial of her cremains will follow on Tuesday at the Lilly Family Cemetery on the Moye-Lilly Road at Flat Top, WV. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Church of God Family Worship Center in memory of Libby Lilly. Online condolences may be sent to our guestbook at www.roseandquesenberry.net.

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



Rosa Mills

On Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012, the angels came to take Rosa Mills to her heavenly home at the Lexington Medical Center in Lexington, SC. She was in her 83rd year.

She was the second of nine children. Rosa Mae Meadows Mills was born in Barn, WV, on May 2, 1929. She was the daughter of the late Leslie and Ina Meadows.

Sadly her husband Ralph, daughter-in-law Barbara Mills and grandson Michael Mills have preceded her in death.

Those left to cherish her memory are her two sons Danny Mills and wife Lupe of Goose Creek, SC, and Jimmy Mills and wife Pamela of Beaver, WV, grandsons Jason Mills of Beaver, WV, and Steven Mills (her caregiver) of Columbia, SC, granddaughter Jessica Mills, great-granddaughter Brianna, sisters Lena Mills of Beckley, Doris Graham of Odd, brothers Thomas Meadows and wife Barbara, Clifton Meadows, James Meadows all of Mentor, OH, Charles Meadows and wife Janice of Swansea, SC, Landon Meadows and wife Fredia of Cool Ridge, WV, Roy Meadows and wife Sally of Odd, WV, and lots of nieces and nephews, and her dear friend Vera Walker of Odd, WV.

When we remember Rosa, we will remember how she loved flowers, gardening, cooking and how she loved her church very much and her brothers and sisters in Christ. Everyone that knew her loved her.

Pallbearers will be Paul Mills, Jr., David Graham, John Graham, Michael Walker, Jason Walker and Jason Mills.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 1st, at Lighthouse Freewill Baptist Church on Egeria Road at Flat Top where she was a charter member for many years. Officiating will be Pastor Arthur Dangerfield. Burial will follow at the Mills Family Cemetery on Egeria Road.

Friends may call one hour before the service.

Condolences may be sent to the family’s guestbook at www.meltonmortuary.com.

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



Emily Eades Norford

FAYETTEVILLE — Emily Mae Eades Norford, 93, of Fayetteville, went home to be with the Lord on Friday, September 28, 2012.

She was born on October 13, 1918, at Ansted, WV, to the late Roy and Bessie Eades.

Mrs. Norford worked as a clerk for the town of Fayetteville for 20 years. She was an active member of Fayetteville United Methodist Church since 1953.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Everett (Pete) Norford, in 2002. Also preceding her in death are brothers, William Eades, Virgil Eades and Roy Eades; sisters, Thelma Nuchols, Hazel Crist, Ethel Schultz, June Pennington, and Virginia Crane.

Left to cherish her memories are her sisters, Geneva Parsons of Bel Air, MD, and Bessie Skaggs of Trenton, Ohio. She will be greatly missed by many nieces, nephews, friends, and neighbors.

Her nieces, Terry, Amy, Crista, and Lori, rejoice in the love, kindness, and life lessons Aunt Em shared with them throughout her life. She was a gift!

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, October 1, 2012, at the Fayetteville United Methodist Church with Rev. Clare Sulgit-Horn, Rev. Roy Gene Crist, and Pastor Jack Eades officiating. Burial will follow at Huse Memorial Park, Fayetteville.

The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the church on Monday.

Memorials may be made in Emily’s memory to Bowers Hospice House, 454 Cranberry Drive, Beckley, WV 25801.

For those wishing to express their condolences to Emily’s family, you may do so by visiting our website at www.doddpaynehessfuneralhome.com.

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



Mary Caperton Banks Smith

Mary Caperton Banks Smith, formerly of Glade Springs and The Villages of Greystone, celebrated her Hallelujah Day on Monday, September 24, 2012, at the Bowers Hospice House in Beckley.

Mary Cape was born in Raleigh, W.Va., on November 17, 1920, the daughter of Dr. McRae C. Banks and Caroline Caperton Banks. She was raised in Raleigh, and graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in 1939. She attended Sullins College in Virginia and married Dr. Clyde A. Smith on February 8, 1941.

During World War II she was appointed to act as liaison for the American Red Cross working with wives and other relatives of prisoners of war from this area. She again became active with the Red Cross during the Korean Conflict as Recruitment Chairwoman of the Red Cross Donor Program.

Mary Cape was a founder of the Y.M.C.A. in Beckley which opened on September 1, 1963, at the Armory, later moved to the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Building and finally found its current home on East Main Street. She served 18 years on the board at the Y and three terms as Y board president. She was the first woman president of a Y.M.C.A. in the United States.

Mary Cape was also a founder of the hospice organization in the area which started as a shared phone in a shared office at the Beckley Presbyterian Church and has since grown into Hospice of Southern West Virginia, Inc., which operates the Doug and Lucy Bowers Hospice House and provides in-home services for terminally ill individuals and grief support after the loved one passes. She was also a founder of the Women’s Resource Center in Raleigh County serving on the board for seven years, four as Vice President and two as President.

Mary Cape was a lifelong member of the Beckley Presbyterian Church where she has served as an Elder, sang in the choir and was President of The Women of the Church. She was a member and past President of the Highland Garden Club, a member of the Beckley Woman’s Club and a member and past President of the Auxiliary of the Raleigh County Medical Society. In addition she helped organize a graduation celebration for students of the Alternative School in Raleigh County.

Mary Cape was recognized for her many contributions by being selected as the second Y.M.C.A. Spirit of Beckley in 1988 and as Golden Eagle by the Alumni of Woodrow Wilson High School.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Dr. McRae C. Banks and Caroline Caperton Banks, and her husband, Dr. Clyde A. Smith, one brother, Col. William M. Banks (USAF Ret.), and her sister, Cornelia Powers.

She is survived by her daughter, Caroline Smith Morton and her husband, Dr. D. Holmes Morton of Strasburg, Pa.; her son, Clyde A. Smith Jr. and his wife, Cathy E. Smith of Daniels; and by her five beloved grandchildren, Mary Caperton Morton, Sarah McRae Morton and her husband Nikolas Muenke, Paul Holmes Morton, Jennifer C. Smith of Chesapeake, Va., and Julienne C. Smith of Daniels; she is also survived by her brother, Dr. J.W. Banks and his wife Lois of Union, W.Va.

Visitation will be at the Beckley Presbyterian Church on Sunday, September 30, from 5 to 7 p.m. with funeral services at the church on Monday, October 1, at 1 p.m. with the Rev. John McKinnon officiating. Burial  will follow at Sunset Memorial Park.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in Mary Cape’s honor to the Caperton Banks Smith Fund at the Beckley Area Foundation, 129 Main Street, Suite 203, Beckley, WV, 25801; to Hospice of Southern West Virginia Inc., P.O. Box 1472, Beckley, WV 25802-1472; the Beckley Presbyterian Church, 203 South Kanawha Street, Beckley, WV 25801; or the Women’s Resource Center, P.O. Box 1476, Beckley, WV 25802-1476.

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

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



Calvin W. Stotler

LANSING — Calvin Walker Stotler, 86, of Lansing, formerly of the Alum Creek area, passed away Friday, September 28, 2012, at Fayette Nursing and Rehab Center, Fayetteville.

Born on December 3, 1925, in Charleston, he was the son of the late Elex Calvin Stotler and Blanche Selby Stotler Tyler.

Mr. Stotler was a member of Ames Heights Bible Church. He was a coal miner and worked most of his 42 years at Cannelton Coal Company at Montgomery. He was an avid bluegrass music musician.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Thelma Naomi Stotler; and son: Melvin E. Stotler.

He leaves behind to cherish his memory his son, Kelly D. Stotler and his wife, Rebecca, of Victoria, Texas; grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, October 3, 2012, at Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, Fayetteville, with Rev. Frank Castello officiating. Burial will follow in Huse Memorial Park, Fayetteville.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, October 2, 2012, at the funeral home.

For those wishing to express their condolences to Mr. Stotler’s family, you may do so by visiting our website at www.doddpaynehessfuneralhome.com.

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



Catherine J. Terry

Catherine J. Terry, 86, of Beckley went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, September 27, 2012.

Born December 3, 1925, she was the daughter of the late Lonnie and Hattie Scott Vaughn.

Catherine enjoyed traveling and gardening. She was of the Baptist faith.

In addition to her parents, Catherine is preceded in death by her husband, Teddy F. Terry, in 1987.

Those left to cherish her memories include her son, David Terry and wife Judith of Beckley; daughters, Nancy Gunnoe and husband Kenny of Beckley, Beverly Sizemore and husband Eric of Beckley; 5 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, October 1, 2012, at Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley, with Chaplain Gary Lilly officiating. Burial will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens.

Friends may gather with the family Monday from 1 to 2 p.m. at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.blueridgefuneralhome.com.

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



Benjamin Lee ‘Ben’ Treadway Sr.

OAK HILL — Benjamin Lee “Ben” Treadway, Sr., 67, of Oak Hill, passed away Friday, September 28, 2012, at Plateau Medical Center. Born March 22, 1945, at Rainelle, WV, he was the son of the late Ernest Treadway and Wanda (Brown) Treadway. Ben was a retired truck driver.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters Nellie Deloris Crawford and Susan Ann Smith.

Those left to cherish his memory include his former wife and the mother of his children Ellen Ann Treadway of Oak Hill; five children Benjamin Lee Treadway Jr. and his girlfriend Roberta McGuire of Oak Hill, Wanda Starks and her husband Ricky of Cleveland, OH, Patricia Treadway of Oak Hill, Melissa Cornman and her husband Matt of Menomine, MI, and John Allen Treadway and his wife Amy of Gastonia, NC; two brothers Ernest Gerald Treadway and his wife Violet of Wingrove, WV, and Jack Edward Treadway and his wife Dreama of Scarbro; four sisters Margaret Lee Blue of Carlisle, WV, Louise Kay Jefferies and her husband Arnold of Carlisle, WV, Ella Mae Legg and her husband Mike of Oak Hill, and Joyce Marie Gibson and her husband James of Michigan; five grandchildren Ashley Taylor, Leah Shrewsberry, Ricky Starks Jr., Nicholas Treadway, and Michael Cornman; and two great-grandchildren.

His remains rest at High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, 1435 East Main Street, Oak Hill, where the funeral will be held 2 p.m. Monday with Rev. Randy Sunderland officiating and where the family will receive friends from 12 noon until time of service. Burial will follow in High Lawn Memorial Park.

Condolences may be sent to www.highlawnfuneralhomechapel.com.

Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.



Evna A. Whitt

CORINNE — Evna Athlene (Harmon) Whitt, 89, Corinne passed away Friday, Sept. 28, 2012.

Arrangements are incomplete at Tankersley Funeral Home.



Ruth E. York

Ruth E. Allen York, 95, of Bolt, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, September 27, 2012, after a short illness.

Born March 8, 1917, she was the daughter of the late Henry Van and Eliza Snuffer Allen. She was the last surviving member of her immediate family.

Ruth had lived in Bolt all of her life with the exception of 32 years residing in Glen Rogers, Wyoming County. She was a Christian, having attended Glen Rogers Community Church, Davis Camp Baptist Church and the Little Brown Derby Church, all where she served as Sunday School teacher. After moving back to her childhood home in Bolt, she returned to the beloved church she had grown up in, Breckenridge Missionary Baptist Church of Bolt, where she was a member, teacher, and past president of the Ladies Missionary Society.

She loved to travel, having made four trips to the Holy Land and to ten different countries, and having made her last trip to the Grand Canyon and Rocky Mountains. Ruth loved flowers, raising a garden, canning and preserving. Most of all, she loved the Lord and talking about all the blessings He had bestowed on her. Time spent with her family, especially all the “Little Ones,” was her most favorite. Her little dog, Taco, and her cat, Skitter, that she loved so will sadly miss her.

Ruth attended Trap Hill High School and received her high school diploma at the age of 53, and of this she was so proud, having finished second in her class.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Harvey Dee York; an infant son, Royce Allen York; grandsons, Mike Pozega, Jr., and Gary York; granddaughter, Kimberly York; great-granddaughter, Brooke Nicole Melton; brothers, Royce, Arthur, Ash and Dallie; sisters, Ella, Addie and Myrtle (Kitty); and son-in-law, Mike Pozega.

Those left to cherish her memories are: Two wonderful sons and their loving wives, Reverend Wallace V. and Doris York of Bolt, and Gary D. and Phyllis York of Beckley; her two precious daughters, Nancy Pozega of Glen Daniel, and Harvella Collette, with whom she made her home at Bolt.

Her most special cousin and lifelong best friend, Vallie McGraw, of Beckley. With only 38 days difference in their ages, at 95 they would still get together and sing their old school song.

Her ten loving grandchildren and their spouses, Leslie and Celeste York of Bolt; Sue Davis of Culloden; Kelly and Lisa York of Glasgow; Michael and Barbara York of Winston-Salem, NC/Bolt; Gregory York of Daniels; Harvey and Rhonda Johnson of Fairdale; Latricia and Daniel Goodwin of Athens; Candy Trump of Glen Daniel; Angela and Richard Harvey of Bolt; and Justin Collette, who resided with his grandmother at Bolt.

Nineteen beautiful great-grandchildren, twins, Faith and Hope York; Lauren Bossetti of Lakeview, OH; Leigh Melton of Culloden; Wesley York of Glasgow; Jessica York of Locust, NC; Heather Creel of Fayetteville, NC; Caleb York of Stanfield, NC; Kayla York of Winston-Salem, NC; Lacy Beck of Pinnacle, NC; Christopher York of Glen Daniel; Ashley York of Glen Daniel; Sellecca Johnson of Fairdale; Shannon Dunn of Athens; Jamie Trump of Glen Daniel; Paige Giammerino, Taylor Harvey and Tristian Harvey, all of Bolt; Jameson Lee Bradford of Bolt.

The “Littlest Angels” in her life, her 12 great-great-grandchildren, Cole, Sophie Rose, Harley, Memphis, Kylie Alexa, Colton, Wesley, Caramia, Corey, Robbie, Serinity, and Little Phoebe Grace who is due any day now.

Special niece and nephews, Regina, Ernest, Sonny, and Ronnie.

Extended family that considered her as mom, grandma or aunt, Jack and Clella Strother; Jimmy and Carrie Bradford and their children, Sabrina, Daniel and Brittany; Jackie Betkijian; Harold (Mousey) and Connie Snuffer; Beverly Smith; Becky Abshire; Angie White; and Gerald and Patty Miller. Numerous family and friends will sadly miss her.

Pallbearers will be Leslie York, Harvey Johnson, Michael and Gregory York, Justin Collette, Jimmy and Daniel Bradford, and Darrie Snuffer.

Honorary pallbearers will be Kelly York, Richard Harvey, Jack Strother, Jamie Trump and Ronnie Lubich. Flower bearer will be Angela Harvey.

The family would to express their sincere appreciation for the kindness and care given to Mrs. York by the doctors, nurses, caregivers and all the staff at Raleigh General Hospital during her time spent there, and a very special thank you to Teresa Workman, whom she loved so much.

The family will be receiving guests from 6 to 9 p.m. on Sunday, September 30, 2012, at her home church, Breckenridge Missionary Baptist Church at Bolt.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. on Monday, October 1, 2012, at the church with Reverend Lee Swor and her own pastor, Pastor Dewey Lowe, officiating. Burial will follow in the Allen Cemetery at Bolt, her family cemetery.

Condolences may be sent to the family’s guestbook at www.meltonmortuary.com.

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