The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

April 14, 2013

Obituaries — Sunday, April 14, 2013


Myrtle Estelle DeLana Barnett

MOGADORE, Ohio — Myrtle Estelle DeLana Barnett, 95, went home to be with the Lord on April 10, 2013.

She was born in her beloved McAlester, Okla., on Dec. 8, 1917. She was preceded in death by her sweetheart and husband of 50 years, Jim, son, Tommy, and son-in-law, Marty, and seven brothers.

She is survived by her five children, Mary Martin, James (Yoko), Frances (Don), Carolyn Jeanne (Dana) and Lorren, and two sisters, Mary Moses and Marva Davis; 23 grandchildren, 42 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

Her entire life was based on faith and giving. She never turned a deaf ear to anyone in need. Her passion was sewing and crocheting. Scores of adults and babies have slept under the quilts and blankets she created.

Our darling angel mother has touched us so deeply that she’ll never be forgotten. Until we meet again, we love you, mom.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, April 15, 2013, at Southeast Church of the Nazarene at 771 Dunbar Road, Tallmadge, Ohio, with Rev. Brenda Young officiating. Interment will be at Graceland Memorial Gardens.

Visitation will be one hour before the service at the church.

Arrangements by Donovan Funeral Home, 330-633-3350.



Linda Turner Brooks

SUMMERLEE — Linda Turner Brooks, 53, of Summerlee, passed away Thursday, April 11, 2013, at Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital, Weston.

Born on June 15, 1959, at Detroit, Mich., she was the daughter of the late Aaron Bruce and Betty Pierce Brooks.

Linda was a loving daughter, mother, and grandmother. She will always live in our hearts.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her ex-husband, William “Tic” Turner; daughter, Tina Lynn Turner; sisters, Marie Buckland, Brenda Maynor, and Sharon Legg; and brothers, Lloyd Brooks and John Brooks.

Those left behind to cherish her memory include her daughter, Megan Burton and her husband, Alan; stepson, Jacob Legg; grandchildren, Amalynn Paige Watters and Dustin Seth Watters; aunt, Carolyn Lambert; many nieces and nephews; special friends, Gary “Hippi” Agee, Teresa Young, and Jill Weeks; and she was like a mom to many.

In keeping with her wishes, she will be cremated and a memorial service will be held at a later date.

For those wishing to express their condolences to the Brooks 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.



Samuel Curtis Christie

Surrounded by family, Samuel Curtis Christie passed away on the 7th day of April, 2013, reuniting in Heaven with his beloved children who predeceased him, a son Steven and a daughter Lisa.

Sam Christie was born in 1925, and raised in Keystone, W.Va., but he spent every summer on the Christie family farm, at Sinks Grove in Monroe County, W.Va. Nothing he ever did in all his 88 years on earth gave him as much joy as the time he spent living and working on the farm, and he remained a farm boy at heart all his life. A high point of each year was going to the West Virginia State Fair in Lewisburg, where he loved to show horses with his daughters Lisa and Amy or attend the draft-horse pulling contest, and to visit friends and family who were part of the farming days of his youth. He was also an avid golfer.

Christie graduated from Welch High School in 1943, and immediately volunteered to serve his country in the U.S. Navy at the height of World War II. On June 6, 1944, D-Day, at the age of nineteen, he found himself on a gunboat just off Utah Beach, serving as a decoy to draw enemy fire so that the gun emplacements on the shore would be revealed to heavier ships offshore for artillery attack. He was later shipped to the Pacific, where he served on a Landing Ship Tank (LST-446) and participated in the invasion of Okinawa. He was training for the invasion of Japan when the atomic bombs forced Japan to surrender and likely saved his life and hundreds of thousands of other American servicemen, as well as Japanese. On V-J Day, he was piloting a small boat in Tokyo Bay just a short distance away from the U.S.S. Missouri, and he witnessed the arrival of the Japanese delegation to sign the surrender treaty.

He married Mary Ruth Hall in 1949 and they were married for 64 years until his death. They had four children, a son Mark, a son Steven, who died in 1975 at the age of 20, a daughter, Lisa Songer, who died in 2004 at the age of 45, and a daughter Amy Hunter, who, along with his wife Mary Ruth, provided loving care for him in his final days. He is also survived by his wife Mary Ruth, age 83, and by his beloved grandchildren, Christie, James and Steven, the children of his daughter Lisa and James Songer of Beckley, and Samuel and Richard, the children of his daughter Amy and Eddie Hunter of Roanoke.

He entered the automobile business in Welch in the 1950s and he and his father-in-law, John R. Hall, jointly owned and operated Hall Chevrolet-Oldsmobile. During the good economic times of the 1960s and ’70s, it was the largest car dealership in McDowell County.

Sam Christie also served on the board of directors of the McDowell County National Bank (now MCNB Banks) for more than 40 years, from 1971 until his death. He eagerly looked forward to attending the board meetings even when his health was failing.

Sam and Mary Ruth Christie moved to the Beckley area in 1975, just after the death of their son Steven, and lived at Glade Springs and on Northwestern Avenue in Beckley until they moved to Roanoke in 2009, to be near their surviving daughter Amy.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 20, 2013, at 2 p.m., at the United Methodist Temple, 201 Templeview Drive (just off Robert C. Byrd Drive), Beckley, W.Va., the church Sam attended during most of his years living in Beckley.

His place of final rest will be with his fellow veterans at the Veterans Cemetery in Dublin, Va.

John M. Oakey & Son Funeral Home & Crematory, Salem, Va., is serving the Christie family, 540-389-5441.



Barbara Stafford Cline

PINEVILLE — In the early morning, just before the sun rose on a beautiful spring day, Barbara Cline shed her earthly bonds and ascended to heaven.

Barbara Jean Stafford Cline, age 79, of Pineville, WV, passed away April 11, 2013. She was born on November 11, 1933, in Iaeger, WV, the daughter of Okey and Stella Vance Stafford.

Barbara is survived by her husband of 56 years, Paige Cline of Pineville, a sister, Mrs. Thurman (Theodosia) Cline of Gilbert, and a brother, James Stafford of Iaeger.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by brothers Jack and Bob Stafford.

Barbara attended Concord College and was certified A Medical Record Librarian by Wake Forest University at a time when that designation was rare in the medical field.

Barbara began working at Stevens Clinic Hospital in Welch while still in high school. Her supervisor at the time saw potential in her and convinced her to consider seriously the possibility of learning all about the profession.

The result was a 35-year career at Stevens Clinic, most of which was spent as supervisor of the medical record department. On many occasions she was loaned to other hospitals to help organize or improve their medical records departments.

Barbara’s family would like to thank the caregivers at CAMC, the Beckley ARH and the hands-on staff at The Courtyard at Greystone Village.

Family and Friends may gather to visit with Barbara’s Family Monday, April 15, 2013, evening from 6 to 9 p.m. at Calfee Funeral Service in Pineville. A Celebration of Barbara’s life will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 16, 2013, at the Pineville Presbyterian Church with Dr. Michael Curry and Rev. Michael Knotts officiating.

Online Condolences and an Online Guest Register may be signed by visiting our website calfeefuneralservice.com.

Calfee Funeral and Cremation Service of Pineville is serving the Cline Family.

Richard W. Cline

FAYETTEVILLE — Richard Wayne Cline Sr., 67, of Fayetteville, passed away Wednesday, April 10, 2013, at home.

Born on July 29, 1945, at Fayetteville, he was the son of the late Oscar and Margaretta Richards Cline.

Mr. Cline was a self-employed heavy equipment mechanic. He drove his own car at the Prosperity Race Track and he was an avid NASCAR fan.

Left to cherish his memory include his wife, Diann Cline; two sons: Richard (Joetta) Cline Jr. of Oak Hill and Jeffery (Angie) Cline of Fayetteville; one daughter, Kimberly Cline of Fayetteville; four sisters: Margaret Hambrick of Columbus, Ohio, Beatrice Burnett and Judy Gwilym, both of Rushville, Ohio, and Tilly Fetheroff of Branson, Florida.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, April 15, 2013, at Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, Fayetteville, with Pastor Paul Basham officiating. Burial will follow at Huse Memorial Park, Fayetteville.

The family will receive friends from 12 noon until service time on Monday.

For those wishing to express their condolences to the Cline 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.



Joyce Kay Gill

FOREST HILL — Joyce Kay Gill, 72, of Forest Hill died Friday, April 12, 2013.

Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 14, at Pivont Funeral Home Chapel in Hinton with Pastor Otuce Huffman officiating. The family will receive friends from 1 p.m. until time of services Sunday at the funeral home.

Online condolences and guest register at www.pivontfuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by Pivont Funeral Home, Hinton.



Goldie Mae Gore

HINTON — Goldie Mae Gore, 74, of Hinton passed away April 11, 2013, at Summers County Appalachian Regional Hospital following a long illness.

Born March 13, 1939, in Summers County, she was a daughter of the late David B. and Thelma Edith Rouse Adkins.

Goldie was a homemaker who enjoyed watching television and spending time with family and friends.

Other than her parents she was preceded in death by three brothers, Clyde B. Adkins, James Lee Gravely and Earl David Gravely.

Those left to cherish her memory include three sons, Eddie Fox, Kevin Fox and J.C. Gore; two daughters, Brenda Gore and Jackie Fox Vargas; three sisters, Linda Berry, Rebecca Adkins and Tammy Smith; and a special friend, Russell Adkins.

A gathering of family and friends will be held on Sunday, April 14, 2013, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors.

Arrangements are by the Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors of Hinton.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.ronaldmeadowsfp.com.



Lena M. Graham

Lena M. Graham, 90, of Beckley, formerly of Pulaski, Va., went peacefully into the arms of her Lord and Savior on Thursday evening, April 11, 2013, after a short illness. She has now been made whole again.

Born March 1923 in Pulaski County, Va., she was the daughter of the late Jordan Franklin Morris and Lillie Sue Smith Morris. She was a born-again Christian and a member of Newbern Community Christian Church. She loved her church family and enjoyed their visits often. She had previously resided at the Pulaski Retirement Center and the Summit Assisted Living. She loved participating in the church services and playing bingo.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband Roy in 1976, her daughter Mary Ann Mitchell in 2010 and brothers Roscoe, Bentley and Shirley and sisters Maggie Hall, Metta Gunn, Callie Moore, Ruby Jennings, Claudia Phillips, Kyle Altizer, and Gertrude Stiltner.

She is survived by her daughter Debbie Hodges and her husband Rusty, son-in-law Russell Mitchell, sister-in-law Ruth Elkins, grandchildren Andrea Brush and husband Brad, Patricia Furr and husband Bill, Lisa Rolan and husband Mike, and Rusty Mitchell and wife Lori. Also surviving are great-grandchildren Emma, Noah, Jacob, Ashley, Daniel and Sara and great-great-grandson Ulrich Lee. She also leaves behind several nieces and nephews whom she was very close to. A special thanks to those who went the extra mile during these last few years.

Funeral services celebrating the life of Mrs. Graham will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 14, 2013, at Seagle Funeral Home in Pulaski, Va. Visitation with the family will be from 2 to 3  p.m., with Pastor Ernie Depew officiating.

Friends and family may gather on Monday, April 15, 2013, at 11 a.m. at the Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens Mausoleum in Beckley, for graveside services.

Contributions may be made to the Newbern Community Christian Church in Dublin, Va.

Online condolences may be sent to www.seaglefuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by Seagle Funeral Home, Pulaski, 540-980-1700.



Norma B. Harrah

CALDWELL — Mrs. Norma B. Harrah, 72, of Caldwell died Friday, April 12, 2013.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at McCraw Funeral Home in Lewisburg with the Rev. Randy Gillilan and the Rev. Robert Vass officiating. Burial will follow at End Of The Trail Cemetery at Clintonville. Friends may visit from noon until time of service.

McCraw Funeral Home in Lewisburg is in charge of arrangements.



Shella Berthel Kelley Jr.

Shella Berthel Kelley Jr., 57, of Whitby, passed away Saturday, April 13, 2013.

Arrangements are pending completion at the Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, 1901 S. Kanawha St., Beckley.



Laura Wilma Lucas Lilly

FAYETTEVILLE — Laura Wilma Lucas Lilly, age 89, of Fayetteville, went home to her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Friday morning, April 12, 2013, at the Fayette Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Fayetteville.

Laura was born on April 9, 1924, in Beaver and was the daughter of the late John Henry and Malinda Stewart Lucas.

Laura was a homemaker who loved working on their 10-acre farm on Salem Road. She was an avid gardener and one of the best dahlia growers in the state. She was a member of Loup Creek Baptist Church at Wriston.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Calvin C. Lilly of Salem Road, and six sisters, Virgie Lucas, Pearl Watson, Hazel Johnson, Marie Forinash, Ann Lester, Mary Magdeline Meadows, and a brother Buster Lucas.

Those survivors left to cherish her memory are four sons, Gary C. Lilly and wife, Nancy, of Gatewood; Jerry Wayne Lilly and wife, Delores, of Fayetteville; Norman Lilly of Fayetteville and Charles “Chuck” Lilly and wife, Rebecca, of Oak Hill.

Also surviving are 8 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandchild and several nieces and nephews.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Scott Keffer and the staff at Fayette Nursing & Rehabilitation Center for their special care given to our mother while a resident there.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, April 15, 2013, at 11 a.m. at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill with Rev. Mark Wood officiating. Friends may call on Sunday evening, April 14, 2013, from 6 until 8 p.m. at Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Family members and friends will serve as pallbearers.

Online condolences may be sent to www.tyreefuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill, WV.



Pearl Matthews

OAK HILL — Mrs. Pearl Matthews, of Oak Hill, died Friday, April 12, 2013.

Arrangements entrusted to Ritchie and Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.



Theodore McAllister

PINEVILLE — Theodore “Mac” McAllister, 84, of Pineville, passed away April 9, 2013, at Raleigh General Hospital following a long illness.

Born September 20, 1928, at Alpoca, he was the son of the late Smith and Grace Miller McAllister.

“Mac” was a member of the UMWA and enjoyed fishing, NASCAR, and being with his family and friends.

Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Coney Anderson McAllister of the residence; Two sons, Wayne McAllister and his wife, Carol, of Dunbar and Melvin McAllister and his wife, Rita, of Saulsville; A brother, John McAllister of Columbus, GA; A sister, Ivy Jo Russell of Clarkson, TN; A grandson, Matt McAllister of Mullens.

Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 16, 2013, at the Roselawn Memorial Gardens, Princeton, with the Rev. John Rogers officiating.

The family would like to extend their appreciation to the Wyoming County Council on Aging Staff, his extended family and caregivers, Amanda Morgan, Rita Blankenship, Barbara Church, Sandra Stewart, and Kathy Hedrick. Also, a special thank you to Tina Shumate and the doctors and staff of Raleigh General Hospital, 4-South.

In lieu of flowers, donations of sympathy may be made in Theodore’s name to the charity of the donor’s choice.

Online guest book may be signed at www.calfeefuneralservice.com.

Calfee Funeral and Cremation Service of Pineville is serving the McAllister family.



Barger B. Meadows Jr.

TALCOTT — Barger B. Meadows Jr. of Talcott passed away Thursday, April 11, 2013.

Arrangements are incomplete at this time at Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors in Hinton.



Opal Marie Meadows

Opal Marie Meadows, 82, of Daniels went to be with her Lord on Friday, April 12, 2013, at St. Francis Hospital in Charleston, surrounded by her family.

Born September 28, 1930, in Pearisburg, VA, she was the daughter of the late William and Alma Skeens Broyles.

Opal was a 1948 graduate of Narrows High School in Narrows, VA. Opal was remembered by her classmates with this little saying: “a funny little giggle, a cute little smile, remind me of Opal all the while.” She was a homemaker, and a very loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She was a member of the Open Door Church in Shady Spring, where she was a member of the Ladies Fellowship, and enjoyed sharing her talent of cooking with all that knew her.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her loving husband of 53 years, Arnold E. Meadows.

Those left to cherish her memory include her two daughters, Sandi Hawse and her husband, John, of Daniels and Teresa Carpenter and her husband, Tom, of Princeton; three grandchildren, Chad Prunesti and his wife, Jennifer, of Lindside, Misti French and her husband, Bill, of Princeton, and Angie Wood and her husband, Adam, of Daniels; four great-grandchildren, Brooke and Ronnie Prunesti, Brett and Brey Wood; one sister, Gay Forrester and her husband, Don, of Eden N.C.; a special friend, James (Buzz) Robinson; a host of nieces, nephews, and beloved friends.

Services celebrating Opal’s life will be held Monday, April 15, 2013, at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Blue Ridge Funeral Home with Pastor Don Kelly officiating. Following the service Opal will be laid to rest next to her husband in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Beckley. The men of the Open Door Church will serve as pallbearers.

Friends may gather with the family from 1 p.m. until service time Monday at the funeral home.

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

In lieu of flowers donations of sympathy can be made to the Open Door Church, Shady Spring.

The honor of serving the Meadows family has been given to Blue Ridge Funeral Home, 5251 Robert C. Byrd Drive, Beckley, WV 25801.



Myra Lynn Moles

Myra Lynn Moles, age 59, of Beaver, WV, passed away at the Specialty Hospital of St. Francis Hospital in Charleston, WV, on Friday, April 12, 2013.

Born on May 4, 1953, at Charleston, WV, she was the daughter of the late Joe Eddie Lively and Rhelda Stover Lively.

Myra was a former owner and operator of Fat Freddy’s Bar at Beaver, WV. She attended the Artie Church of God, and had made her home at Beaver, WV, for the past several years.

She was preceded in death by her daughter, Rhelda Christine Moles, a brother Jimmy Dale Lively, her pawpaw Paul Scarbro, and her companion Freddy Grose.

Survivors include her son, Eric Sherburne and his wife Donna of Powellton, WV.

Grandchildren, Cameron, Sierra, Heather, Dakota, Bobby, K.C., and Rawn Jay.

A sister, Kathy Martin and her husband Richard of Oak Hill, WV.

Three brothers, Charles “Ponchie” Lively and his wife Cassie of Artie, WV, Kenneth “Cisco” Lively and his wife Susan of Michigan, and Timmy Dean Lively and his companion Susan of Beckley.

Her other “brother and sister,” Angela Williams and husband Lonnie of Mount Hope, and Allen Scarbro and his wife Marinda of Clear Creek.

Her second mother whom she referred to as Granny, Joyce “Kitty” Scarbro of Clear Creek, WV.

Funeral Services will be conducted at the Workman’s Creek United Methodist Church at Clear Creek on Sunday, April 14, 2013, at 2 p.m. with Rev. Jerry Lawrence and Rev. Arlotte Stover officiating. Burial will follow at the Workman’s Creek Cemetery at Clear Creek. Friends may call at the church one hour prior to the services. Private online condolences, floral tributes, and other expressions of sympathy are available to the family via our guestbook at www.roseandquesenberry.net.

Arrangements are by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, 1901 South Kanawha Street, Beckley, WV.



Jackie Norman Pate

Jackie Norman “Jackie” Pate, age 71, of Glen Morgan, WV, passed away on Friday morning, April 12, 2013.

Born on February 15, 1942, at Glen Morgan, he was the son of the late John W. Pate Sr. and Ethel Phillips Pate.

Jackie was preceded in death by a brother, John W. Pate Jr., a sister, Patty Pate Chambers, a grandson, William Shane Redden, a brother-in-law, Robert D. Francis, father-in-law and mother-in-law, James and Louise Boothe, 5 nephews, 1 great-nephew, and his first wife Margie Cuckler Pate.

Jackie is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 15 years, Dreama Boothe Whisman Pate, his loving daughter that he referred to as his baby girl, Elisa M. Pate Redden and her husband Willie of Ghent, his treasured grandsons, aka “Tom and Tom” Travis Redden and his wife Holly of Ghent, and Joshua  Redden and his longtime sweetheart Korey Quesenberry of Beckley, and a great-granddaughter Addison Grace Redden, Papa’s “youngin.”

His stepson and dear friend, Jeffrey A. Whisman and his companion Kim Allen of Glen Morgan.

Three stepgranddaughters whom he adored, Brianna Lynn Whisman (his riding buddy), Brittany Nicole Whisman, and Rayven Faith Whisman. Three brothers, James Robert Pate and his wife Shirley of  Shady Spring, Tom Pate and his wife Joyce of Florida, and James Earl Pate and his wife Sue of Crow. Two sisters, Etheline Dorsey and her husband Fred of Daniels, and Shirley Foley and her husband Lowell of Daniels. Three sisters-in-law, Shirley Boothe Francis, Anna Boothe Hall and her husband Larry, and Connie Boothe Robertson and her husband Steve, a brother-in-law, James W. Boothe and his wife Bobbi.

Jackie lived his entire life in Glen Morgan, and graduated from Shady Spring High School. After graduation he followed in his Dad’s and older brother’s footsteps and went to work as a brakeman for the C&O Railroad. He also owned his own contracting business P.P.S. Construction. He later became a conductor and in 1997 he became the CEO for the C&O Employees Hospital Association in Clifton Forge, Virginia. Jackie retired November 5, 2012, after 15 years of service for the Hospital Association. Jackie was a member of the Board of Directors for many years and was president for over 4 years for the WV Horsemen’s Association. He was a lifetime member of the UTU.

Jackie’s number one love was his grandchildren, his stepgrandchildren, and most of all his great-grandchild. His other hobbies included training, and showing horses with family and friends at his Diamond J. Stables. Jackie was of the Baptist faith.

A Celebration of Jackie’s Life will be conducted at the Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home Shady Spring Chapel on Tuesday, April 16, 2013, at 1 p.m. with Rev. Rodney Allen officiating. Burial will follow at Sunset Memorial Park in Beckley. Friends may call at the funeral home 5 to 9 p.m. on Monday. Pallbearers will be Travis Redden, Joshua Redden, Jeffrey Whisman, Billy Pate, Daniel Foley, and Michael Pate. Honorary pallbearers will be Carroll Simpkins, Mike Smith, Paul Rose, and Jim Keeney. Private online condolences, floral  gifts, and other expressions of sympathy may be sent to family via our guestbook at www.roseandquesenberry.net.

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



Wayne Theodore Ramsey

Wayne Theodore Ramsey, 62, of Daniels, passed away Tuesday, April 9, 2013.

Committal services will be at 2:30 p.m. Monday, April 15, at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens at Prosperity. Burial will follow at the cemetery. Friends may visit with the family from 1 to 2 p.m. Monday at the Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home Shady Spring Chapel.

Private online condolences, floral gifts, and other expressions of sympathy are available to the family via our guestbook at www.roseandquesenberry.net.

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



Roger L. Weis

Roger L. Weis, 64, of Glen Daniel, went home to be with the Lord on Friday, April 12, 2013.

Born July 15, 1948, he was the son of Clarence and Rushie Irene Weis.

In addition to his parents, Roger is preceded in death by his daughter, Sheila Ann Weis.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Darlene Lilly Weis of Glen Daniel; son, Scott Weis of FL; stepdaughter, Robin Strader and husband Clifford of Summersville; brothers, Jimmy Weis and wife Teresa of Mullens, Randy Weis and wife Victoria; sisters, Carolyn Cox and husband Paul of DE, Barbara of NC; grandson, Devon Weis of Charleston, WV; and granddaughter, Lauren Weis of Charleston, WV.

Roger loved his three dogs dearly, Brownie, Blackie and Falcor; he loved WVU Football. Roger worked in the coal mines for 35 years.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, April 15, 2013, at Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley, with Rev. Jimmie Weis officiating. Entombment will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens.

Friends may gather with the family Monday from 10 to 11 a.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.



Dorothy Mae Whitehead

Mrs. Dorothy Mae Whitehead, 84, of Beckley, died Wednesday, April 10, 2013, at Bowers Hospice House following an extended illness, with her devoted husband by her side.

Born November 19, 1928, in Osaka, Virginia, she was the daughter of the late Robert and Sally Thompson Atkins.

Dorothy worked various jobs, but her greatest achievement was her 20-plus years with Raleigh County Headstart. She was a member of Welcome Baptist Church and also served on the Mothers’ Ministry.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Robert Atkins and Robert Mitchell, and daughter, Paulette Whitehead Ross.

Left to cherish precious memories are her husband of 59 years, William “Inky” Whitehead; two sons, Charles (Kay) Mitchell of Beckley and William (Sharon) Whitehead of Statesville, NC; daughter, Carolyn (Tony) Harris of Beckley; granddaughter raised by William and Dorothy, Nolita Whitehead Hairston; seven additional grandchildren, John Barringer, Katrina Dunn, Amorita Barringer, Michael and Ryan Monroe, Travis Ross and Michelle Whitehead; nineteen great-grandchildren, four great-great-grandchildren; two sisters, Blanche Atkins of Charleston, WV, and Willa Mae Washington of Birmingham, AL; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 16, 2013, at Welcome Baptist Church, 206 8th Street, Beckley, with Rev. David Allen 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 ritchie-johnson@suddenlinkmail.com.

Arrangements entrusted to Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.



Opal June Wiseman

HILLDALE — Opal June Wiseman, our beloved sister, went to be with our Lord Friday, April 12, 2013, at Summers Nursing and Rehabilitation Center at Hilldale, West Virginia.

Firstborn child of the late Clarence and Opal Keffer Wiseman, she was born June 3, 1932, in Hinton, West Virginia.

She was preceded in death by a sister, Una Kathleen Wiseman, a brother, Roy E. Wiseman, two sisters-in-law, one niece and one nephew.

Those left to cherish her memory include two brothers, Charles (Bud) Wiseman of Hinton and Ashby Wiseman of Hilldale. Two sisters, Ruby Pearl Wiseman Young and husband Philip of Milton, WV, and Geneva Wiseman Willey and husband Bill of Hinton. Also survived by several nieces and nephews.

A private graveside service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, April 14, 2013, at the Wiseman Family Cemetery on Zion Mountain near Hinton with Pastor Robbie Merritt officiating. There will be no visitation.

Family members will serve as pallbearers.

A special thanks to the staff of Summers Nursing & Rehabilitation Center for the excellent care given to June.

Online condolences and guest register at www.pivontfuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by Pivont Funeral Home, Hinton, WV.



Mary Marie Withrow

Our precious Mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and great-great-grandmother, Mary Marie Withrow went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, April 11, 2013, at 1 a.m., at the Raleigh General Hospital in Beckley.

Born on January 22, 1913, in Carlisle, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Joseph John Bednarski and Filemina Baron Bednarski.

Mrs. Withrow was a member of the Saint Francis deSales Catholic Church in Beckley.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank Robert Withrow, on December 11, 1988, by two brothers, Joseph and Frank, and by a sister Anna Dickerson.

Frank and Mary Withrow were married on July 26, 1933. They met while in grade school and at the age of nineteen they were married. It truly was a happy marriage that lasted for 55 years. In 1956 Frank and Mary opened an Auto Repair Shop in Beckley. Frank retired in September 1980 and the business is still being operated by his daughter and son-in-law Mary and Darrold Wickline as Withrow’s Auto Service Inc.

After retirement Frank and Mary enjoyed traveling and spending time in Florida.

This year on January 22, Mary celebrated her 100th Birthday with a party at her home at Flat Top Lake with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

We would like to thank our neighbors, the Castrodale family, for their phone calls and the beautiful spring and summer flowers they would bring. Also a special thanks to the Ken Litton family who always offered their help and last but not least to the Jimmy Lucas family for always keeping the driveway clear of snow in the winter.

Survivors include two daughters, Frances Withrow Farley (son-in-law Wayne C. Farley who passed away in 1978) of Flat Top Lake, with whom she made her home; Mary Wickline and her husband Darrold of Beckley. Grandchildren, Wayne C. Farley Jr. and his wife Melinda Ennis Farley of Roanoke, Virginia. Mary Gail Farley Dixon and her husband Connard Dixon of Danese, WV. Matthew Alan Farley and his fiancée Deanna Barker of Beckley. Linda Wickline Harper and her husband Walt of Beckley, Venecia Wickline Canterberry and her husband Mike of Beckley, Emily Wickline Hanft and her husband Ed of Bethlehem, Pa., Darrold “Rocky” Wickline of Beckley.

Great-grandchildren, Mike, Jon, Greg and his wife Alexis White, all of Beckley, Mallory and Chase Canterberry of Beckley, Haley Canterberry and her husband Dave Edwards of Beckley, Jennifer Cerruto and her husband  Paul of East Orange, N.J., and Ricky Mosel of New Jersey. Great-great-grandchildren, Owen and Jeremy Cerruto, Jay Canterberry, Sofi and Zoe White.

Mrs. Withrow was the last surviving member of her immediate family, with the exception of brother-in-law James Kirby of Beckley.

A Funeral Liturgy will be held at the Saint Francis deSales Catholic Church on Monday, April 15, 2013, at noon with Monsignor Samuel Sacus as the Celebrant. A Rite of Committal will follow at Sunset Memorial Park in Beckley.

Friends may call at the church from 11 a.m. until noon on Monday.

Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

Private online condolences, floral gifts, and other expressions of sympathy are available to the family via our guestbook at www.roseandquesenberry.net.

Arrangements are by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, 1901 South Kanawha Street, Beckley.