The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

November 20, 2012

Obituaries — Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012


Fred Basham

Fred Basham, 89, of Beckley, passed away Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012.

Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012, at 1 p.m. with Pastor Ken Souder officiating. Burial will follow at the Wildwood Cemetery in Beckley.

Friends may call at the funeral home one hour prior to the services. Online condolences may be sent to our guestbook at www.rose andquesenberry.net.    

Arrangements are by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, Beckley.

Louella Bennett

Louella Bennett, 57, of Cool Ridge, passed away Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012, at her residence.

Arrangements are pending completion at Rose and Quesenberry, 729 Flat Top Road, Shady Spring.

David Cadle

HARRISBURG, Pa. — David Cadle, 74, formerly of Beckley, passed away Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012.

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

Lillie B. Collins

GILBERT — Lillie B. Collins, 89, died Friday, Nov. 16, 2012.

Friends may gather with the family at Mounts Funeral Home Chapel in Gilbert today from 6 to 9 p.m.

Services will be Nov. 21 at 11 a.m. at Sharon Heights Assembly of God in Hampden with Rev. Russell King, Rev. Anthony Hudgins and Rev. Arville Cline officiating. Burial will follow at the Hatfield Cemetery in Hampden.

Arrangements by Mounts Funeral Home, Gilbert.

Pamela Sue Dillon

MOUNT HOPE — Pamela Sue Dillon, 52, died Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012, at Bowers Hospice House in Beckley.

Online condolences may be sent at www.tyreefuneralhome.com

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

James Franklin Griffey

OAK HILL — James Franklin Griffey, 56, died Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012, in Oak Hill.

Mr. Griffey was cremated. There will be no visitation or service.

Online condolences may be sent at www.tyreefuneral home.com

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.with pic

Kenneth Henry

2nd Timothy 4:7 — “I have fought a good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” And so, our most cherished Kenny Henry of Rustic Hills, Crab Orchard, finished his race on Friday, Nov. 16, 2012, at Raleigh General Hospital following a courageous battle with colon cancer. He was 60 years of age.

Known affectionately as Kenny all his life, Kenneth Richard Henry was born on Jan. 2, 1952, at Camp Lejeune, N.C. The first of four children, his parents are Anna Belle Harrison Henry of Dunbar and the late Harry Lee Henry. Kenny was a beloved son.

Kenny spent his childhood in Charleston, graduating from Stonewall Jackson High School, Class of 1970. At the age of 16, he went to work for Kroger as a bag boy. At the time of his illness, Kenny had 41 years of service, being the manager of the Kroger at Beaver.

Kenny immensely enjoyed his job and loved his employees. He will be remembered for his high work ethic. When he had time, Kenny enjoyed golfing and going to the dog tracks with his best friend, Dennis Miller.

In the 1970s friends would introduce Kenny to a pretty Charleston girl, Marilee Johnson.  Kenny and Marilee would marry on Aug. 19, 1977. To this union was born their two daughters, Krista Michelle and Jessica Renee. 

The family has made their home at Rustic Hills for the past 20 years. They all share a love for animals, and have saved many through “animal rescue.” Kenny and Marilee were a great team. Marilee was holding Kenny’s hand when he passed away, “Oh Love That Will Not Let Me Go.”

In addition to his mother, Anna, Marilee and the girls, Kenny leaves to cherish his memory, twin sisters, Beverly Sue Atkins and her husband, Rick of Sevierville, Tenn. and Anna Lou Hodges and her husband, Randy of Charleston, and his brother, Greg Henry of Powder Springs, Ga.; five nephews survive as well as the Johnson family, Carolee Higginbotham and her husband, Jimmy of Charleston and John Johnson and his wife, Carolyn of Ocala, Fla.; along with several nieces and nephews; and Kenny’s Kroger family.

Kenny’s family will receive friends on Tuesday, Nov. 20, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Melton Mortuary, 1200 Harper Road, Beckley. A Committal Service will be Wednesday, Nov. 21 at 1 p.m. in the Sunset Memorial Park Mausoleum where Kenny will be entombed. 

Those wishing to attend the committal services are asked to meet at the mortuary by 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday. Family members, friends and co-workers will serve as pallbearers.

Kenny’s family would like to publicly thank the Cancer Treatment Center of America in Philadelphia and Raleigh Regional Cancer Center of Beckley. 

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

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary Inc., Beckley.

Susan Lee Littlejohn

FOREST HILL — Susan Lee Armstrong Littlejohn, 48, passed away at St. Mary’s Hospital in Huntington, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012.

Born Feb. 19, 1964, in Portsmouth, Va., she was the daughter of Barbara Baker Lafferty, of Beckley, and A.A. Armstrong Jr., of Brookneal, Va.

Susan was a former registered nurse, last employed at Pulaski Community Hospital in Pulaski, Va. She was a graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School and Bluefield State College School of Nursing.

Susan had made her home at Forest Hill for the past nine years, and was of the Baptist faith.

Her husband, William Otis Littlejohn III, preceded her in death. Her stepfather, Beldon L. Laffery, also preceded her in death.

Other than her parents, she is survived by her children; Chris Littlejohn, Sarah Littlejohn and Jennifer Littlejohn, all of Forest Hill; a stepbrother, Lee Lafferty of Fayetteville; stepsisters, Paula Reid of Foley Beach, S.C., and Claudia Kania of Oak Hill.

Several nieces and nephews are also surviving.

A  memorial service will be held at a later date. There will be no visitation.  

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

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

Audrace Mae Mattison

MOUNT LOOKOUT — Audrace Mae Mattison, 94, formerly of Carl, passed away early Monday morning, Nov. 19, 2012 at Ansted Center of Ansted, following a long illness.

Born July 28, 1918, in Nicholas County, she was the daughter of the late Walter and Bessie McClung White.

Audrace was a member of Mountain Baptist Church of Carl, and was a homemaker.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, William G. “Griq” Mattison in 1987 and three brothers Gilmer White, Reed Orndorff, and Glendon Orndorff.

Survivors include two sons, Norris Mattison (Vicky) of Maxwelton, William “Bill” Mattison (Lola) of Mt. Lookout; three sisters-in-law, Hilda White of Carl, Ruth Orndorff of Parma, Ohio, and Hope Orndorff of Carl; two brothers, Elden Orndorff (Emma) of Carl, Wyldon Orndorff (Wanda) of Quinwood; two grandchildren, Cynthia Mattison and Star Buckner (Matt); and two great-grandchildren, Matty and Cora Buckner.

Service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 21, at Mountain Baptist Church of Carl, with Pastor Reginald Berry officiating. Burial will follow at the Mountain Baptist Church Cemetery.

Friends may call one hour prior to the service starting at 10 a.m. at the church.

Arrangments by Wallace and Wallace, Rainelle.



Nathan Wayne McGraw, Jr.

Nathan Wayne McGraw Jr., of  Beckley, born Nov. 17, 2012 went home to be with the Lord at 1 a.m. leaving behind his loving, broken-hearted parents Nathan and Abrillya McDowell McGraw; grandparents, Damon and Mary McDowell, Elphie Saxer, Steve and Michelle McGraw and Felicia Ames; great grandparents, Rev. Rebecca Wallace, Yvonne and Darrell Williams and JoAnn Karantonis. 

He had many aunts and uncles, Mary McDowell, Jojo Coon, Noah, Tori, Dustin, JoAnna and Steven McGraw.

Funeral services will be 3 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012 at the Clear Fork Worship Center with Pastor Greg Scarbro officiating. Burial will follow in the Calfee Cemetery at Mt. Tabor. Friends may visit with the family at the church on Wednesday from 2 p.m. until time of service.

The family asks that memorial contributions be made to the family and sent to 713 S. Oakwood Ave., Apt. 302, Beckley, WV 25801.

Online condolences may be left at www.calfeefh.com.

Arrangements by Calfee Funeral Home, Beckley.

Garrett ‘Joe’ McMillion

CLINTONVILLE — Garrett “Joe” McMillion, 74, of Clintonville, died Nov. 18, 2012.

Service will be held 2 p.m. today at Gethsemane Baptist Church in Frankford.

Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church.

Condolences may be expressed at www.morganfh. net.

Pamela Gaye Clay Morris

OAK HILL — Pamela Gaye Clay Morris, 58, died Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012.

In keeping with her wishes, Pamela was cremated. There will be no visitation or service.

Donations of sympathy may be made to Tyree Funeral Home to assist the family with final expenses.

Online condolences may be sent at www.tyreefuneral home.com

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Ida Mae Morrison

FENWICK — Ida Mae Morrison, 98, died Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012, at the Nicholas County Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Richwood.

Service will be Friday, Nov. 23, 2012, at 2 p.m. at New Hope Baptist Church, Fenwick Mountain, with Pastor Adam Hanna officiating.

Interment will be at Mountain View Memorial Park in Richwood.

Visitation will be Friday, Nov. 23, 2012, from noon to 2 p.m. at New Hope Baptist Church.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Beams Bibles, P.O. Box 10200, Gulfport, MS, 39505.

Simons-Coleman Funeral Home was in charge of all arrangements.

Mary Elizabeth ‘Betty’ Ellison Gast Paculba

SILVER SPRING, Md. — Betty Paculba passed on Nov.r 13, 2012, at her home after an extended battle with cancer.

Betty was born to William (Skinny) Andrew and Nellie L. McClure Ellison on October 29, 1934, in Beckley.

She completed high school in Beckley in 1952, attended Beckley College, worked for C&P Telephone Co. and was a reporter for Beckley Newspapers Corp. She married William (Bill) S. Gast in 1954 and settled in California in 1963. She was preceded in death by Bill in 1972. Years later she married Agaton (Tony) Paculba and returned to Beckley where she served as the executive director of the local chapter of the American Cancer Society. She retired to Nevada and in 1997 moved to Maryland to be closer to her brother and his family. Betty loved to play bridge and was an avid reader.

Betty is survived by her brother, Robert W. Ellison, sister-in-law, Linda Webb Ellison, nieces and nephews Tammy and Eric Rhoades, Kirk and Deanna Ellison and five grandnieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Nov. 24, at 2 p.m. at Aspen Hill Christian Church where she was a member, 13501 Georgia Ave., Aspen Hill, MD 20906.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Verta Lou Jones Pomeroy

MEADOW BRIDGE — Verta Lou Jones Pomeroy, 86, passed away Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012, at Greenbrier Manor Nursing Home following a long illness.

Born June 25, 1926, in Springdale, she was the daughter of the late Beury and Lula Hunter Jones.

Verta was a homemaker and a member of Beelick Knob Tabernacle Church of Meadow Bridge.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Elmer L. Pomeroy Jr; a son, Darrell Wayne Pomeroy; and four brothers, Thelmar, Harry, Grover and Calvin Jones.

Those left to cherish her memory are a daughter-in-law, Carol Pomeroy of Meadow Bridge; a sister, Edna Morris of Meadow Bridge; two grandsons, Michael Wayne Pomeroy and wife, Patty and Rodney Dean Pomeroy; three great-grandchildren, Felicia, Dillon, and Madison; as well as eight nieces and seven nephews.

Services will be 1 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012, at Wallace & Wallace Chapel in Rainelle with Rev. Sherman McCombs officiating. Burial will follow at the End of the Trail Cemetery in Clintonville.

Friends may call one hour prior (noon to 1 p.m.) to the service. There will be no evening visitation.

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace of Rainelle.

Shawn Quick

LEWISBURG — Shawn Quick, 36, died Nov. 15, 2012 at his home.

Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 24 at Morgan Funeral Home in Lewisburg.

Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.morganfh.net.

John Taylor Vernon Sr.

FAYETTEVILLE — John Taylor Vernon Sr., 87, passed away Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012 at Hidden Valley Health Care Center, Oak Hill, following a short illness.

Born on Nov. 6, 1925, at Charleston, he was the son of the late William Joseph and Victoria Taylor Vernon.

Mr. Vernon was a member of Fayetteville Presbyterian Church. He served in the Pacific with the U.S. Navy during WWII (1943-1945). Mr. Vernon worked for Union Carbide and retired from Elkem Metals.

He was an avid sports fan and especially loved his Mountaineer sports. “Pops” was a kind-hearted man, loved his family, had only kind words for everyone and always had a smile on his face.    

Preceded in death by his loving wife, Mildred Selvey Vernon; five sisters, Mildred, Christine, Virginia, Victoria and Laura; and one brother, Joseph.

Left to cherish his memory include his daughter, Julie (Jimmy) Stewart of Cool Ridge; two sons, James H. Vernon and John T. (Lynn) Vernon Jr., both of Fayetteville; four step-children, Christopher (Sherri) Selvey of Fayetteville, Peggy (Wayne) Gherke of Fayetteville,  David (Lisa) Selvey of Greensboro, N.C. and Jasper Selvey of Princeton; two surviving sisters, Katherine Martin of Charleston and Mary Carson of Glen Ferris; four grandchildren, Clayton Stewart, Samantha Stewart, Taylor (Erin) Vernon of Columbia, Md., and Joseph (Tiffany) Vernon and their children, Talan Vernon and Javin Vernon of Fayetteville; stepgrandchildren, Eli Selvey, Whitney Franklin, Joshua Selvey, Lucas Selvey, Charlie Selvey and Nathan Selvey.

In keeping with Mr. Vernon’s wishes, he requested his body be donated to the West Virginia Human Gift Registry at WVU, Morgantown.

A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date.

The family would like to thank Hidden Valley Health Care Center of Oak Hill and the special angels that worked there for all their care and love they shared with their dad.

Memorials in Mr. Vernon’s memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, 921 W. Neville St., Beckley, WV 25801 or call 1-800-227-2345.

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

Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, 350 W. Maple Ave,, Fayetteville, submitted information for family.

Otis Vipperman

Otis Vipperman, 72, of Vass Branch, passed away at his home Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012.

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

Clarence ‘Joe’ Walker

RAND — Clarence ‘Joe’ Walker, 68, of Rand, passed away Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012 at CAMC Hospital after an extended illness.

Services entrusted by Durgan Funeral Home, Beckley.

Thelma Lorrayne Wills

RICH CREEK, Va. — Thelma Lorrayne Wills, 86, of Powell Mountain Road, died Monday, Nov. 19, 2012.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012, at Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home Chapel, Peterstown with Rev. Tommy Ramsey and Pastor Michael Biggs officiating. Burial will follow at the Peterstown Cemetery.

Friends may call from 11 a.m. Wednesday until time of services. Online guest book can be signed or condolences sent to the Wills family at www.broyles-shrews bury.com.

Arrangements by Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home, Peterstown.

Hobert Marks Wolfe

FENWICK — Hobert Marks Wolfe, 85, died Monday, Nov. 19, 2012, at Nicholas County Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Richwood.

Service will be Wednesday, Nov. 21 at 1 p.m. at Simons-Coleman Funeral Home in Richwood with Pastor Jim Meadows officiating.    

Interment will be at Fairview Cemetery in Nettie.

Visitation will be today from 6 to 8 p.m. at Simons-Coleman Funeral Home.

All arrangements were made by Simons-Coleman Funeral Home, Richwood.