The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

November 14, 2013

Obituaries — Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013

Thelma Holliday Bennett

RONCEVERTE — Thelma Holliday Bennett, 90, of Ronceverte, has gone to be with the Lord, Tuesday, November 12, 2013, from Mary’s Garden at the Marmet Center. 

Born August 26, 1923, at Ronceverte, she was a daughter of the late Cary Theodore and Reva Irene Bennett Holliday. 

Thelma was a homemaker, was of the Baptist faith and attended the Ronceverte Christian Church. 

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Ivan Wilson Bennett on January 7, 1966; and two sisters, Wilma Holliday Leslie and Margaret Tingler Stayton. 

Those left to cherish her memories are: three daughters, Jewel K. Bennett Moore of Covington, Va., Joan G. Bennett Earl (Bruce) of Pahrump, Nev. and Teresa M. Bennett Lewis (Joe Tucker) of Montgomery, W.Va.; two sons, Kenneth Wayne Bennett of Louisa, Va. and Richard Dale Bennett (Kay) of Ronceverte; a sister, Natoma Holliday Story (Lowell) of Edison, N.J.; two brothers, Lawrence Theodore Holliday (Hester) of Beckley and Sherman Cary Holliday (Kay) of Lewisburg; 10 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren and a special nephew, Jed Holliday.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Saturday, November 16, 2013, at Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home in Ronceverte, with Roy Lee Massie Jr. officiating. Burial will follow in the Adwell Cemetery at Ronceverte.

The family will receive friends on Friday, November 15, 2013, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home in Ronceverte.

In lieu of flowers, donations of sympathy may be made to Mary’s Garden at the Marmet Center, 1 Sutpin Drive, Marmet, WV 25315-1977.

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Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Ronceverte.

Patsy E. Brinkoetter

DECATUR, Ill. — Patsy E. Brinkoetter, 89, of Decatur, passed away Monday, Nov. 11, 2013, peacefully in her home.

Mrs. Brinkoetter was born on June 13, 1924, at Marfrance, W.Va., to Barbara and James McKenzie.

She was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church of Decatur, a graduate of St. Mary’s School of Nursing in Huntington, W.Va. and St. Joseph’s School of Anesthesiology in Springfield, Ill.

Patsy married James P. Brinkoetter on Oct. 1, 1949, in Ronceverte, W.Va., and thereafter made Decatur, their home.

She is survived by six of her children: James Brinkoetter (Patricia), David Brinkoetter (Gale), Pamela Sweet (William), Barbara Forbes (Rick), Martin Brinkoetter (Colleen), Peter Brinkoetter and one son, Joseph Leo Brinkoetter preceded her in death. She is survived by 21 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

She is also survived by three of her brothers, James Vincent (Vince) McKenzie, Tommy (T.J.) McKenzie and Joseph (Joe) McKenzie and one sister, Flora Jane Gatley.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James P. Brinkoetter (1999), her mother Barbara McKenzie (1988), her father James Vincent McKenzie (1962), three sisters, Ruth McKenzie (1934), Marian Korczowski (1988) Lucy Ann Bodary (2009) and one brother Eugene (Gino) McKenzie (2013).

Patsy loved and was loved by her family. She was the dedicated wife of her husband of 49 years, and to her family was a teacher, nurse, cook, counselor, confidant, collector and maker of memories, advocate, gardener and cheerleader. She was a kind, good and generous wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and friend.

Visitation for Patsy was held from 4 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, November 13, 2013, at Moran & Goebel Funeral Home.

Concelebrated Mass of the Resurrection celebrating her life will be 10 a.m., Thursday, November 14, 2013, at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Decatur.

Memorials may be directed to the Patsy Brinkoetter Memorial Fund at Busey Bank. Those funds will be directed to Our Lady of Lourdes School and St. Teresa High School.

The Brinkoetter family is being served by the Moran & Goebel Funeral Home, 2801 N. Monroe St., Decatur, IL 62526. Memories and condolences may be shared at

Isaac Paul Basil Brown

NEOLA — Isaac Paul Basil Brown, 18, of Neola, passed away from a truck wreck in Greenbrier County on Saturday, November 9, 2013.

Born in Beckley, March 27th 1995, he was the son of the late Isaac “Pat” Brown of Neola.

Survivors are his Mother Treasa (Obugene) Brown of MacArthur; wife Brittney Carter Brown of Neola; sisters Crystal Bone of Beckley, Hannah Marie Brown of MacArthur, Jessica Sargent of White Sulphur Springs; brother Pat Jr. of North Carolina; nephew Mason Lee Kincaid of White Sulphur Springs; niece Isabella Sargent of White Sulphur Springs; grandmother Mary Obugene of Beckley; special friend Buddy Marcum of MacArthur and lots of friends. He will be loved and sadly missed by everyone.

Isaac graduated from Greenbrier East High School in 2013. He attended New River Community College in Lewisburg. He was employed at Greenbrier Smokeless Coal Company as a security guard.

Graveside services will be held at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens in Beckley on Thursday,  November 14, 2013, at 1 p.m.

Shanklin Funeral Home in White Sulphur Springs and Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens is serving the family.

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

Clifford ‘Dale’ Callison

Clifford “Dale” Callison went home to be with the Lord Monday, November 11, 2013.

Dale was 73 years old, born and raised in West Virginia by the late Willard Terry and Alta Belle Callison.

Husband, father, grandfather, farmer, musician, miner and builder, Dale believed in hard work and spent his life making the world around him a better place. He loved to farm, play the fiddle, hunt, fish and socialize. Those who knew him will remember his love of westerns and his belief that a man should live by a code and do what’s right.

Dale leaves behind the love of his life, Judith Ann Sisler Callison, to whom he was married for 52 years, and their four children: his sons Ricky Callison (Debbie), Jonathan Callison (Jonie), Dale Callison II, and daughter Vicky Cline (Mark), all who mourn his loss. He is also survived by his brother Maynard Lynn Callison (Charlot); grandchildren Michael Callison, Jessica Tully, Emily Cline, Hannah Callison, Ethan Cline, Haylee Callison; great-grandchildren Travis and Lucas Callison and Alyssa, Dakota and Jacob Underwood-Callison; band members from Heavenbound, his band, include Frank Dosier (Shanda), Judy Callison and Denver Tiller (Delores); and numerous nieces and nephews

Services will be 1 p.m. Friday, November 15, in the Sewell Valley Baptist Church with Pastor Charlie Meadows and Pastor Fred Fryar officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Jimmy Bennett, Mike Whisman, Mike Callison, Ethan Cline, Mark Cline and Gary Johnson.

Friends may call Thursday, November 14, at Smathers Funeral Chapel, Inc. from 6 to 8 p.m.

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Arrangements by Smathers Funeral Chapel, Inc., Rainelle.

Abigail Grace Clifton

EDRAY — Abigail Grace Clifton, infant daughter of J.L. and Kim Clifton of Edray, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013, at 2 p.m. at Edray United Methodist Church with Pastor David Merryman officiating. Interment will follow with a private graveside rite. 

Friends may call one hour prior to services.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Ronald McDonald House,  2224 South Jefferson St., Roanoke, VA 24014 in memory of Abigail Grace Clifton.

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Lisa R. Dixon

LINDSIDE — Lisa R. Dixon, 41, of Lindside, passed away Tuesday, November 12, 2013, at Charleston Area Medical Center – General, Charleston, W.Va.

Arrangements are incomplete at Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home, Peterstown.

Ricky Gish

Ricky Wayne Gish, 25, of Crescent Road, Beckley, died on Sunday, Nov. 10th, 2013.

Funeral services will be Friday, Nov. 15th, at 1 p.m. in the Melton Mortuary Chapel. The family will receive friends on Thursday evening, Nov. 14th from 6 to 8 p.m. at the mortuary and one hour prior to the services on Friday. Burial will follow in Sunset Memorial Park. 

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

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary and Cremation Center, Beckley. 

Samuel Jason  ‘Sam’ Graham

Samuel Jason “Sam” Graham, 37, of Beaver, passed away Tuesday, November 12, 2013.

Arrangements are pending completion with Blue Ridge Funeral Home, 5251 Robert C. Byrd Drive, Beckley.

Lucinda ‘Boots’ Hughes

At the age of 92, on Sunday, November 10, 2013, our beloved “Boots” succumbed to a short illness at the Appalachian Regional Hospital, Beckley.

Born in Martinsville, Va., on March 27, 1921, she was the daughter of the late Jesse James Fountain Sr. and Polly Ann Hairston Fountain of Tams and Beckley.

She spent her formative years in Tams and was a graduate of Byrd Prillerman High School. While there, she played basketball and was an avid softball player and sports enthusiast. She possessed a knowledge of and a passion for sports that was passed on to our family and neighborhood. She also had a passion for any kind of gardening and possessed a “green thumb”. She could grow anything! Her ability to create with her hands shined when she knitted, crocheted, macramed, canned, made wine or performed homemaking skills, especially cooking. She was a giver and doer.

As a young woman during World War II, she served her country by working in an ammunitions factory in Elkton, Md. She was the proprietor of Jerry’s Grocery located in East Beckley. Being a tower of strength and a pillar in the community, she was always giving and doing. She gave many years of faithful service as a poll worker during elections fulfilling her civic duty.

On December 2, 1942, she married the love of her life, Albert J. Hughes Sr. From that union she is survived by one daughter, Pamela (Thomas V.) Hughes Moore of Beckley; two sons, Albert “Chubby” Hughes Jr. of Beckley and Dr. Timothy “T.K.” (Dr. Melissa) Hughes of Summerfield, N.C. Her only surviving sibling is her sister, Parthenia (Phine) Edmonds, 98, of Beckley.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers, Jesse James, “Speedy” (Doris) Jr., Harry Clay “Tot” (Beulah), Robert Lee “Booker” (Beatrice), Benjamin Harrison “Ben” (Gladys) and Maynard Leslie “Wee Wee” (Betty); sisters, Anna Mae “Nehi” (Bernard) Anderson, Frances (William) Bournes and Dorcas Fountain; two sisters who died at birth, Lilly and Rosetta; one grandson, Nathaniel Vincent “Nate” Moore. There are numerous relatives and in-laws who preceded her in death, in particular, Curtis “Pappa C” and Mattie “Mattie” Pennix Coleman, her best friends for over 80 years.

Left to cherish her memory are a litany of family, friends who will miss her much. This includes six grandkids, Thomas Vandal “Tommy 2” (Frances) Moore II, Nicole Lynette “Niki” DeBurgo, Kellee Miche “Kelly” Banks, Jeremy Hagan, Joshua Hagan, Isabella Jolie “Bella” Hughes; seven great-grandchildren, Michael Nathaniel “Mikey” DeBurgo, Daisa Ranee “Dai girl” DeBurgo, DeMitri Alexander “Roo” DeBurgo, Jeanique Josephine “Josie” DeBurgo, Keshawn Malik “Key” Banks, Thomas Vandal “Trey” Moore III and Trevor Vincent “Cheddar” Moore. Finally, there are a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and in-laws who will cherish her memory. You know who you are.

Funeral service will be 1 p.m. Friday, November 15, 2013, at New Hope Baptist Church, 305 Worley Road, Beckley, with Rev. Thomas V. Moore and Rev. Nathaniel Carey officiating. Burial will follow in Greenwood Memorial Park, Beckley. Friends may call one hour prior to the service at the church.

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The Hughes family expresses gratitude to everyone of you for being a part of the wonderful life’s journey of our beloved “Boots”.

Arrangements entrusted to Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.

Lonnie Gale McKinney Jr.

PINEVILLE — Lonnie Gale McKinney, Jr., 45, of Pineville, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, November 10, 2013.

He was born August 18, 1968, in Beckley, a son of Lonnie Gale Mckinney Sr. and Wanda Lou Burgess Carter.

He was a U.S. Marine Corps. veteran, 1986 graduate of Pineville High School, and a member of the UMWA.

He is preceded in death by his grandparents Ella and Charles Burgess, Robert Dillon and Clarence and Brookie McKinney.

Survivors include his parents Lonnie Gale (Sandra) McKinney of Skin Fork, and Wanda Lou Burgess (Eddie) Carter of Glen Fork; a daughter Anjella Dionne McKinney of Keystone; two sons Bradley Chase McKinney of Itmann, and Gabriel Dean Nichols of Pineville; three sisters his twin Wanda (Mike) Bishop of East Bend, N.C., Kimmy Mathis of East Bend, N.C. and Sabrina (Carl) Musick of Fairdale; three brothers Jason Simpson of Oceana, Jacob McKinney of Skin Fork and Harry Ropp of North Carolina;  several nieces and nephews; two special great nephews Lucas and Jack Smith; and a host of cousins, aunts, uncles and friends whom he loved dearly.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, November 15, 2013, in the Cooper Memorial Church, Skin Fork, with Rev. Tommy Lusk and Rev. David Johnson officiating. He will be laid to rest in Cooper Memorial Church Cemetery.

Friends may gather with the family from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, November 14, 2013, at the church.

Pallbearers will be Chris McKinney, Bryan Brown, Dewayne Cantrell, Terry McKinney, Timmy McKinney, Zachary Green and Aaron Cantrell.

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

Margaret Faye Miller

ALDERSON — Margaret Faye Miller, 88, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013.

Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013, at the Rosewood Cemetery in Lewisburg. The family will receive friends on Saturday from 12 noon until time of the service at the Morgan Funeral Home in Lewisburg.

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Arrangements by Morgan Funeral Home, Lewisburg.

John Monty 

Johnny “John” Ottavio Monty was born on February 15, 1930, and passed from this earth peacefully at his home on Veteran’s Day, Monday, November 11, 2013.

John was preceded in death by parents, Giuseppe “Joe” and Clara Bombassei Monty, Uncle Luigi “Gigi” and Aunt Elena Monty, immigrants of Auronzo, Italy; brother, Enio Monty, of St. Albans, W.Va. and his beloved son, Johnny Ottavio Monty II of Phoenix, Ariz. 

Surviving family members include beloved wife, Donna L. Monty; son, Timothy Monty (Kathy) of Colorado, son, Gregory (Francoise) of Kansas, daughter, Tiziana N. Monty-Frey (Scott) of Ohio, daughter-in-law, Elizabeth Monty, of Arizona. Surviving grandchildren include, Pete (Muriel); Joe (Laura); Gregory Monty Jr.; Natalie Monty; Gillian Monty; Ian Frey and great grand-daughter Mikabella Monty.

Also surviving are beloved cousins Sylvia Monty and Maria Ray of St. Albans; several nieces, nephews, grand-nieces, and grand-nephews.

After graduating from WVU with a B.S. in Civil Engineering, John served his country during the Korean Conflict in the U.S. Air Force at Luke AFB in Phoenix, where he met his bride of 57 years, Donna.

John returned to West Virginia to share ownership of Monty Brothers Construction with his uncle, Luigi “Gigi” Monty, later taking the business on his own.

Monty Brothers Construction first specialized in bridge construction in and around the rugged lands of his beloved West Virginia before working almost entirely in the coal fields of southern West Virginia on various coal-mining related projects. Monty Brothers Construction was a pioneer in constructing and installing the mine ventilation systems that helped to greatly improve miner safety. The company also constructed concrete mine entrances, and installed the electrical systems and lines that helped transport miners in and out of the mines. Monty Brothers Construction also operated dredges and drags to help clean out the mining ponds from coal slurry, helping to keep the environment around the mines clean and safe. In later years, the business rented and leased specialized heavy equipment and crane. 

To those he worked with and employed, John was well known to be an honorable, fair and honest businessman. John possessed a quick wit and was very entertaining to friends and family, business partners and strangers alike. The family wishes to convey great gratitude to the neighbors and friends on Homewood Drive in Beckley for their kindness in helping Mr. and Mrs. Monty on a daily basis. 

John lived a life of faith and devotion as a practicing Roman Catholic and as a kind Christian man. He was a long-time member of the St. Francis de Sales Catholic Parish in Beckley.

John gave of his time and talents to help those around him. In retirement, he spent countless hours visiting with family, friends and neighbors, providing news, laughs and small kindnesses. John was a great dad, a devoted husband and a great grandpa to his six grandchildren and great granddaughter. John took great pride in the lives of all his family and he will be loved and greatly missed all the days of their lives. 

The Rite of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, Nov. 15th, at 6 p.m. at the Melton Mortuary Chapel. Fr. Penn will be the celebrant. The family will receive friends from 5 p.m.  until the service hour.  

The family suggests donations of sympathy can be made to St. Francis de Sales School, 614 South Oakwood Ave., Beckley, WV 25801 or the charity of your choice.

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

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary and Cremation Center, Beckley.

Gary ‘Spud’ Snuffer

Gary “Spud” Snuffer, 59, of Maple Meadow, died Tuesday, Nov. 12th, 2013, at this home.

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

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary and Cremation Center, Beckley.

Sherry Lynn Stewart

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Sherry Lynn Stewart, 53, of Columbus, formerly of Beckley, passed away Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013.

Service will be 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013, at the Edwards Funeral Home, 1166 Parson Ave., Columbus, Ohio 43206. 614-333-6240

Frances ‘Wade’ Terry

CHARMCO — Frances “Wade” Terry, 68, of Charmco, passed away Monday, Nov. 11, 2013, at Greenbrier Valley Medical Center, Ronceverte, W.Va., following a long illness.

Born Feb. 4, 1945, at Rainelle, he was the son of the late William V. and Renda A. Vandall Terry.

Wade attended Elton Community Church and was of the Baptist faith. He was a member of the U.M.W.A. and a retired coal miner.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Ostie Cook and Marie Dunn, and a brother, Jimmy Terry.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife of 50 years, Elonya Jean Thornton Terry; two sons, William Terry and wife, Renee of Lilly Park and Matthew Terry of Charmco; six grandchildren, Christine Deel, Lee Deel, Rochelle Terry, Zach Hugart, Cheyenne Hugart and Little Wade Terry; three great-grandchildren, Gaige McCoy, Laikyn McCoy and Clayton Walker; a sister, Penny Thornton and husband, Roger of Charmco; a brother, William Terry Jr. and wife, Hazel of Charmco.

Service will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013, at Wallace & Wallace Chapel, Rainelle, with Pastor Roger Thornton officiating. Burial will follow at Wallace Memorial Cemetery, Clintonville.

Friends may visit with the family from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday evening at the funeral home.

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Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Rainelle.

Vera Thompson Treadway

EUNICE — Vera Thompson Treadway, a native of Eunice, passed away November 10, 2013, at age 76, after a brave battle with cancer.

Vera was born in Eunice, WV. She earned her BA and MA from New Mexico Highlands University at Las Vegas, where she was a cheerleader, a member of the Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority, the inaugural Miss Southwest Wind, and was honored with the Distinguished Alumnus Award.

She was a high school educator in West Virginia, New Mexico and Rochester, New York, where she was employed as a guidance counselor at Gates-Chili High School from 1964 to 1992. She also served as a teachers’ union representative. 

Vera was a biographical and genealogical author and was accomplished in piano, sculpting and painting, among many other talents. Above all, she loved her family, especially her grandchildren, and her zest for life, her selfless acts of kindness and her smile touched the hearts of many.

Vera is survived by her husband, Clinton Treadway, her daughters, Kristi Treadway and Denise Treadway Vorbach, her sons, Dwayne Treadway and Darren Treadway, and her four grandchildren, Morgan Kayser, Kyle Vorbach, Dylan Treadway  and Maya Treadway.

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Arrangements handled by Bartolomeo & Perotto Funeral Home, Walker Brothers Funeral Home. 585-720-6000.

Nathan Wayne Williams

JUDSON — Nathan Wayne Williams, 4, of Judson, passed away Tuesday, November 12, 2013.

He was the son of Robert Andrew Williams II and fiancé Brandy Ward of Sandstone and Amanda Dawn Williams of Judson.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, November 16, 2013, at Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors Chapel with Pastor Melvin Wills officiating. Burial will follow in the Elk Knob Cemetery.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday at the funeral parlor.

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

Arrangements are by the Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors of Hinton.