The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

June 20, 2013

Obituaries — Thursday, June 20, 2013

Minnie Edna Baker

Minnie Edna Baker, 97, of Beckley, went to be with her Lord on Monday, June 17, 2013.

She was the daughter of the late E. Hiram and Mandy Whitt Rinehart.

Mrs. Baker was born on March 20, 1916, at Mullens, W.Va. She was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, Bernice F. Baker, a son, Roger Baker, and by brothers and sisters, Ranzie Sizemore, Laura McComas, Edward Rinehart, Virgie Rinehart, Vescar Rinehart, John Rinehart, Nina Martin, Aimee Rinehart, Pansy Mason, Anna Campbell, Cora Whitt, Pearl Whitt, and Nettie Whitt.

Mrs. Baker was a homemaker, and a member of the Beckley Regular Baptist Church.

Those left to cherish her memory include her daughter, Karen Bouchard and her husband Paul of Wilmington, NC; Patsy Caudill and her husband Jimmy of Beckley; daughter-in-law Judy Baker of Benton, Arkansas, six grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild.

Funeral services will be conducted at the Rose and Quesenberry Peace Chapel in Beckley on Friday June 21, 2013, at 2 p.m. with Pastor Steven Beverly and assisted by Wesley Fondale of the Beckley Regular Baptist Church officiating. Burial will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens at Prosperity.

Friends may call at the funeral home from noon until service time on Friday.  

The family extends special thanks to her caregiver of seven years, Lois Megimose, and to the Hospice of Southern WV, along with the Bowers Hospice House for their excellent care.

Private online condolences, floral tributes, and other expressions of sympathy may be directed to the family via our guestbook at

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

Lorena Ann     Campbell Brooks

Lorena Ann Campbell Brooks, 87, of Beckley, formerly of Fairdale, passed away Tuesday, June 18, 2013.

Services will be noon, Tuesday, June 25, in the Breckenridge Missionary Baptist Church at Bolt.

Friends may call one hour before the service from 11 a.m. to noon at the church.

Online condolences at

Arrangements by Smathers Funeral Chapel, Inc., Rainelle.

Carlyn Epperly

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. — Mr. Carlyn Epperly, age 85, of Johnson City, went to be with the Lord, Tuesday, June 18, 2013, at home with his wife at his side after an extended illness.

Mr. Epperly was a native of Beckley, W.Va., and had lived in Johnson City since 1960.

He was the son of the late B.B. Epperly and Anna Maude Wilson Epperly. In addition to his parent’s one brother, Fredrick Epperly; one sister, Virginia Cree; one son-in-law, Dwayne Simmons also preceded him in death.

Mr. Epperly was a 1946 graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War.

Mr. Epperly was a retired Brick mason. He attended the Grace Baptist Church and greatly loved the Lord.

Mr. Epperly looked forward to Wednesday afternoon pinochle games at the Johnson City Senior Center and when able played Rook at the Jonesborough Rook Club. He also enjoyed the company of his cat Tabbitha. He loved watching faith-based movies with the family.

He will be missed greatly but we are grateful for the 85 years the Lord allowed us to have him in our lives and hearts. He now walks with God in the Kingdom of Heaven waiting for our arrival.

He is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Betty Epperly; one son, Jerry Epperly and his wife Suzanne; two daughters, Nancy Netherland and her husband Jerry and Melissa Simmons; three sisters-in-laws, Lucille Quesenberry and her husband Fred, Peggy Hilton and Janice Thurber; four grandchildren, Angela McBride and her husband Michael, Jason Netherland and his wife Kimberly, Jared Epperly and his wife Ashley and Jeffrey Epperly and his wife Megan; six great grandchildren, Amanda Netherland, Maddix Epperly, Kennedi Epperly, Ava Epperly, Hadyn Epperly and Rylie Epperly; two special boys Jackson and Will Wireman who have blessed his life since their births and their parents Jon and Jill.

The funeral service for Mr. Carlyn Epperly will be conducted at 8 p.m. Thursday, June 20, 2013 in the Morris-Baker South Chapel. Rev. Mike Pelham will officiate. Beloved granddaughter Angela Netherland will provide the eulogy.

The graveside committal service will be conducted at 11:30 a.m. Friday in the Mountain Home National Cemetery.

Active pallbearers will be selected from family and friends.

The Boone Dam Post No. 4933 and the Tennessee National Guard will accord military honors.

Family and friends are requested to meet at the funeral home by 11 a.m.  Friday to go in procession to the cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday prior to the service.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Grace Baptist Church, 612 Collins Drive, Johnson City, TN 37604.

Memories and condolences may be sent to the Epperly family via

Morris-Baker Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 2001 Oakland Avenue, Johnson City, is serving the Epperly family. 423-282-1521.

Laicee Nicole Lynn Gates

An angel in the book of life

wrote down my baby’s birth

Then whispered as she closed the book

“too beautiful for earth”

Laicee Nicole Lynn Gates, two months and two weeks old, became a precious angel in Heaven on June 15, 2013.

“There are places in the heart you don’t even know exist until you love a child.” Born on March 29, 2013, Laicee was the most beautiful gift to her loving parents, Nicholas Gates and Gabrielle Zimmerman of Gatewood.

Welcoming Laicee to Heaven are her grandparents, Gordon and Pamela Gates, and Rebecca Thomas.

Left with precious memories of Laicee are her grandfather, Michael Zimmerman of Statesville, NC; great-grandparents, Paul Cole of Ansted, James and Dreama Thomas of Gatewood, Mike and Gail Skaggs of Ansted; a very special great-aunt, Jeannette Thomas; a very special great-uncle, Scott Long of Gatewood; uncles, Michael Shane Zimmerman, Tobias Long, Dakota Birchfield, Bryan Zimmerman, and Gordon Gates III; and aunts, Heather Gates, Mikalia Zimmerman; and many other family and friends.

A celebration of Laicee’s life will be held at Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, Fayetteville, with Pastor Morris Nutter officiating on Friday, June 21, 2013, at 2 p.m. Burial will follow at Huse Memorial Park, Fayetteville.  

The family will receive friends from noon until time of services on Friday at the funeral home.

This was a life that had hardly begun.  No time to find your place in the sun. No time to do all you could have done. But we loved you enough for a lifetime.  

No time to enjoy the world and its wealth. No time to take life down off the shelf. No time to sing the songs of yourself. Though you had enough love for a lifetime.

Those who live long endure sadness and tears. But you’ll never suffer the sorrowing years. No betrayal, no anger, no hatred, no fears. Just love — only love — in your lifetime.

For those wishing to express their condolences 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.

Ramona L. Helmondollar

Ramona L. Helmondollar, age 81, passed away Tuesday, June 18, 2013.

She was born in Rhodell, West Virginia. She was a lifelong member of the Church of God and currently a member of The One Hope Ministries Church of God.

She was the daughter of Kelly and Myrtle (nee Baldwin) Wilson who preceded her in death. Also preceding in death is her husband: Reverend James Helmondollar; brothers,  Loren, David, and Vernon Wilson; sisters, Texi Barker, Lydia Price, Juanita Perry, Ethel Mitchell, and Marilyn Meadows, and Edith Wilson.

Survived by daughter, Pamela K. Helmondollar, (Rev. J. Rick) Noel and grandchildren Brandon, Victoria, and Matthew, several nieces and nephews.

There will be a graveside service 3 p.m. Friday, June 21, 2013 at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, 5250 Robert C Bryd Dr, Beckley.

Arrangements by Cox Funeral Home, 330-745-3311.

Eugene ‘Geno’ McKenzie

RAINELLE — Eugene “Geno” McKenzie, 84, of Rainelle, passed away Monday morning, June 17, 2013, at Morgantown, W.Va., following a long illness.

Born June 26, 1928, at Marfrance, W.Va., he was the son of the late James V. and Barbara Greco McKenzie. He operated several different coal mines and was an entrepreneur.

During his lifetime, Geno wore many hats, including elected political service (3-term Mayor of Rainelle), entrepreneur, contractor, and coal operator. However, his proudest achievement was the knowledge that he was able to use his God-given talents to employ thousands of hard working West Virginians, to which in return, they were able to support their families. Geno believed in hard work and that others should work hard too.

He was a lifelong supporter of the West Virginia coal industry. During his lifetime, he gave back to his community, including the two areas of Greenbrier County that he considered home, Quinwood, and Rainelle. Additionally, as a supporter of education Geno encouraged all persons to reach for their educational aspirations and provided significant scholarships for graduating students in the Western Greenbrier area. Geno was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Rainelle, W.Va.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his ex-wife, Margaret Jean Phalen McKenzie in 1999, and two sisters, Marian M. Korczowski and Lucy McKenzie.

He leaves behind a daughter: Gina McKenzie of Richmond, Va.; two sons, Tony McKenzie of Morgantown, W.Va. and James “Jimmy” McKenzie of Washington, DC; two sisters, Patsy Brinkoetter of Decauter, Ill.; Flora Jane Gatley of Falls Church, Va.; three brothers, Joseph McKenzie of Norfolk, Va., Vincent McKenzie of Tucson, Ariz., Thomas McKenzie of Tucson, Ariz.; six grandchildren. His close friend, Jan Miller and her family, and his life-companion, Joyce Hawks.

Funeral Mass will be at 11 a.m., Friday, June 21, 2013, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Rainelle, with Father Rey Landicho officiating. Burial will follow at End of the Trail Cemetery, Clintonville, W.Va.  

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday evening at Wallace and Wallace Chapel in Rainelle, W.Va.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations of sympathy be made to Hospicecare of WV, PO Box 760, Arthurdale, WV 26520.  

Please send online condolences by visiting

Arrangements entrusted to Wallace & Wallace of Rainelle.

Herbert McKinney

Herbert McKinney 84, of Sophia, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, June 19, 2013, in the Bowers Hospice House, following a long battle with black lung.

Born May 29, 1929, at Tommy’s Ridge he was the son of the late William and Gertrude Meadows McKinney.

Herbert had worked for over 50 years in the mining industry, retiring as a Federal Mine Inspector at the District 4 office in Mt. Hope. He was a very devoted father and grandfather. He dearly loved his family. He was the last surviving member of his immediate family.

In addition to his parents he was preceded by in death by his wife of 34 years Audrey McKinney, and his grandson Justin McKinney, and 13 brothers and sisters.

Those left to cherish his memory and carry on his legacy include his children: Herkie McKinney and his wife Sue of Shady Spring, Debbie White and her husband Jonathan of Scarbro, Rocky McKinney and wife Judy of Beckley, Jerry McKinney and wife Tammy of Beckley; nine grandchildren, and 14 great grandchildren, and a special friend Phyillis Shelor, and a host of nieces and nephews, and countless friends.

Services will be private with burial taking place at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens Beckley.

In lieu of flowers donations are asked to be made in Herbert’s memory to Hospice of Southern West Virginia.

Online condolences can be sent to the family by visiting

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

Gwendolyn Miller

Gwendolyn Miller, 60, of Sophia, passed away Sunday June 16, 2013.

Services will be Friday at 1 p.m. at Williams-Blue Ridge Funeral Home Sophia. Friends may call from noon until service time Friday at the funeral home. Burial will follow in Resthaven Memorial Park in Princeton.

Arrangements by Williams-Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Sophia.

Joey Gene Miller

SUMMERSVILLE — Joey Gene Miller, 34, of Summersville, died Monday, June 17, 2013.

Funeral services will be conducted Friday June 21, 2013, at 1 p.m. in the Waters Funeral Chapel at Summersville. Burial will follow in the East-Eakle Cemetery at Summersville.

Friends may call at the funeral chapel one hour prior to the service on Friday.

Thomas Michael Richter

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS — Thomas Michael Richter, 53, of White Sulphur Springs, died Thursday, June 13, 2013.

A Funeral Mass Service will be conducted 11 a.m. Friday morning, June 21, 2013, at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in White Sulphur Springs with Father Chapin Engler officiating.

Visitation will be Thursday, June 20, 2013, from 6 to 8 p.m. with a wake service at 7:30 p.m.

Shanklin Funeral Home, White Sulphur Springs, is serving the family.

William D. Smith

SILVER SPRING, Md. — Mr. William D. Smith, 85, of Silver Spring, formerly of Hinton, died Wednesday, May 29, 2013.

Services will be noon Saturday, June 22, 2013, at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Prosperity, Rev. Walter Leach officiating. Burial will follow immediately.

Condolences may be e-mailed to

Arrangements entrusted to Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.                

Freda E. Taylor

SUMMERSVILLE —  Freda E. Taylor, 95, of Summersville, passed away on Tuesday, June 18, 2013.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 22, 2013, in the White Funeral Home at Summersville, with Pastor Dana Gatewood officiating. Interment will follow in the Walker Memorial Park at Summersville.

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

Condolences may be sent to the family at

Linda Sue Thomson

ANNANDALE, Va. — Linda Sue Thomson, 65 of Annandale, Va., passed away on June 6, 2013.

Arrangements by Wallace and Wallace of Ansted.

Frank Turner

Frank Turner, 87, of Beckley, passed away Wednesday, June 19, 2013, at his residence.

Arrangements are pending completion at Rose and Quesenberry, 1901 S. Kanawha Street, Beckley.

Mary Lovita Ward

GILBERT — Mary Lovita Ward, 80, died Tuesday, June 18, 2013.

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

Arrangements by Mounts Funeral Home, Gilbert.