The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


June 20, 2013

Obituaries — Thursday, June 20, 2013


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.  

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Arrangements entrusted to Wallace & Wallace of Rainelle.

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