The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

June 22, 2013

Obituaries — Saturday, June 22, 2013


Sandra Elaine Graham Bjork

Sandra Elaine Graham Bjork, age 67, of Flat Top, passed away at the Raleigh General Hospital in Beckley following a short illness.

Mrs. Bjork was born on June 3, 1946, at Odd, W.Va., and was the daughter of the late Lacy Graham and Edith Reed Graham.

Mrs. Bjork was a retired secretary and bookkeeper, was a former employee of Flat Top Family Clinic, and was a former employee of the Wood’s General Store and the Odd, W.Va., Post Office. She had also worked at Matherly Machine Shop at Flat Top.

In her spare time she enjoyed gardening, listening to music, and spending time with her grandchildren.

Mrs. Bjork was preceded in death by her brother, Jack Graham, and her sister Patricia Ann Richmond.

Those survivors left to cherish her memory include her husband of 43 years, Steve Bjork; three children, Kevin Moerke of Columbia, S.C., Bryan Bjork and his wife Chrystal of Old Eccles Road, Beckley, and Tiffany Moerke of Beckley.

Brothers, Lacy Tom Graham and his wife Naomi of Flat Top, and George Graham and his wife Ellen of Sophia; a sister Brenda Hogan and her husband Ted of Crow. Four grandchildren, Ashli Moerke Bragg and her husband Coleman of Norfolk, Va.; Dillon Moerke of Columbia, S.C.; Stephen Dewayne Bjork, Haley Nicole Bjork. “Adopted” brothers and sisters Zelmar Lilly Jr. and his wife Debbie and their son Zelmar Lilly III and his wife Kim (and their son Hunter).

Funeral services will be conducted to Celebrate The Life Of Sandra Bjork on Saturday, June 22, 2013, at 11 a.m. at the Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home Shady Spring Chapel, with Rev. Jerry Brown officiating. Burial will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens at Prosperity.

Friends may visit with the family from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be Edward Graham, Zelmar Lilly III, Zelmar Lilly Jr., Dillon Moerke, Stephen Bjork, and Chris Hogue. Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Independence Patriots High School Baseball Team.

Private online condolences, floral tributes, and other expressions of sympathy may be directed 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.

 

Woodie Brown

Mr. Woodie Brown, 102, of Beckley, died Monday, June 17, 2013.

Born August 11, 1910, in Coca, Ala., he was the son of the late Jessie Brown and Annie Lee Wilson.

He was employed by the New River Coal Company where he retired. He relocated to Corona, NY, and worked for A&P as a truck driver until he later retired and relocated to Beckley. Mr. Brown was an avid fisherman, gardener, hunter, enjoyed baseball and was an avid traveler.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two wives: Irene Brown and Lucille Panky Brown; son, Odell Nation; sister, Willie Mae Gray; one granddaughter and two grandsons.

Those left to cherish his precious memories are his daughters, Lillie Mae (Robert) Goss of Quitman, MS; and Diane (Jerome) Bradley of Beckley; grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nephews, nieces, special friend of 25 years, Mamie English; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral service will be 12 noon Sunday, June 23, 2013, at Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor Chapel, 748 S. Fayette Street, Beckley, with Rev. Gerry Bradford officiating. Burial will follow in Greenwood Memorial Park, Beckley.

Friends may call one half hour prior to the service at the funeral parlor.

Condolences may be e-mailed to ritchie-johnson@suddenlinkmail.com.

Arrangements entrusted to Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.

 

Darrius Jamal Cook Jr.

Graveside rites for Darrius Jamal Cook Jr., stillborn son of Darrius Jamal Cook and Kendra Michelle Pudder, will be 1 p.m. Sunday, June 23, 2013, at the Calfee Cemetery, Mount Tabor.

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

Arrangements by Calfee Funeral Home, Beckley.

 

John Lewis Massey

OAK HILL — John Lewis Massey, 48, of Oak Hill, passed away Friday, June 21, 2013.

Condolences may be sent to www.highlawnfuneralhomechapel.com.

Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.

 

Kevin Lee Mays

Kevin Lee Mays, 48, of Beckley, passed away suddenly on Thursday, June 20, 2013. Kevin left this world to go home to be with the Lord.

Born on May 14, 1965, in Beckley, he was the son of Rodney and Linda “Susie” Crouch Mays.

He is also survived by his brother, Greg “Killer” Mays of Beckley, his God sister Kirsten Wolfe, uncle Herbie Crouch, uncle Pat and aunt Patricia Crouch, aunt Roseanna Anglin, many cousins: Chris Flower, Tammy Crouch Flower and her husband Chris, Vicky Crouch Toney and her husband Ken, Missy Crouch, Jeff Crouch and his wife Heather, Brian Crouch and his wife Robin, Brandon Scott Crouch, Mr. and Mrs. Billy Crouch, Kelly Crouch Elkins and her husband Rodney, Pam Crouch, Bonnie Crouch Richmond and her husband Donnie, Donald Crouch and his wife Lillian, and Jonathan Crouch. Special aunts, Beverly Litton, and aunt Sandy. He leaves behind his special pet, “Suz,” who was a constant companion.

Kevin was preceded in death by his grandparents, Harry and Annie Crouch, and Edith Mays, uncles, Johnny and Carlos Crouch, Aunt Linda Crouch, and a special cousin Margaret Crouch.

Kevin enjoyed golfing  with his family, boating, and bowling.

He was a graduate of Charleston High School, and was a long-distance truck driver for many years before his illness. Kevin was a member of the Cranberry Baptist Church.

Funeral services will be conducted at the Cranberry Baptist Church on Tuesday, June 25, 2013, at 11 a.m. with Pastor Roger Pauley officiating. Burial will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens at Prosperity.

Friends may visit with the family at the Cranberry Baptist Church from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday.

Pallbearers will be family members and friends.

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

In lieu of flowers, donations of sympathy may be directed to the Cranberry Baptist Church Building Fund, 201 Cranberry Drive, Beckley, in memory of Kevin Mays.

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

Vallie Jane McGraw

 Vallie Jane McGraw, 96, of Beckley, passed away on Thursday, June 20, 2013, at the Beckley Appalachian Regional Hospital.

Born on January 29, 1917, at Bolt, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Larkin Austin Bailey and Nancy Mae Snuffer Bailey.

Mrs. McGraw was a homemaker, and was a member of the Cross Pointe Church of God in Beckley. She had made Beckley her home for most of her life. Mrs. McGraw enjoyed knitting, crocheting, and working in her flower garden. She loved all people and had never met a stranger.

Mrs. McGraw was preceded in death by her husband, B. Keith McGraw, by a son, Fred Shumate, by sisters, Sadie Snuffer, Ruby Daniel, and by brothers, Carmen, Arnold Bailey, and Clinton Bailey.

Survivors include her daughter, Phyllis York and her husband Gary of Beckley; four grandchildren, Donna Preston and her husband Donald of Tennessee, Gary Brown and his wife Betty of Tennessee, Vicky Shumate of Texas, and Bryan Shumate of Texas; five great-grandchildren, Amanda Newman, Jared Eaton, Hannah Brown, Britney Brown, and Joseph Shumate; two great-great-grandchildren, Porter and Adele Newman; a sister, Bernice Acord of Bolt, and her special friend Jane Wickline of Daniels, W.Va.

Funeral services will be conducted at the Cross Pointe Church of God on Monday, June 24, 2013, at 11 a.m. with Pastor Vondie Cook officiating. Entombment will follow at Sunset Memorial Park Mausoleum in Beckley.

Friends may visit with the family at the Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home in Beckley from 6 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, and also at the church one hour prior to the services on Monday.

Nephews will serve as pallbearers.

Private online condolences, floral tributes, and other expressions of sympathy may be directed to the family at www.roseandquesenberry.net.

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

 

Charles William ‘Bill’ Osborne

Charles William “Bill” Osborne, age 91, left his earthly home peacefully to join his beloved wife Irene in Heaven on Thursday, June 20th, 2013.

Born April 16, 1922, he was the son of the late John Larkin and Maggie Ball Osborne.

Bill was a lifelong resident of Hinton.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, Irene Weaver Osborne, three brothers, John, Warren, and Thomas Malcolm, as well as four sisters, Frances Wiseman, Virginia Amick, Wilma Meadows, and Betty Sims.

Bill is survived by daughter Linda and her husband Steve Meadows and Janet and her husband Lee McClung of Newport News. Also surviving are four grandchildren, Cris Meadows and wife Missa, Tom Meadows, Mika Gumm and husband Eddie, and Kaylee McClung of Newport News. Four great-grandchildren, Sean and Nash Meadows and Gracie and Cy Gumm; sister-in-law Sarah “Sis” Osborne of Beckley, and numerous nieces and nephews also survive.

Bill served five years and eight months with the National Guard in the Army during WWII. He was discharged from the Army in June 1945, and retired from the Army National Guard in 1972 after 28 years of service. He was the 1st Sergeant of the Hinton National Guard for 23 years. After retirement, he was assigned to Army Reserves for 10 years. Working with the C&O Railroad from 1945 to 1972, he retired with a disability after working as yard brakeman, and later being promoted to conductor and finally yardmaster. Bill was a longtime member of the First Baptist Church of Hinton, where he served as deacon for over 50 years. He was also a retired former member of the Hinton City Council, as well as an avid hunter and fisherman.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 22, 2013, at the Pivont Funeral Home Chapel in Hinton, with Pastors Butch Honaker and Warren Gilpin officiating. Burial will follow in Roles Chapel Church Cemetery at Forest Hill. Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Deacons and members of Harold Callahan Bible Class of First Baptist Church, as well as former members of the Hinton National Guard Unit and officers, will serve as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers include Ted Bartgis, Bud Johnson, Charlie Updike, Kent Hellems, and Estel Adkins. The family wishes to thank his special caregiver Susie Huffman and the staff of Hospice of Southern WV, especially Kathy, Connie, and Michelle, for their loving care and support.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hospice of Southern WV, P.O. Box 1472, Beckley, WV 25802.

Online condolence at www.pivontfuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by Pivont Funeral Home, Hinton.

 

Daniel Thomas ‘Danny’ Palmer

SANGER — Daniel Thomas “Danny” Palmer, 73, of Sanger, went home to dwell with his Heavenly Father on Thursday, June 20, 2013, following a short illness.

Born September 28, 1939, at Sanger, he was the son of the late Thomas Tarzan and Geneva Alice Rainey Palmer.

Danny was a member, Senior Deacon and song leader at Gentry Missionary Baptist Church. His gifted singing voice for God had graced the little country church for many years. He loved the Lord and his family and was always willing to provide a helping hand to everyone in the community.

He loved and respected the UMWA and as a disabled coal miner with 50 years service; Danny was a good friend to the union. He was a member and financial secretary for Local #6046.

One brother, George Sumner; two sisters, Juanita Jenkins and baby Thelma Sumner; great-granddaughter, Kaleigh Mae Miller; and son-in-law, Ian Gilbert Miller; preceded him in death.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 51 years, Jerri Louise Burns Palmer; one son, Edward Lee Palmer and wife, Vanessa, of Hilltop; four daughters, Norma Palmer Miller of Sanger, Joann Burkett and husband, Randy, of Roanoke, Va., April Cantley and husband, David, of Sanger and Kimberly Perkins and husband, Timothy, of Hico; and one sister, Joann Turley of Oak Hill.

He is also survived by 12 grandchildren, Chris O’Boyle of Jackson, Ohio, Heather Cutrer of Norfolk, Va., Daniel Palmer of Harrisonburg, Va., Jason Palmer of Cocoa, Fla., Nicol Shepherd of Lynchburg, Va., Randy Burkett II of Roanoke, Va., Joshua Miller of Oak Hill, David Cantley of Oak Hill, Nicholas Miller of Oak Hill, Treasure Palmer of Oak Hill, Mahaley Palmer of Oak Hill and Emma Perkins of Hico; 12 great-grandchildren; and his church family at Gentry Baptist Church as well as many additional family members and friends.

In complying with his wishes, graveside rites and committal service will be on Sunday, June 23, 2013, at 2 p.m. at Gethsemane Memorial Gardens in Oak Hill, with Pastor Bill Drennen officiating. Burial will follow. There will be no visitation.

His son, Edward Palmer, and grandsons, Chris O’Boyle, Danny Palmer, Randy Burkett, David Cantley, Joshua Miller and Nicholas Miller, will serve as pallbearers.

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

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

 

Clarice Louise Sodder

FAYETTEVILLE — Clarice Louise Sodder, 80, of Fayetteville, passed away Saturday, June 15, 2013.

In accordance with her wishes she will be cremated and a graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 22, at High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill.

Memorials in her memory may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, PO Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38148-0142.

For those wishing to express their condolences to the Sodder family, you may do so by visiting our website at www.doddpaynehessfuneralhome.com.

Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, 350 W. Maple Ave., Fayetteville, will be assisting the family.

 

Sharon Faye ‘Shorty’ Stover Taylor

PETERSTOWN — Sharon Faye “Shorty” Stover Taylor, 64, of Peterstown, passed away Thursday, June 20, 2013, at Princeton Community Hospital.

Born March 23, 1949, at Beckley, she was the daughter of the late Charles Roe and Arminta Elizabeth Burnett Stover.

Sharon was a homemaker and was a member of the Ewings Creek Church at Workman’s Creek.

Survivors include her husband, James Edward Taylor; three sons, Charles Edward Taylor and wife Annie of Sweeneysburg, W.Va., James Howard Taylor of Bozoo, W.Va., and Eddie Andrew Taylor and wife Cheryl of White Oak, W.Va.; one sister, Linda Kay Mills of Beckley; six grandchildren, Bridget Boothe and husband Cole of Rich Creek, Va., Tierra Taylor and fiancé Christopher Pence of Bozoo, Cheyenne and Cordell Taylor of White Oak, and Christopher and Matthew Taylor of Sweeneysburg, and two great-grandchildren, Levi and Trinity Boothe of Rich Creek, Va.

Funeral services will be 3 p.m. Sunday, June 23, 2013, at the Ewings Creek Church at Tony’s Fork, W.Va., with Rev. Gary Maynor and Rev. Johnny Taylor officiating. Burial will follow in the Taylor Cemetery at Workman’s Creek.

Friends may call one hour prior to the funeral at the church.

Online guestbook can be signed or condolences may be sent to the Taylor family at www.broyles-shrewsbury.com.

Arrangements by Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home, Peterstown.

 

Johnny William ‘J.W.’ Tilley

GLEN FORK — Johnny William “J.W.” Tilley, 77, passed away Sunday, June 16, 2013, at his home following a short illness.

Born Sept. 29, 1935, he was the son of the late James and Charlotte Tilley.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his loving wife, Mary Tilley; a brother, Waymen Tilley; a sister, Beatrice George; and two grandchildren, Rosa Lee Irick and Robert Waymen Tilley Jr.

Those left to cherish his memory are two sons, Robert Tilley of Ravencliff and John Tilley and wife, Amanda, of Sabine; two daughters, Gaye Irick and husband, Jackie, of Glen Fork and Debra Stapleton and husband, Doug, of Matheny; a brother, T.C. Tilley and wife, Pamela, of Virginia; nine grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; a very special nephew Jason Bailey and wife, Tressie, of Brier Creek; close family friend and neighbor, Thomas Francis; and a host of nieces and nephews, family and friends.

In keeping with J.W.’s wishes his body was cremated.

Graveside service will be 3 p.m. Sunday, June 23, 20313, at Glen Fork Community Cemetery, Glen Fork, with Rev. Ernest Francis III officiating. Burial will follow. Those wishing to attend should meet family at cemetery.

Services entrusted to Adam Toler Memorial Funeral Home, Oceana.

 

Frank Turner

Frank H. Turner, 88, of Beckley, passed away at his home on Wednesday, June 19, 2013.

Born on May 27, 1925, at Renick, W.Va., he was the son of the late Greeley P. Turner and Nellie B. Perkins Turner.

Mr. Turner was a retired farm manager at the Pinecrest Hospital in Beckley with 39 years of service. He was a U.S. Army Veteran serving during WWII. He was of the Presbyterian faith, and enjoyed gardening.

Mr. Turner was a Beckley resident for most of his life.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Rosalee Turner, by a sister, Marjorie Cook, and by brothers Gene and Dale Turner.

Surviving are his children, Dennis Turner and his wife Linda of Chesapeake, Va., Marilyn Sue Phillips and her husband Lionel of Grandview; three grandchildren, Jennifer O’Neal, Rachel Pridgen, and John Turner, and several great-grandchildren also survive.

Mr. Turner was the last surviving member of his immediate family.

Funeral services will be conducted at the Rose and Quesenberry Peace Chapel in Beckley on Wednesday June 26, 2013, at 11 a.m., with Rev. Orville Setliff officiating. Entombment will follow at Sunset Memorial Park in Beckley.

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

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

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

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

 

James A. Walls

James A. Walls, 73, of Prosperity, formerly of Belle, passed away Thursday, June 20, 2013.

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

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary and Cremation Center, Beckley.