The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

May 9, 2014

Obituaries — Friday, May 9, 2014

Danny Lee Bennett

MADAMS CREEK — Danny Lee Bennett, 64 of Madams Creek near Hinton, died Wednesday, May 7, 2014 at Summers County Appalachian Regional Hospital following an apparent heart attack.

Born February 26, 1950 at Rupert he was the son of the late Leonard and Thelma Vest Bennett.

Danny was a 1969 graduate of Shady Spring High School, retired in 2003 after 40 years of service with Pennington Plumbing. He attended Little Wolf Creek Baptist Church for the past several years. He assumed the role of head of the family after his parents’ death. It was a position that he carried admirably. Danny’s life was a living testimony of love for his family and his roots.

Besides his parents he was predeceased by his father and mother-in-law Joe and Betty Overbay.

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife of 41 years, Martha Overbay Bennett; daughter and son-in-law, Beverly and Roy Caldwell. He leaves behind two brothers, Billy Bennett and wife Dalene and Frankie Bennett and wife Vickie; three sisters, Shirley Wills and husband Melvin, Brenda Ward and husband Luke and Mary Miller as well a host of extended family and his beloved dog Gracie.

Funeral services will be held 3 p.m. Saturday, May 10, 2014 at the Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors Chapel with Pastor Eddie Harris officiating. Burial will follow in the Vest Cemetery at Madams Creek.

Friends may call from 2 p.m. until service time on Saturday.

Nick Bennett, Scott Bennett, Samuel Miller, Michael Wills, Josh Bowling and Joseph Bowling will serve as pallbearers.

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

Arrangements are by the Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors of Hinton.



Vivian ‘Vickie/NaNa’ Carlette Berger

Vivian “Vickie/NaNa” Carlette Berger 53, of Beckley, departed her life on Saturday, May 3, 2014 with her mother by her side.

Vickie was born on July, 24, 1960 to Charlene Mosley and the late Joe L. Berger Sr.

She attended Stratton Junior High School and Woodrow Wilson High School and was a Certified Nursing Assistant and was a faithful member of the Heart of God Ministries, Beckley, West Virginia.

Vickie was preceded in death by her step-father, Percy Mosley Jr; brother, Michael D. Berger and grandparents, Douglas and Vivian Cook.

She leaves to cherish her memories her daughter, Sharmenthia “Danyell” Berger; granddaughter, Kiyonzya Brown; mother, Charlene Mosley; sisters, Katrina (Gene) Nabors, Bonnie (William) Peeples; brothers, Steven (Lisa) Berger, Shawn (Jody) Mosley, Percy Mosley III, Joe Cotton, Tony Cotton. Special nephew and niece, Mykal and her name sake Vivian (Johnã) Berger. A host of nieces, nephews, cousins, uncles, aunties and friends will miss her dearly.

A celebration of Vickie’s life will be from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, May 9, 2014 at First Missionary Baptist Church, Boomer, West Virginia. Funeral service will be 12 noon on  Saturday, May 10, 2014 at the Heart of God Ministries, 1703 S Kanawha Street, Beckley.  Burial will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Prosperity. Friends may call one hour prior to the service at the church.

Arrangements entrusted to Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.


Carolyn Sue Bolt

Carolyn Sue Bolt, 65, of Lester died Wednesday, May 7th, 2014 at Raleigh General Hospital.

Condolences may be sent to the family’s guestbook at

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary and Cremation Center, Beckley.


John Albert Brown

RONCEVERTE — John Albert Brown, 85, of Ronceverte, a farmer and lover of the land and all its inhabitants went to mow the Lord’s fields Wednesday, May 7, 2014.

The son of the late Dorothy and John Harve Brown, of Ronceverte, born October 17, 1928. Lived most of his life on the family farm at the mouth of Second Creek and the Greenbrier Valley.

He was a believer in America and the American Dream, he served his country in the U.S. Army in the early 1950’s.

After leaving the military his career of 50 years as a construction worker, heavy equipment operator started. He traveled 12 years building bridges and roads all over West Virginia. He was extremely proud of his work and took pride in all he accomplished. His hard working lifestyle won him admiration from those knowing him. To pay attention to detail and realize the value of hard work and the satisfaction of a job well done were values he passed on to many.

In 1965, he returned to the beloved family farm and continued his career for another 38 years. He built a home on the farm and spent his off work time putting up hay, working the land, and raising cattle. He was never happier than when riding his tractor.

His many stories of life experiences gave us examples of his happy and fulfilling life.

Taking his great grandchildren fishing or just having the children near him brought him much happiness.

He believed being a “good neighbor” was a high calling, and he assisted his neighbors and friends at every opportunity. He appreciated the assistance of his neighbors and friends during his troubling times.

He was a Christian in belief and deed. Always wearing a beautiful smile, he brought pleasure to those he loved.

The bedrock of a close knit family, he took interest in all his family including his nieces and nephews.

Survivors include his wife, Margaret Vance Brown, Ronceverte; two daughters, Donna (Date) Loudermilk of Ronceverte, Dorothy (Bob) Bishop of Morgantown; two sons, Larry TwoRivers (Shelly) Brown of Lewisburg, Eddie (Donna) Brown of Ronceverte; brother, Dearl (Joan) Brown of Ronceverte, three sisters, Margaret VanHorn of Charleston, Tillie (Bill) Price of New Jersey and Joyce Clinebell, Roanoke, Va.; five grandchildren Matt Hayes of Ronceverte, Mark (Robin) Hayes of Ashburn, Va., Robert (Jessica) Bishop of Morgantown, Brandon (Tara) Bishop of Fla., and Leslie (Jacob) Cayanus of Mich.; 12 great-grandchildren, Lane, Landon and Logan Hayes, McGuire, Noah and Avery Reid, Lauren and Allison McCord, Emily, Morgan, Ayla, and Harper Bishop; brothers-in-law; James “Pretty” Vance, Philip (Betty) Vance, George (Linda) Vance, Robert Vance; sister-in-law, Bayo (Joe) Graham.

He was preceded in death by three brothers, Thornton, Charles and Bob Brown; three sisters, Anna May Brown, Nancy Kessinger and Katherine Jones; brother-in-law, Junior Vance; sisters-in-law, Mary Bland and Darlene Coffman.

Funeral Service will be 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 11, 2014 at the Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home in Lewisburg, with Pastor Brian Baker officiating. Burial with Military Rites will follow at the Rosewood Cemetery.

The family will receive guests on Saturday, May 10, 2014 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home in Lewisburg.

Pallbearers will be Mike Hannah, Donnie Yates, Peanut Bland, Robert Bishop, Lane Hayes, Chris Vance, Mike Vance and Pat Vance.

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Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Lewisburg.


Jay Robert Childress

Jay Robert Childress, 44, of Beckley, went to be with the Lord on May 8, 2014 following a courageous battle with esophageal cancer.

Born on December 31, 1969 in Fernandino Beach, Fla., Jay was the son of Catherine Gunter Childress and the late Joseph C. Childress of Daniels.

Jay attended West Virginia University and later graduated from Marshall University with a degree in accounting. Jay along with his business associate Greg McGraw operate Keyrock Energy, Inc. since 1995 along with many other mining ventures located primarily in southern West Virginia.

Those left behind to cherish his memory include his loving wife of 17 years, Nicole Childress and three sons, Jarrett – 14, Chase – 14, and Cooper - 7, brother John Joseph (Joey) Childress and fiancé Janie Painter, of Frisco, Texas; mother and father-in-law Nick and Karen Nipper of Maple Fork, brother-in-law Jason Nipper and his wife Kevan of Morgantown, W.Va., along with his niece Raegan and nephews Ryan and Riggs Nipper, brother-in-law Wayne Nipper and his wife Leilani of Beckley, and a grandmother by marriage who loved him as her own, Louisa “Coots” Mobley of Maple Fork. Close friends include Bob and Christy Meadows, Greg and Shawn McGraw and John Stroud. He also leaves behind numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and many other friends.  

Jay was an active member of Faith Baptist Church in Prosperity. He was also active in school functions associated with Greater Beckley Christian School and loved the friends he made with each. Jay loved to travel, attend concerts and sporting events and play golf with his sons. Most of all Jay loved spending time with his family. He will be remembered for his contagious smile, patient demeanor and positive attitude. #cancersucks

A special thanks is extended to the staff of the Bowers Hospice House along with the many friends and family who have offered support with prayers, cards, visits, and food throughout this journey.

Visitation will be held Saturday, May 10th 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Faith Baptist Church with a service immediately following.

Honorary pallbearers will include Greg McGraw, Jason Nipper, John Stroud, Brian Bowman, Bob Meadows and Mark Gunter.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Childress Education Fund care of Chase Bank Main Branch, Beckley, WV or may also be made to Greater Beckley Christian School attention Jim Fritz, P.O. Box 670, Prosperity, WV 25909.

Online condolences may be submitted to the family by visiting this obituary at

Arrangements are under the direction of Blue Ridge Funeral Home and Cremations, 5251 Robert C. Byrd Drive in Beckley.


Talmadge Daniel

Talmadge Daniel, age 63, of Beckley, passed away Thursday, May 8, 2014, at his home.

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


Teresa Lynn Ford

MATOAKA — Teresa Lynn Ford, 38, of Matoaka, formerly of Brier Creek, W.Va.

Memorial services will be 6 p.m. Saturday, May 10, 2014 in the Chapel of Stafford Family Funeral Home, Lynco. Visitation will begin at 5 p.m.

E-mail letters of sympathy may be sent at

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


Eugene Griffith

Eugene Griffith, age 88, of Cool Ridge, passed away on Wednesday, May 7, 2014 in a Princeton Health Care Center in Princeton.

Born on May 23, 1925 at Shady Spring, he was the son of the late Chap Griffith and Maggie Moomaw Griffith.

Mr. Griffith was a retired electrician and was a former coal miner. He was a US Marine Corp. Veteran having served in WWII. Mr. Griffith had lived many years in Cool Ridge, and enjoyed fishing, and farming in his spare time.

He was part of a family that included four brothers and three sisters.

Those survivors left to cherish his memory include his children, David Griffith and his wife Yvonnia of Dunns and Norma Sue Pack of Cool Ridge.

Grandchildren, Aaron S. Griffith of Flat Top, Matthew W. Griffith of Ghent, Adrian  N. Ayersman and her husband David of Flat Top, Amanda J. Rutledge and her husband Russell of Cool Ridge, and Ashley M. Scott of Cool Ridge.

Great grandchildren, James A. Griffith, Kristen Starr Griffith, Paige Scott, Isaac French, Wade and Madison Rutledge, Max Scott, Jake Rutledge, Danika Ayersman.

Great-great grandchild, Brayden B. Griffith.   

Funeral Services will be conducted at the Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home Shady Spring Chapel on Saturday, May 10,  2014 at 1 p.m., with Rev. Wayne Bolen 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 Aaron Griffith, Matthew Griffith, James Griffith, Billy Hamilton, Gary Scott, and Russell Brooks.

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 Shady Spring Chapel, 729 Flat Top Road, Shady Spring.


Peachie Marie Privett Henson

KEYROCK — Peachie Marie Privett Henson, 89, of Keyrock, went to be with the Lord Tuesday, May 6, 2014 after a long illness.

Born June 12, 1924 at Keyrock, she was the daughter of the late William (Abe) Lester and Nancy Simpson Lester.

Peachie was a member of the Coonfork Church at Keyrock

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Dewey Privett, her second husband, Wilbur (Be-Be) Henson; a daughter, Shirley Evans; two sons, Dennis L. Privett and Darrell Privett; four brothers, Loy, Troy, Roy and Richard Lester; two sisters, Naome Britten and Dolly Lamb and two granddaughters, Carolyn and Kathy Evans.

Those left to cherish her memory includes her children, James Privett and his wife, Linda of Sabine; Robert Privett and his wife, Laura of Keyrock and daughter, Wilma McCoy and her husband, John of Keyrock, where Peachie resided; a special granddaughter, Melissa Cantrell, who stood by her side till she took her last breath. She is also survived by 14 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

A celebration of Peachie’s life will be held at 2 p.m., Sunday, May 11, 2014 in the Calfee Funeral Service Chapel with the Rev. Gary Ford and Rev. Michael Knotts officiating. Burial will follow in the Privett Family Cemetery, Keyrock

The family will receive friends from 6 to 9 p.m., Saturday, May 10, 2014 at the funeral home.

Online guest book may be signed at

Calfee Funeral and Cremation Service of Pineville is serving the Henson family.


William Ellis ‘Bill’ Hughes

CALDWELL — William Ellis “Bill” Hughes, age 67, of Caldwell, passed away May 7, 2014.

Services will be 3 p.m. Saturday, May 10, 2014, at Morgan Funeral Home, Lewisburg.

Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until time of the service on Saturday at the funeral home.

Arrangements by Morgan Funeral Home, Lewisburg.


Rodney Dale ‘Smokie’ Morgan

WAYLAND, N.Y. — Rodney Dale ‘Smokie’ Morgan, 65, a native of Coal Mountain, died May 5, 2014.

Service will be noon on Friday, May 9, 2014, at Mounts Funeral Home Chapel, Gilbert, with the Rev. Gary Toler and Rev. Ravin Kenneda officiating. Burial will follow in Palm Memorial Gardens, Matheny.

Friends may call from 10 a.m. and noon Friday, May 9, 2014, at Mounts Funeral Home Chapel, Gilbert.

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Arrangements by Mounts Funeral Home, Gilbert.


Yolanda Pryor

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — Yolanda Pryor, passed away on Saturday, May 3, 2014.

She was born in Florida, the daughter of the late Roosevelt T. Miles and Ruth R. Watkins.

Yolanda was a loving person that placed her focus on taking care of her family. She was loved by many and will be missed by all.

Yolanda is survived by her husband, Donald M. Pryor; children, Donald Pryor II, Brandi Pryor, Courtney Pryor, and one grandchild, all of Virginia Beach; and a host of other relatives and friends from North Carolina, West Virginia, California, and Buffalo, New York.

A funeral service will be held Sunday, May 11, 2014 at 11 a.m.  in the Altmeyer Funeral Home, 5792 Greenwich Rd, Virginia Beach.

A visitation will take place Saturday, May 10, 2014 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the funeral home.

Condolences may be offered to the family

Submitted by Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.


 Elmond Walker

 On Wednesday, May 7th, 2014, our most beloved husband, father, grandfather, and brother, Elmond Walker of Crab Orchard passed away at the Bowers Hospice House. He was in his 76th year.

One of 13 children, Elmond was born on April 29th, 1938. He was the son of the late William and Francis Barefield Walker. His brothers, John Michael Davis, William Walker, Doug Walker, Edward Davis, and sisters, Frances Coffman, Eloise Copeland, Cora Salango and Jewell Miller have preceded him in death.  

A lifelong coal miner, Elmond was a veteran of the US Army. He attended Haper Heights Missionary Baptist Church.

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife, Helen; daughters, Chris Williams and her husband, Kevin of Murphy, Texas and Debbie Easter of St. Louis, Mo.; his step children, Brenda Shelton and her husband, Gary Grimes of MacArthur and Doug Ratclilff of Crab Orchard. There are eight grandchildren.

Elmond’s surviving sisters and brothers are Betty Wiley of Ravenna, Ohio, Kay Marlow of North Carolina, Denver Walker and his wife, Ginger of Indiana and Buford Davis and his wife, Pam of Daniels.

Funeral services will be Saturday, May 10th at 1 p.m. at the Melton Mortuary Chapel.  Pastor James Johnson will be officiating. Elmond will be laid to rest in the Sunset Memorial Park.

The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. until the service hour.

Pallbearers will be Steve, Johnny, and Chris Davis, Chase Lusk, Harless Adkins, David Walker and Dale Wooten.        

Condolences may be sent to the family’s guestbook at

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary and Cremation Center, Beckley.


Nancy ‘Mamaw’ Wiseman

FAYETTEVILLE — Nancy L. “Mamaw” Wiseman, 79, of Fayetteville, passed away Thursday, May 8, 2014 at CAMC-General Hospital in Charleston.

Born on August 3, 1934 at Lansing, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Oatie L. and Nancy Ramsey Kincaid.

She was also preceded in death by her daughter, Susan Lee Hunt, sisters, Thelma Puckett, Marie Thompson and Josephine Miller; brothers, Emory Kincaid and Lowell Kincaid.

Nancy was a member of the Fayetteville Baptist Church and the Circle Meeting. She was a member of the Homemakers and Garden Clubs, the ANGEL Group and the Oak Hill Camera Club.

Left to cherish her memory include her daughter, Angie and her husband Gene Krise of Fayetteville; sister, Drema “Teedy” Cowles of Hopewell; grandchildren, Hunter Krise and Aaron Krise; special niece, Annabelle Hodge; and a host of other family and friends.

Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, May 10, 2014 in the Fayetteville Baptist Church at 2 p.m.  with Rev. Ron George Jr. officiating.  Interment will follow at Huse Memorial Park in Fayetteville.

Friends may call at the church on the day of the service from 12:30 p.m. to the service time.    

Memorials in her memory may be made to the Fayetteville Animal Shelter PO Box 955 Fayetteville, WV  25840.

For those wishing to express their condolences to Nancy’s family, you may do so by visiting our website at

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