The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

December 25, 2012

Obituaries — Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012

Maria I. Mateo Ballard

LEWISBURG — Maria I. Mateo Ballard, of Lewisburg, West Virginia, passed away on Monday, December 17, 2012, at her home in Lewisburg, following a sudden illness.

A Memorial service will be held at a later date.  For personal reasons, Mr. Ballard will not be receiving visitors at his residence.

Arrangements by Lobban Funeral Home, Alderson, W.Va.


Elizabeth Ann Biars

HINTON — Elizabeth Ann Biars, 69, of 495 Stokes Drive, Hinton, died Sunday Dec. 23, 2012, at Summers County A.R.H. following a sudden illness.

Arrangements are pending completion at Pivont Funeral Home, Hinton, WV.


Rose Mary Cappellari

HARTSVILLE, SC — Rose Mary Cappellari, 92, died Dec. 23, 2012, at home. Funeral services will be held Friday, December, 28, 2012 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Entombment will follow at Westview Memorial Park Cemetery Mausoleum and reception will be held in Fellowship Hall at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Brown-Pennington-Atkins Funeral Home is serving the family.

She was born Oct. 25, 1920, daughter of Adelaide and Albino Benvenuto. She graduated from W.Va. University in 1942 with a degree in Business Administration. She was predeceased by her husband of 66 years Amerigo; sister, Anita; brother, Alfred Benvenuto; grandson, Mark Spica. Surviving are her by six children, Aurelia Smith (Richard) Mary Margaret Spica, Richard Cappellari (Alana) Anita Deen (Fred), Dr. Charles Cappellari (Frankie), David Cappellari (Cindy); 8 grandchildren; 6 great grandchildren. She moved to Hartsville in 2001 with her daughter, Aurelia Smith. Rose Mary’s philanthropic works were received by many throughout her lifetime. She will be greatly missed by her beloved caregiver, Tessie, and devoted friend, Margaret. A special thanks to Rae Woods and the Hospice Team of South Carolina and the many friends and neighbors who showed her their love and support.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Hospice Care of South Carolina 401 N. 5th St. Hartsville, South Carolina 29550, or St. Mary’s Catholic Church 363 N. 5th St. Hartsville, South Carolina 29550. www.


Wanda John Cooper

PINEVILLE — Wanda John Cooper, 95, passed away Sunday, December 23, 2012, following a short illness. She was surrounded by her loving family, at the home of her daughter, Debra Dalton.

Born March 25, 1917 in Baileysville, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Kenneth Gore and Lettie Shields Brooks.

Wanda was a member of Rockcastle Baptist Church. She enjoyed cooking and taking care of her family. She also enjoyed helping her daughter at Lackey’s Ashland Marathon.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Estill C. Cooper; a son, Michael Joe Cooper; two step-sons, Merill T. Cooper and Ronald Lee Cooper; one step-daughter, Loveda McGuire; one sister, Hilda McClellan; and one brother, Doris K. Shields.

Those left to cherish her memory are two daughters, Katherine “Kat” Brown of Fairdale and Debra Dalton and husband, Bobby, of Pineville; seven grandchildren, Wesley J. Brown, Jr., Pamela E. Allard, Jere Lee Brown, Michael (Zac) Cooper, Jon Caleb Cooper, Katie Jo Cooper, and Michelle Lackey King; twelve great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

A celebration of Wanda’s life will be held at 1 p.m., Thursday, December 27, 2012, at Rockcastle Baptist Church, with the Rev. Evan Arkell and Rev. Donald “Doc” Adkins officiating. Interment will follow in Palm Memorial Gardens, Matheny. The family will receive friends from 6-9 p.m., Wednesday, December 26, 2012, at Calfee Funeral Service, Pineville.

Wesley J. Brown, Jr., Jere Brown, Zac Cooper, Caleb Cooper, Al Allard, and Matthew King will serve as pallbearers.

A special thank you to her loving granddaughter, Michelle Lackey King for all the help that she gave her mother, Debra Dalton, in caring for her grandmother.

For those wishing to express their condolences to the Cooper family, you may do so by visiting our website at

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


James Thomas ‘JT’ Crawford

MARTYVILLE, Tenn. — James Thomas “JT” Crawford, 75, of Maryville, Tenn, formerly of Beckley, W. Va. & Sterling Heights, Mich., passed away Sunday, December 23, 2012, at the University of Tennessee Medical Center.

He and his wife Carolyn were happily married for 25 years. J T was a deacon & long time member of Victory Baptist Church of Maryville, Tenn., and served from 1959-1966 in the first squadron onboard the nuclear powered U.S. Enterprise, the world’s largest carrier at the time. His recent trip of a lifetime was spent with his son, Tom, at the decommissioning of the carrier in Virginia. JT was an avid soldier for the Lord Jesus Christ, spending time with children in Awana’s, teacher of small age groups, adult groups, led Bible studies and ardent church supporter. His heart’s desire was to serve the prison ministry, active in the Anderson County Solway Prison ministry, Blount County Jail ministry, Florida and Kentucky. He was a devoted Husband, Father, Grandfather and Uncle to his many nieces and nephews and many young people, he “adopted” along his journey. J T never saw strangers, just friends he hadn’t met.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas & Nora Crawford; wife, Sandra Williams Crawford; infant sister, Camelia & brother, Roger Crawford, all of Beckley W.Va.

Survivors include his wife, Carolyn S. Crawford, Maryville, Tenn.; son, Tom Crawford,  Ann Arbor, Mich.; step-daughters, Nyana Hill & husband, Don of Walland, Tenn.; Laryssa Short of Knoxville, Tenn.; step-son David & Sue Short, Yale, Mich,; grandchildren, Jared Faulkenberry & Cristen, Lee Summitt, Mo.; Stephen Faulkenberry, Walland, Tenn.; Elena & Thomas Rozek; Samantha Short, & David Short, Jr., all of Yale, Mich.; Brother, Robert & Virda Crawford, Sister, Carol & Dennis Polk of Beckley, W.Va. & sister, Clela & John Cox, Mabscott, W.Va. Many nieces and nephews, special family friends, Janette Haywood & David Gould. Pallbearers: Jared Faulkenberry, Stephen Faulkenberry, Kurt Haywood, Kyle Haywood, Clay Haywood & David Galentine.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to:  Victory Baptist Church Youth Department, 1025 Montvale Road, Maryville, TN  37803.

Family will receive friends from 5 until 7 p.m., Wednesday, December 26, 2012, at Victory Baptist Church. Funeral service will be at 7 p.m. with Rev. Steve Craft officiating. Family and friends will assemble for interment at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, December 27, 2012, at Grandview Cemetery.

Arrangements by Smith Funeral & Cremation Service, Maryville, TN, 865-983-1000,


Paul Cunningham

CRAIGSVILLE — Paul Cunningham, 94, of Craigsvile, W.Va., died Friday, Dec. 21, 2012.

Services will be held 1 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012 in the West Virginia Memorial Gardens Mausoleum in Calvin, W.Va.

All arrangements are made by Simons-Colman Funeral Home, Richwood, W.Va.


Lucile McClung  Dickson

Lucile M. Dickson died Dec. 21, 2012 at CareChoice Nursing and Rehab in Boerne, Texas, on December 21 of complications following a stroke. She was 94 years old.

Lucile was born in Zenith, West Virginia, the daughter of H. O. McClung and Sadie Miller McClung. She married Ernest Lionel Dickson in 1946 and is survived by her sister, Mary Ann Ware of Bogart, Ga.; children, Becky Dickson Eterno of Boerne, Texas, and Wendell E. Dickson of Clarksville, Tenn.; grandchildren, Teresa Eterno Lehtinen and  John L. Eterno; great-granddaughter, Mia Grace Lehtinen, all of Arvada, Colo.

Lucile was an elementary school teacher for over 40 years in West Virginia and Bellefontaine, Ohio, and alumna of Concord College (Now Concord University), Athens, W,Va.

A Graveside Service is planned for Friday morning, December 28, at 11 a.m. at Crozier Cemetery, Zenith, W.Va. Vaughan’s Funeral Home is handling arrangements in Texas and Broyles-McGuire Funeral Home of Union is handling arrangements in West Virginia.

Contributions in Lucile Dickson’s memory may be made to Concord University, Vermillion St., P. O. Box 1000, Athens, WV  24712-1000.


Charles Drafton

DETROIT, Mich. — Charles Drafton, 66, of Detroit, formerly of Jon Ben, W.Va., passed away Dec. 22, 2012, following a short illness.

Arrangements entrusted to Durgan Funeral Home.


Jane Alice Shirey Emfinger

HINTON — Jane Alice Shirey Emfinger, 89, of Hinton, went to be with the Lord on Monday, Dec. 24, 2012.

She was born on June 6, 1923, in Hinton, to the late Emmett and Claire Willey Shirey.  Jane was a graduate of Talcott High School. She was a member of Freedom Baptist Church but has been a faithful attendee of Bellepoint Baptist Church for many years.

Jane was preceded in death by her loving husband of 61 years, Leon Eugene Emfinger.  During their life together, they lived in several different states and made many lasting friendships along the way. She was a devoted wife and aunt and enjoyed spending her time tending her beautiful flowers. She will be greatly missed by all of her friends and family.

Jane was the last surviving member of her immediate family. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by three brothers; Dwight, Richard, and Robert Shirey; four sisters, Ruth Deeds, Margaret Shirey, Willie Jo Cales, and Claire Grorud.

Jane is survived by Judy and Billy Parker, Jerry and Linda Ingram, Bob and Carolyn Deeds and Larry and Phyllis Deeds, Ed and Nancy Cales, Barry and Sharon Cales, Randy and Betty Cales, and John and Lynne Cales, Larry and Sue Shirey, Donna and Tracy Beamon, and Tracy and Gerald Lovley. Several great nieces and nephews and one brother-in-law, Charles Cales, also survive.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012, at the Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors Chapel in Hinton with Pastors David Board and Larry Deeds officiating. Burial will follow at Restwood Memorial Gardens in Hinton. Friends may call at the funeral parlors an hour prior to services. Family members will serve as pallbearers. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations of sympathy may be made to the Greenbrier Valley Hospice, 540 N. Jefferson Street, Box 5, Lewisburg, WV 24901.

Arrangements are by the Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors of Hinton.

Condolences may be sent to the family at


Dewey Raymond Farley

Dewey Raymond Farley, 69, of Shady Spring, passed away on December 22, 2012, following a short illness.

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

Arrangements are incomplete by Melton Mortuary, Inc., Beckley.


Betty Price Gavin

Betty Price Gavin, 80, of Beckley, died Wednesday, December 19,2012.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m., Friday, December 28, 2012, at Welcome Baptist Church, 206 8th Street, Beckley, WV, with Rev. David Allen officiating. Burial will follow in Greenwood Memorial Park, Beckley. Friends may call one hour prior to the service at the church.

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

Arrangements entrusted to Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley,WV.


Irene Drennen Harrah

Irene Drennen Harrah, 91, of Stanaford, passed away Saturday, December 22, 2012.

Arrangements are incomplete by Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley.


Kathy Yvonne Bryars Krafft

ALDERSON — Kathy Yvonne Bryars Krafft, 52, of Muddy Creek Mountain, Alderson, W.Va., passed away on Friday, Dec. 21, 2012.

Funeral services will be Wednesday, December 26, 2012 at 2 p.m. at the Alderson Church of the Nazarene, Muddy Creek Mountain, Alderson, W.Va. with Pastor Aaron Trigg officiating. Burial will follow at the Highlander Family Cemetery on Muddy Creek Mountain, Alderson, W.Va.  Friends may call on Wednesday, December 26, 2012 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. at the Alderson Church of the Nazarene, Muddy Creek Mountain, Alderson, W.Va..

Arrangements by Lobban Funeral Home, Alderson, W.Va.


Charles E. Mahan

FAYETTEVILLE – Charles E. Mahan, of Fayetteville, passed away Sunday, December 23, 2012 at home.

 Arrangement are incomplete at Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, Fayetteville.


Marvin Ray Rogers

ANSTED — Marvin Ray Rogers, 56, of Ansted, passed away at his residence, Saturday, December 22, 2012.

Graveside services will be 1 p.m. Thursday, December 27, 2012, at the old Gus Rule family cemetery on upper horseshoe road at Ramsey, W.Va., with Rev. Freddie Parkins officiating. Burial will follow there in the cemetery.

There will not be any visitation.

On line condolences may be sent to

Wallace & Wallace of Ansted is in charge of the arrangements.


Barbara June Shelton

ALDERSON — Barbara June Shelton, age 68, of Alderson, West Virginia passed away on Friday, December 21, 2012, at her home in Alderson, following a short illness.

Born June 18, 1944, in Baltimore, Maryland, she was the daughter of Margaret Louise Harrah Shelton of Alderson, West Virginia and the late Forrest Henry Shelton. In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by a sister, Anna “Joanne” Shelton Smith; and a great-nephew, Timothy Shelton Kling.

Ms. Shelton is survived by her mother, Margaret Louise Harrah Shelton of Alderson, West Virginia; three sisters, Carol Godby of Beckley, West Virginia, Anita Russell of Sacramento, California, and Linda Housel of Berkeley Springs, West Virginia; four nieces; six great-nieces; and two great-nephews.

Graveside services and burial will be held on Thursday, December 27, 2012, at 2 p.m. at the Alderson Cemetery, Alderson, West Virginia with the Rev. Sam Groves officiating.  Friends may call Thursday, December 27, 2012, from 1 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. at the Lobban Funeral Home, Alderson, West Virginia.

Serving as pallbearers will be Ward Parker, Bob Holliday, Joe Clay, Dick Feamster, John Shelton, Donald Duff, and Jerry Smith.

In Lieu of flowers, donations of sympathy may be made to the Alderson Community Center for the Arts and Humanities, Inc., P.O. Box 552, Alderson, WV 24910.

Arrangements by Lobban Funeral Home, Alderson, West Virginia.


Ricky Shrewsbury

ALPOCA — Ricky Shrewsbury, 48, of Alpoca, passed away Monday, Dec. 24, 2012, at his residence.

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


Billy G. Webb

Billy G. Webb, 62, of Saxon, entered into rest on Monday, December 24, following a long illness. Funeral services will be Friday, December 28, 2012 at Calfee Funeral Home with Rev. Larry Kinder officiating. Friends may visit with the family 2 hours prior to the service. Online condolences may be left at

Arrangements by Calfee Funeral Home, Beckley.


June W. Webb

BROOKLYN — June W. Webb, 61, of Brooklyn, formerly of Beckley, passed away December 22, 2012, following a long illness.

Arrangements entrusted to Durgan Funeral Home.