The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

January 10, 2013

Obituaries — Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013

James Danny Acord

CLEAR FORK — James Danny Acord, 65, of Clear Fork, passed away Tuesday, January 8, 2013.

Services will be 1 p.m. on Friday, January 11, 2013, in the Chapel of Stafford Family Funeral Home, with Pastor Randy Bowels officiating. Burial with military graveside rites will follow in Palm Memorial Gardens, Matheny.

Friends may gather with the family from 11 a.m. until time of service on Friday at the funeral home.

E-mail letters of sympathy may be sent at

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

Thomas A. Akers

PINE HILL — Thomas A. Akers, 80, of Pine Hill, went to his eternal home Tuesday, January 8, 2013, at his home.

Born August 21, 1932, at Talcott, he was the son of the late Charles J. and Margaret F. Allen Akers.

He was a member of the Rollynsburg Baptist Church, retired Master Sgt. from the United States Air Force with 22 years of service, member of the Hinton Elks Lodge No. 821, member of the VFW Post 6723 in Alderson. He was a proud graduate of the Talcott “Brain” school. Following his retirement from the Air Force he was a salesman for Blue Grass Electric Co. in Ronceverte. Tom enjoyed spending time with all of his friends at Willowwood where on the golf course they enjoyed all of the good times spent together. The hummingbirds around his house never went hungry as Tom would use 50 pounds of sugar per year feeding them, he never knew a stranger as he would hand out candy to everyone he saw thus earning him the name “Candyman.” His family affectionately called him “Papa Bear,” “PopPops” and “PaPa Tom.” He was a loving father, husband and grandfather who cherished the time spent with them and his adopted cat “Bogey.”

Preceded in death by two brothers, Hobert and Charles Akers.

Those remaining to celebrate his life include his wife of 21 years, Phyllis W. Akers of Pine Hill; son, Thomas A. “Tom” Akers II and wife Kathy of Rocky Mount, N.C.; daughter, Donna L. Casanave and husband Paul of Toano, Va.; first wife, June A. Simpson of Waynesboro, Va.; two step-daughters, Pam Hensley and husband Bill of Sinks Grove and Sandy White and husband Steve of Sinks Grove; step-son, Steve Willis of Valley Park, MO; five grandchildren and five step-grandchildren.

A celebration of Tom’s life will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, January 12, 2013, at the Rollynsburg Baptist Church at Talcott, with Pastor Dana Stalnaker officiating. A private family burial will follow in the Restwood Memorial Gardens.

Friends may call 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, January 11, 2013 at the Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors and at the church one hour prior to service time on Saturday.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

The family requests that the next round of golf his friends play to hit a mulligan for Tom.

In lieu of flowers donations of sympathy may be made to Hospice of Southern WV and to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

 Condolences may be sent to the family at

Arrangements are by the Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors of Hinton.

Betty Ballard

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Betty Ballard, age 82, of Charlotte, passed away Wednesday, January 9, 2013, at Mecklenburg Health Care Center.

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

Greta D. Bishop

ADVANCE, N.C. — Greta D. McKinney Mills Bishop, 94, of Advance, passed away on Wednesday, January 9, 2013, at the residence of her daughter, Peggy Joyner following a long illness.

Arrangements are incomplete at Tankersley Funeral Home, Mullens.

Heidi Brown

Heidi Brown, 33, of Beckley, passed away Wednesday, January 9, 2013, in Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, following a sudden illness.

On line condolences may be left at

Arrangements by Calfee Funeral Home, Beckley.

Jennings S. ‘Muscles’ Bunting

RICHWOOD — Jennings S. “Muscles” Bunting, 84, of Richwood, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, January 6, 2013.

Service will be 2 p.m. Friday, January 11, 2013, at New Prospect Baptist Church, Richwood, with Pastor Dwayne Walker officiating. Burial will follow in West Virginia Memorial Gardens, Calvin.

Friends may call 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013, at Simons-Coleman Funeral Home, Richwood.

Arrangements by Simons-Coleman Funeral Home, Richwood.

Clarence William Harmon Jr.

RAINELLE — Clarence William Harmon Jr., passed away Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013.

A graveside service will be 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11, 2013, at Wallace Memorial Cemetery, Clintonville, with Pastor Bennie Kenney officiating.

Arrangements by Wallace and Wallace of Rainelle.

Laura Kay Hall Jarrell

Laura Kay Hall Jarrell, of Glen Daniel, a loving wife, mother, sister and grandmother went home to be with the Lord Monday, January 7, 2013, after a sorrowful battle with cancer.

Laura was born November 16, 1952 in Bee Branch, she was the daughter of the late Willie and Juanita Hall. She was also preceded in death by a son Brandon Claypool, step-daughter, Chrissy Jarrell.

She is survived by her husband, James Randy Jarrell; two daughters, Kimberly Lester of Beckley, Erica Claypool, also of Beckley and a son, Michael Claypool; other survivors include a step-daughter, Angela Jarrell, eight sisters, and one brother; two grandsons, Jordan, who made his home with Kay and Randy and Jagger Claypool and a granddaughter, Jaden Claypool; stepgrandchildren Kyrsten, Spencer, Brian, Brianna; also a dear life long friend, Cathy Thompson.

Anyone who knew Kay could say she loved to laugh. She liked dancing, music, and shopping but most of all she enjoyed spoiling her grandchilden. The family would like to offer a special thanks to the Nurses, Staff, and Doctors at the Bowers Hospice House.

Laura’s request was for cremation only. A memorial service held 2 p.m. on Friday afternoon, January 11, 2013, at the Freewill Baptist Church, Dameron, with Pastor Bob Meadows and Pastor TJ Salngo officiating.

In lieu of flowers, family requests donations to Hospice: Hospice of Southern WV Inc. PO Box 1472 Beckley, WV 25801.

Armstrong Funeral Home, Whitesville, is serving the family.

Clark Davis Johnson Jr.

Clark Davis Johnson Jr., 82, of Kincaid, died on Tuesday, January 8, 2013.

Graveside rites and committal will be on Friday, January 11, 2013 at 11 a.m. at Kincaid Cemetery in Kincaid, with Rev. Richie Hannah officiating. Burial will follow. There will be no visitation.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Betty Ann Kent

Betty Ann Kent, 71, of Beaver, passed away Tuesday, January 8, 2013.

Born August 28, 1941, she was the daughter of the late Tom and Mary Fedderly Friery.

Betty worked as a social worker for 15 years in Dallas, Texas; a bank clerk at Merchants and Miners Bank in Oak Hill for 10 years and at Highlands Union Bank in Abingdon, Va. for 12 years where she retired in 2000. Betty attended the Fayetteville Methodist Church.

Those left to cherish her memory include her husband, Frank Kent of Beaver; son, Greg Kent and wife Barbara of Charlotte, N.C.; daughter, Stacey Kent of Atlanta, Ga.; grandson, Nathan Kent of Charlotte, N.C. and sister, Mary Louise Friery of Houston, Texas.

Services will be held at 11 a.m.  Saturday, January 12, 2013, at Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley, with Rev. Clare Sulgithorn officiating.  Entombment will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens.

Friends may gather with the family Saturday from 10 to 11 a.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, donations of sympathy may be made to the Fayetteville Methodist Church.

Online condolences and other information may be found at

Arrangements by Blue Ridge Funeral Home, 5251 Robert C. Byrd Drive, Beckley.

Merida Legg

Merida Legg, age 87, died Wednesday, January 9, 2013, at Plateau Medical Center in Oak Hill after a long illness.

Her remains are at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill. Arrangements are incomplete.

Harold B. Lilly

Harold B. Lilly, age 67, passed away Tuesday, January 8, 2013, in Greensboro, N.C.  

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

Bob Loudermilk

Robert Lee “Bob” Loudermilk, 83, of Holiday Drive, Beckley, was called home to be reunited with his wife, parents, and brother on Tuesday, January 8, 2013, at his residence, following a long illness.

Born February 24, 1929, at Ronceverte, he was the first son born to the late Emmitt Ray and Mary Estella (Erskine) Loudermilk.

Bob was a 1947 graduate of Ronceverte High School, also graduating from West Virginia Tech with a degree in engineering, was a retired employee of Appalachian Electrical Power with over 40 years of service retiring in 1993 as a Marketing Services Supervisor.

He was a 52 year member of the United Methodist Temple, Beckley. During this time he served on numerous committees. He was a member and past chairman of the Administrative Board and Council on Ministries, was a member of the Finance Committee, was a past member, and president of United Methodist Men. Bob was also on the Building Committee which was instrumental in moving from the downtown church to the present location and served for many years as Head Usher.

Bob served his country as a veteran of the U.S. Army having served during the Korean Conflict.

In addition to his parents he is also preceded in death by his wife of 50 years, Marie Vest Loudermilk in 2005; and a brother, Norman Ray Loudermilk.

Those left to cherish his memory include his children, David Lee Loudermilk at home, Carol Wood of Beckley, and Susan Perry and her husband, Rob of Beaver; five grandchildren, Jonathan and Brianna Wood of Beckley, Robby, Ray, and Morgan Perry of Beaver; three sisters-in-law, Kitty Loudermilk of Lewisburg, Jeanette Vest and Louise Vest; a brother-in-law, Perry Vest; and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family wishes to express a special thanks to his caregivers, Karla Long, Donna Atkins, and Robin Wood.

When we pause to remember Bob, we shall remember his devotion to his wife, Marie, and son, David for being their caregiver. We shall always remember his dedication to his church, and it has often been said by numerous people, “Every church needs a Bob Loudermilk".

Services will be 11 a.m. Friday, January 11, 2013 at The United Methodist Temple, Beckley, with Pastor Randy Adkins and Rev. Dan Johnson officiating. Burial will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Beckley.

Friends may call Thursday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at the church and one hour prior to the services Friday at the church.

Pallbearers will be Rob Perry, Robby Perry, Ray Perry, David Earehart, Kelley Sponaugle, Wayne Burge, and Rick Gray.

Honorary pallbearers will be Bill Jameson, Ross Hutchens, Gus Farris, Bill Straub Jr., and members of United Methodist Men.

For those considering an expression of sympathy the family requests contributions be made to United Methodist Temple 201 Templeview Drive, Beckley, WV 25801  

Online condolences may be expressed to the family at

The family of Bob Loudermilk is being cared for by his grandchildren, Jonathan and Brianna Wood who are students at Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science, under the direction of Tankersley Funeral Home, Mullens.

John Stuart McKay

ORANGE CITY, Fla. — John Stuart McKay passed away at John Knox Village in Orange City, Fla., on December 27th, 2012, at the age of 92.

He was predeceased by his mother Kenneth Sada Little McKay, second wife Teek Rice McKay and third wife Frankie Haldane McKay.

John is survived by his first wife Charlotte Hancox McKay, and fourth wife Florence McKay.

John is lovingly remembered by his children through Charlotte, David McKay, Michael McKay, and Jeffrey McKay. His marriage to Teek brought David Rice Sr., Butch Rice, and Jane Rice into the family. His daughters-in-law Michelle McKay, Ann Rice, Patricia McKay, Susan Rice and Jean McKay. His grandchildren David McKay Jr., Heather McKay, Adair Rice Jackson, David Rice Jr., Kendra Rice, and Jordan Rice Walton and Bill Bolling Jr. His great-grandson Cade Rice Jackson.

John was born in New York City, NY, on January 11th, 1920. He attended Howe Military academy, and graduated from University School Prep school, Cleveland Ohio. He attended college at Bowdoin University, Maine, and graduated in 1942 with a degree In English.

As with most males of his age and generation he entered the Army in October 1942 shortly after graduation. He was attached to the First Army Headquarters during World War II and landed in Normandy on D-Day. He was responsible for reporting news of the status of the First Army as it progressed from Normandy to Germany during the war. His reports were published in Army news publications and in Stateside publications.

After the war he became a route salesman for Sexton Foods and purchased his first farm in Lerona, W.Va. In 1955 he purchased the King Tut Drive-In in Beckley. He also owned the Eatwell Café in downtown Beckley, and managed a restaurant in the Bowlwick Bowling alley for a time. He owned and managed King Tut until 2004 when he passed the business off to the family.

John enjoyed skiing and never missed an opportunity to go when the weather permitted. He enjoyed it so much that in the mid-1960s he partnered with some friends and started the Bald Knob Ski Area near Flat Top. John took up Christmas tree farming in the 1970s and was harvesting up to 10,000 trees per year for a time. John was raising five boys at the time and the family suspects he started the farm just to keep his sons busy. Regardless, many of Beckley’s young men learned how to work at that tree farm over the years. The McKay/Rice tree farm is still managed by the family today.

John’s greatest joy was watching his family grow up, marry, and get together at the farm on annual family events. He presided over sons, daughters-in-law and grandchildren in a caring and thoughtful manner. He had his peculiarities though. At King Tut he enjoyed chatting with customers on the curb. He spent more time with his customers than he did in the business on some days. He was a wonderful cook, but all of his family learned to stay out of his kitchen when he was cooking, and no one ever, ever, ate the last egg!

Per John’s wishes he will be interred at the Christmas tree farm in Pluto, West Virginia.

Brian Adam Meadows

TALCOTT — Brian Adam Meadows, 25, of Talcott, passed away Tuesday, January 8, 2013.

Arrangements are incomplete at this time at Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors in Hinton.

Damon G. Meadows

JOPPA, Md. — Damon G. Meadows, age 78, of Joppa, went to be with the Lord on January 6, 2013, at Upper Chesapeake Medical Center in Bel Air, Md.

Born in Besoco, W.Va., he was the son of the late Teddy Plez and Wanetha Arlene Walker Meadows.

He retired, after 30 years, from Bata Shoe Company where he was a shoe designer and also drove a bus for Harford County Public Schools. He was a member of Oak Grove Baptist Church where he had painted murals on the wall at the Oak Grove Classical School. He was known for the love he had for his entire family, as well as, the walking sticks that he carved.

Mr. Meadows is survived by his wife of 18 years, Carol A. Day-Meadows; sons, Norman G. Meadows and wife, Barbara, of Bel Air and Jimmy L. Hurley and wife, Tina, of Joppa; daughters, Beverly G. Whitely and husband, Gene, of Pendleton, Ind., Cynthia K. Anderson and husband, John, of Joppa, Patti A. Motley and husband, Michael, of Fallston, W. Joy Mattheu and husband, Michael, of Rising Sun and C. Marie Dubas and husband, Craig, of Abingdon; brothers, Jack L. Meadows and wife, Ellen, of Shady Spring, and Rev. Steve Meadows and wife, Martha, of Buckhannon, W.Va.; stepmother, Ruby Meadows of Shady Spring; 20 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be held at Oak Grove Baptist Church, Bel Air, on Wednesday, January 9, 2013, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Services will be at the church on Thursday, January 10,  at 10 a.m. with Rev. Kenneth E. Tipton, Dr. David A. Hall and Rev. Harold L. Hubble officiating. Interment will be at Bel Air Memorial Gardens, Bel Air.

Pallbearers will be John C. Meadows, Joshua S. Meadows, Samuel G. Meadows, Shane A. Meadows, Bradley L. Motley, Justin A. Motley, Michael G. Mattheu and Jonathon A. Sayers. Honorary pallbearers will be Gene Whitely, John Anderson Jr., Craig Dubas, Michael Mattheu, John Sayers, Derek Paradise, Jimmy Hurley and Michael Motley.

Those who desire may make a donation to Oak Grove Baptist Church, 2106 Churchville Road, Bel Air, MD 21015.

Memory tributes may be sent to the family at

Grover Morrison

LOGAN — Grover Morrison, age 87, of Logan, departed this life on Tuesday, January 8, 2013, at his home in Logan.

Further arrangements are incomplete, Honaker Funeral Home in Logan, is in charge of arrangements.

Retha E. Peak

Retha E. Peak, 94, of Beckley, passed away on Monday, January 7, 2013.

Born April 16, 1918 in Pocahontas, Va., she was the daughter of the late Conley and Ora Pierce.

Retha was a homemaker and enjoyed knitting blankets and afghans and spending time with family.

Besides her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Bruce Peak; daughters Roberta Peak Ekins; sister, Bonnie Davis and brothers Clarence and Billy Pierce.

Survivors include two sons, Conley Peak and his wife Kate of The Villages, Fla., and Robert (Duke) Peak and his wife Tuddy of Vermilion, Ohio; one daughter Winifred Peak Acord and her husband Lonnie of Christiansburg, Va.; son-in-law, Mickey Elkins of Beckley; 12 grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren and great great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be 3 p.m. on Saturday, January 12, 2013, in the Calfee Funeral Home Chapel. Friends may visit with the family from 2 p.m. until time of service on Saturday.  

Family members will serve as pallbearers.

The family requests memorial contributions be made to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation, 60 East 56th Street, 8th floor, New York, NY 10022.

Online condolences may be left at

Arrangements by Calfee Funeral Home, Beckley.

Evelyn H. Perry

“The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want..”

On Sunday evening, January 6th, 2013, Mary Evelyn Harrison Perry, departed this life and entered into the presence of her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. She was in her 91st year.

Born on March 23, 1921, she was the daughter of the late D.B. and Minnie Rose Harrison.

Evelyn loved her Lord, her family and her church family. She was married to the late Seibert “Mac” Perry. Evelyn worked for years as a coal company accountant in Logan County, before relocating to Beckley.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by two sisters and two brothers, being the last of her immediate family.

Survivors include her niece, Barbara Klipa and her husband, Milan and beloved niece, Ludena with whom she lived. Additional survivors include several other nieces and nephews, great nieces, great nephews, great great nieces and great great nephews.  Evelyn is also survived by her church family, Mt. Calvary Southern Baptist Church and a host of friends. 

Services will be at the Melton Mortuary Chapel on Friday, January 11th, 2013 at 1 p.m., Pastor Wayne Nutter will be officiating. The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. until the service hour.

Entombment will follow in the Sunset Memorial Park Mausoleum.

Pallbearers will be Steve Dillon, Frank Mann, Ryan Nutter, Johnny Vance and Richard Bowden. Men of Mt. Calvary will serve as honorary pallbearers. 

“… and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” Psalm 23

Condolences may be sent to the family’s guestbook at

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary, Inc., Beckley.

Virgil Lee Sheppard

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Mr. Virgil Lee Sheppard, 66, of Winston-Salem, passed away Sunday, January 6, 2013, at Forsyth Medical Center.

He was born June 2, 1946 in Holden, W.Va., to John Ed and Bersheba Vance Sheppard Sr.

Mr Sheppard served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. He retired from Micro Fibers in Winston-Salem after 17 years of service.

He was predeceased by his parents; sister Ellen Estep Blakenship; brothers, Tom Estep, George Estep, Lewis Sheppard Sr., and John Ed Sheppard II.

Surviving is his loving wife of 18 years, Rhonda Oldham Sheppard; two daughters, Renae Pennington and husband Greg, and Jenny Belcher and husband James, of Clearfork, W.Va.; one step-daughter, Ashley Rainville and husband Marc of Tobaccoville, N.C.; two sisters, Betty Dulcie of Marianna, W.Va., Elizabeth Collins and husband Lee of Van, W.Va., Mary Beth Woodall, and Mary Ann Collins; four grandsons; one great-grandson; cousin, Rhodes Vance; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be conducted 11 a.m. Friday, January 11, 2013, at J.C. Green and Sons Funeral Home Chapel, in Wallburg, N.C., with the Rev. Cliff Willis, Dean Bullins, and Mat Dulcie officiating. Burial will follow at Parklawn Memorial Gardens with full Military Honors. The family will receive friends Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home, 101 Hospice Lane, Winston-Salem, NC 27103.

Online condolences may be sent to the Sheppard family at

Janet Stovall

Janet Stovall, 82, of Hilltop Center, formerly of Sophia, passed away Tuesday, January 8, 2013, at Bowers Hospice House.

Born November 6, 1930, at MacAlpine, to the late Wiley Casey Jones and the late Clara Francis Blevins Jones.

Janet loved traveling and exercising. She was a member of the Sophia Freewill Baptist Church. She was a former department manager with Montgomery Ward and a volunteer at Total Image Salon.

In addition to her parents, Janet was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 50 years, Jack E. Stovall Sr.; daughter, Tammy Lynn; granddaughter, April Dawn; and numerous brothers and sisters.

Those left to cherish her memory include her loving three sons, Jack Stovall Jr. and wife, Pamela of Sophia, Gregory Stovall and wife, Jan of Beckley, and Jeffery A. Stovall and wife, Michelle of North Carolina; two granddaughters, Cheryl of Fayetteville and Elizabeth Prajapati and husband, Raj; grandson, Travis; two great grandchildren, Chayla and Chad Keeney Jr.; two special buddies Nathan and A.J. Easley; and several brothers and sisters. She will be greatly missed by her family and her extended family at Hilltop Center.

Pallbearers will include Raj Prajapati, Stephen Clay, Tommy Small, Carlile Moye, Marvin Spicer Jr., and Jerry Phillips.

A service to celebrate her life will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, January 12, 2013, at Williams Blue Ridge Funeral Home in Sophia, with Pastor Donnie Kelly officiating.  Following the services, Janet will be laid to rest at the Ross Family Cemetery, Flat Top.

Friends may gather with the family from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers please make a donation to the Bowers Hospice House, 454 Cranberry Drive, Beckley, West Virginia 25801, in memory of Janet.

Online condolences and other information can be found by visiting

Williams-Blue Ridge Funeral Home, 101 1st Street Sophia, is in charge of the arrangements.