The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


January 31, 2013

Obituaries — Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013


Billy Joe Elkins

WHITMAN — Billy Joe Elkins, 79, of Whitman, passed away Monday, January 28, 2013.

Services will be 11 a.m.  Friday, February 1, 2013, at the Maryetta United Baptist Church at Verdunville, with Pastor Lonnie Gore Jr. and Rev. Barney Goins officiating. Burial will follow in Highland Memory Gardens at Godby, W.Va.

Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday at the church. Military graveside rites to be conducted.

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Honaker Funeral Home in Logan, is in charge of arrangements.

Pannell Hicks

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Pannell Hicks, 64, of Cleveland, formerly of Sun, W.Va., died Sunday, January 27, 2013.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Saturday, February 2, 2013, at Chapel of Peace Funeral Home, Cleveland, Ohio.

Submitted by Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.

Lonnie Raymond Hubbard Sr.

AMIGO — Lonnie Raymond Hubbard Sr., 78, of Amigo, passed away on Wednesday, January 30, 2013.

Graveside services and burial will be 1 p.m. Saturday, February 2, 2013, at the Jenkins Family Cemetery, Garwood Mtn.

For those considering an expression of sympathy the family requests contributions be made to help defray unexpected expenses to Tankersley Funeral Home, 102 Moran Avenue Mullens, WV 25882.

Arrangements by Tankersley Funeral Home, Mullens.

Kenneth C. ‘Curt’ Keesee

SMOOT — Kenneth C. “Curt” Keesee, 67, of Smoot, born February 18, 1945, passed away on Sunday, January 27, 2013.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Jean J. Keesee; parents, Russell and Freida Keesee; and daughter, Anna Michelle Keesee.

He is survived by his children, Sean (husband to Amy), Ryan, and Evan (husband to Tonya) Keesee; siblings Russell “Dale"(husband to Linda), Bruce (husband to Juanita), and Scott (husband to Shari) Keesee and Judy Flynn (wife of Mark); grandchildren, Mitchell, Jason and Haven Keesee.

To all who knew him, Curt was a fierce and loyal friend, a gentle giant, a man of quiet compassion, with a work ethic none could match. He taught us all that a man shows that he cares with his works rather than his words. Healthy and active, his loss was sudden and unexpected. He will be remembered long and sorely missed.

Curt was born in Ashland, Ky., and was raised in St. Albans, W.Va. An imposing figure, he attended college at Marshall University on a football scholarship as a defensive tackle. Curt’s St. Albans’s High School team from 1962 remains the only Red Dragons team to go undefeated. As a college freshman, Curt met Jean Judy, who would later become his wife.

In 1968, having graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Botany, Curt volunteered for the Navy, where he had the honor of serving on the USS Ability with his brother Dale. Curt served honorably and well as a radar operator, Petit Officer 2nd  Class, reluctantly turning down an offer of a commission from the Navy to attend West Virginia University’s School of Forestry.

Upon graduation from WVU with a Master’s degree in Silvaculture, Curt moved to Smoot, W.Va., and began work for Westvaco Corporation. Curt and Jean renovated and maintained a small in Smoot that had been owned by Jean’s family. Curt distinguished himself at Westvaco, operating their Skylock logging program. Later he would become a cooperative forest management forester for Westvaco, advising private landholders on how to wisely manage their timber.

Curt’s volunteer work included more than 20 years’ service as treasurer of the Greenbrier County Solid Waste Authority. He was an avid volunteer with the Boy Scouts, having served as Webelos Leader for Pack 55 of Smoot, and a committee member for Troop 70 of Lewisburg. He and his friend, Tom Rickman, volunteered often to cook for events by local civic organizations. Recently, he had been volunteering to cook for the community dinners at Duff Street United Methodist Church in Clarksburg, a church attended by his son Sean and family.

After his retirement from Westvaco in 2005, Curt started a small business with his son Evan; Square K. Lumber. Through his tireless efforts, Square K has continued to grow despite national economic downturns.

Throughout his life, Curt was an avid outdoorsman and hunter, enjoying the wilds of West Virginia with his good friend Bob Lane, brother-in-law Edward B. Judy, his sons and other members of the Back Creek Lodge.

Friends are invited to gather at the Lewisburg United Methodist Church, 214 East Washington St, Lewisburg, W.Va., on Saturday, February 2, from 5 to 7 p.m. There will be a brief service beginning at 5:30 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Curt Keesee Memorial Community Dinner Fund at Duff Street United Methodist Church in Clarksburg, WV, 400 Duff Ave., Clarksburg, WV 26301. 304-624-7951

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Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Lewisburg.

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