The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

February 9, 2013

Obituaries — Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013

Frank Belcher Jr.

Frank Belcher Jr., age 74, of Eccles, passed away at his home on Wednesday, February 6, 2013.

Born on April 8, 1938, at Stephenson, he was the son of the late Frank Belcher Sr. and Juanita Grace Harmon Belcher.

Mr. Belcher was a retired coal miner, and a member of the UMWA. He was a resident of Eccles for the past 38 years, and enjoyed working on cars.

He was preceded in death by his son, Dennis Belcher, by brothers, Jerry, Jessie, and Raymond Belcher, and by a sister, Freda Haymire.

Those survivors left to cherish his memory include his wife of nearly 42 years, Paula Gillespie Belcher; two children, Telietha Smith and her husband Roger of Beckley, and Paula Pelfrey and her husband Trevor of Beckley. Brothers: Keith Belcher and his wife Nadine of Odd, and Johnny Belcher of Texas. Sisters: Patricia Lozoyo of Beckley, and Doris Acord and her husband Denver of Glen White. Three grandchildren: Brandon Smith, Brianna Pelfrey, and William Yale; three great-grandchildren, Milaya McDowell, Kelani McDowell, and Bentley McDowell, all of Beckley; and special friends, Mike Green and Nellie Barker.

Committal services will be conducted at Sunset Memorial Park Mausoleum on Saturday, February 9, 2013, at 11 a.m. with Pastor Duane Pease and Rev. Snowden Collins officiating. Burial will follow at the cemetery.

Friends may visit with the family one hour prior to the services at the mausoleum.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

Online condolences may be sent to our guestbook at

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

Alice ‘Missy’ Janine Boothe

CHARMCO — Alice “Missy” Janine Boothe, 47, of Charmco, was called home to torment the angels, Wednesday, February 6, 2013, following a short illness.

She is the daughter of the late William M. Hicks and Vivian Joan Kashola Stein and her husband Bob Stein.

She loved being a surgical technician and taking care of her patients at Greenbrier Valley Medical Center, Ronceverte.

She loved playing her music, and her laughter was contagious, she loved unconditionally, and you always knew where you stood with her. But most of all she was a gift from God to all her family and friends.

Those left to cherish her memory other than her mother include her children, Amanda Boothe, Stephanie Boothe, a son Jay Boothe, and her companion, Mark Gesner. She is also survived by her companion’s children: Jason, Ben, and Josh Gesner; four sisters, Debbie Hicks Hubright and husband Dean of Newark, NY, Frankie Leigh (Shank) Taylor of Sodus, NY, Linda Mullen of TX and Lori Meeker of NC; two brothers, John Stein of NY, and John Peterson of AZ; two grandchildren, Annika Smith and Addison Boothe; and her former husband, Jeff Boothe, and his mother Goldie Boothe, and a stepfather Franklin L. Taylor.

Funeral services will be Sunday, February 10, 2013, 2 p.m. Friends may gather with the family from 12:30 until service time at the Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Rainelle.


In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the family by mailing them to Amanda Boothe, 101 Mackel Lane, Lewisburg, WV 24901.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace Funeral Chapel, Rainelle.

John Eldrid Cannon

KIEFFER — John Eldrid Cannon, 66, of Kieffer, passed away Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013.

Services will be 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10, at Smathers Funeral Chapel. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Arrangements by Smathers Funeral Chapel Inc., Rainelle.

Vivian Annette ‘Skook’ Richardson Coffman

HILLTOP — Vivian Annette “Skook” Richardson Coffman, 60, of Hilltop, died on Wednesday, February 6, 2013, at Plateau Medical Center in Oak Hill.

Born November 9, 1952, at Madison, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Thomas W. and Virginia Bowles Richardson.

Vivian was a retired Physical Therapist for Plateau Medical Center.

She was of the Baptist faith.

A sister, Wilma “Cookie” Swaggerty, and a granddaughter, Tiffany Annette Anderson, preceded her in death.

Survivors include her husband, Mack Edward Coffman; one son, Gregory A. Coffman and wife, Lori, of Hilltop; two daughters, Carrie Tucker and husband, Michael, of Oak Hill and Renea Anderson and husband, Jack, of Cleveland, TN; one brother, Sam Richardson of Oak Hill; three sisters, Jetta Mahood of Oak Hill and Liz Wills of Beckley and Connie Trimble of Oak Hill; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be on Sunday, February 10, 2013, at 2 p.m. at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill, with Rev. Ronnie Persinger officiating. Burial will be at Gethsemane Memorial Gardens, Oak Hill.

Friends may call one hour prior to the service on Sunday at the funeral home.

Derrick Tilley, Bob Mahood, Jack Anderson, Rooks Mahood, Mike Tucker and Wesley Anderson will serve as pallbearers.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Sue Ellen Francisco

Revelation 21: Verses 1-4 “And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.

And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.

And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.

And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things have been passed away.”

Sue Francisco, our precious Mom and MawMaw, left this life to join her eternal life with her Savior Jesus Christ on February 6, 2013.

She was born on March 26, 1933, in Beaver, and was the daughter of the late Aiden and Mackie Hall Gunnoe.

She was a graduate of Shady Spring High School. On September 21, 1954, she married the love of her life Bob Francisco. He has spent the past 59 years caring, loving, and supporting his wife. She was truly blessed and had a God-centered marriage.

She was a former employee of Grant’s. Most people remembered her from Hill’s Department Store. She was employed there for over 30 years. She led a Christian life and enjoyed singing and playing the piano at church. Sue was a member of the Living Waters Baptist Church where her son served as her pastor.

“MawMaw Sue” will be remembered the most by being the best mom and an even better mawmaw. She had two children, Kathy Brewer and her husband John of Beaver, and Mike Gunnoe and his wife Kitty of Mt. Hope. Sue had also raised her granddaughter as a daughter, Yvette Gunnoe. She had seven grandchildren, Heather Brewer Poland, Johnny Brewer, Michelle Pack, Cindy Gunnoe, Shannon Wriston, and Reggie Wriston. She also had 15 great-grandchildren, Lila Kate, Laci, Steven, Nathan, Braxton, Chase, Kai, Riley, Lainey, Nevaeh, Zach, Rachael, Brooklin, Savannah, and T.K. She thought the world of her family and was so proud of them. They were her pride and joy.

Her family wishes to thank everyone who has called, prayed, and sent food to the home. A special thank you to Dr. Jafary who was always there and showed so much compassion toward her. Also thanks to the staff of BARH.

“Those who walk uprightly enter into peace; they find rest as they lie in death.”

A memorial service will be held to Celebrate The Life of Sue Francisco on Saturday, February 9, 2013, at 4 p.m. at the Rose and Quesenberry Peace Chapel in Beckley, with her son Pastor Mike Gunnoe officiating, with singing provided by her great-granddaughter Laci Poland.

Friends may visit with the family one hour prior to the services on Saturday.

In lieu of flowers, monetary donations may be made to the Living Waters Baptist Church, 201 Jennings Street, Beckley, WV 25801, in memory of Sue Francisco.

It was her wishes to be cremated and her cremains to be placed with her mother’s grave space.

Online condolences may be sent to our guestbook at

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

Janice Faulkner Hayes

LEWISBURG — Janice Faulkner Hayes, 77, of Lewisburg, was called to her heavenly home Thursday, February 7, 2013, while surrounded by her loving family at home, after a long battle with leukemia and recently with cancer.

She was the youngest and last surviving child of Spurgeon and Pearl McMillion Faulkner of Brushy Flat near Renick.

She graduated from Renick High School and married her husband of 60 years, James R. Hayes, raised two daughters and resided in the Lewisburg/Fairlea area since 1957.

She was a faithful member and devotedly active in Sunday school, circles and positions at Trinity United Methodist Church for over 50 years. Mrs. Hayes worked as GEHS cook and cafeteria manager for 27 years where she mentored and mothered many students who worked under her supervision and care.

Mrs. Hayes was preceded in death by her parents, one brother and five sisters.

She is survived and profoundly missed by her loving husband, James R. Hayes, and two daughters, Gay Hayes Sebert and husband David Sebert of Fairlea, and Lynda Hayes Ambler and husband Aaron of Lewisburg; six granddaughters and two great-grandsons. Granddaughters are Krista Sebert Jett and husband John of Winston-Salem, NC; Kara Sebert Parker and husband Shaun of Berryville, VA; Kacey Sebert of Stephens City, VA; Olivia Ambler, Ava Ambler, and Norah Ambler of Lewisburg; Great-grandsons are Ewan Bryce Parker and Wyatt Hayes Parker of Berryville, VA.

Visitation will be Saturday, February 9, 2013, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home in Lewisburg and funeral services will be at Trinity United Methodist Church, Ronceverte, on Sunday, February 10, 2013, at 2 p.m., with Rev. Mike Estep officiating. Burial will follow at Morningside Cemetery in Renick.

She requested donations, in lieu of flowers, for Trinity United Methodist Church Building Fund, 707 Pocahontas Avenue, Ronceverte, WV 24970.

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Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Lewisburg.

Roy ‘Arkie’ Hocum

RAMP — Roy “Arkie” Hocum, 74, of Ramp, died at 1:20 p.m. Thursday, February 7, 2013, following a long illness.

Born November 5, 1938, at Ramp, he was the son of the late Edgar and Virginia Bowles Hocum. He had lived most of his life at Ramp and had lived and worked in Northberg, N.J., for Owens Illinois Glass.

Roy was a member of the Ramp Holiness Church and the Sandstone Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary. He was a graduate of East Bank High School and loved squirrel hunting, WVU football and riding his four-wheeler. Family was very important to him and he was especially close to his sister Edna.

Other than his parents he was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara Thompson Hocum, in 1965 and one brother, Bob Hocum, in 2008.

Those left to cherish his memory include one sister, Edna Harless and husband Dolphus of Ramp; one brother, Travis Hocum and wife Janet of Hinton; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, February 10, 2013, at the Ramp Holiness Church, with Pastor Felix Baker officiating. Burial will follow in the O’Bryan Cemetery at Hix.

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

Family will serve as pallbearers.

Condolences may be sent to the family at

Arrangements are by the Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors of Hinton.

Rosie Lee Holsten

Rosie Lee Holsten, of Glen Daniel, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, February 7, 2013, at the Bowers Hospice House Beckley, after a long illness.   

She was born December 31, 1949, at Marshfork, W.Va., daughter of the late Donnie and Luttie Pettry Holsten.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by 16 sisters and brothers.

She is survived by three children, Michael Lee Stump Jr. at home, Melissa Stump and Wayne Condia of Pine Branch and Donnie and Scotty Lafferty of Pine Branch; two brothers, Donnie Holsten Jr. and wife, Nobel, Denny Ray Holsten and wife, Sharon; two sisters, Monrita Aliff and Debbie Massey and husband, David; grandchildren, Austin Cunningham, Jessie Stump, Krista Lafferty, Robert Condia Jr., Kerri Lafferty, Christian Condia; a very special friend, Mary Lucas.

Service will be 12 noon Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, at the Armstrong Funeral Home, Whitesville, with speaker, John Canterbury. Interment will follow in the Holsten Cemetery at Arnett.

Friends may call two hours prior to the service on Sunday at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be Ray Lester, Jerry Massey, Donald Lester, Burke Alderman, Cody Lester, Matt Davis.

Arrangements by Armstrong Funeral Home, Whitesville.

Yvonne ‘Bonnie’ Tyree

Yvonne “Bonnie” Tyree, 74, of Midway, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013.

Arrangements are incomplete at Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley.