The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


April 26, 2013

Obituaries — Friday, April 26, 2013


Lester Darrel Hanshew

RAMSEY — Lester Darrel Hanshew, 73, of Ramsey, went home to be with our Lord Jesus, Wednesday, April 24, 2013, following a short illness.

Darrel was born May 18, 1939, in Danese, W.Va.; he was the son of the late Jack and Bertha Hanshew.

He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 49 years Evelyn, and sisters Jacquoline and Regina.

Darrel was a faithful follower of Jesus Christ most of his adult life. Darrel served in the U.S. Army in 1959. He was a coal miner for 33 years. He was a faithful husband, loving father, grandfather and great-grandfather. Darrel loved hunting, fishing and playing cards with his family.

Survivors to cherish his memory include his children Debra and Gary Martin, Leslie and husband James Simms and son Ivan and Debbie Hanshew; brothers Bub and Dorothy, Danny and wife Sue and Sam and Debbie. Seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be conducted 2 p.m. Saturday, April 27, 2013, at Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home in Ansted with Pastor Danny Legg officiating. Burial will follow in the Fox Cemetery at Ramsey.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday at the funeral home in Ansted.

Online condolences may be sent to

Wallace & Wallace Funeral Hone in Ansted is in charge of arrangements.

Juanita Miller Thomas

UNION — Juanita Miller Thomas, age 87, of Union, passed away Wednesday, April 24, 2013, at home.

Born June 20, 1925, she was the daughter of the late Roy Miller and the late Lucy Mann Miller Ferguson and granddaughter of the late Elmer and Nettie Copeland and the late Lewis and Laura Cummings Miller.

Born and educated in Monroe County, near Rock Camp, she pursued other courses in Europe and other states in Language and Arts. Juanita was always active in the communities she lived in. She was a leader in the Girl Scout Association for many years, receiving several awards for her services. She was a member of the Military “Woman’s Club,” helping military families and hospitals, and also a member of the Indian Creek Quilt Club. For a time, she had worked as a Substitute Teacher of Special Education in Florida, while selling Real Estate. She was a life member of the Auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force Association; working with the American Youth Activities, helping the youth of American military families adjust to living overseas.

Juanita made many friends in her travels around the world. During the 1990s she assisted actress Whoopie Goldberg while filming the movie “Eddie,” featuring the NBA’s Charlotte Hornets and New York Nicks.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, George W. Thomas, daughter, Lynn Thomas Nivens, three brothers, Mickey, Elvin and Ralph Miller, and one sister, Jean Miller.

Survivors include one brother, Randolph Miller and wife Edna of Union, several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral Services will be 2 p.m. Saturday, April 27, 2013, at the Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home Chapel, Peterstown, with Rev. Walter Ellison officiating. Burial will follow in the Mt. View Cemetery, Wikel, W.Va.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 26, 2013, at the funeral home.

Online guestbook can be signed or condolences may be sent to the Thomas family at

Arrangements by Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home, Peterstown.

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