The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

May 10, 2013

Obituaries — Friday, May 10, 2013

Roger ‘Dale’ Auxier

Roger “Dale” Auxier, 57, of Beckley, passed away Thursday, May 9, 2013. 

Arrangements are pending completion. Blue Ridge Funeral Home, 5251 Robert C. Byrd Drive, Beckley, is honored to be serving the family.

Evelyn H. Breckenridge

POWELL, Ohio — Evelyn H. Mitchell Breckenridge was called home on Sunday, May 5, 2013.

Born May 27, 1922, in Stotesbury, to the late Robert M. and Lula Bell (Coles) Mitchell.

Evelyn was the youngest of eight children and attended Byrd Prillerman High School. She married the love of her life, Earl Breckenridge, and to this union, seven children were born.

She served in a domestic capacity for the State of West Virginia’s 27th Governor, the Honorable Hulett C. Smith, and First Lady, Mary Alice Smith. She was a faithful member of Living Waters Christian Fellowship in Columbus, OH. She was preceded in death by her husband Earl, daughters Gwendolyn Breckenridge and Nora Ella Mitchell; brothers Frank, Charles, and Robert Mitchell; sisters Susie Mae Breckenridge, Margaret Thomas, Ann Patterson, and Alice Wright; grandson Chase Breckenridge and great-grandson Emerson Patterson Jr. Survived by those left to cherish her wonderful memory which includes three daughters, Patricia (Orlando) Mullins of Powell, OH, Mildred (Andrew) Patterson and Carita (Henry) Nunnally of Atlanta, GA; and three sons, Earl Jr. (Lois) Breckenridge of Columbus, OH, Marvin Sr. (Agnes) and Mitchell (Felicia) Breckenridge of Detroit, MI. 20 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; eight great-great-grandchildren; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Interment will take place in Union Cemetery followed by A Celebration of Life Service at Friendship Baptist Church, 1775 West Broad St., Columbus, Ohio, on Saturday, May 11, 2013, with a visitation from 11 to 11:30 a.m. Service starts at 11:30; the repast will follow.

Arrangements entrusted to Marlan J. Gary Funeral Home, The Chapel of Peace, 2500 Cleveland Ave., Columbus, Ohio.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Isabelle Ridgway Care Center in memory of Evelyn H. Breckenridge, 1520 Hawthrone Ave., Columbus, Ohio.

Submitted by Durgan Funeral Home, Beckley.

Roberta Corrine Brown

WHITESVILLE — Roberta Corrine Brown, 83, of Whitesville, died Wednesday, May 8, 2013.

Graveside services will be 1 p.m. Saturday, May 11, at Pineview Cemetery, Orgas, with the Rev. Janice Florence officiating. Burial will follow in the Pineview Cemetery at Orgas.

Arrangements by Armstrong Funeral Home, Whitesville.

Roy Cline

On Saturday, May 4th, 2013, Roy Cline of Cabell Heights passed away in a Charleston hospital following a long illness. He was in his 83rd year.

One of eight children, Roy was born at War Eagle on Feb. 27th, 1930. He was the son of the late Howard and Bessie Cline. He is the last surviving member of his immediate family.

Roy first worked in the mining industry at Colliers Coal Company, War Eagle. He then entered the U.S. Army, serving in the Korean Conflict. A Corporal, he was awarded the Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, Presidential Unit Citation, Army of Occupation Medal and the Japan Clasp, National Defense Service Medal, Korean Service Medal with the Silver Star Attachment, Combat Medical Badge, 1st Award, and the United Nations Service Medal.

After his stint in service, Roy worked at the Veterans Area Medical Center in Beckley for over 30 years. He was the head technician of the Hemodialysis Unit. In his leisure time he enjoyed fishing and playing horseshoes.

Roy leaves to cherish his memory his wife of 60 years, Hazel; his children, Sheena Prentice and her husband, Doug, of Beckley, Roy Aaron Cline and his wife, Jennifer, of Cool Ridge and Anthony Cline of Fayetteville; his grandchildren, Autumn Reid and her husband, Doug, of Charlotte, NC, Aaron Cline and his wife, Brandi, of Beaver, Andrew Cline of Huntington and Aimee Cline of Beckley; a granddaughter, Alicia Cline, has preceded him in death; there is one great-grandchild, George Reid of Charlotte.

On Saturday, May 11th, at 2 p.m. there will be a “Celebration of Roy’s Life” at the Mabscott Holiness Church. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.

Condolences may be sent to the family’s guestbook at

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary and Cremation Center, Beckley.

Virgil D. Cochran Sr.

Virgil D. Cochran Sr., 74, of Cool Ridge, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, May 8, 2013, at his home following a long, hard battle with pulmonary fibrosis.

He was born on June 2, 1938, in Lester, to the late Clint Samuel and Pearly Mae “Meadows” Cochran.

Virgil was a Christian and a member of Cool Ridge Community Church and lived most of his life in Cool Ridge.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a grandson, Virgil “Dee Cee” Cochran III; son-in-law, Jack DuFour; stepgrandson, David DuFour; brothers, Freeman, Gorden, Ray, and Earnest Cochran; sisters, Annie McKinney and Delta Basham.

Those surviving include his loving wife of 53 years, Mrs. Mary Katheryn (Allen) Cochran; sons, Dewey Cochran and wife Rita, and Clinton Cochran and wife Amy; daughters, Frieda DuFour, Alberta Meadows and husband Eddie, and Carla Cochran; four grandsons, Justin Bragg and wife Megan, Timothy “T.W.” Bryant and wife Brittany, Cody Cochran, and Donald DuFour; four granddaughters, Chairty Bragg, Shenandoah DeShaffer and husband Jeff, SaCeila Cochran, and Alisia Shrewsberry and husband Paris; great-granddaughter, Chole Bragg; sister, Dorothy Lehew; and brother Woodrow Cochran.

Services to celebrate the life of Virgil Cochran will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 11, 2013, at the Rose and Quesenberry Shady Spring Chapel, with Rev. David Wilson officiating.

In keeping with Virgil’s final wishes he will be cremated after the services.

Visitation will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. at the funeral chapel on the same afternoon.

Private online condolences, floral gifts, and other expressions of sympathy are available to the family via

Arrangements by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home-Shady Spring Chapel, 729 Flat Top Road in Shady Spring.

David Collins

BLUEFIELD — Mr. David Collins, 68, of Bluefield, died Thursday, May 9, 2013.

Arrangements entrusted to Ritchie and Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.

Mary Elizabeth Taylor Elliott

Mary Elizabeth (Taylor) Elliott, 84, of Beckley, died Wednesday, May 8, 2013, at the Raleigh Rehab Center in Daniels.

Born November 23, 1928, in Wyoming County, to the late Ulysses Taylor and Mary Wickline Taylor. She was married to James Edward “Freck” Elliott for 58 years until his death in 2006.

Elizabeth was a homemaker and loved to cook and make quilts for her family. She loved watching birds from her windows. She grew up in Allen Junction in Wyoming County and attended Mullens High School. She was a member of Bible Baptist Church in MacArthur.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by five brothers, Ransom, Charles, Jack, Thomas, and Robert Taylor; and a sister, Virginia “Ginny” Meyers.

Survivors include her loving daughter, Jeanie (McComas) Smith of Beckley; a precious granddaughter, Stephanie Renee McComas of Beckley; great-grandson, the light of her life, John Randall Godby; three brothers, Simpson Grant, Danny, and Frank Taylor; two sisters, Shirley and Danese; friends, Chuck Combs and wife, Dorothy Farruggia, of Rhodell, and a host of nieces, nephews, and other family and friends also survive her.

Graveside rites and interment will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 11, 2013, at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens Mausoleum with Rev. John Humphreys officiating.

Men of the church will serve as pallbearers.

The family wishes to extend a special “thanks” to the nurses and CNAs at Raleigh Rehab Center.

In lieu of flowers donations may be sent to the Multiple Sclerosis Society via

Private online condolences, floral gifts, and other expressions of sympathy are available to the family via

Arrangements with Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, 1901 South Kanawha Street in Beckley.

CW2 (Ret) Jerry R. Fink

CW2 (Ret) Jerry R. Fink passed away peacefully at his home in Crab Orchard, on Wednesday, May 8, 2013.

Born on June 17, 1940, the son of the late Garner and Margaret Acord Fink, he grew up in Glen White until he joined the Army in 1957. He retired from the military with the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) at Ft. Campbell, Ky., in 1978 having served tours in Panama, Dominican Republic, two in Vietnam and Okinawa with the 7th Special Forces Group, 1st. Special Forces, and 173rd Airborne Brigade, Germany with the 3rd Cavalry 11th  Armed Calvary Regiment and 130th Engineer Brigade, and at Ft. Bragg, N.C., with the 82nd Airborne Division. He was awarded numerous awards and decorations, the most notable being the Bronze Star, the Army Commendation Medal, the Air Medal, the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm Medal and the Meritorious Service Medal. He was wounded in action during his 1st tour in Vietnam. Upon his military retirement, Jerry began his second career as the General Manager of the Raleigh County Memorial Airport until his retirement from that position in 1997.

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife and the love of his life of 54 years, Helen Greer Fink; his brother Robert (Bobby) Fink and sister Linda Fink (and Willard) McGraw, all of Crab Orchard, his children, Cyndi Fink Tillinghast of Crab Orchard, Michael (and Devona) Fink of Columbia, S.C., Sherry (and Barry) Barajas of Beckley, and Jerry Lee (and Melissa) Fink of San Antonio, Texas; nine grandchildren, Tyler (and Tabetha) Fink, Christopher Fink, Hannah Fink, Samantha (and Joe) Chapman, Savannah Barajas, Shannon Barajas, LaDawn (and Wesley) Hill, Heather (and Nick) Crissman, and Steven Fink; five great-grandchildren, Hunter, Haylee, Aubree, Tyson, and Tucker; and his best friend of 57 years, Johnny Richards of Glen White.

Funeral services will be conducted at the Rose and Quesenberry Peace Chapel in Beckley on Sunday, May 12, 2013, at 2 p.m., with Pastors Kenneth Parent and Roger Pauley officiating. Burial will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens at Prosperity.

The visitation will be on Saturday from 6 to 9 p.m., at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be Michael Fink, USAF (Ret) Tech. Sgt. Jerry Lee Fink, Christopher Fink, U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Tyler Fink, Joe Chapman, and Barry Barajas. Honorary pallbearers will be Steven Fink, USAF (Ret). Master Sgt. Steve McGraw, Greg McGraw, Willard (Coon) McGraw, Nick Crissman, and Johnny Richards.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Heart Association in Jerry’s name.

Private online condolences, floral tributes, and other expressions of sympathy may be directed to the family via our guestbook at

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

John K. Gieseking

John K. Gieseking, age 79, of Beckley, died Wednesday, May 8, 2013, at Beckley Appalachian Hospital following a sudden illness.

Born July 29, 1933, in Nokomis, Ill., to the late John Gieseking and Gladys Jenkins Gieseking.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his infant daughter, Jo Gieseking.

Those surviving include his wife, Jean Gieseking; sons, Jay Gieseking of Beckley and John K. Gieseking II and wife Peggy of Joppa, Md.; and a grandson, Jayden Gieseking of Beckley.

In keeping with John’s final wishes he will be cremated and there will be no services.

Private online condolences, floral gifts, and other expressions of sympathy are available to the family via

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

Elizabeth Imogene Grimmett

HINTON — Elizabeth Imogene Grimmett, 93, of Hinton, died Thursday, May 9, 2013, at Summers County A.R.H. Hospital in Hinton, following a short illness.

Born July 11, 1919, in Hinton, she was the daughter of the late James W. and Leona V. Ellison Lilly.

Imogene was a 1937 graduate of Hinton High School and was the second Miss Bobcat in the school’s history. She was an honor student and a member of the Girl Reserves Club at the school. She was former employee of Tots & Teens Clothing in Hinton and also Cox’s Department Store in Hinton. She was a member of Central Baptist Church in Hinton and was a lifelong resident of the city.

She was preceded in death by her former husband, Jesse Paul Grimmett. Also by a son, Milton A. “Tony” Grimmett, three brothers, James Robert, John Edward and William David Lilly, and by a great-aunt, Maude Ellison Wills.

Survivors include a son, Roger Paul Grimmett and wife Ruth of Hampton, VA, and a daughter, Roberta Sue Wheeler of Hinton. Two brothers, Jack E. Lilly and wife Janice and Vivian Lilly, both of Hinton. Two sisters, Judith Ann McCoy and husband John of Grottoes, VA, and Mary Carol Humphries of Hinton. Seven grandchildren, Sara Fix and husband Randy, Alan Grimmett, Betty Jo Grimmett Barrett, James L. Grimmett and wife Samantha, Susan Wheeler, Rebecca Jones and Diane Holland and husband Clay; 14 great-grandchildren, Kendra, Meghan, Mandy, Dylan, Garry, Tyler, Hailey, Kayden, Kyleigh, Jace, Paul, Ryan James, Molly and Kassi; one great-great-grandchild, Donovan Cael.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 11, 2013, at Pivont Funeral Home Chapel in Hinton with Pastor Robbie Merritt officiating. Burial will follow in Restwood Memorial Gardens in Hinton. Friends may call from 1 p.m. until time of services on Saturday at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be Garry Wayne Wheeler, Tyler Heath Jones, Ronald Keith Lilly, Richard Kent Lilly, Roy Lee Adkins and Garry E. Wheeler.

Online condolences and guest register at

Arrangements by Pivont Funeral Home, Hinton.

Garnette Cook Hatfield

TURKEY CREEK — Garnette Cook Hatfield, 83, of Turkey Creek, passed away Thursday, May 9, 2013.

Arrangements are incomplete at this time. Calfee Funeral and Cremation Service, Pineville, is serving the Hatfield family.

Betty Claudine Schrader Nelson

Betty Claudine Schrader Nelson, 86, of Crab Orchard, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, May 7, 2013. “An Angel on earth, now an Angel in Heaven”

Betty is preceded in death by her husband of 66 years, Azle Ortan Nelson; daughter, Jackie Renna Rose; and a son, Rocky Dwwan Nelson.

Those left to cherish her memory are her daughter, Anzell Dorsey and husband Chuck of Crab Orchard; sons, Dusty Nelson and wife Becky of Fairdale, W.Va., Ronnie Nelson and wife Tammy of Crab Orchard; daughters, Sue Nelson of Beaver, W.Va., Trena Nelson of Crab Orchard, Mia and her husband Jake of Crab Orchard; also included are 20 grandchildren, 38 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Harry Schrader and wife Joyce of Princeton, W.Va., Dwight Eades and wife Mary of Tazewell, Va.; two sisters, Carolyn White and husband Dempsey of Princeton, Gloria Farley and husband Glen of Princeton.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 11, 2013, at Williams Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Sophia.

She will be laid to rest beside her beloved husband, Azle, at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens. Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

Friends may gather with the family Saturday from 1 to 2 p.m. at the funeral home.

The family wishes to give a special thanks to Iva Windon for taking such good care of our mother.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Arrangements by Williams Blue Ridge Funeral Home, 101 1st. Street, Sophia.

Dalton Wayne Newhouse

OAK HILL — Dalton Wayne Newhouse, 22, of Oak Hill, passed away Wednesday, May 8, 2013.

Condolences may be sent to

Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.

Carl Prince

RAPID CITY, S.D. — Carl Prince, 53, of Rapid City, passed away on Saturday, April 27, 2013, at Rapid City Regional Hospital.

Carl was born on September 17, 1959, to the late Charles Alvis and Vada Stumbo Prince in Huntington, WV. Carl grew up in Pettus, WV, where he made many childhood friends. He was a graduate of Marsh Fork High School, where he was well known for completing his brother’s homework, and a manager for the football team. After high school Carl worked with the Whitesville Fire Department EMT Squad while completing Nursing school. He then graduated from St. Mary’s School of Nursing in Huntington, WV, and has a Master’s Degree in Healthcare Administration from Sacramento Regent University. Carl was quite accomplished in the health care field. He worked as an Emergency Room Nurse, flew with Health Net, an EMT, a Director of Nurses, a Nurse Consultant, a licensed Nursing Home Administrator, a Long Term Care Surveyor, and most of all a patient advocate. Carl had made his home recently in Rapid City, South Dakota, to be close to his brother Gary.

Those left with many special memories of Carl are his two children, Garret Prince and Amanda Prince of Beckley, WV; a granddaughter, Skyler, also of Beckley; a sister, Darlene Cline and her husband Danny of Conway, SC; and a brother Gary and his wife Marquita Prince of Rapid City, SD; nephews Jamie Brown, Charles Brown, Aaron Prince, and Wes Turner; and a host of Uncles, Aunts, Cousins, and Friends.

Carl will be cremated per his wishes. A Memorial Visitation with his family present will be held May 11, 2013, at 10 a.m. at the Pine View Cemetery Chapel in Orgas, WV.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers memorial contributions in Carl’s honor may be made to the Nursing Scholarship Fund at St. Mary’s Medical Center Foundation, 2900 First Ave., Huntington, WV 25702.

An online guestbook is available to sign at

Arrangements are with Kirk Funeral Home of Rapid City.

William Timothy ‘Bill’ Shank

GREEN BANK — William Timothy “Bill” Shank, 75, passed away Tuesday, May 7, 2013.

Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, May 11, at Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Arbovale, with the Rev. Julian Rittenhoue officiating. Interment will follow at the Arbovale Cemetery with military honors by the Pocahontas County Honor Guard. Friends may call 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 10, at the funeral home.

Please send online condolences by visiting

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Arbovale.

Bud Spears

Bud Spears had a personality that could light up the room, and although he’s gone, those who knew and loved him will carry that light throughout their lives.

Howard L. “Bud” Spears, age 78, of Beckley, passed away Thursday, May 9, 2013, following a life of simple enjoyments and a true belief that life is best spent in the company of family and friends.

Bud was born April 15, 1935, in Logan, W.Va., to the late Lewis Herold Spears and Athaline “Granny” Bryant Spears, both of Logan. He shared much of his childhood with his beloved Grandma Bryant in Beckley. As a young man, Bud met the love of his life, Mona Kay, his wife of 56 years, at the Lyric Theatre in downtown Beckley.

Bud could sell milk to a cow — his abilities as a salesman and businessman came naturally, and he invested much of his time and interest in his adopted hometown of Beckley. As a young man he worked as a cashier at A&P Grocery before he began his four years of service in the U.S Air Force in 1956. His service for his country took him to Alexandria, Louisiana, and then to the Thule Air Base in Tooley, Greenland. Following his military service, he was a sales representative at May Office Service. He later became owner of Business Supplies and Ideal Construction, where he built Ridge Homes and American Standard Homes. As an employee at Meadows Construction he helped build Memorial Baptist Church, a project that always held a special significance in his heart. Bud was a West Virginia State Road Supervisor and an Account Executive at WOAY-TV. His position as publisher for the West Virginia edition of Builder/Architect magazine led him on many architectural adventures throughout the state prior to his retirement.

He was a former member of the Jaycees and Civitans, former Chairman of the Raleigh County Republication Party, and a recent delegate for the WV Silver Haired Legislature.

Bud found solace at the beach. He visited Oak Island and Carolina/Kure Beaches in North Carolina for over 30 years, and loved walks in the sand with his wife and family followed by fried seafood platters and cold beer. Since retiring, his typical morning consisted of coffee and conversation with friends at McDonald’s; a heaping bowl of Cheerios over The Register-Herald; and stocking his bird and squirrel feeders with corn and seed. He loved afternoon walks with the family dogs, westerns and mysteries on TV Land, and his mother’s fried cauliflower (a family tradition). His charming smile and contagious laugh brought joy to many.

Survivors include wife, Mona Kay Turner Spears of Beckley, daughter Lesa K. Spears of Beckley, son Howard K. Spears and Patricia Bair of North Carolina, granddaughter Valerie L. Spears-Jarrell and husband Jeremy Jarrell of North Carolina, brother Michael Roger Spears and wife Judy of Virginia, sister Donna L. Spears Logan and husband Nick of Florida, brother Estele H. Spears and wife Missy of Maryland, brother Lewis H. Spears Jr. and wife Kathleen of Virginia, sister-in-law Loretta Turner Blankenship and husband Darrell of Beckley.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to The Bowers Hospice House, 454 Cranberry Drive, Beckley WV 25801; 304-250-6040. The Spears family would like to extend their heartfelt gratitude to the staff and volunteers at Bowers Hospice House who went above and beyond in their care for Bud.

Thank you to family and friends for your support and care during this difficult time.

Visitation will be held 5 to 6 p.m., followed by a memorial service from 6 to 7 p.m., Saturday, May 11, 2013, at Melton Mortuary in Beckley.

Condolences may be sent to the family’s guestbook at

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary and Cremation Center, Beckley.