The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

April 21, 2006

Obituaries - Saturday, April 22, 2006


Susan Lucy Bragg

Susan Lucy Bragg, 94, of Sullivan, died Thursday, April 20, 2006, at Raleigh General Hospital following a long illness.

Born June 4, 1911, at Sullivan, she was the daughter of the late James Everett Richmond and Sally Beth Jones Richmond.

Mrs. Bragg was a homemaker. She was of the Protestant faith and a born-again Christian. She dearly loved her children and grandchildren. She lived in the Sullivan area most of her life.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Cecil Bragg, four sisters and three brothers.

Survivors include a son, Ray Bragg and wife, Debbie, of Coal City; daughters, Helen West of Coal City, Eva Bragg at home and Eresell Troxell of Westminster, Md.; brothers, Fred Richmond of Glen Morgan and Charlie Richmond of Crab Orchard; sister, Myrtle Lamb of Crab Orchard; 18 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.

Service will be 1 p.m. Sunday at Rose and Quesenberry Peace Chapel, Beckley, with the Rev. Clarence Lee officiating. Burial will follow in Tilden Cemetery, Sullivan.

Friends may call 6 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Grandsons and family members will serve as pallbearers.

Condolences may be e-mailed to the family at roseandquesenberry@charterinternet.com.

Arrangements by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, Beckley.



Danny Coffman

Danny Keith Coffman, 67, of Terry, passed away Wed-nesday, April 19, 2006, at Terry. He was the son of the late Frederick L. Coffman and Alberta Price Coffman of Beckley.

Danny loved baseball, auto racing and working outdoors.

In addition to his father, a brother, Fred Lee Coffman Jr., and two nephews, Troy and Mitchell Lambert, preceded Danny in death.

In addition to his mother, those left to cherish his memory include three sisters, Evelyn Kershner of Cool Ridge, Brenda Kuhn of Nitro and Linda Lilly of Spanishburg; and two brothers, Jackie Coffman of Minden and Sherrill Coffman of Lebanon, Tenn.

Graveside committal of Danny’s ashes will be 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 26, at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Beckley.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that a flower or tree be planted in Danny’s memory.

Online condolences may be sent to the Coffman family by visiting www.blueridge funeralhome.com.

Arrangements by Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley.



Rachel Mae Kirby Cutlip

GRASSY MEADOWS — Rachel Mae Kirby Cutlip, 75, formerly of Camp Springs, Md., died Thursday, April 20, 2006, at Greenbrier Valley Medical Center, Fairlea, following a long illness.

Arrangements by Lobban Funeral Home, Alderson.



Diana Day

LANCASTER, Ky. — Diana Day, 50, of Kennedy Ridge Road, Lancaster, died Wednesday, April 19, at St. Joseph Hospital. She was the daughter of the late Leon Richard Hudson and Betty Arthur Hudson.

Diana was a homemaker and a member of God’s Landmark Worship Center.

She was preceded in death by her parents; stepfather, Curtis Johnson; and brother, Ricky Hudson.

Diana leaves to cherish her memory her husband, Freddy Day; two sons: Larry Criss of Lancaster and Roger Criss of Mercer County; a stepson, Christopher Day of Lancaster; a daughter: Misty Justice (Bill) of Lancaster; a stepdaughter, Emilie Day of Lancaster; a brother, Freddie Hacker of West Virginia; five sisters, Debra Tyler (Donald), Deanna Marsh, Drema Domingues, Donna Jean Davis (Matthew) and Mary Johnson, all of West Virginia; and five grandchildren, Miranda, Jessica and Billy Justice, and Harley and Laurel Criss.

Service will be 3 p.m. Sunday, April 23, at Kilsyth Baptist Church with the Rev. Bob Rawlings officiating. Burial will follow at Arthur Family Cemetery.

Friends may call 6 to 8 p.m. today at the church.

Richardson Funeral Home, Bluefield, is in charge of arrangements.



Domenick Franciose

RUPERT — Domenick Franciose, 92, passed away Wednesday, April 19, 2006, at his home in Rupert.

Born Oct. 26, 1913, in Pettorano, Italy, he was the son of the late Angelo and Filomena DiPietro Franciose.

He was co-owner and operator of the Imperial Smokeless Coal Co., a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Rainelle and a former member of the Elks and Moose Clubs.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Maria DiPietro, and a brother, Fred Franciose.

Survivors include his wife, Ermelinda Franciose of Bos-ton, Mass.; a daughter, Anna Guglielmi of Medford, Mass.; a son, Angelo Franciose of Dayton, Ohio; a sister, Iola DiCenzo of Italy; a sister-in-law, Rose Franciose of St. Albans; two grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; a special friend, Margie Sweet; a special cousin, Elda DiMascio and her husband, Benny; caregivers, Theresa Thompson and Della Lilly; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Mass of Christian burial will be 11 a.m. Monday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Rainelle, with Father Arthur Bufogle officiating. Rite of committal will be at Wallace Memorial Mausoleum, Clintonville.

Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the Wallace & Wallace Chapel, Rainelle, with Rosary at 7:30 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 401 13th St., Rainelle, WV 25962.

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Rainelle.



Corrine Gravley

VERNER — Corrine Gravley, 64, died Thursday, April 20, 2006.

Service will be 2 p.m. Sunday at Verner Community Church. Friends may call 6 to 10 p.m. today at the church. Online at www.mountsfuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by Mounts Funeral Home, Gilbert.



Ann Gravley

Mary “Ann” Gravley, born Oct. 19, 1937, at Man, died at 12:50 a.m. Friday, April 21, 2006, at Raleigh General Hospital of a heart attack. She went to meet her reward surrounded by her loving husband, her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and many loving friends and relatives.

She was a homemaker and was the owner of Gravley’s Greenhouse for many years. She was an active member of Spoken Word Tabernacle at Beaver for the last 41 years. She loved to garden, sew, quilt and raise beautiful flowers. She will be sadly missed by all who knew her. 

She was preceded in death by her father, William “Ar-thur” Lehman; a sister, Linda Sue Lehman; and a great-grandson, Andrew Mark Gravley. 

She is survived by her mother, Blanche Lehman, of Beckley; her husband of 50 years, Charles “Bert” Gravley of Old Eccles Road; three children, Patricia Gravley, William “Bill” Gravley and David “Bert” Gravley and his wife, Lisa, all of Beckley; nine grandchildren, Michael Gravley and his wife, Charissa, of Johnson City, Tenn., Celestial Wiggins and her husband, Sean, of Johnson City, Daniel Gravley and his wife, Joanna, of Daniels, Matthew Gravley of Beckley, Amanda Gravley of Ripley and Kristin, Kayla, Emily and Rachael Gravley, all of Beckley; two great-granddaughters, Olivia and Kate Gravley of Johnson City; five brothers, Gene Lehman and his wife, Janet, of Shady Spring, Orville Lehman and his wife, Nelda, of Beckley, Jerry Lehman of Terre Haute, Ind., Douglas Lehman and his wife, Rita, of Hollywood, Ala., and Kenny Lehman and his wife, Candi, of Durbin; five sisters, Audra Mastroppolito of Sophia, Virginia Lilly and her husband, Charles, of Peoples, Ohio, Evonne Stanley of Beckley, Kathy Seaman and her husband, Chester, of Charleston, S.C., and Nancy Stanley and her husband, Warner, of Prosperity; nieces, nephews and a host of friends.

Service will be at 2 p.m. Monday, April 24, at Spoken Word Tabernacle, Scott Ridge Road, Beaver, with the Rev. Roy Shrewsbury officiating. Burial will follow in Canaday Cemetery, Glen View. 

Friends may call 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the tabernacle. 

Grandsons and friends will serve as pallbearers.

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary, Beckley.



Charles C. Hawley

Charles C. Hawley of Shady Spring passed away Thursday, April 20, 2006.

Arrangements by Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley.



Reathel Vealey Jarrell

Reathel Vealey Jarrell, 84, of the Pine Knob area of Noama, died Thursday, April 20, 2006, in Boone Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Dan-ville, after a long illness.

She was born Dec. 4, 1921, at Pine Knob, a daughter of the late Hubert and Merlie Gunnoe Vealey.

She was a retied employee of Textile Workers of Cleveland, Ohio, and attended Pine Knob Union Chapel Church.

Besides her parents, she was also preceded in death by her husband, Edgar Jarrell.

She is survived by two sisters, Opal Miller and husband, Byrd, of Naoma and Erma Howell and husband, Denny, of North Wilkesboro, N.C.; two brothers, Clinton Vealey and wife, Janet, of Naoma and David Keith Vealey and wife, Patricia, of Solon, Ohio; a brother-in-law, the Rev. George Smith and wife, Audrey, of Beckley; two sisters-in-law, Jean Jarrell of Seth and Ethel Swartz and husband, Frank, of Florida; and a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Service will be 1 p.m. Sunday at Armstrong Funeral Home, Whitesville, with the Revs. David Cook and George Smith officiating. Burial will follow in Vealey Cemetery, Pine Knob.

Friends may call 6 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Nephews will serve as pallbearers.

In lieu of flowers, Reathel’s request was donations to be made to Pine Knob Union Chapel, 226 Drews Creek Road, Naoma, WV 25140.

Arrangements by Armstrong Funeral Home, Whites-ville.



Dewey L. McKinney

PINEVILLE — Dewey L. McKinney, 87, of Pine-ville, formerly of Peterstown, was called Home to be with his Lord in the early hours of Wednesday, April 19, 2006, at Wyoming Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, New Richmond, after several years of illness and debility.

Dewey was born at home on Feb. 27, 1919, in Basin, the youngest child of William Blackburn and Nancy Elizabeth McKinney, who preceded him in death. He was the sole surviving member of a family of nine sons and three daughters.

He was also preceded in death by his beloved wife, Violet Church McKinney, in 1998, after nearly 59 years of marriage, and a son, Dewey Rodney McKinney.

After attending school in Basin and being graduated from Herndon High School, where he excelled in athletics and in speech and debate, Mr. McKinney was employed for short times by Church Brothers Lumber Co. and by the Virginian Railway. He then attended and was graduated from Cincinnati Barber College before being drafted into the U.S. Army in which he served in the infantry in the Philippines during World War II. Following an honorable discharge, Dewey joined brothers Fred and Charles at McKinney Brothers Barber Shop in Mullens until 1959. In that year, he opened Dewey’s Barber Shop in East Pineville, where he worked for many years.

He was later employed by Hargis Mine Supply as a salesman before founding M and M Distributors, serving the mining industry throughout southern West Virginia and southwestern Virginia. In addition, he served Wyoming County as its Department of Highways supervisor for five years. Following his wife’s death, Dewey spent several enjoyable years at Greystone Manor in Beaver before incapacitation required nursing home care.

While he worked at several vocations, Dewey’s lifelong love and avocation was his ministry of music which lasted more than 50 years, serving as choir director at Bud-Alpoca Missionary Baptist, Peterstown Baptist and Rockcastle Baptist Churches. Proud of his certification as an instructor of gospel music by Stamps Baxter Music Co., Dewey taught literally thousands to enjoy singing gospel music in church choirs and in singing schools. Dozens of his students and other musicians performed with him in gospel quartets, the most renowned of which, The Jubileers, made hundreds of appearances at singing conventions and as the opening act for several nationally known groups. The Jubileers appeared weekly on Sunday on WWYO in Pineville throughout the 1950s and ’60s. He never refused a request and performed at hundreds of funerals, church services and weddings during his musical career.

Dewey served as president of the Mountain State Gospel Singers Association for several years and led its building of its permanent site in Mount Nebo. He organized and served as president of the Wyoming County Barbers and Beauticians Union for several years. He was an active member of the Lions Clubs in Pineville and in Mullens and a member of American Legion Post 106. Proud to be a lifelong Republican, Dewey ran for public office a number of times.

Dewey is survived by a son, Douglas E. McKinney, M.D., and his wife, Sue Tuckwiller McKinney, of Bridgeport; three daughters, Linda Hargis of Pineville, Sandrea “Sandy” Hill and her husband, Jerry, of Saulsville and Andrea “Andy” Anderson and her husband, Charles “Chuck,” of Chesapeake, Va.; 11 grandchildren, Margaret J. McKinney Weaver and her husband, Douglas, of Chevy Chase, Md., William B. McKinney II and his wife, Amy, of Minneapolis, Minn., Capt. Matthew J. McKinney and his wife, Trish, of Jacksonville, N.C., Samuel D. McKinney of Virginia Beach Va., Craig Hargis of Pineville, Christie Hargis McAfee and her husband, Jeff, of Carmi-chaels, Pa., Steven Hill and his wife, Leah, of Saulsville, Jessica Hill of Saulsville, Michael Hill of Saulsville, Lauren Anderson of Chicago and Mark Anderson of Longwood, Va.; and 13 great-grandchildren.

Dewey will be both sorely missed and fondly remembered by all those he touched through his devoted church work, service in civic affairs and most of all through his love of teaching, performing and sharing of Gospel Music.

Service will be 2 p.m. Sunday, April 23, at Calfee Funeral Service Chapel, Pineville, with the Rev. Donald “Doc” Adkins officiating. Interment will be beside his beloved wife in the Church Family plot in Coal City Cemetery. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

Friends may call noon until time of service Sunday at the funeral home.

Military rites will be conducted by the Wyoming County Honor Guard.

In lieu of flowers, Mr. McKinney’s family requests that donations be made to Gideons International, Wyoming Camp, PO Box 436, Brenton, WV 24818.

Online guest book may be signed at www.calfeefuneralservice.com or e-mail condolences to the McKinney family at calfeefuneralservice@stei.com.

Calfee Funeral Service, Pineville, is serving the McKinney family. 



Oza Mullens Sr.

KOPPERSTON — Oza Mullens Sr., 95, passed away Thursday, April 20, 2006.

Service will be 1 p.m. Monday at Evans Memorial Chapel, Oceana. Friends may call 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Online guest book may be signed at www.evans-funeralhome.com or e-mail condolences to the Mullens family at evans-funeralhome@stei. com.

Evans Funeral Home, Oce-ana, is serving the Mullens family.



Dorsey H. Rogers

GASTON, N.C. — Dorsey Harmon Rogers, 78, of Gaston, died Friday, April 21, 2006, at his home in Gaston.

Arrangements by Pivont Funeral Home, Hinton.



Teddy ‘Peanut’ Rollins

OCEANA — Teddy “Peanut” Eugene Rollins departed this life Wednesday, April 19, 2006, at the age of 59 years, one month and 13 days following a sudden illness.

Born March 6, 1947, at Rollins Branch, he was the son of the late Ted and June Rollins.

“Peanut” enjoyed working on cars, restoring old cars and was looking forward to his new grandbaby, always wondering what it would be. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, brother, and will be dearly missed.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, John Rollins, Greg Rollins and Terry Rollins.

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife of 34 years, Linda Rollins; a son, Teddy Rollins and his wife, Jennifer, of Doylestown, Ohio; a daughter, Laura Rol-lins of Oceana; six brothers, Danny Rollins and his wife, Becky, of Akron, Ohio, Jim Rollins and his wife, Sharon, of Oceana, Mike Rollins and his wife, Vickie, of Oceana, Randy Rol-lins and his wife, Carol, of Virginia, Barry Rol-lins and his wife, Cathy, of Akron and Billy Rollins and his wife, Mary, of Ak-ron; three sisters, Shelby Bertka and her husband, Paul, of Ohio, Brenda Swartz and her husband, LeRoy, of Ohio and Patty Rollins of Akron; five grandchildren, and one on the way, Britany Rollins, Ericka Rollins and Teddy Rollins, all of Oceana, Kayla Rollins, Kimberly Rol-lins and one due July 27, 2006, all of Doylestown, Ohio; several nieces and nephews and a host of friends.

A celebration of “Peanut’s” life will be 2 p.m. Sunday at Adam Toler Memorial Chapel, Oceana, with the Rev. Algie Cook officiating. Burial will follow in Kopperston Cemetery.

Casketbearers will be family and friends.

The family will receive friends 6 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

A video tribute may be viewed, condolences sent, guestbook signed at www. adamtolermemorialfuneralhome.com.

Services entrusted to Adam Toler Memorial Funeral Home, Oceana.



Winston Shelvon Smith

ORMOND BEACH, Fla. — Winston Shelvon Smith, 63, formerly of Oak Hill, died Thursday, April 20, 2006, at Halifax Medical Center, Halifax, Fla.

Online condolences may be sent at www.tyreefuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.



Robert Edward Snuffer

RAVENSWOOD — Robert Edward Snuffer, 83, died Friday, April 21, 2006, at Ravenswood.

Born Jan. 31, 1923, at Premier, he was a son of the late Dorr Snuffer and Estelle Blevins Snuffer.

Mr. Snuffer was a laborer, retired from Kaiser Aluminum & Chemical Corp., Ravenswood.

Robert was a member of Second Baptist Church in Ravenswood and a member of Ravenswood VFW Post 6669. He was an avid bowler, golfer, hunter and fisherman. He was a lifetime member of the Lucky 13 Hunting Club.

Survivors include his daughters, Susan Griffith and husband, Duane, of Cairo and Barbara Duranti and husband, James, of Ravenswood; four granddaughters; a grandson; three great-grandchildren; brothers, Harley, Fred and Kenneth Snuffer; and his sister, Doreen Burgess.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Norma Henegar Snuffer; a daughter, Patricia Kirkland Amos; and a grandson, Anthony Thomas Lyons.

Service will be 11 a.m. Monday at Second Baptist Church, Ravenswood, with Pastor S.R. Parsons Jr. officiating. Burial will follow in Ravenswood Cemetery.

Friends may call 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Roush Funeral Home, Ravenswood.

Condolences may be expressed to the Snuffer family by e-mail to roush1us2000@yahoo.com.

Arrangements by Roush Funeral Home, Ravenswood.



James Curtis Talbert

QUINWOOD — James Curtis Talbert, 78, passed away Thursday, April 20, at Autumn Way Nursing Home in Rupert.

Born Nov. 25, 1927, at Widen, he was the son of the late Ernest Clyde Talbert and the late Minnie Pierson Talbert Holcomb.

Mr. Talbert was a retired coal miner, a member of the UMWA and was of the Baptist faith.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Herman Holcomb, Ernie Holcomb and Robert Lee Talbert.

Survivors include four sisters, Lucille Wildman of Parkersburg, Kathleen Dick of Richwood, Ruby Craft of Rupert and June Smith of Hines; a brother, Shirley Holcomb of Orient Hill; a half sister, Catherine McCoury of Canton, Ohio; and several nieces and nephews.

Service will be 2 p.m. Sunday at Wallace & Wallace Chapel, Rainelle, with the Rev. Houston Boothe officiating. Burial will follow in Wallace Memorial Cemetery, Clintonville.

Friends may call one hour before service Sunday at the funeral home. There will be no evening visitation.

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Rainelle.



Madeline Thompson

Madeline Thompson, 82, of Beckley, died Thursday, April 20, 2006, at Raleigh General Hospital.

Arrangements entrusted to Ritchie and Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.



Steward Wynne

Steward Wynne, 53, of Beckley, died Friday, April 21, 2006, in Raleigh General Hospital, Beckley.

Arrangements entrusted to Ritchie and Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.