The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

May 17, 2006

Obituaries - May 18, 2006


Ercil Johnson Ayers



HUNTINGTON — Ercil Johnson Ayers, 75, formerly of Harvey, died Tuesday, May 16, 2006, at the VA Medical Center in Huntington.

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

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Donald Eugene Blankenship



Donald Eugene Blankenship, 43, of North Carolina, departed this life Tuesday, May 16, 2006.

A celebration of Donald’s life will be 11 a.m. Sunday at New Richmond Chapel Church. The family will receive friends 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the church.

Services entrusted to Adam Toler Memorial Funeral Home, Oceana.

Clarence Brooks



BRENTON — Clarence Watson Brooks, 93, of Brenton, passed away Sunday, May 14, 2006, at his residence following a long illness.

Born Aug. 21, 1912, at Clear Fork, he was the son of the late Robert Lee and Ocie Morgan Brooks.

Mr. Brooks was a member of Roderfield Christian Church and attended Brenton Baptist Church. He was a member of the UMWA and served in the U.S. Army. He was a past elder and deacon of his church.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Paul Brooks; three sisters; seven brothers; a granddaughter, Angie Darnell; and a great-granddaughter, Logan Darnell.

Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Wanda Browning Brooks; three daughters, Pat Barlow-Heath and her husband, Michael, of Henderson, Nev., Teresa Godwin and her husband, Harry, of Beckley and Sheila Brooks of Brenton, his primary care giver; two brothers, Tom Brooks of Oxford, Ala., and Alvin Brooks of North Carolina; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and a great-great-granddaughter.

Service will be 1 p.m. Friday at Evans Memorial Chapel, Oceana, with Minister Glen Tabor and the Rev. Alvin Brooks officiating. Burial will follow in Palm Memorial Gardens, Matheny.

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

Pallbearers will be Brad Brooks, Basil Walls, Johnny Brooks, Michael Grimmitt, Jimmie Tiller and Michael Browning.

Honorary pallbearer will be Harry Godwin.

Memorial contributions may be made in Mr. Brooks’ name to Hospice of Southern West Virginia, P.O. Box 1472, Beckley, WV 25892.

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

Evans Funeral Home, Oceana, is serving the Brooks family.

Stephen ‘Steve’ Chappo



Stephen “Steve” Chappo, 87, of Beaver, died Monday, May 15, 2006, at Raleigh General Hospital in Beckley following a short illness.

Born June 1, 1918, in Bridgeport, Conn., he was the son of the late John and Mary Chappo.

Mr. Chappo was a former employee of Dan Dee Potato Chip Co. and was retired from Acme Construction Co.

He was a member of St. Francis deSales Catholic Church, was a World War II U.S. Army veteran and a former member of Loyal Order of the Moose No. 1606.

Mr. Chappo loved flea markets and the friendship of the people he had met over the years.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Seman Chappo; a son, Eugene Edwin Chappo; a brother, John Chappo; a sister, Mary Vorras; and six infant brothers and sisters.

Survivors include his wife, Evelyn Jean Lilly Cox Chappo; his daughter, Mary Ann Crook and husband, Don, of Cool Ridge; daughter-in-law, Sandra Chappo Stewart and husband, Ray, of Beckley; two stepchildren, Susie Stanley of Boca Raton, Fla., and Helena Ellis and husband, Wayne, of Beaver; a sister, Julia Schulz and husband, Phil, of Virginia; four grandchildren, Christopher Crook and wife, Cyndi, of Cool Ridge, Don Crook II of Charlotte, N.C., Stephen Chappo and wife, Beth, of Dover, Del., and Sheila Peterson and husband, Randy, of Austin, Texas; five great-grandchildren, Michael Chappo, Brent Peterson, Kyla Jo Peterson, Stephen Crook and Zoe Crook; five stepgrandchildren; a stepgreat-grandchild; and special family friend, Janice Wilson of Charleston.

Service will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home Shady Spring Chapel with the Rev. Susan Rector officiating. Burial will follow in Sunset Memorial Park, Beckley.

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

Pallbearers will be Lloyd, Ronnie and Wayne Crook, Wayne Ellis, Ray Stewart and David Keesee.

The family wishes to acknowledge the nursing staff of SICU and 4 South of Raleigh General Hospital, Dr. Donald Lilly and his staff, Dr. Raj Patel, and a special thank you to Dr. Paul Oar whose care and compassion will always be remembered.

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

Arrangements by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, Shady Spring.

Ella M. Cooke



OAK HILL — Ella M. Cooke, 92, passed away Wednesday, May 17, 2006, at Plateau Medical Center.

Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.

Cora Alma Graham



Cora Alma Graham, 71, of Rhodell, died Tuesday, May 16, 2006, at her residence following a long illness.

Born March 14, 1935, at Odd, she was the daughter of the late Thomas and Maudie Cline Robertson.

Mrs. Graham was a homemaker and had been a 31-year resident of Rhodell. She was a wonderful, loving mother and grandmother. She was loved and will be missed by all who knew her.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Dewey Graham; a sister, Opal Reed; two brothers, Charlie and Junior Robertson; and a half brother, Clyde Lusk.

Those left to cherish her memory include her loving children, David Foley and his wife, Barbara, of Herndon, Patricia Graham and her husband, Tim, of Beckley, Gary Reed of Egeria, Jimmy Reed and his wife, Wilma, of Amigo, Isaac Reed of Amigo, Carol Muzzleman and her husband, George, of Stephenson, Judy Norman and her husband, Ronnie, of Amigo, Robert Reed and his wife, Linda, of Harmony, N.C., Vickie Mills and her husband, Johnny, of Egeria, Melissa Stumbo and her husband, James, of Harmony, N.C., Ruby Birdsong of Mocksville, N.C., Alan Reed and his wife, Sandy, of Stephenson, Linda Reed and her husband, Jay, of Rhodell, Shelia Shrewsbury and her husband, Bruce, of Rhodell and Frankie Reed of Rhodell; a sister, Virginia Faye Lusk of the Lusk Settlement; a brother, Ralph Robertson of Egeria; 39 grandchildren; and 23 great-grandchildren.

Service will be 2 p.m. Friday at Tankersley Funeral Home Chapel, Mullens, with the Rev. Gary Eskins officiating. Burial will follow in Lusk Family Cemetery, Basin.

Friends may call one hour before service Friday at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be Bruce Shrewsbury, Johnny Mills, Ricky Lusk, James Stumbo, Sherman Reed and Danny Reed.

Arrangements by Tankersley Funeral Home, Mullens.

Lucille Hardy



Lucille Hardy, 86, of Beckley, went home to be with the Lord on Friday, May 12, 2006, following a long illness.

Born Sept. 29, 1920, at Prudence, she was the daughter of the late Dave and Wency Baldwin.

Lucille was a homemaker.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James Hardy; a son, Lorenza Williams; two sisters, Irene Murray and Katherine Baldwin; and four brothers, Richard, Earl, Gene and James Baldwin.

She leaves to cherish her memory two sisters, Annie Livington of Charleston and Nettie Wesley of Cleveland, Ohio; nephews, Charles Baldwin of Beckley and Larry Baldwin of Camden, N.J.; and nieces, Tracie Murray of Camden and Demise Murray of Camden.

Service will be 1 p.m. Friday, May 19, at Durgan Funeral Chapel, 1501 S. Kanawha St., Beckley, with Pastor Andrew Durgan and Pastor Walter M. Leach officiating.

The family will receive friends noon until time of service Friday at the funeral chapel.

Arrangements are entrusted to Durgan Funeral Services, Beckley.

Irene Honaker



Irene Honaker, 81, of Saxon, died Tuesday, May 16, 2006, at the Raleigh Center at Daniels following a long illness.

Born July 8, 1924, at Bolt, she was the daughter of the late Cleve and Hattie Daniel Trump.

Mrs. Honaker was a homemaker and a member of Breckenridge Missionary Baptist Church at Bolt. She had made her home at Saxon for most of her life.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Theodore Honaker Sr.; brothers, Audley and Juddie Trump; sisters, Maxine Daniel and Delsie Riley; and half sisters, Madge McClure and Inez Richardson.

Survivors include a son, Theodore Honaker Jr. and wife, Margaret, of Saxon; daughters, Ann Balcerzak and husband, Eddie, of Cleveland, Ohio, Rosemary Fitzgerald and husband, Doug, of Saxon, Hazel Hale of Fairdale and Cheryl Who-laver of Pennsylvania; two brothers, Kenzie Trump of Bolt and Paul Trump of Bolt; nine grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Service will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Rose and Quesenberry Peace Chapel, Beckley, with the Rev. Jerry Brooks officiating. Burial will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Beckley.

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

Grandsons and nephews will serve as pallbearers.

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

Arrangements by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, Beckley.

Malcolm Laroy Johnson



AIKEN, S.C. — Malcolm Laroy Johnson, 30, formerly of Harper Heights, died at 10 a.m. Monday, May 15, 2006, in an auto accident in Augusta, Ga.

Born Oct. 23, 1975, in Beckley, he was the son of Arthur B. Johnson and Dorean Moore Price, and his stepfather, Joel R. Price of Beckley.

Mr. Johnson was an auditor for Days Inn of Aiken and a member of St. John United Holiness Church.

He was preceded in death by his great-grandparents, James and Susie Smith and John and Rency Moore; and a cousin, Stephen James Harris.

Other survivors include his daughter, Amiya Talia Johnson of Aiken; two brothers, Alan J. Johnson and wife, Chesley, of Aiken and Josh Johnson of Beckley; and two sisters, Charlene Hannah of Beckley and Lakeshia Farmer of Beckley.

Service will be 1 p.m. Saturday at Mount Zion Baptist Church, 142 Mool Ave., Beckley, with Elder David Leo Moore officiating. Burial will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Beckley.

Friends may call one hour before service Saturday at the church.

Arrangements entrusted to Ritchie and Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.

Regina Kaye Raynes Kincaid



Regina Kaye Raynes Kincaid, 33, of Glen Daniel, passed away Friday, May 12, 2006, at Raleigh General Hospital, Beckley.

Born July 26, 1972, in Dearborn, Mich., she was the daughter of Eugene Raymond Raynes Sr. and Brenda Kaye Wingo Raynes of Glen Daniel.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Jess and Ethel Raynes; and aunts and uncles, Eugene Wingo, Bertie Brown, Irene Webb, George and Mary Southard, Lando Raynes, Billy Raynes, and Clyde and Frankie Morris.

Besides her parents, she is survived by a son, Zachery Andrew Raynes at home; a daughter, Meagan Marie Raynes at home; maternal grandparents, Carl Wingo and wife, Helen, of Glen Daniel; sister, Donetta Marie Roles and husband, Earl Victor, of Glen Daniel; a brother, Eugene Raymond Raynes Jr. of Glen Daniel; nieces and nephews, Jonathan, Rachael and Andrea Roles; and aunts and uncles, Virginia Price Wingo of South Carolina and James Robert Brown and wife, Linda Mae, of Dorothy. Other survivors include Lee and Kelly Raynes, Walter and Betty Raynes, James Raynes, Willie Raynes, Brenda Bainbridge, Bacon Brown, Pete Webb and Audrey Raynes.

Service will be 1 p.m. Friday at Armstrong Funeral Home, Whitesville, with Minister Robert Brown officiating.

Friends may call two hours before services Friday at the funeral home.

Arrangements by Armstrong Funeral Home, Whitesville.

Roger Lee Lilly



Roger Lee Lilly, 65, of Beaver, formerly of Wellington, Ohio, died Monday, May 15, 2006, in Charleston after a short illness.

Mr. Lilly was born Sept. 4, 1940, at Flat Top, son of the late Don and Helen (Fortner) Lilly.

He had lived in Lorain, Ohio, from 1964 until he moved to the Wellington and Huntington areas in 1972. He moved to Beckley in 1999. He had served in the U.S. Air Force as an MP and had worked at U.S. Steel in Lorain as an electrician.

Mr. Lilly was a professional drummer and had played in several gospel and country and western bands. He was a former member of the Wellington VFW, American Legion and Eagles Club.

He was a member of Wellington Free Will Baptist Church and had attended Cales Chapel Pentecostal Holiness Church in Coal City.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Patty Castanon, in 1996.

He is survived by the mother of his children, Linda Lucas of Wellington; five daughters, Belinda (Rob) Yancer and Suzanne Lilly, all of Ashland, Ohio, Cathy (Gino) Lilly-Nardo of Brunswick, Ohio, Rogena (Rich) Groot of Wellington and Stephanie Lilly of Mansfield, Ohio; 12 grandchildren; four sisters, Brenda Stinson of Alabama, Becky Bolan of West Virginia, Nancy Bell of West Virginia and Pammy Lilly of West Virginia; and two brothers, Kenny Lilly of West Virginia and Richard “Terry” Lilly of West Virginia.

Friends may call 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at Norton-Eastman Funeral Home, 370 S. Main St., Wellington. Service will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Wellington Free Will Baptist Church, 205 Woodland, Wellington, where visitation will be 10 to 11 a.m. The Rev. Billy Joe White and the Rev. Paul Daniels will co-officiate and burial will follow in Huntington Cemetery.

Arrangements by Norton-Eastman Funeral Home, Wellington.

Vergie Claire Lilly



Vergie Claire Lilly, 89, of Beckley, died Tuesday, May 16, 2006, in a local hospital of natural causes.

Born Oct. 23, 1916, at True, she was the daughter of the late Lonnie Earl and Sadie Claire Barker Lilly.

Mrs. Lilly was a school teacher, having taught for 35 years, last teaching fourth grade at Crab Orchard Elementary. She was a member of First Christian Church, Beckley, and the Friendship Class at the church. She was also a member of Capt. James Allen Chapter, Daughters of American Revolution, past member of the Lilly Reunion Board of Directors, member of Calico and Jeans Square Dance Club and the Brooks Bird Club.

Mrs. Lilly was preceded in death by her husband, Shawkey Lilly; sisters, Mickey Ellison, Helen Kidd Jones and Gertrude Bellamy; a brother, Hansford; and an infant brother, Clifford Lilly.

Survivors include her brother, Kent Lilly and his wife, Josephine, of Camp Creek; sister, Jean Chappo of Glen Morgan; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Service will be 11 a.m. Friday at Calfee Funeral Home Chapel, Beckley, with the Rev. Donald R. Snyder Jr. and the Rev. James D. Lowe Jr. officiating. Burial will follow in Sunset Memorial Park, Beckley.

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

Nephews and friends will serve as pallbearers.

An online guest book is available at www.calfeefh.com.

Arrangements by Calfee Funeral Home, Beckley.

Erma J. ‘Jeanie’ McMillion



CANVAS — Erma J. “Jeanie” McMillion, 74, died Tuesday, May 16, 2006.

Service will be 11 a.m. Friday at Waters Funeral Chapel, Summers-ville. Friends may call 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral chapel.

E-condolences: watersfuneralchapel@verizon.net.

Arrangements by Waters Funeral Chapel, Summersville.

Melvin Ray ‘Sleepy Dog’ Robinson



Melvin Ray “Sleepy Dog” Robinson, 79, of Beckley, passed away Wednesday, May 17, 2006.

Arrangements by Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley.

Jesse C. Short



NORWALK, Ohio — Jesse C. Short, 91, died Monday evening, May 15, 2006, at Fisher-Titus Medical Center in Norwalk.

He was born April 23, 1915, at Dorothy to James Calvin Short and Mary L. Stanley Short. He was the youngest of seven children.

Mr. Short was a coal miner for many years in West Virginia. He was also a textile worker at Janesville Products in Norwalk, retiring in 1977. He loved gardening and spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He is survived by his sons, John L. (Sandy) Short of Matthews, N.C., and James C. (Nancy) Short of Norwalk; five grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandchild; a sister, Arbutus Kopec of Dorothy; and many nieces and nephews.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 58 years, Kathleen (Douglas) Short, in 1995; and six brothers.

Service will be 10 a.m. Friday at Evans Funeral Home, 314 E. Main St., Norwalk, with the Revs. Charles Hudnall and David Leavitt officiating. Entombment will follow at noon Saturday at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens Mausoleum, Beckley.

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

Memorial contributions, if desired, may be sent to one’s favorite charity.

Online condolences may be sent to www.norwalkfuneral.com.

Arrangements by Evans Funeral Home, Norwalk.

John Elves ‘Sam’ Smith



HURRICANE — John Elves “Sam” Smith, 93, formerly of Rainelle, passed away Wednesday, May 17, 2006, in Putnam General Hospital, Hurricane, following a long illness.

Born Sept. 8, 1912, at Crag, he was the son of the late Willie Clark Smith and Rhoda Fleshman Smith.

Mr. Smith was a former mechanic for the Purity Maid Bread Co. in Rainelle.

He was a member of First Baptist Church of Rainelle for 57 years and was a past deacon and church treasurer.

Mr. Smith was also a member of Midland Trail Lodge No. 166 AF and AM.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Mildred Hanson, and three brothers, Keith, Francis and Willard Smith.

Survivors include his wife, Eva Shupe Smith; a son, M. Edward Smith and his wife, Nancy, of Hurricane; two grandchildren, Scott Smith and his wife, Stacey, and Lisa McClanahan and her husband, Lee, all of Hurricane; and four great-grandchildren, Skye and Sawyer Smith, and Callie and Connor McClanahan, all of Hurricane.

Service will be 2 p.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church of Rainelle with Pastor Dana Gatewood officiating. Entombment will follow in Wallace Memorial Mausoleum, Clintonville, with Masonic graveside rites conducted by Midland Trail Lodge No. 166 AF and AM.

Friends may call 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday at Wallace & Wallace Funeral Chapel, Rainelle.

The deacons of the First Baptist Church of Rainelle will serve as pallbearers.

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Rainelle.

Edgar D. Suttle



CORNSTALK — Edgar D. Suttle, 81, passed away Tuesday, May 16, 2006, at Greenbrier Valley Medical Center.

Born June 21, 1924, at Hughart, he was the son of the late Charlie D. and Pearl Arbaugh Suttle.

Mr. Suttle was of the Methodist faith, was a farmer and a logger and was a World War II Navy veteran.

He was preceded in death by an infant son, David E. Suttle.

Survivors include three daughters, Liz McGuffie and husband, Mac, of Williamsburg, Missy Boothe and husband, Jeff, of Pipestem and Julie Suttle of Lewisburg; three sons, Daniel D. Suttle and wife, Liv, of Lost Creek, Donald “D.D.” Suttle of Cornstalk and Greg Suttle and wife, Twylia, of Cornstalk; eight grandchildren, Christopher Suttle, Mike Suttle, Heather Arndt, Joshua Suttle, Colten Suttle, Daniel Boothe, Eric Boothe and Samuel Boothe; three great-grandchildren, Alyssa Arndt, Alexis Arndt and Ty Arndt; and a brother, the Rev. Paul Suttle of Clintonville.

Service will be 2 p.m. Friday at Andrew Chapel United Methodist Church, Williamsburg, with the Revs. Paul Suttle and Verlin Butcher officiating. Burial will follow in Andrew Chapel Cemetery.

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

Please send online condolences by visiting www.wallaceandwallacefh.com.

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Lewisburg.

Willie E. Toler



CLEAR FORK — Willie E. Toler departed this life Wednesday, May 17, 2006.

Services entrusted to Adam Toler Memorial Funeral Home, Oceana.

Virginia M. Totten



BOARDMAN, Ohio — Service will be 11 a.m. Friday at Boardman Westminster Presbyterian Church for Virginia M. Totten, 87, who died Tuesday evening, May 16, 2006, at Park Vista. Burial will take place Saturday at Sunset Memorial Park, Beckley, at noon and grave rites with Pastor Wayne Holder at 1 p.m.

Mrs. Totten was born April 3, 1919, at Hotchkiss, a daughter of John Greeley and Bess Shumate McGraw.

She had been a resident of the area since 1990, coming from Flint, Mich. She was a librarian and received her Bachelor of Arts degree from West Virginia University and her Master’s degree in library science from the University of Michigan. She was very active in book reviews and telling children stories on the radio.

She was a member of the church, its Circle of Friends and volunteered at its annual booksale.

Virginia was a member of Alpha Delta Phi sorority and a member of the Eastern Star. She also volunteered at many hospitals.

Her husband, Roy W. Totten, whom she married April 25, 1941, died July 30, 1975.

She leaves her loving family consisting of nieces and nephews, Sharon (William) Duca of Boardman, Kim (Mike Colebank of Rock Hill, S.C., Freda Gentry of Augusta, Ga., Frank (Cathy) Acord of Beckley, John (Colleen) Acord of Beckley and Kaven (Gary) Oltman of Seattle, Wash.; and her great-nieces and nephews, Cheryl Soyka, Gerrikaye LaRocca, Kelly Colebank, Lauren Colebank, Cheri Braithwaite, Sonya Giancola, Stephanie Amanda Vira, Jennifer Park, Aaron Acord, Molly Acord, Jack Acord, Rachael Oltman and Nicole Oltman.

Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Christabelle Acord and June Gore.

Friends may call 5 to 7 p.m. today at Fox Funeral Home, Boardman, and 10 to 11 a.m. Friday at the church.

Contributions may be made to Boardman Westminster Presbyterian Church Memorial Fund, 119 Stadium Drive, Boardman, OH 44512.

Family and friends may view this obituary and send condolences at www.foxfuneralhome.org.

Arrangements by Fox Funeral Home, Boardman.

R. Paul Williams



STAUNTON, Va. — Richard Paul Williams, 72, of 2706 Knollwood Drive, formerly of Cranberry, died Monday, May 15, 2006.

Service will be 11 a.m. Friday at Henry Funeral Home Chapel. The family will receive friends 7 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.