The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

May 28, 2006

Obituaries - May 29, 2006

Mark ‘TD’ (Poppy) Adams

WONDERLAND — TD Adams, 54, of Wonderland, passed away Saturday, May 27, 2006, at home of an apparent heart attack.

Born Feb. 23, 1952, at Cunard, he was the son of Beulah “Bootsie” Adams of Ona, and the late E.E. “Snooks” Adams.

He was a member of the Gatewood Church of God and a member of the UMWA and Labor Local 453. He was a coal miner employed by Appalachian Fuel.

Mark served in the U.S. Marines.

He was preceded in death by his father, E.E. “Snooks” Adams.

Survivors include his wife, Sharon M. Hilton Adams of Wonderland Road; three sons, Mark R. Adams and wife, Christie Brook, of Wonderland, Samuel W. Adams and wife, Linda, of Laurel Creek, and Rowdy A. Hilton and wife, Sandra, of Paducah, Ky.; two granddaughters, Lindsey M. Adams and Kimberly B. Adams, both of Wonderland; a grandson, Cody W. Adams of Laurel Creek; mother, “Bootsie” Adams of Ona; three brothers, Bob Beasley of Raleigh, N.C., Dill Adams of Romulus, Mich., and Randy Adams of Denver, N.C.; and four sisters, Karen Surface of Cunard, Joanie Hill of Charlotte, N.C., Tina Kuykendall of Norfield, WV, and Donna Lusher of Ona.

Services will be 3 p.m. today, May 29, 2006, at the Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home Chapel, Fayetteville, with the Rev. Jackie Pittman officiating. Burial will follow in the Bibb Cemetery, Route 1, Fayetteville.

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

Online condolences and information available at

Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, Fayetteville, is in charge of the arrangements.

Randall Bailey

Randall Bailey, 51, of Beckley, died Sunday, May 28, 2006, at the Raleigh General Hospital in Beckley.

Arrangements by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, Beckley.

Lorena May Benarick

Lorena May Benarick, 76, of Baltimore, Md., formerly of Beckley, died Sunday, May 28, 2006, in Baltimore, Md.

Arrangements by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, Beckley.

Sarah Evelena Champe

POOL — Sarah Evelena Champe, 92, of Nicholas County, died Saturday, May 27, 2006, in the Summersville Memorial Hospital.

Born June 6, 1913, at Pool, she was the daughter of the late Floyd H. and Callie Ada Hutchinson Champe. She was also preceded in death by a brother, Floyd H. Champe Jr., and her sisters, Mary Paterek and Delena B. Champe.

Evelena was a school teacher in Nicholas County for 39 years. She was a graduate of Nicholas County High School in 1934, was a graduate of Marshall College and Glenville College. She began her teaching career as a teacher in 1937. Many of her students remember her as being their first teacher and most of them thought he or she was Miss Champe’s favorite student, actually, “Teacher’s Pet,” so you know she treated each student very special making each one feel very important.

Her love of flowers was very evident by her beautiful flower patch. Many have said they drove an extra distance just to enjoy the beauty of the many variety of her flowers which were blooming from early spring to late fall. For years Evelena graced the pulpit of Mt. Gilead Baptist Church with her vases of flowers. The flowers had to be just perfect; her pride was evident in each arrangement. She was an avid photographer. She seemed to know the best angle for a perfect picture every time. Whether it was planting potatoes or working in the hay fields, you would always see Evelena coming across the field with a camera in one hand, a bucket of water in the other. The number of rolls of film she used each season was numerous.

The Potato Festival will never be the same without Evelena. She has attended every one, all 36. At this event she had not one camera but two, so she was sure not to miss an entry in the parade. She and John had their same favorite spot each year for best view of the parade. The performance of the Richwood Band was one of her favorite. Of course, the potatoes which were entered for the prizes and auction were photographed from every direction. The queens and future queens were included in her snapshot.

Her moves in the kitchen were like a symphony. She knew the exact time each item needed to turn out perfectly. Her apple pies were the very best and so was her special bacon, biscuits, and cornbread. Always in a hurry, she didn’t walk, she ran. She knew where she was going and nothing should get in her way. She mowed the yard and part of the cemetery as well as raised a large garden until a few years ago. Evenings in the summer were for gardening and working in the flowers. Evenings in the winter were spent hand piecing quilts. Each stitch was exactly the same and each square was perfect. She ended each day by writing in her journal, what history. Evelena believed life isn’t given to us by the yards length — it comes in bits and pieces of time and out of them we must each fashion our own quilt of life, and just like a quilt, no two are exactly alike. Sarah Evelena Champe did indeed live a full and productive life. God has blessed us all.

Survivors include two brothers, John and Willie, both of Pool; three sisters, Phoeba Gwinn of Pool, Eva Shugars of Clearwater, Fla., and Callie Virginia Lake of Spring Hill, Fla., and several nieces and nephews.

Services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 30, 2006, in the White Funeral Home at Summersville with the Rev. William Howard Gwinn officiating. Interment will follow in the Mt. Gilead Church Cemetery at Pool.

Friends may call 7 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Arrangements by White Funeral Home, Summersville.

Carolyn Edmundson

Carolyn Edmundson, 69, of Beckley died Saturday, May 27, 2006, in a Beckley hospital.

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary, Beckley.

Curtis A. Fox

DANESE — Curtis A. Fox, 65, of Danese, formerly of Wilmington, Del., passed away Wednesday, May 24, 2006, at Plateau Medical Center, Oak Hill, following a sudden illness.

Born Jan. 11, 1941, at Crickmer, WV, he was the son of the late Jud W. and S. Ruth Brown Fox.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Bobby R. Fox, and three infant brothers.

Mr. Fox was a retired assembly line worker from Chrysler Corp. and a member of the United Auto Workers Union. He enjoyed cars and woodworking.

Survivors include his wife, Rose M. Hanshew Fox; two daughters, Kathy J. Stabley and her husband, Daniel, of New Castle, Del., and Susan A. Rawheiser and her husband, David, of Landenberg, Pa.; two grandchildren, Robert Stabley and Vicki Stabley, both of New Castle, Del.; two sisters, Reva J. Vandall of Danese, WV, and Gay N. Brown of Bear, Del.; and his beloved pet dog, Penny.

Services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 30, 2006, at Wallace & Wallace Funeral Chapel, Rainelle, with Pastor Steve Martin officiating. Burial will follow in Wallace Memorial Cemetery, Clintonville.

Friends may call 6 to 8 p.m. today, May 29, at the Wallace & Wallace Funeral Chapel, Rainelle.

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Rainelle.

William Harris

William Harris, 68, of Glade Springs, died May 27, 2006.

Arrangements are pending at Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley.

Elmer Morris ‘Smokey’ Harsh

PARKERSBURG — Elmer Morris “Smokey” Harsh, age 87, a resident of Ohio Valley Health Care, Parkersburg, and formerly of Buckhannon, WV, passed away at 3:15 a.m. May 26, 2006, in the St. Joseph’s Hospital, Parkersburg, WV.

Smokey was born Aug. 12, 1918, at Parsons, Tucker County, WV, a son of the late Aldine and Clara Ethel McDonald Harsh.

United in marriage Nov. 10, 1940, to Kathleen Virginia (Dawson) Harsh who preceded him in death on Nov. 19, 2005.

Survivors include a daughter, Mary Elizabeth and husband, Tom Stark of Parkersburg; four sons, Harold Lee Harsh of Buckhannon, Ronald Maurice and wife, Sharon Harsh of Charleston, David Lynn and wife, Kim Harsh of Glade Springs, Daniels, and Timothy David and wife, Paula Worden of Dry Fork, WV; 11 grandchildren, Kathleen B. (Kassie) Harsh, Maurice L. (Buddy) Harsh, Douglas A. Harsh, Jeremy H. Harsh, R. Lynn Harsh, Carla M. (Harsh) Giek Spoor, Gregory A. Harsh, Michelle L. (Harter) Ward, Richard B. Harter, Veronica L. Harsh, and R. Todd Harsh; nine great-grandchildren, Maurice L. Harsh II, Jacob Harsh, Justin Hayhurst, Nathan Griekspoor, Marin Griekspoor, Sydney Harter, Peyton Ward, Brittany Taylor, and Marissa Harsh; a great-great-grandchild, Bailey Harsh; a daughter-in-law, Joyce Ann (Harsh) and husband, Dan Brown of Buckhannon.

He was preceded in death by a son, Robert Eugene Harsh; two sisters, Eve Ruth Harsh and Ruby Madge Harsh; a granddaughter, Stefanie Harsh; and a great-grandson, Curtis Harsh.

He owned and operated “Smokey’s Grocery” in Parsons. He retired in 1980 from the WV Department of Natural Resources after 30 years of service. He began his park service as Ranger at Droop Mountain Battlefield in 1952-54, superintendent of Audra State Park 1954-1968; first superintendent of Twin Falls State Park in Mullens, 1968-1979; retired from Blackwater Falls State Park, 1979-1980.

He was a World War II veteran assigned to 211th Army Air Force Unit, Squadron D, Sioux Falls, S.C., 485th Bomb Group, 831st Bomb Squadron of the 15th Air Force 194-45 where he served as tail gunner on a B-24 Liberator Bobber out of Genoa, Italy, flying Missions in support of five different battle Campaigns Resulting in the award of the Air Medal.

In 1939 he was a member of the CCC camps started as the “Work Act” under President Roosevelt. In 1999 “Smokey” was inducted into the Parsons High School Hall of Fame. To meet this requirement, one must have graduated 50 years before being nominated. He was nominated on the bases of what he had given back to the state of WV during the 60 plus years after graduating. He was a registered official for the WV Secondary School Activities Commission for both football and basketball for 25 years. He was chosen to officiate the AA State Football Championship game in 1967 between Monongah and Ceredo-Kenova. He was a Methodist by faith.

Friends will be received from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Wright Funeral Home, 216 N. Walnut St., Philippi, and also from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Service will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at Wright Funeral Home, Philippi, with Pastor Jon Lands of the Fellowship Baptist Church of Vienna, WV, officiating. Burial will follow in the Concord Cemetery.

Arrangements by Wright Funeral Home Service, Philippi.

Emma Toler Harvey

Emma Toler Harvey, 79, of Beckley, died Saturday, May 27, 2006, in a Beckley hospital following a long illness.

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary, Beckley.

Kenneth Allen Hill

MARLINTON — Kenneth Allen Hill, 55, died May 27, 2006.

Services will be held Tuesday, May 30, 2006, at VanReenen Funeral Home, Marlinton. Friends may call 6 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Arrangements by VanReenen Funeral Home, Marlinton.

Calvin Leslie Jones

Calvin Leslie Jones, 82, of Piney View, went to be with the Lord Saturday, May 27, 2006.

Born Dec. 14, 1924 at Lawton, he was the son of the late Buery and Lula Hunter Jones.

Calvin loved hunting and fishing, and was a disabled coal miner; he was of the Baptist faith.

He served his country proudly in United States Army during World War II.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded by his wife, Arbuta Burnett Jones; a son, Denzil Jones; and three brothers, Harry Jones Sr., Thelmar Jones, and Grover Jones.

Those left to cherish his memory include his daughters, Drema Harris and husband, Robert, of Beckley, Doris Underwood of Beckley, and Darlene Meadows and husband, John, of Glen Daniel; a son, David Jones and wife, Vanessa, of the Beckley area; eleven grandchildren; seventeen great-grandchildren; sisters, Verta Pomeroy and Edna Morris; several nieces and nephews; several great-nieces and nephews; and a special friend, Zelta Legg, and family.

Services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 31, 2006 at Blue Ridge Funeral Home Chapel, Beckley, with Pastor Phillip Lilly officiating. Burial will follow in the Bradley Cemetery, Bradley.

Family and friends will be serving as pallbearers.

Friends may gather with the family from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.

Blue Ridge Funeral Home, 5251 Robert C. Byrd Drive, Beckley, is in charge of the arrangements.

Anna Mae Long

PETERSTOWN — Anna Mae Long, 88, of Peterstown, passed away Thursday, May 25, 2006, at Carilion Giles Memorial Hospital, Pearisburg, Va.

Services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 30, at Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home Chapel, Peterstown. Friends may call 6 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home. Burial will follow in Red Sulphur Springs Church Cemetery, Red Sulphur Springs.

Arrangements by Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home, Peterstown.

Glen Lyons

Glen Lyons, 51, of Midway, died Saturday, May 27, 2006, at his home.

Arrangements by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, Beckley.

James A. Mason

SUMMERLEE — James A. Mason, 53, of Summersville, passed away on Saturday, May 27, 2006, at Roanoke Memorial Hospital following complications from cancer.

Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, Fayetteville, is in charge of the arrangements.

Hazel L. McMillion

QUINWOOD — Hazel L. McMillion, 73, passed away Sunday, May 28, 2006, at home surrounded by her loving family following a long illness. She has completed her journey to the Lord’s loving arms and to her family who has gone before her.

Born Feb. 2, 1933, at Auto, WV, she was the daughter of the late Cosby and Jane Lyall.

Mrs. McMillion was a homemaker and was a longtime member of the Mountain Baptist Church at Carl.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, Paul McMillion; a daughter, Phyllis Beavers; a son, Frankie McMillion; and five sisters and five brothers.

Those left to cherish her memory include a daughter, Loretta Swartz and husband, Chip, of Mt. Nebo; five sons, Virgil McMillion and wife, Brenda, of Charmco, Richard and wife, Barbara, of Quinwood, Allen and wife, Kimberly, of Seminole, Fla., Roger and wife, Arlene, of Summersville, and Paul and wife, Tammy, of Quinwood; 14 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and a special niece, Betty Yates of Renick.

Services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at Wallace & Wallace Chapel of Rainelle with Pastor Mark Secrist officiating. Entombment will follow in the Wallace Memorial Mausoleum, Clintonville.

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

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Rainelle.

Rev. Carl W. Vallance

HUNTINGTON — Rev. Carl W. Vallance, 88, died May 27, 2006 in Hospice of Huntington Hospice House. Survived by his wife, LaVerne Hall Vallance.

Services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at Central Freewill Baptist Church, Huntington. Friends may call 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the church.

Arrangements by Beard Mortuary, Huntington.