The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

May 30, 2006

Obituaries - Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Charles M. Amick

RAINELLE — Charles M. Amick, 84, of Stone House Road, Rainelle, passed away on Monday, May 29, 2006, at Raleigh General Hospital, Beckley, following a long illness.

Born June 19, 1921, at Corliss, he was the son of the late Charles M. and Annie Moore Amick.

Mr. Amick was a member of Minnie Belle Baptist Church of Corliss, and a member of the UMWA. He was a World War II U.S. Army Air Corps veteran and a retired coal miner.

Those left to mourn are his wife, Melba Hayslett Amick of Rainelle; three daughters, Karen Adkins and husband, Bob, of Harts, W.Va., Evelyn Ann Amick of Beckley and Angela Mouse and husband, Andrew, of Beckley; a son, Charles Myron Amick and wife, Rhonda, of Pulaski, Va.; and three grandsons, Drew Ayers, Brent Amick, and Caleb Levi Adkins.

Service will be 1 p.m. Friday at the Minnie Belle Baptist Church at Corliss, with Pastor Gene Lloyd Bennett officiating. Burial will follow in the Amick Family Cemetery on Stone House Road, Rainelle.

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

Arrangements entrusted to Wallace & Wallace of Rainelle.

Randall Lewis Bailey

Randall Lewis Bailey, of Beckley, was born June 6, 1954, in Cleveland, Ohio, to Ira Edward Bailey and Peggy Sexton Bailey. His family lived in West Virginia as he was growing up. He graduated in 1972 from Shady Spring High School and attended Beckley College for two years. While in high school, he achieved the title of AAU Junior Welter Weight Boxing Champion.

Randy served in the United States Air Force for eight years (1974-1982) and he became an accomplished linguist. Due to his skills and professionalism, he was selected to tech at the prestigious Defense Language Institute (DLI) at Monterey, Calif. During his assignment at the DLI, Staff Sergeant Bailey taught over 200 students from all government agencies and all branches of service in a year-long course in the Arabic language and culture. His graduates continue to serve the U.S. government in a variety of military assistance and intelligence units. He was a dedicated mentor to many persons and he is sorely missed.

During Randy’s time in California, he obtained his private pilot’s license — to appease his love of flying — and also managed a restaurant in Carmel Valley. His gracious warmth and charm made him a natural host. The local residents voted this restaurant their favorite for many years. The owner, Nelson Foreman, says Randy had “one of the sharpest business minds I ever knew.”

Randy returned to West Virginia in 1987 and began a long career in construction and painting. He raised beautiful golden retrievers which were enjoyed by many families throughout the years. Randy and his brother, Keith, were also part of the team that painted the U.S.S. Enterprise in Norfolk, Va.

To his family, he was known as a loving, sharp-witted man who loved to laugh and be outdoors. He spent many hours fishing at his mom and dad’s camp on the Greenbrier River. Randy had a heart of gold — he would do anything for anyone who needed help, often to his own detriment and at his own expense.

Randy is survived by his wife, Carol Ann Bailey; their daughter, Khara Anne Bailey (15), and his daughters, Elizabeth Anne Bailey (24), Erin Marie Bailey (22), and their mother Kathryn Marie Vernon; his mother and stepfather, Peggy Sexton Bailey McCallister and Henry Austin McCallister; his sister and brother-in-law, Sonya and James Peters, and their sons, Austin and Eric; and his brother and sister-in-law, Kent and Shelia Bailey, and their children Jared, Eric and Amber. There are also numerous nieces, nephews and friends remaining.

Randy passed with love, surrounded by his family and friends, at Raleigh General Hospital, 12:17 in the afternoon, Sunday, May 28.

Randy was preceded in death by his brother, Keith Bailey; and his father, Ira Bailey.

Randy’s greatest wish was for his daughter, Khara, to go to college upon graduating from high school.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested any donations go to Pioneer Community Bank, 822 Robert C. Byrd Dr., Sophia, W.Va., for Khara Bailey’s college fund.

A Celebration of Life service will be 6 to 9 p.m. today at Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, with remarks by Pastor Gary Williams. Military graveside rites will be 10 a.m. at Thursday at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Beckley.

Jerry Poulin, a beloved friend and colleague, shared some thoughts in Arabic — as sallam wah ah lay koum —Peace Be Upon You — and — fee aman allah — Go With God’s Safety and Protection.

Arrangements by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, Beckley.

Larry ‘Rusty’ D. Bennett

Larry “Rusty” D. Bennett, 47, of Packs Branch, died Sunday, May 28, 2006, off the Kingston/Kincaid Road at the Rattlesnake area near the Payne farm near Kincaid, from injuries received in an ATV accident.

Born April 15, 1959, at Bradley, he was the son of Reba Wright Callaway of Rt. 1, Mount Hope, and the late Charles Lee Bennett.

Mr. Bennett was a self-employed auto mechanic.

Larry was a wonderful husband, father and poppaw. He touched the lives of everyone who knew him. He will be sadly missed by all.

He was a U.S. Army veteran, having served in Germany.

Survivors include his wife, Amber McDonald Bennett; a son, Rusty Bennett of Rt. 1, Mount Hope; two daughters, Christina Hundley and husband, Justin, of Packs Branch and Lisa Maynor and husband, Jared, of Sun Mine Road; three brothers, Steven Bennett and wife, Bonnie, of Rt. 1, Mount Hope, Charles Bennett and wife, Rita, of Oak Hill, and Elmer Callaway and wife, Jessica, of Rt. 1, Mount Hope, and three grandchildren, Chaydon, Zoe and Jhace.

Service will be 1 p.m. Thursday at Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope, with the Rev. Michael Kessinger officiating, with Lynette Maynor also speaker. Burial will follow in the Wright Family Cemetery, Packs Branch.

Friends may call 6 to 8 p.m. today at Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope.

Delcie Marie Biars

HINTON — Delcie Marie Biars, 89, of Beech Run, died Monday, May 29, 2006, in the Bluestone Personal Care Home near Nimitz following a short illness.

Born April 26, 1917, at Hinton, she was the daughter of the late Peter and Emma Meadows Meadows.

Delcie was the last surviving member of her immediate family and had lived all her life in Summers County.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Fred V. Biars, on Sept. 28, 1998; four sisters, Bertha Kartune, Edith Freeman, Dorothy Gravely and Ada Harvey; and three brothers, Roy, Herman and Kenneth Meadows.

She is survived by numerous nieces and nephews and in-laws including her sister-in-law, Donna Dee Meadows of Hinton; special friends, Rose Moten, Jack David Woodrum, Linda Halstead; and the staff of Halstead’s and Bluestone Personal Care Home.

Service will be 2 p.m. today at the Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors Chapel with Pastor Melvin Wills officiating. Burial will follow in the Meadows Family Cemetery near Nimitz.

Friends may call 12 noon until time of the service Wednesday at the funeral parlors.

Her nephews will serve as pallbearers.

Condolences may be sent to the family at info@ronaldmeadowsfp. com.

Arrangements by Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors of Hinton.

Chloie Edith Garretson Brewster

LOVELAND, Ohio — Formerly of Coal City, W.Va. Beloved wife of the late James L. Brewster, loving mother of the late Hansford Brewster, the late Eugene (Isabelle) Brewster, Wanda (Frelan) Hedrick, Patricia (Bob) Jones, the late Norma Hudson, Naola (the late George) Howard, Yvonne (the late Bob) Gifford, and Margaret (Ed) Belyea, proud grandmother of 19 grandchildren, 39 great-grandchildren, and 15 great-great-grandchildren, dear sister of Mildred, Bertie, Joe, and Juanita, caring stepsister of Bessie, Ed, Bud, Arnold and Johnny.

Also preceded in death by her parents, William F. and Lula B. (nee Wood) Garretson, two brothers, Basil and Fred, a sister, Grace, and two step-brothers, Randall, and Sherle.

Funeral service will be 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 1, 2006, at Tufts Schildmeyer Family Funeral Home, 129 N. Riverside Dr., Loveland, OH 45140, where friends will be received 6 p.m. until the hour of service. A graveside service will take place 2 p.m. Friday, June 2, 2006, at the Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens in Raleigh County, Prosperity, W.Va.

If desired, family suggests memorial contributions be directed to Juvenile Diabetes or the American Cancer Society. Please visit

Arrangements by Tufts Schildmeyer Family Funeral Home, Loveland, Ohio.

Miriam Byrd Brown

WILMINGTON, N.C. — Miriam Byrd Brown, age 82, passed away on Saturday, May 27, 2006.

She was born on Sept. 11, 1923, the daughter of the late Vaughan and Annie Wheeler Byrd. Remembered is her husband Ollie William Brown of Beckley, W.Va., who preceded her in death.

Miriam was raised in Holly Springs, N.C., and was a graduate of Morris Harvey College in Charleston, WV. She was a caring and talented teacher, and taught at Woodrow Wilson High School in Beckley, later moving to Wilmington, where she taught English, Speech, Drama and Debate at New Hanover High School for many years until her retirement. She had been a member of Beckley Presbyterian Church, where she was remembered for her beautiful soprano voice.

She is survived by her son, William Brown of Chicago, IL; two sisters, Jean Kerr, and Marian Wise both of Wilmington; a special brother-in-law, Horace Pierce of Beckley, W.Va., and many nieces and nephews.

A time of visitation for family and friends will be 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Andrews Mortuary Market Street Chapel in Wilmington, N.C.

A funeral ceremony will be 2 p.m. on Thursday, June 1, 2006, at Holly Springs Baptist Church in Holly Springs, NC. Burial will be in the Holly Springs Cemetery.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.andrewsmortuary. com

Arrangements by Andrews Mortuary, Wilmington, N.C.

Norma Marcelle Garretson Bruce

Norma Marcelle (Garretson) Bruce passed away May 25, 2006.

Born Jan. 21, 1933, to Lonnie Estel and Opal (Cole) Garretson in Josephine, West Virginia.

She was a cheerleader and outstanding student who graduated from Stoco High School, in Besoco W.Va., in just 3 years.

Marcelle married James R. Bruce in 1953. She was his devoted wife and sweetheart for 53 years. In 1962, they moved their family to Jacksonville, where James served with the U.S. Navy. Marcelle was employed at the Credit Bureau of Jacksonville for many years.

Their sons, James (Sarah) Big Pine Key, FL, and Alan (Barbara) Bruce, Kent, WA., were raised in Jacksonville. Marcelle is survived by her husband, her sons and her three grandchildren, Mary, Christopher and Ian Bruce. She is also survived by her brothers Perry, Paul, James Garretson and sisters Nina Taylor and Margaret Smith. Her strength of character and kindness will be her legacy to family and friends.

The funeral will be 1 p.m. Friday, June 2, 2006, at Blue Ridge Funeral Home Chapel, Beckley with Rev. Jerome Maynor officiating. Burial will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Beckley.

Friends may gather with the family from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Condolences may be left at

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

Martha Veva Cox

MEADOW BRIDGE — Martha Veva Cox, 82, passed away Tuesday, May 30, 2006, at home following a long illness.

Arrangements by Smathers Funeral Chapel, Rainelle.

Jack Mario Cutlip

FENWICK — Jack Mario Cutlip, 46, passed away Monday, May 29, 2006, in the Greenbrier Valley Medical Center at Fairlea following an accident.

Born March 27, 1960, in Newark, N.J., he was the son of Jack Cutlip of Fenwick and Barbara Fite Naia of Linden, N.J.

Jack was an avid motorcyclist and a lover of Harley Davidsons.

He was preceded in death by an infant brother.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his wife, Debra Callaghan Cutlip; two sons, Jack Richard Cutlip of New Jersey and Keil Martin Cutlip of Fenwick; three stepsons, Timothy Rivers of Bartonsville, Pa., Kristopher Rivers of North Arlington, N.J., and Peter J. Rivers of Nutley, N.J.; four sisters, Vicky McNally and Cheryle Rodriguez, both of Kearney, N.J., Mary (Cathy) Cosenza Nutley, N.J., and Marlene Sanford of Leslie; and several nieces and nephews.

Service will be 11 a.m. Thursday at Smathers Funeral Chapel with Pastor John Wyatt officiating. Burial will follow in the Wallace Memorial Cemetery, Clintonville.

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

Arrangements by Smathers Funeral Chapel, Rainelle.

Elsie Nichols Dixon

UNION — Elsie Thelma Nichols Dixon, 81, passed away Tuesday, May 30, 2006.

Service will be 2 p.m. Friday at the Union Presbyterian Church, Union.

Friends may call 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Longanacre Funeral Home, Fairlea, and at the church one hour prior to the service on Friday.

Arrangements by Longanacre Funeral Home, Fairlea.

Mildred ‘Mom’ Street Dodson

SCARBRO — Mildred Frances “Mom” Street Dodson, 83, died Monday, May 29, 2006, at Raleigh General Hospital in Beckley.

Born July 3, 1922, in Mulga, Ala., she was the daughter of the late William Eugene Street and Nellie Ethel Edna Morgan.

Mrs. Dodson was a homemaker. She was the most wonderful mother who ever lived and was caretaker for her handicapped son for over 66 years. Mildred lived to take care of others, especially her family. She was greatly loved by everyone who knew her.

Mom was one of Jehovah’s Witnesses and had served faithfully until her death.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William Elmer Dodson; a daughter, Glenna Gay Dodson; and a granddaughter, Susan Davis Carter.

Survivors include two sons, Truman Dodson and wife, Eva, and William Larry Dodson, all of Rt. 1, Scarbro; two daughters, Penny Dixon and husband, Wayne, of Scarbro and Marynell Dodson Davis and husband, Denver, of Rt. 1, Fayetteville; a brother, Carl Street of Green Bay, Wis.; a sister, Elaine Sandoval of Atlanta, Ga.; grandchildren, James Denver Davis and wife, Nora, and daughter, Marilu; Marty Ryan Davis and son, Charlie; Veva Dodson and husband, Steve, and children, Marysa, Katelyn, Emily and Stephanie; Julie Pack and husband, Bruce, and children, Eric and Ryan; Ginger Dixon and fiancé, Jackson and children, Lyndsi, Jesse and Maddy; April Cox and husband, Roger; William Dixon and wife, Shalynn, and daughter, Taya; Jonathan Dodson and wife, Kim, and daughter, Zoe; Hilary Nicolau and husband, Vince, and children, Ava and Evan; Amanda Smith and husband, Austin, and son, Griffin; Jonathan Rohan and Christopher Rohan and a grandson-in-law, Charles Carter.

Graveside rites and committal will be 3 p.m. Friday, June 2, 2006, at High lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill, officiated by a minister from Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witness with a closing prayer by Giles Kaarto.

Burial will follow in High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill.

Friends may call 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

John Elkins

OCEANA — John Elkins, 81, passed away Tuesday, May 30, 2006, at Beckley VA Medical Center.

Evans Funeral Home of Oceana is serving the Elkins family.

Frederick Lee Fitzwater

MEADOW BRIDGE — Frederick Lee Fitzwater, 71, passed away Tuesday, May 30, 2006, in the Appalachian Regional Hospital in Beckley.

Arrangements by Smathers Funeral Chapel, Rainelle.

W. Faye Massahos

HINTON —  W. Faye Massahos, 65, formerly of Phoenix, Ariz., died at 8:47 p.m. Monday evening May 29, 2006, at the home of her sister, Jan Plumley, following a one-year illness.

Arrangements by Pivont Funeral Home, Hinton.

Robena McDaniel

Robena McDaniel, 59, passed away Monday, May 29, 2006.

Arrangements by Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley.

Ollie May McKinney

Ollie May McKinney, 75, of Amigo, passed away Sunday, May 28, 2006.

Born May 16, 1931 at Amigo, she was the daughter of the late Henry and Annis Norman Johnson.

She was a member of the Madeline Baptist Church, a homemaker and a retired postmaster at the Amigo Post Office, with 33 years of service.

Those left to cherish her memory include her husband, Russell McKinney of Bolt; a son, Douglas McKinney and wife, Pauline, of Amigo; a daughter, Annis Jones and husband, Alan, of Bolt; two grandsons, Christopher McKinney and wife, Teresa, of San Diego, CA, Jonathan Shrewsbury of Bolt; great-grandchildren, Nathan McKinney and Veronica McKinney, both of San Diego, CA; Micah Shrewsbury and Jonathan Shrewsbury, both of Patterson Creek; a brother, Gene Johnson and wife, Charlotte, of Amigo; and two sisters, Ida Belle McKinney of Forrest Hill and Charlotte Graham of Beckley.

A memorial service with visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, June 2, 2006, at the Madeline Baptist Church with the Rev. Charlie Bolen officiating.

In lieu of flowers, donations of sympathy may be made to the Madeline Baptist Church, Box 190 Amigo, WV 25811.

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

Lucille Ann Workman Pettry

MARMET — Lucille Ann Workman Pettry, formerly of Edwight, died Monday, May 29, 2006.

Service will be 12 noon Thursday at Armstrong Funeral Home, Whitesville. Friends may call one and a half hours before the service on Thursday at the funeral home.

Arrangements by Armstrong Funeral Home, Whitesville.

Jerry M. ‘Junior’ Polk

Jerry M. “Junior” Polk, 76, of Sophia passed away Sunday, May 28, 2006, following a sudden illness in Winston-Salem, N.C.

Born May 12, 1930, he was the son of the late Jerry Polk and Honie Vipperman Polk of Sophia.

Jerry retired from Lewis Chevrolet and loved to travel and especially enjoyed the beach. He walked at the mall almost daily. Jerry was a member of the Lions Club and attended Mt. Eagle Baptist Church in Palmyra, Va. His grandson, Caiden, was his pride and joy and he loved spending time with family and friends.

Other than his parents Jerry was preceded in death by a sister, Violet May Hampton.

Those left to cherish his memory include a daughter Lisa Meade and husband, C.H., and grandson Caiden of Palmyra, VA; niece V. Marie Collins and husband, Billy, of Crab Orchard; nephew Buster James Hampton and wife, Connie, of Crab Orchard; aunt Helen Cline of Sophia; brother-in-law Buster Hampton of MacArthur; companion Jeannie Mitchem of East Bend, NC, and many other nieces, nephews and friends.

Service will be 1 p.m. Friday June 2, 2006, at Williams-Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Sophia with Pastor Sidney Craig of Mt. Eagle Baptist Church Palmyra, VA officiating. Burial will follow at Sunset Memorial Park. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

Friends may gather with the family 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Williams-Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Sophia.

Online condolences can be made at

Arrangements by Williams Blue Ridge Funeral Home.

Patricia Ann Reid

STEVENSON, Ala. — Patricia Ann Reid, age 67, formerly of Beckley, died Monday, May 29, 2006, in Stevenson, Ala.

Arrangements are pending at Calfee Funeral Home, Beckley.

Michael Thomas Scarbro

Michael Thomas Scarbro, age 37, of Fairdale, passed away at his home on Friday, May 26, 2006.

Born on April 18, 1969, at Fort Sill, Okla., he was the son of John T. and Electa F. Bradley Scarbro of Fairdale.

Mr. Scarbro was a 1987 graduate of Liberty High School, and a graduate of Bluefield State College, with a degree in nursing. He was a former employee of Raleigh General Hospital, Beckley Appalachian Regional Hospital, and hos-pitals in Charleston, W.Va.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Tracy and Pearl Scarbro, and maternal grandparents, Victor and Alfreeda Bradley.

Other survivors besides his parents are his brothers, John Scarbro and his wife, Marsha, of Staffordsville, Ky., and Jeff Scarbro and his wife, Shelley, of Masseyville; three nephews, Chad, Zachary and Dalton; three nieces, Hannah, Autumn and Abby; and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Service will be 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Fairdale Freewill Baptist Church with Pastor Dean Adams officiating.

Friends may call 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the church.

Condolences may be e-mailed to the family at

Arrangements by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, Beckley.