The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

June 8, 2006

Obituaries - June 9, 2006


Esther Marie Bender



PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — Esther Marie Bender, 79, formerly of Fayetteville, died Wednesday, June 7, 2006.

Service will be 3 p.m. Saturday, June 10, at Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home Chapel, Fayetteville. Visitation will be two hours before service Saturday at the funeral home.

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

Lloyd Bruce Brooks



WONDERLAND — Lloyd Bruce Brooks, 50, passed away Wednesday, June 7, 2006, at his home following a sudden illness.

Born Sept. 6, 1955, in Dearborn, Mich., he was the son of Betty Pierce Brooks of Summerlee and the late Aaron Bruce Brooks.

Mr. Brooks was a loving husband and a devoted father. He was a self-employed contractor and owner/operator of Brook’s Construction Co. He graduated from Fayetteville High School in 1974.

In addition to his father, Mr. Brooks was preceded in death by two sisters, Marie Buckland and Brenda Maynor.

Survivors besides his mother include his wife, Deanna Bowyer Brooks; two sons, Lloyd “Buddy” Brooks II and his fiancee, Caitlin Wiseman, and James Brandon Brooks, both at home; a brother, John D. Brooks of Scarbro; two sisters, Linda Turner and Sharon Legg, both of Summerlee; special nephew, Eddie Maynor II of Gatewood; and a host of special nieces and nephews.

Service will be 3 p.m. Sunday, June 11, at the Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home Chapel, Fayetteville, with the Rev. Johnny Syner and the Rev. Jackie Pittman officiating. Burial will follow in Huse Memorial Park, Fayetteville.

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

Pallbearers are John Brooks, Mark Bowyer, Ben Treadway, David Bowyer, Eddie Maynor II and J.R. Brubaker.

Online condolences and information are available on our Web site at www.doddpaynehessfuneralhome.com.

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

Sharrell Hayes Brown



CYCLONE — Sharrell Hayes Brown departed this life Tuesday, June 6, 2006, at the age of 59 years, 2 months and 21 days, and boarded the “Old Ship of Zion” at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, surrounded by his loving family, following a long illness.

Born March 16, 1947, at Lorado, he was the son of the late Elsworth and Erma Athlene (Lusk) Brown.

Sharrell was a 1965 graduate of Oceana High School and was employed by Hammer Logging Co. for eight months and Eastern Associated Coal for 37 1/2 years. He was co-owner of Brown’s Construction and Brown’s Trailer Court at Cyclone. Sharrell became a member of Bright Prospect Missionary Baptist Church in 2003.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Dee and Addie Lusk; paternal grandparents, Hayes and Maggie Brown; and a brother, Dorn E. Brown.

Sharrell enjoyed doing woodworking and helping with the church BYF. He cherished the time spent with the loves of his life — his four grandchildren. During Sharrell’s extended hospital stay at Morgantown, his greatest desire was for his health to improve so he could attend church services he loved so much. He knew if this did not become reality, he would be a “winner either way.”

Those left to cherish his memory are his loving and devoted wife of 19 years, Balinda “B.K.” Brown; two sons, Kenneth Brown and wife, Kim, of Cyclone and Kevin Brown of Cyclone; a daughter, Lisa Chambers and husband, Mark, of Martinsville, Va.; two stepchildren, Kim Huffman Brown and husband, Kenneth, of Cyclone and Mark Huffman and wife, Trina, of Critz, Va.; four grandchildren, Stephen Huffman, Kayla Brown, Hannah Huffman and Kadee Brown; three brothers, Harlen Brown and wife, Wanda, of Oceana, Edwin Brown and wife, Joann, of Cyclone and Earthel Brown and wife, Barbara, of Davin; a sister-in-law, Linda Brown of Oceana; a brother-in-law, Leroy Brown and wife, Ellen, of Kopperston; several nieces and nephews; and his extended church family and friends.

A celebration of Sharrell’s life will be 1 p.m. Saturday, June 10, at Bright Prospect Missionary Baptist Church with the Rev. Jackie Lusk officiating. Burial will follow in Highland Memorial Gardens, Peck Mills.

Casketbearers will be Victor Brown, Keith Brown, Stanley Bailey, Stewart Lusk, Everett Adkins, Stephen Huffman and Keith Bailey.

The family will receive friends 6 to 9 p.m. today at Adam Toler Memorial Funeral Home, Oceana.

A video tribute of Sharrell, guestbook and online condolences for family are available at www.adamtolermemorialfuneralhome.com.

Services entrusted to Adam Toler Memorial Funeral Home, Oceana.

Sonya Lee Cook



RICHWOOD — Sonya Lee Cook, 40, of Richwood, entered into rest on Thursday, June 8, 2006, at Richwood Area Community Hospital after a short battle with cancer.

Mrs. Cook was a Christian. She moved to Richwood in 1993 and she worked at Richwood Area Community Hospital for six years.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Loyce “Crickett” Hess Cranford.

Survivors include her father, Lawrence Lynn of Torrance, Calif.; friend, Jamey Fraley of Summersville; two daughters, Candace Jade Jackson and husband, Matt, of Sycamore, Ga., and Donna Raye Cook of Ashburn, Ga.; a granddaughter, Madison Jade Jackson; a brother, Steve Lynn and wife, Susie, of Larimore, N.D.; two nieces, Mallorie and Melissa Lynn; two aunts, Rinda Hess of Richwood and Bev. Neeley of Covington, Ky.; and an uncle, Ricky Lynn of Vevay, Ind.

Service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, June 10, at Simons-Coleman Funeral Home, Richwood. Pastor Jack Tolbert will officiate.

Friends may call 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

The family requests in lieu of flowers donations be made to Richwood Area Community Hospital, 2nd Floor Equipment Fund, Attn. Aggie Johnson, 75 Ave. B, Richwood, WV 26261.

Simons-Coleman Funeral Home, Richwood, is serving the family.

Enrico V. ‘Henry’ Della Mea



Enrico V. “Henry” Della Mea, 85, of Beckley, died Wednesday, June 7, 2006, at a local hospital of natural causes.

Born July 27, 1920, in Chuisaforte, Italy, he was the son of the late Pietro and Maria Caesare Della Mea.

Mr. Della Mea made his own way in business by operating Sportsman Grill from 1946 through 1958. In 1959 he opened Henry’s Restaurant which continued in operation until 1976.

He was a member of St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church. He served with the U.S. Army for nearly three years, and was a member of the VFW and DAV (Disabled American Veterans).

A resident of Beckley for the past 80 years, Mr. Della Mea was preceded in death by three brothers, Louis, Joseph, and Gino Della Mea; and a sister, Mary Walker.

Survivors include his wife, Theresa Amato Della Mea; three sons, Henry Della Mea and wife, Donna, of Shady Spring, Joseph Michael Della Mea and wife, Carolyn, of Winston-Salem, N.C., and Paul David Della Mea and wife, Catherine, of Asheville, N.C.; two daughters, Mary Ann Gilson and husband, Edward, of Beckley and Susan Prudence Altizer and husband, Robert, of Tazewell, Va.; grandchildren, Chris Della Mea, Jennifer Ceravone, Amy McQuain, Melindi Bailey, Eddie, Andrew and Mat-thew Gilson, Christopher Bryce, John, Theresa and Maria Della Mea, Sandra Pafford, Barbara Sergent, Molly, Samantha and Kameron Altizer, Cary Petrusek and Brooks Altizer; five great-grandchildren; and a sister, Irene Gollie of Apopka, Fla.

Funeral liturgy will be 10 a.m. Saturday, June 10, at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, Beckley, with the Rev. Samuel S. Sacus as celebrant. Rite of committal will follow in Sunset Memorial Park, Beckley.

Friends may call 6 to 8 p.m. today at Calfee Funeral Home, Beckley, where a Scripture service will be held at 8 p.m., led by the Rev. Don Wise.

Pallbearers will be Chris Della Mea, Eddie, Andrew and Matthew Gilson, John Della Mea and Christopher Bryce.

Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Mr. Della Mea to St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church School, 614 S. Oakwood Ave., Beckley, WV 25801.

Online condolences and a guestbook are available at www.calfeefh.com.

Arrangements by Calfee Funeral Home, Beckley.

Roy Dorsey



NETTIE — Roy Dorsey, 78, of Nettie, passed away Tuesday, June 6, 2006, at home following a sudden illness.

Born Jan. 28, 1928, at Nettie, he was a son of the late Oliver Blaine and Laura Neff Dorsey.

A coal miner for 43 years, he was a member of the UMWA.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three sisters, Myrtle McMillion, Dorothy Hurd and Ottie Dorsey; and a brother, Arnold Dorsey.

Survivors include his wife, Beatrice Walker Dorsey; a son, Steven Dorsey and wife, Diane, of Hurricane; a grandson, Alex Cayden Dorsey of Hurricane; a sister, Lubelle Hamilton of Webster Springs, and sons, Junior Hamilton and Ralph Staton, both of Charleston; a brother, Lake Dorsey and wife, Eula, of Nettie and their daughter, Jennifer Lynn Breuer and husband, Paul, of Nettie; a grandnephew, Jonathan Bayless of Nettie; and a sister-in-law, Della Dorsey of Nettie.

Service will be 2 p.m. Saturday, June 10, at Mount Zion United Methodist Church, Nettie, with Pastor Charles E. Wilson Jr. officiating. Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery, Nettie.

Friends may call 6 to 8 p.m. today at Wallace & Wallace Funeral Chapel, Rainelle, and one hour before service Saturday at the church.

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Rainelle.

James ‘Ed’ E. Gill



HAMPTON, Va. — James “Ed” E. Gill, 82, formerly of Charmco, passed away Monday, May 15, 2006.

He was a graduate of Rupert High School, was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II and retired with Sealtest Creamery in Hampton.

Mr. Gill was preceded in death by his parents, Lester L. Gill and Elsie Hoke Gill.

Survivors include his wife, Clarice Eanes Gill; daughter, Sue Ellen Kouba of Kamus, Utah; a brother, Lacy Conrad (Dorothy) of Gahanna, Ohio; and a sister, Margaret (Dale) Childers of Ravenswood.

Military service will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 20, at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va.

Submitted by Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Lewisburg.

Thomas Harris Hindson



VAN NUYS, Calif. — Thomas Harris Hindson, 92, passed away Friday, March 3, 2006, in Van Nuys.

Tom was born Oct. 24, 1913, at Villa, the son of the late John Franklin and Elizabeth Simm Hindson.

He graduated from Montgomery High School and attended West Virginia Tech. The family moved to Oak Hill in 1929.

Tom joined the Civilian Conservation Corps and helped build several of the state parks in West Virginia.

He was a World War II veteran, having served in the U.S. Coast Guard and the U.S. Merchant Marines, which took him all over the world.

After retiring, he owned and managed several apartment units in Van Nuys.

Five brothers, Franklin, Bill, Robert, George and Charles, and a sister, Elizabeth Forbes, preceded him in death.

He is survived by a sister, Susan Van Pelt of Valencia, Calif.; and two sisters-in-law, Gwendolyn Hindson of Rose-ville, Calif., and Verna O’-Steen of Maple Fork. He is also survived by 17 nieces and nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

Tom was loved by all who knew him and also will be remembered for his smile and generous ways.

Memorial service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, June 10, at High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill, with the Rev. Bill Calhoun officiating.

The family will receive friends 10 a.m. until time of service at the funeral home.

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

Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, 1435 E. Main St., Oak Hill.

Jeffrey Lee James Jr.



Jeffrey Lee James Jr., 24, of Midway, passed away Thursday, June 1, 2006.

He was preceded in death by his grandfather, William Starkell.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Bethany Ann James; daughter, Madison Ann James of Midway; parents, Jeffrey James Sr. and Diana James of Sophia; sister, Amanda James of Beckley; niece, Hannah Lilly of Beckley; grandparents, Gene and Patricia James of Sophia; and grandmother, May Starkell of Falmouth, Va. He also leaves behind many loving aunts and uncles that were close, and many family members around the state.

Service will be 1 p.m. Saturday, June 10, at Williams-Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Sophia.

Friends may gather with the family two hours before service.

Burial will follow at Fairdale-Daniels Cemetery, Fairdale.

Pallbearers will be John Randall Turner, John Turner, Ronald DePugh, Larkin C. Calhoun Jr. and Jeremy Woods.

In lieu of flowers, donations of sympathy may be made to the family to assist with the funeral expenses.

Online condolences can be made at www.blueridgefuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by Williams-Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Sophia.

Clara Lester



MATHENY — Clara Lester, 91, of Matheny, died Wednesday, June 8, 2006, at the home of her son, Jim Lester of Mobile, Ala., following a long illness.

Arrangements by Rose & Quesenberry Funeral Home, Beckley.

Amber Dawn Massey



Amber Dawn Massey, 18, of Sophia, passed away Tuesday, June 6, 2006, at the University of Virginia Hospital in Charlottesville, Va., following a long illness.

Born in Beckley on June 3, 1988, she was the daughter of Ronal Massey Jr. of Shady Spring and Sally Starr Massey of Sophia.

Amber was a 2006 graduate of Independence High School.

Surviving other than her parents are brother, Jonathan Tyler Massey of Shady Spring; sisters, Ashley Dawn Crump and husband, John Crump II, of Shady Spring and daughter, Makayla, and Amanda Dawn Massey of Sophia; maternal grandparents, Richard and Vickie Pittman of Crab Orchard; paternal grandparents, Sharon Reedy of Shady Spring and Ronal Massey Sr. and wife, Nancy, of Shady Spring; paternal great-grandparents, Josephine Massey of Shady Spring and Marie Wallace of Beckley; and maternal great-grandparents, Sally Lamb of Crab Orchard and Guy Pitt-man of Glen White.

Service will be 1 p.m. Saturday at Rose & Quesenberry Peace Chapel, Beckley, with Pastor Bob Meadows officiating.

Burial will follow at Sunset Memorial Park, Beckley.

Friends may call 11 a.m. until time of service Saturday at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be Jordan Smith, Jason Chapman, Ni-cholas Sexton, Cameron Ble-vins, Brett Lacy and Shawn Blevins.

Condolences may be sent to the family at roseandquesenberry@charterinternet.com.

Arrangements by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, Beckley.

Alice Virginia ‘Jenny’ McGraw



OAK HILL — Alice Virginia “Jenny” McGraw, 89, of Oak Hill, passed away Monday, June 6, 2006.

Virginia was a bookkeeper with Houchins Manufacturing Co. for 32 years and was a member of Friendship Missionary Baptist Church.

Virginia was preceded in death by her husband, Willard McGraw.

Those left to cherish her memory include daughter, Vickie Sumpter and husband, Danny, of Oak Hill; son, Patrick McGraw and wife, Rebecca, of Oak Hill; grandchildren, Jared McGraw, Katherine McGraw and Danny Sumpter II; great-grandchildren, Nicholas Sumpter and Ethan Sumpter; several nieces and nephews; and sister, Margaret Haskins of Norton, Ohio.

Online condolences can be made at www.blueridgefuneralhome.com.

Kindness to be shown every day to everyone with no expectations of gain has a name.

Beauty; both in spirit and form for all the world to see without conceit has a name.

Happiness shared with everyone with a warm smile while knowing no strangers has a name.

Tenacity of will that never gives up or turns its back on any job has a name.

Love given to all and received from many without selfishness and always with gladness has a name.

The name of all these things and many more is Alice Virginia McGraw.

Arrangements by Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley.

Nellie G. Moye



Nellie G. Moye, 91, of Daniels, died Thursday, June 8, 2006, at Raleigh General Hospital following a short illness.

Arrangements by Rose & Quesenberry Funeral Home, Beckley.

Garnett Virginia McKinney Patecell



ROBSON — Garnett Virginia McKinney Patecell, 83, of Robson, died Wednesday, June 7, 2006, at Plateau Medical Center in Oak Hill.

Born April 22, 1923, she was the daughter of the late Daniel Boone and Matildia Jane McMillion McKinney.

Mrs. Patecell was a retired licensed practical nurse.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Joe Patecell.

Survivors include a daughter, Gloria Faith Carson of Indian Lake, Ohio; two brothers, the Rev. J.D. McKinney of Robson and Arnold Russell McKinney of Ridgeway, Va.; two sisters, Agnes Marie Tilton of Dayton, Texas, and Wanda Othel Clary of Jackson, Ohio; two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be noon to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 10, at Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Service will be 1 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home with the Rev. Jerry D. McKinney of Robson and Indianapolis, Ind., officiating.

Burial will be at High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill.

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

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Virginia Mable Ward



WHARNCLIFFE — Virginia Mable Ward, of Wharncliffe, died Wednesday, June 7, 2006.

Service will be 1 p.m. Saturday at Mounts Funeral Home Chapel, Gilbert. Visitation will be 6 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Mounts Funeral Home, Gilbert, is in charge of arrangements.

Grace Harrah White



VICTOR — Grace Harrah White, 91, passed away Tuesday, June 6, 2006, at a local hospital following a long illness.

Born Nov. 8, 1914, at Ramsey, she was the daughter of the late Vance and Nettie Eary Harrah.

Grace was preceded in death by her husband, Harry O. White; and two brothers, Lacy Harrah and Tracy Harrah.

She was of the Baptist faith, lived all of her life at Ramsey and was a farmer.

Surviv-ors are a foster daughter, Kathleen Bennett of Ramsey; three nephews, Tracy Harrah of Montgomery, Keith Small of Victor and a special nephew and niece, Jim and Sue White of Hico; and a host of friends and neighbors.

Graveside service will be 2 p.m. today at Beech Run Harrah Cemetery, Ramsey, with Pastor John Pittman officiating. Burial will follow.

There will be no visitation before service.

Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Ansted, is in charge of arrangements.

James Wallace Workman II



LANSING — James Wallace “Jimmy” Workman II, 81, of Lansing, passed away Tuesday, June 6, 2006, at Raleigh General Hospital, Beckley, following a long illness.

Born July 28, 1924, he was the son of the late James Wallace Workman and Annie Lewis Workman.

Mr. Workman worked for 35 years for Ames Mining Co. He was an infantryman in the U.S. Army during World War II in Italy. He enjoyed playing baseball within the community and he coached basketball at Lansing Grade School. In his spare time he was an avid fisherman.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Madeline Biggs and Virginia Robinson; and five brothers, Clarence Workman, William Workman, Robert Workman, Dennis Workman and an infant brother Zenith.

Survivors include his devoted wife, Geraldine Dempsey Workman; a son, James Wallace Workman III of Lansing; three daughters, Earldine Robinson of Lansing, Kathi Pridemore of Victor and Laura Campbell of Lansing; a sister, Eva Louise Workman of Lansing; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Graveside service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, June 10, at Lansing Cemetery with Pastor Kenny Hayes officiating.

Military rites will be conducted by Oak Hill VFW Post 3110.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern West Virginia, Attn: Fayette County Room, P.O. Box 1472, Beckley, WV 25802-1472.

Online condolences and information available at http//www.doddpaynehessfuneralhome.com.

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