The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

June 15, 2006

Obituaries for Friday, June 16, 2006


Joseph Calvin ‘Bud’ Beverley



OAK HILL — Joseph Calvin “Bud” Beverley, formerly of Mount Hope, loving husband and father, surrendered his life on Monday, June 12, 2006.

Born Aug. 20, 1918, at Snowden, Va., he was the son of the late Lawrence and Queny Lawhorn Beverley.

He was preceded in death by 12 brothers and sisters.

He was a creative, adventurous and gentle man. He attended Oak Hill Methodist Church.

He is survived by his wife, R. Lorena Beverley; his children, Jo Karyn Beverley and James Beverley; grandchildren, Jason R. Beverley and Jessica A. Beverley; and two sisters, Dorothy A. Hayes and Marjorie L. Taylor.

Graveside service will be 2 p.m. Saturday at High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill, with the Rev. Daniel Legg officiating.

The family will receive friends noon until time of service Saturday at High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.

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

Lillian M. Dancy



MILL CREEK — Lillian M. Dancy, 70, passed away Wednesday, June 14, 2006, in Wyoming Nursing and Rehab Center, New Richmond.

Born Aug. 8, 1935, at Mill Creek, she was the daughter of the late Elmer “Johnny” and Eva Miller Blankenship.

Lillian was a member of Mill Creek Freewill Baptist Church.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Kenner Rufus Dancy; an infant son; a brother, Calvin Blankenship; two half brothers, Coy and Troy Adams; a half sister, Merlie Adkins; a grandson, Tennis Kenner Dancy; and a great-granddaughter, Alyssa Nicole Bailey.

Surviv-ors include two sons, Larry Dancy and his wife, Vicki, of Baileys-ville and Kenny Dancy and his wife, Debbie, of Advance, N.C.; two daughters, Yvonne Bailey and her husband, Larry, of Brenton and Deloris Dancy at home; grandchildren, Angie Cline and her husband, Darrell, of Brenton, Michael Bailey of Statesville, N.C., Larrissa Roberts and her husband, Jeff, of Princeton, Larry “Dee” Dancy of Princeton and Jay Dancy of Elkin, N.C.; great-grandchildren, Jarrod and Jeffrey Cline, Tyler and Gavin Dancy, and Kelsey and Dameun Bailey; a sister, Kathleen Acord; a half sister, Allie Sheline; and a sister-in-law, Emma Jean Blankenship. She is also survived by several nieces, nephews and close friends.

Service will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Calfee Funeral Service Chapel, Pineville, with the Revs. Ronald Adkins and Tommy Knotts officiating. Burial will follow in Palm Memorial Gardens, Matheny.

Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

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

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

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

George Ralph DeBoard



George Ralph DeBoard, 80, of Coal City, died Wednesday, June 14, 2006, at Raleigh General Hospital, Beckley.

Born Oct. 15, 1925, he was the son of the late George DeBoard and Chessie DeBoard.

Mr. DeBoard was a retired coal miner and a member of the UMWA. He was a member of Cales Chapel at Coal City.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Doris Minor.

Survivors include his wife, Emily DeBoard of Coal City; son, Dennis DeBoard and wife, Linda, of Coal City; daughter, Diane Naylor and husband, Tom, of Beckwith; son, Kenneth DeBoard of Coal City; grandchildren, DeWayne DeBoard of Beckley, Christy Frey and husband, Kevin, of Beckley, Brandon DeBoard and fiancée, Jennifer Delp, of Coal City, D.J. Meador and companion, Sherry White, of Sophia, Kimberly DeBoard and companion, Zelmar Lilly, of Daniels and Tommy Naylor of Beckwith; great-grandchildren, Daniel DeBoard and Matthew Frey; stepgreat-grandchildren, Sarah Andrew and Kaileigh Frey; sister, Ester Perry of Creston, N.C.; brother, Robert DeBoard and wife, Pauline, of Harrisonburg, Va.; and sister-in-law, Donna Hensley of Besoco. Ralph will also be sadly missed by his extended Hensley family.

Service will be 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Rose and Quesenberry Peace Chapel, Beckley, with Pastor Dennis Haga officiating. Burial will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Beckley.

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

Pallbearers will be Monroe James, DeWayne DeBoard, Brandon DeBoard, Kevin Hensley, Johnny Hensley and Mark Hensley.

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

Arrangements by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, Beckley.

Bert David Denny



Bert David Denny, 51, of Beckley, went to his heavenly home Wednesday, June 14, 2006, after a short illness.

Bert was an avid sportsman and was a friend to all who knew him.

Those left to cherish his memories are his loving wife, Mary Denny; father, Roscoe Denny, and mother, Dawnie, of Crab Orchard; mother, Thelma Denny Bryant of Hilltop; brothers, William Denny and wife, Melissa, of Beckley, Samuel Denny and wife, Liza, of Beckley, Jesse Denny and wife, Jinny, of Maple Fork and Bill Sturgill of Alexandria, Va.; sister, Rebecca Denny of Crab Orchard; father-in-law, Jesse Gravely of Sullivan; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Ray and Virginia Arnold of Ghent; brother-in-law, James Gravely of California; nieces, Laura Graham and husband, Aaron, of Princeton, Amanda Gravely and her mother, Robbin Gravely, of California and Brittany Denny of Beckley; and nephews, Larry Arnold of Ghent, William Denny Jr. of Beckley and Corbin Denny of Maple Fork.

Service will be 2 p.m. Saturday, June 17, at Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley. Burial will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Beckley.

Friends may gather with the family 6 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be brothers William Denny, William Denny Jr., Samuel Denny, Don Levy, Mike Anderson, Aaron Graham, Ray Arnold and Marty Gravely.

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

Arrangements by Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley.

Macie Frost



On June 15, 2006, Macie Frost, 78, of Glen White, passed away.

Born Aug. 10, 1927, she was the daughter of Pearl and Joseph Miller of Maple Meadow.

She was the beloved wife of 62 years to Robert C. Frost Sr.

She was a homemaker, was deeply devoted to her family and was of the Christian faith.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her son, Fredrick James “Jimmy” Frost.

In addition to her husband, Robert C. Frost Sr., those left to honor her memory are her children, Robert C. “Butch” Frost of Xenia, Ohio, Deanna L. Gwinn of Bolt, Carolyn J. Tate, formerly of St. Louis, Mo., Nancy L. Null of St. Augustine, Fla., and Joe F. Frost of Maple Meadow; siblings, John Miller of Detroit, Mich., Marie Jennings of Charleston, Gladys O’Gwinn of Detroit and Howard Miller of Jacksonville, Fla.; grandchildren, Robert A. Frost of Oak Hill, Donna Leigh Madden of Shady Spring, Joe F. and Samantha Frost of Maple Meadow, Kari Lynn and Edward Ray Tate of Fairdale, Kaelah Rae and Bailey Marie Madden of Shady Spring, and Robin and Michael Frost of Jon Ben; nine great-grandchildren; and a great-great-granddaughter, Taylor Keith.

Service will be 2 p.m. today at Williams-Blue Ridge Funeral Home Chapel, 147 Virginia St., Sophia, with Pastor Kenneth Parent officiating. Burial will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Beckley.

Herman Sturgill, Bobby Frost, Phillip Goff and Wesley Goff will be serving as pallbearers.

Friends may gather with the family 1 p.m. until time of service today at the funeral home.

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

Williams-Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Sophia, is in charge of arrangements.

Nora E. Gardetto



Nora E. Gardetto, 80, of Beckley, died Thursday, June 15, 2006, at her residence after a long illness.

Arrangements by Calfee Funeral Home, Beckley.

John Estil Gill



HINTON — John Estil Gill, 88, of Tug Creek Mountain, Hinton, was called home by the Lord on Wednesday, June 14, 2006, at the Summers County ARH in Hinton following a long illness.

Estil was born Feb. 21, 1918, at Hinton to John Jordan and DeLaney Adkins Gill of Hinton.

He was a member of Hinton Church of Christ where he taught Bible classes for many years. Estil will always be remembered for his great love of God and his family.

He was a gospel preacher for many churches in the area; starting from the time he was 18 years old, he could be counted on whenever there was a need for his services.

Estil loved music and loved to sing. He was especially proud of the mountain dulcimers he made and taught himself to play. His favorite songs were those made famous by the original Carter Family Group of the early 1940s, particularly “Wildwood Flower” and “Little Church in the Wildwood.”

His work as a mechanic for many years made him numerous friends. He never met a stranger and was a great story teller. He loved to talk about his many experiences working with the CCC camps during the Great Depression, when he was a young man and working to build Bluestone Dam at Hinton.

He loved the outdoors, working in his garden and especially warm sunny days. He always said, “I need to be in the sunshine.” He is at rest now, basking in the sunshine of God’s Love.

He was preceded in death by the love of his life, Odessa, with whom he shared many wonderful years until her death. They were never apart for the 60 years of their marriage. He was also preceded in death by two brothers, James Gill and Powell Gill; three sisters, Lucy Breen, Betty Cales and Susan Bennett; and an infant grandson who died at birth.

He has left to cherish many wonderful memories a son, James Edward Gill and wife, Anne, of Hinton; a daughter, Bernice Arbutus Allen and husband, David, of St. Albans; a brother, Daniel Gill and wife, Sarah, of Hinton; a sister, Naomi Gill of Hinton; eight grandchildren who were the light of his life, Phillip Allen and his wife, Angie, and Jennifer and Jonathan Allen, all of St. Albans, Ashleigh, Amanda, John and Shawn Gill of Hinton, and Adam Gill of Huntington; five great-grandchildren, Morgan Stock, Gage, Bentleigh and Alex Thomas and Dustin Allen, all of St. Albans. They will all remember their Great Pop Paw with love. Also surviving are many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends too numerous to mention. He loved them all.

Service will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Hinton Church of Christ with Fred Dinkler and John McCain officiating. Burial will follow in Upland Cemetery near Hinton.

Friends may call 6 to 9 p.m. today at Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors, Hinton, and one hour before service Saturday at the church.

His nephews will serve as pallbearers.

Honorary pallbearers will be Lovell Williams, Gary Browning and Guy Ray.

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

Arrangements by Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors of Hinton.

Barry Graybeal



PINEVILLE — Barry Graybeal, 46, passed away Wednesday, June 14, 2006.

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

June Arthur Mashos



June L. Arthur Mashos, 76, of Beckley, died Tuesday, June 13, 2006, at a Ripley care center following a long illness.

Born Aug. 1, 1929, at Eccles, she was the daughter of the late Walter V. and Elizabeth Mahaffey Arthur.

Mrs. Mashos spent her childhood at Eccles. A graduate of Concord College, where she was a member of Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority, she majored in education. She taught school in Raleigh County, Florida and California. She was a longtime volunteer for Raleigh General Hospital.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Elizabeth Peggy Shumate.

Survivors include a brother-in-law, Neil Shumate of Ravenswood; a nephew, Tom Shumate of Fairmont; her nieces, Kathryn Starcher of Ravenswood, Teresa Phillips of Newport News, Va., and Carol Jones of Frankfort, Ky.; her two great-nephews, David Harper of Newport News and Jennings Starcher of Charleston; her uncle, Ambrose Mahaffey of Arden, N.C.; and her aunt, Mildred “Midge” Mahaffey of Beckley.

Service will be 3 p.m. Saturday, June 17, at Melton Mortuary Chapel, Beckley, with the Rev. Ellen File officiating. Entombment will follow in Sunset Memorial Park Mausoleum, Beckley.

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

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary, Beckley.

Donnie Belle Musick



Donnie Belle Musick, 89, of Myers Avenue, Beckley, died Tuesday, June 14, 2006, in a Beckley care center following a long illness.

Born Oct. 29, 1916, at Clear Creek, she was the daughter of the late Bertha Stover Fotos.

Mrs. Musick spent her childhood and most of her life in the Beckley area. She also spent a few years in Helen and she returned to Beckley in 1974, settling on Myers Avenue. She was a cashier for Carolina Supermarket located in Crab Orchard and she was the Assembly of God faith.

In addition to her mother, she was preceded in death by her husband, Ellis Musick; her sons, Wilie Jackson Gunther and his wife, Anna, and Jesse Ward Gunther; and two brothers, John and Chris Fotos.

Survivors include her daughter-in-law, Ellen Gunther of Beckley; five grandsons, Patrick Gunther, Shane Radcliff, and Jackie, Keith and Brian Gunther; four granddaughters, Barbara Allen, Karen Cahall, Petra Coleman and Jane Gunther; nine great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; and three sisters, Mary Anglin of Clifton Forge, Va., Tressie Cook of Cool Ridge and Martha Dinkler of Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Service will be 1 p.m. Saturday at Melton Mortuary Chapel, Beckley, with the Rev. Carlyle Blomme officiating. Burial will follow in Sunset Memorial Park, Beckley.

Friends may call noon until time of service Saturday at the mortuary.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary, Beckley.

Evelyn Carper Pierson



Evelyn Carper Pierson died Tuesday, June 13, 2006, after an extended illness at 92 years of age.

Evelyn was born Feb. 13, 1914, to Samuel C. and Edna Richards Carper in Raleigh.

After graduating in the Class of 1934 at South Char-leston High School, she was employed as a sales representative for Coyle and Richardson Department Store, then at the corner of Lee and Dickinson streets in Charleston.

Married to H. Spencer Pierson, who was born in Frametown on Feb. 20, 1917, he preceded her in death on Jan. 29, 1984.

She is survived by two sisters, Pauline Hill and Frances Waggener Watson, both of Charleston. “Aunt Tootsie” is also survived by two nephews, Sam Waggener and his children, Brittany and J. Andrew, of Franklin, Tenn., and Drew Waggener and wife, Jenny, of Raleigh, N.C., and their children, Scott at home and Jessica of Charlottesville, Va.

Service will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Tyler Mountain Funeral Home, 5233 Rocky Fork Road, Cross Lanes, with Pastor Alan Bone, interim minister of United Disciples of Christ Church (originally Boyd Memorial Christian Church), officiating. Burial will be in Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens, Cross Lanes.

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

One of her fondest memories was attending “Boyd” Church. Her favorite hymn was “Face to face with Christ my Savior, Face to Face what will it be? When with rapture I behold Him, Jesus Christ who died for me.” Amen

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested memorial contributions be sent to Hospice Care Inc., 1143 Dunbar Ave., Dunbar, WV 25064, or United Disciples of Christ Church, P.O. Box 6763, Charleston, WV 25362-0763.

Online guestbook may be accessed at tylermountainfuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by Tyler Funeral Home, Cross Lanes.

Beulah Pizzino



GLEN FORK — Beulah Pizzino, 81, passed away Wednesday, June 14, 2006, following a long illness.

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

Christine M. Preston



LASHMEET — Christine M. Preston, 77, formerly of Florida, died Thursday, June 15, 2006.

Service will be at Faith Chapel Funeral Home, Cantonment, Fla.

Online condolences may be sent to www.bailey-kirk.com.

Local arrangements by Bailey-Kirk Funeral Home, Princeton.

Barbara ‘Bobbie’ Jean Robinson



HOLCOMB — Barbara “Bobbie” Jean Robinson, 62, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, June 15, 2006.

Service will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Simons-Coleman Funeral Home, Richwood. Friends may call 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Arrangements by Simons-Coleman Funeral Home, Richwood.

Helen Saplak



OAK HILL — Helen Saplak, 88, died Thursday, June 15, 2006, at Fair Oaks Hospital in Fairfax, Va.

Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.

Dollie Staton



Dollie Staton of MacArthur, formerly of Welch, departed this life Wednesday, June 14, 2006, at the age of 84 years, nine months and 22 days in a Beckley hospital.

Born Aug. 23, 1921, in Vansant, Va., she was the daughter of the late John and Emiline Anderson.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two husbands, Melvin Stone and Oscar Staton; a grandson, Tommy Stone Jr.; three brothers, Vern Anderson, Cecil Anderson and Johnny “Buster” Anderson; and two sisters, Bea Dales and Hermie Hernandez.

Those left to cherish her memory are six sons, Thermon Stone and his wife, Aveline, of Welch-Pineville Road, Troy Stone and his wife, Thelma, of Hartwood, Va., Tennis Stone and his wife, Debbie, of Beckley, Tracy Stone and his wife, Kathy, of Forrest City, N.C., Terry Stone and his wife, Carlee, of Spotsylvania, Va., and Thomas Stone and his wife, Lisa, of Falmouth, Va.; a sister, Gladys Rasnick of Fincastle, Va.; 18 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and her caregiver, Andria Toler.

A celebration of Dollie’s life will be 2 p.m. Saturday, June 17, at Adam Toler Memorial Chapel, Oceana, with the Rev. LeRoy Lester officiating. Burial will follow in Palm Memorial Gardens, Matheny.

Casketbearers will be her grandsons.

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

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

Services entrusted to Adam Toler Memorial Funeral Home, Oceana.

Jessie Riner Wiley



MOBILE, Ala. — Jessie Riner Wiley was born on July 29, 1919, at Gatewood, a daughter of the late Lud C. and Russie Riner. She died Feb. 15, 2006.

Memorial service will be 1 p.m. Saturday, June 17, at Pleasant View Church of the Brethren, Route 4, Fayetteville (Gatewood).