The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

September 23, 2006

Obituaries - September 24, 2006


Larry L. Bailey Sr.



SABINE — Larry L. Bailey Sr., 52, of Sabine, passed away Thursday, Sept. 21, 2006, following a sudden illness.

Born Oct. 12, 1953, at Mullens, he was the son of the late Wilson Bailey and Sylvia Duncan.

Mr. Bailey was a member of Pine Grove Baptist Church. He loved hunting and being outdoors and was a member of the Glen Rogers Hunting Club. He served as lieutenant at Upper Laurel Fire Department.

Larry was employed as a security guard at Talon Manufacturing from August 1998 until the present. He was a coal miner at Eastern Associated Coal and Long Branch Energy.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Carlos “Pip” Bailey; and two sisters, Judith Williams and Carol Bailey, all of Sabine.

Survivors include his loving wife of 10 years, Delilah Baugh Bailey; his son, Larry Bailey Jr. of Cool Ridge; stepdaughter, Billie Jean Conte and her husband, Ryan, of Salisbury, N.C.; a sister, Cindy Woodson and her companion, Marvin Toler, of Sabine; three brothers, Estel Duncan, Glenn “Sonny” Bailey and Cecil Bailey, all of Cleveland, Ohio; a granddaughter, Hannah Cook of Oceana; goddaughter, Breonna Workman of Clear Fork; his three most special and playful pets, Beyoncus, Smo-key and Harley; and his dog, Clarebell, whom he loved very much. He will be sadly missed by a host of friends.

Service will be 2 p.m. today at Pine Grove Baptist Church with the Rev. Dewayne Hurd officiating. Burial will follow in Pine Grove Baptist Church Cemetery.

Friends may call 1 p.m. until time of service at the church.

Online guestbook may be signed at www.evans-funeralhome.com, or e-mail condolences to the Bailey family at evans-funeralhome@stei.com.

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

Audrey Blake Bell



FAYETTEVILLE — Audrey H. Blake Bell, 78, passed away Saturday, Sept. 23, 2006, in Asheville, N.C., following an extended illness.

Arrangements are incomplete.

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

William R. ‘Bill’ Bennett



HINTON — William R. “Bill” Bennett, 72, of 1319 Temple St., Hinton, died Friday, Sept. 22, 2006, at his home following a long illness.

Born at Ronceverte on Sept. 30, 1933, he was the son of the late Raymond F. and Mazie A. Morgan Bennett.

Bill was a retired engineer for CSX Corp. with 43 years of service. He was a member of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers, a U.S. Air Force veteran of the Korean Conflict, and attended Riverview Chapel in Hinton.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Joseph T. Bennett.

Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Helen Gore Bennett; a daughter, Sherry Shaffer of Summersville; a granddaughter, Kelly Shaffer of Summersville; two sisters, Sue B. Shanklin of Charleston and Debbie Pettry and husband, David, of Jacksonville, Fla.

Service will be 11 a.m. Monday at Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors Chapel, Hinton, with Harry Pilkington officiating. Burial will follow in Restwood Memorial Gardens, Hinton.

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

Pallbearers will be Brian and Steve Bennett, C.D. and Jonathan Pettry, and Mike, Perry and Jimmy Gore.

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

Arrangements by Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors, Hinton.

Abigail Paige Booth



Abigail Paige Booth went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2006, at Women’s and Children’s Hospital, Charleston.

She was preceded in death by great-grandparents, George and Nellie Pettry, Paul Cantley and Jesse Clay.

She is survived by her parents, Joseph and Denise Lynn Cantley Booth of Horse Creek; maternal grandparents, Bobby and Ellen Cantley of Rock Creek; paternal grandparents, H.D. and Helen Price of Naoma, and Randy Booth of Fairdale; great-grandmothers, Arlene Clay of Naoma, Zela G. Booth of Beckley and Mildred Cantley of Rock Creek; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Though we only knew you for a moment, you will forever be in our hearts.

Graveside service will be 11:30 a.m. Monday at Cantley Cemetery, Rock Creek, with the Rev. Donnie Russell officiating. Interment will follow.

Armstrong Funeral Home, Whitesville, is in charge of arrangements.

Evelyn C. Bruno



Evelyn C. Bruno, 86, of Naoma, passed away Thursday, Sept. 21, 2006.

At Mrs. Bruno’s request, a private service will be held.

Armstrong Funeral Home, Whitesville, is in charge of arrangements.

Geneva H. Casto



LANCASTER, Ohio — Geneva H. Casto, 84, of Lancaster, formerly of Buckhannon, passed away Friday, Sept. 22, 2006, at Crestview Nursing Home in Lancaster following a long illness.

Born Sept. 10, 1922, at Green Sulphur Springs, she was a daughter of the late George Henry and Susan Virginia Harless Hicks.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Winfred and Alton Pat Hicks.

Mrs. Casto was a homemaker and was of the Baptist faith.

Survivors include her daughter, Phyllis Peters of Logan, Ohio; her son, Phillip Joe Vandall of Lancaster; five grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Service will be 11 a.m. Monday at Wallace and Wallace Chapel, Rainelle, with Rev. Dana Gatewood officiating. Burial will follow at Gwinn Cemetery, Green Sulphur Springs.

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

Wallace and Wallace Funeral Home, Rainelle, is in charge of arrangements.

Mildred Jeanette Deal



SUMMERSVILLE — Mildred Jeanette Deal, 75, of Summersville, died Friday, Sept. 22, 2006.

Service will be 11 a.m. Monday at Waters Funeral Cha-pel, Summersville. Friends may call 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral chapel.

Arrangements by Waters Funeral Chapel, Summers-ville.

Nancy Judith Delp



Nancy Judith Delp, 76, of Soak Creek, departed this life for her Heavenly home on Friday, Sept. 22, 2006, following a long battle with Al-zheimer’s.

Born July 21, 1930, at Mataoka, she was the daughter of the late Mason and Latha Godfrey Sizemore.

Those left to cherish her memory include a daughter, Mitzi and husband, Glen Haga, of Soak Creek; son, Jamie and wife, Cindy Delp, of Soak Creek; grandchildren, Rayan and wife, Tavie Haga, of Soak Creek, Jennifer and husband, Brandon DeBoard, of Soak Creek, and Brent Haga of Soak Creek; two great-grandchildren, Courtney and Tyler Haga; sister, Shirley Blackburn of Sophia; two nephews, Rick Blackburn of Sophia and Dane and wife, Yanet Blackburn, of Chicago, Ill.

Nancy was a devoted homemaker and loved spending time with her family. She spent many years working in her and J.D.’s Store, Delps General Merchandising, Soak Creek.

Nancy was of the Christian faith. She loved gardening in the flower beds around her home; she also loved cooking and canning.

In addition to her parents, Nancy was preceded in death by her husband, J.D. Delp, who passed away April 28, 1987; and brother-in-law, Richard Blackburn.

Service will be 1 p.m. Monday, Sept. 25, at Williams-Blue Ridge Funeral Home Chapel, 147 Virginia St., Sophia, with Pastor Marvin Rupe officiating. Burial will follow in Sunset Memorial Park, Beckley.

Family and friends will be serving as pallbearers.

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

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

Her family would like to extend a special Thank You to Nancy’s friends and caregivers for their support and love thru the time of her sickness.

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

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

Brenda Green



Mrs. Brenda Faye Green, 53, of Surveyor, formerly of Stover, died Friday, Sept. 22, 2006, at a local hospital after a six-year battle with cancer.

Born June 5, 1953, in Pineville, she was the daughter of Junior P. Morgan of Beckley and the late Agnes Hoffer Morgan.

Mrs. Green was a homemaker, a member of Cornerstone Church at Fairdale and also a member of the church choir.

Her hobbies include crafts, doll making, art and painting, drawing, and caring for her pets.

Before moving to Surveyor, Mrs. Green had lived at Stover for 17 years and was preceded in death by a brother, James “Bo” Morgan of Union.

Survivors Include her husband, Ernest Lee Green; her son, Michael Green and his wife, Stephanie, of Crab Orchard; her two grandsons, Michael L. Green and Brandon T. Acord, both of Crab Orchard; a sister, Linda Weaver and her husband, Basil, of Beckley; three brothers, Gene Morgan and his wife, Sarah, of Johnson City, Tenn., and Richard Morgan and his wife, Janet, and Doug Morgan and his wife, Stephanie, all of California.

Service will be 11 a.m. Monday at Calfee Funeral Home Chapel, Beckley, with Pastor Mike Pozega officiating. Burial will follow in Calfee Cemetery, Mount Tabor.

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

Pallbearers will be Gene Morgan, John Cook, Basil Weaver, Steve Wills, Robert Martin and Dean Withrow.

Online guest book is available at www.calfeefh.com.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Cornerstone Church, P.O. Box 396, Fairdale, WV 25839.

Arrangements by Calfee Funeral Home, Beckley.

James Hawley



James Hawley, 51, of Crab Orchard, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2006.

Born Feb. 1, 1955, he was the son of Earl and Edith Haw-ley.

James enjoyed go-kart racing, NASCAR and golfing. He was a 1973 graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School and attended Beckley College. James was the owner of Snap-On-Tools franchises in Southern West Virginia. He was a member of First United Methodist Church.

James is preceded in death by his father, Earl.

Those left to cherish his memory included his wife, Cheryl Hawley; son, James Hawley and wife, Christina, of Charleston; daughter, Andrea Radford and husband, Matt, of Beckley; sister, Sandy Jarrell and husband, Jeff, of Alabama; brother, John Hawley and wife, Debbie, of Wyoming; mother, Edith Hawley of Beckley; and a grandchild, James Christian Hawley of Charleston.

Memorial service for the celebration of his life will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30, at First United Methodist Church, 217 S. Heber St., Beckley, with Dr. Robert Stoddard officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family request that donations be made to Hospice of Southern West Virginia, P.O. Box 1472, Beckley, WV, and the First United Methodist Church, 217 S. Heber St., Beckley, WV.

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

Arrangements made by Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley.

Lucy Gay Jackson



RICHWOOD — Lucy Gay Jackson, 91, of Richwood, went home to be with our Lord on Friday, Sept. 22, 2006.

Service will be 11 a.m. Monday 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.

Billie ‘Bill’ Kennedy Jr.



COLUMBIA, S.C. — Billie “Bill” Kennedy Jr., of Columbia, formerly of Beckley, went to be with the Lord and “Stub” on Friday, Sept. 22, 2006.

The son of the late William and Gladys Caudill Kennedy, Bill was born in Bradshaw on Jan. 5, 1928.

Besides his parents, Bill was preceded in death by his wife, June Stoutameyer Kennedy, in 2002; his daughter, Vickie Coughlin, in 1992; and his sisters, Eloise Carroll and Nadine Lookabill.

Bill served his country in the 1940s as a member of the United States Navy.

Bill worked for Imperial Smokeless Coal from 1949 to 1970. He was a previous mayor of Quinwood during the 1960s. While living in Quinwood, Bill was a Boy Scout master and an Explorer troop master. In 1966, Bill was awarded a Certificate of Honor by the Department of the Interior-Bureau of Mines for saving the lives of three miners at the No. 3 Mine of Dean Coal Co., Leivasy, in December 1965.

In 1970, Bill went to work for Consolidation Coal-Rowland Division as a safety director. During this time, he also taught safety and first-aid at Beckley College and to the Beckley Police Department.

He was a member of Oak Grove Christian Church.

Bill will be sadly missed by his daughter, Stormy May and her husband, Herb, of Columbia; his grandson, Shane May of Orlando, Fla.; his granddaughter, Erica May of Apopka, Fla.; his brother, Oliver Kennedy and his wife, Nelma, of North Charleston, S.C.; his sister, Virginia “Gigi” Miller of Beckley; brother-in-law, Raymond Stoutameyer and his wife, Louise, of Pineville; he also leaves behind four nephews, four nieces, numerous great-nephews, great-nieces, and many good and faithful friends.

A celebration of Bill’s life will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Chapel, South Kanawha Street, Beckley, with Pastor Ken Overdorf officiating.

Visitation will be held two hours before service.

Entombment will be at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens Mausoleum, Beckley.

Pallbearers will be family and friends. An honorary pallbearer will be Lawrence Ford.

The immediate family will receive family and friends at the home of Virginia “Gigi” Miller, 705 Chert Lane, Beckley.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, all donations of sympathy be made to either Harbison Hall, 534 Wil-Set Road, Columbia, SC 29210, or Ascension Hospice, P.O. Box 3077, West Columbia, SC 29171.

Online condolences may be sent to the guestbook at roseandquesenberry.net.

Arrangements by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, Beckley.

Lillian G. Godby Lawson



JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — A Fayette County resident for most of her first 40 years, Lillian G. Godby Lawson, 86, of Jacksonville, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2006, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Jacksonville.

Born June 14, 1920, at Williamsburg, she was the daughter of the late H.B. and Mary Ellen Davis Godbey.

Lillian was a homemaker and was of the Protestant faith.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Albert Lawson, in July 1991.

Survivors include her children, L. Sylvia Allen of Oak Hill, Les Lawson of Orange Park, Fla., Bob Lawson of Waycross, Ga., Gerald Lawson of Orange Park and Alvin Lawson of Hudson, Fla.; and a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

There will be no visitation.

Committal service will be 11 a.m. Monday at High Lawn Memorial Park Mausoleum, Oak Hill, with Dr. John Savage officiating. Entombment will follow.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests remembrances of Mrs. Lawson be made in the form of gifts to their own church or favorite charity.

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

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Russell ‘George’ Lilly Jr.



Russell “George” Lilly Jr. 62, of Cool Ridge, died at home on Thursday, July 6, 2006, following a sudden illness.

Born in Princeton, he was the son of the late Russell G. Lilly and Virginia Akers Lilly.

He was a graduate of Mullens High School. George was a U.S. Army veteran, having served in Korea, and was active in scouting his entire life.

He is survived by a sister, Anne Turner of Shady Spring; a niece, Angela Turner of Brad-ley; a nephew, Brian Turner of Richmond, Va.; his companion of eight years, Marlene Milks and her family who became his family, Adriane, Danny and Elizabeth of Pigeon Forge, Tenn., Danielle, Adam and Austin of Pluto, John, Stacy and Jaden of Beaver, and Jared and Logan of Cool Ridge.

Memorial service will be 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30, at Perry Memorial Methodist Church, Shady Spring.

Howard A. Meadows Sr.



Howard Arthur Meadows Sr., 80, of Beckley, died Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2006, at Roanoke (Va.) Memorial Hospital following a short illness.

Born at Crab Orchard on Jan. 7, 1926, he was the son of the late Arthur Ray “Shorty” Meadows and Mary Widner Meadows.

Mr. Meadows was former pest control owner/operator in Baltimore, Md., for 36 years and had owned and operated an assisted living home for 20 years.

He was of Christian faith and was a World War II veteran, serving in the U.S. Army.

He was preceded in death by sons, David Ray Meadows and Howard A. Meadows II, two brothers and four sisters.

Survivors include his wife of nearly 49 years, Hazel Williams Meadows; a son, Michael Steven Meadows and wife, Janet, of Lexington, Va.; three daughters, Patricia Irene Moyer and husband, Fred, of Joppa, Md., Bonnie Lazzaro and husband, Angelo, of Aberdeen, Md., and Sheila Mitchell and husband, Eddie, of Ocean Shores, Wash.; a brother, Bobby Meadows of Walterboro, S.C.; 19 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.

Service will be 1 p.m. Monday at Rose and Quesenberry Peace Chapel, Beckley, with Mr. John Foster officiating. Burial will follow in Wilt Meadows Cemetery, Tank Branch.

Friends may call 5 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.

You may register online at our guest book at roseandquesenberry.net.

Arrangements by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, Beckley.

Debra Rosewell



Debra Rosewell, 55, of Daniels, died Friday, Sept. 22, 2006, in Pulaski, Va., following a sudden illness.

Arrangements by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, Shady Spring.

Edward Leon Smith



OAK HILL — Edward Leon Smith, 59, of Oak Hill, passed away Thursday, Sept. 21, 2006.

Service will be 3 p.m. Tuesday at High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill. The family will receive friends 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

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

Janet Booker Taylor



CANTON, Ohio — Janet Booker Taylor, of Canton, formerly of Wyco and Glen Jean, died Monday, Sept. 18, 2006.

Service will be 11 a.m. Monday at Rhoden Memorial Home, 729 Cherry Ave., N.E., Canton.

Submitted by Ritchie and Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.

Pauline Walters



PRINCETON — Pauline Walters, 87, of Lake Shawnee, passed away Friday, Sept. 22, 2006.

Service will be 2 p.m. Monday at Princeton Church of God. Friends may call 6 to 9 p.m. today at Bailey-Kirk Funeral Home, Princeton, and one hour before service Monday at the church.

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

Arrangements by Bailey-Kirk Funeral Home, Princeton.

Elizabeth Ward



Elizabeth Ward, 70, of Beaver, was carried home on wings of angels at 12:41 a.m. Friday, Sept. 22, 2006, at her home.

Born Feb. 21, 1936, at Beaver, she was the daughter of the late Marion Buford Stump and Dorothy Elizabeth Wood Stump.

Mrs. Ward was a homemaker. She was a former employee of Richmond Cleaners. She was a member of Clifftop Missionary Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Okey Ward; and a sister, Shirley Richmond.

Survivors include a daughter, Dottie Scarbro and husband, Donald, of Beaver; grandchildren, Dereck and Tara Scarbro; great-granddaughter, Natalie; brothers, Buford Stump and wife, Lola, of Beaver, Douglas Stump of Cool Ridge, Donnie Stump and wife, Faye, of Shady Spring and Jeff Stump and wife, Jamie, of Daniels; sisters, Joyce Nadine Jones and husband, Howard, of Beckley and Kay Cadle and husband, Donald, of Crab Orchard; and brother-in-law, Jarrell Richmond.

Service will be 11 a.m. Monday at Rose and Quesenberry Peace Chapel, Beckley, with Pastor Pat Haynes officiating. Burial will follow in Mount View Cemetery, Cool Ridge.

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

Pallbearers will be James Thompson, Terry Phillips, Dennis Stump, Dean Stump, Matt Stump, Phillip Cadle, David Hensley and Steve Richmond.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of Southern West Virginia, P.O. Box 1472, Beckley, WV 25802.

Online condolences may be sent to our guest book at roseandquesenberry.net.

Arrangements by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, Beckley.

Carlton P. ‘Cotton’ White



NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. — Carlton P. “Cotton” White, 85, of New Smyrna Beach, formerly of Beckley, died Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2006, at Ocean View Nursing Home in New Smyrna Beach following a long illness.

Born at Winding Gulf on March 25, 1921, he was the son of the late J.C. White Sr. and Flora Jane Robinson White.

Mr. White was a former justice of the peace, constable and assessor in Raleigh County. He was a former manager of the American Legion Post 32 Baseball League, was a lifetime member of the Elks Lodge, the Loyal Order of the Moose, No. 1606, and Beckley Masonic Lodge, No. 95, AF and AM. He was a member of American Legion Post No. 32 and a member of Black Knight Country Club, and was an avid golfer.

He was also a professional boxer, and was inducted into the West Virginia Boxing Hall of Fame.

Mr. White was a member of United Methodist Temple in Beckley, and was a World War II US Navy veteran.

He had retired as a federal government employee as a department director. He had also attended the University of Florida.

Mr. White was preceded in death by his wife, Sara Bales White, and a brother, Cooper White.

Survivors include two sons, Carlton P. “Slugger” White II and wife, Shelly, of Ormond Beach, Fla., and a Michael White of New Smyrna Beach; six grandchildren, Michael White II, Jonathan White, Greg White, Ashlee White, Courtney White and Shane White; a sister, Frances Travis of Richmond, Va.; and many nieces and nephews.

Service will be 1 p.m. today at Rose and Quesenberry Peace Chapel, Beckley, with the Rev. Paul Stadelman officiating. Burial will follow at Sunset Memorial Park, Beckley.

Men of the former Twin Oaks Country Club will serve as pallbearers.

You may register online at our guest book at roseandquesenberry.net.

Arrangements by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, Beckley.