The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

October 20, 2006

Obituaries, Friday, October 20, 2006


Renee Sue Boggus



ANSTED — Renee Sue Boggus, 43, of Ansted, went home to be with the Lord at her residence Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2006.

Renee was born March 7, 1963, in Charlton Heights, and was a daughter of the late Bobby Joe Dix and Nancy Carrol Cole Dix of Ansted.

She was preceded in death by a son, Christopher Lee Boggus, and grandparents, Ruth and Otha Cole.

She was a cook at Tudor’s in Ansted and a member of Lovers Leap Baptist Church of Ansted.

Other survivors include a daughter, Summer Boggus of Ansted; a son, Justin Boggus of Ansted; sisters, Felicia Mae Dix of Ansted and Cheryl Lynn Boggus of Ansted; and a brother, Scotty Joe Dix of Ansted.

Service will be 6 p.m. today at Lovers Leap Baptist Church, Ansted, with Pastor Stephen Fridenmaker officiating. Private burial will be at a later date.

Friends may call 4 to 6 p.m. today at the church.

Arrangements by Wallace and Wallace Funeral Home, Ansted.

Julia Catherine Cassell



Julia Catherine Cassell of MacArthur departed this life Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2006, at the home of her daughter in Alkol, WV, surrounded by her loving children. She was in her 98th year.

Julia was born Dec. 19, 1907, and raised in Green Island, New York, the daughter of the late Stefan and Mary Malciak Melicherik. The last surviving member of her immediate family. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, John J. Cassell Sr.; son, John (Bud) Cassell Jr.; infant daughter, Frances; grandson, Brian Hopkins; granddaughter, Margaret Vickers; great-grandson, Thomas F. Vickers III; great-granddaughters, Lilly Rhode and Samantha Workman; sisters, Mary Speron, Anna Taulty, and Eva Bohn, Irene Aguirre; brothers, Stephen and Joseph Melicherik.

Mrs. Cassell was a nurse, who retired from Pinecrest State Hospital. She worked previously at Beckley Hospital, Beckley Appalachian Regional Hospital, Raleigh General Hospital, and had worked as a private duty nurse. She enjoyed crocheting, had made many Afghans for most of all her children and grandchildren. A terrific cook, she enjoyed preparing Sunday dinner for all her family. She would always greet her family and visitors with a big hug and a smile, “Honey, you must be hungry! What would you like to eat?” Her family specials included homemade bread, cabbage rolls, fried chicken and homemade noodles followed by fried pineapple pies or cinnamon rolls. She enjoyed singing. A Roman Catholic, she began each morning and ended each night with a prayer.

Julia is survived by 135 direct descendants.

She leaves behind her children, Virginia (Ginny) Vickers Adkins of Alkol, her five children, 11 grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren; the late John (Bud) Cassel’s family, his widow, Doris Blaylock Cassell of Nolanville, TX, her six children, and nine grandchildren; Irene Rorrer Cantley and husband John Floyd of Beckley, her two sons, eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; Patricia (Patty) Hall and husband John of Columbus, OH, their son and three grandsons; Lawrence (Larry) Cassell and wife Carol of Strongsville, OH, their three children and seven grandchildren; Judith Cassell of Cleveland, OH, her seven children, 19 grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren; Antoinette Hatcher and her husband Ron of Shady Spring, their four daughters and 11 grandchildren; Julia Catherine Bair and husband James (Jim) Sr., of Brunswick, OH, their three children and three grandchildren; and Susan Matheny of Beckley, her three sons and three grandchildren.

Julia was a loving, unselfish and caring Mother and grandmother who always put her children first. She will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her.

The Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated Saturday at 11 a.m. at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church with Fr. Samuel Sacus as celebrant. The Rite of Committal will follow in the Highlawn Memorial Park in Oak Hill. Visitation and tribute to our precious Mother will be from 6 to 10 p.m. today at the Melton Mortuary Chapel.

Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary, Beckley.

Lewis P. and Velma Dancy



OAK HILL — Memorial service for Lewis P. Dancy, 86, and Velma Dancy, 78, formerly of Oak Hill, will be 10:30 a.m. today at High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.

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

Myrtle Sue Furey



Myrtle Sue Furey of Glen Daniel passed on Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2006, after a long and full life. She was 99 years, 5 months and 17 days old.

Born May 1, 1907, in Monroe County, she was the daughter of the late Ira J. Furey and Lula S. Webb Furey.

Myrtle spent her childhood in Monroe County, settling in Ra-leigh County in 1929 at Surveyor, eventually making her home at Glen Dan-iel. A dedicated homemaker, she was the oldest living member of Coal Marsh Missionary Baptist Church. In her leisure time she enjoyed gardening.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Vess McVeron Furey; a son, Carlos “Buddy” Furey; five sisters, Dorothy Wickline, Sally Canterbury, Polly Roberts, Thelma and Ruby Furey; and five brothers, Curtis, Rufus, Jarrett, Golden and Lolan.

She was the beloved mother of Betty Eubank and her husband, Ernest, and a son, Robert “Bob” Furey and his wife, Evelyn, all of Glen Daniel; a loving grandmother of Gary Eubank, Karen Acord, Randy, Michael, Blaine and Keith Furey and Kimberly Harlan; 11 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren; the dear sister of Treva Cluck of Covington, Va.; a daughter-in-law, Willene Furey of Parma, Ohio; a large extended family and many friends.

Service will be 1 p.m. Saturday at Melton Mortuary Chapel, Beckley, with the Rev. Juddy Hurst officiating. Burial will follow in Callaway Cemetery, Glen Daniel.

Friends may call 6 to 9 p.m. today at the mortuary and one hour before service Saturday.

Grandsons and great-grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary, Beckley.

Pastor Clarence E. Griffith



Pastor Clarence E. Griffith, 81, of Daniels, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2006, following a long illness.

Born Nov. 10, 1924, at Sprague, he was the son of the late George Dewey Griffith and Gerna Dobbins Griffith.

Pastor Griffith was licensed to preach the gospel by Shady Spring Baptist Church, and was ordained by Maxwell Baptist Church in Beckley, where he served as pastor for over 25 years. He was currently pastoring at Anthony Baptist Church near Lewisburg.

Pastor Griffith was a 1942 graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School. Upon his graduation, he was drafted into the U.S. Army, where he served in the 974th Engineer Maintenance Company in the European and Pacific Theaters of World War II. During his service he was in England, France, Belgium, Holland, Germany and the Philippine Islands.

He was an avid hunter and fisherman.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Pamela Brown; an infant great-granddaughter; a sister, Kathleen Morrison; two brothers, Harold and Bob Griffith; and a sister-in-law, Betty Callaway.

Surviving are his wife of nearly 64 years, Emogene Callaway Griffith; daughters, Connie Ross and husband, Gordon, of Beaver and Sandra Sweeney and husband, Jim, of Ghent; sons, Clarence Griffith “Chuck” Jr. and wife, Darlene, of Manassas, Va., Harold Griffith and wife, Dianna, of Beckley and John Mark Griffith and friend, Jenny Stickler, of Shady Spring; 15 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; a brother, James Griffith of Baltimore, Md.; and a sister, Lousie Pack of Glen Morgan.

Service will be 3 p.m. Saturday at Maxwell Hill Baptist Church, Beckley, with the Rev. Gordon Ross and the Rev. Ken Killen officiating. Burial will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Beckley.

Friends may call 6 to 9 p.m. today at the church and one hour before service Saturday.

Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

You may register online at our guestbook at roseandquesenberry.net.

Arrangements by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, Shady Spring.

Marie Matulis Harshman



OAK HILL — Marie Matulis Harshman, 65, formerly of Oak Hill, died in Plano, Texas.

Memorial service will be 11 a.m. Saturday at High Lawn Memorial Park Mausoleum, Oak Hill, with the Rev. Daniel Legg officiating. The family will receive friends one hour before service.

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

Jason Edward Hunley



MOUNT HOPE — Jason Edward Hunley, 18, of Mount Hope, went home to heaven on Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2006, at his home following a long illness.

Born Ap-ril 24, 1988, in Beckley, he was the son of Eddie and Judy Parsons Hunley Jr. of Mount Hope.

Jason was a 2005 graduate of Mount Hope High School. He also liked to fish, hunt and ride his motorcycle. Always living life to the fullest.

He was a member of United Methodist Church of Mount Hope.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Edward “Pete” Hunley; and maternal grandparents, Hollie and Goldie Parsons.

Survivors besides his parents include his paternal grandmother, Iva Hunley of Daniels; brother, Brian Curtis Hunley of Mount Hope; uncles and aunts, Dallas and Iris Parsons of Mount Hope, Carl and Jewell Parsons of Fayetteville, Steve Parsons of Price Hill, Randall and Rosemary Parsons of Mount Hope, Larry Richmond of Mount Hope and Dottie Willis of Daniels; great-uncles, Tom Hunley of Mount Hope and Dolphis Hunley of Elton; and great-aunts, Delma Skaggs of Mount Hope and Inez Ard of Beckley.

Jason will be missed by Mom, Dad, grandmother, brother, uncles, aunts and many close family and friends.

Service will be 2 p.m. Saturday at United Methodist Church, Mount Hope, with Pastor Mike Kessinger officiating. Burial will follow in Hilltop Cemetery.

Friends may call 4:30 to 8 p.m. today at Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope.

Pallbearers will be close family and friends.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations of sympathy to the Jason Hunley Memorial Fund, c/o Bank of Mount Hope, 602 Main St., Mount Hope, W.Va. 25880, or to United Methodist Church, 509 Main St., Mount Hope, W.Va. 25880.

Online condolences may be sent to our Web site at www.tyreefuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope.

Minister James Leonard Jr.



Minister James Leonard Jr., 74, of Beckley, departed this life and joined the Lord on Friday, Oct. 13, 2006. At his request, he spent his last days in his home cared for by his loving wife and family.

Minister Leonard was the son of the late James E. and Mary B. Leonard of Mount Hope. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, the Rev. Charles L. Leonard; sister, Thelma Shockley-Newbill; brother-in-law, Harry Sylvester Newbill; and sister-in-law, Pauline Leonard.

Minister Leonard retired as a master sergeant after 20 years of service in the U.S. Air Force. He was awarded several medals of honor throughout his career and was a decorated member of the 1453rd Medical Evacuation Unit that had the honor of bringing home the first Prisoners of War released from the Korean War. After his Korean duty, he also assisted the sick and wounded in similar duties across Europe.

After retiring form the military in 1970, Minister Leonard spent time in California before returning to West Virginia where he completed his Bachelor of Arts obtaining a degree in sociology at West Virginia State College. He worked at Appalachian Regional Hospital’s Division of Behavioral Science in Psychiatry until his retirement in July of 1991.

Minister Leonard found his true calling upon his return to West Virginia where he became a true disciple of Christ and a lover of God’s Word. He was licensed as a minister under the leadership of the Rev. Thomas Steelman of Outreach For Christ Christian Center in Beckley. He and his wife, Pamela, ministered regularly on the WWNR Sweet Hour of Prayer radio program.

Minister Leonard was a dedicated husband, father and was a true “doer” of the Word. He would share the Word of God with anyone in need, and often used his personal testimony to win souls for the Kingdom. Even in his last days on earth, the Word hidden in his heart could not be silenced.

Minister Leonard leaves to mourn his loving, devoted wife of 28 years, Pamela Leonard; brothers, Donald L. Leonard of Beckley, Chester R. (Maria Eugenia) Leonard of Mount Hope, Leslie T. (Mary) Leonard of Dacula, Ga., and Willie E. (Gwendolyn) Leonard of Beckley; three sisters, Betty J. (William) Salmon of Ocala, Fla., Kathleen L. (Howard) Scott of Mount Hope and Delores R. (Michael) Jordan of Stockbridge, Ga.; and sister-in-law, Lovella Leonard (wife of deceased brother, Charles Leonard).

He is also survived by his three daughters, Sandra (Jervis) Thornton of Baltimore, Md., Melissa (Dallas) Cooper of Beckley and Mon-cherie (William) Chapman of Martinsburg; grandchildren, Christopher, Jasmine, Jamara, Micaiah and Mikayla; and two great-grandsons, Christopher Jr. and Christian. He also leaves behind a host of nephews, nieces, cousins and many friends.

The viewing will be 7 to 9 p.m. today at Outreach for Christ Christian Center, 416 G St., Beckley.

Service will be 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21, at Outreach for Christ Christian Center with the Rev. Thomas Steelman officiating.

Interment will immediately follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Beckley.

VFW Post 4326 will have military rites at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens.

Arrangements entrusted to Durgan Funeral Home, Beckley.

Dorma M. Lilly



Dorma M. Lilly, 86, of Beckley, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2006, at her home following a short illness.

We ask you to celebrate the life of Dorma M. Lilly.

Dorma was born May 31, 1920, and was the daughter of the late Grover Cleveland Rider and Dora Gladys Spoungale Rider.

Dorma was a member of Maxwell Hill Baptist Church, and was a blessing and an inspiration to all who encountered her. She was a kid at heart, and will always be remembered for her enthusiasm for life and a heart-warming smile. She was a loving mother, grandmother and friend.

Dorma was a former nurse and was the co-owner and operator of James D. Lilly Inc. Real Estate.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James D. Lilly; brothers, Harold and Marel Rider; and sisters, Orma Meadows, Nellie Grace Bailey and Ora Mae Hatcher.

Surviving children are Claudette “Cookie” Cimala of Phoenix, Ariz., and Greg Lilly and wife, Elizabeth, of Beckley; grandchildren, Brian Cimala, Greg Lilly, Belle Lilly and Nicholas Lilly; and her siblings, Thurl Rider of North Carolina, Sue Adkins of Pennsylvania, Frank Rider of Oak Hill, Ray Rider of Bristol, Pa., and Shirley Talbot of Beckley.

Thanks to the loving care of her son, Greg, and his wife, Elizabeth Lilly, and Elizabeth’s family, Tammy Holloway, Garry and Brenda Morris and Mike Weiss, and friends, Kara Lowery and Tonya Hurley, Dorma was able to spend her last days comfortably at home.

Service will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Maxwell Hill Baptist Church, Beckley, with the Rev. Ken Killen officiating. Burial will follow in Sunset Memorial Park, Beckley.

Friends may call 6 to 8 p.m. today at Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, Beckley, and one hour before service Saturday at the church.

Pallbearers will be Joe Smith, Harry Smith, Mike Weiss, Garry Morris, Mike Snodgrass and Bill Bowles.

You may register online at our guest book at roseand quesenberry.net.

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

Arrangements by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, Beckley.

Charles Henry McKinney



OAK HILL — Charles Henry McKinney, 88, died Monday, Oct. 16, 2006.

Born May 20, 1918, at Page, he was a member of Oak Hill Church of The Nazarene and the United Mine Workers of America.

Mr. McKinney was a retired coal miner.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles Lee and Alpha Pennington McKinney, and a son, Charles H. McKinney Jr.

Survivors include his loving wife of 65 years, Virginia A. McKinney; daughters, Joy O’Boyle of Taylor, Mich., Judy Faust of Elyria, Ohio, Donna Lively of Knightstown, Ind., Debbie Hatcher of Oak Hill, Tammy Sexton of Fayetteville and Beverly McKinney of Oak Hill; a brother, Ira McKinney of South Carolina; 12 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandchild. The family requests your prayers for one grandchild, Jeremy McKinney, serving in Kuwait, who is unable to attend the service.

Service will be noon Saturday at High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill, with the Rev. Jerry Bush officiating. Burial will follow in High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill.

The family will receive friends one hour before service Saturday.

Friends and family will serve as pallbearers.

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

Virgil Cecil O’Neal



Virgil Cecil O’Neal, 83, of Lester passed away Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2006, at the VA Medical Center in Beckley.

Born Dec. 8, 1922, he was the son of Lantie Cecil O’Neal and Nellie Mae Ranson O’Neal.

Virgil loved his work as an electrician in the mines. He retired from Maple Meadow Mines in 1987. He was a graduate of Trap Hill High School. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge and Scottish Rights of Charleston. Virgil was of Protestant faith. He also served in the U.S. Army.

In addition to his parents Virgil was preceded in death by a brother, Cuba “Jack” O’Neal.

Those left behind to cherish his memory include his wife, Lois Brewer O’Neal; stepson, James R. Mitchell and wife, Lisa, of CenterView, Mo.; two sisters, Virginia Foca of Linthim Heights, Md., and Georgia Daniel of Fairdale; stepgrandchildren, Virgil, Andrew, Freddie, Marvin and Mitchell; many nieces and nephews; special nephew, Lewis Brewer of Maple Meadow; special brother-in-law, Scott Brewer and wife, Donna, of Vermillion, Ohio; and sister-in-law, Lorrain Blevins of Fayetteville, N.C.

Service will be 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 22, at Williams-Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Sophia, with Pastor Ardith Bailey officiating.

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

Burial will follow at O’Neal Family Cemetery, Maple Meadow.

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

Arrangements by Williams-Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Sophia.

Danny Ray Pennington



SABINE — Danny Ray Pennington, 35, departed this life Thursday, Oct. 19, 2006.

Services entrusted to Adam Toler Memorial Funeral Home, Oceana.

Jeanette Bowman Price



MATHENY — Jeanette Bowman Price, 52, of Matheny, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2006, at her residence following a long illness.

Born Jan. 24, 1954, at McDowell County, she was the daughter of Helen Buchanan Bowman and the late William Bowman.

Ms. Price was a member of Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, Pineville. She enjoyed sewing, gardening and shopping. She loved being with her family, especially her grandchildren. Ms. Price was a 1971 graduate of Oceana High School.

In addition to her mother, she is survived by five boys, Daniel Price and his wife, Veronica, of Matheny, Kevin Price of Pineville, Greg Price and wife, Amenah, of Ruther’s Glen, Va., Jared Price of Sophia and Brian Price of Matheny; a brother, John Bowman and his wife, Donna, of Matheny; two sisters, Jane Combs and her companion, Bob Sims, of Matheny and Billy Cook and her husband, Phillip, of Matheny; seven grandchildren, Christian, Kaylea, Hunter, Dalton, Dacota, Ethan and Lainey Price; the boy’s dad, David Price of Pineville; childhood sisters, Diane, Freda Jo and Donna Stewart; and special friend, Devonda Muncy.

She will be missed by a host of relatives and friends.

Memorial service will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21, at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, Pineville, with Raydell Bailey officiating.

The family requests no flowers. However, donations of sympathy may be made in Jeanette’s name to Hospice of Southern West Virginia, P.O. Box 1472, Beckley, W.Va. 25802.

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

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

Myrtle F. Gearhart Proffitt



Myrtle F. Gearhart Proffitt, 87, passed away early Wednesday morning, Oct. 18, 2006, at Appalachian Regional Hospital, Beckley.

She was of the Baptist faith, and was a longtime resident of Midway, but most recently had resided at Sunbridge Pine Lodge Nursing Home in Beckley.

She was preceded in death by parents, Henry E. and Cora Elsie Edwards; husband, Paul Nathaniel Proffitt, to whom she had been married over 57 years when he died on Dec. 14, 1994; son, Bobby “Bob” Lee Proffitt of Mesa, Ariz., who died March 10, 2006; brothers, Clarence, Ernest, George, and sister, Beulah, all of Texas; brothers in-law, El-mer (Evelyn), Roby, James and John Proffitt; and sister-in-law, Ruby (Lester) Sturgill.

Survivors are sons, Donald (Peggy) of Oak Ridge, Tenn., Bill (Robbie) of Ste-vensville, Md., Dan (Barbara) of Ridgeley, Larry (Linda) of Fredricksburg, Texas, and daughter-in-law, Carol of Mesa; sisters, Ruby, Ruth and Lucy, and brothers, Woodrow and Robert, all of Texas; brother-in-law, Marvin (Macie) of Midway; sisters-in-law Emma and Eula of Midway and Gaynell of Maryland; grandchildren, Debbie (Frank) Young of Norcross, Ga., Angie and Tina Proffitt of Mesa, Carolyn and Jeff Proffitt of Stevensville, Gene (Christa) Proffitt of Union, Ky., Mat-thew Proffitt of Ridgeley and Timothy (Crystal) and Troy Proffitt of Houston, Texas; great-grandchildren, Elizabeth Rose “Ellie” Young of Norcross, Carter Bradford of Stevensville, Sarah Torres, Josh and Evan Proffitt and Danielle Senecal of Union. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

She will be greatly missed by all who loved her.

Visitation for family and friends will be 6 to 8 p.m. today at Williams-Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Sophia, with service at 11 a.m. Saturday with Pastor Jim Mundy of First Baptist, Sophia, officiating. Burial will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Beckley.

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

Arrangements by Williams-Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Sophia.

Mary Elizabeth Peters Stover



CHARLESTON, S.C. — Mary Elizabeth Stover (nee Peters), 81, formerly of Beckley, wife of Col. Dorsey Stover, died Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2006, at a health care center in North Charleston, S.C.

Arrangements by McAlister-Smith Funeral Home, Goose Creek, S.C.

Frankie W. Thompson



BRUNSWICK, Ohio — Frankie W. Thompson, 87, formerly of Eunice, Fairplain and Dawes, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2006, at Strongville, Ohio. She resided in Ohio for the past seven years.

She was born Aug. 28, 1919, in Boone County, a daughter of the late Lloyd and Ida Mae Bailey Halstead. She was a homemaker and a member of Fairplain Union Church. She loved to quilt, sing at church and make apple butter. She was a loving mother and grandmother.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Will-iam Dennis Thompson; a son, Charles Russell Thompson; and daughters, Effie Brenneman and Shirley Jewel Thompson.

She is survived by daughters, Yvonne Jean Dentz of Brunswick, Wilda Mae Crawford of Ashland, Ohio, and Joyce Aliene Stavrakis (Basil) of Whitesville; a son, Gary Wayne Thompson of Ashland, Ohio; a sister, Glenna Powers of Fort Myers, Fla.; 12 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren.

Service will be 2 p.m. Sunday at Parsons-Waybright Funeral Home, Ripley, with Pastor Todd King officiating. Burial will follow in Center Point Cemetery, Putnam County.

Friends may call 6 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Arrangements by Parsons-Waybright Funeral Home, Ripley.

Yvonnia Jane Wills-Tomko



DELAND, Fla. — Yvonnia Jane Wills-Tomko, 63, affectionately known as Bonnie or Jane, was born in 1943, in Rainelle. She grew up in and around the Meadow Bridge and Dawson area. Her parents were Kay and Peachie Martin of that area.

Other than her parents, she was preceded in death by siblings, Johnny, Buddy, Robert, Ardell, Althea, Martha and Greetha.

She passed away Aug. 15, 2006, in Deland following a long struggle with pancreatic cancer. Jane had recently married Robert Tomko of Deland.

Those left to mourn are her husband, Robert Tomko; daughter, Peachie Kay Wills of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; two stepsons; a stepdaughter; five grandchildren, Gina, Joey, Sarah, Austin and Daniel; and her sisters, Nancy Thomas of Abingdon, Md., and Whorlen Martin of Clintonville.

Memorial graveside service will be 1 p.m. Monday, Oct. 23, at Frantz Cemetery, across from Meadow Grove Baptist Church at Dawson, with the Rev. Leroy Crane officiating. Burial of the cremains will follow.

Submitted by Wallace and Wallace Funeral Home, Rainelle.

Gary Wayne ‘Shaky’ Wakeford



WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS — Gary Wayne “Shaky” Wakeford Sr., 67, passed away Thursday, Oct. 19, 2006, at his home in White Sulphur Springs.

Mr. Wakeford was born May 7, 1939, at White Sulphur Springs and was the son of the late Dorothy “Marie” Moran Boggs.

He was a produce manager for Kroger, member of the Lewisburg Seventh-Day Adventist Church, Valley View Country Club in White Sulphur Springs, rescuer of many, Elks Lodge and an avid golfer.

He was preceded in death by two daughters, Debra Hoke and Kathy Lynn Wakeford.

Survivors include his wife, Linda Stone Wakeford; a daughter, Sandie Vanstavern and husband, Nick, of White Sulphur Springs; son, Gary Wayne Wakeford Jr. and wife, Karen, of Alderson; brother, Larry Wakeford and wife, Linda, of White Sulphur Springs; a son-in-law, Doug Hoke of White Sulphur Springs; grandchildren, Lori Vanstavern, Ryan Wakeford, Jessica Blankenship and husband, C.J., and Douglas E. Hoke II and fiancée, Alicia Leach; great-grandchildren, Layla Hoke, Nevaeh Blankenship and Harley Blankenship; and nephews, Wesley Wakeford and Jason Wakeford.

Service will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Lewisburg, with Pastor Robert “Doc” Michaels officiating. Burial will follow in Mapledale Cemetery, White Sulphur Springs.

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

Please send online condolences by visiting www.wallaceandwallacefh.com.

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Lewisburg.

Ira G. Wyant



TEMPLE TERRACE, Fla. — Ira G. Wyant, 96, formerly of Raceland, Ky., and Summers County, died Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2006.

Service will be 11 a.m. Monday at Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors Chapel, Hinton. Friends may call 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral parlors.

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

Arrangements are by the Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors, Hinton.