Linda G. Beckett
PENSACOLA, Fla. — Linda G. Beckett, 65, of Pensacola, formerly of Ballard, passed away Thursday, Oct. 19, 2006.
Joint service with her son will be 1 p.m. Monday, Oct. 23, at Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home Chapel, Peterstown. Friends may call 7 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Online guest book can be signed or condolences sent to the Beckett family at www.broyles-shrewsbury.com.
Arrangement by Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home, Peterstown.
BALLARD — Scott Beckett, 44, of Ballard, passed away Friday, Oct. 20, 2006.
Joint service with his mother will be 1 p.m. Monday, Oct. 23, at Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home Chapel, Peterstown. Friends may call 7 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Online guest book can be signed or condolences sent to the Beckett family at www.broyles-shrewsbury.com.
Arrangements by Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home, Peterstown.
Ivalene Mae Bell
God saw you were getting tired, and a cure was not to be, so he put His arms around you and whispered, “Come to Me.” With tearful eyes we watched you, and saw you pass away, and although we loved you dearly, we could not make you stay. A golden heart stopped beating, hard-working hands at rest. God broke our hearts to prove to us he only takes the best.
Ivalene Mae Bell, 81, of Crab Orchard, died Saturday, Oct. 21, 2006, at her home following a long illness.
Born June 21, 1925, in Hinton, she was the daughter of the late David Berry and Rettie Berry Thomas.
Mrs. Bell was a lifelong Crab Orchard resident, and was a retired employee of Raleigh General Hospital, having worked there 37 years. She was of the Baptist faith.
Other than her parents, she was preceded in death by her stepfather, Jack Thomas; a son, James E. Bell Jr.; three daughters, Mildred “Cricket” Francisco, Janie Hutchinson and Mary Bell; son-in-law, Junior Pierce; a brother, John Thomas; a grandson, Everett Shafer; and a sister, Dore Breeden.
Survivors include her loving husband of 62 years, James E. Bell Sr.; two sons, David Bell and wife, Lillie, of Mabscott and John Bell of Coal City; three daughters, Sally Pierce of Maple Fork, Judy McMillian and husband, Mack, of Crab Orchard and Janet Rose and husband, Jerry, of Cool Ridge; a son-in-law, Keith Francisco of Beckley; four sisters, Mrs. Libby Tolliver of Reynolds, Ohio, Mrs. Esther Craver of Grants, Minn., Mrs. Sadie Baskie of Chicago, Ill., and Mrs. Ethel Catten of Macy, Idaho; 19 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren.
Service will be 1 p.m. Monday at Rose and Quesenberry Peace Chapel, Beckley, with the Rev. Paul Chapman officiating. Burial will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Beckley.
Friends may call 6 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Pallbearers will be grandsons.
You may register online at roseandquesenberry.net.
Arrangements by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, Beckley.
LaTonya ‘Tonya’ Faye Browning
OCEANA — LaTonya “Tonya” Faye Browning, 32, of Oceana, passed away Thursday, Oct. 19, 2006.
Service will be 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Chapel of Stafford Family Funeral Home, Lynco. Friends may call 6 to 9 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
E-mail letters of sympathy to www.staffordfamilyfuneralhome.com.
The family is being served by Stafford Family Funeral Home, Lynco.
Daniel Roy Coffman
LEWISBURG — Daniel Roy Coffman, 99, entered into eternal rest Friday, Oct. 20, 2006, after a long and fulfilled life.
Born June 30, 1907, in Greenbrier County, he was the son of the late Harvey Lewis Coffman and Nannie Knapp Coffman.
Mr. Coffman was a graduate of Marshall University and received his master’s at WVU. He was a coach, teacher and high school principal for 42 years at several Greenbrier County schools.
He was a life-long member and active participant in the Lewisburg Lions Club, serving as club president and district governor, the Spartan Boosters, Sons of the American Revolution, Masonic Lodge, Greenbrier Valley Shrine Club and Lewisburg United Methodist Church.
Roy was a fourth-generation farmer on the family farm and was awarded the State Conservation Farmer in 1972. He was a noted steward of the land and country he cherished.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Pauline Coffman; sisters, Dora Davis, Madge Whanger and Helen Nesbit; and brother, Paul Coffman.
Survivors include a son, Jimmie Coffman, and daughter, Jeanette Coffman and companion, David Wright; grandchildren, Mike Coffman, Jon Matthews, Lynn McMillion and Danielle Lychek; great-grandchildren, Scott Coffman, Amber Matthews, Samantha McMillion and Travis McMillion; and great-granddaughter, Shyanne Coffman.
Service will be 11 a.m. Monday at Lewisburg United Methodist Church. Burial will follow in Coffman Cemetery.
The family will receive friends 6 to 8 p.m. today at McCraw Funeral Home, Lewisburg.
In lieu of flowers, donations of sympathy may be made to the North House Museum, c/o Greenbrier Historical Society, 301 W. Washington St., Lewisburg, W.Va. 24901.
Arrangements by McCraw Funeral Home, Lewisburg.
Donnie Ray Decker
Donnie Ray Decker, 76, of Daniels, passed away Saturday, Oct. 21, 2006.
Born Feb. 2, 1930, he was the son of the late Donnie and Georgia Sage Decker.
Donnie started at the age of 16 years old as an hourly laborer and worked his way up to mining supervisor for Westmoreland Coal Co. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge in Coal City.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a grandson, H.D. “Chip” Thompson III.
Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Doris Decker; daughter, Priscilla Painter and husband, John, of Daniels; sons, Ray Decker and wife, Bertha, of Jacksonville, Fla., David Decker and wife, Barbara, of Bristol, Va., and Jonathan Decker and wife, Patti, of Nashville, Tenn.; six grandchildren, Brandon, Tracy, David, Melissa, Daniel and Chris; six great-grandchildren; and sister Beatrice Young of North Carolina.
Service will be 3 p.m. Monday, Oct. 23, at Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley.
Friends may gather with the family one hour before service.
Donnie will be sadly missed by family and friends.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Mr. Decker’s name to In Touch Ministries, P.O. Box 7900, Atlanta, Ga. 30357.
Online condolences can be made at www.blueridgefuneralhome.com.
Arrangements by Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley.
Marjorie ‘Tag’ Wriston File
Marjorie “Tag” Wriston File, 88, died Friday, Oct. 20, 2006, at her residence in Beckley following a long illness.
Born Dec. 21, 1917, at her parents’ home on Neville Street in Beckley, she was the daughter of the late Dr. Robert Wriston and Minnie Davis Wriston.
Mrs. File was a 1934 graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School, attended Science Hill Academy in Shelbyville, Ky., and was a 1939 graduate of Randolph-Macon Woman’s College in Lynchburg, Va. She played and taught the violin in her youth and was recruited to play the violin by the West Virginia Symphony. After her marriage she was a homemaker dedicated to her family.
Mrs. File enjoyed many family beach vacations in South Carolina and family picnics at Flat Top Lake. For many years she enjoyed a weekly bridge game with her friends and was a member of the Highland Garden Club.
Always interested in local history, Mrs. File was proud to be a direct descendant of some of the earliest settlers of Raleigh County, including Pyrrhus McGinnis and Martha Jarrell Davis, who was forced out of her home (the Davis Cottages on Main Street in Beckley) during the Civil War by Union soldiers from Ohio, which included future U.S. Presidents Hayes and McKinley. Mrs. Davis sought refuge for herself and her children at Wildwood House while the Union soldiers used her home for a headquarters. Mrs. File’s grandfather, John Floyd Davis, served as sheriff, circuit clerk and county clerk of Raleigh County. Her father, Dr. Robert Wriston, practiced medicine in Beckley for more than 50 years, twice served as mayor of Beckley during the 1930s and 1940s and was a founder of Raleigh General Hospital.
Prior to her marriage, Mrs. File worked briefly in Washington, D.C., for the Reconstruction Finance Corp. After her marriage, she moved back to Beckley and during World War II traveled to join her husband while he trained at naval stations on both coasts prior to his service overseas.
Mrs. File was a member of United Methodist Temple and attended First Christian Church, Courthouse Square, Beckley, after her marriage.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Mary Alice Rizos and Martha Vane Wriston; a brother who died in infancy, Robert Wriston Jr.; and a nephew, Robert George Rizos.
She is survived by her husband of 63 years, William H. File Jr., whom she married in West Palm Beach, Fla., on March 5, 1943, and their four children, Susan File Payne and husband, E.M. “Ned” Payne III, William Henry File III, Robert Norman File and wife, Ellen Lilly File, and John Lanier File and wife, Lee Dalton File; eight grandchildren, Dr. Jennifer Lanier Payne and husband, Dr. René Etcheberrigaray, John Tucker Payne and wife, Allison Blanchard Payne, William Henry File IV, Sarah Elizabeth File, Haley Broyles File, Lindsay Catherine File, Audrey Ashton File and Laura Ellen File; and three great-grandchildren, Amanda Davis Etcheberrigaray, Daniel Xavier Etcheberrigaray and Wallace Lanier Payne. She is also survived by a sister, June Wriston Moore of Fairborn, Ohio; and a niece, Martha Rizos Stafford of Pollock Pines, Calif.
Mrs. File appreciated the care and concern of her caregivers, Sonya Ferris, Lisa Wrenn, Sandra Belcher, Eleesha Culver, Peggy Dawson, Shelvia Meadows, Shannon Aubill, Tammy Calvert, Angela Calvert and Carla Gibson, the staff at Raleigh General Hospital, Gentiva Health Services, Hospice of Southern West Virginia, Dr. Kelly Pittsenbarger, Dr. M.A. El-Harake, Dr. Touraj Farid, Dr. J.G. Karam, Dr. Scott Killmer and Dr. Carl Larson.
Service will be 3 p.m. today at First Christian Church, Courthouse Square, Beckley, with the Rev. Don Snyder officiating. Burial will follow at Sunset Memorial Park, Beckley.
Friends may call one hour before service today at the church.
Memorial contributions may be made to First Christian Church, P.O. Box 5556, Beckley, W.Va. 25801, United Methodist Temple, 201 Templeview Drive, Beckley, W.Va. 25801, Beckley Area Foundation, 129 Main St., Beckley, W.Va. 25801, or Hospice of Southern West Virginia, P.O. Box 1472, Beckley, W.Va. 25802.
Online condolences may be sent to www.calfeefh.com.
Arrangements by Calfee Funeral Home, Beckley.
Golden Airon Jones
ACWORTH, Ga. — Golden Airon Jones, 63, of Acworth, formerly of Rainelle, died Thursday, Oct. 19, 2006.
He was a native of Newport, Va., a general contractor and a member of Rainelle Moose Lodge No. 1647 for over 30 years.
Survivors include his wife, Carol Jones; four sons, Larry Hatfield of Acworth, Gary Steinle of Acworth, Golden Airon Jones Jr. of Morristown, Tenn., and Andy Jones of Ronceverte; a daughter, Lisa Metcalfe of Jacksonville, Ala.; his mother, Velma Jones of Rupert; a brother, Roy Jones of Rupert; two sisters, Shirley Arnold of Rupert and Jeannie Jones of Quinwood; 14 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Service will be 1 p.m. Monday at Wallace and Wallace Chapel, Rainelle, with Bishop Clarence Toney officiating. Burial will follow in Wallace Memorial Cemetery, Clintonville.
Friends may call two hours before service at the funeral home.
Earlier service was Saturday at the Chapel of Winkenhofer Pine Ridge Funeral Home, Kennesaw, Ga.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to a memorial account in Golden Jones’ name at Northwest Trust Bank, 3891 Cobb Parkway, Acworth, Ga. 30101.
Arrangements by Wallace and Wallace Funeral Home, Rainelle.
John T. Kirk
HINTON — John T. Kirk, 68, of Hinton, died Friday, Oct. 20, 2006, after an extended illness.
Born Jan. 17, 1938, in Elmyra, N.Y., he was the son of Maxine Jarrell Kirk of Hinton and the late J.R. “Bob” Kirk.
John was a lifelong resident of Hinton and was a veteran of the United States Marine Corps.
Besides his mother, other survivors include a brother, Proctor and wife, Nannie Kay Kirk, of Hinton; and a sister, Billie Neal and husband, Bruce, of Bluefield.
Service will be 2 p.m. Monday at Pivont Funeral Home Chapel, Hinton, with Pastor Ray Lee Honaker Jr. officiating. Burial will follow in Restwood Memorial Gardens, Hinton.
Friends may call 1 p.m. until time of service Monday at the funeral home.
Friends and relatives will serve as pallbearers. Special honorary pallbearers will be John’s high school classmates, Jerry Burroughs, Steve Lindsay, Melvin Plumley, Dean Richmond, George Davidson and close friend Tom Clinebell.
Online condolences and guest register may be accessed at pivontfuneralhome.com.
Arrangements by Pivont Funeral Home, Hinton.
Earl Mansfield Lockhart
STEELES — Earl Mansfield Lockhart, 76, of Steeles, near Hanover, passed away Friday, Oct. 20, 2006, at Duke University Hospital.
Mr. Lockhart was born Sept. 26, 1930, at Longpole, near Iaeger, a son of the late Loranzo and Genette Cline Lockhart.
He worked over 31 years in the coal mines, retiring from Robinson and Phillips Coal Co., and was a life member of the United Mine Workers of America. He was a veteran of the United States Army, having served during the Korean War. He also was a member of Bethany Regular Baptist Church at Ikes Fork and was an avid hunter and fisherman. Mansfield was a 12 1/2-year lung transplant survivor.
In addition to his parents, three brothers, John, Creed and Cecil Lockhart, preceded him in death.
Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Wanda Riffe Lockhart; three sons, Robert Mansfield Lockhart and wife, Kim, of King’s Mountain, N.C., Richard Dow Lockhart of Gastonia, N.C., and Ryan Earl Lockhart and wife, Crystal, of Winfield; a brother, Shirley Lockhart of Newark, Del.; two sisters, Pearl Burdette of Iaeger and Joanne Blankenship of Rural Retreat, Va.; and two grandchildren, Erin and Randal Lockhart of King’s Mountain.
Service will be 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 23, at the chapel of Fanning Funeral Home, Iaeger, with Elder Edward L. “Eddie” Cline, Elder Jack Cook, Elder Roger Walker and the Rev. Ronnie Lester officiating. Burial will follow in Riffe Cemetery, Hanover, where military graveside rites will be conducted by Sandy River American Legion Post No. 175, Bradshaw, and VFW Post No. 1144, Iaeger.
Robert, Richard, Ryan and Randal Lockhart, Grant Morris, Henry E. Riffe II and Billy Holcomb will serve as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Roger Wimmer and Doak Handy.
Friends may call 6 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home, where a Christian wake service will be held at 7 p.m.
Arrangements by Fanning Funeral Home, Iaeger.
Linda Fox Love
INVERNESS, Fla. — Linda Fox Love, 56, formerly Linda Walker of MacArthur, died Friday, Aug. 11, 2006, at her home in Inverness under the care of her family and Hospice of Citrus County.
Born Aug. 13, 1949, in Danese, she was the daughter of the late James K. and Ina Mae Tincher Walker.
She was married to the late Harlice “Pete” Fox, who passed away in 1983.
Mrs. Love was the manager of Puttin on the Ritz Beauty Salon of Inverness.
She enjoyed reading, sports, antiques and art.
She was a Baptist.
Survivors include her husband of 19 years, Jay M. Love; a brother, David K. Walker of Houston, Texas; two sisters, Deborah McGraw of Oscoda, Mich., and Rebecca Maxey of Crab Orchard; several nieces and nephews, great-nieces and nephews and a great-grandniece.
A celebration of life was Aug. 13 at the Love residence, 3121 S. Skyline Drive, Inverness.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Hospice of Citrus County, P.O. Box 641270, Beverly Hills, Fla. 34464.
Mrs. Love was cremated and her ashes were placed at her special place in Florida and with loved ones in West Virginia.
If you must bury something,
let it by my faults, my weaknesses,
and all prejudices against my fellow man
Give my sins to the Devil
Give my soul to God
If by chance you wish to remember me,
do it with a kind deed
or word to someone who needs you
If you do all I have asked,
I will live forever
by Linda Gail Love
Danny Ray Pennington
SABINE — Danny Ray Pennington, 35, of Sabine, departed this life Thursday, Oct. 19, 2006.
A celebration of Danny’s life will be 2 p.m. Monday at Adam Toler Memorial Chapel, Oceana. The family will receive friends from noon until time of service Monday.
Services entrusted to Adam Toler Memorial Funeral Home, Oceana.
Henry Newton Ragan
TAMPA, Fla. — Henry Newton Ragan, 73, of Tampa, passed away Friday, Oct. 6, 2006.
Service was Oct. 11 in Tampa with services by the Honor Guard. A eulogy was delivered by brother-in-law and friend Donald Thompson. Cremation followed.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.bailey-kirk.com.
Submitted by Bailey-Kirk Funeral Home, Princeton.
Clifford P. Sanger
Clifford P. Sanger, 85, of Crab Orchard, passed away Friday, Oct. 20, 2006.
Born May 8, 1921, he was the son of Charles Preston Sanger and Stella Cochran Sanger.
Clifford enjoyed golf and working in the outdoors. He attended Glen White schools and had been employed as a coal miner with Westmoreland Coal Co. and was a member of Union 6109. He also served in the U.S. Army.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Dennis Sanger. Clifford was the last member of his immediate family.
Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Shirley Sparks Sanger; daughters, Lisa Barton and husband, Dave, of Beckley and Tammy Harper and husband, Dave, of Summersville; grandchildren, Brandi Swager and husband, Jason, of Mount Lookout, Brianne Barton of Beckley, Chase Barton of Beckley and Jeff Swager of Fort Mill, S.C.; great-grandchild, Walker Swager of Mount Lookout; and several nieces and nephews.
Service will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 24, at Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley, with the Rev. Melvin Jamison officiating.
Burial will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Beckley.
Friends may gather with the family 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 23, at the funeral home.
Online condolences can be made at www.blueridgefuneralhome.com.
Arrangements by Blue Ridge Funeral Home, 5251 Robert C. Byrd Drive, Beckley.