The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

November 7, 2006

Obituaries - Wednesday, November 8, 2006


William ‘Bill’ Burleson Sr.



William “Bill” Burleson Sr., of Saxon Road, Glen Daniel, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2006, and went to be with the Lord. He was 70 years of age.

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary, Beckley.

Jackie Darius ‘Jack’ Cassity



Jackie Darius “Jack” Cassity, 64, of Mabscott, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2006.

Born June 25, 1942, at Pemberton, he was the son of the late James and Daisy Ballard Cassity.

Mr. Cassity was a 1960 graduate of Stoco High School. He was a U.S. Army veteran with many achievements. He was also a retired coal miner, last employed with Eastern Coal.

He was an avid fisherman and sports fan. Jackie enjoyed gardening, camping and spending time with his grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Sam and Zany Riddle Cassity; maternal grandparents, Jay Golden and Lori Taylor Ballard; his beloved brother and sister, James Robert Cassity and Carolyn Ann Cassity Maxey; and his precious son, Samuel J. Darius “Butch” Cassity, all of whom he unconditionally adored.

Survivors include his two daughters, Jackie Shawn Cassity of Glen Jean and Robin Dee Bailey of St. Petersburg, Fla.; two sisters, Jeanie Cassity Simmons of Mabscott and Sandra Cassity Cole and husband, Bill, of Blue Jay; his grandchildren whom he held close to his heart, Tyler Gage Cassity and Alexia Kelly Cassity of Crab Orchard, and Jennifer Renee Bailey of St. Petersburg; several nieces and nephews; and a host of friends.

In keeping with his wishes, Jack has been cremated. Memorial service will 6 p.m. Thursday at Mabscott Holiness Church with Pastor E.G. “Buzzy” Keller officiating.

The family will receive friends on Thursday following the service at Jack’s residence at 217 Spruce St., Mabscott.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggest memorial contributions be made to Jackie Shawn Cassity, P.O. Box 373, Mabscott, W.Va. 25871.

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary, Beckley.

Sarah Gobel



HILLTOP — Sarah Gobel died Monday, Nov. 6, 2006.

Service will be noon Thursday at High Lawn Funeral Home, Oak Hill. Friends may call one hour before service Thursday at the funeral home.

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

Eli Jason Huscusson



Eli Jason Huscusson, 87, of Beckley, passed away Sunday, Nov. 5, 2006, at SunBridge Care & Rehabilitation-Hillside.

Known by all who loved him as “Brownie,” he was a native of Robbinsville, N.C., and the son of the late George and Julia Campbell Huscusson.

“Brownie” was a World War II veteran, serving in the U.S. Navy Seabees with the 103rd Construction Battalion on the Island of Guam in the South Pacific, where he witnessed the return of the Enola Gay from its historic mission in Japan. After the war, he worked many years in construction as a master road builder. He supervised the building and completion of several interstate highways in West Virginia, Virginia, and Tennessee. “Brownie” worked as a supervisor for Cedar Coal Mining Co. and also American Electric Power Co. until his retirement. His loving, quiet manner endeared him to people and he will be missed by many.

He was a member of Hilltop Baptist Church in Beckley.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by five brothers, Earlie, Taylor, Earnest, George Jr. and Keith Huscusson; and two sisters, MaeBell Huscusson Sawyer and Mary Huscusson Shields.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Betty Nichols Huscusson; two daughters and their husbands, Doris and David Meadows of Latham, Md., Sandra and Wade McMurray of Kingsport, Tenn.; son and his wife, Jimmy and Sharon Persinger of Stafford, Va.; seven grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; sisters, Louise Huscusson Stewart of Robbinsville and Hollis Huscusson Riddle of Orange Park, Fla.; and sister-in-law, Helen Shrewsbury and husband, Ordie, of MacArthur.

The family would like to express their thanks to SunBridge Care & Rehabilitation-Hillside for the special care given to “Mr. Eli.”

Service will be 11 a.m. Thursday at Rose and Quesenberry Peace Chapel, Beckley, with the Rev. Harmon Davis and the Rev. Pat Haynes officiating. Burial will follow.

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

Pallbearers will be Hilltop Baptist Church deacons.

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

Arrangements by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, Beckley.

Sandra V. Judy



SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. — Sandra V. Judy, 54, a native of Martinsburg, died Monday, Nov. 6, 2006.

Service will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Middle Spring Presbyterian Church. Friends may call one hour before service Thursday at the church. Additional service will be 2 p.m. Friday at Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Lewisburg, where friends may call one hour before service.

Memorial contributions may be made to Middle Spring Presbyterian Church, 135 Middle Spring Road, Shippensburg, Pa. 17257.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.fogelsangerbrickerfuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Lewisburg.

David ‘Spider’ Marsh



MULLENS — David Lee “Spider” Marsh, 70, husband of Janice Marsh, died Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2006, at Charleston Area Medical Center, General Division, following a long illness.

Arrangements by Tankersley Funeral Home, Mullens.

Arlette Hopkins McKinney



ATHENS — Arlette Hopkins McKinney, 85, of Athens, formerly of Wyoming County, died early Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2006, at the Harmony House, Lerona.

Born Jan. 28, 1921, at Lerona, she was the daughter of the late Fount and Virgie Wiley Hopkins.

Mrs. McKinney was a graduate of Athens High School and received her B.S. degree in education from Concord College in Athens. She was a devoted and dedicated educator for over 35 years, having taught school in Wyoming County. After her retirement, she taught for two years at Midway. Mrs. McKinney was a member of the NEA and the West Virginia Education Association.

She was a member of Concord United Methodist Church in Athens and a member of the Order of Eastern Star Chapter 100, Mullens. For several years, she served as a volunteer for the Summers Continuous Care facility at Hilldale.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Byron McKinney, along with a brother, Lowell Burman “Bud” Hopkins.

Those left to cherish her memory, her son and daughter-in-law, Alvin Duane and Rebecca McKinney of Lerona; two grandchildren whom she loved dearly, Kelly Jo Maxwell of Ferrum, Va., and Bobby Rae McBride of Lerona; two great-grandchildren, Morgan Paige McBride and Stephen Duane Maxwell; and a niece and a nephew.

At 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9, we will celebrate the life of Arlette McKinney at Burns Wornal Chapel of Memorial Funeral Directory, Athens Road, Princeton, with Pastor Greg Godwin officiating. Burial will follow in Athens Cemetery.

Friends may visit with the family 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Family and friends may share online condolence by visiting www. memorialfd.com.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

The McKinney Family is being served by Memorial Funeral Directory & Cremation Center, Princeton.

Ruth M. Crook Meadows



Ruth M. Crook Meadows, 79, of White Oak, died Monday, Nov. 6, 2006, at Charleston Area Medical Center, Memorial Division.

Arrangements by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, Shady Spring.

Harold J. ‘Bo’ Mitchell



INDIAN CREEK — Harold J. “Bo” Mitchell, 68, passed away Monday, Nov. 6, 2006, at his residence following a long illness.

Born Nov. 1, 1938, in Wyoming County, he was the son of the late Paris and Mildred Reeves Mitchell.

Mr. Mitchell enjoyed being with his family and friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Amelia Rosalee Alshire Mitchell, on Aug. 5, 1998.

Survivors include four daughters, Patricia Mitchell of Welch, Donna Hagy of Brenton, Tina Hurley and her husband, Happy, of Summers County and Crystal Mitchell of Brenton; three sons, Larry Mitchell and his wife, Jessie, of Indian Creek, Melvin Mitchell of Briar Creek and Ricky Mitchell of Ocea-na; a brother, Eddie Miller of Mill Creek; 29 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Service will be 1 p.m. Thursday at Calfee Funeral Service Chapel, Pineville, with the Revs. Glenn Ford and Allen Stump officiating. Entombment will follow in Palm Memorial Gardens Mausoleum, Matheny.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

Friends may call noon until time of the service Thursday at the funeral home.

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

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

Jerry Lee Scott



Jerry Lee Scott, 53, of Crab Orchard, died Sunday, Nov. 5, 2006, at Raleigh General Hospital following a long illness.

Born Nov. 22, 1952, in Beckley, he was the son of Norma Dixon Scott of Crab Orchard and the late Leroy Scott.

Mr. Scott was a disabled employee of Sophia Electric as a general manager. He was a member of Hilltop Baptist Church. He was a Crab Orchard resident all of his life.

Besides his father, he was preceded in death by his brother, Jeff Scott.

Survivors besides his mother include his wife, Patricia Crouch Scott; a son, Jerry Lee Scott II and wife, Mary, of Flat Top Lake; stepchildren, James Redden Jr. and wife, Vicky, of Prince and Kevin Redden of Piney View; brothers, Gary Wayne Scott of Glenville and Ronald Eugene Scott and wife, Rhonda, of Beckley; special grandchild, Trinity Skye Redden; and two other stepgrandchildren, Olivia and Shane Redden.

Service will be 2 p.m. Friday at Rose and Quesenberry Peace Chapel, Beckley, with the Pastor Lyle Zickafoose and the Rev. Harold Dixon officiating. Burial will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Beckley.

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

Family will serve as pallbearers.

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

Arrangements by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, Beckley.

Junior Stevens



Junior Stevens, 87, of 112 Forest View Drive, Beckley, formerly of Mullens, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, Nov. 5, 2006, at Hilltop Center. He had been a resident of Hilltop Center since October 2006.

Mr. Stevens was born Oct. 8, 1919, at Wayne, and was the son of the late Alvis “Doc” and Gracie Stevens.

Mr. Stevens was a World War II U.S. Navy veteran, classified as an electrician’s mate 2nd class, USNR. He worked 46 years in the mining industry, having last worked for Maben Energy Corp.

Other than his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Frankie Layton Stevens; a brother, Clarence Stevens; and his oldest son, Malcolm Stevens.

Those left to cherish his memory are his daughter and son-in-law, Joyce and Ed Allen, with whom he made his home; four sons, Charles and Linda Stevens of Shady Spring, Glen and Mary Stevens of Fairdale, David and Debbie Stevens of Shady Spring and Robert and Meredith Stevens of Shady Spring; a daughter-in-law, Connie Stevens of Columbus, Ohio; six grandchildren, Charles Stevens II, Keith Stevens, Mary Gautier, Cristi Smith and Raegan and Chase Stevens; five great-grandchildren, Jamie Gautier, Haiden and Jordan Stevens, and Sophie and Gunter Smith; and the family pet, “Buddy Cat.”

Service will be 1 p.m. Thursday at First Pentecostal Holiness Church, South Mullens, with the Rev. Lewis Arnold and the Rev. Randall Pugh officiating. Burial will follow in Gethsemane Memorial Gardens, Oak Hill.

Friends may visit with the family 6 to 8 p.m. today at Tankersley Funeral Home, Mullens, and one hour before service Thursday at the church.

Pallbearers will be Keith Stevens, Charles Stevens II, Jay Gautier, Russell Hatfield, Ray Farmer and Cody Steele.

Arrangements by Tankersley Funeral Home, Mullens.

Carol Jean Carr Wade



SHELBYVILLE, Ind. — Carol Jean Carr Wade, 69, passed away Saturday, Nov. 4, 2006.

Service will be 11 a.m. Friday at McCraw Funeral Home, Lewisburg. Friends may call 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Arrangements by McCraw Funeral Home, Lewisburg.

Delford Jennings Ward



HIX — Delford Jennings Ward, 68, died at 6:22 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2006, at home following a short illness.

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

Arrangements by Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors, Hinton.

Evelyn Joyce Withers



MARLINTON — Evelyn Joyce Withers, 87, died Monday, Nov. 6, 2006.

Service will be 11 a.m. Thursday at VanReenen Funeral Home, Marlinton. Friends may call 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Arrangements by VanReenen Funeral Home, Marlinton.

Shirley E. Woodson



HILLTOP — Shirley E. Woodson, 69, died Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2006, at Plateau Medical Center, Oak Hill.

Arrangements by Ritchie and Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.