The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

November 22, 2006

Obituaries for Thursday, November 23, 2006


Tyler James Ayers



God called another angel home. Tyler James Ayers, 1 day old, died Monday, Nov. 20, 2006, at Raleigh General Hospital following a sudden illness.

Born Nov. 20, 2006, in Beckley, he was the son of James and Lisa Kiblinger Ayers.

He was preceded in death by his maternal great-grandmother, Mildred Ayers, and a cousin, Dakota Kiblinger Hockett.

Other survivors include his maternal grandparents, Gary and Debra Kiblinger of Crab Orchard; paternal grandparents, Alice Bragg of Crab Orchard and Carlos and Gerri Cozart of Beckley; maternal great-grandmother, Madaline Sadler of Crab Orchard; two aunts, Donna Hockett and husband, Ronald, of Stotesbury and Sherry Depew and her husband, Brandon, of Iowa; and cousins, Corey, Kaiden and Landdon Hockett of Stotesbury and Jessica, Sara and Hayley Kiblinger of Iowa.

Tyler was an angel sent down from heaven if just for a little while to bring us joy to our lives. He was so loved, so wanted, so needed. He will forever be in our hearts, Mommy and Daddy’s angel. We will forever miss you, baby Tyler.

Service will be 1 p.m. Saturday at Calfee Funeral Home Chapel, Beckley, with the Rev. Jeff Purdue officiating. Burial will follow in Hot Coal Cemetery.

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

Pallbearers will be Gary Kiblinger, Carlos Cozart, Ronald Hockett and James Ayers.

Memorial contributions can be made to James and Lisa Ayers, 109 Walters St., Beckley, WV 25801.

An online guestbook is available at www.calfeefh. com.

Arrangements by Calfee Funeral Home, Beckley.

Mary Grace Epling



Mary Grace Epling, 82, of Bradley, died Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2006, at Raleigh General Hospital after an extended illness. 

She was the daughter of the late Jiltson Bryant and Laura Lee Lilly Eads and was born at Camp Creek on Oct. 13,1924. 

She was a homemaker and a Christian.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James Ervil Epling, and a daughter, Judy Damron.

Survivors include two sons, David Epling of Cool Ridge and Jim Epling of Summersville; three daughters, Debra Paxton of Summers-ville, Ann Spenia of Parkersburg and Cindy Dudding of St. Petersburg, Fla.; sister, Alice Blankenship of Mount Pleasant, S.C.; 12 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Graveside service will be 3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 24, at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens Mausoleum, Beckley, with Pastor Gene Campbell officiating. 

Friends may call 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at Waters Funeral Chapel, Summersville.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to The Gideons International, P.O. Box 131, Summersville, WV 26651.

E-mail condolences may be sent to watersfuneralchapel@verizon.net.

Arrangements by Waters Funeral Chapel, Summersville.

Fred B. Fitzwater



OAK HILL — Fred B. Fitzwater, 69, of Oak Hill, passed away Monday, Nov. 20, 2006, at Hilltop Nursing Home.

Born Aug. 13, 1937, at Gauley Bridge, he was the son of the late Burl Ivan Fitzwater and Cora Carte Fitzwater.

Mr. Fitzwater was a caregiver and attended Mount Hope Assembly of God.

Survivors include two brothers, Virgil Fitzwater and his wife, Linda, of Oak Hill and Marshall Fitzwater of Huntington; an aunt, Flora Wylie of Virginia; an uncle, Okey Fitzwater of Ansted; and several nieces and nephews.

Service will be 3 p.m. Friday at High Lawn Funeral Chapel, Oak Hill, with the Rev. Butch Parker and the Rev. Jackie Pittman officiating. Burial will follow in the Hilltop Cemetery.

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

Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Dena Gail (Morton) Gillian



KINCAID — Dena Gail (Morton) Gillian, 33, of Kincaid, went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, Nov. 18, 2006.

Born Dec. 13, 1972, she was the daughter of Richard Morton Sr. and Drema Holbrook, both of Meadow Bridge, and the granddaughter of Ola Morton and Dorothy Patterson of Meadow Bridge.

Dena was a 1993 graduate of Mount Hope High School. She was employed by ARH Hospital in Beckley.

Dena was preceded in death by her paternal grandfather, Thomas Morton, and maternal grandfather Crandall “Cricket” Patterson.

Those left to cherish her memory include her husband, Bobby Gillian of Fort Dix, N.J.; daughters, Shanda White and husband, James, and Bobbie Gillian of Kincaid and Raven Morton of Meadow Bridge; sons, Lee Morton and Kyllan Gillian of Kincaid; brother Richard Jr. and wife, Georgette, of Frankford; sisters, Donna Clere and husband Jay T., and Dyna Mite, Dani and Dallas Morton, all of Meadow Bridge; a grandson, Ethan White of Kincaid; nephews, Bradley, Patrick, Kevin, Dakota, Dus-tin, Jacob, Jason, Ryan and Jared; and a niece, Chelsie.

We will love and miss you, Dena!

A celebration of her life will be Friday, Nov. 24, at High Lawn Funeral Home, Oak Hill. Service will be 12:30 p.m. with the Rev. David Frazier officiating. Burial will be at High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill.

Visitation will be one hour before service.

Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.

Asilee Dillon Sims Harper



ORANGE, Va. — Asilee Dillon Sims Harper, 79, of Orange, formerly of Rainelle, passed away Monday, Nov. 20, 2006, following a lengthy illness.

Arrangements by Smathers Funeral Chapel, Rainelle.

Esther Lee Hutcherson



OAK HILL — Esther Lee Hutcherson, 60, of Oak Hill, passed away Monday, Nov. 20, 2006, at Charleston Area Medical Center, Memorial Division, following a long illness.

Born July 11, 1946, at Fayetteville, she was the daughter of the late Porter Eugene Waugh and Mickey Kincaid Waugh.

She was volunteer director of the Fayette County Emergency Food Center and was of the Methodist faith.

Survivors include a sister, Patricia Waddy of Laplata, Md.; three daughters, Patricia Waugh of Oak Hill, Mickey Zangla and husband, Angelo, of Bowie, Md., and Cynthia Lindsay of Oak Hill; adopted daughter, Patrice Coy of Oak Hill; a son, James Hutcherson of Beltsville, Md.; two nephews, Dale and Bill Parrish of Maryland; 10 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and several special friends.

Service will be 1 p.m. Saturday at High Lawn Funeral Home, Oak Hill, with Pastor Joe Cuthbertson officiating. Burial will follow in High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill.

Friends may call 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.

Martha Catherine Hypes



SUMMERSVILLE — Mar-tha Catherine Hypes, 74, of Summersville, died Monday, Nov. 20, 2006.

Graveside service will be 1 p.m. Friday at Hypes Family Cemetery, Kesslers Cross Lanes.

Arrangements by Waters Funeral Chapel, Summersville.

James Jenks



PINEVILLE — James Jenks, 85, of Pineville, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2006.

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

Fredrick A. Loudermilk



NEWARK, Ohio — Fredrick A. Loudermilk, 74, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2006, at Licking Memorial Hospital.

He was born June 13, 1932, in Clintonville to the late Thomas and Eva (Hayes) Loudermilk.

Other than his parents, Mr. Loudermilk was preceded in death by his six brothers, Jimmy E., Calvin F., Grover D., Hanly, Amos H. and Alex B. Loudermilk; four sisters, Manda Moody, Annie C. Scruggs, Avis Ada Loudermilk and Alice Lee Loudermilk; and son-in-law, Victor Phillips.

Mr. Loudermilk was a former employee of the Roper Corp. for 23 years and retired from the Caine Corp. of Hebron after 20 years. Mr. Loudermilk was a member of Health Church of Christ, Newark Eagles No. 387, an avid bowler, golfer, loved to fish and hunt, and he never met a stranger.

He is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Alice Faye (Dalton) Loudermilk; four daughters, Martha Phillips of Indiana, Thelma (Don) Smith of Newark, Tina (Joe) Fulk of Newark and Dora Sheck of Columbus, Ohio; seven grandchildren, Beverly (Brian) Cook of Indiana, Matthew (Beth) Lanhan of Virginia, Abigail Roberts of Indiana, Susie (Todd) Bowen of Newark, Annie (Richard) Allberry of Newark, Joseph Fulk, Jr., of Newark and Zachary Fulk (Becca) of Newark; five great-grandchildren, Blake, Dakota, Lucas, Mattie and Dylin; sister, Nadie Holliday of Clintonville; brother, Ray (Hattie) Loudermilk of Newark; and a very special friend of the family, Annie Jacks.

Service will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Brucker & Kishler Funeral Home, Newark, with Pastor Damon Reid officiating. Burial will follow in Maple Grove Cemetery, Granville, Ohio.

Friends may call 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Those who wish may make contributions to Newark Fire Department Station No. 3, West Main Street, Newark, OH 43055, for their wonderful care of Mr. Loudermilk. To sign an online guest book, please visit www.brucker-kishlerfuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by Brucker-Kishler Funeral Home, Newark.

Monzetha Jones Martin



SMOOT — Monzetha Jones Martin, 77, of Smoot, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2006, at Charleston Area Medical Center following a short illness.

Arrangements by Smathers Funeral Chapel, Rainelle.

Mary Katherine Lively Prather



CARLISLE — Mary Katherine Lively Prather, 81, of Carlisle, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2006, at Nicholas County Health Center in Richwood.

Born May 27, 1925, at Scarbro, she was the daughter of the late Clinton Oscar Lively and Nellie Vivian Roop Lively Crouch.

She was a homemaker and a member of First Church of God, Carlisle.

She was preceded in death by her son, Charles Herman Prather Jr.; four brothers, Clinton Lively, James Crouch, Richard Crouch and Orval Crouch; and two sisters, Frances Painter and Norma Jean Smith.

Survivors include two grandchildren, Paula Perry and husband, Jus-tin, of Charleston and Chad Prather and wife, Carrie, of Col-umbus, Ohio; a sister, Annie Smith of Craigsville; two great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be 1 to 2 p.m. Friday at Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill. Service will be 2 p.m. Friday at the funeral home with the Rev. Lum Toney officiating. Private graveside rites and committal will be at High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill, at a later date.

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

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Rebecca E. Shivley



Rebecca E. Shivley, 98, of Daniels, died Monday, Nov. 20, 2006, at her home following a short illness.

Born at Jumping Branch on March 19, 1908, she was the daughter of the late James and Bell Lilly Tolliver.

Mrs. Shi-vley was a member of Zion Primitive Baptist Church and was a homemaker.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Rupert Shivley; sons, Billy Eugene Shivley and Rupert Shivley Jr.; grandson, Larry Shivley; brothers, Woodrow and Naiman Tolliver; and sisters, Ursula Wood and Nora Bowan.

Survivors inlclude her son, Darrell Shivley and wife, Wilma, of Beckley; a daughter, Joy Emogene Plummer and husband, Franklin, of Daniels; a brother, Stephen Tolliver of Cool Ridge; sisters, Ruth Matherly of Daniels, Ellen Lilly of Daniels and Mintie Sweeney of Flat Top; grandchildren, Gregory Plummer and wife, Diane, Patricia Plummer and companion, Owen Ballengee, Rebecca Shivley, Jacque Castle and husband, Norman Castle Jr., Stephen Shivley and wife, Tina, Sandy Culleny and husband, Scott, and Brenda Spitz and husband, Charles; seven great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren.

Service will be 1 p.m. Saturday at Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, Shady Spring Chapel, with Elder Tommy Pack officiating. Burial will follow at Tom Lilly Cemetery, Ghent.

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

Family members will serve as pallbearers.

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

Arrangements by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, Shady Spring.

Rickey Dean Stover



OAK HILL — Rickey Dean Stover, 52, of Oak Hill, was laid to the altar of our Lord on Sunday, Nov. 19, 2006.

Rick leaves behind to cherish his memory his devoted wife of 27 years, Susan Murdock Stover. He is also survived by his beloved son, Scat. Travis Dean Stover, stationed at Camp Arifjan Kuwait, of whom he was immensley proud; and special children, Melanie and Terry Whittington of Montgomery.

Rick was a valued employee of W.R. Murdock and Sons Inc. of Fayetteville for 30 years as a hydraulic repairman and truck driver. Co-workers will be the pallbearers. He was also employed by Regimental Quarter Master of Gettysburg, Pa., as a Civil War rifle salesman.

History was Rick’s passion. He was an avid Civil War re-enactor, associated with the 26th Virginia Infantry Battalion White Sulphur Rifles. He was a 1st lieutenant of the Army of Northern Virginia and gunner of Bryan’s Artillery Battery, lieutenant colonel of the 4th North Carolina Artillery Re-enactment Group, Latham’s Battery, Son of Confederate Veterans and Military Order of the Stars and Bars. In addition to history, Rick loved the sport of dirt racing. He built and raced dirt track race cars for 30 years at Beckley Speedway, Jackson County Speedway and Wytheville Speedway. Rick and his wife, Susan, shared a love of horses. Rick was a leader of the Fayette and Raleigh County 4-H Horse Club, a member of the Board of Directors of the Fayette County Horseman’s Association and Horse Show manager of numerous West Virginia Quarter Horse Association Horse Shows. His dashing figure on horseback will be missed in area parades.

He was preceded in death by his father, William Lawrence Stover Sr.

In addition to his wife and son, he is survived by his mother, Juanita Roberts Stover of Sand Branch; parents-in-law, Jane and W. Ray Murdock Jr.; brother, William Lawrence Stover, Jr., and wife, Susan, of Sand Branch; brother-in-law, W.R. Murdock III and wife, Paula, of Oak Hill; sister-in-law, Margaret “Beth” Richards and husband, John; and special sister, Kaye Ballard of Oak Hill.

Rick was a warm and caring man who brought a smile to everyone he met. Those who knew Rick Stover were fortunate to call him “friend.”

His remains rest at High Lawn Funeral Home Cha-pel, 1435 E. Main St., Oak Hill, where the family will receive friends 6 to 9 p.m. Friday.

Service will be 3 p.m. Saturday at Calvary Baptist Church, Oak Hill, with the Rev. David Richardson officiating. Interment will follow in High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill, with Confederate military rites conducted by the Army of Northern Virginia, a national Civil War re-enactment group.

Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.

Ernest R. Thompson



Ernest R. Thompson, 76, of Beckley, died Saturday, Nov. 18, 2006.

There will be no service or visitation.

Arrangements by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, Shady Spring.

Mary Margaret Whitehair Way



Mary Margaret Whitehair Way, 64, of Beckley, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2006.

Born Feb. 17, 1942, she was the daughter of the late Robert and Lucy Lovette Brown.

Mary loved the husband, children, grandchildren and traveling. She enjoy-ed collecting angels and dolls.

Mary was a graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School. She was of Baptist faith and attended Little Valley Baptist Church.

In addition to her parents, Mary was preceded in death by first husband, Charles “Pete” Whitehair Sr.; brothers Robert C. Brown, Virgil K. Brown, Roy L. Brown, Fred M. Brown and Charles W. Brown; sister, Patricia Ann Brown; and niece, Susie Quesenberry.

Those left to cherish her memory include husband, Bill F. Way; daughter, Patricia Ann Whitehair Cole and husband, John Albert, of Walterboro, S.C.; sons, Michael Eugene Whitehair and wife, Trish, of Sweenysburg and Timothy Mark Whitehair and wife, Barbie, of Mount Hope; granddaughters, Tiffany Dawn Whitehair of Walterboro, Bonnie June Cole of Walterboro, Brittany M. Whitehair of Sweenysburg, Torie N. Whitehair of Sweenysburg and Jennifer Whitehair of Mount Hope; grandsons, Jimmy Whitehair of Mount Hope and Brandon Whitehair of Mount Hope; sisters, Janet Louise Quesenberry of Bunker Hill and Linda Kay Hurd Meadows of Coal City; brother, Clayton Allen Brown and wife, Dorene, of Sand Branch; sisters-in-law, Dorothy Brown of Prosperity, Helen Brown Odenton, Md., and Jenny Brown of Albuquerque, N.M.; and several nieces and nephews.

Service will be 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 25, at Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley, with Pastor Fred Lovell officiating.

Burial will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Beckley.

Pallbearers will be Grant Scott, Tim Whitehair, Michael VonKampen, Henry Hutterman, Ken Meadows and Allen Bragg.

Friends may gather with the family 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 24, at the funeral home.

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

Arrangements by Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley.

Joyce Ann Schoolcraft-Williams Sr.



RAINELLE — Joyce Ann Schoolcraft-Williams Sr., 47, of Lilly Park, Rainelle, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2006, at St. Francis Hospital, Charleston, after a long illness.

Born Jan. 16, 1959, in Parkersburg, she was a daughter of the late Ola Schoolcraft Jr. and the late Niela June Longfellow Schoolcraft Cunningham.

She was also preceded in death by her grandfather, Ola Schoolcraft Sr.; grandmother, Myrl Schoolcraft; an aunt, Pearl Boggs and her husband, Bill; and her mother’s second husband, John Cunningham.

Joyce was a homemaker, a former journalist and a member of First Baptist Church of Rainelle where she served on the Board of Christian Education. She was also a 1977 graduate of Spencer High School and a graduate of Marshall University.

Survivors include her husband, Alan Dale Schoolcraft-Williams; daughter, Joyce Ann “J.J.” Schoolcraft-Williams II at home; sister, Karen L. O’Dell and her husband, Garrett, of Crawley and their children, Elaina Rose and Marshall Allen; grandmother, Elah Atkinson of Ripley; her aunt, Judi Carpenter and her husband, Conrad, of Silver Spring, Md; her uncle, Jimmy Craddock and his wife, Kathy, of Vienna; her aunt, Loretta Goodson and her husband, Bob, of Leroy and their children, Ruth Ann, Bob Jr., Jim and Rick; her aunt, Margaret Schreckenhost and her husband, Don, of Parkersburg and their children, Don and Tom; her aunt, Ernestine “Teenie” Morrison and her husband, William Burton, of St. Albans and their children, Gregory Alan Morrison and Deborah Lynn Jarvis; her uncle, John Schoolcraft and his wife, Carolyn, of Knoxville, Tenn.; her stepgrandmother, Bertha Schoolcraft of Roanoke, Va.; and her cousins, the children of Pearl and Bill Boggs, namely, Darlene, Billy, Eddie and David, all of Seth.

Service will be 1 p.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church of Rainelle with Pastors Charles Meadows, Keith Shumaker and Milton Ker officiating. Burial will follow in Wallace Memorial Cemetery, Clintonville.

Friends may call 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at the church.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial donations be made to either the Christian Life Center or the Scholarship Fund, both at First Baptist Church of Rainelle, 309 Seventh St., Rainelle, WV 25962.

Arrangements through Wallace and Wallace Funeral Home, Rainelle.