The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

November 26, 2006

Obituaries - Monday, November 27, 2006


Hazel Marie Bailey



DUNBAR — Hazel Marie Bailey, of Dunbar, passed away on Saturday morning, Nov. 25, 2006. Hazel was residing with her daughter, Janet, at the time of her death.

Hazel, daughter of the late Andy and Doma Richmond, was born on Nov. 6, 1921, at Packsville, WV, where she resided for 72 years before moving to Dunbar in 1993. Hazel loved the Lord and attended the Fairlawn Baptist Church where she was a very faithful steward of the church. Don and Mary Lanham faithfully brought her to church three times a week. Hazel enjoyed the senior fellowship on Wednesdays when she could play bingo and fellowship, taking with her her “covered dish.” She was a 50-year member of the Rebecca Lodge where she served in every office. Hazel served as treasurer and secretary at her church in Packsville.

Left to mourn her departure are two daughters: Deanna Bailey Lewis of Parkersburg, WV, Janet Bailey of Dunbar; one son, Neldon Bailey (Alice) of Lodi, Ohio. Also surviving are five grandchildren, Beth Lewis Minear (Bill) of Charleston, Tana Lewis Uhl (Michael) of Williamstown, WV, Glen Bailey (Victoria) of Lodi, OH, Lorinda Bailey Tagg (Robbie) of Mayfield Heights, OH, Jesse Bailey (Shannon) of Lodi, OH; eight great-grandchildren, Janie Beth and Annmarie Uhl, David and Billy Minear, Gabriel, Julian, Olivia and Joey Tagg. Hazel’s only brother, Sebert Richmond (Edna) of Cleveland, OH, and sister-in-law, Evelyn Waltz of Centerville, OH, and several nieces and nephews. There were very special people in her life: Curtis Hall, Connie, Bryan, Angie, all of Dunbar, and Michael Lewis of Greenville, NC, and many friends from Fairlawn Baptist Church, especially Don and Mary Lanham and Bobbie Jo who took her to church for many years.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Glen T. Bailey, in 1990, her only sister, Barbara Cloonan, in 2005 and her parents.

Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. today at Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar, with the Rev. Harold B. White, Jr., officiating. Interment will follow at the family cemetery in Raleigh County at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that a donation be made to the Fairlawn Baptist Church, 501 20th Street, Dunbar, WV 25064, c/o Dorris Barker.

Arrangements by Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar.

William Clyde ‘Bill’ Bailey



PINEVILLE — William Clyde “Bill” Bailey, 59, of Pineville, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Saturday, Nov. 25, 2006.

In keeping with his wishes there will be no services.

Memorial donations may be made to the Baileysville Baptist Church, Brenton, or Hospice of Southern WV, P.O. Box 1472, Beckley, WV 25802.

E-mail letters of sympathy may be sent at www.staffordfamilyfuneralhome.com.

The family is being served by the Stafford Family Funeral Home, Lynco.

Gilbert Pharee Dempsey



PRINCETON — Mr. Gilbert Pharee Dempsey, 73, of 206 Forest St., Princeton, died early Saturday morning, Nov. 25, 2006, at the Princeton Community Hospital following a long illness.

Born July 28, 1933, in Ohio County, Kentucky, he was the son of the late James Gilbert and Inez Carmen Dempsey.

Gilbert graduated from high school in Kentucky, received his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Kentucky, earned a Master’s Degree as well as a Ph.D. In Poetry Science/Ecominics from Ohio State University.

Gilbert served his country during the Korean Conflict with the U.S. Army, Tank Division.

Gilbert was very active in civic organization in the Princeton area; he was a member of the B.P.O.E. Lodge #1459 of Princeton, serving on various committees promoting the Elks program and for community involvement. He was a member of the Princeton Rotary Club for many years, and had served as its President in 1975-1976. Gilbert was very active with the Princeton Public Library; not only did he serve on the Board of Directors for many years, he served as its Director.

Many young people in the area will remember Mr. Demp-sey for his involvement with the Great Princeton Little League Organization; he along side of his wife, Bettie, Umpired hundreds of ballgames on all levels of play for a dozen of years. He also was associated with the Princeton Recreation Department for officiating Softball games for the City Leagues. The Dempsey family worked with many to help establish the Anderson Baseball Complex now at Gardner.

Mr. Dempsey will be remembered for many years with his association with the U.S. Forest Marketing Laboratory, at Gardner. For many years he was a Project Leader for many programs and later was named as its Director, a position he held until his retirement in 1994. Gilbert was of the Baptist Faith.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his daughter-in-law, Melissa Ann Rowe Lester Dempsey, and a sister, Bernice Dempsey Thiem.

Survivors include his loving and caring wife of 53 years, Bettie Joyce Miller Dempsey; his faithful children, Joyce Faye Dempsey Craft and husband Bernard “Butch” and Michael Pharee Dempsey, all of Princeton; three grandchildren that he adored very much, Lee Craft, Kimberlee Ann Craft, and Destiny Faye Dempsey; two great-grandchildren, Jason Lee Craft and Wyatt Alexander Meadows; and his only brother, James Kenneth Dempsey and wife Sue of Waynesboro, Texas.

On Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2006, at 1:00 p.m., we will celebrate a life well lived for Mr. Gilbert Dempsey from the Burns Wornal Chapel of the Memorial Funeral Directory on the Athens Road in Princeton with Dave Martins and Charlie Mathena as the speakers. Burial will follow in the Garden of Everlasting Life, in the Roselawn Memorial Gardens on the Courthouse Road in Princeton.

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

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

Serving as Pallbearers will be Floyd Timson, Wayne Nolley, Dave Martin, Bruce Hanson, Bernard “Butch” Craft and Lee Craft, while Michael Christian, Jason Craft and Michael Dempsey will walk in front of the pallbearers while carrying Mr. Dempsey to his resting place.

The Dempsey Family is being served by the Memorial Funeral Directory & Cremation Center on the Athens Road in Princeton.

Phyllis Goode Green



FLORAHOME, Fla. — Phyllis Gail Goode Green, 40, of Florahome, Fla., formerly of Tralee, died Saturday, Nov. 25, 2006, at Haven Hospice Roberts Care Center, Palatka, Fla., following a short illness.

Arrangements by Tankersley Funeral Home, Mullens.

Kyle David Harper Jr.



Kyle David Harper, Jr., 76, of Greystone Inn, Beaver, formerly of Pine Street, Beckley, died on Sunday, Nov. 26, 2006, in a local hospital.

Arrangements by Calfee Funeral Home, Beckley.

Clifford Ray Hatcher



GLEN MORGAN — Clifford Ray Hatcher, 71, of Glen Morgan, passed away Friday, Nov. 24, 2006, of natural causes.

He was born Dec. 29, 1934, in Summers County, the son of the late Cecil Ray Hatcher and Sylvia Jane Adkins Hatcher, both of Glen Morgan.

He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Bonnie Mae Johnson Hatcher at home; his son, Dana Lee Hatcher at home; brother, Eugene E. Hatcher of Glen Morgan; a sister, Bertha E. Bowling of Old Eccles Road. Clifford loved all of his many nieces and nephews as well as a large family of friends. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, and all of the outdoors. He very much enjoyed helping others through good times and bad and was always reliable. Clifford was a happy person and was a friend to all in the community.

He was a retired employee of Perry and Hylton Coal Company and was a proud member of the UMWA.

Funeral services will be conducted at 3 p.m. on Tuesday at the Rose and Quesenberry Peace Chapel in Beckley, with Evangelist Bob Pulliam officiating. Burial will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens in Prosperity.

Friends may call from 1 p.m. until the time of service on Tuesday.

Pallbearers will be Michael Hatcher, Gary Hatcher, Kim Reed, David Cox, Bill Shrewsbury, and Robbie Shrewsbury. Honorary pallbearers will be Wayne Lusk, Trent Jewett, Gary Osborne, and Tommy Osborne.

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

Arrangements by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, Beckley.

Patti Hatcher



Patti Hatcher, 49, of 283 Redden Ridge, Beaver, died Sunday, Nov. 26, 2006, following a brief illness.

Arrangements by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home in Shady Spring.

Riley Edward Ingole Sr.



GHENT — Riley Edward Ingole, Sr., 65, of Ghent, died Thursday, Nov. 23, 2006, at the Raleigh General Hospital in Beckley, following a long illness.

Born at Ghent on March 6, 1941, he was the son of the late Eldridge T. and Rose Marie Griffith Ingole.

Mr. Ingole was a retired security guard, and had made his home in Chicago, Ill., for over 40 years. He had made his home at Ghent for the past three years.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Robert Ingole.

Survivors include his daughter, Vivian Cox and her husband Paul of Chicago, Ill.; a son, Riley E. Ingole, Jr., of Lake Placid, Fla.; brothers, Eldridge Ingole and wife Shirley of Beckley, Roger Ingole and wife Shirley of Ghent, and Ronald Ingole of Woodstock, Ill.; sisters, Janet Burgess and husband Tom of Chicago, Ill., and Sharon Rivera of Rockford, Ill.; and two grandchildren, Timothy Cox and Lacyann Cox.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home Shady Spring Chapel, with Rev. Ron Browning officiating. Entombment will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens Mausoleum at Prosperity.

Friends may call from 11 a.m. until service time on Tuesday.

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

Arrangements by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home at Shady Spring.

Wilma Lee LaDoucer



MULLENS — Wilma Lee LaDoucer, 76, of Mullens, died at her home on Friday, Nov. 24, 2006.

Born May 13, 1930, at Mt. View, she was the daughter of the late James Phillip and Elizabeth Jane Basham Lester.

Wilma lived in Mullens for 43 years and was a homemaker and a member of the Highland Avenue Baptist Church of Mullens. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and sister to her family. She was a loyal friend to many. She regularly fed the birds and loved to watch them in her yard. She doted on her grandchildren and cherished her time with them. Over the years, she had many pets and loved her time with them. She enjoyed calling friends and family and is now rejoicing in Heaven with those who were waiting for her.

In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her husband, Lewis C. LaDoucer; two sisters, Georgia Hypes and Glema Lester; and one brother, James Lester.

Those left to cherish her memory include four daughters, Susan Hall and her husband Garrett of Bradley, Debra LaDoucer of Charleston, Kathy Manning and her husband Clark of Oceana, and Lisa Taylor and her husband R. Clark of Lynchburg, Va.; seven grandchildren, David Hall and his wife Terra, Jimmy Hall and his wife Amber, Lauren Manning, Jordan Manning, Samantha Taylor, Daniel Taylor, and Benjamin Taylor; two great-grandchildren, Faith Hall and Elena Hall; three sisters, Edna Myles and Dorothy Massie and her husband Dean, all of Daniels, and Francis Chapman and her husband Jack of Shady Spring. She will be sadly missed by all, especially her faithful companions, Missy and Hunter.

Services will be 1 p.m. today at the Highland Avenue Baptist Church, Mullens, with Rev. John J. Rinehart officiating. Burial will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Beckley.

Friends may call one hour prior to services at the church.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

In lieu of flowers, donations of sympathy may be made to the Highland Avenue Baptist Church, 317 Highland Ave., Mullens, WV 25882.

Arrangements by Tankersley Funeral Home, Mullens.

Elva G. Bailey Mills



BASIN — Mrs. Elva G. Bailey Mills, 78, of Peaks Ridge, went on home to her heavenly home to be with her Lord and her husband Amos on Friday, Nov. 24, 2006, at her home, following a long illness.

Born June 22, 1928, at Beartown, she was the daughter of the late Allen and Gladys Stanley Bailey. Elva was a member of the Basin Freewill Baptist Church at Basin and was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, Great-Grandmother and sister. She was loved and blessed by all who met her.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband of 43 years, Amos S. Mills, on Sept. 18, 1987, and one sister-in-law, Shelby Bailey.

Survivors include children, Dwight Mills and wife Beverly of Basin, Roger Mills and wife Shirley of Basin, Kathy Shrewsbury and husband Ceberd of Basin, Donna Foley and husband Lacy of Basin, and Billy Mills and wife Phyllis of Basin; 16 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; six stepgrandchildren; 11 stepgreat-grandchildren; brothers, Silas Bailey and wife Lillian of Beartown, Jack Bailey of Crumpler, and Robert Bailey and wife Shirley of Matoaka; her Family whom she loved dearly at the Basin Freewill Baptist Church; and her caregivers of community Hospice of America from Beckley.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2006, at 1:00 p.m. from the Basin Freewill Baptist Church at Basin with Rev. Hugh McKinney and Rev. Grant Prince officiating. Burial will follow in the Mitchell-McKinney Cemetery on Peaks Ridge in Basin. Friends may call today after 6:00 p.m. at the home of 44 years on Peaks Ridge.

Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

Family and friends may share online condolence via www.memorialfd.com.

The Mills family is being served by the Memorial Funeral Directory & Cremation Center on the Athens Road in Princeton.

Roger Earl Nicewander



FLAT TOP — Roger Earl Nicewander, 61, of Flat Top Lake, Beckley, WV, died Saturday, Nov. 25, 2006, at his home.

Born Jan. 23, 1945, in Bluefield, WV, he was a son of the late Robert and Hazel Fisher Nicewander.

Roger was the founder and owner of Asphalt Driveways located in Bluefield, WV.

Survivors include two children: a son, Roger Dwayne Nicewander of Bluefield, a daughter, Rhonda Neal and husband Mike of Beckley, WV; a brother, Walter Nicewander of Bluefield, WV; and four grandchildren, Allison Nicewander, Davey Nicewander both of Bluefield, WV, Crystal Anderson of Morrisville, NC, Briana Neal of Beckley, WV; and a loving friend, Cheri Lambert of Bluefield, WV.

Funeral services for Roger will be conducted Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2006, at 1:00 p.m. from the Mercer Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Jeff Beckett officiating. Burial will follow from the Roselawn Memorial Gardens Cemetery located in Princeton. Serving the family as pallbearers will be friends of the family.

Friends may call at the funeral home today, Nov. 27, 2006, from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m.

Those wishing to share memories or condolence messages with the Nicewander family may do so by visiting www.MercerFuneralHome. com.

Mercer Funeral Home & Crematory is assisting the Nicewander family with arrangements.

Alisha Dawn (Sha) Overstreet



ALDERSON — Alisha Dawn (Sha) Overstreet, 18, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2006.

Service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Longanacre Funeral Home Chapel, Fairlea. Friends may call from 6 until 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Arrangements by Longanacre Funeral Home, Fairlea.

Ruby H. Perkins



Mrs. Ruby H. Perkins, 88, of the Heartland of Beckley Care Facility, Beckley, formerly of Princeton, died Sunday, Nov. 26, 2006, at her residence.

Arrangements are incomplete at the Memorial Funeral Directory & Cremation Center, Athens Road, Princeton.

Margaret Elizabeth Richards Pio



Margaret Elizabeth Richards Pio, 89, of Shady Spring, died Saturday, Nov. 25, 2006, in a local hospital, after a long illness.

Arrangements by Calfee Funeral Home, Beckley.

Carla Sue Ponder



LEWISBURG — Carla Sue Ponder, 56, of Lewisburg, died Nov. 25, 2006.

Graveside service will be 11 a.m. today at the Gaunch Family Cemetery at Walton.

Arrangements by Morgan Funeral Home, Lewisburg.

Robert Michael Protka



OAK HILL — Robert Michael Protka departed this world Nov. 23, 2006, at his home in Oak Hill.

Those left to cherish his memory include his mother, Helen Protka; sisters, Pat Larocco and husband Bo of Oak Hill and P.K. Bleich and husband Roger of Kansas City, Mo.; nephews, Rick Kinder of Oxford, NC, and Justin Bleich; niece, Sheila Bleich of Kansas City, Mo.; and a favorite cousin, Rhonda Protka.

A gathering of friends and family to say goodbye will be held at High Lawn Funeral Home this evening at 6 until 8 p.m.

Donations of sympathy can be made to the First Brethren Church or the Fayette County Animal Shelter.

Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home of Oak Hill.

Leah Rapp



STRANGE CREEK — Leah Rapp, 98, of Strange Creek, formerly of Widen, passed away Saturday, Nov. 25, 2006.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Powell Mountain Baptist Church. Friends may call at the White Funeral Home today from 6 until 8 p.m.

Arrangements by White Funeral Home at Summersville.

Irma Mae Haynes Sanford



RAINELLE — Irma Mae Haynes Sanford, 79, of Rainelle, passed away Saturday, Nov. 25, 2006, at Greenbrier Valley Medical Center in Fairlea, after a short illness.

Born Feb. 8, 1927, in Russellville, she was the daughter of the late Lawrence Orion and Myrtle Susan Nutter Haynes.

She was a former clerk in the housewares department at Aide’s Discount Store and a personal caregiver for the elderly. Her hobbies were embroidering, crocheting, and quilting.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Neville Edgar Sanford, in 1984; three sisters, Vielda Marie Haynes, Esther Stewart, and Alta Dorsey; and a brother, Denvin Haynes.

Survivors include two daughters, Kathy Sue Nutter of Meadow Bridge and Ronda Ann Lilly of London, Ky.; two sisters, Donna Maxine Gaye of Orlando, Fla., and Eileen Haynes Nutter of Ravenswood; one brother, Olin Haynes of Russellville; and six grandchildren, J.R. Clark, Jarred Wayne Nutter, Christopher Ryan Neal, Joshua Alan Neal, Samantha Erin Neal, and Triston Anthony Lilly.

Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1, 2006, at the Wallace Memorial Mausoleum in Clintonville, with the Rev. Mike Tincher officiating.

Friends may call from 6 until 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 30, 2006, at the Wallace and Wallace Funeral Home.

Arrangements by Wallace and Wallace, Inc., of Rainelle.

Sara Jane Truman



Sara Jane Jenkins Truman, of Daniels, died Saturday, Nov. 25, 2006.

In keeping with her wishes there will be no services or visitation.

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary, Beckley.

Emma Virginia Shaloski Watters



OAK HILL — Emma Virginia Shaloski Watters, 73, of Oak Hill, passed away Sunday, Nov. 26, 2006, at her home, following a lengthy illness.

Born Aug. 1, 1933, at Pulaski, Va., she was the daughter of the late Felix and Gertrude Phillips Shaloski.

Emma was a retired teller having worked at Bank One with 22 1/2 years of service. She was a member of the Oak Hill Church of the Nazarene, and was a 1951 graduate of Kingston High School.

Other than her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Bernard Shaloski.

Survivors include her daughters, Susan E. Watters of Richmond, Va., and Lisa A. Neely and husband Melvin of Huntsville, Texas; four grandchildren, Michael Shane Protka and Summer Nicole Protka of Richmond, Va., and Brandon Scott and Melissa Dawn Neely of Huntsville, Texas; great-grandchildren, Brandon Scott Neely, II, Breanna Leigh, and Autumn Skye Neely of Huntsville, Texas; sister-in-law, Willard Shaloski of Easley, SC; and sister, Lorraine Shaloski of Indiana.

Services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at Tyree Funeral Home Chapel in Oak Hill, with Pastor Jerry Bush officiating. Burial will follow in the High Lawn Memorial Park in Oak Hill.

Friends may call from 10 until 11 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

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

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home of Oak Hill.

Delphia Faye Burgess Webb



WHITESVILLE — Delphia Faye Burgess Webb, 70, of Artie, went to be with the Lord on Nov. 24, 2006, at her home in Whites-ville.

She was born June 17, 1936, at Artie, the daughter of the late Hugh and Lucinda Workman Burgess.

She attended the Freewill Baptist Church, Naoma.

She was preceded in death by five sisters, Vauda Golden, Loretta Walkner, Virginia Dunbar, Mabel Stover, and Wilma Talbalkar; and three brothers, Normal, Woodrow, and Leo Bur-gess. She was the last surviving member of the Burgess family.

Survivors include her husband of 25 years, Buddy G. Webb of Whitesville; two sons, Dennis and wife Barbara Meador of Whitesville and Randy Webb of Maple Fork; two daughters, Denise Cook of Crab Orchard and Debbie and husband Harless Adkins of Beckley; seven grandchildren, Michelle and Shawn Adkins, Jeremy Payne, Mark and Matthew Cooper, Jacob Meador, and Michael Webb; and one great-grandson, Jeremy Ryan Payne, Jr.

Service will be 1 p.m. today at Valley Funeral Home Chapel, Whitesville, with the Rev. David Cook and Rev. Tim Barton officiating. Burial will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Prosperity.

Pallbearers will be Shawn Adkins, Gary Stover, Brian West, Ronnie Jenkins, Glenn Duncan, and William “Hot Rod” White.

Arrangements by Valley Funeral Home, Whitesville.