The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

February 2, 2007

Obituaries--Saturday, February 3, 2007


Barbara Anderson



Barbara Anderson, 73, of 150 Autumn Lane, Beckley, passed away Thursday, Feb. 1, 2007, at Beckley Appalachian Regional Hospital following an extended illness.

Services entrusted to Ritchie and Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.

Glenn Ray Bennett



Glenn Ray Bennett, 44, of Beckley, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2007, as a result of a work-related accident.

He was born Sept. 10, 1962, and was the son of Zachariah and Nancy Bennett.

Glenn served with the U.S. Army in the Air Assault Division, and was based in Korea and Fort Campbell, Ky. He also served in the National Guard.

Glenn enjoyed hunting, fishing and auto restoration. He also loved Harley Davidsons and working with computers.

He attended Woodrow Wilson High School, completed truck driving school, played Little League Baseball and midget league football, and played the trumpet in Park Junior High School’s band.

Glenn was a propane specialist at Thompson Gas and Appalachian Heating.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Paula Bennett; maternal grandfather, R.T. Bergendahl; paternal grandparents, James F. Bennett and Georgia Kidwell; and an aunt, Connie Thompson.

Those left to cherish his memory include his parents, Zachariah and Nancy Bennett; wife, Robin Bennett; daughters, Danielle and Amanda Bennett, both at home, and Dawn Spencer of Farmington, N.Y.; son, Jeffrey Hightshoe of Hutsonville, Ill.; grandmother, Athylene Bergendahl of Beckley; father and mother-in-law, Perry and Corena Lusk of Farmington, N.Y.; four brothers-in-law; three sisters-in-law; numerous nieces, nephews, family and friends; and a special uncle, Jimmy Bennett and wife, Sandra, of Port Orange, Fla.

Service will be 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 5, at Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley, with Pastor Ronnie Stapleton officiating. Entombment will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Beckley.

Friends may gather with the family 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.blueridgefuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by Blue Ridge Funeral Home, 5251 Robert C. Byrd Drive, Beckley.

Thomas L. ‘Tommy’ Bratton Jr.



WHARTON — Thomas L. “Tommy” Bratton Jr., 68, of Wharton, passed away Friday, Feb. 2, 2007, at Raleigh General Hospital, Beckley.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas, Sr., and Mary Ethel Waller Bratton.

He was a retired coal miner and a member of the UMWA. He was also a Navy veteran. He was a member of Barrett Church of the Nazarene and was an extra class Ham Radio operator.

He is survived by his wife, Shir-ley; son and daughter-in-law, Thomas L. Bratton III and Sue of Beckley; daughter, Tina and Teddy Slone of Wharton; sisters, Jeraldine Dunn and Judy Carr, both of Middletown, Ohio; five grandchildren, Allison and Randy Clenemts of Savannah, Ga., Matthew and Laura Slone of Wharton and Shaleena Bratton of Beckley; three great-grandchildren, Virginia, Logan and Morgan of Savannah; and a stepgrandchild, Capts. Donnie Joe Hurt and his wife, HwaJin, of Baghdad, Iraq.

Service will be 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 5, at Handley Funeral Home, Danville, with the Rev. Howard Sparks officiating. Burial will follow in Danville Memorial Park, Danville.

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

You may express your condolences to the family at www.handleyfh.com.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Barrett Nazarene Church Youth Group, Attn. Betty Stewart, HC 78 Box 4080, Wharton, WV 25208.

Arrangements by Handley Funeral Home, Danville.

Oliver Lamar Burgess



OAK HILL — Oliver Lamar Burgess, 70, of Oak Hill, passed away Thursday, Feb. 1, 2007.

Service will be 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 4, at High Lawn Funeral Chapel, Oak Hill. Friends may call one hour before service at the funeral chapel.

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

Frederick Allen ‘Fred’ Burroughs



Frederick Allen “Fred” Burroughs, 51, of Cool Ridge, was killed in the Ghent Little General explosion on Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2007, doing what he always did, helping his community.

Born in Beckley on Dec. 21, 1955, he was the son of Betty Jean Burroughs of Cool Ridge and the late Martin D. “Mike” Burroughs Sr.

Fred graduated from Shady Spring High School in 1974, where he was an outstanding basketball and football player. He was inducted into the school’s Football Hall of Fame in 1995.

His love for sports led him to spend 25 years as a high school basketball and football official in the Sou-thern Coalfield Officials Board. He counted it a privilege to have officiated six West Virginia State High School Basketball tournaments in Charleston. He was named West Virginia Official of the Year in 2003.

As captain with the Ghent Volunteer Fire Department, he spent over 30 years saving lives, homes and helping his community. He loved the fire department and his brothers and sisters who also put their lives on the line every time the tone came and all of the good work they were able to provide to the community. Fred had spent six years as fire chief and currently served on the Board of Directors.

Fred had been a building inspector for the Raleigh County Code Enforcement Department for almost six years. He enjoyed his job and traveling throughout the county meeting the contractors and homeowners.

Fred attended Victory Baptist Church. He was an avid outdoorsman on the Vince Miller farm. He loved to hunt with his son and to just be in the woods taking numerous walks with his wife and children. He was also an avid NASCAR fan and loved to watch his daughter play basketball for Victory Baptist Academy.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by his soul mate who worshiped him, his wife, Hazel Redden Burroughs; their children whom he cherished and adored, Christopher Allen and Lindsay Pauline, both at home; a brother, Mike Burroughs Jr. and wife, Ginny, of Mount Hope; sisters, Elizabeth Ann Tolbert and husband, Ed, of Fayetteville, Billie Jo Morgan and husband, Donnie, of Bradley and Catherine “Cathy” Hurst and husband, James, of Fairfax, Va.; his mother and father-in-law, Glenville and Mary Redden of Beaver; a sister-in-law, Glenna Redden of Daytona Beach, Fla.; close friend, Bob Shiflett and wife, Terry, of Crab Orchard; nieces and nephews, Nick Nixon, David Nixon, Dawn Honeycutt, Michael Morgan, Caron Morgan and Nikki Lowery; an uncle and two aunts.

Fred loved life, loved his family, was a devoted husband and father, but he also loved volunteering in his community. He would not want this accident to deter anyone from continuing the work or joining in the work that he along with others have spent their life building in the Ghent Volunteer Fire Department.

Service with full fireman’s honors will be 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 4, at the Victory Baptist Church Academy Gymnasium with Dr. Rollan Roberts officiating. Burial will follow in Calfee Cemetery on Mount Tabor Road, Beckley.

Friends may call 3 to 8 p.m. today at the Victory Baptist Church Academy Gymnasium.

Official pallbearers will be Bob Shiflett, Pat Fragile, Vince Miller, Jimmy Coleman, Ray Adkins and Danny Knight.

Honorary pallbearers will be the volunteer firemen of the Ghent Volunteer Fire Department.

Donations of sympathy may be made to the family, the Ghent Volunteer Fire Department, attention: David Shrewsbury, Box 99, Ghent, W.Va. 25843, or Victory Baptist Academy at P.O. Box 549, Beaver, W.Va. 25813, or the Lindsay Burroughs Scholarship Fund, in care of First Community Bank, 50 Brookshire Lane, Beckley, W.Va. 25801.

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

Arrangements by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, Shady Spring.

Lee Roy Dancy



Lee Roy Dancy, 35, of Daniels, died Saturday, Jan. 27, 2007, in a Beckley hospital.

Born Oct. 10, 1971, in Beckley, he was the son of the late Fred and Betty Dancy.

Mr. Dancy worked in security most of his life and was of the Baptist faith.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, John Dancy.

Survivors include his companion, Lori Treadway of Daniels; his son, Andrew Treadway at home; daughters, Andrea Treadway at home and Candace Dancy and her mother, Patricia Dancy, of Crab Orchard; a sister, Kay Mills and her husband, James, of Sophia; a brother, Ralph Cooper and his wife, Lawanda, of Sophia; several nieces, nephews, and a host of friends.

Service will be 11 a.m. today at Calfee Funeral Home Chapel, Beckley, with the Rev. Donald Cook officiating. Burial will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Beckley.

Friends of the family will serve as pallbearers.

An online guest book is available at www.calfeefh.com.

Arrangements by Calfee Funeral Home, Beckley.

Craig Lawrence ‘Toad’ Dorsey II



Craig Lawrence “Toad” Dorsey II, 24, of Midway, was tragically taken from his family and friends while in the line of duty on Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2007.

Born Dec. 8, 1982, he was the son of Craig Dorsey and Kathy Sizemore.

Craig was a 2001 graduate of Independence High School. He was a volunteer fireman with the Coal City Fire Department and an EMT at the Ghent Volunteer Fire Department. He was a devoted member of the Beckley Masonic Lodge.

Craig was preceded in death by maternal grandfather, Cleadies Mills; and paternal grandfather, Larry Farley.

Those left to cherish his memory include his son, William Tyler Gray Dorsey at home; fiancee, LeeAnne Salomon of Midway; Bill and Cheryl Salomon of Summersville; parents, Craig Dorsey and Priscilla of Beckley; Kathy Sizemore and Mark of MacArthur; maternal grandmother, Mary Mills of MacArthur; paternal grandmother, Janet Farley of Beckley; paternal grandfather, James Dorsey of Virginia; uncle, Jim Mills and wife, Kay, of Sophia; cousins, Jimmy and Brian Mills of Sophia; brother, Chris; and sisters, Moniquie, Domiquie, Tabitha and Jessica.

Service will be 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 5, at the Family Worship Center, Beckley, with Pastor Larry Cochran officiating. Burial will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Beckley.

Friends may gather with the family 4 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the Family Worship Center.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.blueridgefuneralhome.com.

In lieu of flowers, donations of sympathy may be made at any City National Bank location to the William Tyler Gray Dorsey Memorial Fund.

Arrangements by Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley.

Margaret Ethel Ferguson



Margaret Ethel Ferguson, 80, of Crab Orchard, died Thursday, Feb. 1, 2007, in a Charles Town care facility after a long illness.

Arrangements by Calfee Funeral Home, Beckley.

Joseph Robert Gill



CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. — Joseph Robert Gill, 82, of 105 Almetta Drive, Christiansburg, formerly of Hinton, died at 8:20 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2007, in Salem Nursing and Rehabilitation Center at Salem, Va., following a long illness.

Born May 14, 1924, in Hinton, he was the son of the late Raymond & Dulcie Gilpin Gill.

Joe was retired from ALCOA Aluminum Corp. in Cleveland, Ohio. He was a United States Marine Corps veteran of World War II, having served in the Pacific Theater. He was of the Baptist faith and lived in Summers County for many years.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Sandy Williams; five brothers, Arnold, Everette, Donald, Roger and Bernie Gill; and two sisters, Gertrude Buckland and Kathleen Buckland.

Survivors include three sons, Mark Gill of Christiansburg, David Gill of Lawrence, Kan., and Jeff Gray of Richmond, Va.; three daughters, Jo Ann Richmond of Forest Hill, Donna Mize of Hinton and Ruth Elaine Gill of Lawrence; and several grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Service will be 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 4, at Pivont Funeral Home Chapel, Hinton, with Pastor Jeff Canterbury officiating. Burial will follow in Upland Cemetery near Hinton.

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

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

Online condolences may be sent at pivontfuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by Pivont Funeral Home, Hinton.

Ruth P. Gills



On Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2007, with her loving family by her side, Ruth P. Gills of Crab Orchard passed away at her home. She was in her 90th year.

Born Ruth Hollan Pruett on Jan. 21, 1917, at Bluefield, she was the youngest of three daughters born to the late Dexter and Ollie Lambert Pruett.

Ruth spent her childhood on Princeton Avenue in Bluefield. She came to Beckley in the early 1940s, settling in the Carter Addition of Crab Orchard in 1951. A member of Hilltop Baptist Church, in later years she attended Tilden Community Church and Cornerstone Freewill Baptist Church with her families. A sales clerk at JC Penney on Neville Street, she retired in 1982. After her retirement, she and her husband Clarence enjoyed traveling. Mr. Gills died in 1985. She immensely enjoyed being with her family.

In addition to her parents and her husband, she was preceded in death by a grandson, Jimmy “J.B.” Brown, in 1991, and a granddaughter, Michele Leigh Meadows, in 1975; and two sisters, Ethel Arrington and Lucille Umberger.

Ruth was the beloved mother of Janet Brown and her husband, Jim, and Linda Sue “Susie” Meadows and her husband, Jim, all of Crab Orchard; the loving “Nanny” of four grandchildren, Kim Schultz and her husband, Paul, of Bourbonnais, Ill., Sherri Burleson and her husband, Andy, and Deborah Joy Fleming and her husband, Kevin, all of Crab Orchard, and Howard Page Meadows and his wife, Becky, of Hinton; the dear great-grandmother of Erin and Michael Paul Schultz, Tiffany, Brittany and James Brandon Meadows, and Devin Fleming; a great-great-granddaughter, Alexis Marie; special grandmother to Susie Fama and her husband, Andy, and their daughter, Ashley, all of Beckley; and two nieces, Barbara Ruth Belcher of Bluefield and Billie Jean Umberger of Princeton.

Service will be 3 p.m. today at Melton Mortuary Chapel, Beckley, with the Revs. Roger Tolliver and Jack Barber officiating. Burial will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Beckley.

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

Pallbearers will be grandsons.

In lieu of flowers, donations of sympathy can be made to the Lucy Bowers Hospice House, Attn: Hospice of Southern West Virginia, P.O. Box 1472, Beckley, WV 25802.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at melton@wvdsl.net.

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary, Beckley.

Angela Dawn Hill



ANSTED — Angela Dawn Hill, 33, of Ansted, suddenly passed away Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2007, at the home of her mother in Ansted.

She was born Oct. 17, 1973, in Beckley, and was a daughter of Linda Stone Barton of Ansted and Larry Light of Fayetteville.

She was preceded in death by her grandmothers, Isabelle Light and Margie Stone.

She was employed as a cook at Hawks Nest State Park.

Survivors include her mother, Linda Barton and her husband, Bob, of Ansted; father, Larry Light and his wife, Sharon, of Fayetteville; two sons, Garrett Blevins and Colton Blevins of Hilton Village; and grandfather, Carl Stone of Ansted.

Memorial service will be held at a later date. The body was cremated by request of the family.

Wallace and Wallace Funeral Home, Ansted, is in charge of the arrangements.

Paul Allen Kesler Sr.



CASS — Paul Allen Kesler Sr., 76, of Cass, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2007.

Service will be 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Wallace and Wallace Funeral Chapel, Arbovale. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral chapel.

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

Wallace and Wallace Funeral Home, Arbovale, is in charge of arrangements.

Anna Marie Lilly



RUPERT — Anna Marie Lilly, 63, of Rupert, passed away Thursday, Feb. 1, 2007, at Greenbrier Valley Medical Center in Fairlea following a sudden illness.

Arrangements by Wallace and Wallace Funeral Home, Rainelle.

Helen Margaret Altizer Lusk



FANROCK — Helen Margaret Altizer Lusk, 87, of Fanrock, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, Feb. 1, 2007, at McDowell County Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Gary, following a long illness.

She was born July 25, 1919, at Bearwallow, Va., the daughter of the late John and Virginia Altizer.

Helen was a faithful member of Brier Creek Tabernacle for 64 years. She enjoyed church, crocheting and quilting. Helen also enjoyed the outdoors and playing with her great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Lusk was preceded in death by her loving husband of 49 years, the Rev. Raymond Lusk; two sisters, M’ledge Altizer and Opal Thomas and husband, George; three brothers-in-law, Carmel Short, Glen Lusk and Jake Thomas; a great-grandson, Bryndon Wesley Berkhead; and a great-granddaughter, Angie Short Terigerson.

Survivors include two daughters, Sue Berkhead and husband, Bob, and Betty Short and husband, Curtis; two sons, Neil Lusk and wife, Sheila, and Wendell Lusk and wife, Cam; grandchildren, Wesley Berkhead and wife, Stephanie, Dale Lusk and wife, Michelle, Wendy Davis and husband, Chris, Matthew Lusk, Sean Lusk and wife, Janet, Christie Kushner and husband, Noah, Cody Lusk, Larry Short and wife, Connie, Kathy Hewitt and husband, Owen, Jerry Short and wife, Vickie, Terry Short and wife, Donna, and Karen Balsamo and husband, Larry; 21 great-grandchildren; 15 great-great-grandchildren; along with a host of other family and friends who loved her dearly.

Service will be 1 p.m. Sunday at Brier Creek Tabernacle with the Rev. Ralph Whitten, the Rev. Tim Kennedy and the Rev. Randy Lusk officiating. Burial will follow in Altizer Family Cemetery, Fanrock.

Friends may call 11 a.m. until time of service Sunday at the church.

Pallbearers will be family and friends.

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

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

Macil Blanche Mann



Macil Blanche Mann, 89, of Daniels, died Friday, Feb. 2, 2007, at Raleigh General Hospital following a long illness.

Arrangements by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, Beckley.

Okey ‘Junebug’ McMillion



GLEN FORK — Okey “Junebug” McMillion, of Glen Fork, departed this life Thursday, Feb. 1, 2007, at the age of 49 years, one month and 14 days at Raleigh General Hospital following a short illness.

Born Dec. 18, 1957, he was the son of the late Okey and Winnie McMillion.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by Floyd and Marie McMillion, who raised him; a brother, Richard McMillion; two sisters, Elsie McMillion and JoAnn Vandle; and two nephews, Joey Gunter and Richard “Dick” McMillion.

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife of 26 years, Linda Sue McMillion; a son, Okey “Row” McMillion of Glen Fork; two daughters, Linda “Punkin” Brown and her husband, James Brown Jr., of Glen Fork and Melissa McMillion and her companion, Free Backus, of Glen Fork; two brothers, Franklin “Jimmy” McMillion and his wife, Linda, of Ravencliff and Charles McMillion and his wife, Patricia, of Glen Fork; two sisters, Nettie Gunter and her husband, Joe, of Riverside Rest and Linda Wiker and her husband, Mike, of Lexington, N.C.; special friends, David and Doreen Hager of Glen Fork; and a host of family and friends.

A celebration of Okey’s life will be noon Sunday at Ark of Safety, Glen Fork, with the Rev. Herman Cook and the Rev. Dennie Browning officiating. Burial will follow in Adkins Cemetery, Glen Fork.

Casketbearers will be family and friends.

The family will receive friends 6 to 9 p.m. today at the church.

A video tribute and guestbook are available at www.adamtolermemorialfuneralhome.com.

Services entrusted to Adam Toler Memorial Funeral Home, Oceana.

Goldie Payne



Goldie Payne, 87, of Coal City, passed away Friday, Feb. 2, 2007.

Arrangements by Williams-Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Sophia.

Ila Delcie Perdue



DANVILLE, Va. — Ila Delcie Perdue, 89, of Danville, formerly of Beckley, died Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2007, at Moorehead Rehabilitation Center in Eden, N.C., following a short illness.

Born in Beckley on Dec. 23, 1917, she was the daughter of the late Walter and Rosa Wills Hatcher.

She was retired from the Salem, Va., Holiday Inn as a hostess, and formerly attended Beaver United Methodist Church.

She had made her home at Danville for the past nine years.

Mrs. Perdue was preceded in death by her first husband, Chester L. Smith; her second husband, Andrew Perdue; two brothers, Edward and Harrison Hatcher; and a sister, Irene Fay DiMeglio.

Survivors include her daughter, Linda Greene and husband, Roy, of Danville; a son, Ronnie L. Smith and wife, Joan, of Hinton; seven grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

Service will be 1 p.m. Tuesday at Rose and Quesenberry Peace Chapel, Beckley, with the Rev. Allan Copenhaver officiating. Burial will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Beckley.

Friends may call 6 to 9 p.m. Monday 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, Beckley.

Jeffrey Lee ‘Buckwheat’ Treadway



Jeffrey Lee “Buckwheat” Treadway, 21, of Beckley, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2007, due to injuries sustained during the disaster which occurred in Ghent.

Born March 2, 1985, he was the son of Mike and Betty Treadway.

Jeffrey was an avid hunter and fisherman and enjoyed farming and working at Appalachian Heating. He was a graduate of Independence High School and the Academy of Careers and Technology. He held certifications as an electrical journeyman and HVAC technician. Jeffrey was a member of Bible Baptist Church of MacArthur.

Jeffrey was preceded in death by grandfathers, William Maurice Dodson of Renick, George Allen Treadway Junior of Sprague and Wayne Earl Pettry of Beckley; and grandmother, Evelyn Treadway Pettry of Beckley.

Those left to cherish his memory include his parents, Mike and Betty Treadway of Beckley; brother, Michael Allen Treadway Jr. of Beckley; fiancee, Brookyln Addair Attilli of Camp Creek; grandmother, Brownie Hayes Dodson of Maxwelton; aunts, Pat McClintic and husband, Bedford, of Lewisburg and Suzy Keaton of Beckley; cousins, Andrew Maurice McClintic of Charlottesville, Va., Debbie McClintic of Lewisburg, Charlie Keaton of Pineville, Amanda Keaton of Beckley, Savannah and Sarah Keffer of Lewisburg, Kalysta Keaton of Beckley and Jackson Wayne Keaton of Pineville; and special friends, Patrick Snuffer, Timmy Toney and Jerome Fruit.

He also leaves behind many other friends and loved ones who will cherish his memory.

Service will be 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb, 4, at Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley, with the Rev. Wayne Holder and Ernie Moye Jr. officiating. Burial will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Beckley.

Pallbearers will be Jay Loudermilk, David Poff, Mike Mitchem, Brett Buchanan, Charlie Keaton and Patrick Snuffer. Honorary pallbearers will be employees of Appalachian Heating.

Friends may gather with the family 6 to 9 p.m. today at Blue Ridge Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations of sympathy be made to Bible Baptist Printing Ministry, P.O. Box 415, MacArthur, WV 25873.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.blueridgefuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by Blue Ridge Funeral Home, 5251 Robert C. Byrd Drive, Beckley.