The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

March 17, 2007

Obituaries--Sunday, March 18, 2007


Joseph William ‘Bubby’ Adkins



HILLDALE — Joseph William “Bubby” Adkins, 11-month-old son of Frankie and Kim Crowe Adkins of Hilldale, went home to be with the Lord at 12:35 p.m. Friday, March 16, 2007, at Women and Children’s Hospital in Charleston.

Joseph was born March 28, 2006, in Beckley at Raleigh General Hospital and was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Robert Joseph “Bo” Gill, on Nov. 12, 2005, and his maternal great-grandfather, William Owens Crowe, on March 22, 1982.

Besides his parents, he is survived by a sister, Hannah Rose Marie Adkins at home; maternal grandparents, Bobby and Betty Crowe of Pipestem; paternal grandmother, Margaret J. Gill of Hilldale; maternal great-grandmother, Carolyn Crowe of Alderson; great-great-grandmother, Garnet Cox of Big Creek; five aunts, Misty Crowe of Pipestem, Kristie Adkins of Madams Creek, Linda Bennett of Hilldale, Brenda Bragg of Hinton and Karen Lemon of Madams Creek; two uncles, Ricky Vandall of Pipestem and Robert Adkins of Madams Creek; three cousins who were special playmates, Gabriel, Ethan and Nicholas Vandall of Pipestem, and three cousins, Lexie Taylor and Crystal Adkins of Hilldale and Robert Adkins Jr. of Madams Creek.

Service will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 20, at Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors Chapel, Hinton. Burial will follow in Upland Cemetery.

Friends may call 6 to 8 p.m. Monday.

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

Arrangements by Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors, Hinton.

Ramie Bailey



Ramie Bailey, 86, of Toneys Fork, Clear Creek, passed away Friday, March 16, 2007, at the Hospice House at Cranberry, surrounded by his family, following a long illness.

Born March 9, 1921, at Clear Creek, he was the son of Charlie and Ida Bailey and was raised by Bill and Eunice Bailey.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 58 years, Ellen Moles Bailey; two infant sons, Billy and Speed; a grandson, Billy Hughes II; and son-in-law, Billy Hughes I.

Ramie was the last surviving member of the immediate family and was preceded in death by sisters, Vonda Williams, Nellie Davis, Dona Vest, Lula Hodge, Minnie Scarbro and Sadie Bailey; and brothers, Ellis, Jack, John, Amos and Acie Bailey.

He is survived by nine children, Jimmy Bailey of Toneys Fork, with whom he made his home, Sammey and wife, Sharon, of Toneys Fork, Lulabelle Burgess and husband, Tom, of Farmington, Erma Gibson and husband, Victor, of Beckley, Ina Hughes of Clarksville, Ind., Anita Williams and husband, Ricky, of Artie, Judith Ann Bailey of Farmington, Connie Williams and husband, Cecil, of Toneys Fork and Shirley Bentley and husband, Glen, of Liberty, S.C.; 21 grandchildren and 35 great-grandchildren.

Ramie was a member of UMWA, working in the coal mines for 40 years. Ramie and Ellen were devoted and hard-working, loving parents who took the time and had a special bond with each child. Ramie and Ellen shared their love of gardening and canning. Their home was always open to anyone who needed a place to stay or a good home-cooked meal. Sunday dinners at their home with children playing was an important part of all our lives. They will be deeply missed by all who knew them.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the caring people at Hospice House for making our father’s last days a peaceful and comfortable journey and their kindness extended to all of us. A special thanks to the second and fourth floor and the nurses at Raleigh General Hospital.

Service will be 1 p.m. Monday at Ewing Creek Church, Clear Creek, with the Rev. Loretta Taylor and Scotty Stanley officiating. Burial will be at Ewing Creek Cemetery.

Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

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

Valley Funeral Home, Whitesville, is in charge of arrangements.

Carlos Eugene Belcher



SOUTH CHARLESTON — Carlos Eugene Belcher, 51, of South Charleston, formerly of Rupert, was called away to be with the Lord on Wednesday, March 15, 2007, at Charleston Area Medical Center, Memorial Division.

Born May 4, 1955, in Beckley, he was the son of the late Rev. William Clyde and Runa Belle Milam Belcher.

Carlos worked as an encoder technician at USPS.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Linda Ward; a nephew, Marc Edward Zlotlowski; and a great-niece, Samantha Danielle Dials-Adkins.

Survivors include four sisters, Jeri Zlotkowski of Joppa, Md., Sharon Belcher Angle and husband, the Rev. Jim Angle of Christiansburg, Va., Sandy Bailey of Ghent and Frances Sams and husband, George, of Beggs, Okla.; a brother, John Belcher of Beckley; four nieces, Danielle Dials of Cross Lanes, Shannon Robinson of Chattanooga, Tenn., and Tiffany and Stephanie Bailey, both of Charleston; several great-nieces and nephews; and best friend, Dominic McLain.

Service will be 1 p.m. Monday at Wallace and Wallace Funeral Home, Rainelle, with the Rev. John Milam officiating. Burial will follow at Wallace Memorial Cemetery, Clintonville.

Friends may call 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be sent to danidials@peoplepc.com.

Arrangements by Wallace and Wallace Funeral Home, Rainelle.

Ruth Hunt Creger



VICTOR — Ruth Hunt Creger, 92, of Victor, passed away Friday, March 16, 2007, at the Summitt of Oak Hill.

Arrangements are incomplete.

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

Patricia Durrett



On Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2006, Patricia “Pat” Durrett of Oklahoma City, Okla., formerly of Beckley, died peacefully at her home. She was 69 years of age.

Born Patricia Anne Donahue on Nov. 11, 1937, at Beckley, she was the only child of the late Earl “Speed” Donahue and Thelma Donahue Hinckley.

Known affectionately as “Pat” all her life, Patricia spent her childhood on Greenbrier Court in Beckley. A 1955 graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School, Patricia and her family worshiped at St. Stephens Episcopal Church. While in Beckley she had worked at Roland’s Piece Goods and Beckley Dance Theater. She was a longtime resident of Woodlawn Avenue. A 21-year resident of Oklahoma City, Patricia was a member of the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection in Oklahoma. Her family will remember her as a beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her stepfather, Roland Hinckley.

Survivors include two daughters, Cindy Sodowsky and her husband, Jess, of Shawnee, Okla., and Susan O’Neal of Oklahoma City; a granddaughter, Meagan Decher and her husband, Matt; grandsons, Phillip O’Neal and Josh Sodowsky; and a great-grandchild, Levi Decher.

The Burial of the Dead, Rite One, with the Holy Eucharist will be celebrated 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 20, at St. Stephens Episcopal Church, 200 Virginia St., Beckley, with the Rev. Roy Crist as celebrant. Burial will be in St. Stephens Columbarium.

The family will receive friends noon until time of the service.

Condolences may be e-mailed to the family at melton@wvdsl.net.

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary, Beckley.

James Robert ‘Bob’ Lilly Sr.



ST. ALBANS — James Robert “Bob” Lilly Sr., 84, passed away Monday, March 5, 2007, at his residence.

Born Oct. 16, 1922, at Hinton, he was the son of the late James W. Lilly and Leona V. Lilly.

He was also preceded in death by a brother, the Rev. William D. Lilly, on Feb. 24, 2007. His body has been donated to the West Virginia School of Medicine.

He attended public schools in Summers County, and in October 1942, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps. After attending flight school, he was commissioned a second lieutenant, flying P-51 Mustang fighter aircraft. After his military service, he became a member of the West Virginia State Police, from which he retired. After retirement, he was employed by the Kanawha County park system at Coonskin Park.

He is survived by his wife, Maria; a son, James Robert Lilly Jr. of Wisconsin; a daughter, Kathy Lilly Eubanks of Amarillo, Texas; and several grandchildren. Also surviving are three sisters, Imogene Grimmett and Mary Carol Humphries of Hinton and Judi McCoy of Grottoes, Va.; and three brothers, Vivian E. Lilly, John E. Lilly and Jack E. Lilly, all of Hinton.

Memorial service will be 2 p.m. Monday, March 19, at Central Baptist Church, Hinton, with Pastor Grove Morris presiding.

Submitted by Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors, Hinton.

Christopher Brion Reeser



GREEN BANK — Christopher Brion Reeser, 14, of Green Bank, passed away Thursday, March 15, 2007.

Service will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at Wallace and Wallace Funeral Home, Arbovale. Visitation will be 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Boy Scouts of America, Troop 112 Buckskin Council.

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

Arrangements by Wallace and Wallace Funeral Home, Arbovale.

Edna Jane Lindley Repaire



MONTGOMERY — Edna Jane Lindley Repaire, 97, of Montgomery, went to be with the Lord on Friday, March 16, 2007.

She was born in Minden on April 12, 1909, the daughter of Gertrude Seaman and John Lindley. She graduated from Greenbrier Women’s School in three years, was first in her class and was offered a music scholarship. She attended Ward Belmont Junior College and New River State College and was a graduate of West Virginia University.

She had been a member of Calvary Episcopal Church in Montgomery since 1932, and was a member of the WVU Emeritus Club.

She was the wife of the late Richard Gerald Repaire, owner of Repaire’s Building Supply.

She is survived by her brother-in-law, Romaine “Bud” Repaire of San Rafael, Calif.; five children and their spouses, John and Nancy Arnold Repaire of San Diego, Calif., Mary and Edwin “Butch” Hill of Peachtree City, Ga., Lynda and Rich Hopkins of Terra Alta, Richard and Evon Repaire of Baton Rouge, La., and Anne and Phil Raney of Oak Hill; and her grandchildren, their spouses and great-grandchildren, Suzanne, Steve, Nicole and Stevie Harris of Chula Vista, Calif., Rex, Carolyn and Rex John of Carlsbad, Calif., Marc, Vanessa, Rene and Karina Repaire of San Clemente, Calif., Ed, Deborah, Madison and Jacob Hill of Kennesaw, Ga., Andy and Elisa Hill of Altrincham, Chesire, United Kingdom, Kathy, Dave, Amy, Beth and Scott Loudin of King George, Va., Laurie, Larry, Mary and Matthew Noland of Terra Alta, Mary Kate and “Randy” Kent of Greer, S.C., Joe and Kim Repaire of Newton, N.C., and Becky Repaire of Charleston, S.C.; stepgrandchildren, Rosi and Alan Whited of Prescott, Ariz., Jeffrey Raney and wife, Kirsten, of Weisbaden, Germany, and Elisa Raney of Long Island, N.Y.; stepgrandchildren, Roberta Yoder of Prescot, Ariz., and Russell Yoder of Florida; and stepgreat-grandchildren, Anjanette and Brent Noland of Parkersburg.

The family requests in lieu of flowers memorial contributions be made to Calvary Episcopal Church in Montgomery — the church that she loved so much.

Memorial service will be noon Tuesday, March 20, at Calvary Episcopal Church, Montgomery, with Father Stan Holmes officiating.

O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery, is in charge of arrangements.

William Lyle Taylor



GREEN BANK — William Lyle Taylor, 71, of Green Bank, passed away Thursday, March 15, 2007.

Service will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at Wallace and Wallace Funeral Home, Arbovale. Visitation will be 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Green Bank Library Building Fund.

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

Arrangements by Wallace and Wallace Funeral Home, Arbovale.