The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

March 22, 2007

Obituaries--Friday, March 23, 2007


Georgia Marie Blevins



On Tuesday, March 20, 2007, after a long and active life, Georgia Marie Blevins passed away in a Beckley hospital following a short illness. She was in her 92nd year.

Born July 21, 1914, in McDowell County, Georgia was one of five children born to the late Carlos and Pearl McMillion Johnston. She was the last survivor of her immediate family.

Georgia spent her childhood at Hemphill and was a longtime resident of Gary; she was a member of Gary United Methodist church. She settled in Beckley in 1963 on Hemlock Street. Known affectionately as “Grandma B,” Georgia was blessed with a very full life. She lived independently until the age of 89. An avid reader, she enjoyed maintaining her home, working in her garden, planting her flowers, crocheting and ceramics.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Bruce Blevins, in October 1975; a son, Jerry and his wife, Shelby; a sister, Audrey Hawkins; and brothers, Carlos, Glen and Howard.

She was the beloved mother of Ginger Metric and her husband, Kennis, of Ball Street, with whom she made her home the past three and half years; a nephew she raised, Howard Pruner and his wife, Toni, of Matthews, N.C.; the loving grandmother of Kenny Metrick, Bruce Metrick and his wife, Jaime, Melissa Erickson and her husband, Doug, Jennifer Stover and her husband, Kevin, and Sherri Kirkman and her husband, Ken; and the dear great-grandmother of 13 great-grandchildren.

Service will be 1 p.m. Saturday at Melton Mortuary Chapel, Beckley, with the Rev. Roger Pauley officiating. Committal service will be at 3 p.m. in the Garden of Devotion at Roselawn Memorial Gardens, Princeton.

Friends may call 7 to 9 p.m. today at the mortuary and one hour before service Saturday.

Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

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

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary, Beckley.

John Brooks



On Wednesday, March 21, 2007, John Brooks, of Beaver, formerly of Mullens, died at the Lucy Bowers Hospice House following a short illness. He was in his 85th year.

Born John Burdiss Brooks on Oct. 5, 1921, he was one of two children born to the late John Randolph and Helen Elizabeth Burdiss Brooks.

Known affectionately as “J.B.” all his life, John spent his childhood at East Gulf, where he graduated from Stoco High School, Class of 1941. He entered the U.S. Navy during World War II where he served on the USS Essex. John attended Beckley College and the University of Kansas. A certified welder and electrician, he worked for Allied Chemical.

John lived in Mullens with his beloved wife, Lona, for 42 years, where they raised their two daughters. He was a member of Mullens United Methodist Church and a 50-year member of the Masonic Lodge. In 1993, the Brooks moved to the Oaks at Beaver where they settled at “Quiet Oak.” He and Lona enjoyed each other’s company and loved to take walks together. They became members of Perry Memorial United Methodist Church at Shady Spring.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by twin infant granddaughters; his sister, Patricia Ann McNeish; and his stepmother, Louise Miller Brooks.

He was the beloved husband of Lona Hitechew Brooks, whom he married on Sept. 3, 1946; the beloved father and dear grandfather and great-grandfather of “his girls,” daughters, Johndra Ann Sutphin and her husband, Steve, of Beckley, Helen Marie Gragg and her husband, George, of Cary, N.C., granddaughters, Krista M. Meadows and her husband, Greg, Jessica L. Gragg and Amanda E. Cagle and her husband, Chris; a great-granddaughter, Abbigale P. Cagle; a brother-in-law, Robert “R.L.” Hitechew of Las Vegas, Nev.; a large extended family; his loyal companion, Prissy; and his faithful caregivers, JoAnna Webb and Sherry Farr. The family would like to give a special thanks to the Hospice of Southern West Virginia and the Lucy Bowers Hospice House for all their care and compassion.

Service will be 7 p.m. today at Perry Memorial United Methodist Church, Shady Spring, with the Rev. Susan Rector officiating. Friends may call 5 p.m. until time of service today at the church. John will be entombed at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Sunset Memorial Park Mausoleum B, Beckley. Those wishing to attend the graveside services are asked to meet at the mausoleum Saturday morning.

The family suggests contributions to the American Cancer Society, Raleigh County Unit, P.O. Box 2157, Beckley, WV 25802-2157, or the Lucy Bowers Hospice House, P.O. Box 1472, Beckley, WV 25802.

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

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary, Beckley.

Ernest Lee Brown



Ernest Lee Brown, 94, of Sprague, died Thursday, March 22, 2007, in a local hospital following a short illness.

Service will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Calfee Funeral Home Chapel, Beckley. Friends may call one hour before service Saturday at the funeral home.

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

Arrangements by Calfee Funeral Home, Beckley.

Jesse Lee Crabtree



Jesse Lee Crabtree, 78, of Beckley, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, March 21, 2007, at the Bowers Hospice House in Cranberry.

Born March 27, 1928, at Marytown in McDowell County, he was the son of the late Mary A. England Crabtree and Girlie F. Crabtree. He enjoyed baseball, attending gun shows and flea markets as well as collecting antique watches.

Mr. Crabtree was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force where he earned a World War II Victory Medal, having served in the Asiatic Pacific and American Theatres. He was a member of Calloway Heights Baptist Church, a Mason and a member of UMWA District 17. He was employed as a coal miner with Eastern Associated Coal Corp. at the Kopperston No. 2 Mine for 20 years before retiring. He previously worked for General Dynamics in San Diego, Calif., Bell Aircraft in Buffalo, N.Y., and at Kennedy Space Station in Cape Canaveral, Fla.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Jack and Clar-ence Crabtree, and a sister, Opal Crabtree.

Survivors include his wife, Alice Faye “Sally” Crabtree; a brother, Chester Crabtree and his wife, Maggie, of Thomasville, N.C.; three sisters, Mildred England of Mullens, Letty Jones and her husband, Howard, of Princeton and Barbara Pertee of Virginia Beach, Va.; a stepson, Larry Garten and his wife, Cindy, of Easley, S.C.; and two stepgranddaughters, Hannah and Rebekah Garten of Easley.

Service will be 1 p.m. Saturday at Calloway Heights Baptist Church with the Rev. Bill Parker and the Rev. Tim Mitchum officiating. Burial will be at Sunset Memorial Park, Beckley.

The family will receive friends 6 to 8 p.m. today at the church.

Pallbearers will include three nephews, Sam England, Terry England and Larry England, along with Posey Jones, Robert Bennett, Donald Riffe and Johnny Ball.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Bowers Hospice House, 454 Cranberry Lane, Beckley, WV 25801.

An online guest book is available at calfeefh.com.

Arrangements by Calfee Funeral Home, Beckley.

Theresa Nyoka ‘Rita’ Gilliam



CHARLOTTE, N.C. — On March 19, 2007, one day after her 59th birthday, Theresa Nyoka Wright “Rita” Gilliam reached the end of her journey at Mercy Hospital in Charlotte.

Born March 18, 1948, in Beckley, she was born to the late Nathan Williams and Oretha Mae Wright.

She grew up in Beckley where she was a waitress for many years at Black Knight Country Club. She was a member of St. Paul Baptist Temple. She then moved to Charlotte with her children whom she loved dearly.

Rita was preceded in death by her mother, Cassie Wright, and her sister, Alice Naomi Reid.

She leaves to cherish her memory three sons, Shaun Wright (Michelle), Michael Kevin Gilliam and Bobby Hoskins Jr., and a daughter, Monisha “Milkshake” Hoskins, all of Charlotte; four grandchildren, Jeremiah and Jacobe Wright, and Tristan Gilliam, all of Charlotte, and Michael Trevor Gilliam of Chesapeake, Va.; two sisters, Dreama Jones of Houston, Texas, and Arlena Winston of Christianburg, Va.; and a special sister, Lonella Leach (Rev. Walter) of Beckley.

She also leaves a host of nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

Service will be 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Paul Baptist Temple, Beckley, with the Rev. Walter Leach officiating. Burial will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Beckley.

Friends and family may call one hour before the service Saturday at the church.

Arrangements by Durgan Funeral Services, Beckley.

Roger Dale Jarrell



PAX — Roger Dale Jarrell, 37, died Wednesday, March 21, 2007, at his home following a short illness.

Born in Cleveland, Ohio, on Jan. 3, 1970, he was the son of the late Paul Jarrell, and Sharon Sto-ver Donell of Pax, and the stepson of Douglas Donell of Pax.

Mr. Jarrell was a graduate of Mount Hope High School and was employed by Air Tech as a tool repairman.

Mr. Jarrell served in the U.S. Navy during Desert Storm.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Tessie L. Jarrell and Harvey James Jarrell; and maternal grandparents, Everett Stover and Margie Stover.

Other survivors include brothers, Paul Jarrell of Clear Creek, Jonathan Jarrell of Pax and Mark Donell of Oak Hill; and special friends, Sherri Gwinn of Beckley, Salena Gwinn and Shalen Rhan of Pax, Melina Williams of Pax and Melissa of Sandbranch.

Service will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Rose and Quesenberry Peace Chapel, Beckley, with the Rev. Loretta Taylor officiating. Burial will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Beckley.

Friends may call two hours before service Saturday at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be David Morton, Eugene Derringer, David and Steven Donell, Brandon Williams and Brandon Thornquest.

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

Arrangements by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, Beckley.

William E. Lane



BUD MOUNTAIN — William E. Lane, 90, died Thursday, March 22, 2007, in a Beckley hospital following a long illness.

Arrangements by Tankersley Funeral Home, Mullens.

Margie Maxine Miller



Margie Maxine Miller, 82, of Flat Top, formerly of Bradley, died Wednesday, March 21, 2007, at the home of her daughter, Betty Bowles of Flat Top, following a long illness.

Arrangements by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, Beckley.

Donald Edward Mills



OAK HILL — Donald Edward Mills, 77, died Wednesday, March 21, 2007, at Plateau Medical Center, Oak Hill.

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

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Hazel J. Cooke Morgan



NORTH SPRINGS — Hazel J. Cooke Morgan, 86, of North Springs, went home to be with the Lord at 7 a.m. Wednesday, March 21, 2007, at Carolyn’s Care Center at Verner.

Mrs. Morgan was a mother and homemaker. She had been a resident of Wyoming County for 70 years. She was a member of Little Cub Memorial Baptist Church. Her whole life was dedicated to the love of her children and faithfulness to her church. She loved cooking, sewing, and quilting.

Born Jan. 2, 1921, at Mew, Russell County, Va., she was a daughter of the late Ira and Rebecca Hayden Cooke.

Mrs. Morgan was preceded in death by her husband, Noah Gilford Morgan; a daughter, Eileen Godfrey; a brother, Grandvile Cooke, who was killed in World War II; and four sisters, Audrey Vance Hopkins, Ardela Jackson, Phyllis Cooke and Mary Morgan.

Survivors include four sons, McClellan (Joyce) Morgan of Proctorville, Ohio, Bobby (Marsha) Morgan of Ravenswood, Bennie (Yvonne) Morgan of Justice and Gary (Mit-zi) Morgan of Oceana; a daughter, JoAnn (Fred) Mason of Lynchburg, Va.; 11 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and five sisters, Fern Stowers of Lynco, Alvie Roberson of Pickens, S.C., Erma Daliy of Chesapeake, Angie Roberts of Ashtabula, Ohio, and Ethel Hall of Columbus, Ohio.

Service will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Little Cub Memorial Baptist Church, North Springs, with the Rev. William Cook and the Rev. Algie Cook officiating. Burial will follow in Palm Memorial Gardens, Matheny.

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

Pallbearers will be Mack Morgan, Shane Morgan, Tate Morgan, Alex John, Lyndon Cook, Darren Green and Todd Godfrey.

Online at www.mountsfuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by Mounts Funeral Home, Gilbert.

Annie Garten Pack



COLLINSVILLE, Va. — Annie Garten Pack, 93, formerly of Shady Spring, died Wednesday, March 21, 2007.

Service will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Collins Funeral Services Chapel, 30 Riverside Highway, Bassett, Va.

Friends may call 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home and other times at the home of her daughter, Mary Hunter, 414 Ferndale Drive, Collinsville.

Arrangements by Collins Funeral Services, Bassett.

Mildred M. Price



WEST LIBERTY, Ohio — Mildred M. Price, 75, passed away Tuesday, March 20, 2007, at Mary Rutan Hospital. She was born Jan. 17, 1932, in Kilarney, the daughter of Luther and Pearl (Cook) McKinney.

She graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School and on Aug. 14, 1954, she married Walter Otto Price Jr. Mildred retired from the VA hospital as a medical transcriptionist and was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Bellefontaine.

Mildred was a very devoted wife who faithfully cared for her husband during his battle with Parkinson’s disease. Her favorite pastimes were gardening and spending time with her loving and caring family who will miss her dearly.

Those left to cherish her memory include daughter, Jenny Sue Moore of Garrett, Ind.; son and daughter-in-law, Steve and Robin Price of Bellefontaine; sister and brother-in-law, Fern Eileen and Edward Muse of Fuquay Varina, N.C.; brother and sister-in-law, L. Glyn and Mary McKinney of South Windsor, Conn.; five grandchildren, Michael Moore, Jeremy Price, Joseph Price, Jordan Price and Megan Moore; a great-grandson, Caleb Moore; two sisters-in-law, Joan (Ralph) Guckiean of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Joyce (Oby) Martin of Cross Lanes; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband of 52 years, Walter Otto Price Jr., in October 2006; and two sisters, Icie Pearl McKinney and Eunice Arlene Bowling.

A gathering of family and friends was 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Littleton & Rue Funeral Home Highland Chapel, West Liberty.

Service will be 11 a.m. today at the funeral home with Pastor Jeffrey Willetts officiating. Burial will follow in the Highland Memorial Cemetery.

Memorial gifts may be made to the American Cancer Society, 2808 Reading Road, Cincinnati, OH 45206.

You may express condolences to the family at www.littletonandrue.com.

Arrangements by Littleton & Rue Funeral Home.

Edith Hunt Roberts



Edith Hunt Roberts, 95, of Beckley, died Monday, March 19, 2007, at Raleigh General Hospital in Beckley following a short illness.

Born at Lanark, she was the daughter of the late Joe and Mary Ann Cheetham Hunt.

Mrs. Rob-erts was a retired teacher for the Raleigh County Board of Education, with most of her teaching career at the Piney View Elementary School.

She was a member of Piney View Bible Church and a graduate of Concord College.

Mrs. Roberts was preceded in death by her sisters, Ber-tha Hunt, Clarice Martin and Bessie Bailey; and a brother, Earl Hunt; her husband, Cameron M. Roberts, preceded her in death in 1981.

Survivors include three daughters, Georgia Freeman and husband, Buddy, of Daniels, Marilyn Weaver and husband, Jim, of Harrisburg, Pa., and Patricia Roberts of Daniels; a brother, Ernest Hunt and wife, Margaret, of Piney View; three grandchildren, Deena Salon of Daniels, Cindy Choboian of Denver, Colo., and Angela Diodato of Furlong, Pa.; and four great-grandchildren.

Service will be 8 p.m. today at Rose and Quesenberry Peace Chapel, Beckley, with Pastor Cecil Smith officiating. Graveside rites and burial will follow at 11 a.m. Saturday at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Beckley.

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

Family members will serve as pallbearers.

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

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Raleigh County Animal Rescue (RCAR), P.O. Box 794 Coal City, WV 25823, or Piney View Bible Church, P.O. Box 270, Piney View, WV 25906.

Arrangements by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, Beckley.

Carol Hess Sherwood



MAXWELTON — Carol Hess Sherwood died Wednesday, March 21, 2007.

Memorial service will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Edgewood Presbyterian Church. Visitation will follow the service.

Arrangements by McCraw Funeral Home, Lewisburg.

James Daniel ‘Fish’ Spradley Jr.



James Daniel “Fish” Spra-dley Jr. was born on Sept. 14, 1946, to the late James and Evelyn Spradley (Hannah) in Beckley. He was the younger of two children.

James grew up and lived most of his life in Beckley. Upon graduation from Stratton High School, James completed three years of college at West Virginia State in Institute. James also completed various training to become a master electrician and builder inspector.

James was a strong believer in Christ at an early age and was a former member of Central Baptist Church in Beckley.

James and his former wife of 25 years, Sophronia Spradley, had four children together. Later, they adopted their niece and raised her as their own. James was a very dedicated father and instilled in them a sense of responsibility, integrity and love for family.

In the late ’80s, James moved his main residence to the Eastern Panhandle in Ranson. Although a resident of Ranson, James’ heart was still in Beckley as he frequently visited the area and was actively making plans to retire and return home.

James was employed with the City of Ranson for more than 15 years as the Public Works supervisor/building inspector. He was an active Master Mason with Star Lodge 1 in Charles Town. He was also on the board of directors for the Jefferson County Black Historical Preservation Society.

James will be best remembered for his quick humor, his loving spirit and his dedication to family and friends.

He leaves to cherish his memory a son, Dallas Cooper; four daughters, Catrice Alphonso, Sendia “Peaches” (Stewart) Harrington, Juanette Spradley and Catrice (Anthony) Simmons; sister, Janice Green; aunt, Dorothy Jackson; uncle, Mose (Denise) Spradley; niece, Yvonne (Troy) LaGrone; nephew, Ernest (Tabitha) Spradley; 10 grandchildren, Sheena, Shakera, Deontez, Devante, Dallas Jr., Iyanna, Jaron, Antonio, Ciera, and Stewart III; former wife, Sophronia Spradley; godson, Terry Ni-chols; close friends, Daniel “Junie” Jackson, Richard (Marlyn) Dobson, the Durgan family and the Leach family. James will also be remembered by a host of cousins, great-nieces and nephews, extended family members and friends.

Service will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Central Baptist Church, Brooks Street, Beckley, with the Rev. Walter Leach officiating. Burial will follow in Greenwood Memorial Park, Beckley.

Friends may call one hour before service Saturday at the church.

Arrangements by Durgan Funeral Services, Beckley.

Faye D. Truss



GAP MILLS — Faye D. Truss, 100, of Gap Mills, died Tuesday, March 20, 2007.

Service will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Broyles-McGuire Funeral Home, Union. Friends may call 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Arrangements by Broyles-McGuire Funeral Home, Union.

Mable Bragg Walkup



MARFRANCE — Mable Marie Hammonds Bragg Walkup, 79, our loving mother and grandmother, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, March 21, 2007. She will be greatly missed.

Born Jan. 30, 1928, at Green Sulphur Springs, she was the daughter of the late George and Mamie Cox Hammonds. She was also preceded in death by her first husband, Elbert Lee Bragg; her second husband, Walter O. Walkup; a daughter, Carolyn Ann Bragg; a brother, Robert Hammonds; and a sister, Stella Harron.

Survivors include five daughters, Linda Garcia of Nettie, Drema Trout of Marfrance, Suellen McClung of Statesville, N.C., Lorraine King of North Wilkesboro, N.C., and Jewel Bragg of Nettie; two sons, Elbert and Delbert Bragg, both of Marfrance; a stepdaughter, Kim Deitz of Clifton Forge, Va.; a stepson, Clarence Walkup of Lakeland, Fla.; two sisters, Margaret Clark of Leslie and Clara Bragg of Richwood; two brothers, Edward Hammonds of Spring Dale and Billy Ray Hammonds of Maryland; nine grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; four stepgrandchildren; and two stepgreat-grandchildren.

Service will be 3 p.m. Sunday at Wallace & Wallace Funeral Chapel, Rainelle, with the Rev. Houston Boothe officiating. Entombment will follow in Wallace Memorial Mausoleum, Clintonville.

Friends may call 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the funeral chapel.

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace Funeral Chapel, Rainelle.

Quentin O. ‘Buster’ Wilson



PEACH ORCHARD — Quentin O. “Buster” Wilson, 87, died Wednesday, March 21, 2007.

Service will be 2 p.m. Sunday at Waters Funeral Chapel, Summersville. Friends may call 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

E-condolences: watersfuneralchapel@verizon.net.

Arrangements by Waters Funeral Chapel, Summersville.