The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

June 9, 2007

Obituaries--Sunday, June 10, 2007


Giles ‘Junior’ Adkins



FAYETTEVILLE — Giles “Junior” Adkins, 75, of Fayetteville, passed away Friday, June 8, 2007, at his home following a short illness.

Born Oct. 14, 1931, at Highland Mountain, he was the son of the late Giles and Ruby Collins Adkins.

He was a retired coal miner from Westmoreland Coal Co. of 27 years. He attended the Family Worship Center, Beckley, and was a member of Mount View Church of God, Hilltop. He was a member of UMWA District 29. He was a beekeeper for over 30 years and was an avid photographer.

Other than his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Charles Adkins.

Survivors include his wife, Brenda Burford Adkins; two sons, Giles Wayne Adkins and wife, Brenda, of Fairdale and Paul David Adkins and his fiancee, Karen, of Fayetteville; two daughters, Danna Vance and husband, Rex, of Beckley and Deanna Adkins and husband, Michael, of Shady Spring; a stepson, Eric Statts of Fayetteville; two sisters, Opal Kessler of Danese and Wanda Friend of Portland, Ore.; seven grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

Service will be 2 p.m. Monday at Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope, with Pastor Mark Schrade officiating. Burial will follow in Layland Cemetery.

Visitation will be 1 to 2 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Family will serve as pallbearers.

Online condolences may be sent to our Web site at www.tyreefuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home of Mount Hope.

Pauline Austin



Pauline Austin, 83, of Josephine, went to her new home to be with the Lord and family on Thursday, June 7, 2007.

Born in Davie on March 23, 1924, she was the daughter of the late Rufus and Alice Holshouser.

She was a very loving wife, mother, grandmother and homemaker for many wonderful years. She enjoyed fishing, camping and going to church. Most of all, she enjoyed her family and friends. She was a member of Old Grove Chapel in Crab Orchard. She was also a member of The Happy Pilgrims gospel group. She sang in many churches all across West Virginia. She met many people and never knew a stranger and had many wonderful friends that she loved.

She was preceded in death by two brothers, Floyd Holshouser and Artie Holshouser; and two grandchildren, Dean Stewart and Christine Mullins.

Those left to cherish her memory are her husband, Thomas Austin; two sisters, Gladys Cole of Josephine and Verna Miller of McHenry, Ill.; a brother, Grover Holshouser of Coal City; a daughter, Bonnie Stewart and husband, Larry, of Lego; a son, Junior Mullins and wife, Michele, of Josephine; a stepdaughter, Patricia McKinney and husband, Geranimo, of Lego; nine grandchildren, Jennifer Stewart of Lego, Larry Stewart and wife, Teddy, of Josephine, Stephen McKinney of Lego, Stephanie McKinney of Lego, Tabatha Cadle and husband, Scotty, of Josephine, Ernie Mullins of Chico, Calif., and Joey, Alydia “A.J.” and Tyler Mullins of Josephine.

A celebration of Pauline’s life will be 6 to 9 p.m. today at Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, Shady Spring. All friends and family are welcome to attend.

Service will be 3 p.m. Monday at Old Grove Chapel, Crab Orchard, with Pastor Ronald Adkins and the Rev. Ronnie Miller officiating. Burial will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Beckley.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

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

Arrangements by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, Shady Spring.

Maxine Belcher



Maxine Belcher, 85, of Jim Bailey Farm Road in Prosperity, passed away Friday, June 8, 2007, at Hidden Valley Center in Oak Hill.

She was born in Beartown on Aug. 10, 1921.

Mrs. Belcher was preceded in death by her parents, Jennings Bailey and Anna Bailey; her husband, Estel Belcher; and her sister, Kathleen Basham.

She was an avid gardener and loved spending time with her three grandsons.

She was a member of First United Methodist Church of Beckley.

Mrs. Belcher is survived by her daughter, Judy Gunter and husband, Ronald, of Beckley; sister, Madge Riva and husband, Jim, of Lady Lake, Fla.; three grandsons and their spouses, Kevin and Mareena Morgan of Waynesboro, Va., Mark and Trish Morgan of Beckley and David and Crystal Morgan of Whitesville; and four great-grandchildren, Bryce Morgan, Kari and Nikki Stover, and Austin Walker.

Service will be 2 p.m. Monday, June 11, at Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley, with Dr. Bob Stoddard officiating. Burial will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens Mausoleum, Beckley.

Friends may gather with the family noon to 2 p.m. Monday.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that memorial donations may be made to Alzheimer’s Association, WV Chapter, 1111 Lee St., E., Charleston, WV 25301.

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

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

Ronald Keith Bennett



MAPLEWOOD — Ronald Keith Bennett, 60, of Maplewood, passed away Friday, June 8, 2007, at the VA Hospital in Huntington.

Born Nov. 9, 1946, in Layland, he was the son of the late Charles “Bud” and Gerlene Rice Bennett.

He was a self-employed construction worker. Ronald was a Vietnam veteran and served in the U.S. Marine Corps.

Survivors include a daughter, Rhonda; a son, Steven; two sisters, Beverly Bennett and Marsha Redden; three grandchildren; an uncle, Bill Bennett; aunts, June Arnold, Bertha Rice and Bernice Sowers; a special uncle, Kenneth Bennett; nieces and nephews, Desirae, Stephenie, Heather and Nathan; several cousins, great-nieces and nephews; and many special friends.

At his request, the body will be cremated. There will be no service.

Memorial contributions may be made to your favorite charity.

Arrangements by Wallace and Wallace Funeral Home, Rainelle.

Glemma Mae Bradley



WAYSIDE — Glemma Mae Bradley, 68, of Wayside, passed away Friday, June 8, 2007.

Service will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at Groves Funeral Home Chapel, Union. Friends may call 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

The family requests that memorial donations be made to the Diabetes Foundation.

Arrangements by Groves Funeral Home, Union.

Karen S. Dorsey Cannon



BRISTOL, Tenn. — Karen S. Dorsey Cannon, 56, of 7 Crown Circle, Bristol, passed away Saturday, June 9, 2007, at her residence.

She was born July 30, 1950, in Beckley, a daughter of Jack and Rosemary Jones Dor-sey, and she lived most of her life in the Bristol area.

She was a former employee of United Intermountain Telephone and Sprint. She was a member of First Christian Church, and was an active volunteer for Joy Ranch for children in Wytheville, Va.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James Cannon.

She is survived by her mother, Rosemary Dorsey; stepchildren, Jamie Cannon and Katie Cannon; brothers, David Dorsey and wife, Janne, and Danny Dorsey and wife, Sharon; nephews, Jonathan Dorsey and Matthew Dorsey and fiancée, Camille Smith; nieces, Heather Cunningham and husband, Brad, Sara May and husband, Jarrod, Amanda Frye and husband, Alex, and Hannah Hill and husband, Jason; and six great-nieces.

Service will be 8 p.m. Monday, June 11, at First Christian Church, Bristol, Va., with Pastor Herb Peak officiating. Burial will 2 p.m. Tuesday at Glenwood Cemetery.

The family will receive friends 6 to 7:45 p.m. Monday at the church.

Pallbearers will be members of the family.

Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at www.weaverfuneralhome.net.

The family would like to express their appreciation to Mary Brown, Patty Odum, Dr. Alison Whitman, and the Medical Center Hospice for their loving care.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Building Fund, First Christian Church, 311 Spencer St., Bristol, VA 24201

Weaver Funeral Home, Bristol, Tenn., is handling the arrangements.

Linda Collins



HICO — Linda Collins, 61, of Hico, passed away Friday, June 8, 2007, at Plateau Medical Center following a long illness.

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

Dorothy Crews Crider



ALLEN JUNCTION — Dorothy Crews Crider, 74, of Allen Junction, passed away Thursday, June 7, 2007, at Charleston Area Medical Center, Memorial Division, following a short illness.

Born Oct. 8, 1932, at Brookneal, Va., she was the daughter of the late Walker Lee Crews and Mable Nowlin Crews.

Dorothy was a homemaker and a member of Mount Grove Baptist Church, Wyco.

Other than her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Earl Crider; and a grandson, Selwin Wainiana.

Survivors include her children, John Earl Crider of Montgomery, Earlene Wainaina and husband, Dan, of Detroit, Mich., Gloria Crider of Detroit, Tumera Tunstalle and husband, James, of Mullens, Nona Black of Charleston, Sheila Crider and friend, Scott, of Charleston, Randi Hayworth and husband, Michael, of Mullens and Eva Jean Crider and friend, Donald, of Allen Junction; brothers, Lloyd Walker Crews and wife, Marie, of Detroit and William Powell Crews and wife, Valeria Kay, of Detroit; sisters, Yvonne Lewis of Detroit and Virginia Bush of Rockville Center, N.Y.; and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Service will be 1 p.m. Tuesday at Ritchie and Johnson Funeral Parlor Chapel, Beckley, with the Rev. Walter Clay, the Rev. Calvin Moore Sr. and the Rev. Calvin Moore Jr. officiating. Burial will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Beckley.

Friends may call one hour before service at the funeral parlor.

Services entrusted to Ritchie and Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.

Melissa Jean Ford



ORLANDO, Fla. — Melissa Jean Ford, 46, died suddenly at her home May 21, 2007, from a heart-related problem.

Born in Beckley on April 14, 1961, she was the daughter of Jimmy C. and Jean M. Ford. She graduated from WWHS in 1979 and attended WVU where she received her B.S. in 1983 and M.S. in 1985.

She worked for the McDonald’s Corp. for 22 years, currently as operation consultant.

Melissa was preceded in death by her old brother, Jimmy M. Ford, and nephew, Jay Saddler.

Those remaining to cherish her memory are soul mate, Mary Cannella of Orlando; a special aunt and uncle, Leon and Lena Ford of Oak Hill; a sister, Deborah Saddler and husband, Les, of Ghent; brother, Edward Ford of Beckley; niece, Lauren Ford of St. Albans; niece, Heather Lilly and husband, Doug, and children, Cory, Katelyn and Caleb, of Daniels; and nieces, Isabella and Sophia Saddler of Daniels.

Per Melissa’s request, her ashes shall be scattered over her beloved Caribbean Sea.

Memorial service will be 11 a.m. June 16 at Beckley Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Ed Thompson presiding.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Heart Association or Dystonia-foundation.org.

Arrangements by Collison Family Funeral Homes and Crematory, Howell Branch Chapel, Winter Park, Fla.

Janet Marie Gray



Janet Marie Gray, 62, of Surveyor, passed away Saturday, June 9, 2007.

She was born Nov. 19, 1944, to James and Mary Ayers.

Janet was a loving daughter, wife, mother, grandmother and sister to her family. She attended First Church of God in Lester.

She was preceded in death by her father, James T. Ayers; brothers, Gary Keith Ayers and Lloyd Ayers; and grandmother, Leona Hicks.

Those left to cherish her memory include her husband, Arthur D. Gray; daughter, Bridgette Turner and husband, Wayne, of Surveyor; sons, Gregory Gray and wife, Lori, of Tennessee and Arthur T. Gray and wife, Heather, of Surveyor; mother, Mary E. Ayers of Beckley; grandson, Andrew Gray; granddaughters, Stephanie Gray, Catherine Gray and Destiny Gray; sisters, Judy Kay Neumeister of Virginia, Linda C. Passer of Virginia, Alice Boggs of Beaver and Wilda Wood of Virginia; and brothers, Jerry T. Ayers of Surveyor and James W. Ayers of Tennessee.

Services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 12, at Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley, with Pastor Verna Leadbetter officiating.

Burial will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers will be Charles Myers, Gary Riley, James Meadows, Keith Gunter, Donnie Abner and Donnie Keene.

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

In lieu of flowers, the family request that donations may be made to the Bowers Hospice House, Beckley, W.Va.

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

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

Nancy L. Heaster



MEADOW BLUFF — Nancy L. Heaster, 71, of Meadow Bluff, passed away Thursday, June 7, 2007, at Roanoke Memorial Hospital following a short illness.

Born Aug. 14, 1935, in Pocahontas County, she was the daughter of the late Robert and Helen Deputy Levier.

Mrs. Heaster had worked for Kellwood Co.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Kermit Levier; and a sister, Mary Ann Shiverdecker.

Survivors include her husband, Frank; two daughters, Marsha Goins and husband, Peanut, of Meadow Bluff and Peggy Rose and husband, Todd, of Englewood, Tenn.; three brothers, Bill Levier and wife, Ruth, of Whitmore Lake, Mich., Jim Levier and wife, Jerry, of Durand, Mich., and Buddy Levier and wife, Jan, of Port Charlotte, Fla.; a sister, Kathryn Levier of Rainelle; two granddaughters, Amanda Goins of Elgin, S.C., and Angela Goins of Meadow Bluff; two grandsons, Garrett and Jordan Rose of Englewood; a great-granddaughter, Faythe Goins of Elgin; and many nieces and nephews.

Service will be 11 a.m. Monday at Smathers Funeral Chapel, Rainelle, with the Rev. Paul Thompson officiating. Burial will follow in Wallace Memorial Cemetery, Clintonville.

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

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations of sympathy be made to Sam Black United Methodist Church, in care of Novella Perkins, HC 71 Box 110, Smoot, WV 24977.

Arrangements by Smathers Funeral Chapel, Rainelle.

Robert Lee Jarrell



Robert Lee Jarrell, 61, of Quarry Street, Beckley, died at home following a short illness.

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

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary, Beckley.

Fay W. McConnell



On Friday, June 8, 2007, Fay W. McConnell passed away at Bowers Hospice House. She was in her 91st year.

Born April 16, 1916, at Coretta, Fay was the daughter of the late Allen and Vircie Shrewsbury Wood.

A well-known resident of Rhodell for many years, Fay and her husband, the late Dr. T.G. McConnell, who died in 1978, owned and operated Stone Coal Drug Store in Rhodell for 50 years. She was a longtime member of Rhodell Town Council, serving as the town recorder. Fay was instrumental in acquiring grants for the town’s water system. She was a member of the Gulf Women’s Club. Fay had a zest for life. An avid member of the Beckley YMCA, she participated in water aerobics at the Y until the age of 88. After the death of Dr. McConnell she moved to Prosperity, where she resided for 19 years. In 2005 as her health began to decline she moved in with her son, Alan “Doc” Wood and his wife, Connie, at Stanaford Acres. She will be remembered as a beloved mother and dear grandmother and great-grandmother.

In addition to her parents and her husband, she was preceded in death by a brother, Frank W. Wood.

Survivors in addition to her son and his wife are two granddaughters, April Adkins and her husband, Rodney, and Kristina Wood; great-granddaughter, Riley Adkins; a great-grandson, Carter Adkins; and an aunt, Velma Barberie of Princeton.

Service will be 1 p.m. Monday, June 11, at Melton Mortuary Chapel, Beckley, with Pastor Melvin Jamison officiating. Burial will follow in Shrewsbury Family Cemetery, Herndon Mountain.

Friends may call one hour before service Monday.

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

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary, Beckley.

Ruth O’Neal



Ruth O’Neal, 83, of Rhodell, passed away Friday, June 8, 2007, at the home of her sister, Greta Bolen at Ballard, after a long illness.

Born in Wyoming County, she was the daughter of Walter and Addie Webb Perdue. Ruth was a born-again Christian.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Jess O’Neal; son, Eddie Hornsby; brother, Gerald Perdue; and sisters, Kitty Hughes and Mary Nell Fortner.

Survivors include her son, Billy Hornsby and wife, Bonnie, of Ghent; daughter, Delean Bolen of Beckley; sister, Greta Bolen and husband, the Rev. Larry Bolen of Ballard, who had been her caregivers; brothers, Harold Perdue; six grandchildren, two stepgrandchildren and several great-grandchildren.

Service will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 12, at Williams-Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Sophia, with the Rev. Gary Eskins officiating. Burial will follow at Sunset Memorial Park, Beckley.

Friends may gather with the family 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

The family would like to thank Hospice of Lewisburg for all the love and care they gave to Ruth.

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

Arrangements by Williams Blue Ridge Funeral Home, 147 Virginia St., Sophia.

Clyde V. Okes



Clyde V. Okes, 90, of 614 Blue Jay Six Road, Cool Ridge, passed away after a long illness at Raleigh General Hospital in Beckley on Friday, June 8, 2007.

Born May 23, 1917, in Sha-dy Spring, he was the son of the late Frederick M. Okes and Willie Furrow Okes Jolly.

Mr. Okes was the former owner of C.V. Okes Coal Co., the founder of Okes Family Farms, and was a retired school bus driver for Raleigh County Schools.

He was a longtime member of the Ghent Area Volunteer Fire Department, former member of the Raleigh County Republican Executive Committee and a recipient of the Honorary State Farmer Degree of the West Virginia Association of Future Farmers of America.

Clyde was a member of Ghent Missionary Baptist Church, where he served as a teacher, deacon, and had taught Sunday school for over 60 years.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his stepfather, Robert “Pop” Jolly; father and mother-in-law, Burl and Donna Epperly; twin daughters, Janet and June; grandson, Winford Dillard; great-grandson, Timmy Harris; brother, William “Scott” Oakes; sister, Cora Okes Greco Porterfield; and son-in-law, Dr. Jorge A. Allende.

Surviving are his wife of 68 years, Mary Epperly Okes; daughters, Willa Dillard and husband, Winford, of Lakeland, Fla., and Sandra Allende-Donahue and husband, Richard, of West LaFayette, Ind.; a son, Fred Okes and wife, Connie, of Cool Ridge; eight grandchildren, Waynette and husband, Marlon Harris, of Christianburg, Va., Wanda McKirahan and husband, Patrick, of Rocky Mount, N.C., Waelon Dillard of Lakeland, Dr. Jorge A. Allende and wife, Megan, of Ukian, Calif., Jeffrey Allende and wife, Page, of Richmond, Va., Kevin Okes and wife, Jennifer, of Cool Ridge, Emily Carver and husband, Daniel, of Cool Ridge and Amanda Okes of Cool Ridge; 12 great-grandchildren, Michael, Christopher, Kimberly, Matthew and Maddie Harris, Kevin and Megan McKirahan, Mercedes and Luciana Allende, Ashe and Catherine Allende, and Abigail Okes; a brother, John Jesse Okes of Medina, Ohio; sisters, Ruth Hatcher Cook of Matheny and Polly Jolly Mitchel of Phoenix, Ariz.; a brother, William “Bill” Jolly of Shady Spring; and sister, Lucy Worley of Ohio.

Service will be noon Monday at Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, Shady Spring Chapel, with the Rev. Charlie Hudson, the Rev. Gerald Kelly, the Rev. George Speck and the Rev. Doug Walls officiating. Entombment will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens Mausoleum.

Friends may call 2 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be Kevin Okes, Jeff Allende, Daniel Carver, Patrick McKirahan, Doug Shrewsbury and Jay McClure.

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

Arrangements by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, Shady Spring.

Ava Belle Burton Rangos



CHARLESTON — Ava Belle Burton Rangos passed away May 12, 2007, at Hubbard House, the Hospice facility in Charleston, after a long illness.

She was born Nov. 17, 1920, in Lester to Luther Dewey and Nora Pearl Canaday Burton and lived much of her youth in Raleigh County. She was a longtime resident of Charleston and St. Albans and lived the last two years at SweetBriar Assisted Living Facility in Dunbar.

Her survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Grace and Jon Whiteis of Brevard, N.C.; granddaughter and great-grandsons, Dr. Laura Ellis, Mark and David Gilbert of Asheville, N.C.; granddaughter and great-grandson, Elizabeth Ellis and Christopher Geisser of Atlanta, Ga.; and great-granddaughter, Christopher Catie Ellis of Charlotte, N.C.

Memorial service will be 2 p.m. Monday, June 11, at Bethany Baptist Church, St. Albans. Private burial will be in Canaday Family Cemetery, Raleigh County.

The family requests, in lieu of flowers, that donations be made to the Bethany Baptist Building Fund, 2504 Grant St., St. Albans, WV 25177, or the Hubbard Hospice House, 1002 Kennawa Drive, Charleston, WV 25311.

Submitted by Bartlett Burdette Cox Funeral Home, Charleston.

Marleen Kay (Cooper) Watson



MANNINGTON — Marleen Kay (Cooper) Watson, 55, is now celebrating her new life with her Savior after an 18-month battle with ovarian cancer that ended on June 8, 2007.

Marleen, one of 13 children, was born Aug. 2, 1951, in Beckley. She attended Shady Spring High School, where she met and later married Larry Walter Watson of Mannington in 1972. They moved to Mannington from Shady Spring in 1975, and had two children, Charity and Nina. Marleen was a full-time mother and homemaker until beginning a job with Renner Realty in the 1980s. She later attended Webster College and worked as a legal secretary for several years before becoming a Mary Kay consultant.

In recent years, Marleen was passionate about her activities with Mannington Church of the Nazarene, where she sang in the choir, directed the women’s ministry and assisted with Vacation Bible School. Her love for her grandchildren was wholehearted and motivated her through her fight with cancer. She will be remembered for her love of family, Jesus, and others.

She is survived by her husband, Larry Walter Watson; two daughters, Charity Kay Marstiller and husband, Rick Marstiller, of Martinsburg and Nina Faye Hancock and husband, Len Hancock, of Morgantown; two granddaughters, Emily Kaylyn and Olivia June Marstiller, both of Martinsburg; and a grandson, Cooper James Hancock of Morgantown. She is also survived by brothers and sisters, Evelyn Louise Hertzog of Middleburg, Fla., David Edsel Cooper and wife, Rebecca, of Medina, Ohio, Hubert Cooper of Hico, Loretta Lilly and husband, James, of Hico, Kenneth Cooper of Olmsted Township, Ohio, Larry Melvin Cooper and wife, Jane, of North Royalton, Ohio, Margarette Thompson of Hico, Roger Cooper and wife, Mary, of Beaver and R. Leon Cooper and wife, Jane, of Hico; as well as many in-laws and nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Edward and Opal Cooper, and three brothers, Franklin, Eugene and Curtis Cooper, all of Beaver.

Local viewing will be 1 to 5 p.m. today at Mannington Church of the Nazarene. Service will be 11 a.m. Monday at the church with Pastor Bill Hines officiating.

A second viewing will be 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, Shady Spring Chapel. Service will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at the chapel with Pastors Wayne Lilly and Jimmy Lilly officiating. Burial will follow in Cooper Family Cemetery, Odd.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the women’s ministry at Mannington Church of the Nazarene at 986-1670.

Arrangements by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, Shady Spring.

Estil E. White



WILMINGTON, N.C. — On Sunday, June 3, 2007, Estil E. White, formerly of Beckley and Wharton, passed away in a Wilmington hospice following a short illness. He was in his 81st year.

Born Estil Eugene White on Nov. 20, 1925, he was one of six children born to the late Troy and Norma Green White.

A veteran of World War II, Mr. White served in the U.S. Navy. An employee of Eastern Associated and Peabody Coal companies, Eugene had more than 40 years in the mining industry. He was a member of several organizations and lodges. He will be greatly missed by family and friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his loving wife of 40 years and mother of his two sons, Mary Lou Poore White, in 1985; and two brothers, Edward and Delmas.

He is survived by his devoted wife, Phyllis; his beloved sons, John White and his wife, Cathy, of Beckley and Jay White and his wife, Ruth, of Wilmington; a stepson, Michael Knaub and his wife, Karen, of Saluda, N.C.; the dear grandfather of Jon White of Columbus, Ohio, Amber, Katie, Mary, Jay and Madison of Wilmington; three great-grandchildren, Alexandra and Andrew White of Columbus and Michael Williams of Wilmington; the brother of Damen White, Angelina Loftus and Nina Jean Ball, all of Madison.

Friends may call 11 a.m. to noon Tuesday, June 12, at Melton Mortuary Chapel, 1200 Harper Road, Beckley. Private service for the family will be noon with the Rev. David Trump officiating. Burial will follow in Sunset Memorial Park, Beckley. Oak Hill VFW Post 3110 will conduct military rites at the grave.

Donations of sympathy can be made to the Lower Cape Fear Hospice and Life Care Center, 725-A Wellington Ave., Wilmington, NC 28401.

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

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary, Beckley.

Thelma Eleanor Harryman Wilson



CASS — Thelma Eleanor Harryman Wilson, 94, of Cass, passed away Thursday, June 7, 2007.

Service will be 1 p.m. Monday at Wallace and Wallace Funeral Home, Arbovale. Friends may call 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Mountain Hospice, 1600 Crim Ave., Belington, WV 26250, or Pocahontas Memorial Hospital, RR 2 Box 52W, Buckeye, WV 24924.

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

Arrangements by Wallace and Wallace Funeral Home, Arbovale.