The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

September 25, 2007

Obituaries for Wednesday, September 26, 2007


Harless ‘Flap’ Blankenship



PRINCETON — Harless “Flap” Blankenship, 53, of 310 Low Gap Road, died Sunday, Sept. 23, 2007, in Hinton as the result of a motorcycle accident.

Born Sept. 28, 1953, at Swords Creek, Va., he was the son of Cecil and Agnes Stoots Blankenship of Beechwood.

Mr. Blankenship worked at ICG Coal Co. of Beckley and was a member of the UMWA. In his spare time, he loved to ride his Harley. He was of the Pentecostal faith and was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served in Korea. He was a very respectful and honest man. He was a loving, devoted husband, son, dad and granddad. He is now an angel living in the many homes of the Lord, watching down and protecting those he left behind.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his wife, Rhonda Fortner Blankenship; a daughter, Angel D. Phillips and her husband, Robert, of Warsaw, Va.; a son, Steven W. Blankenship of Statesville, N.C.; two brothers, Thomas Lee Blankenship of Nyssa, Ore., and Robert Lynn Blankenship of Crab Orchard; six sisters, Audrey Marie James of Kansas City, Mo., Rosa Turner of Oak Hill, Nancy Jane Bolen of North Carolina and Kathy Ann Blankenship, Zone Gail Manley and Mary Lou Blankenship, all of Beechwood; four grandchildren, Jordan Blankenship, Bethany Blankenship, Kyra Inglett and Harley Phillips; and his special little buddy, Phoenix Parker.

Service will be 1 p.m. today at Rowland H. Bailey Funeral Chapel of Bailey-Kirk Funeral Home, Princeton, with the Rev. Carl R. Underwood officiating. Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Gardens, Princeton, where military honors will be conducted by the West Virginia Honor Guard.

Serving as pallbearers will be Greg Turner, Rusty Blankenship, Roger Fortner, Tim Fortner, Edwin Bolanos and Billy Evans.

Friends may call noon until time of service today at the funeral home.

To view a video tribute to Mr. Blankenship or send the family online condolences, please visit www.bailey-kirk.com.

Arrangements by Bailey-Kirk Funeral Home, Princeton.

Theodore R. ‘Teddy’ Campbell



RAINELLE — Theodore R. “Teddy” Campbell, 70, passed away Friday, Sept. 21, 2007, following an automobile accident just south of Lilly Park in Rainelle.

Born July 20, 1937, at Leslie, he was the son of Vera Campbell of Hines and the late Frank Campbell.

Teddy was a mechanic in Rainelle for years and retired from the Pittston Mines at Mount Lookout. When not working, he loved to hunt and fish.

In addition to his father, Mr. Campbell was preceded in death by a brother, Frank Campbell Jr.

Along with his mother, survivors include his wife of almost 51 years, Jean Walthall Campbell; a son, Rick Campbell and wife, Kim, of Palm Bay, Fla.; a brother, Henry Campbell and wife, Cathy, of Clintonville; a sister, Janet Royse and husband, Charlie, of Summerton, Tenn.; a grandson, Richard Campbell Jr. of Palm Bay; a granddaughter, Brandy Owens and husband, Charlie, of Higgensville, Mo.; two great-grandsons, Da-mion Campbell and Anderson Owens; and two great-granddaughters, Kaylee and Alissa Owens.

Graveside service will be 2 p.m. Thursday at Wallace Memorial Cemetery, Clintonville, with Evangelist George Deitz officiating.

There will be no visitation.

Arrangements by Smathers Funeral Chapel, Rainelle.

Gloria Jean Cochran



MONETA, Va. — Gloria Jean Cochran, 66, formerly of MacArthur, passed away Saturday Sept. 22, 2007.

Graveside service will be 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, at Mountain View Cemetery, Vinton, Va. Family will receive friends 6 to 8 p.m. today at Oakey’s Funeral Service Vinton Chapel.

Submitted by Calfee Funeral Home, Beckley.

Shelba Carol Collins



RICHWOOD — Shelba Carol Collins, 69, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, Sept. 24, 2007.

Service will be 11 a.m. Thursday at Simons-Coleman Funeral Home, Richwood. Friends may call 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Arrangements by Simons-Coleman Funeral Home, Richwood.

Amber Leeann Dellinger



OAK HILL — Amber Leeann Dellinger, 6, died Monday, Sept. 24, 2007, at Charleston Area Medical Center, Women’s and Children’s Hospital.

Born Aug. 28, 2001, in Harrisonburg, Va., she was the daughter of James David and Tresa C. Russell Dellinger of Oak Hill.

Amber was a first-grade student at Oak Hill Elementary School. She was a member of the Assembly of God, Mount Hope.

She was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, John and Doris Russell.

Survivors include a brother, Jonathan Dellinger of Oak Hill; paternal grandparents, Greg and Vickie O'Dell of Oak Hill; paternal great-grandmother, Iris Fortner of Oak Hill; maternal great-grandmother, Hilda Lloyd of Lynchburg, Va.; grandfather, Mike “Pappy” Dellinger of Harrisonburg, Va.; aunt, Lisa of Harrisonburg; and uncles, Ogie and Chris of Oak Hill.

Service will be 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 28, at Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill, with the Rev. Jessie Parker officiating. Cremation will follow.

Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, donations of sympathy may be made to the family.

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

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Ray Elwood Ellis



MULLENS — Ray Elwood Ellis, 80, died Monday, Sept. 24, 2007, in a Beckley hospital following a short illness.

Born Sept. 3, 1927, in Dixon, Va., he was the son of the late James Arival and Goldie (Deel) Ellis.

Ray had been a dry wall finisher for over 60 years. At age 80, Ray was still doing the work he loved. He was a U.S. Navy veteran. He was Baptist by faith and loved the preaching of God’s word. He will be sadly missed by all those who loved and knew him.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Charlotte Canada Ellis; four brothers; a sister; paternal grandmother, Pricy Dickson; and maternal grandparents, John and Sarah Farmer Deel.

He leaves to cherish his memory two daughters, Theresa Lopez and her husband, Ronnie, of Corinne and Kim Adkins and her husband, Kenny, of Ohio; two sons, James Bartley of Lashmeet and Alex Ellis of Mullens; two stepdaughters, Candy Ewers and her husband, James, and Debbie Dowdy and her husband, Ray, all of Virginia; eight grandchildren, Donnie and David Lopez, Wayne “Tink” Dudley, Jessica Dalton, James Joseph Bartley, Rachel Bartley and Joshua and Jacob Adkins; several great-grandchildren; two sisters, Rebecca Walls of Lake Bottom and Linda Duncan and her husband, the Rev. Jon Duncan, of Lashmeet; a brother, Roger Ellis and his wife, Priscilla, of Lashmeet; an aunt, Neel Belcher of Clintwood, Va.; a cousin, Bill Deel of Charleston; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Service will be 2 p.m. Thursday at Mullens Church of God with the Rev. John Duncan officiating. Burial will follow in the Bowling Cemetery, Spanishburg.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

Friends may call noon until time of service Thursday at the church.

Arrangements by Tankersley Funeral Home, Mullens.

Alice Mae Moten Harris



ALDERSON — Alice Mae Moten Harris, 78, died Sunday, Sept. 23, 2007, at Greenbrier Valley Medical Center, Fairlea, from complications following a stroke.

Born Sept. 28, 1928, in Hinton, she was the daughter of the late Earl B. and Dora Boone Moten. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two sons, James Earl Harris in 1950 and Larry Joe Harris in 1972.

Mrs. Harris was a homemaker. She was a 1947 graduate of Hinton High School and was a member of Old Greenbrier Baptist Church, Alderson. Mrs. Harris was a 50-year member of Alderson Chapter No. 119, Order of the Eastern Star.

Survivors include her husband, G. Hugh Harris, with whom she would have celebrated their 59th wedding anniversary on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2007; four children, Garland Harris and his wife, Sharon, of Alderson, Jerry Harris and his wife, Julia, of Griffith Creek, Sheila Harris of Asbury and David Harris and his wife, Barbara, of Alderson; a brother, Earl Ray Moten and his wife, Wanda, of Peterstown; nine grandchildren, Tracy Allen, Shawn Harris, Larry Harris, Leslie Reid, Monica Walker, Laurel Holliday, Caleb Harris, Stacy Harris and Holli Harris; nine great-grandchildren, John Allen, Ryan Allen, Michael King, Riley Harris, Alex Harris, McGuire Reid, Noah Reid, Avery Reid and Jaydon Gore; an uncle, Charlie Moten of Nimitz; sister-in-law, Iona Ryan of Hinton; brother-in-law, Edwin Ray Harris of Alderson; and several nieces and nephews.

Service will be 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28, at Old Greenbrier Baptist Church, Alderson, with the Rev. Mark Stauffer and the Rev. Alvie Edwards officiating. Burial will follow at Old Greenbrier Memorial Cemetery, Alderson.

Friends may call 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, at Lobban Funeral Home, Alderson, and one hour before service Friday at the church.

Serving as pallbearers will be Pat Nash, Mark Ballard, Eric Duff, Frankie Jones, Jerry Kyle and Charles M. Lobban, Jr.

Serving as honorary pallbearers will be the members of the Alderson Volunteer Fire Department and EMS.

In lieu of flowers, contributions of sympathy may be made to the Alderson Volunteer Fire Department and EMS, P.O. Box 647, Alderson, WV 24910 or to the Old Greenbrier Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 456, Alderson, WV 24910.

Arrangements by Lobban Funeral Home, Alderson.

Frank Lucas



On Sunday, Sept. 23, 2007, Frank Lucas of Dameron went to see his Lord and Savior after a long illness. He was 73 years of age.

Known affectionately as “Frank,” James Franklin Lucas was born Dec. 10, 1933, at Dameron, where he had been a lifelong resident. He was one of nine children born to the late James Edward and Rosetta Cook Lucas. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers, French and Big John, and a sister, Agnes Sizemore.

Frank was a retired coal miner with Peabody Coal Co. He had 32 years in the mining industry and three years with the C&O; Railroad. He was a member of Local Union 6608 at Montcoal. A member of Flat Branch Baptist Church, Frank liked to go fishing, camping and playing the Dobro. He really enjoyed listening to bluegrass music and taking care of his two dogs, Possum Joe and Brushetta, and his cat, Katie.

In addition to Lucas family, Frank was preceded in death by his precious son, Frank Edward “Eddie” Lucas.

He was the beloved husband of Evelyn Jean Young Lucas for the past 50 years; they were married on July 31, 1957; the loving father of Sandra Bolon and her husband, James, of Eccles; the special father-in-law of Pamela Lucas of Dameron; the dear grandfather of Lance, Chad and Cody Lucas of Dameron and Heather and Holli Lowe of Eccles; the good brother of Jimmy and Ronnie Lucas of Dameron, Billy Lucas of Arnett, Goldie Bragg of Raton, N.M., and Mary Kathleen Young of Saxon; the fond son-in-law of Lily Young of Hilltop; a host of nieces, nephews, a large extended family and many friends, all of whom he held in high regard.

Service will be 1 p.m. Thursday at Melton Mortuary Chapel, Beckley, with the Rev. Andrew Davis officiating. Special music will be offered by the group, In His Name. Burial will follow at Frank’s home in Dameron beside his son Eddie.

Friends may call 6 to 9 p.m. today at the mortuary and one hour before service Thursday.

Grandsons and nephews will serve as pallbearers.

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

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary, Beckley.

Nicholas Morris Pack



Nicholas Morris Pack, son of Jimmy Don and Christine Marie Lilly Pack of Shamrock, was stillborn on Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2007, at Raleigh General Hospital.

Service will be noon Thursday at Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill, with the Rev. Billy Preston officiating. Burial will follow in High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill.

Visitation will be 11 a.m. to noon Thursday at the funeral home.

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

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Kenneth K. Reed



GLASGOW — Kenneth K. Reed 44, of Glasgow passed away Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2007, at Charleston Area Medical Center, Memorial Division, after a short illness.

Kenneth was a truck driver for Cedar Trucking and he was a Protestant. He formerly lived in Moneta, Va.

He was preceded in death by his father, James R. Reed, and grandparents, James and Nancy Reed and Niece Rachel Keenan.

Surviving are his wife, Karen M. Mills Reed; sons, Brandon Reed and Jason Reed of Roanoke, Va., and Aaron Mills and Dennis Reed, both of Glasgow, and one future grandchild; mother, Sigrid Bergler Reed of Cedar Grove; sisters, Kathey Hardy and Pamela Montgomery of Moneta and Sonya Keenan of Cedar Grove; special nieces, Courtney, Emma, Jessica and Samantha; nephews, Kean and Gabriel; great-niece, Andera; great-nephew, Alexander; and Kenneth’s beloved dog, Bear.

Service will be 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28, at Cooke Funeral Home Chapel, 600 Old Fort St., Cedar Grove, with the Rev. Dale Elswick officiating. Burial will follow at Kanawha Valley Memorial Gardens, Glasgow.

Friends may call 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, at the funeral home.

Condolences may be sent to the family via our Web site www.cookefuneralhome.com

Cooke Funeral Home & Crematorium, Cedar Grove, is in charge of arrangements.

Emma Richards



Emma Richards, 92, of Beckley, passed away Monday, Sept. 24, 2007, after a short illness.

Born Nov. 24, 1914, she was the daughter of the late Porter and Annie Withrow. She was of the Christian faith.

In addition to her parents, Emma was preceded in death by her husband, Ernest Richards; a daughter, Alice Jo Hill; three brothers, Robert “Bert” Withrow, Randell Withrow and Samuel “Ward” Withrow; and a sister, Leola Waugh.

Those left to cherish her memory include a sister, Kay Crist and her husband, Deryl, of Charleston; two grandsons, Phillip Hill and his wife, Margaret, of Frankfort, Ind., and Richard Hill and his wife, Terri, of Akron, Ohio; three great-grandchildren, Wayne, David and Kayla Hill, all of Frankfort, Ind.; and several nieces and nephews.

Service will be 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, at Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley, with Pastor Lee Swor officiating. Burial will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens.

Friends may gather with the family 1 to 2 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

The family would like to thank her many friends for their thoughtful acts of kindness, especially Maxine Vandall and Audrey Baker.

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

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

Rhonda Jo Sessums



ELLISTON, Va. — Rhonda Jo Sessums, 34, passed away Monday, Sept. 24, 2007.

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

Arrangements by Groves Funeral Home, Union.

Edward M. Buck’ Sprague



WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS — Edward M. “Buck” Sprague, 66, passed away Monday, Sept. 24, 2007, at his residence after a three-year battle with cancer.

Mr. Sprague was born Feb. 10, 1941, at White Sulphur Springs and was the son of the late Ben and Edna Perkins Sprague.

Buck was raised in White Sulphur Springs, worked as a surveyor for Branch Highways of Roanoke, Va., and was a U.S. Army veteran.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Virginia Munsey; and two brothers, Jim Sprague and Ben Sprague.

Survivors include his wife, Shirley Crosier Sprague; a daughter, Julie Sprague Morgan of Fairlea; two sons, Marine Sgt. Maj. Michael E. Sprague and wife, Lynn, of Belle Chase, La., and Brian Sprague and wife, JoAnn, of Arlington Heights, Ill.; a sister, Mary Unroe of Tennessee; two brothers, Billy Joe Sprague of Paint Bank, Va., and Frank Sprague of Verona, Va.; and grandchildren, Elisabeth Sprague, Christian Sprague, Gunner Sprague, Sofia Sprague, Courtney Lee Morgan, Jarrett Morgan, and Bailey Morgan.

Service will be 2 p.m. Thursday at Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Lewisburg, with Pastor Dallas Peyton officiating. Burial will follow in Mapledale Cemetery.

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

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be mailed to Hospice Care Inc., 540 N. Jefferson St., Box 7, Suite D, Lewisburg, W.Va. 24901.

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

Arrangement by Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Lewisburg.

Hans Michael Stump



PINEVILLE — Hans Michael Stump, 25, of Pineville, died Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2007, at the University of Virginia Medical Center.

Hans was the son of Allen Stump of Pineville and Charmaine Stump of Coalwood. He attended Smyrna Seventh-day Sabbath Chapel in Wolf Pen. Hans worked for the McDowell Ambulance Authority as a dispatcher. He was a certified EMT, ham radio operator (KC8ZFW), railway enthusiast and above all a lover of the things of God with a special interest in church pipe organ music.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his sister, Heidi Stump of Coalwood.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Daniel Allen Stump.

Memorial service will be 11 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 30, at Smyrna Seventh-day Sabbath Chapel, Wolf Pen.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Children’s Tumor Foundation (http://www. ctf.org/).

Eugene Dale Walton



RENICK — Eugene Dale Walton, 50, died Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2007, at Greenbrier Valley Medical Center, Fairlea.

Arrangements by Morgan Funeral Home, Lewisburg.