The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

December 27, 2007

Obituaries for Friday, December 28, 2007


Margaret M. (Montgomery) Boehly



HAMILTON, Ohio — Margaret M. (Montgomery) Boehly, 95, of Berkeley Square, Hamilton, formerly of Mount Hope, crossed over to the Father’s House on Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2007, at the Fort Hamilton Vitas Unit.

She was born March 18, 1912 in Roseville to the late Robert Garfield and Pearl Frances (Vernon) Montgomery.

Margaret was the second of 10 children and is survived by a sister, Ella Walker of Mount Hope; brother, the Rev. Grant Montgomery and his wife, Ann, of Hamilton; and many nieces and nephews, among them a beloved niece, Betty Ciccatell and her husband, Bud, of Waterford, Ohio.

She was preceded in death by four brothers, Russell, Abner, Virgil and Robert Montgo-mery (infant); and three sisters, Clara Witt, Letty Suttle and Maxine Rhodes.

Margaret graduated from Mount Hope High School in 1930. She enjoyed a long, professional career in various federal government agencies. She was appointed a post and served with the U.S. Occupational forces in Germany after World War II. Her last position was as chief librarian for the Navy Department doing submarine acoustical research.

Margaret was a life-long member of Assemblies of God Church, a devout, caring, compassionate person. She was a “second Mom” to her brothers and sisters and was deeply loved by her family and many friends. She was an avid student of the Bible, a lover of great books and a pursuer of education her entire life. She loved the state of West Virginia where she grew up and the mountain streams and all of God’s nature.

Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Sunday Dec. 30, at Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope, with the Rev. Grant Montgomery officiating. Burial will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Beckley.

Visitation will be one hour before service at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be sent at www.tyreefuneralhome.com

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope.

Kenneth ‘Bud’ Bryant Sr.



On Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2007, Kenneth N. Bryant Sr. of Beckley passed away at St. Mary’s Hospital in Huntington following a brief illness. He was in his 81st year.

Known affectionately as “Bud,” Kenneth was born March 9, 1926, at Chapmanville. He was the son of the late James and Marie Asbury Bryant. Kenneth grew up in Edwight where he graduated from Marsh Fork High School.

Kenneth served in World War II in the southern Philippines. He held the rank of sergeant, Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 35th Infantry. He worked in construction and raised his family in Babylon, N.Y. Kenneth returned to Beckley in 1991.

An avid nature lover, flower grower and home renovator, Kenneth Bryant will be remembered as a beloved son, brother, father, grandfather and friend.

He is survived by a sister, Evelyn Long of Barrett; three children, Belinda Bryant, Kenny Bryant and Carla Fitzgerald; his beloved daughter-in-law, Anita Bryant, and sons-in-law, Kevin Fitzgerald and Bob Seidmann; four dearly loved grandchildren, Natalie Bryant, Kayla Bryant, Elisabeth Fitzgerald and Tracy Forrest; and two special friends as close as family, Eugene Harvey and Mary Meadows.

Graveside service will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Sunset Memorial Park, Beckley, with the Rev. David Trump officiating. Oak Hill Post 3110 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars will conduct military rites at the grave.

Friends may call 6 to 8 p.m. today at Melton Mortuary, Beckley. Those wishing to attend the graveside rites are asked to meet at the mortuary by 10:30 a.m. Saturday.

Pallbearers will be Randy Hoover, Bruce Lazenby, Lloyd Jarrell, Kenny Bryant, Adam Forrest and Kevin Fitzgerald. Honorary pallbearers will be Ron Clay and Frankie Long.

In lieu of flowers, please send any donations to a very caring St. Mary’s Hospital, St. Mary’s Foundation; St. Mary’s Medical Center, 2900 1st Ave., Huntington, WV 25702 Attn.: David Sheils.

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

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary, Beckley.

Betty Lucille Masters Cosby



Betty Lucille Masters Cosby, 81, of Bradley, died Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2007, at Raleigh General Hospital, Beckley.

Born April 25, 1926, at Amherstdale, she was the daughter of the late Elijah A. and Mary Maude Ferguson Masters.

She was a retired parts manager for Sears Roebuck.

Mrs. Cosby was a member of Calloway Heights Baptist Church, Beckley. She bowled in two leagues.

Her husband, Cecil E. Cosby, and a brother, Robert Carroll Masters and his wife, Evelyn, preceded her in death.

Survivors include brother, James Allen Masters and wife, Lois, of Venice, Fla.; five nieces, Jo Ellen Masters Smith of Delaware, Ohio, Kimberly Lucille Masters of Fremont, Calif., Judy Masters Shamrock of Courtland, Ohio, Faith Hunter Webb of Marne, Mich., and Hope Hunter Eggerding of Grand Rapids, Mich.; three nephews, Robert Carroll Masters, Jr. of Lake Havasu City, Ariz., Bill Masters of Orange, Calif., and James Hunter of Shelbyville, Ind.; cousins Dorothy “Dot” Felty of Huntington, Carolyn Dean of Lewisburg, David and Nancy Thompson of Bethesda, Md., and Margie Ferguson of High Point, N.C.; dear friends, Glen and Margaret Williams, Vienna Hurt, Ralph and Carolyn Rinehart, all of Bradley; her former boss, Jerry Phillips; and a host of friends and the congregation of Calloway Heights Baptist Church.

Service will be 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 29, at Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope, with the Rev. Bill Parker and the Rev. Jeff Canterbury officiating. Burial will be at High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill.

Visitation will be noon to 1 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be sent at www.tyreefuneralhome.com

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope.

Charles Alan Edwards



Charles Alan Edwards, 37, of Dameron, passed away Friday, Dec. 21, 2007, at his home.

He was born April 6, 1970, in Miami County, Ohio, a son of Marlin Edwards and the late Joyce June Painter.

Charles was preceded in death by his mother and his mother-in-law, Shirley Stewart.

Survivors include his estranged wife, Joanne Stewart Edwards; his children, Marleigh Danielle, Rebekka Jillian, Charles Alan and Loranell Joyce, all at home; a sister, Reva Rowe and her husband, Jim, and their children, William and Tara Edwards and Derek Hughes, of Soak Creek; brothers, Larry Joseph Hughes and companion, Tammy Miller, of Pax, Ervin Lawrence Edwards of Matthews, N.C., Timothy Eugene Edwards and wife, Julie, and their children, Brittney, Jarod, Ryan and Christian Edwards, of Matthews, Marlin Eugene Edwards and wife, Wanda, and their children, Makayla and Madison, of Sand Branch Road and Marlin “Dewayne” Edwards of North Carolina; a brother-in-law, Larry Dale Stewart of Conover, N.C.; and father-in-law, Lawrence “Dale” Stewart of Dameron.

Charles “Chuck” had many friends and some special friends, Michael Rorrer of Dameron, Ricky Scarbro of Stover and Casey Morgan (whom he loved like a son) of Beckley.

Chuck loved to hunt, fish and trade and he enjoyed working on cars. He loved God and always knew God was so merciful to him.

Pallbearers will be Marlin Eugene Edward Jr., Larry Joseph Hughes, Michael Rorrer, Ricky Scarbro, Richard Scarbro and Andrew Allen. Honorary pallbearer will be “his son,” Charles Alan Edwards.

Chuck will be missed dearly.

Service will be 1 p.m. Saturday at Grace and Truth Ministry’s Church, Coal City, with Pastor Bill Spencer and Stanley Chaffin officiating. Singers will be Stanley Chaffin. Burial will follow in Pax Community Cemetery.

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

Arrangements by Armstrong Funeral Home, Whitesville.

Hazel Lorraine Estep



OCEANA — Hazel Lorraine Estep, 53, departed this life Thursday, Dec. 27, 2007, at Raleigh General Hospital in Beckley.

Arrangements by Adam Toler Memorial Funeral Home, Oceana.

Carolyn Carlton Gurley



Carolyn Carlton Gurley, 65, of Ghent, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2007.

Memorial service will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 29, at Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley. Friends may call one hour before service.

Arrangements by Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley.

Jessie Harris



PRINCETON — Jessie Harris, 92, died Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2007, at Glenwood Park Retirement Village in Princeton following a long illness.

Born July 19, 1915, at Thayer, she was the daughter of the late Simon Peter “S.P.” Harris and Ora Eda Bowyer Harris.

Jessie attended New River State College in Montgomery and graduated with a B.A. degree in education from Morris Harvey College in Charleston. For her entire teaching career, beginning in 1938, she taught elementary school in Fayette County and Laurel Creek, at Layland and at Mount Hope. She was an avid gardener and loved animals. She was a generous and caring person. For many years, she resided on Stanaford Road in Beckley. Recently, she had been living at Glenwood Park Retirement Village in Princeton.

She was preceded in death by her older sister, Bessie Harris Johnson, and her older brother, Melvin Harris.

Survivors include a sister-in-law, Angie Lambert Harris, who resides at Glenwood Park Retirement Village, Princeton.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of Southern West Virginia, P.O. Box 1472, Beckley, WV 25801.

The family wishes to extend their appreciation to the staff at Glenwood Park Retirement Village.

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

Graveside rites and burial will be 11 a.m. Saturday at High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill, with Pastor Wayne Peters officiating. There will be no visitation.

Arrangements by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, Beckley.

Bernice Marie Lester



MULLENS — Bernice Marie Lester, 90, died Thursday, Dec. 27, 2007, at SunBridge Pine Lodge Care Center, Beckley, following a long illness.

Arrangements by Tankersley Funeral Home, Mullens.

Jay L. McComas Jr.



MULLENS — Jay L. McComas Jr., 51, of Mullens, died Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2007, in a Beckley hospital.

Born Jan. 28, 1956, at Mullens, he was the son of the late Jay Luther McComas Sr. and Sadie Mae Tolliver McComas Ellison.

Mr. McComas was a former employee of Norfolk Southern Railroad and a U.S. Army veteran.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his stepfather, Noah Ellison, and a stepbrother, Elmer Ellison.

Those left to cherish his memory include four step-children, Shawn, William, Jason and Tonya; three sisters, Betty Stowers McMillion and her husband, Homer, of Corinne, Ruth Underwood and her husband, Carl, of Bud and Mildred Catron and her husband, Les, of Princeton; four brothers, Alvin McComas and his wife, Sherron, of Jamestown, Ohio, Earl McComas and his wife, Shondra, of Charleston, Alfred McComas of Mullens and Wayne McComas and his wife, Wanda, of Peterstown; and a stepbrother, Vern Ellison and his wife, Henrietta, of Keyrock.

Service will be 1 p.m. Saturday at Tankersley Funeral Home Chapel, Mullens, with the Rev. Justin Farley officiating. Burial will follow in Palm Memorial Gardens, Matheny.

Friends may call 11 a.m. until time of service Saturday at the funeral home.

Family members will serve as pallbearers.

Condolences may be expressed online at www. tankersleyfh.com

Arrangements by Tankersley Funeral Home, Mullens.

Oather R. Meadows



HOUSTON — Oather Raymond Meadows, 73, formerly of Fayetteville, passed away Thursday, Dec. 20, 2007.

Private graveside service will be held by the family.

Online condolences and other information available online at www.doddpaynehessfuneralhome.com

Arrangements by Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, Fayetteville.

Elna Irene Orndorff



GREEN VALLEY — Elna Irene Orndorff, 83, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2007, at Summersville Extended Care Facility after a long illness.

She was born Jan. 1, 1924, at Carl, the daughter of the late Willie and Martha McCutcheon McClung.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Wardney Landacre; three sisters, Mary, Io and Leo; and a brother, Hayward. She was a member of Mountain Baptist Church of Carl.

Survivors include her loving, caring husband of 35 years, Victor, who visited her daily at the nursing homes. Elna was the love of his life and will be sadly missed; Kay Roberts of Leivasy; two nieces, Lesta Roberts of Leivasy and Cheryl Sue Boggs of Rainelle; two nephews, Lendon Trout of Fairlea and Bobby Trout of Leivasy; and several great-nieces and great-nephews; sisters-in-law, Anna and Phyliss Orndorff of Cincinnati, Ohio; brothers-in-law, James Orndorff of Cincinnati, Thomas and wife, Gloria Orndorff, of Hominy Falls and Vinton and Orionoko “Noke” Orndorff of Columbus, Ohio.

Service will be 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 29, at Mountain Baptist Church, Carl, with the Rev. Houston Boothe officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Visitation will be one hour before service at the church.

Victor and Kay would like to extend their thanks to the staff at the Brier Rehabilitation Center of Fairlea and Summersville Extended Care Facility.

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Rainelle.

Madeline S. Ramsey



PETERSTOWN — Madeline S. Ramsey, 86, of Peterstown, passed away Wednesday Dec. 26, 2007, at her residence.

Born Oct. 25, 1921, at Alderson, she was the daughter of the late Oscar and Mae Thomas Still.

Madeline was involved with the local 4-H clubs and was a member of Peterstown Missionary Baptist Church.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by three brothers, Harry, Elden and Orland Still, and two sisters, Faye Withrow and Anamae Hedrick.

Survivors include her loving husband of 67 years, Cecil Ramsey; two sons, Thomas B. Ramsey of Lansing, Mich., and Ronald L. Ramsey and wife, Nancy, of Eaton Rapids, Mich.; s granddaughter, Amy D. Ide and husband, Jason, of Morrice, Mich., and two grandsons, Terrance and Michael.

Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Saturday Dec. 29, at Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home Chapel, Peterstown, with the Rev. Jonathan Jennings officiating. Burial will follow at Greenbrier Memorial Gardens, Lewisburg.

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

Online guest book can be signed or condolences sent to the Ramsey family at www. broyles-shrewsbury. com

Arrangements by Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home, Peterstown.

Charles Larry Robinson



MONTGOMERY — Charles Larry Robinson, 66, of Montgomery, died Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2007.

Born April 15, 1941, in Rainelle, he was the son of the late Joseph Gordon Robinson and Alma Irene Robinson.

He was preceded in death by longtime friend, Margaret Lutes, and canine companion, Benji.

Larry, a retired truck driver for Keen Transport Inc. of New Kingstown, Pa., was currently driving for Boxley Aggregates. Larry was formerly the fire chief for the Montgomery Fire Department. He taught welding and machine at West Virginia Tech, worked at Elkin Metals at Alloy and other machine shops in the area.

Survivors include a son, Kevin Robinson and wife, Tina, of Keller, Texas; two grandsons, Aaron and Christopher; two brothers, Harry Robinson and wife, Rita, of Hebron, Ohio, and William “Bill” Robinson and wife, Sue, of Lewisburg; two nephews and three nieces.

Service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 29, at O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery, with the Rev. James R. Baldwin officiating. Graveside service and burial will be 2 p.m. Saturday at End of the Trail Cemetery, Sam Black.

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

Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

Gwendolyn ‘Tommie’ Saunders



LITTLE RIVER, S.C. — Tommie Saunders, 81, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, Dec. 27, 2007, at her home surrounded by her family.

She was born Nov. 18, 1926, in Norton, Va., daughter of the late Frank and Belvon Noe.

She was a devoted wife and loving mother. She was a lifetime member of the United Methodist Women and a loyal member of Little River United Methodist Church.

She is survived by her loving husband, Calvin C. Saunders; son, Rodney Saunders (wife Sharon) of Florissant, Colo.; daughter, Pamela Saunders Elmore of Little River; two sisters, Regina Pallares (husband Toney) of Beckley and Wilma Mullet of Wicomoco Church, Va.; four grandchildren, Andrea Murtiff (husband Mark) of Roanoke, Va., Bruce Saunders (wife Erika) of Lancaster, N.Y., Chad Saunders (wife Amy) of Montrose, Colo., and Tiffani Moxley (husband Gary) of Macedon, N.Y.; five great-grandchildren, Kelsey Murtiff of Roanoke, Brianne and Michael Moxley of Macedon, Cameron Saunders of Lancaster, N.Y., and Rylan Saunders, Montrose.

She was preceded in death by great-grandson, Ryan Nicholas Murtiff.

She worked for the State Department in Washington, D.C., during World War II and married Calvin in July 1945, moving to West Virginia, their home state. They were very involved in the United Methodist Church in Sophia, including starting a youth group. In 1962 they moved to Princeton, shortly after which they started their own discount store business. In 1988 they moved to Little River, where she served in many ways at the Little River church, including serving a Thanksgiving dinner she helped cook every year for those in need.

Service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 29, at Little River United Methodist Church with the Rev. Randy Smith officiating. Graveside service will be 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 31, at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Beckley.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to Little River United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 160, Little River, S.C. 29566 or Liberty Hospice, P.O. Box 200, Supply, NC 28462.

Lee Funeral Home & Crematory, Little River/North Myrtle Beach, is serving the family.

Goldie Marie Sparks



PRINCETON — Goldie Marie Sparks, 78, died Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2007.

Service will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Waters Funeral Chapel, Summersville. Friends may call 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral chapel.

E-Condolences to watersfuneralchapel@verizon.net

Arrangements by Waters Funeral Chapel, Summersville.

Ayden Nathaniel Tolley



BLACKSBURG, Va. — Ayden Nathaniel Tolley, one-month-old infant son of Amber R. Gillenwater and Adam E. Tolley, passed away Friday, Dec. 21, 2007.

Graveside service will be 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 29, at Roselawn Memorial Gardens Mausoleum, Princeton.

Online guest book may be signed or condolences sent to the family at www.broyles-shrewsbury.com

Arrangements made by Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home, Peterstown.

Betty L. Wallace



Betty L. “Granny” Wallace, 78, arose to a new life with Christ on Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2007, on strong legs and knees. She was born Oct. 27, 1929, in Huntington, the daughter of Arnold and Bernice “Boots” Wyont.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Jackie Feltham; a brother, Tom Wyont; and ex-husband, Dolas Wallace.

When able, Granny loved to attend Little League and Babe Ruth games; she worked the concession stand for several years at both locations. She loved to bowl, watch Marshall and WVU football, but her greatest enjoyment came from playing board games with her great-grandchildren.

Those remaining behind to cherish her memory include daughters, Kathie Wallace and Vicky “Dody” Roles and husband, Wesley; grandchildren, Jeff Meadows and Trista Lafferty and husband, Brad; great-grandchildren, Brooklynn Meadows, Kendall Meadows, Phoenix Lafferty and Jaxon Lafferty; and brother Rick Wyont, all of Beckley; foster sister, Edna Zirkle of Virginia; foster brother, Bill Whitt of California; sister-in-law, Minoka Simpson of Huntington; and numerous nieces and nephews and special niece Marilyn Menear of Huntington. A special thanks to her friends and care givers Linda Waldron and Ann Honaker.

Funeral service will be 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 30, at Oak Grove Christian Church with Mr. Ken Overdorf and Mr. Rick Absher officiating. Burial will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery, Beckley.

Friends may call 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday at Melton Mortuary, Beckley, and one hour before service at the church.

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

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary, Beckley.

Helen M. West



Helen M. West, 75, of Coal City, died Monday, Dec. 24, 2007, at Charleston Area Medical Center, General Division, following a short illness.

Born Nov. 11, 1932, at Whitby, she was the daughter of the late Cecil Pembrook Bragg and the late Susan Lucy Richmond Bragg.

She was a homemaker, and attended Sunset Hills Missionary Baptist Church at Coal City. She had made her home at Coal City most of her life, and was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Fraternal Order of Eagles and the Ladies Auxiliary of the Sophia-Midway VFW Post.

Mrs. West was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence M. West.

Survivors include three sons, Mike M. West and wife, Betsy, of Gum Spring, Va., Stephen Rogers and wife, Linda, of Louisa, Va., and Kenneth Rogers of Oklahoma City, Okla.; four daughters, Karen Galindo and husband, Jesse, of San Antonio, Texas, Linda Nelson and husband, Tom, of College Station, Texas, Jeannie Wilburn and husband, Gregory, of Ripplemead, Va., and Lynn Baggett and husband, Farrow, of Louisa, Va.; a brother, Ray Bragg and wife, Debbie, of Coal City; two sisters, Eva Bragg of Sullivan and Eresell Troxell of Westminister, Md.; 11 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Service will be 1 p.m. Saturday at Rose and Quesenberry Peace Chapel, Beckley, with the Rev. Melvin Jamison officiating. Burial will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Beckley.

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

Family members will serve as pallbearers.

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

Arrangements by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, Beckley.