The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

January 31, 2008

Obituaries for Friday, February 1, 2008


William J. Baker



William John “Bill” Baker, of Rollingwood Drive, Beckley, passed away Thursday, Jan. 31, 2008, in a Beckley care center. He was 79 years of age.

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

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary, Beckley.

Opal Clay Bond



Opal Lee Clay Bond, of MacArthur, passed away in a Beckley hospital on Thursday, Jan. 30, 2008. She was 90 years of age.

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

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary, Beckley.

David M. ‘Butch’ Brown



OAK HILL — David Michael “Butch” Brown, 64, of Oak Hill, died Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2008, at Hidden Valley Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Oak Hill, following a long illness.

Born June 24, 1943, at Lookout, he was the son of the late Clarence J. and Dorothy Mae Combs Brown.

He had worked as a crane operator at Union Carbide, Al-loy. David came to understand God’s purpose of a paradise earth with the aid of friends of The Kingdom Hall. He loved ham radios, was a licensed operator, and he loved animals.

Left to cherish his memory include a brother, Clark Alan Brown and companion, Faye, of Hico; a sister, Karen Paul and husband, Wallace, of Mount Lookout; and a niece, Shea Paul of Duluth, Ga.

Service will be 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 3, at Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home Chapel, Fayetteville, with speaker Thomas McClung officiating. Burial will follow in Restlawn Memory Gardens, Ansted.

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

David’s family would like to thank his extended family at Hidden Valley Nursing & Rehab for their care, compassion and love.

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

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

Leoma Lois Dilly



Leoma Lois Dilly, 79, of Shady Spring, left this life to gloriously join our gracious heavenly Father on Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2008, at the University of Virginia Hospital in Charlottesville, Va., following a long illness.

She was showered with love throughout her passing illness by her family.

Born Sept. 14, 1928, at Dry Creek, she was the daughter of the late Lacy Hinton Bone and Sarah Bradford Bone.

Mrs. Dilly was a homemaker and was of the Baptist faith.

She had made her home in the Cool Ridge and Shady Spring areas most of her adult life.

Mrs. Dilly was preceded in death by her husband, Walter Clifford Dilly; a son, Michael Joseph Walter Dilly; a daughter, Sarah Gayle Akers; two brothers, Giles and Gerald Bone; and a sister, Ruth Bone.

Survivors include her daughters, Diana Ruth Shrewsberry and husband, Tom, of Cool Ridge, Joan Dilly-Meadows and husband, Johnny, of Lanark, Lois Elaine Hylton of Dale City, Va., and Rebecca Jane Dilly of Shady Spring; brothers, Arthur Bone of Beckley, Max Bone of Beckley, Carless Bone and wife, Ruth, of Middletown, Ohio, and Bruce Bone of Dry Creek; a sister, Janet Ramsdell and husband, Joe, of Arlington Heights, Ill.; 11 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Service will be 3 p.m. Sunday at Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, Shady Spring Chapel, with Pastor Don Pfleger officiating. Burial will follow at Mount View Cemetery.

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

Pallbearers will be Lonnie Tolliver, David Akers, Tommy Meadows, Stan Kurtz, Vic Garcia and Randy Moss.

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

Arrangements by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, Shady Spring.

Beatrice L. Campbell Ditchcreek



CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — Beatrice L. Campbell Ditchcreek, 89, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2008.

Service will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill. Friends may call one hour before service Saturday at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be sent at www.tyreefuneralhome.com

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Hazel L. Fox



SUMMERSVILLE — Hazel L. Fox, 102, died Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2008.

Service will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Waters Funeral Chapel, Summersville. Friends may call noon until time of service Saturday at the funeral chapel.

E-Condolences: watersfuneralchapel@verizon.net

Arrangements by Waters Funeral Chapel, Summersville.

Dakota ‘Cody’ Edward Goddard



Dakota “Cody” Edward Goddard became an Angel on Monday, Jan. 28, 2008. Cody was born Dec. 12, 2007, in Cincinnati. He was the son of Ramie and Virginia “Ginny” Goddard.

Cody was preceded in death by his grandfather Carrol Edward Goddard.

Those left to cherish his memory include his parents, Ramie and Virginia; sister, Emilie Brooke Goddard; grandmothers, Lorene Goddard of Prosperity and Ruth Elder and grandfather, Robert Elder, of Maryland; aunts, Regina Barker and husband, John, of Danville, Janice Lance and husband, Darnell, of Michigan, Becky Runyen and husband, Darrell, of Maryland, Deb Elder of Kentucky, Mary Elder of Maryland and Robin Courtney and husband, Mike, of Maryland; and cousins Missy and Katie of Maryland.

The family would like to give special thanks to the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and the Ronald McDonald House. Our little angel will be missed by all.

Service will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, at Beckley Regular Baptist Church, Johnstown Road.

Friends may gather with the family 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday.

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

Arrangements by Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley.

Lillian James



Lillian James, 94, of Crab Orchard, died Thursday, Jan. 31, 2008, at home.

Arrangements by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, Beckley.

Eloise Kincaid



FAYETTEVILLE — Yvonne Eloise Ramsey Kincaid, 85, of Fayetteville, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2008, at Fayette Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Fayetteville, following an extended illness.

Born Dec. 30, 1922, at Ramsey, she was the daughter of the late Oscar R. and Lena Terry Ramsey.

Mrs. Kincaid was a faithful member of Fayetteville Baptist Church where she was church treasurer for 28 years and a member of the choir, ladies circle, finance board and food committee. She was a graduate of Ansted High School, a homemaker, and she had worked at Cook’s Department Store in Fayetteville.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Sidney Paris Kincaid in 2005, and two brothers, Charles Ramsey and Emil Ramsey.

Left to cherish her memory include her son, Alvin Kincaid and wife, Thelma, of Fayetteville; a grandson, Philip D. Kincaid and wife, Carrie, of Hurricane; a granddaughter, Melissa D. Zickafoose and husband, Joe, of Salisbury, N.C.; two great-grandsons, Reid Garrison Zickafoose and Riley Pierce Zickafoose, both of Salisbury; and three sisters, Mabel Parrish of Bremen, Ohio, Anna Pinnick of Fayetteville and Lillie Schofield of Paradise, Calif.

Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 3, at Fayetteville Baptist Church with Pastor Ron George Jr. officiating. Burial will follow in Huse Memorial Park, Fayetteville.

The family will receive friends one hour before service Sunday at the church.

In her honor and in memory of Eloise, contributions may be made to the Scholarship Fund at Fayetteville Baptist Church, 104 Ankrom St., Fayetteville, WV 25840.

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

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

James Harold Kinsley



PRINCETON — James Harold Kinsley, 86, of Princeton, formerly of Corinne, died Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2008, in a Princeton hospital following a long illness.

Born Jan. 22, 1922, at Meadow View, Va., he was the son of the late John and Bettie Mae Davis Kinsley.

Mr. Kinsley was a retired coal miner with 30 years of service, having last worked at Wyco, a member of UMWA, and was a U.S. Navy veteran, having served during World War II on the Battleship USS Washington in the Pacific.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 51 years, Opal Gillenwater Kinsley; a sister, Beulah; and five brothers, Albert, Vernon, Roy, Earl and Harry.

Those left to cherish his memory include three sisters, Fay Wynn of Aberdeen, Md., Betty Price of Princeton and Edna Houck of Todd, N.C.; three brothers, Hunter Kinsley and his wife, Thelma, of Baltimore, Md., Dave Kinsley and his wife, Mary, of Midway and Jack Kinsley of Beckley; a special niece, Cindy Stone and children, Amanda, Emily and Christopher; a special nephew, Randy Price, his wife, Alicia, and daughter, Ashleigh, all of Princeton; a special friend, Velma Stines of Princeton; and many, many more nieces and nephews.

Jim was such a good man, so generous and thoughtful to family, friends and strangers. We will miss him so much, but we feel so blessed to have had him in our lives all these years.

Committal service will be 2 p.m. Sunday at Sunset Memorial Park Mausoleum, Beckley, with the Rev. Gilbert Dodson officiating. Burial will follow in Sunset Memorial Park.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.tankersleyfh.com

Arrangements by Tankersley Funeral Home, Mullens.

Jennifer Lynn Thompson Kuhn



Jennifer Lynn Thompson Kuhn, 50, of Cool Ridge, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2008, following an accident.

She was born July 17, 1957, in Williamson, a daughter of the late Cleve and Sally Geraldine Coleman Thompson. She was a descendant of the Hatfield and McCoy families, and many early American patriots, including Capt. James Patton and Col. Evan Shelby.

Mrs. Kuhn was a graduate of Williamson High School, Morehead State University and Marshall University. She was a dedicated teacher of special needs students for many years and now an eighth-grade English teacher at Independence Middle School. She was a member of Saint Francis deSales Catholic Church, and was an avid reader and loved animals.

Survivors include her husband, Danny Kuhn; two daughters and a son-in-law, Ashley and Jeremy Calloway of Beckley and Chelsey Kuhn at home; a granddaughter, Iris Elaine Kuhn Calloway; a sister, Judy Thompson of Grandview; her mother-in-law, Phyllis Kuhn of Cool Ridge; a niece and nephew, Kristin and John David Thompson of Grandview; four aunts, Mary Coleman of Columbus, Ohio, Gerry Coleman of Hopkinsville, Ky., and Analou Coleman and Blanch Coleman, both of Ransom, Ky.; and numerous cousins.

Committal service will be held at Mountain View Cemetery, Huddy, Ky., at a later date.

Condolences may be sent to www.chapmans-mortuary.com

Chapman’s Mortuary, Huntington, is in charge of arrangements.

Almeda Jane Lewis



Almeda Jane Lewis, 74, of Beckley, died at 9:45 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2008, at Beckley Appalachian Regional Hospital following a long illness.

Born Sept. 22, 1933, in Raleigh County, she was the daughter of the late James Alvie Morton and Traling Arbutus Spradling Morton Crook.

She was a homemaker and was of the Church of God faith.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Billy Lewis; brothers, MacRae Crook and Roger Dale Crook; half brother, Leroy Morton; and stepfather, Archie P. Crook.

Survivors include her daughter, Mary Elizabeth Francisco of Beckley; a stepson, Robert Lewis and wife, Elaine, of Beckley; two brothers, Jimmy Morton and wife, Barbara, of Atlanta, Ga., and Steve Crook and wife, Anna, of Crab Orchard; three sisters, Judy L. Alberty Forbes and husband, Cecil, of Raleigh, Jo Ann Signorile and husband, John, of Beckley and Linda Mae Estep of Beckley.

Graveside rites and burial will be noon Sunday at Crook Cemetery, Blue Jay Six, with the Rev. George Speck officiating.

There will be no visitation.

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.

Roger Mills



ITMANN — Roger Mills, 66, of Itmann, died Thursday, Jan. 31, 2008, in a Beckley hospital following a long illness.

Arrangements by Tankersley Funeral Home, Mullens.

Victor Kempton Orndorff



GREEN VALLEY — Victor Kempton Orndorff, 84, of Green Valley, died Tuesday afternoon, Jan. 29, 2008, at Richwood Area Community Hospital following a short illness.

Born June 30, 1923, at Hominy Falls, he was the son of the late Phillip and Barbara McCutcheon Orndorff.

He was a member of Mountain Baptist Church at Carl, where he served as a Sunday school teacher and deacon for many years. Mr. Orndorff enjoyed going to church, reading his Bible and visiting with his friends.

He attended college at Valparaiso, Ind., and in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he majored in electronics. He was a U.S. Marine Corps and Air Force veteran, having served during World War II. Victor had retired from the ABB (Bendix) plant in Ronceverte where he helped in the manufacturing of electronics.

Survivors include Kay Roberts of Leivasy; two sisters, Anna Orndorff of Cincinnati and Phyllis Orndorff of Cincinnati; three brothers, James Orndorff of Cincinnati, Vinton Orndorff and wife, Orionoko, of Columbus, Ohio, and Thomas Orndorff and wife, Gloria, of Hominy Falls; four nieces, Marie Rose and husband, David, of Jacksonville Beach, Fla., Joyce Orndorff of St. Augustine, Fla., Marilyn Vonerhaar and husband, Paul, of Stamping Ground, Ky., and Carolyn Orndorff of Hominy Falls; a nephew, Dan Orndorff and wife, Joan, of Columbus; and great-nieces and nephew, Gloria June, Rebecca, Rachel and Daniel.

Service will be 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, at Mountain Baptist Church, Carl, with the Rev. Houston Boothe officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Friends may call one hour before service at the church.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers, with his longtime veteran friend, Henry Murel George, serving as honorary pallbearer.

Kay and family would like to extend their heartfelt sincere gratitude to the wonderful nurses and nurses’ aides on the second floor, for the gracious care given to Victor at Richwood Area Community Hospital.

Arrangements entrusted to Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Rainelle.

Chancey D. Parsons



VIENNA — Chancey D. Parsons, 87, of Vienna, died Monday, Jan. 7, 2008, at Wyngate Senior Living.

He was born in Charleston, a son of the late Chancey D. and Flossie E. Robson Parsons.

He was a graduate of Gauley Bridge High School, West Virginia Tech, and worked for Walker Machine Co. in Charleston and Beckley. He also was the owner of C.D. Parsons Equipment in Crab Orchard, W.Va. He was a United States Navy veteran. He was one of the founders and developers of Flat Top Lake in Ghent. He enjoyed golf and was a former member of Black Knight Country Club in Beckley. He was also a member of the Methodist Temple and Rotary Club in Beckley. He also enjoyed bird hunting and was an avid outdoorsman.

Mr. Parsons retired to Parkersburg where he had resided at Wyngate Senior Living for the past five years and was a member of Wayside United Methodist Church.

He is survived by his sister, Margaret Fuller of Vienna; three brothers-in-law, Wilson Ashley of Clarksburg, Charles Ashley of California and Lewis Ashley of Virginia; several nieces and nephews, including two nieces, Debbie Harper of Parkersburg and Pam Burgess of Bridgeport; and two great-nephews, Jason Harper of McHenry, Md., and Matthew Harper of Costa Rica.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth A. Parsons; and a brother, William R. Parsons.

The family would like to thank the staff of Wyngate, Dr. John Onestinghel, Cornerston Medical and Hospice Care for their excellent care.

Memorial contributions may be made to Wayside United Methodist Church, 3001 Grand Central Ave., Parkersburg, WV 26105.

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

Memorial service will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, at Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg. The family will receive friends one hour before service.

Patricia Guills Price



WEST COLUMBIA, S.C. — Service for Patricia Guills Price, 66, will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, at Trinity United Methodist Church, West Columbia, officiated by the Rev. David Day. Interment will follow in Woodridge Memorial Park. Serving as pallbearers will be Bill Hornsby, Bill Allen, Pat Toal, English Pearcy, Francis Hipp and George Martin. The family will receive friends 5 to 7 p.m. today at Thompson Funeral Home, West Columbia. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Trinity United Methodist Church, 1132 Gunter Circle, West Columbia, SC 29169.

Mrs. Price, widow of Chaplain William “Bill” Price, died at home Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2008. Born in Bluefield, she was the oldest daughter of Grace Duncan Guills and the late Jesse O’Dell Guills. A resident of West Columbia since 1980, she was formerly of Charleston and Lewisburg. She was a graduate of West Virginia Wesleyan College where she earned a B.S. in education and completed graduate work at the University of Virginia and University of South Carolina. Pat was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church where she formerly served as chairman of the Administrative Board and was a member of the Board of Trustees, Parsonage Committee and Pastor-Parish Relations.

Mrs. Price retired from Crayton Middle School in 2003, where she had been a nominee for teacher of the year. She began her 28 year teaching career in Dunkirk, N.Y., and taught at various schools in West Virginia and South Carolina. Mrs. Price was a member of the National Education Association and Palmetto State Teachers Association. Pat was a loving wife, mother and grandmother, devoted teacher and friend. She enjoyed her book club, friendships, current events, traveling and sports. Surviving are her mother, Grace Duncan Guills; daughter and son-in-law, Susan and David Hefelfinger of Lexington, S.C.; son and daughter-in-law, Stephen Andrew and Lauren Price of Dallas, Texas; sister, Nancy Guills of West Columbia; brother, Jesse Guills Jr. of Lewisburg; and three grandchildren, William Evan and Natalie Grace Hefelfinger and Andrew Kenneth Price.

Online at www.thompsonsfuneral.com

Arrangements by Thompson Funeral Home, West Columbia.

Beatrice Marie Scott



Beatrice Marie Scott, 91, of Mabscott, died Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2008, in a local hospital following a short illness.

Arrangements by Calfee Funeral Home, Beckley.

Wesley H. Tincher Jr.



RAINELLE — Wesley H. Tincher Jr., 75, died Thursday, Jan. 31, 2008, at Greenbrier Valley Medical Center, Fairlea, following a short illness.

Arrangements by Smathers Funeral Chapel, Rainelle.

Fred John Yost



Mr. Fred John Yost, 67, of Beckley, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2008, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Huntington following a short illness.

Born Aug. 12, 1940, Fred was well known in the Beckley area as the owner of Fred’s Deli on McCreery St.

Fred was preceded in death by his parents, Charles R. and Gertrude Yost of New Jersey; and his first wife, Jeanette Slater Yost.

Survivors include his second wife of 24 years, Somchay (Chay) Yost; and four sons; Charles B. Yost of Beckley, Steven Yost and wife, Tania, and their daughter, Yazlynn, of Pinellas Park, Fla., Robert “Bobby” Yost and wife, Betty Lynn, and their two children, Katelyn and Michael, of Lego, and Fred Yost Jr. and his son, Robert.

Survivors also include his brother, Charles R. Yost and wife, Shirley, of Aransas, Texas, and their two daughters; his sister, Mary Bradley and her husband, Thomas, of Columbia, Md., and their two sons; and a multitude of beloved friends.

A celebration of life will be 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, at Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations of sympathy may be made to the American Heart Association, Ohio Valley Affiliate, West Virginia Region, P.O. Box 12110, Charleston, WV 25302

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

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