The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

March 31, 2008

Obituaries - Tuesday, April 1, 2008


Mary D. Amick



RUNA — Mary D. Amick, 78, of Nicholas County, died Sunday, March 30, 2008.

Service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 2, 2008, at the Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church at Runa. Friends may call 6 to 8 p.m. today at the White Funeral Home, Summersville.

Arrangements by White Funeral Home, Summersville.

Cherie A. Atwell



PRINCETON — Cherie A. Atwell, 43, of 193 Dusty Miller St., Princeton, W.Va., died Saturday, March 29, 2008, at Tazewell Community Hospital, Tazewell, Va.

Born in Alexandria, Va., she was the daughter of Bucky and Sandra Harless Trail, Princeton.

She was a homemaker and attended the Cross Point Church of God, Beckley.

Survivors include her husband, Gary Atwell of the home; one daughter, Shannon Trail, Princeton; one stepson, Hunter Harold Atwell, Abbs Valley, Va.; two brothers, Jeff Trail and wife, Dawn, Pleasant Garden, N.C., and Brian Trail and wife, Melissa, Thomasville, N.C.; adopted sister, Sandy K. Lilly, Greensboro, N.C.; and one granddaughter, Arianna Valentine.

Memorial service will be conduced Wednesday, April 2, 2008, at 11 a.m., at the Cross Point Church of God, Robert C. Byrd Drive, Beckley, with the Rev. Vondie Cook Jr. officiating. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. today, April 1, 2008, at the Rodriguez Pocahontas Funeral Home Chapel, Pocahontas, Va. The body will be cremated.

For more information, or to have the funeral home pass along your condolences, visit www.RodriguezFuneral.com.

Rodriguez Pocahontas Funeral Home, Pocahontas, Va., is serving the Atwell family.

Henry Wilson Ballard Jr.



HINTON — Henry Wilson Ballard Jr., 96, of Beckley, formerly of 200 Maple St., died Monday morning, March 31, 2008, in a Beckley care home, following a long illness.

Born April 4, 1911, at Hinton, W.Va., he was the son of the late Henry Wilson and Sarah Lilly Ballard Sr.

Mr. Ballard had worked as a plasterer during the early part of his life.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Dorse Ballard, and a sister, Annie Ballard.

Survived by two nephews, Donald Ballard and wife Doris of Daniels and Douglas Ballard and wife Linda of Beckley; two nieces, Jo Ann Baber and husband Bob of Hinton and Norma Tincher and husband Tom of Culloden; and several great-nieces and great-nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday at the Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors Chapel in Hinton with Pastor Elmo Alderman officiating. Burial will follow in the Green Lilly Cemetery on Leatherwood Road. Friends may call at the funeral parlors from 11 a.m. until funeral time on Thursday. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

Condolences may be sent to the family at info@ronaldmeadowsfp.com.

Arrangements are by the Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors of Hinton.

Carl Bazzie



ROANOKE, Va. — Carl Bazzie, 87, of Roanoke, died March 28.

Service will be 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 2, at Simpson Funeral Home, 5160 Peters Creek Road. Burial will follow in Riverside Memorial Park, Jacksonville, Fla. Friends may call one hour prior to the service at the funeral home on Wednesday.

Arrangements by Simpson Funeral Home.

Michael D. Bell



Michael D. Bell, 58, of Beckley, died Friday, March 28, 2008, in a Charleston hospital.

Born Aug. 25, 1949, in Affinity, W.Va., he was the son of Joyce L. Buchanan of Beckley and the late Kacy Clifton Bell.

Mr. Bell was disabled. He served with the U.S. Army.

Besides his father he was preceded in death by a sister, Debra Bell.

In addition to his mother he is survived by his stepfather, Lewis Buchanan. Daughters: Joyce Ann Anderson of Davenport, Iowa, Jennifer Rose Whitely of Fayetteville, W.Va.; sons: Michael Joseph Bell and Thomas Eugene Bell both of Midway, W.Va. Grandchildren: Isiah Zachery Whitely and Aiden Whitely of Fayetteville, W.Va.; sisters: Carolyn Via of Beckley, Sherry Bell and Linda Bell of Granger, Mo.; stepsister: Sherry Via of Richmond, Ky.; brothers: Terry Bell, Wayne Bell, Larry Bell and Jimmy Bell all of Granger, Mo.

Following his wishes his body will be cremated. A memorial service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 2, 2008, in the Calfee Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Vondie Cook Sr. officiating.

Friends may call at the funeral home one hour prior to service.

The family requests that donations of sympathy be made to Hospice of Southern West Virginia, P.O. Box 1472, Beckley, WV 25802.

Online condolences may be left at www.calfeefh.com.

Arrangement by Calfee Funeral Home, Beckley.

Gary Fannon



MOUNT HOPE — Gary Fannon, 58, of Mount Hope, W.Va., died on Saturday, March 29, 2008, at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Beckley.

Born May 31, 1949, at Montgomery, W.Va., he was the son of the late Melvin L. and Mary E. Pettit Fannon.

Gary was a disabled veteran having served in the U.S. Marine Corps and the U.S. Army during the Vietnam Era.

He attended the Maple Fork Free Will Baptist Church.

Survivors include his companion of 29 years, Carolyn Adkins; one son, Chris, at home; five brothers, Raymond Fannon and wife, Charlotte, Gail Fannon and wife, Vicky, William Fannon and wife, Sharon, Jerry Fannon and wife, Sue, and Wayne Fannon and wife, Lisa; and three sisters, Phyllis Allen and husband, Bud, Mary Jane Hutchinson and Kathy Johnston and husband, Jackie.

Also surviving are five special family members, Pamela Dillion, Debbie Bowyer, Charles Bowyer, Jenny Bowyer and John Mullins; a host of nieces and nephews and all of his beloved pets.

Services will be on Thursday, April 3, 2008, at 2 p.m. at Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill, with Rev. Robert Barley and Rev. Dorothy Osborne officiating. Burial will be at High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill, with military graveside rites by VFW Post No. 3110, Oak Hill.

Visitation will be held at Tyree Funeral Home on Wednesday, April 2, 2008, from 6 to 8 p.m.

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

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Jessie Graybeal



Jessie Graybeal, age 87, of Keith, passed away Sunday, March 30, 2008.

Graveside services will be 1 p.m. today at the Pineview Cemetery at Orgas.

The family requests no flowers.

Arrangements by Armstrong Funeral Home, Whitesville.

Michelle Leigh Hutchens



SAN ANTONIO, Texas — Michelle Leigh Hutchens, 35, formerly of Beckley, died Thursday, March 27, 2008, at her residence of natural causes.

Born July 21, 1972, she was the daughter of Jeanette Hutchens of Beckley and David Hutchens of Ballengee.

Michelle was a 1990 graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School. She was a 1994 Summa Cum Laude graduate of Marshall University with a Bachelor’s of Business Administration/Accounting and received her Master’s in Accounting from Florida State University in 1996. Michelle was employed by Signature Moulding in San Antonio.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Vaden R. and Ernestine Meadows Tabor and Melvin E. and Ethel Covey Hutchens.

Besides her parents she is survived by her sisters: Trisha Yonekura and her husband Jim of Chiba, Japan, Amanda Worthington and her husband Andrew of Beckley; nephew, Bailey, and niece, Sophie Yonekura; companion: Bill Seaton of San Antonio, Texas; special friend: Thomas Humbert of Connecticut.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 3, 2008, in the Calfee Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Sam Groves officiating. Burial will follow in the Oak Grove Cemetery in Ballengee, W.Va. Friends may call at the funeral home from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday.

Pallbearers will be J.D. Tilghman, Andrew Worthington, Eric Tabor, Robbie Tabor, Patrick Harris, Matthew Tabor.

Online condolences may be left at www.calfeefh.com.

The family requests donations be made to the Women’s Resource Center, P.O. Box 1476, Beckley, WV 25802.

Arrangements by Calfee Funeral Home, Beckley.

Mary Austin Keaton



Mary Austin Keaton, 82, of Sand Fork, W.Va., died Monday, March 31, 2008, at Monongalia General Hospital in Morgantown after a short illness.

Arrangements by Pivont Funeral Home, Hinton.

Ruth Deloris Kessler



MOUNT NEBO — Ruth Deloris Kessler, 67, of Snow Hill Road, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, March 30, 2008, after a long illness, at her home with her family by her side.

Born Aug. 21, 1940, at Carl, she was a daughter of the late Guy and Arbell Stull from Mount Nebo. She was a loving wife and mother, and a member and ordained minister of the Church of God.

She started Kessler Flowers in 1975 and sold flowers until 2006 when health problems forced her to put the business on hold. She was also active in 4-H and was a leader for many years.

She was married to Freddy Kessler, with whom she recently celebrated her 50th wedding anniversary on March 28, 2008.

She was preceded in death by a grandson, Jared Kimlin.

Survivors include her husband, Freddy; four children, Cheryl and husband, Bob Lemon of Mount Nebo, Teresa and husband, Arvin Lucas of Mount Nebo, David and wife, Kathleen Kessler of Bedford, Va., and Sam and wife, Alina Kessler of Orange, Va.; nine grandchildren, Samantha Lemon, Sawyer Lemon, Robbie Kimlin, Nikki Kimlin Stanley, Jessica Kessler, Erica Kessler, Rachel Kessler, Sam Kessler II, and Victoria Kessler; three stepgrandchildren, Rob and Sarah Lemon and Anessa Lucas, and three stepgreat-grandchildren, Addie Higginbotham, and Hobie and Hannah Lemon.

Services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Wallace & Wallace Funeral Chapel, Rainelle, with Bishop Michael Davis officiating. Burial will follow in the Wallace Memorial Cemetery, Clintonville.

Friends may gather with the family from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. today, Tuesday, April 1, at the funeral chapel.

Sons and grandsons will be serving as pallbearers.

Funeral entrusted to Wallace & Wallace Funeral Chapel, Rainelle.

Edward L. Kidd



OAK HILL — Edward L. Kidd, 78, of Oak Hill, died on Saturday, March 29, 2008, at Bowers Hospice House in Beckley.

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

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Virginia McCormick Martin



Virginia McCormick Martin, 89, of North Sand Branch, went home to be with her Lord on Saturday, March 29, 2008.

She was born May 24, 1918, in Hillsville, Va. She was the daughter of the late T.J. and Alma McCormick.

Affectionately referred to as Ginny Mac, she worked at G.C. Murphy in Beckley before becoming a full-time homemaker.

A born-again believer, she was a 52-year member of the Bradley Free Will Baptist Church, where she served as Church Treasurer for over 25 years, and was actively involved in the Ladies Auxiliary.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, C. Howard Martin. She was also preceded in death by five sisters, Elsie Gregory, Goldie Lawson, Myrtle Hughes, Ruby Hughes, and Hassie McCormick; and a brother, Claude E. McCormick Sr.

Those left to cherish her memory include two daughters, Anna and husband, Pastor Wayne Nutter, and Marcia and husband, Pastor Roger E. Pauley, all of North Sand Branch; three grandchildren, Scott Pauley and wife, Tammy, of Knoxville, Tenn., Stacie Thomas and husband, Ty, of North Sand Branch, and Ryan Nutter and wife, Angela, of North Sand Branch; six great-grandchildren, Morgan, Lauren, and Grant Pauley of Knoxville, Tenn., Micah and Caden Thomas, and Styles Nutter, all of North Sand Branch; a sister, Joy Allen of Pueblo, Colo.; several nieces and nephews; and a host of friends.

Services will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 2, 2008, at the Bradley Free Will Baptist Church, Bradley, with her grandson, Scott Pauley, and her pastors, Daniel Legg and Wayne Peters, officiating. Burial will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Beckley.

Grandsons and nephews will serve as pallbearers. Men of the Bradley Free Will Baptist Church will be serving as honorary pallbearers.

Friends may gather with the family today, Tuesday, April 1, 2008, from 6 until 9 p.m. at Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley, and one hour prior to the service Wednesday at the Bradley Free Will Baptist Church.

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

Blue Ridge Funeral Home, 5251 Robert C. Byrd Drive, Beckley, is in charge of the arrangements.

William Lee McGraw



OAK HILL — William Lee “Bill” McGraw, 53, of Oak Hill, has passed away.

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

Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, Fayetteville, will be serving the family. Arrangements are incomplete.

Margie S. Miller



Margie S. Miller, 84, died Sunday, March 30, 2008, at her home in Goshen Estates, Gaithersburg, Md. She was the loving wife of J. Paul Miller, her husband of 63 years.

Born Jan. 14, 1924, at Rainelle, she was a daughter of the late Okey Homer and Lectie Tincher Sanford.

She attended the West Virginia Institute of Technology.

Surviving besides her husband are three children, John Miller and his wife, Barbara, of Laurel, Md., Jeane Briggs and her husband, Paul, of Falling Waters, W.Va., and William Miller and his wife, Kathy, of Damascus, Md.; 21 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Services will be 11 a.m. Thursday, April 3, 2008, at the St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 21720 Laytonsville Road, Laytonsville, Md. Burial will follow in the All Souls Cemetery, Germantown, Md.

Friends may call 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the Molesworth-Williams P.A. Funeral Home, 26401 Ridge Road, Damascus, Md.

Arrangements by Molesworth-Williams Funeral Home.

Daisy Lynn Nichols



DANESE — Daisy Lynn Nichols, stillborn infant daughter of Arthur D. Nichols and Angel Dawn Carroll, became an angel Saturday, March 29, 2008.

Service will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 1, 2008, at the Adam Toler Memorial Chapel. Daisy will be laid to rest in the Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Beckley.

Services entrusted to Adam Toler Memorial Funeral Home, Oceana.

Thomas A. Nichols



Thomas A. Nichols, 65, of Hinton, died Monday, March 31, 2008, in Princeton Community Hospital in Princeton following a long illness.

Arrangements by Pivont Funeral Home, Hinton.

Finley Reed Ratliff



UNION — Finley Reed Ratliff, 88, passed away Sunday evening, March 30, 2008, at Princeton Community Hospital in Princeton following a short illness.

He was born at Hinton, W.Va., Sept. 13, 1919, a son of the late Robert and Nannie Williams Ratliff.

Mr. Ratliff was a retired employee of Kroger having 37 years service, a member of the Springfield Primitive Baptist Church at Greenville, where he was a Deacon.

Finley loved his family and his church. He was an avid hunter, fisherman and gardener. Others could always rely on him to help in a time of need. He left school in the eighth grade to support his mother and younger sister. His sense of responsibility was one of his strongest attributes.

He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers and a sister.

Surviving are his wife of 64 years, Bernice Copeland Ratliff of Union; a son, Bill Ratliff and his wife, Theresa, of Sinks Grove; a daughter, Jan Kessler and her husband, Al, of Charleston; a granddaughter, Beth Thomas and her husband, Vince, of Bradenton, Fla.; a grandson, Robbie Ratliff of Lewisburg; a sister, Isabel Neal of Hinton; a sister-in-law, Lucille Foster of Greenville. He also leaves behind several nieces, nephews and many cherished friends, along with an “adopted son” John McElroy.

Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Thursday, April 3, 2008, at the Springfield Primitive Baptist Church on Rt. 122 near Greenville with Elder Monroe Hammon and Elder James Boothe officiating. Burial will follow in the Greenville Cemetery at Greenville, W.Va.

Friends may call at the Groves Funeral Home in Union from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and at the church one hour prior to the services.

It was Finley’s request that in lieu of flowers that memorial donations be made to the Springfield Primitive Baptist Church, c/o Randolph Miller, Rt. 1 Box 58, Union, WV 24983.

Special thanks are offered to Dr. Lynn Smith and the many caregivers at Greenbrier Valley Hospital, Healthsouth Rehab Center and Princeton Community Hospital.

Groves Funeral Home in Union is in charge of arrangements.

Warna Mary Roberts



NEWBURY, Ohio — Warna Mary Smith Roberts, age 88, formerly of Crag, in Greenbrier County, died Saturday, March 22, 2008.

Born Sept. 12, 1919, in Greenbrier County, West Virginia, she was the daughter of the late J.L. Smith and Ollie Osborn Smith.

Mrs. Roberts was a retired Detroit Police Inspector and World War II U.S. Navy Veteran.

Survivors include three loving sisters, Wilma Mitchell, Kay Hess and Wanda Hardy, all of Crag. Also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services took place on Friday, March 28, in Northville, Mich.

James Conway Scott



James Conway Scott, age 88, of Grandview, W.Va., died Saturday, March 29, 2008, at the Raleigh General Hospital following a short illness.

Born at Grandview, W.Va., on Feb. 11, 1920, he was the son of the late Jubel Earl Scott and Lula Adkins Scott.

Mr. Scott was a retired coal miner, and a member of the Grandview Christian Church. He was a lifelong resident of Grandview. He was an avid hunt-er and outdoorsman.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Anna Ruth Scott; a stepson, Claude Holdren; and nine brothers and sisters.

Survivors include his children, James S. Calhoun and wife, Carol, of Beckley, Larry Scott and wife, Kathleen, of Grandview, Joe Scott of Grandview, Randy Scott and wife, Connie, of Grandview, Kay Pack and husband, Terry, of Fitzpatrick, Elaine Canaday and husband, James, of Crab Orchard, and Patricia Arthur and husband, Rudy, of Grandview; two brothers, John Scott and wife, Louise, of Grandview, and Billy Scott and wife, June, of Grandview; 14 grandchildren, Debbie, Derk, Scottie, Lynn, Jeremy, Cynthia, Lisa, Tim, Scott, Crystal, Joe, J.C., Jennifer and Jason; and four great-grandchildren, Felicia, R.J., Chelsea, and Andrew.

Memorial services will be 4 p.m. Thursday, April 3, 2008, at the Grandview Christian Church, with Pastor Oscar Schwitzerlette, Pastor Terry Newton, and Elder Eddie Williams officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service on Thursday at the church.

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

Arrangements by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, Beckley.

Nell Judy Underwood



WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS — Nell Judy Underwood, 71, died Sunday, March 30, 2008, at MCU in Richmond.

Service will be 2 p.m. Friday, April 4, 2008, at Morgan Funeral Home in Lewisburg. The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Arrangements by Morgan Funeral Home, Lewisburg.

Opal M. Weatherholt



MARLINTON — Opal M. Weatherholt, 82, died Sunday, March 30, 2008.

Services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 2, 2008, at First Baptist Church of Huntersville. Friends may call 6 to 8 p.m. today at the VanReenen Funeral Home, Marlinton.

Arrangements by VanReenen Funeral Home, Marlinton.