The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

April 14, 2008

Obituaries - Tuesday, April 15, 2008


Richard Randall Baker

SWEET SPRINGS — Richard Randall Baker, 86, passed away Monday, April 14, 2008.

Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 16, 2008, at the Groves Funeral Home Chapel in Union. Burial will follow in the Mt. View Cemetery at Sweet Springs, W.Va.

Friends may call at the Groves Funeral Home in Union from 6 to 8 p.m. today.

Groves Funeral Home in Union is in charge of arrangements.

Hassie E. Billips

GREENVILLE — Hassie E. Billips, age 91, of Green-ville, W.Va., formerly of Crab Orchard, passed away Sunday, April 13, 2008, at Springfield Care Center, Lindside, W.Va.

She was born April 30, 1916, in Fork Ridge, Tenn., to the late John and Martha Watson Williams.

Mrs. Billips was of the Baptist faith, and was a homemaker and worked in a bakery in Delaware.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Wade Billips; a son, Carlos Billips; a daughter, Goldie Palmer; two grandsons; one granddaughter; and several brothers and sisters.

Survivors include a brother, Earl “Tom” Williams and wife, Patricia, of Greenville, W.Va.; a sister, Clara Spear of Raleigh County, W.Va.; a daughter-in-law, Lee Billips of Tennessee; a son-in-law, Jim of Delaware; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Services will be 12 noon Wednesday, April 16, 2008, at the Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. J.C. Finley officiating. Burial will follow in the Sunset View Cemetery, Bozoo.

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

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

Arrangements by Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home, Peterstown.

Clarence Bowen

OAK HILL — Clarence Bowen, 78, passed away Thursday, April 10, 2008, at the Bowers Hospice House in Beckley.

Born Oct. 10, 1929, at Longacre, W.Va., the son of the late Clarence Bowen Sr. and Grace Tucker Bowen.

Clarence was a self-employed construction worker and a member of the Jones Avenue Church of God in Oak Hill, and attended the Carlisle Church of God.

He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Lois Bowen, on March 7, 2006; a sister, Janet Bowen; a brother, Frank Bowen; and a son, Paul Bowen.

Those left to cherish his memory include his son, Danny Bowen and wife, Vickie, of Fairfax, Va.; brothers, the Rev. Gene Bowen and wife, Marion, of Oak Hill, Allen Bowen of Charleston, James Bowen of Fredericksburg, Va., the Rev. John Bowen and wife, Jo, of Charles-ton, and the Rev. David Bowen of Malden; a sister, Jaunita See of Charlton Heights; two granddaughters, Debbi Compton of Dumfries, Va., and Kim Bowen of Fayetteville; and two great-grandchildren, Skyler and Kaitlyne Compton of Dumfries, Va.

His remains rest at the High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, 1435 E. Main St., Oak Hill, where the funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday and where the family will receive friends from 1 p.m. until time of the service.

Interment will be in High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill.

Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Irene Ferrell Browning

GALLIPOLIS, Ohio — Irene Ferrell Browning, 86, of Gallipolis, formerly of the Vinton Community, passed away Sunday, April 13, 2008, at Scenic Hills Nursing Home.

She was born Jan. 30, 1922, in Boone County, W.Va., daughter of the late Jess Homer Ferrell and Myrtle Vickers Ferrell.

Irene married Woodrow Browning May 13, 1938, at Van, W.Va., and he preceded her in death on Sept. 30, 1981.

She is survived by three sons, Woody (June) Browning of The Villages, Fla., Larry (Betty) Browning of Zephyrhills, Fla., and Danny (Sharon) Browning of Vinton, Ohio; four daughters, Jackie (Tom) Crawford of Sissonville, W.Va., Linda Denney of Bidwell, Ohio, Connie (Jerry) Barnes of Gallipolis, Ohio, and Kathy (Rick) Carpenter of Bidwell, Ohio; son-in-law, Charles Pierpoint of Woodlawn, Ill.; 15 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Mathel Ferrell of Danville, W.Va.; three stepsisters, Pat Aubrich, Brenda Green, and June Ferrell; a stepbrother, Frankie Ferrell.

In addition to her parents and her husband, Irene was preceded in death by a daughter, Marilyn Pierpoint; two brothers, Denney Ferrell and Bobby Ferrell; three sisters, Vina Hoover, Charlotte Ferrell and Mary Epling.

Funeral services will be conducted 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 16, 2008, in the McCoy-Moore Funeral Home, Vinton, with Pastor Bob Powell officiating. Burial will follow in Vinton Memorial Park.

Friends may call at the funeral home today, Tuesday, from 5 to 8 p.m.

Irene’s grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

Condolences can be e-mailed to www.timeformemory.com/mm.

Arrangements by McCoy-Moore Funeral Home, Vinton, Ohio.

Allen Chandler Jr.

MOUNT HOPE — Allen Chandler Jr., 79, of Mt. Hope, died Friday, April 11, 2008, in Columbus, Ohio.

Born July 18, 1928, he was the son of the late Allen and Vella (Lawson) Chandler.

Allen returned to Mt. Hope after working for 30 years at Libbey-Owens-Ford in Rossford, Ohio, retiring in 1984. He was an Army veteran and a member of the Masonic Paragon Lodge No. 788 AF & AM for over 50 years.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 52 years, June (Lay) Chandler; sister, Betty Hoylman; and recently by his brother, Don J. Chandler.

Those left to cherish his memory include his daughter Karen Akers and husband Richard of Gaithersburg, Md.; son Timothy Chandler of Newark, Ohio; granddaughter, Kelly Chandler, and great-granddaughter, Rayanne Lehman of Toledo, Ohio; his beloved little dog Jenny; siblings, Susan Cromwell, Gladys Davis, Jean Polk, Fred Chandler, and Mary Lou Fowler; and numerous nephews and nieces.

Services will be held Wednesday, April 16, 2008, at 2 p.m. at Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley, with Rev. Ronnie Stapleton officiating. Burial will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens.

Friends may gather with the family Tuesday, April 15, 2008, from 6 to 9 p.m. and Wednesday April 16, 2008, from 12 noon to 2 p.m. at the funeral home.

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

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

James ‘Jimmy’ Lee Cook

ITMANN — Beloved husband, Father, Grandfather, and Brother, James “Jimmy” Lee Cook, 70, of Itmann, passed away Sunday, April 13, 2008, at home after a long and courageous battle of cancer.

Born June 30, 1937, at Freeman, W.Va., he was the son of the late Luther and Pearlie Byrd Cook.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Dorothy Camerese; and two brothers, Eddie Cook and Wayne Cook.

Jimmy was of the Pentecostal faith. He was a former coal miner with Consolidated Coal Company, a retired Federal Mine Inspector out of the MSHA Office in Pineville, and a member of the Mullens Masonic Lodge No. 151 AF & AM. He was an avid sports fan, loved to fish and spend time with his grandkids.

Jimmy is survived by his wife of 51 years, Phyllis Ratliff Cook; a son, Rickey Lee Cook of Itmann; a daughter, Katrina Beverly and her husband, Daniel, of Cynthiana, Ky.; three grandchildren, Brandi Repass and her husband, Casey, and Nick Cook, all of Mullens, and Chance Beverly of Cynthiana, Ky.; great-grandsons, Kaden Todd Norris and Dylan Repass of Mullens; and daughter-in-law, Diana Cook of Mullens. He is also survived by a sister, Shirley Cannady of Beckley; three brothers, Ray Cook and his wife, Mae, Larry Cook and Allen Cook and his wife, Charlene, all of Itmann; and many nieces and nephews and other family and friends.

A special thanks goes to his caregiver, Dawn Stewart of Radford, Va.

Services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 16, 2008, at the Pentecostal Holiness Church in Mullens, with the Rev. Lewis Arnold officiating. Burial will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Beckley.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today, Tuesday, April 15, 2008, at the church and one hour prior to the services at the church on Wednesday.

Pallbearers will be Jim Kelly, Jerry Wayne Thomas, Jerry Brumfield, Lacy Repass, Robbie Caldwell, and Kyle Martin.

Honorary pallbearers will be Earl Thomas, Ronnie Vaughan, Gary Clark, Junior Clark, Junior Woodrum, and Morris Lusk.

Graveside rites will be conducted by members of the Mullens Masonic Lodge No. 151 AF & AM.

Online condolences may be made at tankersleyfh.com.

Arrangements by Tankersley Funeral Home, Mullens.

Mary Elkins

Mary Elkins, 69, of Crab Orchard, died Monday, April 14, 2008, at home.

Arrangements by Rose and Quesenberry, Beckley.

George Brady Greer

George Brady Greer, age 78, of Sophia, passed away Sunday, April 13, 2008, at his home.

Services will be held Thursday, April 17, 2008, at 2 p.m. at Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley. Friends may gather with the family Wednesday, April 16, 2008, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.

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

Lillian C. ‘Maw’ Hendrix

RUSSELLVILLE — Lillian C. “Maw” Hendrix, 69, died Sunday, April 13, 2008, at Plateau Medical Center in Oak Hill.

Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.

Paul Benjamin Hodges

SAULSVILLE — Paul Benjamin Hodges, 77, of Saulsville, formerly of Princeton, went home to be with his Lord, on April 12, 2008, at his home, surrounded by his family.

Born Dec. 10, 1930, at Crystal, he was the son of the late Benny Fax and Gracie Stump Hodges.

Paul was a Foreman in the coal mines and was a member of the U.M.W.A., where he served as president of his local union. He attended the Pierpoint Freewill Baptist Church in Pierpoint.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy Marie Kennedy Hodges, on June 13, 2005; son, Benjamin Ray Hodges; daughter, Versie Hall; and granddaughters, Tina Spicer and Donna Hodges.

Survivors include children, Kenneth Lee Hodges and wife Jill of Pineville, Benny Joe Hodges of Mullens, Debbie Jean Vance and husband Ernest of Pineville, Shirley Marie Acord and her husband Douglas of Corinne, and Kathy Pauline Acord and husband Charles Butch Jr. of Crab Orchard; 20 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; sister, Della Akers of Princeton; brothers, Joseph Isaiah Hodges and wife Minnie of Princeton and Ballard Hodges of Kegley; special daughters, Ashley Dunn and Carol Edwards; and many other extended family and friends.

Today, Tuesday, April 15, 2008, at 1 p.m., we will celebrate the life of Paul Hod-ges from the Burns Wornal Chapel of the Memorial Funeral Directory on the Ath-ens Road in Princeton, with Pastor Charles Butch Acord Jr. officiating. Burial will follow in the Roselawn Memorial Gardens on the Courthouse Road in Princeton.

The family received friends on Monday from 6 until 9 p.m. at the Memorial Funeral Directory on the Athens Road in Princeton.

Family and friends may share online condolence via www.memorialfd.com.

Paul’s grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

The Hodges Family is being served by the Memorial Funeral Directory & Cremation Center on the Athens Road in Princeton.

Carl Dale Isner

HINTON — Carl Dale Isner, 74, of 200 10th Ave., Hinton, died Sunday, April 13, 2008, at Summers County A.R.H. following a sudden illness.

Born Dec. 10, 1933, in Porterwood, W.Va., he was the son of the late Wilbert and Zetta Flanikin Isner.

Dale was a retired social worker for the Department of Health & Human Resources. He was a United States Navy veteran of the Korean Conflict. He was a graduate of Elkins High School and Concord College, and did post-graduate studies at Radford University. He was a Christian.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Rose Stankiewicz.

Survivors include a son, David Isner and wife Kim of Hinton; one daughter, Ka-thryn “KO” Keaton and husband Mark of Lewisburg; two brothers, Frank Isner of Warren, Ohio, and Neil Isner of Cheyenne, Wyo.; one sister, Helen Taylor of Warren, Ohio; two granddaughters, Katie Grace Keaton and Katie Lynn Isner; and two grandsons, Jacob Keaton and Aaron Keaton.

Funeral services will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 16, 2008, at Pivont Funeral Home Chapel in Hinton with Rev. Rick Duncan officiating. Burial will be Thursday, April 17, 2008, at 12 p.m. at the West Virginia National Cemetery at Grafton, W.Va.

Friends may call after 6 p.m. Wednesday evening until time of services at the funeral home.

Online condolences and guest register at www.pivont funeralhome.com.

Arrangements by Pivont Funeral Home, Hinton.

Shelvia Jean Kidd

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — Virginia Shelvia Jean Kidd, 68, passed away peacefully April 12, 2008.

Shelby, as she was lovingly known, was born Sept. 10, 1939, to the late Opie and Marie Matherly in Prince-wick, W.Va. Shelby was proud of her coal mining heritage.

Shelby was a sales clerk with Ames Department Stores until her retirement. She was not your typical employee. She truly enjoyed going to work and took great pride in all she did. Shelby loved spending time with her family, gardening and sewing. She enjoyed doing crafts and encouraging her children and grandchildren to enjoy life. Shelby’s one passion over the past two generations has been her love for camping. Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren will never forget their memories with and their many camping friends. Shelby will always be remembered as a loving wife, a selfless giving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend, putting everyone else’s needs above her own. She will be deeply missed and never forgotten for her inner strength and beauty.

Mom, Granny, Grandma, Miss Shelby, as we called her, was our “rock,” the thread that wound through each of our hearts, holding us together with her unconditional love and always open arms.

Left to cherish her memory are her loving husband of 50 years, Charles N. Kidd Sr.; three sons, Curtis, Chuck and wife Honey, and Rick, of Virginia Beach; a daughter, Teresa Hardison and husband David, of Chesapeake; 10 grandchildren, Nicole, Shelby, Eddy, Kevin, David, Honey Marie, Christopher, Jennifer, Joy, Julie; three great-grandchildren, Trysten, Kayden and Jacob. She also left three brothers, James Matherly and wife Bettye, of Michigan, Darrell Matherly and wife Margaret, Rick Matherly and wife Sherry; and one sister, Shirley Ingole and husband Roger, all of West Virginia.

The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, April 16, 2008, at Rosewood-Kellum Funeral Home. A celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 17, 2008, at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Woodlawn Memorial Gardens.

Please share your love and condolences with the family at www.mem.com.

Hazel Pauline Lusk

ALPOCA — Hazel Pauline Lusk, 93, of Alpoca, died Sunday, April 13, 2008, at her residence, following a long illness.

Arrangements by Tankersley Funeral Home, Mullens.

Margaret McCallister

MAXWELTON — Margaret McCallister, age 93, passed away on Sunday, April 13, 2008.

Born on Jan. 27, 1915, at Maxwelton, she was the daughter of the late Dennis O. and Martha Neal Freeman.

She was a lifelong member of Clifton Presbyterian Church, a graduate of Frankford High School, an honorary member of the Greenbrier Historical Society, and a member of the Frankford CEOS. She worked as secretary to the Judge of the 11th Judicial Circuit Court for 25 years. Mrs. McCallister is preceded in death by sisters, Gladys Clendenen and Mary Hanna. Affectionately known as “Whacky” by her family, she is remembered by her daughter, Jean M. King, and son-in-law, James King; granddaughter, Kimberly King; grandson, James L. King, and his wife, Linda, and great-grandchildren, Griffin, Karly, and Kyle King, all of Maxwelton.

Memorial service will be held 11 a.m. today, Tuesday, April 15, 2008, at the Clifton Presbyterian Church, with the Rev. Janice Johnson officiating.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Clifton Church building fund.

There will be no visitation.

Arrangements by Morgan Funeral Home, Lewisburg.

John W. Medley Jr.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — John William Medley Jr., 63, of Charlotte, N.C., died Monday, April 14, 2008, at his home following a long illness.

Arrangements by Pivont Funeral Home, Hinton.

Rebecca Munger

Mrs. Rebecca Munger, 88, of 181 Maple Fork Road, Mount Hope, died Monday, April 14, 2008, at Bowers Hospice House, Beckley.

Arrangements entrusted to Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.

James Edward Perkins

FAYETTEVILLE — James Edward Perkins, 89, of Fayetteville, passed away Monday, April 14, 2008, at the Bowers Hospice House, Beckley, following an extended illness.

Born on July 6, 1918, at South Caperton, W.Va., he was the son of the late Edward and Anna M. Stotts Perkins.

Mr. Perkins, another member of the greatest generation, has passed on. He was a member of the First Church of God in Fayetteville. Mr. Perkins was an Army veteran of WWII, serving with General Patton, and he received two Purple Hearts while serving his country. He was a retired newspaper pressman in Sacramento, Calif.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Edith Perkins of Fayetteville; five sons, four daughters, 45 grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 16, 2008, at the Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, Fayetteville, with Pastor Bob Coulter and Pastor Justin Seay officiating. Burial will follow in Huse Memorial Park, Fayetteville.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today, Tuesday, April 15, 2008, at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in James Perkins’ memory to the Bowers Hospice House, 454 Cranberry Drive, Beckley, WV 25801.

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

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

Thomas Anthony ‘Tom’ Perkins

OAK HILL — Thomas Anthony “Tom” Perkins, 86, of Oak Hill, died on Sunday, April 13, 2008, at Hidden Valley Nursing and Rehab Center in Oak Hill.

Born Dec. 26, 1921, at Oak Hill, he was the son of the late John A. and Henrietta Barrett Perkins.

Mr. Perkins was a retired sales clerk for Noyes Mens and Boys Store with over 40 years of service.

He was a member of the First Brethren Church in Oak Hill where he served as a Layman, a member of the American Legion and a former member of the Oak Hill Lions Club.

A U.S. Army veteran, he served in the U.S. Air Force.

Tom was the last surviving member of his immediate family having been preceded in death by three brothers, Paul Perkins, Merrion Perkins and George Perkins; and three sisters, Ruth Halstead, Opal Short and Doris Goff.

Survivors include his wife, Dorothy Armstrong Perkins, and several nieces and nephews.

Services will be on Wednesday, April 16, 2008, at 2 p.m. at Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill, with Rev. William Skeldon officiating. Burial will be at High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill.

Visitation will be held at Tyree Funeral Home on Tuesday, April 15, 2008, from 6 to 8 p.m.

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

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Ralph Posey

FENWICK — Ralph Posey, 87, of Nicholas County, died April 12. Service will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at the White Funeral Home, Craigsville. Burial will follow in the West Virginia Memorial Gardens, Calvin.

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

Arrangements by White Funeral Home, Craigsville.

Rachel Boothe Shaffer

MAXWELTON — Rachel Boothe Shaffer, 94, of Maxwelton, formerly of Rupert, W.Va., passed away at Greenbrier Valley Medical Center in Ronceverte, W.Va., on April 13, 2008, after a short illness.

Born Rachel Sirilda to Elbert and Rufina Bailes Beavers of Fenwick, W.Va., on March 17, 1914. She was the last of 12 children.

Rachel was preceded in death by two husbands, John Lewis Boothe of Anjean, W.Va., in 1979 and Jesse O. Shaffer of Charmco, W.Va., in 1995. She was also preceded in death by six children, Norma McClung of Sparta, N.C., Dora Smith of Rainelle, W.Va., Johnny Boothe of Orient Hill, W.Va., Linda Smith of Rupert, W.Va., Twylla Lilly of Elkton, Md., an infant son, Ira Boothe, and four stepchildren.

Survivors include daughter Pamela Tolley of Maxwelton, W.Va., with whom Mrs. Shaffer resided, and a son, Danny Boothe of Leslie, W.Va. Mrs. Shaffer also had four stepchildren, Kermit Shaffer of Fredericksburg, Va., Glen Shaffer of Prince Edward, Va., Darlene Ford of Dale City, Va., and Sharon Rice of Charleston, W.Va. She had 26 grandchildren, several stepgrandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren.

Services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 16, at Smathers Funeral Chapel with Pastor Rose McClung officiating. Burial will follow in the Wallace Memorial Cemetery at Clintonville.

Friends may call one hour before the service from 1 to 2 p.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, donations of sympathy may be made to assist with funeral costs.

Arrangements by Smathers Funeral Chapel, Rainelle.

Frances Elizabeth Stafford

STAFFORD, Va. — Frances Elizabeth Stafford, 80, passed away on Sunday, April 13, 2008, at Greenfield Assisted Living. She was the loving wife of David E. Stafford for 59 years.

Frances was a devout Catholic, totally immersed in her faith and in the Ministries of each and every parish she belonged to. She was the first chairperson of the Bereavement Committee at St. William of York.

She was preceded in death by a son, Mark Stafford, and a brother, Jhan Knieb, and grandson David Burgess Jr.

Along with her husband David, Frances is survived by her children: William Wright Stafford of Mooresville, N.C., Timothy Stafford of Chesapeake Beach, Md., Martha Burgess of Fredericksburg, Va., Jhan Stafford of LaPorte, Ind., Christi Hylton of Roanoke, Va., Vincent Stafford of Stafford, Va., Martin Stafford of Stafford, Va., Dale Stafford of Beckley, and Georgia Milam of Round Hill, Va.; one brother Lamont Aiken of Chapel Hill, N.C.; 23 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends today, Tuesday, April 15, 2008, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Mullins & Thompson Funeral Service, Stafford Chapel, with a Prayer Service at 8 p.m.

A Mass of the Resurrection will be held on Wednesday, April 16, 2008, at 10 a.m. at St. William of York Catholic Church with Rev. David P. Meng officiating. Burial will follow at Stafford Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in her name to the St. Raphael Ministry, Pastoral Healthcare Ministry, St. William of York Catholic Church, 3130 Jefferson Davis Hwy., Stafford, VA 22554, 540-659-1102.

To send a condolence to the family, please visit mullinsthompson.com.

Mary Ernestine Strunk

Mary Ernestine Strunk, 83, of Edmond, was called home by her Heavenly Father, on Saturday, April 12, 2008, following a short illness.

Mary Ernestine was born Dec. 18, 1924, in Winona, W.Va., and was a daughter of the late Ernest Holliday and the late Hester Gill Holliday. She was of the Baptist faith, a member of Lansing Baptist Church of Lansing and a homemaker.

Survivors are daughters, Linda Thomson of Annandale, Va., Carolyn Cope of Charles Town, W.Va., Ellen Thompson and her husband, Charles, of Epsom, N.C., and Barbara Joyce Bekooy of Amsterdam; sons, James E. Horrocks and his wife, Judy Caldwell Horrocks, of Edmond, William D. Horrocks and his wife, Barbara Mellich Horrocks, of Harpers Ferry; stepsons, David Strunk of Hilton Village and Freddie Strunk Jr. of Oak Hill; sisters, Irene Prater of Ohio and Carol Campbell of Hico; brothers, Dale Holliday and John Holliday, both of Ohio; eight grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren, numerous stepgrandchildren and stepgreat-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her two husbands, James W. Horrocks and Fred S. Strunk; a son-in-law, Michael Cope; grandson, Lindsey Thompson; a stepdaughter, Connie Hodge; a stepson, Garnie Strunk; sisters, Charlotte Holliday and Nelda Holliday.

Services will be 2 p.m. Thursday, April 17, 2008, at Lansing Baptist Church, with the Rev. Kenny Hayes officiating. Burial will follow in the Lansing Cemetery.

Everyone is invited to come and celebrate the life of Mary Ernestine from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home Chapel in Ansted and one hour prior to the services at 2 p.m. on Thursday at the Lansing Baptist Church.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Lansing Baptist Church, in memory of Mary Ernestine Strunk.

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace of Ansted.