The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

May 14, 2008

Obituaries - Thursday, May 15, 2008


Freda D. Reid Blankenship

Freda D. Reid Blankenship, 77, of Parsonage Drive, Daniels, was reunited with her son, Pete Anthony Pizzino, early Monday morning, May 12, 2008, after a long illness.

Born April 7, 1931, at Itmann, she was the daughter of the late Mary Jane Baugh and Harry Reid of Sabine.

Mrs. Blankenship grew up in Wyoming County, having lived at Lester and Harper Road before moving to Daniels. She attended Beaver Church of God, where she loved to sing and give praise to the Lord. She loved the Lord and professed his love to her family and grandchildren.

She enjoyed crocheting, crafting, quilting, crossword puzzles and yard sales. She collected angels, often bought for her with love by her husband. Her enjoyment was people and giving her handmade items or gifts to “special people.”

One of her greatest accomplishments that she was proud of was her ability to write. On Aug. 17, 2003, she received an award from The International Society of Poets for her outstanding achievement in poetry. Her writings were published in books, on plaques and on audio tapes.

She loved her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren with all of her heart. She had a love for animals, especially her dogs, Bubba, Molly, Zander and Lucky.

Other than her parents, she was preceded in death by her first-born son, Pete Anthony Pizzino, on Nov. 30, 1996, whom she loved dearly. She was also preceded in death by a brother, Herbert Reid, and two sisters, Dorothy Whitt and Pauline Burleson.

Survivors include her loving husband of 59 years, Haven J. Blankenship, who cared for her unconditionally; a son, Roger H. Blankenship and wife, Rose, of Crab Orchard; three daughters, Diana Penn of Stanaford, Pam Payne of Beckley and Bridgette Blankenship of MacArthur; two brothers, Harry Reid Jr. of Glen Rogers and Kyle Reid of Hiram, Ohio; two sisters, Juanita Phillips of Beckley and Jurline Reed of Daniels; her grandchildren, John Barringer, Mickey, Micheal and Tonya Payne, Damian and Jeremy Blankenship, Amanda Acord, Ashley Mullins, Mark Pizzino, Donald Miller and Beverly Lehew; and several great-grandchildren.

Service will be 1 p.m. today at Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home Chapel, Beckley, with Bishop J.L. Clyburn officiating. Entombment will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens Mausoleum of Hope (Building No. 4), Beckley.

Friends called 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home and may call one hour before service today.

Grandsons 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.

Neva Crabtree

OAK HILL — Neva Crabtree, 83, of Oak Hill, went home to her eternal home Saturday, May 10, 2008.

She was born March 26, 1925, at Export, the daughter of the late Ernest D. Smith and Georgia Jones Smith.

Neva was preceded in death by her husbands, Paul Haynes and Earl Crabtree. Also waiting to greet her in Heaven are her beloved sister, Stella Duncan; son, Paul Wayne Haynes, and Donald James Crabtree; and a daughter, Martha Jane. Haynes.

Neva was employed by the former Oak Hill Hospital, the owner of Neva’s Nook, a diner in East End, Oak Hill, and was a baker and cook for Richard’s Steak House in Ironton, Ohio, and McClure’s Restaurants in Ashland, Ky., and Coal Grove, Ohio.

Neva’s faith was an important part of her life. She was a life-long member of Fellowship Memorial Baptist Church in Oak Hill.

She loved to sew and quilt, bake and cook until failing health prevented her, but most of all her greatest joy was to spend time with her family and friends.

Those left to morn her passing include a beloved sister, Zella Stanley; three daughters and sons-in-law, Patricia and Kermit Nance of Ironton, Pauline and Richard Walker of Austin, Texas, and Gail and Paul Coleman of Oak Hill; daughter, Sheila Robinson of Oak Hill; son, Earl James Crabtree of Oak Hill; 11 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and cousins; and many friends.

Her remains rest at High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, 1435 E. Main St., Oak Hill, where the family received friends 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, and where the funeral service will be 2 p.m. today with the Rev. Robert Isaacs and the Rev. Bill Parker officiating. Interment will follow in Gethsemane Memorial Gardens, Oak Hill.

Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.

Melvin Leon Gadd

ALDERSON — Melvin Leon Gadd, 43, of Alderson, died Sunday, May 11, 2008, in Alderson following a sudden illness.

Born July 22, 1964, in Beckley, he was the son of Jackson Lee and Patricia Ann Carr Gadd of Alderson.

Mr. Gadd was the produce manager at Gadd’s IGA, Alderson, where he was employed for 25 years. He was a 1982 graduate of Greenbrier West High School, Charmco, and a member of Amwell Baptist Church, Rupert. Mr. Gadd enjoyed hunting and loved to go fishing with his daughter.

Survivors include two daughters, Kayla Renee Gadd of Alderson and Samantha Jo Wallace of Alderson; his estranged wife, Rebecca Jo Bradley Gadd of Alderson; his parents, Jackson Lee and Patricia Ann Carr Gadd of Alderson; a sister, Lisa Kenney and her husband, Stewart, of Rainelle; his grandmother, Ginny Carr of Rupert; a niece, Rachel Kenney of Rainelle; two nephews, Andrew Kenney of Rainelle and Matthew Kenney of Rainelle; two aunts, Nancy Hedges and her husband, James, of Glen Ellyn, Ill., and Ginny Owens and her husband, Larry, of White Sulphur Springs; and several cousins.

Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Friday, May 16, at Lobban Funeral Home Chapel, Alderson, with Pastor John Groves officiating. Burial will follow at Wallace Memorial Cemetery, Clintonville. Friends may call 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Serving as pallbearers will be Jerry Harris, Larry Harris, Joe “P.D.” Housby, T.C. Freeman, Neil McClung, Tim Qualls and Kenny Davis.

Arrangements by Lobban Funeral Home, Alderson.

Julia Hennessy Glover

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS — Julia Hennessy Glover, 78, of White Sulphur Springs, died Monday, May 12, 2008.

Graveside service will be 4 p.m. today at Mapledale Cemetery, Route 92 North, White Sulphur Springs. Visitation will be half an hour before service at the cemetery.

Arrangements by Shanklin Funeral Home, White Sulphur Springs.

Billy Joe ‘Bubby’ Green

FAYETTEVILLE — Billy Joe “Bubby” Green, 18, of Fayetteville, passed away Sunday, May 11, 2008.

The family will receive friends noon until time of service at 2 p.m. Friday, May 16, at Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home Chapel, Fayetteville.

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

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

Frank Hannah

INDIANAPOLIS — Mr. Frank Hannah, of Indianapolis, formerly of Mount Hope, died Saturday, May 10, 2008.

Service will be noon Friday, May 16, at Lavenia, Smith and Summers Home for Funerals, 5811 E. 38th St., Indianapolis. Friends may call 10 a.m. until time of service at the funeral home.

Submitted by Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.

Opal Holcomb

ANSTED — Opal Holcomb, 86, of Ansted, passed away Tuesday, May 13, 2008, at her home following a short illness.

Born Jan. 13, 1922, in Marlinton, she was a daughter of the late John Washington and Amanda Rita Lively Biggs. She was a homemaker and a charter member of the Lover’s Leap Baptist Church in Ansted.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Norvell C. Holcomb; a sister, Ernestine Hess; and two grandchildren, Kyla Lane and Marty Skaggs.

Survivors include three daughters, Rita Chapman and husband, Bacil, of Hico, Mary Skaggs and husband, Kyle, of Victor and Midge Rogers and husband, Larry, of Hopewell; a son, Frank Holcomb and fiancée, Ginny Topping, of Beckley; a brother, Jim Lively and wife, Delores, of Fayetteville; nine grandchildren, Tim, Mandy, Teana, Midge, Scott, Terry, Todd, Travis and Jeremy; and 15 great-grandchildren, Timothy, David, Curtis, Jennifer, Nathan, Adam, Bethany, Paige, Aaron, Scotty, Baylee, Braxton, Morgan, Angel and Brian.

Service will be 2 p.m. Sunday, May 18, at Wallace & Wallace Chapel, Ansted, with Pastor Stephen Fridenmaker officiating. Burial will follow at Restlawn Memory Gardens, Victor.

Friends may call 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, May 17, at the funeral home.

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Ansted.

Tresea Hutchens

Tresea Hutchens, 79, of Crab Orchard passed away Wednesday, May 14, 2008, at Gold Living Center in Glasgow.

Arrangements by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, Beckley.

Freda Maxine Kaylor

Freda Maxine Kaylor, 80, of Beckley, passed away Tuesday, May 13, 2008, at Raleigh General Hospital.

Born July 20, 1927, she was the daughter of the late James Clayton and Addie Hundley Craft.

Mrs. Kaylor enjoyed reading and was a homemaker. She was of the Baptist faith.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Melvin Boomer Kaylor; and a brother, William Craft.

Those left to cherish her memory include four sons, Melvin Noel Kaylor, Greg Kaylor and Jeffrey Kaylor, all of Beckley, and Van Kaylor of Fayette County; two daughters, Brenda Kaylor of Beckley and Lynda Kelly of Lanark; and five grandchildren.

Service will be 1 p.m. Saturday, May 17, at Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley. Entombment will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens Mausoleum.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

Friends may gather with the family 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 16, 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 arrangements.

Robert Allen Linkous

Robert Allen Linkous, 63, of Beckley, passed on at his residence on Tuesday, May 13, 2008.

Arrangements by Calfee Funeral Home, Beckley.

Edith Faye Barber Martin

GARNER, N.C. — Edith Faye Barber Martin, formerly of Orchard Avenue, Beckley, died in Garner following a long illness. She was in her 76th year.

Born July 7, 1931, in Gordon, she was the daughter of the late Walter Frank Cooper and Minnie Sells Angle Cooper.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Roy Charles Barber Sr.

Surviving are daughters, Carol Gardner and husband, Doug, of Garner, Doris Baldwin and husband, Dean, of Raleigh, N.C., and Karen Hedrick and husband, Phil, of Garner; son, the Rev. Roy Barber Jr. and wife, Juanita, of Lewisburg; grandchildren, Charles “Chuck” Barber of Shinnston, Angela Thompson and Dawn Goodwin of Garner, and Roy Baldwin, Amanda Gower and Rebecca Bagwell, all of Raleigh; and great-grandchildren, Kaitlyn Thompson, Hannah Thompson, Samantha and Christopher Goodwin, Mc-Kenzie Bagwell, Samantha and Matthew Baldwin.

Funeral service will be 1 p.m. Friday, May 16, at Mel-ton Mortuary Chapel, Beckley, with the Rev. Gene Bowen and the Rev. Marie Underwood officiating. Burial will follow in Tom Lilly Cemetery, Ghent. Friends may call 11 a.m. until time of service Friday.

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

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary, Beckley.

Clyde C. Murphy

Clyde C. Murphy, 86, of Sophia, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, May 13, 2008, at Princeton Community Hospital.

Born Nov. 16, 1921, he was the son of the late William P. and Laura Cline Murphy.

He retired from Consolidation Coal Co. in 1979 and enjoyed fishing and walking at the mall for several years. Most of all, he loved his family and will surely be missed.

Known as “The Gospel Singing Coal Miner,” he has a brick in the walkway at the Southern Gospel Music Walk of Fame at Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, Tenn. — given to him by his three children for his 85th birthday. He touched many lives down through his life with his singing throughout West Virginia and many other states as the Murphy Trio. He also prayed for the sick and served as a deacon at Skelton Freewill Baptist Church, where he was a member for 27 years.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Lillian Flanagan; and two brothers, Ray Murphy and Paul Murphy.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife of 65 years, Vera “Juanita” Murphy; a son, Larry Murphy and wife, Linda, of Sophia; two daughters, Linda Hinchee and husband, Luke, of Salem, Va., and Janet McKinney and husband, Larry, of Beckley; a sister, Wanda Hite of Sophia; seven grandchildren, Lori, Cherie, Patrick, Missy, Jeff, Pat and Krista; 14 great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; and special friends, Shirley and Junk Snuffer.

Service will be 1 p.m. Saturday, May 17, at Skelton Freewill Baptist Church with Pastor Bill Bennett, the Rev. Danny Legg, the Rev. Darrell McNeely and the Rev. Dwayne Hite officiating. Burial will follow at Sunset Memorial Park, Beckley.

Grandsons Pat McKinney, Jerry Piercy, Jeff Hinchee, Jim Haugen, Patrick Murphy and Tim Austin will serve as pallbearers. Men of Skelton Freewill Baptist Church will serve as honorary pallbearers.

Friends may gather with the family 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, May 16, at Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley.

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 arrangements.

Randy Lee Pettry II

Randy Lee Pettry II, 21, of Dameron, died Sunday, May 11, 2008, at Raleigh General Hospital as a result of an automobile accident.

Born at Beckley on March 23, 1987, he was the son of Randy Lee Pettry and Jo Anne Clay Pettry of Dameron.

Randy was a 2006 graduate of Liberty High School and was of the Pentecostal faith. He was an avid musician, having played the guitar and mandolin. He was an outdoorsman, having enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was a member of he Coal River Volunteer Fire Department, having the No. 34.

Randy had once been employed by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home as an attendant.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Vinson Pettry; great-grandmother, Margie Fleshman; and great-grandparents, Dempsey and Bernice Dickens.

Surviving other than his parents are a brother, Joshua Pettry of Dameron; paternal grandmother, Zettie Pettry of Dameron; and maternal grandparents, Wayne and Margaret Clay of Arnett.

Service will be 2 p.m. Friday at Harper Free Methodist Church with the Rev. Darrell Stapleton officiating. Burial will follow at Fleshman Cemetery, Dameron. Full fireman’s honors will be conducted.

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

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

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

Arrangements by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, Beckley.

Linda Richmond

Linda Richmond, 58, of Piney View passed away Wednesday, May 14, 2008, at home.

Arrangements by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, Beckley.

Ray Rexford Tincher

GATEWOOD — Ray Rexford Tincher, 84, of Gatewood, died Wednesday, May 14, 2008, at his home following a long illness.

Born July 30, 1923, at Gatewood, he was the son of the late Lee Ballard and Lilly Fridley Tincher.

Mr. Tincher was a member of Pleasant View Church of the Brethren at Gatewood. He was a retired carpenter.

He was preceded in death by brothers, Charles E., Billy W. and Leonard E. Tincher; and sisters, Dorothy M. and Edith M. Tincher.

Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Jency Jane Massie Tincher; two sons, Lee Ray Tincher and Gary Wayne Tincher, both of Gatewood; three brothers, his twin Roy Lee Tincher of Gatewood, Robert D. Tincher of Charleston, S.C., and James H. Tincher of Limestone, Tenn.; and a sister, Shirley A. Compton of Fayetteville.

Also surviving are eight grandchildren, 1st Sgt. Gary Ray Tincher of Lerona, Roger Daren Tincher of Fayetteville, Jerry Wayne Tincher and Angel Ellen Tincher, both of Oak Hill, Mark Allen Tincher of Shady Spring, April Dawn Cook of Cool Ridge and Brian Matthew Tincher and Lia Ashley Tincher, both of Fayetteville; 11 great-grandchildren, Logan, Lindsay, Alec, Hayden, Taylor, Brandon and Mac-kenzie Tincher, Britteny and Brianna Baumgartner, Ashton Tyler and his special little girl, Katie Beth Tincher.

Service will be 2 p.m. Saturday, May 17, at Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill, with the Rev. Jerry Bush officiating. Burial will be at High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill.

Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 16, at the funeral home.

Grandsons Gary Ray Tin-cher, Roger Tincher, Jerry Tincher, Mark Tincher and Brian Tincher and great-grandson Logan Tincher will serve as pallbearers.

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

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

James Patrick ‘Pat’ Weatherford

TRUE — James Patrick “Pat” Weatherford, 77, of True and Melbourne, Fla., died May 9, 2008, in Longview, Texas.

Born June 23, 1930, at Prenter, he was the son of the late John and Elizabeth Moyer Weatherford.

He retired from Lockheed Martin as a senior electronic technician where he worked for more than 34 years at Cape Canaveral, Fla., and was involved in the development of the Titan Missile.

He was preceded in death by two sisters, Irene Vititoe and Virginia Masterson; and a brother, Robert Weatherford.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Edith O’Dell Weatherford; a son, James Christopher Weatherford and wife, Eve, of Longview, Texas; a daughter, Teresa Hall and husband, Michael, of Annandale, Va.; seven grandchildren, Michael Wayne and wife, Melissa, Rebecca, Reba Jo, Travis and wife, Ashley, Melissa, Greg and Kimberly and husband, James.

Funeral liturgy will be 11 a.m. Friday, May 16, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Hinton, with Father Arthur Bufogle as celebrant. Burial will follow in Knob Cemetery, Pipestem. Friends may call 6 to 8 p.m. today at Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors, Hinton, with a rosary service to be held at 7:30 p.m.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

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

Arrangements by Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors, Hinton.