The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

May 29, 2008

Obituaries for Friday, May 30, 2008

Carrie Belle Virginia Harvey Cochran

Our dear mother, Carrie Belle Virginia Harvey Cochran, age 94, of Sophia, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, May 27, 2008, at her home.

Carrie was born Jan. 4, 1914, at Panther’s Knob. She was the daughter of the late Elder Willie Elmer and Cecil Benson Pack Harvey.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Isaac Basil Cochran; and children, Ivan Benny, Roger Dale, Tommie Edward Cochran and Linda Sue Lambert. In addition to her husband and children, she was also preceded in death by brother, Carlos Harvey; and sisters, Henrietta Lilly, Dicie Lilly, Georgie Harvey, Elloway Davis and Cleo Peters.

Those left to cherish her memory include her children, Shirley Redden and husband, Bill, of Beckley, Jerry Cochran and wife, Mary, of Sophia, Patricia Lovell and husband, Tommy, of Soak Creek, Brenda Bragg of Raleigh; daughter-in-law, Ruth Cochran of Midway; and son-in-law Mike Lambert of Willow Springs, N.C. Also surviving are sisters, Latoska Bennett, Wilda Martin and Wilma Moore and husband, Clinton; sixteen grandchildren, twenty-four great-grandchildren, and six great-great-grandchildren.

Service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, May 31, 2008, at Little Bluestone Primitive Baptist Church, Jumping Branch, with Pastor Larry Cochran and Elder Tommy Pack officiating. Burial will follow at Anderson Vest Cemetery, Fred Cochran Road, Jumping Branch.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

Friends may gather with the family 6 to 8 p.m. today at Williams-Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Sophia.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Williams-Blue Ridge Funeral Home, 147 Virginia Street, Sophia, is in charge of the arrangements.

Brayden Chase Lester

NEW RICHMOND — Brayden Chase Lester, newborn son of Roger Ray and Nina Dawn Morgan Lester II, received his angel wings on Wednesday, May 28, 2008, at Raleigh General Hospital for his journey to play in God’s playground.

Brayden was preceded in death by his great grandparents Henry C. and Marie Lester, Raymond and Hazel Morgan and Louise Proffitt.

Survivors include his loving parents, Roger Ray and Nina Dawn Morgan Lester II, of New Richmond, W.Va; grandparents, Roger and Connie Lester of New Richmond, W.Va., and Larry and Patty Morgan of Oceana, W.Va.; great- grandparents, William and Peggy Faulkner of Itman, W.Va., and Firg and Rose Proffitt of Oceana, W.Va.; two uncles, Larry “Duke” Morgan Jr. and wife, Samantha, of Kopper City Bottom, W.Va., and Joshua Morgan and wife, Sara, of Fairmont, W.Va.; seven cousins, Alexandria, LaRissa, Rebecca, Dylan and Abigail Morgan and Justice and Lukie Mitchell; along with a host of other loving family and friends.

Funeral service will be 7 p.m., today at the Coal Mountain Community Church with Ministers Larry “Duke” Morgan and Joshua Morgan officiating.

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

Committal service will be noon Saturday at the Miltie Morgan Cemetery, Long Branch, W.Va.

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The family is being served by the Stafford Family Funeral Home, Lynco.

Frank Gilbert Lloyd Sr.

RICHWOOD — Frank Gilbert Lloyd Sr., 84, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, May 19, 2008.

Service will be 2 p.m. today at Simons-Coleman Funeral Home, Richwood. Burial will be in WV Memorial Gardens, Calvin.

Friends may call 12 to 2 p.m. today before the service at the funeral home.

Arrangements by Simons-Coleman Funeral Home, Richwood.

Flora Mahon

CALLAHAN, Fla. — Flora Mahon, 87, formerly of Chattaroy, went to live with her Lord and Savior on May 27, 2008.

Service will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 3, 2008, at Honaker Funeral Home of Logan. Burial will follow in Highland Memory Gardens at Godby, W.Va.

Friends may call 5 to 9 p.m. Monday at Honaker Funeral Home and one hour prior to service on Tuesday.

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Honaker Funeral Home of Logan is in charge of arrangements.

Samuel Duane Martin

CRAIGSVILLE — Samuel Duane Martin, 48, passed away Wednesday, May 28, 2008.

Service will be 1 p.m. Saturday at Simons-Coleman Funeral Home, Richwood. Burial will be in Mt. Vernon Cemetery, Glade Creek. Friends may call 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Arrangements by Simons-Coleman Funeral Home, Richwood.

Daniel ‘Ray’ Massie

Daniel “Ray” Massie, 80, of Cool Ridge, passed away Wednesday, May 28, 2008, at home.

Arrangements by Rose and Quesenberry, Shady Spring.

Charles A. McDaniel

NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. — Charles A. McDaniel, 95, of 113 Sea St., died Thursday, May 29, 2008, at Hospice of Volusia/Flagler in Port Orange, Fla., following a long illness.

Arrangements by Pivont Funeral Home, Hinton.

Thomas Aden Phillips

Thomas Aden Phillips, 62, of Beckley, passed away Thursday, May 29, in a Charleston hospital following a courageous battle with Gulliane Barre syndrome.

Born Feb. 10, 1946, in Beckley, he was the son of Wilma L. Phillips of Beckley and the late Wendell Phillips.

Tom was a retired teacher and administrator from the Fayette County Board of Education. He was a 1964 graduate of Woodrow Wilson high school, where he was a member of the football hall of fame, and a 1974 graduate of West Virginia University of which he was a member of the football team. He received his masters degree from WV College of Graduate Studies in 1978. He was a medic in the Army during the Vietnam era, stationed at a hospital in Munich, Germany. Tom was an assistant coach at WV Tech. He served on the WVSSAC Board of Appeals. He also taught at Mullens High School, Valley High School and Gauley Bridge, and was Assistant Principal at Oak Hill High School. He received many awards and honors during his career.

Tom was a previous Sunday School teacher of the Baptist faith. Tom was an avid reader and loved WVU sports. Most of all, he enjoyed his grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one brother, Richard Phillips.

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife of 38 years, Linda Sue (Short) Phillips; one daughter, Liz Anne Vance and her husband, Richard, of Beckley, and his two grandchildren that he loved so much, Aden and Savannah Vance; two sisters, Deborah Phillips of Washington, D.C., and Judy Meadows and her husband, Steve, of Beckley; two brothers, Kenneth Phillips of Beckley and Wendell Phillips Jr. and his wife, Sara, of Charlotte, N.C.

Service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, May 31, at Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley, with the Rev. Tommy Knotts officiating.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

Military rites will be conducted by the Oak Hill VFW.

Visitation will be 7 to 9 p.m. today at Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

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

Edna Faye Pierson

NETTIE — Edna Faye Pierson, 100, died Thursday, May 29, 2008.

Service will be 2 p.m. Saturday at the Waters Funeral Chapel, Summersville. Burial will be in Beulah Baptist Cemetery, Muddlety.

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

Arrangements by Waters Funeral Chapel, Summersville.

Thomas Russell Senter

Thomas Russell Senter, 88, of Lewisburg, passed away May 22, 2008.

Born in Barnabus on Aug. 16, 1919, Senter was a longtime resident of Lewisburg, having been active in the Lion’s Club and AARP.

He graduated from Marshall College (University) with a major in political studies. He left Huntington to serve his country in World War II, attached to the 1st Army Air Corps in India. Next, as a Flying Tiger in China, the strictly volunteer group became part of the United States Army Air Forces. While providing the United States crucial information as a cryptologist, Senter had the rare experience of traversing China in a Jeep. He saw firsthand the effects of war on the Chinese people. Surviving the conflict, malaria and near-starvation, Senter returned home to West Virginia, only to be whisked away again at the request of General Walter Bedell Smith, Chief of General Eisenhower’s staff at Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force. General Smith, now Ambassador to post-war Soviet Union, hand- picked Senter to be commissioned United States Vice-Consul to Moscow and then, Vladivostok, USSR, where his keen mathematical abilities were put to use in cryptography. During the tense post-war (Cold War) years, Senter helped to avert mishaps and smooth over U.S. and Soviet relations. Surviving an attempt on his life on the Trans-Siberian Express, Senter’s next commission was to London, England. Visiting home before continuing to his new assignment, Senter married his Marshall College sweetheart, Louise Anderson, who was teaching grade school in Greenbrier County. Together, they traveled to London, England and Manila, The Philippines, on assignment before settling back in the United States. Senter retired to Lewisburg, W.Va., from El Al Airlines, New York, where he worked many years as a flight operations officer and shop steward for aerospace workers of Kennedy Airport.

Thomas Senter was preceded in death by his mother, Hattie Combs Senter; father, Jesse Senter; and brother, Edsel Senter.

Surviving relatives include wife, Louise Senter; son, James Russell; daughter-in-law, Margie; granddaughter, Erin; grandsons, Thomas and James; five great-grandchildren; son, John Ernest; and grandsons, Jake, Scott and Brandon.

Thomas Senter was a devoted husband and a loving father and grandfather. He will be greatly missed.

Arrangements by Oakey’s Funeral Home, Roanoke, Va.

Dorcas E. Stover Thompson

Dorcas E. Stover Thompson, age 98, of Daniels, W.Va., formerly of Beckley, died Thursday, May 29, 2008, at the Greystone Inn in Daniels, following a short illness.

Born at Sandbranch, on March 27, 1910, she was the daughter of the late Ra-leigh Stover and Florence Ward Stover.

She was a retired LPN from Beckley Hospital and was a member of the First Christian Church in Beckley.

She was the last surviving member of her immediate family.

Mrs. Thompson was preceded in death by her husband, Gilbert Thompson; and sons, Robert and George.

Survivors include sons, Richard Thompson and wife, Natalie, of Marshall, Va., and Donald Thompson and wife, Choyce, of Atlanta, Ga.; a daughter-in-law-, Cora Swartz of Mount Hope; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews, and a special niece, Arveda Johnson of Beckley, also survive.

Service will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Rose and Quesenberry Peace Chapel in Beckley. Burial will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Beckley.

Friends may call 7 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be sent to our guest book at

Arrangements by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, Beckley.

James R. ‘Jimmy’ Thompson

BUCKHANNON — James R. (Jimmy) Thompson, age 66, died Sunday, May 25, 2008, at his home.

He was born Nov. 26, 1941, at Montgomery, W.Va., a son of the late George Elmer and Minnie Marie Ward Thompson. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Michael Keith Thompson. On Feb. 27, 1981, he married Brenda S. Skaggs, who survives.

Also surviving are one daughter, Georgia Melody Thompson of Beckley; one son, James R. Thompson II of Harmony, N.C.; one grandson, Ronin Jor’el Copning-Thompson; best buddies, Frank Hoover and Dutch of Buckhannon and Leonard Lancaster of Hico, W.Va.; one niece, Michelle Alvarez and family of Princeton, W.Va., and one nephew, Michael Keith Thompson II and family of Summersville, W.Va. He also has many extended family and friends throughout the United States. Many loving thanks to his caregivers, Tracy Van Norman and family, Roy Chapman, Juanita Andrews and Peoples Hospice.

Mr. Thompson was a rock crusher for Stone Co., Inc. and a Catholic by faith. He served in the U. S. Army during the Vietnam War. He was a charter and life member of the Eugene Skaggs VFW Post #7695 of Ansted, W.Va., a 30-year member of the Ansted VFD, Deputy Fire Marshall for the State of WV, a registered EMT with fire and water rescue, a member of the ALERT team and a member of the Knights of Pythias.

A memorial service will be 1 p.m. Saturday, June 7, 2008, at VFW Post #7695 in Ansted with Father Roy Gene Crist as celebrant.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be sent to the Eugene Skaggs VFW Post #7695, Main St., Ansted, WV 25812.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Poling-St. Clair Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Henry E. Woodrum

HILLDALE — Henry E. Woodrum, 84, of Hilldale, died 2:30 a.m., May 28, 2008.

At the request of the family, Henry was cremated and no funeral service has been scheduled at this time.

Condolences may be sent to the family at

Arrangements are by the Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors of Hinton.

Donley Wayne Wriston

OAK HILL — Donley Wayne Wriston, 45, died on Saturday, May 24, 2008, at Prenter, W.Va.

Born Feb. 19, 1963, at Charleston, W.Va., he was the son of the late Lesley and Alice Marie Burgraph Wriston.

He was a belt technician for Atlas Belt Company of Mount Hope.

His wife, Kathy Sue Beals Wriston, preceded him in death on Dec. 14, 2007.

Survivors include one son, Donley Wriston of Beckley; one daughter, Tabitha Wriston serving with the U.S. Army in Afganistan; four stepsons, Jason Rice of Glendale, Ariz., Jeremy Rice, Brandon Rice and Keith Rice, all of Oak Hill; one brother, David Wriston of Oak Hill; one sister, Debbie Wriston of Oak Hill and two grandchildren, Lillian Rose Fannin and Tessie Rice of Oak Hill.

Service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, May 31, 2008, at Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill, with eulogy and remembrance by family and friends. Mr. Wriston will be cremated following the service.

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

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.