The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

June 8, 2008

Obituaries - Monday, June 9, 2008


Thomas ‘Tommy’ Cartwright

Thomas “Tommy” Cartwright died June 8, 2008, at St. Frances Hospital in Charleston, W.Va., after a long illness.

He was born June 20, 1931, in Colcord, W.Va., to James and Fannie Cartwright.

Tommy retired from Peabody Coal Company. He also worked for Montcoal Mining, Bethlehem Steele, J&L; Steele, and owned and operated a Sinclair Gas Station.

Other than his parents, Jim and Fannie Cartwright, he was preceded in death by his wife, Margie Kidwell Cartwright; his stepson, Charles Edward Dunavant; and his brother, Kenny Cartwright.

He is survived by two daughters, Lois Ann Medlen (Melvin) of Hernshaw, W.Va., and Linda Lou Workman (Teddy) of Sylvester, W.Va.; a son, Thomas Malcolm Cartwright (Betsy) of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; two stepsons, Chester Dunavant (Barbara) of Rock Hill, S.C., and George William Dunavant (Anita) of Irvin, Tenn.; a stepdaughter, Betty Jane Purington (Steve) of Longs, S.C.; 14 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; three brothers, Arthur Cartwright (Jacqueline), Leroy Cartwright (Peggy), and Bob Cartwright, of South Carolina; and a sister, Jeanette Allen (Bill) of South Carolina.

The funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, June 11, 2008, at Valley Funeral Home in Whitesville, W.Va., with Pastor David Cook officiating. Burial will follow at Pineview Cemetery in Orgas, W.Va.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday at the funeral home.

Arrangements by Valley Funeral Home, Whitesville, W.Va.

Robert R. Hudson Sr.

TRUE — Robert R. Hudson Sr., 83, of True, died 9:20 p.m. Saturday, June 7, 2008, at his home, following a long illness.

He was born Sept. 11, 1924, at Beckley, and was a son of the late Robert H. and Esthal McGraw Hudson of Piney View, W.Va.

A U.S. Navy veteran of World War II having served as Petty Officer Third Class and gunner on the Merchant Marine Ships and later the Liberty Ships during the American, Asiatic Pacific, European African, and Middle Eastern Campaigns; a graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School and attended Beckley College and Bluefield College, Bluefield, Va. He was a Field Engineer Zone Manager for AT&T;, formerly NCR Corp., with 38 years of service having worked in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Maryland and retiring from the Beckley, W.Va., office; a member of the Hinton Masonic Lodge # 62 AF & AM and had served as Past Master of Hinton and Bluefield; and a faithful member, as long as his health permitted, of the James Chapel United Methodist Church at True.

He was preceded in death by a brother, James M. Hudson, and a sister, Lillian White.

Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Joyce Tickle Hudson; a son, Robert R. Hudson Jr.; a grandson, Robert R. “Robbie” Hudson III; a granddaughter, Keri LeAnn Hudson; and the mother of his grandchildren, Susie Hudson, all of True; a great-granddaughter, Makayla Hudson of Bluefield; two brothers, Rev. Charles Hudson and wife Jane of Piney View and Lawrence Hudson and wife Janice of Barnesville, Ga.; two sisters, Virginia Lodmell of Frankfort, Ky., and Evelyn Elliot and husband Paul of Oak Hill; four sisters-in-law, Patricia Hudson of Leesburg, Va., Ellen Neely and husband Mason of True, Romie Tickle Epperly of True, and Elaine Tickle Cutlip and husband Jim of Scottown, Ohio; and a brother-in-law, Daniel Boyer of Hinton. Many nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Tuesday, June 10, 2008, at the James Chapel United Methodist Church at True, with Pastors Tommy Mounts and Charles Hudson officiating. Burial will follow in the Spangler Cemetery at True.

Friends may call at the Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors from 6 to 8 p.m. today and at the church one hour prior to services.

The Hinton Masonic Lodge will serve as pallbearers and conduct graveside rites.

The family will receive flowers; however, donations of sympathy may be made to the Hospice of Southern W.Va., P.O. Box 1472, Beckley, WV 25802, or the James Chapel United Methodist Church.

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

Arrangements are by the Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors of Hinton.

Mary Lou Stover Levins

OAK HILL — Mary Lou Stover Levins, 76, of Oak Hill, W.Va., passed away Saturday, June 7, 2008, at home, following a long illness.

Born May 3, 1932, at Mossy, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late George Quincy and Adith Aretta Wriston Stover.

She was retired from Fayette County Department of Human Resources as a Social Worker. She was a member of the Oak Hill Apostolic Church and the Ladies Dorcas Circle of the church.

Other than her parents, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Tamela Rose Levins; two brothers, Houston and Quincy Stover; and by a sister, Esther Jane Stover.

Survivors include two daughters, Deborah Levins and Shawna Levins; a son, Ronald Wayne Levins (Carla); two sisters, Gaynelle Carrico and Eva Mae Williams; two granddaughters, Shelba Jane Levins and Daytona Delrose Levins; a grandson, J.A. Kirk; a great-grandson, Malachi Kirk; and sister-in-law, Katheryn Stover, all of Oak Hill, W.Va.

Services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 11, 2008, at Oak Hill Apostolic Church, Oak Hill, W.Va., with Rev. Carlos Lewis, Rev. Louis Wooten, and Erik C. Lewis officiating. Burial will follow in Highlawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill.

Visitation will be 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the church.

Family and church members will serve as pallbearers.

Online condolences may be sent to our Web site at www.tyreefuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home of Oak Hill.

Gladys Naomi McClung

HILLTOP — Gladys Naomi McClung, age 77, of Hilltop, passed away on Saturday, June 7, 2008, at Bowers Hospice House, of natural causes.

Arrangements are pending at Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Alma Louise McVey

MOUNT HOPE — Alma Louise McVey, 79, of Mount Hope, passed away Saturday, June 7, 2008, at the Bowers Hospice House in Beckley.

Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, 1435 E. Main St., Oak Hill.

Pauline ‘Jake’ Redden Sydenstricker

Pauline “Jake” Redden Sydenstricker, 92, of Beckley, died Saturday, June 7, 2008, in a local hospital.

Born at Stanaford, she was the daughter of the late Charlie and Lora Francis Kincaid Redden.

She was retired from Eric Jewelry Store and also the New River Coal Company store. Pauline was a member of Mabscott Baptist Church and later attended the Beckley Regular Baptist Church on Johnstown Road. She was active in the American Legion and volunteered at the VA hospital.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, Ray Sydenstricker; brothers, Ray and Howard Redden; sisters, Oma Redden, Eva Knuckles, Leona Curtis, and Hattie Redden; and two nephews, Harry Curtis and Hershel Knuckles.

She is survived by a nephew, Harold Knuckles of La Plata, Md.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 10, 2008, in the Calfee Funeral Home Chapel, with Pastor Paul Zutaut officiating. Burial will follow in Sunset Memorial Park.

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

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

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

Arrangements by Calfee Funeral Home, Beckley.

Betty J. Palmer Thompson

AMIGO — Betty J. Palmer Thompson, 81, of Amigo, W.Va., passed away at home, surrounded by her loving family, June 6, 2008.

Born Nov. 29, 1926, in Itmann, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Henry and Augusta Cecil.

Betty was devoted to her family and loved to take care of her grandkids. She was of the Baptist faith.

She was loved dearly by everyone who knew her. Betty was a precious gift given to her family and a loving mother and grandmother.

In addition to her parents, Betty is preceded in death by her first husband, Wesley Palmer; second husband, Jess Thompson; sons, Wesley E. Pal-mer Jr. and James H. Palmer; grandson, Bradley Palmer; and brother, Edward Cecil.

Those left to cherish her memory include her daughters, Carla Haga and husband Buck of Amigo, W.Va., and Wilma Norman and husband Dennis of Amigo; a son, Buddy Thompson and wife Ruby of Amigo; grandchildren, Betty Jean, Jamie, Michael, and Cody (whom she helped raise), Sheila, Wesley Keith, Shannon, Elizabeth, and Jacob; 18 great-grandchildren; sisters, Shirley Meadows and husband Preston of Mill Point, W.Va., and Kathleen Cole of Beckley, W.Va.; brothers, Carl Cecil of Sophia, W.Va., Harold Cecil of Sophia, and Thomas Cecil of Beaver, W.Va.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 11, 2008, at Williams Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Sophia, W.Va., with Rev. Charles Bolen and Pastor Dwayne Hite officiating.

Burial will follow at Sunset Memorial Park, Beckley.

Pallbearers will be James Palmer Jr., Michael Palmer, Keith Thompson, Wesley Palmer III, Cody Palmer, Jacob Norman, and honorary pallbearers, Jeff Price, Mike Meadows, Bobby Pal-mer, Stephen Ward, and Buck Haga.

Friends may gather with the family Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

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

Arrangements by Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Sophia, W.Va.

Clyde D. Thompson

UNION — Clyde D. Thompson, 91, of Union, W.Va., passed away Saturday morning, June 7, 2008.

Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 10, 2008, at the Groves Funeral Home Chapel in Union. 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.

Dolly J. ‘Dot’ Yancey

PETERSTOWN — Dolly J. “Dot” Yancey, 76, of Peterstown, W.Va., passed away Sunday, June 8, 2008, at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital, Roanoke, Va.

Arrangements are incomplete at Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home, Peterstown.