The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

July 5, 2008

Obituaries - Sunday, July 6, 2008


Forathalee Aliff

Forathalee Aliff, formerly of Rock Lick, died Saturday, July 5, 2008, at her daughter’s home in Beckley.

She was born July 4, 1920.

Mrs. Aliff was preceded in death by her husband of 43 years, Kelly Aliff.

She is survived by her daughter, Wanda Young of Beckley, and her son, James of Lerona; four grandsons, Steve and Eric Dorsey, James Aliff and Christopher Young; two great-grandsons, Scott and Brandon Dorsey; and a special lifetime friend, Macel Kidd.

Mrs. Aliff was an active member of Assembly of God Church in Oak Hill.

Services will be 2 p.m. today at High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.

Family and friends may call one half hour before service today at the funeral home.

Burial will follow in High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill.

Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.

Elizabeth Allen

Elizabeth Allen, 91, of Raleigh, died Saturday, July 5, 2008, at Bowers Hospice House, Beckley, following a long illness.

Arrangements by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, Beckley.

Odis J. Amos

OAK HILL — Odis J. Amos, 87, of Oak Hill, died Friday, July 4, 2008, at Plateau Medical Center after a long illness.

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Jaiden Mackinsey Bailey

OCEANA — Jaiden Mackinsey Bailey, 3, received her angel wings Thursday, July 3, 2008.

Born April 13, 2005, in Beckley, she was the daughter of Raymond “Eugene” and Miranda Belcher Bailey.

Jaiden attended Promise Land Church. Our “little bit” miracle always had a smile for everyone. Now as she smiles from heaven she will be missed by all who knew her.

Jaiden was preceded in death by her paternal great-grandparents, Earl and Eloise Bailey; paternal great-grandfather, Raymond Miller; and maternal great-grandfather, Charles Lindy Belcher.

Those left to cherish her memory are her parents, Eugene and Miranda Bailey of Oceana; paternal grandparents, Gene and Sherry Lynn Bailey of Cedar Creek; maternal grandparents, Charles and Diane Belcher of Oceana; paternal great-grandparents, Bob and Mary Ellen Beall of Alexandria, Va., and maternal great-grandparents, Anna and Virgil Sizemore of Lynco; maternal great-grandmother, Verda Belcher; an aunt, Melissa Hatfield and her husband, Nick, of Oceana; and two cousins, Tamara and Caden Hatfield.

A celebration of Jaiden’s life will be 1 p.m. today at Adam Toler Memorial Funeral Home, Oceana, with the Rev. David Johnson and James Hamilton officiating. Burial will follow in Palm Memorial Gardens, Matheny.

Casketbearers will be family and friends.

The family received friends 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, July 5, at the funeral home.

A video tribute of Jaiden and guestbook at www.adamtolermemorialfuneralhome.com.

Services entrusted to Adam Toler Memorial Funeral Home, Oceana.

Robert H. Bailey

OCEANA — Robert “Bob” H. Bailey, 77, of Oceana, passed away Thursday, July 3, 2008, at his residence following a short but courageous battle with cancer, surrounded by his loving family.

Born Feb. 9, 1931, he was the son of the late Wirt H. and Lura E. Bai-ley. Bob was the last surviving member of his immediate family.

Bob served in the U.S. Army as staff sergeant from 1948 to 1954 in Company C7811 S.C.W. in Frankfurt, Germany, having served in the European Theater at the end of WWII and the beginning of the Korean War. He was a member of VFW Post 8364. He also was one of the founding members of the Oceana Volunteer Fire Department.

He was a retired coal miner, having worked at Kopperston No. 2 mines for Eastern Associated Coal Corp., and was a member of UMWA Local Union 7604.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Lester, Sheldon and Millard, and an infant granddaughter, Amy LeAnn.

Bob’s passion in life was being with his wife and family, going to bingo, was an avid sports fan and spending summers in his beloved Pigeon Forge, Tenn.

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife of 52 years, Doris Stevens Bailey; three daughters, Patty Colucci and her husband, Bobby, Sebrenia Childers and her husband, Steve, and Renea Stewart and her husband, Pete, all of Oceana; three granddaughters, Riki Ayers and her husband, Fred, Ashley Steele and her fiance, Dan Fleenor, and Kayla Stewart; six grandsons, Nick Colucci and his wife, Amber, Matt Steele and his fiancee, Leanna, Derek Stewart and his wife, Ashley, McKenzie Stewart, Steven and Brandon Childers; six great-grandchildren, Tre, Jace, Madison, Evan, Bella and Tyler.

He is also survived by a special niece and caregiver, Lois Walters, and a host of nieces, nephews and extended family.

The family would like to extend our deep appreciation to the fourth floor nursing staff, ER staff, nursing supervisors at BARH for all their support, loving care and kindness. We would also like to thank Dr. Lao, Dr. Larson, Dr. El-Harake, Dr. Shimm and Dr. Powers.

Service will be 1 p.m. Monday, July 7, at Evans Memorial Chapel, Oceana, with the Rev. J.L. Riffe and the Rev. William Wagner officiating. Burial will follow in Palm Memorial Gardens, Matheny.

Full military honors will be conducted by the Wyoming County Honor Guard.

Nick Colucci, Matt Steele, Derek Stewart, Fred Ayers, McKenzie Stewart and Pat Walters will serve as pallbearers.

The family will receive friends 6 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Online guest book may be signed at www.evans-funeralhome.com or e-mail condolences to the Bailey family to evans-funeralhome@stei.com.

Evans Funeral Home, Oceana, is serving the Bailey family.

Mary Ann Bennett

RICHWOOD — Mary Ann Bennett, 43, of Richwood, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, July 2, 2008, at her residence after a long illness.

She was born June 23, 1965, in Richwood to the late Haymond Holcomb Sr. and Virginia Holcomb Chapman.

Mary was a loving mother, grandmother and sister.

She attended Macedonia United Methodist Church, Fenwick Mountain.

She loved nature, feeding the squirrels and birds and her dog. She loved cooking, gardening and sowing.

She donated to World Wide Ministries and the Crystal Cathedral with Robert Schular.

She will be sorely missed.

She was preceded in death by grandson, Ezekiel Mat-thew Ray Holcomb; a sister, Sandra Lee Holcomb; and a brother, Andrew James Holcomb.

Survivors include four sons, Robby Ray Holcomb and fiancée, Melanie Jean Evans, Richwood, Daniel Erickson Bennett of Fenwick Mountain, Travis Matthew Bennett of Fenwick Mountain and Thomas Justin Bennett of Fenwick Mountain; seven brothers, Bill Holcomb and wife, Clarice, of Fenwick Mountain, Johnny Holcomb and wife, Rose, of Fenwick Mountain, Steve Holcomb and wife, Cindy, of Richwood, Haymond Holcomb of Richwood, Tommy Holcomb of Fenwick Mountain, Robert Holcomb and wife, Margaret, of Lexington, N.C., and Tim Holcomb of Richwood; a sister, Suzette and husband, John Williams, of Fenwick Mountain; a granddaughter, Autumn Star Holcomb; and a stepgranddaughter, Trinity Devine Evans.

Service will be 2 p.m. Monday, July 7, at Simons-Coleman Funeral Home, Richwood, with the Rev. Charles Wilson officiating. Interment will be at Fairview Cemetery, Nettie.

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

Arrangements by Simons-Coleman Funeral Home, Richwood.

Nina Mae Bragg

Nina Mae Bragg, 77, of Fitzpatrick, died Friday, July 4, 2008, at her home following a short illness.

Arrangements by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, Beckley.

James E. Falk

DELBARTON — James E. Falk, 87, of Delbarton, formerly of Oak Hill, died Saturday, July 5, 2008, at William-son Memorial Hospital.

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

John Ferguson

John Ferguson, 90, of Stanaford, died Friday, July 4, 2008, at SunBridge Pinelodge nursing home following a short illness.

Born at Mount Hope on April 26, 1918, he was the son of the late Willard Ferguson and Dora Williams Ferguson.

Mr. Ferguson was a former coal miner and a retired employee of Beckley Appalachian Regional Hospital as a store clerk.

He was a veteran of World War II, having served in the U.S. Ar-my, and had been a resident of Stanaford for most of his life.

Mr. Ferguson was a member of Stanaford Missionary Baptist Church and was a member of the UMWA.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Margaret Garner; brothers, Charlie and Richard Ferguson; and two grandchildren, John Hughes and Kimberly Gonzales.

Surviving are his wife of 63 years, Helen Faye Albert Ferguson; sons, John Ferguson Jr. and wife, Grace, of Salem, Va., James Ferguson and wife, Jeannie, of Dublin, Va., Calvin Ferguson and wife, Cathy, of Williamsburg, Va., and Joe Ferguson and wife, Ronna, of Lake Royale, Va.; daughters, Peggy Meadows and husband, Wayne, of Gladys, Va., Shirley Genberg of Stanaford, Dora Barney and husband, David, of Stanaford, Mary Lou Sharitz and husband, Phil, of Zebulon, N.C., Betty Bennett and husband, Tom, of Beckley and Sharon Rykiel of Charleston; a brother, Jack “Dinkie” Ferguson of Nampa, Idaho; 28 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

Service will be 3 p.m. Monday at Stanaford Missionary Baptist Church with the Rev. George Wood officiating. Burial will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Beckley.

Friends may call 6 to 9 p.m. today at Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, Beckley, and at the church one hour before service Monday.

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.

Dorothy Francis

Mrs. Dorothy Francis, 85, of 211 Antonio Ave., Beckley, died Saturday, July 5, 2008, at Appalachian Regional Hospital, Beckley, following a long illness.

Arrangements entrusted to Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.

Cecil F. Harless Jr.

LINDSIDE — Cecil F. Harless Jr., 78, passed away Friday, July 4, 2008.

Service will be 2 p.m. Monday, July 7, at Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home Chapel, Peterstown. Friends may call 6 to 8 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.

Edwin Wallace Harvey

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Edwin Wallace Harvey, 80, of Jacksonville, passed away peacefully on Saturday, July 5, 2008, surrounded by his family. He was born Jan. 3, 1928, in Beckley to Oliver Wendell Harvey and Viola Staub Harvey Morgan. He was a loving and devoted, Christian family man who led a full life with many interests.

Funeral service will be 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 9, in the chapel of George H. Hewell and Son Funeral Home, 4140 University Blvd., South, with the Rev. Steve McCollum of First Baptist Church of Jacksonville officiating. Burial will follow at Oaklawn Cemetery.

Edwin graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in Beckley in 1945 where he met his devoted wife of 56 years, Peggy Ann Bryant Harvey. He went on to Bowling Green College of Commerce, Bowling Green, Ky., where he graduated in 1949. Edwin was honorably discharged from the U.S. Air Force on Feb. 13, 1954. He began his career with the U.S. Customs Service in Norfolk, Va., in 1951 and transferred to Jacksonville in 1957. Edwin retired from the U.S. Customs Service after serving 37 years, the final 10 as port director of Jacksonville.

Edwin had many interests. He was a lifetime member of Beckley Grand Lodge of Masons No. 95, Mount Hope Knights Templar and Charleston Beni Kedem Shrine Temple of West Virginia. He earned his general license as a ham radio operator and was an originating member of the North Florida Amateur Radio Society.

His love of music began at Woodrow Wilson High School where he played trumpet in the marching band and French horn in the orchestra. He played in the Shrine Band in Norfolk, Va., and Jacksonville for a short time and supported his daughters by serving as president of the Englewood High School Band Boosters. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Jacksonville.

He is survived by his loving wife, Peggy Ann Bryant Harvey; daughters, Cynthia Harvey Yost and husband, David, of Fleming Island, Fla., and Linda Harvey Wade-Bahr and husband, Randy, of Jacksonville; and grandchildren, Jessica and Matthew Yost, Chandler Wade, and Dallas and Nova Bahr.

The family will receive friends 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 8, at the funeral home.

Sarah K. Holland

Sarah K. Holland, 76, of Mabscott, passed away Friday, July 4, 2008, at Bowers Hospice House, Beckley.

Born June 2, 1932, she was the daughter of the late Robert and Citie Pettrey Richmond.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Vernon Holland; and a brother, Robert Richmond Jr.

Those left to cherish her memory include a daughter, Cindy Ramsden and husband, Douglas, and their children, Taryn and Christopher; and son, Vernon Ray Holland, all of Beckley; and a sister, Kathleen Phipps and husband, Carl, of Denver, Colo.

Sarah was devoted to her family, especially her grandchildren. She loved sharing time with her dog, Caycee, and working in her yard.

Friends may gather with the family 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, July 7, at Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Sarah’s memory to the Bowers Hospice House, 454 Cranberry Drive, Beckley, WV 25801.

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.

Anna Livington

CHARLESTON — Mrs. Anna Livington, 81, died Friday, July 4, 2008, at a Beckley hospital following a long illness.

Durgan Funeral Home, Beckley, is in charge of the arrangements.

Frances E. Riling

PINEVILLE — Frances E. Riling passed away Saturday, July 5, 2008.

Arrangements by Calfee Funeral Service, Pineville.

Gloria Gene ‘DoDo’ Supthin

OAK HILL — Gloria Gene “DoDo” Rollins Supthin, 51, of Oak Hill, passed away Friday, July 4, 2008, at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown following an extended illness.

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

Margaret Ellen Wilson

PAX — Margaret Ellen Wilson, 64, of Pax, died Friday, July 4, 2008, at Raleigh General Hospital in Beckley following a short illness.

Born at Stotesbury on Feb. 29, 1944, she was the daughter of the late Elisha H. Puckett and Myrtle Maude Wright Puckett.

She was a homemaker and a member of Weirwood Baptist Church.

Mrs. Wilson had made her home at Pax for most of her adult life.

She was preceded in death by a grandson, Jeremy Michael Moore; sisters, Helen Marie Ewing, Peggy Jean Swann; and a bother, Thomas Lee Puckett.

Surviving are her husband of 43 years, Warren Wilson; two sons, Kenneth Wayne Wilson and wife, Angela, of Youngsville, N.C., and Warren Keith Wilson and wife, Jeanette, of Germany; a daughter, Kimberly Jean Moore and husband, Donald, of Pax; two brothers, Danny Jacob Puckett of Mount Hope and David Eugene Puckett of Huntington; two sisters, Mildred Ann Woolwine of Midway, and Mary Katheryn Moomaw of Besoco; and six grandchildren, Lucas, Elizabeth, Morgan, Brianne, Kelsey and Jonathan.

Graveside rites and burial will be 11 a.m. Monday at Pax Community Cemetery with the Rev. Tom Lilly officiating.

There will be no visitation.

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

Arrangements by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, Beckley.