The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

August 4, 2008

Obituaries - Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2008

Eva Mae Ballard

Eva Mae Ballard, 97, of Prosperity, passed away Sunday, Aug. 3, 2008.

In keeping with her wishes there will be no services.

Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley, is serving the family.

Benjamin ‘Benny’ E. Bragg

KINCAID — Benjamin “Benny” E. Bragg, 87, of Kincaid, died on Saturday, Aug. 2, 2008, at Veterans Administration Hospital in Beckley.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Pearl Cline

BAISDEN — Pearl Cline died Monday, Aug. 4, 2008.

Service will be 1 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2008, at Full Gospel Church of God, Baisden. Friends may call after 6 p.m. today at the church.

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Arrangements by Mounts Funeral Home, Gilbert.

Herman Sherrill Coffman

LEBANON, Tenn. — Herman Sherrill Coffman, 80, formerly of Oak Hill, passed away July 31, 2008, following a long illness.

Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.

Woodrow ‘Woody’ Darnell

Woodrow Darnell (Woody) passed away of an unexpected heart attack on July 31, 2008, while vacationing with his wife in West Virginia. He was one of four children born to Ethel and Woodrow Darnell. He was born on 10/18/1941. He graduated in 1959 from Sophia High School in Sophia, W.Va. He served in the United States Air Force from 1959-1963 both in Japan and at Otis Air Force Base, Mass.

Woody married Claudia Noonan on 9/21/1963. He was a very accomplished executive having worked as the Regional Sales Manager for RCA, the National Sales Manager for Lloyd’s Electronics, and the Vice President of Sales for Funai Electronics.

He was survived by his wife (Claudia), daughter (Claudia Irene), son-in-law (Joe), cherished grandson (McKenzie), and nine foster children. He was also survived by his mother (Ethel), brother (Michael), sisters (Arlene and Sue) as well as many aunts, uncles, cousins, and close family/friends who lived in West Virginia, Florida, Texas and literally all around the world.

Woody liked reading, nature, farming and ranching. He enjoyed being with his family and playing with his 6-year-old grandson. Most of all, he loved traveling and just being with Claudia to whom he was married for 45 years. A true philanthropist, Woody will be missed by the many people who benefited from his good humor and generous spirit.

Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to Beckley Area Foundation for the Sophia High School Memorial School Fund. Beckley Area Foundation, 129 Main St. Suite 203, Beckley, WV 25801,, phone 304-253-3806.

Memorial services in the Sherman, Texas, and Kissimmee, Fla., area will be arranged and announced at a later date.

Jason Wesley Grimmett

WOODRUMTOWN — Jason Wesley Grimmett, 31, of Woodrumtown, W.Va., died at 5:45 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 3, 2008, at his home following a short illness.

Born Sept. 29, 1976, in Hinton, he was the son of Earl Wayne and Sadie Cox Grimmett of Woodrumtown.

Jason was a 1996 graduate of Hinton High School and was employed by Unique Balance Corporation at Pence Springs for eight years before transferring to Mexico where he was Plant Manager for Unique Balance. Jason loved his work. He was of the Baptist faith.

Preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Russell and Mary Grimmett. Also preceded by his maternal grandfather, Clarence Doug Cox.

Besides his parents, other survivors include two brothers, Michael Wayne Grimmett of Woodrumtown and Douglas Wayen Long of Jumping Branch, and his maternal grandmother, Garnet Cox of Big Creek.

Jason is also survived by a host of aunts, uncles and cousins.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2008, at Pivont Funeral Home Chapel in Hinton with Pastor George Cook officiating. Burial will follow in the Farley Cemetery on River Ridge Road, Pipestem. Friends may call from 6 until 9 p.m. (today) Tuesday evening at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be Charlie Cox, Bobby Dean Fox, Randy Fox, Jack Grimmett, Jerry Grimmett and Randy Meador.

Online condolences and guest register at

Arrangements by Pivont Funeral Home, Hinton.

Margaret Jewell Hughart

OAK HILL — Margaret Jewell Hughart, 78, died Monday, Aug. 4, 2008, at her residence.

Born June 13, 1930, at Lillybrook, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Lonnie Ray Wills and Grace Ellen Lilly Wills.

Mrs. Hughart was a homemaker and a member of the First Assembly of God in Mount Hope.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by three sons, Arlie D. Lilly Jr., Gary R. Lilly, and Terry G. Lilly; and a brother, Gene A. Wills.

Survivors include a son, Jarrell Lilly and wife, Ginny, of Newton, N.C.; three daughters, Diann Cline and husband, Richard, of Fayetteville, Donna Turner of Oak Hill and Debbie Tygrett and husband, Sam, of Fayetteville; nine grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; a brother, Carl Wills and wife, Virginia, of Shady Spring; and four sisters, Marie Meadows of Virginia, Athalene Lilly and husband, Edward, of Shady Spring, Orene Haydon of Oak Hill, and Reva Wills of Oak Hill.

Service will be 1 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 6, at High Lawn Funeral Chapel in Oak Hill, with Pastor Jesse Parker officiating. Burial will follow in High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill.

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

A special thank you to Hospice of Southern West Virginia.

Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Chapel, Oak Hill.

Rev. Carl Lee Jackson

HINES — Rev. Carl Lee Jackson went to be with the Lord on Sunday, Aug. 3, 2008, at his home after a battle with lung cancer.

Born April 14, 1934, at Frankford, he was the son of the late Paris W. and Ina May (Kellison) Jackson.

He was a member of the Hines Missionary Baptist Church and was ordained as a Baptist minister on July 1, 1990.

Carl was a retired Master Sergeant in the United States Air Force with 27 years of military service. He worked at Heartland of Rainelle for nine years and White Sulphur Family Care Nursing Home nine years as maintenance, housekeeping, and laundry supervisor.

His parents, his daughter, Jewel Marie Jackson, his maternal grandparents, his paternal grandparents, and his brother, Wilbur Jackson, preceded him in death.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Jeressa Drennen Jackson; brothers, Paul Jackson of Clintonville, and Fred Jackson of Hampton, Va.; a sister, Phyllis (Jerry) Johnson of Ft. Pierce, Fla.; three sons, Wayne (Dottie) of Newport News, Va., Dale (Jo Ann) of Lewisburg, W.Va., and Richard (Debbie) of Rockwell, N.C.; eight grandchildren, Brandon, Jessica, Justin, Danielle, Bradley, Heather, Brian, and Harvey; and seven great-grandchildren, Kaylyn, Kamden, Aiden, Chase, Jordan, Hannah, and Madison.

Service will be 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 8, 2008, at Hines Missionary Baptist Church with the Revs. Peter Shaffer, Gary Eisenman, and John Groves officiating. Entombment will follow in Rosewood Cemetery, Lewisburg.

Family and friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday at the church.

Morgan Funeral Home in Lewisburg is in charge of the arrangements.

Betty Lou Curtis Jones

Betty Lou Curtis Jones, 69, of Beckley went home to Heaven on Saturday, Aug. 2, 2008. She was a loving, devoted and completely unselfish daughter, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend.

Born in Beckley, Betty was the daughter of the late James Ross and Laura Jane Curtis of Old Eccles Road, Beckley. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her former spouse, John Lee Jones Jr. also of Beckley.

Betty was a faithful, lifetime member of Oak Grove Christian Church. Betty had been disabled from Rheumatoid Arthritis for many years and unable to attend church regularly; however, while this disease may have slowly destroyed her body, she never allowed it to dampen her faith in God or joyous spirit.

Betty was a 1957 graduate of Mt. Tabor Christian High School. She was employed by numerous businesses in Beckley during her lifetime, Montgomery Ward, Saks Jewelry, the Hub and Vogue, Beckley Manufacturing, First National Bank and finally Charter Cable. She was also the church janitor at Oak Grove Christian Church for many years and owner and operator of Pleasant Hill’s grocery store on Old Eccles Road.

Betty is survived by her brother Darrell and his wife Helen of Elizabethton, Tenn.; three children: John Keith, Cindy and Sandi, all of Beckley; grandchildren Christopher, Mandy, and her husband C.J., Justin and his special friend Samantha and one great-grandson, Trenton. She is also survived by son-in-law John Friend of Charleston, daughter-in-law Rhonda Pritt of Beckley and by her dear friends Carol and Sue and their families. And finally by her “front porch” buddies of Heritage House where she had made her home for the past two years.

A celebration of Betty’s life will be held this evening, Tuesday, Aug. 5, at 8 p.m. at Oak Grove Christian Church with Ken Overdorf and Rick Absher officiating. Visitation will also be today, Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Oak Grove Christian Church.

Graveside services will be held at 11 on Wednesday at Oak Grove Christian Church Cemetery.

The deacons and elders of the church will be serving as pallbearers.

We, the family of Betty, would like to extend a very deep, heartfelt thank you for the many, many cards, visits, phone calls and love that you showered upon our Mom. Although illness and surgeries prevented Mom from attending church or venturing far from her home, she never felt forgotten because of all of you. Our hearts are breaking but we know she now suffers no more! Again, thank you.

Condolences may be mailed to the family at

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary, Beckley.

David Ritchie Lares

MULLENS — David Ritchie Lares, 74, of Mullens, passed away Sunday, Aug. 3, 2008, at Bowers Hospice House following a long illness.

David was born on Nov. 11, 1933, in Beckley; he was the son of the late J.A. Lares Sr. and Grace “Bailey” Lares.

He was preceded in death by a wife, Frances Lares; a daughter, Kathy Lares; a brother, Leo Lares; and a sister, Wanda Gravely.

Those left to cherish his memory are his brother, John Lares and wife, Sandra, of Beckley; a sister, Christina Chervenak of Pennington, N.J.; and a brother-in-law, Ray Gravely of Charleston, W.Va.

Graveside services will be held 1 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2008, at Sunset Memorial Park with the Rev. Kenny Overdorf officiating.

Friends may call 30 minutes prior to the service for visitation on Wednesday.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

Online condolences may be sent to our guest book at

Arrangements by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, Beckley.

Mary Catherine McFerrin

WILLIAMSBURG — Mary Catherine McFerrin, 78, died Sunday, Aug. 3, 2008.

Service will be 1 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 7, 2008, at Morgan Funeral Home in Lewisburg. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday at the funeral home.

Arrangements by Morgan Funeral Home, Lewisburg.

Billy E. ‘Bill’ Moye

Billy E. “Bill” Moye, age 76, of Daniels, departed his earthly life peacefully and in dignity to be with his Lord, Jesus Christ, Aug. 4, 2008, at Bowers Hospice House, Beckley.

Born Oct. 19, 1931, at Blue Jay, W.Va., he was the son of the late Sadie M. Hall Moye and Henry Edward Moye.

Bill was preceded in death by his loving aunt and uncle, Rhoda and Will Miller, with whom he, his brother and mother lived throughout his childhood. He was also preceded in death by his father-in-law, Homer Gunter, and two half brothers, Robert Gene Moye and Thomas Omar Moye.

Bill is survived by his loving wife of more than 50 years, Sarah Elizabeth Gunter Moye, whom he married on June 1, 1958; two sons, Greg Moye of Daniels and Phil Moye and wife, Robin, of South Charleston; and two grandchildren, Amanda and Ryan Moye also of South Charleston. He is also survived by one brother, Henry Edward Moye Jr. of Oregon, Ohio, and two half brothers, Jimmie and wife, Darlene, of Shady Spring, and Edward Lee and wife, Carolyn, of Grove City, Ohio.

He attended the one-room Trail Elementary School and was a 1951 graduate of Shady Spring High School, where he was a member of the marching band. He also attended Beckley College and West Virginia University Tech at Montgomery, where he received his Building Trades Teaching Certification.

Bill was an active member of Daniels Missionary Baptist Church, where he served on the Board of Trustees and was an usher/greeter. Bill was an ordained deacon in 1972 but was not currently serving in that capacity.

In his late teens during the summer he worked as a construction helper at the initial construction of the Raleigh County Memorial Airport grounds. He was an employee of the Archie Ellenbogen Construction Company of Beaver, where he was an apprentice carpenter. He was a corporal in the Army during the Korean Conflict, where he served as a construction engineer and was trained in the masonry and carpenter trades. He was a residential building contractor for more than 40 years, and also served as a building trades instructor for the Raleigh County Board of Education at Liberty High School and at the Academy of Careers and Technology.

In his spare time he enjoyed attending his grandchildren’s ball games, spending time on the back deck with family and friends, traveling and walking.

Services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2008, at Daniels Missionary Baptist Church, Daniels, with the Rev. Jack Thomas officiating. Burial will follow in Calfee Cemetery, Mt. Tabor Road.

Friends may call 6 to 8 p.m. today, Tuesday, at the church.

Pallbearers will be Greg Moye, Phil Moye, Dean Massey, Roger Mills, Jay Pate, and Tim Richmond.

Honorary pallbearers will be Trustees of the Daniels Missionary Baptist Church, Butch Cook, Tom Fields, Tony Jessup, Wiley Lilly, Fred Moye, Angelo Prunesti, and Billy Richmond.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Bowers Hospice House, 454 Cranberry Drive, Beckley, WV 25801.

Online condolences may be sent to our guest book at

Arrangements by Rose and Quesenberry, Shady Spring.

Okey Lee Mullins

RAVENCLIFF — Okey Lee Mullins, 93, of Ravencliff, passed away Saturday, Aug. 2, 2008, in Beckley Appalachian Regional Hospital, following a long illness.

Born May 17, 1915, in McDowell County, he was the son of the late Andy and Rosie White Mullins.

Mr. Mullins was a member of Ravencliff Church of God. He was a log truck driver for Church Brothers all his life.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Bessie Juanita Lambert Mullins, on Sept. 7, 1996; a son, Charlie Mullins; an infant son; two daughters, Agnes and Margaret Mullins; a grandson, Matthew Mullins; three brothers, McKinley, Hearsey and Hurley Mullins; and four sisters, Daisy Cahill, Annie Sizemore, Mary Bell Lusk and Virginia Lambert.

Survivors include two daughters, Pauline Cahill and her husband, Joseph “Buck,” of Grand Blanc, Mich., and Frances Glasco and her husband, Leslie, of Birch Run, Mich.; five sons, Thomas Mullins and his wife, Nancy, of Beckley, Donald Mullins and his wife, Wilma, of Dublin, Va., Howard Mullins and his wife, Mae, of Keyrock, Richard Mullins and his wife, Diane, of Ravencliff, with whom he made his home, and Danny Mullins and his wife, Denise, of Oak Hill; two sisters, Pansy Wilson of Ravencliff, and Shirley Hall of Iaeger; 18 grandchildren; 38 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; several nieces and nephews; and a host of friends.

Service will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2008, at Pentecostal Church of God, Rockview, with the Rev. Raymond Bishop and the Rev. J.L. Riffe officiating. Burial will follow in Ira Lafferty Cemetery, McGraws.

Pallbearers will be Mike Mullins, Kenny Mullins, Mike Jackson, Fred Halsey, Shane Jackson and Allen Mullins.

Family will receive friends from 6 to 9 p.m. (today) Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2008, at Calfee Funeral Service, Pineville.

Online guest book may be signed at or e-mail condolences to the Mullins family at

Calfee Funeral Service of Pineville is serving the Mullins family.

Ivory ‘Blondena’ Saddler

We celebrate the life of a daughter, wife, mother, sister and friend — Ivory “Blondena” Saddler, 82, who went home to be with the Lord on Aug. 3, 2008, after a long illness.

She lived in Dorothy, W.Va., and was born there Sept. 11, 1925. She was the daughter of Rosie Bell Hizer and James Hizer.

Blondena was the sister of Charlotte Arbutus Persinger, Ruby Imogene Sexton, Georgia Alberta Arehart, Mary Magdelene Fourroux, and Donnie Julia Hizer. She had three half brothers, Carl, Harry and James Hizer, and a half sister, Margaret Rose Hizer. All have preceded her in death. She has family in Rainelle.

Blondena grew up in the Clearfork Valley in West Virginia where she attended Clearfork High School. She lived for a time in Radford, Va., during World War II where she worked at the Radford Army Ammunition Plant in support of our troops.

In June of 1944 she married James Robert Saddler. They had eight children who were all born and raised in West Virginia.

Blondena was a member of the Assembly of God Church in Dorothy and her faith has been a source of great comfort and joy in her life. She loved working in her garden and enjoyed canning and cooking. She loved to sing hymns while she was doing her morning activities and she made the best biscuits in three states. She loved nature and loved the mountains and all their flora and fauna especially in the springtime. She loved being surrounded by family, friends and neighbors.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James R. Saddler (1990), and their daughter, Eva Marie who died at birth.

Survivors include five sons, James Edward Saddler and wife, Dianna, of Winston-Salem, N.C., George Louis Saddler and wife, Linda, of Tuscaloosa, Ala., Ralph David Saddler and wife, Cindy, of Jumping Branch, Paul Robert Saddler and wife, Kitty, of Daniels, and John Shannon Saddler of Dorothy; two daughters, Rosemary Saddler Wilkes and husband, John, of Pax, and Deborah Lynne Saddler Pritt and husband, David, of Beckley; 11 grandchildren, Greg, Maria, David, Chris, Jeremy, Matthew, Jennifer, Tiffany, Paul, Morgan and Garret, along with nine great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

The family will be receiving visitors at the Dorothy Assembly of God Church from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2008. Services will be held 1 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 6, at the Dorothy Assembly of God Church, with the Rev. Jerry Pauley officiating. Blondena will be laid to rest in Blue Ridge Cemetery, Beckley, alongside her husband, James.

The family would like to extend their sincere appreciation to the staff at Raleigh Rehab Center, Bowers-Hospice House, and caregivers Eula Wright, Susie Williams, Marsha Williams, and Terrie Thompson.

Arrangements by Armstrong Funeral Home, Whitesville.

Betty Marie Sears

FAYETTEVILLE — Betty Marie Sears, 73, of Fayetteville, passed away Monday, Aug. 4, 2008, at St. Francis Hospital, Charleston, W.Va.

Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.

Teddy Delano Waddell

Teddy Delano Waddell, 70, of 115 Maxwell Hill Road, passed away at home on Monday, Aug. 4, 2008, following a short illness.

Born Oct. 28, 1934, at Beckley, he was the son of the late Allen and Wadie Jones Waddell Haga.

A former employee of Beckley Manufacturing, Skelton Wrecking, Montgomery Ward and WiIdwood House. He was a member of Calloway Heights Baptist Church and the Beaver Lions Club.

He was preceded in death by his parents; six brothers, Carl, Cecil, Fred, Wilbert, Raymond, and Billy Waddell; a sister, Lois Waddell; and a stepgreat-grandson, Larry Edward Miller II.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Macil Worley Waddell; two sons, Teddy Waddell and wife, Melody, of Maxwell Hill, and Alan Waddell and wife, Mary, of Jumping Branch; a daughter, Cheryl Plumley and husband, Tom, of Jumping Branch; a stepdaughter, Karen Walker and husband, William, of Maple Fork Road; six grandchildren; three stepgrandchildren, and three stepgreat-grandchildren; three brothers, Orville Waddell and wife, Barbara, of Beckley, Bob Waddell and wife, Gay, of Beckley, Tom Waddell and wife, Audrey, of Skelton; a sister, Phyllis Baldwin of Crab Orchard; and many nieces and nephews also survive.

Services will be 3 p.m. Wednesday at Calloway Heights Baptist Church with Pastor Jeff Canterbury and Bill Parker officiating. Burial will follow in the Worley Family Cemetery at Streeter Road.

Friends may call 6 to 8 p.m. today, Tuesday, at the church.

Pallbearers will be Leo Decanani, Bill Richmond, Eugene Oliver, Teddy Waddell, Alan Waddell, and Bill Carpenter.

Online condolences may be sent to our guest book at

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of Southern West Virginia, P.O. Box 1472, Beckley, WV 25802.

Arrangements by Rose and Quesenberry, Beckley.