Sherry Lynn Blankenship
Sherry Lynn Blankenship, 46, of Rhodell, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2008, at her home.
Arrangements are incomplete.
Williams-Blue Ridge Funeral Home, 101 First Street, Sophia, is in charge of the arrangements.
Lillian Elizabeth Dickinson Clark, 93, of Surveyor, passed away on Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2008, at Hilltop Center.
Condolences may be e-mailed to the family at firstname.lastname@example.org
Arrangements by Melton Mortuary, Beckley.
Lois C. Dixon
Lois C. Dixon of the Wildwood Apartments, 150 Autumn Lane, Beckley, formerly of New York, went to be with her loving Lord on Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2008.
She was a dedicated loving Christian, who served her Lord and others in a gracious Christian way. She had a vivacious caring spirit. She loved to read, go shopping, listening to her Christian music and doing a variety of artistic things on the computer.
She will be sorely missed by her many friends and family. She attended the Heart of God Ministries of Beckley.
She was preceded in death by her son, Kevin Graham of New York.
Surviving relatives are two sons, Kenny Graham and David Graham, both of New York; two sisters, Carrie Jordan and Beatrice Macalip, both of New York; and other family members and friends.
There will be a memorial service in New York, where she will be honored.
Condolences can be sent to Kenny Graham at 79 Broad St., Staunton Island, NY 10304.
Martha Ellen ‘Big Mom’ Elkins
Martha Ellen “Big Mom” Elkins, 86, went home to be with the Lord on Aug. 12, 2008, at her home surrounded by her loved ones.
She was born on Aug. 28, 1921, in Big Shoal, Ky., a daughter of the late Leonard and Anna Sue Fife Steffey.
“Big Mom,” as everyone knew her, loved visiting with family and friends. She enjoyed tra-veling, going to the beach and sitting on her front porch. She was a member of the New Life Community Church.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Mayfern Warricks and Naomi Ruth; four brothers, Claude Steffey, Charlie Steffey, Leon Steffey and Leonard Steffey Jr.; a son, Jackie Elkins; and two grandsons, Eddie Lee Fleenor and David Elkins.
Survivors include her loving daughter, Barbara Ann Fleenor and her husband, Tommy, of Oceana; sisters, Eulah Sauter, Kay Horton and her husband, Frank, Bonnie Adkins, Helen Smith and her husband, George, Hannah Whisenant and her husband, Bryant, Magdaline Scalf and Loretta Harvel; brothers, James Steffey and his wife, Margaret, and John Pitts Steffey and his wife, Wanda; a grandson, T.J. Fleenor of Oceana; a granddaughter, Pam Huff of Tazewell, Va.; a great-grandson, Cody Newberry; many nieces and nephews; and a host of other loving family and friends.
Service will be 11 a.m. Friday at the Chapel of Stafford Family Funeral Home, Lynco, with Pastor Jay Morgan officiating. She will be laid to rest in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Beckley.
Friends may call 6 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Pallbearers will be Nick Cook, Bob Gray, Perry Cook, Bryan Stafford, Dan Fleenor, Tuffy Fleenor, Rueben Prillaman and David Maynor.
E-mail letters of sympathy may be sent at www.staffordfamilyfuneralhome.com
The family is being served by the Stafford Family Funeral Home, Lynco.
OAK HILL — Manuel Gill, 74, of Oak Hill, died on Sunday, Aug. 10, 2008, at CAMC Memorial Hospital in Charleston, W.Va.
Born Sept. 16, 1933, at Omar, W.Va., he was the son of the late Juan R. Gill and Deloris M. Gill.
Mr. Gill was a former employee of Long-Airdox and was in the construction trade as a rock and brick mason.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Joe Gill; his sister, Rose O’Brien; and his eldest son, Donald J. Gill.
Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Mary Frances Ashley Gill; daughter-in-law, Janet Lynn Gill of Berea, Ky.; a daughter, Anita C. Gill of Oak Hill; son, Manuel L. Gill and companion, Brenda Pierson of Oak Hill; son, Mark A. Gill and wife, Tina L. Gill, of East Bend, N.C.; and son, Juan R. Gill and wife, Brooke Gill, of Berea, Ky.; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
His remains rested at the High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, 1435 E. Main St., Oak Hill, where the funeral service was held 2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2008, with the Rev. Loretta Taylor officiating. Entombment followed in High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill.
The family received friends noon until the time of the service on Wednesday at the funeral home.
Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.
CRAIGSVILLE — Evelyn Givens, 74, of Nicholas County, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2008.
Service will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16, 2008, at Little Union Baptist Church, Calvin.
Friends may call 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the White Funeral Home, Craigsville.
Joyce Elizabeth Groseclose
Joyce Elizabeth Groseclose, 72, of Greystone Dr., Beckley, died Sunday, Aug. 10, 2008, after a long illness.
Born Nov. 3, 1935, in Beckley, she was the daughter of the late D.E. and Vergie Hager Vipperman.
Joyce was a homemaker and a graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School. She was a member of the First Christian Church and Beta Sigma Phi Sorority.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack Groseclose; sisters; Gloria Shuff and Betty Tindalia; and a brother, Earl Vipperman.
Survivors include a son, Mark Groseclose and his wife, Tami, of Tucson, Ariz.; a niece, Patricia Crawford; and a nephew, Denny Vipperman.
Graveside service and burial will be 11 a.m. Saturday at the Calfee Cemetery at Mt. Tabor with the Rev. Randy Smithson officiating. There will be no visitation.
Online condolences may be left at www.calfeefh.com
The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the Beckley Area Foundations, 129 Main St., Suite 203, Beckley, WV 25801.
Arrangements by Calfee Funeral Home, Beckley.
Jaime Wayne Harrah
Jaime Wayne Harrah of Stanaford passed away suddenly while on vacation in Florida of a sudden illness.
Born April 14, 1986, in Hersey, Pa., he was the son of Wayne Harrah of Stanaford and the late Donna Sue Harrah.
Jaime had a big heart and was a joy to be around. He liked to laugh, tell jokes and was always smi-ling. Jaime enjoyed helping others and spending time with his friends. He graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in 2005 and Building Trade School Vo-Tech. He was a former employee of John W. Eye and Crooks Produce. Jaime enjoyed 4-wheeling, MUD riding in his truck, and going to car races. He was a devoted father to Autumn, who was the light of his life. Jaime was a devoted brother to his sister Haley, 10. He gave up a lot in his teenage years to take care of her due to his Mom’s illness and death. He attended Wesleyan Chapel on Johnstown Road.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Donna Richmond Harrah, on Oct. 4, 2005; his grandfather, Stewart Richmond, in 2002; and grandfather, Dewey Angell; an uncle, Sonny Harrah, in 2005; and Garland Bailey in 2008.
Those left to cherish his memory include his best friend and father, Wayne Harrah of Stanaford; his wife, Bobbi Harrah of Bailey Avenue; his daughter, Autumn Harrah, 2, of Bailey Avenue; two sisters, Haley Harrah, 10, of Stanaford, and Michelle Phillips and husband, Ray, of Columbus, Ohio; maternal grandmother, Eva Richmond of Columbus, Ohio; paternal grandparents, Bud and Phyllis Harrah of Stanaford; Uncle Thom and Aunt Sandy Richmond of Austin, IN; nieces, Amber Meade of Beckley and Faryn of Columbus, Ohio; aunts, Denise Lambert of Daniels and Kim Gwinn and husband, Greg, of Piney View, Dolly Harrah of Piney View; uncle, Toby Harrah and companion, Mary, of Piney View; maternal great-grandmother, Cecil Angell of Jumping Branch; special aunt and uncle, Robert and Janie Angell; special cousin, Greg Angell and Brittney Moody and Jesse of Beckley; best friend in high school, Chris Hatcher; mother- and father-in-law Fred and Milly Waddell; and a host of cousins and friends.
Service will be 2 p.m. Friday at Blue Ridge Funeral Home with the Rev. Floyd Bolen and the Rev. Ruth Goins officiating. Burial will follow in the Harrah Cemetery on Backus Mountain.
Friends may gather with the family 6 to 8 p.m. today 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 the arrangements.
Alma Grace Morris
Alma Grace Morris, 82, of Beckley, died Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2008, at Raleigh General Hospital, Beckley, following a long illness.
Born Sept. 25, 1925, she was the daughter of the late Joseph Edward Durham and Willie Harrison Durham.
Mrs. Morris was a retired LPN for Dr. Harold Harvey, and was a charter member of the Memorial Baptist Church, Beckley. She had made her home on Wildwood Avenue in Beckley for most of her adult life.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Herbert S. Morris; brothers, Charles Hubert Durham, James E. “Junior” Durham; sisters, Lila Mae Durham, Edna Lucille Durham, Elizabeth Grace Durham and Pauline Durham.
Survivors include sons, Gary “Butch” Morris and wife, Terri, of Nettie, Douglas Morris and wife, Nancy, of Clayton, N.C., and Tim Morris and wife, Patricia, of Beckley; daughters, Donna J. Morris of Pittsburgh, Pa., and Nancy St. Clair and husband, David, of Lester; brothers, Harvey W. Durham of Morgantown, James Lee Durham of Louisville, Ky., and Robert G. Durham of Dayton, Ohio; 11 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Service will be 3 p.m. Saturday at the Rose and Quesenberry Peace Chapel in Beckley with Pastor Paul Blizard officiating. Burial will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Beckley.
Friends may call 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Family members 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.
William Clyde Franklin Perdue
Frank was born April 17, 1963, in Escondido, Calif., the son of Franklin D.R. Perdue and Katherine Carol Hunt Perdue. He died Aug. 11, 2008, as the result of an automobile accident on I-64 near Shady Spring exit.
He is survived by his greatest treasures, his four children: son, Dustin Perdue of Beckley; daughters, Elizabeth Barber and husband, Ricky, of Cannleton, Wendy Perdue and boyfriend, Thomas Edelman, of Kimberly and Martha Chapman and husband, Kyle, of Augusta, Ga. In addition to his children and parents, he is survived by his sister, Laura Katherine Nelson and husband, Dan; brother, Richard Wilkinson II; granddaughters, A.J and Kayda Chapman; and many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. He attended Hinton High School, playing on the Bobcat football team. He graduated in 1980. He receive his certification in masonry at the Summers County Vo-Tech.
His education didn’t stop there. He continued with fireman training, earning more than 90 college credits. He was a certified first responder. He served on the volunteer fire department in Sandstone and Handley, W.Va., spanning 17 years. He also held a CDL license with which he had a career of driving everything from end loaders to coal trucks. If it was mechanical, Frank could drive it, fix it or otherwise use it. He had been employed by the City of Beckley since 2005. This was a job he loved, and where he had many friends. Prior to that, he was locally employed by Sam Shrewsbury Excavating. He was very proud of his contribution in building the Jim Word Park on Neville Street in uptown Beckley and the Skate Park on Eisenhower.
Frank had a great sense of humor. A good laugh, a cold brew after a hot day’s work and his computer, these gave him pleasure; but no more so than God’s green earth, a running deer or a fishing trip to New River.
Memorial potluck will be 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at the Jim Word Park on Neville Street in Beckley.
His life was an unfinished tapestry that will have to be continued by his loving friends and family. Always in our hearts, now sadly missed, we wait for our reunion in Heaven.
Condolences may be e-mailed to the family at email@example.com
Arrangements by Melton Mortuary, Beckley.
Dustin Shrewsberry, 13, of Stephenson, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2008, at CAMC Memorial Division following a motorcycle accident.
Arrangements pending completion with Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, Beckley.
Althea Lomax Simms
RAINELLE — Althea Lomax Simms, 88, passed away Monday, Aug. 11, 2008, in the Greenbrier Valley Medical Center at Fairlea following a short illness.
Born on April 18, 1920, at Springdale, she was the daughter of the late Murphy and Maggie Meador Ford Sr.
Mrs. Simms was a homemaker and a member of the Sturgeon Branch Baptist Church, Loops Road, Rainelle.
In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Ray Simms; an infant son, Douglas Simms; an infant daughter, Patricia Simms; a son-in-law, Carroll Lepley; three grandsons, Delbert Cales, Billy Lepley and Chris Lepley; a brother, Murphy Ford Jr.; and three sisters, Kitty Estelle Campbell, Eva Ford and Faye Flanagan.
Survivors include four sons, Forrest Ray “Doogie” Simms and wife, Cindy, of Woodbridge, Va., Joseph Simms and wife, Connie, of Clintonville, John Kevin Simms and wife, Lucinda, of Rainelle, and Anthony Dean Simms of Beckley; five daughters, Sharon Lepley of Daniels, Kathy Cales and husband, Otis, of Smoot, Judith Feazell of Fayetteville, Betty Plumley and husband, Richard, of Meadow Bridge and Cheryl Sparks and husband, Roger, of Clintonville; a sister, Elizabeth Redden of Springdale; 27 grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; many great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.
Service will be 2 p.m. Friday at Smathers Funeral Chapel with Pastor Otis Cales and Pastor Bennie Kenney officiating. Burial will follow in the Wickline Cemetery at Meadow Bridge.
Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.
Friends may call 6 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Arrangements by Smathers Funeral Chapel, Rainelle.
DUNBAR — Mary Simon, 78, died Sunday, Aug. 10, 2008.
Arrangements by Preston Funeral Home, Charleston.
Harry William Whittington Jr.
FAYETTEVILLE — Our husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend, Harry William Whittington Jr., will always be loved and missed. Of Rt. 1 Fayetteville, W.Va., and at the age of 79, he died on Monday, Aug. 11, 2008, at CAMC – General Division in Charleston, W.Va.
Born March 29, 1929 at Montgomery, W.Va., he was the son of the late Harry W. Whittington Sr. and Estella Moss Whittington.
Harry spent 20 years in the U.S. military, having served with both the U.S. Army and Air Force. His jobs included paratrooper, truck driver and courier, among others, and he was in the last graduating class of the Glider Corp.
He was also retired from Princess Susan Coal Company of Cabin Creek after having worked in the mines for 20 years. He was a member of the UMWA.
Until he was 75, Harry spent time every year gardening. He faithfully attended the Dothan Missionary Baptist Church, where he was a deacon.
Some knew him as “Sarge” and others called him “Red.” By whatever name, everyone knew him as friend.
A grandson, Larry Bibb, and two sisters, Marjorie McGill and Lorraine Whittington, preceded him in death.
Survivors include his wife, Joan K. Kelly Whittington; three sons, Richard William Whittington of Clayton, N.C., Joseph Wayne Whittington of McKinney, Texas, and Edward Lawrence Whittington of Fayetteville; three daughters, Karen Motsinger of Oak Hill, Beverly Holland of Smithfield, N.C., and Bonnie Jean Grother of Smithfield, N.C.; one brother, Richard E. Whittington of Cannelton; three sisters, Catherine Stone of Greensboro, N.C., Mary Ann Haynes of Norton, Va., and Laura Spangler of Titusville, Fla.; 12 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Service will be 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill, with the Rev. Lum Toney officiating. Burial will be at High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill, with military graveside rites by VFW Post #3110 of Oak Hill.
Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.
Online condolences may be sent at www.tyreefuneralhome.com
Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.