The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

October 23, 2008

Obituaries - Friday, Oct. 24, 2008


Virgie Colleen McGraw Bragg

Virgie Colleen McGraw Bragg, 72, of Rt. 1, Fayetteville, W.Va., died on Thursday, Oct. 23, 2008, at Plateau Medical Center in Oak Hill, W.Va.

Arrangements are incomplete.

Online condolences may be sent at www.tyreefuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Agnes Wright Brooks

Mrs. Agnes Wright Brooks, 69, of Hyde Park, Mass., formerly of Mt. Hope, W.Va., died Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2008, at home.

Arrangements are incomplete.

Submitted by Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.

Nelson J. Clifford

Nelson J. Clifford, 87 years old, of Beckley, formerly of Cross Lanes, peacefully went to be with the Lord on Oct. 21, 2008, at the Beckley VA Hospital, after a long illness.

He leaves behind and is waiting on the far side banks of Jordan for his loving companion of 19 years, Nancy J. O’Dell of Beckley, W.Va. He also leaves behind his daughter, Barbara Burette of Lewisburg, her five children, and nine great-grandchildren.

Nelson attended colleges in Syracuse, N.Y., Marshall University, and graduated from W.Va. State.

Mr. Clifford was an iron worker. He was a Staff Sergeant in Germany during World War II, and was a P.O.W.

He was a 51-year member of Masonic Lodge and a 51-year member of Shriners. Nelson sponsored many children in St. Jude’s Hospital. He was also a member of the V.F.W. and American Legion.

Nelson was a kind and humble man of the Baptist faith. His favorite minister and program was “In Touch” by Charles Stanley.

Services will be held 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, 2008, at Tyler Mt. Cemetery.

Cook & Pauly Funeral Home in Nitro are in charge of arrangements.

Pamela Lynn Gates

Pamela Lynn Gates, 43, of Oak Hill, formerly of Ansted, passed away Oct. 22, 2008, at Raleigh General Hospital, following a short illness.

She was born Nov. 15, 1964, in Somers Point, N.J. She was a daughter of Paul Cole of Ansted and the late JoAnn Barbara Megee Cole.

Pamela was a member of Lovers Leap Baptist Church of Ansted. She was formerly employed by Wal-Mart and Fayette County Board of Education as a teachers aide.

She was preceded in death by her mother, JoAnn Cole; and her husband, Gordon Braxton Gates II.

Survivors are her father, Paul Cole, and stepmother, Beverly, of Ansted; two sons, Gordon Braxton Gates III and Nicholas Lee Gates, both of Oak Hill; three sisters, Bonnie Clackler and Paul Norvell of Oak Hill, Shari Watson and Danny of Maple Fork, and Holly Powell and Carlton of Richmond, Va.; and a brother, Paul W. Cole II of Oak Hill.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, 2008, at Wallace & Wallace Funeral Chapel in Ansted, with Pastor Gary Williams officiating. Burial will follow in Restlawn Memory Gardens at Victor.

Friends may call Saturday one hour prior to the service.

Wallace & Wallace of Ansted is in charge of the arrangements.

Susie Gaziano

Susie Gaziano, 97, of Weirton, W.Va., formerly of Beckley, died Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2008, in Weirton.

Born Dec. 24, 1910, in Aragona, Italy, she was the daughter of the late Emanuel and Provadenzia Minnasola Amato.

Susie was a member of St. Joseph the Worker Church in Weirton and St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church in Beckley where she was also a member of the Ladies of St. Francis and the Resurrection Choir. She was owner/operator of the Pemberton Grocery in Pemberton, W.Va.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Philip Gaziano; a granddaughter, Natasha Anne Gaziano; brothers, Joe, Emmanuel, and Sam Amato; and her sister, Madeline Alaimo.

Survivors include her daughters, Jennie and husband Charles Ralston of Weirton, W.Va., and Prudence and husband Dr. Tony Majestro of Charleston, W.Va.; sons, Dr. Dominic Gaziano and wife Rosalie of Charleston, W.Va., Dr. Emmanuel Gaziano and wife Dr. Ceclie Gaziano of Minneapolis, Minn., and Philip Gaziano Jr. and wife Myra of St. Marys, Fla.; a brother, Kelly Amato of Pensacola, Fla.; sisters, Antoinette Gaziano of Rockford, Ill., and Theresa DellaMea of Beckley, W.Va.; 12 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.

A funeral liturgy will be held 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 27, 2008, at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, with Monsignor Samuel Sacus the celebrant. A rite of committal will follow in Sunset Memorial Park.

Friends may call at the Calfee Funeral Home, Beckley, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday where a Scripture Prayer service will be held at 8:30 p.m.

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

Memorial contributions may be made to the Natasha Anne Gaziano Foundation for Cystic Fibrosis, P.O. Box 53062, Debary, FL 32753.

Arrangements by Calfee Funeral Home, Beckley.

Margaret Gibson

Mrs. Margaret Gibson, 91, of Mt. Hope, W.Va., died Thursday, Oct. 23, 2008, in Plateau Medical Center, Oak Hill.

Arrangements entrusted to Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.

Jerry W. Ingram

Jerry W. Ingram, 55, of Hambden Twp., Ohio, passed away Monday, Oct. 21, 2008, at the University Hospitals of Cleveland, Cleveland, Ohio.

Born Aug. 11, 1953, at Oak Hill, W.Va., he was the beloved son of the late Sheldon and Wernith McCune Ingram.

Jerry was an avid golfer. He was very adept at photography, especially taking scenic pictures. His culinary abilities will be greatly missed by Nancy, Chuck, Paris, and Juan.

He was employed at Company - Car and Limousine in Cleveland, Ohio, where he was the General Manager.

He was a 1971 graduate of Collins High School, Oak Hill, W.Va.

Mr. Ingram has been a resident of Hambden Twp. for three years, having previously lived in Solon, Ohio.

Survivors include his fiancee, Kathy Jackson of Hambden Twp., Ohio, and children, Nick and Brittany; his brothers, Stephen W. Ingram and wife Mary of Findley, Ohio, and Carl E. Ingram and wife Martha of Middletown, Va.; a sister, Peggy S. Stull and husband James of Mt. Lookout, W.Va.; and beloved nieces and nephews.

A celebration of his life will take place where he loved best — home. Friends are invited to an open house on Saturday, Oct. 25, 2008, between 1 and 4 p.m.

Jerry has made his final journey and reached Middle Earth. Frodo lives!

Arrangements by McMahon-Coyne-Vitantonio Funeral Home, 440-942-0700.

Richard Wilson ‘Wink’ Lafferty

Richard Wilson “Wink” Lafferty, 94, of Maple Fork, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2008, at home.

Born March 6, 1914, he was the son of the late Oat and Ollie Lafferty.

Wink enjoyed working on his farm, spending time with family and friends, and attending church.

He was a member of the UMWA, a veteran of World War II, and served with the United States Navy. Wink attended the Maynor Freewill Baptist Church.

In addition to his parents, Wink is preceded in death by his wife, Mary Lafferty; a grandson, Robert Phil Craddock; great-great-granddaughter, Leslie Sweeney; two sisters and four brothers.

Those left to cherish his memory include daughters, Norma Craddock of Maple Fork and Nancy Williams of Prosperity; a son, Richard Keith Lafferty and wife Loretta of Beckley; seven grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren; and a host of friends.

The family would like to give special thanks to Bobby Williams for constantly being by our side.

Services will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, 2008, at Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley, with Pastors Forrest Gray and Jim Bowyer officiating. Burial will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Beckley.

Family will serve as pallbearers.

Friends may gather with the family today 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, 5251 Robert C. Byrd Drive, Beckley.

Charles H. Lester

Charles H. Lester, 82, of Laurel, Md., formerly of Hinton, died Thursday, Oct. 23, 2008, in the Greater Laurel Health and Rehab Center, following a long illness.

Arrangements by Pivont Funeral Home in Hinton.

Dayton Lilly Jr.

Dayton Lilly Jr., age 83, of Maple Fork Road, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2008, at his home.

Born Dec. 9, 1924, he was the son of the late Dayton Sr. and Daisy Basham Lilly.

He loved gardening, working with his tractor, and woodworking. He was of the Baptist faith. He served in the Navy during World War II.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Macie Toney; and a brother, Frank Lilly.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife of 60-plus years, Helen Lilly of Maple Fork Road; children, Carolyn Gunter and husband Daniel, Linda Burke and husband Garland, Flora Taylor and husband Roger, and Lesa Meade and husband Joey; grandchildren, Ralph and Valerie Deal (Ally and Holston), Doug and Amy Deal (Cody and Betha-ny), Lesa and Danny Mills, Matthew Burke, Michael and Sarah Martin (Emily, Dustin, and Taylor), Angela and Jeremy Peck (Sydney and Addison), Rachel and Justin Skeens (Landon), Rodney Taylor, Steven and Blake Facello, Kayla and Kasey Meade, and Garland Jr. and Kimberly Burke; 10 great-grandchildren; a very special niece, Gena Abrams; and sisters, Joan, Melba, Daisy, Mary, Alice, and a special sister, Gracie.

Services will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, 2008, at Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley, with Rev. Harmon Davis officiating. Burial will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens.

Ralph Deal, Doug Deal, Mike Martin, Matt Burke, Blake Facello, and Steven Facello will serve as pallbearers. Danny Mills will serve as honorary pallbearer.

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

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

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.

Leroy Carl Martin

Leroy Carl Martin, 80, of Beckley, W.Va., died Wed-nesday, Aug. 22, 2008, at home, after a long illness.

He was the former owner of Martin’s Sunoco and Martin’s Construction of Beckley, W.Va.

He was preceded in death by two sisters, Louise Martin and Lovena Abreu.

Survivors include his wife, Thelma “Jane” Carnifax Martin; two sons, James “JR” and wife, Marsha Spade, of Richwood, W.Va., and Leroy Jr. and wife, Tina Martin, of Beckley, W.Va.; two daughters, Donna Martin of Rainelle, W.Va., and Mareena and husband, Kevin Morgan, of Waynesboro, Va.; five brothers, Lon and wife, Edna Martin, of Rupert, W.Va., Lacy and wife, Letha Martin, of Painesville, Ohio, Larry and Wanda Martin of Quinwood, W.Va., Charles Martin of Rainelle, W.Va., and Ronnie and Joan Martin of Rainelle, W.Va.; and eight grandchildren, Leigha and Jessica Martin of Beckley, W.Va., Bryce Morgan of Waynesboro, Va., Desiree and Andrea Schmitt of Cleveland, Ohio, Al Schmitt of Coppell, Texas, Priscilla Bereznak of Craigsville, W.Va., and Crissy Clark of Oak Hill, W.Va.

Services will be 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 26, 2008, in Simons-Coleman Funeral Home, Richwood, W.Va., with Rev. Houston Boothe officiating. Interment will follow in Craigsville Cemetery, Craigsville, W.Va.

Friends may call Sunday from 1 to 2 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorials or gifts may be made to Bowers Hospice House, 454 Cranberry Drive, Beckley, WV 25801.

Condolences may be sent to scfh@verizon.net.

Simons-Coleman Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Betty Jane White Naylor

Betty Jane White Naylor, 86, of Stanaford, formerly of Boomer, joined the angels, after a short illness, at Beckley ARH, Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2008.

Betty’s life was devoted to her family and her church. She was a lifetime member of the Gauley Bridge Baptist Church. She was a homemaker, and at the church, she was a member of the Star of Hope Class, American Baptist Women, and also served on the kitchen committee. She also enjoyed membership of the Kanuga Club of Gauley Bridge. Her favorite holiday activity was filling a shoebox full of surprises for Operation Christmas Child.

She was born March 2, 1922, in Parkersburg, W.Va. She was the daughter of the late Harry and Lucile White.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Eileen Dunn Legg; and her brother, Harry White.

Those left to cherish precious memories are her husband of 68 years of marriage, Gywn; their son, David and wife, Holly, of Stanaford; granddaughters, Holly Winter and husband, Scott, of Swiss, Faith Thomas and husband, Brian, of Hurricane, Alisha Weese of Gauley Bridge, and Destiny Basil of Stanaford; nine adored great-grandchildren; plus many much loved nieces and nephews, and other close relatives.

A service to honor the life of Betty will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, 2008, at the Pennington Funeral Home Chapel in Gauley Bridge, with the Rev. Jack L. Eades officiating. Burial to follow at the Kanawha Valley Memorial Gardens at Glasgow, W.Va.

Friends will be received at the funeral home chapel one hour prior to service time.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Gauley Bridge Baptist Church, P.O. Box 787, Gauley Bridge, WV 25085.

Herbert Lee Nutter Jr.

Herbert Lee Nutter Jr., 51, of Richwood, W.Va., passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2008, at home, after a short illness.

Condolences may be sent to scfh@verizon.net.

Simons-Coleman Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Dr. Beverly Kennon Peter

Dr. Beverly Kennon Peter, age 101, died peacefully on Thursday, Oct. 9, 2008, at the Good Samaritan Society in Howard, S.D.

He was born in Princeton, W.Va., and was the only child of the late Beverly Stanard Peter and Nora Lee Thorn Peter.

Dr. Peter was a lifelong citizen of West Virginia, living briefly in Virginia, Washington, D.C., Washington state, Oregon, and since 2004, South Dakota.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 54 years, Mary Shanklin Peter, and their infant daughter, Lelia Maude Peter.

He is survived by their daughter, Mary-Lee Lint, and her husband, Phil, of Howard, S.D.; by grandchildren, Peter and Jennifer Lint, Jennifer and Paul Schrumm, and Paul and Brenda Lint; and by great-grandchildren, Gabriella, Micah, Gideon, Myla, and Shanara.

He will be missed by many friends and family.

He attended grade school in Princeton and completed his high school education in Washington, D.C. He then attended Bridgewater College in Virginia for two years and completed medical school at the University of Virginia. On Feb. 8, 1941, he married Mary Keyes Shanklin at the Beckley Presbyterian Church. Mary passed away on Dec. 26, 1995.

Dr. Peter was a member of the BPC and served on the Session for many years. He was a dedicated Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat physician on the medical staff of Beckley Hospital from 1935 until he retired in 1974. In 2004 he moved to Yankton, S.D., to be near Mary-Lee and her family and became a resident of the Majestic Bluffs Independent Living Center. In January of 2007, he celebrated his 100th birthday with many friends and family from several states and communities. Because of failing health, he moved to the Good Samaritan Society of Howard in July of 2008.

A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, 2008, at the Beckley Presbyterian Church, with Pastor Adrian Pratt officiating. A private family inurnment will be held in Sunset Memorial Park, Beckley.

In lieu of flowers, please send memorials to the Haiti Solar Oven Project of the Dakotas Conference of the United Methodist Church or to the Beckley Presbyterian Church, Beckley, W.Va.

Online condolences may be sent at www.goglinfh.com.

Helen Irene Walkup

LESLIE — Helen Irene Walkup, 87, of Leslie, passed away Monday evening, Oct. 20, 2008, at her home, following a long illness.

Born July 5, 1921, at Bingham, she was the daughter of the late Lee and Betty Clara Fink Hizer.

She was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother. Helen was a member of the First Baptist Church of Quinwood.

Other than her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Wetzel Walkup, in 1991; eight sisters and three brothers; two grandsons, Rick Bostic and Wetzel Andrew Bostic; and a son-in-law, Jimmy Salisbury.

Survivors include six daughters, Saundra Bostic of Goldvein, Va., Mary Jo Persinger of St. Louis, Mo., Sharon McClung of Berryville, Va., Shelby Salisbury of Manassas, Va., Debbie Ailstock of Rupert, and Dr. Joan Jupin of Franklin, Pa.; a son, William Clarence Walkup of Midland, Va.; a sister, Minnie Walkup of Rupert; 15 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

Services will be 2 p.m. today, Oct. 24, 2008, at Wallace & Wallace Chapel in Rainelle, with the Rev. Houston Boothe officiating, assisted by grandson Donald Bostic Jr. Burial will follow at Orient Hill Cemetery at Orient Hill.

Friends may call one hour prior to the service (1 to 2 p.m.) at the funeral home.

Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace of Rainelle.

Robert ‘Bob’ Lee Weese

Robert “Bob” Lee Weese died Saturday, Oct. 18, 2008.

Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Whatcoat Cemetery, Route 92, White Sulphur Springs. There will be no visitation.

Arrangements by Shanklin Funeral Home, White Sulphur Springs.