The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

December 11, 2008

Obituaries - Friday, Dec. 12, 2008


Nancy Maye Bennett

LEWISBURG — Nancy Maye Bennett, age 68, formerly of Alderson, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2008, at the Brier Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, Ronceverte, W.Va., following an extended illness.

Arrangements by Lobban Funeral Home, Alderson.

Fred O. Bragg

RICHWOOD — Fred O. Bragg, 94, formerly of Tioga, died Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2008.

Service will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Simons-Coleman Funeral Home, Richwood. Friends may call 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Condolences may be sent to scfh@verizon.net.

Arrangements by Simons-Coleman Funeral Home, Richwood.

Hassel Cheek

NEW RICHMOND — Hassel Cheek, 68, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2008, in McGuire VAMC, Richmond, Va., following a sudden illness.

Calfee Funeral Service of Pineville is serving the Cheek family.

William ‘Bill’ Clark

William “Bill” Clark, age 72, of Daniels, passed away Thursday, Dec. 11, 2008, at Raleigh General Hospital.

Born Aug. 12, 1936, he was the son of the late Murl and Genevieve Clark.

Mr. Clark graduated from WVU in 1958 with a degree in Agriculture and acquired his Master’s in Extension Education from WVU in 1966.

He was an Extension/4-H agent in Raleigh and Monroe counties for over 26 years, retiring in 1994.

He enjoyed hunting and sports. He wrestled while in college. His biggest interest, both in work and as a hobby, was 4-H. He spent his career and all of his spare time with 4-H activities, including 4-H competitions, curriculum and the junior show at the W.Va. State Fair.

Bill was of the Christian faith and loved the Lord and all of His creations. This was evident in his love of animals and the land and his choice of career.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife Betty J. Clark.

Those left to cherish his memory include four daughters, Terri Stover and husband Gary of Daniels, Becky Hite and husband Randy of Kingsport, Tenn., Debbie Paris and husband Bob of Daniels, and Billie Enciu and husband Mirch of Lexington, Ky.; 11 grandchildren, Kara Wilson and husband Johnny of San Antonio, Texas, Ryan Stover and wife Jenny of Gainesville, Va., Caitlin Stover of Daniels, Rachael Hite of Kingsport, Tenn., Randi Hite, Alix Paris, Abby Paris, Will Paris, and Matt Paris all of Daniels, Hunter and Chase Enciu both of Lexington, Ky.; three great-grandchildren; and brothers and sisters, Jim Clark and wife Jenny of Hudson, Fla., Patty Sotiropoules and husband Johnny of Dayton, Ohio, Carolyn Fathergill of Centerville, Ohio, and Melinda Vowell and husband Mike of Raleigh, N.C.

Services will be held Sunday, Dec. 14, 2008, at 2 p.m. at Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley. Burial will follow in the Little Family Cemetery, Stover, W.Va.

Bob Paris, Randy Hite, Mirch Enciu, Ryan Stover, Gary Stover, and Rick Marple will serve as pallbearers. Chuck Marple, Luke Marple, Kenny Marple, Houston Marple, Craig Marple, and Gary Marple will serve as honorary pallbearers.

Friends may gather with the family 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13, 2008, at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation.

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.

M. June Owens Comer

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — M. June Owens Comer, 83, formerly of Minden, died Thursday, Dec. 11, 2008.

Funeral arrangements are pending by High Lawn Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Shirley Ann Tincher Compton

GATEWOOD — Shirley Ann Tincher Compton, 71, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2008, at Plateau Medical Center following a long illness.

Born Aug. 28, 1937, at Gatewood, the daughter of the late Lee Ballard and Lilly Fridley Tincher.

Mrs. Compton attended Garten Pentecostal Holiness Church; she dedicated her life to the Lord and showed her love for him through her beautiful singing and piano playing for 23 faithful years. Many were blessed by her service to the Lord.

She was preceded in death by brothers, Ray R., Charles E., Billy W., and Leonard E. Tincher, and sisters, Dorothy M. and Edith M. Tincher; a son-in-law, James R. Fox; and two great-grandchildren.

Survivors include her loving and devoted husband of 50 years, Aldon Compton; four children, Pamela Kay Reed and husband, Raleigh, of Oak Island, N.C., Sandra Faye Sears and husband, Robert Jr., of Brooklyn, Frances Ann Lewis and husband, David, of Brooklyn, and Yvonne Lynn Blankenship and husband, John, of Gatewood; 19 grandchildren, Mary Elizabeth Bowman and husband, Scotty, Kelly Elaine Helton and husband, Ronald, Kimberly Danielle Fox and companion, Jason, PFC Benjamin James Fox, Hannah Lorraine Fox, Shannon Ashley Reed, Daniel Thomas Mullins and wife, Cynthia, Joseph Aldon Mullins and companion, Teresa, Robert Harold Sears III, Jimmy Aaron Coles Lewis and wife, Janie, David Ezra Lewis and wife, Katie, Caleb and Elijah Lewis, LeBreska, Jon-Paul and Andrew Blankenship, Kathryn, Rachel and Michael Reed; 12 great-grandchildren, Brianna and Isaiah Scott Bowman, Ronald Helton II, Tyler Bryce and Alyssa Mullins, Isaiah James Lewis, Ian Rakes, Carter Grant Lewis, Joshua, Isaiah, Tyler and Jennifer N. Reed.

Her remains rest at High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, 1435 E. Main St., Oak Hill, where the funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday with the Rev. Larry Humphreys and Jackie Pittman officiating. Burial will follow in Bibb Cemetery, Wonderland.

The family will receive friends Saturday from 1 p.m. until time of the service at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be grandsons: Tommy, Joey, Robert, Benjamin, Aaron, Ezra, Caleb, Jon-Paul, Andrew and Elijah.

Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.

Edward E. Elmore Sr.

OAK HILL — Edward E. Elmore Sr., 70, died Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2008, at Plateau Medical Center in Oak Hill.

Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Bobby Joe Evans

GLEN JEAN — Bobby Joe Evans, 52, of Glen Jean, died on Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2008, at Montgomery, W.Va.

Born Dec. 31, 1955, at Oak Hill, he was the son of the late Hubert and Pansy Ellen Swanigan Evans and stepson of Madge Willis Evans of Oak Hill.

Bobby was a former miner and W.Va. Department of Highways employee.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Hubert Lee “Buddy” Evans Jr. and Jimmy Wayne Evans.

Surviv-ors include wife, Barbara Lou-ise Parker Evans; one daughter, Angel Evans of Glen Jean; three sons, Christopher Evans and wife, Tina, Michael Evans and Timothy Evans, all of Glen Jean; one brother, Thomas R. “Tom” Evans of Oak Hill; two stepbrothers, Russell Weis of Fayetteville and Earlin Weis of Virginia; a stepsister, Alice Sutphin of Oak Hill.

He is also survived by his grandchildren, Austin Evans of Glen Jean, Destiny Evans and Hailey Gardner, both of Summersville; daughter-in-law, Wanda Jones of Summersville; niece, Frani Marshall and husband, Dwayne, of Oak Hill and his lifelong friend, Jimmy Parker of Scarbro; and by numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Services will be on Sunday, Dec. 14, 2008, at 2 p.m. at Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill, with Rev. Debbie Minor officiating. Burial will be at the Smith Family Cemetery, Oak Hill.

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

Christopher Evans, Mi-chael Evans, Timothy Evans, Dwayne Marshall, Jason Bourgord and David Williams will serve as pallbearers.

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

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Nancy Farley

On Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2008, Nancy Louise Farley of Granny Mae Road, Bolt, formerly of Sylvester, went to see her Lord and Savior. She was 68 years of age.

Born at Bloomingrose on June 18, 1940, Nancy was the fourth of five children born to the late Rev. Glen and Trisal Milam Pugh. Her sister, Glenna June Burgess, and brothers Lionel “Mutt” Pugh, Bill Pugh, and Rhonda “Dobbin” Pugh also preceded her in death.

Nancy spent her childhood at Bloomingrose. A 20-year resident of Bolt coming from Sylvester, she was a member of the Full Gospel Community Church at Glen Daniel.

Nancy Farley will be remembered as a dedicated Christian, devoted wife, mother and grandmother.

Nancy was the beloved wife of James Franklin Farley for the past 45 years; the loving mother of Timothy Harrison Pugh and his wife Lynn of Hernshaw; Eric Eugene Jarrett and his wife Cathy of Hico; and Glen Franklin Farley and his wife Patricia of Ameagle; the doting grandmother of Michael and Justin Pugh and Amanda and Joshua Farley; the great-grandmother of Candace, Lucas and Lindsey.

Funeral services will be Saturday at 11 a.m. in the Melton Mortuary Chapel with the Rev. Ken Ayers officiating. Burial will follow in the Gethsemane Memorial Gardens at Oak Hill. Friends may call 6 to 9 p.m. today, Friday, at the mortuary and one hour prior to the services on Saturday.

Condolences may be mailed to the family at melton@wvdsl.net.

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary, Beckley.

William F. Fleshman

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS — William F. Fleshman, 91, went home to be with Jesus late Sunday evening, Dec. 7, 2008, at Greenbrier Valley Medical Center, Ronceverte, following a long illness.

Born Ap-ril 15, 1917, in Summers County, W.Va., he was the son of the late Isah Elliott and Bessie Combs Fleshman.

Other than his parents, he was preceded in death by six sisters, Mildred Dorsey, Lucy Fleshman, Mary Heaster, Irene Staats, Macy Foster and Nellie McClung; brothers, Jerry and John Fleshman.

He was a member of the Pentecostal Holiness Church, the U.M.W.A., and a retired coal miner.

Mr. Fleshman loved the mountains, hunting, and ginsenging. He was also a U.S. Army veteran, having served during World War II.

Survivors include his wife, Dreama Gail Martin Fleshman of White Sulphur Springs; two daughters, Darlene Castro and husband, Frank, of Tampa, Fla., and Tina Lajmiri and husband, Manny, of Tampa, Fla.; two sons, John Fleshman of White Sulphur Springs and Paul Fleshman and wife, Lesia, of Beaver; and two grandchildren, Shelly Vano-ver and Crissy Milam.

Services will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13, 2008, at Wallace & Wallace Chapel in Rainelle, with the Rev. Greg Scott officiating. Burial will follow in Mt. Zion United Methodist Church Cemetery on Big Mountain Road.

Friends may call one hour prior to the service.

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace of Rainelle.

Estel Lee Fox

CHARMCO — Estel Lee Fox, 39, of Charmco, died Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2008, in Greenbrier Valley Medical Center, Fairlea.

Service will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13, 2008, at Smathers Funeral Chapel, Rainelle. Burial will follow in the Martin Cemetery, Crickmer.

Friends may call one hour before the service Saturday at the funeral home.

Arrangements by Smathers Funeral Chapel, Rainelle.

Vivetta Fulk

Vivetta Fulk, of the Horse Creek section of Naoma, passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2008, at the SunBridge Pine Lodge Nursing Home in Beckley, where he had made her home for the past three years. She had been a resident of Naoma most of her life.

She was born in Jenning-ston, W.Va., on April 14, 1913, a daughter of the late Branson and Alta (Roy) Wratchford.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Cecil Fulk; a daughter, Yvonne; two sons, Kenneth and Roy; a sister, Helen Judy; a brother, James Wratchford; and a grandson, Kenneth Kerns.

Survivors include seven daughters, Doris Pettry of Naoma, Lou and husband, Norval Simmons of Cleveland, Ohio, Norma Simmons of Mansfield, Ohio, Sue Armstrong of Churchville, Va., Pam and husband, Don Buckland of Beckley, Wanda and husband, Jackie Browning of Naoma, and Debbie and husband, Rick Webb of Seth; a son, John Fulk and wife, Billie of Naoma; daughter-in-law, Rhodena; 31 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

Service will be 1 p.m. Saturday at the Job Church of God, Job, with the Rev. Eli Hostetler and the Rev. Todd Rhodes officiating. Singer will be Joy Hostetler. Burial will follow in the Smith Cemetery, Dry Fork.

Friends may call two hours before the service Saturday at the church.

Arrangements by Armstrong Funeral Home, Whitesville.

Della Goodwin

LOGAN — Della Goodwin, 82, of Logan, went home to be with the Lord on Dec. 8, 2008.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13, 2008, at the Logan Church of the Nazarene in Logan. Burial will follow in Forest Lawn Cemetery at Pecks Mill. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Honaker Funeral Home in Logan.

Friends may make donations to the Logan Church of the Nazarene.

For e-mail condolences go to www.honakerfuneralhome.org.

Honaker Funeral Home of Logan is in charge of arrangements.

James W. ‘Jack’ King

PRINCETON — James W. “Jack” King, 82, of Wheatear Way, Quail Valley Estates, Prin-ceton, died on Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2008, at his home after a long bout with cancer.

He was born May 2, 1926, at Ingleside; he was the son of the late John W. and Christel Thornton King.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Elizabeth “Beth” Hollandsworth King; son, Dr. John M. King and wife Jeanie of Beckley; daughters, Mary Beth Trogdon and husband Rev. Robert Trogdon of Eden, N.C., Jan Wilkerson and husband Robert Wilkerson of Princeton, Patricia Moore and husband Gary Moore of Wichita, Kan., and Kathryn Elliott and husband Rev. Jimmy Elliott of Fuquay Varina, N.C.; 13 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; a sister, Mary Ruth King Hollandsworth of Durham, N.C.; and his extended family of Dr. Rowena Chambers and her staff, and the Amedisys Hospice Group.

Mr. King retired as Chief Dispatcher, Norfolk Southern Railway, Bluefield, after 43 years of service with the Virginian, Norfolk & Western, and Norfolk Southern Railway Companies.

He was a member of Johnston Chapel Baptist Church on the Halls Ridge Road in Princeton for 47 years where he formerly served as a deacon, Sunday School teacher, Sunday School Superintendent and choir member. He was also a charter member of the Men’s Prayer Group and the DMA “Don’t Mention Age” senior citizens of Johnston Chapel.

A service of celebration will be held 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 13, 2008, at Johnston Chapel Baptist Church on the Halls Ridge Road, Princeton, with Dr. John M. King, Rev. Jimmie Jones and Pastor Jim Simmons officiating. Burial will follow in the Roselawn Memorial Gardens on the Courthouse Road in Princeton.

The family will receive friends today (Friday) from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Memorial Funeral Directory on the Athens Road in Princeton and one hour prior to services at the church.

Family and friends may share online condolence via www.memorialfd.com.

Serving as pallbearers will be John Robinson Sr., Sandy Pennington, Harold Haldren, Dennis Shrewsbury, Eugene Broyles, Ben Faulkner, John Huffman and Jerry Martin.

Flowers are welcome; however, memorial gifts of love can be made to the American Cancer Society, 1816 Jefferson St., Bluefield, WV 24701.

The Honor of serving the King Family has been given to the Memorial Funeral Directory & Cremation Center on the Athens Road in Princeton.

Jeremy (Rough House) Easley Lewis

On Dec. 9, 2008, at 1:03 a.m., the gates of Heaven opened and the angels ushered Jeremy in.

Jeremy was born Jan. 7, 1992, at Beckley; he was the son of the Rev. Peter Easley and Carol Lewis Frederick.

Jeremy accepted Christ at an early age; he was a member of the Mt. Zion Baptist Church. Jeremy attended Woodrow Wilson High School. He was a kind and loving young man with a “Big” heart, always making people laugh. He was a joy to be around; he played football for the East Beckley Wildcats. He loved detailing cars, cutting grass and helping so many people. Jeremy will truly be missed by everyone that knew him.

Jeremy was preceded in death by his grandparents, John (Buddy) Lewis, Marva Lewis and Joseph Robinson; uncles, John (Ralph) Lewis, William Bill Lewis and Ozel Manns; aunts, Susie Lewis; and cousins, Michael Lewis II and Danell (Big D) Lewis.

Left to cherish his memories are his loving mother, Carol Lewis Frederick of Beaver; his father, the Rev. Peter Easley (Mary) of Harvey, W.Va.; a special friend, Jazmine McDowell, and their unborn baby girl, Brooklyn Navaeh McDowell Lewis; grandmother, Carol Robinson of Baltimore, Md.; great-grandmother, Virtie Easley of Raleigh; two brothers, Luke Frederick (Alicia) of Huntington, Derrick Frederick (Kelly) of Beckley; a stepbrother, Ezra Robinson of Harvey; four sisters, Latasha Frederick of Beckley, Brittany Ann Easley, Aaliyah Williams and Jacara Lewis, all of Beaver; a nephew, Malachi Frederick; uncles, the Rev. Ricardo Lewis (Betty), Michael Lewis, Dwayne Sterling Lewis (Angie), the Rev. Steve Lewis (Cassandra), Rafael Lewis (Pam), and Paul Easley; aunts, Minister Tonya Freeman (Charles), Felicia Robinson, Angie Elmore (Shermaine); and special friends, Kenny Logwood, Brian, Fletcher, Jerelle, Charles and D.J.; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Services will be 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 14, 2008, at Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 142 Mool Ave., Beckley, with the Rev. Jerry Staples officiating. Burial will follow in Greenwood Memorial Park, Beckley.

Friends may call one hour prior to the service at the church.

Arrangements entrusted to Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.

Jack Bittinger Mc Nicol

Jack Bittinger Mc Nicol, 77, of Lester, passed away Thursday, Dec. 11, 2008, in a local hospital.

Born July 20, 1931, in Oak Hill, he was the son of the late Amos Porter and Elizabeth Ellen Mc Nicol.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Nola Trail Mc Nicol, the daughter of the late Thomas and Mary Trail of Lester.

Survivors include two sons, Jack M. Mc Nicol of Newark, Del., and Mark G. Mc Nicol of Lester, W.Va.; daughters-in-law, Ruth Neal of Newark, Del., and Deborah Mc Nicol of Palm Harbor, Fla.; and grandchildren, Mary Frances Mc Nicol of Beckley, Thomas James and Catherine Jane Mc Nicol of Newark, Del.

Jack was very proud of his two sons, both of whom followed him to Virginia Tech. Jack Michael attended Virginia Tech graduating with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and then attended Northwestern University obtaining a Master’s Degree in Biomedical Engineering. Mark Gregory attended Virginia Tech graduating with a B.S. degree in Business Administration.

Jack resided at Summerlee, Prosperity, Sprague, and Beckley, during his youth. He graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in 1948. During 1948 and 1949 he attended Beckley College while working as general labor in area coal mining operations. He entered Virginia Tech in January 1950 as an Student in Electrical Engineering. Jack was a member of the West Virginia National Guard Company F, 150th Infantry at Beckley from 1946 through 1950, and was a member of the Virginia Tech Cadet Corps while a student at Va. Tech and was a Distinguished Military Student and Distinguished Military Graduate. As a senior he was a company commander in the Va. Tech Cadet Corps.

Jack was a member of the varsity wrestling team three years, wrestling in the unlimited weight class. He was team captain of the 1953 team, won the Southern Conference championship in the unlimited weight division and participated in the 1953 NCAA wrestling meets. Jack remained a “Hokie” throughout life as a huge VT sports fan and member of the “Hokie Club” and Alumni Monogram Club.

Jack graduated from Virginia Tech with a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering in June 1953. He was then employed by Appalachian Power Co. as an Electrical Engineer until entering The U.S. Army in February 1954 as a 2nd Lt. Jack attended Basic Infantry Officer’s Course at Ft. Benning, Ga., where he graduated at the top of a class of 200 fellow officers. He was retained at The Infantry School as an instructor in the weapons department of the Infantry School. Jack was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army as a 1st Lt. in February 1956 when he returned to work for Appalachian Power Co.

In April 1957 he was employed by Allied Chemical Corp. Semet Solvay Division as an Electrical Engineer with the Coal Group. During a 23-year career at Allied Chemical he held positions of Electrical Engineer, Technical Assistant to the Supt., Asst. Superintendent, Mine Superintendent Tralee Mine, Mine Superintendent Shannon Branch Mine, Manager of Operation Services, Director of Mining Operations, and Vice President of Allied’s Coal Group. He retired from Allied in 1980 when Allied left the Coal Business and joined a small coal company as Vice President and later Company President. Jack passed engineering examinations to become a registered Professional Engineer in 1960.

In July 1981 he was employed by Industrial Fuels Corp. as Vice President General Manager of Chapperal Coal Corp. and was later appointed to Vice President of Industrial Fuels Corp. East Kentucky Operations and a successor company Costain Coal Corp. In December 1995 Jack retired from the coal Industry and returned to his long-held home near Lester, W.Va. During the retirement he obtained his pilot’s license and enjoyed flying as a recreation and he enjoyed riding his Harley Davidson Motorcycle, flying, boating and water sports, playing golf, gardening, Virginia Tech sports, and being with his family.

He was a member of the Church of Christ, and worshipped at the church at Lester, W.Va.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13, 2008, in the Calfee Funeral Home Chapel with Fred Dinkler officiating. Entombment will follow in Sunset Memorial Park.

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

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

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

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to the Jack B. McNicol scholarship fund at Virginia Tech. Donations are to be sent to the Virginia Tech Foundation at Virginia Tech, University Development (0336), Blacksburg, VA 24061.

Arrangements by Calfee Funeral Home, Beckley.

Rachael Elaine Bragg Riffe

OAK HILL — Rachael Elaine Bragg Riffe, 88, of Oak Hill, died on Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2008, at Plateau Medical Center in Oak Hill.

Born June 27, 1920, at Kincaid, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Jobe and Cora Kincaid Bragg.

She was a retired beautician and retired from the Fayette County Committee on Aging.

Mrs. Riffe was a member of the Oak Hill United Methodist Church where she sang in the church choir.

Her husband of 65 years, Russell Lewis Riffe Sr., and son, Russell Lewis Riffe Jr., preceded her in death on the same day, July 12, 2005. She was also preceded by a brother, James Bragg, and two sisters, Martha Bragg Huffman and Naomi Bragg Poff.

Survivors include daughter, Rhonda Riffe Sutphin of Oak Hill; two sisters, Ruth Bragg Dodd of Georgia and Mary Evelyn Alberchinski of Fayetteville; and two grandchildren, Mark Riffe and Rebecca Riffe, both of Virginia.

Services will be on Saturday, Dec. 13, 2008, at 11 a.m. at Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill, with Rev. William Slates and Dr. Charles Miller officiating. Entombment will be at High Lawn Memorial Park Mausoleum, Oak Hill.

Visitation will be held at Tyree Funeral Home from 6 to 8 p.m. today, Friday, Dec. 12, 2008.

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

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Carl Philip Stapleton

GILBERT — Carl Philip Stapleton, 67, died Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2008.

Service will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Mounts Funeral Home, Gilbert. Friends may call 6 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Online at www.mountsfuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by Mounts Funeral Home, Gilbert.

Doris Vallandingham

On Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2008, Doris Mae Walker Vallandingham of Stone Street, Bradley, went home to be with the Lord after a long battle at the Bowers Hospice House. She was 81 years of age.

Born on Oct. 16, 1927, at Jochin (Cabin Creek), Doris was one of eight children born to the late Harley C. and Maude Miller Walker. Her sister, Dwana Mayes, and brothers, Calvin and Harley C. Walker Jr., also preceded her in death.

Doris married the late James V. Vallandingham on June 28, 1947. A homemaker, she was the beloved mother of seven children. Through the years Doris was active in the First United Methodist Church, Naoma; Fairdale Freewill Baptist Church; and the North Sand Branch Worship Center. In addition to the Walker family and her husband James, Doris was preceded in death by a son, Eddie.

The loving mother of Brenda and Barbara Vallandingham, Joan Hickey, Debra Clay, Teddy and Tommy Vallandingham; Doris was the doting grandmother of five grandchildren: Lisa and Sabrina Clay; Dylan Horton, Matthew and Mark Vallandingham; the fond sister of Ressa Gornto, Betty Russell, Annetta Savage, and Mary Gillispie.

Committal services will be Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens at Prosperity with Rev. Ken Souder officiating. The family will receive visitors at the Melton Mortuary from 11:30 to 12:30 p.m. Those wishing to attend the services are asked to meet at the mortuary by 12:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Donations of sympathy can be made to the Bowers Hospice House, PO Box 1472, Beckley, WV 25802; Arthritis Foundation; or MADD.

Pallbearers will be family members and friends.

Condolences may be mailed to the family at melton@wvdsl.net.

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary, Beckley.

Corbet Wilson Wood

Corbet Wilson Wood, age 89, of Midway, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2008, at the Hill Top Care Center.

Born Feb. 11, 1919, at Maple Meadow, W.Va., he was the son of the late Hiram and Lilly Tolliver Wood.

Corbet enjoyed hunting, fishing, four wheeling, remodeling, and was a master piddler. He was a retired coal miner and attended the Midway Church of God.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one sister, Ethel Ruble; and three brothers, Henry Davis Wood, Billy Kenneth Wood, and Cleo Ralph “Dutch” Wood.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife of 70 years, Virginia Marsh Wood of Midway; five sons, Tyrone, Jim, Kenny, Ronald, and Larry; three daughters, Velma, Billie, and Betty; one brother, Jerry; four sisters, Garnet, Mary Jane, Bertha, and June; 24 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

Services will be held Saturday, Dec. 13, 2008, at 11 a.m. at Williams-Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Sophia, with Rev. Richard Walker officiating. Burial will follow in the Shrewsberry Cemetery at Maple Meadow.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

Friends may gather with the family from 6 to 8 p.m. today, Friday, Dec. 12, 2008, at the funeral home.

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

Williams-Blue Ridge Funeral Home, 101 First St., Sophia, is in charge of the arrangements.