The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

December 23, 2008

Obituaries — Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Leona J. Brown

RONCEVERTE — Leona J. Brown, 76, passed away Monday, Dec. 22, 2008, in the Greenbrier Valley Medical Center, Fairlea, after a short illness.

Born April 18, 1932, at Ronceverte, she was the daughter of the late Charles L. and Ada Carnefix Massie.

Mrs. Brown was a lifelong resident of Ronceverte, member of the Ronceverte Christian Church, where she was a Sunday School teacher, member of the Lady Circle, choir, and was retired from ABB as an assembler in Lewisburg and a homemaker.

She was preceded in death by parents, her husband, Horace Brown, in 1998; four sisters, Catherine Sams, Christine Campbell, Hazel VanBuren and Mildren Fisher; and eight brothers, Milton Massie, Frank Massie, Forrest Massie, Layton Massie, Claude Massie, James Massie, Dick Massie and Robert Massie.

Survivors include three daughters, Carolyn Rudd of Ronceverte, Phyllis Brown of Lewisburg, Tenn., and Cindy White and husband, Tim, of Grandview, W.Va.; four sons, Andrew “Jink” Brown and wife, Faye, of Ronceverte, Keith Brown and wife, Kathy, of Ronceverte, Jeff Brown and wife, Lisa, of Athens, Ala., and Tim Brown and wife, Jennifer, of Lewisburg; a brother, Roy Massie Sr. of Ronceverte; 16 grandchildren and and 23 great-grandchildren.

Service will be 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 27, 2008, at the Ronceverte Christian Church, 240 Gypsy Heights Road, Ronceverte, with Minister Oscar Schwitzerlette officiating. Burial will follow in the Riverview Cemetery, Ronceverte.

Friends may call 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 26, at the Longanacre Funeral Home, Fairlea, and at the church one hour prior to the service on Saturday.

Pallbearers will be Roy Massie Jr., Robert Sams, Charles Ridgeway, Elbert VanBuren, Donnie Campbell and Steve Massie.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Ronceverte Christian Church Building Fund, 240 Gypsy Heights Road, Ronceverte, WV 24970.

Arrangements by Longanacre Funeral Home, Fairlea.

Raymond Fredrick Brown

Raymond Fredrick Brown, also known as “Jeep” and “Old Goat,” departed this life on Monday, Dec. 22, 2008, following a brief illness.

Raymond was born in Russellville, where he was a lifelong resident with his wife of 41 years, Mary Sue Grubbs Brown.

He was a Marine and a retired coal miner.

He was preceded in death by his father, Ralph O. Brown; and a sister, Shirley Ann Barr; grandparents, Luther and Betty Brown and Charlie and Mae Wright.

Other than his wife, he is survived by his mother, Lorena Wright Brown; three sons, Michael Allen and Kristina Ray Brown of Russellville, Russell Edward and Dawn Neal Brown of Lincolnton, N.C., Daniel Scott and Pam Hefner Brown of Lincolnton, N.C., four grandchildren, Jessie, Angel, Nathan and Johnathan; two brothers: Gary Wayne of Stafford, Virginia, Dennis Lee and wife, Becky, of Russellville; four sisters, Nancy Mae Brown of Covington, Ohio, Lenora Uhrig and husband, Ronnie, of Bolivia, N.C., Patricia Kay and Paul Copfer of Kerns, Utah, Connie Sue and Edmond Starcher of Providence Forge, Va.; and a dear Aunt Margarette Boley and Uncle Vernon of Russellville; also extended family members, Rhonda and Grover Wilson, Phyllis and Judy Grubbs, Cleatus and Herman Engfer and David, Mitchel and Hurkie, Larry and Debbie, Charles and Sussie, Donnie and Brenda Grubbs.

Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home Chapel in Ansted, with Pastor Shirley Helms and Pastor Michael Loudermilk officiating. Burial will follow in Chestnut Grove Cemetery at Russellville.

Friends may call 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Wallace & Wallace Funeral Chapel, Ansted.

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

Robert Houston Burdiss

Robert Houston Burdiss, 47, formerly of Jamesburg, N.J., and Lanark, W.Va., passed away of natural causes on Dec. 17, 2008, in Irving, Texas.

Robert was a loving father and husband and leaves behind his wife, Trish, of New Jersey; two sons, Kyle of Louisiana and Travis of Texas; his mother, Anita Tidd of Pennsylvania, a brother, Michael Burdiss of Missouri; and sister, Nancy McGeehan of Pennsylvania.

Robert is preceded in death by his father, George Burdiss, who passed away in July of 2008; and his favorite uncle, Jack Quesenberry of Lanark, who passed away last weekend.

Robert has been cremated and his ashes will be spread on the West Virginia mountainside in the spring by his friends and family.

Roger Crowder

FAYETTEVILLE — Roger Crowder, 66, of Fayetteville, passed away Thursday, Dec. 18, 2008, at the Fayette Nursing & Rehab Center, Fayetteville, following a long illness.

Mr. Crowder was cremated and no service was held.

Online condolences and other information will be available at

Arrangements are pending at Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, Fayette-ville.

Sarah Alice Clark DeBord

HOLDEN — Sarah Alice Clark DeBord, 83, of Holden, passed away Sunday, Dec. 21, 2008.

Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 26, 2008, at Honaker Funeral Home of Logan. Burial will follow at Forest Lawn Cemetery at Pecks Mill, W.Va. Friends may call noon to 2 p.m. Friday at Honaker Funeral Home.

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Honaker Funeral Home of Logan is in charge of arrangements.

Winojean ‘Winnie’ Seymore DeLuca

Winojean “Winnie” Seymore DeLuca, 82, of Daniels, W.Va., died at 3:45 a.m. Monday, Dec. 22, 2008, at a Beckley Hospital.

Winnie was born Jan. 7, 1926, in Beaver, W.Va. She was the daughter of the late John Thomas and Polly Ann Underwood Seymore.

Winnie was a past president of the Raleigh County Horseman’s Association, and past member of the Raleigh County Democratic Executive Committee, Shady Spring Little League and the Raleigh County Community Action Association.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Johnny Seymore; and a sister, Dorothy Eans Knapp.

She is survived by her loving husband of 60 years, Emilio John “Nenie” DeLuca; two sons, Thomas Thorne of Beckley, and Leo DeLuca and wife, Sara, of Johnson City, Tenn.; two daughters, Debbie DeLuca and Teresa Hicks and husband, David, all of Daniels; three grandsons, John Farmer and wife, Joleen, Tom DeLuca, all of Daniels, and Dane Emilio DeLuca of Johnson City, Tenn.; a granddaughter, Brittany Ann Combs of Somerset, Ky.; and a great-granddaughter, Zoey Lynn Farmer of Daniels.

A memorial service to celebrate Winnie’s life will be held at a later date.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Blue Ridge Funeral Home, 5251 Robert C. Byrd Drive, Beckley, is in charge of the arrangements.

Dino Shawndale Garten

Dino Shawndale Garten, 36, of Page, formerly of Lester, W.Va., died on Saturday, Dec. 20, 2008, at his home.

Born June 28, 1972, at Beckley, W.Va., he was the son of Margaret L. Hundley Dolin and her husband, Junior Ray, of Page, W.Va., and Bewey MacArthur Garten, Jr. and wife, Jennifer, of Lester, W.Va.

He was a construction laborer.

Dino was raised in Lester and attended Liberty High School. He worked quite a bit in Indiana, then moved back to West Virginia, currently residing in Page.

His maternal grandparents, Dorothy and Clarence Hundley; paternal grandparents, Marie and Bewey Garten; and a sister, Novella Garten, preceded him in death.

In addition to his parents, those left to cherish his memory are his two sisters, Loretta Cole and husband, Troy, of Fairdale and Robin Morgan and husband, Darrell, of Pennsylvania; a brother, Timothy Garten of Sturgis, Mich.; a special aunt and uncle with whom he lived with while in Indiana, Sue and Johnny Garten; and by numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.

Dino, we will always love and miss you.

Service will be 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 26, 2008, at Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill, with the Rev. Randy McGuire officiating. Burial will be at Bibb Cemetery, Gatewood, W.Va.

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

Junior Dolin, Samuel Dolin, Israel Gilkey, Patrick Dolin, Dale Miller, and Tom Keith will serve as pallbearers.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill, W.Va.

Steven Joe Hamilton Sr.

OAK HILL — Steven Joe Hamilton Sr., 50, died on Sunday, Dec. 21, 2008, at Raleigh General Hospital in Beckley.

Mr. Hamilton was cremated. A memorial service will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 27, 2008, at the First Church of the Brethren in Oak Hill, with the Rev. Willliam Skeldon officiating.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Lou Ann Smith Highlander

Lou Ann Smith Highlander, 61, of Shady Spring, W.Va., formerly of Alderson, died Monday, Dec. 22, 2008, at the Bowers Hospice House, Beckley, W.Va., following a short illness.

Arrangements by Lobban Funeral Home, Alderson.

Frances Crawford Martin

Frances Crawford Martin, 94, of Lewisburg, passed away Monday, Dec. 22, 2008, at Greenbrier Valley Medical Center in Fairlea.

Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home in Lewisburg is in charge of arrangements which are incomplete at this time.

Morine Elizabeth Small

WINONA — Morine Elizabeth Small, 87 ,of Winona, passed away Sunday, Dec. 21, 2008, following a long illness.

She was born Sept. 7, 1921, at Beury Mountain, W.Va., to the late Charles Richard and Annie Mae Young.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 67 years, Herbert Clyde Small.

She was also preceded in death by nine brothers and sisters.

She is survived by three sons, Donald and his wife, Carol, of Manassas, Va., William Small of Richmond, Va., Timothy and his wife, Pamela, of Powhatan, Va.; two granddaughters, Kimberly and her husband, Marty Pearson, of Manassas, Va.; Ashley Small of Powhatan, Va.; two great-granddaughters, Amanda and Amy Pearson of Manassas, Va.; one sister, Gertrude Small of New Orleans, La.; and one brother Loren Young of Fayetteville.

Funeral service will be 1 p.m. Saturday at the Chapel of Rest Mausoleum Chapel, Victor, with the Rev. Joe Shaffer officiating. Interment will follow in the Restlawn Memory Gardens, Victor.

Friends may call 11:30 a.m. until time of the funeral Saturday, Dec. 27, 2008, at the Chapel of Rest Mausoleum, Victor, W.Va.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Keeneys Creek Baptist Church, P.O. Box 85, Winona, WV 25942.

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

Domenick ‘Mickey’ Yeargo

RAINELLE — Domenick “Mickey” Yeargo, 94, of Rainelle, died Monday, Dec. 22, 2008, at Greenbrier Valley Medical Center, Ronceverte, W.Va., following a short illness.

Born March 3, 1914, at Durbin, W.Va., he was the son of the late Larry and Stella Turner Yeargo.

He was a retired coal miner and a longtime resident of Quinwood, before moving to 13th Street in Rainelle. His favorite companion was his loyal beagle named Jubal.

Other than his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Joyce A. McMann Yeargo, in 2004; three sisters, Mary, Minnie and Genevieve; and three brothers, James, Pat and Frank.

Survivors include his son, Bill and wife, Becky Yeargo, of Rainelle; and a large extended family.

Service will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 27, 2008, at Wallace & Wallace Chapel in Rainelle, with Pastor Houston Boothe officiating. Burial will follow at Wallace Memorial Cemetery, Clintonville.

Friends may call 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 26, 2008, at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to your favorite charity.

Honorary pallbearers will be Rollin Nutter and John Martindale. Pallbearers will be Dale Wright, Mike Goddard, Richard Lowe, Buzz Nutter, Jerry Davis and Jeff Edens.

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace of Rainelle.