The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

February 3, 2009

Obituaries — Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Riley Aliff

Riley Aliff, 66, of Coal City, passed away Monday, Feb. 2, 2009, at Raleigh General Hospital.

Arrangements by Rose and Quesenberry, Beckley.

Thelma A. Bailey

Thelma A. Bailey, 85, of Herndon Heights, died Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2009, at her residence, following a short illness.

Arrangements by Tankersley Funeral Home, Mullens.

Elma Delp Clark

Elma Delp Clark, age 84, of Beckley, went home to be with her Lord, Sunday, Feb. 1, 2009.

Born April 4, 1924, she was the daughter of the late Freeland Brown and Hettie Huffman Delp.

Elma loved taking care of children, spending time with her grandchildren, gardening, reading her bible and attending church. She was a member of the Calvary Assembly of God, where she taught Sunday School.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Bobbi Clark; a son, Gary Clark; one granddaughter, Tina Marie Neilson; and siblings, Janice Six, Berman Delp, Wilford Delp and Dillard Delp.

Those left to cherish her memory include one son, Randy Clark and wife, Stephanie, of Beckley; two daughters, Debbie Mann and husband, John, of Daniels, and Kim Lilly and husband, George, of Beckley; nine grandsons, Jeff, Jason, Todd, Chad, Ronnie, Brandon, Justin, Ethan and Logan,; one granddaughter, Jessica; ten great-grandchildren; three brothers, Olan Delp of Maryland, Harold Delp of Fla., and Gaylon Delp of S.C.

Friends may gather with the family 12 p.m. until the time of the service Thursday at the funeral home.

Service will be 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 5, 2009, at Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley, with Pastor John Jordan officiating. Burial will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens.

Grandsons will serve as pallbearers and great-grandsons will serve as honorary pallbearers.

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.

Frances Louise Cook

Frances Louise Cook, age 89, of Beckley, passed away Friday, Jan. 30, 2009, at Charleston Area Medical Center, Memorial Division, following a short illness.

Born Dec. 3, 1919, at Big Stick, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Terry Easley and Minneola Jones Gibson.

Frances was a member of the Church of God in Sophia for 54 years. She enjoyed taking care of her children and grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, William Gordon Cook; a daughter, Frances Elaine Cook; a sister, Margaret LaRue Hughes; and a brother, Terry Easley Gibson, Jr.

Those left to cherish her memory include a son, Douglas MacArthur Cook and wife, Beverly, of Midway; a daughter, Kathy Cook Oxley of Bradley; two grandsons, Jeffrey Douglas Cook and wife, Connie, of Midway and Gregory Allen Cook of Calif.; six granddaughters, Lisa LaDawn Edwards and husband, Ernie, of Beckley, Sherri Lynn Lilly and husband, Charles, of Ronceverte, Tina Louise Westfall and husband, Gary, of Ga., Leah Suzette Brewer and Phillip Tyree of Beckley, Jayme Elaine Brewer and Amber Dawn Brewer, both of Crab Orchard; nine great-grandchildren; and six sisters, Mildred Crutchfield of Oak Hill, Macil Tankersley and husband, Harvey, of Cleveland, Tenn., Catherine Riggs and husband, Jack, Phyllis Eastridge-Milam and husband, Archie, all of Beckley, Mary Thompson of Coal City, and Brenda Boyd of Beckley.

Service will be 12 p.m. Friday, Feb. 6, 2009, at the Church of God, Sophia, with the Rev. James Bostic and the Rev. Robert Day officiating. Burial will follow in Hot Coal Cemetery, Coal City.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

Friends may gather with the family 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the church.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

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

Benjamin Davis

Benjamin Davis, 68, of Oak Hill, entered eternal rest, Saturday, Jan. 31, 2009, while he was a patient at Hubbard Hospice House in Charleston.

Funeral service will be 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 6, 2009, at Mount Zion Baptist Church in Garten.

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

Arrangements entrusted to Ritchie and Johnson Funeral Parlor in Beckley.

Maxine Dodrill

Maxine Dodrill, 88, of Lewisburg, passed away Monday, Feb. 2, 2009, at the home of her daughter, MaryAnn Dodrill of Charleston, W.Va.

Service will be 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 6, 2009, at Wallace and Wallace Funeral Home in Lewisburg.

Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Please send online condolences by visiting

Wallace and Wallace Funeral Home in Lewisburg is in charge of the arrangements.

Erma Lee Naylor Fitzwater

Erma Lee Naylor Fitzwater, 73, of Oak Hill, W.Va., died Monday, Feb. 2, 2009, at Raleigh General Hospital in Beckley, W.Va.

Service will be 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 6, 2009, at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill.

Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be sent at

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

Elizabeth Jane Hash

Elizabeth Jane Hash, age 67, of 201 Hillcrest Drive, Beckley, W.Va., died Sunday, Feb. 1, 2009, at the Raleigh General Hospital in Beckley, following a short illness.

Mrs. Hash was born March 22, 1941, at Charleston, W.Va., the daughter of the late Shaffer and Dorothy Arnold Staub.

Mrs. Hash was a homemaker, and was a former employee of Anchor Sales in Beckley. She was a member of the Ruffner Presbyterian Church in Charleston, W.Va., the Beckley Elk’s Lodge and the Beckley Junior Woman’s Club.

Mrs. Hash always put her family and friends first and foremost. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother, and her joy in life was taking care of her family. She totally enjoyed cooking for her family and friends.

She was an avid West Virginia University fan.

Other than her parents, she was preceded in death by her father and mother-in-law, James and Louise Hash; sister-in-law, Barbara Hash; and nephew, Chris Smith.

Survivors include her husband of 49 years, Ri-chard Hash; a daughter, Tracey Shumate and husband, Will, of Bradley, W.Va.; loving granddaughters, Kathy Shumate-Vanover and husband, Ben, of Asheboro, N.C., and Kerri Shumate of Bradley, W.Va.; a special angel, an anticipated great-grandchild due in August; a special sister-in-law, Ann Hodges of Princeton, W.Va.; a brother-in-law, James Hash and wife, Nancy, of Grambrills, Md.; a niece, Laura Joe Smith of Princeton; two nephews, Rusty Hash and wife, Cindy, of Pa., and Randy Hash and wife, Michelle, of Md.; special friends, Alyce Cooper of Beckley, W.Va., Ruby Daraban of Beckley, W.Va., Luke Maler of Princeton, W.Va., and Dave Langford of Beckley, W.Va.; and her special pet, “Phoebe.”

Funeral service will be 1 p.m. Thursday, at the Rose and Quesenberry Peace Chapel in Beckley, with Dr. Sharon Miller officiating. Burial will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens at Prosperity.

Friends may call from noon until service time.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

Online condolences may be sent to our guest book at

Arrangements by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home in Beckley, W.Va.

Carrie Eads King

Carrie Eads King, 72, of Oak Hill, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2009, at the Bowers Hospice House in Beckley.

Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.

Earless L. Lusk

CYCLONE — Earless L. Lusk, 68, went home to be with the Lord, Monday, Feb. 2, 2009, at his residence, following a long illness.

Born Dec. 20, 1940, in Cyclone, he was the son of the late Marvin and Winnie Brown Lusk.

Earless was a lifelong resident of Cyclone, and a member of Bright Prospect Missionary Baptist Church. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping, but most of all, he loved spending time with his family.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Travis Lusk; father-in-law, the Rev. Azel Bailey; and his mother-in-law, Elsie Bailey.

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife, Latha Lusk of Cyclone; a daughter, Jennifer Workman and her husband, Keith, of Cyclone; two grandchildren, Joshua Workman and Cheltsie Workman of Cyclone; five brothers, Terry Lusk of Cyclone, Sebert Lusk and his wife, Drema, of Cyclone, Larry Lusk and his wife, Patsy, of Cyclone, Argel Lusk and his wife, Sharon, of Cyclone, and the Rev. Jackie Lusk and his wife, Lessie, of Cyclone; a sister, Wanda Bailey and her husband, Harmon, of Cyclone; brother-in-law, Valdus Bailey and his wife, Brenda, of Oceana; his name sake, Earlisa Lynn Lusk Harvey; several nieces and nephews; and a host of family and friends.

A celebration of Earless’ life will be 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 5, 2009, at Bright Prospect Missionary Baptist Church at Cyclone, with the Rev. Jackie Lusk and the Rev. Valdus Bailey officiating. Earless will be laid to rest in Palm Memorial Gardens, Matheny.

Casketbearers will be family and friends.

The family will receive friends 6 to 9 p.m. today at the church and one hour prior to the service Thursday.

Family and friends may sign the guest book at

Services entrusted to Adam Toler Memorial Funeral Home, Oceana.

Teresa Gail Wade Simmons

Teresa Gail Wade Simmons, 49, of Mullens, died Monday, Feb. 2, 2009, at a Beckley hospital.

Born March 11, 1959, in Mullens, she was the daughter of Lindy C. Wade of Princeton and the late Oberita Hazelwood Wade.

Teresa was a lifelong resident of Mullens. She was a 1977 graduate of Mullens High School and a graduate of Wyoming County Technical Center School of Cosmetology. She enjoyed every minute of life and lived for her family. She had many friends in the Mullens area and will be missed by all who loved and knew her.

Teresa currently worked for Integrated Resources of Maben, a home health agency. She had cared for others in home health occupations, having worked many years for Southern Highlands in Mullens.

In addition to her mother, she was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, John and Macie Lucas Hazelwood; and her paternal grandparents, Claude T. and Lema Philpott Wade.

Those left to cherish her memory include her companion, E.Q. Nicholson of Mullens; children, David Simmons and special friend, Julie, of Charleston and Dustin Nicholson of the home; a grandchild, Zachary Simmons of Charleston; three sisters, Sandra Blankenship and her husband, Luther, of Lynchburg, Va., Susie Morgan and her husband, Dean, of Princeton, and Annette Presley and her husband, Stanley, of Shady Spring; and loving nieces and nephews, Wendy, Lee, Noel, Sissy, Jacob, Brian and Chris.

Service will be 1 p.m. Thursday at Tankersley Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. Gilbert Dodson officiating. Burial will follow in Roselawn Memorial Gardens, Princeton.

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

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.

Arrangements by Tankersley Funeral Home, Mullens.

Eileen Lucile Jarrell Smith

On Feb. 1, 2009, Eileen Lucile (Jarrell) Smith died in Concord, N.C., after a lengthy illness.

Born Sept. 3, 1916, she was the daughter of Dr. Kyle McCue Jarrell of Beckley, W.Va., and Mabel Della Allen of Lowell, Mass.

She was the niece of Dr. Dennis Blise Jarrell of Clear Creek and Beckley, W.Va., Bessie Jarrell Easton, wife of Dr. J.F. Easton of Clear Creek and Romney, W.Va., and Minnie C. Jarrell of Dorothy, W.Va. She was the sister of Arthur Pierson Jarrell and Dr. Kyle McCue Jarrell, Jr. of Beckley, W.Va. Also, she was the aunt of Kyle Victor Jarrell of Beckley, W.Va., and Stone Mountain, Ga. All preceded her in death.

Her ancestral lineage has been traced to the Earl of Desmond, FitzGerald-Jarrells of Ireland, and the Schnauffers of Homburg, Germany. She was a direct descendent of Colonel Ethan Allen of Revolutionary War fame from Vermont and a direct descendent of George Snuffer, another Revolutionary War hero who served under the command of General George Washington at Valley Forge. Also, Mrs. Smith was the great-great-niece of Brigadier General William Terry, who served in the Confederate Army with Generals Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson. General Terry assumed the command of Stonewall’s Last Brigade after Jackson’s death and, after the war, served as a member of the U.S. Congress from Wytheville, Va. Additionally, she was the great-niece of President Woodrow Wilson’s second wife, Edith Bolling Galt Wilson of Wytheville, Va.

Mrs. Smith was the wife of the late Lt. Colonel Harold Henkel Smith, U.S. Army, Retired. Lt. Colonel Smith was the Executive Officer of the 4th Division’s, 3rd Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment during the D-Day Invasion, June 6, 1944, at Utah Beach, Normandy, France. He graduated from Harvard Law School, L.L.B. (Class of 1950) and practiced law in Beckley, W.Va., prior to moving to Concord, N.C., in 1962, where he practiced law and served as in-house counsel for Cannon Mills Company from 1966-1983.

Mrs. Smith grew up in Beckley, W.Va., where her father, Kyle M. Jarrell, was a prominent physician, civic leader, Chairman of the Democratic Party and Superintendent of the Pinecrest Sanitorium, one of the largest tuberculosis sanitariums in the south. Her mother, Mabel Allen Jarrell, was a talented musician who, prior to her marriage to Dr. Jarrell, accompanied Laura W. Pierson in the Presbyterian Mission Field. Miss Pierson was the great-great-great-granddaughter of the Reverend Abraham Pierson, the Presbyterian minister who founded Yale Academy (now Yale University) and the daughter of the Reverend Arthur T. Pierson. She served as a missionary to Mexico and Arizona prior to coming to live with the Jarrell family in Beckley. One of Mrs. Smith’s fondest memories of her childhood was the opportunity to be taught in private school by Miss Pierson, whom she knew as her grandmother.

Prior to attending West Virginia University, Mrs. Smith attended Beckley Junior College. While there, she founded Beta Theta Mu, a service and social sorority. During her tenure as president, she decided to arrange a party that Beckley would remember. She contacted the Music Corporation of America located in Chicago and scheduled Jan Garbar, “The Idol of the Air Lanes,” and his orchestra to play at the Black Knight Country Club in Beckley. It was a major success with cars parked for several miles in different directions. The sorority existed for another 25 years.

She subsequently attended West Virginia University, where she majored in education and minored in drama. She graduated in 1939, receiving a Bachelor of Science in Education. While at WVU, she was a member of Alpha Psi Omega, honorary drama fraternity, and was an R.O.T.C. sponsor. She also was a member of Delta Gamma national sorority and served as President of Alpha XI Chapter at WVU. During her senior year, she was Corresponding Editor to Delta Gamma’s national magazine, The ANCHORA. While Editor, she met and became friends with William Jennings Bryan’s daughter, Ruth Bryan (Owen) Rohde, who served as Minister to Denmark during President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s administration and later made her home at The Cedars in Alderson, W.Va. In both 1938 and 1939, Mrs. Smith was selected as one of the WVU year book beauty queens and, in 1939, she was chosen “Miss West Virginia.” That same year, she was voted May Queen by the WVU student body.

Following graduation from WVU, she taught school at Beckley Junior High and started the “Little Theater,” a drama program for young students. On Oct. 10, 1942, she married then Captain Harold Henkel Smith of Hampshire County, W.Va., also a 1939 graduate of WVU whom she met while serving as an ROTC sponsor. During spring 1944, as Major Smith’s battalion was being readied for the D-Day Invasion, she was commissioned a Lieutenant in the Beckley Chapter of the American Red Cross and served as an ambulance driver. On D-Day plus five, her husband was seriously wounded in Normandy. Following his evacuation back to the states, she resided in Staunton, Va., while he recuperated at nearby Woodrow Wilson Hospital. She subsequently moved to Cambridge, Mass., raising her first two children while her husband attended Harvard Law School. Following his graduation in 1950, she returned to Raleigh County, W.Va. For the next 12 years, she resided at Mistland, White Oak, W.Va., with her family, taught English at Shady Springs High School and founded the Playhouse Theater, an opera and drama theater in Beckley. In 1962, she moved to Concord, N.C., with her husband and children, where she taught English at Concord High School and English, Math, Science and Civics at Cannon Junior High School. Mrs. Smith was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Concord.

In addition to drama and teaching, her interests included gardening, art, antiques, reading and traveling. She accompanied her husband on many trips to interesting areas of the world. After cruising the Amazon River and the Nile River and visiting The Valley of The Kings and the Land of the Pharaohs in Egypt, she became interested in archaeology and continued to read and study the subject until a few months prior to her death.

Mrs. Smith is survived by her four children, Sharon Eileen Smith Hayes and her husband, Robert Durward Hayes, M.E.E.S. of California, MD, Harold Henkel Smith, Jr., Ph.D. and his wife, Lili Sikorski Smith, Ph.D. of Belleair, Fla., Charles Gregory Smith, M.D. and his wife, Linda Schoonover Smith, B.S.N., M.S.N. of Efland, N.C., and Richard Alan Smith, M.A. of Concord, N.C. She is survived by five grandchildren, Alexia Smith Moore of San Anselmo, Calif., Harold Henkel Smith III of Encinitas, Calif., Zachary Ashton Smith of West Hollywood, Calif., Elizabeth Ashley Smith and Meredith Ann Smith, both of Efland, N.C. Also, she is survived by three great-grandchildren, Eva Lilianna Moore, Andrew Joseph Moore and Dylan Eliana Smith.

Mrs. Smith will be remembered by her family and friends for her sense of humor and creativity, analytical and inquisitive mind, razor sharp memory, articulate communication skills, devotion and inspiration to her family and friends, love of learning, and love of beauty and antiquity.

A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 7, 2009, at the First Presbyterian Church of Concord located at 70 Union Street, North. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service in the Fellowship House adjacent to the church. Immediately following the memorial service, a graveside service will be held at Oakwood Cemetery in Concord located at 461 Church Street, North.

Memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Concord, West Virginia University ROTC, Delta Gamma National Sorority and Hospice & Palliative Care of Cabarrus County.

Funeral arrangements are through Hartsell Funeral Home of Concord.

Wilfred H. Smith

Wilfred H. “Smitty” Smith, 92, a longtime resident of Maxwell Hill Road, Beckley, died Sunday, Feb. 1, 2009.

Born Jan. 20, 1917, in Big Laurel Creek, Lincoln County, he was the son of the late John and Maude Scites Smith.

His first wife, Mabel Adkins Smith, passed away in 1992 after 52 years of marriage. He married Betty Zane Lilly, his current wife, in 1998.

Smitty attended Morris Harvey and Marshall College and began a teaching career, teaching all grades in a one-room school after his marriage. In 1944, he volunteered for the U.S. Navy, even though he had a deferment because of having two small children. He was a radio operator serving in the Pacific. Mr. Smith, like many men of his era, was a true patriot of America; sacrifice was just a part of being an American. During his service time, his wife received a temporary teaching certificate and replaced him in the one-room school.

After the war, Mr. Smith was hired by Vecellio & Grogan, after not receiving a promised job as a manager of an agriculture program in Lincoln County. His first job with V&G; was an administrator in Grundy, Va., keeping time records, payroll and coal weight records. Like many men, he lived in a boarding house, going home to Lincoln County on the weekends. In less than a year, Leo Vecellio, Sr. asked Mr. Smith to move to Beckley and take over the office. Smith grew in his job as V&G; expanded in many areas of business. In the beginning, he truly didn’t know a debit from a credit, but through hard work and determination, he mastered his duties. At the time of his move to the Beckley office, the administrative office was a three-room apartment on S. Kanawha Street. Leo Sr., Mrs. Grogan and Smitty each had an office. As V&G; grew, they moved to a new modern facility in Mabscott. As V&G; grew, so did Smith’s responsibilities. At Leo’s direction and support, they had cutting edge business equipment and were among the first businesses to join the computer revolution. Smith’s judgment was always shared by one thought, “What would Leo do?” Mr. Smith was a man of great integrity, and was extremely proud of an introduction Leo made of him at a contractors convention, when he referred to Smith as the most honorable man he had ever met.

Smith retired in 1977 to care for his wife who had developed cancer. His wife, Mabel, had recurring cancer and succumbed to the disease in 1992.

Survivors include his devoted wife, Betty Zane Lilly Smith, who has been by his side during his illness; his first son, John of Sedona, Ariz.; and his second son, Bill Joe, who died in 1988. He is survived by two siblings, Mabel Mason, 99 years old, who lives in N.C. with a daughter and Eldon “Buddy” Smith of Beckley; and three stepchildren, John N. Lilly of Georgia, Patricia Raines of Beckley, and Jody Kay Skeen of N.C.

Smith’s true love was his church. He was an active member of the Carriage Drive Church of Christ, where he served as a Deacon and an Elder.

Funeral service will be conducted 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 6, 2009, in the Melton Mortuary Chapel, with the Rev. Bob Pulliam officiating. Burial will follow in the Sunset Memorial Park Cemetery, Beckley.

Friends may call 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be family members.

Condolences may be e-mailed to the family at

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary, Inc., Beckley, W.Va.

Talma Marie White

Talma Marie White, 75, of Charmco, passed away Monday, Feb. 2, 2009, at her home, following a short illness.

Arrangements by Smathers Funeral Chapel, Rainelle.

Barbara Jo Wriston

KINCAID — Barbara Jo Wriston, 64, of Kincaid, W.Va., died Monday, Feb. 2, 2009.

Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Chapel, Oak Hill, W.Va.