The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

February 12, 2009

Obituaries — Friday, Feb. 13, 2009


Harry Barker



COVINGTON, Va. — Harry Dale Barker, 66, of Covington, died Wednesday, February 11, 2009, at his residence. He was formerly of Lookout, W.Va.

Mr. Barker was born April 19, 1942, in Lansing, West Virginia, a son of the late Herbert and Molly Thompkins Barker.

He was member of the 1961 graduating class of Ansted High School at Ansted, W.Va. Mr. Barker had retired as a route salesman from the Flowers Bread Company after 25 years of employment.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by one sister, Janice Wilson, and three brothers, Hugh Thomas Barker, Herbert Franklin Barker and Hubert Paul Barker.

Surviving are his daughter and son-in-law, Penny and Arnold Persinger of Covington, Va.; his son and daughter-in-law, Dale and Tina Barker of Bedford; four grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; three sisters, Mildred Pearl Day of Berkley Springs, W.Va., Doris Gilkerson and her husband, Don, of Burgoo, W.Va., and Norma Shuff and her husband, Robert, of Lansing, W.Va.; and several nieces and nephews.

In keeping with Mr. Barker’s wishes, his body had been cremated.

A private scattering service will be held by the family at a later date.

The online guest book is available at arrittfuneralhome.com.

Arritt Funeral Home, Covington, Va., is in charge of arrangements.



Barbara Jean (Doss) Bolden



WHARNCLIFFE — Barbara Jean (Doss) Bolden, 62, died Thursday, Feb. 12, 2009.

Service will be 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 14, at the Mounts Funeral Home Chapel, Gilbert. Burial will follow in the Colangelo Cemetery, Wharncliffe. Friends may call 6 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Arrangements by Mounts Funeral Home, Gilbert.



David K. Brewer



GILBERT — David K. Brewer died Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2009.

Service will be 1 p.m. today at Mounts Funeral Home Chapel, Gilbert. Friends may call 11 a.m. until time of the service today at the funeral home.

Online at www.mountsfuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by Mounts Funeral Home, Gilbert.



Mona T. Bridges



SMOOT — Mona T. Bridges, 76, of Smoot, passed away Tuesday, February 10, 2009, at Greenbrier Valley Medical Center in Fairlea, following a short illness.

Born June 20, 1932, in Smoot, she was the daughter of the late Franklin E. and Celestine M. Murphy Holliday.

She was a dedicated mother, and grandmother and a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Rainelle where she was a member of the Altar Society.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, George Harlo Bridges, in 1984; a daughter, Regina Bridges; a son, Billy Bridges; a sister, Ca-therine Burdette; and four brothers, her twin, Joe Holliday, Kenneth Holliday, Clyde Holliday, and Richard Holliday.

Survivors include a daughter, Margaret Rose Wilson and husband, Tim, of Smoot; a son, Joseph Gerard Brid-ges and wife, Rebecca, of Smoot; a sister, Cecelia Gregory and husband, Frank, of Geneva, Ohio; and two grandchildren, Joshua Thomas Bridges and Mary Madelyn Bridges.

A funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, February 14, 2009, at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Rainelle with Father Arthur Bufogle officiating. Burial will follow at the End of the Trail Cemetery at Clintonville.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. today, Friday, Feb. 13, 2009, at the Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home in Rainelle, where a rosary will be held at 7 p.m., during the visitation.

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace, Inc., of Rainelle.



Carol Jean Curry



OAK HILL — Carol Jean Curry, 56, died Monday, Feb. 9, 2009.

Born Aug. 7, 1952, in Pittsburgh, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Jean and Peter Mazak.

Carol was an avid Pittsburgh Steelers fan and enjoyed camping.

She was employed as a parts salesman at Ramey’s Ford.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sisters, Janis Writt and Diane Fairman.

Those left to cherish her memory include her loving son, James M. Curry of Beckley, and brothers, Joseph Mazak of Greensburg, Pa., and Gary Mazak of Trafford, Pa., and their families.

Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. today, Friday, at the funeral home.

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

Arrangements by Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley.



Genevieve Rogers Jarrell Day



Genevieve Rogers Jarrell Day, formerly of Whitesville, now resides at Rock Creek, passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2009, at Raleigh General Hospital in Beckley.

Born Dec. 29, 1930, at Eunice, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Charles and Vera Allen Rogers.

She was a member of Keith Full Gospel Church, Keith.

Those preceding her in death include her first husband, Jennings Jarrrell; her second husband, Holmes Day; a daughter, Judith Rae Jarrell; four sisters, Oretha Trump, Ellen Snyder, Josephine Calfee and Eleanor Hines; two brothers, Charles Rogers and Oscar Rogers; and son-in-law, Bobby Brown.

She is survived by her children: Patricia (Richard) Webb of Fairdale, Janice Brown of Naoma, Becky (Johnny) Dickens of Arnett, Peggy Cantley of Beckley, Dena (Tommy) Dickens of Thomasville, N.C., William (Bill) Jarrell II of Dry Creek and Kenneth (Karen) Jarrell of Richmond, Va.; sisters and brother: Joyce (Roy) Greeno of Parma, Ohio, Orpha “Tiny” Ward of Jacksonville, Argie “Bunny” Whitt of Beckley, and Robert (Jean) Rogers of Tucson, Ariz.; 15 grandchildren: Kimberly Snow, Christa Webb, Randa Basham, Cynthia Richardson, Roger Cantley II, Bobby Brown II, Misty Johnson, Mindy Johnson, Michael Hubbard, Kenneth Jarrell Jr., Phillip Jarrell, Patrick Jarrell, Byran Dickens, Bobby Dickens and Johnny Dickens; 18 great-grandchildren: Keith Alan Snow Jr., Alexandrea Dickens, Frank-lin Dickens-Webb, James Dickens, Andrea Dickens, Brayce Dickens, Patrick Jarrell Jr., Ashley Jarrell, Katharine Jarrell, Vincent Jarrell, Makayla Basham, Brooklyn Basham, Brittany Shelton, Gunner Richardson, Shelly Richardson, Trenton Johnson, Bryan Hancock, Lillian Hancock; one stepgreat-grandchild, Nathaniel; and several nieces and nephews.

Service will be 12 noon Saturday at Armstrong Funeral Home, Whitesville, with the Pastor June Ferrell officiating. Singers will be the Ferrell Family.

Burial will follow in the Jarrell Cemetery at Dry Creek.

Friends may call one and a half hours before the service on Saturday at the funeral home.

Arrangements by Armstrong Funeral Home, Whitesville.



Carrie E. Dunford



Carrie Ellen Dunford, 84, of Corinne Bottom, died Thursday, Feb. 12, 2009, in a Beckley hospital following a short illness.

Services will be 1 p.m. Sunday at Tankersley Funeral Home Chapel, Mullens. Friends may call one hour prior to services Sunday at the funeral home.

Arrangements by Tankersley Funeral Home, Mullens.



Frances Denean Cooper Guajardo



SAN ANTONIO, Texas — Frances Denean Cooper Guajardo, 36, formerly of Cool Ridge, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2009, in San Antonio, Texas.

Arrangements by Rose and Quesenberry, Shady Spring.



Flora N. ‘Renie’ Gustinski



Flora N. “Renie” Gustinski, age 100, of Lanark, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2009, in Beckley Appalachian Regional Hospital, following a short illness.

Born Oct. 17, 1908, at Grandview, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Austin and Myrtle Stover.

Flora was born the second child of six girls and three boys to her family. She was a homemaker and had lived at Lanark for 77 years.

Other than her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Claude Gustinski; sisters, Faye Langford, Fannie Castello, Pauline Ondo and Bubbles Akers; and three brothers, Bruce, Edward and Melvin Stover.

Survivors left to cherish her memory are her two sons, Claude Gustinski and his wife, Marie, of Sardis, Ohio, and William Michael Gustinski and his wife, Barbara, of Summersville, W.Va.; a sister, Annabelle Burruss of Stafford, Va.; a sister-in-law, Betty Stover of Daniels; nine grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

A memorial service is being planned for family and friends at a later date.

Online condolences may be sent to our guest book by visiting www.roseandquesenberry.net.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers a memorial donation may be made to W. Michael Gustinski, 408 Anne Drive, Summersville, WV 26651.

Arrangements by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, Beckley.



Whorten Jenkins



Whorten Jenkins of Soak Creek, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 11, following a short illness. He was 84 years of age.

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

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary Inc., Beckley.



Gwen Law



Ms. Gwen Law of Beckley died Thursday, Feb. 12, 2009, in St. Mary’s Hospital, Huntington, W.Va.

Arrangements entrusted to Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.



Dewey Marshall



SCARBRO — Dewey Marshall, 83, of Scarbro, passed away Wednesday, February 11, 2009, at Plateau Medical Center, Oak Hill, following an extended illness.

Born on March 18, 1925, in Fayette County, he was the son of the later Albert W. Marshall Sr. and Rosa Fields Marshall.

Mr. Marshall served in the U.S. Navy/Army and discharged at the rank of Corporal. He was a tractor-trailer driver for 35 years. In his spare time he enjoyed fishing and hunting.

Survivors include his sister, Wilma Jeffries of Newport News, Va.; two nieces, Sandra Lindley of McCor-mick, S.C., and Susan Cook of Maple Fork; two nephews, Narley Morris Jr. and Gary Morris, both of Fayetteville; and lifelong friend, James Parker of Glen Jean.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, February 15, 2009, at Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, Fayetteville. Burial will follow in Huse Memorial Park, Fayetteville.

The family will receive friends one hour before the funeral at the funeral home.

Online condolences and other information available at www.doddpaynehessfuneralhome.com.

Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, 350 W. Maple Ave., Fayetteville, will be assisting the family.



Martha Jane Mullins



Martha Jane Mullins was born in Epperly, W.Va., on March 15, 1948. Janie pass-ed away peacefully on February 10, 2009, after battling cancer for over ten years. She died at her home in Chaparral, New Mexico, at the age of 60. Janie was a devoted mother and wife, supporting her family and husband through many journeys across the country. Janie’s bravery, strength and positive outlook on life have been an inspiration to everyone who had the good fortune to know her.

Janie is survived by her husband, Esten Randall Mullins, and her three children. Her son, Esten Randall Mullins, JR and his wife Debra, two grandsons Matthew and Samuel, son Brian James Mullins and his wife Nanette Hinojos, and daughter Melita Beth Simley and her husband Michael David Simley.

Special thanks to sister Bonnie Ruth Hicks and brother-in-law Larry Robert Hicks and family for all the support through the last 5 months of Janie’s life.

A graveside memorial will be held 1 p.m. on Sunday, February 15, 2009, at the Foley-Mills Cemetery in Egeria, W.Va., with Pastor Don Kelly providing the eulogy.

In lieu of flowers, contributions to the Children’s Ward of the MD Anderson Cancer Center, P.O. Box 4486, Houston, Texas 77210-4486, would be appreciated.

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

Arrangements by Calfee Funeral Home, Beckley.



Montie Keith ‘Doc’ Price



Montie Keith “Doc” Price, 78, of Dry Creek, passed away Feb. 11, 2009.

Gatens-Harding Funeral Home, 147 Main St., Poca, is serving the Price family.



Frieda M. Rice



DELTONA, Fla. — Frieda M. Rice, age 86, formerly of Beckley, died Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2009, in Deltona, Fla.

Born on Nov. 16, 1922, at Catlettsburg, Ky., she was the daughter of the late Frank Nix Wells and Mary Frances Robinson Wells.

She was of the Baptist faith and had made her home on King Street in Beckley for many years.

Mrs. Rice was preceded in death by her husband, Char-les B. Rice; brothers, Frank Wells Jr. and Charles Wells; and sisters, Ruth Webb, Dorothy Fagg, Phyllis Green, Almeda Morris and Christine Butler; and an infant twin, brother and sister.

Survivors include sons: Charles B. Rice Jr. and wife, Patty, of Kernersville, N.C., John Rice and wife, Peggy, of Ann Arbor, Mich., Terry B. Rice and wife, Cheri, of Whitmore Lake, Mich., and Roger A. Rice and wife, Lori, of Winston-Salem, N.C.; a daughter, Judy Schuler and husband, John, of DeBary, Fla.; a brother, Harold Wells of Bidwell, Ohio; two sisters, Helen Huffman of Charleston and Mary Frances Strait of Ashland, Ky.; nine grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.

Services will be 1 p.m. Sunday at the Rose and Quesenberry Peace Chapel in Beckley with the Rev. Allan Copenhaver officiating. Burial will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Beckley.

Friends may call 11 a.m. until time of the service Sunday at the funeral home.

Family and friends 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.



Cynthia ‘Cyndi’ Dawn Aliff Richardson



OAK HILL — Cynthia “Cyndi” Dawn Aliff Richardson, 30, of Oak Hill, died on Tuesday, February 10, 2009, at her home.

Born October 10, 1978, at Beckley, she was the daughter of Deborah K. Martin Aliff of Oak Hill and the late Carl Franklin Aliff.

Ms. Richardson was a Tax Deputy for the Fayette County Tax Department. She was a 1996 graduate of Oak Hill High School.

Cyndi was a loving mother to her two daughters.

In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by her maternal grandmother, Katherine Martin.

She is survived by her mother, Deborah Aliff of Oak Hill; two daughters, Danielle Richardson and Bryana Richardson, and son, Ayden Richardson, all of Oak Hill. The father of her children, Clinton Richardson of Prudence; two half brothers, Jeff Aliff of Mossy and Frank Aliff of Illinois; and a host of uncles, aunts and cousins including a special cousin, Laura Martin of Oak Hill, also survive her.

Services will be 2 p.m. on Saturday, February 14, 2009, at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill with Rev. Paul Basham officiating. Entombment will be at High Lawn Memorial Park Mausoleum in Oak Hill.

Friends may call from 12:30 p.m. until time of the service on Saturday at the funeral home.

Fayette County Sheriff deputies will serve as pallbearers.

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

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.



Donna Jean Quesenberry Shell



TAYLORSVILLE, N.C. — Donna Jean Quesenberry Shell of Taylorsville departed this world to be with her Lord and Savior on Sunday, February 8, 2009. Donna fought a courageous battle with cancer and left this life surrounded by her loving family and closest friends.

Born on May 6, 1959, in Bluefield, W.Va., she was the daughter of Jim Quesenberry of Beckley and the late Myrtle V. Shumate Queensberry. She grew up in Amigo, W.Va., and was a graduate of Independence High School in 1977. Donna later moved to North Carolina where she worked as a phlebotomist for Spectrum Laboratories and Unifour Family Practice in Hickory, N.C. She was a member of Stony Point Tabernacle Church located in the fellowship hall.

Survivors include her husband, Steven “Matthew” Shell of the home; sons, Dwight Bowers Jr. of Greensboro, N.C., and Andy Bowers of Taylorsville; stepdaughters, Megan Shell and fiancé Harvey Owens Jr. of Florence, S.C., and Sara Shell of St. Joseph, Mo.; sister, Debbie Johnson and husband Vernon, of Germantown, N.C.; brothers, James “Pete” Quesenberry and wife Mary, of Shady Spring, John Quesenberry and wife, Lisa, of Daniels; nephews, Jeremy S. Johnson, James Queensberry, Chris Quesenberry, Tanner Queensberry; nieces, Kendra Quesenberry, Meg-an Queensberry; grandson, Aiden Owens; and her dear and closest friend Contessa.

The memorial service will be conducted at 5 p.m. on Sunday, February 15, 2009, at Adams Funeral Home Chapel in Taylorsville, N.C., and will be conducted by the Rev. Dr. Elwood Ammons.

The family will receive friends and family from 4 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Adams Funeral Home. Notes of sympathy may be e-mailed to the Shell and Quesenbury Family at www.adams funerals.com.

Memorials may be given to Palliative Care Center & Hospice of Catawba Valley, 3975 Robinson Road, Newton, NC 28658, or to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Adams Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.



Vivian Gray Wallace



DERRY HALE — Mrs. Vivian Gray Wallace, 81, of Derry Hale, W.Va., died Saturday, February 7, 2009, in Raleigh General Hospital.

Born April 22, 1927, in Sun, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Ramsey and Elizabeth Johnstown Gray.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Rufus B. Wallace Sr.; brothers, James and John; and sisters, Sammy, Susieanna, Cleaska, Ezella and Beatrice.

Left to cherish her memories are eight children, Rufus Jr. of West Virginia, Larry of Michigan, Valeria Glover of Michigan, Rudolph Wallace Sr. of Ohio, Margo Christian of Ohio, Vena Wallace of West Virginia, Michael Wallace of West Virginia and Richard of Michigan; 23 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; aunt, Frances Lacy of Columbus, Ohioo; sisters-in-law, Willie Mae Sanders of Derry Hale, W.Va., and Clementene Gray of Iowa; sons-in-law; daughters-in-law; cousins, nephews, nieces, other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Saturday, February 14, 2009, at the Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor Chapel, 748 S. Fayette St., Beckley, with Revs. Phillip E. Copney Sr. and Jerry Staples officiating. Burial will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Prosperity.

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

Arrangements entrusted to Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.



Colby S. Weaver Jr.



Colby Sawyers “Jack” Weaver Jr., age 86, of Daniels, formerly of Hinton, died Thursday, February 12, 2009, at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Beckley, following a long illness.

Born January 31, 1923, at Buck, W.Va., he was the son of the late Colby S. Weaver Sr. and Sadie Walthall Weaver.

Jack was blessed with a beautiful voice and began singing at a young age. He entertained at church services, revivals, funerals and weddings throughout West Virginia. Jack was a longtime member of the First Baptist Church of Hinton, where he also served as a Deacon.

He graduated from Hinton High School in June 1941. In the family tradition, he was employed by the Chesapeake & Ohio Railway Company and served as Secretary of the Brotherhood of Railway Trainmen. In 1943, he joined the U.S. Army and in 1944-45, he was in the Ninth Army Calvary Reconnaissance Squadron in Germany, Holland and Belgium. He served under General Patton in the “Battle of the Bulge” and battles of Central Europe and the Rhineland. He received wounds in World War II combat near Minden, Germany. As a result of these injuries that culminated in a lifetime disability, he was awarded two purple hearts.

From 1955 to 1959, he operated Jack’s Restaurant in Hinton, a popular place where his family and close friends congregated. Jack was the co-founder and a charter member of the Hinton Bobcat Booster Club.

His interest in politics began soon after he returned from World War II. He worked for the Summers County Republican Party as a precinct captain. He served as the first Executive Secretary of the West Virginia Republican State Committee in 1960. He was appointed the State Chairman of the West Virginia Republican Party in 1961-62. In 1964, he managed the gubernatorial campaign for Governor Cecil Underwood.

In 1963, Jack was the regional sales manager of Midwest Steel Company in Charleston, W.Va., and also St. Louis, Mo., in 1966. He held several positions with L.B. Foster Steel Company as Regional Sales Representative in St. Louis, Mo., and Houston, Texas, and retired due to a serious illness in 1968 as a Vice President in Chicago, Ill. In 2003, Jack was awarded the inaugural West Virginia Republican Party Eagle Award for outstanding, lifelong service.

He was preceded in death by his parents Colby and Sadie Weaver and sister, Irene Osborne.

Jack is survived by his beloved wife of 62 years, Frances “Peggy” Hedrick Weaver; three daughters, Susan Hastings and husband Michael of Daniels, W.Va., Dr. Sarah Colby Weaver of Auburn, Ala., and Cecelia Weaver of Orlando, Fla.; two granddaughters, Jacqueline Brown and husband Dave, and Michelle Hastings; and two great-grandchildren, David and Chase Brown.

A celebration service of Jack’s life will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, February 14, 2009, at Pivont Funeral Home Chapel in Hinton with Revs. Donald “Doc” Adkins, Adrian Pratt and Ronald Cobb. Burial will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery at Ballengee, W.Va.

Friends may gather from 12 noon until time of the services on Saturday.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

The family appreciates the dedicated, compassionate staff and Drs. Rohiniben Patel and Krishnarao Tummala of the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Beckley, W.Va.

Online condolences and guest register available at www.pivontfuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by Pivont Funeral Home, 100 Park Ave., Hinton, WV 25951.