The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

March 4, 2009

Obituaries — Thursday, March 5, 2009


Earl Wilburn Birchfield



MARLINTON — Earl Wilburn Birchfield, 88, of Marlinton, formerly of Old Slab, Slab Fork, W.Va., died Tuesday, March 3, 2009, at Greenbrier Medical Center, Lewisburg, following a short illness.

Service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, March 7, 2009, at Tankersley Funeral Home Chapel, Mullens. Friends may call 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Arrangements by Tankersley Funeral Home, Mullens.

Dorothy Elizabeth Smith Combs



RED STAR — Dorothy Elizabeth Smith Combs, 96, of Red Star, died on Tuesday, March 3, 2009, at Raleigh General Hospital in Beckley.

Born June 6, 1912, at Sewell, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late George and Myrtle (Smith) Smith.

Mrs. Combs was a member of the Harvey United Methodist Church, where she was membership secretary for over 50 years and member and past president of the United Methodist Women. She was also a member of the Mount Hope Federated League.

Her husband, Thomas Wiley Combs, and a son, Thomas Andrew Combs, preceded her in death.

Survivors include two daughters, Elizabeth Jane Vance and husband, Archie, of Red Star and Mary Katherine Kincaid and husband, Gerald, of Red Star and three sons, Albert Russell Combs and wife, Francine, of Oak Hill, Arthur Lee Combs and wife, Louise, of Corbin, Ky., and Fredrick Combs and wife, Lisa, of Versailles, Ky. Seventeen grandchildren, thirty-one great-grandchildren, 14 great-great-grandchildren and two great-great-great-grandchildren, as well as two special friends, Diane McKinney and Beverly Burnette, also survive her.

Service will be 1 p.m. Saturday, March 7, 2009, at the Harvey United Metho-dist Church in Harvey with the Rev. William Slates officiating. Burial will be at the Hilltop Cemetery, Hilltop, W.Va.

Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Harvey United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 225, Glen Jean, WV 25846.

Online condolences may be sent at www.tyreefuneralhome.com

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Flossie Dillon



On Sunday, March 1, 2009, Flossie Ethel Dillon of Clear Creek passed away at the Charleston Area Medical Center following a long illness. She was 61 years of age.

Born on July 27, 1947, at Clear Creek, “Sissy,” as she was affectionately known all her life, was one of nine children born to the late Easton and Zettie Lilly Maynor. Her sister, Joyce Jarrell; a brother, Jimmy Maynor; and a nephew, Keith Jarrell, all preceded her in death.

Flossie is the beloved wife of Dennis Dillon; dear sister of Anna Lou Wriston and her husband, Lowell, of Scarboro, Billy Burgess of Tennessee, Dorothy Price and her husband, Harold, of Hinton, Vickie Bailey and her husband, Curtis, of Streetsboro, Ohio, Ronald Maynor and his wife, Audrey, of Clear Creek, and Paul Maynor and his wife, Goldie, of Sandlick; numerous nieces and nephews; a special aunt and uncle, Flossie Williams of Clear Creek and Everette Lilly and his wife, Joan, of Clear Creek.

Funeral service will be 1 p.m. Friday at the Melton Mortuary Chapel with the Revs. Sandra and Loretta Taylor officiating. Burial will follow in the Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens at Prosperity.

Friends may call noon until the hour of the service Friday at the mortuary.

Family members will serve as pallbearers.

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

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary, Inc, Beckley.

Andrew J. Durgan Sr.



Rev. Andrew J. Durgan Sr. was born on Aug. 26, 1922, in Wyco, W.Va., to the union of the late Rosa and Augustus Durgan Sr. He went home to be with the Lord on Feb. 27, 2009, after an extended illness.

Rev. Durgan and his family migrated to Lillybrook, W.Va., in the early 40’s. Before the construction of the first church there, both morning and evening church services were held in their home. Rev. J.W. Carter, dad’s initial mentor, delivered powerful messages that inspired him for the rest of his life. After a brief stint as a coal miner, Rev. Durgan enlisted in the Army and was a veteran of World War II. He observed many casualties while there and this was the catalyst for his future vocation — a funeral director. He trained and excelled in his apprenticeship under the late C.D. Trent.

After relocating to Beckley, Rev. became a member of The New Hope Baptist Church under the stewardship of Rev. Henry Dubois. He fondly reiterated many heart touching sermons and messages that Rev. Dubois preached. While at New Hope Baptist Church, Rev. Durgan was a member of the senior choir and his signature song was “Precious Lord, Take My Hand.” He began his public ministry in 1973, at The Primitive Baptist Church in East Park under the leadership of Elder Wallace. The title of his first sermon was “On the Road to Damacus.” At the invitation of the late Deacon Will Smith, Rev. began speaking at Liberty Baptist Church. He later served as pastor of Liberty Baptist Church in Charleston, W.Va., for 14 years and at The Union Missionary Baptist Church at Whipple for seven years.

Rev. Durgan began a radio spiritual ministry in the mid-40’s and for the next 62 yeas hosted “The Sweet Hour of Prayer Program.” Mrs. Helen Dobson, Brother Jimmy Carey and many other soldiers sang inspirational song, visited the sick and shut-ins and prayed for and held up the blood-stained banner for many years.

He was a member of the American Legion No. 70, and a former member of the Masonic Lodge No. 27. He attended extension courses at Bluefield State College and attended Hill Top Seminar School for one year. He is a recipient of an Honorary Doctor of Divinity Degree conferred for distinguished community service, from Faith College in Birmingham, Ala. He is a former Post Commander of the VFW and a two-term officer of the Raleigh Country Executive Committee. Rev. Durgan also traveled to Korea in 1985 for religious study. He is listed in the 1985 edition of Who’s Who Among American Ministers.

Rev. Durgan was forever “careful” and “mindful” to give God “all the praise and glory for every event in his life that God sanctioned and blessed.”

He was preceded in death by his beautiful wife of 60 years, Theresa Hannah Durgan; his eldest daughter, Andrea Mae Durgan Larkin; two brothers, Rev. Lynn “Jimmy” King and Rev. Augustus Durgan; three sisters, Sarah Slade, Rosetta Kincaid and Dorothy Goins; lovely aunt, Pearlie Greene; and great-grandson, Lamar Robinson.

Family members that cherish precious memories include six sons, Andrew Jr. of Smithers, Victor (Janice) of Beckley, Carl of Beckley, Michael (Lee) of Charleston, Ken of Beckley, Walter (Chris) Johnson of Hoboken, N.J.; three daughters, Berthelia Durgan McCormick of Charleston, W.Va., Lillian Wokpara Coleman of St. Albans and Marsha (Rev. Michael) Brookins of Maryland; 40 grandchildren; 45 great-grandchildren; one sister-in-law, Mrs. Ethel Hannah of Cleveland, Ohio; special cousins, Tina Greene of Chicago, Ill., and Hazel Wilson of Beckley, Rev. and Mrs. Walter Leach of Beckley, Safronia Spradley of Beckley; sons-in-law, Johnny Larkin Sr. of Chicago, Ill., Rev. Chituru Wokpara of Georgia and Donald Coleman of St. Albans; special friends, Mrs. Louise Brown of Scarbro and Margaret Pugh of Mullens; many nieces, nephews and friends.

Service will be 1 p.m. Saturday at The Heart of God Ministries, 1701 South Kanawha St., Beckley, with the Rev. Walter Leach, Bishop Fred Simms, the Rev. Ronald Dyer, the Rev. Marion Hannah, the Rev. Rudolph Poindexter and the Rev. Andrew Slade officiating. Open viewing will be 1 to 9 p.m. Friday at the St. Paul Baptist Church, 129 Rice Street, Beckley. The family will greet friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Burial will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Beckley. The VFW Post No. 70 will conduct military rites at the cemetery.

Final arrangements entrusted to Durgan Funeral Services, 1501 South Kanawha, Beckley.

Johnny Allen Hensley



Johnny Allen Hensley, 44, of Fairdale, went to be with his Lord after a sudden accident.

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

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary, Inc, Beckley.

Betty Bragg Jarrell



Betty Bragg Jarrell, age 82, of Rock Creek and Green Sulphur Springs, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, March 3, 2009.

She was born on Aug. 23, 1926, at Beckley, a daughter of the late James Frank and Alleva Ford Bragg.

Betty loved gardening, canning and shopping. She was a member of the Lick Creek Baptist Church in Green Sulphur Springs, and attended the Rebecca Chapel at Rock Creek. She was a teacher with the Board of Education with over 40 years of service after graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Concord College.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Lantie Jarrell, and an infant daughter, Dorine Faye Jarrell.

She was the loving mother of five children that includes a daughter, Paula Ann and Ray Morris of Rock Creek; and four sons, Jeff Jarrell of Rock Creek, Bobby D. Jarrell of Beckley, Bill L. Jarrell of Rock Creek, and James Randall “Randy” and Laura “Kay” Jarrell of Glen Daniel; a sister, JoAnn and Elzy Carter of Cool Ridge; seven grandchildren, Steven “Bruce” Jarrell, Adam “Brent” Jarrell, Christina Dawn Jarrell, Angie Denise Jarrell, Kimberly Lester, Erica Claypool and Steven Morris; nine great-grandchildren; a brother-in-law, Azel Dean Jarrell of Lewisburg; three nephews; two special friends, Idena Bartrum and Emma Thompson; and special pets, Pug, Susie, Groucho, Posum and Cane.

Service will be 1 p.m. Saturday at the Rebecca Chapel at Rock Creek with Pastor Bob Meadows officiating. Burial will follow in Miller Cemetery, Rock Creek.

First visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 5, at the Lick Creek Baptist Church at Green Sulphur Springs, with a memorial service beginning at 7 p.m.Second viewing will be 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, March 6, at the Rebecca Chapel at Rock Creek.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Lick Creek Baptist Church or to Rebecca Chapel.

Arrangements by Armstrong Funeral Home, Whitesville.

Patty Sue Lehan



Lehan, Patty Sue, 77, of Clearwater, Fla., formerly of Beckley, died Feb. 27, 2009.

A memorial service will be 2 p.m. Saturday, March 7, 2009, at Moss Feaster Funeral Home, 693 S. Belcher Road, Clearwater, Fla.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Grandview Park, New River Gorge National River of West Virginia.

Ethel Jane Nutter Mayes



PAGE — Ethel Jane Nutter Mayes, 98, of Page, W.Va., died on Wednesday, March 4, 2009, at Bowers Hospice House in Beckley.

Born May 04, 1910, at Rhoda, Kanawha County, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Levi and Sarah Wilson Nutter.

Mrs. Mayes was a member of the Kincaid First Church of God, Order of Eastern Star No. 38, Montgomery and the Order of the White Shrine of Jerusalem, Charleston. She was a homemaker.

Her husband, Clarence Edward Mayes; son, Clarence E. Mayes Jr.; two daughters, Elizabeth Jane Mayes and Shirley Weaver; and one sister, Frances Burruss, preceded her in death.

Survivors include one son, Levi Mayes and wife, Sue, of North Judson, Ind.; two daughters, Colleen E. Hyslop and husband, James, of Odenton, Md., and Patricia G. Romm and husband, Douglas, of Tucson, Ariz.; sister, Bernice “Pet” Spearen and husband, Carl, of Fayetteville; twelve grandchildren, sixteen great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren.

Service will be 1 p.m. Friday, March 6, 2009, at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill with the Rev. Gerald Grant officiating. Burial will be at Montgomery Memorial Park, London, W.Va.

Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 5, at Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill. An Eastern Star service will be held by the Kanawha Chapter No. 38 at 7 p.m.

Family members will serve as pallbearers.

In lieu of flowers, donations of sympathy may be made to the Bowers Hospice House, 454 Cranberry Drive, Beckley WV 25801.

Online condolences may be sent at www.tyreefuneralhome.com

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Jackie Lee Miller



CLEVELAND, Ohio — Jackie Lee Miller, 80, of Cleveland, formerly of Lynco, passed away at his home after a long illness.

He was born July 14, 1928, at Mallo-ry, W.Va., a son of the late Arthur B. and Essie G. Elkins Miller Sr.

He was also preceded in death by a son, Gary Marshall, in 1988; three brothers, Glenn Gene, Jerry Lee and Arthur Miller Jr.; two sisters, Betty Lou (Helmuth) and Shirley Ann (Christian); and his father-in-law, Marshall Hayes Perry.

Jackie was the beloved husband of Betty Jo Perry Miller for 60 years; devoted father of Kathy (Charlie) Smith, Jackie Ray (Barbara), Patricia, Bobby J. (Peggy), Sheila Bonds, Ina (Bobby) Katzenbach, Danny Lee and the late Gary Marshall; loving grandfather of 26 and great-grandfather of 41; dear brother of Harold (Connie), Larry (Kathy), David (Cathy), Linda (Harry), and the late Glenn Gene, Jerry Lee, Arthur Jr., Betty Lou (Helmuth) and Shirley Ann (Christian); son-in-law of Rosie Perry; along with a host of other loving family and friends.

Service were held in Cleveland on Wednesday, March 4, 2009, at W. 58th Street Church of God.

Funeral service will be 1 p.m. Friday, March 6, 2009, at the Toler Baptist Church, Campus, W.Va. Friends may gather 11 a.m. until service time at the church. Jackie will be laid to rest in Palm Memorial Gardens, Matheny.

A very special thank you to Palliative Care Partners of Ohio and especially to Patrick McCabe, RN, for his genuine compassion.

Sympathy letters may be sent at www.martensfuneralhome.com or www.staffordfamilyfuneralhome.com

The family is being served by Walter Martens & Sons Funeral Home, Cleveland, Ohio, and by the Stafford Family Funeral Home, Lynco, W.Va.

Jimmie Lee Naylor



CORINNE — Jimmie Lee Naylor, 65, of Corinne, died Tuesday, March 3, 2009, in a Beckley hospital following a long illness.

Service will be 7 p.m. Friday, March 6, 2009, at Herndon Freewill Baptist Church, Herndon, with the Rev. William O. Tolliver officiating. Friends may call 5 p.m. until time of service at the church.

Arrangements by Tan-kersley Funeral Home, Mullens.

James Mark Pack



JUMPING BRANCH — James Mark Pack, 55, of Jumping Branch, went home to be with the Lord Tuesday, March 3, 2009, at the Charleston Area Medical Center Memorial Division following complications of a massive heart attack.

Condolences may be sent to the family at info@ronaldmeadowsfp.com

Arrangements are incomplete and the family has entrusted them to the Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors in Hinton.