The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

April 1, 2009

Obituaries — Thursday, April 2, 2009

Wilbur Howard Brown

Mr. Wilbur Howard Brown, 77, of 123 Antonio Ave., Beckley, died Wednesday, March 25, 2009, at Raleigh General Hospital.

Born Dec. 27, 1931, at Slab Fork, W.Va., he was the son of the late Frank and Elizabeth Brown.

Mr. Brown was retired from the United States Marine Corp and was an electrician.

He was also a member of Central Street Baptist Church.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by an uncle, Samuel Campbell; and two aunts, Cleophas Tweedie and Katherine Gowen.

Those left to cherish his memory include his uncle, Harry A. Campbell of Wilmington, DE; cousins, Mary S. Campbell, Richard (Anna) Campbell and William (Jacqueline) Tweedie, all of Detroit, Mich., Mary Bryant, Gloria Carroll and John Campbell, all of New York, Harry Campbell, Jr. and wife of Washington, Levetta (Luke) Horsey, French Campbell and wife, and Thurston Campbell, all of Wilmington, Delaware, Jeffrey (Eldine) Campbell of Birmingham, Ala., Alisha (Robert) Evan of Ill., and Monika Jones of Detroit, Mich.; and friend, Laura Moten of Beckley, W.Va.

Funeral service will be 1 p.m. Saturday, April 4, 2009, at Central Street Baptist Church, Brooks and G Streets, Beckley, with the Rev. Charles Gore officiating. Burial will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Prosperity.

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

Arrangements entrusted to Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.

Willie Mae ‘Board’ Carmichael

Mrs. Willie Mae “Board” Carmichael was born March 6, 1927, and was baptized at East Gulf Baptist Church, East Gulf, W.Va.

She was the first child of Lincoln and Willie Board.

She was a graduate of Byrd Prillerman High School as valedictorian, where she also served as flag girl for the marching band. She relocated to New York in 1952 and married King Edward Carmichael on July 5, 1952, in New York. She attended Queens Boro College in New York, where she received an Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education. Her career spanned over a number of years. She was a liscensed beautician, as well as a para professional in the NYC Board of Education.

Together, she and her husband had two children, Sheryl Diane C. (Brandon) Walker, a retired high school educator and administrator of Charlotte, N.C., and King Edward (Lorna) Carmichael, Jr., a software engineer and manager in Tinton Falls, N.J. She is also survived by her six grandchildren, Sheridon Brandace Walker, Brandon E. Walker, Jr., King E. Carmichael III, Elijah Caesar Walker, Imani Carmichael and Emanuel Carmichael; and a precious great-grandchild, Jayden Alexander Hall. Mae Carmichael is also survived by her two sisters, Arberdella Marion Howard of Coney Island and Juanita Board of Flatbush, N.Y.; and brothers, William J. Board of Columbus, Ohio, and Lincoln Sammy Joe Board, Jr. of Beckley, W.Va.

She was blessed.

Notables are two sisters-in-law, Corleen Carswell and Charlye Board; and three brothers-in-law, Benjamin Carmichael, LeRoy Carmichael and Emanual Ferguson. Her special cousins are Dorothy Nickerson, Rose Marie Hammer, Paula and Adrianne Hopkins, and Caesar, Michael and Bernard Bradley, as well as a vast number of friends.

Mae enjoyed life and did many things. After retiring, she also went to DJ school and took up horseback riding. She was especially partial to crafts, such as her needlepoint, quilting and ceramics. She was a faithful ELKs member and was a devoted Bridge player at the St. Albans Bridge Club. She was also a member of Dunton Presbyterian for a number of years.

She lived her life fully and gave of herself freely. When she passed over, she was surrounded by a great number of people who loved her dearly.

Funeral service will be 7 p.m. Friday at Dunton Presbyterian Church, 109-26 135th St., South Ozone Park, N.Y., with the Rev. Brown officiating.

Friends may call 4 p.m. until time of the service.

Arrangements by J. Foster Phillip Funeral Home, 179-24 Linden Blvd., Jamaica, NY 11434 718-526-5656.

Service will also be held 1 p.m. Monday at Samaria Baptist Church, Springfield, S.C., with the Rev. Simms officiating. Burial will follow at Samaria Baptist Church Cemetery.

Submitted by Durgan Funeral Home, Beckley.

Helen G. Hamblin

Helen G. Hamblin, age 75, of Toledo, Ohio, passed away, Tuesday, March 31, 2009, in Hospice of Northwest Ohio in the Toledo Inpatient Unit.

She was born March 10, 1934, in Rockview, W.Va., to Oley and Irene Stewart.

Helen was a food supervisor for the former Golden Haven Nursing Home for 25 years. She then went to work at McDonald’s Restaurant at Talmadge and Monroe for nine years, retiring in 1999.

She was an avid hockey fan of the Toledo Golddiggers and the Toledo Storm. The Canadian players considered her their American mother. She would always furnish a meal for them either at her home or for their bus trips.

She is preceded in death by her father, Oley; brothers, Jimmy and Glen Stewart; and husbands, Gordon Mounts and Bob Hamblin.

Helen is survived by her mother, Irene Stewart; long time partner, Jack Ries; daughters, Sherry (Al) Papier and Kim (Harold) Sparks; grandchildren, Matthew Mounts, Jamie Papier, Alison (Kyle) Korte and Amy Mounts; great-grandchildren, Kane Mounts, Cole Bearinger, Alexis Papier and Grace Korte; brothers, Charles, Jerry, Lacy and Buren Stewart; sisters, Rita Young and Doris Hall; and many nieces and nephews.

Friends may visit the family at Walker Funeral Home, 5155 W. Sylvania Ave. (west of Corey Road), 6 to 9 p.m. today and 2 to 9 p.m. Friday with funeral service at the funeral home 11 a.m. Saturday. Interment at Amboy Township Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be given to Hospice of Northwest Ohio.

Condolences may be sent to the family at

Walker Funeral Home, Toledo, Ohio is in charge of the arrangements.

June C. Hodges

RED SULPHUR SPRINGS — June C. Hodges, age 93, went home to be with her Lord and Savior, Wed-nesday, April 1, 2009, at Princeton Community Hospital.

Born June 4, 1915, at Muddy Creek Mountain, Greenbrier County, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Jacob and Emma Clingman Crone.

She loved her family, her church and her church family.

Mrs. Hodges was a charter member of the Calvary Baptist Church, Red Sulphur Springs, W.Va., where she had served as Christmas Program co-director for 49 years, treasurer, deaconess, youth leader, Sunday School teacher and vice president of the Ladies Mission Society. She was also a Red Cross volunteer and blood donor.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Jim Hodges, in 1962; four brothers, Roy, Milton, Okey and Paul Crone; two sisters, Kathleen McLean and Gertrude Jones; and two grandchildren, Jordan Canterbury and Brent Pack.

Survivors include five sons, James Hodges and wife, Dorothy, of Kenna, W.Va., Bill Hodges and wife, Sandra, of Ballard, W.Va., Bob Hodges and wife, Charlene, of Ballard, W.Va., Benny Hodges and wife, Barbara, of Greenville, W.Va., and Randy Hodges and wife, Karen, of Ballard, W.Va.; three daughters, Mavis Plumley and husband, Allen, of Ballard, W.Va., Bonnie Crawford and husband, Quinton, of Lindside, W.Va., and Donna Boothe and husband, Johnny, of Ballard, W.Va.; 17 grandchildren, Dianna Jones and husband, Tracey, Jimmy Hodges and wife, Christy, Michael Hodges and wife, Jennifer, Shawn Hodges, Brandon Hodges and wife, Stephanie, Heather Mann and husband, Rodney, Tina Bright and husband, Joel, Rachel Vollmer and husband, Dan, Melissa Hodges, Kevin Crawford, Tanya Kibbey and husband, Anthony, Crystal Wilson and husband, Paul, Jamie Pack and wife, Tabitha, Kara Neely and husband, Jesse, Justin Hodges, Kyle Hodges and Shea Boothe; 11 great-grandchildren, Shane Canterbury, Michael Ray Crawford, Mikhail Mann, Kelsey Harvell, Josiah Hodges, Jude Vollmer, Hunter Crawford, Colton Wilson, Autumn Bright, Milo Hodges and Lena Mann; three sisters, Bessie Lotts and Barbara Shifflet of Middlebrook, Va., and Elsie Jones of Mount Airy, Md.; and her best friend, Ruth “Tootsie” Campbell of Ballard, W.Va.

Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Friday, April 3, 2009, at Calvary Baptist Chu-rch, Red Sulphur Springs, with Pastor Derrick Leslie and Brother Eddie Howdock officia-ting. Burial will follow in the Calvary Baptist Church Cemetery.

Friends may call 6 to 8 p.m. today at the Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home, Peterstown, W.Va.

Online guest book can be signed or condolences sent to the Hodges family at www. broyles-shrewsbury. com.

Arrangements by Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home, Peterstown, W.Va.

Rebecca Jane Hylton

Rebecca Jane Hylton, 49, of Glover, passed away Monday, March 30, 2009, at Welch Community Hospital.

Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Friday, April 3, 2009, in the chapel of Calfee Funeral Service, Pineville.

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

Online guest book may be signed at or email condolences to the family at

Calfee Funeral Service of Pineville is serving the family.

Louise ‘Inez’ Kirkwood

Louise “Inez” Kirkwood, 95, of Alaska, formerly of Ansted, passed away March 24, 2009, following a long illness.

Arrangements are incomplete.

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

Benjamin Gregory McGraw

Benjamin Gregory McGraw, 19, of Beckley, died Wednesday, April 1, 2009, following an automobile accident.

Condolences may be e-mailed to the family at

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary, Beckley.

Cemantha Patsy Basham Nutter

Cemantha Patsy Basham Nutter, 76, passed away March 31, 2009.

She was born July 23, 1932, originally of Beckley, W.Va., but found her home in New Haven, W.Va., where she spent her life with friends and family.

She was the owner of Pat’s Diner in New Haven for 15 years.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Bruce Nutter; her father, Thurmond Meadows; her mother, Cemantha Parker Meadows; eight brothers and and seven sisters.

She is survived by her children, Vickie Atterson of Beckley and Melvin Basham of New Haven; grandchildren, Anthony Ayers of Grandview, W.Va., Jamie Basham of Beaver, W.Va., and Amy Richardson of Georgia; nephews, Clayton Plumley and his wife, Gina, of Oklahoma and Chuckie Meadows and his wife, Dolly, of Shady Springs, W.Va.; nieces, Lena Bennett and her husband, Buddy, of North Carolina, Libby Whitter and her husband, Carol, of North Carolina, Drema Berry and her husband, Lacy, of Beaver, W.Va., Debbie Myles of Crow, W.Va., and Laraline Harrah and her husband, Connie, of Meadow Bridge, W.Va.; and special friends, Walter and Mary Roush and Lundy Brown. A very special thanks to her caregivers, Erma Nelson, Angie Powell and Dr. Tayengco, and all the people who helped her through it all, including hospice of Beckley.

Pallbearers will be Timothy Stone, Buy Gorrell, Ralph Ellison, Chuckie Meadows and Lacy Berry.

Funeral service will be 6 p.m. today, April 2, 2009, at Anderson Funeral Home in New Haven.

Friends may call 4 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Special service will be 12 p.m. Friday, at the Blue Ridge Cemetery Chapel, with visitation one hour prior to service.

A registry is available online at

Anderson Funeral Home, New Haven is in charge of the arrangements.

Eugene M. ‘Gene’ O’Neal

Eugene M. “Gene” O’Neal, age 85, of Beckley, W.Va., died Tuesday, March 31, 2009, at the Bowers Hospice House in Beckley, following a short illness.

Born Sept. 28, 1923, at Kilarney, W.Va., he was the son of the late James Roy O’Neal and Icie Pearl Daniels O’Neal. Other than his parents, he was preceded in death by an infant sister.

Mr. O’Neal was a retired employee of Appalachian Power Company in Beckley, where he served for 38 1⁄2 years without ever missing a day’s work. He last served the company as a right-of-way supervisor. Mr. O’Neal was a member of the United Methodist Temple and was a U.S. Marine Corp. veteran of World War II. Mr. O’Neal was a former member of the Elks Lodge and the Twin Oaks Country Club.

Survivors include his wife, Dora Alice Moore O’Neal; a son, Randy O’Neal and wife, Sue, of Beckley, W.Va.; two brothers, James Donald O’Neal of Beckley and Denvil Lee “Dick” O’Neal of Abingdon, Va.; three grandchildren, Dr. Christopher O’Neal and wife, Ashley, Kevin O’Neal, and Mike Guilliams and wife, Rebecca; and a great-grandchild, Benjamin Michael Guilliams.

A memorial service celebrating the life of Mr. O’Neal will be 2 p.m. Saturday at the Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home Shady Spring Chapel, with the Rev. Frank James officiating.

Family and friends may gather together to reminiscence his life from 1:30 p.m. until time of service.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Bowers Hospice House, 454 Cranberry Drive, Beckley, WV in memory of Mr. O’Neal.

Online condolences may be sent to our guest book at

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

Rommie Osborne

CYCLONE — Rommie Osborne, 65, of Cyclone, departed this life Wednesday, April 1, 2009.

Arrangments are incomplete.

Services entrusted to Adam Toler Memorial Funeral Home, Oceana, W.Va.

William ‘Bill’ Pierce

On Tuesday, March 31, 2009, our beloved William Pierce passed away at his home in MacArthur. He had been in declining health the past year. He was in his 80th year.

Born Sept. 30, 1928, in Midway, Tenn., “Bill,” as he was affectionately known all his life, was the third of four children born to the late Walter and Cora Cobble Pierce. Brothers, James and Charles, also preceded him in death.

William grew up in Midway, Tenn., where he graduated from high school. He entered the U.S. Army and served in Japan. A resident of Cleveland, Ohio, for over 50 years, he and his family lived in the Olmsted Township. He retired from Conrail Railroad as an engineer with 20 years of service.

When his family recalls Bill Pierce, they recall his love of country music. An accomplished musician, he played in gigs all over the country. It was during one of these weekends that he met the love of his life, Dianne Cook, formerly of Arnett. They have celebrated 46 years of marriage. On Nov. 4, 1977, Bill and Dianne faced the greatest challenge of their lives with the tragic loss of their son, James Kenneth. In 1994, they settled in MacArthur.

In addition to Dianne, Bill is survived by his loving daughter, Tricia Pierce and his son-in-law, Charlie Harper, of Beckley; and a brother, Robert Pierce and his wife, Lou, of Cleveland, Ohio. He is survived by a large extended family, the Cooks and the Wills, among them a special brother-in-law, Bob Wills.

Funeral service will be 1 p.m. Friday at the Melton Mortuary Chapel, with the Rev. Fonnice Murdock officiating.

The family will receive friends 11 a.m. until the hour of the service.

Committal service will be 2 p.m. Monday at the Lakewood Park Cemetery in Rocky River, Ohio, near Cleveland, Ohio.

Condolences may be e-mailed to the family at

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

William David Pittman

William David Pittman, 51, of Oak Hill, passed away at his home Wednesday, April 1, 2009.

Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.

James Edward Pratt Sr.

James Edward Pratt, Sr., age 34, of Piney View, W.Va., died Tuesday, March 31, 2009, at the Raleigh General Hospital in Beckley, following a long illness.

Friends may call at the Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home in Beckley noon until 1 p.m. today.

There will be no funeral service.

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

Florence ‘Nute’ Ratliff

RAINELLE — Florence “Nute” Ratliff, 82, of Rainelle, W.Va., passed away Tuesday afternoon, March 31, 2009, at Heartland of Rainelle, following a short illness.

Born Dec. 25, 1926, at McKendree, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late John and Anna Adkins Comuzzi.

Other than her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Willie Wesley Ratliff, Sr.; two daughters, Donna Kay Lynch and Velina May Ratliff; and three sisters, Olive “Mitzi” Parsons, Garnet “Cricket” Porterfield and Irene Bradley.

Mrs. Ratliff attended Sturgeon Branch Baptist Church when she was able and was a homemaker.

Survivors include a daughter, Angela Amick and husband, Rodney, of Rupert, W.Va.; three sons, Willie W. Ratliff, Jr. and wife, Linda, of Vinton, Va., Billy Joe Ratliff and wife, Brandy, of Rupert, W.Va., and Donald L. Ratliff and wife, Betty, of Rupert, W.Va.; nine grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.

Service will be 2 p.m. Saturday, April 4, 2009, at Wallace and Wallace Chapel in Rainelle, with the Rev. William Cruse officiating. Burial will follow at Wallace Memorial Cemetery, Clintonville, W.Va.

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

Arrangements entrusted to Wallace and Wallace of Rainelle.

David Tilley

SABINE — David Tilley, 59, of Sabine, departed this life Sunday, March 29, 2009, at Raleigh General Hospital, following a long illness.

Born Jan. 20, 1950, in Sabine, he was the son of the late Joy Phillips Tilley and Curtis Tilley.

David was a coal miner. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, walking in the mountains and was a NASCAR fan.

In addition to his mother, he was preceded in death by a son, David Michael Tilley; and four brothers, Stevie, Jerry, Kenneth and Richard Tilley.

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife, Norma Tilley of Sabine; a son, Kenny Shane Tilley of Sabine; three daughters, Marina Harmon and husband, Ray, of Bolt, Karen Tilley and husband, Jason, of McGraws, and Donna Powers and husband, Tommy, of McGraws; three brothers, Charles Tilley and wife, Sissy, of Glen Fork, Duke Tilley and wife, Joyce, of Sabine, and Gary Tilley and wife, Janet, of Sabine; two sisters, Tammy Francis and husband, Garrett, of Glen Fork and Rhonda Tilley of Sabine; nine grandchildren, Summer Tilley, Kaden Tilley, Tara Morgan, Joni Sizemore, J.R. Tilley, Shane Tilley, Casey Tilley, T.J. Powers and Amanda Church; five great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and host of friends.

A celebration of David’s life will be 1 p.m. today, April 2, 2009, at Adam Toler Memorial Chapel, with the Rev. Ernest Francis offficating. David will be laid to rest in Tilley Cemetery Twin Falls.

Casketbearers will be family and friends.

The family will receive friends 11 a.m. until time of the service today.

A video tribute and guest book are available at

Services entrusted to Adam Toler Memorial Funeral Home, Oceana, W.Va.

Pauletta Vada Walker

Pauletta Vada Walker, 66, of Oak Hill, W.Va., died March 31, 2009, at Plateau Medical Center, Oak Hill.

Born May 10, 1942, at Lewisburg, W.Va., she was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Gene Walker.

Mrs. Walker was a homemaker.

Survivors inlcude four daughters, Irene Smith and her husband, Ronald, of Oak Hill, Melba Walker of Oak Hill, Teresa McMillion and her husband, Mike, of Oak Hill, and Michelle Walker of Oak Hill; two sons, Henry Walker of Oak Hill and Winifred Walker and his wife, Cindy, of Oak Hill; and 10 grandchildren.

Funeral service will be 12 p.m. Friday, April 3, 2009, at High Lawn Funeral Home. Burial will follow in High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill.

Visitation will be one hour prior to the funeral service at the funeral home.

Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel.