The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

April 19, 2009

Obituaries - Monday, April 20, 2009


Martha Carol Mills Abshire

Martha Carol Mills Abshire, 60, of Jumping Branch, rose up to Heaven on the wings of angels at the Bowers Hospice House, Saturday, April 18, 2009, after a long and courageous battle with cancer.

She was born April 24, 1948, at White Oak, to Elizabeth and the late Lacy Mills. Martha married Thomas Noel Abshire, March 23, 1974. They made their home at Jumping Branch.

She was preceded in death by her father, Lacy F. Mills; a sister, Ruth Ann Haynes; a brother-in-law, Jim Trail, Sr.; and parents-in-law, D.B. (Bee) and Ida Abshire.

A Christian since childhood, she was a member of the Bluestone Baptist Church at Jumping Branch. She was an honor graduate of the Class of 1966 from Shady Spring High School. Martha worked several years for the C&P; Telephone Co. at Beckley, as well as the U.S. Post Office at Jumping Branch.

In addition to her mother, she is survived by her husband of 35 years, Thomas N. “Tommy” Abshire; two daughters, Lisa Suzanne Wood and husband, Jimmy, and Sarah Kristi Abshire, and a grandson, Jason Holden Abshire, all of Jumping Branch. She leaves behind a brother, Bob Mills and wife, Alice, of Grandview; four sisters, Mary Ellen Trail of Lebanon, Va., Inez Ewing and husband, Curtis, of Eagle Rock, Va., Nancy Howarth and husband, Jerry, of Charleston, S.C., and Susan Huffman and husband, Roger, of Shady Spring; and brothers-in-law, Thomas Haynes of Christiansburg, Va., and Dr. Kyle Abshire and wife, Margaret, of Orange Park, Fla. In addition, she leaves behind many nephews, nieces, and wonderful friends. Special and dear friends included Helema Jones of MacArthur and Venesia Clinebell of Jumping Branch. She will be sorely missed by her loyal and faithful companion, her dog, Bunny.

The family would like to give a special thank-you to Dr. Rajiv Khanna, Dr. Amarinder Chhabra and the wonderful staff at Raleigh Regional Cancer Center, Beckley Appalachian Regional Hospital, and the Bower Hospice House for their caring and compassionate care.

The funeral service will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 21, 2009, at the Bluestone Baptist Church at Jumping Branch, with Pastor Bill Fox officiating. Burial will follow the service at the Abshire Family Cemetery, Jumping Branch.

Friends will gather with the family at the Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors in Hinton from 6 to 8 p.m. today.

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

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

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

Arrangements are by the Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors of Hinton.

Betty Jo Hilton Bowling

Betty Jo Hilton Bowling, 79, of Nimitz, went home to be with her Lord, April 18, 2009, at the Bowers Hospice House, following a long illness.

Born December 31, 1929, in Cleveland, Ohio, she was the only daughter of the late Arthur Earl Hilton and Nellie Mae Pack Hilton White and stepfather, Patrick Henry White.

She was a member of the Nimitz Missionary Baptist Church where she assisted with Vacation Bible School for 50 years. She was a homemaker who also had worked at Bowling’s Corner Store and the G.C. Murphy Co.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two infant daughters, Sherrow Jane and Anna Marie Bowling.

Left to cherish precious memories are her devoted husband of 60 years, James Eugene Bowling; three sons, J.P. Bowling and his wife, Stephanie, of Jumping Branch, David Bowling and his wife, Debbie, of Nimitz, and John Bowling and his wife, Joy, of Jumping Branch; six grandchildren, Brian Bowling of Beckley, Craig Bowling and his wife, Stephanie, of Daniels, Crissy Bowling of Bluefield, Anthony Bowling and his wife, Crystal, of Jumping Branch, and Zachary and Zoey Bowling of Jumping Branch; and a great-grandchild, Caynan Bowling.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 21, 2009, at the Nimitz Missionary Baptist Church, with Pastors Darrell Hamm and Donald Hannah officiating. Burial will follow in the Lilly-Crews Cemetery at Nimitz.

Friends may call from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the church today.

Brian, Craig, Anthony, and Zachary Bowling, Charles Moten, Ashby Maddy, Gerald Warden, Steve Pack, and Haven Miller will serve as pallbearers. Charlie Moten, Richard Vaughn, Arlie Ellison, and Mark Ellison will serve as honorary pallbearers.

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

The family is being served by the Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors of Hinton.

Mamie Marie Bragg

ANNADALE, Va. — Mamie Marie Bragg, age 90, of Annadale, Va., formerly of Wikel, W.Va., passed away Wednesday, April 15, 2009, at the Inova Fairfax Hospital, Falls Church, Va.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 21, 2009, at the Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home, Peterstown, W.Va., with Barry Harper officiating. Burial will follow at the Mt. View Cemetery, Wikel, W.Va. Friends may call one hour prior to the services.

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

Arrangements by Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home, Peterstown.

Brody Kevin Dameron

Brody Kevin Dameron left this world to play with the angels in God’s playground just before he was born, April 18, 2009, at Raleigh General Hospital, Beckley, W.Va.

Brody is a son of Kevin Dameron and Angela “Angie” Hannah Dameron of Oceana, W.Va. Also left to mourn his passing are his two big brothers, Seth and Kaden Dameron of Oceana, W.Va.; maternal grandparents, Dwight and Teresa Hannah of Kopperston, W.Va.; paternal grandparents, Ray and Cathy Dameron of Cyclone, W.Va.; uncles and aunts, Keith and Christie Dameron of Cyclone, W.Va., Mark Dameron and Lori of Oceana, W.Va., Richard Hannah and Misty of Oceana, W.Va., and Joey Hannah and Kristen of Oceana, W.Va.; cousins, Kadee and Hunter Dameron of Cyclone, W.Va., Colby and Santana Dameron of Beckley, W.Va., and Kailey and Brianna Ritchie of Kopperston, W.Va.; and great-grandparents, Rose Harper of Landville, W.Va., and Alphie Hannah of Kopperston, W.Va.

Friends may gather with the family from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 21, 2009, at the Stafford Family Funeral Home, Lynco, W.Va.

Brody will be laid to rest at Cyclone, W.Va., following committal services, with Rev. Warren Dove officiating.

E-mail letters of sympathy may be sent at www.staffordfamilyfuneralhome.com.

The family is being served by the Stafford Family Funeral Home, Lynco, W.Va.

Robert Fox

Robert Fox, 90, of Oak Hill, died Sunday, April 19, 2009, at Plateau Medical Center in Oak Hill.

Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Charles Edward Gibson

Charles Edward Gibson, 53, of West Logan, departed this life Sunday, April 19, 2009, at his home.

Arrangements are incomplete at this time. Honaker Funeral Home in Logan is in charge of his services.

Mary Frances McCoy Gladwell

Mary Frances McCoy Gladwell peacefully left this earth Saturday, April 18, 2009.

A remembrance service will be held 2 p.m. Tuesday at Simons-Coleman Funeral Home, Richwood, with Rev. Charles Wilson officiating, and with the music provided by Randall Surface of New Castle, Pa. The entombment service will immediately follow at West Virginia Memorial Gardens in Calvin. The viewing will be held today from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Simons-Coleman Funeral Home, Richwood, is in charge of the arrangements.

Lacy N. Johnson

Lacy N. Johnson, 79, of Frankford, passed away Saturday, April 18, 2009, at Greenbrier Valley Medical Center, following a sudden illness.

Services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 22, 2009, at Wallace and Wallace Funeral Home in Lewisburg, with Rev. Phillip Ball officiating. Burial will follow in Greenbrier Memorial Gardens in Lewisburg, with military honors. Visitation will be Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home in Lewisburg.

Please send online condolences by visiting www.wallaceandwallacefh.com.

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

James G. Legg

James Granville Legg, of Beckley, died April 18, 2009, at home, surrounded by his family.

He was born August 12, 1928, at Ewington, Gallia County, Ohio, the son of the late James Carl and Tressa Lee Stalnaker Legg.

He graduated from Crichton High School in 1947. He served in the U.S. Navy in 1946-48. He began his career as an ironworker and concluded being the plant foreman for Slab Fork Coal Company.

Prior to his illness, he was an active member of the Genealogical Society of Raleigh and Fayette counties. In 2006, he was recognized as a West Virginia Hero of History.

He is survived by his children, Mary Helen Kessler and her husband, Larry, of Moneta, Va., James Nicholas Legg and his wife, Carol, of Canal Winchester, Ohio, and Susan Bauer and her husband Hobe of Statesville, N.C., Cheryl Ann Hudnall and her husband Phillip of Kingsport, Tenn.; eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

The family would like to thank loving caregivers, Betty Cadle, Debra Bowyer, Kimberly Kincaid, Dinah Lacy, and the staff and volunteers of Hospice of Southern West Virginia.

Visitation will be held today, April 20, 2009, from 12 noon to 2 p.m., at Wallace and Wallace Funeral Chapel at Ansted, W.Va. Services will begin at 2 p.m. Burial will follow at Restlawn Memory Gardens at Victor, W.Va.

Arrangements by Wallace and Wallace of Ansted.

Alma Webb Marshall

Alma Webb Marshall, 89, of Beckley, passed peacefully away April 17, 2009, at Pine Lodge Care and Rehabilitation Center.

Born June 20, 1919, at Dothan, W.Va., she was the daughter of Joseph and Sarah Shroyer Webb who preceded her in death.

She was married to George Walter Marshall until his death in 1991. Also preceding her in death were brothers, Duffy, Lotice, Denver, and Leonard Webb, and a sister, Effie Toney.

She was a homemaker and a former member of the Order of the Eastern Star.

Left to cherish fond memories are her daughter, Delores McClung and husband Donald of Whitesville, W.Va., and son, Joseph Marshall and wife Gina of Daniels, W.Va.

Mamaw was the special title used by her grandchildren, Marshall McClung, Eric McClung, Amber Harper, and Jantzen Marshall. Mamaw wished for great-grandchildren and was blessed with Kaleb Harper, Lauren McClung, Ty McClung, Carlie Doczi, Carter McClung, Jordan McClung, Riley McClung, and baby Harper due in July.

Also surviving are sisters, Erma Lee Toney of Sandusky, Ohio, Mary Howe of Uniontown, Ohio, and Patsy Burch of Akron, Ohio, and many special nieces, nephews, friends, and former neighbors.

A special thanks goes to the entire staff of Pine Lodge, who cared for mom since 2005. We will never forget your compassion. A very special thank you to Kathy, who not only cared for mom, but became her friend.

Mom’s hobby was bell collecting, and we know that the angels are ringing those golden bells in heaven for her now.

Funeral services will be held 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 21, 2009, at the Tyree Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill, with C.L.P. David Pettrey of Dorothy, W.Va., officiating. Burial will follow at High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill.

Friends may call at the funeral home from 6 to 8 p.m. today and one hour prior to services on Tuesday.

Memorial contributions may be made in Alma Marshall’s memory to Alzheimer’s Association, 1111 Lee Street East, Charleston, WV 25301.

Online condolences may be sent to our Web site at www.tyreefuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Harry Jay Perkins

Harry Jay Perkins, age 75, of Daniels, passed away Saturday, April 18, 2009, at his residence, following an extended illness.

Harry was born April 10, 1934, at Beaver, W.Va. He was the son of the late Leonard Perkins and Norine Foster Perkins.

He had retired from the Carpenters Local #1911 and had served 32 years with the company. Harry was also a United States Army veteran during the Korean Conflict. He was also a member of Masonic Lodge #95 and a member of The Shriners of Beckley for over 30 years.

Harry was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting and fishing. He also had a talent in restoring cars that he proudly entered into local car shows.

Other than his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Amos and Leonard Perkins.

Those left to cherish his wonderful memory are his wife of 50 years, Sylvia Jean Perkins, at home; a son, Harry Perkins and wife, Kay, of Daniels, W.Va.; a daughter, Jeannie Harnest and husband, John, of Mechanicsville, Va.; a brother, Mack Perkins of Beckley, W.Va.; and sisters, Irene Meadows of Wake Forest, N.C., Athleen Stevens of Brunswick, Ohio, Joyce Wilson of Cleveland, Ohio, and Rose Gibson of Cleveland, Ohio.

A life celebration for Harry will take place 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 22, 2009, at the Rose and Quesenberry Shady Spring Chapel, with the Rev. Dean Adams officiating. Interment will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Prosperity.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home for visitation.

Pallbearers will be family and friends.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Hospice of Southern W.Va., P.O. Box 1472, Beckley, WV 25802-1472.

Arrangements by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, Shady Spring.

Chere Lynne Short

OCEANA — Chere Lynne Short, 36, departed this life Friday, April 17, 2009, at Raleigh General Hospital, following a long illness.

Born October 30, 1972, in Welch, she was the daughter of Sue Stone Wheeler.

Chere was a 1991 graduate of Oceana High School. She was a member of Faith Baptist Church in Matheny where she was leader of the Blue Denium & Lace for young girls. She was a licensed beautician and also worked for Wyoming Nursing and Rehab Center in New Richmond as an activities director. She enjoyed spending time with her family, being outdoors, and going to the beach.

She was a loving, devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and daughter. Chere was a wonderful person and will be dearly missed by her family, friends, and her church.

Those left to cherish her memory are her husband, John Short of Oceana; a daughter, Kayla Short and her fiancé, Allen McNeely of Oceana; a son, Garrett Short at home; her mother, Sue Stone Wheeler of Oceana; a granddaughter, Allie Sue McNeely of Oceana; her stepfather, Jackie Wheeler of Wolf Pen; three special friends, April Stafford, Linda Toler, and Chasidy Morgan, all of Oceana; several aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews; and a host of family and friends.

A celebration of Chere’s life will be 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 21, 2009, at Adam Toler Memorial Chapel, with Pastor John Toler and Rev. William Wagner officiating. Chere will be laid to rest in Palm Memorial Gardens, Matheny.

Casketbearers will be family and friends.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Family and friends may view a video tribute and sign the guest book at www.adamtolermemorialfuneralhome.com.

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

Pinkie Wheeler

Pinkie Wheeler, age 93, of 214 Clyde Street, Beckley, passed away Saturday, April 18, 2009, at Heartland of Beckley, following a brief illness.

Born June 16, 1915, in Mercer County, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Davy Farmer and Susie Mariah (Meadows) Farmer.

Pinkie was a homemaker for most of her life and will be missed by all of her family and close friends. She was also a member of Crab Orchard Gospel Tabernacle.

Other than her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Jerry Edward Wheeler; a son, Buster Wheeler; and a daughter, Virginia Bell Wheeler.

Those left to cherish her memory are her children, Myrtle Greer of Sophia, Kenneth L. Wheeler and wife, Brenda of Beckley, Danny Wheeler and wife, Shannon, of Beckley, Glen Wheeler and wife, Margie, of Virginia, and Jerry Wheeler, Jr., and wife, Sheryl, of Virginia; 24 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.

A life celebration for Pinkie will be held 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 22, 2009, at the Rose and Quesenberry Peace Chapel, with Rev. Tom Waddell officiating. Interment will follow at the Canady Cemetery in Glen View.

Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday 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.