The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

May 14, 2009

Obituaries - Friday, May 15, 2009


Mary Ellen Anderson

WHITESVILLE — Mary Ellen Anderson, 94, of Whitesville, passed away on Wednesday, May 13, 2009, at Marmet Center, Marmet, W.Va.

She was born Sept. 28, 1914, at Eastland, Tenn., the daughter of the late William Kell Lewis and Josie Emmaline Edmonds.

She was a retired school teacher with 45 years of service. She taught the fourth and fifth grades at Whitesville Elementary School for 32 of those years.

She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Whitesville.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, William E. “Ted” Anderson Sr.; three brothers, Eston Lewis, Stanford E. “Mutt” Lewis and James M. Lewis; and two sisters, Nellie Cleo Cope, and Zana M. Anderson.

She is survived by her son, William E. “Ted” Anderson Jr. and his wife, Cary, of Whitesville; granddaughter, Jennifer L. Anderson of St. Albans; grandson, William Ryan Anderson of Charleston; a brother, William K. Lewis Jr. of St. Albans; sister, Mayme Lee Burgess of Crossville, Tenn.; and many nieces and nephews.

Service will be 1 p.m. Saturday at the First Presbyterian Church in Whitesville. Burial will follow in the Pineview Cemetery at Orgas.

Friends may call two hours prior to the service Saturday at the church.

Arrangements by Armstrong Funeral Home, Whitesville.

Ethel Belle Boggs

LOW MOOR, Va. — Ethel Belle Boggs, 91, formerly of White Sulphur Springs, died Wednesday, May 13, 2009.

Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, May 16, at the Pentecostal Holiness Church, Second Creek. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the Morgan Funeral Home, Lewisburg.

Arrangements by Morgan Funeral Home, Lewisburg.

James Arthur Green

Mr. James Arthur Green, 72, of 108 Clyburn St., Beckley, died Monday, May 11, 2009, in Heartland of Beckley.

Born March 15, 1937, in Layland, W.Va., he was the son of the late Morris and Beatrice Green.

He was a disabled veteran and a member of Living Water Church International.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Mark Robinson; brothers, Morris Green Jr. and William Green; sisters, Dorothy Tyler, Lois Legrand-Allen and Darlene Peck.

Left to cherish precious memories are his fiancée, Laverne Arnold of Beckley; sons, James Vincent Robinson of Beckley and Reginald Robinson of Dallas, Texas; stepdaughter, Bridgit (Anthony) Scruggs of Beckley; brother, Melvin (Hazel) Greene of Stanaford, W.Va.; sisters, Lillian Banks of Stanaford, Maxine Greene and Mary Beasley, both of Bronx, N.Y.; seven grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be 3 p.m. Sunday, May 17, 2009, at the Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor chapel with Pastor Clinton Vanhorn officiating.

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

There will be no burial. Mr. Green will be cremated following the service.

Arrangements entrusted to Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.

Gladys Gwynn

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — Gladys Margaret Gwynn of Chattanooga, formerly of Maxwell Hill, died Wednesday, May 13, 2009, at St. Barnabas Senior Living Center following a long illness. A former school teacher in the Beckley area, Mrs. Gwynn was 93 years of age.

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

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary Inc., Beckley.

Jerry Lee Helton

MOUNT HOPE — Jerry Lee Helton, 66, of Mount Hope, died on Wednesday, May 13, 2009, at Raleigh General Hospital in Beckley.

Born May 30, 1942, at Montgomery, W.Va., he was the son of the late James Britt “J.B.” Helton Jr. and Margaret Evelyn Bailey Helton.

He was a retired mail carrier for the U.S. Postal Service.

Mr. Helton was a member of the Calvary Chapel, Beckley, and formerly attended the Mount Hope Christian Church. He was a member of the National Letter Carriers Union.

He was a U.S. Army veteran.

Survivors include wife, Drema Sue Vance Helton; two sons, Jerry Helton Jr. and wife, Amy, of Beckley and Jason Vance Helton of Layland; and two brothers, Jim Helton and wife, Bonnie, of Mount Hope and Tom Helton of Bluefield, Va.

Also surviving are grandchildren, Jamie and Jonas Helton of Beckley and Justin Tyler Helton of Pax, nephew, Matthew of Bluefield, Va., and nieces, Debbie, Carol and Sharon all of California.

Services will be 2 p.m. Saturday, May 16, 2009, at Tyree Funeral Home in Mount Hope with Pastor Eddie Skaggs officiating. Burial will be at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Beckley. Friends may call one hour prior to the service on Saturday at the funeral home.

Jason Helton, Tom Helton, Gary Button, Michael Myles, Otis Underwood and Ronnie Perry will serve as pallbearers.

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

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope.

Kenneth J. ‘Kenny’ Holland

HINTON — Kenneth J. “Kenny” Holland, 68, of 119 Riverside Drive, Hinton, formerly of Charleston, died Wednesday morning, May 13, 2009, at the Bowers Hospice House at Beckley, following a long illness.

Born July 27, 1940, at Charleston, he was a son of the late Ray Edward and Esther Dean Holland.

Kenny lived most of his life in Kanawha, a 1958 graduate of Stonewall Jackson High School, and retired as a Master Electrician at Dupont, a Marine Corps Veteran, an avid reader, and a former member of Dawn’s Sportsman Club. Kenny enjoyed hunting and especially cherished the remarkable tree stand that he and his son built.

Preceded in death by one brother, Carroll Holland.

Survived by his wife of 45 years, Nancy Helms Holland; one son, Tim Holland and wife Barbie of Hinton; one daughter, Julie Laury and husband William of Pennsylvania; five grandchildren, Elisha Keller, Kristen Keller, Eva Laury, Holly Holland and Luke Holland; one brother, Darrell Holland and wife Ann of Lakewood, Ohio; two sisters, Mary Lou Blackshire and husband Earl of Ohio and Texas and Linda Sue Sanders of Powder Springs, Ga.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, May 16, 2009, at the Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors Chapel with Pastor David Board officiating. Burial will follow in the Meadows Family Cemetery on the Raleigh County side of Brooks.

Friends may call 6 to 8 p.m. today, Friday, at the Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

The family would like to thank the community and friends for all their acceptance, kindness, and support for Kenny during his life in Hinton. A special thanks to the caring staff of Bowers Hospice House.

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

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

Arrangements are by the Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors of Hinton.

Patricia Srednicki Ivey

OAK HILL — Patricia Srednicki Ivey, 68, died on Wednesday, May 13, 2009, at her home.

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

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Doris Ann Jackson

LEWISBURG — Doris Ann Jackson, 69, passed away Tuesday, May 1, 2009.

Service will be 1 p.m. Monday, May 18, at Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Lewisburg. Burial will follow in Rosewood Cemetery. Friends may call one hour prior to the service Monday at the funeral home.

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

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Lewisburg.

Mary E. Kidwell

UPPER SANDUSKY, Ohio — Mary E. Kidwell, 60, of Richardson Drive, a native of Rainelle, died Wednesday, May 13, 2009.

A memorial service will be 2 p.m. Sunday, May 17, at the First Lutheran Church, Upper Sandusky, Ohio, with Pastor Julieanne Smith officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to Mary Kidwell Memorial Fund in care of Bringman Clark Funeral Home, 226 E. Wyandot Ave., Upper Sandusky, Ohio.

To send a condolence or share a memory, visit www.bringmanclark.com.

Arrangements by Bringman Clark Funeral Home, 226 E. Wyandot Ave., Upper Sandusky.

Jackie Lee Mills

BUD — Jackie Lee Mills, 51, of Bud, died Wednesday, May 13, 2009, in a Princeton hospital following a long illness.

Born October 20, 1957, in Princeton, he was the son of Betty Shrewsbury Mills O’Neal and stepfather Charles O’Neal of Alpoca and the late James Holly Mills.

Jackie was a former chipper on concrete construction having last worked for Costal Gunite Construction Co. He was Pentecostal by faith and in his leisure he enjoyed hunting, fishing, working on cars and spending time with his grandchildren.

In addition to his father, he is also preceded in death by two brothers, Randy and Mike Mills; a nephew Eric Shrewsbury; paternal grandmother, Francis O’Neal; mother-in-law, Ida Shrewsbury.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Madeline Shrewsbury Mills; a daughter, Nikita Mills of Sophia; two sons, Cody Mills and his wife Lucinda of Basin and James Mills at home; two sisters, Pamela Stover and her husband, Joshua, of Bud and Drema Holt and her husband, Rick, of Autreyville, N.C.; a brother, David Wayne Mills of Alpoca; three grandchildren, Michael Darnell, Chandler Price and Danielle Price; father-in-law, Buford Shrewsbury of Bud; and several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

Services will be 1 p.m. Saturday at Tankersley Funeral Chapel with Rev. Ricky Shrewsbury officiating. Burial will follow in the John Riley Shrewsbury Cemetery at Osborne Ridge, Herndon, W.Va.

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

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

Online condolences may be made at www.tankersleyfh.com.

Arrangements by Tankersley Funeral Home, Mullens.

Kenneth Lee Phillips

Kenneth Lee Phillips, 62, of Beckley, died Thursday, May 14, 2009, in a Beckley hospital following a long-term battle with cancer.

Born on February 2, 1947, in Mabscott, he was the son of Wilma Crawford Phillips of Beckley and the late Wendell E. Phillips Sr. He was also preceded in death by two brothers, Richard D. and Thomas A. Phillips.

Kenneth was a 1965 graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School and a 1975 graduate of the University of Wisconsin with a B.S. degree in Education. In 1965 he joined the U.S. Navy and was stationed aboard the USS Tidewater that set up a command post in Souda Bay, Crete, from May 31, 1967 – July 10, 1967, during the Israeli-Arab Crisis in the Middle East. In March 1968, while stationed on board the USS Boston CAG-1, he spent eight months in the Gulf of Tonkin in the Pacific during the Vietnam War and he took part in many conflicts in support of the Marine positions.

His teaching career began in the fall of 1975 for the Racine Unified School District #1 in Racine, Wis., where he taught until February 1986 when he moved back to Beckley. He taught at Sophia Jr. High from 1989 to 1993, teaching Special Ed. and coaching boys basketball for three years. He then transferred to Trap Hill Middle School where he taught Special Ed. until his health forced his retirement in 2004. During his time at Trap Hill he coached the girls volleyball and basketball teams, the boys basketball team as well as the track team one year. He also acted as the Athletic Director for several years.

Kenneth was a talented athlete and enjoyed playing baseball and softball and he was an avid bowler having rolled two “300” games while bowling at Leisure Lanes. He also enjoyed watching football and razzing his brother about the Mountaineers.

In addition to his mother, Kenneth is survived by three children: Tami Beaugard, William Phillips and Timothy Phillips all of Racine, Wis.; four grandchildren: Tiffany, Robert, Richard and Brooke Beaugard, all of Racine, as well as one great-granddaughter. He is also survived by a brother, Wendell E. Phillips and wife Sarah of Charlotte, N.C.; two sisters, Debbie Phillips of Ashburn, Va., and Judy Meadows and husband Steve of Beckley, as well as a sister-in-law, Sue Phillips of Beckley.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 16th, in the Sunset Memorial Park Mausoleum with the Rev. Dewey Lowe officiating; entombment will follow.

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

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

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary, Inc., Beckley.

Nancy C. Scott

Nancy C. Scott, 62, of Beckley, passed away on Tuesday, May 12, 2009, at the James Cancer Center in Columbus, Ohio, after a one-year illness.

Born in Bellwood, W.Va., on June 26, 1946, she was the daughter of the late Dana Scott Sr. and Virginia Clinton Scott.

Left to cherish her memories are two daughters Della of Rochester, N.Y., and Kammy (Michael) of Columbus, Ohio, and eight sisters Jessie Scott, Sandra (Webster) Tyson, Barbara Johnson, Patricia Scott, Henrietta (Elmus) Moore, Diane Larry and Mary Scott, all of Columbus, Ohio, and Harriette of Piscataway, N.J.; four brothers, James (Josie), Dana Jr., Richard, all of Columbus, Ohio, and Robert of Bellwood, W.Va.; nine grandchildren; special cousin, Glendora (Clyde) Rogers; and a host of nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews, extended family and friends including Diane Williams, Helen Mashburn, Carrie Derring and Bert Johnson.

Funeral services will be 12 noon Saturday May 16, 2009, at United Apostolic Faith Church, 1010 S. Kanawha St., Beckley, WV 25801, with District Elder Timothy Schofield officiating. Burial will follow in Greenwood Memorial Park, Beckley.

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

In lieu of flowers the family request donations be made to The James Cancer Center, 660 Ackerman Road, PO Box 183112, Columbus, OH 43218, in the name of Nancy Scott.

Arrangements entrusted to Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.

G. Jean Sloan

G. Jean Sloan died May 12, 2009.

Service will be 1 p.m. Saturday, May 16, at Mounts Funeral Home Chapel, Gilbert. Burial will follow in Justice Memorial Gardens, Justice. Friends may call 6 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Arrangements by Mounts Funeral Home Chapel, Gilbert.

Patricia Rae Sparks

Patricia Rae Sparks, age 72, of White Oak, W.Va., died Tuesday, May 12, 2009, at the Raleigh General Hospital in Beckley following a long illness.

Born on Feb. 27, 1937, in Raleigh County, she was the daughter of the late Robert L. Odham and Verlis P. McComas.

Mrs. Sparks was a retired manager of the Seven-Eleven Store at Shady Spring. She attended the White Oak Missionary Baptist Church at White Oak and was a lifelong resident of Raleigh County.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Roland Lee Sparks, and a brother, Aubrey Odham.

Mrs. Sparks was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and sister. She will be sadly missed by all of her family.

Surviving children, Roland Dean Sparks and life companion, Rene A. Blain of Shady Spring, Phillip Brent Sparks of Cool Ridge, Melinda Lea Hayner of White Oak, Pamela Kay Sparks and life companion, Rebecca Froberg of Waldorf, Md., and Crystal Gay Chapman and husband, Ronald Chapman Jr. of MacArthur; three brothers, James “Buddy” Odham of Midway, Ronald Dean Odham of Daniels and George Eugene Odham of Midway; a sister, Wilma O. Mills of Cool Ridge; grandchildren, Chase, Nolan, Jason, Derek, Monica, Amanda, and Andra; great-grandchildren, Austin, Molly, Riley, Charlea, and Chandler.

Services will be 1 p.m. today, Friday, at the Sunset Memorial Park Mausoleum B, with the Rev. Billy Calhoun officiating. Burial will follow at Sunset Memorial Park in Beckley.

Friends may call two hours prior to the services at the mausoleum.

Pallbearers will be Phillip Sparks, Chase Hayner, Matt Raines, Jason Chapman, Chase Barton, Derek Blain, Austin Toney and Scott Harper.

Honorary pallbearers will be Roland Dean Sparks and Nolan Sparks.

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

Arrangements by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home in Shady Spring.

Jeffrey L. Stewart

Jeffrey L. Stewart, 48, of 305 Russell St., Beckley, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, May 13, 2009, at Beckley Appalachian Regional Hospital, following a long illness.

Arrangements by Durgan Funeral Services, Beckley.

Larry Dean Sydenstricker

WHITE OAK — Larry Dean Sydenstricker, 51, of 158 Stanley Street, in White Oak, W.Va., died Tuesday, May 12, 2009 at the Bowers Hospice House in Beckley.

Born January 27, 1958, in Beckley, he was the son of Norma Jane Nickell Sydenstricker of Beckley and the late Jack Melvin Sydenstricker.

Larry was a former construction worker.

Besides his mother, additional survivors include two daughters, Felicia Sydenstricker and Ciara Sydenstricker, both of MacArthur, W.Va.; two sons, James Tracy Sydenstricker of Illinois and Matthew Sydenstricker of Charlotte, N.C.; one sister, Lisa Weiford and husband, James, of Shady Spring, W.Va.; and two brothers, James Sydenstricker and companion, Rebecca Martin, of Beckley and Aaron Sydenstricker and wife Tammy of Pilot Mountain, N.C.

In keeping with Larry’s wishes the body has been cremated.

A memorial service will be conducted at 1 p.m. today, Friday, May 15, 2009, at the Bethel Freewill Baptist Church in Crab Orchard, W.Va., with Rev. Charlie Daniels officiating.

Friends may call from 12 noon until the service hour at the church.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Bowers Hospice House, 454 Cranberry Drive, Beckley, WV 25801.

Online condolences may be made to the family at www.seaverfuneralservice.com.

Seaver Funeral Home in Princeton is serving the Sydenstricker family.

Mary Frances Crouse Thompson

FAYETTEVILLE — Mary Frances Crouse Thompson, 94, of Route 1, died on Thursday, May 14, 2009, at Appalachian Regional Hospital, Beckley.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

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

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Earl Dickerson White Sr.

MAX MEADOWS, Va. — Earl Dickerson White Sr., age 80, of Max Meadows, passed away on Wednesday, May 13, 2009, at his residence.

Born August 22, 1928, in Princeton, W.Va., he was the son of the late Thomas R. and Nora (Akers) White.

Earl was a railroad conductor with 29 years of service with Norfolk and Southern Railroad. He proudly served his country during the Korean War in the Air Force.

Earl enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his beloved grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Emory and Basil White; and three sisters, Mildred Wingo, Ruth Fisher and Ethel Backus.

Left to cherish his memory are his beloved spouse of 60 years, Martha (Blackburn) White of Max Meadows; daughter, Tamara “Tammy” Simmons and husband, Dean, of Corinne, W.Va.; son, Earl “Dicky” White Jr. and wife, Cathy, of Princeton, W.Va.; brother, Harold White of Beckley; four grandsons, Joshua Simmons and wife, Heather; Chad Simmons and wife, Christie; Jason White and Kris White.

Also, beloved great-grandchildren, Austin, Alexis and Caleb Simmons, Cameron and McKenzie Simmons, in addition to two special nieces, Josephine Poole and husband, Sam, and Kim White.

Friends may call from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 16, at Roselawn Funeral Home Chapel in Princeton, W.Va.

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home chapel, with Danny Helmondollar and Vicky Buzminsky officiating. Burial will follow in Roselawn Memorial Gardens in Princeton, W.Va.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

Those wishing to share memories or e-mail condolences may do so by visiting www.mem.com.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Southern West Virginia, P.O. Box 1472, Beckley, WV 25802-1472, or Hospice of Southwest Virginia, 600 W. Ridge Road, Wytheville, VA 24382.

Arrangements entrusted to Roselawn Funeral Home and Cemetery, 450 Courthouse Road, Princeton.