The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

June 4, 2009

Obituaries — Thursday, June 4, 2009

Karrie ‘Sis’ Lee Graham Cadle

Karrie “Sis” Lee Graham Cadle, age 29, of Odd, obtained her Heavenly wings, Monday, June 1, 2009, following an accident.

Williams-Blue Ridge Funeral Home, 101 First Street, Sophia, is in charge of the arrangements.

Joann Edith Gibson Crouse

OCEANA — Joann Edith Gibson Crouse, 57, of Oceana, went home to be with the Lord Tuesday June 2, 2009, at Beckley Appalachian Regional Hospital, following a long illness.

Joann was born Feb. 5, 1952, at Lorado, W.Va., a daughter of the late Hillard Lee and Lessie Osborne Gibson.

She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. Six siblings Freeman, Delma, Dewey, Roger, Lacy and Ullie Gibson also preceded her in death. She was a member of the Way To The Cross Ladies Ministry and the Lynco Pentecostal House of Prayer.

Survivors include her loving husband of 44 years, Ro-bert Kenneth Crouse; two daughters, Elaine Victoria Acord and husband, Wayne, of Mullens and Melissa Sue Crouse of Lillydale; a son, James Adam Crouse and wife, Cindy, of Silo Hollow, W.Va.; four grandchildren, Jennifer Acord, Sustin and Brianna Forrest and Robert Crouse Jr.; two brothers, David (Ann) Gibson and and Calvin (Mitch) Gibson all of Lorado, W.Va.; five sisters, Nellie Cook of Kopperston, W.Va., Dovie (Bill) Lycan of Lorado, Annabell Crouse of Silo Hollow, Wilma Lee Isom of Lorado, and Judy (Delbart) Nichols of Greenwood, W.Va.; several nieces and nephews; and a host of other loving family and friends.

Funeral service will be noon Friday, June 5, 2009, at the Lynco Pentecostal House of Prayer with Ministers Debbie Price and Scotty Elswick officiating. Joann will be laid to rest in Palm Memorial Gardens, Matheny, W.Va.

Friends may gather with the family from 6 to 10 p.m. today, Thursday, at the church.

E-mail letters of sympathy may be sent at

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

Delphia Florence Gwinn

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Delphia Florence Gwinn, 84, of Cleveland, Ohio, formerly of the Meadow Bridge area, passed away Tuesday, June 2, 2009, in the Cleveland Clinic.

Born Feb. 4, 1925, at Landisburg, she was the daughter of the late John and Maxie Shaver Smith.

Mrs. Gwinn was a homemaker.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Woodrow Gwinn; two brothers, John and Morton Smith; and one sister, Reba Duncan.

Survivors include two brothers, Jack Smith of Hico and William Smith of Phoenix, Ariz; and two sisters, Mae Zickafoose of Nitro and Virginia Gragg of Beckley.

Friends may call 1 to 2 p.m. Friday, June 5, at Smathers Funeral Chapel. Burial will follow in the Rest Lawn Memory Garden at Ansted, where her pastor and friend, Pastor Jim Hurst, will recite the 23rd Psalm and have prayer.

There will be no service.

Arrangements by Smathers Funeral Chapel, Rainelle.

Nancy Alice Hall

WILKINSON — Nancy Alice Hall, 67, died Monday, June 1, 2009.

Service will be 1 p.m. Friday at Mounts Funeral Home Chapel, Gilbert. Burial will follow in Carter Cemetery, Browning Fork section of Gilbert.

Friends may call 6 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home, with a service at 7 p.m.

Arrangements by Mounts Funeral Home, Gilbert.

Glenn Alan Keys

RADFORD, Va. — Glenn Alan Keys, 63, of 1203 Tyler Ave., Radford, passed away Monday, May 18, 2009, at his home, on his beloved couch, with his “Precious Princess” wife by his side. He persevered through six years of kidney cancer, being on some form of chemotherapy most all the time. Drs. Gollob and Febbo of Duke University Medical Center were super in their continual research for developing newer and better drugs to treat this cancer. Glenn never balked at trying any new treatment, including going through a year-long tough clinical trial in 2006. His main goal was to help the doctors learn what the best treatment would be for future kidney cancer patients. In turn, he benefited as well.

He was born in Montgomery, W.Va., on June 26, 1945, the middle child of Glenn Snavely Keys and Estelle Lura Kessler Keys, both deceased. The family moved to Kopperston, W.Va., a modern model mining community unlike any other kind, in 1951. He attended Kopperston Grade School and Oceana High School, where he was involved in many organizations and graduated 5th in his class. It was during his senior year that he discovered the “Love of His Life,” Charlene Centers, two years younger. They were members of the same church, Kopperston Presbyterian Church, in the Senior Youth Group, and volunteered for many projects to help the needy. Their dads worked for the same coal mine company, and the two families lived only two blocks apart.

Glenn returned to Montgomery, W.Va., to attend West Virginia Institute of Technology, where he received his Bachelor’s of Science degree, Magum Cum Laude, in Mechanical Engineering in May 1967. He was inducted into Alpha Eta, the engineering honor society, and was a member of the school tennis team.

Prior to his senior year at West Virginia Tech, Glenn and Charlene were married at the Kopperston Presbyterian Church on June 4, 1966, 43 years ago today.

Glenn began his career as an engineer with Hercules, Inc., in Cumberland, Md., and was transferred nine months later to the Radford Army Ammunition Plant in Radford, Va., in March 1969, at the height of the Vietnam war. He was instrumental in the design and building of their first TNT plant. With a lot of self study of computer systems, as well as working toward a Master’s degree in computer science at Virginia Tech, Glenn was one of the first Control Systems engineers at the plant. He was very instrumental in implementing the system to produce nitroglycerine remotely, in order to keep employees safe. Safety was his number one priority. He completed half of his Master’s degree, quitting work on it only because his precious first son, Kevin, died from a malignant brain tumor, an Ependemoma. Hercules sold their part of the plant to Alliant Techsystems in 1994, and Glenn remained at the plant until May 1999 — a period of 32 years. In September 1999, he began working for General Electric in Salem, Va., having been hired over the age of fifty. He implemented procedures that are still in use. Young people working there praise him for the work he did. He was diagnosed with Renal Cell Carcinoma in March 2003. He continued working for GE until November 2006, when he was finishing up the clinical trial of a newly researched chemotherapy for kidney cancer. Glenn’s college degree may have been in Mechanical Engineering, but he also did work as a chemical engineer at RAAP, and as an electrical engineer at both plants.

As a member of the Radford Jaycees, Glenn held many offices and participated in many state functions. He truly loved the work of the Jaycees, especially that of taking needy children shopping at Christmas. He belonged to Toastmaster’s International, where he excelled in giving speeches about his first-born son, Kevin. He was a member of Central United Methodist Church, where he served as treasurer and on the usher’s team. He and Charlene were members of the first Pair’s and Spares Sunday School class, and served as greeters many times.

He helped coach little league baseball, soccer and basketball for the city of Radford. He was a very active member of the Radford High School Athletic Booster’s, working tirelessly in the concession stands and being a spotter for the football announcer. He was also a member of the Radford High School Band Booster’s and helped the school band a great deal. He was a member of the United States Army Reserves from 1970 through 1975, and served his active duty at Ft. Knox, Ky.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first-born son, Kevin Christopher Keys; and a sister, Brenda Keys Franciose.

Survivors include his wife of 43 years, Charlene Centers Keys; two sons, Christopher Alan Keys of Radford, and Kerry Alan Keys of Ft. Sill, Okla.; a brother, Stacy Keys and wife, Ramona, and her nephew, Ayden, age two, of Princeton, W.Va.; a very special sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Darlene and Roger Lester and sons Thomas and Eric, Eric’s wife, Ami, and their son, Jackson Bret Lester, all of Princeton, W.Va.; special friends, Sam and Norma Moore; and his special buddy engineers with whom he worked at the Radford Arsenal, Kenny Mundy, Denny Carlyle, Roger Flora, Rod Wilson, Pete Wetzel and Richard LaBrie; special helper employees at GE, Bill Grefe and Nambie; tennis playing and church buddy, Dave Harless, and a very special “Ducky.”

The family would like to send a very special thanks to Pastor Tammy for her constant compassion, guidance and love and to the Rev. Ric for his special love and direct line to God. A very special “Thank You” goes out to Dr. Tina Smucz (Glenn’s “Angel”) for her wonderful Palliative medical care along with the rest of the Carilion Clinic Hospice Team. They are all truly “Angels of Mercy.” Also, special “Thanks” to Dr. William Baker, nephrologist, and his office staff, to the nurses, CNAs, Physical Therapist Sean, the special PA, Jessica, on floor nine of Duke University Medical Center in Durham, N.C., and to Dr. Phillip Febbo of the Duke University Oncology/Hematology Clinic.

The family received friends 6 until 9 p.m. Thursday, May 21, 2009, at the Mullins Funeral Home in Radford. Funeral service was held 2 p.m. Friday, May 22, 2009, at the Central United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Tammy Wright and the Rev. Ric Wright officiating. Special music included John Denver’s song, “Annie’s Song,” which was Glenn and Charlene’s “song” and played on guitar and sung by Linda Bernic, and Glenn’s favorite hymn, “How Great Thou Art,” sung by the Rev. Ric Wright.

The family requests that contributions be made to the Central United Methodist Church building fund, Eighth and Wadsworth Streets, Radford, VA 24141 or to Carilion Clinic Hospice, 707 Randolph Street, Radford, VA 24141.

Jewell M. Williams Lively

LONG BRANCH — Jewell M. Williams Lively, 80, of Long Branch, died Wednesday, June 3, 2009, at Teays Valley Hospital in Hurricane, W.Va.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope.

Ruth Dunn McClaugherty

PETERSTOWN — Ruth Dunn McClaugherty, 89, died Sunday, May 31.

Service will be 2 p.m. Friday at the Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home Chapel, Peterstown. Burial will follow in the Peterstown Cemetery, Rich Creek, Va.

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

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

Arrangements by Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home, Peterstown.

Alverda Lynn McClung

MT. LOOKOUT — Alverda Lynn McClung, 41, of Mount Lookout, Nicholas County, died Thursday, May 28, 2009

Memorial service will be 6 p.m. Saturday, June 6, 2009, in the Pentecostal Church of Jesus Christ at Canvas with Pastor Arless Smith officiating. Interment of the cremains will be later.

The family will receive friends immediately following the memorial services in the Church Fellowship Hall.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to LOVE WORKS, 1317 Webster Road, Summersville, WV 26651.

Arrangements by White Funeral Home, Summersville.

Kathy Sue Miller

Kathy Sue Miller, 54, of Beckley, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, June 3, 2009, at home after a courageous battle with cancer.

Born Aug. 15, 1954, at Amigo, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Thomas J. Rakes of Midway, W.Va.

She was a homemaker and a member of the Glenview Independent Baptist Church.

Kathy was preceded in death by David “Frank” Miller, her beloved husband of 30 years; paternal grandparents, James R. (Rena) Rakes; and maternal grandparents, Ed (Hattie Sue) Bailey and stepdad James Kershner.

Besides her mother, Kathleen Kershner of Lanark, W.Va., she is survived by two sons, Robert (Sissy) Sturgill of Beckley and J.R. (Crystal) Sturgill of Beckley; sisters, Sharon (Dale) Harper of Lanark, Judy (Greg) Altice of Dinwiddie, W.Va., Sheila (Marvin) Coleman of Bland, Va., Brenda Johnson of Warm Springs, Va.; brothers, Jerry (Amy) Rakes of Christiansburg, Va., Willard (Melissa) Rakes of Beckley, Thomas (Keefera) Rakes of Beckley; grandchildren, Zach Sturgill, Joshua Sprouse, Bethany Sturgill and Audrey Adkins. She is also survived by several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews; her special dog, Katie; her best friends, Melvania Sanger of Glenview, W.Va., Sylvia Swanson and Mr. Norton Kentucky. Also special thanks to Bea Cummings and Hospice of Southern WV for their care for her at her end of time.

Service will be 2 p.m. Friday, June 5, 2009, at Williams Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Sophia, with Pastors Dwayne Pease and Pastor Wayne Peters. Burial will follow at Sunset Memorial Park, Beckley.

Pallbearers will be family and friends of the family.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the family to help pay funeral expenses.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Arrangements by Wil-liams Blue Ridge Funeral Home, 101 1st St. Sophia.

Marie K. Neff

OAK HILL — Marie K. Neff, 79, passed away Tuesday, June 2, 2009, at her residence.

Service will be 1 p.m. Saturday at High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill. Friends may call 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.

Melvin Leroy Parks

CHARMCO — Melvin Leroy Parks, 85, died Tuesday morning, June 2, 2009, at Greenbrier Valley Medical Center, Ronceverte, following a long illness.

Born Nov. 19, 1923, in Delaware, Pa., he was the son of the late Leroy and Beulah Mae Mills Parks.

Melvin was a former warehouse worker, loved working and making things with wood, and will be missed by his belo-ved dog, Ginger. He was a U.S. Army ve-teran, having served overseas during World War II, and a Purple Heart recipient.

Melvin was a life member of the VFW Post No. 4484 of Rainelle, and a life member of the American Legion in Rainelle. He attended Gordon Freewill Baptist Church of Charmco.

Other than his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Madeline Kellenbenz Parks; and his second wife, Beulah Lockhart Parks.

Survivors include three daughters, Linda Robinson of Rainelle, Georgia Loveland of Independence, Mo., and Bonnie Robinson of Rupert; two sons, Larry Parks of Baltimore, Md., and Richard Parks of Greenville, Tenn.; three sisters, Elsie Shultz of Baltimore, Md., Dorothy Eckland of Baltimore, Md., and Ruth Owen of Crosby, Texas; a brother, Eddie Parks of Joppa, Md.; 13 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.

Graveside service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, June 6, 2009, at Cedar Hill Cemetery, in Brooklyn Park, Md.

Friends may call 7 to 9 p.m. today, Thursday, June 4, at Wallace & Wallace Chapel in Rainelle, for the visitation.

Burial will follow in Cedar Hill Cemetery in Brooklyn, Md.

Arrangements entrusted to Wallace & Wallace of Rai-nelle.

Robert Homer Pettry

Robert Homer Pettry, passed away at Raleigh General Hospital on Tuesday, June 2, 2009.

Arrangements by Armstrong Funeral Home, Whitesville.

William S. Sloane

William S. Sloane, age 92, passed away at his residence on Monday, April 27, 2009.

Bill was born Aug. 11, 1916, in New York, N.Y. He attended Julliard School of Music. He served in Italy and North Africa as a member of the U.S. Army during WWII. Bill loved music and performed professionally following WWII as a musician with THE POPULAIRES at The Greenbrier hotel, White Sulphur Springs, W.Va., and also played in South Florida during the winter months, until his retirement.

He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Boca Raton.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 42 years, Marie R. (Beall) Sloane, in 2003.

Survivors include one stepdaughter, Judith B. Young of Camden, S.C.; one stepson, David C. Beall of Erie, Pa.; two stepgrandchildren, and one great-stepgrandchild.

Memorials may be made to the Salvation Army.

Stella R. Wilson

Stella R. Wilson, 76, of Crab Orchard, passed away Wednesday, June 3, 2009, at Raleigh Center in Daniels.

Arrangements by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, Beckley.