The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

July 19, 2013

Obituaries — Friday, July 19, 2013


Linda Sue Acord

Linda Sue Acord, age 66, of Bolt, passed away on Wednesday, July 17, 2013, at Charleston Area Medical Center General Division.

Born August 20, 1946, in Davy, to Velma Barnes Douglas, of Charlotte, N.C., and the late Jesse Lewis Furrow.

Mrs. Acord was a homemaker and her joy in life was her family and her church. She was also a former employee of Southern Soil Conservation in Beckley.

In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by brothers, Jack and James Furrow, and Robert Douglas.

Along with her mother, those surviving include her husband of 49 years, Dallas “Bob” Acord of Bolt; son, Brian Scott Acord of Bolt; sisters, Judy Pennington and husband Bill of Cayce, S.C., and Ann Pierce and husband Roberk of Beckley; grandchildren, Brandi and Kandace Acord; and great-grandchild, Brentley Wyatt Acord.

Services to celebrate the life of Linda will be conducted at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 20, 2013, at the Glen White Church of God, 568 Carver Circle in Glen White with Rev. Jesse Farley officiating. Interment will follow at the Acord Family Cemetery in Bolt.

Friends and family will serve as pallbearers.

Visitation will be held the same afternoon from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the church on Saturday.

Private online condolences, floral gifts, and other expressions of sympathy are available to the family via www.roseandquesenberry.net.

Arrangements with Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, 1901 South Kanawha Street in Beckley.



Madeline Estepp Bailey

FAIRHOPE, Ala. — Madeline Estepp Bailey passed away peacefully at Fairhope, on June 14, 2013, at the age of 59. She was surrounded by the love of her three children when she left this earth.

Madeline is predeceased by mother Hazel Griffey, father Robert Estepp Sr. and her grandson Tristan Long.

She is lovingly remembered by her daughters Taylor Hurley of Logan, W.Va., Heather and husband Tony Medaris of Elberta, Ala., son Pat and wife Marcy Long of Denton, Texas; nieces and nephews, Shannon and Chris Ward of Oceana, W.Va., Brian and Misty Cline of Parkersburg, W.Va., Jonathan Pritt of Beckley, Amber Estepp of Glen Fork, W.Va., Robert Estepp of El Paso, Texas; her brother Martin and wife Nancy Estepp of Glen Fork, W.Va., and her sister Cheryl and husband John Pritt of Oceana, W.Va. She was the proud grandmother to her five grandbabies as well.

Madeline was born in Oceana on December 9, 1953. She graduated from Oceana High School in 1971 and went on to earn her Bachelor’s Degree from Concord University in 2011. Many know her from her work as a substitute teacher in Wyoming County and from her time working at McDonald’s in Oceana. Madeline was very fond of all her students and loved teaching.

Madeline was an incredible person and loved spending time with her grandbabies, as well as her friends and family. She also enjoyed gardening and reading.

At Madeline’s request a memorial service will be held at Faith Baptist Church in Matheny on July 27, 2013, at 1 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Cancer Research Institute, One Exchange Plaza, 55 Broadway, Suite 1802, New York, NY 10006.



Margaret Louise Puckett Beirne

OAK HILL — Margaret Louise Puckett Beirne, 86, of Oak Hill, died Wednesday, July 17, 2013.

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

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.



Elizabeth ‘Libby’ Browning

Our beloved Elizabeth “Libby” Browning passed away to the arms of her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Wednesday, July 17, 2013. As hard as it is for us to let her go, we take comfort in knowing she is no longer in pain and is reunited with her children and other family.

Born December 10, 1948, to Robert and Virginia Lowe in Beckley.

She was a homemaker and a member of Cool Ridge Community Church.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by two infant brothers, Michael and David Lowe; baby brother, Robert Lowe; daughter, Rhonda Gilkerson; and her son, Bryan Browning.

Those left to cherish her memory include the love of her life for over 47 years, Rev. Ron Browning; grandchildren, Amanda Browning and companion Eric Keaton of Pemberton, Ayla Gilkerson and companion Richard Yearego of Maple Fork, Cory Browning and Erika Browning both of Daniels; great-grandchildren, Angel Browning of Bradley, Morgan Browning of Pemberton, Jordon and Peyton Bratcher both of Beckley, Karleigh Yearego of Maple Fork; sister, Kathy Sparks and husband Mike of Beckley; sister-in-law, Jenny Lowe of Beckley; her “other kid,” daughter-in-law, Sherry Browning; and a host of other family and friends.

Services to celebrate the life of Libby will be conducted at 12 p.m. Saturday, July 20, 2013, at the Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Chapel in Beckley, with Bobby Kinser officiating. Interment will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens in Prosperity.

Pallbearers will be family and friends.

Visitation will be held the same afternoon from 10 a.m. until the service starts on Saturday.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the family.

Private online condolences, floral gifts, and other expressions of sympathy are available to the family via www.roseandquesenberry.net.

Arrangements with Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, 1901 South Kanawha St., Beckley.



Bobby Ray Cook

FENWICK — Bobby Ray Cook, 83, of Fenwick, passed away Thursday, July 18, 2013.

Service will be 2 p.m. Sunday, July 21, at Simons-Coleman Funeral Home, Richwood, with Pastor Keith Williams officiating. Burial will follow in the Richwood Cemetery, Richwood. Friends may call 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, July 20, at the funeral home.

All arrangements were made by Simons-Coleman Funeral Home, Richwood.



Ricky Daily

FRANKFORD — Ricky Daily of Frankford died Wednesday, July 17, 2013.

Services will be 3 p.m. Sunday, July 21, at the Frankford Presbyterian Church. Burial will follow in the Frankford Cemetery. Friends may call one hour prior to the service at the church.

Arrangements by Morgan Funeral Home, Lewisburg.



Janet Marie Gales

Janet Marie Gales, age 71, of Beckley, passed away at the Bowers Hospice House surrounded by her loving family and also by Pastor J.D. Walls, who guided her along the end of her journey, (along with the staff of the Bowers Hospice House).

Born on November 23, 1941, in Kopperston, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late George Baxter and Helen Ganoe Baxter of Kopperston.

Janet was a retired employee of the State of Florida Parks and Recreation Division as an Administrative Assistant III during the years of 1997-2008. Janet was a graduate of Oceana High School in Oceana, W.Va., and was a member of Toneda Baptist Church in Kopperston.

In addition to her parents, George and Helen Ganoe Baxter, she was preceded in death by her husbands, James Norman Childers and Thomas Gales.

Surviving are her daughter Tina Louise Childers Dixon, and her granddaughters, Lauren Elizabeth Dixon, Allison Ann Dixon, and Olivia Grace Dixon of Northhampton, Pa.; her brothers, George Baxter and his wife Joyce of Edgewater, Fla., and Ronald Baxter and his wife Ethel of Tallahassee, Fla., her sister Sharon Ringo and her husband Glen of Ocala, Fla., as well as her nephew Kevin Dale Weikle and his wife Joy Karen Weikle of Beckley, who had provided comfort and care during the end of Janet’s journey.

A memorial service will be conducted to Celebrate The Life Of Janet Marie Gales on Saturday, July 20, 2013, at 6 p.m. at the Rose and Quesenberry Peace Chapel in Beckley with Pastor J.D. Walls officiating. Friends may visit with the family thirty minutes prior to the memorial services on Saturday.

In lieu of flowers donations of sympathy may be sent to the Bowers Hospice House, 454 Cranberry Drive, Beckley, WV, in memory of Janet Gales.

Private online condolences, floral tributes, and other expressions of sympathy may be directed to the family via our guestbook at www.roseandquesenberry.net.

Arrangements are by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, 1901 South Kanawha Street, Beckley.



Charles W. Harris Jr.

Charles Wesley Harris Jr. of Coal City passed away at Raleigh General Hospital on Monday, July 9th, 2013, following a massive stroke. He was 59 years of age.

Born August 6th, 1953, at Cleveland, Ohio, he was the son of the late Charles W. and Betty Gunnoe Harris. A sister, Robin Harris, has preceded him in death.

Charles was an electrical construction worker the majority of his life. In his leisure time he loved cooking, fishing, playing poker and riding his motorcycle with family and friends.

Those left to cherish his memory are his son, Asa Harris; sisters, Debbie McGraw Harris, Vicki Harris; Charles’ former wives, Pat Harris and Zoe Ann Harris; nieces, Sabrina Wallace and her husband Ronnie, Whitney Cox, Camille Matics; Dione Wood Milauskas and her husband, Steven; nephews, Jackie Sexton and John Bru Minick; grandnieces, Megan Wallace and Patience Matics; his Aunt Betty Higganbothan; many friends and cousins.

Charles’s services will be Saturday, July 20th, at 2 p.m. at the Lillybrook Freewill Baptist Church, 403 Parker Street, Coal City (turn right at the country store), with Pastor Lowell Black officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.

A special thanks to Gary Mills and Dinell Pack. Donations of sympathy, in lieu of flowers, can be made to the Lillybrook Freewill Baptist Church, PO Box 1385, Coal City, WV 25823.

Condolences may be sent to the family’s guestbook at www.meltonmortuary.com.

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary and Cremation Center, Beckley.



Loretta Sue Davis Jewell

BRUNO — Loretta Sue Davis Jewell, 65, of Bruno, died Wednesday, July 17, 2013.

Service will be 1 p.m. Sunday, July 21, at the Verner Community Church, Verner, with the Revs. Walter Grimmett, Rodney Robinette and Tilly Walls officiating. Burial will follow in Verner Cemetery, Verner. Friends may call after 6 p.m. and a special service will be at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 20, at the church.

Online at www.mountsfuneralhome.com

Arrangements by Mounts Funeral Home, Gilbert.



Rebecca Ann Harvey Reynolds

MILAN, Ohio — Rebecca Ann Harvey Reynolds, 72, of Milan, a native of Hilldale, died Wednesday, July 17, 2013,

Services will be private for the family.

Online at www.toftfh.com

Arrangements by Toft Funeral Home & Crematory, 2001 Columbus Ave., Sandusky, Ohio.



Bertha Agnes Hawks

PRINCETON — Bertha Agnes Hawks, 96, of Princeton, formerly of Lindside, passed away Thursday, July 18, 2013.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, July 20, at the Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home Chapel, in Peterstown, with Pastor Paul Broyles and Brother Rodger Boothe officiating. Burial will follow at the Orchard Cemetery, Ballard. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, July 19, at the funeral home.

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

In lieu of flowers, Mrs. Hawks requested monetary donations be made to the Lindside Church of the Brethren, Lindside.

Arrangements by Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home, Peterstown.



Linda Carol Houck

Linda Carol Houck, 53, of Beckley, died on Wednesday, July 17, 2013, after a short battle with leukemia.

Born on September 28, 1953, in Beckley, she was the daughter of Neta Brown. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dempsey “Bim” Houck, a brother, William “Tim” Miller, and a grandmother, Bessie Martin.

Linda was a longtime employee of Jay Roles Floral in Beckley where she served as the senior floral designer. She was widowed at a young age, and raised three children as a single mother. Linda had a special love for her little friend, Ves; her German Shepherd, Harley; and her friends. She displayed a loyalty to her family and others that is simply unparalleled. Linda was a fighter.

Left to cherish her memory are her mother, Neta Brown, and her husband, Jim Brown of Fairdale; two children, Saundra Swafford and her husband, James Swafford of Beckley; and Rodney Farmer of Beckley; a granddaughter, Lexis Farmer of Beckley; a stepdaughter, Natasha Houck Smith of Mabscott; a stepson, Nick Houck of Mabscott; a sister, Londa Justus of Beckley; stepsister Mellisa Shorter, and her husband Brian Shorter of Sophia; stepbrother, Chris Brown, and his wife Caroline Brown of Troutman, NC; and a special forever brother-in-law, Derek Justus of Crab Orchard.

Funeral services will be Saturday, July 20, at 1 p.m. at Melton Mortuary in Beckley. Burial will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens.

Visitation will be Friday, July 19, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Melton Mortuary in Beckley.

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary of Beckley.



Arlie Harvey Pugh, U.S. Navy Retired

Arlie Pugh went to be with our Lord on January 24, 2013, in Ozark, Alabama.

He was born October 4, 1930, at Backus, W.Va., to Samuel H. and Ella E. Gill Pugh.

Those left to mourn our beloved brother and father are sons William, Robert and Scott Pugh; daughter Rebecca Buckland; six grandchildren, Leslie, Garrett, Ryan, Katherine, Lindsey and Emma; one great-grand son, Brody; brothers: Ralph Pugh of Layland, W.Va., Denny Pugh of Tupelo, Miss., and Harmon Pugh of Piney View, W.Va.; sisters: Maggie Caudell, White Sulphur Springs, W.Va., Dorothy Anderson Laurel, Md., and Verna Asbury, Jacksonville, Fla.

Preceded in death by his parents, four brothers and four sisters. His son Michael passed away in March 2013.

Arlie served 20 years in the U.S. Navy, retiring on June 12, 1967. He served on the Comcruiser Destroyer Flotilla 4 teaching Skills and Career information from 1960 to 1967. He also worked as part of the Manned Space Craft Recovery Team at Cape Kennedy, Fla.

Arlie was a member of the Kernan Baptist Church, Jacksonville, Fla. Also a 47-year member of the Masonic Lodge most recently the Marion-Dunn Lodge 19 in Ocala, Fla. 

Graveside memorial services will be Sunday, July 21, at 11 a.m. at the Harrah Cemetery, Backus, W.Va. Masonic services will conducted by the Laurel Lodge 104 of Danese, W.Va.



Beverly Annie Sapp

Beverly Annie Sapp, 71, of Sophia, passed away Tuesday, July 16, 2013.

Born August 2, 1941, at Hot Coal, W.Va., she was a daughter of the late Cleophaus and Bertha Mae Doss Steele.

Beverly loved Betty Boop, and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She was of the Baptist faith and attended the Clifftop Baptist Church on Airport Road.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sisters, Betty and Linda; a brother, Cleophaus Steele Jr.; a grandson, Stephen Ferguson; a nephew, Troy Wilburn; and a sister-in-law whom she loved like a sister, Shelby Doss.

Those left to cherish her memory include her loving husband of more than 56 years, James Sapp Sr.; two daughters, Nancy Maxwell and husband, John, of Sophia and Tammy Sapp Perkins and husband, Gene, of Soak Creek; a son, James Edward Sapp Jr. and wife, Jeni, of Bolt; grandchildren, Misty Jarrell, Kristy Ferguson, Melissa Jarrell, Crystal Sapp, Angle Sapp, Ashley Sapp, and James Michael Sapp; seven great-grandchildren; a brother, John Steele of Salem, Va.; two sisters, Carol Morris of Pearisburg, Va., and Sherry Christian of Virginia; a special niece, Tina Doss of McAlpine; several nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

Services to celebrate Beverly’s life will be held 1 p.m. Monday, July 22, 2013, at Williams-Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Sophia. Following the services Beverly will be laid to rest at Sunset Memorial Park, Beckley.

Friends may gather with the family from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, July 21, 2013, at the funeral home.

Online condolences and other information can be found by visiting www.blueridgefuneralhome.com.

Williams-Blue Ridge Funeral Home, 101 1st Street, Sophia, is in charge of the arrangements.



Patricia L. Sedlock

HICO — Patricia L. Sedlock, 62, of Hico, W.Va., went home to be with her Lord on July 17, 2013, after a long battle with cancer.

Patricia was the daughter of Mrs. Marie Hawkins of Little River, Texas, and the late Basil Hawkins.

She was preceded in death and lovingly welcomed home by her mother-in-law and father-in-law, Ruth and Thomas Sedlock, her sister, Virginia Jeffcoat, her brother, Charles “Buddy” Hawkins, a special nephew, Gene Neal, and her granddaughter, Casey Dempsey.

Left to carry on her legacy of faith and love are her husband of 42 years, Andrew Sedlock of Hico; children, Mandy Dempsey and Ryan Dempsey of Victor, W.Va., and A.J. Sedlock and Adrian Wills of Hico; loving additions that God added to our family, Phillip Dempsey and Amy Hammons; her grandchildren, Alysia Sedlock, Avina Sedlock, Tyler Sedlock, Colin Dempsey, Emily Dempsey, Aaron and Alex Dempsey, and one expected great-grandchild.

Her sisters and brothers cherish memories and looking toward a reunion day are: Cindy and Keith Bennett of Hico, Frank “Buster” Hawkins and Sonia Jones of Lookout, R.P. and Paula Hill of Temple, Texas, Bonnie and Gary Stull of Hico, and Barbara and Pat Isaacs of Hico.

The memories of Pat during their lives will always be shared by many nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles throughout many places.

Pat was a faithful member of Sunday Road Baptist Church during her life and has taught many kids the importance of having “Time to talk to God.” With patience, understanding and unconditional love her compassion and care for others will leave a memory beyond words. She also cared for many children who refer to her as “granny” in her years of cafeteria manager at Fayetteville High School.

A celebration of Pat’s home going will be held at Sunday Road Baptist Church on Saturday from 6 to 9 p.m. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Sunday at the church with Pastor Alan Donaldson officiating. Burial will follow at Restlawn Memory Gardens in Victor, W.Va.

We would like to thank everyone for the outpouring of love shown throughout the past months to our family. The cards, phone calls, visits, donation of time and money, but most cherished, the prayers, will never be forgotten and thank you will never be enough.

Online condolences may be sent to wallaceandwallacefh.com.

Arrangements by Wallace and Wallace Funeral Home of Ansted.



Millie Vest

Millie Vest, 90, of Daniels, passed away Thursday, July 18, 2013.

Arrangements are pending completion at Rose and Quesenberry, 729 Flat Top Road, Shady Spring.



Georgena ‘Jeanne’ Hoskins Zyto

Georgena “Jeanne” Hoskins Zyto, 70, of Beckley, went home to be with the Lord Tuesday, July 16, 2012.

Born November 29, 1942, she was the daughter of the late George Wendell and Eva Stover Hoskins.

Jeanne enjoyed entertaining family and friends, loved music and theater, photography, flower gardening, and recently remodeling the home place in Sweeneysburg. Each visit home from Virginia was like a holiday event, showering all the kids with gifts and attention. Jeanne attended Cirtsville Elementary, Woodrow Wilson High School and Beckley College. She worked at Leeds Department Store after graduating from school; Jeanne moved to the Alexandria, Va., area where she worked in the insurance industry and was Vice President of Armco Leasing Co. before retiring and returning to WV. She was a member of the Maynor Freewill Church in Maynor, W.Va.

In addition to her parents, Jeanne is preceded in death by her husband, Greg Zyto; sisters, Patricia Hoskins and Janice Nicely; brother, Harold Gene Hoskins; nephew, George Barber.

Those left to cherish her memory include her sister, Louise Barber of Sweeneysburg; brother, Grady Hoskins and wife Peggy of Beckley, Howard Hoskins and wife Patricia of Beckley, Harry Hoskins and wife Nancy Pat of Beckley; stepdaughter, Gabrielle Littlefield and husband Casey of Bumpass, Va.; stepson, George Zyto and wife Dawn of Stafford, Va.; grandson, Mason Littlefield of Bumpass, Va.; eight nephews and nieces and seventeen great-nephews and nieces.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 20, 2013, at Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley, with Pastor Larry Brown of the Maynor Freewill Baptist Church and Pastor Jim Bowyer of the Maple Fork Baptist Church officiating. Burial will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens.

Pallbearers will be Terry Hoskins, Chad Hilton, Kevin Hoskins, David Nicely, David Nicely, Jr., Casey Littlefield, and honorary pallbearer Bert Beadle.

Friends may gather with the family Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

The family request that memorial may be made to the Bowers Hospice House or Brian’s Safe House of which she was a passionate supporter.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.blueridgefuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by Blue Ridge Funeral Home, 5251 Robert C. Byrd Drive, Beckley.