The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

July 26, 2013

Obituaries — Friday, July 26, 2013

Mary Beth ‘Cookie’ Altice

FAYETTEVILLE — Mary Beth “Cookie” Altice, 70, of Fayetteville, passed away Monday, July 22, 2013, at Bowers Hospice House. Born May 14, 1943, at Beckley, the daughter of the late Emmitt Smith and Melda Marie Fulcher Smith.

In addition to her parents, Cookie was preceded in death in September 2012 by her husband of 18 years James “Jimmy” Ervin Altice Sr., and a stepson James “Jimbo” Ervin Altice Jr.

Survivors include two daughters Jimelle Dillon of Fayetteville and Tralissa Combs and her husband Lee of Fayetteville, four stepdaughters Tina Sue Francisco and her husband Bradley of Mt. Hope, Lisa Sue Sadler and her husband Jimmy of Daniels, Melissa Ann Stiefer and her husband Mark of Coal City, and Tammy Lynn Altice of Crab Orchard; one brother Tommy Douglas Smith and his wife Kari of Beckley; one aunt Jannie Knepp and her husband Tom of Beckley; four grandchildren; 11 stepgrandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and a very special good friend Eydie Polk and her husband Wayne.

Her remains rest at High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel where the funeral will be held 2 p.m. Saturday with Rev. Doug Alderman officiating and where the family will receive friends from 1 p.m. until time of service. Burial will follow in High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill.

Pallbearers will be Lee Combs, Tommy Douglas Smith, Robbie Dillon, Craig Scarbro, Wayne Polk, and Shirley Blake.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that a donation be made to the Bowers Hospice House, 454 Cranberry Drive, Beckley, WV 25801, and make sure to mention that your donation is in memory of Mary Beth “Cookie” Altice.

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Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.


Helen Rushbrook Bazzarre

Helen Rushbrook Bazzarre, 88, of Beckley, passed away Monday, July 15, 2013.

Born June 20, 1925, in McAlpine, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Henry and Nellie Rushbrook. Besides her parents Helen was preceded in death by a brother, Oather Rushbrook.

Mrs. Bazzarre was a graduate of Mark Twain High School and an active member of the Mark Twain High School Alumni Association. Helen graduated from the Raleigh General Hospital Nursing School and served in the Cadet Nurses Corps during World War II. She retired from the V.A. Medical Center after 30 years of dedicated work. At the time of her retirement she was supervisor of the Nursing Home Care Unit, a position she held for 18 years. She was a past member of the WV Nurses Association and the American Nurses Association. While employed at the VAMC, she was a writer and director of several comedy plays depicting nurses and several “This Is Your Life” plays. Helen was an active member of the Raleigh General Hospital Nurses Association having served as president for several years. She was also a member of the National Federation of Federal Employees. Helen was a member of the First Baptist Church in Beckley having served as deaconess, Chairman of the Kitchen Commity and Fellowship Sunday School Class where she served as president for many years.

Helen is survived by her husband of 67 years, Roy Wadell Bazzarre; a sister, Alice Boothe of Sterling Heights, Mich., and Samantha, her beloved cat. She is also survived by beloved nieces, Mary Lynn Schnurr of Virginia and Joyce Dair Maytachak of Sterling Heights, Mich.; a nephew, Edy Rushbrook of Cross Lanes, W.Va.; and several great-nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be 12 noon on Saturday, July 27, 2013, at the First Baptist Church in Beckley with Pastor Doc Adkins officiating. Friends may visit with the family one hour prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers the family asks memorial donations be made to First Baptist Church, 422 Neville St., Beckley, WV 25801, or the Raleigh County Humane Society, 325 Grey Flats Road, Beckley, WV 25801.

Online condolences may be left at

Arrangements by Calfee Funeral Home, Beckley.


Franklin ‘Frankie’ McArthur Bishop

NEW RICHMOND — Franklin “Frankie” McArthur Bishop of New Richmond went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Monday, July 22, 2013, at the age of 20.

Frankie was born on April 30, 1993, the son of Carlos Lee and Christina Dawn (Lilly) Bishop. He was a 2012 graduate of Wyoming East High School where he made friends with everyone he met.

Frankie will always be remembered for his infectious laugh. He was loved by all who knew him. His greatest gift was his personality. A love for being outdoors included football, baseball, hunting, fishing, 4-wheeling or just spending time with family and friends.

Frankie is preceded in death by grandparents Arnold Lilly, Christine Faulkner, MacArthur “Mutt” Bishop, aunts Jeanetta Ruth Torres, Anita Gail, Virginia Ann Schoeff and cousin Brian Garrison.

Surviving are his parents, Carlos and Christina Bishop, sister and brother-in-law Candi and Chad Jackson, brothers Coty and Dalton and sister Cierra Bishop. Frankie also leaves behind his “Mawmaw” Elsie Lilly, numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends that love him to the heavens and beyond.

The Broken Chain

We little knew that morning that

God was going to call your name.

In life we loved you dearly

In death we do the same.

It broke our hearts to lose you,

You did not go alone;

For part of us went with you,

the day God called you home.

You left us peaceful memories,

Your love is still our guide,

And though we cannot see you,

You are always at our side.

Our family chain is broken,

And nothing seems the same,

But as God calls us one by one,

The chain will link again.

The family will receive friends from 12 to 2 p.m. Friday, July 26, 2013, at the Rockview Pentecostal Church in Pineville with funeral services at 2 p.m., Jason Perdue officiating.

Frankie’s final resting place will be Lilly-Crews Cemetery, Nimitz, WV.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

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Calfee Funeral and Cremation Service of Pineville is serving the Bishop family.


Timmy Ray Blankenship

GILBERT — Timmy Ray Blankenship, 49, of Gilbert, died Tuesday, July 23, 2013.

Funeral will be at 1 p.m. Sunday, July 28, at Isaban Church of God, Isaban, with the Rev. Tom File officiating. Burial will be in Brushy Fork Cemetery, Isaban. Friends may gather with the family from 6 to 10 p.m. with a special service at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 27, at the church.

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Mounts Funeral Home of Gilbert is in charge of arrangements.


Edna Brackenrich

HINES — Edna Brackenrich, 96, of Hines died Wednesday, July 24, 2013.

Services will be 2 p.m. Sunday, July 28, at Morgan Funeral Home in Lewisburg. Burial will follow in Wallace Memorial Cemetery at Clintonville. Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.


Eloise Kidd

Eloise Kidd, 73, of Beckley, died Thursday, July 25, 2013.

Arrangements entrusted to Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.


Sandra Kay (Shirey) Kulcsar

COLORA, Md. — Sandra Kay (Shirey) Kulcsar, 67, passed away at her home May 26, 2013, after a long illness with her husband by her side.

Born in Beckley, on April 26, 1946, Sandy was the daughter of Irene D. (Brooks) Renault of Vero Beach, Fla., and the late Joseph D. Kulcsar.

She was a licensed cosmetologist and a devoted wife and mother. She served for several years as a volunteer working with her husband in the Baltimore Police Department and as the secretary of the Colora Civic Association. She loved birds, cats and her home and was known for her beautiful garden.

She and her husband Bert Shirey, who survives her, met when she was 15 and they were married July 3, 1965. She is also survived by her sister Joetta Winters of Vero Beach, Fla., and her brother Donald Kulcsar of Melbourne, Fla. She was preceded in death by her beloved daughter Elizabeth Kathleen, who died in 1997.

A service was held at R.T. Foard Funeral Home, P.A., 111 S. Queen St., Rising Sun, Md., on Friday, May 31, 2013, at 1 p.m. Burial took place in West Nottingham Cemetery, Colora.

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Barbara Ellen (Lovie) McGuire

ANSTED — Barbara Ellen (Lovie) McGuire, 81, of Ansted passed away Monday, July 22, 2013, at her home following a short illness.

Barbara was born April 6, 1932, at Victor and was the daughter of the late Homer Clarence and Mamie Piott Workman. She was a member of the Open Door Tabernacle in Oak Hill and was a homemaker.

Barbara was preceded in death other than her parents by her husband Clinton McGuire in 2010; one son Moses McGuire and three brothers Gene, Paul and Teddy Workman.

Surviving are three daughters Ellen Nilley of OK, Carolyn Holcomb and Mary Williams of Ansted; three sons Clinton McGuire Jr., and James McGuire of Ansted and Kenneth McGuire of KY; three brothers Nash Workman of Victor, Shelton Workman of Hico and William Workman of Victor. 15 Grandchildren and 11 Great-Grandchildren.

Graveside services will be conducted Saturday, July 27, 2013, at 2 p.m. at the McGuire Cemetery at Victor.

Friends may call from 1 till 1:30 at the Funeral Home on Saturday, July 27, 2013.

Wallace & Wallace of Ansted are in charge of arrangements.


Allen Cottrell Merriam

Allen Cottrell Merriam died Sept. 24, 2012.

A graveside service for Mr. Merriam will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 27, 2013, at Hillcrest Cemetery in White Sulphur Springs with the Rev. Elizabeth A. Walker officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the All Saints’ Episcopal Memorial Fund in memory of Allen C. Merriam.

Shanklin Funeral Home, White Sulphur Springs, is serving the family.


Charlotte Jane Morris

WIDEN — Charlotte Jane Morris, 85, of Widen died Wednesday, July 24, 2013.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 27, in the Walnut Grove Methodist Church at Strange Creek with Pastor Jimmy Adkins officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Friends may call one hour prior to the service Saturday at the church.


The Waters Funeral Chapel in Summersville is in charge of arrangements.


Bonnie Suttle Mullins

Narrows, Va. — Bonnie Suttle Mullins, 71, of Narrows, Va., passed away Wednesday, July 24, 2013.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Sunday, July 28, at the Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home Chapel, Peterstown, with Pastor Willis Carr officiating. Burial will follow in the Sunrise Memorial Gardens, Rich Creek, Va. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, July 27, at the funeral home.

Online guestbook can be signed or condolences may be sent to the Mullins family at

Arrangements by Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home, Peterstown.


Nelson Quinton

RUPERT — Nelson Quinton, 58, of Rupert, passed away Monday, July 22, 2013.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday, July 29. Friends may gather with family from 1 p.m. until service at the funeral home.

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace Inc. of Rainelle.


Dr. Roland P. Sharp Sr.

Dr. Roland P. Sharp Sr., a rural practitioner in West Virginia for nearly six decades and founding president of the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, died peacefully Thursday, July 18, 2013, at the age of 105.

Dr. Sharp was born in 1907 to Odessa Jordan Sharp and Aaron Sharp on a small farm in Frost in Pocahontas County, where four generations of Sharps were raised.

He attended primary school at Cove Hill and Raywood, and graduated from Edray District (later Marlinton) High School in 1926. He completed his college degree in 1936 at what is now Concord University. Thereafter, he earned his master’s in biology at West Virginia University and graduated in 1943 from Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine (Missouri), now A.T. Still University.

He worked throughout the time he earned his degrees, initially as a school teacher and later as a professor of pathology and anatomy. His first 17 years in practice were spent serving miners and their families in Mullens. In 1962 he returned to serve the residents of Pocahontas County from his office in Greenbank until his retirement in 2001 at the age of 94.

From 1972 to 1978 he worked to establish WVSOM in order to train primary care physicians and served as its first president. His many accolades include Practitioner of the Year, the Distinguished Service Certificate, and Outstanding Medical Educator awarded by state and national osteopathic societies, as well as an honorary Doctorate of Humanitarian Service conferred by Concord.

In addition to his practice, Dr. Sharp raised polled Hereford cattle at his farm in Frost and was active in Rotary, loved music of all kinds and was a talented organist and piano player. His family and community are grateful for his wisdom, love and service and celebrate his remarkable life as they mourn his passing.

Dr. Sharp is survived by his wife, Thelma “Kit” Neal Sharp, who resides in Oak Hill, and her children Charles Lee Neal and Holly Burley; Lee’s wife Francine (Davey), their son Charlie and daughter Morgan, her husband Jeremy Church and their sons Warren and Conrad; Holly’s husband John, and their sons Paul Keith Gilkeson, his wife Jessie, and J.W. Gilkeson, along with his daughters Kendall and McKenna; Dr. Sharp’s five grandchildren and their families: Sherry Weleski, her son Christopher, wife Melissa and their sons Hunter and Peyton; Paula Sharp Jones, her husband Ken, son Alexander and daughter Hannah; Melanie Sharp and her son Andrew; Suzanne Sharp Townsend, husband John, and sons Jeffrey and Richard; and Roland P. Sharp III, wife Tammy, daughter Megan and son Roland Paul Sharp IV; his grandchildren’s parents Melva (Lilly) and John (“Jack”) Sheehand; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins; and his beloved assistant, Barbara McCarty.

Dr. Sharp was preceded in death by his son Roland Paul Sharp Jr., an osteopathic physician who practiced in Greenbank and Mullens before his death in 1963, and his first wife Opal Price Sharp, who died in 1978.

Family and friends visited VanReenan’s Funeral Home in Marlinton on Thursday, July 25, from 3 to 8 p.m.

Services will be held at Frost Methodist Church (Rts. 92 and 84) on Friday, July 26, at 11 a.m., followed by a Masonic rights graveside service at 3 p.m. at Athens Cemetery in Athens.

The family requests donations to a charity of your choice in lieu of flowers.


Ruby Mae Watkins

GHENT — Ruby Mae Watkins, age 88, of Ghent, WV, passed away at the Bowers Hospice House on Wednesday, July 24, 2013.

Born on March 23, 1925, in Fayette County, she was the daughter of the late Emmett Akers and Goldie Mae Richards Akers.

Mrs. Watkins was a former employee of an Eye Glass Factory in Kansas City, Missouri. She had been a Ghent area resident for the past 15 years, moving from Kansas City, Missouri.

Mrs. Watkins was preceded in death by her husband, Sherman Watkins, by sisters Lucille Meador, Maria Burton, and a brother Michael Paul Cole.

Survivors include sisters, Jewell Shrewsbury of Ghent, Mildred Price of Columbus, Ohio, and Deloris Alslev of Hudson, Florida. Several nieces and nephews, and special friend and caregiver JoAnn Watson of Coal City also survive.

Funeral services will be conducted at the Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home Shady Spring Chapel on Saturday, July 27, 2013, at 1 p.m. with Rev. Orville Setliff officiating. Burial will follow at Sunset Memorial Park in Beckley. Friends may visit with the family at the funeral home from 11 a.m. until service time on Saturday.

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

Arrangements are by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home Shady Spring Chapel, 729 Flat Top Road, Shady Spring, WV.