The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

September 23, 2009

Obituaries September 24, 2009


William C. Bishop Jr.

Retired U.S. Army Lt. Col. William C. Bishop Jr., age 84, of Carolina Trace, Sanford, N.C., died on Sunday, Sept. 20, 2009, at Central Carolina Hospital.

Mr. Bishop was born on Feb. 28,1925, at Scarbro, W.Va., to the late William C. Bishop Sr. and Eleanor Hepler Bishop.

He was a 1942 graduate of Oak Hill High School, attended VPI and graduated from the United States Military Academy, West Point, N.Y. in 1946. He received his MBA from the University of Alabama in 1956. His 21 years of active duty in the US Army included tours in Germany, Korea, and

four years as manager of the Army Athletic Association at West Point. Upon retirement from the army in 1967, he joined the New York Telephone and was Vice President of Empire City Subway Company (a subsidiary of New York Telephone) when he retired in 1988. He spent his retirement years at Carolina Trace, Sanford, N.C. and was a member of the Carolina Trace Country Club.

He is survived by his wife, Katherine S. Bishop of Carolina Trace; one daughter, Martha Bishop Brown of Annapolis, Md.; two granddaughters, Elizabeth Fregiato of Washington, D.C. and Mary Hollis Brown of Asheville, N.C.; a sister, Carolyn Thornhill and husband, Warren of Daniels; and one sister-in-law, Connie Bishop of Birmingham, Ala.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Ann Bishop Griffith, and husband, Robert, and a brother, Paul S. Bishop.A memorial service will be held at a later date at West Point.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, 1359 Broadway Suite 1509, New York, NY 10018.





Joyce A. Dillon

PETERSTOWN — Joyce A. Dillon, age 61, of Peterstown, died Tuesday, September 22, 2009.

Services will be 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25, 2009 at the Peterstown Cemetery, Rich Creek, Va. with Pastor Roy Burton officiating.

Those wishing to attend the services are asked to meet at the Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home by 1:30 p.m.

Online guestbook can be signed or condolences may be sent to the Dillon Family at www.broyles-shrewsbury.com

Arrangements by Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home, Peterstown.





Larry Eugene Duncan

PRINCETON — Mr. Larry Eugene Duncan, 60, died Tuesday, September 22, 2009.

Services will be 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25, 2009 from the Burns Wornal Chapel of the Memorial Funeral Directory, Princeton.

Friends may call 1 p.m. until time of services at the funeral home or may leave on-line condolences at www.memorialfd.com

Arrangements by the Memorial Funeral Directory and Cremation Center, Princeton.





Ernest ‘Buck’ Helton Jr.

BRENTON — Ernest “Buck” Helton Jr., 74, of Brenton, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2009, at his residence following a long illness.

Calfee Funeral Service of Pineville is serving the Helton family.





Frankie Marie Kershner

Frankie Marie Kershner, 71, of Glen Daniel, went home to be with the Lord on Sept. 17, 2009 at the Beckley Appalachian Regional Hospital.

She was preceded in death by her late husband, Luther Chester Conn; one son, John F. Conn; one daughter, Barbara May Conn; two brothers, Timothy and Clarence Lawson and two sisters, Glenna Ratliff and Rosie Bennett.

She is survived by six sons, Ronny (Rose) Conn of Glen Daniel, Chester (Nichole) Conn of Amigo, Jerry (Debra) Conn of Ghent, Roger (Wanda) Conn of Princeton, David (Angel) Conn of Arnett, and Dewey Conn of Glen Daniel; two brothers, Donald Lawson of Bolt, and Ralph Lawson of Pekin, Ill.; three sisters, Lycora Miller, Janice Wyatt and Joyce Bailey; twenty three grandchildren and two great grandchildren. She will be greatly loved and missed.

Family will receive friends one hour before service at Durgan Funeral Chapel.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. today, Thursday, September 24, 2009 at The Durgan Funeral Chapel, 1501 South Kanawha Street, Beckley, WV 25801, with Pastor Thomas Steeleman officiating and burial following at the Slab Fork Cemetery, Slab Fork.

Online condolences may be emailed to ajdurganfh6@verizon.net.

Arrangements provided by Durgan Funeral Services.





James Robert Lilly

James Robert Lilly, 91, of Daniels, passed away Tuesday Sept. 22, 2009 at Beckley Appalachian Regional Hospital following a long illness.

Arrangements by Rose and Quesenberry, Shady Spring.





Calvin Coolidge Lovern

PRINCETON — Calvin Coolidge Lovern, 84, died Monday, September 21, 2009.

Services will be 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 25, 2009 at the Burns Wornal Chapel of the Memorial Funeral Directory on the Athens Road in Princeton.

Friends may call today from 5 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Friends and family may leave online condolences at www.memorialfd.com

Arrangements by the Memorial Funeral Directory and Cremation Center in Princeton.





Caitlyn McKenna Morton

INDORE — Caitlyn McKenna Morton, 21 months old, of Indore, entered into the waiting arms of Jesus on September 21, 2009.

Born on December 17, 2007, in Beckley, she was the daughter of Randy Morton of Lizemores and Emily Morton of Indore.

In addition to her parents, she is also survived by her brother, Caleb of Indore; maternal grandparents, James Dana and Mary J. Truman of Indore; paternal grandparents, Philip and Karen Morton of Lizemores; maternal great-grandmothers, Della Truman and Evelyn Neal, both of Indore; paternal great-grandmother, Kathleen Basye of Lizemores, and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Funeral service will be 1 p.m. Friday, September 25, 2009, at the Sycamore Community Baptist Church, Indore, with Ministers Paul Brown and Danny Foster officiating. Burial will follow in the Neal Cemetery, Indore.

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

On-line condolences may be sent to the family at www.carlwilsonfuneralhome.com

Wilson-Shamblin-Smith Funeral Home, Clay, is handling the arrangements for the family.





Joanne Neal

VICTOR — Joanne Neal, 56, of Victor, passed away Tuesday, September 22, 2009, at her residence following a long illness.

Born on December 1, 1952, she was a daughter of the late William and Iva Neal. She is also preceded in death by two brothers, Clifford Dale Taylor and Thomas Charles Neal.

She was of the Baptist faith.

Survivors are two sisters, Glenna Kenney of Hico, Susan Young and her husband Floyd of Hopewell; five brothers and their wives, Steve and Susan Neal of Hopewell, Roy and Patricia Neal of Victor, Lester and Donna Neal of Hico, Lacy and Gloria Neal of Hico, Clyde and Joyce Neal of Victor; eight nieces and thirteen nephews.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Friday, September 25, 2009, at Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home Chapel in Ansted. Burial will follow in Restlawn Memory Gardens at Victor.

Friends may call from 12 noon until funeral time Friday at the funeral home.

Wallace & Wallace of Ansted is in charge of the arrangements.





Christina Mae Petry Pack

Christina Mae Petry Pack, 87, of Beckley went to be with the Lord Wednesday, September 23, 2009 in a Beckley hospital.

Born April 8, 1922, at Oxley, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Lonnie “Bee” and Cora Miller Petry.

Mrs. Pack was a homemaker and was of the Baptist faith.

She was the last surviving member of her immediate family. Besides her parents she was preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, Emery Darrel Pack, brother; Lee, Kelso, Carlos and Nathan Petry and sister, Marie Freeman.

Those left to cherish her memory are five sons; Calvin Pack of Hilltop, Roy Pack and wife Roseanna of Beckley, Roger Pack of Beaver, Larry Pack and wife Ellen of Pipestem, Michael Pack and wife Pam of Beckley, nine grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren, special cousin who was like her sister, Christine Raines and special friend and neighbor, Bob Williams.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, September 25, 2009 in the Calfee Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor John Hart officiating. Burial will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens.

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

Grandsons; Alan, David, Jason, Travis, Chris and Jeff Pack will serve as pallbearers.

On line condolences may be left at www.calfeefh.com

Arrangements by Calfee Funeral Home, Beckley.





James Earl Perdue

LOOKOUT — James Earl Perdue, age 70, of Lookout, died Tuesday Sept. 22, 2009 at the St. Francis Hospital in Charleston, W.Va. following a short illness.

Born on Dec. 8, 1938 at Chesapeake, W.Va., he was the son of the late Irlan and Sallie Moss Perdue.

Mr. Perdue was a retired coal miner, having worked at Maple Meadow Mining. He was a member of the UMWA local number 1961. Mr. Perdue was a US Army Veteran, and was a member of the Family of God Church in Lookout.

He was preceded in death by two sons, Roy and Timothy Perdue, by a brother Golden Perdue, and by a sister Lorraine Perdue

Mr. Perdue had made his home at Lookout, since 1998, having previously resided in Sophia, W.Va.

Surviving are his wife, Rita Biggs Perdue; his children, Teddy Perdue and his wife Linda of Cherryville, N.C., Pamela Garrison and her husband Dean of Lookout; and Belinda Armstrong and her husband John of Lookout; his brothers, Jesse Perdue of Lick Creek, W.Va., Larry Perdue of Williamsburg, Va.; Marvin, Mike, and Joe Perdue, all of Portsmouth, Ohio; his sisters, Nora Roberts and Emma Roberts, both of Lincoln County, W.Va.; five grandchildren, Anna Garrison, Janina Schoolcraft, Melissa Perdue, Jeremy Perdue, and Zackary Ransom; four great-grandchildren, Taylor, Kyndal, Sydney, and Carter James Perdue.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25, 2009 at the Rose and Quesenberry Peace Chapel in Beckley, with Pastor Ken Souder officiating. Burial will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Beckley.

Friends may call at the funeral home from 6 to 9 p.m. today, Thursday.

Pallbearers will be Sean Hoffer, James Schoolcraft Jr., John Armstrong, David Saunders, Butch Jennings, and Steven Armstrong.

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

Arrangements by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home in Beckley.





Arthur Risner

Arthur Risner, 59, of Beckley passed away Wednesday September 23, 2009 at the Beckley VA Medical Center.

Arrangements by Rose and Quesenberry, Beckey.





Florence F. Roark

Mommy left on Tuesday, September 22, 2009 to be with our Daddy and brother Larry. She was born February 1, 1927 and was given the name Florence Faye Wills. She married our Daddy, William Elmer Roark on March 13, 1943. Mommy was a faithful follower of the Church of God.

They were the loving parents of seven children: William Howard Roark and has wife Helen of Coal City, Larry Franklin Roark, who passed away November 13, 1975, Gary Alton Roark and his wife Sharon of coal city, Brenda Mae Sheets and her husband Berlin of Coal City, Ronald Eugene Roark and his wife Brenda of Coal City, Richard Dean Roark, with whom she shared their home in Coal city, and Steven Dewayne Roark and his wife Patricia Kyline of Coal City.

She was the proud MimMim of eight grandchildren, fourteen great grandchildren and Aunt to many special nieces and nephews. Mommy was also MimMim to many other children that were drawn to her front porch to share a snack and listen to her many stories.

She left behind a very loving stepmother Nancy Belle Wills of Coal City, sisters, Willa Pegram of Fireco, Alma Keaton of Beckley, Edra Adkins of Hillsdale, Kitty Lydon of West View, Joyce Overbay of Princeton, Nancy Sturgill of Sophia, brothers Roy “Bud Wills of Coal City and Thomas H. Wills, Jr. of Coal City.

In addition to our Daddy, who passed away on August 26, 1986, Mommy had to give up many loved ones during her lifetime, including her father, Thomas Howard Wills, her mother Hetti Bednorchik, brother Jerry Wills, granddaughter Theresa and daughter in law Carol.

While her soul has gone to be with God, her body will be laid to rest in Sunset Memorial Park on Friday, September 25, 2009 following her funeral service at 11 a.m. at the Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Chapel in Shady Spring with the minister George Mandakunis officiating.

Family and friends may view her today, Thursday, September 24 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be grandsons Anthony and Kyle Roark, great grandson, George James Garrett, Nephews, Lee and Dwayne Bryant, great nephew Shane Roark and family friend Frank Wood.

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

Arrangements by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Chapel Shady Spring.





Richard Howard Staten

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS — Richard Howard Staten, 95, died Tuesday, September 22, 2009.

Service will be 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25, 2009 at the First Presbyterian Church, White Sulphur Springs with Rev. Ben E. Gurley officiating. Interment will follow in Greenbrier Memorial Gardens in Lewisburg.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2009 at the funeral home.

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





Freda Helen Sylvester

PIPESTEM — Mrs. Freda Helen Sylvester, 60, of Rocky Mount Road, died Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2009 at her home.

Born October 21, 1948 at Bluefield, she was the daughter of the late Glen Aden and Lona Bell Haynes Hall. Freda worked as a beautician and was a member of the Tabernacle Church in Hinton. She was a graduate of Montcalm High School and Beauty School in Florida. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and sister.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by three brothers, Sonny Wayne Hall, Ernest Eugene Hall and Gordon Dean Hall.

Survivors include her husband, Mickey Albert Sylvester; son, Kevin Bruce Ashlin and wife Vicki Lynn of Dallastown, Pa.; stepsons, Stephen Sylvester and wife Hope of Pearisburg, Va., Vincent Sylvester of Pittsburg, Pa.; grandchildren, Christian, Emma Grace, Grace Noel and Lauryn Nicole Ahslin; step grandchildren, Valentina and Kelsey Sylvester; brother, Glen Edward Hall of Princeton; sisters, Glenna Ratcliff of Plant City, Fla. and Loretta Falbo of Lakeland, Fla.; special caregiver and friend, Roxann Hall, and special friends, Vickie Shorter, Jeanette Murphy, Theresa Bishop, Laura Whiteside, Carman Wimmer, Cheryl Taylor, Tammy Street, Ada Pack, Nick Perriello, Joe Stanger, Andi Andrews and Jessie Hall.

Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Saturday, September 26, 2009 from the Burns Wornal Chapel of the Memorial Funeral Directory on the Athens Road in Princeton with Pastor Lawrence Bennett officiating. Burial will follow in the Resthaven Memorial Park Cemetery in Princeton.

Friends may call 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25, 2009 at the funeral home.

Family and friends may share online condolence via www.memorialfd.com

Pallbearers will be Woodrow Brogan, Frank Basile, Ritchie Miller, Tim Bradley, Gabe Frangos and Bobby Cales

The Sylvester Family is being served by the Memorial Funeral Directory & Cremation Center on the Athens Road in Princeton.





Nola Grace Toler

LYNCO — Nola Grace Toler, 93, departed this life Monday September 21, 2009, at Bowers Hospice House following a short illness.

Born October 11, 1915, in Clearfork, she was the daughter of the late Ola and Lilly Cook Toler.

Mrs. Toler attended Joseph Baptist Church at Lynco.

She was a loving mother, grandmother and will be dearly missed.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Bud Toler; three daughters, Denita Goodman, Phyllis Hedrick and Glenna Toler; two sons, Donald Toler and Rondal Toler; and two grandchildren, Rodney Hedrick and Sharon Morgan; and a daughter-in-law, Linda Toler.

Those left to cherish her memory are a son, Roger Toler of Lynco; a daughter, Delores Godrey of Crouch's Farm; a grandson Tony Toler and wife, Kim of Lynco; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and a host of family and friends.

A celebration of Mrs. Toler's life will be 1 p.m. Friday, September 25, 2009, at Adam Toler Memorial Chapel with Rev. Will Cook officiating. Mrs. Toler will be laid to rest in Palm Memorial Gardens, Matheny.

The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. until time of service on Friday at the funeral home.

Casketbearers will be family and friends.

Guestbook and condolences at www.adamtolermemorialfuneralhome.com

Services entrusted to Adam Toler Memorial Funeral Home, Oceana.





Lawrence Elvin Williams

CRAIGSVILLE — Lawrence Elvin Williams, 75, died Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2009.

Service will be 11 a.m. Friday at Simons-Coleman Funeral Home, Richwood. Burial will follow in Alex Williams Cemetery, Cranberry Ridge.

Arrangements by Simons-Coleman Funeral Home, Richwood.