The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

October 10, 2009

Obituaries - Sunday, Oct. 11, 2009


Tommy Lewis Arrington

OAK HILL — Tommy Lewis Arrington, 58, of Oak Hill, died Friday, Oct. 9, 2009, at Plateau Medical Center, Oak Hill, W.Va., following a short illness.

He was born May 11, 1951, at Chestnut Knob, W.Va., to Charles and Mabel Dixon Arrington. He was a mechanic and was of the Baptist faith.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Mabel Dixon Arrington.

Survivors include two daughters, Cindy (Samuel) Smith of Scarbro and April (Nathan) Burk of Hilltop; four grandchildren, Amber and Sammy Smith of Scarbro and Brandon and Madison Burk of Hilltop; mother of his children, Penny Shelton Arrington of Oak Hill; fiancee, Pat Rhodes of Oak Hill; one stepson, Gary Rhodes of Oak Hill; one stepdaughter, Shelia Ballangee of Oak Hill; one sister, Debrah Arrington, and two brothers, Charles and Timmie Arrington, all of Oak Hill; four stepgrandchildren.

Services will be 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 12, 2009, at Tyree Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill, with Pastor Lum Toney officiating. Burial will be at Gethsemane Memorial Gardens, Oak Hill. Visitation will be 1 to 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 12, 2009, at Tyree Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Nathan Burk, Samuel Smith, Darrel Naylor, Forrest McFarland, George Harrah and Jimmy Sears.

Online condolences may be sent to our Web site at www.tyreefuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home of Oak Hill.





Edna Bailey

GLEN ROGERS — Edna Bailey, 59, departed this life Saturday, Oct. 10, 2009.

Arrangements are incomplete. Services entrusted to Adam Toler Memorial Funeral Home, Oceana.





Joyce Bragg

Joyce Bragg, 71, of Bragg, died Friday, Oct. 9, 2009, at the Raleigh General Hospital in Beckley, following a long illness.

Arrangements by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, 1901 S. Kanawha St., Beckley.





Cora Braxton

Ms. Cora Braxton, of Beckley, died Saturday, Oct. 10, 2009.

As per her request, she has been cremated, and a memorial service will be at a later date.

Arrangements entrusted to Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.





Racheeta Elizabeth ‘Pinky’ Claytor

Ms. Racheeta Elizabeth “Pinky” Claytor, 52, of Roanoke, Va., formerly of Beckley, died Friday, Oct. 9, 2009.

Submitted by Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.





Shirley J. Cobb

Shirley J. Cobb, age 73, of Beckley, died Thursday, October 8, 2009, at the Beckley Appalachian Regional Hospital following a long illness.

Born on March 28, 1936, at Caldwell, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Orb James and Virginia Wickline James.

Mrs. Cobb was a former waitress, and was a member of the Salvation Army. She had lived most of her life in Beckley.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Eules W. Cobb; brothers, Roy David James, Charles Franklin James, Edward Lee James, and a sister, Gladys Osivnik.

Surviving are her three children: Deborah Daniels of Richmond, Va., Sharie Shaw and her husband Keith, of Richmond, Va., and David Franklin Cobb of Coal City; a brother, Gene Autry James and his wife Patricia of Sophia; two sisters, with whom she made her home, Helen Marie Stanley and Alice DeHart of Beckley; four grandchildren, Stephen Michael Shaw, Wendy Shaw, Brian Shaw, and Laura Shaw; three great-grandchildren, Katlyn Smith, McKenzie Edwards, and Camryn Shaw.

Funeral services will be conducted 3:30 p.m. today, Oct. 11, 2009, at the Rose and Quesenberry Peace Chapel in Beckley, with Captain Bob Cornette and Captain Rob Barber officiating. Burial will follow at Sunset Memorial Park in Beckley.

Friends called 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be family and friends.

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

Arrangements by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home in Beckley.





Marian Holliday Hamilton

FRANKFORD — Marian Holliday Hamilton, 73, of Frankford, died Oct. 9, 2009.

Service will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13, at Zion’s Light Baptist Church near Ronceverte. Friends may call 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 12, at Morgan Funeral Home in Lewisburg.





Mary Hornbrook Kirkpatrick

Mary Hornbrook Kirkpatrick, Beckley, departed this life at the Bowers Hospice House on October 10, 2009.

Born February 28, 1926, she was the daughter of the late John R. and Mary B. Lilly Hornbrook. Mary was a 1943 graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School and attended the Erma Beard School of dance. She was a graduate of Ward Belmont College in Nashville, Tenn., and the University of Kentucky where she was a member of Delta Delta Delta Sorority. She served as secretary and treasurer of the Lillybrook Land Company, and established the Mary Kirkpatrick Professorship for Breast Cancer Research at the Wake Forest University Medical Center. Mary was a member of the Mt. Hope Presbyterian Church.

She is survived by her husband of 61 years, H. Louis Kirkpatrick; one son, Judge H.L. Kirkpatrick, III, and his wife Rebecca; one daughter, Ann Kirkpatrick Price and her husband Donald Price; two grandsons, John Kirkpatrick and Robert Kirkpatrick; stepgranddaughter, Amber Price; stepgrandson, Tyson Price; and stepgreat-grandson, Keaton Burch.

The family wishes to acknowledge their appreciation to Mary’s caregivers from Visiting Angels, Bowers Hospice House and Hospice of Southern West Virginia. The family desires that any contributions in honor of Mary be given to the Bowers Hospice House, 454 Cranberry Drive, Beckley, WV 25801, or to the charity of your choice.

Services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, October 13, 2009, in the Calfee Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Elizabeth Stone officiating. Interment will follow in the mausoleum at Sunset Memorial Park, Beckley. Friends may call at the funeral home from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday.

Online condolences may be left at www.calfeefh.com.

Arrangements by Calfee Funeral Home, Beckley.





Richard McNeely

Richard McNeely, 71 of Beckley, died Saturday, Oct. 10, 2009, at the Raleigh General Hospital in Beckley.

Arrangements by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, 1901 S. Kanawha St., Beckley.





Sylvia Miller

On Friday, October 9, 2009, on an Indian summer afternoon, our beloved Sylvia Miller of Dunns Road, at Flat Top, passed away at the Princeton Community Hospital following a battle with cancer. She had had fought this battle since April. Sylvia was 66 years of age.

Sylvia Anne was born on July 13, 1943, in Charlotte, North Carolina, the daughter of the late Annie Lee Councilman Cantrell.

She spent her early years in New Smyrna Beach, Florida. It was here Sylvia would meet a boy from West Virginia, who became the love of her life, Frank Pleasant Miller. They would share 47 years together. Frank passed on June 21, 2006, at their home in Flat Top. “Oh Glad Reunion.”

Sylvia fell in love with West Virginia. She and Frank loved their home at Flat Top and enjoyed the many precious years they shared with their children and grandchildren and extended families.

A toll collector for the West Virginia Parkway Authority, she worked for 18 years. Even after retirement, she enjoyed close ties with her co-workers at the Ghent Toll Booth who helped so much in these last months of her life. She was a member of the Mountain Missionary Baptist Church.

At the end of the day, when we her family and friends recall our Sylvia we will remember her love of family, a woman who loved to travel, walk on the beach, visit her friends far and wide and ride that motorcycle!

Sylvia was the devoted mother of Frank P. Miller Jr., and his wife Christine of Flat Top, and Elizabeth Ellison of Daniels; the doting grandmother of Ryan and Sarah Ellison and Jonathan and Kristen Miller. On June 11, 2008, the family would suffer the great loss of Ryan. So they are all together now, Frank, Sylvia and Ryan. “Heaven seems a lot sweeter and closer now.” Also left to cherish her memory are her brother and sister, Joe Harder of Columbia, S.C., and Barbara Richards of Plant City, Fla.; her dear friend, Fred McMillion, and his family; the Miller family, Reba Suddreth, Dolores Cook, Lee Ann Evans, Karl and Mark Miller; many special nieces and nephews and a host of friends. Her children want you to know she thought the world of all of you.

A special thank you to the nursing staff and physicians at Princeton Community Hospital for their compassion and care.

Funeral services will be Monday at 2 p.m. at the Melton Mortuary Chapel with the Rev. Thomas Ellison officiating. Sylvia will then be laid to rest beside her beloved Frank at the Calfee Cemetery at Mt. Tabor. The family will receive friends from noon until the hour of the services. Pallbearers will be: Donnie and Donald Farley, Keith and Jerry Suddreth, Lindell Hatcher, and Troy Harvey.

The family suggests donations of sympathy can be made the Bowers Hospice House, PO Box 1472, Beckley, WV 25802.

And so now we say goodbye. Sleep well. “...you savored much, good times, good friends, a loved one’s touch.” You are with those we yearn to see.

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

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary, Inc., Beckley, W.Va.

Tleatha Lilly Bennett Sablan

Tleatha Sablan, age 62, of Beckley, W.Va., passed away on Thursday, October 8, 2009, in the Bowers Hospice House in Beckley, following a long illness.

Born November 23, 1946, in Fayette County, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Elden and Frances Ramsey Bennett.

Tleatha had been employed as a dispatcher for the Highway Patrol in San Diego, Calif., but, after retiring, returned home to the mountains of her youth, in West Virginia.

Other than her parents, she is preceded in death by three sisters, Sarah Fix, Barbara Prince and Katherine Ruff.

Those left to cherish her memory are her husband, Joe Sablan of Beckley; three sons, Joseph and his wife Kristin, stationed with the U.S. Army, Franklin and his wife Kendra of San Diego, Thomas and his wife, Debbie, of San Diego; a daughter, Linda Casper and her husband Jason of Boston, Mass.; two brothers, William “Bill” Bennett of Florida and Wilburn “Eddie” Bennett of Talcott, W.Va.; one sister, Anna N. Bennett of South Carolina; eleven grandchildren and a special brother-in-law, Ralph Prince.

A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. on Monday, October 12, 2009, at the Rose and Quesenberry Peace Chapel in Beckley with Rev. Mike Sisson officiating, with a eulogy by her son Franklin Sablan.

Friends may call on the family one hour prior to the service.

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

Arrangements by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home in Beckley, W.Va.





Lue Alta Sauer

On Tuesday, October 6, 2009, our beloved mother, Lue Alta Sauer, passed away in Vinton, Va., following a brief illness.

Born June 24, 1926, in Maben, W.Va., she was the only child of the late Roy and Violet Fanning of Fairdale, W.Va.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, Carl A. Sauer, in 2003.

Mrs. Sauer dedicated her life to caring for others as a Licensed Practical Nurse, working at the Beckley Hospital, Appalachian Regional Hospital, as well as many years at Raleigh General Hospital where she eventually retired from nursing.

She remained quite active following her retirement — enjoying reading, needlework, gardening, and her love for animals.

Those left to cherish her memory are her daughter Kylene Sauer of Vinton, Va., her son Karl E. Sauer and wife Penny of Fairdale; three grandchildren, Amanda Jeffries of Hinton, W.Va., Emily Sauer of Cranberry, W.Va., and Karl E. Sauer Jr. of Union, W.Va.; two great-grandchildren, Makaylah and Khloeigh; as well as her beloved little companion, her dog Talulah.

A private family service will be held at 2 p.m. today, October 11, 2009, at Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley, following cremation, with Rev. Glen Kuhn officiating.

In lieu of flowers, which she loved, she requested donations be made in her memory to the Humane Society of the United States, 2100 L. Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20037.

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

Blue Ridge Funeral Home, 5251 Robert C. Byrd Drive, Beckley, W.Va., is in charge of the arrangements.





Virginia ‘Jenny’ Scarlas

RAINELLE — Virginia “Jenny” Scarlas, 75, of Rainelle, passed away on Friday, October 9, 2009, at Greenbrier Valley Medical Center in Fairlea following a long illness.

Born October 1, 1934, in Charleston, she was the daughter of the late John Lewis and Lelia Keith Hall.

Jenny graduated from Charleston High School in 1952, served in the Navy Reserves for 13 years, was a medical secretary for Dr. Bradford in Charleston for 10 years, and retired as Postmaster of the Leslie Post Office. She was a member of the Rainelle United Methodist Church.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Katie Tincher, and two brothers, Leonard and Bob Hall.

Survivors include her husband, Stanley “Steve” Scarlas of Rainelle; a stepson, Randy E. Scarlas of White Sulphur Springs; three nieces, Patty Campbell and husband, Roger, of Charleston, Connie Hutchinson and husband, Bobby, of Teays Valley, and Sharon Davenport of Raleigh, N.C.; two nephews, Jimmy Hall of Las Vegas, Nev., and David Tincher of Teays Valley; and one brother-in-law, Walter Tincher of Charleston.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, October 12, 2009, at the Wallace & Wallace Chapel in Rainelle with Rev. Stanley Clark officiating. Burial will follow in The End of the Trail Cemetery in Clintonville.

Friends may call from 6 until 8 p.m. today, October 11, 2009, at the funeral home.

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace, Inc., of Rainelle.





George W. Sweeney

Mr. George W. Sweeney, age 91, of Shady Spring, West Virginia, died Friday October 9, 2009, at the Beckley Appalachian Regional Hospital following a short illness.

Born on November 3, 1917, at Ghent, W.Va., he was the son of the late Londa B. Sweeney and Texie Farley Sweeney.

Mr. Sweeney was a retired coal miner, and was a member of the UMWA. He was of the Baptist faith, and had lived at Shady Spring, W.Va., for most of his adult life.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Raymelle Grace Sweeney; a daughter, Janice M. Hand; a brother, John Sweeney; and a sister, Versie Brammer.

Surviving are two sons, George W. Sweeney II and his wife Bonnie of Beckley, W.Va., Gerald Howe Sweeney of Shady Spring, W.Va.; five sisters: Ellen Cole of Cool Ridge, W.Va., Dora Bryant of Shady Spring, W.Va., Maxine Lilly of Maryland, Ferne Meadows of Ghent, W.Va., Katherine Canaday of Virginia; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren also survive.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Tuesday at the Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home Shady Spring Chapel with Rev. Paul Blizard officiating. Burial will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens at Prosperity, W.Va. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Friends will serve as pallbearers. Online condolences may be sent to our guestbook at www.roseandquesenberry.net.

Arrangements by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, 729 Flat Top Road, Shady Spring, West Virginia.





Zellia ‘Brownie’ Richards Veneri

Zellia “Brownie” Richards Veneri, age 74, of Beaver, passed away Thursday, October 8, 2009, at Bowers Hospice House.

Born November 6, 1934, in Mercer County, she was the daughter of the late Houston McKinley and Nannie Brown Blankenship Richards.

Mrs. Veneri enjoyed gardening and quilting. She was formerly employed as a Winder at the Beckley Manufacturing Plant and also a former employee of A-Mart. She was a member of the Open Door Church at Shady Spring.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Petrino Veneri; two brothers, Ronald Richards and John Blankenship; and one sister, Evelyn Asbury.

Those left to cherish her memory include her daughter, Theresa Eastburn of Daniels; two granddaughters, Samantha Eastburn of Daniels and Lindsey Dishmon and husband Patrick of Wyoming County; one sister, Cleo Arvis and husband Paul of Virginia; and several nieces and nephews.

Graveside services will be 11 a.m. Monday, October 12, 2009, at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens Mausoleum, Beckley, with Rev. George Smith officiating. Entombment will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Beckley.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff of Hospice of Southern West Virginia, the staff of Bowers Hospice House, Dr. El-Harake and staff, and Dr. Killmer and staff.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in Zellia’s memory be made to Hospice of Southern West Virginia, P.O. Box 1472, Beckley, WV 25802, and/or Bowers Hospice House, 454 Cranberry Drive, Beckley, WV 25801.

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

Blue Ridge Funeral Home, 5251 Robert C. Byrd Drive, Beckley, is in charge of the arrangements.