The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

October 24, 2009

Obituaries - Sunday, Oct. 25, 2009


Emma Edith Allen

Emma Edith Allen, 95, of Roanoke, Va., (formerly of Beckley, W.Va.) went home to be with our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ on Thursday evening, Oct. 22, 2009, at her home after a short illness.

She was a member of Rosalind Hills Baptist Church, Roanoke, Va.

Emma was preceded in death by her loving, fine Christian husband, John Allen; her precious son, Donald Allen; her precious daughter, Betty Allen; her loving brothers, Kenneth Seelinger and Dearl Seelinger; her loving sister, Annie Bradley; and her loving grandson, Johnny Allen.

She was born on Aug. 5, 1914, in Beauty, W.Va., a daughter of the late Mike and Emma Seelinger.

At an early age Emma moved with her parents to Raleigh, W.Va., and the family became members of Raleigh Community Church. As an adult she became very active in the Women’s Circle.

Emma was a bookkeeper for J.O. Lively Construction in Beckley and Glen White for 25 years before retiring. She was on a bowling league for J.O. Lively Construction and also bowled on a Senior Citizens League for many years.

Emma is survived by her precious daughter, Lois Hawthorne of Roanoke; her loving grandsons, Gregory Hawthorne of Moneta, Donny Allen of Cleveland, Ohio, Timmy Allen of Lawrenceburg, Tenn.; and her loving granddaughters, Lori Jean Ponton of Lovingston, and Jo-Zette Nakajima of Roanoke; loving brother, Mike Seelinger of Manchester, Iowa; and is survived by her sweet and considerate daughter-in-law, Edna Allen of Northfield Center, Ohio.

A funeral service will be held at Rosalind Hills Baptist Church, Monday, Oct. 26, 2009, at 3 p.m. with Dr. Tom Stocks officiating. Visitation will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. at the church.

Another service will be held at Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley, W.Va., Tuesday, Oct. 27, at 3 p.m. with the Rev. Rodney Allen officiating. Visitation will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. at the funeral home. Interment will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Beckley, W.Va.

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

Oakey’s South Chapel, 540-989-3131, is handling funeral arrangements. Local arrangements by Blue Ridge Funeral Home, 5251 Robert C. Byrd Drive, Beckley.





Janice S. Cecil

COVEL — Janice S. Cecil, 70, of Covel, departed this world and went to be with her Lord and Savior as well as her family on Friday, Oct. 23, 2009, at Princeton Community Hospital in Princeton.

Born April 24, 1939, at Crystal, she was the daughter of the late George Cecil and Gracie White Cecil.

Mrs. Cecil was a resident of Covel for 64 years. She went to work at Princeton Community Hospital on March 29, 1967, and worked as an LPN for 26 years and 8 months. Janice had a heart of gold and spent her life caring and doing for others. She cherished the time she spent with her family and many special friends. She attended Garwood Church of God. Janice will live on through organ donation through CORE. The family encourages everyone to give the gift of life through organ donation.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one brother, G.C. Cecil.

Left to cherish her memory include two brothers, Verland Cecil and his wife Delores of Covel and Dwight Cecil of Roanoke, Va.; two nieces, Pamela Cecil Belcher and her husband Eric and Anita Cecil all of Covel; three nephews, Donald Cecil and his wife Belinda of Hickory Grove, S.C., Rick Cecil of Morrisville, N.C., and George Cecil and his wife Regina of Manteo, N.C.; Janice loved and adored her great-nieces and nephews, Madonna Marsh, Brandon Belcher, Candace Belcher, Christopher Cecil, Kayla Cecil, Ashley Cecil, Aryn Cecil, Landon Riley and September Riley; and her dog, Fifi.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Monday, Oct. 26, 2009, at the Rowland H. Bailey Funeral Chapel of the Bailey-Kirk Funeral Home in Princeton with the Rev. Gary Eskins officiating. Also speaking will be Rev. Ricky Shrewsbury and Margaret Holt. Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Gardens in Princeton.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

Friends may call today from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Bailey-Kirk Funeral Home in Princeton.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.bailey-kirk.com.





Betty Chrislip

LOGAN — Betty Chrislip, 81, of Logan, passed away Saturday, Oct. 24, 2009, at Logan Regional Medical Center in Logan.

Arrangements are incomplete at this time. Honaker Funeral Home of Logan is in charge of arrangements.





Nova Elkins Craddock

Nova Elkins Craddock, age 95, of Beckley, West Virginia, passed away Oct. 22, 2009.

Nova was born June 9, 1914, in Stickney, West Virginia. She was the daughter of the late W.G. and Cora Via Harris.

Nova was employed for 25 years as a salesperson for the G.C. Murphy Company. She was a member of the Mabscott Christian Baptist Church.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her first husband, Ernest Elkins, and her second husband, Bill Craddock; brothers, Homer, Elzie, and Aubrey Harris; sisters Ellen Ferguson, Altha Jobe and Glenna Harris.

Those left to cherish her memory include her son: Robert “Bob” Elkins and his wife Shirley of Beckley, West Virginia; daughter Lucy Loudin of Beckley, West Virginia; sister Gladys Angle of Erwin, Tenn.; grandson Mark Elkins and his wife Tonya of Elkview, West Virginia; grandson Matthew Elkins and his wife Lisa of Beckley, West Virginia; great-grandson Seth and Jordan of Elkview, West Virginia; great-grandson Will and great-granddaughter Abby of Beckley, West Virginia; caregiver Mona Prince of Beckley, West Virginia; special friend Mary Davis of Beckley, West Virginia; and several nieces and nephews.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 26, 2009, at Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley, with Pastor Doug Holley and Pastor Harmon Davis officiating. Burial will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens.

Friends and family will serve as pallbearers.

Friends may gather with the family from 1 to 2 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

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

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





Juanita F. Garten

BROOKS — Juanita F. Garten, 71, of Brooks, went home to be with the Lord, Friday, Oct. 23, 2009, at her home following a courageous battle with cancer.

Graveside services and burial will be 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 26, in the Bragg Family Cemetery at Brooks with Pastor Robbie Merritt officiating. Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. today, Oct. 25, at the Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.ronaldmeadowsfp.com.

Arrangements are by the Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors of Hinton.





Hattie Marie Dillon Johnson

BARBOURSVILLE — Hattie Marie Dillon Johnson, 85, of Barboursville, W.Va., was called home to be with her Lord on Friday, Oct. 23, 2009.

She was born Jan. 28, 1924, in Lincoln County, W.Va., a daughter of the late Rufus and Anne Mount Dillon.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth Merrell Johnson; a son-in-law, Tom Spears; two sisters, Odfie Bias and Lorietta Venoy; and four brothers, John Dillon, Isacc Dillon, Huston Dillon and Arnold Dillon.

She was a member of Barboursville Baptist Church.

She is survived by two daughters, Lanoma Spears of Beckley, W.Va., and Carol Weaver and her husband D. Allan of Jupiter, Fla.; one brother, Herbert Dillon of Milton, W.Va.; five grandchildren, Angela Barker and her husband Jim of Milton, W.Va., Stephanie Adkins and her husband Paul and Tanya Pelfrey, all of Huntersville, N.C., Kenneth Weaver and his wife Dusty of Milton and Jason Weaver of Huntington; eight great-grandchildren, Brittany Barker, Kaylen Jenkins, Christian Weaver, Megan Weaver, Marshall Adkins, Haylie Barker, Talia Weaver and Darian Weaver; three great-great-grandchildren; and her care giver, Gail Moorefield.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 26, 2009, at the Wallace Funeral Home & Chapel by the Rev. Craig Coster. Burial will be in Enon Cemetery.

Friends may call after noon Monday at the Wallace Funeral Home, Barboursville.

Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.timeformemory. com/wallace.

The family would like to give a special thanks to Hospice of Southern West Virginia for their loving care and support.





James Lilly

James Lilly, 72, of Shady Spring, passed away Friday, Oct. 23, 2009.

Born Sept. 21, 1937, he is the son of the late Roy and Hazel Cox Lilly.

James loved horses, fishing and farming. He enjoyed spending time with his wife at the beach. James started the Summers Co. Horsemen’s Association. He was a coal miner for 32 years and a member of the UMWA District 17. James was of the Baptist faith.

In addition to his parents, James is preceded in death by his first wife Virginia Cadle Lilly; son Charles David Lilly; brothers David Michael and Roy Eugene Lilly; sister Melba Prince; and grandson Robert Keith Lilly, Jr.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife Kathleen Lilly of Shady Spring; sons James Elmer Lilly, Jr., and wife Carol of Pineyview, Robert Keith Lilly and wife Rhonda of Jumping Branch, Johnny Wayne Lilly and wife Marilyn of Jumping Branch; daughter Sue Ann Ferguson and husband Roger of Jumping Branch; stepson Ricky Lee Mills and companion Alex Fitzwater of Shady Spring; brothers Charles Lilly and wife Jenny of Ohio, Robert Earl Lilly and companion Janet Richmond of Beckley; sisters Josephine Lilly of Maple Fork, Hazel (Sissy) Stanley and husband Timmy of Fairdale, Brenda Rood and husband Ron of Shady Spring; six grandchildren and numerous nephews and nieces.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 26, 2009, at Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley, with Pastor Robert Barley officiating. Burial will follow at Lilly Cemetery, Will-Dodd Road, Jumping Branch.

Pallbearers will be Shawn Linzy, Jackie Smith, Larry Smith and Ricky Mills.

Friends may gather with family Monday from 10 to 11 a.m. at the funeral home.

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

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





Esther Jane ‘Cookie’ Waugh McGuffin

OAK HILL — Esther Jane “Cookie” Waugh McGuffin, 68, of Oak Hill, died Thursday, Oct. 22, 2009, at her home.

Born Aug. 22, 1941, at Brooklyn, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Clarence Howard and Herma Ellen Stewart Waugh.

She was a disabled nursing assistant having worked for Plateau Medical Center.

Mrs. McGuffin was a member of the Protestant faith.

Her husband, Glenn Franklin McGuffin, two sisters and four brothers preceded her in death.

Survivors include one son, Glenn Anthony “Andy” McGuffin and wife, Tammy, of Shady Spring; brother, Harry Waugh of Scarbro; three sisters, Grace Pittman of Oak Hill, Velma Newton of Pounding Mill, Va., and Yvonne Leffel of Oak Hill; and two grandchildren, Jared Scott McGuffin and Jordan Ashleigh McGuffin, both of Shady Spring.

A committal service will be Thursday, Oct. 29, 2009, at 2 p.m. at High Lawn Memorial Park Mausoleum in Oak Hill with Rev. Justin Seay and Charles “Rocky” Pittman officiating. Niche inurnment will follow. There will be no visitation.

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

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.





Mabel M. Morris

CALDWELL — Mabel M. Morris, 85, passed away Thursday, Oct. 22, 2009, at her home after a long illness.

Service will be 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 26, at the Longanacre Funeral Home Chapel, Fairlea, with Pastor Donald Trent officiating. Burial will follow in the Adwell Cemetery, Ronceverte. Friends may call 6 to 8 p.m. today, Oct. 25, at the funeral home.

Arrangements by Longanacre Funeral Home, Fairlea.





Olive Marie Plummer

CRAIGSVILLE — Olive Marie Plummer, 71, of Craigsville, went home to be with the Lord on Friday, Oct. 23, 2009, in Summersville Memorial Hospital.

Graveside services will be 2 p.m. today, Oct. 25, in WV Memorial Gardens, Calvin.

Simons-Coleman Funeral Home, Richwood, is in charge of arrangements.





Maude Mae Riner

LINDSIDE — Maude Mae Riner, 101, went to be with her Lord and Savior Thursday, Oct. 22, 2009, at the Carilion Giles Memorial Hospital, Pearisburg, Va.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Monday, Oct. 26, at the Rock Camp United Methodist Church with Pastor Gene Fullen officiating. Burial will follow in the Orchard Cemetery, Ballard. Friends may call 6 to 8 p.m. today, Oct. 25, at the Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home, Peterstown, and one hour prior to the services at the church.

The family requests memorial donations be made to the Rock Camp United Methodist Church, Rt. 1 Box 206, Lindside, WV 24951.

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

Arrangements by Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home, Peterstown.





Edward Burling ‘Jim’ Rogers

RAINELLE — Edward Burling “Jim” Rogers, 77, of Rainelle, passed away Friday, Oct. 23, 2009, at Heartland of Rainelle, following a long illness.

Services will be 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 26, at the Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home in Rainelle with Pastor Rodney Nutter officiating. Burial will follow in the Bethel Cemetery in Corliss. Friends may call one hour prior to the service. There will be no evening visitation.

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace Inc. of Rainelle.





Thelma M. Smith

Thelma M. Smith, age 86, of Maxwell Hill, formerly of Eccles and Glen Avenue, quietly went to sleep and was swept up by Angels on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2009.

Thelma was born Oct. 7, 1923, at Cherokee, Va. She was the daughter of the late Amos and Anna Belle Herron.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James G. Smith; her brother, Odell Herron; and one sister, Marie Johnson.

Thelma is survived by her only son, James Smith, whom she adored, his wife Sharon, whom she claimed as her daughter, of Shady Spring; her grandson, Jimmy Smith, whom she worshipped, and his wife, Dutra, who gave her a precious great-grandson, Kory of Shady Spring. Thelma was also the proud stepgrandma of Nike, whom she cared about deeply, of Shady Spring.

She is also survived by her best friend and sister, Ginny Peters of Santa Barbara, Calif.; her stepmother, Helen Herron of Coal City; numerous nephews, nieces and her cousin Carl Herron, whom she loved to play cards with.

Thelma loved to play Canasta and Yahtzee. She spent many happy years following her grandson, Jimmy, across the country on the Moto-X circuit. She was the happiest spending time with her family, fishing, camping, card playing and ATV racing.

The last four years she lived at Heritage House, where she had many dear friends, including Dorothy Gay hart and Susan Chandler, who filled her days with laughter and good food.

She will be forever loved, greatly missed and always in our hearts.

Services will be held at 3 p.m. today, Oct. 25, 2009, at Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley, with Rev. Kevin Webb officiating. Entombment with follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens.

Pallbearers were chosen due to Thelma or her family’s love for them. They are Larry Austin, Larry Austin II, Mike Hilton, Curtis Herron, and Walter Lafferty.

Friends may gather with the family from 1 to 3 p.m. today at the funeral home.

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

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





Geraldine Lambert Stone

MATHENY — Geraldine Lambert Stone, 75, of Matheny, entered into the gates of heaven on Thursday, October 22, 2009, after a short but courageous battle with cancer.

Born October 25, 1933, at Big Sandy, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Frank and Sylvania Thompson Lambert of Matheny.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by six sisters, “three infant sisters,” Anna May, Georgia Fay and Stella Lambert, Kathleen Fruia Salyers, Joan Runyon and Dorothy Nelson; two brothers, Frank Lambert and Kelly Lambert; and two grandsons, Mark Stone and Michael “Jeremy” Fain.

She was a very devoted and loving wife, mother and grandmother. Her favorite hobby was taking care of her family and making holiday fruit cakes for her family.

Those left to cherish her memories are her husband of 58 years, Allen J. Stone; two sons, Allen “Peanut” Stone and his wife, Polly, and Darrel Stone and his wife, Shari, all of Shady Spring; two daughters, Rita “Susie” Blankenship and her husband, William, of Matheny, and Dorothy Bowyer and her husband, Tony, of Beckley; three grandsons, Ray Cooper of Pax, Josh Fain and his girlfriend, Brittany Tilley, and James “J.D.” Blankenship, all of Matheny; two granddaughters, Jennifer Mosley and her husband, Thad, of Glen Rogers and Salena Morgan and her husband, Chris, of Bolt; three great-grandsons, Brandon Justice of Bolt, Logan Williamson of Bradshaw and Joshua “Mikey” Fain of Matheny; two great-granddaughters, Emma Ratcliff of Bradshaw, and Chloe Jones of California; three stepgrandsons, Jason Blankenship of Ohio and Adam and Brian Logsdon of Beckley; two stepgranddaughters, Jennifer Lambert and her husband, Les, and Shannon Bess and her husband, Jason, of Beckley; two stepgreat-granddaughters, Brianna and Skylar Mosley; three stepgreat-grandsons, Jacob and Jaxson Bess and Chad Morgan; a special little girl, Autumn Tilley; four brothers, Doug Lambert and his wife, Gloria, and Roy Lambert and his wife, Joan, all of Matheny, Howard Lambert and his wife, Barbara, of Big Sandy and Freddie Lambert and his wife, Gloria, of Lillydale; two sisters-in-law, Jean Lambert of Denton, N.C., and Ellen Lambert of Matheny. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews and a special friend, Tammy Blankenship of Matheny.

A celebration of Geraldine’s life will be at 11 a.m. Monday, October 26, 2009, in the Evans Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Darrell Stapleton officiating.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 9 p.m. today, October 25, 2009, at the funeral home.

Burial will follow in Palm Memorial Gardens, Matheny.

Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

Online guest book may be signed at www.evans-funeralhome.com or e-mail condolences to the Stone family to evans-funeralhome@stei.com.

Evans Funeral Home of Oceana is serving the Stone family.





Doris Ruth Toney

MULLENS — Doris Ruth Toney, 63, of Mullens, went home to be with her Heavenly Father and her husband, Bob Toney, on Friday, Oct. 23, 2009, with her son Doug and brother-in-law Dan by her side.

Born Aug. 17, 1946, at Jenkinjones, she was the daughter of the late Floyd W. and Ida Lucille Abel Warf.

Ruth was a homemaker, a former employee in a candy factory in Columbus, Ohio, a former employee of Southern Highland, and was a former owner and manager for the Guyan Skating Rink in New Richmond.

Ruth was a loving and caring person who always had a smile for everyone she met. She enjoyed working in her flowers, spending time with her family and friends and listening to Gospel music. She will be sadly missed by all her friends in Mullens, where everyone knew her so well.

In addition to her parents she was also preceded in death by her husband, Bob Toney; and a brother, Harvey Warf.

Those left to cherish her memory include her son, Douglas Whitt of Mullens; a daughter, Sandy Brett of Princeton; four grandchildren, Doug Whitt, Jr., Derek and Tiffany Buzzo and Crystal Brett; two sisters, Greta Privett of New Richmond and Ethel Sisk of N.C.; two brothers, Arbie Warf of Rock and Jerry Warf of N.C.; and a host of nieces and nephews and a very special brother-in-law, Dan Toney of Mullens.

Services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at Tankersley Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Mickey Mitchell officiating. Burial will follow in Sunset Memorial Park, Beckley.

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

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.tankersleyfh.com.

Arrangements by Tankersley Funeral Home, Mullens.