The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

November 11, 2009

Obituaries — Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2009


John V. Adams

ZIONSVILLE, Pa. — John V. Adams, 64, formerly of Richwood, died Monday, Nov. 9, 2009.

The body was cremated and the ashes will be brought to West Virginia next spring.

There will be no visitation or service.

Arrangements by Simons-Coleman Funeral Home, Richwood.





David C. Bishop

FRANKFORD, Del. — David C. Bishop, 75, of Frankford, Del., formerly of Bud Mountain, passed away on Friday, Nov. 6, 2009, at Beebe Medical Center, Lewes Del.

Graveside services and burial will be 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13, 2009, at the Bell Cemetery, Bud Mountain.

Arrangements by Tankersley Funeral Home, Mullens.





Samuel ‘Sammy’ Giles Clay

Samuel “Sammy” Giles Clay 69 of Amigo, passed away Friday, Nov. 6, 2009.

Born Nov. 9, 1939, he is the son of the late Sydney Frank Clay and Georgie Chaffin Clay.

Sammy enjoyed shooting pool, weight lifting, playing the guitar, fishing and bowling.

He attended the Amigo Missionary Baptist Church for several years.

In addition to his parents, Sammy is preceded in death by his son, Stephen Clay; brothers, Doug Clay, Marvin Clay and sisters, Delores Lambert and Joyce Blackwell.

Those left to cherish his memory include his daughter, Cheryl Ann Clay of Allen Junction; son, Samuel Frank Clay of Thomasville, N.C.; grandsons, Edward Lee Reedy Jr. of Beckley, and William Shane Reedy of Allen Junction; brother, James Edward Clay of Beckley; sisters, Carol Sue Price of Woodbridge, Va. and Barbara Ann McKinney of Wyoming Continuous Care, New Richmond.

A memorial service will be held Friday Nov. 13, 2009, at the Itmann Methodist Church. Friends may gather with the family from 5 to 7 p.m., with service to follow. Rev. Gilbert Dodson will be officiating.

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

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





Clarice Irene Cox

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — Clarice Irene Cox, 77, formerly of Hinton, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Sunday, Nov. 8, 2009, at 7:30 p.m., in Greenville, N.C., following a long illness.

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

Arrangements are by the Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors of Hinton.





Rev. Vibert Dickens

DOBSON, N.C. — Rev. Vibert Dickens, age 78, of Dobson, passed away Monday, Nov. 9, 2009, at Forsyth Medical Center.

Rev. Dickens was born in Naoma, W.Va., on April 17, 1931, to the late Pete and Dessie Cooper Dickens.

Rev. Dickens served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War; he retired from the coal mines and ministered in many churches during the last 40 years.

He is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Violet Spurlock Dickens of the home; two daughters and sons-in-law, Teresa and David Gentry of Elkin, N.C., Robin and Kevin Brickell of Siloam, N.C.; one son and daughter-in-law, Jerry and Priscilla Dickens of Beckley; grandchildren and spouse, Terra and Michael Parker of Ararat, N.C., Derek Dickens of Beckley, Austin, Ryan, and Ashley Brickell, all of Siloam; great grandchildren, Joshua, Jonathan and Joanna Parker and Morgan Riley Dickens; one sister, Barbara Peters of Beckley; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Billy and Linda Dickens of Naoma and Denny and Clarie Dickens of Wis.

In addition to his parents, Rev. Dickens was preceded in death by three brothers, Pete (Junior), Clyde and Roy Dickens.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 12, 2009, at Moody Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Ray Hutson, Rev. Danny Gilifilen and Rev. Randy Parrish officiating.

Burial will follow in Freedom Gospel Church Cemetery on Old Rockford Rd.

The family will receive friends 6 to 8 p.m. today, Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2009, at Moody Funeral Home in Mt. Airy.

Online condolences may be made to www.moodyfuneralservices.com





Douglas L. England

Douglas L. England, 77, of Jesse, passed away Monday, Nov. 9, 2009 at Raleigh General Hospital

Arrangements are incomplete at this time. Evans Funeral Home of Oceana is serving the England family.





Dorothy Monzellia Fitzwater

Dorothy Monzellia Fitzwater, loving wife, mother and grandmother, 83 years old, went to be with her Lord Jesus and her husband Chester Fitzwater on Nov. 9, 2009.

She was a member of Grace Chapel on Dry Hill Road, where she served her Lord faithfully and helped coordinate church functions and was the church custodian. Dorothy was an excellent cook and worked for Woodrow Wilson High School bandwagon for many years. She served as commissioner during election times. She enjoyed RV camping with her husband, and coordinating family reunions.

She was born Dec. 30, 1925, to the parents of Joe Sam and Sally Rebecca Huffman.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Chester Fitzwater; sisters, Mary Sue Shrewsbury, Arettia Lusk and Thelma Gearhart; brothers, Leon Huffman, Joe Huffman and Curtis Huffman; brothers-in-law, Clayton Shrewsbury, Corbit Lusk, Harry Perkins and Clifton Gearhart.

Those left to cherish her memory are a son, Victor Fitzwater and wife Sue of Beckley; a son, Michael Fitzwater of Beckley; a sister, Jean Perkins of Daniels; sisters-in -law, Athaleen Huffman of Mullens and Elaine Huffman of Muncy, Ind.; grandchildren: Shawn Fitzwater and wife Star of Burnt Chimney, Va., Billy Scott and wife April of Denver N.C., and Sybil Franklin and her husband James of Beckley, Zachariah Fitzwater of Honolulu, Hawaii; great-grandchildren: Brittney Fitzwater, Michael Shawn Fitzwater II, Daniel Scott, Zeke Scott, Michael Franklin, Caleb Franklin and Olivia Franklin; special friend, Tina Robinson; many nieces and nephews; loving neighbors and supportive friends and her church family.

Special thanks to the caring and compassionate staff of the Bowers Hospice House of Southern West Virginia.

Friends may gather with the family from 5 to 7 p.m. today, Wednesday, at Blue Ridge Funeral Home. Funeral services will be immediately following the visitation at 7 p.m. today, Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2009 at the funeral home, with Pastor Kenny Woolwine officiating.

She will be laid to rest at Roselawn Cemetery, Princeton, W.Va.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Bowers Hospice House, 454 Cranberry Drive, Beckley, WV 25801.

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

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





May Elizabeth Blackhurst Freeland

AUSTIN, Texas — May Elizabeth Blackhurst Freeland, a native of Cass, died Saturday, Nov. 7, 2009.

Service will be 10 a.m. Thursday at the Bellaire United Methodist Church. Friends may call 6 to 8 p.m. today at the Earthman Funeral Home, Bellaire, Texas. Burial will follow in the Arbovale Cemetery in Arbovale at noon on Saturday, Nov. 14.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Green Bank Public Library, the Blackhurst/Burner Scholarship Fund, the Bellaire Library, Bellaire United Methodist Church, or to Hospice Christopher’s House, Austin, Texas.

Arrangements by Earthman Funeral Home, Bellaire, Texas.

Online condolences to www.wallaceandwallacefh.com

Submitted by Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Arbovale.





Reba M. Greene

LOGAN — Reba M. Greene, 89, formerly of Logan, passed away Saturday, Nov.7, 2009.

Services will be 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12, 2009, at Honaker Funeral Home, Logan with Rev. Homer Sipple officiating. Burial will follow in the Forest Lawn Cemetery, Pecks Mill. Friends may call noon to 1 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

For email condolences go to; www.honakerfuneralhome.org

Honaker Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.





John Charles Gwinn Sr.

On Monday, Nov. 9, 2009, the Lord called another member of America's greatest generation home. John “J.C.” Charles Gwinn Sr., 85, of Mount Hope, died in an area hospital after a short illness. He was the last surviving member of his immediate family.

Born May 18, 1924, at Mount Hope, he was the son of the late Hazel and Emily Swift Gwinn.

Mr. Gwinn was retired from the postal system with 29 years in government service.

He was a World War II combat veteran having served in the 34th Army Division. He was an avid golfer and a former member of the White Oak Country Club and Grandview Country Club. He was a member of the Mount Hope Baptist Temple.

J.C. was preceded in death by his wife of 52 years, Joan T. Graff Gwinn, two brothers and one sister.

Survivors include three children, John C. Gwinn and wife, Dianna of Ghent, Jan Caye Londeree and husband, Ray of Mount Hope and Tom Swift Gwinn of Mount Hope; special grandson, David Gorby and three other grandchildren, four great grandchildren and numerous cousins

Private services will be held on Thursday, Nov. 12, 2009, at Tyree Funeral Home in Mount Hope with Rev. David McCoy officiating. Burial will be at High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill with military graveside rites conducted by VFW Post 3110 of Oak Hill.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations be made Mount Hope Baptist Temple, PO Box 466, Mount Hope WV 25880.

Online condolences may be sent at www.tyreefuneralhome.com

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope.





Hensley E. Harrah

MEADOW BRIDGE — Hensley E. Harrah, 92, of Meadow Bridge, passed away Sunday, Nov. 8, 2009, in the Greenbrier Valley medical Center at Fairlea following a short illness.

Born on June 13, 1917, at Elton, he was the son of the late Charles Lee and Lucy Vandall Harrah.

Hensley worked in the coal mines in numerous capacities last being a supervisor. He was an avid Meadow Bridge football fan who did not miss a home or away game for over 40 years. He was also known for his great memory.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Martha Evelyn Fox Harrah; his daughter, Rosa Lee Largent; three brothers, Herman, Harold and Homer, and three sisters, Hester, Hildred and Helena.

Survivors include his son, Stan Harrah of Meadow Bridge; a sister, Helen Thompson of Meadow Bridge; two grandsons, Alan Lee Harrah and wife, Denisa of Columbus, Ohio and Eddie Largent of Meadow Bridge; two granddaughters, Darlene Killen of Rainelle and Christi Harrah of Austin, Texas; three great-grandchildren, Ryan and Katelyn Harrah of Columbus, Ohio and Jeffrey Killen of Baltimore, Md.

Graveside services will be 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12, 2009, at the Patton Memorial Cemetery at Meadow Bridge with Pastor Clay O’Dell officiating.

There will be no visitation.

Arrangements by Smathers Funeral Chapel, Rainelle.





Mary R. Hogge

FORT WAYNE, Ind. — Mary R. Hogge, 68, passed away Sunday, Nov. 8, 2009, at Parkview North Hospital in Fort Wayne.

Born at Forest Hill, W.Va., she worked as an LPN. She was a member of Harvest Freewill Baptist Church.

First and foremost she loved God and loved her family with every part of her heart and soul. Her family wasn't just her husband and children. She was so special to so many brothers and sisters on both sides of the family.

Mary will be lovingly remembered for her wisdom, encouragement and kindness to all those she called family. She gave willingly of what she had in time and money. She had a great sense of humor and was a joy to spend time with. She was a fantastic cook, a devoted wife and a spectacular mom. She loved to sing and everyone appreciated this gift in her. Her strength and determination set her apart. She always had hugs and we will miss those most.

She is survived by her husband, Robert Hogge; sons, Robert Hogge II, of New Haven, Ind., James (Jayne) Hogge of London, England, William Hogge of Fort Wayne, Ind.; daughters, Debra (Michael) Bishop of Salisbury, N.C., Jerri (Brian) Gore of New Haven, Ind.; brothers, Frank Pack of Florida, Harold Pack of Arizona, and Eric, Henry and Cletis Pack, all of West Virginia, Thruman Pack of Indiana; sisters, Elocie Rush of Tennessee and Bonnie White of West Virginia; special cousins, Goldie Meadows of Arizona, Fred Meadows of Ohio and Bill Meadows of Indiana; grandchildren, Nikki, Brandi, Jay, Joel, Samuel, Brianna, Michael, Angel, Robert III, David, Marion, Jamey, Ruth, Keegan, Kip and Jake; great grandchildren, Jordan, Noah, Lillian, Bailey and Austin.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Cletis F. and Eunice Pack; a son, Jack Wayne Dix and brother, David Meadows.

Service will be 2 p.m. Thursday at Harvest Free Will Baptist Church, 5903 E. Dupont Road, with calling one hour prior to service, Rev. Jeff Sloan officiating. Visitation is from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. today, Wednesday at D.O. McComb and Sons Pine Valley Park Funeral Home, 1320 East Dupont Road, Fort Wayne, Ind. Burial in Harlan Memorial Cemetery.

Memorials to the American Heart Association.

To sign the online guest book, go to www.mccombandsons.com

Arrangements by D.O. McComb & Sons, Fort Wayne.





Arthur Robert ‘Bob’ Long III

LINDSIDE — Arthur Robert “Bob” Long III, age 63, passed away Saturday, Nov. 7, 2009.

Graveside services will be 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 12, 2009, at the Laws Family Cemetery, Lindside, with Minister Henry Conley officiating.

The family requests in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Caleb Brown Fund, in memory of Bob, at the First National Bank of Peterstown, P.O. Box 550, Peterstown, WV 24963.

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

Arrangements by Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home, Peterstown.





Charles ‘Chuck’ William Marlowe Jr.

ROCK CREEK — Charles “Chuck” William Marlowe Jr., 56, died on Saturday, Nov. 7, 2009.

Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12, at the Mt. View Memorial Park, Richwood. Burial will follow in the Mt. View Memorial Park, Richwood.

Arrangements by Simons-Coleman Funeral Home, Richwood.





Bernard Lee McGraw

HILTON VILLAGE — Bernard Lee McGraw, 83, passed away Monday evening, Nov. 9, 2009, at Bowers Hospice House in Beckley, following a short illness.

Born Sept. 1, 1926, at Meadow Bridge, he was the son of the late Jesse C. and Laura Belle Tolliver McGraw.

Bernard was a member of Keeney’s Creek Missionary Baptist Church at Winona, W.Va. He was a U.S. Army veteran, having served during World War II, and he loved hunting with his friends. He was an auto mechanic by trade, and also helped with the auto body work.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Wilma June Vass McGraw, and his second wife, Gladys Minnie Redman McGraw, and a brother, Claude McGraw.

Survivors include a son, Billy Lee McGraw and wife, Martha of Rainelle; a sister, Bonnie McGraw of Rainelle; two grandchildren, Stephanie McGraw and Brad McGraw and wife, Denise; three great-grandchildren, Jamie Mitchell, Braden and Caden McGraw.

Services will be 2 p.m. Thursday at the Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home in Ansted, with Pastor Ronald Sears officiating. Burial will follow in the Restlawn Memorial Gardens, Victor.

Friends may call from 1 to 2 p.m. or one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be Lloyd Harrell, Shannon Harrell, Tom Carte, Tommy Coleman, Darrell O’Dell and Roger Crist.

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace of Rainelle.





Mary A. Oliver

Mary A. Oliver, 47, of Beckley, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, Nov. 5, 2009.

Friends called from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday at Durgan Funeral Chapel, Beckley.

The memorial service scheduled for Saturday has been canceled at the First Baptist Church of North Beckley.

Online at durganfuneralhome@verizon.net.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Durgan Funeral Home, Beckley.





Larry Damon ëCuttyí Patterson

Mr. Larry Damon ìCuttyî Patterson, died on Friday, Nov. 6, 2009.

Born Feb. 26, 1972 in Beckley, he was the son of Marie Terry Chandler of Beckley and the late Eric E. Lovelace.

Mr. Patterson was a member of the New Hope Baptist Church, where he sung in the youth choir and served on the Usher Board in his early ages. He was a lovely person.

In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his adopted father, Clarence Patterson; paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Terry Sr., great-grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Henry (Ruth) Lovelace.

Mr. Patterson was survived by his loving mother: Marie Terry Chandler of Beckley; son, Larry D. Terry of Beckley: brother, Darrell R. Terry of Spokane Valley, Wash.; sister, Erika Lovelace of Beckley; paternal grandmothers, Ella Lovelace and Marie C. Patterson; uncles, Andrew ì Heavyî Terry Jr. of Beckley and Charles W. Patterson of Beckley; several cousins and friends.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m., Friday, Nov. 13, 2009, at New Hope Baptist Church, 305 Worley Road, Beckley, with Rev. Nathaniel Carey officiating. Burial will follow in Greenwood Memorial Park, Beckley.

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

Condolences may be e-mailed to ritchie-johnson@suddenlinkmail.com

Arrangements entrusted to Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.





Kathy Sansom

LOGAN ó Kathy Sansom 52 of Logan passed away Monday, Nov. 9, 2009.

Services will be 2 p.m. Friday Nov. 13, 2009, at the James Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Ted Sansom officiating. Burial will follow in Forest Lawn Cemetery at Pecks Mill. Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Online condolences amy be sen to www.jamesfh.com

James Funeral Home of Aracoma is in charge of the arrangements.





Anna Marie Shanklin

FAIRLEA ó Anna Marie Shanklin, 86, of Fairlea, formerly of Marie, died Monday, Nov. 9, 2009 following a long illness.

Born Aug. 10, 1923 at Hinton, she was a daughter of the late Ed and Josie Meador Anderson. A member of the New Hope United Methodist Church, she formerly owned and operated Shanklinís Store and she served as postmaster for the Marie Post Office. Mrs. Shanklin enjoyed spending time with her family and friends and she was the last surviving member of her family.

Preceded in death by her husband, F. Kyle Shanklin; one daughter, Janice Ann; three sisters, Nell Anderson, Hallie McCall and Georgia Gilpin; one brother, Buddy Anderson and one half brother, Bill Worrell.

Survived by one daughter, Karen K. Fitzpatrick and husband Herb of Falls Church, Va.; one son, Gary Kyle Shanklin of Lewisburg; several grand children and great grand children.

Funeral services will be held 1 p.m. today, Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2009, at the Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors Chapel with Rev. Roy Gwinn officiating.

Burial will follow in the Fairview Baptist Church Cemetery at Forest Hill.

Friends may call from noon until service time today, Wednesday.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

The family would like to thank the residents, staff, numerous friends and especially the kind people on 500 hall at the Brier who visited and cared for Anna during her illness.

Arrangements by Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors, Hinton.





Marguerite Lavinia Taylor

GAP MILLS ó Marguerite Lavinia Taylor, 58, passed away Friday, Nov. 6, 2009.

At her request her body was cremated and a celebration of her life will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13, 2009 at the Groves Funeral Home in Union.

The family requests that Memorial Donations be made to the Monroe County Animal League P. O. Box 343 Union, WV 24983.

Arrangements by Groves Funeral Home, Union.