The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

November 22, 2009

Obituaries - Sunday, Nov. 22, 2009


Lorene Trump Arnold

Lorene Trump Arnold, 81, of Charleston, formerly of Beckley and McLean, Virginia, made her transition from this life on Nov. 20, at Hubbard Hospice House in Charleston, surrounded by her loving family.

A native of Raleigh County, Lorene was born on June 2, 1928, along with her twin brother, Eugene “Bud” Trump, to Minnie and Kenzie Trump, joining an older sister and three older brothers.

Guided by a strong work ethic, uncompromising principles and a signature sense of humor, Lorene put 100 percent into everything she did — whether it was her experience in the fashion industry or the pride she took in making sure her home was sparkling.

But her greatest joy in life revolved around her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and friends. She would go to the wall for those she cared about — and held a special place in her heart for her neighbors on Berkley Street in Beckley, Franklin Park in McLean, Virginia, and Imperial Tower in Charleston.

Growing up with four brothers, Lorene developed a love of sports that resulted in a lifelong passion for basketball and an honored spot in the Tuesday Morning Ladies League at Bowl Wick in Beckley. Before book clubs became popular, Lorene and her female friends would get together regularly for their canasta card games. You could also find her every spring cheering on her favorite NCAA basketball team during “March Madness.” And she was ambidextrous — batting and playing golf with her left arm, while bowling and playing badminton with her right.

Lorene married Fred Arnold in 1948 and celebrated 45 wonderful years of marriage before he made his transition. They enjoyed music from the Big Band era, movies from the heyday of Hollywood and the advent of television.

Lorene took tremendous pride in raising two daughters, Paula and Linda, and one son, Fred. She was active in her children’s schools and fostered an environment that encouraged imagination and creativity. Following Fred’s retirement, they relocated to McLean, Virginia, a suburb of Washington, D.C., to be closer to Paula and her family. And Lorene began her magic all over again when she helped to raise her beloved grandchildren, Christopher and Caitlin.

Lorene believed in accomplishing something every day, even during her last year in Charleston. She worked hard to instill in her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren those same values that drove her to achieve every day of her life — and she lived by example.

Following more than 30 years in the northern Virginia area, Lorene relocated to West Virginia after Fred’s death. She greatly enjoyed her reconnection with the Mountain State and often commented on how much she loved it. She was even overheard on the phone numerous times saying, “Everyone is so friendly here. They take their time, and they really care.”

Anyone who knew Lorene well knew of her strong interest in health. She was keenly interested in nutrition and was even walking 30 minutes on the treadmill the week before her transition. No doubt this contributed to her long, healthy life. In the end, however, she suffered a sudden heart attack which ultimately resulted in kidney failure.

Lorene was preceded in death by her loving husband, Fred Arnold, her parents Minnie and Kenzie Trump and brothers Boyd, Roscoe, Robert and Eugene Trump.

Lorene is survived by her daughter, Linda Arnold, and son-in-law John Catselis of Charleston; daughter Paula Arnold Craver and son-in-law, Colin Mathews of Virginia City, Montana; son Fred Denver Arnold and daughter-in-law Barbara “Bobbi” Arnold of Shady Spring; former son-in-law Roger Craver of Chilmark, Massachusetts; sister Evelyn Trump Sebring and brother-in-law Bob Sebring of Willoughby, Ohio; and sister-in-law Fran Trump of Cleveland, Ohio.

Lorene is also survived by her loving grandchildren whom she adored, Christopher Craver and Caitlin Craver Roy and her husband, Jason Roy; along with great-grandchildren Jalen and Zachary Roy who affectionately called her “G.G.” for Great Grandma.

Also surviving Lorene are her aunt Clarice Bailey of Prosperity and sisters-in-law Ruby Arnold Wolfe of Plantation, Florida, and Doris Arnold Carlile of Huntsville, Alabama. Lorene is also blessed with a large family of loving nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews, cousins and a wide circle of friends to cherish her memory.

The family would like to thank the exceptional staff at Hubbard Hospice House for their loving care, as well as all of Lorene’s other doctors, nurses and health care professionals who helped to provide a good quality of life for her. In honor of Lorene, the family suggests contributions to Hubbard Hospice House or a Hospice organization of choice if anyone is so inclined.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 24, at Melton Mortuary, 1200 Harper Road in Beckley. Visitation with the family will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., with the funeral service following at 1 p.m. Lorene’s final resting place will be at the Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens mausoleum in Beckley.

Lorene’s legacy can be summed up by a sentence she often repeated: “Leave every place better than you found it.”

And she did.

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

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





Betty V. Smith Baker

MIDWAY — Betty V. Smith Baker, age 55, of Midway, W.Va., our beloved sister, went to be with Jesus on Friday, Nov. 20, 2009, at Raleigh General Hospital following an extended illness.

Born in Besoco on Feb. 14, 1954, she was the daughter of the late Lacy W. and Evelyn M. Smith.

Betty was loved by all who knew her. She had a gentle spirit and a smile for everyone. She dealt with a life of one physical battle after another and never once complained. Betty chose to give the ultimate gift by donating her body to medical science. May God allow someone to gain a better life from her selfless gift.

Those left to cherish her memory are her former husband Otis Baker, of Beckley; brothers, Roy Lee Smith and wife, Diana, of Coal City, David Ray Smith of Coal City, Earl E. Smith and wife, Linda, of Grandview; sisters, Shirley Smith Adkins and husband, Bobby, of Coal City, Janice Smith Caldwell and husband, L. David Caldwell, of Cool Ridge, Margaret (Maggie) Smith Carr and husband, James (Mike), of Henderson, N.C.; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Memorial Services for Betty will be held 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 23, 2009, at the Lillybrook Freewill Baptist Church with the Rev. Lowell Black officiating.

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

Respectfully submitted by Blue Ridge Funeral Home, 5251 Robert C. Byrd Drive, Beckley.





Ronnie L. Blizzard Sr.

Ronnie L. Blizzard, Sr., 62, of Crab Orchard, West Virginia, died Friday, Nov. 20, 2009, under the loving care of Hospice.

He was born on May 31, 1947, in Davy, West Virginia, to the late William C. and Colleena (Thomas) Blizzard. He was a retired long-distance truck driver and owner of R.L. Blizzard Trucking. He was also a U.S. Air Force veteran.

Survivors include two sons, Ronnie L. (Chip) Blizzard, Jr., of Crab Orchard and Shawn P. Blizzard of Rocky Mount, Virginia; brothers, Charles Clay and wife, Wanda, of Hernando, Florida, and Charles N. Blizzard and wife, Faye, of Bluewell, West Virginia.

Precious grandchildren left to cherish his memory are Noah Lee Blizzard, Cheyenne Nicole Blizzard, Patrick Anthony Blizzard, Danielle Nicolle Blizzard, Justin Lee Matthews and Steven Eugene Matthews, as well as great-grandchild, Seth Nova Blizzard.

Ronnie will be sadly missed by his very special friend, Lyndia Chapman, and her family, Ryan, Rachel, Amanda and Stephanie, and their families, and faithful friend and companion, “Bandit.”

A memorial service for friends and family will be held Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2009, at 2 p.m. at Roselawn Funeral Home Chapel, 450 Courthouse Road, Princeton, West Virginia. Interment will be in Roselawn Memorial Gardens, Princeton, West Virginia.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Fisher House, McGuire Veterans Medical Center, 1201 Broad Rock Blvd., Richmond, Virginia 23249, or “Hospital Hospitality House,” 612 E. Marshall St., Richmond, Virginia 23219.

Online condolences and messages may be viewed at www.mem.com.

Services entrusted to Roselawn Funeral Home, 450 Courthouse Road, Princeton, West Virginia.





Linda Craft

PINEVILLE — Linda Craft, 60, of Pineville, passed away Friday, Nov. 20, 2009, in Raleigh General Hospital, Beckley.

Born March 22, 1949, at Sullivan, Tenn., she was the daughter of the late Roy and Marie Donaldson Slone.

Linda was a member of Rock Castle Baptist Church. She worked at the Pineville Library and drove the bookmobile.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her son, Roy Michael Craft, and an aunt, Elsie Williams.

Survivors include her husband, Robert Craft, Orchard Heights Road, Keyrock; a sister, Wanda Moore of Coalwood; two nieces, Jessica Dawson and Kim Atwell; and cousins, Emory and Wendy Sloan of Michigan.

A celebration of Linda’s life will be 2 p.m. today, Nov. 22, 2009, at Calfee Funeral Service Chapel, Pineville, with the Rev. Donald “Doc” Adkins. Burial will be Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2009, in Roselawn Memorial Gardens, Princeton. Family will receive friends from 1 p.m. until time of service at the funeral home today.

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

Calfee Funeral Service of Pineville is serving the Craft family.





Lula Belle Cuthbert

Lula Belle Cuthbert, 81, of Coal City passed away Saturday, Nov. 21, 2009, at Raleigh General Hospital, Beckley.

Arrangements are pending completion at Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Chapel, Beckley.





Rev. Earl E. Ferguson

HORSEPEN — The Rev. Earl E. Ferguson, 77, of Horsepen died Friday, Nov. 20, 2009, at Williamson Memorial Hospital.

Funeral will be 1 p.m. Monday, Nov. 23, at Freedom Full Gospel Assembly House of Prayer, Hampden, with the Revs. Denny May, James Ellis, and Diamond Carter. Burial will be in Hatfield Family Cemetery, Gilbert Terrace, Hampden. Friends may gather with the family after 6 p.m. today, Nov. 22, at the Freedom Full Gospel Assembly House of Prayer.

Mounts Funeral Home of Gilbert, www.mountsfuneralhome.com, is in charge of arrangements.





Avery Hambrick

RENICK — Avery Hambrick, 77, of Renick died Nov. 20, 2009.

Service will be 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 24, at Morgan Funeral Home in Lewisburg. Visitation will be 6 to 9 p.m. Monday, Nov. 23, at the funeral home.





Wanda Lester

LANDVILLE — Wanda Lester, 54, of Landville died Thursday, Nov. 19, at Logan Regional Medical Center.

Funeral will be 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 24, at Christian Freewill Baptist Church, Christian, with the Rev. Michael Johnson and Pastor Joaquine Ooten. Burial will be in Dye Cemetery, Verner. Friends may gather with the family after 6 p.m. with a service at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 23, at the Christian Freewill Baptist Church.

Mounts Funeral Home of Gilbert, www.mountsfuneralhome.com, is in charge of arrangements.





Wilford Preston Lusk

HERNDON — Wilford Preston Lusk, 73, of Herndon, passed away Friday, Nov. 20, 2009, at his home following a short illness.

Graveside service will be 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 24, at Lusk Cemetery, Basin, with the Rev. Keith Reed officiating. Burial will immediately follow.

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

Calfee Funeral Service of Pineville is serving the Lusk family.





Dr. William D. McLean

Dr. William D. McLean, 80, of Beckley passed away Thursday, Nov. 19, 2009.

Born Dec. 10, 1928, in Beckley, he was the son of the late David Waddell and Margaret McTaggart McLean.

Dr. McLean graduated from Hampten-Sydney College and received his medical degree from the University of Virginia. He served his internship at Cook County Hospital in Chicago. Following his return to Beckley, he practiced dermatology for forty-four years before retiring in 2006. He served his country as a member of the 10th Special Forces Group. He was a member of the Beckley Presbyterian Church and a former member of the Black Knight Country Club. He was preceded in death by his wife Lois Clements McLean in 2008.

He is survived by his three sons: John David McLean and wife Mary Ann of N. Smithfield, R.I., Paul Joseph McLean of Claremont, Calif., Marc Andrew McLean and wife Danielle of Boynton Beach, Fla.; grandchildren: Madeline, Jimmy and William McLean; and his brother Robert McLean of Beckley.

Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2009, at the Beckley Presbyterian Church with Dr. William A. dePrater and Dr. Robin Debnam officiating. Burial will follow in the St. Sebastian Cemetery. Friends may call at the Calfee Funeral Home from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday.

Pallbearers will be Chuck Lucas, Dick Daniel, Wilmot Jones, Chris Lucas, Brad Wartella, Robert Gardner, Mark Creager, David Creager.

Honorary Pallbearers will be Dr. John White, Ed Neil, Jim Vaughan, Lewis Fox, Meredith Trent, Tom Keyser, Larry Frail, Ralph Diehl, Forest Lynch.

The family requests memorial contributions be made to the Beckley Area Foundation, 129 Main St., Suite 203, Beckley, WV 25801.

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

Arrangements by Calfee Funeral Home, Beckley.





Ronald G. Miller

KEGLEY — Ronald G. Miller, 80, of Kegley, died Friday, Nov. 20, 2009, at the Bowers Hospice House in Beckley.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Monday, Nov. 23, at the Rowland H. Bailey Funeral Chapel of the Bailey-Kirk Funeral Home in Princeton with the Revs. Ralph Calfee and Archie Bowling officiating. Interment will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park in Princeton. Friends may call 1 p.m. until service hour Monday at the Bailey-Kirk Funeral Home in Princeton.

The family wishes that any donations be made to Bowers Hospice House of Southern West Virginia, P.O. Box 1472, Beckley, WV 25802.

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





Alonzo ‘Lonnie’ ‘Zo’ ‘Murph’ ‘Poppop’ Murphy Sr.

MADISON — Alonzo “Lonnie,” “Zo,” “Murph,” “Poppop” Murphy Sr. of Madison, W.Va., died Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2009, in Hubbard Hospice House, Charleston, following a long illness.

Born on Feb. 22, 1947, in Holden, W.Va., he was the son of the late Rev. Cecil J. and Eugenia V. Murphy.

Alonzo accepted Christ as a young boy under the Pastorate of his father, Rev. Cecil Murphy, Sr., at the Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Holden, W.Va.

Alonzo served in the United States Army, and upon discharge he connected with the U.S. Army Reserve and a member of the Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity.

Alonzo is survived by his loving children Alonzo Jr., Pittsburgh, Pa., Jamaal E. (Ryann) Murphy of Charlotte, N.C., Antoinette (Christopher) Miller of Pittsburgh, Pa.; ten grandchildren, Jamaal, Justin, Tyree, Brannon, Christopher, Desteny, Akiba, Akilia, Niara, and Alazia; four brothers, Rev. Paul (Grace) Murphy of Boston, Mass., Cecil James (Doris) Murphy Jr. of Boston, Mass., Charles Murphy of Detroit, Mich., Laudau Murphy of Columbus, Ohio; one loving sister, Thelma Harris of Boston, Mass.; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 22, at the Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor Chapel, 748 S. Fayette St., Beckley, with Rev. Phillip E. Copney officiating. Burial will follow in Greenwood Memorial Park, Beckley.

Friends called from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the funeral parlor.

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

Arrangements entrusted to Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.





Janice Ethel Cole Patterson

GRASSY MEADOWS — Janice Ethel Cole Patterson, a blessed peacemaker, of Grassy Meadows, W.Va., died peacefully at her home on Friday, Nov. 20, 2009, surrounded by her loving family at the age of 82.

Born Nov. 11, 1927, in Summers County, W.Va., she was one of eight children in the family of the late Lawrence C. and Hattie Pearl Lilly Cole of Asbury, W.Va. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Akie “Abe” Patterson; a son, Calvin Wayne Patterson; and a brother, John Cole.

Janice married her sweetheart of over 50 years, Akie Patterson, upon his return from World War II in Europe. Janice and Akie lived much of their lives in Charleston, W.Va. They moved to his family’s homeplace in Grassy Meadows in 1967. They were faithful members of the Alderson Church of the Nazarene where, over the years, she was a Sunday school teacher, a church board member, and the church treasurer. Janice enjoyed farming with her husband, gardening, and loved to work with flowers.

Janice is survived by four children, Roger Patterson and his wife, Becky, of Lewisburg, W.Va., Linda Wilcox and her husband, Jim, of Oklahoma City, Okla., Brenda Godbey and her husband, Gary, of Mt. Hope, W.Va., and Hershel Whitt and his wife, Vicky, of North Bloomfield, Ohio; two sisters, Shirley Taylor of Alta, W.Va., and Arlis Jones of Lewisburg; four brothers, Jim Cole of Blue Sulphur Springs, W.Va., Bert Cole of Alta, Harry Cole of Asbury, and Tony Cole of Asbury; eight grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be Monday, Nov. 23, 2009, at 1 p.m. at the Alderson Church of the Nazarene, Muddy Creek Mountain, Alderson, W.Va., with the Rev. Edward Midcap officiating. Burial will follow at the McElhenney Church Cemetery, Grassy Meadows. Friends may call today, Nov. 22, 2009, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Alderson Church of the Nazarene, Muddy Creek Mountain, Alderson, and one hour prior to services at the Church on Monday.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

In lieu of flowers, contributions of sympathy may be made to the Alderson Church of the Nazarene, Rt. 1 Box 207, Alderson, WV 24910.

Arrangements by Lobban Funeral Home, Alderson, W.Va.





Freda Anna Hobbs Pitsenberger

LAYLAND — Freda Anna Hobbs Pitsenberger, 87, of Layland passed away Thursday, Nov. 19, 2009, at her home following a long illness. Born June 11, 1922, in Hawks Nest, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Albert Orvill and Bertha Fernatt Hobbs.

She was a homemaker and was of the Holiness faith.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John William Pitsenberger, in 1998.

Survivors include a daughter, Cathy Pitsenberger Fox and husband, Jimmy, of Layland; a son, Curtis Pitsenbarger and wife, Betty, of Danese; two sisters, Joyce Bland of Lanark, W.Va., and Norma Welch of Fort Meyers, Fla.; five grandchildren, Jason Fox (Sandra), Bethany Wolfe (Bo), Paul Fox (Kimberly), Lanna Duncan and Lorra Pitsenbarger; two great-grandchildren, Caroline and Paige Fox; and one stepgreat-grandchild, Haylee Wykle.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2009, at the Wallace & Wallace Chapel in Rainelle with Rev. Jesse Pope and Rev. Sherman McCombs officiating. Burial will follow in the Wallace Memorial Cemetery in Clintonville.

Friends may call from 6 until 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 23, 2009, at the funeral home.

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





Margaret Elizabeth Ritter

LOOKOUT — Margaret Elizabeth Ritter, 59, of Lookout, passed away Thursday, Nov. 19, 2009, at CAMC General Division, following a long illness.

Margaret was born Aug. 11, 1950, at Fire Creek Mountain, W.Va. She was a daughter of the late Jessie Alexander Ritter and Sadie Elizabeth Gilbert Ritter of Lookout. She was preceded in death by three sisters: Leona Ward, Jessie Ann Ritter and Alice Lee Virginia Petitt.

She was a homemaker, a CNA for Ansted Center nursing home and attended the Church of God.

Margaret is survived by her Mother, Sadie Ritter of Lookout; two daughters, Laurie Johnson and William of Hico and Melissa Ritter of Lookout; sisters, Dottie Rutledge of Coal City, Becky Ritter of Blooming Grove, Texas, Rose Ritter of Edmond and Donna Smith of Lookout; brothers, Johnnie “Tex” Ritter of Lookout and Michael Ritter of Lookout; five grandchildren, Derrick Ritter, Caleb Ritter, Levi Ritter, Timothy Ritter and Emily Ritter.

She was loved very much by family and friends and will be sadly missed by all.

Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 23, 2009, at Wallace & Wallace funeral home chapel in Ansted with Pastor Freddie Parkins, Sr., officiating. Burial will follow in Restlawn Memory Gardens at Victor. Friends may call 1 hour prior to the service.

Pallbearers will be Michael Ritter, Farmer Ritter, Johnny Ward, Wayne Ward, William Johnson and Wilbur Rogers.

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





Lorraine Trull Rudd

OCEANA — Lorraine Trull Rudd, formerly of Beckley, passed away Thursday, Nov. 19, 2009, at the home of her daughter Rhonda Trull Cook with whom she resided.

Born May 3, 1929, in Whitehouse, Ky., she was the daughter of the late Beecher and Nan Gross.

Lorraine was a 1948 graduate of Mead Memorial High School in Meally, Ky.; a former employee of Goodson’s Super Market in Oceana where she was an assistant manager until her retirement in 1991. She loved to read, go to the beach and her little dog, “Reese.”

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by a sister, Charleslena “Sissy” Gross.

Those left to cherish her memory are a son, Doug Trull and his companion Lisa of Beaver; three daughters, Kathy Trull Sicilia and husband, Frank, of Myrtle Beach, S.C., Rhonda Trull Cook and husband, Kenny, of Oceana and Lori Trull Goodwin and husband, Michael, of St. Albans; two brothers, James Avil Gross and wife, Alice, of Kopperston and Scott Gross and wife, Jamie, of Flatwoods, Ky.; two sisters, Sue Manring and husband, Phil, of Columbus, Ohio, and Linda Bussell and husband, Wayne, of Lexington, Ky.; eight grandchildren, Derek, Devan, and Dustin Trull, Dylan McCartly, Kayce Shea Cook, Lauren, Callie and Austin Goodwin; several nieces and nephews; special friends, Shirley Anderson and Alex Cole; and a host of family and friends.

A celebration of Lorraine’s life will be 1 p.m. Monday, Nov. 23, 2009, at Adam Toler Memorial Chapel with Rev. Ron Harvey officiating. Lorraine will be laid to rest in Palm Memorial Gardens, Matheny, W.Va.

Casketbearers will be family and friends.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 9 p.m. today, Nov. 22, 2009, at Adam Toler Memorial Chapel.

A video tribute, guestbook and condolences at www.adamtolermemorialfuneralhome.com.

Services entrusted to Adam Toler Memorial Funeral Home, Oceana, W.Va.





Freelen D. Shepherd

STEELES — Freelen D. Shepherd, 73, of Steeles, W.Va., died Thursday, Nov. 19, 2009, at his residence, following a long illness.

Freelen was born May 5, 1936, in Hanover, W.Va., a son of the late Frank and Merva Lester Shepherd. He was a precious, loving husband, father, pops, brother, brother-in-law, uncle and friend. He was one that would offer you anything he had. Mr. Shepherd was a disabled coal miner and a member of the Pads Fork Freewill Baptist Church.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife of 52 years, Joan Walker Shepherd, a daughter, Debbie Lynn Shepherd, his only sis, Inez Lawrence, two brothers, and a special nephew, Timmy Woolum.

Survivors include one daughter, Diane Lane of Steeles; three grandsons, Bruce, Jeffery, and Danny Lane all of Steeles; son-in-law, Donnie Lane of Hanover; three brothers, Earl (Kat) Shepherd of Hanover, Ray Shepherd of Sun Hill and Roy Shepherd of Jacksonville, Fla.; one special “Pumpkin,” Brianna Woolum; one special “Little Buddy,” Logan Neace; numerous brothers and sisters-in-law, and nieces and nephews whom he loved dearly.

Funeral services will be conducted Monday, Nov. 23, 2009, at 1 o’clock with Rev. Dennis Lester and Rev. Earl Brewer officiating at the Chapel of Fanning Funeral Home in Iaeger.

Freelen will be laid to rest beside the love of his life at the Pads Fork Church Cemetery at Pads Fork near Steeles, W.Va. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearer will be Allen Sprouse.

Friends may visit with the family at the Chapel of Fanning Funeral Home in Iaeger, this evening, Nov. 22, 2009, from 6 to 9 p.m., where evening services will be conducted at 7 p.m.

Fanning Funeral Home in Iaeger, W.Va., is assisting the Shepherd Family.





Opal Sexton Shrewsbury

BUD — Opal Sexton Shrewsbury, 58, of Bud, passed away Friday, Nov. 20, 2009, in Princeton Community Hospital following a short illness.

Born April 16, 1951, in Wyoming County, she was the daughter of the late Walter Hurley and Gracie Hunter Sexton.

Mrs. Shrewsbury was of the Pentecostal faith. She enjoyed cooking, family gatherings, watching television and her grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Nancy Hammons and Lillian Scott, and a brother, Hurley Sexton.

Survivors include her husband of 33 years, McKinley Shrewsbury; a son, Walter McKinley Shrewsbury of Bud; a daughter, Jo Anna Mullins and her husband, Kenneth, of Garwood; two brothers, Butch Hunter of Garwood and Johnny Sexton of North Carolina; two sisters, Ruby Walker of South Carolina and Maggie Anderson of North Carolina; and six grandchildren.

A celebration of Opal’s life will be 2 p.m. Monday, Nov. 23, 2009, at Rockview Pentecostal Church of God with the Rev. Raymond Bishop officiating. Burial will follow in Harry Cook Family Cemetery, Keyrock. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers. Family will receive friends from noon until time of service at the church on Monday.

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

Calfee Funeral Service of Pineville is serving the Shrewsbury family.





Eddie Gene Walkup

RUPERT — Eddie Gene Walkup, 56, of Rupert, passed away on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2009, at home following a short illness.

Born April 7, 1953, in Beckley, he was the son of the late Garland Hamilton Walkup and Maxine Velma Shortridge Walkup.

Eddie was a welder in the construction business. He was a member of the Orient Hill Freewill Baptist Church, a former Boy Scout, and he loved music and playing the guitar.

In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by a brother, Roger Dale Walkup.

Survivors include his mother, Maxine Walkup of Rupert; a sister, Joyce Smith of Hopewell, Va.; and two brothers, Harold Lee Walkup of Hines and Garland Wayne Walkup of Rupert.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 23, 2009, at the Orient Hill Freewill Baptist Church with Pastor Mike Kees and Pastor Benny Peyton officiating. Entombment will follow in the Wallace Memorial Mausoleum at Clintonville.

Friends may call from 6 until 8 p.m. today, Nov. 22, 2009, at the Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home in Rainelle.

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