Brenda Sue Adkins
ROBINETTE — Brenda Sue Adkins, 65, of Robinette died Friday, Oct. 21, 2011.
Funeral will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26, at Robinette Church of God, Robinette, with the Rev. Albert Cline. Burial will be in Highland Memory Gardens, Godby Heights, Pecks Mill. Friends may gather with the family from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25, and prior to the services Wednesday at the church.
Online at www.mountsfuneralhome.com.
Mounts Funeral Home of Gilbert is in charge of arrangements.
Barbara (Bobbi) Arnold
“My Sweetie is out of pain and gone to Heaven. Thank you, Lord.” It is with great sadness that the passing of Barbara Arnold is announced. Barbara died on Wednesday, October 19th, 2011, at her home in Shady Spring. She was 70 years of age.
Known affectionately as “Bobbi” all her life, Barbara Earle Richardson was born on July 30th, 1941, at Daniels. The first of five children, she is the precious daughter of Mabel Boley Richardson of Shady Spring and the late John Earl Richardson.
Bobbie spent her childhood at Shady Spring where she graduated from Shady Spring High School, Class of 1959. For the past 26 years, Bobbi has been married to Fredrick D. Arnold. Bobbi and Fred have shared many wonderful times together over the years. They were true soul mates. Bobbi and Fred were great animal lovers and enjoyed flower gardening. One day after they first married, Bobbi and Fred were walking over their property at their home in Shady Spring. They were pondering, “What they might do with all this land?” Since 1985, Rainbow Retreat Pet Cemetery has become the final resting place of many beloved pets.
In addition to her mother and Fred, Bobbi leaves her children, Daniel Snyder and his wife, Carla, and Lawrence “Trey” Snyder, to cherish her memory. Her daughter, Kimberly, died in January of 2010. Bobbi is the fond sister of Judith Hopkins of Charleston, Gary Richardson of Phoenix, AZ, and Larry Richardson of Pocahontas, VA; two nieces and a nephew also survive.
And so now it is Bobbie’s turn to “Cross Over the Rainbow Bridge.” She will be reunited with her Dad and Kimberly and all the little creatures she cared for on earth for all eternity. On Tuesday morning, October 25th, at 11 a.m. Barbara Arnold will be laid to rest at the Rainbow Retreat Cemetery at Shady Spring on Pluto Road. Family and friends are invited to meet at the cemetery by 10:30 a.m. Rev. Ronnie Stapleton will be officiating. Now Bobbi and Fred were never ones “for a lot of fuss.” They request you dress casually, “Men, no suits or ties; Ladies, forgo your dresses and heels and dress warmly.”
The family suggests donations of sympathy be made to the Raleigh County Humane Society, 325 Grey Flats Road, Beckley, WV 25801-5878.
“…all God’s creatures great and small, The Lord God made them all…” “Rest In Peace, our dear Bobbi … until we Cross Over The Rainbow Bridge to meet you again.”
Condolences may be sent to the family’s guestbook at www.meltonmortuary.com.
Arrangements by Melton Mortuary, Inc., Beckley, WV.
Otis Clyde ‘OC’ Cooper
CHILLICOTHE, Ohio — Mr. Otis Clyde “OC” Cooper, 84, of Chillicothe, Ohio, formerly of Lester, WV, died Friday, October 21, 2011, in Atlanta, Ga.
Born July 18, 1927, in Prattville, Ala., he was the son of the late Shuler Cooper and Cynthia Houser Spear.
A retired coal miner and carpenter, he lived most of his adulthood in Lester, W.Va., and was a member of United Apostolic Faith Church.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his stepmother, Lorine; 2 daughters, Synthia and Jamie Cooper; 1 son, John Cooper; 6 brothers, John Henry, McCarl, Sims, Dallas, Robert, and Walter; 1 sister, Dianna; extended family, Ruth Presley, Thomas Lee, and Roy Lee Pogue.
Survivors include his wife, Sadie; 9 children: Joann (Brady), Otis, Tony, Debra, and Dennis, Calvin, Sharon, Melody (Larry), and Jeanette (James); 5 brothers, James, Clarence (Annie), Victor, Gregory, and Roger; 4 sisters, Delores (George), Brenda and Drema, and Gloria; extended family member, Josephine; 22 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.
Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, October 26, at Heart of God Ministries, 1703 S. Kanawha St., Beckley, W.Va., with Pastor Delores Hubbard, Dist. Elder Timothy Schofield and Bishop Fred T. Sims officiating.
Burial will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Beckley.
Friends may call one hour prior to the service at the Church.
Condolences may be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Arrangements entrusted to Ritchie and Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley, W.Va.
Mary Ellen Gwynne Ferguson
FLAT TOP — At the sunset of a beautiful fall day, the earthly life of Mary Ellen Gwynne Ferguson, age 88, of Flat Top, came to a peaceful end on Saturday, October 22, 2011.
Mary was born in 1923 in Glen Rogers, to parents Viola Gunter and Elmer Eugene Gwynne; but as a child the family returned to Mercer County and the Gardner Road community of her extended family were Mary and her older sister Mildred spent their childhood. Her only brother Donald died as an infant. Mildred preceded Mary in death in 1981.
Mary graduated from Spanishburg High School and worked briefly in Canton, Ohio, during World War II before returning to Gardner where she married Robert Earl Ferguson in 1945. Mary and Earl’s marriage of 41 years produced three children, Robert Eugene, Virginia Ellen, and an infant son who died at birth. Mary was a dedicated member of Bethel United Methodist Church of the Gardner Road near Princeton, where she taught Sunday school for many years, sang in the choir, was a member of the United Methodist Women, serving as President for several terms, and served on many church boards and committees. As she grew older her participation in church activity declined. Earl’s death in 1986 resulted in Mary moving to Flat Top, where she continued to attend Bethel until her poor health intervened.
Mary delighted in her family. In addition to her son Robert Eugene (Brenda Cochran) and daughter Virginia Ellen (Walter Leo Lester), four granddaughters filled her heart: Michelle Lee Ferguson McLane (Matt) of White House, TN, Amy Danielle Ferguson Scruggs (Marty) of Westmoreland, TN, Chandra Rochelle Ferguson Wilkerson (Daniel) of Westmoreland, TN, and Alanna Paige Lester (Lee Perren) of Narrows, VA. Mary was delighted and blessed to see four great-granddaughters as well: Jessica Lee McLane, Veronica Faith Scruggs, Rebekkah Danielle Scruggs and Cianna Alero Perren. Mary enjoyed an especially close relationship with her extended family of cousins, and visited often with cousin Edna Hall of Huntington. The Ferguson family includes many nieces and nephews who were close to their Aunt Mary.
Mary had a passion for life, enjoying the beautiful world in which she lived. She delighted in sitting on the porch enjoying the birds, deer, flowers, her cat and the clouds in the sky. Fall leaves were Mary’s favorite and she took great pleasure in seeing the glorious colors this fall. Mary was a talented quilter, and leaves to her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren many beautiful handmade quilts, the last one completed this spring. Wonderful memories of her life are now sewn into the patchwork of the quilts she gave to them.
A service of celebration will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday, October 25, 2011, from the Burns Wornal Chapel of the Memorial Funeral Directory on the Athens Road in Princeton with Pastor Casper Dalton officiating. Burial will follow in Resthaven Memorial Park Cemetery in Princeton.
Friends are invited to visit with the family today (Monday) from 6 until 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Family and friends may share memories and messages of love via www.memorialfd.com.
Mary’s family and friends will serve as pallbearers. Her honorary pallbearers will be Luieco Lawson, Frank Claytor, Howard Albert, Stanley Gunter, Milton Pennington and Melvin Martin.
The Honor of serving the Ferguson family has been given to the Memorial Funeral Directory & Cremation Center on the Athens Road in Princeton.
James Allen Giles
RONCEVERTE — James Allen Giles, 69, of Ronceverte, died Oct. 22, 2011.
Graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25, at Greenbrier Memorial Gardens in Lewisburg, with Charles McKinney officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the services Tuesday at Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home in Lewisburg.
In lieu of flowers, donations of sympathy may be made to The Church of Christ of Peytona, PO Box 249, Peytona, WV 25154.
Please send online condolences by visiting www.WallaceandWallaceFH.com.
Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home in Lewisburg is in charge of arrangements.
Sadie S. Mann
BALLARD — Sadie S. Mann, age 88, transferred her membership to Heaven Saturday, October 22, 2011. She had been residing at the Springfield Center, Lindside, WV.
Born March 15, 1923, at Welch, WV, she was the daughter of the late David Newton Scarberry and Lydia Green Scarberry. Upon the death of her Mother when Sadie was only five years old, she was moved to Monroe County to live with her Uncle Dave and Aunt Susan Lane on Cooks Run. She resided with them until her marriage to the late Frank L. Mann. Sadie, a longtime Red Cross volunteer and faithful blood donor, was a member of the Little Bethlehem Old Regular Baptist Church in Red Sulphur Springs, WV. She was a devoted mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and great-great-grandmother. Sadie was the last surviving member of her family. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a son, John L. Mann, a son-in-law, David Booth, Jr., sisters, Rhoda Ford, Virginia Scarberry, Ollie Mae Haney, Cora Lane, Grace Jones and Nannie Spangler; three brothers, William, Aaron, and Raymond Scarberry; and two half sisters, Ginnie Canada and Ethel Fleshman.
Survivors include a daughter, Mescal Booth of Ballard, WV; three sons, Raymond Mann and wife Hilda of Harrisonburg, VA, Lewis Mann of Rocky Gap, VA, and Robert Keith Mann and wife Debbie of Bluefield, WV, ten grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, 7 great-great-grandchildren, two sisters-in-law, Eva Mann of Lindside, WV, and Glenna Mann of Boulder, CO, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, October 25, 2011, at the Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home Chapel in Peterstown with Pastor John Rhinehart, and Pastor Bob Mann officiating. Burial will follow at the Keaton Cemetery, Greenville, WV. Friends may call from 12 noon until time of services Tuesday, at the funeral home.
Online guest book can be signed or condolences sent to the Mann family at www.broyles-shrewsbury.com.
Arrangements by Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home, Peterstown, WV.
Luther Royce Mills
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Luther Royce Mills, 71, of Louisville, Ky., formerly of Odd, passed away Saturday, Oct. 22, 2011.
Arrangements pending completion with Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, 1901 S. Kanawha St. in Beckley.
Robert Lee Reeder
RUPERT — Robert Lee Reeder, 75, of Rupert, passed away Saturday, Oct. 22, 2011.
The body will be cremated. There will be no services.
Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace Inc. of Rainelle.
Vaneia Pearl Snuffer Smith
Vaneia Pearl Snuffer Smith, age 68, of Coal City went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, October 22, 2011, at the Bowers Hospice House in Cranberry following an extended illness.
She was born on February 10, 1943, in Coal City, WV; she is the youngest child of the late Ira Snuffer and Lala Archer Snuffer.
Vaneia had worked for Pine Haven Community Action Center in Beckley since 2004. She enjoyed to help others and was very involved in the community doing many different activities. She was of the Baptist faith and accepted the Lord as her personal savior October 4, 2011, and was baptized October 9, 2011, and she attended Skelton Freewill Baptist Church.
In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by a daughter Cathy Smith Sheets; Brother Ira H. Snuffer, Jr.; Sister Glenna Jean Hardin; stepsisters Lola Betty Cox, Rita Mooney, Iona Mooney; and a stepbrother Paul Callahan; and longtime companion Jim Thomas.
Those left to cherish her memory include her son Edward Smith and wife Elizabeth of Winston-Salem, NC; a brother Ronald “Junk” Snuffer and wife Shirley of Beckley; sister-in-law Dixie Snuffer of Coal City, brother-in-law Jeff Harden Jr.; grandchildren Jesse Perkins of Cleveland, Va., Joshua Smith and wife Cindy of New Richmond, WI, and Megan Smith of Beckley; and she also leaves behind 5 great-grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews and other family and friends.
Funeral services for Mrs. Smith will be conducted 11 a.m. Tuesday, October 25, 2011, at the Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home Peace Chapel with Rev. William “Bill” Bennett officiating. Interment will follow at Hannah-Lilly Cemetery in Odd, WV.
Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.
The family will receive guests Monday, October 24, 2011, at the funeral home from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m.
The family would like to thank staff and nurses of Raleigh General Hospital, staff of Bowers Hospice House, and co-workers from Pine Haven Community Action Center, and Dr. El Harake and Dr. Golden, and all of her friends that came to visit, called to check on her, and brought food and cards, and a special friend Pat Harris.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Pine Haven Community Action Center, 103 S. Eisenhower Drive, Beckley, WV 25801, or Bowers Hospice House, 454 Cranberry Drive, Beckley, WV.
Online condolences may be sent to our guestbook at roseandquesenberry.net.
Arrangements by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, 1901 S. Kanawha Street in Beckley.
Ruth Lowe Wallace
GALLOWAY, Ohio — Ruth Lowe Wallace, 86, of Galloway, Ohio, died Friday, October 21, 2011, at Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.
Born June 17, 1925, in Hinton, she was the daughter of the late James Earl and Nora Hutchison Lowe.
Ms. Wallace was a homemaker and enjoyed cooking, gardening and writing letters.
She was preceded in death by her husband, James “Bus” Wallace. Also preceded by two brothers, Carl and Ernest Lowe.
Survivors include a son, Gary Wallace and wife Allison of Galloway, Ohio. A daughter, Pat Farley and husband Ron of Owings Mills, Maryland. A sister, Elizabeth Thompson of Richmond, Virginia. Three grandchildren: Jeff Farley, Gary Alan Wallace and Eddie Thomas. Two great-granddaughters and one great-great-granddaughter as well as several nieces and nephews also survive.
Graveside services and burial will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, October 25, 2011, at Fairview Baptist Church Cemetery, Forest Hill, with Pastor Ronald Cobb officiating. There will be no visitation. Those wishing to attend the graveside are asked to meet at the cemetery.
Online condolences and guest register at www.pivontfuneralhome.com.
Arrangements by Pivont Funeral Home, Hinton, WV.