The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

April 18, 2010

Obituaries — Sunday, April 18, 2010

Louise Allen

FOREST HILL — Louise Allen, 93, of Forest Hill died Saturday, April 17, 2010, at Russell County Medical Center in Lebanon, Va.

Arrangements by Pivont Funeral Home in Hinton.


Basil L. ‘Bill’ Baldwin Jr.

Basil L. “Bill” Baldwin Jr., age 80, of Crab Orchard, West Virginia, went to his heavenly home on Friday, April 16, 2010, following a long illness.

Born on March 19, 1930, at Rhodell, W.Va., he was the son of the late Ba-sil L. Baldwin Sr. and Texie Cole Baldwin.

Mr. Baldwin was a retired employee of Columbia Gas Company as an electronics technician. He was a member of the Sunset Hills Missionary Baptist Church at Coal City, West Virginia, where he served as a Sunday school teacher for many years. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. Mr. Baldwin loved the outdoors, and swimming and riding a bicycle. Most of all he loved witnessing for the Lord.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Kermit Baldwin, and by 2 infant brothers, by a sister, Doris Meador. Mr. Baldwin was also preceded in death by a special aunt, Thelma Cole. He was preceded in death by his special camping buddy, Hoover Johnson.

Survivors include his wife of 30 years, Wanda Wahl Bower Baldwin; 3 children: Roger Baldwin of Alameda, California; Rhonda Blevins and her fiancé Butch Dobbins of Beckley, W.Va.; Kevin Baldwin and his wife Missie of Volga, West Virginia; 3 stepchildren: Michael Bower and his wife Connie of Fairdale, West Virginia; Kent Bower and his wife Amy of Fairdale, W.Va.; Marty Bower and his wife Melanie of Fairdale, West Virginia; 1 brother: Harold Baldwin of Fort Leavenworth, Kansas; 1 sister, Betty White and her husband James of Princewick, W.Va.; 6 grandchildren: Aaron Baldwin of Florida;  Logan and Kaylee Bower of Fairdale, W.Va.; Mark Will-iams of Oak Hill, W.Va.; Rosanna Stanley of Fairdale, W.Va.; Nicole Patterson of Page, W.Va.; 7 great-grandchildren, Marc, Taylor, Madison, Hunter, Myla, Kalani, and Teiliana; Special sisters-in-law, Phyllis Baldwin of Crab Orchard, W.Va.; Joyce Johnson of Rockview, W.Va.; Lois Johnson of Monroe County; Joan Clay of New Richmond, W.Va.; Cleo Crowder of Virginia; Several nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services will be conducted 3 p.m. Monday, April 19, 2010, at the Rose and Quesenberry Peace Chapel in Beckley, W.Va., with Rev. Mel Jamison officiating. Burial will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens at Prosperity, W.Va. Friends may call at the funeral home from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. on Monday. Pallbearers will be members of the family. Online condolences may be sent to our guestbook at The family extends special thanks to all of the nurses from Hospice of Southern WV, and asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Hospice of Southern WV, PO Box 1472, Beckley, WV 25802, in memory of Mr. Baldwin. The family also would like to thank Connie Bower for her care and support.

Arrangements by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, 1901 South Kanawha Street, Beckley, West Virginia.


Odessa Marie Walkup Bryant

CRAWLEY — Odessa Marie Walkup Bryant, 84, of Crawley, passed away on Wednesday, April 14, 2010, at Greenbrier Valley Medical Center in Ronceverte, following a long illness.

Born August 2, 1925, in Smoot, she was the daughter of the late Charles Roy Walkup and the late Bessie Evelyn Wendell. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Robert James Bryant, in 1997.

Odessa was a homemaker.

Survivors include two sisters, Gloria Faye Gerrard of Lanark and Brenda Kay Parks of Whitehall, Ohio; and three brothers, Edward Gray Wendell of Columbus, Ohio, Elmer Clay Wendell of Flint, Mich., and Marvin Ray Wendell of Gahanna, Ohio.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 18, 2010, at the Wallace & Wallace Cha-pel in Rainelle with Pastor Mark Taylor officiating. Burial will follow in the Wallace Memorial Cemetery in Clintonville.

Friends may call one hour prior to the service. There will be no evening visitation.

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


Bessie Mae Dean

SMITHERS — Bessie Mae Dean, age 100, formerly of Smithers, died April 16, 2010. She was born February 13, 1910, at Alcott, W.Va., and was the last surviving child of the late Richard and Mary Snodgrass. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Charles Dean; a grandchild, Sarah Redden; and sons-in-law Victor Casamento and Denny Redden.

She loved to garden and she attended Campbell Memorial Baptist Church in Smithers and lived 70 years in Smithers.

Surviving: children Vickie Redden of Shady Spring, Almeda Casamento of Massanutten, Va., Lenore Sisson and her husband Gene of Stanton, Va., and Audrey Wood and her husband Lavern of Leesburg, Va.; 10 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren.

Graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Montgomery Memorial Park at London with Rev. Chester Bird officiating. Burial will follow in the park.

O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery, is in charge of arrangements.

Expressions of sympathy can be sent at


Toney Green

Toney Green, 57, formerly of Mount Hope, died Friday, April 16, 2010.

Services entrusted to Rit-chie and Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.


Hugh Keatley

Hugh Keatley, age 71, of Beckley and Howey-in-the-Hills, Florida, died April 15 at Fairview Hospital, Cleveland, Ohio, after a short illness.

Born January 4, 1939, at Hotcoal, West Virginia, he was the son of the late Dewey Keatley and Hallie Cox Keatley.

Hugh was a graduate of Mt. Hope High School and WV Tech where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in education. He was a member of the Golden Bear football team from 1957-1962. In 1959 he was named to the NAIA All-American team and to the 1958-59 All Conference team. In 1995, he was inducted into the WV Tech Athletic Hall of Fame. At the time of his death, he was still active with the Tech Foundation.

He started in the cemetery business in 1961 with Associated Cemetery Estates in Beckley, then worked with them in Martinsburg, W.Va., where he and his family lived until 1973 when they returned to Beckley. After resigning from ACE in 1977, he became involved in owning and contracting cemeteries in several areas across the country including with Gi-braltar Mausoleum Company in Indianapolis. In 1995, he joined Service Corporation International, Houston, Texas, as Director of Corporate Development, and later as a regional Sales Manager. Continuing in the business he loved, in 2004 he and Mark Hamilton formed North Star Memorial Group with offices in Houston, Texas. North Star owns and operates over 40 locations in Illinois, Ohio, Florida, Tennessee, and Oklahoma. Hugh was directly responsible for acquiring most of those properties and was working on several deals at the time of his death. He had been active in state, regional and national associations, serving as president of the West Virginia Cemetery Association, the Ohio Association of Cemeteries, and the National Association of Cemeteries (now ICCFA). In 1987, Hugh was named one of the “100 Top Cemeterians of the Century” and in 1999, he was inducted into the ICCFA Hall of Fame. He also held the distinction of Certified Cemetery Executive.

Hugh was a member of United Methodist Temple, Black Knight Country Club, Beckley Moose Lodge, Friends of Coal, and active supporter of the Beckley-Raleigh County YMCA. He was a former active member of the Martinsburg Elks Club, former member of the Martinsburg Civitan Club where he received the Outstanding Civitan Award and was instrumental in establishing a Sheltered Workshop which is now Rumsey Vocational Center.

His love for hunting and fishing had taken him on over 40 big game hunts in the western United States, Canada, and British Columbia. He had taken many trophies throughout his hunting career, and had just gone to Panama on a big game fishing trip with his son and several friends two months before his death. He was a life member of Safari Club International, a charter member of Southern West Virginia Chapter of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, and a member of Duck’s Unlimited.

In addition to his parents, Hugh was preceded in death by his brother, Jack Keatley; niece, Karen Keatley; nephew, Matthew “Chip” Keatley, sister-in-law, Do-rothy Ballard Keatley, special grandson, Ben McGraw, and his in-laws, Arnold and Helen Bowyer.

Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Nancy Bowyer Keatley; son, Randy Keatley and his wife Karen, Charlotte, North Carolina; daughter, Sue DeValdes and her husband, Greg, Virginia Beach, Virginia; daughter, Beth Keatley and her fiancé, Greg McGraw, Daniels; four grandchildren who were the love of his life, John DeValdes, David Keatley, Joey DeValdes, and Hallie Keatley; his brother Kenneth “Bunk” Keatley and wife, Agnes, Shady Spring; sister-in-law, Shirley Keatley Kellam and her husband, Tim, Mt. Hope; brother-in-law Jim Bowyer and his wife, Inga, Dallas, Texas; brother-in-law, Mike Bowyer and his wife, Joyce, Mound City, Kansas; nieces, Diane Hull, Mill Creek, West Virginia, and Cindy Taylor, Richmond, Virginia, and their families; nephew, Drew Bowyer, Hutchinson, Kansas; special friends, Charlie and Sylvia Brammer, Tarpon Springs, Florida; and many other very special friends all over the country.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at United Methodist Temple in Beckley with Pastor Chuck Pullins officiating. Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the church.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Ben McGraw First Tee Learning Center, 200 Joel Smith Drive, Beckley, WV 25801, or The Ben McGraw Foundation, C/O Beckley Area Foundation, 129 Main Street, Beckley, WV 25801.

Pallbearers will be friends, Charlie Brammer, Jimmy Songer, Warren Hylton, Randy Risius, Detlef Taylor, Mark Hamilton, Bill Hawkins, Chuck Rhodes and Dave Lowe. Honorary pallbearers will be Bucky Harkins, John Stroud, Ray Richmond, Robert Worley, Dan Massey, Dana Helmick, Dan Reed and Ted Nuckolls.

Condolences may be sent to the family’s guestbook at

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary, Beckley, and Dos-tal Funeral Home, North Olmsted, Ohio.


Thomas Howard Keyser

Thomas Howard Keyser, 84, of Beckley, died Friday, April 16, 2010, at Raleigh General Hospital following a brief illness. Born August 18, 1925, in Beckley, he was the son of the late Albert Roy and Sada Smith Keyser.

Tom was a graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School, class of 1943, and graduated from Virginia Tech and Milwaukee School of Engineering. He served during World War II in the Marine Corps, Pacific Theater.

He was the President of Maxwell and Keyser Plumbing and Heating in Beckley for 30 years.

Survivors include his wife, Pamela Trent Keyser; one daughter, Sandra Keyser Carson, Jacksonville, Fla.; one son, John Trent Keyser, Beckley; and two grandsons, Dale Christopher Carson, Jacksonville, Fla., and Thomas Benjamin Carson, Los Angeles, Calif.; one sister, Mary Lou McShane and husband Bill of Glasgow, Ky.; nephews, Tom and Kenny McShane, and niece, Melanie McShane Carson. He is also survived by brothers-in-law Tod W. Trent and wife Irma, Uniontown, Pa., and Meredith O. Trent and wife Etheline, Beckley, niece Gale Kirby, and nephews Bruce, Meredith Lee and Kevin Trent.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Monday, April 19, 2010, in the Beckley Presbyterian Church, 203 South Kanawha Street, with the Rev. Robin Debnam and Dr. William dePrater officiating. Burial will follow in Sunset Memorial Park, Beckley. Friends may call at the church one hour prior to service on Monday.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Beckley Area Foundation, 129 Main St., Suite 203, Beckley, WV 25801, Beckley Presbyterian Church, 203 S. Kanawha St., Beckley, WV 25801, or The Humane Society of Raleigh County, P.O. Box 115, Beckley, WV 25802.

Arrangements by Calfee Funeral Home, Beckley.


Leslie Earl Lilly

Leslie Earl Lilly, 64, of Cool Ridge died Friday morning, April 16, 2010, at his home following a long illness.

Born October 17, 1945, at Ellison, he was the son of Eva Radford of Beckley. He was a disabled logger and brick mason and attended the Cool Ridge Missionary Baptist Church.

Besides his mother he is survived by four children, Rhonda Lilly and husband Bobby of Jumping Branch, Greg Lilly of Beckley, Van Lilly and wife Tina of Cool Ridge and Mona Basham and husband Donald of N.C.; four grandchildren, Anthony Lilly and wife Brittany of Big Creek, Wesley Whitaker of N.C., Dillon Basham of N.C. and Allie Dunbar of Cool Ridge; one sister, Ruby Meadows and husband Jim of Beckley; and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Arrangements are by the Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors of Hinton.

Condolences may be sent to the family at


Geneva Sue Maynor

Geneva Sue Maynor, age 57, of Daniels, W.Va., died Thursday, April 15, 2010, at her home following a long illness.

Born on September 8, 1952, at Beckley, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late George Martin and Lillian Redden Martin.

Mrs. Maynor was a homemaker, and was a former member of the Packs Branch Baptist Church. She had lived at Daniels, W.Va., for the past four years, having previously resided at Scarbro. She loved flowers, being outdoors, and enjoyed fishing.

Mrs. Maynor was preceded in death by a sister, Linda Hanson.

Survivors include her husband, Raymond Maynor of Scarbro, W.Va.; a daughter, Beverly Fuller of Crab Orchard, W.Va.; two grandchildren, Earl Dodson, and Jessica Robertson; and one great-grandchild, Jaxson Robertson; one sister, Virginia Forren of Stanaford, W.Va.; three brothers, Doug Martin of Beckley, Mike Martin of Prince, W.Va., Bobby Scott of Stanaford, W.Va.; and a special family friend, Warren Davis of Shady Spring, W.Va.

Funeral services will be conducted at the Rose and Quesenberry Peace Chapel on Sunday, April 18, 2010, at 3:30 p.m., with Pastor Sam Vance officiating. Burial will follow at the Kidwell Cemetery at Table Rock, W.Va. 

Friends may call at the funeral home from 2 p.m. until service time on Sunday.

Pallbearers will be Bobby Bennett, Edward Maynor, Andy Maynor, Bobby Forren, Warren Davis, and Earl Dodson. Online condolences may be sent to our guestbook at

Arrangements by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, 1901 South Kanawha Street, Beckley.


Dee M. Morgan Jr.

CLEAR FORK — Dee M. Morgan, Jr., 84, of Clear Fork, W.Va., went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, April 14, 2010, at Golden Harvest Nursing Home, Welch, W.Va. Dee was born December 29, 1925, in Capels, W.Va., a son of the late Dee Morgan, Sr., and Florence Phillips Morgan. He was a member of the Clear Fork Independent Church of God. Dee worked for the Virginian, N & W and Norfolk Southern Railways in Baileysville, W.Va., as an assistant track maintenance foreman for 43 years. He loved going to church and all of his church family. He was also preceded in death by two brothers, Thomas J. Morgan and Herbert Morgan; three sisters, Catherine Jenkins, Gladys Lemaster and Louise Dameron. Survivors include his loving wife of 64 years, Dorothy Carbaugh Morgan; two sons, Charles Morgan and wife Judy of Fanrock, W.Va., and Roger Morgan and wife Kim of Pineville, W.Va.; three granddaughters, Carla Clay and husband Robby of Fanrock, W.Va., Jennifer Duffel and husband Dell of N.C., and Kara Steele and husband Billy of Indian Creek, W.Va.; two grandsons, Denny Morgan and wife Emily of N.C. and Bobby Smith of Pineville, W.Va.; two great-grandsons, Kyle Duffel of N.C. and Cody Clay of Fanrock, W.Va.; three great-granddaughters, Nicole “Nikki” Cheek of N.C., Caleigh Morgan of N.C. and Kholoe Steele of Indian Creek, W.Va.; a brother, William Bill Morgan and wife Judi of Shady Spring, W.Va.; a sister, Ella Mae Mitchem of N.C.; many nieces and nephews and other loving family and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Sunday, April 18, 2010, in the Chapel of Stafford Family Funeral Home with Rev. Hannibal Blankenship, Jr., and Rev. Sammy Lester officiating. Dee will be laid to rest in Palm Memorial Gardens, Matheny, W.Va. Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. on Sunday at the funeral home. Pallbearers will be family and friends. The family sends special thanks to the nurses at Golden Harvest Nursing Home, Welch, W.Va. E-mail letters of sympathy may be sent at

The family is being served by the Stafford Family Funeral Home, Lynco, W.Va.


William N. Murphree

MULLENS — William N. Murphree Jr., 98, of Mullens, died Saturday, April 17, 2010, in a Raleigh, N.C., health care center.

Committal services and entombment will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 21, at Sunset Memorial Park Mausoleum B, Beckley. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 20, at Tankersley Funeral Home, Mullens.

Arrangements by Tankersley Funeral Home, Mullens.


Gary Wayne ‘Peewee’ Plumley

CIRTSVILLE — Gary Wayne “Peewee” Plumley, 49, of Cirtsville, died Friday, April 16, 2010, at the Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, following a short illness.

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


James Randall Sellards

James Randall Sellards, 71, of Beckley died Friday, April 16, 2010, at Bowers Hospice House following an extended illness.

Born on July 9, 1938, in Nabob, W.Va., he was the third of six children born to the late Kennis and Ruth Anderson Sellards. A brother, Charles, precedes him in death.

Mr. Sellards spent his childhood at Nabob where he was a gifted baseball player. He was a graduate of Marsh Fork High School. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving a tour of duty in Vietnam. James was a resident of Eccles for over 33 years before moving to the Cabell Heights community in 2007. He worked in the strip mining industry, for over 30 years, as a heavy equipment operator, and he loved his job. He always told his children that he hoped they were “fortunate enough to have a job they loved” as much as he loved his. James enjoyed crossword puzzles and he loved to go fishing with his son “Jaybird.” He attended the Skelton Freewill Baptist Church.

James met his wife, Patty, through her sister who was his sister-in-law; they were married on November 12, 1966. To this union were born three children: Monica Farley and husband Doug of Harper Heights, Lynn Shannon and husband Roderick of Daniels and James Randall Sellards and wife Angela of Shady Spring. He was the doting grandfather of six grandchildren: Sean Luke Farley (deceased), Adrianne Farley, Joshua Farley, Dominique Shannon, James Glen Sellards and Maya Shannon, and twin great-grandchildren Nevaeh and Autumn Dunn. He is also survived by three brothers: Rev. Carl Sellards and wife Corky of Mt. Tabor, Duane Sellards and wife Carol of Beckley and David Sellards and wife Delorise of Glen Daniel; a sister Carolyn Stover and husband Larry of Beckley; and by a large extended family.

Funeral services will be conducted at 4 p.m. Monday, April 19th, in the Melton Mortuary Chapel with the Rev. Carl Sellards and Rev. Gregg Lanham officiating. Burial will follow in the Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Prosperity. Friends may call Monday from 2 p.m. until the service time.

Pallbearers will be: Jaybird Sellards, Rodrick Shannon, Steve Barker, Kenny Hatcher, Dominique Shannon, Doug Farley, Joshua Farley and Manuel Yancey.

Condolences may be sent to the family’s guestbook at

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary, Beckley, W.Va.


Sgt. Theron Turner

Sgt. Theron Turner, 69, of 412 Upper Rock Creek Road died April 14, 2010, at 10:45 a.m. at home with his wife at his side. Born Sept. 19, 1940, at Pine Knob. The son of the late Claude Brown and the late Lena Turner. Also preceded in death by his half brother Virgil Brown and mother-in-law, Virginia Williams. He was a firm believer in God the Father, the Son Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost. He was of the Pentecostal faith. Theron was a good loving husband, Father, and loyal friend. His stepchildren thought of him as their dad. He was an eight-year Army Veteran having served in the Vietnam Conflict. He was a coal miner of twenty-four years having retired from Peabody Coal Company at the Sundial #10A mine. He was a member of the United Mine Workers of America Local Union #6608. He was man who had something in common with everybody. He was a Guitar Player and singer, loved listening to good music, collector of guns, knives, and fishing equipment. He enjoyed old automobiles, hunting and fishing. Those left to cherish his memory are his wife of 21 years, Gloria Jean “Williams” Turner; children, Vanessa “Turner” Williams of Saratoga, N.Y., Jessi “Turner” Cardwell and husband, Bart, of Ladson, S.C., Marie “Turner” Bullock, of Mooresville, N.C., Gary Williams, of Scarbro, W.Va., Janet “Williams” Joseph and husband, Harvey, of Millers Creek, N.C., Webster Williams and wife, Diane, of Comfort, W.Va., Katherine “Williams” Thomas, of Bolt, W.Va., who helped care for him during his last days; brothers, Marvin Turner and wife, Marianne, of Rock Creek, W.Va., Donnie Turner of North Ridgeville, Ohio; sister, Betty Slone of Wharton, W.Va.; half brothers, Claude Brown Jr. and wife, Pearl, of Fairdale, W.Va., Johnny Brown and wife, Alice, of Valdese, N.C., Dennis Brown of Sabine, W.Va., Jimmy Brown of Naoma, W.Va., Corbett Brown of Mansville, Ohio; half sisters, Gladys Bailey and husband, Arvis, of Naoma, W.Va., Della Ruth Jenkins and husband, Ronnie, of Fairdale, W.Va.; sixteen grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and an aunt Alice Price and husband, Herman, of Naoma, W.Va.; stepmother, Virgie Brown of Naoma, W.Va.; and father-in-law Jeff Williams of Mt. Hope, W.Va.; brothers-in-law Larry Williams and wife, Joyce, of Princewick, W.Va., Richard Williams and wife, Vera, of Mt. Hope, W.Va., Allen Williams and wife, Delores, of Beaver, W.Va.; many nieces and nephews, lots of cousins he thought of as brothers and sisters and a host of friends.

Services will be held on Monday, April 19, 2010, at 12 o’clock noon in the Armstrong Funeral Home, Whitesville, W.Va. Clergy will be Rev. Danny Gilfilen. Singers will be Sprouse Tabernacle Choir. Entombment will be in Pineview Cemetery Mausoleum, Orgas, W.Va., with military graveside rites by VFW Post # 5578 Madison, W.Va.

Visit 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers the family requests contributions of sympathy should be made to the VFW Post #5578, Madison, WV 25130.

Armstrong Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.