Johnny G. Blankenship
PIPESTEM — Johnny G. Blankenship, age 81, of Pipestem, W.Va., formerly of Coaldale, W.Va., died early Friday morning (April 23, 2010) at the Beckley Appalachian Regional Hospital, Beckley, W.Va., after a short illness.
Born Oct. 1, 1928, in Panther, W.Va., he was the son of the late John G. Blankenship and Mattie Lester Blankenship.
He was affiliated with the Baptist Faith, he was a retired Coal Truck Driver having worked last for the Ed Cole Trucking Co., and was a member of the U.M.W.A. He lived in McDowell County until 1969, then moved to Mercer County; he had resided in Summers County since 1994.
Other than his parents, he was preceded in death by four brothers and two sisters.
He is survived by: his loving a devoted wife of 38 years, Mildred Conti Blankenship of the home; one brother, Benny Blankenship and wife Nell of Oak Ridge, N.C.; a host of nieces, nephews, and friends.
Funeral services will be conducted Monday (April 26, 2010) at 1 p.m. at the Widener Funeral Home Chapel, Northfork, W.Va., with the Rev. Earl Hill officiating. Burial will follow at the Woodlawn Memorial Park, Bluewell, W.Va. Friends may call Monday at the funeral home from 11:30 a.m. until the hour of service. Friends and family will serve as pallbearers.
Arrangements by Widener Funeral Home, Northfork, W.Va.
Peggy Delene Blevins
VICTOR — Peggy Delene Blevins, 72, of Victor, W.Va., passed away Friday, April 23, 2010, at Plateau Medical Center. Born August 29, 1937, in Beckley, she was the daughter of the late Dale and Percy Kate Lilly Epling. Peggy was a homemaker and a lifelong resident of Fayette County. Besides her parents she was preceded in death by sisters, Ramona Ellison, Belle Gilkerson and Celia Dale Lowe.
Survivors include her daughter, Pamela Kaylor and husband Tommy of Victor; sons: Robert Epling and wife Amy of Melbourne, Fla., Michael Epling and wife Donna of Winchester, Va., Phillip Epling of Falls Church, Va., and Fred Blevins, Jr., of Centerville, Va.; grandchildren: Aaron and Eddie Kaylor, Angie Taylor, Michael, Steven, Christopher and Mathew Epling; brothers: Johnny and Bill Epling, sister, Janice Mitchell.
Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Monday, April 26, 2010, in the Calfee Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Rick Metrick officiating. Burial will follow in the Epling-Matherly Cemetery at Flat Top.
Friends may call one hour prior to service on Monday.
Online condolences may be sent to www.calfeefh.com.
Arrangements by Calfee Funeral Home.
Velma Neff Bostic
FAYETTEVILLE — Velma Neff Bostic, 102, of Fayetteville passed away Saturday, April 24, 2010, at Beckley Appalachian Regional Hospital.
Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.
John Thomas Cashion Jr.
HICO — John Thomas Cashion Jr., 79, of Hico passed away April 23, 2010, at Plateau Medical Center.
Services are incomplete at this time. Wallace & Wallace Inc. of Ansted is in charge of arrangements.
Ethel Garnett Bell Combs
Ethel Garnett Bell Combs of Fairdale went home to be with the Lord on Friday, April 23, 2010, at the Bowers Hospice House, Beckley.
Services will be noon Monday, April 26, in the Flat Branch Baptist Church, Arnett, with Pastor Andrew Davis and singers Anna Davis and Flat Branch Singers. Interment will be in Cook Cemetery, Arnett. Visitation will be 2 hours before the service at the church.
Armstrong funeral home is in charge of arrangements.
Glen Patton Daniel
Glen Patton Daniel passed away peacefully at his home in Lester on April 19, 2010. He was 81 years of age. Mr. Daniel was born at the John Patton Farm Homeplace near Eccles, W.Va., on September 1, 1928.
His parents were Lockie Patton Daniel and Sidney Preston Daniel of Surveyor.
He is survived by his wife of 63 years Betty Lou Riffe Daniel. They met at Trap Hill High School in 1943. Additionally he is survived by two daughters, Betty Susanne Boyce and husband Lourn M. Boyce Jr. of Lester and Mary Louise Hansberry and husband Thomas J. Hansberry Jr. of Bridgeport. His four grandchildren are Lourn Maxwell Boyce III and his wife Cynthia Dawn Miller Boyce of Pineville; Benjamin Glen Daniel Boyce and his wife Melissa Ann Honaker Boyce of Lester; Matthew Bryan Hansberry and his wife Heather Jo Starkey Hansberry; and Megan Elaine Hansberry all of Bridgeport. His nine great-grandchildren are: Jacob Maxwell Boyce, Ashley Cailyn Boyce, Kelsey Allison Boyce, and Kylee Paige Boyce of Pineville; Jorgianna Mycaela Boyce, Bowdy Caleb Daniel Boyce, and Tansi Elisabette Boyce of Lester; Madison Lynn Hansberry, and Emma Kate Hansberry of Bridgeport.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his elder brothers Lewis Gratton Daniel and Quentin Sidney Daniel. Also deceased are his brothers-in-law Philip Thomas Riffe Sr. and Noel “Babe” Riffe.
He is survived by brother-in-law Robert Louis Riffe and his wife Jean Shrewsbury Riffe. Sisters-in-law Paige Turner Riffe, Ann Daniel, Othella D. Massey, Genevieve D. Smith, and Lou Riffe Gates, and many beloved nieces and nephews as well.
He graduated from Trap Hill High School in 1946, attending school there first grade through twelfth grade. He was a member of the THHS Football team from 9th through 12th grade and played on their Raleigh County Championship Football Team.
He worked his way through college attending Beckley College and Concord College. He graduated from Marshall University with an A.B. Degree in History, a minor in Mathematics. He attained a Master’s Degree from Marshall University and did post-master’s work at Marshall University and West Virginia University acquiring Principal and Superintendent Certificates. He also taught Graduate level classes for West Virginia University and Marshall University.
After forty-eight years with Raleigh County Schools he retired. During this time he taught at Acord Mountain Elementary, Mount View Elementary, Shiloh Elementary, Lester Junior High, Mark Twain High School, and Trap Hill High School. He coached at Mount View Elementary School, Lester Junior High School, Mark Twain High School, and Trap Hill High School.
In administration he was Principal at Lester Junior High School, Assistant Principal at Sophia High School, Principal at Sophia High School and Stoco High School. Mr. Daniel was also the first principal of Independence High School. He served as the Raleigh County Adult Basic Education Director and Principal of Raleigh County Vocational Technical Center before his retirement in 1986.
In the early 1950s he served as a member of the Lester Town Council. In 1952 when Lester was still considered a thriving town, Glen P. Daniel was elected Mayor of the Town of Lester for which he was recognized nationally as the youngest mayor in the United States at age 25.
Mr. Daniel took great pride in serving as one of the original members of the Lake Stevens Tourist Development Authority, which had the responsibility of developing and building Lake Stephens. He was a past member of the American Red Cross Board of Directors, served as president of the Raleigh County Secondary Principal Association, and chairman of Raleigh County Athletic League.
He attended the Grand Lodge at Elkins in 1931 at age three with his father who was a representative. Glen was a sixty-year member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, serving as District Deputy Grand Master for eight years.
Many still call him “Coach Daniel.” He was the Raleigh County Coach of the Year 1963 and coached Raleigh County Class A and AA Basketball and Football Championships. He was a Chambers Oil Company Board Member, Chairman of the Board of Southern States, and a member and Chairman of the Board of United States Agriculture Stabilization Committee.
Glen Patton Daniel was a Methodist and loved God. He taught his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren to trust in God and always forgive. He loved God, his family, and his country. He believed in friendship, love, and truth. He was a member of the Republican Party and served as a delegate to the State Republican Convention. He has voted in every election since he has been eligible to vote.
Pallbearers will be Lourn M. Boyce Jr., Thomas J. Hansberry, L. Maxwell Boyce III, Benjamin G.D. Boyce, Matthew B. Hansberry, Jacob M. Boyce and Bowdy C.D. Boyce.
Flowers are welcomed or please make a contribution to the Trap Hill High School Alumni Scholarship fund.
Visitation for family and friends will be Sunday from 5 until 8 p.m. at Melton Mortuary. A memorial service will be conducted on Monday at 11 a.m. at Melton Mortuary Chapel with the Rev. Dewey Lowe officiating. Final resting place will be at the Blue Ridge Memorial Garden Mausoleum 3.
Condolences may be sent to the family’s guestbook at www.meltonmortuary.com.
Melton Mortuary, Beckley, has been entrusted with the arrangements.
Lois Ann ‘Sissy’ (Via) Comer Davis
Lois Ann “Sissy” (Via) Comer Davis, 59, of Shady Spring ended her battle with cancer Thursday, April 22, 2010.
Born May 7, 1950, at Summerlee, she was a daughter of the late Clyde Alan and Lois Ann Brabb Via.
Mrs. Davis was a licensed life insurance agent and real estate agent serving southern West Virginia. Mrs. Davis was of the Christian faith, and also enjoyed hunting, gardening, fishing, and embroidering.
Preceded in death by one son, Robert Edward Comer, five brothers, Benny Darrell, Paul Alan, Michael Ray, Edward Jewell and Larry Wayne Via.
Survived by two daughters, Patricia Ann Comer Bowyer and husband David of Beckley and Nancy Catherine Comer Comuzie and husband Chris of Mt. Hope; two grandchildren, Rachel Nichole Bowyer and Ethan Edward Comer; five brothers, Robert (Bob) Via, James (Jim) Via and wife Betty, Milton (Jack) Via and wife Diane, Ronald Bruce Via and wife Linda and Mark Anthony Via and wife Vanessa; first husband, Joseph David Comer and second husband Warren George Davis.
Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Sunday, April 25, 2010, at the Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors Chapel with Rev. Larry Jeffords officiating. Burial will follow in the Restwood Memorial Gardens at Hinton.
Friends may call from noon until time of services.
Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.ronaldmeadowsfp.com.
Arrangements are by the Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors of Hinton.
Hensel ‘Joe’ Deeds
Hensel “Joe” Deeds, age 80, of Beaver, went to be with the Lord Jesus on Wednesday, April 21, 2010, at the Beckley Appalachian Regional Hospital following a short illness.
Born February 3, 1930, at Beaver, he was the son of the late Dean Deeds and Grace Cox Deeds.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Carl, James, and Darrell Deeds, and a sister, Ruth Maddy.
Mr. Deeds was a lifelong resident of Beaver. He loved the outdoors and gardening. He loved bluegrass music, and had played music all of his life, teaching others how to play. “Joe” volunteered his talent in playing music for churches and charitable organizations. “Joe” will be sadly missed by all of his bluegrass friends.
Mr. Deeds was a U.S. Army Veteran having served in the Korean Conflict. He was one of the founders of the Veterans Museum on Harper Road in Beckley. He was a born-again Christian who loved the Lord.
Mr. Deeds was a vice president of the Raleigh County Farm Bureau. He had always worked very hard in supporting agriculture in our area. “Joe” was a great volunteer for the Raleigh County Chapter of the American Red Cross and was a strong supporter of the Raleigh County Democratic Party.
Survivors include one sister, Garnet Ratliff of Medina, Ohio; a brother, David Deeds and his wife Gloria of Barberton, Ohio; two special nieces, Linda Rice and Sue Patrick of Medina, Ohio; and a special nephew, David Deeds Jr. of Barberton, Ohio. His beloved companion and help-mate, Reba O. Plumley of Beaver. “Joe” is survived by several other nieces and nephews and a host of extended family members and friends.
Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Monday, April 26, 2010, at the Rose and Quesenberry Peace Chapel in Beckley, with the Rev. Preston Adkins officiating. Burial will follow at the Blue Jay Cemetery in Beaver.
Friends may call at the funeral home from 6 to 9 p.m. on Sunday.
Pallbearers will be James Woods, Leonard Clay, Dean Mills, Don Richmond, Walter W. Setliff Jr., and Bill Richmond.
Military graveside rites will be conducted by the Oak Hill VFW Post #3110 Military Honor Guard.
Online condolences may be sent to our guestbook at www.roseandquesenberry.net.
Arrangements by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, 1901 South Kanawha Street, Beckley.
Kenneth B. Hoover
SUTTON — Kenneth B. Hoover, 73, of Sutton, passed away Friday, April 23, 2010, at Braxton Memorial Hospital at Gassaway.
Services will be 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 27, at Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home in Ronceverte, with the Rev. Andy Howdock officiating. Burial will be in Bethel Pentecostal Holiness church Cemetery at Organ Cave. Friends may call from noon until time of the service Tuesday at the funeral home.
Please send online condolences by visiting www.WallaceandWallaceFH.com.
Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home in Ronceverte is in charge of arrangements.
Rev. Rosetta F. King
MOUNT LOOKOUT — Rev. Rosetta F. King, 84 years of age, of Mt. Lookout died Friday, April 23, 2010, at the home of her daughter. She was the daughter of the late James Andrew and Phoebe Dove Jones Holcomb and was born at Adonijah May 19, 1925. She was a retired minister and the former pastor of the Gilboa Church of God for nineteen years. She proudly received her G.E.D. at the age of sixty-one.
She was also preceded in death by her husband Howard E. King Sr., two brothers and seven sisters including her twin sister Rita Brown.
Surviving: Son Howard E. King Jr. and wife Frances of Drennen; 2 daughters, Cynthia R. King and Tamara R. Neal and husband Abraham all of Mt. Lookout; Brother Worder Holcomb of Adonijah; 6 Grandchildren, Ginger Nichols, Howard E. King III, Stacey and Shonna McCutcheon, Victoria and Justin King; 4 Great-grandchildren, Kaden and Zarek King, Landen and Bayleigh McCombs.
Funeral services will be conducted Monday, April 26, 2010, at 1 p.m. in the Gilboa Church of God with Rev. S.J. “Dick” Dlesk officiating. Burial will follow in the Clay Memorial Gardens. Friends may call at the Waters Funeral Chapel in Summersville from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday evening.
Gregory Alan Korczyk
Gregory Alan Korczyk, 46, of Beckley passed away unexpectedly at his home in Beckley.
Services are pending completion at Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, 1901 S. Kanawha St., Beckley, WV 25801.
Lane Ann Miller
TRENTON, Ky. — Services for Lane Ann Richards Miller, 42, of Trenton, will be a 11 a.m. Monday at the First Baptist Church of Hopkinsville, Ky., with the Rev. Dr. Tim R. Miller officiating.
Burial will be in Edgewood Cemetery in Trenton.
Visitation will be from 4 until 8 p.m. Sunday at Hughart and Beard Funeral Home, Hopkinsville.
She died at 4:25 a.m. Thursday, April 22, 2010, at her home following a brief illness.
A native of Cincinnati, she was born Dec. 22, 1962, the daughter of Delphine Cunningham Griffin, Louisville, and the late Jesse Richards.
She was a high school Bible teacher at Heritage Christian Academy and was a Disciple The Nations Conference and seminar speaker.
She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Clarksville, Tenn.
In addition to her mother, survivors include her husband, Tim E. Miller; two sons, Grant and Reed Miller; two daughters, Jessie Ann and Makenzie Miller, all of Trenton, and a brother, Neil Richards, Nashville, Tenn.
Memorials may be made to the Disciple The Nations Conference, Post Office Box 157, Trenton, KY 42286.
Submitted by Hughart & Beard Funeral Homes, Hopkinsville and Crofton, Ky.
Gregory T. Poole
CHARLESTON — Gregory T. Poole, 31, of Charleston, W.Va., died April 21, 2010.
Born April 11, 1979, in Lanark, W.Va., he was the son of Joann Poole and the late Edmond L. Hannah.
Mr. Poole was employed with HPS Company, Inc., in Charleston, W.Va. He was a 1997 graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School.
He was preceded in death by his father, Edmond L. Hannah, and a brother, Anthony C. Poole.
Left to cherish his memories include his wife, Ebony Starr Poole, of Charleston, W.Va.; mother, Joann Poole, of Lanark, W.Va.; grandmother, Delores Hannah, of Stanaford, W.Va.; mother and father-in-law, Sherman and Desirrea Wilkerson, of Huntington, W.Va.; a daughter, Khyia M. Hopkins Poole, of Richmond, Va.; a sister, Charlene (Chris) Poole Rudder, of St. Albans, N.Y.; two stepsisters, Stephanie (Willie) Ellison and Tomeka Collins both of Beckley, W.Va.; two stepbrothers, Derric (Tonya) Hannah, of Winston Salem, N.C., and Shane Collins, of Beckley, W.Va.; brother-in-law, Jonathan Sturkey, of Huntington, W.Va.; two nephews, William S. Poole, of Ontario, Canada, and Matthew J. Ellison, of Beckley, W.Va.; two nieces, Morgan C. Rudder, of St. Albans, N.Y., and Dela´ Ja Sturkey of Huntington, W.Va.; a host of nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, extended family and friends.
Services will be 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 27, 2010, at the Heart of God Ministries, South Kanawha Street, Beckley, with Bishop Fred T. Simms and Pastor Debor Smoot officiating. Mr. Poole will be laid to rest at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Beckley.
David Moore, John Moore, Aaron Hannah, Shane Collins, James Moore, and Timothy Hannah will be serving as pallbearers.
Friends may gather with the family from 11 a.m. until time of the service Tuesday at the Heart of God Ministries.
Online condolences and other information can be found by visiting www.blueridgefuneralhome.com.
Blue Ridge Funeral Home, 5251 Robert C. Byrd Drive, Beckley, is in charge of the arrangements.
Edsel Lee Smith
ALDERSON — Edsel Lee Smith, age 79, of Alderson, W.Va., died Thursday, April 22, 2010, at Greenbrier Valley Medical Center, Fairlea, W.Va., following a long illness.
Born October 6, 1930, at Clayton, W.Va., he was the son of the late Theodore and Lillie Miller Smith. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Virginia Smith Bryant; and two brothers, Roy Smith and Leonard Ray Smith, Sr.
Mr. Smith worked various jobs over his lifetime, his last being at Double M Trailer Sales in Alderson. He was of the Baptist faith and a member of the Tempa Baptist Church, Tempa, W.Va. Mr. Smith loved to sing and enjoyed going to Gospel Sings. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends and was very much a people person that never knew a stranger.
Survivors include two sons, Larry E. Smith and his wife, Catrina, of Clintonville, and Michael J. Smith and his companion, Tennie Ewing, of Alderson; two daughters, Carol J. Baker and her husband, Jerry, of Alderson, and Karen S. Bowyer and her husband, Carl, of Alderson; a sister-in-law, Florence Ann Smith of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; nine grandchildren, Amy Smith, Jason Smith, Stephanie Smith, Jesse Baker, James Baker, Melissa Baker, Joshua Bowyer, Travis Bowyer, and Ernie Tincher; three great-grandchildren, Alexis Ralston, Hunter Ralston, and Kellen Baker; and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be Monday, April 26, 2010, at 2 p.m. at the Lobban Funeral Home Chapel, Alderson, with Pastor Bobby Reed officiating. Burial will follow at the Clayton Cemetery, Clayton. Friends may call Sunday, April 25, 2010, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Lobban Funeral Home, Alderson.
Grandsons and nephews will serve as pallbearers.
Arrangements by Lobban Funeral Home, Alderson, W.Va.
Warren Samuel Tharp
HILLSBORO — Warren Samuel Tharp, 88, of Hillsboro died Friday, April 23, 2010.
Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 27, 2010, at Morgan Funeral Home in Lewisburg. Friends may call from 11 a.m. to the time of the service Tuesday at the funeral home.