The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

February 23, 2013

Obituaries — Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013

— Garnet Marie Meador Cox

BIG CREEK — Garnet Marie Meador Cox, 86, of Big Creek, passed away Thursday, February 21, 2013, at Summers Nursing & Rehabilitation at Hilldale, following a long illness.

Born January 14, 1927 at Pipestem, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Cecil and Mary Cook Meador.

Mrs. Cox was a homemaker and was a loving mother and grandmother. She was of the Baptist faith.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence “Doug” Cox, one daughter, Shelvia Beheler, two sons, Duard Lee Cox and Clarence “Jr.” Cox, three sons-in-law, Kenneth Howard, Richard “Buddy” Ward and Glen Beheler, two grandsons, James Douglas Cox and Jason Wesley Grimmett and one great, great grandson, Joseph Adkins.

She is survived by her children, six daughters, Sylvia Howard of Stafford, Va., Joyce Fox and husband Cecil of Hilldale, Linda Osborne and husband Ron of Beckley, Sadie Grimmet and husband Wayne of Woodrumtown, Goldie Ward and companion Ralph Romanello of Hinton and Sandra “Sam” Lane and husband Frank of Fairmont. Three sons, Charles Cox and wife Brenda of Hilldale, Osbey Cox of Big Creek and Roy Cox and wife Sue of Hilldale. One granddaughter whom she raised as a child, Candi Cook and husband Alfon of Bellepoint. Thirty-one grandchildren; 45 great-grandchildren; 21 great-great-grandchildren, and two great-great-great-grandchildren. She is also survived by two sisters, Millie Woolridge and husband Amos of Waynesville, Ohio and Betty Fox of Nimitz. Three brothers, William “Toy” Meador and wife Orlene of Lebanon, Ohio, Donald Meador and wife Patty of Hinton and Bobby Meador of Hinton. Many extended family and friends also survive.

The family would like to thank Dr. Chhabra and the staff of Summers Nursing and Rehabilitation Center for the excellent care and kindness Garnet received.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, February 25, 2013, at Pivont Funeral Home Chapel, in Hinton, with Pastor George Cook officiating. Burial will follow in the Cook Cemetery at Pipestem.

Friends may call from 6 until 9 p.m. Sunday evening at the funeral home.

Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

Online condolences & guest register at www.pivontfuneralhome. com

Arrangements by Pivont Funeral Home, Hinton.

Joe ‘Danny’ Crawford

PETERSTOWN — Joe "Danny" Crawford, 62, of Peterstown, passed away Thursday,  February 21, 2013, in Roanoke, Va.

Online condolences made be made at

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Wickline Funeral Home of Lindside.

Jimmy Ralph Darnell

CAMP CREEK — Jimmy Ralph Darnell, 84, of Camp Creek, died Saturday, February 16, 2013.

Funeral services will be held 11 a.m.  Saturday, February 23, 2013, from the Burns Wornal Chapel of the Memorial Funeral Directory on the Athens Road in Princeton. Burial will follow in the Reid Family Cemetery at Spanishburg.

The Memorial Funeral Directory & Cremation Center on the Athens Road in Princeton is serving the Darnell Family.

Aneta M. Bruffey McElwain Farmer

LEWISBURG — Aneta M. Bruffey McElwain Farmer, 77 of Lewisburg, passed away on Monday, February 18, 2013, at Greenbrier Valley Hospital, following an extended illness.

Born June 27, 1935 in Charleston, W.Va., to the late Newton Samuel Bruffey and Myrtle Dietz Bruffey.

Aneta enjoyed traveling, playing golf, and also making floral arrangements. She was a member of the United Methodist Church of Lewisburg.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her second husband, Tom Farmer; and a brother, Jim Bruffey.

Those surviving include her sons, William “Buddy” McElwain III and wife Barbara of Lewisburg, and Robert “Bob” McElwain and fiancée Tammy Rudd of Lewisburg; former husband William “Bill” McElwain and his wife Sandra of Lewisburg; daughter, Janet Bell and husband Robert “Bob” of Cleveland, Ohio; grandchildren, Erin Bell of Durham, NC, Carson Bell of Denver, CO, Summer and Emily McElwain of Lewisburg.

In keeping with Mrs. Farmer’s wishes, she was cremated.

A Memorial Service to celebrate the life of Aneta Farmer will be conducted 3 p.m. Sunday, February 24, 2013, at the United Methodist Church of Lewisburg with Rev. Dr. Joseph S. Kenaston officiating. Her urn will be laid to rest in a niche at Rosewood Cemetery Mausoleum at a later date.

Friends may gather with the family from 2 to 3 p.m. at church on Sunday.

In lieu of flowers the family asks donations be made to the United Methodist Church of Lewisburg, 214 E Washington St., Lewisburg, WV 24901, or National Kidney Foundation at: National Kidney Foundation Finance Department, 30 East 33rd St., New York, NY 10016.

Private online condolences, floral gifts, and other expressions of sympathy may be made to the family via

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

Madge Darlene  ‘Ginger’ Smithson French

Madge Darlene “Ginger” Smithson French was born on October 18, 1937 in Chimney Corner, W.Va. Ginger went to be with the Lord her Savior on Wednesday, February 20, 2013, following a long battle with Altzheimers Disease.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, Samuel French II, an infant son, and her daughter Kathy French Wilson. She was also preceded in death by her daughter-in-law Dorothy Tufts French.

She is survived by her two sons, Samuel French III and wife Yvette and their daughter Kara of Leesburg, Fla. and Mark French and son Sonny Keller of Oak Hill, W.Va.

She is also survived by her late daughter, Kathy’s children, Kelvin Wilson II and wife Jennifer and their children Taegan and Little Kelvin of Daniels, Kimberly Meador and husband Herb and their children Darian, Herbie and Kathy-Rose of Oak Hill, Kristoffer Wilson and wife Keri and their children Kailyn, Kristoffer and Kelsey of Fayetteville, W.Va., Kristin Shrewsbury and husband Justin and their children Madison, Aleigha, JJ and Landon of Beckley.

Ginger was the epitome of what a mother/grandmother should strive to be. The characteristics described by the many that knew her, she was kind, loving, compassionate, submissive, and gentle along with so many others. With the love of her life, Samuel French, she had three beautiful children and while raising them with content and tremendous love from dance lessons for Kathy to fishing with Sam and Mark at

Uncle Jimmy's pond, she always found joy and peace. After the passing of her beloved daughter, she went on to raise her four grandchildren with the same love and dedication as she did for her own. They have many great memories with her, from trips to the lake to Camden Park, to being the biggest fan at a Little League game. She was very adamant about their education, she provided a home and all that she asked was that they succeeded in gaining an education.

Ginger was employed by Hardees of Oak Hill for 19 years until their closing. Everyone that knew her, knew her as "The Favorite Biscuit Maker" with a happy face and a friendly smile. She was always well loved by her coworkers and by a dear friend, Patsy Moore. She loved her neighbors and would visit them often. She was a lover of all animals There was always and array of animals around her home that she would feed and care for. She could never pass up an opportunity to help a person or animal in need.

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.”

A special thanks to Dr. Scott Keffer and the staff of Fayette Nursing and Rehabilitation.

Funeral services will be on Sunday, February 24, 2013 at 3 p.m. at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill. with Rev. Sam R. Calloway Jr. officiating. Burial will be at High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill. Friends may call one hour prior to the service on Sunday at the funeral home.

Mark French, Kelvin Wilson, Herb Meador, Samuel French, III, Kristopher Wilson and Justin Shrewsbury will service as pallbearers.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.has e pic 12.6”

Charles Gilbert Keller

RADFORD, Va. — Charles Gilbert (Chuck) Keller, 72, of Radford, passed away Wednesday, February 20, 2013, after an extended illness.

Chuck was born in Wernersville, Pa., on August 25, 1940, to the late Charles Hiram Keller and Ila Merle Hylton Keller.

He was a member of the Church of the Brethren. After graduating from Wilson High School, he worked at Spring Grove Hospital in Maryland, where he met a nursing student who would become his wife of 53 years, Joan Patterson Keller. After a short time in Baltimore, he and Joan moved to the New River Valley where Chuck first worked for his aunt, Bess Hylton Pullen, at Hylton's Fruit Stand. He worked for many years as a route salesman for Holyfield Food Company selling Wise Potato Chips and later for Southwest Virginia Tobacco Company. He retired from Hunter Snack Foods in Radford in 2006.

He is survived by his wife Joan Keller, son Michael Keller, daughter-in-law Leslie Shiel, beloved granddaughter Jordan Elizabeth Shiel Keller, sister and brother-in-law Gloria and Allan Knappenberger, brother-in-law and sister-in-law John and Shirley Harrah, as well as nieces, nephews, and cousins, all of whom will remember his kindness and mischievous sense of humor.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Monday, February 25, 2013, at Gardner Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. Jerry Hylton officiating. Interment will follow at Laurel Branch Cemetery.

Friends may call at Gardner Funeral Home between 1 and 2 p.m. prior to the funeral services on Monday, February 25, 2013.

Flowers will be appreciated or donations may be made to Laurel Branch Cemetery c/o  Robert Weeks 3948 Floyd Hwy S. Floyd, VA 24091.

Online condolences may be made to the family by visiting

Arrangements by Gardner Funeral Home, Floyd, (540) 745-2007.

James E. Lipscomb

James E. Lipscomb, 84, formerly of Beckley, he served as Fire Chief for the City of Beckley from 1974-1980, passed away on February 6, 2013.

Submitted by National Cremation Service.

Danny K. McCoy

RAINELLE — Danny K. McCoy, 60, of Crosier Road, died Thursday, February 21, 2013, at Bower’s Hospice House in Beckley, following a long illness.

Born September 22, 1952, at Richwood, W.Va., he was the son of the late Berlin B. and Alta Katherine Fleming McCoy. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife Cynthia Jane Simms in 2009.

Danny was a surveyor by trade and loved to work on cars.

Survivors include three daughters: Carolyn Wilson (David) of Hudson, NC; Chrissy Harris (Justin) of Charleston, SC, Kelly  McCoy of McRoss, WV; two  sisters: Alice Taylor of Charmco, WV, Sharon Loudermilk of Rainelle, WV; one brother: David “Yogi” McCoy of Rainelle, WV; five grandchildren:  Brittany, Brooke & Bethany Wilson, Levi and Cash Harris.

 Burial  service will be at 11 a.m., Tuesday, February 26, 2013 at Wallace & Wallace Chapel in Rainelle, with Pastor Kermit Hunter Jr. officiating.

Friends may visit from 6 to 8 p.m., Monday evening at the funeral home.

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace of Rainelle.

Betty Mitchem

 It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Betty Mitchem of the Sweenysburg Community. Betty died on Thursday, Feb. 21st, 2013, at the Raleigh General Hospital following a short illness. She was in her 84th year.

The third of seven children, Betty Zoe Blankenbeckler was born on March 24th, 1928, at Stotesbury. Her parents were the late David Mack and Mattie Lee Campbell Blankenbeckler. Her brothers, Louis, Edwin, Robert, and sisters, Beatrice Frye and Jeanette Tolley have preceded her in death.

Betty spent her early childhood at Stotesbury, she has been a resident of the Sweenesyburg community since the age of ten. Betty was a member of the Grace Chapel on Dry Hill Road.

On March 9th, 1946, Betty married John Edgar Mitchem. To this union was born  three children, Stephen who was married to Kay they resided in Las Vegas, NV, sadly, Stephen died in Nov. of 2012, Billy Ray is married to Marilyn and they make their home in Crab Orchard and Linda is married to Donald Powers and lived beside Betty at Sweeneysburg.  Her children will remember Betty as a beloved wife and mother. John Mitchem died on Feb. 5th, 1997.

Betty was the proud “Maw Maw” of  Melody, Michelle, Melissa, Michael, Nicholas, Brandon, Leo, Tony, Matthew, Angela and Kaleb; she was the proud great grandmother of Jared, Kendall, Jake, Kylie, Lacy, Cole, Wyatt, Amelia, David, Darrick, Dustin, and Dylan; the sweet sister of Jackie Eckenrode and her husband Bill of St. Petersburg, FL and the fond sister-in-law of Sally Blankenbeckler of St. Claire Shores, MI and Juanita Blankenbeckler of Sandbranch.  

On Sunday, Feb. 24th at 2 p.m. we will remember the life of Betty Mitchem with a “Service of Remembrance” at the Melton Mortuary Chapel. Pastor Randy Mann will be officiating. Nicholas and Brandon Powers, Michael Mitchem, Mitch Corey, Steve Crook, and Darrell Lovell, will carry Betty to her final rest at the Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens at Prosperity.

The family will receive friends on Saturday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at the mortuary and one hour prior to the services on Sunday.

Condolences may be sent to the family’s guestbook at

 Arrangements by Melton Mortuary and Cremation Center, Beckley.

Wayne Sizemore

PRINCETON — Wayne Sizemore, 66, of Princeton, died Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital in Roanoke, Va.

Arrangements are incomplete at Bailey-Kirk Funeral Home in Princeton.

Rosetta Ann Patterson Witt

DAWSON — Rosetta Ann Patterson Witt, 63, of Dawson, passed away suddenly Monday, February 18, 2013, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.

Born May 8, 1949 in Charleston, she was the daughter of the late Bernard Grant and Maxcine Harrah Patterson.  

Ann was a homemaker and a member of the Gospel Lighthouse at Grassy Meadows.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband of 32 years, Carl R. Witt, in 1998; a brother Ray Patterson and a great-granddaughter Shaelynn Kay Morris.

Those left to cherish her memory are her three children, Michael Witt (Charlene), Paul Witt (Laura) all of Dawson and Bridgett Bennett (Frank Jr.) of Rainelle; six grandchildren Donna ‘Dee Jay’ Morris of Rupert, Brandon Witt of Dawson, Tyler O’Brien of Dawson, Jacob Witt of Dawson, Ashton Bennett of North Carolina and Grant Bennett of Rainelle; and one  great-grandson Remington Morris of Rupert; one brother George Patterson; an uncle; aunts; nieces; nephews and cousins.

Services will be 2 p.m. Sunday, February 24, in the Maude Chapel United Methodist Church at Grassy Meadows, with Pastor John Wyatt officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Friends may call Saturday, February 23, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Smathers Funeral Chapel.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Witt-Morris Benefit Fund at First National Bank of Ronceverte, 1125 E. Washington Street, Lewisburg, WV 24901.

Online condolences may be made at

Arrangements by Smathers Funeral Chapel, Inc., Rainelle.