The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

March 1, 2013

Obituaries — Friday, March 1, 2013




Juanita Adams Barnett

CUB CREEK — Juanita Adams Barnett, 74, of Cub Creek, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013.

Services celebrating the memory of Sister Juanita will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 3, at the Brenton Baptist Church with her pastor Rev. Tommy Knotts officiating. Following the service Juanita will be laid to rest in the Barnett Family Cemetery on Rock House Mountain. Friends may gather with the family from 1 p.m. until service time Sunday at the church.

Donations in Juanita’s memory can be made to the Brenton Baptist Church.

An online Guest Registry and other information can be found by visiting www.calfeefuneralservice.com.

The honor of serving the Barnett family was given to Calfee Funeral Service, Pineville.



William ‘Jimbo’ Bragg

FENTON, Mich. — William “Jimbo” Bragg, of Fenton, formerly of Rainelle, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Tuesday, February 26, 2013.

Born October 16, 1941, at Claypool, he was the son of the late William Hazzard and Nellie Kaylor Bragg.

Jimbo had many interests which included hunting, rock collecting, gun collecting, wood working and helping family and friends with carpentry. He was a member of the Sewell Valley Baptist Church in Rainelle and Harmony Baptist Church of Burton, Mich.; the Atlanta, Michigan, Senior Center and the Grand Blanc Senior Citizens. Mr. Bragg was employed by GM, retiring in 1996 as a paint booth cleaner.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by two sisters, Helen Cotton and Margie Long Armstrong.

Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Betty Gillooley Bragg; a son James Bragg (Tammi) of Grand Blanc, Mich.; a daughter Theresa Hill (Scott) of Brimley, Mich.; two brothers, Donel Bragg (Charlene) of Swartz Creek, Mich., and Jackie Bragg (Vera); three sisters Betty Peters (Jim) of Burton, Bonnie Richmond of Meadow Creek and Rosetta McGuire (Alvin) of Meadow Bridge; eight grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; special nephews, Jimmie Crawley and J.W. Long; and several nieces and nephews.

Services will be 2 p.m. Saturday, March 2, 2013, in the Sewell Valley Baptist Church, with Pastor Fred Fryar officiating. Burial will follow in the Claypool Cemetery at Meadow Bridge.

Friends may call two hours before the service from 12 noon to 2 p.m. at the church.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.smathersfuneralchapel.com.

Arrangements by Smathers Funeral Chapel, Inc., Rainelle.



Virginia H. Brown

MULLENS — Virginia Houck Brown, 96, of Mullens, passed away Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013. 

Services will be 11 a.m. Monday, March 4, at Mullens United Methodist Church. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Mullens United Methodist Church and one hour prior to services Monday at the church.

Arrangements by Tankersley Funeral Home, Mullens.



Joan ‘Jo Ann’ Clay

SAULSVILLE — Joan “Jo Ann” Clay, 75, of Saulsville passed away Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013. 

A celebration of Joan’s life will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 2, at Calfee Funeral Service Chapel, with the Rev. Michael Knotts officiating. Burial will follow in the Henry Clay Family Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Calfee Funeral and Cremation Service of Pineville is serving the Clay family.



Laura Mae Martin Crabtree

RICH CREEK, Va. — Laura Mae Martin Crabtree, of Rich Creek, died Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013.

A celebration of Mae’s life will be Saturday, March 2, at Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home in Peterstown. Visitation with the family will begin at 11 a.m., with service to begin at noon, with Minister Donald Henegar officiating. Burial will follow at Peterstown Cemetery.

Online guestbook can be signed or condolences may be sent to the Crabtree family at www.broyles-shrewsbury.com.

Arrangements by Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home, Peterstown.



Patty Lou Gore Vaillancourt Dillion

BALLARD — Patty Lou Gore Vaillancourt Dillion, 64, of Ballard, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013.

Services will be 2 p.m. Saturday, March 2, at the Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. Bob Bradley, the Rev. John Offenberger and Evangelist Tim Spencer officiating. Burial will follow in the Orchard Cemetery, Ballard. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 1, at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations of sympathy be made to the Local Multiple Sclerosis Support Group, c/o Doug Mullins, HC 81 Box 254, Peterstown, WV 24963.

Online guestbook can be signed or condolences may be sent to the Dillion family at www.broyles-shrewsbury.com.

Arrangements by Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home, Peterstown.



Harold ‘Butch’ Gibson

MOUNT LOOKOUT — Heaven received another angel on Friday, Feb. 22, 2013, as Harold “Butch” Gibson, 58, of Mt. Lookout, formerly of Canvas, passed away at his home, after a long illness.

He was born on Dec. 3, 1954, at Charmco in Greenbrier County, to Earl M. Gibson and Jeanetta Faye Perry Gibson.

He was the grandson of the late Woody and Opal Perry of Charmco, and the late Keller and Dora Gibson of Winona.

Butch was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents; two grandsons, Dakota Lee and Tyler J. Carpenter; a sister, Diana Lynn Gibson.

Butch is survived by his wife of 38 years, Rachel Boone Gibson; a daughter, Tiffany Gibson, and a grandson, Alex Carpenter of Mt. Lookout; a special nephew, Toby (Heather) Hoskins of Mt. Lookout; four brothers, Bill of North Highland, Calif., Bruce of Daytona Beach, Fla., Brian of Parkersburg, W.Va., and Barry of Buffalo, Wyo.; a sister, Barbara Singleton of Ripley, W.Va.; and several other nieces and nephews.

Butch was a disabled coal miner and truck driver. He loved to hunt and fish and will be greatly missed by his hunting and fishing buddies.

In keeping with his wishes, his body will be cremated and a memorial service will be held at the Pentecostal Church of Jesus Christ at Canvas on Saturday, March 2, 2013. There will be a one-hour visitation with the family prior to the service at 2 p.m., with Brother Arliss Smith and Sister Velma Accord officiating.

Submitted by Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Rainelle.



Frederick Kent Johnson

LURAY, Va. — Frederick Kent Johnson, 81, went to his home in heaven on Monday, Feb. 25, 2013, after a short illness.

Born on July 8,1931, in the Panama Canal Zone, he was known by family and friends as Mike. He was the son of the late Henry Gordon and Vivian Virginia Crozier Johnson.

Mr. Johnson married Phyllis Sue Woolwine on Feb. 19, 1955, and she passed away 2006. They both said they instantly knew that they were meant to be together and they celebrated 51 years of marriage. He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers,  Henry G. Johnson Jr. and Robert Johnson; and his son-i-law, Mike Weikle, in 2009.

Mr. Johnson worked for the Coca-Cola Bottling Company in Ronceverte, W.Va., in the late 1940s and early 1950s, served in the U.S. Navy from 1950-1954, his primary career was as an air conditioning/heating mechanic for Bishop Equipment Company in Northern Virginia for 35 years. Mr. Johnson was a quiet, creative, organized person and enjoyed jigsaw puzzles, crossword puzzles, card games, music, television, e-mailing friends and going out to restaurants.

Mr. Johnson’s father was in the Navy so he moved often. He spent part of his childhood with his grandparents, Matthew Crozier and Bertha Ballard, in Ronceverte. He raised his family in Falls Church, Va., and moved to Luray, Va., when he retired.

Mr. Johnson loved his family dearly. He is survived by his daughter, Linda Weikle of Lewisburg, W.Va.; his son, Jeff Johnson, and daughter-in-law, Caroline, of Front Royal, Va.; his son, Mike, and daughter-in-law, Sharon, of Spotsylvania, Va.; his grandchildren, Stephen, Ashley, AnneMarie, Cory and Jacob Johnson and Jennie Weikle; his great-grandchildren, Emma and Caden Johnson and Jaelynn Finley; brother, Coogan Johnson of Ronceverte; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Service will be 12 noon Saturday, March 2, 2013, at the Longanacre Funeral Home Chapel, Fairlea, W.Va., with the Rev. Donnie Weikle officiating. Burial will follow in the Riverview Cemetery, Ronceverte.

Friends and family may call from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, March 1, 2013, at the Longanacre Funeral Home, Fairlea.

Arrangements by Longanacre Funeral Home, Fairlea.

Marion H. ‘Bush’ Mardis

HICO — Marion H. “Bush” Mardis, of Hico, passed away Thursday, Feb. 27, 2013.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, March 2, at Wallace and Wallace Funeral Home Chapel in Ansted, with the Rev. Freddie Parkins officiating. Burial will follow in Mardis Family Cemetery at Stringtown Road, Hico. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Funeral Home Chapel.

Online condolences may be sent to wallaceandwallacefh.com.

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



Beatrice ‘Bea’ Alice Berry Page

OAK HILL — Beatrice “Bea” Alice Berry Page, 92, of Oak Hill, died on Saturday, February 23, 2013, at the home of her daughter in Springfield, Va.

Born March 21, 1920, at Weirwood, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late John and Cecilia Dunbar Berry.

Bea attended Summerlee Grade School and was a 1939 graduate of Oak Hill High School.

A retired bookkeeper, she worked for Dr. W.P. Bittinger and for 26 years at New River Supply in Oak Hill. She was a former postmistress at Summerlee.

She was a lifelong member of the Summerlee Presbyterian Church where she was a member of the Adult Bible Class, the choir and the Presbyterian Women and was a former Sunday school teacher.

She enjoyed tennis, baseball and bowling and was a member of the Beckley Women’s Bowling Association. She had bowled in both state and national tournaments.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, Walter Page, on Oct. 11, 2003; a son, Donald R. Page; grandson, Brian D. Craft Sr.; son-in-law, John Craft; brothers, William, James, John “Jack,” Howard and Harold “Dolly” Berry; and sisters, Nellie Robinson, Evelyn Wofford, Catherine Rackley and Elsie Neuman.

Survivors include daughter, Nancy Craft of Springfield, Va.; daughter-in-law, Linda Page of Georgetown, Ky.; grandchildren: Tammy Craft of Wakefield, Va., Christie and David Wilder of Ft. Rucker, Ala., Steven Page of Georgetown, Ky., and Cari Craft of Springfield, Va.; great-grandchildren, Joseph Hardy, Tyler Page, Brian Craft Jr., John Walter Craft, Brandon Patty and Nikki Wilder; and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be on Sunday, March 3, 2013, at 1 p.m. at Tyree Funeral Home, in Oak Hill, with Rev. John McKinnon officiating. Burial will be at High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill.

Visitation will be held at Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill, on Saturday, March 2, 2013, from 5 to 7 p.m.

Online condolences may be sent at www.tyreefuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.



Geneva Esta Patton

LOCHGELLY — Geneva Esta Patton, 81, of Lochgelly, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013.

Visitation will be 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 2, at Wallace and Wallace Funeral Home Chapel in Ansted. A private burial will be at Mt. Gilead Cemetery in Pool.

Online condolences may be sent to wallaceandwallacefh.com.

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



Michael Neal Pauley

MARLINTON — Michael Neal Pauley, 33, of Marlinton, passed away Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Sunday, March 3, at Lantz Funeral Home, with Pastor Bill Kumpf officiating. Burial will follow in the Mountain View Cemetery. Friends may call from noon until time of the service Sunday at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be made at Lantzfuneralhome.com.



Larry Neil Smith

Larry Neil Smith, 61, of Glen Morgan, passed away on Tuesday, February 26, 2013, at Raleigh General Hospital, following a long battle with throat cancer.

Born February 26, 1952, at Beckley and is a son of Juanita V. Puckett Smith of Glen Morgan and the late Terry W. Smith.

Larry was a graduate of Shady Spring High School Class of 1970. He was a longtime employee at Maxwell and Keyser Plumbing and Heating of Beckley.

In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by a brother, Melvin D. Smith.

Along with his mother, surviving include his brothers, Lonny W. Smith (Deborah), Kevin G. Smith (Pamela), and Kenny J. Smith (Kelli), all of Glen Morgan, and Thomas Smith (Tina) of Texas; sisters, Karla J. Belcher (Timothy) of Glen Morgan and Kaye J. Brooks (Michael) of Beckley; nieces and nephews, Kristen Smith, Rebecca Epperly, Susan Christian, Ryan Smith, Nicholas Brooks, Terri Belcher, and Kaitlyn Brooks.

Funeral services will be conducted 2 p.m. Saturday, March 2, 2013, at the Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Chapel in Beckley, with Pastor Dewey Lowe officiating. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Park in Beckley.

The gentlemen serving as pallbearers will be Michael Brooks, Timothy Belcher, Ryan Smith, Nicholas Brooks, Randy Epperly III, and Gregory Christian.

Visitation will be held on the same afternoon from 1 to 2 p.m. at the funeral chapel on Saturday.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 921 W. Neville St., Beckley, WV 25801.

Private online condolences, floral gifts, and other expressions of sympathy are available to the family via www.roseandquesenberry.net.

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



Vinecia M. Stanley

LEWISBURG — Vinecia M. Stanley, 81, of Lewisburg, passed away Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013, at the Greenbrier Valley Medical Center in Fairlea.

Born on May 5, 1931, at Cordova, she was the daughter of the late Clarence Williams Sr. and Grace Baldwin Williams.

Vinecia had worked at the Department of Highways for 32 years. She enjoyed being a part of the Old Friends and New Comers Club and was a member of Shuck Memorial Baptist Church.

Other than her parents she was preceded in death by a brother, David Eugene Williams, and a sister, Polly Bishop.

Vinecia is survived by her husband of 65 years, Carl Stanley; daughter, Sandra Lively and Bob Lippman of Ripley; special friend and caregiver, her sister-in-law, Martha Cudd; brother, Clarence Williams Jr. and wife, Wanda, of Renick; sister, Velma Burleson and husband, Richard, of Marion, N.C.; brother-in-law, Henry Bishop of Bristow, Va.; sister-in-law, Joyce Stanley of Martinsburg; and several nieces and nephews.

Services will be 1 p.m. Saturday, March 2, 2013, at Morgan Funeral Home in Lewisburg, with the Rev. Ron Miller and Pastor Everette Defibaugh officiating. Burial will follow in Morningside Cemetery, at Renick.

Visitation will be from 12 noon until time of the service on Saturday at the funeral home.

Serving as pallbearers will be Don Lewis, Ronal Lewis, Richard Burleson, Richard Burleson Jr., Jim Hollifield, and George Defibaugh. Marty Smith will serve as honorary pallbearer.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.morganfh.net.

Arrangements by Morgan Funeral Home, Lewisburg.



Carl F. Sturm

ROOTSTOWN, Ohio — Carl F. Sturm, 96, of Rootstown, Ohio, formerly of Millstone, passed away February 23, 2013, in Ravenna, Ohio.

Born at Arnoldsburg, W.Va., November 4, 1916, he was a son of the late Roy Sturm Sr. and Florence Ferrell Sturm.

He was retired from Consolidated Natural Gas Company and had lived in Pineville for many years before moving to Millstone. He was a former member of the Rock Castle Baptist Church in Pineville and was currently a member of Albert’s Chapel United Methodist Church at Sand Ridge.

He is survived by one daughter, Judy Lambert and her husband Bill of Rootstown, Ohio, one brother, Chester Sturm of Ormond Beach, Florida; three grandchildren, Renee (Jeff) Hunter of Kent, Ohio, Billy (Sandra) Lambert of Atwater, Ohio, and Carl (Missy) Lambert of Uniontown, Ohio; and six great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife Arleta McKee Sturm, four sisters and four brothers.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, 2 p.m., at the Stump Funeral Home in Arnoldsburg, W.Va., with Rev. David Weaver officiating. Interment will follow in the Sturm Cemetery at Millstone.

Friends may call at the funeral home from 12 noon until the time of the services.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to the Robinson Visiting Nurses and Hospice, 6847 North Chestnut Street, PO Box 1204, Ravenna, Ohio 44266, or to Albert’s Chapel United Methodist Church, c/o Kandas Smith, 4341 Sycamore Road, Millstone, WV 25261. 

The family wishes to extend their deepest appreciation to Bonnie Klusty of Bonnie’s Home Health Care of Ravenna for the loving care given to Mr. Sturm during his illness and passing.



Joan Carolyn Taylor

Joan Carolyn Taylor, 75, of Beckley, passed away Tuesday, February 26, 2013.

Born July 28, 1937, she was a daughter of the late Charles and Mahala Parrish Hamilton.

Joan enjoyed traveling, spending time with family, quilting, cultivating flowers and raising a garden. She loved to listen to Elvis Presley music. Joan was a graduate of Collins High School; she retired from Cranberry Prosperity Elementary School after working 28 years as a teacher’s aide and attended Crab Orchard Baptist Church.

In addition to her parents, Joan is preceded in death by her brothers, Charles Hamilton, Harold Hamilton, Basil Hamilton, and sister, Helen Davis.

Those left to cherish her memory include her husband of 54 years, William Taylor of Beckley; sister, Joy Thomas and husband Jim of Greenbank, WV; daughters, Felicia Rubin and husband Mark of Beckley, Celina Cyrus and husband Robert “Bobby” of Sparta, NC; son, Chris Taylor of Scarbro, WV; grandsons, Michael Rubin and wife Celeste of Sophia, Daniel Rubin of Beckley, Brice Rubin of Beckley; granddaughters, Tesla Taylor of Scarbro, Yuleah Cyrus of Sparta, NC, Lexi Taylor of Scarbro, and great-grandson, Maddox Rubin of Sophia.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 2, 2013, at Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley, with Pastor Mike Sisson officiating. Entombment will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens.

Friends may gather with the family Saturday from 12 noon to 2 p.m. at the funeral home.

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

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



Marcus Steven Vaughan

RAINELLE — Our loving son, Marcus Steven Vaughan, 39, of Rainelle, departed this life on Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013.

Steve was born Jan. 6, 1974, in Beckley, being the twin brother of Monte Christopher Vaughan.

He loved sports, especially the Greenbrier West High School Cavaliers, the Wake Forest University Demon Deacons, and the Pittsburgh Steelers. One of the happiest times of his life was 1992 when he and his Greenbrier West teammates won the Class AA State Basketball Championship. Steve attended Wake Forest University for four years during which he played football for the Demon Deacons. He was a member of the Beckley MOOSE Lodge. Steve loved riding his Harley and was always surrounded by family and friends.

Survivors include: son, Michael Kaleb Vaughan of Talcott; parents, Pat and Marvin Vaughan of Rainelle; companion, Teresa Holliday, and her daughter, Ashley Lively, and their family who dearly loved Steve like their own; two brothers, Kelly Vaughan and wife, Marcie, and their son, Lawson, and Chris Vaughan and fiancee, Kerri, and his daughter, Kristen, all of Rainelle; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Sunday, March 3, at the Wallace & Wallace Funeral Chapel, Rainelle, with Pastor David Bennett officiating. Burial will follow in the Wallace Memorial Cemetery, Clintonville.

Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, March 2, at the Wallace & Wallace Funeral Chapel, Rainelle.

Pallbearers will be Clyde and Claude Bevins, Rick Cline, Billy Holliday, Bobby Gumm, Junior Lambert, Adam Redden, Drew Pendleton, Nathaniel Hunter, and Greg Foley.