The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

July 25, 2013

Obituaries — Thursday, July 25, 2013

Franklin McArthur Bishop

Franklin McArthur Bishop, 20, of New Richmond, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Monday, July 22, 2013.

 The family will receive friends from noon to 2 p.m. Friday, July 26, 2013 at the Rockview Pentecostal Church in Pineville. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. with Jason Perdue officiating.

Frankie’s final resting place will be Lilly-Crews Cemetery, Hinton. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

Those wishing to extend their condolences may do so by visiting

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

Chester Leroy Bland

Chester Leroy Bland, 70, of Organ Cave, passed away Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at his home in Organ Cave following a long illness.

Born April 3, 1943, at Ronceverte, he was the son of the late Cary Leroy and Lucille Williams Bland.

Chester was a U.S. Navy Veteran, was a retired postal clerk with the U.S. Postal Service, was a member of the DAV, American Legion, was a former member of the Elks Lodge and the Moose Lodge.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara Ann McQuain Bland; daughter, Pamela Renae Schroff and husband Kenny, of Accident, Md.; son, Rodney Leroy Bland and wife Joan, of Charleston; grandchildren, Sarah Renae Murphy and husband Randy, of Crellin, Md., Tyler James Masters, of Oakland, Md., and Hunter Lee Schroff, of Accident, Md.; and sisters, Rachel (Joe) Clemens, of Lewisburg, Shirley (Johnny) Turner, of Lewisburg, and Sharon (Ronnie) Baker, of Ronceverte; and several nieces and nephews.

Graveside services with military honors will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 27, at Elizabeth Chapel Cemetery at Organ Cave.

The family will receive friends Friday, July 26, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home in Ronceverte.

In lieu of flowers, Chester had expressed that memorial donations can be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children.

Chester will be missed by his family and friends.

Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home in Ronceverte is in charge of arrangements. Please send online condolences by visiting

Hubert J. Bleigh

Hubert J. Bleigh, 87, of Beckley, passed away Saturday, July 20, 2013.

Born August 27, 1925, in Newville, he was the son of the late Samuel E. and Ada M. Bright Bleigh.

Hubert was a retired route manager for Purity Bakery and a member of the First United Methodist Church where he was a former Sunday School teacher and member of the United Methodist Men. Hubert was also a member of the Emmaus Community, a 32 degree Mason, member of American Legion Post 32 and an avid Marshall Football fan. He also enjoyed golfing and bowling.

Survivors include his wife, Ilene V. Bleigh; son, H. Allen Bleigh and his wife Darla, of Cross Lanes; daughter, Patricia “Pat” Hudson and her husband Terry, of Flat Top; grandchildren, Hubert Allen “A II” Bleigh and wife Elaine, of Cross Lanes, Rev. Timothy Bleigh, of Phillipi, Stephanie Lusher, of Lexington, Ky., Steven Hudson, of Fairmont, and Sheena Bostic and her husband Brad, of Beckley; five great-grandchildren, Lauren Lusher, Tyler Davis, Samuel Bleigh, Kiley Bostic and Kooper Bostic; cousin, Kitty James and numerous other family.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Saturday, July 27, 2013, at the First United Methodist Church, Beckley with Rev. Rick Waller, Rev. Greg Hayes, Rev Homer Stewart and Rev. Timothy Bleigh officiating.

Visitation will be Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Calfee Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service on Saturday at the church. Burial will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens.

American Legion Post 32 will conduct military honors at the cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to Helping Hands, 106 1st Ave. Beckley, WV 25801 or the Wounded Warriors Project, 4899 Belfort Road, Suite 300 Jacksonville, FL 32256

Online condolences may be left at

Arrangements by Calfee Funeral Home, Beckley.

Donna Juanita Buckland

PETERSTOWN — Donna Juanita Nelson Buckland, 77, passed away Saturday, July 20 2013, at Summers County ARH Hospital.

Born Dec. 24, 1935, at Hilldale, she was the daughter of the late Cecil D. and Lona P. Rader Meadows. 

Donna had retired from the Airgas Company as a secretary.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Tom Nelson, second husband; Dorse L. Buckland; three sisters, Elizabeth Mann, Patty Turner and Dot Yancey and two nephews, Dallas “Buddy” Mann and Donnie “Lynn” Mann. 

Survivors include a stepson, Dean Buckland and wife Debbie of Greenville; stepdaughter, Dorletta Wills and husband Terry of Bozoo; four stepgrandchildren, Shannon Buckland and wife Lisa, Kelly Pruett and husband Bryan, John Wills and wife Ashley and Dustin Buckland and wife Laura, eight step great-grandchildren, Jacob and Olivia Buckland, Gavin, Kolier and Canaan Pruett, Madisyn and Sadie Wills and Grayson Buckland; three nephews, Bucky Mann and wife Janice of Hinton, Timmy Yancey and wife Anita of Atlanta, Ga., and David Yancey and wife Kelly of Peterstown; four nieces, Alana Wynes and husband Michael of Talcott, Pam Turner Lewis and husband Jim of Ft. Wayne, Ind., Judy Moorehead of Hinton and Karen Toler and husband Andy of Peterstown; several great nieces, nephews and extended family.

A memorial Service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, July 26, 2013, at the Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Paul Broyles officiating. Interment will follow in the Fairview Baptist Church Cemetery, Forest Hill.

Online guestbook can be signed or condolences may be sent to the Buckland family at 

Arrangements by Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home, Peterstown.

Sharon Ann Champ

Sharon Ann Paugh Weis Champ, 53, of Oak Hill, passed away Sunday, July 21, 2013, at her home.

Born Feb. 6, 1961, in New Jersey, she was the daughter of Charles Paugh, of Lanark, and the late Mary Bennett Paugh.

Mrs. Champ was a former LPN, last working at the Rural Acres Clinic in Beckley. 

She was a resident of Oak Hill for the past 13 years.  

Mrs. Champ attended the Stanaford New Beginnings Church.

Other than her mother, she was preceded in death by her sister, Vickie “Sue” Thomas.

Other than her father, survivors include her children; Rachel Dove and her husband Tommy, of Lanark, and Sheena Weis, of Lanark; two grandchildren, Taylor Dove and Layla Weis; two sisters, Debbie Maynard, of Oak Hill, and Brinda Dunbar and her husband Mike, of Lanark; and a brother, Charles “Bill Boy” Paugh, of Lanark.

Graveside rites and burial will be conducted at the Weis Family Cemetery at Maplewood, Friday, July 26, 2013, at 1 p.m. with Pastor Lonnie Grear officiating. 

There will be no visitation.

Private online condolences, floral tributes and other expressions of sympathy may be directed to the family at  

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

Bette Jo Harrah

Bette Jo Harrah, of St. Ann, Mo., passed away July 20, 2013, in DePaul Health Center at Bridgeton, Mo.

A visitation will be held Thursday, July 25, 2013, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Wallace and Wallace Funeral Chapel in Rainelle.

The funeral services will be held Friday, July 26, 2013, at 11 a.m. at the First Baptist Church of Rainelle.

Pastor Kermit Hunter will be officiating the services.

Arrangements are being made through Wallace and Wallace of Rainelle.

Joseph Jarrett, Jr.

Joseph Peter “Joe” Jarrett, Jr., 75, of Birch Bridge Road, died July 22, 2013, at his home after a brief illness.

Born in Slab Fork, he was the son of the late Joseph Peter Jarrett, Sr. and the late Ruth Ferguson Jarrett. 

Joe was a U.S. Army veteran and later graduated from Elon University with a major in History. 

He retired from Sears Roebuck after many years of service and was a member of Gibsonville United Methodist Church. 

Joe was an avid North Carolina Tarheel fan and loved cars.

Mr. Jarrett is survived by his daughter, Tiffany Lauren Jarrett, of Knoxville, Tenn.; his son, Timothy “Tim” Jarrett and his wife, Carrie, of Tampa, Fla.; six grandchildren, Chase, Jonah, Hope, Cristina, Anthony and Katherine; and the mother of his children, Vicki Grant, of Knoxville, Tenn.

The funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 27, 2013, at Gibsonville United Methodist Church by Rev. Cybil Parks. 

The family will receive friends following the service at the church. Interment will take place at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 28, 2013, at Sunset Memorial Park in Beckley.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Gibsonville United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 82, Gibsonville, NC 27249.

You may sign the online register book at

Hazel Irene Kent

Hazel Irene “Cissie” Abshire Kent, 89, of Beckley, formerly of Mount Hope, died at her home Monday, July 22, 2013.

Born October 26, 1923, at Mount Hope, she was the daughter of the late George A. and Mabel Perry Abshire.

Hazel was a retired employee of the Fayette County Board of Education as a custodian at Mount Hope Elementary School. She was a member of the Mount Hope Christian Church and the Winolia Chapter No. 59, Order of the Eastern Star, Mount Hope.

She was preceded in death by her sister, Muriel Deal and two brothers, Ashby Abshire and Lewis “Tommy” Abshire.

Survivors include her son, Stephen B. Kent and his wife, Michele; two grandsons, Stephen J. Kent and Logan Kent; one brother, Charles “Jim” Abshire; several nieces and nephews; and special friends, Nancy Martin, Della Cole and John Creed.

Graveside rites will be 2 p.m. Friday, July 26, 2013, at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Prosperity with Minister Dennis Kinzer officiating. Burial will follow.

In lieu of flowers, donations of sympathy may be made to: Mount Hope Christian Church, PO Box 449, Mount Hope, WV 25880.

Online condolences may be sent to our website at: www.tyreefuneralhome. com

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope, WV.

Bonnie McGraw

On July 23, 2013, Bonnie McGraw, 93, of Rainelle, was reunited with her family in Heaven.

Preceding her were her parents, J.C. and Laura McGraw, and her brothers Claude and Bernard McGraw.

Bonnie never married or had children, but she treated each niece and nephew as her own. Those left behind will remember her as a mother, grandmother and friend; as she served in all capacities with unwavering love.

She was a member of the Brackens Creek Methodist Church of Nallen and was retired from the Fayette County Board of Education as a Librarian.

Bonnie is survived by Claudia and Toby Harris, of Crawley; Chad, Heather, Liam, Jude and Isa Harris, of Mechanicsville, Va.; Joel, Mindy, Tanner, Carsyn, Troy and Camryn Harris, of Oak Hill; Cara, Stephen, Harrison, Hayden, Ava and Drew Crookshanks, of Smoot; Bill and Martha McGraw, of Rainelle; Stephanie McGraw, of Rainelle; Jamie and Clarissa Mitchell, of Rainelle; Brad, Denise, Braden and Caden McGraw, of Summersville; and Lisa Rogers, a family friend.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Friday, July 26, 2013, at the Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Rainelle, with Rev. Mike Tincher officiating.

Entombment will follow at the Wallace Memorial Cemetery Mausoleum, Clintonville.

Friends may gather with the family on Friday from 1 p.m. until service time at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home of Rainelle.

Myrtle Parker

Myrtle Parker, 95, born May 4, 1918, in Summers County, was welcomed into the arms of her Heavenly Father on July 23, 2013.

She was the eldest of 12 children of the late Earnest and Lottie Whitlock. 

Myrtle was the devoted wife of Oswald Parker, deceased. They enjoyed two daughters, Carol Jeffries, of Fayetteville, and Drema Taylor, of El Paso, Texas.

She was a charter member of the Community Christian Church of Hinton, where she served as treasurer. Myrtle worked as a nurse at the Hinton Hospital until it closed and completed her career at the Summers County Hospital. She provided compassionate and tireless care to her entire family during various illnesses. 

Myrtle loved farming and gardening, sharing stories of the olden days with many generations of her family and teaching the youngsters to make biscuits and gravy. She enjoyed crocheting, quilting and reading. 

Preceding her in death include brothers Danny Whitlock (infant), Ira Lee “Brud” Whitlock, Albert Whitlock and Charles Whitlock; sisters, Madeline Cooper, Evelyn Meadows, Janice Weikle and Irene Shrewsbury.

In addition to her daughters, left to treasure her memory are grandchildren Bo Jeffries, Frank Taylor, Matt Jeffries, Mark Jeffries, and Jena Petry; great-grandchildren, Eric Jeffries, Joshua Taylor, Ashley Lunde, Logan and Azlyn Petry Jesse and Jacob Jeffries, Garret and Colton Jeffries, Kelsey and Noah Jeffries; great-great-granddaughters, Delanie and Makaylah. She is also survived by siblings Billy Whitlock, Peggy Ladd and Betty Dowdy. 

Visitation will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Friday, July 26, 2013, with services at 3 p.m. at the Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors Chapel with Rev. Danny Goins officiating. Burial will follow in the Mt. Pisgah Church Cemetery.

Grandsons will serve as pallbearers. 

Arrangements are by the Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors of Hinton.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.ronaldmeadowsfp. com.

Sylvester Penn Jr.

Sylvester Penn Jr., 59, passed away on Saturday, July 20, 2013.

Service will be 1 p.m., Saturday, July 27, 2013, at Anderson–Hairston Funeral Home Chapel, Montgomery, with Pastor William Kinney officiating.

Friends may call one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

Arrangements entrusted to Anderson-Hairston Funeral Home, Montgomery.

Kathy Scalf

Kathy Perdue Cheek Scalf, 59, of Crab Orchard, passed away on Tuesday, July 23, 2013.

Born January 26, 1954, in Beckley, she was the daughter of Helen Wilson Perdue and the late Everett Freeman Perdue.

Besides her father she was also preceded in death by her husband, Gardner Dean Scalf and brother, Emory “Butch” Perdue.

Kathy was a homemaker who really loved the time she was able to spend with her family.

Those left to cherish her memory besides her mother are her daughters, Francis Cheek, of Crab Orchard, Tammy Cheek, of Crab Orchard and Pamela Lawson and her husband Robert, of Shenandoah, Va.; grandchildren, Corey Cheek, Mitchell Savina, II, Charles “C.J.” Maggard, Jr., Monica Ballard, Timothy Savina and Megan Lawson; great-grandchild, Macie Cheek; brothers and sisters, David Perdue, Judy Lewis, Wanda Pike, Danny Perdue and Melony Perdue and numerous nieces, nephews and other family.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Friday, July 26, 2013, at the Calfee Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Billy Calhoun officiating.

Friends may visit with the family from noon until time of service Friday. Burial will follow at Calfee Cemetery.

Online condolences may be left at

Arrangements by Calfee Funeral Home, Beckley.

Dr. Roland P. Sharp Sr.

Dr. Roland P. Sharp Sr., a rural practitioner in West Virginia for nearly six decades and founding president of the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, died peacefully Thursday, July 18, 2013 at the age of 105.

Dr. Sharp was born in 1907 to Odessa Jordan Sharp and Aaron Sharp on a small farm in Frost in Pocahontas County, where four generations of Sharps were raised.

He attended primary school at Cove Hill and Raywood, and graduated from Edray District (later Marlinton) High School in 1926. He completed his college degree in 1936 at what is now Concord University. Thereafter, he earned his masters in biology at West Virginia University and graduated in 1943 from Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine (Missouri), now A.T. Still University.

He worked throughout the time he earned his degrees, initially as a school teacher and later as a professor of pathology and anatomy. His first 17 years in practice were spent serving miners and their families in Mullens. In 1962 he returned to serve the residents of Pocahontas County from his office in Greenbank until his retirement in 2001 at the age of 94.

From 1972 to 1978 he worked to establish WVSOM in order to train primary care physicians and served as its first president. His many accolades include Practitioner of the Year, the Distinguished Service Certificate, and Outstanding Medical Educator awarded by state and national osteopathic societies, as well as an honorary Doctorate of Humanitarian Service conferred by Concord.

In addition to his practice, Dr. Sharp raised polled Hereford cattle at his farm in Frost and was active in Rotary, loved music of all kinds and was a talented organist and piano player. His family and community are grateful for his wisdom, love and service and celebrate his remarkable life as they mourn his passing.

Dr. Sharp is survived by his wife, Thelma “Kit” Neal Sharp, who resides in Oak Hill, and her children Charles Lee Neal and Holly Burley; Lee’s wife Francine (Davey), their son Charlie and daughter Morgan, her husband Jeremy Church and their sons Warren and Conrad; Holly’s husband John, and their sons Paul Keith Gilkeson, his wife Jessie, and J.W. Gilkeson,along with his daughters Kendall and McKenna; Dr. Sharp’s five grandchildren and their families: Sherry Weleski, her son Christopher, wife Melissa and their sons Hunter and Peyton; Paula Sharp Jones, her husband Ken, son Alexander and daughter Hannah; Melanie Sharp and her son Andrew; Suzanne Sharp Townsend, husband John, and sons Jeffrey and Richard; and Roland P. Sharp III, wife Tammy, daughter Megan and son Roland Paul Sharp IV; his grandchildren’s parents Melva (Lilly) and John (“Jack”) Sheehand; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins; and his beloved assistant, Barbara McCarty.

Dr. Sharp was preceded in death by his son Roland Paul Sharp Jr., an osteopathic physician who practiced in Greenbank and Mullens before his death in 1963, and his first wife Opal Price Sharp, who died in 1978.

Family and friends may visit VanReenan’s Funeral Home in Marlinton on Thursday, July 25 from 3 to 8 p.m.

Services will be held at Frost Methodist Church (Rts. 92 and 84) on Friday, July 26, at 11 a.m., followed by a Masonic rights graveside service at 3 p.m. at Athens Cemetery in Athens.

The family requests donations to a charity of your choice in lieu of flowers.

Wanda Steffey

OCEANA — Wanda Steffey, 80, went to be with the Lord on Monday July 22, 2013, in Morgantown after a long term illness. She was born in Rockhouse, Ky., a daughter of the late Palmer and Ivory Bartley Coleman.

Creativity was a significant part of Wanda’s life. She was an accomplished seamstress, even donating her time to create cheerleading and dance uniforms for the local girls in Oceana, and she was a talented artist who left many beautiful paintings for her family to admire. She served as president of the Oceana Woman’s Club, and for most of her career she was a department head at the Island Creek Store. Most importantly, Wanda was a devoted and cherished friend to many, sister, wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by two brothers, Bob and Bill Coleman; a beloved grandson, Will Cook; and a cherished daughter-in-law, Frankie Steffey.

Those left to cherish her memory include her husband of 62 years, John Pitts Steffey; a sister, Flo Thacker of Brownstown, Mich.; a son Larry Wayne Steffey of Gray, Tenn.; a daughter Connie Cook and her husband Larry of Queensland, Australia; three granddaughters, Beth Steffey, Sara Greene, and Haley Bunn; she was blessed with two great-grandchildren Olivia and Lucas Greene; and a host of other loving family and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, July 25, 2013, in the Chapel of Stafford Family Funeral Home, Lynco. Wanda will be laid to rest in Palm Memorial Gardens Mausoleum, Matheny.

Friends may gather with the family from 11 a.m.Thursday until time of service at the funeral home.

As an alternative to flowers, friends and family may make donations in memory of Wanda Steffey to the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center (

E-mail letters of sympathy may be sent at

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

Una Tepper

Una Tepper, 81, of White Sulphur Springs, passed away Tuesday, July 23, 2013.

Blue Ridge Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Paul Edwin Young

Paul Edwin Young, 78, of Cooks Run Road, passed away Tuesday, July 23, 2013, at Princeton Community Hospital following a long illness. 

Born December 22, 1934, at Bellpoint, he was the son of the late Roy Edwin and Thelma Mae Forren Young. 

Paul was a member of the Greenville United Methodist Church. 

He attended school at Greenville High School and was retired from production work having been employed by GM in Flint, Mich., Hercules in Covington, Va., and Pepsi Co. in Princeton. 

Paul enjoyed working on his farm and being outdoors. He also loved his wife Margie dearly and was happily married for 56 years. 

He also enjoyed being with all of his family, helping his children and watching his grandchildren grow. 

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers; Donald Young, of New London, Ohio, and Gene Young, of Union; and a niece, Lannie Young, of Union.

Survivors include his wife, Sarah Margie Davis Young, of Lindside, whom he married December 21, 1956; son, Anthony P. Young and wife Tyelisa, of Peterstown; daughter, Tammy L. Pence and husband Frank, of Sarton; son, Randall E. Young and wife Bonnie, of Lindside; five grandchildren, Darrin Pence and wife Martha, Jamey Pence, Brian Young, Rebecca Young and Brianna Young; sister-in-law, Ruth Young, of New London, Ohio and sister-in-law Gladys Young, of Union; niece, Christina; and nephews, Gary and Barry.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Friday, July 26, 2013, at the Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home Chapel in Peterstown with Pastors Herman Jones and Eugene Fullen officiating.

Burial will follow in the Mt. View Cemetery in Wikel. 

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 25, 2013, at the funeral home. 

Online guestbook can be signed or condolences may be sent to the Young family at 

Arrangements by Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home, Peterstown.