The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

April 10, 2011

Obituaries — Monday, April 11, 2011




Laurel Burford ‘Bouf’ Bennett

NETTIE — Laurel Burford “Bouf” Bennett, 68, of Nettie, died Saturday, April 9.

Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 12, in Simons-Coleman Funeral Home, Richwood, with the Rev. Larry Gawthrop officiating. Interment will be in Fairview Cemetery, Nettie. Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 12, in the funeral home.

All arrangements were made by Simons-Coleman Funeral Home, Richwood.



Lucy Mae Deihl

Lucy Mae Deihl, 81, of Brunswick, Ohio, passed away Sunday, April 10, 2011.

Arrangements are pending completion at Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, 1901 S. Kanawha St., Beckley.



Warren Gray Jennings

DEERFIELD, Fla. — Warren Gray Jennings, 88, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., passed away April 9, 2011.

Warren will be laid to rest in at 10 a.m. Friday, April 15, in Greenbrier Memorial Gardens, with Arnold Morgan conducting the memorial service. Viewing will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, April 14, at Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Lewisburg.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Warren’s memory to the American Cancer Society or to the charity of your choice.

Please send online condolences by visiting www.WallaceandWallaceFH.com.

Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home in Lewisburg is in charge of arrangements.



Adrain Thomas Keeney

Adrain Thomas Keeney, 85, of Beckley passed away Friday, April 8, 2011, at the Bowers Hospice House, Prosperity, following a short illness.

Born February 16, 1926, in Wevaco, WV, he was the son of the late Harry Leslie and Ethel Hudnall Keeney.

He was of the Protestant Faith, a retired coal miner from Siltix New River Company, a member of the UMWA, past president of local #7036, a Navy Veteran serving in WWII and a recipient of the Purple Heart. He enjoyed gardening, flowers, and most of all his children and grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a grandson, Billy Wayne Beasley, Jr., son-in-law, Billy Wayne Beasley, Sr., five brothers, Harry Keeney, Kenneth Keith Keeney, Hewitt Keeney, Jack Keeney and Cledith Keeney. Five sisters, Thelma Cantley, Inez Brockwell, Madeline Hall, Cynthia Ann Ream, and Julia Moore, and two brothers-in-law, George Sadler and Norman Moore.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife of 31 years, Lula Belle Keeney of Beckley.

Two daughters, Sharon Kay Beasley of Beckley and Pamela Sue Goddard and husband Gary of Bradley.

One special grandson, Donnie Ellison and wife Carla of Oak Hill, one granddaughter, Sherry Frank and husband Joe of Powellton, WV, four great-grandchildren, two brothers Stacy Keeney and companion Pat of Frametown, WV, Paul Dunbar and wife Shirley of Dundee, MI, one sister, Ruth Sadler of Charleston, along with a host of nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

A celebration of his life will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, April 12, 2011, at the Rose and Quesenberry Peace Chapel with his nephew Rudy Painter officiating.

Burial will follow in High Lawn Memorial Park in Oak Hill. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

Friends may gather with the family from 1 p.m. until service time Tuesday at the Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers donations may be sent to the Lucy Bowers Hospice House in his honor at 454 Cranberry Drive, Beckley WV 25801.

Online condolences may be sent to our guestbook at www.roseandquesenberry.net.

Arrangements by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, 1901 S. Kanawha St., Beckley, WV 25801.



Mary Ilene Lester

OCEANA — Mary Ilene Lester, 81, of Oceana, WV, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Friday, April 8, 2011, at Raleigh General Hospital, Beckley, WV.

She was born December 20, 1929, in Guyan, WV, a daughter of the late Oley and Ruby Morgan Hatfield.

She attended the Oceana Freewill Baptist Church and will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

Also preceding her in death were two brothers, James Oley “Simon” Hatfield and Weldon Hatfield; one sister, Elouise Hatfield.

Those left to cherish her memory include her loving husband of sixty-one years, Buford Lester; children Glen Lester, Buddy Lester and wife Debbie, Bobby Lester, Brenda Vande Linde and husband Frank, all of Oceana, Donna Lester and husband William of Kopperston, WV, and Patty Hutchinson and husband Larry of Oceana; grandchildren Chris Lester and wife Mandy of Jesse, Jeff Lester and wife Lisa, Amanda Lester, all of Oceana, Tonya Baker and husband Lonnie of Indian Creek, Shawn Vande Linde of NC, Samantha Lester, Billy Lester, all of Kopperston, Shannon Ferguson and husband Ray, Kimberly Davis and husband Wetzel, all of Wyoming, Shane Lester and wife Haley of Sublette, Kansas, and Jason Hutchinson of Welch, WV; siblings Arden Hatfield, Jackie Hatfield, Rondall Hatfield, Glenna, all of Coal Mountain, and Alvin “Joe” Hatfield of Brier Creek; and a host of family and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday, April 11, 2011, in the Oceana Freewill Baptist Church with Pastor Jackie Grimmett officiating. Mary will be laid to rest in the Palm Memorial Gardens Mausoleum, Matheny, WV.

Friends may gather with the family from 11 a.m. until service time at the church.

E-mail letters of sympathy may be sent at www.staffordfamilyfuneralhome.com.

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



Hafiza Lowen

Hafiza Lowen, 95, originally from Aitha El Fakhar, Lebanon, most recently of Beckley, passed away Saturday evening, April 9, 2011, after a long illness.

She was a longtime member of the St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, Beckley. She was a wonderful mother, grandmother, aunt, friend and cook.

Preceding her in death were her husband, Victor Lowen; her father, the Very Reverend George Husson and her mother, Ghantousie. Brothers Touffic Husson, John Husson, Fred Husson, Elia Husson, John Husson and Zachariah Husson. Sisters: Katrina, Mariam, Olga, Rosa, and Jenna.

Surviving her are her children, John of Charlotte, NC, George, of Beckley, and Jim Lowen and his wife Dee of Charleston, WV. One sister, Malakee of San Francisco, CA. Three grandchildren, Luke, Renee, and Jessica, one God daughter, Beverly Mourad of Beckley, also survived by a host of nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. The family would like to extend a special thank you to her caregiver Betty Morales.

Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, April 12, 2011, at the St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, Beckley, with Father Samuel Haddad and The Very Reverend Olof Scott officiating. Burial will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Prosperity. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

Friends may gather with the family from 6 to 9 p.m. on Monday, April 11, 2011, at the Church, with Trisagion service at 7:30 p.m. on Monday. There will also be a one-hour visitation prior to the service on Tuesday at the Church.

In lieu of Flowers donations may be sent to the St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, 211 S. Heber St., Beckley, WV 25801.

Online condolences may be sent to our guestbook at www.roseandquesenberry.net.

Arrangements by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, 1901 S. Kanawha St., Beckley, WV 25801.



James N. McCabe

INVERNESS, Fla. — James N. McCabe, 93, of Inverness, Fla., died Sunday, April 10, 2011, in Inverness, Fla.

Arrangements by Pivont Funeral Home in Hinton.



Thelma D. Meadows

Thelma D. Meadows, 72, of Kernersville, NC, formerly of Daniels, passed away Friday, April 8, 2011.

She was born May 17, 1938, in Welch, WV, daughter of the late Robert and Della Wilson Smith.

Those left to cherish her memory include her two daughters Frances Phoenix and family of Kernersville, NC, Tina Gipson and family of Winchester, TN, three stepchildren, Dreama Meadows and family of Pineville, WV, Ricky Meadows of Beckley, and Randy Meadows of Concord, NC, four brothers, Johnny Smith and family of Christiansburg, VA, Sammy Smith and family of Martinsville, VA, Roger Smith and family of Vinton, VA, David Smith of Beckley, and one sister, Shirley Jones and family of Christiansburg, VA, numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, April 12, 2011, at the Rose and Quesenberry Peace Chapel with her brother Johnny Smith officiating. Burial will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Prosperity. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

Friends may gather with the family from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday, April 11, 2011, at the Funeral Home.

Online condolences may be sent to our guestbook at www.roseandquesenberry.net.

Arrangements by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, 1901 S. Kanawha St., Beckley, WV 25801.



Doris Mae Miller

Mrs. Doris Mae Miller, 74, of 330 Old Turnpike Road, Harper, died Sunday, April 10, 2011.

Arrangements entrusted to Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.



Charley Lewis Moten

NIMITZ — Charley Lewis Moten, 97, of Nimitz went to his heavenly home Saturday April 9, 2011, at the Bowers Hospice House in Beckley.

Born Oct. 20, 1913, at Madams Creek, Hinton, he was a son of the late Samuel E. and Roxie J. Plumley Moten.

Charley was a lifelong resident of Summers and Raleigh counties, a member of the Nimitz Missionary Baptist Church and retired after 35 years of service as a laborer for Slab Fork Coal Company.

Preceded in death by his wife, Roxie Jane Lilly Moten; one daughter, Carolyn Jane Moten; eight brothers, George, Earl, Frank, Code, Bill, Carl, Robert and James Dorsey Moten.

Those left to cherish his memory include: three daughters, Maxine Moten Coyer of Nimitz, Edna Moten Eades and husband Rick of Hinton and Wanda Moten Dillon of Jumping Branch; one son, Charles Moten of Nimitz; three grandchildren, Rebecca Dillon Rine and husband Josh of Charlotte, NC, Richard Eades of Hinton and Christopher Dillon of Jumping Branch; one great-grandson, Logan Rine of Charlotte, NC; and several nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 12, 2011, at the Nimitz Missionary Baptist Church with Pastor Phillip Lilly officiating. Burial will follow in the Lilly-Crews Cemetery at Nimitz.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, April 11, 2011, at the Nimitz Missionary Baptist Church and one hour prior to services at the church on Tuesday.

Pallbearers will be Zina Lilly, Bill and Scott Hatcher, Christopher Dillon, Richard Eades, Dick Stanley, Richard Maddy and David Moten.

Arrangements are by the Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors of Hinton.

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



Harold G. Persinger

HINTON — Harold G. Persinger, 81, of 106 Second St., Hinton, died Saturday, April 9, 2011, in Roanoke Memorial Hospital.

Arrangements by Pivont Funeral Home in Hinton.



Eddie C. Richardson

Eddie Charles Richardson, 75, of the Maple Meadow community, near Fairdale, died Saturday, April 9, 2011.

Condolences may be sent to the family’s guestbook at www.meltonmortuary.com.

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary, Beckley.



David Rinehart

MULLENS — George David Rinehart, 59, of Mullens stepped out into eternity on Saturday, April 9, 2011, at the Hilltop Center, Hilltop, following a short illness.

Born March 16, 1952, at Mullens, he was the son of the late Jesse and Helen (Barker) Rinehart.

David was currently an environmental technician at Raleigh General Hospital, a former employee of the Beckley Hospital with 25 total years of service in health care. He was a graduate of Mullens High School where he played on the high school baseball team and was scouted by the New York Mets. He was a former Babe Ruth coach. David was a true sports fan, and he had a great love and passion for baseball, being his favorite; he also enjoyed football and basketball.

He was also a NASCAR fan, Dale Earnhardt being his favorite driver. David loved the outdoors, and he enjoyed rabbit hunting with his Dad, Ronnie Chambers, and his sons, Nolan and Jason. He loved camping and fishing on the New River with his family.

Above all, David’s family was most important to him; he loved spending time with his granddaughters, Katie and Alyssa.

In addition to his parents he is also preceded in death by a sister, Diane Chambers.

Those left to cherish his memory include his loving wife of 39 years, Pamela England Rinehart; two sons, Nolan Rinehart and his wife, Stephanie, and their daughter, Alyssa, of Otsego and Jason T. Rinehart and his wife Enis and their daughter, Katie Tilly, of Otsego; and numerous friends and co-workers.

Graveside services and burial will be 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 12, 2011, at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Beckley, with Rev. Larry England and Rev. Dalley Maynard officiating.

Friends may call from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Those wishing to attend the graveside service are asked to meet at the funeral home by 1 p.m.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.tankersleyfh.com.

Arrangements by Tankersley Funeral Home, Mullens.



Honus C. Ross

RAINELLE — Honus C. Ross, 85, of Rainelle, passed away Friday, April 8, 2011, in the Greenbrier Valley Medical Center at Fairlea following a short illness.

Born July 9, 1925, in Rainelle, he was the son of the late Phillip and Olive Kincaid Ross.

Honus was a graduate of Rainelle High School, served in the United States Army, and was a proud member of the Rainelle United Methodist Church and the Rainelle Lions Club. He worked for the railroad as a car distributor and then as chief dispatcher. His love for his work extended to his love for model trains. When visiting with him, he would want you to hear his train whistle on the clock.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his brothers Phil Ross, Jr., and Bobby Ross; his sister Mary Frances Ross; and 2 great-grandsons Andrew and Gavin Aghazadeh.

Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Rose Clifford Ross; 2 sons Thomas Ross (Susan) of Orange Park, Florida, and Michael Ross of Roanoke, Virginia; 1 daughter Cecelia Hall of Woodbridge, Virginia; 7 grandchildren Jennifer Aghazadeh (Komran) of Germantown, Maryland, John L. Hall, Jr., (Sheila) of Woodbridge, Virginia, Tommy, Sean, Phillip Ross, all of Middleburg, Florida, Adam Ross of New Orleans, Louisiana, and Nicole Christy of Roanoke, Virginia; great-grandchildren, one due Oct. 24th, 2011, Tyler Ross, Jonathan Ross, Jack Ross Christy, and Leila Rose Aghazadeh; and many nieces and nephews.

Services will be 3 p.m. today, Monday, April 11, in the Rainelle United Methodist Church with Pastor Stanley Clark officiating. Burial will follow in the Wallace Memorial Cemetery at Clintonville.

Friends may call 2 hours before the service from 1 to 3 p.m. at the church.

In lieu of flowers, donations of sympathy may be made to the Rainelle United Methodist Church, 617 Kanawha Avenue, Box 646, Rainelle, WV 25962, or to the American Diabetes Foundation, Charleston WV Office, PO Box 238, Hurricane, WV 25526.

Arrangements entrusted to Smathers Funeral Chapel, Rainelle.



Teddy Smith

Teddy Ray Smith, 73, of Mabscott passed away on Saturday, April 9th, 2011, at the Pine Lodge Nursing Home.

Born on July 13, 1937, he was the son of the late Ellis and Edith Smith of Mabscott.

He was preceded in death also by his brother, Glenn Smith; and sisters, Rosalie Cloud and Louise Lilly.

Teddy will be sadly missed by his sister, Janie Via and her husband, Dennis, of Louisville, KY; and sister, Rita Bahr and her husband, Joe, of Beckley; as well as a sister-in-law, Pat Smith, and brother-in-law, Mason Lilly, both of Beckley. He is also survived by twelve nieces and nephews.

As a young man, he was a volunteer fireman with the Mabscott Volunteer Fire Dept.

Teddy was a member of the Hillcrest Regular Baptist Church where he also served as a Deacon and Church Treasurer.

He was also an avid sports fan, ham–radio operator, and loved his oldies music! While at Pine Lodge, he enjoyed playing bingo and cards with his friends. The family would like to thank the staff at Pine Lodge and volunteer Kathy Baker, for the wonderful care and attention he received. Although Teddy struggled with many physical illnesses, he never lost his faith or spirit.

Friends and family may call from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday, April 11th, 2011, at Melton Mortuary. Services will be held Tuesday, April 12th, at 11 a.m. in the Melton Mortuary Chapel with Revs. Tom Lilly and Randy Smithson officiating. Graveside rites will follow at the Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens at Prosperity.

Family members will serve as pallbearers.

Condolences may be sent to the family’s guestbook at www.meltonmortuary.com.

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary, Inc., Beckley, WV.



Henrietta Cole Snyder

“Truly, Truly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes him who sent me, has eternal life; He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life” (John 5:24).

Henrietta Cole Snyder, 70, of Beckley passed away Friday, April 8, 2011, after a long illness. She was born July 25, 1940, in Sophia, WV; she was preceded in death by her daughter, Ann Miller.

Those left to cherish her many memories include her children, Billy Snyder, Sue Tuck, and Barbara Snyder all of Virginia, John Dee Miller III, Betty Stegel and husband Wayne and Louise Baber all of Beckley, WV. Henrietta will be sadly missed by her eleven grandchildren, Jeremy, Greg, Jonathan, Chance, Nathan, Derek, Stephen, Jaclyn, Brian, De-Andre and De-Eric.

A private memorial service will be held in her honor at the Heart of God Ministries, Beckley.

Online condolences may be sent to our guestbook at www.roseandquesenberry.net.

Arrangements by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, 1901 S. Kanawha St., Beckley, WV 25801.



Christine K. Thompson

INDIAN MILLS — Christine K. Thompson, age 86, of Indian Mills, WV, passed away Friday, April 8, 2011, at Summers Nursing & Rehabilitation in Hinton, WV.

Born January 1, 1925, at Indian Mills, WV, she was the daughter of the late Thomas Wilson and Annie Raines Keatley. Mrs. Thompson was a homemaker, was of the Baptist faith and a great lover of Birds, Cats and Dogs.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband Stanfred Lee Thompson.

Survivors include three daughters, Janice Quesenberry and husband Jerry of Roanoke, VA, Joyce Thompson of Indian Mills, WV, and Judy Thompson and husband Eugene of Little Wolf Creek Road, Hinton, WV, one brother, James Keatley and wife Eugene of Indian Mills, WV, a grandson, Edward Thompson of Ballengee, WV, a granddaughter, Eugenia Brown and husband Buck of Forest Hill, WV, and a great-grandson, Caleb Thompson of Hinton, WV, several nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 12, 2011, at the Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home Chapel, Peterstown, WV, with Pastor George Cook officiating. Burial will follow in the Indian Mills Cemetery. Friends may call from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, April 11, 2011, at the funeral home. Memorial contributions should be made to the ACWP – Summers County Humane Society, PO Box 236, Hinton, WV 25951. Online guestbook can be signed or condolences may be sent to the Thompson family at www.broyles-shrewsbury.com.

Arrangements by Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home, Peterstown, WV.



Grady Lee Whitlock

Grady Lee Whitlock, 83, of Beckley died suddenly Thursday, April 7, 2011.

He was the son of the late James Kenney Whitlock and Ice McKinney Whitlock of Fayetteville and preceded in death by his wife, Marjorie Belcher Whitlock, and son, Grady Lee Whitlock I, and Billy Whitlock, brother.

Left to cherish his memory are sons, James Kenney William Whitlock (JK), Greg Whitlock and his wife, Debby, Stephen Whitlock, and Mark Whitlock. A daughter, Clydia Whitlock, and grandchildren, Marjorie Whitlock, Andrew and Amanda Lee Blair.

His sisters are Thelma Neal and her husband Eddie and Anna Wilder Whitlock. Brother, James Whitlock and wife, Mava, as well as sister-in-law Camilla Whitlock. His heart had a special place for all his nephews and his deceased niece, Vaughne.

As the youngest person ever granted a Ford dealership worldwide, he was a self-made man and a Ford dealer for over forty years. He was the largest Ford/Lincoln/Mercury/Ford Truck dealer in the world. He began his life of work at age 8 peddling chickens and garden vegetables out of his little wagon which was pulled by his beloved pony, “Pearl.” He worked up to and including the day of his death.

He loved all types of livestock including cattle and for over 60 years raised miniature ponies that gave him great joy and pleasure. He was one of the last true horse traders. As owner of Whitlock Reality, a love of land and farming were his true passions. He was an avid collector of antiques including unique automobiles, horse buggies, wagons, and farm equipment. As a founding member of Flat Top Lake Association, he most recently enjoyed simple things like sunsets at the lake as well as the annual July 4th fireworks.

He spent every Sunday visiting family members throughout his life. Always stressing the importance of family and enjoyed cherishing memories of the good ole days with his friends like Joe Holley and many others.

When a family or individual was in need or down on their luck, his kind heart, money, or resources were given freely to many in the community. His children would like to especially thank his recent past personal assistants, Donna Brown, deceased, Pam Pack, and Erica Sanders for their kindness and hard work. Also we thank his many past employees, customers, and friends. You were all an important part of the many blessings given to him.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 12, 2011, at the Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill, WV, with Pastor Chuck Pullins officiating. Burial will follow in High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill. Friends may call at the funeral home from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday, April 11, 2011.

Pallbearers are Paul Blair, Kip Buchanan, Tim Coleman, Tom Evans, Larry Holley, Gene Malcolm, Wesley Neal, Joe Whitlock, and Adam Wilder.

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

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill, WV.



Tracy Wilson

Tracy Wilson, 36, of Beckley, passed away Friday, April 8, 2011.

Arrangements are pending completion with Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley.