The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

May 24, 2013

Obituaries — Friday, May 24, 2013

Denise Annette Conine Baker

ALDERSON — Denise Annette Conine Baker, 59, of Alderson, passed away Wednesday, May 22, 2013.

Arrangements by Lobban Funeral Home, Alderson.

Richard George Delmas

TACOMA, Wash. — Richard George Delmas, 80, of Tacoma, formerly of Meadow Bridge, passed away Friday, April 12, 2013.

In keeping with his final wishes, he was cremated and will be placed at Mountain View Cemetery in Lakewood, Wash. A celebration of life service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 25, at Mountain View Missionary Baptist Church in Dawson.

Submitted by Smathers Funeral Chapel, Rainelle.

Robert Paul Dickens ‘Candyman’

NEBO — Robert Paul Dickens “Candyman,” 87, of Nebo, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, May 22, 2013, at Hubbard Hospice House following a long illness.

He was born June 15, 1925, in Maynard, W.Va., to the late Millard Dickens and Icie Taylor Dickens.

Paul was known to everyone as the “Candyman.” No matter where he was, he always offered a smile and a piece of candy. He was saved in January 1952 and became a member of Nebo Baptist Church in 1995. He was retired from the coal mines. He also painted several cars for different people.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a sister, Opal Alderman.

Survivors include his wife Doris Dickens; daughter, Debbie Duddey and husband Mike; stepdaughter, Deloris Mollohan; stepsons, Stanley Tanner, Earl and Sharon Tanner, Lester and Angel Tanner, Sam and Debbie Tanner, and Randel and Edwina Tanner; sister, Jewel Phipps; brother, Dale and Jean Dickens; and a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and a multitude of friends.

Services will be conducted at 12 noon on Saturday, May 25, at Nebo Baptist Church with Pastor Dewey Tanner officiating. Interment will follow at Pineview Cemetery at Orgas, W.Va.

Visitation will be held the same afternoon from 11 a.m. to 12 noon at the church.

Friends and family will serve as pallbearers.

In lieu of flowers please make donations to the Hubbard Hospice House West at Thomas Memorial, 4605 MacCorkle Ave. SW, South Charleston, WV 25309.

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

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

David Donald Hess

ANSTED — David Donald Hess, 80, of Ansted, who for the last few days stated that he wanted to “Go Home,” went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, May 22, 2013. David fought a courageous battle against what the doctors referred to as a “mean” cancer.

David was born May 11, 1933, in Lucas, W.Va. He was the son of the late Donnie Elmer and Mattie Belle Crookshanks Hess.

David served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Upon returning home from active duty, he worked for Deligne Sales and Service in Ansted for several years and later West Virginia State Health Department where he retired in 1989. You can’t keep a good man down. He went on to work and retire again two more times, as a security guard for DuPont Belle Plant until 2004 and at Comfort Inn in Fayetteville as a maintenance man.

David was a great inspiration to many people throughout his life. Over the years, David actively served the Lord and the church in various capacities as youth leader, Sunday School teacher, Sunday School superintendent, devotional leader, and as a deacon for 30+ years in the Fayette and Kanawha County Free Will Baptist Conferences. In recent years, David has faithfully attended Gum Springs Independent Baptist Church where he cherished the friendship and fellowship of his church family. He enjoyed “high-fiving” with the kids and jokingly trying to “make change” when the children collected the offering.

“Papaw” loved spending time with his children and grandchildren. He enjoyed “porch sitting” with a cup of coffee with family and friends, family picnics (especially in the snow), and going to revivals and special services at many area churches. He spent much time reading his Bible. He got a kick out of newspaper comics.

David was a member of Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) in Summersville as well as the Fayette County AARP.

David was preceded in death by his daughter, Kimbra Faye Hess Hobbs, and his brother, Columbus “Bunk” Hess.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife of 54 years, Isabelle Ruth Skaggs Hess; sons, David Michael Hess and his wife Lesa of Beckley and Rev. Mark Steven Hess and wife Teana of North Myrtle Beach, SC; daughter, Bonita Gail Hess of South Charleston; son-in-law, David Keith Hobbs of Apollo, PA; grandchildren, Jennifer (Hess) and Rev. Adam Hensley, Alicia (Hobbs) and Robert Conklin, Jessica Hobbs, Nathan Hess and Bryson Hess; and great-grandchildren, Isaac and Caleb Hensley. Papaw also left behind his lap-dog, Cocoa.

His smile, strength, humor, Christian example, and twinkle in his beautiful blue eyes were a source of encouragement to others. David will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Saturday, May 25, 2013, at Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home Chapel in Ansted with Rev. Mack Canterbury, Rev. Robert Hobbs, and Rev. Mark Hess officiating. Entombment will follow at Restlawn Memory Gardens, Victor.

Pallbearers will be friends from Gum Springs Independent Baptist Church.

Friends may call at the funeral home Friday, May 24, 2013, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace of Ansted.

Rosemarie Ruth Howerton

Rosemarie Ruth Howerton, 61, of Tams Mountain, went home to be with her Lord, on Wednesday, May 22, 2013, at her home, following a short illness.

Born May 5, 1952, in Michigan, she was the daughter of the late Henry Jones, and Myrtle Brown Jones of Covington, Ky.

Rosemarie loved music and shared her talent of playing the piano for many years at her church, Bible Wesleyan Church in Crab Orchard. She also served as a missionary to the Native Americans of the Sioux Tribe in South Dakota for three years. She loved the Lord and enjoyed serving him throughout her life. She dearly loved her family, but truly enjoyed her grandchildren.

In addition to her father she was preceded in death by three sisters, and one brother, and one adopted brother.

In addition to her mother those left to cherish her memory include her husband of 35 years Rex Howerton, her two daughters Rebecca Waggoner, and her husband Ron, and Desta Griffin and her husband John, both of Indiana; four grandchildren Dylan, Jillian, Taylor, Rachel; three sisters Carol Wright, Linda Scott of Kentucky, and Lisa Gilbert of Indiana; one brother Henry Jones Jr. of Kentucky, and one adopted brother David Jones of Florida; her Aunt Muriel Antonakes, of Florida; her Uncles George and Leon Brown of Michigan, and a host of nieces and nephews, cousins, and beloved friends.

Services celebrating the life and ministry of Rosemarie will be held on Saturday, May 25, 2013, at 1 p.m. in the chapel of Blue Ridge Funeral Home with her Pastor Gary Mills officiating. Following the service she will be laid to rest in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens.

Family and Friends will serve as pallbearers.

Friends may gather with the family Friday evening May 24, 2013, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

An online register book is available by visiting

The honor of serving the Howerton family has been given to Blue Ridge Funeral Home, 5251 Robert C. Byrd Drive, Beckley.

Douglas Leon ‘Doug’ Johnson

LYNCO — Douglas Leon “Doug” Johnson, 71, of Lynco, passed away on Tuesday, May 21, 2013, at CAMC Memorial Hospital, Charleston, W.Va.

He was born March 4, 1942, in Mohegan, W.Va., a son of the late William Gayther and Nora Beatrice Mullins Johnson.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by two daughters, Tina Johnson and Cynthia Pennington; two brothers Gayther Arvus Johnson and Johnny Johnson and a sister Nancy Havert.

Survivors include his loving wife of 53 years Brenda Pricilla Vint Johnson; a daughter Lisa Dawn White and husband William of Oceana; two sisters Erdene Hiller of Colonial Beach, Va., and Deborah “Debbie” Wilson of Richmond, Va.; two brothers Bill Johnson and wife Fern of Lynco and Michael Johnson and wife Betty of Daniels; two brothers-in-law Chuck Havert and Thomas Collins both of Fairdale; six grandchildren Dougie Johnson, Kurtis White, Tina Pennington, TJ Pennington, Justin Pennington and Neal White; and a host of other loving family and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 25, 2013, in the Chapel of Stafford Family Funeral Home, Lynco, with Brother Herman Cook officiating.

Friends may gather with the family on Saturday from 2 p.m. until time of service at the funeral home.

In keeping with his wishes he will be cremated and his cremains will be laid to rest in the Cook Cemetery, Lynco.

E-mail letters of sympathy may be sent at

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

James Novell Mahan

James W. Novell Mahan, 78, of Beckley, formerly of McAlpin, passed away Jan. 17, 2013.

He was cremated Jan. 18. The memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 25, at 106 Booker St., St. Luke Church of God Apostolic in Beckley, with Pastor Deborah Jackson-Burton officiating.

Submitted by Durgan Funeral Services, Beckley.

Charles Edward Marshall

Charles Edward Marshall, 76, of Cool Ridge, passed away Thursday, May 23, 2013.

Services will be 2 p.m. Sunday, May 26, at the Rose and Quesenberry Shady Spring Chapel with the Rev. Roger Richmond officiating. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Park in Beckley. Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

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

Arrangements with Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, 1901 S. Kanawha St. in Beckley.

Harold Edward Metz

SUMMERSVILLE — Harold Edward Metz, 78, of Summersville, died Tuesday, May 21, 2013.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 25, in the Waters Funeral Chapel at Summersville. Burial will follow in the Metz Cemetery on Crummy Creek Road near Arnoldsburg. Friends may call one hour prior to the service Saturday at the funeral chapel.


Mary Ethelyn Wills Peterson

HANOVER, Md. — Mary Ethelyn Wills Peterson, 91, of Hanover, formerly of Ghent, passed away Wednesday, May 22, 2013.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Tuesday, May 28, in the Calfee Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Bob Stoddard officiating. Entombment will follow in Sunset Memorial Park. Friends may visit with the family from 11 a.m. until service time Tuesday at the funeral home.

The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the First United Methodist Church, 217 S. Heber St., Beckley, WV 25801, or to Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, 322 Eighth Ave., 7th fl., New York, NY 10001.

Online condolences may be left at

Arrangements by Calfee Funeral Home, Beckley.

Ellis Delano ‘Sparky’ Sparks

RICHWOOD — Ellis Delano “Sparky” Sparks, 76, of Richwood, passed away Tuesday, May 21, 2013.

Service will be 2 p.m. Sunday, May 26, at Simons-Coleman Funeral Home, Richwood, with Pastor Jeff Dudley officiating. Burial will follow in Mountain View Memorial Park. Friends may call 1 to 2 p.m. before the service Sunday at the funeral home.

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

Nancy Ellen Walker

Nancy Ellen Walker, 64, passed away September 18, 2012, at her sister’s home in Anchorage, AK.

Born October 8, 1947, in Oceana, she was the daughter of the late Virginia Lou and Wannie Frank Walker.

Nancy was a 1965 graduate of Oceana High School. She spent 20 years in Welch as payroll supervisor for Stevens Clinic Hospital. Nancy also worked at the Washington Golf and Country Club in Washington, D.C., at Stop Abusive Family Environments in Welch, and in social service nonprofits in Alaska.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her grandparents, Nancy and Jacob Walker Jr., and Golda and Oak Lamb.

Nancy is survived by her sisters, Wanda Privett of Charlestown, MD, and Wilda West of Anchorage AK; four nieces and nephews and their spouses; and nine great-nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be 6:30 to 8 p.m. Sunday, May 26, 2013, in Evans Funeral Home Memorial Chapel, Oceana. All who knew Nancy are invited to attend.

Nancy’s ashes will be interred at Palm Memorial Gardens, Matheny.

Online condolences may be left at

The above information was submitted by Evans Funeral Home, Oceana.

Bruce Whitaker

MILFORD, Va. — Bruce Lewis Whitaker, 71, of Milford, passed away Saturday, May 18, 2013, after a sudden illness.

Bruce is survived by his son, Gregory Whitaker of Stafford County; his daughters, Sheila Chewning and her husband, William, of Milford and Candy Fournier and her husband, Greg, of Glen Rogers, West Virginia; his sisters, Margie Shelton of Mullens, W.Va., and Matilda Cohn of Woodford, Va.; a sister-in-law, Norma Bolt of Prosperity; two grandsons, Jesse and Wyatt Whitaker; three granddaughters, Christina, Amanda and Mary Chewning; and two great-grandchildren, Gabriella Chewning and Jaxson Perkins.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary C. Whitaker; his father, Shell Whitaker; his mother, Mary S. Whitaker; and his brothers, Robert P. Bolt and William J. Bolt.

Bruce’s family will receive friends from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday, May 24, 2013, at Tankersley Funeral Home, 102 Moran Avenue, Mullens, with the funeral service following at 11 a.m. with Rev. Ronald Adkins officiating. He will be laid to rest in Sunset Memorial Park in Beckley.

Online condolences may be expressed to Bruce’s family at

Local arrangements by Tankersley Funeral Home, Mullens.

Arlie Gene Wilson Jr.

Arlie Gene Wilson Jr., 52, of Crab Orchard, died Sunday, May 19, 2013.

Condolences may be sent to the family’s guestbook at

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary and Cremation Center, Beckley.

Scott Wilson

JUMPING BRANCH — Scott A. Wilson, 69, of Jumping Branch, died in a car accident on Tuesday, May 21, 2013.

Born January 12, 1944, at Harper, W.Va., he was the son of the late Fred and Alma Wilson of Beckley.

Scott was a former heavy equipment mechanic. Upon his retirement, he was a farmer in Jumping Branch. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and spending time with his loving family and his two favorite dogs, Butch and Mikey.

Those survivors left to cherish his memory include his wife, Shonnett Wilson, of 48 years;  three sons, Scott Wilson II and wife Vanessa, John Wilson and wife Kim, Jeremy Wilson and wife Erica, all of Jumping Branch; two sisters, Geneva Lively and husband, Charlie, of Harper, Linda Herron and husband, James, of Eccles; three grandchildren, Joshua, Amber, and Dakota Wilson; and one great-granddaughter, McKenzie; and one great-grandson due in June. Several nieces and nephews survive as well.

Family members and friends will serve as pallbearers.

Funeral services will be conducted Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Melton Mortuary Chapel. Rick Leighton will be officiating. The family will receive friends from noon until the service hour. Mr. Wilson will be entombed in the Sunset Memorial Park Mausoleum.

Condolences may be sent to the family’s guestbook at

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary and Cremation Center, Beckley.