The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

May 5, 2013

Obituaries — Sunday, May 5, 2013

By John Raby
The Associated Press

Charles Hampton Atha Sr.

OAK HILL — It’s the Lord’s turn to put up with Charley’s sense of humor now.

Charles Hampton Atha Sr., age 78, of Oak Hill passed away Friday, May 3, 2013, after a lifetime filled with laughter and love. Charley was born March 20, 1935, in Powellton, WV, to the late Herbert Atha Sr. and Muriel Holt Atha.

As a child, Charley lived at Powellton and later the family moved to a farm on Saturday Road near Ansted. At the age of 16, Charley moved to Welch, WV, to work with his older brother, and it was at Roderfield Pentecostal Holiness Church that he met his wife of nearly 61 years, Sclean Blackburn Atha. They were married when he was 17 and she was 16. Charley continued working with his brothers, Herb and Bob, for several years moving the family from Welch to Beckley and finally to Oak Hill. In 1968 Charley, Sclean, and their children founded Fayette Awning & Glass, Inc. Although Charley’s formal education ended at the 3rd grade, he worked hard and is a shining example of what we can do when we work hard, put our mind to succeed, and trust God. The business is still owned and operated by the Atha family, and plans have been established for family members to continue the  business well into the future.

Charley was active in church since he was a young man and previously served as a Sunday School teacher, church clerk, and on the Pastor’s Council at Central Avenue Church of God (now Mountain View Church of God). Charley was active in the building program there and was part of the group of people that helped move the church from Oak Hill to Hilltop. He drew the first plans for the first church building there, and helped to establish Mountain View Christian School, where all 3 of his grandchildren attended school and where one of his great-grandchildren attends now. Charley was a member of Faith Community Church in Beckley.

Charley loved his family above all. His children were the joy of his life, and he loved nothing more than spoiling his grandchildren. He worked hard to make sure the family was taken care of and wanted for nothing, and has reached his eternal home knowing that his children and grandchildren were all successful adults. Even making sure all three grandchildren had the opportunity to travel abroad studying or carrying the Gospel of Christ.

Charley and Sclean were blessed with two children who both preceded him in death and whom he has rejoined in heaven. Charley (C.H.) Hampton Atha Jr. and Deborah Lynn Atha James both earned their eternal reward in 2012 and have now been joined by their dad — probably at the rock that the family has talked so much about in the last year. Also preceding him in death are two grandchildren Charlene Renee James and Jason Douglas James, his parents Herbert and Muriel Atha, brothers Donald Atha and Herbert Atha Sr., sister Libby Atha Smith, and mother and father-in-law Otis and Nell Blackburn.

Those left to cherish the memories and a legacy of laughter left behind by Charley are his wife of nearly 61 years, Sclean Atha of Oak Hill, daughter-in-law Deborah Smith Atha of Oak Hill, son-in-law Larry D. James of Oak Hill, granddaughter Kristi Atha-Rader and husband Kris of Fayetteville, granddaughter Tiffany James of Simpsonville, SC, grandson Charley Hampton Atha III and wife Candice of Cleveland, TN, great-grandchildren Madison Grace and Kristopher Brock Rader and Charles Bradford and Caitlyn Elizabeth Atha. Charley leaves behind a brother, Bob Atha and wife Donzella of Fayetteville, and sisters Mona Legg of Victor and Linda Atha of Florida, sister-in-law Martha Atha of Beckley, and sisters/brothers-in-law Phyllis Jones, Claris and Vance Hayes, Wanda and Everett Bishop, and Sue and Kelly Muncy of Bluefield and Betty Hayes of Bristol, TN, along with a host of nieces and nephews who loved “Uncle Charley” dearly. Charley had a big heart and an undying love for his family. Above all, he understood that life was a brief gift from God, and that it should be enjoyed to its fullest.

His remains rest at the Mountain View Church of God at Hilltop where the family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday (today) and where the funeral service will be held 1 p.m. Monday with Rev. Sam Peterson, Rev. Jason Lowe, and Rev. Rudell Bloomfield officiating.

Pallbearers will be employees of Fayette Awning and Glass, Robert Long, Mike Kees, Mike Hitchcock, Jeff Ashwell, Larry Taylor, Jeff Owen, and Gee Bennett.

Charley will be laid to rest at Gethsemane Memorial Gardens in Oak Hill.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the building program at Faith Community Church, P.O. Box 773, Beckley, WV 25802.

Condolences may be sent to

Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.


Marvin Cline

Marvin Cline, 78, of Bradley, passed away Saturday, May 4, 2013.

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

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


Brooksie Ellen  Chatman Ferguson

WYOMING — Brooksie Ferguson of Wyoming passed away Friday,  May 3, 2013.

A celebration of Brooksie’s life will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 7, in the Calfee Funeral Service Chapel with the Rev. Tommy Knotts officiating. The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, May 6, at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Gardens, Princeton. Family and friends will gather there at 1:30 p.m. at the mausoleum.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in Brooksie’s name to the American Lung Association of WV, P.O. Box 3980, Charleston, WV 25339-3980, or the Brenton Baptist Church, Brenton, WV 24818.

Those wishing to extend their condolences may do so by visiting

Calfee Funeral and Cremation Service is serving the Ferguson family.


Christine Fox

VICTOR — Christine Fox, 88, of Victor, passed away Friday, May 3, 2013.

Arrangements are incomplete. Wallace and Wallace of Ansted is in charge of the arrangements.


Alvin Adrian Garten

PENCE SPRINGS — Alvin Adrian Garten, 80, of Pence Springs went to be with his Lord Friday, May 3, 2013, at the Lewis Gale Medical Center, following a short illness.

Born July 10, 1932, at Pence Springs, he was a son of the late Otie Carl and Stella Ann Miller Garten.

Alvin was a lifelong resident of Pence Springs and a member of the Pence Springs Community Church, where he served as trustee for the past 24 years. He knew the church property thoroughly and loved every moment he spent there. A finish carpenter and electrician who worked for Ray Woodrum Construction prior to employment for the Summers County Board of Education until his retirement in 1995. Alvin served his country during the Korean Conflict obtaining the rank of Staff Sgt. in the U.S. Air Force.

Before he became ill, he was known for his lovely garden which he started from his own seeds. Especially his huge tomatoes, that he shared with his mail woman, doctors, friends, family and anyone who he thought would appreciate them. Every morning he read his Bible, then the Beckley newspaper and worked the crossword puzzle. Alvin was a storm spotter for the National Weather Service for 20 years and in earlier years he enjoyed spending time trout fishing with his family and friends.

Preceding him in death include three brothers, Harold J. “Woofy” Garten, Garland L. Garten and Kenneth K. Garten; three sisters, Adena R. Maddy, Opal L. Wilson and Clorice G. Harris and son-in-law, George M. “Mike” Kounse Jr., in 1980.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife of 52 years, Betty E. Wallace Garten of Pence Springs; one daughter, Enola Renee Garten Kounse of Pence Springs; one brother, Ronald Z. Garten and wife Bonnie of Moundsville; one sister, Lorene J. “Lornie” Cales and husband Bob of Forest Hill; sister-in-law, Myrtle Garten of Moundsville; three children in his heart, Connie Buckland, Michael Neal and Matthew Montgomery; a special great-niece whom he considered as a grandchild, Kassi Hedrick Coleman, and several special nieces and nephews also survive.

While searching through his Bible for a special scripture, the following passage was highlighted, which is so fitting for his life found in Ecclesiastes 3:1-8. “To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die: a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted: A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; A time to get and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; A time to rend and a time to sew; a time to keep silence and a time to speak; A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.”

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Monday, May 6, 2013, at the Pence Springs Community Church with Pastors Roger Persinger and Robbie Merritt officiating. Burial will follow in the Haven of Rest Cemetery at Pence Springs. Friends may call at the church from 10 a.m. until time of services. Nephews and great-nephews will serve as pallbearers. Ernest Atwell and George Kounse Sr. will serve as honorary pallbearers.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that Gideon Bibles be placed in honor of Alvin.  

Arrangements are by the Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors of Hinton.

Condolences may be sent to the family at


Emory Lorel Newcomb

OAK HILL — Emory Lorel Newcomb, 94, of Oak Hill, WV, died on Tuesday, April 30, 2013, at Heartland of Beckley in Beckley, WV.

Born November 21, 1918, at Summers County, WV, he was the son of the late James and Ura Martin Newcomb.

He was a retired Master Mechanic.

Mr. Newcomb was a member of the Scarbro Baptist Church and served in the U.S. Army during Word War II.

His wife, Catherine Davis Newcomb, preceded him in death.

Survivors include one son, James David Newcomb of Aurora, CO; brother, Delbert Newcomb of Beckley; and a sister, Neve Hare of Summers County.

Mr. Newcomb was cremated. His cremains will be interred at Cunningham Memorial Park in Saint Albans. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill, WV.


Cathern Smith Orndorff

MOUNT NEBO — Cathern Smith Orndorff, 78, of Mount Nebo, passed away Tuesday, April 30, 2013, at Hilltop Center, Hilltop, following a long illness.

Born Jan. 2, 1935, at Big Clear Creek Mtn., she was the daughter of the late Earl Cecil and Elsie Pearl Smith.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lowell Orndorff, Jr., on May 2, 2010, and was also preceded in death by a son, Roger Earl Orndorff.

Survivors include one son, Rodney Lowell Orndorff and wife, Nora, of Mount Nebo; six (6) grandchildren, Rodney Orndorff, Jr., Ryan B. Orndorff, Marlee Orndorff, Megan Wallace, Natalie and Richard Reichard, and Natasha Orndorff; and eight (8) great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Sunday, May 5, at the Wallace & Wallace Funeral Chapel, Rainelle, with Rev. Verlin Butcher officiating. Burial will follow in the Gilgal Church Cemetery, Mount Nebo.

Friends may call from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Sunday, May 5, at the funeral chapel prior to the funeral.


Bessie ‘Mae’ McKinney Patrick

PAGE — Bessie “Mae” McKinney Patrick, 85, of Page, WV, died on Wednesday, May 1, 2013, at her home.

Born October 9, 1927, at Page, WV, she was the daughter of the late Carnel Luke and Daisy Graham McKinney.

She was a homemaker.

Her husband, Elgie Patrick, a daughter, Diane Haynie, and a brother, Edward McKinney, preceded her in death.

Survivors include two sons, Clarence R. Patrick of Newport News, VA, and James E. Patrick of Page; three daughters, Shirley M. Arbaugh of Oak Hill, Gloria O. Patrick of Page and Rachel D. Johnston of Page; one brother, Thomas McKinney of Fayetteville; one sister, Goldie Phipps of West Jefferson, NC; twelve grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren and a host of nephews and nieces.

Funeral services were on Saturday, May 4, 2013, at 11 a.m. at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill, with Rev. Wayne Johnston officiating. Burial will be at High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill.

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

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.


Carl Prince

RAPID CITY, S.D. — Carl Prince, 53, of Rapid City, passed away on Saturday, April 27, 2013, at Rapid City Regional Hospital.

Carl was born on September 17, 1959, to the late Charles Alvis and Vada Stumbo Prince in Huntington WV. Carl grew up in Pettus, WV, where he made many childhood friends. He was a graduate of Marsh Fork High School, where he was well known for completing his brother’s homework, and a manager for the football team. After high school Carl worked with the Whitesville Fire Department EMT Squad while completing Nursing school. He then graduated from St. Mary’s School of Nursing in Huntington, WV, and has a Master’s Degree in Healthcare Administration from Sacramento Regent University. Carl was quite accomplished in the health care field. He worked as an Emergency Room Nurse, flew with Health Net, an EMT, a Director of Nurses, a Nurse Consultant, a licensed Nursing Home Administrator, a Long Term Care Surveyor, and most of all a patient advocate. Carl had made his home recently in Rapid City, South Dakota, to be close to his brother Gary.

Those left with many special memories of Carl are his two children, Garret Prince and Amanda Prince of Beckley, WV; a granddaughter, Skyler, also of Beckley; a sister, Darlene Cline and her husband Danny of Conway, SC; and a brother Gary and his wife Marquita Prince of Rapid City, SD; nephews Jamie Brown, Charles Brown, Aaron Prince, and Wes Turner; and a host of Uncles, Aunts, Cousins, and Friends.

Carl will be cremated per his wishes. A Memorial Visitation with his family present will be held May 11, 2013, at 10 a.m. at the Pine View Cemetery Chapel in Orgas, WV.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers memorial contributions in Carl’s honor may be made to the Nursing Scholarship Fund at St. Mary’s Medical Center Foundation, 2900 First Ave., Huntington, WV 25702.

An online guestbook is available to sign at

Arrangements are with Kirk Funeral Home of Rapid City.


Frederick D. ‘Freddie’ Schlager

PETERSTOWN — Frederick D. “Freddie” Schlager, 51, passed away Saturday, May 4, 2013.

Arrangements are incomplete at Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home, Peterstown,


Mary B. Shelton

MARMET — Mary B. Shelton, 90, of Marmet, WV, passed away May 3, 2013, at Hidden Valley Center, Oak Hill, after a long illness.

She was retired from The Diamond Department Store, Charleston, after 27 years of service in retailing as a Buyer.  

She was elected and served on Marmet City Council and was a Member of Reynold’s Memorial United Methodist Church, Marmet.

She was a Member of Rebekah Lodge # 13, The Pythians Lodge, Marmet Civic Welfare Organization, and she was active in the Chesapeake Senior Citizens and the Marmet Chapter of AARP.

She was preceded in death by Husband: Charles Earl Shelton Sr., Parents: Harry and Myrtle Woods Matheney, Brothers: Bill, Roy, Samuel and Charles Matheney.

Surviving Are: Son: Charles Earl Shelton, Jr., and wife Nancy J. of Oak Hill; Grandsons: Charles Shelton of Fayetteville, Brian Shelton of Oak Hill; Great-grandchildren: Britany Stapleton of Hudson, NC, Brian Patrick Shelton, Jr., of Taylorsville, NC, Zachary Shelton of Indiana, Charles Shelton IV of Fayetteville, Casey Shelton of Fayetteville, Amber Meadows of Fayetteville; Great-Great-Grandson: Bentley Stapleton of Hudson, NC; Sisters: Janie Jones of Poca, Dreama Adkins of Lookout, Lula Ramsey of Rainelle.

Funeral will be 1 p.m. Tuesday, May 7, 2013, at Leonard Johnson Funeral Home, Marmet, WV, with Rev. David Biondi officiating. Burial will follow in Restlawn Memory Gardens, Victor, where a committal service will be conducted by Rev. Joe Brown. Friends may call 2 hours prior to the service at the Funeral Home.

Condolences may be sent to the family at


William Russell Straub Sr. (Bill)

William Russell Straub, Sr. (Bill), 86, died at home on Thursday, May 2, 2013, following several years of confinement.

Born the son of the late Robert Eten and Maude Fielding Straub in Clifton Forge, VA, on May 10, 1926, he was preceded in death by a brother, Robert, and an infant sister, Mary Jane.

Survived by his devoted wife of nearly 66 years, Nancy Hazlewood Straub; daughter Ann Dotterweich and husband Milt of Fayetteville and son William R. Straub, Jr., and wife Debbie of Daniels; grandchildren Rob Dotterweich and wife Jen, Andy Dotterweich and wife Tonya, Joe Dotterweich and wife Rebecca and Rebekah Straub; and 4 great-grandchildren Max, Logan, Turner and Olivia. Bill cherished his family and their times together.

Bill was a Mt. Hope High School graduate and obtained his Associate’s Degree from Marshall University prior to moving to Beckley as a businessman in 1953, which led to a career as an Agent with State Farm Insurance.

A Christian, Bill was a member of United Methodist Temple serving the Lord and community in many capacities including administrative positions, Sunday School Superintendent and much involvement with the Man’s and Youth Ministries. Faith was important to Bill; he and Nancy believed that it is important for families and faith holds you together when everything else falls apart.

As a veteran of World War II, Bill served in the U.S. Navy and participated in the Normandy invasion. He served as the Raleigh County Civil Defense Director and contributed much time with the Beckley Little League. Bill Belonged to the Beckley Hunting and Fishing Club, Calico and Jeans Square Dance Club and Gideons International. Over the years, his affiliations also included Shriners, Masons and Civitan.

A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, May 7, 2013, at 2 p.m. The services will be held at the United Methodist Temple, in Beckley with Pastor Chuck Pullins and Pastor Randy Adkins officiating. Friends will be received on Tuesday at 12:30 p.m. until the service. Pallbearers will be David Earehart, Steve Kelly, and Alan Simpson, along with his grandsons. Honorary pallbearers include Ross Hutchens, A.K. Minter, Jack Roop, Paul Roop and John Wooton.

Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the United Methodist Temple, 201 Templeview Drive, Beckley, WV 25801, or Bowers Hospice House of Beckley.

Gratitude is extended from the family to the many caregivers who assisted in his aid throughout his illness, especially Elva Dillion, whose care giving spanned several years.

Military Honors will be performed by the American Legion Post #32 Honor Guard, of Beckley.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

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


Bobby Ray Swim

GLEN FORK — Bobby Ray Swim, 81, of Glen Fork, passed away May 3, 2013, following a short illness.

Born November 2, 1931, at Glen Morrison, WV, he was the son of the late Amos and Wavie Swim.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his aunt, Norma Green, and his uncle, Willard Cook.

Bobby served in the United States Military and worked in the coal mines.

Survivors include his best friend and like a son to him, Russell Church and his wife, Sharon, and their daughter, Rachael, all of Glen Fork; Felicia Rowe, whom he loved like a daughter, and her husband, Robbie, of Hanover, and their two sons, Levi and Braxton.

A celebration of Bobby’s life will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, May 6, 2013, in the Evans Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Darrell Stapleton officiating.

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

Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Gardens, Princeton.

We would like to thank all of his nurses and doctors at the Beckley VA Hospital and other health care organizations.

Online guest book may be signed at

Evans Funeral and Cremation Service is serving the Swim family.


MSgt. USAF (ret.) Dennis Taylor

MSgt. USAF (ret.) Dennis Taylor, 79, of Prosperity, went home to be with his Lord, on Friday, May 3, 2013, in the Beckley VA Medical Center following a short illness.

Born April 26, 1934, in Beckley, he was the son of the late Clarence and Calla Durham Taylor.

Dennis was a veteran of the Vietnam War, where he served as a medical tech in the Air Force. After serving in the Air Force, he came home and became a registered nurse, working at Beckley Appalachian Regional Hospital, and the Beckley VA Medical Center. He was a former employee of Blue Ridge Funeral Home.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his sister and brother Helen Taylor and Thomas Taylor.

Those left to cherish his memory include his loving wife Carol Cox Taylor, his four children Denise Goode and husband Jim, Dana Webster and her husband Tommy, Ted Taylor and his wife Teresa, and Charles “Chuck” Taylor. Ten grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, and two more on the way. Five sisters and one brother, a host of nieces and nephews and beloved friends.

Services will be noon on Monday, May 6, 2013, in Dennis’s home church, Prosperity First Baptist Church, with his pastor Gary Walker officiating. Burial will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, where military graveside rites will be performed by the Beckley American Legion Post 32 Honor Guard.

Family will receive friends from 11 a.m. until service time Monday at the church.

Family request no flowers be sent. Instead make donations to the Beckley Humane Society.

Online condolences can be sent to the family by visiting

The honor of serving the Taylor family has been given to Blue Ridge Funeral Home, 5251 Robert C. Byrd Drive, Beckley, WV 25801.


Rev. Herbert Franklin Taylor

SUMMERSVILLE — The Rev. Herbert Franklin Taylor, 85, of Summersville, died Friday, May 3, 2013.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Monday, May 6, in the Beckwith Apostolic Church at Fayetteville with Pastor Rick Barker and Bobby Ayers officiating. Interment will follow in the Walker Memorial Park at Summersville. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, May 5, at the White Funeral Home at Summersville.

Condolences may be sent to the family at


Cleda Williams

Cleda Williams, 76, of Artie, passed away Saturday, May 4, 2013.

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