The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


May 5, 2013

Obituaries — Sunday, May 5, 2013



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.

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