The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

May 22, 2013

Obituaries — Wednesday, May 22, 2013


Elizabeth J. Akers

 Elizabeth “Josie” Josephine Whitt Akers, 71, of Stephenson, went to her resting place on Saturday, May 18, 2013, in a Charleston hospital following a long illness.

Born November 4, 1941, in Wytheville, Va., she was the daughter of the late William Emmett Akers and Mamie Franklin (Gravley) Shrewsbury.

Josie was a homemaker and had been a resident of Stephenson for the past four years coming from North Carolina.

In addition to her parents she is also preceded in death by five brothers, Earl, Bob, Ed, Pete, and Jack; two sisters, Bertha Davis and Carrie Catherine Akers.

Those left to cherish her memory include her brother, Kelly Akers of Beckley; a nephew and caregiver, Roger Davis of Stephenson; a very special friend and caregiver, Regina Lester of Amigo; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Services will be 1 p.m. Thursday, May 23, 2013, at Tankersley Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Damon Davis officiating and a Eulogy by Regina Lester.

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

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

The family of Elizabeth Akers is being cared for by Tankersley Funeral Home, Mullens.

 

Shelia Holcomb Austin

UNION — Shelia Holcomb Austin, 66, of Union, passed away Monday, May 20, 2013.

Memorial services will be 7 p.m. Friday, May 24, 2013, at the Groves Funeral Home in Union, with the Rev. Jimmy Allen officiating.

Friends may call from 6 to 7 p.m. Friday, May 24, 2013.

At Shelia’s request her body will be cremated.

Groves Funeral Home in Union, is in charge of arrangements.

 

James Edgar Cox

James Edgar Cox, 64, of Ury, passed away Tuesday, May 21, 2013, following a sudden illness.  

Arrangements are pending completion with Williams-Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Sophia.

 

Jim ‘Pee Wee’   D’Angelo

MOUNT HOPE — Jim “Pee Wee”   D’Angelo, 57, of Mount Hope, died on  Monday, May 20, 2013 at his home.

Online condolences may be sent at www.tyreefuneralhome.com

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope.

 

Donald Leonard DePriest

SECOND CREEK — Donald Leonard DePriest, 79, of Second Creek, passed away Sunday, May 19, 2013.

Funeral service will be held 11 a.m., Friday, May 24, 2013, at the Groves Funeral Home Chapel in Union, with Rev. Don Trent and Rev. Donnie Elmore officiating. Burial will follow at the New Lebanon Cemetery at Pickaway.

Friends may call at the Groves Funeral Home in Union from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday.

Groves Funeral Home in Union, is in charge of arrangements.

 

Catherine Ballard Dunn

PETERSTOWN — Catherine Ballard Dunn, 96, of Peterstown, formerly of Princeton, passed away Tuesday, May 21, 2013.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, May 23, 2013 at 11 a.m. at Lindside United Methodist Church, with Rev. Brent Brown officiating. Burial will follow at Peterstown Cemetery in Giles County, Va.

Online condolences can be made at www.wicklinefuneralhome.com

Funeral arrangements by Wickline Funeral Home of Lindside.



 

Jack D. Harris

BELLWOOD — Jack D. Harris, 90, died Monday, May 20, 2013.

Service will be 2 p.m. Sunday, May 26, 2013, at Wallace & Wallace Chapel, Rainelle, with Pastor Bennie Kenney officiating. Burial will follow in Orient Hill Cemetery, Orient Hill.

Friends may call from 12:30 to 2 p.m. at the funeral home.

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Rainelle.

 

Lola Belle Johnson

RICHWOOD — Lola Belle Johnson, 95, of Richwood, passed away on Sunday, May 19, 2013.

Service will be 12 noon Thursday, May 23, 2013, at Simons-Coleman Funeral Home, Richwood, with Pastor Larry Russell officiating. Burial will follow in the Fairview Cemetery, Nettie.

Friends may call one hour prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, send donations to the Fenwick United Methodist Church.

Arrangements by Simons-Coleman Funeral Home, Richwood.

 

Flora Frances Amos Leek

HICO — Flora Frances Amos Leek, 96, of Hico, died on Sunday, May 19, 2013, at Plateau Medical Center in Oak Hill.

Born August 30, 1916, at  Mahan, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late George and Lilia Kincaid Amos of Cunard.

Her husband of 34 years, Jesse Smithson; an infant son, James Smithson; husband, Rev. Lloyd Martin of Russellville; and brothers, Lowell Amos of Arizona and Illinois, Odis Amos of Oak Hill and George Amos of Oak Hill preceded her in death.

In later years she married Joe Leek (deceased in 2006) and for 20 years they enjoyed playing music. She and Joe were known as “Flo and Joe” and they played the keyboard and guitar at all the nursing homes and senior citizen groups.

She was a 1936 honor graduate of Fayetteville High School. Her first work was at the Fayette County School Book repair shop in Fayetteville. She was a member and secretary of the Ladies Auxiliary United Mine Workers’ Union in Cunard.

Flo worked for Dr. Hamilton in his hardware store in Oak Hill; worked in Chicago for Admiral and Motorola; worked for 21 years at Massey’s at Victor; and retired from Sam’s Market in Ansted in 1975.

She was a member of Victory Independent Baptist Church in Victor where she played the piano and organ; member of AARP; 25 year volunteer for RSVP of Summersville; 15 year secretary for the Fayette County Song Convention and a 10 year correspondent for the Fayette Tribune.

Mrs. Leek took several tours; enjoyed doing crafts, sewing and she took stain glass classes at Fayette Awning in Oak Hill.

Survivors include a sister, Jeanette Stawychey of Steger, Ill., in addition to nieces, nephews; several step children and step grandchildren.

Funeral services will be on Friday, May 24, 2013 at 2 p.m. at Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill in Oak Hill, with Rev. Tony Taylor officiating. Burial will be at High Lawn Memorial Park in Oak Hill.

Friends may call from 12 noon until service time on Friday at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be sent at www.tyreefuneralhome.com

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

 

David Allen Parks Sr.

David Allen Parks Sr., age 58, of Maple Meadow, went home to be with the Lord at his home on Monday, May 20, 2013.

Born on December 28, 1954, in Bluefield, W.Va., he was the son of Billie Parks of Cool Ridge and the late Lockie Thornton Parks.

Mr. Parks was a former coal mine electrician for 27 years. Upon his retirement, he was the co-owner and operator, along with his brother Mike of Dave Parks Electrical.

Residing at Maple Meadow since 1988, Mr. Parks enjoyed fishing, and spending time with his loving grandchildren.

As a decorated Martial Artist, Mr. Parks had enjoyed teaching karate at the YMCA for many years. He also had a passion of working with horses.

In addition to his mother, he was preceded in death by his brother William Gary Parks.

Those survivors left to cherish his memory include his wife, the love of his life, of nearly 40 years, Tonia Arlene Cole Parks; his children, David Allen Parks Jr. (Tracy) of Shady Spring, J. Adam Parks (Schaunna) of Maple Meadow, and Brenton Dane Parks (Maria) of Pax.

 The pride and joy of his life, Madison, Autumn, Dillon, Montana, Addison, and Carter, who dearly loved their “PawPaw”.

Three brothers, Mike Parks of Coal City, Lonnie Parks (Candie) of Illinois, and Tom Parks of Cool Ridge; two sisters, Sherry Grim (Charlie) of Delaware, and Diane Sturgill (John) of Midway. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services will be conducted to Celebrate The Life Of David Allen Parks Sr. on Friday, May 24, 2013 at 1 p.m. at the Rose and Quesenberry Peace Chapel in Beckley with Rev. Phillip Farrington officiating. Burial will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens at Prosperity.

Friends may call at the funeral home from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday.

Family members and friends will serve as pallbearers.

Private online condolences, floral tributes, and other expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family via our guestbook at www.roseandquesenberry. net

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

 

Dr. Paul Ellis Prillaman Jr.

Dr. Paul Ellis Prillaman Jr., died on Monday, May 20, 2013, after a brief illness.

A private memorial service is planned.

Paul was born in Beckley, W.Va., the son of Dr. Paul E. Prillaman Sr. and Sally Haller Prillaman.

He was a graduate of Greenbrier Military School and the University of Virginia where he received his undergraduate and medical degrees. After completing his surgical residency and thoracic surgical fellowship, he joined his father in surgical practice in Ronceverte, W.Va. In a partnership spanning ten years, they provided selfless medical care to the residents of Greenbrier County. From 1972 until his retirement, Dr. Prillaman was a partner in Bradenton Surgical, working at Blake Medical Center and Manatee Memorial Hospital in Bradenton, Florida.

Paul’s greatest joy was his family, serving as their constant support. He will be remembered for his generous and humble spirit, as well as for his wonderful sense of humor.

He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Ginger; three children, Elizabeth Woolford and husband, Jim, Sarah Prillaman, and Paul Prillaman and wife, Hannah; five grandchildren; two sisters, Sally Bauer and Jacqueline Oler; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Tidewell Hospice/Philanthropy Department, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota, Florida 34238 or to the charity of your choice.

 

Gary ‘Duke’ Reed

Gary “Duke” Reed, 65, our beloved Duke passed away early on Sunday morning May 19, 2013. While sleeping peacefully, he quietly left this world and went to be with his Lord and Saviour.

He was born on February 25, 1948, in Montcoal, W.Va., the son of the late Elmer and Martha A. Bonds Reed. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Joe Bradley, Roger Reed, and his twin brother, Jerry; two sisters, Oleta Miller and Edith Tucker.

Duke was a proud Member of the UMWA, he worked for Armco Steel and later Peabody Coal, alter he worked for Coalfield Services until he retired.

Recently he started working as a Tour Guide for the Beckley Exhibition Coal Mines. Even though he only worked there a short time he really enjoyed the job and his co-workers.

In February 2007 Duke gave his life to the Lord. He really loved serving the Lord and his church family.

He belonged to the Order of Eastern Star Bethelen Chapter #71 and the Boone Lodge #162 Whitesville, where he was a member for 36 years.

He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Jane Tolliver Reed; three daughters, Annie “Dinkie” Reed of Crab Orchard, Jennifer Reed and companion, Nathan Joseph of Whitesville and Jill “Leonard” Pettry of Daniels; nine grandchildren, Kayla and Ethan Pysz, Autumn, Summer, Madison, and Morgan Cole, Zach, Jenna and Trace Pettry; three sisters, Elizabeth Grogan of N.C., Margaret “Dave” Clay of Shady Spring  and Janet Gunnoe of N.C. and one brother, Donnis Reed of N.C.; his mother-in-law, Virginia Tolliver of Glen Daniel; numerous nephews, nieces, in-laws and cousins.

Duke made many friends throughout the years. He never met a stranger. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.  

Service will be 1 p.m. Thursday, May 23, 2013, at the Armstrong Funeral Home, Whitesville, with the Rev. David Cook and Pastor Jerry Brown officiating. Singers will be John and Linda Hapney.

Burial will follow in the Pineview Cemetery at Orgas, with Masonic Graveside rites by Boone Lodge No. 162, Whitesville.

Friends may call 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Arrangements by Armstrong Funeral Home, Whitesville.

 

William B. Roark

William “Bill” Barney Roark, 65, of Maben, passed away on Sunday, May 19, 2013, at his residence following a short illness.

Born January 23, 1948 at Cool Ridge,  he was the son of the late Barney William and Reba (Ransom) Roark.

Bill was an auto mechanic and loved working on cars.

In addition to his parents he is also preceded in death by three sisters, Charles Catherine “Kitty” Roark, Ruth Amnott, and Frances Cecil.

Those left to cherish his memory include his loving wife, Linda Sampson Roark; one daughter, Kathleen Lowe and her husband, William; three sons, Owen William Roark and his companion, Jane Woods, Donald Lee Roark and his wife, Lynn, and William Edward Roark; three sisters, Ann Cox, Jenny Maddy, and Jean Maddy; four brothers, Wally Lilly, Robert Lilly, Roger Roark, and Gary Roark; six grandchildren, Steven, Katie, Nichole, Noah, Levi, and Chris; and two great grandchildren, Jaiden and Madison.

In keeping with Bill’s wishes there will be no visitation or funeral service.

The family of William Roark is being cared for by Tankersley Funeral Home, Mullens.

 

Addie Clotiel Taylor Stover

Addie Clotiel Taylor Stover, 75, went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, May 18th, 2013, at Raleigh General Hospital in Beckley, following a long illness.

She resided on Clear Fork Road in Beckley. Addie was born July 6th, 1937, at Clear Creek. She was the daughter of the late John Henry Taylor and Maude Pearl Toney Taylor.

Addie was preceded in death by her husband, Cecil Jackson Stover and her three sisters, Arlenah Powers, Bernice Yost and Mary Ellis; four brothers, Claude Taylor, John (Totsie) Taylor, Carvel Taylor and Donald Taylor.

Mrs. Stover was the last member of her immediate family. She was a retired employee of Pinecrest Hospital in Beckley. Mrs. Stover was a member of the Ewing Creek Church of Pentecostal faith.

Those left to cherish her memory include her son, Danny Jackson Stover and his wife Kimberly of Beckley; grandsons, Gregory Jackson Stover and his wife Bethany of Fairdale, Kevin Matthew Stover of Clear Fork; sister-in-law, Dixie Stover and husband Glen E. of Cool Ridge; great-grandson, Draden Jackson Stover and one step grandson, Cayden Randolph.

Services will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, May 24, 2013, at Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley, with Pastor Loretta Taylor and Reverend Rebecca Maynor officiating; songs by Erma Taylor.

Burial will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

Friends may gather with the family Thursday from 6 to  8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.blueridgefuneralhome.com

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

 

David Lee Stover

MOUNT LOOKOUT — David Lee Stover, 59, died Saturday, May 18, 2013.

In keeping with his wishes his body will be cremated.  

Friends may call at the family residence in Mt. Lookout at 2 p.m. on Friday, May 24, 2013.

E-Condolences: watersfuneralchapel@frontier.com

Arrangements by Waters Funeral Chapel in Summersville.

 

James Scott Thombs

OAK HILL — James Scott Thombs, 48, of Oak Hill, died on Saturday, May 18, 2013, at his home.

Born October 29, 1964, at Cleveland, Ohio, he was the son of Edna Mae Bowens Thombs of Oak Hill, the late Albert Robert Thombs.

He was a disabled carpenter.

His companion, Tialisa Smith; brother, Leroy Thombs and two sisters, Ruth Mae Thombs and Irma Cooper preceded him in death.

In addition to his mother, James is survived by his siblings, Joyce Smith of Painezille, Ohio, Richard Thombs of Oak Hill, Constance Payne and husband, Ron of Lochgelly and Ronald Thombs and wife, Kimberly of Oak Hill; brother-in-law, Michael Cameron; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be on Thursday, May 23, 2013 at 2 p.m. at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill, with Pastor Brandon Smith officiating. Burial will be at Bibb Cemetery, Gatewood.

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

Nephews will serve as pallbearers.

Online condolences may be sent at www.tyreefuneralhome.com

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

 

Leslie Ray Walton Sr.

Leslie Ray Walton Sr., 77, of MacArthur, passed away Saturday, May 18, 2013 following a long illness.

Born April 24, 1936 at Pence Springs, W.Va., he was the son of the late John and Annie Warren Walton. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a son, Ray Walton; brother, Jim Walton and by two sisters, Geneva Ellis and Toots Huffman.

Leslie was a retired delivery driver for South Insulation. He was member of Hollywood Missionary Baptist Church. He enjoyed hunting and fishing.

He is survived by his wife, Shelby Jean Hutton Walton; son, Paul Douglas Walton and wife Robin of Crab Orchard; daughter, Kathy Mullins and husband Hurley of Alpoca; grandchildren, Jonathan Walton, Rachel Walton, Stephanie Mullins, Tyler Walton; two great-grandchildren; brothers, Burman Walton and wife Jan of Putnam County, W.Va. and Charlie Walton and wife Letsie of Covington, Va.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Friday, May 24, 2013 at the Hollywood Missionary Baptist Church with Pastor Tom Wallace officiating. Burial will follow in the Campground Cemetery at Creamery, W.Va.

Friends may visit with the family one hour prior to the service on Friday at the church.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

On line condolences may be left at www.calfeefh.com

Arrangements by Calfee Funeral Home, Beckley.

 

Bruce Lewis 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, W.Va.; his sisters, Margie Shelton of Mullens, W.Va., and Matilda Cohn of Woodford, Va.; 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.  He will be laid to rest in Sunset Memorial Park in Beckley.

Online condolences may be expressed to Bruce’s family at foundandsons.com

Local arrangements by Tankersley Funeral Home, Mullens.

 

Freddy Whittaker

Freddy Whittaker, age 69, of Odd, passed away Tuesday, May 21, 2013, at his residence.

Arrangements are pending completion at Rose and Quesenberry, 729 Flat Top Rd., Shady Spring.