The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


May 22, 2013

Obituaries — Wednesday, May 22, 2013



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

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

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

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