The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

February 22, 2013

Obituaries - Friday, Feb. 22, 2013

Samuel Brockman

Mr. Samuel Brockman, 85, of Beckley, died Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013.

Arrangements entrusted to Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.

Terry Ray Brown

FAYETTEVILLE — Terry Ray Brown, 56, of Fayetteville, passed away Tuesday, February 19, 2013.

Born April 25, 1956, at Charleston, W.Va., the son of Raymond Edward Brown Sr. and Hazel Cotielle (Powers) Brown Basista.

Terry enjoyed working on cars and 4-wheelers. His pastime was watching NASCAR Racing and being with his pet cats, dogs, and horses.

Terry was employed as a heavy equipment operator for Kentucky Fuel Corporation.

Terry was preceded in death by his grandparents Burley and Rosa Powers; his Aunt Ellen Fleshman; and his Uncle Frankie Powers.

Those left to cherish his memory include his parents Raymond Edward Brown Sr. and his wife Lillian of Georgia and Hazel Cotielle Basista and her husband Joseph John Basista of Georgia; siblings Raymond Brown Jr. and his life partner Mike Render of Florida; Tonya Renee Keith and her companion Lou of Ohio, and Joseph Michael Basista and his wife Angie of Georgia; four nieces, one nephew, several cousins, many friends and his best friend for many years Rhonda Henson.

His remains rest at High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, 1435 E. Main Street, Oak Hill, W.Va., 25901, where the funeral service will be held 3 p.m. Saturday with Rev. Jackie Pittman officiating and where the family will receive friends from 1 p.m. until time of service. Burial will follow in High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Pet and Animal Rescue in West Virginia, mailing address, Rescue Me, West Virginia Donation Processing, 3001 Salem Road, Watkinsville, GA 30677, or phone, 1-800-800-2099, ext 7. Be sure to mention that your donation is in memory of Terry Ray Brown of Fayetteville, W.Va.

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Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.

Serenity Hope Canaday

Serenity Hope Canaday passed away Monday, Feb. 18, 2013.

Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27, at Blue Ridge Memorial Garden, Beckley.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

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

Ella Elaine Olds Cantley

FAYETTEVILLE — Ella Elaine Olds Cantley, 61, of Fayetteville, died on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 25, at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill, with Pastor Barbara Aurednik officiating. Burial will be at Cantley Cemetery, Oak Hill. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24, at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Rev. Douglas MacArthur Cook

On Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013, our beloved Douglas MacArthur Cook, 70, of Midway, passed away after a sudden illness.

Born on April 30, 1942, at Slab Fork, to the late William Gordon Cook and the late Frances Louise Gibson Cook, Doug was 1960 graduate of Sophia High School and a lifelong supporter of his Bluehawks. He enjoyed working on the reunion committee and attending all the reunions he was able to, so he could catch up with his high school buddies.

Doug attended the New Mexico Highlands University in New Mexico briefly after high school and lived in Arlington, Va., during the first couple of years of his marriage, but chose to come back to the hills of West Virginia that he called home. He worked for J.O. Lively Construction Co., as a foreman and as a teacher and principal at Sophia Christian Academy.

Doug was an Ordained Free Will Baptist minister and was honored to pastor several churches in the surrounding communities over the years. He enjoyed mentoring young Christians and started classes to help those young converts in their walk with God. He enjoyed singing and playing the guitar and loved gospel and bluegrass music.

He shared his love of small coal mining towns with his family, talking about the history of the communities. One of Doug’s favorite pastimes was driving his Polaris Ranger all over the hills of Midway, Sophia, Stotesbury, Pemberton and Princewick. He was a wonderful husband, father, and grandfather who was the rock of his family.

Along with his parents, Doug was preceded in death by his sisters, Frances Elaine Cook and Kathy Lynn Cook Brewer.

Those left to cherish his memory include his loving wife of 48 years, Beverly Fitzpatrick Cook; five children, Jeffrey Douglas Cook and wife Connie of Midway, Gregory Allen Cook of Midway, Lisa LaDawn Edwards and husband Ernie of Beckley, Sherri Lynn Lilly and husband Charles of Ronceverte and Tina Louise Westfall and husband Gary of Beckley. He took great pride in his six grandchildren, Christopher Gordon Edwards, Samantha Rae Lilly, Nathan Andrew Lilly, Nicholas Aaron Edwards, E Dale Edwards and Evan Thomas Westfall.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013, at Blue Ridge Funeral Home Beckley with Rev. William O. Tolliver officiating. Burial will follow at Hot Coal Cemetery.

Friends may gather with family Saturday from noon to 2 p.m. at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

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

Aneta M. Bruffey McElwain Farmer

LEWISBURG — Aneta M. Bruffey McElwain Farmer, 77, of Lewisburg, passed away Monday, Feb. 18, 2013.

A memorial service to celebrate the life of Aneta Farmer will be 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24, at the United Methodist Church of Lewisburg, with Rev. Dr. Joseph S. Kenaston officiating. Her urn will be laid to rest in a niche at Rosewood Cemetery Mausoleum at a later date. Friends may gather with the family from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday at church.

In lieu of flowers the family asks donations be made to the United Methodist Church of Lewisburg, 214 E. Washington St., Lewisburg, WV 24901, or National Kidney Foundation at National Kidney Foundation Finance Department, 30 E. 33rd St., New York, NY 10016.

Private online condolences, floral gifts, and other expressions of sympathy may be made to the family via

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

Madge ‘Ginger’ Darlene Smithson French

OAK HILL — Madge “Ginger” Darlene Smithson French, 75, of Oak Hill, died Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24, at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill, with the Rev. Sam R. Calloway Jr. officiating. Burial will be at High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill. Friends may call one hour prior to the service Sunday at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Juanita V. Hughes

Juanita Virginia Hughes, 74, of Helen, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013.

Arrangements are incomplete at Tankersley Funeral Home, Mullens.

Pauline Arnold Light

OAK HILL — Pauline Arnold Light, 83, died Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013, at Plateau Medical Center in Oak Hill.

Born May 17, 1929, at Sanger, she was the daughter of the late Deniford and Amanda E. Suttle Arnold.

Pauline was a homemaker and attended the Church of God.

Her husband, Willie A. Light, preceded her in death.

Survivors include one son, Jerry Light, and wife, Brenda, of Richmond; one daughter, Deborah Light Brooks of Oak Hill; one brother, Tom Arnold of Louisiana; and three sisters, Eunice Salmons of Fayetteville, Drema Tolley of North Carolina and Lorriane Ceprich of North Carolina.

She is also survived by three grandchildren, Christopher Brooks, Jerry Light Jr. and Tiffany Light, and five great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be on Friday, Feb. 22, 2013, at 2 p.m. at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill with the Rev. Joe Richardson officiating. Burial will be at High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill.

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

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Joan McKenzie

RICHWOOD — Joan McKenzie, 62, of Richwood, passed away Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013.

Service will be 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, at Simons-Coleman Funeral Home, Richwood. Burial will follow in Mountain View Memorial Park, Richwood. Friends may call 9:30 to 10 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Breast Cancer Foundation or the Richwood Public Library.

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

Frances Meador

On Friday, January 25th, 2013, Frances Meador of Queen Street, Beckley, passed away at the Villages of Greystone at Beaver. She was in her 81st year.

The youngest of four children, Frances Anne Meador was born on Sept. 30th, 1931, at Queen Street, in the home where she spent her entire life. Her parents were the late Mac M. and Thelma Dunkley Meador. Her sister, Ruth, and brothers, Robert and Ralph, have preceded her in death.

Frances was a 1949 graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School. She furthered her studies at Morris Harvey College, Concord College and West Virginia University. Frances was a longtime teacher in the Raleigh County School system. She retired from Crescent Elementary.

Frances had a great love for her church, First Christian Church on Court House Square in Beckley, where she was an Elder Emeritus, a member of the choir, the Worship Department, the Christian’s Women’s Fellowship and the Friendship Sunday School Class. She also served on the Board of Directors at Christmount Christian Assembly of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) at Black Mountain, N.C. Frances had also been involved in civic organizations in the Beckley community.

Frances was fortunate to have done a great deal of traveling in her life. Among her adventures was a trip to Scotland and Ireland on a church history tour. A lover of animals, Frances had a dear canine friend for many years, Buddy. We like to think Frances has “Crossed Over the Rainbow Bridge” and met up with Buddy and all her family and friends that have gone on before her.

Those left to cherish her memory are her nieces and nephews, Nancy Phillips, Barbara Shriver, Douglas, Stephen and Gary Meador and their families.

On Saturday, February 23rd, at noon we will celebrate the life of Frances Anne Meador with a “Service of Thanksgiving for a Life Well Lived” at the First Christian Church, Courthouse Square, Beckley. The Rev. Donald Snyder will be officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the services.

The family suggests donations of sympathy can be made to First Christian Church in Frances’ memory.

Condolences may be sent to the family’s guestbook at

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary and Cremation Center, Beckley.

Shaelynn Kay Morris

“Jesus said, ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.’” Shaelynn Kay Morris, 3, of Rupert and Lewisburg, passed away Monday, February 18, 2013, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.

Born August 20, 2009, at Fairlea, she was the daughter of Justin Morris of Lewisburg and Donna “Dee Jay” Witt Morris of Rupert.

Shaelynn was a happy baby, full of spunk. She loved to play dress-up and did not know a stranger.

She is preceded in death by her maternal great-grandmother Rosetta Ann Patterson Witt in the same accident.

Those left to cherish Shaelynn along with her parents are her brother, Remington Allen Morris of Rupert and Lewisburg; two sisters Tabitha and Jasmine Morris, both of Lewisburg; paternal grandparents, Mitch and Barbara Morgan of Lewisburg; maternal grandparents, Mike and Charlene Witt of Dawson and Melissa Jones of Rupert; paternal great-grandparents, Elba and Demma Coulter Jr. of Ronceverte; maternal great-grandfather, Darrell Jones Sr. of Rupert; and a host of extended family.

A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, February 23, in the Maude Chapel Cemetery at Grassy Meadows, officiated by Pastor John Wyatt.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Witt-Morris Benefit Fund at First National Bank of Ronceverte, 1125 E. Washington St., Lewisburg, WV 24901.

Online condolences may be expressed at

Arrangements by Smathers Funeral Chapel, Inc., Rainelle.

John ‘Hollywood’ Myles

HILLTOP — John Houston “Hollywood” Myles, 44, of Hilltop, passed away Tuesday, February 19, 2013, of injuries received in a coal mining accident.

Born on March 7, 1968, at Beckley, he was the son of Isadora Bennett Stover and the late Robert Thomas “Bobby” Myles.

Hollywood was a U.S. Army veteran serving during Desert Storm and Korea 1st CAV Scout Inf. Division. Currently he was employed with United Coal at Affinity in Sophia. He was a member of the Moose Lodge in Oak Hill and a former employee of Jan Care Ambulance. He had many interests and hobbies, tinkering in his garage, muscle cars, four-wheeling, horseback riding, watching old western movies, singing, Sunday drives, and relaxing with family and friends.

Hollywood and his wife were married underground at the Exhibition Coal Mines in Beckley.

He was preceded in death by his father Robert “Bobby” Myles in 2002.

Left to cherish his memory include his wife, Becky Myles; mother, Isadora Stover of Oak Hill; son, Michael Myles and his wife Megan, and their daughter, Payton, of Scarbro; daughters: Jessica Myles of Daniels, Samantha Myles and Kaitlyn Myles, both of Ohio; son Justin Baer of Fredrick, Md.; daughter, Rachel Brooks and husband, Jared, of Hilltop; sister: Bobbi Jean Myles; Horseback riding buddy and cousin, LeAndra Justus of Beckley; friend, Brian Ombler of Minden; and a host of other family and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, February 24, 2013, at Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, Fayetteville, with Pastor Jerry Brooks officiating. Burial with military honors, by American Legion Post 149, will follow at Huse Memorial Park, Fayetteville.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, February 23, 2013, at the funeral home.

For those wishing to express their condolences to the Myles family, you may do so by visiting our website at

Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, 350 W. Maple Avenue, Fayetteville, will be assisting the family.

Mark Anthony Pino

Beloved husband, father, son, brother, uncle, cousin and friend, Mark Anthony Pino, of Oak Hill passed away peacefully at home Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013, surrounded by loving family.

The son of John and Mary Hayes Pino, Mark was born Nov. 3, 1960, in Oak Hill.

He was a lifelong member of SS. Peter & Paul Catholic Church where he participated fully in the sacraments.

Mark attended SS. Peter & Paul’s Catholic School, graduated from Oak Hill High School in 1979, and attended West Virginia University and West Virginia Institute of Technology. A proficient brick mason, stonemason, an accomplished electrician, tile setter, carpenter and drywall installer, Mark worked in general contracting at Pino Construction Co., alongside his father, uncles and brothers for many years. Together they crafted many beautiful homes, churches, government and commercial buildings in West Virginia and Virginia. A skilled builder in many facets of life and quite adept at other special trades, Mark’s work ethic ensured that the fruits of his labors will continue to benefit any who were recipients of his work.

Mark was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Genevieve and Joe Hayes, his paternal grandparents, Santa and Pietro Pino, and his beloved work buddies, Uncle Frank Pino and Uncle Pat Pino.

Mark is survived by his devoted wife of 15 years, Jennifer Romage Pino; his loving daughters, Emma Raycher Pino and Molly Elizabeth Hayes Pino; and his dear parents, John and Mary, all of Oak Hill; brothers, Steve (Cindy) Pino, Joe (Donna) Pino and Rick (Tracey) Pino, all of Oak Hill, as well as sisters, Kathy (Gene) Glover of Sims, N.C., Cindy (Mark) White of Fayetteville, Terri (Bill) Light of Gatewood and Angie (Joe) Re of Fayetteville.

Mark is also survived by many aunts and uncles, including two aunts, Betty Jo Hayes and Patricia Pino, who nurtured both him and his daughters. He is also survived by his mother-in-law, Helen Romage of Mt. Hope; eight brothers-in-law, four sisters-in-law and their spouses, who thought of him as a brother; a large number of cousins, 21 nieces, 20 nephews, 14 great-nieces and nephews, many godchildren and numerous longtime friends.

A gifted musician and composer, Mark left beautiful musical legacies for his wife and daughters, whose accomplishments were his source of unending joy. Mark had a quick wit and brilliant mind, and loved playing games, sports and other activities with Jenny, Emma, Molly, his parents and siblings, his extended family and friends. He was an avid golfer, talented horseshoe player and an enthusiastic Mountaineer fan.

The nicknames he gave to those he cherished and the practical jokes that delighted Mark kept each person in his huge circle feeling as if he or she were truly his best friend. His gentle spirit made people seek to be near him; his sisters and brothers provided him loving care during his final weeks. At his request, Mark’s family and an amazing network of prayer groups offered hourly prayers for peace and healing through his last days.

The Rosary will be prayed at 6 p.m. at SS. Peter & Paul Catholic Church on Oyler Avenue in Oak Hill prior to visitation at 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22, 2013. Father Paul Yuenger will celebrate the Mass of Christian Burial for Mark at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013.

Joe Pino, Steve Pino, Rick Pino, Corbin Tonelli, Alex White, Joe Re, Bill Light and Mark Romage will serve as pallbearers. Interment will follow at High Lawn Memorial Park in Oak Hill.

In memory of Mark’s life, the family requests that those who love him give a smile and hug to someone. Those who wish may contribute in Mark’s name to the Esophageal Cancer Research Program at University of Virginia Health System, Dr. David R. Jones, Principle Investigator, P.O. Box 800679, Charlottesville, VA 22908-0709; SS. Peter & Paul Catholic Church Food Pantry or SS. Peter & Paul Catholic School in Oak Hill.

Mark’s family offers special thanks to our brother-in-law Dr. Mark White, Dr. David R. Jones, Dr. Rajid Khanna, Dr. Carol Freas, Dr. Rajendra Singh and the SICU nurses at Raleigh General Hospital.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements are being handled by Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill.

Roger Dale Pipkin Sr.

RIPLEY, Tenn. — Roger Dale Pipkin Sr., 67, of Ripley, Tenn., formerly of Josephine, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013.

Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22, at Garner Funeral Home in Ripley, Tenn. Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, at Garner Funeral Home Chapel, with burial to follow in Ripley Memorial Gardens.

Arrangements by Garner Funeral Home, 157 S. Main St., Ripley, Tenn.

Eppie E. Riffe

FALLS MILLS, Va. — Eppie E. Riffe of Pebblestone Drive, Falls Mills, died on Wednesday, February 20, 2013, at Mercer Nursing and Rehab in Bluefield, W.Va.

Born on January 22, 1922, in Wyoming County, at Cub Creek, she was a daughter of the late Bilton and Dixie Harless Cook. She was the last survivor of this family.

Eppie was a housewife, mother and “Granny” to many.

She was a member of Bethany Regular Baptist Church at Ikes Fork.

Along with her parents she was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Mervin E. Riffe; four sons Robert (Bob), Smith (Joe), Darrell and Doug; four grandsons Adam, Aaron, Brandon and Ryan; two sisters, Hattie Riffe and Pearl Cline; seven brothers, Carl, Byrd, Birchie, Theodore, Roy, James O. (Chap) and Lewis (L.B.).

She is survived by her sons, Arthur (Bilton) Riffe of Bluefield, Va., Lewis (Popeye) Riffe and wife Linda of Falls Mills, Va., Denver Riffe and wife Cheryl of Falls Mills, Va., Michael Riffe and wife Drema of Kernersville, N.C., and Tom Riffe and wife Beverly of Bluefield, W.Va.; daughters, Mary Ellen Green and husband Gene of Pineville, W.Va., and Rita Smith of Falls Mills, Va.; 26 grandchildren, 38 great-grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Along with many nieces, nephews and friends.

Funeral services will be conducted at Cravens-Shires Funeral Home in Bluewell, W.Va., on Saturday, February 23, 2013, at 11 a.m. with Elders Gene Green, Greg Kinser, Lonnie Mullins, Denny Lee Mullins and Luke Lester officiating. Burial will follow at Woodlawn Memorial Gardens in Bluewell, W.Va., where grandsons will be serving as pallbearers and granddaughters will serve as honorary pallbearers.

Friends and family may call at Cravens-Shires Funeral Home on Friday, February 22, 2013, from 6 to 9 p.m., where friends and family will be gathering for an evening service at 7:30 p.m.

Online condolences will be accepted at

Cravens-Shires Funeral Home, 3431 Coal Heritage Road (Bluewell), Bluefield, WV 24701, is serving the Riffe family.

Virginia Smith

Virginia A. Smith, 87, of Crow passed away Wednesday, Feb. 20th, 2013, at the Bowers Hospice House, following a long illness. She was born Aug. 28th, 1925. 

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack Smith, a brother, Johnny Richmond, a sister, Ruth Gail Rone, her parents, John and Myrtle Richmond, and two grandchildren, Keith and Brian McLaughlin, and a daughter-in-law, Kimberly Smith.

Virginia worked with her husband, Jack, as owners of Smith’s Grocery until closing in 1984. Mom was an avid bowler and loved to decorate for the holidays, especially at Christmas.

Those left to cherish her memories are her children, Fred McMillion of Daniels, Carol McLaughlin and her husband, Pat, of Crow, Patty Furrow and her husband, Roger, of Crow, Don Smith and his wife, Crissy, of Cool Ridge, Martha Atkins and her companion, Tim, of Beckley, Bobby Smith and his companion, Tammy, of Daniels; 13 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Louise Richmond of Stanaford; and a sister, Myrtle Ann Peacock of Alabama.

Virginia’s wishes are to be cremated and her ashes be buried with her husband, Jack, in the Wildwood Cemetery at Beckley.

A private service will be held at the Melton Mortuary for family and close friends from 5 to 7 p.m. today, Friday, February 22nd.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Bowers Hospice House. They are angels sent from God to take care of our families.

Condolences may be sent to the family’s guestbook at

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary and Cremation Center, Beckley.

Herland Daulph Sutphin

Herland Daulph Sutphin, 97, passed away at the Woodlands Retirement Community, Huntington, W.Va., on February 20, 2013. He was formerly from Beckley and Mullens, W.Va.

He was born May 28, 1915, at McGraws, W.Va. He was the son of the late Addison Warren Sutphin and Della Brooks Sutphin. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 72 years, Josephine Greene Sutphin, a son Ronald Lee Sutphin, two brothers and four sisters.

He is survived by two sons, Gerald W. Sutphin and wife Lenora of Huntington, W.Va., and Stephen M. Sutphin and wife Johndra of Beckley; six grandchildren, Madelaine Sutphin, Erica Ausman, Valerie Humphery and Andrew Sutphin of California, Zachary Sutphin and Matthew Sutphin of Florida; and sister Madeline of Baltimore, Md.

He was retired from the mining industry where he was a certified electrician and welder. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge and Order of Eastern Star. He was a member of the Baptist Church at Bud, W.Va.

Friends may call from 12 noon to 1 p.m. on Sunday, February 24, 2013, at Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley, with funeral service to follow at 1 p.m. Burial in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Beckley.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to Hospice of Huntington, 1101 – 6th Avenue, Huntington, W.Va.

Hugh Ray ‘Hughie’ West

BALLENGEE — Hugh Ray “Hughie” West, 50, of Ballengee, formerly of Glover, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, at the Hanover Baptist Church, Hanover, with the Rev. David Johnson officiating. Hugh will be laid to rest in the West Cemetery, Rock House Mountain. Friends may gather with the family from 11 a.m. Saturday until time of service at the church.

E-mail letters of sympathy may be sent at

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

Rosetta Ann Patterson Witt

DAWSON — Rosetta Ann Patterson Witt, 63, of Dawson, passed away Monday, Feb. 18, 2013.

Services will be 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24, in the Maude Chapel United Methodist Church at Grassy Meadows. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, at Smathers Funeral Chapel.

Arrangements by Smathers Funeral Chapel Inc., Rainelle.

Franklin D. Wooldridge

NEWARK, Del. — Franklin D. Wooldridge, known fondly as “Pop Pop,” 79, passed away on Monday, Feb. 18, 2013.

Born in Rainelle on Nov. 14, 1933, Mr. Wooldridge was the son of the late John B. Wooldridge and Laura Stickler Wooldridge. He made his career as a very successful sales representative in the publishing industry for over 50 years.

A seasoned and knowledgeable traveler, Mr. Wooldridge greatly enjoyed touring the country with his wife in their RV. During his travels, he had visited all of the continental United States, but particularly delighted in family vacations in Rehoboth Beach.

Mr. Wooldridge was an avid sports fan throughout his life and looked forward each season to cheering for his favorite team, the Philadelphia Eagles. He also enjoyed playing cards with friends.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Shirley A. Juntunen Wooldridge; children, Donna M. Royer (Michael) of Newark, Robert Wooldridge (Joanne) of Newark, and Dinah A. Arterbridge of Millsboro, Del.; stepdaughter, Carole Meth (Jeff) of Landenberg, Pa.; brother, Paul Wooldridge of Meadow Bridge; grandchildren, Shawn, Maryann, Billy, Bobby, Lori, Robert, Jeffrey, Steven, Isaac and Owen; eight great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Deborah L. Gray.

Services will be held privately.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Aetna Hose, Hook & Ladder Fire Company, P.O. Box 148, Newark, DE 19715; or to the American Heart Association, 200 Continental Drive, Ste. 101, Newark, DE 19713.

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Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Homes & Crematory is serving the Wooldridge family.