The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

October 18, 2012

Obituaries — Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012


Tammy Lynn Bennett

PETERSTOWN — Tammy Lynn Bennett, 48, of Shanklins Ferry Rd., Peterstown, passed away Tuesday, October 16, 2012.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Friday, October 19, 2012 at the Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home Chapel in Peterstown. Burial will follow at the Sunset View Cemetery, Bozoo.

Friends may call at the funeral home from 12 noon until time of services.

Online guest book can be signed or condolences sent to the Bennett family at www.broyles-shrewsbury. com

Arrangements by Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home, Peterstown.



Robert Gene ‘Rob’ Blankenship

LYNCO — Robert Gene “Rob” Blankenship, 72, of Lynco, who resided in Harrisville, W.Va., for the past year, went home to be with Jesus on Sunday, October 14, 2012.

He was born May 2, 1940 in Clear Fork, WV a son of the late Bruce Blackburn and Josie Acord Blankenship. Rob was of the Holliness Faith.  Along with his parents he was also preceded in death by his wife of 50 years Shirley Caroline Burrell Blankenship; an infant son Samuel Matthew Blankenship; a daughter Geneva Pennington; four brothers William “Bill” Cook, Bruce “Sam” Blankenship, James Blankenship, and Holland Blankenship and two sisters Geneva Cole and Margie Rowe.

He is survived by three daughters Edith (Bobby) Rollins of Lynco, Caroline (Gary) Eakle of Harrisville and Anita (Leon) Kennedy of Hanover; a son David (Norma) Blankenship of Lynco; two sisters Catherine Hatfield of Coal Mountain, and Patsy Benjamin of Oceana; fourteen grandchildren; and eight great grandchildren; his companion of 14 months Sarah Daugherty ; her two sons Terry and Roger Daugherty; her daughter Cheryl Marshall and families, and a host of other loving family and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, October 19, 2012 at the Pentecostal House of Prayer, Lynco, with Rev. Firg Proffitt and Rev. Bill Massey officiating. Burial will follow in Raymond Cook Cemetery, Lynco.

Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, October 18, 2012 at the church.

E-mail letters of sympathy may be sent at www.stafford familyfuneral home.com

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



Bobby Hayes Brown

On October 14, 2012 Bobby Hayes Brown, 35, of  Fairdale, went to be with the Lord after a short battle of cancer at the Bowers Hospice House .

Bobby is survived by his wife Eva of seven years, three sons Brandon Brown, Tommy Brown and Bobby Brown Jr. (Hunter), two daughters Shiana Brown (Katelyn) and Melissa Brown (Megan), parents Alvin Junior Thomas Brown and Betty Jean Andrews Brown, Sisters Jeannie (Dinky) Anders and Rachel Starcher, and many loving great nieces, nephews and extended family. Bobby was a loving father, husband, Uncle and friend to all.

Bobby loved his family and worked as a truck driver for many years until he was forced to give up working due to his illness. He enjoyed many activities such as spending time with his family and friends, and playing cars with his sons whom he dearly loved.

Bobby was always there to help anyone who had the will power to ask for it.

The family and friends would like to thank Bowers Hospice House in Beckley and the staff of  Melton Mortuary. And a special thank you to Blaine and Katrina Furey; for the care of our loved one Bobby Hayes Brown.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Friday, October 19th, 2012, at Coal Marsh Missionary Baptist Church located on Claypool Hollow Road in Glen Daniel, with Rev. Brian Copney and Rev. Shane Kinzel officiating.

Friends visitation will be held from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Burial will follow at Sunset Memorial Park in Beckley.

Pallbearers for Bobby will be Blaine Furey, Jeff Hamrick, Mike Hamrick, Kevin Starcher, Dustin Martin and Jonathan Brown.

Bobby Hayes Brown will be laid to rest on October 19th but he will be missed for eternity.

Psalm 30:5 For his anger endureth but a moment, in favour is life, weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.

In these trying times, the family has requested in lieu of flowers that any donations be sent to Melton Mortuary, 1200 Harper Road, Beckley WV 25801. 

 Condolences may be sent to the family’s guestbook at www.meltonmortuary.com.

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary, Inc., Beckley.



Barbara Davis

ST. LOUIS, Mo. — Barbara Davis, 54, of St. Louis, formerley of Beckley and New Orleans, LA., died Tuesday, October 16,2012.

Funeral services will be 12 noon, Saturday, October 20,2012 at Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 142 Mool Avenue, Beckley, with Rev. Nelson Staples III officiating. Burial will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Prosperity.

Friends may call two hours prior to the service at the church.

Condolences may be emailed to ritchie-johnson @suddenlinkmail.com.

Arrangements entrusted to Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.



Frank Ricky Delong

OCEANA — Frank Ricky Delong, 56, of Oceana, passed away at home unexpectedly on Thursday, October 11, 2012.

He was born May 29, 1956 in Welch, W.Va., a son of the late Frank and Sadie Delong.

Along with his parents he was also preceded in death by a sister Glendean.

Frank was a great Nascar fan and loved fishing, he was a disabled coal miner and owned a trucking company.

Survivors include his loving wife Shirley Cook Delong of Oceana; a brother Gregory Delong of Columbia, Missouri; two sisters Linda Cline and husband Eddie of Moneta, VA, Ruth Toler and husband Benny of Oceana; special aunts Lutia Lamb of Kopperston, Edra Smith of Oceana, Ruth Whittington of Grandview, Viola Williams of Springfield, OH, and Margaret Bohman of Lancaster, CA; two step daughters Lisa Nease and Veronica Browning; a step son Daniel Cook; eleven step grandchildren; a host of nieces and nephew and other loving family and friends.

A celebration of his life will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, October 18, 2012 in the Chapel of Stafford Family Funeral Home, Lynco, with Rev. Valdis Bailey officiating.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, October 18, 2012, at the funeral home.

In keeping with Ricky’s wishes he will be cremated.

E-mail letters of sympathy may be sent at www.stafford familyfuneralhome.com

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



Norma Louise Lafferty England

MULLENS — “Safe in the Arms of God.” Norma Louise Lafferty England, 90, of Mullens,  entered into eternal rest on Tuesday, October 16, 2012, at Bowers Hospice House in Beckley.

Norma was known to most as “Mom” England and spent most of her life nurturing her children and countless others. Her entire life was centered around her Faith in God and her Family.

Born on February 23rd, 1922, a daughter of the late Goodall Alan Lafferty and Elizabeth Rose Lafferty. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Matthew Abner England, a son, Cecil Dale England; grandson, Daryl Keith England, three brothers, Ralph Lafferty, Nathaniel “Gus” Lafferty, Darrell Lafferty; and one sister, Arlie Bishop.

Those left to cherish her memory are her children: Bob (Vivian) England; Drema (Robert) Shireman; Larry (Linda) England; Linda Stamper, Karen Reed, Zelda (Frank) Peters; Susan (David) Lord; Beverly (Tim) Grose; and Jeff (Teresa) England; stepdaughther, Larnie Mae (Jake) Reyes and an adopted son, Lee (Winnie) Radford. Her siblings: Howard Lafferty, David Lafferty, Nell Jones, Jane Lusk, Wanna Clay and Barbara Milam; 23 grandchildren, and numerous great grandchildren.; two very special friends, Jess and Carrie Tolliver and her wonderful caregiver, Holly Johnson.

The family will receive visitors at Tankersley Funeral Home, Mullens, on Friday, October 19th from 5 to 9 p.m. A celebration of Norma’s life will be held on Saturday, October 20, 2012 at 11 a.m. at Pierpoint Freewill Baptist Church, Pierpoint, with Rev. Daniel Legg,  Pastor Bob England and Pastor Larry England officiating. Interment will follow at the family cemetery on York Mountain.

Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

God Gave Us An Angel

God gave us an angel right here on earth,

She taught us values and self worth.

She guided us through life with her wisdom, God’s light;

She steered us from wrong, and lead us toward the right.

She stood by our side when things were rough,

She taught us in bad times, we needed to be tough.

She was there when we needed her throughout all the years,

She laughed with us in happy times, and comforted our tears.

Our angel was sent from above,

God paid her not in wages, but with eternal love.

Now she has her halo and her silken wings of grace,

With the glory of God’s love shining upon her face.

She has been a confidante, our rock, and protector.

And although God said her job is through, we will never forget her.

Our Guardian angel, can be replaced by no other.

For she was God’s gift to us —We called her “Mother”

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

The family of Norma England is being cared for by Tankersley Funeral Home, Mullens.



Relious Glasco

Mr. Relious Glasco, 58, of Beckley, died Wednesday, October 17, 2012, at Bowers Hospice House.

Arrangements entrusted to Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.



Russell Goff

Russell Goff, age 79, of Glen White, passed away Wednesday, October 17, 2012 at Raleigh General Hospital.

Arrangements are pending completion at Rose and Quesenberry, 1901 S. Kanawha Street, Beckley.



Jason Jay Goins

OAK HILL — Jason Jay Goins, 40, lifelong resident of Oak Hill, went to be with his Grannies and the Lord on Sunday, October 14, 2012.  

Jay was a loving son, brother, uncle, friend and father. Jay, “Jughead”, enjoyed 4-wheeling, guns, shooting matches, riding his Harley and being with his family and friends.

He was employed by Mel’s Small Engine Repair Shop and delivered for Cardinal Caskets and was a Jack of all Trades. He was a longtime Moose Lodge member of Oak Hill #1664.

Jay was born April 8, 1972 (4872) and preceded in death by his Grandma Goins, Granny Rhodes and Littiebelle McClung.

Those left to cherish his memories are his father and mother Meldon and Doris Goins, his siblings Meldena Goins Green and husband Billy Green, Pete Goins, Sandra Goins Rosiek and William Goins, and a special niece and great nephew Jennifer and Jacob Rosiek. There are a host of other relatives and friends too many to mention but you know who you are.

Back at ya!

His remains rest at High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, 1435 E. Main St., Oak Hill, where the family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday and where the funeral service will be held 1 p.m. Satuday, with Pastor Windy McClung officiating. Burial will follow at High Lawn Memorial Park.

Condolences may be sent to www.highlawnfuneral  homechapel.com

Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.



Ruby L. Jones

FAYETTEVILLE — Ruby Lilly Jones, 73, of Fayetteville, passed away Monday, October 16, 2012, at Plateau Medical Center, Oak Hill.

Arrangements are pending at Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, Fayetteville.



Edward Taylor Lilly

Edward Taylor Lilly, 79, of Shady Spring, passed away on Saturday, October 13, 2012 at his home surrounded by his family.

Born on May 21, 1933 at Ellison Ridge, W.Va., he was the son of the late Howard L. Lilly and Clarice E. Graham Lilly.

In addition to his  parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Lloyd Lilly.

Edward was a retired coal miner with 33 years of service, was a member of the UMWA since 1956, and was a member and deacon of the Rich Creek Primitive Baptist Church near Matoaka, W.Va.

He was a Korean Conflict Veteran, having served in the US Army.

Those survivors left to cherish his memory include his wife of 60 years, Virginia A. Wills Lilly. His children; Doug Lilly and his wife Rebecca of Nimitz, Larry Lilly and his wife Anna of Shady Spring, Sherry Lilly and her husband Gene of Jumping Branch, Beverly Underwood and her husband Randy of Coal City, and Carol Dameron and her husband Mark of Beckley. Brothers, Merlin Lilly and his wife Shirley of Ellison Ridge, Arnold R. Lilly and his wife Susie of Flat Top, Wilbert Lilly and his wife Nancy of Flat Top, Grady Lilly and his wife Diane of Ellison Ridge; a sister, Vada Wyrick and her husband Delmar of Radford, Va., and a sister-in-law Jo Marie Lilly of Clyde, Ohio. Grandchildren: Gena Smith, Jamie Lilly, Michael Lilly, Kristen Lea, James Underwood, Holly Howerton, Tiffany Dameron-Massie, and Christopher Dameron. Great-grandchildren, T.J. Smith, Aleah Lilly, Ariel Lilly, Kian Lilly, Arianna Lilly, Ashton Lilly, Gabby Massie, Brennan Dameron, and Taylor Miller.

Funeral services will be conducted at the Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home Shady Spring Chapel on Thursday, October 18, 2012 at 1 p.m., with Elder Tony Pack and Elder Sam Walker officiating. Entombment will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens Mausoleum at Prosperity.

Friends may call at the funeral home from 6 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday. Pallbearers will be grandsons. Military graveside rites will be conducted by the American Legion Post 32 Honor Guard.

Online condolences may be sent to our guestbook at www.roseandquesenberry. net

In lieu of flowers, donations of sympathy may be made to Hospice of Southern WV, P.O. Box 1472, Beckley, WV, in memory of Mr. Edward Lilly.

Arrangements are by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home Shady Spring Chapel, 729 Flat Top Road, Shady Spring.



Marie Amy McCoy

RUPERT — Marie Amy McCoy, 85, of Rupert, passed away Monday, October 15, 2012, in the Heartland of Rainelle Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, following a long illness.

Born December 1, 1926 at Iaeger, she was the daughter of the late Samuel F. and Bell Justice Atwell.

Marie loved poetry and music. She wrote poems and songs. She loved to sing and yodel.  Marie was of the Presbyterian faith.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Ellord T. McCoy and three brothers and one sister.

Survivors include her five sons Franklin Taylor and wife Brenda of Maylene, Alabama, Terry A. McCoy of Clarksville, Tennessee, Dennis (Pete) McCoy and wife Debra of Caldwell, Mickey McCoy and wife Sue of Rainelle, Stevie McCoy and wife Sandra of Leslie; one  daughter Diane Brown and husband John of Rainelle; nine grandchildren Frankie Leigh Taylor, Dennis (Diane) McCoy Jr., Michelle (Chris) Cook, Robert (Rachel) McCoy, Courtney McCoy, Shawna (Jeff) Amick, Jennifer McCoy, Tiffany (Justin) Boggs, Jeff (Crystal) Brown; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Services will be 2 p.m. today, Thursday, October 18, at Smathers Funeral Chapel, Inc. with Brother Kenneth Brackman officiating. Burial will follow in the Wallace Memorial Cemetery at Clintonville.

Friends may call one hour before the service from 1 to 2 p.m. at the funeral home.

Arrangements by Smathers Funeral Chapel, Inc., Rainelle.



John “Johnny” Ottavio Monty II

 TEMPE, Ariz. — John "Johnny" Ottavio Monty II, 51, of Tempe, formerly of Beckley, passed away on Sunday, October 14th, 2012.

John was born on February 16, 1961 to John and Donna Monty of Beckley.

John graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in Beckley. John married Elizabeth Joane Bryant (of Beckley) in Beckley, in 1983. His cherished daughter, Gillian Rose Monty was born in 1998 in Tempe. Johnny cherished his family and his dogs, Henry, Bailey, and Lily, and had many good friends throughout his life. Johnny founded and operated Monty Brothers Maintenance Company for over 25 years. Johnny found great joy in his work and his employees, in fishing and hiking the mountains of the western US, and in traveling home to WV for visits. His kind heart, warm smile, and good works will live on in everyone he left behind.

John was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents Joe and Clara Monty and his uncle and aunt Luis and Elena Monty, immigrants to the US from Auronzo, Italy in the 1920's.  His maternal grandparents,Julius "Pete" and Iva Barker of Phoenix, AZ.

 John leaves behind a loving family including his wife, Elizabeth, daughter Gillian Monty, parents John and Donna Monty, brothers Tim (Kathy) Monty,and Greg (Francoise) Monty, sister Tiziana (Scott) Monty Frey, nephews, and cousins.

 A memorial service will be held at Carr-Tenney Mortuary, 2621 S. Rural Road, Tempe, Ariz., 480-967-2104 on Sunday afternoon, October 21 at 4 p.m.



 Sugar Dickens Painter

Sugar Dickens Painter, 57, of Dorothy, went to be with the Lord on Monday, October 15th, 2012 following a long illness at CAMC General Division.

She was born on February 2nd, 1955 to the late Georgia and Reed Dickens of Naoma.

Sugar loved to do floral work but most of all she enjoyed spending time with the grandchildren. She attended Clear Fork High School. Sugar was employed for 18 years with Nichols Floral in Whitesville and also worked part-time with Jay Roles Floral. Sugar was of the Pentecostal faith and attended the Church of God of Dorothy.

In addition to her parents, Sugar is preceded in death by her baby brother, John Dickens and nephews, David Reed Collins and Brian David.

  Those left to cherish her memories include her loving husband, Walter Painter, Sugar was known to him as his doll for 41 years.  She was blessed to have had two beautiful daughters, Marinda Scarbro and husband Allen of Clear Creek, Amanda Scarbro and husband Jeff of Dorothy; three grandchildren who was her pride and joy, Hunter “My Hero”, Allison “My brown eyed girl” and Brooklyn “My blue eyed angel”; sisters, Lou Collins and husband Howard of Ameagle, Kay Thomas and husband Hershell of Seth, Barbara Hodges and companion Skip Miles of Griffithsville, Joyce Mae Thompson and husband Danny of Dorothy, Wanda Beller and husband Steve of Sycamore, Sandy Cunningham and husband Mike of Dorothy, Caroline Boulet and husband Rejean of Seth; brothers, Dallas Pettry and wife Joyce of Dry Creek, Willis Dickens of Charleston; a host of nieces, nephews and many great nieces and great nephews;  sister-in-laws whom she loved like sisters, Nancy Hodge, Debra Coon of Dorothy, Connie Pettry of Charleston and Donna Dickens of Orgas.

  Services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, October 19, 2012 at Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley, with Rev. Robert Brown and Rev. Ricky Peters officiating. Burial will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens.

  Pallbearers will be nephews, Adam, Eric, Dewayne, Kevin, Johnny Dee, Dallas Randall, Mark and Terry.

  Friends may gather with the family Friday from 12 to 1 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.



Robert Norman Pasley

FAYETTEVILLE — Robert Norman Pasley, 73, of Fayetteville, passed away Tuesday, October 16, 2012, at Plateau Medical Center, Oak Hill.

Arrangements are pending at Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, Fayetteville.



Trecia Gaye Settle

Trecia Gaye Settle, 66, formerly of West Virginia, gently passed into the arms of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ Tuesday, October 16, 2012, at Harmon House, Mt. Pleasant, Pa.

She was born March 31,1946, in Cirtsville, W.Va., a daughter of the late Herman and Gladys Woolwine Settle.

Trecia's mission in life was to bring as many people as she possibly could to her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. She was a living testament to total belief in salvation through Jesus Christ. She thought that everyone she met, should have that same commitment. Trecia sought spiritual nourishment throughout her life and attended numerous churches seeking to be fed with the Word. 

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister Sondra Ledford of Lakeland, Fla. 

Surviving are her siblings, Drema Hubbell and husband, Chuck, of Connellsville, Pa., and Herman Settle of Cirtsville. Never married herself, she had numerous nieces and nephews.

Trecia, you have taught us about living within a set of morals and about commitment and about giving of yourself. No matter what circumstances she faced, Trecia never complained. We love and miss you! 

Local arrangements are being handled by the Paul G. Fink Funeral Home Inc. Connellsville, Pa.

Funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Friday, October 19, 2012, at Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope, with Pastor Hans Murdock officiating. Interment will follow in Pax Community Cemetery, WV. Friends may call one hour prior to the service on Friday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in her memory to the church of your choice. Trecia’s family would like to thank Harmon House for their love and care. 

Online condolences may be sent at www.tyreefuneralhome.com

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope.



Jeffrey Alan Smith

ROANOKE, Va. — Jeffrey Alan Smith, 48, of Roanoke, was called to Heaven to ride a Suzuki on the streets of gold on Monday, October 15, 2012. He fought hard for five months after being diagnosed with cancer.

He was born in Cook County, Ill., a son of Steve W. Smith and Freda Bolen Smith and had also resided in Shady Spring, W.Va., prior to locating to the Roanoke area over three years ago. He was employed for 25 years at Beckley Auto Mall and most recently was employed at Corning, Inc.

Jeff enjoyed riding motorcycles and the beach. But above all, he loved his wife, she was his soulmate. He was preceded in death by a brother, Junior Hatfield.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his loving wife, Becky Ashworth Smith; three brothers, Jason and David Smith, and Rick Hatfield; a sister, Kissy Smith; step-daughter, Heather Hardy, her husband Chris and their son, Noah; nieces and nephews, Kylie, Courtney Kindal and Katie Smith, and Keith, Corey and Hayley Hatfield, as well as a host of friends.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, October 20, 2012, at the chapel of John M. Oakey & Son Funeral Home, Salem, Va. Burial will follow at Sherwood Memorial Park.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m., Friday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Jeff’s honor to the Roanoke Valley Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, 1340 Baldwin Ave, NE Roanoke, VA 24012.

An online guest book is available for family and friends by visiting www.johnmoakey.com



Ruth Woods Cooke Thorne

Ruth Woods Cooke Thorne of Beckley, passed away Monday, October 15, 2012.

Born in Beckley on October 23, 1915, she was the daughter of the late Ralph E. and Myrtle McManamay Woods of Beckley.

She was a lifelong resident of Beckley and the last of her immediate family.

Ruth was a member of the First Christian Church, member and past president of the Friendship Class, charter member of the Shepherd Center in Beckley, member of Senior Friends and the “Well I’ll Bee” organization of Beckley. She worked for J.C. Penney in Beckley for over 24 years retiring as the head of the Ladies Ready to wear department.

Ruth was preceded in death by her first husband, Kyle K. Cooke and second husband, Lamaral W. Thorne; three brothers, Fred B. Woods, Ralph J. Woods and Robert J. Woods,  all of Beckley; one sister, Virginia Chambers of Glen Daniel, and sister-in-law, Mrs. Fred (Alma) Woods of Beckley.

Survivors include her daughter, Keith Cooke Rutherford and husband Jim of Greenville, S.C.; grandson, Tim Rutherford and wife Sharon of Taylors, S.C.; great grandchildren, Bailey and Connor Rutherford of Taylors, S.C.; six nieces, Mrs. Edward (Shirley) Obugene, Mrs. Jerry (Sheila) Cook, Mrs. Floyd (Carol) Wagner all of Ohio, Mrs. Doug (Eva) O’Neal of Glen Daniel, Mrs. Karen Woods Collins of Florida, Mrs. Lowell (Lois) Davis of Columbus, Ohio; one nephew, Fred B. Woods of Beckley, several great nieces and nephews as well as many wonderful friends.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday, October 19, 2012 in the Calfee Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Don Snyder officiating. Entombment will follow in Sunset Memorial Park Mausoleum A, Beckley.

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

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

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

Arrangements by Calfee Funeral Home, Beckley.



Charles K. ‘Chuck’ Toombs

OAK HILL — Charles K. "Chuck" Toombs, 82, of Oak Hill, passed away Monday, October 15, 2012, from a sudden illness, at C.A.M.C. Memorial Hospital.

Born July 15, 1930, the son of the late Ryland Toombs and Agnes Bowyer Toombs.

Charles was known by his friends as Chuck, and also by his family and early childhood friends by the nickname of Jerry. At the age of seventeen Chuck became the youngest person in the state to receive his pilots license, he graduated from Beckley College and was a pilot and an air traffic controller for the U.S. Air Force. While at Andrews Air Force Base he helped with the landing and take offs of several U.S. Presidents planes. Chuck truly loved being a pilot and working in the air traffic industry, he retired from Yeager Airport in Charleston, with 29 years as an Air Traffic Controller. Chuck was the developer and owner of the Hill’n Dale Estates mobile home court. Chuck and his wife Barbara attended the Oak Hill Church of the Nazarene.

Those left to cherish his memory include his loving wife of 17 years Barbara Hickman-Toombs of Oak Hill, daughters Kaye Woodrum-Robertson and spouse Patrick of Roanoke, VA, Kathy Hickman-James and spouse Mark of Hurricane WV, a sister Betty Toombs Hiser of Newark, Ohio, a brother Tom Toombs of Oak Hill, Grandchildren Darrin Woodrum, Novella Thompson, Josh and Justin James, Shelly Street, and Reece and Tori James, and three nieces and one nephew.

His remains rest at High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, 1435 E. Main Street, Oak Hill, where the family received friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and where the funeral will be held 2 p.m. Thursday (today) with Rev. David Edwards and Dr. Charles Miller officiating. Burial will follow in High Lawn Memorial Park, with military rites conducted by Oak Hill V.F.W. Post 3110.

Condolences maybe sent to www.highlawnfuneralhomechapel.com

Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill



Mary Irene Vickers

ANSTED — Mary Irene Vickers, 99, of Ansted, formerly of Gad, passed away, October 16, 2012, at Ansted Center, following a long illness.

She was born January 19, 1913 in West Virginia. She was the daughter of the late John L. Vickers Sr., and Almida Hughes. She was preceded in death by her children, Jerry Lee Vickers and Betty Lou Neal.

For many years Mary delivered local newspapers and did janitorial work for her church, she was a homemaker and a member of Zoar Baptist Church of Kesler’s Cross Lanes, her pastor then was Pastor Harmon Grey.

Mrs Vickers is survived by 10 grandchildren; Michael L. Vickers, Teresa L. Anderson, Mary Elizabeth Carlton, Ann Marie Britt, Lori Kincaid, Alexandria Neal, Jimmy Neal, Mike Neal, Robert Neal and John Neal; 26, great grandchildren and 11 great-great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m., Friday, October 19, 2012, at Wallace and Wallace Funeral Home Chapel, Ansted. Burial will follow in Zoar Baptist Church Cemetery at Kesler’s Cross Lanes, W.Va.

Friends may call from 12 noon to 1 p.m. Friday at the funeral home chapel.

On line condolences may be sent to wallaceandwallacefh.com

Wallace and Wallace of Ansted is in charge of the arrangements.



Cletus Altizer Wall

Cletus Altizer Wall, 88, of Coal City, passed away at home with her daughter Marie and son-in–law, Donald Workman, on Tuesday, October 16, 2012.

Born January 2, 1924, she was the daughter of the late Jasper and Susan Whitt Altizer.

 In addition to her parents, Cletus is preceded in death by her husband Jack Wall; sons, Jackie Lee Wall and Russell Norman Wall.

Those left to cherish her memories include her daughters, Marie Workman and husband Donald of Coal City, Charlotte Hylton and husband Dennis of Oak Hill, Carolyn O’Gara of Coal City; sons, Tom Wall of Prudenville,  MI, Eugene Wall of Coal City; daughter-in-law, Cheryl Wall of Goodview, VA; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.

The family would like to send a special thank you to Hospice of Southern West Virginia for the loving care they gave Cletus.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, October 19, 2012, at Williams Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Sophia with Rev. David Wall officiating. Burial will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens.

Friends may gather with the family Friday from 12 to 1 p.m. at the funeral home.

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

Arrangements by Williams Blue Ridge Funeral Home, 101 1st Street, Sophia.