The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

June 5, 2013

Obituaries - Wednesday, June 5, 2013


Dewey Thomas  ‘Tommy’ Cromer Jr.

Dewey Thomas “Tommy” Cromer Jr., of Beckley, took his Heavenly flight on Monday, June 3, 2013 at the Beckley Appalachian Regional Hospital.

Born on October 26, 1944 at Iroquois, W.Va., he was the son of the late Dewey Thomas Cromer Sr. and Virgie Altizer- Cromer.

Survivors include his wife Donna Atwood- Cromer, sons, Jeffrey Cromer of Coal City, Matthew Cromer and Aaron Cromer of Beckley, his dog Levi, and three cats, Coal, Miss Puskins, Mathers, and friend Tim Davis of Coal City.

Tommy was a disabled coal miner, spending most of his working years at Slab Fork Coal Company, Number 10, Tams, WV. He also worked for Ven Black, and Austin Black in Tams, WV.

Tommy is also survived by four brothers,  Mickey Cromer of Crab Orchard, Ricky Cromer and his wife Gwen of Canada, Danny Cromer and his companion Margaret of Draper, Virginia, and  Alan Cromer and his wife Shirley of Crab Orchard; three sisters, Charlene Miller and her husband Lee of New Mexico, Connie Brown and her husband Herbert of Sophia, and Lou Ann Branham and husband George of Pulaski, Virginia; 31 nieces and nephews also survive.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three half sisters, and two half brothers.

Tommy was a  member of the Coal City Freewill Baptist Church. He will be greatly missed by family, church family, and by an abundance of friends.

The family would like to express their sincere appreciation to our church family, for their prayers, kind words, and for all that they have done. Also thanks to the ICU/CCU Nurses and Staff, and 4th Floor Nurses and Staff at the Beckley Appalachian Regional Hospital, and his doctors.

He loved the nurses and staff, as they loved him, and took exceptional loving care for him.

Funeral services will be conducted at the Rose and Quesenberry Peace Chapel in Beckley on Friday, June 7, 2013 at 1 p.m.  with Pastor Charlie Brown officiating. Entombment will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens Mausoleum at Prosperity, WV.

Friends may visit with the family from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday at the funeral home.

Men of the Coal City Freewill Baptist Church 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.



James Dodson

James Dodson, 83, of White Oak, passed away at the Bowers Hospice House in Beckley on Monday, June 3, 2013.

Arrangements are pending completion at the Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, 1901 South Kanawha Street, Beckley.



Tony Allen Elswick

MOUNT HOPE — Tony Allen Elswick, 53, of Mount Hope, died on  Monday, June 3, 2013.

A visitation will be held at Tyree Funeral Home in Mount Hope on Saturday, June 8, 2013 from 11 a.m. to 12 noon. Burial will be at Elswick Cemetery in Clay County, W.Va.

Online condolences may be sent at www.tyreefuneralhome.com

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope.

 



Martha Sue Cales Ewing

Martha Sue Cales Ewing, 91, went home to be with Jesus on June 3rd, 2013, following a long illness.

Born on August 7, 1921 at Sandstone, WV, she was the daughter of the late Julian Cales and Delphia Mae Bragg Cales.

Martha was a member of the Open Door Church of Shady Spring; a homemaker and loved quilting, crocheting, gardening and canning. She was selfless, always putting the needs of others above her own.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 71 years, Wiley M. Ewing; six sisters and three brothers.

Those left to cherish her memory include her devoted son, Russell Lee Ewing of whom she treasured and wife Kathleen of Georgia; one granddaughter, Michelle; three step-granddaughters, Beverly, Sebrina and Jessica; eight great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild; two brothers, Otis Lee Cales and wife Kathy of Smoot, WV, Charles Hubert Cales of Sandstone; sister-in-law, Violet Ewing of Prince.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 6, 2013 at Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley with Rev. Daniel Legg officiating. Entombment will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens.

Friends may gather with the family Wednesday 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.



Donald Otis ‘Jack’ Holmes

TIOGA — Donald Otis “Jack” Holmes, 69, of Tioga, passed away Tuesday, June 3, 2013.

Graveside service and burial will be 11 a.m. Thursday, June 6, 2013, at Fairview Cemetery, Tioga.

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



Nina Ruth Weakley Hooper

LEWISBURG — Nina Ruth Weakley Hooper, 80, of Lewisburg, passed away unexpectedly Monday, June 3, 2013 at Greenbrier Valley Medical Center.

Born June 22, 1932 at Renick, W.Va., she was the last surviving child of the late Grover Cleveland and Mamie Miriah Conley Weakley.

Nina had been a resident of Lewisburg since 1947, was a member of the Henning Church of God, she was a retired caregiver after 28 years of service, she along with Twyla Wallace was instrumental in forming the Alzheimer’s Support Group for the Greenbrier Valley and was a graduate of the Greenbrier High School Class of 1951.

Nina was an avid sports fan and loved the great state of West Virginia.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Andre Hooper in 1994, two  sisters Evelyn Green and Stella Bundy, and five  brothers, Merritt, Edward, Chester, Jack and Cleveland Jr. Weakley.

Those left to cherish her memory are her children, Ernest D. Morris of Fairlea, J. Alan Morris and wife Karen of Lewisburg, Brenda Kay Austin and husband Shawn of North Carolina and Angela B. Morris and husband Sam Massie of Ronceverte. Also surviving are two grandchildren, Tiffany Steele and husband Chris of Ronceverte and Ethan Kyle Morris of Ft. Campbell, Ky.; one great grandchild, Rhylee Steele; a sister-in-law Betty Mann of Ronceverte and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Thursday, June 6, 2013 at Henning Church of God, with Rev. Robert Hefner officiating. Entombment will follow in Greenbrier Memorial Gardens Mausoleum at Lewisburg.

 The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at the Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home in Lewisburg.

Donations of sympathy may be made to the Henning Church of God Church Fund or to the Alzheimer’s Support Group of Greenbrier Valley.

 Please send online condolence by visiting www.wallaceandwallacefh.com

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Lewisburg.



James H. Leftwich

Mr. James H. Leftwich, 86, of Beckley, died Thursday, May 30, 2013, following a long illness.

Arrangements are pending at the Durgan Funeral Services, Beckley.



Archie Connor  Lively

PAGE  — Archie Connor Lively, 76, of Page, died on Tuesday, June 4, 2013 at CAMC - Memorial Division in Charleston, W.Va.

Arrangements are incomplete.

Online condolences may be sent at www.tyreefuneralhome.com

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

 



Mary Frances Kincer Lovern

PULASKI, Va. — Mary Frances Kincer Lovern, age 70, of Pulaski, passed away Saturday, June 1, 2013 at her home.

Born October 23, 1942 in Pulaski, she was the daughter of the late Olin Kincer and Eva Marie Hudson Kincer.

She was also preceded in death by an infant son, Wayne Allen Lovern, two brothers, Eddie Kincer and Bobby Kincer and one sister, Rita Peachy.

She was retired from Pulaski Community Hospital with many years of service.

Surviving are a son, Burnie “Buck” Lovern Jr. and Ing-Mari Bahr of Kingston, N.H.; sisters, Vickie “Norfa” Smith of Pulaski, Shirley Collins of Manassas, Va.; former husband, Burnie T. Lovern Sr. of Beckley, and several nieces and nephews.

 There will a private family graveside memorial service.

Memorials, in her memory, may be sent to the Pulaski Church of Christ, 3712 Newbern Road, Pulaski, VA 24301

To sign the online guestbook, visit bowerfuneralhome.com

Bower Funeral Home, Pulaski, is handling the arrangements for the Lovern family.



Ruth Halstead McClung

Ruth Halstead McClung 81 years young, passed away on Saturday June 1, 2013 at the home of her granddaughter and grandson-in-law Amanda and Scott Keffer, surrounded by her loving family following a short battle with cancer.

Born in Beckley she was the daughter of the late Edgar and Lillian Basham Halstead, and a former resident of Oak Hill, but made her home in South Point Ohio.

Ruth had her master’s degree in social work and psycho-therapy. She was retired from the VA Hospital in Huntington WV, following her retirement she volunteered at the Women’s Resource center in Huntington. Through her work there and in the private sector she helped many people find emotional healing. Ruth DEARLY LOVED her family, she enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She loved shopping, and dancing.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her brother Davy Halstead.

Those left to cherish her memory include her four daughters Dee Hendrick of Victor; Katrina McClung of Huntington; Katherine Settle of Manhattan Kansas; and Cynthia McClung of Kapaa Hawaii; four grandchildren: Christopher Hendrick and wife Teresa of Fayetteville; Amanda Keffer and her husband Scott of Victor; Leanne Rice and her husband and GG’s comic adversary Josh of Fayetteville, and Nathanial Settle of Manhattan Kansas; 10 great grand children Malerie, Hillary, Meagan Hendrick, Savannah, Sarah, Braxton, Benjamin Keffer, and Natalee, Lauren, and Lance Rice; two sisters Linda Bowman and her husband Bob, and Lee Dillon; one brother Jim and Genevieve Halstead, her little dog Oscar whom she loved so much and a host of nieces and nephews and beloved friends.

In keeping with Ruth’s wishes she has been cremated.

Services celebrating Ruth’s life will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, June 6, 2013, at the Mountain View Church of God, Hilltop with Pastor Rudell Bloomfield officiating. Private inurnment services will take place at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens.

Friends may gather with the family from noon until service time Thursday at the church. Everyone is welcome to stay for Ruth’s memorial service.

The family would like to thank Dr. Scott Keffer, and the staff of Plateau Medical Center, Hospice of Southern West Virginia, Sarah and Rebecca, for the wonderful care they gave to Ruth during her illness.

In lieu of flowers her family request the donations of sympathy be made to Hospice of Southern West Virginia, or any Women’s resource center.

Online condolences can be sent to the family by visiting www.blueridgefuneral home.com

The honor of serving the McClung Family has been given to Blue Ridge Funeral Home,  5251 Robert C. Byrd Drive, Beckley.



Jonluc McCrae

HINTON — Jonluc McCrae, 19, of Hinton, died Friday, May 31, 2013, in Hinton.

Arrangements by Pivont Funeral Home, Hinton.

 



Pete Rodes

FAYETTEVILLE — Pete Rodes, 89, of Fayetteville, passed away Monday, June 3, 2013 at Pleasant Valley Hospital at Point Pleasant.

Arrangements are incomplete at Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, 350 West Maple Avenue, Fayetteville.    



Jerry Walter Skaggs

WRISTON — Jerry Walter Skaggs, 69, of Wriston, died on Monday, June 3, 2013.

Funeral services will be on Friday, June 7, 2013 at 2 p.m. at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill. Burial will be at Robertson Cemetery on Taylor's Branch Road, Wriston.

Visitation will be held at Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill on Thursday, June 6, 2013 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Online condolences may be sent at www.tyreefuneralhome.com

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.



Thomas Barron ‘Tom’ Smallwood

Thomas  Barron “Tom” Smallwood, age 41 of Beaver, passed away at his home on Sunday, June 2, 2013.

Born on May 19, 1972 in Beckley, he was the son of  Jerry Smallwood of Beckley and the late Delores Sue  Stump Smallwood who was from Crab Orchard. Thomas was the step son of Mary Smallwood of Beaver.

Tom was an employee of Lowe’s in Beckley.  He was a lifelong  Raleigh County resident.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Cecil and Wilma Smallwood, and his maternal grandparents Violet and Montigue Stump.

Surviving are two brothers, Cecil Smallwood of Beaver, and Jerry Smallwood II and his wife Michelle of Bradenton, Florida.

We lost a great man, a friend, brother, uncle, and cousin. Tom was loved by many for his personality and his love of music. He was an avid musician and a former member of Drednaught. He was a dry wall installer by profession. Tom will also be sadly missed by uncles, aunts, nieces and nephews whom he loved dearly, and they him. Along with his special dog, “Bow”, his special buddy.

A memorial service will be held  at the Maple Fork Baptist Church on Saturday, June 8, 2013 at 1 p.m. with Rev. Cleve Allen officiating. Friends may visit with the family from noon until service time on Saturday.

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

An account has been established at the Whitesville State Bank at Crab Orchard and Glen Daniel under the name of Cecil Smallwood for funeral expenses of Thomas Smallwood.  

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



Teddy Harold Thomas

MEADOW BRIDGE — Teddy  Harold Thomas, 80, passed away Monday, June 3, 2013, after a long illness.

He was born on May 21, 1933, in Meadow Bridge.

Ted had been an electrician in the mines for several years and prior to that he owned an Esso Station located in his hometown.

He is survived by his wife, Edna Gayle and their three children, Theresa Orndorff and her fiancé, Randy Phillips of Kingsport, Tenn., Teddy David and his wife, Sally of Bedford, N.H. and Tony and his wife, Becky of Shady Spring; four very loved grandchildren, Drew and Maegan (Meggie) Jo Thomas, Anna Orndorff and Hannah Thomas; a brother, W.D. (Junior) Thomas and wife, Eugenia of Meadow Bridge and a sister, Joy and husband, Justo Gonzales of Meadow Bridge; a sister-in-law, Peggy Thomas of Meadow Bridge and several nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by a brother, Roger Thomas of Meadow Bridge.

Graveside service and burial will be 11 a.m. Thursday, June 6, 2013, at the Wallace Memorial Cemetery in Clintonville, with Pastor Roger Booth officiating.

Friends may call 6 to 8 p.m. (today) June 5, 2013, at the Smathers Funeral Chapel, Rianelle.

Arrangements by Smathers Funeral Chapel, Rainelle.



Roy Patrick Whittenburg

Mr. Roy Patrick Whittenburg, 49, of Beckley, died Saturday, June 1, 2013.

Born September 2, 1963 in Wyoming County, W.Va., he was the son of the late Gladys J. Johnson Whittenburg.

Roy was disabled and a member of Heart of God Ministries. He participated in WV Special Olympics from 1983 – 1990.

In addition to his mother, he was preceded in death by his grandparents, three uncles, and one aunt.

Those left to cherish precious memories are his son, Jacob of Beckley; brothers, Francis (Peggy) Whittenburg of Gaffney, SC, Dwight “Pedro” Ricks of Beckley, Samuel “Nick” Whittenburg of Norfolk, VA, and Leondus “Leo” Whittenburg of Washington, DC; sisters, Brenda W. Halsey of Gaffney, SC, Christine (John Sr.) Gallman of Chester, SC, Diane (Joseph) Johnson, Gloria (George) Ricks-Colin, and Judy (Larry Sr.) Patterson, all of Beckley, and Lisa Whittenburg of Charleston, WV; uncle, Douglas Whittenburg of Ashville, SC, “special niece” April Greene; his “special friend” Caraand a host of other nephews, nieces, other relatives and friends.

Funeral service will be 12 noon Friday, June 7, 2013 at Heart of God Ministries, 1703 S. Kanawha Street, Beckley, with Bishop Fred T. Simms officiating. Burial will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Prosperity.

Friends may call one hour prior to the service at the church.

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

Arrangements entrusted to Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.