The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

October 14, 2012

Obituaries — Sunday, Oct. 14, 2012

Ada Maye Bailey

SAULSVILLE — Ada Maye Bailey, 71, passed away Friday, October 12, 2012  at Bowers Hospice House in Beckley.

A daughter of the late Grat Daniels and Virginia Lafferty Daniels, she was born in Wyoming County, W.Va., on November 9, 1940.

Ada was a loving, wonderful mother who enjoyed spending time with her family.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Terry Ross Bailey and brothers, Lundy Daniels and Jesse Daniels.

She is survived by her children, David Ross Bailey and wife, Dilek of Fayetteville, NC, Wesley Dean Bailey and wife, Jennifer of East Bend, NC, Karen Lynn Toler of Saulsville, Teresa Dickens and husband, James of Grandview, and Lesley Paul Bailey and wife, Denise of Mt. Airey, NC. She is also survived by sisters, Nancy Perry and husband, Doug of McCall, AL, Linda Browning and husband, Raymond of Beckley, Ann Crowe and husband, BJ of Martinsville, VA, and Ruth Murphy and husband, Doug of Ridgeway, VA; brothers, Gary Daniels and wife, Kim of Eden, NC and Henry Daniels and wife, Ella of Bassett, VA; sisters-in-law, Geraldine Daniels of Oceana and Barbara Daniels of Saulsville; 10 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

A celebration of Ada’s life will be 7 p.m., Sunday, October 14, 2012, at Evans Funeral Home Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Kenny Daniels officiating. The family will receive friends from 5 p.m. until the time of service at the funeral home.

In keeping with Ada’s wishes, her body will be cremated.

An online guestbook and other information can be found at

Evans Funeral Home of Oceana is serving the Bailey family.

Charlotte ‘Joanne’ Cook Beavers

TEMPERANCE, Mich. — Charlotte “Joanne” (Cook) Beavers, 77, most recently of Temperance, passed away August 28, 2012, at Lake Park Hospice Facility in Sylvania, Ohio.

Joanne was born May 8, 1935, in Widemouth, W.Va., to Bernard and Beatrice (Daniels) Cook. She graduated from Pineville High School in 1953 and moved to Toledo, Ohio, where she married Robert “Bob” Beavers.

Joanne was a devoted Christian mother, grandmother and great grandmother whose heart and arms were always open with southern hospitality to all who knew her.  

Joanne worked at Libbey Glass, but her God given passion was working as a cosmetologist. She was the owner/operator of the Rivera Salon where she touched people’s lives by making them look their best physically and spiritually by teaching them the love of Jesus. Her motto was “Beauty is a woman’s duty.”

Joanne was preceded in death by her parents, brother Bernard “Bernie” Cook and brother-in-law William “Bill” Cook. She is survived by her sister, Bonnie Cook of New Port Richey, Fla.; sister-in-law Charlene Cook, Toledo; sister-in-law, Pat Fulwider, Temperance, Mich., by her children Bart (Ingrid) Beavers, Sylvania, Ohio, Scott (Julie) Beavers, Powell, Ohio, Keith Beavers, Caldwell, Ohio, by her grandchildren: Jennifer, Stephanie, Brooke, Hannah, Sarah and Emma Beavers and great granddaughter Allison Dubeansky.

Joanne is buried at the Restlawn Memorial Park in Perrysburg, Ohio.

Correspondence for the family can be sent to 8164 Timothy Lane Sylvania, Ohio 43560.

George William ‘Will’ Benfield

George William “Will” Benfield, 82, of Sophia, went home to be with the Lord on  Friday, October 12, 2012.

Born June 16, 1930 at Pyatt, NC, to the late Justin and Maybelle Benfield.

He lived and worked in the Sophia area for 64 years. He was a retired coal miner following 42 years of dedicated service, an active member of the Sophia First Baptist Church, he had served as a City Councilman for the town of Sophia for three terms. He loved his family, his church and his friends. He loved fishing and was an avid reader.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Benfield was preceded in death by three brothers, Frank, Glen, and Clay Benfield.

Those left to cherish his memory include his loving wife of 63 years, Blanch, together they had three children, Dan W. Benfield and wife, Pam of Easley, SC; daughters, Carol Walls and husband, Lorin of Sophia and Kathy Lough and husband, Bernard of Meadow Bridge; grandsons, Eric Benfield of Easley, SC, Brandon Walls and wife, Kristen of Crab Orchard, Justin Lough and wife, Norah of Plainfield, IN, and Adam Lough USMC of Fort Meade, Maryland; granddaughters, Lori Burgess and husband, John of Chilhowie, VA and Heather Stallard and husband, Grant of Easley, SC; great-grandchildren, Presley Walls, Drake Lough, Jude Lough, Savannah Benfield, Tucker Burgess,  and Jax Stallard;  and two sisters, Christine Self and Lucille Calloway.

Services will be 2 p.m. Monday, October 15, 2012 at Williams-Blue Ridge Funeral Home Chapel, Sophia with Pastor Charlie Gilbert officiating.  Following the services, Mr. Benfield will be laid to rest at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Beckley.

Grandsons and grandsons-in-law will be serving as pallbearers.

Friends may gather with the family from 12 p.m. until time of the service Monday at the funeral home.

Donations of sympathy may be made to the Sophia First Baptist Church, PO Box 1133, Sophia, WV 25921.

Online condolences and other information can be found by visiting

Williams-Blue Ridge Funeral Home, 101 First Street, Sophia, is in charge of the arrangements.

Daniel Saylor Boyer

Daniel Saylor Boyer, 94, of Beaver, died October 9, 2012 at the Villages of Greystone. Formerly a resident of Freezeland Mountain, he was born near Big Pool, Washington County, Maryland on November 8, 1917 and was the son of the late Emma Grace Rowe Boyer and Daniel Peter Saylor Boyer. He was reared by his aunt and uncle, the late Ella Boyer McClain and John E. McClain.

Also preceded in death by his wife, Edith Farley Kelly Boyer; three brothers and one sister.

Those left to cherish his memory include his step-son, William “Jackie” Kelly and wife Mary of Freezeland Mountain; four step-grandchildren, Michael Kelly, Daniel Kelly and wife Christine, Cheryl Kelly Steenson, Rachael Kelly Granger; eight step-great grandchildren, Danielle Kelly, William R. Kelly, Geoffrey Steenson, Jessica Steenson, Cpl. F. Steven Granger Jr. USMC, Ryan Granger, Randall Granger, Brandon Cain, Ashley Ellis and husband John; four step-great great grandchildren, Shane Sleap, Sydney Sleap, Patrick Chambers, Brystol Ellis; two sisters-in-law, Joyce Hudson and Ellen Neely and husband Jim.

Mr. Boyer graduated from Connelsville High School at Connelsville, PA and Allegheny College at Meadville, PA, then later attended Concord College and the University of Virginia.

He got his pilot and flight supervisors license in 1940 and came to the Princeton airport as CAA War Training Service Flight Supervisor, teaching and supervising the flight training of US Army Air Corps cadets stationed at Concord College during World War II. He later served in the US Army. When he ended his Army career he became a teacher and eventually retired as principal of the Richmond District School in Raleigh County.

Mr. Boyer attended and was baptized in the Brethern Church at Waynesboro, PA and per his request his body has been donated to the WV School of Osteopathic Medicine at Lewisburg, WV.

Memorial services will be held 7 p.m. Thursday, October 18, 2012, at Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors, with Pastor Roy Carter officiating.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to Southern West Virginia Hospice, 456 Cranberry Drive, Beckley, WV 25801.

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Arrangements are by the Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors of Hinton.


Patricia ‘Patty’ Lynn Chandler

Patricia “Patty” Lynn Chandler, 66, of Crab Orchard, passed away Saturday, October 13, 2012.

Born July 11, 1946 in Kessler, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Robert and Dolores Rice Dials.

Patty was a former employee of the Raleigh County Library and the Sophia Library. She was a member of the Skelton Freewill Baptist Church. She loved her pets and exercising.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by a great grandchild, Riley and by her sister, Maureen Dials.

Survivors include her husband, Clifton Chandler; sons, Bryan Leslie Chandler and wife Julie of Beckley, Clifton Chandler Jr. of MacArthur; daughter, Sherrie O’Neal and companion Gary Johnson of Beckley; grandchildren, Jennifer Reynolds, Kristen Creagar, Trevor Chandler, Justin Chandler, Alysia Chandler; great-grandchildren, Tristan, Kenidi, Jasper, Clayton.

Friends may visit with the family Monday, October 15, 2012, from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Calfee Funeral Home, Beckley. Following her wishes she will be cremated.

Online condolences may be left at

Arrangements by Calfee Funeral Home, Beckley.    

Joseph David Comer

Joseph David Comer, 80, of Sophia, passed away Friday, October 12, 2012.

Born May 27, 1932 in Lansing, W.Va.,  he was the son of the late Robert and Odessa Comer.

Joe “The Pro” as many called him, loved  the game of golf that he learned from Joe Taylor at Berry Hills Country Club in Charleston, W.Va., during the 1950’s. While his employment as a Golf Pro at White Oak Country Club during the 1960’s to early 1970’s, he fathered three children, Patricia Ann (Comer) Bowyer, Robert Edward Comer, and Nancy Catherine Comer-Comuzie. Starting in the early 1970’s he began working at Twin Falls State Park where he worked for 23 years until his retirement in June 1996. One of his proudest moments at Twin Falls was when the park was voted #1 in the state for hospitality. He felt he was the ring leader of that effort.

After retiring, from Twin Falls State Park in June 1996, “The Pro” enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, Rachel Bowyer and Ethan Comer. He also became very active in the Fraternal Order of the Eagles and was an Associate Member of the Vietnam Veterans of America, he was also a member of the Moose Lodge.

In addition to his parents, Joe was preceded in death by his son, Robert Edward Comer; the mother of his children, Lois Ann Via; and brothers and sisters, Edward, Ezella, Lucille, Jim, Sarah, Alton, and Jane.

In addition to his children and grandchildren, Joe leaves to cherish his memory his brothers, Bob, John, Kenneth, and Larry Comer; a special buddy, Denver Gunnoe; extended family and a host of friends.

Services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012, at Blue Ridge Funeral Home, 5251 Robert C. Byrd Drive, Beckley. Following the services, Joe will be laid to rest at High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill.

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

Online condolences and other information can be found by visiting

Blue Ridge Funeral Home, 5251 Robert C. Byrd Drive, Beckley, is in charge of the arrangements.

Sarah Jean Ellis

SINKS GROVE — Sarah Jean Ellis, 78, of Sinks Grove, passed away Friday evening, October 12, 2012, at Lewis-Gale Hospital in Salem, Va., following a sudden illness.

Arrangements are incomplete at the Groves Funeral Home in Union.


Kenneth Carl Goodson Sr.

OAK HILL — Kenneth Carl Goodson Sr., 75, of Oak Hill, passed away Friday, October 5, 2012 at Bowers Hospice House.

Born May 17, 1937 at Oak Hill, the son of the late Clyde Miranda and Ella Mae Goodson.

Kenny was raised in Fayetteville, but also attended Oak Hill High School. He was a carpenter, builder and businessman owning several businesses throughout the Oak Hill and Fayetteville area. He served as member chairman of the Oak Hill zoning board. He was a member of Moose Lodge #1664 in Oak Hill, and a member of the National Rifle Association. He was of the Baptist faith.

Kenny joined the U.S. Army and proudly served his country. He married the love of his life, Drema Carol Dunivant Allen, in 1981 and they shared a wonderful happy life together. Kenny was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather.

In addition to his parents, Kenny was preceded in death by a daughter Ann Saheh; grandson Seth Justus; five brothers Clyde Miranda, Jimmy Miranda, Charlie Reed, Harold Miranda, and Earl DeQuasie; and two sisters Mryna Miranda and Ruth Strote.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife Drema Carol Goodson; his six children Teresa Lilly Peters of Beckley, Kenny Goodson Jr. and Rachel of Fayetteville, Debbie and Sonny Craft of Oak Hill, Michael Todd Goodson and his fiancee Juanita Jones of Oak Hill, Mike and Genie Allen of Houston TX, and Fred and Judy Allen of Houston TX; 11 grandchildren and six great grandchildren; also his sisters and brothers Loretta Wyche of Vero Beach FL, Juanita Gillespie and Kenny of Neese SC, Carol Burgess and Junior of Grandview WV, Barbara Antill and Randy of Newon Falls OH, Joyce Kralik and Larry of West Farmington OH, Russ Miranda and Jena of Windom OH, Jim Lee and Marilyn of Medina TN, Millie Merrison and O.J. of Newton Falls OH, Linda Spain of Niles OH, Donna-Rita Brown and Bob of Oklahoma, Charles Dunivant and Denise of Glendale AZ, Bernard Dunivant of NC, and Kerry and Judy Hamel of Michigan; many nieces and nephews; and best friends Virgil and Sissy Ivy of Oak Hill, Fred Allen Senior of Texas, and Billie and Fran Popp of Tennessee.

The family wishes to express their thanks to the Staff at Bowers Hospice House for all their wonderful help with Kenny; also to Pastor Eric Smith, his wife, and all the church members for all their prayers; thanks to Sonny and Debbie Craft for all their help and prayers; to Kenny and Rachel and Reverend Barker thanks for all the prayers; and to our neighbors Nick and Carmen Deangelo thanks for all they have done for us. To the Staff of High Lawn thank you for the wonderful way you took care of us, you were caring and considerate of our feelings, and you helped us in many ways.

In keeping with Kenny’s wishes, he was cremated.

Kenny is not forgotten. He will always be in our hearts! Remember all the good thoughts! He is free from pain now and he is walking with Jesus.

A Time of Remembrance will be held 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. today, Sunday October 14, 2012, at the Oak Hill Gospel Tabernacle, 124 Oyler Avenue, Oak Hill, WV 25901, with Pastor Eric Smith officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations to help with Kenny’s medical bills.

Condolences may be sent to

Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.

Goldie P. Jeffries

OAK HILL — Goldie P. Jeffries, 86, of Oak Hill, passed away Wednesday, October 10, 2012, at Bowers Hospice House.

Born March 19, 1926, the daughter of the late Gordan Redden and Verlie Angle Redden. Goldie was a laundress at Pinecrest Sanatorium.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Robert Jeffries, son Marty L. Jeffries, beloved nephew Steve Jeffries, and four brothers Russell Redden, Houston Redden, Gordan Redden, and Nathanial Redden.

Those left to cherish her memory include two sons Robert R. Jeffries and his wife Judy, and Russell A. Jeffries and his wife Louise; one sister Elizabeth Thompson; 16 grandchildren; 23 great grandchildren; and seven great great grandchildren.

Her remains rest that High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, 1435 E. Main Street, Oak Hill, WV 25901, where the visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. today and the funeral will be held at 12 noon Monday, with Rev. Joanne Treadway officiating. Burial will follow in Gethsemane Memorial Gardens, Oak Hill.

Great grandsons will be pallbearers.

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Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.

Lawrence Kessler

YAKIMA, Wash. — Lawrence "Stan" Kessler, 72, of Yakima, died Monday, October 8, 2012.

He was the son of the late John B. Kessler and Minnie Mae Kessler of Hico, W.Va.

Stan lived in the Yakima Valley for more than 33 years. He worked as a mechanic and carpenter.

Survivors include his wife, Sharon Kessler of Yakima; two sons, Thomas E. Kessler (Linda) of Fayetteville, W.Va., and John Kessler (Pat) of Atlanta, Ga., and sister Shirley Keffer (Jimmy) of Baltimore, Md.; a grandchild and two great-grandchildren.

Graveside inurnment was held on Saturday, October 13, 2012, in Terrace Heights Memorial Park Yakima, WA.

Submitted by Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Ansted.

Barbara Jean Wallace Korn

FAYETTEVILLE — Barbara Jean Wallace Korn, 70, of Rt. 1, Fayetteville, died on Thursday, October 11, 2012, at Bowers Hospice House in Beckley.

Born June 26, 1942 at Kingston, W.Va., she was the daughter of Gloria Hyden Wallace of Gatewood Road, Fayetteville, W.Va. and the late Orlan B. Wallace.

Barbara was an active member and singer at the Harvey Chapel United Methodist Church and was very appreciative of her loving “Church family.”

She had worked at Tom's Carryout and Helen's Delicatessen both in Oak Hill as well as Medical Disposals in Marietta, Ga.

Her husband, Harry Edwin "Ed" Korn and a son, David "Babe" Austin Jr. preceded her in death, as did her grandparents, William and Lula Armstrong Hyden and Arthur and Roda Aaron Wallace.

Survivors include a daughter, Ella Helmick and husband, Rick, a granddaughter Holly Durham and a great granddaughter, Katelynn Durham all of Oak Hill, one step-daughter, Muriel Robin Korn Kiester of Michigan, three step-sons, Paris Korn, David Korn and Charlie Korn all of Michigan, a brother, Orlan Wallace Jr. of Gatewood Road, sister, Carolyn Sue Riggs of Hilltop, six grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.

There was nothing more important to Barbara than her family. She dedicated her life to taking care of everyone and never hesitated to lend a hand. Known as “Mommy” to Holly and Big Maw-Maw” to Katelynn, she was a loving woman whose kindness and courage will be sadly missed.

Funeral services will be on Monday, October 15, 2012, at 2 p.m. at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill, with Rev. Robert Pauley and Connie Holly officiating. Burial will be at High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill. Friends may call one hour prior to the service on Monday at the funeral home.

The family would like to send a special thank you to the staff at Bowers Hospice House and Raleigh Regional Cancer Center for their loving care.

Memorial donations may be made to Bowers Hospice House, 454 Cranberry Drive, Beckley WV 25801.

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Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.



Edward T. Lilly

Edward T. Lilly, age 79, of Shady Spring, died peacefully on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012, following a long illness.

Arrangements are pending completion at Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home-Shady Spring Chapel, Shady Spring.

Robert Gene Lucas

Robert Gene Lucas, passed away peacefully at his home Wednesday, October 10, 2012 in Oak Hill, W.Va.

Born November 22, 1934, in Glen Ferris, W.Va., he was the youngest son of the late Frank and Odell (Coats) Lucas Sr. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his older brother, Frank Lucas Jr.

A graduate of Simmons High School, he served in the US Army veteran and later moved to Detroit, Mich., where he sold life insurance, worked at the University of Michigan and retired in 1997 from the Ford Motor Company, with 33 years of service.

He is survived by his loving wife, Deborah; two children, Kevin (Jennifer) and Robyn Lucas, both of Ann Arbor, Mich.; older brother, David (Elouise) Lucas of Detroit Mich.; step-children, Kenya Gibson of Ganhana Ohio, Kietra Gibson of Charleston, W.Va., and Kenneth Gibson III of Charlton Heights, W.Va.; step-grandchildren, Kynista Gibson, Jai Henry, Dreneq Gibson, Gerald Gibson Zackary Yeakey, Lyric Gibson and Ashton Gibson, who is on his way and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Tuesday, October 16, 2012 at Heart of God Ministries, 1703 So. Kanawha St., Beckley, with Bishop Fred T. Simms officiating.

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

As per his request, he will be cremated immediately following the service and inurnment will be at a later date in Kanawha Valley Memorial Gardens, Glasgo, W.Va.

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Arrangements entrusted to Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.

Ralph ‘Rick’ Marlow

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Ralph “Rick” Edward Marlow, 41, Parkersburg, W.Va., died October 9, 2012, at Palmetto Health Ministries, Columbia SC.

Rick was born January 7, 1971 to Faye Hickel Marlow and Ralph Dennis Marlow in Parkersburg.

He was an avid hunter and fisherman and enjoyed sports very much, especially the Pittsburg Steelers and the Atlanta Braves.

He is survived by his parents, his daughters, Megan (Geoff) Crum, Whipple, OH, Makayla Marlow, Parkersburg, WV, grandsons, Maddox Crum and Blake Binegar, sisters, Melissa (Ken) Hall, Deltona FL, Michelle (Bert) Breen and Jamie (Brian) Robbins, Lexington, SC, 12 nieces and nephews, nine great nieces and nephews, several aunts, uncles, and numerous cousins.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Waitman and Cloris Hickel, James and Goldie McGowan, Harold Marlow and two cousins.

As per his request, he was cremated.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Brenda Lee Jones Benefit Fund, c/o People's Bank in Parkersburg WV to help (BD and ME) fight with cancer.

A memorial service will be held at Hope Freewill Baptist Church in Parkersburg, W.Va., followed by a Celebration of Life.

Online register at 803-356-4411.

Diana Ann Murphy

FAYETTEVILLE — Diana Ann Murphy, 56, of Fayetteville, danced her way to heaven on Wednesday, October 10, 2012, at Bowers Hospice House, following a brave battle with cancer.

Born August 25, 1956 at Chillicothe, Ohio, the daughter of the late Teddy Erskine and Eleanor (Davis) Erskine.

Diana was full of “life and love” to all of those around her. In all things, she demonstrated determination, strength, and was admired by many. She was everyone’s Mammaw. Diana and Mammaw will be sorely missed. Heaven just became sweeter to many.

Diana recently retired as a District Claims Manager with the West Virginia Insurance Commission, where she dedicated 15 years of service. She was a member of Grace Baptist Church in Fayetteville W.Va. Diana enjoyed dancing with her friends at the Beckley Moose Lodge where she was also a member.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Teddy and Eleanor Erskine, as well as nephew Merle Erskine.

Those left to cherish her memory are her children, Tracy Murphy of Charlotte NC, Stacey Brown of Oak Hill, Lee Ann and her husband Steve Elkins of Oak Hill and Chassity Young of Fayetteville W.Va. Her beloved and precious grandchildren Randy Murphy of Charlotte NC, Kyle and Kayla Hobbs of Fayetteville W.Va., Jessica Brown of Oak Hill, and Jackson Young of Fayetteville W.Va.

She is also survived by five brothers Teddy Erskine, Terry Erskine, Tommy Erskine, Timmy Erskine, and Tobby Erskine, and one sister Kathy Erskine.

Diana will be missed by those near and dear to her heart. The family would like to thank those who helped with her care during this courageous battle -- her sister-in-law Kathy Murphy, her special niece Shannet Bair, brother-in-law Timmy Murphy, David and Jordon Horrocks, Carla and Averee’ (Stinky) Torres, David Mookie, Bo and Mike Cox, Mike and Kim Bone, her best friends Don and Linda Price and Patty Woods. A special thank you to Heather Brown and Nurse Debbie at the Bowers Hospice House of Southern West Virginia and her Prince Charming Doctor Maurice Smith at Beckley ARH and Tara Neil, RN.

A celebration of her life will be held at Grace Baptist Church, Fayetteville W.Va. at 3 p.m. Monday, October 15, 2012, with Pastor Delbert Walker officiating. (church is located at the corner of Hresan Boulevard and Kaymoor Bottom Road, Fayetteville, W.Va.)

In lieu of flowers please make donations to the Bowers Hospice House of Southern West Virginia, 454 Cranberry Drive, Beckley, WV 25801 or to Grace Baptist Church, P.O. Box 336, Fayetteville W.Va. 25840-0336.

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Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.

Anna Neale Hardman Houck Samworth

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Anna Neale Hardman Houck Samworth, passed away on Friday, October 12, 2012, in the Harris Hospice Unit of Presbyterian Hospital in Charlotte.

Born May 22, 1916 in Spencer, W.Va., she was the daughter of Grace and O. R. Hardman. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Winton R. Houck in 1978 and her second husband, Leonard H. Samworth in 1990, her sisters Gwendolyn Jackson and Helen Hardman and her brother, Charles Hardman.

Survivors left to cherish her memory include her daughter, Gwen and husband Jon Brady of Charlotte, her son, Charles and wife Terri Houck of Beckley and grandchildren Cutter Houck and wife Emily of Beckley, Jon W. Brady and wife Alicia, and Chris Brady and wife Erin all of Charlotte. She also leaves four great grandchildren, Vivienne, John Luca and Stratton Brady of Charlotte and Anna-Neale Houck of Beckley.

Anna Neale was a graduate of West Virginia University and Katharine Gibbs School in New York. She was active in the arts in Charleston, WV and the Delhom Service League of the Mint Museum in Charlotte. Her greatest love was her family and traveling the world.  She was travel chairman at Southminster and was at one time a representative of the Charlotte Friendship Force. She attended Christ United Methodist Church in Charleston, WV and Christ Episcopal Church in Charlotte. She was loved by all for her sweet spirit and beauty. Anna Neale will be missed by the Southminster community where she resided for 23 years. The family wishes to extend special appreciation to Josephine Ragin, Christine Luke and Margaret Buckalew at Southminster.

Services will be held at St. John’s United Methodist Church in Spencer, W.Va., on Wednesday, October 17th, 2012 with visitation at the church one hour prior to the 2 p.m. service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Beckley Area Foundation for Dr. Winton R. Houck Wyoming County Benevolent Fund, 129 Main Street, Suite 203, Beckley, WV 25801

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Arrangements are in the care of Hankins & Whittington Funeral Service, 1111 East Blvd.,  Charlotte, NC.

Larry Van Schartiger

CRAIGSVILLE — Larry Van Schartiger, 64, of Craigsville, passed away Friday, October 12, 2012.

Service will be 1 p.m. Tuesday, October 16, 2012, at Simons-Coleman Funeral Home, Richwood, with Pastor Jim Meadows officiating. Burial will follow in West Virginia Memorial Gardens, Calvin.

Friends may call 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday, October 15, 2012, at the funeral home.

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