The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

October 27, 2012

Obituaries — Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012

David Rusty Allen

David Rusty Allen, age 24, of Beckley, passed away Thursday, October 25, 2012, at his residence.

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

Ronnie E. Bickford

BECKWITH — Ronnie E. Bickford, 61, of Beckwith, died Thursday, October 25th 2012, at Plateau Medical Center.

He was born September 5th, 1951 in Beckwith, he was the son of the late Robert and Fannie Holly Bickford.

He was preceded in death by his parents and maternal/paternal grandparents and two infant brothers, Bobby and Tommy.

He retired from the City of Oak Hill after 25 years of service. He was loved dearly by many. He will be missed terribly but remembered oh so greatly.

Ronnie is survived by his wife Geraldine (The Love of Her Life!); two  daughters, Misty Roberts and Wendy Sears; step-children Rachel White and Nathan Adkins; his eight grandchildren, Natalie, Cayla, Chelsea, Kristen, Tyler, Mya, Luke and Morgan; his five brothers, Charles and (Mary /Snookie) Bickford of Hilltop, Leo Bickford of Chicago, Jim and (Bonnie) Bickford of Beckwith, Jack and (Margaret Ann) Bickford of Oak Hill, Leonard and (Anna) Bickford of Minden; and his four sisters, Frances and (Jerry Jones) Giles of Beckley, Trudy Bickford of Fayetteville, Louise and (David) Gillespie of Beckwith, Lisa Gaye & (Jerry) Bess of Pinnacle, NC.

He is survived by many nephews, nieces and other relatives and many, many friends; a special niece Mackenzie and nephews Maximus and Mathias; very close and special friends Samuel (Hambone) Boardwine, Jimmy Bryson, and Steve and Trena Payne.

Visitation will be held on Monday evening, October 29, 2012, at Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, Fayetteville, with family receiving friends at 5 p.m. Funeral services will follow at 6 p.m. at the funeral home with services officiated by Pastor Jackie Pittman.

For those wishing to express their condolences to Ronnie’s 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.

Jim Remely ‘Whitey’ Brown Jr.

GLEN FORK — Jim Remely “Whitey” Brown Jr., 51, of Glen Fork, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, October 23, 2012, at the Bowers Hospice House Beckley.

He was born December 27, 1960 in Glen Fork, a son of Jim Remely Brown Sr. and the late Lorraine Louise Lusk Brown.

He was a Christian and a block layer. In addition to his mother he was preceded in death by five uncles Billy Edward Brown, Clifford Lee Brown, Charles Clyde Brown, Elbert Brown  Jr. and Theodore Brown, a sister-in-law Billie Brown and a nephew Joshua Brown.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 12 years, Linda Marie McMillion Brown; his father Jim Remely “Jamie” Brown Sr. of Glen Fork; two daughters Lori Michelle Brown of Matheny and Hope Leann Brown of Glen Fork; three sons Jim Remely Brown III of Mullens, Ronnie Jacob Brown and Ethan Joseph Brown, both of Glen Fork; a grandson Joshuia Brown; three sisters Carlene Backus and companion Dale Wimmer and Tina Lynn (Jimmy) Clark, all of Glen Fork and Ida Joyce (Charlie) Bailey of Glen Daniels; four brothers Terry James (Carmela) Brown, Jerry Lee Brown and Mark Anthony (Heather) Brown, all of Glen Fork and Jody Brown of Glen Daniel; and a host of other loving family and friends.

Funeral services will be held 1 p.m. on Sunday, October 28, 2012, in the Chapel of Stafford Family Funeral Home, Lynco, with Rev. Herman Cook officiating. He will be laid to rest in the Adkins Cemetery, Glen Fork.

Friends may call 6 to 9 p.m. on Saturday at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be family and friends.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the funeral home.

E-mail letters of sympathy may be sent at

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


Perry E. Caples

RONCEVERTE — Perry E. Caples, 73, of Ronceverte, passed away Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012, at Greenbrier Valley Medical Center in Ronceverte.

Perry was born Dec. 30, 1938, in Newton, Texas, and was the son of the late Elgie and Molly Caples.

Mr. Caples was a Navy Veteran and a retired painter for ABB in Lewisburg.

Perry was preceded in death by his wife, Edna Mae Caples.

Survivors include his son, Doug Caples and his wife, Beth Ann of Ronceverte; grandchildren, Shawn Nathan LaFleur of Beckley, Christopher Douglas Caples of Ronceverte; step grandchildren, Amber Lynn Moody of Biloxi, Miss. and Alex Taylor McCutcheon of Meridian, Miss.; great-grandchildren, Kirby, McKenzie, Ryan, Jonathan and Anna, also siblings in Texas.

Memorial service will be 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012, at Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Ronceverte. The family will receive  their family and friends from 2 p.m. until time of the services at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions be made in Perry’s name to Wallace & Wallace, Inc., 502 Monroe Ave., Ronceverte, WV 24970.

Please send online condolences by visiting

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Ronceverte.

Margaret Lynn Cline

PANTHER — Margaret Lynn Cline, 47, died Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012.

Service will be 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, at the Mounts Funeral Home Chapel, Gilbert. Friends may call 11 a.m. until time of the service Saturday at the funeral home.

Online at

Arrangements by Mounts  Funeral Home, Gilbert.


James E. Fredericks Sr.

OAK HILL — James E. Fredericks Sr. 74, of Oak Hill, died Oct. 24th, 2012, at his home following an extended illness.

He was born on March 30th, 1938 in Minden, W.Va., a son of the late Fred and Gertrude Rilat Fredericks.

In addition to his parents one son, James E. Fredericks Jr., and three brothers, Ernest, Fred and William preceded him in death.

He leaves his wife of 47 years, Rita (Worthington) Fredericks; his son, Kurt Fredericks and his wife Melissa of Oak Hill; four step-children, Dale Mackey, Richard Mackey and his wife, Judith, and Barbara Mackey of Oak Hill, and Pamela Finy and husband Moe of Westerville, Ohio; two brothers, Benjamin Fredericks and his wife, Arlene of Albuquerque, NM and Charles (Jerry) Fredericks and his wife, Jane of Fayetteville; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

James served his country in the US Navy aboard the USS Ross where he worked as a Machinist’s Mate Ship Repair Engine Operator (MMSR) from 1956 to 1960. After serving the Navy, James went to Chicago to study tool and die graduating from Allied Institute of Technology. There he met his wife, then returned to Oak Hill.

James was founder and president of RI-JA Machining Co that was established in 1966.  He purchased and built the first business in Lochgelly’s Industrial Park where the company is currently located today.  

James loved to golf. He was a member of the White Oak Country Club, a member of the Oak Hill Rotary Club for whom he served twice as President and was of the Lutheran faith.  A true visionary, his intellect, humor, charm and wit will be very much missed by all.

There will be no viewing. Services will be private.

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Arthur Shanon Gill

HINTON — Arthur Shanon Gill, 71, of Hinton, passed away Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012 at Summers Nursing and Rehab, following a short illness.

A private memorial service will be held at a later date.

Condolences may be sent to the family at

Arrangements are by the Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors of Hinton.


Relious Essie Glasco

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

Born December 5,1953 in Beckley, he was the son of the late Samuel Sr., and Lelia Mae Jones Glasco.

Mr. Glasco was a member of Second Baptist Church of Beckley. He previously worked for Ramada Inn.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, and his brother, Samuel Glasco Jr.

Left to cherish his precious memories are: daughter, Sherita Manns of Charleston; brother, Leonard Glasco (Delores Williams) of Beckley; step- brothers, Roy and Albert of Beckley; aunt, Julia Mae Mitchell of Phoenix City, AL; uncle, Jessie Coleman of Newark, NJ; niece, Letitia of Atlanta, GA; special friend, Julie, and a host of cousins and friends.

No services were held per his request.

Arrangements entrusted to Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.


George Lee ‘Bitsy’ Hogan

FAYETTEVILLE — George Lee “Bitsy” Hogan, 60, of Fayetteville, passed away Oct. 23, 2012.

Graveside services will be 1 p.m. on Monday, October 29, 2012, at Huse Memorial Park, Fayetteville, with Monty Price officiating.

For those wishing to express their condolences to the Hogan 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.


James Phillip Lafferty

James Phillip Lafferty, 62, of Stanaford, died on Thursday, October 25, 2012, at Appalachian Regional Hospital in Beckley.

Funeral services will be on Monday, October 29, 2012 at 2 p.m. at Tyree Funeral Home in Mount Hope. Burial will be at Pax Community Cemetery.

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

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope.

Laura Esther Hendrick Mullins

Our beloved “Auntie Esther” passed into  her heavenly home, Thursday, October 25, 2012, at the Courtyard at the Villages of Greystone in Beaver.

She was the last surviving member of her immediate family, and was preceded in death by her first husband, Ivan Willis Hendrick, and her second husband, Esten Mullins.

Born on April 10, 1919 at Montcoal, to John Porter and Marietta Bone Acord. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by three sisters, Vione O’Neal, Ruth Gyovai, Velma Bland, and four infant brothers and sisters.

Because she had no biological children, her nieces and nephews were her dearly loved “children”, “Auntie” Esther was precious to four generations of nieces and nephews, and will be sadly missed by all of them. A long time resident of Daniels, she attended the  Calloway Heights Baptist Church. A gifted musician, most of her life was devoted to music ministry in gospel music. She composed  hundreds of songs, one of them “Think of Him” was recorded by the Chuck Wagon Gang. She sponsored and participated in many singing groups and provided music and manuscripts for other composers, and was singing in a quartet and choir at age 80.

When struck by illness, it became the privilege of her niece, Marianne Turner and her family to become her caregivers.  Besides Marianne and Marvin Turner of Rock Creek, who were like her “daughter” and “son", she is also survived by the great nieces who assisted with her care and were like her granddaughters: Carrie (Ron) Bradley of Dry Creek, Kristy (James) Clendenin, of Goode, Va., and Karla (Philip) Lafferty of Conover, N.C. Special niece, Carolyn Humphrey (Don) of Georgetown, Ind., and special great nephew, Glenn Meadows (Carla) of Connelly Springs, N.C.

Dearly loved nieces and nephews, Steve (Nancy) Gyovai, of Naoma, Kenneth Gyovai, Hartwood, Va., Margie Gyovai, Naoma, Ellis (Jo) O’Neal, Ruth, Paul and Larry O’Neal of Sparta, Tenn., John (Betty) Hendrick of Wayside, Carol Faye (Charles) Jarrell of Ravenswood, numerous “great” nieces and nephews spanning three generations and many other relatives and friends.

Special thanks to other loving caregivers through the years: staff of Bayberry Inn, where she resided for five years, staff of the Villages of Greystone, her last residence, “Cookie” and the staff of Hospice of Southern WV, and Cecilia Wills.  

As the words of one of Esther’s song expressed her deep and abiding faith, “ Don’t weep for me, don’t shed a tear, For I’ll be through with pain and fear; Now don’t be sad, when I take my flight, I will live for aye in a land of day, where comes no night.”

A celebration of her life will be held at the Rose and Quesenberry Peace Chapel in Beckley on Sunday, October 28, 2012 at 2 p.m., with Pastor Jeff Canterbury officiating. Burial will follow at Sunset Memorial Park in Beckley. Friends may call at the funeral home from noon until service time on Sunday.  

Family members will serve as pallbearers.

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

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

Sandra Kay Nored

NEOLA — Sandra Kay Nored, 47, of Neola, passed away Friday, October 19, 2012.

A memorial service will be conducted at 3 p.m., Sunday, October 28, 2012, in the chapel of Shanklin Funeral Home with Pastor John Taylor officiating. Interment will be private for the family.

The family will receive their friends one hour prior to the memorial service at the funeral home.

Shanklin Funeral Home, White Sulphur Springs, is serving the family.

Ryan Scott Peek

Ryan Scott Peek, stillborn infant son of Jeremy Davis and Mary Peek, died Wednesday, October 24, 2012, at Summersville Hospital.

Services will be 2 p.m. Sunday,  October 28, 2012, at Pivont Funeral Home Chapel, in Hinton. Friends may call from 1 p.m. until time of services on Sunday at the funeral home.

Online condolences & guest register at www.pivontfuneralhome. com

Arrangements by Pivont Funeral Home, Hinton.

Frederick Hamilton Thomason

NEW MARTINSVILLE — Frederick Hamilton Thomason, 82, of New Martinsville, passed away Wednesday, October 24, 2012.

Services will be 1 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29, 2012, at Honaker Funeral Home in Logan, with the Rev. Joaquine Ooten officiating. Burial will follow at Palm Memorial Gardens at Matheny.

Friends may call on the family Monday, October 29, 2012 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the funeral home.

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Honaker Funeral Home of Logan is in charge of arrangements.

Rev. George Allen “Bud” Thompson

Rev. George Allen “Bud” Thompson, age 78, of Beckley, passed away on Wednesday,  October 24, 2012, at the Beckley Appalachian Regional Hospital following a long illness.

Born on February 1, 1934 in Jonben, WV, he was the son of the late Ollie Faye Adkins Thompson and Bynum Thompson.

Rev. Thompson was retired from the US Army after 23 years of service. He was a former coal miner, and retired from Southern States in Oak Hill, WV.

Rev. Thompson was an ordained minister of the Pentecostal Holiness Church. He served as an assistant pastor at Beckley Praise Church in Beckley. He enjoyed cooking and studying the Bible, sharing his faith in God.

Rev. Thompson was preceded in death by his first wife, Kitty  Thompson, by three brothers, and a sister.

Those survivors left to cherish his memory include his wife Nancy Collins Hall Thompson. His children, George A. “Buddy” Thompson of Beckley, Billie Davis and her husband Ben of Mt. Holly, NC, Tammy Butler and her husband Bill of Prosperity, Robert Hall and his wife Suzi of Dallas, Georgia, Richard Hall and his wife Tracy of Beckley, David Hall and his wife Mary of Germantown, Maryland, and Douglas Hall and his wife Sarah of Beckley.

Two sisters, Ruby Murdock and her husband Cecil of Shady Spring, Phyllis James of Beckley, and many grandchildren, and great-grandchildren also survive.

Funeral services will be conducted to Celebrate The Life Of Rev. George “Bud” Thompson on Saturday, October 27, 2012, at the Rose and Quesenberry Peace Chapel in Beckley at 3 p.m., with Rev. Paul Chapman and Rev. Dennis Haga officiating. Burial will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens at Prosperity.

Friends may call at the funeral home from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday.

Pallbearers will be family members and friends.

Military Graveside Rites will be conducted by the American Legion Post #32 Honor Guard.

Online condolences may be sent to our guestbook at

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

Shannon E. Wheeler

Shannon E. Wheeler, 34, of Beckley died on Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012, following an auto accident. Memorial services will be held at a later date.

Condolences may be sent to the family’s guestbook at

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary, Inc., Beckley.