The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

October 12, 2013

Obituaries — Saturday, October 12, 2013

Michael E. Bannon Sr.

ALLEN JUNCTION — Michael E. Bannon Sr., 55, of Allen Junction, passed away Tuesday, October 8, 2013, at Charleston Area Medical Center following a short illness.

Born September 3, 1958, at Killeen, Texas, he was the son of the late Hannelore Rose Weber and Donald Roy Bannon.

Michael was of the Christian faith. He enjoyed fishing, playing cards, being outdoors, target shooting and being with his family and friends.

Survivors include two sons, Michael Bannon II of Allen Junction and Thomas Burke of Wilmington, N.C.;  four brothers, Ronald Bannon, Donald Bannon, Bobby Bannon and Jerry Bannon, all of Fayetteville, N.C.; two sisters, Irene Hefferman of Lumber Bridge, N.C., and Rosemarie Krug of Alsfeld, Germany.

Family and friends may gather with the family at Mr. Bannon’s residence at 2 p.m. Sunday, October 13, 2013, to celebrate his life.

Those wishing to extend their condolences may do so by visiting

Calfee Funeral and Cremation Service of Pineville is serving the Bannon family.

Walter Caldwell

FAYETTEVILLE — Walter Edward Caldwell, 90, of Fayetteville, passed away Thursday, October 10, 2013, at Plateau Medical Center, Oak Hill.

Born on March 12, 1923, at Gatewood, he was the son of the late Jasper Ray and Nona Frances Withrow Caldwell.

Mr. Caldwell was a member of the Kesler Memorial Presbyterian Church in Hico. He was a U.S. Army veteran of WWII serving in the 71st Infantry Division and an original founder of Lafayette Post 149 where he served as Adjunct General for many years. He was a charter member of the Fayetteville Lions Club, the voice of the Fayetteville Pirates for many years, a graduate of Marshall University, and an avid script collector organizing the National Script Collectors’ Club. He was a retired agent with Nationwide Insurance Agency.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by one infant brother, Ray Caldwell Jr., and one beloved sister, Frances Caldwell Woollard.

Survivors include his nephew, Robert Woollard II; one niece, Suzann Shumaker and her husband Gaylord; one great-nephew, Dustin Shumaker; a beloved friend Lionel Waters and his family; and a host of other family and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, October 13, 2013, at the Dodd-Payne Funeral Home Chapel, Fayetteville, with Pastor Jim Dempsey officiating. Burial will follow at Huse Memorial Park, Fayetteville.

The family will receive friends one hour before the funeral on Sunday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers contributions in his honor may be made to the Kesler Memorial Presbyterian Church, Hico, WV 25854.

For those wishing to express their condolences to the Caldwell 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.

Adam Blackburn Cooper

HERNSHAW — Adam Blackburn Cooper, premature infant son of Vicki Reed Cooper and Matthew Cooper of Hernshaw, W.Va., returned to his Creator in Heaven on Wednesday, October 2, 2013.

Besides his parents, he is survived by grandparents, David and Ellen Reed of Madams Creek, W.Va., Reggie and Brenda Cooper of Cooperstown, W.Va., and Candy and Roger Miles of Kenna, W.Va. He is also survived by great-grandfathers, Cyril Eskew and Hillard Cooper, and two uncles, Michael Reed and R.J. Miles.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Online condolences and guest register at

Information submitted by Pivont Funeral Home, Hinton.

Peggy Sue Nutter Fox

ANSTED — Peggy Sue Nutter Fox, 78, of Ansted, died on Wednesday, October 9, 2013, at her home.

Born July 28, 1935, at Ansted, she was the daughter of the late Emory and Beatrice Pauley Nutter.

Peggy was a homemaker.

Her husband, Ashley Fox, a son, Gary Fox, and a sister, Evelyn Stull, preceded her in death.

Survivors include her children, Ruth Steele of Oak Hill, Jimmy Fox of Ansted, Judy Stafford of Ansted, Vickie McMullen of Ames Heights and Steven Fox of Ansted; one sister, Sherry Parrish of Oak Hill; 11 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

In accordance with her wishes, Mrs. Fox’s body was donated to the WVU Human Gift Registry in Morgantown. There will be no visitation or service.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

James Freeman

RONCEVERTE — James Freeman, 90, of Ronceverte, passed away Friday, Oct. 11, 2013.

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Ronceverte.

Rebecca J. Jackson

LEWISBURG — Rebecca J. Jackson, 82, of Lewisburg, passed away Friday, Oct. 11, 2013.

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Lewisburg.

Sylvia Lockett Marshall King

NEWTON, N.C. — Sylvia Lockett Marshall King, 99, of Newton, formerly of Beckley, passed away Thursday, October 10, 2013, after a brief illness.

Born March 26, 1914, in Raleigh County, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Ellen Elizabeth Marshall and William Martin Marshall.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Lewis Eugene King, and her son Fredrick William King.

Mrs. King always enjoyed homemaking, reading — especially her Bible and most of all spending time with her family.

She is survived by her daughter, Merlene King Wall of Weddington, N.C.; son, Louis King Jr. and his wife Frances of Fisher, Ind.; son Robert Justice and wife Gloria of Suffolk, Va.; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

A commitment service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, October 13, in the Chapel at Blue Ridge Memorial Garden in Beckley. The family will receive friends immediately following the service.

Anyone preferring may give memorials to the Gideon’s International.

Online condolences can be sent to the family by visiting

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

Billy Francis Koontz

Billy Francis Koontz, 62, of Beckley, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 14, at the Rose and Quesenberry Peace Chapel, Beckley, with Bishop Fred T. Simms officiating. Burial will follow at the Alexander Richmond Cemetery at Freezeland Mountain. Friends may visit with the family from 9 a.m. until service time Monday at the funeral home.

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

Arrangements are by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, 1901 S. Kanawha St., Beckley.

Mary Elizabeth Ford Mann

HILLDALE — Mary Elizabeth Ford Mann, 94, of Hilldale, went to be with the Lord on October 10, 2013, at Main Street Care in Hinton.

Born on November 26, 1918, she was the daughter of the late Calvin and Mary Bertie Brown Ford.

She grew up in Ballengee, and was a 1936 graduate of Talcott High School.

Preceded in death by her husband of 24 years, Ashby Mann, and two brothers, Mason and Glendon Ford.

Survived by four stepdaughters, Jane Meador of Hilldale, Debra Meadows (Phillip) of Hilldale, Connie Buckland (Gene) of Forest Hill and Bonnie Shilling (Joe) of Waverly, Ohio, and two nieces, Vickie Lyons (Bill) and Karen Hall (Greg).

Left to cherish her memory as grandmother are seven grandchildren, Zachary Meador (Kristen) of Daphne, Ala., Rodney Bower of Talcott, Christin Bower of Hilldale, Brandon Buckland of Forest Hill, Bethany Buckland of Hilldale, Bryanne Shilling and Catlin Shilling of Waverly, Ohio, and four great-grandchildren, Gabriel Meador, Rowan Meador, Brailyn Cook and Jaidyn Cooper.

Mary Elizabeth’s lifelong dedication to the Lord and to the service of others was evident in her outstanding career as a nurse at Hinton Hospital for over 40 years, and then as Director of Nursing at the Summers County LPN School. She was a member of the Mt. Pisgah United Methodist Church in Hilldale where she had been a Sunday school teacher and belonged to the United Methodist Women. She provided service to the community through her work as a charter member in the Hinton Woman’s Club, Hilldale-Talcott Ruritan Club and Eastern Star. Many lives will be forever blessed by the love and care of Mary Elizabeth Ford Mann.

Services celebrating the life of Mary Elizabeth will be Sunday, October 13, 2013, at 3 p.m. at Mt. Pisgah United Methodist Church in Hilldale. Burial will follow at later date. Friends may call from 1 p.m. until service time on Sunday at the church.

Gene Buckland, Joe Shilling, Phillip Meadows, Rick Moorefield, Zachary Meador, Rodney Bower, Brandon Buckland and Carson “Woody” Blankenship will serve as pallbearers.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Hospice of Southern WV, in care of Bowers Hospice House, 454 Cranberry Drive, Beckley, WV 25801, or Mt. Pisgah United Methodist Church in care of Lynn Crowder, Rt. 1 Box PH 31, Hinton, WV 25951.

“If I could give you information of my life it would be to show how a woman of very ordinary ability has been led by God in strange and unaccustomed paths to do in His service what He has done in her. And if I could tell you all, you would see how God has done all, and I nothing. I have worked hard, very hard, that is all; and I have never refused God anything.”

__Florence Nightingale

Condolences may be sent to the family at

Arrangements are by the Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors of Hinton.

Dolores Noroskey Rush

CHESAPEAKE, Va. — Dolores Noroskey Rush of Chesapeake was interred at 2 p.m. on October 6, 2013, in High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill.

Dolores is survived by husband, William Rush; daughter, Carol West of Charlotte, N.C.; sister, Helen Noroskey Wriston; two grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

A prayer service was held by Sam Lambert, Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witness.

High Lawn Funeral Chapel, Oak Hill, was in charge of arrangements.

James Allen ‘Tim’ Weatherby

CINCINNATI, Ohio — James Allen “Tim” Weatherby, 62, formerly of Scarbro, passed away Oct. 3, 2013.

Funeral services will be Saturday, Oct. 12, in Cincinnati, Ohio. A viewing will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 14, followed by a brief service at the Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor Chapel in Beckley. Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery in Beckley, following this service.

Condolences may be e-mailed to

Arrangements entrusted to Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.

Janet K. Weaver

MULLENS — Janet Kay Weaver, 75, of Mullens, passed away Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013.

Services will be 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 14, at Mullens Pentecostal Holiness Church. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the church and one hour prior to services Monday at the church.

Online condolences may be expressed to the family at

Arrangements by Tankersley Funeral Home, Mullens.

Isom James Williams

MONTCOAL — Isom James Williams, 76, of Montcoal, died Monday, October 7, 2013, at the Heartland Nursing Center, Beckley.

He was born June 7, 1937, at Clear Creek, W.Va. He was a retired coal miner and member of the UMWA with 27 years of service.

He is survived by his loving wife of 49 years, Wanda Lee Williams; sons, Isom Williams Jr. and wife, Rosemary, of Seagrove, N.C., Michael Williams and wife, Betty, of Naoma, Timmy Williams and wife, Julie, of Keyser; brothers Wilbert Johnston of Asheboro, N.C., Sylvester Johnston of Asheboro, N.C., Leroy Johnston of Summersville, W.Va., John Williams of Maplefork, W.Va.; sisters, Janet Casey of Robinson, W.Va., Teresa Price of Riverside, W.Va., Margaret Price of Fayetteville, W.Va.; grandchildren, Marcos Miranda of Denton, N.C., Stephanie Johnson of Randleman, N.C., Christopher Miranda of Seagrove, N.C., Evin Williams of Keyser, Justin Kuhn of Keyser, W.Va., Michael Williams Jr. of Naoma, W.Va., Jimmy Williams of Naoma, W.Va.; seven great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be 2 p.m. Sunday afternoon, Oct. 13, 2013, in the Armstrong Funeral Home, Whitesville, with Clergy Billy Waddell Jr. officiating.

A visitation will be held one hour before the service. Mr. Williams’ request was for cremation.

Arrangements by Armstrong Funeral Home, Whitesville.

Ralph Workman

TAPLIN — Ralph Workman, 44, died Oct. 9, 2013.

Service will be 1 p.m. Monday, Oct. 14, at the Landville Freewill Baptist Church with the Revs. David Campbell and Dale Campbell officiating. Burial will follow in Forest Lawn Cemetery, Pecks Mill. Friends may call after 6 p.m. Sunday at the church.

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Arrangements by Mounts Funeral Home, Gilbert.