The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

October 24, 2013

Obituaries — Thursday, October 24, 2013

Arlena ‘Nadine’ Wright Carey

Arlena "Nadine" Wright Carey, 59, of Beckley, died Sunday, October 20, 2013.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, October 26, 2013, noon at St. Paul Baptist Church, 129 Rice Street, Beckley.

Visitation will be held one hour prior to services, with Rev. Walter Leach officiating.  Arrangements are entrusted to Durgan Funeral Home. 

Gretta Sue Moses Cline

PRINCETON — Gretta Sue Moses Cline, 85, passed away on Saturday, October 19, 2013, at Crystal Coast Hospice House in Newport, N.C. A resident of Princeton and formerly of Mullens, Gretta had resided in Jacksonville, N.C., recently. She died following a brief battle with cancer.

Gretta was born June 19, 1928, in Bluefield, W.Va., to the late Joseph Moses and his wife, the former Alice Ratcliffe.

Survivors include two sons T. Dirk Cline and wife Laura Prince of Jacksonville, N.C. and  Douglas K. Cline and wife Dedra Lawrence Cline of Aynor, S.C.; grandchildren Lindsey Diane Cline of Brooklyn, N.Y., Maggie Cline of Aynor and Charlie Cline of Aynor; a sister, Elreda “Theta” M. Cox of Maryland and a number of nephews and nieces including Ronnie Gearhart and wife Lorraine Gearhart of Virginia.

In addition to her parents, Gretta was preceded in death by her husband, M.T. “Tommy” Cline and six sisters: Myrtle M.Gearhart, Geneva M.Christian, Eva “Lou” M. Driscoll, Delma M. Cumbow, Josephine “Josie” M. Miller and Lois M. Gregory.

Gretta leaves behind dear friends in Mullens, where she and her husband lived from 1955 until 1989, as well as in Princeton, where the couple retired in 1989. She was an active church member in both towns, teaching Sunday School and serving in other capacities. Most recently she supervised and ran the kitchen at Princeton’s Immanuel Baptist Church for a number of years until health required her to curtail those activities. The Sunday School class of which she was a member continued to correspond with her regularly.

Following her graduation from Beaver High School in Bluefield, W.Va. in 1947, Gretta worked in downtown Bluefield at Kresge’s. In 1955, she married Tommy Cline and became a fulltime homemaker. Gretta was accomplished in a plethora of arts and crafts mastering crochet, quilting, candlewicking, ceramics, gardening, canning, sewing and cross stitch among others. Her excellence in these pursuits earned her many ribbons at various fairs. The objects she created, most of which she gave to friends and relatives during her lifetime, were a great source of pride and joy. However, her greatest source of happiness was her love for her God, her family and her friends.

The family will receive friends on Saturday, October 26, from 10 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. at Memorial Funeral Directory on Athens Road in Princeton. Graveside services will follow at 12 noon in Roselawn Memorial Gardens in Princeton.

Flowers will be accepted or donations may be made to the Crystal Coast Hospice House, 100 Big Rock Weigh, Newport, NC 28557.

Members of the Green Valley Fire Department will serve as pallbearers.

On condolences may be sent to the family by visiting

The Cline family is being served by the Memorial Funeral Directory and Cremation Center on the Athens Road in Princeton.

Leonard W. Dempsey

CRAIGSVILLE — Leonard W. Dempsey, 83, of Craigsville, passed away Sept. 16, 2013

Per Leonard’s request, his body was donated to the WV School of Osteopathic Medicine as part of the Human Gift Registry.

Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, October 26, 2013 in the Alderson Missionary Baptist Church at Craigsville with Pastor Ed Groves officiating.

Harlan Lewis Gwinn

Harlan Lewis Gwinn, 91, of Piney View, passed away Monday, October 21, 2013, at Bowers Hospice House.

He was born December 22, 1921, in Red Springs, W.Va. to the late L. Cline and Annie Ennis Gwinn.

Harlan was a born again Christian and attended Stanaford New Beginnings Christian Church.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 61 years Nadine Gwinn; a son, Randy Gwinn; daughter-in-laws, Deanna Gwinn and Sonja Gwinn; two brothers, Harold Gwinn and Hubert Gwinn and a great-grandson, Jake Bennett.

Those left behind are two sons, Steve Gwinn and wife Becky of Lanark, Rodney Gwinn and wife Diann of Daniels; a daughter-in-law, Kathy Gwinn of Lanark; two brothers, Hilton Gwinn and wife Marcella of Stanaford, Harlton Gwinn of Red Springs; and a sister Hiltron (Sis) Hughart of Red Springs; seven grandchildren, Jeff Gwinn, Wendy Boggess, Greg Gwinn, Mandy McGuire, Tammy Alton, Courtney Shumate, and Randy (Chippy) Gwinn; 14 great-grandchildren, Allison Kropff, Kelsie Dorton, Savannah Gwinn, Allie Gwinn, David Glenn Shumate, Katie Alton, Gabrielle Alton, Aghey Alton, Tucker Alton, Hunter Gwinn, Walker Gwinn, Adam Wills, Alex and Austin Wills; a great-great-granddaughter Reagan Kropff; and many special friends that touched his life.

Harlan enjoyed hunting and loved gardening. If he had a week or two off, Harlan would always find someone that needed help and he was always there to lend a hand. Harlan was employed in the coal industry for over 40 years mainly with Vecellio and Grogan strip mine.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, October 26, 2013, at Blue Ridge Funeral Home Beckley with Pastor Lonnie Greer officiating. Military graveside rites will be conducted by the Beckley American Legion Post No. 32. Burial will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens.

Pallbearers will be grandsons and family.

Friends may gather with the family Friday, October 25, 2013, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

The family would like to thank the staff at Raleigh Regional Cancer Center for years of excellent care, and the Bowers Hospice House for their kindness, compassion, and wonderful care shown to Harlan and the family. May God bless you all.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

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

Billy J. Halsey Sr. 

Billy Joe Halsey Sr., 83, of Corinne, went home to be reunited with his wife, Sybil, his mother, Nancy, his brother, James, and his sister, Renee` on Monday, October 21, 2013, in a Beckley hospital following a long illness. 

Born June 18, 1930, at New Richmond, he was the son of the late Nancy Jane Halsey Cecil. 

He was a lifelong resident of Wyoming County and for the past 2 1/2 years he had resided at Wyoming Nursing and Rehab Center. He was a 1946 graduate of Pineville High School. He was a former type setter and printing press operator for the Mullens Advocate with 30 years of service and Central Printing with 16 years of service. He was a former employee of Tankersley Funeral Home retiring in 2010 after 33 years of service as a type setter and printing press operator where he printed memorial folders.

Billy attended the Welton Bible Chapel, and in his leisure he loved music and singing and was a member of several family singing groups including the Black Eagle Choir. 

In addition to his mother he is also preceded in death by his wife, Sybil Marie Halsey; a sister, Renee Jackson; an infant brother, James Larry Cecil and his stepdad, Archie Cecil. 

Those left to cherish his memory include a daughter, Barbara Shrewsbury and her husband, Clarence of Corinne; two sons, Billy J. Halsey Jr. of Corinne and Danny L. Halsey and his wife, Yvonne of Corinne; and two grandsons, Jason S. Halsey of Athens and Matthew Shrewsbury of Corinne. 

Services will be noon, Friday, October 25, 2013, at Tankersley Funeral Home Chapel with David Pollock officiating. Burial will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Beckley. 

Friends may call one hour prior to services Friday at the funeral home. 

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

Online condolences may be expressed to the family at

The family of Billy Halsey Sr. is being cared for by Tankersley Funeral Home, Mullens.

Rebecca Miller Hatfield

FANROCK — Rebecca Miller Hatfield, 48, of Fanrock, passed away Tuesday, October 22, 2013.

In keeping with the family’s wishes, there will be no services for Ms. Hatfield.

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


Edward Hornsby

Joseph Edward Hornsby, age 72 of Ghent, passed away on Tuesday, October 22, 2013, at the Summers Continuous Care Center.

Born on November 23, 1940, in Quinnimont, W.Va., he was the son of the late Charles and Freda Carr Hornsby.

Mr. Hornsby was a disabled coal miner and carpenter. He was a member of the Rhodell Tabernacle and had made his home at Ghent for over 39 years.

Mr. Hornsby was a U.S. Marine Corps. seteran.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Anna Lea Tolliver and by a brother Charles “Doug” Hornsby.

Surviving wife of 49 years Joyce Carol  Bennett Hornsby; his children, James Hornsby and his wife Kay of Forest, Va., Lisa Meinhardt of Farmington, Mo. and Robert Hornsby and his wife Kathy of Table Rock Road, Grandview. Granddaughters, Jane, Susan, and Morgan and grandsons, Dewayne, Matthew and Dylan. Siblings, Teddy Hornsby and wife Toni of Grandview, Kenneth Hornsby and his wife Bonnie of Shackelford, Va., Betty McGraw and her husband Barry of Grandview, Rev. Jimmy Hornsby and his wife Joyce of Shady Spring, Gary Hornsby of Hinton, Tex Hornsby and his wife Retha “Coco” of Shady Spring, Barbara Rose and her husband Ronnie of Mabscott, Tommy Hornsby and his wife Sheila of Mechanicsville, Va. and Larry Hornsby and his wife Karen of Shady Spring. A special aunt,  Polly Hornsby McBride of Coal City.

Funeral services will be conducted at the Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home Shady Spring Chapel on Saturday, October 26, 2013, at 11 a.m. with Rev. Joe Cadle and Rev. Jimmy Hornsby officiating. Burial will follow at the New Salem Baptist Church Cemetery at Abraham.

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

Pallbearers will be Jimmy Coleman, Donald Tolliver, Gary Watson, Timmy Bennett, Stan Michael Wood and Aaron Hornsby. Honorary pallbearers will be Gary Lilly and Tom Smithson.

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 Shady Spring Chapel, 729 Flat Top Road, Shady Spring.

Cinda Bell Howard

ORGAN CAVE — Cinda Bell Howard, 96, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013.

Service will be 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 28, 2013, at the Salem Presbyterian Church, Organ Cave, with the Rev. Jonathan Hunt officiating. Burial will follow in the Salem Presbyterian Church Cemetery.

Friends may call from noon until time of the service Monday at the church.

Please send online condolences by visiting

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Ronceverte.

Bert Paris Hume Jr.

LEWISBURG — Bert Paris Hume Jr., 82, of Lewisburg, passed away Monday, October 21, 2013, at the Brier Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Ronceverte.

Born July 10, 1931, at Friars Hill, W.Va., he was a son of the late Bert Paris Hume Sr. and the late Mary Brown Burr Hume.

Mr. Hume was a member of McMillion United Methodist Church at Friars Hill and also attended Calvary United Methodist Church where he was a lay leader. He was a member of Lewisburg Lions Club and was a member of Richlands Ruritan Club, where he served as past zone and district governor and national director.

Mr. Hume was also an administrator and teacher serving in various capacities in Greenbrier County Schools for over 35 years. He received his Masters from WVU and a Bachelor’s Degree from Concord College.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Sandra Kay Hume.

Mr. Hume is survived by his wife, Irma Lee Groves Hume, daughters, Nancy Hodges (Freddie) of Ronceverte and Tina Lester (Eddie) of Cool Ridge, sons James M. Hume (Pam) of Lewisburg and Billy Hume (Melinda) of Covington, Va., grandchildren, Andrew Lester, Garrett Lester, Jessica Snead, Jacklyn Weist, Ashley Morris, Kristen Murphy and Shannon Cornell, great grandchildren Tyler Cales and Chloe Cales. Mr. Hume is also survived by a sister-in-law Audria Boone of Crichton and nephews, Dwaine and Wayne Boone, a niece Carol Ann Boone and numerous cousins.

Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, October 26, 2013, at Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home in Lewisburg, with Rev. Bryan C. Baker and Rev. Robert Hefner Jr. officiating. Burial will follow at Wallace Memorial Cemetery in Clintonville.

The family will receive friends from 4 to 9 p.m. Friday, October 25, 2013, at the funeral home in Lewisburg.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to McMillion United Methodist Church Cemetery Fund, c/o Cassandra Perkins, HC 68 Box 63, Renick, WV 24966 or to The Brier Nursing Home Resident’s Fund, 601 Rocky Hill Road, Ronceverte, WV 24970.

Pallbearers for Mr. Hume will be Ben and Byron Tuckwiller; Dwaine and Wayne Boone and Andrew and Garrett Lester, honorary pallbearers will be Sam Tuckwiller and Jim Jeffries.

Please send online condolences by visiting

Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Lewisburg, is in charge of arrangements.

John L. Lewis

HOWLAND TOWNSHIP, Ohio — John L. Lewis, 75 of Howland Township, died Monday, October 21, 2013.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, October 25, 2013, at Lane Family Funeral Homes, Roberts-Clark Chapel, 180 Garfield Dr. NE, Warren, Ohio and also one hour prior to the 10:30 a.m. funeral service Saturday at the funeral home. Burial will be at Crown Hill Burial Park in Vienna, Ohio.

Walter ‘Jim’ Looney

Walter “Jim” Looney, 89, of Beaver went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, October 22, 2013.

Born August 9, 1924, he was the son of the late William and Pearl Mattney Looney.

Walter was an avid lawn care enthusiast. People would always stop by and ask him about his beautiful lawn. Walter was employed as a power line superintendent at RH Bouligny from 1946-1957 and an electrical superintendent for Valley Camp Coal Company from 1957-1991 when he retired. He proudly served in the U.S. Army during World War II where he was stationed in Japan. Walter was a member of Clifftop Missionary Baptist Church. He was a resident of Wheeling, W.Va. from 1954-1991.

In addition to his parents, Walter is preceded in death by his first wife of 49 years, Irene Looney; brothers, Carl, John and Elmer Looney.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife of three years, Lucille Looney of Beaver; son, Jerry Looney and wife Susan of Beaver; granddaughter, Lynn Alomar and husband Victor of Virginia Beach, Va.; grandson, Dexter Looney and wife Brandi of Lynchburg, Va.; great-grandchildren, Maddie Alomar and Alannah Alomar.

Services will be held at 2 p.m.  Saturday, October 26, 2013, at Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley with Pastor Larry Halsey and Pastor Matthew Hill officiating. Burial will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens.

Friends may gather with the family Saturday from 1 to 2 p.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Clifftop Missionary Baptist Church, 120 Clifftop Drive, Beaver, WV  25813 or to St. Jude Hospital at, in memory of Walter “Jim” Looney.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

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

Edwin A. McClung

WILLIAMSBURG — Edwin A. McClung of Williamsburg went home to be with our Savior on Monday October 21, 2013, after a short illness.

Mr. McClung was born April 26, 1919, in Friars Hill, W.Va., the son of Edgar M. and Florence M. McClung. He was preceded in death by his wife of 51 years, Margaret Thrasher McClung on October 23, 2005, one son, Carl Gene McClung and one sister, Marguerite Humphries.

Left to cherish his memory are three sons, Robert (Bob) of Lewisburg; Ralph of Williamsburg and John (Suzanne) of Clintonville; daughter, Jill of Williamsburg; a daughter-in-law, Pamela (Pam) of Williamsburg; and a special niece who was raised with him, Janice Ford Hatifield of Mt. Morris, Pa. He is survived by three grandsons, Coleman (Cole), Travis and Lantry McClung; two granddaughters, Lindsey and Kiana McClung and two step-grandsons, Terrence and Joshua Acacio. He is survived also by many nieces and nephews and one sister-in-law, Margaret Thrasher of Newport News, Va.

He was a member and elder of Frankford Presbyterian Church.

He was a retired county school bus driver.

He was a farmer and producer of Black Angus cattle, a steward of the land, and conservationist extraordinaire. He was most proud of being named the WV State Conservation Farmer of the Year, a honor he won in 1989. He believed in always returning back to the land more than he took.

The McClung family will greet friends at the Morgan Funeral Home in Lewisburg from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, October 25. Services will be held 2 p.m. Saturday at the Andrew Chapel Methodist Church in Williamsburg with Dr. Susan Sharp Campbell officiating.  Burial will follow in the cemetery.

Online condolences may be expressed at

Christine Mae Raines

FORT MILL, S.C. — Christine Mae Raines, 97, of Fort Mill, formerly of Beckley, went to be with her Lord and Savior on October 21, 2013.

She was born in Summers County, on April 16, 1916, to Other Lilly and Sallie Ann (Lilly) Bivens. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Opie Raines, her three brothers, Donald, Oswald and Ned Lilly and her granddaughter Stephanie Sawyer.

She was the last surviving member of her immediate family.

She is survived by daughters, Betty O'Bryant (Gordon) of Fort Mill and Nedra June Beatty of Troy, Ohio; granddaughter, Nedra O. Jurewicz (Tom) of Tega Cay, S.C.; grandsons, Jim O'Bryant of Tipp City, Ohio, Bob O'Bryant (Naida) of Palmdale, Calif., Tom Sawyer (Jamie) of Tipp City, Jamie Beatty (Tracey) Columbus, Ohio and Seneca Beatty (Paige) of Vandalia, Ohio. Also, surviving are great- grandchildren, Peter, Tina, and Katie Jurewicz; Tiffany, Jeremy and Evee O'Bryant; Gabby and Jace Sawyer; Reese and Jacob Beatty; Buffy and Breea Mae Beatty; one great-great granddaughter Mariah Jurewicz.

Visitation is Thursday, October 24, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, 1901 South  Kanawha St., Beckley. Graveside services and burial will be held on Friday, October 25, 2013, 1 p.m. at Sunset Memorial Park in Beckley with Dr. Charles Bright officiating.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to St Jude's Childrens Hospital.

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

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

James C. ‘J.C.’ Worf

CHAPMANVILLE — James C. (J.C.) Worf, 88, of Chapmanville, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013.

Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, October 26, 2013, at Central United Baptist Church in Logan with Ministers Glenn White, Randy Skeens, Drew Bledsoe and Mike Worf officiating. Visitation will be Friday night from 6 to 8 p.m. at Central United Baptist Church in Logan. Burial will follow in Highland Memory Gardens at Godby, along with military graveside rites.

In lieu of flowers please make donations to Central United Baptist Church P. O. Box 1558, Logan, WV 25601.   

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Honaker Funeral Home of Logan has been entrusted with the arrangements.