The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

September 15, 2013

Obituaries — Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013

William Frazer Epperhart

INDIAN CREEK — William Frazer Epperhart, age 62, of Indian Creek died Friday, September 13, 2013, from a courageous battle with Black Lung.

Born September 28, 1950, in Oak Hill, WV, he was the son of the late Edward Clayton Epperhart, Sr., and Thelma Faye McMillion Epperhart.

Mr. Epperhart retired from Cline Resources after 36 years of service. He was a lifelong member of the UMWA Local 9177. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, working on automobiles and being with his family and friends.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a sister, Shirley Ann Epperhart, and a brother, Johnny Epperhart.

Survivors include his daughter, Tina Marie Epperhart; a grandson, William Bailey Fritz III; six brothers, Robert Adams and wife, Wilma Jean, of Fanrock, Edward Epperhart, Jr., of Fanrock, David Epperhart and wife, Linda, of Fanrock, Larry Epperhart and wife, Teresa, of Kopperston, Timmy and Jimmy Epperhart of Fanrock; and six sisters, Elizabeth Neely and husband, Ray, of Columbus, OH, Norma Jean Jackson of Nashville, TN, Carol Sue Short of Brier Creek, Brenda Morgan of Fanrock, Betty Holleman and husband, Paul, of Indian Creek, and Linda Vance and husband, Tommy, of Fanrock. He also leaves behind special friends, Kermit and Louise Justice.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Monday, September 16, 2013, at Calfee Funeral Service Chapel. The Rev. Ralph Whitten will officiate. Interment will follow at Palm Memorial Gardens, Matheny. The family will receive friends 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday, September 15, at the funeral home.

Family members will serve as pallbearers.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions be made to: Bowers Hospice House, PO Box 1472, Beckley, WV 25802.

Those wishing to express condolences to the family may do so at

Calfee Funeral and Cremation Service of Pineville is serving the Epperhart Family.

Willard Justice

Willard Justice, age 90, of Daniels, passed away at the Bowers Hospice House on Wednesday, September 11, 2013.

Born on October 16, 1922, in Hurley, Va., he was the son of the late Stewart and Martha Estep Justice.

Mr. Justice retired from Eastern Associated Coal Company as a chief electrician. He was a U.S. Army Veteran of WWII. “Daddy” was most proud of serving our great country, during WWII. He served in the 3rd. Army under General Patton. He was shipped out on the Queen Mary with over 16,000 soldiers. Before arriving in Great Britain there was a storm and they thought the ship would go down. After arriving in England, he fought in France, Belgium, and Germany. He received the Good Conduct Medal, the European, African, and Middle Eastern Theatre Ribbon — with two bronze battle stars. He joined the Army in 1942 and was honorably discharged after having both feet frozen in 1945. He was shipped back on the Queen Mary. Over 50 million people lost their lives in WWII. Ask yourself why they died and for what reason. When you know the answers to those questions, you will know why we honor our veterans. Freedom is not free — it has a high cost. Daddy was so proud to serve our country, and fight for our freedom. He was proud to be a Veteran.

He was of the Baptist faith. Mr. Justice had made his home in Daniels, since 1989, having resided at Oceana for most of his life.

Mr. Justice was preceded in death by his wife, Kathleen Justice, with whom he was married for 65 years, on February 18, 2013; by brothers Burton and Hassel Justice and by sisters Alta Mae Vint and Georgia Justice Brunty.

He was the last surviving member of his immediate family.

Surviving are his children: Barbara Cochran and her husband Tom of Daniels and Vivian Hunt and her husband Earl of Concord, N.C.; three grandchildren, Wendy Campbell and her husband Pete of Castle Rock, Colo., Leslie Minor of Cool Ridge and Monica Moss of Daniels; seven great-grandchildren, Isaiah, David and Amelia Campbell, Cody Minor and his wife Kelli and Allie Minor and Megan and Breeann Moss.

Funeral services will be conducted to Celebrate the Life of Willard Justice on Monday,  September 16, 2013, at the Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home Shady Spring Chapel at 11 a.m. with Rev. Jerry Cook officiating. Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Gardens at Princeton, W.Va. Friends may visit with the family from 6 to 9 p.m. on Sunday at the funeral home.

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

The family would like to thank the VA, Ben Wilson, Dr. Jennie, everyone at Hospice and especially JoHanna Stover. May God Bless you all for your love and care.

Arrangements are by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home Shady Spring Chapel, 729 Flat Top Road, Shady Spring.

Howard C. McClung

CANVAS — Howard C. McClung, 85, of Canvas, Nicholas County, passed away Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013.

Funeral services will be at noon Monday, Sept. 16, in the White Funeral Home at Summersville with Pastors Damon Hanshaw and Paul Mateer officiating. Interment will follow in the Fairview Cemetery at Nettie. Friends may call one hour prior to the funeral services Monday at the funeral home.

Condolences may be sent to the family at

E. Velma McMahan

GASTONIA, N.C. — E. Velma McMahan, 90, died September 12, 2013, in Gastonia, after a short illness.

She was born in Nashville, Tenn., but spent most of her adult life in West Virginia. She was a longtime member of a number of Baptist churches including First Baptist in Beckley, Lincoya Hills Baptist in Donelson, Tenn., and Parkwood Baptist, Gastonia, and had served as President of the West Virginia Baptist Women’s Association.

She was preceded in death by her husband Wilbur C. McMahan, her parents Lena and George Allison, her sisters Juanita Hearn and Marguerite Revlett.

She is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law, Michael and Barbara of Chattanooga, Tenn.; Brian of Beckley; Paul and Becky of Belmont, N.C.; and Mark of Beckley; and grandchildren Janette, David, Cory, Shannon, Jacob, and Rebecca; a number of nieces, nephews, and eight great-grandchildren.

She was a skilled cook and homemaker and enjoyed hobbies of gardening, crafts, and Internet activities including developing her own web page and maintaining contact with many Internet friends.

Graveside services will be held on Monday, September 16, at 11 a.m. at Bethel Baptist Church, Townsend, Tenn. Memorial contributions can be made to World Hunger Fund, International Mission Board, P.O. Box 6767, Richmond, VA 23230-0767, or the charity of your choice.

Smith Funeral & Cremation Service, Maryville, TN, 865-983-1000,

Jean Roles Moomaw

SPOKANE, Wash. — Jean Roles Moomaw, 82, of Spokane, Wash., and formerly of Summit St., Fostoria, passed away Saturday, August 3, 2013, in Spokane. She was born on February 2, 1931, in Beckley, West Virginia, to Joe and Pansy (Wills) Roles. She married Charles L. Moomaw August 29, 1953, in Beckley, W.Va., and celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 2003 before Charles died May 31, 2004, after a long illness.

She is survived by her son, Charles “Chuck” Moomaw of Spokane, Wash.; two granddaughters, Alyssa and Chelsea Moomaw; a brother, Jay Roles of Beckley, West Virginia; and a sister, Betty Wilson of Stokesdale, North Carolina. She was preceded in death by her parents; her beloved husband, Charles Moomaw; three brothers and five sisters.

Mrs. Moomaw was a 1949 Graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School in Beckley, W.Va., received her B.A. degree from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, and an M.A. degree from Bowling Green State University. She taught for several years in Fostoria Schools system, primarily 3rd grade at Field School. She was a member of the Ohio Retired Teacher’s Association and Fostoria Glass Gallery.

Graveside services were held Tuesday, August 13, 2013, at 11 a.m. at Fountain Cemetery Veteran’s Memorial Chapel in Fostoria, Ohio, with the Reverend Donald Goodwin officiating. Burial followed in Fountain Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Kaubish Memorial Public Library or American Heart Association.

Information submitted by Rose and Quesenberry, 1901 S. Kanawha Street, Beckley, WV 25801.

Jonathan White

Jonathan White, 44, of Midway, passed away Saturday Sept. 14, 2013.

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

Louise L. Williams

FAYETTEVILLE — Louise L. Williams, 87, of Fayetteville, passed away Saturday, September 14, 2013, at Beckley Appalachian Regional Hospital following an extended illness.

Born on March 7, 1926, in Kanawha County, she was the daughter of the late William and Ocie Grass Holly.

Louise loved to cook, crafts, and read. One of her favorite things to do was to go out and eat.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Homer Williams; one brother, Orbie Holly; and two sisters, Helen Jones and Reba Walton.

Left to cherish her memory include her sister, Pearl Lafferty of Oak Hill; one nephew, Howard Jones; four nieces, Rosie Kelly, Edna Rose, Debbie Richmond, and Dreama Gray; and several extended family members.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, September 17, 2013, at Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, Fayetteville, with Pastor Robert Pauley officiating. Burial will follow at Huse Memorial Park, Fayetteville.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, September 16, 2013, at the funeral home.

For those wishing to express their condolences to the Williams 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.

Leonard Wood

HILLTOP — Leonard Wood, 91, of Fayetteville, passed away Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013.

For those wishing to express their condolences to the Wood family, you may do so by visiting our website at

Arrangements are incomplete. Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, 350 W. Maple Ave., Fayetteville, will be assisting the family.