The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


August 11, 2013

Obituaries — Sunday, Aug. 11, 2013


Rev. Joseph W. Roebuck Sr.

“As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24:15

Rev. Joseph Wilson Roebuck Sr. left this earth for his heavenly home, Wednesday, on August 7th, 2013.

Joe was the son of Benjamin and Anna Elizabeth Garrison Roebuck, both deceased.

He was also preceded in death by his brother, George Rollins (Rolly) Roebuck, his sister, Betty Jean Bennett and husband, Russell Bennett, a nephew, William S. Bennett, and a very special grandson, Joseph Randall McQuillen.

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife of 48 years, Susan Allen Roebuck; his son, Joseph Wilson Roebuck Jr. and wife, Amanda, his daughter, Heather Roebuck Bowyer; his brother, William B. Roebuck and wife Judy; eight wonderful grandchildren, Elizabeth Roebuck, Shaun Miller, Kristin Miller, Timothy Roebuck, Mary Roebuck, Benjamin Roebuck, Joseph Wilson (Trey) Roebuck III and Rebekah Roebuck.

After a 35-year career in the retail business, Joe went on to study and eventually became an ordained minister. As such, he pastored the Gatewood Baptist Church and the Mount Hope Baptist Temple.

He also was an avid golfer in his spare time.

Funeral services will be held Monday, Aug. 11th, 1 p.m. at the Crab Orchard Baptist Church with Pastor Michael Sisson, Dr. Phillip Smith and Rev. Robert Keaton officiating. The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. to the funeral hour. Joe will be laid to rest in the Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens at Prosperity.

Pallbearers will be Peter Graham, Ray Dickerson, Arthur Sanda Jr., Jeff Wiseman, Dwayne Hicks and Mike Summer.

Condolences may be sent to the family’s guestbook at

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary and Cremation Center, Beckley, WV.

Penny V. Romanello

HINTON — Penny V. Romanello, 45, of Hinton, died Saturday, Aug. 10, 2013.

Arrangements are pending completion at Pivont Funeral Home, Hinton.

Charles H. Spencer

SEWICKLEY, Pa. — Charles H. Spencer, 84, of Sewickley, formerly of Rainelle, died Wednesday, August 7, 2013, after a long, brave struggle with Alzheimer’s disease.

He was born March 28, 1929, in Rainelle, son of the late H. Kenneth and Ferris (Rose) Spencer.

He was the beloved husband of 60 years to Mary Virginia (Jackson) Spencer; loving father of Sally (Malcolm) Nimick of Sewickley and devoted Paw-Paw to Virginia Nimick of New York, NY, C. Spencer Nimick of Dallas, Texas, and Malcolm Charles Nimick of Sewickley.

He was predeceased by his siblings Margaret (George) Yeargo, Marion (Ray) Bowles, and Hugh Kenneth (“Babe”) Spencer Jr.

Charlie spent his career with CSX (C&O Railroad). His first job with the railroad was polishing engines with graphite in the car shop in Rainelle. He then served as a railroad apprentice electrician in Gary, Indiana, and finished his career in Baltimore, Md., as system-wide Manager of Compliance and Safety Administration. During his time at CSX, he participated in construction of the then-secret, cold war bunker built to house Congress, under The Greenbrier resort in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va.

Charlie was a member of Masonic Lodge 166 in Clifton Forge, Va., and earned his 32nd degree Scottish Rite in Baltimore. He was an avid collector of clocks and an amateur horologist. He belonged to the Valley Baptist Church in Lutherville, Md., the Senior Men’s Club of Sewickley, and the Hon. Order of Kentucky Colonels.

A memorial service will be held at the Sewickley Presbyterian Church, Chapel of the Resurrection, on Saturday, August 17, 2013, at 11 a.m. Please use the Grant Street entrance. Private interment will take place in his beloved West Virginia.

Donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Western Pennsylvania Chapter, 1100 Liberty Ave., Suite E – 201, Pittsburgh, PA 15222, or to the Rainelle Baptist Church, 309 7th St., Rainelle, WV 25962.

Arrangements by Copeland Funeral Home, Sewickley, Pa.

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