The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

March 17, 2013

Obituaries — Sunday, March 17, 2013




James Edward ‘Junior’ Bailey

BRENTON — James Edward “Junior” Bailey, 56, passed away Thursday, March 14, 2013, after a long illness.

Born February 25, 1957, at Welch, he was the son of the late James Edward Bailey and Marion Bailey McCracken.

Mr. Bailey worked for U.S. Steel #50 mines as roof bolter for 27 years before he became disabled. He attended Bradley Freewill Baptist Church, where he was saved on Palm Sunday, 2010. His favorite pastimes were fishing and boating on R.D. Bailey Lake with his Uncle Stanley Mitchell, and listening to music.

He was preceded in death by a stepfather, James McCracken; grandparents, Charles and Hulda Cox and Elmer Bailey and Nellie Bailey Mitchell; uncles, Tommy Cox, Bobby Cox and Benny Bailey; and aunts, Betty Delphia and Donnie Graham.

Survivors include aunts, Nancy Clay and husband Carl of Beckley, Glenda Workman of Lakeland, FL, Carol Seebolt of Colorado Springs, CO, Judy Cox of Brenton, Valma McCoy of Brenton, Sharon Ritter of AZ, Patty Morgan of SC, and Nadine Browning of TX; uncles, Kenneth Cox and wife, Ruth, of Des Moines, IA, Ray Bailey of Fredericksburg, VA, Howard Bailey of Manassas, VA, and Stanley Mitchell of Indian Creek; and many cousins.

Other survivors include Johnie and Marian Osborne and their son, Matthew, of Brenton, all of whom loved Junior very much. Mr. Bailey’s family would like to express their deepest gratitude to the Osborne family for the love, care and friendship they extended to him during the past year.

A service of remembrance will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 17, 2013, at Calfee Funeral Home in Pineville. Visitation will begin at 1 p.m. and continue until time of service. The Rev. Wayne Peters will officiate. Burial will follow at Shannon Cemetery, Baileysville. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

Nancy and Carl Clay would like to express their deepest gratitude to the Bradley Freewill Baptist for all their love, prayers and support shown to Junior during the time that he attended church there.

An online guestbook and additional information may be found at www.calfeefuneralservice.com.

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



‘Betty Lou’ Shelvy Jean Braxton

LOS ANGELES, Calif. — “Betty Lou” Shelvy Jean Braxton, 71, of Los Angeles, CA, formerly of Mt. Hope, WV, died Saturday, March 16, 2013.

Born October 23, 1941, in Mt. Hope, West Virginia, she was the daughter of the late James Braxton and Minnie Kathryn Burrows.

She lived her life in Los Angeles, California, as a vegetarian, cook, writer, lecturer, health and beauty consultant and manufacturer and always enjoyed teaching others the lifestyle of natural eating and living. She had a professional career in cosmetology for more than 40 years. Much of her success was attributed to the miracle ingredients in Garlic and Aloe Vera.

Left to cherish her memory are sons, Charles Maurice (Rose) Baker of Owings, Maryland, and Kenneth Tompkins of Louisiana; daughters, Melina Estep (Eric Sr.) Jackson of Cheltenham, Maryland, and Tonya Tompkins of Houston, Texas; four grandchildren; one great-grandchild; brothers, James Braxton of Columbus, Ohio, Michael Braxton and Dwayne Braxton; sisters, Judith of Boomer, WV, Linda Burrows; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, special acquaintances and friends.

As per her request, she was cremated and there will be no service or visitation.

Sympathy cards can be sent to: Tonya Tompkins, P.O. Box 300266, Houston, Texas 77230.

Submitted by Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.



Kermit John Bricker

Kermit John Bricker, 54, of Beckley, formerly of Ohio, passed away Sunday, March 10, 2013.

There will be no visitation and funeral. Burial will be in Woods Avenue Historical Cemetery, Oak Hill.

Condolences may be sent to www.highlawnfuneralhomechapel.com.

Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.



Truby Jean Green Carper

CLEAR FORK — Truby Jean Green Carper, 62, of Clear Fork, died Saturday, March 15, 2013.

Funeral services will be at noon Monday, March 18, at the Clear Fork Independent Church of God with Pastor Hannibal Blankenship Jr. officiating. She will be laid to rest in the Cook Cemetery, Lynco. Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the church.

E-mail letters of sympathy may be sent at www.staffordfamilyfuneralhome.com.

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



Kathryn ‘Kitty’ Covey

On Friday, March 15th, 2013, Kathryn Ann Covey passed away at the age of 83 after a brief illness.

Known to everyone as Kitty, she was born on December 28, 1929, in Beckley, WV.

For decades Kitty worked as an elementary school teacher for the Raleigh County Board of Education teaching hundreds of children. After retiring she enjoyed traveling with her late husband George Covey to Hawaii, Alaska and all over the continental USA. To celebrate her 80th birthday, she went on a cruise in the Caribbean with her children and grandchildren.

She was predeceased in 1993 by her husband, George Covey, and her parents, Wilbert and Elsie Hoke Wood, and her brothers, Ronnie and Richard Wood. She is survived by her daughter Marian Covey of Beckley, WV, her son Dan Covey of Mount Rainier, MD, her granddaughters Heather Treadway of Boston, MA, and Amanda Treadway of Rochester, NY, and a sister-in-law, Donna Wood.

On Monday, March 18th, at 11 a.m. there will be a “Service of Remembrance” to remember the life of Kathryn Ann Covey at the Melton Mortuary Chapel. Pastors Dewey Lowe and Tim Roberts will be officiating. Kathryn will be entombed in the Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens Mausoleum at Prosperity. The family will receive friends on Sunday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at the mortuary and one hour prior to the services on Monday.

Condolences may be sent to the family’s guestbook at www.meltonmortuary.com.

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



Leslie Howard Davis Sr.

MAPLE FORK ROAD — Leslie Howard Davis, Sr., age 61, of Maple Fork Road, passed away on Thursday, March 14, 2013, at CAMC General Division, Charleston, WV, surrounded by his family.

Born May 12, 1951, he was the son of Lockie Worrell Davis of Hilltop, WV, and the late Howard (Tine) Davis.

Mr. Davis was a retired miner and a member of the United Mine Workers of America. He loved the outdoors and was always lending a helping hand to others. He enjoyed having lunch with or just sitting and talking with all his Mount Hope buddies. He was preceded in death by a brother, Leo Davis, and by a brother-in-law, Joe Bair.

But more than anything else, he loved and enjoyed his grandchildren, Kendal, Kamryn, Ethan, Caden and his soon-to-be grandson, Evan. They were the love of his life.

Survivors, in addition to his mother and grandchildren, include his wife of 38 years, Doretta Davis, his son Leslie Howard Davis, Jr., and wife Tracy of Beckley, his daughter, Kimberly Sharp and her husband Patrick of Fayetteville, WV; two sisters, Kay Bair and Karen Bragg and husband Rick, four brothers, Eddie Davis and wife Leatha, Buck Davis and wife Nellie, Rick Davis and wife Patty and Rob Davis and wife Mary. Also surviving is a very special aunt, Dorothy Mae Ellison.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, March 18, 2013, at the Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope, with Rev. Jerry Tyree officiating. Burial will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens at Prosperity, WV. Friends may call at the funeral home one hour prior to services on Monday, March 18, 2013.

Online condolences may be sent to www.tyreefuneralhome.com.

Family members and friends will serve as pallbearers.

Following funeral services a time of food and fellowship will be held at the Maple Fork Baptist Church on Maple Fork Road.

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope, WV.



Adonna Lorraine Dowdy

UNION — Adonna Lorraine Dowdy, 78, of Union passed away Tuesday morning, March 12, 2013.

At Adonna’s request her body was cremated and a memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Friday, March 22, at the Groves Funeral Home in Union with the Rev. Jim Allen officiating. The family will receive friends from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Friday, March 22, at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorial donations be made to the Union Rescue Squad at P.O. Box 78, Union, WV 24983.

Groves Funeral Home in Union is in charge of arrangements.



Charles ‘Peanut’ Duncan

RHODELL — Charles “Peanut” Duncan, 62, of Rhodell, passed away Thursday, March 14, 2013.

Services will be 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 19, at Church of God MPG of Truth in Harper Heights, Pastor Ruby Berry officiating.

Arrangements entrusted to Durgan Funeral Home Inc. Online condolences may be sent to durganfuneralhome1@frontier.com.

Anna Louise Ferris

MAPLE FORK — Anna Louise Ferris, 73, of Maple Fork, passed away Friday, March 15, 2013.

Condolences may be sent to www.highlawnfuneralhomechapel.com.

Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.



Howard R. Lafferty

Howard Raymond Lafferty, 81, of Midway, formerly of Stephenson, WV, passed away on March 15, 2013, surrounded by his loving family at Raleigh General Hospital in Beckley, WV, following a long illness.

Born on January 7, 1932, in Mullens, WV, he was the son of the late Goodall Alan Lafferty and Nancy Elizabeth Rose Lafferty.

Howard bravely served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He returned home to start a long career as an underground coal miner. He retired with UMWA after many years of hard work. He was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed passing down his wisdom and skills to his large family.

In addition to his parents he is also preceded in death by his wife, Peggy Ann Broyles Lafferty; two daughters, Tamela Lafferty Cline and Robin Lafferty Runion; three brothers, Ralph Lafferty, Nathaniel “Gus” Lafferty, Darrell Lafferty; and two sisters, Norma England and Arlie Bishop.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Patricia Tudor Lafferty; his children, Larry Lafferty, Wesley Lafferty, Donna Lafferty Campbell, and Brenda Lafferty McKinney; his siblings, David Lafferty, Nell Jones, Jane Lusk, Wanna Clay, and Barbara Milam; 14 grandchildren, numerous great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren.

Graveside services and burial will be 11 a.m. Monday, March 18, 2013, at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Beckley, with his son Rev. Larry Lafferty officiating.

Those wishing to attend the graveside service are asked to meet at the cemetery.

Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.tankersleyfh.com.

The family of Howard Lafferty is being cared for by Tankersley Funeral Home, Mullens.



Darrell Clinton Lambert

IROQUOIS — Darrell Clinton Lambert, 52, of Iroquois, passed away Thursday, March 14, 2013.

Born November 7, 1960, at Beckley, he was a son of the late Ora Vincle Lambert and Nola Mae Hamilton Lambert.

Darrell was an electrician and welder in the Coal Mines and had been employed with Baylor Mines since 2001. He enjoyed deer and turkey hunting, 4-wheeling, and collecting baseball caps.

He was a 1979 graduate from Mullens High School and a 1979 graduate of Wyoming County Vo-Tech Center. He was of the Baptist Faith.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Randall Gene Lambert, and a sister, Linda Kay Deskins.

Those left to cherish his memory include his sisters, Sherlene Fillhart and husband, Allen, Betty Jo Light, Genene Ratliff, and Rita Griswold; brothers, Dennis Lambert, Keith Lambert and wife, Kim, Ronald Lambert and wife, Elaine, and Donald Lambert; nieces and nephews, Richard Akers, Jr., Ronald Akers, Randal Akers, Kameron Lambert, Fred Light, Jr., Jennifer Lambert, Rebecca Lambert, Tonya Perez, Kenneth Lambert, II, Kimberly Griswold and Brian Griswold.

A service to celebrate the life of Darrell Lambert will be 2 p.m. Monday, March 18, 2013, at Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley, with Rev. Gilbert Dotson and Rev. Roy Crook officiating. Following the services Darrell will be laid to rest at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Beckley.

Roger Large, Robert “Bo” Johnson, Jerry Lane, Ken Wilson, David Boothe, and Teddy Norris will be serving as pallbearers.

Friends may gather with the family from 12 p.m. until time of the service Monday at the funeral home.             

Online condolences and other information can be found by visiting www.blueridgefuneralhome.com.

Blue Ridge Funeral Home, 5251 Robert C. Byrd Drive, Beckley, is in charge of the arrangements.



Mary Catherine McGrady

Mary Catherine McGrady of Sprague, 89, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Friday, March 15, 2013, after a long illness.  

Born December 28, 1923, at Sprague, she was the daughter of the late Charles Ambrose Haydon and Minnie Shomo Haydon. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Paul Muncey McGrady, along with four brothers: Charles, Thomas, John, and Kenneth Haydon, and two sisters: Lillian Meadows and Beulah Dangerfield. She is survived by two sisters: Lelia Ball of Mabscott, and Elizabeth Mills of White Oak.

Mary was affectionately known as “Grandma Grady” by her family and extended church family. She was a proud member of Calvary Assembly of God in Beckley for over 55 years. She was, as most ladies of her generation, a homemaker. Grandma Grady never passed up a church service or a yard sale. Before she became ill, she loved to take rides with her sisters. Although she enjoyed many things, her love for God and her family were most important. In every prayer she always thanked her Lord for “loved ones to love, and to be loved by.”

Those left to cherish her memory include her two sons, Jimmie McGrady of Sprague, and Paul David McGrady and wife, Barbara, of Lorain, OH. Grandchildren include Pennie McNeil and husband, Chris, of Sophia, Rhonda Hylton and husband, Joe, of Fayetteville, Shala Davis and husband, Jason, of Wickham, Angela McFarland and husband, Todd, of Sheffield Lake, OH, Paul David McGrady, Jr., and wife, Lisa, of Bourbonnaise, IL, and Gerald McGrady of Elyria, OH. She had eleven great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren, along with a host of nephews and nieces.

Funeral services will be conducted on Tuesday, March 19, 2013, at 11 a.m. at Calvary Assembly of God in Beckley with Pastor John K. Jordan officiating. Burial will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Garden in Beckley.

Family members will serve as pallbearers.

The family will receive friends at the church from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Monday, March 18, 2013.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Bowers Hospice House or to Calvary Assembly of God’s Mission Fund.

Private online condolences, floral gifts, and other expressions of sympathy are available to the family via www.roseandquesenberry.net.

Arrangements with Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, 1901 South Kanawha Street in Beckley.



David McMasters

David McMasters, 47, of Lester, passed away Saturday, March 16, 2013.

Private online condolences, floral gifts, and other expressions of sympathy are available to the family via www.roseandquesenberry.net.

Arrangements pending completion with Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, 1901 S. Kanawha St. in Beckley.



Johnnie Moore

MAPLE FORK ROAD — Johnnie Moore, 72, of Maple Fork Road, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, March 14, 2013, in Raleigh General Hospital following a sudden illness.

Born January 21, 1941, in Pax, he was the son of the late Jack and Vivian Williams Moore.

Johnnie was a disabled coal miner, who loved old cars, flying, but the joy of his life was his family, especially his children and grandchildren.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his mother-in-law Elsie Evans, 2 nephews Jeremy Moore and Shannon Evans.

Those left to cherish Johnnie’s memory include his loving wife of 49 years Barbara Moore, his children Steven Moore, Wendy Withrow and her husband John. Three grandchildren Christopher John (C.J.) Withrow, Emilee Brooke Withrow, Allison Anne Moore. His two brothers Jack R. Moore and his wife Marilyn, and Donald Moore and his wife Kim. A host of sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and many beloved friends.

In keeping with Johnnie’s wishes he will be cremated and a memorial service will be held at a later date.

An online guest registry and other information can be found by visiting www.blueridgefuneralhome.com.

The honor of serving the Moore family was given to Blue Ridge Funeral Home, 5251 Robert C. Byrd Drive, Beckley, WV 25801.



Helen Bennett Murray

Educator — Leader — Mentor

FAIR HAVEN, N.J. — Helen Bennett Murray, 83, of Fair Haven, N.J., passed away on Dec. 19, 2012, while surrounded by her loved ones. She was preceded in death by her parents, William Howard Bennett, Sona Farley Bennett, and her stepmother Cynthia Nottingham Bennett.

Helen was born in Anjean, WV. She graduated from Mt. Hope High School in 1946. In 1951, she graduated cum laude, as a history major from Asbury University, Kentucky. She was in “Who’s Who Among Students In American Universities and Colleges.” From 1951 to 1954 Helen spent time overseas. She traveled to Portugal to learn Portuguese before moving to Angola, Africa. While there she served as the Director of the grammar school on Quessua Methodist Mission Station and, also, taught typing to a number of African teachers.

Helen returned to the USA in the fall of 1954 to further her education at Berea College, Kentucky. During the summer she worked at the boardwalk in Asbury Park and fell in love with the New Jersey shore. She began teaching in the NJ public school system in 1955 and retired in 1994. She married George L Murray in 1964. Later on, she became the sole provider and parent of their two children.

She attended the First Presbyterian Church of Manasquan, N.J., served as a lay pastor, was a moderator of the Presbyterian women and was an active Esther circle member. Also, she gained considerable satisfaction from her participation in a challenging Bible Study Fellowship program.

Helen Bennett Murray was a brilliant, vibrant woman with sparkling blue eyes that radiated a rare kindness. She was a devoted mother, loving grandmother, as well as a special friend to many. Valued was the time spent with family and cherished trips that reunited her with her beloved siblings. She enriched numerous lives through her teaching, generosity and faith.

Helen is survived by three daughters Michele L Murray of Lausanne, Switzerland, Georgene F. Murray (Marcel Tretina) of Fair Haven, N.J., stepdaughter Pamela Murray McCoy of Gallatin, TN; four grandchildren, Kelli McCoy, Ryan McCoy (Nondina), Marcel Tretina Jr. and Sona Tretina; three brothers, Col. (Ret.) Lester E. Bennett (Ann) of Worthington, OH, Lloyd Bennett (Daisy) of Ripley, WV, and Dolby H. Bennett (Rhonda) of Mainville, OH; two sisters, Phyllis Keeney Gilchrist (Jim) of Sherman, TX, and Esther Shreve (David) of New Martinsville, WV.

Helen was cremated. A private memorial service will take place at the family cemetery near Hinton in this coming June.

“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” Matthew 5:4 “He will give his angels charge of you to guard you in all your ways.” Psalm 91:11



Pearl Brooks Phillips

PINEVILLE — Pearl Brooks Phillips, 87, of Pineville passed away Saturday, March 16, 2013. 

Arrangements are incomplete at this time. Calfee Funeral and Cremation Service of Pineville is serving the Phillips family.



Roger Dale Shuck

DANESE — Roger Dale Shuck, beloved husband, father, and grandfather, was called home to the Lord on Thursday, March 14, 2013. Born January 23, 1947, at Danese, he was the son of the late Walter and Martha Smith Shuck. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by siblings, Helma Evans, Lillian Fink, Norma Thomas and John Shuck. Roger was the sole proprietor of Roger’s Bestway in Danese, WV.

Survivors include his wife: Dorothy Lea Butcher Shuck of Danese, WV; 3 daughters: Sheli Brown, Carrie Scott, and LeAnn Shuck; 6 grandchildren: Christian Brown, Kaitlin Brown, Austin Scott, Taylor Scott, Lexi Scott and Jonathan Scott; 3 brothers: Larry Shuck of Cincinnati, Ohio, Dave Shuck of Dunbar, PA, and Don Zickafoose of Glendora, CA; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, March 18, 2013, at Wallace & Wallace Chapel in Rainelle, with Pastor Milburn Pack officiating. Burial will be in Mountain View Cemetery at Richwood, West Virginia. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday evening at the funeral home. The family requests donations be made to help the Danese area community in care of: Betty Pittsenbarger, PO Box 148, Danese, WV 25831, or to the American Diabetes Association, 1221-A Ohio Avenue, Dunbar, WV 25064. Please send online condolences by visiting www.wallaceandwallacefh.com.

Arrangements entrusted to Wallace & Wallace of Rainelle.



Kathleen Ferguson Thompson

SPANISHBURG — Kathleen Ferguson Thompson, 80, of Spanishburg, formerly of Glade Springs in Daniels, passed away Thursday, March 14, 2013.

In keeping with Kathleen’s final wishes she was cremated and her family will hold services at a later date.

Private online condolences, floral gifts, and other expressions of sympathy are available to the family via www.roseandquesenberry.net.

Arrangements with Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, 1901 S. Kanawha St. in Beckley.



Terry Lee Trout

QUINWOOD — Terry Lee Trout, 34, of Quinwood, WV, died Wednesday evening, March 13, 2013, at University of Virginia Hospital at Charlottesville.

Born July 17, 1978, at Ronceverte, he was the son of Terry and Margie Hizer Trout.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Catherine Danielle Trout, his maternal grandparents, Melvin and Edith Rose Stokes Hizer, and paternal grandparents, Clifford and Katherine Wright Trout.

Terry loved football, baseball, and the outdoors, including hunting and fishing.

Survivors include his parents: Terry and Margie Hizer Trout of Charmco, WV; 1 daughter Abigayle Leeann Trout, and 1 son, Tanner Royal Scott Trout, who lives with their grandparents at Charmco, WV; 1 sister: Tara Marie Trout of Charmco, WV; 1 brother: Jeremy Wayne Trout of Charmco, WV; Companion, Sabrina Stanley.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 19, 2013, at Wallace & Wallace Chapel in Rainelle, with Pastor Roger Cook officiating. Burial will follow at Mountain Baptist Church Cemetery at Carl, West Virginia. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday evening at the funeral home.

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace of Rainelle.



William Franklin ‘Bill’ Yoak

LEWISBURG — William Franklin “Bill” Yoak, age 67, of Lewisburg, W.Va., formerly of Carlsbad, Calif., and Fayetteville, W.Va., gave up his battle against cancer on Tuesday, March 12, 2013, at his home in Lewisburg, W.Va., surrounded by loved ones.

Born August 18, 1945, in Baltimore, Md., he was the son of native West Virginians, the late Donovan Yoak and the late Marvel Yoak Rush. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his stepfather, Granville A. Rush; and his foster parents, Sanford and Helen Scott of Fayetteville, W.Va.

Mr. Yoak was a stunt pilot for the movie industry. He was also the owner and operator of Aerospace Specialties, Inc., in Lewisburg, W.Va., and Carlsbad, Calif., where he was a master sheet metal former for World War II vintage aircraft. He created many special flying aircraft for movies like “Rambo III,” “Blue Thunder,” “Annie,” and many television shows. He also worked for Lockheed in Burbank, Calif., and area 51 in Southern Nevada. Mr. Yoak was a 1963 graduate of Fayetteville High School in Fayetteville, W.Va., and attended Concord College, Athens, W.Va. He held many FAA licenses including commercial multi-engine pilot with land, sea, and helicopter endorsements, and was rated to fly most all World War II vintage aircraft. He was also an FAA licensed Airframe & Power Plant Mechanic and Inspection Authorization. Mr. Yoak’s metal forming talents were world renowned and sought after.  In 2008, Mr. Yoak was featured in the National Geographic Documentary “Inside: Air Show.” His hobby was panning for gold.

Survivors include his wife of 41 years, Linda L. Yoak, of Lewisburg, W.Va.; two sons, Scott Sanford Yoak of Lewisburg, W.Va., and William Donovan Yoak of Upland, Calif.; and his beloved cat, Pogo.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

The family would like to thank and give special appreciation to Dr. Belinda Smith and HospiceCare of Lewisburg, W.Va.

For those considering an expression of sympathy, the family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Mr. Yoak’s favorite nonprofit charity, Please Save A Cat, P.O. Box 128, Maxwelton, WV 24957.

Arrangements by Lobban Funeral Home, Alderson, W.Va.