The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

September 22, 2012

Obituaries - Saturday, September 22, 2012

James Ervin Altice Sr.

OAK HILL — James Ervin Altice Sr., 65, of Oak Hill, passed away Thursday, September 20, 2012, at Beckley ARH Hospital.

Born May 19, 1947, at Sun, W.Va., the son of the late William C. Altice Sr. and Nellie Mae (Waddell) Altice.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his stepfather, Charlie Johnson; one son James “Jimbo” E. Altice Jr., one brother William “Buddy” Clarence Altice Jr.; five sisters Ebbie, Ella, Ruby, Tootie, and Rayola; and grandson Preston J. Altice.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife Mary Beth “Cookie” Altice; four daughters Tina Sue Francisco and husband Bradley of Mt. Hope, Lisa Sue Sadler and husband Jimmy of Daniels, Melissa Ann Stiefer and husband Mark of Coal City, and Tammy Lynn Altice and companion Shawn Johnson of Crab Orchard; stepdaughters Jimelle Dillon of Oak Hill and Tralissa Combs and husband Lee of Fayetteville; 11 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.

His remains rest at High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, 1435 E. Main St., Oak Hill, where the family will receive friends from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday and where the funeral service will be held 3 p.m. Sunday, with Rev. Bryan White officiating. Burial will follow in High Lawn Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be Danny Hicks, Lee Combs, Bradley Francisco, Danny Jackson, Brandon Remy, Chris Reynolds, Manuel Tiscareno, and Shawn Anderson.

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Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.

William Jackson Brooks

ROGERSVILLE, Tenn. — William Jackson Brooks, 73, of Rogersville, formerly of White Sulphur Springs, died Monday, Sept. 17, 2012.

Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, at the Mount Vernon Cemetery at Fort Springs, with the Rev. Lewis Brooks officiating. Visitation will be from 10 to noon at the funeral home.

Shanklin Funeral Home, White Sulphur Springs, is serving the family.

Tiffany Raelynn Browning

OCEANA — Tiffany Raelynn Browning, infant daughter of Teddy Ray and Ashley Toler Browning of Oceana, passed away Monday, Sept. 17, 2012.

Service will be 2 p.m. today at the Verner Community Church, Verner, with the Revs. Lucky Billy Browning and Allen Blankenship officiating. Burial will follow in Christian Family Cemetery, Browning Fork. Friends may call from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at the church.

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Arrangements by Mounts Funeral Home, Gilbert.

Alton A. ‘Tater’ Cales

LAGRANGE, Ohio — Alton A. “Tater” Cales, 77, of LaGrange, formerly of Hix, went home to be with the Lord Wednesday, September 19, 2012, in Elyria, Ohio, following a long illness.

Born March 17, 1935, in Hix, he was a son of the late Preston Allen and Effie Richmond Cales and stepfather Hobert Williams.

Alton was a U.S. Army veteran and a longtime steelworker retiring with over 30 years of service. He enjoyed traveling, hunting, golf, sports and was an avid WVU fan. He also enjoyed a daily meeting with his retiree friends and taking care of his two beloved dogs Mojo and Yoder.

Preceded in death by his wife, Wilda Bennett Cales, in 2001; two brothers, Arlie Cales and Dave Cales; four sisters, Mary Wickline, Elinore Cales, Jan Cooper and Sadie Williams.

Those left to cherish his memory include his two daughters, Linda Schmidt and husband Dave of Wellington, OH, and Carla Simmons of LaGrange, OH; two sons, Randy Cales and wife Nelda of Emerald Isle, NC, and Brian Cales of LaGrange, OH; six grandchildren, Jason, Brandon, Colton Schmidt, Wesley Simmons, Preston Cales and Kailyn Cales; one sister, Genetta Humphries; three brothers, Alfred Cales, Jerry Cales and Roger Cales.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, September 23, 2012, at Tempa Baptist Church with Pastor Bobby Reed officiating. Burial will follow in the Alderson Family Cemetery at Hix. Friends may call at the funeral parlors from 5 to 8 p.m. on Saturday.

Family will serve as pallbearers.

Condolences may be sent to the family at

Arrangements are by the Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors of Hinton.

Sharon Lea Hartley DeLeon

Sharon Lea Hartley DeLeon, 72, of Beckley, passed away Monday, Sept. 17, 2012, at Beckley Appalachian Regional Hospital, Beckley.

Born Feb. 22, 1940, at Dayton, Ohio, she was the daughter of the late Douglas Andrew Hartley and Ruth Erma Hartley.

She was preceded in death by a son, Nolly Antonio DeLeon.

Mrs. DeLeon served as a nurse and loved caring for other people. She had a special bond with her favorite grandson, Michael Spain II.

She leaves behind to cherish her memories two daughters, Elaina Noel Hurley of Beckley, and Danyo Jeanine Marshall of Long Beach, Calif.; six grandchildren, Jessica Noel Dandy, Janelle Angeli Hurley, Ian Taybr Thomas, Tyler Noel Thomas, Michael Shawn Spain II, Robin Satterfield, and Makhia Hurley; special friend (daughter) Carmella Herrera and Michael Spain Sr., host of nieces, nephews and friends.

Family will receive friends at the Durgan Funeral Chapel, 1501 South Kanawha St., Beckley, on Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012, from 12 noon to 1:30 p.m. Memorial services will follow at 2 p.m. at the Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 123 Mool Ave., Beckley, with Pastor Nelson Staples III officiating.

Online condolences may be e-mailed to:

Arrangements provided by Durgan Funeral Services, 1051 South Kanawha St., Beckley.

Linda Lou Hendrick Dickens

Linda Lou Hendrick Dickens, 69, of Naoma, went home to be with her Heavenly Father Wednesday, September 19, 2012, after a long illness.

She was a retired cook of the Raleigh County Board of Education and a member of the Naoma Freewill Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by a daughter Tamela “Tammy” Dickens and parents, Grover and Juanita Hendrick, and a brother, Ernest Hendrick.

She is survived by her loving husband of 51 years Billy Gene Dickens and three daughters, Lisa Ann Stover of Shady Spring, Linda “Christine” and husband, Victor Rhodes, of Cleveland, Ohio, and Billie Jo and husband, Mark Skaggs, of Naoma, W.Va., three special granddaughters, Stephanie and husband, Mike Lipford, of Artie, WV, Ellie and Destiny Rhodes of Cleveland, Ohio, also three special grandsons, Gregory and wife Rebba Stover of Artie, W.Va., Jonathan and Michael Rhodes of Cleveland, Ohio, eight very special great-grandchildren, Bethany, Brooke, Isaac, Karlie, Draven, Lillie, Mikenley and Layla.

She is also survived by a very special sister, Rose Ann and husband, Roger Elkins, of Beckley, and two brothers, George and wife, Blondie, of Arnett, and Willie and wife, Helen Hendrick, of Durban, W.Va., and many special nieces, nephews and friends.

Service will be 1 p.m. Monday, Sept. 24, 2012, at the Naoma Freewill Baptist Church, Naoma, with the Revs. David Cook and Larry Kinder officiating. Interment will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Prosperity.

Pallbearers will be Mike Lipford, Jonathan Rhodes, Victor Rhodes, Mark Skaggs, Gregory Stover, Steve Stover. Honorable mention pallbearers will be Danny Dickens, Jerry Dickens and Ricky Dickens.

Friends may call 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the church.

Armstrong Funeral Home, Whitesville, is entrusted with the arrangements for the Dickens family.

Shirley I. Greer

OHIO — Shirley I. Greer, 78, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012.

Visitation will be 10 a.m. Saturday at the Israelite Missionary Baptist Church, 12527 Kinsman Road, followed by service at 10:30 a.m.

Arrangements by E.F. Boyd & Son Funeral Home, 2165 E. 89th St., Cleveland, Ohio.

Submitted by Durgan Funeral Services, Beckley.

M.A. ‘Tony’ Grimmett

HINTON — M.A. “Tony” Grimmett, 73, of Hinton, entered into eternal rest peacefully at home, Tuesday, September 18, 2012, following a long illness.

Born January 16, 1939, at Hinton, he was a son of Imogene Grimmett of Hinton and the late Paul Grimmett.

Tony was the former owner and operator of “Tony’s” in Hinton retiring in 2003. He was an avid NASCAR Fan attending many races with friends, as well as fishing and spending time with family and friends as long as his health permitted.

Besides his mother, those left to cherish his memory include his wife of 51 years, Barbara Cole Grimmett at home; one son, Alan Grimmett of Hinton; one daughter, Sara Fix and husband Randy of Hilldale; two stepgranddaughters, Molly and Kassi Fix; two stepgreat-grandchildren, Liam and Laci; one brother, Roger Grimmett and wife Ruth of Hampton, Va.; one sister, Roberta Wheeler of Hinton; and several nieces and nephews also survive.

In honor of Tony’s wishes the body has been cremated. Memorial services will be 1 p.m. Tuesday, September 25, 2012, at the Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors Chapel in Hinton, with Pastor Robbie Merritt officiating.

Friends may call at the funeral parlors from noon until service time on Tuesday.

In lieu of flowers donations of sympathy may be made to Hospice of Southern WV, P.O. Box 1472, Beckley, WV 25801.

Condolences may be sent to the family at

Arrangements are by the Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors of Hinton.

Virginia Light Henderson

BENTLEY, Mich. — Virginia Light Henderson, 74, formerly of Fayetteville, passed away Friday, Sept. 21, 2012.

Arrangements are incomplete at Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, 350 W. Maple Ave., Fayetteville.

Elizabeth ‘Betty’ Ann Sibray Howard

MOUNT HOPE — Elizabeth “Betty” Ann Sibray Howard, 86, of Mount Hope, died on Thursday, September 20, 2012, at her home.

Born November 27, 1925, at Pittsburgh, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Donald L. and Dorothy Irene Schaub Sibray.

She graduated from Rivesville High School in Fairmont where she was salutatorian of her class and a graduate of West Virginia University.

Mrs. Howard was a Fayette County school teacher having retired from Mount Hope Middle School.

Mrs. Howard was a member of the Mount Hope Presbyterian Church where she loved to sing in the choir. She was a member of the Mount Hope Federated League, Fayette Study Club, Delta Gamma Sorority at WVU and was an avid Bridge player.

The Howard family would like to thank Misty Hall, Sarah Acord, and Wanda Ball for their wonderful care.

Three brothers, Bill Sibray, John Sibray, and Richard Sibray, and a sister, Caroline Probst, preceded her in death.

Survivors include her husband, of 64 years, Thomas W. “Tom” Howard, daughter, Linda Howard Brown and husband, Steve, of Mount Hope, two sons, Dr. Thomas W. Howard II and wife, Jan, of Hurricane, and Charles Howard and wife, Lorna Waddell, of Morgantown, six grandchildren, Dr. Thomas W. Howard III, Dr. Alex Howard, Grant Howard, William Brett Brown, Will Howard, and Charley Howard, two brothers, James Sibray of Beckley and Tom Sibray of Valparaiso, Ind., and two sisters, DeeDee Zotcavage of Millersville, Md., and Phronsie Blankenship of Virginia.

Funeral services will be on Sunday, September 23, 2012, at 2:30 p.m. at the Mount Hope Presbyterian Church with Pastor Beth Stone officiating. Entombment will be at High Lawn Memorial Park Mausoleum in Oak Hill.

Friends may call one hour prior to the service on Sunday at the church.

Grandsons and family members will serve as pallbearers.

Donations of sympathy may be made to the Mount Hope Presbyterian Church, 412 Main Street, Mount Hope, WV 25880, or the Greater Mount Hope Community Fund, Inc., 211 Bluestone Road, Mount Hope, WV 25880.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope.

Beulah Frances Leslie

HINTON — Beulah Frances Leslie, 87, of Hinton, died at 11:15 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012.

Arrangements are pending completion at Pivont Funeral Home, Hinton.

Frank Matics

Murriel Franklin “Frank” Matics, 67, of Lester, WV, passed away Friday, September 7, 2012, at the Princeton Community Hospital following a long battle with Parkinson’s disease.

Born October 15, 1944, in Abney, WV, Frank was the son of the late Lenora Jane “Johnny” McGraw and Johnny Matics. He was raised by his late stepfather, Bernard McGraw.

Frank was a loving father and husband and the Fire Chief for the Lester Volunteer Fire Department for 35 years. He was an avid muscle car enthusiast and a drag racer his entire life.

Left to cherish his memory is his loving wife of 47 years, Earl Ann “Cookie” Matics. He will be sadly missed by their daughter, Missy Walker and her husband, Vernon, of Lester; their son, Jay Matics and his wife, Theresa, of Lester; their granddaughter, Nyah Nicole Matics of Lester; his mother-in-law Aldeen Workman of Lester.

Frank is survived by two sisters, Carol Sue England and her husband, Ernie, of Lester, Virginia Ford of Beckley, four half brothers, John Matics and his wife, Kathy, of Warrenton, VA, Mark Matics and his wife, Lora Lee, of Oak Ridge, NC, Roger Matics and his wife, Lisa, of Mount Hope, WV, Gary Matics and his wife, Eddi, of Meadow Bridge, WV, half sister, Sunda Klimovich and husband, Bill, of Orlando, FL, stepsister Peggy Craig of Beckley, stepbrother Edward McGraw of Tennessee, and numerous nieces and nephews.

There will be a gathering to celebrate and remember his life at the Beckley-Raleigh County Convention Center Sunday, September 23, 2012, at 2 p.m. with a memorial service to begin at 4 p.m.

Officiating the memorial service will be Reverend Dale Birchfield and Jim Morgan.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Frank’s name to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, Grand Central Station, P.O. Box 4777, New York, NY 10163-4777, or online at

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary Inc., Beckley.

Margaret ‘Suge’ O’Dell

Margaret “Suge” O’Dell, 89, of Beckley, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012.

Service will be 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23, at Stevens & Grass Funeral Home, Malden, with Pastor Marvin Horan officiating. The burial will follow the service in Youngers Hollow Cemetery, Campbells Creek. Family and friends may call one hour prior to the service Sunday at the funeral home.

Arrangements by Stevens & Grass Funeral Home, 4203 Salines Drive, Malden.

Shirley Ann Darlington Peters

Shirley Ann (Darlington) Peters, 76, of Glen Morgan, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, September 20, 2012.

Born September 10, 1936, she was a daughter of the late Mason and Hucie Mann Darlington.

Shirley enjoyed dancing, crafting, music, yodeling and most of all spending time with her family. She was a graduate of Shady Spring High School and of the Baptist faith.

In addition to her parents, Shirley is preceded in death by her sister, Carolyn Sue Darlington, and great-grandson, Joseph Hosler.

Those left to cherish her memories include her loving husband of 57 years Bill R. Peters Sr.; sisters, Ruby Alice Akers, Patty Cannon; brother, Ralph Darlington and wife Tomi Peck; daughter, Pamela Thacker and husband Adam of Sylvester; son, Billy Ray Peters Jr. and wife Christy Graham of Glen Morgan; grandchildren, Tina Byrd and husband James of Beckley, Clayton Hollingsworth and wife Rebecca of Beckley, Jeanie Hosler and husband Jeff of Beckley, Billy Ray Peters III, and wife Danielle of Glen Morgan, and their mother, Carol Barclay, Daysha Mills, Kailey Cabe, Isaak Ritchie, Ariana Powell and their mother Christy; Mathew DeBerry, Sammy Peters, Serenity Whitener, Aubrey Whitener and their mother, Amy Whitener; great-grandchildren, Erica Redden, Courtney Redden, Kaitlyn Hollingsworth, Jaylyn Byrd, Chelsea Hollingsworth, Rylea Hosler and Allie Hosler.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, September 24, 2012, at Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley, with Pastor Michael Knotts officiating. Burial will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens.

Friends may gather with the family Monday from 12 to 1 p.m. at the funeral home.

The family requests that memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association at Alzheimer’s Association West Virginia, 1601 Second Avenue, Charleston, WV 25387. 

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

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

Roger Lee Rogers

It is with heavy hearts that the family of Roger Lee Rogers aka “Big Rog” announces his passing on Wednesday, September 19th, 2012.

Born November 17th, 1949, at Claremont, W.Va., he was the son of Nannie Rogers of Redstar and the late Warren Rogers.

In his usual spirit and resilience he fought an amazing, fierce and inspirational battle with an extended illness; Roger is finally at peace in the Lord’s arms. Throughout what was such a difficult journey his uncanny sense of humor prevailed and despite his many health challenges he always thought more about others than himself.

Roger Rogers was retired from Elkem Metals, Alloy Plant, where he provided 36 years of service. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War serving two tours. He was a dedicated Father, loving husband and the world’s best Granddaddy.

Roger will be especially missed by his devoted wife, Lucinda Rogers, cherished daughter Natalie Ward, and the new lights of his life, granddaughters, Sydney and Jada Ward.

Roger has gone to join his Father Warren Rogers, brothers John Rogers Sr. and Nathaniel Pierre Rogers and nephew John Alan Rogers Jr. in the almighty land of Happiness. He leaves behind brothers, Owen Rogers, Billy Rogers, and sisters Carolyn Rogers, Phyllis Slay, Tamla Rogers, and a whole host of nieces and nephews.

He will be dearly missed by his many relatives and friends, whom he touched with his kind heart, hard-working values, great sense of humor, and the gift of never meeting a stranger.

A Celebration of Roger’s life will be held at Melton Mortuary, 1200 Harper Road, on Sunday at 1 p.m. Friends may call from noon until the time of service.

Condolences may be sent to the family’s guestbook at

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary, Inc., Beckley.