The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

September 27, 2012

Obituaries — Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012

Lois Kidd Adkins

MATHENY — New freedom from these earthly bonds of emotional and physical pain and suffering.

Congratulations on the first day of your new life. Lois Kidd Adkins, 65, departed this life Tuesday, September 25, 2012, in Kentucky following a long illness.

Born April 24, 1947, in Stanville, Ky., she was the daughter of the late Jet and Reba Stratton Kidd.

Lois was a 1966 graduate of Oceana High School, a homemaker and a member of Clear Fork Valley Baptist Church. She was a giver. Lois gave so much of herself to her friends and family. Now it’s time for her to receive all those blessings and rewards that our Heavenly Father promised his children. She laid in bed for eight months and could only think of going home. She has arrived Home and I can only imagine the reunion that took place.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by two brothers, Clyde and Gary Kidd; a nephew, Jeremy Kidd; and a brother-in-law, Roger Tackett.

Those left to cherish her memory are two daughters, Mary Frances Justice and husband, Timothy of Harold, Ky., and Tonya Denise Bailey and husband, Brain of Webbville, Ky.; three brothers, Donny Kidd of Richmond, Ky., David Kidd and wife Cynthia of Matheny and Ronald Kidd and wife, Evelyn of Oceana; two sisters, Anna Haynes and husband, Jimmy of Hebron, Ohio, and Linda Tackett of Grethel, Ky.; two grandchildren, Jordan Faith Bailey and Derick Lee Justice; seven nieces and four nephews, and a host of family and friends.

A celebration of Mrs. Adkins life will be 11 a.m. Friday, September 28, 2012, at Clear Fork Valley Baptist Church with Erwin Gregory officiating. Lois will be laid to rest in Palm Memorial Gardens, Matheny.

Casket bearers will be family and friends.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, September 27, 2012, at the funeral home.

A video tribute and guestbook at

Services entrusted to Adam Toler Memorial Funeral Home, Oceana.

Lacy E. ‘Bud’ Aliff III

FRUITLAND PARK, Fla. — Lacy E. “Bud” Aliff III, 64, of Fruitland Park, formerly of Sophia, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, September 20, 2012, at his home following an extended illness.

Born October 20, 2012, in Pax, W.Va., to Bettie Lois Paschall Aliff and the late Lacy E. Aliff Jr.

In addition to his father he was preceded in death by two sisters, Janee Pitsenbarger and Jacqueline Lilly.

Those left to cherish his memory include his loving wife of 32 years Jackie Aliff of Fruitland Park, Fla.; three sons, Doug Aliff and wife Ann from Charlotte, N.C., Mike Newman and Chuck Newman, both of Fruitland Park, Fla.; brother, Mike Aliff and wife Pat from Jacksonville, Fla.; sister, Toni Byrge and husband Jim of Shady Spring; five  grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews.

In keeping with Bud’s wishes he will be cremated and graveside services will be conducted at a later date by the family.

Online condolneces and other information available at

Information submitted by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, 1901 South Kanawha Street in Beckley.

Riley Ernest ‘Rat’ Bryant

Riley Ernest “Rat” Bryant, 68, of Iaeger-Panther Road passed away on Tuesday, September 25, 2012, at the home of Eugene Reed in Hanover, where he resided.

Services will be noon on Saturday, September 29, 2012, in the Jeremiah House of Faith, Hanover, with Bro. Steve May officiating. Burial will follow in Charlie Williams Memorial Cemetery, Hanover.

Friends may call after 5 p.m. on Thursday, September 27, 2012, at the House of Gethsemane on the Iaeger–Panther Road and on Friday, September 28, 2012, after 5 p.m. in the Jeremiah House of Faith, Hanover.

 E-mail letters of sympathy may be sent at

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


Elizabeth Thorn Campbell

LIMA, Ohio — Elizabeth Alice Cottle Thorn Campbell, 91, passed away at 3:25 a.m., September 24, 2012, at the Lima Manor Nursing Home, Lima, Ohio.

She was born on September 12, 1921, in Fayetteville, W.Va., to William M. and Daisy I. Arthur Cottle, who have preceded her in death.

On February 4th of 1982, she married Alfred E. “Al” Campbell, who passed away on November 9, 1991.

Mrs. Campbell was a member of the Forest Park United Methodist Church, Lima, and was a volunteer with the Lima Memorial Health System Auxiliary, since 1975. She was also a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Waynesfield, Ohio Lodge No. 273.

Survivors include three step-sons: Leonard D. Campbell, of Baneberry, Tenn., Marshall K. Campbell, of Elida, Ohio, and Paul W. Campbell, of Lima, Ohio; two step-daughters, Mary E. and Robert Roose, of Danese, W.Va., and Nelda K. and John Jolliff, of Casa Grande, Ariz.; many step-grandchildren; and many step-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Carl Thorn, who passed away on February 23, 1975; and a step-son, John W. Campbell.

Services will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday, at Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, Fayetteville, with Rev. Glen Kuhn officiating. Burial will be in Huse Memorial Park, Fayetteville.

Friends may call from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, the American Heart Association, or the Lima Memorial Health System Auxiliary.

Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, 350 West Maple Avenue, Fayetteville, will be assisting the family.

Troy David Cook

Troy David Cook, 53, of Beckley, died Saturday, September 22, 2012.

Born April 6,1959, in Mullens, W.Va., he was the son of Anna Crocket Cook and the late Troy Dennis Cook.

Mr. Cook was a veteran and a member of Heart of God Ministries.

He was preceded in death by his father, Troy Dennis Cook and his brother-in-law, James Rhodes.

Left to cherish precious memories are sons, Brandin (Felicia) Cook and Justin Cook, both of Beckley; daughter, Christin Cook of Denver, Colo.; mother, Anna Cook of Beckley; brother, Randall Cook of Beckley; sisters, Brenda Rhodes, Cynthia Grant, Katrina Cook Lisa Cook, and Leigh Ann Dodson, all of Beckley, and Shelia Cook of South Point, Ohio; two grandchildren, Jeremiah David Cook and Nevaeh Cook and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Friday, September 28, 2012, at Heart of God Ministries, 1703 S. Kanawha Street, Beckley, with Bishop Fred T. Simms officiating. Burial will follow in Greenwood Memorial Park, Beckley.

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

Condolences may be emailed to

Arrangements entrusted to Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.

Lawrence Dow Jr.

Lawrence Dow Jr., died Wednesday, September 19, 2012.

Service will be 10 a.m. Saturday, September 29,2012 at Greater Holy Tabernacle Church, 303780 Third Avenue, 171st Street, Bronx, NY.

Viewing will be from 9 to 10 a.m. at the church.

Submitted by Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.

Herbert Lee Friel

MARLINTON — Herbert Lee Friel, 71, of Marlinton, passed away Wednesday, September 26, 2012.

Services will be 11 a.m. on Saturday, September 29, 2012, at the Lantz Funeral Home in Buckeye, with Rev. Bob Mann officiating. Interment will follow in the Cochran Cemetery at Onota.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday September 28, 2012 at the Funeral Home.

Online condolences may be made at

Karen Lynn Foley Fortner

Karen Lynn Foley Fortner, 48, of Flat Top, W.Va., passed away Wednesday, September 26, 2012, at home.

Arrangements are pending completion at Rose and Quesenberry, 1901 S. Kanawha Street, Beckley.

Aileen Ruth McGraw Janney

OAK HILL — Aileen Ruth McGraw Janney, 92, of Oak Hill, formerly of Pax, died on  Wednesday, September 26, 2012.

Funeral services will be on Sunday, September 30, 2012, at 2 p.m., at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hil,l with Pastor Doug Holley officiating. Burial will be at High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill.

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

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Robert ‘Pete’ Jones

MEADOW BRIDGE — Robert “Pete” Jones, 69, of Meadow Bridge, passed away early Wednesday morning, Sept. 26, 2012, at Greenbrier Valley Medical Center of Ronceverte.

Born March 9, 1943, at Lawton, W.Va., he was the son of the late Harry Robert Jones and Mandy Frances Adkins.

He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church of Meadow Bridge, and a retired laborer from the Carbon Division of Mead-Westvaco. Pete was an avid hunter and fisherman, and loved the outdoors.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by step father, Roger R. Johnson; son-in-law, Michael Canaday; sister, Gladys Fitzpatrick, and two brothers, Roger “Joe” Johnson and Harry Jones Jr.

Survivors include his wife, Patricia Ann Bryant Jones of Meadow Bridge; two daughters, Roberta Canaday of Meadow Bridge, and Candy Burdette (Jeff)  of Covington, Va.; three sisters, Dixie Bennett of Rainelle, Darlene McClung of  Quinwood, and Eva Mae Bumgardner of Meadow Bridge; two brothers, Loran Jones of Maplewood, W.Va. and Davey Johnson of Meadow Bridge; six grandchildren, Terrie Tolley (John) of Meadow Bridge, Tracy Canaday of Meadow Bridge, Darrin Burdette of Covington, Va., Derek Hanna of Covington, Va., Emily Burdette of Covington, Va., Brittany Canaday of Meadow Bridge; and three great-grandchildren, Alexis Burdette of Covington, Va., Laikyn and Levi Tolley of Meadow Bridge.

Services will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012, at Wallace & Wallace Chapel in Rainelle, with Buck Caldwell officiating. Burial will follow in Wallace Memorial Cemetery, Clintonville, W.Va.

Friends may call 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday evening, Sept. 27, 2012 at Wallace & Wallace Chapel in Rainelle.

Arrangements entrusted to Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Rainelle.

Earl S. ‘Poo’ Miller

Earl S. “Poo” Miller, 84, of Beckley, went to see the Lord the 23rd day of September 2012, from a terminal illness.

Earl Miller was born July 8, 1928 in Ronceverte, W. Va., to Clarence and Estelle Miller. He had a total of 8 siblings, 3 sisters and 5 brothers.

Mr. Miller was a dedicated member of St. Matthew AME Church of Beckley. He married the late Janice L. Miller on October 6, 1956.

They had three lovely children and they enjoyed 53 wonderful years together. Earl was drafted into the military in 1951 where he served in the Korean Conflict. After a severe injury he received an honorable discharged and awarded the Purple Heart. To provide an exceptional life for his family he held numerous careers. Mr. Miller was a postman and janitor in Washington, D.C.; a police officer in Sutton, W.Va., and a carpenter. Being a master of carpentry, he went on to become a entrepreneur and owned his own construction business. Mr. Miller not only saw this as his career, but a hobby.

Mr. Miller is survived by children, Melissa Wesley and fiancé Terry Stephens of Beckley,  and Brian Miller and Elizabeth Hardy of Beckley; daughter-in-law, Tina Miller of Charleston; 12 grandchildren, Michelle Wesley of High Point, NC, Nikko, Ryo and Taina Wesley of Beckley, Japri, Makayla and Tyler Miller of Beckley, Teruko and Janice Miller of Beckley, Nathan Smith of Beckley, Jessica Grayton of Beckley, and David Fortune of Charleston, WV; 18  great-grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews; one brother, Benny and Rose Miller of Maryland; two sisters, Connie Young and Lorraine Leftwich both of Ronceverte, and very dear sister-in-law, Hazel Miller of Ronceverte.

All family was special and very close to his heart but he had a special place for Gary Santana, Norma Cook, Bobbie Barker and best friend, Virgil Bradshaw

Mr. Earl Miller is preceded by his wife, Janice Miller; son, Earl Miller Jr.; brothers, Lewis Miller, Leroy Miller, Charles Miller and a sister, Rose Ann Miller.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. at the Heart of God Ministries, on Saturday, September 29, 2012, with Rev. Debra Smoot and Bishop Fred T. Simms officiating. Burial will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens.

Friends may gather with the family Saturday from 12 to 1 p.m. at the church.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

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

Howard Ray Osborne

Howard Ray Osborne, 75, of Nettie, passed away Tuesday, September 25, 2012.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, September 29, 2012 in the Olive Branch Baptist Church at Nettie, with Pastors Stuart Stover and Larry Gawthrop officiating. Interment will follow in the Fields Cemetery at Nettie.

Friends may call at the Olive Branch Baptist Church in Nettie on Friday from 6 to 8 p.m.

Arrangements by White Funeral Home at Summersville.

Jacqueline B. Bowman Richmond

Jacqueline B. Bowman Richmond, 79, of Beckley, passed away Wednesday, September 26, 2012, at Bowers Hospice House.

Online condolences may be left at

Arrangements are pending at Calfee Funeral Home, Beckley.

Flora Alice Short

RURAL RETREAT, Va. — Flora Alice Short, 62, of Rural Retreat, formerly of Wyoming County, passed away Tuesday, September 25, 2012.

She was born in Welch, W.Va., on September 2, 1950, the daughter of the late Herbert Short and Grace Foster Short.

She is survived by her husband, Raymond Lee Short; son, Garland Baker of Panama City, Fla.; step-daughters, Brenda Reed, Lisa Blackburn, both of Pineville, Joy Lee Morgan     of Gilbert, W.Va.; a sister, Helen Curry of Wyoming, W.Va., and two grandchildren also survive.

A graveside service will be held 11 a.m. Friday, September 28, 2012 at the Mountain View Cemetery in Rural Retreat, with Pastor Lynn M. Garrison-Mullins officiating.

 The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m.  Thursday evening at the Lindsey Funeral Home, Rural Retreat, Va.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Arrangements by Lindsey Funeral Home, Rural Retreat, Va.

Mary Caperton Banks Smith

Mary Caperton Banks Smith, formerly of Glade Springs and The Villages of Greystone, celebrated her Hallelujah Day on Monday, September 24, 2012, at the Bowers Hospice House in Beckley.

Mary Cape was born in Raleigh, W.Va., on November 17, 1920, the daughter of Dr. McRae C. Banks and Caroline Caperton Banks. She was raised in Raleigh, and graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in 1939. She attended Sullins College in Virginia and married Dr. Clyde A. Smith on February 8, 1941.

During World War II she was appointed to act as liaison for the American Red Cross working with wives and other relatives of prisoners of war from this area. She again became active with the Red Cross during the Korean Conflict as Recruitment Chairwoman of the Red Cross Donor Program.

Mary Cape was a founder of the Y.M.C.A. in Beckley which opened on September 1, 1963 at the Armory, later moved to the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Building and finally found its current home on East Main Street. She served 18 years on the board at the Y and three terms as Y board president. She was the first woman president of a Y.M.C.A. in the United States.

Mary Cape was also a founder of the hospice organization in the area which started as a shared phone in a shared office at the Beckley Presbyterian Church and has since grown into Hospice of Southern West Virginia, Inc., which operates the Doug and Lucy Bowers Hospice House and provides in-home services for terminally ill individuals and grief support after the loved one passes. She was also a founder of the Women’s Resource Center in Raleigh County serving on the board for seven years, four as Vice-President and two as President.

Mary Cape was a lifelong member of the Beckley Presbyterian Church where she has served as an Elder, sang in the choir and as president of The Women of the Church. She was a member and past President of the Highland Garden Club, a member of the Beckley Women’s Club and a member and past President of the Auxiliary of the Raleigh County Medical Society. In addition she helped organize a graduation celebration for students of the Alternative School in Raleigh County.

Mary Cape was recognized for her many contributions by being selected as the second Y.M.C.A. Spirit of Beckley in 1988 and as Golden Eagle by the Alumni of Woodrow Wilson High School.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Dr. McRae C. Banks and Caroline Caperton Banks, and her husband, Dr. Clyde A. Smith, one brother, Col. William M. Banks (USAF Ret.), and her sister, Cornelia Powers.

She is survived by her daughter, Caroline Smith Morton and her husband, Dr. D. Holmes Morton of Strasburg, Pa. ; her son, Clyde A. Smith Jr. and his wife, Cathy E. Smith of Daniels; and by her five beloved grandchildren, Mary Caperton Morton, Sarah McRae Morton and her husband Nikolas Muenke, Paul Holmes Morton, Jennifer C. Smith of Chesapeake, Va. and Julienne C. Smith of Daniels; she is also survived by her brother, Dr. J. W. Banks and his wife Lois of Union, W.Va.

Visitaion will be at the Beckley Presbyterian Church on Sunday, September 30, from 5 to 7 p.m. with funeral services at the church on Monday, October 1, at 1 p.m. with burial at Sunset Memorial Park, following the funeral service.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in Mary Cape’s honor to the Caperton Banks Smith Fund at the Beckley Area Foundation, 129 Main Street, Suite 203, Beckley, WV, 25801; to Hospice of Southern West Virginia Inc., P.O Box 1472, Beckley, WV 25802-1472; the Beckley Presbyterian Church, 203 South Kanawha Street, Beckley, WV 25801; or the Women’s Resource Center, P.O. Box 1476, Beckley, WV, 25802-1476.

Online condolences may be sent to our guest book at

Arrangements by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, 729 Flat Top Rd., Shady Spring.

Janice Sue Holley Thomas

SUMMERSVILLE — Janice Sue Holley Thomas, 66, of Summersville, passed away Tuesday, September 25, 2012.

In keeping with her wishes the body was cremated, the family will have a memorial service Saturday, October 6, 2012, in the Keselers Cross Lanes Fire Department at noon.

White Funeral Home at Summersville is in charge of the arrangements.

Sherman Thompson

MT. GAY — Sherman Thompson, 79, of Mt. Gay, passed away Sunday, September 23, 2012, at Logan Center in Logan.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, September 27, 2012, at 11 a.m., at Honaker Funeral Home in Logan. Viewing will be one hour prior to services.

Mr. Thompson will be cremated after services on Thursday.

Honaker Funeral Home of Logan is in charge of arrangements.