The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

March 11, 2014

Obituaries — Tuesday, March 11, 2014


Russell Clair Bennett

LAKE PARK, Fla. — Russell Clair Bennett, 95, of Lake Park, passed away Friday, March 7, 2014, at the Veterans Administration Hospital, West Palm Beach, Fla., following a long illness.

Born November 18, 1918, in Jumping Branch, W.Va., he was the son of the late Elbert P. and Eunice Mooney Bennett. Mr. Bennett was a United States Army Veteran having served his country during World War II in the Pacific Theater and worked as an automobile repair mechanic.

Preceded in death by three brothers, Curtis, Carl and Charles Bennett, and one sister, Mary Cantrell.

Survived by his granddaughter with whom he made his home, Sherri Richmond of Lake Park, Fla.; grandson, Roy Richmond of Elkton, Md.; three sisters, Esther Fitzsimmons of Centerville, Ohio, Edna Bennett of Covington, Va., and Betty Agee of Bartlett, Tenn.; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 12 noon on Wednesday, March 12, 2014, at the Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors Chapel with Pastor Robbie Merritt officiating. Burial will follow in the Restwood Memorial Gardens with Military Honors. Friends may call from 10 a.m. until service time on Wednesday at the funeral parlors.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.ronaldmeadowsfp.com.

Arrangements are by the Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors of Hinton.



Mark Caldwell

FAYETTEVILLE — Mark Caldwell, 63, of Fayetteville, passed away Monday, March 10, 2014.

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



Edward Quinn Canterbury

Edward Quinn Canterbury, 77, of Beckley passed away Friday, March 7, 2014, with his family by his side at the Beckley VA Medical Center following a long battle with Alzheimer’s.

Mr. Canterbury was born December 30, 1936, to Walter Camden Canterbury and Minnie Lee Quinn Canterbury. Mr. Canterbury grew up on Johnstown Road in Beckley along with his two sisters Lou Ann Canterbury Driscoll and Rosemary Canterbury Craft. He attended Woodrow Wilson High School before enlisting in the U.S. Marine Corps, in which he served 4 years and many years in the reserves.

Mr. Canterbury married Jerry Lee Harrah in 1958 and became the father of two children, his daughter, Jane Canterbury Pereira of Beckley, and son, Edward Mark Canterbury of Cincinnati, OH.

Mr. Canterbury was a self-employed contractor and business owner in Beckley his entire life. He was the first to bring the Nissan, Toyota and Subaru dealerships to Beckley in the ’60s. Mr. Canterbury owned and developed many businesses and properties throughout the Beckley and Raleigh County areas. He attended the Calloway Heights Baptist Church. He enjoyed spending time with his family who considered him a “workaholic” and an avid fan of West Virginia University Sports. Mr. Canterbury will be remembered by all for his hard work and generosity to those in need.

Mr. Canterbury is survived by his wife of 56 years, Jerry Lee Harrah Canterbury, his daughter, Jane Canterbury Pereira, and son, Edward Mark Canterbury. Grandsons, Ryan Robert Pereira and wife Valerie of Beckley, Camden Edward Canterbury of Cincinnati, OH.  Granddaughters, Jessica Rees Dorsey and husband Ben of Beckley and Madison Brook Fleming of Cincinnati, OH. A sister, Rosemary Canterbury Craft of Virginia, brother-in-law, Jim Driscoll of Virginia, and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Minnie Canterbury, 2 infant brothers, a sister Lou Ann Canterbury Driscoll and a nephew Charles Craft.

Funeral services will be conducted at the Rose and Quesenberry Peace Chapel in Beckley on Wednesday, March 12, 2014, at 11 a.m. with Pastor Bill Parker officiating. Entombment will follow at Sunset Memorial Park Mausoleum in Beckley. Friends may visit with the family from 6 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday at the funeral home. Pallbearers and honorary pallbearers will be his grandsons, nephews and friend of the family.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to Operation Underdog c/o Sharon Masula, P.O. Box 10, Cool Ridge, WV 25825, or Raleigh County Humane Society at 325 Gray Flats Road, Beckley, WV 25801, for the care and needs of the many homeless animals in Raleigh County.

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

Arrangements are by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, 1901 South Kanawha Street, Beckley, WV.



Della Jewel Duty Moran Elswick

FAYETTEVILLE — Della Jewel Duty Moran Elswick, 98, formerly of Fayetteville, had a short stay for her final days in Greeneville, Tenn., was entered into heavenly rest on Friday, March 7, 2014, at her granddaughter’s home surrounded by her loved ones.

Although this is an extremely difficult time for her family and friends, we take comfort in the beautiful times that we shared with her over the years and the knowledge that her life brought joy to so many people. She taught us that unconditional love is the most powerful gift in the world and to always keep our faith and trust in Jesus Christ.

She was a long-standing member of the Church of the Nazarene of Oak Hill, and was active as long as her health would permit it. She will be remembered for her warm smiling face, her open arm and love to everyone, and all the years of service given to her church, and her work with children.

Survivors include daughter-in-law, Joanne Moran, her granddaughter, Cynthia (Cindi) Bennington and husband, James (Jim) Bennington Jr., and great-grandsons, James-Robert (Robbie), Jeffrey and Joshua Bennington from Greeneville, Tenn. Her granddaughter, Pamela (Rouette) Bryant and husband, Skip Bryant, and granddaughter, Tammy Lynne DeVasier all of Springfield, Mass., great-granddaughter, Jennifer Thomas and husband, Ryan Thomas, and great-great-grandsons, Aiden and Brayton of Cheyenne, Wyo., and grandson, Timothy Moran of Kentucky; and a very special friend, Bertha Buis of Fayetteville.

She was preceded in death by her parents, John W. Duty and Victoria (Johnson) Duty; her husbands, Wallace Charles Moran and James Robert Elswick; her son, Donald Richard Moran; and grandson, David L. Moran.

The family will receive friends at Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home in Fayetteville, on Wednesday, March 12, from 6 to 8 p.m. Services will be 11 a.m. Thursday, March 13, 2014, at Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, Fayetteville, with the Rev. David Sneed officiating. Burial will follow in Huse Memorial Park, Fayetteville.

For those wishing to express their condolences to the Elswick family, you may do so by visiting our website at www.doddpaynehessfuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, 350 W. Maple Ave., Fayetteville.



Janie G. Goff

HARRISONBURG, Va. — Janie Geraline Goff, 77, of Harrisonburg, Va., passed away on March 8th, 2014. She was 77 years of age.

She was 5th of eleven children born March 15, 1936, daughter of Jesse and Minnie Eller Perdue. Other than her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband John Goff, brothers James, Frank, Edward, Bobby Perdue and sisters Billy Griffin and Juanita Meadows.

Janie was a head start teacher for over 20 years and a Walmart greeter for 5 years.

She loved playing bingo, going to church and singing.

Survivors include her three children, Douglas (Christina) Goff of Harrisonburg, Va., Darlene (Gramm) Stiles of Charlottesville, Va., John (Debbie) of Harrisonburg, Va., eight grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, and seven great-great-grandchildren; brothers Jessie, Alex Perdue; sisters, Dora McCoy and Jackie Johnson.

Funeral services will be Wednesday, March 12th, 2014, at 1 p.m. at the Melton Mortuary Chapel. Pastor Earl Snuffer will be officiating. Janie will be laid to rest in the Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. until the service hour. Grandchildren will serve as pallbearers.

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

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary and Cremation Center, Beckley, W.Va.



Charles W. Graham Jr.

Charles William Graham Jr. (C.W.) passed away peacefully on Saturday, March 8, 2014, at Charleston Area Medical Center.

Born September 12, 1925, in Piedmont, W.Va., he was the son of the late Charles William and Florence Graham.

He retired from the coal mines after 38 years and was a member of UMWA. C.W. was a faithful member of Mullens Church of God on Black Eagle Road and loved his church family. He also enjoyed spending time with his family, taking long walks around town, and reading his Bible.

In addition to his parents C.W. was preceded in death by 11 siblings.

Those left to cherish his memory include his beloved wife, Betty Johnson Graham; children, Janice Neely and her husband, Gary, Jimmie Graham and his wife, Patty, and Rhonda Lusk and her husband, David, all of Beckley; grandchildren, Angela and Toney Bowles, Scott and Stephanie Neely, Andrea and Jeffrey Mullins, Lisa and John Quesenberry, Kelly and Mike Green, Carla and John Campbell, Christopher Lusk, and Heather Lusk; and 13 great-grandchildren.

Services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 12, 2014, at Tankersley Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. J.L. Riffe officiating. Burial will follow in Roselawn Memorial Gardens, Princeton.

Friends may call one hour prior to services at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be Butch Thorn, Jerry Wayne Thomas, Boyd England, Ronnie England, Todd Houck, and David Cox.

The family would like to extend a special thanks to his dear friends and neighbors, Ronnie and Fonda England, Boyd and Rita England, and Mildred England.

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

The family of C.W. is being cared for by Tankersley Funeral Home, Mullens.



Lorraine Green

ROCKY GAP, Va. — Lorraine Green, 60, of Rocky Gap, passed away Sunday, March 9, 2014.

Arrangements pending with Blue Ridge Funeral Home and Cremations, 5251 Robert C. Byrd Drive in Beckley.



Misty Ann Hall

OAK HILL — Misty Ann Hall, 35, of Oak Hill passed away Friday, March 7, 2014.

High Lawn Funeral Chapel, Oak Hill, is in charge of arrangements.

Earlene Daphne Hunt

Earlene Daphne Hunt, 91, of Coal City, W.Va., passed away Sunday, March 9, 2014.

Born February 4, 1923, she was the daughter of the late Avery and Edrie Maxey Farley.

Earlene enjoyed crafting, quilting, crocheting and reading. She attended the Cornerstone Baptist Church.

In addition to her parents, Earlene is preceded in death by her husband, Williams D. Hunt; son, James Larry Motley; seven brothers and sisters.

Those left to cherish her memory include son, Carrol Motley and wife Judy of North Carolina, Roger Worley and wife Gloria of Mathias, W.Va., Thomas Worley and wife Doris of Milford, Va.; stepdaughters, Donna Bailey and husband Bill of Beckley, Jeanie Goodson of Midway, W.Va., Susie Stewart and husband Gene of Crab Orchard, W.Va.; brothers, Jackson Eugene Farley of New Mexico, Ronald William Farley and wife Margaret of Coal City; sister, Leta McComas of Midway, also special friend, Charles Jarrell, Jr.; 14 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 13, 2014, at Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley, with Pastor Roger Tolliver officiating. Burial will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens.

Friends may gather with the family Wednesday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.

The family would like to thank Pinelodge and Bowers Hospice House for the care given to Earlene.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.blueridgefuneralhome.com.

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



Calvin Paul Hypes

SUMMERSVILLE — Calvin Paul Hypes, 52, of Summersville, died Wednesday, March 5, 2014.

In keeping with his wishes, his body was cremated. Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 15, in the First Church of God at Gilboa under the direction of pastor Dallas Horrocks.

E-Condolences: watersfuneralchapel@frontier.com



Artheller M. Minnis

MINDEN — Ms. Artheller M. Minnis, 89, of Minden, died Sunday, March 9, 2014.

Arrangements entrusted to Ritchie and Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.



Elden ‘Big O’ Orndorff

QUINWOOD — Elden “Big O” Orndorff, 91, of Quinwood, passed away Sunday morning, March 9, 2014, at his home, following a long illness.

Born October 5, 1922, at Carl, W.Va., he was the son of the late Owen and Bessie Mae McClung Orndorff.

Elden was a retired coal miner, and a member of Mountain Baptist Church of Carl, W.Va. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister Audrace Mattison, and three brothers, Gilmer White, Glendon Orndorff, and Reed Orndorff.

Survivors include his wife, Emma Jane Shaffer Orndorff of Quinwood; and a son, Gregory E. Orndorff of Quinwood.

Services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 12, 2014, at Mountain Baptist Church of Carl, WV, with Rev. Reginald Berry officiating. Burial will follow at Mountain Baptist Church Cemetery at Carl, WV.

Friends may visit with the family two hours prior to the service (noon to 2 p.m.) at the church on Wednesday.

Please send online condolences to: www.wallaceandwallacefh.com.

Arrangements entrusted to Wallace & Wallace of Rainelle.



Charles B. Patrick

HINTON — Charles B. Patrick, 82, of 313 Maple St., Hinton, died Sunday, March 9, 2014, of a sudden illness at the VA Medical Center in Beckley.

Born December 9, 1931, at Beech Run, W.Va., he was a son of the late Thomas and Eva Ratliff Patrick.

Charles was preceded in death by his wife, Nancy Taylor Patrick, a son, David Hutchinson, a grandson, Brandon Thomas Cobb, and a brother, Jack Patrick.

Those left to cherish his memory include his children, Charles Edward Patrick of Columbia, S.C., Jane Spangler and husband Frankie of Pipestem, Sarah Jo Patrick of Oceana and Lori Jones and husband Ron of Ocala, Fla. Grandchildren, Damon Mills and wife Amy of Morrisville, N.C., Staci Mills of Hinton, David Michael of True, Clint Walker of Washington state, Tammy Mendes and Christopher Patrick of Cape Cod, Mass., David Patrick of Washington state, Chris “Chase” Cobb and wife Stacy of Ocala, and Kari Beth Dellorso and husband Jacob of Panama City, Fla. Great-grandchildren, Tyler Mills of Roanoke, Va., Alexis, Gabriella and Amelia Mills of Morrisville, Emma and Eli Dellorso of Panama City, and Dakota and Brantley Cobb of Ocala. Two brothers, Thomas A. Patrick Jr. and wife Patty of Hinton and Richard Allen Patrick and wife Gladys of Lake Butler, Fla.; numerous nieces and nephews also survive.

Charles served in the United States Army for 27 years as Sgt. 1st Class. He fought in the Korean and Vietnam Wars. After retiring from the military, he was employed as a caretaker for 20 years at the National Guard Armory in Hinton. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Hinton and the Hinton Masonic Lodge.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, March 13, 2014, at Pivont Funeral Home Chapel in Hinton, with Pastor Ron Jones and Pastor Ron Thomure officiating. Burial with military graveside rites provided by the Wyoming County DAV will follow in Restwood Memorial Gardens in Hinton. Friends may call from 6 until 9 p.m. Wednesday evening at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be; Damon Mills, Chris “Chase” Cobb, Tyler Mills, Rudy Allen, Paul Blankenship and Leonard Anderson.

Online condolences and guest register at www.pivontfuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by Pivont Funeral Home, Hinton.



Betty Perry

Betty Perry, 84, of Beaver, passed away Monday, March 10, 2014.

Arrangements are pending completion at the Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, 1901 S. Kanawha St., Beckley.



Danny Ray Snuffer Sr.

Danny Ray Snuffer Sr., age 65, of Beckley, passed away after a long illness to be with the Lord on February 10, 2014, at CAMC Memorial Hospital.

Danny was born August 21, 1948, in Beckley, son of Hazel G. Snuffer and Herbert Edward Snuffer.

He was a graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School in 1966 and a 1971 graduate of Morris Harvey College, in Charleston. He was a Board of Director of Wesco Homes, Inc., in Beckley. He also worked from 1968-1977 for American Electric Power Company. In addition, he was employed with Capitol Fuels, Inc., from 1977-1984 in Charleston. He retired with 14 years of service in Charleston with Peabody Holding Company in 1996. He was an Eagle Scout, and was affiliated with the Boy Scouts of America for over 30 years. He was a member of Mt. Calvary Baptist Church. He was an avid horseman and was involved with the Raleigh County Horseman’s Association, West Virginia Horseman’s Association and the Tennessee walking horse Breeders Association from 1956 to 1972.

Danny is survived by his beloved wife Linda K. Myers Price Snuffer, married on September 13, 1993; one son, Danny Ray Snuffer Jr. of Charleston; one brother, William Edward Snuffer of Beckley; three nephews, William E. Snuffer of Columbus, Ohio, Richard Ray Snuffer of Beaver, Eric Lyle Snuffer of Fayetteville.

The family suggests donations be given to the American Heart Association in lieu of flowers.

Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 22, 2014, at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church, 1154 Dry Hill Road, Beckley, with Pastor Wayne Nutter officiating.

Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.hardingfamilygroup.com.

Harding Funerals & Cremations, 514 50th St., SE, Kanawha City, is serving the Snuffer family.



Kathleen ‘Kitty’ Vest

MULLENS — Kathleen “Kitty” Pinkerton Blackwell Vest, 83, of Mullens, passed away Sunday, March 9, 2014.

Services will be 10 a.m. Friday, March 14, at Mullens United Methodist Church. Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the church and one hour prior to services Friday at the church. Committal services and burial will be 4:30 p.m. Friday at the Pleasant View Memory Gardens, Kearneysville.

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

Arrangements by Tankersley Funeral Home, Mullens.