The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


March 27, 2014

Obituaries — Thursday, March 27, 2014

Danny Lee Blankenship

SKIN FORK — Danny Lee Blankenship, 42, of Skin Fork, passed away on Monday, March 24, 2014, at his home.

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

Herman Carpenter

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS — Mr. Herman Carpenter, 70, of White Sulphur Springs, died Saturday, March 22, 2014.

As per his request, he was cremated. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Arrangements entrusted to Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.

Jason Harold Dillon

KOPPERSTON — Jason Harold Dillon, 37, of Kopperston, passed away on Tuesday, March 25, 2014, at his home.

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

Dorothy Lee Halcomb

2 Tim. 4:7-8, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day — and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.”

ALDERSON — Dorothy Lee Halcomb, 77, of Alderson passed away Tuesday, March 25, 2014, after a long illness.

Born at Page, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Thomas W. and Marjorie Woolwine of Alpoca, W.Va.

Dorothy graduated from Raleigh County Vocational School as a Licensed Practical Nurse, first working at Wyoming General Hospital in Mullens, WV, before moving to Greenbrier County where she worked at Greenbrier Valley Medical Center as a surgical nurse until her retirement. Dorothy loved spending time with her family and friends, she loved the outdoors, cooking out, crafting, wood working, ceramics, painting and making porcelain dolls. She will be missed by all who knew her.

Dorothy is preceded in death by her husband Ed Halcomb in 1994 and a son Eddie Lee Halcomb in 1974, a brother Raymond (Bob) Reese.

Survivors include a daughter Rhonda Whitt and husband Roger of Mullens; two sons John Halcomb of Alderson, Randall Halcomb and wife Rosemary of Chesapeake, Va.

Also survived by five grandchildren: Cheryl Bond, Roger Dale Whitt, Randall Ray Halcomb Jr., Holly Halcomb and Ashley Halcomb. Five great-grandchildren: Kendra and Karleigh Bond, Isaac and Ezra Halcomb and Kenleigh Whitt. She is also survived by a sister Linda Woolwine of Beckley, and a host of nieces, nephews and family and friends.

Funeral service will be 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 29, 2014, at the Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home in Lewisburg, with Pastor Jonathan Hunt and Pastor Lewis Arnold officiating. Burial will be 2 p.m. at the Roselawn Cemetery in Princeton.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home in Lewisburg on Friday March 28, 2014.

The family would like to thank the Hospices nurses and aids that assisted with Dorothy.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

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Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home in Lewisburg is in charge of arrangements.

James K. Hall

CHESAPEAKE, Ohio — James K. Hall, 56, of Chesapeake, Ohio, formerly of Wyoming County, passed away Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at the Cabell Huntington Hospital.

Arrangements are pending.

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

Frances Bostic Hellems

On Sunday, March 23, 2014 West Virginia, lost a state treasure in Frances B. Hellems, born on September 21, 1919, in Monroe County.

At the age of 94, she has gone home to Heaven to join her loved ones. She was the daughter of the late Henrietta and Jasper C. Bostic of Ronceverte, (mayor of several years) and was the mother of the late Dorothy Miller (late Charles E.) of White Sulphur Springs. Her late ex-husband was Houston S. Hellems of Charleston, W.Va.

She was the sister of the late Denney M. Bostic (late wife Virginia) of Rupert and Lake Panasoffekee, Fla.

She is survived by four grandchildren Charles Miller (wife Pamela and ex-wife Penny of St Louis, Mo. — forever family) of San Francisco, Calif.; Melanie Lampkin (husband Daniel) of Danville, Va.; Tricia Mitchell (husband Mark) of Ronceverte, W.Va. and Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; and Christopher Miller (wife Melissa) of Lewisburg, W.Va. Six great grandchildren — Andrew Miller (wife Keitha), Mark and Michael Miller of St Louis, Mo.; Benjamin Honaker of Ft. Walton, Fla.; Mason and Morgan Miller of Lewisburg, and two great-great grandsons Robert Allen Miller and Byron Honaker, plus many beloved nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Frances was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Ronceverte and a lifetime member of The Methodist Women of the Church. She belonged to The Rebekah Lodge of Ronceverte, The Order of The Eastern Star, and The Independent Order of Odd Fellows.

Frances retired from The Greenbrier Hotel after 29 years of service as a cashier. Prior to, during and after her years at The Greenbrier, you could say she was an entrepreneur and paved the way for women to do many previously male-oriented jobs throughout the 1900s. Although she had to leave school after the 8th grade in order to work the family farm at Organ Cave, where she grew up, she continued to be self taught in secretarial skills and bookkeeping and acquiring whatever knowledge was needed as the times changed.

During the Depression and World War II she made sure many local families had food by driving trucks up north to the stockyards and bringing back livestock as well as rationed staples like sugar.  If someone needed a car in the area she would head up north to procure one as a little WV town was at the bottom of the list to receive such a commodity. She became a rehabber of homes when she saw the need in Ronceverte. She had served on the board of The First National Bank in Ronceverte as well as the former Bank of White Sulphur Springs. Her membership with Trinity in Ronceverte began in 1956 extending from her relationship at Highland Park’s (Methodist) Elizabeth Chapel near Organ Cave, W.Va.  

Along with her community spirit, she had the heart of an adventurer which led her on many travels throughout 45 of the U.S. states and Mexico. Her green thumb showed in her beautiful flowers and her skill with a crochet needle has given her family many warmer nights. 

Over the years her strength, grace, dignity and determination provided inspiration to her family. Her spirit lives on inside us. We will mourn her dearly and look forward to being with her again.

Funeral Services will be held at Trinity United Methodist Church on Saturday,  March 29, 2014, at 1 p.m. with Pastor Bryan Baker officiating. Burial services will follow at Rosewood Cemetery in Lewisburg. There will be a visitation for family and friends on Friday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at Trinity as well as one hour prior to the service at the church.

Flowers may be sent to Trinity United Methodist and donations may be made in her name to The Trinity United Methodist Church Building Fund.

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Arrangements are being handled by McCraw Funeral Home in Lewisburg.

Patricia Johnston

Patricia Hatfield Kent Johnston, 86, of Beckley, passed away on Monday, March 24, 2014, at home.

Born December 18, 1927, in Beckley, she was the daughter of Midgie Hatfield and Ernest G. Kent. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Harold Monroe Johnston in 1996; siblings Jean Elizabeth Korn, Charles Paul Kent, Julian Kent, Kenneth H. Kent and infant siblings Ernest Kent and Annabelle Kent; and son-in-law Raymond Harold Trail.

A lifelong West Virginian, Pat graduated as salutatorian from Mount Hope High School in 1945, and from West Virginia Wesleyan College in 1949. After college, she worked for a time as a teacher. She was a talented artist who enjoyed cross-stitching, creating stained glass and dollhouses, and playing the piano. Pat was known as a cordial host and a gourmet cook, whose recipes will live on for many years as part of the family cookbooks she helped create. She was a member of the United Methodist Temple of Beckley for most of her adult life and enjoyed participating in Bible studies and working in the kitchen there. With her generous heart and easy laughter, she helped to brighten the lives and ease the burdens of those who could call her family, and of the many others who called her “Ma.”

Pat is survived by her daughter, Patricia Carol (Patty) Johnston and husband, Larry Frail; daughter, Jane Kent Johnston Trail Showalter and husband, Richard Showalter; granddaughter, Natalie Jane Byrd and husband, Jason Byrd; granddaughter, Caitlin Kent Frail and partner, Bryan Coyle; and granddaughter, Rachel Elizabeth Trail and partner, Melissa Yahnert and her daughter, Alicia; great-grandchildren Ryan Nicholas Byrd, Jillian Grace Byrd, and Lauren Elizabeth Byrd; brother, Robert H. Kent and his wife, Nancy; and brother David Kent and his wife, Patty; brother-in-law, John L. Johnston; sister-in-law, Vera Kent; numerous nieces and nephews; caretaker and friend, Linda Swaggerty; and her beloved cats.

Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until funeral services begin at 12 p.m. on Friday, March 28, at United Methodist Temple at 201 Templeview Dr., Beckley. Reverend Daniel B. Johnson and Reverend Ellen File will officiate.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Patricia Kent Johnston Trust at the United Methodist Foundation of West Virginia, P.O. Box 3811, Charleston, WV 25338-3811, to benefit United Methodist Temple of Beckley. Donations may also be made online at

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

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary and Cremation Center, Beckley.

Evelyn Kay Justice

MALLORY — Evelyn Kay Justice, 57, of Mallory, passed away Monday, March 24, 2014.

Friends may gather with the family Thursday, March 27, 2014, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Greenville Freewill Baptist Church. Funeral services will be conducted Friday, March 28, 2014, at 1 p.m. at the Greenville Freewill Baptist Church with the Pastor Joaquine Ooten and Pastor Baxtor Toler officiating.

Burial will follow in the Browning Dye Cemetery at Verner.

Arrangements by Mounts Funeral Home, Gilbert.

Mazie Lane

BUD MOUNTAIN — Mazie Lane, 90, of Bud Mountain, passed away Wednesday, March 26, 2014, in a Princeton hospital.

Arrangements are incomplete at Tankersley Funeral Home, Mullens.

Mary Lou Bowyer Patterson

SMOOT — Mary Lou Bowyer Patterson, 80, of Smoot, passed away Tuesday, March 25, 2014.

A graveside service will be 2 p.m. Saturday, March 29, in the Wallace Memorial Cemetery at Clintonville.

Friends may call from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, at Smathers Funeral Chapel, Inc.

Arrangements by Smathers Funeral Chapel, Inc., Rainelle.

Jaxon Dean Perone

At 9:40 a.m. on Sunday, March 23rd, 2014, our precious Jaxon Dean Perone, died at the University of Virginia Children’s Hospital in Charlottesville, Va.

Born at 6:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 22nd, 2014, at Raleigh General Hospital in Beckley, Jaxon was the infant son of Aaron and Lyndsey Campbell Perone. In the one day, three hours, and ten minutes that God allowed him to spend with us, the love and happiness he gave us will be forever imprinted on our hearts.

Surviving in addition to his parents are his brothers, Cameron Scott and Joshua Aaron; grandparents, Phillip and Brenda Perone and Rick and Bonita Campbell, as well as many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Services will be conducted at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 27th 2014, at Northgate Baptist Church, 301 Pinewood Drive, Beckley, with visitation two hours prior to the service. Pastor Craig Stevens will be officiating.

Jaxon’s family wishes to express special appreciation to the staff of UVA Children’s Hospital, NICU; Raleigh General Hospital third floor nursing staff, and most of all Dr. Ahmad Khiami, for showing us immeasurable compassion and for fighting valiantly to save our little angel.

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

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary and Cremation Center, Beckley.

Timothy John ‘Timmy’ Pettry

On Tuesday, March 25, 2014, our beloved husband, father, brother, grandpa, brother-in-law and brother in Christ went to be with Jesus after a long illness.

Timmy was born in Beckley, on August 29, 1953, and was the fifth of six children to the late Mont and Vina Duguay Pettry of Friendly View, W.Va.

Timmy worked in the coal mines for 30 years and he loved and supported his family. He especially loved stringed instruments and used his talents to praise God. He was always willing to fill a vacant place when needed. He loved everyone and was always thankful for the love he received at Arnett Chapel, Fairdale Freewill Baptist, Stepping Stone, Lester First Church of God, Glen Daniel Worship Center, Sophia Freewill Baptist, and Maple Meadow Chapel. He treasured his brothers and sisters in Christ.

Those life to cherish his memory include his wife of 29 years, Jane L. Wiley Pettry of Fairdale, children Timmy John and Marshelle of Whitesville, Renee and Chris Duncan of Orgas, Frances and Brian Jarrell of Naoma; children also also include Eddie W. Harris Jr. of Fairdale, Shawna and Rodney Ray of Beckley and Michael and Loni Harris of Sykesville, Md., nine grandchildren: Hope, Lee, Chelsea, Caleb, Dylan, Brittany, Derek, Bobby and Aiden; and four great grandchildren: Talan, Jaxson, Drake and Joel; sisters: Judy, Carol and Teresa, brothers Steven and Dennis and several nieces and nephews.

On Friday, March 28, 2014, at 1 p.m. there will a Celebration of Life for Timmy at Melton Mortuary Chapel, 1200 Harper Road, Beckley. Larry Kinder and Jerry Cantley will be officiating. Timmy will be laid to rest at Sunset Memorial Park in Beckley. The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. until the hour of service.

Friends and family 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.

Effie Louise Cottle Spencer

FAYETTEVILLE — Effie Louise “Meme” Cottle Spencer, 78, of Fayetteville, passed away Sunday, March 23, 2014, at Bowers Hospice House, Beckley.

Born on October 7, 1935, at Beckwith, she was the daughter of the late Clarence Ray Cottle Sr. and Louise Elmira Arthur Cottle.

Effie was a member of Fayetteville United Methodist Church where she had served as a Sunday School Teacher and Bible School Teacher. She was a retired beautician at the Beauty Box in Oak Hill, served as a Fayette County 4-H Leader and Cub Scout Leader. Effie was a Past Worthy Matron of Fayetteville Chapter No. 157 Order of Eastern Star. She loved spending time with her family and friends and will be missed by all that knew her.

Effie and her husband, Lee, were owners of LaFayette Guide and Touring Services of Fayetteville where they met many friends and visited many beautiful sights. 

Besides her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Leon “Lee” Spencer; son, Kenneth Leon “Ken” Spencer; brother, Clarence Ray Cottle Jr.; and sister, Frances Elizabeth Kitts.

Left to cherish many wonderful memories are her daughter, Elizabeth “Libby” Tomlin of Fayetteville; four grandchildren, Dale Tomlin of Fayetteville, Anne (Josh) Akers of Hillsboro, Autumn Iannamorelli of Fayetteville, and Ethan Tomlin and fiancée Katherine Jones of Fayetteville; eleven great-grandchildren: Eric, Dustyn, Isaac, Spencer, Willow, Logan, Sierrah, River, Skyler, Damien, and Dillon; and sister, Helen Armstrong of Gallipolis, Ohio.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, March 29, 2014, at Fayetteville United Methodist Church with Rev. Clare Sulgit-Horn officiating.  Burial will follow at Huse Memorial Park, Fayetteville.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 28, 2014, at Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, Fayetteville.

Pallbearers will be Charlie Garvin, Russell “Bo” Legg, Jack Booda, Jamie Cole, Mike Milam, and Joey Milam. Honoray pallbearers will be Logan Ritter, Isaac Tomlin, Leon Spencer Tomlin, and Mike Ritter.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to Bowers Hospice House, 454 Cranberry Road, Beckley, WV 25801 or Fayetteville United Methodist Church, PO Box 87, Fayetteville, WV 25840.

For those wishing to express their condolences to the Spencer family, you may do so by visiting our website at

Arrangements are with Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, 350 W. Maple Avenue, Fayetteville.

Charlene Marie Taylor

Charlene Marie Taylor, 72, of Beckley, passed away in Appalachian Regional Hospital on  March 25, 2014.

Arrangements entrusted to Durgan Funeral Home, 1501 S. Kanawha St., Beckley.

Audrey Frances Williams Thompson

Audrey Frances Williams Thompson, 82, of Alderson, passed away on Monday, March 24, 2014.

Funeral services will be Saturday, March 29, 2014, at 11 a.m. at the Lobban Funeral Home Chapel, Alderson, with Pastor Rick Duncan officiating. Burial will follow at the Fletcher Addition of the Alderson Cemetery, Alderson.

Friends may call Friday, March 28, 2014, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Lobban Funeral Home, Alderson.

For those considering an expression of sympathy, in lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made in Mrs. Thompson’s memory to the Alderson Elementary School’s Snacks in Packs program, Alderson Elementary School, RR 1 Box 162F, Alderson, WV 24910.

Arrangements by Lobban Funeral Home, Alderson.

Charles ‘Chuck’ Steven Viars

“Make yourself familiar with the angels, and behold them frequently in spirit; for without being seen, they are present with you.”

Charles “Chuck” Steven Viars, 64 of Crab Orchard, passed away on Monday, March 25, 2014, at Raleigh General Hospital following a sudden illness.

Born on the 10th day of June in 1949 in Raleigh County, W.Va., to Maryann Sokola Viars and the late Carl Viars.

Mr. Viars worked as a heavy equipment operator and was also an avid outdoorsman. He took very good care of his family and was known as a prankster. He was also skilled in wood working and working cryptogram puzzles.

In addition to his father he was preceded in death by a special uncle, Lawrence Viars and a host of other aunts and uncles.

Those left to carry on his legacy include his wife, Mrs. Patsy Viars; children, Stephen Viars and wife Sandi of Sophia, Kyle Viars and wife Amber of Columbia, S.C., Marcus Ross of Fort Bliss, Texas, Gina Ross of Crab Orchard, and Lianna Viars of Wheeling; brothers, Lawrence Van and Darin Viars, both of Sophia; sisters, Christi Spencley of Canada and Jane Hicks and husband Charlie of Prosperity; grandchildren, Abbie, Kaylee, Andrew, Maggie, Kellen, and Karson Viars; nieces and nephews, Darin Viars Jr., Angela Yarber, Rayana Ayers, Shasta, Tara, Natalie, and Daniel Hicks; and a special friend, Gary Tony.

Services will be conducted at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 28, 2014, at the Blue Ridge Funeral Home Chapel in Prosperity with Rev. Melvin Jamison officiating. In keeping with Charles’ final wishes, he will be cremated after the services.

Friends may call from 6 to 7 p.m. on Friday at the funeral home.

Online condolences and other tributes are available to the family by visiting this obituary at

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

Rev. Boyd N. Walton Jr.

SEVERNA PARK, Md. — Rev. Boyd N. Walton Jr. of Severna Park, died on Monday, March 17, 2014, at age 83, in Severn, after a long illness.

Rev. Walton is survived by his brother, Henry A. Walton, his children, Sherman G. Walton, Patricia Walton Caesar, Boyd N. Walton III, Valerie T. Walton, David H. Walton, Carolyn Walton Lynch, and 22 grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

Born in Coopers, W.Va., on October 26, 1930, to the late Boyd N. Walton Sr. and Viola Davis Walton.

Rev. Walton graduated from Bluestone High School in Bramwell, W.Va., and attended West Virginia State College for two years before joining the U.S. Air Force.

He was married 52 years to his late wife, Eddie Bell Syas Walton.

He retired in 1973 after 22+ years of service in the USAF as a chief master sergeant.

Rev. Walton was first ordained in the Baptist Church in 1958. He later transferred to the United Methodist Church, Baltimore Washington Conference, and retired as an Elder in 1998. Rev. Walton is an alumnus of University of Maryland, College Park, Md. and Howard University of Washington, DC and held Master’s degrees in Social Work and Divinity. In Beckley, W.Va., Rev. Walton pastored the former Ebenezer Baptist Church from 1974 – 1978.

A celebration of Rev. Walton’s life of service will commence with a viewing at Estep Brothers Funeral Home in Baltimore, Md. on Friday, March 28, 2014, from 4 to 7 p.m.

On Saturday, March 29, 2014, a viewing and funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. respectively, at Metropolitan United Methodist Church in Severn, Md. On Monday, March, 31, 2014, Rev. Walton will be laid to rest at Maryland Veterans Cemetery in Crownsville, Md. at 11:30 a.m. following a brief service at the Memorial Chapel on the grounds.

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