The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

March 30, 2014

Obituaries — Sunday, March 30, 2014

Thomas ‘Tom’ E. Ball and Deborah S. ‘Debbie’ Ball

Thomas “Tom” E. Ball, age 61, and Deborah S. “Debbie” Ball, age 59, both of Shady Spring, passed away within hours together both following short illnesses.

Tom was born on September 13, 1952, in Mullens, W.Va., to Dolly Sizemore of Rhodell and the late Robert Ball. Debbie was born on July 13, 1955, in Beckley, W.Va., to Margaret Long of Beaver and the late Averil Long Sr.

They were married December 17, 1974, in Pearisburg, Va. They have been together since high school. Tom’s hobby was collecting coins and memorabilia. He enjoyed playing with his grandchildren. He also enjoyed old antique and muscle cars. Debbie enjoyed playing with her grandchildren and being outdoors. She also enjoyed country/ western music and played the clarinet.

In addition to their fathers, they were preceded in death by a son, Christopher Robert Ball; and Debbie’s brother, Delmar Ray Long.

In addition to their mothers, survivors include their daughters, Cheryl Ball of Beckley, and her children, Hunter Thomas Bowling from Shady Spring, and Nicole Raye French, of Church Hill, Tenn.; and Cynthia Lilly and husband Jason and their children Makinzie Lynn and Daniel Charles of Beaver; Tom’s brothers, David and Harry Ball of Beckley; Debbie’s sisters Sandra Lilly and husband Lannie of Daniels, Cathy Earl and husband Jim of Philadelphia, Pa., her brother, Earl Long of Beaver; and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Services to celebrate the lives of Thomas and Deborah Ball will be conducted at 7 p.m. on Monday, March 31, 2014, at the Blue Ridge Funeral Home Chapel in Prosperity with Rev. Michael Vernatt officiating. After the services are concluded, they both will be cremated.

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

In lieu of flowers the family will graciously accept donations at the funeral home.

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

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

Charlotte Virginia Cassity

Charlotte Virginia Cassity, 75, of Crab Orchard, passed away peacefully Friday, March 28, 2014.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 2, at the Blue Ridge Funeral Home Chapel in Prosperity with Pastor Vondie Cook officiating. Interment will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens in Prosperity. Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, April 1, at the funeral home.

Online condolences and other forms of sympathy are available to the family via

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

Alvin Cole

LILLYDALE — Alvin Cole, 83, of Lillydale, passed away Friday, March 28, 2014.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 1, in the Chapel of Stafford Family Funeral Home, Lynco, with the Rev. James Walker officiating. He will be laid to rest in Palm Memorial Gardens, Matheny. Friends may gather with the family from 11 a.m. until time of service Tuesday, April 1, at the funeral home.

E-mail letters of sympathy may be sent at

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

Vivian Ann Cook

NORTH RIDGEVILLE, Ohio — Vivian Ann Cook, of North Ridgeville, Ohio, formerly of Beckley, passed away Saturday, March 29, 2014.

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

Jane Marie Elkins Gaas

OAK HILL — Jane Marie Elkins Gaas, 54, of Oak Hill, passed away Friday, March 28, 2014.

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Ross Hutchens

Mr. Ross Hutchens of Beckley died Friday, March 28, 2014.

Funeral services will be at 3 p.m. Thursday, April 3, at the United Methodist Temple. The Rev. Randy Adkins will be officiating. The burial will follow in the Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens at Prosperity. The family will receive friends from 1 p.m. until the hour of the services.

Condolences may be sent to the family’s guestbook at

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary and Cremation Center, Beckley.

Mary Jane Sweeney Jones

PETERSTOWN — Mary Jane Sweeney Jones, 86, of Peterstown, passed away Thursday, March 27, 2014. 

Funeral service will be 1 p.m. Monday, March 31, at the Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home Chapel with Barry Harper officiating. Burial will follow in the Sunset View Cemetery, Bozoo. Visitation will be 11 a.m. until time of the service Monday.

Online guestbook can be signed or condolences may be sent to the Jones family at

Arrangements by Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home, Peterstown.

Jannes Catherine (Jan Caye) Gwinn Gorby Londeree

MOUNT HOPE — Jannes Catherine (Jan Caye) Gwinn Gorby Londeree, 64, of Mount Hope, WV, passed away Friday, March 28, 2014, at Raleigh General Hospital, Beckley.

Born August 6, 1949, at Beckley, WV, she was the daughter of the late J. C. “Jake” and Joan Graff Gwinn.

Jan Caye was a retired librarian and administrator of Mount Hope High School. She was a graduate of Mount Hope High School and West Virginia University. She was a devoted Mountaineer fan and loved all things WVU. She loved to attend games in Morgantown. When illness prevented her from attending games, she watched games on television and cheered for her Mountaineers, win or lose. Even her license plate said, “We Luv WVU.”

She was a member of the Mount Hope Baptist Temple where she had attended all of her life, a member of the Mount Hope High School Alumni Association, WVEA, Delta Kappa Gamma Sorority, Greater Federation of Women’s Club, Daughters of the American Revolution and the Mount Hope High School Hall of Fame. Jan Caye was affectionately known by her students as the “Heart and Soul of Mount Hope High School.” She obtained the rank of ambassador of the Girl Scouts of America.

She is survived by her husband, Ray Londeree; a son, David Gorby of Mount Hope; brothers, John Gwinn, Jr., (Dianna) of Ghent and Tom Swift Gwinn of Mount Hope; stepchildren, Heather (Randy) Napier of Ronceverte and Rob (Kelly) Londeree of Williamsburg; four stepgrandchildren, Jade and Rosemary Napier and Joseph and Abbey Londeree.

The funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 1, at the Mount Hope Baptist Temple with Rev. Lester Harper and Father Roy Crist officiating. Burial will follow at High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill.

Friends may call from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. and from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Monday, March 31, at Tyree Funeral Home in Mount Hope.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Mount Hope Baptist Temple, P.O. Box 466, Mount Hope, WV 25880, or to the MHHS Alumni Association, P.O. Box 98, Mount Hope, WV 25880.

Online condolences may be sent to our website at:

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home in Mount Hope.

Phyllis Jean McMillion

Phyllis Jean McMillion, 64, of Beckley, passed away Friday, March 28, 2014.

A memorial service will be 2 p.m. Saturday, April 5, at Grace Independent Baptist Church with Pastor Benny Cozart officiating. Friends may visit with the family one hour prior to service Saturday at the church.

Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Phyllis to Grace Independent Baptist Church.

Online condolences may be left at

Arrangements by Calfee Funeral Home, Beckley.

Robert L. Peters Sr.

Robert L. Peters Sr., 69 of Beckley, passed away Saturday, March 29, 2014.

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

Mona Dae Redden

MEADOW BRIDGE — Mona Dae Redden, 69, of Meadow Bridge, passed away late Friday night, March 28, 2014, at Bowers Hospice House in Beckley, following a long illness.

Born January 31, 1945, at Davis, Oklahoma, she was the daughter of the late Otis and Ina Mae Cunningtubby Lampkin.

In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by 4 brothers, Luther,  Paul, Gary, and Billy Lampkin.

Mona had worked as head cashier at Krogers for 32 years, and was a homemaker.

Those left to cherish her memory are 2 sons: Alan Redden and wife Tammy of Meadow Bridge, WV, and Curtis Redden and wife Becky of Meadow Bridge, WV; 1 sister: Jan Carrillo (Lupe) of Ardmore, Okla.; 3 sisters-in-law: Shirley Lampkin, Nell “Sissy” Lampkin, and Mona Lampkin; 2 brothers: Raymond Lampkin (Nora) of Ardmore, Okla., and Robert Lampkin of Davis, Okla.; 4 grandchildren: Kristen, Alex, Ally, and Shaely; Special friend: Vicki Rider of Corliss, WV.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday, March 31, 2014, at Wallace & Wallace Chapel in Rainelle, with Pastor Mike Nutter officiating. Burial will be at Patton Cemetery, Meadow Bridge, WV.

Friends may visit with the family from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday evening at the funeral home.

Pallbearers include Alex Redden, Charlie Redden, Basil Redden, Herbie Harrah, Glen Patterson, Donnie Pomeroy, Logan Pomeroy, and Cody White. Honorary pallbearers will be Gary Pomeroy and Gary Redden.

The family requests donations of sympathy be made to Bowers Hospice House at 454 Cranberry Drive, Beckley, WV 25801.

Please send online condolences to:

Arrangements entrusted to Wallace & Wallace of Rainelle.

Herbert Lee Sarver Jr.

UNION — Mr. Herbert Lee Sarver, Jr., 91, of Union, passed away on March 28, 2014.

He was born on September 7, 1922, the son of the late H.L. and Glenna C. Sarver of Wolf Creek, WV.

In addition to his parents, Junior was preceded in death by his sister, Maxine Mann of Fairlea, WV, and a daughter, Catherine Bowyer of Ripley, WV.

A 1941 graduate of Alderson High School, he attended Roanoke Business College and worked for the Veterans Administration before entering the Army Air Force in 1943. He served as an airplane mechanic in Europe until his honorable discharge in 1946. He was a member of American Legion Post #100 for the 68 years following, and continued to serve his country stateside in the Civil Air Patrol. He was a life member of Monroe Lodge #77, A.F. & A.M., a member of the Ruritan Club since 1955, and a deacon at Union Presbyterian Church. Junior was also a dedicated horseman, breeding and showing Saddlebreds and Tennessee Walking Horses.

Upon returning to Monroe County after WWII, Junior began a long history of service to his community. He was employed by the County Clerk’s office from 1946 to 1948, at which time he was elected as Monroe County Clerk, a position he held until 1950. He was elected Mayor of Union in 1962, serving from 1963 to 1969. He was a member of the first class of firefighters when the Union Volunteer Fire Department was organized in 1955; he served them for 40 years, many as treasurer. Junior was a founder of the Monroe Swimming Pool Association and was instrumental in procuring the 1967 FHA loan to build the town pool. He was also a member of the Monroe Industrial Development Corporation, served on the Greenbrier Valley Hospital Board of Directors in 1975 and 1976, served as Secretary of the Monroe Sports Foundation from 1994 to 1999, and served as a Monroe County Fiduciary Commissioner from 1996 to 2004.

Mr. Sarver was employed by the Bank of Monroe for 37 years, retiring in 1987. During this time he was elected to the bank Board of Directors, and served in that capacity for 31 years, becoming Director Emeritus in 2013. He also worked as an Allstate insurance agent, serving the community in that capacity for over forty years.

Junior will be remembered fondly by his wife of 62 years, Mabel Clower Sarver; two surviving daughters, Dr. Peggy (Marshall) Williams of Pataskala, OH, and Joanne (Roger) Brooks of Pentress, WV; son-in-law David Bowyer of Ripley, WV; five grandchildren, Brandon (Lindy) Williams of Grove City, OH, Ryan (Mandi) Williams of Powder Springs, GA, Susan Bowyer of Alexandria, VA, Kelli Brooks of Morgantown, WV, and Roger Brooks of Hilton Head, SC; three great-grandchildren, Brandon and Alexander Williams of Grove City and Sarai Williams of Powder Springs; niece, Tina (Dr. Lorenzo) Pence of Lewisburg, WV; nephew, Allan (Vivian) Clower of Ronceverte, WV, as well as several other dear nieces, nephews, and cousins. Grateful appreciation also to special friends, Lena Walton and Pastor Nancy Bulla.

The family would like to send special thanks to the superlative staff of the Seasons and Hospice Care of WV whose warmth and compassion have given us the strength for this end of life journey.

A celebration of Junior’s life will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 1, 2014, at the Union Presbyterian Church in Union with Pastor Nancy Bulla officiating. Burial will follow in the Green Hill Cemetery in Union with graveside Masonic Rites conducted by Monroe Lodge # 77 AF & AM.

Family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the Broyles-McGuire Funeral Home in Union.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations be made to Hospice Care of WV, 223 Maplewood Avenue, Lewisburg, WV 24901, the Union Presbyterian Church or a charity of your choice.

Broyles-McGuire Funeral Home in Union is in charge of arrangements.

Jayce Christopher Li’Yem Reid Smith

Jayce Christopher Li’Yem Reid Smith, seven-day-old infant, born March 20, 2014, to March 27, 2014, passed away at CAMC Women’s and Children’s Hospital, Charleston, WV.

Jayce leaves to cherish his memories are parents Ci’Erra Smith, mother, and Joseph Reid, father, of Beckley, WV. Grandparents, Kesha Holliday, Keith Smith, Crystal Hinzman and Dwayne Meadows.

Great-grandparents are David Hinzman, Rebecca Hinzman, Willia Barnhart and Clarence Manns, Graci Kidd, and Arnold Kidd. Honorable mention ReShay L. H. Smith, aunt; Melinie Hinzman, aunt; and David Hinzman, Jr., uncle. A host of family and friends.

Graveside rites will be held on Monday, March 31, 2014, at 1 p.m. at Greenwood Memorial Park with Pastor Walter Clay and Pastor Walter M. Leach officiating.

Arrangements entrusted to Durgan Funeral Services, 1501 So. Kanawha Street, Beckley.

John Perry Thornquest

PAX — John Perry Thornquest, age 80, of, Pax, W.Va., passed away on Thursday, March 27, 2014, at the Raleigh General Hospital in Beckley.

Born on December 18, 1933, at Mabscott, W.Va., he was the son of the late Robert Thornquest and Ruth Capitola Thornquest.

Mr. Thornquest was retired from the U.S. Army with 20 years of service, having served in Korea and Germany. He was a former coal miner at the Eccles Coal Mines and the Heartland of Beckley Nursing Home. 

Mr. Thornquest was preceded in death by two sons, Robert and Randy Thornquest, by a brother, Emory, by a sister Peggy DeHart, and by one great-grandchild, Aaron Mobley.

Surviving are his children, Rusty (Marie) Thornquest of Maple Fork, Ricky (Lou Ann) Thornquest, Ronald (Cindy) Thornquest, Roger Thornquest, Rodney McGraw, and Darla Mobley, all of Pax. Brothers, Donald (Karol) Thornquest of Sophia, and Paul (Linda) Thornquest of Beckley; sisters, Sara (Jack) Williams of Beckley, Judith Thornquest of Melbourne, Fla., and Sherry Shockney of Shady Spring; 12 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren also survive.

At his request, there will be no visitation or funeral services.

Private online condolences and other expressions of sympathy may be directed to the family via our guestbook at

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