The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

March 31, 2014

Obituaries — Tuesday, April 1, 2014


Margie Ellen Neace Allen

JESSE — Margie Ellen Neace Allen, 86, of Jesse, passed away Sunday, March 30, 2014.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, April 2, 2014 in the Chapel of Stafford Family Funeral Home, Lynco. Burial will follow in Cook Cemetery, Oceana.

Friends may gather with the family from 11 a.m. until time of service on Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at the funeral home.

E-mail letters of sympathy may be sent at www.staffordfamilyfuneralhome.com

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

Grant Bailey

OCEANA — Grant Bailey, 90, of Oceana, passed away Monday, March 31, 2014.

E-mail letters of sympathy may be sent at www.staffordfamilyfuneralhome.com

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

James Allen ‘Jim’ Ball

PIPESTEM — James Allen “Jim” Ball, 57, of Pipestem, went home to be with the Lord, Sunday, March 30, 2014 at his home following a long illness.

Born October 18, 1956 at Hinton, he was a son of the late James W. “Jack” and Macel A. Berry Ball.

Jim attended Pipestem Southern Baptist Church. He was a 1975 graduate of Hinton High School and a member of the Hinton High School Football Team with honors. Jim was a former Deputy Sheriff of Summers County with four years of service and Chief of Security at Pipestem State Park with 29 years of service. He was also a former governor of the Hinton Moose Lodge.

Other than his parents he was preceded in death by maternal grandparents, Daniel and Pearl Berry; paternal grandparents, James Allen and Freda Hedrick Ball; one nephew, Chance Edward Harvey and father and mother in law, John and Imogene Meadows.

Survivors include his wife, Linda Ball of Pipestem; step son, Dowain Thompson and wife Kristin of Pipestem; step grandchildren, Amber and John Mark Thompson of Pipestem; two sisters, Norma Shumate and husband Butch of Pipestem and Elizabeth Harvey and husband Donald of Hinton; nieces, Rhonda Willey, Amy Richmond, Lisa Miller, Tammy Crandlermire, Mandy Grimmett, Kelli Adkins and Brittany Cochran; daughter in heart, Heather; brother in heart, Ricky Albert and brother and sister in law, Ronnie and Debbie Berry.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Thursday, April 3, 2014 at the Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors Chapel with Pastor Roy Carter officiating. Burial will follow in the Roles Chapel Baptist Church Cemetery. Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. 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.

Verlon Mae Burgess

On March 29, 2014 at 2:15 p.m., God received another Angel. Verlon Mae Burgess, age 78, passed away surrounded by her loving family.

She was born to the late Ira H. and Clara I. Vandall at Elton, W.Va., on October 6, 1935.

Mae was preceded in death by two brothers, Ira Vandall Sr. and Dallas (Red) Vandall. Also her precious son, Tony R. Richmond and his son, Clifford (Cliff) Meadows. Her first husband, Clifford Arnet Richmond and second husband, Leon K. Burgess.

Those left to cherish her memory are three daughters, Doris Wheeler (Bobby Pakacki), Delores Worrell (David) and Becky Lowry (Dayton). One son, Leon Keith Burgess Jr. She is also survived by her love of past 20 years, Wade Roberts Jr. Mae has two wonderful sisters-in-law, Minnie and Kitty Vandall. She is also survived by five grandsons, Michael and Christopher Worrell, Justin Jones, Pete Wheeler and Tony Adkins. Three granddaughters, Crystal Richmond, Dakota and Abby Burgess.  Great granddaughter, Shelby (Yat yat) Worrell and great grandsons, Ryan Wheeler, Blaze Cales and Ryan Kiser and her beloved cat, Cheeta.

As per her wishes, her body has been donated to the human gift registry at the Osteopathic School at Lewisburg. There will be no services.

Donations in her honor may be made to Hospice of Southern West Virginia.

Online condolences & guest register at www.pivontfuneralhome. com

Arrangements by Pivont Funeral Home, Hinton.

John Henry Ellison

CAMP CREEK — John Henry Ellison, 84, of Camp Creek, went to be with the Lord on Friday, March 28, 2014 at his residence.

Born December 14, 1929, to the late Gilmer Hoke Ellison and Florence Martin Ellison at Camp Creek, W.Va.

He was raised a Baptist and was a believer in Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior.

John served 20 years in the U.S. Army as a research technician at the U.S. Army Biological Defense Research Center at Fort Detrick, Md. His Commanding Officer in the Army, Ray Frank, summed up John’s character by stating: “John was a good man. He was the best.”

He traveled extensively in the United States and overseas. Upon retiring from the Army, he worked in the Cast House at Eastalco Aluminum Co. in Frederick, Md. Afterwards, he returned to W.Va. and worked as a roof bolter in the coal mines of Southern West Virginia until he retired.

John loved traveling throughout the U.S. with his wife, Audrey. He loved the outdoors, walking in the woods (especially with his grandchildren) and gardening. In his younger days he enjoyed, “sanging”, fishing, and golfing.

In addition to his parents, John was preceded in death by his brothers, Crum, Doug, Daniel, Roscoe, and Donzie and his sisters, Nellie Wright, Lessie Maxey, and Frances Herndon.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Audrey Clem Ellison; his children, Daniel and Shara Ellison, of MacArthur, W.Va., Roy and Debbie Ellison, of Camp Creek, W.Va., Philip and Dianne Ellison, of Smithsburg, Md., Cheryl and Kenneth Fox, of Camp Creek, Pamela and Brian Hughes, of Columbia, Va.; 10 grandchildren and five great grandchildren; siblings, Phyllis Polk, of Eccles, W.Va., Betty Lou Meadows, of Camp Creek, Rosalea Lilly, of Sanford, N.C., Linda Moore, of Shady Spring, W.Va., Sudie Lilly, of Milford, Del., Abe Ellison, of Milford, Del.,  and Russell Ellison, of Camp Creek. Also surviving are a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

A private burial will be held at the Gad Cemetery on Ellison School Road at a later date. Family and friends are welcome to visit with the Ellison family at their residence at 147 Ellison School Road, Camp Creek.

Online condolences may be shared by visiting memorialfd.com

The Ellison family is being served by Memorial Funeral Directory on the Athens Road in Princeton, W.Va.

Virginia M. Hinkle

LEWISBURG — Virginia M. Hinkle, 90, of Lewisburg, died Sunday morning at Copper Ridge, a long-term care facility in Sykesville, Md.

Born Nov. 22, 1923, at Tioga, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late James and Annie Marsh and the last survivor of the family of seven.

She married Clarence A. Hinkle in Richwood on Sept. 7, 1942, and enjoyed 61 years as an educator’s wife.

Mrs. Hinkle was preceded in death by her husband; three brothers and their spouses, Clyde and Lucille Marsh, Claude and Ruby Marsh, and Glen Marsh; as well as a sister and her husband, Grace and Joe Creasy.

She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, William C. Hinkle and Barbara Hinkle of Jacksonville, Fla.; her three grandchildren, Christy Stephan and her husband, Ryan Stephan, of Naperville, Ill., Teri Stevens and her husband, Joe Stevens, of Ellicott City, Md. and Michael Hinkle of Jacksonville, Fla., as well as their mother, Sandra K. Hinkle. She is also survived by her three great-grandsons, Jacob and Lucas Stevens and Rhett Stephan.

Mrs. Hinkle was a long time resident of Greenbrier County where she lived in Frankford, Rupert, and Lewisburg. She spent 15 years as the bookkeeper for Greenbrier East High School and was a dedicated member of the First Baptist Church of Fairlea where she served as Sunday School teacher and church clerk. In addition, she was active in various church groups including WMU, the Good News Sunday School Class and Thursday Morning Bible Study.

She loved God, her family and the West Virginia hills. She also enjoyed watching the snow, gardening and baking, as well as a good ball game. She preferred “persistent” over “stubborn,” cake over steak and home over travel — because to her, home was the best place on earth.

Services will be 1 p.m. Thursday, April 3, 2014, in the Memorial Chapel of the McCraw Funeral Home, with Pastor Joe Hutchinson officiating. Burial will follow in Rosewood Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 12 noon until time of the service at 1 p.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Gideons International, www.gideons.org or Gilchrist Hospice Care, www.gilchristhospice.org

Arrangements by McCraw Funeral Home, Lewisburg.

Deborah Kay Morgan Hoosier

MULLENSVILLE — Deborah Kay Morgan Hoosier, 61, of Mullensville, passed away Sunday, March 30, 2014 at her residence, following long illness.

Arrangements are pending at this time.

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

Clarence J. ‘Sam’ Kirby Jr.

BLUEFIELD, W.Va. — Clarence J. “Sam” Kirby Jr., 87, of 489 Spurrier Road, Bluefield, died March 31, 2014 at Glen Wood Park Retirement Village in Princeton.

Arrangements will be announced by Cravens-Shires Funeral Home in Bluewell.

Anna Mae Lucas

Anna Mae Lucas of Beckley, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, March 30, 2014 at the Pine Lodge Nursing Home, Beckley, after a long illness.

She was born February 14, 1933.

She was a devoted Christian and attended Calloway Heights Baptist Church, Beckley.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her father Rev. Herbert Cook and her mother, Wavie Cook; one brother, Milford Cook of Stover, two sisters, Aline Massey of Newton, Falls Ohio, Betty Cook of Naoma, W.Va.

Those who are left to cherish her memory are her husband of 65 years, Robert Lucas of Beckley; nieces, Gloria and Scottie Stanley of Artie, W.Va., Regina and Frank Bailey of Bolt, W.Va., Delores and Jaun  Reyes of Fremont, Ind., Pauletta Evens of Toledo, Ohio, Bonnie Roebke of Toledo, Ohio, Karen Lucas of Texas, Bonnie Lucas of Bloomington, Ill., Sharon Lucas of Bloomington, Ill.; nephews, Richard Cook of Naoma, Jerry and BJ Cook of Naoma, David Massey of DE Motte, Ind.; one sister-in-law, Dora Cook of Beckley, two brothers, brothers-in-laws, Bill Cook of Naoma, Ernie Lucas of Bloomington, Ill.; several great nieces and nephews and one great niece, Alexa Reyes “Thomas”  who she considered her earthly granddaughter.

We are confident I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord. II Corinthians 5:8 The believer not only is well assured by faith that there is another and a happy life after this is ended, but he has good hope, through grace, of heaven as a dwelling-place, a resting place, a hiding-place. In our Father’s house there are many mansions, whose Builder and Maker is God.

Service will be 1 p.m. Thursday, April 3, 2014, at the Armstrong Funeral Home, Whitesville. Singers will be Don and Duke and Travis Stewart.

Burial will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Prosperity.

Friends may call two hours before the service Thursday at the funeral home.

Arrangements by Armstrong Funeral Home, Whitesville.

Raymond Kellis McClaugherty

BOZOO — Raymond Kellis McClaugherty, 90, of Bozoo, passed away Sunday, March 30, 2014 at his home.

Arrangements are incomplete at Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home, Peterstown.

Sergio ‘Sam’ Mosquera

LOOKOUT — Sergio “Sam” Mosquera, 85, of Lookout, WV, passed away Friday, March 28, 2014, at the Ansted Care Center, Ansted, following a long illness. He was born on November 4, 1928, in Celenova, Spain, and was the son of the late Sergio Salgado and Jovita Luaces. He came to America in 1946 and began working in the coal mines at Nuttlebury. In 1953 he started Sam’s Market at Lookout, WV, and it closed in 2007. In 1969 he started a carwash and laundry mat and the second Sam’s location at Ansted, WV.

Sam loved life, working and talking to people and he was of the Catholic Faith.

Other than his parents he was preceded in death by an infant son: Sergio Mosquera, Jr., a sister Lola Castro and a brother José Mosquera.

Those left to cherish his memory include his loving wife of 45 years Jewell Arbaugh Mosquera, two sons: Tony Mosquera and his wife Rita of Hico and Sammy Mosquera of Lookout. One daughter Anna Maria Mosquera of Lookout.

Two grandchildren: Joey Mosquera and his wife Mettie of Salem, Oregon, and Jennifer Ellison and husband Josh of Hico.

Three great-grandchildren: Max Mosquera of Oregon and Evan and Jasper Ellison of Hico. One sister, Esparanza Pereez of Newark, NJ., also survives.

Funeral services will be held at 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 2, 2014, at the Wallace & Wallace Funeral Chapel, Ansted, with Father Carlos Melocoton officiating. He will be laid to rest on Thursday at Highlawn Memorial Park Mausoleum, Oak Hill. Friends may gather with the family from 6 p.m. until service time Wednesday evening at the funeral home.

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

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace Funeral Chapel, Ansted, WV.

Joanne A. Nicely

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Joanne A. Nicely, 91, died March 30, 2014.

A visitation will be 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 2, 2014, at the Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home in Arbovale, followed by a funeral at 1:30 p.m. Interment will be in the Arbovale Cemetery.

Please send online condolences by visiting www.wallaceandwallacefh.com

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Arbovale.

Clarence Parks

Mr. Clarence Parks, 66, of Beckley, died Monday, March 31, 2014.

Arrangements entrusted to Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.

Mary Katharine Armstrong Ruffing

WHITE SPRING, Fla. — Mary Katharine Armstrong Ruffing, 90 of White Spring, formerly of Richwood, W.Va., passed away on Friday, March 28, 2014.

Services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at Simons-Coleman Funeral Home, Richwood, with Pastor Ben Stone officiating.

Friends may call from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

All arrangements were made by Simons-Coleman Funeral Home, Richwood.

James Carroll Stanley

OAK HILL — James Carroll Stanley, 86, of Oak Hill passed away Sunday, March 30, 2014.

James was born on September 17, 1927 in Gauley Bridge, to the late Robert Stanley and Loretta Arthur Stanley King Hayes. His step father was the late George Hayes.

James retired from the Bell Telephone Co. after 41 years as a central office technician and also served in the U. S. Army and U. S. Army Reserves. James was a member of Oak Hill Baptist Church, Oak Hill Jaycees and also devoted hours of his time coaching little league and minor league baseball.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife, Patty Ruth Bowen Stanley; sisters, Velma Kay Stanley and husband William Kincaid; and brother-in-law, Vance Stonestreet.

Those left to cherish his memory include his daughter, Jane Ellen Stanley; sons, Scott Bradley Stanley and wife Jessica, John Edward Stanley; sister, Darryl Stanley Stonestreet; grandchildren, Patricia Suzanne Plumley Kwitkin and husband Brian, Ellen Marie Plumley and fiancee’ Brian Gravely, Jacob Allen Stanley;  great-grandchildren, Matthew Caleb Ray Dixon, Ryker Charles Gravely, Abigail Jane Kwitkin and Benjaman James Kwitkin.

Services will be held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at High Lawn Funeral Chapel with Tom Bowen officiating. Interment will follow in High Lawn Memorial Park.

Friends may call beginning at 1 p.m. until time of service.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Bowers Hospice House.

Condolences may be sent to www.highlawnfuneralhomechapel.com

Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.

Shelby J. Stover

Shelby J. Holstein Stover, 77 of Dorothy, went home to be with the Lord on March 29, 2014 at the Colcord home of her niece and nephew Sherry and Kevin White surrounded by her family. 

Born Nov. 15, 1936.

She was co-owner and operator of the former Stover Trucking Company and was a loving homemaker.

She was preceded in death by her husband: Leslie Layton Stover, her parents: Benny and Alma Jarrell Holstein; sister: Patsy White and brothers: Billy and Larry Holstein.

Surviving are a daughter: Teresa (Ricky) White of Dorothy; brother: Robert (Susannah) Holstein of Tennessee; sister-in-law: Lois Williams of Ohio; brothers-in-law: Wayne (Tina) Stover of Dorothy and Earl Stover of Ohio. Grandchildren: Lesley (Brandon) Buzzard, Justin (Cossandra Neece) Collins, and James and Morgan White; great-grandchildren: Layton Collins, Caydon, London and Brianon Buzzard and Kingston Collins.

The family wishes to thank all of the caregivers and friends for their love and support during her illness.

Funeral will be 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at Freedom Pentecostal Church Ameagle with Scotty Stanley, Steve Massey, Janice Florentz and Mike Duncan officiating. Burial will follow in Estep Cemetery, Ameagle where the pallbearers will be family and friends.  Friends may call one hour prior to the service at the church.

Condolences may be sent to the family at leonardjohnsonfuneralhome.com

Leonard Johnson Funeral Home, Marmet is in charge of arrangements.

Gracie Sutton

Gracie Sutton, 96, of Beckley died Monday, March 31, 2014.

Arrangements entrusted to Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.

Helena Shawver Tully

QUINWOOD — Helena Shawver Tully, 92, of Quinwood, passed away Sunday morning, March 30, 2014, at her home, following a sudden illness.

Born Nov. 2, 1921, at Quinwood, she was the daughter of the late Hubert and Nettie Ann Dorsey Shawver.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Virgil V. Tully in 1978; three sisters, Idella Coulter, Irene Fleshman and Helen Campbell, and a brother, Jennings Shawver.

Helena was a member of Quinwood United Methodist Church and was a homemaker. She also worked as a beautician for several years in her younger days.

Those left to cherish her memory are a daughter, Vicki Tully Reed (Howard) of Quinwood; granddaughter, Christy Reed Critchley (Matt) of Chapmanville, W.Va.; two great-grandsons, Elliott and Easton Critchley of Chapmanville, W.Va.; and a sister, Pauline Bowling Welch of White Sulphur Springs.

Services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at Wallace & Wallace Chapel in Rainelle, with the Rev. Verlin Butcher officiating. Burial will follow in Wallace Memorial Cemetery, Clintonville, W.Va.

Friends may call one hour prior to the service (1 to 2 p.m.) at the funeral home.

Please send online condolences to: www.wallaceandwallacefh.com

Arrangements by Wallace and Wallace Funeral Home, Rainelle.

Melissa Jane ‘Janie’ Naylor Walker

FAYETTEVILLE — Melissa Jane “Janie” Naylor Walker, 58, of Fayetteville, put her hand in God’s hand on March 29, 2014.

She was born on January 28, 1956 in Fayette County, W.Va.

Janie was employed by the Fayette County Head Start for 20 years where she touched many lives. She was a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church at Fayette Heights.

Her parents, Damon Cody Naylor and Barbara Ann Webb Naylor, and brother, Stephen Naylor preceded her in death.

Those left to cherish her memory are her husband of 30 years, Herman Walker; daughter, Megan Walker Tompkins and husband, Andrew of Fayetteville; her only grandchild, Damon Cody Tompkins; sister, Melanie A. Peaslee and husband, Robert of Pulaski, Va.; brother, Mark D. Naylor and wife, Treva of Max Meadows, Va.; five nephews; one niece; cousins; extended family and friends.

We owe the utmost gratitude to Hospice of Southern West Virginia for their  exemplary care, compassion, and kindness they have shown to our family during our time of need.

Our family would like to extend a very special thanks to the hospice nurses, Stephanie Isaacs, Sandy Underwood, and Amy Lanham, and hospice social worker, Amber Willoughby.

Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, April 5, 2014 at the Emmanuel Baptist Church at Fayette Heights with Pastor Justin Seay officiating. The family will receive friends one hour before the memorial service at the church.

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

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

Anna Lee Williams

HINTON — Anna Lee Williams of 1004 Taylor St., Hinton, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, March 30, 2014 at Summers County A.R.H. Hospital in Hinton after a long illness.

Born at Wickham, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Rutherford Hayes and Rosa B. Clay Bragg.

Mrs. Williams was a former clerk at Davis Department Store and Tots & Teens both in Hinton. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Hinton and the Fidelis Sunday School class.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Deborah Wingenroth. Her first husband, Wallace Johnson, her second husband, Franklin Williams, a grandson, Harold Wayne Fox, son-in-law, Harold Fox, eight brothers and four sisters.

Survivors include two daughters, Shirley Cook and husband Larry of Beckley and Cathy Johnson of Hinton; nine grandchildren, Bobby Crone, Lisa Price, Barbara Sparks, Rebecca Crone, Greg Crone, Jody Crone, Courtney Leslie, Amy Cook and Lesley Cook; several great grandchildren; a sister, Betty Tilley of Wake Forest, N.C. and care giver, Barbara Fox.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at Pivont Funeral Home Chapel in Hinton with Pastor Sonny Angell officiating. Burial will follow in Restwood Memorial Gardens in Hinton. Friends may call from 12 noon until time of services on Tuesday at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be Doug Trail, Coleman Leslie, Jeff Tilley, Jim Bragg, Jim Reed, Ron Bock and Perry Tilley.

Online condolences and guest register at www.pivontfuneralhome.com

Arrangements by Pivont Funeral Home, Hinton.

Juan Williams

HINTON — Juan Williams, 59, of Hinton, died Sunday, March 16, 2014 in Rocky Mount, N.C.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday April 2, 2014 at Pivont Funeral Home Chapel in Hinton with Rev. Matthew Saunders officiating. Burial will follow in Esquire Cemetery near Hinton. Friends may call from 1 p.m. until time of services on Wednesday at the funeral home.

Online condolences & guest register at www.pivontfuneralhome.com

Arrangements by Pivont Funeral Home, Hinton.

Joan D. Young

WILLIAMSBURG — Joan D. Young, 75, of Williamsburg, passed away Monday, March 31, 2014.

Funeral services and interment will be in New Jersey.

The family requests no flowers please, donations of sympathy may be made to HospiceCare, Inc., 223 Maplewood Ave., Lewisburg, WV 24901.

Pleas send online condolences by visiting www.wallaceandwallacefh.com

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Lewisburg.