The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


March 31, 2014

Obituaries — Tuesday, April 1, 2014


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

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, or Gilchrist Hospice Care,

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

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