The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

August 17, 2013

Obituaries — Saturday, Aug. 17, 2013

Diana Adkins

OAK HILL — Diana Adkins, 60, of Oak Hill, passed away Friday, Aug. 16, 2013.

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

Barbara Ann Anderson

PRINCETON — Barbara Ann Anderson, 45, of South Avenue in Princeton, died Thursday, August 15, 2013, at her residence.

Born December 10, 1967, in Würzburg, Germany, she was the daughter of Danny and Friederike Krause Gill of Talcott, W.Va.

Barbara was a Registered Nurse last working at the Dialysis Center in Princeton. She received her R.N. degree from Mountain State University and was a 1985 graduate of Hinton High School. She was a member of the Princeton Church of God.

In addition to her parents, Barbara is survived by her husband, Jeffrey Alvin Anderson of Princeton; one son, Jeffrey Lee Anderson of Princeton; two daughters, Kimber Nichole Anderson, and Elizabeth Danielle Anderson, both of Princeton; two grandchildren, Kaylee and Jaxxon; and two brothers, Richard Gill and wife Mary of Talcott, and George Gill and wife Donna of Morgantown.

Funeral services will be conducted at 3 p.m. Sunday, August 18, 2013, at the George W. Seaver Chapel of Seaver Funeral Home in Princeton with Pastor J.B. Hurt officiating. In keeping with Barbara’s wishes, her body will be cremated following the service.

Friends may call from 1 p.m. until the service hour Sunday at Seaver Funeral Home in Princeton.

Online condolences may be made by visiting

The Anderson family is being served by Seaver Funeral Home in Princeton.

Howard A. Bowles

MEADOW BRIDGE — Howard A. Bowles, 69, of Lockbridge Road, Meadow Bridge, passed away Tuesday, August 13, 2013, at his home, following a short illness.

Born November 5, 1943, in Orangeburg, S.C., he was the son of the late Howard F. and Grace E. Felkel Bowles. Howard was a member of the Thorny Point Tabernacle at Lockbridge, and a U.S. Army Veteran, having served in Vietnam. He was retired from General Motors of Lordstown, Ohio.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Jeremy Bowles, and two grandsons, Thomas and Timothy Braasch.

Survivors include a daughter, Stephanie Gwinn (James) of Meadow Bridge; two sons,  Wesley Bowles (fiancée Brittany) of Meadow Bridge and Justin Bowles of Meadow Bridge; a sister: Rhoda Gwinn of Meadow Bridge; two brothers, Franklin Bowles of Talcott and Paul Bowles of St. Petersburg, Fla.; four granddaughters, Tara, Tonya, Tanasha and Maddison.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday, August 19, 2013, at the Thorny Point Tabernacle, Lockbridge Road, with Pastor Franklin Bowles officiating. Burial will be in the Bowles Cemetery on Lockbridge Road, Meadow Bridge.

Friends may visit with the family Sunday evening, 6 to 8 p.m. at Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home in Rainelle.

Arrangements entrusted to Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home of Rainelle.

Sherman Calvert

OAK HILL — Sherman Calvert, of Oak Hill, passed away Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013.

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

Naomi Ellen Foster

PRINCETON — Naomi Ellen Foster, 91, of 688 Village Green Circle, Princeton, passed away Friday, Aug. 16, 2013. 

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

Louise Aldina Carter Gibbs

HINTON — Louise Aldina Carter Gibbs, a lifelong Hinton native, passed away quietly following a long illness on August 15, 2013. Her children were by her side.

Born on November 26, 1922, she was the daughter of the late Hattie Law Carter Moon of Hinton and Fitz Jerald Carter of Alderson, W.Va.

Louise was married to the late William McKinley Gibbs, a retiree of the C&O Railroad, who preceded her in death in 1970, and she was the mother of Swanson D. Carter of Williamsburg, Va.; Mischa E. Carter of Washington, DC; William L. Gibbs (deceased) of Atlanta, Ga.; Joy L. Gibbs Baker of Washington, Pa.; and Gregory L. Gibbs of Bethesda, Md. A sixth child, Cindy, died at birth in 1962.

For 30 years Louise worked for the C&P Telephone Company. She retired in the mid-1970s and later began another career as an emergency dispatcher for the City of Hinton, a job she held for six years until deciding to retire permanently in 1982.

Louise was a faithful and devoted member of Camon Baptist Church where she served as pianist and musical director for several decades. Tragically, the church she loved was destroyed by an arsonist’s fire in 2009, which originally ignited at a neighboring house. Louise’s grandmother, Artie Jones, had donated the land upon which the church was built in 1919. Shortly after the fire, Louise was elected leader of the church and oversaw the creation of the Camon Baptist Church Memorial, which was completed in 2013.

In addition to Louise’s many church activities, she served as president of the local chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) in 1969 and was appointed to then-Governor John “Jay” Rockefeller’s Vocational Advisory Committee in the 1970s.

Louise often looked to “The Serenity Prayer” for guidance in her daily life as well as Sam Walter Foss’ poem, “House by the Side of the Road,” which she learned as a student at Lincoln School. “Let me live in a house by the side of the road and be a friend to man …” she often recited.

Prior to her illness, Louise had many hobbies, including crocheting, knitting, decorative painting, gardening, working jigsaw puzzles and reading. Many in Hinton and beyond have enjoyed the crafts she displayed at “Train Days,” the West Virginia Water Festival and various other community events in and around Hinton.

Besides her children, Louise is survived by her brother, Robert D. Moon Jr. of South San Francisco, Calif., two sons-in-law, Charles Baker and Gregory Greenwood, daughters-in-law Carolyn Baker Carter and Amporn Mankong Gibbs, several cousins, including Janice Banks, and daughters of the heart, Julie Carter and Judy Lytle. She also was the “Nana” of seven grandchildren, Scott (deceased), Robin, Elizabeth, Charles Joseph, Nicole, Vince and Ian, as well as four great-grandchildren, Samantha, Kendyl, Scott and Alexandra. Louise’s brother, David Moon, met a premature death in 1969.

Louise’s life has been filled with many challenges and triumphs, but her Christian faith and love of family have sustained her repeatedly though both laughter and tears. Louise has left a significant mark on her community and her loss will be felt greatly by family and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, August 18, 2013, at the Pivont Funeral Home Chapel in Hinton. Matthew Saunders will officiate. Burial will follow in Esquire Cemetery near Hinton.

Friends may call from 6 until 8 p.m. on Saturday evening at the funeral home.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

Online condolences and guest register at

Arrangements by Pivont Funeral Home, Hinton.

Hazel Mae Hendricks

FORT SPRING — Hazel Mae Hendricks, 90, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013, at the White Sulphur Springs Family Care Center.

Mrs. Hendricks was born June 23, 1923, at Fort Spring and was the daughter of the late Charles Alex and Lillian Persinger Brooks.

She spent and dedicated her life to her church and was a founding member of the Fort Spring Missionary Baptist Church where she held and did most positions within the church from custodial care to Sunday School teacher.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas E. Hendricks; grandson, Frank Bush; sons, Tommy Lee Hendricks, Jimmy Dale Hendricks and Ronald Adkins; sisters, Margaret Poe and Elsie Gregory; brothers, Howard, Homer, Hubert, Paul “Sonny,” Robert and Roy Brooks.

Mrs. Hendricks is survived by a daughter, Emma Jean (Andy) Burns of Glace; sons, Melvin E. (Lorena) Hendricks of Sinks Grove and Joe (Cathy) Hendricks of Frankford; 10 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews; sisters, Juanita Canterbury of Ronceverte and Wanda Bradley of Alderson, and brother, Arthur Brooks of Bellvue, Fla.

Services for Mrs. Hendricks will be 2 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 19, 2013, at the Fort Spring Missionary Baptist Church with the Revs. Ronnie Cobb and Gary Baker officiating. Burial will follow in the Mt. Zion Cemetery near Alderson.

The family will receive their family and friends on Sunday, Aug. 18, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Lewisburg.

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Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Lewisburg.

Iness Okalee ‘Okie’ Meadows

Okie Meadows, age 81, of Shady Spring, passed away Wednesday, August 14, 2013, peacefully at her home following a long illness.

Born on December 7, 1931, in Rhodell, she was the daughter of the late Calvin and Hattie McKinney.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her late husband, Charles “Andrew” Meadows; sons, Donald Ray and Terry Lee Meadows; and grandsons, Michael Andrew “Mikey” and John Emerson Meadows.

Okie was a homemaker and enjoyed working the flea market in the ’70s and ’80s. She enjoyed bingo and was a devoted player for many years. Playing cards, badminton, crocheting, planting flowers, and canning were her hobbies. She always looked forward to vacation at Chincoteague Island, Va., with her family. Her passion for the ocean was something she spoke of even in her last days.

She had a heart of gold and was a great inspiration to all who knew her. She would go to extremes to help in a time of need and turned no one away.

Okie saw the good in people and always had a positive outlook. She was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. She was of the Christian faith.

Those left to cherish her memory include her six children, Danny Meadows and wife, Fonda, Mike Meadows and wife, Barbara, Larry Meadows, Barbara Marshall and husband, Harold, Sherry Hubbard and Sylvia Gaye Meadows all of Shady Spring; 29 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild; 11 siblings, Clyde, Dave, Jimmy, Wayne, Calvin, Dean, and Johnny McKinney, Louise Blevins, Jeanie Stowe, Brenda England, and Diane Treadway.

Special Thank You to Fonda Meadows and Wanda Williams for the quality of care they provided each and every day. The love and compassion shown to our mother will never be forgotten. A special thank you to all of those who volunteered at a moment’s notice to give a much needed break.

In keeping with mother’s wishes, private services have already been conducted by Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley, with entombment at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Beckley.

We want to extend our appreciation to Hospice of Beckley for their wonderful care to our loved one. Memorial contributions can be made to Hospice of Southern West Virginia, P.O. Box 1472, Beckley, WV 25802, and the Alzheimer’s Association, West Virginia Chapter, 1601 2nd Avenue, Charleston, WV 25387.

Online condolences and other information can be found by visiting

Blue Ridge Funeral Home, 5251 Robert C. Byrd Drive, Beckley, is in charge of the arrangements.

Amelia Hope Cunningham Petroff

HENLAWSON — Amelia Hope Cunningham Petroff, 86, of Henlawson, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013.

Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 19, at Forest Lawn Cemetery at Pecks Mill.

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Honaker Funeral Home of Logan is in charge of arrangements.

Bryan Milton Snodgress

SIOUX CITY, Iowa — Bryan Milton Snodgress, 46, of Sioux City, formerly of Richwood, passed away Sunday, Aug. 11, 2013.

Service will be 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 18, at Simons-Coleman Funeral Home, Richwood, with Pastor Allen Donaldson officiating. Friends may call between 1 and 3 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

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

Regina Sue Stafford

LILLYDALE — Regina Sue Stafford, 47, of Lillydale, passed away Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013.

Services will be at noon Monday, Aug. 19, in the Chapel of Stafford Family Funeral Home, Lynco, with the Rev. Tommy Knotts officiating. Burial will follow in the Stafford Family Cemetery, Baileysville. Friends may gather with the family from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 18, at the funeral home.

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


Glenn Eugene ‘Red’ Tilley

Glenn Eugene “Red” Tilley, 77, of Crab Orchard, passed away on Wednesday, August 14, 2013, at the Beckley Appalachian Regional Hospital.

Born on September 20, 1935, at Keyrock, he was the son of the late Fred Tilley and Nova Roles Tilley.

Mr. Tilley was a retired coal miner, having worked at Consol Roland Mine at Clear Creek, WV, and was a member of the UMWA. He was of the Baptist faith, and had made his home at Crab Orchard since 1970. Mr. Tilley enjoyed fishing, bird watching, and feeding his squirrels. Mr. Tilley was a U.S. Army Veteran of the Korean Conflict.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Pamela Tilley, and by a sister, Peggy Tilley.

Survivors include his wife of nearly 51 years, Connie Powers Tilley. His children, Angela Wilkerson and her husband Jeff of Chesapeake Beach, Md., and Kevin Tilley and his wife Stephanie of Brown Summit, N.C.; grandchildren: Kurtis and Patrick Wilkerson, Savannah and Samantha Tilley, and Jonathan Waddell. Two brothers, Gene Tilley of Crab Orchard, and Bill Tilley and his wife Rose of New Hernando, Florida.  

Funeral services will be conducted  at the Rose and Quesenberry Peace Chapel in Beckley on Monday, August 19, 2013, at 1 p.m. with Rev. Tom Anderson officiating. Burial will follow at the Shumate Cemetery at Saulsville.

Friends may visit with the family from 6 to 9 p.m. on Sunday.

In lieu of flowers, donations of sympathy may be made to the Bowers Hospice House, 454 Cranberry Drive, Beckley, WV, in memory of Mr. Tilley.

Pallbearers will be family members and friends.

Private online condolences, floral tributes, 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.

Nola M. Treadway

FAYETTEVILLE — Nola M. Treadway, 97, of Fayetteville, passed away peacefully on the beautiful morning of Wednesday, August 14, 2013, at Fayette Continuous Care in Fayetteville. 

Born on November 27, 1915, at Page, she was the daughter of the late Frank and Lilly Mae Cornett Caudill.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, George “Buddy” Treadway; grandson, Kenneth Treadway Jr.; stepgrandson, Mathew Mayfield; and several brothers and sisters.

Mrs. Treadway attended Fayetteville Christ Fellowship. She was a retired greeter for Walmart, Fayetteville.

Left to cherish her memory include her sons, Kenneth Treadway and his wife, Betty, of Akron, Ohio, and Donald Treadway and his wife, Judy, of Fayetteville; three grandchildren, Don W. Treadway, Bryan Treadway and Aaron Treadway; stepgrandchildren, Beth Hall, Mack Mayfield, Michael Mayfield, Timmy Treadway and Teresa Pulvermacher; also many loving great-grandchildren and stepgreat-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, August 19, 2013, at Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home with Pastor Robert Morey officiating. Burial will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Prosperity.

The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. to service time at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her memory to the Christ Fellowship Learning Center, PO Box 241, Fayetteville, WV 25840.

Online condolences and other information available at

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

Isaac Byron Vance

NEW RICHMOND — Isaac Byron “Billings” Vance, 30, of New Richmond, passed away Wednesday, August 14, 2013.

Born November 14, 1982, in Princeton, he was the son of James and Ersie Goode Frost.

Isaac enjoyed riding 4wheelers and spending time with his son.

He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Isaac Layton Goode; grandmother, Charlene Billings; and stepdad, Paul Wade.

Survivors include his parents, James and Ersie Goode Frost. His son, Isaac Ryan Vance of Pineville, who was the love of his life. Grandparents, Eddie Vance and Beulah Goode of New Richmond. Brothers, Jack Goode of Princeton, Paul Vance of New Richmond and Eric Frost of Bluefield. Sisters, Roselyn Billings and Candace Basham both of North Carolina. His aunts, who were as close as sisters, Sylvia Basham and husband, Michael, of NC and Beth Ford of Crab Orchard. A niece, Savannah Ford.

A celebration of Isaac’s life will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, August 18, 2013, in the Calfee Funeral Service Chapel with the Rev. David Cook and Rev. Justin Farley officiating. Burial will follow at the Goode Cemetery, Cabin Creek.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, August 17, 2013.

Those wishing to extend their condolences may do so by visiting

Calfee Funeral and Cremation Service, Pineville, is serving the Vance family.

Ronald Lee Whitmore

MINDEN — Ronald Lee Whitmore, 66, of Minden, passed away Wednesday, August 14, 2013, at his residence surrounded by family after a long battle with lung cancer.

Born April 19, 1947, in Pennsylvania, the son of the late James Whitmore and June Somerville Whitmore.

Ronald proudly served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps during Viet Nam. Also, he was a member of the Army National Guard.

Quoting one of his favorite sayings, “Today I stand before you because I can’t stand behind you to talk to you about something I know nothing about.”

He was preceded in death by his parents, James and June Whitmore; two brothers Tom Whitmore and John Whitmore; and one granddaughter Payton M. Hutchinson.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife Flora Jane Neff Whitmore of Minden; former wife and mother of his children Patty Pruitt; stepmother Phyllis Whitmore; his children Ronald “Ronnie” Whitmore Jr. of Georgia, Jacqueline Rock-Urnowey of Florida, Terra J. Walker of Oak Hill, Mary M. Goins of Oak Hill, Patrick “PJ” Jewell Jr. of North Carolina, Misty D. Jewell of Florida, and Brandi L. Jewell of Florida; grandchildren Ronald “Lee” Whitmore III, Dean M. Whitmore, Ariel-Elizabeth S. Whitmore, Lauren Dye, McKenzie Rock, Kyle A. Smith, Brett T. Smith, Emmi R. Jewell, Lexy M. Cunningham, Kayden E. Souza, and Tyler Lee Keith; sisters-in-law Karen Whitmore and Barb Whitmore; siblings James “Jim” and wife Ellen Whitmore, Arlene Kubiak, Ruby Johnson, and Becky Burgess; many nephews, nieces, great-nieces, and great-nephews.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations in Ronald’s memory be made to the Disabled American Veterans, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250, or to Wounded Warriors, P.O. Box 75817, Topeka, KS 66675 (include “In Memory of Ronald Lee Whitmore” on your check or money order).

His remains rest at High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, where the funeral will be held 1 p.m. Sunday with Bart Urnowey and Pastor Justin Seay officiating, and where the family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.

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Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.

Ann Breit Yaeger

Ann Breit Yaeger, aged 84, formerly of Fairlea, W.Va., passed away peacefully on Thursday, August 8, 2013, in Rosewood Village surrounded by love and family.

Ann had many life accomplishments and was a most proud RN graduate of the C&O School of Nursing, studied chemistry at WV Tech and did post-graduate work at the University of Virginia. Ann worked at the Margaret Hague Maternity Hospital in New Jersey and the Stonewall Jackson Hospital in Lexington, Va. She was also a fine homemaker for her family.

Predeceased by her parents, Ed and Glendyne Breit, and two sisters, Edna Virginia Breit and Martha Lou Crawford.

Ann is survived by her husband of 59 years, Dr. John Yaeger of Fairlea, daughters Joann Yaeger of Portsmouth, Va., Mary Yaeger (Dr. James Rhodes) of Suffolk, Va., Charlotte Yaeger Hawley (Michael Lee Hawley) of Richmond, Va.; a brother, Edward Breit (Norma) of Smoot, W.Va.; and many nieces and nephews. Ann is also survived by two rescue Yorkies, Bentley and Thornton, who were dearly loved by Ann and were faithfully by her side when she passed away.

Ann had a fulfilled life being an accomplished cook, avid antiquarian, and a great lover of books. She enjoyed telling stories about growing up in her beloved native state of West Virginia and she had an exuberant spirit, loved lively music and still enjoyed dancing, especially with her son-in-law, Michael. She had the spirit of an artist and was a skilled builder of furniture and was proud of her mechanical mind that could fix anything from clocks to cars. Her husband, professed with no skill to “drive a nail,” admiringly nick-named her “Maintenance.” Animals loved her, she was the family “dog whisperer” and resident wrens at her home were known to light on her shoulder or to an outstretched finger. Ann’s legacy of kindness will live on and she will be deeply missed.

The family is deeply indebted to Ann’s extended family of Rosewood Village, whose love and care enhanced the final years of Ann’s life. In honor of Ann’s Rosewood friends, the family recommends in lieu of flowers that a bouquet be brought to a local facility where a resident’s day may be brightened or a donation be made in Ann's memory to a local Humane Society.

A private celebration of Ann’s life will be held at a later date.