The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

August 22, 2013

Obituaries — Thursday, August 22, 2013

Sara Elizabeth Butler Bethel

RONCEVERTE — Sara Elizabeth Butler Bethel, 88, passed away at her residence Wednesday morning, Aug. 21, 2013, with her family and friends by her side.

Sara was born Oct. 19, 1924, in Ronceverte and was the daughter of the late Charles A. and Ola Reynolds Butler.

Educated in local schools where she served as class president each year at Greenbrier High School and was a member of the National Honor Society. Graduated in 1943 from Greenbrier College for Women in Lewisburg. Before her marriage, she was associated with the First National Bank in Ronceverte where she was secretary to C. Edwin Boone and his son, W.A. Boone, both of whom were presidents of the bank.

Sara married John P. Bethel in 1952 and they lived in Augusta, Ga. for 30 years.

While in Augusta, Sara was chosen as one of two first female deacons of the Greenstreet Presbyterian Church and awarded a lifetime membership. She was also a member of the Augusta Opera Board for 10 years. Upon moving home to Ronceverte, she served as an Elder of the Ronceverte Presbyterian Church.

Surviving are a sister, Virginia B. Blake; niece, Beverly B. Boswell; nephew, William B. Blake, all of Ronceverte; niece, Kay Alexander of Williamsburg, Va.; great-nephews, Troy Boswell of Pompano Beach, Fla. and C. Brad Boswell of San Diego, Calif.; great-great niece, Brooke A. Boswell of Tempe, Ariz.; several cousins and care giver, Barbara Whanger Gabbert.

Services for Mrs. Bethel will be 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013, at the Ronceverte Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Stephen Baldwin officiating. Interment will follow at the Riverview Cemetery in Ronceverte.

The family will receive their family and friends on Friday, Aug. 23, 2013, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Ronceverte.

Flowers are welcome and any memorial contributions should be made to Hospice Care or to the Ronceverte Presbyterian Church.

Pallbearers will be Chester Loudermilk, Roger Carr, Bob Slaven, Gary Weikle, John Gillispie, Tom Long and Jack Tuckwiller. Honorary pallbearers will be men of the church, Mike Rodoussakis, Keith Morgan, Steve Harris, Mike WIlliams, Chris Glover, J.D. Lassiter and Dudley Bare.

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Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Ronceverte.

Jazzlyn Copney

Jazzlyn Ann Marie Copney, eleven day old daughter of Darius Copney and Catherine Odham died Sunday, August 18th, 2013.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Friday, August 23rd, at the Melton Mortuary Chapel. Pastors, Ernie Keller and Bob Tunstalle will be officiating. Burial will follow in St. Sebastian Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from noon until the  service hour.

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

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary and Cremation Center, Beckley.

Easter Patricia Ann Haynes

KANSAS — Easter Patricia Ann Haynes, 64, of Kansas, formerly of White Sulphur Springs, died Sunday, August 4, 2013.

Funeral service will be 11 a.m., Saturday, August 24, 2013, at First Baptist Church, White Sulphur Springs, 10 Church Street, White Sulphur Springs with Rev. Greg Scott officiating. Burial will follow in Greenwood Memorial Park, Beckley. Friends may call one hour prior to the service at the church. Condolences may be emailed to

Arrangements entrusted to Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.

Brenda Vint Johnson

LYNCO — Brenda Vint Johnson, 71, of Lynco, passed away on Wednesday, August 21, 2013, at her home.

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

Kenny Lee Johnston

KINCAID — Kenny Lee Johnston , 53, of Kincaid, died on Tuesday, August 20, 2013, at Bowers Hospice House in Beckley.

Born January 8, 1960, at Montgomery, W.Va., he was the son of and Geneva Neal Johnston of Oak Hill, and the late Robert William Johnston.

Mr. Johnston was a member of the Page Baptist Church.

He was an active member of the Loop Creek Fire Department for 35 years.

A son, Kenny Lee Johnston preceded him in death.

In addition to his mother he is survived by his wife, Nancy E. Wriston Johnston; children, Paul Johnson of Texas, Vickie Johnston of Texas, Destiny Johnston of Texas, Nathan Payne of Kincaid and Jacklyn Payne of Pax; two brothers, Robert Wayne Johnston of Page and Gary Johnston of Robson; two sisters, Beverly Floyd of Robson and Elain Lanham of Oak Hill and five grandchildren.

Funeral service will be on Saturday, August 24, 2013, at noon at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill with Pastor Delmas Wolfe officiating. Burial will be at High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill. Friends may call from 10:30 a.m. until service time on Saturday at the funeral home.

Members of the Loop Creek Fire Department will serve as pallbearers.

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Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Diana Lynn Martin

TALCOTT — Diana Lynn Martin, 67, of Talcott, died Tuesday August 20, 2013.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, August 23, 2013, at Pivont Funeral Home Chapel in Hinton with Pastor Steve Martin officiating. Burial will follow in the Fox Cemetery at Crickmer.

Friends may call from noon until time of services on Friday at the funeral home.

Online condolences & guest register at www.pivontfuneralhome. com

Arrangements by Pivont Funeral Home, Hinton.

Kenneth Mills

On Wednesday, August 21st, 2013, after a long and full life, Kenneth Mills of Beckley passed away at the Beckley Appalachian Regional Hospital following a three day illness. He was in his 92nd year. 

The fifth of nine children, Noah Kenneth Mills was born on Nov. 23rd, 1920, at Egeria. He was the son of the Willie Lee and Ethel Wood Mills. He was the last survivor of his immediate family. 

Kenneth, as he was affectionately known, spent his early years at Egeria. He was a graduate of Egeria High School. After high school, he went to work in the mining industry. With the outbreak of World War II, he entered the U.S. Army. Kenneth was truly “One of the Greatest Generation.” Serving in the European Theater, he was with the 253rd Infantry, Company F, during the invasion of Normandy, France, on D Day and in the Battle of the Bulge. Kenneth would fight for his country throughout all of Central Europe. 

Upon his discharge in 1945, Kenneth took advantage of the GI Bill and studied barbering in Richmond, Va. He owned the successful Mills Barber Shop on Neville Street, in the city of Beckley for over 40 years.

Kenneth was a blessed man. Active to his final days, he was still gardening and golfing at the age of 92.   

Left to cherish his memory is his beloved wife, Macel Walker Mills. Kenneth and Macel worshiped at the Memorial Baptist Church, where they are members of the Outreach Sunday School Class. To their union was born two children, Joan Mills who makes her home in Greensboro, N.C. and son, Alan Mills who died in Feb. of 2008. There is one grandchild, Alan’s son, Noah Alan Mills and his mother, Angela Mills Russo. Kenneth was the fond uncle of numerous nieces and nephews. 

Funeral services will be Friday, August 23rd, at 11 a.m. at the Memorial Baptist Church, 1405 S. Kanawha St., Beckley. Dr. Charles Bright and Dr. James Boyd will be officiating. The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until the service hour. Following the service, there will be a luncheon in the Fellowship Hall of the church. Kenneth will be laid to rest at 3 p.m. in the Mills Family Cemetery at Egeria. 

The family suggests donations of sympathy can be made to the American Cancer Society, 921 W. Neville St., Beckley, WV  25801

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

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary and Cremation Center, Beckley.

Kenneth Ronald Snow

PIPESTEM — Kenneth Ronald Snow, 65, of River Ridge, Pipestem, died early Sunday morning, August 18, 2013, at Princeton Community Hospital after a lengthy illness.

He was born June 22, 1948, in Matoaka, W.Va. to the late Tyler and Ethel Johnson Snow.

Kenneth was a graduate of Matoaka High School and worked 10 years as an underground electrician with Consolidated Coal Company and Slab Fork Coal Company. He then obtained a degree in education from Bluefield State College and retired from the Mercer County Board of Education after teaching Special Education for 22 years. He was a member of the West Virginia National Guard and the Rocky Mount Community Church at Pipestem. 

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Danny Snow.

Surviving are his loving and devoted wife Janet Blankenship Snow. Three children, Amy Poe and husband Jim of Carolina Beach, N.C., Megan Snow of Pipestem and Jared Snow and wife Candi of Columbus, Ohio; two grandsons, Beckett and Elijah Poe; one brother, Scott Snow of Virginia Beach, Va.; two sisters, Anita Bowling and husband Gene of Princeton, and Barbara Shrewsbury and husband Danny of Hurricane, W.Va.

A Memorial Service to celebrate the life of Kenneth Snow will be held at 12 noon on Saturday, August 24, 2013, from the Burns Wornal Chapel of the Memorial Funeral Directory on Athens Road in Princeton with Pastor Ray (Buck) Goodwin and Pastor Terry Lambert officiating.

The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. to the service hour at the funeral home.

The family has honored Kenneth’s request that his body be cremated. His cremains will be interred in the Thompson Family Cemetery at Pipestem.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Kenneth’s memory to the COPD Foundation, 20F Street NW, Suite 200A, Washington, D.C.  2001.

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The Snow family is being served by the Memorial Funeral Directory & Cremation Center on Athens Road in Princeton.

Frank Urbas

CRAIGSVILLE — Frank Urbas, 92, of Craigsville, passed away Tuesday, August 20, 2013.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, August, 23, 2013, in the Grace Baptist Church at Persinger with Pastor Bill Hutchinson officiating. Entombment will follow in the WV Memorial Gardens at Calvin.

Friends may call the White Funeral home at Craigsville on Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m.

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Maggie Cascio Vargo

Maggie Cascio Vargo, 86, of Stanaford, passed away Sunday, August 18, 2013, at The Villages of Greystone, in Beaver.

Born March 27, 1927, at Kilsyth, the daughter of the late Guiseppi Cascio and Carmela Eniti Cascio.

Maggie was a member of the Stanaford Missionary Baptist Church at Stanaford.

Maggie was named Postmaster in 1972 at the Stanaford Post Office. She was the first woman in her community to serve in that position. She first joined the Stanaford Post Office staff when sending a post card cost three cents and people went to the coal company store for their mail. She retired after 40 years as both clerk and Postmaster at the Stanaford Post Office.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, George Vargo; sister Marie Cascio; brother Charles Cascio; brother-in-law John Kosco; and niece Linda Carol Cascio.

Those left to cherish her memory include three sisters Annie Cascio of Beckley, Josephine Cascio Kosco and companion Merton Trombly of Trenton, N.J., and JoAnn Cascio Dow and husband Dana of Braselton, Ga. She leaves behind many loving nieces and nephews.

Her remains rest at High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel where the funeral will be held 1 p.m. Friday with Pastor George Wood officiating and where the family will receive friends from noon until time of service. She will be cremated and interred in High Lawn Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in her memory be made to the Stanaford Missionary Baptist Church, Post Office Box 294, Stanaford WV 25927 (include “In Memory of Maggie Cascio Vargo” on your check or money order).

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Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.