The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

September 15, 2010

Obituaries - Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2010

Elizabeth Ann Bare

 HINTON — Elizabeth Ann “Betty” Roberts Bare, 87 of Hinton, died August 28, 2010, at her home.

Born in Elizabeth, W.Va., on November 26, 1922, she was the daughter of the late Leslie V. and Dorthy Folts Roberts. She was predeceased by her husband, Charles Bare in February 2010. Two brothers, John V. Roberts and James H. Roberts and her step-daughter, Marilea Bare Moore also preceded her in death.

Mrs. Bare is survived by her sisters-in-law, Catherine Crooks Roberts of Vienna, W.Va. and Patricia Higgins Roberts of Elizabeth, W.Va. Four nieces and husbands, Sara Roberts of Marietta, Ohio, Kathryn Roberts Pennington (Scott) of Greenwood, Ind., Charlotte Ann Roberts Perham (Carl) of Fairfax, Va. and Christine Roberts of Kitty Hawk, N.C. Two nephews and wives, John V. Roberts Jr. (Rebecca) of Parkersburg, W.Va. and William C. Roberts (Valerie) of Vienna, W.Va. Nephew-in-law, Melvin Bare (Donna) of Union, W.Va. and four cousins, Roger G. Roberts of Marietta, Ohio, Thorn C. Roberts of Elizabeth, W.Va., Charles S. Pearcy III of Parkersburg, W.Va. and Ann Roberts Day of Daniels, W.Va.

Betty received a BS degree in Home Economics from West Virginia University, a MS from the University of Tennessee and studied toward a doctrinal degree at Virginia Polytechnic Institute. She also attended the Ohio State University. She was a  member of Alpha Delta Pi Sorority.

She taught at Wirt County High School, was an Assistant Professor of Nutrition at WVU, West Virginia Director of Foods and Nutrition and, after her marriage in 1964 and upon moving to Hinton, became the Summers County Extension Director and 4-H Agent. She was the author of numerous foods, nutrition and health publications. She retired in 1983.

Professionally, Mrs. Bare served as President of the WV State Nutrition Council, the WV Dietetic Association and the WV Association of Extension Home Economists. She was a member and State Treasurer of the WV Home Economics Association and of Epsilon Sigma Phi, National Extension Honorary. She received distinguished service awards from both the National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences and the National Association of 4-H Agents. Following her retirement, she was a self-employed Consultant Dietitian to long term care facilities in Southern West Virginia.

Betty Bare was named the 2001-2002 Woman of the Year by the Hinton Business and Professional Women’s Club of which she served as President for five of her 45 years of membership; she initiated several BPW health screening projects for Summers County. She served on the Founding Board of Directors of the Summers County Public Library and remained a member of that Board for 30 years, holding the Office of President for 24 years. She was a volunteer at Appalachian Regional Hospital where she taught Diabetes Self-Management Education Classes. She served as secretary of the Black Diamond Girl Scout Council during part of an eight year board tenure and also was a member of the Black Diamond Archives Committee. She was a member of the Summers County Extension Service Committee and President of the Wednesday Club of Hinton.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday October 2, 2010 at the Summers County Public Library, 201 Temple St. Hinton, W.Va. at 1:30 p.m. Betty’s family asks that instead of flowers, those wishing to celebrate her life may give donations to the Summers County Public Library or to a charity or church of their choice.

Online condolences and guest register at www.pivontfuneralhome. com

Arrangements by Pivont Funeral Home, Hinton.


David L. Chapman

 MULLENS — Coach David Lynn Chapman, 56, of Mullens, passed away unexpected Monday, September 13, 2010 at Princeton Community Hospital, Princeton.

Services will be 11 a.m. Friday, September 17, 2010 at Mullens United Methodist Church, Guyandotte Ave., Mullens. Friends may call 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday, September 16, 2010, at the church and one hour prior to services Friday at the church.

The family request in lieu of flowers donations of sympathy be made to the Coach David L. Chapman Memorial Athletic Scholarship Fund, c/o First Peoples Bank, 200 First Street,  Mullens, WV 25882.

Arrangements by Tankersley Funeral Home, Mullens.


Terri Lynn Toney Coler

Terri Lynn Toney Coler, 46, of Beaver, died on Friday, September 10, 2010 at her home.

Born October 9, 1963 at Oak Hill, she was the daughter of Wanda Stover Toney of Pax, W.Va., and the late Thomas Toney.

She was a homemaker and attended the Willis Branch Community Church.

In addition to her mother, she is survived by a daughter, Jennifer Mullins of Beaver; three brothers, Gregory Scott Toney of Murfreesboro, Tenn., Thomas David Toney of Bluffton, S.C., and Jason Marshall Toney of Charleston, S.C. and two grandchildren, Corey Deshawn and Kylee Shay Johnson. both of Beaver.

Services will be on Thursday, September 16, 2010 at 1 p.m. at the Willis Branch Community Church with Clara Williams officiating. Burial will be at Bennett Cemetery, Ramsey.

Friends may call one hour prior to the service on Thursday at the church.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope.


Carletta Honaker Deem

ORGAN CAVE — Carletta Honaker Deem, 91, died Monday, Sept. 13, 2010.

Graveside service will be 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 16, 2010, at Bethel Cemetery in Organ Cave, with Pastor Andy Howdock officiating. There will be no visitation.

Please send online condolences by visiting

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Ronceverte.


Thearon R. Finkley

Thearon R. Finkley, 70, of Wilkes Ave., Beckley, died Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2010, following a short illness.

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary, Beckley.


Evelyn Lee Vick Godbey

Evelyn Lee Vick Godbey, age 86, of Maple Fork Road, passed away on Monday, September 13, 2010, at the Bowers Hospice House in Beckley due to a sudden illness.

Born on February 1, 1924 in Maxine, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Mae Bowyer Vick and James Vick, who was a native of Barcelona, Spain.   

Mrs. Godbey was a 1942 graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School. She loved the Lord and was  a Christian. She  was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend. She also loved her five cats. Mrs. Godbey was a very giving wife and mother to her family, and enjoyed cooking, gardening, and canning.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and by three brothers, Dallas, James, and Michael Vick.

Those left to cherish her memory include her husband of 67 years, David E. Godbey, whom she married at Nellis, W.Va. in 1943. Her sons, James T. Godbey and his wife Donna of Eccles, W.Va.; Kevin E. Godbey and his wife Robin of Maple Fork  Road; four  granddaughters, April Godbey, Amber Humphrey and her husband Keith, Lori Reed and her husband Mike, Kelli Fisher and her husband Jeff; four great-grandchildren, Ryan, Joshua, Courtney, and Samantha. 

Mrs. Godbey is also survived by  her brother, George Vick and his wife Gerta of Daniels, W.Va.;  a sister, Deloris Wells and her husband Reggie of Hot Springs, Ark., and a very special nephew Greg Godbey, and many other nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be conducted at the Rose and Quesenberry Peace Chapel in Beckley, on Thursday, September 16, 2010, at 2 p.m. with Rev. Jim Bowyer officiating.  Entombment will follow at Blue Ridge  Memorial Gardens Mausoleum at Prosperity, W.Va.

Friends may call at the funeral home from noon until service time on Thursday.

Pallbearers will be Jeff Fisher, Ryan Collins, Joshua Collins, Keith Humphrey, Mike Reed, and Greg Godbey.

Online condolences may be  sent to our guestbook at www.roseandquesenberry. net

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


Howard Eugene Halsey

LAS ANIMAS, COLO. — Howard Eugene Halsey, 63, passed away Thursday, Sept. 9, 2010, in Arkansaw Valley Hospital, La Junta, Colo.

Howard was born July 15, 1947, in Palmer, Tenn.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Onnie and Wanda Halsey, and a brother, Steven Halsey.

Mr. Halsey graduated from Glenwood Springs High School and earned a Master’s degree at C.U. Boulder. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve. He was very proud of his commission to Second Lieutenant.

He is survived by his sister, Connie (nee Halsey) (Charles) Neeley of Colorado City, Colo.; and aunt, Becky Gunther of Clemmons, N.C.

Burial will be 1 p.m. Thursday at Fort Lyon National Cemetery, Las Animas, Colo.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society, 875 N. Randolph St., Ste.225, Arlington, VA 22203.

Online condolences,

Arrangements by Montgomery & Steward Chapel, Pueblo, Colo.


Kethel Holley

This past Saturday, September 11th, 2010 as summer fades away into fall our most cherished Kethel Holley, passed away suddenly at the University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville, Va. She was 65 years of age.

Kethel Elaine Robinson was born on April 15, 1945 at home in Sophia, the youngest of three children, her parents were the late Fred and Jay L. Greer Robinson.

Kethel grew up in Sophia where she graduated from Sophia High School, Class of 1963. After high school, Kethel studied at the Little French Beauty Academy in Bluefield. While at the Little French, Kethel would meet a Beckley boy, Darrell “Peanut” Holley. This coming December 10th, they would have celebrated 46 years of marriage. After being a hairdresser for a few years, Kethel began a career with the Raleigh County Board of Education, retiring as the secretary to the purchasing director with 21 years of service.  Along the way Kethel was involved with various business endeavors with Peanut. In the 1970’s they owned two restaurants in Sophia, the Burger House and the Town House  Restaurant; in the 1980’s they had Critter’s Corner and Holley’s Grocery.

Over the past 38 years Peanut and Kethel worshiped at the Calvary Assembly of God and the MacArthur Church of God where they enjoyed much fellowship.

At the end of the day when we remember Kethel Holley we recall the words of the poet, Whittier, “Beauty Seen is Never Lost.” That will be the way Kethel Holley is remembered.  Not only was she beautiful outwardly, she had a sweet and gentle spirit and was kind to everyone she encountered along her journey. She loved to travel, shop and she LOVED to dance. The beach was a special destination for Kethel. The Beckley Area Shag Club holds great memories for Peanut and Kethel.

In addition to Peanut, her only child, LaDawn Holley- Mitchem survives her. When LaDawn remembers her mother, one word comes to mind, “Phenominal.” The “Sunshine” of her life was her only grandchild, Kasey. “Maw Maw Kethel” was the coolest to Kasey and all her friends. Kasey’s father, Denny Mitchem will cherish Kethel’s memory. Kethel was the sweet sister of Frank Robinson and his wife, Judith of Brevard, N.C. and Bob Robinson and his wife, Phyllis of Beckley. The Holley family, her father and mother-in-law, Gene and Utholee Holley and  Peanuts’ brother, Bob Holley and his wife Beni all of Beckley grieve her loss. Several nieces and nephews survive as well as many friends, from old high school days, church, work, dance, and all the many people Kethel touched along the way.

On Thursday, September 16th at 11 a.m. we will remember the life of this gracious lady with a Service of Remembrance at the Calvary Assembly of God, 319 Sunset Drive. Kethel will be entombed in the Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens Mausoleum at Prosperity. The Rev. John Jordan will be officiating. The family will receive friends (today) Wednesday evening from 6 to 9 p.m. at the church.

Pallbearers will be: Tom Keadle, Robert “Froggy” Young, Phillip Jarrell, Rick Cornett, Herb Wheeler, and Freddie Legg. 

The family suggests that donations of sympathy can be made the University of Virginia Medical Center, Transplant Center, ATTN: Liver Transplant Service, PO Box 800265, Charlottesville, VA 22908   

And so now we must say goodbye. “Until the day breaks and evening shadows fall…”  Kethel Holley will be remembered.

Condolences may be sent to the family’s guestbook at

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary, Beckley.


Susan Moore

In the early morning hours of Tuesday, September 14th, 2010, one of God’s special angels, Susan Moore was called home to join her parents in Heaven. Susan was 59 years of age.

Susan Arrington Moore was born on April 23, 1951, at Beckley, the precious daughter of the late Harry R. and Stella Arrington Moore.

This “Special Child” of gentle spirit never harmed another soul, never had an ill word for another person, Susan only knew goodness. At the end of the day the world is blessed to have these angels live among us.

Left to cherish her memory is her loving sister, Martha Moore Proffitt and her husband Mike of Georgetown, Kentucky; among several cousins are Sam Shrewsbury and his wife, Sandy of Beckley that survive. After Susan’s mother’s death, she made her home in Lewisburg with her caregiver, Hazel Russell who treated her like her own child. God Bless Hazel.

Susan will be laid to rest beside beside her parents at the Sunset Memorial Park on Thursday, September 16th at 3 p.m. The Committal Service will be conducted by the Rev. David Trump. There will be no visitation.

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

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary, Beckley.


Pearl Mae Atwell Noyes

HILLTOP — Pearl Mae Atwell Noyes, 85, of Hilltop, died on Monday, September 13, 2010, at Plateau Medical Center in Oak Hill.

Services will be on Friday, September 17, 2010 at 12 noon at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill, with Bishop Robert Doolittle officiating. Burial will be at Floral Hills Gardens of Memories in Sissonville.

Friends may call two hours prior to the service on Friday at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.


Eloise Richardson

 HINTON — Eloise Richardson, 95, of 180 Pleasant St., Hinton, formerly of Zion Mountain, died Monday evening, September 13, 2010 at her home.

Arrangements are pending completion at Pivont Funeral Home, Hinton.


Gregg Arthur Shelor

Gregg Arthur Shelor, 47, of Beckley, died on Saturday, September 11, 2010 at his home.

Services will be on Friday, September 17, 2010 at 11 a.m. at Tyree Funeral Home,  Mount Hope with Rev. Walter Lafferty Sr. officiating. Friends may call one hour prior to the service on Friday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers donations of sympathy may be made to the family to assist with expenses.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope.


Mary ‘Susie’ Elizabeth Clark Showalter

Mary “Susie” Elizabeth Clark Showalter, 61, of  Beckley, died on Monday, September 13, 2010, at UVA Medical Center in Charlottesville, Va.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.


Norma Jean Surber

GILBERT — Norma Jean Surber, 76, died Monday, Sept. 13, 2010.

Service will be 12 noon on Thursday at Mounts Funeral Home Chapel, Gilbert. Friends may call 6 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Online at

Arrangements by Mounts Funeral Home, Gilbert.


Miriam Maxine Sweeney

FAYETTEVILLE — Miriam Maxine Sweeney, 82, of Fayetteville, formerly of Oak Hill, died on Tuesday, September 14, 2010, at Fayette Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Fayetteville.

Services will be 11 a.m. Thursday, September 16, 2010 at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill, with Pastor Jerry Bush officiating. Burial will be at High Lawn Memorial Park in Oak Hill.

Friends may call one hour prior to the service on Thursday at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.


Helen Tolliver

PINEVILLE — Helen Tolliver, 59, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2010, at her residence.

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


Alyssa Mae Wingrove

Alyssa Mae Wingrove beloved newborn, daughter of Brian Wingrove and Sara Price of Beckley, died on Friday, September 10th, 2010 at Cabell Huntington Hospital. Alyssa was one day old.

Committal services will be today at 3 p.m. at the Sunset Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the Melton Mortuary. Those wishing to attend the committal services are asked to meet at the mortuary by 2:30 p.m.

Condolences may be sent to the family’s guestbook at

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary, Beckley.