The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

August 14, 2011

Obituaries — Sunday, Aug. 14, 2011

Justice McGee Berry

2 Timothy Chapter 4, verse 7: I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.

BACKUS MOUNTAIN — Justice McGee Berry, age 59, of Backus Mountain, passed away on Thursday, August 11, 2011, following a short illness, at UVA in Charlottesville, Va., surrounded by his loving family.

He was born September 9, 1951, at Backus to the late Earl and Effie Marie Berry.

Besides his parents, he was also preceded in death by a sister, Patricia Gardner, half brother, Junior Berry, special brothers-in-law, Mike Hunt and Joe Goins, special nephew, Kevin Hunt, and special sister-in-law, Edna Berry.

Justice was employed at Mining Controls of Beaver as an electrical foreman. He was a jack of all trades and mastered them all. He loved to play and listen to country music. He was an avid outdoorsman who loved hunting and fishing. He also enjoyed traveling with his family. The love for his family shined through in all he did.

Those left to cherish his memory include his loving wife of 38 years, Martha, son, Bryan Berry and wife, Tabitha, son, Jeremy Berry and wife, Lori, and daughter, Julie Poticher and husband, Timmy, all of Backus Mountain; three grandchildren, Eric Halstead of Beckley and Luke and Lindsey Berry of Backus; one brother, Earl Berry and wife, Sharon; sisters, Joyce Goins and husband, Norman, Brenda Hunt, Pam McCants and husband, Danny, and JoAnn Gardner; also, special mother-in-law, Irene Goins of Backus.

He will be sadly missed by a host of extended family, friends, and co-workers.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, August 16, 2011, at Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home in Rainelle, WV, with James Hamilton, Don Powers, and Eugene Bailey officiating. Burial will follow at the Harrah Cemetery on Backus Mountain.

Pallbearers will be Bryan and Jeremy Berry, Timmy Poticher, Jesse Goins, Charles Hunt, and Mike Green. Eric Halstead and Luke Berry will serve as honorary pallbearers.

Friends may call from 7 until 9 p.m. Monday, August 15, 2011, at the funeral home.

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace, Inc., of Rainelle, WV.

Ronald Floyd Blake

MCGRAWS — Ronald Floyd Blake, 67, of McGraws, passed away Friday, Aug. 12, 2011, at Raleigh General Hospital, Beckley, following a long illness.

Born Jan. 31, 1944, in Fayette County, he was the son of the late Ronald Floyd Blake and Ed and Audrey Mae Cook McMillion.

Ronald was a member of the Church of God of Prophecy, Ravencliff, and was employed as a coal miner for many years. He enjoyed coon hunting, being outdoors, sports and being with his family and friends.

In addition to his parents and stepfather, he was preceded in death by a brother, Eddie McMillion, and a sister, Sue Brandenburg.

Survivors include his wife, Edna M. Adkins Blake; a son, Ronnie Blake and his wife, Sheila, of Jefferson, NC ; three daughters, Rebecca Fleaming and her husband, James, of McGraws, Rhonda Owens and her husband, Rusty, of McGraws, and Reena Lester and her husband, Richard, of McGraws; a sister, Edna Pizzino of Glen Fork; 11 grandchildren, Jarret D. Fleaming, Nickolas R. Blake, Kenneth J. Fleaming, Alexander C. Blake, Austin K. Stacy, Kailey B. Hamrick, Morgan S. Griffith, Jordan A. Griffith, Braiden H. Hamrick, Landan C. Lester and Audriana R. Owens; and four great-grandchildren, Hannah M. Fleaming, Madison N. Fleaming, Autumn J. Blake Bailey, and Jacob H. Fleaming.

A celebration of Ronald’s life will be at 1 p.m. Monday, Aug. 15, 2011, at Calfee Funeral Service Chapel, Pineville, with the Rev. Michael Dempsey officiating. Entombment will follow in Palm Memorial Gardens Mausoleum, Matheny.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

Family will receive friends from 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday, August, 14, 2011, at the funeral home.

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

Randall Wayne Church

MATHENY — Randall Wayne Church, 43, of Matheny, passed away Saturday, Aug. 13, 2011, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.

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

Clyde Hardin

ISABAN — Clyde Hardin, 81, of Isaban, formerly of War Eagle, died Thursday, Aug. 11, 2011.

Funeral will be 1 p.m. Monday, Aug. 15, at War Eagle House of Prayer, War Eagle, with Pastor Ronald Steve May. Burial will be at Star Hollow Cemetery, War Eagle. Friends may gather with the family after 6 p.m. with a special service at 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 14, at the War Eagle House of Prayer.

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Mounts Funeral Home of Gilbert is in charge of arrangements.

John W. Kershner

ASHLAND, Ky. — John W. Kershner, 85, of Ashland, Ky., formerly of Droop, passed away Thursday, Aug. 11, 2011.

Military graveside rites will be 1 p.m. Monday, Aug. 15, at Rosewood Cemetery, Lewisburg. Friends may call one hour prior to the service at Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home in Lewisburg.

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Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home in Lewisburg is in charge of arrangements.

Polly Klele

NEWARK, Del. — Mrs. Polly Klele, 97, of Newark, Del., formerly of Logan, passed away Monday, Aug. 8, 2011.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 16, at Honaker Funeral Home in Logan with the Rev. Glenn White Jr. officiating. Burial will follow in Forest Lawn Cemetery at Pecks Mill. Friends may call two hours prior to services at the funeral home.

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Honaker Funeral Home in Logan is in charge of her services.

Oscar P. (Pearl) Lewis Sr.

RAINELLE — Oscar P. (Pearl) Lewis, Sr., of Rainelle, formerly of Crichton, passed away Wednesday, August 10, 2011, at Heartland of Rainelle. The family will be forever grateful for the loving care provided by the staff and a friend, Clara O. Snuffer, at Heartland.

“Pearl” Lewis was born March 1, 1922, at Friars Hill, WV, the son of Martha Ann Viers and John Franklin Lewis.

Dad was the machinist and head service manager at Greenbrier Auto Parts and NAPA Auto Parts in Rainelle, WV, where he worked for 45 years. He served our country in the Army during World War II as a tank driver in Company B, 14th Tank Battalion of the 9th Armored Division, receiving a Purple Heart and battle stars for Normandy Beach, the Battle of the Bulge, Rhineland, Ardennes, and Central Europe. He was a member of Crichton United Methodist Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 54 years, Artis; his sister, Thelma and brother-in-law, Dale Phillips; a sister, Gladys and brother-in-law, Herbert Seay; his brother, Okey and sister-in-law, Mildred Lewis; and his brother, Jennings and sister-in-law, Bessie Lewis; and an infant brother, Arthur.

Survivors include a son, John W. Lewis and his wife, Anna; a son, Oscar P. Lewis, Jr., and his wife, Kathy; and former daughter-in-law, Pamela Lewis; five grandchildren, Gregory Scott Lewis and his wife, Erin, Anthony P. Lewis, John W. Lewis, Jr., and wife, Sonya, Michael Lewis and wife, Mende, and April Hager and her husband, William; and six great-grandchildren: Matthew, Ashton, McKenzi, Brittni, Douglas and Madilynn.

Services will be at 3 p.m. Monday, August 15, 2011, at the Wallace & Wallace Chapel in Rainelle with Rev. Verlin Butcher officiating. Burial will follow at the Wallace Memorial Cemetery in Clintonville.

Friends may call one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. There will be no evening visitation.

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace, Inc., of Rainelle.

Anna Mae McKay

EASLEY, S.C. — Anna Mae McKay, age 53, of Easley, South Carolina, formerly of Beckley, passed away at her home on Friday, August 12, 2011, following a long illness.

Born on April 29, 1958, in Ghent, West Virginia, she was the daughter of the late Overton Settle and Dorothy Logan Settle.

Mrs. McKay was a homemaker, and a member of the Faith Independent Baptist Church in South Carolina. She had made her home in South Carolina for the past 15 years. Anna enjoyed telling jokes, and would always start with the opening line of the joke by saying “did you ever hear the one about.” 

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a nephew, Jimmy Foster.

Those left to cherish her memory include her husband, Eugene Harold McKay of Prosperity; A son, Eugene Harold McKay III and his wife Nicole West of Pickens, South Carolina; Three daughters, Donna Kline and her husband Tim Swafford of Easley, South Carolina; Gina Buckner and her husband Rod Buckner of Greenville, South Carolina; and April Connant and her husband George Connant of Marshill, North Carolina.

A brother, Overton Eugene Settle and his wife Kay of Beckley; Three sisters, Charlotte Ellison and her husband Jerry of Beckley; Carol Germann and her husband Art of Dover, Delaware; and Donna Settle of Oak Hill.

Thirteen grandchildren, Ashley, Anthony, Jacob, Candice, Jody, Cheyenne, Leah, Katlynn, David Jr., Jordan, Alexis, J.T., and McKenzie, two special caregivers, one who was like the fourth sister to Anna, Alana Valentin, and Tim Swafford, Anna’s son-in-law.

Funeral services celebrating the life of Anna McKay will be held at the Bradley Freewill Baptist Church on Tuesday, August 16, 2011, at 1 p.m. with Pastor Wayne Peters officiating. Entombment will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens Mausoleum at Prosperity, WV.

Friends may call at the church from 11 a.m. until service time on Tuesday.

Pallbearers will be Anthony Caldwell, Tim Swafford, Anthony Kline, Jody Childress, Jeff Whitney, and  Kaleb Stoddard.

Online condolences may be sent to our guestbook at

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

‘Rue’ Cline Morgan

HANOVER — “Rue” Cline Morgan, 54, of Hanover, died Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2011.

Funeral will be 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 16, at Mounts Funeral Home, Gilbert, with the Rev. Carl “Cab” Wolford. Burial will be in Clarence Cline Cemetery, Baisden. Friends may gather from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Mounts Funeral Home Chapel in Gilbert.

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Mounts Funeral Home of Gilbert is in charge of arrangements.

Pauline V. Puckett

HUGHESTON — Pauline V. Johnson Puckett, 85, of Hugheston died Saturday, Aug. 13, 2011.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 17, at Cooke Funeral Home Chapel, Cedar Grove, with John Massey officiating. Burial will follow the services in the Jeanett Cemetery, Lookout.

Cooke Funeral Home, Cedar Grove, is in charge of arrangements.

Emma Jean Sanders

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Mrs. Emma Jean Sanders, of Indianapolis, Ind., formerly of Mount Hope, died Saturday, Aug. 13, 2011.

Arrangements are incomplete. Submitted by Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.

Jesse Southall

LESAGE — Jesse Cleland Southall, 83, of Lesage, West Virginia, died Thursday, August 11, 2011, at his home.

Mr. Southall was born July 18, 1928, in Alleghany County a son of the late Virgil and Eliza Easter Southall.

He was a veteran of World War II with the United States Marine Corps. He was a retired employee of the Newport News Shipbuilding Company in Newport News.

He was preceded in death by his Wife, Emma Leatherwood “Babe” Southall, in 2005.

Surviving are several nieces and nephews.

The funeral service will be held 3 p.m. Sunday, August 14, 2011, in the Arritt Funeral Home Chapel in Covington, VA.

The entombment will follow in Alleghany Memorial Park Mausoleum.

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Addie Juanita Thompson

Mrs. Addie Juanita Thompson, 74, of 123 Rice Street, Beckley, died August 10, 2011, at Raleigh General Hospital after a long illness.

Born August 3, 1937, in Milton, WV, she was the daughter of the late Boyd Parris and Mary Neal Lash.

Mrs. Thompson was a homemaker and a member of Shiloh Baptist Church, Harper Heights.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Darlene “Dolly” Thompson; son, Ronnie Terrell; and sister, Bessie Davis.

Those left to cherish her precious memories are her children: Robert (Torreda) Terrell of Eccles, WV, Authur Lee Terrell and John Edward Terrell both of Cleveland, OH; Barbra (Rudy) Taylor of Cleveland, OH, Rolinda Simms of Atlanta, GA, Lyvona Terrell of Beckley, WV, Sally Thompson of Huntington, WV, Cordelia (Jeff) Len of Fairfax, VA, and Kimberly Thompson of Fredericksburg, VA; sisters, Ernestine Smith of Lima, OH, Carolyn and Connie Pemberton of Flint, MI; 22 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren and a host of other nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Tuesday, August 16, 2011, at the Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor Chapel, 748 S. Fayette Street, Beckley, WV, with Elder Sharon Hughes officiating. Burial will follow in Sunset Memorial Park, Beckley, WV.

Friends may call one hour prior to the services at the funeral parlor.

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Arrangements entrusted to Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.

Phillip Wilson

MOUNT HOPE — On Friday, August 12, 2011, our beloved Phillip Wilson passed away at his home on West Virginia Street in Mt. Hope. Phillip had fought a courageous battle against kidney cancer for the past year and a half. He was only 38 years of age.

Born Phillip Thomas Wilson on September 19th, 1972, at Beckley, he was the precious son of Phillip Lane Wilson and his wife Elizabeth of Harper and Brenda Falin Lewis and her husband Paul of Beckley. His paternal grandparents, Thomas “Buster” and B. Vernon Wilson, and his maternal grandparents, John W. and Virginia Falin, have preceded him in death.

Phillip spent his childhood at Harper. He was a graduate of Liberty High School. He grew up in the Eccles First Baptist Church where he was baptized. Philip was a young man with a high work ethic; for 12 years he was the owner and operator of Precision Hydraulics and most recently worked for Phillips Machine.

In his leisure time he enjoyed hunting, fishing and NASCAR (he was a Jeff Gordon fan). But most of all Phillip was all about family. In 1994 while on a rafting trip on the New River he would meet the love of his life, Cynthia Ann Robertson. Married for many years now, to this union have been born the four joys of his life, William Donald age 16, Savannah Marie age 15, Phillip Arthur age 13 and Elijah Thomas who is two years old. He loved to race go-carts with his kids. Cindy and the children will cherish Phillip’s memory for all times. The third of four children, Phillip was the fond brother of Lori Buchanan and her husband, Michael, James and Jennifer Deakins all of Beckley. He was blessed with a large extended family, including his father-in-law, Gerald Wilburn of Mt. Hope. In addition to his grandparents, he was preceded in death by his first cousin, Jason Wright, and his aunt, Chloie Falin Thomas.

On Monday, August 15th, at 1 p.m. there will be a “Service of Remembrance” at the Melton Mortuary Chapel. Pastors Garry Hall and Timmy Vaughn will be officiating. The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. until the service hour. Phillip will then be taken to the Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens at Prosperity where he will be laid to rest beside his paternal grandparents, Buster and Vernon, and his cousin Jason. “Oh Glad Reunion!” There will be a dinner at the Eccles First Baptist Church following Phillip’s burial. Family members and friends will serve as pallbearers.

2nd Timothy 4:7 “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:” And so now, we give our dear Phillip back to God. May He Rest In Peace.

Condolences may be sent to the family’s guestbook at

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary, Inc., Beckley, WV.

Phillip Stephen Workman

CRAIGSVILLE — Phillip “Steve” Workman, of Craigsville, died Friday, Aug. 12, 2011.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Monday, Aug. 15, in the White Funeral Home at Craigsville with the Rev. George Peyatt residing. Interment will follow in the Craigsville Cemetery. Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.