The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

December 7, 2013

Obituaries — Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013

Patricia L. Ashworth

CHARLESTON — Patricia Lou Ashworth of Charleston, formerly of Beckley, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013.

The daughter of the late Earl McCoy Robinson and Mabel Pickett Robinson, “Patti Lou” Robinson was born May 5, 1926, in Moundsville, W.Va. She grew up in Moundsville and attended Moundsville High School. She graduated with honors from West Virginia University, majoring in Language Arts. She also received her Master’s degree from WVU in 1948.

On Sept. 2, 1950, Patricia married John C. Ashworth, who also grew up in Moundsville. The couple moved to Beckley in 1950 and John entered into law practice with his older brother, Robert. Patricia and John were active in many civic and social organizations in the Beckley area throughout their lives. The couple had two daughters, Robin and Melinda. Judge John Ashworth died in 1995.

Mrs. Ashworth taught at Waynesburg College, West Virginia University and the former Beckley College. She was Chair of the English Department, served as Dean of Women and Dean of Students at Beckley College. She is fondly remembered by many of her former students as a kind but tenacious professor who expected the best from her students. She retired from Beckley College in 1985.

Mrs. Ashworth was a member of the United Methodist Temple, the Women’s Club of Beckley, Delta Kappa Gamma Educational Sorority and WVU Emeritus Society. She was an excellent cook, a skilled hostess, a loyal friend to many and an extremely organized and efficient person. She was a devoted wife and loving mother and grandmother. Above all, she was always a lady.

Mrs. Ashworth is survived by her daughters Robin Ashworth Tice of St. Mary’s, W.Va., and Melinda Ashworth Kiss and her husband, Bob, of Charleston, W.Va. She is also survived by five grandchildren: John David Tice and his wife, Jessica, Jared Tice, Laura Tice, Cameron Kiss and Carter Kiss. Also surviving are three great-grandchildren: Clara Tice, Ella Tice and Benjamin Tice and several nieces and nephews and her beloved neighbors, Mary Ann and Don Wise.

Services for Mrs. Ashworth will be Saturday, Dec. 7th, at 11 a.m. at Rose & Quesenberry Funeral Home in Beckley, the Rev. G. Randall Adkins officiating. Friends may gather with the family on Friday, Dec. 6th, from 6 to 8 p.m. and one hour before the service on Saturday.

Entombment will follow at Sunset Memorial Park Mausoleum, Beckley.

While flowers are welcome (she loved flowers), donations of sympathy in lieu of flowers are also appreciated and can be made to United Methodist Temple, 201 Templeview Drive, Beckley, WV 25801; Beckley Area Foundation, 129 Main St., Beckley, WV 25801; or WVU Foundation, Inc., PO Box 1650, Morgantown, WV 26507-1650.

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 S. Kanawha Street, Beckley.

George ‘Mike’ Bailey

George “Mike” Bailey, 60, of Holly Hills, died Thursday, Dec. 5, of injuries received in a farm accident.

Condolences may be sent to the family’s guestbook at

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary and Cremation Center, Beckley.

Diane Sue Browning

CHARLESTON — Diane Sue Browning, 63, of Charleston, died Nov. 23, 2013.

Service will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, at Jarrett Terrace Apartments in Charleston.

Information provided by Handley Funeral Home, Danville.

Jackie Lee Dunbar

CLEAR CREEK — Jackie Lee Dunbar, 69, of Clear Creek, died on Tuesday, December 3, 2013, at Raleigh General Hospital in Beckley.

Born December 31, 1943, at Clear Creek, he was the son of the late Cleo Ray and Emma Agnes Taylor Dunbar.

He was a coal mine roof bolter with 47 years service as a miner.

Jackie was a graduate of Clear Fork High School. He was a member of the Workman’s Creek Methodist Church where he was song leader and served as a Sunday school teacher. He liked to play guitar and sing.

There were many things Jackie loved — mowing grass and raising flowers; he so loved his precious grandchildren and above all he loved his Jesus.

A brother, Edward Dunbar, sister-in-law, Susie Dunbar; grandson, Gabriel; and best friends, Claude Coots and Leroy Gore, preceded him in death.

He leaves behind a loving family which includes his wife, Barbara Kay Blevins Dunbar; six children, twins, Matthew (Katie) Dunbar and Rachel Lea (Antonio) Anguiano, Justin (Tena) Dunbar, Lisa (Denny) Stone, Christina Collins and Jordan (Mario) Anguiano all of Clear Creek; and brother, Kenneth (Drema) Dunbar of Clear Creek.

Also surviving are his grandchildren, Abraham, Noah, Sarah, Gennie, Maggie, Luke, Joseph, Kreed, Elijah, Isabella, Eleanor, Kitty, Mike, Klaudia, Sofia and Nicolas, and many loving nieces and nephews.

He was loved and will be missed by his work family.

Funeral services will be on Saturday, December 7, 2013, at 2 p.m. at Workman’s Creek Methodist Church with Pastor Arolette Stover officiating. Burial will be at Dunbar Family Cemetery, Clear Creek.

Visitation will be held at Tyree Funeral Home in Mount Hope on Friday, December 6, 2013, from 6 to 9 p.m.

He has found his peace in the valley.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope.

Seay Howard Earehart

Seay Howard Earehart, age 78, of Beckley, passed away at the Beckley Appalachian Regional Hospital on Wednesday, December 4, 2013.

Born on June 18, 1935, in Covington, Va., he was the son of the late Charles Houston Earehart and Juanita B. Andrews Earehart.

Mr. Earehart devoted his career in the automobile industry. He was the former president and owner and operator of Beckley Toyota and Volvo, Howard Earehart Inc., Pontiac-Buick, GMC and Jeep in Oak Hill, was the former vice president of Earehart Automotive Group and Earehart Inc. Most recently he was the retired owner and operator of Earehart Motors Preowned on Johnstown Road. He was a member of the American Business Club, and was a member of the Family Worship Center. Mr. Earehart was a former deacon of the church and was a member of the Full Gospel Business Men’s Club. He was a former member of the WV Auto Dealer’s Association, and was one of the most respected auto dealers in West Virginia.

Mr. Earehart had served on the Board of Directors of Theatre WV, and was a member and supporter of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. In his younger years, he was a former Cub Scout leader.

Mr. Earehart was preceded in death by brothers, Dillard, Charles “Charlie” and William “Bill” Earehart, and by sisters Norma Dakos and Lyda R. Tingler.

Surviving wife of 58 years, Alma Walters Earehart; sons, Seay Howard Earehart Jr. of Atlanta, Ga., Michael Wayne Earehart and Charles Houston Earehart II and companion, Janet Meador of Beckley.

A brother, Andy Earehart and his wife Pat of Beckley; three sisters, Betty Daniel of Beckley, Virginia Spencer of Covington, Va., and Juanita G. Hines and her husband George of Rome, Texas. One grandchild, Nicholas Earehart and his wife Suzanne of Boiling Springs, S.C.

Funeral services will be conducted to Celebrate The Life of Howard Earehart on Monday, December 9, 2013, at 11 a.m. at the Family Worship Center, Pinewood Drive, Beckley, with Pastor Stacy Dingess officiating. Burial will follow at Sunset Memorial Park in Beckley.

Friends may visit with the family at the church from 3 to 6 p.m. on Sunday.

Pallbearers will be Tommy Earehart, David Earehart, Reed Epperly, Mike Prunesti, Barry Clyburn, Johnny Rakes, Larry Smith, Hank Tingler.

Honorary pallbearers will be John Pack, Orville Setliff, Marvin Lively, Howard Riffe, Andy Moscarity, David Hill, Dick Klaus, Don Windon, Arnest Lilly, CY Williams, Darryl (Peanut) Holley.

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.

Madrith Kay Bragg Gwinn

SPRING DALE — Madrith Kay Bragg Gwinn, 71, of Spring Dale, passed away of cancer on December 5, 2013.

Kay was born September 26, 1942, in Rainelle, W.Va.; she was the daughter of the late Perry and Maggie Bragg.

Kay graduated from Meadow Bridge High School in 1960 and graduated from Southern Martz Beauty School in 1961.

Kay is survived by her husband, Franklin David Gwinn; one daughter, Shannon Adair Gwinn, and one granddaughter, Kaitlyn Dawn Gwinn, all of Spring Dale; one nephew, Scott Marshall Bragg and his wife Dianna of North Carolina.

There will be no funeral services.

Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Rainelle.

Steve Hardy

MULLENS — Steve “Pop’s” Hardy, 47, of Mullens, went to his final resting place on Monday, December 2, 2013.

Born March 25, 1966, at Mullens, he was the son of the late Eugene Monroe and Mary Effie Hardy.

Steve was a hardworking and devoted coal miner with 22 years of service and was employed at Winchester Coal Company, Cabin Creek. In his leisure he enjoyed spending time with his family especially the time spent with his family on the Greenbrier River sitting in the swing, sitting by the campfire, or cutting wood and was especially fond of John Deere.

In addition to his parents he is also preceded in death by his brother, David Eugene Hardy.

Those left to cherish his memory include his loving wife, Andrea Miller Hardy; three daughters, Hailey Rose Hardy at home, Katie Louise Hardy and Sarah Ellyn Hardy, both of Mullens; two grandchildren, Tristan and Calley and his faithful companion, Willie; five brothers, Kenny (Barbara) Hardy, Albert (Jennifer) Hardy, James (Robin) Hardy, Virgil (Vinita) Hardy, and John (Marlena) Hardy; two sisters, Connie (Wayne) Shumate and Mary Ann (Eric) Taylor; father and mother-in-law, Jamie and Brenda Miller; brothers-in-law, James (Angie) Miller and Scott (Jeri-Ann) Miller; and a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Services will be 1 p.m. Sunday, December 8, 2013, at Tankersley Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Gilbert Dodson officiating. Burial will follow at the Hardy Family Cemetery, Barkers Ridge.

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

Pallbearers will be Kenny Hardy, Virgil Hardy, James Hardy, John Hardy, David Hardy II, Eric Taylor, James Miller and Scotty Miller.

Online condolences may be expressed to the family at

The family of Steve Hardy is being cared for by Tankersley Funeral Home, Mullens.

Johnna Reese Harvey

SUMMERSVILLE — Johnna Reese Harvey, infant daughter of Max and Kimberly Dawn Politakis Harvey of Summersville, died at birth Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 9, in the Waters Funeral Chapel at Summersville with Pastor Joey Sheppard officiating. Friends may call one hour prior to the service Monday at the funeral chapel.


Emory Virgil Hoke

HOLLYWOOD — Emory Virgil Hoke, 71, of Hollywood, Glace, passed away Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013.

Funeral services will be 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 9, at the Groves Funeral Home Chapel in Union, with Pastor Donnie Dowdy officiating. Interment will be at the Clay Hoke Family Cemetery at Glace. Friends may call from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 9, at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorial donations be made to Glace Chapel Church, HC 83 Box 83G, Glace, WV 24983.

Groves Funeral Home in Union is in charge of arrangements.

Evelyn (Lynne) Stanley Murphy

Evelyn (Lynne) Stanley Murphy, 63, last residing at The Villages at Greystone, died at 10:35 a.m. on December 5, 2013, following a 20-year battle with Multiple Sclerosis.

Born December 22, 1949, in Midway, she was the daughter of James Stanley and the late Ruth Persinger Stanley.

She is survived by her husband of 42 years, Eric Murphy, children, Jackie, Whitefish, MT, Sherri, N. Ft. Myers, FL, Paula, Rumford, ME, and Ron, Atlanta, GA, nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, sister, Patricia Barnhouse of Spencer, Debbie Williams and husband, Mike, of Mabscott, and brother, Phil Stanley and his wife, Rosa, of Charlotte, NC; nephews and nieces and great-nephews.

Lynne received Christ at the age of five clearly understanding the message of God’s love and salvation.

She served with her husband in Christian ministry both in the United States and in Hungary in Europe. Noted for her musical ability as a concert pianist, vocal soloist, song writer and arranger she impacted the lives of tens of thousands on two continents. As a speaker and a director of many ladies conferences she brought messages of encouragement to many women. A gifted interior decorator, active in the creative arts, a gracious hostess and tour guide, she provided memorable experiences to all whose lives she touched.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers that donations be made to the Lynne Murphy Memorial Fund for Needy Campers and Camp Promotion be made to Life Impact For Eternity, 3984 Manatee Avenue East, Bradenton, Florida 34208. Lynne dearly loved children and loved to bring smiles to their faces.

Funeral services will be held at The Church of the Brethren on Brethren Church Road in Crab Orchard, on Monday, December 9, at 2 p.m. with Reverends Mike Calhoun of Word of Life and Eric Murphy officiating. There will be no evening visitation. Friends may call from 12 noon on Monday at The Church of the Brethren. Burial will follow at the Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Beckley. 

Private online condolences, floral tributes and other expressions of sympathy may be directed to the family via our guestbook at

Pallbearers will be Reverend Patrick Haynes, Reverend Wayne Peters, Reverend Don Kelly, Reverend Ed Tennent, Reverend Jim Sturgill, Reverend Don Gibbs, Reverend George Smith, Reverend Jimmy Mitchell and Lay Speaker Jim Campbell.

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

Ethel Mae Ratliff

QUINWOOD — Ethel Mae Ratliff, 81, of Quinwood, went to be with the Lord on December 3, 2013, where she is reunited with her mother (Hennie) and her daughter (Ardigaye). Her final days were spent surrounded by her loving husband and her children.

Born September 14, 1932, in Camden, Alabama, she was the daughter of the late Fred and Hennie Bonner.

She is survived by her husband Hobert Lee Ratliff; three brothers, Ed Bonner of Gadsden, AL, Fred (Willie) Bonner of Victorsville, CA, Bob Bonner of Leslie, WV; five daughters, Ethelene Penn (Don) of Alderson, Linda Faye Ratliff of Quinwood, Davene Burks (Richard) of Morgantown, Darlene Ratliff Washington (Keith) of Irwin, PA, and Donna Ratliff-Walker (Fred) of Durham, NC; three sons, Walter Lee Ratliff (Jennifer) of Albany, GA, Danny Ratliff of Leslie and Rex Ratliff (Sarah) of Bluefield, WV; ten grandchildren and six great-grandchildren along with many nieces, nephews and cousins.

She spent her early years serving as homemaker to her husband and their nine children. She went on to acquire an Associate Degree and serve more than 20 years as a Restorative Assistant to the physical therapist at Heartland of Rainelle. She loved her family, crocheting and flowers. She will be sorely missed.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, December 7, 2013, at the Wallace & Wallace Chapel in Rainelle with Pastor Chad Rodes and Rev. Ronald L. Sherrod officiating. Burial will follow at the Trail’s End Cemetery in Clintonville.

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

Online condolences may be sent to

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

Harry Smith

THOMASVILLE, N.C. — Harry Smith of Thomasville, formerly of Beckley, died Friday, Dec. 6, 2013.

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

Hope Sparks

FAYETTEVILLE — Hope Keeton Sparks, 85, of Fayetteville, passed away on Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013.

She departed from life in Myrtle Beach, S.C., at Grand Strand Regional Hospital due to complications of a stroke. She had recently built her dream home in North Myrtle Beach, and was looking forward to spending her winters south.

Hope was born May 15, 1928, in Calhoun County to Chapman and Ada (King) Keeton. She was next to oldest of five sisters and a half brother.

Hope was a kind, gentle, generous woman who was much loved. Although she could be a very private person, she was also very fun-loving. She embraced knowledge and enjoyed sharing what she had learned with others. She was an avid reader, gardener and bird watcher. She wrote poetry, kept a journal, enjoyed music and loved the opportunity to travel. She was of Baptist faith and embodied the principles of Christianity with her charitable nature and thoughtful disposition. She looked for good in everyone and always found it.

She was known by many names to those who loved her: Phyllis, Hope, Mrs. Sparks, Mother, Mommy, Mom, Grandmother, Granny, Hope-e, and Nanny.

Most important to her was being a wife and homemaker. She always stated that her biggest accomplishment in life was her children whom she adored.

In addition to her parents and stepfather (Oak Jett), she was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Arnet Sparks; a daughter, Connie Amstutz; half brother, Stanton Jett; and sister, Juanita Waffler.

Those left to cherish her memory are her son, Larry Sparks and wife Kathy of Marmet; daughters, Sherry Waugh and husband Rick of Glasgow, and Bonnie Sansbury and husband Allen of North Myrtle Beach, S.C.; sisters, Janice See of Elmira, Arlene Morrison and Maxine Uhl of Orrville, Ohio, and Charlotte Maxwell of Fayetteville; grandsons Christopher Waugh and Hunter Sparks; granddaughter Hayleigh Sparks; great-granddaughter Jacelyn Tate Jones; stepgrandchildren Bryson England, and Cody, Hunter, and Chelsea Corbin; and numerous nieces and nephews along with a host of other family and friends.

Hope will be sadly missed and remembered always by those she touched in life with her generosity and compassion. She was a gift from God, who shared her with this world for 85 years. She was a true blessing to all who knew her. She is now in the presence of God. She now has perfect vision and hearing; she no longer needs her wheelchair and walker. She is walking on streets of gold and will worship God for all eternity. It is a comfort to know that because of God’s grace we have the opportunity to be re-united with her again in Heaven.

The family would like to extend sincere thanks and gratitude to the compassionate staff at Brightwater/The Retreat, Rehabilitation Center in Myrtle Beach, who provided such a high level of care in her final days.

Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, December 8th, at High Lawn Funeral Home, 1435 Main Street East, Oak Hill, W.Va.

There will be a private graveside service following at Dotson-Simpson Cemetery in Keslers Cross Lanes, W.Va.

Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.

Mildred Smith Thomas

PETERSTOWN — Mildred Smith Thomas, 77, of Green Valley Road, Peterstown, passed away Friday, Dec. 6, 2013. 

Arrangements are incomplete at Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home, Peterstown.

Roxanne Delores Toney

Roxanne Delores Toney, 56, of Beckley, passed away December 4, 2013, at Hospice of Beckley, surrounded by her family and friends.

Roxanne was loved by many including her four daughters, Joy Goodwin, Carey Metz-Wood, Angela Toney and Cassandra Toney. She had three grandsons, Conner, Brayden and Ricky, who loved their grandma very much. She had four siblings, Valerie Evans, Lisa Zotos, Lora Keaveny, and Jimmy Habib. Including Melanie Lilly who loved her like a sister and her stepfather, Edward Habib.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Carol Habib; her grandmother, Garnet Evans, and granddad, Charles Evans; and also her best friend, Debbie Metz.

A Memorial Service to celebrate the life of Roxanne Delores Toney will be held 2 p.m. Monday, December 9, 2013, at Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley, with Father Carlos Melocoton officiating.

Friends may gather with the family from 1 p.m. until time of the service Monday at the funeral home.

Online condolences and other information can be found by visiting

Blue Ridge Funeral Home, 5251 Robert C. Byrd Drive, is honored to be serving the family.

Carrie Elizabeth Williams

LEWISBURG — Carrie Elizabeth Williams, 91, of Lewisburg, passed away Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013.

In honor of what would have been her 92nd birthday, a gathering of friends will be 4 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013, at Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Lewisburg. A private interment will be at Trails End Cemetery, Clintonville.

Flowers will be accepted for the visitation; however, the family graciously declines food or flowers being accepted at the home due to relocating.

Please send online condolences by visiting

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Lewisburg.

Munir Samuel Yarid

LEWISBURG — Munir Samuel Yarid, 89, of Lewisburg, died at his home on Tuesday, December 3, 2013, at the conclusion of a long illness.

Born May 12, 1924, in Lewisburg, he was the son of the late Sam and Dora Hannah Yarid.

Munir was a graduate of Lewisburg High School and West Virginia University. He served as a pilot of a B-25 in the 5th Air Force during the Pacific Campaign of World War II. He enjoyed flying throughout much of his life and was a charter member of the Ronceverte Flying Club. He was a Mason, a member of the Lewisburg Rotary Club and a Paul Harris Fellow.

Following in his parents’ footsteps, he was co-owner of Yarid’s Stores in Lewisburg and at The Greenbrier hotel.

A lifelong member of the Old Stone Presbyterian Church, Munir served as a Deacon and as a Ruling Elder. In 2010, in recognition of his lifelong service, he was elected as an Elder Emeritus.

Munir is survived by: his wife of 47 years, Yvette Prevost Yarid; his brother, Eddie, and sister-in-law, Joan; nieces Dora, Catherine, and Emily; and numerous friends.

A Memorial Service, celebrating Munir’s life, will be held at the Old Stone Presbyterian Church on Thursday, December 12, 2013, at 11 a.m. A luncheon will be held in the Fellowship Hall of the Church immediately following the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Old Stone Presbyterian Church, 200 Church Street, Lewisburg, WV 24901, or Carnegie Hall, 105 Church Street, Lewisburg, WV 24901.

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