The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

September 22, 2013

Obituaries — Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013

William Albert Freeman

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS — William Albert Freeman, 84, of White Sulphur Springs, WV, passed away Friday, September 20, 2013, at Greenbrier Valley Medical Center in Fairlea, WV.

He was born April 16, 1929, in Caldwell, WV, a son of the late William Shelby and Vera Bennett Freeman.

Mr. Freeman was a member of the Emmanuel United Methodist Church, White Sulphur Springs. After graduating in 1947, he worked fourteen years at the former Hercules plant in Covington, VA, and retired as a waiter in room service at The Greenbrier. Mr. Freeman was a great sportsman in high school football and basketball, and loved keeping up with sports throughout his life.

Other than his parents he was preceded in death by a son, Frank David Freeman, in 1982, and a sister, Sally Surber, in 2013.

Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Shirley Sprouse Freeman at home; four sons, George Freeman (Germaine), of Charleston, WV, Carl Freeman (Sharon) of White Sulphur Springs, Joe Freeman (Katy) of Radford, VA, and John Freeman of White Sulphur Springs; one granddaughter, Carrie DeHaven (Noel); and three great-grandchildren, Ruby, Josiah, and Tripp. He is also survived by a sister, Phyllis Persinger of White Sulphur Springs; four nieces, and one nephew.

Honoring Bill’s wishes, there will be no service or visitation.

Shanklin Funeral Home, White Sulphur Springs, is serving the family.

Deborah Sue Harrah

Deborah Sue Harrah, 66, passed away Sept. 20, 2013.

Arrangements are incomplete. Wallace & Wallace of Ansted is in charge of the arrangements.

Christina B. ‘Teeny’ Holland

SANDSTONE — Christina B. “Teeny” Holland, 87, of Sandstone went home to be with the Lord, Friday, September 20, 2013, at the home of her daughter following a long illness.

Born October 10, 1925, at Sandstone, she was the daughter of the late Elbert and Mary Byrtle Cantrell Bragg.

A member of Sandstone Baptist Church where she sang in the choir as long as health permitted, retired in 1986 from Summers County Hospital with 17 years of service, she loved gardening and her flowers. Mrs. Holland was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother.

Preceded in death by her husband, Clifford Clayton Holland; two sons, Harvey Clayton and Wesley Hunter; one sister, Charlotte Ayers; and two brothers, Calvin and Jimmy Bragg.

Those left to cherish her memory include four children, Harold Holland and wife Kay of Forest Hill, Howard Holland and wife Charmaine of Texas, Eugene Holland and wife Jan of Sandstone and Cleitus Spade and husband Mike of Sandstone; eleven grandchildren, twenty-seven great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild, one sister, Geraldine Harris of Meadow Creek, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 1 p.m. Monday, September 23, 2013, at the Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors Chapel with Pastors George Clarkson and George Cook officiating. Burial will follow in Restwood Memorial Gardens near Hinton.

Friends may call from 11 a.m. until service time on Monday.

Jay Holland, Clay Holland, Jonathan Spade, Joshua Spade, Damian Holland and Dale Pack will serve as pallbearers.

Arrangements are by the Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors of Hinton.

Condolences may be sent to the family at

Brian Lee Hosler

Brian Lee Hosler, 43, of Beaver, passed away Friday Sept. 20, 2013.

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

Rexford L. McMillion

“In the fall and spring, ‘JR’ could always be found, in the mountains, chasing whitetail deer and spring gobblers ….”

So, perhaps it is only fitting that our cherished Rexford Lee McMillion of Bee Branch, Dameron, went to that great hunting ground in the sky to see his Savior, at this time of year, as the fall season is upon us. It is just that he left so soon, too soon, on Thursday, Sept. 19th, 2013. JR was only 50 years of age, bravely fighting pancreatic cancer for just a few months.

One of two sons, “JR,” as he was affectionately known, was born Rexford Lee McMillion Jr. on Dec. 26th, 1963, at Ft. Riley, Kansas. He was the son of the late Rexford Lee and Vonnie Sue Adkins McMillion Sr.

JR leaves to cherish his memory his loving wife, the former Melinda Gail Honaker. To JR and Gail’s union was born their only child, their beloved daughter, Tiffany Workman, who makes her home in Beckley. JR was the fond brother of Joey McMillion of Dameron.

JR has been a hard-working man, driving a coal truck. Besides the love of family, JR’s great passion was the out of doors. He loved to hunt and fish. Every season was appreciated for the beauty he could find in the great out of doors.

On Monday, Sept. 23rd, at 1 p.m. there will be a “Service of Remembrance” for JR at the Glen Daniel Worship Center. Pastor Jerry Cantley will be officiating. The family will receive friends on Sunday evening at the church from 6 to 9 p.m. and one hour prior to the service on Monday. JR will be laid to rest in the Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens at Prosperity.

“…..and summertime was always filled with day and nights on the water pursuing the fish.”

“We can still see you … remember you … God speed until we are all together again.”

Condolences may be sent to the family’s guestbook at

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary and Cremation Center, Beckley, WV.

Larry G. Newman

On Sunday, Sept. 15th, 2013, our beloved Larry Gene Newman of the Upper Sandlick Community died at home. He was 56 years of age.

One of ten children, Larry was born on Feb. 16th, 1957, at Beckley. He was the son of the late Russell and Peggy Daniels Newman. His brothers Robert Neal, James Lee, Jerry Wayne and Russell Claud Newman have preceded him in death.

Larry leaves to cherish his memory his children, Misti Lynn Rhodes and her husband, Ernie L. Rhodes II of Falls View, Tiffany Rose Newman of Fayetteville, and Lora Jean Newman of Clear Creek.

He was blessed with six grandsons whom he loved dearly, Caleb Bandy, Ayden Rhodes, Conner Rhodes, Jasper Newman, Christopher Simmons II and Colton Newman-Simmons.

Larry’s surviving siblings are Deborah Akers, Mary McGrady, David Newman, John Newman and Brian Newman.

Among many nieces and nephews are his special nieces and nephews whom he loved and adored, Jennifer Limon and Jerri Lee Newman and Michael Newman and Brian Newman.

A special great-niece, Alyssa Toney, survives as well.

There will be no services.

Condolences may be sent to the family’s guestbook at

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary and Cremation Center, Beckley, WV.

Marcus Neil Rogers M.D.

September 6, 1942-September 18, 2013

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Marcus Neil Rogers, 81, of Bloomington, Ind., went to be with the Lord on September 18, 2013, at the IU Health Hospice House. Neil’s body is bequeathed to the IU Medical School for research.

Born September 6, 1932, in Forest Hill, WV, he was the son of Mark and Kathryn (Saunders) Rogers.

He graduated as Valedictorian of his high school class in 1950 and first in his class from Berea College in 1954. Neil earned his M.D. from West Virginia University and the Medical College of Virginia (Virginia Commonwealth) in 1958. Following medical school, Neil was commissioned into the Public Health Service, where he served the Navajo people in both Arizona and Oklahoma.

In 1965, Neil and his family settled in Bloomington, where he began a 22-year tenure as a physician at the IU Health Center, also assisting with IU sports medicine. After taking early retirement, Neil continued his career serving the community as a physician at both Prompt Care and Cook Medical Clinic.

In 1954, Neil married Dorothy “Dottie” Ellen (Skaggs), whom he met attending Berea College. Dottie preceded him in death in 1982. Neil married Helen Brown in 1983. She survives him.

Neil is also survived by his children, Stephanie (Don) Fantuzzo, Jennifer (David) Nicholson, Allison (Mark) Gallo and Mark (Bridget) Rogers, and stepchildren Sara (Jim) Kane, Jennifer (Kevin) Brown and Jade (Louisa) Brown. Neil’s legacy carries on with 9 grandchildren and spouses, 7 stepgrandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. Neil is also survived by one brother, Robert “Ted” (Susie) Rogers of Hinton, WV.

Neil was a man of strong faith and a longtime member of Evangelical Community Church. A Memorial Service to celebrate Neil’s life will be held at the church on Saturday, September 28, at 4 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the IU Health Hospice House (Bloomington) or the charity of your choosing.

Information submitted by Pivont Funeral Home in Hinton.

Tim Thompson

Tim Thompson, 86, went to be with the Lord after passing away peacefully on September 20, 2013, with his son, Ed, by his side. He had a long life full of family, friends, and great memories in his beloved town of Beckley, WV.

He is survived by two daughters, Stephanie Cooksey and her husband, John, of Spring, TX, and Catharine “Kitzy” Cotogno and her husband, Ken, of Flemington, NJ; two sons, Ed Thompson and his wife, Cindy, of Jamestown, NC, and Tim “Ox” Thompson and his wife, Robin, of Klamath Falls, OR; his two grandchildren, Cassandra and John Nicholas Cooksey; and many loving nephews, nieces, and their families.

Born May 8, 1927, in Ravenswood, WV, Mr. Thompson was the youngest son of the late Ronald E. and Ivy Mabel Sinnett Thompson Sr. He is also preceded in death by his brothers Ronald E. “Tom” Thompson, and Stephen B. “Steve” Thompson, and his former wife, Catherine “Kay” Allen Thompson.

Mr. Thompson grew up in Parkersburg, proudly attended West Virginia University, was a member of Beta Theta Phi, and settled in Beckley after college. He graduated from the University of Cincinnati, College of Pharmacy, in 1957 and moved back to Beckley to continue his career and raise his family. He was a veteran having served in the U.S. Navy during WWII and later serving in the WV National Guard during the Korean War. He attended advanced officer training school at Ft. Benning, GA.

During his dedicated career of over 50 years as a registered pharmacist, Mr. Thompson served the community through his work at Thompson Drug in Beckley and Crab Orchard, and later at Professional Pharmacy. He became a licensed nursing home administrator and provided leadership at Pine Lodge Nursing Home in Beckley, introducing the first nursing home in West Virginia to have an in-house pharmacy. He continued working as a nursing home consultant and administrator in Bluefield until 2003 when he retired.

Mr. Thompson was an active member of the community in many different fraternal orders and social clubs including Rotary Club, Elks Club, Moose Club, Glade Springs and Black Knight Country Club. He also served as the Beckley Police Commissioner. He enjoyed golf, beating his friends at cards, and watching football, particularly the WVU Mountaineers and the Washington Redskins. Most of all, he will be remembered as a loving and generous father.

In 2011, he moved to Flemington, NJ, to live with his daughter Catharine and her husband Ken. After a couple of years he realized how much he missed those “country roads” and returned to Beckley where he always felt most at home, surrounded by so many familiar and dear faces.

A celebration of his life will be held at Calfee Funeral Home at 800 S. Oakwood Avenue in Beckley on Wednesday, September 25, at 11 a.m.

Friends may visit with the family one hour prior to the service on Wednesday.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Salvation Army of Beckley at 312 S. Fayette St., PO Box 1573, Beckley, WV 25802, would be welcomed.

Condolences to the family may be e-mailed on the website

The family extends special thanks to Manny “Mankind” Arellano, who provided extraordinary care over the last 4 months, and to Mr. Thompson’s dear friends Doug Jarrell and Connie Green, and to Gary Poling, MD, for their incredible support and care. Many heartfelt thanks to the staff and residents at Greystone and the staff at Raleigh General Hospital for their compassionate care.

Arrangements by Calfee Funeral Home, Beckley.

Janet Dickens Treadway

Janet Dickens Treadway, 65, of Artie, WV, went home to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Thursday, September 19, 2013.

She was born on May 3, 1948, Orgas, WV, to the late Jess and Mary Cox Dickens.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her sister, Diana Gardner, and a brother, Jerry.

She is survived by her husband, Jack Treadway; a daughter, Lori Halstead of Whitesville, a stepson, Jeff Treadway of Fort Smith, Ark., a stepdaughter, Angie Treadway of Charleston; five grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Dean of Charleston and Dale of Artie; two sisters, Rahma Clonch of Dunbar and Jackie and Bill Barker of Whitesville.

Funeral services will be held Monday afternoon, September 23, 2013, at 1 o’clock in the Armstrong Funeral Home, Whitesville, WV, with the Rev. Jerry Tyree and the Rev. Jeff Shea officiating and singer Duke Stewart. Interment is in Pineview Cemetery, Orgas, WV.

Visitation will be 2 hours before the service at the funeral home.

Armstrong Funeral Home is serving the family.

Rhonda Gail Massey Walker

DOTHAN — Rhonda Gail Massey Walker, 47, of Dothan, WV, died on Thursday, September 19, 2013, at Plateau Medical Center in Oak Hill, WV.

Born February 2, 1966, at Norton, VA, she was the daughter of Claude and Anna Hillman Massey of Bradley, WV.

Rhonda was a M.I H.O.W, Maternal Infant Health Outreach Worker Program for 16 years, was a home visitor and Prenatal Care Coordinator for River Health Clinic at Whipple, WV.

In addition to her parents, Rhonda is survived by her husband, Mark Steven Walker; one daughter, Cassandra Leiann Walker, and two sons, Zachary Mason Walker and Cody Steven Walker, all of Dothan; and three sisters, Brenda Allen and husband, Buddy, of Hico, Norma Massey of Mount Hope and Sharon Alderman and husband, Kenny, of Beaver.

Funeral services will be on Monday, September 23, 2013, at 2 p.m. at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill, with Rev. Clare Sulgit-Horn officiating. Burial will be at High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill. Friends may call one hour prior to the service on Monday at the funeral home.

Family members and friends will serve as pallbearers.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill, WV.

Betty Frances Mann Ward

JASPER, Ga. — Betty Frances Mann Ward, 86, of Jasper, Georgia, formerly of Hinton, went to Heaven to be with the Lord on Friday, September 20, 2013, in Jasper, Georgia.

She was born to the late Oran and Gladys Coleman Mann in Hinton on May 30, 1927.

Betty resided in Hinton for most of her life and was a member of First Baptist Church, where she sang in the choir. She baked cakes for everyone in the community. Betty retired as a teacher’s aide from the Summers County School system, where she was loved by many children. She later moved to Jasper, Georgia, to live with her granddaughter, Cindy Angle Daniel.

Betty is survived by two daughters, Linda McClure and Sandra Gwin and husband Thomas, both of Jasper, Georgia. Grandchildren, Eric Bartfai and wife Tammy of Cedar Bluff, VA, Cindy Angle Daniel and husband Hal with whom she made her home, Jason Angle and wife Carrie of Jasper, GA, and Marion and John McClure, both of Florida. Six great-grandchildren also survive.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, September 24, 2013, at Pivont Funeral Home Chapel in Hinton with Pastor Ronald Cobb officiating. Burial will follow in Rosewood Cemetery at Lewisburg, WV. Friends may call from 12 p.m. until time of services on Tuesday at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be: Jason Angle, Hal Daniel, Matthew Chambers, Andrew Brown, Eric Bartfai and Mike Atkins.

Online condolences and guest register at

Arrangements by Pivont Funeral Home, Hinton, WV.

Jonathan Edward White Jr.

Jonathan Edward White Jr. was called home Saturday, September 14, 2013, following a sudden illness.

He was born March 8, 1969, in Frankfurt, West Germany, and was preceded in the passing of his beloved mother Delores Ann White, grandparents Jack and Betty Bolen and Hansel and Sophie White. 

Jon was a loving husband to his high school sweetheart Rachel for 26 years and was a devoted father to his daughter Ashley. Being one who dearly loved the outdoors, he was an avid hunter, enjoyed 4-wheeling with his friends and found his passion as a master Window Tinter. With pride, Jon served in the U.S. Army.

Those left behind to cherish and carry on his memory are his loving wife Rachel Faye White, a loving daughter Ashley Ann White, his father Jonathan Edward White Sr., a brother Joseph Heath White and numerous family and friends. Jon will be forever loved by all and sadly missed.

Funeral Services will be conducted at the Rose and Quesenberry Peace Chapel in Beckley on Sunday, September 22, 2013, at 2 p.m. with Rev. Danny Ray Bowman officiating.  Friends and family may visit with the immediate family at exactly 1 p.m. Burial will follow at Sunset Memorial Park in Beckley.

Private online condolences may be sent to the family via our guestbook at

Floral tributes can be sent to Rose and Quesenberry or donations can be sent to Rachel White, PO Box 475, Midway, WV 25878.

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

Clara Mae Shumate Whitt

PINEVILLE — Clara Mae Shumate Whitt, 76, of Pineville, passed away Thursday, September 19, 2013, following a long illness.

Born August 24, 1937, at Keyrock, she was the daughter of the late Harper Shumate, Sr., and Grace Laxton Shumate.

Clara was a member of the Pineville Church of the Nazarene. She enjoyed watching TV, eating at the Cow Shed and socializing and being with her family and friends.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Tolbert Ramon Whitt.

Survivors include her son, Michael Whitt and his wife, Anna, of Cope, SC.

Daughters, Angela Dyson of Princeton, Kaye Johnson and her husband, Gene, of Pineville, Katherine Mayhew and her husband, Doug, of Madison, Sherrie Cox and her husband, Henry, of Pounding Mill, VA, Betty Williford and her husband, Sam, of Dunn, NC.

She is also survived by 3 brothers and 2 sisters, 12 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

In keeping with Mrs. Whitt’s wishes, she will be cremated and no services will be held.

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