The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

October 4, 2013

Obituaries — Friday, October 4, 2013

Edith Elizabeth Chambers

Edith Elizabeth Chambers, 86, of Mabscott, passed away October 1, 2013.

Born October 9, 1926, she was the daughter of the late Leroy Douglas and Hester Prichard.

In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by her husband, Carol Chambers and her daughters, Carol Jajcinovic and Peggy Lynn Chambers.

Those left to cherish her memory include, children, Pamela Sue Jerousek and husband James, Delmar Chambers  and wife Myrtle, Charles Chambers and wife Linda; 14 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; seven  great-great-grandchildren; sister, Juanita; brothers, James and Charles. Edith was a step-sister of many living and deceased siblings.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, October 5, 2013, at Blue Ridge Funeral Home Beckley with Pastor Greg Scarbro officiating. Burial will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens.

Friends may gather with the family Saturday from noon to 2 p.m. at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Arrangements by Blue Ridge Funeral Home, 5251 Robert C. Byrd Drive, Beckley.

Forrest Ray Childs

RUPERT — Forrest Ray Childs, 84, of Rupert, died on September 24, 2013, after an extended illness.

He was born May 25, 1929, in Garret County, Md. He was the son of the late James Childs and Sylvia Rheinhart (Childs) Lewis. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Arthur Childs; two sisters, Shirley Childs and Winonah (Childs) Lewis.

He is survived by a daughter, Sandra (Robert) Eakens of Warren, Ohio; one step-son, Robert (Carolyn) Alderman II of Waynesboro, Va.; two step-daughters, Vanessa Callison of Ansted and Cynthia (Robert) Miller of Akron, Ohio; 10 grandchildren: Yvonne Little, Holly Eakens, Michael (April) Callison, Jessica (Ernest) Tilley, Ernie Miller, Chris Miller, Carlton (Wilshonnoa) Wells, Julian Wells, Mario Wells, and Caula Wells; 13 great-grand children and a number of nieces, nephews and friends.

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, October 12th, 2013, at 3 p.m. at the Rupert Church of God on Pocahontas Street, Rupert, with Pastor Frank Jones and Pastor Carolyn E. Alderman officiating.

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

Okey Thomas Cook

1 Corinthians 13:13, “And now abideth faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of this is love.”

Okey Thomas Cook Jr., age 54, of Daniels, went to his heavenly home on Monday, October 1, 2013.

Born on May 24, 1959, in Baltimore, Md., he was the son of Sylvia Kincaid Cook of Coal City and the late Okey Thomas Cook Sr.

In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his paternal and maternal  grandparents, also by nephews, James Gardner and Christian Bolen.

Okey was a coal miner for 36 years and was employed by Affinity Coal Company. He attended the Whitby Church of God. He and his wife enjoyed horseback and buggy riding and currently owned four horses.

In addition to his mother, those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Debbie Lilly Cook, who he said was the love of his life and his gift of God, a son Eddie Lilly and his wife Amanda, of Daniels, daughters, Jamie Kelley of Odd, Samantha Johnson and her husband Scott of North Carolina and Elizabeth Cook of Tennessee; a son Brandon Trivett of Florida. Sisters, Beverly Evans and her husband Mason, Darlene Israel, Sherri Bolen and her husband Chris, all of Coal City. He also had eight grandchildren and several nieces and nephews, along with a special friend Tim Lusk and others.

Funeral services will be conducted at the Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home Shady Spring Chapel on Saturday, October 5, 2013, at 3 p.m. with Rev. Kepple Bolen officiating. Burial will follow at the Lilly Family Cemetery on Hughes Road, Daniels.

Friends may call two hours prior to the service Saturday at the funeral home in Shady Spring.

Pallbearers will be Eddie Lilly, Scott Johnson, Chris Bolen, Mason Evans, Brantly Gardner, Dustin Tuma, Mikey Israel and Christopher Bolen.

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

Arrangements are by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home Shady Spring Chapel, 729 Flat Top Road, Shady Spring.

William Corbin

SUMMERSVILLE — William Corbin, 96, of Summersville, died Wednesday, October 2, 2013, in the Summersville Regional Medical Center after a short illness.

Born January 14, 1917, at Kenna, W.Va., he was a son of the late Draper and Tina Corbin.

He was a graduate of Ripley High School, graduated West Virginia University where he received his bachelors and masters degrees in Agriculture, was a member of the WVU Agricultural Alumni Association, and he attended the Memorial United Methodist Church at Summersville. He was retired from the USDA Farmers Home Administration and had also worked for the West Virginia University Extension Service and the State of West Virginia.

Survivors include his wife, Geraldine Clark Corbin; one son, Raymond of Summersville; two daughters, Donna L. Folkemer of Baltimore, Md., and Jean Salamon of Tavares, Fla.; four grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, October 5, 2013, in the White Funeral Home at Summersville, with Pastor David Lancaster officiating. Interment will follow in the Walker Memorial Park at Summersville.

Friends may call at the funeral home on Friday from 6 to 8 p.m.

Condolences may be sent to the family at

Arrangements by White Funeral Home, Summersville.

Ida Bell Cox

RUPERT — Ida Bell Cox, 100, formerly of Rupert, died early Wednesday morning, October 2, 2013, at Heartland of Rainelle Nursing Home, following a long illness.

Born November 17, 1912, at Green Sulphur Springs, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Henry and Victoria Bryant Davis.

Ida attended the Church of God in Rupert and was a homemaker.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Emerson O. Cox in 1962; a granddaughter, Patricia Ann Wooldridge; three sisters, Myrtle Wooldridge, Roxie Campbell and Dora Vandall; and three brothers, Robert C. Davis, Alford Davis and Ray Davis.

Survivors include a son, Kenneth Wooldridge and wife Loeda of Culloden, W.Va.; one brother, Thomas T. Davis of Lawn, W.Va. and four grandchildren, all in Anchorage, Alaska.

Services will be at noon on Saturday, October 5, 2013, at Wallace & Wallace Chapel in Rainelle, with Rev. Frank B. Jones officiating. Burial will follow at Wallace Memorial Cemetery, Clintonville, W.Va.

Friends may call one hour prior to the service at the funeral home (11 a.m. to noon).

Please send online condolences to:

Arrangements entrusted to Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home of Rainelle.

Claudia Mae Green

Claudia Mae Green, 86, of Fireco, died Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013, following a long illness.

Arrangements entrusted to Durgan Funeral Home, Beckley.

Dorothy B. Leeson Hanna

SUMMERSVILLE — Dorothy B. Leeson Hanna, 90, of Summersville, died Wednesday, October 2, 2013.

In keeping with her wishes the body was cremated.

Condolences may be sent to the family at

Arrangements by White Funeral Home, Summersville.

Bridget Hermes

SCARBRO — Bridget Hermes, 72, of Scarbro, died on Wednesday, September 25, 2013.

In keeping with her wishes Ms. Hermes was cremated. There will be no visitation or service.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Erica Rene Lilly

Erica Rene Lilly, age 31 of Beaver, passed away on Saturday, September 28, 2013, after suffering for 17 years from an automobile accident. The Lord took her home to suffer no more.

Born on February 15, 1982, in Beckley, she had an undying love for her son Caleb and for animals.

She was preceded in death by her grandfathers, Eudell Hatcher and George A. Lilly Sr., and by an aunt Mary Richardson.

Erica was the daughter of George A. Lilly Jr. and Debbie Hatcher Lilly. She was also the step daughter of Becky Lilly.

Other survivors are her son, Caleb Smith; brother James Lilly and his wife Tracy, nephew Ryan Lilly, half brother, Luke Lilly, half sister, Sarah Lilly, and step brother, Joel Hudnall.

Grandmothers, Alice Paugh and  step grandfather Bobby Paugh and Juanita June Lilly.

Uncles, Jack Hatcher and his wife Denise, Kerry Hatcher and his wife Lisa and Michael Lilly.  Aunts, Kim Wood and her husband Rob, Sharon Daniels and Ramona Hartshorn and her husband Lennie. Numerous cousins, and special friend James Ritter.

A memorial service will be held at the Trinity Baptist Church at White Oak, on Saturday, October 5, 2013, at 6 p.m. with Pastor Danny Winders officiating. Her wishes were to be cremated.

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 Shady Spring Chapel, 729 Flat Top Road, Shady Spring.

Dr. Ernest L. ‘Ernie’ Martin

Dr. Ernest L. “Ernie” Martin, 71, passed away September 29, 2013, in North Fulton Hospital from complications of cancer treatment.

Ernie was born May 23, 1942, in Smoot, the son of Carl E. and Eliza J. Martin who preceded him in death.

Ernie was a proud former member of the U.S. Marine Corps (four years), a graduate of Smoot High School, West Virginia Institute of Technology with a degree in History. After graduation he received a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship and was awarded his PHD from  Emory University in Atlanta in 1971. He later earned a Master’s degree from Kennesaw State University in Human Resources Management.

He was former college professor at Floyd College in Rome, Ga. for 20 years and later was the college’s first chairman of the Division of Humanities. Starting in 1978 Ernie worked for LOMA, serving as vice-president, the trade association for the life and health insurance industry. After retiring from LOMA, he served as a private contractor and at the time of his passing he was employed as a technical writer for the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta. Ernie was the author of 10 books and over 50 published articles. Several of his books are in current use as required texts in University Schools of Business, Insurance and Public Health.

In addition to his parents, Ernie was preceded in death by two brothers Edward Ray Martin and Robert Lee Martin.

Ernie is survived by his wife Janie, a son Jeffery and one brother Troy Martin, two grandchildren Savanna and Layla Martin. He is also survived by his Uncle Troy Bryant and two Aunts Audrey Hiser and Patsy Martin and numerous cousins and friends.

Services for Ernie were held Thursday, October 3, 2013, at the Roswell Funeral Home.  Ernie will be buried with military honors at the Roswell Funeral Home Cemetery.

A memorial service will be held for Ernie on Saturday, October 5, starting at 4 p.m. at the Smoot Baptist Church, Smoot, with the Rev. Neal Holliday officiating. All of Ernie’s family and friends are invited to attend this service.

Arrangements by Roswell Funeral Home, Roswell, Ga.

Chloe Neely

RICHMOND, Va. — Chloe Neely, 82, of Richmond, went to be with her Lord and beloved husband, Bill Neely on Tuesday, October 1, 2013.

She is survived by three daughters, Sandy Ransom and her husband Gene of Richmond Va., Nancy Lynch and her husband Clyde of Glen Morgan, Jo Ann “Jody” Scott of McMinnville, Tenn.; two grandsons, John Ransom, Drew Scott and six granddaughters: Tamara Lawson, Christi Ransom, Lynn Powers, Andrea Lester, Rebecca Lynch Calloway and Katrina Folsom and 11 beautiful great grandchildren. One loving sister, Thelma Vogt and her husband John of Indiana, two sisters-in-law; Betty Blackburn of Ohio and Betty Carper and her husband Jim of Grandview; six nephews and three nieces.

Chloe was preceded in death by her husband William J “Bill” Neely, her parents, Frank and Bessie Blackburn, her brothers Warren, Roy and Bill Blackburn, two sisters Margie Blackburn and Juanita Cheek.

She will be missed by her children and grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers at her request memorial contributions may be made to the Bill Neely trust at Johnson University, 7900 Johnson Drive, Knoxville, TN 37998.

Graveside Rites will be Saturday, October 5, 2013, at 1 p.m. at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Prosperity. W.Va., with Pastor Oscar Schwitzerlette and Pastor Jordan Legg officiating.

 There will be no visitation.

Private online condolences, floral gifts, and other expressions of sympathy may be made to the family via

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

Opal Alexandria Reed

MEADOW BRIDGE — Opal Alexandria Reed, 93, of Meadow Bridge, went to her heavenly home Wednesday, October 2, 2013, in the Greenbrier Valley Medical Center at Fairlea, following a short illness.

Opal was born October 5, 1919, in Pike County, Ky. She was a beloved Mother, Grandmother, Great-Grandmother and friend. Opal spent her life taking care of her children, her grand and great-grandchildren as well as the neighborhood children, who called her “Nanny”. She was the cornerstone of the family, whose lives will never be the same without her. Her wisdom and advice in all things, especially in the tough moments will surely be missed.  She was well loved and will be sorely missed by all who knew her. We love you, Mom.

Preceding her to heaven was her beloved husband Avery Reed and her grandson, Charles Robertson, who she raised as a son.

Those left to grieve her passing, daughters, Lesa Bell and husband Bill, Sherri Reed and Jerry Moody; sons Bobby Moody and wife Missy, and Prentiss Moody and wife Missy; grandchildren Leslie Butcher and husband Steven, Ashley Hornsby and husband Richard and Kirstin Belcher; step-grandchildren Patrick Bell, Barbi Robinson and husband Matt, Chris Lewis and wife Bobbi and Kayla Martin and husband Luke; great-grandchildren Dylan Butcher, Morgan Butcher, Aubrey Hornsby and Ariel Moody; step-great-grandchildren Clayton, Christian and Caden Robinson, Raiden Lewis and Anthony Martin and numerous friends.

Services will be 1 p.m. Saturday, October 5, at Smathers Funeral Chapel, Inc., with David Chrisman officiating.  Burial will follow in the Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens at Beckley.

Friends may call one hour before the service from noon to 1 p.m. at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be expressed at

Arrangements by Smathers Funeral Chapel, Inc., Rainelle.

Calvin Clarence Robertson

WRISTON — Calvin Clarence Robertson, 84, of Wriston, died on Thursday, October 3, 2013.

Funeral services will be on Sunday, October 6, 2013 at 2 p.m. at Loup Creek Baptist Church in Wriston with Pastor Melvin “Buck” Nottingham officiating. Burial will be at Robertson Cemetery, Wriston.

Visitation will be held at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill on Saturday, October 5, 2013,  from 6 to 8 p.m.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Elizabeth Taylor Rogers

ANSTED — Elizabeth Taylor Rogers, 76, of Ansted, passed away Sept. 26, 2013.

Service will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013, at Mt. Chapel Baptist Church, Ansted, with Rev. Herman L. James officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Friends may call at 1 p.m. at the church on Saturday.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Ansted.

Wiley ‘Wild’ Bill Simpson

MOUNT HOPE — On October 2nd, 2013, Wiley “Wild” Bill Simpson passed over to glory while at home with family following a long illness. He had lived on Stover Road in Mount Hope for the past 22 years with his daughter, Janis and her husband Doug Williams.

Born in McDowell County he is the son of the late Bill and Pearl Simpson.

He accepted Jesus as his Savior many years ago and is a member of the Body of Christ. He worked in the coal mines for 42 years to support his family and many others. He served our country as an Army soldier in the Korean War.

He married Della Elizabeth Blevins on October 17th, 1953, and they raised a family of five plus, helping others in need. Wild Bill loved family and family time and was an avid sportsman. He enjoyed camping, hunting, fishing and teaching others to enjoy the same. Music and singing was a special part of his life and he had taught himself how to play the guitar and the harmonica. He always gave selflessly to help others even if he did without. Throughout his life he touched many lives in many positive ways and will be missed dearly. He will forever live on in the hearts of the many lives he touched.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Della Elizabeth Simpson, son, Steven Keith Simpson, his parents, Bill and

Pearl Simpson, brothers, Silas Mullins and Curtis Simpson, sisters, Gertrude Sizemore and Gladys Church.

He is survived by his brothers, Donald Simpson and his wife Carol, Harold Simpson and his wife Shirley, sisters Hydrith Sizemore, Leona Muncy and her husband Randy. He also leaves behind his children Janis and her husband

Douglas Williams of Mt. Hope, Wiley and Debbie Simpson of lndiana, Betty and Kenny O’Neal of Fayetteville,

W.Va., Tammy Holdren of Winston Salem, N.C. and Steven’s wife, Rhonda Simpson of Montcalm, W.Va. He has 17 grandchildren, Nikki and her husband Dave, Ashley, Aaron and wife, Katie, Allie and husband Andy, Jesse and her husband Josh, Erika, Travis and his wife Kattie, Matthew and his wife Melissa, Austin, Shawn, Dustin, Justin,

Cheyanne, Brittny, ReKai and her husband Eric and Stephanie and her husband Tim. Also left behind to cherish his memory are Heather and Mandy who are two very special angels who took such wonderful care of their Papaw in the late part of his life. Also surviving are 15 great grandchildren, Luke, Hayleigh, Adam, Destiny, Bo, Sophie, Layla, Stevie, Brandon, Schuylar, Zane, Shaye, Lyric, Ashley, and Tiffany. There are many others that recognized him as “Dad or Papaw", they are too numerous to name.

Friends and family may pay their respects at Cravens-Shires Funeral Home in Bluewell on Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. with funeral services following at 8 p.m. with Rev. Harold Simpson officiating. Burial will follow on Saturday at the Simpson Family Cemetery in Algoma Hollow.

Online condolences will be accepted at

Cravens-Shires Funeral Home, 3431 Coal Heritage Road (Bluewell), Bluefield, WV 24701 is serving the family.

Morgan Breanna Welch Smith

Morgan Breanna Welch Smith, age 26, of Pax, and her infant daughter Isabella, passed away as a result of an automobile accident on Wednesday October 2, 2013.  

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

Kenneth L. Thompson

ARLINGTON, Va. — Kenneth Leroy Thompson, 52, of Arlington, formerly of McDowell County,he went to be with the Lord, Wednesday,September 25, 2013, at the residence of Cameron Glen, after a long illness in Arlington, Va.

Mr. Thompson was born December 26, 1960, to the late Alberta and Robert Thompson.

He was an construction worker and plumbing tech. Our father Kenneth was a good father and a better grandfather since dayone, he would do whatever it took to make his grandchildren happy. He loved spending time with his family and friends. He loved the Lord. He was a funny and outgoing person and to know him was to love him, he gave a nickname to everyone, Kenneth II (garbage disposal), Shavese (baby girl), Karmelta (Squastach), Keesha (Pippy), Myleah (Squirt), Jay’ron (Buhda), Anika (Baby-new year), Kimberly (Kizzy), Schmelta (Flossy), Donika (Pie Face), Marquest (Duck Man), O’dashia (Red), Jackie (Louciel), James (Keller), Taylee (Lil biter), Valarie (Persey), Titi (Jospheine), Shermika (Head), Da’naysha (Lil diva), BJ (Little man) and Sabrina (Sister-in-law). We will always love you “Special K.”

He was preceeded in death by  his maternal grandparents, Robert and Nellie Jordan, uncles, Robert Jordan Jr., James Thompson, Jeffrey Wayne Jordan and two aunts; Rosea Lee Gonzalez and Mary King.

Those left to cherish his memory is his wife of 22 years, Valarie A. Thompson of Arlington; one sister, Kimberly Stafford of Georgia; three aunts, Gertude (Claud) Harvey of Virginia, Gloria G. Harvey of New York, Amma Thompson of West Virginia; two uncles, Louis J. Jordon and Charles E. Jordon, both of N.Y.; three sons, Benjamin E. Carter of Maryland, Kenneth L. Thompson II (Halian) (Guyana) and Kelvin L.Thompson (Andrea) of Virginia; four daughters, Shemika Winebush, Keesha Thompson, Kamelta Thompson, Sharese Ingram all of W.Va. and 13 grandchildren: Anika, Jayron, Myleah, Ke’asia, Jamari, Da’naysha, La’ Dainien, Malachi and Ka’lIyah. And a host of in-laws, nieces, nephews and cousins. Three special friends, James Poole of Virginia, David (Gwen) and James Keeling of West Virginia.

Funeral Services will be noon on Saturday, October 5, 2013, at Apostolic Lighthouse of Deliverance Temple, 121 Morgan Street, Beckley, with Bishop James Jones officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to services.  Condolences may be sent to

Arrangements entrusted to Durgan Funeral Home, Beckley.

Betty Toler

CLEAR FORK — Betty Toler, 65, of Clear Fork, passed away on Wednesday, October 2, 2013.

E-mail letters of sympathy may be sent at

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

James Allen Weatherby

CINCINNATI, Ohio — James Allen Weatherby, 62, of Cincinnati, formerly of Scarbro, died Thursday, October 3, 2013.

Arrangements entrusted to Ritchie and Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.

Richard Dean Webb

Richard Dean Webb, 44, passed away on Thursday, October 3, 2013.

Private online condolences, floral gifts, and other expressions of sympathy may be made to his family via

Arrangements pending with Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, 1901 South Kanawha Street in Beckley.