The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

November 3, 2013

Obituaries — Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013


Rexford Lacy Acord

Rexford Lacy Acord, 93, of Beckley, passed away Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013.

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



Linda L. Toler Blankenship

SIMON — Linda L. Toler Blankenship, 68, of Simon, passed away Friday, Nov. 1, 2013.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5, in the Chapel of Stafford Family Funeral Home, Lynco, with Brother Lowell Smith officiating. Linda will be laid to rest in the Blankenship Cemetery, Barn Hollow,. Friends may gather with the family from noon until service time at the funeral home.

E-mail letters of sympathy may be sent at www.staffordfamilyfuneralhome.com.

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



Janice Evelyn Fleshman Brown

WALNUT COVE, N.C. — Janice Evelyn Fleshman Brown, 75, of Walnut Cove, N.C., formerly of Rich Creek, Va., passed away Friday, Nov. 1, 2013.

Graveside services will be 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 4, at the Sunrise Memorial Gardens, Rich Creek, Va.

Online guestbook can be signed or condolences may be sent to the Brown family at www.broyles-shrewsbury.com.

Arrangements are incomplete at Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home, Peterstown. Online at www.broyles-shrewsbury.com.



Mary Delores Lijo Campbell

Mary Delores Lijo Campbell, 74, died Nov. 1, 2013.

Graveside service will be noon Thursday, Nov. 7, at Sunset Memorial Park, 1925 Harper Road, Beckley. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6, at Chapman Funeral Home, 3941 Teays Valley Road, Hurricane.

Visit www.chapmanfuneralhomes.com to share memories or to express condolences.



Mary Louise Evans

On Thursday, October 31, 2013, while surrounded by family and friends, the gates of Heaven swung open and the sweet, loving spirit of Mary Louise Evans peacefully entered in.

Born June 4, 1944, at Oak Hill, WV, she was the daughter of the late Carl Hobart and Rosie Della Campbell Burgess.

She was a retired Housekeeper for Hilltop Nursing and Rehab Center.

Mrs. Evans was a member of the Christian faith.

A sister, Sylvia Dufour, and two brothers, Carlos Burgess and Alva Burgess, preceded her in death.

Mary is survived by a loving family which include her husband, Charles Eugene Evans; son, Charles E. Evans, Jr., and wife, Rebecca, of Rainelle; and three sisters, Betty Lee Shumaker of Fayetteville, Mona Eubanks of Ravenswood and Patricia Dufour of Ohio.

She is also survived by her grandchildren, Chuck Evans, Travis Evans, Megan Evans and Cody Evans, and great-grandchildren, Cade Evans and Allie Rose Evans.

Funeral services will be on Monday, November 4, 2013, at 11 a.m. at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill, with Dave Butcher and Charles Shumaker officiating. Burial will be at Gethsemane Memorial Gardens, Oak Hill.

Visitation will be held at Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill, on Sunday, November 3, 2013, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Chuck Evans, Mike Bennett, Eric Harvey, Travis Evans, Dave Ruff, Chad Cogar and Tom Fox will serve as pallbearers.

The family would like to take this opportunity to express their appreciation to the staff of Bowers Hospice House.

Online condolences may be sent at www.tyreefuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill, WV.



Gary Ray ‘Sap’ Mills

Gary Ray “Sap” Mills, 63, of Coal City, passed away on Wednesday, October 30, 2013, at his home.

Born on January 10, 1950, in Jonben, he was the son of the late Shirley G. Mills and Leona Mae Mills.

Gary was a former coal miner and construction worker for Central Atlantic and Eaton Construction.

He was a U.S. Army Veteran, serving two tours of duty back-to-back during the Vietnam Conflict. Gary was a Staff Sgt. In the 492nd. Replacement Detachment, and also in a medical outfit in the Beckley Active Reserves for eight years.

He was also a lifetime member of the VFW Post 4326 in Midway.

Surviving are his sisters, Barbara Benedict and her husband Mike of Louisville, Ky., Patricia Adkins and her husband Eldon of Pilot Mountain, N.C., Dianell Pack and her husband Ronald of Coal City and Gloria Mills of Columbus, Ohio. His brothers, William Mills and his wife Revonda of Pilot Mountain, N.C., and Dewayne Mills of Coal City. His companion, Eleanor Jones of Coal City, and her daughter Deanna McKinney and her husband Johnny of Beckley. His “granddaughter” Brandi Bragg and her husband Todd, a “grandson” Nicholas McKinney; two great-grandchildren, Addyson “Maymay” and Christian “Manman.” A special friend and uncle, Buddy Sexton of Jonben. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services will be conducted at the Rose and Quesenberry Peace Chapel in Beckley on Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013, at 2 p.m. with Pastor Lowell Black officiating. Burial will follow at the Thompson Cemetery at Coal City. Friends may visit with the family from noon until service time of Sunday.

Pallbearers will be Dickie Pack, Ronnie Pack, Randy Lilly, Bob McBride, Timmy McBride and Johnny McKinney. Nicholas McKinney will serve as an honorary pallbearer.

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

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Lillybrook Freewill Baptist Church at Coal City, where Gary was a member. Military graveside rites will be conducted by the American Legion Post #32 Honor Guard.

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



Christina ‘Chris’ Moschino

MONTGOMERY — Christina “Chris” Moschino, 85, of Montgomery died Oct. 31, 2013.

Mass of Christian burial will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. Anthony’s Shrine Catholic Church at Boomer. Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday at O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.



Ronald Lee Munsey

PETERSTOWN — Ronald Lee Munsey, 46, of Rt. 1, Peterstown, passed away Nov. 1, 2013.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 4, at the Old German Baptist Church with the Home Brethren and Dan Long officiating. Burial will follow at Karnes Cemetery in Peterstown. Friends may call from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3, (today) at the Old German Baptist Brethren Church on Back Valley Road in Lindside.

Online condolences may be made at http://www.wicklinefuneralhome.com.

Funeral arrangements by Wickliine Funeral Home of Lindside.



Terry Sue Murray

ROCK VIEW — Terry Sue Murray, 65, of Rock View, passed away Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013.

A celebration of Terry’s life will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5, in the Calfee Funeral Service Chapel with Pastor Jay Morgan officiating. Burial will follow at Palm Memorial Gardens, Matheny. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Those wishing to extend their condolences may do so by visiting www.calfeefuneralservice.com.

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



Betty Jane Pecora

Betty Jane Pecora, 80, of Beckley, passed away Friday, November 1, 2013, at Bowers Hospice House. Born March 14, 1933, in Bowling Green, KY, she was the daughter of the late O.C. Parker and Beatrice Myrtle Hart. Besides her mother, Betty was also preceded in death by her sister, Margaret Monohan.

Betty was a retired chief probation officer for Raleigh County. She was a member of St. Francis deSales Catholic Church in Beckley where she was part of the Ladies of St. Francis. Betty was an active volunteer for Birthright of Beckley and a member of the Formosa Garden Club.

Survivors include her husband, Eugene Donald Pecora; daughter, Margaret Day and her husband Bruce of Summerville, SC; sons William Pecora and his wife Connie of Pittsburgh, PA, Jeremy Pecora and his wife Julie of Novi, MI; daughter Patricia Fulco and her husband Frank of Richmond, VA; grandchildren, Sarah Day, Patricia Day, Andrew Day, William Pecora, Julian Pecora, Jensen Pecora, Jaxon Pecora, Justin Pecora, Jaylen Pecora, Paolo Fulco and Sophia Fulco.

A funeral liturgy will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, November 5, 2013, at St. Francis deSales Catholic Church with Father Pen officiating. A rite of committal will follow in St. Sebastian Cemetery. Friends may visit with the family from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the Calfee Funeral Home, Beckley, where a rosary will be recited at 7:45 led by Monsignor Samuel Sacus.

Pallbearers will be Walter Harper, Bob Cantor, Tony McKinney, David Stanley, Charlie Feldhake and Rob Rappold.

The family suggests memorial contributions be made to Birthright of Beckley, 400 N. Vance Drive, Beckley, WV 25801, or to Bowers Hospice House, 454 Cranberry Drive, Beckley, WV 25801.

Online condolences may be left at www.calfeefh.com.

Arrangements by Calfee Funeral Home, Beckley.



Dora Mae Thompson Runyon

VERNER — Dora Mae Thompson Runyon, 85, of Verner died Friday, Nov. 1, 2013.

Friends may gather with the family after 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 4, at the Verner Community Church. Funeral services will be at noon Tuesday, Nov. 5, at the church with the Rev. Walter Grimmett and the Rev. Rodney Robinette officiating. Burial will follow at Highland Memory Gardens, Godby Heights, Pecks Mill.

Arrangements by Mounts Funeral Home, Gilbert.



Terry Sommerville

ASHLAND, Ohio — Terry Sommerville, 69, of Ashland, Ohio, formerly of Sophia, W.Va., passed away Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013.

Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 4, at the Norton-Eastman Funeral Home in Wellington, Ohio.

Information submitted by Calfee Funeral Home, Beckley.



Delphia Lively Thompson

Mrs. Delphia Lively Thompson, age 97, of Circleview Drive, Beckley, took flight of this life on Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013, at the Bowers Hospice House.

Mrs. Thompson was born August 6, 1916, on her grandfather’s farm in Harper Heights. She was the oldest of seven children of Frank and Stella Lively.

She was educated in Raleigh County schools and graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in 1936.

A lifelong member of the Mt. Tabor Baptist Church, she served the church in many capacities over the years and found most rewarding her involvement in the “Toddler Class” of the Sunday school.

Mrs. Thompson lived her entire life in West Virginia. The home on Circleview Drive was purchased about 1942, and she lived there continuously since 1969.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Harold L. Thompson, who died at age 77, in 1986; one son, Arch Frank, age 5, who died of cancer in 1945; one daughter, Carmen Regina Lawrence, who suffered an accidental death in 1971 at age 27.

She was also preceded in death by three brothers, Waymon Lively, Kyle Lively and John Lively; by two sisters, Virginia Killen and Clara Sue Price. She is survived by one brother, Frank S. Lively and his wife, Donna, of Concord, VA.

Also left to cherish her memory are three sons, Jeff and his wife, Edna, of Ruckersville, VA, Donald and his wife, Juanita, of Tuscaloosa, AL, and Ronald and his wife, Ann, of Douglasville, GA; two daughters, Judi Purdy and her husband, Tom, of Beckley and Stella Lambert and her husband, Joe, of Roanoke, VA; she also left behind 14 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Thompson spent her adult life as a homemaker and was devoted to her husband and family. She was a talented seamstress and quilter, fashioning clothing for her children and herself and creating many beautiful quilts, which she distributed to the family.

After raising her own children, she opened her home to numerous foster children providing genuine love and a nurturing environment.

Viewing will be on Sunday, Nov. 3rd, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Melton Mortuary Chapel. The funeral will be held at 3 p.m. Monday, Nov. 4th, at Mt. Tabor Baptist Church, 262 Mt. Tabor Road, burial to follow in the church cemetery. Revs. Michael King and Andrew Davis will be officiating.

Donations to the Bowers Hospice, 454 Cranberry Drive, Beckley, WV 25801, would be appreciated.

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

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



Hallie Mae Ward

Hallie Mae Ward, age 80, of Daniels, WV, passed away on Friday, November 1, 2013, at the Raleigh Center at Daniels, WV.

Born on June 16, 1933, in Raleigh County, she was the daughter of the late Edward Harold Wheeler and Louise McKinney Wheeler.

Mrs. Ward was a homemaker, and was of the Baptist faith.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James Marshall Ward, by children Brenda Ward and Debbie Shuck, and by sisters Virginia Dale Wheeler and Frances Richardson.

Surviving children,  Margie Leininger and her husband Glen of Rock Hill, SC, Paula Pulsifer and her husband James of Mexico, Maine, Dreama Morgan and her husband Walter of Crab Orchard, Patricia Ward of Shady Spring, Sherri Murphy of Fort Meyers, Florida, and Russell  Johnson and his wife Deborah of Charleston, SC.

Brothers, Roger Dale Wheeler of Danville, Virginia, Charles Edward Wheeler of Beckley, Robert Wheeler of Deepwater, WV, Donald Wheeler of Tennessee, and Gene Autry Wheeler of Cleveland, Ohio.

Sisters, Jeri Cozart of Beckley, Geneva Grimes of Mabscott, WV, Linda Faye Jones of Charleston, and Alice Bohanon  of Kentucky.

25 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren, and 6 great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be conducted at the Rose and Quesenberry Peace Chapel in Beckley on Tuesday, November 5, 2013, at 1 p.m. with Rev. Orville Setliff officiating. Burial will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens at Prosperity. Friends may visit with the family from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday at the funeral home. Family members will serve as pallbearers. 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, 1901 South Kanawha Street, Beckley, WV.



Steven J. Webb

BLACK FOOT, Idaho — It is with great sadness that we the family of Steven Webb announces his passing. Steven died at his home in Black Foot, Idaho, on Sunday, Oct. 27th, 2013. In 2008, Steven was injured in a coal mining accident. He has been in a great deal of pain for several years and suffered from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. For his family, our only comfort in his early death at the age of 37 is the realization that Steven is in no more pain.

An only child, Steven James Webb was born on Oct. 22, 1976, in Beckley. He is the beloved son of Billy D. Webb of Surveyor and Jeanette Wix Webb and her husband, John Druery of Black Foot.

Steven’s early life was spent at Eccles. He graduated from Liberty High School, Class of 1995. He was a certified welder from the Academy Careers and Technology and a certified EMT in the mining industry. Steven loved being a coal miner. He last worked at Pocahontas Coal. Prior to moving to Idaho, he resided in Surveyor. Steven immensely enjoyed living in Black Foot.

Before being injured, Steven loved to hunt, ride his four-wheeler and motorcycle. He loved to shoot his bow. Steven once won the Robin Hood Award during a tournament shoot.

When we his family remember Steven, it will be his beautiful smile and contagious laugh. He was always willing to help others and was a hard worker before being injured. He was a loving son, grandson and friend. “Steven, you will be missed.”

Although he was an only child, Steven was blessed with a large extended family. They will forever cherish his memory. He is survived by his maternal grandmother, Imogene Wix of Soak Creek. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Posey Webb, and paternal grandmothers, Juanita and Georgia Webb, and his maternal grandfather, James Wix. An aunt, Agnes Cox, and an uncle, James Webb, have preceded him in death as well.

In addition to his grandmother, Imogene, Steven leaves his aunts and uncles, Shirley Pennington of Glen White, Catherine Kincaid and her husband, Jimmy, of Crab Orchard, Jessie Wix and his wife, Rita, of Fairdale, Frankie Wix and his wife, Laura, of Beckley, Michael Wix of Soak Creek, Dorothy Passaniti and her husband, Joe, Ruth Cochran, and Robert Webb all of Midway.

Steven had many cousins of whom he was very fond; like everyone, he had his “special cousins.” Ida Mae Miller and Teresa Compton both of Glen White were Steven’s.

Steven had a dear friend, Tisha Dickens, and her daughter, Nevaeh, of Wardensville, WV.

On Monday, Nov. 4th, at 1 p.m. there will be a “Service of Remembrance” for Steven at the Melton Mortuary Chapel. Pastor Melvin Wills will be officiating. Steven will be laid to rest in the Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens at Prosperity.

The honor of carrying Steven has been given to James Miller, Jackie Hoke, Ida Mae Miller, James Compton, Daniel Miller, Jeff Bowling, Jim Kincaid and Michael Wix. The family will receive friends Sunday evening from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Melton Mortuary and one hour prior to the services on Monday.

A heartfelt thank you goes to Steven’s friends in Pocatello, Idaho, Dr. Weldon and staff, Elizabeth Kinghorn and staff and Tony Sasser and staff.

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

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