The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

November 5, 2013

Obituaries — Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013

Loretta Sue Barker

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Loretta Sue Barker, 72 of Jacksonville, passed away Monday, Nov. 4, 2013.

Arrangements are incomplete at this time. Honaker Funeral Home of Logan is in charge of arrangements.

Mary Delores Lijo Campbell

Mary Delores Lijo Campbell, 74, daughter of the late Eunice and Santiago Lijo of Shady Spring, WV, died November 1, 2013.

Delores received a B.A. degree in Education from WV State College in Institute and taught in Putnam County until her retirement. She served on the state executive board of the AFT and was the local treasurer for several years.

She is survived by three sons, David Howard Reed and his wife Rebecca, Stephen Eric Bias and Jeffery Allen Bias; four grandsons, Jeremy Reed, Colton Reed, Wesley Bias and Tyler Bias; and one great-granddaughter, Lindsey Reed. Also surviving are two sisters, Barbara Watkins of Annapolis, MD, and Rosalita Lijo of Virginia Beach, VA.

Graveside service will be noon Thursday, November 7, 2013, at Sunset Memorial Park, 1925 Harper Road, Beckley, WV 25801.

Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, November 6, 2013, at Chapman Funeral Home, 3941 Teays Valley Road, Hurricane, WV 25526.

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Craig Russell Clay 

Craig Russell Clay, 35, of Shady Spring, passed away on Thursday, October 31, 2013, at his home.

Born on December 12, 1977, in Rochester, N.Y., he was the son of Roscoe Rex Clay and Linda Irene Suskie.

Craig is survived by his daughter, Kadie N. Clay; his mother, Linda I. Suskie and his father Roscoe R. Clay. Also his two brothers, Roscoe R. Clay Jr. and William M. Clay; their wives, Sabrina Clay and Tammy Clay; his sister-in-law, Tiffany Bowyer and her husband Jerry Bowyer; six nephews, Brett M. Osborne, Roscoe C. Osborne, Seth L. Clay, William M. Clay II, Adrian A. Clay and Gray Bowyer; four nieces, Alicia Rutledge, Kayla Plumley, Gabrielle N. Clay and Emma Bowyer; also several loving aunts and uncles and the mother of his daughter, Melissa Stafford.

Craig was preceded in death by his two grandfathers, Roscoe Clay, William Suskie and his special grandfather, Bobby Vance; his two grandmothers, Margie Clay and Betty Suskie.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, at Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley with Pastor Charles Brown officiating. Burial will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens.

Friends may gather with the family Wednesday 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.

Melissa Sue ‘Missy’ Crouse

OCEANA — Melissa Sue “Missy” Crouse, 37, of Oceana, passed away on Saturday,  Nov.  2, 2013.

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

Kitty Dingess

Kitty Dingess, 73, of Whitesville, passed away at the Charleston Area Medical Center, Memorial Division on Sunday, November 3, 2013.  Arrangements are pending completion at the Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, 1901 South Kanawha Street, Beckley.

Russell E. ‘Rusty’ Edwards Jr.

OAK HILL — Russell E. “Rusty” Edwards Jr. , 62, of Oak Hill, died on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013.

He has been cremated. A memorial service will be on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013 at 2 p.m. at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill with Pastor Scott Farnsworth officiating. Friends may call one hour prior to the service on Saturday at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Gerldean ‘Gerry’ Hewitt Fisher

Gerldean “Gerry” Hewitt Fisher, 73, of Beckley, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, November 2, 2013.

Born on March 28, 1940, in Marshall County W.Va., she was the daughter of the late C. Wiley and Elsie Hewitt.

Gerry was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, homemaker and retiree from Hills Department Store. She enjoyed quilting, bowling and quality time with family and friends.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister Nellie Hill, brother Leroy Hewitt and a son-in-law, Mike Meadows, Sr..

Survivors include her beloved husband of 56 years, Roger Fisher Sr.; daughters, Cindy Lilly and husband Kenn, Becky Fondale and husband Wes, Cherrie Meadows, Beverly Tolliver and companion John Lafferty and Lori Thompson and husband Tommie; son, Roger “Butch” Fisher and wife Judy; seven grandchildren; eight great grandchildren with one on the way; sister, Marie Kidd; brothers, Clarence, Paul and Dale Hewitt and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, at Calfee Funeral Home with Pastor Steven Beverly and Wes Fondale officiating. Friends may visit with the family one hour prior to the service. Burial will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens.

Grandchildren will serve as pallbearers.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Bowers Hospice House, 454 Cranberry Drive, Beckley, WV 25801.

Online condolences may be left at

Arrangements by Calfee Funeral Home, Beckley.

Jackie Dale Gullett

LOGAN — Jackie Dale Gullett, 53, of Logan, passed away Saturday, November 2, 2013.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, November 6, 2013, at 11 a.m. at Honaker Funeral Home in Logan, with Pastor Roger Ooten and Rev. Terry Ooten officiating. Burial will follow in Forest Lawn Cemetery at Pecks Mill.

Friends may call on the family one hour prior to services on Wednesday at the funeral home.

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Honaker Funeral Home of Logan has been entrusted with the arrangements.

Helen Marie Maddy Helms

HINTON — Helen Marie Maddy Helms, 94, of Hinton, went to Heaven on Sunday, November 3, 2013.

Born February 28, 1919, at War Ridge, Monroe County, she was the daughter of the late Lemuel Kenna and Lou Esta Shumate Maddy.

Helen was a graduate of Talcott High School, class of 1938, and the French Beauty School in Bluefield, W.Va. She was an active member of Bellepoint Baptist Church in Hinton as long as her health permitted, having been a former Sunday school teacher. She was also known for always being a witness for the Lord. She was also a former president of the PTA at Bellepoint Elementary School. Helen was renowned for her lovely flowers and her many hand-crafted quilts she made and gave to others.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Elmer Julian Helms; two sisters, Mary Grove and Blanche Thompson; three brothers, Woodrow, Frank and Leonard Maddy and son-in-law, Ken Holland.

Helen is survived by a loving family which includes daughters, Sharon (Charlie) Gilkerson, Nancy Holland, Martha (Ron) Spangler and Sara Helms. Son, Dan (Vicky) Helms.  One sister, Clara Pack. She is also survived by grandchildren, Tim Holland, Greg Gilkerson, Julie Laury, Ronnie Spangler, Mike Spangler, Jessica Williams and Benjamin Helms; 16 great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild also survive.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, at Pivont Funeral Home Chapel in Hinton with Pastors Butch Honaker and Chris Price officiating. Interment will follow in Greenbrier Burial Park in Hinton. Friends may call from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Grandsons and great grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations of sympathy be made to Bellepoint Baptist Church Youth Fund or Hospice of Southern West Virginia, PO Box 1472, Beckley, WV 25802-1472.

Online condolences & guest register at www.pivontfuneralhome. com

Arrangements by Pivont Funeral Home, Hinton.

Nancy J. Janutolo

SMYRNA, Tenn. — Nancy J. Janutolo passed away Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, at the age of 79 in Smyrna.  

She is survived by son, Dan M. Janutolo II, his wife, Katherine L. Janutolo; daughter Melissa L. Robertson; grandchildren Tracy Bramel, April Wright, Ginette Brown, Nancy Giansante, Courtney Letema, Ashley Robertson, and Michael Robertson;  eight great-grandchildren  and sisters Deloris Taylor of Plano, Texas and Ruth Ann Gardner of Peoria, Ariz.

A native of Pittsburgh, Pa., Mrs. Janutolo, was the daughter of Paul and Ruth Ash, and was preceded in death by husband Lt. Col. Dan M. Janutolo.

She is a graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School (Beckley, W.Va.) and West Virginia University.

She was an active military officer’s wife for 23 years, performing various duties ranging from being a member of Mamie Eisenhower’s staff to chairing numerous organizations supporting enlisted military dependents.

Mrs. Janutolo was a long standing member of First Baptist Church in Beckley, WV, where she was a Sunday School teacher, member of the Lizzie Lewis Circle, Chaplain and president of the Gideon’s Auxiliary Beckley Camp, as well as other duties in service to Our Lord Jesus Christ.

Mrs. Janutolo lived with her son, Dan and daughter in law, Katherine in Smyrna for the last nine years, enjoying  her retirement as a loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother.

A public viewing will be held Monday, November 4 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Woodfin Funeral Chapel in Smyrna, Tenn. 

A gravesite service will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, November 5, at Roselawn Memorial Gardens in Murfreesboro, Tenn. 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests you make donations to Gideon International, 2900 Lebanon Road, Nashville, TN  37214, or Special Kids, Inc. in Murfreesboro, TN ( 

Arrangements by Woodfin Funeral Home, Smyrna Chapel, 203 North Lowry St., Smyrna, Tennessee 37167. 615-459-3254. www.woodfinchapel. com

Hazel Pollard

PETERSTOWN — Hazel Pollard, 87, of Peterstown, passed away Monday, November 4, 2013, at Bland County Nursing & Rehab, Bastian, Va.  Arrangements are incomplete at Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home, Peterstown.

James Edward Ray Sr.

KENNA — James Edward Ray Sr., 86, of Kenna, passed away Sunday, November 3, 2013. 

Services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Wednesday, November 6, 2013, at the Long and Fisher Funeral Home Chapel in Sissonville, with Pastor David Spencer officiating. Interment will follow at Ashby Family Cemetery, 842 Clearview Road, Kenna. 

Visitation will be held on Tuesday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Online condolences and other methods of sympathy may be made to the family via

Arrangements with Long and Fisher Funeral Home, 6837 Sissonville Drive, Sissonville.

Ralph Robertson

Ralph Robertson, 71, of Egeria, passed away on Monday, November 4, 2013, at his home.

Arrangements are pending completion at the Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home Shady Spring Chapel, 729 Flat Top Road, Shady Spring.

Jimmie C. Souder

OAK HILL — Jimmie C. Souder, 78, of Oak Hill, passed away Nov. 4, 2013 following a short illness.

He was born in Mabscott, W.Va. on Sept. 9, 1935, to the late Hallie and Easter Souder

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by two sisters Phyllis and Linda.

Jimmie was a retired coal miner from Siltex Mine in Mt Hope, W.Va. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy having served in the Korean War. He was a member of the NRA, the United States Bowling Congress, attended North Sand Branch Worship Center. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, bowling and spending time with his family and friends.

Those left to cherish his memory are his beloved wife of 54 years Verna Souder; two sons, Timothy Souder and wife Jackie of Seneca, S.C., Pastor Ken Souder and wife Sandra of Prosperity; daughter, Terri Souder of Oak Hill; two grandsons, Ryan Souder of Columbus, Ohio and Jared Souder of Oak Hill.

Service will be 1 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013, at High Lawn Funeral Chapel, Oak Hill, with Pastor Mickey Mitchell and Pastor Ken Souder officiating. Burial will follow Gethsemane Memorial Gardens, Oak Hill.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, November 6, at the funeral Home.

Brian Scott Stover

Brian Scott Stover, 38, of Beckley, passed away on Saturday, November 2, 2013.

Arrangements by Roselawn Funeral Home, 450 Courthouse Road, Princeton, WV 24740.

James A. ‘Dick’  Taylor

OAK HILL — James A. “Dick” Taylor, 89, of Oak Hill, died on Monday, Nov. 4, 2013.

Funeral services will be on Friday, Nov. 8, 2013, at 2 p.m. at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill with Rev. Paul Basham officiating. Burial will be at High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill with military graveside rites by Oak Hill VFW Post No. 3110.

Visitation will be held at Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill on Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013, from 6 to 8  p.m.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

James Dewey ‘Jim’ Turner

James Dewey “Jim” Turner, age 72, of Beckley, passed away on Sunday, November 3, 2013, at the Beckley VA Medical Center.

Born on July 24, 1941, in Beckley, he was the son of the late Dewey Turner and Thelma Maude Sweeney Turner.

Mr. Turner was a retired electrician for the Consolidated Coal Mines at Clear Creek. He was a U.S. Army Vietnam veteran. Mr. Turner was a member of the Maxwell Hill Baptist Church. He enjoyed hunting, car shows, particularly corvettes.

He was preceded in death by two sisters Louise Turner and Edith Tilley.

Surviving are his wife of 36 years, Diane Gervais Turner. Children, Angela Turner and her companion Joe Bair of Bradley, Brian Turner and his wife Cyl of Richmond, Va., Matthieu Turner and his wife Brandi of Mount Hope. Sisters, Margie Heron of High Springs, Fla., Janet O’Dell of Ravenna, Ohio, Betty Hurts of Cambridge, Ohio, Peggy Hoosier of Lexington, N.C., Linda Broemsen of Concord, N.C. and Gloria Curry and her husband George of Prosperity. Grandchildren: Ashlee Benoit, Bretton Turner and Brynlee Grace Turner. Great-grandchildren: Max McGhee, and Lily Benoit. Many nieces and nephews who will miss Jim dearly also survive.

Funeral services will be conducted at the Maxwell Hill Baptist Church on Wednesday, November 6, 2013, at 1 p.m. with Pastor Ken Killen officiating. Entombment will follow at Sunset Memorial Park Mausoleum in Beckley. Friends may visit with the family from 11 a.m. until service time on Wednesday at the church.

Pallbearers will be Brian Turner, Matt Turner, Joe Bair, Doug O’Dell and Roger Lilly. 

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.

Scott Washington

MOUNT HOPE — Mr. Scott Washington, 35, of Mount Hope, died Monday, November 4, 2013.

Arrangements entrusted to Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.

Kevin Arnold Webb

MULLENSVILLE — Kevin Arnold Webb, 53, of Mullensville, near Pineville, went to live with his Heavenly Father on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, at CAMC General Division, Charleston, W.Va.

Born December 7, 1959, at Pineville, he was the son of Elmer M. Webb Jr. of Brenton and the late Anna J. Spence Webb.

Kevin attended Baileysville High School. He enjoyed playing the piano and he sang for the Webb Family Gospel Singers. He was dearly loved by his family, children and his grandchildren.

In addition to his mother, Anna J. Spence Webb, he was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Rev. and Mrs. Arnold (Clorie Mae) Spence and his paternal grandparents, Elmer M. (Mattie L.) Webb Sr.

Survives include his father, Elmer M. Webb Jr.; his former wife and mother of his children, Tange Kinser; two daughters, Leanna (Jeffrey) Adams of Mullensville and Alyssa D. Webb of Pineville; a son, Kevin Alexander Webb of Mullensville, W.Va.; a sister, Marsha (Dwayne) Riffe of Ballard; a brother, Mike (Gail) Webb of Buckhannon; two granddaughters, Jayden Santana Adams and Callie Elizabeth Webb; and two grandsons, Kevin Josiah Adams and Braylen McKennith Adams.

A celebration of Kevin’s life will be at 1 p.m., Wednesday, November 6, 2013, in the Calfee Funeral Service Chapel with the Rev. Tommy Knotts officiating. Entombment will follow in Palm Memorial Gardens, Matheny.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. until the time of the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations of sympathy may be made to Elmer Webb, P.O. Box 66, Brenton, WV 24818 for the funeral expenses.

Those wishing to extend their condolences may do so by visiting

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

Willis P. Wilson

Willis Paris Wilson, 48, of Bailey Ave., died Wednesday, Oct. 27th, 2013.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, at Melton Mortuary Chapel, Beckley. The familly will receive friends from noon until the service hour. Burial will follow in the Mooney Cemetery at Tommy Creek.

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

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary and Cremation Center, Beckley.