The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

November 8, 2013

Obituaries — Friday, November 8, 2013


John Henry Allen

WASHINGTON, D.C. — John Henry Allen, 82, of Washington, died Thursday, November 7, 2013, at Sunrise at Fair Oaks in Fairfax, Va.

Born February 28, 1931, at Hilldale, he was a son of the late Grover and India Light Allen.

John was a 1947 Graduate of Talcott High School and a Graduate of American University, Washington, DC. He served on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, as an administrative assistant for 42 years.

Besides his parents he was preceded by two brothers, Grover Allen Jr. and James Allen; six sisters, Wanda Stricker, Emma Massie, Laura Conner, Barbara Stennett, Evelyn Allen and Clariece Allen.

Those left to cherish his memory include two sisters, Mary Lou Mason of Baltimore, Md.,  and India Brown of Hinton; caregiver, Sue Patti of Haymarket, Va.; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Sunday, November 10, 2013, at Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors Chapel with Reverend Melissa White officiating. Burial will follow in the Mt. Pisgah Church Cemetery at Hilldale. Friends may call one hour prior to services.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.ronaldmeadowsfp.com.

Arrangements are by the Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors of Hinton.

Walkina Byrd

Walkina Byrd, born on March 24, 1932, in Harper, W.Va., to the late Norman Henry and Carrie Elizabeth Byrd, died Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013, in Beckley, with his family and special friends surrounding him to be with his Lord and Savior.

Walkina retired from the United States Marine Corps where he rose to the rank of Staff Sergeant while primarily stationed at Camp Pendleton, Calif., and Okinawa, Japan. After being honorably discharged in 1969 he went on to a second retirement driving special education and activities school buses for Raleigh County, W.Va. After retiring from Raleigh County he and his wife Dollie ran a food bank, at Sophia Pentecostal Church of God spending countless hours collecting and distributing food to the needy.

Walkina is survived by his loving wife of 62 years Dollie Mae Boone Byrd of Beckley, children Dolly and husband Everette Lilly, Grant and wife Kathy, Ronda Wallace, nine  grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews; brothers, Norman of Lester, John and wife Patricia of Dumfries, Va.; brother-in-law, Robert Lilly of Beckley; and sister-in-law Joy Byrd of Dale City, Va.

He was preceded by his brothers Harold, Gene, Autry, Donald Lee, Elijah Byrd and by his sister Doris June Lilly.

On Saturday, November 9, 2013, at 2 p.m. there will be a “Service of Remembrance” for Walkina at the Melton Mortuary Chapel; Rev. Billy Waddell will be officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.

Military rites will be conducted by I &I 4th Combat Engineer Battalion Alpha Co.

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

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary and Cremation Center, Beckley.

Michael Cornell

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS — Michael Cornell, 56, of White Sulphur Springs, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013.

Services will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, at the Wallace & Wallace Funeral Chapel in Rainelle with Bishop Tom Trumel officiating. Friends may gather with the family from 1 p.m. until time of the service Saturday at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.wallaceandwallacefh.com.

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Rainelle.

Edward Monroe ‘E.M.’ Fox

HINTON — Edward Monroe “E.M.” Fox, 94, of 1008 Terrace St., Hinton, died Wednesday, November 6, 2013, at his home following a sudden illness.

Born April 4, 1919, at Sandstone, he was the son of the late Perry Fulton and Minnie E. Jessup Fox.

Mr. Fox was a retired conductor for CSX Transportation Corporation in Hinton with 31 years of service. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Hinton and also the United Transportation Union. He was an avid woodworker and enjoyed gardening. He was a lifelong resident of Summers County.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Albert and James Fox, and four sisters, Clarice Ames, Dorothy Reynolds, Truma Brumfield and Charlotte Porter.

Survivors include his wife of 75 years, Anna L. Williams Fox; three sons, Alfred Fox and wife Virginia and Roger Fox and  wife Anna, both of Covington, Va., and David Fox and wife Susan of Beckley; two daughters, Phyllis Grimmett and  husband Reece of Lewisburg and Carol Sowder and Ronald of Pipestem; two sisters, Ernestine Powell of Florida and Evelyn Lawson of Pennsylvania; 10  grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren also survive.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, November 9, 2013, at Pivont Funeral Home Chapel in Hinton with Pastors Ronald Cobb and Jeff Canterbury officiating. Burial will follow in Restwood Memorial Gardens in Hinton. Friends may call from 12 noon until time of services on Saturday at the funeral home.

Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

Online condolences and guest register at www.pivontfuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by Pivont Funeral Home, Hinton.

Phyllis Hammack

SISSONVILLE — Phyllis Hammack, 80, of Sissonville, passed away Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013.

Online condolences are available to the family via www.longfisherfuneralhome.com.

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

Hobert Ford Harper

Hobert Ford Harper, 98, of Beckley, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, November 7, 2013.

Born May 7, 1915, he was the son of the late Frank and Jenny Davis Harper.

Hobert enjoyed visiting nursing homes at Christmas and passing out baby dolls. He was a fan of the Cincinnati Reds and Pete Rose, and a NASCAR fan and a Dale Earnhardt fan. Hobert was employed as a service manager for 50 years with Long Airdox. He traveled to Korea, Africa, Canada, Spain and Alaska servicing equipment. He was a member of Memorial Baptist Church.

In addition to his parents, Hobert is preceded in death by his wife, Mary Wolfe Harper; sisters, Gay Riffe, Faye Pettry, Myrtle Kennedy, Virginia Wilcox; brothers, Dorsey, James Walter, John and Ross Harper.

Those left to cherish his memory include his son, Alan Harper and wife Debbie of Mt. Hope.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, November 10, 2013, at Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley, with Pastor Tim Roberts officiating. Burial will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens.

Pallbearers will be Jerry Dillon, Russ Billo, Wyatt Sasser, Sam Abner, David Lafferty and Calvin Kidd.

Friends may gather with the family Sunday from 1 to 2 p.m. at the funeral home.

Donations of sympathy may be made to Bowers Hospice House, 454 Cranberry Drive, Beckley, WV 25801.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.blueridgefuneralhome.com.

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

Margaret S. ‘Peggy’ Keaton

JUMPING BRANCH — Margaret S. “Peggy” Keaton, 78, of Jumping Branch went home to be with the Lord Wednesday, November 6, 2013, at her home following a sudden illness.

Born May 30, 1935, at Jumping Branch, she was a daughter of the late Elder Joseph Ray “J.R.” and Cora Alice Lilly.

Peggy was a member of the Nimitz Missionary Baptist Church and attended Jumping Branch Tabernacle. She was a homemaker and a lifelong resident of Summers County. Peggy enjoyed spending time with family and friends, cooking and being a part of church activities. Her children and grandchildren were the love and joy of her life.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Daniel Truman “Danny” Keaton; two sisters-in-law, Etta Lilly and Ann Lilly; two brothers-in-law, Clyde Moye and Bill Mock; stepmother, Kennamae Lilly, and a special friend, Lillian Pack, with whom she spent many hours walking the roads of Nimitz, traveling and playing cards.

Those left to cherish her memory include three sons, Billy Joe “Bill” Keaton and wife Tonya of Hilldale, Mark Keaton and wife Kayo of Ronceverte and Phillip “P.K.” Keaton and wife Rhonda of Rock Hill, SC; one daughter, Rebecca Keaton Wilson of Oak Hill; seven grandchildren, Jennifer Ickes and husband Wayne of Daniels, Karsyn and Bryson Keaton of Hilldale, Jacob Keaton, Katie Hanna and husband Dylan all of Ronceverte, Alexis and Allison Keaton of Rock Hill, S.C.; two great-grandchildren, Zachary Tincher of Rainelle and Michael Guilliams of Daniels; six siblings, Zane Lilly of Hurricane, Dorothy Mock of West Palm Beach, Fla., Betty Moye of Columbia, S.C., Retha Farley and husband Ray of Amelia, Ohio, Josie Lilly of Columbia, S.C., and Bill Lilly of Jumping Branch; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins; special friends, Connie Lilly and Tabitha Barnes, Shari Boland Thompson and Ruby Harrah.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Saturday, November 9, 2013, at Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors Chapel with Elder Tommy Pack officiating. Burial will follow in the Lilly Crews Cemetery at Nimitz. Friends may call from noon until time of services.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations of sympathy be made to the Jumping Branch Tabernacle, c/o Tom Coffman, 307 Robin Roost Road, Jumping Branch, WV 25969.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.ronaldmeadowsfp.com.

Arrangements are by the Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors of Hinton.

Dorothy Maxine Keaton Mann

PIPESTEM — Dorothy Maxine Keaton Mann, 83, of Indian Ridge, Pipestem, went home to meet her Lord and Savior Wednesday afternoon, November 6, 2013, at the home of her daughter, Darlene, on Browns Ridge Road in Lerona.

Born October 8, 1930, in Oxley Hollow near Athens, she was the daughter of the late James Howard Keaton and Ruth Wyrick Keaton.

Maxine lived most of her life at Pipestem. She was a great mom to her children and a devoted wife. Maxine worked at the Maidenform, also for many years as a Deputy Assessor at Pipestem and later for Mrs. Gypsi Lane and the late Dr. Charles E. Lane Sr. Maxine also served as a cook for Halstead Care Home at Nimitz.

She loved taking pictures, talking about genealogies, reading, feeding her birds and squirrels and taking care of her flowers. She was an avid reader of her Bible and a faithful member of Cooks Chapel Baptist Church at Pipestem.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Clyde A. Mann, along with her twin brothers Clyde and Carl Keaton and a sister-in-law, Glenna Keaton.

Those left to cherish her memory are her children and their spouses: Wayne and Sue Mann, Ricky Mann and companion Ruby Goodwin, Darlene and Tony Phillips all of Lerona.

Her grandchildren whom she loved dearly, Jessica Mann McPeak and husband Daniel of Athens, West Virginia State Trooper Jacob Mann and wife Ashliegh of Princeton, and Logan Tyler Phillips of Lerona. Special granddaughter Jeanie Ward of Lerona.

Her great-grandchildren, Isabella Grace McPeak, Daisy Lynn McPeak, Mavrik Jace Mann and Kaige. Special great-grandson, Mikie Ward. Sister-in-law, Rosa Keaton of Pipestem.

Maxine leaves behind many wonderful nieces and nephews along with a ton of Keaton cousins.

Services to celebrate the life of Maxine Mann will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, November 9, 2013, at Cooks Chapel Baptist Church at Pipestem with Pastor Dallas Peyton Jr. officiating. Burial will follow in the Keaton Family Cemetery at Pipestem.

Friends may visit with the family Saturday from 11 a.m. until the service hour at the church.

Online condolence may be shared with the family via www.memorialfd.com.

Serving as pallbearers will be Bernard and Eddie Keaton, Bobby Joe and Bobby Sexton, Jacob Mann, Charlie Lane and Charlie Jones.

In lieu of flowers, gifts can be made to Cooks Chapel Baptist Church, P.O. Box 49, Pipestem, WV 25979.

The Mann Family is being served by the Memorial Funeral Directory & Cremation Center on the Athens Road in Princeton.

James Darrell McGraw

ANSTED — James Darrell McGraw, born January 16, 1937, in Ansted, went home to be with our Lord on November 6, 2013, after a long battle with complications due to black lung disease.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Raymond and Hazel McGraw, and a brother, Clinton “Pete” McGraw.

James was a wonderful husband, father and grandfather. He was an ordained deacon at the Antioch Baptist Church. While serving there he enjoyed teaching Sunday School and assisted with the youth.

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife of 55 years, Patricia Skaggs McGraw; three daughters, Debra McGraw Tompkins and husband Donnie, Brenda McGraw Bridges and husband Todd, and Kim McGraw Hogg and husband Gary; grandchildren, Kristie Lane Possinger, James Lane, Ray “Bud” Gray, Lesley Campbell, and Garrett Hogg; great-grandchildren, Morgan Possinger, Owen Gray Cameron, Kaeli Ann Lane, and Benjamin Burns. Sisters, Carol Hankins, Joyce Keithley, Ruth Hess, and special mention to his special friend and fellow deacon, Melvin Withrow, whom he loved to go fishing and hunting with.

Viewing will be from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, November 9, 2013, at Wallace and Wallace Funeral Home Chapel in Ansted. At his request, James will be cremated.

In lieu of flowers, his family requests monetary gifts of love be sent to the American Lung Association, 1301 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W. Suite 800, Washington, D.C. 20004.

Online condolences may be sent to wallaceandwallacefh.com.

Wallace and Wallace of Ansted is in charge of the arrangements.

Hollie R. McKinney

AMIGO — Hollie Ray McKinney, 56, of Amigo, passed away on Monday, November 4, 2013, at his residence following a long illness.

Born June 9, 1957, at Mullens, he was the son of the late Carl and Rosa Mae Meadows McKinney.

Mr. McKinney was a self-employed auto mechanic and was Baptist by faith.

In addition to his parents he is also preceded in death by four brothers, Carl Lee, Ted, Jesse and Bobby McKinney.

Those left to cherish his memory include one daughter, Sherry McKinney of Coal City; two grandchildren; four sisters, Myrtle McKinney of Amigo, Dora Howerton of North Carolina, Beulah Blanchard of Soak Creek and Joanne Howerton of Glen Morgan; two brothers, Stanley McKinney of Josephine and James McKinney of Odd.

Services will be 1 p.m. Saturday, November 9, 2013, at Tankersley Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Hugh McKinney officiating. Burial will follow in the Mitchell McKinney Cemetery, Peaks Ridge, Basin.

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

Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.tankersleyfh.com.

The family of Hollie McKinney is being cared for by Tankersley Funeral Home, Mullens.

Gloria Joy Osborne

SILOAM, N.C. — Gloria Joy Osborne, 79, of Siloam, formerly of Crag, went to her heavenly home on Tuesday, November 5, 2013, to dwell eternally with her Savior, Jesus Christ, and her beloved husband, Howard Lee Osborne.

Born November 13, 1933, she was the daughter of the late Gordon and Myrtle Brown Tincher.

Gloria was a lifelong member of the Little Sewell Baptist Church in Crag, where she and Howard made their home. A loving and devoted daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend, she will be missed dearly by all who knew her. However, her loved ones would not wish her back, for she has been transformed from this earthly body of clay into an eternal and infallible one.

In addition to her parents and her husband, Gloria was preceded in death by her siblings Robert, Fred and Darlene Tincher, and Patty Moy.

Survivors include her daughters Janet Fleshman and husband N. Len, Donna Osborne and husband Dale; and Julia Fleshman and husband Mark; a sister Shirley Patton and husband Lonzo Hayes; eight grandchildren; three precious great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, November 9, at Smathers Funeral Chapel, Inc. Burial will follow in the Wallace Memorial Cemetery at Clintonville.

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

Online condolences at www.smathersfuneralchapelinc.com.

Arrangements by Smathers Funeral Chapel, Inc., Rainelle.

Hazel Dunford Pollard

RICH CREEK, Va. — Hazel Dunford Pollard, 86, of Rich Creek, passed away Monday, Nov. 4, 2013.

Graveside services will be 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, at the Peterstown Cemetery, Giles County, Va., with Pete Dunford officiating.

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

Arrangements by Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home, Peterstown.

Linda Carol Seay

Linda Carol Seay passed away to a better life on Monday, November 4, 2013.

Linda leaves behind two daughters, Jessica Taylor and husband Tommy of Crab Orchard and Julie Grubb and fiancé Matt of McDowell County; two grandchildren that she loved with all her heart, Makenzie Marie and David Wayne Taylor, along with little Waylon that she looked so forward to being here in December; and Joseph McClung, her loving companion.

Linda is preceded in death by one brother, RG Seay Jr. of Louisa County, Va., and her mother-in-law, Peggy Grubb of Farley Hill.

Other survivors include her mother, Virginia Ruth Seay, and father, Romulas Seay Sr., and stepmother, Dorothy Seay; one sister, Teresa Wright and husband Earl; one brother, Wayne Seay and wife Carolyn all of Louisa County, Va.

Friends may gather with the family Friday, November 8, 2013, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Blue Ridge Funeral Home.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.blueridgefuneralhome.com.

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



Ruth H. Simmons

Ruth H. Simmons passed away Nov. 6, 2013.

Service will be 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10, at Morgan Funeral Home, Lewisburg, with Pastor Phil Hickman officiating. Burial will follow in Rosewood Cemetery. Visitation will be 1 to 2 p.m. prior to the service Sunday at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.morganfh.net.

Arrangements by Morgan Funeral Home, Lewisburg.



Richard A. Stanley

“Now the laborer’s task is over, now the battle day is past, now upon the farther shore lands our servant, Richard, at last.” This past Monday, Nov. 4th, 2013, our most loved Richard Stanley went to see his Lord and Savior following a courageous battle with cancer. He was only 53 years of age.

The youngest of three children, Richard Allen Stanley was born on April 24th, 1960, at Beckley. He is the precious son of Edith Stanley of Glen White and the late Warner Stanley. In addition to his father, Richard was preceded in death by a grandson, Ethen.

Richard’s early years were spent on Klaus Street in Beckley and at Glen White. He attended Trap Hill High School and Raleigh County Vocational School of Technology where he studied heating and air conditioning. Richard worked ten years for Highway Paving before finding “his niche” in life when he began a career with Mountaineer Gas. He immensely enjoyed his work as a service and repair technician for 18 years. In 2006, Richard began his battle with cancer and bravely “fought the good fight.”

On June 9th, 1984, Richard married the love of his life, Patricia Sue Phillips. To their union were born their children, David, Kristin and Joe. They have made their home on Harper Road since 1988. Family was everything to Richard; he loved his wife and children. Richard was the proud “Papa” of grandson Kaden. When his children were growing up, he coached Beckley Little League and has enjoyed watching his grandson play soccer. Mojo, Richard’s feline companion, was always by his side. In his leisure time, he enjoyed WVU football. Richard was an AVID FAN! The family worshiped at St. Francis de Sales Church. They have been blessed with the marriage of Joe and Brittany.

In addition to his mother, Richard was the dear brother of Jimmy Stanley and his wife, Susie, of Dothan, Ala., and Theresa Pierce of Glen White. A niece, Jessica, and a nephew, Jody, survive as well. Richard leaves his brother and sister-in-law, Ron and Drema Koontz, and their daughter, Andrea Woody and her husband, Chris, to cherish his memory. Many of Richard’s co-workers were good friends.

This past April, Richard’s cancer returned. He was noble in his battle. So now, “Father, in thy gracious keeping, leave we now our servant, Richard sleeping.” May Richard forever rest in peace.

The Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated on Saturday, Nov. 9th, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church. Fr. Penn will be the celebrant. The Rite of Committal will follow at St. Sebastian Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Friday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Melton Mortuary Chapel. A rosary will be recited at 8 p.m. led by Rev. Mr. William Donald Wise. The honor of carrying Richard has been given to Kevin Tolliver, Keith Johnson, Kevin McMillan, Rusty Trent, Keith Withrow, Doug Herold, Earl Lehman and James Duncan.

The family suggests donations of sympathy can be made to St. Francis de Sales Church or the St. Sebastian Cemetery Fund, 626 South Oakwood Ave., Beckley, WV 25801.

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

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary and Cremation Center, Beckley.

Alfred L. ‘Al’ Wickline

PRINCETON — Alfred L. Wickline, 77, of Shadowood Lane, Princeton, died peacefully late Thursday night, November 6, 2013, at Bluefield Regional Medical Center.

Born June 27, 1936, at Weikle, W.Va., he was the son of the late Virgil Wickline and Georgia Wickline.

Al was a graduate of Greenville High School in Monroe County and Bluefield State College.

He was a former employee for Hart Electric, R & T Electric, Joy Manufacturing and the former owner of Abbs Valley Electric. Al was currently the owner of Belinda’s Flowers on the Oakvale Road in Princeton.

While his health permitted, he was an avid golfer. He was a member of the B.P.O.E. Lodge # 1459, Princeton, and the AF & AM Lodge #85 of Bluefield.

Al was a member of Kee Street United Methodist Church in Princeton.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by six siblings, Elvin, Leonard, Conley and Newman Wickline, Polly Riggs and Goldie Williams.

He will be lovingly remembered by his loving and devoted wife of 58 years, Lilly Mae Thornton Wickline; two daughters, Belinda Pendleton and husband Ed of Columbus, Ind., Bonita Belcher and  husband Mike of Princeton. Grandchildren, Michelle Gilbert and husband Clark, Jamie Taylor and fiancé Norm Vaughn and the Apple of Poppy’s eye, his great-granddaughter, Jacelyn Taylor; two siblings Frankie Wickline and wife Ona of Greenville, Bonnie Davis of Beckley. A host of nieces, nephews and special friends, Nick and Drema Comerose.

Funeral Services will be held 3 p.m. Saturday, November 9, 2013, from the Burns Wornal Chapel of the Memorial Funeral Directory on the Athens Road in Princeton with Pastor Ray Stonesteet officiating. Entombment will follow in Roselawn Memorial Gardens Mausoleum in Princeton.

Friends may visit with the family Saturday from 1:30 p.m. until the funeral hour at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be shared via www.memorialfd.com.

The Wickline Family is being served by the Memorial Funeral Directory & Cremation Center on the Athens Road in Princeton.