The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

August 24, 2013

Obituaries — Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013

Louise Baker

Louise Baker, 93, of the Bowling Addition, Beckley, died Friday, Aug. 23, 2013.

Condolences may be sent to the family’s guestbook at

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary and Cremation Center, Beckley.

Joseph Boxley Jr.

JACKSONVILLE, N.C. — Mr. Joseph Boxley Jr., 29, of Jacksonville, formerly of Beckley, died Sunday, Aug. 11, 2013.

A memorial service will be 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 26, at Heart of God Ministries, 1703 S. Kanawha St., Beckley, with Bishop Fred T. Simms officiating.

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Submitted by Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.

Opal Church

ELKHORN CITY, Ky. — Opal Church, 95, of Elkhorn City, passed away Friday, August 23, 2013, in Beckley.

Opal was born April 12, 1918, in Pike County, Ky., to the late Arson Potter and Laura Conley Potter. Besides her parents she was preceded in death by her first husband, Finnie Adkins, and her second husband, William D. Church, one daughter, Fayetta Blackburn, two sons, Alec and David Adkins, one grandson, Danny Bruce Adkins, and one brother, Thomas Potter.

Opal is survived by her daughter, Helema Jones of Beckley, four grandchildren, Lanny Adkins, Lisa Runion, Donnie Jones and Tiffany Bailey-Slone; and one great-grandson, Robbie Runion.

Visitation will be after 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013, at the Bailey Funeral Home Chapel, Elkhorn City, Ky. Funeral services will be conducted Monday, Aug. 26, 2013, at 11 a.m. from the chapel. Burial will follow at Dow Brooks Cemetery, Draffin, Ky.

Arrangements by Bailey Funeral Home Chapel, Elkhorn City.

Elnora Marie Cottrell

Mrs. Elnora Marie Cottrell, 68, formerly of Beckley and Baltimore County, Md., died Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013.

Funeral services are incomplete. Arrangements by Durgan Funeral Home, Beckley.

Brenda Pricilla Vint Johnson

LYNCO — Brenda Pricilla Vint Johnson, 71, of Lynco, passed away on Wednesday, August 21, 2013, at her home.

She was born September 19, 1941, in Wharton, W.Va., a daughter of the late Curtis Edward and Alta Mae Justice Vint. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years Douglas Leon “Doug” Johnson; two daughters Tina Johnson and Cynthia Pennington; and a sister Patricia Baker.

She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend.

Survivors include a daughter Lisa Dawn White and husband William of Oceana; two sisters Frances “Sis” Collins and husband Thomas of Fairdale and Kathy Maynard of South Charleston; a brother Stewart Vint of Fairdale; a sister-in-law and care taker Erdene Hiller of Colonial Beach; six grandchildren Dougie Johnson, Kurtis White, Tina Pennington, TJ Pennington, Justin Pennington and Neal White; a great-grandchild Camryn Jones; and a host of other loving family and friends.

Memorial services will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, August 24, 2013, in the Chapel of Stafford Family Funeral Home, Lynco.

Friends may gather with the family on Saturday from 2 p.m. until time of service at the funeral home.

In keeping with her wishes she will be cremated and her cremains will be laid to rest beside her husband in the Cook Cemetery, Lynco.

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

Fannie Lee Johnson

Fannie Lee Johnson, 83, of Harper, died Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013.

Funeral service is incomplete. Arrangements by Durgan Funeral Home, Beckley.

Agnes Frances Steele Mills

Agnes Frances Steele Mills, age 90, of Beckley, passed away on Wednesday, August 21, 2013, at the Raleigh General Hospital in Beckley.

Born on April 19, 1923, at McAlpin, she was the daughter of the late Robert Preston Richardson and Jessie Lang Richardson.

Mrs. Mills was a homemaker, and was a member of the Cranberry Baptist Church. She had made her home on Allen Avenue in Beckley since 1950.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, Lester Roger Steele Jr. and her second husband William C. Mills, a son, Wendell Nolan Steele, a brother Robert Preston Richardson.

Surviving are children: Roger Steele and his wife Dianna of Edenton, N.C.; Mason Steele and his wife Carla of Hope Mills, N.C., and Vicki Forinash and her husband Sam of Glade Springs, Daniels; three stepdaughters, Judy Beckett and her husband Dempsey of Crab Orchard, Gina Mimms and her husband David of Fayetteville, and Connie Chapman of Maple Fork; daughter-in-law, Anita Steele of Port Royal, Va.; nine grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren; seven stepgrandchildren; four stepgreat-grandchildren and three stepgreat-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be conducted at the Cranberry Baptist Church at Cranberry, W.Va., on Sunday, August 25, 2013, at 3 p.m., with Pastor Roger Pauley officiating. Entombment will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens Mausoleum at Prosperity, W.Va.

Friends may visit with the family from 2 p.m. until service time on Sunday.

Pallbearers will be Preston and Jason Steele, Jason Taylor, Ryan and Aaron Forinash, and Scott Steele.

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.

Tammy Pedri

Margaret Tamera Pedri, 50, of Tracy’s Mountain, passed away Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013.

Services will be noon Monday, Aug. 26, at Tankersley Funeral Home Chapel. Friends may call one hour prior to services Monday at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be expressed to the family at

Arrangements by Tankersley Funeral Home, Mullens.

Ramona Irene Ramsey

FALLS CHURCH, Va. — Ramona Irene Ramsey of Falls Church passed away Saturday, Aug. 17, 2013.

Memorial services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, at Fairview Baptist Church with Pastor Chris Price officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends from noon until time of services Saturday at the church.

Online condolences and guest register at

Arrangements by Pivont Funeral Home, Hinton.

Betty Loretta Smith

OAK HILL — Betty Loretta Smith, 84, of Oak Hill, passed away Thursday, August 22, 2013, in the Pinelodge Care and Rehab Center at Stanaford.

Born November 15, 1928, at Plum Orchard, W.Va., the daughter of the late Wetzel Aliff and Garnet Wriston Aliff. She was the last surviving member of her immediate family.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Carlos E. Smith, two sons JC Smith and Dallas Smith, four brothers Gene Reece, Robert Aliff, Luther Aliff and Bill Reece, and two sisters Nettie Ruth Lipscomb and Opal Faye Aliff.

Betty loved God and attended the Life Bridge Assembly of God in Oak Hill. She was a Sunday school teacher, homemaker, caregiver, and craft maker; she made beautiful doll clothes.

Betty is survived by Uncle Willis Wriston; two nephews Randy Lipscomb and his companion Karon, Billy Reece and his wife Robin; two nieces Barb Eberhardt and her husband Randy, Robin Sinkhorn; numerous great- and great-great-nieces and nephews; and special friends Wanda and Jim Burggraff and family.

Her remains rest at High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel where the funeral will be held 1 p.m. Sunday with Rev. Bobby Adkins officiating and where the family will receive friends from 12 noon until time of service. Burial will follow in High Lawn Memorial Park.

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Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.

Dorothy Lee Tolbert

Dorothy Lee Tolbert, 96, of Crab Orchard, passed away Thursday, August 22, 2013, at Bowers Hospice House.

Born April 27, 1917, in Mabscott, she was the daughter of the late Willie Edgar and Lillie Davis Underwood.

Dorothy was a homemaker, an avid reader and attended Oak Grove Christian Church for over 86 years. She was very active in the church having taught Women’s Bible Class for 50 plus years, provided many meals for visiting ministers and missionaries and was a youth sponsor. Dorothy was the last surviving member of her family.

Besides her parents she was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, James Burdette Tolbert; sister, Hazel Clay; brothers, Herbert, Oscar, Orval and John Underwood; and a son-in-law, Elwood Phipps.

Survivors include her daughters, Joyce Phipps of Crab Orchard and June Goss and husband Ronald of Jonesboro, Tenn.; grandchildren, David Kelly Phipps and wife Kim (JoAnn) of Mechanicsburg, Pa., Kim White and husband Doug of Crab Orchard, Daniel Phipps and wife Lori of Charleston, Jonathan Goss and wife Susan of Bluefield and Julee Gray and husband Matthew of Carrollton, Ga.; great-grandchildren, David and Josh White, Brooke Phipps, Mallory Braenovich, Joel Maddox, Meredith, Caleb and Jenna Goss and Catherine and Lauren Gray; very special niece and nephew, Ann Mills and Clyde “Skeet” Clay; and many other nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be 2:30 p.m. Sunday, August 25, 2013, at Oak Grove Christian Church with Pastor Kelly Gowen officiating. He will be assisted by grandsons Kelly Phipps and Jonathan Goss. Friends may visit with the family from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday at Calfee Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service at the church on Sunday. Burial will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery.

Grandson will serve as pallbearers.

Memorial contributions may be sent to Oak Grove Christian Church, 261 Oak Grove Road, Beckley, WV 25801.

Online condolences may be left at

Arrangements by Calfee Funeral Home, Beckley.

James Ralph Toney

HOUGHTON LAKE, Mich. — James Ralph Toney, 79, of Houghton Lake, passed away on Tuesday, August 20, 2013, at home surrounded by his loving family.

James was born on February 14, 1934, in Lookout, W.Va., to William and Nellie (Holliday) Toney.

James served in the Air Force during the Korean War. He was married on March 20, 1954, in Ansted, West Virginia, to Ann L. Arthur. The couple moved to the Detroit area where Jim was a Machinist for Preston Spring of Ferndale for many years. Following the death of his wife Ann in 2009 and his failing health he moved to Houghton Lake making his residence with his daughter, Barbara. His love and passion was his family and then fishing.

Surviving Mr. Toney are his three sons, James (Wilma) Toney Jr. of Warren, Mich., Harrison (Shelley) Toney of Ansted, W.Va., and Roger Toney of Ansted, W.Va.; two daughters, Barbara (Darrell) Wekwert of Houghton Lake, and Elizabeth (Harold) Peck of Ansted, W.Va.; two sisters, Clara Kincaid of Ansted, W.Va., and Evelyn (John) Holden of Victor, W.Va.; four brothers, David Toney of Ansted, W.Va., Frank (Debbie) Toney of Ansted, W.Va., Phillip (Jean) Toney of Sterling Heights, Mich., and Charlie Holliday of Montgomery, W.Va.; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews.

James was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Ann; daughter, Vicki Toney, daughter, Rhoda Attanasio, and brother, Harrison.

A family graveside service will be held at the Good Hope Cemetery in West Virginia.

Condolences can be sent to the family online at

Christler Funeral Home, Houghton Lake Chapel, is serving the family.

Raymond J. Toothman

RONCEVERTE — Raymond J. Toothman, 91, of Ronceverte, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, August 22, 2013, at his home surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on July 24, 1922, to the late Harry Cleveland and Rachel Susan Toothman. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 59 years, Madge Ellen Morgan; two brothers, Wheeler Curry Toothman and Edgar Turner Toothman, and a sister, Virginia Susan Highlander.

Raymond was a 1941 graduate of Greenbrier High School and served his country during World War II by making airplane cylinders for the Alcoa Aluminum factory in Bridgeport, Connecticut. He retired from the Virginia Electric and Power Company in 1984 with 41 years service. Raymond enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, and traveling, including two trips to Ireland with his daughters and granddaughters.

Survivors include three daughters Mrs. Robert (Robbie) Wilson, and Mrs. Earnie (Vicki) Wyant of Ronceverte, and Mrs. Dale (Tammy) Allen of Lewisburg; grandchildren Michael (Shelby) Wilson, Mrs. Eric (Robin) Wilson von Seldeneck, Matthew Wyant, Tara Wyant, Ivan Allen and Ben Allen; great-grandchildren Nick Wilson, Lily Wilson, Wilson von Seldeneck, Wade von Seldeneck, and Hayley Wyant; a special niece, Gloria Smithson; and his hunting and fishing buddy, Winfred Baker.

Raymond faithfully attended Zion’s Light Baptist Church where he sang in the choir. He lived his life to serve the Lord. 

Funeral services will be conducted Monday, August 26th, at 3 p.m. at Zion’s Light Baptist Church with Jeff Canterbury, Michael Wilson and Gary Baker officiating. Interment will follow at the Greenbrier Baptist Church Cemetery. 

The family will receive friends on Sunday, August 25th, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Wallace and Wallace Funeral Home in Ronceverte. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Gideons’ International or HospiceCare.

Pallbearers will be Eddie McDowell, Teddy Patterson, Kenny Shafer, David Shafer, Ronnie Baker, and John Turner. Honorary pallbearers will be Winfred Baker and Harry Stover.

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Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Ronceverte.

Ethel Wright

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Mrs. Ethel Wright, 95, of Cleveland, OH, formerly of Beckley, died Monday, August 19, 2013.

Born April 4, 1918, in Madison, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Herman and Dora Smoot Cabell.

She was a housewife and a member of St. Matthew A.M.E. Church.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Thornton Wright; son, Robert Wright; brothers, Paul, Henry, Earl, Enos, Booker Cabell; sisters, Margarite Edmonds, Esther Mullins, Mary Nowlin, Lois Lewis, and Allison Slaughter.

Left to cherish precious memories are her daughter, Patricia Brooks; five grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren and a host of relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, August 26, 2013, at St. Matthews A.M.E. Church, 103 Mills Ave., Beckley, with Pastor Debra Smoot officiating. Entombment will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Prosperity. Friends may call one hour prior to the service at the church.

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Arrangements entrusted to Ritchie and Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.