The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

September 6, 2013

Obituaries — Friday, Sept. 6, 2013

Henry Garland Adams

OAK HILL — Henry Garland Adams, 93, of Oak Hill, formerly of Homestead, Fla., died Tuesday, September 3, 2013 at Hidden Valley Center, Oak Hill.

Garland was born April 11, 1920, in Crumpler, Va. to the late William Victor and Essie Day Adams.

In addition to his parents, Garland is preceded in death by his sister, Lottie and brothers, Warren, Doug and Buford and his beloved wife, Fern Grogan Adams.

Those left to cherish his memory include his daughters, Mary Purvines of Chesterfield, Mo. and Susan Bouldin of Alderson and by his sister, Jean Holtzapfel of Beckley.

Garland was a 1936 graduate of Mark Twain High School where he served as senior class president, captain of the football team and valedictorian. He left Glenville State Teachers College during World War II to join the United States Navy serving as Chief Petty Officer.

He spent many years in Homestead, Fla. as a contractor and builder of fine homes in the Miami, Dade County area.

The family wishes especially to thank Susan Woodson, his primary caregiver for many years, and the wonderful staff and physicians affiliated with Hidden Valley Center in Oak Hill who gave him such wonderful care. The staff truly became his loving family in his last year.

The family will be holding a private service to celebrate Garland’s life.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

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

Stefanie Denise Amick

NETTIE — Stefanie Denise Amick, 46, of Nettie, passed away Wednesday, September 4, 2013, at Ruby Memorial Hospital, following a short illness.

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Rainelle.

Stephanie Anderson

Stephanie Anderson, 32, of Beckley, passed away Thursday, September 5, 2013, at her residence.

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

Stephen Glen Bailey

PETERSTOWN — Stephen Glen Bailey, 23, of Peterstown, formerly of Glen Fork, passed away Tuesday, August 27, 2013, at Roanoke Memorial Hospital.

Born June 7, 1990, in Beckley, he was the son of Stephen Grant Bailey and Lisa Cozort Bailey of Peterstown.

Glen was of the Pentecostal faith. He enjoyed sports, music, playing guitar, video games, hunting, fishing, being outdoors and riding dirt bikes. He also enjoyed skiing and snowboarding.

Glen was a 2008 graduate of Harman High School and was a recipient of the Promise Scholarship.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Tennis and Margie Powers Bailey; and his uncles, Shawn Cozort and Gary Beatle Sutherland.

He is survived by his parents, Steve and Lisa Bailey of Peterstown; sister, Sara Bailey of Kopperston; grandparents, Henry and Andrea Cozort of Greenville, W.Va.; great-grandmother, Willie Mae Layne of Gruetli-Laager, Tenn.; niece, Mya Grace Shillingburg; nephew, Bryson Shillingburg; special aunt, Tina Morgan and her husband, Mike of Oceana.

 Glen is also survived by several other aunts, uncles, cousins and many friends.

A celebration of Glen’s life will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, September 7, 2013, at the Glen Fork Church of God with the Rev. Darrell Stapleton and Rev. Cecil Thompson officiating.

The family will receive friends from 12 p.m. until the time of the service.

Those wishing to extend their condolences may do so by visiting

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

Chaz Alex Cassell

DURBIN — Chaz Alex Cassell, 13, a son of Cinda Cassell of Durbin, Frankie Cassell of Bartow and Jermy Propst of Petersburg, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013.

Funeral services will be 6 p.m. Saturday, September 7, 2013, at the Durbin Church of the Brethren with Rev. Danny Arbogast officiating.

Friends may call at the church from 2 to 6 p.m. on Saturday.

In keeping with Alex’s wishes he will be cremated.

In lieu of flower donation of sympathy may be made to the — Ronald McDonald House, 451 44th St., Penthouse Floor, Pittsburgh, PA 15201 or Mountain Hospice 1600 Crim Avenue, Belington, WV 26250.

Online condolences may be made at  

Arrangements by Lantz Funeral Home, Buckeye, W.Va.

Ronnie ‘Steve’ Cline

Ronnie “Steve” Cline, 67 of Glen Daniel, passed away Tuesday,  September 3, 2013.

Steve was born December 20, 1945, in McDowell County, W.Va.

In addition to his parents and seven siblings, he was preceded in death by his wife Donna Cline and daughter Teresa Cline-Harris.

Steve was a retired coal mine operator and founder of Hidden Valley Golf Course.

Those left to cherish his memory include his son, Michael Cline; daughter, Rhonda Calloway and her husband Ace; five beautiful grandchildren whom he loved with all his heart and dedicated his life, Tayla, Chelsie and Jarrett Cline, Bobby Harris and Trenon Calloway.

Other survivors include special companion, Brenda Bailey; brothers, Jerry and Cecil; sisters, Freda and Della and three sisters-in-law, Sue, Becky and Helen.

Steve was blessed with many friends and family whom he enjoyed spending his time with.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, September 7, 2013 at Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley with Pastor Tommy Newman officiating. A private burial service will follow on the family farm.

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.

Arlene Comer

Arlene Goodin Comer, 74, of 149 Comers Lane, died, September 5, 2013, at The Brian Center Rehabilitation and Nursing Center.

Mrs. Comer was born January 16, 1939, in Lawton, Okla., a daughter of the late Joe Goodin and Ellen Otipoby Goodin. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by three brothers and one sister.

Mrs. Comer was a member of Hokes Chapel United Methodist Church as well as a member of the Dunlap Fire and Rescue Ladies Auxiliary, Callaghan Ruritan Club, and a member of the Comanche Nation.

Surviving are a husband of 48 years Glenden Comer, two daughters Janet Porter and husband Mark of Smith Mountain Lake, Va., Jane Antonio and husband Noel of Springfield, Va., two grandchildren Arren Porter of Smith Mountain Lake, Va. and Thomas Antonio of Springfield, Va.; one brother Kenneth John Goodin and wife Barbara of Elgin, Okla. and a number of nieces and nephews.

The funeral service will be held Sunday, September 8, 2013, at 1:30 p.m. in the Arritt Funeral Home Chapel in Covington, Va. with the Rev. William Hartsfield officiating.

Interment will be made at 4 p.m. at Mountain View Cemetery in Wikel, W.Va.

The family will receive their friends Saturday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at Arritt Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in Mrs. Comer’s name to Mountain Regional Hospice, P.O. Box 637, Clifton Forge, VA 24422 or Dunlap Fire and Rescue, P.O. Box 218, Covington, VA 24426.

Online guest registration is available at

Tracy Dale Cooper

RAINELLE — Tracy Dale Cooper, 68, of Rainelle, passed away Wednesday, September 4, 2013, in the Heartland of Rainelle Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

Born November 3, 1944, at Hinton, he was the son of the late Jerry Neal and Pearl May Jones Cooper.

Tracy was a florist and an Episcopalian. When he was able, he attended the Rainelle United Methodist Church. Tracy was a member of the Garden Club. He enjoyed working with flowers and decorating.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by an older brother, Carl D. Cooper.

Survivors include his sister, Effie Adkins of Springdale; his brother, Larry Cooper and wife Bonnie of Rainelle; five nephews, Eugene Adkins of Jacksonville, Fla., Ricky Adkins and wife Mary of Lexington, Ky., Mark Cooper and wife Tina of Mt. Hope, Marr Cooper and wife Julie of Quinwood and Wayne Cooper of Rainelle; five nieces, Donna Meadows and husband Gary of Rupert, Carolyn Amick of Meadow Bridge, Theresa Cooper of Lewisburg, Melissa Bowles and husband Steve of Layland and Denise Smailes and husband Mark of Loops Road; 10 great nephews; 11 great nieces; one great-great nephew and one great-great niece.

Services will be 2 p.m. Friday, September 6, at Smathers Funeral Chapel, Inc. with Rev. Sam Groves officiating. Burial will follow in the Maude Chapel Cemetery at Grassy Meadows.

Friends may call one hour before the service from 1 to 2 p.m. at the funeral home.

Online condolences at

Arrangements by Smathers Funeral Chapel, Inc., Rainelle.

Seigel Morris Counts

HENLAWSON — Seigel Morris Counts, 78, of Henlawson, passed away Thursday, September 5, 2013.

Funeral services will be conducted on Sunday, September 8, 2013, at 2 p.m. at Honaker Funeral Home in Logan. Visitation will be on Sunday from 1 to 2 p.m. at Honaker Funeral Home in Logan, with burial in Highland Memory Gardens Cemetery at Godby.

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Honaker Funeral Home in Logan is in charge of his services.

Arnold ‘Robin’ Craft

ASBURY — Arnold “Robin” Craft, 62, of Asbury, died Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013.

Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013, at Wallace Memorial Cemetery, Clintonville.

Arrangements by Morgan Funeral Home, Lewisburg.

Don Crawford

COLCORD — Don Lester Crawford, 80, of Colcord, died peacefully on Friday, August 23, 2013, at Bowers Hospice House of Beckley.

Don proudly served his country as a United States Marine. Once a Marine, always a Marine. He was also a proud member of The Teamsters. He loved the mountains of W.Va., hunting, fishing and his coon dogs.

Don was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers, Bobby Jack and Gene and his sister, Joan.

Survivors include, the love of his life and compassionate caregiver, as his health declined in recent years, his beloved, “Perk". He is also survived by his sister, Sina Bell Stover; sister-in-law, Betty Crawford; many nieces and nephews and lifetime friends.

A memorial service will be held to honor and celebrate his life on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013, at 1 p.m.  at The Assembly of God Church, Dorothy, W.Va., with Rev. Jerry Pauley officiating.

The family requests donations of sympathy can be made to The Assembly of God Church of Dorothy, W.Va. 

Condolences may be sent to the family’s guestbook at

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary and Cremation Center, Beckley.

Betty M. Green

Betty M. Green, 77, of Maple Fork Road, passed away Wednesday , Sept. 4, 2013.

Memorial Service will be held 3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7, at the High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel where the family will receive friends from 2 p.m. until time of service.

Condolences may be sent to

Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.

Harry A. Gunter

ABINGDON, Va. — Harry A. Gunter, age 89, passed on Wednesday, September 4, 2013, at Johnston Memorial Hospital.

Harry served as gunner on destroyers in the U.S. Navy in the European Theatre during World War II.

He was born in Pineville, W.Va. and lived in Kentucky and Southwest, Va. before moving to Abingdon 27 years ago. Mr. Gunter retired from Island Creek Coal Company as director of Industrial Relations after numerous years of service. Mr. Gunter was also a member of Abingdon Baptist Church. Harry enjoyed music, sports, as well as coaching and officiating Little League where he had a fondness for watching the kids he coached grow up.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Hobart and Ina Mae Tilley Gunter; infant twin sons; brother, Sidney Gunter; twin sister, Lucille Stewart; sister, Mary Morgan; and sister-in-law, Nancy Gunter.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Renva Wyatt Gunter; two sons, Ronald Gunter of Abingdon, Va. and Tim (Paige) Gunter of Atlanta, Ga.; two granddaughters, Erin and Madison Gunter; two brothers, Jim (Charlene) Gunter of Pineville, W.Va. and Tom Gunter of Oceana, W.Va.; two sisters, Shirley (Richard) True of Sacramento, Calif. and Kitty (Joe) Childress of Beckley, W.Va.; sister-in-law, Rebecca Gunter of Clemmons, N.C.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, September 8, 2013, at the Main Street Chapel of Farris Funeral Service with Dr. Steven Pollard and Mr. Richard Foil officiating.  Entombment will follow at Serenity Gardens Mausoleum at Forest Hills Memory Gardens with Tom Gunter, Jim Gunter, Kevin Able, Dennis Farmer, Kenny Farmer, and J.E. King serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be the member of the Denton Sunday School Class. Military Rites will be conducted by Highlands Veterans Honor Guard and the Virginia National Guard.

Visitation with family will be held 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Abingdon Baptist Church or the charity of your choice.

Those wishing to express sympathy online may do so by visiting and signing the online guest register.

The Gunter family is being cared for by Farris Funeral Service & Crematory, 427 East Main Street, Abingdon, VA 24210, phone 276-623-2700.

Christina Mae Harless

FENWICK MOUNTAIN — Christina Mae Harless, 31, of Fenwick Mountain, passed away Wednesday, September 4, 2013.

Funeral service will be 1 p.m. Saturday, September 7, 2013, at Simons-Coleman Funeral Home, Richwood. Burial will follow in the Taylor Cemetery, Fenwick Mountain.

Friends may call noon to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013, at the funeral home.

Arrangements by Simons-Coleman Funeral Home, Richwood.

Charles Edward Kelly

ENON, Ohio — Charles Edward Kelly, 89, of Enon, formerly of Daniels, passed away on Monday, Sept. 2, 2013 at his home.

Born August 23, 1924, in Columbus, Ohio, Mr. Kelly was a self made and highly educated man having worked all his life to provide for his family. He also served our country in the U.S. Army during World War II. He is also preceded in death by his wife, Mrs. Mary Magdalene Kelly.

Survivors include his son, Wayne A. Kelly of Medway, Ohio and his granddaughter Tonya Shishler; Daniel Johnston and Crystal Vest great-grandchildren, whom were also very dedicated and loving caregivers for Charles for the last few months.

Funeral services celebrating the life of Mr. Kelly will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013, at the Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Chapel in Beckley, with the Rev. Orville Setliff officiating. He will be entombed next to his wife at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens Mausoleum in Prosperity, where the American Legion Post 32 will conduct military graveside rights.

Visitation will be held on the same afternoon from 1 to 2 p.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, the family insists donations be made to a charity of your choice in honor of Mr. Kelly.

Private online condolences are available to the family via

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

Patti Sue Kesterson

Patti Sue Kesterson, 53, died in the loving embrace of her family on Tuesday, September 3, 2013, at Hospice of Central Ohio in Newark, following a long, hard-fought battle with Metastatic Melanoma.

Patti was born September 26th, 1959, in Oak Hill, W.Va., to the Late Frank, and Tonita J. (Zastawniak) Tolli.

After graduating from Oak Hill High School in 1977 she married her one true love in life, Donald R. Kesterson and began her career and life’s mission of raising three children.

 Patti dedicated her life to the endless pursuit of providing happiness to her children, her adored and treasured grandchildren, and every child she was ever in contact with. She was an avid baseball fan, and treasured her time spent with her family watching Little League games, and her beloved Cincinnati Reds. She loved to cook dishes and meals of any variety and culture, and adored the smiles that her often loved cuisine brought to faces. An animal lover, Patti ensured the happiness of her dogs, and loved them as her dear companions.

In addition to her husband, Patti is survived by her three children Christopher Lee Kesterson of Coshocton, Brian Andrew Kesterson of Dublin and Megan Nicole Kesterson of Pataskala; her sisters Debora Brown of Coshocton, Ohio, Cathy Mason of Westerville, Ohio, Rebecca Tolli of Pataskala, Ohio and Jennifer (Kevin) Ball of Coshocton, Ohio; her grandchildren Gavin, Raina, Aiden Kesterson of Coshocton and Grayson Kesterson of Pataskala; three very special women she admired, Courtney Hambell of Dublin, Ohio, Amber Grove of Coshocton, Ohio and Brandy Burchett of Coshocton; and a very special brother and sister in law, Larry and Edna Kesterson of Oak Hill, W.Va.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her sister Karen Kay.

A Memorial service will take place at 7 p.m. on Monday, September 9, 2013, in the Chapel of Given-Dawson Funeral Home. Donations in Patti’s memory may be made to the James Cancer Center of the OSU Wexner Medical Center, or to Hospice of Central Ohio. An online memorial can be viewed at

Delmas Shelly Lusk

SINKS GROVE — Delmas Shelly Lusk, 70, of Sinks Grove, formerly of Cyclone, W.Va., was granted his angel wings at 6:57 p.m. on Tuesday, September 3, 2013, at University of Pittsburg Medical Center, Pittsburg, Pa. following a long illness. His final days were spent surrounded by family and friends.

Delmas was of the Baptist faith and was a coal miner for 28 years.

He was born November 13, 1942, in Cyclone, a son of the late Creed and Merlie Bailey Lusk. In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by two sisters Lora and Rosie Lusk; two brothers Roy and Posey Lusk; a daughter Ambara Lusk; father and mother-in-law Herndon P. and Earnie B. Stewart; brothers-in-law Paris and Joseph Stewart; and ex-wife Barbara Lusk.

Survivors include his wife of 30 years Linda Stewart Lusk; five children Belinda (Craig) Cook of Dunbar, Joyce Annette (Bruce) Long of Fredericksburg, Va., Kevin (Robin) Lusk of Van, Shelly (Jeremy) Osborne of Quinwood, and Christopher Lusk and fiancé Morgan McMillion of Weston; nine grandchildren Nicholas (Amber) Cook of Sissonville, Matthew Cook and fiancé Kanisha Blankenship of Beckley, Brandi Long and boyfriend Victor Gallardo of Fredericksburg, Va., Miranda (Ethan) Dietz of Fredericksburg, Va.; David Bruce Long II of Fredericksburg, Va.,  Shawn Lusk of Marmet, Adrienne Lusk of Van, Tristin Lusk of Van and Brooklynn Osborne of Quinwood; three great grandsons; four siblings Kennis (Imogene) Lusk of Cyclone, Sherdon (Oma) Lusk of Cyclone, Audarene (Arlie) Walls of Oceana, and Eleanor (Earnel) Lusk of Cyclone; other survivors include brothers-in-law Gary (Rhonda) Stewart of Forest Hill, Terry (Nan) Stewart of Spotsylvania, Va., James Stewart of Lexington, N.C. and Anthony (Joyce) Stewart of Oceana; sisters-in-law Brenda (Paul) Harvey of Kopperston and Polly Ann Stewart of Shady Spring; and a host of other loving family and friends. Special thanks to Delmas’s niece Jennifer Lambert for her kind consideration.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 7, 2013, at the Cyclone Church of God with Rev. Jackie Lusk officiating. He will be laid to rest in Palm Memorial Gardens, Matheny, W.Va. Friends may gather with the family from 11 a.m. until time of service on Saturday at the church.

E-mail letters of sympathy may be sent at

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

Audrey D. Marcum

STEPHENSON — Audrey D. Marcum, 80, of Stephenson, went home to be with her Lord on Monday, September 2, 2013, in a Beckley hospital following a long illness.

Born April 11, 1933, at Hemphill, W.Va.  she was the daughter of the late Arthur and Willie Bell (Hearl) Duff.

Audrey was a graduate of Welch High School and later in Audrey’s life she returned to school to complete the LPN program where she was a former employee for Southern Highlands, Mullens and Wyoming Nursing and Rehab Center, New Richmond. She was a 56-year resident of Stephenson, a former treasurer of the Stephenson Burial Fund and was a dedicated member of the former Stephenson United Methodist Church where she served in many capacities including Sunday School Teacher and helped with Bible School.

In addition to her parents she is also preceded in death by her husband, Robert A. Marcum Sr.; a special sister/daughter, Ruth A. Duff; a grandson, Jamie Roop; a daughter-in-law, Felicia A. Marcum and two brothers, John and Sam Duff.

Those left to cherish her memory include a daughter, Carolyn “Susie” Thomas of Stephenson; three sons, Robert “Bobby” Marcum Jr. and his wife, Linda of Keyrock, Ira “Link” Marcum and his wife, Etta Brehm of MacArthur, and Roger “Muggs” Marcum Sr. of Stephenson; grandchildren include, Mr. and Mrs. Chris Marcum and their three children, Jason and Cassy Roop and their children, Jamie, Johannah, and Jackson, Kayla and Kyle Martin and their daughter, Kyleigh, Roger Marcum, Jr., and Jake Marcum, seven great grandchildren; three sisters, Bonnie Lester of Hemphill, Betty Evans of Manassas, and Libby Woolridge of Fort Mills, S.C. and one brother, Allen Duff of Martinsville, Va.

Services will be 11 a.m. Friday, September 6, 2013, at Tankersley Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Lewis Arnold officiating. Burial will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Beckley.

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

Sons and grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

Following the graveside service at the cemetery, there will be a gathering for family and friends at the former Stephenson United Methodist Church.

Online condolences may be expressed to the family at

The family of Audrey Marcum is being cared for by Tankersley Funeral Home, Mullens.

Emma Mae McBride

Emma Mae McBride, age 73, of Coal City, passed away at the Raleigh General Hospital in Beckley on Tuesday, September 3, 2013.

Born on April 3, 1940, in Fireco, she was the daughter of the late Thomas Lee Farley and Winnie Bolen Farley.

Mrs. McBride was a homemaker, and attended Cales Pentecostal Church at Coal City. She had made her home at  Coal City for most of her life.

She was preceded in death by her husband Bobby McBride, brothers, Clinton, Eugene, Denny, Walter, Thomas, and Gene Autry Farley, Raymond Hall and Jennings Hall, sisters, Elizabeth Bolen, Betty Lou Worley, Garnet and Marie Jennings and Mary Bolen.

Those left to cherish her memory include her children; Linda Bay and her husband Richard of Princeton, W.Va., Sandra Ewing and her husband Sam of Coal City, Allen McBride and his wife Katy of Daniels; a granddaughter, Tabitha Cochran of Coal City, and a grandson, Henry Allen Lee Cochran and his wife Kendrea of Stephenson. A brother, Junior Farley of Sullivan, and a sister Nellie Mullens and her husband Covey of Beaver. A special caregiver, Geraldine Anderson of East Gulf and a host of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be conducted at the Rose and Quesenberry Peace Chapel in Beckley on Saturday September 7, 2013, at 11 a.m. with Mr. Richard Bay officiating. Burial will follow at Sunset Memorial Park in Beckley.

Friends may visit with the family from 9 a.m. until time of the service time on Saturday.

Pallbearers will be Henry Allen Lee Cochran, Sam Ewing, Larry Lilly, Lloyd Duncan, Kenny Gowman, and Chris Gowman.

Private online condolences, floral tributes, and other expressions of sympathy may be directed to the family at

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

James David McDonald

AVON PARK, Fla. — James David McDonald, 84, of Avon Park, passed away at the home of his daughter, Diane Stevens, in Middleville, Mich., on Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013.

Born Dec. 27, 1928, in Carrington, Mo., he was the son of the late Roy and Ida Estes McDonald.

J.D., as he was called, was a self employed building contractor, a man of many talents, and a Korean War Veteran. J.D. had a zest for life and loved being around family. J.D. was a child of God and loved telling others about Jesus.

Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Ina N. Biswell McDonald; two daughters, Beverly Ravenscraft and husband, Duane of Beckley, W.Va. and Diane Stevens and husband, Mark of Middleville, Mich.; a son, David McDonald of Avon Park; three granddaughters, Maressa Ayers and husband, Lee, Crystal Ravenscraft of Beckley and Devyn DeLoach of Middleville; three step grandchildren, Jesse, Amanda and Makenzie Stevens; four great-grandchildren, Carlee and Ashton Ayers, Daylon and Justyce Carter; and one living sister, Mary Payne of Fulton, Mo.

A celebration of his life was held on Sept. 1, 2013, at Thornapple Valley Church.

In lieu of flowers, donations on his behalf can be made to Barry Community Hospice, 450 Meadow Run, Suite 200, Hastings, Mich. 49058.

Arrangements by Lauer Family Funeral Homes, Jackson, Mich.

McCajah Thomas ‘M.T.’ Montgomery

HINTON — McCajah Thomas ‘M.T.’ Montgomery, 84 of Zion Mountain Road, Hinton, died at 3:58 a.m. Thursday,  September 5, 2013, at his home following a long illness.

Born November 12, 1928, in Summers County, he was the son of the late Edward Rawson and Lucy Kate Grimmett Montgomery.

M.T. was a graduate of Hinton High School and was a retired conductor for CSX Transportation Corporation in Hinton with 43 years of service. He was a United States Army veteran of the Korean War and had lived all of his life in Summers County. He was a member of Mt. Zion Methodist Church on Zion Mountain and also a member of the United Transportation Union. M.T. enjoyed farming his entire life and was an avid outdoorsman.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Marie Frances Chenault.

Survivors include his loving wife of 47 years, Peggy Harper Montgomery; two sons, Dr. Michael Montgomery and wife Susanna of Hinton and Dr. David Montgomery and wife Dr. Tamara Montgomery of Williamstown, W.Va.; one daughter, Jeanette Ratcliffe and husband Frank of Camp Creek; five grandchildren, Matthew Montgomery, Joel Montgomery, Heather Montgomery, Katie Ratcliffe and Austin Montgomery.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday September 7, 2013, at Pivont Funeral Home Chapel in Hinton with Pastor Scott Mayberry and Pastor Penny Bivens officiating. Burial will follow in the Montgomery Family Cemetery on Zion Mountain. Friends may call from 6 until 8 p.m. Friday evening at the funeral home.

Family members will serve as pallbearers.

Online condolences & guest register at

Arrangements by Pivont Funeral Home, Hinton.

William L. Nunley

FAYETTEVILLE — William Leonard Nunley, 80, formerly of Smithers, passed away Thursday, August 29, 2013.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m., Sunday, September 8, 2013, at the Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home Chapel, Fayetteville, with Pastor Justin Seay officiating. Burial will follow at Montgomery Memorial Park, London, W.Va.

The family will receive friends 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the funeral home before the funeral on Sunday.

For those wishing to express their condolences to the Nunley family, you may do so by visiting our website at

Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, 350 W. Maple Avenue, Fayetteville, will be assisting the family.

Rodney L. Orndorff

MT. NEBO — Rodney L. Orndorff, 61, of Mt. Nebo, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013, at Greenbrier Valley Medical Center, Fairlea.

Born Dec. 24, 1951, in Richwood, he was the son of the late Lowell Orndorff Jr and the late Cathern Roberta Smith Orndorff. He is preceded in death by one brother, Roger Earl Orndorff.

He loved being a husband, father and grandfather and enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping. He attended Potomac State College.

Rodney worked hard his entire life as a coal miner and other jobs, and most recently for the National Park Service. He attended Crichton United Methodist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Nora; two daughters, Marlee Orndorff of Mt. Nebo and Meagan Wallace of Thomas; two sons, Rodney L. Jr. of Elkton, Va. and Ryan Orndorff of Vienna, Va. and five granddaughters, Holly, Maggie, Raen, Catherine and Avenelle and two grandsons, Charlie and Aaron.

Services will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013, at the Wallace & Wallace Funeral Chapel, Rainelle, with visitation one hour prior to services.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Rainelle.

Margaret ‘Patsy’ Lane Rhoades

PRINCETON — Margaret “Patsy” Lane Rhoades, 62, of 241 Larue Road in Princeton, died Monday, September 2, 2013, at the residence of her nephew, Bobby Shelton and wife Gail in Princeton.

Born March 19, 1951, in Elkton, Md., she was the daughter of the late Oliver Gill and Nellie Rose Gill.

Margaret was a member of the Redeemer Lutheran Church in Lancaster, Pa. and recently moved to the Princeton area from Pelion, S.C.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Richard Gill and Daniel Gill; and three sisters, Marthalean Jackson, Pansy Swimmer, and Janie Gill.

Survivors include one daughter, Charlene Coble of Shady Spring, W.Va.; one granddaughter, Heather Coble; two sisters, Betty Chadwick and husband Harry of Elkton, Md. and Flora Shelton of Princeton; one brother, Moses Gill of Princeton and several nieces and nephews.

In keeping with Margaret’s wishes her body has been cremated. A Time of Visitation followed by a Memorial Service will be conducted from 4 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, September 7, 2013, at the Trinity Baptist Church, 591 Hinton Road Rt. 3, Shady Spring, with Pastor Danny Winders officiating. At Margaret’s request, please dress casually “Come As You Are”.

On line condolences may be sent by visiting

Seaver Funeral Home in Princeton is serving the Rhoades family.

George Galen Shrout

CRAIGSVILLE — George Galen Shrout, 74, of Craigsville, formerly of Oak Hill, died on Wednesday, September 4, 2013, at CAMC - General Division in Charleston, W.Va.

Born March 8, 1939, at Oswald, W.Va., he was the son of the late Buckner and Ophelia Ramsey Shrout.

He was a retired surface mine foreman for Ellen Inc. of Beckley.

Four brothers, Thomas Shrout, Edward Shrout, Charles Shrout and Chester Shrout preceded him in death.

Survivors include two sons, Ritch Shrout and wife, Michelle of Centerburg, Ohio and David “Skip” Shrout and wife, Cindy of Westerville, Ohio; brother, Noel Shrout of Derry Hale and sisters, Bethel Martin of Mill Creek and Hildred Dodrill of Dille.

Also surviving are four granddaughters, Brooks Brooks of Columbus, Ohio, Amanda Rossey of Westerville, Ohio, Mindy Goudy of Westerville, Ohio and Caylee Shrout of Westerville, Ohio; two great granddaughters, Brianna Brooks of Columbus, Ohio and Taylor Ducilli of Westerville, Ohio and two great grandsons, Tyler Rossey of Westerville, Ohio and Zaylan Shrout of Westerville, Ohio.

Funeral services will be on Sunday, September 8, 2013 at 1 p.m. at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill with John Wood officiating. Burial will be at Nutall Cemetery, Edmond.

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

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Teresa Rae Slatton

LINDSIDE — Teresa Rae Slatton, 56 of Lindside, passed away Sunday, September 1, 2013.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m., Friday, September 6, 2013, at the Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home, Peterstown, with Pastor Paul Broyles officiating.

Online guestbook can be signed or condolences may be sent to the Slatton family at

Arrangements by Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home, Peterstown.

Dennis M. Thomas

Dennis M. Thomas, age 86, of Shady Spring, passed away on Tuesday, September 3, 2013, at the Appalachian Regional Hospital following a long illness.

Born on May 31, 1927, in Sprague, W.Va., he was the son of the late Lacy G. Thomas and Maudy Thorne Thomas.

Mr. Thomas was a World War II Navy Veteran and retired as the owner and operator of the Drive In Bakery on Eisenhower Drive in Beckley for over 35 years.

He was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed gardening and reading his bible.

Mr. Thomas was preceded in death by his wife Edith R. Thomas the love of his life for 62 years in 2008, by an infant son, Dennis Dwaine in 1955, by a daughter Debra K. Thomas in 2011, and by brothers and sisters, Vetrice Greene, Thelma Hatcher, Lilly Pittman, Alma Ransom, infant sister, Zelda Thomas, Orville Thomas, Gilmer Thomas, and Ed Thomas.

Survivors include his children, Deena Scintilla and her husband Ron of Clermont, Fla., Diana Wills and her husband David of Shady Spring, Darrell Thomas and his wife Sara of Vienna, Va., David Thomas and his wife Debbie of Marietta, S.C.; 10 grandchildren, and nine great grandchildren also survive.  

As per the request of Mr. Thomas, a private graveside service will be held for immediate family members on Saturday, September 7, 2013, at Sunset Memorial Park in Beckley. Entombment will follow. There will be no visitation.  Pastor Don Kelly of the Open Door Church will officiate the ceremony.

The family extends special thanks to the Raleigh Center of Daniels for the excellent care they provided and to Pastor Don Kelly for conducting the service.

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.