The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

September 14, 2013

Obituaries — Saturday, September 14, 2013

Martha Ellen Fox

MEADOW BRIDGE — Martha Ellen Fox, 79, of Meadow Bridge, passed away Friday, September 13, 2013, at her residence following a long illness.

Born October 19, 1933, in Landisburg, she was the daughter of the late Ernest and Mildred Fury. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Finley Dorn Fox Sr.; a son, Finley Dorn Fox Jr.; grandmother Susan Gilkerson; sisters Shirley Lance and Katherine Tuck; and brothers John and Joseph (Jack) Fury.

Survivors include four daughters, Delores Teegarden and husband George of Granite Falls, N.C., Patricia Romine and husband Mike of Meadow Bridge, Donna Campbell of Palm Harbor, Fla., and Mildred “Millie” Fox and husband Ralph Bates of Richmond, Va.; sister, Betty Finlan of Rupert; four grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

Private Family Services will be at 11 a.m. Sunday, September 15, 2013, at the Wallace Memorial Mausoleum, with Preacher Shirley Fox officiating.  

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Rainelle.

Cecil Eugene Hatfield

HINTON — Cecil Eugene Hatfield, 76, of Hinton and Melrose, Fla., died at 7:28 a.m. Friday, September 13, 2013, at Main Street Care in Hinton after a long illness.

Born December 17, 1936, at Matewan, W.Va., he was the son of the late George Washington and Evelyn Lee Ratcliffe Hatfield.

Mr. Hatfield was a 1954 graduate of Magnolia High School at Matewan, W.Va., and a 1959 graduate of Concord College. He also attended Marshall University for graduate studies. He was an educator for the Lee County District School Board in Ft. Myers, Fla. He was a U.S. Navy veteran and was a 36-year resident of Ft. Myers. He was a member and deacon at Bellepoint Baptist Church in Hinton and was also a member of the Hinton Kiwanis Club. Cecil was Director of the West Virginia Water Festival in 1995.

Survivors include his loving wife of 54 years, Irene Oleksa Hatfield; three brothers, George Ronald Hatfield of Sterling Heights, Mich., Joe William Hatfield of Hurricane, W.Va., and Donald Ray Hatfield of Keystone Heights, Fla.; Aunt, Virgie Barrett of Chesapeake, Va.; special niece, Amanda See of Moorefield, W.Va.; and several other nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral services will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday, September 14, 2013, at Pivont Funeral Home Chapel in Hinton with Pastor Butch Honaker officiating. The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. until 7 p.m. on Saturday at the funeral home. Committal services will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, September 15, 2013, at the Ellison Hatfield Cemetery at Red Jacket, Mingo County, W.Va., with Pastor Barry Lester officiating.

Online condolences and guest register at

Arrangements by Pivont Funeral Home, Hinton.

Howard R. Helton

On Thursday, September 12, 2013, Howard R. Helton crossed the tracks to be with his heavenly father.

Born December 8, 1923, to the late William Cleveland Helton and Kathleen Helton.

He was a veteran of the Korean War and a retired engineer of the CSX Corp. His passion in life was his family; he loved each of us with all his heart and taught us to be strong, honest and caring people. He loved to “tinker,” whether it was in the yard, garden or any of his many projects. His smile and laughter brightened the lives of many and that smile will be greatly missed.

Other than his parents he was preceded in death by two sisters, Frances Neal and Creel Willen, and one brother, Bill Helton.

Those left to cherish each wonderful moment and memory are his loving wife of 52 years, Kalen Helton; a daughter, Debbie Gwinn and husband Danny of Nimitz; three sons, Willie and wife Angie of Rock Hill, S.C., Howard R. “#2” Jr. and wife Lisa of Roanoke and Mike and wife Sarah of Roanoke; seven grandchildren, Samantha and Sara Gwinn, Robert Helton, Jordan and Sam Helton, Mikey and Jon Howard Helton; three great-grandchildren, Justin and Jonah Zimmerman and Charles Ray Lucas.

For as much as he loved each one of us he will be doubly missed.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Sunday, September 15, 2013, at Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors Chapel with Pastor Robbie Merritt officiating. Burial will follow in the Cales Cemetery at Sandstone.

Friends may call Saturday at the funeral parlors from 6 to 8 p.m.

Pallbearers will be Danny Gwinn, Robert Helton, Mikey Helton, Jordan Helton, Sam Helton and Chucky Lucas.

Honorary pallbearers will be Justin and Jonah Zimmerman, Charles Ray Lucas and Jon Howard Helton.

Condolences may be sent to the family at

Arrangements are by the Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors of Hinton.

Willard Justice

Willard Justice, age 90, of Daniels, passed away at the Bowers Hospice House on Wednesday, September 11, 2013.

Born on October 16, 1922, in Hurley, Va., he was the son of the late Stewart and Martha Estep Justice.

Mr. Justice retired from Eastern Associated Coal Company as a chief electrician. He was a U.S. Army Veteran of WWII. “Daddy” was most proud of serving our great country, during WWII. He served in the 3rd. Army under General Patton. He was shipped out on the Queen Mary with over 16,000 soldiers. Before arriving in Great Britain there was a storm and they thought the ship would go down. After arriving in England, he fought in France, Belgium, and Germany. He received the Good Conduct Medal, the European, African, and Middle Eastern Theatre Ribbon — with two bronze battle stars. He joined the Army in 1942 and was honorably discharged after having both feet frozen in 1945. He was shipped back on the Queen Mary. Over 50 million people lost their lives in WWII. Ask yourself why they died and for what reason. When you know the answers to those questions, you will know why we honor our veterans. Freedom is not free — it has a high cost. Daddy was so proud to serve our country, and fight for our freedom. He was proud to be a Veteran.

He was of the Baptist faith. Mr. Justice had made his home in Daniels, since 1989, having resided at Oceana for most of his life.

Mr. Justice was preceded in death by his wife, Kathleen Justice, with whom he was married for 65 years, on February 18, 2013; by brothers Burton and Hassel Justice and by sisters Alta Mae Vint and Georgia Justice Brunty.

He was the last surviving member of his immediate family.

Surviving are his children: Barbara Cochran and her husband Tom of Daniels and Vivian Hunt and her husband Earl of Concord, N.C.; three grandchildren, Wendy Campbell and her husband Pete of Castle Rock, Colo., Leslie Minor of Cool Ridge and Monica Moss of Daniels; seven great-grandchildren, Isaiah, David and Amelia Campbell, Cody Minor and his wife Kelli and Allie Minor and Megan and Breeann Moss.

Funeral services will be conducted to Celebrate the Life of Willard Justice on Monday, September 16, 2013, at the Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home Shady Spring Chapel at 11 a.m. with Rev. Jerry Cook officiating. Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Gardens at Princeton, W.Va. Friends may visit with the family from 6 to 9 p.m. on Sunday at the funeral home.

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

The family would like to thank the VA, Ben Wilson, Dr. Jennie, everyone at Hospice and especially JoHanna Stover. May God Bless you all for your love and care.

Arrangements are by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home Shady Spring Chapel, 729 Flat Top Road, Shady Spring.

Delila ‘Bunny’ McBride

Delila “Bunny” McBride, 82, of White Oak, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, September 12, 2013.

Born in Whitby, W.Va., on April 15, 1929, to the late Lewis and Lora Harris Lilly.

In addition to her parents, Bunny was preceded in death by her loving husband, Spurgeon McBride; sisters, Nora Cloum, Delores Lilly; brothers, Orla and E. Reginald Lilly; and granddaughter, Sarai McBride.

Those left to cherish her memory include her sons, Kenneth McBride and wife Judith of Philippi, W.Va., Robert McBride and wife Drema of White Oak, Roger McBride and wife Kathy of White Oak; grandson, Kent McBride of Gainesville, Fla.; granddaughter, Jennifer McBride of Greensboro, N.C.; grandson, Paul McBride and wife Aleshia of MacArthur, W.Va.; granddaughters, Andrea Lester and husband Derick Lester of Ghent, W.Va., Ashley Townsend and husband Nicholas of White Oak; five great-grandchildren; sisters, Mabel Pennington, Lora Marie Skelton, Virginia “Deany” Wilson; brother, James Lilly; special nephew, Pete Lilly; many nieces and nephews; and special friend, Mary Crook.

Bunny was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother. She was an active member of the First Baptist Church of Shady Spring. Bunny was lovingly cared for the last nine years of her life at the Raleigh Center in Daniels. Through her life she always had a smile for everyone. She loved the Lord.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, September 16, 2013, at Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley, with Pastor Delvin Elwell Jr. officiating. Following the services Bunny will be laid to rest at Cox and Farley Cemetery, Ellison Ridge, W.Va.

Friends may gather with the family Sunday from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church, PO Box 1291, Shady Spring, WV 25918, or Gideon’s International, PO Box 140800, Nashville, TN 37214-0800.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

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

Chester Waymon Stanley

BEDFORD, Va. — Chester Waymon Stanley, 70, of Bedford, passed away Thursday, September 12, 2013; in the middle of the night he changed from a kind and somewhat jovial man who with a crew could construct anything to a man who could walk or even run on the streets of gold.

He was born August 6, 1943, in Beckley, W.Va.; he was the first child of the late C. Waymon Stanley Jr. and Evelyn Anne Thompson Stanley.

He was a 1961 graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School in Beckley.

He is survived by his wife, Lynn Renee Rodgers Stanley, and children, Robin Renee Baker of Georgia, Richard Blaine Baker of North Carolina, Waymon Lewis Stanley of Bedford, Va.; stepdaughter, Ida Marie Wilson of Bedford. He is also survived by his siblings, Beth Stanley, Patrick Stanley and Timmy Stanley and one deceased brother, Charles Stanley, in 1984.

Arrangements are being handled by Updike Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Bedford.

Raymond Luther Whitman

CANVAS — Raymond Luther Whitman, 77, of Canvas, passed away Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 15, in the White Funeral Home at Summersville with Pastors Paul Mateer and Ryan Trescott officiating. Interment will follow in the Whitman Family Cemetery in Canvas. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Condolences may be sent to the family at

Janie Young

GREENVILLE — Janie Young, 87, of Greenville, passed away Friday morning, Sept. 3, 2013.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 15, at the Groves Funeral Home Chapel in Union. Burial will follow in the Rosewood Cemetery at Lewisburg. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, at the funeral home.

Groves Funeral Home in Union is in charge of arrangements.�