The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

July 22, 2009

Obituaries, Thursday, July 23, 2009

Ahmed ‘Mo’ Arij

MCROSS — Ahmed “Mo” Arij, died Tuesday, July 7, 2009, at his home, following a sudden illness.

He was buried on July 10th, at Graceland Memorial Park Cemetery in Dunbar.

Submitted by Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, 213 Main St., Rainelle.

Emma ‘Jean’ Baker

HARTLY, Del. — Emma Jean Baker, 77, formerly of Hartly, was called home to be with the Lord July 21, 2009. She had a peaceful and comfortable passing made possible by our Delaware Hospice Center in Milford.

Ms. Baker was born in Camp Creek, W.Va., the second child of Burt and Leola Wood on January 7, 1932. She and her family settled on the eastern shore of Maryland in 1965 and later moved to Delaware. She was the Mother of seven children. Ms. Baker opened Marydel Restaurant in Marydel, Md., including pinball machines and a pool table to give the boys and girls a safe place to go in hopes of keeping them off of the streets. She became a member of the “Women of the Moose” Chapter 1546 in 1997 and enjoyed all of the activities she was involved in while she was physically able to do so. She also enjoyed the activities at the Mamie Warren Center.

In addition to her parents, Ms. Baker was preceded in death by two sons, Richard Glen Kirby and Timothy Brent Kirby; a sister Mary Dowell, and a brother Sherman Wade McBride.

Ms. Baker is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Samuel Kirby and Trish Grygo-Kirby, her son Terry Kirby, her daughter and son-in-law Pamela and Kenneth Thorpe, her son Michael Kirby, and her son John Kirby and his companion Fran Calloway. She is also survived by her sisters Betty C. Dearing of Beckley, Judith A. Jones and Brenda McBride both of Cleveland, Ohio, and two brothers, Bobby McBride and Daniel McBride both of Coal City, W.Va.; 13 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Friends and family may visit 7 to 9 p.m. this evening Thursday at Pippin Funeral Home 119 W. Camden-Wyoming Ave., Wyoming, Del.

Services will be 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Odd Fellows Cemetery, Camden, Del.

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate any donations possible to be made to the Delaware Hospice Center 100 Patriots Way Milford, DE 19963.

They truly are committed to the quality of comfort and care for patient and family.

Letters of condolences can be sent via

Ulia Mae Phillips Bowyer

Ulia Mae Phillips Bowyer, 83, of Maple Fork, died on Tuesday, July 21, 2009 at her home.

Services will be 1 p.m. Monday, July 27, 2009 at the Maple Valley Baptist Church in Maple Fork with Rev. Stephen Davis and Rev. Randy Warden officiating. Burial will be at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens in Prosperity.

Visitation will be held at Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope on Sunday, July 26, 2009 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope.

Martha Meador Cary

PEABODY, Mass. — Martha Meador Cary, 84, died March 18, 2009, in Danvers, Ma, following a long illness. Graveside memorial services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, July 25, 2009, at the Greenbrier Burial Park in Hinton, with the Rev. Robert Glaser officiating.

The funeral procession will leave Pivont Funeral Home in Hinton at 10:30 a.m.

Arrangements by Pivont Funeral Home, Hinton.

Tony Leroy Easley

Tony Leroy Easley, 52 of Beckley, formerly of Bluefield, W.Va., died July 11, 2009 at the Raleigh General Hospital in Beckley.

Born March 1, 1957, he was the son of the late Roy and Victoria Galloway Easley.

Tony was an avid musician who graduated from Bluefield High School and Bluefield State College. He also attended West Virginia University and taught at National Business College in Bluefield, Va. He worked as a bartender at the Fincastle Country Club and the Sheraton Hotel; former employee of M.C.E.O.C. in the personnel department; directed choirs at the Mt. Zion Baptist Church and the Scott Street Baptist Church. At the time of death, Tony was the Choir Director at the First Baptist Church of North Beckley.

Tony was the last of his immediate family.

He is survived by the Shephardson, Bumpus, and Ferguson families; three godchildren: Roman Simmons, Julian Morton, and Tracy Irbey of Bluefield, W.Va.; and the members of the First Baptist Church of North Beckley.

Funeral services will be conducted on Friday, July 24 at 12 noon from the Mount Zion Baptis Church of Bluefield, with the Rev. James C. Cox officiating.

Friends may call one hour prior to the service. Interment will follow at Restlawn Memorial Gardens in Bluewell, W.Va.

Richardson Funeral Home of Bluefield is in charge of arrangements.

Nellie E. Lowe

Nellie E. Lowe, age 81 of Beckley, formerly of Hinton, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday July 22, 2009 at the Raleigh Center in Daniels, following a long illness.

Born on January 3, 1928 at Ellison, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Guy Miller Akers and Lessie Lee Meadows Akers.

She was a homemaker, and was a member of the First Christian Church in Hinton.

Mrs. Lowe had been a Beckley area resident since 1996, having lived most of her adult life in Hinton.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James W. Lowe, by a brother, Alphon Akers, by a sister, Wilma Lee Akers, and by a grandson, Kevin Lowe

Surviving are her children, Donna Meadows and her husband Curtis of Beckley, Gary Lowe and his wife Mary of Athens, W.Va.; four grandchildren; Stephen and David Boyd Crystal and Robin Lowe; and four great grandchildren also survive.

Graveside services and burial will be held at 2:30 p.m. Friday July 24, 2009 at Restwood Memorial Gardens at Madams Creek, near Hinton, with Minister Eddie Via officiating. Friends may call at the Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home Shady Spring Chapel from noon until 2 p.m. Friday.

Friends of the family will serve as pallbearers.

Online condolences may be sent to our guest book at www.roseandquesenberry .net

Arrangements by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home in Shady Spring.

Dix Edison Manning

Dix Edison Manning, 84, of Daniels died Monday, July 20, 2009, following a short illness.

He is survived by his wife Lou Ellen Harvey Manning.

Born in Glen Rogers on January 8, 1925, he was the son of the late O.J. and Eunice Daniel Manning.

Dix attended Trap Hill High School and Greenbrier Military Academy. After serving in the U. S. Navy as a Pharmacist’s mate in WW II, he returned home to attend college at Concord College, WV University and Penn State University. He graduated with a Bachelor and Masters Degrees in Science and he did Doctoral work at the University of Tennessee.

Coach Manning taught 37 years in Raleigh County at Stoco and Shady Spring High Schools. He started coaching wrestling in 1953 and was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in November 2003 with a Lifetime of Service Wrestling Award.

His hobbies included bass fishing and bowling.

Graveside rites and burial will be conducted at 1 p.m. Friday, July 24th in the Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens Cemetery with Mr. Matt Huffman officiating.

Friends may call 5 to 9 p.m. today, Thursday at the Melton Mortuary.

Pallbearers will be: Rick Harvey, Richard Clay, Martin Clay, Rick Mitchell, Robert Kincaid and Kenneth Kincaid.

The family request that donations of sympathy be made to Shady Spring High School Wrestling Team, c/o Dan Carter, P. O. Box 422, Cool Ridge, WV 25825 or to the WV University, Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, P. O. Box 0877, Morgantown, WV 26507-0877.

Condolences may be mailed to the family at

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary, Inc, Beckley.

Virgil Lowell McClanahan

Virgil Lowell McClanahan, age 80, of Piney View, died Tuesday July 21, 2009 at the Bowers Hospice House following a short illness.

Born on December 20, 1928 at Meadow Creek, W.Va., he was the son of the late Phillip and Myrtle Neely McClanahan.

Mr. McClanahan was a retired coal miner, and was a member of the UMWA. He had made his career with Westmoreland Coal Company.

He enjoyed building houses and working on automobiles. In his spare time he enjoyed gardening.

Mr. McClanahan attended the Beckley Church of God.

He was preceded in death by a son, Bobby Lloyd McClanahan, and by a brother, Vernon Jesse McClanahan.

Surviving are his children: Bill McClanahan and his wife Teresa of Stanaford Acres, W.Va., Rose Arthur of Raleigh, N.C., Linda Suders and husband Gary of Madison, Ala., Ann Hewlett of Stanaford, Barbara Williams and husband Terry of Stanaford, and Debbie Sevy of Piney View; a brother, Mike McClanahan and wife Gaye of Shady Spring; 14 grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren; one great-great grandchild also survive.

Funeral services will be conducted at 3 p.m. Saturday, July 25, 2009 at the Rose and Quesenberry Peace Chapel in Beckley with Rev. F.D. Sexton officiating. Burial will follow at the Harrah Cemetery at Backus Mountain.

Friends may call at the funeral home from 6 to 9 Friday.

Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

Online condolences may be sent to our guest book at www.roseandquesenberry .net.

Arrangements by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home in Beckley.

Justin David McKinney

Justin David McKinney, 28, of Beckley, passed away Monday, July 20, 2009.

Born July 27, 1980, he was the son of Rocky and Judy McKinney of Beckley.

Justin was an avid reader, enjoyed fishing, photography, music and attempted to play the guitar with his grandfather. Justin was a loving son and great brother.

Justin is preceded in death by his maternal grandfather Gib Accord.

In addition to his parents, those left to cherish his memory include his brother Nathan Aaron McKinney and wife Brooke of Morgantown; nephew Phinn McKinney of Morgantown; maternal grandmother Norma Accord of Hotchkiss; paternal grandfather Herbert McKinney of Sophia; paternal grandmother Audrey McKinney of Scarbro and many loving aunts, uncles, and cousins.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, July 24, 2009 at Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley with Rev. Butch Accord officiating.

Friends may gather with the family from 1 p.m. until the time of the service at the funeral home.

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

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

Richard Morrello

Richard Morrello, passed away Monday, July 20, 2009, in the Roanoke Memorial Hospital at approximately 8 p.m.

Born on Dec. 7, 1929, in Logan, W.Va., he was the son of the late Dominick and Martha Caudill Morrello.

“Richie” graduated from Rainelle High School in 1950, served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War, was a member of the United Mine Workers of America and worked for Anderson Paving Company.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by siblings, Joe, Tony, Leo, Janey, Angelina and Gracie Morrello.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Barbara Ann Morrello; daughter, Gina Grimmett and husband, Robert of Rainelle; son, Michael Morrello of Rainelle; grandsons, Robert Joseph Grimmett and wife, Mary Ann and Ryan Grimmett; brothers, James Morrello and wife, Ruby of Rupert and John Morrello and wife, Linda of Princeton; sisters, Frances Maas of Sun City, Calif., Catherine Salagado of Page, Arizona and Barbara Lee Morrello of Rancho Cucamongo, Calif.

Services will be 2 p.m. Friday, July 24, at Smathers Funeral Chapel in Rainelle with Jackie Fox conducting the service, assisted by B.J. Grimmett. Burial will follow in the End of the Trail Cemetery at Clintonville.

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

Arrangements by Smathers Funeral Chapel, Rainelle.

Marjorie Jean Tullius

Marjorie Jean Tullius, age 86, of Beckley, passed away Tuesday, July 21, 2009.

Born December 3, 1922 in Lowell, Ohio, she was the daughter of the late Andrew John and Nora L. Davis Tullius.

Marjorie was saved at the age of 12 and baptized in a Christian Church in Marietta, Ohio. She graduated from Marietta High School in 1940. She worked at Broughton Foods and Broughton Dairy from 1940 to approximately 1987. She opened Broughton offices, and hired personnel in Marietta, Beckley, Bluefield, and Charleston. She was also an officer of the company. Marjorie was also an Administrator of the Anchorage Nursing Home in Marietta, Ohio until 1989. She retired as Administrator of Hilltop Healthcare Center, Hilltop, W.Va.

She was a member of Fellowship Memorial Baptist Church, Oak Hill, W.Va. She was a speaker at annual meetings of Appalachian Bible College Women’s Conferences. She met Agnes Bowling in early years at Hilltop Baptist Church and shared many Ladies Bible Conferences at Beckley, Bluefield, Charleston, Oceana, Marietta, Hilltop, and Ripley.

In 1988, she organized and conducted a weekly radio broadcast on Beckley WJLS, known as Gems of Grace. This broadcast aired for many years every Saturday morning at 8 a.m.

Over many years, she prepared Bible Study Lessons on the entire Bible with complete outlines and questions to be answered. This was known as Bible Waymarks and covered the entire Bible. Many graduates (approximately 175) completed these Waymarks and graduated with honors at the annual graduations held at Fellowship Memorial Baptist Church, Oak Hill, W.Va.

She also held regular (weekly or monthly, or occasionally) Bible studies with women of the Hilltop Baptist Church, Piney View Bible Church, Fellowship Memorial Baptist Church, Oak Hill and also in Glenna Murphy’s Home.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her three sisters, Francis Lucille Oliver, Bernice Mae Carver, and Gladys Irene Grossman. She was the last surviving member of her immediate family.

Services will be 2 p.m. Saturday, July 25, 2009 at Fellowship Memorial Baptist Church, Oak Hill with Pastor Daniel Rice, Pastor Cecil Smith, and Pastor Wayne Nutter officiating. Entombment will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens Mausoleum No. 3, Beckley.

Friends may gather from 12 noon Saturday until the time of the service at the church.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Blue Ridge Funeral Home, 5251 Robert C. Byrd Drive, Beckley, is in charge of the arrangements.

Danny Ray Williams

MOUNT HOPE — Danny Ray Williams, 62, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, July 21, 2009, at Raleigh General Hospital in Beckley, following a long illness.

He was born Jan. 13, 1947, in Cranberry, W.Va., the second of five siblings.

He was the precious son of Francis Jane Morris Williams and the late David Ray Williams.

In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his grandparents, Lon and Vada Ferrell Morris, Lonnie and Tilley Miller Williams, infant son, Danny Ray Williams II and infant nephew, Steve Coy Adkins.

Danny served in the US Army in 1964. He was a carpenter by trade. He attended the Maple Fork Baptist Church and Cranberry Baptist Church. He will be dearly missed by family and friends.

Left to cherish his loving memory are his mother, Frances Jane Morris Williams of Beckley; his daughter, Dana Mae Williams Christian and her husband, Greg of Peterstown; his daughter, Tonya Williams of Mount Hope; his dear companion, Myra Williams of Mount Hope; two sisters, Patty Sue Sumner and husband, Jim of Florida, Brenda Joyce Adkins and husband, Coy of Shady Spring; two brothers, David Lee Williams and wife, Patty of Texas, Jerry Wayne Williams and wife, Wendy of Florida. Others that cherish his memory are grandchildren, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends, all who loved Danny very much.

There will be a celebration of Danny’s memory at 11 a.m. on Friday, July 24, 2009, at Rose and Quesenberry Chapel on South Kanawha St., Beckley, with Pastors Robert Barley and Roger Pauley officiating.

Burial will follow at the Prosperity Cemetery, Prosperity.

Pallbearers will be David Adkins, Blayne Christian, Jesse Daniels, Tony Williams, and Bruce Bennett.

Friends may call 6 to 9 p.m. today, Thursday, July 23, 2009 at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be sent to our guest book at www.roseandquesenberry .net

Arrangements by Rose and Quesenberry, Beckley.