The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

December 8, 2012

Obituaries — Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012

Ligao Chen

OAK HILL — Ligao Chen, of Oak Hill, passed away Wednesday in Princeton Community Hospital following a long illness.

Born November 20, 1934, in China, he was the son of the late Bao-cen and Shum Chen.

Li came to the United States in 1990. He was a retired chemist for Lamplighters Industries in Oak Hill, WV, and a substitute teacher in Fayette County for many years. Li was a member of the Oak Hill Baptist Church, the Chinese-American Association and the American Chemical Society. He had a joy for gardening and chemistry research.

Survivors include his wife Amelia Jean Jones Chen; stepsons, George A. Metz, Jr., of Charleston and T. Aaron Metz of Morgantown; son, Wei Chen, as well as a daughter, brother and grandchildren all of China.

A graveside service will be 1 p.m. Sunday, December 9, at Calfee Cemetery in Mt. Tabor with Rev. David Snead officiating.

Online condolences may be left at

Arrangements by Calfee Funeral Home, Beckley.

Don Keith Gilkeson

WEBSTER SPRINGS — Don Keith Gilkeson, 81, of Webster Springs, passed away on Thursday, December 6, 2012, at Webster County Memorial Hospital. He was born February 2, 1931, in Ansted to the late Lacy E. and Hallie Kirk Gilkeson.

He graduated from Ansted High School in 1948. Among the jobs he held early in life were those of driver for Elite Dry Cleaners, tipple worker at Nuttallburg, a telegraph operator, and freight agent for the C & O Railroad. In 1958 he became a Conservation Officer for the then Conservation Commission of West Virginia, serving in Webster County. He held the position of Reclamation Inspector for the Department of Natural Resources from 1968 until his retirement in 1996. He was a member of Elk Valley Soil Conservation District and was voted Farmer of the Year in the 1970s. He loved raising gardens, raising cattle, putting up hay on the family farm, and weaving reed chair seats. He was a member of the Bergoo Baptist Church, where he served in several positions through the years.

Don was preceded in death in October 2009 by his wife of 60 years, Doris G. Barker Gilkeson. He was also preceded in death by his sister, Mary Haynes; brothers John and Gene Gilkeson, and an infant grandson Skye Star McCoy.

Surviving are his four children: Donna (Bradley) McCoy of Ravenswood, Debbie Minnich of Webster Springs, David (Glenda) Gilkeson of Webster Springs, and Dale Kirk (Alesia) Gilkeson of Cowen; 9 grandchildren; and 7 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother Gary (Tommie) Gilkeson of Charleston; sisters-in-law Eva Gilkeson of Ansted and Judy Gilkeson of Elyria, OH; and several nieces and nephews.

Friends may join the family for visitation on Saturday, December 8, 2012, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Dodd & Reed Funeral Home. Funeral Services will be held on Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Bergoo Baptist Church with Rev. Bennie Cowger officiating. In keeping with his wishes, the body will be cremated and his ashes will be buried at Restlawn Memorial Gardens in Victor at a later date.

Edith Arnice Graham

GHENT — Edith Arnice Graham, age 91, of Ghent, passed away on Wednesday, December 5, 2012, at the Summers County ARH in Hinton, following a short illness.

Born on October 12, 1921, in Crumpler, she was the daughter of the late Elige Reed and Allie Monk Reed.

Mrs. Graham was a homemaker and was of the Baptist faith. She had made her home in Ghent for over 30 years, and enjoyed fishing, gardening, and spending time with her family.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lacy M. Graham, a daughter Patricia Richmond, a son Jack Graham, by a granddaughter Edith Marie Graham, and by a grandson Grant Randall Graham.

Those survivors left to cherish her memory include her children: Lacy T. Graham and his wife Naomi of Flat Top, George Graham and his wife Ellen of Sophia, Brenda Hogan and her husband Ted of Crow, Sandra Bjork and her husband Steve of Flat Top. A daughter-in-law, Wilma Graham of Ghent, a son-in-law, William Richmond Jr. of Shady Spring. Nine grandchildren: Kindra Watson and her husband Jeff of Alberta, Canada, Thomas Graham and his wife Marina of Cherokee, N.C., Pamela Bragg and her husband Jimmy of Shady Spring, Ray Richmond and his wife Holly of Virginia, Kevin Moerke and his wife Sara of South Carolina, Bryan Bjork and his wife Chrystal of Crab Orchard, Tony Selden and his wife Lisa of Chesapeake Beach, Md., Patrick Sgro and his wife Mandy of Maryland, Edward Graham and his wife Melissa of Ghent; 20 great-grandchildren, Alex Barnes, Kaitlin Barnes, Josh Graham, Noah Graham, Morgan Hunley, Makayla Bragg, Austin Bragg, Joey Hicks, Timmy Richmond, Tiffany Moerke, Stephen Bjork, Haley Bjork, Caitlin Selden, Jaclyn Selden, Alec Sgro, Brittany Sgro, Victoria Sgro, David Graham, Tyler Graham, Justin Graham, Ashli Moerke, and Dillon Moerke. A half sister, Pansy Tate of North Carolina, and two half brothers, Junior and Ray Reed of Matoaka. Close friends Peggy Moran of Ghent, Al and Susie Strassburger of Egeria.

Funeral services will be conducted to Celebrate The Life Of Edith Graham on Saturday, December 8, 2012, at 1 p.m. at the Rose and Quesenberry Peace Chapel in Beckley, with Rev. Jimmy Mitchell officiating. Burial will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens at Prosperity.

Friends called at the funeral home on Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.

Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

Online condolences may be sent to our guestbook at

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

Vernon Adolphius Jones

MOUNT HOPE — Mr. Vernon Adolphius Jones, 63, of Mt. Hope died Tuesday, December 4, 2012, at Bowers Hospice House after a short illness.

Born May 29,1949, in Kaymor, WV, he was the son of the late Elbert and Rosa Jackson Jones.

Mr. Jones was a member of Price Hill Baptist Church, and an Army veteran. He also graduated from Mt. Hope High School with honors and worked at Day and Night garage.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister Barbara Johnson, and granddaughter, Carrie Katherin Jones.

Those left to cherish his precious memories are wife, Rita Jones (Walton) of Mt. Hope; daughters, Misty Jones of Beckley, WV; Michelle Jones and Snisia Jones both of Mt. Hope, WV; brothers, Elbert Jones of Beckley, WV; Bobbie (Lisa) Wilson of Hinton, WV; Neal (Karen) Jones of Denver, CO; and Micheal (Donna) Jones of Beckley, WV; sisters, Bertha (Leroy) Deering of Maryland; Edith (Nathan) Moore of Ohio; and Elestyne (Ralph) Walton of Martinsburg, WV; 13 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild, and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Monday, December 10, 2012, at Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 142 Mool Avenue, Beckley, WV, with Rev. William R. Stevens and Rev. Nelson Staples III officiating. Burial will follow in Greenwood Memorial Park, Beckley.

Friends may call two hours prior to the service at the church.

Condolences may be e-mailed to

Arrangements entrusted to Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.

William L. Latta

William L. Latta, 91, of Beckley passed away Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012.

There will be no services at this time.

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

Stella Marie Lively

Stella Marie Lively, 94, of Beckley, died Friday, Dec. 7, 2012.

Arrangements incomplete at Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home in Beckley.

Claudeo Frederick Mays

Claudeo Frederick Mays, 52, of Beckley, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012.

Arrangements are pending completion at Rose and Quesenberry, 1901 S. Kanawha St., Beckley.

Rose Mary Meredith Painter

PAX — Rose Mary Meredith Painter, 69, of Pax, WV, went home to be with her Lord on Thursday, December 6, 2012, at her home surrounded by her family, after a courageous battle with cancer.

Born July 27, 1943, at Westerly, WV, she was the daughter of the late Russell and Rachel Meredith.

Other than her parents, she was preceded in death by three brothers, Jimmy, Bucky and Clarence Meredith.

She is survived by her husband of 52 years, Claude, her daughters Sheila Johnson and husband, Glenn, and Becky Holley and husband, Doug, and son, Danny Painter and wife, Angie, grandsons, Josh Johnson and wife, Amy, Jeremiah Johnson, Kristopher Holley and Tyler Painter, granddaughter, Autumn Sturgill and husband, Josh, and two great-grandsons, Matthew and Noah Johnson all of Pax.

Her sister, Ann Thomas of Cirtsville, brothers, Henry Meredith and wife, Barbara, Joe Meredith and wife, Debbie, all of Pax, and Chester Meredith and wife, Glyda, of Greensboro, NC, sister-in-law, Jane Wingrove and husband, Robert, of Dothan; and many nieces, nephews and special friends also survive.

Rose Mary spent her life finding good in everyone. Her career was raising her family and taking care of her home. She also worked as a child care/day care specialist at Enchanted Bridge Day Care and finished her working career at Buck’s Store. She was the Chairwoman of the Pax Community Event Committee which plans and hosts events that focus on community members, especially children. She loved her community, the people in it and was an avid worker and fundraiser to help others. Christmas being her favorite time of the year, she was most proud of the Nativity Scene that joined in the decorations at the Humphrey Park this year which was made possible by the generous donations she raised from community members. She encouraged all she spoke with to go by and see it and to reflect on its meaning.

Mrs. Painter attended Mabscott Christian Baptist Church.

Through all of her illness and its trials she never complained or questioned why she had this challenge; she only wanted to be used in whatever way God could get the glory. Her strongest desire was that her loved ones (and that included her community members) who were not saved would come to know the Lord as their Savior so they could join her in heaven some day.

There are so many people that came into her life during this trial that she immediately loved. A special thank you to Dr. Khanna, Dr. El-Harake, Dr. Shimm and the entire staff at the Raleigh Regional Cancer Center for believing in her strength, courage and determination and for giving her the opportunity to take on this challenge. She loved you all and believed in and trusted you. Thank you!

“Granny taught us to find the good in every situation. She was beautiful, we loved her and she loved us. She was our best friend.”

Funeral services will be on Sunday, December 9, 2012, at 1 p.m. at Tyree Funeral Home in Mount Hope with her Pastor and friend Harmon Davis officiating assisted by her son-in-law, Pastor Doug Holley. Burial will be at Pax Community Cemetery.

Visitation will be held at Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope, on Saturday, December 8, 2012, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Pallbearers will be immediate family members.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope, WV.

Glen ‘Pete’ Stone

POINT PLEASANT — Glen “Pete” Stone, 76, of Point Pleasant, went home to be with the Lord on December 6, 2012.

Born February 16, 1938, at Baileysville to the late George W. and Ruth Lusk Stone.

He enjoyed fishing, and spending time with his grandchildren; he liked to attend community activities such as going to church services and playing bingo. He worked for United Producers Gas Company and was a barber for over 30 years.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Frances Jean Morgan; and three brothers, Donald Lee Stone, Carmel “Mick” Stone, and Lindell Stone.

Those left to cherish his memory include Vickie Exline and husband, John, of Crab Orchard; granddaughters Teresa Keys and husband, Kenny, of Crab Orchard, and Candy Cooper and husband, Bobby, of Saulsville; great-grandchildren, Kolton Keys of Crab Orchard and Benjamin Cooper of Saulsville; a sister, Judith Echard of Brenton; four brothers, Jimmy Stone and wife, Maxine, of Fredericksburg, VA, Calvin “Mike” Stone and wife, Barbara, of Stafford, VA, Wendell Stone of Fredericksburg, VA, and Dewayne Stone and companion, Sheila Lester, of Dillwyn, VA.

A Memorial Service to celebrate the life of Glen “Pete” Stone will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, December 10, 2012, with Rev. Timmy Brewster officiating. Friends may gather at the funeral home at 12 p.m.

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