The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

December 14, 2012

Obituaries — Friday, Dec. 14, 2012

J. Gordon Alderman

QUINWOOD — J. Gordon Alderman, 75, passed away Monday, Dec. 3, 2012.

A memorial service will be 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012, at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, White Sulphur Springs, with Father Chaffin officiating.

Arrangements entrusted to Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Rainelle.


Kent Wayne Darby

CINCINNATI, Ohio — Kent Wayne Darby, 50, formerly of Beckley, passed away Dec. 11, 2012.

Arrangements are incomplete.


Estel Ray Edwards

Estel Ray Edwards, 93, left home for Heaven on Monday, December 10, 2012.

Born in Fireco, W.Va., on January 10, 1919, he was the son of the late Harden and Stella Canterbury Edwards.

Mr. Edwards lived most of his life in West Virginia, moving to Florida in 1997. After failing health, he retired from construction work. An Army veteran of WWII, he served in the Pacific 586 Quartermasters Special Troops 42nd Infantry Division.

He was a kind and gentle man, and was loved by all who knew him.

He was preceded in death by six brothers and one sister.

Mr. Edwards leaves behind his wife of 61 years, Bertha; daughter, Barbara Perry (Ernie) of Charlotte, N.C.;  grandsons, Evan and Ian Perry; three sisters, Alice Boring and Stella Falvo (Tony) of Princeton, W.Va. and Betty Ellison of True, W.Va., and multiple nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Thursday, December 13, 2012, at 11 a.m. at Conway United Methodist Church, 3401 S. Conway Rd., Orlando, Fla. Interment was at Woodlawn Memorial Park, Gotha, Fla.

Visitation was held from 10 a.m. until service time Thursday at the church.

For those who wish, memorial contributions may be made to VITAS Hospice.

Online at www.carey

Services entrusted to Carey Hand Colonial Funeral Home, Orlando, Fla. 407-898-2561.


Roberta Jean Peak Taylor Elkins

Roberta Jean Peak Taylor Elkins, 63, of Beckley, passed away Tuesday, December 11, 2012, following a sudden illness.

Born January 27, 1949 at Helen, W.Va., she was the daughter of Retha Pierce and the late Bruce Peak.

Roberta was  a floral designer for Kroger. She was a member of the Jones Memorial Baptist Church, a breast cancer supporter and loved to crochet gifts for family and  friends.

Survivors include her husband, Mickey L. Elkins; sons, David Taylor and wife Roxanne of Pikeville, N.C., Scott Taylor and wife Dannette of Middlesex, N.C.; grandchildren, Eric and Keisha Taylor of Pikeville, N.C., Abigail Taylor of Middlesex, N.C.; brothers, Conley Peak of Fla. and Robert Peak of Ohio; sister, Winifred Acord of Christiansburg, Va. and numerous nieces, nephews and close friends.

Funeral services will be 4 p.m. Sunday, December 16, 2012, in the Calfee Funeral Home Chapel, with Pastor Rick Metrick officiating. Burial will follow in Sunset Memorial Park.

Friends may visit with the family from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be Doug Vandall, Doug Cipoletti, Gordon Ross, Jimmy Quesenberry, Barry Milam and Curt Edwards; alternates will be David Kirby, Fred Quesenberry, Denny Cook and Paul Horny.

Honorary pallbearers will be the Women’s Bible Study Group from Jones Memorial Baptist Church, Anna Lou Kirby, Karen Bozarth, Jennifer Milam, Betty Metrick, Karen Metrick, Tammy Womack, Melodie Ross, Kathy Quesenberry, Missy Edwards, Ruth Loving, Lois Slygh, Melissa Simmons and Debbie Caplan.

 The family suggests memorial contributions be made to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation, 60 East 56th Street, 8th floor, New York, NY 10022 or an animal benefit organization of your choice.

On line condolences may be left at www.calfeefh. com

Arrangements by Calfee Funeral Home, Beckley.


Osborne Floyd Friel

BUCKEYE — Osborne Floyd Friel, 78, of Buckeye, died Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012.

Memorial services will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012, a the Marlinton First Church of the Nazarene, with Pastor William Kumpf officiating.

Arrangements by VanReenen Funeral Home, Marlinton.


Alice Yvone Moore Hayslett

OAK HILL — Alice Yvone Moore Hayslett, 75, of Oak Hill, died on Wednesday, December 12, 2012, at CAMC - Memorial Division in Charleston, W.Va.

Born June 25, 1937 at Nalllen, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Romy and Ruth Baker Moore.

Mrs. Hayslett was a member of the Oak Hill United Methodist Church and a homemaker.

A brother, James Moore and a half-brother, Basil Moore preceded her in death.

Survivors include her husband, James R. Hayslett and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Graveside rites and committal services will be on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 2 p.m. at High Lawn Memorial Park in Oak Hill, with Dr. Charles D. Miller officiating. Burial will follow.

There will be no visitation.

Online condolences may be sent at www.tyreefuneral

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.


Walter D. Kelly

CORINNE — Walter D. Kelly, age 71, of Corinne, passed away on Wednesday, December 12, 2012, at the Raleigh General  Hospital, following a long illness.

Born on January 18,  1941, at Crane Creek, W.Va., Mercer County, he was the son of the late James Edward Kelly and Ellen Beatrice Austin Kelly.

Mr. Kelly was employed by State Farm Insurance Companies as an agent and a District Manager. He was a graduate of Mullens High School and Concord College. He was a past president of the Beckley Lions Club, Beckley Babe Ruth, Beckley Hunting and Fishing Club, and was a member of the Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge, #1606. Mr. Kelly was an avid golfer.

Those survivors left to cherish his memory include his wife, Kathryn Franklin Cumby Kelly;   his children, Steven Kelly and fiancé Connie Caron of Beckley, Scott Kelly and his wife Carrie of Morgantown, and Cynthia McVey of Morgantown, Belinda Shrewsbury and her husband  Harold of Beckley, Pamela Cumby of Mullens, and Richard Cumby and his wife Libby of Shady Spring, W.Va.; two brothers, Howard Eugene Kelly and his companion  Shirley Rose of Talcott, and Charles Joseph Kelly and his wife Twila of Mt. Airy, N.C.; 12 grandchildren, and eight great grandchildren. His mother-in-law, Kathleen Franklin of Mullens, the mother of his children, Loretta McNamara Laspina of Morgantown, and  special pets, Toby and Hope are also among his survivors.  

A Funeral service will be conducted to Celebrate The Life Of Walter D. Kelly on Saturday,  December 15, 2012, at 6 p.m., at the Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home Shady Spring Chapel, with Rev. Randy Adkins officiating.

Friends may call at the funeral home from 4 to 6 p.m. on Saturday.

Online condolences may be sent to our guestbook at www.roseandquesenberrry. net

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


Jonathan Wayne Lester

IRON STATION, N.C. — Jonathan Wayne Lester, 41, of L.R. Schronce Lane, Iron Station, passed away on Monday, December 10, 2012, following a long illness.

He was born on March 16, 1971 in Brenton, W.Va., he was the son of Oscar William Lester and Nettie Marie Hatfield Lester.

Jonathan was employed as a skilled track hoe operator in which he worked up until his death. He was an Adult Sunday School teacher at The Word of Hope Full Gospel Church in Mooresville, N.C., and also served the Lord as an Adult Sunday School teacher for The Old Country Church in Terrell, N.C. previously. Jonathan was a person that was loved by everyone for his kind words spoken.

He was preceded in death by his dear sister, Susan Trent in 2009.

In addition to his parents, John is survived by his loving wife of 21 years, Lori Manns Lester. They were blessed with three children; daughters, Brittany Nicole Lester and Lorissa Erin Lester and son, Baruch Nathaniel Lester whom he shared his love for hunting and fishing.

He left behind four brothers and sisters, Steve Lester of Iron Station, Kendall Joyce Morgan and spouse, Donald of Maiden, N.C., Sherry Burrell and spouse, Jeff of Oceana, W.Va., and Anthony Keith Lester and spouse, Serena of Iron Station. He also leaves behind many nieces and nephews who will always remember Uncle John.

A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, December 14, 2012 at 7 p.m. at The Word of Hope Full Gospel Church located at 139 Market Road, Mooresville, with Rev. Woody Stacy and Rev. John Blankenship officiating. The family will receive friends from 6 to 7 p.m. at The Word of Hope Church. He will be laid to rest at the Lester Family Cemetery located in Brenton.

Memorials may be made to the Lester Family.

Condolences may be made to the family at

Cavin-Cook Funeral Home, Mooresville, is serving the Lester family.


Edgar R. Lilly

PHOENIX, Ariz. — Edgar R. Lilly, 91, of Phoenix, passed away at the Arizona State Veteran's Home on Sunday, December 9, 2012, following a long illness.

Born on March 21, 1921 in Princewick, W.Va., to Henry Jackson Lilly and Cosby Elizabeth Bowling Lilly, and raised in West Virginia.

Edgar was a devoted husband and father. He served in the United States Army during World War II in France. He worked as a newspaper pressman, and got his start at the Beckley Newspaper.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife, Mary Lou Acklen Lilly, sisters Hallie Berry, Nora McGraw, brother-in-law Carl McGraw, and brothers, Amos Lilly, Albert Lilly.

 He is survived by his daughter, Martha Elizabeth Lilly (Libby), and his brothers, Mason B. Lilly and H. Dwain and Marlene Lilly, sister-in-laws, Mary Lee Lilly, Mickey Lilly, nieces and  nephews and their families…and one adopted Wire Fox Terrier, Jessie.

The family wishes to thank all of the staff at the Arizona State Veteran's Home in Phoenix for the wonderful care given to Mr. Lilly, during his stay at the facility.

Graveside rites and interment, accompanied with Military Honors by Oak Hill VFW Post 3110, will be conducted at Sunset Memorial Park Mausoleum B on Harper Road, Beckley, on Saturday, December 15, 2012 at 1 p.m.

Visitation will be held one hour prior to service at the mausoleum.

Private online guest book for condolences, floral gifts, and other expressions of sympathy are available at www.roseandquesenberry. net

Donations in lieu of flowers, in honor of Edgar R. Lilly (Arizona State Veterans Home/Phoenix); to Arizona Veterans' Donation Fund, 3839 N 3rd St, Suite 200, Phoenix, AZ 85012

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


Betty Jo Sims Pugh

MEADOW BRIDGE — Betty Jo Sims Pugh, 59, of Meadow Bridge, passed away Wednesday, December 12, 2012.

Born December 25, 1952 in Hinton, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Joe Anthony and Betty Margaret Osborne Sims.

Betty Jo was a former Director of Human Resources for Beckley Hospital. She loved her horses, cats and dogs.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by an infant son, Matthew Lilly.

Survivors include her husband, Neal Watson Pugh; son, Daniel Scott Lilly and his wife Susan of Asheville, N.C.; daughter, Lindsay Brooke Pugh of Beckley; grandchildren, Ashley Brooke Lilly and Rachel Scott Lilly of Asheville, N.C., Hayden Anthony Clyde of Beckley; sisters, Susan Allen and husband Don of Beckley, Jane Wood and husband Jeff of Grandview and Myra Anderson and husband Jay of Beckley; nephew Joe Allen of Exton, Pa.; niece, Paige Hawkins of Harrisonburg, Va. and her mother-in-law, Doris Pugh of Christiansburg, Va.

A memorial service will be 1 p.m. Saturday, December 15, 2012, in the Calfee Funeral Home Chapel, with eulogies given by Tim Rector and Mac Tieche.

Friends may visit with the family one hour prior to service on Saturday at the funeral home.

The family suggests memorial contributions be given to the American Heart Association,

PO Box 15120, Chicago, IL 60693 or to a charity of your choice.

On line condolences may be left at

Arrangements by Calfee Funeral Home, Beckley.



Robert Rufus ‘Lytleman’

Robert Rufus “Lytleman,” April 3, 1931 – December 10, 2012, has gone to Heaven to be with his true love, Betty Rufus.

Robert was a great man, good friend and a wonderful father.

He leaves behind five children, Dennis Ellison and wife Joan, Debra, Cheryl Hall and husband Raymond, Robert Rufus Jr. and wife Rae, Tammie Ferrell and husband James; nine grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; three sisters, Violet, Bessie and Jackie; two  brothers, Mickey and Jimmy Lee; his good friend, Fred Cradle and wife Carol; his best friend, companion, pride and joy, Carmen; and all the friends he had because he always said no one was a stranger.

Robert was so full of life and love. He was always there and would always reach out to help anyone regardless of what it was. Robert will always be remembered as “Lytleman” even though he was such a big man in so many ways. Robert was 81 but remained 18 in his heart and soul. He will be greatly missed and will remain in all of our hearts.

In keeping with Robert’s wishes he will be cremated and a memorial service will be held at a later date.

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


Patricia Ryan

As the sun came up on Sunday morning, Dec. 9th, 2012, our most loved, Pat Ryan slipped into eternity, peacefully, and free of pain, into that “Peace that passeth understanding.”

The first of three daughters, Patrician Ann Worley was born on June 14th, 1950, at Beckley. She was 62 years of age. Affectionately known as “Pat” all her life she was the beloved daughter of Yvonne Canaday Worley Statzer of Lester.

Pat spent her childhood at Lester, graduating from Trap Hill High School, Class of 1968.  On January 16, 1968, she would marry her soul mate and her life- long friend, Roger Ryan. “Oh Love that Will Not Let Me Go.” Pat and Roger have been blessed with a good life.  They made their home on Posey Saxon Road for many years, where Pat loved to four wheel, garden, and raise roses.

To Pat and Roger’s union was born two children, Jeffrey Shannon and Lisa Michelle.  The family has worked together for many years at their family business, Dynasty Hydraulic & Machine LTD at Glen Daniel. Jeffrey is married to Melissa, they reside in Beckley, Lisa and her life partner, Missie make their home in Bradley. Pat was the beloved  “Maw Maw’ to  Aaron, Ashley (Kyle Thompson), Matthew and Tori; the proud great grandmother of Karmyn; the dear sister to Sara Manning and her husband, Nathan of Lake Stephens and Nancy Newman of Lester. Pat’s extended family survives, she was the fond sister-in-law to Loudema Wills and her husband Bob, Darlena Bragg and her husband, Paul; the sweet aunt to several nieces and nephews. Pat had many friends, among them were Linda and Judy Bailey, Janie Henderson and her “Spirit Sister,” Janet Sharp. Not to be forgotten were Pat’s feline friends, Macy and Bindi. Along the way, people who Pat cherished have passed away, her father, Robert Worley, her mother-in-laws, Garnet Covey and Naomi Ryan; fathers-in-law, Ronald Ryan and Weir Covey; her sister-in-law, Ronetta Frye and her husband, Charles.

Pat was an individual of deep introspection. She loved her private time. She immensely enjoyed going to the movies alone. She was thoughtful and very open minded. She has so enjoyed visiting New Orleans where her grandson, Aaron goes to college. She loved adventure. We her family know, “Her body may have been broken by the breast cancer that ravaged her, but nothing could break her spirit. God has called her home but nothing will ever replace the love she left in our hearts.”

And so now we must say goodbye to this unique spirit. “We are relieved your suffering has ended. But to us who loved and knew you, you will live on.”  

“Out beyond ideas of wrong doing and right doing, there is a field. I will meet you there.”  Jalal ad-Din Rumi

This Saturday, December 15th at 1 p.m. we will remember the life of Patricia Ann Ryan with a “Service of Remembrance” at the Melton Mortuary Chapel. Pastors, Dewey Lowe and Brian McCallister will be officiating. The family will receive friends from 11:30 a.m.  until the service time. Pat’s family would like to thank the 4th floor at Raleigh General Hospital and the Bowers Hospice House for all their care and compassion. The family suggests donations of sympathy can be made to the Bowers Hospice House, PO Box 1472, Beckley, WV 25802  

Condolences may be sent to the family’s guestbook at

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary, Inc., Beckley.


Roger D. Smith Sr.

STAFFORD, Va. — Roger D. Smith Sr., 58, formerly of Dothan, died on Monday, December 10, 2012.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, December 22, 2012 at 2:30 p.m. at the Kenneys Creek Missionary Baptist Church in Winona, with Pastor Lum Toney officiating.

Friends may call from 1 p.m. until time for the service on Saturday at the church.

Online condolences may be sent at www.tyreefuneral

Information submitted by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.


Millie Gray Surface

INVERNESS, Fla. — Millie Gray Surface, 80, formerly of Union, passed away Sunday, December 9, 2012.  

Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, December 15, 2012 at the Fairview Christian Church at Keenan with the Rev. Terry Kornegay officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

  Friends may call at the Groves Funeral Home in Union from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, and at the church one hour prior to the services.

  In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to the Fairview Christian Church, c/o Libby Echols, HC 83 Box 28, Union, WV.

  Groves Funeral Home in Union is in charge of arrangements.


Juanita M. Toney

DOTHAN — Juanita M. Toney, 99, of Dothan, passed away Thursday, December 13, 2012.

Condolences may be sent to

Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.