The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

December 15, 2012

Obituaries — Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012

Norman D. ‘Okey’ Boggess

RAINELLE — Norman D. “Okey” Boggess, 30, of Central Avenue, Rainelle, passed away Sunday morning, Dec. 9, 2012, at his home, following a long illness.

Born November 7, 1982, at Sistersville, W.Va., he was the son of Norman R. and Lilla Kay Smith Boggess.

He was preceded in death by his grandfather, James A. Smith.

Okey attended the House of Prayer Church at McRoss.

Survivors include his parents: Norman and Lilla Smith of Rainelle, one brother, Samson Kerry Boggess of Rainelle, grandmother, Beverly A. Smith of McRoss, several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews as well as other extended family of Sistersville.

Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, December 16, 2012, at Wallace & Wallace Chapel in Rainelle, with Pastor Mark Spence officiating.

As per his wishes, the body is being cremated.

Friends may call from 1:30 until 2 p.m. at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be sent to

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace of Rainelle.

Lois Ann Bowyer

MAHAN — Lois Ann Bowyer, age 83, of Mahan, died Thursday, December 13, 2012.

She was born June 22, 1929, in Krebs, Fayette County, and was the daughter of the late Estill “Doc” and Edna Sawyer Willmeth.

She is also preceded in death by her husband Jennings Bowyer and son Johnnie Bowyer.

She was known to her friends and her family as the “biscuit queen.” She was a member of the Gallagher Church of the Nazarene.

Surviving: daughters Brenda Krogman and her husband Ed of Newburgh, Ind., Regina Wriston and her husband Dan of Oak Hill, Lou Ann Cox and her husband Steve of Clendenin, Terri Pomeroy and her husband Randy of Westminster, S.C. Sons: Timothy Bowyer and wife Patricia of Barnesville, Ohio, and Earl Bowyer Jr. and his wife Debbie of Mount Hope. Sister: Betty Colflesh of Confluence, Pa.; 14 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren.

Service will be 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012, at O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery, with Rev. David Mitchell and Rev. Ervin Clark officiating. Burial will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Prosperity.

Friends may call 6 to 9 p.m. on Saturday at the funeral home.

Expressions of sympathy may be sent to

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to: Valley Hospice’s Liza’s Place, 308 Mt. St. Joseph Road, Wheeling, WV 26003.

Kathryn ‘Kathy’ Ann (Pittman) Buckland

MOUNT HOPE — Kathryn (Kathy) Ann (Pittman) Buckland, 56, of Mount Hope, finally won her long battle with Multiple Sclerosis on Friday, December 14, 2012.

Kathy will be remembered as the fighter she was, and for not allowing her illness to keep her from bringing smiles to others with her boisterous laugh. She shared that laugh a few final times with her family and those caring for her at The Bowers Hospice House in Prosperity, where she spent her last few days. Prior to being cared for by the staff with Hospice, her husband Ray, her dear friend, Margaret Wines, and sister-in-law, Drema Bonifacio, had cared for her over the years in the comfort of her own home.

Kathryn was born September 25th, 1956, and raised in Bradley, W.Va. She was known by many as a spirited volleyball player, and active wife and mother, whose body began to give out long before her larger-than-life personality ever did. Throughout the years, Kathy could be spotted at local dirt tracks supporting her husband and son as they raced.

Just over 38 years ago, Kathy married her sweetheart, Jerry Ray Buckland. Vows were made to take one another to have and to hold from that day forward, for better or for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish; from that day forward until death parted them. It is worthy to note, those vows were kept.

Her husband Ray is left to share her memory with their son, Gregory Ray Buckland, his wife Jamie, and their three children, whom Kathy always referred to as her angels, Ethan Lane, Emma Rae, and Elsie Kay. Kathryn is also survived by her parents, Carl and Shirley Pittman; two brothers, Keith Pittman, and his wife Mindi of Windsor, SC, David Pittman, and his wife Tammy of Shady Spring; three sisters, Pam McMillion, and her husband Pat of Beckley, Debby Blevins, and her husband Joe of Crab Orchard, and Janice Cobb, and her husband Tommy of Ocala, Fla.; her mother-in-law Zetta Underwood; two brothers-in-law, Gary Buckland, and Roger Buckland and his wife Cathy of Oak Hill; three sisters-in-law, Connie Jewell of Jacksonville, Fla., Margaret Williams and her husband Glenny of Bradley, and Drema Bonifacio of Bradley; her best friend, Joyce Hall; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Kathy’s loved ones who left this earth before her are her paternal grandparents, Carl and Jennie Bell Pittman, formerly of Maple Fork; her maternal grandparents, Curtis and Sadie Mays, formerly of Beckley; her brother-in-law Eddie Jewell; and her niece Lori Weeks.

Friends and family may come share as we celebrate her life on Sunday, December 16th, at Tyree Funeral Home in Mount Hope at 1 p.m., with the memorial service at 2 p.m., officiated by Pastor Clarence Plumley Jr. In accordance to Kathy’s desires, her cremains will be left with family to commemorate her life.

In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer the generosity to be shown to The Bowers Hospice House of Beckley, 454 Cranberry Drive, Beckley, WV 25801, as a small token of appreciation for their generosity in Kathy’s final days.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope.

Jackie Lynn Carnifax

RAMSEY — Jackie Lynn Carnifax passed away Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012.

In keeping with her wishes she will be cremated. Memorial services will be 1 p.m.  Saturday, Dec. 22, at the Lighthouse Worship Center, Smales Branch Road, with the Rev. Danny Legg and the Rev. Dennis Kincaid officiating. Burial will follow on the Carnifax Family Farm, Victor.

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

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

Dorothy Ellen Cochrum

RONCEVERTE — Dorothy Ellen Cochrum, 76, of Ronceverte, formerly of Rupert, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012. 

A memorial service will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 18, at the Wallace & Wallace Chapel in Rainelle. Friends may call one hour prior to the service. The body will be cremated.

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace Inc. of Rainelle.

Goldia Acatee Cogar

SUMMERSVILLE — Goldia Acatee Cogar, 97, of Summersville, died Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Monday, Dec. 17, in the Waters Funeral Chapel at Summersville, with Pastor Howard Presley officiating. Burial will follow in the Sand Run Cemetery at Bolair. Friends may call one hour prior to the service Monday at the funeral chapel.


Clark Bennette Cox

CRAIGSVILLE — Clark Bennette Cox, 72, of Craigsville, died Friday, Dec. 14, 2012.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, in the White Funeral Home at Craigsville. Interment will follow in the Craigsville Cemetery. Friends may call one hour prior to the services Sunday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Hubbard Hospice House, 1001 Kennawa Drive, Charleston, WV 25311.

Arrangements by White Funeral Home, Craigsville.

William R. Gruenberg

OAK HILL — William R. Gruenberg, 80, of Oak Hill, died Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012, at Plateau Medical Center in Oak Hill, from injuries received in an automobile accident.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Mary Elizabeth ‘Lizzie’ Dickson Hazelwood

ROCK CAMP — Mary Elizabeth “Lizzie” Dickson Hazelwood, 78, of Rock Camp, passed away Friday, Dec. 14, 2012.

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Arrangements are incomplete at Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home, Peterstown.  

Juanita Mildred Toney

DOTHAN — Juanita Mildred Toney, 99, of Dothan, passed away Thursday, December 13, 2012, at the Ansted Center.

Juanita was born April 15, 1913, at Dothan, to the late John Pad Toney and Alice (Kessler) Toney.

Juanita was the last surviving member of her immediate family, and she was the last surviving charter member of the Dothan Missionary Baptist Church at Dothan.

Before retiring, Juanita as a chef in hospital and nursing home cafeterias.

In addition to her parents, Juanita was preceded in death by a son Tom Toney; brothers and sisters Clara Webb Ingram, Ocie Osborne, Winnie Kraft, Sarah Toney, Huey Toney, Ronald Pad Toney, Thomas Toney, and Kenneth Toney; grandson Michael “Rocky” McDaniel; and granddaughter Brandy Lynn Toney.

Those left to cherish her memory include four children H.B. “Lum” Toney and his wife Brenda of Oak Hill, Sue McDaniel and her husband Whitey of Fayetteville, WV, C.G. “Red” Toney of Laurel, Md., and John Toney and his wife Joan of Dothan; 14 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; and eight great-great-grandchildren.

Her remains rest at High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, 1435 E. Main Street, Oak Hill, where the funeral service will be held 2 p.m. today, with Pastor Harmon Davis officiating and where the family will receive friends from 12 noon until time of the service. Burial will follow in High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill.

Pallbearers will be grandsons and great-granddaughter. Honorary pallbearers will be grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

The family requests in lieu of flowers, that donations be made to the Ansted Center, Activities Department, Post Office Drawer 400, Ansted, WV 25812.

Condolences may be sent to

Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.