The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

December 26, 2012

Obituaries — Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012

Cyrus Landon Bragg

Cyrus Landon Bragg, age 76, of Ellison Ridge, WV, passed away on Monday, Dec. 24, 2012, at the Beckley VA Medical Center in Beckley.

Born on August 30, 1936, in Coal City, WV, he was the son of the late Cyrus Bragg and Ethel Smith Bragg.

Mr. Bragg was a retired carpenter, and was a U.S. Army Veteran. He was a member of the National Rifle Association, and had lived  all of his life in Summers and Raleigh Counties.

A son,  Michael Bragg, preceded him in death, along with a brother, Cletis Bragg.

Those survivors left to cherish his memory include his daughter, Lisa Galford of Ghent, WV;  a daughter, Rhonda Lilly and her husband Bobby of Jumping Branch, WV; three grandchildren, Waylon Pack, Chasity Bragg, and Anthony Lilly; a brother, Robert Bragg and his wife Sue of Ellison Ridge, WV; Gerald Bragg of Flat Top, WV; his companion of 19 years, Sheila Hall of Beckley; and the mother of his children, Frankie Bragg Gowman of Ghent, WV.

A memorial service will be conducted to celebrate the life of Cyrus Landon Bragg on Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012, at 4 p.m. at the Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home Shady Spring Chapel with Elder Mervin Hairston officiating. Friends may visit with the family one hour prior to the memorial service.

Online condolences may be sent to our guestbook at   Arrangements are by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home Shady Spring Chapel, 729 Flat Top Road, Shady Spring, WV.


Elizabeth Ann Biars

HINTON — Elizabeth Ann Biars, 69, of 495 Stokes Drive, Hinton, died Sunday Dec. 23, 2012, at Summers County A.R.H. Hospital in Hinton after a sudden illness.

Born Dec. 9, 1943, at Gauley Bridge, she was the daughter of the late Clarence and Lorena Ward Sampson.

Ann was a member of Central Baptist Church in Hinton and was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and sister. She had lived most of her life in Summers County.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward “Bubby” Biars. Also preceded by a daughter, Deonna Biars.

Survivors include a son, Thomas Biars of Hinton; two daughters, Patricia Biars of Hinton and Milda Adkins of Beckley; one brother, Clarence “Buddy” Sampson of Beaver; two sisters, Ruby Thompson and Mary Cox, both of Pipestem; four grandchildren, Jessica Martin, Alex Gill, Britney Gill and Brian Gill; and two great-grandchildren, Gabrielle and Danielle Martin.

Funeral  services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012, at Pivont Funeral Home Chapel in Hinton with Pastor Robbie Merritt officiating. Burial will follow in Valley View Cemetery on Powleys Creek. Friends may call from 1 p.m. until time of services on Thursday at the funeral home.

Online condolences & guest register at www.pivontfuneralhome. com

Arrangements by Pivont Funeral Home, Hinton, W.Va.


Mary Catherine ‘Kitty’ Roach Brenemen

SCARBRO — Mary Catherine “Kitty” Roach Brenemen, 75, of Scarbro, W.Va., passed away on Friday, Dec. 21, 2012, at Bowers Hospice House, Beckley, W.Va.

Born Sept. 20, 1937, at Quinwood, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late George Ben and Mary Catherine Walls Roach.

Kitty was a former employee of C&P Telephone and was the office manager for H&R Block. She was a member of Faith Baptist Church at Prosperity.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother George Ben Roach Jr. and by a sister, Betty J. Boso.

Surviving are her husband, John G. Brenemen Sr. of Scarbro, her son, John Brenemen Jr. and his wife Christy of Scarbro, her granddaughter, Samantha Brenemen Lambert and husband Ryan of Wake Forest, N.C. and a great grandson, Caleb Lambert.

Also surviving is a sister, Peggy Jacobs and husband Gary of Hubert, N.C.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, December 27, 2012 at the Tyree Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill, with Dr. Larry Halsey and Pastor Matt Hill officiating. Entombment will follow in High Lawn Memorial Park Mausoleum, Oak Hill.

Friends may call at Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill from 6-8 p.m. n Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Bowers Hospice House, 454 Cranberry Drive, Beckley, WV 25801.

Online condolences may be sent to

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill, W.Va.


William Terry Collins

SUN HILL —William Terry Collins, 36, of Sun Hill, passed away Friday Dec. 21, 2012.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 27, in the Chapel of Stafford Family Funeral Home, Lynco. Friends may call from noon until service time at the funeral home.

E-mail letters of sympathy may be sent at

The family is being served by the Stafford Family Funeral Home, Lynco, W.Va.


Wanda John Cooper

PINEVILLE — Wanda John Cooper, 95, passed away Sunday, December 23, 2012, following a short illness. She was surrounded by her loving family, at the home of her daughter, Debra Dalton.

Born March 25, 1917 in Baileysville, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Kenneth Gore and Lettie Shields Brooks.

Wanda was a member of Rockcastle Baptist Church. She enjoyed cooking and taking care of her family. She also enjoyed helping her daughter at Lackey’s Ashland Marathon.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Estill C. Cooper; a son, Michael Joe Cooper; two step-sons, Merill T. Cooper and Ronald Lee Cooper; one step-daughter, Loveda McGuire; one sister, Hilda McClellan; and one brother, Doris K. Shields.

Those left to cherish her memory are two daughters, Katherine “Kat” Brown of Fairdale and Debra Dalton and husband, Bobby, of Pineville; seven grandchildren, Wesley J. Brown, Jr., Pamela E. Allard, Jere Lee Brown, Michael (Zac) Cooper, Jon Caleb Cooper, Katie Jo Cooper, and Michelle Lackey King; twelve great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

A celebration of Wanda’s life will be held at 1 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012, at Rockcastle Baptist Church, with the Rev. Evan Arkell and Rev. Donald “Doc” Adkins officiating. Interment will follow in Palm Memorial Gardens, Matheny. The family will receive friends from 6-9 p.m., Wednesday, December 26, 2012, at Calfee Funeral Service, Pineville.

Wesley J. Brown, Jr., Jere Brown, Zac Cooper, Caleb Cooper, Al Allard, and Matthew King will serve as pallbearers.

A special thank you to her loving granddaughter, Michelle Lackey King for all the help that she gave her mother, Debra Dalton, in caring for her grandmother.

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

Calfee Funeral and Cremation Service of Pineville is serving the Cooper family.


Lucile M. Dickson

BOERNE, Texas — Lucile M. Dickson, 94, of Boerne, Texas, died Dec. 21, 2012.

Graveside services will be 11 a.m. Friday at the Crosier Cemetery at Zenith with the Rev. Bob Ratliff officiating. There will be no visitation.

Contributions in Lucile Dickson’s memory may be made to Concord University, P.O. Box 1000, Athens, WV 24712 or online at

Broyles-McGuire Funeral Home in Union is in charge of arrangements.


Reba Icey Elkins

Reba Icey Elkins, 93, of Beckley, passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012.  Arrangements are pending completion at the  Rose and Quesenberrry Funeral Home, 1901 South Kanawha St., Beckley, WV.


Carl Herron

Our precious father and hero, Carl Herron, of Country Road Estates, Shady Spring, W.Va., formerly of Eccles, W.Va., passed away on Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012, at home due to a short illness. Carl was born on July 30, 1927, in Eccles to the late Mack and Ella Brewer Herron.

He was preceded in death by his precious wife of nearly 60 years Sylvia Dickens Herron on November 18, 2005, and his oldest son Roger Lee preceded him in death on November 23, 2010. Also preceding him in death two sisters Ruth Harvey and Geneva Herron, five brothers Grover, Hubert, Raymond, Kenneth and an infant brother Elmer.

Carl loved the Pittsburgh Steelers, NY Yankees, Nascar, knife collecting and coal mining. He spent nearly 42 years in the mines having last worked for Westmoreland's Eccles # 5 and # 6. He was given the name Big Chew and it fondly followed him through the years. In his younger years he enjoyed playing baseball, coaching and was an avid hunter. He enjoyed flea marketing and he never met a stranger. Carl was so proud of his family and their accomplishments. He loved to mine coal with the "miners" in the family.

He leaves behind three daughters and one son. Patricia Pena of Fayetteville, James Herron and wife Linda of Eccles, Sharon Smith and her husband Jimmy of Shady Spring and Teresa Webb and her husband Kevin of Glen Daniel. His daughter in law, Dreama Herron of Riverside, Ohio. Carl loved his daughter in law and sons in laws as if they were his own children. Eleven grandchildren: Michael Herron, Tami McGraw, Sean Pena, Kellie Stafford and her husband Jason, Eric Herron and his wife Tracey, Laura Bilbrey, Debbie Covey and her husband Bryant, Jamie Rhyan and her husband Dustin, Jimmy Smith and his wife Detra, Amanda Fraley and her husband Adam and Kevin Carl Webb and wife Erika. Fifteen great grandchildren and the sixteenth arriving in June, and one great great grandchild. One brother, Buddy and his wife Ruth of Columbus, Ohio, Also left behind are several nieces and nephews.

Services will be at the Melton Mortuary Chapel with Bro. Delmas Cox officiating on Thursday, Dec. 27 at 1 p.m. Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, December 26, 2012. He will be laid to rest beside of the beloved wife at Sunset Memorial Park. The family wishes to thank Mary Collins for the love and compassionate care that she provided to our dear father. We also wish to thank the Angels from Hospice.

In Lieu of flowers the family requests that you make a donation to Hospice of Southern West Virginia, 454 Cranberry Dr,. Beckley, WV 25801.

Pallbearers will be Oral Plumley, Alan Lucas, Michael Collins, Jay Sellards, Michael Hylton and Jerry Braskey.

Condolences may be sent to the family’s guestbook at www.meltonmortuary. com.


Nevaeh Hypes

CYCLONE—Nevaeh Hypes died Friday, Dec. 21, 2012.

 Graveside service will be 3:30 p.m. today at Hypes Family Cemetery, at Hotchkiss, with Rev. Gilbert Dotson officiating.

 Those wishing to attend are asked to meet family at the cemetery.

 Guestbook and condolences at Services entrusted to Adam Toler Memorial Funeral Home, Oceana, WV.


Marsha Mead

BLUEFIELD, Va.‚ — Marsha Mead, 59, of Bluefield, Virginia, died Thursday Dec. 20, 2012, at the University of Virginia Medical Center Palliative Care Unit in Charlottesville, Va., following a sudden downturn in her long struggle with ovarian cancer. She was surrounded by family members.

Marsha was born in Monterey, Calif., where her father was stationed at the U.S. Department of Defense Foreign Language School. She was the daughter of Doris Groves and George Adkins.

The 1971 Valedictorian at Greenbrier West High School in Charmco, W.Va., Marsha attended Concord University. She was editor of the Concordian student newspaper, and earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from Concord in 1975. Following two years as a teacher at Stoco Elementary in Raleigh County, W.Va., and at Crumpler Elementary in McDowell County, W.Va., Marsha enrolled in the Master of Counseling program at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va., where she received a Master of Science Degree in 1980.

As an employee of the Southern Highlands Community Mental Health Center in Welch, W.Va., from 1979 to 1983, Marsha rose to the position of Welch Clinic Director. From 1984 to 1991, she was employed by the Cumberland Mountain Community Services Board, serving in a variety of out-patient counseling capacities in its Tazewell County, Virginia, service area.

In the fall of 1991 Marsha entered full-time studies at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va., as a doctoral degree candidate. In 1994 she was awarded the PhD Degree in Counseling. The findings of her doctoral dissertation on the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic Statistical Manual were published in the Journal of Mental Health Counseling, and subsequently resulted in Marsha receiving the “Researcher of the Year” award from the American Mental Health Counselors Association at its 1998 annual convention in Minneapolis, Minnesota, recognizing the quality of her research.

Marsha became licensed by the Commonwealth of Virginia, Department of Health Professions, holding licenses to practice as a “Licensed Professional Counselor” and “Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist”. In 1992, upon completion of a graduate assistantship at Virginia Tech, she entered into private practice in Bluefield, Va., later affiliating with Dr. Philip Robertson at the Psychiatric Associates of the Virginias.

Over the years Marsha taught adjunct college courses at various institutions such as the West Virginia College of Graduate Studies and Bluefield College. In January 2009 she accepted a full-time faculty position at Bluefield College in the Department of Psychology. She considered the opportunity to teach and mentor students to be “the privilege of a lifetime.”  Some of the upper division courses she taught at BC were of her own design. Her continued contact with Bluefield College graduates was augmented by on-line social media such as Facebook.

Marsha was active in professional organizations such as the Virginia Counselors Association and civic organizations, having served as the President of the Bluefield, Virginia Women’s Club. Her practice as a private clinician always included pro bono work. Marsha and her husband worshiped at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Bluefield, VA where they were married in 1981. During their children’s younger years, she and Art attended the Virginia Avenue United Methodist Church in the West Graham section of Bluefield, Va. where they raised their three children.

Marsha was a devoted wife and a loving mother, grandmother and aunt ready to sacrifice for family members. In her selfless devotion, she encouraged her children to pursue all that would help them to lead a fulfilled life.  She was the unifying factor in her family. The same steady guidance, sound advice, and sense of humor that made her an excellent counselor also made her a wonderful wife, mother, daughter, sister and friend.  Her immediate and extended family consider themselves blessed to have had Marsha in their lives.    

Marsha is survived by her husband, Alfred C. (Art) Mead, Jr. of Bluefield, Va.; her mother, Doris Groves of Rainelle, W.Va.; her father George Adkins, and spouse Carla, of Rainelle, W.Va.; her daughter, Rachel Archer Collins, and spouse Chris, of Gallatin, Tenn.; her son, Matthew J. Archer, and spouse Meredith, of Chesapeake, Va.; her daughter, Laura Mead Aylor, and spouse Joshua, of Oak Ridge, N.C; her brother G. Edgar (Eddie) Adkins, and spouse Jeffrey Mendell, of Washington, D.C.; her brother Mark A. Adkins, and spouse Marsha, of Fayetteville, W.Va. Marsha’s five grandchildren include Rachel’s daughter and son, Madeline and Logan Collins; Mathew’s daughter and son, Madison and Hayden Archer; and Laura’s son, Josiah Aylor. Marsha’s mother-in-law is Muriel Mead of Bluefield, Va. Marsha’s nieces and nephews are Eddie Adkins’ daughter, Jeanie; Mark Adkins’ son, Zachary; the daughter and son of Art’s deceased brother Edward Mead, Laura Marie Spaulding of Parrish, Fla., and John Mead of Seminole, Fla; and Laura Marie’s daughter, Lily Ann-Marie.  Marsha’s step-siblings are Linda Bailey, of Elkins, W.Va., and Larry Gilkeson, of Mineral Wells, W.Va.

Marsha’s Memorial Service will be held Friday, December 28, 2012, 2 p.m. at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church on Logan St. and Tazewell Ave. in Bluefield, Va. Reverend Russell Hatfield and Reverend Robert Boozer will preside. Visitation (wake) will be at the Mercer Funeral Home and Crematory, 1231 West Cumberland Road, Bluefield, West Virginia, Thursday evening, Dec. 27, 2012, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.. Marsha chose to be cremated and will be interred at the St. Mary’s Episcopal Church columbarium in Bluefield, Virginia, immediately following the funeral.

Those wishing to make a financial gift in lieu of flowers are encouraged to direct such contribution to the Bluefield College Department of Psychology in Bluefield, Virginia.     

Those wishing to share memories or condolence messages with the family may do so by visiting  

Mercer Funeral Home & Crematory is serving the family of Marcia Mead.


Charlotte W. Sheppard

Charlotte W. Sheppard, 101, of Charmco, passed away Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012.

Services will be 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 28, at Smathers Funeral Chapel. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 27, at the funeral home.

Arrangements by Smathers Funeral Chapel, Inc., Rainelle.


Melissa Dorthea Sizemore

Melissa Dorthea Sizemore, 53, of Mabscott, passed away Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012, following a long illness.

Born April 1, 1959, in Beckley, she was the daughter of the late Garland Sizemore and Ruby Spears Hanks. Melissa was a homemaker. She was preceded in death by a sister, Elizabeth Sizemore and brothers, Damon Sizemore and Garland Sizemore, Jr.

She is survived by her daughters, Amber and April Sizemore of Mabscott; brothers, Samuel Sizemore and wife Marlene of Daniels, W.Va,  Daniel Sizemore and wife Kat of Hamptonville, N.C., Kenneth Sizemore and his wife Sissy of Daniels, W.Va., Timothy Sizemore and wife Seretha of Odd, W.Va., Paul Sizemore and wife Carla of Charlotte, N.C.; sisters, Drema Hensley and husband Clifford of Crab Orchard, W.Va., Vanna Ellis of Sophia, W.Va., Sharon Bland of Daniels, W.Va., Melinda Farris of Coal City, W.Va. and an aunt, Pauline Akers and husband Baxter of Cool Ridge, W.Va.

Services will be 5:00 p.m. Friday, December 28, 2012. in the Calfee Funeral Home Chapel.

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

Arrangements by Calfee Funeral Home, Beckley.


Helen Ludwig Stone

Helen Ludwig Stone, age 94, of The Villages At Greystone, in Beaver, W.Va., died quietly early Saturday morning, December 15, 2012, in the comfort of her own room at Greystone Inn.

Born August  7, 1918 in Mooresville of Iredell County, North Carolina, Helen Ludwig Stone, was the daughter of the late George G. and Florence Gibbs Ludwig.

Preceded in death by both of her brothers, SF and George Ludwig Jr. and her sister Sarah Ludwig Stone, Helen was the last member of her generation. She was also preceded in death by one grandson, Alexander D. Debnam…as well as by both of her husbands, Robert O. Debnam in 1962 and Ashton K. Stone in 2004.

Always a devoted mother, grandmother and great  grandmother…Helen joyfully welcomed each new  addition to the family with all of her love. As a life long Presbyterian…she always enjoyed worshipping her Lord,…most recently as a member of Beckley Presbyterian Church … and as the mother of the ‘preacher’ of the Bramwell Presbyterian Church. An avid bridge player all of her adult life, she and her son looked forward each Monday to playing duplicate bridge at the Beckley Woman’s Club.

Survivors include her son, Robert W. “Robin” Debnam and  wife Peggy of Beckley; her granddaughter Carmi Debnam Farrell and husband Rob of Ft. Mill S.C.; her step son, Pete Stone; her step granddaughter, Melissa Gainey Goodwin of Scotland County, N.C.; her step grandsons, Brad Gainey and wife Kira of Baltimore Md., and Carlton Gainey of Raleigh, N.C. and Marty Stone of Colorado, as well as her seven great grandchildren.

The Memorial: A Service Of Witness to the Resurrection will be at 11 a.m., Thursday, December 27, 2012, at Beckley Presbyterian Church, with the Reverend Mr. John McKinnon officiating. Visitation with the family will be at the church during the hour prior to worship. There will be no burial as Helen donated her body to the WV School of Osteopathic Medicine in Lewisburg, W.Va.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to: Beckley Presbyterian Church,  203 S. Kanawha St., Beckley WV 25801 or Hospice of Southern WV PO Box 1472, Beckley, WV 25801.

Condolences may be sent to the family’s guestbook at www.meltonmortuary. com

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary, Inc., Beckley.


Jerry Dale Stover

RAGLEY, La. — Jerry Dale Stover, 53, of Ragley, La., formerly of Surveyor, passed away  Monday, Dec. 24, 2012.

Arrangements are pending completion at the Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, 1901 South Kanawha Street, Beckley, WV.


 Billy G. Webb

We lost our Santa Claus today, the day before Christmas. Our Daddy was and always will be our Santa Claus, so strong and so gentle at the same time. He will always be remembered as Husband, Daddy, PopPop, brother and friend to the many that love him.

Billy G. Webb, of Posey Saxon, went to be with his Lord and Savior on 12/24/12 after a short illness but a long and full life.

Those awaiting him at Heaven’s gate will be his loving parents, the late Eugene and Elizabeth Webb and sister, Beverly Jane of Posey Saxon.

Those left to cherish his memory are his loving wife Clarice Ann Webb of Posey Saxon; his son Kelly David Webb and wife Lora of Posey Saxon; daughters, Christina Lynn Lambert of Surveyor, Mary Elizabeth Monday and husband Justin of Mullens, and Billie Jean Chapman and husband Joshua of Holly Hills; the little loves of his life, his grandchildren, Daniel Webb, Cole Lambert, Dylan Chapman, Ethan Lambert, Kelli Chapman, Sarah Monday, Trevor Thompson and Little Isaac Eugene Chapman. Also left to cherish his memory is a sister, Peggy Gray and husband Charles of Posey Saxon; brother, Michael Webb and wife Cubbie of Shady Spring and countless nieces, nephews and good ole buddies.

Daddy was well known and well loved, all that knew him will miss him but will always remember him. Merry Christmas in Heaven, Daddy.

Funeral services will be Friday, December 28, 2012, in the Calfee Funeral Home Chapel  with Rev. Larry Kinder officiating. Burial will follow in Sunset Memorial Park. Friends may visit with the family 2 hours prior to the service at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be Thomas R. Collins, Chuck Frye, J.W. Young, Wayne Young, Carlos H. Allen and Danny Stephenson.

On line condolences may be left at

Arrangements by Calfee Funeral Home, Beckley.


Ronnie Zane Williams

Ronnie Zane Williams of Maple Fork died on Friday, December 21, 2012, after a long illness.

Born in Seth, WV on December 30, 1946, to W. A. (Bill) and Lily Williams, Ronnie is survived by his brothers David, Ricky, Bobby, Barry, and Kevin and was preceded in death by his brothers Mickey, Patrick, Randy, Stephen and his parents.

 Ronnie served in the Vietnam War in the Air Force and returned home to graduate from West Virginia State College with a bachelor's degree in Education in 1973. He then married Ruth Ellen Marshall of Whitesville. Ronnie and Ruth were married thirty-nine years and had three daughters, Dorinda, Tiffany and Trinity, and one granddaughter, Amelia.

 Ronnie was a very warm and loving person with many friends, particularly his young friend, Tyler Thomas, and his nieces Stephanie, Ann, Joyce, Teresa, Mary, Samantha, Heather, Valerie, Megan and Kelsey. He touched the lives of everyone he met with his generosity, quiet kindness and his unique sense of humor.

 There will be a memorial service to celebrate his life on Saturday, December 29 at 11 a.m. at the Bradley Church of God in Bradley, WV. All are invited to attend to share in our memories of his love.

 Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley, West Virginia is in charge of arrangements.


Bessie Zaferatos   

Bessie Zaferatos, 92, of  Beckley, passed away Monday Dec. 24, 2012.  

Arrangements are pending completion at the Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, 1901 South Kanawha St., Beckley.