The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

December 4, 2012

Obituaries — Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012

Betty Bowman

RAVENCLIFF — Betty Bowman, 66, of Ravencliff, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, December 1, 2012, at Bowers Hospice House, Beckley.

Betty was born December 21, 1945, in Baltimore, Md., a daughter of Mandy Jane Tilley Allen of Ravencliff, and the late Brian Bowman.

She was the former cemetery manager at Palm Memorial Gardens, Matheny.

In addition to her father, her step father Claude Preston Allen also preceded her in death, along with a brother, Jackie Allen and grandparents, Robert “Bud” and Ila Mae Allen and Manley and Louella Tilley.

Betty was a Christian and will be sadly missed.

Survivors include her mother Mandy Jane Tilley Allen; three sisters, Nancy Allen, Doris Allen and Donna Allen, all of Ravencliff; four brothers, Dennis (Susan) Allen of McGraws, Darrell “Jake” (Tammy) Allen of Glen Fork, Claude Allen Jr. and Randell Allen, both of Ravencliff; and a host of other loving family and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, December 5, 2012, in the Chapel of Stafford Family Funeral Home, Lynco, with Rev. Ernest Francis officiating. She will be laid to rest in the Pretty Ridge Cemetery, Saulsville.

Friends may gather with the family 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.

Mabel Virginia Bragg

Mabel Virginia Bragg, 78, of Beaver, passed away Saturday, December 1, 2012, following a long illness.

Born March 3, 1934, in Hinton, she was the daughter of the late Earl Inscore and Clara Harrington Moore.

Mabel was a Jehovah’s Witness, and enjoyed being outdoors, gardening, and she loved being a homemaker.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years Joseph Bragg, her sister Clara Edwards, and her brother Albert Inscore.

Those left to cherish her memory include her son, Tommy Bragg and wife Susan of Beaver, and her daughter, Donna Denson and husband Scott of Mount Airy, N.C.; four  grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews and loving friends.

A memorial service will be held for Mabel at a later date.

Donations in Mabel’s honor can be made to Woltz Hospice Home in Dobson, North Carolina.

An online guest registry and other information can be found by visiting

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

Rev. Wiley ‘Stacy’ Brooks

JESSE — Rev. Wiley “Stacy” Brooks, 87, of Jesse, passed away Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012, at his residence.

Born April 2, 1925, at Jesse, he was the son of the late Wiley Brooks Sr. and Lela Workman Brooks.

Rev. Brooks was a member of the Guyandotte Baptist Church and was a former pastor of the church for 19 years. He was a U.S. Navy veteran having served during World War II. He was a retired coal miner from Eastern Associated Coal Corporation’s Kopperston mine.

Rev. Brooks was a former pastor at the Bellemeade Baptist Church at Sabine for nine years and at the First Baptist Church at Justice for three and one-half years.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Judy Stewart; a sister, Pauline Shiflett; and two step brothers, Denver Canterbury and Clinton Canterbury.

Survivors include his wife, Ada Jewell Brooks; two sons, Steve Brooks of Princeton and Danny Brooks and his wife, Paula, of Jesse; two brothers, Lewie Brooks of Cleveland, Ohio and Dewey Brooks of Indiana; four sisters, Betty Kinospi and Virginia Fitch, both of Chicago, Ill., Leona Stewart of Pineville and Kathleen McGraw of Meadow Bridge; a stepbrother, Donald Brooks of Florida; seven grandchildren, Rick Stewart and his wife, Debbie, Brian Stewart and his wife, Angie, Jonathan Brooks, Jewell LaClair, Katie Hill, Amie Mullins and Drew Hill; and five great-grandchildren, Hannah and Jacob Stewart, Allison and Loren Stewart, and Jillian Baird.

A celebration of Rev. Brooks’ life will be held at 1 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012, at the Guyandotte Baptist Church, Jesse, with the Rev. Harrison Abbot, the Rev. Ron Harvey and Brian Stewart officiating. Burial will follow in Palm Memorial Gardens, Matheny.

Pallbearers are Brian Stewart, Rick Stewart, Jonathan Brooks, Jonathan Stewart, Bob Cook and Fairley Jewell.

Family will receive friends from 6 to 9 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012, at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Rev. Brooks’ name to the Guyandotte Baptist Church, Attn: Missions, PO Box 55, Jesse, WV 24849.

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

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

Clarence Eugene Davis

OAK HILL — Clarence Eugene Davis, age 79, of Oak Hill, passed away at the Pateau Medical Center in Oak Hill, on Saturday December 1, 2012.

Born on November 24, 1933, in Beckley, he was the son of the late Joseph C. Davis and Carrie C. Hutchinson Davis.

Mr. Davis was a disabled janitorial employee of Crossroads Mall in Beckley.

He had made his home in the Beckley area for most of his life.

He has preceded in death by his sisters, Marjorie Clark, Janice Pace, and Margaret Davis.

Those survivors left to cherish his memory include his three children: Ricky Davis of Stanaford, Gary Davis and his wife Joy of Oak Hill, and Connie Allen and her husband Brady of Maple Fork; step children: Kim Evans of Prosperity, Karen Mead and her husband Jerry of Prosperity, and Greg Souder and his fiancé Sharon St. Clair of Coal City. Several grandchildren, and two sisters, Virginia Spence of Beckley, and Katherine Wills of Mt. Hope.

Graveside rites and burial will be held at the Evans Cemetery at South Sandbranch Road on Wednesday,  December 5, 2012, at 11 a.m., with Rev. Junior Plumley officiating. Burial will follow at the cemetery.

Friends may call at the cemetery thirty minutes prior to the services.

Online condolences may be sent to our guestbook at

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

Ivan Lee Farley

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Mr. Ivan Lee Farley, 54, of Huntington, husband of Wendy Lilly Farley, died Saturday, December 1, 2012, in St. Mary’s Medical Center.

He was born January 24, 1958 at Beckley, a son of Ivan Curtis Farley of Daniels, and the late Rosetta Lowery Farley.

Mr. Farley was a Civil Engineer with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Additional survivors include two sons, Michael and Stephen Farley, both at home; two  brothers, Wayne and David Farley, both of Beckley, and several nieces and nephews.

Friends may call 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, December 6, 2012, at Chapmans Mortuary, 2851 Third Avenue, Huntington.

Graveside funeral service will be 2 p.m. Saturday, December 8, 2012, at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, 5251 Robert C, Byrd Drive, Beckley.

Online expressions of sympathy may be sent to

Arrangements by Chapman’s Mortuary, Inc., Huntington. Local arrangements by Rose-Quesenberry Funeral Home, Beckley.

Duncan Arthur Hollar

LEWISBURG — Duncan Arthur Hollar, of Lewisburg, died on Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012, of a massive brain aneurysm that occurred suddenly and unexpectedly on Tuesday, Nov. 27. He was 62 years old. His wife of 35 years, Lorrie J. Sprague, son Logan Arthur Sprague Hollar, daughter Teresa Morgan Hollar, and infant granddaughter Ruby McNeely, are trying to cope with the shock and ask that everyone please respect their need for privacy. In accordance with Duncan’s long-expressed wishes, he was cremated and no traditional religious services will be held. The family hopes to hold a Lewisburg gathering in Duncan’s honor at some time in early January. A similar gathering will be held in late December in North Carolina.

Born in Winston-Salem, N.C., he was the son of Gorrell and Helen Hollar, of Boonville, N.C.

He is survived by his mother, Helen, brother Mark, and sisters Pam Brendle and Jennifer Owens. Many extended family members include aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, as well as Lorrie’s parents, Ben and Jean Sprague of Medina, Ohio and her sisters Lynne Herald and Lonna Hunt, and brother Larry.

Duncan was a retired National Park Service ranger who worked at several NPS sites across America: Guilford Courthouse NHP, Great Smoky Mountains NP, Cuyahoga Valley NRA, Sequoia-Kings NP, Everglades NP, Yosemite NP and New River Gorge NR. In 2003, he received the Harry Yount National Park Ranger of the Year award.

He was widely respected for his integrity, kindness and good humor. In Lewisburg, he volunteered as a Cub Scout den leader for five years, a youth basketball coach and league coordinator for three years, and videographer for the boys’ soccer team at Greenbrier East for four years. In retirement, he worked part-time as a tutor at the Tutoring Center in Lewisburg, was a volunteer trail maintainer for a nine-mile section of the Appalachian Trail in the Wind Rock area of Virginia, and was an Adopt-A-Highway volunteer on Stonehouse Road along the Greenbrier River near Lewisburg.

An avid reader, Duncan was always sharing books and articles with family and friends. By example he encouraged broad-minded and civil discourse on politics, history, science and religion. An amazing amateur naturalist who especially loved bird-watching, he recently started beekeeping and earlier this fall harvested honey from his first hive. He loved hiking and bicycling on rail-trails with his family and friends. He took his last bike ride on the Greenbrier River Trail on Thanksgiving Day with Lorrie, and their last hike together was Nov. 25th on the Anthony Creek trail in the Monongahela National Forest.

Anyone wishing to honor Duncan’s memory may make contributions to: the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (304-535-6331x119;; ATC, PO Box 807, Harpers Ferry, WV 25425); the Greenbrier County Public Library (304-647-7568; 152 Robert W. McCormick Dr., Lewisburg , WV 24901); or the Tutoring Center (304-645-1877; PO Box 1152, Lewisburg, WV 24901).

Information submitted by Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Lewisburg.

Cooper Anthony Joynes

CHARLESTON — Beloved baby boy Cooper Anthony Joynes, Charleston, W.Va., was born on May 16, 2012, and departed this life on Nov. 28, 2012, in Morgantown, W.Va. He is survived by his adoring mother Gina (Long) Joynes, originally of Jeannette, Pa., father Dustin Joynes, originally of Mullens, W.Va., and brother Grant Joynes. The family lives in Charleston, W.Va.

He is also survived by his maternal grandparents, Alfred and Paula (Spino) Long, both of Jeannette, Pa.; his maternal great-grandmother, Charlotte Spino, of Latrobe, Pa.; his paternal grandparents, Joyce Chapman and Douglas Taylor of Bud, W.Va.; and Clarence “Butch” Joynes of Mullens, W.Va.

Additional relatives include his paternal aunt and uncle, Amanda and Tommy Wikel, and cousins Kody, Lexie and Thomas Wikel of Poca, W.Va.; his maternal aunt and Godmother, Marisa Long McKenney, and uncle, Matthew McKenney, of Washington, D.C.; and his maternal uncle and Godfather, Angelo Long, of Jeannette, Pa.

Cooper gave a lifetime of love in his short time on earth. A private family service took place at John V. Graziano Funeral Home in Jeannette, Pa. In lieu of flowers, a donation in memory of Cooper Anthony Joynes may be made to Ronald McDonald House Charities of Morgantown (841 Country Club Drive, Morgantown, WV 26505) or West Virginia University Children’s Hospital Child Life Program (P.O. Box 8200 ROC-117, Morgantown, WV 26506). He was buried at Sacred Heart Cemetery in Jeannette, Pa.

Verna Lee Lambert

PINEVILLE — Verna Lee Lambert, 81, of Pineville, passed away Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012.

A celebration of Verna’s life will held at 11 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, at Calfee Funeral Service Chapel, Pineville, with the Rev. Bill Goode officiating. Burial will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Beckley.

Family will receive friends from 6 to 9 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012, at the funeral home.

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

Calfee Funeral Service of Pineville is serving the Lambert family.

Marie Catherine Lockhart

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS — Marie Catherine Lockhart, 90, passed away Saturday, December 1, 2012.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m., Tuesday, December 4, 2012, at the Whatcoat United Methodist Church, Rt. 92, White Sulphur Springs with Rev. Gerald Roberts and Rev. Lowell O’Dell officiating. Burial will follow in Mapledale Cemetery, Rt. 92, White Sulphur Springs.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Whatcoat United Methodist Church.

Shanklin Funeral Home, White Sulphur Springs, is serving the family.

Joan Nichols

Joan Nichols, 80, of Prosperity, passed away Sunday, December 2, 2012.

Born November 12, 1932, she was a daughter of the late John and Julie Peters Bias.

Joan enjoyed flower arranging, reading and loved helping at her church. She was a good leader and was a den mother with the cub scouts. She loved spending time with her family and friends.

Joan was a member of the New Testament Baptist Church in Mabscott.

In addition to her parents, Joan is preceded in death by her brother, Jack Bias and son, Bob Nichols.

Those left to cherish her memory include her loving husband of 62 years, Pastor Bob Nichols of Prosperity; son, David Nichols and wife Patricia of Shady Spring; daughter-in-law, Joann Nichols of Mt. Pleasant, N.C.; grandchildren, Kevin Nichols and wife Crystal of Sevierville, Tenn., Bob Jr. and wife Jennifer of Mt. Pleasant, N.C., Lea Gandy and husband Eric of Mt. Pleasant, N.C., Dustin and wife Secily of Mt. Pleasant, N.C.; great-grandchildren, Sabrinah, Hunter, Nathan, William, Christopher, Sara, Amelia, Brenna, and Grant; daughter-in-law, Joann Nichols of Mt. Pleasant, N.C.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, December 6, 2012, at Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley, with Rev. Cleve Allen officiating.

Following the service she will be laid to rest at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

Friends may gather with the family Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Online condolences and other information may be found at

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

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

Steven Earl Owens

MABEN — Steven Earl Owens, 55, of Maben, passed away Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012.

A celebration of Steven’s life will be held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012, at the Christian Fellowship Worship Center, Pineville, with Pastor Bill Goode officiating. Burial will follow in Canada Family Cemetery, Saulsville.

Family will receive friends from noon until time of service at the church on Wednesday.

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

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

Cleo Cletis Stollings

RICHWOOD — Cleo Cletis Stollings, 80, of Richwood, passed away on Sunday, December 2, 2012.

Service will be 1 p.m. Wednesday, December 5, 2012, at Simons-Coleman Funeral Home, Richwood, with Pastor Larry Russell officiating. Burial will follow in West Virginia Memorial Gardens, Calvin.

Friends may call 12 to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

All arrangements were made by Simons-Coleman Funeral Home, Inc., Richwood.