The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


December 12, 2012

Obituaries — Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012



Shanda Gayle  Woolwine Hicks

SPRINGDALE — Shanda Gayle Woolwine Hicks, 77, of Springdale, passed away Monday, December 10, 2012, at her home following a long illness.

Born March 20, 1935, in Ronceverte, she was the daughter of the late Ted Goodson and Margaret Woolwine Begley.

Shanda was a homemaker who loved her family.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her son Allen Hicks; her daughter Donna Joan Cheek; her brother Stone Begley; her sisters Darlene Loving, Gertie Ratliff and Janet Summers and her great-granddaughter Rhenea Walker.

Survivors include her husband of 60 years Frank Edward Hicks Jr.; her daughters Gloria Anne Werner of Gloucester, Va., Eugenia C. Johnson of Newport News, Va. and Brenda Lee Serber of Hampton, Va.; her sons Michael Hicks (Diana) and Gregory Hicks (Rhonda), all of Hampton, Va.; her brothers Delbert Woolwine (Midge) of Elkhart, Ind., Larry Begley of Gauley Bridge, Richard Begley (Mary) of Fairdale, Ted Goodson (Joetta), Bob Goodson (Loretta), John Goodson (Gladys), Tom Goodson (Mackie), and Don Goodson (Sandy); her sister Nancy Rader (Clark); her brother-in-law Terry Loving of Clifton Forge, Va.; 16 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren.

A graveside service will be 3 p.m. Thursday, December 13, 2012, in the Hampton Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Hampton, Va.

Friends may call Wednesday, December 12, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Smathers Funeral Chapel.

Arrangements by Smathers Funeral Chapel, Inc., Rainelle.


John Ryan Houchins


II Timothy 4:7

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith.

John Ryan Houchins, was born April 8, 1937 to Ernest L. and Hazel Mann Houchins in South Beckley, W.Va. He passed away Sunday, December 9, 2012, at Carilion Giles Community Hospital in Pearisburg, VA., at the age of 75.

He was preceded in death by his parents and sister Nita Jean Houchins Cecil and brother Ernest Lee Houchins Jr.

In addition his children’s mother Brenda Brooks Houchins Rishell. John is survived by his wife Virginia Simmons Houchins of Lindside; daughter Linda Jean Houchins Oaks (Eric), grandson Adam Jeffrey Oakes of Sterling, Va., son Jeffrey Brooks Houchins of Frederick, Md., step-children Tomme Warrington Saltvick (Brad), Casey Ritter Warrington of Santa Rosa, Calif., Amanda Warrington Rowe (Albert) of Sterling, Va. and step grandchildren Tiffany Eden Warrington Rowe Hamilton (Michael) of Gloucester, N.C. and Wylie Bear Warrington Rowe of Sterling, Va., a maternal uncle Richard Mann of Shady Spring, W.Va.  and many cousins whom he treasured.

He attended Mercer County Schools, graduating in 1955 where he was remembered as a kind and courteous classmate. He received a BA in Graphic Arts in 1959 from Concord College. He began his career at the Bluefield Daily Telegraph in the art department. In 1965 he relocated to Northern Virginia where he worked for various firms. He retired from the Department of State in 1994. He returned to Monroe County where he often said his fondest memories were of playing with family members on Buzzard Run and the narrows of Hans Creek.

A celebration of John’s life will be held at Appalachian Christian Center in Peterstown, W.Va., on Thursday, December 13, 2012, at 12 p.m. Friends may call from 10:30 a.m. until time of service. Officiating will be Pastor Michael Biggs and Elder Norvel Mann. Burial will follow in Keaton Cemetery in Greenville, W.Va.

Honored pallbearers are: Stanley Elmore, Paul Elmore, Harold Ray Dickson, Harry Lee Mann, Bobby Mann, and Larry Hall.

In lieu of flowers the family suggest that donations be made to Keaton Cemetery, Rt.1 Box 35, Lindside, WV 24951

Online condolences may sent to

Funeral arrangements by Wickline Funeral Home of Lindside.

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