Bobby Joe Ball II
Bobby Joe Ball II, 36, of Sprague, passed away Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013.
Arrangements are by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, 1901 S. Kanawha St., Beckley.
Chrystal Athelene Lilly Berry
PRINCETON — Chrystal Athelene Lilly Berry, age 86, of Glenwood Retirement Village, Princeton, WV, formerly of Bozoo, WV, transitioned from this life as we know earth to the heavenly arms of God during the early morning hours of February 23rd, 2013. Our loved one has lived many important roles to us. She was a daughter first, to her parents, both deceased, Overton Otho Lilly, and Stellie Florence Cole Lilly. She was born March 20, 1926, in Surveyor, WV. All of her siblings have preceded her in death, two of which were infants, Anthony Sheridan Lilly and Regina Texas Lilly, the eldest sibling, Overton Otho Lilly Jr., her sister, Josephine Mary Magdalene Lilly Farley Tabor, and her brother lost to WWII, Archibald Sherbrook Lilly. She was the baby of the clan. She was a sister, aunt to many loved nieces and nephews, friend, cousin and Christian. On June 7th, 1944, she became the wife to her late husband, Stanley Ray Berry, who died April 10, 2008. From this union she became our mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, the most revered of all her purpose on this earth in our eyes and hearts.
She and Stanley had five children, two of which they painfully lost in infancy. Their firstborn, Ethel Mae, lived only a few months. And their third child, Phyllis Anne, survived only a few weeks. My mother, Sandra Kay, is their oldest surviving daughter and is married to Roger Lee Meador of Bozoo. James Ray Berry is their only son, married to Linda Gail Larue Berry of Princeton. Then came her daughter Brenda Carol, married to Richard Lilly, of Princeton, WV. She is also survived by her granddaughter, Vickie Devon, and her husband, Bradley James Smith of High Point, NC, her great-grandson, Lacy Dwayne Reed and his wife, Hannah Elizabeth Fisher Reed of Dunbar, WV, her granddaughter Samantha Gail, and her husband Jason Edward Choate of Princeton, and her great-granddaughter, Katelyn Brooke Choate.
While living in New Haven, CT, she worked for Giltex Corporation in North Haven, and upon their return to WV she worked in the hotel industry in Mercer County for a time. It was from Princeton Community Hospital’s Central Service Department that she retired in 1988. My grandmother was no stranger to arduous work, and never complained. Our mother led the life of a Christian and was a member at Peterstown Christian Church, faithfully attending for many years until her health declined. We are comforted by her love for God, and by her life in Christ as a Christian. She loved us all fiercely, and was a woman with much pride, hardly, if ever asked for help. Through aging and health issues the last decades of her life, she, indeed, needed much assistance. Her children have been by her, especially my mother, Sandra, and my Aunt Brenda. My father, Roger, so affectionately called her by her middle name, Athelene, as did many of her nieces and nephews. She cherished this. Many sacrifices are made in caring for an ailing parent. Not one is in regret, for my grandmother surely knew she was loved by us all. This loyalty to those she loved has always been palpable and reciprocated.
I’ve seen the fire stir in her when she felt wronged or if she felt her children were at some risk. As my grandmother she made me feel as there was no grandchild that could have been loved more, and I always knew she really loved spending time with me. She was fun, and knew how to laugh big, very, very big. Some of my fondest memories are those of hearing her and her sister, for which I tripped up and called, Granny-Aunt Mary, recall some of their orneriness as young girls. Life was never easy for her, but I heard her laugh. I still hear her laugh and see her twinkling, beautiful blue eyes. We miss her and will carry her with us, loving her forever.
Services will be held at the Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home Chapel in Peterstown on February 26, 2013, beginning with a viewing at 1 p.m. and service at 2 p.m. Minister Donald Henegar will be speaking, as well as Minister Larry Dyer. Larry will also provide this service with his musical talent in song. Pallbearers are: Ronald Reed, Bryan Reed, Chris McKlarney, Dewey Hill, Danny Meador, and Jason Choate.
Online guestbook can be signed or condolences may be sent to the Berry family at www.broyles-shrewsbury.com.
Arrangements by Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home, Peterstown, WV.