The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

February 25, 2013

Obituaries — Monday, Feb. 25, 2013

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

Arrangements by Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home, Peterstown, WV.

Thomas L. Bonds

HINTON — Thomas L. Bonds, 80, of Big Creek Road, Hinton, was ushered into heaven Saturday, February 23, 2013, at the Bowers Hospice House in Beckley, following a long illness.

Born August 15, 1932, in True, WV, to the late Rrena McGraw Tincher.

He was a former employee of Mack’s Transport and Williams Transport in Hinton. Thomas enjoyed going to church, watching his grandson race, caring for his dogs and spending time with his family and friends.

Preceding him in death include his wife, Betty Jane Bonds; two brothers, John Elwood and Jesse Calvin Meadows; and one sister, Bessie Mae Bonds.

Those left to cherish his memory include his children, Carolyn Adkins and companion Gary Cook of Jumping Branch, Michael Bonds and Connie (Joe) Snyder both of Hinton, Shirley (Franklin) Simms of Danese, Betty Lou Adkins, Doris Bolt, James Bolt and Eugene (Ramona) Bolt all of Hinton; one brother, Terry Richardson; 14 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandchild.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday, February 27, 2013, at the Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors Chapel with Pastor Eddie Harris officiating. Burial will follow in the Valley View Cemetery at Powley’s Creek. Friends may call from 11 a.m. until time of services Wednesday at the funeral parlors. Grandsons and friends will serve as pallbearers.

Arrangements are by the Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors of Hinton.

Condolences may be sent to the family at

Helen Geraldine Campbell

FRANKFORD — Helen Geraldine Campbell, 82, of Frankford went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, February 23, 2013, at the Greenbrier Manor following a long illness.

Born December 5, 1930, she was the daughter of the late Charles and Bertha Yates and in addition to her parents was preceded in death by her husband, Lewis; her son David Lee and her brother, Nelson Yates.

Helen worked for Burlington Mills at the ribbon factory for twenty years and then worked for the Kellwood Company for twenty years. She was a member of Emmanuel Open Bible Church at Vago where she was also a member of the Senior Circle. She was loved by all and never met a stranger. She will be missed by many family and friends.

Survivors include her son, Charles Campbell of Frankford; daughter-in-law Sharon Adams and husband, Orbie, of Maryland; grandsons Doug Yates, Tommy Yates, JP Yates and wife, Ashley, of Maryland; granddaughters, Dawn Merriman and husband, Matthew, of Lewisburg, Jackie Hegeman and husband, Anthony, of Pennsylvania; great-grandchildren, Austin, Dylan and Ethan of Maryland, Maggie and Cassidy of Lewisburg and Brayden of Pennsylvania; an honorary grandson, Landon Hammons of Ronceverte; sisters, Katherine Cooke of Anthony, Hilda Seldomridge and Emmitt of Lewisburg, Bertha Snedegar of Lewisburg and Margaret Hamrick of Frankford; sister-in-law, Faye Yates of Lewisburg; and brothers, Billy Yates and Madeline and Charles Jr. Yates and Carol, all of Lewisburg.

Friends may gather on Tuesday, Feb. 26, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Emmanuel Open Bible Church on Vago Road, Frankford, for the visitation. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27, at the church with Pastors Gary and Debby Devart, Lula Collins and Loretta Boggs officiating. Burial will follow in Lewis Chapel Cemetery at Vago.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Emmanuel Open Bible Church, 142 Evergreen Drive, Maxwelton, WV 24957.

Online condolences may be expressed at

Gilbert L. Patton

LOCHGELLY — Gilbert L. Patton, 89, of Lochgelly, passed away Saturday, February 23, 2013, following a long illness.

Born March 17, 1923, he was the son of the late Jennings and Georgia Johns Patton.

Mr. Patton was a retired Chief Petty Officer in the United States Navy, and was of the Protestant faith.

Other than his parents he was preceded in death by 3 sisters: Gaye McQuerrey, Ina Holcomb and Madeline Hicks; 3 brothers: Harry Hicks, Thomas and Delbert Creath Patton.

Those left to cherish his memory are his loving wife of 62 years Geneva E. Patton; his daughters: Debbie Winterrowd of Tenn., Diana Eggerichs of Oak Hill, and Pamela Jean Robinson and her husband Jimmy of OH.; 2 sons: Larry W. Patton of Corliss and Jay Charles Patton of Lochgelly. Several grandchildren and great-grandchildren and a host of other family and friends also survive him.

Funeral Services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, February 26, 2013, at the Wallace and Wallace Funeral Chapel, Ansted. Burial will follow in the Mt. Gilead Church Cemetery, at Pool.

Friends may gather with the family 1 hour prior to services at the funeral chapel.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Arrangements by Wallace and Wallace, Inc., of Ansted.

Marcelline Maxine Mullins Rhodes

OAK HILL — Marcelline Maxine Mullins Rhodes, 82, of Oak Hill, WV, died Friday, February 22, 2013, at Plateau Medical Center in Oak Hill. Born at Long Branch, WV, on November 6, 1930, she was the daughter of the late George Washington and Lola Vanneter Mullins. She was a loving mother, wife and housewife.

She was preceded in death by daughter, Pam Rhodes, and son-in-law, Jefferson Lee Davis.

Survivors include her husband, William E. “Buzzy” Rhodes of Oak Hill; three daughters: Peggy Davis of Grandview, WV, Nancy F. Thomas of Summerlee, WV, and Barbara Bell of Oak Hill; one brother; Marshall Mullins of Charleston, WV; and one sister, Linda Stone of Oak Hill. Also granddaughter Shannon Dixon of Summerlee and nephew John Whitmore also of Summerlee. Seven grandchildren and sixteen great-grandchildren.

Services will be held on Tuesday, February 26, 2013, at 2 p.m. at Tyree Funeral Home with Rev. Benjamin Bleigh officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home on Tuesday, February 26, 2013, from 1 p.m. till time of service.

Online condolences may be sent to our website at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill, WV.

Harry Vickers

PETERSTOWN — Harry Vickers, 81, of Rich Creek Valley Road, Peterstown, passed away Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Wickline Funeral Home of Lindside.

Carlos Abram ‘Bags’ Williams Jr.

CORLISS — Carlos Abram “Bags” Williams, Jr., age 85, of Corliss, WV, formerly of Pax, WV, passed away on Saturday, February 23, 2013, at Heartland of Rainelle after a long illness.

Born February 27, 1927, in Long Branch, WV, he was the son of the late Carlos “Gooch” and Grace Akers Williams.

Carlos was a supervisor in the construction of mine tipples and was a veteran having served with the U.S. Air Force during WWII. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sisters, Patty William and Jewel M. Lively and her husband Harry E. Lively.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife Nancy Sevy Williams of Corliss, WV, his daughter Vickie Starcher and her husband James of Columbus, Ohio, his granddaughter, Tara Arias and her husband Vernon and Cody Starcher and three great-grandsons. Also surviving are one brother Bill Williams of Pax, WV, a special cousin, Mary Lou Raikes of Elkins, WV, loving brother and sister-in-law, Jerry and Laura Sevy of Rainelle, WV, and his nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, February 25, 2013, at the Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope, WV, with Pastor Eric Keister officiating. Burial will follow in Pax Community Cemetery, Pax, WV.

Friends may call at the funeral home one hour prior to services on Monday, February 25, 2013.

Online condolences may be sent to

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope, WV.

Clyde W. Wynes

CANTON, Ohio — Clyde W. Wynes, 91, of Canton went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, February 21st, 2013, in Aultman Hospital in Canton, Ohio, following a lengthy illness.

Clyde was born in Talcott, WV, on September 25th, 1921, the son of the late Edward and Clara Wynes.

Employed as a Supervisor at the Republic Steel Co. in Massillon, Ohio, and after his retirement his love for golf led him to become the Grounds Keeper at Spring Valley Golf Course. Member and Deacon of St. Mark’s Baptist Church of Canton, Ohio, and served in the Army during WWII. Along with his love for golf he was also an avid bowler.

Survived by his loving wife Helen (Webb) Wynes to whom he married September 1990; three daughters Gonzella (Robert) Merriweather of Massillon, Ohio, Deloris Kidd of Beckley, WV, Wanda Martin of Columbus, Ohio; a son Walter Wynes of Canton, Ohio; two sisters Catherine Stevens of Beckley, WV, Margaret Gray of Mt. Hope, WV; two brothers Lawrence Wynes, Sylvester Wynes, both of Talcott, WV; four grandchildren, Stephen Kidd of Beckley, WV, Charles Martin and Kevin Hairston both of Columbus, Ohio, David (Latoya) Kidd of Buford, GA; eleven great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson; his special friends Norman Kidd of Beckley, WV, and Greg McIntyre of Canton, Ohio.

Funeral Services will be held at Noon on Tuesday, February 26th, in St. Mark’s Baptist Church, 1400 3rd St. NE in Canton, Ohio, with Rev. Charles Kelly officiating. Friends may call also on Tuesday at St. Mark’s from 10 a.m. till time of service.

Burial in the Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery, Rittman, Ohio. You may add your condolences on our website at

Waltner-SIMCHAK Funeral Home, Locally owned since 1917, 330-455-0293,