The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

March 2, 2013

Obituaries — Saturday, March 2, 2013

Juanita Adams Barnett

CUB CREEK — Juanita Adams Barnett, 74, of Cub Creek, went home to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus on Wednesday, February 27, 2013, at her home following a short illness.

Born December 29, 1938, in Mingo County, she was the daughter of the late Ernest and Cora Effie Johnson Adams.

Juanita was a loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She dearly loved her family. She was a longtime member of the Brenton Baptist Church where she served very faithfully as a Sunday School teacher, longtime member of the Baptist Women, and served for many years as the Church Clerk. She enjoyed being at church every time the doors were open; she also received her 20-year pin for perfect attendance in Sunday School. She loved ginsenging, quilting, crocheting, gardening, and being outdoors. She loved working on handmade art, that she called her projects; she won three Blue Ribbons at the West Virginia State Fair over the last three years. She was also a member of the Wyoming County Genealogical Society. She loved traveling and going all over the country; she loved the Redwoods in California, the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, and the Badlands in South Dakota.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband of 47 years Ray Barnett, her son Kenneth Barnett, one brother Ernest Adams, and one sister Beulah Mae Miller.

Those left to cherish her memory include her sons, Mike Barnett and his wife Sandy of Cub Creek, Scott Barnett and his wife Amy of Glen Fork, and her daughter-in-law Brenda Barnett of Cub Creek; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; one brother Eugene Adams of Mocksville, N.C., and four sisters Ramona Miller and Josephine Riffe of North Carolina, Marie Miller of Cub Creek, Knylene Pierce of Huntington. The members of the Brenton Baptist Church whom she loved as family. A countless host of nieces, nephews and dearly loved friends.

Services celebrating the memory of Sister Juanita will be held at the Brenton Baptist Church on Sunday, March 3, 2013, at 2 p.m. with her pastor Rev. Tommy Knotts officiating. Following the service Juanita will be laid to rest in the Barnett Family Cemetery on Rock House Mountain. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

Friends may gather with the family from 1 p.m. until service time Sunday at the church.

Donations in Juanita’s memory can be made to the Brenton Baptist Church.

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The honor of serving the Barnett Family was given to Calfee Funeral Service, Pineville.

Virginia H. Brown

MULLENS — Virginia Houck Brown, 96, of Mullens went to be with her Lord on Thursday, February 28, 2013, at Bowers Hospice House, following a short illness.

Born September 15, 1916, at Bowers Ridge, now Twin Falls State Park, she was the daughter of the late Henry Martin and Minnie Ray Houck.

Jennie was the last survivor of fourteen children. She had resided in Mullens for the past 54 years where she was a member of the Mullens United Methodist Church, the United Methodist Women, and had been a past Adult Sunday school teacher. She was a 29-year employee of the Wyoming County Board of Education, having taught at several schools within the county, and retiring from Mullens Elementary School.

In addition to her parents, she is also preceded in death by her husband, H. M. Brown II; a son, H. M. Brown III; and a grandson, Scott Brown.

Those left to cherish her memory include her daughter, Dinah Saunders and her husband, Delbert, of Roanoke; and her son, Malcolm Brown of Mullens; a daughter-in-law, Beverly Brown of Beckley; four grandchildren, Dylan Saunders and his wife, Kim, of Mullens, Pamela Hetland and her husband, Forest, of Athens, Ga., Shelley Brown Culicerto of Princeton, and Debbie Brown of Beckley; and six great-grandchildren, Hannah and Casey Saunders of Mullens, Allison, Ashley, Benjamin, and Jenny Culicerto of Princeton. Jennie also had many relatives from the Mary Halsey Family, the Blanche Jenkins Family and all the Houck Family.

Services will be 11 a.m. Monday, March 4, 2013, at Mullens United Methodist Church with Rev. Earle Arthur officiating. Burial will follow in Sunset Memorial Park, Beckley.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the church and one hour prior to services Monday at the church.

Pallbearers will be Terry Houck, Gary Houck, Brad Houck, Mark Houck, Jeff Halsey, Kilroy Houck, and Casey Saunders.

Online condolences may be expressed to the family at

The family of Virginia Brown is being cared for by Tankersley Funeral Home, Mullens.

Joan ‘Joann’ Clay

SAULSVILLE — Joan (Joann) Wahl Clay, 75, of Saulsville, entered the gates of Heaven to meet her Lord and Savior and to be reunited with family and friends on Thursday, February 28, 2013, after a long illness.

Born March 21, 1937, at Glen Daniel, she was the daughter of the late Elford and Wavie Cozort Wahl. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Bill Clay; a son, Billy Joe Clay; and a brother, Darold Wahl.

Survivors include her daughter, Mary Beth Cook and her husband, Kevin, of Saulsville; sisters, Joyce Johnson of Rockview, Lois Johnson and her husband, Chester, of Peterstown; Wanda Baldwin of Fairdale; and Cleo Crowder and her husband, Don, of Martinsville, Va.; brothers-in-law, Dick Cook of Beckley and Tom Clay of Saulsville; sisters-in-law Nancy Clay, Ruth Hrones and Martha Clay, all of Saulsville; and many nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Clay worked for the Pocahontas and Wyoming County School Systems for many years. She was a former member of Mary’s Chapel in Edray and a current member of Saulsville Baptist, where she served as Sunday School and Bible School teacher, pianist, and choir member.

She enjoyed her pets, playing piano, reading, needlework, camping and Christian music. In recent years, she loved playing Bingo, working puzzles, and making crafts with her many friends at Wyoming Nursing and Rehab.

A service in remembrance of Mrs. Clay will be held March 2, 2013, at Calfee Funeral Service in Pineville. Visitation will begin at 1 p.m., followed by the service at 2 p.m., Rev. Michael Knotts officiating.

Burial will follow in the Henry Clay Family Cemetery in Saulsville. Nephews will serve as pallbearers.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations in Mrs. Clay’s memory be made to Gideons International or to the Wyoming Nursing Resident’s Council Fund, New Richmond, WV.

Mrs. Clay’s family would like to extend our deepest gratitude to Wyoming Nursing and Rehab for providing a wonderful “home away from home” and family atmosphere during her stay there. Words cannot express our thankfulness for their love and their impeccable standard of care.

Those wishing to express their condolences may do so by visiting our website at

Calfee Funeral and Cremation Service of Pineville is serving the Clay Family.

Kristi Fisher

CHARLESTON — Kristi Fisher, 43, of Charleston, formerly of Piney View, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013.

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

Gwendolyn Irene Nutter Pomeroy Frashure

RUPERT — Gwendolyn Irene Nutter Pomeroy Frashure, of Rupert, passed away Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013.

Services will be 1 p.m. Monday, March 4, in the Bascom United Methodist Church at Rupert. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Smathers Funeral Chapel.

Arrangements by Smathers Funeral Chapel Inc., Rainelle.

Schuyler Hickman

OAK HILL — Mr. Schuyler Hickman, 62, of Oak Hill, died Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013.

Arrangements entrusted to Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.

Christopher Reuben Hollis

MORGANTOWN — Christopher Reuben Hollis, 31, of Morgantown, passed away Sunday, February 24th, 2013.

Christopher was born in Morgantown on March 11, 1981, the son of Robert Daniel Hollis and Pamela Mercedes (White) Hollis.

Chris loved children, particularly his niece and nephew whom he was a proud uncle to. He also loved animals, especially his dogs. He enjoyed four-wheeling and motorcycling. He loved driving fast and listening to loud music. He was a loving son, little brother, and uncle who will be deeply missed by all who knew him.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his sister and best friend, Robin Danyelle Johnson of Morgantown; one niece, Miranda Mercedes Johnson, and one nephew, Codey Scott Blaney, both of Morgantown; his maternal grandmother, Dorothy Mae White of Oak Hill; and his “big brother” Scott Blaney; as well as several aunts, uncles, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Reuben and Jewel Hollis; his maternal grandfather; and his brother-in-law Lenny Johnson.

A private family visitation will be held at the family’s request after which Hastings Funeral Home & Omega Crematory will provide cremation services as to the family’s wishes.

Because of Chris’s love for animals, in lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Chris’s memory to P.U.R.R. (People United for Rescue and Rehabilitation) West Virginia, 306 Beech Street, Grafton, WV 26354.

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Marion H. ‘Bush’ Mardis

HICO — Marion H. “Bush” Mardis, 81, of Hico, passed away suddenly at West Virginia University in Morgantown, on Wednesday, February 27, 2013.

He was born September 19, 1930, in Laurel County, Ky. He was the son of the late Raymond and Avis Cornett Mardis.

Marion was a member of F.O.P. of Miami Ohio; he was a Kentucky Colonel, a member of the American Legion in Indiana, self-taught of water color, a security police for Miami University of Oxford, Ohio, and of the Baptist faith.

“Bush” is survived by his wife, Edith Mardis; a son, Bruce Edward Mardis and Kathy of Eaton, Ohio; a brother, Wayne Mardis of Hampton, Va.; grandchildren, Michael, Erick, Terry, Jerami; and one grandchild, Aden.

Funeral service will be 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Wallace and Wallace Funeral Home Chapel in Ansted, with Rev. Freddie Parkins officiating. Burial will follow at the Mardis Family Cemetery on Stringtown Road, Hico.

Friends may call Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Wallace and Wallace Funeral Home Chapel in Ansted.

Online condolences may be sent to

Wallace and Wallace of Ansted is in charge of the arrangements.

Arnold Dean Massie

Arnold Dean Massie, 74, of Daniels, passed away Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013.

Private online condolences, floral gifts, and other expressions of sympathy are available to the family via

Arrangements are pending completion with Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, 1901 S. Kanawha St. in Beckley.

Michael Carl Morris

CRAIGSVILLE — Michael Carl Morris, 63, of Craigsville, passed away Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013.

Friends may call from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday, March 3, at the White Funeral Home at Craigsville.

Charles Fredrick Sedlock Jr.

FAYETTEVILLE — Charles Fredrick “Charlie” Sedlock Jr., 76, of Fayetteville, passed away Friday, March 1, 2013, at the Hilltop Center.

Born on February 21, 1937, at Nuttleburg, W.Va., he was the son of the late Charles Fredrick Sedlock Sr. and the late Annie Syner Sedlock.

Charlie is the owner/operator of Charlie’s Pub here in Fayetteville. Before he retired while living in Ohio, he was a teamster member in Mansfield, Ohio.

Survivors include his three brothers, Chester Sedlock, Melvin Sedlock, and Jerry Sedlock.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, March 4, 2013, at Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home Chapel, Fayetteville, with Pastor Glen Kuhn officiating. Burial will follow at Restlawn Memory Gardens at Victor.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, March 3, 2013, at the funeral home.

Memorials in Charlie’s memory may be made to Hilltop Center, In Memory of Charlie Sedlock, PO Box 125, Hilltop, WV 25855. The memorials will be used to purchase rocking chairs for the other residences.

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

Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, 350 W. Maple Avenue, Fayetteville, will be assisting the family.