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  • Elder Walter M. Green, 87, of Crab Orchard, went to be with Jesus on Friday, March 29, 2002, in a Beckley area hospital following a short illness. Born May 9, 1914, in Herndon, he was the son of the late Elder Paris and Mary Scarbury Green. Mr. Green retired as a coal miner from Gulf Smokeless Coal at Tams. He was a member of Mount Carmel Old Regular Baptist Church. He served as a minister of the gospel for 65 years, and as a moderator of the Little Valley Association of the Old Regular Baptist faith. He was preceded in death by three brothers, Hobert, Clifford and T. Noble Green; two sisters, Annie Workman and Melissa Whitt; and a son-in-law, Otis "Tom" Smith. Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Laurabelle Brewster Green; two sons, David Green and wife Brenda of Belding, Mich., and Darrell Green and wife Ceretha of Midway; an adopted grandson, James "Kippy" Green and wife Linda of Fayetteville; two daughters, Illa Smith of New Richmond and Janice Hatcher and husband Don of Rapid City, S.D.; a brother, Juble Taylor and wife Mildred of Winston-Salem, N.C.; a sister, Beulah Miller and husband Herman of Ballard; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. Service will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at Williams-Blue Ridge Funeral Home Chapel, Sophia, with Elders Roger Alder, Bluford Eldrith, and Roger Carpenter officiating. Burial will follow in Orchard Cemetery, Red Sulphur Springs. Friends may call 6 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home. Grandsons will serve as pallbearers. Arrangements by Williams-Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Sophia.

  • SMOOT - Mary Martha Holland, 84, formerly of Rupert, died Friday, March 29, 2002, in Greenbrier Valley Medical Center, Fairlea, following a short illness. Born Sept. 22, 1917, in Pocahontas County, she was the daughter of the late Thomas and Pearl Collins O'Brien. She was a homemaker. Mrs. Holland was preceded in death by her husband, Woodrow W. Holland; a brother, Dennis O'Brien; and a grandson, Mark Costenbader. Survivors include one daughter, Faye Yates and husband Chester of Cass; one son, Clinton "Pete" Holland and wife Alice of Clintonville; three grandchildren, Scott Costenbader and wife Vonne, Kaye Thorton and husband Roger, and Clinton "Bucky" Holland; five great-grandchildren; and her caregivers, Glenna and Larry Parrish of Smoot, with whom she made her home. Funeral service will be 1 p.m. Tuesday at Wallace Memorial Mausoleum Chapel, Clintonville, with the Rev. Jay Hicks officiating. Entombment will follow in Wallace Memorial Mausoleum. Friends may call 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday at the mausoleum chapel. There will be no evening visitation. Arrangements by Wallace and Wallace Funeral Chapel, Rainelle.

  • Cassie A. Eldridge Anderson, 96, of 325 Shawnee Circle, Cranberry Woods Addition, died Wednesday, March 27, 2002, at BARH following a long illness. Born May 27, 1905, at Coalwood, she was the daughter of the late Fountain Eldridge and Maggie Eldridge. Mrs. Anderson was a school teacher for 46 years in Ral-eigh County. She was a member of the Central Baptist Church, Senior Choir, and the Deaconess Board. She was a graduate of West Virginia State College and West Virginia University, where she was a member of the Zeta Phi Beta Sorority. She was preceded in death by her husband, James S. Anderson; three sisters, Mary Nowlin, Mildred Reid and Alberta Hughes; and a brother, Elwood Eldridge. Survivors include a son, Michael Anderson and wife, Rezetta, of Beckley; five grandchildren, Dorothy Anderson and Lisa Eskew and husband, Calvin, both of Beckley, Michael Anderson Jr. and wife, Krystal, of Corinne, Shawn Anderson and Brandon Anderson, both of Beckley; 13 great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Central Baptist Church, G & Brooks St., Beckley, with the Revs. Robert I. Brown and Nathaniel Carey officiating. Entombment wiill follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens Mausoleum, Beckley. The family will receive their friends one hour before the service Wednesday at the church. Arrangements by Ritchie and Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.

  • Ella Macil Akers Bolen, 84, of Raleigh, died Friday, following a short illness. Born Jan. 16, 1918, at Sophia, she was the daughter of the late Levi and Cora Belle Blankenship Akers. Mrs. Bolen was a former manager of Aides Discount and was of the Protestant faith. She was preceded in death by her husband, Garnet Bolen. Surviving are a nephew, David Akers and his wife, Jerline of Whitwell, Tenn.; and six nieces, Phyllis Selfe of Christiansburg, Va., Sue Dickson of Christiansburg, Va., Wanda Showalter of Floyd, Va., Ernestine Craighead of Draper, Va., Betty Ann of California and Vanice of Chicago, Ill. Service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Sunset Memorial Park Mausoleum B, Beckley, with the Rev. Ronnie Lilly officiating. Burial will follow in Sunset Memorial Park, Beckley. Friends may call one hour before the service Wednesday at the mausoleum. Arrangements by Calfee Funeral Home, Beckley.

  • MIMS, Fla. - Lora Canada, 79, died Monday, March 25, 2002, at the Titusville Nursing and Convalescent Center. She was born March 7, 1923, at Maben. Mrs. Canada was a retired waitress. She came to Brevard County in 1998 from Old Town, Fla. She is survived by her husband, Lowell W. Canada of Mims; two daughters, Elaine Garrison of Dover, Del. and Gloria Canada of Mims; two sons, John Canada of Mims and Robert Canada of Glen Burnie, Md.; a brother, Joseph Bower of Tennessee; four sisters, Ruth Mullens of Pawhaton, Va., Blanche Canada of Georgia, Priscilla Lawson of Pawhaton, Va. and Joan Liddle of Virginia; 13 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren. Services will be 10 a.m. Thursday at LaGrange Community Church. Burial will follow in LaGrange Cemetery. Arrangements by North Brevard Funeral Home, Titusville, Fla.

  • SYCAMORE TOWNSHIP, Ohio - Yvonne A. Jackson Dews, 64, died Thursday, March 28, 2002. She was the loving mother of Derrick Dews and wife, Kirsten, Greg Dews, and Jim Dews; caring grandmother of Ricki Marie Dews, Derrick Kenneth Dews, and Jennifer Dews; dear sister of Mary Merchant of Beckley. Service will be 11 a.m. today at the Tufts Schildmeyer Family Funeral Home, 129 N. Riverside Dr., Loveland, Ohio, 45140. Friends may call 10 a.m. until time of the service today at the funeral home. Burial will follow in the Union Cemetery, Symmes Township. The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to Hospice of Cincinnati, c/o Bethesda Foundation, P.O. Box 710784, Cincinnati, Ohio, 45271. Those who wish may visit the website of the funeral home at www.tuftsschildmeyer.com. This information was submitted by Ritchie and Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.

  • Harold Delano Evans, 89, of Beckley, died Friday, March 29, 2002 at the Raleigh General Hospital, Beckley following a long illness. Born July 12, 1912 at Cirtsville, he was the son of the late John A. and Cecelia Davis Evans. Mr. Evans was a retired PennCentrel Railway engineer, a member of the Calloway Hei-ghts Baptist Church, of the Beckley Lodge #95 A.F. and A.M., the Scottish Rite Bodies and the Beni Kendem Shrine. Other than his parents, he was preceded in death by one daughter, Patsy E. Stephens; He was also the last surviving member of his immediate family, having been preceded by 10 brothers and sisters. Survivors include his wife, Gustava Sweeney Evans of Beckley; a son, Roger Dale Mitchem of Beckley; two daughters, Betty J. Pierson of Greensboro, NC and Shelba Nickoson of Beckley; 12 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. Grandsons and nephews will serve as pallbearers. Services will be 11 a.m. today at the Calloway Heights Baptist Church, Beckley with the Pastor William Parker and Rev. Tim Mitchem officiating. Burial will follow in the Sunset Memorial Park in Beckley. Friends called 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, donations of sympathy may be made to the Calloway Heights Baptist Church Building Fund, 132 Rural Acres Dr., Beckley, WV 25801. Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope.

  • OAK HILL - Bobby L. "Abe" Fleshman, 60, died Friday, March 29, 2002 in the VAMC, Beckley, following a short illness. Born Feb. 22, 1942, at Gatewood, he was the son of the late Lawrence and Mabel Burns Fleshman. Mr. Fleshman was a disabled electrician and a US Marines veteran. He was preceded in death by his wife, Ellen Powers Fleshman on Oct. 20, 2001. Survivors include a sister, Judy Cooper and her husband, Paul of Lewisburg; a brother, Ronald "Butch" Fleshman and his wife, Erlene of Stuarts Draft, Va.; two uncles, Billy Burns of Fayetteville and Claude Fleshman Jr. of Meadow Bridge; three aunts, Vera Clower of Grass Lake, Mich., Virginia Hall of Millsboro, Del. and Anna Bell Burns of Smyrna, Del.; and several nieces, nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews. Memorial service will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at High Lawn Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Jackie Pittman officiating. Burial will follow in High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill, where military graveside rites will be conducted by the Oak Hill VFW Post 3110. Friends may call one hour before the service Wednesday at the funeral home. Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Chapel, Oak Hill.

  • KOPPERSTON - Earnie L. Hood, 82, died Saturday, March 30, 2002, in a Beckley hospital following a long illness. Born Sept. 11, 1919, at Pax, he was the son of the late John and Vicie McKinney Hood. Mr. Hood attended the Oceana First Church of God. He was a member of the UMWA Local Union 7604 and worked for Eastern Associated Coal Corp with 31 years of service. He was the last surviving member of his immediate family. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Pauline Jarette Hood; two brothers, Jack and Basil Hood; two sisters, Ruth Lafferty and Eunice Cook and two sons, Raymond and Jerry Hood. Survivors include seven sons, Johnny Hood and his wife, Freda of Cool Ridge, Larry Hood and his wife, Brenda of Pineville, S.C., Paul Hood and his wife, Marcella of Fairdale, Roger Hood and his wife, Debbie of Indian Trail, N.C., Terry Hood and his wife, Anita of Oceana, Jeff Hood and his wife, Priscilla of Kopperston and Rusty Hood and his wife, April of York, S.C.; two daughters, Betty Eagen and her husband, John of Sarasota, Fla. and Francis "Muzzy" Morgan and her husband, Eudell of Hope, Ky.; 19 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren. Service will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Oceana First Church of God with the Rev. William M. Wagner officiating. Burial will follow in Palm Memorial Gardens, Matheny. Friends may call 6 to 9 p.m. today at the Evans Funeral Home, Oceana. Family will serve as pallbearers. Arrangements by Evans Funeral Home, Oceana.

  • Victor James, 72, of Daniels, formerly of Parkersburg, died Sunday, March 31, 2002, at Raleigh Rehabilitation Center following a long illness. Born May 17, 1929, at Besoco, he was the son of the late William James and Iva Fern Smith James. Mr. James was a retired salesman and was of the Baptist faith. He was preceded in death by a brother, Frank James; and a sister, Sandra Kay Meadows. Survivors include four brothers, Carlos James and wife, Barbara of Orlando, Fla., Jesse James and wife, Jinnie of Pensacola, Fla., Daivd James of Florida and Clyde James and wife, Carol of Mount Hope; two sisters, Madeline Fort of Florida and Billie Jo Zutaut and husband, James of Huntsville, Ala.; and several nieces and nephews. Service will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at Rose and Quesenberry Peace Chapel with the Rev. Phillip Lilly officiating. Burial will follow in the Low Gap Cemetery at Slab Fork. Friends may call one hour before the service Wednesday at the funeral home. Arrangements by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, Beckley.

  • Ban Kinder BELLWOOD - Ban Kinder, 83, passed away on Sunday, March 31, 2002, at Charleston Area Medical Center following a long illness. Born April 10, 1918, at Danese, he was the son of the late Robert F. and Ollie Belle Gulley Kinder. Mr. Kinder was a World War II U.S. Army veteran and an avid baseball fan. He was retired from the maintenance department of West Virginia Institute of Technology in Montgomery. He was preceded in death by a son-in-law, Donald Henasey and two grandchildren, April and Jody Johnson. Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Leona Coughlin Kinder of Bellwood; a son, John Patrick Kinder and his wife, Irene of Huntington; four daughters, Shirley Henasey and her husband, Jimmy of Wilmington, Del., Norma (Sis) Henasey of Wilmington, Del., Dorothy Johnson and her husband, Bill of London and Elizabeth (Libby) Scarnato and her husband, Mark Willette of Shermansdale, Pa.; two brothers, James (Jim) Kinder of Baltimore, Md. and Robert (Bobby) Kinder of Layland; six grandchildren, Jim and John Henasey, Brandi Henasey, Jonathan and Danielle Kinder and Taylor Rae Scarnato and two great-grandchildren, Kaela and Karissa Henasey. Service will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at Chestnut Knob Baptist Church at Layland with the Rev. Gene Kinder officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Friends may call 7 to 9 p.m. today at Wallace & Wallace Funeral Chapel, Rainelle. Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace of Rainelle.

  • Emil Ross Lucas, 90, of Stanaford Road, Beckley, died Sunday, March 31, 2002, in a Beckley hospital following a long illness. Born Oct. 28, 1911, at the Marshes in Glen Daniel, he was the first of 10 children born to Alfred and Bertie Richmond Lucas. Ross spent his childhood on the Lucas family farm in Glen Daniel where he resided until 1972. After the death of his mother, he settled on E Street in Beckley. He attended the United Methodist Temple. He was preceded in death by six sisters, Elsie Cooper, Estelle Daiel, Marie Haley, Jean Shumate, June Clay, and Reva Hopkins and three brothers, James, Herbert and Dawson Lucas. Survivors include several nieces and nephews and a special care giver, Yvonne Holston. Committal services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at Sunset Memorial Park Mausoleum with Mr. Kenneth Overdorf officiating. Burial will follow. Friends may call 11:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Melton Mortuary, Beckley. Those wishing to attend the services are asked to be at the funeral home by 12:30 p.m. Pallbearers will be Rod Clay, Jay Lucas, Dwight Douglas Lucas, Douglas Wayne Lucas, Joseph Lucas and Tom Devaney. Arrangements by Melton Mortuary, Beckley.

  • CLEVELAND, Ohio - James C. Milam, 81, died Thursday, March 22, 2002 at his home due to a sudden illness. Born Sept. 18, 1920, at Tolley Town, W.Va., he was the son of the late James and Nancy Tolley Milam. Mr. Milam was a World War II veteran and a retired metal worker. He was preceded in death by two sisters, Thetta Covey and Elizabeth Webb; and five brothers, Lacy, Kelly, Harry, Johnny and Arlie Milam. He is survived by three sisters, Sylvia Wood and Ruby Holt of Maple Meadow, and Leona and her husband, Clyde Parrish of Beckley; two brothers, Billy Milam of Hopewell, Va. and Archie and his wife, Ovada Milam of Crab Orchard and several nieces and nephews. Services were held 11 a.m. Saturday, March 30, 2002, at the Kolodiy-Sobezyk Funeral Home in Cleveland, Ohio. Burial followed in West Park Cemetery, Cleveland. Arrangements by Kolodiy-Sobezyk Funeral Home, Cleveland, Ohio.

  • Minor Lee Scott, 92, of Grandview, died Monday, April 1, 2002, at home, following a long illness. Born April 8, 1909, at Table Rock, he was the son of the late Claude and Annie Richardson Scott and the grandson of Oliver Scott. Mr. Scott graduated from Shady Spring High School in 1929 where he served as the president of his senior class and played football. He was a Raleigh County Road Supervisor during the Underwood Administration and was elected for two terms as a Raleigh County Commissioner. During his term as Commissioner, he was instrumental in expanding the Raleigh County Airport, and acquiring land for the National Mine Health and Safety Academy. He helped organize the Beckley Southern States Cooperative. Mr. Scott was a member of the Table Rock Christian Church and served as Elder and Sunday School Superintendent. After Table Rock consolidated with Grandview Christian Church, he served as Elder and Deacon there. He was also a member of Beaver Lions Club, Board of Directors of the Beckley Chamber of Commerce, Raleigh County Farm Bureau, and Board of Directors of the Rural Development Council. He was preceded in death by a son, Robert K. Scott; two brothers, Oliver and Eugene Scott; and two sisters, Irene Keesee and Mary Scott. Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Margaret Kay Scott; four children: Lee Allen Scott Sr. and wife, Myrah of Chapel Hill, N.C., Rebecca Scott Patterson and husband, Don of Washington, Iowa, Kenneth Minor Scott and wife, Jo of Grandview and Sarah Scott Noel and husband, Douglas of Grandview; a daughter-in-law, Carol Goodman Scott of Lynchburg, Va.; two sisters, Mrs. Frank (Ethel) Richmond of Grandview and Mrs. Alton (Isabelle) Bennett of Charleston; 15 grandchildren, Ashley Scott Agard, Stephanie Scott Ranson, Lee Allen Scott Jr., Brian Scott, Keith Scott, Eric Scott, Matthew Patterson, James Patterson, Steven Patterson, Andrea Scott Lester, K. Andrew Scott, Christopher Scott, Jennifer Noel Adams, Lindsey Noel and Kimberly Noel; and 10 great-grandchildren. Service will be 12:00 p.m. Thursday at Blue Ridge Funeral Home Chapel, Beckley with Mr. Scott's nephew, Scottie Richmond officiating and Pastors Paul Zutaut and Oscar Schwitzerlette assisting. Burial will follow in Sunset Memorial Park, Beckley. Friends may call 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Grandsons will serve as pallbearers. In lieu of flowers donations of sympathy may be made to the Grandview Christian Church or Pikeview Christian Church. Arrangements by Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley.

  • Chandas F. "Chan" Forren, 82, of Beckley, went to be with the Lord on Monday, April 1, 2002, following a short illness. Born Feb. 5, 1920, in Lookout, he was the son of the late James R. and Mamie Bostick Forren. Mr. Forren was a retired coal miner with 47 1/2 years of service and a member of Stanaford Missionary Baptist Church. He was an active member of the UMWA and served many years as financial secretary of UMWA Local 5821 at Layland. He was a U.S. Army veteran. He was preceded in death by three sisters and seven brothers. Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Mary Hope Evans Forren; three sons, Ronald and his wife, Judy, of St. Albans, Gary L. of Louisville, Ky., and Layne and his wife, Linda, of Beckley; a sister, Helen Redmon of Silver Spring, Md.; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Service will be 4 p.m. today at Blue Ridge Funeral Home Chapel, Beckley, with the Rev. Phillip Lilly officiating. Burial will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Beckley. Friends may call one hour before service today at the funeral home. Pallbearers will be Ronald Forren, Gary Forren, Layne Forren, Michael Forren, Joseph Cox and Barry Rodbell. Arrangements by Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley.

  • Charles Thomas "J.J." Forren III, 18, of Lanark, died Sunday, March 31, 2002, at Raleigh General Hospital, Beckley. Born Feb. 23, 1984, in Beckley, he was the son of Tammy Miller of Lanark and the late Charles Thomas Forren II. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Charles Forren I and Lavada Forren. J.J. lived at home with his mother and sisters, Amanda, Crystal and Angela, and brother, Michael, all of Lanark. Also surviving are his grandparents, Cecil and Janet Miller of Lanark. Service will be 1 p.m. Thursday at Rose and Quesenberry Peace Chapel, Beckley, with Pastor Roger Harding officiating. Burial will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Beckley. Friends may call 6 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home. Pallbearers will be Junior Morton, Rob Forren, Brian Simmons, Franklin Lambert, Brandon Bland, Joey Arthur, Joey Adkins and Dallas Adkins. Arrangements by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, Beckley.

  • HURRICANE - Joyce Ann Payne, 64, died Sunday, March 31, 2002, at Charleston Area Medical Center, Memorial Division. Born in Hinton, she was the daughter of the late Fred and Florence Clark Jones. She was also preceded in death by a brother, Clark Jones; a sister, Pauline Wood; and two daughters, Ruth Ann Payne and Alice May. Mrs. Payne was a member of First Baptist Church, Hurricane, and was retired from Kroger of Teays Valley. She was a graduate of Hinton High School. Survivors include her husband, George E. Payne; a daughter, Lisa A. Stout of Hilton Head, S.C.; a son, Gregory E. Payne of Cumming, Ga.; two sisters, Brenda Oppriecht of Batavia, Ill., and Dorothy Rogers of True; six brothers, Dempsey Jones and Aubrey Lee "Casey" Jones, both of Alexandria, Ky., Donald Jones of Rancho Cordova, Calif., Eddie Jones of Bartlesville, Okla., Ronnie Jones of Waco, Texas, and Bobby Jones of Alexandria, Ky.; two granddaughters, Carly Payne and Greylin Payne, both of Cumming, Ga.; and an aunt, Madeline Keadle of Forest Hill. She always had time to laugh. She always made time to serve those in need. She always knew that love took up all of her time. Now she has time to celebrate a life full of love, service and laughter in the presence of Jesus Christ, her Savior. We mourn her loss and choose to remember the good times and blessings she gave us. Service will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday at First Baptist Church, Hurricane, with Dr. Charles Hendricks officiating. Entombment will follow in Valley View Memorial Park, Hurricane. Friends may call 7 to 9 p.m. today at Chapman Funeral Home,Teays Valley Road, Hurricane. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to First Baptist Church, Main Street, Hurricane, WV 25526. Arrangements by Chapman Funeral Home, Hurricane.

  • ESSEX, Md. - Lola Mae Williams, 73, formerly of Summers County, died Monday, April 1, 2002, at the home of her daughter following a long illness. Born Nov. 22, 1928, at Meadow Creek, she was the daughter of the late Daniel and Annie Bowles Miller. Mrs. Williams had lived most of her life in the Baltimore area. She was a retired sales managaer for Park Lane Co. of Baltimore. She was preceded in death by her husband, Howard Lee Williams, on May 1, 1998; and a brother, Lonzo Williams. Survivors include a daughter, Pamela Williams of Baltimore; a granddaughter, Amanda Church of Baltimore; and two brothers, Herbert Miller and his wife, Catherine, and Lester Miller and his wife, Kitty, both of Meadow Creek. Service will be 11 a.m. Friday at Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors Chapel, Hinton, with Pastor Herbert Miller officiating. Entombment will follow in Restwood Memorial Gardens Mausoleum, Hinton. Friends may call 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the funeral parlors. Arrangements by Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors, Hinton.

  • ALDERSON - Lorraine Boone Becker, 73, formerly of Baltimore, died Tuesday, April 2, 2002, at White Sulphur Springs Family Care Center following a long illness. Born Jan. 9, 1929, in Judson, she was the daughter of the late John F. and Pearl Burdette Boone. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, James Frank Boone; and two sisters, Juanita Boone and Mary Hallie Boone. Ms. Becker was a former restaurant owner and operator in Inverness, Fla., and was a homemaker. She was a member of St. Mary of the Greenbrier Catholic Church, Alderson. Survivors include three sisters, Ella Mae Easter of Baltimore, Louise Alice Kelly of Alderson and Imogene Buford of Beckley; four nephews, James A. Whitlock, Dennie Scott, Leslie Burdette and Phillip Burdette; four nieces, Mary Sonja Whitelaw, Lottie Mae Gowl, Geneva Ann Bein and Iris Parsons; a great-niece, Deborah D. Carter; and special friends, Pat and Jack Gadd. Funeral liturgy will be 2 p.m. Friday at Lobban Funeral Home Chapel, Alderson, with Father Vincent E. Joseph officiating. Rite of committal will be at Fletcher Addition of Alderson Cemetery. Friends may call noon to 2 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Pallbearers will be family and friends. Arrangements by Lobban Funeral Home, Alderson.

  • PAX - David Wayne Brown, 43, died Tuesday, April 2, 2002, at a Beckley hospital following a short illness. Born March 4, 1959, in Luce-dale, Miss., he was the son of the late William Hubert and Ollie Burdette Brown. Mr. Brown was a coal miner for Cannelton Industries as a shuttle car operator, having worked in the mining industry for 23 years. He was a member of Crossroads Apostolic Holiness Church, Bradley, and UMWA Local 8843, District 17. He was also preceded in death by his grandmother, Rosa Holley. Survivors include his wife, Melinda K. Brown; a sister, Peggy Ballard and her husband, Danny, of Tuscaloosa, Ala.; a niece, Christy McClary of Oak Hill; and a nephew, Mike Pittsenbarger of Tuscaloosa. Service will be 2:30 p.m. Friday at Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope, with the Rev. Jimmy Miller officiating. Burial will follow in High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill. Friends may call one hour before service Friday at the funeral home. Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope.

  • OAK HILL - Juanita Marie Cook, 74, by believing in Jesus Christ, went on to Glory on Tuesday, April 2, 2002, at Beckley Appalachian Regional Hospital following a short illness. Born Feb. 4, 1928, in Harper, she was the daughter of the late Dawson and Faye Biggs Daniel. Mrs. Cook was a homemaker and a member of Virginia Street Baptist Church, Oak Hill. She had made her home in Oak Hill for the past 20 years. Mrs. Cook was preceded in death by her husband, John Cook; a son, Ronald Cook; and two brothers, Cole and Stanley Daniel. Survivors include six sons, Arnold Cook of Richmond, Va., Denzil Cook and his wife, Mona, of Oak Hill, Roger Cook of Wisconsin, Jerry Cook of Oak Hill, Danny Cook of Baltimore and Paul Cook of Chicago; six daughters, Linda Satterwhite of Richmond, Brenda Stanley and her husband, Jerry, of Mount Tabor, Elizabeth Vincent of Richmond, Susie Fridley and her husband, William, of Richmond, Alice Quinto and her husband, Andrew, of Fredericksburg, Va., and Louise Price of Richmond; a stepson, Johnny Cook and his wife, Wanda, of Glen Daniel; a stepdaughter, Pat Cox of Chicago; two brothers, William Daniel of Mount Hope and David Daniel of Virginia; a half brother, Carlos Biggs of Michigan; six sisters, Goldie Harper of Ohio, Ella Mitchem of Harper, Doris Miller of Beckley, Jessie Porter of Ohio, Virginia Mitchem of Hinton and Bonnie Silsby of Virginia; 17 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren. Service will be 11 a.m. Friday at Virginia Street Baptist Church, Oak Hill, with Pastor Dennis Kincaid officiating. Burial will follow in Gethsemane Memorial Gardens, Oak Hill. Friends may call 6 to 9 p.m. today at Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, Beckley, and one hour before service Friday at the church. Grandsons will serve as pallbearers. Arrangements by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, Beckley.

  • Charles 'J.J.' Forren III Charles Thomas "J.J." Forren III, 18, of Lanark, died Sunday, March 31, 2002, at Raleigh General Hospital, Beckley. Born Feb. 23, 1984, in Beckley, he was the son of Tammy Miller of Lanark and the late Charles Thomas Forren II. He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Charles Forren I. J.J. lived at home with his mother and sisters, Amanda, Crystal and Angela, and brother, Michael, all of Lanark. Also surviving are his grandparents, Cecil and Janet Miller of Lanark and Lavada Forren of Sullivan Road, Glen Morgan. Service will be 1 p.m. today at Rose and Quesenberry Peace Chapel, Beckley, with Pastor Roger Harding officiating. Burial will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Beckley. Friends called 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Pallbearers will be Junior Morton, Rob Forren, Brian Simmons, Franklin Lambert, Brandon Bland, Joey Arthur, Joey Adkins and Dallas Adkins. Arrangements by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, Beckley.

  • BRIDGEPORT - Anna Lee Hornor, 86, of Maplewood Community Center, formerly of Sutton, died Tuesday, April 2, 2002, in Clarksburg United Hospital Center following a long illness. Born June 21, 1915, in Tesla, she was the daughter of the late William M. and Helen M. Given Davis. Mrs. Hornor was self-employed at the Masonic Temple in Wheeling and later worked in Warwood for 18 years at the glass glazing factory. The rest of her working years were devoted as a care giver to her elderly family members. She was a member of Flatwoods Baptist Church. She was also preceded in death by her first husband, Buford Mayse; her second husband, James L. Hornor; and two brothers, Garland Gwin "Joe" Davis and William Glen Davis. Survivors include two nieces, Barbara Warder and her husband, Paul, of Charleston and Dina Braddy and her husband, Marvin, of Shelby, N.C.; two nephews, Chris Davis of Houston and William Davis and his wife, Debbie, of Lilburn, Ga. Service will be 11 a.m. Friday at Greene-Robertson Funeral Home, 600 Riverview Drive, Sutton. Burial will follow in Weston Masonic Cemetery. Friends may call 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. Arrangements by Greene-Robertson Funeral Home, Sutton.

  • PACKS BRANCH - Victor Kenneth Kessler, 56, died Tuesday, April 2, 2002, at his home following a short illness. Born Nov. 7, 1945, in Cannelton, he was the son of the late Frank and Velva Williams Kessler. Mr. Kessler was disabled. He was also preceded in death by two brothers, Robert Kessler and Frank Lanham. Survivors include a brother, George Kessler and his wife, Drema, of Packs Branch; a sister, Rosie Williams and her husband, Floyd, of Packs Branch; a sister-in-law, Eileen Kessler of Packs Branch; four nephews, Mark Kessler and his wife, Sesta, and Steve Kessler and his wife, Reginia, all of Packs Branch, James Williams of Oak Hill and Steve Lanham of Scarbro; two nieces, Clara Denny and her husband, Bobby, of Sand Branch and Rosetta Williams Perry and her husband, Mark, of Oak Hill; five great-nephews; and six great-nieces. Service will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope, with the Rev. Sam Vance officiating. Burial will follow in Argabright-Williams Cemetery, Packs Branch. Friends may call one hour before service Saturday at the funeral home. Pallbearers will be Joe Woolwine, Russell Williams, Carl Woolwine, Tracy Adkins and Keith Williams. Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope.

  • Wandel Lee Morgan, 82, of Mabscott, formerly of Oceana, passed away Wednesday, April 3, 2002, at his home following a long illness. Born Dec. 21, 1919, at Clear Fork, he was the son of the late Lee J. and Virgie Jackson Morgan. Mr. Morgan retired as a coal miner from Consolidated Coal Co. at Lynco and was a member of the UMWA. He was a member of Oak Grove Christian Church and a former member of Joseph Baptist Church, Lynco, where he served as deacon for 31 years. He was preceded in death by two half brothers, Fred and Lundy Morgan; a sister, Myrtle Brunty; and five brothers, Royace, Elbert, Luther, Golden and Grady Morgan. Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Lola "Iris" Browning Morgan; a daughter, Linda B. Toler and her husband, Chester, of Beckley; a son, Kevin W. Morgan and his wife, Sherri, of Beckley; two brothers, J. Rush Morgan of Beckley and Donald D. Morgan of Gallipolis, Ohio; grandchildren, Melanie R. Ball and her husband, John, Scott M. Toler and Joshua, Caitlin, Jared and Jordan Morgan, all of Beckley; a great-granddaughter, Allison Nicole Ball; two stepgreat-grandsons, John and Andrew Ball of Beckley; and three special care givers, Jeanette Ball, Wilma Mills and Nora Mercer. Service will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Blue Ridge Funeral Home Chapel, Beckley, with Ministers Ken Overdorf and Sheldon Cosma officiating. Burial will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Beckley. Friends may call one hour before service Saturday at the funeral home. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers. In lieu of flowers, donations of sympathy may be made to Hospice of Southern West Virginia, P.O. Box 1472, Beckley, WV 25802. Arrangements by Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley.

  • Betty Lou Mullins, 64, of Lucas Drive, Beckley, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, April 2, 2002, following a short illness. Born Sept. 10, 1937, in Rhodell, she was the daughter of the late David and Louise Saunders Gilkerson. Betty was a graduate of West Virginia State College and was a registered dietitian. She was employed by the Beckley Veterans Administration Medical Center for the past 17 years and was formerly employed by Beckley Appalachian Regional Hospital, where she worked for 20 years as head of the dietary department. She was a consulting dietitian for Extend-A-Care Home Health Services and Rest Care. She was preceded in death by her husband, Percy Mullins; a brother, Earl Sizemore; and a niece, Lisa Slone. Survivors include a daughter, Sharon Paula Stokes at home; a son, Mark Anthony Mullins, his wife, Crystal, and their son, Johnathan, of Beckley; four brothers, Roger Slone and his wife, Barbara, of Beckley, Norman Slone and his wife, Claudia, of Fountain Hills, Ariz., Randy Slone and his wife, Elaine, of Shady Spring and Allen Slone and his wife, Paula, of Beckley; three sisters, Dolly Ball of Beckley, Shirley Elder and her husband, Ronnie, of Mabscott and Sue Thomas and her husband, Bobby, of Shady Spring; and several nieces and nephews. Private family service will be Sunday with Father Samuel Sacus officiating. Entombment will follow. Friends may call after 4 p.m. Saturday at the home of Allen and Paula Slone, 312 Westwood Drive, Beckley. Memorial service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, April 13, at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, Beckley, with Father Sacus officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate shared memories in the form of cards or letters be mailed to The Family of Betty Mullins, 200 Lucas Drive, Beckley, WV 25801. Arrangements by Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley.

  • FAYETTEVILLE - Fannie Mae Akers Murray, 73, died Wednesday, April 3, 2002, at Plateau Medical Center, Oak Hill, following a long illness. Born Feb. 5, 1929, in Dempsey, she was the daughter of the late Giles and Elsie Nutter Akers. Mrs. Murray was a retired nurse's aide at Pinecrest Hospital, Beckley. She was preceded in death by a brother, Phillip Akers; and two sisters, Racene Gillam and Norma Foster. Survivors include a brother, Darrell Akers of Virginia; three sisters, Rose Allis of Canton, Ohio, Phyllis Thompson of Beaver, Ohio, and Myrtle Ramsey of Winona; and nieces and nephews. Service will be 2 p.m. Monday at Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home Chapel, Fayetteville, with the Rev. Ronnie Persinger officiating. Burial will follow in Carter Cemetery, Dempsey. Friends may call one hour before service Monday at the funeral home. Arrangements by Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, Fayetteville.

  • OAK HILL - Noah Woodrow Pack, 87, died Wednesday, April 3, 2002, at the VA Medical Center, Beckley, following a short illness. Born Dec. 19, 1914, in Streeter, he was the son of the late William A. and Lucinda Johnson Pack. Mr. Pack was a retired timberman, being formerly with Bill Pack Lumber. He was of the Baptist faith and a World War II U.S. Army veteran. He was preceded in death by three brothers and five sisters. Survivors include his wife, Sona Bennett Pack; a son, Benny Pack of Oak Hill; a sister, Lula Pack of Pax; and a granddaughter, Christy Dawn Pack. Graveside rites and committal service will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens Mausoleum No. 3, Beckley, with the Rev. Robert Burnett officiating. Burial will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens. Friends may call 6 to 8 p.m. today at Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill. Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

  • DRAPER, Va. - Susan Mae Smith, 43, formerly of Hinton, died Tuesday, April 2, 2002, at Pulaski, Va., Community Hospital following a long illness. Born June 27, 1958, in Richmond, Ind., she was the daughter of Perry Beaver Hicks of Hinton and stepfather Roy Lilly and the late Walter Hicks. Mrs. Smith was a homemaker. She lived in Pulaski for the past two years, having previously lived in Hinton. She was of the Baptist faith. She was preceded in death by two daughters, Brandy Kidd and Summer Baker. Other survivors include her husband, Delmos Smith; and two sisters, Judy Ratcliffe of Talcott and Kelly Prince of Hinton. Graveside rites and burial will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Lilly-Crews Cemetery, Nimitz. Friends may call 10 a.m. until time of service at the cemetery. Pallbearers will be Barry White, Johnny Burchette, Paul Justice, Billy Warden, Jackie Light and Jonathan Ward. Arrangements by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, Shady Spring.

  • Ruby Louise Winston, 65, of Upper Sandlick Road, Beckley, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, April 2, 2002. Born Feb. 11, 1937, in Lookout, Fayette County, she was the daughter of the late Henry Matthew and Rachel Baker McClung. Ruby spent her childhood in Russellville, then moved to Newark, N.Y., for 12 years before moving back to Beckley. She was a retired cook from Pinecrest and was of the Christian faith. She was a well-known artist, and in her leisure time she enjoyed the farm and watching the wildlife, but most of all she enjoyed spending time with her family and grandchildren and her great-granddaughter. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dennis Ray Winston; and a daughter, Annie Louise Winston. Survivors include three daughters, Katherine Kennison of Crab Orchard, Angela Calloway of Beaver and Patricia "Patty" Winston of La Fayette, Ga.; four sisters, Janice Dickerson of Rainelle, Henrietta Fitzwater and her husband, Gordon, of Rush Valley, Utah, Helen McClung of Montgomery, Ala., and Shelma Provoost and her husband, Frank, of Newark; four grandchildren, Dorse Calloway II, Carlos Edward Calloway, John W. Kennison II and Susan Ann Kennison; and a great-granddaughter, Abigail Nichole Cantrell. Service will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Melton Mortuary Chapel, Beckley. Ruby will be buried on her home place in Sandlick. Friends may call 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Pallbearers will be Tommy Brooks, Dorse Calloway Sr., Dorse Calloway II, Carlos Calloway, John W. Kennison II, Justine Cantrell and Charlie Daniel. Arrangements by Melton Mortuary, Beckley.

  • CENTERVILLE - Theda Bara Younce, 81, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, April 2, 2002, in a Florida hospital following a long illness. Born June 28, 1920, in Davy, she was the daughter of the late Frank and Bessie Cummings Parks. Mrs. Younce was a member of Pineville Church of the Nazarene, attended Pineville Southern Baptist Church and Cook Memorial Baptist Church, and taught adult Sunday school for a number of years. She worked at Campbell's Restaurant in Pineville for a number of years. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Howard H. Younce Sr.; an infant son, Phillip Younce; a sister, Neda Gay Ellison; two brothers-in-law, Ray Bailey and Johnny Ellison Sr.; and a sister-in-law, Freda Parks. Survivors include her daughter, Yvonne Z. Mullins and her husband, David, of Okeechobee, Fla., with whom she made her home in the winter; a son, Howard H. "Pete" Younce Jr. and his wife, Margie, of Pineville; four grandchildren, Deanna Gude and her husband, Ricky, of Dade City, Fla., Patricia Bolan and her husband, Ben, of Okeechobee, David Mullins Jr. of Port St. Lucie, Fla., and Jordan Younce of Hopatcong, N.J.; five great-grandchildren, Michael Transue, Ashley Gude, Matthew Gude, Jordan Bolan and Morgan Bolan, all of Florida; three brothers, Carl Parks of Pineville, Jim Parks and his wife, Doris, of Mascott, Fla., and Frank "Sonny" Parks and his wife, Gay, of Pineville; four sisters, Ruby Stebbins of San Antonio, Texas, Wilma Bailey of Pineville, Shelby Evans and her husband, Richard, of Wilkinson and Patty Raines and her husband, Gale, of Robson; and two special friends, Grady and Ines Mullins of Okeechobee. Service will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Pineville Southern Baptist Church with the Revs. Charles V. Williams and Jim Kestner officiating. Burial will follow in Garden of Good Sheppard, Roselawn Memorial Gardens, Princeton. Friends may call 6:30 to 9 p.m. today at the church. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers. Arrangements by Calfee Funeral Service, Pineville.

  • Hobert Berkley "H.B." Akers, 75, of C&O Dam Road, Daniels, died Friday, April 5, 2002, at his home following a long illness. Born Nov. 4, 1926, in Floyd County, Va., he was the son of Effie Elsie Reed Akers, who lived six months a year with H.B. and six months a year with her daughter in Floyd County, and the late Andrew Jacob Akers. Mr. Akers grew up in Floyd County, moved to West Virginia in 1959, and settled in Daniels in 1960. He was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army in 1946 and the U.S. Navy in 1952. He was a self-employed timberman and owner and operator of a sawmill. He was a faithful member of Carriage Drive Church of Christ. Other survivors include his wife of 48 years, Gladys M. Brinegar Akers; three sons, Allen Akers and his wife, Mitzi, of Shady Spring, Barry Akers and his wife, Barbara, of Cool Ridge and Kevin Akers at home; two daughters, Sandra Akers Wills and her husband, Frank, of Shady Spring and Andrea Akers Thomas and her husband, Steve, of Hurricane; nine grandchildren, Alesa Akers, Carrie Akers Cimala, Kimberly Akers, Amber Wills Hedgecock, Matthew Akers, Ashlei Akers, Kristina Akers, Keli Akers and Austin Wills; and a sister, Eleanor Reed of Floyd County. Service will be 2 p.m. Sunday at Melton Mortuary Chapel, Beckley, with Evangelist John Gibson of Venimont, Ala., officiating. Burial will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Beckley. Friends may call 6 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home. Pallbearers will be Matthew Akers, Barry Earls, Bobby Brewer, Benjamin Holdren, Gary Lively and Alan Rich. Arrangements by Melton Mortuary, Beckley.

  • Noel "Abe" Mankin, 91, of Bolt, died Friday, April 5, 2002, in a Beckley hospital of natural causes. Born Aug. 6, 1910, in Bolt, he was the son of the late Arch and Rhelda Richmond Mankin. Mr. Mankin was a graduate of Concord College and did graduate work at West Virginia University. He was a member of the Concord College and West Virginia University Alumni Associations. He worked in the Raleigh County school system for more than 40 years, serving as teacher, principal and supervisor. He was a member of the Lions Club, VFW and DAV. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and received the Purple Heart. He was preceded in death by his wife, Pansy Brooks Mankin. Survivors include a sister, Eula Stephens and her husband, Norman, of Glen Daniel; a beloved adopted daughter, Ginger Neely, her husband, Roger, and family of Oakvale, with whom he made his home for several years; devoted love ones and care givers, Peggy Hall, her husband, Garry, and family of Bolt, and Danny and Martha Tolliver of Bolt; two nieces; and and two nephews. Service will be 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Calfee Funeral Home Chapel, Beckley, with the Rev. Garry Hall officiating. Entombment will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Beckley. Friends may call 1:30 p.m. until time of service Sunday at the funeral home. Pallbearers will be Roger Neely, Bobby Weatherly, Daniel Hall, Jonathan Hall, Jeff Tolliver and Kenny Tolliver. Memorial contributions may be made to the Trap Hill Lions Club. Arrangements by Calfee Funeral Home, Beckley.

  • CHARLESTON - Madelyn D. Mitchell, 91, formerly of Harvey, died Monday, April 1, 2002, at Charleston Area Medical Center, Memorial Division, following a long illness. Born Oct. 16, 1910, in Nuttallburg, she was the daughter of the late Russell and Annie Green. Mrs. Mitchell was a homemaker, a member of Winona Baptist Church, and attended First Baptist Church, Harlem Heights, and Harvey Missionary Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Allen Mitchell Sr.; a son, Allen Mitchell Jr.; a granddaughter, Beverly Renea Mitchell; two sisters, Melvania and Annie; and six brothers, Rufus, Russell, Sonny, Samuel, John L. Lewis and Ralph Mitchell. Survivors include five sons, Eldridge Mitchell of Cleveland, Haven Mitchell and his wife, Betty, of Detroit, Charles Mitchell and his wife, Marva, of Washington, D.C., and Don Mitchell and his wife, Della, and Donnie Mitchell and his wife, Pam, all of Cleveland; five daughters, Gwendolyn Perkins of Cedar Ridge, Glenna Woodson and her husband, William, of Charleston, Madlyn Hill and her husband, Curley, of Washington, D.C., Joan Walker of Cleveland and Jacqueline Anderson and her husband, James, of Columbus, Ohio; a sister-in-law, Catherine Gray of Mount Hope; 18 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and a host of close nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives and friends. Service will be noon Monday at Harvey Missionary Baptist Church with the Rev. A.L. Simms officiating. Burial will follow in Locust Lane Cemetery, Lookout. Friends may call one hour before service Monday at the church. Arrangements by Ritchie and Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.

  • KOPPERSTON - Opal Lou Brown Powell, 82, died Thursday, April 4, 2002, in a Beckley hospital following a long illness. Born Dec. 30, 1919, at Toney Fork, she was the daughter of the late Dennie and Pearl Rollins Brown. Mrs. Powell was a member of Toneda Missionary Baptist Church and a lifelong resident of Wyoming County. She was preceded in death by her husband, Theodore "Red" Powell, on April 4, 1986; three sons, David Paul Powell, Wavel Wayne Powell and Mitchell Henry Powell; two grandchildren, Henry Powell and Dennie Powell; and three sisters, Gaye Cook, Agnes Toler and Vayor Toler. Survivors include six sons, Charles Powell and his wife, Lou, of Dillsboro, N.C., Thurman Powell and his wife, Drema, of Columbus, Ohio, James Powell and his wife, Darlene, of Coleman, Fla., Richard Powell and his wife, Kathy, of Canton, N.C., Randy Powell and his wife, Susan, of Rockview and Timmy Powell of Kopperston; three daughters, Wilda Powell, Elizabeth "Betty" Powell and Amy Powell, all of Kopperston; a brother, Dennie Brown Jr. and his wife, Rosalene, of Toney Fork; a daughter-in-law, Lois Powell of Cyclone; 13 grandchildren, Ted Powell and his wife, Elizabeth, of Sylva, N.C., Charles Powell Jr. and his wife, Laurie, of Cary, N.C., John Powell of Dillsboro, Melissa Dingman and her husband, Allen, of Dillsboro, Lisa Mader and her husband, Ron, of Washington Courthouse, Ohio, Judy Powellm David Powell and Randy Lee Powell, all of Cyclone, James Powell and his wife, Diane, and Ricky Powell, all of Lewisburg, N.C., Ashley Powell and Andrew Powell, both of Rockview, and Patrick Powell of Kopperston; and five great-grandchildren, Ronald Mader and April Mader, both of Washington Courthouse, Krissa Powell of South Charleston, Harley Powell of Lewisburg, N.C., and Matthew Powell of Cary. Service will be 1 p.m. Sunday at Toneda Missionary Baptist Church with the Revs. Ron Lee and Ron Harvey officiating. Burial will follow in Kopperston Community Cemetery. Friends may call 6 to 9 p.m. today at Evans Funeral Home, Oceana. Nephews and grandsons will serve as pallbearers. Arrangements by Evans Funeral Home, Oceana.

  • Guynath Marie Shumate, 74, of Maryland, formerly of 229 Tanner Drive, Beckley, died Thursday, April 4, 2002, at Homewood at Crumland Farms, Frederick, Md. She was the wife of the late Basil Shumate. Born May 16, 1927, in West Virginia, she was the daughter of the late John C. and Bertie Sparks Phillips. Mrs. Shumate was retired as an elementary and junior high school teacher in Wyoming and Raleigh counties. She was a member of Frederick Presbyterian Church and a former member of Beckley Presbyterian Church. She was preceded in death by a son, Basil Phillips Pete Shumate; four brothers; and a sister. Survivors include a grandson, Michael Brown of West Virginia; and several nieces and nephews. Memorial service will be held at a later date. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Frederick Presbyterian Church, 115 W. Second St., Frederick, MD 21701 or to Hospice of Frederick County, P.O. Box 1799, Frederick, MD 21702. Arrangements by Keeney and Basford Funeral Home, Frederick.

  • RONCEVERTE - Billie Joe Woolwine, 72, passed away Thursday, April 4, 2002, at his home. Born May 1, 1929, in Covington, Va., he was the son of the late Opal Arthur and Pearlie Mae Underwood Woolwine. Mr. Woolwine was of the Baptist faith, a stock clerk and was retired from the Army National Guard. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Frances McQuade Woolwine; a son, James E. Woolwine; and a sister, Freda Patton. Survivors include a daughter, Kathy Jean Walton of Taylorsville, N.C.; three sons, John A. Woolwine of Lewisburg, Ohio, Joe Woolwine of Appomattox, Va., and Jerry Ray Woolwine of Ronceverte; a sister, Phyllis Sue Johnson of Luray, Va.; 11 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Service will be 2 p.m. Sunday at Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Ronceverte, with the Rev. Youel Altizer officiating. Burial will follow in Riverview Cemetery. Friends may call 6 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home. Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Ronceverte.

  • SUMMERSVILLE - John Homer Hayslette, 51, of Turnpike Road, died Saturday, April 6, 2002, at his home. Born Jan. 20, 1951, in Weston, Lewis County, he was the son of Josephine Smith Hayslette of Mount Lookout and the late Homer Hayslette. Mr. Hayslette was a member of Southern Baptist Fellowship Church, Summersville, a former member of the Army Reserves and a maintenance clerk at Nicholas Energy, Drennen. Other survivors include his loving wife, Dianne Marie Hayslette; a son, Jon Kristopher Hayslette and his wife, Amy, of Culloden; a stepson, Allan Foster at home; a brother, George Hayslette and his wife, Ginny, of Mount Lookout; a sister, Pat Hall and her husband, Harold, of Mount Lookout; and two grandsons, Dylan and Joseph Hayslette, both of Culloden. Service will be 11 a.m. Monday at White Funeral Home, Summersville, with the Rev. Mark McClung officiating. Interment will follow in Mount Pleasant Church Cemetery, Mount Lookout. Friends may call 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. Arrangements by White Funeral Home, Summersville.

  • SHELBY, N.C. - Myrtle Musick McGinnis, 95, formerly of Pineville, died Friday, April 5, 2002, in a Shelby hospital following a long illness. Born June 22, 1906, in Hellier, Ky., she was the daughter of the late John Wesley and Lora Lee Davis Musick. Mrs. McGinnis was a self-employed restaurant proprietor in Oceana until 1955. She was a member of Pineville United Methodist Church and the Methodist Women's Club. She was also a member of the Pineville Women's Club, Pineville Homemakers' Club, Navy Mother's Club and Daughters of the American Revolution. She was preceded in death by her husband, Arden McGinnis, in 1966; a son, Ronald Lee Cooper, in 1962; a brother, Otis Musick; and a son-in-law, Dr. Carl McGuire. Survivors include two daughters, Loveda McGuire of Shelby, formerly of Pineville, and Laureda Jane Henry and her husband, Donald, of Washington, Mo.; a son, Merrill T. Cooper and his wife, Ann, of Front Royal, Va.; seven grandchildren, Teresa Sparks, Lynda Alexander, Donna Stiltner, Lora Petty, Dr. Greg Cooper, Julie Chadwell and Mary Beth Oates; 18 great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandchild; two nieces, Yvonne Taylor and Judy Allen, both of Louisville, Ky.; and a dear son-in-law, Howard R. Street of St. Louis. Service will be 11 a.m. Monday at Calfee Funeral Service Chapel, Pineville, with the Rev. Raymond Rowe officiating. Burial will follow in Palm Memorial Gardens, Matheny. Friends and grandsons will serve as pallbearers. Friends may call 6 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home. Arrangements by Calfee Funeral Service, Pineville.

  • Sandra K. Toler, 53, of Crab Orchard, went home to be with her Savior, after rejoicing with her Lord last week, on Thursday, April 4, 2002, at her home following a sudden illness. Born March 22, 1949, in Pineville, she was the daughter of the late Marion Arthur Cooke and Mary Cooke Weis. Mrs. Toler was a nurse in Bay City, Mich., before moving to West Virginia. She was preceded in death by a brother-in-law, Gary Lynch. Survivors include her husband, Kenzie "Dickie" Toler; two sisters, Pat Lynch of Bay City and Brenda Sparks and her husband, Charles, of Crab Orchard; three brothers, Mike Cooke and his wife, Kathy, of Princeton, Joey Cook and his friend, Alice, of Beckley and Ronald Cook and his friend, Monica, of Auburn, Mich.; several nieces and nephews, Kassie, Kasey, Jason, Joey, Jamie, Chris, Terry, Sheri, Becky, Randy, Chuck and Steven; and a great-nephew, J.J. Service will be 1 p.m. Tuesday at Blue Ridge Funeral Home Chapel, Beckley, with the Revs. Steven Board and Nina Bays officiating. Burial will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Beckley. Friends may call 6 to 9 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers. Arrangements by Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley.

  • Kathy Frye Wills, 48, of Helen, died Friday, April 5, 2002, at Charleston Area Medical Center, General Division, following a short illness. Born Dec. 11, 1953, in Mullens, she was the daughter of the late Bernie Piercy Jr. and Shirley Wall Piercy of Coal City. Kathy was a homemaker and a member of Coal City Community Church, and had made her home in the Coal City area most of her life. Survivors include two sons, Richard Wills and his wife, Crystal, of Sophia and Bruce Wills and his wife, Ann, of Whitesville; two daughters, Angela Hudson and her husband, Ronnie, of Morganton, N.C., and Adrian Wills of Baltimore; three brothers, Mark Piercy of Coal City, Steve Coleman and his wife, Ella Rose, of Lester and Cris Piercy and his wife, Kim, of Princeton; two sisters, Carla Lilly of Coal City and Karen Campbell and her husband, Kenny, of Bradley; three granddaughters, Kayla Dawn Lawrence, Alexis Marie Rhodes and Alyssa Michelle Hatcher; her fiance, Terry Grubb of Farley Hill; five nieces; and four nephews. Service will be 2:30 p.m. Monday at Rose and Quesenberry Peace Chapel, Beckley, with the Rev. Herb Blevins officiating. Burial will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Beckley. Friends may call one hour before service Monday at the funeral home. Family members and friends will serve as pallbearers. Arrangements by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, Beckley.

  • OAK HILL - Mary Ann Zandlo Fesco Wise, 94, formerly of Scarbro, died Saturday, April 6, 2002, at Hilltop Health Care Center following a long illness. Born Dec. 24, 1907, in Austria, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Agnes Zandlo. Mrs. Wise was a homemaker and a member of Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Oak Hill. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Victor Fesco; second husband, Joe Wise; a son, Frank Fesco Sr.; four sisters, Leona Harmon, Frances Christian, Helen Crouch and Anna Wise; and a brother, Joe Zandlo. Survivors include a daughter, Mary Taylor and her husband, James, of Oak Hill; six grandchildren, Karen Cogar of Oak Hill, Robert Taylor of Scarbro, Frank Fesco Jr. of Florida and Victor Fesco, Brenda Cali and Sharon Purcel, all of Ohio; two sisters, Rose Paw-lus and Mildred Sulesky, both of Scarbro; 10 great-grandchildren; and several great-great-grandchildren. Mass of Christian burial will be 1 p.m. Monday at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Oak Hill, with Father Sam Sacus officiating. Burial will follow in High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill. Friends may call 6 to 9 p.m. today at Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill, with a prayer service at 7:30 p.m. Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

  • MINDEN - Willia M. Evans, 67, died Friday, April 4, 2002, at Raleigh General Hospital, Beckley, following a short illness. Born May 28, 1934, at Concho, she was the daughter of the late William and Vivian Ward Lynch. Mrs. Evans was a homemaker, a member of the Pleasant Valley Baptist Church, Minden, and the church choir, a church clerk, a building fund treasurer, a member of the W.Va. Quartet Convention and a member of the Royal Trumpets. She was preceded in death by her husband, Elijah Evans; and a brother, Alphonso Lynch. Survivors include three sons, Roosevelt Lynch and wife Ge-neva of Oak Hill, Melvin Lynch and wife Pamela of Oak Hill and Darnell Evans of Columbus, Ohio; two daughters, Christiann Lynch of Minden and Lillie Martin and husband Tyrone of Beckley; 15 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; a brother, George Ralph Lynch of Jersey City, N.J.; special friends, Tommy Hamlet, Luegenia "TT" Pannell, and Gloria Brown; and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Friends may call 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday. Service will be 1 p.m. Wed-nesday at Pleasant Valley Baptist Church, Minden, with the Revs. Samuel Jackson and Charles Brown officiating. Burial will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Beckley. Arrangements by Ritchie and Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.

  • Virginia Ilene Nutter, formerly of Snow Hill-Mount Ne-bo, died April 6, 2002, at Worthington Manor, Parkersburg. She was born Oct. 27, 1918, at Skelton, Raleigh County, a daughter of the late Leonard and Edna Webb. Virginia was a member of Hilltop United Methodist Church, a homemaker, former leader of the Snow Hill Merry Makers 4-H Club, member of the Quinwood chapter of Order of the Eastern Star, and member of the Green Valley Home Demonstration Club. She was preceded in death by her husband, Orange Nutter; a son, Dudley Nutter; a daughter, Barbara Matheny; and a sister, Elizabeth Trout. Survivors include four children, Janet Matheny of Vienna, Larry Nutter of Tampa, Fla., Eddie Nutter of Belpre, Ohio, and Randy Nutter of St. Marys; two sisters, Olive Wills of Beckley and Patsy Green of Flat Top; two brothers, Elbert Webb of Almstead Falls, Ohio, and Paul Webb of Ocean City, Md.; 12 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Service will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at Wallace and Wallace Funeral Home, Rainelle, with the Rev. Garlin Groves officiating. Burial will follow at Wallace Memorial Cemetery, Clintonville. The family will receive visitors 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Arrangements by Wallace and Wallace of Rainelle.

  • SAULSVILLE - Murrell Tolliver, 74, died Saturday, April 6, 2002, following a long illness. Born Oct. 3, 1927, at Mullens, he was the son of the late Dan and Ada Clay Tolliver. Mr. Tolliver was a retired school bus driver with the Wyo-ming County Board of Education with 32 years service. He was a member of Good Shepherd Independent Church, Mullens. He was preceded in death by his wife, Patricia Gentry Tolliver, on Sept. 7, 1998; two brothers, Clyde and Jim Tolliver; and an infant sister, Mary Maxine Tolliver. Survivors include two daughters, Ethel Lusk and husband Tom of Herndon Heights and Sherry Rutten and husband Leo of Saulsville; two brothers, Woodrow Tolliver and wife Erica of Maben and Danny Tolliver and wife Martha of Bolt; a sister, Janice Meadows of Saulsville; four grandchildren, Patrick and Christina Rutten, both of Saulsville, Glen McKinney and wife Pam of Upper Marlboro, Md., and Angela Griffith and husband David of Herndon Heights; three great-grandchildren, Victoria and Zachary Griffith, both of Herndon Heights, and Hunter McKinney of Upper Marlboro, Md.; and a very special friend, Hazel Clay of Saulsville. Service will be 1 p.m. Tuesday at Saulsville Baptist Church with the Revs. Mickey Mitchell and Norman Mitchell officiating. Burial will follow in Clay Cemetery at Saulsville. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Calfee Funeral Service, Pineville. Arrangements by Calfee Funeral Service, Pineville.

  • 'I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith;' Our precious husband, father, and grandpa, Mr. Willard J. Ewing, age 76 of Prince, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Sunday, April 7, 2002. Mr. Ewing was born April 19, 1925, at Highland Mountain, and was the son of the late Ollie and Bessie Smith Ewing. Mr. Ewing was a retired coal miner after 37 years of service, and was a member of the UMWA Local No. 5771 at Stotesbury. He was a member of the Bradley Freewill Baptist Church and was a U.S. Navy veteran with the rank of Seaman First Class. Among the service ribbons and medals he received during his years of service were: the Pacific Theater Ribbon (3 Stars), the American Theater Ribbon, the Victory Medal and the Purple Heart. Mr. Ewing was the last surviving member of his immediate family. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Wiley and Aaron Ewing and his sister, Margie Alderman. Surviving are his wife of 51 years, Violet Smith Ewing; two sons, Curtis Ewing at home and Jesse Ewing and his wife, Rhonda of Stanaford; four grandchildren, Marie Tate of Roanoke, Va., Ashley Ewing and Jessica Ewing of Stanaord and Brian Ewing of Daniels; a halfsister, Phyllis Adkins of Beckley; a special sister-in-law, Martha Ewing of Shady Spring. Mr. Ewing also leaves behind two pets he adored, his dog Ginger and his cat, Black John. Service will be 4 p.m. Wednesday at Rose and Quesenberry Peace Chapel in Beckley with the Rev. Wayne Peters officiating. Entombment will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens Mausoleum at Beckley. Friends may call 2:30 p.m. until time of the service Wednesday at the funeral home Men of the Bradley Freewill Baptist Church will serve as pallbearers. Arrangements by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, Beckley.

  • MULLENS - Ray Toler, 92, died Sunday, April 7, 2002, at BARH, Beckley, following an extended illness. Born July 22, 1909, on Laurel Branch in Wyoming County, he was the son of the late James Albert and Victoria Trent Toler. He was a resident of Mullens since 1921. Mr. Toler was Valedictorian of the Mullens High School Class of 1927, the oldest known living graduate. He was a 1934 graduate of Concord College and a 1942 graduate of West Virginia University School of Law. He was a Wyoming County teacher from 1931 to 1942, teaching at Itmann and Stephenson Grade and Baileysville and Mullens High Schools. He was a past president of Mullens PTA and past member of the Board of Directors of the Girls Scouts. He served as past chairman of the Wyoming County Republicans and was a member of the State Republican Executive Committee. He was a past trustee for Alderson-Broaddus College. Serving his country, he was a 25 year member of the local Selective Service Board. Mr. Toler was a 50 year member of the Mullens Rotary Club, serving as a past president, and a 50 year member of the Mullens Masonic Lodge. He was a member of the Guy-n-Dot Twirlers Square Dance Club. Mr. Toler was a member of the American, West Virginia, and Wyoming County Bar Associations. A past City Attorney, he practiced law in Mullens for 58 years and was widely known for his wisdom and humor. He was a director and Chairman of the Board of The Peoples Bank of Mullens. A member of Highland Avenue Baptist Church, he taught the Men's Bible Class for many years and served as a Trustee and a Deacon. He also enjoyed gardening and traveling in his motor home. Besides his parents, Mr. Toler was preceded in death by a brother, Lyman Toler; three sisters, Kate Toler, Ruth O'Dell, and Beatrice Pritchett; and a grandson, Michael Castle. Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Janis Swope Toler; three daughters, Vicki Rae Kurrle and her husband, Fred, of Laurel, Md., Judith Kay Castle and her husband, Blake, and Marcia Lee Catron and her husband, Willie, all of Mullens; eight grandchildren, Janis Kurrle, Patricia Kurrle, Bill Kurrle, of Laurel, Md., Blake Castle II of Richmond, Va., Chris Castle and his wife, Lisa, of Seattle, Wash., Suzanne Castle, of Greensboro, N.C., Jennifer Wiley and her husband, Jerry, of Milton, W.Va. and Scott Catron and his fiancÚ, Stephanie Gibson, of Wake Forest, N.C.; four great-grandchildren, Gina Kurrle, Kayla Davis, Blake "Trey" Castle III and Collin Wiley; and special long-time caregivers, Gloria Burress and Drema Shrewsbury. Service will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Highland Avenue Baptist Church, Mullens with the Rev. Michael Toler officiating. Burial will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Beckley. Friends may call 6 to 8 p.m. today at Highland Avenue Baptist Church, and before the services. Pallbearers will be grandsons and nephews. Honorary pallbearers will be the Board of Directors of The Peoples Bank of Mullens. Donations of sympathy may be given to the Highland Avenue Baptist Church Memorial Fund, 317 Highland Ave., Mullens, W.Va. 25882. Arrangements by Tankersley Funeral Home, Mullens.