The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.

July 31, 2013

Obituaries — Thursday, August 1, 2013

Mary Beth ‘Cookie’ Altice

Mary Beth “Cookie” Altice, 70, of Fayetteville, died July 22, 2013, at Bowers Hospice House.

Born May 14, 1943, at Beckley, she was the daughter of the late Emmitt Smith and Melda Marie Fulcher Smith. Cookie also was preceded in death in September 2012 by her husband of 18 years James “Jimmy” Ervin Altice Sr., and a stepson, James “Jimbo” Ervin Altice Jr.

Surviving: daughters, Jimelle Dillon of Fayetteville and Tralissa Combs and her husband, Lee, of Fayetteville; stepdaughters, Tina Sue Francisco and her husband, Bradley, of Mt. Hope, Lisa Sue Sadler and her husband, Jimmy, of Daniels, Melissa Ann Stiefer and her husband, Mark, of Coal City, and Tammy Lynn Altice of Crab Orchard; brother, Tommy Douglas Smith and his wife, Kari, of Beckley; aunt, Jannie Knepp and her husband, Tom, of Beckley; four grandchildren; 11 stepgrandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and a very special good friend, Eydie Polk and her husband, Wayne.

The funeral was July 27 at High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill, with Rev. Doug Alderman officiating. Burial followed in High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill.

The family requests that donations be made to the Bowers Hospice House, 454 Cranberry Drive, Beckley, WV 25801, and make sure to mention that your donation is in memory of Mary Beth “Cookie” Altice.

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Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.

Henrietta Mae Argabright Brellahan

Henrietta Mae Argabright Brellahan, 78, of Minden, died July 25, 2013, at Plateau Medical Center in Oak Hill.

Born Feb. 15, 1935, at Red Star, she was the daughter of the late Henry Martin and Rose Kozma Argabright. Her husband, Michael B. Brellahan, and sisters, Dora F. Hiltunen and Clara Terry, also preceded her in death.

She retired from Value City in Beckley.

Mrs. Brellahan was a member of the Baptist faith.

Surviving: sons, Edward Brellahan of Ohio and Clifford “Ned” Brellahan and wife Debi of Mount Hope; daughters, Debra Settle of Minden, Barbara Brellahan and husband Frank of Oak Hill and Margaret Tate and husband Johnnie of Umatilla, Fla.; 14 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren; and special friends, Bob and Sandy Thompson, Red and Loretta Treadway and Deborah and Jack Clay.

Funeral services were July 29 at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill with Rev. Ronald Richards officiating. Burial was at Gethsemane Memorial Gardens, Oak Hill.

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Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Sharon Ann Champ

Sharon Ann Paugh Weis Champ, 53, of Oak Hill, died July 21, 2013, at her home.

Born Feb. 6, 1961, in New Jersey, she was the daughter of Charles Paugh of Lanark, and the late Mary Bennett Paugh. She also was preceded in death by her sister, Vickie “Sue” Thomas.

Mrs. Champ was a former LPN, last working at the Rural Acres Clinic in Beckley.

She was a resident of Oak Hill for the past 13 years.

Mrs. Champ attended the Stanaford New Beginnings Church.

Surviving, in addition to her father: her children, Rachel Dove and her husband Tommy, of Lanark, and Sheena Weis of Lanark; grandchildren, Taylor Dove and Layla Weis; sisters, Debbie Maynard of Oak Hill, and Brinda Dunbar and her husband, Mike, of Lanark; and a brother, Charles “Bill Boy” Paugh of Lanark.

Graveside rites and burial were conducted at the Weis Family Cemetery at Maplewood July 26, with Pastor Lonnie Grear officiating. There was no visitation.

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Arrangements by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, Beckley.

Wanda M. Lewis Daley

Wanda M. Lewis Daley, 99, of Akron, Ohio, died July 20, 2013.

Born May 18, 1914, at Mount Hope, she was the daughter of the late Albert Henry Lewis and Jennie Mariah Angus Abshire Lewis. She also was preceded in death by her stepfather, James W. Sawyers; beloved husband, James T. Daley; brother, Cecil J. Lewis; sister, Nellie Jane Lewis Smith; half-brother, George A. Abshire; and half-sisters, Willie Muriel Adams Hatch and Hazel Dell Goldie.

After graduating from Mount Hope High School in 1932, she moved to Akron, Ohio where she discovered the Big Band sound of Jimmy Daley and His Orchestra. She and Jim were married in 1933 and had three children who also became professional musicians.

Wanda volunteered with the American Red Cross Bloodmobile program in Akron and at the Summit County Home.

She was a member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Akron, where she taught Sunday school for many years.

Surviving: her children, Marilyn and her husband, Dr. Douglas Boldon, James Daley and his wife, Diane, and Nancy Daley; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; one niece and one nephew; and several great-nieces and nephews.

A private graveside service was held at Rose Hill Burial Park in Fairlawn, Ohio.

She requested memorial contributions be made in her name to The Salvation Army, The American Red Cross, or Summa Hospice.

Arrangements by Billow Funeral Homes.

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Information submitted by Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope.

Rev. Delvin D. (D.D.) Elwell

Rev. Delvin D. (D.D.) Elwell, 83, of Lewisburg, formerly of Fayetteville and Hinton, died July 28, 2013, at the Summers Nursing and Rehab following a long illness.

Born Nov. 2, 1929, at Cunard, he was the son of the late John O. and Cora McClung Elwell. He also was preceded in death by a brother, John Robert Elwell.

He was a devoted minister who pastored many churches in Southern West Virginia, Virginia and Kentucky until his retirement from full-time ministry as the pastor of First Baptist Church of Hinton.

D.D. was a 1948 graduate and a standout high school football player at Fayetteville High School, 1953 graduate of Bob Jones University, former member of the Summers County Board of Education, and avid Mountaineer and Summers County Bobcats fan.

He will be fondly remembered for his voice and musical talent which he used to bring glory to his Lord and Savior. He had the privilege to pray in the United States Senate. His love and passion was for the Lord and his ministry that God had blessed him with.

Surviving: his loving and devoted wife of 61 1/2 years, June M. Elwell of Lewisburg; children, Pastor Delvin D. Elwell Jr. and wife Barbara of Shady Spring, Vickie Jo Carter and husband Bill of Front Royal, Va., Becky Lee Bates and husband Rev. Jim Bates of Greer, S.C., and Rev. Dale Elwell and wife Brantlee of Ronceverte; nephew, Bobby Elwell and wife Sheila of Greenville, S.C.; 13 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2, at the First Baptist Church of Hinton, with Rev. Doc Adkins and Rev. Gary Trout officiating. Burial will follow in the Restwood Memorial Gardens near Hinton.

Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 1, at the Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors in Hinton.

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Arrangements by Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors of Hinton.

Jack Hicks

Jackie “Jack” Hicks, 67, of Greenwood, S.C., formerly of Lansing, died July 28, 2013.

Arrangements are incomplete at Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, Fayetteville.

Carolyn Sue Nowlin Johnston

Carolyn Sue Nowlin Johnston, 58, of Page, died July 29, 2013, at CAMC - Memorial Division in Charleston.

Born May 10, 1955, in Oak Hill, she was the daughter of the late Burlin Allen and Marie Naylor Nowlin.

She was a nursing assistant for Kate Boone Nursing Home in Oak Hill.

Surviving: son, Steven Michael Nowlin of Page; stepson, Brian Johnston of Kincaid; stepdaughter, Angela Miller of Beards Fork; brothers, Alvin Nowlin of Concord, N.C., and Gary Nowlin of Plum Orchard; sisters, Sharon Nichols of Indiana and Dorothy Nichols of Braxton County; and eight grandchildren

Ms. Johnston was cremated. A memorial services was held July 30 at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill with Rev. Gary Johnston officiating. There was no visitation.

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Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Hazel Irene Kent

Hazel Irene “Cissie” Abshire Kent, 89, of Beckley, formerly of Mount Hope, died at her home July 22, 2013.

Born Oct. 26, 1923, at Mount Hope, she was the daughter of the late George A. and Mabel Perry Abshire. She also was preceded in death by her sister, Muriel Deal, and brothers, Ashby Abshire and Lewis “Tommy” Abshire.

Hazel was a retired employee of the Fayette County Board of Education as a custodian at Mount Hope Elementary School.

She was a member of the Mount Hope Christian Church and the Winolia Chapter No. 59, Order of the Eastern Star, Mount Hope.

Surviving: her son, Stephen B. Kent and his wife, Michele; grandsons, Stephen J. Kent and Logan Kent; brother, Charles “Jim” Abshire; several nieces and nephews; and special friends, Nancy Martin, Della Cole and John Creed.

Graveside rites followed by burial were July 26 at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Prosperity, with Minister Dennis Kinzer officiating.

Donations of sympathy may be made to Mount Hope Christian Church, PO Box 449, Mount Hope, WV 25880.

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Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope.

Barbara Ellen (Lovie) McGuire

Barbara Ellen (Lovie) McGuire, 81, of Ansted, died July 22, 2013, at her home following a short illness.

Barbara was born April 6, 1932, at Victor, and was the daughter of the late Homer Clarence and Mamie Piott Workman. Barbara also was preceded in death by her husband, Clinton McGuire, in 2010; a son, Moses McGuire; and brothers, Gene, Paul and Teddy Workman.

She was a member of the Open Door Tabernacle in Oak Hill and was a homemaker.

Surviving: daughters, Ellen Nilley of Oklahoma, Carolyn Holcomb and Mary Williams of Ansted; sons, Clinton McGuire Jr. and James McGuire, both of Ansted, and Kenneth McGuire of Kentucky; brothers, Nash Workman of Victor, Shelton Workman of Hico and William Workman of Victor; 15 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

Graveside services were conducted July 27 at the McGuire Cemetery at Victor.

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace of Ansted.

Anna Cathleen Holcomb McMillion

Anna Cathleen McMillion, 98, died July 28, 2013, at the home of her daughter, Margaret Ann.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Rich; her son, Robert; two infant babies; grandson, Robert Ray; great-grandson, Uriah; great-great-grandson, Christopher; and two sons-in-law, Paul Parrish and David Show.

She was a constant source of love, guidance, and generosity and will be deeply missed by all who knew her.

As a young bride of 15 in 1930, she and her husband, Rich, lived their lives in Fayette County until his passing in 1990. She remained in their home until her health at 96 years young forced her to live in Charleston with her daughter, Margaret.

Ann, or Annie as some knew her, devoted her life to caring for those she loved. She dedicated her life to the Lord early on and was a charter member of the Keeney’s Creek Missionary Baptist Church in Winona. She was the church pianist for over 50 years and served in the church in many capacities.

Next to her family, Annie’s flowers were her pride and joy. The beautiful flowers in her yard were a testament to her green thumb. She enjoyed admiring them on early summer mornings from her porch, where she had her daily cup of coffee. What a sweet treat it was for her family members to be able to sit with Grandma on the porch, and have a visit.

Surviving: her son, Roy; daughters, Margaret Ann Poling, Jane Parrish and Lindagail Holst (husband Russell); as well as 15 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren, and 12 great-great-grandchildren.

 life celebration service will be at the Keeney’s Creek Missionary Baptist Church at Winona at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 1, with the Rev. Joe Shaffer officiating.

Annie loved flowers but wanted them while she was alive. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations can be made to the Keeney’s Creek Missionary Baptist Church, PO Box 85, Winona, WV 25942.

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Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Ansted.

William Edward ‘Bill’ Menefee Jr.

William Edward “Bill” Menefee Jr., 78, formerly of Oak Hill, died July 30, 2013 at Hopewell, Va.

Born Dec. 9, 1934, at Crown Hill, Bill was the son of the late William Edward Menefee Sr. and Hazel Haymaker Menefee. He also was preceded in death by his son, James Edward “Jim” Menefee of Covington, Va., and grandson, William Matthew “Matt” Saye, of Prince George, Va.

A 1954 graduate of Collins High School in Oak Hill, he was also a graduate of Beckley College with an associate degree in Education.

Bill was the former pastor of Fellowship Memorial Baptist Church in Oak Hill for 43 years. During that time he was actively involved in the Fayette Plateau Ministerial Association and held various offices for several years. Bill was happiest when serving God and helping others. Bill served Fayette County and surrounding areas preaching God’s word and caring for people.

He loved spending time with his family, his church family, watching football and enjoying his grandchildren.

Surviving: his wife of 53 years, Rebecca “Becky” Owens Menefee; son, William J. Rainey and wife Caroline of Charleston; daughter, Betty J. Saye of Petersburg, Va.; son-in-law, William Jay Saye of Oak  Hill; daughter-in-law, Michelle Menefee of Covington, Va.; grandchildren, Elizabeth Saye of Petersburg, Va., and Brendan Rainey and Kate Rainey of Charleston; sisters, JoAnn Kessler of Fayetteville, Mary Pearson of Oak Hill, Wilma Gelfeld and husband Paul of Gaithersburg, Md., Peggy Greene and husband Carson of Indiana, Pa., and Nancy Smith of Oak Hill; brothers, John Menefee  and Paul “Jackie” Menefee, both of Oak Hill; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

The family will receive friends at Fellowship Memorial Baptist Church in Oak Hill on Aug. 2 from 5 to 8  p.m. Funeral services will be held at Fellowship Memorial Baptist Church on Aug. 3 at 11 a.m. Burial will be at High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill, with Rev. Robert “Bobby” Pauley and Rev. Pete Lokant officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Fellowship Memorial Baptist Church, PO Box 317, Oak Hill, WV or Crater Community Hospice, 3916 South Crater Road, Petersburg, VA 23805

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Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Wanda Dileonardo Sale

Wanda (Yolanda) Dileonardo Sale, 82, of Fayetteville, died after a long illness July 28, 2013, at Bowers Hospice House, Beckley.

Born Nov. 5, 1930, at Oswald, she was the daughter of the late John and Nancy Dileonardo. She also was preceded in death by her brothers, Nick Dileonardo and Willie Dileonardo; and niece, Nancy Neal.

Mrs. Sale was a member of Fayetteville United Methodist Church, where she was active in United Methodist Women.

She was a devoted mother and grandmother as well as a tireless worker and caregiver for her family.

Surviving: her husband of 60 years, J.J. Sale; children, Susan (Manuel) Rodriguez, Michael (Trina) Sale, and Sally Sale; grandchildren, Joseph, Kayla, and Luke; sister, Minnie (Dale) McGraw; nephews, John (Kathy) Williams and Robert Williams; and niece, Lisa (David) Spencer.

Funeral services were July 31 at Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home Chapel, Fayetteville, with Pastor Clare Sulgit-Horn officiating. Burial followed in Huse Memorial Park, Fayetteville.

Memorials may be made in Wanda Sale’s memory to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, PO Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38148-0142, or

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Arrangements by Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, Fayetteville.

Katharine Ruth Rose Siemiaczko

Katharine Ruth Rose Siemiaczko, 69, of Gauley Bridge, formerly of Charlton Heights, died July 8, 2013.

As per her wishes Kathy donated her body to the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine in Lewisburg.  

A memorial mass of Christian burial was held July 27 at St. Anthony’s Shrine Catholic Church in Boomer with Fr. John Rice as celebrant.

Contributions in Kathy’s memory can be made to St. Theresa Socity, c/o Sarah Morris, Treasurer, at PO Box 247, Pratt, WV  25162.

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Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

Afton C. Willis

Afton C. Willis, 63, of Fayetteville, died July 20, 2013, at Raleigh General Hospital.

Born July 4, 1950, at Richwood, he was the son of the late Afton C. Willis Sr. and Priscilla Nancy (Adkins) Willis. He also was preceded in death in June 2006 by his loving wife and mother of his two children, Bonnie Jones Willis, and a sister, Peggy Ann Almond.

Mr. Willis was a former employee at Cogar Manufacturing as senior fabricator, and at Class VI Rafting Company as equipment truck driver and mechanic.

Surviving: daughter, Kimberly Martin and her husband, Ira, of Brooklyn; son, Paul D. Willis and his wife, Angie (Ang), of Brooklyn; girlfriend and partner, Deanna Brooks, and her sons, Buddy Brooks and James Brooks of Wonderland; sisters, Sandra Long and her husband, Eddie, of Lanark and Pamela Byrd and her husband, Danny, of Mullins; and grandchildren, all of whom he nicknamed, Ashley (Baby), Bailey (Bay), Christian (Chritt), Brooklyn (Brookie) and Jackson (J.D.).

Funeral service was July 25 at High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill, with Rev. Jackie Pittman officiating. In keeping with his wishes, he was cremated.

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Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.