The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.

June 13, 2012

Obituaries - Thursday, June 14, 2012


Lonnie Elmer Atha

Lonnie Elmer Atha, 82, of Deepwater, died June 3, 2012, after an extended illness.

Born April 8, 1930, at Elkridge, he was the son of the late Arnet and Altha Stump Atha. He also was preceded in death by his brothers, Arnet Hugheston Atha Sr., Harold, Bob and Roy Atha; and a daughter, Noca Sanders.

Surviving: his wife, Virginia Atha; daughters, Lynn Fries and her husband, Paul, of College Station, Texas, and Sara Atha of Deepwater; sons, Dean Atha and his companion, Lori Smith, of Troy, Ohio, and Keith Atha of Deepwater; 9 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren; sisters, Juanita Mundy and Margaret Pack, both of Vandalia, Ohio, Carol June McDonald of Deepwater, and Glenna Nichols of Oak Hill; brothers, Jarrell Atha of Germantown, Ohio, and George Atha of Deepwater; and many nieces and nephews.

Service was June 6 at O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery, with Rev. Steve Murphy officiating. Burial followed at Kanawha Valley Memorial Gardens, Glasgow.

Expressions of sympathy can be sent at www.odellfuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.



Lee Charles Bell Jr.

Lee Charles Bell Jr., 51, died May 5, 2012, at his home in Gallagher.

Born April 26, 1961, in Oak Hill, he was the son of the late Patricia and Lee Bell Sr.

Graduating from East Bank Senior High School in 1979, he went on to serve in the United States Army from 1981 to 1983 as a radio operator.

Lee worked as a brick mason for many years, and later went on to achieve a bachelor’s degree in health administration from West Virginia University Institute of Technology in 1998. During the last four years, Lee worked as a supervisor for TRG Customer Solutions in Charleston.

Lee enjoyed being involved in the lives of his children and grandchildren, volunteering many hours, helping the PTO at Pratt Elementary, coaching baseball for several seasons and, more recently, teaching his granddaughter to fish.

Surviving: his wife and friend Melody; son, Lee (Trey) Bell; daughter, Emily Pendry, and granddaughters, Cailyn and Ella Pendry, all of Winston-Salem, N.C.; his sister, Lora (Randy) Crouser and their children, Devin, Dustin and Dylan; his brother, Larry Bowen; as well as many uncles, aunts, cousins and friends who love and will miss him.

Services were held May 11 at Pryor Funeral Home, East Bank.

Arrangements by Pryor Funeral Home, East Bank.



Nora Frances Cantley

Nora Frances Cantley, 88, of Charleston, died June 3, 2012, at the Valley Center in South Charleston.

Born Oct. 20, 1923, at Sanger, she was the daughter of the late Charles Wayman Cantley and Roena Spicie Scarbro Cantley. Nora also was preceded in death by her brothers, Arnold Cantley and Luther Cantley.

Nora was a member of Southridge Church in South Charleston for over 50 years.

She enjoyed her lifetime work as a caregiver; devoting herself to helping families in their time of need, the elderly and the sick; and the terminally ill in their home with personal caregiving until they passed away.

Surviving: sister, Romanza Hamilton of Oak Hill.

Funeral service was June 7 at High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill, with Pastor VP Palmer officiating. Burial followed in High Lawn Memorial Park.

Memorial donations may be made to the Southridge Church Building Fund, 100 Eagle Drive, South Charleston, WV 25309.

Online condolences may be sent at www.highlawnfuneralhomechapel.com.

Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.



Linda Kay Reece Cochran

Linda Kay Reece Cochran, 62, of Lochgelly, died June 6, 2012, at her home.

Born May 1, 1950, at Price Hill, she was the daughter of the late Billy Ray Reece Sr. and Clara B. “Dukie” Dwier Reece. Her husband, Joseph Elmer Cochran Sr., preceded her in death on Jan 25, 2006.

She was a former postal carrier for U.S. Postal Service in Oak Hill, and was a homemaker.

Surviving: children, Joseph E. Cochran Jr. and wife Susie of Beckley, and Tina Cochran Hargis of Maple Fork; a brother, Billy Reece Jr. of Oak Hill; a sister of the heart, Lilian Mathews of Oak Hill; and five grandchildren.

Graveside rites and committal service followed by burial were June 9 at Gethsemane Memorial Gardens in Oak Hill with Rev. Ken Souder officiating.

The family requests donations of sympathy be made to Tyree Funeral Home, 999 Jones Avenue, Oak Hill, WV 25901, to help with funeral expenses.

Online condolences may be sent at www.tyreefuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

 

Dara Lynn Corker

Dara Lynn Corker, 55, died June 3, 2012, at the Lewis Gale Hospital in Salem, Va.

Born March 4, 1957, in Oak Hill, she was the daughter of the late Harold Henry and Hazel Marie McNeil Corker. One sister, Patsy Sue Law of Oak Hill, and a brother, Harold Thomas Corker of Springfield, Va., also preceded her in death.

Although born in Oak Hill, Dara had lived most of her life in Beckley. Due to illness last year she had been hospitalized at Salem Health and Rehab in Salem, Va. During this time, God answered all prayers for her a number of times and sent His angels to watch over her until He was ready for her to come home.

Dara was truly an inspiration to all those who knew her as she faced devastating medical complications. Previously, her sunny personality and uplifting spirit made her a joy to be around. Nothing could match her joy at being in Oak Hill visiting her mother and being around the people she cared so deeply about — her family, her group home family, and the staff there. If she was around you, she would make her presence known with a friendly smile and a “Hello! How are you? It is a nice day today.”

She loved animals and briefly assisted at the Beckley animal shelter. She was fascinated with babies and small children and spoke to them in a very soft and loving way.

Dara enjoyed walks and picnics, shopping and outings, and watching TV, especially “All My Children.” She loved anything outside so it is no wonder she chose this warm spring month to make her journey home. If you hear someone giving a hearty laugh, think of Dara; she would tell a joke and laugh louder than anyone else. It is apparent that Dara loved all that life had to offer and brought meaning into the lives of her family and friends. I can hear Dara now, always admitting to being “Dara Lynn Corker from Oak Hill, W.Va.”

Surviving: sisters, Alice F. Wills of Montgomery, Ala., and Margaret A. Auxier of Virginia Beach, Va.; and a brother, Jack Corker of Las Vegas, Nev.

Services of celebration were June 10 at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill with Dr. Charles D. Miller officiating. Dara was laid to rest beside her mother at High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill.

Online condolences may be sent at www.tyreefuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.



Keith Edward Davis

Keith Edward Davis, 50, of Monroe, Va., died May 17, 2012, at his residence.

Born April 15, 1962, in Quantico, he was the son of Lydia Wriston Davis and the late Vaden Keith Davis. n addition to his father, Keith was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Lacy and Lois Wriston; paternal grandparents, Vaden and Bonnie Davis; and his uncle, Roger Davis.

Keith was an appraiser trainee for Davis Appraisals and a member of Corner Stone Baptist Church in Monroe.

Keith was also a charter member of Nelson Grays 2123, Sons of the Confederate Veterans and now Stonewall Brigade Camp 2196, Lexington, Va.

Surviving, in addition to his mother: his aunt, Margie Davis of Oak Hill; cousins, Amanda Davis and her companion, Earl Mullins, of Dothan, Joseph and Melonie Davis of Kenly, N.C., Danielle, Maci and Paisley, all of Kenly, and Jacob Hanson of Oak Hill; his wife, Cindy Davis of Richmond; his step-daughters, Christa T. Cullinane and family and Ashley T. Lawrie and family; his faithful pet-companion, Gretchen; special friends, Pat Potter of Fredericksburg and Steve and Pam Foster of Gloucester; and his church family.

A funeral service was conducted May 20 at Corner Stone Baptist Church in Madison Heights with the Rev. Peyton Fitzgerald officiating. Interment followed at Corner Stone Baptist Church Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Corner Stone Baptist Church in Monroe.

Arrangements by Whitten Monelison Chapel, Madison Heights, Va.



Carol Sue Hall

Carol Sue Hall, 67, of Fayetteville, died June 8, 2012.

Born Sept. 28, 1944, in Oak Hill, she was the daughter of the late Paul and Myrtle May Gibson Young. She also was preceded in death by her husband, Garfield Hall, in 1996.

Ms. Hall was a mother, grandmother and a great-grandmother. She was a homemaker and a former self-employed housekeeper.    

Surviving: her daughter, Linda and her husband, Thurmond Humphrey, of Fayetteville; grandsons, James Rice, Thurmond Humphrey II and Christopher Humphrey, all of Fayetteville; great-grandchildren, Casey James Rice, Courtney Marie Rice, both of Fayetteville, and Ava Roselyn Miller of Oak Hill; brothers, Bobby Clendenin of Fayetteville and Roy Clendenin of Pennsylvania; and Kim Miller and Joyce Hooper.

Funeral services were June 12 at Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, Fayetteville. Burial followed at High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill, with Pastor Larry Humphrey officiating.

Online condolences may be sent at www.doddpaynehessfuneralhome.com.

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



Freddie Gene Hodge

Freddie Gene Hodge, 66, of Hilltop, formerly of Artie, died June 6, 2012, at Hilltop Health Care Center.

Born June 18, 1945, at Artie, he was the son of the late Amber “Dutch” Armstrong and Lulda Hodge Bailey.

Surviving: his daughter, Amy Crabtree of Princeton; his son, Freddie Hodge of Princeton; brother, Harold Hodge of Kentucky; and one grandchild.

Funeral services were June 9 at the Artie Advent Christian Church with Rev. Jerry Tyree officiating. Burial followed in the Hodge Family Cemetery at Artie.

Online condolences may be sent at www.tyreefuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope.



Judith E. Logan Holmes

Judith E. Logan Holmes, 71, of Smithers, died June 3, 2012.

Born Sept. 3, 1940, in Powellton, she was the daughter of the late Alva Roy and Clara Ostrom Logan Sr.  She also was preceded in death by her husband, Charles William Holmes; son, Michael Holmes; brothers, James, Corky and Pete Logan; and sisters, Carole Peterson and Betty Slayton.

She was a long time member of Oakland Church of God in Smithers and she was retired from the State of West Virginia as an auditor with 32 years of service.

She was a member and former vice president of the Eagles Woman’s Auxiliary in Montgomery.

Surviving: son, William E. Holmes and his fiancee, Tiffannie Homes, of Poca; grandchildren, Brianne Morgan, Crysannia Holmes and Clara Jane Holmes; sisters, Mary Moore and her husband, Gary, and Becky Slayton and her husband, Larry, all of Fayetteville; sister-in-law, Nelda Logan of Smithers; and brother-in-law, Roger Slayton of Fayetteville.

Service was June 7 at O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery, with Rev. Paul K. Fowler officiating. Burial followed in Montgomery Memorial Park at London.

Expressions of sympathy can be sent at www.odellfuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.



Clifford Lavinder Jr.

SFC E7 USA (RET) Clifford Lavinder Jr. died Oct. 31, 2011, at his residence in Huachuca City, Ariz. In accordance with his wishes, he was cremated. The immediate family is inviting SFC Lavinder’s classmates, friends and relatives to share in a celebration of life at a committal service for his cremains.

Please join the family Wednesday, June 27, 2012, at 11 a.m., in the chapel at Huse Memorial Park, Fayetteville. Graveside military honors will be conducted by the Oak Hill VFW Post #3110. It would be a comfort to SFC Lavinder’s wife, Norma Eskew Lavinder of Huachuca City; daughter, Logan (John) Wizinsky of Grand Island, Neb.; son, Wayne (Dianna) Lavinder of Sierra Vista, Ariz.; brother, Randall (Barbara) Lookenott of Mansfield, Ohio; and brother, Frederick Joseph Lookenott of Springfield, Ohio, to share memories of this wonderful man who so deeply impacted so many lives.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations in SFC Lavinder’s name to VFW Post 3110, PO Box 221, Oak Hill, WV 25901; or donate to the Fayetteville High School’s scholarship fund. Make check payable to FHS Alumni Association, and mail to Joan Dickerson, PO Box 195, Fayetteville, WV 25840.

 

Lorena ‘Sis’ Miller Parker Lilly

Lorena “Sis” Miller Parker Lilly, 91, of Beckley, died June 8, 2012.

Born Dec. 5, 1920, in Bentree, she was the daughter of the late Alva and Almida Coleman Miller. She also was preceded in death by her sons, William “Beak” Parker and Michael “Popeye” Parker; brothers, Edward Miller, Jack Miller, Bike Miller; and sisters, Freda Weems and Ocie Walker.

Sis spent many hours volunteering her time at the Beckley Veterans Hospital and the Beckley YMCA.

Sis was a member of the Scrabble Creek Holiness Church in Gauley Bridge.

Surviving: her husband, Lonnie Lilly of Beckley; brother, Bobby Miller and his wife, Beverly, of Gauley Bridge; grandsons, Michael Parker of Charlton Heights, William “Billy” Parker of Oak Hill, and Dwayne Payne of Fayetteville, N.C.; many great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews, and she also adopted and raised many children and stepchildren.

Services were June 12 at Blue Ridge Funeral Home in Beckley, with Rev. James Washington officiating. Burial followed in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens.

Online condolences may be sent at www.blueridgefuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by Blue Ridge Funeral Home.



Lolitta Jean Jones O’Dell

Lolitta Jean Jones O’Dell, 73, of Hilltop, died June 8, 2012, surrounded by the family that she so deeply loved and who loved her in return.

Born Jan. 22, 1939, in Greenbrier County, she was the daughter of the late Elbert and Mary Jessie Patterson Jones. Jean also was preceded in death by her loving husband of over 51 years, William Henry O’Dell; and a son, Gregory Bryant O’Dell Sr.

Jean was a devoted mother and wife as well as a wonderful homemaker. She traveled with her husband as they shared his music ministry with several local gospel groups.

Jean worked for Ashland Oil for several years and enjoyed spending time with her friends and family. She found great joy in her great-grandchildren and watching them grow.

Jean was a faithful member of the Maple Fork Baptist Church. She also loved and cherished her church family very much.

Surviving: her sons, Randall O’Dell and his wife, Michele, of Charleston, and Timothy O’Dell of Hilltop; her daughter, Susan Blake of Fayetteville; grandchildren, Stacey, Amy and her husband, Josh, Keri, Kristin, Ashley, Gregory and his wife, Brittney, and Becca and her husband, Justin; great-grandchildren, Matthew, Noah, Laciee, and Liam; sisters, Kitty Morton and her husband, Mark, of Sand Branch, and Gloria O’Dell and her husband, Clifford, of Illinois; brothers, Darrell Jones of Rupert, and Lawrence Jones and his wife, Kathy, and Charles Jones and his wife, Helen, all of Oregon; and numerous nieces, nephews, and a host of precious friends.

Services were June 12 at Maple Fork Baptist Church, with Rev. Steve Board, Rev. Paul Chapman, and Pastor Jim Bowyer officiating. Burial followed at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens at Prosperity.  

Online condolences may be sent at www.roseandquesenberry.net.  

Arrangements by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, Beckley.



Josephine Parker

Josephine Elizabeth Parker, 92, of Oak Hill, died June 7, 2012, at Hidden Valley Center, Oak Hill.

Born Aug. 31, 1919, at Fayetteville, she was the daughter of the late John and Nellie Coppney. She also was preceded in death by her husband, Eugene Lee Parker, in 1965; nine children; and four brothers and sisters.

Josephine was a member of the Oak Hill Apostolic Holiness Church and a homemaker.

Surviving: daughters, Helen Jean Green (Bobby), Annie Canterbury, Deloris Smith (Bubbie), and Betty Kuhl; son, Eugene Lee Parker (Sharon); three brothers and sisters; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren.

Funeral services were June 11 at Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, Fayetteville, with Rev. Carlos Lewis, Pastor Phillip Fuller, and Pastor Eric Lewis officiating. Burial followed at Huse Memorial Park, Fayetteville.

Online condolences may be sent at www.doddpaynehessfuneralhome.com.

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



Jean Elizabeth Penman

Jean Elizabeth Penman, 87, Beaver, formerly of Mt. Hope, died June 9, 2012, at Beckley.

Born Sept. 15, 1924, at Natalie, Pa., she was the daughter of the late David and Harriet Fahringer Billman. She also was preceded in death by sisters, Elvina Wolfgang and Opal Maury; and brothers, Roy, David, Ambrose, Marvin “Pete,” John and Clarence Billman.

Mrs. Penman was an artist, enjoying painting and quilting.

She loved playing basketball in high school. She was a 1942 graduate of Mount Carmel Township High School, in Locust Gap, Pa., and was a member of the Maxwell Hill Baptist Church of Beckley.

She taught Sunday school at Mt. Hope Baptist Temple for many years while residing in Mt. Hope for 36 years.

Surviving: her husband of 64 years, Robert James Penman; a son, James Penman and his wife, Elizabeth, of Valparaiso, Ind.; a daughter, Joanne Penman and her husband, Charles Ramberg, of Charleston, S.C.; and grandchildren, Wendy Boughamer, and Robert, Anne and Katherine Penman.

Funeral services were June 12 at Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley, with Pastor Ken Killen officiating.

The family requests the donations in Mrs. Penman’s memory be made to Maxwell Hill Baptist Church, Beckley.

Online condolences may be sent at www.blueridgefuneralhome.

Arrangements by Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley.



Barbara E. Perkins

Barbara E. Perkins, 71, of Bland, Va., died June 9, 2012, after a long illness.

Barbara was born Feb. 13, 1941, in Scarbro, daughter of the late Curtis B. and Janet Prosser Taylor. She also was preceded in death by a brother, James R. Taylor.

Barbara graduated from Collins High School, Oak Hill, in 1959. She attended Concord College where she met the love of her life, E. Paul Perkins, in December of 1959.

She also was a member of the Bland United Methodist Church.

Surviving, in addition to her husband: her children, Cindy and Tim Adams, Paul C. Perkins, Timothy and Kim Perkins; brother, William C. Taylor; grandchildren, Jason and Eliza Worlledge, Emma Beth Perkins; several nieces and nephews; and special friends, Linda Taylor and Carol Bragg.

A graveside service was held June 12 at the Morning Star Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Bland County Rescue Squad or to the Bland United Methodist Church.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.highlandfuneralservice.com

Arrangements by Highland Bland Funeral Chapel, Bland, Va.



Deborah Lynn Smith

Deborah Lynn Smith, 61, of Beckley, formerly of Fayetteville, died June 6, 2012, at her residence following a sudden illness.

Born April 29, 1951, in Whitesville, she was the daughter of Joyce Cummings of Garten, and the late Bert Cummings.

Deborah was a 1969 graduate of Fayetteville High School, but in recent years had made her home in Beckley. Deborah had a ready smile and a heart of gold.

Surviving, in addition to her mother: her husband, Garrel Smith of Beckley, formerly of Fayetteville; her sons, Ian Smith of Pittsburgh, Pa., and Jacob Smith of Beckley; her grandchildren, Aidan Smith, Caleb Smith and Livia Smith; and a host of very dear family and friends that will miss her very much.

The family will hold a private memorial service for Deborah at a later date.

Online condolences may be sent at www.blueridgefuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley.



Tialisa Lynn Smith

Tialisa Lynn Smith, 46, of Oak Hill, died June 8, 2012, at her residence.

Born Nov. 20, 1965, at New London, Conn., on the nuclear submarine base, she was the daughter of Georgia Cody Kelly and step father, Edgar of Gatewood, and father, Herbert L. Smith of California.

Tialisa was preceded in death by a brother, David Wayne Smith.

She was a homemaker and a Christian, and attended the Advent Christian Church at Gatewood, when she was able and she was ready with God.

Surviving, in addition to her parents: her companion, James Scott Thombs of Oak Hill; children, Crystal McGuire of Oak Hill and Kenny Elmore of Ansted; brothers, William Lee “PeeWee,” Jess Edward and Michael Lee Kelly, all of Gatewood; nieces, Renae Smith and Ashley Kelly; and a nephew, Brandon Kelly.

Services were June 13 at Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill, with the Rev. Robert Pauley officiating. Burial followed in the Bibb Cemetery, Gatewood.

Online condolences may be sent at www.tyreefuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill.



Vicki Wade

Vicki Wade, 65, of Fayetteville, died June 11, 2012.

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