The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.

January 23, 2013

Obituaries - Thursday, January 24, 2013


Irene Beni

Irene Beni, 93, of Fayetteville, died Jan. 14, 2013, surrounded by her loving family and caretaker.

Born Aug. 18, 1919, in Radford, Va., she was the daughter of the late Grat Berkley and Ethel Lena Smith Hartsock. She also was preceded in death by her husband, Felix; her sister, Ruth Hurley; and brother, Grat Berkley Hartsock Jr.

After graduating at the age of 19 from Radford University, Irene taught for a couple years before marrying her husband, Felix. Having moved to Fayetteville to set up housekeeping, they soon began their family and Felix opened Benwick Feed and Supply Store and Irene became their bookkeeper. Unfortunately, In 1961 Irene was suddenly widowed and found herself running the business.

Several years passed and she returned to her teaching profession in the Fayette County public school system. While teaching and still raising her youngest daughter, she earned her Master’s in Education from Marshall University.

Irene was also an active member in her community. She enjoyed singing in the Fayetteville and Beckley community choirs as well as the Fayetteville United Methodist Church choir where she attended over 60 years. She was a member of the Fine Arts Council in Oak Hill, past president of the Vandalia Garden Club and also the Fayette County Garden Council, past president of the Art League, and a member of the Red Hat Society. She also was actively involved in the Fayette Study Club and was the former treasurer for the Fayette County Humane Society.

Irene left her daughters lasting gifts; a strong love for beauty and the arts; whether it be music, love of animals, growing or arranging flowers, sewing, painting or creating: all those intangible gifts that enrich one’s life; but most of all, she left them with a good set of values, self-reliance and a strong moral compass.

Like ripples from a stone thrown in still water, she will continue to make a difference in their lives and the world around them. Her grandchildren continue to reap the benefits through love of the arts. She will be sorely missed by her family but will remain in their hearts. Her life in this world made a difference and has left a lasting footprint.

Surviving: daughters, Felice Jorgeson and her husband, Kent, of Parkersburg, Theresa Stanley and her husband, Vernon, of Fayetteville, and Annette DeVito and her husband, Tom, of Raleigh, N.C.; grandchildren, Rene Jorgeson, Courtney Stanley, Cameron Stanley, Nicholas DeVito, Angelina DeVito; and one great-grandson, Jack Jorgeson.

Memorial services were Jan. 19 at Oak Hill United Methodist Church. Private burial graveside rites were at Huse Memorial Park, Fayetteville, with Dr. Charles Miller officiating.

Contributions may be made in her memory to the New River Humane Society, PO Box 955, Fayetteville, WV 25840.     

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

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



Lillian Nadeen Bowyer

Lillian Nadeen Bowyer, 83, of Ansted, died Jan. 16, 2013, at home following an extended illness.

Born Nov. 3, 1929, at London, she was the daughter of the late John Edward and Zynderella Long Chappel and her step-mother, Gladys Chappel, who had raised her. She a;sp was preceded in death by her husband, Grover Bowyer; several brothers and sisters; grandson, Kevin Ellevan; and nephew, Terry Chappel.

Mrs. Bowyer was a member of Lovers Leap Baptist Church at Ansted.

She formerly worked at Hawks Nest State Park in housekeeping and Western Felt in Chicago, Ill.

Surviving: her children, Marilyn (Gary) Dema and Roger (Terry) Bowyer, all of Cedar Lake, Ind., James Bowyer of Ansted and Barbara (Michael) Ashmore of Fayetteville; brother, James Chappel of Lavalette; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were Jan. 20 at Lovers Leap Baptist Church, Ansted, with Pastor Ron George Sr. and Pastor James Ellison officiating. Entombment followed at Restlawn Memory Gardens, Victor.

Memorials may be made in her memory to Lovers Leap Baptist Church Building Fund, PO Box 45, Ansted, WV 25812.

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

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



Robert Collins

Mr. Robert Collins, of Oak Hill, died Jan. 19, 2013.

Arrangements by Ritchie and Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.



Rita Louise Criss Evans

Rita Louise Criss Evans, 69, of Prudence, died Jan. 16, 2013, at Fayette Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Fayetteville.

Born June 5, 1943, at Prudence, she was the daughter of the late Glennie and Helen Kochinsky Criss. A daughter, Sally Evans; sister, Glenna Whitney; and brother, Frankie Criss; also preceded her in death.

She was a former hostess for the Comfort Inn.

Rita attended the Harvey United Methodist Church.

Surviving: daughter, Annette Evans of Oak Hill; sons, Bill Evans and wife Martha, and Glenn Evans and wife Annette M., all of Prudence, and Roger Evans and wife Cara of Summerlee; sisters, Lorrina Dilly of Prudence, Carol Horten of Fayetteville and Barbara Anders of Ghent; brothers, Gene Criss of Texas and Joe Criss of Hilltop; six stepbrothers and four stepsisters; and eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Graveside rites with burial following were on Jan. 19 at Hilltop Cemetery with Rev. Betty Lusk officiating.

The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Harvey United Methodist Church, PO Box 225, Glen Jean, WV 25846.

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

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.



Steve Grzyb

Steve Grzyb, 93, of Beaver, formerly of Oak Hill, died Jan. 12, 2013, at Bowers Hospice House in Beckley.

Born March 13, 1919, in Lochgelly, he was the son of the late Michael and Anna Jarosz Grzyb. He also was preceded in death by his brothers, Walter and Leo, and sisters, Mary and Stephanie.

Mr. Grzyb was retired from three different employers.

He was a U.S. Army veteran who served from World War II through 1979, at which time he retired with the rank of Major. A tank commander during World War II, he fought in Northern France and Germany.

He was a retired mine foreman for the New River Company and a retired electrician for McDowell Wellman.

Surviving: sons, Larry Grzyb of Raleigh, N.C., and Steve J. Grzyb Jr. of Eureka, Mo.; daughter, Judy Judge of Hilton Head, S.C.; brother, Joe Grzyb of Cleveland, Ohio; sisters, Stella Bosco of Des Plaines, Ill., and Rosa Kessler of Detroit, Mich.; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Graveside rites and committal services, followed by burial, were Jan. 18 at High Lawn Memorial Park in Oak Hill with Chaplain Bryan Knight WVANG officiating and with military graveside rites by Oak Hill VFW Post #3110.

The family suggests memorial contributions be made to Bowers Hospice House, 454 Cranberry Drive, Beckley WV 25801.

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

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.



Euvah Jeanette  Kincaid

Euvah Jeanette Kincaid, 84, of Tobaccoville, N.C., died Jan. 20, 2013.

Funeral services were Jan. 22 at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill with Carl Kincaid officiating. Burial was at High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill.

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

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.



Harold J. ‘Charlie’ Kowalsky

Harold Julian “Charlie” Kowalsky Sr., 83, of Fayetteville, died Jan. 19, 2013, at the Beckley VA Medical Center following an extended illness.

Born Aug. 19, 1929, at Gatewood, he was the son of the late Matthew James and Mary J. Kowalsky. He also was preceded in death by his son, Harold J. Kowalsky Jr., and grandson, Kenny Kowalsky.

Mr. Kowalsky was a disabled U.S. Army veteran and served during the Korean War Conflict.

He was a member of the First Church of God at Fayetteville.

He was a former Fayette County school bus driver.

Surviving: his wife, Pearlie Waveline Sorrell Kowalsky of Fayetteville; sons, Dennis J. (Libby) Kowalsky of Union, and Kenneth W. (Ginger) Kowalsky and Allen R. Kowalsky, Alvin E. (Leslie) Kowalsky, all of Fayetteville; daughters, Sharon L. (Rodney) Gibson of Columbus, Ohio, Karen S. (Jim) Bledsoe of Carrolton, Ohio, and Brenda L. (David) Burgess of Fayetteville; sisters, Janie, Susan, and Mary Jo; 12 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and his granddog, Princess.

Funeral services were Jan. 23, at Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, Fayetteville, with Rev. Michael Parsons and Pastor Richard Bradley officiating. Burial followed at Restlawn Memory Gardens, Victor.

Memorials in his memory may be made to the First Church of God – Building Fund, 114 Harvey Street, Fayetteville, WV 25840.

Online condolences may be sent at www.doddpayne hessfuneralhome.com.

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



William George Masters

William George Masters, 61, of Spartanburg, S.C., died Jan. 14, 2013.

Graveside committal services with followed by burial were Jan. 21, at Gethsemane Memorial Gardens, Pea Ridge Road, Oak Hill, with Pastor Ken Souder officiating. Military services were conducted by VFW Post 3110 of Oak Hill.

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

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.



Evelyn Kay Reid McGuffin

Evelyn Kay Reid McGuffin, 91, of Oak Hill, died Jan. 18, 2013, at Bowers Hospice House in Beckley.

Born Dec. 3, 1921, at Scarbro, she was the daughter of the late Frank and Lula Smith Reid. Her husband, Edward C. McGuffin, also preceded her in death.

Mrs. McGuffin was a member of the Lochgelly Baptist Church.

Like millions of woman of her generation she worked during World War II, initially as a shipyard worker in Groton, CN; helping to build submarines and at Swan Island, WA, building Liberty ships. She became an electric welder and riveter. By war’s end she was a master welder, teaching men how to weld.

She was a homemaker and resided in Oak Hill most of her life following the war.

Surviving: son, Michael McGuffin and his wife, Marilyn, of Charleston; and one niece and two nephews.

Graveside rites and committal services followed by burial were Jan. 20, at High Lawn Memorial Park in Oak Hill with a eulogy by her son, Michael McGuffin, officiating.

The family suggests memorial contributions be made in Evelyn’s memory to the charity of your choice.

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

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.



Margaret Anne Yelton Walsh Nix

Margaret Anne Yelton Walsh Nix, 82, of Oak Hill, died Jan. 17, 2013, at Plateau Medical Center in Oak Hill.

Born July 6, 1930, at Butler, Ky., she was the daughter of the late Robert and Zola Blanche Hodge Yelton. She also was preceded in death by her first husband, Claude William Walsh, on Jan. 22, 1994; second husband, James David Nix, on March 19, 2012; sister, Patsy Ramsey of Butler, Ky.; and a brother, Julius Yelton of Kentucky.

Margaret was a retired bus driver for the Fayette County Commission on Aging, co-owner of Mob’s TV Service and a former employee of Woolworth and former manager for the WV ABC Commission.

She was a member of the Hands All Around Quilting Club, Quilts and More Girls Group and the Senior Citizens Quilting Group, as well as the Arbor Day Foundation, Sierra Club and Civil Air Patrol.

Surviving: daughters, Margaret Louise Hunt and husband C.D. of Beaver, and Barbara Elaine Painter and husband Tom of Oak Hill; sisters, Jean Bryan and husband Ted of Xenia, Ohio, Janet Delaney and husband Joe of Falmouth, Ky., and Faye Rhomburg of Louisville, Ky.; her only granddaughter, Ka Fortner and husband Jason of Beckley; and special friend, Rita Holliday of Fayetteville.

Services were Jan. 20, at Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill, with Pastor Randy McGuire officiating. Burial was at High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill.

The family requests memorial contributions be made to Gideons International, PO Box 429, Oak Hill, WV 25901.

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

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.



Patricia ‘Trish’ Ellen Nutter

Patricia “Trish” Ellen Nutter, 70, of Cunard, died Jan. 15, 2013, after a year-long battle with cancer.

Born March 30, 1942, at Brooklyn Bottom, she was the daughter of the late John Henry Nutter and Dolly Ellen Smith Nutter. She also was preceded in death by her brothers, Ted Nutter and Eugene Nutter; and her sisters, Nina Mae Nutter, Lena Bell Nutter Leming, Lizzie Bell Nutter Beckett and Marie Tootsie Nutter Bennett.

She was a homemaker and caregiver to all. She loved her family.

Surviving: her daughter, Judith Ann Lewis and her husband, Joseph Scott Crist; her grandchildren, Trey Allen Crist, and Samantha Ann Lewis and her fiancé, Michael Hager; her sister, Bell Mae Wood; her brother, Amos Nutter; her niece, Judy Ann Ratliff; her nephew, Gary Wayne Nutter and his wife, Melinda, Sue Nutter; great-nieces, nephews and cousin that were like her own, Stephanie Lynn Beverage and her husband, Nicholas Beverage, Nichol Danielle Beverage, Robert Ray Conley, Tracy Ann Wickline and husband Brian Wickline, Waylon Garrett Wickline, Christopher Nutter, Jason “Jake” Nutter; and countless others who loved her and were loved by her.

Funeral services were Jan. 19 at Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home Chapel, Fayetteville, with Pastor Steve Hysell and Johnny Pittman officiating. Interment followed at the Cunard Community Cemetery.

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

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



Jerry Donald ‘Don’ Pearson

Jerry Donald “Don” Pearson, 76, of Oak Hill, died Jan. 16, 2013, at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Beckley following a long illness.

Born Aug. 23, 1936, at Peoria, Ariz., he was the son of the late Newton and Irene Richeson Pearson.

Don was retired from the air cargo industry and most recently from Enterprise Car Rentals in Beckley.

He attended St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Beckley and St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Oak Hill.

He was a U.S. Air Force veteran.

Surviving: his former wife, Mary Pearson of Oak Hill; sons, Tony Pearson and wife Teresa of Oak Hill and David Pearson of North Carolina; daughters, Teresa Rosiek and husband Rob of Fayetteville, Kathy Alexander and husband Mike of Fayetteville, and Dianna Sanford and husband Rick of Florida; sisters, Sharon McCord of Richmond, Va., and Delores Brewster and husband Jerry of Livonia, Mich.; 15 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were Jan. 18 at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill with Rev. Roy Gene Crist officiating. In keeping with his wishes, he was then cremated.

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

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.



Sarah Null Young Pollock

Sarah Rachel Null Young Pollock, 78, of Fayetteville, died Jan. 20, 2013, at the Golden Living Center in Glasgow.

Born May 15, 1934, at McDunn, she was the daughter of the late Grant and Hazel D. Sigler Null. She also was preceded in death by her first husband, Vernon E. Young, and her second husband, John H. Pollock; three brothers; and four sisters.

Mrs. Pollock was a member of Grace Baptist Church, Fayetteville.

She enjoyed sewing, quilting, crocheting, and working with flowers.

Surviving: her son, Eddie (Tammy) Young of Fayetteville; daughter, Sherrie (John) Pierson of Doylestown, Ohio; grandchildren, J.D. Pierson, Justin Pierson, Famon Pierson, and Savannah Young, all of Doylestown, Ohio, and Jason Young and Dylan Young, both of Fayetteville; one great-grandchild, Mason Young; and a sister, Geneva Clendenin of Sissonville.

Funeral services will be held at 12 noon on Thursday, Jan. 24, at Grace Baptist Church, Fayetteville, with Rev. Delbert Walker officiating. Burial will follow at Huse Memorial Park, Fayetteville.

Memorials may be made to Grace Baptist Church Building Fund, PO Box 336, Fayetteville, WV 25840.

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

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



Katie Walker Riley

Mrs. Katie Walker Riley, 100, of Oak Hill, formerly of Beckley, died Jan. 19, 2013.

Born Jan. 14, 1913, in Waldford, she was the daughter of the late Tillis and Ethel Haynes Walker. She also was preceded in death by her husbands, Charles Mattox and James Riley; sons, Curtis and Charles Mattox; sister, Myrtle Smallwood; and brother, Herbert Walker.

Answering the call to ministry, she ministered at New Bethel Temple, and later became a member at Sky Baptist Church, Beckley.

Surviving: daughter, Belinda Bradford of Grand Prairie, Texas; son, James Simon of Youngstown, Ohio; stepson, Alfonso Simon of North Carolina; 7 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends.  

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24, at Sky Baptist Church, 815 So. Fayette St., Beckley, with Rev. William Fruit officiating. Burial will follow in Greenwood Memorial Park, Beckley. Friends may call one hour prior to the service at the church.

Online condolences may be e-mailed to ritchie-johnson@suddenlinkmail.com.

Arrangements by Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.



Patti Lynn Arthur Rogers

Patti Lynn Arthur Rogers, 48, of Sugar Hill, Ga., lost her courageous battle with cancer on the evening of Jan. 12, 2013.

Born April 28, 1964, in West Virginia, she loved those “country roads” so she let them “take her home” for many visits with family and friends over her years spent living in Georgia.

She lived with her husband and daughter in Sugar Hill.

She graduated from Fayetteville High School and Concord College in West Virginia and received her Master of Science degree from North Georgia College & State University then completed her Specialist in Education degree at Lincoln Memorial University (Tennessee).

She loved teaching at Forsyth Central High School and helping the many hundreds of students over her 22 years there.

She was a champion of any cause she believed in and she loved with all of her heart. Her friends were always considered part of her family and they were all very fortunate to have her in their lives.

Surviving: a wonderful husband, Kevin Wayne Rogers, and a beautiful daughter, Lindsey Jenna Rogers, to carry on her legacy of love and devotion to her family and those surrounding her; her mother, Bea Arthur; sisters, Pam Arthur, Mary Ann Pennington and brother-in-law Tommy Pennington of Fayetteville; her brother, Rob Arthur and sister-in-law Beth Arthur of Raleigh, N.C.; niece and nephew, Heather and Noah Pennington of Fayetteville, R.J. and Kayla Arthur of Raleigh, N.C.; and brother, Curt and sister-in-law Sue Rogers of Suwnee, Ga.

A “Celebration of Life” was held Jan. 17, at Byars Funeral Home, Cumming, Ga.

The second “Celebration of Life” will be from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Jan. 26, at Fayetteville Methodist Church followed by commemorative service at noon at the church; all friends and family are welcome  to attend. Patti’s final resting place will be at Huse Memorial Park Mausoleum via private family ceremony.

In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the Forsyth Central High School Relay for Life of Forsyth County, Ga.

Donations in her memory to the Forsyth Central High School Relay for Life of Forsyth County, Ga.

Arrangements by Byars Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Cumming, Ga.

Online condolences may be made at www.byarsfuneralhome.com.



Larry Edward Short

Larry Edward Short, of Fayetteville, died Jan. 20, 2013.

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



Edna Smith

Edna Smith, 90, of Roanoke, Va., formerly of Pax, died Jan. 20, 2013.

Private online condolences may be sent at www.roseandquesenberry.net.

Arrangements by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, Beckley.



Teddy Seibert Stone

Teddy Seibert Stone, 83, of Mount Hope, died Jan. 21, 2013.

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

Arrangements are incomplete at Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope.