The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.

December 12, 2012

Obituaries - Thursday, December 13, 2012

Billy Berkhouse

Billy Berkhouse, 83, of Fayetteville, died Dec. 9, 2012, at the Bowers Hospice House, at Beckley.

Billy was born Oct. 6, 1929, in Roane County, the son of the late Rome Berkhouse and Hazel (Dye) Berkhouse. Billy also was preceded in death by two infant brothers and another brother Charles Berkhouse.

Billy was retired from Elkem Metals Company at Alloy.

He was a member of the Cotton Hill Baptist Church at Bethwith.

Surviving: his loving wife of 62 years, Betty Berkhouse of Fayetteville; son, Richard Berkhouse and his wife, Velda, of Fayetteville; daughter, Deborah Lemon and her husband, Kevin, of Oak Hill; brothers, Bobby Berkhouse and his wife, Bonnie, of Colorado, Garland Berkhouse of Ohio, Gene Berkhouse and his wife, Karen, Jack Berkhouse, and Larry Berkhouse and his wife, Diane, all of Left Hand; sister-in-law, Geneal of Elkview; sister, Sue Burns and her husband, Allen, of Looneyville; grandchildren, Jennifer Berkhouse of Fayetteville, Melinda Tolliver and her husband, Bill, of Page, Rebecca Lynch and her husband, Jared, of Fayetteville, and Joshua Lemon of Oak Hill; and great-grandchildren, Kierston Tolliver, Christopher Tolliver, Arabella Lynch, Tristen Lynch, and Rosemary Tolliver.

Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13 at High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill. The funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home, with Rev. Danny Sears and Rev. Morris Nutter officiating. Entombment will follow in High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill.

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Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.

Ligao Chen

Ligao Chen, of Oak Hill, died Dec. 5, 2012, in Princeton Community Hospital following a long illness.

Born Nov. 20, 1934, in China, he was the son of the late Bao-cen and Shum Chen.

Li came to the United States in 1990. He was a retired chemist for Lamplighters Industries in Oak Hill, and a substitute teacher in Fayette County for many years.

Li was a member of the Oak Hill Baptist Church, the Chinese-American Association and the American Chemical Society.

He had a joy for gardening and chemistry research.

Surviving: his wife, Amelia Jean Jones Chen; stepsons, George A. Metz Jr. of Charleston and T. Aaron Metz of Morgantown; son, Wei Chen, as well as a daughter, brother and grandchildren, all of China.

A graveside service was held Dec. 9 at Calfee Cemetery in Mt. Tabor with Rev. David Snead officiating.

Online condolences may be left at

Arrangements by Calfee Funeral Home, Beckley.

John Madison Critchley

John Madison Critchley, 74, of Danese, died Dec. 2, 2012, at Beckley Appalachian Regional Hospital, following a long illness.

Born Nov. 29, 1938, in Raleigh County, he was the son of the late Richard Alfred “Buzz” and Mary Elizabeth Carter Critchley. He also was preceded in death by sisters, Genevieve Fletcher and Thelma Ausmus; a grandson, Matt Blair; and son-in-law, David Smith.

John was a miner for 38 years and a member of the UMWA.

He loved farming and his cows.

Surviving: his wife, Hilda of Danese; children, Steve Critchley of Lakewood, Ohio, Karen Smith of Pulaski, Va., Tony and wife Nikki Critchley, and Robert and wife Tressa Critchley, all of Danese, and Donna Sue and husband Mike Galford of Union; special former daughter-in-law, Mary Critchley Hundley of Corliss; sisters, Joanne Lehet of Parma, Ohio, Betty Seldomridge of Alderson, Dorothy “Sissy” Sheaves of Brecksville, Ohio, and Alice Wolfe of Cleveland, Ohio; brothers, Kenneth and Delbert Critchley of Danese, Jackie Critchley of Macedonia, Ohio, and Richard Critchley of Lexington, S.C.; grandchildren, Mark Critchley, Brian Critchley, Little Tony Critchley, John Blair and Jennifer and husband Robert Amick; and great-grandchildren, Braedyn Tharp, Macie Critchley, Laiken Critchley, Braelynn Critchley and special great-grandchild, Hunter Amick.

Services were Dec. 8, at the Wallace & Wallace Chapel in Rainelle, with Pastor Floyd Bolen and special friend Roger Eades officiating. Burial followed at the John M. Critchley Homeplace Cemetery in Danese.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace, Inc., of Rainelle.

Helen Wilson Davis

Helen Marie Wilson Davis, 59, of Oak Hill, formerly of Beckwith, died Dec. 4, 2012, at home.

Born Nov. 27, 1953, at Beckwith, she was the daughter of the late Raleigh and Catherine Smith Wilson. She also was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Davis, in 2001.

Mrs. Davis was a member of Sand Branch Worship Center and a homemaker.

Surviving: her daughters, Lisa Helems of Fayetteville, and Kristy Smith and Heather Davis, both of Oak Hill; grandchildren, Daniel Helems, Quinton Helems, Kelsi Walker, Kaylea Blankenship and Kolby Hunt; sisters, Debbie Gilliam and Violet Brubaker; and lifelong friend, Robin Rice.

Funeral services were Dec. 7 at the Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home Chapel, Fayetteville, with Pastor Ken Souder and Pastor Freddie Stapleton officiating. Burial followed at High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill.

Donations may be made to the family to assist with expenses.

Online condolences may be sent at

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

Kassandra Ashley Gill Guhl

Kassandra Ashley Gill Guhl, 26, of Morgantown, died Nov. 10, 2012 in Morgantown.

Born Aug. 2, 1986, at Beckley, she was the daughter of James Gill of Charleston, and Debra Buckner of Whipple.

She was a nursing assistant in Cross Lanes.

Kassandra was a graduate of Oak Hill High School and was of the Pentecostal faith.

Surviving, in addition to her parents: a brother, Justin Gill of Charleston; and sisters, Tonya Williams of Scarbro, Crystal Gill of Charleston and Jessica Robinson of Scarbro.

A memorial service was held Dec. 8, at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill, with Rev. Randy Sadle officiating.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Shanda Gayle Hicks

Shanda Gayle Hicks, 77, of Springdale, died Dec. 10, 2012, at her home following a long illness.

Born March 20, 1935, in Ronceverte, she was the daughter of the late Ted Goodson and Margaret Woolwine Begley. She also was preceded in death by her son, Allen Hicks; her daughter, Donna Joan Cheek; her brother, Stone Begley; her sisters, Darlene Loving, Gertie Ratliff and Janet Summers; and her great-granddaughter, Rhenea Walker.

Shanda was a homemaker who loved her family.

Surviving: her husband of 60 years, Frank Edward Hicks Jr.; her daughters, Gloria Anne Werner of Gloucester, Va., Eugenia C. Johnson of Newport News, Va., and Brenda Lee Serber of Hampton, Va.; her sons, Michael Hicks (Diana) and Gregory Hicks (Rhonda), all of Hampton, Va.; her brothers, Delbert Woolwine (Midge) of Elkhart, Ind., Larry Begley of Gauley Bridge, Richard Begley (Mary) of Fairdale, Ted Goodson (Joetta), Bob Goodson (Loretta), John Goodson (Gladys), Tom Goodson (Mackie), and Don Goodson (Sandy); her sister, Nancy Rader (Clark); her brother-in-law, Terry Loving of Clifton Forge, Va.; 16 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren.

A graveside service will be at 3 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13 in the Hampton Memorial Gardens, Hampton, Va.

Arrangements by Smathers Funeral Chapel Inc., Rainelle.

Joe Lee Howell Sr.

Joe Lee Howell Sr., 69, of Oak Hill, died Dec. 9, 2012, at Plateau Medical Center, Oak Hill.

Born Sept. 14, 1943, at Beckwith, he was the son of the late Joe Henry and Virginia Irene Davidson Howell. He also was preceded in death by his brother, Lawrence Howell.

Mr. Howell proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War.

He was ground superintendent at High Lawn Memorial Park at Oak Hill.

Surviving: his wife, Marie Alana Parker Howell of Oak Hill; daughters, Kimberly Sutphin and husband Kelly of Oak Hill and Katrina Johannesen and husband Richard of Beckley; son, Joe Howell Jr. and wife Cherie of Beckley; sisters, Virginia Moore of Kentucky, and Arbutus Vance and Debra Cross, both of Oak Hill; brother, David Howell of Oak Hill; eight grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were Dec. 12 at Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, Fayetteville. Burial followed at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Beckley.

Online condolences may be made at

Arrangements by Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home.

Vernon Adolphius Jones

Mr. Vernon Adolphius Jones, 63, of Mt. Hope, died Dec. 4, 2012, at Bowers Hospice House after a short illness.

Born May 29,1949, in Kaymoor, he was the son of the late Elbert and Rosa Jackson Jones. He also was preceded in death by his sister, Barbara Johnson; and granddaughter, Carrie Katherin Jones.

Mr. Jones was a member of Price Hill Baptist Church, and an Army veteran.

He also graduated from Mt. Hope High School with honors and worked at Day and Night garage.

Surviving: wife, Rita Jones (Walton) of Mt. Hope; daughters, Misty Jones of Beckley, Michelle Jones and Snisia Jones, both of Mt. Hope; brothers, Elbert Jones of Beckley, Bobbie (Lisa) Wilson of Hinton, Neal (Karen) Jones of Denver, Colo., and Micheal (Donna) Jones of Beckley; sisters, Bertha (Leroy) Deering of Maryland, Edith (Nathan) Moore of Ohio, and Elestyne (Ralph) Walton of Martinsburg; 13 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild, and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were Dec. 10 at Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Beckley, with Rev. William R. Stevens and Rev. Nelson Staples III officiating. Burial followed in Greenwood Memorial Park, Beckley.

Condolences may be e-mailed to

Arrangements by Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.

Mary Sue Mottesheard

Mary Sue Mottesheard, 66, of Ansted, died Dec.r 9, 2012.

Ms. Mottesheard was cremated. There will be no visitation or service.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Rose Mary Meredith Painter

Rose Mary Meredith Painter, 69, of Pax, died Dec. 6, 2012, at her home surrounded by her family, after a courageous battle with cancer.

Born July 27, 1943, at Westerly, she was the daughter of the late Russell and Rachel Meredith. She also was preceded in death by her brothers, Jimmy, Bucky and Clarence Meredith.

Rose Mary spent her life finding good in everyone. Her career was raising her family and taking care of her home. She also worked as a child care/day care specialist at Enchanted Bridge Day Care and finished her working career at Buck’s Store.

She was the chairwoman of the Pax Community Event Committee which plans and hosts events that focus on community members, especially children. She loved her community, the people in it and was an avid worker and fundraiser to help others. Christmas being her favorite time of the year, she was most proud of the Nativity scene that joined in the decorations at the Humphrey Park this year which was made possible by the generous donations she raised from community members. She encouraged all she spoke with to go by and see it and to reflect on its meaning.

Mrs. Painter attended Mabscott Christian Baptist Church.

Through all of her illness and its trials she never complained or questioned why she had this challenge; she only wanted to be used in whatever way God could get the glory. Her strongest desire was that her loved ones (and that included her community members) who were not saved would come to know the Lord as their Savior so they could join her in heaven some day.

Surviving: her husband of 52 years, Claude; her daughters, Sheila Johnson and husband Glenn, and Becky Holley and husband Doug; son, Danny Painter and wife Angie; grandsons, Josh Johnson and wife Amy, Jeremiah Johnson, Kristopher Holley and Tyler Painter; granddaughter, Autumn Sturgill and husband Josh; and great-grandsons, Matthew and Noah Johnson, all of Pax; her sister, Ann Thomas of Cirtsville; brothers, Henry Meredith and wife Barbara, and Joe Meredith and wife Debbie, all of Pax, and Chester Meredith and wife Glyda of Greensboro, N.C.; sister-in-law, Jane Wingrove and husband Robert of Dothan; and many nieces, nephews and special friends also survive.

Funeral services were Dec. 9, at Tyree Funeral Home in Mount Hope with her pastor and friend Harmon Davis officiating assisted by her son-in-law, Pastor Doug Holley. Burial was at Pax Community Cemetery.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope.

Clara ‘Jeanette’ Spain

Clara “Jeanette” Spain, 82, of Frederick, Md., formerly of Piney View, died Dec. 7, 2012.

Born June 14, 1930, in Cunard, she was the daughter of the late Benjamin Franklin, and Beulah Alma Adkins Campbell. She also was preceded in death by her husband, Morris “Sam” Spain; her grandson, Robert Wilder; and a son-in-law, Richard Wilder.

Surviving: her daughters, Brenda Sines and husband Dennis of Boonsboro, Md., and Linda Wilder and her husband, Mark Nelson, of Gardner, Mass.; grandchildren, Richard Wilder, Tracy Lewis, Robin Sines, and William Wilder; and eight great-grandchildren.

Services were Dec. 12 in the chapel of Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley, with the Rev. Smith officiating. Burial followed in High Lawn Memory Gardens, Oak Hill.

An online guest registry and other information can be found at

Arrangements by Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley.

Nena Beverley Nichols Wolfe

Nena Beverley Nichols Wolfe, 55, of Oak Hill, died Dec. 4, 2012, at CAMC, MICU in Charleston, after a long illness with complications of rheumatoid arthritis. Her husband and sons were by her side.

Born April 2, 1957, at Oak Hill, she was the daughter of the late Maynard and Jewell Mae (Nichols) Nichols.

Surviving: her loving husband, Terry W. Wolfe; sons, Shawn Wolfe; wife, Kirby of Oak Hill and Travis Wolfe; three grandchildren; and her brothers, Larry Nichols, Lance Nichols, Steve Nichols and Randy Nichols whom she loved very much.

Bev donated her body to the Human Gift Registry at WVU School of Medicine with the hope that others might benefit.

It was her wish to have no traditional service. Family and friends will mourn and celebrate her life in private. She will be dearly missed.

Online condolences may be sent at

Information submitted by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.