The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.

April 3, 2013

Obituaries — Thursday, April 4, 2013

Clara Davis Blakey

Clara Davis Blakey, 74, of Detroit, Mich., formerly of Ansted, died March 29, 2013.

Arrangements by Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.

Woodrow (Woody) Bosley

Woodrow (Woody) Bosley died March 29, 2013, at his residence in Beckley, due to lung cancer.

Born May 3, 1942, he was the son of the late Hench W. Bosley and Othela M. (Lindsay) Bosley.

He was a delivery contractor for The Register-Herald, delivering The Montgomery Herald, for more than 20 years.

Surviving: his wife, Carolyn A. Bosley; his son, Robert L. Bosley and his wife, Andrea; brother, Kenneth I. Bosley and his wife, Shirley; and sisters, Joann Smith and her husband, Ronald, and Carol Sue Rakouski.

A memorial service was held at Mount Calvary Baptist Church on Dry Hill Road in Beckley on April 3.

Nellie Marie Davis Coleman Boyd

Nellie Marie Davis Coleman Boyd, 88, of Oak Hill, died March 26, 2013, at her home.

Born Oct. 9, 1924, at Dothan, she was the daughter of the late Harvey Brenton “Bowser” and Elsie McKinney Davis. Her first husband, Arlie West Coleman; son, Arlie Gene Coleman; and brother, Brenton “Jr.” Davis, also preceded her in death.

Mrs. Boyd was a member of the Dothan Community Church and attended the Fellowship Memorial Baptist Church in Oak Hill.

She was a homemaker.

Surviving: husband, Freel Boyd; son, Frank E. Coleman and wife Ginny of Dothan; stepson, Stanley Boyd of Fayetteville; stepdaughter, Harlene Rice of Florida; stepdaughters-in-law, Arvilla Boyd of Florida and Charlene Boyd of Fayetteville; three grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were March 30 at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill with Rev. Bob Pauley officiating. Burial was at Lawson Webb Cemetery, Dothan.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Tommy Edward Campbell

Tommy Edward Campbell, 77, of Lorain, Ohio, formerly of West Virginia, died March 30, 2013.

Funeral services will be 12 p.m. Thursday, April 4, at Wallace and Wallace Funeral Home Chapel in Ansted with Elder Hillard Bates officiating. Burial will follow in the Fox Cemetery at Ramsey.

Arrangements by Wallace and Wallace of Ansted.

David Crawford

David Crawford, 60, of Scarbro, died March 31, 2013.

Online condolences may be made at

Arrangements pending with Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, 1901 S. Kanawha St., Beckley.

William Dudley Dugger Sr.

William Dudley Dugger Sr. of Fort Pierce, Fla., died March 24, 2013, in Fort Pierce. A tinkerer to the end, he was hospitalized with a screwdriver in his pocket.

Born July 7, 1926, in Savannah, Ga., he lived the last 30 years in Mount Hope, and Vero Beach, Fla., with his loving wife, Margaret Dugger.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Lida H. Moore, and his daughter, Lillian B. London.  

He was a graduate of the University of Georgia and a veteran of World War II, serving in post-war Japan. After the war, he worked for American Cyanamide and later became president and CEO of Beckley Magnetite, a supplier to the coal industry. He went on to create Dugger Enterprises which focuses on real estate development in West Virginia and Florida.

A talented engineer and entrepreneur, his passions included flying, motorcycle riding and steam engine restoration.

He and his wife enjoyed traveling, antiquing, and spending time with their family.   

Surviving, in addition to his wife: his children, Susannah M. (Johnnie) Merritt, William (Debbie) Dugger Jr., Elizabeth Jane D. (Norman Gordon) Booth, John Alan (Elizabeth) Dugger and Ralph Dion (Sara) Phillips; eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Services were March 30 at the North Sand Branch Worship Center, Mt. Hope, with the Rev. Ken Souder officiating. Following the service, he was laid to rest at Blue Ridge Memorial Garden, Beckley. Military graveside rites were performed by the Beckley VFW.

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Memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Society of Beckley, or other charity of choice.

Arrangements by Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley.

Mary Stevens Leonard Gray

Mary Stevens Leonard Gray, 70, of Mount Hope, died March 31, 2013.

Arrangements by Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.

Arthenia Gladys Gwinn Heaster

Arthenia Gladys Gwinn Heaster, 89, of Fincastle, Va., formerly of Sam Black, died at her home March 29, 2013.

Born Sept. 23, 1923, at Meadow Bridge, she was the daughter of the late Gilbert and Georgia Vandall Gwinn. She also was preceded in death by her husband, Harlis G. (Bill) Heaster, on July 23, 2003; brothers, Lovell and Eugene Gwinn, both of Meadow Bridge; sisters, Christina Gwinn, Faye Adkins, Daphene Dixon and Stacy Ennis; and son-in-law, Granville C. Hunter.

Arthenia was a homemaker and a member of the Sam Black United Methodist Church and attended faithfully until she moved to Fincastle where she attended Eagle Rock Baptist Church.

She loved to quilt and work in her flowers.

Surviving: son, William Harlis (Bill) and wife Shirley of Electra, Texas; daughters, Betty C. Hunter of Kieffer, Shirlie Graley and husband Charlie of Hurricane, Karen Gordon and husband Neil of Shiatook, Okla., and Remonia Thomas and husband Gerald of Fincastle, Va.; brothers, Gilmer Gwinn and wife Ilene, and Elzia Gwinn and wife Louise, all of Meadow Bridge, and Lowell Gwinn of Lindside; sisters, Georgetta Harrah of Meadow Creek and Gathalee Lafferty and husband Roger of Princeton; 11 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren.

Services were April 2 at Smathers Funeral Chapel with Pastor Billy Ronk officiating. Burial followed in the Wallace Memorial Cemetery at Clintonville.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Smathers Funeral Chapel, Inc., Rainelle.


Cecil C. ‘Q-Ball’ Holcomb

Cecil C. Holcomb (Q-Ball), 88, of Lookout, died March 27, 2013, following a long illness.

Cecil was born on April 18, 1924, in Lookout, the son of the late Ernest Meaken Holcomb Sr., and Louise McKnight Holcomb. He also was preceded in death by brothers, Forrest, Arnold, and Charles; sisters, Emma Jean and Ernestine; and a son, Cecil C. Holcomb Jr.

Surviving: his loving wife of 63 years, Wilda Eloise Clement Holcomb of Lookout; his children, Tom Holcomb and wife Pam of Summersville, Leota Smith of Beckley, Forrest Holcomb of Lookout, Lois Parry and husband Mike of Edmond, Clyde Holcomb and wife Michelle of Lookout, and Annette Holcomb of Lookout; 11 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren; brothers, Ronald Holcomb (Ursula) of Tennessee, Don Holcomb (Shirley) of Kansas, and Ernest Holcomb (Mildred) of Danese; and sister, Marshalene Buchanan of Texas.

Services were March 30 at Wallace and Wallace Funeral Home Chapel in Ansted, with Pastor Jesse Smith officiating. At Cecil’s request, he was cremated after the services.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Wallace and Wallace of Ansted.

Virginia D. Owens

Mrs. Virginia D. Owens, 78, of Mt. Hope, died March 25, 2013.

Born March 17, 1935, in Abbeville, S.C., she was the daughter of the late Calhoun and Robena Johnson Robinson. She also was preceded in death by sisters, Susan M. Mosley, and Barbara J. Ford; and brother, Samuel C. Robinson.

She was a member of United Missionary Baptist Church of Mt. Hope, and was a health care worker.

Surviving: her husband, Bernard Owens Sr.; son, Bernard J. Owens Jr. of Mt. Hope; daughters, Bernetta D. Owens and Ella Y. Owens, both of Mt. Hope, and Donita Owens of Lindenwold, N.J.; brothers, Claude J. (Gloria) Robinson and Tyrone S. (Dovie) Robinson, both of Las Vegas, Nev., Donald R. (Christine) Robinson of Grand Blanc, Mich., and Stanley Robinson of Indianapolis, Ind.; granddaughter, Jedda Owens; great-grandchildren, Justin and Sydney Owens; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral service was March 30 at Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor Chapel, Beckley, with Rev. Robert Morton officiating. Burial followed in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Prosperity.

Condolences may be e-mailed to

Arrangements by Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.

Roger Reese Reed

Roger Reese Reed, 65, of Corbin, Ky., formerly of Oak Hill, died March 24, 2013.

Born May 19, 1947, at Hinton, he was the son of James F. Reed and Juanita Reed Rookstool of Alderson.

He was preceded in death by his father, James F. Reed, and mother-in-law Lucille Rookstool.

Roger was a loving and caring man who enjoyed being around people and never knew a stranger.

He was an avid fisherman who loved nature and being in the outdoors.

Roger was a construction worker and bridge builder for 46 years and was a loyal member of the United Steel Workers Union. He was a Christian and enjoyed attending Hawk Creek Church in London, Ky.

He was a wonderful husband, daddy, and papaw and will be deeply missed.

Surviving: his wife of 48 years, Shirley Rookstool Reed; his daughter, Melissa Reed Taylor and son-in-law Wayne Taylor of Corbin, Ky.; grandson, Roger W Taylor and wife Jennifer Daniel Taylor of Corbin, Ky.; granddaughter, Christina Taylor Waninger and husband Sam Waninger of Richmond, Ky.; his mother, Juanita Reed Rookstool of Alderson; his sister, Anita Sharon Reed of Alderson; sister, Sandy Burnette of West Virginia; brother-in-law, Bill Rookstool and wife Wanette Rookstool of Fayetteville; sister-in-law, Gloria Lindig and Loren Lindig of Coshocton, Ohio; nephew, William Rookstool II and wife Crystal Rookstool of Jackson, Tenn.; good friend, Maxine Bush, formerly of Oak Hill; and too many friends and relations to list.

Funeral services were March 28 at High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill, with Pastor Bill McClung officiating. Burial followed in Alderson Cemetery.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.

Marie Rae Tonkin Simms

Marie Rae Tonkin Simms, 61, of Weirwood, died April 1, 2013, at her home.

Born March 15, 1952, at Clarksburg, she was the daughter of Helen Virginia Douglas Hought of Danese, and the late Calvin Bee Tonkin and stepdaughter of James Hought.

She was a cake decorator for Drive In Bakery in Beckley and was formerly employed at McDonald’s.

Marie was a member of the Pax Worship Center where she taught the adult classes on Thursday evenings.

Surviving, in addition to her mother and stepfather: her husband, Ricky Lee “Rick” Simms; her children, Tammy Donell and husband Steven, and Crystal Wriston and husband James, all of Weirwood, Danette Taylor and husband Scott of Middlesex, N.C., Charles Garvin and Brian Garvin and wife Crissy, all of Weirwood, and Trena Garvin and companion Michael Kincaid of Oak Hill; sisters, Gail Sinclair of Weirwood and Regina Blair and husband Paul of Springfield, Ohio; and grandchildren, Keith Wriston, Kayla Donell, Joshua Donell, Jonathon Wriston, C.J. Garvin, Zachery Donell, Kyle Garvin, Abigail Taylor and Madison Kincaid.

Services will be on Friday, April 5, at 1 p.m. at Tyree Funeral Home in Mount Hope with Rev. Dwayne Williams officiating. Burial will be at Pax Community Cemetery of Pax.

Visitation will be held at Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope, on Thursday, April 4, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope.

Sherman M. Sowder

Sherman M. Sowder, 80, of MacArthur, died March 30, 2013, in the Bowers Hospice House following a long illness.

Born Sept. 16, 1932, in Weirwood, he was the son of the late William Ernest and Goldie Settle Sowder. He also was preceded in death by his brother, Harold W. Sowder, and his sister, Loraine Lillian Radford.

Sherman worked for Oscar Vecellio building Valley Drive which is now Robert C. Byrd Drive; he also worked for Eastern Associated Coal, Consol Coal, and retired in 1997 from Pittston Coal as the regional prep plant manager.

Sherman loved fishing and regularly attended Oak Grove Christian Church. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.

Surviving: his loving wife of 56 years, Joanna Sowder; his daughter, Danita Bragg and her husband, Gary, of Maple Fork; brothers, James Sowder of Westchester, Pa., Bob G. Sowder and his wife, Jan, of Warrenton, Va., and Charles Sowder and his wife, Jessie, of Baltimore, Md.; sisters, Evelyn Turner of Martinsville, Va., Betty Kornke and her husband, Bill, and Roseann Culley, all of Baltimore, Md., Bonnie Hornsby of Bradley, Geneva Coley of Oak Hill; a special niece who was like a sister to him, Jacqueline Huffman, and her husband, Wayne, of Beckley; and many nieces and nephews and beloved friends.

Services were April 2 in the chapel of Blue Ridge Funeral Home, with the Rev. Kelly Gowen officiating. Burial followed in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens Beckley.

Online condolences may be sent at

Donations in Sherman’s memory can be made to Hospice of Southern WV, or Oak Grove Christian Church.

Arrangements by Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley.

Elaine Taylor

Elaine Taylor, 86, of Prince, died March 31, 2013.

Arrangements by Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.

Skyler Dawn Taylor

On Wednesday, March 27, 2013, our little angel Skyler Dawn Taylor went to Heaven. She was the daughter of Jonathan W. and April Dawn Milam Taylor of Dempsey Road, Fayetteville.

Surviving, in addition to her parents: her maternal grandparents, Randall K. and Sharon Elaine Milam of Beckley; paternal grandparents, Gary L. and Deanna Taylor of Taylor Branch, Fayetteville; and great-grandparents, Shirley M. Taylor of Oak Hill, James A. Smith of Kincaid, Herbert and Lorena Milam of Lester and Lenda and Virginia Polk of Midway.

Graveside rites and committal services, with burial following, were March 29 at Gethsemane Memorial Gardens in Oak Hill with Pastor Ronald Persinger officiating.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Mabel Ann Maynor Williams

Mabel Ann Maynor Williams, 61, of Toney’s Fork Road in Clear Creek, died March 28, 2013, at her home.

Born June 17, 1951, at Long Branch, she was the daughter of the late Ross Edward and Della Jane Williams Maynor. Also preceding her in death were a granddaughter, Breanna Williams; and brothers, Alfin Carl Maynor and Gary Cecil Maynor.

Mabel was a loving caregiver to many. She enjoyed quilting and doing crafts.

She attended Ewing Creek Church since 1976 where she has been very active. Mabel also taught Sunday school, helped with the Veterans Day service, youth rally, and also Bible school.

She was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother and a friend to many.

Surviving: her husband of 41 years, Dennis Williams; sons, Danny Williams of Clear Creek and Donny Williams and wife Paula of Pax; grandchildren, Chrystal Williams, Matthew Paul, and Kara Ann Williams, Jesse, who was like a son, and his wife, Rickelle Harding, and sons, Jesse II and Troy Harding of Lester; brothers, Raymond Maynor of Mossy, and Sanford Maynor and wife Mary Lou of Dry Hill Road; sisters, Ethel P. Flint of Beckley, Gloria J. Crew and husband Willis of Stanaford Road, Margaret L. Wines of Pax, and Florabelle Wines and husband Herman of Pax; as well as aunts, uncles, and many nieces and nephews and of course a host of friends.

Services to celebrate the life of Mabel Williams were conducted March 30 at the Ewing Creek Church in Clear Creek, with Pastor Loretta Taylor and Rev. David Taylor officiating. Interment followed at the Ewing Creek Cemetery at Toney’s Fork.

Private online condolences, floral gifts, and other expressions of sympathy are available at

Arrangements by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, Beckley.