The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.

October 31, 2012

Obituaries - Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012

Ronnie E. Bickford

Ronnie E. Bickford, 61, of Beckwith, died Oct. 25th 2012, at Plateau Medical Center.

Born Sept. 5, 1951, in Beckwith, he was the son of the late Robert and Fannie Holly Bickford. He also was preceded in death by his maternal and paternal grandparents and two infant brothers, Bobby and Tommy.

Mr. Bickford retired from the City of Oak Hill after 25 years of service.

He was loved dearly by many. He will be missed terribly but remembered oh so greatly.

Surviving: his wife, Geraldine; daughters, Misty Roberts and Wendy Sears; stepchildren, Rachel White and Nathan Adkins; his grandchildren, Natalie, Cayla, Chelsea, Kristen, Tyler, Mya, Luke and Morgan; his brothers, Charles and (Mary /Snookie) Bickford of Hilltop, Leo Bickford of Chicago, Jim and (Bonnie) Bickford of Beckwith, Jack and (Margaret Ann) Bickford of Oak Hill, and Leonard and (Anna) Bickford of Minden; his sisters, Frances and (Jerry Jones) Giles of Beckley, Trudy Bickford of Fayetteville, Louise and (David) Gillespie of Beckwith, and Lisa Gaye (Jerry) Bess of Pinnacle, N.C.; many nephews, nieces and other relatives and many, many friends; a special niece, Mackenzie, and nephews, Maximus and Mathias; and very close and special friends, Samuel (Hambone) Boardwine, Jimmy Bryson, and Steve and Trena Payne.

Funeral service was Oct. 29, at Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, Fayetteville, officiated by Pastor Jackie Pittman.

Online condolences may be sent at

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

Euva Lee Campbell

Euva Lee Campbell, 91, of Philadelphia, Pa., formerly of Fayetteville, died Oct. 21, 2012, at Cathedral Villages, Philadelphia, following an extended illness.

Born June 13, 1921, at Princeton, she was the daughter of the late Ada Sue Daughtery and Wesley Lee Dunn. She also was preceded in death by her husband, Charles William Campbell; son, Larry Wayne Campbell; sister, Virginia Carnes; and her brothers, Oscar, Ira, and Billie Dunn.

Mrs. Campbell attended the Fayetteville First Church of God where she was a member of the first congregation and a Sunday school teacher to the younger children.

She was also a member of Fayetteville Christ Fellowship, Gatewood Brethren Church, and participated in several projects at The Learning Center.    

She worked as a cook at Altamont School at Garten; she was a clerk at Cook’s Department Store, Fayetteville, and at Cotcamp’s General Store, Gatewood; and a Chapter I aide in the Reading and Math Lab at Gatewood Elementary School.

Mrs. Campbell was well known in her neighborhood for her hospitality, culinary skills and open-door policy to share time in her kitchen. Her guests were the recipients of her wonderful hugs in addition to her delicious food.

Surviving: her brother, Melvin Lewis Dunn of Princeton; sons, Charles Lee Campbell and wife Georgia of Markleville, Ind., and Randy L. Campbell and wife Diane of Burlington, N.C.; daughter, Donna Jean Wolf and husband Richard of Philadelphia, Pa.; grandchildren, Angela Griffin, Dawn Dilello, and Brandy Campbell; and great-grandchildren, Justin Griffin, Kurstin Griffin, and Campbell Dilello.

Funeral services were Oct. 25, at Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, Fayetteville, with Pastor Scott Lester officiating. Burial followed in Huse Memorial Park, Fayetteville.

Memorials may be made in her memory to Gatewood Brethren Church, c/o Rev. Scott Lester, 377 Cedar Road, Crab Orchard, WV 25827.

Online condolences may be sent at

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

Ronald L. Carter

Ronald L. Carter, 67, died suddenly Oct. 22, 2012, at his home in Crab Orchard, of an apparent heart attack.

The third of seven children, Ronald Lee Carter was born on Nov. 1, 1944, in Oak Hill, the son of the late William Ray and Ruth Evelyn Harmon Carter. A brother, James Ray, and a sister, Glenna Ruth, also preceded him in death.

Ronald spent his childhood at Mt. Hope.

A resident of Crab Orchard, he was a contractor and builder for Suddreth Contracting. Ronald retired in 2009.

He attended the Mabscott Holiness Church.

An antique car enthusiast, Ronald was a member of the Shade Tree Car Club and will be remembered for his ‘57 Ford and ’47 Chevy.

From the age of 10 years, Ronald went to school with Nancy Carol Treadway. They were truly childhood sweethearts. Married on Sept. 25, 1963, the early years of their marriage were spent in the Atlanta, Ga., area where their children, Ronald Lee Jr., Teresa Carol and Rodger Dean were born. The family would return to Crab Orchard where they have made their home the past 41 years. Ronald and Nancy have been blessed with five grandchildren. He was the proud “Paw Paw” of Chris, Dominique, Chester, Bianca and Brandon.

Ronald also leaves his surviving brothers and sisters, Carol Stump and her husband, Randy, Barbara Lyle and her husband, Milton, Robert Carter and his wife, Sandra, Richard Carter and his wife, Linda, and Thomas Carter. Several nieces and nephews survive as well as former co-workers, neighbors and friends.

A service of remembrance was held Oct. 25 at the Melton Mortuary Chapel with Pastor Eddie Tucker officiating. Ronald was laid to rest in the Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens at Prosperity.

Online condolences may be sent to the family’s guestbook at

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary, Inc., Beckley.

James E. Fredericks Sr.

James E. Fredericks Sr. 74, of Oak Hill, died Oct. 24, 2012, at his home following an extended illness.

Born March 30, 1938, in Minden, he was the son of the late Fred and Gertrude Rilat Fredericks. A son, James E. Fredericks Jr., and brothers, Ernest, Fred and William, also preceded him in death.

James served his country in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Ross where he worked as a Machinist’s Mate Ship Repair Engine Operator (MMSR) from 1956 to 1960.

After serving the Navy, James went to Chicago to study tool and die graduating from Allied Institute of Technology. There he met his wife, then returned to Oak Hill.

James was founder and president of RI-JA Machining Co that was established in 1966. He purchased and built the first business in Lochgelly’s Industrial Park where the company is currently located today.  

James loved to golf. He was a member of the White Oak Country Club, a member of the Oak Hill Rotary Club for whom he served twice as president, and was of the Lutheran faith.

A true visionary, his intellect, humor, charm and wit will be very much missed by all.

Surviving: his wife of 47 years, Rita (Worthington) Fredericks; his son, Kurt Fredericks and his wife, Melissa, of Oak Hill; stepchildren, Dale Mackey, Richard Mackey and his wife, Judith, and Barbara Mackey of Oak Hill, and Pamela Finy and husband Moe of Westerville, Ohio; brothers, Benjamin Fredericks and his wife, Arlene, of Albuquerque, N.M., and Charles (Jerry) Fredericks and his wife, Jane, of Fayetteville; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

There will be no viewing. Services will be private.

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

George Lee ‘Bitsy’ Hogan

George Lee “Bitsy” Hogan, 60, of Fayetteville, died at home.

Born on June 13, 1952, at Fayetteville, he was the son of the late Albert Paget Hogan and Mary Lee Pennington Hogan.

Bitsy graduated from Fayetteville High School in 1970 and was a U.S. Army veteran.

Surviving: his brothers, Albert Michael “Mike” Hogan and wife Jane and James “Jim” Hogan and wife Diana, all of Fayetteville; sister, Margaret “Margie” Henderson of Pasadena, Md.; and nieces and nephews, Cindy Godwin, Jennifer DeQuasie, Susan Boblitz, Jimmy Hogan and Jonathan Hogan.

Graveside services were Oct. 29 at Huse Memorial Park, Fayetteville, with Monty Price officiating.

Online condolences may be sent at

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

James Phillip Lafferty

James Phillip Lafferty, 62, of Stanaford, died Oct. 25, 2012, at Appalachian Regional Hospital in Beckley.

Born May 9, 1950, in Martin, Ky., he was the son of the late Joseph E. and Opal Isaac Lafferty.

James was a master electrician, having worked for Statewide Electric.

Surviving: his wife, Susan Donell Lafferty of Stanaford; son, Aaron Lafferty of Charleston; daughter, Amber Lynn Ayers and husband Richard of Fredericksburg, Md.; stepdaughters, Sheree Hunt of Mt. Hope, Renise McCraw of Elkton, Md., and Nicole Murray of Middletown, Del.; his sister, Anna Lafferty of Pikeville, Ky.; and one grandchild.

Funeral services were Oct. 29 at the Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope, with the Rev. Jerry Tyree officiating. Burial followed in Pax Community Cemetery at Pax.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope.

Millard Thomas Law

Millard Thomas Law, 80, of Oak Hill, died Oct. 20, 2012.

The funeral service was Oct. 27 at High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill, with the Rev. David Edwards officiating. Burial followed in High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.

Richard ‘Rick’ Pennington

Richard C. “Rick” Pennington, 67, of Fayetteville, died Oct. 22, 2012, at Raleigh General Hospital, Beckley.

Born Aug. 19, 1945, in Oak Hill, he was the son of the late Ballard Richard Pennington and Helen M. Crist Pennington.

Rick was a Fayette County Sheriff’s Deputy for 14 years.

He was a self-employed stable owner of A&J Stables.

It was his desire to be cremated and with no services.

Memorials in his memory may be made to the Hawks Nest Bass Club for Advanced Youth Fishing Tournament.

Online condolences may be sent at

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

William Lee Shepherd III

William Lee Shepherd III, 40, of Oak Hill, died Oct. 27, 2012.

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Mary Ella Walthall

Mary Ella Walthall, 91, of Meadow Bridge, died Oct. 23, 2012.

Born Aug. 15, 1921, at Lawton, she was the daughter of the late Tom and Lottie Cales McGuire. She also was preceded in death by her husband, Leslie Walthall; her son-in-law, Teddy Campbell; brothers, Dick and Jack McGuire; and sisters, Anna Jamesion and Anita McCombs.

Mary Ella was a homemaker who loved her family.

She was a member of the Springdale Church of Christ.

Surviving: her daughter, Jean Campbell of Rainelle; a sister, Deloris Snodgrass and husband Phil of Elizabeth City, N.C; a grandson, Rick Campbell and wife Kimmie of Rainelle; great-grandchildren Richard Campbell of Rainelle, Brandi Owens of Higginsville, Mo., and Nancy Osborne and husband Matt, Travis Keener and wife Cherie, and Cheri Keener, all of Rainelle; 10 great-great-grandchildren and a special niece, Norma Michaels and husband Mike of Meadow Bridge.

Services were Oct. 25 at Smathers Funeral Chapel with Rev. Daniel Cook officiating. Burial followed in the Wallace Memorial Cemetery at Clintonville.

Arrangements by Smathers Funeral Chapel, Inc., Rainelle.

Anna Frances Whitlock Wilder

Anna Frances Whitlock Wilder, 81, of Beckley, died Oct. 19, 2012, at Raleigh General Hospital.

Born Dec. 7, 1930, at Oak Hill, she was the daughter of the late James Kenneth Whitlock and Icie McKinny Whitlock. She also was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth Wilder; a daughter, Vaughn Roxanne Thomas; and brothers, Grady Whitlock and Billy Whitlock.

Anna graduated from Marshall University.

Surviving: her son, Matthew Wilder and his wife, Sarah, of Fayetteville; brother, James Whitlock and his wife, Mava, of Fayetteville; sister, Thelma Neal of Fayetteville; grandchildren, Adam Wilder and Jessica Wilder. Anna was eagerly awaiting the arrival of her first great-grandson next month, Adam Matthew Wilder Jr.

Funeral service was Oct. 25 at High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill, with Pastor JoAnn Treadway officiating. Burial followed in High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.

Robin Lester Zimmerman

Robin Lester Zimmerman, of Charleston, S.C., formerly of Hico, died Oct. 20, 2012.

Born April 25, 1955, she was the daughter of Cora Phipps and the late Eddie Phipps, who was her stepfather. In addition to her stepfather, she was preceded in death by first husband, Brian, and daughter, Brianna; and her grandparents, Van and Angie Lester.

Robin had worked as a mortgage banker, and was also employed with Fairfax County Board of Education as a special education teaching assistant. She was also a contractor for various construction affiliates.

She enjoyed cooking, canning, gardening and working in her flower bed. She also liked the Washington Redskins and enjoyed NASCAR.

She doted on her grandchildren and her cat, Taz.

Surviving, in addition to her mother: her husband, David Zimmerman, at home; brother, Keith and wife Jo of Dickerson, Md.; stepdaughters, Stephanie Stevens of Bristow, Va., and Karen Vasser of Buena Vista, Va.; and special grandchildren, Taylor and Ryan of Bristow.

Services celebrating Robin’s life were Oct. 26, at the Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Chapel in Beckley, with Rev. F.D. Sexton and Rev. Glen Dryden officiating. Interment followed at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens in Prosperity.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, Beckley.