The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.


October 31, 2012

Obituaries - Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012


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.

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