The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.

March 21, 2012

Obituaries - Thursday, March 22, 2012

Charles C. Argabright

Charles C. Argabright, 90, of Summersville, died March 14, 2012, at Thomas Memorial Hospital in South Charleston.

Born Sept. 6, 1921, at Hilltop, he was the son of the late Daniel V. and Eliza Jane Creger Argabright. He also was preceded in death by brothers, Ulysses A., Leslie, Lonnie, Daniel, Dace and William Argabright; and sisters, Lillie Kessler, Allie Ramsey, Mary Ferre, and Pansy Shumake.

He was a retired U.S. Army veteran.

Charles was a former store operator in Muddlety and a member of VFW Post 1606 Bell Post and the Red Star Baptist Church.

Surviving: daughters, Traci Lynn Buckner of Cross Lanes, and Sharon McDermott, Charlene “Charley” Crowder; son, Glen Argabright; brother, Golden Argabright of Akron, Ohio; grandchildren, Christopher Buckner, Tammy Hagan and Terri Kitto; great-grandsons, Seth, Zachary, Joseph and Jonathan; and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were March 17 at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill. Burial was at Hilltop Cemetery, Hilltop.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Elizabeth Ann Burgess

Elizabeth Ann Burgess, 57, of Fayetteville, died March 17, 2012, at Plateau Medical Center.

Born Aug. 12, 1954, at Gauley Bridge, she was the daughter of Mary Jo Nugent Green and the late Dennis Green. In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by a sister, Liza Green.

Betty attended Beckley College and graduated from WV Tech with a B.A. degree. For more than 25 years, Betty was a self-employed Avon representative.

Surviving: her loving husband, Albert Roy Burgess; her mother, Mary Jo Nugent Green of Fayetteville; sisters, Linda Boley of Fayetteville, Mary Sue Acres of Oak Hill, Sally Struck of Fayetteville, Margie McKinney of Oak Hill, and Wanda Woodruff; brother, William “Billy” Green of Oak Hill; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was March 21 at High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill, with the Rev. Joe Cuthbertson officiating. Burial followed in the Nugent Family Cemetery, Laurel Creek.

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Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.

Keith D. Caldwell

Keith Douglas Caldwell, 55, of Oak Hill, died March 18, 2012, at Select Specialty Hospital-St. Francis Hospital, Charleston.

Born July 20, 1956, at Charleston, he was the son of William Clifford and Billie Jean Coleman Caldwell.

Mr. Caldwell attended the Oak Hill Apostolic Holiness Church.

He was a disabled maintenance employee for the Fayette County Board of Education with 20 years of service. In his spare time he loved fishing, camping, and woodworking.

Surviving: his wife, Susie Huffman Caldwell of Oak Hill; son, Johnathan Caldwell at home; daughter, Tammy Cash of Shrewsbury; sisters, Lula Marie Duncan of Marlinton and Jeannie Fleshman of Minden; niece, Sara Fleshman; nephew, Andrew Duncan of Marlinton; and special little friend, Chloe Fisher.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, at Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, Fayetteville, with Rev. Carlos Lewis and Rev. Phillip Fuller officiating. Burial will follow at Huse Memorial Park, Fayetteville.

For those wishing to express their condolences, send flowers, or send a unique gift to Mr. Caldwell’s family, you may do so by visiting our website at

Arrangements by Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, 350 W. Maple Avenue, Fayetteville.

Julia Beatrice Armstrong Cutlip

Julia Beatrice Armstrong Cutlip, 80, of Rupert, died March 14, 2012, at Greenbrier Valley Medical Center, Ronceverte, following a short illness.

Born April 25, 1931, at Corliss, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Truma Sevy Armstrong. She also was preceded in death by her husband, William Kessler Cutlip, in 1988; a daughter, Nancy Cutlip; sisters, Ida Burr, Zella Knapp, and Ruth Beitz; and brothers, Howard and Lester Armstrong.

Beatrice was a homemaker and of the Baptist faith.

Surviving: daughters, Teresa Cutlip Hopkins (Christopher) of Pendleton, S.C., and Lisa Dennison (Willie) of Rupert; sons, Glen Cutlip of Rupert and Charles Cutlip (Sandy) of Lewisburg; sister, Betty Wright of Corliss; sister-in-law, Janet Armstrong of Corliss; brother-in-law, Clemon Knapp of Rupert; grandsons, Christopher and Chad Cutlip of Lewisburg, and William Lee Dennison of Rupert; and a special friend, Joy Capaldo of Caldwell.

Services were March 17 at the Wallace Memorial Mausoleum Chapel in Clintonville, with Pastor Gene Bennett officiating. Entombment followed in Wallace Memorial Mausoleum.

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace of Rainelle.


Darrell Ray ‘Farmer’ Guilliams

Darrell Ray “Farmer” Guilliams, 36, of Quinwood, died March 9, 2012.

Darrell was a loving son, husband and father of six. He loved his father, Arlie “Farmer Sr. Guilliams” deeply and wanted to please him with many aspects of his journey through life. Darrell spent his life developing and protecting the special relationship and bond only a father and son can share; striving to make dad proud by following in his footsteps both personally and professionally; expanding relationships through sharing special moments and experiences with all; expanding his knowledge and abilities through individual learning or through professional development opportunities; and beaming with love and happiness of his family and children, so apparent, all could see.

Still grieving over his father’s recent death (June 2011), he leaves behind a loving family, including his  mother, Ida Starcher Guilliams Woodring of Quinwood; wife, Patricia “Trish” Redden Guilliams of Quinwood; children, Ivory Martin, James “Junior” Guilliams, Sheldon Redden, Casity Guilliams, Christine Guilliams, and Harlie Darrell Guilliams; siblings, Dr. Sherri Guilliams Turner and husband Dr. Dean W. Turner of Dublin, Va. and Rachell Guilliams Stover and brother-in-law Charles Stover of Quinwood; nieces and nephews, Brittany Guilliams of Gauley Bridge and Christian Martin of Wytheville, Va.; additional family members, Theresa, William and James Redden, all of Meadow Bridge, and James “Papaw” Rodgers of Meadow Bridge; as well as many friends and colleagues.

Throughout Darrell’s life he loved spending time with his family and friends enjoying outdoor activities such as camping, hunting, fishing and horseback riding. Most any adrenaline-filled activity would fit his need for speed and danger. Examples include 4-wheeling, mud bogging, and racing. Most anything extreme confirmed his need to push  himself to the limit.

Darrell was about eight or nine years of age when he began learning many aspects of the family business, A.G. Trucking, ranging from picking out the exact socket for dad to providing mechanical and delivery solutions encountered in the coal businesses in southern West Virginia. Dad was proud.

He had a love of music and shared his talents on guitar with his grandfather (banjo), his mother (voice, piano, and guitar), and his sisters (voice, piano, guitar, bass, and drums). Most memorable and special to him were the times spent playing with his very best friend, Clinton McMillion (guitar), whom he lost at a very young age.

A few years back, he earned his black hat for mining coal through Kingston Harvest No. 1 and gained experience running extremely large equipment such as the Triple-7. He drove tractor trailers coast to coast and years of short hauls supporting local mining companies and various contractual businesses.

Darrell lived in this area most of his life with the exception of a short time spent in Staunton, Va., where he also gained employment under the guidance of Andy Selmon. Through Andy’s mentoring, Darrell learned how to run various aspects of the mobile home transportation and installation business. Darrell also developed a very special friendship with him. He often said, “Andy is my friend,, he’s my second father.” In closing, we encourage family, friends, and colleagues to tell his story. Write them down. Share them often. Most importantly, encourage his children to remember that he is not far away and will always be in their hearts to comfort them as they make their journey through life.

A celebration of his life was held March 15 at the Wallace & Wallace Chapel in Rainelle with Dr. Dean “Doc” W. Turner officiating.

Online condolences may be sent to

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace, Inc. of Rainelle.

Willavesta Eve Hurtte

Willavesta Eve Hurtte, 93, died March 17, 2012, at Bowers Hospice House after a short illness.

Born Nov. 22, 1918, in Hilltop, she was the eldest daughter of the late Walter and Pauline Patterson Sr. She also was preceded in death by brothers, David and William Patterson; sister, Nancy Patterson; and spouses, Dorsey Wood and Chauncey Hurtte.

Willavesta was a retired schoolteacher with 40 years of service, a member of the former Hilltop Baptist Church, Zeta Sorority, and a graduate of Bluefield State College.

She was an alumni of Dubois High School and served as Secretary on the Reunion Committee and has a host of other accolades and accomplishments.

Surviving: her daughter, Vera (Lamonte) Clements; brother, Walter (Gilberta) Patterson Jr.; sister, Margaret Brockett; granddaughters, Kelsia (Walter) Mattews and Montesha Hickman; great-grandchildren, Deon Clements, Deja Hickman, Mariyah Matthews, and Walter Matthews III; 11 nieces and nephews and a host of great nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were March 21 at United Missionary Baptist Church, Mt. Hope, with Rev. Phillip Copney Sr. and Rev. Gerry Bradford officiating. Burial followed in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Prosperity.

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Memorial donations may be made to Bowers Hospice House, 454 Cranberry Road, Beckley, WV 25801.

Arrangements by Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.

Roberta Marie Abercrombie Keeney

Roberta Marie Abercrombie Keeney, 66, of Oak Hill, died March 13, 2012, at Raleigh General Hospital in Beckley.

Born Jan. 20, 1946, at Brownsville, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Leon Abercrombie and Nellie Marie Genbauffe Abercrombie Cadman.

Mrs. Keeney was a special education teacher for the Fayette County Board of Education having taught at Valley, Meadow Bridge, Oak Hill and Mount Hope Elementary schools.

She attended the Summerlee Presbyterian Church where she played the piano and also attended the Oak Hill Baptist Church.

Surviving: her husband, Benjamin Franklin Keeney; daughter, Opal Jean Marie Keeney Webb and husband Cecil Dwayne of Beckley; and sisters, Alice Jean Cadman Hallberg of Hurst, Texas, Leona L. Abercrombie Harris of Washington, Pa., and Louise Agnes Abercrombie Corbett of California, Pa.

Mrs. Keeney was cremated. A memorial service will be held Sunday, March 25 at 4 p.m. at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill with Rev. Janice Tiedeck officiating. Friends may call one hour prior to the service on Sunday at the funeral home.

Flowers will be accepted or memorial contributions may be made to the family.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Sue Elzada Lawson

Sue Elzada Lawson, 64, of Flatwoods, died March 17, 2012, following a long illness.

Born Dec. 18, 1946, at Rhonda, she was the daughter of the late Thomas and Bessie Tanner Bickford. Sue also was preceded in death by a daughter, Lucinda Sue Whitt; brothers, Franklin Delano Bickford, Ervin Ray Bickford, and Donnie Jean Bickford; and a sister, Doris Adair.

She was a homemaker.

Surviving: daughter, Alisha Marie Lawson of Flatwoods; sons, Thomas Raymond Whitt of Taylor, Mich., and Michael Allen Whitt and Glenn Joda Whitt, both of Flatwoods; sister, Judith Ann Bickford of Taylor, Mich.; 12 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be at 3 p.m. Thursday, March 22 at Goodhope Baptist Church in Graydon with Pastor Mike Skaggs officiating. Burial will follow in the Goodhope Church Cemetery.

Friends may call Thursday from 1 p.m. until funeral time.

Online condolences may be made at

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace of Ansted.

James ‘Cody’ Lewis

James “Cody” Lewis, 70, of Fayetteville, died March 13, 2012, at Plateau Medical Center. 

Born Aug. 24, 1941, in Lansing, he was the son of the late Edith Lillian Lewis and Cormel Woodrow Vandall. A beloved son, Brent Erick Lewis, also preceded him in death.

Mr. Lewis worked as a maintenance engineer at Bethesda Park Condominiums in Rockville, Md.

Surviving: his wife of 51 years, Mary Ellen Walker Lewis; daughters, Vicki Aylor and husband Raymond of Silver Spring, Md., and Edith Gates and husband Thomas of Silver Spring, Md.; son, Cody Lewis and companion Jessica Oatridge of Fayetteville; sisters, Joyce Kuel of Wisconsin, Marilyn Promise of Coal City, Ill., Carolyn Skaggs of Fayetteville, and Nancy Nickell of Beckley; brothers, James Vandall of Fayetteville, Roger Vandall of Fayetteville, and Gary Lewis of Arizona; and 10 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

The family will have a memorial service at a later date. 

Arrangements by Wallace and Wallace Funeral Home, Ansted.

Donnie E. Pethtel

Donnie E. Pethtel, 77, of Fayetteville, died March 17, 2012.

Born in Catawba, he was the son of the late Albert and Pearl Towns Pethtel. He also was preceded in death by sisters, Lavada Porter, Opal Summers, Wanda Reed, Irene Johnson, Oleta Pethtel, Jeannette Chernok; and brothers, Charles Pethtel, Lonnie Pethtel and Frances Pethtel.

Donnie enjoyed hunting, the outdoors, his dogs and raising chickens. Donnie loved spending time with his family.

He was employed as a brakeman for the railroad. Donnie was of the Protestant faith.

Surviving: his loving wife, Margaret Pethtel; sisters, Bea Hause of Naples, Fla., and Nola Shaulis of St. Clairsville, Ohio; and also several nieces and nephews.

Per Donnie’s wishes there will be no services. He will be laid to rest at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens.

Online condolences, flowers, gifts and other information can be found at

Arrangements by Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley.

Theresa A. Poore

Ms. Theresa A. Poore, 51, of Pittsburgh, Pa., formerly of Fayetteville, died March 13, 2012.

Born Jan. 12, 1961, in Fayetteville, she was the daughter of Clara M. Poore of Pittsburgh, Pa.

Ms. Poore was employed as a cashier at Giant Eagle.

She was a member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Garten, and Local Union 23.

Surviving, in addition to her mother: her son, Clifton L. Poore of Pittsburgh; brother, Jerry W. Poore of Upper Darby, Pa.; sister, Arvella L. Fruit of Minden; and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were March 19 at Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Garten, with Rev. Keith Walker officiating. Burial followed in Rotan Family Cemetery, Fayetteville.

Online condolences may be sent to

Arrangements by Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.


Violet Marie Walker Proctor

Violet ‘Marie’ Walker Proctor, 74, of Erie, Pa., died March 18, 2012, at her residence.

Born April 23, 1937, in Smithers, she was daughter of the late James and Martha E. Jenkins Walker. She also was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Tonya Marie Carrier; a great-granddaughter, Adrianna Carrier; sisters, Vernie Louise Kales and Margaret Virginia Dorman; and brothers, James Lafayette Walker Jr., George Marshall Walker and Jack Lee Walker.

Marie was a homemaker and also did volunteer work at Burton Elementary School over the last few years. She loved to sing, dance and loved country music. Her heart was always open to helping others.

She enjoyed watching baseball games and going shopping. Most of all, she loved spending time with her family.

Surviving: daughters, Rose Marie Proctor Meucci, Donna J. Proctor Murray, and Brenda M. Riu; son, Cecil Wayne Proctor; seven grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

A service and burial will be Saturday at High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill.

The family requests memorials be made to the Alzheimer’s Association of Northwestern PA, 1128 State Street, Suite 301, Erie, PA 16501.

Lewis Mack Prather

Lewis Mack Prather, 66, died March 12, 2012, at CAMC Memorial Hospital, surrounded by his family and friends.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, March 23 at 10 a.m. at Rivermont Presbyterian Homes, 60 Fourth Ave., Montgomery.

Eunice Evelyn Richardson

Eunice Evelyn Richardson, 82, of Parkersburg, formerly of Oak Hill, died March 13, 2012.

Born July 24, 1929, in Glen Daniel, she was the daughter of the late Fred J. and Macie Claypool Hawley. She also was preceded in death by two brothers, Earl and Ralph Hawley. 

Eunice was a longtime member of the Oak Hill Baptist Church and was very active in the choir and the women’s ministries of the church.

Surviving: her loving and devoted husband of 65 years, Conard C. Richardson; her son, Phillip Richardson and wife Margaret; her daughter, Judith Rathbone and husband John; grandsons Aaron Rathbone and wife Tracy, and James Conard Richardson and wife Missy; granddaughters, Mrs. Shannon Reigle and husband Chad, and Anne Blaire Rathbone; five great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Mrs. Edith Hawley; and a very caring niece, Sue Cangemi and her husband, Jim.

Services were March 16 at the Oak Hill Baptist Church in Oak Hill with the Rev. David White officiating. Entombment followed at the Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens Mausoleum, Beckley.

Online guest book and other information can be found at

Arrangements by Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley.

Justine Wood Sampson

Justine Wood Sampson, 84, of Hilton Village, died March 11, 2012.

Born Aug. 22, 1927, in Winona, she was the daughter of the late John D. Wood and Mary E. Secrist Wood. She also was preceded in death by her husband, Lloyd Sampson; granddaughter, Lisa Hall Jones; brother, John Edward Wood; and sister, Betty Jo Wood.

She was a member of Hilton Village Baptist Church, where she