The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.

May 23, 2013

Obituaries — Thursday, May 23, 2013

Jackie Welshans Betkijian

Jackie Welshans Betkijian, 76, of Eccles, died May 15, 2013, at Ansted Center in Ansted.

Born Dec. 10, 1936, at Glen Rogers, she was the daughter of the late George Lewis and Ruby Honaker Welshans.

Jackie was a retired licensed practical nurse for the Beckley VA Medical Center.

She was of the Baptist faith and attended the Eccles Baptist Church.

Surviving: son, Lewis Betkijian and wife Lisa of Beckley; daughter, Cynthia C. Walsingham and husband James of Smyrna, Ga.; four grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

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

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.


Keith M. Billings

Keith M. Billings, 75, of Round Lake Beach, Ill., formerly of Mount Hope, died May 16, 2013, at Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville.

Born June 13, 1937, in Mount Hope, he was a son of the late Charlie and Ada (Bailey) Billings. He also was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy, on April 24, 2008, and 12 brothers and sister.

On Nov. 11, 1967, he married Dorothy Brown at United Protestant Church in Grayslake.

Previously from Highland Park, Keith moved to Round Lake Beach in 1973. He was employed in water distribution for public works at the village of Northbrook.

Mr. Billings was a veteran of the U.S. Army from 1962 to 1968. He enjoyed coin collecting.

Surviving: his siblings, Bobby (Rosetta) Billings of Custer Park, Harold (Barbara) Billings of Delaware, Ohio, and Juanita Hatcher of Oak Hill; many nieces and nephews; and dear friends, Jose and Mindy Ramirez of Round Lake Beach.

Funeral service was May 22 at Justen’s Round Lake Funeral Home, Round Lake, Ill. Interment was in Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, Elwood, Ill.

Memorials to the Salvation Army or to the American Cancer Society would be appreciated.

Online condolences may be sent at

Information submitted by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.


Gary Lavon Boley

Gary Lavon Boley, 73, of Victor, died May 15, 2013, at CAMC - General Division in Charleston.

Born March 28, 1940, in Nicholas County, he was the son of the late Denver and Sarah Tully Boley.

He was an elder in the Ansted Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses. This was the focus of Gary’s life.

He left the Hico area when he graduated from high school and spent most of his working life in the Cleveland, Ohio, area. Some of those years were spent owning and managing Gary’s Transmission Shop in Berea, Ohio. He finished his working years as a school bus driver in Strongsville, Ohio, and Fayette County.

Gary married Marjorie Mitch in 1958. This union bore two children. After Marge’s death, he married Chandos Casteen Boley.

Surviving: his wife, Chandos Smith Casteen Boley; daughter, Laura Snowberger and husband Bob of Strongsville, Ohio; son, Gary Boley Jr. of Cleveland, Ohio; brother, Timothy Boley of Hico; sister, Sharon Chaney of Strongsville, Ohio; stepchildren, Larry, Leonard and Brenda Casteen; grandchildren, Jacob and Joe Snowberger; and great-grandchildren, Landen and Dayton Snowberger.

Mr. Boley was cremated. A memorial service was held May 18 at Kingdom Hall in Mount Lookout, with Speaker Keniman Belcher officiating.

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Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.


Scott Allen Carmichael

Scott Allen Carmichael, 43, of Lookout, died May 13, 2013, at Plateau Medical Center, Oak Hill, following a long illness.

Born July 10, 1969, in Beckley, he was a disabled FEMA inspector and instructor, and attended the Hilton Village Baptist Church.

Surviving: his parents, Wallis Franklin Carmichael and Ann Virginia (Hefner) Carmichael of Lookout; a daughter, MacKenzie Lenn Carmichael of Piney View; and brothers, Michael and Stephen Carmichael, both of Lookout.

Funeral service was May 18 the Wallace & Wallace Funeral Chapel, Rainelle, with Pastor Eric Keister officiating. Burial followed in the Wallace Memorial Cemetery, Clintonville.

Donations of sympathy may be made to the Hilton Village Baptist Church, P.O. Box 166, Lansing, WV 25862.

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Rainelle.


Rita E. Houck Dotson

Rita E. Houck Dotson, 73, of Oak Hill, died peacefully May 15, 2013, surrounded by loved ones.

Born July 16, 1939, at Gary, she was the daughter of the late Quincy and Ola Mae Jordan Houck.

Rita attended Calvary Baptist Church.

She retired from the Probation Office at the Fayette County Courthouse after many devoted years.

Rita enjoyed cooking for her loved ones, country line dancing, shopping and Lifetime movies.

She was known for her spunky personality, hip sense of style, and miraculous ability to have her Christmas shopping complete by the Fourth of July.

Surviving: her husband, Larry Dotson; daughters, Tammy Lilly of Charlotte, N.C., and Dee Dotson of Charleston; granddaughters, Amy Hanna and husband Grey, and Rachel Rivenbark and husband Patrick, all of Charlotte, N.C.; great-granddaughter, Caroline Hanna, of Charlotte, N.C.; a sister, Anna Christine Garten of Illinois; half-brother, Sam Houck of Florida; half-sister, Nina Lang of Florida; and many other family and friends.

The funeral service was May 18 at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill with Pastor Mark Wood officiating. Entombment followed at High Lawn Memorial Park Mausoleum, Oak Hill.

Memorials can be made to: The American Heart Association, Ohio Valley Affiliate, 162 Court Street, Charleston WV 25301.

Online condolences may be offered at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.


Gregory Giles Kees

Gregory Giles Kees, 60, of Oak Hill, died May 13, 2013, at CAMC - Memorial Division in Charleston.

Born Dec. 10, 1952, at Charleston, he was the son of Delmer Giles Kees of Shady Spring, and the late Jessie Katherine Peal Kees.

Greg was a mechanical pipe fitter for DuPont.

A U.S. Navy veteran, he served during Vietnam.

To say he was an avid fisherman would be an understatement.

Surviving: his wife, Della Mae Smith Johnson; daughters, Jessie Treadway and husband Marshall of Oak Hill, and Lorna Lewis and husband, Danny of Walkertown, N.C.; a brother, Mark Kees and wife Sharon of St. Augustine, Fla.; grandchildren, Aaron Lewis and Kristal Lewis; and a great-granddaughter, Alyssa Stewart.

In keeping with his wishes, Mr. Kees was cremated. A time of remembrance was held  at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill on May 16.

The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the March of Dimes - WV Chapter, 3508 Staunton Avenue SE -- 2nd Floor, Charleston WV 25304.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.


Lloyd Knapp

Lloyd Knapp, 72, of Oak Hill, died May 17, 2013.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.


Flora Frances Amos Leek

Flora Frances Amos Leek, 96, of Hico, died May 19, 2013, at Plateau Medical Center in Oak Hill.

Born Aug. 30, 1916, at Mahan, she was the daughter of the late George  and Lilia Kincaid Amos of Cunard.

Her husband of 34 years, Jesse Smithson; an infant son, James Smithson; husband, Rev. Lloyd Martin of Russellville; and brothers, Lowell Amos of Arizona and Illinois, and Odis Amos and George Amos, both of Oak Hill, also preceded her in death.

In later years she married Joe Leek (deceased in 2006) and for 20 years they enjoyed playing music. She and Joe were known as “Flo and Joe” and they played the keyboard and guitar at all the nursing homes and senior citizen groups.

She was a 1936 honor graduate of Fayetteville High School. Her first work was at the Fayette County School Book repair shop in Fayetteville. She was a member and secretary of the Ladies Auxiliary United Mine Workers’ Union in Cunard.

Flo worked for Dr. Hamilton in his hardware store in Oak Hill; worked in Chicago for Admiral and Motorola; worked for 21 years at Massey’s at Victor; and retired from Sam’s Market in Ansted in 1975.

She was a member of Victory Independent Baptist Church in Victor where she played the piano and organ; member of AARP; 25-year volunteer for RSVP of Summersville; 15-year secretary for the Fayette County Song Convention; and a 10-year correspondent for The Fayette Tribune.

Mrs. Leek took several tours; enjoyed doing crafts, sewing and she took stained glass classes at Fayette Awning in Oak Hill.

Surviving: sister, Jeanette Stawychey of Steger, Ill.; in addition to nieces, nephews, several stepchildren and stepgrandchildren.

Funeral services will be on May 24 at 2 p.m. at Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill, with Rev. Tony Taylor officiating. Burial will be at High Lawn Memorial Park in Oak Hill.  Friends may call from 12 noon until service time on Friday at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.


Lowell D. Maynor

Lowell D. Maynor, 70, of Oak Hill, died May 14, 2013, in Hilltop Nursing Center, following a long illness.

Born Dec. 31, 1942, in Harper, he was the son of the late Joseph and Mary Richmond Maynor. He also was preceded in death by two brothers and one sister.

Lowell attended the Church of the Nazarene in Oak Hill, he was a Mason, and was a member of the Masonic Lodge in Mt. Hope.

Surviving: his loving wife of 50 years, Grace Maynor; his son, Lowell W. Maynor, his grandchildren, Megan Maynor and Zach Maynor; a host of beloved friends.

Services were May 18 in the chapel of Blue Ridge Funeral Home, with the Rev. Clif Adkins officiating. Burial followed in Sunset Memorial Park, Beckley, with Masonic graveside rites performed by the members of the Oak Hill and Mount Hope Masonic Lodges.

Online condolences can be sent at

Arrangements by Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley.


Alberta Gore Mosley

Mrs. Alberta Gore Mosley, 77, of Pittsburgh, Pa., formerly of Glen Jean, died May 15, 2013.

Funeral services were May 22 at the Macedonia Baptist Church, Pittsburgh, Pa.

Arrangements by Samuel J. Jones Funeral Home, 2644 Wylie Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15219, phone, 412-621-9644.

Information submitted by Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.


James Scott Thombs

James Scott Thombs, 48, of Oak Hill, died May 18, 2013, at his home.

Born Oct. 29, 1964, at Cleveland, Ohio, he was the son of Edna Mae Bowens Thombs of Oak Hill, and the late Albert Robert Thombs. His companion, Tialisa Smith; brother, Leroy Thombs; and two sisters, Ruth Mae Thombs and Irma Cooper, also preceded him in death.

He was a disabled carpenter.

Surviving, in addition to his mother: siblings, Joyce Smith of Painesville, Ohio, Richard Thombs of Oak Hill, Constance Payne and husband Ron of Lochgelly, and Ronald Thombs and wife Kimberly of Oak Hill; brother-in-law, Michael Cameron; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be on Thursday, May 23, at 2 p.m. at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill with Pastor Brandon Smith officiating. Burial will be at Bibb Cemetery, Gatewood. Friends may call one hour prior to the service on Thursday at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.


Cordelia ‘Ann’ Thompson

Cordelia Ann Thompson, 59, of Jamaica, N.Y., formerly of Fayetteville, died May 12, 2013 in Jamaica, where she resided for over 40 years.

Born June 24, 1953, in Oak Hill, she was the daughter of the late William and Louise Britton Thompson. She also was preceded in death by sisters, Mary Jackson and Tina Thompson; and grandparents, John and Elizabeth Britton.

Ann accepted Christ as her Lord and Savior at an early age and was a member of the Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Garten, where she served as usher and sang in the choir.

She was a 1971 graduate of Fayetteville High School, Fayetteville, where she was head cheerleader, and a member of the Glee Club, and Soul Club.

Ann loved to talk and meet new people and spent most of her life working in the food service industry. She also worked in the banking industry in Manhattan, N.Y.; for the city she worked with the children; and for the state of New York she worked in corrections as a food service worker.

Surviving: her brothers: William (Cheryl) Thompson of Baltimore, Md., and Lee Thompson of Columbus, Ohio; sisters: Alice (Lamon) Booker, Delores Booker, Vanessa Thompson, and Madelyne Thompson, all of Columbus, Ohio; special cousin, Curtis Cresswell of Jamaica, N.Y.; and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and many friends.

Funeral services were May 22 at Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Garten, with Pastor Keith Walker officiating. Final interment followed at Huse Memorial Park, Fayetteville.

Online condolences may be sent at

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


William Howard Underwood

William Howard Underwood, 72, of Maple Fork, died May 18, 2013, at The University of Virginia Medical Center, Charlottesville, Va.

Born April 21, 1941, at Price Hill, he was the son of the late Carlos and Edna Wilson Underwood. He also was preceded in death by his sister, Maxine Britts, and grandmother, Pairlee Underwood.

Howard was owner/operator of AAA Garage and Brandon’s Muffler Shop.

He was also a member of the Mt. Hope Lions Club and the Beckley Moose Lodge.

Surviving: his wife, Frances Touchton Underwood; daughter, Shari Senea and husband Scott of Live Oak, Fla.; grandchildren, Brandon William Crow of Jacksonville, Fla., and Mikayla Senea of Live Oak, Fla.; brothers, E.G. Underwood and wife Bobbie of Bradley, Ned Underwood and wife Linda of Maple Fork, and Delbert Underwood and wife Debbie of Bradley; sisters, Jackie Skaggs of Maple Fork, Betty Meadows of Maple Fork, and Liz Evans and husband Lawrence of Brooklyn, Ohio; and special friends, Joe and Doris Yearego.

Graveside services were May 21 at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Prosperity, with Rev. Richard Allen officiating.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Mt. Hope.