The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.

June 16, 2011

Obituaries

June 16, 2011


Billie F. Adkins

Billie F. Adkins, 77, of Michigan, formerly of Oak Hill, died June 11, 2011, at St. Johns River District Hospital.

Born Dec. 26, 1933, in Detroit, Mich., she was the daughter of the late Edwin Aho and Lola May Reed Aho. She also was preceded in death by her husband, Charles S. Adkins, and a son, Wayne Aho.

Billie attended the Mount Hope Methodist Church.

Surviving: her children, Edwin “Sam” Adkins, Charles M. Adkins, James R. Spack and Deborah K. Ojeda; 10 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren, many stepchildren and spiritual children.

A graveside service was held June 13, at High Lawn Memorial Park, with Rev. Bobby Adkins officiating.

Condolences may be sent at www.highlawnfuneralhomechapel.com.

Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.



Jack Burdette

Jack Burdette, 84, of Quinwood, formerly of Nallen, died June 8, 2011, at Fayette Nursing and Rehab Center in Fayetteville after an extended illness.

Born Nov. 24, 1926, in Nallen, he was the son of the late Theodore and Reva Dorsey Burdette. He also was preceded in death by his wife, Lucille Margaret Johns Burdette; a stepson, Gary Brown; and brothers, Bob and Ronald Burdette.

Jack was a construction worker with 1st Colony.

He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was a member of Sugar Grove Methodist Church.

Surviving: daughters, Sue McKinney of Quinwood; stepdaughters, Rose Sanford of Nallen, Karen Queen of Weston and Sandy Brown of Layland; stepsons, Eddie Brown of Raleigh, Ill., and Rex Brown of St. Louis, Mo.; sister, Freda Cook of Elyria, Ohio; two grandchildren; 14 stepgrandchildren; one great-grandchild and numerous stepgreat-grandchildren.

Services were June 12 at the Wallace & Wallace Chapel in Rainelle with Rev. Joe Cuthbertson officiating. Burial followed in Buckhorn Cemetery in Buckhorn.

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace, Inc. of Rainelle.



Sarah ‘Annie’ Cole

Sarah Anna “Annie” Cole, 85, of Fayetteville, died June 12, 2011.

Arrangements are incomplete at Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, Fayetteville.



Ward Nelson Fortner

Ward Nelson Fortner, 64, of Mount Hope, died June 8, 2011, at his home after a long illness.

Born Jan. 1, 1947, in Dover, Del., he was the son of Ann Messick Fortner Snyder and the late Clifton Fortner.

Mr. Fortner was a disabled carpenter, working for various employers. Some of his interests included NASCAR, hunting, antiquing and caring for his pets.

Surviving, in addition to his mother: his loving long-time companion, Betty Lou Adkins; children, Kelly Marie Wahl and Ward Nelson Fortner Jr.; granddaughter, Morgan Wahl; sister, Barbara Graham; brother, John J. O’Neal Jr.; and special friend and caregiver, Mark Lambert.

Funeral services were June 11 at Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, Fayetteville, with Rev. Bobby Adkins officiating. Burial followed at Gethsemane Memorial Gardens, Oak Hill.

Condolences may be sent at www.doddpaynehessfuneralhome.com.

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



Lenora Irene Ingram

Lenora Irene Ingram, 57, died June 7, 2011, near her home in Bradley.

Born May 2, 1954, in Fayette County, she was the daughter of the late Ronald Blaine and Billie Racine Ingram. She also was preceded in death by her son, baby Paul Ingram; spouse, Bruce Hall; and brothers, Butch Ingram and Charles Ingram.

Most of her life she was a homemaker in Fayette County where she cared for her family, which included her spouse, Bruce Hall, and her sons, Shannon Ingram and Rodney Nutter.

Her interests included family, gardening, quilting, making primitive crafts, painting, and genealogy. She devoted much of her time and energy caring for her family and her pets.

Surviving: her sisters, Beulah Ingram and Rhonda Ingram; her brothers, James Ingram and William Gillam; and sons, Shannon Ingram and Rodney Nutter.

A memorial service will be held at Keeny’s Creek Baptist Church in Winona, on Thursday, June 16, at 1 p.m., with Rev. Ron Sears officiating.

Condolences may be sent to the family at PO Box 248, Oak Hill, WV 25901.

Information submitted by Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley.



Mable Mae Jeffries

Mable Mae Jeffries, 82, of Lochgelly, died June 12, 2011, at Plateau Medical Center.

Born April 19, 1929, in Summers County, she was the daughter of the late Pete and Etta Kelly Jeffries. She also was preceded in death by her granddaughter, Penny M. Jenkins; great-grandsons, Cody Doster and Christian Jenkins; and 11 brothers and sisters.

Mrs. Jeffries worked in housekeeping at Plateau Medical Center, Oak Hill, before retiring. She especially loved going to Burger King at Fayette Square and loved all who worked there like family.

Surviving: her daughters, Violet Flint and husband Basil, and Frances Smith and husband Roger; granddaughter, Mary Doster; grandson, Henry Jenkins; great-grandchildren, Tyler, Kyle, and Jacob Doster, and Brian and Tessa Jenkins; and sisters, Pauline Richmond, Norma Thompson, and Barbara Shaefer.

Funeral services were June 15 at Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, Fayetteville, with Rev. Ernie Francis officiating. Burial followed at Huse Memorial Park, Fayetteville.

Condolences may be sent at www.doddpaynehessfuneralhome.com.

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



Beverly Ann Learmonth

Beverly Ann Learmonth, 57, of Beckley, died June 12, 2011, at the Ansted Center, of ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease).

Born Aug. 13, 1953, at Fayetteville, she was the daughter of the late Margie Williams Rakes and William Williams.

Surviving: her husband of 40 years, Robert B. Learmonth; special aunt and uncle, Annie and Burley Williams of Fayetteville; aunt, Shirley Sizemore of Florida; and a great and caring friend, Terri Massey of Fayetteville.

Many years ago Beverly read and clipped an article from a newspaper and carried it in her billfold until the paper was yellowed with age and the edges frayed from re-reading. It had such an impact on her that she immediately contacted CORE to become an organ donor.

After her organs are taken, the remainder of her body will be cremated and her ashes will be scattered in a special location chosen by her. It is at her request that no funeral or memorial services be held.

Condolences may be sent at www.doddpaynehessfuneralhome.com.

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



George Lechalk

George Lechalk, 95, of Sun, died June 10, 2011, at Hilltop Center at Hilltop.

Born June 14, 1915, at Oswald, he was the son of the late Michael and Anna Morovich Lechalk. He also was preceded in death by his wife, Rose Jacobowski Lechalk, on July 23, 1995, and by seven brothers and two sisters.

Mr. Lechalk worked as a mine foremen in the coal industry and was a member of the McDonald Masonic Lodge # 103 A.F. & A.M. at Mt. Hope for over 50 years.

Surviving: his son, George Lechalk Jr. and wife Lucille, of Fayette Heights; his daughter, Mary Ann Ward and her husband, Ray, of Fredericksburg, Va.; grandchildren, George Michael Lechalk and his wife, Anita, of Fayetteville, and Amy Quann and her husband, Michael, of Fredericksburg, Va.; great-grandchildren, George Mathew Lechalk, Christopher Lechalk and Libby Rose Quann and Nathan Quann; brothers, Steve Lechalk of Kentucky, and Ted Lechalk of Pennsylvania.

A graveside committal service with burial following was held June 13 at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens at Prosperity.

Online condolences may be sent at www.tyreefuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.



Myrtle Lou McKown Lilly

Myrtle Lou McKown Lilly, 83, of Oak Hill, died June 11, 2011, at her home.

Born June 8, 1928, in Calhoun County, she was the daughter of the late Evan and Shirley Powell McKown. Her husband, James G. “Jim” Lilly, former Collins High/Oak Hill High School basketball coach, and a sister, Helen Wade, also preceded her in death.

Mrs. Lilly was employed for several years by the Fayette County Board of Education, having taught at East End Elementary, Oak Hill Elementary and Mount Hope Middle School. She was an avid gardener and cook and devoted to her family.

She was a member of the Oak Hill Baptist Church and an ardent supporter of the sports programs at Oak Hill High School.

Surviving: daughter, Timmie Ann Korczyk of Oak Hill; sons, Kim Lilly and wife Tracy of Greensboro, N.C., and James G. “Jimmy” Lilly Jr. of Oak Hill; sister, Martha “Marty” Booth and husband Paul of Vienna; brothers, Robert “Bob” McKown and wife Nancy of Fayetteville, Paul McKown and wife Shirley of Charleston, Edward McKown of Charleston, Theodore “Ted” McKown and wife Katie of Ocala, Fla., and Franklin McKown and wife Deborah of Naples, Fla.; and grandchildren, J.J. Korczyk of Oak Hill, and Megan Lilly and Kacie Lilly, both of Greensboro.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, June 18, at 3 p.m. at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill, with Rev. Sam R. Calloway Jr. officiating. Friends may call one hour prior to the service on Saturday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the OHHS Alumni Association, Inc., PO Box 462, Oak Hill WV 25901.

Online condolences may be sent at www.tyreefuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.



Ruth G. Neubert Maybush

Ruth G. Neubert Maybush, 97, of Goochland, Va., formerly of Oak Hill, died June 13, 2011, at Envoy at Meadows in Goochland.

Born Aug. 1, 1913, in Oak Hill, she was the daughter of the late Max and Ethel Gertrude May Neubert. Brothers Homer R. Neubert, Leonard E. Neubert, Harry Neubert, Max Neubert and Charles Neubert, and sisters Evelyn Wickline and Helen Ross also preceded her in death.

Ruth was a member of the Church of God in Staunton, Va., and a graduate of Oak Hill High School.

She was a retired medical technician, having worked for the state of Virginia.

Surviving: her daughter, Jean Dickerson and husband James of Goochland; brother, Paul Neubert of Richmond, Va.; sister, Joann Edmonds of Lawrenceville, Va.; four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be on Thursday, June 16 at 2 p.m. at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill with Rev. Tonya Shupe officiating. Burial will be at High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill. Friends may call one hour prior to the service on Thursday at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be sent at www.tyreefuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.



Nancy Calloway McNeill

Nancy Calloway McNeill, 69, of Los Angeles, Calif., formerly of Mt. Hope, died May 31, 2011.

Services were June 10 at Calvary Baptist Church, Los Angeles. Burial followed at Inglewood Cemetery Mortuary, Inglewood, Calif.

Information submitted by Ritchie and Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.



Margaret Louise Wetzel McVey

Margaret Louise Wetzel McVey, 87, of Statesville, N.C., formerly of Oak Hill, died June 9, 2011 at the home of her son, Charles “Chuck” McVey of Statesville, N.C.

Born Jan. 18, 1924, in Beckley, she was the daughter of the late Charles and Thelma Broughman Wetzel. She also was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence William “Jim” McVey.

Margaret was a graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School and Beckley College. She was a former bookkeeper for Coca-Cola Bottling in West Virginia.

Surviving: her son, Charles “Chuck” McVey and his wife, Tonyia, of Statesville, N.C., with whom she made her home; grandchildren, Charles Casey McVey of Ohio, April Michelle Reavis of Stony Point, N.C., and Kellyn Nicole McVey of Statesville; three great-grandchildren; and her sister, Alma Wetzel Todd of Waldorf, Md.

Funeral services were held June 12 at the Tyree Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill, with Rev. Joe Hoggard officiating. Burial followed in High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill.

Online condolences may be sent at www.tyreefuneral home.com.

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.



Wayne Anthony Mickey

Wayne Anthony Mickey, 53, of Beaver, died June 4, 2011, at Bowers Hospice House.

Born July 13, 1957, at Beckley, he was the son of the late James Mickey and Audrey Matthews Mickey. He also was preceded in death by a sister, Ellinor Mickey, and a brother, Greg Mickey.

Wayne grew up in Harlem Heights, Oak Hill, and served in the U.S. Air National Guard.

Wayne was presently working for REM Community Options in Beckley and had worked for New River Health Care.

Surviving: his wife, Debra “Debbie” Gill Mickey of Beaver; stepchildren, Daniel Kincaid and wife Naome’ of Mullens, Michelle Kincaid of Beckley, and Rebbeca Roche of Charleston; five stepgrandchildren, Andrew, Christina, Jesseca, Daniel, and Kendrick; brother, James Mickey and wife Lennetta of Charlotte, N.C.;  sisters, Ann Price of Rock Hill, S.C., Debra Harmon and husband Tommy of Denver, N.C., and Dana Pate and husband Tommy of Oak Hill; and several nieces and nephews and a host of friends.

A service of remembrance was held June 9 at High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.

Condolences may be sent at www.highlawnfuneralhomechapel.com.

Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.



Carl H. Puckett

Carl H. Puckett, of Ansted, formerly a 21-year resident of Alabama, died June 12, 2011, after a four-month battle with leukemia.

Born March 21, 1936, in Kimberly, he was a son of the late Cary and Bessie Drennen Puckett. He also was preceded in death by his brother, Charles Puckett.

He was a caring husband, a devoted father, and a loving grandfather, who was dearly loved by his family and friends in West Virginia and Alabama.

A mechanic, he was retired from Merchants Food Service. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army.

Mr. Puckett was a child of God and a member of Lovers Leap Baptist Church family.

Surviving: his dear wife, of 50 years, Mary; son, Carl Jr. and his wife, Laura; daughter, Sonia and her, husband, Andy Crist; grandchildren, Andrea, Daniel and Amanda Crist; sisters, Eva Gilkeson, Ruby Neal and Emma Jean Parsons; and several nieces, nephews and their families.

Funeral service was June 15 at The Chapel of Rest Mausoleum Chapel in Victor with Rev. Ron George Sr. officiating. Entombment followed in the mausoleum.

Pplease make donations to Hospice of Southern West Virginia, 105 S. Eisenhower Dr., P.O. Box 1472, Beckley, WV 25801 or to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, W. Pa/WV Chapter, 333 E. Carson St. Suite 441, Pittburgh, PA 15219.

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace of Ansted.



Billy Earl Thacker

Billy Earl Thacker, 71, of Fayetteville, died June 12, 2011, at Plateau Medical Center.

Born Sept. 17, 1939, at Greasy Creek, Ky., he was the son of the late Manuel and Versie Robinson Thacker. He also was preceded in death by his brothers, Mack, Ernest, Dewey and Donald Thacker.

Mr. Thacker worked construction as a roofing and siding installer and served his country with the U.S. Army.

Surviving: his wife, Phoebe Bolden Thacker of Fayetteville; his daughter, Tina Newhouse and her husband, Joe, of Fayetteville; sons, Willard Thacker and his wife, Candi, of Garland, Texas, and Jamie Thacker and his wife, Danielle, of Oak Hill; brothers, Bernie Thacker of Ohio, Reaford Thacker of Scarbro and Gary Thacker of Ohio; four grandchildren and a host of relatives and friends.

Funeral services were June 15 at the Tyree Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill, with Pastors Fred Bolden, Grover Bolden and Russell Hall officiating. Burial followed in the Bibb Cemetery with graveside military rites conducted by Oak Hill VFW Post #3110.

Online condolences may be sent at www.tyreefuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.