The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.

February 6, 2013

Obituaries — Thursday, February 7, 2013

Carol A. Alston

Carol A. Alston, 70, of Washington, D.C., formerly of Mt. Hope, died Jan. 23, 2013.

Funeral services were Jan. 31, at East Washington Heights Baptist Church, Washington, D.C.

Submitted by Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.

Thomas ‘Tom’ Bragg

Thomas Lee “Tom” Bragg, 76, of Oak Hill, drew his last breath on this earth at Bowers Hospice House at Beckley, while surrounded by his loving family.

Raised by Christian parents, he was taught the Word of God on a daily basis and accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior. He will always be remembered by all who knew him as a man of honesty and integrity and kindness. His eagerness to help those less fortunate or those in need were qualities we must all strive to achieve.

He was a graduate of Fayetteville High School.

He was a U.S. Air Force veteran and prior to his illness he was a heavy equipment mechanic for Pittston Coal Group at Bolt.

Surviving: his loving wife of over 50 years, Shirley Marie (Patrick) Bragg; sons, Thomas David Bragg and his wife, Rowena, of Oak Hill, and Kenneth E. Bragg and his wife, Kathy, of Fayetteville; sisters, Anna Marie Poore and her husband, John, of Beckley, and Mary Elizabeth Burnside of Kincaid; grandchildren, Jason Adam Bragg and his wife, Betty, of Fayetteville, Kenneth Andrew Bragg of Fayetteville, and James Hendrix of Oak Hill; and great-grandchildren, Austin Tyree and Madison Tyree, both of Fayetteville.

Funeral service was Feb. 2 at High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill, with Pastor Delmas Wolfe officiating. Entombment followed in High Lawn Memorial Gardens Mausoleum, with military rites conducted by Oak Hill V.F.W. Post 3110.

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Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.

Roger White Cummings

Roger White Cummings, 95, of Oak Hill, died Jan. 27, 2013, at the Glen Burnie Nursing Home in Richmond, Va.

Born Sept. 7, 1917, at Wikel, he was the son of the late Andrew and Marie Nelsie Whittaker Cummings. He also was preceded in death by his first wife of 45 years, Alma Pauline Copeland Cummings; his son, Michael Charles Cummings; sisters, Bessie Cummings and Nona Arthur; and brothers, Stanley, Selden and Compton Cummings.

He was a member of the Oak Hill Baptist Church, where he was a member of the Shirley Donnelly Sunday School class.

Roger was a 1937 graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School in Beckley. He was retired from Riverton Coal Company at Krebs.

Surviving: his wife, Iona Miller Cummings; a granddaughter, Cindi Cummings Jones and husband Robert; great-grandchildren, Conard Michael Jones and wife Ashley, Jonathan Jones, Zachary Jones and Rachel Jones; great-great-grandson, Conard Criss Jones, all of Goochland, Va.; a stepdaughter, Joyce Kincaid and her husband, Carroll, along with their family: sons, Scott Kincaid, his wife, Rose, and their children, Matthew and Rachel and Danny Kincaid; and daughter, Crystal Lewis, her husband, John, and their daughter, Hannah; former daughter-in-law, Kay Criss and her son, Scott, and his family as well as several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were Jan. 31, at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill, with Pastor David Sneed and Pastor Bryan Knight officiating. Burial was at High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill.

The family requests memorial contributions be made to the Shirley Donnelly Sunday School Class, c/o Oak Hill Baptist Church, 613 Lundale Drive, Oak Hill, WV 25901

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Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Lora Gwenn Davis-Mullins

Lora Gwenn (Loopy) Davis-Mullins, 37, of Craigsville, died Jan. 30, 2013, at Charleston Memorial Hospital.

Lora was born in New Brighton, Pa., to Harold and Agnes Davis on Oct. 29, 1975.

She attended school in East Palestine, Ohio, and graduated in 1994. Lora went on to earn business degrees from the University of Akron.

She owned and operated Premium Stone Surfaces and Custom Stone Overlays.

Above all things, Lora treasured her children, family and friends, constantly put others ahead of herself; had abundant faith and great love for Jesus, and always shared her testimony. She is an image of grace and courage.

Surviving: her beloved children, Madilyn, Kaitlyn and Victoria; her parents, Harold and Agnes Davis; siblings, Tammie and Jeff Nathaniel, Alan Davis and Rachel Davis; 11 nieces and nephews; two great-nephews; in-laws, Larry and Charlotte Mullins and family; her “angel in WV,” Tammy Rader; and numerous family and friends. She is an inspiration to all.

Keeping with her giving nature, her desire was to gift her body to medical research.

A celebration of Lora’s life will be held Saturday, Feb. 23, from 1 to 5 p.m., at Cottle Church of God, 19623 Webster Rd, Craigsville. You are encouraged to bring written memories and loving thoughts to be shared and passed on to her daughters.

Lora was an amazing, fearless and beautiful woman. Our lives have been forever blessed for knowing her.

In lieu of flowers, she wished for memorial contributions to be made for her daughters. Donations can be made at any First Community Bank (304-742-5101).

C.E. ‘Buddy’ Elder

C.E. “Buddy” Elder, 65, of Glen Jean, died Feb. 1, 2013, at Raleigh General Hospital in Beckley.

Born June 14, 1947, at Maple Fork, he was the son of the late Fred Thomas and Sara Frances Prather Elder. A son, Clarence Edward Elder Jr., also preceded him in death.

He was the retired owner of C&B Auto Salvage.

Buddy was a U.S. Army veteran.

Surviving: his companion, Sandra Gill; stepdaughter, Audrey Cook of Minden; brothers, Wayne Elder of Harvey and James Elder of Clear Creek; sister, Drema Smith of Maple Fork; stepgrandchildren, Austin Suttle, Tiffany Cook and Anna Cook; six nephews, four nieces, three great-nephews, six great-nieces and four great-great-nephews.

Funeral services will be Thursday, Feb. 7, at 2 p.m. at Tyree Funeral Home in Mount Hope with Rev. Danny Damron officiating. Burial will be at Gethsemane Memorial Gardens, Oak Hill.

Friends may call one hour prior to the service on Thursday at the funeral home.

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Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope.

Pannell Hicks

Pannell Hicks, 64, of Cleveland, Ohio, formerly of Sun, died Jan. 27, 2013.

Funeral services were Feb. 2, at Chapel of Peace Funeral Home, Cleveland, Ohio.

Submitted by Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.

James E. Lively Sr.

Fayette County businessman and civic leader James E. Lively, 85, of Oak Hill, passed away at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown on Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2013.

Jim was born on May 9, 1927, in Quinwood, the youngest of eight children and the only son born of Grover Cleveland Lively and Eugenia Corron Lively. In addition to his parents and four sisters, he was preceded in death by his daughter, Leah Lively Dean.

Jim is survived by his wife of 58 years, Loretta Ferri Lively; sons, James Lively Jr. and wife Cathy, Brett Lively and wife Twila, Michael Lively and wife Judy, and Dr. Matthew Lively and wife Lisa; grandchildren, Dr. Jamie Lively, Luke Lively, Jared Lively, Kathleen Lively; and one great-grandchild, Ava Lively. Also surviving are sisters, Cleo Lively, Birdie Stone and Loni Evans.

Jim’s early interest was athletics and he was an outstanding athlete at Montgomery High School and West Virginia Tech. He was an honor graduate and three-sport letterman at Montgomery High, and after high school, he joined and served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

After the war, Jim went to West Virginia Tech on a football scholarship, where he quarterbacked the Golden Bears to their only undefeated season in school history in 1949. After graduating magna cum laude from WV Tech, he earned a Master of Science degree from West Virginia University and then taught biology and coached all sports at Mt. Hope High School from 1950-1955.

After leaving coaching and the education field, Jim founded Jim Lively Insurance which has its headquarters in Oak Hill. The business just celebrated its 50th anniversary and has grown to be one of West Virginia’s largest insurance firms. There are currently seven branches across the state.

Jim was a president and member of the Fayette County Commission for 22 years. He was past president and charter member of the Oak Hill Chamber of Commerce, where he originated the West Virginia Sports Festival, helped initiate the Oak Hill Little League Basketball program and Rinky Dink Tournament, and was a 42-year member and past president of the Oak Hill Lions Club.

He was also former president of the West Virginia Tech Alumni Association, West Virginia Association of County Officials and founding member and president of the Fayette Plateau Business Development Corporation.

Jim had also served on the board of directors of New River Bank, was chairman of the Bluestone Planning and Development Council, trustee of the Fayette Needy Association and past member of the Fayette Planning Commission. Jim was currently a member of the Fayette County Urban Renewal Authority, trustee of the Sts. Peter and Paul Trust Fund and founder and president of the Plateau Club, whose aim it is to help area citizens who are in need and to send articles to U.S. military members serving overseas.

He and Loretta were the driving force and main benefactors of the new amphitheater in downtown Oak Hill.

Jim was 1967 Oak Hill Citizen of the Year and the Lively Family was named the 1973 Oak Hill All-American Family of the Year. He was West Virginia Tech Alumnus of the Year in 1972 and was inducted in the West Virginia Tech Football Hall of Fame in 1983. He and Loretta were awarded the Bishop’s Cross by the Roman Catholic Diocese of W.Va. for extraordinary service to the Catholic Schools of W.Va.

Jim is a member of the Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Oak Hill, where he serves as a lecturer and Adult Bible School Facilitator.

In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made to Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic School. The Mass of Christian burial will be 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 9, at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Oak Hill.

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Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Robert Anthony McGuire

Robert Anthony McGuire, 28, of Meadow Bridge, died Jan. 19, 2013.

A memorial service was held Feb. 2, in the Bellwood Baptist Church.

Arrangements by Smathers Funeral Chapel Inc., Rainelle.

Ruby Mae Parker

Ruby Mae Parker, 64, of Victor, died Jan. 21, 2013, following a long illness.

Born Feb. 21,1948, in Fairfax County, Va., she was the daughter of the late Lillian Elizabeth Hawthorne.

Ruby was a member of Horseshoe Baptist Church and a homemaker.

Surviving: her husband, Lawrence Parker of Victor; daughters, Patricia Mae Petitt of Victor and Melissa Ann Nutter and her husband, Mike, of Hico; grandchildren, Brittney Kenney, Robert Petitt, Kim Nutter and Katie Petitt; great-grandchildren, Kayleigh Golden and Daisy Mae Keeney; and a brother, Ernest Franklin Lawhorne of Victor.

Funeral services were Jan. 24, at Wallace and Wallace Funeral Home Chapel in Ansted with Pastor Wade Samples officiating. By her request, she was cremated after the services.

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Arrangements by Wallace and Wallace of Ansted.

Ron ‘Moose’ Dale Patrick

Ron “Moose” Dale Patrick, 43, of Kimberly, died Jan. 28, 2013, at his home.

Born Aug. 25, 1969, at Oak Hill, he was the son of the late Hershel and Erma Joyce Scarbro Patrick.

Moose was a diesel mechanic and coal truck driver for Jane Lee Trucking.

He was a member of the Mossy Living Word Church.

Surviving: fiancee, Christina Sparks; stepson, Jonathan Sparks, and a stepdaughter, Emily Sparks, both of Kimberly.

Funeral services were Feb. 2, at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill with Rev. Paul Basham officiating. Burial was at Rinehart Cemetery, Mossy.

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Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

William Joseph ‘Bill’ Reed

William Joseph “Bill” Reed, 72, of Hico, died Feb. 1, 2013, at his home.

Born March 24, 1940, at Glen Morgan, he was the son of the late James A. Reed and Norma Epperly Reed.

Mr. Reed was a retired coal miner, and was a U.S. Navy veteran, serving from 1959 until 1963.

He was a member of the Sunday Road Baptist Church at Hico, and had made his home at Hico for nearly 42 years.  

Surviving: his wife, Denise Campbell Reed; sons, Mark Reed and his wife, Amy, of Hico, Adam Roberts of Oak Hill, and Joseph E. Roberts and his wife, Shalaine, of Jacksonville, Ark.; a brother, Carl Reed and his wife, Dora, of Glen Morgan; grandchildren, Ashton and Blake; special grandchildren, Taylor and T.C. Perry; and special friends, Harry Treadway, Marshall Wilson, and Donzie Pack.

Funeral services to celebrate the life of William “Bill” Reed were held Feb. 6, at the Sunday Road Baptist Church, Hico, with Pastor Allen Donaldson officiating. Burial followed at Sunset Memorial Park in Beckley.

Military graveside rites were conducted by the Oak Hill VFW Post #3110 Honor Guard.

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Arrangements by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, Beckley.

Loretta Sexton

Loretta Jane Sexton, 63, of Fayetteville, died Feb. 1, 2013, at Hidden Valley Center, Oak Hill.

Born March 16, 1949, at Oak Hill, she was the daughter of the late Delmer O’Dell Sexton and Mildred Lucille Sneed Sexton.

Loretta was a former cook at the former Green Acres Nursing Home at Fayetteville.

Surviving: her brother, Kenneth Sexton and wife Sheri of Fayetteville; nieces and nephew, Faith Tyler of Fayetteville, Jason Sexton of Ashland, Ky., and Joy Napier of Fayetteville; and five great-nephews.

Graveside services was Feb. 3, at Huse Memorial Park, Fayetteville, with Pastor Richard Midkiff officiating and Rev. Alan Ledford singing.

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

Elizabeth Kay Taylor

Elizabeth Kay Taylor, 57, of Charleston, died Jan. 22, 2013, at CAMC Memorial Hospital, after a courageous battle with cancer.

Elizabeth was preceded in death by her loving parents, Mr. Robert L. Taylor and Mrs. Beulah Kinser Taylor.

Elizabeth was a 1973 graduate of Stonewall Jackson High School and graduated from Marshall University.

Elizabeth taught French and English for 36 years. She began her career at Gauley Bridge High School in Fayette County and was there for 19 years before moving to Valley High School in Fayette County. For the last seven years she was a teacher at Sissonville High School in Kanawha County. Elizabeth was a very dedicated teacher and special friend to her fellow teachers and students.

Elizabeth has been a member of Ruffner Memorial Presbyterian Church from a young age and has been active with Bluestone Conference Center for many years. Bluestone was a very special place for Elizabeth.

Surviving: her brother, Irvin Steven Taylor; sister and brother-in-law, Tammie Taylor VanBrocklin and Scott D. VanBrocklin; and the joy of her life, her niece, Ashley Elizabeth Danielle VanBrocklin, whom she cherished with all her heart; she enjoyed being a wonderful and loving aunt to Ashley. Elizabeth is also survived by one aunt, Bonnie Kinser Boggess; many cousins; and a host of friends. Elizabeth was a loving and caring daughter, sister, aunt and friend.

The funeral was held Jan. 26, at Ruffner Memorial Presbyterian Church, corner of Greenbrier and Quarrier streets, Charleston, with the Rev. Amy Parker and the Rev. Bill Brown officiating. Burial followed in Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens.

Arrangements by Barlow-Bonsall Funeral Home, Charleston.

Thelma Mae Pozzie Vance

Thelma Mae Pozzie Vance, 87, of Oak Hill, died Jan. 26, 2013, at CMC Memorial.

Thelma was born June 30, 1925, at Longacre. She was preceded in death by her parents, five of six siblings, and her husband, William Vance.

She was a homemaker.

She was a member of the Oak Hill Apostolic Holiness Church for 40 years.

Surviving: her children, Mary Jane Wood of Belle, Paul Pozzie and his wife, Suzanne, of Charleston,  David Lee Pozzie and his wife, Reyna, of Costa, Anna K. Pozzie of Culloden, Stephen L. Pozzie and his wife, Carolyn, of Oak Hill, Melissa Hubert and her husband, Chris, of Lake Station, Ind., and Michael Prather; sister, Mary L. Sparkman of Crown Hill; 16 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren and one on the way; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Feb. 1 at High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill, with Pastor Carlos Lewis and Rev. Harry Fuller officiating. Entombment followed in High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill.

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Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.

Douglas Edward Wriston

Douglas Edward Wriston, 72, of South Salem, Ohio, died Jan. 30, 2013, at his home.

Born May 16, 1940, at Kingston, he was the son of the late Clarence Edward and Mary Ushley Stover Wriston. A sister, Della Irene Coleman, and a brother, Conard Raymond Wriston, also preceded him in death.

He was a retired tank framer for Kenworth Truck Company.

Doug was a U.S. Air Force veteran.

Surviving: son, Dennis Wriston of Scarbro; daughters, Tina Wriston and Vicky Wriston, both of Scarbro; sisters, Lorine Shuemake of Beards Fork, Madeline Ward of Scarbro and Loretta Johnson of Cape Coral, Fla.; and four grandchildren

In accordance with his wishes, Mr. Wriston was cremated.

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Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Vanessa Dale Raines Yoney

Vanessa Dale Raines Yoney, 56, of Oak Hill, died Feb. 1, 2013, at her home.

Born Aug. 28, 1956, at Beckley, she was the daughter of the late Dorothy L. Raines Amick and stepdaughter of Alvin L. “Bob” Amick.

Vanessa was a member of the Crooked Run Community Church and a homemaker.

Surviving: sons, Daniel Yoney and wife Angela of Beckley, and Mark Yoney; a brother, Allen Amick; and grandsons, Aaron Yoney and Jacob Burdette.

Funeral services were Feb. 6, at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill with Rev. Phillip Fuller officiating. Burial was at the I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Oak Hill.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.