The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.

January 22, 2014

Obituaries — Thursday, January 23, 2014


Virginia Tully Bailess

Virginia Tully Bailess, 90, of Edmond, widow of the late Herbert “Dick” Bailess, died Jan. 16, 2014, at Fayette Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Fayetteville.

Born Aug. 2, 1923, at Edmond, she was the daughter of the late Howard B. Tully Sr. and Gertrude Callison Tully. A son, Winford Bailess (1951); a daughter, Margaret (2006); and brothers, James, Henry, Pat and John, also preceded her in death.

Surviving: a son, Henry “Hank” Bailess and wife Ann of Lansing; daughters, Lois Holliday and husband Ted of Chesterfield, Va., Frances Childress of Tampa, Fla., and Donna Bailess of West Palm Beach, Fla.; eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were Jan. 18 at Beauty Mountain Baptist Church in Edmond with Bro. Dana Stalnaker officiating. Burial was at High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill.

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

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.



Dorothy Baumgartner

Dorothy Lucille Baumgartner, 87, of Oak Hill, died Jan. 12, 2014.

Mrs. Baumgartner has been cremated and no services have been scheduled.

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

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

Charles Edward Canterbury

Charles Edward Canterbury, 86, of Mount Hope, died Jan. 9, 2014, at the Bowers Hospice House. Mr. Canterbury had fallen three weeks earlier, passing away from the resultant head injury. He was known by some as “Chuck,” by others as “Charlie,” and still others as “Sarge.”

Born in Page on Aug. 23, 1927, he was son of the late William and Reba Dooley Canterbury. He also was preceded in death by his son, Kevin Canterbury, and his sister, Cora Ellen “Corky” Richmond.

Chuck lived fully, vividly, vibrantly, colorfully, and well. His was an adventurous life.

He joined the Navy when he was underage because he wanted to serve his country in World War II, seeing some limited action in the Pacific before he was found out as too young to serve and sent home.

He later served in the Army for some 20 years, seeing action in Korea where he was wounded and received a Purple Heart. He was sent to the Pacific again in the early 1960s after having been deployed to Nevada in the late 1950s as part of the hydrogen bomb testing corps. Between those stints, he worked as a regular Army enlisted man with the Beckley office of the Army Reserve.

He later was a recruiter in Welch where he set records and won numerous awards for the numbers of people he successfully enlisted into the service. It is hard to find anyone in McDowell County who doesn’t have a relative who served in the Army as a result of Sarge’s recruiting efforts.

After retirement from the military, Chuck initially worked with Huey Perry and Jeff Monroe with the Buffalo Housing project to help people relocate who were ruined in the Buffalo Creek disaster. Later, he operated TV Lanes, the Top Hat Drive-In, and Chuck’s Pawn Shop, all in the Oak Hill area. An avid bowler, he enjoyed teaching kids to bowl about as much as he enjoyed bowling itself.

Chuck was a member and former member of a number of organizations. In the 1960s, he served as president of the Mount Hope Lions Club and loved coaching the little league baseball teams in town. He never missed a mighty, mighty Mustangs football game during those years. He also joined the Mount Hope Presbyterian Church in 1958, and remained a member until his death.

During his time in Welch, he volunteered as a junior high and high school football referee and was a member of the Welch Lions Club.

He was a member of the Beckley Moose Lodge No. 1606, the American Legion Post 149 in Fayetteville, VFW Post 4469 in Beckley and the Disabled American Veterans. Chuck loved video poker and was a regular at the Cold Spot in Glen Jean where someone else will now have to take his lucky seat.

Surviving: his wife of 36 years, Barbara “Bobbie” Thomas Canterbury; his son, Steven Canterbury and wife Nancy; his granddaughter, Rachel Rogier; his brothers, Norton and Cecil Canterbury and their wives, Mary and Betty; his sister, Patsy Tatum; numerous nephews and nieces, including Norton Lee Canterbury, Dale Canterbury, Bill and Jenelle Canterbury, Robin Thomas DiBartolomeo, and Ronald Bowyer; and his former neighbor and good friend, Scott Johnson.

Chuck was an avid WVU fan, so it’s no surprise that he donated his body to the WVU Medical School. At his request, there will be no service. All who knew him are simply and generously requested to remember him as he lived — larger than life.



David Randall Carter

David Randall Carter, 61, of Sophia, died Jan. 10, 2014, at Raleigh General Hospital in Beckley.

Born Oct. 27, 1952, at Beckley, he was the son of the late Woodrow Wilson and Uma Myrtle Cook Carter. He also was preceded in death by a sister, Barbara Lynn Green.

He was president/owner for AM Star Ambulance Company.

He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam era.

Surviving: his wife, Elizabeth Faith Treadway Carter; and daughters, Diana Pultz of Mount Hope and Candice Carter of Sophia.

Mr. Carter was cremated. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

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

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope.



Arthur Lee Combs

Arthur Lee Combs, 79, died Jan. 14, 2014, in Corbin, Ky.

Born May 28, 1934, in Beury Mountain, he was son of the late Thomas W. and Dorothy E. Smith Combs. He also was preceded in death by his brother, Thomas A. Combs.

Arthur graduated from Mount Hope High School in 1953. He played football and ran track for the Mustangs.

He retired in 1973, with 20 years of service, from the U.S. Air Force as a Senior Master Sergeant, having served two tours of duty in Vietnam.

He was a retired electrician for CSX Railroad in Corbin.

His retirement passion was playing golf.

Surviving: wife, Louise Combs of Corbin, Ky.; sons, Matthew Combs and his wife, Victoria, of Corbin,  and Steven Combs and Scott Combs, both of Corbin; daughter, Denise Combs of Denver, Colo.; granddaughter, Savannah Combs of Corbin; grandsons, John Combs and Paul Combs, both of Denver; brothers, A. Russell Combs and wife Francine of Oak Hill and Fredrick N. Combs and wife Lisa of Bluffton, S.C.; sisters, Mary K. Kincaid of Red Star and Elizabeth J. Vance and husband Archie of Fayetteville.

Services were held Jan. 18 at High Lawn Funeral Chapel, Oak Hill, with Rev. Charles Miller officiating. Burial followed in High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill.



Tresa Dellinger

Tresa Dellinger, 34, of Oak Hill, died Jan. 18, 2014, at Cabell Huntington Hospital in Huntington.

Born May 21, 1979, at Lynchburg, Va., she was the daughter of the late Richard and Doris Elliot Russell.

 She was a homemaker.

Surviving: her husband, James David Dellinger; a son, Johnathan Dellinger of Oak Hill; and a sister, Lisa Southerly of Harrisonburg, Va.

Funeral services will be on Thursday, Jan. 23, at 2 p.m. at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill with Rev. Jessie Parker officiating. Cremation will follow the service. Friends may call one hour prior to the service on Thursday at the funeral home.

 In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to Tyree Funeral Home to assist with funeral expenses.

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

 Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.



Marshall Diaz

Marshall L. “Jr.” Diaz, 85, of Mt. Carbon, died peacefully Jan. 13, 2014, while surrounded by his adoring family.

Marshall was born May 2, 1928, in Lochgelly, son of the late Marshall and Ethel Diaz. He also was preceded in death by his first wife, Thelma; son, Marshall Lance; and brothers, Clifford and Bill.

Marshall was devoted to his family and enjoyed spending his time golfing, traveling, and tending to his immaculate yard and beautiful roses. He always had a good joke or story to tell and made a friend everywhere he went.

He retired from Elkem Metals after 39 years of service.

He was a wealth of knowledge and a source of happiness to all those around him. He will never be forgotten.

Surviving: his beloved wife, Helen; daughters, Marsha Stiltner and her husband, Dean, of Mt.Carbon, Diana “Dee Dee” Diaz of Cross Lanes, and Kera Diaz of Colorado; stepchildren, Gary Boyd and his wife, Lynn, of Beckley, and Connie Gallaher of Tennessee; granddaughter, Brianne Diaz-Morgan, with whom he shared a special bond, and her husband, Brian, of Virginia; stepgrandchildren, Jessica Mainella and husband Tony of Colorado, Tony Boyd of Milton, Josh Boyd and wife Susan of Beckley, and Sam Gallaher of Florida; sisters, Dolores Houchins from Ohio and Juanita Perry and her husband, Albert, from North Carolina; brother, Donald Diaz and his wife, Nancy, from Indiana; 12 great-grandchildren, three of whom are his namesake.

Marshall was passionate about his love of dogs and spent one of his last days with a special K9 friend. Because of this the family asks that if you too are a dog lover, you make a donation in his name to your favorite animal shelter.

A tribute to his life was held Jan. 18 at O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery, with Pastor Jeff Floyd officiating. Interment will follow at a later date in Kanawha Valley Memorial Gardens, Glasgow.

Expressions of sympathy can be sent at www.odellfuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.



John Michael Evans

John Michael Evans died Jan. 1, 2014, in Tennessee.

Born June 19, 1938, in Oak Hill, he was the son of the late Denver and Pearl Pennington Evans.

Surviving: his siblings, Madge Dilley of Oak Hill, Melvin Evans of Cleveland, Ohio, Marcell Phillips of Daffney, S.C.; his first wife, Ruth Tracy of Luttrell, Tenn., and their four children, John Michael Evans Jr., Paul Denver Evans of Cleveland, Ohio, Brenda Lee (Evans) Fritts of Luttrell, Tenn., and Tracie Ann (Evans) Mullett of Piketon, Ohio.

His final resting place will be Pennington Cemetery in Oak Hill.



Debra Kay Wriston Johnston

Debra Kay Wriston Johnston, 56, of Kincaid, died Jan. 19, 2014, at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown.

Born March 21, 1957, at Oak Hill, she was the daughter of Patsy Fridley Dorsey of North Carolina and the late Gilbert Ray Wriston Sr. A brother, Gilbert Wriston Jr., and a grandson, Jeremy Johnston Naylor, also preceded her in death.

 Debra was a member of the Page Baptist Church.

She was a homemaker.

Surviving, in addition to her mother: her husband, Wilburn Sylvester “Jug” Johnston; son, Jeremy Johnston and wife Lisa of Page; daughters, Terri Stanley and husband Keith, and Angela Rollins and fiancé Dan Francis, all of Kincaid; brothers, Steven Wriston Sr. and wife Sherry of North Carolina and Jerry Wriston and wife Machell of Pennsylvania; sisters, Nancy Johnston of Kincaid, Rita Craigo and husband James of North Carolina, Kim Stover and husband Mike of Robson and Becky Damron of Kincaid; and grandchildren, Kelly, Brianna, Kevin, Alexis, C.W., Phoenix, Christian, Issac and Colton.

 Funeral services were Jan. 22 at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill with Pastor Delmas Wolfe officiating. Burial was at Johnson Family Cemetery, Johnson Branch.

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

 Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.



Elizabeth Anne Mahoney Morgan Lee

Elizabeth Anne Mahoney Morgan Lee, 84, of Oak Hill, died Jan. 14, 2014.

Per Elizabeth’s wishes, her body was donated to the Human Gift Registry.

Services will be held at a later date.

Submitted by Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley.



Howard Elwood Pennington

Howard Elwood Pennington, 78, of East Kingston, died Jan. 14, 2014, at his home surrounded by his family after a long illness.

Born May 8, 1935, at Collinsdale, he was the son of the late Oscar and Mona Conley Pennington. His wife, Sylvia Jean Wriston Pennington, also preceded him in death, as well as a son, Willard Pennington; brothers, Walter, Delbert, Elbert, James, Kenneth, Luther and Sherlie “Basil” Pennington; and sisters, Sarah Scott and Mable Barrett.

Howard was a retired coal miner having been a main line motor operator.

A longtime guitar picker, he attended the Willis Branch Community Church.

Surviving: daughter, Rachel Toney of East Kingston; sons, Jackie Pennington and wife Brenda of Oak Hill, Eddie Pennington of Dothan, Frankie Pennington and girlfriend Jennifer of Dothan, Johnny Pennington and wife Dee Dee of Scarbro, Benjamin Pennington and wife Ethel of Hilltop and Westley Pennington and wife Sarah of Scarbro; his grandchildren, Lori, J.J., Teaira, Harley, Shana, Trevor, Matt, Frankie Lee, Tiffany K., Barry, Lydia, Jeffrey, Justin, Paul, Alyana, Nicholas, Anthony, Luke and Stacey; great-grandchildren, Preston and Levi; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were Jan. 19 at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill with Pastor Lum Toney officiating. Burial was at Pax Community Cemetery.

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

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.



Nila Jean Pennock Smith

Nila Jean Pennock Smith, 71, of Oak Hill, died Jan. 19, 2014, at Plateau Medical Center in Oak Hill.

Born March 24, 1942, at Oak Hill, she was the daughter of the late Theodore Everett and Mary Elizabeth Coleman Pennock. A daughter, Angela Hunt, and a sister, Decima Naomi Pennock, also preceded her in death.

 She  was a former employee of Sunshine Pillow Company and B&C Uniform Company.

Nila was a member of the First Church of the Brethren of Oak Hill.

She was a 1962 graduate of Collins High School in Oak Hill.

Surviving: daughters, Melissa Moore and husband Gregory of Manassas, Va., and Melinda Kincaid of Oak Hill; son, Ted Smith of Martinsburg; sisters, Dora Pennock of Oak Hill, Mary Lou Warstler of Akron, Ohio, and Eleanor Hamilton of Maryland; eight grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

 Funeral services will be on Thursday, Jan. 23 at 11 a.m. at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill with Pastor Albert “Skip” Bowman officiating. Burial will be at Dooley Cemetery, Gatewood.

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

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

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.



Vernon Wetzel Tipton

Vernon Wetzel Tipton, 67, of Oak Hill, died Jan. 17, 2014, at Plateau Medical Center following a short illness.

Born Aug. 9, 1946, at Minden, he was the son of the late Ernest and Margaret Robinson Cox Tipton.

He was a retired coal miner and heavy equipment operator at Kingston Mines.

He was of the Pentecostal faith.

Surviving: his companion, Sharon Arrington; daughters, Theresa Buck and husband William of Oak Hill, Jeanie Marie O’Keese of Ohio, Charlotte Jones and husband John of Fayetteville, Sherry Everett and husband Steve of Oak Hill, Rachel Henderson and husband Larry of Rush, Ky.; seven grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren; brother, Rennie Tipton of Oak Hill; and sisters, Cheryl Pittman and Patricia Mooney, both of Oak Hill.

Funeral services was Jan. 20 at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill, with Rev. Larry Humphrey officiating. Burial was at Gethsemane Memorial Gardens, Oak Hill.

Donations may be made to Tyree Funeral Home for funeral expenses of Mr. Tipton.

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

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.



Louise Marie ‘MeMe’ Toler

Louise Marie “MeMe” Toler, 89, of Gilbert, Ariz., died Jan. 10, 2014.

Born July 15, 1924, in Minden, she was daughter of the late Dallas Rupert Burgess and Ethel Marie Blake.

“Tookie,” as she was fondly named by her sisters, grew up the oldest of four, June, Betty, and Nancy. Louise and her family later moved to Boomer where Louise started school and grew up during the Great Depression.

In 1941, at age 16, Louise ran off to be married to her high school sweetheart, James Keatley Toler, and they were married in Bristol, Tenn. She made a promise to her parents that she would indeed finish high school and she made her mother and father proud when she graduated from Fayetteville High School in June of 1942.

Louise and Keatley bought a house and furnished it first and foremost with a four-poster cast iron bed that Louise was born in and where she would later give birth to her two beloved children.

During World War II, Louise volunteered for the Red Cross, making bandages and organizing blood drives for wounded soldiers, an accomplishment that was very fulfilling for her.

In 1943, Louise gave birth at home to a baby girl, Tana Sue. The very next year she gave birth to a baby boy, James Keatley Jr. Her children were the love of her life and she dearly loved motherhood.

Her husband, James Keatley, was killed tragically in a gun accident in 1952. She would later fall in love with “Babe” — Maurice Larese, a mason from Italy with whom she carried on a love affair for 20+ years but denied his wedding proposal out of respect for Keatley and her loving in-laws. The second love of her life was taken tragically in death on a family vacation they took out west, leaving Louise heartbroken twice over.

In 1970, Louise’s dream of owning a classy dress shop came true and she opened “Tookie’s Fashions” in  Fayetteville. Her store logo and the shop itself was painted in none other than Tookie’s favorite colors: black and red. Louise took such pride in her shop selling beautiful dresses and jewelry.

Her store was such a success that she later went into business with her daughter Tana and they opened a second store in New Haven.

In 1982, Louise followed the third love of her life, Russell Gunsaulis, out west where they settled in Gallup, N.M., and built a beautiful home that MeMe designed herself. They later moved to Tempe, Ariz., where MeMe invested her time greatly in being the best mother, grandmother, sister, and aunt to her family possible, traveling the state of Arizona, and across the United States to Oklahoma and West Virginia to be present in the lives of those she loved.

MeMe had many passions in life. She was a very talented tap dancer as a young woman and loved to dance. She often snuck out of the house with her sister June and frequented the taverns just to go dancing; she was also an avid bowler, bowling in more than 17 National Bowling Tournaments across the United States. She also enjoyed frequenting the casinos in Las Vegas and Laughlin. She could be found in the poker pits of Vegas beating the pants off the men. She enjoyed playing the lottery and scratching scratch tickets, hoping to hit the jackpot as a fortune teller once told her; playing cards (“Shanghai Rummy” was a favorite family tradition). She loved astrology and could be found reading your daily horoscope to you; she believed in the essence of dreams and could quickly interpret your dreams while referencing her dream books. She loved her Wheel of Fortune and nobody was allowed to interrupt her favorite TV show. She loved Elvis Presley and the classic artists of the 1940s and ‘50s. She loved to shop and shower her loved ones with gifts. She dressed as a lady and carried herself as a lady and adorned herself in the color red and Charlie perfume. MeMe was always offering you something delicious to eat and MeMe’s homemade rolls, cranberry sauce, fried chicken, and dumplings will go down in history as the best ever. She stocked her purse and car with Wrigley’s gum, bananas, a flashlight, a wet wash cloth in a baggie, and her lucky rabbit’s foot. If you rode in her car you best believe you were going to smell like bananas.

MeMe lived a full happy life in spite of some tragedy. MeMe will be most remembered for making life beautiful for her family, whom she dearly loved. She overflowed with love for her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Her greatest calling in life was the generous giving of herself. She drove back and forth across the country time after time by herself to be present in the lives of the ones she loved, never missing a milestone event in each and every one of their lives. For those who were fortunate enough to be graced by her love, their lives will be forever changed. She taught us unconditional love, kindness, patience, humor, courage, and  lessons in life that may well be secret within each loved one’s heart. With every season of her life, she only grew more loving and kind and showed her true class as a lady from the beginning to the very end of her sweet life.

She knew Jesus as her savior and now shines upon us all from Heaven.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sisters, June Jeanese Holt and Betty Jean Likens; her husband, James Keatley Toler; her love, “Babe” Maurice Larese; her love, Russell Gunsaulis; and her beloved daughter, Tana Sue Simonton.

Surviving: her loving son, James Toler of Fayetteville; loving sister, Nancy Ann Followwill and brother-in- law, Bob of Norman, Okla.; beloved son-in-law, David Simonton of Gilbert, Ariz.; loving grandchildren, Steven Simonton (Laura) of Cave Creek, Ariz., John “Jay” Simonton (Deborah) of Yuma, Ariz., Betsy Ann Pollard (Mark) of Winslow, Ariz., and Cassidy Toler of Fayetteville; great-grandchildren, Kailey, Brooke, Zachary, Kaden, Kamryn, Dylan, Aiden, Grace, and Livi; and many loving nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life is planned for Jan. 25 at 11 a.m. at Mariposa Gardens Memorial Park and Funeral Care, 400 South Power Road, Mesa, AZ 85206.

Please visit www.MariposaGardens.com to leave a tribute to MeMe.



David Ross Whaples

David Ross Whaples, 63, of Fayetteville, died Jan. 14, 2014, at his residence.

Born June 28, 1950, at Harvey, he was the son of Virginia Lorraine Williams Whaples of Oak Hill and the late William Ross Whaples.

David was a former coal miner and enjoyed lawn care, gardening, listening to music and flea marketing.

Surviving, in addition to his mother: his wife, Shirley Jean Nester Whaples; his son, Charles Whaples of Fayetteville; his daughter, Stacy Dalton of Ashboro, N.C.; his grandchildren, Dustin Whaples, Kayla Wright, Jasmine Whaples, Michael Wright and Ariel Whaples; his brothers, Charley Whaples of Fayetteville and Gary Whaples of Oak Hill; a nephew, Adam Ashcraft of Charleston; a niece, Christy Young of Robson; and daughter-in-law, Tanya Whaples.

Funeral services were held Jan. 18 at the Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill, with the Rev. Patricia Franklin officiating. Burial followed in Huse Memorial Park at Fayetteville.

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

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.



John Willard Williams

John Willard Williams, 79, of Maple Fork, died Ja. 13, 2014, at Raleigh General Hospital, Beckley.

Born Nov. 27, 1934, at Toney’s Fork, he was a son of the late Alvie and Maudie Boggs Williams. He also was preceded in death by a brother, Isom Williams; and cousins, Lorn Williams and Orba Williams.

He was a coal miner for 30 years and loved to coon hunt and go ginsenging.

Surviving: his loving wife of 59 years, Shelva Jean Holstein Williams; daughters, Rose Mary Parsons and Connie Ruff and her husband, James, of Mount Hope, Jane Ann Smith Williams of Fayetteville, Sandra Sanger and her husband, Skip, Tammy Underwood, and Debby Patterson and her husband, Robert, all of Mount Hope; Randall Parsons of Beckley, who was like a son; a brother, Ward Williams of Clear Creek; a sister, Orpha Collins of Ohio; 13 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews, family and friends.

Funeral services were Jan. 16 at Tyree Funeral Home in Mount Hope with Rev. Jerry Tyree officiating. Burial followed at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Prosperity.

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

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope.



Jonah Wade Willis

Jonah Wade Willis, infant son of Richard Willis and Pamela Richards Baumbush, died Jan. 15, 2014.

Surviving, in addition to his parents: his brothers, Corey Willis of Ansted, and Tristan and Adrian Baumbush of Fayetteville; sisters, Novalea Baumbush of Fayetteville, Skylar, Cheyenne and Patience Willis of Oak Hill; paternal grandparents, Hayden and Bonnie Willis of Ansted; maternal grandparents, Jesse and Marilyn Richards of Fayetteville; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Service was Jan. 19 at the Fayetteville Family Worship Center at Fayetteville with Pastor Jamie Bailey officiating. Burial followed at Willis Cemetery near Victor.

Expressions of sympathy can be sent at www.odellfuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.



Geraldine S. Wilson

Geraldine S. Wilson, 71, of Mount Hope, died Jan. 18, 2014, at her home.

Jeri was retired from the Mine Safety and Health Administration.

Surviving: her husband, James “Jim” Wilson; her children, Phillip Tolman and his wife, Diana Topjian, of Charleston, S.C., Scott Tolman of Oak Hill and Keri Pugh and her husband, Kevin, of Beckley, Traci Flint and her husband, Mike, of Oak Hill and James “Tommy” Wilson of Beckley; and her grandchildren, Matthew Myers, Emma and Sydney Pugh, James, Brittany, and Aiden Flint.

 A private family ceremony will be held at a later date.

Online condolences can be sent at www.meltonmortuary.com.

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary and Cremation Center, Beckley.