The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.

June 12, 2013

Obituaries — Thursday, June 13, 2013


Gary Randall Beaver

Gary Randall Beaver, 56, of Oak Hill, died June 4, 2013, at C.A.M.C. in Charleston.

Born June 22, 1956, in New Mexico, he was the son of the late Nathan Ray Beaver and Faye Ellen Jacobs Beaver. Gary also was preceded in death by a sister, Sherry Massie.

Gary was a devoted husband, father, and loved his grandchildren.

He loved to fish and hunt. He loved his church too. He was a member of the Harvey United Methodist Church where he served as deacon.

He was an outgoing person who never met a stranger.

Surviving: his wife of 34 years, Diane Gay (Griffith) Beaver; children, Connie Sue Blethen and Jeannette Lynn Pennington, both of Oak Hill; siblings, Lewis Beaver of Germany, Nathan Beaver of Ohio, Brenda Beaver Sexton and her husband, Donald, of Oak Hill, David Beaver of North Carolina, Carol Garrett and her husband, Edward, of Scarbro, Dennis Beaver and his wife, Renee, of Indiana, and Jerry Beaver of Scarbro; three grandchildren; special brother-in-law, Edward Garrett, who was his buddy in fishing, hunting, and the great outdoors; and several cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Funeral service was June 6 at High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill, with Pastor Connie Holly and Rev. Carlos Lewis officiating. Burial followed in High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill.

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

Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.



Jean Clayton

Mrs. Jean Clayton, of Zanesville, Ohio, formerly of Hilltop, died June 4, 2013.

Funeral service was June 9 at Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor Chapel, Beckley, with Elder Stanley Blanks officiating. Burial followed in the family cemetery in Hilltop.

Online condolences may be e-merald to ritchie-johnson@suddenlinkmail.com.

Arrangements by Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.



Tony Allen Elswick

Tony Allen Elswick, 53, of Mount Hope, died June 3, 2013, at Appalachian Regional Hospital in Beckley.

Born Oct. 5, 1959, at Summersville, he was the son of the late Donald and Geraldine Woods Elswick. Three brothers, William “Willie” Elswick, Calvin D. Elswick, and Joseph Michael Elswick, and two sisters, Rebecca Craddock and Kimberly Wilburn, also preceded him in death.

He worked in maintenance and home construction.

Surviving: daughters, Amanda Evans and Heather Jones, both of Mount Hope; son, Patrick Elswick and wife Caitline of Beckley; sisters, Madeline Jackson and husband Buford of Price Hill, and Tina Suttle and husband, Michael of Harvey; six grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was June 8 at Tyree Funeral Home in Mount Hope. Burial was at Elswick Cemetery in Clay County.

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

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope.



Howard Leon Ford

Howard Leon Ford, 91, of Oak Hill, died June 7, 2013, at Bowers Hospice House, Beckley.

Born May 12, 1922, at Oak Hill, he was the son of the late Duffy and Nora Cox Ford. He also was preceded in death by his wife, Lena Wire Ford; brothers, Ralph D. Ford, Jimmy Ford and Harry Ford; and sisters, Evelyn Pronko, Juanita Kendall and Frances Bannister.

He was the former owner of the Jeep franchise in Oak Hill and retired from Blackburn Ford in Oak Hill.

Leon was a member of the Oak Hill United Methodist Church.

He was a 1942 graduate of Oak Hill High School where he played football. He was a 50-year plus charter member of the Oak Hill Civitan Club and a member of the Oak Hill/Collins High School Alumni Association.

He served in the U. S. Army during World War II and was a member of the American Legion.

Surviving: several nephews and nieces, along with several great-nieces and great-nephews.

Services were June 10 at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill with Dr. Charles D. Miller officiating. Burial  followed at High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill, with military honors provided by Oak Hill VFW Post #3110.

Donations of sympathy may be made in his memory to Bowers Hospice House, 454 Cranberry Drive, Beckley, WV 25801.

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

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.



Dorothy ‘Dot’ Kirby Jeter

Dorothy “Dot” Kirby Jeter, of Barboursville, formerly of Mount Hope, died June 10, 2013.

Arrangements are incomplete at Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope.



Archie C. ‘Cornie’ Lively

Archie C. “Cornie” Lively, 76, of Kincaid, died June 4, 2013, at CAMC - Memorial Division in Charleston.

Born Nov. 22, 1936, at Dothan, he was the son of the late Snowden and Mary O’Neal Lively. Two sisters and two brothers also preceded him in death.

He was a retired coal miner, having worked for U.S. Steel.

Surviving: his wife, Joyce Elswick Lively; daughters, Teresa L. D’Angelo and husband Vince of Oak Hill, and Rose Garcia and husband Paul of Clarksburg; grandchildren, Byron Pate, Drew D’Angelo, Trevor Pate and Alex D’Angelo; and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were June 8 at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill with Rev. David Payne and Rev. Delmas Wolfe 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.



Ruth Halstead McClung

Ruth Halstead McClung, 81, died June 1, 2013, at the home of her granddaughter and grandson-in-law, Amanda and Scott Keffer, surrounded by her loving family following a short battle with cancer.

Born in Beckley, she was the daughter of the late Edgar and Lillian Basham Halstead, and a former resident of Oak Hill, but made her home in South Point, Ohio. She also was preceded in death by her brother, Davy Halstead.

Ruth had her master’s degree in social work and psycho-therapy. She was retired from the VA Hospital in Huntington, and following her retirement, she volunteered at the Women’s Resource Center in Huntington. Through her work there and in the private sector she helped many people find emotional healing.

Ruth dearly loved her family, she enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She loved shopping, and dancing.

Surviving: her daughters, Dee Hendrick of Victor, Katrina McClung of Huntington, Katherine Settle of Manhattan, Kan., and Cynthia McClung of Kapaa, Hawaii; grandchildren, Christopher Hendrick and wife Teresa of Fayetteville, Amanda Keffer and her husband, Scott, of Victor, Leanne Rice and her husband, and GG’s comic adversary, Josh, of Fayetteville, and Nathanial Settle of Manhattan, Kan.; great-grandchildren, Malerie, Hillary, Meagan Hendrick, Savannah, Sarah, Braxton, Benjamin Keffer, and Natalee, Lauren, and Lance Rice; sisters, Linda Bowman and her husband, Bob, and Lee Dillon; brother, Jim and Genevieve Halstead; her little dog, Oscar, whom she loved so much; and a host of nieces and nephews and beloved friends.

In keeping with Ruth’s wishes she has been cremated.

Services celebrating her life were held June 6 at the Mountain View Church of God, Hilltop, with Pastor Rudell Bloomfield officiating. Private inurnment services will take place at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens.

Her family requests donations of sympathy be made to Hospice of Southern West Virginia, or any Women’s Resource Center.

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

Arrangements by Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley.



Pete Rodes

Pete Rodes, 89, of Fayetteville, died June 3, 2013, at Pleasant Valley Hospital at Point Pleasant.

Born March 29, 1924, at Gatewood, he was the son of the late Ira Jay and Lula McClung Rodes. He also was preceded in death by his wife, Joann Jones Rodes, on Jan. 27, 1996; and brothers, Martin Rodes, Earl Rodes, and Bill Rodes.

Pete was a lifelong member of Gatewood Baptist Church where he served as deacon and Sunday school teacher.

He was a World War II Navy veteran.

Pete and his late wife, Joann, owned and operated grocery stores in Fayette County. He belonged to Gideons International.       

Surviving: his sons, Larry (Liz) Rodes and Jim (Leslie) Rodes, all of Huntington; daughters, Mary (Gary) Higgs of Harrisonburg, Va., and Jeanne (Wayne) Sayre of Point Pleasant; grandchildren, Megan (Brett) Doeffinger, Nathan Sayre, Johanna (Adam) Stiltner, David Rodes, and Christina Rodes; great-granddaughter, Gwen Stiltner; and sisters, Madora Ballard of Hershey, Pa., and Jo Ella Etchison of Galion, Ohio.

Funeral services was June 7 at Gatewood Baptist Church with Pastor Harry Fuller officiating. Burial followed with military honors by American Legion Post 149 at Huse Memorial Park, Fayetteville.

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

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

Jerry Walter Skaggs

Jerry Walter Skaggs, 69, of Wriston, died June 3, 2013, at Plateau Medical Center in Oak Hill.

Born Nov. 29, 1943, at Ansted, he was the son of the late Delbert and Garnet Robertson Skaggs. He also was preceded in death by a sister, Tara Lynn Skaggs.

He was a brick and stone mason.

Mr. Skaggs was a member of the Loop Creek Baptist Church, Wriston.

Surviving: his wife, Margie Ann Holcomb Skaggs; son, Roger Skaggs of Wriston; a grandson, Jeremy Skaggs of Minden; brother, Gary Keith Skaggs of Wriston; sisters, Margie Gwinn and husband Mack of Belle, Dorothy Jones of Wriston and Patricia Keenan of Shrewsbury; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were June 7 at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill, with the Rev. Ronnie Persinger officiating. Burial was at Robertson Cemetery on Taylor’s Branch Road, Wriston.

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

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.



Morton G. ‘Morty’ Smith

Morton G. “Morty” Smith, 55, of Hico, died June 2, 2013, at his home in Hico, following a short illness.

Born June 17, 1957, at Gauley Bridge, he was the son of the late Morton Givens Smith Sr. and Dolores Lee Wood Violet and stepfather John H. Violet of Springfield, Ohio. In addition to his father, he was also preceded in death by his stepmother, Frances Smith.

Morty worked as a diesel mechanic for a utility company and was of the Protestant faith.

He loved talking on his ham radio, and taking scenic photos outdoors.

Surviving: his companion, Nina Bonanno of Hico and her children, and her father, Hobart Rogers, and wife Katherine and their children; mother, Dolores Wood Violet and stepfather John of Springfield, Ohio; brother, David Gorman Smith of Hico; several cousins and other extended family and many, many friends.

Services were June 6 at Wallace & Wallace Chapel in Ansted. Entombment followed at Chapel of Rest Mausoleum in Victor.

The family requests donations of sympathy be made to Hospice of Southern WV at 456 Cranberry Drive, Beckley, WV 25801.

Online condolences may be made at www.wallaceandwallacefh.com.

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace of Ansted.



Richard Ivan Stonestreet

Richard Ivan Stonestreet, 58, of King, N.C., formerly of Kincaid, died May 29, 2013, in King, N.C.

Born Jan. 25, 1955, at Oak Hill, he was the son of the late Raymond Fredrick and Sylvia Smith Stonestreet.

He was a disabled coal truck driver and a U.S. Army veteran.

Surviving: his wife, Michelle Hines Stonestreet; twin sons, Richard Stonestreet and Charles Stonestreet of King, N.C.; daughters, Emma Waller of Mount Airy, N.C., Mistie Dolin of Page and Sylvia Stonestreet of King, N.C.; brothers, Gerald Stonestreet of Oak Hill and Dennis Stonestreet of Glasgow; and six grandchildren.

Richard was cremated. A memorial service will be on Friday, June 14, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Freewill Baptist Church in Robson with Pastor Gary Philpott officiating. Family and friends are invited to attend this time of remembrance.

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

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.



Teddy Harold Thomas

Teddy Harold Thomas, 80, of Meadow Bridge, died June 3, 2013, after a long illness.

He was born on May 21, 1933, in Meadow Bridge. He was preceded in death by a brother, Roger Thomas of Meadow Bridge.

Ted had been an electrician in the mines for several years and prior to that he owned an Esso Station located in his hometown.

Surviving: his wife, Edna Gayle and their three children, Theresa Orndorff and her fiancé, Randy Phillips, of Kingsport, Tenn., Teddy David and his wife, Sally, of Bedford, N.H., and Tony and his wife, Becky, of Shady Spring; very loved grandchildren, Drew and Maegan (Meggie) Jo Thomas, and Anna Orndorff and Hannah Thomas; a brother, W.D. (Junior) Thomas and wife Eugenia of Meadow Bridge; a sister, Joy and husband Justo Gonzales of Meadow Bridge; a sister-in-law, Peggy Thomas of Meadow Bridge; and several nieces and nephews.

Graveside service and burial were June 6 at the Wallace Memorial Cemetery in Clintonville, with Pastor Roger Booth officiating.

Arrangements by Smathers Funeral Chapel, Rainelle.



Earl Walker

Earl Walker, 93, of Dayton, Md., died June 2, 2013, at his home following a short illness.

Born in Springdale, on March 17, 1920, he was son of the late William C. Walker and Elsie M. White Walker. He also was preceded in death by his sisters, Thelma Peters, Jewel Miller, Grace Campbell, Glenna Jett, Pansie Twohig, and Evelyn Rose, and his brothers, Lawrence and Chester Walker.

He proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy. After his military service he became a mechanic in the auto industry.

He was a member of the Baptist faith.

Surviving: his sister, Wanda Gregory of Dayton, Md.

Funeral service was June 8 at Wallace and Wallace Funeral Home in Rainelle, with Pastor Bob Scharnhorst officiating. Burial followed at End of the Trail Cemetery in Clintonville, with the Midland Trail Masonic Lodge 166 conducting the Masonic graveside rights.

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

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Rainelle.



Paulette ‘Polly’ Stover Williams

Paulette “Polly” Stover Williams, 66, of Clear Creek, died June 8, 2013, at Bowers Hospice House in Beckley.

Born Dec. 13, 1946, at Clear Creek, she was the daughter of the late Wilburn and Bessie Ewings Stover. She also was preceded in death by her husband, Winfred B. Williams, and brothers, Wilburn Hubert Jr. and David Hubert.

Polly was a caregiver and also worked at Kellys Corner at Pax.

She was the Christian faith, loved to play cards, read, pitch horseshoes and spending time with her family.

Surviving: her son, Mike Williams of Clear Creek; her grandchildren, Caressa Williams Browning, Derek Chance Williams, Phoenix Michael Williams and Aaron David Williams; her great grandchildren, Zoey Jade Williams and Zaiden River Williams; her loving caregivers, loving daughter-in-law, Vickie Williams and spouse David Williams; her brother, Bronston Lee Stover of Beckley; her sisters, Aline Williams of Artie, and Evetta Williams of Beckley; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services with be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, June 13, at the Ewings Creek Community Church with Becky Maynor officiating. Burial will follow beside her husband, Winfred, on her home property.

Friends may call at the Ewing Creek Community Church on Thursday, June 13, one hour prior to services.

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

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope.



Everett Richard Willis

Everett Richard Willis, 70, of Oak Hill, died June 8, 2013, at Plateau Medical Center.

Born May 29, 1943, at Hico, he was the son of the late Everett Dow Willis and Velva Ann Robinson Willis. He also was preceded in death by his youngest son, Daniel “Danny” Willis.

He retired from the U.S. Navy as a senior chief.

He was retired from General Ambulance Service as its maintenance supervisor.

Surviving: his companion of 23 years, Adrian Goff of Oak Hill; children Sandy Phillips of Gatewood, Diana McMillion of Oak Hill, David Goff and his wife, Angie, of Fayetteville, Steven Bailey of St. Johns, Ariz., Jodi Tregembo of Portsmouth. Va., David Willis of Chesapeake, Va., and Rick Willis of Melton; one brother; three sisters; eight grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Funeral service was June 12 at High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill, with Rev. David Edwards officiating. Burial followed in High Lawn Memorial Park.

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

Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.