The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.

March 7, 2012

Obituaries - Thursday, March 8, 2012


Leoma Forren Adkins

Leoma Forren Adkins, 80, of Meadow Bridge, died March 4, 2012, at Charleston Area Medical Center, Memorial Division, following a short illness.

Born Feb. 28, 1932, at Meadow Bridge, she was the daughter of the late Alex and Sallie Knapp Forren. She also was preceded in death by her husband of 44 years, James Hamner Adkins, and a grandson, Josh.

Leoma was a member of the Meadow Bridge United Methodist Church, a member of the VFW John Page Post No. 4484 Ladies Auxiliary, and a homemaker.

Surviving: daughters, Anita Smith (Bill) of St. Albans, Geneva Brown (Durand) of Charleston, Va., Mary Fields (Gayle) of Elkview, Tina Livingston (David) of Rupert, and Lula Adkins of Meadow Bridge (who was her caretaker); son, Ernest Adkins of Charleston; a sister, Lula Parker (Fred) of Roanoke, Va.; seven grandchildren, and three step grandchildren; five great-grandchildren, and three step great-grandchildren.

Services were March 7 at the Meadow Bridge United Methodist Church of Meadow Bridge, with Pastor James Johnson officiating. Burial followed in the Adkins Family Cemetery, Meadow Bridge.

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Rainelle.

Carol Lynn ‘Tucky’ Williams Ashmore

Carol Lynn “Tucky” Williams Ashmore, 48, died Feb. 28, 2012, while surrounded by family and friends at St. Francis Hospital in Charleston. Although she had been diagnosed with cancer nine years ago, the cancer never conquered her spirit.

Born July 28, 1963, at Fort Knox, Ky., she was the daughter of Ted Williams of Paint Creek, and the late Carolyn Ash Williams. She also was preceded in death by a brother, Joseph Williams; nephews, Jacob Williams and special angel Wehrle; her second mother, Susie Williams; and many other loved ones.

Carol graduated from Mount Hope High School. She worked in several occupations during her adult life, but her most cherished “job” was being a mother and grandmother. Her hobbies included photography, cake decorating, poetry, quilt making and painting.

She attended Packs Branch Baptist Church and was a devout worker for the Lord. Visitation, Bible school, and attending worship services were some of her favorite activities. She showed so much compassion and love toward others and was always trying to make a difference in someone’s life. Even during her times of sickness she was always trying to do the Lord’s work and get someone new to go to church. She had many favorite scriptures, one of which was Jude 1:22, “And of some have compassion, making a difference.”

Surviving, along with her father, Ted: her children, Ronnie Ashmore Jr. and Jennifer Ashmore of Fayetteville, Gregg and Amanda Davis of Oak Hill, and Cara Ashmore of Paint Creek; grandchildren, Davin Davis, Elijah Donnally, Kaitlyn Ashmore and Emily Ashmore; brothers, Dan and Ruth Williams of Diamond and Scott and Lori Williams of Hernshaw; nieces, Ashley Williams and Kaylie Williams; and nephew, Joey Williams; and many friends, and brothers and sisters in Christ along with a special prayer partner, Katherine Bragg.

Funeral services were March 3 at the Packs Branch Baptist Church with Pastor Sam Vance officiating. Burial was at Gethsemane Memorial Gardens, Oak Hill.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Fredrick Wayne Brown

Fredrick Wayne Brown, 64, of Charlton Heights, died Feb. 27, 2012.

Born March 21, 1947, he was the son of the late Elbert and Blendine McClung Brown. He also was preceded in death by his son, Steven Wallace, and his brother, Joe Brown.

Mr. Brown was an electrician for AEP for 39 years, a member of Boomer Baptist Church and an Air Force veteran of the Vietnam Era.

After his family, his special love was hunting and fishing.

Surviving: his wife, Judith Kay Brown; children, Stacy Moses of Oak Hill, Chanda Brown of Hillsville, Va., and Michael Wallace of Oak Hill; granddaughter, Ariel Wallace of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.; brother and sister, Cheryl (Jerry) Kirk of Mt. Nebo and Sam (Peggy) Brown of Beckley; sister-in-law, Nancy Brown of Prosperity, S.C.; several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Funeral service was March 1 at Pennington Funeral Home, Gauley Bridge, with Pastor James Neeson officiating. Burial followed in the Walker Cemetery, Summersville.

The family asks donations be made to the American Cancer Society, 1700 MacCorkle Avenue, Suite #3, Charleston, WV 25314.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Pennington Funeral Home, Gauley Bridge.

Wanda Mae Rierson Collins

Wanda Mae Rierson Collins, 78, of Prosperity, formerly of Mount Hope, died March 3, 2012.

Born July 2, 1933, at Weirwood, she was the daughter of Dewey and Lena Craddock Rierson. She also was preceded in death by her husband of 49 years, Harold E. Collins, on Nov. 10, 2001, and her only brother, Carl Rierson.

She was a resident of Kilsyth and Mount Hope since the age of 11, coming from the Pax area.

A devoted Christian, she was a member of the Kilsyth Free Will Baptist Church where she had attended since she was 11 years old. Wanda was an active member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the church, member of the church choir, taught VBS for many years and taught the Primary Class for 18 years.

She attended Mount Hope High School and was an avid fan of the Mount Hope Mustangs attending football games until her health declined the last few years.

Surviving: her daughter, Vickie Collins Darnell and her husband, Larry, of Prosperity, with whom she had made her home the last year and a half; granddaughter, Holly Monique Darnell of Prosperity; a brother-in-law, Ray Collins and his wife, Carolyn, of Akron, Ohio; a special cousin, Pearl Burgess of Oak Hill; a longtime friend, Helen Bennett Pack of Mount Hope; her loving cat, Callie; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were March 7 at Tyree Funeral Home in Mount Hope with Rev. Doug Burdette officiating. Burial followed at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Prosperity.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope.

Donald Counts

Donald Counts, 67, of Meadow Bridge, died March 2, 2012, at Greenbrier Valley Medical Center, Ronceverte, following a long illness.

Born May 14, 1944, at Crawley, he was the son of Virginia G. Murphy Counts of Smoot and the late Ballard W. Counts. In addition to his father, he was also preceded in death by an infant sister and a great-granddaughter, Bella Counts.

Donald was a U.S. Army Veteran, having served in Vietnam.

He worked as a coal miner and a mechanic.

Surviving: his wife, Juanita Louise Lowe Counts; daughters, Gwen Webb (Terry), Lisa Harmon (Neal), and Donna Angle (Kenny); sons, Dwight Counts (Karen), Charlie Counts (Tammy), and John Counts (Sonjia); sister, Carolyn Browning (Russ), and sons Jason and Jared; brother, Glen Counts (Sue), and son, Ricky; grandchildren, Jennifer Counts (Vince) and Amber Counts, Wesley and Ashton Webb, Heather Erickson, Hailey, Elijah, and Sasha Counts, Andrew and Ava Angle; and great-grandson, Trey Erickson.

Services were March 6 at Wallace & Wallace Chapel of Rainelle with Pastor Jay Talbott officiating. Burial followed at Wallace Memorial Cemetery, Clintonville.

The family requests donations of sympathy be made to: Hospicecare, 223 Maplewood Avenue, Lewisburg, WV 24901.

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace of Rainelle.

Clifton West Daniels

Clifton West Daniels, 83, of Oak Hill, died March 4, 2012.

Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.

Nora Ann Persinger Dooley

Nora Ann Persinger Dooley, 73, of Oak Hill, died Feb. 28, 2012, at Plateau Medical Center in Oak Hill.

Born July 14, 1938, at Crab Orchard, she was the daughter of the late Richard and Mary Evelyn Pennington Persinger. Four brothers and one sister also preceded her in death.

She was a homemaker.

Mrs. Dooley was a member of the Oak Hill Church of the Nazarene.

Surviving: her husband, Jerry Lee Dooley; sons, Kenneth Bowyer of Oak Hill, Jack Bowyer and wife Christy of Hico, Frank Bowyer of Charlotte, N.C., and Jerry Dooley Jr. and wife Jodi of Mannington; daughters, Nancy Higginbotham and husband Eddie of Scarbro, and Ronnie Cogar and husband Bob of Fairmont; brother, James Persinger and wife Kay of Oak Hill; sisters, Ruth Freeman of Dublin, Ga., Connie Edwards of Oak Hill and Barbara Lavender of Fayetteville; and 17 grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren.

Funeral services were March 2 at the Oak Hill Church of the Nazarene with Pastor Jerry Bush and Pastor Dave Edwards officiating. Burial was at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Prosperity.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Drema Lou Ratliff Haggerty

Drema Lou Ratliff Haggerty, 70, of Oak Hill, died Feb. 25, 2012, at her home.

Born March 25, 1941, at Pax, she was the daughter of the late Robert Lee and Myrtle Clara Donell Ratliff. Her husband, James Haggerty, also preceded her in death, as did brothers, William Leslie, John Sebert, Frederick and Jackie Ratliff, and sisters, Ella Turner and Nora Ann Ratliff.

She was a homemaker, and will be greatly missed.

Surviving: sons, Kevin Haggerty and his fiancee and Drema’s loving caregiver, Marsha “Ella” Acord, Charles Haggerty, and Michael Haggerty, all of Oak Hill, and David Haggerty of Huttonsville; daughters, Lisa Haggerty of Oak Hill and Janice Clark of Scarbro; sisters, Ida Lively of Cape Canaveral, Fla., and Shirley Payne of Addison, Ala.; brother, Albert Ratliff of Wyandotte, Mich.; grandchildren, Katie Haggerty, Nick Haggerty, Sean England, Brittanie England, Jeremy Haggerty and his wife, Becky, Rachael Haggerty, Steven Haggerty, and Dalton Acord; great-grandchildren, Kevin Haggerty, Shanna Miller, Kina Haggerty, and Demon Burnside; and many nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Haggerty was cremated. There will be no visitation or service.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Don Wesley Lawhorn

Don Wesley Lawhorn, 77, of Oak Hill, died March 2, 2012, at Veterans Administration Hospital in Beckley, after a long, courageous battle with Altzheimer’s disease.

Born Nov, 24, 1934, at Gatewood, he was the fourth child of the late William Harrison Lawhorn and Beulah Vada Toney Lawhorn Roseblock and was stepson of the late George Roseblock. An infant son, Alan Lawhorn; brothers, Coy Lawhorn and George Lawhorn; and a sister, Edith Ritondo, also preceded him in death.

Mr. Lawhorn was a retired U.S. Air Force veteran with 28 1/2 years service. He served his country with honor and distinction having reached the rank of Senior Master Sergeant. He saw duty in Germany, France, England, Korea, Thailand, Vietnam, Spain, Italy, Greece, Sicily and Sardina as well as numerous bases in the United States.

He as a Protestant and a member of the American Legion, VFW and Air Force Sergeant’s Association.

Surviving: his wife of 48 1/2 years, Evenda Lawhorn; son, David Lawhorn and wife Laura of Morganton, N.C.; daughter, Kelly Cortright and husband Stephen of Cordova, Tenn.; granddaughter, Stephanie Michelle Cortright of Cordova, Tenn.; brother, Bill J. Lawhorn and wife Marvella of Oak Hill; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were March 7 at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill with Rev. Paul Bricker officiating. Burial was at Gethsemane Memorial Gardens, Oak Hill, with military graveside rites by Oak Hill VFW Post No. 3110.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill

Margot Cottle Matherly

Margot Ann Cottle Matherly, 77, of Ravenswood, died March 3, 2012, at Cabell-Huntington Hospital, Huntington, following an extended illness. 

Born Nov. 3, 1934, at Fayetteville, she was the daughter of the late Robert Marcellus and Velva McCormick Cottle. She also was preceded in death by her sister, Peggy McCowan; and brother, Robert Lee “Bobby” Cottle.

Margot was a member of Praise Cathedral Church. 

She grew up at Dempsey and graduated from Fayetteville High School.

She loved collecting antiques and even had her own shop, Margot’s Antiques, during the ’70s. She also loved to travel and spend time with her family.

Surviving: her husband of 57 years, Richard T. Matherly of Ravenswood; son, David R. Matherly and wife Debbie of Quincy, Pa., and granddaughter Kaysi; daughter, Dianna L. Matherly and husband Victor of Truro, Mass., and grandson, Tristan; niece, Debbie Cottle Knisley of Pasadena, Md.; and nephew, Gary Cottle of Merced, Calif.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m., Thursday, March 8, at the Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home Chapel, Fayetteville, with Rev. Robert Morey officiating. Burial will follow at Huse Memorial Park, Fayetteville.

Online condolences may be sent at

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

Clarence Helman Meredith

Mr. Clarence Helman Meredith of Newnan, Ga., formerly of Pax, died Feb. 24, 2012.

Funeral service was March 7 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, at 470 N. Louisville St., Harlem, GA 30814. Interment was in Bellevue Memorial Gardens, Grovetown, Ga., with full military honors.

Messages of condolences may be sent to the family at

Memorial donations may be made to the Winship Cancer Institute at 1365 Clifton Road, NE Building C, Atlanta, GA 30322.

Submitted by Starling Funeral Home, Hwy. 78, Harlem, Ga.

Segio Moore

Mr. Segio Moore, 54, of Summerlee, died March 1, 2012.

Memorial service was March 6 at Hand in Hand Mission, 97 Buzzy St., Summerlee.

Arrangements by Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.

Belle Faye Minnich Piotrowski

Belle Faye Minnich Piotrowski, 85, of Lochgelly, died Feb. 27, 2012, at Summersville Memorial Hospital in Summersville.

Born April 20, 1926, at Minden, she was the daughter of the late William and Pearl Lena Spencer Minnich. Her husband, Thomas Michael Piotrowski, also preceded her in death.

She was a homemaker and formerly attended the Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Oak Hill.

Surviving: sons, Thomas Edward Piotrowski of Ashland, Ky., Charles “Bob” Piotrowski and wife Kathryn and their daughter, Grace, of Hico, and Francis S. Piotrowski and Michael A. Piotrowski, both of Lochgelly; and sisters, Lucille Smith of Oak Hill and Loretta Tennant and husband Sonny of Oak Hill.

Funeral services were March 2 at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill with Father Paul Yuenger officiating. Burial was at High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Helen Mae Marshall Payne

Helen Mae Marshall Payne, 92, of Cocoa Beach, Fla., formerly of Oak Hill, died March 5, 2012, at Wuesthoff Hospice House in Rockledge, Fla.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Sherman Max Scarbrough

Sherman Max Scarbrough, 72, of Fayetteville, died Feb. 26, 2012, at Bowers Hospice House in Beckley.

Born April 11, 1939, at Fayetteville, he was the son of the late Wesley and Margaret Simms Scarbrough.

He was a self-employed carpenter.

Mr. Scarbrough was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran.

Surviving: his wife, Carroll Sue Scarbro Scarbrough; sons, Darroll Wayne Scarbrough of Fayetteville and Jasen Randell Scarbrough of Beckley; daughters, Melissa June Halstead of Mt. Lookout, Lora Lynn Martin of Summersville and Jody Lee Halstead of Mt. Lookout; brothers, Kenny Scarbrough of Virginia, and Ricky Scarbrough and Mike Scarbrough, both of Fayetteville; sisters, Marilyn Richards of Fayetteville and Karen Slaughter; and grandchildren, Joseph Sherman Halstead, Rachel Halstead, David Michael Halstead, Zachary Martin, Kaitlyn Scarbrough and Jasen Scarbrough.

In accordance with his wishes, Mr. Scarbrough was cremated. There will be no visitation or service.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Darrell ‘Jay’ Shrewsbury

Darrell “Jay” Shrewsbury, 63, of Scarbro, died Feb. 29, 2012.

Jay was born May 3, 1948, at Fayetteville, the son of the late Noah Shrewsbury and Reba Farris Shrewsbury. He also was preceded in death by brothers, Cletis Shrewsbury, and Connie Gene Shrewsbury, and by a nephew Paul M. Shrewsbury Jr.

He was a former coal miner.

Surviving: his children, Darrell Shrewsbury and his wife, Jennifer, of Cool Ridge, Reba Smith and companion John Helms of Fayetteville, Crystal Meadows of White Oak, Joseph T. Shrewsbury and fiancée Krystal Loy of Pennsylvania, and Carol Shrewsbury of Minden; brothers and sisters, twin sister Bonnie Stump of Beckley, Rita Kelly of Hilltop, Paul Shrewsbury Sr. of Crab Orchard, David Shrewsbury of Beckley, and Danny Gene Shrewsbury of Beckley; eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Services were March 5 at Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home in Beckley.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, Beckley.

Betty Jean Gregory Sutphin

Betty Jean Gregory Sutphin, 78, of Oak Hill, died Feb. 27, 2012.

Born April 5, 1933, at Webster Springs, she was the daughter of the late James Currence and Effie Hamrick Gregory. Betty also was preceded in death by 10 brothers and sisters.

She was a homemaker.

Surviving: sons, Allen L. Sutphin and wife Patricia of Webster Springs and Mikell Sutphin of Austin, Texas; daughter, Trish King of Oak Hill; brothers, Clinton K. Gregory of Dayton, Ohio, and Madison R. Gregory of Webster Springs; grandchildren, Stephanie King of Oak Hill, Wesley King of Jacksonville, Fla., and Jason Sutphin of Salem, Va.; and a great-granddaughter, Kaylee Sutphin of Salem, Va.

Funeral services were March 1 at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill with Rev. David Sneed officiating. Burial was at Gethsemane Memorial Gardens, Oak Hill.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

John Q. Thomas

John Q. Thomas, 87, died March 1, 2012.

Born Oct. 17, 1924, at Meadow Bridge, he was preceded in death by his longtime companion, Armada Pitsenbarger Hall of Rainelle; father, Alex Thomas, and mother, Mae Fitzwater Thomas Sevy, of Meadow Bridge; sisters, Christine Spano of Victorville, Calif., Katherine Oxley of Phoenix, Ariz., Audrey Thomas of Meadow Bridge, baby Janice Thomas; and brother, Alexander (Tim) Thomas of Rainelle.

John was a decorated Army and Air Force veteran with service in World War II and Korea  including the Normandy landing in France and the Battle of the Bulge. He retired from the Air Force in 1965.

He was a founding partner and vice president of Appalachian Root and Herb Company of Rainelle and an expert on West Virginia medicinal plants. Small in stature but big in heart. He had no enemies — only friends he hadn’t yet met — and he will be sorely missed.

Surviving: sisters, Alice Shuler of Ansted, Phyllis and Bob Keeling of Talmadge, Ohio; brother, Robert (Bob) and Jean Thomas of Rainelle; son, Tim Thomas and companion Ella Lambert of Rainelle; daughter, Lisa Skaggs and husband Dexter of Bellwood; stepdaughters, Barbara and Mike Bragg of Statesville, N.C., Donna and Wayne Pugh of Rainelle, and Drema and Frank Bennett of Rainelle; nine grandchildren, and numerous great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Graveside services were at Wallace Memorial Cemetery at Clintonville on March 4 with interment beside Armada.

Gifts in lieu of flowers may be given to Rainelle Public Library. John loved to read.

Arrangements by Wallace and Wallace, Rainelle.

David Delano Wise II

David Delano Wise II, 51, of Oak Hill, died March 2, 2012.

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

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Homer G. ‘Johnny’ Workman

Homer G. ‘Johnny’ Workman, 77, died Feb. 15, 2012.

Born Feb. 22, 1934, in Deepwater, he was the son of the late Orville and Hester Workman. He also was preceded in death by his siblings, Effie, Mary and Harlyn.

Mr. Workman served in the United States Navy and worked for 24 years at Ford Motor Company’s Brookpark Plant.

Surviving: his wife of 53 1/2 years, Jane Carolyn (nee Watkins); children, Mary and Johnny Dee, and adopted son, Paul Wells; grandchildren, Brent, Joseph, Johnny III and Benjamin; brothers, Jack of Florida, and Jimmy of Cleveland; and many friends and neighbors.

Upon his request, Mr. Workman was cremated.

A celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, March 10 from 1 to 6 p.m. at the Elks Club, 2250 Snow Road, Parma, Ohio.

Arrangements by Faulkmer Heratig Cremation, Akron, Ohio.