The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.

April 17, 2013

Obituaries — Thursday, April 18, 2013

Sidney W. Allen

Sidney W. Allen, 62, of Massillon, Ohio, a native of Oak Hill, died April 6, 2013.

Born in Oak Hill, on April 23, 1950, he was the son of Billie Allen and the late Burkie Allen.

Sidney was a kind free spirit who had tremendous love for his family and friends. Sidney also enjoyed music, especially playing the guitar.

He was recently enrolled at Stark State University to become a massage therapist, and was employed as a car salesman in the area.

Surviving: his children, Ryan and Nathan Allen; granddaughter, Bella Allen; mother, Billie (Goodman) Allen; brothers, Randy and John Allen of West Virginia; nephews, John Jr. and Kevin Allen; his dear cousin, Jack Stone; and his companion, Pamela J. Wells.

Cremation has taken place and a gathering of friends will be held on Saturday, June 15, at 2 p.m., at 1305 Springhill NE, Massillon, OH 44646.

For any information regarding the service, please contact Pamela Wells at 330-834-0293.

Arrangements by Lewis Funeral Home.

Robert Lewis Breeden

Robert Lewis Breeden , 87, of Maclean, Va., died at his home March 15, 2013.

Born in Montgomery on June 20, 1925, and reared in Smithers, he was a former Vice President of the National Geographic Society.

Mr. Breeden was a graduate of West Virginia Tech and was named an Alumnus of the Year. He received his master’s degree from the University of Missouri.

He was a senior vice president for publications and educational materials and trustee of the National Geographic Society Emeritus, retiring in 1991.

However Mr. Breeden was best known when he was chosen by Melville Grosvenor, the president of the Society, to create the White House’s first official guidebook which was an idea of First Lady Jackie Kennedy.

The book, which then cost $1, was an immediate best seller which sold 250,000 copies within 90 days. The text had over 20 editions and raised funds for the White House Historical Society, selling millions of copies.

Bob was preceded in death by his wife, Hilda Breeden, also a graduate of West Virginia Tech. They had a daughter, Cindy Scudder, and two granddaughters.

Although Bob became the president of the White House Historical Society and president of the Capitol Historical Society, he was particularly proud of being a West Virginian.

While living in Smithers and attending Montgomery High School from which he was graduated, he established a printing business.

Bob loved to tell the story of being called by Denver Brown, then mayor of Montgomery and Democratic chairman, who said that President Harry Truman, campaigning for another term, was having his train stop in Montgomery around 10 p.m. the next day. In those days, newspapers and radio were the only method for making mass announcements and the information could not have been available on such short notice.

Bob printed 2,000 handbills announcing the visit of the President, which were distributed across the Valley. David McCullough, in his biography of President Truman, told the story of a turnout of an estimated 2,000 people even at that late hour. Truman asked the photographers to turn their cameras on the large crowd, saying that they deserved the credit for coming at such a late hour. Bob donated one of those handbills to the Truman Library.

As a preface to a book about Appalachia published by Bob, he paid tribute to his coal miner father and West Virginia.

Breeden’s death was announced in press releases from the National Geographic, the White House and Capitol Historical societies and led to obituaries printed in The Washington Post and The New York Times.

Bob established a scholarship fund in nursing at Tech in memory of his mother, Lala Breeden.

When Bob announced his retirement in 1991 after 36 years as a writer, editor, senior executive and trustee, Gilbert Grosvenor, president of the Society, said, “I can think of no one in the last quarter century who has contributed more to the success of this institution than Bob Breeden.”

Surviving: his daughter, Cynthia Scudder of Annapolis, Md., and granddaughters, Andrea and Catherine Scudder.

Burial services were private, followed by a celebration of life on May 18.

Donations in his memory may be made to either the Capital Caring Hospice, 4715 15th St. N, Arlington, VA 22205, or Wellness House of Annapolis, 2625 Mas Que Farm Rd., Annapolis, MD 21403.

National Funeral Home of Falls Church,

Linda Turner Brooks

Linda Turner Brooks, 53, of Summerlee, died April 11, 2013, at Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital, Weston.

Born June 15, 1959, at Detroit, Mich., she was the daughter of the late Aaron Bruce and Betty Pierce Brooks.

She also was preceded in death by her ex-husband, William “Tic” Turner; daughter, Tina Lynn Turner; sisters, Marie Buckland, Brenda Maynor, and Sharon Legg; and brothers, Lloyd Brooks and John Brooks.

Linda was a loving daughter, mother, and grandmother. She will always live in our hearts.

Surviving: her daughter, Megan Burton and her husband, Alan; stepson, Jacob Legg; grandchildren, Amalynn Paige Watters and Dustin Seth Watters; aunt, Carolyn Lambert; many nieces and nephews; special friends, Gary “Hippi” Agee, Teresa Young, and Jill Weeks; and many to whom she was like a mom.

In keeping with her wishes, she will be cremated and a memorial service will be held at a later date.

Online condolences may be sent at

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

Walter Clyde Clay

Walter Clyde Clay, 77, of Yorktown, Va., formerly of Meadow Bridge, died April 8, 2013, with his loving family by his side.

Walter was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur Bryan Clay and Anona Walkup Clay.

He was originally from West Virginia, and had lived the past 34 years in Virginia.

Walter retired after 26 years of Civil Service work and was an Air Force veteran. Walter’s true love in his life was his family.

Surviving: his loving wife of 55 years, Elta Richardson Clay; daughters, Rebecca Clay Hovorka (Tom), Deborah Clay Anderson and fiancé Dwayne Ball, Terri Clay Moore (Henry), Belinda Clay Trombetta (Nick), Crystal Clay Phillips (Scott); grandchildren; Rachel, Holly, Cristy, Joey, Michelle, Clay, Sean, Nichole, Van, and Breanna; four great-grandchildren; brothers, Ray Clay (Vada), and A.B. “Poochie” Clay; sister, Phyllis Spade; sisters-in-law, Mary Sue Smith and Rose Casey (C.B.); and brothers-in-law, Ken Richardson (Rosie), Ray Richardson (Marie), Norman Richardson, and Ronald Richardson.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill. The funeral will be at High Lawn at 11 a.m. Saturday with Rev. Michael Whisman officiating.

Burial will follow in High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill, 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.

Richard W. Cline

Richard Wayne Cline Sr., 67, of Fayetteville, died April 10, 2013, at home.

Born July 29, 1945, at Fayetteville, he was the son of the late Oscar and Margaretta Richards Cline.

Mr. Cline was a self-employed heavy equipment mechanic.

He drove his own car at the Prosperity Race Track and he was an avid NASCAR fan.

Surviving: his wife, Diann Cline; sons, Richard (Joetta) Cline Jr. of Oak Hill and Jeffery (Angie) Cline of Fayetteville; daughter, Kimberly Cline of Fayetteville; sisters, Margaret Hambrick of Columbus, Ohio, Beatrice Burnett and Judy Gwilym, both of Rushville, Ohio, and Tilly Fetheroff of Branson, Fla.

Funeral services was held April 15 at Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, Fayetteville, with Pastor Paul Basham officiating. Burial followed at Huse Memorial Park, Fayetteville.

Online condolences may be made at

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

Roy Lee Duncan

Roy Lee Duncan, 85, of Oak Hill, died April 8, 2013, at Arbors Nursing Home in Gallipolis, Ohio.

Born July 22, 1927, at Oak Hill, he was the son of the late C.W. “Doc” and Viola Blake Duncan.

Roy was a retired coal miner.

He was a former Oak Hill police officer, former member of the Oak Hill Volunteer Fire Department and a member of the UMWA.

He was a World War II U.S. Navy veteran.

Surviving: a sister, Emma Duncan, and numerous cousins.

Graveside rites and committal service, followed by burial, were April 12 at High Lawn Memorial Park in Oak Hill, with Rev. Shirley Watson officiating.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Rita Kay Fagg

Rita Kay Fagg, 65, of Danese, died April 10, 2013.

The family received friends April 13 at High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, followed by a graveside service at High Lawn Memorial Park.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.

Geneva Fox

Geneva Fox, 78, of Meadow Bridge, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, lost her long fight with Alzheimer’s disease on April 9, 2013, at her home with all of her family by her side.

Born March 23, 1935, at Red Springs, she was the daughter of the late Oather and Ida Deloris Smith Adkins. She also was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Chandler Geneva.

Geneva was a member of Red Springs Community Church of Red Springs, where she taught Sunday school for a long time. Even though she couldn’t drive, she never missed a Sunday school service.

Her favorite Bible verse that she taught her family and wanted them to remember was Philippians 4:13 which reads, “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”

She loved spending quality time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and was a homemaker.

Surviving: her husband, Alva K. Fox of Backus Mountain Road; daughters, Donna Marcum (Porky) of Beckley, and Dolly Smith (Joey) of Danese; sons, Dean (Lena) Fox of Backus Mountain, and Dale Fox and special friend Chrissy of Danese; sister, Virginia “Dingie” McMillen of Beckley; grandchildren, Samantha Fox, Tabitha Fox, Sarena Fox, Travis Fox, Tosha Spence, Haylee Smith, Taylor Smith and Ryan Fox; and great-grandchildren, Bryce and Braxton.

Services were April 13 at the Wallace & Wallace Chapel in Rainelle, with Pastor Shirley Fox and Brother Ray Hicks officiating. She was laid to rest at Goddard Cemetery, beside her granddaughter Chandler, where she would have wanted to be.

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Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace of Rainelle.

Viola Mae Ledford

Viola Mae Ledford, 89, of Oak Hill, died April 10, 2013, at the Hidden Valley Health Care Center at Oak Hill.

Born Feb. 19, 1924, at Mercer County, she was the daughter of the late Pat Bowden and Mahala Richmond Bowden. Mrs. Ledford also was preceded in death by her husband, George; a daughter, Jalta Jane Wood; brothers, Teddy, Carl, Olza, James, and Andy Bowden; and sisters, Dolly Hatcher, Nellie Wood, Sarah Jane Kazee, and Pauline Edwards.

Mrs. Ledford was a homemaker, and a member of the Church of God in Erwin, Tenn.

She had made her home at Oak Hill for the past three years, moving from Erwin.

Mrs. Ledford loved the Lord, traveling, sewing, quilting, and listening to gospel music. She loved her family and enjoyed having them come to visit.

Surviving: sons, Frank Harmon and his wife, Carolyn, of Boise, Idaho, and Charles Harmon and his wife, Carol, of Johnson City, Tenn.; daughters, Fern Glenna Harmon of Kingsport, Tenn., Violet Doolittle and her husband, Robert, of Scarbro, and Ruth Ellis and her husband, Marion, of Elizabethton, Tenn.; brothers, Alvin Bowden and his wife, Carolyn, of Danzell, S.C., and Carlos Bowden and his wife, Bonnie, of Palm Bay, Fla.; sister-in-law, Patsy Bowden of Winston-Salem, N.C.; sister, Lorine Shumate of Christiansburg, Va.; 21 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, and 2 great-great-grandchildren, along with many nieces, nephews, and friends.

Funeral services were April 13 at the Rose and Quesenberry Peace Chapel in Beckley, with Rev. Becky Wheeler officiating. Burial followed at Sunset Memorial Park in Beckley.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, Beckley.

Laura Wilma Lucas Lilly

Laura Wilma Lucas Lilly, 89, of Fayetteville, died April 12, 2013, at the Fayette Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Fayetteville.

Laura was born on April 9, 1924, in Beaver, the daughter of the late John Henry and Malinda Stewart Lucas. She also was preceded in death by her husband, Calvin C. Lilly of Salem Road; sisters, Virgie Lucas, Pearl Watson, Hazel Johnson, Marie Forinash, Ann Lester, Mary Magdeline Meadows; and a brother, Buster Lucas.

Laura was a homemaker who loved working on their 10-acre farm on Salem Road. She was an avid gardener and one of the best dahlia growers in the state.

She was a member of Loup Creek Baptist Church at Wriston.

Surviving: sons, Gary C. Lilly and wife Nancy of Gatewood; Jerry Wayne Lilly and wife Delores of Fayetteville, Norman Lilly of Fayetteville and Charles “Chuck” Lilly and wife Rebecca of Oak Hill; 8 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandchild and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were April 15 at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill with Rev. Mark Wood officiating.

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Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Pearl Matthews

Mrs. Pearl Matthews, of Oak Hill, died April 12, 2013.

Arrangements by Ritchie and Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.

David Lee Preast

David Lee Preast, 68, of Fairfax, Va., died April 15, 2013, at his home after a courageous battle with cancer.

He was the beloved husband of Andrea Eastman Preast; the devoted father of Gregory Preast and Candace Preast Hart; son of Elbert and Bernice Preast; brother of Archie, Ron, Billy, Benny, J.D., Jeff, Norma Cole, Connie Linkenhoker, Karen Wood, Kathy Flint, Linda Lowe, and Robin Hannigan; and grandfather of Tyler and Victoria Preast, and Ryan and Kyle Hart.

David was preceded in death by his sister, Janie.

Friends may call at Fairfax Memorial Funeral Home 9902 Braddock Rd., Fairfax, Va., on April 20,  from 12 p.m. until the service begins at 1 p.m. Interment will follow at Fairfax Memorial Park.  Flowers will be accepted, however, memorial contributions in David’s name should be made to The American Cancer Society at

Arrangements by Fairfax Memorial Funeral Home, Fairfax, Va.

Peggy Sue Lovejoy Stewart

Peggy Sue Lovejoy Stewart died April 7, 2013, at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown.

Peggy was born on April 11, 1950, in the Elk Ridge and Powellton area of West Virginia, daughter of the late Algie and Macel Lovejoy. Peggy also was preceded in death by her brother, Ernest Lovejoy, and niece, Jeanette Lovejoy.

She continued to live in the area until the age of 16 when she married her husband, Clarence. Their life together took them to Ohio, California, Texas and Michigan.

Peggy loved the hills she grew up in, and upon retiring, she and Clarence moved back to West Virginia and settled in Kincaid.

Peggy was a devoted Christian and a member of Page Baptist Church. She loved to pray, sing, scrapbook, and read. Above all else, she loved her grandchildren, husband and the Lord.

Peggy was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister and aunt. She took pleasure in doing good deeds for others and always put the needs of others before her own. She touched the lives of so many people and was truly an angel on Earth.

Surviving: her husband of 46 years, Clarence; sons, Tony and wife Dana Stewart of Cocoa, Fla., and Paul Stewart and his daughter, Dortha, and husband Josh Rhodes of Fairmont; brothers, Robert, Damon, and Algie Lovejoy Jr.; sisters, Tressie Young, Macel Young, Elsie Bentley and Nelda Tucker; grandchildren, Peggy Leanne, Anthony, Destiny and Malia Stewart of Cocoa, Fla., Jada Rhodes of Fairmont and Adrianna Davis, father being Brandon Davis; great-grandchild, Varae Lynn; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Service was April 13 at O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery, with Rev. Delmas Wolfe officiating. Burial followed in Montgomery Memorial Park at London.

Expressions of sympathy can be sent at

Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

Lori Tyler

Lori Letetia Tyler, 50, of Webster Springs, died April 9, 2013, at Plateau Medical Center, Oak Hill.

Born Sept. 11, 1962, at Summersville, she was the daughter of the late Leroy and Muriel Johns Tyler. She also was preceded in death by her sister, Genevie Capps.

Lori was a homemaker.

Surviving: her daughters, Letetia Williams of Fayetteville, and Terran Williams of Shady Spring; son, Dustin Tyler of Beckley; sister, Sandra Hammons; brother, Keith Tyler; and grandchildren, Evan Dorsey, Karson Williams, and Kameron Williams.

A memorial service was held at her daughter Letetia’s home on April 14.

Online condolences may be made at

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