The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.

July 10, 2013

Obituaries — Thursday, July 11, 2013

Everette ‘Eddie’ Blake

Everette “Eddie” Blake, 52, of Fayetteville, died July 2, 2013.

Born July 31, 1960, in St. Louis, Mo., he was the son of Harold and Callie Hedrick Blake of Fayetteville.

He was preceded in death by his father-in-law, Cecil Gibson, and niece, Carrie Myles.

Eddie was an ordained deacon of Fayetteville Baptist Church and served on the Board of Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He graduated from Fayetteville High School.

He was a former employee for Pepsi and Dr. Pepper, worked as retail manager for Little General Food Stores; was owner/operator of Blake Real Estate Development, owner/operator of Lochgelly Mulch and Stone, owner/operator of the “Custard Stand” at Oak Hill and Sam’s Hot Dog Stand at Malden.    

Eddie enjoyed spending time with his family, friends, and working in the church.    

Surviving, in addition to his parents: his devoted wife, Stella Blake of Fayetteville; children, Matt (Lyndsey) Diederich of Oak Hill, Tyler Blake of Fayetteville, and Tiffany Blake of Jacksonville, Fla.; grandson and the joy of his life, Jace Diederich of Oak Hill; brother, Butch (Debbie) Blake of Oak Hill; sisters, Belinda (Jake) Jacobowski of Oak Hill, Denise (Jim) Light of Fayetteville, Debbie Hendrick of Oak Hill, Tammy (Tim) Haynie of Athens, Myra Blake of Athens and Rhonda (Tommy) Church of Bluefield; mother-in-law, Maxine Gibson; and a host of family and friends.

Funeral services were July 6 at Fayetteville Baptist Church with Pastor Ron George Jr. officiating. Burial followed at Huse Memorial Park, Fayetteville.

Memorials may be made in Eddie’s memory to Gideon’s International, Attn: Larry Hamlin, PO Box 429, Oak Hill, WV 25901 or Fellowship of Christian Athletes of Southern WV, Attn:  Mike White 304-253-2858, PO Box 840, Beckley, WV 25802.

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

Irma Goins Bourgoin

Irma Goins Bourgoin, 89, of Oak Hill, formerly of Beckley, died at Bowers Hospice House July 8, 2013.

Arrangements are pending at Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley.

Anna Lou Browning

Anna Lou Browning, 79, of Hico, died at Fayette Nursing and Rehab on June 30, 2013, following a long Illness.

Born Feb. 28, 1934 in Williamson, Anna was the daughter of the late Kenneth and Leona Spry Stafford. She also was preceded in death by her husband, Rubal W. Browning, in 2011; a sister, Maude Brewer; and brothers, Frank Stafford, Kenneth Stafford Jr., Pete Stafford.

Anna was a member of Midland Trail Gardening Club, a retired school teacher and a member of the Ansted Baptist Church.

She loved spending time with her grandchildren and also loved gardening, tending to her flowers and painting.

Surviving: sons, Stephen Browning and John Browning, both of Hico; grandchildren, Theresa Horton, Stephen Browning II, Kathryn Browning Young, John Browning Jr., Sarah Margaret (Meg) Keith, Becky Ann Piccard; 10 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Sally Huffman of Chicago, Ill.

Funeral services were July 3 at Wallace & Wallace Funeral Chapel, Ansted, with Pastors Jack Eades and Doug Eades officiating. Entombment followed at Restlawn Memory Gardens, Victor.

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Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace Funeral Chapel, Ansted.

Santanea Gayle Spahr Byers

Santanea Gayle Spahr Byers died June 17, 2013 after a long hard struggle.

She was born Sept. 14, 1988.

She was a 2006 graduate of Mount Hope High School and attended Mountain State University.

Santanea loved spending time at the river drawing and writing poetry, four wheeling, fishing, and was and an avid animal lover and activist for them.

Santanea was always so full of life and love for her family and friends no matter what struggles she faced over the last several years.

Surviving: her precious sons, Jaden Aaron and Avery Edward who she so affectionately referred to as her “Piglet” and “Peanut”. Also surviving: her parents, Dawn Miller and Kristifer Spahr; brother, Tristen Miller; sisters, Brittanie and Kourtnie; maternal grandparents, Dolly and David Bostie; paternal grandparents, Kreigh and Bobbi Spahr; her special dog, Aleeda, who was her constant companion and source of comfort; and a host of uncles, aunts, cousins, and friends.

A celebration of life and memorial service were held July 6 at the sandbar located at the New River Park Service on Thurmond Road in Thurmond.  

Arrangements by Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.

Harry ‘Jimmy’ Cook

Harry “Jimmy” Cook, 74, of Oak Hill, formerly of Dameron, died July 6, 2013.

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Arrangements pending completion at Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, Beckley.

Bonnie Plumley Pack Helton

Bonnie Plumley Pack Helton, 72, of Oak Hill, died at her home June 30, 2013.

Born at Pear, she was the daughter of the late Clifford Plumley and Pansy Smith Plumley. She also was preceded in death by her brother, Bobby Dale Plumley.

Mrs.  Helton was a former retail sales clerk, having retired from Kmart.

She was a member of the Mt. Hope Christian Church, and had made her home at Mt. Hope for the greater part of her adult life.

Mrs.  Helton loved her “critters,” and enjoyed playing cards.

Surviving: her husband, James Helton; children, David Pack Jr. of Oak Hill, Lisa Okes and her husband, Tracy, of Cool Ridge, Debbie Helton, Carol Mottram, and Sharon Helton, all of Sacramento, Calif.;  brothers, Bruce Plumley of Mt. Hope and Bert Plumley and his wife, Edith, of New Mexico; sisters, Betty Jane Bennett and her husband, Daris, of Abraham, and Barbara Bazzie and her husband, Joey, of North Carolina; grandchildren, Sharon Baker, Brantley Sanger, Thomas Okes, Michael Tessmann, Daniel Helton, and Jarron Mottram; and great-grandchildren, Rylan Buskus, Cali Tessmann, Jeremiah Helton, Harland Todd II and Cameron Bowles.

Funeral services celebrating the life of Bonnie Pack Helton were held July 3 at the Rose and Quesenberry Peace Chapel in Beckley with Rev. Dennis Kinzer officiating. Burial followed at the Washington Plumley Cemetery at Plumley Mountain.

Donations of sympathy may be made to Hospice of Southern WV, P.O. Box 1472, Beckley, WV, in memory of Mrs. Helton.

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Arrangements by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, Beckley.

Donald Joseph Persinger Sr.

Donald Joseph Persinger Sr., 73, died June 30, 2013, surrounded by his loving family.

Born Dec. 18, 1939, in Acup, he was the son of the late Edward and Mary Goldie Kirk Persinger. Don also was preceded in death by his brothers, Jacob and Bill Persinger; and sisters, Ellen Butler and Mildred Honaker.

Donald was an Army veteran with 21 years of service. He served two tours in Vietnam and one in Korea. During his years of dedication to his country he received the National Defense Service Medal; Bronze Star; Vietnam Campaign Medal; Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm; Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal and the Meritorious Service Medal. During his duty as a Military Policeman he served as a liaison between the military and civilian Courts.

After retiring from the military, Donald began his career in coal mining in West Virginia. Donald furthered his career by becoming a federal government supervisor for mine inspectors in Vincennes, Ind.

Donald was a Mason, Shriner and in the York Rite; he was also a member of Bethlehem General Baptist Church. In his free time Donald was an avid hunter and fisherman.

Donald was a deeply loved husband, father, grandfather, father-n-law, son and son-in-law.

Surviving: his wife of 44 years, Judith Dickerson Persinger; daughter, Donna Langley of Lexington, N.C., husband R.L. and her sons, Chuck, Chad and Will Talbert; son, Donald J. Persinger Jr. of Franklin, Ind., wife Tammi and children Monica, Joey and Hannah; son, Christopher L. Persinger of Monroe City, Ind., wife Tami and children Brittany, Kaylee and Garrett; and sisters, Maryitta Henley of Ohio, Helena Vedeikif of North Carolina, Genivie Bovie of West Virginia and Jewell Watson of Tennessee.

A graveside service was held at Memorial Park Cemetery, with Pastor Pete White officiating. Military honors were performed by the U.S. Army and the American Legion-VFW Firing Squad.

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Arrangements by Goodwin Funeral Home.

Jenny Lynn Russell

Jennifer Lynn “Jenny” Russell, 50, of Lochgelly, died July 1, 2013, at home.

Born Jan. 31, 1963, at Charlton Heights, she was the daughter of the late Golden Earl and Frieda Pauley Hudson. She also was preceded in death by her daughter, Chrissy Nicole Russell; and brothers, Donald, Ronald, and Dewitt.

Jenny was a homemaker. She loved spending time and doing things with her family, fishing, playing on her iPad, and helping others.

She attended Oak Hill High School.

Surviving: her devoted husband, James F. Russell of Lochgelly; sons, James B. Russell of Lochgelly and Jason S. (Allison) Russell of Lookout; sister, Kathy Humphrey; brothers, Michael Hudson, Terry (Missy) Hudson and Bobby Hudson; special niece, Merranda (Eric) Williams and their sons, Walker and Clayton; many other nieces and nephews, family and friends.

A memorial service to celebrate her life was held July 5 at Fayetteville Baptist Church with Pastor Ron George Jr. officiating.

In keeping with Jenny’s wishes her body was donated to the Human Gift Registry of WVSOM at Lewisburg. It was her desire to help others in the research of MS and lung cancer.

Memorials may be made in Jenny’s memory to Hospice of Southern West Virginia, PO Box 1472, Beckley, WV 25802-1472.

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

Tonita J. Tolli

Tonita J. Tolli, 76, of Coshocton, Ohio, died July 6, 2013.

Born in Oak Hill, on April 12, 1937, she was the daughter of the late Walter and Dorothy (Pennington) Zastawniak.

On Oct. 16, 1954, she married Frank Tolli who passed away on Aug. 11, 2001. She also was preceded in death by her daughter, Karen Kay Tolli, and granddaughter, Courtney Kay Brown.

Tonita enjoyed sewing, knitting, crocheting, cooking and especially spending time with her family.

Surviving: her daughters, Debora (Roger) Brown of Coshocton, Cathy Mason of Westerville, Patti (Donald) Kesterson and Rebecca Tolli, both of Pataskala, and Jennifer (Kevin) Ball of Coshocton; grandchildren, Matthew Brown, Beth Brown, Katie Mason, Sean Mason, Sara Mason, Christopher Kesterson, Andy Kesterson, Megan Kesterson, Cody Ball, and Zachary Ball; and great-grandchildren, Daniel Brown, Arabella Brown, Gavin Kesterson, Raina Kesterson, Aiden Kesterson, and Grayson Kesterson.

A memorial service was held July 10 at Given-Dawson Funeral Home.

An online memorial can be viewed at

Jerry Don Wickline

Jerry Don Wickline, 71, of Oak Hill, died July 2, 2013, at his home.

Born June 18, 1942, at Oak Hill, he was the son of the late Saylor Gatewood and Evelyn Viola Neubert Wickline.

Jerry was a member of the Jones Avenue Church of God, Oak Hill.

He was a 1960 graduate of Collins High School in Oak Hill and served in the U.S. Air Force from 1960 to 1964.

He was a retired radio broadcaster for WFIS Radio, Simpsonville, S.C. Known as “The Voice of the Golden Strip,” Jerry’s broadcast career spanned nearly three decades. He enjoyed his work and brought much joy to his listeners.

Surviving: his wife, Cheryl Rae Blinn Wickline; sons, Larry Wickline of Corolla, N.C., and Jeff (Dino) Wickline of Los Angeles, Calif.; daughters, Cindy (Scott) Frady of Hickory, N.C., and Kathy Wickline of Simpsonville, S.C.; brother, James (Jackie) Wickline of Fayetteville; sisters, Jeanette (John) Burns of Fayetteville and June (John) Blake of Oak Hill; brother-in-law, Brock (Debbie) Blinn of Danville, Ill.; grandchildren, Jordan Wickline of Florence, S.C., Jeremy Frady, Joy Frady, Sara Frady and Timothy Frady, all of Hickory, N.C., and Josh Wickline of Corolla, N.C.; great-grandchildren, Nolan Wickline of Florence, S.C., and Cassidy Wickline of Corolla, N.C.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were July 6 at the Jones Avenue Church of God in Oak Hill with Pastor Ralph Shupe and Pastor Scott Frady officiating. Burial was at Gethsemane Memorial Gardens, Oak Hill, with military graveside rites by Oak Hill VFW Post #3110.

The family suggests memorial contributions be made to: Special Projects Fund at the Jones Avenue Church of God, PO Box 104, Oak Hill, WV 25901, or Hospice of Southern West Virginia, PO Box 1472, Beckley, WV 25802.

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Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Richard Eugene Wood

Richard Eugene Wood, 85, of Glen Jean, died July 9, 2013.

Graveside service will be held 2 p.m. Thursday, at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, 5250 Robert C. Byrd Drive, Beckley.

There will be no visitation.

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Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.

Randolph ‘Red’ Zimmerman

Randolph “Red” Zimmerman, 61, of Hico, died July 3, 2013, at Cabell-Huntington Hospital due to complications for a recent illness.

Born Dec. 5, 1951, in Hico, he was the son of the late Robert and Betty Zimmerman. He also was preceded in death by a brother, David Zimmerman, and father-in-law, Dan Nutter.

Randy served in the United States Army in the early 1970s.

He was also a 30-year volunteer at the Fayetteville Methodist Church Food Pantry in Fayetteville and well known within the community for always helping others in need. Randy loved gardening, listening to country music, NASCAR, and his pets.

Surviving: his loving, devoted wife of 39 years, Reda Zimmerman; sons, Randy Zimmerman and wife Jennifer of Hico, Terrance Zimmerman and wife Sara of Meridianville, Ala. and Gunnery Sergeant Robert Zimmerman (USMC) and wife Andrea of Okinawa, Japan; grandchildren, Tyler, Madisyn, Katelyn, Lauren, Matthew, Juliet, Mackenzi, Cadence, and Evie Faye; brother, Rick Zimmerman and wife Chris of Hico; sisters, Nancy Compton of Fayetteville, Cynda Gill of Bartonsville, Pa., Rose Carte and husband Richard of Hico, Jeanie Cole and husband Danny of Hico, Diane White of Hilltop and Melody Simms and husband Scott of Hico; aunt, Charlene Crist and husband Clarence of Ansted; uncle, Willo Foster and wife Barbara of Ohio; mother-in-law, Betty Nutter of Canvas; family friend, Amanda Ramsey of Craigsville; many nieces, nephews, special friends, and his special canine companion “Bud.”

Funeral services were July 7 at Wallace and Wallace Funeral Home in Ansted with Pastor Kenny Hayes, Pastor Bob Piotrowski, and Rev. Freddie Parkins officiating. Burial followed at Legg Family Cemetery on Stringtown Road in Hico.

Condolences may be sent to Reda Zimmerman, 1793 Stringtown Road, Hico, WV 25854.