The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.

March 17, 2013

Obituaries — Thursday, March 14, 2013


Mary Ann Baker

Mary Ann Baker, 70, of Bentree, died March 9, 2013.

Arrangements are pending completion with Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley.



Betty Aleen Berkhouse

Betty Aleen Berkhouse, 81, of Fayetteville, died March 6, 2013, at Hilltop Center, Oak Hill.

Born July 17, 1931, in Roane County, she was the daughter of the late Charles L. Haley and Reva Pearl (Drake) Haley. Betty also was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Billy Gerald Berkhouse, in December 2012, and a sister, Kathleen Jean Haley.

Betty worked for Noye’s Mens and Boys Clothing Store as their seamstress, and she sewed for many friends and relatives. Betty was loved by everyone who knew her.

She was a member of the Cotton Hill Baptist Church at Beckwith.

Surviving: her son, Richard Berkhouse and his wife, Velda, of Fayetteville; her daughter, Deborah Lemon and her husband, Kevin, of Oak Hill; brother, Charles Leroy Haley Jr. and his wife, Iris, of Canton, Ohio; grandchildren, Jennifer Berkhouse of Fayetteville, Melinda Tolliver and her husband, Bill, of Page, Rebecca Lynch and her husband, Jared, of Fayetteville, and Joshua Lemon of Oak Hill; and great-grandchildren, Kirsten Tolliver, Christopher Tolliver, Arabella Lynch, Trenton Lynch, and Rosemary Tolliver; and Betty was awaiting the arrival of a great-grandson in June.

The funeral service was held March 9 with Rev. Danny Sears and Rev. Morris Nutter officiating. Entombment 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.



Virginia Lee Lambert Blankenship

 Virginia Lee Lambert Blankenship, 83, of Hurricane and Oak Hill, died March 5, 2013.

Born in Dehue, Logan County, she was the daughter of the late Carl B. Lambert Sr. and Florence Davis Lambert. She also was preceded in death by her husband, James C. Blankenship Jr.; a brother, Carl B. Lambert Jr.; and granddaughter, Jennifer Lynn Wender.

Surviving: her brother, Terry L. Lambert; her daughter, Claudia Lynn Wender; grandson, David Andrew Wender and great-grandchildren, Sophia, Audrey, and Timothy; her son, James C. Blankenship III; grandson, James C. Blankenship IV, and great-grandchildren, Jay and Amelia; and, granddaughter, Virginia Hope Dickinson; and great-grandchildren, Allison Johnson and Cade Dickinson.

Burial was at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens in Beckley.

Arrangements by Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley.



James Emery Irvin

James Emery Irvin, 80, of Princeton, formerly of Oak Hill, died March 7, 2013, at his daughter’s residence.

Born June 19, 1932, at Cowen, he was the son of the late Blaine and Sylvia Irvin.

James was a retired coal miner from Pittston Coal Company.

Surviving: his wife, Pattsy (Simons) Irvin; children, Virginia Cogar of Tennessee, Theresa Giles and her husband, Orval, of Fairdale, James Irvin of Cowen, Brida Rozas and her husband, Steve, of Cowen, Vicky Goddard of Union Bridge, Md., James Goddard of Glen Bernie, Md., and Yvonne Nunly and her husband, John, of Greensboro, N.C.; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; brother, Bob of Florida; and  sisters, Mary and Betty, both of West Virginia.

Funeral was March 12 at High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill. Entombment followed in High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill.

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

Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.

Elizabeth ‘Sis’ Ann Bozo Jarosz

Elizabeth “Sis” Ann Bozo Jarosz , 91, of Scarbro, died March 8, 2013, at Hidden Valley Nursing and Rehab Center in Oak Hill.

Born Oct. 31, 1921, in Stonage, Va., she was the daughter of the late Joseph Sr. and Julia Knausz Bozo. Sis was married to Leon B. Jarosz Sr. on Jan. 29, 1944, at Scarbro. He preceded her in death, as did her dear friend, James R. “Bob” Craver; sisters, Rosalie Blanar, Margaret Dixon, Julia Bozo and Mary Bozo; and brothers, Joseph Jr., and Elic Sr., along with her twin, Daniel.

Her childhood was spent in Beauty, Ky., and in 1935, the family moved to Scarbro.

Sis was a 1940 graduate of Oak Hill High School.

She was an employee of the Oak Hill Water Company.

In 1969, she received her LPN from the Raleigh County Vo-Tech and retired from Plateau Medical Center after 25 years of service.

An accomplished seamstress, her hobbies included crocheting and quilting, as well as other crafts. She was an avid reader and enjoyed walking and spending time with family.

Sis was a long-time member of the SS Peter and Paul Catholic Church and was an active member of the Altar Society.

Before her health declined, Sis was a member of the Plateau District Quilters, the WV LPN Association, and the OHHS/CHS Alumni Association and a volunteer for Red Cross bloodmobiles, etc.

Surviving: daughter, Stephanie Graves and husband A. Leonard III of Sugar Grove; sons, Leon Jr. and wife JoAnn, and Michael Sr. and wife Debra, all of Scarbro; grandsons, Michael Jr. of Scarbro and children Joseph and Catherine, Stephen and wife Amy of Scarbro and children Catilyn and Elizabeth “Sis” Ann, Aaron Graves and wife Evelyn of Maidsville and children Skylar, Robbie and Presley, and Andrew Graves of Westover; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

Mass of Christian burial will be on Thursday, March 14, at 11 a.m. at SS Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Oak Hill with Father Paul Yuenger officiating. Burial will be at High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill.

The family requests flowers be omitted and that memorial donations be made to: SS Peter and Paul Catholic School, 123 Elmore Street, Oak Hill WV 25901; OHHS/CHS Alumni Association, Inc., PO Box 462, Oak Hill WV 25901; or the charity of your choice.

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

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.



J.C. Lambert

J.C. Lambert, 78, of Mt. Hope, died March 4, 2013.

Born April 12, 1934, in Roderfield, McDowell County, he was the son of the late Walter and Iva Lambert. He also was preceded in death by his brothers, Paul Lambert of Colorado, and twin brother W.B. of Florida; sisters, Nina Ross of Ohio, Evelyn Peery and Garnet Shaw of Iaeger, and Phyllis Laflamme of Massachusetts; and a great-grandchild, Brent Anthony Magliano of Florida.

He was a military veteran and worked in the coal fields.

J.C. was a member of Packs Branch Baptist Church.

He loved being outdoors, loved dogs in general and beagles in particular. He was competitive, loved winning, especially at pitching horseshoes.

He loved attending church (after his 1982 salvation) and will be dearly missed by his family, friends and pastor from the “Amen” corner of the church. Jay loved the Lord, was active in soul-winning by passing out many Bible tracts, while traveling in Raleigh County and places beyond.

Surviving: his wife, Dolly Lambert of Mt. Hope; daughter, Sharon Magliano of Florida; sons, Michael Lambert of Colorado and Jeffrey Lambert of Maryland; sisters, Molly Dawson of Beckley, Charolett Murphy of Beckley, and Maxine Bowles of Iaeger; brother, Ray Lambert of Beckley; grandsons, Brandon and Brett Magliano of Florida; granddaughter, Amanda Conner of Florida; and great-grandsons, Ethan Conner and Jackson Magliano of Florida.

Services were March 9 at Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley, with Pastor Sam Vance officiating. Burial followed at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens.

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

Arrangements by Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley.



Tom Redford Massey

Tom Redford Massey, 87, of Minden, died at his residence March 9, 2013, following a short illness.

Born Feb. 22, 1926, at Cunard, he was the son of the late Bill D. and Corby Rollins Massey. Also preceding him in death were his granddaughter, Linda Sue Perry, and seven sisters and four brothers.

He was a retired coal miner from Eastern Gas and Fuel at the Kopperston #2 mine, a member of the U.M.W.A., and a member of the Pentecostal House of Prayer at Lynco.

Surviving: his wife of 63 years, Ethel Marie Shrewsbury Massey; sons, Pastor Bill Massey and wife Ugonda of Lynco, and John Massey of Oak Hill; daughters, Betty Lester and husband Smokie of Brenton, Rosie Nutter and husband Charles of Page, and Judy Harless and husband Vince of Maple Fork; sister, Grace Stover of Mt. Hope; and 10 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were March 12 at Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill, with Rev. Charles Pittman officiating. Burial followed at Gethsemane Memorial Gardens, Oak Hill.

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

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.



Dorothy McCoy

Dorothy McCoy, 91, of Oak Hill, died March 11, 2013.

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

Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.



Harry L. Neal

Harry L. “Bunny” Neal, 83, of Gaymont Mountain, died March 8, 2013, following a long illness.

Born April 11, 1929, at Victor, he was the son of the late Hallie and Lottie Stine Neal. He also was preceded in death by a sister, Eva Neal, and brothers, Billy, Raymond “Buster,” Nelson “Bud,” and Charles “Buck” Neal.

He was a retired maintenance worker and was a member of the Trinity Assembly of God Church at Ansted.

Surviving: sisters, Freda Smith and her husband, Tommy, of Ripley, and Maxine Ferrell and her husband, Charles, of Victor; sister-in-law, Jackie Neal of Gaymont Mountain; and several nieces and nephews.

Services were March 12 at the Trinity Assembly of God Church, Ansted, with Pastor Michael Angelona officiating. Burial followed at the McKinney Memorial Cemetery, Gaymont Mountain.

Online condolences may be sent at wallaceandwallacefh.com.

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace Funeral Chapel, Ansted.



Pamela Sue Pennington Settle

Pamela Sue Pennington Settle, 49, of Oak Hill, died March 4, 2013, at Appalachian Regional Hospital in Beckley.

Born Feb. 4, 1964, at Oak Hill, she was the daughter of Dixie Allen Pennington Williamson of Scarbro, and the late Delbert Pennington.

She was a homemaker.

Surviving, in addition to her loving mother: a son, Joshua Lee Settle of Oak Hill; daughter, Ashley Dawn Settle of Oak Hill; brothers, Oscar Pennington of Dothan and James Pennington of Page; a sister, Ramona Shamblin of Oak Hill; her granddaughter, Treasure Elizabeth Settle of Oak Hill; grandson, Logan Settle; special niece, Debra Johnson of Mount Hope; and special nephew, Clarence Shamblin Jr. of Oak Hill.

Services were March 9, at Tyree Funeral Homel in Oak Hill with Pastor Jamie Baley officiating. Burial was at Pax Community Cemetery.

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

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.



Marjorie ‘Marge’ Oiler Simms

Marjorie “Marge” Oiler Simms , 85, of Oak Hill, died March 9, 2013, at her home.

Born Jan. 8, 1928, at Marting Mountain, she was the daughter of the late James Albert and Rose Ellen Crump Oiler. Her husband, Cornelius Houston “Connie” Simms; brothers, Arnold, Harold, Vernon, James, Max, William and Robert Oiler; sisters, Dorothy Meadows and Virginia Oiler; and a grandson, Brandon Levi Simms also preceded her in death.

Mrs. Simms was of the Protestant faith.

She enjoyed league bowling at White Oak Lanes and was a member of the PMC Senior Circle.

She was a homemaker.

Surviving: sons, Larry Simms and wife Carol of Gatewood, Jimmy Simms and wife Ann of Hartville, Ohio, Roger Simms and wife Carolyn of Whiteland, Ind., Timmy Simms of Beckley, Michael Simms and wife Karen of Plum Orchard, Connie Mack Simms and wife Jennie of Oak Hill, Paul Dean Simms and wife, Bernie of Dale City, Va., and Bruce Simms and wife Jennifer of Oak Hill; daughters, Lois O’Daniels of Wilmington, N.C., Trenia Christianson of Seattle, Wash., Vicki Maynard and husband Randy of China, and Madge Hamilton of Columbus, Ohio; sisters, Margaret Brown, Suzy West and Phyllis Myers;  grandchildren, Leah Ison, Bryan O’Daniels, Jennifer McCarraher, Greg Simms, Nicholas Simms, Joshua Simms, Jonah Simms, Leslie Simms, Brittany Simms, Jeremy Simms, Shannon Simms, Tiffany Simms, Heather Elder, Stacey Scarbro, Garrett Christianson, Sutton Christianson, Blake Christianson, Lauren Hamilton, Paul Simms, Patrick Simms, John Simms, Joseph Simms, Taylor Maynard, Olivia Maynard, Spencer Maynard and Chloe Maynard and great grandchildren, Logan Shipman, Ellie Shipman, Seth McCarraher, Micah McCarraher, Hunter Simms, Chase Simms, Carter Simms, Tyson Simms, Morgan Simms, Owen Simms, Jacob Simms, Jed Simms, Jack Simms, Brynnlee Jackson, Mattie Scarbro, Cole Elder, Kaylie Koch, Talan Elder, Bradey Christianson, and two grandchildren expected within two months; and special nieces, Saundra Tucker and Yvonne Pacella.

Funeral services were March 13 at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill, with Pastor Eric Smith officiating. Entombment was at High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill.

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

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.



Barbara Gail Smith

Barbara Gail Smith, 75, of Oak Hill, died March 10, 2013.

Ms. Smith was cremated. Her cremains will be interred at High Lawn Memorial Park in Oak Hill.

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

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.



Elizabeth ‘Miss Liz’ Smith

Mrs. Elizabeth “Miss Liz” Smith, 90, of Mt. Hope, died March 5, 2013.

Born Dec. 9, 1922, in Greentown, she was the daughter of the late Lawrence and Evelyn Burks. She also was preceded in death by her husband, George Smith; and son, Lawrence H. “Pokie” Bradley Sr.

Mrs. Smith was a retired business owner and member of New Hope Baptist Church, Beckley.

Surviving: her daughter, Marilyn A. (Floyd) Washington of Brandywine, Md.; brother, James (Sarah) Lang of Columbus, Ga.; sisters, Charlotte (Cuzel) Menefee of Seat Pleasant, Md., Catherine Ward and Margaret Graves of Page, and Annie (John) Conliffe of Detroit, Mich.; five grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were March 10 at New Hope Baptist Church, Beckley, with Rev. Nathaniel Carey officiating. Burial followed in Greentown Cemetery, Greentown.

Condolences may be e-mailed to ritchie-johnson@suddenlinkmail.com.

Arrangements by Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.



Roy A. Smith

Mr. Roy Allen Smith, 89, of Allman Street, Oak Hill, died March 8, 2013.

Services will be Saturday, March 16, at 2 p.m. at the Oak Hill Gospel Tabernacle, 301 Byrnside Street, Oak Hill. Pastor Eric Smith will be officiating. Full military rites will be conducted by the Oak Hill VFW Post 3110. The family will be receiving friends from 1 p.m. until the service hour.

Online condolences may be sent to the family’s guestbook at www.meltonmortuary.com.

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary and Cremation Center, Beckley.



Madleen ‘Cricket’ Surface

Madleen ‘Cricket’ Surface, 85, of Meadow Bridge, died March 10, 2013.

Services will be 2 p.m. Friday, March 15, in the Meadow Bridge United Methodist Church.

Friends may call Thursday, March 14, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home and one hour before the service at the church.

Arrangements by Smathers Funeral Chapel, Inc., Rainelle.



Barber L. Taylor

Barber L. Taylor, 73, of Fayetteville, died March 6, 2013, at Plateau Medical Center in Oak Hill.

Born April 17, 1939, in Swiss, he was the son of the late Cecil and Rhoda Anna Smith Taylor.  He also was preceded in death by his brother, Cebert Taylor, and his sister, Gloria Crouse.

He was employed by Osborne’s saw mill, and was a member of Jodie First Church of God.

Surviving: his brothers, Robert Taylor of Lizemores, Douglas Taylor of Bramwell, and Mickey Taylor of Fayetteville; sisters, Gladys J. Wise of Fayetteville and Lena Williams of Jodie; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service were March 9, 2013 Pennington Funeral Home, Gauley Bridge, with Rev. Billy Morris, Rev. Jerry Hudson and Rev. Joe Richardson officiating. Burial followed in the Vaughan Cemetery, Vaughan.

Online condolences may be sent at www.carlwilsonfuneralhome.

Arrangements by Pennington Funeral Home, Gauley Bridge.



Franklin Delano Terry Jr.

Franklin Delano Terry Jr. of Danese died March 10, 2013.

Service will be 2 p.m. Thursday, March 14, at Red Springs Community Church, Red Springs, with Pastor Shirley Fox officiating. Burial will follow in the Ennis Cemetery on Backus Mountain, Meadow Bridge.

Friends may call one hour (1 to 2 p.m.) prior to the service at the church.

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Rainelle.



Wanda E. Treadway Watts

Wanda E. Treadway Watts, 91, of Lakewood, Ohio, formerly of Oak Hill, died March 8, 2013, at Fairview Hospital in Fairview Park, Ohio.

Born April 5, 1921, in West Virginia, she was the daughter of the late Walter Melvin and Rebecca J. Stevens Treadway. Two sisters, Alma Shumaker and Ruth Schwartz, and three brothers, Melvin Ray, Treadway, Paul Leon Treadway and Bill Burke Treadway, also preceded her in death.

Wanda loved playing Bingo and watching sports.

Surviving: a daughter, Sylvia Arcudia; granddaughter, Lisa Pearsall and husband Peter; and great-granddaughter, Brittany Pearsall, all of Lakewood, Ohio.

Funeral services will be on Saturday, March 16, at 2 p.m. at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill with Rev. Bill Skeldon officiating. Burial will be at High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill.

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

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

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.



Juanita Woollard

Juanita Woollard, 86, of Fayetteville, died March 11, 2013, at Plateau Medical Center, Oak Hill.

Born July 26, 1926, in Fayette County, she was the daughter of the late Norville Marion and Elizabeth Craigo Stanley. She also was preceded in death by her first husband, Payton Smith; second husband, John Marra; brother, James Edward Stanley; and step-father, James Irvin Shorter.

Mrs. Woollard attended Fayetteville Baptist Church.

She received her master’s degree from Marshall University and taught school and retired from Oak Hill High School.

She was a former member of the Fayette Study Club in Oak Hill.

Surviving: her loving and devoted husband, Robert H. Woollard; children, Payton Daniel Smith, Linda G. Smith High and husband David, Frank Marra and wife Debbie, Rita Marra, James L. Marra and wife Lorie, Robert H. Woollard II, and Suzann W. Shumaker and husband Gaylord; sister, Betty Ann Smith; brother, Albert Levi Stanley and wife Margie; several grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and great-great-grandchildren; and a host of other family and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 14, at the Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home Chapel, Fayetteville, with Rev. David Sneed officiating. Burial will follow at Huse Memorial Park, Fayetteville.

The family will receive friends one hour before the funeral on Thursday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made in Juanita’s memory to the Community Food Pantry at the Fayetteville United Methodist Church, PO Box 33, Fayetteville, WV 25840.

Online condolences may be made at www.doddpaynehessfuneralhome.com

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