The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.

March 21, 2013

Obituaries — Thursday, March 21, 2013

‘Betty Lou’ Shelvy Jean Braxton

“Betty Lou” Shelvy Jean Braxton, 71, of Los Angeles, Calif., formerly of Mt. Hope, died March 16, 2013.

Born Oct. 23, 1941, in Mt. Hope, she was the daughter of the late James Braxton and Minnie Kathryn Burrows.

She lived her life in Los Angeles as a vegetarian, cook, writer, lecturer, health and beauty consultant and manufacturer and always enjoyed teaching others the lifestyle of natural eating and living. She had a professional career in cosmetology for more than 40 years. Much of her success was attributed to the miracle ingredients in garlic and aloe vera.

Surviving: sons, Charles Maurice (Rose) Baker of Owings, Md., and Kenneth Tompkins of Louisiana; daughters, Melina Estep (Eric Sr.) Jackson of Cheltenham, Md., and Tonya Tompkins of Houston, Texas; four grandchildren; one great-grandchild; brothers, James Braxton of Columbus, Ohio, and Michael Braxton and Dwayne Braxton; sisters, Judith of Boomer, and Linda Burrows; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, special acquaintances and friends.

As per her request, she was cremated and there will be no service or visitation.

Sympathy cards can be sent to: Tonya Tompkins, P.O. Box 300266, Houston, Texas 77230.

Submitted by Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.

Leslie Howard Davis Sr.

Leslie Howard Davis Sr., 61, of Maple Fork Road, died March 14, 2013, at CAMC General Division, Charleston, surrounded by his family.

Born May 12, 1951, he was the son of Lockie Worrell Davis of Hilltop, and the late Howard (Tine) Davis. He also was preceded in death by a brother, Leo Davis, and by a brother-in-law, Joe Bair.

Mr. Davis was a retired miner and a member of the United Mine Workers of America.

He loved the outdoors and was always lending a helping hand to others. He enjoyed having lunch with or just sitting and talking with all his Mount Hope buddies. But more than anything else, he loved and enjoyed his grandchildren, Kendal, Kamryn, Ethan, Caden and his soon-to-be grandson, Evan. They were the love of his life.

Surviving, in addition to his mother and grandchildren: his wife of 38 years, Doretta Davis; his son, Leslie Howard Davis Jr. and wife Tracy of Beckley; his daughter, Kimberly Sharp and her husband, Patrick, of Fayetteville; sisters, Kay Bair and Karen Bragg and husband Rick; brothers, Eddie Davis and wife Leatha, Buck Davis and wife Nellie, Rick Davis and wife Patty, and Rob Davis and wife Mary; and a very special aunt, Dorothy Mae Ellison.

Funeral services were March 18 at the Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope, with Rev. Jerry Tyree officiating. Burial followed in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens at Prosperity.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope.

Betty Jo Ellis

Betty Jo Ellis, 80, of Oak Hill, died March 14, 2013, at Bowers Hospice House, Beckley.

Born Sept. 11, 1932, at Lego, she was the daughter of the late Paul McCoy and Goldie Fitzwater. She also was preceded in death by her husband, Jimmie Smith Ellis, in October 2012; brothers, Paul McCoy and Bobby McCoy; sister, Helen Spencer; son-in-law, Ted Christian; and granddaughter, Brittany Williams.

Betty attended North Sand Branch Worship Center.

Surviving: daughters, Kathy Perry and her husband, Wayne, of Oak Hill, Debra June Christian of Morgantown, Vicki Lynn Bourogaa and her fiancé, William Baughcum, of McDonough, Ga., and Pamela Sue Kelly and her husband, Ray, of Scarbro; brother, Roger McCoy and his wife, Louise, of Pennsylvania; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral service was March 17 at High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill, with Rev. Ken Souder officiating. Entombment was in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Beckley.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.

Charles E. Ferrell

Charles E. Ferrell, 80, of Victor, died at his residence March 14, 2013, following a short illness. Born Nov. 22, 1932, he was the son of the late Jacob and Lena Mason Ferrell. He also was preceded in death by his brothers, Clarence, Claude, and Carlos Ferrell.

Mr. Ferrell was a retired coal miner where he worked as a mechanic.

He served in the U.S. Army, and was a member of the Trinity Assembly of God, Ansted.

Surviving: his loving wife of 60 years, Juanita Maxine Neal Ferrell; daughter, Sandy Underwood and her husband, Tony, of Hico; grandson, Rob Underwood and his wife, Michelle, of Wytheville, Va.; granddaughters, Sonja Bricker and her husband, Bob, of Connellsville, Pa., Toni Hicks and her husband, Andy, of Lansing, and Pam Sizemore of Louisa, Ky.; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were March 17 at the Trinity Assembly of God, Ansted, with Pastors Michael Angelona and Ronnie Eagle officiating. Burial followed at Restlawn Memory Gardens, Victor.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace, Inc. Funeral Chapel, Ansted.

Anna Louise ‘Tootsie’ Ferris

Anna Louise “Tootsie” Ferris, 73, of Maple Fork, died March 15, 2013, at Raleigh General Hospital.

Born Feb. 29, 1940, at Maple Fork, she was the daughter of the late Edward Gilland and Nancy Dell (Blackburn) Gilland. She also was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Dayton Ferris; and  brothers, Blair Gilland, Blaine Gilland, and Fred Gilland.

Tootsie was a housewife, and was a member of the Dothan Community Church.

Surviving: sons, Michael Fuller and his wife, Rosie, of Oak Hill, and Darrell Fuller and his wife, Laurie, of Hilltop; sister, Virginia Terry of Scarbro; grandson, Michael Nicholas Fuller; great-grandson, Michael Jace Fuller; and many more family members and a host of friends.

The funeral was March 20 at Dothan Community Church Pastor Darrell Fuller and Rev. Terry Hatcher officiating. Burial followed in Ellis - Miller Family Cemetery.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.

Jack E. Johnson

Jack E. Johnson, 87, of Ansted, died March 12, 2013, at his home following a short illness.

Born May 1, 1925, in Fort Mill, S.C., he was the son of the late Robert Franklin and Lula Eleanor Crenshaw Johnson. He also was preceded in death in 1976 by his beloved wife, Nathale Ferguson Johnson.

His family moved to the Ansted area from South Carolina when he was 5-years-old and he lived there the remainder of his life.

Jack retired from EMC Metals in Alloy as chief electrician and was a U.S. Navy Seabee in World War II, having served his country on Saipan and Okinawa.

His patriotic spirit carried over into his position as chairman of the New Haven Veterans’ Memorial in Ansted. His hard work and dedication brought that beautiful tribute to life. He was a member of the V.F.W. and was also very active with the Masons, Shriners, and with the Order of the Eastern Star.

He was a member of the Kesler Memorial Presbyterian Church on Sunday Road at Hico.

Jack was a kind, gentle person who easily became an instant friend. He had a strong love of God, family, and country.

Surviving: sons, Frank Johnson (Cheryl) of Watkinsville, Ga., and Jack Johnson (Jenny) of Smithfield, Va.; a sister, Mrs. Dave (Dorothy) Miller of Puyallup, Wash.; six grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were March 16 at the Wallace & Wallace Funeral Chapel, Ansted, with Pastor Jim Dempsey and Rev. Joan Stewart officiating. Burial followed in Restlawn Memory Gardens, Victor.

Memorial contributions may be made in his honor to the New Haven Veterans’ Memorial Fund, United Bank, PO Box 1208, Ansted, WV 25812.

Dorothy Merle McCoy

Dorothy Merle McCoy, 91, of Oak Hill, died March 11, 2013, at Hidden Valley Center.

Born May 2, 1921, at Pax Branch, she was one of 16 children born to the late Charles Billings and Ada (Bailey) Billings. Dorothy also was preceded in death by her husband, Tim McCoy; several brothers and sisters; and daughters, Sharon, Brenda and Beverly.

As a teenager, she attended Mt. Hope High School.

Surviving: sons, Kenneth Bowling and his wife, Kathy, and Dean Bowling and his wife, Pam; daughter, Melissa Turrill and her husband, Bill; sister, Juanita; brothers, Harold and his wife, Barbara, Keith, and Bobby and his wife, Rosetta; several grandchildren, nieces and nephews, and a special niece Margie.

In keeping with Dorothy’s wishes there will be no visitation or funeral.

Dorothy will rest at High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill.

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Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.

Johnnie Moore

Johnnie Moore, 72, of Maple Fork Road, died March 14, 2013, in Raleigh General Hospital following a sudden illness.

Born Jan. 21, 1941, in Pax, he was the son of the late Jack and Vivian Williams Moore. He also was preceded in death by his mother-in-law, Elsie Evans; and nephews, Jeremy Moore and Shannon Evans.

Johnnie was a disabled coal miner who loved old cars, flying, but the joy of his life was his family, especially his children and grandchildren.

Surviving: his loving wife of 49 years, Barbara Moore; his children, Steven Moore, and Wendy Withrow and her husband, John; grandchildren, Christopher John (C.J.) Withrow, Emilee Brooke Withrow, and Allison Anne Moore; his brothers, Jack R. Moore and his wife, Marilyn, and Donald Moore and his wife, Kim; and a host of sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and many beloved friends.

In keeping with Johnnie’s wishes he will be cremated and a memorial service will be held at a later date.

Online condolences can be made at

Arrangements by Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley.

Nicholas Melvin Mucho Sr.

Nicholas Melvin Mucho Sr., 71, of Fayetteville, died March 16, 2013, at Plateau Medical Center in Oak Hill.

Born Feb. 19, 1942, at Richeyville, Pa., he was the son of the late Nicholas and Barbara Tompos Mucho.

He was a retired maintenance worker for Georgia-Pacific.

Mr. Mucho was a member of the SS Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Oak Hill. He enjoyed golfing.

He served in the U.S. Navy during Vietnam Era.

Surviving: his wife, Sandra Collins Kelly Mucho; son, Nicholas Mucho Jr. of Bradley; daughter, Natasha Mucho of Mount Hope; sister, Nancy Polacek of Florida; and three grandchildren.

Mass of Christian burial will be on Thursday, March 21, at 11 a.m. at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Oak Hill, with Father Paul Yuenger officiating. Entombment will be at Huse Memorial Park, Fayetteville. There will be no visitation.

The family requests memorial contributions be made to Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic School, 123 Elmore Street, Oak Hill WV 25901.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Eva Evelyn Scott

Eva Evelyn Scott, 89, of 311 Fayette Avenue in Fayetteville, formerly of Princeton, died March 13, 2013, at the Fayette Nursing & Rehab Center in Fayetteville.

Born Nov. 21, 1923, in Newport, Va., she was the daughter of the late Alva E. Porterfield and Bertie Hearn Porterfield. She also was preceded in death by one sister, Marjorie Lucas.

She was a former cashier at Concord College and was a member of the Church of Christ in Rich Creek, Va. Evelyn loved her Lord and her family.

Surviving: son, John M. Scott and wife Judy of Fayetteville; grandchildren whom she loved dearly, Dawn Robinson and husband Tim of Laramie, Wyo., Wendi Woodrum and husband Russ of Willow Spring, N.C., Michael Scott of Portsmouth, Ohio, and Ryan Scott and wife Sidney of Fayetteville; great-grandchildren, Elijah Robinson, Zane Scott, Alainnah Scott, Paryss Scott, Geramii Woodrum, Jay Marii Robinson, Caden Scott, Naomi Robinson, and Johnna Robinson; and three close children who called her “Granny,” Maelee Henderson, Joshua Halstead, and Hunter Miller.

Funeral services were March 16 at the George W. Seaver Chapel of Seaver Funeral Home in Princeton, with Minister Roger Hazelwood and Minister Ryan Scott officiating. Entombment followed at the Huse Memorial Park Cemetery in Fayetteville.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Seaver Funeral Home in Princeton.

Aline Sizemore Shrewsberry

Aline Sizemore Shrewsberry, 90, of Fayetteville, died March 18, 2013, at Plateau Medical Center in Oak Hill.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Roger Dale Shuck

Roger Dale Shuck of Danese, beloved husband, father, and grandfather, died March 14, 2013.

Born Jan. 23, 1947, at Danese, he was the son of the late Walter and Martha Smith Shuck. He also was preceded in death by his siblings, Helma Evans, Lillian Fink, Norma Thomas and John Shuck.

Roger was the sole proprietor of Roger’s Bestway in Danese.

Surviving: his wife, Dorothy Lea Butcher Shuck of Danese; daughters, Sheli Brown, Carrie Scott, and LeAnn Shuck; grandchildren, Christian Brown, Kaitlin Brown, Austin Scott, Taylor Scott, Lexi Scott and Jonathan Scott; brothers, Larry Shuck of Cincinnati, Ohio, Dave Shuck of Dunbar, Pa., and Don Zickafoose of Glendora, Calif.; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family.

Services were March 18 at Wallace & Wallace Chapel in Rainelle, with Pastor Milburn Pack officiating. Burial was in Mountain View Cemetery at Richwood.

The family requests donations be made to help the Danese area community in care of: Betty Pittsenbarger, PO Box 148, Danese, WV 25831; or to the American Diabetes Association, 1221-A Ohio Avenue, Dunbar, WV 25064.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace of Rainelle.

Roy A. Smith

It was June 6, 1944, when Roy Smith set foot on the beaches of Normandy as a medic, only 20 years old, with an 8th grade education. This young man would witness the horror of 2,499 young Americans who gave the ultimate sacrifice and some 8,000 more that were severely wounded. Perhaps it was on that day, Roy Smith knew that somehow he would have to “give back” to all soldiers.

Little did Roy know on D Day, that later on he would honor nearly 5,000 veterans by laying them to rest with full military honors. Many would be old, like him, many would be young, the ages of his own sons, but they were all soldiers of so many wars and conflicts. And he would come back to check on them again, “their hallowed ground.” For many years, Roy personally placed flags on the gravesites of all military personnel in Fayette County, “lest we forget.”

Almost on a daily basis, since 1985, Roy Smith has presided over military funerals throughout the tri-county area. On Friday, March, 8, 2013, after assisting with the Junior ROTC at Oak Hill High School, Roy Smith received “his call” and died later in that evening after a very brief illness. He was 89 years young. Well done, thy good and faithful servant. You truly were one of “The Greatest Generation.”

One of six children and a twin, Roy Allen Smith and his brother, Ray, were born on Jan. 6, 1924. He was the son of the late George Raymond and Fannie Bell Treadway Smith. His brother, Ray, and sisters, Helen Smith, Anna Taylor, Myrtle Woodrum Hutchison and Mable Casion, have preceded him in death.

When Roy returned from Europe, he served as a medic at Camp Ashford, a German prison camp operated by the U.S. Army at The Greenbrier hotel in White Sulphur Springs.

After his service career, Roy became a coal miner. He last worked at Summerlee Mine near Oak Hill. The mine was operated by Stuart Collieries, a subsidiary of the New River Company. He retired from the mining industry in 1958 when the mine closed and went to work at Long-Airdox where he became a material cutter.

In 1985, Roy founded the American Legion 149 & VFW Post 3110 Honor Guard for the purpose of doing military funerals. He served as Commander and presided over countless funerals, numbers of parades, church services and VA Hospital military services. Roy was Commander of the America Legion on four different occasions.

He was a member of Mount Hope Lions Club, and assisted with the Junior ROTC at Oak Hill High School. In later years, this group of young men and women have graciously taken over the ardent task of placing flags on the graves of Fayette County military personnel.

Surviving: his dear wife, Ruby, who so faithfully took his calls, “I’ll have Roy call you back when gets in.” Roy and Ruby made their home on Allman Street in Oak Hill. He was the beloved father of Rick and Jessica Smith of Dawson, Ronnie and Kathy Smith of Rock Creek, Rhonda Protka and Michael Protka, both of Oak Hill; six grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

On March 16, the life of Roy Allen Smith was remembered at the Oak Hill Gospel Tabernacle, Oak Hill, with Pastor Eric Smith officiating. Full military rites were conducted by the Oak Hill VFW Post 3110.

As always, Roy wanted to give back. He gave his earthly remains to the Human Gift Registry. At a later time, when he is “finished giving,” his ashes will be spread on his favorite hunting spot at his son’s farm. Daydream Ridge in Greenbrier County will become Roy’s hallowed ground.

Duty, honor, country - that was Roy Smith.

Online condolences may be sent to the family’s guestbook at

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary and Cremation Center, Beckley.

Madleen ‘Cricket’ Surface

Madleen “Cricket” Surface, 85, of Meadow Bridge, died March 10, 2013.

Born Oct. 15, 1927, in Rainelle, she was the daughter of the late William F. and Eula Grace Tallman Kane. She also was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Surface; sons, Billy and Mike Surface; and daughter, Penny McGuire.

Cricket was a homemaker and a member of the Meadow Bridge United Methodist Church. She was instrumental in the opening of the Mission in Meadow Bridge.

Cricket loved crafting and bowling.

Surviving: her daughter, Teresa Mitton and husband Michael of Archer, Fla.; sister, Fran Gast of Fredericksburg, Va.; grandchildren, Bobby Jones and wife Miranda, Cody Jones, Billy Jones, Miranda McGuire, Megan Parker and husband Andy, all of Florida, and Mike Surface and Robert Surface, both of Columbia, S.C.; great-grandchildren, Abby, Brantley, Kirstie, Caleb, Haley, Brianna and Brittany; great-great-grandchild, Calie; a special niece, Debbie Bumgarner, and a special nephew, Keith Barnett and wife Tamara, who helped care for Cricket; and a host of other family that she loved so much.

Services were March 15 in the Meadow Bridge United Methodist Church, with Pastor Roger Booth and Ronnie Patterson officiating. Burial followed in the Patton Memorial Cemetery at Meadow Bridge.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Smathers Funeral Chapel, Inc. Rainelle.

Betty Toombs

Betty Toombs, 68, of Oak Hill, died March 18, 2013.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.

William Franklin ‘Bill’ Yoak

William Franklin “Bill” Yoak, 67, of Lewisburg, formerly of Carlsbad, Calif., and Fayetteville, died following a battle with cancer March 12, 2013, at his home in Lewisburg, surrounded by loved ones.

Born Aug. 18, 1945, in Baltimore, Md., he was the son of native West Virginians, the late Donovan Yoak and the late Marvel Yoak Rush. He also was preceded in death by his stepfather, Granville A. Rush; and his foster parents, Sanford and Helen Scott of Fayetteville.

Mr. Yoak was a stunt pilot for the movie industry. He was also the owner and operator of Aerospace Specialties, Inc., in Lewisburg, and Carlsbad, Calif., where he was a master sheet metal former for World War II vintage aircraft. He created many special flying aircraft for movies like “Rambo III,” “Blue Thunder,” “Annie,” and many television shows.

He also worked for Lockheed in Burbank, Calif., and area 51 in Southern Nevada.

Yoak was a 1963 graduate of Fayetteville High School in Fayetteville, and attended Concord College, Athens.

He held many FAA licenses including commercial multi-engine pilot with land, sea, and helicopter endorsements, and was rated to fly most all World War II vintage aircraft. He was also an FAA licensed Airframe & Power Plant Mechanic and Inspection Authorization. Mr. Yoak’s metal forming talents were world renowned and sought after. In 2008, he was featured in the National Geographic Documentary “Inside: Air Show.”

His hobby was panning for gold.

Surviving: his wife of 41 years, Linda L. Yoak of Lewisburg; sons, Scott Sanford Yoak of Lewisburg, and William Donovan Yoak of Upland, Calif.; and his beloved cat, Pogo.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

The family requests that donations be made to Mr. Yoak’s favorite nonprofit charity, Please Save A Cat, P.O. Box 128, Maxwelton, WV 24957.

Arrangements by Lobban Funeral Home, Alderson.