The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.

April 2, 2014

Obituaries — Thursday, April 3, 2014


Velma Jane Flint

Velma Jane Flint, 70, of Stanaford, died at the Bowers Hospice House in Beckley, on March 27, 2014.

Born April 18, 1943, in Laurel Creek, she was the daughter of the late Roy Smith and Mary Osborne Smith. She also was preceded in death by her sister, Verna Smith Ewing; and by brothers, Leroy Smith, Lloyd Dale Smith, and Andrew Smith.

Mrs. Flint was retired from Bob Evans Restaurant in Beckley as a waitress.

She was a member of the First Brethren Church of Oak Hill. Mrs. Flint had made her home at Stanaford for most of her life.

Surviving: her husband of 17 years, James Flint; a son, Mike Pomeroy and his wife, Kim, of Beckley; stepchildren, James Flint Jr. of Manassas, Va., Ralph Flint of Culloden, Tina Ebert and her husband, John, of Nebraska, Douglas Flint of Oak Hill, Charles Flint and his wife, Kristi, of Mount Hope, and Michael Flint and his wife, Traci, of Oak Hill; a brother, James Smith and his wife, Deloris, of Clawson, Mich.; sisters, Violet Ewing of Prince and Nila Rondina of Sterling Heights, Mich.; grandchildren, Ian Michael Pomeroy and Logan Birchfield of Beckley; 23 stepgrandchildren; seven stepgreat-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and sisters-in-law, Betty Smith of Grosse Pointe Woods, Mich., and Rhonda Smith of Prince.

Funeral services were conducted at the Rose and Quesenberry Peace Chapel in Beckley on March 30, with Rev. Daniel Legg officiating. Entombment followed at Sunset Memorial Park Mausoleum in Beckley.

Donations of sympathy may be made to the Bowers Hospice House, 454 Cranberry Drive, Beckley, in memory of Mrs. Flint.

Online condolences may be sent at www.roseandquesenberry.net.

Arrangements by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, Beckley.

Jane Marie Elkins Gaas

Jane Marie Elkins Gaas, of Oak Hill, WV, died March 28, 2014, at Raleigh General Hospital, with her family by her side after battling a long, courageous battle with cancer.

Born Feb. 13, 1960, in Petoskey, Mich., Jane was a daughter of Max Elkins of Oak Hill and the late Mary Elkins. She also was preceded in death by her brothers, Ricky Thomas Elkins on Feb. 7, 2003, and Dean Morgan Elkins on March 28, 2011; and her paternal and maternal grandparents.

Jane was a member of Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church.

Jane attended Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic School, and graduated from Oak Hill High School in 1978, where she was a member of the Oak Hill High School Band. Upon graduation she attended Morris Harvey University.

Jane worked at The Fayette Tribune, Plateau Printing and Office Supplies, Inc., and her last job was as executive administrator of a law firm in Grand Junction, Colo.

In her spare time she enjoyed playing the piano and spending time with family.

Surviving, in addition to her father: her sisters, Sandy Elkins Kidd of Oak Hill and Carla Elkins Archuleta  and husband Chris of Grand Junction, Colo.; sister-in-law, Sheryl Elkins of Oak Hill; and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, and 20 nieces and nephews.

Mass of Christian burial was April 1 at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church with Father Carlos Melocoton Jr. officiating. Burial was at Gethsemane Memorial Gardens in Oak Hill.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.

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

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Jannes Catherine (Jan Caye) Gwinn Gorby Londeree

Jannes Catherine (Jan Caye) Gwinn Gorby Londeree, 64, of Mount Hope, died March 28, 2014, at Raleigh General Hospital, Beckley.

Born Aug. 6, 1949, at Beckley, she was the daughter of the late J.C. “Jake” and Joan Graff Gwinn.

Jan Caye was a retired librarian and administrator of Mount Hope High School.

She was a graduate of Mount Hope High School and West Virginia University. She was a devoted Mountaineer fan and loved all things WVU. She loved to attend games in Morgantown. When illness prevented her from attending games, she watched games on television and cheered for her Mountaineers, win or lose. Even her license plate said “We Luv WVU.”

She was a member of the Mount Hope Baptist Temple where she had attended all of her life, a member of the Mount Hope High School Alumni Association, WVEA, Delta Kappa Gamma Sorority, Greater Federation of Women’s Club, Daughters of the American Revolution and the Mount Hope High School Hall of Fame.

Jan Caye was affectionately known by her students as the “Heart and Soul of Mount Hope High School.” She obtained the rank of ambassador of the Girl Scouts of America.

Surviving: her husband, Ray Londeree; a son, David Gorby of Mount Hope; brothers, John Gwinn Jr. (Dianna) of Ghent and Tom Swift Gwinn of Mount Hope; stepchildren, Heather (Randy) Napier of Ronceverte and Rob (Kelly) Londeree of Williamsburg; and stepgrandchildren, Jade and Rosemary Napier and Joseph and Abbey Londeree.

The funeral service was April 1 at the Mount Hope Baptist Temple with Rev. Lester Harper and Father Roy Crist officiating. Burial followed at High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill.

Donations can be made to Mount Hope Baptist Temple, PO Box 466, Mount Hope, WV 25880, or to the MHHS Alumni Association, PO Box 98, Mount Hope, WV 25880.

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

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home in Mount Hope.



Sergio ‘Sam’ Mosquera

Sergio “Sam” Mosquera, 85, of Lookout, died March 28, 2014, at the Ansted Care Center, Ansted, following a long illness.

Born Nov. 4, 1928, in Celenova, Spain, he was the son of the late Sergio Salgado and Jovita Luaces. He also was preceded in death by an infant son, Sergio Mosquera Jr.; a sister, Lola Castro; and a brother, José Mosquera.

He came to America in 1946 and began working in the coal mines at Nuttlebury. In 1953 he started Sam’s Market at Lookout and it closed in 2007. In 1969 he started a carwash and laundromat and the second Sam’s location at Ansted.

Sam loved life, working and talking to people and he was of the Catholic faith.

Surviving: his loving wife of 45 years, Jewell Arbaugh Mosquera; sons, Tony Mosquera and his wife, Rita, of Hico and Sammy Mosquera of Lookout; daughter, Anna Maria Mosquera of Lookout; grandchildren, Joey Mosquera and his wife, Mettie, of Salem, Ore., and Jennifer Ellison and husband Josh of Hico; great-grandchildren, Max Mosquera of Oregon and Evan and Jasper Ellison of Hico; and sister, Esparanza Pereez of Newark, N.J.

Funeral services were held April 2 at the Wallace & Wallace Funeral Chapel, Ansted, with Father Carlos Melocoton officiating. He will be laid to rest on Thursday at Highlawn Memorial Park Mausoleum, Oak Hill.

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

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace Funeral Chapel, Ansted.



Mona Dae Redden

Mona Dae Redden, 69, of Meadow Bridge, died March 28, 2014, at Bowers Hospice House in Beckley, following a long illness.

Born Jan. 31, 1945, at Davis, Okla., she was the daughter of the late Otis and Ina Mae Cunningtubby Lampkin. She also was preceded in death by her brothers, Luther, Paul, Gary, and Billy Lampkin.

Mona had worked as head cashier at Kroger’s for 32 years, and was a homemaker.

Surviving: sons, Alan Redden and wife Tammy, and Curtis Redden and wife Becky, all of Meadow Bridge; sister, Jan Carrillo (Lupe) of Ardmore, Okla.; sisters-in-law, Shirley Lampkin, Nell “Sissy” Lampkin, and Mona Lampkin; brothers, Raymond Lampkin (Nora) of Ardmore, Okla., and Robert Lampkin of Davis, Okla.; grandchildren, Kristen, Alex, Ally, and Shaely; and special friend, Vicki Rider of Corliss.

Services were March 31 at Wallace & Wallace Chapel in Rainelle, with Pastor Mike Nutter officiating. Burial was at Patton Cemetery, Meadow Bridge.

The family requests donations of sympathy be made to Bowers Hospice House at 454 Cranberry Drive, Beckley, WV 25801.

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

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace of Rainelle.



James David Smith

James David Smith, 52, of Fayetteville, died March 25, 2014, after fighting cancer for six years.

Born Dec, 12, 1961, in Choctaw, Ala., he was the son of the late William and Alice Smith.

He was a very kind and loving person. He drove a truck for 20 years over the road. He would help anybody if he could.

He worked with special kids in Alabama, and he loved everybody. All he wanted was to be loved.

Some people knew him by Bama, his CB handle.

Surviving: his wife, Bessie Smith of Fayetteville; and brothers, Phillip Smith, Peter Smith and Walter Smith of Alabama.

Service was held at the Gatewood Church of God, Fayetteville, on March 31.



Effie Louise Cottle Spencer

Effie Louise “Meme” Cottle Spencer, 78, of Fayetteville, died March 23, 2014, at Bowers Hospice House, Beckley.

Born Oct. 7, 1935, at Beckwith, she was the daughter of the late Clarence Ray Cottle Sr. and Louise Elmira Arthur Cottle. She also was preceded in death by her husband, Leon “Lee” Spencer; son, Kenneth Leon “Ken” Spencer; brother, Clarence Ray Cottle Jr.; and sister, Frances Elizabeth Kitts.

Effie was a member of Fayetteville United Methodist Church where she had served as a Sunday school teacher and Bible School teacher.

She was a retired beautician at the Beauty Box in Oak Hill, served as a Fayette County 4-H leader and Cub Scout leader.

Effie was a Past Worthy Matron of Fayetteville Chapter No. 157 Order of Eastern Star. She loved spending time with her family and friends and will be missed by all that knew her.

Effie and her husband, Lee, were owners of LaFayette Guide and Touring Services of Fayetteville where they met many friends and visited many beautiful sights.  

Surviving: her daughter, Elizabeth “Libby” Tomlin of Fayetteville; grandchildren, Dale Tomlin of Fayetteville, Anne (Josh) Akers of Hillsboro, Autumn Iannamorelli of Fayetteville, and Ethan Tomlin and fiancée Katherine Jones of Fayetteville; great-grandchildren, Eric, Dustyn, Isaac, Spencer, Willow, Logan, Sierrah, River, Skyler, Damien, and Dillon; and sister, Helen Armstrong of Gallipolis, Ohio.

Funeral services were held March 29 at Fayetteville United Methodist Church with Rev. Clare Sulgit-Horn officiating. Burial followed at Huse Memorial Park, Fayetteville.

Donations may be made in her memory to Bowers Hospice House, 454 Cranberry Road, Beckley, WV 25801 or Fayetteville United Methodist Church, PO Box 87, Fayetteville, WV 25840.

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

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



James Carroll Stanley

James Carroll Stanley, 86, of Oak Hill, died March 30, 2014.

Born Sept. 17, 1927, in Gauley Bridge, he was son of the late Robert Stanley and Loretta Arthur Stanley King Hayes. His stepfather was the late George Hayes. He also was preceded in death by his wife, Patty Ruth Bowen Stanley; sisters, Velma Kay Stanley and husband William Kincaid; and brother-in-law, Vance Stonestreet.

James retired from the Bell Telephone Co. after 41 years as a central office technician and also served in the U.S. Army and U.S. Army Reserves.

James was a member of Oak Hill Baptist Church, Oak Hill Jaycees and also devoted hours of his time coaching little league and minor league baseball.

Surviving: his daughter, Jane Ellen Stanley; sons, Scott Bradley Stanley and wife Jessica and John Edward Stanley; sister, Darryl Stanley Stonestreet; grandchildren, Patricia Suzanne Plumley Kwitkin and husband Brian, Ellen Marie Plumley and fiancee’ Brian Gravely, and Jacob Allen Stanley; and great-grandchildren, Matthew Caleb Ray Dixon, Ryker Charles Gravely, Abigail Jane Kwitkin and Benjaman James Kwitkin.

Services were held April 2 at High Lawn Funeral Chapel with Tom Bowen officiating. Interment followed in High Lawn Memorial Park.

Donations may be made to Bowers Hospice House.

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

Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.



John Perry Thornquest

John Perry Thornquest, 80, of, Pax, died March 27, 2014, at the Raleigh General Hospital in Beckley.

Born Dec. 18, 1933, at Mabscott, he was the son of the late Robert Thornquest and Ruth Capitola Thornquest. Mr. Thornquest also was preceded in death by two sons, Robert and Randy Thornquest; by a brother, Emory; by a sister Peggy DeHart; and by one great-grandchild, Aaron Mobley.

Mr. Thornquest was retired from the U.S. Army with 20 years of service, having served in Korea and Germany.

He was a former coal miner at the Eccles Coal Mines and the Heartland of Beckley Nursing Home.  

Surviving: his children, Rusty (Marie) Thornquest of Maple Fork, Ricky (Lou Ann) Thornquest, Ronald (Cindy) Thornquest, Roger Thornquest, Rodney McGraw, and Darla Mobley, all of Pax; brothers, Donald (Karol) Thornquest of Sophia, and Paul (Linda) Thornquest of Beckley; sisters, Sara (Jack) Williams of Beckley, Judith Thornquest of Melbourne, Fla., and Sherry Shockney of Shady Spring; 12 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

At his request, there will be no visitation or funeral services.

Online condolences may be sent at www.roseandquesenberry.net.

Arrangements by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, Beckley.



Melissa Jane ‘Janie’ Naylor Walker

Melissa Jane “Janie” Naylor Walker, 58, of Fayetteville, died March 29, 2014.

She was born on Jan. 28, 1956, in Fayette County, daughter of the late Damon Cody Naylor and Barbara Ann Webb Naylor. She also was preceded in death by a brother, Stephen Naylor.

Janie was employed by the Fayette County Head Start for 20 years where she touched many lives.

She was a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church at Fayette Heights.

Surviving: her husband of 30 years, Herman Walker; daughter, Megan Walker Tompkins and husband Andrew of Fayetteville; her only grandchild, Damon Cody Tompkins; sister, Melanie A. Peaslee and husband Robert of Pulaski, Va.; brother, Mark D. Naylor and wife Treva of Max Meadows, Va.; five nephews; one niece; cousins; and extended family and friends.

Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, April 5, at the Emmanuel Baptist Church at Fayette Heights with Pastor Justin Seay officiating. The family will receive friends one hour before the memorial service at the church.

Online condolences may be sent at www.doddpaynehessfuneralhome.com

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



Cheryl R. Ward

Cheryl R. Ward of Fayetteville died in Huntington on March 24, 2014.

Born Dec. 20, 1985, she was the daughter of Georgia Faye Ward and the late Kenneth Ward.

She was a graduate of Fayetteville High School.

Surviving, in addition to her mother: a brother, Kenneth A. Ward.

Family and friends are invited to a memorial service April 19 at 5 p.m. at the Day Star Church, Kilsyth.