The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.

February 29, 2012

Obituaries - Thursday, March 1, 2012

The Fayette Tribune

Olive M. Blevins

Olive M. Blevins, 93, of Rainelle, formerly of Leslie, died Feb. 22, 2012, following a long illness.

Born Oct. 13, 1918, in Kingston, she was a daughter of the late Terrance Victor and Cora Alice Pritt Simms. She also was preceded in death by her husband, Vermont Clarence Blevins, in 1983; her sister, Hazel Nugen; and brothers, David Simms, Albert “Red” Simms, and Terrance “Whistle” Simms.

Mrs. Blevins was a homemaker and the oldest living member of the Leslie United Methodist Church.

She lived her life as a God-fearing woman who served the Lord gladly.

Surviving: daughter, Patricia Fitzwater of Leslie; granddaughters, Jennifer Quillen and husband Darrell of Leslie, and Vanessa Pardue of North Carolina; great-grandchildren, Jeremy Quillen, Jackie McDorman, Shalyn Smith, and Seth Avis; and great-great-grandchildren, Chris Collier, Logan McDorman, Cole Smith, Zac Smith, and Serenity Avis.

Funeral service was Feb. 26 at the Wallace & Wallace Funeral Chapel, Rainelle, with Pastor Roger Thornton officiating. Burial followed in the Wallace Memorial Cemetery, Clintonville.

Kenneth F. Bowling

Kenneth F. Bowling of Carolina Shores, N.C., died Feb. 20, 2012, at the age of 85.

Born Aug. 8, 1926, in Wolf Pit, Ky., Kenneth was the son of the late Arthur and Minnie Bowling. Kenneth also was preceded in death by his brothers, Arthur, Charles and James.

Kenneth attended Montgomery High School and West Virginia Tech.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving in Japan.

Kenneth worked for Semet-Solvay as head of the engineering department in Montgomery. He then went to work for Allied Chemical as head of the Industrial Engineering Department. Later he was head of the Safety Department. After this, he worked for A.T. Massey as head of the Safety Team. Kenneth later worked for Janes and Laughlin Steel as Safety Director, retiring in 1988.

Kenneth was a member of the VFW, American Legion, Forty & Eight and former president of the Kiwanis Club.

Kenneth was of the Protestant faith.

Surviving: his wife, Jean; daughters, Cathy of the home and Jane of North Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Per Kenneth’s request, no formal funeral service will be held.

Memorials may be made to Lower Cape Fear Hospice & Life Care Center, PO Box 830, Supply, NC 28462.

A message of condolence may be sent to

Arrangements by Lee Funeral Home & Crematory of Little River/North Myrtle Beach.

Alice D. Combs

Mrs. Alice D. Combs, 93, of Carbondale, died Feb. 20, 2012.

Arrangements by Durgan Funeral Service, Beckley.

Emma J. Cosby

Mrs. Emma J. Cosby, 91, of Scarbro, died Feb. 24, 2012, at Hilltop Center, Hilltop.

Born June 12, 1920, in Whipple, she was the daughter of the late James D. and Julia Ryan Thompson. She also was preceded in death by her husband, James Cosby; brothers, David A. and James E. Thompson; and a sister, Gladys Thompson Canada.

She was a member of New Hope Baptist Church, Whipple.

Surviving: sons, James F. Cosby of Scarbro, and Thomas M. (Crystal) Cosby of Temple Hills, Md.; daughter, Elizabeth A. Cosby Lewis of Capital Heights, Md.; sisters, Elizabeth Thompson of Oak Hill, Julia M. (McClinton) Thomas of Detroit, Mich., and Sarah V. Thompson of Puyallup, Wash.; grandchildren, Shirlene Washington, Anna Cosby, Gregory (Sonya) Cosby, James Cosby, Bruce Mountain, Taylor Cosby, Tianna Cosby, and Tommi Cosby; great-grandchildren, Jenee L. Washington and Kivette M. Farmer; great-great-grandchildren, Bernard M. Jordan, Brandon Green, and Deon Butler; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Thursday, March 1, at New Hope Baptist Church, Whipple, with Rev. Freddie A. Davenport Sr. officiating. Burial will follow at Greenwood Memorial Park, Beckley.

Friends may call one hour prior to the services at the church.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the American Red Cross, Fayette-Nicholas Chapter, 208 Main St. E., Oak Hill, WV 25901.

Condolences may be e-mailed to

Arrangements by Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.

Joan Newman Gwinn

Joan Newman Gwinn, 84, of Pontiac, Mich., formerly of Meadow Bridge, died Feb. 18, 2012.

Service was Feb. 24 at Smathers Funeral Chapel.

Arrangements by Smathers Funeral Chapel, Rainelle.

Drema Lou Ratliff Haggerty

Drema Lou Ratliff Haggerty, 70, of Oak Hill, died Feb. 25, 2012.

Mrs. Haggerty was cremated. There will be no visitation or service.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Betty Lea Hardy

Betty Lea Hardy, 85, of Oak Hill, died Feb. 26, 2012.

Born Dec. 30, 1926, in a coal camp at Leslie Hill in Greenbrier County, she was the youngest child of the late Viola Champ Skaggs and the late Albert Skaggs. She also was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Vernon Hardy; an adult sister and three adult brothers; a brother, Alphonso, who died at the age of four, and twin siblings who died at birth. She was the last surviving member of her immediate family.

Graduating with the class of 1946 in Ansted, she was the first member of her family to graduate from high school.

She married Vernon Hardy in November 1946, and together they had five children: one son and four daughters.

She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Oak Hill for over 50 years where she had sung in the choir and was a member of the Ladies Bible Class in the past.

Betty never met a stranger — she was always a pleasant, humble person who was eager to talk to any individual she encountered.

Surviving: son, Larry and his wife, Sheree, of Huntington; daughters, Sharon Taylor and husband Allen of Beckley, Kathy Plumley and husband Henry of Crab Orchard, Mary Peck and husband Richard of Oak Hill, and Cindy Monk and husband Wayne of Crab Orchard; 11 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren; and a cherished and loyal best friend of over 75 years, Louise Delay of Victor.

A celebration of Betty’s life was held at High Lawn Funeral Home in Oak Hill on Feb. 28 with Pastor Jack Barker officiating. Entombment followed at High Lawn Mausoleum.

Condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home in Oak Hill.

Evelyn N. Lane

Evelyn N. Lane of Point Pleasant, formerly of Ansted, died Feb. 19, 2012.

Funeral services were Feb. 22 at Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home Chapel in Ansted with Pastor Mike Skaggs officiating. Burial followed in the Fox Cemetery at Ramsey.

Please make memorial donations to Hospice.

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace of Ansted.

Milford Harrison Manley

Milford Harrison Manley, 76, of Robson, died Feb. 23, 2012, at Bowers Hospice House in Beckley.

Born Aug. 10, 1935, at Robson, he was the son of the late Harrison and Arthie James Manley.

He was retired heavy equipment mechanic.

Mr. Manley was a member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, Beckley.

He was a U.S. Army veteran.

Surviving: his wife, Betty Glass Arnold Manley; son, Harrison Arlan Manley; daughter, Arthie Vanessa Bryson and husband W.H.; stepdaughters, Linda Lea and Sandra; brother, Alan Ray Manley; sisters, Rhoda Gomez and Wilma Jean Cales; and grandchildren, Jesse Bryson and Andrew Bryson.

Mr. Manley was cremated. There will be no visitation or service. His cremains will be interred at the McKinney Cemetery in Mulberry.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Izabella ‘Izzy’ McManaway

She is the child that made people say “Keep Smilin” because of her beautiful spirit and unwavering determination to live life to the fullest. She touched and inspired thousands, as evidenced by the stacks of mail she received every day for weeks over the 2011 Christmas holiday and the continuous stream of well-wishers and visitors.

Izabella “Izzy” Blaine McManaway, of Fayetteville, WV, would have turned 5 years old on March 12, 2012. She passed on to the Kingdom of Heaven on Feb. 22, 2012, after a lengthy battle with rhabdomyosarcoma.

She would not wish you sadness, but rather to celebrate her brief, yet fulfilled life. Remember her words, just a day after surgery to amputate her left leg: “If I cry and don’t smile, then the devil will be happy. So I’m gonna smile.” Izzy would want you to remember her smile and laughter and how beautiful she looked in her cheerleading uniform as she cheered for the Pirates at Fayetteville and the Patriots at Mt. View Christian School. She would want you to know how it pleased her to paint the toenails on her artificial foot and how she learned to ride her bicycle with her new leg; how she never gave up the enjoyment of life just because of cancer.

Izzy leaves behind a strong and faithful family: her loving parents, Corey and Jenny McManaway, and her beloved older sisters, Zavery and Zoe McManaway; great-grandparents, Nancy Barnett of Middlesboro, Ky., and Hazel Hannigan of Oak Hill; grandparents, Terry and Connie McManaway of Oak Hill, and Dale and Linda Clonch of Fayetteville, as well as many cousins, aunts and uncles who adore her. Izzy says goodbye to two special friends, Kerrisyn Feazell and Trace Crumb. She also leaves behind her faithful pets, two dogs and a kitten who rarely left her side: Charlie the Faithful Protector, Trixie the Clown and Smokey the Curious. Perhaps she will greet another favorite in heaven, her Aunt Amy’s horse, Jack, whom she loved to visit at the farm.

Izzy would like for you to know of the things she loved most in this life, aside from her parents and sisters. Things like 4-wheelin’ with her cousin, Ben; jumping on the trampoline with numerous friends; playing with her baby doll, Elizabeth Sally; listening to Justin Bieber’s music; swimming at her grandparent’s pool and having popsicles in the warm sunshine afterwards. She loved shopping, especially for purses, and carried all the essentials in them. You know, like full-sized liquid hand soap, lotions with sparkle, hand sanitizer in various scents, lip balms of every color and crayons.

She was always ready to go to Crossroads Mall to get a cookie from the Great American Cookie Co. or to Wal-Mart to greet most of Fayetteville.

Izzy endeared many people to her through her gorgeous smile, her faithfulness to God, and her zest for life. Although very young, she was a spiritual giant and prayed often and at length for other friends and family right up until the end. Through her struggle, many souls have come to know Christ, as this was her purpose on earth (Is 11:6). Her time with us may have ended but her life is not over because Christ has defeated death and love is eternal. She completed her earthly purpose in just under five short years. May we all take heed of St. Matthew 18:3 that implores us to become like little children in our faith and relationship with Christ so that we shall see the Kingdom of God, for that is where this beautiful child now resides.

Special services to celebrate her life were held at Grace Baptist Church in Fayetteville on Feb. 27. Private graveside services will be held at a later time.

The family asks that you consider a donation to Timmy’s Fund, a nonprofit organization that helps families with children at WVU Children’s Hospital. Timmy’s Fund has been very instrumental in supporting the McManaway Family not only financially, but emotionally and spiritually as well; thank you, Joe and Tara Quigley:

A special thank you to Dr. Paul and the wonderful team of physicians and nurses at WVU Children’s Hospital who demonstrated skill and professionalism and, even more importantly, generosity, patience, understanding and genuine love. This team of health care providers went above and beyond the call, and they are most appreciated.

Thank you to everyone who has prayed for Izzy and expressed your concern in numerous ways; by your prayers God continues to sustain Izzy’s family with grace and peace that passes all understanding.

Online condolences may be made at

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

Lonnie Benson ‘Benny’ Richmond

Lonnie Benson “Benny” Richmond, 56, of Beckley, died due to an unfortunate accident on Feb. 22, 2012.

Born July 16, 1955, at Red Star, he was the son of the late William O. and Mildred K. Walters Richmond. A granddaughter, Aliyah Brooke King, also preceded him in death in 2010.

Mr. Richmond was a retired coal miner.

He was a U.S. Army veteran having served four years active duty and fours years in the Reserves.

In his spare time he enjoyed spending time with his granddaughter, children, family and friends. He enjoyed sports and was an excellent fisherman. His passion was NASCAR and Dirt Racing with his favorite drivers being Kyle Bush and Teddy “The Turd” Goins #81. Also, he enjoyed gardening and canning his own produce. One of his passions was working on automobiles and multiple types of small engines.

He had a passion for his animals and you would always see him with his buddy “Miley.”

Surviving: his wife, Johanna Marie Murdock Richmond; daughters, Chrissie Raye “Rat” Richmond and fiance Phillip King of Sand Branch, and Lisa “Lizard” Richmond-Goins and husband Teddy “Turd” Goins II of Stanaford; his pride and joy, his granddaughter whom he thought of as a daughter, MaKayla Marie “Bug” Barringer of Sand Branch; special sisters, Lisa Simmons and husband Charles of Beckley and Juel Acord of Red Star; other sisters, Drema Burton of Las Vegas, Nev., and Brenda Roseblock of Beckley; and other family and friends, Robert and Caren Hunt and children and Gary Lee Acord and children, Susie Acord and children as well as brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law and multiple nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral services were Feb. 26 at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill with Rev. Thomas D. Anderson officiating. Burial was at Gethsemane Memorial Gardens, Oak Hill.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Arvilla Williams Armentrout Roggan

Arvilla Jane Williams Armentrout Roggan, 90, of Scarbro, W.Va., died Feb. 20, 2012, at Bowers Hospice House in Beckley.

Born Oct. 22, 1921, at Cirtsville, she was the daughter of the late Donley C. and Garnet Louise Gilliam Williams. Her husband, Francis Jerome Roggan; son, Richard Williams; brother, Sidney “Jack” Williams and sister, Irma Janice “Jean” Morelli, also preceded her in death.

Arvilla was one of the first people hired to work at the “Glass House” Dining Room on the WV Turnpike. She was a former employee of the Mary Frances Coal Company Store at Weirwood and the New River Company Store in Mount Hope. During World War II she worked at a defense plant in Elkton, Md.

In the late 1950s she moved to Las Vegas and then returned to Beckley in 1999 where she lived out her final years.

Surviving: grandchildren, Alicia Williams of Beckley and Richard Williams of Lorton, Va.; sister, Maxine “Mickey” Sweeney of Beckley; and great-grandchildren, Nathan, Logan and Brady Williams and Abigayle and Alexander Williams.

A committal service was held Feb. 24 at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens Mausoleum in Beckley.

The  family requests memorial contributions be made to Bowers Hospice House, 454 Cranberry Drive, Beckley WV 25801.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Gene Lewis Massey Wilson

Gene Lewis Massey Wilson, 86, of Ansted, died Feb. 21, 2012, following a long illness.

She was a daughter of the late Robert Howard Elles Massey and Lovy Rae Wiseman Martin Massey. In 1981, Gene was preceded in death by her husband, Walter Scott Wilson, and in 1985 by a grandson, Robert Bryson Wilson.

Gene was a member of The Church of the Redeemer in Ansted, a member of Ansted chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star where she was past Worthy Matron, a member of American Postal Workers Union, member of Red Hat Society, and a past member of the Sigma Phi Gamma Sorority.

She worked as a drawing specialist during World War II in the shipyard in Newport News, Va., in the drawing room.

She was retired from the U.S. Postal Service.

Surviving: daughter, Ann Wilson Rose and James Allen of Olathe, Kan.; sons, Scott Massey Wilson and Kathy of Ansted and Robert Thorpe Wilson and Terry of Ansted; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were Feb. 25 at The Church of the Redeemer, Ansted, with Father Roy Gene Crist and Dr. Jack Eades officiating. Burial followed in Restlawn Memory Gardens at Victor.

Please make donations to the Church of the Redeemer, PO Box 602,  Ansted, WV 25812.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace of Ansted.

Naomi Woods

Mrs. Naomi Woods, 91, of Winston-Salem, N.C., formerly of Mt. Hope, died Feb. 19, 2012.

Born June 26, 1920, she was the daughter of the late Essler and Nannie Bass Brydie.

Mrs. Woods was a homemaker and of the Apostolic faith.

Surviving: her husband of 70 years, William; daughter, Roxane Woods Littlejohn of Winston-Salem; devoted son-in-law, Richard; grandchildren, Amber Johnson and Brittney LaPrade of Winston-Salem; great-grandchildren, Kerry and Taivon Johnson; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were Feb. 25 at Glorious Church of God in Christ, Mt. Hope, with Bishop John Grant officiating. Burial followed in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Prosperity.

Condolences may be e-mailed to

Arrangements by Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.

Josephine Mae Buckland Woolwine

Josephine Mae Buckland Woolwine, 91, of Fayetteville, died Feb. 25, 2012, at Fayette Nursing and Rehab following a long illness.

Born July 9, 1920, at Beckwith, she was the daughter of the late Henry Pearl and Leva Anna Armstrong Buckland. She also was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, James Jefferson “Jeff” Woolwine, on July 17, 2000; daughter-in-law, Lois Woolwine; brothers, Norman, Clay, Everett, Clyde, Raymond, and Earl Buckland; and a sister, Kathleen Treadway.

Mrs. Woolwine was a homemaker and a member of Cotton Hill Missionary Baptist Church at Beckwith.

Surviving: son, James Lynell Woolwine of Ocean Park, Wash.; daughters, Thelma Kincaid (Alvin) and Rachel Payne (Buren) of Fayetteville; grandchildren, Leanell Ferguson of Vancouver, Wash., Lance Woolwine (Jackie) of Tacoma, Wash., Philip Kincaid (Carrie) of Hurricane, Melissa Zickafoose (Joe) of Salisbury, N.C., Lorrie Jasper (Sammy) and Jason Wiley of Fayetteville; sister, Emma Wilson of Beckwith; sisters-in-law, Eula Barnhouse of Ansted, and Carolyn Buckland of Fayetteville; great-grandchildren, Tony Woolwine, Ember Woolwine, Samantha Woolwine, Ryan Bender, Jared Bender, Sammy Jasper, Ashley Jasper, Lucas Wiley, Reid Zickafoose and Riley Zickafoose; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were Feb. 28 at the Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home Chapel, Fayetteville, with Pastor Danny Sears officiating. Burial followed at Huse Memorial Park, Fayetteville.

Online condolences may be sent at

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

Margaret Helen Wriston

Margaret Helen Wriston, 85, of Paint Creek Road, Scarbro, died Feb. 24, 2012, at Raleigh General Hospital, Beckley, following a long illness.

Born May 4, 1926, at Kingston, she was the daughter of the late Thomas E. and Mary Frances Emerson Holley and widow of the late Hubert Lee Wriston.

She was a homemaker and a member of the Pax Church of God.

Surviving: sons, Johnny L. Wriston and wife Jean-Ann of Lake Village, Ind., and Billy J. Wriston of Paint Creek Road and daughter-in-law Joyce Wriston of Beckley; daughter, Frances Keel and husband William of Paint Creek Road; sister, Mary Ann Aliff and husband Milton of Mossy; sisters-in-law, Juanita Graham and Wanda Wriston, both of Oak Hill; and six grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

Funeral service was Feb. 27 at Tyree Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill, with Rev. Kenneth Ayers officiating. Entombment followed at High Lawn Memorial Park Mausoleum, Oak Hill.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.