The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.

April 4, 2012

Obituaries - Thursday, April 5, 2012


Sarah Nickole Adkins

Sarah Nickole Adkins, 36, died March 26, 2012, at Bowers Hospice House.

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

Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.



George Amos

George Amos, 82, of Oak Hill, died March 28, 2012, at Plateau Medical Center, Oak Hill.

Born Sept. 24, 1929, at Cunard, he was the son of the late George and Lilia Kincaid Amos. He also was preceded in death by his wife, Lois Jean Totten Amos; and a brother, Odis Amos.

Surviving: children, Karen Sue Mochoruk of Chicago, Ill., George Ed Amos of Oak Hill, Gary W. Amos of Chicago, Randall B. Amos of Oak Hill and Lois Ann Amos of Fayetteville; brother, Lowell Amos; sisters, Flora Leek and Jeanette Stawychey; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were April 2 at Tyree Funeral Home Chapel in Oak Hill with Rev. Ralph Shupe officiating. Burial followed at High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill.

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

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.



John Arnold

John Arnold, 83, of Millington, Tenn., formerly of Cannelton, died March 26, 2012.

He was born July 17, 1928.

Graveside services were April 2 at the Settle Family Cemetery at Lansing.

Those wishing to express condolences, send flowers, or send a unique gift to Mr. Arnold’s family may do so by visiting www.doddpaynehessfuneralhome.com.

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



Juanita Austin

Mrs. Juanita Austin, 88, of Hilltop, died March 26, 2012.

Funeral services were April 1 at Pleasant Valley Baptist Church, Carlisle, with Rev. Charles Brown officiating. Burial followed at Highlawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill.

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

Arrangements by Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.    



John Robert ‘Chip’ Brandstetter

John Robert Brandstetter, 28, of Fitzpatrick Road, formerly of Danese, died March 30, 2012, following a 4-wheeler accident.

Born Aug. 20, 1983, he was the son of Jimmy Dale Brandstetter and Judy Eileen Kennel Brandstetter.

John was preceded in death by his grandma, Ruth Brandstetter; and grandparents, Albert and Mary Kennel.

John worked as a dispatcher at Greenbrier Smokeless Mines.

He loved spending time with his family and friends, sitting around an outside fire, riding 4-wheeler, hunting, fishing, and umpiring baseball.

Surviving: his loving wife, Brittney; children, John Jr. and Christian; his parents, Jimmy and Judy Brandstetter of Layland; mother- and father-in-law, Arlie and Susan Gwinn; brother, Jimmy Brandstetter of Layland; sister, Mary Sawyers; brother, James Sawyers of Danese; nephews, Trevor and Jayden Sawyers; niece, McKinze Sawyers; grandpa, Bobby Brandstetter of Layland; aunt, Mona and Timmy Hankins of Layland; uncle, Tim and Tammy Brandstetter of Danese; uncle, Greg and Jamie Brandstetter of Danese; and uncle, Alan Brandstetter of Danese; there are many family members that are too numerous to list that will cherish his memories.

Services were April 3 at the Chestnut Knob Baptist Church in Layland. Following the services John was rest at his parents’ home on Chestnut Knob Road.

Online condolences, flowers and unique gifts can be found by visiting www.blueridgefuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley.



Steven ‘Stevie’ Allen Crisp

Steven ‘Stevie’ Allen Crisp, 47, of Fayetteville, formerly of Oak Hill, died at home surrounded by his family and friends on March 27, 2012, following a short illness.

Stevie was born in Charleston on May 25, 1964, son of the late Edward and Frances Crisp. He also was preceded in death by a brother, Roger; loving uncle, “Big Jess;” and aunt, Theresa Bane.

Stevie, born with Down’s Syndrome, lived his life as an angel on earth touching the lives of everyone who crossed his path. His kind and gentle nature taught us all the lessons of unconditional love.

Throughout his life, Stevie relied on the care and support of family and friends, and none so much as his life-long caregiver and cousin, Jesse Bane III. Stevie lived out his life with Jesse, his wife, Leigh, and their son, Andrew Jesse. Stevie is also survived by compassionate cousin, Mrs. Betty Arcudia of Oak Hill, numerous other cousins, the extended family of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Shively of Pennsylvania, friend and caregiver Ms. Teresa Cox of Oak Hill, and brother, James Crisp, his wife, JoAnn and son, Tyler of Virginia.

Stevie enjoyed many years as part of the family businesses, Jess & Theresa’s Place, Jesse’s Pub, and The Coffee Club. The employees of the businesses were an important part of Stevie’s life and he was loved by the patrons as well. The family’s businesses always gave Stevie a comfortable place to belong and build friendships.

Stevie lived his life with the simplicity of a child. He enjoyed having two hot dogs with Linda; shopping, swimming and eating Blizzards with Theresa; drinking a Diet Coke at the Owl’s Club with Big Jess; singing karaoke at Jesse’s Pub; camping with Jess and Theresa; going out to eat with his family; eating ice cream before bed with AJ and Jesse; and sorting through his prized DVD collection. His favorite song summed it all up: “I like to sing, I like to eat, I like to dance.”

Stevie will always be remembered for his child-like innocence, beautiful smile, eagerness to please others, silly teasing nature, and his approving “thumbs up” with a wink. Just days before his death, surrounded by friends, enjoying a Big Mac and watching the Munsters, Stevie announced “I’m a happy boy!”

The family requests that any memorial donations be sent to Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church or School, Hospice of Southern West Virginia, or the Down’s Syndrome Foundation in memory of Stevie.

A prayer vigil was held at March 30 at Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill. Funeral mass was March 31 at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Oak Hill, on March 31 with Father Paul Yuenger officiating. Stevie was laid to rest next to his mother at High Lawn Memorial Park in Oak Hill.

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.



Gladys Lee Chandler Davis

Gladys Lee Chandler Davis, 87, of Maple Fork, died March 31, 2012, at her home.

Born Aug. 25, 1924, at Mount Hope, she was a daughter of the late Allen and Vella Lawson Chandler. She also was preceded in death by her husband, Haven Price Davis, on Nov. 4, 2005.

Gladys retired after 37 years of service from the federal government. She was an audit supervisor and executive secretary.

She was a member of the Long Branch Methodist Church and the Bradley Presbyterian Church.

Surviving: her son, Haven P. Davis II and his wife, Barbara, of Maple Fork; her daughter, JoAdail Stephenson and her husband, Gregg, of Colonial Heights, Va.; grandchildren, Sonja Williford of Adelphia, Ga., and Shane Davis of Hinton, Alberta, Canada; great-grandchildren, Colton Davis, Emma Davis, Marshall Davis, Isabella Davis and Keegan Williford; and sisters, Jean Polk of Toledo, Ohio, and Mary Lou Fowler of Spartanburg, S.C.

Funeral services were April 4 at Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope, with Pastor Harmon Davis officiating. Burial followed at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Prosperity.

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

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope.



Luella Ethel Skeens Giles

Luella Ethel Skeens Giles, 92, of Church Hill, Tenn., formerly of East Bank and Corliss, died peacefully March 2, 2012, surrounded by her family.

Born Oct. 27, 1919, at Collinsdale on Paint Creek, she was the daughter of the late Peyton ‘Pate’ and Lucille Skeens. Luella also was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, William R. “Grump” Giles; son, Peyton Bradford; grandson, Nathan Forrest Hutton; brothers, Sam and Clyde; and sisters, Helen Burgess and Betty Osborne.

She was raised in Charleston and Paint Creek.

Luella was a Christian and a homemaker who was well known for her seamstress skills, upholstering, donuts, gardening, and canning. She loved life and her family. She opened her home to everyone and will be sadly missed by all who knew her.

Surviving: her children, Bill Giles (Flo) of Denton, Texas, Betty Hutton (Forrest) of Artemas, Pa., Carl ‘Bud’ Giles (Geraldine) of Ansted, Glenna Dorman and Mary Giles, both of Church Hill, Tenn., Patty Giles of Russellville, and Jimmy Giles (Sherri) of Banner Elk, N.C.; 17 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren; her brother, William Skeens; and sisters, Louise Stevens, Pearl Chapman, Jeri Sveum (Cecil), Ellen McClusky, Mary Hudnall (Bill), and Bea Staab (Ron). 

A celebration of her life will be held on April 7 at 10:30 a.m. at the East Bank United Methodist Church in East Bank. She will be buried beside her husband at Green Castle Cemetery, Paint Creek.

Donations can be made in memory of Wellmont Foundation - Hospice, 280 Stelles Road, Bristol, TN 37620.

Arrangements by TriCities Funeral Home of Bluntville, Tenn.



Vanessa Washington Grasty

Ms. Vanessa Washington Grasty, 52, of Mt. Hope, died March 21, 2012, in Tennessee.

Born May 19, 1959, in Beckley, she was the daughter of Phillip Washington Sr. and the late Dorothy Payne Washington. In addition to her mother, she was preceded in death by her brothers, Phillip and Robin, and her maternal and paternal grandparents.

Ms. Grasty was a 1977 graduate of Mt. Hope High School, where she was a cheerleader, a majorette, and Ms. Mustang of 1977.

She worked at C&P Telephone in Charleston and transferred to Washington, D.C. She lived in Nashville, and then moved back to Mt. Hope to care for her father.

Surviving, in addition to her father: her sisters, Delcina of Detroit, Mich., Portia (Leroy) of Maryland, and  Cynthia and Reba, both of Tennessee; brother, “Worby” of Tennessee; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Services were March 31 at the 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 ritchie-johnson@suddenlinkmail.com.

Arrangements by Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.



Arlin Curtis Hackney

Arlin Curtis Hackney, 83, of Oak Hill, died April 1, 2012, at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Beckley.

Born Dec. 13, 1928, at Island Branch, he was the son of the late Elza C. and Claytie J. Baughan Hackney. His wife, Edith Marie Goins Hackney, and sisters, Gail Pryhechzewski, Jerre Humphrey and Doris Martin also preceded him in death.

He was a retired mill Inspector for Republic Steel.

Mr. Hackney attended Calvary Baptist Church in Oak Hill. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict.

Surviving: his only son, Arlin Craig Hackney of Oak Hill; his dear friend, Shirley Wriston; and sisters, Frances Hackney Johnson of Fayetteville and Marilyn Henderson of Chagrin Falls, Ohio.

Funeral services will be Thursday, April 5 at 2 p.m. at the Calvary Baptist Church in Oak Hill with Pastor Mark Wood officiating. Burial will be at High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill, with military graveside rites by Oak Hill VFW Post No. 3110.

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

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.



Elsie L. Lane

Elsie L. Lane, 99, of Russellville, died April 1, 2012, at Ansted Center in Ansted, following a short illness.

She had previously made her home with Bill and Martha Lane of Russellville.

Born Feb. 25, 1913, in Fayette County, she was a daughter of the late Robert Allen and Lilly Morton Goddard Fox. She also was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Moses Lane, in 1972; sons, Phil “Crockett” Lane and Bobby Darrell Lane; daughters, Macy Maxine Cox, Dora D. Bragg, and Delia “Susie” Kinder; six brothers, and seven sisters.

Elsie was a homemaker, and of the Baptist faith.

Surviving: a son, William Carol Lane of Beckley; a daughter, Robin Canaday of Crab Orchard; numerous grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and several great-great-grandchildren.

Service was April 4 at Wallace & Wallace Chapel in Rainelle, with the Rev. Fred Lovell officiating. Burial followed in the Martin Cemetery, Crickmer (Danese).

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace of Rainelle.



Eloise Virginia Merritt

Eloise Virginia Merritt, 85, of Fayetteville, formerly of Lorado, died March 28, 2012.

Funeral services were April 3 at the Krantz-McNeely Funeral Home Chapel at Man with Rev. Johnny Hatfield officiating.  Entombment followed in Highland Memory Gardens Mausoleum at Godby.

Online condolences may be sent to krantzmcneelyfuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by Krantz-McNeely Funeral Home at Man.

Debra Jane Mickey

Debra Jane Mickey, 55, of Beckley, died March 26, 2012, in her home on Hargrove Street, following a short illness due to C.O.P.D. and sleep apnea.

Born July 28, 1957, she was the daughter of the late Herbert Lee Gill and Lillian Virginia Gill. She also was preceded in death by her husband, Wayne Anthony Mickey; brother, Bobby Coffman Gill; and sister-in-law, Kaye Gill.

She loved helping people and was a great inspiration to many people. She shared her great love with everyone and would never turn anyone away in their time of need.

Surviving: brothers, Larry Gill of Minden, Ricky Gill of Oak Hill, Herbert Lee Gill Jr. of Scarbro, and Johnny Gill of Charleston, and their wives; her children, Michelle Simmons of Beckley, Daniel Kincaid Jr. of Wyco, and Rebecca Roche of Charleston, and their spouses; her grandchildren, Daniel, Christina, Andrew, Jessica, and baby Kendrick; many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews and a host of close relatives and friends.

The funeral service was held March 31 at the Gospel Lighthouse Church, Fayetteville, with Pastor Marvin Hairston officiating.

Condolences may be sent to www.michelle352010@yahoo.com or www.highlawnfuneralhomechapel.com.

Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.



Jeffrey Wayne Mullins

Jeffrey Wayne Mullins, 28, of Beards Fork, died March 23, 2012, at Summersville Lake from an accidental drowning.

Born Sept. 17, 1983, at Beckley, he was the son of Allen Good and Sharon Hall Byers.

Jeffrey attended Oak Hill High School and had worked for Smokey’s On The Gorge and Southern Appalachian Labor School.

Jeffrey was a very friendly and kind person who loved to joke around and have a good time with his friends. He loved the outdoors, especially hunting and fishing; he was one of those persons who never met a stranger and he always had your back.

Surviving: his parents, Allen Good, and Sharon Byers; his wonderful children, Gabby and Jayden Mullins, and their mom, Heather Wickline of Beckwith; a sister, Melissa Wood of Glen Jean; and numerous cousins and friends.

His remains rest at  where the

Funeral service was held March 31 at High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill, with Bishop Sam Calloway officiating. Burial followed in Historic Woods Avenue Cemetery.

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

Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel.



Jerry Allen Nibert

Jerry Allen Nibert, 71, of Beards Fork, died March 29, 2012, at St. Francis Hospital in Charleston.

Jerry was born March 4, 1941, at Beards Fork, the son of the late Harry Long and Effie Reese Nibert. He also was preceded in death by his sons, Randy Lynn Nibert and Wayne Allen Nibert, and by a half-brother, Kenneth Christian.

Jerry was a retired coal miner and proud member of the UMWA.

He loved nature and enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was a member of the Church of God.

Surviving: his wife, Linda Lue Wriston Nibert of Beards Fork; his sons, Jerry L. Nibert of Beards Fork, and Timothy Nibert of Montgomery; his daughter, Tina Lue Nibert of Dunbar; his grandchildren, Lucas Nibert, Ryan Nibert, Jordan Nibert and Abigail Nibert; and his brother, Larry Nibert and his wife, Judy, of Kincaid.

Funeral services were April 1 at the Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill with Rev. Richard Bradley and Rev. Ralph Shupe officiating. Burial followed in High Lawn Memorial Park in Oak Hill.

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

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.



Billy F. Perry

Retired U.S. Navy Petty Officer Billy Forrest Perry, 62, of Moncks Corner, S.C., formerly of Hico, died Dec. 12, 2011.

In keeping with his wishes, he was cremated and a memorial service was held April 1 in the Mausoleum Chapel at Restlawn Memory Gardens, Victor, with Pastor James A. Hobbs officiating.

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



Dollie E. Skaggs

Dollie E. Skaggs, 84, of Middlesex, N.C., formerly of Ansted, died March 31, 2012, at Bowers Hospice House in Beckley, following a long illness.

Born March 11, 1928, at Ramsey, she was a daughter of the late Roy Oakley Cole and Hattie Ethel Sorrell Cole. She also was preceded in death by her husband, Edgar Skaggs, in 2007.

She was a member of Ansted Freewill Baptist Church of Ansted and a homemaker.

Surviving: daughters, Drema Treadway and Jack of Scarbro, Lorraine Wellman of Tennessee, Arlene Nesiba and Marvin of Nebraska, Marlene Somers and Greg of North Carolina; sons, Eugene Skaggs and Mary of Middlesex, Charles Emerson Skaggs and Cathy Johnson of Ansted; sisters, Nellie Wavelin of Hico, Bertha Carte of Oak Hill, Beulah of Michigan, and Velva McClung of Ohio; brothers, Shirley Sorrell of Oak Hill, Roy Sorrell of Hilton Village, Elbert Sorrell of Mississippi, Gary Sorrell of Ohio; 14 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.

Online condolences may be sent at wallaceandwallacefh.com.

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace of Ansted.



Zara Solari

Zara Solari, 96, of Oak Hill, died March 31, 2012, at the Hilltop Center at Hilltop.

Born Dec. 14, 1915, at Cucumber, she was the daughter of the late Camillo Perado and Palmira Janutolo. She also was preceded in death by her husband, Ermano Solari; and sister, Bruna Fondale.

Mrs. Solari was a housewife.

Surviving: her sons, Dario Solari and Tullio Solari; sister, Lola Wolnay; three grandsons; one great-grandson and one great-granddaughter.

Graveside services were April 3 at High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill.

Those wishing to express condolences, send flowers, or send a unique gift to Zara’s family may do so by visiting www.doddpaynehessfuneralhome.com.

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



Carl Spearen

Carl Edgar Spearen died on a windy, sunny afternoon, while burning blackberry vines, March 30, 2012.

Carl was born on April 5, 1923, at Cassidy Branch, the son of the late John and Effie Cottle Spearen. He also was preceded in death by his siblings, John Donavan Spearen, Mary Elizabeth “Ash” Brooks, L.W. Lawrence Spearen, Horace Spearen, and Susie Spearen Rogers; and a grandson, Reese Todd Spearen.

Carl Edgar was born and raised in Dempsey, where he was introduced to local music and worked a paper route to buy his first guitar.

When Carl was of age, he entered the military. He served four years during World War II with the Army Air Force and returned home to marry Pet.

Carl and Pet moved to East Bank where they started their family of five. Carl worked as an insurance salesman for Kentucky Central Insurance and later seized a business opportunity with an ESSO Service Station on Route 60. This venture led to Spearen’s Truck Stop, Spearen’s Car Wash, Spearen’s Market, and Carl’s Diner where you could get 10 hot dogs for $1. He provided a venue for musicians and managed bands such as the Rolling Rockets. Carl’s wife and children were an integral part in the success of these businesses. He instilled in them an impeccable work ethic. 

Carl’s sharp business sense allowed him to retire at 50 years of age. He returned to his home in Dempsey where he purchased over 100 acres of land.

He picked up right where he left off and began playing music. He learned music theory and gained the recognition of master musicians all over the bluegrass circuit, including Rosanne Cash. “The Colonel’s” passion for music led him various places and he mentored many musicians.

The effect his life had on the people whom he loved, worked and played with is immeasurable and he will be missed greatly.

Surviving: his loyal and loving wife of 65 years, Pet Nutter Spearen; children, Carl Edgar (Eddie) Spearen II and wife Dorothy, Pamela Kay Mullins and husband Stephan, Susan Annette Spearen, Barbara Ann Sigman and husband Duckie, and Gregg Laine Spearen and wife Mary Ellen; 11 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. 

The family will receive friends from 3 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 3, 2012, at the family home place at 660 Cassidy Branch Road at Dempsey.

Funeral services were April 3 at the family home place at Dempsey, with military rites conducted by American Legion Post 149. Burial followed on his home place.

Those wishing to express condolences, send flowers, or send a unique gift to Mr. Spearen’s family may do so by visiting www.doddpaynehessfuneralhome.com.

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



Auna Dee Toney Tyree

Auna Dee Toney Tyree, 64, of Pax, died March 26, 2012, at Beckley Appalachian Regional Hospital following a sudden illness.

Born May 29, 1947, at Pax, she was the daughter of the late Arnie and Golda Maynor Toney.

She was employed with the Med-Surg Group of Fayetteville, and was a member of the Long Branch Methodist Church.

Surviving: daughters, Cynthia Tyree of Knoxville, Tenn., and Elizabeth “Beth” Yurkovich and husband George of Pax; sister, Penny Williamson and husband Richard of Alpharetta, Ga.; and grandchildren, Kathryn and Nathan Yurkovich of Pax.

Services were March 30 at the Tyree Funeral Home Chapel, Mt. Hope. Burial followed at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Prosperity.

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

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Mt. Hope.



William Lewis Yarber

William Lewis Yarber, 75, of Oak Hill, died March 29, 2012.

Funeral were April 2 at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill, with the Rev. Bob Pauley officiating. In honoring Mr. Yarber’s wishes he was cremated following services. Online condolences may be sent at www.tyreefuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.