The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.

January 2, 2008

Obituaries -- Thursday, January 3, 2008

Margaret M. (Montgomery) Boehly

Margaret M. (Montgomery) Boehly, 95, of Berkeley Square, Hamilton, Ohio, formerly of Mount Hope, died Dec. 25, 2007, at the Fort Hamilton Vitas Unit.

Born March 18, 1912, in Roseville, she was the daughter of the late Robert Garfield and Pearl Frances (Vernon) Montgomery. She also was preceded in death by four brothers, Russell, Abner, Virgil and Robert Montgomery (infant); and three sisters, Clara Witt, Letty Suttle and Maxine Rhodes.

Margaret graduated from Mount Hope High School in 1930. She enjoyed a long, professional career in various federal government agencies. She was appointed a post and served with the U.S. Occupational Forces in Germany after World War II. Her last position was as chief librarian for the Navy Department doing submarine acoustical research.

Margaret was a life-long member of Assemblies of God Church, a devout, caring, compassionate person. She was a “second Mom” to her brothers and sisters and was deeply loved by her family and many friends. She was an avid student of the Bible, a lover of great books and a pursuer of education her entire life. She loved the state of West Virginia where she grew up and the mountain streams and all of God’s nature.

Margaret was the second of 10 children and is survived by a sister, Ella Walker of Mount Hope; brother, the Rev. Grant Montgomery and his wife, Ann, of Hamilton; and many nieces and nephews, among them a beloved niece, Betty Ciccatell and her husband, Bud, of Waterford, Ohio.

Funeral service was Dec. 30 at Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope, with the Rev. Grant Montgomery officiating. Burial followed at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Beckley.

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Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope.

Betty Lucille Masters Cosby

Betty Lucille Masters Cosby, 81, of Bradley, died Dec. 26, 2007, at Raleigh General Hospital, Beckley.

Born April 25, 1926, at Amherstdale, she was the daughter of the late Elijah A. and Mary Maude Ferguson Masters. Her husband, Cecil E. Cosby, and a brother, Robert Carroll Masters and his wife, Evelyn, also preceded her in death.

She was a retired parts manager for Sears Roebuck.

Mrs. Cosby was a member of Calloway Heights Baptist Church, Beckley. She bowled in two leagues.

Surviving: brother, James Allen Masters and wife, Lois, of Venice, Fla.; nieces, Jo Ellen Masters Smith of Delaware, Ohio, Kimberly Lucille Masters of Fremont, Calif., Judy Masters Shamrock of Courtland, Ohio, Faith Hunter Webb of Marne, Mich., and Hope Hunter Eggerding of Grand Rapids, Mich.; nephews, Robert Carroll Masters Jr. of Lake Havasu City, Ariz., Bill Masters of Orange, Calif., and James Hunter of Shelbyville, Ind.; cousins, Dorothy “Dot” Felty of Huntington, Carolyn Dean of Lewisburg, David and Nancy Thompson of Bethesda, Md., and Margie Ferguson of High Point, N.C.; dear friends, Glen and Margaret Williams, Vienna Hurt, Ralph and Carolyn Rinehart, all of Bradley; her former boss, Jerry Phillips; and a host of friends and the congregation of Calloway Heights Baptist Church.

Service was Dec. 29 at Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope, with the Rev. Bill Parker and the Rev. Jeff Canterbury officiating. Burial was at High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill.

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Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope.

Helen Lucile Ellison

Helen Lucile Ellison, 82, of Norwalk, Ohio, formerly of Ansted, died Sunday, Dec. 30, 2007, at the home of her daughter, Freda, following a long illness.

Born March 19, 1925, at Nallen, she was the daughter of the late George W. and Fannie Dorcus Kyle Strickland.

She was a member of Ansted Freewill Baptist Church, but had lived in Ohio for the past 14 years. She was a wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and was a homemaker.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Edward Ellison, in 1995; twin infant sons, Leo and Cleo Ellison; six sisters and four brothers.

Those left to mourn are four daughters, Freda Bostic and husband Mearl of Norwalk, Ohio, Mary Ann Skaggs and husband Eugene of Middlesex, N.C., Ruth Underwood and husband Frank of Fayetteville, and Christine Backus and husband Vernon of Fayetteville; five sons, Bill Ellison and wife Frances of White Lake, Mich., Bob Ellison and wife Phyllis of Birch River, Eddie Ellison and wife Cathy of Ravenna, Ohio, James Ellison and wife Kathy of Waterford, Mich., and Glen Ellison and wife Stephanie of Victor; two sisters, Wilma Bennett of Vienna and Elizabeth Stull of Ormond Beach, Fla.; 22 grandchildren; and 32 great-grandchildren; her aunt, Myrtle Stickland of Summersville; and several nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and nephews.

Services was Jan. 2 at Wallace and Wallace of Ansted, with Pastor Joseph Cuthbertson officiating. Burial followed at Restlawn Memory Gardens at Victor, beside her loving husband, Joseph.

Arrangements by Wallace and Wallace of Ansted.

Lloyd Andrew ‘Scooter’ Flint II

Lloyd Andrew “Scooter” Flint II, 26, of Layland, died on Friday, Dec. 28, 2007, at his residence, following a short illness.

Born on Dec. 8, 1981, in Beckley, he was the son of Lloyd Andrew and Diane Ruth Cozart Flint of Layland.

“Scooter” was a lifelong resident of Chestnut Knob. He enjoyed the outdoors and spending time with his family.

Other than his parents, those left to cherish his memory include his sisters, Rita Flint and Brenda Flint, both of Layland; a niece, Dezira Goins; a nephew, Casper Flint; several aunts, uncles, and cousins; as well as close friends, John Goins, Weston Lewis and Cassandra Murdock.

Funeral services were held Jan. 2 at the Rose and Quesenberry Peace Chapel in Beckley, with Rev. Elmer Ray Goins officiating. Burial followed at the Harrah Cemetery, Backus Mountain.

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Arrangements by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home in Beckley.

Doris Carr Gwinn

Doris Carr Gwinn, 73, of Toledo, Ohio, formerly of Springdale, passed away Dec. 24, 2007, at her home.

Born on June 14, 1934, in Springdale, she was the daughter of the late Gordon and Edith McGuire Carr.

Mrs. Gwinn was employed by Kmart and Meijer as a sales clerk. She was a graduate of Meadow Bridge High School.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her son, Steve Gwinn; three sisters, Mary McGee, Joanne Woolwine, and Audrey Carr; and a brother, James Carr.

Survivors include her son, Benny Gwinn; her adopted son, David Ben-Ariel; five sisters, Christine Crookshanks, Margaret Orkis, Nola Cyrus, Sara Hall, and Avenel Carr; three brothers, Gordon “Bud,” Frank and Tom Carr; grandchildren, Miranda, Nicole, Casandra, Jessica, and Katelyn; great-grandchildren, Zander and Mark Jr.; special nieces, Comfort Notheis, Melissa McGee, and Heidi Ramsey; and many other nieces and nephews.

Services will be 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 3 at Smathers Funeral Chapel, with Pastor Mike Whisman officiating. Entombment will be in the Wallace Memorial Mausoleum at Clintonville.

Arrangements by Smathers Funeral Chapel, Rainelle.

Jessie Harris

Jessie Harris, 92, of Princeton, died Dec. 25, 2007, at Glenwood Park Retirement Village in Princeton following a long illness.

Born July 19, 1915, at Thayer, she was the daughter of the late Simon Peter “S.P.” Harris and Ora Eda Bowyer Harris. She also was preceded in death by her older sister, Bessie Harris Johnson, and her older brother, Melvin Harris.

Jessie attended New River State College in Montgomery and graduated with a B.A. degree in education from Morris Harvey College in Charleston. For her entire teaching career, beginning in 1938, she taught elementary school in Fayette County and Laurel Creek, at Layland and at Mount Hope.

She was an avid gardener and loved animals. She was a generous and caring person. For many years, she resided on Stanaford Road in Beckley. Recently, she had been living at Glenwood Park Retirement Village in Princeton.

Surviving: a sister-in-law, Angie Lambert Harris, who resides at Glenwood Park Retirement Village, Princeton.

Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Southern West Virginia, PO Box 1472, Beckley, WV 25801.

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Graveside rites and burial were Dec. 29 at High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill, with Pastor Wayne Peters officiating.

Arrangements by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, Beckley.

William ‘Mike’ Hess

William “Mike” Hess, 44, of Powellton, died suddenly Dec. 25, 2007, at Montgomery General Hospital.

Born March 27, 1963, at Oak Hill, he was the son of Phyllis Harrah Hess of Fayetteville and the late William “Bill” Hess.

Mike was a disabled truck driver.

Surviving, in addition to his mother: his wife, Tammy Johnson Hess; a son, William Michael Hess II at home; a daughter, Adrian Nichole, who will arrive in February; sisters, Susan Lattanzi and Dale of Oak Hill, Debbie Denoff and Mark of Rural Hall, N.C., and Joyce Gwinn and Bob of Rush, Ky.; a brother, Jerry Hess and Paula of Fayetteville; nine nieces and nephews; several great-nieces and nephews; and a host of friends of Elk Ridge.

Service was Dec. 28 at Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Ansted, with the Rev. Freddie Parkins Sr. officiating. Burial followed in Restlawn Memory Gardens, Victor.

Arrangements by Wallace and Wallace Funeral Home, Ansted.

Calvin Stewart Jones

Calvin Stewart Jones, 73, of Oak Hill, died Dec. 21, 2007, at Raleigh General Hospital.

Born Aug. 21, 1934, at Fayetteville, he was the son of the late Charles J. Jones and Cloia Woolwine Jones. He also was preceded in death by a sister, Loretta Ross, and a brother, Johnny Jones.

Calvin was a retired U.S. Air Force veteran and also retired from the State of West Virginia, having worked in the unemployment office, helping veterans find jobs. He was also a former employee of the U.S. Postal Service.

Calvin was an Oak Hill city councilman for two terms and was a former mayor of the City of Oak Hill.

Surviving: his sons, Larry B. Jones and wife, Mary, and Matt Jones and wife, Juanita, all of Oak Hill; his loving grandchildren, Dalton, Miranda and Mark; a great-grandson, Jack; his sisters, Francis Martin of Ohio and Gloria Bostic of Beckley; and a brother, Charles “Joe” Jones of Spencer.

Memorial service was Dec. 28 at Fellowship Memorial Baptist Church, Oak Hill, with the Rev. Daniel Rice officiating. Interment was in High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill.

Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.

Oather R. Meadows

Oather Raymond Meadows, 73, of Houston, formerly of Fayetteville, died Dec. 20, 2007.

Private graveside service will be held by the family.

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

David J. Parrish Sr.

David J. Parrish Sr., 67, of Oak Hill, died Dec. 24, 2007, after a long illness.

He was the son of the late Ernest L. Parrish Sr. and Pansy Terry Parrish. He also was preceded in death by his brothers, Ernest L. Parrish Jr. and John Robert Parrish; and two infant sisters.

He was a graduate of Collins High School, Concord College and the West Virginia College of Graduate Studies. From 1971 until his retirement Nov. 1, 2007, he was a certified rehabilitation counselor and office supervisor with the West Virginia Division of Rehabilitation Services with a total of 45 years of public service to the State of West Virginia.

David was a lifelong member of Calvary Baptist Church where he served on the Board of Trustees, as an usher and was an active member of the Calvary Baptist Men. He was a member of The Gideons International Fayette Camp, Fayette County Volunteers and Camp Kismet, and a past member of the West Virginia Baptist Convention executive committee.

David had a lifelong passion for baseball and devoted 23 years as a minor league coach of the Red Sox in the Oak Hill Little League.

Surviving: his wife of 45 years, Tennis J. Parrish; son, David J. Parrish Jr. and wife, Eleanor Snider, of Versailles, Ky.; son, Matthew A. Parrish and wife, Terri, of MacArthur; daughter, Teresa Parrish Smith and husband, Chris, of Jacksonville, N.C.; grandchildren, Amanda Keller, Andrew Keller and Christian Smith of Jacksonville, and Austin, Jared and Caroline Parrish of MacArthur; sister-in-law, Martha Parrish of Oak Hill; his niece, Harriet Ann Parrish Woodson of Oak Hill; his faithful dog, Pete; and many, many friends.

Funeral was Dec. 28 at Calvary Baptist Church.

Memorials may be made to Gideons International, Fayette Camp, PO Box 429, Oak Hill, WV 25901 or the charity of your choice.

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Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Martin Piotrowski

Martin Piotrowski, 85, of Wilmington, N.C., formerly of Lochgelly, died on Sunday, Dec. 30, 2007, at New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington, N.C.

Arrangements are incomplete.

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Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

John Wesley Rice

John Wesley Rice, 94, of Lancing, Tenn., formerly of Oak Hill, died on Thursday, Dec. 27, 2007 at Morgan County Life Care Center in Wartburg, Tenn..

Born July 1, 1913 at Eastland, White County, Tenn., he was the son of the late James Mattison and Arizona Harrington Rice.

John was well known as the “Candy Man” and loved by everyone at the nursing home.

Five brothers, William J. Rice, Charles Casto Rice, Rufus Rice, Thomas Rice and Hayden Clark Rice, and five sisters, Lillie Mae Sanders, Jessie Lee Hamby, Lou-Anna Rice, Nellie Beatrice Seletyn and Mattie Louise Riser, preceded him in death.

Survivors include a sister, Lois Virginia “Jenny Wren” Blaschak of Lancing, Tenn., and several nieces and nephews.

Graveside rites and committal service were Dec. 31, 2007 at High Lawn Memorial Park in Oak Hill, with the Rev. John Bowen officiating.

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Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Cecil Alvin Robertson

Cecil Alvin Robertson, 87, of Wriston, died on Monday, Dec. 31, 2007, at his home.

Born Aug. 12, 1920, at Wriston, he was the son of the late Cecil and Ellen Walker Robertson.

He was a retired coal miner and landlord.

Mr. Robertson was of the Baptist faith and was a member of the UMWA.

He was a World War II U.S. Army veteran and was awarded the Good Conduct Medal and European African Middle Eastern Service Medal with six Bronze Stars and Bronze Arrowhead.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Violet Lorena Light Robertson; and by several brothers and sisters.

Survivors include his wife, Mable Harvey Robertson; a son, Randy Ray Robertson and wife, Linda, of Wriston; stepchildren, Jess Harvey and wife, Monirea, of Scarbro, Billy Jo Wriston and husband, David, of Oak Hill, Matt Harvey, and Cynthia Harvey of Oak Hill; a brother, Clarence Robertson of Dempsey; and a sister, Pauline Plance of Pennsylvania.

He is also survived by a granddaughter, Cindy Aliff; grandson, Kevin Robertson; a great-grandson, Ayden Aliff; four stepgrandsons and three stepgreat-grandchildren.

Services will be on Thursday, Jan. 3 at 11 a.m. at Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill, with Rev. Joe Brown and Rev. Melvin Nottingham officiating. Entombment will be in the family mausoleum at the Robertson Cemetery, Wriston.

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Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Charles Larry Robinson

Charles Larry Robinson, 66, of Montgomery, died Dec. 26, 2007.

Born April 15, 1941, in Rainelle, he was the son of the late Joseph Gordon Robinson and Alma Irene Robinson. He also was preceded in death by longtime friend, Margaret Lutes, and canine companion, Benji.

Larry, a retired truck driver for Keen Transport Inc. of New Kingstown, Pa., was currently driving for Boxley Aggregates.

Larry was formerly the fire chief for the Montgomery Fire Department. He taught welding and machine at West Virginia Tech, worked at Elkem Metals at Alloy and other machine shops in the area.

Surviving: a son, Kevin Robinson and wife, Tina, of Keller, Texas; grandsons, Aaron and Christopher; brothers, Harry Robinson and wife, Rita, of Hebron, Ohio, and William “Bill” Robinson and wife, Sue, of Lewisburg; two nephews and three nieces.

Service was Dec. 29 at O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery, with the Rev. James R. Baldwin officiating. Graveside service and burial were at End of the Trail Cemetery, Sam Black.

Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

Margie Ann Nichols Sneed

Margie Ann Nichols Sneed, 90, of St. Albans, formerly of Oak Hill, died on Sunday, Dec. 30, 2007, at her home.

Born Jan. 19, 1917, at Oak Hill, she was the daughter of the late Clarence Frederick and Dollie Sue Burgess Nichols.

She was a member of the Jones Avenue First Church of God in Oak Hill. Margie was a former employee of George’s Fashions and Oak Hill Finance, and was a former member of the Business and Professional Women’s Club.

The family expresses a very special thanks to Margie’s caregivers, Shari Hughes, Selena Rhodes and Glenda Thompson.

Her husband, Paul Sneed; two sisters, Mary Burgess and Mildred Burnette; and four brothers, Ray Nichols, Ralph Nichols, Charles Nichols, and Clarence “Jr.” Nichols, preceded her in death.

Survivors include a daughter, Mary Ellen Adkins-Hughes of St. Albans; four brothers, Donald Nichols and Ronald Nichols, both of Oak Hill, Robert Nichols of Woodbridge, Va., and Ernie Nichols of Baltimore, Md.; and a sister, Martha Longino of Shreveport, La.

Also surviving are her grandchildren, Beth Given of St. Albans, Benjamin Adkins of Pinch, and Kelly Adkins of St. Albans; two great-grandchildren, Garrett Given and Lauren Given, both of St. Albans; as well as many nieces and nephews.

Services will be on Thursday, Jan. 3, at 2 p.m., at Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill, with Rev. Ralph Shupe officiating. Burial will be at High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill.

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

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Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

William Everett Stover

William Everett Stover, 86, of Taylor, Mich., formerly of Ameagle, died Thursday, Dec. 27, 2007, at Heritage Hospital in Taylor.

He was born to the late Clarence and Cleo Stover of Ameagle on Jan. 30, 1921.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Dimple Irene Stover, on Nov. 6, 2003.

William was a World War II Army veteran.

He had retired from Eastman Kodak Co. in Rochester, N.Y.

He was also preceded in death by a daughter, Theresa Ann Stover.

He is survived by 11 children, William Stover and wife, Sharon, of Taylor, with whom he had made his home; daughter, Sharon Stover of Cincinnati, Ohio; son, Ronald and Vicky Stover of Cincinnati; daughter, Vivia Stover of Rochester; son, Dewayne Stover of Long Beach, Calif.; daughter, Lou Ellen and husband, Bobbie Williams, of Artie; daughter, Cynthia Randolph of Greece, N.Y.; son, Flim and Peggy Stover of Rochester; daughter, Tena and husband, Mark Lewis, of Cincinnati; son, Don Stover of Arizona; and son, John Stover of Ohio.

He is survived by 19 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by four sisters, Glenna Bowman, Margie Workman, Wanda Massey and Frieda Thompson.

He is survived by four sisters, Marie Hodge of Ameagle, Patty and Ballard Beverly of Ameagle, Annette and Bill Galloway of Cincinnati, and Nancy Stanley of Marion, Ohio.

He is also survived by three brothers, Frank and Lola Stover of Ameagle, Alton and Marlene Stover of Ecorse, Mich., and Woodrow Stover of Oak Hill.

Funeral service was Monday, Dec. 31, at Armstrong Funeral Home, Whitesville, officiated by the Rev. Jerry Lawrence. Burial followed at Stover Cemetery, Ameagle.

Grandsons served as pallbearers.

Arrangements by Armstrong Funeral Home, Whitesville.

Stella Jane ‘Jennie’ Styers

Stella Jane “Jennie” Pasnick Styers, of Oak Hill, died Dec. 25, 2007, at Plateau Medical Center in Oak Hill.

Born in Nova Scotia, Canada, she was the daughter of the late David and Jennie Duda Pasnick. She also was preceded in death by her husband, Howard Stanley Styers, and a stepson, Bobby Styers.

She was a homemaker.

Mrs. Styers was a member of Doggett Methodist Chapel and the Moose Lodge.

Surviving: sons, Jeffrey Styers of Oak Hill, Charlie Styers of Miami, Fla., and David Styers of Princeton; daughters, Debbie Mehozonekz of Berea, Ohio, Patricia Stamper of Brook Park, Ohio, Nancy Worley of Jacksonville and Alberta Bowyer of Scott Depot; stepsons, Stanley Styers of Jacksonville and Billy Styers of Idaho; a brother, Johnny Pasnick of Deland, Fla.; a sister, Maggie Uhelsky of Bridgeport, Conn.; 19 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

Service was Dec. 28 at Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill. Burial was at High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill.

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Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Petra Angela Sutphin

Petra Angela Sutphin, 44, of Page, died Dec. 21, 2007.

Memorial service was Dec. 30 at Hopkins Fork Community Church.

Mrs. Sutphin’s wishes were to be cremated.