The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.

May 1, 2014

Obituaries — Thursday, May 1, 2014

Willogene Malinda Hamrick Brown

Willogene Malinda Hamrick Brown, 69, of Oak Hill, died April 27, 2014, at Bowers Hospice House in Beckley.

Born April 7, 1945, at Webster Springs, she was the daughter of the late Price and Nevada Channell Hamrick. She also was preceded in death by her brother, Donnie Hamrick.

Mrs. Brown was a member of the Fellowship Memorial Baptist Church where she taught Sunday school. She was a homemaker.          

Surviving: husband, Frank R. Brown; daughter, Patty Brown of Bradley; son, Richard Brown of Oak Hill; brothers, Buddy Hamrick and wife Sandy of Upper Glade and Bob Hamrick and wife Norma of Bolair;  sisters, Linda Collins and husband Jimmy of Flatwoods and Nancy Adkins and Howard Worrick of Beckley; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A visitation was held April 30 at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill, after which Mrs. Brown was to be cremated. A committal will be held at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens in Prosperity at a later date.

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Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Martha J. Carver

Martha J. Carver, 93, of Edmond, died April 26, 2014, at Ansted Center of Ansted following a long illness.

Martha was born April 26, 1921, in Lansing, the daughter of the late Lester C. Bragg and Mary E. Newton Bragg. She also was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence M. Carver, on Oct. 9, 2013.

Martha was the last surviving member of her immediate family.

She was a homemaker and a wonderful mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

Surviving: her children, Mary L. Wynes of Arlington, Va., Marcella A. Sine and Alvin of Hardy, Va., Betty J. Legg and Buzzy of Lookout, Randolph M. Carver and Martha of Edmond, James E. Carver of Corliss, Larry M. Carver and Pam of Hico and Charles D. Carver and Jeanette of Edmond; 11 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.

Graveside service was April 30 at Restlawn Memory Gardens With Rev. Harold “Buzzy” Legg officiating.

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Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace of Ansted.

Ronnie Ray Coleman

Ronnie Ray Coleman died April 8, 2014, following a long and courageous battle with cancer.

He was born on May 13, 1948, in Kingston, son of Mabel Lee Chapman of Pax and the late Leonard Ray Coleman of Mossy.

It was common to see Ronnie in his blue van chaperoning a load of giggling cheerleaders and girl basketball players. He was Paw Paw to them all.

Later he spent his time with his favorite fishing buddies, his grandsons, Tommy and Bobby.

Ronnie was an accomplished art student of Rev. Carl Burrows. He won many awards for his paintings. He was proudest of his painting of a lighthouse inspired by Pastor Mike Gunnoe and his mother, Sue Francisco, who sang the lighthouse song in his favorite place to be, Living Waters Baptist Church.

Surviving: his wife of 47 years, Janie Spade Coleman of Daniels; his daughter, Danielle Coleman and companion Thomas Akers of Crab Orchard; his son, Robbie Coleman and companion Sarah Rakes of Daniels; his grandchildren, Brittany Coleman and companion Robbie Phillips of Maple Fork, Kristin Coleman, who lived with her Paw Paw and Nana, and Tommy and Bobby Akers of Crab Orchard; uncle, Buzz Chapman of Youngstown, Ohio; aunts, Rosemary Chapman and Hazel Bartholomew of West Palm Beach, Fla., and Ada Chapman and companion Russell Williams of Pax; sister, Charmaine Davis of West Palm Beach; cousins, Gary, Rodger, Donnie, Diane and Charlene Chapman of Youngstown, Ohio, Belinda Canterbury Count of Florida and Sandy Testa of West Palm Beach, whom Ronnie was like a big brother to.

A memorial service was held at Living Waters Baptist Church, Beckley, on April 27.

Arrangements by Calfee Funeral Home, Beckley.

John M. Crosier

John M. Crosier, 84, of Ansted, died April 23, 2014, in Charleston.

He was born Sept. 20, 1929, in Ramsey, the son of the late Charles Edward Crosier and Ava Rebecca Legg Crosier. He also was preceded in death by his brothers, Charles L. Rogers, Robert E. Crosier, Clinton M. Crosier, James F. Crosier; and a son-in-law, David O’Dell.

John served in the U.S. Army and was a self-employed entrepreneur.

Surviving: his wife, Della Crosier; his daughter, Jill O’Dell of Victor; his son, Ronald Crosier and a daughter-in-law, Mary, of Ansted; and two grandchildren.

Funeral services were April 26 at the Chapel of Rest Mausoleum in Victor with Pastor David Minturn officiating. Entombment followed in the mausoleum.

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Arrangements by Wallace and Wallace of Ansted.

Norma Jean Ellis

Norma Jean Ellis, 84, of Oak Hill, died April 22, 2014.

Arrangements are pending with the Blue Ridge Funeral Home and Cremations, Prosperity.

Janet Marie Rice Forren

Janet Marie Rice Forren, 52, of Minden, died April 25, 2014, at Plateau Medical Center, Oak Hill.

Born March 23, 1962, at Cleveland, Ohio, she was the daughter of the late Albertis “Bert” Rice Jr. and Wilma Maxine Minor Rice Evans. She also was preceded in death by three brothers, Larry Rice, Ronald Rice and Scott Evans.

Janet was a homemaker.

Surviving: her husband, Samuel Harvey Forren; sons, Robbie Austin Forren of Minden, Theodore Michael Forren and wife Lindsey of Glenville, and Jonathan Harvey Forren and wife Shirley of Oak Hill; granddaughter, Johanna Forren; and brothers and sisters, Richard Rice and wife Lisa of Princeton, Ky., Sandy Arrington and husband Greg of Summersville, Beverly Toney and husband Darrell of Knightdale, N.C., Billy Rice and wife Wanda of Wichita, Kan., Steven Rice and wife Michele of Ft. Worth, Texas and Daniel Evans and wife Patti of Mossy.

Services will be on Thursday, May 1, at 2 p.m. at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill with Pastor Shawn Evans officiating. Burial will be at High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill.

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Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Lou Ellen Griffith

Lou Ellen Griffith, 72, of Ansted, formerly of Cottle, died March 23, 2014, in Ansted, following a long illness.

Born July 2, 1941, in Braxton County, Lou was the daughter of the late Charlie Hosey and Marie Woodley Hosey. She also was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Irvin Griffith, and a daughter, Frances Darlene Ramsey.

She was a mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and a homemaker.

Surviving: daughters, Vicki Logan of Orlanda, Fla. and Deanea Anette Allen of Fairmont; a son, Charles Samuel Griffith Sr. of St. Marys; sisters, Joyce N. Hosey and Linda K. Hosey of Braxton County; brother, Charles Hosey of Braxton County; four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Memorial services were March 31 at West Virginia Memorial Gardens in Calvin, with Pastor Tim Skaggs officiating. Burial followed in West Virginia Memorial Gardens.

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Arrangements by Wallace and Wallace of Ansted.

Pearl Elizabeth Holley Lafferty

Pearl Elizabeth Holley Lafferty, 91, of Oak Hill, died April 10, 2014, at the home of her daughter and caregiver, Debra and Jimmy Richmond.

Born Nov. 25, 1922, in Kanawha County, she was the daughter of the late Will and Ocie Grass Holley. Her husband, Denny Ray Lafferty; daughter, Harstel Gay Dunbar; sons, Denny Ray Lafferty Jr., Mickey Lafferty and Ricky Lafferty; brother, Orbie Holley; and sisters, Reba Walton, Helen Ryder Jones and Louise Williams, also preceded her in death.

She was a homemaker and of the Baptist faith.

Surviving: her daughters, Drema Kay Gray  and husband Richard of Harper and Debra Richmond and husband Jimmy of Oak Hill; 11 grandchildren, including her grandchildren and caregivers, Kimberly and Matthew Gill, Misty and Jeremy Simms, Ricky Richmond, Sandra and Steve Drennen and LeAnn Drennen, all of Oak Hill; 14 great-grandchildren; 15 great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were April 14 at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill with Pastor Herbert Hatfield  officiating. Burial was at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Prosperity.

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Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Galen B. Milam

Galen Blaine Milam, 75, of Fayetteville, died April 28, 2014.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m., Thursday, May 1, at Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, Fayetteville, with Pastor Danny Goins officiating. Burial will follow at Huse Memorial Park, Fayetteville.

The family will receive friends from noon until time of service at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made in Galen’s memory to the First Church of God, 114 Harvey Street, Fayetteville, WV 25840

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Arrangements by Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, 350 W. Maple Avenue, Fayetteville.

Sharon Lee Napier

Sharon Lee Napier of Tennessee died April 11, 2014.

Born Dec. 5, 1944, in Oak Hill, she was the daughter of the late Margaret (Sharpe) Stone and Leonard D. Stone. She also was preceded in death by her husband, Jim L. Napier.

Sharon attended Fayetteville High School in Fayetteville, where she actively participated in Glee Club, Future Homemakers of America and County Chorus. Upon graduation she joined classmates and travelled, by train, to Washington, D.C., where she began her professional career. 

She continued to expand her career while living in Washington, D.C.; Fort Bragg, N.C.; Nashville, Tenn.; and McAlester, Okla.

Sharon acknowledged that her most rewarding event in life was the birth of her three children, Lynn Beth Stone, John Stockton VanMeter and Jill Renee’ Napier.

She returned to Nashville to join them and also completed her college degree at Middle Tennessee State University while continuing to be deeply fulfilled as a mother. She was a successful Social Counselor II at the Department of Children’s Services where she was a child advocate for the State of Tennessee. Sharon received several commendations and service awards for her outstanding work.

She also was the first female in the United States to work on death row as the warden secretary at Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester.

Sharon was a life-long learner. In addition to university studies, she thrived on connecting with people and sharing life stories. She loved travelling, bird watching, and reading CIA and spy thrillers. She was an avid reader of the Bible and was baptized at the age of 10. Sharon participated in Bible study groups including Team 3:19 in Brentwood, Tenn., and was active in her church community at Higher Ground in White House, Tenn. 

She was loved and will be deeply missed by many including her grand-fur babies, Simon Diamond and Destiny Marie.

Sharon’s life was celebrated April 21 in a service led by Pastor Mark Jones of Higher Ground Church, White House, at Eastland Funeral Home, Nashville.

In May, Rev. Mack Canterbury, pastor of the Gum Springs Baptist Church, Chimney Corner, will lead a celebration of life service at his church followed by a family gathering and prayer at Huse Memorial Park Cemetery, Fayetteville.

Donations toward funeral expenses may be sent to (check payable to): Jill Napier, Memorial Fund for Sharon Napier, c/o Pinnacle Financial Partners, 7040 Carothers Parkway, Franklin, TN 37067.

Helen Athelene Walker Parker

Helen Athelene Walker Parker, 59, of Glen Jean, died April 29, 2014, at her home.

Born Oct. 20, 1954, at Oak Hill, she was the daughter of the late Alfred Shirley and Mildred Marie Cox Walker. A brother, Shirley James Cox, also preceded her in death.

Helen was a former hairdresser and a home care provider, having owned Helen’s Home Care. 

She was an active member of the Mount Hope First Assembly of God where she was president of Women’s Ministries.

A 1973 graduate of Fayetteville High School, she also graduated from the Beckley Beauty Academy.

Surviving: her husband, Jessie O. Parker; daughter, Tiffany Cottle and husband James of Sun; sons, Jessie Parker Jr. and wife Norma Kay of Pliney and Jimmy Patrick Parker and wife Lesie Nicole of Ceredo; brother, Alfred Houston “Pete” Cox and wife Jo Ann of Oak Hill; sisters, Iris Cox Poole Fortner of Oak Hill, Diana Sue Cox Walker of Mount Hope and Eunice Carroll Totten of Sun; and eight grandchildren.

Funeral services will be on Saturday, May 3, at 1 p.m. at Mount Hope First Assembly of God with Pastor Jessie Parker and Rev. Joan Terry officiating. Burial will be at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Prosperity.

Visitation will be held at Mount Hope First Assembly of God on Friday, May 2 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Margaret L. Queen

Margaret L. Queen, 88, of Danese,died April 20, 2014, at Bowers Hospice House in Beckley, following a long illness.

Born Jan. 3, 1926, at Sewell, she was the daughter of the late Lewis A. and Mary E. Atkins Rowe. She also was preceded in death by her husband, William H. Queen; a daughter, Vivian J. Liptok; and six brothers and five sisters.

Surviving: daughter, Deborah E. Smith of Oak Hill; sons, Timothy W. Queen of Danese, Terry D. Queen of Rainelle, Mark A. Queen of Page and William (Bengie) A. Queen of Danese; 12 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

At her request, there was no visitation. A private family memorial service will be held at a later date.

Edward Jennings Stinnett

Edward Jennings Stinnett, 86, of Oak Hill, died April 22, 2014.

Entombment was April 24 at High Lawn Memorial Park Mausoleum.

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Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.

Glen Walter Warden

Glen Walter Warden, 85, of Oak Hill, died peacefully at home surrounded by his family on April 16, 2014, after a long illness.

Born Sept. 20, 1928, at Long Branch, he was the son of the late Milton Jay and Jency Evelyn Canterbury Warden. He also was preceded in death by a son, Paul Douglas Warden; a brother, Milton Edward (Mickey) Warden; a sister, Patsy Ruth Warden Compton; and a nephew, Randy Compton.

Glen graduated from Mullens High School in 1946 where he played football, basketball and baseball. He was inducted into the Mullens Athletic Hall of Fame in 1990.

He enjoyed working with young children and he was always willing to help anyone in need. He officiated high school football and basketball games and umpired Babe Ruth baseball.

Glen worked for several different coal companies as a surface mine foreman and retired at the age of 70.

He was a member of the Oak Hill United Methodist Church where he enjoyed Sunday school and the men’s Bible class.

Surviving: his wife, Louise Winkler Warden; a son, Glen Carter Warden and his wife, Barbara Lee Bright Warden, of Beckley; his daughters, Sherry Lynn Warden Martin and her husband, David, of Oak Hill, and Bobbi Gale Warden of Huntington; his grandsons, Douglas Fitzgerald and wife Pamela of Fayetteville,  and Scott Warden and wife Missy and Jason Warden and wife Shannon, all of Knoxville, Tenn.; step-granddaughter, Dawn Smith and husband Danny of Dothan; his great-grandsons, Ethan Warden and Gabriel Warden of Knoxville; great-granddaughters, Lauren Warden and Ainsley Warden of Knoxville; stepgreat-granddaughters, Sadie Martin of Dyersburg, Tenn., and Krystal Smith of Dothan; his brother, Jay C. Warden of Winchester, Ky.; sister, Marylane Warden Sandy and her husband, Robert, of Salem, Va.; brother-in-law, Carl Compton of Mullens; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

As a final act of giving, Glen donated his body to the Human Gift Registry at the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine in Lewisburg.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 3, at the Oak Hill United Methodist Church with his grandson, Pastor Jason Warden, officiating.

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

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Hospice of Southern West Virginia, PO Box 1472, Beckley, WV 25802.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Ewell Keith White

Ewell Keith White, 60, of Maplewood and formerly of Charleston, died April 24, 2014, in a Beckley hospital. 

Born May 26, 1953, in Ronceverte, he was a son of Clayton and Annie Fleshman White, of Maplewood. 

Mr. White, a 1971 graduate of Meadow Bridge High School, served in the Army and later worked in coal mines, the construction industry and a printing company.

He enjoyed hunting, reading and time with family and friends. 

In 1976, he married the dark-haired girl in a red coat who had caught his eyes several years earlier when both were students. He and Myra Ratliff White celebrated 38 years of marriage on April 10. 

Surviving, in addition to his parents and wife: sons, Jeremy and daughter-in-law Rebecca of Charleston and Elem, also of Charleston; daughters, Adena Barber of Charleston and Wanda Holley and son-in-law James, also of Charleston; grandsons, Zachery Barber, Clayton Holley, Austin Barber, Jeremy White and Andy Smith; granddaughters, Cassidy Barber, Selena White, Athena White, Annie White, Lucy White and Ava Young; brothers, Buddy and sister-in-law Sue White of Naomi and Timothy White of Maplewood; sister, Karen White of Hartly, Del.; a nephew, a niece, three uncles, two aunts and numerous cousins.

Friends called April 27 at High Lawn Funeral Home, Oak Hill. Burial was private.

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Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home.