The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.

March 15, 2012

Obituaries — Thursday, March 15, 2012


Mary Lillian Nester Altizer

Mary Lillian Nester Altizer, 89, died peacefully on March 8, 2012, in Oconee County, Ga.

Born Sept. 24, 1922, in the town of Organ Cave, Monroe County, she was preceded in death by her beloved husband, four brothers and two sisters.

Mary spent most of her childhood in Oak Hill. She was a good student and voted the most popular girl in her class. Mary graduated from Oak Hill High School in 1941 and worked several administrative jobs in the local area.

She married her high school sweetheart, Harry Altizer, on Oct. 31, 1943. Together they lived in Glen Rock, Pa., for 25 years, where they were both employed by Coleman Enterprise Corporation. In 1967, they moved to Bluefield, Va., where they resided for 32 years.

They were members of the First Union Methodist Church in Bluefield, Va. In November of 1999, they moved to Huntsville, Ala., where her husband passed away in 2003. In June of 2007, Mary moved to Athens, Ga., to be closer to her son and daughter-in-law.

Over the years Mary held memberships in numerous organizations including the Eastern Star in Shrewsbury, Pa., and Virginia Garden Club.

She was a longstanding and generous supporter of the Oak Hill High School Alumni Association, dedicated to providing scholarships to many deserving graduates. Mary was an advocate of higher education and, for many years, faithfully attended alumni festivities in Oak Hill every Labor Day.

She was very kind, quick with a smile and endeared everyone who knew her. She will be greatly missed by friends and family.

Surviving: brother, Wilbur Nester; sister, Ruth Smith; son and daughter-in-law, Jim and Christine Altizer of Watkinsville, Ga.; grandchildren, Sonia Altizer and her husband, Andrew Davis, of Hull, Ga., and James C. Altizer and his wife, Karen, of Wake Forest, N.C.; and great-grandchildren, Brandon and Matthew Altizer and Oscar Davis.

A private memorial service will be held at a later date in Bluefield, Va.

Donations may be made to OHHS/CHS Alumni Association, PO Box 462, Oak Hill, WV 25901.

Online condolences may be made at www.lordandstephens.com.

Arrangements by Lord & Stephens Funeral Homes, Athens, Ga.



Dora Rose Bailey

Dora Rose Bailey, 36, of Mount Hope, died March 2, 2012, at Dothan.

Born Oct. 8, 1975, at Beckley, she was the daughter of Brenda Hall Hughes and stepfather James of Mount Hope, and Terry Lee Bailey and stepmother Deborah S. of Hinton.

She was a homemaker.

Surviving, in addition to her parents: sons, David Anthony Clark and Brandon Lee Clark, both of Mount Hope; daughter, Amy Clark of North Carolina; grandchild, Areille of Sanders, N.C.; brothers, Timothy Lee Bailey and Michael Wayne Bailey, both of Mount Hope, William Bannister of Sand Branch and Parry Raymond Bailey of Daniels; and sisters, Terri Lynn Bailey of Scarbro and Ashleigh Jean Bailey of Rich Creek, Va.

Visitation was held March 8 at Tyree Funeral Home in Mount Hope with cremation following.

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

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope.



Betty Wojtowicz Carey

Betty Wojtowicz Carey, 79, died March 6, 2012, while surrounded by family at an Orlando, Fla., hospital.

Born Nov. 27, 1932, at Scarbro, she was a daughter of the late Joseph and Myrtle Wojtowicz. She also was preceded in death by a brother and sister.

Betty graduated from Oak Hill High School in 1950. From there, she attended nurse’s training at St. Francis Hospital in Charleston, graduating in 1952. Her whole life was spent in the nursing field for 55 years.

Surviving: children, Chris Childers (Bret) of Sarasota, Fla., Joseph (Kristin) of Lawrensville, Ga., Sandy Archard (Chuck) of Orlando, Fla., and Andrew of Charleston; eight grandchildren; and brother, Bill Wojtowicz of Sacramento, Calif.



Clifton ‘Cliff’ Daniels

Clifton “Cliff” Daniels, 83, of Oak Hill, died March 4, 2012, at Beckley VAMC.

Born July 12, 1928, in Lenoir County, N.C., he was the son of the late Charlie Daniels and Letha McDuffy Daniels. He also was preceded in death by his brothers, Curtis and Horace Daniels; his sisters, Hazel Hoffman, Mayme Hardy and Hilda Johnson; and sister-in-law (Terry’s wife), Loretta Daniels.

He grew up on his family’s farm.

In 1948 he joined the Marine Corps and was soon fighting in the Korean War with the 1st Marines in a mortar company. He was one of the lucky ones who survived the battle at the Chosin Reservoir with only frost bitten feet.

While with the Marines, he lived in many diverse places, such as Cuba, Brazil, Hawaii, California, South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia.

There were several highlights of his 21-year career in the military, one of which was winning the 1962 Hawaii State Champion Marksman Competition at 1,000 yards. He was very proud to be a drill instructor in San Diego for two years. A duty he particularly enjoyed was the two years he was in charge of the Marines guarding the American Embassy in Brasilia, Brazil.

He was honored to be known as “Gunny” to the men he trained in the skills a Marine needs to be one of “The Few, The Proud and the Brave.” He finished his career with a tour in Vietnam from 1968-1969.

After retiring from the Marines in 1969, Cliff worked as a brewer for Anheuser-Busch in Williamsburg, Va., for 20 years. He then moved to Oak Hill to be closer to his wife’s family. He enjoyed attending Marine Corps reunions with his boot camp company H/3/5.

One of Cliff’s favorite pastimes was fishing, which he enjoyed with friends and family. He particularly loved deep-sea fishing off the coast of Hatteras, N.C., and lake fishing in Idaho with his son, Dexter.

Cliff passed away from complications following a stroke last May.

Surviving: brothers, Bobby, David and Charles “Bo” Daniels, all of North Carolina; his sister, Lucy Thompson of North Carolina; his beloved wife, Ruth, of Oak Hill; his son, Dexter, and his wife Linda, their three children, and his great-granddaughter of Boise, Idaho; and his daughter, Donna Waldmiller and her husband, David, of Smithfield, Va.

Funeral services were March 9 at High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill, with Pastor Mark Wood officiating. Entombment followed in High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill.

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

Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.



Michael Delbert Daniels

Michael Delbert Daniels, 50, of Mount Hope, died March 5, 2012, at Raleigh General Hospital in Beckley.

Born Jan. 8, 1962, at Mount Hope, he was the son of the late Dan Delbert and Ruby Ethel Williams Daniels. Brothers Ronnie Dale Daniels and Bruce Wayne Daniels, and a sister-in-law, (Terry’s wife) Loretta Daniels, also preceded him in death.

Michael was an assistant manager with NAPA for 34 years.

He was of the Protestant faith.

Surviving: son, Brandon Daniels and wife Patricia of Princeton; brother, Terry Daniels of Crab Orchard; sister, Deborah Navicki and husband Mike of Hilltop; sister-in-law, Susan Daniels of Kentucky; granddaughter, Breanna Daniels of Princeton; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were March 9 at Tyree Funeral Home in Mount Hope with Pastor Ken Souder officiating. Burial was at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Prosperity.

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

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope.



Delena L. Wilburn Eastman

Delena L. Wilburn Eastman, 90, of Fayetteville, died March 7, 2012.

Born Feb. 23, 1922, in Ansted, she was the daughter of the late Curbert Gilham and Goldie Elsie Neal Wilburn. Delena also was preceded in death by her husband, Ezra Eastman.

Delena was a member of the Beckley United Pentecostal Church in Beckley and was a homemaker.

Surviving: brothers, Stanley Wilburn and his wife, Janice, of Amissville, Va., and Richard Wilburn and his wife, Margaret, of Dearborn, Mich.; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were March 10 at the Wallace & Wallace Chapel in Ansted with Pastor Robert Poole officiating. Burial followed in Restlawn Memory Gardens at Victor.

Online condolences may be sent to WallaceandWallacefh.com.

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home in Ansted.



Shirley T. Elliott

Shirley T. Elliott, 79, of Rainelle, died March 8, 2012, at her home following a short illness.

Born June 5, 1932, in Washington, D.C., she was the daughter of the late Vernon and Florence Wega Jordan. She also was preceded in death by a daughter, Theresa Joyce Clark, and her brother, Edward D. Jordan.

Shirley drove a school bus before retiring to West Virginia.

She was a member of the Sewell Valley Baptist Church and the Ladies Auxiliary VFW Post #4484 in Rainelle. Shirley loved to “people watch.”

Surviving: her husband of 64 years, Robert Elliott; son, James Rodger Elliott of Rainelle; daughters, Janet Elliott of Virginia, Sheila Shifflett of Maryland and Cynthia Elliott of Mt. Hope; grandchildren, Michael Sill of Mt. Hope, Brandi Arthur of Arizona, Justin and Jordan; and great-granddaughters, Kaitlyn Sill and Leah Arthur.

Services were March 10 at Smathers Funeral Chapel with Brother Ken Brackman officiating. Burial followed in the Sewell Valley Baptist Church Cemetery in Rainelle.

Donations of sympathy may be made to Kanawha HospiceCare, Inc., 223 Maplewood Avenue, Lewisburg, WV 24901.

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

Arrangements by Smathers Funeral Chapel, Rainelle.



Joan Elsie ‘Jo’ Ellison

Joan Elsie “Jo” Ellison, 84, of Hico, died March 6, 2012, following a long illness.

Born Jan. 12, 1928, at Hico, she was the daughter of the late Charles Elmer and Ora Ellen McCutcheon Kessler. Joan also was preceded in death by her husband, Vernon “Sam” Lee Ellison, in 1996.

Joan was a member of the Sunday Road Baptist Church where she was the longest living member. She loved the Lord, her family and her church.

She was a homemaker.

Surviving: her son, John Ellison and his wife, Debbie, of Hico; sister, June Gilson of Atlanta, Ga.; brother, John Kessler of Hico; grandchildren, Chad Ellison and Rainer Kernan of Bozeman, Montana, and Cari Jo Tompkins and husband Casey of Hico; and great-grandchildren, Westley Vernon Ellison and Sage Eagle Ellison of Bozeman, and Malayla Joye Thompkins and Cruz Hollis Thompkins, both of Hico.

Funeral services were March 9 at the Sunday Road Baptist Church at Hico with Pastor Allen Donaldson officiating. Burial followed in Restlawn Memory Gardens at Victor.

Please make donations to Alzheimer’s Disease Research at 22512 Gatewood Center Drive in Clarksburg, MD, 20871.

Online condolences may be sent at WallaceandWallacefh.com.

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home in Ansted.



Ronald Caperton Forren

Ronald Caperton Forren, 47, of Meadow Bridge, died March 5, 2012, at his home following a long illness with heart failure.

Born Feb. 21, 1965, in Oak Hill, he was the son of Olen “Bus” and Gloria Houchins Forren.

He was preceded in death by his son, Justin Lee Forren; paternal grandparents, Ollie Caperton and Ida Mae Petrie Forren; and maternal grandparents, Rev. Bill and Daisy Carr Houchins.

Ronnie was a 1983 graduate of Meadow Bridge High School, a U.S. Army veteran and had been employed with Ammco Transmissions in Titusville, Fla.

Surviving, in addition to his parents: sisters, Twana Tucker of Meadow Bridge and Jean Blevins (Roby) of Titusville, Fla.; brother, Charles Ward of Smoot; foster sisters, Nancy Craft of Lexington, N.C., and Sharon Martin of Backus Mountain; aunts, Peggy Day of Meadow Bridge and JoAnn Forren of Gridley, Calif.; uncles, Echols Houchins (Eloise) of Alderson and Garland Houchins of Amarillo, Texas; niece, Carla Coles and husband Jonathan and son Maximus Olen of Bedford, Va.; nephew, Eddie Bennett and wife Tracie and girls Leah and Jiah of Raleigh, N.C.; cousins, Brian Day (Pearl) of Rainelle, Eddie Houchins of California, Dwight Houchins of Gurnie, Ill., and Danny Houchins of Florida, James Forren of Arizona, and Brenda Dawton and Robert Forren, both of California; special friends, Ron Cook and Paige Tipane (Richard), both of Beckley, Johnny Smith of Meadow Bridge and Kenny Spade of Danese; his little dog Bear and to all his Facebook friends, local and worldwide, he loved you.

Services were March 10 at Smathers Funeral Chapel with Pastor Steve Martin officiating. Burial followed in the Wallace Memorial Cemetery at Clintonville.

Donations of sympathy may be sent to the First Pentecostal Church in Rainelle c/o 1944 Meadow Bridge Road, Meadow Bridge, WV 25976. This was the church of his grandfather, Rev. Bill Houchins, and Ronnie had done the reconstruction on the church in memory of his Granddad.

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

Arrangements by Smathers Funeral Chapel, Rainelle.



Monica Sue Rollins Gardner

Monica Sue Rollins Gardner, 32, of Glen Jean, died March 7, 2012, at her home.

Born July 21, 1979, at Beckley, she was the daughter of Randy Rollins of Bolt, and Nancy Massey Watson of Glen Jean.

She was a homemaker.

Surviving, in addition to her parents: her husband, John Ross Gardner; sons, Gavin Miller of North Carolina, and Cordell Miller and Gage Miller, both of Glen Jean; daughter, Ma-Lisa Miller of Glen Jean; and brothers, Mario Rodriguez of Charleston and Oscar Cuellar of Texas.

Funeral services were March 12 at the Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill, with Rev. Leslie Allen officiating with cremation following after the services.

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

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.



Gregory Andrew Nichols

Gregory Andrew Nichols, 21, of Quick’s Mill Road, Verona, Va., formerly of Fayetteville, died March 2, 2012, at the Medical College of Virginia at UCU, Richmond, Va.

Born April 25, 1990, in Beckley, he was the son of Gregory Allen Nichols and Elizabeth Ann Neff Nichols.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Arthur and Lena Nichols of Lizemores.

Andrew lived in Fayetteville until he was five years old and loved every minute of it.

Andrew had a great love of music and theater. God blessed him with a beautiful voice, which he used often for God’s glory.

Andrew had a great passion for making this world a better place while preparing for the life to come. He was a great worker in his church, the First Church of God in Staunton, Va. He also loved to raise money for Relay for Life.

He was a graduate of Fort Defiance High School, Blue Ridge Community College and was a student at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Va.

Surviving, in addition to his parents: sister, Andrea Renee Nichols of Verona; grandparents, James and Mary Neff of Fayetteville; uncle, James Neff Jr. of Harrisonburg, Va.; a very special aunt, Sarah Jane “Janie” Campbell of Fayetteville; and many other aunts, uncles and cousins residing in Fayetteville.

A celebration of life service was held March 7 at the First Church of God in Staunton, Va.

The family asks that memorial donations be made to the First Church of God at 1850 Shutteree Mill Rd., Staunton, VA 24401 for landscaping in his memory. Andrew loved flowers and was always looking for a way to make this world a better place.

He will be greatly missed by all whose lives he touched.



Helen Mae Marshall Payne

Helen Mae Marshall Payne, 92, of Cocoa Beach, Fla., formerly of Oak Hill, died March 5, 2012, at Wuesthoff Hospice House in Rockledge, Fla.

Born April 25, 1919, at Page, she was the daughter of the late Orville E. and Effie K. Bickford Marshall. Her husband, Lacy Payne, and daughter, Sharon Helen Logan, also preceded her in death.

Mrs. Payne was a member of the Oak Hill Gospel Tabernacle and a homemaker.

Surviving: sons, Franklin Payne of Cocoa Beach, Fla., and Lacy David Payne of Kissimmee, Fla.; brothers, Donald Marshall of Princeton; sisters, Rebecca Swope of Princeton, Jessalyn Bailey of Ceredo-Kenova, and Jewell Burton of Princeton; eight grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

Funeral services were March 11 at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill with Rev. Allen Gallimore officiating. Burial was at High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill.

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

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.



Hobart Shelton Toney

Hobart Shelton Toney, 86, of Phelps, N.Y., formerly of Oak Hill, died March 6, 2012.

Born Sept. 25, 1925, at Oak Hill, he was the son of the late George W. and Minnie Smith Toney.

Funeral services were March 10 at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill with Pastor Lum Toney officiating. Burial was at Bibb Cemetery, Gatewood.

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

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.



Janice Marie Bolen Williams

Janice Marie Bolen Williams, 87, of Mount Hope, died March 9, 2012.

Born Sept.1, 1924, at Mount Hope, she was the daughter of the late William Wolsie and Elva Brown Bolen. She was the beloved wife of 63 years to the late Darrell “Budgie” Williams; also preceded in death by son, David Williams; twin daughters, Jean Ann and Janet Sue Williams; a grandson, Gregory Williams; a sister, Mary Jo Bolen Stevens; and brothers, Bill Bolen and Fletcher Bolen.

She was a long time active member of the Woodhaven Free Will Baptist Church in Michigan where she sang in a trio and taught Sunday school.

After retiring to West Virginia she made Bradley Free Will Baptist her home church.

She was a devoted homemaker; always there for her family and many friends.

Surviving: children, Darrell Williams and wife Linda, Karen Adams and husband Ken, and Tim Williams and wife Jenny; eight grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild due in May; sister, Lynette Bolen Alderman; brother, Robert Bolen and wife Betty; and sisters-in-law, Sonia Weeks, Shelia Williams, and Sharon Holstein and husband Steve.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 15, at Tyree Funeral Home in Mount Hope with Pastor Wayne Peters officiating. Burial will follow at Dock Lively Cemetery, Long Branch. Online condolences may be sent at www.tyreefuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope.