The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.

January 6, 2010

Obituaries — January 7, 2010

Vernon W. Boley

Vernon W. Boley, 90, of Russellville, a recent resident of Ansted Center, died Jan. 1, 2010, at Plateau Medical Center, Oak Hill, after a short illness.

Born March 26, 1919, in Russellville, he was the son of the late George and Viola Haynes Boley. He also was preceded in death by his brothers, Kermit Boley and wife Peggy, Elsie Boley and wife Eleanor, Jennings Boley and wife Della, Carey Boley and his surviving wife Murrel, and Gilmer Boley and his surviving wife Jean Boley.

Surviving: his wife, Anna Margarette Boley, of Ansted Center; seven nephews and seven nieces.

The funeral service was Jan. 3 at Wallace and Wallace Funeral Chapel in Ansted with Pastor Michael Loudermilk officiating. Burial followed at Restlawn Memory Gardens, Hopewell.

Arrangements by Wallace and Wallace of Ansted.

Norma Eva Alease (Hundley) Crowe

Norma Eva Alease (Hundley) Crowe, 78, of Danese, died Dec. 29, 2009, at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Va., following a long illness.

Born Feb. 27, 1931, in Crickmer, she was the daughter of the late Joseph Calvin and Eida Mae Daugherty Hundley. She also was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph Woodrow Crowe, and an infant daughter, Myrna Cheryl Crowe.

She was a graduate of Meadow Bridge High School Class of 1948 and attended the Green Valley United Methodist Church.

She was a homemaker, devoted wife and loving mother and grandmother who gave her children and parents the greatest gift of all, the gift of love.

Surviving: daughters, Lorna Carol Goddard of Stanaford, Debbie Cheryl Martin and companion Bill Hurst of Danese, Brenda Mae Martin of Danese and her husband, the late Michael E. Martin, and Wilma Smith and husband Joey of Prince; son, Dennis Crowe and wife Jackie of Danese; 13 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.

Services were Jan. 5 at the Wallace & Wallace Chapel in Rainelle with Rev. Jesse Pope and Rev. Jesse Smith officiating. Burial followed at the Wallace Memorial Cemetery in Clintonville.

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace, Inc., of Rainelle.

Violet Rae Bish Dillon

Violet Rae Bish Dillon, 81, of Gatewood, died Jan. 3, 2010, at Hidden Valley.

Born May 20, 1928, at Lochgelly, she was the daughter of the late King and Blanche Ervin Bish. She also was preceded in death by her husband, Earl French Dillon Sr., in 2007, and several brothers and sisters.

Mrs. Dillon attended Lochgelly Baptist Church. She was a retired certified nursing assistant and had worked at Plateau Medical Center and various other facilities.

Surviving: her daughter, Marilyn Parrish of Gatewood; son, Earl F. Dillon Jr. and wife Sharon of Oak Hill; sister, Carol Smith and husband James of North Carolina; brothers, James Bish and wife Janice of North Carolina, and Curtis Bish and wife Eddy of Ohio; grandchildren, Ashley, Courtney, Scott, Elaine, and Doc; great-grandchildren, Emma, Justin, Joe, Jeannette, Kevin, Corey, Kadrin, Kentrell, Kaitlyn, Noah, Antoine, Evan, Cassie, and Blade; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 7, at Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, Fayetteville, with Pastor Ron George Jr. officiating. Entombment will follow at High Lawn Memorial Park Mausoleum, Oak Hill.

The family will receive friends one hour before the funeral at the funeral home.

Online condolences and other information available at

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

James ‘Randy’ Randall Elder

James “Randy” Randall Elder, 58, of Oak Hill, died unexpectedly Jan. 5, 2010, at Plateau Medical Center in Oak Hill.

Born Sept. 15, 1951, at Sanger, he was the son of the late James E. and Norma Jean Clifton Elder.

The most important thing in the world to Randy was his family and his faith. He believed in being happy at home and at work — that you shouldn’t spend half your life unhappy. No matter what job you do take pride in it, do your best with love and love what you do or find something else. Spending time with his family was the most valuable thing to him.

As a long-standing member of the Gentry Baptist Church in Sanger, over the years, Randy held the positions of deacon, trustee, maintenance and men’s Sunday school teacher.

Randy was also dedicated to his work. Having been a member of the Lowe’s team at the Fayetteville location since its opening, he took great pride in the store, his co-workers and in serving the customers. Many may remember him from his 32 years as a self-employed carpet installer in the Oak Hill-Beckley area.

Randy was a Class of 1970 graduate of Collins High School in Oak Hill.

Surviving: his wife of 38 years, Karen Sue “Susie” Elder; his children, Tara Clifton Elder, Traci Dawn Elder and Adam Randall Elder; his granddaughter, Caitlyn Brianna Elder; his sister, Jeanie Gay Smith; sister-in-law, Patti Jenkins; brother-in-law, Gary Runion and wife Betty of Mullins; and brother-in-law, Freddie Runion and wife Connie of Beckley.

A memorial service will be held on Sunday, Jan. 10 2 p.m. at the Gentry Baptist Church in Sanger with Rev. Bill Drennen officiating.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Eugenia Lee Legg Franklin

Eugenia Lee Legg Franklin, 83, of Lilly Park, Rainelle, died early Dec. 29, 2009, at Greenbrier Valley Medical Center, Ronceverte, following a short illness.

Born Nov. 20, 1926, at Hico, she was the daughter of the late Guy and Mary Elizabeth Small Legg. She also was preceded in death by her husband, Harry S. Franklin; and a son, Guy Thomas “Tommy” Franklin, in 2002.

Mrs. Franklin was a homemaker and of the Baptist faith.

Surviving: daughters, Alicia Wright of Spring City, Tenn., Dren St. Clair and husband Ray of Hico, and Tracy Franklin and Myra Franklin, both of Lilly Park, Rainelle; a daughter-in-law, Dorma Lee Franklin; and grandchildren, Aaron and Andrea St. Clair and Ryan Franklin.

Private services were held Jan. 1 at Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home in Rainelle. Burial followed at the Legg-Small Cemetery on Sunday Road at Hico.

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Rainelle.

Allan D. Hostetter

Allan D. Hostetter, 63, of Columbus, Ohio, died Dec. 27, 2009, in Columbus.

Born March 14, 1946, at Oak Hill, he was the son of the late Phillip Reese and Effie Mildred Lee Hostetter. His brothers, Richard Wayne Hostetter, Gary Layne Hostetter and Gerald Laird Hostetter, also preceded him in death.

Mr. Hostetter was a 1964 graduate of Collins High School in Oak Hill following which he moved to Columbus where he attended college to become a respiratory therapist. Allan’s main desire was to help people. He was able to touch many lives as a respiratory therapist.

He enjoyed going to the YMCA and going to the park to feed the squirrels and birds.

Surviving: brothers, Phillip Hostetter and wife Judith of Winfield and Rodney Hostetter of Oak Hill; sister, Sylvia Hager and husband Frank of Ironton, Ohio; seven nieces, one nephew and numerous cousins.

Services were Jan. 2 at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill with Rev. Johnny Syner and Pastor Bill McClung officiating. Burial was at Gethsemane Memorial Gardens, Oak Hill. Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Jack G. Lewis

Jack Gay Lewis, 80, of Oak Hill, died Jan. 3, 2010, at Plateau Medical Center in Oak Hill.

Born Oct. 11, 1929, at Friars Hill, he was the son of the late Rev. John Calvin and Elizabeth Jean Bryant Lewis. His sister, Arlene Knicely, and brothers, James Robert Lewis and John Carl Lewis, also preceded him in death.

He was a retired electrician for Bluestone Electric.

Mr. Lewis was a member of the Oak Hill United Methodist Church. He was an avid fan of the Washington Redskins and WVU Mountaineers. He so enjoyed watching their ballgames.

Surviving: wife, Jean Rae McDaniel Lewis; sons, Gary Lewis and wife Tonya of Mount Hope and John Lewis of Oak Hill; brother, David Hawks of Pottsville, Pa.; sister, Marguerite Lewis Wyatt of Lewisburg; and a grandchild, Seairia Meadows of Villa Rica, Ga.

Services were Jan. 6 at Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill, with Pastor Jerry Bush and Rev. Gary Williams officiating. Entombment was at High Lawn Memorial Park Mausoleum, Oak Hill.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Mary E. Meadows

Mary E. Meadows, 74, of Mansfield Center in Connecticut, died Jan. 2, 2010, at the Windham Hospital.

Born April 23, 1935, in Victor, she had lived in Mansfield the past 40 years.

She was a devoted mother and proud grandmother and enjoyed spending time with her cousin, Patty Nasin.

Surviving: son, James Meadows of Granville, Mass.; grandson, Zachary Meadows, also of Granville; brother, Callie Legg Jr. of Nevada; and sisters, Hazel Massey of Victor, and Margaret Sodder of Fayetteville.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Mansfield Firefighters Association, 4 South Eagleville Rd., Storrs, CT 06268.

Please visit for online memorial guest book.

Gary Collins Perry

Gary Collins Perry, 74, of Oak Hill, died Dec. 28, 2009, at his home after a courageous battle with cancer.

Born Jan. 25, 1935, at Kilsyth, he was the son of Gladys Perry Snyder of Mount Hope and the late Norvell R. Perry. In addition to his father, his father and mother-in-law, Lloyd J. and Evelyn R. Jones, also preceded him in death.

Mr. Perry retired as a ventilation specialist for Mine Safety & Health Administration in Mount Hope.

He was a member of the Oak Hill United Methodist Church, Oak Hill; White Oak Country Club; Men's Golf Association at WOCC; Plateau Club; and a former member of Mount Hope Lions Club. He served as District 29N Cabinet Secretary and was a U.S. Army veteran.

Gary loved music, traveling, golfing and attending his grandchildren’s activities.

Surviving, in addition to his mother: his wife of 52 years, Wanda Jones Perry; son, Gregory Collins Perry and his wife, Amy Callahan Perry, their children, Adam Gregory, Landon Collins, Genna Evelyn and Ann-Marie of Daniels; daughter, Jeanay Susan Booth and her husband, Tom Booth, their children, Lauren Jeanay and Thomas Christopher, of Oak Hill; son, Brian Patrick Perry of Oak Hill; stepfather, Robert D. Snyder of Mount Hope; and sisters-in-law, Janet Hurt and husband William of Glen Jean and Judy Collier and husband, Jerry, Eddyville, Ky.

Services were Dec. 31 at Oak Hill United Methodist Church with Dr. Charles D. Miller officiating. Burial was at High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill.

The family suggests donations to Fayette Plateau Ministerial Association Food Pantry, 250 Main Street East, Oak Hill WV 25901; or Salvation Army, 312 South Fayette Street, Beckley WV 25801

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Ode Ioa Rice Pittsenbarger

Ode Ioa Rice Pittsenbarger, 93, of Oak Hill, died Dec. 29, 2009, at Raleigh General Hospital in Beckley.

Born Jan. 12, 1916, at Erwin, Tenn., she was the daughter of the late Rufus and Lilly Rice. She also was preceded in death by her husband of 44 years, Chalmer Harold Pittsenbarger; a brother, Clark Rice; and sisters, Rebecca, Kelly, May, Zenna, Estelle, Elsie, Jessie and Pansy.

A resident of Oak Hill since 1969, Ode was a faithful member of the Oak Hill Apostolic Holiness Church for 43 years. She was a very faithful saint of God.

Surviving: son, Harold “Skip” Pittsenbarger and wife Drema of Louisville, Ky.; granddaughter, Christy McClary and husband Rob of Tuscaloosa, Ala.; grandson, Michael Pittsenbarger and wife Britney of Tuscaloosa; great-grandchildren, John Mark McClary, Amanda McClary and Chloe Pittsenbarger, all of Tuscaloosa, and Kelli Pittsenbarger, who is to be born in March; as well as Peggy Ballard and husband Danny, also of Tuscaloosa.

Services were Jan. 1 at the Apostolic Holiness Church in Oak Hill with Rev. Carlos Lewis and Evangelist Erik Lewis officiating. Burial was at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Prosperity.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Rev. Ewell D. Rogers Sr.

Rev. Ewell D. Rogers Sr., 92, of North Carolina, died Jan. 2, 2010, surrounded by his family.

Formerly of West Virginia, he was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 67 years, Martha Rogers, and seven brothers and sisters.

Rev. Rogers was an ordained minister and pastored in local churches; Grace Cathedral is sending $200 worth of Bibles in his honor to the mission field.

Surviving: sons, Jimmy Rogers and wife Linda of Hope Mills, N.C., Ewell Rogers Jr. and wife Joyce of Killeen, Texas, and Frank Rogers and wife, Diane, of Willoughby Hills, Ohio; daughters, Janet Koonce and Sandra Rogers of the home, Linda Norris of Elizabethtown, Violet Morris and husband Thurl of Andover, N.Y., and Alice Katula and husband Jim of Cleveland, Ohio; sister, Alma Berry of Westminster, Colo.; 21 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, and eight great-great-grandchildren; and his special friends, Tim Gore and Pastor Bob, both with Hospice.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, Jan. 7 at 2 p.m. in Jernigan Warren Chapel, Fayetteville, with Frank Rogers, Rev. Tim Gore, and Pastor Bob presiding.

Arrangements by Jernigan Warren Funeral Home, Fayetteville, N.C.

Roger Jay Stover

Roger Jay Stover, 65, of Clear Creek Road, Dorothy, died Jan. 1, 2010, at his residence.

Born April 17, 1944, at Ameagle, he was the son of the late Samp and Beatrice Williams Stover. He also was preceded in death by brothers, Shelby Stover, Truman Williams and Curtis Stover; and by a sister, Tressie Williams.

Mr. Stover was a former coal miner and timber cutter.

Surviving: his son, Greg Stover of Sweeneysburg; his daughters, Tina Kincaid of Scarbro, Amy Ayers of Mt. Hope and Shelby Bowyer of Cirtsville; former wife, Roberta Williams Stover of Sweeneysburg; brothers, Robert Williams of Pleasant Prairie, Wis., and Coolidge Stover of Montcove; sister, Shirley Estep and her husband, Ronald, of Dorothy; six grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were Jan. 5 at the Tyree Funeral Home, Mt. Hope, with Rev. Jerry Tyree officiating. Burial followed in the Hodge Cemetery at Artie.

The family asks that contributions be sent to Tyree Funeral Home, 701 Hwy. 21, Mt. Hope, WV 25880.

Online condolences may be sent to

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Mt. Hope.

Tomeka Ladawn Walker

Mrs. Tomeka Ladawn Walker, 36, of Turkey Knob, Mt. Hope, died Jan. 1, 2010, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.

Born May 31, 1973, in Oak Hill, she was the daughter of Debra (Lewis) Allen of Mt. Hope and Oscar Staunton of Beckley.

Tomeka was preceded in death by a sister, Tomasa Allen; grandparents, Mrs. Odessa Scruggs, Mrs. Mattie Staunton, Mr. and Mrs. Emmett and Alicia Allen, and Mrs. Kathleen Samples.

She was a devoted wife and mother and was a member of Rock Church Assembly, Kilsyth.

Surviving: her husband, Mark Dale Walker, of Mt. Hope; her children, Marcus Juwan Walker and Marquise Dant’e Walker, both of Mt. Hope; her parents, Debra (Lewis) Allen of Mt. Hope, and Oscar Staunton of Beckley; her grandfather, Marion Scruggs; her brothers, Dant’e Scruggs of Oak Hill, and Lewis H. Allen Jr. of Beaver; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were Jan. 6 at Rock Church Assembly, Kilsyth, with Pastor Leslie Allen officiating. Burial followed in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Beckley.

Condolences may be e-mailed to

Arrangements by Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.

Robert Jackson Warren

Robert Jackson Warren, 91, of Ansted, died Jan. 3, 2010, following a long illness.

Born March 30, 1918, in Ansted, he was a son of the late E.K. and Lucy Ella Warren. He also was preceded in death by his wife, Madeline A. Warren; brothers, Bill, James, Arthur and Lacy; and sisters, Viola, Marietta and Fannie. He was the last survivor of his immediate family.

Mr. Warren was a member and deacon of Ansted Baptist Church of Ansted.

He was past president of Local Union 29, now District 17, Local 6046. He retired from the coal industry in 1972.

Surviving: children, Joyce Eades and husband Richard, Ella Maddy and husband Thomas, Robert E. Warren and wife Judy; grandchildren, Warren Eades, Tammy Mills, Tina Wood, Theresa Bennett, Gregory Warren, Sally Warren and Billy J. Warren; great-grandchildren, Hollie Spicer, Megan Brunty, Matthew Eades, Justin Maddy, Breanna Mills; and great-great-grandchildren, Trenton, Trey, Hailey Mckenzia.

Funeral services were Jan. 6 at Ansted Baptist Church, with Rev. Warren Gilpin officiating. Entombment followed at the Chapel of Rest Mausoleum in Victor.

Please make donations to Ansted Baptist Church Building Fund, PO Box 388, Ansted, WV 25812.

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace of Ansted.

Marsha Kay Franklin Wiley

Marsha Kay Franklin Wiley, 53, of Mount Hope, died Dec. 29, 2009, at her home.

Born June 8, 1956, at Twilight, she was the daughter of Mae Massey Stone of Mount Hope, and the late Earl Franklin and stepdaughter of Ted Stone. A brother, David Earl Franklin, also preceded her in death.

She was a cashier for Eddie’s Food Market at Bradley.

Mrs. Wiley was a member of the Mount Hope Baptist Temple where she served as a deaconess and was Sunday school teacher for the young adults.

She was a graduate of Mount Hope High School.

Surviving, in addition to her mother and stepfather: her husband, George Ernie Wiley; sons, Brian Michael Szuch and wife Christina, and Gregory Scott Szuch, all of Mount Hope; a sister, Lisa Williams and husband Fred of Glen Jean; and grandchildren, Abigail Rose Szuch, Gabriel Landyn Szuch and Lucas Aaron Wiley.

Services were Jan. 3 at Tyree Funeral Home in Mount Hope with Rev. Carlyle Bloome officiating. Burial was at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Prosperity.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope.

Roy J. Yates

Roy James Yates, 80, of Minden, died Dec. 30, 2009, at his home.

Born Dec. 2, 1929, in Virginia, he was the son of the late Leroy and Gladys Boyd Yates.

Surviving: sons, Gary Wayne Yates of Cowen and Roy James Yates Jr.; daughter, Rena Yates of Florida; brother, Billy Joe Yates of Rock Lick; and a sister, Myrtle Francks of Rock Lick.

Mr. Yates was cremated. There was no visitation or service.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Charles Omar Zickafoose

Charles Omar Zickafoose, 87, of Beckwith, died Jan. 4, 2010, at Hidden Valley Nursing and Rehab Center in Oak Hill.

He was born Sept. 22, 1922, in Gauley Bridge, and was preceded in death by his wife, Helen Rose Zickafoose.

Charles was a retired coal miner having worked for Peabody Coal. He was a member of the Cotton Hill Baptist Church and the UMWA and was a World War II U.S. Marine Corps veteran.

Mr. Zickafoose donated his body to the Human Gift Registry at West Virginia University. The family will hold a memorial service at a later date.

Online condolcences may be sent at

Information submitted by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.