The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.

March 6, 2013

Obituaries — Thursday, March 7, 2013


Joyce Allen

Joyce Allen 70, of Oak Hill, died Feb. 25, 2013.

 There was a private memorial service March 2, at Blue Ridge Funeral Home.

Online condolences may be made by visiting www.blueridgefuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley.



Clarence Eugene ‘Buster’ Billings

Clarence Eugene “Buster” Billings, 93, died Feb. 24, 2013.

Born in Kilsyth, on Oct. 22, 1919, he was the fourth of 16 children born to the late Charley and Ada Billings. He also was preceded in death by six sisters and four brothers.

Clarence graduated from Pax High School, and served almost five years as a Master Sergeant in the Army Air Force during World War II.

Clarence was a member of Anchor and Ark Masonic Lodge No. 1027 in Waukegan, Ill., for 62 years. He worked as an electrical contractor, retiring in 1982.

Surviving: his devoted and beloved wife of over 65 years, Anita; a daughter Glenda Johnson of Fort Worth, Texas; a son, Alan (Amy) of Raleigh, N.C.; grandsons, Christopher Johnson of Denver, Colo., and Andrew Billings of Raleigh, N.C.; granddaughters, Kathryn Johnson Guardado (Ervey) of Fort Worth, Texas, and Emily Rose Billings of Raleigh, N.C.; sisters, Juanita Hatcher and Dorothy McCoy, both of Oak Hill; brothers, Harold (Barbara) Billings of Delaware, Ohio, Keith Billings of Round Lake, Ill., and Bobby (Rosetta) Billings of Custer Park, Ill.; and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were Feb. 28 at Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill, with Pastor Sam Vance of Packs Branch Baptist Church officiating. Burial followed at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Beckley, with military graveside rites by Oak Hill VFW Post #3110.

Memorial contributions in his name may be made to Bethel Baptist Church, 1111 W. Chatham St., Cary, NC 27511; or Packs Branch Baptist Church, 2343 Packs Branch Rd., Mount Hope, WV 25880.

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

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.



Madeline Callison

Madeline Callison, 94, of Springdale-Dawson Road, Meadow Bridge, died peacefully during her sleep just after midnight on Feb. 28, 2013.

Born July 8, 1918, on Hump Mountain, above Sandstone, she was the daughter of the late Robert Harvey and Sally Ann Mitchell Fox. She also was preceded in death by her husband, George Turner Callison, in 1979; brothers, James Raymond and Robert Woodrow Fox; and a granddaughter, Melanie Ruth Callison.

She graduated from Sandstone High School and was a faithful member of Meadow Grove Baptist Church of Dawson for all her adult life.

Surviving: sons, George Robert Callison and wife Drema of New Bern, N.C., Paul Turner Callison of the home in Meadow Bridge; daughter, Sue Ann Callison Wheeler of Forestville, Md.; adopted granddaughter, Lisa Callison Ramirez and husband Selvin of Laurel, Md.; twin granddaughters, Connie and Kassandra Callison of Grassy Meadows; grandson, George Gregory Callison and wife Gina of Ramseur, N.C.; great-granddaughter, Madeline Carol Callison of New Bern, N.C.; great-grandson, Logan Gregory Callison of New Bern, N.C.; niece, Geneva Fox Pishner of Beaver; numerous nieces and nephews on her husband’s side of the family.

Service was March 4 at Meadow Grove Baptist Church, Dawson, with Pastor Vince Deeds officiating, assisted by Rev. Bill Ferguson. Burial followed at Wallace Memorial Cemetery, Clintonville.

Donations of sympathy in honor of Mrs. Callison may be made to Meadow Grove Baptist Church, c/o Drema Helmick, Rt. 2 Box 147 W, Alderson, WV 24910.

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace of Rainelle.



Barbara Sue Chapman

Barbara Sue Chapman, 69, of Horseshoe Creek Road, Victor, died Feb. 23, 2013, in Morgantown.

Barbara was born April 13, 1943, in Charleston, the daughter of the late William Thomas Chapman and Margaret Leona Weaver Chapman. Barbara also was preceded in death by a brother, William Chapman

She was an electrician for Pittston Coal Co. and a member of Horseshoe Creek Baptist Church of Victor.

Surviving: a daughter, Laurel Fry and Skip of Westport, Ind.; sons, Daniel B. Richards of Commisky, Ind., John H. Richards and Cindy of Westport, Ind., and William D. Frost and Kimberly of Horseshoe Creek; brothers, Tom Chapman and Jan of Oak Hill; 11 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were March 1, at Horseshoe Creek Baptist Church in Victor, with Pastor Wade Samples officiating. Burial followed in Liberty Baptist Church Cemetery in Victor.

Online condolences may be sent at wallaceandwallacefh.com.

Arrangements by Wallace and Wallace of Ansted.



Melvina Stanley Evans

Melvina Stanley Evans, 95, of Oak Hill, died March 2, 2013, at Plateau Medical Center in Oak Hill.

Born Aug. 30, 1917, at Kayford Mountain, she was the daughter of the late James and Fairlena Holsten Stanley. She also was preceded in death by her husband, John William “Bill” Evans; son-in-law, Denver Turner; her brother, Herf Stanley; and a sister, Priscilla Grant.

Mrs. Evans attended the Crossroads Apostolic Holiness Church, Bradley.

She was a homemaker.

Surviving: daughter, Shirley Turner of Beckley; grandchildren, John E. Turner, Tina M. Dyba, Denver W. Turner Jr., James L.Turner, Mary Arlan, and Michael L. Turner; and seven great-grandchildren.

Services will be on Friday, March 8, at 1 p.m. at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens Mausoleum #3 in Prosperity with Pastor Ken Owens officiating. Burial will follow.

Friends may call one hour prior to the service on Friday at the mausoleum.

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

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.



Schuyler Bruce ‘Sky’ Hickman

Schuyler Bruce “Sky” Hickman died Feb. 28, 2013, in Raleigh General Hospital, Beckley, following a short illness.

Born Oct. 24, 1950, in Uniontown, Pa., he was the only son of the late Paul and Virginia Harris Hickman. Sky also was preceded in death by his son, Schuyler B. Hickman II.

When he was 12 years old, his mother relocated to Washington, D.C., where he graduated from Anacostia High School in 1968.

He met Jacqueline C. Wilkerson and they were married on May 5, 1971.

Sky’s most beloved hobby was fishing.

Surviving: his devoted wife of 41 years, Jacqueline C. Hickman; sons, Keith A. (Lisa) Hickman and Brandon C. (Kristin) Hickman; daughter, Caryn A. Hickman; grandson, Myles D. Hickman; goddaughter, Michelle Lee; mother-in-law, four sisters-in-law, one brother-in-law and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Funeral services were March 5 at First Baptist Church, Harlem Heights, with the Revs. Paul S. Baker and Shannon Robinson officiating.

The family requests donations be made to the Jimmy V Foundation for cancer research at www.jimmyv.org.

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

Arrangements by Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.



John Edward ‘Ed’ Holt

John Edward “Ed” Holt, 64, of Oak Hill, died March 2, 2013, at Raleigh General Hospital in Beckley.

Born Jan. 4, 1949, in Oak Hill, he was the son of the late John Earl Holt and the late Bonnie Warden Holt Navicki.

Ed was a member of Oak Hill Masonic Lodge #120 AF&AM and had recently retired from Alpha Natural Resources where he ended his 45 years of employment as a purchaser in the coal industry.

Surviving: his wife of 46 years, Ruth Ann Tucker Holt of Oak Hill; his beloved daughters, Tara Holt of Myrtle Beach, S.C., and Kim Kupec and her husband, Justin, of Morgantown; cherished grandchildren, Emma, Nate and Ella Kupec; loving sister and brother, Rita Kay Jefferies and Mike Navicki; sister- and brothers-in-law, Patty and Larry Nutter, Jack and Cami Suzza, Donna and Kenny Thomas and Saundra Tucker; and his mother-in-law, Ruth Suzza.

The family will respectfully honor Ed’s request for no memorial service. A visitation was held March 4 at the Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Donations may be made in Ed’s memory to the American Cancer Society, 200 Woodlawn Avenue, Beckley, WV 25801.

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

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.



Marie June Kelly

Marie June Kelly, 79, of Fayetteville, died March 2, 2013, at Bowers Hospice House, Beckley.

Born June 5, 1933, at Coal City, she was the daughter of the late Lloyd and Virgie Holcomb Ellison. She also was preceded in death by her husband, Willie Buford Kelly.

Mrs. Kelly was a member of Fayetteville First Church of God.

She loved animals and she loved taking care of her dogs and birds.

Surviving: her children, Connie (Eddie) Dickerson, Gladys (George) Gowman, Michael (Sherry) Kelly, Sarah (Greg Cook) Kelly, Juanita (Jim Molanick) Cook, and Tommy (Carol) Kelly; grandchildren, Crystal, Wesley, Mary, Junior Dickerson, Tabitha, Steven, Christine Horn, and Michael Kelly Jr., Mary Davis, Jamie Kelley, Samantha Johnson, Elizabeth Cook, Alexander and Amanda Kelly; great-grandchildren, Anna Marie Kelly, Mira Delenn Melton, Waylon Cash Repass, Laura, Brianna and Stephanie Porter, Julie and Jessica Kelley, Harold Kinley III, Colton Repass, Emily Rose Kelly, Ethan Horn, Laura Bautista, and Clairon Horn; brother, Olif Ellison; and other extended family and friends.

Funeral services were March 5 at Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, Fayetteville, with Rev. Luke Richmond officiating. Burial followed at the Kelly Family Cemetery, Fayetteville.

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

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



Marion H. ‘Bush’ Mardis

Marion H. “Bush” Mardis, 81, of Hico, died suddenly at West Virginia University in Morgantown, on Feb. 27, 2013.

Born Sept. 19, 1930, in Laurel County, Ky., he was the son of the late Raymond and Avis Cornett Mardis.

Marion was a member of F.O.P. of Miami, Ohio; he was a Kentucky Colonel, a member of the American Legion in Indiana, self-taught of water color, a security police for Miami University of Oxford, Ohio, and of the Baptist faith.

“Bush” is survived by his wife, Edith Mardis; a son, Bruce Edward Mardis and Kathy of Eaton, Ohio; a brother, Wayne Mardis of Hampton, Va.; grandchildren, Michael, Erick, Terry, Jerami; and a great-grandchild, Aden.

Funeral service was March 2 at Wallace and Wallace Funeral Home Chapel in Ansted, with Rev. Freddie Parkins officiating. Burial followed at the Mardis Family Cemetery on Stringtown Road, Hico.

Online condolences may be sent to wallaceandwallacefh.com.

Arrangements by Wallace and Wallace of Ansted.

Beatrice ‘Bea’ Alice Berry Page

Beatrice “Bea” Alice Berry Page, 92, of Oak Hill, died Feb. 23, 2013, at the home of her daughter in Springfield, Va.

Born March 21, 1920, at Weirwood, she was the daughter of the late John and Cecilia Dunbar Berry. She also was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, Walter Page, on Oct. 11, 2003; a son, Donald R. Page; grandson, Brian D. Craft Sr.; son-in-law, John Craft; brothers, William, James, John “Jack,” Howard and Harold “Dolly” Berry; and sisters, Nellie Robinson, Evelyn Wofford, Catherine Rackley and Elsie Neuman.

Bea attended Summerlee Grade School and was a 1939 graduate of Oak Hill High School.

A retired bookkeeper, she worked for Dr. W.P. Bittinger and for 26 years at New River Supply in Oak Hill. She was a former postmistress at Summerlee.

She was a lifelong member of the Summerlee Presbyterian Church where she was a member of the Adult Bible Class, the choir and the Presbyterian Women and was a former Sunday school teacher.

She enjoyed tennis, baseball and bowling and was a member of the Beckley Women’s Bowling Association. She had bowled in both state and national tournaments.

Surviving: daughter, Nancy Craft of Springfield, Va.; daughter-in-law, Linda Page of Georgetown, Ky.; grandchildren, Tammy Craft of Wakefield, Va., Christie and David Wilder of Ft. Rucker, Ala., Steven Page of Georgetown, Ky., and Cari Craft of Springfield, Va.; great-grandchildren, Joseph Hardy, Tyler Page, Brian Craft Jr., John Walter Craft, Brandon Patty and Nikki Wilder; and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were March 3 at Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill, with Rev. John McKinnon 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.



Geneva Esta Patton

Geneva Esta Patton, 81, of Lochgelly, died Feb. 27, 2013.

Visitation was March 2 at Wallace and Wallace Funeral Home Chapel in Ansted. A private burial was at Mt. Gilead Cemetery in Pool.

Online condolences may be sent to wallaceandwallacefh.com.

Arrangements by Wallace and Wallace of Ansted.



Charles Fredrick Sedlock Jr.

Charles Fredrick “Charlie” Sedlock Jr., 76, of Fayetteville, died March 1, 2013, at the Hilltop Center.

Born Feb. 21, 1937, at Nuttallburg, he was the son of the late Charles Fredrick Sedlock Sr. and the late Annie Syner Sedlock.

Charlie was the owner/operator of Charlie’s Pub in Fayetteville. Before he retired while living in Ohio, he was a Teamster member in Mansfield, Ohio.

Surviving: his brothers, Chester Sedlock, Melvin Sedlock, and Jerry Sedlock.

Funeral services were March 4 at Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home Chapel, Fayetteville, with Pastor Glen Kuhn officiating. Burial followed at Restlawn Memory Gardens at Victor.

Memorials in Charlie’s memory may be made to Hilltop Center, In Memory of Charlie Sedlock, PO Box 125, Hilltop, WV 25855. The memorials will be used to purchase rocking chairs for the other residents.

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

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



Billy Ray Simms

Billy Ray Simms, 73, of Clifftop, died Feb. 28, 2013, at Bowers Hospice House following a long battle with lung cancer.

He was born Sept. 11, 1939, at Thayer, son of the late William H. and Madeline G. Simms. He also was preceded in death by his brothers, Jimmy Dale and Howard “Duke” Simms, and sister, Virginia “Bo” Pouncey.

Bill was retired from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and recently from Babcock State Park as the Grist Mill operator.

He was a member of the Minnie Belle Baptist Church, Corliss.  

Surviving: his wife, Rose; sons, Adam of Napa, Calif., and Aaron of Smoot; stepsons, James Simms of Clifftop, Steven Simms of Rainelle; stepdaughter, Tammy Hicks of Barboursville; grandchildren, Savanna, Ian and Todd Simms; stepgrandchildren, Brandon, Anthony, Jacob, Heaven, Heather, Tiffany, Samantha and Patty; and sisters, Pat Akers of Rainelle and Barbara Willey of Corliss.

Funeral services were March 5 at Wallace and Wallace Funeral Home in Rainelle with Rev. Gene Bennett and James Simms officiating. Burial followed at Wallace Memorial Cemetery, Clintonville.

The family requests that memorial donations be made to the American Cancer Society or the Bowers Hospice House.  

Arrangements by Wallace and Wallace Funeral Home, Rainelle.



Perry Gray Stover

Perry Gray Stover, 93, of Mossy, died Feb. 25, 2013, at Raleigh General Hospital in Beckley.

Born June 26, 1919, at Kingston, he was the son of the late Charlie and Ada Thompson Stover. He also was preceded in death by his brothers, Kenneth Stover and James Stover, and a sister, Dorothy Blake.

He was a retired coal miner, having worked at Riverton Coal Company.

Mr. Stover was a member of the Mossy Living Word Church.

He served in the U.S. Army during World War II.

Surviving: his wife, Thelma Mae Settle Stover; son, Roger Gray Stover and wife Angela of Covington, Va.; grandchildren, Amanda Renee Griffith and husband Kevin of Covington, Va., Scott Schell of Lynchburg, Va., and Barry Schell of Covington, Va.; great-grandchildren, Riley Griffith, Natalie Griffith and Wyatt Griffith, all of Covington, Va.; and a special niece, Carol Ford.

Funeral services were March 1 at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill with Pastor Paul Basham officiating. Burial was at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Prosperity.

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

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.



Charles Edward West

Charles Edward West, 74, of Gatewood, died March 4, 2013, at Plateau Medical Center in Oak Hill.

Born Aug. 4, 1938, at Sanger, he was the son of the late Paul Winston and Winnie Smith West. He also was preceded in death by three brothers, Bill West, Walter E. West and Melvin West; and a sister, Martha Yoder.

Surviving: brothers, Harold West of Fayetteville, Delmas West of Whipple and James Jake West of Mount Hope; a sister, Irene Hamilton of Oak Hill; and several nieces and nephews.

At his request, Mr. West was cremated. A memorial service will be held at a later date. His cremains will be interred at the Smith Cemetery at Meador Fork.

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



Ronald Dean Wriston

Ronald Dean Wriston died Feb. 27, 2013.

He was born in Clear Creek on Jan. 13, 1940. He was preceded in death by his fathers, Carvis Wriston and Billy Queen; mother, Madeline Toney Wriston Queen; grandparents, Belle and Wayman Wriston, and Hazel and Reggie Webb; sister-in-law, Karen Queen; special aunt and uncle, Joveline and Clarence Williams of Beckley; and in-laws, Wesley and Theresa Lipford, who were like his parents.

He was a retired coal miner.

He was a member of Hughes Creek Community Church and deeply loved his pastor and his wife, Gary and Barbara Tucker. Our Daddy loved all his church family.

Surviving: his loving wife of 52 years, Patricia (Lipford) Wriston; sons and their wives, Dean and Kim Wriston of Baltimore, Md., Chris and Shelly Wriston of Hugheston, John and Doris Wriston of Glasgow, and Paul and Tina Wriston of Hugheston; sister, Diane and Clifton Ashley of Beckley; brothers, Kelly and Barb Wriston of Clear Creek, Billy Bryant and Norma Queen of St. Marys, and Johnny Ray Queen of Mineral Wells; 10 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren and one due in May, all whom he loved unconditionally. He also was admired and loved by a host of nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was March 3 at the Hughes Creek Community Church with Pastor Gary Tucker officiating.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Hughes Creek Community Church Building Fund at the following address: PO Box 136, Hugheston, WV  25110.

Expressions of sympathy may be sent to www.odellfuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home in Montgomery.