The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.

August 28, 2013

Obituaries — Thursday, August 29, 2013


Margaret Virginia Pack Callaway

Margaret Virginia Pack Callaway, 72, of Oak Hill, died Aug. 25, 2013, at CAMC-General Division in Charleston from injuries received in an automobile accident.

Born May 21, 1941, at Streeter, she was the daughter of the late James Wilson and Flora Day Meador Pack. Her husband, Harry Mayo Callaway; a grandson, Bradley Kinston; sister, Dorothy Buckland and two brothers, Harold Lee Pack and Jennings Pack, also preceded her in death.

She was a retired cook for Hilltop Nursing and Rehab Center.

Mrs. Callaway was a member of the Oak Hill Alliance Church.

Surviving: sons, Randy Eugene Wills and wife Tonya of Fayetteville and Frank Dale Wills and wife Beth Lynn of Colorado; sisters, Betty Keith and husband Don of Fayetteville and Lucindy Farley and husband Clownie of Pax; brother, Sidney Pack of Mount Hope; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be on Friday, Aug. 30 at 11 a.m. at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill with Rev. Albert “Skip” Bowman and Rev. Clarence Grigsby officiating. Entombment will be at High Lawn Memorial Park Mausoleum, Oak Hill.

Visitation will be held at Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill on Thursday, Aug. 29 from 6 to 8 p.m.

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

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.



Phyllis Gail Sawyers Capps

Phyllis Gail Sawyers Capps, 59, of Jasper, Ala., died Aug. 23, 2013.

Born March 2, 1954, at Raleigh General Hospital in Beckley, she was the daughter of Charles “Cotton” Sawyers and Betty Jane Wenger Sawyers of Backus Mountain.

Phyllis was always laughing and having fun and was friends with everyone.

Phyllis had worked as a maintenance administrator for AT&T. She was also a graduate of Meadow Bridge High School.

Surviving, in addition to her parents: her husband, Paul G. Capps of Jasper, Ala.; a sister, Vickie Zickafoose and husband L.A. of Backus Mountain; brothers, Darrell Sawyers of Schaumburg, Ill., and Dale Sawyers of Backus Mountain; nephews, Charles Sawyers and wife Kathy of L.I.T.H., Ill., Brian Sawyers of Schaumburg, Ill., Eric Sawyers and wife Jennifer of Layland and Jason Zickafoose and friend Kristen of Backus Mountain; and a niece, Amy Zickafoose and friend Matt of Natural Bridge, Va.

Friends gathered with the family on Aug. 28 at the Wallace & Wallace Chapel in Rainelle. The body will then go back to New Horizon Funeral Home at Dora, Ala., and be buried at New Horizon Cemetery.

West Virginia visitation was conducted by Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Rainelle.



Anna Maye Comer Collins

Anna Maye Comer Collins, 92, of Oak Hill, died Aug. 25, 2013, at Bowers Hospice House in Beckley, following a brief illness.

Born Nov. 10, 1920, at Wikle, Monroe County, she was the daughter of the late William Arch and Emily Annie Miller Comer. She also was preceded in death by her husband, Dewey “Buzz” Collins, in 1993; a brother, Harry Estel Comer, in 2012; and sisters, Pauline Velma Lewis in 1980 and Virginia Helen Comer in 2006.

As a preschooler she moved with her family to Beckley, where she was raised and graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in 1938.

Following World War II, Maye married Francis Dewey Collins in 1946. Together they owned and operated Collins Television and Radio on Main Street in Oak Hill for 28 years. In 1963 they became members of the Oak Hill United Methodist Church where Maye was active in the Revecca Bible Class and the Women’s 3F Groups. She had a life long interest in sewing, quilting and cooking.

Surviving: nieces, Carol Ann Zizelman of Rockford, Ohio, and Jane Ellen Comer of West Palm Beach, Fla.; nephew, Richard Lewis of Overland Park, Kansas; and sisters-in-law, Bonnie Nichols of Beaver Creek, Ohio, and Betty Carter of Roanoke, Va.

Funeral services were Aug. 28 at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill with Dr. Charles D. Miller officiating. Burial was at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Prosperity.

Memorial donations may be made to Bowers Hospice House, 454 Cranberry Drive, Beckley WV 25801 or Fayette Plateau Ministerial Association Food Pantry, PO Box 883, Oak Hill WV 25901.

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

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.



Loren Jackson Fox Sr.

Loren Jackson Fox Sr., 87, of Oak Hill, died Aug. 5, 2013.

At his request, his body has been donated to the Human Gift Registry at West Virginia University. A memorial service was held Aug. 24 at the Oak Hill Baptist Church with Pastor Bryan Knight and Pastor David White officiating.

The family requests that contributions be made in Loren’s name to Bowers Hospice House, 454 Cranberry Drive, Beckley, WV 25801.

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

Information submitted by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.



William Goodson

William Herman Goodson, 68, of Fayetteville, died Aug. 25, 2013, at Plateau Medical Center.

Born Dec. 13, 1944, at Hawks Nest, he was the son of the late Herman and Mary Perdue Goodson.

Mr. Goodson was a retired coal miner.

Surviving: his beloved wife of 49 years, Bessie Goodson; children, Sam (Tina) Goodson, Farren (Barbara) Goodson, Chris (Judy) Goodson, Lesa (Lewis) McComas, and John (Melissa) Goodson; two brothers; three sisters; and grandchildren, Atticus, Cyrus, Jessica, Raymond, Kenneth, and Fredrick.

Funeral services were Aug. 28 at Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home Chapel, Fayetteville, with Pastor Morris Nutter officiating. Burial followed in Huse Memorial Park, Fayetteville.

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

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



Kenny Lee Johnston

Kenny Lee Johnston, 53, of Kincaid, died Aug. 20, 2013, at Bowers Hospice House in Beckley.

Born Jan. 8, 1960, at Montgomery, he was the son of Geneva Neal Johnston of Oak Hill, and the late Robert William Johnston. A son, Kenny Lee Johnston, also preceded him in death.

Mr. Johnston was a member of the Page Baptist Church.

He was an active member of the Loop Creek Fire Department for 35 years.

Surviving, in addition to his mother: his wife, Nancy E. Wriston Johnston; children, Paul Johnston, Vickie Johnston and Destiny Johnston, all of Texas, Nathan Payne of Kincaid and Jacklyn Payne of Pax;  brothers, Robert Wayne Johnston of Page and Gary Johnston of Robson; sisters, Beverly Floyd of Robson and Elain Lanham of Oak Hill; and five grandchildren.

Funeral service was Aug. 24 at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill with Pastor Delmas Wolfe 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.



Peggy Jean Pridemore

Peggy Jean Pridemore, 82, of Ansted, died Aug. 25, 2013, at Ansted Center, following a long illness.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete.

Arrangements by Wallace and Wallace of Ansted.

Barbara Gail Smith

Barbara Gail Smith, 75, of Oak Hill, died March 10, 2013, at Plateau Medical Center in Oak Hill.

Born Aug. 16, 1937. at Beckley, she was the daughter of the late Roby Grant and Gola Myrtle McLain Smith. Her brothers, Mack H. Smith and Gerald Steven Smith, and sister-in-law, Ruth Nester Smith, also preceded her in death.

A longtime resident of Twin Oaks Apartments in Oak Hill, Barbara Gail was a member of the Oak Hill Gospel Tabernacle.

Surviving: niece, Teresa Black and husband Roger; nephew, Mark Smith; sister-in-law, Starlette Nester Smith; and several cousins

Graveside rites and committal services, with burial following, will be on Aug. 31 at 2 p.m. at High Lawn Memorial Park in Oak Hill.

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

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.



Betty Loretta Smith

Betty Loretta Smith, 84, of Oak Hill, died Aug. 22, 2013, in the Pinelodge Care and Rehab Center at Stanaford.

Born Nov. 15, 1928, at Plum Orchard, she was the daughter of the late Wetzel Aliff and Garnet Wriston Aliff. She was the last surviving member of her immediate family. She also was preceded in death by her husband, Carlos E. Smith; sons, JC Smith and Dallas Smith; brothers, Gene Reece, Robert Aliff, Luther Aliff and Bill Reece; and sisters, Nettie Ruth Lipscomb and Opal Faye Aliff.

Betty loved God and attended the Life Bridge Assembly of God in Oak Hill. She was a Sunday school teacher, homemaker, caregiver, and craft maker; she made beautiful doll clothes.

Surviving: Uncle Willis Wriston; nephews, Randy Lipscomb and his companion, Karon, and Billy Reece and his wife, Robin; nieces, Barb Eberhardt and her husband, Randy, and Robin Sinkhorn; numerous great- and great-great-nieces and nephews; and special friends, Wanda and Jim Burggraff and family.

Funeral service was Aug. 25 at High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill, with Rev. Bobby Adkins officiating. Burial followed in High Lawn Memorial Park.

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

Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.



Betty Helen Frances Stewart

Betty Helen Frances Stewart, 73, of Chesterfield, Va., formerly of Oak Hill, died at the home of her son, Richard, in Chesterfield on Aug. 24, 2013.

Born May 18, 1940, at Red Star, she was the daughter of the late Frank and Annie Mildred Ward Dick. Her husband, Richard Eugene Stewart, also preceded her in death.

She was a homemaker and had worked as a restaurant cook.

Surviving: sons, Richard Eugene Stewart Jr. of Chesterfield, Va., and Robin Gale Stewart of Broadway, Va.; daughters, Helen Horten of Anchorage, Alaska, and Catherine Lin Stewart of Charlotte, N.C.; brothers, Jesse and Charles Dick, both of Oak Hill; sisters, Faye Hall of New Jersey and Carol Stone of Oak Hill; and grandchildren, Tristen R. Horten, Justen M. Horten, Richard E Stewart Jr., Kristen G. Sharp and Cole M. Stewart.

Funeral services was Aug. 27 at Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill, with Pastor Richard Early officiating. Burial followed at Huse Memorial Park, Fayetteville.

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

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.



George Curtis Stone

George Curtis Stone, 75, of Oak Hill, died Aug. 24, 2013, at a Beckley hospital.

Born Oct. 1, 1937, he was the son of the late John Dewey Stone and Wavie Morton Stone. He also was preceded in death by a brother, Stanley Stone, and two sisters, Norma Humphreys, and Lavonive Lacy.

George was a member of the Emmanuel Baptist Church in Fayetteville.

Surviving: his loving wife of 52 years, Shelia Sue (Light) Stone; sons, Carl Edward Stone and his wife, Tammy, of Green Bank, and Gregory Wayne Stone and his wife, Karen, of Lansing; brothers, John D. Stone and his wife, Virginia, of Fayetteville, Franklin Delmont Stone and his wife, Barbara, of Clintonville, Shirold Denzel Stone and his wife, Carol, of Oak Hill, Allen Stone and his wife, Betty, of Hometown;  sisters, Genevieve Miller of Hurricane, Meredith Neal and her husband, Hubert, of Beckley, and Carol Sue Osborne of Cardin, Ohio; grandchildren, Brandon Stone, Lindsey Stone, Bethany Stone, and Alex Furgusonl; sister-in-law, Dorothy Stone of Oak Hill; and “Gracie,” his miniature schnauzer.

Funeral service was Aug. 27 at High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill, with Rev. Justin Seay officiating. Burial followed in High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill.

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

Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.



Michael Ray Tincher

Michael Ray Tincher, 45, of Oak Hill, died Aug. 26, 2013, at CAMC General Division in Charleston.

Born May 4, 1968, in Beckley, he was the son of the late William “Bill” and Joyce Newton Craft.

He was a self-employed auto body technician.

He attended the Church of God of Prophecy in Oak Hill.

Surviving: his wife, Beth Ann Evans Tincher; brother, Steve Tincher and wife Tena of Oak Hill; sister, Debra Pemberton and husband John of Oak Hill; nieces, Tina Miller of Oak Hill, Lena Lambert of Oak Hill, Becky Tincher of Oak HIll, Abagail and Bailea Huddleston of Kimberly, and Amanda Pemberton and Elizabeth Li, both of Oak Hill; great-nephews, Harley Tincher, Dakota Miller and Jace Fuller, all of Oak Hill; great-nieces, Jewell Tincher, Kelsie Miller and Gracie Tincher, all of Oak Hill; and his mother- and father-in-law, Thomas and Anna Evans of Oak Hill.

In accordance with his wishes, Mr. Tincher was cremated. A memorial service will be on Thursday, Aug. 29 at 6 p.m. at the Church of God of Prophecy on Patrick Street off Pea Ridge Road in Oak Hill with Pastor Debbie Minor officiating.

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

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.



James Ralph Toney

James Ralph Toney, 79, of Houghton Lake, Mich., died Aug. 20, 2013, at home surrounded by his loving family.

James was born Feb. 14, 1934, in Lookout, son of the late William and Nellie (Holliday) Toney. James also was preceded in death by his wife, Ann; daughters, Vicki Toney and Rhoda Attanasio; and brother, Harrison.

James served in the Air Force during the Korean War.

He was married on March 20, 1954, in Ansted, to Ann L. Arthur. The couple moved to the Detroit area where Jim was a machinist for Preston Spring of Ferndale for many years.

Following the death of his wife Ann in 2009 and his failing health, he moved to Houghton Lake making his residence with his daughter, Barbara. His love and passion was his family and then fishing.

Surviving: his sons, James (Wilma) Toney Jr. of Warren, Mich., and Harrison (Shelley) Toney and Roger Toney, both of Ansted; daughters, Barbara (Darrell) Wekwert of Houghton Lake, and Elizabeth (Harold) Peck of Ansted; sisters, Clara Kincaid of Ansted and Evelyn (John) Holden of Victor; brothers, David Toney and Frank (Debbie) Toney, both of Ansted, Phillip (Jean) Toney of Sterling Heights, Mich., and Charlie Holliday of Montgomery; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews.

A family graveside service will be held at the Good Hope Cemetery in West Virginia.

Online condolences can be sent at www.christler-holdship.com.

Arrangements by Christler Funeral Home, Houghton Lake Chapel.



Maggie Cascio Vargo

Maggie Cascio Vargo, 86, of Stanaford, died Aug. 18, 2013, at The Villages of Greystone, in Beaver.

Born March 27, 1927, at Kilsyth, she was the daughter of the late Guiseppi Cascio and Carmela Eniti Cascio. She also was preceded in death by her husband, George Vargo; sister, Marie Cascio; brother, Charles Cascio; brother-in-law, John Kosco; and niece, Linda Carol Cascio.

Maggie was a member of the Stanaford Missionary Baptist Church at Stanaford.

Maggie was named Postmaster in 1972 at the Stanaford Post Office. She was the first woman in her community to serve in that position. She first joined the Stanaford Post Office staff when sending a postcard cost three cents and people went to the coal company store for their mail. She retired after 40 years as both clerk and Postmaster at the Stanaford Post Office.

Surviving: sisters, Annie Cascio of Beckley, Josephine Cascio Kosco and companion Merton Trombly of Trenton, N.J., and JoAnn Cascio Dow and husband Dana of Braselton, Ga.; and many loving nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was Aug. 23 at High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill, with Pastor George Wood officiating. She will be cremated and interred in High Lawn Memorial Park.

The family requests donations in her memory be made to the Stanaford Missionary Baptist Church, PO Box 294, Stanaford WV 25927 (include “In Memory of Maggie Cascio Vargo” on your check or money order).

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

Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.



Sharon Lynn Withrow

Sharon Lynn Withrow, 74, of The Villages, Fla., formerly of Shrewsbury, died Aug. 24, 2013, after a long courageous battle with cancer.

Born in Pratt, she was the daughter of the late Lawrence and Kathleen Spearen of Fayetteville. She also was preceded in death by a sister, Ardith McKinney of Fayetteville.

Sharon was a faithful member of Shrewsbury Community Church for many years and attended The New Covenent United Methodist Church while living in The Villages.

She lived in Shrewsbury for 36 years and retired in Florida in 2003. Sharon was the accountant for the family businesses through the years.

In Florida she was involved in various activities, clubs, volunteering, and loved to play golf.

Sharon was very faithful in serving Christ and lived her life as an example to be followed. She was a dedicated and loving wife, mother and grandmother.

Surviving: her loving husband of 50 years, Ernest “Whitey” Withrow; daughters, Paula Barton and husband Tony of Powhatan, Va., and Jill Childers and husband Darren of Fairmont; grandsons that she dearly loved more than anything, Cody Barton, and Isaac and David Childers; brothers, Joe Spearen and wife Carol of Bobtown, Pa., and Richard Spearen and wife Judy of Fayetteville; sister, Penny Olimpio and husband Joe of The Villages, Fla., and Mary Alice “Tootsie” and Randy Perdue of Ansted; and a very dear aunt, Pet Spearen of Fayetteville.

A celebration of Sharon’s life will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30 at Cooke Funeral Home, Cedar Grove, with Pastor Paul Leftwich officiating. Burial will follow in Kanawha Valley Memorial Gardens, Glasgow.  

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home, 600 Old Fort St., Cedar Grove.

Flowers or memorial donations to Shrewsbury Community Church will be appreciated by the family.

Online condolences may be extended at www.cookefuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by Cooke Funeral Home, Cedar Grove.



Allane Rhoda Carter Young

Born March 21, 1935, in Lewiston, Idaho, Allane Rhoda Carter Young was a compassionate giver, a fun-loving spirit, and an inspiring role model until her death on Aug. 20, 2013.

Allane lived a life of helping others. This brought her as much or more joy as it did those she helped. She began her life of giving by working with her seven sisters at her mother’s market. There, she learned the importance of a close-knit family and community as they provided food and supplies to all, including Native Americans at the nearby reservation.

Her compassion for those less fortunate led her to the field of nursing and she graduated from the Deaconess School of Nursing in Spokane, Wash., in 1956. This was followed by a 40-year career of helping others who needed it most. She helped across many types of needs including newborns, surgery, post-operative recovery, and cardiac testing. She worked at hospitals, clinics, and even physician’s offices. Near the end of her career, she became Director of Nursing at the Rainelle Medical Center where she helped start a program for black lung patients. She cared deeply for all the patients she encountered.

Along the way, her desire to help others seemed to grow unbounded. In addition to her nursing career, she taught special education in Crichton; worked with children and babies in Bluefield, and in Lewiston, Idaho; led two large programs to help mentally and physically handicapped children at the FMRS clinic in Beckley; and began a private school for mentally disabled children in Scarbro. For this last effort, Allane was named “Person of the Year” for Fayette County in 1978. Allane became a consummate teacher who especially enjoyed helping children learn.

Allane acquired much of the knowledge she passed to others from reading books. Although she also loved gardening, camping, and listening to bluegrass music, she had an unbridled passion for reading. For several years, Allane worked as a volunteer at the Rainelle Public Library. She inspired others to share her joy of reading by giving books to everyone she met, from the youngest child to the oldest adult. She gave and gave, and not just books, always seeming to know just what was needed, and often saying this is what she enjoyed most in life — giving.

Allane met her soulmate, Doff Young, while she was in nursing school and Doff was serving in the military, stationed in Spokane, Wash. They married in 1955.

Allane is survived by her husband, Doff, as well as their son, Steve Young, and his wife, Julie, of Poquoson, Va.; their daughter, Corinna Foreman and her husband, George, of Cross Lanes; grandchildren, Kelli Alpaugh, Kristi Pruett, Madison Young, Seth Young, Sophie Young, and Jacob Foreman; and four great-grandchildren.

Reflecting on her life, Allane wrote, “With inspiration and comfort from God, and Jesus’ continued presence, life was a pleasure.”

There will be a celebration of Allane’s life at the Youngs’ farm in Rainelle on Saturday, Sept. 7, at 1 p.m. All those who knew Allane or the family are welcome.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to HospiceCare, 16016 Kanawha Blvd. W, Charleston, WV 25387-2536.

Arrangements by Cooke Funeral Home, Cedar Grove.