The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.

November 7, 2012

Obituaries - Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012

Karen Ann Barley

Karen Ann Barley, 71, of Maple Fork, died Oct. 26, 2012, in Fairfax, Va.

Born Aug. 8, 1941, in Omaha, Neb., she was the daughter of the late William and Dorothy Baird Worthington. She also was preceded in death by her husband, Samuel Ray Barley.

Karen was a member of the Mt. Hope Winolia Chapter of the Order of Eastern Star.

Surviving: her daughter, Stacy Riggs and her husband, Rich, of Lorton, Va.; grandchildren, Austin and Madison Riggs; as well as numerous sisters and brothers-in-law, nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were Nov. 3, in the Calfee Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Skee Barley officiating. Burial followed in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens.

The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 12110, Charleston, WV 25302.

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Arrangements by Calfee Funeral Home, Beckley.

Herbert Edward Bowyer

Herbert Edward Bowyer, 78, of Route 1, Fayetteville, died Oct. 31, 2012, at his home surrounded by family.

Born Oct. 23, 1934, at Oak Hill, he was the son of the late Jesse Herbert Bowyer and Cleo (Atkins) Bowyer. He also was preceded in death by three older sisters.

Surviving: his loving wife of over 55 years, Zetta Jane (Bernath) Bowyer; sons, David Bowyer, and Herbie Bowyer and his wife, Donna, all of Fayetteville, and Mark Allen Bowyer and his wife, Olivia, of Vineland, N.J.; daughter, Deanna Lynne Brooks of Fayetteville; sister, Bertha Mae Compton and her husband, Bennie, of Ft. Wayne, Ind.; three grandsons; four granddaughters; 11 great-grandchildren; three special sisters-in-law; one special brother-in-law; and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was Nov. 5 at High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill, with Rev. Joe Cuthbertson officiating. Burial followed in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens at Beckley with military rites conducted by the Oak Hill V.F.W. Post 3110.

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Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.

Ronald Mark Chapman Jr.

Ronald Mark Chapman Jr., 38, of Mount Hope, died Oct. 31, 2012, at Raleigh General Hospital in Beckley.

Born Dec. 20, 1973, at Beckley, he was the son of Ronald Mark Chapman and his wife, Lisa, of Beckley, and Roberta Vipperman Clark and her husband, James, of Mount Hope.

Surviving, in addition to his parents: his wife, Renee Hall Chapman; children, Savannah Brooke Chapman and Zachary Jordan Brown, both of Mount Hope, Cheyenne Dakotalynn Chapman of Virginia, Devin Michael Hobart of Ohio and Peyton Olivia Chapman of Bolt; sisters, Evelyn Marie Dwier of Crab Orchard, April Dawn Chapman of Mount Hope, and Tabitha Rice of Crab Orchard; and brothers, John Chapman of Crab Orchard and James Chapman of Beckley.

Funeral services were Nov. 4, at Tyree Funeral Home in Mount Hope, with Rev. Jerry Tyree officiating. Burial was at Sunset Memorial Park, Beckley.

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Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope.

Patricia Ann Forquer Wills Crummitt

Mrs. Patricia Ann Forquer Wills-Crummitt of Elloree, S.C., formerly of Oak Hill and Powhatan, Va., died Oct. 29, 2012.

Born July 15, 1946, in Washington, D.C., she was the daughter of the late Barney Forquer and Mertice Morris Forquer. She also was preceded in death by first husband, Gene A. Wills.

She loved spending time with her grandchildren and family and spoiling her special son (dog) Duke. She enjoyed riding the trike with Ole Man, reading, collecting dolls, and clowns.

Surviving: her husband, Albie “Ole Man” Crummitt of Elloree, S.C.; her son, Joseph R. Wills of Culpepper, Va.; her daughter-in-law, Abby E. Wills of Culpepper; grandchildren, Gina Nicole Wills and Dylan Patrick Wills of Culpepper; brothers, James Morris (Vickie) of California and John Forquer of North Carolina; sisters, Betty Green (Phil) of Maryland and Sharon Stone of Virginia; eight step-children; a very special niece, Sharon Green, and many nieces, nephews, family and friends.

A graveside service was held Nov. 3 at Resthaven Memorial Gardens, Frederick, Md.

Donations can be made to Amedisys Hospice Care, 1180 Boulevard St., Orangeburg, SC 29115, or Community Living Inc., 620-B Research Ct., Frederick, MD 21703.

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Information submitted by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Vincent R. Dixon

Vincent R. Dixon, 91, of Peoria, Ill., died Oct. 31, 2012, at East Peoria Rosewood Care Center.

Vince was born on Nov. 8, 1920, in Ansonia, Conn., the son of the late Joseph and Ellen (Fitzgerald) Dixon. He married Myrtle Hiller in 1940. She also preceded him in death.

Vince served in the U.S. Marine Corps and was a World War II veteran.

For 50 years, Vince constructed homes from the ground up in many states. His friends and colleagues would testify that he was the best concrete finisher.

Surviving: sons, Joseph Dixon of Oak Harbor, Wash., Vincent Dixon Jr. of Houston, Texas, and Richard Dixon of West Virginia; daughters, Diane King of Centerville, Iowa, and Ellen Steffan of Peoria; eight grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be in Oak Hill at High Lawn Funeral Home. Entombment will be in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Beckley.

Memorials may be made to PAWS Animal Shelter of Peoria, Ill.

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Jimmie Smith Ellis

Jimmie Smith Ellis, 74, of Oak Hill, died Oct. 29, 2012.

Born Jan. 22, 1937, he was a son of the late Thomas and Ida Johnson Ellis. Jimmie also was preceded in death by his brothers, Charlie Ellis, Billy Ellis, Daniel Ellis and Bobby Ellis; sisters, Thelma Harper, Louise McDougall, Georgia Ellis, Linda McKinney; and a granddaughter, Brittany Ann Williams.

Jimmie loved the Lord; he always witnessed about the Lord with everyone he met. He loved his family and was a good and kind person.

Jimmie worked in the coal mines for over 30 years. He attended North Sand Branch Worship Center.

Surviving: his loving wife, Betty Jo Ellis of Oak Hill; daughters, Kathy Perry and husband Wayne of Oak Hill, Debbie Christian of Morgantown, Vicki Bourogaa of Atlanta, Ga., and Pam Kelley and husband Ray of Glen Jean; brother, Tommy Ellis and wife Lucille of Sophia; sisters, Janey Sweeney, and June Blankenship and husband Bob, all of Ohio; six grandchildren, and two great-granddaughters.

Services, with entombment following, were Nov. 2, at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens Mausoleum of Faith Chapel, with Pastor Ken Souder officiating.

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Arrangements by Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley.

Scott E. Estep

Scott Edward Estep, 45, died Nov. 2, 2012, at Grand Strand Regional Medical Center following an illness.

Scott was born in Manassas, Va., a son of Ronald L. Estep and Athleen J. Estep.

He was a loving son, father, brother, and uncle. Scott loved spending time with his children, family, and friends.

He also enjoyed hunting, fishing, and watching his children play sports.

Scott was a long time employee with HTC and was a member of Mt. Leon Baptist Church.

Surviving: children, Braylee Makenna Estep and Logan Hayes Estep, both of Conway, S.C.; his parents, Ronald L. Estep and Athleen J. Estep of Longs; brother, Timothy L. Estep and his wife, Bonnie, of Ocean Isle Beach, N.C.; sister, Connie S. Rawls and her husband, Buddy, of Longs; nephews, Bradley R. Estep and Donald L. Baldry; nieces, Donna L. Lake, Kristina L. Faulk, Courtney L. Rawls, Caitlyn M. Rawls, and Ashley N. Wilshire; great-nephew, Kooper B. Estep; great-niece, Caileigh R. Estep; four uncles, five aunts, and seven great-aunts.

Funeral services were Nov. 5, at Mt. Leon Baptist Church with Rev. Lee Singleton and Rev. Fred Holmes officiating. Burial followed in the Mt. Leon Cemetery.

Memorials may be sent to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718.

Online condolences may be made at

Arrangements by Goldfinch Funeral Home, Loris Chapel.

Roger ‘O-Ring’ Dean Humphrey

Roger “O-Ring” Dean Humphrey, 62, of Oak Hill, died Oct. 28, 2012, at his home.

Born Aug. 8, 1950, at Kilsyth, he was the son of Doris Cumbow Humphrey of Oak Hill, and the late Aubrey Humphrey.

He was an employee of Republic Energy at Kingston, an affiliate of Alpha Natural Resources.

Roger attended Gentry Missionary Baptist Church, Sanger.

Surviving: his wife of 40 years, Darlene Fay Berry Humphrey; son, Bryan Humphrey of Oak Hill; brother, Kevin Humphrey and wife Toni of York, S.C.; sisters, Connie Ellison and husband Stan of Beckley, Yvonne Boles and husband Ivan of Beckwith, and Cheryl Bishop and husband Gene of Craigsville; and grandchildren, Justin Humphrey and Madison Brooke Humphrey, both of Oak Hill.

Funeral services were Nov. 2, at Gentry Missionary Baptist Church in Sanger with Pastor Bill Drennen officiating. Burial was at High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Winona Jewell Martin

Winona Jewell Martin, 85, of Mount Hope, died Nov. 3, 2012.

Arrangements by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, Beckley.

Augustus ‘Gus’ McVey

Augustus (Gus) McVey, 91, of Mt. Hope, died Oct. 29, 2012, at Bowers Hospice House, Beckley.

Born June 10, 1921, at Ansted, near the Hawks Nest State Park, he was the son of the late James Harvey Alderson McVey and Nora Beth Griffith McVey. Gus also was preceded in death by his wife and mother of his nine children, Beatrice Frieda (Lowry) McVey, in 1997; his son, Jennings Clyde McVey, in 1942; grandson, Michael Aaron Crist, in 1965; brothers, James Ira, Raymond, and Samuel Aaron McVey; and a sister, Elsie McVey Smith.

Gus was a longtime member and usher of Calvary Baptist Church in Oak Hill. He was a 64-year member of the Hayden Masonic Lodge No. 113, A.F. & A.M. of Ansted.

Gus enjoyed his volunteer work at the Food Pantry for the Fayette Plateau Ministerial Association. Gus never met a stranger; he was always willing to lend a helping hand to his neighbors, friends, or others he came in contact with.

Gus retired in 1984 as a coal truck driver for Perry-Hylton and Cannelton Coal Industry. Also, Gus was the former owner of McVey’s Insurance Agency of Ansted.

Surviving: his children, Samuel A. (Lynn) McVey, Vicki Markivich (Andy), and Nora Crist, all of Ansted, Tom (Bonnie) McVey of Princeton, Sharon Fox of Proctorville, Ohio, and James Conrad (Rita) McVey, Richard (Debbie) McVey, and Melody Wallen (Steve), all of Beckley; sisters, Irene Fitzwater Campbell and Opal Stover of Ansted; 20 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; and a favorite brother-in-law, Fred Lowry of Oak Hill.

Funeral service was Nov. 3 at High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill, with Rev. Jim Franklin and Pastor Gary Walker officiating. Burial followed at Restlawn Memory Garden, Victor, with full Masonic rites.

The family requests that donations be made to the Prosperity First Baptist Church Building Fund, 308 Prosperity Road, Beckley, WV 25801, or to the Bowers Hospice House, 454 Cranberry Drive, Beckley, WV 25801.

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Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.

Narley J. ‘Punkin’ Morris

Narley Jackson “Punkin” Morris, 60, of Oak Hill, died Nov. 3, 2012, at Plateau Medical Center, Oak Hill.

Born March 8, 1952, at Fayetteville, he was the son of the late Narley Benson and Betty Jean Jeffries Morris.

Narley was a graduate of Fayetteville High School.

After graduation he worked for a furniture manufacturer.

Surviving: his wife, Linda Treadway Morris of Oak Hill; son, Michael Morris of Tustin, Calif.; daughter, Shauna Morris of Tustin, Calif.; brother, Garry Dale Morris and wife Brenda of Oak Hill; stepson, David Triplett and wife Melissa of Columbus, Ohio; stepdaughters, Davina Kirk and husband Brian of Fayetteville, and Mary Bryant of Oak Hill; niece and nephew, Brandon and Amanda Morris; and a host of other family and friends.

Funeral services were Nov. 6, at Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, Fayetteville, with Rev. Robert Morey officiating. Burial followed at Huse Memorial Park, Fayetteville.

The family will receive friends from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, November 6, 2012, at the funeral home.

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

William Lee Shepherd III

William Lee Shepherd III, 40, of Scarbro, died Oct. 27, 2012, at Plateau Medical Center in Oak Hill, of a sudden illness.

Born Jan. 29, 1972, at Oak Hill, he was the son of William Lee Shepherd Jr. of Oak Hill, and Louise Kay Treadway Jeffries of Scarbro, and stepson of Hazel Shepherd and Arnold Jeffries.

His grandparents, William Lee, Sr., and Ruby Shepherd and Ernest and Wanda Treadway, and a stepbrother, Russell “Rusty” Jeffries, preceded him in death.

William, loving father, son and brother, will be sadly missed.

Surviving, in addition to his parents: his children, William Lee Shepherd IV and Brooke Shepherd of Oak Hill; sisters, Vonda Fisher and husband Michael of Scarbro, and Kimberly Hull and husband Rob of Fayetteville; brother, Christopher Shepherd of Mount Hope; stepsisters, Letha Jarvis and husband Mark of Bradley, Vanessa Nelson and husband Jerry of Oak Hill, and Sandra Jeffries of Texas; and stepbrothers, Michael Watson and wife Amanda of Shady Spring, and Shaun Jeffries, Wesley Jeffries and Timothy J. Jeffries, all of North Carolina.

Funeral services were Nov. 1, at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill with Pastor Jerry Bush officiating. Entombment was at High Lawn Memorial Park Mausoleum, Oak Hill.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Fred Mack Stokes

Fred Mack Stokes, 93, of Harrisonburg, Va., and formerly of Hightown, died Oct. 29, 2012, at Rockingham Memorial Hospital.

He was born Nov. 7, 1918, in Newport News, Va., a son of the late William Steven and Cora (Briggs) Stokes. He also was preceded in death by his wife, Melva Inez (Miller) Stokes, in 1995; and two sisters.

Mr. Stokes served in the U.S. Navy in WWII as a Seabee.

He was a member of Highland Baptist Church.

Fred was a master mechanic, who retired from Sydnor Hydrodynamics.

Surviving: his daughter, Melva “Jeannie” Jean Stokes of Stanfield, Ariz.; grandson, Michael “Mick” Wade Sheldon of Harrisonburg; granddaughter, Kelly Jean Sheldon of Harrisonburg; three sisters-in-law and numerous nieces and nephews.

A visitation will be held 11 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Nov. 10, at Obaugh Funeral Home in McDowell; a funeral service will follow with the Rev. Mark Davis officiating. On Sunday, Nov. 11, at 1 p.m., interment will be held in High Lawn Memorial Park at Oak Hill.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Highland Baptist Church, 302 Jackson River Rd, Monterey, VA 24465.

Arrangements by Obaugh Funeral Home, McDowell.

Jerry Anthony Youravish

Jerry Anthony Youravish, 69, of Sweet Home, Ore., died Nov. 1, 2012.

He was born in Kincaid, son of the late George Joe and Anna Elizabeth (Shyblosky) Youravish. He was preceded in death by his brother, Michael, Nov. 25, 2011; mother in 2004; and father in 1992.

He lived in Oak Hill, and then moved to Detroit, Mich., in 1950. Jerry moved to Sweet Home on June 28, 2012.

Jerry attended the Methodist church in West Virginia.

He loved TV and his family.

Surviving: his sister-in-law, Laura Youravish of Sweet Home; nephews, Steven  and his wife, Sue Youravish, of Sweet Home, Michael Youravish of Lakeview, and Jim and his wife, Tara Youravish, of Bandon; great-nieces and nephews, Andrea, Joshua, Tristan, Matthew, Marlene and Mary; and great-great-nephew, Hayden (Youravish) Carmack.


Arrangements by Sweet Home Funeral Chapel, Sweet Home, Ore.