Annabelle Lee Barker
RAINELLE - Annabelle Lee Barker, 76, went to be with the Lord on Monday, Sept. 1, 2003, at her home in Rainelle with her family at her side.
Born Nov. 9, 1926, at Layland, she was the daughter of the late Stephen Wyatt and Ida Elizabeth Burns Stantliff.
Annabelle was a member of Sewell Valley Baptist Church in Rainelle and was a retired cook for the Greenbrier County public school system.
Survivors include her husband, Denver Leslie Barker; three daughters, Barbara Lynn Surbaugh of Madison Heights, Va., Brenda Elizabeth Kinzel of Philadelphia, Pa., and Marilyn Ruth Redden of Williamsburg, Va.; two sons, Robert Ray Barker of Logan and Denver Leslie Barker Jr. of Somerset, Pa.; two sisters, Jo Ann Roberson of Chesapeake, Va., and Mary Young of Cocoa Beach, Fla.; a brother, Manuel Ailstock of Titusville, Fla.; nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Service will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Sewell Valley Baptist Church, Rainelle, with the Revs. J.D. Surbaugh and Robert Kinzel officiating. Burial will follow in Maudes Chapel Cemetery, Dawson.
Friends may call 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at Wallace & Wallace Chapel, Rainelle.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations of sympathy be made to Rainelle Christian Academy, P.O. Box 784, Rainelle, WV 25962.
Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Rainelle.
Glema Charlene Bentley
MULLENS - Glema Charlene Ramey Bentley, 71, died Monday, Sept. 1, 2003, at Raleigh General Hospital, Beckley.
Born March 17, 1932, in Elkhorn City, Ky., she was the daughter of the late Dewey Ramey and Janie Castle Ra-mey Rowe and stepdaughter of Johnie Rowe.
Mrs. Bentley was retired from the American Red Cross as the Wyoming County agent, was a former employee of G.C. Murphy Co. and was a member of Highland Avenue Baptist Church of Mullens.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Johnny Bentley, in 1963; an infant son, Randall Dwight Bentley; and a grandson, John Thomas "J.T." Bentley.
Survivors include two sons, Rodney Bentley and his wife, Debbie, of Beckley and Danny Bentley and his wife, Anita, of Castlewood, Va.; a granddaughter, Randi Mocnik and her husband, David, of Grandview; a grandson, Cody Bentley of Castlewood; an uncle, Alvin Castle; and several cousins and sisters-in-law.
Service will be 11 a.m. Thursday at Highland Avenue Baptist Church, Mullens, with the Rev. Mike Toler officiating. Committal service and burial will be 4 p.m. Thursday at Johnson Memorial Park, Pikeville, Ky.
Friends may call 6 to 9 p.m. today at Tankersley Funeral Home, Mullens, and one hour before service Thursday at the church.
Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.
Donations of sympathy may be made to the Memorial Fund of Highland Avenue Baptist Church, 317 Highland Ave., Mullens, WV 25882.
Arrangements by Tankersley Funeral Home, Mullens.
NALLEN - Rachel Brown, 92, passed away Monday, Sept. 1, 2003, at Summersville Memorial Hospital following a short illness.
Born March 14, 1911, in Hickory Flat, she was the daughter of the late Samuel Henry and Rosetta Boley Haynes.
Other than her parents, she preceded in death by her husband, Ermel Estes Brown; a son, Estes Brown; four sisters; and five brothers.
Mrs. Brown was a member of Chestnut Grove United Methodist Church at Nallen and was a homemaker.
Survivors include four daughters, Carole Cooper of St. Albans, Dale Knox of Grantsville, Md., Florence Haynes of Russellville and Kathie Underwood of Mount Lookout; three sons, Luther Brown of Nallen, Ira Brown of Nallen and Jim Brown of Accokeek, Md.; 15 grandchildren; 12 stepgrandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren.
Service will be 2 p.m. Friday at Chestnut Grove United Methodist Church, Nallen, with the Rev. Mike Loudermilk officiating. Burial will follow in Chestnut Grove Cemetery, Nallen.
Friends may call 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Wallace & Wallace Chapel, Ansted.
In lieu of flowers, donations of sympathy may be made to Chestnut Grove United Methodist Church, c/o Florence Haynes, HC 82, Box 25, Nallen, WV 26680.
Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Ansted.
HICO - Lincoln Callaway, 70, passed away Monday, Sept. 1, 2003, in Summersville Memorial Hospital following a short illness.
Born Jan. 30, 1933, in Logan County, he was the son of the late Lee Callaway and Mae Byrd Ellis Callaway.
Mr. Callaway was a coal miner, a Marine veteran and a member of Jeanette Baptist Church of Edmond.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Lincoln Callaway Jr.
Lincoln is survived by his wife, Ada Callaway; a daughter, Verna Jean Callaway of Florida; four stepsons, William Samuel Kinser, Mark Allen Kinser, Johnnie Ray Kinser and Jason Michael Kinser; a sister, Dora Fields of Mingo County; two brothers, Ralph Callaway of Forestville, Md., and Roy E. Callaway of Oak Hill; and two grandchildren.
Service will be 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home Chapel, Ansted, with Pastor John Parrish officiating. Burial will follow in Gethsemane Memorial Gardens, Oak Hill.
Friends may call 7 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Ansted.
Frances M. Carte
RAINELLE - Frances M. Carte, 79, formerly of Mount Hope, left her earthly home on Sunday, Aug. 31, 2003, to go to her heavenly home to be with the Lord following a long illness.
Born March 21, 1924, at Gatewood, she was the daughter of the late John L. and Eliza Belle Rudder King.
Mrs. Carte was a sales clerk and a member of Price Hill Freewill Baptist Church. She will be remembered as a loving and wonderful mother and grandmother. Her love of music and light-heartedness will be missed by all.
Survivors include her son, Gary Robinson and wife, Rena, of Oak Hill; two daughters, Donna Boggs and husband, Don, of Clintonville and Tammy Harvey and husband, Paul, of Mooresville, N.C.; her brother, Jim King and wife, Shirley, of Crawley; five grandsons; a granddaughter; two great-grandsons; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Graveside service will be 11 a.m. Thursday at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Beckley, with Pastor John Groves officiating.
Friends may call 6 to 8 p.m. today at Smathers Funeral Chapel, Rainelle.
The family would like to give special thanks to the staff of Heartland of Rainelle for their special care and kindness while Frances was a resident there.
Arrangements by Smathers Funeral Chapel, Rainelle.
George Edward Bennett
George Edward Bennett, 74, of Fayetteville, died Aug. 26, 2003, at Raleigh General Hospital, Beckley, following a short illness.
Born Nov. 28, 1928, in Fayetteville, he was the son of the late Herbert and Clara Mae Settle Bennett. He also was preceded in death by his sister, Dorothy Derr; and a granddaughter, Katherine Morton Bennett.
Mr. Bennett was a lifelong member of Fayetteville United Methodist Church and a member of the Fayetteville Lions Club. He was a graduate of Fayetteville High School, Class of 1946, graduate of Concord College, and received his master's degree from Marshall University. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1946 to 1948.
He was a retired school teacher and principal in Fayette County Schools, having taught in Fayetteville, Oak Hill, Mount Hope and Lookout schools.
Survivors include his wife, Patricia MacAllister Bennett; sons, David Warren Bennett of Fayetteville and Herbert Morton Bennett and his wife, Lea, of Lynchburg, Va.; daughter, Sarah Bennett Blankenship and husband, James C. III, of Fayetteville; sisters, Geneva Good of Rocklin, Calif., Barbara Hodgson of Charleston, Cornelia Seltzer of Green Valley, Ariz., and Yvonne Jowdy of Charlottesville, Va.; and tgrandchildren, Mary MacAllister Bennett, George Sparks Bennett and Elizabeth Morton Bennett.
Service, with arrangements by Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, Fayetteville, was Aug. 29 at Fayetteville United Methodist Church with the Rev. David Stackpole officiating. Burial followed in Huse Memorial Park, Fayetteville.
Donations may be made to the Fayetteville Lions Club Sight Foundation.
Beulah G. Bell Boyd
Beulah G. Bell Boyd, 91, of Kilsyth, died Aug. 29, 2003, at Mary's Garden at Hidden Valley.
Born Dec. 29, 1911, at Pemberton, she was the daughter of the late William B. and Lizzie Myers Bell. She also was preceded in death by her husband, Woodrow T. Boyd.
Mrs. Boyd was a homemaker and of the Protestant faith.
Survivors include a son, Wallace Edward "Eddie" Boyd of Kilsyth; a daughter, Grace Ann Shaffer of Oak Hill; a granddaughter, Terri Ann Shaffer Johnson of Oak Hill; a brother, Heath Bell of Beckley; and a sister, Lyera "Gibby" Martin of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Graveside rites, with arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope, were Sept. 1 at High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill.
Aaron 'Bruce' Brooks
Aaron "Bruce" Brooks, 72, of Oak Hill, passed away Aug. 29, 2003, at his home following a long illness.
Born May 1, 1931, in North Carolina, he was the son of the late Charlie and Blanche Wyatt Brooks. He also was preceded in death by two daughters, Brenda Lee Maynor and Marie Buckland; a brother, Ishmael Brooks; and a granddaughter, Tina Turner.
Bruce was a member of Freewill Baptist Church of Summerlee Road, Oak Hill, and was a devoted Christian, husband and father. He was a retired equipment mechanic for the coal mines, a member of the UMWA and had lived in Oak Hill since 1968.
Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Betty Jo Pierce Brooks of Oak Hill; sons, John Brooks of Scarbro and Lloyd Brooks of Fayetteville; daughters, Linda Turner of Pax and Sharon Legg of Oak Hill; half-sister, Delores Rhae of Tennessee; brother, James Brooks of Taylor, Mich.; 12 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
Services were Sept. 2 at Wallace & Wallace Chapel in Rainelle with the Rev. Johnny Syner officiating. Burial followed in Simms Cemetery, Loops Rd., Rainelle.
Melvin 'Sonny' Lee Ellison
Melvin "Sonny" Lee Ellison, 63, of Whitsett, N.C., died Aug. 20, 2003, at his home following a long illness.
Born Aug. 7, 1940, in Oak Hill, he was the son of Ethel Campbell Ellison of Oak Hill and the late Alvin Harrison Ellison. He also was preceded in death by a brother, Robert Ellison; and a sister, Linda Silke.
Mr. Ellison was self-employed in automobile sales and service. He was a member of Rock Creek Baptist Church in Whitsett.
Survivors other than his mother include his wife, Judith Layne Ellison; daughter, Teresa Jane Wykle of Garner, N.C.; son, Craig Lee Ellison of Whitsett; sisters, Ruby Jean Rose and Joetta Faye McBride, both of Germantown, Md., Loretta June Archer of Waynesboro, Va., Natella Gay Ellison of Whitsett and Judy Kay Helton of Kilsyth; brothers, Alvin H. Ellison, James Ray Ellison Sr., Charles Edward Ellison and Jennings Kent Ellison, all of Oak Hill; and grandchildren, Ariel Louise Wykle and Cody Lee Ellison.
Service was Aug. 24 at Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill, with the Revs. Allen Gallimore and Bill Menefee officiating. Burial followed in High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill.
Verna L. Smith Ewing
Verna L. Smith Ewing of Prince passed away Aug. 30, 2003, following a five-year bout with colon cancer.
Born at Laurel Creek on Oct. 23, 1931, she was the daughter of the late Roy and Mary Osborne Smith. She also was preceded in death by two brothers, Leroy and Lloyd Dale of Michigan.
Verna was a 1951 graduate of Meadow Bridge High School. She worked for Dr. Lloyd Dunbar Clinic for 27 years, Kroger for five years, and was the postmaster at Prince for 12 years.
She was a member of Quinnimont Baptist Church for 35 years, as well as Calloway Heights Baptist Church for the last four years. She was loved by everyone who came in contact with her.
Survivors include her husband, Johnny Ewing of Prince; brothers, James Smith and wife, Delores, of Michigan, and Andrew Smith and wife, Rhonda, of Prince; sisters, Violet Ewing of Prince, Jane Flint and husband, James, of Beckley, and Nila Rondina and husband, Edward, of Michigan; a sister-in-law, Betty Woods Smith of Michigan; and seven nephews and four nieces.
Service was Sept. 2 at Calloway Heights Baptist Church, Beckley, with Pastor Bill Parker and Pastor Glen Tallent officiating. Burial followed in Gethsemane Memorial Gardens, Oak Hill.
Memorial donations may be made to Hospice House, P.O. Box 1472, Beckley, WV 25802 in memory of Mrs. Ewing.
Estelle Louise Hays
Estelle Louise Hays, 87, of Hudson, Fla., formerly of Oak Hill, died Aug. 30, 2003, at West Pasco Retirement Center, Hudson, following a short illness.
Born May 12, 1916, in Narrows, Va., she was the daughter of the late Luther and Annie East Thorne. She also was preceded in death by her husband, John W. Hays Jr.; a brother, Luther Thorne; and sisters, Virginia Thomas and Beatrice Fletcher.
Mrs. Hays was a restaurant waitress and a member of the Jones Avenue Church of God.
Survivors include daughters, Jean Yockey of New Port Richie, Fla., and Geneva Miller and Ruby Hammes, both of Mesa, Ariz.; brothers, James Thorne and Paul Thorne, both of Oak Hill, and Leon Thorne of Wooster, Ohio; sisters, Margaret Rhodes of Barberton, Ohio, and Elva Butler and Kathleen Butler, both of Fayetteville; six grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.
Service will be 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 4 at Tyree Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill, with the Rev. Ralph Shupe officiating. Burial will follow in Gethsemane Memorial Gardens.
Eleanor Alberta Horton
Eleanor Alberta Horton, 86, of Deepwater and Montgomery, died Aug. 26, 2003, at Hilltop Center in Hilltop following a long illness.
Born Feb. 6, 1917, in Deepwater, she was the daughter of the late Clyde Dixon and Bertha Weber Horton. She also was preceded in death by a sister, Phyllis Weber Huddleston.
Ms. Horton was employed at Elk Furniture Store in Montgomery and then for many years at the State House in Charleston.
Survivors include two nephews, Gregory Huddleston of Casanova, Va., and Michael Huddleston of Memphis, Tenn.
Memorial service, with arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill, was Aug. 29 in the chapel of the Montgomery Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Joan Stewart officiating.
The family requests that memorial contributions be made to Hospice of Southern West Virginia, PO Box 1472, Beckley, WV 25802.
Ralph Lee Kinsler Jr.
Ralph Lee Kinsler Jr., 51, of Maple Fork, formerly of Sun, passed away Aug. 29, 2003, at his home after an apparent heart attack.
Born May 24, 1952, in Fayette County, he was the son of Ralph Lee Kinsler of Sun and Freda Mae Kinsler Davis of Scarbro.
Mr. Kinsler was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Anthony and Lucy Kinsler; and maternal grandmother, Okie Pennock.
Other survivors include his wife, Beatrice Neubert Kinsler; son, Ricky Lee Kinsler and wife, Carmen, of Maryville, Tenn.; stepchildren, Chris Burgess and wife, Anita, of Mabscott, Krystal Burgess of Mabscott and Nick Burgess of Mabscott; stepfather, Jack A. Davis of Scarbro; grandchildren, Caleb Andrew Kinsler, Amber Paden and Cavin Mollohan; brothers, Robert E. Kinsler and wife, Patricia, of Iron Station, N.C., Gary M. Kinsler of Gastonia, N.C., Dennis R. Kinsler and wife, Sarah, of Scarbro, and Alan W. Kinsler and wife, Lisa, of Oak Hill; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral service was Sept. 2 at Melton Mortuary Chapel with the Rev. Ronald Adkins officiating. Burial followed in the Davis Cemetery, Mount Tabor Road, Beckley.
Nellie Rae Marsden
Nellie Rae Marsden passed away on Aug. 16, 2003, in Columbus, Md., after a long illness.
Nellie Rae was born on Feb. 9, 1926, in Harper, to the late Robert Gallegion and Laura Dotson, and was Laura's ninth child.
Nellie was raised in Mullins by the late Martha Emma Beck and Grandmother Martha Anna "Mattie" Goins, and she was the sister to William King, Luther King and Genevie Moore Spriggs. She also resided for a short while in Oak Hill.
She attended schools in West Virginia and graduated on May 23, 1944, from Mullins High School. Following graduation, Nellie made the Washington, D.C., area her home and was employed by the Western Union Telegraph Company.
Nellie Rae married twice and had two daughters. Her first husband was her high school sweetheart, the late Paul Eugene Kidd, and her second husband was James Patrick Marsden.
Survivors include her daughters, Melinda Rae Collins of Huntington, Md., and Patricia Karen Hirst of Marshall, Va.; grandchildren, Lauren Rae Collins, Carl Emory Hirst III and Mark Andrew Hirst; a sister, Genevie; and a host of dear cousins and friends who loved her.
She was buried next to her mother, Martha Emma Moore, at Cedar Hill Cemetery in Suitland, Md.
Drema M. Miller
Drema M. Miller, 76, of Page, died Aug. 31, 2003, at Hilltop Center, Hilltop, following a long illness.
Born Dec. 19, 1926, at Gamoca, she was the daughter of the late Richard Sullivan and Laura Carte Sullivan Senpeck. She also was preceded in death by a daughter, Irene Ray; brothers, Gene and Paul Sullivan; and sisters, Helen Belcher, Maxin Barber, Mabel Carter and Bea Arthur.
Mrs. Miller was a homemaker, a member of the Church of God at Page and she cooked chili for the church.
Survivors include her husband of 58 years, Frank Miller Jr. of Page; sons, George Miller of Vineland, N.J., Harold Miller of Maiden, N.C., Melvin Miller of Belpre, Ohio, David Miller of Page, and Tracy Miller of Claremont, N.C.; daughters, Rosa Lee Bean of Sandy Ridge, N.C., Wilga Stover of Page, Connie Querry of Newton, N.C., and Rita Mitchell of Newton, N.C.; brother, Russell Sullivan of Oak Hill; sister, Shirley Miller of Robson; 37 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.
Services were Sept. 3 at Tyree Funeral Home Chapel in Oak Hill with the Revs. Jim Elmore, Rugean Ayers and John Syner officiating. Burial followed in the Miller-Ellison Cemetery at Plum Orchard.
Clara S. Orndorff
Clara S. Orndorff, 93, of Fayetteville, died Aug. 26, 2003, at Fayette Continuous Care, Fayetteville, following a long illness.
Born Dec. 13, 1909, at Cunard, she was the daughter of the late James Thomas and Theodoshia Bennett Donnally. She also was preceded in death by her devoted husband, Alonzo Orndorff, in 1990.
Clara was a member of Fayetteville Baptist Church and a past worthy matron of the Order of Eastern Star. She was a retired LPN, and she had worked for the late Dr. Hresan of Fayetteville and Montgomery General Hospital.
Survivors include her son, William F. McDaniel of Merritt Island, Fla.; stepchildren, including Dana Orndorff; sister, Mollie Pennington of Oak Hill; and five grandchildren.
Graveside service, with arrangements by Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, Fayetteville, was Aug. 28 at Huse Memorial Park, Fayetteville, with the Rev. David Sneed officiating.
The family requests that memorial donations be made by furnishing food to a needy family.