Rev. Carlos A. Perry
The Rev. Carlos A. Perry, 74, of Oak Hill, went to be with the Lord on Aug. 19, 2003, at Plateau Medical Center in Oak Hill of an apparent heart attack.
Born Sept. 3, 1928, at Holden, he was the son of the late Boyd and Hattie Conley Perry. He also was preceded in death by his wife, Opal June Collins Perry; a son, Carlos David Perry; and a daughter, Hattie Vietta Perry.
Rev. Perry was a retired coal miner and section foreman for New River Co. He was a member of Summerlee Freewill Baptist Church and was still active with his ministry.
He served in the Air Force during the Korean Conflict, having attained the rank of corporal.
Survivors include his daughter, Gail Hodge and her husband, Melvin, of Oak Hill; sons, John Perry and wife, Carol, of Taylorsville, N.C., and Glen Perry and wife, Dianne, and Gregory Perry and wife, Sue, all of Oak Hill; brothers, Larry Perry of Oak Hill and William Perry of Rome, Ill.; sisters, Dorothy Darrell of Phoenix, Ariz., Geneva McDaniel of Defiance, Ohio, Jane Mynes of Blandon, Pa., and Gloria Jean Hecht of Pamplin, Va.; nine grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Service was Aug. 23 at Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill, with the Revs. Bill Menefee and Michael Angelona officiating. Burial followed in Gethsemane Memorial Gardens, Oak Hill, with military graveside rites conducted by VFW Post 3110 of Oak Hill.
Ronnie Lee Redden
Ronnie Lee Redden, 50, of Rainelle, died Aug. 25, 2003, at a local hospital following a long illness.
Born Nov. 6, 1952, in Akron, Ohio, he was the son of Benny Redden of Rainelle and the late Alice Webb Redden. Other than his mother, he was preceded in death by a sister, Karen Redden.
Ronnie was a lifelong resident of Rainelle, was a former employee of C.D. Trucking and loved spending time creating his own wood designs.
Survivors include his wife, Debbie Cornell Redden; father, Benny Lee Redden of Rainelle; daughters, Rhonda Kessler of Layland, Renee of Washington, D.C., and Dawn Bryant of Beckley; son, Randy Bryant of Braxton County; sisters, Sherry Bragg of Myrtle Beach, S.C., Brenda Wykle and husband, Curtis, of Rainelle, and Pam Bramble and husband, John, of Mesa, Ariz.; eight grandchildren, David, Grace, Herbert, Rhonda's two children and Renee's three children; nine nieces; two nephews; five great-nieces; and four great-nephews.
Service, with arrangements by Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Rainelle, was Aug. 28 at Spring Dale Church of Christ with Pastor Charlie Meadows officiating. Burial followed in Wallace Memorial Cemetery, Clintonville.
Violet Sizemore, 93, of Scarbro, died in her sleep Aug. 19, 2003, at home.
Born July 11, 1910, at Lochgelly, she was the daughter of the late Julius and Sophia Klem Jachimowicz. She also was preceded in death by her husband, Jesse James Sizemore; a daughter, Sonia Smith; a brother, Mike Jachimowicz; and sisters, Julie Shalosky and Helen Grunenberg.
Mrs. Sizemore was a homemaker and a Catholic by faith.
Survivors include a daughter, Ann Cook of Scarbro; five grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
Service was Aug. 23 at Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill, with Minister Tim Halloran officiating. Burial followed in High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill.
Joseph Roy Sloan
Joseph Roy Sloan, 17, of Mount Hope, passed away Aug. 26, 2003.
Born Dec. 21, 1985, in Beckley, he was the son of Michael E. and Mary Ann Sloan.
He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Roy Sloan; and paternal grandfather, Joseph H. Scott.
Joseph enjoyed life, sports and the outdoors. As a Woodrow Wilson High School student, Joseph was known for playing outside linebacker and back-up running back and special teams for Flying Eagles football. He also played pitcher and catcher for Beckley baseball.
Other than his parents, Joseph leaves to treasure his memories a twin sister, Jennifer Nichole Sloan of Mount Hope; maternal grandmother, Rose Mary Sloan; paternal grandmother, Betty L. Scott; an aunt, Amma Sloan; an uncle, Jerry Lee Bennett; and a host of friends and teammates.
Service was Aug. 29 at Blue Ridge Funeral Home Chapel, Beckley, with the Rev. Randy Mann officiating. Burial followed in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Beckley.
Mildred Josephine Smith
Mildred Josephine Smith, 85, of Dempsey, died Aug. 27, 2003, at the Hilltop Center following a long illness.
Born June 10, 1918, at Laurel Creek, she was the daughter of the late Homer and Lilly Baughn Smith. She also was preceded in death by her son, John Spearin; a grandson, Barney Spearin; and nine brothers and sisters.
Mrs. Smith was a member of Doggett Chapel United Methodist Church, Dempsey. She was a housewife.
Survivors include her husband, Oather I. Smith of Dempsey; a son and his wife, Jack and Dorothy Spearen of Dempsey; daughters, Linda Jeffries and her husband, William, of Fayetteville, and Brenda Sullivan of Dempsey; brother, Calvin Smith and his wife, Mary, of Rosedale; sister, Ann Mansfield and her husband, Herbert, of Bear, Del..; 11 grandchildren; and 23 great-grandchildren.
Service was Aug. 30 at Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home Chapel, Fayetteville, with Pastor Jerry Bush officiating. Burial followed in Huse Memorial Park, Fayetteville.
Evelyn Painter Thompson
Evelyn Painter Thompson, 93, of Buckhannon, formerly of Oak Hill, died Aug. 24, 2003, at Serenity Care Home in Buckhannon.
Born Aug. 2, 1910, in Oak Hill, she was the daughter of the late Cyrus Edmund and Lula Duncan Painter. She also was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph O. Thompson, on March 10, 1976.
Mrs. Thompson was a homemaker and a member of Webster Springs Baptist Church.
Survivors include sons, Roger Thompson of Buckhannon and Randy Thompson of Burke, Va.; daughter, Jean Douglas of Jacksonville, Texas; brother, Harold Painter of Oak Hill; eight grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren.
Service was Aug. 28 at Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill, with the Rev. Dennis Kincaid officiating. Burial followed in High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill.
George Scott Vargo
George Scott Vargo, born in Mount Hope in 1926, died Aug. 21, 2003, at Charleston Area Medical Center following a short illness.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Jane Vargo; his first wife, Patricia Ann Vargo; and sisters, Lilian Smith of Florida and Nadine Foster of Oak Hill.
Mr. Vargo was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Ticonderoga. He was a former coal operator, served as a federal mine inspector and was a supervisor until his retirement.
He was a 48-year member of the Mount Hope Lions Club, where he served as president and was in charge of the Adopt-a-Highway Program for which he received state honors, including the Leonard Jarrett Award.
George was an active member of the United Methodist Church where he served in multiple areas, including choir director and superintendent of Sunday school. He received an Associate Business Degree from Beckley College.
Survivors include his second wife, Janet Payne Vargo; brother, Dr. John Wilson Vargo and his wife, Margaret, of Oak Hill; sister, Mary Katherine Fickling of Norfolk, Va.; daughter, Kim St. Clair and her husband, Sam, of Stafford, Va.; son, G. Scott Vargo and his wife, Brenda, of Mount Hope; stepchildren, Cara Pomeroy of Beckley, Johnny Payne and his wife, Sandra, of Bluefield, and Jimmy Payne of Virginia; grandchildren, Justin Vargo and his wife, Lesley, of Oak Hill, Courtney Vargo of Mount Hope, and Tricia, Chris, Craig and Kyle St. Clair of Stafford; stepgrandchildren, Jenna Bowen of Norfolk, Va., and Virginia and Carmen and Aaron Payne of Bluefield; great-grandchild, Garrett Scott Vargo of Oak Hill; and numerous nieces and nephews.
George will be remembered for his love of singing, whistling, aptitude for directions, dedication to his community, his quick-witted sense of humor and zest for life.
Service was Aug. 23 at Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope, with the Revs. James Shepherd and Richard Allen officiating. Burial followed in High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill, with members of the Mount Hope Lions Club serving as pallbearers.
The family requests donations be made to the Ronald McDonald House, 302 30th St., Charleston, WV 25304.
Rodney C. Wade Sr.
Rodney C. Wade Sr., 35, of Smyrna, Ga., formerly of Oak Hill, died Aug. 25, 2003.
Born May 13, 1968, in Cook County, Ill., he was the son of Judith Ann Wade and the late Harry Clinton Wade Jr.
In addition to his mother, survivors include his children, Rodney C. Wade Jr., Katherine Wade and Kerry Shea Wade; sisters Judith Bennett, Tammy Grubb and Vanessa Byrd; and brothers, Ricky and Randy Wade.
Service was Aug. 30 at High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill, with the Rev. Aubrey Thomas officiating. Interment was to be private in High Lawn Memorial Park Mausoleum, Oak Hill.
Audry D. 'Lee' Williams Sr.
Audry D. "Lee" Williams Sr., 57, of Mount Lookout, died Aug. 20, 2003, at Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown, following a long illness.
Born May 15, 1946, at Cirtsville, he was the son of the late Harlow and Sarah Bowyer Williams. He also was preceded in death by two brothers, Earl and Curtis Williams.
Mr. Williams was a disabled semi-tractor-trailer driver.
Survivors include his wife, Cynthia "Cindy" Lou Thomas Williams; sons, Audry Lee Williams Jr. of Maple Fork and Robert Shane Williams of Mount Lookout; daughters, Serena Kelley of Summersville and Felicia Ann Williams of Mount Lookout; brothers, Sam Williams and Darrell Williams, both of Maple Fork, and Dave Williams of Beckley; sisters, Delores Wagner and Joyce Shrewsberry, both of Maryland, and Mildred Wingrove of Mount Hope; and grandchildren, Alicia Kelley, Megan Kelley and Samantha Williams.
Service was Aug. 24 at Tyree Funeral Home Chapel, Mount Hope, with the Rev. Mike Adkins officiating. Burial followed in Davis Cemetery, Maple Fork.
Berta Lee Wright
Berta Lee Wright, 91, of Packs Branch, died Aug. 25, 2003, at Raleigh General Hospital, Beckley, following a short illness.
Born March 20, 1912, in Orange County, Va., she was the daughter of the late John and Rose Williams Lee. She also was preceded in death by her husband, Elmer Wright; sons, Ersil Wright, Merrill Wright and Stintson Wright; brothers, Frank Lee, Rufus Lee and Harry Lee; and sisters, Hilda Hugart, Ethel Brown, Brooksie Simms and Margaret McClung.
Mrs. Wright was a housewife and mother. She attended Mount Hope Assembly of God Church.
Survivors include daughters, Reba Callaway of Packs Branch, Ruby Folven of New Lebanon, Ohio, and Retha Wright of Packs Branch; sons, Sterl Wright of Packs Branch and Earl Wright of Vass Branch; sisters, Marcella Myres of Christiansburg, Va., and Evelyn Richmond of Sidney, Ohio; 19 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and nine great-great-grandchildren.
Service was Aug. 29 at Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope, with the Rev. Robert Ayers Sr. officiating. Burial followed in Wright Family Cemetery, Packs Branch.
Vada N. Young
Vada N. Young of Oak Hill died Aug. 20, 2003, at Beckley Appalachian Regional Hospital after a lengthy illness.
Born March 8, 1915, at Corliss, she was the daughter of the late Howard and Clara Haynes Jones. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Carl L. Young; daughters, Jeanne and Cindy; son-in-law, Paul Weeks; and eight brothers and sisters.
Mrs. Young was a devoted, longtime member of Lookout Baptist Church.
Survivors include daughters, Patty Highlander and her husband, Dale, of Castalia, Ohio, and Dottie Weeks and Tina Young, both of Oak Hill; sons, Robert Young and his wife, Snookie, and John Young and his wife, Trudy, all of Lancaster, Ohio; sister, Betty Jo Ramey of Rosemont, Mich.; brother, George W. Jones of Poca; 36 grandchildren; 66 great-grandchildren; and nine great-great-grandchildren.
Service, with arrangements by Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Ansted, was Aug. 24 at Lookout Baptist Church with Pastor David Bennett officiating. Burial followed in Wallace Memorial Cemetery, Clintonville.
Memorial donations can be made to Lookout Baptist Church Building Fund, HC 65, Box 10, Lookout, WV 25868.
Doane Brian Copney
Doane Brian Copney, 28, of Beckley, departed this life Thursday, Aug. 28, 2003, at Pinecrest Hospital, Beckley, after a short illness.
He was born Aug. 6, 1975, in Buffalo, N.Y., to Elder Rhonda Copney Dowdin.
He was a graduate of Morgantown High School. He furthered his education at USC, UCLA and Concord College. He joined the U.S. Marine Corps, Company C, in 1991 and was discharged in 1995 with a degree in psychology and international law. Brian became a member of New Bethel Temple UHC in 1988.
Those left to cherish his memory include his mother, Elder Rhonda Dowdin, and father, Elder Sandy Dowdin, both of Beckley; a daughter, Emoni Copney of New Jersey; a brother, Angus "Dino" Copney Sr. of Raleigh, N.C.; two sisters, Tamara "Tammy" Copney McDuffie and Tachauna Copney and LaChelle Joiner of Beckley; two stepsisters, Sandrell Dow-din and Casandra Dowdin of Beckley; two stepbrothers, Mark and Sandy Dowdin Jr. of Beckley; grandmother, Willie Mae Green of Beckley; uncle, Orlando "Jake" Copney; four aunts, Wynona Wilmer and husband, Donald, of North Charleston, S.C., E-Otree Lomax and husband, Eugene, of Capital Heights, Md., Sherrie Copney of Beckley and Lazonya Banks and husband, Willie, of Fort Washington, Md.; and a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.
Homegoing memorial service will be noon Thursday at New Bethel Temple UHC, Mool Avenue, Beckley, with Bishop Alvester McConnell officiating. At the request of the deceased, the remains will be cremated.
Arrangements by McConnell Funeral Home, Bluefield.
Edna Nina Ferrell
COOPERTOWN - Edna Nina Ferrell, 85, died Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2003.
Service will be 1 p.m. Thursday at Valley Funeral Home, Whitesville. Friends may call 6 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Arrangements by Valley Funeral Home, Whitesville.
PINEVILLE - James Goode, 60, died Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2003, at his residence following a long illness.
Arrangements by Calfee Funeral Service, Pineville.
PORT ORANGE, Fla. - Jo-ann Lubonia, 74, passed away at home on Saturday, Aug. 30, 2003, after a long illness.
Mrs. Lubonia moved to Florida in 1993. She was a retiree of the Wyoming County Board of Education. She was a member of First Baptist Church of South Daytona and a former member of the Guyandotte Baptist Church of Jesse.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Sam Lubonia; mother and father, Herbert and Ruby Cook of Jesse; a brother, Willis Cook of Jesse; and a sister, Betty Cordell of Pineville.
Survivors include a daughter, Linda Much and her husband, Sam, of Kennett Square, Pa., their two sons and a daughter-in-law, Jacob and Amanda Much and Matthew Much, all of Philadelphia, Pa.; daughter, Kathy Cook and her husband, Kenneth, of Kopperston, their two sons and a daughter-in-law, Brandon and Lori Cook of Hampton, Va., and Airman Zachary Cook, stationed at Ramstein AFB in Germany; daughter, Rebecca Barstow and her husband, Sam, of Port Orange, Fla., and their two children, Aubrey and Samuel Barstow; and daughter, Diane Wooten and her husband, Kenny, of Port Orange and their two sons, Erik and Corey Wooten of Port Orange; a sister, Wilma Bragg, of Jesse; two sisters-in-law, Lena Green of Oak Hill and Margie Cook of Jesse; and several other relatives.
Service will be 1 p.m. today at Daytona Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Ronnie Barton officiating. Memorial donations may be made to Hospice Care Center, 3800 Woodbriar Trail, Port Orange, FL 32119.
Arrangements by Daytona Funeral Home, Daytona, Fla.
Drema M. Miller
PAGE - Drema M. Miller, 76, died Sunday, Aug. 31, 2003, at Hilltop Center following a long illness.
Born Dec. 19, 1926, at Gemoca, she was the daughter of the late Richard Sullivan and Laura Carte Sullivan Senpeck.
Mrs. Miller was a homemaker, a member of the Church of God at Page, and she cooked chili for the church.
She was preceded in death by a daughter, Irene Ray; two brothers, Gene and Paul Sullivan; and four sisters, Helen Belcher, Maxin Barber, Mabel Carter and Bea Arthur.
Survivors include her husband of 58 years, Frank Miller Jr.; five 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.; four daughters, Rosa Lee Bean of Sandy Ridge, N.C., Wilga Stover of Page and Connie Querry and Rita Mitchell, both of Newton, N.C.; a brother, Russell Sullivan of Oak Hill; a sister, Shirley Miller of Robson; 37 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.
Service will be 2 p.m. today at Tyree Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill, with the Revs. Jim Elmore, Rugean Ayers and John Syner officiating. Burial will follow in Miller-Ellison Cemetery, Plum Orchard.
Friends called 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday at the funeral home.
Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.
Pearl Placidi, 87, of 118 Reuben Drive, Beckley, formerly of Welch, died Monday morning, Sept. 1, 2003, at the home of her daughter.
Born April 27, 1916, at Crumpler, she was the daughter of the late Giacamo and Rotilia Benedetti Piconi.
Mrs. Placidi was educated in McDowell County. For many years she was a sales person for J.C. Penney and the Chris Ann Shop in Welch. She along with her late husband owned and operated the Palace Lunch in Keystone.
While living in Welch, she was an active member of St. Peter's Catholic Church, where she was a member of the Choir and the Altar Society.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Ermelindo "Robert" Placidi; a son, John A. Placidi; brothers, Emilio Joe Piconi, Raymond Piconi and an infant brother, Angelo; and sisters, Angelina Dominici, Mary Ameli, Jean Sebben, Sarah Kilar, Alma Davidson and Christine Mariotti.
Mrs. Placidi was the last surviving member of her immediate family.
Left to cherish her memory is the family she loved dearly, a daughter, Anna Placidi Conte and her husband, Louie, of Beckley; daughter-in-law, Sandra Zechmeister and her husband, Dick, of Roseville, Mich.; her grandchildren, Maria and Kenneth Fly, Frank Conte and Louise and Sherry Conte, all of Beckley, John Conte of High Point, N.C., DeeDee Conte of Max Meadows, Va., Pamela and Andy Porritt of Parchment, Mich., Jacqueline Placidi of Roseville, Mich., and Gregory and Laura Placidi of Malcomb Township, Mich.; great-grandchildren, Leann Fly and fiancÚ, Jerry Umburger, and Kenneth Fly II, Christopher Conte, Justin Conte, Amanda and Aaron Stroupe, Megan and Drew Porritt and Peyton and John Placidi; and two aunts, Esther Piconi of Princeton and Lena Piconi of Michigan.
Mass of resurrection will be 11 a.m. Thursday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Harrison Street, Princeton, with Fathers Manuel Gelido, Sam Sacus and Thomas Tran officiating. Entombment will follow in Woodlawn Memorial Park Mausoleum, Bluewell.
Friends may call 6 to 9 p.m. today at Memorial Funeral Directory, Athens Road, Princeton, where a Christian wake service will be held at 8 p.m.
Nephews will serve as pallbearers.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Hospice of Southern West Virginia, 103 S. Eisenhower Drive, Beckley, WV 25801.
Arrangements by Memorial Funeral Directory and Cremation Center, Princeton.