• Dr. David F. Bell Jr., 84, of 2708 Mt. View Ave., Bluefield, died Friday, Feb. 3, 2006 at his residence. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Mercer Funeral Home & Crematory of Bluefield. Those wishing to share memories or condolence messages may do so by visiting www.MercerFuneralHome.com
• Thelma J. Blankenship, 78, of Bartley, died Friday, Feb. 3, 2006 at Tazewell Community Hospital. Funeral services will be conducted at noon Monday at the Atwell Mountain United Church of God. Burial will follow at the Blankenship Cemetery, Long Pole near Panther. Friends may call at the church Sunday after 4 p.m. Fanning Funeral Home of Iaeger is in charge of arrangements.
• Beulah Marie Gibson Douthat, 90, of Palm Harbor, Fla., formerly of Bluefield, died Monday, Jan. 30, 2006 in a Palm Harbor hospital. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Mercer Funeral Home & Crematory of Bluefield. Those wishing to share memories or condolence message may do so by visiting www.Mercer FuneralHome.com
• Mary Magdalene Collins Holden, 67, of Charlottesville, Va., formerly of Litwar, died Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2006 in Charlottesville. Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday at the Horsecreek Church of The Living God at Horsecreek. Burial will follow in the Collins Cemetery, Litwar. Friends may call at the church Sunday after 5 p.m. Fanning Funeral Home of Iaeger is in charge of arrangements.
• Stuart Thompson Remines, 84, of 319 Circle Dr., Bluefield, Va., died Friday, Feb. 3, 2006 in a Bluefield hospital. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at the Dudley Memorial Mortuary in Bluefield, Va.
• Mrs. Annie “Ruth” Staples, 86, of the McDowell Nursing and Rehabilitation Care Center in Gary, formerly of 59 Linden St., Welch, died Friday, Feb. 3, 2006 at Welch Community Hospital. Gregory-Page Funeral Home in Welch is in charge of arrangements.
• Mr. John Wade, 91, of Kimball, died Friday, Feb. 3, 2006 at Princeton Community Hospital. Gregory-Page Funeral Home in Welch is in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Weldon Burton Sr.
PRINCETON — Mr. Weldon Burton Sr., 70, of 852 Mercer Street, Princeton, died Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2006 at the Princeton Community Hospital.
Born June 9, 1935 at Matoaka, he was the son of the late Harrison and Bertha Meaver Burton. He was educated in the Mercer County Schools. Mr. Burton was a former chef and had worked with the food industry for many years.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by five brothers, Leonard Wright, Ernest Burton, Roland Burton, Harold Burton and Franklin Burton along with two sisters, Kathleen Mayor and Doris Horne.
Survivors: His son and daughter in law, Weldon and Youngmi Burton Jr. stationed in Seoul, Korea; five grandchildren; a brother, Billie Sparks of Kegley; a host of nieces and nephews.
Mr. Burton’s request was honored by his family, his body was cremated and their will be no visitation or funeral service.
The Burton family is being served by the Memorial Funeral Directory & Cremation Center on the Athens Road in Princeton.
Johnny A. Chizmar
BECKLEY — Johnny A. Chizmar, 83, of Beckley, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2006.
Born April 10, 1922, he was the son of the late John Chizmar and the late Bertha Horvath Chizmar.
Johnny was a Golden Glove Boxer in the 1940s and played baseball.
He was a member and served as an Elder Deacon of the Open Bible Baptist Church.
In addition to his parents, two sisters, Ethel Nassif and Elsie Chizmar; and two brothers, Tommy Chizmar and Louie Chizmar preceded Johnny in death.
Those left to cherish his memory include his loving wife, Shirley Meade Chizmar; a son, Johnny Chizmar Jr. of Beckley; a daughter, Cathy Griffith and husband, Terrence of Beckley; a granddaughter, Danielle O’Donnell of Beckley; two grandsons, Kevin O’Donnell and Preston Griffith both of Beckley; two brothers, Ernest Chizmar and wife, Dorothy of Bluefield and Danny Chizmar and wife, Nora of Panama City, Fla.; and two sisters, Elizabeth Cole and husband, Dennis of Bluefield, Va. and Barbara Jones and husband, Joel of Spring Lake, N.C.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 6, 2006 at the Open Bible Baptist Church, Hedrick Street, Beckley with Pastors Rodney Allen, Ken Pritt and Gene England officiating. Burial will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Beckley.
Family and friends will be serving as pallbearers.
Friends may gather with the family from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. Sunday at the church.
Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.blueridgefuneralhome.com
Blue Ridge Funeral Home, 5251 Robert C. Byrd Drive, Beckley is in charge of the arrangements.
Helen T. Echols
PRINCETON — Helen T. Echols, 80, of Princeton, died Friday, Feb. 3, 2006 at GlenWood Park Retirement Village in Princeton.
Born July 25, 1925 in Matoaka, she was the daughter of the late Barney Tilley and Lena Lilly Tilley.
Mrs. Echols was a homemaker and was of the Baptist faith. She was a 1943 graduate of Matoaka High School and was retired from Sun Bank in Orlando, Fla.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Robert W. Echols.
Survivors include one son, Ronald W. Echols and his wife Chae Yong Echols of Hendersonville, N.C.; one grandson, Roy W. Echols and his wife Michelle of Tampa, Fla.; one great-granddaughter, Mia Echols; one brother, Barney Tilley Jr. of Chattanooga, Tenn.; two sisters, Nell Rice of Garettesville, Md. and Anne Lilly of Princeton; and a special sister-in-law, Sue Mackey of Princeton, who was her caregiver the past five years.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. today, Saturday, Feb. 4, 2006 and the Rowland H. Bailey Funeral Chapel in Princeton with the Rev. Nancy Cale officiating. Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Gardens in Princeton.
Friends may call today from 10 a.m. until the service hour at the Bailey-Kirk Funeral Home in Princeton. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.bailey-kirk.com.
Billy B. “P.O.” Grose Sr.
BLUEFIELD — Billy B. “P.O.” Grose Sr., 67, of Route 1 Box 388 (Sandlick), Bluefield, passed away on Thursday, Feb. 2, 2006 at his residence.
Mr. Grose was born on Feb. 23, 1938 in Crumpler to Thelma Morris Grose of Route 4, Bluefield and the late Rev. Henry Bertram Grose.
Mr. Grose had been a resident of Sandlick for 40 years and was a self-employed contractor. He was a member of the Army National Guard for 21 years and of the Protestant faith.
Survivors in addition to his mother are his wife, Judy Black Grose of Route 1, Bluefield; sons, Billy B. “Chip” Grose II and wife Leanna of Route 1, Bluefield, Jason Grose and wife Dena of Route 2, Bluefield; daughter, Suzette Nunley and husband Ron of Route 1, Bluefield; sisters, Peggy Williams and husband William of Bluefield, Anita Sargent and husband John of Coweta, Okla.; seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
The Grose family will receive friends at the Cravens-Shires Funeral Home in Bluewell today from 6-9 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 307 Federal Street, Suite 216, Bluefield, WV 24701.
Cravens-Shires Funeral Home in Bluewell is serving the Grose family.
Edith Irene Dickens Lewis
TAZEWELL, Va. — Edith Irene Dickens Lewis, 64, of Tazewell, died Thursday, Feb. 2, 2006 in a Tazewell hospital.
She was born at Horsepen, Va., and was a daughter of the late Harley and Bittie Stilwell Dickens.
She had made her home in the Tazewell area all her life. She was a homemaker, loving mother and loving child of God. She was a wonderful cook and enjoyed doing crafts. She attended Tazewell First Assembly of God and was a member of Horsepen Church of Christ.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by sisters, Beatrice Cook and Olivine Buchanan; brothers, Truman Dickens and Clinton Dickens.
Survivors include: Two daughters, Tammy Lewis and Tracie Lewis of the home; brother, Coy Dickens and wife Jennie of Abbs Valley, Va.; several special nieces, great nieces, nephews and great nephews ; her beloved pet, Jax; special friend that she considered as one of her daughters, Honey Sue Short-Bird.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. today, Feb. 4, 2006 at Hurst-Scott Funeral Home of Tazewell with the Rev. Doug Johnson officiating. Interment will follow at Maplewood Cemetery, Tazewell. Pallbearers will be Tony Thompson, Herman Cook, Rick Cook, Greg Buchanan, Bobby Stilwell and Tom Bailey.
Friends may call at the funeral home from noon till the funeral hour today.
Hurst-Scott Funeral Home of Tazewell will be serving the Lewis family. Those wishing to express sympathy online may do so at www.hurstscottfuneralhomes.com.
Dr. Otho Karl “Kayo” Mann Jr.
LEBANON, Tenn. — Dr. Otho Karl “Kayo” Mann Jr., 54, of Lebanon, Tenn., formerly of Princeton and Columbia, S.C., died Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2006 at University Medical Center, Lebanon, Tenn., following a sudden illness.
Born Sept. 7, 1951 at Hinton, he was the son of the late Otho Karl Mann Sr. and the late Jane Isabel Lobban Mann. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister: Marsha Martin.
Dr. Mann was professor of marketing in the College of Business at Tennessee Technological University, Cookeville, Tenn. He was a 1969 graduate of Princeton High School, received a bachelor of science in chemical engineering from West Virginia University, a master of business administration from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and a Ph.D. in marketing and business administration from Virginia Polytechnic Institute. Dr. Mann was president of the Collegiate Division of the American Marketing Association, vice-chair of the Electronic Commerce Group of the Institute for Supply Management, and was appointed to their Certification Committee for five years. He was a member of the Highland Park Baptist Church, Columbia, Tenn.
Survivors include his wife: Carolyn Mann of Lebanon, Tenn.; a daughter: Pam Trakas of Gallatin, Tenn.; a sister: Jane McGuire and her husband Gary of Franklin, Tenn.; a nephew: Keith Martin and family of Princeton; three nieces: Pepper Coy and family of Princeton, Jennica McGuire of Franklin and Tayler McGuire of Franklin.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 6, 2006 at the Lobban Funeral Home Chapel, Alderson with the Rev. Billyreed Wickline officiating. Burial will follow in the Alderson Cemetery, Alderson. Friend may call Monday, Feb. 6, 2006 from 10-11 a.m. at the Lobban Funeral Home, Alderson.
Serving as pallbearers will be: Charley Lobban Jr., Dr. John Lobban, Keith Martin, Darrell Mann, Gary Mann, H.R. McVey, Bobby Mann and Charles Wilson.
In lieu of flowers, contributions of sympathy may be made to the Dr. Karl Mann Marketing Scholarship Fund, c/o TTU College of Business, Campus Box 5023, Cookeville, TN 38505.
Arrangements by Lobban Funeral Home, Alderson.
Mrs. Zulia M. Sellers
WELCH — Mrs. Zulia M. Sellers, 95, a resident of the Golden Harvest in Welch, formerly of Havaco, departed this life Saturday, Jan. 28, 2006 at Welch Community Hospital.
Born July 9, 1910 in Union Mills, N.C., she was the daughter of the late James Brown Sr. and Armenda Hemphill Brown. Mrs. Sellers resided in Havaco and Welch most of her life. She was a homemaker and in earlier years was baptized and a member of the Mt. Zion Church of Christ in Havaco.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, George Sellers; one brother, James Jr.; and three sisters, Ellen, Helen and Pauline. Mrs. Sellers was the last surviving member of her original family.
She is survived by her sister-in-law, Sallie Ann Hamilton of Havaco; two nephews, James W. Hamilton of Queens, N.Y. and Darrell Hamilton of Shirley, N.Y.; two nieces, the Reverend Patricia Kelly of Chicago, Ill. and Dortricia Grant of the Bronx, N.Y.; and a host of great-nephews, great-nieces and other relatives and friends.
Visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 5, 2006 at the Gregory-Page Funeral Home in Welch. Interment at 1 p.m., Monday, Feb. 6, 2006 at Restlawn Memorial Gardens, Bluewell.
Arrangements and Services entrusted to the Gregory-Page Funeral Home in Welch.
Joseph Heath Semones
WYTHEVILLE, Va. — Joseph Heath Semones, 93, of Wytheville, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 01, 2006.
He was born Sept. 11, 1912 in Carroll County, Va., son of the late Noah A. and Minnie Hall Semones. He was very active in the West End United Methodist Church, which he helped build. He was the church historian, Sunday school teacher, superintendent of the Sunday school, lay leader and church treasurer for 15 years. During World War II he was an Air Raid Warden. Too old to serve in the Army, this was his way of serving his country during the war. He worked at Wytheville Motor Company until he was appointed the Wytheville Town Treasurer in 1962. He retired from that office September 1976.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, James, Isaac, Russell and Melvin; two infant brothers; three infant sisters; his stepmother, Rosa Semones; and half-brother, Ernest Semones.
He is survived by his loving wife of 70 years, Belle N. Semones; four daughters and sons-in-law, Elaine and Ellis Sult of Bluefield, Lorraine and Dickey Spraker of Roanoke, Va., Pat and Bobby Cale of Wytheville, Nancy and Frank Tucker of Gurnee, Ill.; 11 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; sister, Mime Marshall of Kinston, N.C.; half sister, Daisy and Phil Dunford of Wytheville; half brother, William and Loveline Semones of Roanoke; sister-in-law, Helen Semones of Wytheville; numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. today, Feb. 4, 2006 at the Barnett Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Steve Johnson and the Rev. B. Ann Blair officiating. Interment will follow in West End Cemetery.
The family received friends Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Barnett Funeral Home, Wytheville is in charge of arrangements.
Lonnie Boyd White Jr.
ASHLAND — Lonnie Boyd White Jr., 79, of HC 76 Box 665A, Ashland, passed away on Wednesday, Feb., 1, 2006 at his residence.
Mr. White was born on April 2, 1926 in Ashland, to the late Lonnie Boyd White Sr. and Ferol Honaker White.
Mr. White had been a resident of Ashland his entire life and had worked for Ashland Coal Company for 38 years. He was retired from Stevens Clinic as a maintenance worker. He was a member of the UMWA, veteran of World War II and was a member of the Prosperity United Methodist Church.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a daughter, Linda White and four brothers, James Larry White, Richard White, Houston “Buddy” White and Homer Jack White.
Survivors include wife, Bettie Maybelle Owens White of Ashland; sons, Kenneth Boyd White of Fort Myers, Fla., Lonnie “Rocky” White of Ronceverte; brothers, Wallace Gene White of Montcalm, Bert White of Hampton, N.H.; sisters of the heart, Norma Jean Johnson of Rock, Irene Osborne of Ashland; grandchildren, Bryan White, Lillie White, Linda White and Raycheal Osborne.
Mr. White loved his Lord, family, children and friends.
Funeral services will be conducted Monday, Feb. 6, 2006 at 11 a.m. at the Cravens-Shires Funeral Home in Bluewell, with the Rev. Douglas Hyndrich and the Rev. Earl Hill officiating. Burial will follow in Roselawn Memorial Gardens on the Courthouse Road in Princeton, where Randy White, Johnny East, Johnny Hazelwood, Keith Dargo, Wayne Wyatt and Cody Johnson will serve as pallbearers and the Mercer County Veterans Council will conduct military graveside rites.
The White family will receive friends at the funeral home Sunday from 6-8 p.m.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Prosperity United Methodist Church at Route 2 Box 140-A, Rock, WV 24747.
Cravens-Shires Funeral Home is serving the White family.
Funerals scheduled today include:
• Marcia Kelley Braxton: 1 p.m., Tabernacle Baptist Church in Bluefield, Va. Burial will follow at Restlawn Memorial Gardens, Route 20, Bluewell.
• Ronald Wayne Bruffey: 1 p.m., Burns Wornal Chapel of the Memorial Funeral Directory on the Athens Road in Princeton. Burial will follow in the Roselawn Memorial Gardens, Courthouse Road, Princeton.
• Ralph W. Compton: 1 p.m., Grundy Funeral Home in Grundy, Va. Burial will follow at Greenhills Memory Gardens, Claypool Hill, Va.
• Wolbert (Bert) DeHaan: 1 p.m., graveside services in Evergreen Cemetery, Charlotte, N.C.
• Jay C. Morgan: 1 p.m., Fanning Funeral Home Chapel in Iaeger. Burial will follow in Roselawn Memorial Gardens, Princeton.
• Arlene Lillian Muncy: 11 a.m., Church of God at Harmons Branch near Iaeger. Burial will follow in Oakvale Cemetery, Oakvale.
• Everette Brown Neel: 1 p.m., graveside services at Carmel Cemetery, Gap Mills.
• James B. Overby (Speedy): 2 p.m., Peery & St.Clair Funeral Home Chapel in Tazewell, Va. Burial will follow at Grandview Memory Gardens, Bluefield, Va.
• Benjamin Frederick Wood Jr.: 11 a.m., McComas Funeral Home in Bel Air, Md. Interment will be held at Bel Air Memorial Gardens, Bel Air.
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Ralph E. Hagerman
WAR — Ralph E. Hagerman, age 60, of the Shop Hollow community, War, WV, died Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at Welch Emergency Hospital in Welch, WV.
Cathy Lynn Daniels
HUNTINGTON — Cathy Lynn Daniels, 58, of 6605 Country Club Drive in Huntington, WV, a former resident of Bluefield, died Saturday, November 30, 2013 at St. Mary's Hospital in Huntington, WV.
LERONA — Chlorine Caldwell, 96, of HC 78, Box 192 in Lerona, died Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at the Serenity Place Assisted Living in Lerona.
Dr. Don Williams
HUNTINGTON — Dr. W. Don Williams, of Huntington, passed away the day following his 86th birthday on December 4, 2013 at Madison Park Personal Care Facility where he had been receiving loving care for the past year.
Barbara Newman Sparks
BOTETOURT, Va. — Barbara Newman Sparks, 79, of Botetourt, died December 4, 2013 at Berkshire Nursing Home.
Ethel Whitt “Sis” Waldron
Ethel Whitt “Sis” Waldron, 83, of Oakvale went to be with the Lord and Savior on Monday, December 2, 2013 at her residence after fighting a courageous battle with Alzheimer's.
Alice Street Keen
CLAYPOOL HILL, Va. — Alice Street Keen, age 99, of Claypool Hill, Virginia passed away Thursday, December 5, 2013 at Tazewell Community Hospital in Tazewell, Virginia.
William Edward Hairston Jr.
NORTH TAZEWELL, Va. — William Edward Hairston, Jr., of North Tazewell, VA, transitioned from this earthly life to his heavenly home December 2, 2013.
Robert Dean “Bobby” Powers
PRINCETON — Robert Dean “Bobby” Powers, 77, of Gardner Loop Drive, Princeton, died Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at Princeton Community Hospital.
George Lee Wright
WOLFE — George Lee Wright, 78, of Wolfe, W.Va., passed away Sunday, December 1, 2013 at his home.
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