Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

May 24, 2006

Thursday, May 25, 2006


Argie Runions Dodson, 95, of the Tabor Road, Bluefield, formerly of Bud, died Wednesday, May 24, 2006 at Princeton Community Hospital. Arrangements are incomplete at the Memorial Funeral Directory & Cremation Center on the Athens Road in Princeton.

Robert Kenneth Hancock, 74, of Wytheville, Va., died Tuesday, May 23, 2006. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday at Barnett Funeral Chapel, Wytheville, Va. Visitation Friday noon until service time.

Dewey Edward (Ed) Mullins Sr., 85, of Iaeger, died Tuesday, May 23, 2006 at his residence at Long Bottom following a long illness. Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday at the Fanning Funeral Home Chapel in Welch. Burial will follow in Grandview Memory Gardens on the Bluefield-Tazewell Road in Bluefield, Va. Friends may call at the funeral home today from 6-9 p.m. Arrangements by Fanning Funeral Home in Iaeger.


Mrs. Eunice Wade Baldwin

DORAN, Va. — Mrs. Eunice Wade Baldwin, 102, of Doran, left for her heavenly home on Monday, May 22, 2006 from Tazewell Community Hospital.

She was born Oct. 14, 1903 in Tazewell County, Va., to the late Walter and Molly Wade. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother to her family. She devoted her entire life as a homemaker and mother to her 11 children. She was faithful to her church, her faith in God and her family. She was loved by all who knew her.

Mrs. Baldwin was preceded in death by her husband, John G. Watts Baldwin; one daughter, Ola Gay Arnold; four sons, Bane, D.C., Norman and Shirl Baldwin; two brothers, Rufus “Peach” Wade and Carl Wade; two sisters, Edith Smith and Stella Gillespie; one granddaughter, Patty Jean Baldwin; and one great-granddaughter, Kimberly Diane Baldwin.

She is survived by three daughters, Inez Kimbrell, widow of the late Don Kimbrell of Raven, Va., Ruth Meadows and husband Ed of Fredericktown, Ohio, and Wanda Griffith and husband Russell of Richlands, Va.; three sons, Ted Baldwin and wife Pansy of Cedar Bluff, Va., Sherman Baldwin of Tazewell, Va., and Marty Baldwin of Doran; two sisters, Gladys Boyd of Richlands and Vinnie Newberry of Newport News, Va. Also, surviving are 27 grandchildren, 48 great grandchildren and 18 great, great grandchildren; several nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, great, great nieces and nephews, as well as a host of friends.

Homegoing celebration will be at 2:00 p.m. Friday, May 26, 2006 at Singleton Funeral Service Chapel in Cedar Bluff with the Rev. Eddie Baldwin, the Rev. Danny Bostic and the Rev. Clarence Lowe officiating. Burial will follow in the Tom Chambers Cemetery at Shortt Gap, Va. Grandsons and great grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

The family will receive friends anytime at the home of Inez Kimbrell, 225 Raven Circle, Raven, Virginia and today, May 25 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Singleton Funeral Service in Cedar Bluff.

Online condolences may be sent to the family by going to

Singleton Funeral Service is serving the Baldwin family.

Evelyn Virginia Bird Canterbury

BLUEFIELD, Va. — Evelyn Virginia Bird Canterbury, 86, of Bluefield, Va., was dead on arrival at Bluefield Regional Medical Center on Sunday, May 21, 2006.

She was born in West Virginia and was a daughter of the late James Oswald and Ella Wheeler Bird.

She was a former resident of the Berwind Briquet Camp section in Berwind. She was a lifelong Christian, was a former member of the Berwind United Methodist Church and a member of the Virginia Avenue United Methodist Church in Bluefield, Va. She was also a past member of the Order of Eastern Star.

She was the wife of the late Ralph Kellis Canterbury Sr., and sister of the late Paul Kenton Bird.

Survivors include two sons, Ralph Kellis Canterbury Jr. of Damascus, Ark. and Richard Norris Canterbury of the residence, 313 Hillcrest Dr., Bluefield, VA 24605-1601; two daughters, Linda Kay Canterbury Cox of Murfreesboro, Tenn. and Rena Haynes Gibson of Chincoteague Island, Va.; two sisters, Clarice Mildred Bird Cook of Martinsville, Va. and Eula Faye Branson of Beckley; eight grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.

A Christian funeral service will be held Friday, May 26, 2006 at 10:00 a.m. at the Virginia Avenue United Methodist Church with the Rev. Terry Goodman officiating. Mrs. Canterbury will be interred at the Grandview Memory Gardens in Bluefield, Va.

Pallbearers will be close neighbors, Don Darlington, Joe Johnson, Dave Bowles and grandsons, David Canterbury, Robert Haynes and Gary Haynes.

An opportunity to say good-bye to Mrs. Canterbury and share memories of her and offer condolences to the family may be between 7 and 9 p.m. today at the Dudley Memorial Mortuary.

Flowers are accepted or memorial gifts may be given to the Virginia Avenue United Methodist Church or to any worthy cause.

Dudley Memorial Mortuary in Bluefield, Va. is in charge of arrangements.

Zachary Jones

HUMBLE, Texas — Zachary Jones, 16, died on Friday, May 12, 2006.

A treasured son, grandson, nephew, cousin and friend, Zach was born on April 29, 1990 to Larry Jones and Connie Hays Jones of Humble, Texas. Zach excelled as a 10th grader at Humble High School and enjoyed football, track, reading, music and playing his new guitar. Zach looked forward every spring to swimming for the Walden Waves, his favorite event being the butterfly. He played defensive back for the Humble High School Wildcats and was recently invited to join the National Honor Society. Zach loved science and math and hoped ultimately to attend Baylor Medical School but only after he traveled around the world. Zach was a beautiful son, a true friend and a sensitive and caring gentlemen. He was known for his willingness and ability to comfort and assist friends or loved ones. His was a kind and compassionate soul.

He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Sarah Martin Hays.

He is survived by his parents, Larry and Connie; grandparents, Tom and Betty Jones of Peterstown and Bob and Kay Hays of Alice, Texas; aunts and uncles, Marshall and Pat Jones of North East, Md., Mike and Sue Jones of Rich Creek, Va., Bill and Jane Kersey of Peterstown, Tony and Tommy Noble of Peterstown, Rick and Sharon Jones of Charleston, Tim and Cathy Jones of Peterstown, Steve and Sherry Baker of Peterstown, Donnie and Melissa Evans of Peterstown, Cheri Perez, and Mike and Kim Quinney, and many cousins, and a host of friends.

Visitation was held on Monday, May 15, 2006 at Rosewood Funeral Home at 2602 Old Humble Road in Humble from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The funeral service was held 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, May 16, 2006 at Kingwood United Methodist Church at 1799 Woodland Hills in Kingwood with the Rev. Tom Stephenson and the Rev. Carolyn McCall officiating. Kirk Munden, Jim Snow, Tom Dayton, Nick Nicholson, Dave Kotowych, and Ron Hoffpauir served as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were friends of Zach, Larry, and Connie.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be made to the Zach Jones Memorial Fund which will ultimately create a scholarship in Zach’s name. Donations can be made at any Wachovia Bank Branch.

Information submitted by Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home of Peterstown.

Wilma Jean Gibson Keene

PATTERSON, Va. — Wilma Jean Gibson Keene, 63, of Patterson, passed away Tuesday, May 23, 2006 at her home in Patterson.

Born in Kentucky, March 12, 1943, she was the daughter of Ethel Johnson Gibson of Patterson and the late Raymond (Hoot) Gibson. She was a lifelong resident of Buchanan County, Va., a member of the Patterson Deliverance Tabernacle, a homemaker and a loving mother and grandmother.

In addition to her father: Raymond (Hoot) Gibson on Jan. 5, 2000, she was preceded in death by her husband: Leonard Keene on May 30, 2001.

She is survived by her mother: Ethel Johnson Gibson of Patterson; two daughters: Tamara Lynn Dalton and husband Johnny and Karissa Jean Keene all of Patterson; one son: Leonard (Lenny) Wayne Keene and Gina Keene of Ohio; two grandchildren: Zachery Lawrence Dalton of Patterson and Tani Noel Keene of Ohio.

Funeral services for Wilma Jean Gibson Keene will be conducted Saturday, May 27, 2006 at noon at the Shortridge-Ramey Funeral Home Chapel, Grundy, Va. with the Reverends: Jack Ward and Troy Lester officiating. Entombment will follow in the Greenhills Memory Gardens, Claypool Hill, Va.

Active pallbearers will be: Family and friends.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home after 6:00 p.m. today. Service will be held Friday evening at 7:00 p.m.

Memorial condolences may be sent to the family at

The family of Wilma Jean Gibson Keene is being served by Shortridge-Ramey Funeral Home of Grundy.

Dora M. King

BOWIE, Md. — Dora M. King, 90, of Bowie, formerly of Iaeger, died May 22, 2006 at the Crofton Con-valescence and Rehab-ilitation Center in Crofton, Md.

She left many beloved friends and relatives to celebrate her long and full life.

Mrs. King was born April 24, 1916, on Rock Ridge, the youngest child of John Floyd and Alice Rowe Roberts. She was the last surviving member of her original family. She was a loving wife and mother and a longtime member of the Panther Missionary Baptist Church. For many years, she worked as a bookkeeper for C.O. Davis in Iaeger.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of nearly 57 years, Ferrel Mason King; four brothers, Perry, Brooks, Clarence and Sprinkle Roberts and one sister, Ethel Peifer.

She is survived by three sons, Aubrey of Bowie, Larry of Plumas Lake, Calif., and John of Vinton, Va.; four grandsons, Christopher of Ellicott City, Md., Jason of Herndon, Va., Alexander of the Army Rangers at Hunter Army Air Force Base, Savannah, Ga., and Ryan of Huntington; and four granddaughters, Catharine of Fort Mill, S.C., Laura of Atlanta, Ga., Meghan of Athens, Ohio, and Amanda of Huntington. She also has five surviving great grandchildren, Alex and William of Herndon, Camden and Caroline of Ellicott City, and Jillian of Huntington. Also surviving are a brother-in-law, Henry King of Marion, Ohio; several nephews and nieces, including Ronnie King of Marion, Ohio, Clarence Roberts Jr. of Bradshaw, Stephen Peifer of Portland, Ore., Sherlee Hall of Iaeger and Carol Methvin of Birmingham, Ala.

Her sons particularly cherish her memory and the indispensable role she played in shaping their lives. For them, she was the greatest mother ever.

Funeral services will be conducted Friday, May 26, 2006, at 11:00 a.m., with the Reverend Jonathan Hunt officiating at the chapel of Fanning Funeral Home in Iaeger. Following the service, she will be buried in Roselawn Memorial Gardens at Princeton, beside her late husband. Pallbearers will be family and friends.

Friends may call at the funeral home today, May 25, 2006, from 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made in Mrs. King’s name to the Marshall University Foundation, One John Marshall Drive, Huntington, WV 25755.

Arrangements by Fanning Funeral Home in Iaeger.

Dora Adeline Breeding Lockhart

FAIRFAX, Va. — Dora Adeline Breeding Lockhart, 92, of Fairfax, formerly of Harman, Va., passed away Thursday, May 18, 2006, at her home in Fairfax following an extended illness.

Born in Buchanan County, Va., she was a daughter of the late Albert and Hettie OQuinn Breeding. She was a resident of Buchanan County most of her life until her retirement then moving to Fairfax. She was a member of Harman Memorial Baptist Church and a retired postmistress for Maxie, Va. Post Office with more than 25 years of service.

Mrs. Lockhart was preceded in death by her husband: Taylor Lockhart on Feb. 12, 1995; one sister: Viola Breeding; two brothers: Noah and Walter Breeding.

Survived by: Three sisters: Dorothy and husband Sam Chancey of Ocala, Fla., Gladys Dingus of Ocala, Muriel and husband Roger Doyon of Fairfax; one brother: Lee and wife Margie Breeding of Ocala.

Funeral services for Dora Adeline Breeding Lockhart will be conducted Friday, May 26, 2006 at 11:00 a.m. at the Grundy Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Shea Shrader officiating with burial to follow in Mountain Valley Memorial Park, Big Rock, Va.

Friends may call at Grundy Funeral Home Chapel today at 5:00 p.m. with services at 7:00 p.m.

Active pallbearers will be friends.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Grundy Funeral Home of Grundy, Va. is in charge of all arrangements.

James Elwood Perkins

MONTCALM— James Elwood Perkins, 71, of Montcalm, passed away to be with the Lord on Tuesday, May 23, 2006 at Charleston Medical Center after a short illness.

James was born on Dec. 27, 1934 in Montcalm to William C. and Cora Knuckles Perkins who preceded him in death. He was a graduate of Bramwell High School and served two years in the U.S. Army. He worked briefly in the coal mines. James was a kind and loving brother and loved gardening and watching all sports. He was an avid athlete.

In addition to his parents, one sister, Evelyn Penturff and one brother, William A. Perkins, preceded him in death.

Survivors: Sisters: Patricia Eller of the home and Barbara Perkins of the home; brothers: Clayton Perkins and wife Kathryn of Princeton, Arnold R. Perkins and wife Lois of Lorton Lick Road.

“Uncle Jimmy” was much loved by nieces, nephews, and a special grand niece and grand nephews, Anthony and Rachel Sams of Maynardville, Tenn. and Josh and Caleb Perkins of Cumming, Ga.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, May 26, 2006 at 2:30 p.m. at the Cravens-Shires Funeral Home in Bluewell with the Rev. Shawn Bragg officiating. Burial will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park in Princeton where pallbearers will be close friends and neighbors, Danny Gaither, Don Pennington, Mike Ball, Phillip Perdue, L.D. Eller, and Matthew Dillow.

Friends may call today from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home.

The Cravens-Shires Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Rachel Alafair Proffitt

RAVEN, Va. — Mrs. Rachel Alafair Proffitt, 84, of Raven, passed away Wednesday, May 24, 2006 at the home of her daughter, Debbie Proffitt in Richlands, Va. following a lengthy illness.

She was born in Buchanan County, Va. and was the daughter of the late Reece and Clementine Keen, both Buchanan County natives.

She was a lifelong resident of this area and was of the Pentecostal Holiness faith.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one sister, Maize Wilson; one brother, Wallace B. Keen; and one half brother, Milo Keen.

Survivors are: Her husband, Raymond Miller Proffitt; two daughters: Alma Whited and husband, Mack of Rosedale, Va., Debbie Proffitt of Richlands; four sons: Johnny Proffitt and wife, Annie of Pilgrim Knob, Va., James Proffitt and wife, Diana of Thompson Valley, Va., Reece Proffitt and wife, Vicki of Rowe, Va., Mike Proffitt and wife, Bernice of Feds Creek, Ky.; three half sisters: Blanche Dexter of Columbus, Ohio, Alice Stiltner of Bland, Va., June Lee of Keen Mountain, Va.; one half brother: James Esau Keen of Keen Mountain; seven grandchildren and four great grandchildren also survive.

Funeral services for Mrs. Rachel Alafair Proffitt will be conducted Friday, May 26, 2006 at 11:00 a.m. at the Hurst-Scott Funeral Chapel in Richlands with the Rev. Tim Lester officiating. Interment will follow at Greenhills Memory Gardens at Claypool Hill, Va. Relatives and friends will serve as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be: John Underwood and Darrell Sutherland.

Friends may call after 6:00 p.m. today at the Hurst-Scott Funeral Home in Richlands.

Hurst-Scott Funeral Home in Richlands is in charge of the arrangements and those wishing to express sympathy may do so online at:

Lotus Berbert Reed

BLUEFIELD, Va. — Lotus Berbert Reed, 97, of 324 Circle Dr., Bluefield, Va., died Monday, May 22, 2006 in a Goldsboro, N.C. hospital.

She was born in Pocahontas, Va. and was a daughter of the late Sam and Ethel Myers Berbert.

She was a member of the Virginia Avenue United Methodist Church in Bluefield, Va., and was a former employee at National Electric Coil Co. for 26 years.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John Reed; stepmother, Laura Berbert Phipps; brothers, Charles and Lewis Berbert; and a sister, Daris Wall.

Survivors include two daughters, Patsy Lawson of Bluefield, Va. and Nell Bibb of Goldsboro, N.C.; grandchildren, Mike Lawson and wife Sharon of Hebron, Ky., Sharon Morris and husband Frank of Lakeland, Fla., Tamela Belk of Lakeland, David Bibb and wife Denise of Goldsboro, Kyla Zimmer and husband Jim of Chattanooga, Tenn., John Bibb of North Richland Hills, Texas; great grandchildren, Brad Zimmer, Ben Zimmer, Tricia Zimmer, Jason Morris, Keith Morris and William Belk; great great grandchildren, Ann Stahl and husband Andy, Chris Lawson and wife Heather, Laura Woodhouse and husband Todd, John David Bibb, Holly Bibb, Joey Bibb and Kolton Bibb; great great great grandchildren, Colin and Olivia Stahl, Emma and Jack Lawson and Katie Woodhouse.

Funeral services will be held Friday, May 26, 2006 at 2:00 p.m. at the Dudley Memorial Chapel in Bluefield, Va. with the Rev. Terry Goodman and Pastor David Jackson officiating. Burial will follow in the Monte Vista Cemetery in Green Valley. Grandsons and great grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

Friends may call today from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Dudley Memorial Mortuary in Bluefield, Va.

George Shumate

BLUEFIELD, Va. — George Shumate, 81, of 112 Schenley Avenue, Bluefield, Va., formerly of Pocahontas, Va., passed away at his home on Tuesday, May 23, 2006.

Born on Feb. 10, 1925 in Pocahontas, he was a son of the late Noah and Mary Meherda Shumate. He had retired from the ABC store in Pocahontas where he was a manager for 35 years. He was a veteran of World War II and the Korean conflict having served in the U.S. Navy. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Bronze Star, the Air Medal, the Purple Heart, the Distinguished Unit Citation, the Air Force Longevity Service Award Ribbon, the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award, the Presidential Unit Citation, and the Navy Unit Commendation. He was a member of the American Legion Post 9696 and a member of the Knights of Columbus. He was a faithful member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Bluefield.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, John H., Noah J., and Walter L. Shumate and two sisters, Constance Knowles and Bettina Cox.

Survivors: Wife of 48 years, Virginia DeMarchi Shumate of the home; son: Keith Shumate and wife Alice of West Palm Beach, Fla.; daughters: Sabrina Childers and husband Paul of Duluth, Ga., Denise Hopper of Roanoke, Va., Janine Shumate and husband Ed of Roanoke; grandsons: Matthew, Brock, Luke and Wyatt; granddaughter: Erica; brothers: Vincent Shumate and wife Sue of Abbs Valley, Va., James L. Shumate and wife Carol of Wilmington, Del.; sisters: Rosalie Roccheti and husband Mike of Princeton, Mary Bartram and husband Frank of Madison Heights, Va., Barbara Shumate of Bluefield; brother-in-law: Lakewood Cox of Falls Mills, Va.; sister-in-law: Helen Shumate of Fayetteville, N.C.; many nieces and nephews.

A Mass of the Christian Burial will be conducted on Friday, May 26, 2006 at 10:00 a.m. at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Bluefield with the Rev. Father William Matheny Jr. as Celebrant. Burial will follow at Woodlawn Memorial Park in Bluewell where his nephews will be serving as pallbearers.

Friends may call today from 6:00-8:30 p.m. at the Cravens-Shires Funeral Home in Bluewell where a Christian Wake Service will be conducted at 8:00 p.m.

The family asks that memorial contributions be made to the American Cancer Society, Jefferson Street, Bluefield, WV or the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Bluefield.

The Cravens-Shires Funeral Home in Bluewell is in charge of arrangements.


Funerals scheduled today include:

• Harold Curtis Greene: 9:30 a.m., Moore Funeral Home Chapel in Arlington, Texas. Burial at Moore Memorial Gardens.

• Lillie Belle Hurley: 2 p.m., Peery & St.Clair Funeral Home Chapel in Tazewell, Va. Entombment will follow at Grandview Memory Gardens Mausoleum, Bluefield, Va.

• Albert Paul Meadows: 11 a.m., Riffe’s Funeral Service Chapel in Narrows, Va. Burial will follow in Sunrise Memorial Gardens, Rich Creek, Va.

• Billy G. Moore: 1 p.m., graveside services at Woodlawn Memorial Park in Bluewell.

• Mary Elizabeth Pennington: 11 a.m., Sacred Heat Catholic Church in Powhatan. Burial will follow at Woodlawn Memorial Park, Bluewell.

• Dr. David Anthony Puzzuoli: 9 a.m., Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Princeton. Burial will follow in Mt. Calvary Catholic Cemetery, Wheeling.