Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

May 31, 2006

Thursday, June 1, 2006


Deaths

Louise Cook, 79, of Columbus, Ohio, formerly of Gary, died May, 29, 2006 in a Columbus nursing home. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at McConnells Funeral Home in Bluefield.

William J. McNeal, 72, of 205 Balsam St., Bluefield, died Tuesday, May 30, 2006 at Bluefield Regional Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete at Cravens Shires Funeral Home, Bluewell.

Evelyn Wimmer “Granny” Smith, 87, of Speedway, died Tuesday, May 30, 2006 at her residence. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Seaver Funeral Home in Princeton.

Blanche Karnes Wagner, 101, of Tawas City, Mich., formerly of Spanishburg, died Saturday, May 27, 2006. Burial was May 29, 2006 in Hale, Mich. Information submitted by Bailey-Kirk Funeral Home in Princeton.

Jason Randall Ward, 19, of Statesville, N.C., died Sunday, May 28, 2006 at his home. Funeral services will be conducted at noon Friday at Shortridge-Ramey Funeral Home Chapel in Grundy, Va. Burial will follow in Mountain Valley Memorial Park, Big Rock, Va. The family will receive friends at the funeral home after 6 p.m. Thursday with a service at 7 p.m. Memorial condolences may be sent to the family at www.shortridgeramey.com



Obituaries

Suzanne Travers Baker

BLUEFIELD — Suzanne Travers Baker, 80, of 900 Pearl Street Ext., Bluefield, died Tuesday, May 30, 2006 at Lewis-Gale Hospital, Salem, Va.

She was born in Buffalo, N.Y. on Aug. 7, 1925 to Jeremiah P. Travers and Alice Willson Kemp Travers. She was the granddaughter of Clarence May Kemp, the inventor of Solar Heating and founder of C. M. Kemp Mfg. Co. of Baltimore, Md. Educated in Baltimore schools, she graduated from Girl's Latin High School in 1944; furthering her education at Edgewood Park Junior College, Briarcliff Manor, N.Y. Her formal education ended on V-J Day, Aug. 15, 1945, when she became the bride of 2nd. Lt. Edward S. Baker Jr., USMC. For 23 years, she was a stalwart Marine wife, subjected to her husband's many absences, yet successfully raising her three children. Not having been allowed to travel overseas while her husband was on active duty, she began her travels in 1976 by going to Hawaii, Japan, South Korea, Okinawa, Taiwan and the Philippines. Then in 1983, she rented their Florida home for one year and spent 7 and a half months in Europe. Beginning with 16 days in Glyfada, Greece, they flew to Cairo for a two week tour of Egypt. Flying back to Spain, they purchased a Fiat and drove through 16 countries, getting back to Bluefield in time to greet a new granddaughter, Martha Shott. A former member of the D.A.R. and the Daughters of the War of 1812, she concentrated on her family, participating in the First Presbyterian Church, the East River Mountain Garden Club, the McGuffy Book Club and the Bluefield Fine Arts Commission.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Jerry, and a grandson, Jeffrey Shott.

Survivors include her loving husband of over 60 years, retired Col. Edward S. Baker Jr., USMC; two sons, Edward of Glenville, N.Y. and Jonathan of Deerfield Beach, Fla.; a daughter, Katherine Shott of Bluefield; and eight grandchildren.

Memorial services will be conducted Saturday, June 3, 2006 at 11:00 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church, Bluefield, with Dr. W.D. Hasty Jr. officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Bluefield Fine Arts Commission, the East River Mountain Garden Club, or First Presbyterian Church.

Those wishing to share memories or condolence messages online may do so by visiting www.mercerfuneralhome.com

Mercer Funeral Home & Crematory of Bluefield is assisting the Baker family with arrangements.

Mary Bailey Billips

LIVE OAK, Fla. — Mary Bailey Billips, 70, longtime resident of Live Oak, died Friday, May 26, 2006 at her residence.

Mrs. Billips had been here for the past 23 years having come from Bluefield. Mrs. Billips had worked as a CAN for S.R.E.C. and was a member of Mt. Gilead Baptist Church in Falmouth, Fla. Mrs. Billips enjoyed horseback riding and was a devoted and loving wife, mother and grandmother.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Luther Billips Jr.; one brother, James C. Bailey; and one sister, Patricia Ann Robinson.

Mrs. Billips is survived by one son, Robert Cain (Jennifer) of Live Oak; two daughters, Marquita Billips Cheney of Live Oak and Margaret C. Bailey (James) of Bluefield; eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren also survive.

Funeral services for Mrs. Billips will be conducted at 10 a.m. Friday, June 2, 2006 in the Sherrill-Guerry Memorial Chapel in Lake City, Fla. with Bro. Fred McCray officiating. Interment will follow in the Live Oak Cemetery.

Visitation with the family will be today from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Arrangements are under the direction of Sherrill-Guerry Funeral Home, 458 S. Marion Ave., Lake City, Fla., (386) 752-2211.

Mr. McKinley Boyd

SWORDS CREEK, Va.— Mr. McKinley Boyd, 90, of the Horton Ridge section of Swords Creek, passed away Wednesday, May 31, 2006 at his home following a lengthy illness.

He was born in Swords Creek and was the son of the late Oscar and Sara Ann Dye Boyd. He was a lifelong resident of the area and was a disabled coal miner. He was a member of the United Mine Workers of America and was of the Baptist faith. He was the last surviving member of his immediate family.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one son, Louie Boyd; five sisters, Martha Jane Miller, Pearl Webb, Tori Dye, Margie Dye, and Maudie Miller; one brother, Dewey Boyd; one grandson and one granddaughter.

Survivors are his wife, Kathleen Perkins Boyd; six daughters, Brenda Shortt of Honaker, Va., Janice Hess and husband Danny of Swords Creek, Janet Clark and husband Jr. of Cleveland, Va., Doloras Miller of Richlands, Va., Linda Wells and husband Donnie of Raven, Va., and Judy Keen and husband Danny of Swords Creek; three sons, Lester Boyd of Richmond, Va., Darrell Boyd and wife Deloras of Richlands, and Larry Boyd and wife Linda of Cedar Bluff, Va.; two stepsons, James Strouth and Sherman Strouth of Maryland; 22 grandchildren and 42 great grandchildren also survive.

Funeral services for Mr. McKinley Boyd will be conducted Friday, June 2, 2006 at 2:00 p.m. at the Hurst-Scott Funeral Chapel in Richlands. Interment will follow at Greenhills Memory Gardens at Claypool Hill, Va. Grandsons will serve as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Jack Miller and Ronald Miller.

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 arrangements and those wishing to express sympathy online may do so at www.hurstscottfuneralhomes.com

Evangelist Margaret “Peggy” Clements Dennis

TAZEWELL, Va. — Evangelist Margaret “Peggy” Clements Dennis, 52, of Tazewell, died Tuesday, May 30, 2006 at Tazewell Community Hospital.

Born Sept. 7, 1953 in Tazewell, she was a daughter of Virginia Johnson Clements of Tazewell and the late Herman B. Clements Sr. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Tazewell and was employed with the Save A Lot Grocery Store of North Tazewell, Va.

In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by her husband, James Douglas (Bubbles) Dennis.

Survivors, in addition to her mother, include one daughter, Valarie Rena Dennis-Shepherd and husband Troy of North Tazewell; two sons, Malcolm Douglas Dennis of Charlotte, N.C. and Devon DeShaun Dennis of the home; one sister, Mary Griffin of Charlotte; four brothers, Charles Clements of Alexandria, Va., Steven Clements and wife Dinah of Martinsville, Va., Herman Clements Jr. and wife Phyllis and Larry Clements and wife Ranae, all of Tazewell; five grandchildren, Shereace LaShaun Dennis, D'Andre Shakur Dennis, Anna Marie Paris, Isaiah James Boulware and Trinity Dreama Faith Shepherd.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. Friday, June 2, 2006 at Peery & St.Clair Funeral Home Chapel in Tazewell with Pastor Jerry Esters officiating. Burial will follow at Maplewood Cemetery in Tazewell.

Pallbearers will be Malcolm Douglas Dennis, Devon DeShaun Dennis, Troy Shepherd, Charles Clements, Steven Clements, Herman Clements Jr. and Larry Clements.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the service on Friday.

Destiny Ariana Duncan

BLUEFIELD — Destiny Ariana Duncan, 7, of Route 2, Box 386, Bluefield, went to be with Jesus on May 29, 2006 at Princeton Community Hospital due to injuries sustained from an accidental shooting.

Born Feb. 16, 1999 in Bluefield, she was the daughter of Rachel Duncan of Glenwood and Larry Duncan of Bluewell. Destiny resided in Green Valley with her grandparents, Pam “Nana” and Eddie “Pa-Paw” Winebarger and her uncle Colton Blake Winebarger, who was more like a brother to her. Destiny was a second grader at Princeton Primary School. She loved swimming, fishing, going to the park, playing with her friends, and attending Leckie Pentecostal Holiness Church. Destiny was loved by everyone that knew her.

She was preceded in death by two great-grandfathers, Earl Stottler of Anawalt and Dempsey Winebarger of Leckie.

In addition to her parents, grandparents, and Uncle Colton, she is survived by: One brother, Mason Edward Duncan of Glenwood; grandfather, Larry Duncan Sr. of Princeton; grandmother, Lori Hobson of Bristol, Tenn.; great grandparents, Junior and Lorraine Duncan of Bramwell; great grandmothers, Marlene Stottler of Anawalt and Pauline Winebarger of Leckie; her mother’s special companion, Bobby Boyles; special great aunt, Jan Lalani of Chicago, Ill.; uncle, Howard Fields Jr. of Mt. Morris, Ill.; special great aunt, Judy Hess and husband Roger, and cousin, Jessica Bailey of Princeton; godparents, Dean and Margie Winebarger of Leckie; and numerous great aunts and uncles, cousins, and a host of friends.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, June 2, 2006 at Leckie Pentecostal Holiness Church in Leckie with Pastor Cecil Watkins officiating. Burial will follow in Woodlawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Bluewell. Dean Winebarger, Brandon Winebarger, Jonathan Winebarger, and Billy Price will serve as pallbearers.

Friends may call today, June 1, 2006, from 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. at the Leckie Pentecostal Holiness Church in Leckie.

Cravens-Shires Funeral Home in Bluewell is serving the Duncan family.

Miss Melissa Lynn (Lisa) Hale

CLAYPOOL HILL, Va. — Miss Melissa Lynn (Lisa) Hale, 45, of Claypool Hill, passed away Tuesday, May 30, 2006 in a Richlands, Va. hospital.

Born July 22, 1960 in Tazewell County, Va., she was the daughter of Elmer and Gaynell Richardson Hale of Claypool Hill. She attended Pine Creek Holiness Church at Swords Creek, Va.

In addition to her parents, she is survived by one sister, Sherry Cunningham and husband Barry of Pounding Mill, Va.; one niece, Josie Cunningham of Pounding Mill; and one nephew, Barrett Cunningham of Pounding Mill.

Funeral services will be conducted at 7 p.m. today, June 1, 2006 at Singleton Funeral Service Chapel at Cedar Bluff, Va. with the Rev. Jim Richardson and Brian Richardson officiating. Graveside service will be private. Pallbearers will be Paul Hale, Chris Hale, Phillip Hale, Richie Richardson, Todd Richardson and Jeff Clayburne.

The family will receive friends from 5:30 to 7 p.m. today at Singleton Funeral Service in Cedar Bluff.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Clinch River Kiwanis Club for the Tazewell County Special Field Day.

Online condolences may be sent to the family by going to www.SingletonFuneralService.com

Singleton Funeral Service is serving the Hale family.

Charles Edward Hall

BLUEFIELD, Va. — Charles Edward Hall, 72, of Graham Manor, Bluefield, Va., died Tuesday, May 30, 2006 at his home.

He was born in Tazewell County, Va. and was a son of the late Bert C. Hall and Bessie Jane Farmer Hall. He was a former employee for Kwik Kafe Co. in Bluefield, Va. and enjoyed working with his flea marketing.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers, Wayne, Clarence, Jack and Howard Hall and by a sister, Elma Fern Hall.

Survivors include a daughter, Nancy Thomas; son, Tracy Hall; sisters, Louise Holcomb of Baltimore, Md., Mary Alley of Bluefield, Va. and Hazel Stasheen of Bluefield, Va.; brothers, Curtis Hall of Bluefield, Va. and Orrin Hall of Bluefield, Va.

In honoring Charlie’s wishes, he has been cremated. There will be no services or visitation at the funeral home.

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

Frances Irene Kestner

TAZEWELL, Va.— Frances Irene Kestner, 81, of Tazewell, died Tuesday, May 30, 2006 at her home.

Born June 28, 1924 in Tazewell County, Va., she was a daughter of the late Thomas Glover Whitt and Elizabeth Crouse Whitt. She was a member of the Tazewell Presbyterian Church and had been a volunteer with the Tazewell Community Hospital Auxiliary.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Clyde O. Kestner; and four brothers, Claude Whitt, Clyde Whitt, Jack Whitt, and Tom Whitt.

Survivors include one son, Max L. Kestner and wife Teresa of Castlewood, Va.; one daughter, Violet Cassett and husband John of Ashland, Va.; one sister, Madaline Blevins of Seven Mile Ford, Va.; three grandchildren; five great grandchildren.

Graveside services will be conducted at 2 p.m. today, June 1, 2006 at Greenhills Memory Gardens at Claypool Hill, Va. with Dr. James H. Grant Jr. officiating.

Peery & St.Clair Funeral Home of Tazewell is serving the Kestner family.

James Jeconiah Palmer

BLUEFIELD, Va. — James Jeconiah Palmer, 73, of Bluefield, Va., died on Sunday, May 28, 2006 from injuries sustained in a car accident.

He was born Feb. 11, 1933 to the late Rev. James A. Palmer and Lola Allen Palmer.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by four brothers, Zirl, Lapaze, Jess and Tony Palmer, and two sisters, Marcella Bane and Evg. Omega Dowell.

James attended the public schools of Tazewell County, Va. and also attended University of Kentucky. He later moved to Cleveland, Ohio where he resided until 1982 at which time he relocated back to Bluefield, Va. He served in the U.S. Army and did work locally as a mechanic.

He leaves to cherish his memories one son, Rev. James (Stephanie) Palmer III of Bluefield, Va.; two daughters, Denise (Kevin) Vaughn of Roswell, Ga., and Donna (Garry) Simmons of Fayetteville, N.C.; two sisters, Maggie P. Hamilton of Bluefield, Va. and Gervaise King of Bluefield; seven grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, June 2, 2006 at Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church, Wilson Street, Bluefield, Va., with the Rev. Michael Bratton officiating; family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Burial will follow at Restlawn Memorial Gardens, Bluewell.

Chapel Funeral Home of Bluefield was entrusted with the care of the Palmer family.

Nellie Sigmon

LASHMEET — Nellie Sigmon, 68, of Reese Harmon Ridge, Lashmeet, died Tuesday, May 30, 2006 at Princeton Community Hospital in Princeton.

Born Oct. 12, 1937 at Matoaka, she was the daughter of the late Eugene “Bud” Stables and Annie Wiley Stables. Mrs. Sigmon was a former employee of Maidenform in Princeton and last worked at Krogers in Princeton. She was a member of the Ridge View Church of God and loved her flower gardens.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Carnedith Sigmon in 1988; one son, Dennis Keith “Cheetoe” Sigmon; two brothers, James Stables and Garland Stables; and one sister, Virginia “Dolly” Smith.

Survivors include two sons, Richard Sigmon and his wife Kim, and Phillip Sigmon and his wife Connie, all of Princeton; four brothers, Lee Stables of Springton, Thomas Stables of Lashmeet, Eugene Stables and his wife Gertrude and Billy Stables and his wife Hilda, all of Matoaka; three sisters, Shirley Williams and her husband Jess and Judy Barlow and her husband Tommy, both of Lashmeet, and Peggy Davis of Princeton; eleven grandchildren, Aaron, Nathan, Meghan, Melinda, Brandon, Kaitlyn, Braxton, Ashley, Amy, Holly and Zack; and one great-grandchild.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. Friday, June 2, 2006 at the Rowland H. Bailey Funeral Chapel of the Bailey-Kirk Funeral Home in Princeton with the Rev. L.A. Farmer officiating. Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Gardens in Princeton.

Serving as pallbearers will be Billy Stables Jr., Scottie Barlow, Ronald Barlow, Ricky Barlow, Danny Ray Johnson, Jimmy Smith and Roger Smith.

Friends may call today from 6-8 p.m. at the Bailey-Kirk Funeral Home in Princeton.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.bailey-kirk.com

Mr. James Parrot Sisk

RAVEN, Va. — Mr. James Parrot Sisk, 80, of Raven, passed away Tuesday, May 30, 2006 in a Richlands, Va. hospital.

Born Aug. 1, 1925 in Buchanan County, Va., he was the son of the late John Henry and Lidda Davis Sisk. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean Conflict. He was of the Holiness faith.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one daughter, Jane Sisk; two brothers, Charlie Sisk and Oliver Sisk; one sister, Perley Rose; two great grandchildren, Domick Deskins and Kyle Cook.

He is survived by his wife, Helen Sisk; two sons, Gene Sisk of Route 1, Raven and Leon Sisk of Doran, Va.; three daughters, Harriet Nicewander of Richlands, Linda Deskins of Belfast, Va. and Margaret Gillespie of Doran; three sisters, Ocie Davis and Maria Sisk, both of Richlands, and Goldie Rose of Route 1, Raven; nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren also survive.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 3, 2006 at Singleton Funeral Service Chapel at Cedar Bluff, Va. with Pastor Shane Breeding and Pastor Tim Ward officiating. Burial will follow in the Greenhills Memory Gardens at Claypool Hill, Va. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers. Military graveside rites will be conducted by Casey-Shortt VFW Post 9640 and Tazewell County Chapter 31 DAV.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 9 p.m. today at the home on Pine Creek and Friday after 6 p.m. at Singleton Funeral Service at Cedar Bluff with a service at 7 p.m.

Online condolences may be sent to the family by going to www.SingletonFuneralService.com

Singleton Funeral Service is serving the Sisk family.



Funerals

Funerals scheduled today include:

Virginia Ella Wolford Justus: 1 p.m., Shortridge-Ramey Funeral Home Chapel in Grundy, Va. Burial will follow in Mountain Valley Memorial Park, Big Rock, Va.

Myrtle Louella Rundles: 1 p.m., Cravens-Shires Funeral Home Chapel in Bluewell.

Kyle Leon Wright Sr.: 11 a.m., Bay Lake Baptist Church in Groveland, Fla.