Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

August 23, 2006

Thursday, August 24, 2006


McKinley Cornett Jr., 82, of Route 3 Box 218, Bluefield, died Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2006 in a Bluefield hospital. Arrangements will be announced by Cravens-Shires Funeral Home in Bluewell.

Nicey Yates Coleman Rife, 85, of Maxie, Va., died Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2006 at Buchanan General Hospital. Shortridge-Ramey Funeral Home of Grundy, Va. is in charge of arrangements.


Virginia “Jenny” Ayers Furo

WELCH — Virginia “Jenny” Ayers Furo, 82, of Welch, died Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2006 at Welch Community Hospital.

Born Nov. 1, 1923 in Iaeger, she was the daughter of the late William Albert Ayers and Opal “Dolly” Rose. She worked at the McDowell County Courthouse where she served as a deputy sheriff until her retirement.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Frank Furo; her stepfather, Grat Rose; and her sisters, June Ayers and Nannie Ruth Battlo.

She is survived by her brother, Roger Rose and wife Pam of Bluefield, Va.; nieces, Toni Albert and husband Bill of Bluefield, Theresa Bales and husband Kenneth of Welch, Jennifer Battlo of Dunbar, Gemma Greenbaum and husband James of Richmond, Va., and Vannessa Roach and husband John of San Antonio, Texas; a nephew, Kevin Rose; great nephew, David Albert; and great nieces, Christie Albert, Nikki Bales Rohrig and Deana Bales. She also leaves behind her two special care givers, Debbie Caskey and Mary Drake.

A prayer service will be conducted Friday at 11 a.m. in the Douglas Mortuary Chapel, Welch, with Father Tan Nugyen of St. Peter Catholic Church officiating. Entombment will follow in Roselawn Memorial Gardens, Princeton.

Friends may call at the funeral home one hour prior to the service.

McDowell County deputies will serve as pallbearers.

The Douglas Mortuary of Welch is serving the Furo family.

June Deaumer Grubb

BLUEFIELD — “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints.” Psalms 116:15.

“...victory has swallowed up death...God gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Corinthians 15:54, 57.

June Deaumer Grubb, 83, of 2809 Grandview Ave. (formerly of 212 Union St.), Bluefield, moved to her heavenly home on Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2006 enveloped in the love of her immediate family.

She was born on June 30, 1923 in Bluefield to Theodore O. Deaumer and Henrietta B. Deaumer. She was the youngest of six children and lived a full childhood. She graduated from Beaver High School, Bluefield College and the University of South Carolina, ultimately earning B.A. degrees in Political Science and Journalism. She subsequently worked for the Sunset News Observer and the Bluefield Daily Telegraph as the society director where she met her husband Melvin whom she nicknamed “Slim.”

In addition to lovingly supporting her husband, raising two strong children and working full-time, she made many contributions to the community. She was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church, attending there from birth, where she was past president of the Women of the Church, taught Sunday School and had been a circle Bible teacher and leader. She was also honored with the Women’s Lifetime Membership by the Presbyterian Church. In her earlier years, she was an Elite Jr. sponsor and spoke fondly of “her girls” who were members of the club. She also worked for the YWCA as a Y-Teen and Pigtail Tots director and was a Girl Scout leader. She enjoyed being involved in the Bluefield Garden Club, serving as a past president, the American Association of University Women, serving as a past president, and the Bluefield Union Mission Ladies Auxiliary.

She is survived by her husband of 58 years, Melvin L. Grubb; a son, Mark and his wife Kristie Grubb of Tehachapi, Calif.; and a daughter, Lindsey and her husband Bruce Barilla of Bluefield and White Sulphur Springs; two sisters, Lois D. Taylor of Bluefield and Joan Nash of Lewisville, Texas; a sister-in-law, Nita Crouch Grubb of Highland Village, Texas; nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sisters, Bertha Forsythe, Virginia (Teddi) Coburn, and her brother, Theodore (Ted) Oscar Deaumer Jr.

According to her wishes, her earthly remains will be cremated and no visitation or services will be held. In celebration of a life well-lived and to continue her vision of serving others, donations may be sent to the following: Westminster Presbyterian Church Building Fund (P.O. Box 1258, Bluefield, WV 24701) or the Bluefield Union Mission (P.O. Box 4056, Bluefield, WV 24701).

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Rufus Charles Hinchee Jr.

LAKE HAVASU CITY, Ariz. — Rufus Charles Hinchee Jr., formerly of Anchorage, Ala., passed away at home in Lake Havasu City, Ariz. on Aug. 16, 2006 due to complications of diabetes.

He was born March 16, 1934 in Bluefield to the late Rufus Charles and Verna Morrison Hinchee and was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara J. Hinchee, in 2004. Rufe graduated from Beaver High School in 1952. He was a member of the Eagles, Elks and American Legion and a lifetime member of the American Cooking Club. He was a member of the National Electrical Contractors Association from 1968-1995. He served on the Board of Directors for 12 years and was the President of the Board for five years. He was a member of the Alaska Electrical Labor Management and Negotiation Committee for nine years and served as Chairman for five years. Rufus gained his pilot’s license in 1957 and enjoyed flying his own plane and exploring the vast wilderness of Alaska. He was the owner of Sunrise Electric from 1969-1984 and participated in the building of the Alaska Pipeline and many other projects throughout Alaska. Rufe had a great love of books, was an excellent cook, and loved to entertain and socialize. He enjoyed the outdoors, including hunting, fishing and golf. His passion for golf brought him to Lake Havasu in 1984.

Rufe is survived by his children, Cheryl Holden of Baltimore, Md., Sandy Friberg of Round Hill, Va., Pamela Hinchee of Anchorage, and Rufus Charles Hinchee III of Wasilla, Ala.; brother, Jerry Hinchee of Staunton, Va.; sister, Frances Bundy of Tazewell, Va.; nine grandchildren; and his best friend, Caliente Rojas.

A celebration of life was held at the Eagles Lodge, 1561 Marlboro Dr., Lake Havasu City, on Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2006.

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Lietz-Fraze Funeral Home of Lake Havasu City is in charge of arrangements.

Thomas A. “Tom” Robinette

TAZEWELL, Va. — Thomas A. “Tom” Robinette, 69, of the Gratton community in Tazewell, died Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2006 at his home.

Born Feb. 10, 1937 in Tazewell County, Va., he was a son of the late James H. Robinette Sr. and Minnie B. Pilkins Robinette. He was employed by Tri State Livestock Market in Abingdon, Va.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Elizabeth Fields Robinette and one brother, James H. Robinette Jr.

Survivors include one daughter, Debra Robinette Lawson and husband Gary of Meadowview, Va.; two sisters, Evelyn Cox and husband Ray of Tazewell, and Sandra Burkes of Virginia Beach, Va.; one brother, Roger Robinette and wife Mildred of Tazewell; step grandson, Eric Lawson of Christiansburg, Va.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 25, 2006 at Peery & St.Clair Funeral Home Chapel in Tazewell with the Rev. John Canning officiating. Burial will follow at Greenhills Memory Gardens at Claypool Hill, Va. Pallbearers will be Kenneth Wagner, Jonathan Wagner, Chris Wagner, Michael Thompson, J.L. Lambert Jr. and Mike Lambert.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 6-9 p.m. today, Aug. 24, 2006.

Sydney Riley Sackett

BLUEFIELD — Sydney Riley Sackett, infant daughter of Greg and Michelle Fife Sackett of 119 Lakeland Park, Bluefield, died Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2006 in a Bluefield hospital.

In addition to her parents, she is survived by her sister, Alexa Sackett of the home; maternal grandparents, Harold and Helen Pruitt of Tazewell, Va., and Michael and Angela Fife of Bluefield; paternal grandparents, Richard and Joyce Sackett of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.

Only the Best

A heart of gold stopped beating,

Two shining eyes at rest,

God broke our hearts to prove,

He only takes the best.

Funeral services for Sydney will be conducted at 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 25, 2006 from the Mercer Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. John Murray officiating. Friends may call one hour prior to services at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Woodlawn Memorial Park, Bluewell.

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Mercer Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Sackett family.

Fred Kyle Taylor

HUDDLESTON, Va. — Fred Kyle Taylor, 76, of Huddleston, died Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2006 in Lewis-Gale Hospital after a long courageous battle with cancer.

Born May 25, 1930 in Norton, Va. a son of the late Elbert Monroe Taylor and Laura Phoebe Ashworth Taylor. He was a member of Morgan's Baptist Church and attended Palestine Baptist Church. Fred was also a U.S. Navy veteran having served during the Korean Conflict.

In addition to his parents, Fred was preceded in death by three brothers, Kenneth E. Taylor, Warren S. Taylor and Glen Taylor; and one sister, Mrs. Randel (Erma) Bond.

He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Nancy Louise Cruise Taylor; a son, Kenneth Warren Taylor and his wife Ralana of Bluefield, Va.; one sister, Edith Wilkinson and her husband Bernard of Colonial Heights, Va.; two grandchildren, Thomas Bradley Taylor and Kimberly Nicole Taylor; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions may be made to Morgan's Baptist Church, PO Box 477, Moneta, VA 24121; Palestine Baptist Church Building Fund, 9244 Smith Mountain Lake Parkway, Huddleston, VA 24104; or a charity of your choice.

Graveside services will be conducted at 11 a.m., Friday, Aug. 25, 2006 in Morgan's Baptist Church Cemetery in Moneta, Va. with the Rev. Jackie Carver, the Rev. Thomas R. Speight and the Rev. Rick Mallory officiating. Military honors will be given by American Legion Post No. 16.

The family will receive friends from 6-9 p.m. today, Aug. 24, 2006 at Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, Bedford, Va., (540) 586-3443.

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Samuel Vince White

JEWELL RIDGE, Va. — Samuel Vince White, 82, of Jewell Ridge, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2006 at his home following a lengthy illness.

Born April 29, 1924 in Buchanan County, Va., he was the son of the late John D. and Sarah Lowe White. He was a retired coal miner and a member of Loggy Bottom Pentecostal Church.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one son, Jennings White Sr.; one daughter, Emma Frances Lester; two sisters; and one brother.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Virgie Woosley White; three sisters, Ida Sizemore and Eunice Cantrell, both of Wabash, Ind., and Virginia Dudley of Canandaigua, N.Y.; son-in-law, Elisha Lester Jr. of Wilmington, N.C.; daughter-in-law, Alice Johnson of Pippa Passes, Ky.; six grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren also survive.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 26, 2006 at Loggy Bottom Pentecostal Church at Pilgrim Knob, Va. with the Rev. Lawrence Horn, the Rev. Ancil Childress, the Rev. Troy Lester and the Rev. Jack Ward officiating. Burial will follow at the White Cemetery at Jewell Valley, Va. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 9 p.m. today and Friday with a service at 7 p.m. at Loggy Bottom Pentecostal Church at Pilgrim Knob.

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Buchanan Funeral Service is serving the White family.


Funerals scheduled today include:

• Eldon Paul Brock: 1 p.m., McCulla Funeral Home in Morgantown. Burial will follow in Arnettsville Cemetery.

• Barbara E. Green: 11 a.m., Little Vine Baptist Church in Superior. Burial will follow in Elkhorn Church Cemetery on Belcher Mountain near Welch.

• Lida Mae Wyrick: 1 p.m., George W. Seaver Chapel of Seaver Funeral Home in Princeton. Burial will follow in Pettrey Cemetery.