Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

January 13, 2007

Sunday, Jan. 14, 2007


Death

Scotty Wayne Shelton, 18, of Big Jenny near Davy, died Friday, Jan. 12, 2007 at Welch Community Hospital. Fanning Funeral Home of Welch is in charge of arrangements.



Obituaries

William H. “Bill” Belcher

PRINCETON — William H. “Bill” Belcher, 77, of 1567 Old Athens Road, Princeton, departed this life early Saturday morning, Jan. 13, 2007, at Princeton Community Hospital to meet his Lord and Savior and to be united again with his loving wife Buddie.

Born April 10, 1929 at Taloga, Okla., he was the son of the late Mason Earl and Dollie Newfelt Belcher.

Mr. Belcher was a veteran of the Korean Conflict, serving with the U.S. Army and was discharged as a Sergeant. Bill was a member of First Baptist Church in Princeton.

For more than 41 years, Bill served as Warehouse Manager and Shipping Clerk for Tomchin’s Furniture Company on Mercer Street in Princeton. Mr. Belcher loved working with his hands, he was gifted with the ability to build and make anything with his hands, he made many wooden swings and picnic tables.

Bill was a devoted father, grandfather, brother and friend.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his devoted wife, Anna Lois Carter “Buddie” Belcher in 2000 and a brother, Glendle Belcher.

Survivors include his daughter and her husband, Dianna and Bob Land of Princeton; two grandchildren, David Land, Sarah Beth Vance and husband Tommy Lee Jr.; great granddaughter, Sierra Lynn; siblings, Elizabeth Belcher of Princeton, Jewell Belcher and wife Patsy of Huntington, Gale Belcher and wife Jean of Princeton, Delbert Belcher and wife Sallie of Bixby, Okla., Rev. Robert Belcher and wife Jan of Tazewell, Va.; a host of sisters in law, nephews, nieces and cousins.

A service to celebrate the life of Bill Belcher will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 15, 2007, from the Burns Wornal Chapel of Memorial Funeral Directory on Athens Road in Princeton with Dr. David Dockery and Pastor Sam Cox officiating. Burial will follow in Roselawn Memorial Gardens on Courthouse Road in Princeton.

Friends may visit with the family today from 4 until 6 p.m. at the funeral home. Family and friends may share online condolence at www.memorialfd.com

Serving as pallbearers will be David Land, Sarah Beth Vance, Tommy Lee Vance Jr., Richard Morgan, Bob Carter, Wes Belcher, Roger Thompson and Jon Tedder.

Memorial gifts of love can be made to First Baptist Church, 1116 Mercer Street, Princeton, WV 24740.

The Belcher family is being served by Memorial Funeral Directory & Cremation Center on Athens Road in Princeton.

Watt Blankenship Jr.

PRINCETON — Watt Blankenship Jr., 77, of Athens Road, Princeton, died late Friday night, Jan. 12, 2007, at Princeton Community Hospital.

Born Feb. 24, 1929 at Kegley, he was the son of the late Emmett Watt Blankenship and Gladys Mahala Neal Blankenship.

Educated in Mercer County, Junior was a retired logger and timberman. He was a former employee for the WV Department of Highways with 10 years of service. Junior loved the outdoors, he was an avid hunter, enjoyed going to the market for the cattle sales and to see all his friends. Junior Blankenship was a down to earth person, was honest and a hard worker.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Danny Blankenship, two brothers, Robert and Doug Blankenship and a great grandchild, Tristan Blankenship.

Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Billie Steele Blankenship; a daughter, Linda Cox and husband Roger of Princeton; five grandchildren, Danny Jr., Anthony and Randall Blankenship, Joshua Cox and Jamie Kidd; great grandchildren, Danny III, Devon, Megan, Jay, Trystan, Cole, Ava and Jayden; two sisters, Patty Bradley of Princeton and Aileen Bailey and husband Harless of Archdale, N.C.

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Monday, Jan. 15, 2007, from the Burns Wornal Chapel of Memorial Funeral Directory on Athens Road in Princeton with Pastors John King and Jimmie Jones officiating. Burial will follow in Roselawn Memorial Gardens on Courthouse Road in Princeton.

Friends may visit with the family today from 6 until 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Family and friends may share online condolences at www.memorialfd.com

Danny Blankenship Jr., Josh Cox, Randall Blankenship, Michael Kidd, Terry Bradley and Jimmy McKenzie will serve as pallbearers.

The Blankenship family is being served by Memorial Funeral Directory & Cremation Center on Athens Road in Princeton.

Louise Thornton Clark

PENHOOK, Va. — Louise Thornton Clark, 70, of Penhook and formerly of Covel, passed away Friday, Jan. 12, 2007.

She was born Sept. 17, 1936 to the late Bernard and Janett Thornton and was also preceded in death by a daughter, Rhonda Louise Clark and brothers, Bernard Junior Thornton and Olen Lee Thornton.

Louise was an owner of the Penhook Boat Dock and was known for the “Louise Cheeseburger.” She was a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother and will be missed by all.

She is survived by her husband of 50 years, George Bea Clark; children, Debbie Rowles and husband Danny of Gretna, Va., George “Butch” Clark and wife Lynn of Penhook, Sharon Williams and husband Donnie of Penhook, and Shawna Henry and husband Ron of Rustburg, Va.; grandchildren, Chastity McBroom and husband John, Jamie Clark, Brandon Gautier, Derek Lester, Jeremy Clark, Cassi Williams, Steven and Kaley Henry; seven great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be conducted from Bailey-Kirk Funeral Home in Princeton at 2 p.m. Tuesday with the Rev. Judith Short officiating. Interment will follow in Roselawn Memorial Gardens in Princeton.

Her family received friends from 6-8 p.m. Saturday at Flora Funeral Service, South Main Street, Rocky Mount, Va., and will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Monday at Bailey-Kirk Funeral Home, Honaker Street, Princeton.

Information submitted by Flora Funeral Service Inc. of Rocky Mount.

Mr. James Elwood “Jerry” Harris

PRINCETON — Mr. James Elwood “Jerry” Harris, 91, of 1614 West Main Street, Princeton, formerly of Crumpler, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Thursday morning, Jan. 11, 2007, at his residence.

Born April 17, 1915 at Maybeury, he was the son of the late Joseph and Eva Clemons Harris. He moved to Crumpler in 1918 and lived there for 63 years. He was educated in McDowell County, was a veteran of World War II serving with the U.S. Navy in the Pacific. Mr. Harris had operated a cutting machine and operated the main line tram for United Pocahontas Coal Company at Crumpler for more than 45 years. He was a member of the U.M.W.A. Local No. 6033 and he had recently received his 70 year membership pin. In 1981, he and his wife moved to Princeton, he was a member of First United Methodist Church and had served as treasurer for Princeton Old Guards for many years.

Mr. Harris loved to work, he enjoyed raising a garden and being with people.

Mr. Harris was a devoted husband, a caring father and a loving grandfather, he will be sadly missed by all who knew him.

Survivors include his loving and devoted wife of 66 years, Virginia Jane Walls Harris; his son and daughter in law, Ron and Kathy Harris of Princeton; his two grandchildren that he loved so much, Adam Harris of Houston, Texas, and Amanda Harris of Princeton; and several cousins and many friends.

On Monday, Jan. 15, 2007, at 1 p.m. we will celebrate the life of Mr. Harris from the Burns Wornal Chapel of Memorial Funeral Directory on Athens Road in Princeton with Dr. Raymond Rowe and Pastor Casper Dalton officiating. Burial will follow in the Roselawn Memorial Gardens on Courthouse Road in Princeton.

Friends may visit with the family today from 5 until 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Family and friends may share online condolences by visiting www.memorialfd.com

Serving as pallbearers will be David Duncan, Melvin Martin, Milton Pennington, Jim Burke, Marshall Lytton, Wayne Haga and Bob Ballard. Honorary pallbearers will be Louico Lawson, Harry Mitchem and Bill Wilson.

The Harris family is being served by Memorial Funeral Directory & Cremation Center on Athens Road in Princeton.

Florence Cline Lester

GILBERT — Florence Cline Lester, 87, of HC-72, Box 107, Gilbert, WV 25621, departed this world for a better home with her Heavenly Father on Friday, Jan. 12, 2007, at Logan Regional Medical Center, Logan.

Born Dec. 23, 1919 in Mohawk, she was a daughter of the late Robert and Margaret Cline. She was a homemaker and a member of The Morning Star Regular Baptist Church in Long Pole. She also attended the Horsepen Baptist Church of Gilbert where she was a member of the Ladies Adult Sunday School Class and the WMU.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 65 years, Wheeler Lester, in July 1999; two brothers, Harold and Clyde Cline; sister, Berchie Branch Reynolds; daughter-in-law, Anna Lester; son-in-law, Truman Roberts; and grandson, Terry Lester.

Survivors include one son, Benny Lester of Winston-Salem, N.C.; four daughters, Mrs. Denver (Phyllis) Stacy of Gilbert, Ms. Maladean Roberts of Bluefield, Mrs. Ralph (Rita) Trent of Gilbert, and Mrs. Carlo (Patsy) Gentiletti of Bridgeton, N.J.; nine grandchildren, Mr. Denver Dale (Lori) Stacy, Mrs. James (Debbie) Blankenship, Ms. Rachel Lester, Mrs. Mark (Sherri) Buxton, Mr. Steven (Julia) Roberts, Mr. Brian Roberts, Mrs. Carlo (Cindy) Gentiletti, Mr. Robbie Trent, and Mrs. Doug (Theresa) Hunsberger; 14 great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren; five brothers, Mr. Lawrence (Helen) Cline, Mr. Gordon (Lorraine) Cline, Mr. George Jay (Naomi) Cline, Mr. Rex Cline, and Mr. Darrell (Edith) Cline; one sister, Mrs. Eddie (Betty) Cline; several nieces and nephews; loving caretakers, Freda Carter and Doreen Nagy.

The funeral service will take place at 1 p.m. Monday, Jan. 15, 2007, at Mounts Funeral Home Chapel in Gilbert with Elder Eddie Cline, the Rev. Diamond Carter and Clarence Robinette Jr. officiating. Burial will follow in Highland Memory Gardens, Godby Heights, Logan.

Friends may call at Mounts Funeral Home Chapel today, Jan. 14, 2007, from 6 to 9 p.m.

Grandsons and great grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

Mounts Funeral Home of Gilbert is in charge of arrangements.

Titus Musick

CLEVELAND, Va. — Titus Musick, 74, of Sourwood Mountain, Cleveland, died Saturday, Jan. 13, 2007, at Russell County Medical Center.

Born Sept. 23, 1932, a son of the late Leamon and the late Ebbie Musick, he was a lifelong resident of Sourwood Mountain, he was of the Christian faith.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Loretta Sutherland Musick; three brothers, Hurley, Curtis and Basil Musick and one sister, Odessia Jean Musick.

Survivors include his wife, Elsie Musick, Cleveland; one stepson, Nathan Mullins and wife Betty, Booneville, Ky.; one step-grandson, Todd Mullins and wife, Nicholasville, Ky.; six sisters, Julia Carmichael, Airville, Pa., Edith Buchheister and husband Bob, Castlewood, Va., Patricia Stacy, Sykesville, Md., Alice Musick, Joppa, Md., Ilene Bandy and husband Jim, Dade City, Fla., and Irene Sproles, Castlewood; also several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

The funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 15, 2007, in Combs Funeral Service Chapel in Lebanon, Va., with the Rev. Cecil Musick and the Rev. Giles Wilson officiating. Burial will follow in Fielding Musick Cemetery. Nephews and friends will serve as pallbearers.

The family will receive friends after 6 p.m. today, Jan. 14, 2007, at the funeral home.

Combs Funeral Service, 591 Fincastle Road, Lebanon, VA 24266, (276) 889-4444, is serving the Musick family.

Dreama Sue Sarver

HILLSVILLE, Va. — Dreama Sue Sarver, 51, of P.O. Box 1328, Hillsville, formerly of Pocahontas, Va., passed away on Friday, Jan. 12, 2007, at Twin County Hospital in Galax, Va.

Dreama was born on Sept. 26, 1955 in Bluefield to the late Willis Alfred Sarver and Cora Butt Sarver. She had been a resident of Hillsville for the past 23 years.

Survivors include two brothers, Jack Sarver of Bluewell and Willis Sarver of Bluefield, Va.; two sisters, Vicki Miller of Abbs Valley, Va., and Linda Vaughan of Princeton.

Funeral services will be held today, Jan. 14, 2007, at 4 p.m. at Cravens-Shires Funeral Home in Bluewell where her brother-in-law Clifton Miller will officiate the service. Burial will follow at Grandview Memorial Gardens in Bluefield, Va.

Friends and family may call at Cravens-Shires Funeral Home in Bluewell today, Jan, 14, 2007, from 3 to 4 p.m.

Family and friends will be serving as pallbearers

The Cravens-Shires Funeral Home is serving the Sarver family.

Margaret Warner Stitt

MADISON HEIGHTS, Va. — Margaret Warner “Schoochie” Stitt, 60, of Madison Heights, passed away Saturday, Jan. 13, 2007, at Lynchburg General Hospital. She was the wife of Glenn Arthur Stitt for 45 wonderful years.

Born Sept. 24, 1946 in Bottom Creek, she was a daughter of Dorothy Wohlford Warner of Madison Heights and the late Bill Warner.

Margaret was retired from Central Virginia Training Center after 25 years as a developmental charge aid, and was an active member of Church of God of Prophecy.

In addition to her husband and her mother, she is survived by a sister, Dreama W. Frazier and her husband, Randy; her grandmother, Virgie Wohlford; a niece, Angie Patterson, her husband, Daniel and their son, Jacob, all of Madison Heights; three godchildren, Lorie Wilson of Rustburg, Va., Charity Coleman of Tucson, Ariz., and Nick Tolbert of Gladys, Va.; and other relatives and friends.

A funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m., Monday, Jan. 15, 2007, at Church of God of Prophecy by the Rev. Gary L. Vernon. Interment will follow in Fort Hill Memorial Park in Lynchburg, Va.

The family will receive friends from 3 to 5 p.m., today, Sunday, Jan. 14, 2007, at Whitten Monelison Chapel, 3966 South Amherst Highway, Madison Heights, VA 24572, (434) 929-5712.

To send condolences to the family, please visit, www.whittenfuneralhome.com Whitten Funeral Homes and Cremation Services, Monelison Chapel, Madison Heights, is assisting the family.

Carl Lynn Terry

BLUEFIELD — Carl Lynn Terry, 43, of 292 Hurricane Ridge Road, Bluefield, died on Friday, Jan. 12, 2007, at Roanoke Memorial Hospital in Roanoke, Va.

Born on April 21, 1963 in Bluefield, he was a son of Lawrence Terry of Rock and the late Polly Hodges Terry. He had lived in the Bluefield area his entire life and was a graduate of Bluefield High School.

In addition to his father, survivors include stepmother, Bernadette Hall of Rock; brothers, Mark Lee Terry and wife Zina of Bluefield, and Dean Christian Terry of Bluefield; half-brothers, Melvin Jenkins of Lashmeet and Lewis Johnson of Montcalm; nephew, Dean Terry II of Bluefield.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2007, at 1 p.m. at Cravens-Shires Funeral Home in Bluewell with the Rev. Paul Hall officiating. Burial will follow at Woodlawn Memorial Park in Bluewell. Pallbearers will be family and friends.

Friends may call on Monday evening from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home.

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

“Vernie” Elizabeth Umberger

CUMBERLAND, Md. — “Vernie” Elizabeth Umberger, 96, died on Friday, Jan. 12, 2007 at Spa Creek Center, Annapolis, Md.

Born March 10, 1910, she was one of five children of the late Cora (Hare) and George Geordon, an immigrant from Naples, Italy.

A native of Bluefield, she graduated from Bluefield State College with a teaching degree. It was her husband’s job as a policeman for the Celanese Corporation that brought them to Cumberland in the early 1940s where they made their home for over 50 years. Although she was a stay-at-home mom for some years, Vernie was instrumental in shaping the lives of many children as a third grade teacher in Wiley Ford, Ridgeley, and Fort Ashby during the 1950s and 1960s.

She was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Cumberland, and Re Temple No. 118, Daughters of the Nile. Her true love, however, was the fellowship she enjoyed through the Women’s Civic Club of Cumberland.

Following a broken hip in 1999, she moved to the Lothian/Upper Marlboro, Md. area to be close to her daughter. Vernie continued to keep in touch with many friends in Cumberland.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul, in 1993, and her son-in-law, Will Rolley in 1988.

Survivors include her daughter, Sheila Rolley, Lothian, Md.; three grandchildren, Todd Rolley and wife Anita, Bowie, Md., Guy Rolley and wife Kim, Port Republic, Md., and Kaye Padgett and husband John, Port Republic, Md.; and nine great grandchildren, Alexander Rolley, Aaron Rolley, Jamie Rolley, Jesse Sanford, Jade Rolley, Jordan Rolley, Jewel Rolley, Krystyn Padgett, and Vance Padgett.

At her request, Mrs. Umberger’s body has been donated to the Anatomy Board of Maryland, Baltimore, for the benefit of medical science, including education and research.

The family will receive friends at Upchurch Funeral Home, P.A., 202 Greene Street, Cumberland, Md., on Saturday, Jan. 20, 2007, from 1-3 p.m.

A memorial service will follow at 3 p.m. in the funeral home, with the Rev. John J. Duffus officiating.

Memorial gifts may be made to either the Shriners’ Hospital for Crippled Children-Philadelphia, 3552 North Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19140 or to the Women’s Civic Club of Cumberland, 515 Washington St., Cumberland, MD 21502.

Charles Edward “Slim” Wilson Sr.

PRINCETON — Charles Edward “Slim” Wilson Sr., 78, of 157 Pisgah Lane, Princeton, formerly of Northfork, went to be with his Lord and Savior early Friday morning, Jan. 12, 2007, at Princeton Community Hospital.

Born June 27, 1928 at Jenkinjones, he was the son of the late David Shelton Wilson and Emma Duvall Wilson Buchanan.

Slim was a retired Continuous Mine Operator for Eastern Associates Keystone No. 1 Mines for over 36 years. He was a member of U.M.W.A. Local No. 6196 Keystone. Slim was a member of Princeton Church of God.

Mr. Wilson was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and brother, he loved his family and his Lord. Slim always wore a smile on his face, and if you would ask him how he was doing, he would reply, “feeling like a 16 year old boy.”

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Drema Sue Wilson.

Survivors include his loving and caring wife of 60 years, Ruby Fisher Wilson; children and their spouses, Rev. Charles E. and Carolyn Wilson of Canvas, Gloria Jean and Mickey Wheeler of LaPlata, Md., Bertha Louise and Douglas Hess of Princeton, Richard Wayne and Sandi Wilson Sr. of Princeton, S.Sgt. Ronald S. and Alexandra Wilson of Brussels, Belgium; nine grandchildren; three great grandchildren with a set of twins to be born in two weeks; sisters, Ludema Potts of Atlanta, Ga., Virginia Nappi of Ashtabula, Ohio; a host of nephews and nieces.

We will celebrate the homegoing for Charles “Slim” Wilson Sr. at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2007, from the Burns Wornal Chapel of Memorial Funeral Directory on Athens Road in Princeton with Pastors Derek Wilson, Stella Falvo and Fred Farley officiating. Burial will follow in Roselawn Memorial Gardens on Courthouse Road in Princeton.

Friends may visit with the family Monday from 6 until 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Family and friends may share online condolences at www.memorialfd.com

Serving as pallbearers will be Timmy Belcher, Jeff Williamson, Mike Terry, Robert Caudill, Travis Clemson, Michael Wilson, Fred Richardson and Bobby Woody.

The honor of serving the Wilson family has been given to Memorial Funeral Directory & Cremation Center on Athens Road in Princeton.



Funeral

Funeral scheduled today is:

• Memphis T. “Shorty” Vandyke: 1 p.m., Dry Fork Primitive Baptist Church in Vansant, Va. Burial will follow in Dry Fork Community Cemetery, Baldwin Mountain near Vansant.