Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

March 1, 2007

Friday, March 2, 2007


Deaths

Jamie Carter, 20, of Bailey Switch, Bluefield, Va., died Thursday, March 1, 2007 at his home. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at the Dudley Memorial Mortuary in Bluefield, Va.

Bertice (Bert) Coleman, 80, of Grundy, Va., died Thursday, March 1, 2007 at Buchanan General Hospital. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Shortridge-Ramey Funeral Home of Grundy.

Deloris J. Jones, 78, of Peterstown, died March 1, 2007 at Roanoke Memorial Hospital in Roanoke, Va. Arrangements are incomplete at Wickline Funeral Home of Lindside.



Obituaries

Brian Cecil Allen

RODERFIELD — Brian Cecil Allen, 44, of Roderfield, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2007.

Born Sept. 20, 1962 in Fairfax, Va., he was the son of Eleanor N. Allen of Winston-Salem, N.C., formerly of Roderfield, and the late R.J. Allen.

He attended Welch High School, and worked most of his life as a coal truck driver for his father.

In addition to his mother he is survived by one brother, Gregory D. Allen of Winston-Salem; and a niece, Misty D. Allen of New York City, N.Y.

Friends may call at the Douglas Mortuary chapel in Welch Saturday, March 3, from 6-8 p.m.

In honoring Mr. Allen’s wishes he will be cremated.

The Douglas Mortuary of Welch is serving the Allen family.

Mildred H. Bishop

BLUEFIELD — Mildred H. Bishop, 88, of 1526 Bland Street, Bluefield, died Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2007 at Roanoke Memorial Hospital.

Born on Nov. 27, 1918 in Kellysville, she was the daughter of the late Clarence G. Bishop and Lillian H. Onks Bishop.

Miss Bishop was a longtime member of the First Baptist Church in Bluefield where she helped prepare Wednesday evening meals and was a member of the JoAnn Carter-Jennifer Hancock Circle. She was a 1940 graduate of Matoaka High School and had been a secretary for American Electric Power. She was also a member of the Sons of Italy and the Bluefield Women's Club.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her stepmother, Pansy Oakes Bishop; two brothers, Herbert Hunt Bishop and Clarence Ray Bishop; and two sisters, Betty Carbough and Rose Lee Bowman.

Survivors include her brothers, Sid Bishop of Okeechobee, Fla., Curtis Bishop of Bramwell and Jim Bishop also of Bramwell; and one sister, Shirley Shutt of Sandlick.

A memorial service will be conducted on Saturday, March 3, 2007 at 2:00 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Bluefield with the Rev. Ed Fisher officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions, if desired, may be made to the First Baptist Church Memorial Fund, 1325 Augusta Street, Bluefield, WV 24701.

Those wishing to share memories or condolence messages with the family may do so by visiting www.MercerFuneralHome.com

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

Willie R. Cecil

LASHMEET — Willie R. Cecil, 76, of Lashmeet, died Thursday, March 1, 2007 at Princeton Community Hospital in Princeton. Born July 21, 1930 in Matoaka, he was the son of the late Jessie Cecil and Carrie Mae White Cecil.

Mr. Cecil was retired from Consolidated Coal Company at Crane Creek and was a member of the U.M.W.A. He was a member of the Free Pentecostal Church of God in Princeton.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers and five sisters.

Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Judy Ann Underwood Cecil; two sons, Ronald Cecil of Beckley and Christopher Cecil of Salisbury, N.C.; three daughters, Sandra Wimmer and her husband Jerry of Princeton, Debra Perkins and her husband Randy of Lashmeet and Dana Graham and her husband David of Lashmeet; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, March 3, 2007 at the Rowland H. Bailey Funeral Chapel of the Bailey-Kirk Funeral Home in Princeton with the Revs. David Barnette, Cecil Hardin and Ralph Calfee officiating. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers. Entombment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Gardens Mausoleum in Princeton.

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.

Nellie Mae Goad

MATOAKA — Nellie Mae Goad, 69, of Route 1, Box 315 in Matoaka, died Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2007, at Bluefield Regional Medical Center.

Born in Hiawatha, Dec. 13, 1937, she was the daughter of Zelma Smith Goad of Hiawatha and the late Walter Earnest Goad. She retired from the U.S. Postal Service last serving as Assistant Postmistress in Hiawatha, Springton and Arista. She was a graduate of Matoaka High School.

In keeping with her wishes, the body has been cremated and there will be no services.

Seaver Funeral Home in Princeton is in charge of arrangements.

Frances Thompson Jackson

LOGANVILLE, Ga. — Frances Thompson Jackson, 83, of Loganville, died Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2007, at her residence. Born April 4,1923 in Princeton, she was the daughter of the late Raleigh Ballard and Meta Elizabeth Davis Thompson.

Frances and her late husband retired from the radio industry. She wore many hats during her professional career. She served as a country music entertainer, copywriter, bookkeeper and was the first female radio announcer in Atlanta, Ga.

In addition to her parents, her husband, Milton A. Jackson, and three brothers, Raymond Thompson, Lamar Thompson and Ronald Thompson, preceded her in death.

Survivors include one daughter, Lynda Burdette and her husband Bill of Tucker, Ga.; two grandchildren, Marc Thomason and Susan Thomason Rosser and her husband Mike; three great-grandchildren, Katelyn Thomason, Cody Thomason and Kayla Rosser; two brothers, Ed Thompson and his wife Miriam of Ft. Myers, Fla. and Buck Thompson and his wife Pat of Wilmington, Del.

Graveside services will be conducted at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, March 3, 2007, at Roselawn Memorial Gardens in Princeton.

Friends may call at Seaver Funeral Home in Princeton from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Friday (today).

Those attending the service are asked to be at Seaver Funeral Home by 1:15 p.m. on Saturday.

Janis Adean Marrs Justice

HURLEY, Va. — Janis Adean Marrs Justice, 65, of Hurley, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2007 at the Holston Valley Medical Center, Kingsport, Tenn., following an extended illness. Born in Pike County, Ky., she was the daughter of the late Dewey and Emma Raines Marrs. She was a resident of Buchanan County many years and was a member of Union Light Freewill Baptist Church. She was a devoted wife, loving mother, grandmother and was a wonderful homemaker.

Mrs. Justice is survived by her husband: Carl Lewis Justice, Hurley; two daughters: Debbie and husband Tim Compton of Big Stone Gap, Va., Kathy Justice of Hurley; two sisters: Jean Justice of Hurley and Mildred Branham of Rochester Hills, Mich.

Also, survived by three grandchildren: Heather, Adam and Logan Compton.

She was preceded in death by: Two infant daughters: Sharon and Donna; one sister: Bessie Klugh; five brothers: Paul Marrs, James Marrs, Arthur Coleman, Earl Coleman and Ralph Coleman.

Funeral services for Janis Adean Marrs Justice will be conducted Saturday, March 3, 2007 at 1:00 p.m. at the Grundy Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Ronnie Hurley officiating with burial to follow at Mountain Valley Memorial Park, Big Rock, Va.

Friends may call at the Grundy Funeral Home Chapel Friday (today) at 5:00 p.m. with song service at 7:00 p.m.

Active pallbearers will be: Family and friends.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.grundyfuneralhome.com

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

Anthony Michael Meadows

PETTRY — Anthony Michael Meadows, infant son of Michael James Meadows Jr. and Kathleen Elizabeth Bell Meadows of Pettry, died Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2007 at Roanoke Community Hospital. Anthony was born Feb. 25, 2007.

Survivors: Mother and father, Kathleen “Katie” and Michael James Meadows of Pettry; grandparents: Michael Meadows of Myrtle Beach, S.C., Linda Meadows of Pettry, Kathryn and Sam Bell of Bland, Va.; great grandfather: James E. Meadows of Pettry.

Graveside services will be held 11:00 a.m. Saturday, March 3, 2007 at the Meadows Family Cemetery at Pettry with Pastor Charlie Rice officiating. Family and friends are invited to attend these services; those attending are requested to meet at the cemetery Saturday morning.

Family and friends may share online condolences via www.memorialfd.com

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

Amber Nicole Sweeney

PRINCETON — Amber Nicole Sweeney, 19, of 136 Chase Lane. Princeton, died Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2007 at CAMC, General Division in Charleston from injuries received from an auto accident on 460 near Princeton.

Born July 31, 1987 in Bluefield, she was the daughter of Tina James of Princeton and Earl Sweeney Jr. of Rock. Amber graduated from Princeton Senior High School in June 2006. She was attending Bluefield State College and working at AppleBee’s of Princeton.

She was preceded in death by grandmother, Hattie Dyer and grandparents, Earl and Naomi Sweeney.

Survivors: Her mother, Tina James, stepfather, John Griffith and daughter, America Griffith; father, Earl Sweeney Jr. and stepmother, Kim Sweeney of Rock; maternal grandfather, Robert James of Oceana; uncles, Denver and Margie Dyer of Chandler, Texas, Terry and Sonny James of Centerburg, Ohio, Bobby and Marlene James and Crystal of Denver, N.C., Gene and Crystal James of Oceana, Alan and Sylvia James of Powell, Ohio; aunts, Elizabeth and Curtis Redden of Princeton, Tammy and Tim Asbury of North Tazewell, Va., very special aunt, Teresa James of Columbus, Ohio, Rebecca Howard of Mt. Hope, Debbie Lester of Daniels; a host of cousins; a very special family that was dear to Amber’s heart, The Dunn Family of Beckley; and a multitude of very special friends who loved her very much.

Funeral services will be 2:30 p.m. Saturday, March 3, 2007 from the Burns Wornal Chapel of the Memorial Funeral Directory on the Athens Road in Princeton with Pastor James Coburn officiating. Entombment will follow in the Roselawn Memorial Gardens Mausoleum on the Courthouse Road in Princeton.

Friends are invited to visit with the family today from 5 until 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Family and friends may share online condolences via www.memorialfd.com

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

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



Funerals

Funerals scheduled today include:

• Melissa Kay Pennington: 1 p.m., G.E. Davis Chapel of Fredeking Funeral Service in Oakvale. Burial will follow at Elgood Cemetery.

• Granville Burns Stiltner: 1 p.m., Grundy Funeral Home Chapel in Grundy, Va. Burial will follow in Stiltner Cemetery on Poplar Creek near Grundy.