Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

March 25, 2007

Monday, March 26, 2007


Deaths

Annie I. Carter, 89, of 151 Camden Road (Springville), North Tazewell, Va., died Sunday, March 25, 2007. Arrangements will be announced by Cravens-Shires Funeral Home in Bluewell.

James Edward Cooper, 74, of Pickaway, died Saturday, March 24, 2007, at Greenbrier Valley Medical Center in Fairlea following a long illness. Groves Funeral Home of Union is in charge of arrangements.

Pansy Marie Lester, 39, of HC-88, Box 96, Baisden, died Friday, March 23, 2007, in Pecks Mill. Mounts Funeral Home of Gilbert is in charge of arrangements.

Pauline Johnston McCall, 98, of Hilton Street in Pembroke, Va., died Saturday, March 24, 2007, at her home. Kendall Funeral Home of Pembroke is in charge of arrangements.

Dorothy S. Puskar, 72, of 422 Don Morgan Dr., Princeton, died Sunday, March 25, 2007, at her residence. Arrangements are incomplete at Seaver Funeral Home in Princeton.

Lillie V. Stambaugh, 96, of 708 Straley Ave., Princeton, died Sunday, March 25, 2007, at Princeton Community Hospital. Arrangements are incomplete at Memorial Funeral Directory & Cremation Center in Princeton.

Cleve Thompson Sr., 72, of 951 Oxley Rd., Princeton (Athens), died Sunday, March 25, 2007, at Princeton Community Hospital. Arraignments are incomplete at Seaver Funeral Home in Princeton.

Vera Lene Tickle, 67, of Bland, Va., died Saturday, March 24, 2007. Arrangements are incomplete at The Highland Bland Funeral Chapel, Bland.

Teresa Morgan Toler, 50, of the Green Valley section of Man, died Friday, March 23, 2007, at Logan Regional Medical Center, Logan. Mounts Funeral Home of Gilbert is in charge of arrangements.

Michelle Denise Whetstone, 41, of Charlotte, N.C., formerly of Princeton, died Saturday, March 24, 2007, at Presbyterian Hospital in Charlotte. Arrangements are incomplete at Seaver Funeral Home in Princeton.



Obituaries

Louise Webb Conley

GRUNDY, Va. — Louise Webb Conley, 84, of Grundy, passed away Saturday, March 24, 2007, at Cambridge House Nursing Home, Bristol, Tenn., following an extended illness. Born in Betsy Lane, Ky., she was the daughter of the late E.J. and Flora Wiley Webb. She was a resident of Buchanan County, Va., most of her life and was a member of Big Rock Church of Christ. She worked for 27 years in Big Rock, Va., for Buchanan Coal Company Store. She also worked at Piggly Wiggle Store in Grundy for 13 years. Mrs. Conley was a lifetime member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the American Legion Post No. 164, Grundy, and was named Woman of the Year one time.

Mrs. Conley was preceded in death by her husband, Edward C. Conley.

She is survived by one brother, Ronnie and wife Kathryn Webb of Mooresville, N.C. Also survived by several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by two sisters, Beulah Warf and Donrita Matney Looney, and four brothers, Donald, Bobby, Jimmy and Eugene Webb.

Funeral services for Louise Webb Conley will be conducted Wednesday, March 28, 2007, at 11 a.m. at Grundy Funeral Home Chapel with Evg. Sam Casebolt officiating with entombment following in Mountain Rest Mausoleum, Mountain Valley Memorial Park, Big Rock.

Friends may call at Grundy Funeral Home Chapel Tuesday afternoon at 5 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 is in charge of all arrangements.

Chloie Etha Bailey Kade

BLUEFIELD — He that endures unto the end, the same shall be saved. Mark 14:13

Chloie Etha Bailey Kade, 93, of Route 3, Box 418 (Kade Hollow), Bluefield, died on Saturday, March 24, 2007, at her home.

Born on Jan. 3, 1914 in Montcalm, she was the daughter of the late Henry and Cortha Blankenship Bibey. She had been a resident of Lorton Lick Road most of her life and was a homemaker. She was a lifelong member of Montcalm Pentecostal Holiness Church, and a member of the Ladies Auxiliary.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, Earnest Kade; three brothers, Ward, Charlie, and Homer Bibey; and two sisters, Dana Huffman and Anthea Spicer.

Survivors include daughters, Barbara Kade, with whom she made her home, Katherine Pennington and husband Wayne of Paintsville, Ky.; sons, Albert Kade and wife Jan of Walnut Creek, Calif., James Kade and wife Betty of Alabama, Roy Melvin Kade of Route 3, Bluefield, Jerry Kade and wife Judy of Route 3, Bluefield, Roger Kade and wife Ruth of Route 3, Bluefield, Danny Kade of Johnson City, Tenn.; 22 grandchildren; 19 great grandchildren; special friend, Edith (Rentha) Martin; special caregiver, Phillis Bailey.

Funeral services will be conducted on Tuesday, March 27, 2007, at 11 a.m. at Cravens-Shires Funeral Home Chapel in Bluewell with the Rev. Danny Gunnoe and the Rev. Glennard Quesenberry officiating. Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Gardens in Princeton where grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

Friends may call today from 6-9 p.m. at the funeral home.

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

JoAnne Boyd Lowe

BLUEFIELD — JoAnne Boyd Lowe, 71, of 1624 Whitethorn Street Ext., Bluefield, died March 23, 2007, in a Bluefield hospital.

Born April 19, 1935 in Erwin, Tenn., where she was raised, she was the daughter of the late Robert Ferrell Boyd and Margaret Martin Boyd. Mrs. Lowe graduated from ETSU in 1957 with a degree in Speech Therapy and Audiology. She married William James Lowe Sr. of Grundy, Va., in August 1957. Mrs. Lowe worked as a teacher and was instrumental in starting the Speech Therapy program in Tazewell County, Va. She retired from the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources in Princeton after 29 years as a social worker. She was a member of Fincastle Presbyterian Church in Bluefield, Va., and a former member of the Bluefield Civic League.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one son, Carl David Lowe II; two brothers, Robert and Ferrell Boyd; one sister, Rebecca Boyd; and one brother-in-law, Edward Morgan Lowe.

Survivors include her husband, William James Lowe Sr. of the home; four children, Mary Lowe Nunn and her special friend William “Bill” Dycus of Wytheville, Va., William James Lowe Jr. and his special friend Ronnie Dorsett of Wilmington, N.C., Nancy Lowe Hopkins and her husband James Ray “Chip” Hopkins Jr. of Williamsport, Md., and Sarah Lowe Lewis and her husband Michael Lewis of Rocky Gap, Va.; two sisters, Marjorie Drewry and her husband Shepherd of Virginia Beach, Va., and Jane Lovelace of Erwin; 10 grandchildren; two great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends today, March 26, from 6 until 8 p.m. at Mercer Funeral Home in Bluefield.

Funeral services will be conducted on Tuesday, March 27, 2007, at 11 a.m. at Fincastle Presbyterian Church in Bluefield, Va., with the Rev. Cathy Carpenter and Dr. Allen Hammond officiating.

Serving as pallbearers will be Michael Lewis, James Ray “Chip” Hopkins Jr., James P. Nunn, Demaris Lance, Jackson Keyes Hopkins and William “Bill” Dycus.

In accordance with the wishes of Mrs. Lowe's family, her body will be cremated.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions, if desired, may be made to the Bluefield Union Mission, 2203 Bluefield Avenue, Bluefield, WV 24701.

Mercer Funeral Home & Crematory of Bluefield is serving the Lowe family.

Those wishing to share memories or e-mail condolences may do so by visiting www.MercerFuneralHome.com

Patsy T. Malamisura

BLUEFIELD — Patsy T. Malamisura, 84, of 1700 Augusta Street, Bluefield, died Saturday, March 24, 2007, in a Bluefield hospital. He was born on April 5, 1922 in Saint Agata DiPuglia, Italy, to the late Antonio Malamisura and Margaret Tedeschi Malamisura.

He immigrated to Bluefield at the age of five, and attended Sacred Heart Catholic School and graduated from Beaver High School.

Patsy served in the U.S. Army in the European and African campaigns from 1943 to 1945. He retired from the U.S. Postal Service in 1980 after 31 years of service. He was well known as a sports enthusiast, and he officiated most area sports for 40 years. Patsy was active in numerous civic activities and was most proud of his service in the American Legion. He served as the area chairman for Mountaineer Boys State for 37 years. During that time he also served as Senior Counselor. The highlight of his distinguished community service was when he was awarded the American Legion's Distinguished Citizenship Award last November.

Patsy was a lifelong active member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Bluefield. In addition to his parents, Patsy was preceded in death by his beloved grandson, Christopher Malamisura.

He is survived by his wife, Jean Bouldin Malamisura; sons, Dr. Michael Malamisura and his wife Mary of Bluefield, Rocky Malamisura and his wife Sandra of Bluefield, Va.; a daughter, Margaret Harless and her husband "Skip" of Rocky Gap, Va.; grandchildren, Zach Perkins, Zane Perkins and his wife Ashby, Andrea Malamisura, Kara Perkins, Emily Malamisura, and Tyler Malamisura; as well as a great-grandson, Zane Anthony Perkins. He is also survived by a sister, Lucy Burke of Roanoke, Va.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Tuesday, March 27, 2007, at 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Fr. Bill Mathena as Celebrant. Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Gardens Cemetery at Princeton where military graveside rites will be rendered by members of American Legion Post No. 14 of Pocahontas, Va., and V.F.W. Post 9696 of Bluefield, Va. Pallbearers will be Michael Malamisura, Rocky Malamisura, Zach Perkins, Zane Perkins, Randy Albert and Bill Albert.

The family will receive friends today, March 26, 2007, at Mercer Funeral Home & Crematory of Bluefield from 6-8 p.m. A Christian Wake Service will be held at 8 p.m. with Deacon Don Hammond officiating.

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 Malamisura family with arrangements.

Nobie Clarel Looney McClanahan

GRUNDY, Va. — Nobie Clarel Looney McClanahan, 90, of Grundy, passed away Friday, March 23, 2007, at the home of her daughter Vicki Van Meter following an extended illness.

Born in Buchanan County, Va., she was the daughter of the late William and Louisa Caraway Looney. She was a lifelong resident of Buchanan County and was a member of Harman Memorial Baptist Church. She was a devoted wife, loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, great-great-grandmother and was a wonderful homemaker.

Mrs. McClanahan was preceded in death by her husband, Hatler G. McClanahan, October 25, 1994.

She is survived by two daughters, Vicki and husband H.C. Van Meter of Vansant, Va., Wanda and husband Jimmy Baker of Grundy; one son, Jackie and wife Barbara McClanahan of Grundy; one sister, Shola Slone of Roanoke, Va.; a very special friend, Peggy Deel; one sister-in-law, Shirley Looney of Tazewell, Va. Also survived by five grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by one son, Earl Ray McClanahan; two sisters, Margie Stiltner and Elizabeth Westbury; three brothers, Meredith O., Charles V. and Jack Looney.

Funeral services for Nobie Clarel Looney McClanahan will be conducted Tuesday, March 27, 2007, at 1 p.m. at Grundy Funeral Home Chapel with Minister Shea Shrader officiating with burial to follow in Mountain Valley Memorial Park, Big Rock, Va.

Friends may call at Grundy Funeral Home Chapel in Grundy today at 6 p.m. with services at 7 p.m.

Active pallbearers will be Billy Raines, Rick Edwards, Chris Runyon, Gary Runyon, David McClanahan, Jeff Coleman, Frankie Landreth and Ronnie Stiltner.

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

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

James Erastus Meadows

PRINCETON — James Erastus Meadows, 83, of Harmony Hill Road, Princeton (Pettry Community), died late Saturday evening, March 24, 2007, at Princeton Community Hospital.

Born May 6, 1923 at Pettry, he was the son of the late Hollie Meadows and Leotie Meadows Ferguson Gore.

James served his country during World War II with the U.S. Army in the 743rd Engineer Heavy Shop Company. He had worked for the West Virginia Department of Highways and retired from Concord College in Athens serving as the ground foreman for the Physical Plant. James was a member of Mount Jackson Baptist Church in Athens. He enjoyed being with his family and friends, and truly loved working with his flowers and in the gardens.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Brookie Alma Conner Meadows, a sister, Lauvella Pettrey and a great grandson, Anthony Michael Meadows.

Those left to cherish his memories are his sons, Michael James Meadows and wife Carol of Myrtle Beach, S.C., Gerald Edward Meadows and wife Connie and her sister Linda of Matoaka; a loving daughter, Lynnis Hill and husband Frank of Speedway; his grandchildren, Melinda Dawn Severt and husband Mike, Michael James “Jamie” Meadows and wife Katie, Carl Meadows and wife Rachel, Kathy Hatfield and husband Timmy, all of Pettry, Jonathan Meadows and wife Wendy of Princeton, Joseph Meadows of Matoaka, Terri Martin and husband Zach of Lerona, and Adam Hill of Speedway; his great-grandchildren, Haley and Sean Severt, Kiara and Preslee Meadows, Lakyn Hatfield, Jordon and Jessica Meadows, Keegan and Brooke Martin; sisters, Elsie Brookman, Evelena White and Frances Bowling, all of Princeton; his brothers, Junior Meadows of San Bernardino, Calif., Bill Eddie Meadows of Flint, Mich., and Benny Ferguson of Cheesy Creek; a host of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 27, 2007, from the Burns Wornal Chapel of Memorial Funeral Directory on Athens Road in Princeton with Pastors Gene Harman and Charlie Rice officiating. Entombment will follow in Resthaven Memorial Park Mausoleum in Princeton.

Serving as pallbearers will be Jonathan and Joseph Meadows, Jamie Meadows, Carl Meadows, Mike Severt, and Adam Hill.

Friends may visit with the family Tuesday from 9 until 11 a.m. at the funeral home. Family and friends may share online condolence via www.memorialfd.com

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

Clara Blanche Mollett

MATOAKA — Clara Blanche Mollett, 87, of Matoaka, died Friday, March 23, 2007, at the residence of her special friends and caregivers Rocky and Theresa Ball in Matoaka.

Born Feb. 18, 1920 in Matoaka, she was the daughter of the late Jess and Fannie Pennington. She was a homemaker and lifelong resident of Mercer County. She was of the Baptist faith.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Rafey (Ray) Mollett; and 12 brothers and sisters. She was the last surviving member of her immediate family.

Survivors include her stepson, Pete Mollett and his wife Vera of Weyanoke; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. today, March 26, 2007, at the George W. Seaver Chapel of Seaver Funeral Home in Princeton with Pastor Jerry Heaton and Pastor Kenneth Abram officiating. Burial will follow in Roselawn Memorial Gardens in Princeton. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

Seaver Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

James Warren Mullins

RICHLANDS, Va. — James Warren Mullins, 85, of Richlands, passed away Sunday morning, March 25, 2007, at his home.

He was born in Scott County, Va., and was the son of the late W.E. and Maxie Mullins. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by sisters, Marie Purcell, Evelyn Cartwright, Pearl Forman and brothers, Douglas, Jack, Bill Jr., Jimmy Lee, Kurt and Earl.

He served in the U.S. Army (1941 - 1945) in the 78th - 309th “Die Hard” Regiment serving in England, France, Belgium, Holland, Germany, Austria and Utah Beach on “D Day.”

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Louise Smith Mullins; daughters, Deborah Crenshaw and husband Stan of Richlands, Yvonne Taylor and husband David of Pound, Va.; son, Dr. David Mullins and wife Irene of Charlottesville, Va. He is also survived by granddaughter, Sarah Mullins Spears and husband Robert of Gate City, Va.; grandson, Robert Hawkins and wife Jessica of Christiansburg, Va.; great grandsons, Walt Spears and Kaden Hawkins; step grandson, Matthew Taylor; step great grandson, Cameron Spears; and special nephews, Robert Allen Buckles and Gordon Mullins. Also surviving are his brother, John Robert (Bob) Mullins and sister, Stella Cranwell.

Services will be held on Tuesday, March 27, 2007, at 11 a.m. at Greenhills Memory Gardens Mausoleum in Claypool Hill, Va., with military graveside rites conducted by Casey Short V.F.W. Post 9640. Friends and family will hold visitation one hour prior to the service at the cemetery.

Online condolences may be sent to the family by going to

www.SingletonFuneralService.com

Singleton Funeral Service in Cedar Bluff, Va., is serving the Mullins family.

Howard Lewis “Buddy” Richardson Jr.

TAZEWELL, Va. — March 24, 2007, Howard Lewis “Buddy” Richardson Jr., of the Thompson Valley section of Tazewell, went to be with the Lord after a courageous battle against cancer. He went peacefully as he heard his angels call, while being surrounded by those he loved the most, wife and lifelong friend, and his adoring girls. He was a devoted husband, father, Papa and friend. Buddy was an avid outdoorsman, his passion included hunting and fishing with his grandchildren, archery, supporting the Tazewell Girls Softball League and countless hours enjoyed with his loving Labrador, Levi.

He was born at Bluefield and was the son of Howard Lewis Richardson Sr. and Eva Farley Richardson of Princeton.

Buddy had made his home in the Tazewell area for the past 14 years. He was a graduate of Princeton High School Class of 1972 and a 1974 graduate of Glenville State College, Glenville, with a degree in forestry and horticulture. He was employed in the forestry industry with M. Vir Forestry Products. He was a member of Raven Assembly of God.

He was preceded in death by his father-in-law, Troy Hagy.

In addition to his parents, survivors include his wife, Pam Richardson; daughters, Amy Richardson Boley and Sgt. 1st Class Colin Boley of Smith Station, Ala., and Kristin Richardson St. Peter and husband Brett of Tazewell; sisters, Donna Bledsoe and family of Morristown, Tenn., Janet Adams and family of Princeton, Sherry Stone and family of Tazewell, and Robin Boothe and family of Tazewell; brothers, Gary Richardson and family of Princeton, Clarence Richardson and family of Princeton, Kenneth Hagy and family of Bland, Va., and Anthony Hagy and family of Tazewell, Va.; grandchildren, Noah Boley, Casidhe Boley and unborn baby boy St. Peters; mother-in-law, Pearl Hagy of Tazewell; honorary sons, Josh Lambert and Carlos Fernandez.

Funeral services for Howard Lewis “Buddy” Richardson Jr. will be conducted Tuesday, March 27, 2007, at 2 p.m. at Hurst-Scott Funeral Chapel of Tazewell with the Rev. Barry Absher officiating. Interment will follow at Grandview Memory Gardens, Bluefield, Va.

Pallbearers will be Ronnie Richardson, Gene Richardson, Jimmy Richardson, Matt Henderson, Josh Lambert and Jerry Myers. Honorary pallbearers will be Ira Felty, Cody Gillespie and Chase Shehane.

Friends may call at the funeral home today from 6 to 9 p.m.

Hurst-Scott Funeral Home of Tazewell is serving the Richardson family. Those wishing to express sympathy online may do so at hurstscottfuneralhomes.com

Adah Virginia Rohrer

BLUEFIELD, Va. — Adah Virginia Rohrer, 94, of West Wood Health Care Center, Bluefield, Va., and formerly of Dearborn Avenue and WV Manor, Bluefield, died Friday, March 23, 2007, at West Wood Health Care Center.

Born Oct. 14, 1912 in Bluefield, she was a daughter of the late Boyd M. French and Viola Weimer French. She was a homemaker and a lifelong member of Immanuel Lutheran Church where she was a former Sunday School teacher and leader of Circle No. 2.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Emerson Thomas Rohrer, a daughter, Gretchen Gayle Rohrer and a brother, George M. French.

She is survived by a daughter, Peggy Ann Ellefson and her husband Paul of Maplewood, Minn.; a son, Tom Rohrer and his wife Linda of Bluefield, Va.; four grandchildren, Tommy Rohrer of Bethlehem, Ga., Kacey Klein and her husband Ira of Alpharetta, Ga., Jennifer Bronder and her husband Rob of Madison, Wis., and Bonnie Ellefson of Beaverton, Ore.; five great-grandchildren, Abigail Rohrer, Adam Rohrer, Lauren Bronder, Aiden Bronder and Harris Klein.

Funeral services will be conducted Tuesday, March 27, 2007, at 2 p.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Bluefield with the Rev. Jonathan Hamman officiating. Interment will follow at Monte Vista Park Cemetery in Green Valley where family members and friends will serve as pallbearers.

The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to service time on Tuesday.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions be made to Immanuel Lutheran Church, Bluefield, or Pet Haven Rescue Center of Falls Mills, Va.

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 Rohrer family with arrangements.



Funerals

Funerals scheduled today include:

• Mary Katherine Turner Blankenship: 11 a.m., Cravens-Shires Funeral Home in Bluewell. Entombment will follow in Roselawn Memorial Gardens Mausoleum, Princeton.

• Jacqueline Jean Dickerson Fox: 11 a.m., R.T. Foard & Jones Funeral Home in Newark, Del. Burial will be in Head of Christiana Cemetery, Newark.

• Mrs. Dorothy Ann Johnson: 2 p.m., Midway Chapel Church in Saltville,Va. Burial will follow in Mount Rose Cemetery, Glade Spring, Va.

• Shirley Pauline Church Layne: 2 p.m., Word Evangelistic Outreach Church. Burial will follow in Tom Sparks Cemetery on Rocks Ridge near Bradshaw.

• Charlie L. Lipscomb Jr. (Chess): Noon, John Stewart United Methodist Church in Bluefield. Interment will follow in Restlawn Memorial Gardens, Bluewell.

• Rudolph “Rudy” Anderson Reed: Noon, Chapel Funeral Home in Bluefield. Burial will follow in Restlawn Memorial Gardens, Bluewell.

• Timothy (Timmy) Carrel Shortridge: 1 p.m., Shortridge-Ramey Funeral Home in Grundy, Va. Entombment will follow in Greenhills Memory Gardens, Claypool Hill, Va.

• Odell Whistlehunt: 11 a.m., Fanning Funeral Home Chapel in Welch. Burial will follow in Iaeger Memorial Cemetery, Roderfield.

• Joan “Rick” Wickline: 11 a.m., Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home Chapel in Peterstown. Burial will follow in New Hope Cemetery, Marie.

• Mr. Guy E. Wiley: 11 a.m., Mercer Funeral Home Chapel in Bluefield. Entombment will follow in Grandview Memory Gardens, Bluefield, Va.