Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

July 19, 2007

Friday, July 20, 2007


Leo Hurley, 75, of Brooklyn, Ohio, formerly of Princeton, died Tuesday, July 17, 2007, at Parma Community General Hospital in Parma, Ohio. Arrangements are incomplete at the Memorial Funeral Directory & Cremation Center on the Athens Road in Princeton.

Ellen Phillips, of Bluefield, died Thursday, July 19, 2007, in a Princeton hospital. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Richardson Funeral Home, Bluefield.

Jackie Thomas, 53, of Route 5, Box 86-A, Bluefield, died Thursday, July 19, 2007 at Princeton Community Hospital in Princeton. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at the Cravens-Shires Funeral Home in Bluewell.

Dana Lee Waldron, 41, of Peterstown, died Tuesday, July 17, 2007 at her home after a long illness. Kendall Funeral Home in Pembroke, Va. is in charge of arrangements.

Ellen L. Yost, 85, of North Tazewell, Va., died Thursday, July 19, 2007 at Tazewell Community Hospital. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Peery & St.Clair Funeral Home of Tazewell, Va.


Kevin Alexander Bowling-Patterson

WARRIORMINES — Kevin Alexander Bowling-Patterson, 27, of Warriormines, passed away Friday, July 13, 2007 at his home.

He was born in Princeton and was the son of Harless and Ruth Vance Patterson, who raised him, of Warriormines.

He was a graduate of Big Creek High School and had worked for Bandy Auto Shop where he did Auto Body Repair. He was of the Baptist faith.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Vickie Elaine Patterson.

Survivors in addition to his parents are: His father, Alex Bowling of Baltimore, Md.; sister, Kimberly Bowling of Hawkinsville, Ga.; brothers, Mark Patterson and Jordan Patterson, both of Warriormines; special grandfather, Clyde W. Bowling of Roanoke, Va.; paternal grandmother, Joan Hornsby; special nephew, Cody Patterson.

Funeral services for Kevin Bowling-Patterson will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, July 21, 2007 at Emanuel Baptist Church in War with the Rev. Spencer Oxford officiating. Interment will follow in Hartwell Cemetery in Hartwell. Pallbearers will be family and friends.

The family will receive friends at Emanuel Baptist Church in War on Friday (today) from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Hurst-Scott Funeral Home in Tazewell, Va. is in charge of arrangements and those wishing to express sympathy online may do so at

Viola A. “Jackie” Case

NORTH TAZEWELL, Va. — Viola A. “Jackie” Case, 87, of the Stoney Ridge section of North Tazewell, Va., fell asleep in the arms of Jesus on Tuesday, July 17, 2007 at her home. Born June 20, 1920 at Stoney Ridge, Va., she was the daughter of the late William and Lou Conley. She was one of the founding and lifelong members of the Stoney Ridge Assembly of God Church.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Willie E. Case; one son, Ricky Case; one granddaughter, Tammy Case Coxton; two brothers and seven sisters.

Survivors include four daughters, Carol Gregory and husband, Charles of Lafayette, Ala., Sharon Matney and husband, Charlie of Goodview, Va., Charity Pruett and husband, Whitley of Stoney Ridge, Va. and Debbie Spangler and husband, Ron of Cloverdale, Va.; one brother, Brittian Conley and wife, Louise of Erie, Pa.; one daughter-in-law, Joanne Frame and husband, John of Bim; 12 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; countless nieces, nephews, and friends that were special to her just like her own family.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, July 21, 2007 at Peery & St.Clair Funeral Home Chapel in Tazewell, Va. with the Rev. Carter Wells officiating. Burial will follow at Grandview Memory Gardens in Bluefield, Va. Pallbearers will be her grandsons: Mike Gregory, Chris Gregory, Eric Lockhart, Scott Lockhart, and Ed Matney. Honorary pallbearers will be great-grandsons, Dwayne Mitchell-Dale, Jeremy Keen, and Brek Miley.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 6 - 9 p.m. Friday (today), July 20, 2007.

Susan Marlene Clark

RICHLANDS, Va. — Susan Marlene Clark, 49, of Richlands, Va., passed away at her home, July 19, 2007 following a lengthy illness.

Susan was born in Warriormine and was the daughter of Eva Pippin Hicks Horgan and the late Billy Hicks. She was a graduate of Big Creek High School in War and a graduate of Southwest Community College. She was a Registered Nurse for Lewis Gale Hospital in Salem, Va. Susan had spent the last 19 years in the Richlands area and was a member of the New Hope Assembly Church in Claypool Hill, Va.

Those who remain to carry on her spirit are: Her loving husband, Dudley Clark of Richlands, Va.; her son, Michael Ray Clark, of the home; her nephew, Mathew Nelson of the home; her sister, Mrs. Vivian Bedrosian of Roanoke, Va.

A Memorial Service will be held at New Hope Assembly Church at Claypool Hill, Va., Saturday, July 21, 2007 at 2:00 p.m. with the Rev. Charles Casey officiating.

Hurst-Scott Funeral Home in Richlands, Va. is in charge of arrangements and those wishing to express sympathy online may do at

Jessie Paulette Keene Fore

BLUEFIELD — Jessie Paulette Keene Fore, 81, of The Maple Nursing Home, Bluefield, and formerly of 121 Jones Street, (Abbs Valley) Bluefield, Va., died Tuesday, July 17, 2007.

Born December 13, 1925 in Grundy, Va., she was the daughter of the late Harrison Keene and Rosa McGlothlin Keene. Mrs. Fore attended the Abbs Valley Church of God. She had worked at the Mademoiselle Shop and Montgomery Wards when they were located in Bluefield.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Odis Fore; sisters, Pearl Belcher, Myrtle Deskins, Nell Holt and Ruby Angles; brothers, Jimmy Keene, Clarence Keene and Earl Keene; and one granddaughter, LeAnne Fore.

Survivors include one son, Michael Fore and his wife Karen of Abbs Valley, Va.; one daughter, Vickie Walters and her husband David of Decatur, Ill.; three sisters, Lorraine Williams of Brookneal, Va., Ruth Mullins of Abingdon, Va., and Hattie Keene of Doran, Va.; four grandchildren, April Fore, Clinton Walters, Wesley Walters and his wife Tiffany, and Bradley Walters; one great granddaughter and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be conducted on Saturday, July 21, 2007 at 2:00 p.m. at Abbs Valley Church of God with the Rev. Frank Staley officiating. The family will receive friends from 12:00 noon until the service hour.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions, if desired, be sent to the Bluefield West Virginia Rescue Squad, 1900 Stadium Drive, Bluefield, WV 24701.

The family may be reached at the home of Michael and Karen Fore, located at 121 Jones Street (Abbs Valley), Bluefield, VA or at (276) 945-9669.

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

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

Randolph Earnest (Randy) Hambrick

GHENT — Randolph Earnest (Randy) Hambrick, passed away peacefully at his home in Ghent, on Tuesday, July 17, 2007 after a long illness. He has gone home to be with the Lord.

He was born on December 14, 1926. Randy was preceded in death by his father, George Everett Hambrick and mother, Hattie Hager Hambrick; a son, Charles Hambrick of Baltimore, Md.; and two brothers, John and Kenneth Hambrick.

Survivors include: Ex-wife: Sue Hambrick of Baltimore, Md.; ex-wife: Mary Hambrick of Baltimore, Md.; daughter: Randi Hambrick of Baltimore, Md.; two brothers: David Hambrick of Bluefield and Junior Hambrick of Wurtland, Ky.; two sisters: Naomi Caldwell of Princeton and Helen West of Tallahassee, Fla.

Visitation was held on Thursday, July 19 at Rose & Quesenberry Funeral Home in Shady Springs.

Funeral services will be held in Baltimore, Md.

Information submitted by Cravens-Shires Funeral Home in Bluewell.

Thomas C. Kirby

BLUEFIELD, Va. — Thomas C. Kirby, 75, of 316 Ridgeway Dr., Bluefield, Va., went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, July 18, 2007.

He was born in East Gulf and was a son of the late Clarence Kirby and Josephine Yost Kirby.

Mr. Kirby was a member of the Virginia Avenue United Methodist Church in Bluefield, Va., was retired from Aratex Rental Uniform Co., had formerly worked at McQuails Furniture Co., and for Brown Edwards. He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother and sister-in-law, J.D. and Joyce Kirby; a sister, Elizabeth Kirby; and a daughter-in-law, Diana Kirby.

Survivors include his wife, Dona Sexton Kirby; son, Timothy S. Kirby of Conway, S.C.; daughter, Susan Robinett and husband Dwight of Princeton; grandchildren, Heather and Aaryn Kirby of Conway, S.C., Alyson and Kelsey Robinett of Princeton; brother, C.J. (Sam) Kirby Jr. and wife Mary Lou of Bluewell.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, July 21, 2007 at 11:00 a.m. at the Virginia Avenue United Methodist Church with the Rev. Don Nation officiating. Burial will follow in the Roselawn Memorial Gardens in Princeton. Pallbearers will be John Peery, David Anderson, Jack Fields, David Moore, Scott Whitt and John O’Neal.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to your favorite charity.

Friends may call today from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Dudley Memorial Mortuary in Bluefield, Va.

Brad Miller

TRINITY, N.C. — Brad Miller, 51, of Trinity, N.C., formerly of Richlands, Va., went home to be with the Lord Wednesday, July 18, 2007 in a High Point, N.C. health care facility. Born December 26, 1955 in Tazewell County, Va., he was the son of the late Steve Frank and Pauline Blankenship Miller. He was a coal miner for 20 years. He attended Full Armor of God Church at Trinity, N.C.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Steve Wayne Miller.

He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Jean Miller; two sons, Bryan Miller and wife Jennifer and Chad Miller and wife Sarah both of Pounding Mill, Va.; seven grandchildren, Amanda Miller, Wyatt Miller, Gracie Miller, Sophie Miller, Sawyer Miller, Skylar Owens and Megan Owens; four sisters, Carol Lester and husband Tom of Conway, S.C., Brenda Bullion of Richlands, Debbie Senters and husband Sollie of Trinity, N.C. and Vickie Poe and husband Frank of Lafayette, Ga.; special friends, Ken Dye and David Dye; several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be conducted at 7 p.m. Friday (today), July 20, 2007 at Singleton Funeral Service Chapel at Cedar Bluff, Va. with the Rev. Dennis White officiating.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday (today) at Singleton Funeral Service at Cedar Bluff, Va.

Online condolences may be sent to the family by going to

Singleton Funeral Service is serving the Miller family.

Deborah Lynn Spriggs

WILKESBORO, N.C. — Deborah Lynn Spriggs, 48, of Wilkesboro, formerly of Jenkinjones, was born Nov. 13, 1958 in Stevens Clinic Hospital, Welch. She departed this life on Saturday, July 14, 2007 at Lake Norman Hospital in Mooresville, N.C., following a lingering illness. She was one of eight children born to the late Roy William Spriggs and Hazel Lynch Spriggs.

Debbie was a 1977 graduate of Gary High School. She attended Cosmetology School of Arts in Charlotte, N.C. She received her business degree in computers in 1989.

At an early age she confessed Christ and was baptized at Clinton A.M.E. Zion Church of Jenkinjones, by and under the pastorialship of the late Rev. S.H. Hairston of Bluefield. Debbie later relocated to Gastonia, N.C., where she joined Liberty Baptist Church under the pastorialship of Gary Berry. She loved singing and her favorite song was “Whose going to tell the Child about God.” Cooking, shopping and traveling was also a few of her enjoyments.

Debbie (Tee Dee) was preceded in death by her parents, Roy and Hazel Spriggs.

She leaves to cherish her memories, one son, Griffin (Sherry) Swayne III; one granddaughter, Janae Arielle Swayne; her caregiver, sister, Bernice (David) Hawthorne, Taylorsville, N.C., Marcella Hembry, Fort Washington, Md., Wanda Lewis, Herdon, Va., Janice Rickard, Oxen Hill, Md., Patricia (Cecil) Smith, Bluefield; two brothers, Chester (Verona) Spriggs Sr., Charleston, Stafford (Shirley) Spriggs, Princeton; one aunt, Juanita Simpson, Philadelphia, Pa.; niece, Cindy and nephew, Michael Hawthorne. Last, but not least, a host of cousins, nephews and nieces.

Funeral services will commence at 12:00 noon Saturday, July 21 at McConnell Funeral Home, Bluefield. Officiating the services will be the Rev. Weldon Holiday and Pastor Vincent Linney. Viewing beginning at 11:00 a.m.

McConnell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

George Louis Woods

ENKA, N.C. — George Louis Woods, 80, of 23 Enka Lake Trail, Enka, N.C., died Wednesday, July 18, 2007, at Magnolia Health Care Center in Asheville, N.C.

Mr. Woods was born in McDowell County, and was a son of the late William Jennings Bryant Woods and the late Rosa Bell Sonzinia Woods. He was also preceded in death by two daughters, Martha Thompson and Dorcas Black; a brother, Howard Woods; stepmother, Mary Woods; and two daughters-in-law, Debbie Woods and Linda Wyatt Woods.

He served with the U.S. Army during World War II and received the Army of Occupation Medal and the World War II Victory Medal. He worked for 21 years with General Telephone in West Virginia, and more recently D.O. Creasman Co., Burlington Industries, and Charles D. Owen Manufacturing Company, all in Asheville. He was a member of the Masons and the American Legion, both in West Virginia.

Surviving are his wife, Eva L. Woods; five sons, Larry and wife Penny of Enka, Donald and wife Mary of Atlanta, Ga., Marvin Wayne and wife Debbie of Leicester, N.C., George and wife Connie of Candler, N.C., and Charles and special friend Brenda of Asheville; son-in-law, Tony Black of Candler; a sister, Lorraine Barnett of Norfolk, Va.; two brothers, Robert Lee Woods of Chicago, Ill. and Johnnie Woods of Alvarado, Texas; 25 grandchildren, Melissa, Melody, Michelle, Bryan, Kristy, Michael, Shannon, Jeff, Chris, Randy Jr., Charlie, Carmella “Sasaro”, Robert, Jeremy, Lane, Tonya, Jesse Wayne, Krystal, Candice, Roger Dale Jr., Sandra, Sharon, Jonathan, T.J., and Angela, and 44 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be at 2:00 p.m. Sunday in the Patton Avenue chapel of Groce Funeral Home, Asheville, with the Revs. Donald Woods, Brad Parker, and Larry Woods officiating. Burial will follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Asheville.

His family will receive friends from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

The online register is available at


Funerals scheduled today include:

• Olen Blankenship: 2 p.m., Wallace & Wallace Chapel in Rainelle. Burial will follow at Wallace Memorial Cemetery, Clintonville.

• Pearl Day Daugherty: 1 p.m., cryptside services at Woodlawn Memorial Park Mausoleum in Bluewell.

• Virginia Marie Cooke Gianato: 11 a.m., Fanning Funeral Home Chapel in Welch. Entombment will follow at Woodlawn Memorial Park Mausoleum, Bluewell.

• Charley E. Peters: 11 a.m., Memorial Baptist Church in Bluefield, Va. Burial will follow at Robert Cemetery, Iaeger.

• James Morrison Sparks: 11 a.m., cryptside services at Blue Ridge Mausoleum Chapel in Beckley.

• Charles “Sonny” Williams: 2 p.m., West Side Baptist Church, Hillsville, Va. Burial will follow in Mt. Olivet Church Cemetery.