Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

December 20, 2007

Friday, December 21, 2007


Eva P. Hutchens, 74, of Ghent, died Dec. 19, 2007 at CAMC Memorial Division following a sudden illness. Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home in Shady Spring is in charge of arrangements.

Michael Donovan May, 40, of Birmingham, Ala., formerly of Verner, died Monday, Dec. 17, 2007 in Birmingham. Mounts Funeral Home of Gilbert is in charge of arrangements.

Edward A. Robertson, 81, of Peterstown, died Thursday, Dec. 20, 2007 at Princeton Community Hospital. Arrangements are incomplete at Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home, Peterstown.

Thomas Allen Young, 69, of Ripplemead, Va., died Thursday, Dec. 20, 2007 at Roanoke Memorial Hospital in Roanoke, Va. Kendall Funeral Home of Pembroke, Va. is in charge of arrangements.


William Jerome Flack

BLUEFIELD — William Jerome Flack, 28, of Bluefield, died Friday, December 14, 2007 in a Bluefield hospital.

Jerome was born on September 13, 1979. He was the son of Tammy Flack Slaughter of Bluefield and the late Samuel Jerome Patterson.

Jerome was preceded in death by his great-grandmother, Minnie Fry Hamlet; his favorite uncle, William Neal Flack and one cousin, Shawn Michael Steptoe.

William is survived by his loving wife: Erica Smalls Flack; mother: Tammy Flack Slaughter (Forrest); stepfather: Linwood Mann Jr. (Junie); three sons: Devon, Jordan, and Jaquan; one daughter, Indya; three stepchildren: Jamaikah, Laamaj and R.J.; brothers: most cherished, Eric Lee (Erica) Flack and Devon Jerome Booker; grandparents; Mack and Pearl Flack; sister-in-law: Teresa; and a host of aunts, uncles, male cousins and one female cousin, Janicka.

Funeral Services will be conducted on Saturday, December 22, at 12 noon from the Greater Mount Zion Pentecostal Church in Bluefield with the Rev. Courtney S. Wallace Sr. officiating. Interment will follow at the Woodlawn Cemetery in Bluewell.

Friends may call two hours prior to the service.

Richardson Funeral Home of Bluefield is in charge of the arrangements.

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George M. French

SALTVILLE, Va. — George M. French, 89, died December 19, 2007 at his home in Saltville, Va.

He was born January 7, 1918. Mr. French was preceded in death by his wife, Irene Dinsmore French and his parents, Thomas G. French and Docie Bell Sheets French. He was also preceded in death by an infant brother.

George is survived by: One son, Melvin H. (Buddy) French; three daughters, Betty Clay, Glenna Widener, Cheryl Kreiser; eight grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild; four brothers, Kyle, Maynard, Gene, Harold; six sisters, Ida Mae Taylor, Mabel Orr, Pauline Minton, Kathleen Allison, Betty Lou Huffaker, Sue Kinder.

George retired from the United State Steel Corporation in Gary.

He was an active member of the Gary United Methodist Church during his work career and was a member of Saltville Church of the Nazarene.

He served as a member of the Gideons International for a number of years and was a past member of the Oddfellows Lodge.

Funeral services for Mr. George French will be conducted at 7:30 p.m. Friday (today), December 21, 2007 in the D.R. Henderson Funeral Home with the Rev. Shirley Carter officiating. The family will receive friends from 6 until 7:30 p.m. prior to the service. Entombment will be Saturday at 11:00 a.m. in the Mount Rose Mausoleum.

D.R. Henderson Funeral Home in Saltville, Va. is serving the George French family.

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Miss Eleanor Tracy Hall

PRINCETON — Eleanor Tracy Hall, 91, of Glenwood Park Retirement Village, died Monday December 17, 2007 at GlenWood Park Retirement Village. Eleanor was born in Bluefield, September 8, 1916, the only child of John Stillman Hall and Addie Tracy Hall, who were both from Monroe County. Following her graduation from Beaver High School, she attended Bluefield College for two years and continued her education at Agnes Scott College, Decatur, Georgia, earning a degree in biology with an emphasis in botany.

After graduation, Eleanor returned to Bluefield and worked for the National Youth Administration until World War II, when she took a position in Baltimore as Secretary to the personnel manager at Glen Martin Co., whose 1500 employees constructed B-52 bombers. During her free time, Eleanor participated in a hiking group and attended concerts and other cultural events.

When the war ended, she moved back home and took a secretarial job at the Richardson and Kemper law firm in Bluefield. After five years, Eleanor enrolled in graduate school at the Presbyterian School of Christian Education in Richmond, Virginia. The sudden death of her mother bought her back to Bluefield to be with her father. She began a 21-year career as a secretary in the Westminster Presbyterian Church. In 1954, Mr. Hall married Ella Sue Wright Crockett, who had a daughter and three children, her new family.

Because of her interest in World Missions, in 1974, Eleanor took the position of Secretary in the Division of International Missions of Presbyterian General Assembly Mission Board in Atlanta, where she lived until her retirement in 1981. Her father died during that time, and Eleanor returned to Bluefield to be close to her new family members.

Eleanor continued to respond to the call to share the gospel with the world and worked to promote interest and support of World Missions in Westminster Presbyterian Church and First Presbyterian Church, also sharing her many talents and gifts that form the church. She sang in the church choirs for many years, directed the children's choir for a short time, worked with the youth, taught Sunday School, was active in the Presbyterian Women in both churches, and was given Life Membership in Presbyterian Women by Westminster Presbyterian Church. In Presbyterian Women at First Presbyterian Church, she was a member of Circle I and on the Presbyterian Women's Council, serving as Coordinator of Mission Interpretation and Action. She initiated the Sewing for Mission, stuffing animals to be delivered by Loving Hugs and the Medical Benevolence Foundation to children in orphanages and hospitals abroad. Eleanor served as Deacon and Elder in First Presbyterian Church.

Throughout her working life and retirement, she traveled extensively, visiting all 50 states and numerous foreign countries. Her journeys included three trips to Europe and visits to the Holy Land, South Korea, Indonesia, Mexico, Morocco, Spain and Portugal.

She was always interested in raising flowers, roses and pansies, her favorites. She enjoyed needlepoint and embroidery and accumulated a collection of bird figurines and miniature pitchers. She enjoyed painting, and her beautiful, inspirational paintings are cherished as family memorial keepsakes. She was a member of the Bibbee Nature Club, The Little Gardens Club, the United Daughters of the Confederacy and the McGuffy Book Club.

She is survived by her cousin, Margaret Ann (Peggy) Winfrey Hart and her husband, Harold M. Hart of Ashburn, Va., and their children, Douglas Hart; Katherine Hart Brittle and husband, Charles Brittle; Thomas Hart and wife, Kim, and their children, Kevin, Lindsey, and Melissa; and Bruce Hart; by her cousin, Mary Price Winfrey Morris, and her husband, James O. Morris, of Newton, Utah, and their children, Karen Morris Allen; Stephen Morris and wife, Mary Ellen, and their children Joseph, Jacob, Sarah, Julie, and Mary; Cathleen Morris Kelsey and her husband, Lance Kelsey, and their children, Stephanie and Melissa; by her cousin, Dr. Homer Cooper, of Athens, Ga.; by her cousin, Agnes Leach Tracy, of Roanoke, Va.; by her stepsister, Loraine Crockett Alley, of Ocala, Fla. and Virginia Beach, Va.; by her step nieces and nephew, Mary Sue Alley Crommelin and husband, Richard G. Crommelin Jr. of Virginia Beach, Va.; Myra Crockett Alley Wood and husband, Royce G. Wood, of Ocala, Fla.; Col. Richard F. Alley Jr. and wife Jean Burns Alley, of Charlottesville, Va.; by her great step nieces and nephews, Richard G. Crommelin III and his wife Nicole Golleher Crommelin of Portland, Ore.; Katherine Loraine Crommelin of Burlington, Vt.; Robert William Alley and David Christopher Alley of Charlottesville, Va.; Richard Thomas Alley of Manassas, Va.; Reynold P. Hawk Jr. and wife, Jessica Pfinder Hawk of Roanoke, Va. and their children, Amanda, Haleigh, and Braydon; Myra Suzanne Hawk and Jared Dwane Wood of Ocala, Fla.

Funeral services will be conducted at First Presbyterian Church at 11 a.m., Saturday, December 22, 2007 with Dr. W.D. Hasty Jr. officiating. A receiving of friends will be held in the Church Parlor before the funeral service from 10 until 11 a.m. Elders and Deacons of First Presbyterian Church will serve as active pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. G. Thompson Brown, Mr. Jeffrey L. Farmer, Mr. James M. Godwin Jr., Dr. James M. Godwin III, Dr. Allen A. Hammond, Mr. Donald C. Kinsinger, Dr. H.E. Kiser Jr., Dr. Charles M. Mirable, Mr. Aldo A. Modena, Mr. J. Peter Richardson. Burial will follow at Monte Vista Park Cemetery in Green Valley.

Memorial contributions, if desired, may be made to First Presbyterian Church, 208 Tazewell Street, Bluefield, WV or to Bluefield Union Mission, 2203 Bluefield Avenue, Bluefield, WV 24701.

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Mercer Funeral Home & Crematory of Bluefield is serving the family of Miss Eleanor Tracy Hall.

Anna Marie Thompson Malcolm

PULASKI, Va. — Anna Marie Thompson Malcolm, 89, passed away Wednesday, December 19, 2007 at her home in Pulaski.

She was a retired beautician and a member of Garden Baptist Church in Oakwood, Va. She was born July 25, 1918 in Coalwood, the daughter of the late John and Geneva Russell Thompson.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Harold E. Malcolm Sr.; and a son, John Charles Malcolm.

Survivors include a daughter, Judith M. Barr of Hiwassee; a son and daughter-in-law, Harold E. Jr. and Debbie Malcolm of Pulaski; four grandchildren, James E. Barr Jr., Jon E. Barr and his wife Annie, Harold E. Malcolm III and his wife Brandy, and Joshua Lance Malcolm; a great-granddaughter, Kennedy Brooke Malcolm; a special cousin, Mary Daily of Sevierville, Tenn.; and three special friends, Carolyn Lambert, Marie Hedge and Edna Coleman.

A graveside service will be held today (Friday), December 21, 2007 at 2:00 p.m. at the Greenhills Memory Gardens Mausoleum in Claypool Hill, Va. with the Rev. Ancil Childress officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service from 1:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. at the mausoleum.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to the Garden Baptist Church, P.O. Box 840, Oakwood, VA 24631 or the Rowe Pentecostal Church, P.O. Box 32, Rowe, VA 24646.

The Malcolm family is in the care of Mullins Funeral Home & Crematory in Radford, Va. (

Eunice Pauline Panciera

TANNERSVILLE, Va. — Eunice Pauline Panciera, age 73, of Tannersville, Va. and Bradenton, Fla., was called home by our Lord and Savior on December 17, 2007 from her home.

Born June 18, 1934 in Skygusty, she was the daughter of the late Albert and Sallie Belle Harman. She was a 1952 graduate of Gary High School and moved to Washington, D.C. in 1954 where she married Ronald J. Panciera Sr. from Ashway, R.I. on November 19, 1955. Together they raised their three children in LaPlata, Md. Upon retirement, in 1994, they moved to Bradenton, Fla., where together they enjoyed playing bridge and socializing with their church family.

Eunice is survived by her husband of 52 years, and their family, Ronald Jr., and wife Martha, their children, Justin, Joseph, and Ronald III, Albert Troy and wife Betty and his children with Karen Panciera, Melissa and Amanda; Gina Maria and husband, James Mulloy and their children, Ryan McDonnell and Luke Mulloy. She was a proud great-grandparent of Allen and Jonathan Panciera, and Lilly Reese, children of Justin and Sharon Panciera; sister in law and family, Marilyn and Andy Boris of Westerly, R.I.; aunt, Robbie Watts of Corsicana, Texas; niece, Christine Smith, husband, William and their children Allison and Katherine. Eunice was a loving wife and mother who will be greatly missed by all her family and friends.

Her life will be celebrated at Tazewell Baptist Church in Tazewell, Va. on Saturday, December 22, 2007 at 12:00 noon with the Rev. Robert Belcher officiating. Burial will follow at Shady Grove Cemetery in Skygusty.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations to Woodland Baptist Church, 9607 State Road 70 East, Bradenton, FL 34202.

Peery & St.Clair Funeral Home of Tazewell, Va. is serving the Panciera family.

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William M. Pyne Jr.

PETERSTOWN — William M. Pyne Jr., 76, of Peterstown, passed away Tuesday, December 18, 2007 at his home.

Born July 1, 1931 at Zenith, he was the son of the late William M. and Minerva Cole Pyne. Mr. Pyne enjoyed playing music and was a retired Operating Engineer.

Survivors include his loving wife, Regina Berg Pyne of Peterstown; two sons, William M. Pyne III of Georgia and Joseph Able Pyne and wife Debbie of Tampa, Fla.; four daughters, Joyce Marie Weinberg and husband Ron of Orlando, Fla., Dolores Legg and husband Gary of Crichton, Debra Pyne of West Palm Beach, Fla., and Shelia Sandy and husband Mike of West Palm Beach, Fla.; three brothers, Sam Pyne and wife Mary of Lindside, Lee Pyne and wife Thelma “Sis” of Lindside, and Noah Pyne and wife Brenda of Lindside; seven sisters, Juanita Pyne of Ballard, Sarah Richards and husband Ershel of Ballard, and Violet Richards and husband Ralph of Rock Camp, Sue Long of Peterstown, Rachel Dalton and husband Gary of Brewston Mills, Pauline Richards of Grantsville, and Charlotte Porterfield and husband Lee of Lindside.

Funeral services will be 1:00 p.m. Saturday, December 22, 2007 at Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home Chapel with Minister Henry Conley officiating. Burial will follow at Pine Grove Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Lindside. Friends may call from 11:00 a.m. until time of services Saturday.

Online guest book can be signed or condolences sent to the Pyne family at

Arrangements by Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home in Peterstown.

Betty Mae (McKinney) Smith

MATOAKA — Betty Mae McKinney Smith, 83, of Matoaka, died Tuesday, December 18, 2007 at her home. Born August 5, 1924 at Lamar, she was the daughter of the late Luther P. McKinney and Edna Mae Bailey McKinney.

She was of the Pentecostal faith. She retired from the Lee County School Board in Fort Myers, Florida after 27 years of service. She was an avid bingo fan and enjoyed NASCAR racing, embroidery and cross-stitch.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Ray Smith in 1992; two sisters, June Naperstik and Joann Wright.

Survivors include seven children, Ethel Barefoot and her husband Ronald of Benson, N.C., Ernest Smith and his wife Sharon of Four Oaks, N.C., Luther Smith and his wife Tracy of Lashmeet, Cindy Hingson of Labelle, Fla., Charles Smith and his wife Sharon of Arcadia, Fla., John W. Smith Sr. and his wife Lena of Benson, N.C. and Karen McDaniel and her husband Mark of North Port, Fla.; one sister, Mildred Tate of Dixon, Mo.; four brothers, Luther (Bootsie) McKinney of Laddania, Mo., Robert McKinney of Matoaka, Michael McKinney and his wife Margaret of Clarks Gap and Larry McKinney and his wife Edna of Clarks Gap; 15 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, December 22, 2007 at the Rowland H. Bailey Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Ronald Barefoot officiating. Interment will be at the Bailey Cemetery at Clarks Gap. Family will serve as pallbearers.

Friends may call today from 6-8 p.m. at the Bailey-Kirk Funeral Home in Princeton. To view a video memorial tribute to Mrs. Smith or to send the family online condolences visit

Levi Smith

PULASKI, Va. — Levi Smith, infant son of Mark Anthony and Kacie Noel Havens Smith of Pulaski, went to be with the Lord on Friday, December 14, 2007 at Baptist Hospital, Pensacola, Fla.

Levi Smith’s heart stopped on the 14th of December 2007, just before birth and was stillborn. His parents are missionaries and said of their son’s birth, “Job said it best by saying, ‘Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.’ The Lord took our son before we could teach him about Jesus Christ and the joy of serving Him, but little did we know that Levi would teach us so much about the joy of serving Him even in sorrow. Levi taught us the difference between joy and sorrow is a heart beat. And we hope all who read about Levi learn that lesson. Is your heart right with God?”

In addition to his parents, he is survived by a sister, Naomi Grace Smith; maternal grandparents, Darrell and Tammie Havens of Pulaski; paternal grandparents, Ronda Dinger of Radford, Va. and Anthony Ray and Linda Smith of Wirtz, Va.; maternal great-grandparents, E.C. and Marlene Havens of Bland, Va., Louise Womack of Beckley; paternal great-grandparents, Raymond and Sarah Dinger of Bluefield, Carolyn Thompson of Tazewell, Va.; aunts and uncles, Devin and Brandi Sutherland of Sumter, S.C., Amanda Oliver of Pulaski, Kelly Smith of Pulaski; cousins, Brayden Parker Sutherland, Hailey and Lindsey Oliver; numerous loving great aunts and uncles and cousins.

Funeral services will be Saturday, December 22, 2007 at 2:00 p.m. at the A. Vest & Sons Funeral Home, White Gate, Va. with the Rev. Mike Gray officiating. Burial in the Shiloh Cemetery, Hollybrook. Visitation will be Saturday at the funeral home from 12:00 noon until service time.

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Joseph Andrew “Joe” Williams

LERONA — Joseph Andrew “Joe” Williams, 86, of the Old Lerona Road, Lerona, died peacefully Thursday morning, December 20, 2007, at his residence.

Born October 17, 1921, at Pipestem, he was the son of the late Edgar A. Williams and Grace Erie Keaton Williams.

Mr. Williams was a veteran of World War II serving with the U.S. Army. After being discharged from the service, he worked for U.S. Steel Corporation, Gary as a Dozer operator, retiring with 21 years of service. He was a member of the U.M.W.A. Local No. 6025. Mr. Williams was a member of the Lerona United Methodist Church.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by all his siblings, Bonnie Wyrick, Clarence Williams, Prince Williams and Bud Marshall Williams.

Survivors: His loving and devoted wife of 65 years, Ruth Ellen Wooten Williams; son, Donald Glen Williams and wife Nancy of Mt. Lookout; daughter, Lois Ann Henderson and husband Gerry of Lerona; grandchildren, Christopher Houchins, Glen Andrew Williams and wife Laura, Alexis Louise Williams; great-grandchildren, Alyssa Houchins, Haley Keffer, Danielle Williams; nieces, Greta Johnston, Mary Lee Lilly, Shirley Bryant, Faye Farley; nephew, Jerry Williams.

Funeral Services will be held 11:00 a.m. Saturday, December 22, 2007 from the Burns Wornal Chapel of the Memorial Funeral Directory on the Athens Road in Princeton with Pastors Rick Chester and Sonny Jones officiating. Burial will follow in the Resthaven Memorial Park Cemetery, Princeton.

Friends may visit with the family today from 4 until 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Family and friends may share online condolences via

The Honor of serving the Williams family has been given to the Memorial Funeral Directory & Cremation Center on the Athens Road, Princeton.


Funerals scheduled today include:

• Kenneth Edward Gilpin: 1 p.m., Cravens-Shires Funeral Home Chapel in Bluewell. Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Gardens, Princeton.

• Patricia June Hall: 5 p.m., memorial service at Bower Funeral Chapel in Pulaski, Va.

• Drema Sue McKinney: Noon, Fanning Funeral Home Chapel in Welch. Burial will follow in England Cemetery, Hensley.

• Billy E. Roark: 11 a.m., Cravens-Shires Funeral Home in Bluewell. Burial will follow at Woodlawn Memorial Park, Bluewell.

• Mrs. Susan Spencer Younger: 11 a.m., Rehoboth Temple Church of Christ in Columbus, Ohio.