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Notes for Rosa Christine Mabe Lackey:
Notes for Mildred Gladys Mabe Merritt:
Notes for Murphy Mabe Gunter:
Notes for Vivian Ophelia Mabe Pitts:
Notes for William "Bill" McGraw:
HInton - William R. "Bill" McGraw, 70, of 1508 Temple St., died 11:55 p.m., Monday, Nov. 9, 1998, in a Hinton hospital following a short illness. Born Sept. 28, 1928, at Hinton, he was the son of the late Arthur and Ruby Hatcher McGraw. Mr. McGraw was a retired locomotove engineer with CSX Transportation with 40 years of service. He was a U.S. Army veteran during the Korean War and a member of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen and Engineers. He was preceeded in death by three brothers, Richard, John, and Harold McGraw: and a sister Mary Jean Bailey. Survivors include a daughter, Mona Lyn McGraw of Austin, Texas, and two sisters, Arneta Wickline of Buck anf Ruby Jane McGraw of Utica, MI. Services will be 11 a.m. Thursday at Pivont Funeral Home Chapel, Hinton, with the Rev. Edie Johnson and Harry Pilkington officiating. Burial will follow in Restwood Memorial Gardens, Hinton. Friends may call 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. Pallbearers will be Jack and Stuart McGraw, Jim Ford, Ferrell Burdette, Joe Presley, Bob Butler, Bud Shanks, Ray Shupe, Bill Bulmore, Conrad Graham and Norman Cole. Arrangements by Pivont Funeral Home, Hinton.
Notes for Mae Martin Gunter:
MRS. MAE M. GUNTER PASSES AT 81.February 1, 1893, near old Peters Creek Post Office, Virginia--October 19, 1974, Stuart, Virginia; buried in Patrick Memorial Gardens. Mrs. Mae M. Gunter, who served over 55 years as a columnist for the Enterprise, died Saturday at the age of 81 in the Reynolds Memorial Hospital after a lingering illness. Mrs. Gunter began writing for the Enterprise in 1916, and delighted its readers with her commentaries and recordings of `Happenings' in Patrick County in her `Out Five Forks Way' until her retirement in 1971. Her column recorded the births, deaths, marriages and general goings on of the people in her area, and she probably knew more about who was doing what than anyone else in the county. Mrs. Mae, as she was fondly called by her friends and neighbors, was born near the old Peter's Creek Post Office and attended Creasey's Chapel Church for 55 years. She maintained a countywide reputation as a good speller, often out spelling teachers and youngsters fresh out of school. She is survived by her widower, Reid L. Gunter; three sons, Ralph Gunter, Abingdon, Barnard Gunter, Achsah, Va., and Lt. Col. Charles R. Gunter, Springfield, Va.; three sisters, Mrs. Lena Ballard, Greensboro, NC, Mrs. Irene Yakuber, Dearborn, Mich., and Mrs. Pearl Frances, Stuart; and one brother, Harry Martin, Greenville, Tenn. Funeral services were held at 2:00 p. m. Tuesday at the Moody Funeral Home Chapel in Stuart with burial in Patrick Memorial Gardens. The Rev. Bobby Green officiated.
Notes for Oveta Martin Smith:
The Enterprise, Stuart, VA-June 22, 2000 Oveta Martin Smith, 82, of Bassett, died Wednesday, June 14, 2000, in the Beverly Health Care Center. She was born August 30, 1917, in Patrick County, and was a daughter of the late Rufus Bennett Martin and the late Minnie Gunter Martin. She was a member of Amazing Grace Baptist Church. Surviving are one daughter, Norman S. Via of Bassett; one son, Dr. Kenneth L. Smith of Milwaukee, Wisc.; and one brother, Lee Martin of Ridgeway. The funeral was held Saturday at Norris Funeral Services chapel with Dr. Arnold Terry and the Rev. Arnold Terry officiating. Burial was in Roselawn Burial Park. Pallbearers were Bobby Jarrett, Billy Jarrett, Larry Whitlock, Gary Whitlock, Chester Rakes and Jimmy Hudson.
Notes for Rada Lou Martin:
The Enterprise, Stuart VA - Nov. 1995 Reda Martin Rakes, 93, formerly of Route 2, Stuart, died Saturday, November 18, 1995, at Stanleytown Health Care. She was born October 17, 1902, in Patrick County, and was a daughter of the late Bennett Martin and Minnie Gunter Martin. She was preceeded in death by her husband, Sparrel C. Rakes, in 1966; and by a son, Ralph Rakes, in 1968. She was a member of Union Primitive Baptist Church for over 50 years. Surviving are three daughters, Ethel R. Via of Fieldale, Vera Bryant of Collinsville and Mary Louise Simmons of Vienna; two sons, Chester E. Rakes of Fieldale and Willis C. Rakes of Stuart; one sister, Oveta Martin Smith of Bassett; one brother, Lee Martin of Ridgeway; 13 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held Monday at Union Primitive Baptist Church. Elders Leonard Brammer and Clarence Stone officiated. Burial was in Union Primitive Baptist Church cemetery. Memorials may be made to Union Primitive Baptist Church. Arrangements were by Collins Funeral Services.
Ralph W. Martin, 69, of Rt. 3, Stuart, died Saturday, September 6, 1997 at R.J. Reynolds – Patrick County Memorial Hospital. He was born October 8, 1927, in Stokes County, N.C. and was a son of the late Frank and Mary Lou Corns Martin. He was preceded in death by a son, William Kenneth Martin; a brother, Melvin Martin; and two sisters, Elsie Hooker and Annie Deathrage. Martin served in the military during the Korean Conflict and was retired from APAC. Surviving are his wife, Thelma Hazelwood Martin of the home; two daughters, Kathy J. Mabe and Karen J. Martin, both of Stuart; two sons, Joseph Keith Martin and Samuel Kyle Martin, both of Stuart; six sisters, Hallie Shafer and Louise Joyce, both of Mayodan, N.C., Lucy Martin and Virginia Collins, both of Lawsonville, N.C. Evergreen James of Dodgetown, N.C. and Pauline Tatum of Stuart; four brothers, Odell Martin of Martinsville, James Martin of Spencer, and Dennie Martin and Euell Martin, both of Lawsonville; and two granddaughters. Funeral services were conducted Monday at Moody Funeral Home Chapel by the Revs. Eugene Payne and J.R. Shelton. Burial, with military rites by the Patrick County Veterans Memorial Guard, was in Peters Creek Baptist Church cemetery. Pallbearers were Darrell Plaster, Gary Plaster, Wendell Handy, Lee Hazelwood, Jimmy Tatum, Frankie Hylton, Tony Ingle, Ronnie Martin, and John Staples.
Notes for Reda Martin Rakes:
The Enterprise, Stuart VA - Nov. 1995
Reda Martin Rakes, 93, formerly of Route 2, Stuart, died Saturday, November 18, 1995, at Stanleytown Health Care. She was born October 17, 1902, in Patrick County, and was a daughter of the late Bennett Martin and Minnie Gunter Martin. She was preceded in death by her husband, Sparrel C. Rakes, in 1966; and by a son, Ralph Rakes, in 1968. She was a member of Union Primitive Baptist Church for over 50 years. Surviving are three daughters, Ethel R. Via of Fieldale, Vera Bryant of Collinsville and Mary Louise Simmons of Vienna; two sons, Chester E. Rakes of Fieldale and Willis C. Rakes of Stuart; one sister, Oveta Martin Smith of Bassett; one brother, Lee Martin of Ridgeway; 13 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held Monday at Union Primitive Baptist Church. Elders Leonard Brammer and Clarence Stone officiated. Burial was in Union Primitive Baptist Church cemetery. Memorials may be made to Union Primitive Baptist Church. Arrangements were by Collins Funeral Services.
Notes for Rufus Lee Martin:
R. Lee Martin, 89, of Glenbriar Drive, Ridgeway, died Friday, May 2, 2003 at Beverly Health Care Center, Matinsville. He was born Oct 16, 1913 in Patrick Co, a son of the late Austin Bennett martin and the late Minnie Gunter Martin. In addition to his parents, he was preceeded in death by his first wife, Virginia Doyle Martin; a son, Joseph Douglas Martin, eight sisters and two brothers. Surviving are his wife of 35 years, Myrtle Thacker Martin of the home; two daughters, Shirley Altice of Rocky Mount, and Fredia Rorrer of Ridgeway; one son, Linwood Martin of Woolwine, a step daughter, Shirley Painter of Ridgeway; three stepsons, Gerald Hopkins and Ronnie Hopkins both of Ridgeway, Glen Hopkins of Stoneville, NC; 14 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren. The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. today at Community Funeral Services Chapel in Ridgeway, with the Rev. Jimmy D. Wood and Minister Tim Hunt officiating. Interment will follow in Mountain View Cemetery in Ridgeway.
Notes for Willie Robert "BOB" MARTIN :
Willie Robert "Bob" Martin, 68, of Stuart, died Saturday, November 13, 1999, at North Carolina Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem.A native of Stuart, he was born August 11, 1931, and was a son of the late Abe R. and Nellie Gunter Martin. He was a 1949 graduate of Stuart High School and was a graduate of Danville Community College. He was a veteran and served in the Korean War. Martin was a past member of Stuart Rotary Club, was a life member of the Patrick County Jaycees, and was a member of Great Oaks Country Club in Floyd and Stuart Baptist Church. He was the retired owner and publisher of The Bull Mountain Bugle newspaper. Surviving are his wife, Martha "Mott" Martin of the home; three children, Brenda Martin, Edd Martin and Pat Lyon, all of Stuart; and one granddaughter, Ashley Marie Lyon. Funeral services were held Tuesday at Howell Funeral Home chapel. The Revs. Jim Brackett and David Hunsicker officiated. Burial, with military rites by the Patrick County Veterans' Memorial Honor Guard, was in Patrick Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers were Eddie Turner, Kelly Witt, Bob Helms, Jack Hundley, Nelson Hunt, Fulton Clark and Bill Gunter. Memorial contributions may be made to the Patrick County Fire and Rescue Association, P.O. Box 466, Stuart, Va. 24171, or to the charity of the donor's choice.
Notes for Charlotte L. Mason Gunter:
Charlotte Louise Gunter, 80, of 802 S. Kanawha St., Beckley, died Friday, Sept. 27, 2002, at Charleston Area Medical Center, General Division, following a long illness. Born May 13, 1922, in Beckley, she was the daughter of the late Wyatt Omar and Myrtle Blanche Matheny Mason. Mrs. Gunter was a homemaker and a 72-year member of First Baptist Church, Beckley, where she had served as deaconess, choir member and Sunday school teacher. She was a member of the Beckley Woman's Club and DAR. She was preceded in death by two brothers, John R. and William O. Mason; three sisters, Ila Mae Sorrells, Elizabeth Clay and Frances Goins; and two infant sisters, Betty Jo and Sue Nell. Survivors include her husband of 61 years, Nolan Dane Gunter; two sons, Nolan Dane Gunter Jr. and wife, Charlotte Ann, of Lost Creek and David Jonathan Gunter and wife, Jean Marie, of Annapolis, Md.; a daughter, Sarah Elizabeth Blevins and husband, the Rev. Gregory Dale Blevins, of Clarksburg; a sister, Sybil Beasley of Durham, N.C.; and four grandchildren, John Gregory Blevins, Susan Michelle Blevins, Jonathan David Gunter and Christian Lynn Gunter. Private committal service and entombment will be today at Sunset Memorial Park Mausoleum, Beckley, with the Rev. Gregory D. Blevins officiating.There will be no visitation. Arrangements by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, Beckley.
Notes for Letha Etta Meadows Lilly Gunter:
MEADOW BRIDGE, Aug. 31 - Mrs. Letha Etta Lilly Gunter, 79, died around midnight last night at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Otie McDaniels at Meadow Bridge following a two week illness. She was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Delaware Meadows, and was born Feb. 3, 1874 at Shady Spring. She was a member of the Primitive Baptist Church at Meadow Bridge. Surviving are three sons, W.J. Lilly of Elton; Edgar of Meadow Bridge, and D.V. Lilly of Smoot; also six daughters, Mrs. May Utter of Uhrichsville, Ohio, Mrs. otie McDaniel , Mrs. Aretha Wickline, both of Meadow Bridge; Mrs. F.C. Cadle of Sandstone; Mrs. Myrtle Lively of Danese, and Mrs. Rosie Burdette of Meadow Bridge. Also surviving is a brother, Albert Meadows of Elton; three half brothers, lacy Meadows of Shady Spring; Ray Meadows of Beckley; and Opeo Meadows of Cincinnati; a sister, Mrs. Jane Hall of Hinton; and two half sisters, Mrs. Martha Lilly of Cherry Creek, and Mrs. Betsy Duncan of Beckley. Other survivors are 46 grandchildren, 49 great grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren. Funeral services for Mrs. Gunter will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. at the Little Meadow Church at Meadow Bridge, with four ministers officiating. They are Elders Jesse I. Bowling of Beckley, Robert L. Boothe, of Frankford, Eli Lilly of Beckley, and Emery Cadle of Craigsville. Burial will be in the Lilly Cemetery at Meadow Bridge under the direction of Nickell Funeral Home. The body will be removed to the McDaniel home today at five o'clock.
Notes for Julia May Merritt Gordon:
GORDON PINNACLE - Mrs. Julia Mae Merritt Gordon, 77, widow of Edgar Lloyd Gordon of 1584 Pinnacle Hotel Road passed away Thursday, May 17, 2001, at Oak Summit Nursing Center in Winston-Salem. She was born May 4, 1924, in Stokes County to Peter Jenkins and Alma Zephia Sisk Merritt. Mrs. Gordon was retired from the U.S. Postal Service and of the Primitive Baptist faith. She was a loving mother, faithful friend, avid gardener and enjoyed other outside activities. She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Patsy and Gerald Turner of Pinnacle; a son and daughter-in-law, Eddie and Vicki Gordon of Pinnacle; four granddaughters, Tammy Johnson and husband, Kevin of King, Christie Holyfield and husband Marty of Dobson, Marcie Yount and husband Rodney of Pilot Mountain and Kelly Sheppard of Wilmington; three stepgrandchildren, Chad, Stephanie and Austin Turner; a great-grandchild, Lauren McKenzie Johnson; two stepgreat-grandchildren, Hannah and Nathan Holyfield; two brothers and sisters-in-law, James Earl and Carole Merritt of Jamestown and Clinard and Erlene Merritt of Pinnacle; and several nieces and nephews. Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 19, 2001, at Volunteer Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery conducted by Elder Weldon Joyce and the Rev. Amy Coles. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 3420 Shamrock Lane, Charlotte, NC 28215. The family will receive friends at Cox-Needham Funeral Home Friday, May 18, 2001, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The Gordon family is being served by Cox-Needham Funeral Home, Pilot Mountain.
Notes for Amy A. Miller:
Miss Amy A. Miller, 19, of 712 Cameron St., Burlington, died at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 19, 1993 at UNC Hospital after a brief illness. A native of Forsyth County, she was the daughter of Mr. Ronald Allen Miller and Mrs. Rosemarie Richmond Miller, who survive. Survivors other than her parents include a sister, Mrs. jacelyn Arnete miller of the home; three brothers, Mr. Jonathan Patrick Miller, Mr. Joshua Allen Miller and Mr. Ashley Phillip Miller, all of the home; and grandparents, Mrs. Alma Kessler of Mebane, and Mr. Herbert Miller and Mrs. kathleen Berry Miller of Meadow Creek. The funeral was held at 11 a.m. Wed. At Lowe Funeral Home Chapel by the Rev. Asbel Montes, associate pastor of the United Penticostal Church. Burial followed in the Pine Hill Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Spina Bifida Association of N.C. 207 W. Main St., Mayodan, N.C. 27027.
Notes for Daniel D. Miller:
Daniel Dee Miller, 19, of Sandstone, died Wed. jan 10, 1996 in a Hinton hospital following a long illness. Born Oct. 17, 1976, in hampton, Va., he was the son of herbert F. Miller Jr. and Denna Kessler Miller of Sandstone. Mr. Miller was of the Baptist faith. Other survivors include a brother, Ste Franklin Miller at home; paternal grandparents, Herbert F. Miller, Sr. and kathleen Miller of Meadow Creek and maternal grandmother, Margaret M. Kessler of Athens. Services were held at 1 p.m. Sat. Jan 13 at Lick Creek Baptist Church at Green Sulphur Springs with the Rev. Jack Minear officiating. Burial followed in the Richmond Cemeery at Sandstone.
Notes for Lora Fay Miller Gunther:
Lora Fay Miller Gunther, 89, of Beckley, died Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2002. Graveside service will be 11 a.m. today at Sunset Memorial Park, Beckley. There will be no visitation. Arrangements by Melton Mortuary, Beckley.
Notes for Virginia Mills Hart:
LAWSONVILLE - Mrs. Virginia M. Hart of 3217 Hart Road died Monday, June 2, 2003, at her home. She was born in Patrick County, Va., to John Fountain "Bud" and Emma Jane Flippin Mills. She graduated from Radford College with a B.S. degree in education and taught school for 38 years in Stokes, Forsyth and Patrick counties. She was a member of Francisco Presbyterian Church, elder, choir member, member of the Presbyterian Women, the Lawsonville Extension Homemakers and a past Worthy Matron of the Order of Eastern Star No. 24. She is survived by two children, daughter, Jane and husband Jimmy Akers of Stuart, Va., and son, Bill and wife Diane Hart of Lawsonville; two grandchildren, Curtis Akers of San Diego and Merrill Hopkins (John); and two great-grandsons, Aubrey Graham and Evan Wesley Hopkins of Woolwine, Va.; a sister, Mrs. Aubrey (Gladys) Owens of Mount Airy; and a brother, Graham Mills and wife Paddy of Murreysville, Pa. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Aubrey Hart; three sisters, Ruth Joyce Simmons of Stuart, Va., Annie Laura McMillion of Dobson and Gertrude Needham of Pilot Mountain; and a brother, Arthur Mills of Springfield, Ohio. The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 5, 2003, at Francisco Presbyterian Church, with the Rev. Ricky Rogers officiating. Interment will follow at Francisco Presbyterian Church Cemetery. Mrs. Hart is at Cox-Needham Funeral Home and will be taken to the church at 5:30 this evening and will remain at the church until the hour of the service. The family will receive friends from 6:30 to 8:30 this evening, June 4, 2003, at Francisco Presbyterian Church. Memorials may be made to Francisco Presbyterian Church, c/o Betty Wright, 1040 Wright Farm Road, Westfield, NC 27053. Cox-Needham Funeral Home in Pilot Mountain is assisting the Hart family. Published in the Winston-Salem Journal on 6/4/2003.
Notes for Viola Minnick Houck Wright:
PELKIN, N.C. — Viola K. Houck Wright, 82, of Elkins, formerly of Mullens, died Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2009, at Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital following a long illness. Born April 20, 1927, in Abingdon, Va., she was the daughter of the late Dave and Alma Minnick. Viola was a 1945 graduate of Mullens High School. She served as budget director for the Wyoming County Courthouse for several years and retired from McAdams Paint Company in Durham, N.C. She was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who loved to cook, sew and travel with her beloved husband. She lived her life by a “Purpose Driven Life,” a gift from her sister, Nancy. She was led to the Lord by her sister, Pat. Viola was of the Baptist faith. She was preceded in death by her late husband, Bill Houck; also by a stepson, Kevin Wright. Survivors include her beloved husband, Billy Wright; one son, Kilroy Houck and wife, Karen, of Mullens; three stepsons, Ronnie Wright of Madams Creek, Billy Ray Wright of Charleston and Randy Wright of Pineville; one daughter, Susie Sandoval and husband, Don, of Columbus, Ohio; four stepdaughters, Carolyn Foster and husband, Danny, of Jumping Branch, Debbie Woods and husband, Darrell, of Bluefield, W.Va., Marsha Wright of Siloam, N.C., and Sherry Ward and husband, Oliver, of Hix; two sisters, Pat Selvey and husband, N.T., of Pulaski, Va., and Nancy Musser and husband, Ernest, of Mullens; four grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; 11 step-grandchildren and seven step great-grandchildren also survive. Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 22, 2009, at Pivont Funeral Home Chapel in Hinton with Pastor Herbie Cook officiating. Burial will follow in Lilly-Crews Cemetery at Nimitz.Friends may call noon until time of the service Saturday at the funeral home. Pallbearers will be Kody McKrackin, Ronnie and Randy Wright, Darrell Woods, Billy Ray Wright, Oliver Ward, Danny Foster and Brock Wright. Online condolences and guest register at www. pivontfuneralhome.com. Arrangements by Pivont Funeral Home, Hinton.
Notes for Clifford Morgan:
BRENTON - Clifford Morgan, 79, died Wednesday, April 23, 2003, in a Beckley care facility following a long illness. Born March 3, 1924, at Fanrock, he was the son of the late Powell and Ida Mitchem Morgan. Mr. Morgan served in the U.S. Army during World War II, receiving his honorable discharge in February 1946. He retired from Ashland Oil and Refining Co. after 40 years of service and enjoyed hunting, fishing, and camping. Clifford was well respected in his community and was a friend to many. His love for family encompassed his many friends and neighbors. Clifford was a good Christian man who spent his life helping others. May God hold him in his loving embrace. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Troy England and Kelsie England; a sister, Opal Thomas; and a sister-in-law, Lucille Gunter Stewart. Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Mary Gunter Morgan; two brothers, Ralph Morgan of Johnson City, Tenn., and Junior Morgan and his wife, Irene, of Brenton; five brothers-in-law, Jim Gunter and his wife, Charlene, of Pineville, Harry Gunter and his wife, Renva, of Abingdon, Va., Tom Gunter and his wife, Nancy, of Oceana, Sidney Gunter and his wife, Becky, of Clemmons, N.C., and Dennis Stewart of Pineville; two sisters-in-law, Shirley True and her husband, Richard, of Huntington Beach, Calif., and Kitty Childress and her husband, Joe, of Daniels; special nieces and nephews who loved him dearly; and a goddaughter, Kaitlin Berkhead of Fanrock. Service will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Calfee Funeral Service Chapel, Pineville, with the Rev. Scotty Cline officiating. Burial will follow in Palm Memorial Gardens, Matheny. Military rites will be conducted by the Wyoming County Honor Guard. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers. Friends may call 6 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Briar Creek Tabernacle, P.O. Box 37, Fanrock, WV 24834, or to a charity of the donor's choice. Arrangements by Calfee Funeral Service, Pineville.
Notes for Billy E. ‘Bill’ Moye:
Billy E. “Bill” Moye, age 76, of Daniels, departed his earthly life peacefully and in dignity to be with his Lord, Jesus Christ, Aug. 4, 2008, at Bowers Hospice House, Beckley. Born Oct. 19, 1931, at Blue Jay, W.Va., he was the son of the late Sadie M. Hall Moye and Henry Edward Moye. Bill was preceded in death by his loving aunt and uncle, Rhoda and Will Miller, with whom he, his brother and mother lived throughout his childhood. He was also preceded in death by his father-in-law, Homer Gunter, and two half brothers, Robert Gene Moye and Thomas Omar Moye. Bill is survived by his loving wife of more than 50 years, Sarah Elizabeth Gunter Moye, whom he married on June 1, 1958; two sons, Greg Moye of Daniels and Phil Moye and wife, Robin, of South Charleston; and two grandchildren, Amanda and Ryan Moye also of South Charleston. He is also survived by one brother, Henry Edward Moye Jr. of Oregon, Ohio, and two half brothers, Jimmie and wife, Darlene, of Shady Spring, and Edward Lee and wife, Carolyn, of Grove City, Ohio. He attended the one-room Trail Elementary School and was a 1951 graduate of Shady Spring High School, where he was a member of the marching band. He also attended Beckley College and West Virginia University Tech at Montgomery, where he received his Building Trades Teaching Certification. Bill was an active member of Daniels Missionary Baptist Church, where he served on the Board of Trustees and was an usher/greeter. Bill was an ordained deacon in 1972 but was not currently serving in that capacity. In his late teens during the summer he worked as a construction helper at the initial construction of the Raleigh County Memorial Airport grounds. He was an employee of the Archie Ellenbogen Construction Company of Beaver, where he was an apprentice carpenter. He was a corporal in the Army during the Korean Conflict, where he served as a construction engineer and was trained in the masonry and carpenter trades. He was a residential building contractor for more than 40 years, and also served as a building trades instructor for the Raleigh County Board of Education at Liberty High School and at the Academy of Careers and Technology. In his spare time he enjoyed attending his grandchildren’s ball games, spending time on the back deck with family and friends, traveling and walking. Services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2008, at Daniels Missionary Baptist Church, Daniels, with the Rev. Jack Thomas officiating. Burial will follow in Calfee Cemetery, Mt. Tabor Road. Friends may call 6 to 8 p.m. today, Tuesday, at the church. Pallbearers will be Greg Moye, Phil Moye, Dean Massey, Roger Mills, Jay Pate, and Tim Richmond. Honorary pallbearers will be Trustees of the Daniels Missionary Baptist Church, Butch Cook, Tom Fields, Tony Jessup, Wiley Lilly, Fred Moye, Angelo Prunesti, and Billy Richmond. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Bowers Hospice House, 454 Cranberry Drive, Beckley, WV 25801. Online condolences may be sent to our guest book at www.roseandquesenberry.net.Arrangements by Rose and Quesenberry, Shady Spring.
Notes for Grace I. Neal Gunther:
Mrs. Grace I. Gunther, 89, of Beckley went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, june 24, 2000, at Raleigh General Hospital after a long illness. Born Dec. 18, 1910, in Bickmore, she was the daughter of the late John and Cordelia Brown Neal. Mrs. Gunther was a homemaker, a Christian, and a member of the Calvary Assembly of God Church in Beckley. She had been a resident of Beckley for the past 66 years. She was the mother of eight children. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ira W. Gunther; a daughter, Frances L. Rejonis; three sisters and one brother. Survivors include three sons, Michael Gunther of Beckley, with whom Mrs. Gunther resided, ira D. Gunther and wife, Margaret, of Charleston, and Jack Gunther of Dunkirk, Md.; four daughters, Elizabeth Ann Anderson, iris Sweeney, Peggy Zaccheo and her husband Michael, all of Beckley, and Jean Tippner and her husband Frederick, of Charleston; 18 grandchildren, 12 step-grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Services will be from the Calfee Funeral Home Chapel in Beckley with Pastor John K. Jordan officiating. Burial will follow in the Mount Tabor Cemetery. Friends may call 6 to 9 pm today at the funeral home. Pallbearers will be grandsons Jack Zaccheo, Tim Bellivetta, Tim Gunther, Mike Anderson, Steve Tippner, Matthew Gunther, J.D. Gunther, Aaron Gunther and Mike Tippner. Arrangements by Calfee Funeral Home, Beckley.
Notes for Thelma Newman Gunter:
MADISON— Mrs. Thelma Newman Gunter, 77, of 208 Creek Loop Rd., died Monday, March 17, 2003, at Annie Penn Memorial Hospital in Reidsville. A funeral service will be conducted 2 p.m. Thursday, March 20, 2003, at the Ray Funeral Home chapel in Madison with the Rev. Boyd Joyce officiating. Interment will follow in the Mt. Hermon United Methodist Church Cemetery in Madison. Mrs. Gunter was born Jan. 10, 1926, in Patrick County, Va., to the late Pete Taylor Newman and the late Minnie Tamson Sheppard Newman. She was retired from Gem Dandy and was a member of Mt. Hermon United Methodist Church. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sisters, Sibbie Watkins, Ola Watkins, Annie Martin and Jean Newman; and brother, Matthew Newman. She is survived by her husband, Elzie Foy Gunter, of the home; son, Roger Gunter of Madison; sisters, Bannie Watson of Mayodan, Zelva Joyce of Stoneville and Rachel Beasley of Madison; brothers, Bennett Newman and wife, Mary and Henry Newman and wife, Marie of Madison; one grandchild, Garrett Gunter; and two step-grandchildren, Davis Burroughs and Mara Burroughs. The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, March 19, 2003, at Ray Funeral Home in Madison and all other times at the home of Rachel Beasley, 110 Cardinal Rd., Madison. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Kidney Fund, 6110 Executive Blvd., Ste 1010, Rockville, Md. 20852. Greensboro News Record 03-19-2003.