John J. Merricks
J. Merricks, 82, of Hurley, died Wednesday, February 8, 2006
at his home following an extended illness.
Born in Williamson, WV, he was the son of the late John J.
Merricks, Sr. and Yantus Payne. He was a veteran of World War
II, a 50-plus year member of the Odd Fellows, a member of the
UMWA and a Kentucky Colonel. He was also a member of Vansant
Church of Christ.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by
three brothers, Dow Merricks, Doyle Payne and Harold "Turk"
He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Mary Magdalene "Mag"
Merricks; one son, John Merricks III and wife, Cynthia, of
Hurley; three daughters, Mrs. Harry (Phyllis) Scott of
Vansant, Mrs. Rickey (Mary Elizabeth) Stiltner of Hurley and
Ruth Ann (Squirrel) Selfe of Roanoke; two sisters, Billie
Justus of Bristol, VA and Betty Fugle of Rochester, MI; one
brother, Jack Payne of Bristol, VA; two granddaughters, two
step-grandsons, one great-grandson.
Services were held Friday, February 10 at Vansant Church of
Christ with Evgs. Bill Neely and Mike Rife officiating. Burial
followed in Mountain Valley Memorial Park, Big Rock. Grundy
IOOF Lodge #17 conducted rights Thursday at the church.
Military graveside rites were conducted by John Ratliff Post
No. 164 of the American Legion.
Active pallbearers were family and friends.
Honorary pallbearers were Dr. Clinton Sutherland, Ricky
Adkins, Bob Adkins, Tommy Adkins, Jerry Lester, Lloyd Lester,
James Blankenship, Jim Lockhart, Bob Lester, Lonnie Brown,
Harold Gillespie and elders and deacons of Vansant Church of
Virginia Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Robert Frank Goff
"Frank" Goff, 53, of Council, died Tuesday, February 7, 2006
at Bristol Regional Medical Center, following an automobile
Born in Richlands, he was a son of Ermma Joyce Pack Goff of
Doran and the late Landrum Franklin Goff. A lifelong resident
of the Southwest Virginia area, he was a 1971 graduate of
Richlands High School and attended Southwest Virginia
Community College where he earned an associates degree in
applied science in mining. He held several certifications in
various electrical capacities. He was an employee of
Dominion/Jewell Smokeless Coal Corporation since 1976, serving
his last four years as a supervisor in the electrical
department. He was of the Baptist faith and attended Corinth
Baptist Church at Council.
In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife,
Evelyn Compton Goff; two daughters, Jennifer Suzanne Goff and
Sara Elizabeth Goff, both of Richlands; one son, Jesse
Franklin Goff and wife, Carrie, of Richlands; four sisters,
Patsy Shortt and husband, Wendell, of Shortt Gap, Kathy Hagy
and husband, Roy, of Paintlick, Pam Reedy and husband, Keith,
of Pounding Mill, and Peggy Goff of Doran; one brother, James
Goff and wife, Patty, of Richlands; several nieces and
Services were held Sunday in Honaker with the Rev. Jim
Huffman officiating. Interment followed in Greenhills Memory
Gardens, Claypool Hill.
Pallbearers were Cody Jennings, Roy Hagy, Michael Hagy,
Wendell Shortt, Wendell Shortt, Jr., Keith Reedy, Adam Reedy,
Loman Sullivan, Michael Thompson and Jim Oscar Goff.
Honorary pallbearers were Lacy Robinette, James Stacy, J.P.
Richardson, Wayne Pruitt, Gary Prater, Larry Lowe, Casey
Sayers, Larry Spark-man, Steve Lyons, Dennis Goodman and
"Joe" Keene, 52, of Grundy, died Tuesday, February 7, 2006
following an automobile accident.
Born in Buchanan County, he was the son of the late Ed Keene
and Nancy Thornsbury Keene. He attended Penn State University
and Southwest Virginia Community College, where he received a
National Electronics Certification. He was an employee of
Jewell Smokeless Coal Corp. and a member of Maple Grove Church
of Christ where he served as a deacon. He was a member of
Willowbrook Country Club, Dismal River Hunting Club and was a
member of the Masonic Lodge #17 AF & AM.
He was the Board of Supervisors member for the North Grundy
District and served on various other boards. He was presently
a member of the board of directors of the Virginia Coalfields
Economic Development Authority, the Buchanan County Disability
Service Board, People Incorporated Board of Directors and was
also serving on the board of trustees of the University of
Appalachia. He was a member of the Slate Creek Fire Department
and was an avid supporter of the Buchanan County Technology
and Career Program and was chairman of the General Advisory
committee. He was a former member and chairman of the Buchanan
County School Board and former vice-chairman of the Buchanan
County Democratic Electoral Board.
He was one of the founders and chairman of the Buchanan
County Public School Educational Foundation.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one
brother, Hufford Keene.
He is survived by his wife, Veronica Jean Stacy Keene; one
daughter, Amanda Paige Keene of Grundy; one son, Dr. Anthony
Paul Keene of Dayton, OH; mother-in-law, Nora Stacy, of
Grundy; three sisters, Audrey Matney of Grundy, Kansas Cole of
Pilgrim Knob and Alice Justus of Jolo, WV, three brothers,
Jack Keene, Earl Keene and Willie Keene, all of Grundy; four
sisters-in-law, Rita Matney of Grundy, Linda Chancy and Mona
Anderson, both of Abingdon and Kimberly Ratliff of Rosedale;
several nieces and nephews.
Services were held Saturday, February 11 at Short-ridge-Ramey Funeral
Home, Grundy, with Evgs. Burb Riffe, Michael Trent, Hobert
Kennedy and the Rev. Jerry Wilson officiating. Entombment
followed in Greenhills Memory Gardens, Claypool Hill. Full
Masonic rites were conducted at the funeral home Thursday by
Grundy Masonic Lodge #17 AF & AM.
Active pallbearers were Sonnie Matney, Terry Matney, Steve
Hurley, Carl Street, James Stacy, Jimmy Stiltner, Keith
Kennedy, Darrell Cantrell, the Rev. Jerry Wilson and Robert
Honorary pallbearers were Billy Looney, Donnie Mullins,
Eugene Anderson, Dickey Chaney, Willie Keene, Donald Matney,
Rick Waddell, Gary Prater, James Keene, Tim Ratliff, Gerald
Kendrick, Carl Evans, Willard Wagner, Lonzo Ward, nephews and
the Buchanan County Board of Supervisors.
Expressions of sympathy may be made in the form of
contributions to Maple Grove Church of Christ, P.O. Box 70,
Jolo, WV 24880.
Shortridge-Ramey Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Elsie Viola Compton
Viola Smith Compton, 81, of Council, died Tuesday, February
14, 2006 at her home.
Born in Council, she was a daughter of the late Walter
Cleveland Smith and Armen-die Lester Smith. A lifelong
resident of Council, she was a member of Corinth Baptist
Church at Council for 64 years, where she served as Sunday
School Superintendent and song leader for 30 years.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one
brother, Clarence Robert Smith; two sisters, Hattie Mae Smith
and Carmie Alice Keen; and one brother-in-law, Ralph Compton.
She is survived by her husband of 61 years, Claude B.
Compton; one son, Roger and wife, Sharon Compton, of Council;
two daughters, Jeanie and husband Guy Fletcher of Honaker and
Rita and James Mcvey of Charleston, WV; one sister, Margie
Compton of Rosedale; one sister-in-law, Libby Boggs Smith;
five brothers-in-law, Jack Smith, Curtis Compton and wife,
Pauline, Walter Compton, Jr. and wife, Ada, Kenneth Compton
and wife, Virginia and James H. Keen; three granddaughters,
three grandsons, two great-grandsons, three
great-granddaughters, several nieces and nephews.
Services will be held today (Thursday), in Honaker with the
Rev. Jim Huffman officiating. Interment will follow in the
Frank Smith Cemetery on Big A Mountain.
Pallbearers will be Ben Vanover, Byron Cook, Alex Compton,
Darrian Compton, David Bostic, Dan Presley and Dax Bostic.
Honorary pallbearers will be Curtis Compton, Kenneth
Compton, Walter Compton, Jr., Carlos Blankenship, Herman
Compton, Herman Bostic and Melvin Mullins.
(Rt. 2, Vansant)
Julia Lester Viers
Lester Viers, 81, of the Warfork section of Rt. 2, Vansant,
died Monday, February 13, 2006 at Buchanan General Hospital,
Grundy, following an extended illness.
Born in Buchanan County, she was a daughter of the late
James Harrison and Betty Lee Lester. She was a life-long
resident of Buchanan County, was a member of Little Martha Old
Regular Baptist Church for 32 years and was a homemaker.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her
husband, William Carson Viers, April 18, 1983; one sister,
Alpha Stiltner; two brothers, Ferrell and Burlin Lester; and
one infant brother, Ira Lester.
She is survived by one daughter, Paulette and husband Paul
Sullivan of Vansant; one step-son, Bobby Earl Viers of
Virginia; four sisters, Liz Compton of Vermillion, OH, Okie
Owens of Cleo, MI, Joyce Sykes of Columbus, OH and Pam Mays of
Abingdon; one brother, Jeff Lester of Grundy; two
step-sisters, Shirley Stiltner of Wolford and Bertha Jean
Tinsley of Cocoa, FL; three step-brothers, Billy Owens of
Harman, Jerry Owens of Sandwich, IL and Doug Owens of
Rogersville, TN; two sisters-in-law, Melba Lester and Gertrude
Lester; five nieces and two nephews.
Services will be held Friday, February 17 at 12 noon at
Little Martha Old Regular Baptist Church at Leemaster with
Elders Carson Wright, Jerry Overstreet, Frank O’Quinn, Roger
Coleman, Mark Justice and Howard Daniels officiating. Burial
will follow in Mountain Valley Memorial Park, Big Rock.
Services are also scheduled at the church Wednesday and
Thursday evenings at 7 p.m.
Active pallbearers will be Dale Cox, Dalton Cox, Danny
Stiltner, Neil Harmon, Henry Stiltner, Sammy Stiltner, Raymond
Webb, Jeff Lester and Billy Owens.
Honorary pallbearers will be Brothers of Little Martha Old
Regular Baptist Church.
Grundy Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Patty Louise Rowe
Louise Beckner Rowe, 75, of Georgetown, DE, died Saturday,
February 4, 2006 at her home.
Born in Halifax, she was the daughter of the late Robert
Beckner and Rosa Dove Beckner. She attended Pilgrim Wesleyan
Church and was a homemaker.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by
her husband, Elmer Harrison Rowe; one brother, Sonny Beckner;
and one sister, Violet Nelubovich.
She is survived by one daughter, Faye Hardt of Wilmington,
DE; one son, Larry Douglas Rowe of Georgetown; one sister,
Yvonne Addair of Bradshaw, WV; and three grandchildren.
Services were held Sunday, February 12 at Garland
Pentecostal Church of God in Garland, WV with Sister Johnnie
Mae Stanley officiating. Burial followed in the Rowe
Active pallbearers were family and friends.
Shortridge-Ramey Funeral Home was in charge of