It is with great sadness that we note the passing of our dear mother, Dora Jo Chambers Byrnside. She died peacefully at her residence in Maryville, Tenn., on Sunday, Jan. 3, 2010.
Mother, 90 years young, was born in Danville, on Dec. 19, 1919, and was the daughter of the late Albert B. and Ella Hopkins Chambers. Her
sibling, Julia C. Ball, also
predeceased her. Other family predeceasing her include her
husband, Fred L.; son, Robert A.; and son-in-law, John B. Thompson.
Mother graduated from Scott High School and Marshall College with the class of ’41. She began her career as a home economist, employed by Appalachian Power Company, in Logan. A military veteran, she enlisted in the U.S Army (WAC) during World War II and proudly served four years in the South Pacific arena. Following the war, Mother and our father, a career naval officer, were married in 1946. They traveled extensively, living in many states and abroad, due to Daddy’s military transfers. After his retirement from the Navy, they settled “back home” in Danville, W.Va., in 1955, where
Mother enjoyed life at home raising her four children. The majority of Mother’s teaching career, which began after all
children were in school, was spent as librarian at Scott High School, where she nurtured, counseled, and endeared herself to many, many students throughout the years. Her dedication to her chosen profession and the betterment of all led to the fulfillment of her lifelong dream of making a difference and enriching the lives of others. Many will remember Mother for her quick wit and never ending desire to help everyone. Following her retirement from teaching in 1986, she lived in Belleair Bluffs, Fla., and then Maryville, Tenn.
She was a member of Madison United Methodist Church, the Boone County Retired Teachers Association, and Madison Chapter 121 of the Order of the Eastern Star. She was also a lifelong member of the Madison VFW.
Mother is survived by us, her children, Fred, and wife, Emma, of Danville, W.Va., Ellajo Thompson of Knoxville, Tenn., and Lois Byrnside of Dunedin, Fla. Her grandchildren and
great-grandchildren include Russell Byrnside, wife, Lara, and daughter, Madeline, of Georgia, Neil Byrnside, wife, Brandy, and children, Blair, Lauren and Lincoln, of West Virginia, Joelle Mitchell, husband, Harvey, and children, Quinn and Amelia, of Kentucky, Byron Walker, wife, Shannon, and son, Julian of Texas, Juliane Burdette, husband, Jeremy, and daughters, Olivia and Emma, of Alabama, Dr. Valerie Byrnside and fiancé, Mike, of Colorado and Andrea Hill, husband, Keith, and son, Cameron, of Virginia.
Mother’s life was an example to others of her love of God, family, friends, church, and country. We will always love her, cherish our memories of her, and forever hold dear the words she lived by “…for the greatest of these is Love.”
There will be a memorial graveside service accompanied by a VFW military service Saturday, April 3 at 11 a.m. at Boone Memorial Cemetery.
Click Funeral Home’s Farragut Chapel, 11915 Kingston Pike, Farragut, Tenn., is serving the Byrnside family.
Junior Adkins, 86, of Racine died Jan. 3, 2010, in CAMC Memorial Hospital, Charleston, after a short illness.
He retired from Libbey-Owens-Ford Glass Plant, Charleston, and was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He was a former member of the Chelyan Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star and the Scottish Rite Bodies of Freemasonry.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Pearl Katherine Canterbury Adkins, on May 29, 2003; great-grandson, Dakota Stapleton; parents, Berry and Bessie Eplin Adkins; two brothers and three sisters.
Surviving are a daughter, Brenda O'Meara and her fiancé, Junior Bragg, of Hinton; sons, Charles J. Adkins and his wife, Rosemary, of Racine and David R. Adkins and his wife, Davina, of Racine; grandchildren, Robert L. O'Meara II, Amy Jo Stapleton, Lou Ann Jarrell, Jonathan Ray Adkins, Brittney Michelle Adkins, Christopher Lee Adkins, Roan Adkins, and Kaylee Stapleton; great-grandchildren, Gracie and Taylor O'Meara, Hannah Rose Stapleton, Brycen Jarrell and Jaydan Adkins; and great-niece, Betty Bostic.
Funeral services were held on Jan. 6 at Leonard Johnson Funeral Home, Marmet, with Pastor Bart Elkins officiating. Burial followed at Memory Gardens, Madison.
Lesa H. Smith
Lesa H. Smith, 41 of Blair died Dec. 27, 2009. Memorial service was held on Jan. 10 at James Funeral Home, Logan. The body was donated to Marshall University. Private burial will be at a later date.
Chester Lee White
Chester Lee White, 86, of Seth passed away on Sunday, Jan. 3, 2010, in Glasgow.
Born on Jan. 12, 1923, in Dorothy, he was a son of the late James H. and Anna L. Perdue White.
Mr. White was a U.S. Navy veteran. He was a painter and he enjoyed bowling. He was also a boxer in the Golden Gloves.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Phyllis Anderson; and three brothers, James Lloyd White; David White and Kenneth White.
Survivors include three sisters, Charlotte Miller of Seth, Betty Belcher of New Haven, and Mary Wiley of Peytona; and lots of nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held on Jan. 6 at Armstrong Funeral Home, Whitesville, with Brother Forrest Ramsey officiating. He also provided the singing. Burial followed at Pineview Cemetery, Orgas.
Armstrong Funeral Home, Whitesville, is in charge of arrangements.
Jackie Wayne Bias
Jackie Wayne Bias, 44, of Prenter died Jan. 5, 2010, at home.
He was an auto technician with Capitol City Auction, South Charleston.
Surviving are his wife of 23 years, Ruth Ann Zornes Bias of Prenter; children, Vanessa, Andrea and Joshua Bias, all of Prenter; grandchildren, Ethan and Jonathan; parents, Jackie L. and Marion Storiale Bias of Prenter; sister, Carol Green of Virginia; and nieces and nephews, Cammi Hoppe, Donnie Scarbro, Dustin, Tara and Logan Bassham, and Chalsea Green.
The family would like to express special thanks to HospiceCare and Dr. Nagarajah and staff, who never gave up on Jackie.
Funeral services were held on Jan. 9 at New Life Church of God, Seth, with the Rev. Vickie Buzminiski and the Rev. Michael Buzminiski officiating.
Leonard Johnson Funeral Home, Marmet, is in charge of arrangements.
Reba Ann Nelson
Reba Ann Nelson, 95, of Lake City, Fla., formerly of Boone County, went home to be with her Lord on Saturday, Jan. 2, 2010, after a short illness.
She was a housewife and a homemaker for her husband of 63 years, the late Harold Nelson, and was an active member of Bethany Baptist Church, St. Albans, before moving to Florida.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, J.O. and Mabel Vickers; brothers, Vic, Lloyd and Orville; sisters, Dorothy Totten, Naoma Hoylman, June Muir, Lillian Clendenin and Nancy Crosset; and one granddaughter, Sherri Nelson.
She is survived by her children, Flo (Ron) Smith of Avon Park, Fla., Connie (Sam) Hamel of Florida, Ronnie (Kay) Nelson of St. Albans, Judy Mullens, with whom Reba resided in Lake City, Fla., Reggie of Kentucky and Karen (Bill) Pardue of Spencer Port, N.Y.; 15 grandchildren, 41 great-grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held on Jan. 7 at Leonard Johnson Funeral Home, Marmet, with Pastor Timothy Campbell and Pastor Butch Leadman officiating. Burial followed at Mechanics Cemetery, Bloomingrose.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations be made to Bethany Baptist Church, 2504 Grant Ave., St. Albans, WV 25177-2055.
Kista Mae Ammar
Kista Mae Ammar, 82, of Charleston passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2010, at CAMC Memorial Hospital.
Kista was born on Feb. 16, 1927, and was a daughter of the late Elsie and Charles Sheppard.
She attended Sherman High School. Kista retired as an assistant manager for Valley Bell Dairy, Charleston. She was a member of St. George Orthodox Cathedral, Charleston, where she was a member of the Ladies Guild.
In addition to her parents, Kista was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, Phillip Ammar.
She is survived by her
sister-in-law, Lorena Ammar of Kanawha City; brother, Franklin Sheppard of Peytona; and several nieces and nephews.
Special thanks go to caregivers, Denise Snow, Darlene Nida, Tammy Cogar, Angela Pritt and Donna Whiting.
Funeral services were held on Jan. 9 at St. George Orthodox Cathedral, Charleston, with the Rev. Father Stephen J. De Young officiating. Burial followed at Sunset Memorial Park, South Charleston.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. George Orthodox Cathedral, P.O. Box 2044, Charleston, WV 25301.
Barlow-Bonsall Funeral Home, Charleston, has been entrusted with the arrangements.
Carl Richard Bradshaw
Carl Richard Bradshaw, 57, of Greenview, Boone County, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, Jan. 4, 2010, at the University of Virginia Medical Center, Charlottesville, Va.
Carl, also know by “Richard” to many family and friends, was borne on March 5, 1952, in Madison, and was the son of Mary "Nancy" Bradshaw of Racine and the late Harry C. Bradshaw. In addition to his father, Carl was preceded in death by one son, Jonathan Bradshaw.
Carl attended the Church of Jesus Christ in Chapmanville, was a 1971 graduate of Sherman High School, a retired coal miner, and a member of the UMWA, and also loved racing, hunting, and fishing.
He was a very kind and special person who touched those who truly knew him. He was loved by all and will be missed by many.
In addition to his mother, left to cherish his precious memory are his loving wife, Regina of Greenview; sons, Dannye Carl Bradshaw of Conover, N.C., and Stephen Taylor Bradshaw of Greenview; daughter-in-law, Jackie Reeves of Conover, N.C.; sisters, Mary Ann Glover and
husband, Larry, of Racine, Shirley Wyatt of Axton, Va., and Judy Bradley of Virginia; grandchildren, Katelin Bradshaw and Blake Bradshaw; and stepson, Alan Fair of Conover, N.C.
Funeral services were held on Jan. 10 at Stevens Funeral Home, Madison, with Pastor John Stafford officiating. Burial followed at Family Memorial Gardens, near Madison.
Mark Kenneth Clegg
Mark Kenneth Clegg, 7, of Danville passed away Jan. 5, 2010, at CAMC Women and Children’s Hospital, Charleston.
He is survived by his parents, Jonathan and Jamie Clegg; one brother, Nathaniel; and two sisters, Cecily and Grace, all at home; and grandparents, Frank and Mary Briggs of Montana and Warren and Sandra Whipple of West Virginia.
Funeral services were held on Jan. 9 at Handley Funeral Home, Danville, with the Rev. Terry Walker and the Rev. Steve Yancee officiating.
Rebecca Ellen Miller
Rebecca Ellen Miller of Conway, S.C., formerly of Madison, passed away Jan 5, 20l0, at Conway Medical Center after an apparent heart attack.
She was a church daycare assistant and a charter member of Langston Baptist Church.
She is survived by her parents, Mallie and June Miller of Danville.
Graveside service was held on Jan. 9 at Boone Memorial Park, Madison, with the Rev. Melvin Messer officiating.
Rosa (Rosie) Green
Rosa (Rosie) Green, 76, of New Smyrna Beach, Fla., formerly of Bob White, passed away Sunday, Dec. 27 at Hospice Care Center in Edgewater, Fla.
Born Dec. 12, 1933 she was the daughter of the late Millard (Peg) and Stella Hager Ball of Bob White.
She was also receded in death by former husband Ellis Green Brother Leon Ball of Deltona, Fla. and sister Anna Gaye Stacy of Michigan.
She is survived by her devoted children-Edwin(Eddie) and Mary Ann Williams Green of Charleston, S.C., daughter Sandy Green Coon, grandson Travis Coon and her beloved dog Mini, all of New Smyrna Beach, with whom she resided until going to Hospice Care. Brother Leroy and Sue Ball of Tennessee and sister Juanita Knowles of Michigan.
Dudley Crematory of New Smyrna Beach, Fla., was in charge of arrangements.
Alma Elizabeth Jarrell
Alma Elizabeth Jarrell, 92, of Van died Jan. 9, 2010, at Hubbard Hospice House, Charleston. Funeral services were held on Jan. 13 at Handley Funeral Home, Danville. Burial followed at Memory Gardens, Madison.