The Montgomery Herald, Montgomery, W.Va.

September 19, 2006

Obituaries — Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Ralph Eugene Armes

Ralph Eugene Armes, 79, of Nelsonville, Ohio, formerly of Russell, Ky., and Kanawha County, died suddenly Aug. 26, 2006.

Born Aug. 13, 1927, in Mammoth, he was the son of the late Riley and Louisa Armes.

Ralph was retired from the Chessie System Railroad.

Surviving: a sister, Pauline (Dale) Kelly of Witcher Creek; former wife, Lillian “Faye” Williams, mother of his eldest son, Charles “Pete” Arms and wife Pat of Hansford; and former wife, Pat Baisden, mother of son Gene Armes and wife Karen, all of Nelsonville, Ohio, and daughters, Candy Fisher and Beverly White; grandchildren, Amy (Danny) Berry of Hansford, Eric (Michelle) Arms of Pratt and Jeffrey Armes of Nelsonville; and great-grandchildren, Jacob, Jordan, Nicholas and Trace.

A small service was held Aug. 30 at the Kanawha Valley Memorial Garden Chapel, Glasgow, with burial immediately following. The Rev. James Mathias officiated.

Submitted by the family, which may be contacted by writing to: Amy Berry, PO Box 138, Hansford, WV 25103; or calling 304-421-0941.

John Anthony Billo

John Anthony Billo, 55, of Pratt, died Sept. 13, 2006, in Cleveland Clinic.

Born Oct. 2, 1950, in Charleston, he was the son of the late James Vincent and Frances Barbara Fisher Billo. He also was preceded in death by his sister, Lucy Banhart.

Mr. Billo was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Montgomery.

Surviving: his sister, Helen Rose “Sis” Berry of Portland, Tenn. Mass of Christian burial was Sept. 16 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Montgomery, with Father Paul Wharton as celebrant. Burial was in Montgomery Memorial Park.

Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

Mary Margaret Fairchild

Mary Margaret Fairchild, 84, of Summersville, died Sept. 15, 2006, in the Summersville Memorial Hospital.

Born Aug. 3, 1922, at Cabin Creek, she was the daughter of the late Oliver “Bunk” and Agnes Murphy. She also was preceded in death by a son, Jeffery Fairchild, and a brother, Charlie Bob Williams.

Mrs. Fairchild was a retired registered nurse of 40 years and a 1945 graduate of Saint Mary’s Hospital.

She was a former Nicholas-Webster Home Health Administrator and served as Nicholas County Schools Health Nurse for 17 years. She was a member of the Saint John’s Catholic Church in Summersville.

Surviving: her husband, E.C. Fairchild; sons, Steve Fairchild and wife, Pat, and Derek Fairchild, all of Summersville; daughters, Diana Lynne Feig and husband, Marc, of Clearwater, Fla., Danalea Blankenship and husband, Tom, and Robin Fairchild, all of Summersville; a brother, Ed Williams and wife, Deloris, of Summersville; grandsons, Lance Fairchild and wife, Melanie, Shane Fairchild and wife, Brianne, Eric Blankenship and wife, Spring, Mark Blankenship and Cody Fairchild; granddaughters, Melissa Goderre, Marilee Blankenship and Adrian Fairchild; great-grandchildren, Evan and Landen Fairchild, Jeffery Goderre, and one great-grandchild expected of Eric and Spring Blankenship.

The mass of Christian burial will be conducted 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 20, at the Saint John’s Catholic Church at Summersville with Father Jerome Rawa S.M. officiating. Burial will follow in the Walker Memorial Park, Summersville.

The family requests donations to the Summersville Memorial Hospital Building Fund, the American Cancer Society and the American Heart Association.

Arrangements by Waters Funeral Chapel, Summersville.

Carl Edward Grooms

Carl Edward Grooms, 57, of 503 Stanley St., Beckley, died Sept. 5, 2006, at Charleston Area Medical Center, General Hospital, following a short illness.

Born Nov. 3, 1948, at East Bank, he was the son of Mildred Grooms of Chesapeake and the late James Williams. He also was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara Grooms, on May 19, 2005; and a cousin, Dewayne Grooms.

Mr. Grooms was a music teacher (band director), having retired in June 2004.

He was a member and president of the Raleigh County Music Education.

He was a graduate of Cedar Grove High School and West Virginia Institute of Technology. He was a member of Cedar Grove’s Elizabeth Baptist Church.

Surviving, in addition to his mother: children, Carl E. Grooms Jr. of Beckley and Traci L. Jones of Beckley; a brother, Donald E. “Poochie” Grooms of London; a special aunt, Gertrude Dabbs of Cedar Grove; a special uncle, George Grooms of Chesapeake; a special aunt, Eva Mae Jackson of Newport News, Va.; special friend, Calvin Smith of Beckley; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Service was Sept. 9 at Ritchie and Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley, with the Rev. Phillip Copney and the Rev. Dick Kinney officiating. Burial followed in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Beckley.

Arrangements by Ritchie and Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.

Dorothy Ramey Hale

Dorothy “Dot” Ramey Hale, 80, of Hansford, died Sept. 10, 2006, at home.

Born March 31, 1926, in Breaks, Va., she was the daughter of the late Kirb and Acquilla Stiltner Ramey. She also was preceded in death by her sister, Betti L. Ramey, and brother, Virgil C. Ramey.

Surviving: husband, Jack B. Hale Sr.; son, Jack B. “Sarge” Hale Jr. and Dianna Young of Hansford; daughters, Virginia H. “Ginny” Harmer and her husband, William, of Hamilton, N.J., and Annette Morton of Hendersonville, N.C.; grandchildren, Christopher Harmer, Brad Madison, Jonathan Ryan Harmer, Amanda Hughes, Allison Harmer, Sarah Morton and Tucker Morton; great-grandchildren, Nevaeh Morton and Nathan Harmer; and special extended family, Lula Spaulding Scalise, Cora Spaulding Tucker and Clarice Spaulding Moreo.

Memorial service was held Sept. 16 at O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery, with Lucretia “Lula” Scalise as eulogist. Burial followed in Maple Hill Cemetery, Bluefield, Va.

Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

Billy Hall

Billy Hall, 72, of Lizemores, died Sept. 11, 2006, in CAMC Memorial Hospital, Charleston.

Born Oct. 12, 1933, in Lincoln County, he was the son of the late Garfield and Ina Marie Hall. He also was preceded in death by a sister, Elouise Vaniman.

Mr. Hall was a retired employee of the West Virginia Division of Highways, a Navy and Air Force veteran of the Korean War, and a life member of the DAV.

Billy was a born-again Christian.

Surviving: wife, Wanda Jean Hamric Hall; sons and their wives, the Rev. Ricky and Debra Ann Hall of Lizemores, and Robert and Kelly Hall of Walton; grandchildren, Natalie Nacole Coley of Jacksonville, Fla., Elizabeth Erin Gray of Boomer and Kayla Dawn Hall of Walton; sisters, Kathryn Criss of Oak Hill and Paulette Harris of Georgia; and a brother, Arlie Hall of Clay.

Services was Sept. 14 at the Pennington Funeral Home Chapel, Gauley Bridge, with the Rev. John R. Osborne officiating. Burial was in Hamric Cemetery, Lizemores.

Arrangements by Pennington Funeral Home Chapel, Gauley Bridge.

David Michael Kerby

David Michael Kerby, 46, of Wilmington, N.C., formerly of Oak Hill, died Sept. 7, 2006, at his home.

Born March 28, 1960, in Charleston, he was the son of Mary G. Kerby of Oak Hill and the late Frederick A. Kerby.

Mr. Kerby was self-employed.

Surviving, in addition to his mother: a brother, J. Frederick Kerby and wife, Paige, of Fredericksburg, Va.; sisters, Denise M. Kerby of Montgomery, Christine Bloss of Charleston, Rebecca Coleman and husband, Martin, of Oak Hill, and Cassandra Newman and husband, Frank, of Fredericksburg; eight nieces, two nephews and numerous cousins.

Funeral mass was Sept. 16 at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Oak Hill, with Father Paul Yuenger officiating. Burial followed in High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill.

The family requests memorial contributions be made to Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic School, 123 Elmore St., Oak Hill, WV 25901;, Hospice of Southern West Virginia, P.O. Box 1472, Beckley, WV 25802; or the charity of your choice.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Paul Lloyd

Paul Lloyd, 82, of Hansford, died Sept. 14, 2006, at home after a long struggle with Alzheimer’s.

Born in Pratt, he was the twin son of the late Lon and Ella H. Lloyd of Montgomery.

Mr. Lloyd was a Christian, a graduate of East Bank High School, attended West Virginia Tech and was an Army veteran of World War II stationed in Germany.

He also was a member of the Pratt-Hansford Lions Club. He retired from Appalachian Power Company’s hydro plant at Handley with 34 years of service.

Surviving: wife, Arwannah M. Lloyd; daughters, Sherry J. Dorsey and her husband, John E., of Charleston, and Carletta Lindsey and her husband, Steve, of Carson City, Nev.; granddaughter, Lisa and her husband, Mark Ellis, of Nashville, Tenn.; grandsons, Mark Pack and his wife, Heidi, of Nashville, Tenn., and Anthony Gonzales and his wife, Linda, of Apple Valley, Calif.; sister-in-law, Caroline Campbell and her husband, Jack M., of Hansford; brother-in-law, Marvid D. Markham and his wife, Alice, of Grand Island, Fla.; 10 great-grandchildren; and special family members, Kim and Lyndsey Hughes of Cumming, Ga., Marvin and Kim Markham of Marietta, Ga., Terry and Judy Markham of Charleston, Melissa and Richard Ester of Ravenswood, and Nicole and Gary Lanzendorf of Grand Island, Fla.

The service was Sept. 18 at O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery, with the Rev. David Mitchell officiating. Burial followed in Montgomery Memorial Park, London.

Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

Kenneth Eugene McKnight

Kenneth Eugene McKnight of Charleston, a native of Beards Fork and a graduate of Simmons High School, died Sept. 14, 2006.

Arrangements by Preston Funeral Home, Charleston.

Thomas Lee Perez

Thomas Lee “Buster” Perez, 38, of Deepwater, died Sept. 16, 2006, from injuries sustained in an ATV accident at Kanawha Falls.

Born Nov. 28, 1967, at Summersville, he was the son of Mrs. Merrell Workman Perez and the late Thomas Z. Perez.

Mr. Perez was a graduate of Nicholas County High School, and a member of The Open Bible Tabernacle at Kincaid.

Surviving, in addition to his mother, Mrs. Merrell Workman Perez of Deepwater: sister, Pamela Daniel and her husband, Bill, of Deepwater; brother, Ricky Perez of Richwood; nephews, Jonathan Lewis and his wife, Alisha, of Deepwater, and Timmy Lewis and his wife, Anna, of Canvas; and great-nephew and great-niece, Zachary and Emily Lewis.

The funeral service was Sept. 19 at the Pennington Funeral Home Chapel, Gauley Bridge, with the Rev. David Payne and the Rev. Floyd Bower officiating. Interment was at Walker Memorial Park, Summersville.

Arrangements by Pennington Funeral Home, Gauley Bridge.

Ella Sophia Roy

Ella Sophia Roy, 70, of Campbell’s Creek, died Sept. 14, 2006, at Hubbard Hospice House in Charleston after a short illness.

Arrangements by Fidler & Frame Funeral Home, Belle.

Debra Kay Stevens

Debra Kay Stevens, 52, of Cabin Creek, died Sept. 16, 2006, at home.

Arrangements by Pryor Funeral Home, East Bank.

Allen Wayne Williams

Allen Wayne Williams, 53, of Charlton Heights, died Sept. 13, 2006, at home.

Born March 23, 1953, at Harewood, he was the son of the late Okey and Erma Nieberlein Williams.

Mr. Williams was retired from Elkem Metals, Alloy. He enjoyed his friend, hunting, fishing and golf.

Surviving: son, Travis and his wife, Shelley Williams, of Cross Lanes; grandson, Brady Williams; sister, Patricia “Pat” Perdue and her husband, Jerry, of Montgomery; brothers, Donald Williams and Gail Williams and his wife, Janice, all of Smithers, and Okey “Pert” Williams; and several nieces and nephews.

Service was Sept. 15 at O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery, with the Rev. Chanon Mullens officiating. Burial followed in Montgomery Memorial Park, London.

Arrangements by O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

Violet Louise Williams

Violet Louise Clark Williams, 91, of Merritts Island, Fla., formerly of East Bank, died Sept. 10, 2006.

Arrangements by Pryor Funeral Home, East Bank.