Margie Laurene Burns Weakley Johnson
Margie Laurene Burns Weakley Johnson, 95, of Alderson, WV and Jacksonville, FL died March 31, 2017 at Champaign County Nursing Home in Urbana, IL. Born November 27, 1921, in Trough Creek, PA she was the daughter of the late Eddie and Vera Burns. Margie was a graduate of Frankford High School in 1941. She married Edward Weakley on January 28, 1942, had four children, was active member of the Old Greenbrier Baptist Church, and worked the cafeteria at Alderson public schools for many years. Later, she worked at the Women's Federal Prison in Alderson, WV for 20 years, where she was a correctional officer of some infamous criminals including "Squeaky"Fromme and Sara Jane Moore before retiring August 31, 1992. After the death of Ed she married tom Johnson and resided in Lindside, WV for 12 years (1997 to 2009) After Tom's death in 2009, she moved to Jacksonville, FL to be with her daughter, Donna. When she could no longer take care of herself she moved up to Savoy/Urbana, IL to live with her daughter, Elane "Bossy Britches" Jones. She was preceded in death by brothers Paul Burns, Jim Burns, Kessel Burns, a sister Freda Smith and her son Gerald M. Wakley (Big Jerry). Survivors include a son, Warren Blaine Weakley (wife, Sheila) of Williamsburg, both daughters, Donna Gail Norton of Urbana, IL and Wandaleen Elane Jones (husband, Bill) of Savoy, IL. She has six grandchildren, Jerry Weakly (little Jerry), Lori Carrel, Matthew Jones, Seth Weakly, Jeremiah Weakley and Hannah Sanchez. She has eight great grandchildren Brandon, Morgan, Nicholas, Andrew, Tyler, Mason, Jaxon and Lynsie and 1 on the way due in July, Murphy. She has one step daughter Shirley Hazelwood (Gary) and one stepson Donnie Johnson. She has several nieces and nephews. Margie was an amazing gardener and fantastic chef. Her family always enjoyed great meals on family occasions and many continued to prepare her world-famous green beans, unorthodox broiled chocolate french toast "just like grandma use to make", and zucchini stew. She loved to sew and crochet and has made afghan blankets for all those she loved, which she has documented in a memory keepsake album. She loved animals of all kinds and enjoyed reading poetry. She was deeply loved by all her family. Visitation services was held at Wallace and Wallace Funeral Home in Lewisburg, WV on Tuesday, April 4, 2017. Funeral services was April 5th, with Rev. Dr. Bill Bryan officiating and interment to follow at Alderson Fletcher Addition Cemetery in Alderson, WV. In lieu of flowers, donations of sympathy may be made to the American Diabetes Association, the National Parkinson Foundation or your local humane society.
William E. Jones
William E. "Buck" Jones, 85 of Lewisburg, WV, passed away December 17, 2016, joining his wife Jean, for a round of golf. Born July 7, 1931, he was the son of William and Mattie Jones Spinks. He married Jean Ann Bolt on June 15, 1951. Born and raised in West Virginia, he graduated from Lewisburg High School and served in the Air Force for four years. He retired from the Federal Correctional Institute and later as a Realtor in Lewisburg. He loved golfing, basketball, and going to auctions with his wife. He lived the last four years of his life near his daughter in Nebraska. Surviving are his daughters, Minde Werstein and Nora Clingman (Fred), grandchildren, Susan, Victoria, Thomas, William, (Becky) and Karen (Matt) and great-grand children, Alyssa, Brendan, Conner, Kaelyn, Ian, and Luke. He was preceded in death by his wife, parents, and sister Iris Duncan. Graveside services was held on April 10, 2017 ad Rosewood Cemetery in Lewisburg with the Rev. Rick Brown officiating. McCraw Funeral Home in Lewisburg was in charge of the arrangements.
Dennis Darter, 70, died Sunday, Dec. 18, 2016, in West Side Care Center in West Frankfort. Mr. Darter served in the U. S. Air force from 1968 until 1972. He worked at Van Natta Funeral Home in Carbondale for several years and also retired from the United States Penitentiary Marion in 2003. He is survived by his wife Martha and three children, Michael Anderson, Joseph Darter and Tracey Darter. He also had one grandson, Michael Anderson Jr
Marguerite Givens, 90 passed away on January 30th, 2017, in Roncerverte, WV. She was born August 5, 1926, in Milton, WV and lived during her childhood in Milton, Hamlin, and Peterstown, before moving to the family farm in Keenan, WV. She graduated from Union High School in 1944 and attended West Virginia University, where she excelled in botany, contributing illustrations to "The Flora of West Virginia" by P.D. Strausbaugh. She received her Masters degree in home economics and enjoyed a 26 year career in educational work at the Federal Prison Camp in Alderson, West Virginia, retiring in 1978. Marguerite loved her farm which has been in the Givens family for generations. She raised sheep and shorthorn cattle as well as horses, cats and her beloved collie dog, Bonnie. Like her mother, Marguerite was a volunteer and blood donor at the American Red Criss. She was passionate about genealogy and history of West Virginia and was recognized at the 2005 Floyd and Sarah Givens reunion for her many years serving as recorder of the Givens family history. Marguerite was a prolific correspondent who never forgot to acknowledge a Birthday or holiday with a thoughtful letter and card. She remembered by many in the community for her generosity to those in need and her support in helping children achieve higher education. Marguerite was preceded in death by her parents, William Wiley and Lalah Lovett Givens and grandparents Mr. and Mrs. William Oscar Givens and Dr. and Mrs. George Grant Lovett. She is survived by her brother and sister in law, Vergil and Janet Givens of Saratoga, CA, and their children, Carolyn, Steven, Christine, Kathryn, and Nancy, who have wonderful childhood memories of summer visits to the farm, many grandnieces and grandnephews, great grandnieces and great grandnephews. Marguerite is also lovingly remembered by cousins, Alvin and Eleanor Porterfield of Lewisburg, WV and Larry and Pam Echols, Andrew Echols and Allison And Andy Tomlinson of Gap Mills, WV, who the family thanks for their love and care. Marguerite's cremated remains will be interred privately at a later date at Fairview Christian Church Cemetery in Keenan. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.wallaceandwallacefh.com
Homer Lucian Walkup, Jr.
Homer Lucian Walkup, Jr., 93, was born Sept. 3, 1923 to Homer Lucian Walkup, Sr. and Unice Grace Burdette in Mabscott, WV. He grew up on farms in Wolf creek and Sinks Grove. He married his soul mate of 65 years, Amaryllis Irene Ray Dec. 12, 1951. He is survived by his four children, Margaret Grace (Cecil Tucker of Hughesville, PA, Robert Dale (Dolly) of Burlington, NC, Brenda Gay (Edward Pagan) of Mars Hill, NC and Mary Elizabeth (David Richmond of Lewisburg: 10 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister, Hazel Montgomery of Richmond, VA and brother L.G. Walkup of Rock Hill, SC. He was very proud of his family. After graduating Alderson High School, he was drafted into the Army, where he served proudly and was honorably discharged. He worked for Watt's Manufacturing, Ronceverte, traveling to different states on the easter seaboard building display cases for department stores, which included Leggett's store in Lewisburg. From 1961 to retirement in 1974, he worked for the US Bureau of Prisons, where he was responsible for establishing the furniture factory and training inmates at Allenwood, PA. He received a superir service award in 1963for designing and building furniture which was used in the Justice Department. The furniture included walnut waste baskets which President Lyndon Johnson admired and took to his ranch. He was part of the team that built the Lewisburg Church of Christ and the Richcreek, VA Church of Christ buildings. He built several houses, three that are still occupied in Wolf Creek, one in Muncy, PA and one on Amy's Acre in Lewisburg. He was an artist with wood. He could make anything. he made each of his four children a walnut grandfather clock from wood he harvested on Twin Springs Farm, Wolf Cree, using a team of horses. Each daughter received a cedar chest made from cedar his sister, Hazel Montgomery gave him from her property in Virginia. His son received a chestnut gun cabinet. He made detailed trucks, golf carts, pens and tea carts. His God given talent to create beauty has been inherited by his family. He was proud to be a West Virginian. He was a story teller. He loved puns and spinning tales. He was kind, quiet, humble Christian man who was admired and loved by everyone whose lives he touched. He will be missed beyond measure. We are proud to say we are comforted by the knowledge he is with our Lord. Funeral services was March, 24, 2017 at the Church of Christ of Lewisburg, with Pastor Gene Clemons and Pastor Corey Stacy officiating. Burial will follow in Greenbrier Memorial Gardens in Lewisburg. Please send online condolences by visiting www.Wallaceand WallaceFH.com
Oscar Harvey Currin Jr.
Oscar Harvey Currin Jr. age 69, died Saturday January 28, 2017 after battling lung cancer for 5 years. He died at his home in West Asheville. Oscar was a native of Henderson, NC. He had lived in West Asheville since 2014. He was the son of the late Oscar Harvey Currin and Idell Hall Currin Williams. Oscar is survived by his wife of 41 years, Juanita Currin; daughter, Kimberly Currin; daughter, Beverly Currin Bell; grandson, Andrew Bell; sister, Nancy Taylor and husband Fred Taylor. Oscar is a graduate of Vance-Granville Community College in Henderson, NC. He served 12 years in the U.S. Army beginning at the age of 17. His overseas service included two tours in South Korea and one tour in Germany. He also had a distinguished career as a law enforcement officer, serving as a NC State Trooper stationed in Hickory, NC and in the U.S. Justice Department, Federal Bureau of Prisons, retiring in 2001. Oscar was a proud member of the American Canadian Grand Lodge AF & AM Masonic lodge in Worms, Germany and the Moslah Shrine in Fort Worth, Texas. He was also an avid photographer and a former member of the Fort Worth Camera Club in Fort Worth, Texas. Services will be held Friday, February 3, 2017 at 10:00 AM at the Western Carolina State Veteran's Cemetery Black Mountain, NC in the Chapel with burial to follow.
Max W. Russell
Max W. Russell, member, passed away on Jan. 9th, 2017, from congestive heart failure at age 92. He lived to the fullest and enjoyed nothing more than inviting people to come and pass the time with him, if was traveling or sitting on the porch at home. He loved music and played different instruments, but his favorite was his guitar. There will be a Celebration of His life, June 24th, south of Terre Haute at the Second Prairie Creek Church and cemetery. Condolences: Leslie L. Russell, 1510 Elmwood, Kerrville, TX 78028
Garrett Fred Hazlett
Funeral services are pending for Garrett Hazlett, 80, of Alpine, who passed away at his residence on Tuesday, January 17, 2017.
June C. Ames