McDowell and Wyoming Co, WV Families

Notes


Basil Coleman

1. "Heritage of McDowell County WV 1858-1995", Vol I, "George Coleman" article, page 122, submitted by
Cathy Duty, PO Box 301, Iaeger, WV 24844.
George Coleman; born in 1903; died in 1960; son of Adam and Matilda (sic, Surilda) Roberts
Coleman; married Angeline Kennedy; eight children: Stella, Irene, Troy W., Annalee, Sylvia, Hershel,
Hazel, and Basil.


Roy Bernard Cook

1. 1920 Census, Wyoming Co, WV; Huff Creek District; taken on 9/12 Jan 1920; Page 219A;
Family #56/56.
Listed as Roy B. Cook; age 5; born in WV; in household of father, Bilton Cook.


Eva Lucille Bright

1. Pocahontas Co, WV; Marriage Records; Vol #__(1946); Page 84; WV Archives Website.
Clinton Orval Simmons; age 40; born in Randolph Co, WV; single (?); living in Mingo, WV; son of Guy
O. and Georgia Simmons; married on 29 May 1946 at Marlinton, WV; Eva Lucille Bright; age 35; born
in Pocahontas Co, WV; single (?); living in Marlinton, WV; daughter of Harvey K. and Lena Bright.
2. Social Security Death Index, 1935-2014; Ancestry.com Website.
"Name: Lucille Simmons
Social Security Number: 232-62-1540
Birth Date: 20 Oct 1910
Issue Year: 1956
Issue State: North Carolina or West Virginia
Last Residence: 26281, Mingo, Randolph, West Virginia, USA
Death Date: May 1984"
3. FindAgrave.com Website; submitted by Kim Friel Drake; 30 Aug 2008.
" Eva Lucille Bright Simmons
Birth 20 Oct 1910
West Virginia, USA
Death 1984 (aged 73–74)
Burial
Mingo Cemetery
Mingo, Randolph County, West Virginia, USA
Memorial ID 29438508"


Oswald Milam

1."The Heritage of McDowell County, West Virginia, 1858-1995"; 1995; Edited by Dr, Thomas C.
Hatcher; Geneva Steele; Sandra Long and Christine Carr McGuire;"William V. and Gertrude B.
Milam"; Article; Page 203; submitted by Venellia Miller Perry, Rt 1, Box 508, Bluefield, WV 24701.
2. McDowell Co, WV; Marriage Records; Vol #__(1936); Page 34; WV Archives Web Site.
Oswald Milam; age 22; born in McDowell Co, WV; single; miner; living at Crumpler, WV; son of
Bill and Gertrude; married on 24 Dec 1936 in Welch, WV; Margaret Puglee; age 21; born in
McDowell Co, WV; single; living at Crumpler, WV; daughter of Frank and Annie.


Margaret Pugalee

1."The Heritage of McDowell County, West Virginia, 1858-1995"; 1995; Edited by Dr, Thomas C.
Hatcher; Geneva Steele; Sandra Long and Christine Carr McGuire;"William V. and Gertrude B.
Milam"; Article; Pag3 203; submitted by Venellia Miller Perry, Rt 1, Box 508, Bluefield, WV 24701.
2. McDowell Co, WV; Marriage Records; Vol #__(1936); Page 34; WV Archives Web Site.
Oswald Milam; age 22; born in McDowell Co, WV; single; miner; living at Crumpler, WV; son of
Bill and Gertrude; married on 24 Dec 1936 in Welch, WV; Margaret Puglee; age 21; born in
McDowell Co, WV; single; living at Crumpler, WV; daughter of Frank and Annie.


Gerald Milam

1."The Heritage of McDowell County, West Virginia, 1858-1995"; 1995; Edited by Dr, Thomas C.
Hatcher; Geneva Steele; Sandra Long and Christine Carr McGuire;"William V. and Gertrude B.
Milam"; Article; Pag3 203; submitted by Venellia Miller Perry, Rt 1, Box 508, Bluefield, WV 24701.


Carl Milam

1."The Heritage of McDowell County, West Virginia, 1858-1995"; 1995; Edited by Dr, Thomas C.
Hatcher; Geneva Steele; Sandra Long and Christine Carr McGuire;"William V. and Gertrude B.
Milam"; Article; Pag3 203; submitted by Venellia Miller Perry, Rt 1, Box 508, Bluefield, WV 24701.


Ann Milam

1."The Heritage of McDowell County, West Virginia, 1858-1995"; 1995; Edited by Dr, Thomas C.
Hatcher; Geneva Steele; Sandra Long and Christine Carr McGuire;"William V. and Gertrude B.
Milam"; Article; Pag3 203; submitted by Venellia Miller Perry, Rt 1, Box 508, Bluefield, WV 24701.


Buddy Milam

1."The Heritage of McDowell County, West Virginia, 1858-1995"; 1995; Edited by Dr, Thomas C.
Hatcher; Geneva Steele; Sandra Long and Christine Carr McGuire;"William V. and Gertrude B.
Milam"; Article; Pag3 203; submitted by Venellia Miller Perry, Rt 1, Box 508, Bluefield, WV 24701.


Linda Milam

1."The Heritage of McDowell County, West Virginia, 1858-1995"; 1995; Edited by Dr, Thomas C.
Hatcher; Geneva Steele; Sandra Long and Christine Carr McGuire;"William V. and Gertrude B.
Milam"; Article; Pag3 203; submitted by Venellia Miller Perry, Rt 1, Box 508, Bluefield, WV 24701.


Larry Milam

1."The Heritage of McDowell County, West Virginia, 1858-1995"; 1995; Edited by Dr, Thomas C.
Hatcher; Geneva Steele; Sandra Long and Christine Carr McGuire;"William V. and Gertrude B.
Milam"; Article; Pag3 203; submitted by Venellia Miller Perry, Rt 1, Box 508, Bluefield, WV 24701.


Vickie Milam

1."The Heritage of McDowell County, West Virginia, 1858-1995"; 1995; Edited by Dr, Thomas C.
Hatcher; Geneva Steele; Sandra Long and Christine Carr McGuire;"William V. and Gertrude B.
Milam"; Article; Pag3 203; submitted by Venellia Miller Perry, Rt 1, Box 508, Bluefield, WV 24701.


Samuel Reed Foley

1. "Hertiage of McDowell Co, WV 1858-1999", Vol II, "Oscar and Mary Hawks Foley"; Article; Page 189.
2. "Hertiage of McDowell Co, WV 1858-1999", Vol II, Samuel R. and Rosie Foley" Article, Page 189.
3. 1950 Census, McDowell Co, WV; Bradshaw; taken 10 Apr 1950; Sheet Number 11; Dwelling #90.
Listed as Sam R. Foley; age 54; born in VA; married; no listed occupation; head of household.


Rosie Alberta Nichols

1. "Hertiage of McDowell Co, WV 1858-1999", Vol II, "Oscar and Mary Hawks Foley"; Article; Page 189.
2. 1950 Census, McDowell Co, WV; Bradshaw; taken 10 Apr 1950; Sheet Number 11; Dwelling #90.
Listed as Rosa A. Foley; age 49; born in VA; married; in household of husband, Samuel R. Foley.


Sue Ella Foley

1. McDowell Co, WV; Death Certificate #2240; WV Archives Website.
Sue Ella Foley; age 4 yr, 1 mon, 26 days; born 20 Dec 1921 in VA; infant daughter of S.R. and Rosa
(Nichols) Foley; died 16 Feb 1926 at Welch, WV; due to burns; "clothes caught on fire, burning entire
body"; buried 19 Feb 1926 in Martinsville, VA; informant, S.R. Foley, Coalwood, WV.


Larry Monroe Foley

1. "Hertiage of McDowell Co, WV 1858-1999", Vol II, "Oscar and Mary Hawks Foley"; Article; Page 189.
2. 1950 Census, McDowell Co, WV; Bradshaw; taken 10 Apr 1950; Sheet Number 11; Dwelling #90.
Listed as Larry M. Foley; age 10; born in WV; in household of father Samuel R. Foley.


Lonzo Hunt

1. Buchanan Co, VA; Marriage License #70 045214; Ancestry.com Web Site.
Lonzo Hunt; age 18; born 9 Apr 1952 in WV; single; this is his 1st marriage; 8th grade education' living at
Rt #3, Box 438, Mohawk, WV; son of Roland and Edna Marie (Osborne) Hunt; married on 21 Nov 1970 in
Grundy, VA; Darlene Rife; age 16; born 14 oct 1954 in WV; single; this is her 1st marriage; living at Box 485,
Mohawk, WV; daughter of James Thomas and Fredith Magline (Hurley) Rife.
2. Fanning Funeral Home; Iaeger, WV; Posted Obit.
"Lonzo ”Bateye” Hunt, 65, of Bullcreek went to be with his Heavenly Father, November 5, 2017, after a long illness in the Pikeville Area Medical Center.

"Lonzo was born April 9, 1952 in Welch, WV, a son of the late Roland and Edna Osborne Hunt. He was a former coal miner and a lover of old westerns and fast and classic cars. He was a loving, kind father and brother that raised not only his own children but helped raise many others as well.

"In addition to his parents Lonzo was preceded in death by his brother Bobby and infant brothers Billy and Darrell.

"Survivors include his children, James and Amanda Hunt of Bullcreek, their daughters Savannah and Amelia; Robin and Ricky Reed of Bullcreek, their children, Tyler, Garrett, Conner and Jerry; Tina and Frank Blankenship of Bluefield, their children, Matthew and Franklin; Nicholas Roberts of Somerset KY, and his son Emmett; Dotty Hunt Addair, the mother his children; Lonzo’s siblings, his twin brother, Fred, brothers Jimmy and Michael and sisters, Ilene, Louise and Rose; a host of nieces, nephews and special friends, Reverse and Junebug.

"The family would like to thank the staff of PAMC for their excellent care as well as Good Sheppard Nursing Home in Phelps, KY for taking care of him. Funeral services will be conducted Thursday, November 9, 2017, at 1 o’clock with Reverend Larry Rife, Reverend Willie Coleman, and Reverend William Prater officiating at the Panther Missionary Baptist Church at Panther, WV. Burial will follow in the Lonzo Hunt Cemetery at Briar Branch near Mohawk, WV...."


Darlene Rife

1. Buchanan Co, VA; Marriage License #70 045214; Ancestry.com Web Site.
Lonzo Hunt; age 18; born 9 Apr 1952 in WV; single; this is his 1st marriage; 8th grade education' living at
Rt #3, Box 438, Mohawk, WV; son of Roland and Edna Marie (Osborne) Hunt; married on 21 Nov 1970 in
Grundy, VA; Darlene Rife; age 16; born 14 oct 1954 in WV; single; this is her 1st marriage; living at Box 485,
Mohawk, WV; daughter of James Thomas and Fredith Magline (Hurley) Rife.


Arber McKinley Addair

1. WWII Draft Cards Young Men, 1940-1947; Ancestry.com Web Site.
"Name: Arber Mckinley Addair
Race: White
Age: 19
Relationship to Draftee: Self (Head)
Birth Place: Bartley, West Virginia, USA
Birth Date: 9 Oct 1926
Residence Place: Jolo, Mcdowell, West Virginia, USA
Registration Date: 27 Jun 1946
Employer: Unemployed
Weight: 120
Complexion: Ruddy
Eye Color: Gray
Hair Color: Blonde
Height: 5 6
Next of Kin: D C Addair
Household Members:
Name Relationship
Arber Mckinley Addair Self (Head)
D C Addair Father"
2. Russell Co, VA; Marriage License #10262; Ancestry.com Web Site.
Arber McKinley Addair; age 32; born in Bradshaw, WV; single; truck driver; living at Jolo, WV; son of
Dewey and Ola (Sweeney) Addair; married on 2 Apr 1959 in Lebanon, VA; Dora Mae Hatfield,
maiden name, Dora Jewel; born in Bradshaw, WV; divorced; one previous marriage; living at Jolo,
WV; daughter of John D. and Nancy (Bailey) Jewell.
3. FindAGrave.com Web Site; submitted by Polly Fry hagerman; 13 Mar 2012.
" Arber M. Addair
Birth 8 Oct 1926
Death 10 Sep 1974 (aged 47)
Burial
W. G. Hatifield Cemetery
Jolo, McDowell County, West Virginia, USA "


Dora Mae Jewell

1. Russell Co, VA; Marriage License #10262; Ancestry.com Web Site.
Arber McKinley Addair; age 32; born in Bradshaw, WV; single; truck driver; living at Jolo, WV; son of
Dewey and Ola (Sweeney) Addair; married on 2 Apr 1959 in Lebanon, VA; Dora Mae Hatfield,
maiden name, Dora Jewel; born in Bradshaw, WV; divorced; one previous marriage; living at Jolo,
WV; daughter of John D. and Nancy (Bailey) Jewell.
2. McDowell Co, WV Death Certificate #'69 012068; WV Archives Website.
Dora Addair; age 49; born 15 Apr 1920 in WV; married; wife of Arber Addair; housewife; living at Jolo,
WV; daughter of John and Nancy (Bailey) Jewell; died 5 Aug 1969 in Doctor's Memorial Hospital,
Welch, WV; due to acute coronary occlusion; buried 8 Aug 1969 in Hatfield Cemetery, Jolo, WV.


Jeffery Gean "Jeff" Addair

1. kelleysquest.net; Obituries Published by Henry Kelley.
"ADDAIR, JEFFREY GEAN - Jeffrey Gean Addair, 56, of Pickens, SC, formerly of Jolo, West Virginia, passed away on Saturday, July 20, 2013, in Pickens.

"He was born February 2, 1957, the son of the late McKinley Addair and Dora May Jewell Addair.

"Jeff was a veteran and served 16 years, he also worked as a postal worker for ten years.

"He was preceded in death, in addition to his parents, by a little brother, Bobby Addair.

"Those left to cherish his memory are three sisters, Joan Stewart, Kathleen and Eddie Tucker and Nancy Addair Chambers and husband, Leo Chambers; three brothers, Tommy and Dian Addair, Johnny and Kathleen Addair and Dale and Tyler Addair; his special friends, Charlie Moody of Bradshaw, WV and Timmy Underwood, formerly of Jolo, WV; he will be sadly missed by his nieces and nephews and all who knew him.

"Services were handled at the Palmetto Mortuary in Greenville, SC. Military services were held at the M.J. Dolly Cooper Cemetery in South Carolina."


Walter Edward Hicks

1. WWII Draft Cards Young Men, 1940-1947; Ancestry.com Web Site.
"Name: Walter Edward Hicks
Race: White
Age: 18
Relationship to Draftee: Self (Head)
Birth Date: 17 Dec 1926
Birth Place: War, West Virginia, USA
Residence Place: Caretta, Mcdowell, West Virginia, USA
Registration Date: 18 Dec 1944
Registration Place: Caretta, Mcdowell, West Virginia, USA
Employer: Unemployed
Weight: 130
Complexion: Dark
Eye Color: Brown
Hair Color: Black
Height: 5 8
Next of Kin: Arthur Hicks
Household Members:
Name Relationship
Walter Edward Hicks Self (Head)
Arthur Hicks Father"
2. McDowell Co, WV; Marriage Records; Vol #__(1948); Page 272; WV Archives Web Site.
Walter Edward Hicks; age 21; born in War, WV; single; livinh in Jolo, WV; married on 15 Apr 1948 in
Jolo, WV; Effie Jane Keene; age 22; born in Marvin, WV; single; living in Jolo, WV
3. "The Heritage of McDowell County, West Virginia, 1858-1999"; 1999; By Geneva Steel, Tom
Hatcher and Sandra Long; "Jerry L and Elizabeth Hicks"; Article; Page 170; submitted by Elizabeth
Hicks, PO Box 333, Iaeger, WV 24844.
4. FindAGrave.com Website; submitted by Emi Hatcher; 3 Sep 2022.
"Walter Edward Hicks
Birth 17 Dec 1926
Caretta, McDowell County, West Virginia, USA
Death 15 Dec 1982 (aged 55)
Bluefield, Mercer County, West Virginia, USA
Burial Grandview Memory Gardens
Bluefield, Tazewell County, Virginia, USA
Memorial ID 243206191"

Additional Information Posted:
"Walter Edward Hicks, 55, of Iaeger, died Wednesday evening in a Bluefield hospital after a short illness.

"Born in Caretta, he was a son of Arthur and Elsie Puckett Hicks of Iaeger. An employee of the McDowell County Board of Education, he was a custodian at Iaeger Elementary School.

"Survivors in addition to his parents include his wife, Mrs. Effie Jane Hicks; two sons, Jerry Lee Hicks of Paynesville and Randall Edward Hicks of the home; one daughter, Mrs. Danny (Geraldine) Kennedy of Iaeger; three brothers, Danie, Ernest and Carl Hicks all of Iaeger; seven sisters, Mrs. Calvin (Katherine) Kennedy, Mrs. Estil (Jo Ann) Auvil, Mrs. William (Christine) Powell, and Mrs. Ed (Kay) Osborne, all of Iaeger, Mrs. Alton (Freda) Blankenship of Chicago, Ill., Mrs. Wilson (Sylvia) Flanagan of Welch and Mrs. Donald (Theodosia) Stocks of Norfolk, Va.; and five grandchildren.

"Funeral services will be conducted Saturday at 11 a.m. in the Fanning Funeral Home Chapel at Iaeger with Elders Stewart Owens, James Short and W.W. Sparks officiating. Burial will be in the Grandview Memory Gardens on the Bluefield-Tazewell Road.

"Pallbearers: Michael and Allen Auvil, Gene, Timmy and Raymond Kennedy, Mark Powell and Lee Keene.

"Friends may call at the funeral home today from 5 to 9 p.m. where a Christian wake service will be conducted at 7 p.m."


Effie Jane Keene

1. McDowell Co, WV; Marriage Records; Vol #__(1948); Page 272; WV Archives Web Site.
Walter Edward Hicks; age 21; born in War, WV; single; livinh in Jolo, WV; married on 15 Apr 1948 in
Jolo, WV; Effie Jane Keene; age 22; born in Marvin, WV; single; living in Jolo, WV
2. Fanning Funeral Home; Iaeger, WV; Posted Obit.
"Effie Jane Hicks, 94, of Iaeger, WV, passed away Tuesday, October 15, 2019 in Welch Community Hospital, Welch, WV.

"Effie was born August 1, 1925, on Keene Mountain near Marvin, VA, a daughter of the late Dave and Sarah Horne Keene. She was a member of the Primitive Baptist Church for over 60 years and enjoyed attending church when she could. She was a loving and devoted mother and grandmother, she loved spending time with her family and friends. She enjoyed cooking, sewing, crocheting, reading and watching CNN. Effie was a custodian at Iaeger Elementary School and retired in 1989. She was the last surviving member of her original family.

"In addition to her parents, Dave and Sarah Keene, Effie was preceded in death by her husband Walter Hicks, one grandson, Danny Kennedy Jr.; four sisters, Ada Wimmer, Pearlie Mullins, Gladys Mullins, and Pinkie Patton; five brothers, Ballard, Lucian, Otis, Estil and Ira Keene; two infant sisters and an infant brother.

"Survivors include two sons, Jerry Hicks and Elizabeth of Beartown and Randall Hicks and Teresa of Pineville; one daughter Geraldine Kennedy and Danny of Iaeger; seven grandchildren, Jerry Dean Hicks and Jessica, Gregory Hicks, Kimberly Pruitt and William, Kristy Crutchfield and Shawn, Derek Riffe, Justin Hicks and Jordan Clark and Beau, seven great grandchildren, Cori Jarrett and Brandon, Chloe Hicks, Brian and Kandice Pruitt, Alex and Ethan Hicks and Riley Burton; one very special niece, who was raised as her sister, Betty Shortridge of Elkins Branch, VA; and numerous additional nieces, nephews and cousins whom she loved dearly.

"Funeral services will be conducted Sunday, October 20, 2019 at 11o’clock with Elder Jack Horn, Elder Travis Davis, and Elder Aaron Williams officiating at the Chapel of Fanning Funeral Home in Iaeger, WV.

"Burial will follow in Grandview Memory Gardens on Bluefield/Tazewell Road in Bluefield, VA. Serving as pallbearers will be Jerry Dean Hicks, Gregory, Alex, and Justin Hicks, Derek Riffe, Brian Pruitt, Shawn Crutchfield, Darrell Payne, Joey Osborne, and Mike Auville. Honorary pallbearers will be Von Keen, Ronnie Keen, Ed Osborne, Russ Smith, Chan Smith and Joe Ford. Flower bearers will be Ethan Hicks and Riley Burton.

" Friends may visit with the family Saturday evening, October 19, 2019 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Chapel of Fanning Funeral Home in Iaeger, WV.

"Fanning Funeral Home in Iaeger, WV, is assisting the family."
3. "The Heritage of McDowell County, West Virginia, 1858-1999"; 1999; By Geneva Steel, Tom
Hatcher and Sandra Long; "Jerry L and Elizabeth Hicks"; Article; Page 170; submitted by Elizabeth
Hicks, PO Box 333, Iaeger, WV 24844.


Lonnie Leslie Blankenship

1. Wyoming Co, WV; Marriage Records; Vol #__(1957); Page 73; WV Archives Web Site.
Leslie Blankenship; age 28; born in Stephenson, WV; single; living at Corinne, WV; son of Lonnie
and Gladys Eria Blankenship; married on 29 Jun 1957 at Corinne, WV; Jeanette Lusk; age 17; born
and living at Bud, WV; single; daughter of Powell and Edna Lusk.
2. Stafford Funeral Home; Lynco, WV; Posted Obit.
"Lonnie Leslie Blankenship, 91, of Cyclone, WV, passed away on Wednesday September 9, 2020 at Raleigh
General Hospital, Beckley, WV. He was born on January 12, 1929 at Devils Fork of Barkers Ridge, WV, a son of
the late Lonnie and Gladys Erie McKinney Blankenship. In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by a
daughter Christy Rene Blankenship; two sons Thomas Maynor and William Leslie "Butch" Blankenship; two
brothers Marvin and Bobby Dean Blankenship; and three sisters Edith, Peggy and Joyce Ann. Survivors include
his loving wife of 48 years Hallie May Maynor Blankenship; three sons Tony Maynor of Durham, NC, Jeffrey
Allen (Melanie Harrison) Blankenship of Bim and Lonnie Leslie (Crystal) Blankenship of Cyclone; a daughter
Roberta Gail (Michael) Kitchens of Hickory, NC; a sister Mary Polk of Midway; twenty-two grandchildren;
eighteen great grandchildren; and a host of other loving family and friends. Funeral service will be held at 1 pm
on Tuesday September 15th in the Chapel of Stafford Family Funeral Home, Lynco, WV with Rev. Billy Gibson, Sr.
officiating. He will be laid to rest in Palm Memorial Gardens, Matheny, WV. Friends may gather with the family
from 12 pm until time of service at the funeral home. Pallbearers will be family and friends. The family is being
served by the Stafford Family Funeral Home, Lynco."


Hallie May Maynor

1. Ohio, Marriage Abstracts, 1970, 1972-2007; Ancestry.com Web Site.
"Name: Hallie M Maynor
Age: 21
Birth Year: abt 1951
Residence County: Montgomery
Spouse's Name: Lonnie L Blankenship
Spouse's Age: 43
Spouse's Birth Year: abt 1929
Spouse's Residence County: Montgomery
Marriage Date: 4 Mar 1972
Marriage License County: Montgomery
Certificate Number: 13024
Volume Number: 6817"


Christy Rene Blankenship

1. Ohio, Birth Index, 1908-1998; Ancestry.com Website.
"Name: Christy Rena Blankenship
Birth Date : 4 Aug 1976
Birth Place: Ohio, USA
Birth Registration Date : 13 Aug 1976
Certificate Number: 1976090915
Father: Lonnie Leslie Blankenship
Mother : Hallie Mae Blankenship "
2. "The Journal Herald"; Dayton, OH; 1 Sep 1976; Page 37; Newspaper Obit; Newspapers.com Website.
"Blankenship, Christy Rena, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lonnie Blankenship, of 207 S. Torrence
St., Monday; services 1 p.m. tomorrow (Hoyne, E. Third)."


Elmer Rose

1. Virginia, U.S., Marriage Records, 1936-2014; Ancestry.com Website.
"Name: Elmer Rose
Gender: Male
Race: White
Marriage Age: 26
Birth Date: 19 Mar 1951
Marriage Registration Place: Buchanan, Virginia, USA
Marriage Date: 3 Oct 1977
Marriage Place: Buchanan, Virginia, USA
Father: Cecil Rose
Mother: Fannie Francis Nipper
Spouse: Waddie Lester
Certificate Number: 1977045498"
2. Fanning Funeral Home; Iaeger, WV; Posted Obit.
"Elmer Rose Elmer Rose, 60, of Coon Branch Mountain near Iaeger, passed away at his residence early Sunday morning, October 16, 2011. Elmer was born March, 19, 1951 in Hurley, VA, a son of the late Cecil Elmer and Fannie Nipper Rose. He was a retired underground coal miner and affiliated with many churches in McDowell County. He dedicated his life to God and loved to serve him. In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by his wife of 21 years, Lissie Francis Lowe Rose, one brother, Ervin Rose and three sisters, Stella Nipper, Marie "Peanut" Keaton, and Linda Payne. Survivors include one daughter, Rebecca Rose and fiancee Fernando Ramirez of Spartanburg, SC; one son, Elmer Lee Rose and wife Crystal of Spartanburg; two step daughters, Miranda Mitchell and husband Keith of Maiden, NC; and Melissa Ellen Green of Hickory, NC; eight grandchildren, Brittany and Chelsea Lathem both of Spartanburg, SC, Jason Rose of Arvonia, VA, Lyndi Graham and husband John of Spartanburg, Victoria Suttles of Spartanburg, Matthew Beal and wife Cynthia "Cindy",Robbie Dawson and Michelle Mitchell all of Maiden; two sisters, Beth Everson and husband Donald of Lexington, NC, and Mary Garlic and husband Ricky of Bradshaw; two brothers, James Akers and wife Connie of War, and Graham Akers and wife Carolyn of Bradshaw; several nieces and nephews; and a special friend Sharon Mullins of Iaeger. Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday, October 19, 2011 at 12 o'clock with Reverend Roger "Pete" Woods and Reverend William Daughtery officiating at the Jesus Church at Bartley. Burial will follow in the Lowe Cemetery on Garland Mountain near Garland...."