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Della Mae Hayworth

March 22, 1936 - April 30, 2016

Della Mae Hayworth, 80, of Rhodell, passed away, Saturday, April 30, 2016. She was the daughter of the late William Sargent and Viola Niece Sargent.Born March 22, 1936 in Bud, West Virginia. She was a member of Rhodell Church of God. Della played a huge role with the UMWA; standing in picket lines, fighting for rights of disabled miners and widows. She enjoyed gardening, canning and most...
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Richard Radford

July 4, 1928 - April 30, 2016

Richard Earl “Dick” Radford passed away on April 30, 2016 at his Piney View home. Born on July 4, 1928 he was the fourth child of Edna and James Madison Radford. He served his country in the army during the Korean Conflict. Stationed in Germany to participate in the armored tank battalion, he achieved rank of Corporal and was recognized multiple times for his physical fitness and...
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Steven Dale Mays

August 2, 1958 - April 29, 2016

Steven Dale Mays, 57, passed away from an extended illness due to complications of an accident from falling, and subdural hematoma, on July 18, 2015. He was at his home surrounded by his loving family. Born August 2, 1958 in Beckley, WV, he was the youngest son of Charles “Chuck” Mays and the late Thelma Redden Mays. Steven was a “special needs child” and thrived from...
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Ronald C. Adkins

October 25, 1926 - April 29, 2016

Rev. Ronald Calvin Adkins, 89, passed away on April 29, 2016 following a short illness. Born on October 25, 1926, he was the son of the late Frank “Pug” and Lizzie Adkins. Ronald took pride in being pastor at Old Grove Chapel, in which he was the founder. For over fifty years, he ministered on both TV and radio, being heard on WWYO, WJLS and WOAY. He also ministered on Living Faith...
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Orvella Sue Gouge

September 1, 1944 - April 28, 2016

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Adeline Anastasia Parvin

June 7, 2015 - April 25, 2016

Adaline Anastasia Parvin, 9 months of Mt. Hope, passed away unexpectedly, April 25, 2016. She was the daughter of Adam Parvin and Bridget Thompson.Born June 7, 2015 in Beckley, West Virginia. She attended First Baptist Church in Beckley.She is preceded in death by her grandfather, Gerald Lewis “Boguard” Thompson.Those left to cherish her memory includes her parents, Adam Parvin and...
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William McDowell Radford

June 5, 1923 - April 23, 2016

William McDowell Radford, 92, of Beckley, went home to be with the Lord, Saturday, April 23, 2016 following a long illness. He is the son of the late William Radford and Nora Arndt Radford. He was the last surviving member of his immediate family. Born June 5, 1923 in Beckley, West Virginia. William was a born again Christian and a member of Stanaford Missionary Baptist Church. He proudly...
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Marjorie Ellen Alley

September 20, 1931 - April 21, 2016

Marjorie Biser (Alley), 84 of Beckley, passed away, Thursday, April 21, 2016. She was the daughter of the late Fred Patterson and Fannie Houston Patterson. Born September 20, 1931 in Fairmont, WV Marjorie was a loving wife, mother& grandmother. She was a long standing member of St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Beckley. She had a B.A. in English and Business from Fairmont State College...
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James Harve Gill

July 30, 1925 - April 20, 2016

James Harve Gill, 90 of Beckley, passed away, Wednesday, April 20, 2016. He was the son of the late Fletcher Gill and Julia Altice Gill. Born July 30, 1925 in Stanaford, WV. He proudly served in the U.S. Marine Corps as a corporal and a rifleman. He served in WWII in the Pacific Area, received the Good Conduct Medal and was honorably discharged March 4, 1946. In addition to his parents, he...
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Philip Duane Oliver

June 17, 1952 - April 19, 2016

Philip Duane Oliver, 63 of Mabscott, passed away, Tuesday, April 19, 2016. He was the son of the late William Oliver and Weda Phillips Oliver. Born June 17, 1952 in Beckley, WV. Philip was a very kind hearted person who enjoyed spending time with his friends and his dog, Muffin. He enjoyed bowling. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his brother, Robert Sherwood. Those...
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Jimmie Rubin

March 10, 1932 - April 19, 2016

Jimmie Ray Rubin, 84 of Prosperity, passed away Tuesday, April 19, 2016. He was the son of the late Mike and Blanch Rubin.Born March 10, 1932 in Lillybrook, West Virginia. Jimmie was a graduate of Stoco High School and Beckley College. He received a bachelor’s degree from Morris Harvey College (now University of Charleston) and a master’s degree in social work from WVU. He served four...
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Harold Lee Kincaid

November 3, 1964 - April 18, 2016

On Monday, April 18, at Bowers Hospice House, Harold Kincaid Jr. was ushered into the presence of his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Born Nov. 3, 1964, he was the son of Harold Kincaid Sr. and the late Bernice Moore Kincaid. A lifelong resident of Beckley, he graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School, Beckley College and received a Bachelor of Arts...
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Liam Jennings Cooper

January 28, 2016 - April 17, 2016

Liam Jennings Cooper, 2 months, of Sophia, passed away, Sunday, April 17, 2016. He was the son of William “Billy” Cooper and Jessica Ratliff.Born January 28, 2016 in Beckley, West Virginia.Those left to cherish Liam’s memory include his parents, William “Billy” Cooper and Jessica Ratliff, both of Sophia; grandparents, Ralph and Lawanda Cooper of Sophia, Gary Ratliff...
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Edward Boyd

November 1, 1926 - April 15, 2016

Edward E. Boyd, 89 of Mt. Hope, passed away on Friday, April 15, 2016. Born November 1, 1926, he was the son of the late Ira and Pink Minnix Boyd. Edward proudly served with the United States Navy in WWII. In addition to his parents, Edward is preceded in death by his wife, Catherine “Kitty” Boyd; brothers, Bill, Richard, Harry and Woodie; sisters, Grace Lamaster and Nell Schutt;...
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Benny Lee Hale

April 3, 1942 - April 14, 2016

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Lorene Michelle Smith

April 2, 1969 - April 13, 2016

Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is to never stop questioning – Albert Einstein Lorene Michelle Smith, PA-C, Physician Assistant, 47, of Beaver, died Wednesday, April 13, 2016. She was the wife of the late, Thomas H. Smith. Born April 2, 1969 in Mullens, she was the daughter of Perry and Martha Whittaker, of Greenville, SC and Lula Whittaker, of...
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Darrel Gene Worley

March 21, 1972 - April 13, 2016

Darrel Worley On April 13th, our beloved brother and dear friend Darrel Worley 44, of Beckley was taken from this earth to rejoin his parents in Heaven. Darrel was born March 21, 1972 to Bill and Mary Worley. The youngest of 3 sons, Darrel loved camping, bow hunting, fishing, watching Nascar, dirt track racing, taking care of his pets, hanging out with friends, and watching his nephew play...
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Norma Ethelene Meadows

June 28, 1913 - April 13, 2016

Norma Ethelene Lilly Meadows of Glen White, WV was called home to Heaven April 13, 2016 at Bowers Hospice House, Beckley, WV. She was 102 years old. She was born June 28, 1913 at Hinton, WV. She was the eldest of 13 children of Everett Jackson Lilly and Myrtha Blanche Keffer Lilly of Coal City, both deceased. She was also preceded in death by brothers, Orlen, Osborne, Fred, Dewey and Rev....
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Corena P. Bradford

October 26, 1932 - April 13, 2016

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Valeria Jane Reed

January 20, 1924 - April 12, 2016

Valeria Jane Reed, 92 of Beckley, passed away, Tuesday, April 12, 2016. She was the daughter of the late Thomas Marshall and Maude Brash Marshall. Born January 20, 1924 in Scarbro, West Virginia. She was a member of the Eastern Star and a Past Marton at Winolia Chapter No. 59 for more than 50 years. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Andrew ...
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Ruth Ella Roop

August 29, 1924 - April 12, 2016

Ruth Ella Roop, 91 of Allen Junction, passed away Tuesday, April 12, 2016 following a long illness. She was the daughter of the late William Asbury and Mary Ciffie Asbury.Born August 29, 1924 in Raleigh County, West Virginia. She was a member of Welton Bible Church. Ruth enjoyed sewing, making fried apple pies, working in her flower and vegetable garden and being with her family.In addition to...
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Ruth Ella Roop

August 29, 1924 - April 12, 2016

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Earl Edward Burton

August 22, 1936 - April 11, 2016

Earl Burton, 79, of Bolt, went home to be with the Lord, Monday, April 11, 2016. He was the son of the late Orville and Elma Burton.Born August 22, 1936 in Kistler, West Virginia. Earl was a loving husband and father. He was a coal miner for 33 years and retired from Beckley Mining. He owned E&B Builders. They constructed American Standard Homes and remodeled churches. Later, he had Burton...
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Russell Leroy Dawson

September 2, 1938 - April 10, 2016

Russell Leroy Dawson, 77 of Beckley, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, April 10, 2016 at Bowers Hospice House. He is the eldest child of Samuel and Bernice Dawson. Born September 2, 1938 in Saxtonburg, PA. He was a faithful member of Beckley First Church of the Nazarene. He served as Board Member, Sunday School Superintendent and teacher, choir member, Bible Quiz Director, Usher and...
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Ruby Furrow

July 6, 1937 - April 9, 2016

Ruby A. Williams Furrow, 78 of Mabscott, passed away Saturday, April 9, 2016. She was the daughter of the late Lonnie and Tellie Williams. Mrs. Furrow was born July 6, 1937 in Cranberry, West Virginia. She was a member of Oak Grove Christian Church. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, James Furrow; sons, John D. Furrow and Tommy Furrow; brothers, Sam...
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Otis Jumior Lambert

November 11, 1926 - April 9, 2016

Otis Junior Lambert 89, of Midway, went home to be with his Savior on Saturday, April 9, 2016, after an extended illness. Born November 11, 1926 in Freeman he was the son of the late Hoye Mack and Lora(Miller) Lambert of Ashe County North Carolina.Otis made his home at Midway for over 62 years after moving from Affinity. He was a retired coal miner and a Veteran of the U.S. Army. He was a member...
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Della Mae Green

June 12, 1928 - April 8, 2016

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Mondala K. Saul

April 20, 1928 - April 7, 2016

Mondala K. Saul, 87, of Oak Hill, passed away on April 7, 2016.Friends may gather with the family Wednesday, April 13, 2016 from 1-2 pm at Blue Ridge Funeral home.Services will be held 2pm, Wednesday, April 13, 2016 at the funeral home.Burial will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens with family to service as pallbearers.Arrangements by Blue Ridge Funeral Home, 5251 Robert C. Byrd Drive, Beckley...
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Albert Lilly

April 15, 1930 - April 1, 2016

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Albert L. Lilly

April 15, 1930 - April 1, 2016

Albert Lacy Lilly, 85 of Mabscott, went home to be with the Lord on Friday, April 1, 2016. He was the son of the late Albert Lilly and Gaye Wiseman Lilly. Born April 15, 1930 in Raleigh County, West Virginia. Albert enjoyed camping, car races and golf. He retired from the Coco-Cola Bottling Company. He was a member of Crab Orchard Baptist Church. In addition to his parents, he is preceded...
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Melvin Noel Kaylor

October 9, 1958 - March 31, 2016

Melvin Noel Kaylor, 57 of Lanark, passed away Thursday, March 31, 2016 at CAMC. He was the son of the late Melvin Kaylor and Freda Craft Kaylor. Born October 9, 1958 in Beckley, West Virginia. Melvin was a retired welder from Cogar Mine Supply. He is preceded in death by his parents. Those left to cherish his memory includes son, Jason Kaylor of Stanaford; daughter, Elizabeth Kaylor of...
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Melvin Noel Kaylor

October 9, 1958 - March 31, 2016

Melvin Noel Kaylor, 57 of Lanark, passed away Thursday, March 31, 2016 at CAMC. He was the son of the late Melvin Kaylor and Freda Craft Kaylor. Born October 9, 1958 in Beckley, West Virginia. Melvin was a retired welder from Cogar Mine Supply. He is preceded in death by his parents. Those left to cherish his memory includes son, Jason Kaylor of Stanaford; daughter, Elizabeth Kaylor of...
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Betty J. Berg

October 13, 1937 - March 31, 2016

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Betty Jean Phillips

November 28, 1932 - March 27, 2016

Betty Jean Phillips, 83, of Hilltop, formerly of Beckley, passed away Sunday, March 27, 2016. She was the daughter of the late Curtis Mays and Sadie Merritt Mays. Born November 28, 1932 in Skelton, West Virginia. She attended Bradley Freewill Baptist Church. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband of 27 years, Ted Phillips; son, David Biggs; brother, Jack Mays;...
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Clarence O'Neal

April 13, 1939 - March 26, 2016

Arrangements under the direction of Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley, WV.
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Mary Martha Keaton

June 27, 1933 - March 26, 2016

Mary Martha Keaton of Hotchkiss, passed away Saturday, March 26, 2016. She is the daughter of the late Clarence Acord and Etter Acord. Born June 27, 1933 in Hotchkiss, West Virginia. Mary was a homemaker and a member of the Hotchkiss Missionary Baptist Church. She was a loving wife, mother and granny. She brought a smile to everyone’s face to everyone who was around her. In addition...
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Breanna Kristen Bumgarner

October 21, 1996 - March 22, 2016

The Kingdom of Heaven became a little brighter on March 22, 2016, as Breanna Kristen Bumgarner entered the gates. She was the daughter of Michael Ray Bumgarner and Angel Ellen Tyler. Breanna held most dear to her heart her family, friends and the outdoors. She was a graduate of Mt. Tabor Christian School and attended New River Community and Technical College. Preceding her in death is her...
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Charles Franklin Bowles

January 31, 1947 - March 20, 2016

Charles Franklin Bowles, 69, of Crab Orchard, passed away Sunday, March 20, 2016. He was the son of the late Charles Randall Bowles and Ethel Barnett Brewer.He was born January 31, 1947 in Clifftop, West Virginia. Charles enjoyed fishing, walking, going to flea markets, and spending time with his dog, Mo.In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his brother, Randy Bowles.Those left...
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Debra Elaine Gillian

May 24, 1955 - March 19, 2016

Debra Elaine Thomas Gillian, 60, of Beaver, passed away Saturday, March 19, 2016. She was the daughter of Fred Wilson Thomas and Rosie Marie Irvin Thomas. Born May 24, 1955 in Raleigh County, WV. She was a member of Senior Friends, Well I’ll Bee and Friends of Raleigh Co. Library. Debra graduated from WWHS in 1973, Concord College in 1977 with a bachelor degree in Early Childhood...
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Milburn Fredrick Pack

December 8, 1925 - March 19, 2016

Milburn Fredrick Pack, 90 of Beckley, passed away, Saturday, March 19, 2016. He was the son of the late Fred and Thelma Pack. He was born December 8, 1925 in Eccles, WV. Milburn served in the US Marine Corps December 15, 1942 until November 19, 1945. He as a member of TOKYO BAY OCCUPATION FORCE (TC-31) participated in the initial landing and occupation of the TOKYO BAY AREA and THE CAPTURE OF...
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Roy Jay Lucas

October 21, 1963 - March 17, 2016

Roy Jay Lucas, 52 of Beckley, went home to be with his Lord, Thursday, March 17, 2016 following a long illness. He was the son of the late James Lucas and Elizabeth Taylor Lucas. He was born October 21, 1963 in Raleigh County, WV. Roy was a member of St. Mary’s United Methodist Church. He was a proud member of the United Methodist Men, RCHA & FCHA. He was a 4-H Allstar. Roy...
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Anna Mae Basham

October 1, 1932 - March 17, 2016

Anna Mae (Ellison) Basham, 83 of White Oak, stepped into Heaven on March 17, 2016. She was the daughter of the late Paul and Nellie Moye. Mrs. Basham was a food dietitian at Raleigh General Hospital and Pine Lodge Nursing Home. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband Oran Finley Basham; brother, Lacy Moye. Those left to cherish her memory includes sons, Donnie...
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Ronald Oscar Dunbar

October 17, 1939 - March 16, 2016

Ronald Oscar Dunbar, 76 of Beckley, passed away Wednesday, March 16, 2016 after a long illness. He was the son of the late Oscar Dunbar and Irene Toney Dunbar. He was born October 17, 1939 in Clear Fork, West Virginia. On that sunny day with the leaves changing, his father killed six squirrels. Ronald enjoyed fishing, hunting, square dance calling, and spending time with his grandchildren. He...
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Mary Worley

August 19, 1931 - March 16, 2016

Arrangements under the direction of Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley, WV.
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Gerena Mae Steel

January 15, 1933 - March 16, 2016

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Edith Jennings Williams

June 1, 1933 - March 15, 2016

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Lillie June Scarbro

June 2, 1924 - March 12, 2016

Lillie June Scarbro, 91 of Prosperity, was carried away by God’s best angels from Bowers Hospice House on Saturday, March 12, 2016. She was the daughter of the late Andrew Pettry and Anna Bradford Pettry. She was born June 2, 1924 in Naoma, West Virginia. June was beautifully gifted in music and spent many years ministering in song, playing her guitar. She loved cooking, spending time...
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Opal Isabelle WIlson

September 5, 1926 - March 10, 2016

Opal Isabelle Wilson Opal Isabelle Wilson, 89 of White Oak, went home to be with the Lord Thursday, March 10, 2016 after long illness. She was the daughter of the late Charlie and Mamie Peppers. She was born September 5, 1926 in Beckley, West Virginia. Opal was a member of Hilltop Baptist Church. She worked at Lillys’ Corporate Office through Olsteen and volunteered at Haven of Mercy...
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Patricia A. Brammer

November 20, 1937 - March 9, 2016

Patricia Brammer, 78, a lifelong resident of Beckley, passed away peacefully Wednesday evening, March 9, 2016. Pat lived with Parkinson's disease for the past twenty years. The most recent years were very difficult for her, physically and emotionally, dealing with the decline that came with this disease.Born November 20, 1937, in Beckley, she was the daughter of the late Clyde DeHart and...
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Evelyn J. Davis

March 7, 1931 - March 9, 2016

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Leslie Thomas Lilly

August 18, 1953 - March 7, 2016

Leslie Thomas Lilly, Sr., 62 of Princewick, passed away Monday, March 7, 2016. He was the son of the late Leonard Lilly and Goldie Meadows Lilly. He was born August 18, 1953 in Mullens, West Virginia. Leslie enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren. He was loved dearly by his family and friends. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by daughter, Roxanna Lilly...
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Leslie Thomas Lilly

August 18, 1953 - March 7, 2016

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Jennings Everett Riser

February 7, 1932 - March 7, 2016

Jennings “Jim” Everette Riser, 84 of Clayton, NC, went home to be with the Lord, Monday, March 7, 2016. He was the son of the late James Riser, and Mary Toney Riser. Mr. Riser was born February 7, 1932 in Carlisle, WV. He was a retired coal miner. He was a member of the Beckley Masonic Lodge and Eastern Star. He attended the Church of God. In addition to his parents, preceding him...
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Robert Wriston

March 13, 1925 - March 6, 2016

Robert Wriston, 90 of Maple Fork, passed away, Sunday, March 6, 2016, at home from an extended illness. He was the son of the late Wilbur and Birdie Wriston. He was born March 13, 1925 in Nesco, West Virginia, which later became Maple Fork. He attended Woodrow Wilson High School. Robert served in the US Army from June 4, 1943 until October 17, 1945. During WWII, he served in The European...
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Emma Marie Thompson

March 9, 1923 - March 4, 2016

Emma Marie Hodge Thompson, 92 of Beckley, passed away, Friday, March 4, 2016. She was the daughter of the late Elijah J. Hodge and Bertie Dolin Hodge. She was born March 9, 1923 at Notomine, West Virginia. She loved the Lord, and was a member of the Church of God of Prophecy. She enjoyed going to Bible Study. She loved gardening, being with her family, and caring for her children and...
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Craig Steven Morris

March 15, 1969 - March 2, 2016

Craig Steven Morris, 46 of Beckley, passed away Wednesday, March 2, 2016 following a short illness. He is the son of Larry Morris and Donna Meadows Morris. Mr. Morris was born March 15, 1969 in Beckley, West Virginia. He attended Glen Morgan Missionary Baptist Church. Craig enjoyed working on vehicles, country music, sports, nascar and being with his family and friends. Those left to cherish...
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Donald Ray Bird

June 20, 1937 - March 1, 2016

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Clifford Eugene Sargent

February 17, 1966 - March 1, 2016

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Priscilla Lee Painter

September 24, 1948 - February 29, 2016

Priscilla Lee Painter, 67 of Cool Ridge, went home to be with the Lord on February 29, 2016, following a long, courageous battle with cancer.Born September 24, 1948 in Beckley, she was the daughter of the late Ray and Doris Farley Decker.She graduated from Stoco High School. She was a loving wife and mother. She was the founder of Star Ministries and devoted herself to helping others. Priscilla...
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Jacob Benjamin Winter

November 14, 1985 - February 28, 2016

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Jack Richmond

June 6, 1921 - February 27, 2016

It is with great sadness that the family of Jack Richmond, Sr. announce his passing on February 27, 2016 at Raleigh General Hospital after an extended battle with kidney disease and other health problems. He was 94 years old. Beaver has lost one of its oldest and lifelong residents. He was born on June 6, 1921 to the late Harvey and Etta Vest Richmond, and was the last surviving member of his...
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Cody Celdon Shrewsberry

March 26, 1995 - February 26, 2016

Cody Celdon Shrewberry, 20 of Beckley, passed away, Friday, February 26, 2016, following a tragic ATV accident. He was the son of the late Dean Edward Shrewsberry and Donna Williams.He was born April 23, 1995 in Beckley, WV. Cody enjoyed riding motorcycles and ATVs, and being with his family and friends. He was trained in culinary arts and loved cooking.In addition to his father, he is preceded...
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Martha Williams

February 19, 1939 - February 24, 2016

Martha Ellen Williams, 77 of Beckley, passed away, Wednesday, February 24, 2016. She was the daughter of the late Jesse Durham and Ratha Rice Durham. She was born January 19, 1939 in Besco, West Virginia. She was a long time employee of Pete and Bobs, and the old Greyhound bus station. She was of the Church of God Faith. Martha loved being around people, caring and taking care of others. She...
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Freda Mae Meadows

June 1, 1940 - February 24, 2016

Freda Mae Meadows, 75 of Maben, passed away, Wednesday, February 24, 2016 following a long illness. She was the daughter of the late Ted Trail and Wyvonne Hicks Trail.She was born June 1, 1940 in Green Sulpher Springs, WV. She was a faithful member of Sweet Home Freewill Baptist Church in Maben. She enjoyed gardening, reading her bible and word search puzzle. Most importantly, she loved being a...
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Sharon Kay Huffman

August 9, 1951 - February 21, 2016

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Virginia Charlene Sizemore

May 11, 1935 - February 21, 2016

Virginia Charlene Moran Sizemore, 80 of Beckley, passed away Sunday, February 21, 2016. She was the daughter of the late James Gilbert-Jones and Mattie Armstrong Jones. She was born May 11, 1935 in Atkins, Virginia. She had worked as an office assistant for the UMWA then later retiring. Virginia was an outstanding mother, enjoyed gardening and adored her grandchildren and great grandchildren....
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Robert Paul Jarrell

December 13, 1944 - February 20, 2016

Robert Paul Jarrell, 71, of Artie, WV went to be home with the Lord on February 20, 2016.He was the son of the late Paul Edwin and Mary Edith Jarrell and was born on December 13, 1944 at their home in Artie, WV.He graduated Clear Fork High School in 1962. After graduation, he spent 4 years in the Navy receiving the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal and the Vietnam Campaign...
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Robert Paul Jarrell

December 13, 1944 - February 20, 2016

Robert Paul Jarrell, 71, of Artie, WV went to be home with the Lord on February 20, 2016.He was the son of the late Paul Edwin and Mary Edith Jarrell and was born on December 13, 1944 at their home in Artie, WV.He graduated Clear Fork High School in 1962. After graduation, he spent 4 years in the Navy receiving the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal and the Vietnam Campaign...
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Thomas Allister McNeish

October 14, 1924 - February 18, 2016

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Alice Demple Johnson

June 29, 1945 - February 17, 2016

Alice Demple Johnson, 70, of Oak Hill, passed away, Wednesday, February 17, 2016. She was the daughter of the late Norma Akers Foster. Alice was born June 29, 1945 in Fayette County, West Virginia. She enjoyed gardening. In addition to her mother, she is preceded in death but her son, Dennis Roger Gibson, Jr. Those left to cherish her memory are her husband of 32 years, Frank Johnson, Jr.;...
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John Paul Blankenship

August 2, 1928 - February 14, 2016

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Ronald James Hunter

March 16, 1948 - February 14, 2016

Ronald James Hunter, 67, of Beaver, went to be with the Lord, Sunday, February 14, 2016. He was the son of the late James P. Hunter and Lena M. Farley Fisto. He was born March 16, 1948 in Jonben, West Virginia. He was a retired Carpenter. He was an avid fisherman and football fan. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his brother, Bobby Gene Hunter; sisters, Retha Hunter,...
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Agnes Miller

February 15, 1925 - February 14, 2016

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John Paul Blankenship

August 2, 1928 - February 14, 2016

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Mary Jewell Bolen

April 14, 1941 - February 12, 2016

Mary Jewell Pritchard Bolen 74 of Coal City went home to meet our Lord and Savior, February 12th at her home peacefully.She was the daughter of the late William “Bill” Harvey Pritchard and Juanita Blanche Cales Pritchard.She was preceded in death by her late husband of 53 years, Rayburn Don Bolen, Sr. and three sisters, Lana, Patty, and Juanita and brothers, Larry, Bobby, Eddie, Gary,...
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Lewis Mitchell Stover

December 10, 1951 - February 10, 2016

Mitchell L. Stover, 64, went to be with his Lord and Savior after a short illness on February 10, 2016 in his residence of The Maples Nursing Home in Bluefield. He received watchful and loving care from the staff during those five days. Mitchell was born December 10, 1951 in Artie, West Virginia. He was the son of the late Carlos Elbert Stover and Reda Faye Wriston Stover. He enjoyed...
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Steve Arnold Goins

September 16, 1946 - February 9, 2016

Steve Arnold Goins, 69, of Lanark, passed away Tuesday, February 9, 2016 at Charleston Area Medical Center due to complications from a sinus surgery. Born September 16, 1946 in Fayette County, he was the son of Magaline Ramsey Goins of Piney View and the late Arlie Goins, Sr. Steve was a long-time employee of AEEI of Beckley. He attended Piney View Bible Church and Grace Community Church. ...
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Lillian Almond Rose

November 18, 1935 - February 8, 2016

Lillian Almond Rose, 80 of Beckley, passed away, Monday, February 8, 2016 at Bowers Hospice House. She was the daughter of the late Earl Guth and Margaret Ann Crawford Guth. Lillian was a devoted Christian who loved God and her family. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband of 35 years, William Henry Rose; and brother, Garnet Guth. Those left to cherish her memory...
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Jo Marsha Worley

July 30, 1949 - February 7, 2016

Blue Ridge Funeral HomeBeckley, West VirginiaJo “Jody” Marsha WorleyJo “Jody” Marsha Worley, 66 of Beckley, passed away, Sunday, February 7, 2016. She was the daughter of the late Joe Pack and Velma Moore Pack. She was born July 30, 1949 in Beckley, West Virginia. Jody was a dedicated christian and a member of Oak Grove Christian Church. She was a previous employee at...
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Rheda Deloris Logan

June 1, 1923 - February 7, 2016

Rheda Deloris Logan, 92, of Mt. Hope, passed away, February 7, 2016 at Bowers Hospice House. She had suffered many years with Alzheimer’s and cancer. She was the daughter of the late Cleve Farley and Roxie Fletcher Farley. She is the last surviving member of her family and also the Logan family. She was born June 1, 1923 in Rhodell, West Virginia. She worked many years at Holy Family...
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Samuel Calvin Gration

December 19, 1928 - February 7, 2016

“Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal.” ~Anonymous Samuel Calvin Gration, 87, of Josephine, went to be with the Lord, Sunday, February 7, 2016. He was the son of the late Samuel Gration and Edith Kurk Gration. Born December 19, 1928 in Hugheston, West Virginia. He was a retired coal miner and a veteran of the Korean War. He was an avid...
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James Floyd Goins

November 28, 1950 - February 6, 2016

James Floyd Goins, 65 of Prosperity, passed away, February 6, 2016 at Bowers Hospice House following a short illness. Born November 28, 1950 in Oceana, West Virginia, he was the son of the late William and Myrtle Kirk Goins. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his brother, Junior Edward Kirk of Beaver. Those left to cherish his memory are his wife of 33 years, Peggy Goins of...
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Gerald Lee Cook

January 9, 1951 - February 5, 2016

Gerald “Jerry” Lee Cook, Sr. 65, of Beckley, passed away, Friday, February 5, 2016. Born January 9, 1951 in Mullens, West Virginia, he was the son of the late Waitman Barbe and Georgetta Cook. Jerry was a 1969 graduate of Pineville High School, Pineville, WV. After graduation, he enlisted in the Army, where he served his country. While stationed in South Korea he met the love of...
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Ada E. Cooper

July 14, 1936 - February 1, 2016

MULLENS — Ada E. Cooper, 79, of Mullens, died Monday, February 1, 2016 at Princeton Community Hospital after a lengthy illness.Ada was born July 14, 1936 at Herndon Hgts. She was the daughter of the late Samuel Clifford and Ethel Mae Hopkins Echols. She attended Black Eagle Baptist Church. She had a passion for gardening and loved family get-togethers. In addition to her parents, she is...
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Millard Lee Powers

August 8, 1929 - January 28, 2016

Millard Lee Powers, 86 of Sophia, went home to be with his Lord & Savior, Thursday, January 28, 2016 following a short illness. He was the son of the late Lonnie McKinley Powers and Alice McKinney Powers. He was born August 8, 1929 in Red Star, West Virginia. Mr. Powers was a member of the UMWA and Sophia Freewill Baptist Church. He was a former choir member, deacon, Sunday school...
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Freddie Charles Bradley

January 22, 1934 - January 27, 2016

Freddie Charles “Cardy” Bradley, 82 of Beckley, passed away, Wednesday, January 27, 2016, after battling a long illness of cancer. He was the son of the late Howard Bradley and Myrtle Shinaberry Dovin. He was born January 22, 1934 in Richlands, WV. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He was in the Army & Army Reserves. Freddie was a member of the Moose, Elks Club...
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Brian Keith Bishop

August 3, 1972 - January 25, 2016

Brian Keith Bishop, 43, of Crab Orchard, passed away on Tuesday, January 26, 2016.He is the son of Raymond and Mary Sue Bishop. He was born on August 3, 1972 in Welch, W.Va. Brian attended Glen White Church of God, and enjoyed riding four-wheelers. He also loved being with friends and family. Those left to cherish his memory include his loving parents, Raymond Bishop of Crab Orchard, and Mary Sue...
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Oscar Frank Perdue

March 24, 1934 - January 24, 2016

Oscar F. “Buck” Perdue, 81 of Surveyor, went home to be with his Lord and Savior, Sunday, January 24, 2016. He is the son of the late John and Margaret Perdue.He was born on March 24, 1934 on Barkers Ridge, Wyoming County, West Virginia. He was a loving husband and father, a devoted Christian that loved serving his Lord and Savior. He loved spending time with his boys, hunting,...
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Timothy Joe Collins

August 6, 1960 - January 24, 2016

Timothy “Timm” Joe Collins, 55 of Huntington,passed away, January 24, 2016. He is the son of the late Doris Anne Collins. He was born August 6, 1960 in Onaway, Michigan. Timm enjoyed cooking, canning, sewing, antiquing, collecting things especially old cook books and helping others. In addition to his mother, he is preceded in death by his sister, Vicki Lynn Collins Smith. Those...
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James William Hensley

September 14, 1945 - January 24, 2016

James “Jimmy” William Hensley, 70 of Wayside, passed away, 04:30am, Sunday, January 24, 2016 at Bowers Hospice House. He was the son of the late Joseph Hensley and Leona Utt Hensley. He was born September 24, 1945 in Cabin Creek, West Virginia. James was a graduate from Sophia High School. He served in Vietnam from 1967-1968 and served during the Tet Offensive. He was a lineman...
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Brooklynn Marie Klosski

August 29, 2015 - January 23, 2016

Arrangements under the direction of Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley, WV.
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Sarita Pauline Stover

March 30, 1917 - January 17, 2016

Sarita Pauline Stover, 98, of Artie, passed away Sunday, January 17, 2016. She was the daughter of the late Alfred Williams and Hattie Moles Williams. She was born March 30, 1917 in Artie, West Virginia. Sarita attended Log Church of Artie. She enjoyed cooking; especially making pies. She loved her dogs dearly, Duke and Mindy. Sarita believed in the Bible. She also believed everyone...
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Margie Agnes Barber

February 27, 1937 - January 16, 2016

Margie A. Ellison Barber, 78, of Daniels,passed away on January 16, 2016 in Beckley, WV. She was the daughter of the late Lewis William and Josephine Upton Ellison. Born February 27, 1937 in Lookout, WV, she attended Tilden Community Church and Gloryland Baptist Church of Camp Creek, WV. Margie enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, crossword puzzles, quilting, cross-stitching, and was...
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Pearl D. Allen

November 27, 1929 - January 15, 2016

Pearl D. Allen 86, of Beckley went to be with the Lord, Friday January 15, 2016.Born November 27, 1929 in Whitesville, she was the daughter of the late Sidney and Essie Adkins Nelson.Pearl was a homemaker and attended First Baptist Church Beckley for many years. At the time of her death she was a member of Pineyview Bible Church. Pearl loved people, her joy was volunteering to help her community....
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Paul Saddler

June 25, 1953 - January 14, 2016

Paul SaddlerPaul Saddler 62, of Daniels passed away Thursday January 14, 2016 in the Bowers Hospice House.Born June 24, 1953 in Charleston he was the son of the late James R. and Ivory Blondena Hizer Saddler.Paul was a 1971 graduate of Clear Fork High School in Raleigh county. He was a veteran of the United States Navy serving on the USS Waccamaw, and the USS America; he also served in the Naval...
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William Leroy Brown

March 20, 1944 - January 14, 2016

William Leroy Brown, Sr. 71 of Crab Orchard, WV passed away Thursday, January 14, 2016. Born March 20, 1944, he was the son of the late Oather and Eva Sadler Brown.Leroy was a coalminer with over 30 years of service. He was a proud member of the UMWA. Leroy was a long time card carrying member of the NRA. He also enjoyed bowling.In addition to his parents, Leroy is preceded in death by his loving...
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David Webb

March 4, 1939 - January 11, 2016

Arrangements under the direction of Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens (WV), Beckley, WV.
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Mary Christena Dean

February 28, 1921 - January 8, 2016

Mary Christena Dean, 94, passed away January 8, 2016 at Bowers Hospice House. She was the daughter of the late John Wesley and Mahala Elizabeth Wyatt Lovell. Mary was born February 28, 1921 in Spanishburg, West Virginia. She was a resident at Hidden Valley Center in Oak Hill, WV since August 2013. She was a member of United Methodist Temple. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in...
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Hallie E. Peters

December 8, 1925 - January 7, 2016

Arrangements under the direction of Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens (WV), Beckley, WV.
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Hallie Atha Peters

December 8, 1925 - January 7, 2016

Hallie Atha Peters, 90, of Beckley, passed away, Thursday, January 07, 2016 following a short illness. Born December 8, 1925 in Raleigh County, West Virginia, she was the daughter of the late French Atha and Louise Williams Atha. Hallie was a member of Mattville Community Church. She enjoyed gardening, being outdoors, going to church, listening to gospel music and being with her family. In...
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