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Beautiful Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Memorial Gardens & Cremations in Beckley, West Virginia, and Williams-Blue Ridge Funeral Home in Sophia, West Virginia, have provided generations of West Virginia families with high-quality funeral, cemetery and cremation services. Our caring staffs are committed to providing you with exceptional assistance to meet your needs and the value your family deserves. At Blue Ridge and Williams-Blue Ridge, we believe that every life is unique, and every funeral should be too. We celebrate life. And for those who would like to plan ahead, we offer The Simplicity Plan® prearrangement program, an easy way to handle an important family responsibility. Each of our locations features unique options to fit your individual needs. We invite you to learn more about our funeral homes and memorial gardens.

BLUE RIDGE FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATIONS (Beckley)
Standing in view of Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens is the impressive Blue Ridge Funeral Home. Designed with your family's comfort in mind, the spacious funeral home features two large chapel areas, pleasant sitting and family rooms and comfortable arrangement offices. For the convenience of our guests, Blue Ridge features covered entranceways and is surrounded by ample, well-lighted parking areas. With the funeral home ideally situated across from cemetery grounds, families benefit from the convenience and value of having all funeral and cemetery services provided at one location. Blue Ridge also offers an on-site crematory.

BLUE RIDGE MEMORIAL GARDENS (Beckley)
Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens has long been considered one of the state's most beautiful resting places. Its picturesque grounds have provided generations of families with a quiet sense of comfort and peace of mind. Blue Ridge's gentle rolling hills give way to green lawns that offer affordable memorization options of everlasting beauty and charm. At Blue Ridge, families can choose from traditional ground burial, impressive mausoleums cremation niches or prestigious family estates.

WILLIAMS-BLUE RIDGE FUNERAL HOME (Sophia)
Williams-Blue Ridge Funeral Home, located on Virginia Street in Sophia, provides a comfortable setting for families in need of assistance. Reception areas, a coffee lounge and an ample parking area are just a few of the benefits families will find at Williams-Blue Ridge. The funeral home offers a spacious chapel area seating more than 150 guests and features beautiful stained-glass windows. Most important, the professional and caring staff at Williams-Blue Ridge is always on hand to help you create the most memorable and meaningful service possible for your loved one.

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Our Obituaries

Michael Wayne Worley

January 18, 1956 - July 5, 2015

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Mary Hayes

December 7, 1967 - July 2, 2015

Mary Ann Hayes, 47, passed away on Thursday, July 2, 2015. Mary was born in Mullens, WV to the late Monterville and Alice Marie Snyder Lusk. She was a kind woman who loved completing puzzle books, and playing horse shoes and poker. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sisters, Debra Adkins and Norma Lewis, brother-in-law, Doug Reed, an infant brother, and her dear...
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Mary Hayes

December 7, 1967 - July 2, 2015

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Vera Glass

July 16, 1942 - June 28, 2015

Vera A. Glass, 72, of Talcott, WV, passed away on Sunday, June 28, 2015. Vera was born on July 16, 1942 to the late Dawson and Gertrude Hodge Williams in Artie, WV. She was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother who loved spending time with her family. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her son, Dwayne Glass, Great-Grandson, Christopher Sadzewicz, sister, Chrisetta Musser,...
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Geneva Marie Davis

July 14, 1937 - June 27, 2015

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Thelma Jean Mays

January 13, 1938 - June 25, 2015

Blue Ridge Funeral HomeBeckley, WV Thelma J. Redden Mays Thelma J. Redden Mays passed away June 25, 2015 at ARH Hospital of multiple system failure.Born January 13, 1938, in Beaver, WV, she was the oldest daughter of the late Georgia Anderson Redden and the late Jesse Howard Redden. She was co-owner of T&C Book Exchange and Beaver Creek Art Studio both of Beaver, WV, where she taught Oil...
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Michael Dunlap

December 17, 1954 - June 25, 2015

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Michael Craig Johnson, Sr.

January 11, 1949 - June 24, 2015

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Virginia Fitzwater

April 26, 1934 - June 24, 2015

Virginia (Jenny) Ann Fitzwater, 81, our dear sister and aunt found peace on Wednesday, June 24th, 2015. Virginia is preceded in death by her father and mother, L.L. “Butch” and Edith Fitzwater; a brother, Lowell “Butch” Fitzwater.She is survived by a sister, Chelsea C. Peelish of Beckley; brother and wife, Paul and Pat Fitzwater of Bolt; sister-in-law, Betty Fitzwater of...
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Gladys Sandra Carpenter

December 2, 1926 - June 21, 2015

Gladys S. Carpenter, 88, of Princeton, formerly of Beckley, went to be with the Lord, June 21, 2015 after a short illness. Born November 2, 1926, she was the daughter of the late Tom and Mary Webb. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Maxwell Scott Carpenter and brother, Jim Webb. Gladys came from a family of hairdressers and had her own beauty college in Vero...
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Willie Mae Gilkerson

September 21, 1925 - June 19, 2015

Blue Ridge Funeral HomeBeckley, West Virginia Willie Mae Ewing Gilkerson, age 89, of Beckley, WV, passed away Friday, June 19, 2015 at Raleigh General Hospital in Beckley following a short illness. Born September 21, 1925, in Stanaford, WV, she was the daughter of Delmar and Virgie Ewing. A wonderful homemaker, Willie was a 1944 graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School and also worked at a...
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John Louis Mullens

July 15, 1941 - June 17, 2015

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Paula Kay Dyer

May 31, 1948 - June 15, 2015

PAULA KAY DYERPaula Kay Dyer of Beckley WV, died peacefully in the presence of loved ones, Monday, June 15, 2015 at Cabell Huntington Hospital, following a long illness. She was born Paula Kay Hayner, on May 31st 1948 and brought home to a small and humble house at Hainer / Hayner Hollow in Chapmanville WV by her Father Opie Paul Hayner, fresh from marching from France to Germany in WWII, and her...
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James Franklin Howell

November 29, 1936 - June 14, 2015

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James Franklin Howell

November 29, 1936 - June 14, 2015

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Kathy Jane McKinney

December 29, 1959 - June 14, 2015

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Rebecca Susan Schuman

September 19, 1959 - June 13, 2015

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Craig Edward Bess

April 15, 1980 - June 13, 2015

Loving husband, father, son, brother and friend, Craig Edward Bess, 35 of Shady Spring, passed away Saturday, June 13, 2015. Born April 15, 1980, Craig was the son of Dennis Bess and the late Pauletta Bailey Bess.Craig grew up in Oak Hill, W.Va., graduated from Oak Hill High School in 1998 and was a graduate of West Virginia University. Anyone that knew him knew of his passion for music. He...
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Roy Lee McKinney

July 31, 1925 - June 13, 2015

Roy L. McKinney Roy L. McKinney 89, of Lester died on Saturday, June 13, 2015Born July 31, 1925, in Lester he was the son of the late Harrison and Charlotte Meadows McKinneyRoy retired from Slab Fork Coal Company in 1982. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, and spending time with his family.Roy was the last surviving member of his immediate family.In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by...
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Errol G. Lilly

August 7, 1940 - June 12, 2015

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John W. Martin

June 22, 1932 - June 11, 2015

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Patricia C. Jarrell

December 25, 1934 - June 10, 2015

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Donald R. Ransom

February 24, 1946 - June 10, 2015

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Kent Saul

October 7, 1946 - June 10, 2015

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Patricia C. Jarrell

December 25, 1934 - June 10, 2015

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Donald Ransom

February 24, 1946 - June 10, 2015

Blue Ridge Funeral HomeBeckley, WVDonald Ray Ransom Donald Ray Ransom, 69 of Arnett went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday June, 10, 2015 at Bowers Hospice House, Beckley, WV at 10:48 PM. He was born February 24, 1946 at Cool Ridge, WV; he was a son of the late George Waine and Lanzy Jane Massie Ransom. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Mary Clough...
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Donald James Cadle

October 12, 1974 - June 8, 2015

Donald James Cadle, 40, of Beckley, West Virginia, passed away on Monday, June 8, 2015. He was born on October 12, 1974 to a family of six, including parents, James and Betty Cadle, and siblings, Shane, Adam, and Evelyn, and he was the father of five children, Chelsea Nigh (20), Kassie Cadle (20), Austin Cadle (19), Ashleigh Donnell (15), and Jacob Cadle (12).He is also survived by his fianc...
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Lonnie Lawrence Lilly

October 29, 1921 - June 3, 2015

Williams Blue Ridge Funeral HomeSophia, WVRev. Lonnie L. Lilly Rev. Lonnie L. Lilly, our Dad and Grandpa went to be with the Lord on June 3th, 2015 at Bowers Hospice House with his loved one’s there at his side. Born on October 29, 1921, he is the son of the late Douglas Lilly and Maude Lunford Lilly of Coal City. Mr. Lilly served his country in the United States Air Force in World War II...
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Bebe Lester

June 28, 1932 - June 3, 2015

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Darrel Wayne Stone

September 13, 1954 - June 2, 2015

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Fred Smith

December 17, 1930 - June 2, 2015

Fred Smith, 84, passed away on Tuesday, June 2, 2015 at his home in Beckley. Fred was born on December 17, 1930 to the late Orvin and Ann Schnepp Smith. He was a coal miner for 36 years and enjoyed being outdoors, spending his time outside hunting, fishing, and camping. Fred was a family man and loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. In addition...
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Irene Suzanne Ewing

December 29, 1965 - June 1, 2015

Irene Suzanne Ewing, 49, of Raleigh County passed away unexpectedly on Monday, June 1, 2015. Irene was born on December 29, 1965 to the late Albert and Martha Elizabeth (Milam) Lang. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Gail Massey. Those left to cherish her memory include her children, whom she loved dearly, Kelsie Gail and Matthew Albert Honaker; three brothers,...
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Mckinney James

April 22, 1913 - May 30, 2015

Blue Ridge Funeral HomeBeckley James Ralph McKinney James Ralph McKinney, 102, of Lester, went home to be with the Lord on Saturday May 30, 2015. Born April 22, 1913, he is the son of the late Harrison and Charlotte Meadows McKinney. Ralph worked in the coal mines for 41 1/2 years and was a member of Akers Missionary Baptist Church Maple Meadows, WV. If you talked with him for even...
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Brenda Stump

August 1, 1943 - May 29, 2015

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Wanda Keys Sharp

September 12, 1923 - May 28, 2015

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Gary Wayne Asbury

January 29, 1958 - May 26, 2015

ASBURY, Gary Wayne, age 57, passed away on Tuesday, May 26, 2015. He was born on January 29, 1958, in Beckley, the son of the late William and Donna Asbury. Gary was a member of Breckenridge Baptist Church and had worked many years with Alpha Natural Resources as a Mine Foreman. He was a devoted family man and had the greatest joy spending time with his grand babies. He was preceded in death by...
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Mary Lee Mitchell

May 14, 1925 - May 24, 2015

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Michael W. Chaffin

July 31, 1962 - May 23, 2015

Blue Ridge Funeral HomeBeckleyMichael “Mike” William Chaffin Michael William Chaffin, 52, of Fayetteville, passed away Saturday May 23, 2015. Born July 31, 1962 in the town of Dakota, West Virginia, he was the son of Thelma Phillips of Oak Hill, WV. Mike, Paw Paw Cow as he was known by his grandchildren, enjoyed getting together with the family, fishing, hunting, and any...
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George E. Odham

January 22, 1939 - May 22, 2015

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Rita M. Bragg

September 12, 1950 - May 21, 2015

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Noah Jerry Lambert

June 5, 1935 - May 19, 2015

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Frances L. Coleman

February 17, 1933 - May 18, 2015

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Elmer David MULLINS

June 15, 1937 - May 18, 2015

Blue Ridge Funeral HomeBeckley ELMER DAVID MULLINS Elmer David Mullins, 77, of Beckley, went home to be with the Lord Monday May 18, 2015. Born June 15, 1937, he is the son of Robert and Dora Collins Mullins. David enjoyed working with his hands, and he was an avid mechanic. He was a school bus driver for Raleigh County and worked 27 years with the Department of Transportation. He was a Deacon...
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Freddy Edward Clay

March 12, 1975 - May 17, 2015

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Ronald G. Stewart

December 10, 1946 - May 14, 2015

Blue Ridge Funeral HomeBeckleyRonald Gene Stewart Ronald “Ron” Gene Stewart, 68, of Crab Orchard passed away peacefully May 14, 2015 at Bowers Hospice House surrounded by his family, after a long battle with esophageal cancer. Born December 10, 1946 in Matheny, WV, he was the son of the late Benton and Virginia Stewart. Ron was a member of the Matheny United Methodist Church...
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Eugene Walter Meadows

February 3, 1954 - May 12, 2015

MEADOWS, Eugene Walter, age 61, passed away on May 12, 2015, in Beckley. He was born on February 3, 1954, in Beckley, the son of the late Emmitt and Virginia Meadows, Sr. Eugene was preceded in death by his parents and his siblings, Emmitt Meadows, Jr., Albert Meadows and Garnet Davis. Those left to cherish his memory are his beloved wife, Connie Meadows; his 3 loving children; 2 brothers and...
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Emogene Janette Callaway Griffith

November 10, 1923 - May 9, 2015

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Florence Robinette

July 30, 1942 - May 9, 2015

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Judy Kay Hall

May 16, 1951 - May 8, 2015

Blue Ridge Funeral HomeBeckley JUDY KAY HALL Judy Kay Hall, 63, of Prosperity, passed away Friday May 8, 2015 after a sudden illness. Born May 16, 1951, she is the daughter of the late Dewey and Violet Eastridge McKinney. Judy enjoyed camping, her two dogs, and a good conversation. She never met a stranger. She was of the Christian faith and loved her grandchildren more than anything....
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Barbara Bower

December 14, 1954 - May 7, 2015

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Robert McVernon Furey

March 11, 1931 - May 6, 2015

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Nellie Atkins

November 8, 1927 - May 5, 2015

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Barbara L. Cooper

July 5, 1935 - May 5, 2015

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Peggy Ann Dillon

May 5, 1935 - May 4, 2015

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Beulah Irene Workman

May 5, 1918 - May 3, 2015

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Kenneth Milton Crook

January 25, 1941 - April 29, 2015

BLUE RIDGE FUNERAL HOMEBECKLEY KENNETH MILTON CROOK Kenneth Milton Crook went home to be with his Lord on April 29, 2015. He was the son of the late Charles Milton Crook and Mildred Hall Crook Taylor of Jumping Branch, WV. Kenny was born January 25, 1941. He graduated from Hinton High School in 1958, he then joined the Navy. Kenny came out of the...
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Easton Lee Rose

April 23, 2015 - April 28, 2015

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Louise Jackson

September 27, 1917 - April 27, 2015

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Allen Smith

January 6, 1946 - April 26, 2015

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William Elbert Williams

May 5, 1921 - April 26, 2015

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Walter Ellis Whittaker

February 21, 1947 - April 24, 2015

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Raymond E. Fink, Sr.

August 26, 1931 - April 24, 2015

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Wint James Gouge

July 19, 1948 - April 24, 2015

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Ella Brooke Bennett

November 27, 2011 - April 22, 2015

Ella Brooke Bennett, 3, became an angel on Wednesday, April 22, 2015. Ella was adoringly called ‘Ellweegoose” by those that loved her the most. She was a sweet little girl that loved playing outside, especially at the beach. Ella enjoyed playing pretend and often imitated her cousin, Alyson “Dodo” Griffith for fun. She had the best smile and an even better laugh....
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Roy Davis BOLEN

July 4, 1969 - April 22, 2015

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Shelby Glendon Tolliver

October 4, 1925 - April 19, 2015

SHELBY GLENDON TOLLIVER Shebly Glendon Tolliver, 89, of Grandview, passed away surrounded by his loving family holding his grandson’s hand on Sunday, April 19, 2015. Born October 4, 1925 at New Richmond; he was the son of the late Vaden and Lilly Canada Tolliver. Shelby loved gardening and helping his neighbors prepare their gardens, fishing,...
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Judith Carol Prater

December 13, 1940 - April 18, 2015

BLUE RIDGE FUNERAL HOMEBECKLEY Judith Carol Prater BECKLEY-Judith Carol Cummings Prater passed away on April 18, 2015 at St. Francis Hospital in Charleston, WV. Born December 13, 1940 in Bergoo, WV; she was the daughter of the late Minter and Helen Wolford Cummings. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister Janet Gallagher. ...
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Brenda Gaye DeLano

July 27, 1949 - April 17, 2015

BRENDA G. DELANO Psalms 23:4 “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff comfort me.” OAK HILL- Brenda G. DeLano, 65, passed away peacefully on April 17, 2015 at Appalachian Regional Hospital surrounded by her family. Born July 27, 1949 in Springton, WV; she...
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Weldon Adair Bowyer

August 24, 1934 - April 14, 2015

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Lula Page Reid

December 28, 1932 - April 13, 2015

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Lloyd Carper

May 5, 1924 - April 10, 2015

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Betty Dodson

June 3, 1928 - April 8, 2015

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Richard Stephen Horwath

October 19, 1942 - April 8, 2015

HORWATH, Richard Stephen, 72, of Blue Jay, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, April 8, 2015. Born on October 19, 1942, in Beckley, WV. He was the son of the late Stephen and Hazel Ellison Horwath. Besides his parents, Richard was preceded in death by his wife, Helen Tucker Horwath; a brother, Louis Horwath; and a great grandson, Matthew Hammon. Richard worked all his life as an...
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Weldon Adair Bowyer

August 24, 1934 - April 7, 2015

Blue Ridge Funeral HomeBeckley, WV Weldon Adair Bowyer, 80 of Pax, passed away April 7, 2015. Born August 24, 1934, he was the son of the late Harrison and Margie Burns Bowyer. Weldon was of the Christian faith and was a lifetime coal miner who loved his dogs and enjoyed landscaping. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife Ina Mae Vass Bowyer and his son Tony...
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Betty J. Kidd

March 4, 1929 - April 6, 2015

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Barbara Ann Griffith

June 12, 1943 - April 5, 2015

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Barbara Ann Griffith

June 12, 1943 - April 5, 2015

Barbara Ann Maddy Griffith Barbara Ann Maddy Griffith, 71 of Beckley, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, April 5, 2015, at home following a long illness.Born June 12, 1943 in Blue Jay, WV; she was the daughter of the late Clacy L. Maddy and Edith Richmond Maddy.Barbara was of the Holiness Faith, and was a lifelong member of the Abraham Holiness Church and a homemaker.She was preceded in...
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John Thomas Dixon

November 22, 1926 - April 4, 2015

JOHN T. “TOMMY” DIXON John T. “Tommy” Dixon, beloved father, grandfather, brother, and friend, of Coal City, went home to be with the Lord on April 4, 2015. Born November 22, 1926 at Coal City; he was a son of the late William “Bill” Dixon and the late Ruth Warner Dixon. Tommy was a member of the Shady Spring...
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Ruth E. Acord

September 10, 1930 - April 3, 2015

Ruth Elizabeth AcordRuth Elizabeth Acord 84 of Maryland formerly of MacArthur pasted away on Friday April 3, 2015.Born September 10, 1930 in Raleigh County, she was the daughter of the late Eugene and Rosabell Ball Richards.In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband Ira L. Acord, 2 sons Bo and John Acord, and 9 brothers and sisters.Those left to cherish her memory...
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Rodney Wayne Scarbro

September 30, 1934 - April 1, 2015

RODNEY WAYNE “PAPAW” SCARBRO Rodney Wayne “Papaw” Scarbro,80, of Glen Daniel, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, April 1, 2015. Earth’s loss is truly Heaven’s gain. Born September 30, 1934 at Oak Hill; he was a son of the late Huey Green Scarbro and the late Ethel Stover Scarbro. Rodney loved the outdoors,...
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Bertha Evelyn West

January 12, 1936 - March 31, 2015

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Jimmie Franklin Grose

December 23, 1935 - March 30, 2015

Jimmie F. GroseJimmie F. Grose 79, of Beckley, went home to be with his Lord on Monday March 30, 2015 in a Charleston hospital following a long illness.Born December 23, 1935 in Ury WV, he was the son of the late Jack and Hattie Graham Grose.Jimmie served proudly in the United States Navy. He was a coalminer with over 30 years of service and was a proud member of the UMWA. Jimmie was a long time...
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Richard L G Hughes

April 9, 1947 - March 25, 2015

RICHARD LEE GRAHAM HUGHES, SR. Richard Lee Graham Hughes, Sr, beloved, father, grandfather, brother, and friend of Tams, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, March 25, 2015 following a long illness. Born April 9, 1947 at Tams; he was a son of the late Robert L. Hughes, Sr and the late Wanda Helmondollar Hughes. Mr. Hughes loved hunting, fishing...
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Worley Gerald Brown

June 4, 1930 - March 24, 2015

Worley Gerald Brown, 84, of Summersville, formally of Matheny, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, March 24, 2015. Born June 4, 1930, he was the son of the late Amos and Sarah Brooks Brown. Worley was a proud veteran of the United States Marine Corp serving during the Korean Conflict. After his service, he returned to the coal fields of Southern, WV where he worked in many mines...
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Betty Mae Fitzwater

May 21, 1924 - March 22, 2015

BETTY “BAE” MAE FITZWATER Betty “Bae” Mae Fitzwater, 90, of Jonben, slipped into eternity on Sunday, March 22, at Pine Lodge Nursing Facility. Born May 21, 1924 at Beelick Knob, she was the daughter of the late Samuel Goddard, Jr and the late Mabel Davis Goddard. She retired as the Post Master from the Jonben Post Office...
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Manda Elizabeth Birchfield

December 13, 1924 - March 21, 2015

Manda Birchfield, 90, of Hotchkiss, passed away peacefully Friday, March 20, 2015. She was the daughter of Carlie and Katie Tedder. Preceded in death by her husband, Rev. Ernest Birchfield, who was a former pastor of Sweet Home Church where she was a member for many years. She was preceded in death by five brothers Roscoe, Talmage, Oliver, Clarence (Bill), Clifton Tedder. Eight sisters Edna,...
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Robert Clacy Lilly

October 25, 1943 - March 20, 2015

BLUE RIDGE FUNERAL HOMEBECKLEY ROBERT “ BOB” CLACY LILLY We place our loving family member into the arms of God. Robert “Bob” Clacy Lilly, 71, went home to be with the Lord on Friday, March 20, 2015 at the Veterans Area Medical Center, Beckley. Born October 25, 1943 at Mount View, WV; he was the son of the late George C. Lilly and the late...
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Aiden James Richards

January 2, 2015 - March 19, 2015

AIDEN JAMES RICHARDSAiden James Richards, born January 2, 2015 went home to be with Lord on Thursday, March 19, 2015. He is the son of William Richards of Midway and Kristine Lambert of Sophia.He was preceded in death by his maternal grandmother, Anna Marie Lambert and paternal grandparents, Thomas and Billie Jean Richards.In addition to his parents, those left to cherish his memory include his...
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Arlene Williams

May 6, 1940 - March 18, 2015

ARLENE WILLIAMS Arlene Williams, 74, of North Sand Branch Road, passed away Wednesday, March 18, 2015 surrounded by her loving family at Bowers Hospice House, following a short battle with cancer. Born May 6, 1940 at Clear Creek, WV; she was the daughter of the late Dewey and Mina Ewing Bailey. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by...
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Von Edward BOWER

December 9, 1962 - March 17, 2015

VON EDWARD BOWER Von Edward Bower, 52, of Coal City, passed away Tuesday, March 17, 2015, tragically from a coal mining accident that occurred at Alpha Natural Resources in Raleigh County. He was born November 9, 1962 in Alexandria, VA. Von was employed by Roger’s Petroleum as a contractor, where he had worked for the past 5 years and was considered to be a valued employee. He graduated...
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Gladys Lucille Hurd

September 13, 1920 - March 15, 2015

LUCILLE HURD Lucille Hurd, 94, of Maple Fork, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, March 15, 2015. Born September 13, 1920 in Pax, WV; she was a daughter of the late Carl Pittman and the late Jennie Bell Pittman. Lucille loved feeding the birds and squirrels, working puzzles, and campaigning. She retired from Woodrow Wilson High School as a cook;...
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Mary Fares Moncada

September 8, 1919 - March 10, 2015

Mary Fares Moncada, 95 passed away on Tuesday, March 10, 2015 surrounded by her loved ones. Born September 8, 1919, she was the daughter of the late Anthony and Elvira Bucchi Fares. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Louis Joseph Moncada; son, Anthony Lewis Moncada. Mary was the last surviving member of her 8 siblings. Those left to cherish her memory...
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James Hershel Goddard

June 3, 1938 - March 6, 2015

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Robert Wayne Austin

July 8, 1956 - March 6, 2015

Robert “Bobby” Wayne Austin 58 of Rhodell passed away Friday, March 6, 2015. Born July 8, 1956, he was the son of the late George and Jeanette Austin and surviving parents, James and Judy Shrewsbury of Bunell, FL. Robert enjoyed being in the great outdoors, hunting, fishing, working on cars and gardening. He loved spending time with his grandkids and had a new found passion of...
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Brenda Gay Elswick

November 15, 1954 - March 5, 2015

Arrangements under the direction of Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens (WV), Beckley, WV.
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Iris Maxine Berry

March 6, 1927 - March 5, 2015

Arrangements under the direction of Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens (WV), Beckley, WV.
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Cecil A. Walker

October 18, 1932 - March 3, 2015

Arrangements under the direction of Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens (WV), Beckley, WV.
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Cecil Arvil Walker

October 18, 1932 - March 3, 2015

CECIL A. WALKER, JR. Fayetteville, WV- It is with sadness that we the family of Cecil A. Walker, Jr. formerly of Ameagle, passed away March 3, 2015 at Harper Mills in Beckley. Cecil was born October 18, 1932, he was one of three children of the late Cecil A. and Helen Walker. In addition to his parents, Cecil was preceded in death by his late wife,...
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Eula Regenia Szuch

April 23, 1926 - March 3, 2015

Eula Regenia Szuch She received a call on Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015 at 11:25 AM, in her home, surrounded by her family. This call carried an offer that she could not refuse, for a meeting that she will not be returning from. This opportunity requires her relocation, which she gladly accepts because it is made so attractive by the huge sign-on bonus that includes a reunion with her husband, mother...
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Carolyn Jean Brammer

January 31, 1932 - March 2, 2015

CAROLYN “PEGGY” J. BRAMMER Carolyn “Peggy” J. Brammer, 83, of Beckley, went home to be with the Lord on March 2, 2015. Born January 31, 1932; she was a daughter of the late Homer and Mable Sheets. Peggy loved going to church and was a long time member of the Mabscott Baptist Church and a member of the Stanaford Road Baptist...
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