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Our Obituaries

Joe M. Norkevitz

August 2, 1933 - July 22, 2016

Joe Morton Norkevitz, 82, of Prosperity, passed to glory on Friday, July 22, 2016. He was the son of the late Enoch Norkevitz and Julia Rogusky Norkevitz. Born August 2, 1933 in Price Hill, WV. He was a veteran of the Korean War, proudly serving in the U.S. Army. Joe was a retired coal miner working with Westmoreland and Pittson. After retirement, he enjoyed being a tour guide at the Beckley...
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Addison Starr Stewart

July 20, 2016 - July 20, 2016

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Henry Lee Watkins

August 10, 1985 - July 20, 2016

Henry Lee “Boomer” Watkins, 30, of Coal City, passed away Wednesday, July 20, 2016. He was the son of the late Henry Lee Watkins and Ruby Bailey Watkins. Born August 10, 1985 in Beckley, WV. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, riding motorcycles & ATVs and being with his family and friends. Those left to cherish his memory includes his biological parents, Phyllis Howard and step...
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David Vince Calvert

May 29, 1954 - July 20, 2016

David Vince Calvert, 62, of Beckley, passed away Wednesday, July 20, 2016. He was the son of the late Harvey “Buck” Calvert and Madeline Ray Calvert. Born May 29, 1954 in Beckley, West Virginia. David was a 1972 graduate of Sophia High School and a Beckley College graduate. He was a retired coal miner. David found great joy in watching his grandchildren Jacob, Joshua and Brayden...
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Ruby Opal Mack

March 19, 1928 - July 17, 2016

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Barbara Ann Carr

June 13, 1955 - July 15, 2016

Blue Ridge Funeral Home Beckley WvBarbara Ann Carr 61, of Beckley went home to be with the Lord on Friday July 15, 2016 at her residence following a long battle with many illnesses.Born May 13, 1955 in Glen Falls New York, she was the daughter of the late Arthur and Alice Daniels Russell.Barbara was an avid animal lover. She was a incredible cook, and loved life despite the many health issues...
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Roger Dean Hicks

October 22, 1950 - July 15, 2016

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Robert J. PENMAN

September 24, 1924 - July 14, 2016

Robert James Penman, Jr. peacefully passed away on July 14, 2016. He was born September 24th, 1924 in Strong, Pennsylvania to Robert James Penman, Sr. and Ellen Marie Quinton Penman. He grew up in Strong and graduated from Township High School at Locust Gap in 1942. He entered the Navy in 1943 and served proudly as an Aviation Electrician’s Mate working on planes and blimps during World War...
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James Preston Anderson

June 6, 1938 - July 14, 2016

James Preston Anderson, 78, of Mt. Hope, passed away Thursday, July 14, 2016. He was the son of the late Emory R. Anderson and Margaret E. McGuffin. Born June 6, 1938 in McKendree, WV. James was a long time member of Packs Branch Baptist Church. He was a proud Navy Veteran in the Vietnam War, retired Sr. Chief. He enjoyed metal detecting and coin collecting. In addition to his parents,...
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Reba Mae Alderman

August 22, 1931 - July 11, 2016

Reba Mae Alderman, 84, of Long Branch, passed away Monday, July 11, 2016 after a long fight with Alzheimer’s disease. Reba was born August 22, 1931 to William Robert and Violet Williams. After graduating high school, Reba worked at Houchins Grocery Store and Brown’s Hardware Store in Mount Hope. Reba married Bob Alderman on November 20, 1952. She worked at Mount Hope Housing...
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Tommy Lee Purdy

November 5, 1948 - July 8, 2016

Tommy Lee Purdy Our hero, much loved and respected, Tommy L. Purdy, passed away after a long, valiant struggle with cancer. Tommy was born in Bluefield, WV to Alec and Pearl Purdy. Tommy graduated from Spanishburg High school in 1966 and later served our country in the Viet Nam War, with the military police in Beckley, and Germany with Military Police Investigations. After his service in...
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Howard Landers Smith

April 8, 1949 - July 7, 2016

Howard Landers Smith, Jr., 67, of Greentown, West Virginia, passed away on July 7, 2016 at Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.Born in Long Branch, West Virginia on April 8, 1949. He was the son of the late Howard L. Smith, Sr. and Bishop Bertha C. Smith.He was blessed to have been a member of Faith Mission Church in Pax, WV, where his mother served as the Pastor. He was raised in Long...
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Roberk Piercy

May 5, 1937 - July 7, 2016

Roberk Piercy, 79, of Beckley, passed away Thursday, July 7, 2016. Born May 4, 1937 in Roderfield, WV. He was the son of the late Claude Morgan Piercy, Sr and Evelyn Street Piercy. He was a graduate from Welch High School, class of 1955. Roberk was a loving father, loved his family, hunting and his dog Buddy. He was a 20 year retired veteran of the U.S. Airforce. He retired from US Steel #50...
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Evelyn Carrie Burns

March 18, 1918 - July 6, 2016

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Betty Jo Sampson Biggs

March 23, 1942 - July 4, 2016

Betty Jo Sampson Biggs, 74, of Thurmond, passed away Monday, July 4, 2016, following a long illness. Born March 23, 1942 in Beckley, West Virginia. She was the daughter of the late Andrew Sampson, Sr. and Dolly Allen Sampson. Betty was of the Baptist Faith. She enjoyed cooking, baking, caring for the neighborhood children and being with her family and friends. In addition to her parents,...
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Rita F. Perdue

April 5, 1942 - July 4, 2016

On July 4, 2016, Rita Frances Biggs Perdue of Lookout, WV, formerly of Sophia, WV, went home to be with the Lord following a long battle with cancer. Born April 5, 1942 in Lanark, WV. She was a devout Christian and homemaker. She is preceded in death by her parents Roy and Opal Biggs of Mabscott, WV; husband, James E. Perdue of Lookout, WV; sons, Roy D. Perdue of Beckley, WV and Timothy D....
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Emory Olen Williams

October 9, 1940 - July 2, 2016

Emory Olen Williams, 75, of Frametown, WV, passed away Friday, July 1, 2016. Born October 9, 1940 at Artie, WV. He was the son of the late Valley and Lula Stover Williams. He graduated from Clear Fork High School in 1959 where he was awarded all-state honors in football. He loved sports, and was an avid hunter. He spent many happy days hunting, and fishing at their camp with his son, Jeff....
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Barbara Allen Harrah

September 12, 1939 - June 30, 2016

Barbara Allen Harrah, 76, of Bradley, passed away Thursday, June 30, 2016 following a short illness. Born September 12, 1939 in Backus, West Virginia. She was the daughter of the late Everett E. Moody and Mary E. Irvin. Barbara of was of Baptist Faith. She was a member of the Rotary and Helping Hands Ministry. She enjoyed gardening, quilting, ceramics, cooking and canning. She worked for...
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Mary Hope Forren

July 16, 1923 - June 28, 2016

Mary Hope Forren, 92, of Beaver, passed away on Tuesday, June 28, 2016.Born July 16, 1923 in Edmond, WV. She was the daughter of the late William Evans and Adelaide Syner Evans. She was a retired postmaster at Quinnimont, WV.In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Chandas Forren; and four sisters.Those left to cherish her memory includes her sons, Ronald (Judi) of St....
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Mildred Leigh Ellison

February 11, 1927 - June 27, 2016

Ellison, Mildred L. Rhodes89, of Huntsville, AL, formerly of Beckley, WV, and Oldsmar, FL, passed away in Huntsville, on Monday,June 27, 2016. Born February 11, 1927, in Sugar Creek, WV, to John M. and Harriet A. Rhodes, she waspreceded in death by her husband Kyle Ellison. She is survived by her son John of Tampa, FL, her son anddaughter-in-law Kyle Jr. and Beverly of Huntsville, AL, and her two...
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John Nickolas Libert

July 26, 1944 - June 26, 2016

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Ruth Ann Perkins

December 22, 1955 - June 25, 2016

Ruth A. Perkins passed away Friday, June 24, 2016 at the age of 60. She was a resident of Crab Orchard, West Virginia. She is preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Opal Bowyer of Maryland. She is survived by her husband, Wesley Dale Perkins; son, Wesley Allen Perkins; daughter-in-law, Samantha Eden Perkins; granddaughters, Anndee Carol Perkins and Harper Avery Perkins; sister,...
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Carletta Ann Dickens Pierce

June 1, 1974 - June 22, 2016

Carletta Ann (Dickens) Pierce, 42, of Beckley, passed away, Wednesday, June 22, 2016. Born June 2, 1974 in Cleveland, OH. She was the daughter of the late Bobby Dickens and Vicky Sturgill. In addition to her father, those preceding her in death is her bother, BJ Dickens. Those left to cherish her memory includes her mother, Vicky Sturgill and husband David of Beckley; son, Brian Keith Mann of...
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Gladys St. Clair

November 2, 1920 - June 22, 2016

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Ramona Lou Veid

October 31, 1931 - June 22, 2016

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God; Not of works, lest any man should boast. (Ephesians 2: 8-9) Ramona Lou Ward Veid, 84, of Sullivan Rd., Glen Morgan, WV, passed away June 22, 2016 at Bowers Hospice House in Beckley, where she went to meet her loving Savior. Born October 31, 1931, the daughter of the late John Edward and Bertha Virginia...
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Mary Lan Sherif

March 27, 1943 - June 18, 2016

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Willie Lester

June 2, 1934 - June 18, 2016

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Dorothy Jeanne Pack

April 23, 1927 - June 16, 2016

Dorothy Jeanne PackDorothy Jeanne Pack 89, of Abingdon, Virginia, formerly of Midway, WV went home to be with the Lord Thursday June 16, 2016.Born April 23, 1927 in Fitzpatrick, WV she was the daughter of the late William Abrams and Mary Louis AtkinsDorothy was a Master Quilter, she made many handmade quilts that she gave to her friends and family. She was of the Baptist faith.In addition to her...
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Matthew Lee Day

November 24, 1979 - June 16, 2016

Blue Ridge Funeral HomeBeckley, West VirginiaMatthew Lee Day Matthew Lee Day, 36, of Stanaford, passed away, Thursday, June 16, 2016. He was the son of Mack and Sandra Day. Born November 24, 1979 in Charleston, WV. He enjoyed welding, working on older model cars and painting model cars. Preceding Matthew in death are his grandparents, Jesse and Emma Jean Bond. Those left to cherish his...
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Roger Marvin Tilley

December 16, 1950 - June 16, 2016

Roger Marvin Tilley, 65, of Beckley, passed away Thursday, June 16, 2016 after a long battle with cancer. Born December 16, 1950 in Slab Fork. He was the son of the late James Tilley and Edna Champlin Tilley. Roger attended Beckley Church of God and was a member of Mabscott VFW. He was an Army veteran who served in Vietnam. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his sister,...
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Alma Christine Lilly

September 9, 1932 - June 15, 2016

Blue Ridge Funeral HomeBeckley, West VirginiaAlma “Dolly” Christine LillyAlma “Dolly” Christine Lilly, 83, of Beckley, passed away Wednesday, June 15, 2016.Born September 9, 1932 in Camp Creek, WV. She was the daughter of the late Irvin Goldstein and Amma Epperley Goldstein. Dolly enjoyed spending time with her family and loved spend time with her grand and great...
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Paul Ratliff

October 11, 1943 - June 13, 2016

Paul David Ratliff, 72, of Beckley, formerly of Bolt, went to be with the Lord June 13, 2016. Born October 11, 1943 in Kanawha County to Arlond W. and Belva Mullins Ratliff. Paul was one of eight children. Now survived by brother Neil and wife Elaine of Delaware. Paul was a loving family man who was very generous, had a kind heart, a hard worker and never met a stranger. It brought him great...
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Bertha Marie Williamson

October 2, 1944 - June 11, 2016

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Jessie Derene Brown

March 4, 1947 - June 10, 2016

Jessie Derene Brown, 69 of Sand Branch, passed away Friday, June 10, 2016. She is preceeded in death by her parents, Robert and Dot Rice; brother, David L. Rice; and son, Jeffrey A. Brown. She is survived by her loving husband, Clayton Allen Brown; her children: Dedee (Max) Summerville, Christy (Mark) Donell, Terry (Tonyae) Smith, Heather Smith, Tabitha (Ron), Hallum, and Clayton (Susan)...
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Ray Thomas Crook

December 6, 1958 - June 9, 2016

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Joe Eddie Hannah

March 16, 1945 - June 9, 2016

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William Clyde Agee

July 1, 1956 - June 7, 2016

William Clyde “Bill” Agee, II, of Fairdale, WV died at home on Tuesday June 7, 2016. Left to grief our loss and hold precious memories are his brother, Sidney Jonathan Agee and sister-in-law, Phyllis Agee of Crab Orchard, sister, Donna Robertson Burechson of Roanoke, VA and nephew, Jonathan Agee also of Crab Orchard. Sadly, Bill’s fiancée the love of his life, Lori...
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Shirley Ann Sanger

January 4, 1935 - June 6, 2016

Shirley Ann Sparks Sanger, 81, of Beckley, WV, passed away on Monday, June 6, 2016 from a short illness.Born January 4, 1935 in Epperley, she was the daughter of the late Rev. Glade Z. and Dina Martin Sparks. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Clifford P. Sanger and son-in-law, Dave Barton.She was a devoted mom, mamaw and great-mamaw who loved her family more than anything.Survivors...
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Charles Ryan Tolliver

August 23, 1978 - June 5, 2016

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Leslie Joe Hale

August 13, 1940 - June 5, 2016

Leslie Joe Hale, 75, of Crab Orchard, passed away on June 5th, 2016 after a brief illness. He was an honors graduate of Stoco High School, class of 1958. He attended the West Virginia Institute of Technology and studied engineering. He held several jobs in the Chicago area before marrying Brenda Joan Sexton. After completing his training in auto and transmission repair, he returned to the Beckley...
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Lillian Taylor Rubin

June 4, 2016

Lillian Taylor Rubin “There is no footprint too small that it cannot leave an imprint on this world.” Lillian Taylor Rubin, 1 month, of Beckley, left this world peacefully in the arms of her parents, Saturday, June 4, 2016. Born April 17, 2016 in Beckley, WV. She is the daughter of Brice Rubin and Heidi Moore Rubin. Preceding Lillian in death are paternal great-grandmother, Joan...
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Ernest Llyod Stover

December 20, 1964 - June 4, 2016

Ernest “Ernie” Lloyd Stover, Jr. Ernest “Ernie” Lloyd Stover, Jr., 51, of Normantown, passed away Sunday, June 5, 2016 after a long battle with lung disease. Born December 20, 1964 in Beckley, WV. He is the son of Norma Catlett Stover and the late Ernest Stover, Sr. Ernie was a former volunteer firefighter, EMT and supervisor for Jan Care Ambulance Service. He was an...
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Samuel Dean Bryant

November 13, 1954 - June 3, 2016

Samuel Dean Bryant, 61 of Oak Hill, WV went home to be with the Lord after a short illness on Friday, June 3, 2016. He was a faithful member of Solid Rock Worship Center of Oak Hill, WV and will be greatly missed by all of those that knew him. Samuel is preceded in death by an infant daughter, Brittany Noell; parents, Samuel Wesley and Margaret Bernath Bryant; sister, Margaret (Sue) Delridge...
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Brian Keith Blankenship

June 15, 1973 - June 2, 2016

Brian Keith Blankenship, 42, of Prosperity, passed away June 2, 2016. He was the son of the late James Blankenship and Marie Lafferty Blankenship.Born June 15, 1973 in Welch, WV. Brian enjoyed Nascar and attended Freedom Ministries. He worked for SGS Minerals as a field services manager, and had been with the company for 17 years.In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by infant...
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Billie Allen

April 1, 1931 - June 2, 2016

Billie Frances Allen, 85 of Mount Hope, passed away on Thursday, June 2, 2016, following a long illness. Born April 1, 1931, she was the daughter of the late Harry Goodman and Celestina Vires.Billie was a member of North Sandbranch Worship Center, and enjoyed shopping, going out to eat, working in her garden, and visiting and being with her family and friends.In addition to her parents, she is...
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Jimmy William Baker

May 28, 1936 - May 28, 2016

Jimmy William Baker, 80, of Middleburg, OH, passed away, Saturday, May 28, 2016. He was the son of the late Clarence and Laura Baker. He was born May 28, 1936 in Gauley Bridge, West Virginia. He enlisted in the Army in 1957 and was honorably discharged in 1960. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife Shelby Lambert Baker; sister, Sharon Fletcher; brothers, Mack...
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David D. MULLENS

January 5, 1946 - May 28, 2016

David Darlin Mullens, 70, of Stevenson, passed away, Saturday, May 28, 2016 following a short illness. He was the son of the late Robert Mullens and Harriet Lee Mullens. Born January 5, 1946 in Wyoming County, WV. David was a member of Herndon Freewill Baptist Church. He enjoyed hunting, guns, walking with his dogs, being outdoors and spending time with his family and friends. Those left to...
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Nancy Sherwood Thompson

July 13, 1939 - May 28, 2016

Nancy Ratcliff Sherwood Thompson, 76, of Meadow Creek, passed away Saturday, May 28, 2016, following a long illness. She was the daughter of the late Harold and Moreen Ratcliff. Born July 13, 1939 in Ruby Falls, TN. Nancy was a member of Cranberry Baptist Church. She enjoyed crocheting, traveling, watching tv, cooking and being with her family and friends. She had worked as a nurse...
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Beulah Elizabeth Lewis

May 7, 1927 - May 28, 2016

Beulah "Boots" Lewis, 89, of Helen, West Virginia, went into the arms of her Lord Saturday, May 28, 2016. She served as a lifelong member of Helen Baptist Church, where she served as a Sunday school teacher, VBS teacher, and youth director. She was a Girl Scout leader, and a 50 year member of the Eastern Star.Beulah was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Eddie Lewis; her parents...
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Kathy Evelyn Spade

July 18, 1957 - May 27, 2016

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Jean Marie Whitten

January 4, 1931 - May 27, 2016

Jean M. Whitten, 85, of Piney View, entered into eternal rest and was reunited with her husband Thomas C. Whitten on May 27, 2016. She was surrounded by her son and daughters.In addition to her husband she was preceded in death by her mother Iona F. Adkins, her sisters Arlene, Cathleen, Audrey, Mary, Shirley; brother, Jimmy; aunt, Maude Bivens; cousins, Polly Hazle-grove and Rose-Mary Dorsey...
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David Cecil Fox

February 18, 1960 - May 27, 2016

David Cecil Fox, 56 of Oak Hill passed away Friday, May 27, 2016.He was born February 18, 1960 at Oak Hill. He enlisted in the Army in 1977 and was honorably discharged in 1980. He was a five year member of AA in Oak Hill. David enjoyed wood working, reading, loved animals and was a history buff.He was preceded in death by his father, Manfred Fox and Grandmother, Ruth Dempsey.Those left to...
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Darrell Otis Williams

April 29, 1947 - May 26, 2016

Darrell Otis Williams 69, of Beckley passed away Thursday May 26, 2016.Born April 29, 1947 in White Oak, he was the son of the late Ronda and Elfie Buzzard Williams.Darrell worked for the Raleigh County Board of Education in the maintenance department until his retirement. He enjoyed camping, fishing, and just being outdoors.In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his daughter...
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Roger Lee Belcher

January 12, 1941 - May 26, 2016

Roger Lee Belcher, 75, of Grandview, went home to be with the lord on May 26, 2016. Roger was born in Montcalm, WV to the late Coy Oscar and Elfie Hawks Belcher. Roger was a wonderful papaw, and spent his time providing for his family and doing yardwork, which he loved. In addition to his parents, Roger is preceded in death by his five brothers: Dewey, Ralph, Doug, Melvin, and Larry Belcher; and...
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Donna Moore

July 23, 1942 - May 25, 2016

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April Johnette Whitfield

December 30, 1963 - May 24, 2016

April Johnette Gulbin Whitfield, of Buckhannon, West Virginia, went to be with her sister in heaven on May 24, 2016 at home. She was 52. She was born on December 30, 1963 in Beckley, WV. She attended Mount Hope High School. On June 16, 1986 she married Robert Aaron Whitfield of Beckley, WV. April was involved in many community organizations. She was a member of the Upshur County Shrine Club, VFW...
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Linda D. Basham

July 13, 1946 - May 23, 2016

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Kenneth Isaac Hampton

October 31, 1919 - May 22, 2016

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Cynthia Lynn Gibson

July 22, 1960 - May 21, 2016

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Sebert Burgess

February 21, 1942 - May 19, 2016

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Seth Timothy Radcliffe

August 7, 1984 - May 18, 2016

Seth Timothy Radcliffe, age 31, of Shady Spring, WV, went to be with our Messiah Immanuel and His Father YaHuWaH in the Garden of Eden on Wednesday, May 18th, 2016. He fought the good fight. He kept the faith. He will be greatly missed by his family and many friends for his enthusiasm and zeal for life. Seth graduated from Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA, with a Bachelor of Science degree in...
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Tina Nina SIMMONS

August 18, 1952 - May 18, 2016

Tina Nina Lilly SimmonsTina Nina Lilly Simmons 63, of Glen White passed away Wednesday May 18, 2016.Born August 18, 1952 in Mullens, she was the daughter of the late Jesse James and Tressie Robinson Lilly.Tina was a devoted mother, who loved her family, loved watching cartoons, and spending time with her grandchildren.In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her sister Sandra Lilly...
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Anthony Cataffo

April 18, 1942 - May 17, 2016

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Edward Charles Darhanson

January 8, 1939 - May 16, 2016

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Edward Charles Darhanson

January 8, 1939 - May 16, 2016

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Martha Lou Roark

July 27, 1946 - May 15, 2016

Martha Lou Roark, 69 of Beckley, passed away Sunday, May 15, 2016. She was the daughter of the late John Caudle and Daisy Perdue Caudle. Born July 27, 1946 in Greensboro, NC. Martha worked as a homemaker. In following her wishes, Martha will be cremated. Blue Ridge Funeral Home, 5251 Robert C. Byrd Drive, Beckey, has the honor of serving the Roark family.
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William Noah Sanders

April 16, 1932 - May 15, 2016

William Noah Sanders, 84, of Coal City, formally of Rhodell, passed away, Sunday, May 15, 2016. He was the son of the late Raymond Sanders and Nellie Moore Sanders. Born April 16, 1932 in Beckley, WV. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife, Mary Dolinger-Sanders, daughter, Linda Sanders-DeBoard. Those left to cherish his memory includes his daughter, Brenda Maynor...
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Hattie Irene Griffith

March 5, 1919 - May 14, 2016

Hattie Irene Griffith, 97 of Surveyor, passed away peacefully May 14, 2016. Hattie was born in Lester, WV on March 5, 1919. Hattie is preceded in death by her husband of 43 years, Henderson Payton Griffith. She had several five generation chains in the family. She spent her days sewing and being cared for by her daughters, Martha, Margaret, Dorothy and Josie. Hattie loved everyone who...
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Alvin Lee Hodges

May 6, 1926 - May 14, 2016

Alvin Lee Hodges, 90 of Coal City, passed away Saturday, May 14, 2016 at Bowers Hospice House following a long illness. He was the son of the late Grosie Hodges and Neda Shuck Hodges. Born May 6, 1926 in McComas, WV. Mr. Hodges served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. He was a coal miner for 33 years, enjoyed hunting, fishing, playing horse shoes and loved his family and friends...
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Stella Florence Stone

December 27, 1931 - May 13, 2016

Stella Florence Privett Stone, 84, of Pierpoint, passed away, Friday, May 13, 2016. She was the daughter of the late Howard Privett and Della Bolt Privett. Born December 27, 1931 in Troutdale, VA. She was a longtime member of Pierpoint Freewill Baptist Church, where she had led the youth group and taught Sunday school. She was a homemaker and loved her family. In addition to her parents, she...
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Raymond Herman Goodson

June 20, 1949 - May 13, 2016

Raymond H. Goodson, 66 of Fayetteville, West Virginia, passed away on May 13, 2016. He was known for being a loving husband, dad, “Paw Paw”, brother, and friend. Raymond was an honest, hardworking man who loved his family, coffee, and the outdoors. He didn’t tolerate “stupid”, and loved God. Preceded in death by parents Herman and Mary Goodson; brothers,...
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William Douglas Sargent

January 30, 1954 - May 11, 2016

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Barbara Ellen Peters

June 25, 1917 - May 10, 2016

Barbara Ellen (Dickens) Peters, 98 of Beckley formerly of Naoma passed away Tuesday, May 10, 2016 after a long illness. She was born June 25, 1917 at Pine Knob, WV. She was a member of Naoma Freewill Baptist Church and attended Mt. Tabor Baptist Church and Bradley Freewill Baptist Church after moving to Beckley. She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Troy Peters; her parents, Pete...
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Rosina Farmer

April 10, 1930 - May 7, 2016

Rosina (Collins) Farmer 86 of Midway went home to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ following a long illness on May 7, 2016.Born April 10, 1930 in Slab Fork, she was the daughter of the late Sonny and Mary Jane (Acord) Collins.She was a loving, gentle, and caring wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and great great-grandmother.In addition to her parents she was preceded in death...
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Randy Darrell Hansford

February 14, 1956 - May 6, 2016

Randy Darrell Hansford Randy Darrell Hansford, 60 of Flat Top Lake, passed away peacefully May 6, 2016. Randy was born in Mullens, WV on February 14, 1956. He graduated from Stoco High School in 1974 and continued on to graduate cum laude from West Virginia University with a degree in Mining Engineering in 1978. Randy worked as a Mining Engineer for Westmoreland Coal Company, Maben Energy...
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Elon Wesley McNabb

May 3, 2016 - May 3, 2016

Elon Wesley McNabb, 1 day, of Beaver, passed away, Tuesday, May 3, 2016. He was the son of Charles McNabb III and Kaitlynd Cleer McNabb. Born May 3, 2016 in Morgantown, West Virginia. Elon is preceded in death by his brother, Ezekiel McNabb; grandmother, Esther Cleer. Those left to cherish his memory includes his parents, Charles and Kaitlynd McNabb; brother, Ezra McNabb; sister, Esther...
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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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Tracy Lee Sampson

November 22, 1954 - April 29, 2016

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

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