Blue Ridge Funeral Home Memorial Gardens & Cremations

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.

Kenny W. Mann, Licensee in Charge


Our Obituaries

Norma Jean Powers

December 11, 1932 - July 25, 2014

Norma “Jean” Powers, 81 of Sophia WV, passed away on July 25, 2014, after a short courageous battle with cancer at the Bowers Hospice House in Prosperity, WV.She was a member of Sophia Freewill Baptist Church and the Ladies Auxiliary where she previously taught the Junior High Girls Sunday School Class. Other highlights include being a Den Mother of Sophia Cub Scouts in the 50’s...
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Norma Jean Powers

December 11, 1932 - July 25, 2014

Norma “Jean” Powers, 81 of Sophia WV, passed away on July 25, 2014, after a short courageous battle with cancer at the Bowers Hospice House in Prosperity, WV.She was a member of Sophia Freewill Baptist Church and the Ladies Auxiliary where she previously taught the Junior High Girls Sunday School Class. Other highlights include being a Den Mother of Sophia Cub Scouts in the 50’s...
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Barbara Ann Adkins

November 23, 1949 - July 23, 2014

Barbara Ann Adkins, 64 of Sandstone, passed away on Wednesday, July 23, 2014.In keeping with her final wishes she was cremated and there will be no services conducted.Online condolences to the family are available via www.blueridgefuneralhome.com.Arrangements by Blue Ridge Funeral Home and Cremations, 5251 Robert C. Byrd Drive in Beckley.
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James Kent Carman

April 11, 1949 - July 22, 2014

James ‘Kent’ Carman, 65 of MacArthur, passed away on Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at the Bowers Hospice House following an extended illness.Born on the 11th day of April in 1949 in MacArthur, WV- he is the son of Vevitia H. Eller Carman of MacArthur and the late James Robert Carman.Kent was an avid outdoorsman having enjoyed hunting and fishing. He also found a great joy in gardening,...
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Carolyn Eleanor Jones

February 16, 1947 - July 22, 2014

Carolyn “Eleanor” Jones of Beckley died at Bowers Hospice House on July 22, 2014 at 12:25am following a long illness.Born on February 16, 1947 in McAlpin, WV. She was the daughter to the late William “Pete” Goins and Leola Imogene Wenger Goins formerly of Backus Mountain.Also preceding in death was her companion over 20 years, Gary “Sapp” Mills on October 30,...
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Clownie Earl Farley

August 7, 1928 - July 18, 2014

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Jack Willard Bowman

February 15, 1963 - July 18, 2014

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William AGEE

May 5, 1925 - July 17, 2014

Blue Ridge Funeral HomeBeckley, WV William Clyde Agee William Clyde Agee, age 89, of Crab Orchard, WV, passed away at home Thursday, July 17, 2014. Born on May 5th, 1925 in Kimball, WV, he was a son of the late Jonathan Agee and Laura Epperly Agee. Mr. Agee was a member of the Crab Orchard Church of the Brethren, where he was a Deacon. He retired from DE State, where he was an inspector at...
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Barbara Ann Windell

August 9, 1966 - July 16, 2014

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Brandi Nichol Atwood

January 18, 1980 - July 16, 2014

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Barney Ross Light

September 21, 1976 - July 15, 2014

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Geraldine Wood

September 13, 1929 - July 15, 2014

Geraldine Wood - 84 Geraldine (Jerri) Wood, died Tuesday, July 15, 2014, in Bridgewater VA. She was born in Charleston WV and was a 1947 graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School, Beckley. She was preceded in death by her husband of 59 yrs, Earl J. Wood; her sister, Janet Coffman and her brother, Lindy Bowling. She is survived by her three children, Stephen Wood (Laura) of Louisville KY,...
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Frederick Ray Dinkler

August 19, 1927 - July 15, 2014

Frederick “Fred” Ray Dinkler Sr., age 86 of Mount Hope, was called home on Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at his residence following an extended illness.Born August 19, 1927 in Beckley, WV; a son of the late Adolf Dinkler and Edith Evans Dinkler.In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife, Catherine Dinkler; brothers, Adolf, Jr., Sherman, James, and Dennis Dinkler; and a...
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Mary Ledahawsky Jones

September 9, 1920 - July 15, 2014

Mary Ledahawsky Jones, 93 of Sophia, passed away on Tuesday, July 15, 2014.Born September 9, 1920 at McAlpin, WV, daughter of the late Frank and Annie Ledahawsky. Mary made her home in Sophia/Soak Creek all her adult life. She was known for her kind, caring, and giving nature and “tight hugs”.She was preceded in death by her husband Woodrow, brother Steve and sisters Annie, Sophie and...
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Norman Edgar Underwood

May 27, 1953 - July 13, 2014

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Robert Keith Hatfield

August 13, 1950 - July 12, 2014

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Suda Ellen Farley

March 23, 1923 - July 12, 2014

Suda Ellen Farley ,91, of Ghent, passed away at her home with family on Saturday, July 12, 2014. Born March 23, 1923, she was the daughter of the late James Winfred Farley and Betsy Jane Lilly. Suda had a love for gardening, working hard all of her life, caring for her brother and sisters, and enjoyed spending as much time as she could with her family. Suda helped raise her grandchildren...
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Elmer Lee Price

March 31, 1942 - July 12, 2014

Blue Ridge Funeral HomeBeckley, West Virginia Elmer Lee Price, 72, of Daniels and Saulsville, West Virginia, went home to be with his Lord on Saturday, July 12, 2014. He was the son of the late Garfield Price and Mazie Brooks Price and was born in Sabine, WV. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by four brothers and three sisters. Mr. Price was a Principal in Wyoming...
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Leber L. Dilly

May 10, 1934 - July 10, 2014

GREENBELT, Md. — Leber L. Dilly, 80, of Greenbelt, Md., formerly of Mount Hope, passed away Thursday, July 10, 2014.Arrangements pending under the direction of Blue Ridge Funeral Home and Cremations, 5251 Robert C. Byrd Drive in Beckley.
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Gregory Lee Plumley

February 8, 1969 - July 7, 2014

Gregory Lee Plumley, 45, of Coal City, WV, passed from this life on July 7, 2014 at his home. Heaven gained a precious, loving angel. Gregory was the firstborn son of Harold D. and Katherine J. Plumley. Being born on February 18, 1969 in Trenton, Michigan. He is preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Joe Plumley, Jr.; his maternal grandparents, Esau P. and Lilly Augusta Cook and a...
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Nancy Jane Crowder

September 20, 1935 - July 7, 2014

Nancy Jane Crowder 78 of Prosperity WV went home to be with her Jesus on July 7th 2014 at Plateau Medical Center in Oak Hill WV after a long illness of congestive heart failure.Nancy was born September 20th 1935 in Beckley WV to the late Basil Ray and Lettie Margaret Williams.Nancy worked as a cook in the public schools, and then later opened her own catering service. She has made many beautiful...
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Richard Harvey Lilly

December 8, 1942 - July 6, 2014

Blue Ridge Funeral HomeBeckley, WV Richard Harvey Lilly Richard Harvey Lilly of Beaver joined his loving wife, Sunday, July 6, 2014. Born December 8, 1942, he was the son of the late Joseph and Daisy Allen Lilly. Richard enjoyed hunting, fishing and spending time with his grandchildren and gardening. He was a graduate of WVU and was employed for 27 years with the Department of Agriculture. ...
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Richard Gene Stafford

July 1, 1941 - July 5, 2014

Richard Gene Stafford, Sr., 73 of Glen White, passed away Saturday, July 5, 2014. Born July 1, 1941, he was a son of the late James and Zenith Hatcher Stafford. Richard was employed as a sheet metal worker. In addition to his parents, Richard is preceded in death by his beloved wife, Martha Stafford; brother, Roger Stafford and sister, Mary Stafford. Those left to cherish his memory include,...
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Adelaide Bryant

July 9, 1922 - July 4, 2014

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

October 18, 1925 - July 2, 2014

Blue Ridge Funeral HomeBeckley, West VirginiaJacqueline (Jackie) Pendry MeadowsOn Wednesday, July, 2, Jackie Meadows, 88, of Crab Orchard, a member of the Greatest Generation, finished her life’s journey surrounded by her loved ones and joined her husband Ray and many other family members and friends in Heaven. Jackie was lovingly provided care at Bowers Hospice House.She was born October...
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Rachel Jane Seigler

November 12, 1947 - June 30, 2014

Rachel Jane Seigler, age 66 of Beckley, passed away on Monday, June 30, 2014 at her home following a sudden illness.Born on the 12th day of November in 1947 in Meade, West Virginia to the late Glen Shirley Seigler and Ruby Victoria Boyd Seigler.Rachel was a homemaker and had attended the North Beckley Church of Christ. She was also very interested in her own family’s genealogy and enjoyed...
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Anna Izella Perdue

January 20, 1936 - June 30, 2014

Anna Izella Pinson Perdue, age 78 of Fayetteville, passed away on Monday, June 30, 2014 at the Bowers Hospice House in Cranberry following an extended illness.She was born on the 20th day of January in 1936 in Carbondale, West Virginia to the late John E. Pinson and Charlotte Dent Pinson.Anna was a homemaker; a loving wife, mother, and grandmother. She enjoyed spending time with her family and...
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Claude Owen Caldwell

March 20, 1938 - June 29, 2014

Claud Owen Caldwell 76, of Odd, went home to be with the Lord, Sunday June 29, 2014, following a short illness.Born March 20, 1938 in Raleigh County he was the son of the late Lonnie and Anna Walker Caldwell.Claud was a retired coalminer, and a longtime member of the UMWA. He enjoyed fishing, being outdoors, and spending time with his family and friends.In addition to his parents he was preceded...
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Lena Rosina WALKER

June 26, 1932 - June 23, 2014

LENA ROSINA WALKER Lena Rosina Walker, 81, of Beckley, passed away Monday, June 23, 2014. Born June 26, 1932 at Ghent; she was a daughter of the late Robert Andrew Bryant and the late Lettie Waddell Garretson. Lena loved cooking and spending time with her family and friends, reading, and doing cross word puzzles. She was a 1990 graduate from Beckley...
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Donna Maxine Gill

March 25, 1927 - June 20, 2014

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Donald Ray McGann

April 8, 1951 - June 18, 2014

“It is a curious thing, the death of a loved one. We all know that our time in this world is limited. And yet it is always a surprise when it happens to someone we know. It is like walking up the stairs to your bedroom in the dark, and thinking there is one more stair than there is. Your foot falls down, through the air, and there is a sickly moment of dark surprise as you try to readjust...
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Laura Phyllis Hatfield

May 9, 1935 - June 17, 2014

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

November 5, 1924 - June 16, 2014

Buster Hampton, 89 of Beckley passed away Monday, June 16, 2014. Born November 5, 1924, he was a son of the late Issac and Rowena Smith Hampton. Buster was an avid coon hunter, enjoyed farming and fishing. He retired from Slab Fork Coal Company and was a member of the UMWA Local union # 6108. Buster was the owner and operator of the Hampton’s Laundromat in Mac Arthur. Buster never met...
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Buster Hampton

November 5, 1924 - June 16, 2014

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Sherill Ralph Kershner

August 4, 1948 - June 15, 2014

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Dewey Lee Compton

August 16, 1933 - June 13, 2014

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Dorlis O'Dessa Allen

August 13, 1930 - June 11, 2014

Williams Blue Ridge Funeral HomeSophia, WV Dorlis O. Grose Allen Dorlis O. Grose Allen, 83, of Sophia, WV, faithful and loving wife, mommy and granny went to rest peacefully with our Lord, on June 11, 2014, after fighting a long courageous battle. Born August 13, 1930 at Winding Gulf, she was the daughter of the late Jordan Franklin and Pearl Faust Grose of Soak Creek. She was the youngest...
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Clinton Roy Thompson

May 23, 1932 - June 8, 2014

Clinton Roy Thompson, 82, of Sophia, moved to heaven on Sunday, June 8th, 2014. Living in Sophia these past 48 years, he left for his new home on Pentecost Sunday.Born in Mt. Union, PA to the late Arthur Brown Thompson and Mae McCraken Thompson, he was also preceded in death by his sisters in law, Ann Thompson and Zana Thompson. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Lucretia Gail Caldwell...
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Matthew Williams

December 25, 1957 - June 4, 2014

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Bobbie Sue Jackson

November 19, 1937 - June 4, 2014

Blue Ridge Funeral HomeBeckley, WV Bobbie Sue Jackson Bobbie Sue Jackson of Beckley, WV went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, June, 4, 2014. Born November 19, 1937, she was a daughter of the late Elmer and Elva Coleman Keeton. Bobbie enjoyed hunting and fishing and spending time with her family and especially her grandchildren. In addition to her parents, Bobbie is preceded in death by...
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Margaret Athaleen Huffman

July 13, 1924 - June 4, 2014

Margaret Athaleen Huffman, 89, formerly of Mullens, passed away Wednesday, June 4, 2014 at the Raleigh Center. Born July 13, 1924 at Mt. Lookout, she was the daughter of the late Caleb Cherrington and Dora Chapman.She was preceded in death by the love of her life, her husband, Leon Huffman in 1982; an infant son, Billy; brothers, Jake and John Chapman; son-in-law, Jimmy Rinehart; and numerous...
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Lorraine Johnston

May 10, 1932 - June 2, 2014

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Bradie Blanche Williams

October 5, 1916 - May 24, 2014

Blue Ridge Funeral HomeBeckley, WV Blanche Williams, 97 of Artie went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, May 24, 2014. Born October 5, 1916, she was a daughter of the late George and Sarah Batton Stover.Blanche enjoyed cooking and spending time with her family. She attended East Bank High School. Blanche was a Postmaster with the United States Postal Service, retiring in 1991. She worked for...
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Timothy David Mullins

June 16, 1958 - May 21, 2014

Timothy D. Mullins, 55 of Beckley, passed away on Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at the Bowers Hospice House in Beckley following an extended illness.Born on the 16th day of June in 1958 in Beckley—he is the son of Elmer David Mullins and Gladie Alene McKinney Mullins of Beckley.Timothy was a graduate of Stoco High School Class of 1976. He also graduated with honors at Bluefield State College...
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Nancy Harrah

August 20, 1923 - May 20, 2014

Nancy HarrahNancy Harrah 90, of Beaver, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday May 20, 2014 in Raleigh General Hospital following a recent decline in health.Born August 20, 1923 in Backus Mountain, she was the daughter of the late Virginia Crawford.Nancy was of the Baptist faith. She was a born again Christian, who loved the Lord with all of her heart. She loved the simple things in life, she...
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Delma Ruth Worley

April 30, 1930 - May 19, 2014

DELMA RUTH WORLEY Delma Ruth Worley, 84, of Beckley, formerly of Coal City, passed away May 19, 2014 following a short illness. She was born in Blue Jay, WV and was a longtime member of the Maynor Freewill Baptist Church. She is the daughter of the late John Henry Jackson Hatcher and Rosie (Smith) Hatcher. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by...
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Don Pfleger

June 3, 1943 - May 15, 2014

  Blue Ridge Funeral Home Beckley, WV   Don Lee Pfleger     Don Lee Pfleger passed away May 15, 2014 at Bowers Hospice House. Don was born in Sciota County, Ohio on June 3, 1943.  He was the son of Roy and Dorothy Pfleger.   He received a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics from Ohio University and a Bachelors of Theology at Appalachian Bible College.  He...
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Carl Relvo Wills

September 11, 1927 - May 13, 2014

Blue Ridge Funeral Home Beckley, WV   Carl R. Wills     Carl R. Wills, “Bud,” 86 of Shady Spring went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, May 13, 2014.  Born September 11, 1927, he was a son of Lonnie and Grace Lilly Wills.   Carl enjoyed gardening, cooking, camping and fishing.  Along with his wife he was a foster parent in the emergency care system to...
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Vonda L. Lewis

March 22, 1928 - May 13, 2014

  Vonda Lea Toney Lewis, born March 22, 1928, went to be with our Lord on May 13, 2014 after a long illness.  Born of her mother Dovie Toney, and father James Toney.   She was premature at birth, and weighed only 1 pound.  The doctors said would not survive but she lived a full life by the grace of God.    Vonda was married to Berkley Clarence Lewis until he...
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Eugene Hamilton Casto

March 10, 1920 - May 11, 2014

  Eugene Hamilton Casto      Eugene Hamilton Casto, age 94, of Carlisle, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, May 11, 2014. He was born on March 10, 1920, in Cabin Creek, WV the son of the late John and Lola Casto.  Eugene enjoyed spending his time  hunting, gardening, taking photographs and going to flea markets. Eugene was preceded in death by his parents...
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James Edward Woodie

September 9, 1972 - April 29, 2014

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Naomi M. Hewitt

February 19, 1920 - April 26, 2014

Naomi M. Tanner Hewitt, 94, has changed her address. You can contact her in your prayers. Naomi was a kind, loving, patient wife, mother, nurse, friend and neighbor. She was born Feb. 19, 1920 in Clay County to Ode and Glendora Tanner. She graduated from Clay County High School and from Laird Memorial Nursing School at Montgomery General Hospital. She was employed early in her marriage as an RN...
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James Clyde Phillips, Jr.

February 15, 1926 - April 26, 2014

James Clyde Phillips, Jr., 88 of Beckley, entered into rest on Saturday, April 26, 2014. Jr. was born on the 15th day of February in 1926 in Pemberton, WV to the late Pearl and Clyde Phillips. Jr. married Beatrice York Phillips on July 23, 1948 and have been together 65 years. Together they built a loving home for their two sons. Jr. and Bea shared their home and life with family and friends....
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Ethel June Miller

February 14, 1927 - April 25, 2014

Ethel June Miller, 87 of Beckley, went home to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Friday, April 25, 2014 at the Bowers Hospice House. Born on the 14th day of February in 1927 in East Gulf, WV; a daughter to the late Clifton Bud Lovell, Sr. and Laura Ethel Graham Lovell. Ethel was a homemaker and was a graduate of Sophia High School Class of 1948. She enjoyed cooking for her family,...
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Velma Rosetta Frost

April 23, 1929 - April 24, 2014

Velma Rosetta Frost Velma Rosetta Frost, 85 of Midway passed away on Thursday, April 24, 2014 at Bowers Hospice House in Beckley following a short illness. Born April 23, 1929 at McAlpin, WV, she was the daughter of the late Fred and Gaye Radford Farley. Velma was preceded in death by her husband, David "Hoot" Frost; a sister, Joyce and daughter-in-law, Sharon Hensley Frost. Those...
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Kevin Lee Miller

April 4, 1962 - April 22, 2014

Kevin Lee Miller Kevin Lee Miller 52 of Flat Top went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, April 22, 2014. Born April 4, 1962, he was the son of Betty Jane Miller Bowles and the late Edward Bowles. Kevin loved collecting gospel music. He was a WVU fan and a NASCAR fan. He was a member of the Fairview Freewill Baptist Church in Flat Top. Kevin attended a day program at Southern...
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Mable Brakefield

February 15, 1926 - April 21, 2014

Mable E. Vencill Brakefield, 88 of Princewick, passed away on Monday, April 21, 2014 at the Bowers Hospice House following a short illness of a rare form of cancer. Born February 15, 1926, she was the daughter of the late Charles B. and Maude E. Vencill. Mable was a 1942 graduate of Stoco High School and secretary at the Stoco Junior High School for several years. She retired from Beckley Oil...
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Daniel Edward Brock, Jr.

February 28, 1960 - April 16, 2014

Daniel Edward Brock Jr. Daniel Edward Brock Jr., 54, of Beckley went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, April 16, 2014. Born February 28, 1960, in Beckley, he was the son of Daniel E. Brock Sr. of Lanark and Roberta Brock of Beckley. Daniel was a disabled miner, who loved being outdoors, fishing and being with his family. He was preceded in death by his Grandparents, one...
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John Tives Chaffin, Jr.

February 13, 1927 - April 15, 2014

John Tives Chaffin Jr. John Tives Chaffin, Jr. 87, passed away on Tuesday, April 15,2014. He was born on February 13, 1927, in Chattaroy, West Virginia, to Tives John Chaffin and Effie Mae Pennington Chaffin. John grew up in Midway, West Virginia. He attended Sophia High School in Sophia. While in the Army, John achieved the rank of PFC. He was employed with Slab Fork Coal Company as a...
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Robert "Bobby" Ford III

March 4, 1980 - April 11, 2014

Blue Ridge Funeral Home Beckley, WV Robert "Bobby" Winston Ford, III Robert "Bobby" Winston Ford, III of Beckley departed this earth on April 11, 2014 at the age of 34. He is preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, David Hatcher and Belva Matheney. Those left to cherish his memory include his loving and devoted mother, Lennis Karen and her husband, Dennis A. Sizemore of...
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Lillian Loraine Lambert

May 12, 1927 - April 10, 2014

Lillian Loraine (Newman) Lambert, 86 of Midway, went home to be with her savior on Thursday, April 10, 2014 after battling an extended illness. Born on the 12th day of May in 1927 in Affinity, WV- she was the daughter of the late Elbert and Lora (Harrah) Newman. Lillian had made Midway, WV her home for over 60 years after moving from her home place in Affinity. She attended Beckley Junior High...
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Carole Joan Gravely

December 31, 1941 - April 8, 2014

Carole Joan Foster Gravely, 72 of Beckley, passed away on the morning of April 8, 2014. Born December 31, 1941, she was the daughter of the late Margaret Mae Creed Foster and Ernest Paul Foster of Prosperity. Carole was a real estate agent since 1976. She worked for Century 21 First Choice for many years until her retirement. She was also a member of the Beckley Moose Lodge and a graduate of...
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Carlile Moye

July 1, 1931 - April 8, 2014

Williams Blue Ridge Funeral Home Sophia, WV Carlile Moye Carlile Moye, 82 of Sophia went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 after a short illness. Born July 1, 1931, he was a son of the late Paris and Hallie Ellison Moye. Carlile enjoyed fishing and hunting. He was a 1949 graduate of Stoco High School and a 1955 graduate of Concord College. Carlile received his...
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Alva Raymond Sizemore

July 3, 1941 - April 4, 2014

  Alva Raymond “Ray” Sizemore Ray Sizemore, 72, of Dothan WV, July 3, 1941 – May 4, 2014. He is predeceased by his parents: Roscoe and Edythe Sizemore; first wife Wanda Ann Perry and infant daughter Debra Lynn; brother and sister-in-law Dennis and Helen Sizemore; nephew Paul Sizemore; stepchildren Matthew Mathews and Doug Rogers. Those mourning his passing are his beloved...
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Frances Louise Woods Maxey

November 14, 1921 - April 4, 2014

Frances Louise Woods Maxey, age 92 of Daniels formerly of Oak Hill, passed away on Friday, April 4, 2014 at the Raleigh Center in Daniels following an extended illness. Born November 14, 1921 in Virginia to the late Dave and Elizabeth Woods. Frances completed college and became a registered nurse and worked at several hospitals in the area. She retired from the VA Hospital here in Beckley. In...
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Daniel Ray Hopkins

December 22, 1947 - April 4, 2014

Daniel Ray Hopkins, 66 of Beaver, born on December 22, 1947 in Stickney, WV, son of the late Archie and Lena Hopkins, has passed away on April 4, 2014. Daniel was a graduate of Marsh Fork High School and attended Concord College. He was one of the first persons in the state of West Virginia to offer mine safety instruction to both surface and underground miners. He was a member of the Beckley...
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Lillian Avery Whitt

April 3, 2014 - April 3, 2014

LILLIAN AVERY WHITT "Sometimes it is the smallest things that take the most room in our hearts." Our little angel, Lillian Avery Whitt, passed away on Thursday, April 3, 2014. She was only with us for a short time, but her life was a brief gift to us that we will forever cherish. Lillian is the beloved daughter of Ryan and Shirley (Giles) Whitt of Beckley. Her paternal grandparents are...
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Glenda Bradshaw

February 27, 1943 - April 2, 2014

Glenda Yvonne Wright Bradshaw, 71 of Atlanta GA, passed away Wednesday April 2, 2014 at St. Joseph's Hospital of natural causes in Atlanta, GA. Born February 27, 1943, she was the daughter of the late Wilbur and Mattie Ebert Wright. Glenda was a 1961 graduate of Trap Hill High School. She was a longtime resident of Eccles, WV and a long time member of Eccles 1st Baptist Church. Glenda...
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Robert Peterse, Sr.

November 18, 1944 - March 29, 2014

Blue Ridge Funeral Home Beckley, WV Robert Lee Peters, Sr. Robert Lee Peters, Sr., 69 of Beckley passed away on Saturday, March 29, 2014. Born November 18, 1944, Peach Tree, WV, he was the son of the late Alfred and Maria Peters. Robert was a loving father and enjoyed spending time with this family. Those left to cherish his memory include his children, Robert Peters, Jr., Jeffery...
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Vivian Ann Cook

August 15, 1939 - March 29, 2014

Blue Ridge Funeral Home Beckley, WV Vivian Ann Cook Vivian Ann Cook, 73 years young, went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, on Saturday March 29, 2014. This day in March, when all were anticipating and hoped for the arrival of spring flowers, presented with a chill in the air with white petals of snowflakes falling to and covering the ground. Vivian (Pippy) was born in...
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Charlotte Virginia Cassity

March 28, 2014

Charlotte Virginia Cassity of Crab Orchard took the Lord's hand on Friday, March 28, 2014 and he lead her home after a long but courageous battle with cancer. Born December 14, 1937 in Wyoming County, she was the daughter of the late Robert Roy McDaniel I and Rita bean McDaniel. She graduated from Stoco High School in 1955. She was a majorette and a volunteer candy striper. She worked at the...
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Thomas and Deborah Ball

March 27, 2014

Thomas 'Tom' E., age 61, and Deborah S. 'Debbie' age 59, both of Shady Spring, passed away within hours together both following short illnesses. Tom was born on September 13, 1952 in Mullens, WV to Dolly Sizemore of Rhodell and the late Robert Ball. Debbie was born on July 13, 1955 in Beckley, WV to Margaret Long of Beaver and the late Averil Long, Sr. They were married December 17, 1974 in...
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Arnold Dale "Pete" Forren

June 15, 1947 - March 26, 2014

Blue Ridge Funeral Home Beckley, WV Arnold Dale (Pete) Forren Arnold Dale (Pete) Forren, 66 of Piney View, died Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at 7:00 AM at his home. Born June 15th, 1947 in Elverton, WV to the late Harold W. Forren, Sr. and Eleanor M. Blevins Forren. Pete was retired from Bally Corporation in Las Vegas, Nevada. Those left to cherish his memory include his mother...
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Charles Steven Viars

June 10, 1949 - March 25, 2014

"Make yourself familiar with the angels, and behold them frequently in spirit; for without being seen, they are present with you." Charles Steven Viars, 64 of Crab Orchard, passed away on Monday, March 25, 2014 at Raleigh General Hospital following a sudden illness. Born on the 10th day of June in 1949 in Raleigh County, WV to Maryann Sokola Viars and the late Carl Viars. Mr. Viars worked as a...
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Charles Thomas Scarbro

August 29, 1945 - March 24, 2014

Charles Thomas Scarbro Charles Thomas Scarbro 68, of Beckley went home to be with his Lord on Monday March 24, 2014, in Raleigh General Hospital following a long illness. He was born on August 29, 1945, the oldest son to the late Speed and Evelyn Ash Scarbro. He was preceded in death by his son, Charles Thomas Scarbro II, and brother Kenneth Wayne Scarbro. Charles spent 30 years in the coal...
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Marjorie Margie Crowder

June 14, 1914 - March 23, 2014

Marjorie "Margie" L. Crowder, age 99 of South Charleston formerly of Prosperity, passed away on Sunday, March 23, 2014. Born on the 14th day on June in 1914 in McAlpin, WV to the late Eugene S. Floyd and Dora E. Wilson Floyd. Ms. Crowder was a homemaker and had been a previous member of Memorial Baptist Church in Beckley. She lived in Prosperity most of her life before residing in Charleston...
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Gladys L. Withrow

February 3, 1946 - March 22, 2014

Gladys L. Withrow of Oak Hill, WV passed away on Saturday, March 22, 2014 at Cabel Huntington Hospital following a short illness. She was born February 3, 1946 in Charleston, WV. Gladys was of the Holiness faith. She was the happiest when in church getting a good blessing. She was a loving mother and wonderful grandmother. Gladys was preceded in death by her loving husband, Earl K. Withrow...
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Cynthia "Cindy" Ann Robertson Wilson

January 1, 1975 - March 21, 2014

Cynthia (Cindy) Ann Robertson Wilson Cynthia (Cindy) Ann Robertson Wilson, born January 1, 1975 in Beckley, WV met her Lord and Savior on Friday, March 21, 2014. Cindy was a member of Eccles 1st Baptist Church. She enjoyed time with family and friends, arts and crafts, watching her children play sports and fishing; and, being an adventurous soul she also enjoyed rafting and motor cycle...
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Patricia Lynn Caudill

July 10, 1965 - March 20, 2014

Blue Ridge Funeral Home Beckley, WV Patricia Lynn Caudill Patricia Lynn Caudill, 48 of Bolt went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, March 20, 2014. Born July 10, 1965, she was the daughter of Elmer and Lounice Jeffrey. Patricia enjoyed making blankets and quilts; spending time with her family and friends, and she loved her dogs. Those left to cherish her memory include her...
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Cecil "Bee" Boyd Sears , Jr

January 2, 1935 - March 19, 2014

Williams Blue Ridge Funeral Home Sophia, WV Cecil "Bee"Boyd Sears, Jr. Cecil "Bee" Boyd Sears, Jr., 79 of Midway departed this life to forever praise his Savior on Wednesday, March 19, 2014 following a long illness. Born January 2, 1935 in Sophia, he was the son of the late Cecil and Melvinie Polk Sears. Mr. Sears was a U.S. Army Veteran as well as a retired coal miner. Bee also had...
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Ms. Lila J., Upchurch

April 17, 1940 - March 17, 2014

Lila J. Upchurch, 73 of Daniels, passed away on Saturday, March 15, 2014 at her home surrounded by her family following an extended illness. Born on the 17th day of April in 1940 in Crab Orchard, WV; she a daughter to the late Jesse Durham and Ratha Rice Durham. Lila was a homemaker raising her children and taking care of their home. She also loved her flowers. Lila was of the Pentecostal faith...
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Mae Ruth Pegram

January 10, 1928 - March 16, 2014

Mae "Ruth" (Coleman) Pegram of Coal City W.V. gave her hand to God and claimed her place in Heaven on Sunday, March 16th 2014. She was born in Thurmond WV on January 10th 1928 and was the daughter of the late Robert "Bob" Coleman and Francis (Soots) Coleman. In 1948 she met and married to L.G. "Toby" Pegram and together they raised three children. In 1965 she helped teach the first Head Start...
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Isaac Thompson Broyles

December 17, 1986 - March 10, 2014

Isaac Thompson Broyles Our son Isaac passed away Monday March 10th, 2014; a more loving and caring person than he, we have never known. Isaac was born December 17th, 1986. He was the son of Tom and Louann Broyles. He was a graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School and West Virginia University School of Journalism. Isaac is preceded in death by his grandparents, Walter and Anna...
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Earlene Daphne Hunt

February 4, 1923 - March 9, 2014

Blue Ridge Funeral Home Beckley, WV Earlene Daphne Hunt Earlene Daphne Hunt, 91 of Coal City, passed away Sunday, March 9, 2014. Born February 4, 1923, she was the daughter of the late Avery and Edrie Maxey Farley. Earlene enjoyed crafting, quilting, crocheting and reading. She attended the Cornerstone Baptist Church. In addition to her parents, Earlene is preceded in death by...
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Tasha Wood

February 24, 1984 - March 7, 2014

Tasha Wood Tasha Wood, 30 of Coal City passed away Friday, March 7, 2014. Born February 24, 1984, she was the daughter of Sandra Dee Lawson and the late Rodger Haines. Tasha was a loving wife and mother. She loved being outdoors, camping, swimming and being with her children. In addition to her father, Tasha is preceded in death by her grandparents and may aunts and uncles. Those...
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Violet Leona Chamberlain

May 20, 1931 - March 7, 2014

Williams Blue Ridge Funeral Home Sophia, West Virginia Violet Leona Chamberlain Violet Leona Chamberlain, 82, of Huntington, WV, a precious mom and now guardian angel to four children, six grandchildren, and one great-grandson, passed away Friday, March 7, 2014. Born May 20, 1931, Violet was the daughter of the late James and Delta Poe. Violet was an avid Bingo player...
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Thelma Jean Mounts

March 6, 1921 - March 7, 2014

Thelma Jean Mounts, 93 of Stanaford, passed away on Friday, March 7, 2014 at Raleigh General Hospital following an extended illness. She was born on the 6th day of March in 1921 to the late Calvin Caudill and Lula Walker Caudill. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Carl Mounts;a sister, Cleo Jennings; and a brother, Ed Caudill. Survivors include her children,...
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Janie Bellamy

July 18, 1952 - March 7, 2014

Janie Louise Bellamy, 61 of Montgomery, passed away on Friday, March 7, 2014 at her home following an extended illness. Services will be conducted at 2pm Monday, March 10, 2014 at the Blue Ridge Funeral Home Chapel in Prosperity with Pastor Jeff Floyd officiating. Interment will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens in Prosperity. Friends may call from 1-2pm Monday at the funeral home. Online...
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Randall Earl Foster

December 20, 1952 - March 6, 2014

Blue Ridge Funeral Home Beckley, West Virginia Randall Earl Foster, of Beckley passed away Thursday, March 6, 2014, after a long illness. He was born December 20, 1952 in Beckley, WV. He was the son of the late Henry and Thelma Foster. Randall was a graduate of Woodrow Wilson High school and spent his career working as an electronic repair technician. His favorite pastimes...
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Ila Belle Hamons

February 25, 1929 - March 5, 2014

Ila Belle Hamons, 85 of Beckley, passed away on Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at Raleigh General Hospital in Beckley following a sudden illness. She was born on the 25th day of February in 1929 at Greeneville, WV. She was a daughter to the late Solomon Sullivan Fisher and Nellie Broyles Fisher. Ms. Hamons was a homemaker and had a passion for reading, gardening, and sewing. She also enjoyed cooking...
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Linda Lou Bowles

May 4, 1943 - March 4, 2014

Linda Lou McDaniel Bowles, 70 of Prince, WV, passed away on March 4, 2014 at Beckley Appalachian Regional Hospital following a long illness. Born May 4, 1943 in Piney View, WV; she was the daughter of the late Johnny Mays McDaniel and Rosie Helen Greer McDaniel. Linda enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, family, and listening to gospel music. She was passionate about her garden...
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Josephine Lilly

May 5, 1935 - February 28, 2014

MAPLE FORK ROAD — Josephine Lilly, 78, of Maple Fork Road went home to be with her Lord, on Friday, February 28, 2014, in Ruby Memorial Hospital following a short illness. Born May 5, 1935, in her parents' home at Jumping Branch, she was the daughter of the late Roy and Hazel Lilly. Josephine was a member of the Maple Fork Baptist Church, owned and operated Lilly's Upholstery for many years....
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Christopher McNeill

March 23, 1970 - February 27, 2014

Christopher Scott McNeill We lost our beloved Chris on Thursday, February 27, 2014, after a long struggle with heart disease. Born March 23, 1970 in Washington, DC, he is the son of Bruce McNeill and Donna Bailey Bierman. Chris developed a love of deer hunting at an early age by going with his father, Bruce. He was most at peace hunting and fishing in the mountains of West Virginia. ...
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Carol Ann Bower

July 14, 1938 - February 25, 2014

Williams Blue Ridge Funeral Home Sophia, WV Carol Ann Bower Carol Ann Bower, 75, of Coal City, passed away on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 after a courageous battle with lung cancer in the arms of her loving family. Born on July 14, 1938, in Lillybrook, she was the daughter of the late William Mays and Virgie Pearl Basham Mays. Carol was a retired teacher's aide of 29 years for the...
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Charles W. Burns

January 11, 1946 - February 25, 2014

CHARLES W. BURNS Charles W. Burns, 68, of Beckley, formerly of Stickney, entered into the Kingdom of Heaven on Tuesday, February 25, 2014. Born January 11, 1946 at Beckwith; he was a son of Evelyn Beasley Burns and the late Charles Burns. Charles was a member of the UMWA, loved watching sports, and was an avid WVU fan. Charles graduated from Marshfork High School in 1966 and Beckley...
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Agnes Sue Hawkins

March 27, 1942 - February 22, 2014

Blue Ridge Funeral Home Beckley, WV Agnes Sue Hawkins Agnes Sue Hawkins, 71, passed away on February 22, 2014, at St. Francis Hospital following a short illness. Born March 27, 1942, at Lookout, WV, Sue was the daughter of the late Seybert and Margaret Carte Hawkins of Hico, WV. Retiring from GEICO of Chevy Chase, MD, after 44 years, she moved to Beaver, WV, to make her home. She...
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John J. Childress

December 11, 1940 - February 20, 2014

John J. (Joe) Childress of Daniels celebrated his entrance into God's Kingdom, and can now play golf with beloved friends who preceded him at Heaven National Golf Course. Our very special Husband, Father, Grandfather, Brother, Uncle, Cousin, Mentor, Golfing Buddy, and True Friend passed away peacefully in the early morning hours of Thursday, February 20, 2014. He graced us with 73 unique and...
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Roy Daniel Lawson

July 4, 1952 - February 19, 2014

Roy Daniel Lawson, age 61, of Slab Fork, passed away suddenly on Wednesday, February 19, 2014. Roy was a disabled coal miner. He enjoyed antique cars, his dog, fishing, hunting, and his grandkids. He was born on July 4, 1952 in Beckley, and was the son of the late Daniel and Cressie Lawson of Hotchkiss. He was also preceded in death by a son, Roy Daniel Jr.; brother, Johnny Lawson; and sisters,...
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Betty Miles Allen

November 6, 1930 - February 17, 2014

Blue Ridge Funeral Home Beckley, WV Betty Miles Allen Betty Miles Allen, 83 of Temple St, Beckley, WV went home to be with the Lord on February 17th, 2014. Born November 6th, 1930 in Grandview WV, she was the daughter of Wilda Shoemaker of Grandview. Betty worked for 20 years at Beckley Newspaper before becoming a nurse and working for 23 years at Raleigh General Hospital....
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Donna Rosella Blevins

December 29, 1955 - February 17, 2014

Blue Ridge Funeral Home Beckley, WV Donna Rosella Blevins Donna Rosella Blevins, 58 of Soak Creek went home to be with the Lord on Monday, February 17, 2014. Born December 29, 1955 in Sophia, she was the daughter of the late William and Pearl Milam. Donna enjoyed fishing, watching movies, and spending time with her grandchildren, playing video games, doll collecting and...
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