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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

Kenneth Howard Dunbar

February 5, 1940 - February 26, 2015

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Mary Kathleen Avancini

December 10, 1923 - February 25, 2015

Blue Ridge Funeral HomeBeckley, WV Mary Avancini Kitty as she liked to be called was born December 10, 1923 and went to Heaven on February 25, 2015 surrounded by her family. She was the only child of the late Claude and Mary Bragg Richmond. She was preceded in death by her son and daughter-in-law, Roy and Stella Smith; son-in-law, Joe Lilly, and grandchildren, Danny and Jennifer Carter. ...
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James William WILLIS

January 5, 1970 - February 24, 2015

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Curtis Harold LEFTWICH

February 19, 1931 - February 23, 2015

CURTIS HAROLD LEFTWICH “SILKY” Curtis Harold Leftwich, “Silky” 84, of Beckley passed away Monday, February 23, 2015. Born February 19, 1931 in Jenkin Jones, WV he was a son of the late Oscar and Nannie English Leftwich. Mr. Leftwich was a Retired Chef from Shock and Skeens. In addition to his parents, he was...
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Michael McComas

July 9, 1951 - February 22, 2015

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James Edward STANLEY

October 7, 1923 - February 22, 2015

REV. JAMES E. “JIM” STANLEY I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith. Henceforth now there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not be me only, but unto all of them also that love his appearing.II Timothy 4:7-8 Our beloved father, grandfather, brother and...
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James Edward STANLEY

October 7, 1923 - February 22, 2015

REV. JAMES E. “JIM” STANLEY I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith. Henceforth now there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not be me only, but unto all of them also that love his appearing.II Timothy 4:7-8 Our beloved father, grandfather, brother and...
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Pearl Marie Smith

June 6, 1929 - February 18, 2015

Mrs. Pearl Marie (Ash) Smith (85) of Arnett, West Virginia, passed away February 18, 2015 at a hospice in Huntington, West Virginia, following a long illness.Marie was born June 6, 1929 at Montcoal, West Virginia. She was the oldest child born to Leslie and Pearl Ash. Marie grew-up in both West Virginia and Kentucky attending Marsh Fork High School and Olive Hill High School. Marie graduated...
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Roger L. Reed

August 25, 1941 - February 16, 2015

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Roger Lee REED

August 25, 1941 - February 16, 2015

ROGER LEE REED Roger Lee Reed,73, of Sophia, the most loving man in the world who was loved by all passed away Monday, February 16, 2015. Born August 25, 1941 in Whitby, he was a son of the late Jennings and Elsie Smith Reed. Roger was a hard worker, loved gardening and could fix anything. He was a coal miner and a member of the UMWA. In addition to...
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Patty Gillenwater

November 15, 1930 - February 15, 2015

PATTY ANN GILLENWATER Patty Ann Gillenwater, 84, of Sophia passed away February 22, 2015. She was born November 15, 1930 at Winding Gulf to the late William Oscar and Emma Mae Riddle. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Sammy Gillenwater. Those left to cherish her memory include her son, Samuel...
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Mary Lee Nagye

February 14, 1934 - February 13, 2015

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Joan Adkins

December 3, 1954 - February 12, 2015

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Judith K. Horrocks

December 6, 1942 - February 12, 2015

Blue Ridge Funeral HomeBeckley, WV Judith K. Horrocks Judith K. Horrocks, 72 of Oak Hill passed away on Thursday, February 12, 2015. She was a Godly and talented woman who loved life, loved helping people and loved by all who knew her. She is survived by her daughter, Theresa Toussaint, sons, Mike and Lee Horrocks; daughter-in-laws, Sonja, Frances, Debbie; 7 grandchildren; 8 great...
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William Parrott

November 29, 1922 - February 10, 2015

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Charles R. MCKINNEY

October 9, 1932 - February 10, 2015

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William Plesent Parrott

November 29, 1922 - February 10, 2015

WILLIAM “BILL” PLESENT PARROTT, JR. William “Bill” Pleasant Parrott, Jr, of Daniels, went home to be with the Lord on February 10, 2015. Born November 29, 1922 in Bardo, KY; he was a son of the lat e William Pleasant Parrott and Virgie Hill Parent. Bill loved to fish, had a great faith in God, he enjoyed watching baseball games...
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Eunice Albert

January 6, 1926 - February 9, 2015

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Ronald L. Browning

November 7, 1945 - February 7, 2015

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Betty Jean Thompson

June 23, 1932 - February 7, 2015

BETTY JEAN THOMPSON Betty Jean Thompson, of Oak Hill formerly of Kincaid, went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, February 7, 2015.Born June 23, 1932 in Tazwell, VA; she was the daughter of the late Ryburn and Gydia Bourne Waddell.She was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth Thompson in 2001; her brothers, Bobby Eugene Waddell and Donald Lee Waddell.Those left to cherish her memory...
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Chessie Lillian Edmonds

March 5, 1920 - February 7, 2015

CHESSIE L. EDMONDS Chessie L. Edmonds, 94, of St. Albans, formerly of Beckley entered into her Heavenly home on Saturday, February 7, 2015 following a long illness at Eastbrook Nursing Home, Charleston, WV. She was preceded in death by her parents, Milt and Mary Cook, four sisters, four brothers, and her loving husband, Rev. Ernest T. Edmonds following 70 years of...
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Effie Hightower Necessary

April 28, 1917 - February 7, 2015

EFFIE MACIL ENNIS HIGHTOWER NECESSARY Effie Macil Ennis Hightower Necessary 97, of Crab Orchard, was called home to God, on February 7, 2015.She was born April 28, 1917 in Fayette County WV, a daughter of the late Wallace and Bertie Smith Ennis.In addition to her parents, Effie was preceded in death by her first husband, Dorsey Hightower, her second husband, Luther Necessary, one son whom she...
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Roberta Johnston

June 20, 1958 - February 7, 2015

Roberta (Robin) Lynn ‘Birdie’ Johnston It is with great sadness and broken hearts that we must say goodbye here to our dear sister, aunt, and friend, Roberta (Robin) Lynn ‘Birdie” Johnston of Beckley. Robin was born June 20, 1958 at Ury, WV, to the late Charles Hensley, Jr. and Margarette Colleen Hensley. Other than her parents, Robin was preceded in death by her...
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Mary Sanders

December 24, 1930 - February 3, 2015

Mary Marie Sanders 84 of Coal City passed away Tuesday, February 3, 2015 surrounded by her family. Born December 24, 1930, she was the daughter of the late Frank and Mertie Evans Dolinger. Mary enjoyed reading, working puzzle books, watching TV and visiting with family. She was a 1949 graduate of Sophia High School. In addition to her parents, Mary is preceded in death by her brothers, Frank...
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Carl Adkins

October 23, 1930 - February 3, 2015

Williams-Blue Ridge Funeral Home Sophia West VirginiaCarl “Gooch” AdkinsCarl “Gooch” Adkins 84 of Midway , went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday February 3, 2015 in the Beckley VA Medical Center.Born October 23, 1930 in Lilly Brook WV he was the son of the late Carl and Lola Wills Adkins.“Gooch” was a 12 year veteran of the United States Air Force, and...
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Laurel Hardy Keeton

April 19, 1939 - February 2, 2015

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Thella M. Shrewsberry

February 29, 1924 - February 2, 2015

Thella Mae Lilly Shrewsberry, age 90, passed away on February 2, 2015, at Raleigh General Hospital. She was born on February 29, 1924, in Elverton, WV, the daughter of the late Leonard and Beatrice Williams. Thella graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School and worked a number of years as a Bookkeeper for the American Red Cross in Alexandria, Virginia and Orkin Exterminating Company in Fairfax,...
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Elva J. Underwood

February 27, 1923 - February 1, 2015

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Elva Jane Underwood

February 27, 1923 - February 1, 2015

Elva Jane Underwood, age 91, of Crab Orchard, passed away on Sunday, February 1, 2015, at Plateau Medical Center. She was born on February 27, 1923, in Odd, West Virginia. Elva had worked a number of years at Beckley Hospital as an Administration Clerk. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, William C. Underwood and her children Johnnie “John” S. Cole, Carolyn Acord and...
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Peyton Gillenwalters

May 25, 2014 - February 1, 2015

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Lorenia Campbell

March 10, 1932 - January 31, 2015

LORENIA CAMPBELL Lorenia Campbell, 82, of Midway, WV went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, January 31, 2015. Born March 10, 1932 at River, KY she was the daughter of the late Victor and Olga Vanhoose Preston. Lorenia loved working in her yard; she was a member of the Bethel Freewill Baptist Church where she loved working with the youth. ...
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Madison Grace England

July 28, 2009 - January 29, 2015

Madison Grace England 5 of MacArthur went home to be with the angels on Thursday January 29th 2015. Funeral Service will be held Monday February 2nd 2015 at 1:00 PM at Blue Ridge Funeral Home Beckley, WV. Friends may gather with the family from 12-1 pm at the funeral home. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.blueridgefuneralhome.comArrangements by Blue Ridge funeral home...
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Jake Noble

November 10, 1928 - January 27, 2015

Jake Noble 86 of Beaver, formerly of Cabin Creek, WV went to Heaven January 27, 2015 following a long illness, surrounded by his loving family and wife, Maxine of 64 ½ years. Jake was the son of the late George and Lorraine Noble. He was born in Breathitt, County, KY and lived most of his life in Cabin Creek, WV. Jake retired from Bethlehem Steel and was a life time coal miner. He...
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Christopher Columbus Copley

September 1, 1922 - January 27, 2015

CHRISTOPHER C. “COWBOY” COPLEY Beloved father, grandfather, and friend, Christopher C. “Cowboy” Copley, 92, of Stotesbury, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, January 27, 2015 following a short illness. Born September 1, 1922 in Page, WV; he was the son of the late Henry and Marie Cole Copley. Mr. Copley was a retired...
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Sharon A. Armentrout

June 19, 1937 - January 24, 2015

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Levi Almond

June 20, 1923 - January 23, 2015

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Letha Arlene Acord

October 25, 1940 - January 22, 2015

Letha Arlene Acord lost her fight with cancer on January 22, 2015. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She was surrounded by her family when God wrapped his arms around her to take her home. She is survived by her husband Wilbert D. Acord, Brothers Bernard and Jack Nichols, and sister Brenda Forren (Wayne Forren) her four children Dennis Tilley (Gabriella...
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Charles Larry Wallace

July 10, 1951 - January 22, 2015

CHARLES LARRY “WALLY” WALLACE, SR Charles Larry “Wally” Wallace,Sr of Fireco, passed away January 22, 2015. Born July 10, 1951 in Kentucky; he was the son of the late John “Pepper Martin and the late Constance Agee Martin. Wally loved hunting, fishing, and coached girls softball. He was a retired School Bus Driver for Raleigh County...
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Charles Ginn

July 29, 1934 - January 21, 2015

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Roosevelt Rich

November 3, 1930 - January 19, 2015

Roosevelt Rich, 84, of Shady Spring, WV passed from this life on Monday, January 19, 2015 with his family by his side in his home after a long illness.Born November 3, 1930, he was the son of the late Paul and Mary Elizabeth (Molly) Peters Rich of Shady Spring. He was preceded in death by his devoted and loving wife of 46 years, Prema Elizabeth Meador Rich, also of Shady Spring.He attended Shady...
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Paul White

September 3, 1926 - January 18, 2015

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Beulah Maragret ADAMS

April 2, 1939 - January 18, 2015

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Paul Randall White

September 3, 1926 - January 18, 2015

Paul Randall White, 88 of Crab Orchard passed away Sunday, January 18, 2015. Born September 3, 1926, he was the son of the late Elmer and Mena Pendelton White. In addition to his parents, Paul is preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy Milam White; granddaughters, Susan Ray Hansford White and Danielle Lynn White. Paul was raised by his step-mother, Mary Sue White. He was a graduate of Mark...
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Mary Vonetta Conner

April 2, 1914 - January 18, 2015

Vonetta Conner of Stanaford, age 100, was called to heaven by her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Sunday, January 18, 2014 after a century on this earth to join those who have gone before her. Born April 2, 1914 at Meadow Creek, WV, the fifth of nine children born to the late Horace G. McDaniel and Bicie Rehama McDaniel.She was wed to the late Dale Conner for 50 years. In addition to her husband...
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Edna Louise Canaday

September 19, 1926 - January 17, 2015

It is with heavy heart that we, the family of Edna L. Canaday, who graced the earth with her presence, announce that she departed this earthly home January 17, 2015 for her place in heaven. Born September 19, 1926 she was the daughter of John and Madelina Tessaro of Belluno, Italy. Edna lived all her life in Eccles, WV. She was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother who was kind to everyone. ...
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Joyce MEADOWS

April 1, 1927 - January 16, 2015

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Cleo H. Moore

June 3, 1952 - January 15, 2015

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Catherine Louise Pate

June 30, 1932 - January 14, 2015

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Harold Peck

May 21, 1953 - January 14, 2015

Harold Edward Peck, 61 of MacArthur went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, January 14, 2015. Born May 21, 1953 he was the son of William and Joan Gravely Peck. Harold liked to travel with his best friend Rick Lilly spreading the word. He loved spending time with his grandchildren and family. Harold was a 1971 graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School. Harold was a pilot for Maben Energy...
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Mildred Cook

August 4, 1932 - January 13, 2015

Blue Ridge Funeral HomeBeckley, WV Mildred Whitten Paynter Cook On Tuesday, January 13, 2015 Mildred Whitten Paynter Cook passed away peacefully into her eternal life while at the Bowers Hospice House of Beckley, WV. She was in her 82nd year. Mildred was a former resident of Cyclone, WV where she was a member of the Lacoma Baptist Church. For the past 17 years she has been a resident of...
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Shirley J. Bryant

January 1, 1937 - January 12, 2015

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Allene W. Rimmer

February 15, 1927 - January 11, 2015

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Paul Moye

July 31, 1934 - January 11, 2015

Blue Ridge Funeral HomeBeckley Paul “Whiz” Moye Paul “Whiz” Moye, 80, of Crab Orchard, passed away Sunday, January 11, 2015 at Bowers Hospice House. Born July 31, 1934 in Glen White; he was a son of Grace Sybil and Oley Lee Moye. Whiz was a Retired Coal Miner, having last worked at Sterling Smokeless Coal in Whitby, WV. He was...
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Bernice C. Wimbish

January 15, 1927 - January 9, 2015

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Beulah Galford

July 18, 1928 - January 8, 2015

Beulah Mae Galford, 86, of Shady Spring, WV went home to be with the Lord on January 8, 2015. Beulah was born July 18, 1928 in Ward, WV to the late James and Bertha Thorne. Beulah loved her dogs, enjoyed traveling. She enjoyed going to church and watching her great grandson play sports. She attended New Life Baptist Church in White Oak. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in...
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Joann Graves

January 13, 1929 - January 6, 2015

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Michael Wayne Burgess

April 15, 1961 - January 6, 2015

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Floyd Leo Shelton

June 1, 1933 - January 6, 2015

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Jo Ann GRAVES

May 6, 1929 - January 6, 2015

Jo Ann Spencer Graves, 85, of Beckley, passed away on Tuesday, January 6th, at Bowers Hospice House after a long illness. Born May 6, 1929 in Beckwith, Jo Ann was the daughter of the late Oather and Goldie Spencer. She graduated from Trap Hill High School in 1947. Throughout Jo Ann’s life there were two things that were her undeniable focus: her family and her faith. Jo Ann married...
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Deborah Elaine Paynter

September 17, 1951 - January 6, 2015

Blue Ridge Funeral HomeBeckley, WV Deborah Paynter Deborah Elaine Paynter was born on September 17, 1951, and departed in death on January 6, 2015. She was the daughter of the late James and Edna Paynter, and was survived by sisters Kathy (Gary) Bishop of Grandview, WV; Sheila (Marty) Cooper of Cool Ridge WV; brothers Larry Paynter of Elkhart, TX; Lewis Paynter of Welcome, NC; Danny (Gina)...
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Noble J. Pettry

January 15, 1918 - January 5, 2015

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Lorena K. Trail

March 23, 1926 - January 5, 2015

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Noble June Pettry

June 16, 1918 - January 5, 2015

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Delora Fay Fink

January 20, 1929 - January 5, 2015

DELORA FAY FINK On January 5, 2015 our beloved mother, grandmother, sister, and friend Delora Fay Fink of Beckley went home to be with the Lord. She was born January 20, 1929 at Winona, WV to the late Robert and Maud Stokley Moses. Delora loved spending time with her family, especially at family reunions, gardening, canning, church, visiting friends,...
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Gracie E. BOLEN

January 4, 2015

Blue Ridge Funeral HomeBeckley, WV Gracie (Bell) Bolen Gracie Ellen Bell Bolen, 90, of Rhodell, WV went home to be with the Lord on January 4, 2015. Gracie was born July 25, 1924 in Rhodell, WV to the late Reverend Samuel and Cora (Sizemore) Bell. Gracie, a homemaker for much of her life, was an avid gardener and a faithful member of the Princewick Missionary Baptist Church. She loved...
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Ayden Jackson Cooper

July 28, 2014 - January 4, 2015

COOPER, Ayden Jackson, lost his battle with HLHS on Sunday, January 4, 2015, at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, at the age of 5 months. He was born on July 28, 2014, in Morgantown, the son of Danny and Amber Cooper. He touched the hearts of everyone he came in contact with. Those left to cherish his memory are his adoring parents, Danny and Amber Cooper; his loving...
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Margaret Burnette

April 29, 1925 - January 3, 2015

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Marjorie Jane Noel

March 11, 1929 - January 3, 2015

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Margaret Ruth Burnette

April 29, 1925 - January 3, 2015

Margaret Ruth Burnette, age 89, of Land O’ Lakes, Florida and Beckley, passed away at her son’s home in Lutz, Florida Saturday, on January 3, 2015. She was born on April 29, 1925, the daughter of the late Howard and Blanche Hicks of Green Sulphur Springs, WV. Margaret was formerly employed by Doy Mobile Homes in Daniels, WV, as a Secretary/Bookkeeper. In addition to her parents,...
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Jason Roscoe Gill

October 19, 1972 - January 3, 2015

JASON R. GILL Jason R. Gill, was born, October 19, 1972 and lived his entire life in Stanaford, WV. He sadly departed this world unexpectedly on January 3, 2015. He was of the Christian Faith. Jason is survived by his two girls, Hayley and Jalynn Gill both at home; his mother, Sharon Smith and husband, Jerry of Sandstone; his father, Johnny Gill and wife, Gaye of...
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Jessie Stover

March 29, 1914 - January 2, 2015

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John L. Woody

April 2, 1944 - January 2, 2015

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John L. Woody

April 2, 1944 - January 2, 2015

John L. Woody 70 of Shady Spring passed away January 2, 2015, at Raleigh General Hospital following a short illness. Born April 2, 1944 at Fireco, West Virginia, he was the son of the late Rich and Olive Sisk Woody. John was a former employee of Wilcox until 1970, when he became disabled. In addition to his parents, John is preceded in death by sister, Shirley Meadows and brothers, Franklin,...
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Earl Eddleman

September 27, 1942 - January 2, 2015

Earl Charles Eddleman, age 72, went Home to be with the Lord on January 2, 2015 at the Bowers Hospice House. He was born in Akron, Ohio to Melvin and Esther Erwin Eddleman. Earl worked as a truck driver, driving a tractor trailer for approximately 30 years before he had to retire due to health problems in 2000. Earl loved the Lord and was proud to be a member of the Crow Baptist Church,...
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Helen Virginia MOYE

May 13, 1929 - January 2, 2015

MOYE, Helen Virginia, age 85, passed away on January 2, 2015, at Beckley Appalachian Regional Hospital. She was born on May 13, 1929, in Lillybrook, West Virginia, the daughter of the late Otis and Leila Rock. She was a beautician and the owner of Helen’s Hair Fashions. In her spare time, when her health allowed, she loved gardening, tending to her flowers and was also a member of the...
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Peggy L. Plumley

December 11, 1931 - December 31, 2014

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Peggy Lou Plumley

December 11, 1931 - December 31, 2014

Peggy Lou Billings Plumley 83 of Beckley passed away Wednesday, December 31, 2014. Born December 11, 1931, she was the daughter of the late Roby and Iva Underwood Billings. Peggy enjoyed reading her bible, working cross word puzzles and talking to everyone. She was a graduate of Pax High School and worked as the lunch lady at Pax High School. Peggy was a member of the New Prospect Baptist...
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Jerrel F. Miller

October 18, 1933 - December 28, 2014

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Imogene Fortner

November 16, 1932 - December 28, 2014

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James Christopher DUFF

December 25, 1967 - December 27, 2014

James Christopher “Chris” DuffJames Christopher “Chris” Duff was a self-employed mechanic, bodyman who loved his family and to restore classic cars with them who died unexpectedly in a vehicle accident on December 27, 2014 at the age of 47. He was a resident of Jackson, TN. Chris was born in Ontario, California, on Christmas Day 1967 to Johnny Allen and Connie Joy Duff...
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Ethel Mae Stapleton

March 25, 1925 - December 26, 2014

ETHEL M. STAPLETONEthel M. Stapleton, formerly of Daniels, WV, passed on Thursday, December 26 , 2014 after a short illness at her home in New Market, TN. She was preceded in death by her father Gordon Testerman and mother Ida Taylor, husband Mack D. Stapleton, and son Billy Williams, and three brothers: Gordon Testerman, Junior Testerman, and Howard Testerman. She was survived by daughter Sandy...
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Virginia Dragony

September 10, 1921 - December 23, 2014

VIRGINIA HANNAH DRAGONY Virginia Hannah Dragony, 93, passed away December 23, 2014. Born September 10, 1921 at Beards Fork to the late Zona and Velma Hannah. She loved gardening and shopping and was of the Baptist Faith. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Richard J. Dragony; two brothers, Everett and...
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Frank Palmer

June 12, 1921 - December 23, 2014

FRANK PALMER, JR. Frank Palmer, Jr. 93, of Beckley, died Tuesday, December 23, 2014 in Bowers Hospice House at Beckley. Born June 12, 1921 at McComas, WV; he was the son of the late Frank and Katie Palmer. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Herbert, Carl, Dale, Archie, and Ralph; two sisters, Hazel Crawford and...
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Roberta Wickline

June 24, 1970 - December 19, 2014

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Roberta Wickline

June 24, 1970 - December 19, 2014

Roberta Mae Wickline, age 44, of Jonben, WV, passed away onDecember 19, 2014.. Roberta was born June 24, 1970 in Beckley to the late Roy and Alice Griffith Lilly. Roberta enjoyed shopping, collecting butterflies, and spending time with her family, especially her grand babies. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Charles ...
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Lola Margaret Dunbar

April 20, 1942 - December 19, 2014

BLUE RIDGE FUNERAL HOMEBECKLEY Margaret “Margo” Dunbar Lola Margaret Dunbar, age 72, of Beckley, WV, Went home to be with the Lord onDecember 19, 2014.. Margaret was born April 30, 1942 in Clear Creek to the late Oscar and Gladys Thompson. Margaret was a devout member of The Family Worship Center. She enjoyed volunteering with Fishes and...
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Ruth White

September 14, 1957 - December 18, 2014

Ruth E. White Ruth E. White, 57, of Beckley, West Virginia, died Thursday, December 18th, 2014 in a local hospital after a sudden illness. Ruth was born September 14, 1957 in Washington, DC. She is preceded in death by her mother, Vera Gray; three sisters, Nadia Wallace, Beaulah Kyle and Shelia Wade all of Beckley. Survivors include, an inherited daughter, her niece, Tityana Wallace; an...
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Gerald Dean Runion

September 9, 1942 - December 16, 2014

Gerald “Sonny/Jerry” Runion, 72, of Artie, passed away Tuesday, December 16, 2014. Born September 9, 1942, he was the son of Ola and Virginia Stover Runion. Gerald was a retired coal miner and 40-year UMWA member. He was a former member of The American Legion Post 32, and an avid volunteer with The American Red Cross and the Clear Creek Fire Department. Gerald served for four years in...
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Mohammed Jamil Ahmed

June 24, 1927 - December 16, 2014

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Cora Jean Burnett

February 23, 1927 - December 15, 2014

Cora Jean McKinney Cartmill Burnett, aged 87, of Titusville, FL, and formerly of Beckley, WV, passed gently to her eternal home on December 15, 2014.Cora Jean was born to Robert Nelson and Daisy McKinney at the family farm on Barker’s Ridge, WV on February 23, 1927. In addition to her parents, she is predeceased by her husbands, James Cartmill and John Burnett, and all seven of her siblings...
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Linda J. Sanders

October 16, 1946 - December 14, 2014

Arrangements under the direction of Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens (WV), Beckley, WV.
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Loren Lee Ellenberger

July 5, 1938 - December 14, 2014

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Gracie Lottie Dotson

September 12, 1915 - December 11, 2014

GRACIE LOTTIE DOTSON On December 11, 2014 our sweet 99 year old mother, grandmother, sister, and friend went home to be with Jesus.Gracie Lottie Dotson of Bradley was born September 12, 1915 in Meadow Bridge to the late Lake Gwinn and Esta Gwinn.Gracie loved spending time with her family and going to church at Cranberry Baptist where she was a member. She worked for Richmond’s Dry Cleaners...
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Dora Deskins

January 12, 1939 - December 7, 2014

Dora Leigh DeskinsJanuary 12, 1939 – December 7, 2014 Dora Leigh Deskins, 75, of Daniels, passed away Sunday, December 7, 2014 after a brief fight with pancreatic cancer. Born January 12, 1939, she was the daughter of the Edna Margie Blackburn Bassham Brown and the late Paul Bassham. Dora was a 1956 graduate of Man High School, Man, WV. She married Don Louie Deskins on June 3, 1956. Dora...
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Kathalee Francis Massey

March 14, 1924 - December 6, 2014

Kathalee Francis Massey, 90 of Coal City, went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014.Born March 14, 1924, she was the daughter of the late Joe and Beulah Lilly Wills.Kathalee loved being with family, especially around Christmas. She was employed as a cook for Shoney's.In addition to her parents, Kathalee is preceded in death by her husband of over 50 years, Emery Vincent Massey;...
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Liam James Farrington

November 27, 1994 - December 5, 2014

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

July 27, 1978 - December 5, 2014

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

November 11, 1948 - December 2, 2014

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

June 8, 1932 - December 1, 2014

Blue Ridge Funeral HomeBeckley, WV Loretta Lee SweeneyLoretta Lee Sweeney 82 of Mabscott passed away Monday, December 1, 2014. Born June 8, 1932, she was a daughter of the late, Mahlon and Jewel Cooper Walker.Loretta was a member of the Calloway Heights Baptist Church, and in addition to her church activities; she enjoyed fishing, picnicking, and volunteering. She was employed as a cook for the...
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John Miciotto

December 1, 1947 - November 22, 2014

JOHN MICIOTTO John Miciotto, of Sprague, passed away Saturday, November 22, 2014 at Raleigh General Hospital with his wife, Rose by his side. John was born December 1, 1947 in Arlington, VA; he is the son of Miles Miciotto and the late Anne Miciotto. He was retired from Mountaineer Gas Company. John had one brother, the late Frank Miciotto and one sister, Margaret Flinkinger; two...
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