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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

Beulah Irene Workman

May 5, 1918 - May 3, 2015

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Kenneth Milton Crook

January 25, 1941 - April 29, 2015

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

April 23, 2015 - April 28, 2015

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Louise Jackson

September 27, 1917 - April 27, 2015

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William Elbert Williams

May 5, 1921 - April 26, 2015

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Walter Ellis Whittaker

February 21, 1947 - April 24, 2015

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Raymond E. Fink, Sr.

August 26, 1931 - April 24, 2015

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Wint James Gouge

July 19, 1948 - April 24, 2015

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Ella Brooke Bennett

November 27, 2011 - April 22, 2015

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

July 4, 1969 - April 22, 2015

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Shelby Glendon Tolliver

October 4, 1925 - April 19, 2015

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

December 13, 1940 - April 18, 2015

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

July 27, 1949 - April 17, 2015

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

August 24, 1934 - April 14, 2015

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Lula Page Reid

December 28, 1932 - April 13, 2015

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Lloyd Carper

May 5, 1924 - April 10, 2015

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Richard Stephen Horwath

October 19, 1942 - April 8, 2015

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

August 24, 1934 - April 7, 2015

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

March 4, 1929 - April 6, 2015

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Barbara Ann Griffith

June 12, 1943 - April 5, 2015

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Barbara Ann Griffith

June 12, 1943 - April 5, 2015

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

November 22, 1926 - April 4, 2015

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

September 10, 1930 - April 3, 2015

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

September 30, 1934 - April 1, 2015

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

December 23, 1935 - March 30, 2015

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

April 9, 1947 - March 25, 2015

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

June 4, 1930 - March 24, 2015

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

May 21, 1924 - March 22, 2015

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

December 13, 1924 - March 21, 2015

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

October 25, 1943 - March 20, 2015

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

January 2, 2015 - March 19, 2015

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

May 6, 1940 - March 18, 2015

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

December 9, 1962 - March 17, 2015

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

September 13, 1920 - March 15, 2015

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

September 8, 1919 - March 10, 2015

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

June 3, 1938 - March 6, 2015

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Robert Wayne Austin

July 8, 1956 - March 6, 2015

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

November 15, 1954 - March 5, 2015

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Iris Maxine Berry

March 6, 1927 - March 5, 2015

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Cecil A. Walker

October 18, 1932 - March 3, 2015

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Cecil Arvil Walker

October 18, 1932 - March 3, 2015

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

April 23, 1926 - March 3, 2015

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

January 31, 1932 - March 2, 2015

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

November 15, 1954 - February 28, 2015

Blue Ridge Funeral HomeBeckley, WV Brenda Gay Elswick Brenda Gay Elswick of Mt. Hope, WV passed away February 28, 2015. Born November 15, 1954, she was the daughter of the late Frank and Rena Wriston Yoney. Brenda was of the Christian faith. In addition to her parents, Brenda is preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Elswick and sister, Mary Shrewsberry. Those left to cherish her memory...
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Kenneth Howard Dunbar

February 5, 1940 - February 26, 2015

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Paul D. Lilly

July 12, 1931 - February 24, 2015

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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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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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