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Our Obituaries

Nancy Sherwood Thompson

July 13, 1939 - May 28, 2016

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Beulah Elizabeth Lewis

June 7, 1927 - May 28, 2016

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

July 18, 1957 - May 27, 2016

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Jean Marie Whitten

January 4, 1931 - May 27, 2016

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

February 18, 1960 - May 27, 2016

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

April 29, 1947 - May 26, 2016

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

January 12, 1941 - May 26, 2016

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

July 23, 1942 - May 25, 2016

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April Johnette Whitfield

December 30, 1963 - May 24, 2016

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

July 13, 1946 - May 23, 2016

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Kenneth Isaac Hampton

October 31, 1919 - May 22, 2016

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Cynthia Lynn Gibson

July 22, 1960 - May 21, 2016

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Sebert Burgess

February 21, 1942 - May 19, 2016

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Seth Timothy Radcliffe

August 7, 1984 - May 18, 2016

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

August 18, 1952 - May 18, 2016

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

April 18, 1942 - May 17, 2016

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Edward Charles Darhanson

January 8, 1939 - May 16, 2016

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Martha Lou Roark

July 27, 1946 - May 15, 2016

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

April 16, 1932 - May 15, 2016

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

March 5, 1919 - May 14, 2016

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

May 6, 1926 - May 14, 2016

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

December 27, 1931 - May 13, 2016

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

June 20, 1949 - May 13, 2016

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

January 30, 1954 - May 11, 2016

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Barbara Ellen Peters

June 25, 1917 - May 10, 2016

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

April 10, 1930 - May 7, 2016

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

February 14, 1956 - May 6, 2016

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

May 3, 2016 - May 3, 2016

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

March 22, 1936 - April 30, 2016

Della Mae Hayworth, 80, of Rhodell, passed away, Saturday, April 30, 2016. She was the daughter of the late William Sargent and Viola Niece Sargent.Born March 22, 1936 in Bud, West Virginia. She was a member of Rhodell Church of God. Della played a huge role with the UMWA; standing in picket lines, fighting for rights of disabled miners and widows. She enjoyed gardening, canning and most...
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Richard Radford

July 4, 1928 - April 30, 2016

Richard Earl “Dick” Radford passed away on April 30, 2016 at his Piney View home. Born on July 4, 1928 he was the fourth child of Edna and James Madison Radford. He served his country in the army during the Korean Conflict. Stationed in Germany to participate in the armored tank battalion, he achieved rank of Corporal and was recognized multiple times for his physical fitness and...
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Tracy Lee Sampson

November 22, 1954 - April 29, 2016

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Steven Dale Mays

August 2, 1958 - April 29, 2016

Steven Dale Mays, 57, passed away from an extended illness due to complications of an accident from falling, and subdural hematoma, on July 18, 2015. He was at his home surrounded by his loving family. Born August 2, 1958 in Beckley, WV, he was the youngest son of Charles “Chuck” Mays and the late Thelma Redden Mays. Steven was a “special needs child” and thrived from...
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Ronald C. Adkins

October 25, 1926 - April 29, 2016

Rev. Ronald Calvin Adkins, 89, passed away on April 29, 2016 following a short illness. Born on October 25, 1926, he was the son of the late Frank “Pug” and Lizzie Adkins. Ronald took pride in being pastor at Old Grove Chapel, in which he was the founder. For over fifty years, he ministered on both TV and radio, being heard on WWYO, WJLS and WOAY. He also ministered on Living Faith...
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Orvella Sue Gouge

September 1, 1944 - April 28, 2016

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Adeline Anastasia Parvin

June 7, 2015 - April 25, 2016

Adaline Anastasia Parvin, 9 months of Mt. Hope, passed away unexpectedly, April 25, 2016. She was the daughter of Adam Parvin and Bridget Thompson.Born June 7, 2015 in Beckley, West Virginia. She attended First Baptist Church in Beckley.She is preceded in death by her grandfather, Gerald Lewis “Boguard” Thompson.Those left to cherish her memory includes her parents, Adam Parvin and...
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William McDowell Radford

June 5, 1923 - April 23, 2016

William McDowell Radford, 92, of Beckley, went home to be with the Lord, Saturday, April 23, 2016 following a long illness. He is the son of the late William Radford and Nora Arndt Radford. He was the last surviving member of his immediate family. Born June 5, 1923 in Beckley, West Virginia. William was a born again Christian and a member of Stanaford Missionary Baptist Church. He proudly...
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Marjorie Ellen Alley

September 20, 1931 - April 21, 2016

Marjorie Biser (Alley), 84 of Beckley, passed away, Thursday, April 21, 2016. She was the daughter of the late Fred Patterson and Fannie Houston Patterson. Born September 20, 1931 in Fairmont, WV Marjorie was a loving wife, mother& grandmother. She was a long standing member of St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Beckley. She had a B.A. in English and Business from Fairmont State College...
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James Harve Gill

July 30, 1925 - April 20, 2016

James Harve Gill, 90 of Beckley, passed away, Wednesday, April 20, 2016. He was the son of the late Fletcher Gill and Julia Altice Gill. Born July 30, 1925 in Stanaford, WV. He proudly served in the U.S. Marine Corps as a corporal and a rifleman. He served in WWII in the Pacific Area, received the Good Conduct Medal and was honorably discharged March 4, 1946. In addition to his parents, he...
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Philip Duane Oliver

June 17, 1952 - April 19, 2016

Philip Duane Oliver, 63 of Mabscott, passed away, Tuesday, April 19, 2016. He was the son of the late William Oliver and Weda Phillips Oliver. Born June 17, 1952 in Beckley, WV. Philip was a very kind hearted person who enjoyed spending time with his friends and his dog, Muffin. He enjoyed bowling. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his brother, Robert Sherwood. Those...
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Jimmie Rubin

March 10, 1932 - April 19, 2016

Jimmie Ray Rubin, 84 of Prosperity, passed away Tuesday, April 19, 2016. He was the son of the late Mike and Blanch Rubin.Born March 10, 1932 in Lillybrook, West Virginia. Jimmie was a graduate of Stoco High School and Beckley College. He received a bachelor’s degree from Morris Harvey College (now University of Charleston) and a master’s degree in social work from WVU. He served four...
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Harold Lee Kincaid

November 3, 1964 - April 18, 2016

On Monday, April 18, at Bowers Hospice House, Harold Kincaid Jr. was ushered into the presence of his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Born Nov. 3, 1964, he was the son of Harold Kincaid Sr. and the late Bernice Moore Kincaid. A lifelong resident of Beckley, he graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School, Beckley College and received a Bachelor of Arts...
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Liam Jennings Cooper

January 28, 2016 - April 17, 2016

Liam Jennings Cooper, 2 months, of Sophia, passed away, Sunday, April 17, 2016. He was the son of William “Billy” Cooper and Jessica Ratliff.Born January 28, 2016 in Beckley, West Virginia.Those left to cherish Liam’s memory include his parents, William “Billy” Cooper and Jessica Ratliff, both of Sophia; grandparents, Ralph and Lawanda Cooper of Sophia, Gary Ratliff...
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Edward Boyd

November 1, 1926 - April 15, 2016

Edward E. Boyd, 89 of Mt. Hope, passed away on Friday, April 15, 2016. Born November 1, 1926, he was the son of the late Ira and Pink Minnix Boyd. Edward proudly served with the United States Navy in WWII. In addition to his parents, Edward is preceded in death by his wife, Catherine “Kitty” Boyd; brothers, Bill, Richard, Harry and Woodie; sisters, Grace Lamaster and Nell Schutt;...
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Benny Lee Hale

April 3, 1942 - April 14, 2016

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Lorene Michelle Smith

April 2, 1969 - April 13, 2016

Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is to never stop questioning – Albert Einstein Lorene Michelle Smith, PA-C, Physician Assistant, 47, of Beaver, died Wednesday, April 13, 2016. She was the wife of the late, Thomas H. Smith. Born April 2, 1969 in Mullens, she was the daughter of Perry and Martha Whittaker, of Greenville, SC and Lula Whittaker, of...
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Darrel Gene Worley

March 21, 1972 - April 13, 2016

Darrel Worley On April 13th, our beloved brother and dear friend Darrel Worley 44, of Beckley was taken from this earth to rejoin his parents in Heaven. Darrel was born March 21, 1972 to Bill and Mary Worley. The youngest of 3 sons, Darrel loved camping, bow hunting, fishing, watching Nascar, dirt track racing, taking care of his pets, hanging out with friends, and watching his nephew play...
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Norma Ethelene Meadows

June 28, 1913 - April 13, 2016

Norma Ethelene Lilly Meadows of Glen White, WV was called home to Heaven April 13, 2016 at Bowers Hospice House, Beckley, WV. She was 102 years old. She was born June 28, 1913 at Hinton, WV. She was the eldest of 13 children of Everett Jackson Lilly and Myrtha Blanche Keffer Lilly of Coal City, both deceased. She was also preceded in death by brothers, Orlen, Osborne, Fred, Dewey and Rev....
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Corena P. Bradford

October 26, 1932 - April 13, 2016

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Valeria Jane Reed

January 20, 1924 - April 12, 2016

Valeria Jane Reed, 92 of Beckley, passed away, Tuesday, April 12, 2016. She was the daughter of the late Thomas Marshall and Maude Brash Marshall. Born January 20, 1924 in Scarbro, West Virginia. She was a member of the Eastern Star and a Past Marton at Winolia Chapter No. 59 for more than 50 years. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Andrew ...
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Ruth Ella Roop

August 29, 1924 - April 12, 2016

Ruth Ella Roop, 91 of Allen Junction, passed away Tuesday, April 12, 2016 following a long illness. She was the daughter of the late William Asbury and Mary Ciffie Asbury.Born August 29, 1924 in Raleigh County, West Virginia. She was a member of Welton Bible Church. Ruth enjoyed sewing, making fried apple pies, working in her flower and vegetable garden and being with her family.In addition to...
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Ruth Ella Roop

August 29, 1924 - April 12, 2016

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Earl Edward Burton

August 22, 1936 - April 11, 2016

Earl Burton, 79, of Bolt, went home to be with the Lord, Monday, April 11, 2016. He was the son of the late Orville and Elma Burton.Born August 22, 1936 in Kistler, West Virginia. Earl was a loving husband and father. He was a coal miner for 33 years and retired from Beckley Mining. He owned E&B Builders. They constructed American Standard Homes and remodeled churches. Later, he had Burton...
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Russell Leroy Dawson

September 2, 1938 - April 10, 2016

Russell Leroy Dawson, 77 of Beckley, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, April 10, 2016 at Bowers Hospice House. He is the eldest child of Samuel and Bernice Dawson. Born September 2, 1938 in Saxtonburg, PA. He was a faithful member of Beckley First Church of the Nazarene. He served as Board Member, Sunday School Superintendent and teacher, choir member, Bible Quiz Director, Usher and...
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Ruby Furrow

July 6, 1937 - April 9, 2016

Ruby A. Williams Furrow, 78 of Mabscott, passed away Saturday, April 9, 2016. She was the daughter of the late Lonnie and Tellie Williams. Mrs. Furrow was born July 6, 1937 in Cranberry, West Virginia. She was a member of Oak Grove Christian Church. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, James Furrow; sons, John D. Furrow and Tommy Furrow; brothers, Sam...
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Otis Jumior Lambert

November 11, 1926 - April 9, 2016

Otis Junior Lambert 89, of Midway, went home to be with his Savior on Saturday, April 9, 2016, after an extended illness. Born November 11, 1926 in Freeman he was the son of the late Hoye Mack and Lora(Miller) Lambert of Ashe County North Carolina.Otis made his home at Midway for over 62 years after moving from Affinity. He was a retired coal miner and a Veteran of the U.S. Army. He was a member...
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Della Mae Green

June 12, 1928 - April 8, 2016

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Mondala K. Saul

April 20, 1928 - April 7, 2016

Mondala K. Saul, 87, of Oak Hill, passed away on April 7, 2016.Friends may gather with the family Wednesday, April 13, 2016 from 1-2 pm at Blue Ridge Funeral home.Services will be held 2pm, Wednesday, April 13, 2016 at the funeral home.Burial will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens with family to service as pallbearers.Arrangements by Blue Ridge Funeral Home, 5251 Robert C. Byrd Drive, Beckley...
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Albert Lilly

April 15, 1930 - April 1, 2016

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Albert L. Lilly

April 15, 1930 - April 1, 2016

Albert Lacy Lilly, 85 of Mabscott, went home to be with the Lord on Friday, April 1, 2016. He was the son of the late Albert Lilly and Gaye Wiseman Lilly. Born April 15, 1930 in Raleigh County, West Virginia. Albert enjoyed camping, car races and golf. He retired from the Coco-Cola Bottling Company. He was a member of Crab Orchard Baptist Church. In addition to his parents, he is preceded...
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Melvin Noel Kaylor

October 9, 1958 - March 31, 2016

Melvin Noel Kaylor, 57 of Lanark, passed away Thursday, March 31, 2016 at CAMC. He was the son of the late Melvin Kaylor and Freda Craft Kaylor. Born October 9, 1958 in Beckley, West Virginia. Melvin was a retired welder from Cogar Mine Supply. He is preceded in death by his parents. Those left to cherish his memory includes son, Jason Kaylor of Stanaford; daughter, Elizabeth Kaylor of...
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Melvin Noel Kaylor

October 9, 1958 - March 31, 2016

Melvin Noel Kaylor, 57 of Lanark, passed away Thursday, March 31, 2016 at CAMC. He was the son of the late Melvin Kaylor and Freda Craft Kaylor. Born October 9, 1958 in Beckley, West Virginia. Melvin was a retired welder from Cogar Mine Supply. He is preceded in death by his parents. Those left to cherish his memory includes son, Jason Kaylor of Stanaford; daughter, Elizabeth Kaylor of...
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Betty J. Berg

October 13, 1937 - March 31, 2016

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Betty Jean Phillips

November 28, 1932 - March 27, 2016

Betty Jean Phillips, 83, of Hilltop, formerly of Beckley, passed away Sunday, March 27, 2016. She was the daughter of the late Curtis Mays and Sadie Merritt Mays. Born November 28, 1932 in Skelton, West Virginia. She attended Bradley Freewill Baptist Church. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband of 27 years, Ted Phillips; son, David Biggs; brother, Jack Mays;...
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Clarence O'Neal

April 13, 1939 - March 26, 2016

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Mary Martha Keaton

June 27, 1933 - March 26, 2016

Mary Martha Keaton of Hotchkiss, passed away Saturday, March 26, 2016. She is the daughter of the late Clarence Acord and Etter Acord. Born June 27, 1933 in Hotchkiss, West Virginia. Mary was a homemaker and a member of the Hotchkiss Missionary Baptist Church. She was a loving wife, mother and granny. She brought a smile to everyone’s face to everyone who was around her. In addition...
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Breanna Kristen Bumgarner

October 21, 1996 - March 22, 2016

The Kingdom of Heaven became a little brighter on March 22, 2016, as Breanna Kristen Bumgarner entered the gates. She was the daughter of Michael Ray Bumgarner and Angel Ellen Tyler. Breanna held most dear to her heart her family, friends and the outdoors. She was a graduate of Mt. Tabor Christian School and attended New River Community and Technical College. Preceding her in death is her...
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Charles Franklin Bowles

January 31, 1947 - March 20, 2016

Charles Franklin Bowles, 69, of Crab Orchard, passed away Sunday, March 20, 2016. He was the son of the late Charles Randall Bowles and Ethel Barnett Brewer.He was born January 31, 1947 in Clifftop, West Virginia. Charles enjoyed fishing, walking, going to flea markets, and spending time with his dog, Mo.In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his brother, Randy Bowles.Those left...
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Debra Elaine Gillian

May 24, 1955 - March 19, 2016

Debra Elaine Thomas Gillian, 60, of Beaver, passed away Saturday, March 19, 2016. She was the daughter of Fred Wilson Thomas and Rosie Marie Irvin Thomas. Born May 24, 1955 in Raleigh County, WV. She was a member of Senior Friends, Well I’ll Bee and Friends of Raleigh Co. Library. Debra graduated from WWHS in 1973, Concord College in 1977 with a bachelor degree in Early Childhood...
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Milburn Fredrick Pack

December 8, 1925 - March 19, 2016

Milburn Fredrick Pack, 90 of Beckley, passed away, Saturday, March 19, 2016. He was the son of the late Fred and Thelma Pack. He was born December 8, 1925 in Eccles, WV. Milburn served in the US Marine Corps December 15, 1942 until November 19, 1945. He as a member of TOKYO BAY OCCUPATION FORCE (TC-31) participated in the initial landing and occupation of the TOKYO BAY AREA and THE CAPTURE OF...
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Roy Jay Lucas

October 21, 1963 - March 17, 2016

Roy Jay Lucas, 52 of Beckley, went home to be with his Lord, Thursday, March 17, 2016 following a long illness. He was the son of the late James Lucas and Elizabeth Taylor Lucas. He was born October 21, 1963 in Raleigh County, WV. Roy was a member of St. Mary’s United Methodist Church. He was a proud member of the United Methodist Men, RCHA & FCHA. He was a 4-H Allstar. Roy...
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Anna Mae Basham

October 1, 1932 - March 17, 2016

Anna Mae (Ellison) Basham, 83 of White Oak, stepped into Heaven on March 17, 2016. She was the daughter of the late Paul and Nellie Moye. Mrs. Basham was a food dietitian at Raleigh General Hospital and Pine Lodge Nursing Home. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband Oran Finley Basham; brother, Lacy Moye. Those left to cherish her memory includes sons, Donnie...
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Ronald Oscar Dunbar

October 17, 1939 - March 16, 2016

Ronald Oscar Dunbar, 76 of Beckley, passed away Wednesday, March 16, 2016 after a long illness. He was the son of the late Oscar Dunbar and Irene Toney Dunbar. He was born October 17, 1939 in Clear Fork, West Virginia. On that sunny day with the leaves changing, his father killed six squirrels. Ronald enjoyed fishing, hunting, square dance calling, and spending time with his grandchildren. He...
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Mary Worley

August 19, 1931 - March 16, 2016

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Gerena Mae Steel

January 15, 1933 - March 16, 2016

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Edith Jennings Williams

June 1, 1933 - March 15, 2016

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Lillie June Scarbro

June 2, 1924 - March 12, 2016

Lillie June Scarbro, 91 of Prosperity, was carried away by God’s best angels from Bowers Hospice House on Saturday, March 12, 2016. She was the daughter of the late Andrew Pettry and Anna Bradford Pettry. She was born June 2, 1924 in Naoma, West Virginia. June was beautifully gifted in music and spent many years ministering in song, playing her guitar. She loved cooking, spending time...
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Opal Isabelle WIlson

September 5, 1926 - March 10, 2016

Opal Isabelle Wilson Opal Isabelle Wilson, 89 of White Oak, went home to be with the Lord Thursday, March 10, 2016 after long illness. She was the daughter of the late Charlie and Mamie Peppers. She was born September 5, 1926 in Beckley, West Virginia. Opal was a member of Hilltop Baptist Church. She worked at Lillys’ Corporate Office through Olsteen and volunteered at Haven of Mercy...
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Patricia A. Brammer

November 20, 1937 - March 9, 2016

Patricia Brammer, 78, a lifelong resident of Beckley, passed away peacefully Wednesday evening, March 9, 2016. Pat lived with Parkinson's disease for the past twenty years. The most recent years were very difficult for her, physically and emotionally, dealing with the decline that came with this disease.Born November 20, 1937, in Beckley, she was the daughter of the late Clyde DeHart and...
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Evelyn J. Davis

March 7, 1931 - March 9, 2016

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Leslie Thomas Lilly

August 18, 1953 - March 7, 2016

Leslie Thomas Lilly, Sr., 62 of Princewick, passed away Monday, March 7, 2016. He was the son of the late Leonard Lilly and Goldie Meadows Lilly. He was born August 18, 1953 in Mullens, West Virginia. Leslie enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren. He was loved dearly by his family and friends. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by daughter, Roxanna Lilly...
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Leslie Thomas Lilly

August 18, 1953 - March 7, 2016

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

February 7, 1932 - March 7, 2016

Jennings “Jim” Everette Riser, 84 of Clayton, NC, went home to be with the Lord, Monday, March 7, 2016. He was the son of the late James Riser, and Mary Toney Riser. Mr. Riser was born February 7, 1932 in Carlisle, WV. He was a retired coal miner. He was a member of the Beckley Masonic Lodge and Eastern Star. He attended the Church of God. In addition to his parents, preceding him...
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Robert Wriston

March 13, 1925 - March 6, 2016

Robert Wriston, 90 of Maple Fork, passed away, Sunday, March 6, 2016, at home from an extended illness. He was the son of the late Wilbur and Birdie Wriston. He was born March 13, 1925 in Nesco, West Virginia, which later became Maple Fork. He attended Woodrow Wilson High School. Robert served in the US Army from June 4, 1943 until October 17, 1945. During WWII, he served in The European...
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Emma Marie Thompson

March 9, 1923 - March 4, 2016

Emma Marie Hodge Thompson, 92 of Beckley, passed away, Friday, March 4, 2016. She was the daughter of the late Elijah J. Hodge and Bertie Dolin Hodge. She was born March 9, 1923 at Notomine, West Virginia. She loved the Lord, and was a member of the Church of God of Prophecy. She enjoyed going to Bible Study. She loved gardening, being with her family, and caring for her children and...
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Craig Steven Morris

March 15, 1969 - March 2, 2016

Craig Steven Morris, 46 of Beckley, passed away Wednesday, March 2, 2016 following a short illness. He is the son of Larry Morris and Donna Meadows Morris. Mr. Morris was born March 15, 1969 in Beckley, West Virginia. He attended Glen Morgan Missionary Baptist Church. Craig enjoyed working on vehicles, country music, sports, nascar and being with his family and friends. Those left to cherish...
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Donald Ray Bird

June 20, 1937 - March 1, 2016

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Clifford Eugene Sargent

February 17, 1966 - March 1, 2016

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Priscilla Lee Painter

September 24, 1948 - February 29, 2016

Priscilla Lee Painter, 67 of Cool Ridge, went home to be with the Lord on February 29, 2016, following a long, courageous battle with cancer.Born September 24, 1948 in Beckley, she was the daughter of the late Ray and Doris Farley Decker.She graduated from Stoco High School. She was a loving wife and mother. She was the founder of Star Ministries and devoted herself to helping others. Priscilla...
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Jacob Benjamin Winter

November 14, 1985 - February 28, 2016

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Jack Richmond

June 6, 1921 - February 27, 2016

It is with great sadness that the family of Jack Richmond, Sr. announce his passing on February 27, 2016 at Raleigh General Hospital after an extended battle with kidney disease and other health problems. He was 94 years old. Beaver has lost one of its oldest and lifelong residents. He was born on June 6, 1921 to the late Harvey and Etta Vest Richmond, and was the last surviving member of his...
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Cody Celdon Shrewsberry

March 26, 1995 - February 26, 2016

Cody Celdon Shrewberry, 20 of Beckley, passed away, Friday, February 26, 2016, following a tragic ATV accident. He was the son of the late Dean Edward Shrewsberry and Donna Williams.He was born April 23, 1995 in Beckley, WV. Cody enjoyed riding motorcycles and ATVs, and being with his family and friends. He was trained in culinary arts and loved cooking.In addition to his father, he is preceded...
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Martha Williams

February 19, 1939 - February 24, 2016

Martha Ellen Williams, 77 of Beckley, passed away, Wednesday, February 24, 2016. She was the daughter of the late Jesse Durham and Ratha Rice Durham. She was born January 19, 1939 in Besco, West Virginia. She was a long time employee of Pete and Bobs, and the old Greyhound bus station. She was of the Church of God Faith. Martha loved being around people, caring and taking care of others. She...
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Freda Mae Meadows

June 1, 1940 - February 24, 2016

Freda Mae Meadows, 75 of Maben, passed away, Wednesday, February 24, 2016 following a long illness. She was the daughter of the late Ted Trail and Wyvonne Hicks Trail.She was born June 1, 1940 in Green Sulpher Springs, WV. She was a faithful member of Sweet Home Freewill Baptist Church in Maben. She enjoyed gardening, reading her bible and word search puzzle. Most importantly, she loved being a...
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Sharon Kay Huffman

August 9, 1951 - February 21, 2016

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Virginia Charlene Sizemore

May 11, 1935 - February 21, 2016

Virginia Charlene Moran Sizemore, 80 of Beckley, passed away Sunday, February 21, 2016. She was the daughter of the late James Gilbert-Jones and Mattie Armstrong Jones. She was born May 11, 1935 in Atkins, Virginia. She had worked as an office assistant for the UMWA then later retiring. Virginia was an outstanding mother, enjoyed gardening and adored her grandchildren and great grandchildren....
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Robert Paul Jarrell

December 13, 1944 - February 20, 2016

Robert Paul Jarrell, 71, of Artie, WV went to be home with the Lord on February 20, 2016.He was the son of the late Paul Edwin and Mary Edith Jarrell and was born on December 13, 1944 at their home in Artie, WV.He graduated Clear Fork High School in 1962. After graduation, he spent 4 years in the Navy receiving the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal and the Vietnam Campaign...
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Robert Paul Jarrell

December 13, 1944 - February 20, 2016

Robert Paul Jarrell, 71, of Artie, WV went to be home with the Lord on February 20, 2016.He was the son of the late Paul Edwin and Mary Edith Jarrell and was born on December 13, 1944 at their home in Artie, WV.He graduated Clear Fork High School in 1962. After graduation, he spent 4 years in the Navy receiving the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal and the Vietnam Campaign...
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Thomas Allister McNeish

October 14, 1924 - February 18, 2016

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

June 29, 1945 - February 17, 2016

Alice Demple Johnson, 70, of Oak Hill, passed away, Wednesday, February 17, 2016. She was the daughter of the late Norma Akers Foster. Alice was born June 29, 1945 in Fayette County, West Virginia. She enjoyed gardening. In addition to her mother, she is preceded in death but her son, Dennis Roger Gibson, Jr. Those left to cherish her memory are her husband of 32 years, Frank Johnson, Jr.;...
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John Paul Blankenship

August 2, 1928 - February 14, 2016

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