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Our Obituaries

Geraldine Pearl Daniel

June 1, 1924 - March 27, 2017

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David Berman Mills

October 5, 1944 - March 27, 2017

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Mary Ida England

April 17, 1921 - March 26, 2017

Mary Ida England, 95, of Mullens, passed away Sunday, March 26, 2017. She was the daughter of the late William and Eliza Barnes. Born April 17 1921 in Sevierville, TN. Ida was a homemaker and a member of Charity Baptist Church. She served 50+ years in Eastern Star. Those preceding her in death is her husband, Oscar England; mother, Eliza Clay; step-father, William Clay; father, William...
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Beulah Edra Ferguson

June 14, 1917 - March 25, 2017

Beulah Edra Ferguson, 99, of Beckley, passed away Saturday, March 25, 2017. She was the last surviving member of her immediate family. Born June 14, 1917 in Beckey, WV to the late William Ben Woods and Leona Godbey Woods. Beulah was a homemaker and formerly attended Calloway Heights Baptist Church. She enjoyed shopping, gardening, ordering from catalogs and loved her dog, Mimi. In addition...
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Estella Frances Dinkler

October 26, 1920 - March 24, 2017

Estella “Frances” Dinkler 96 of 115 Crescent Road in Beckley, went home to be with the Lord on Friday, March 24, 2017. Born October 26, 1920 at Poca, WV, she was the daughter of the late Robert Santrock and Mary Estella Milam Santrock Haynes. Mrs. Dinkler was a member of Calvary Assembly of God Church for 66 years where she served as Sunday School Teacher, church hostess, and prayer...
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Norman Elswick

November 22, 1941 - March 23, 2017

Norman Douglas Elswick, 75, of Mt. Hope, passed away Thursday, March 23, 2017. He was the son of the late Melvin Elswick and Nora Lee Wagner Elswick. He was born November 22, 1941 in Garten, WV and of the Catholic faith. Norman served in the U.S. Navy from 1957-1960 and the U.S. Army from 1961-1970. Mr. Elswick received National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Service Medals, Army...
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Herbert W. Jolly

December 30, 1928 - March 19, 2017

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Nova Lucille Loudin

November 12, 1935 - March 19, 2017

Nova Lucille “Lucy” Loudin, 81, of Beckley, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, March 19, 2017. She was the daughter of the late Ernest Elkins and Nova Harris Elkins. Born November 12, 1935 in Beckley, West Virginia, Lucy was a longtime member of Mabscott Baptist Church. She was a wonderful sister and aunt and also had a bubbly personality. She enjoyed traveling and spending...
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Mabel Lee Fix Bolen

December 12, 1922 - March 16, 2017

Mabel Lee Fix Bolen, 94, of Prosperity WV passed away on March 16, 2017. BornDec. 12, 1922, she was the daughter of John Henry and Mabel Mae McKinney Fix anda loving sister to four siblings. Known for her keen memory, she served unofficiallyas oral historian of generations of the McKinney, Fix and Bolen families, collectingand preserving pictures, stories and documents. She enjoyed life to the...
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Mae Angelene Sheppard

May 23, 1921 - March 13, 2017

Mae Angelene Sheppard, 95, of Daniels, passed away on Monday, March 13, 2017. She was born May 23, 1921 in Beards Fork, West Virginia to the late Raleigh Lee Evans and Eunice Marie Futterer Evans Dean. Mae was of the Christian faith. Having a talent for sewing and drawing, she often shared her many creations with friends and relatives, as well as encouraging them to embrace her enthusiasm for...
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Georgia Marie Blackburn

March 3, 1926 - March 12, 2017

Georgia Marie James Blackburn, born on March 3, 1926, in McCombs, Pike County, Kentucky, to the late Clarence and Rebecca Spears James, passed away peacefully on March 12, 2017, at her home in Beckley, WV. She had one brother, Fred James, who preceded her in death in 2010. Georgia graduated from Pikeville High School in 1945 and attended Pikeville College. She married Glen Blackburn in 1948...
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Mary Gonzalez

November 19, 1922 - March 10, 2017

Mary Gruno Gonzalez, 94 formally of Beckley, WV passed away on March 10, 2017 at Green Acres Manor in New Jersey where she resided for five years. Mary was preceded in death by her parents Alexander and Anna Gruno, her loving husband of 37 years Luciano Gonzalez, brothers; George Gruno, Sam Gruno, John Gruno, and Mike Gruno, and one sister Helen Loma.Mrs. Gonzalez enjoyed hobbies such as baking,...
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Zae'lynn Nicole Savina

March 2, 2017 - March 10, 2017

Zae’Lynn Nicole Savina, 8 days old, passed away March, 10, 2017. She was born March 2, 2017 to Crystal Thompson and Timothy Savina. The passing of our angel is Heavens gain and our loss. Zae’Lynn came into this world too soon and was also taken too soon. Zae’Lynn is being greeted in Heaven by her sister, Andre’a Thompson and brother, Michael Thompson. Those left to...
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Elmer Lee Skeens

January 22, 1929 - March 10, 2017

Elmer Lee Skeens, 88, of Daniels, passed away Friday, March 10, 2017. Born January 22, 1929 in Killarney, WV to the late Ira Skeens and Lula Cheatwood Skeens. Mr. Skeens served in the U.S. Army and was a member of the Eagles Club in Bluefield, VA. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his brother, Bill Skeens; sister-in-law, Betty Skeens. Those left to cherish his memory...
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Mary Gonzalez

November 19, 1922 - March 10, 2017

Mary Gruno Gonzalez, 94 formally of Beckley, WV passed away on March 10, 2017 at Green Acres Manor in New Jersey where she resided for five years. Mary was preceded in death by her parents Alexander and Anna Gruno, her loving husband of 37 years Luciano Gonzalez, brothers; George Gruno, Sam Gruno, John Gruno, and Mike Gruno, and one sister Helen Loma.Mrs. Gonzalez enjoyed hobbies such as baking,...
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Jeanne Gail Clark

March 22, 1957 - March 8, 2017

Jeanne Gail Clark, 59 of Mt. Hope, passed away Wednesday, March 8, 2017 after a battle with cancer. She is the daughter of Mrs. Doris Marcus and the late Bill Marcus.Born March 22, 1957 in Beckley West Virginia. She was a long time, dedicated employee of Beckley Appalachian Regional Hospital. Jeanne attended Maple Valley Baptist Church. She enjoyed visiting national parks, traveling, concerts...
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Billy Gene Dickens

June 22, 1936 - March 8, 2017

Billy Gene Dickens, 80, of Naoma, West Virginia went to be with the Lord March 8th, 2017. He was born June 22nd, 1936 to the late Dessie Jane Cooper and Pete Dickens. He was a long time faithful member and dedicated deacon of Naoma Freewill Baptist Church. He was a dependable and hard worker in the coal mines for 33 years. He enjoyed hunting, spending time with family, worshipping the Lord and...
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Gloria Dean Brewer Estep

August 28, 1940 - March 8, 2017

Gloria Dean Brewer Estep of Mullens, formally of Sophia passed away on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at Bowers Hospice House. Born August 28, 1940, she was the daughter of the late Ralph Walters and Vestal Farley Walters Bowles. In addition to her parents, Gloria is preceded in death by her husbands, Luther Cleveland Brewer and Ralph C. Estep, Jr.; daughter, Rita Jo Brewer; sisters, Kathleen Eller,...
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Jack Delano WEBB

November 2, 1933 - March 7, 2017

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Fred Sexton

June 9, 1935 - March 6, 2017

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David Wills

January 25, 1953 - March 4, 2017

“Well done good and faithful servant.” David Alan Wills, 64, entered into eternity on March 4, 2017 after a sudden illness. Dave was born January 25, 1954 in Beckley, WV to Cecil and Elaine Wills. Dave grew up in Grandview , WV where it truly took a village to raise a child. He loved telling stories about his experiences in the one room school and his escapades with the neighborhood...
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Sue Ann Acord

January 11, 1978 - March 4, 2017

Sue Ann Acord, 39, of Beckley, passed away Saturday, March 4, 2017, after a long battle with breast cancer. Born January 11, 1978 in Beckley, West Virginia to the late Fred Rogers and Velva Ball Rogers. Sue was a buyer for Tamarack for the past 14 years. She was a very creative and talented person. She was a metal smith, enjoyed quilting and making jewelry. Sue also was an avid video gamer and...
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Elizabeth Marie Garretson

October 23, 1941 - March 2, 2017

Elizabeth “Liz” Marie Garretson, 75, a breast cancer survivor of Woodbridge VA passed away peacefully on March 2, 2017 after a brief illness. Liz was the daughter of the late Joseph & Julia Bartock. She is survived by her husband of 52 years, Paul “Belvie” Garretson, her only son William “Billy” Garretson, his longtime girlfriend Lisa Ray, all of...
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Joann Redden Parkulo

March 11, 1943 - March 2, 2017

Joann Elizabeth Parkulo, 73, of Leland, North Carolina, passed away Thursday, March 2, 2017 following a short illness. Born March 11, 1943 in Beckley, West Virginia, she was the daughter of the late Thorton “Buster” Redden and Katie Martin Redden. Mrs. Parkulo was a member of Bradley Church of God. She enjoyed gardening, reading her Bible, witnessing to people, being with her...
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Thomas Wade Malcom

October 25, 1962 - February 26, 2017

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Marion Hatcher Meadows

February 9, 1929 - February 26, 2017

Marion A. Meadows, 88, of Matthews, NC, passed away Sunday, February 26, 2017 following a long illness. She was the daughter of the late Paris Hatcher and Alda Bolen Hatcher. Born February 9, 1929 in Rhodell, WV. She was a member of Oak Grove Christian Church. She enjoyed sewing, gardening, being outdoors and working with her hands. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her...
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James Austin

March 9, 1944 - February 26, 2017

James Lee Austin, 72, of Mead, passed away Sunday, February 26, 2017. He was the son of the late George Austin and Jeanette Vandall Austin. Born March 9, 1944 in Josephine, WV. James was a member of Rhodell Church of God. He was a member of the UMWA. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his brothers, William (Bill), Thomas, Robert and Edward Vest. Those left to cherish...
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Michael Duane Price

August 31, 1954 - February 25, 2017

Michael (Mike) D. Price, 62, of Deepwater, WV passed away Saturday, February 25, 2017. Mike served in the U.S. Marine Corps. He was an employee of WVA Manufacturing, formerly Elkem Metals for 40 years. He was an avid outdoorsman and an active member serving as the Outings Chair and on the Executive Committee of the WV Sierra Club. He is preceded in death by his parents, Earl and Marlene Price;...
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Bertha Evelyn Coley

February 5, 1920 - February 25, 2017

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Margaret Loraine Pethtel

February 14, 1932 - February 24, 2017

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Darrell Blankenship

October 23, 1934 - February 24, 2017

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Bill Rutledge

September 23, 1936 - February 24, 2017

William “Bill” Samuel Rutledge, 80, of Beckley, passed away Friday, February 24, 2017 following a long illness. He was the son of the late Okey Rutledge and Irene Sawyers Rutledge.Born September 23, 1936 in Backus Mountain, West Virginia. Bill was a member of Mt. Hope Christian Church and the Beckley Moose Lodge. He was an avid bowler, enjoyed going to car shows, showing antique cars,...
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Tommy Griffith

July 11, 1955 - February 23, 2017

Tommy Gail Griffith, 61, of Surveyor, passed away Thursday, February 23, 2016 following a short illness. Born July 11, 1955 in Beckley, West Virginia. He was the son of the late Henderson Griffith and Hattie Goff Griffith. Tommy enjoyed riding four wheelers, playing cards and watching his favorite tv shows. Those left to cherish his memory include his brothers, Ray Griffith of Lester,...
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Ann Irene Holliday

December 12, 1939 - February 22, 2017

Ann Irene Holliday, 77, of Beckley, passed away peacefully Wednesday, February 22, 2017 in Raleigh General Hospital CCU following a short illness. Born December 12, 1939 in Beckley. She was the daughter of the late John and Sophia Banco. Ms. Holliday was a homemaker, who was loved by everyone she met and never met a stranger. She loved to socialize, cook and meet people of all ages. In...
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Robert Brown

May 13, 1929 - February 20, 2017

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Alfred Bernard Price

July 29, 1924 - February 19, 2017

Alfred Bernard Price, 92, of Beckley, passed away Sunday, February 19, 2017. He was the son of the late George Lon Price and Mary Bess Williams Price. Born July 29, 1924 in Itmann, West Virginia. Mr. Price was a proud U.S. Army Veteran of World War II. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by brothers, Bob Price, Francis Price, Audrey Price, Oscar Price, Bill Price and Earl...
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Maggie Lorraine Kratz

August 8, 1971 - February 17, 2017

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Josephine Pigg

August 14, 1942 - February 17, 2017

Josephine Pigg, 74, of Oak Hill, passed peacefully to be with Jesus on Friday, February 17, 2017. Josephine was the daughter of the late Robert and Mary Kozam Ortiz. She is survived by her husband of 57 years, Bobby Pigg Sr.; daughters, Tammy Higginbotham and Josephine Savino; son, Bobby Pigg Jr.; sisters, Mary Jane Wallace, Clara Blout and Helen Galbreath; brothers, Franklin Ortiz, Robert Ortiz...
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Sarah R. Strickland

November 16, 1921 - February 15, 2017

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Kasey Anne Vance

August 31, 1998 - February 14, 2017

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Kenneth Lee Wilson

February 18, 1957 - February 10, 2017

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Charles Campagna

May 7, 1933 - February 9, 2017

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Charles Campagna

May 7, 1933 - February 9, 2017

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Charles Campagna

May 7, 1933 - February 9, 2017

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Lendo Columbus Polk

July 16, 1929 - February 9, 2017

Rev. Lendo Columbus Polk, 87, of Midway, went to his Heavenly home on Thursday, February 9, 2017. He was the son of the late Creed and Lavie Polk. He was the last surviving member of his family. Lendo was born July 16, 1929 in Egeria, WV. He was married to Virginia Price Polk on April 15, 1950. He was of the Pentecostal Holiness Faith. He loved reading his bible, visiting people in nursing...
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Willie H. Bishop

May 24, 1929 - February 8, 2017

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Marvis Doretta Jarrell

February 21, 1938 - February 7, 2017

Doretta Smith Jarrell, 78, of Prosperity (formerly of Ameagle, WV), passed away on February 7, 2017 at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, WV. Born on February 21, 1938, she was the daughter of the late Frank and Ethel Violet Stover Smith. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her loving husband of 55 years, Ronald Eugene Jarrell; sister, Elsie Richards; brother, Frank Stover...
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Lloyd Allen Spencer

November 5, 1930 - February 3, 2017

Lloyd Allen Spencer, 86, of Mt Hope, passed away Friday, February 3, 2017. He was the son of the late Charles Robert Spencer and Lena Jennings Spencer. Born November 5, 1930, in Cunard, WV, Lloyd was a 1949 graduate of Woodrow Willson High School, where he lettered in football and wrestling. He also attended Beckley College where he received an Associate of Arts Degree. Lloyd served in the US...
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Nancy Alice Martin

May 2, 1952 - January 31, 2017

Nancy Alice Martin, 64, of Lenoir City, TN, passed away Tuesday, January 31, 2017 following a short illness. She was the daughter of the late Sherman Maynor and Audrey Treadway Maynor. Born May 2, 1952 in Mt. Hope, WV. She was a member of Temple Baptist Church in Fountain City, TN. Nancy enjoyed flower gardening, traveling and being with her family especially her grandchildren. Those left to...
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Oscar Carl Wright

February 5, 1937 - January 29, 2017

Oscar Carl Wright, 79, of Colcord, WV, passed away Sunday, January 29, 2017. He was the son of the late Okey Wright and Alma Carr Wright. Born February 5, 1937 in Blue Pennant, WV. Oscar served 20 years in the U.S. Airforce. He enjoyed fishing, bird watching and spending time with his dog, Lady. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by a daughter, Susan Shea; brothers, Jimmy Wright...
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Jarell Boling Ashby

June 2, 1933 - January 28, 2017

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Lois Alverta Evans

August 9, 1932 - January 27, 2017

Lois Alverta Evans, 84, of Mount Hope, went home to be with the Lord on Friday, January 27, 2017, after a long illness. She was born August 9, 1932 in Rocky Gap, Virginia. She was the daughter of the late Millard and Nora Ward. She was a charter member of Little Valley Baptist Church at South Sand Branch. She was a homemaker and thoroughly enjoyed cooking for her family and friends and loved...
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Ivan Acord

November 15, 1928 - January 27, 2017

Ivan AcordIvan Acord 88, of Hotchkiss passed away on Friday January 27, 2017 after a long battle with many health issues. Born November 15, 1928, at Hotchkiss he was the son of the late Clarance and Etter Tedder Acord. Ivan was a retired coal miner with 32 years of service, he last worked for the Slab Fork Coal Company at Slab Fork. He was a born again Christian, and a faithful and dedicated...
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Curtis William Monk

June 29, 1936 - January 27, 2017

Rev. Curtis W. Monk, 80, of Shady Spring, went home to be with the Lord on Friday, January 27, 2017. He was the son of the late Henry and Bessie Monk. Mr. Monk was born on June 29, 1936. He was a long standing member of the Freewill Baptist Church and served his Lord and Church as Pastor and Evangelist. He preached the Gospel of Jesus Christ for many years but his life was his greatest sermon...
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Linda Carol Bair

November 17, 1946 - January 26, 2017

Linda Carol Stover Bair of Hico passed away on Thursday January 26, 2017. Born November 17, 1946, she was the daughter of the late, Glenva and Eva Calloway Stover. Linda was a member of the Sunday Road Baptist Church. She enjoyed her animals, cross stitching, baking, riding horses and being with her family. Those left to cherish her memory include her loving husband of 53 years, David Edward...
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Alex Eugene Cole

May 14, 1934 - January 26, 2017

Alex Eugene Cole, 82, of Beckley, passed away Thursday, January 26, 2017 following a short illness. He was the son of the late William Cole and Leona Jenkins Cole. Born May 14, 1934 in Eccles, West Virginia. Mr. Cole served in the US Army. Alex was of the Baptist faith. He was a member of VFW and Teamstars Union. He enjoyed dancing, fishing, singing, boxing, hunting, playing guitar and...
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Charles Linville

September 16, 1928 - January 25, 2017

Charles “Chris” Linville, 88, currently of Beckley, formerly of Rock Creek passed away Wednesday, January 25, 2017. He was the son of the late Freland Linville and Amanda Wiley Linville. Born September 16, 1928 in Horse Creek, West Virginia. Chris was known as a very hard working man. He was a lifelong member of Rebecca Chapel Church where he served as Sunday School...
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Joseph Skaggs

July 17, 1960 - January 24, 2017

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Harley Leevern Blevins

May 6, 1947 - January 24, 2017

Harley L. Blevins Harley L. Blevins, 69, of Princewick, went to be with the Lord after a long illness on Tuesday, January 24, 2017. He was the son of the late Selby Blevins and Grace Trivett Blevins. Born May 6, 1947 in Rhodell, West Virginia. Harley was a disabled factory worker and an avid sportsman who enjoyed hunting and fishing. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by...
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Barbara Helen Davenport

January 12, 1929 - January 21, 2017

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Dewey Hartsell Lilly

March 31, 1923 - January 19, 2017

Dewey Hartsell Lilly 93, beloved husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother, uncle and friend, went to be with the Lord Thursday, January 19, 2017 at the Beckley VA Hospital. Born March 31, 1923 in Crab Orchard, he was the son of the late Aldie and ralph Lilly.He served in the Army from 1943- 1945. Dewey serviced in the European front in WWII and was one of the soldiers who...
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Ethel Lambert

September 15, 1920 - January 19, 2017

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Bobby Ray Alderman

January 15, 1930 - January 17, 2017

Bobby Ray Alderman, 87, of Long Branch, passed away on January 17, 2017. Bobby was born January 15, 1930 to Early and Alain Alderman. He married Reba (Williams) Alderman on November 20, 1952. At the early age of 17, Bobby began working in Mount Hope. He worked many years as an auto mechanic before returning to Mt. Hope working for the Housing Authority until his retirement in 1993. Bobby...
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Katherine Toney

January 3, 1993 - January 17, 2017

KATHERINE CHARLENE McINTOSH TONEY Katherine Charlene McIntosh Toney, of Meadow Bridge, passed away Tuesday, January 17, 2017 following a short illness. Katherine was born January 3, 1993 in Raleigh County; she was the daughter of Rodney Wayne McIntosh and Denise Darcel Smith McIntosh of Bradley. Katherine was a member of the Millbrook Baptist Church; a...
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LaFonda Jeanette JOHNSON

October 8, 1937 - January 15, 2017

Lafonda Jeanette Johnson (Tiny), 79, of Stephenson, passed away Sunday, January 15, 2017. She was the daughter of the late Layte Taylor and Elvie Lilly Taylor. Born October 8, 1937 in Robson, West Virginia, Tiny enjoyed cooking, especially holiday meals, gardening, sewing, crocheting and reading. She will be remembered as a loving caregiver for her family. In addition to her parents, she is...
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Corrine Cooper

July 17, 1932 - January 15, 2017

Corrine Cooper, 84, of Beckley, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, January 15, 2017. She was the daughter of the late Houston and Maggie Woodson Kratz. She was born July 17, 1932 in Milburn, WV. Corrine was a member of Memorial Baptist Church. She enjoyed sewing, crocheting, crafts and spending time with family, grandchildren and great grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she is...
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Earnest Franklin Bradford

June 4, 1935 - January 14, 2017

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Bridget Renee Robinson

October 14, 1974 - January 11, 2017

Bridget Renee Robinson, 42, of Beckley, passed away Wednesday, January 11, 2017 following a sudden illness. Born October 14, 1974 in Beckley, West Virginia to the late Rayburn Don Bolen Sr and Mary Jewell Pritchard Bolen. She was of the Pentecostal Faith. Bridget enjoyed working at Outback Steak House in Beckley and previously in food service at Little General Stores and Shoney’s in...
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George Garland Shupe

May 22, 1942 - January 11, 2017

George G. Shupe, of Crab Orchard, WV, went to be with the Lord on January 11th, 2017 in Beckley, WV. George was born in Tazewell County, VA, to Olen and Helen Shupe on May 22nd, 1942. He attended school at Pocahontas High School. On March 25th, 1961, he married Helen Ratliff and they have celebrated 55 wonderful years of marriage. He was a long time member of the Bethel Freewill Baptist Church...
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June Elizabeth Reggi

July 21, 1929 - January 9, 2017

June Elizabeth (Reed) Reggi, age 87, went to be with the Lord on January 9, 2017. She was born on July 21, 1929 to the late Berdine and Melda Reed. June was a prominent lifelong resident of Stanaford, WV. She was a beloved housewife and mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Later in life June received her LPN license and served as a nurse in the Beckley area. June was also an...
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Michael Wayne Polk

April 16, 1958 - January 9, 2017

Michael Wayne Polk of Oak Hill went to his Heavenly home on Monday, January 09, 2017 following a long illness. Born April 16, 1958, he was the son of Lendo and Neva Virginia Price Polk. Michael attended Mountain View Church of God. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, carpentry, flea markets, pawn shops and being with his family and friends. He also enjoyed gardening and taking care of his chickens...
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Norma Juanita Long

April 17, 1925 - January 7, 2017

Beloved wife, mother, grandmother, aunt and friend Juanita Long Nee Adkins, 91 went home tobe with her Lord on January 7th 2017. She was born April 17th, 1925 in Lillybrook, RaleighCounty, WV to parents Carl and Lola Adkins, the oldest daughter of nine children. She grew upin Lillybrook and graduated from Collins High School. Juanita was a true ‘’Coal Miner’sDaughter”, and...
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John Russell Fox

February 18, 1928 - January 7, 2017

John R. Fox Jr, 88, of Beckley, passed away Saturday, January 7, 2017 at home, surrounded by family. He was the son of the late John R. Fox Sr and Hazel Pletcher. Born February 18, 1928 in Summersville, West Virginia. John served in the U.S. Navy, was a member of Memorial Baptist Church, VFW and American Legion Post 32. He retired after 20 years from Consolidated Coal Company and owned Fox...
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Donna Vera Tedder

May 16, 1940 - January 6, 2017

Donna Vera Tedder, 76, of Crab Orchard, passed away Friday, January 6, 2017. She was the daughter of the late Delmar and Minnie Blevins Prince. She was born May 16, 1940 in Spanishburg, West Virginia. Donna attended Calvary Assembly of God in Beckley, WV. She was a beautiful Christian woman who had a great amount of faith and loved God and others with all of her heart. Every person she came in...
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Linda Carol Metro

January 10, 1947 - January 5, 2017

Linda Carol Metro, 69, of Eden, NC, passed away January 5, 2017. Born January 10, 1947 in Surveyor, WV to the late Leonard Deck and Nannie Miller Deck. In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by her husband, John Metro; sister, Norma Walton; brother, Sherman Deck. Those left to cherish her memory include her sons, John and Syndi Metro and Joseph and Lori Metro; brother, Eugene...
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Clara Brown

September 20, 1933 - January 4, 2017

Clara “Maxine” Brown, 83, of Summersville, formally of Matheny, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, January 4, 2017 following a short illness. Born September 20, 1933 in Bolt, West Virginia, she was the daughter of the late John “Wirt” Brooks and Zada Lucas Brooks. Clara was a member of New Beginnings Worship Center in Summersville. She worked as a Social Worker....
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James Ricky Tate

October 16, 1951 - January 2, 2017

James Ricky Tate, 65, of Sophia, WV passed away peacefully on Monday, January 2, 2017 at Raleigh General Hospital.Mr. Tate worked for Fisher Auto Parts for 23 plus years and thoroughly enjoyed his job and co-workers. He also enjoyed spending time with his brothers, family and friends. James enjoyed tinkering around with his truck in his spare time and was also a veteran of the United States Army...
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Gary Allen Nowlin

April 26, 1948 - January 1, 2017

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

June 15, 1951 - December 30, 2016

Johnny Lee Bailey, 65, of Bolt, passed away Friday, December 30, 2016 following a long illness. He was born June 15, 1951 in Sun Hill, West Virginia to the late Lewis Bailey and Eliza Acord Bailey. Johnny was of the Christian Faith. He enjoyed hunting and being outdoors. In addition to his parents, preceding him in death is his sister, Rosetta Tincher. Those left to cherish his memory...
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Loretta Johns Legg

May 2, 1931 - December 29, 2016

Loretta Lue Legg, 85 of Mt. Lookout passed away Thursday, December 29, 2016. Born May 2, 1931, in Edmond, WV she was the daughter of the late William Murry and Annie Pearl Johns.In addition to her parents, Loretta is preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, William Harold (Hido) Legg; brothers, Raleigh Johns and Randall Johns; sisters, Lucille Burdette, Lola Johns, Lorena Mae Dorsey-Ross,...
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Judy Crook Forbes

March 31, 1949 - December 27, 2016

Judy Crook Forbes, 67, of Raleigh, passed away Tuesday, December 27, 2016 following a long illness.She was born March 31, 1949 in Raleigh, West Virginia to the late Archie Crook and Arbutis Trailing Crook. Judy was of the Pentecostal Faith. She enjoyed reading, electronic games, being outdoors and spending time with her family and friends.In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by...
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Terri Ann Wrinkle

August 14, 1957 - December 25, 2016

Terri Ann Wrinkle, 59, of Crab Orchard, passed away peacefully on December 25, 2016 at her home after a short illness. Born on August 14, 1957 in Beckley, she was the daughter of the late George Doss and Shelby Geneseo Doss. She was a homemaker, loved her flower gardens and watching the Pittsburg Steelers. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her paternal and maternal...
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Waneta Waddell

November 10, 1924 - December 23, 2016

Waneta Waddell, 92, of St. Albans, formally of Coal City, passed away Friday, December 23, 2016. She was the daughter of the late Dudley Justice and Carrie Smith Justice. Born November 10, 1924 in Raleigh County, West Virginia. She was a member of Bethany Baptist Church. Waneta was retired from Raleigh County School Systems. She was very active in her home church in Coal City Community...
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Larry Lucas

May 21, 1960 - December 21, 2016

Larry Keith Lucas, 56, of Beaver WV gained his wings on Wednesday, December 21, 2016.Born on May 21, 1960 Larry was the son of the late John “Buster” Lucas and Evelyn Lucas. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his brothers Richard Lucas, and Leon Lucas and a niece Andrea Aliff Stone.Larry enjoyed spending time with his granddaughters and loved to go fishing, but...
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Paul Aaron Fink

October 28, 1954 - December 21, 2016

Paul Aaron Fink, 62, of Princewick, passed away Wednesday, December 21, 2016 following injuries sustained in a car accident. He was the son of the late Robert Fink and Norma Cook Fink. He was born October 28, 1954 in Beckley, West Virginia. Paul was of the Baptist Faith. He enjoyed fishing, camping, being outdoors and being with family and friends. In addition to his parents, he is preceded...
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Leatrel R. Smith

March 19, 1927 - December 19, 2016

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Edgar Paul Jenkins

April 12, 1941 - December 17, 2016

Edgar Paul (Eddie) Jenkins, Jr. 75 years old of Beckley, West Virginia, passed away from this life to be with his Heavenly Father on Saturday, December 17, 2016.He was born April 12, 1941 in Eccles, WV to parents, Edgar Jenkins, Sr. and Lilly (Shoemaker) Jenkins. After graduating from Trap Hill High School in 1959 and National Meat Cutting School in 1960, Eddie Married his high school sweetheart,...
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Danny Steven Wellman

January 30, 1958 - December 15, 2016

Danny Steven Wellman, 58, of Beckley, passed away Thursday, December 15, 2016. He was the son of Barbara Ellen Wilson and the late Jayce Wellman. He was born January 30, 1958 in Logan, West Virginia. Mr. Wellman was a member of Church of God Family Worship Center. He was a Boy Scout Troup Leader with Troup 103 in Beckley. He enjoyed fishing, cars, and being with his family and friends. In...
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James Edward Ellison

January 3, 1934 - December 15, 2016

James Edward Ellison, 82, of Mabscott, went to be with the Lord at 5:25pm on Thursday, December 15, 2016 at Bowers Hospice House battling cancer. He was born January 3, 1934 at Carlisle, West Virginia. He was the son of the late Mack Russell Ellison and Nellie Ellen Jones Ellison. Jim was a retired coal miner from Pittison Coal Company of Sabine. He was a member of the UMWA and Mabscott...
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Elza Alvin Reed

October 6, 1938 - December 12, 2016

Elza Alvin Reed Elza Alvin Reed, 78, of Beckley formerly of Amigo, passed away Monday, December 12, 2016. He was the son of the late Tiberius Reed and Emma Reed. Born October 6, 1938 in Amigo, West Virginia. Elza was a member of Pikeview Freewill Baptist Church. He enjoyed painting cars, gardening, woodworking and going to church. Elza cherished spending time with his children and...
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Willie Mae Cole

May 6, 1923 - December 9, 2016

Willie Mae Cole (née Lilly) of Daniels, WV passed away suddenly on December 9, 2016 at Raleigh General Hospital. She was 93. Born on May 6, 1923 to William and Amanda Lilly of Farley Hill, WV, Willie Mae would live a long and adventurous life, traveling across the United States and experiencing many events and occasions in history few could imagine. In 1942 she married her sweetheart Frank...
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Richard Owens

April 26, 1949 - December 7, 2016

Richard Carl Owens 67, of Beckley went home to be with Lord on Wednesday December 7, 2016 following an accident.Born April 26, 1949 in Washington D.C. he was the son of Robert Owens of Fern Park Florida, and Bernita Earp of Nanticoke Maryland.Richard loved spending time with his friends, and especially loved spending time with his grandchildren.He was preceded in death by his brother Robert...
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Devonna D. Hensley

January 5, 1956 - December 7, 2016

Devonna D. Gilkerson Hensley, 60 of Shady Spring passed away peacefully at Bowers Hospice House following a long illness on Wednesday, December 7, 2016. Born January 5, 1956, she was the daughter of the late William and Willie Mae Ewing Gilkerson. Devonna enjoyed shopping, camping, cooking and being with her grandchildren. She was of the Baptist faith. Those left to cherish her memory...
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Wanda Lean Ellis

June 6, 1938 - December 4, 2016

Wanda Lean Ellis, 78, of Beaver, passed away Sunday, December 4, 2016 following a long illness. She was the daughter of the late James Hensley and Dolly Rowe Hensley. She was born June 6, 1938 in Slab Fork, West Virginia. She was a member of the Southern Baptist Faith Church. She enjoyed shopping, fishing, entertaining, camping, music and being with her family. In addition to her parents,...
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Lawrence Holliday

January 22, 1929 - December 4, 2016

Beckley WVLawrence “Teddy” Theodore HollidayLawrence “Teddy” Theodore Holliday 87, of Beckley walked through the gates of pearl, on Sunday December 4, 2016, following a short illness.Born January 22, 1929 in Caldwell, he was the son of the late Cary and Reva Bennett Holliday.Teddy was a mechanic. He loved mechanic work; he would help anyone who needed help. He was a...
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Joan Jasper Clay

September 13, 1931 - December 4, 2016

Joan Jasper Bennett Clay 85, of Falling Waters formerly of Maple Fork, passed away after a short illness at her home.Mrs. Clay was born in Bradley, she was the daughter of the late Norvel and Violet Murdock Bennett.She was a longtime member of the Bradley Presbyterian Church, she loved reading, working in her church, and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.In addition to...
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Howard L. Rose

December 4, 1931 - December 3, 2016

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

May 27, 1923 - December 1, 2016

Charlotte Marie Rodgers, 93, of Daniels, passed away on Thursday, December 1, 2016. She was the daughter of the late Raleigh L Evans and Eunice M. Futterer Evans Dean. She was born May 27, 1923 in Tralee, West Virginia. Charlotte was of the Christian Faith. She was a long time member of Terry Independent Christian Church. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her step father...
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Pamela Marie Kincaid

August 21, 1961 - November 27, 2016

Pamela Marie Harvey Kincaid, 55, of Beckley, WV passed away on November 27, 2016. She was preceded in death by her mother; Emma ‘Toler’ Harvey; father, Heber Harvey and one brother Scotty Dale Harvey. Mrs. Kincaid was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and friend. She enjoyed hobbies such as: yard sales, flea markets, fishing, but most of all spending time with her family and...
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Donna Jean Kamensky

December 24, 1964 - November 26, 2016

Donna J. Cox Blevins, 51, of Sophia, passed away Saturday, November 26, 2016 at Summers Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Hinton. She was the daughter of Janet Adams Cox and the late Rev. Okey Cox. She was born December 24, 1964 in Sophia, West Virginia. Donna attended Soak Creek Gospel Tabernacle and enjoyed collecting antiques and traveling. In addition to her father, she is preceded in...
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