Blue Ridge Funeral Home Memorial Gardens & Cremations

Beautiful Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Memorial Gardens & Cremations in Beckley, West Virginia, and Williams-Blue Ridge Funeral Home in Sophia, West Virginia, have provided generations of West Virginia families with high-quality funeral, cemetery and cremation services. Our caring staffs are committed to providing you with exceptional assistance to meet your needs and the value your family deserves. At Blue Ridge and Williams-Blue Ridge, we believe that every life is unique, and every funeral should be too. We celebrate life. And for those who would like to plan ahead, we offer The Simplicity Plan® prearrangement program, an easy way to handle an important family responsibility. Each of our locations features unique options to fit your individual needs. We invite you to learn more about our funeral homes and memorial gardens.

BLUE RIDGE FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATIONS (Beckley)
Standing in view of Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens is the impressive Blue Ridge Funeral Home. Designed with your family's comfort in mind, the spacious funeral home features two large chapel areas, pleasant sitting and family rooms and comfortable arrangement offices. For the convenience of our guests, Blue Ridge features covered entranceways and is surrounded by ample, well-lighted parking areas. With the funeral home ideally situated across from cemetery grounds, families benefit from the convenience and value of having all funeral and cemetery services provided at one location. Blue Ridge also offers an on-site crematory.

BLUE RIDGE MEMORIAL GARDENS (Beckley)
Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens has long been considered one of the state's most beautiful resting places. Its picturesque grounds have provided generations of families with a quiet sense of comfort and peace of mind. Blue Ridge's gentle rolling hills give way to green lawns that offer affordable memorization options of everlasting beauty and charm. At Blue Ridge, families can choose from traditional ground burial, impressive mausoleums cremation niches or prestigious family estates.

WILLIAMS-BLUE RIDGE FUNERAL HOME (Sophia) Williams-Blue Ridge Funeral Home, located on Virginia Street in Sophia, provides a comfortable setting for families in need of assistance. Reception areas, a coffee lounge and an ample parking area are just a few of the benefits families will find at Williams-Blue Ridge. The funeral home offers a spacious chapel area seating more than 150 guests and features beautiful stained-glass windows. Most important, the professional and caring staff at Williams-Blue Ridge is always on hand to help you create the most memorable and meaningful service possible for your loved one.

Kenny W. Mann, Licensee in Charge; Kenneth Lacy, Crematory Licensee in Charge


Our Obituaries

Norma Jean Stover

December 17, 1934 - August 14, 2017

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

January 17, 1939 - August 13, 2017

James Emerson Williams (Johnny), 78, of Shady Spring, WV, passed away at CAMC General Hospital in Charleston, WV, Saturday, August 13, 2017 following a short illness.Born on January 17, 1939 in Hinton, WV. He was the son of the late Edison Williams and Bonnie B. Kirkham.Johnny was a retired US Postal Carrier and a veteran of the US Army. He was a vivid hunter and outdoorsman. He attended Glen...
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Thelma Lee Pettry

November 24, 1927 - August 12, 2017

Thelma Lee “Shay” Pettry, 89, of Colcord, WV went to be with the Lord on August 12, 2017. She was at home surrounded by her loving family. She was a lifelong member of Colcord Presbyterian Church. She was a member of the choir, the women’s association, enjoyed teaching sunday school and served as treasurer and Elder. Thelma was born on November 24, 1927 in Colcord, WV....
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Christina Schneider

July 28, 1971 - August 10, 2017

Christina (Tena) Dawn Schneider, age 46, of Fayetteville, West Virginia, passed away on August 10, 2017. Born July 28, 1971 in Clarksburg, West Virginia, she was the daughter of Freddy and Linda Sidwell. She was preceded in death by a son, Christopher Matthew Hamrick. She is survived by her husband, Chris Schneider, daughter, Samantha Hamrick and her companion Evan Evans, son, Bryan Hamrick and...
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Jason Paul Coleman

September 19, 1984 - August 10, 2017

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

August 29, 1933 - August 10, 2017

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

November 4, 1940 - August 8, 2017

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

December 27, 1943 - August 7, 2017

Carol (Sue) Weeks, 73 of Mt. Hope WV passed away on August 7, 2017 at Bowers Hospice House with her loving husband Bernard by her side.Sue was born in Eccles, WV on December 27, 1943 to the late Ralph and Margaret Bolash Coldiron. She leaves behind her loving husband of 55 years Bernard Weeks of Mt. Hope, WV, one son Jeffrey (Jamie Leigh) Weeks of Beckley, WV, one daughter Melissa Lynn Weeks of...
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Lockie Davis Rakes

April 13, 1920 - August 6, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens (WV), Beckley, WV.
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Goldia G. Brown

August 31, 1924 - August 4, 2017

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

July 1, 1956 - August 4, 2017

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

October 18, 1936 - August 2, 2017

Jack Fuller Richards, 80, of Glen White went to be with Lord on August 2, 2017. Born October 18, 1936 in Sophia, WV he was the son of the late Willie and Mary Ashby Richards and lifelong best friend Jerry Fink. Mr. Richards served honorable in the United States Army 82nd Airborne Division. He was a long time member and Deacon of the Glen White Baptist Church. Jack was an avid golfer and was a...
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Arliss Lee Pack

September 15, 1966 - August 1, 2017

Arliss Lee Pack, 50, of Mt. Hope, WV went home to be with the Lord on August 1, 2017. He was born on September 15, 1966 to the late Kenneth Lee and Barbara Kaye Duncan Pack. Mr. Pack enjoyed working on cars, fishing and shooting matches. Survivors include his wife of 21 years, Judith Ann Davis Pack; daughters, Amanda D. Pack and Talena A. Graef; son, Cody A. Pack; grandchildren, Hunter J. L. Pack...
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Emma Jean Goodson

October 3, 1944 - July 30, 2017

Emma Jean Goodson, 72, of Midway, was called home by God on Sunday, July 30, 2017 at her home. She was born October 3, 1944 in Crab Orchard, WV, she was the daughter of the late Bill and Hodie Hunt.She was a member of the Lester Baptist Church. She was also a 26 year employee of Heartland which she loved going to work.In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband; Thomas...
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Jackie Lewis Blevins

November 7, 1932 - July 29, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley, WV.
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Gloria Cathryn Mills Mallamas

July 7, 1923 - July 26, 2017

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

March 23, 1954 - July 23, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens (WV), Beckley, WV.
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Joyce G. Eggelston

May 20, 1932 - July 23, 2017

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

January 7, 1976 - July 21, 2017

Mendy Ann Boyd-McDaniel, 41, of Beckley died unexpectedly Friday July 21, 2017.Born January 7, 1976 in Beckley, WV she was the daughter of Patty Boyd and Ronnie of Prosperity WV.Mendy was preceded in death to an Aunt Penny Arrington of Oak Hill, a grandmother Vilia Diehl of Crab Orchard & Grandfather Eugene Shelton of Summerlee.Mendy graduated from WWHS in 1994, she afterward moved to NC to...
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Winnie J. McKinney

September 15, 1934 - July 17, 2017

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Jimelle Emrich Moreno

August 27, 1951 - July 16, 2017

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

November 14, 1923 - July 15, 2017

Mrs. Threasey Shrewsbury-Smith passed away Saturday July 15, 2017 at Hospice of Southern West Virginia after a short illness. Born 1923 in Kentucky she is survived by her son James Shrewsbury, Coal City, daughter Dena Pack, Point Pleaseant, and sister Carlee Boschain, of Coal City. Four step-children, Vernon, Randy, Gary Smith and Lorenda Carter, three grandchildren and five great-grandchildren....
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Lorene Gladys Plumley

April 24, 1926 - July 14, 2017

Mrs. Lorene Gladys (Jones) Plumley was welcomed into Heaven on July 14, 2017. Born in Pear, WV on April 24, 1926 to Oscar and Daisy (Kincaid) Jones, Lorene was a lifelong resident of Raleigh County. In 1943, she married Joe Plumley, Jr. and they started a family that would grow to include four children, nine grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, and two great-great grandchildren. As the...
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Jeffrey Pittman

June 28, 1963 - July 14, 2017

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

March 20, 1936 - July 13, 2017

Richard Keith “Roho” Lafferty 81 of Beckley passed away Thursday, July 13, 2017. Born March 20, 1936, he is the son of the late Richard Wilson Lafferty and Mary Susan Williams Lafferty. In addition to his parents, Richard is preceded in death by his granddaughter, Leslea Sweeney; father-in-law, Delbert Thompson. Those left to cherish his memory include his loving wife of 44...
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Henry Paul Kizer

March 14, 1942 - July 11, 2017

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

November 14, 1936 - July 10, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens (WV), Beckley, WV.
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Gladys Carrico Wilson

October 12, 1943 - July 10, 2017

Gladys Wilson 73 of Beckley passed away Monday, July 10, 2017. Born October 12, 1943, she is the daughter of the late Carl and Delma Kidwell. Gladys enjoyed bowling, hiking, dancing and being with her family and friends. She is of the Baptist faith. In addition to her parents, Gladys is preceded in death by her husband, Ronald E. Wilson; daughter, Pamela S. Longee; brother, Carl Kidwell. ...
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Roger MacArthur Ballard

May 15, 1942 - July 7, 2017

Roger MacArthur Ballard, 75, of Beckley passed away on July 7, 2017 due to a long illness. Born May 15, 1942, in Saxon, he was the son of Melvin and Eva Ballard.Roger attended Harper Heights Church, enjoyed restoring old cars and talking to old friends.He is survived by his loving wife June Lee Bell of 53 years; sons, Roger Dale and wife Tammy, Jeffery Scott and Brad Allen Ballard; grandchildren,...
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Nila Jean GILLIAM

February 3, 1945 - July 7, 2017

Nila Jean Hurlocker Gilliam, 72, of Beckley passed away on Friday, July 7, 2017. She was of the Christian Faith. Born February 3, 1945 in Concord, NC. She was the daughter of the late Flold L. Hurlocker and Roxie L. Ward Meadows. Mrs. Gilliam was a homemaker and was a former employee of Pete and Bob’s Drive In, Phil’s Drive In and later became the neighborhood babysitter. She...
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Michael Lepto

November 28, 1935 - July 6, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens (WV), Beckley, WV.
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Dennis Cecil Harvey

July 2, 1951 - July 5, 2017

Dennis Cecil Harvey, 66, of Coal City passed away on July 5, 2017. Born July 2, 1951, in Beckley, he was the son of the late Cecil Green Harvey and Dorothy Lou Hart Harvey.Dennis was a U.S. Marine veteran. After serving in the Marines he attended Beckley College and Concord University where he received his degree in Education. He was employed with Radford Arsenal for five years and Georgia...
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Albert DeFrancises Calloway

June 6, 1929 - July 5, 2017

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

May 31, 1936 - July 3, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens (WV), Beckley, WV.
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Thelma Wanda Shrewsbury

January 23, 1924 - June 29, 2017

Thelma “Wanda” Shrewsbury, 93, of Daniels, WV, passed away June 29, 2017 at the Genesis Raleigh Center in Daniels, following a long illness.Born January 23, 1924 in Bud WV. She was the daughter of the late Effie and Oscar Walker.In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Hallie G. Shrewsbury Jr., daughter, Nancy Childers, brothers; Elvin and Clay Walker and...
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Carmel Ann Hart

May 3, 1924 - June 26, 2017

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

May 3, 1943 - June 25, 2017

Danny Ajax Ellison, 74, of Beckley passed away on Sunday, June 25, 2017. Born in Lerona, WV, he was the son of the late Ajax (Jack) and Retha Cox Ellison. Danny served 2 years in the Army 1st Air Calvery, where he was wounded during the Vietnam War and he received three purple hearts for his service. In addition to his parents, Danny is preceded in death by his wife of 52 years, Billie Jean...
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Eliza Ketchersid

December 29, 1924 - June 22, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens (WV), Beckley, WV.
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Billie Jean Ellison

February 6, 1924 - June 18, 2017

Billie Jean Beckelhimer Ellison 93 of Beckley passed away on Sunday, June 18, 2017. Born February 6, 1924 in Lilly Brook, WV, she was the daughter of the late Bethel Childers and Bessie K. Childers Pratt.In addition to her parents, Billie is preceded in death by three brothers; three sisters; grandson, Mickel Mills and first husband, Woodrow Beckelhimer.Those left to cherish her memory include...
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Susan Cary Fox

December 28, 1946 - June 17, 2017

Susan Landers Irle Fox, 70, of Beckley, WV went to be with the Lord on Saturday, June 17, 2017. Born in Lewisburg, WV on December 28, 1946 she was the daughter of the late Mike and Helen Hayes Landers. Susan was a long time member of United Methodist Temple and Garden Club of Beckley. She was a volunteer at Raleigh General Hospital for 20 years. She enjoyed playing golf, bowling and most...
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Thomas Edward Osteen

April 16, 1933 - June 16, 2017

Thomas Edward Osteen 84 of Mt. Hope passed away on Friday June 16, 2017. Born April 16, 1933, he was the son of the late Thomas and Bonnie Adams Osteen.Thomas was a member of Pax Branch Baptist Church. He served and retired from the US Army after 22 years and served three tours in Vietnam and Korea. He was a life time member of the VFW and attended the Navy and Army Aviation Group Reunion every...
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James Eugene Mullins

February 25, 1950 - June 15, 2017

James Eugene Mullins Jr., 67, of Allen Junction, went to be with the Lord on June 15, 2017.Born February 25, 1950 in Welch, West Virginia. He was the son of the late James Edward Mullins and Sylvia Arbutus (Sizemore). He was preceded in death by his dog Sampson. He was a member and elder at the Mullens Pentecostal Holiness Church having served as a deacon. Those left to cherish his memory...
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Sue Whitt Caldwell

February 22, 1945 - June 13, 2017

Virginia Sue Caldwell 72 of Mullens passed away Tuesday June 13, 2017. Born February 22, 1945, she was the daughter of the late Marcus and Mae Austin Whitt.Virginia was of the Pentecostal Faith. She enjoyed working in her flowers, cooking, watching TV and being with her family and friends.In addition to her parents, Virginia is preceded in death by her husband, Roy Caldwell; brothers, Lloyd and...
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Noble Julio Lester

September 6, 1955 - June 11, 2017

Noble “Julio” Lester of Sophia passed away on Sunday June 11, 2017. Born on September 6, 1955, he was the son of Juanita Whitt Lester and the late Archie Lester.Noble enjoyed music, working on his lawn, “piddling”, and being with his family and friends. Noble was a handsome, humble, patient, kind, generous, soft spoken, dedicated and devout man.Noble was preceded in death...
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Robert Nelson Dunbar

November 12, 1945 - June 10, 2017

Robert Nelson Dunbar, 71, of Clear Creek, WV went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, June 10, 2017. Robert will be remembered for his genuine smile; his friendliness, sense of humor, service to others and devotion to our Lord Jesus Christ. Robert was a long time member, minister, song leader, sunday school teacher and jail ministry of the Spoken Word Tabernacle Church, Beaver. Robert was...
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Susie Ann Maynard

February 22, 1918 - June 7, 2017

Susie Ann Maynard of Jumping Branch, WV passed away on June 7, 2017. She was a long time member of Perry Memorial United Methodist Church, Shady Spring. Susie was born on February 22, 1918 in Pennsylvania to the late Alexander and Magda Kovash. In addition to her parents Susie was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, William S. Maynard and son, William A Maynard. She is survived by...
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Douglas Wayne Prentice

July 16, 1959 - June 7, 2017

Douglas Wayne Prentice, 57, of Mabscott, WV, passed away unexpectedly on June 7, 2017. Douglas was born to the late Thomas and Hester (Fain) Prentice on July 16, 1959, in Rupert, WV.Douglas graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in 1978. He had been employed by American Mine Power.In addition to his parents, Douglas was preceded in death by his wife, Sheena (Vest) Prentice, and brother, Thomas...
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Ruth Eleanor Davis

November 12, 1917 - June 5, 2017

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

February 16, 1970 - June 4, 2017

Blue Ridge Funeral HomeBeckley, WV Bobby Lane Amick Bobby Lane Amick of Beaver, WV passed away on June 4, 2017. Bobby was born on February 16, 1970 in Oak Hill to Alvin Amick and Cleo Stone. Bobby was preceded in death by his brother Jerry Wayne Raines. He is survived by his wife Janet of 30 years; sons, Matthew Tyler Amick and Nicholas Alexander Amick; daughter, Shannon Young; brother, Joey...
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Millard Andrew Ferguson

August 11, 1949 - June 2, 2017

Millard Andrew Ferguson went home to be with the Lord on June 2, 2017 after battling a long illness. He was born on August 11, 1949 in Sprague, WV to Billy and Isabel Ferguson. Millard enlisted in the Service in 1968 and served his Country as a Sgt.E5 in the US Army 4th Infantry Division. During Vietnam he received the Purple Heart and the Army Commendation Medal. He enjoyed hunting,...
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Vicki Lynn Woodrum

October 9, 1956 - May 30, 2017

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

June 3, 1934 - May 29, 2017

Rev. Dr. Boyd R. England, 82, of Beckley, WV, cherished the Word of God and the 1,260 promises spoken within it. On Monday, May 29, 2017, his family held the strong hands that have served and prayed for so many during his 60 years of ministry, as he received the greatest reward – the promise of eternal life.From the day of his birth on June 3, 1934, in Bud, WV to the late Grant England and...
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Randy Mark Fortner

August 9, 1960 - May 28, 2017

Randy Mark Fortner, 56, of Beaver, WV went home to be with the Lord on May 28, 2017. Randy was born on August 9, 1960 to the late Luther Willis Fortner and surviving mother Norma Redden Fortner of Spring Hill, Florida. He was preceded in death by his brother William Keith Fortner. Survivors include three sisters, Brenda Fortner Noble and husband Pat of Hudson, Florida, Barbara Fortner Green of...
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Reba Phyllis Burgess

December 29, 1926 - May 27, 2017

Reba P. Burgess (Nee Walker), 90, went home to be with her Lord and Savior, Saturday, May 27 after a long illness. Reba was born December 29, 1926 at Besoca, WV. She was the daughter of the late Opie Walker, Sr and the late Jennie Walker (Walker). She was a wonderful wife, mother and a Christian friend to all. She was preceded in death by her husband, Rev. Johnnie Burgess; two sisters, Vera...
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Reba P. Burgass

December 29, 1926 - May 27, 2017

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

March 13, 1934 - May 27, 2017

Herbert Franklin Brown age 83 of Sophia went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, May 27, 2017, surrounded by his family at home. I have fought a good fight, I have finished the race, and I have kept the faith. II Timothy 4:7. Born on March 13, 1934 in Dry Branch on Cabin Creek, WV he was the son of the late Harley and Dessie Brown. Herb was a proud Army Veteran serving 1956-1958 whose...
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Robert Galen Stack

March 23, 1941 - May 26, 2017

Robert Galen Stack, 76, of Fairfax, VA departed this life on May 26, 2017 following a valiant battle with cancer. Born March 23, 1941 in Packs Branch, WV he was the son of the late John William Stack, Sr. and the late Nellie Roberta Vance Stack. After graduation from High School in Mount Hope, Mr. Stack served honorable in the United States Air Force from September 1959 thru April 1981,...
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Emma Louise Rash

May 3, 1920 - May 24, 2017

Emma Louise Johns Rash, age 97, of Coal City, WV, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at Genesis Center in Daniels. “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have kept the faith.” II Timothy 4:7. Born on May 3, 1920, in Talladega, Alabama, she was the daughter of the late Newton and Maudie Johns. Mrs. Rash was a retired seamstress. She...
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Frederick Tassitino

November 26, 1930 - May 23, 2017

Frederick Tassitino passed away peacefully on May 23, 2017. He was born to a family of eight in Ury, WV on November 26, 1930 to the late John and Rosalia Tassitino.Fred was a teacher in Raleigh County for over 30 years. He also invested in real estate and assisted his father with the family business. Fred is survived by his wife Janice of 64 years, five children, Deborah Browning and husband...
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Maxine Ann Furrow

November 17, 1932 - May 22, 2017

Maxine Ann Furrow, 84, of Union, passed away Monday, May 22, 2017. Born November 17, 1932 in Lilly Brook, WV to the late John and Mabel Wooten. Maxine was a member of Mt. Alexander Church, The Order of the Eastern Star Chapter 122, Red Hat Society. Maxine loved dancing and was an avid Elvis fan, listening to his music and collecting his memorabilia. In addition to her parents she was preceded...
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Robert Jay Hackney

July 2, 1980 - May 21, 2017

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

February 19, 1924 - May 21, 2017

Carl Matthew Greene, 93, of Knotts Island, NC Passed away on May 21, 2017.Born February 19, 1924, in New Richmond, WV and was a longtime resident Mullens, WV. He was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Betty Jane, his mother Amanda Roton and brother Jack all of Mullens, WV.He is survived by Carl Jr. of Virginia Beach, VA, Mike of Kennewick, WA, Renae Belfoire of Welch, WV, Teddy of...
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Carl James STEWART

July 5, 1928 - May 21, 2017

Carl James Stewart was born July 5, 1928, in Prosperity, he was the son of the late Wayne and Zettie Wood Stewart. Carl was a U.S Navy veteran. After serving 6 years in the Navy he attended Morris Harvey (now University of Charleston) and became a teacher. He taught English and History at Marsh Fork High School before beginning a career with Social Security Administration in 1960. He retired...
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Thomas Treadway

April 6, 1940 - May 19, 2017

Thomas Franklin Treadway, 77, of Sims Branch Road, Mt. Hope, WV left this life to join his loved ones in Heaven, Friday, May 19, 2017 at his home from nine years of illness.Born on April 6, 1940 on Sims Branch Road he was the son of the late Thomas Snoden Treadway and Dorothy Lois Hurd.Tom was a 30 year retiree of Appalachian Hospital. He loved gardening and working on old cars and he loved his...
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Willa Ruth Toney

August 23, 1935 - May 16, 2017

Willa Ruth Toney 81 of Claypool Hill, VA passed away on Tuesday May 16, 2017. Born August 23, 1935 she was the daughter of the late Oscar and Gladys Stover Thompson. In addition to her parents, Willa is preceded in death by her husband, Jimmie Dale Toney. Those left to cherish her memory include her son, Ronnie Toney and wife, Theresa of Cedar Bluff, VA; granddaughter, Elizabeth Honaker and...
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Julian Valley Koone

May 15, 2017 - May 15, 2017

Julian Valley Koone, son of Andrew Koone and Jessica Williams passed away May 15, 2017. In addition to his parents, those left to cherish Julian’s memory include, grandparents, Paul and Schena Koone of Beckley, William and Elaine Williams of Artie; great-grandparents, Edward and Betty Roark of Whitby, Jean Williams of Artie and Jackie and Aline Williams of Artie; brothers, Dylan Chair,...
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Louise M. McGraw

March 26, 1924 - May 15, 2017

Louise McGraw, 93, of Beaver WV passed away peacefully on May 15, 2017 at Bowers Hospice House with her family by her side. She was the daughter of the late Loma and Missouri Gwinn.In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her loving husband of 56 years Roy B. McGraw. She was also preceded in death by great granddaughter, Madison Furrow; great grandson, Mason Furrow, Sister; Frances...
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Violet R. Clay

February 22, 1918 - May 14, 2017

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

December 24, 1937 - May 10, 2017

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

February 24, 1929 - May 10, 2017

Macel Ellen Elmore Sparks, 88 of Beckley went to be with the Lord on May 10, 2017. She passed away at home after a long battle with Alzheimer’s. Born February 24, 1929 in Cocoa, WV to the late Silas and Gustava Elmore. She was a long time member of the Open Bible Baptist Church. She dedicated her life to serving the Lord and her family. She loved her husband, Fred Edward Sparks. They...
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Thomas Edward Hughes

February 21, 1953 - May 10, 2017

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

July 13, 1986 - May 8, 2017

Joshua Alan Tuck 30 of Daniels passed away on Monday, May 8, 2017. Born July 13, 1986 he is the son of Franklin Jr. and Leonora Cruz Tuck. Joshua attended Shady Spring First Baptist Church. He was a member of the Whitewater Chapter of the Antique Automobile Club of America. Josh worked as an Administrator of CAMC General Hospital where he also volunteered on his lunch breaks giving brown...
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Willard Lee Huddleston

July 16, 1947 - May 8, 2017

Willard Lee Huddleston of Mt. Hope, WV went to be with the Lord on May 8, 2017. Lee was born on July 16, 1947 in Beckley, WV. He worked at Maple Meadow Mining, Fairdale, WV just shy of 20 years. Lee enjoyed woodworking, classic car shows and spending time with his grandchildren. Lee was preceded in death by his parents Ira Bertram and Carnie Marie Brock Huddleston; one son, Gary Lee Huddleston....
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Dewayne Lynn Vass

August 11, 1953 - May 3, 2017

Dewayne Lynn Vass 63 of Princeton passed away Wednesday May 3, 2017. Born August 11, 1953, he was the son of Frances Farruggia Vass and the late, Carl E. Vass. In addition to his father, Dewayne is preceded in death by his brother, William Joseph Vass. Dewayne attended the Princeton Church of God. He was the owner of Healthcare Therapy and Medical Massage in Princeton and Beckley, WV. He...
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Joan Treadway

August 24, 1935 - May 3, 2017

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

August 13, 1950 - May 1, 2017

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

December 14, 1921 - May 1, 2017

Orville Jackson Canaday born December 14, 1921 in Surveyor, WV, passed away on May 1, 2017. He was the son of the late E.K. and Sarah Jane Canaday. In addition to his parents, Jack is preceded in death by his brothers, Kenneth and Earl, and sister, Lockie. Jack served in the U.S. Army in WWII as a Corporal and medic in the battle of the Bulge. He returned home after service and married Ruby ...
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Jimmy Harold Allen

July 3, 1960 - April 30, 2017

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

February 4, 1929 - April 29, 2017

Russell Lee “Pete” Pegram, 88, of Lester, Left this world on Saturday, April 29, 2017. Born February 4, 1929 in Winding Gulf, WV, he was the Son of the late Roscoe and Amanda Pegram. He enlisted in the Army and served in the Korean War from 1951 – 1952. Russell was a member of the Odd Fellows lodge in Sophia, attended the Stotesbury Community Church and served as a youth...
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Lois Genevieve Halstead

April 20, 1927 - April 28, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens (WV), Beckley, WV.
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Buford Ray Hartsog

April 14, 1916 - April 24, 2017

Buford Ray Hartsog, 101 of MacArthur, Left this world on Thursday, April 24, 2017. Born April 14, 1916 in Clifton, North Carolina, he was the Son of the late Edward and Bessie Hartsog. He enlisted in the Army Air Corp four days after Pearl Harbor serving as an instructor at Enid Army Flying Field in Enid, OK until the end of the War. Buford’s crew Maintained B-52 Bombers fighting...
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Nira Joyce Moye

October 22, 1933 - April 20, 2017

Nira Joyce Moye, 83, of Sophia passed away on April 20, 2017. Born October 22, 1933, in Sophia, she was the daughter of the late John E. and Josie Mae Coleman Robertson. She was a member of Sophia Freewill Baptist Church and Beta Sigma Phi Sorority. Nira was a devoted wife and mother. Prior to becoming a full time wife and mother she worked at Slab Fork Coal Company Store. In addition to her...
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Karl John Klaus

August 22, 1926 - April 20, 2017

Karl John “Jack” Klaus Jr, 90, of Beaver went to be with the Lord Thursday April 20, 2017Jack was born in Beckley, WV on August 22, 1926. He was the son of the late Karl and Lucille Ullrich Klaus. He is survived by his wife of 41 years Mary Freeman Della Mea Klaus.He attended St. Francis De Sales Catholic Church. Preceded in death by Katherine Kennedy “Kitty” Klaus, the...
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Helen K. Gardner

December 24, 1922 - April 19, 2017

Helen K. Gardner, 94, of Beckley, WV, passed away peacefully on April 19, 2017. She was thedaughter of the late Kyle G. and Dixie Bragg Cook of Mabscott, WV. Helen was a member ofCrab Orchard Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband of 52 years, Harlis M.Gardner, three sisters, Joy May and Lois Cook, Margaret Cales, brother-in-law Norman Woodsand two great grandchildren.Helen was...
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Freida Upton

March 2, 1926 - April 18, 2017

Freida Charlotte Bowling Upton 91 of Shady Spring passed away on Tuesday April 18, 2017 following a long illness. Born March 2, 1926, she was the daughter of the late Everett and Violet Mooney Bowling.Freida enjoyed gardening, cooking, going out to eat and being with her family and friends.In addition to her parents, Freida is preceded in death by her husband, James Jennings Upton; daughter,...
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Susan McDonald Mitchell

June 30, 1932 - April 17, 2017

Susan McDonald Mitchell, 84 of Beckley, WV passed away peacefully on April 17, 2017 with her family by her side.She was a homemaker and enjoyed hobbies such as sewing, knitting, traveling but most of all spending time with her family and friends.She was preceded in death by her parents Kenneth and Elizabeth Cree and numerous brothers and sisters.Left behind to cherish her memory is her loving and...
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Edward L. Bosley

June 11, 1945 - April 16, 2017

Edward L. Bosley 71 of Beckley, WV passed away from a sudden illness on Sunday April 16, 2017. Born June 11, 1945, he was the son of Willis Edward Bosley and the late Alma Lee McDaniel. Edward attended St. Francis Catholic Church. He proudly served in the US Air Force during the Vietnam War. Edward retired from Verizon Telephone Company after 37 years of service. He was a Master Mason from...
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Virginia E. Duncan

May 20, 1929 - April 15, 2017

Virginia Ewing Duncan, loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, passed away April 15, 2017. Virginia, the daughter of Earl and Bertha Ewing, was born May 20, 1929. Virginia was preceded in death by her husband, Herbert Q. Duncan; parents, Earl and Bertha Ewing; and siblings, Alfreda, Teddy, and Eddy Ewing, as well as step-granddaughter, Cassandra Harrison and daughter-in-law,...
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Bettie Jean Freeman

September 22, 1923 - April 14, 2017

Bettie Jean (Auvil) Freeman of Beaver, WV went to be with the Lord on April 14, 2017. She attended First Baptist Church, Beaver. Bettie was born on September 22, 1923 in Blue Jay, WV. Bettie retired from Bellaire Ohio Hospital dietary. She loved making crochet blankets for family and friends. Bettie enjoyed spending time with her beloved poodle Ebony. Bettie was preceded in death by her parents...
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Mary Louiris Stewart

August 21, 1930 - April 13, 2017

Mary Louiris Stewart, 86, of Jacksonville, FL, received her angel wings on April 13, 2017. Born August 21, 1930, in Coal City, WV, and was the daughter of the late Clyde and Hallie Meador. Mrs. Stewart was preceded in death by her husband, Harry C. Stewart, and son, Harry Timothy Stewart. She retired from the Raleigh County board of education before moving to Jacksonville. She is survived by her...
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Shirley Darlene Snuffer

June 9, 1939 - April 13, 2017

Shirley Darlene Snuffer, 77, of Beckley, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, April 13, 2017, following a long illness. Born May 9, 1939 in Odd, West Virginia, she was the daughter of the late Harry and Lorena Wallace. She was a graduate of Stoco High School class of 1957. Shirley was a member of Skelton Freewill Baptist Church for 35 years where she served as Church Treasurer,...
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Katie Florence Gill

November 25, 1936 - April 13, 2017

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

January 16, 1938 - April 11, 2017

Patsy R. Keith of Mt. Hope, WV went to be with the Lord on April 11, 2017. She was at home surrounded by her loving family. She was a member of Cornerstone Freewill Baptist Church. Patsy was born on January 16, 1938 in Slab fork, WV. Patsy was a homemaker who enjoyed cooking, sewing, gardening and lovingly caring for her family. Patsy was preceded in death by her parents Clifford H. Tipton and...
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Katherine Thomas

April 5, 1929 - April 11, 2017

Katherine Thomas, 89, of Glen Morgan, went home to be with the Lord, Tuesday, April 11, 2017. Born April 5, 1928 in Fireco, WV to the late Earl and Merethy Smith. She worked as a homemaker. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Charles W. Thomas; son, Raymond E. Thomas; son-in-law, Lloyd T. Melton. Those left to cherish her memory include her children, Wesley...
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Billy Ray Short

December 29, 1929 - April 10, 2017

Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it. Ecclesiastes 12:7 Billy R. Short, Sr., 87, Beckley, passed from this life on Monday, April 10, 2017. Born December 29, 1929 to the late Frank and Mary Warden Shortt, he was the oldest of seven children. Billy was preceded in death by his loving wife Clarice in 2013, and children, Drema Bowman and...
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Daisie Marie Redden

April 14, 1952 - April 4, 2017

Daisie Marie Redden, 64 of Piney View, passed away on April 4, 2017 with her family by her side.Born April 14, 1952 in Beckley, West Virginia to Arlie Sr. and Magaline Goins. She was a long time member of Terry Christian Church and also attended services at Stanford New Beginnings. She was a wonderful wife, mother, sister and friend with a loving personality who enjoyed cooking, reading, and...
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Patricia Ann Swift

October 3, 1940 - April 3, 2017

Patricia Ann Vaught Swift, 76, of Hickory, NC, passed away Monday, April 3, 2017. Born October 3, 1940 in Midway, WV, she was the daughter of the late Lester and Mary Pittman Vaught. Patricia enjoyed spending time with her three grandchildren. She retired from Raleigh County Federal Credit Union where she worked as a teller/loan officer. She also work for many years at the family business Pee...
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Conard Crockett Richardson

May 11, 1919 - April 1, 2017

Conard Crockett Richardson, 97, of Parkersburg, WV, passed away Saturday, April 1, 2017. Born May 11, 1919 in Bryson, West Virginia. He was the son of the late Druary Richardson and Nancy Brooks Richardson. Conard served in the U.S. Army during WWII where he was stationed in Morocco, North Africa, Sicily and Italy. Mr. Richardson retired from Long-Airdox Company at Oak Hill, WV after 35 years...
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Charles Lowman

November 13, 1947 - March 29, 2017

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

February 5, 1953 - March 27, 2017

Jack Raymond Walker, 64, of MacArthur, passed away Monday, March 27, 2017. Born February 5, 1953 in Beckley, WV, he was the son of the late Raymond Walker and Frankie Founds Walker. Jack retired from the Union Labor Local 453 with 43 years of service. He will especially be remembered for his kind heart and smiling face. In addition to his parents, those preceding him in death is his son,...
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