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

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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Michael David Salyers

November 21, 2016 - November 25, 2016

Michael David Salyers, four days old, entered into the presence of our Lord on November 25, 2016 at the Carilion Clinic Children's Hospital in Roanoke, VA. He was born on November 21, 2016 at 32 weeks at Princeton Community Hospital and weighed 3lb and 9.4oz and 16 inches long. He is forever loved by his parents, Joseph and Rebecca Salyers of Iaeger, WV. In just a few short days on this earth...
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Daniel Alan Hudgins

November 27, 1958 - November 24, 2016

Bishop Daniel Alan Hudgins, Sr., 57, of Beckley, made his Heavenly journey on Thursday, November 24, 2016. He was the son of Priscilla Anderson and the late Rev. Elbert “E.M.” Hudgins. He was born November 27, 1958 in Bluefield, West Virginia. Daniel worked 27 years as a coal miner for US Steel Mining. He cherished his wife, children and grandchildren. Daniel was a Church of God...
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Tony Romeo

November 13, 1924 - November 23, 2016

Tony Romeo, 92, of Sophia, passed away Wednesday, November 23, 2016 following a long illness. He was the son of the late Sam Romeo and Lucy Passaniti Romeo. He was born November 13, 1924 in Freeburn, KY. Mr. Romeo served in the US Army during WWII. He was a member of St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church. Mr. Romeo was a member of the UMWA, Knights of Columbus, Sierra Club and was a retired...
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Drema Mae Shrewsbury

December 31, 1957 - November 23, 2016

Drema Mae Shrewsbury, 58, of Barkers Ridge, lost a four year battle to sickness on Wednesday, November 23, 2016. She won the war of life and has now moved into her new Heavenly home. She is the daughter of the late Jesse James Bishop and Greta Delores Bishop both of Barkers Ridge. She was born December 31, 1957 in Mullens, WV. Drema was a member of the Mullens Family Worship Center for 31...
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Mary E. Vaught

February 11, 1947 - November 21, 2016

Mary Hatcher Vaught, 69, of Beckley, passed away Monday, November 21, 2016 following a short illness. She was the daughter of the late William Hatcher and Mahalda Johnson. She was born February 11, 1947 in Flat Top, West Virginia. She was of the Baptist Faith and enjoyed cooking, gardening, reading and being with her family. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her brothers,...
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Allene Mae McMillan

June 14, 1936 - November 21, 2016

Allene Mae McMillan, 80, of Piney View, passed away Monday, November 22, 2016 following a long illness. She was the daughter of the late Archie Lawrence and Ruth Clark Lawrence. She was born June 14, 1936 in Charleston, West Virginia. She was of the Pentecostal Faith. Allene enjoyed working in her vegetable and flower gardens, knitting and cooking. In addition to her parents, she is preceded...
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Mary Frances Burleson

April 23, 1954 - November 20, 2016

Mary Frances Burleson, 62, of Crab Orchard, passed away Sunday, November 20, 2016. She was the daughter of the late Fred Lewis Burleson and Blanche Stover Burleson.She was born April 23, 1954 in Saxon, West Virginia. Mary was a previous member of Shiloh Baptist Church. She enjoyed shopping, gardening and spending time with her family and friends.In addition to her parents, she is preceded in...
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Russell William Pennington

May 28, 1948 - November 14, 2016

On November 14, 2016, we lost the greatest man we ever knew, Russell William Pennington. He is the son of the late Bill Pennington and Helen Miller Pennington. Russell was 68 years old and a retired coal miner. He was a loving and dedicated husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his father and mother-in-law, Charlie and...
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Delbert Lawrence Roberts

July 3, 1945 - November 14, 2016

Delbert (Dutch) Roberts, 71, of Beckley, passed away Monday, November 14, 2016. He was the son of the late Walter Roberts and Thelma Like Him Roberts. Born July 3, 1945 in Mitchell, South Dakota. Delbert served as a Police Officer in Fort Thompson, SD. He enjoyed football, laughing, visiting the senior citizen center and his dog, Yogi. Delbert had a sweet tooth for candy and Coca-Cola. In...
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John David Cobb

April 1, 1965 - November 13, 2016

The Twenty-Third PsalmThe Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures; He leadeth me beside the still waters; He restoreth my soul. He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for His namesake. Yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil for Thou art with me: Thy rod and Thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table...
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Cynthia Kay Bishop

April 1, 1950 - November 13, 2016

Cynthia Kay Bishop, 66, of Beckley, passed away Sunday, November 13, 2016. She was the daughter of the late Herbert Perdue and Lenora Kagey Perdue.Born April 1, 1950 in Rhodell, West Virginia. Cynthia attended Madeline Freewill Baptist Church and was a bookkeeper/treasurer. She loved her church dearly. She was known to be very giving, enjoyed spending time with her family especially her nieces...
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Donny Ray McKinney

April 9, 1971 - November 12, 2016

Donny Ray McKinney, Jr., of MacArthur, passed away suddenly on November 12, 2016 at his home in Glen White, West Virginia. Donny is dearly loved and will be missed by many. He was born April 9th in Atlanta Georgia to Donny R. McKinney, Sr., and Lydia June Canaday McKinney. Donny was a graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School class of 1989. He was a Golden Gloves Novice Champ in 1990 and 1991. ...
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Andrea Stone

January 26, 1979 - November 9, 2016

Andrea Lynn Aliff Stone, 37, of Beckley, passed away on November 9, 2016. Born on January 26, 1979, Andrea was the loving daughter of Rosa Meadows, stepfather Glen Meadows and father Alvin O’Neal. Andrea was preceded in death by husband, Jeremy Stone; maternal grandparents, John “Buster” and Evelyn Lucas; paternal grandparents, Gaston and Clara O’Neal; uncles, Leon Lucas...
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Mary Euline Edmonds

November 13, 1926 - November 7, 2016

Mary Euline Edmonds, 89, of Fayetteville, slipped peacefully into eternal rest on Monday, November 7, 2016 just six days shy of her 90th birthday. Mary was the fourth of twelve children born to the late Lowe Woolwine and the late Chessie Woolwine Ellison (James) of Mt. Hope. Mary was an active woman; she worked in a variety of trades, including her time as an infamous house painter in Culpeper,...
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Dahlia Frame

October 5, 1934 - November 7, 2016

Dahlia Mae Frame, age 82, died peacefully on November 7, 2016 in Beckley, West Virginia. Dahlia was born October 5, 1934, in Sullivan, West Virginia, the daughter of Samuel and Nanie Hayden. Dahlia graduated from Sophia High School in 1952 where she was a member of the National Honor Society and Glee club. In that same year, she married David B. Frame, a PFC in the United States Army. In...
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Bernard G. Davis

May 7, 1922 - November 7, 2016

Bernard Gilbert Davis, 94, of MacArthur, passed away Monday, November 7, 2016. He was the son of the late Carl and Ella Hughes Davis. Born May 7, 1922 in Ohio. He was a member of Crab Orchard Church of the Brethren. Bernard enjoyed being outdoors, gardening and walking. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his brother, Frank Davis; sisters, Dorothy Williams and Nancy Bradley....
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John Robert Williams

March 16, 1960 - November 5, 2016

Blue Ridge Funeral Home Beckley WVJohn Robert WilliamsJohn Robert Williams 56 of Beckley, passed away November 5, 2016.Born March 16, 1960 in Beckley, he was the son of the late Joseph E. Williams of Beckley, and the late Frances Toney Watley of Little River, S.C.Those left to cherish his memory include his brother Joseph E. Williams III and wife Pam of MacArthur, Two nieces Jennifer Clendenin...
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James Robert Russnak

May 6, 1937 - November 5, 2016

James Robert “Bob” Russnak, 79, of Daniels, WV, formerly of Gary, WV, died November 5, 2016. He was born May 6, 1937 to the late Steve Russnak and Ethel Jane Addair Russnak in Bartley, WV. Bob worked in the coal mines for 35 years, rising to the position of General Maintenance Foreman. He loved fishing, hunting and riding through the McDowell County mountains looking for wildlife...
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James Michael Brooks

June 25, 1944 - November 5, 2016

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

September 16, 1944 - October 31, 2016

Judith Ann Burns, 72, of Beckley, W.Va. died October 31. “Judy” Burns, daughter of Howard and Edith Bower of Morgantown, W.Va., and wife of Roger Burns, passed away surrounded by her family at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, NC. She and her husband Roger celebrated 50 years of marriage in 2015. She is survived by her husband, Roger; children, Todd Burns and Courtney Cooper;...
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Charlotte K. Worley

March 25, 1940 - October 31, 2016

Charlotte Kathleen Worley, 76, of Piney View, passed away Monday, October 31, 2016. She was the daughter of the late Howard Ewing and Gladys Adkins Ewing. She was born March 25, 1940 in Beckley, WV. She was a member of Piney View Bible Church. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her sister, Ethel Ewing. Those left to cherish her memory include her loving husband Ralph...
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Frelon Dean Layne

March 31, 1961 - October 29, 2016

Dean Layne, 55 of Beckley, passed away on October 29, 2016. He was the son of the late Davie Dean Layne and Beulah Jan Reynolds Layne. Dean began his career as a professional landscaper and welder. He spent the last twenty-five years as a real estate appraiser at the Raleigh County Assessor’s Office. There, he served as the chief real estate appraiser and frequently assisted counties...
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Anna Jo Taylor

March 17, 1939 - October 29, 2016

Anna Jo Gillespie Taylor, 77, of Crab Orchard, went to be with the Lord on October 29, 2016 at the Bowers Hospice House in Beckley following a long illness. Anna was born in Woodpeck, WV to the late Ed and Grace Gillespie on March 17, 1939. She was a mother, housewife and a very good cook. She liked dogs and loved crafting. In 1974 she was named outstanding young woman of the year. In addition...
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Norma Stover

March 19, 1934 - October 28, 2016

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

September 10, 1955 - October 28, 2016

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

April 8, 1941 - October 28, 2016

Dreama Rebecca Burdiss,75, of Beckley wentto be home and to restwith the Lord October28, 2016,a f t e r he rextendedillness. Shepassedpeacefullyi n h e rhome.Born April8, 1941, she was thedaughter of Woodrowand Katherine Mullinsof Eccles. Dreama lovedthe Lord and attendedMaxwell Hill BaptistChurch. She gave herlife loving and servingothers but none no morethan she did her childrenfor whom she...
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Ocie Mullins

March 11, 1936 - October 27, 2016

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

April 12, 1924 - October 27, 2016

Donna Lee Cook, 92, previously of Shady Spring, WV and originally from Crow, WV, was finally released from her aged body to go with God on October 27, 2016 at Bowers Hospice after a long decline in her health due to age.Donna lived a long and full life, working at Harvey’s Fashion for many years and with her sense of style helped many ladies dress their best. Later years she cared for the...
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Ocie R. MULLINS

March 11, 1936 - October 27, 2016

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

January 1, 1943 - October 27, 2016

Lois Elaine Lozier, 73, residing in Beckley WV at the time of her passing on October 27, 2016, in the late afternoon comfortable at home with her family by her side. Lois was born January 1, 1943 to Richard and Helen Bryant. Hard working, loving parents who inspired in her strength, faith and the importance of a loving family. After the passing of the love of her life her husband Buddy Lozier the...
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Jimmy Ray BENNETT

August 13, 1949 - October 26, 2016

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

March 8, 1932 - October 26, 2016

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

April 7, 1929 - October 25, 2016

Aubrey Haley, 87, of Beckley, passed away Tuesday, October 25, 2016. He was the son of the late Frank Haley and Mildred Gordon Haley. Born April 7, 1929 in Winding Gulf, West Virginia. Aubrey was an Army Veteran stationed in Korea. He attended Christ Like Worship Center. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his siblings, Verona, Gracie, Doris, Frank and Rozlin; nephew, Carl...
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Wanda Ethel Thomas

May 4, 1930 - October 24, 2016

Wanda Ethel Thomas, 86, of Coal City, passed away Monday, October 24, 2016. She was the daughter of the late William Pritchard and Juanita Cales Pritchard. Born May 4, 1930 in Glen White, West Virginia. Wanda was a long, lifetime member of Coal City Community Church where she was a part of the Ladies Circle. She was head majorette at Shady Spring High School. She was a great cook (her...
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Georgia K. Highlander

August 21, 1946 - October 22, 2016

Georgia K. Highlander, 70 of Fayetteville, passed away October 22, 2016. She was the daughter of the late Ronald Perdue and Ida Belle Perdue. Born August 21, 1946 in Charleston, WV. Georgia was the mother of two and dedicated her life to her children. Georgia was preceded in death by her husband, Dennis Allen Highlander and sister, Delores Lilly. Those left to cherish her memory include her...
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Arlene Edith Moore

March 12, 1927 - October 20, 2016

Arlene Edith Moore, 89, of King, North Carolina, formally of Beckley, WV, passed away Thursday, October 20, 2016 at the Kate Reynolds Hospice House. Born March 12, 1927 in Riley, West Virginia. She was the daughter of the late James and Roxie Grear. Arlene moved to NC 12 years ago to be closer to her daughters. She was a member of Regular Baptist Church for more than 50 years. Arlene was a...
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Richard Haven Thompson

October 28, 1937 - October 15, 2016

Richard (Jack Rabbit) Thompson, Sr. of Piney View passed away on Saturday, October 15, 2016. Born October 28, 1937, he was the son of the late Minyard and Nora Sheets Thompson. Richard lived in Piney View for 50 years and was originally from Fayette County. He enjoyed being outside and staying busy. He was an avid hunter. Richard was a long term member of the UMWA and CCR&G Hunting Club...
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Melissa Ann Martin

July 6, 1967 - October 15, 2016

Melissa Ann Martin, 49 of MacArthur, was greeted at Heaven’s gate by God and our Blessed Mother on the morning of October 15, 2016 after a courageous battle with cancer. Missy was born July 6, 1967 in Beckley. She is the daughter of Frank and the late Phillis Stump Prunest. Missy’s whole world was her family. Her devoted husband David, who never left her side for one moment. She...
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Mary Frances Allen

February 17, 1945 - October 14, 2016

Mary Frances Stoots Allen, 71 of Eccles, passed away October 14, 2016. She was the daughter of the late John “Buck” Stoots and Irene Mae Westmoreland. Born January 17, 1945 in Beckley, WV. Mary was the mother of four and dedicated her life to her children. Those left to cherish her memory include her sons, Gary Bradley, Steve Bradley; daughters, Lisa Bradley, Susan Ouellette;...
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Linda Mae Williams

June 15, 1950 - October 13, 2016

Linda Mae Williams, 66 of Oak Hill, WV, the daughter of the late James and Bertie Jack went to meet God on October 13 at Pittsburgh University’s Mercy Hospital. Besides her parents she was preceded in death by one Brother Franklin Jack and two Sisters Wanda Settle and Brenda Plumley.Those survivors left to cherish her memory include her loving husband of 40 years Lawson Williams, her son Jr...
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Marion Janice Stewart

December 29, 1928 - October 11, 2016

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

February 9, 1937 - October 11, 2016

Frank Robert Lavender, Jr, 79, of Beaver, passed away Tuesday, October 11, 2016. He was the son of the late Frank Lavender, Sr and Elsie McVey Lavender. Born February 9, 1937 in Charleston, WV. Frank spent six months in the Army and 5 ½ years in the Army National Guard. He was a loyal member of Raleigh County Democratic Party. He was formerly employed by Fleger Motors, Owen-illinois...
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Bobby Martin

May 7, 1939 - October 9, 2016

Bobby Glen Martin 2 Timothy 4:7 I have fought the good fight, I finished the race I have kept the faith On October 9, 2016 Bobby Glen Martin went to be with his Heavenly Father. He was the son of Cecil Camden Martin and Beulah Brown Martin.He was born May 7, 1939. Preceding him in death are his parents; nephews, David Martin, Wayne Phillips, Tommy Prince; brothers-in-law, Buddy Vass, Donald Ott,...
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Roger Dale Taylor

March 25, 1944 - October 7, 2016

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

February 17, 1925 - October 7, 2016

Dorothy Cavell Hunt, 91, of Beckley, passed away Friday, October 7, 2016. She was the daughter of the late Walter Thompson and Algie Huffman.Born February 17, 1925 in Summers County, West Virginia. Dorothy was a devoted wife and loving mother. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her son, Phillip Edward Hunt Jr.; sisters, Phyllis White and Libby Thompson; nephew, Donnie Epperly...
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Roger Dale Taylor

March 25, 1944 - October 7, 2016

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

June 8, 1939 - October 6, 2016

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

November 5, 1956 - October 5, 2016

Michael Lee Lykens, 59, of Eunice, died Wednesday, October 5, 2016 at his home following an extended illness. Born November 5, 1956, Michael was the son of the late Frederick Earl Lykens and Kate Pauline Massey Lykens. He was a 1975 graduate of Marsh Fork High School, a graduate of Beckley College, a 1979 graduate of Concord College with a BA in Social Studies Education, and a graduate of WV...
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Shirley Ann Graham

July 4, 1947 - October 4, 2016

Shirley Ann Graham, 69, of Soak Creek, passed away Tuesday, October 4, 2016. She was the daughter of the late Harry Vest and Margaret Garten Vest. Born July 4, 1947 in Raleigh County, West Virginia. Shirley was a devoted wife and mother. She was a graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School. Shirley worked for over 30 years as a medical transcriptionist at Beckley Appalachian Regional Hospital. ...
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Marie Ann Johnson

August 23, 1946 - October 3, 2016

Marie Ann Johnson, 70, of Surveyor, West Virginia, went home to be with her Lord and Savior, Monday, October 3, 2016. She was the daughter of the late Sam Vestal and Connie Turner Vestal. Born August 23, 1946 in Princeton, West Virginia. She was of the Holiness Faith. Marie was the most loving, compassionate and feisty lady you would meet. She was a fighter/trooper, loved living and enjoyed...
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Beulah Mae Lasley

July 7, 1919 - September 27, 2016

Beulah Mae Lasley, 97, of Artie, passed away Tuesday, September 27, 2016 at her home. She was the daughter of the late Robert Treadway and Lilly Norris Treadway. Born July 7, 1919 in Wake Forrest, WV. Beulah was a longtime member and treasurer of White Oak Advent Christian Church. She enjoyed quilting, canning and loved making chocolate chip cookies for the children. In 2007 she received a...
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Clyde Monroe Cornett

April 15, 1949 - September 27, 2016

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

November 18, 1943 - September 26, 2016

Bonnie Sue Hornsby, 72, of Bradley, passed away at Bowers Hospice House on Monday, September 26, 2016. Born November 18, 1943, she was the daughter of the late William Ernest Sowder and Goldie Settle Sowder. Bonnie worked at Beckley Manufacturing and Appalachian Hospital as an LPN, before serving the family business at Henry’s Radiator Shop for over 40 years. She enjoyed reading, going...
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John Evans Wallace

July 21, 1941 - September 26, 2016

John Evan Wallace, 75, of Summerlee, WV, passed away Monday, September 26, 2016. He was the son of the late Watson, Sr. and Marie Wallace He was born July 21, 1941 in Deepwater, West Virginia. Johnny loved the Lord and was baptised at a young age at Summerlee First Baptist. Johnny grew up in Summerlee, WV, attended various schools of the blind. Despite several physical disabilities Johnny was a...
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Michael Lee Lykins

March 10, 1944 - September 23, 2016

Michael Lee Lykins, 72, Daniels, went home to be with Lord at Bowers Hospice House, Friday, September 23, 2016, following a long illness. He was the son of the late Noble Lykins and Eva Richmond Lykins. Born March 10, 1944 in Blue Jay, West Virginia. Michael was a coal miner for 30 years at Beckley Coal and a lifetime member of the UMWA. He was an Army Veteran, having served from 1962-1968....
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Bobby Gene Graham

May 24, 1930 - September 21, 2016

Bradley- Bobby Gene Graham, age 86, of Bradley, passed away Wednesday, September 21, 2016, at the VA Medical Hospital in Beckley. Born May 24, 1930, in Basin, he was the son of the late Edward William Graham and the late Erma Ellen Mullins Graham. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy Irene Holliday Graham of 46 yrs, and, and a baby brother, James. Those...
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Joey Scott Voiers

November 27, 1968 - September 15, 2016

Joey Scott Voiers, 47, of Beckley, passed away September 15, 2016. He was the son of Ray and Verna Toney Voiers. Born November 27, 1968 in Beckley, West Virginia. From the very beginning, Joey’s infectious smile and big brown eyes captured everyone he met. That was a trade-mark of his life-long winning personality. He became a foreman in the mines, but his love for construction led...
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Peggy Lee Daniels

March 29, 1948 - September 15, 2016

Her children, arise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her. Proverbs 31:28 Peggy Lee Cochran Daniels, 68, of North Myrtle Beach, formerly of Beckley, WV and Colorado Spring, CO, passed away Thursday, September 15, 2016. Peggy was born March 29, 1948 in Welch, WV to the late Lloyd Cochran and Margaret Toth Cochran. She graduated as valedictorian of the 1966 class of...
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Launia Blackburn

July 14, 1930 - September 14, 2016

Blue Ridge Funeral HomeBeckley, WV Launia J. Blackburn Launia J. Blackburn of Beckley passed away on Wednesday, September 14, 2016. Born at Long Branch, she was the daughter of the late Harry and Carrie Sweeney. Launia was preceded in death by her husband, Fred L. Blackburn, Sr. and son, Fred L. Blackburn, Jr. Those left to cherish her memories include one grandson, Jeffrey L. Blackburn and...
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Richard Lee Hornsby

August 26, 1959 - September 13, 2016

Richard Lee Hornsby, 57, of Hilltop, passed away Tuesday, September 13, 2016 at Bowers Hospice House. He was the son of the late Carl Hornsby, Jr., and Margaret Edwards Hornsby. Born August 26, 1959 in Beckley, West Virginia. Richard was an avid Carolina Panthers and WVU fan. He enjoyed car racing, canoeing, water skiing, snow skiing and he loved being outdoors. In addition to his parents,...
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Gency Loreina Simpson

January 21, 1933 - September 9, 2016

SOPHIA – Genc yLoreina Halsey Simp-son, age 83, of Sophia,West Virginia, went tobe with theLord whilesurround-ed by herfami ly onSeptember9, 2016, at12:27 p.m.Born Jan-u a r y 2 1 , 1 9 3 3 , i nWyoming County, WestVirginia, she is prede-ceased by her parentsJohn and Rosie Halseyof Sophia, West Vir-ginia.Gency was best knownas the "lady at Harvey'sFashions and Bridals,"but had...
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Myrtle Acord

December 22, 1926 - September 8, 2016

Myrtle “Lucy” Arlee Richards Acord, 89, of Beckley, passed away Thursday, September 8, 2016 following a short illness. She was the daughter of the late William P. Richards and Mary Ashby Richards. Born December 22, 1926 in Sophia, WV. Lucy attended First Church of God in Lester. She was a homemaker who enjoyed cooking, quilting, canning, shopping and being with her family. In...
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Randall Patrick Clark

March 10, 1952 - September 7, 2016

Randall (Pat) Patrick Clark, 64, of Mt. Hope, passed away Wednesday, September 7, 2016 after a battle with esophageal cancer. He was the son of the late John Clark and Norine Dotson Clark. Born March 10, 1952 in Montgomery, West Virginia. He worked as a service engineer specializing in CT & MRI equipment for 31 years at Philips Medical. Pat attended Maple Valley Baptist Church. He...
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Joyce Jean Crawford

December 11, 1934 - September 5, 2016

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Edith Bell

July 28, 1925 - September 4, 2016

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JoAnn Ann Stover

January 3, 1932 - September 3, 2016

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Kevin Douglas Wills

February 15, 1972 - September 2, 2016

Kevin Douglas Wills, 44, of Burgaw, NC, passed away September 1, 2016. He is the son of Fred Wills, Jr. and Vicky Acord Wills. Born February 15, 1972 in Beckley, WV. Kevin worked as a correctional officer. He loved WVU sports and Nascar. He was the founder of the Troy Mitchem Foundation at Liberty High School. Kevin is preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Fred Wills Sr; maternal...
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Kevin Douglas Wills

February 15, 1972 - September 2, 2016

Kevin Douglas Wills, 44, of Burgaw, NC, passed away September 1, 2016. He is the son of Fred Wills, Jr. and Vicky Acord Wills. Born February 15, 1972 in Beckley, WV. Kevin worked as a correctional officer. He loved WVU sports and Nascar. He was the founder of the Troy Mitchem Foundation at Liberty High School. Kevin is preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Fred Wills Sr; maternal...
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Lenora Jean O'Neal

October 6, 1943 - September 1, 2016

Lenora Jean O’Neal, 72, of Mullens, passed away September 1, 2016. She was the daughter of the late Elmer and Gladys Dixon.She was a member of the First Church of God in South Mullens. Those left to cherish her memory include her husband, Sam O’Neal; daughter, Kella Blaylock; step-daughter, Deidre Jones; brothers, Gary & John Dixon; sisters, Sheila Weatherby & Judy McGraw...
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Blake Noble Chandler

August 18, 2003 - August 31, 2016

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Linda Patty Spradlin

November 23, 1944 - August 30, 2016

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David R. Humphrey

September 12, 1926 - August 29, 2016

David R. Humphrey David R. Humphrey, 89, of Verona, VA, passed away Monday, August 29, 2016. He was the son of the late William Ray Humphrey and Elizabeth Christian. Born September 12, 1926 in Pax, WV. He was a 1944 graduate of Pax High School and a 1952 graduate of Beckley College. He proudly served in the Army Air Corp in World War II. In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by...
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Opie Paul Hayner

October 13, 1922 - August 26, 2016

Opie Paul Hayner, of Beckley West Virginia, passed away at his residence on August 26, 2016. He was the last surviving child of Robert Hayner and Lona Hayner, of Hayner Branch in Chapmanville West Virginia. Born on October 13th 1922, he lived a full, long, and rich life. “Paul” to his friends and “Pap” to his family, he was beloved beyond measure. Defining what it meant to...
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Catherine J. WOLFORD

December 10, 1925 - August 25, 2016

Catherine Wolford, 90, of Beckley, passed away on Thursday, August 25, 2016, at Bowers Hospice House, surrounded by her loving family. She was born on December 10, 1925, to the late William Hoyt Johnson and Mintora Martin Johnson. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husbands, Rev. Shelby Wolford and Jim Gilkerson; siblings, Myrtle Johnson, Margaret Johnson, William Hoyt...
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Roxie Eunice Dean

November 21, 1925 - August 20, 2016

Roxie Eunice Dean, 90, was carried home by God’s angels to rest with Him in love, grace, and peace on August 20, 2016. Born on November 21, 1925 in Bluefield, WV, she was the daughter of the late Robert Johnson and Elizabeth Slusher Johnson. Roxie was employed for many years by G.C. Murphy Company as well as Catos. She attended Mullens High School, and was a proud member of Open Door...
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Ted Curtis Maxey

June 12, 1939 - August 20, 2016

Ted C. Maxey passed away peacefully in his sleep in Beaver, on Saturday, August 20, 2016. Born June 12, 1939 in Lillybrook, WV to the late Dale and Francis Woods Maxey.He was a retired Federal Mine Inspector and member of Free Mason, the American Legion, Shriners Lion Club and a 20+ year member of the Beckley Moose Club. Ted enjoyed camping and the outdoors when he wasn’t working.In...
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Mark Lane Darnell

August 16, 1972 - August 16, 2016

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Garnet M. VANDALL

August 2, 1922 - August 12, 2016

Garnet Maxine Vandall, age 94, of Beckley, WV, passed away peacefully Friday August 12, 2016 at the Bowers Hospice House in Beckley with her family by her side.Born August 2, 1922 in Prudence, WV, she was the daughter of Carl Hampton Taylor and Elizabeth Mayfern Stark Taylor. She was the last surviving member of her immediate family.In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her...
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Larry Keith Williams

March 15, 1946 - August 11, 2016

Rev. Larry Keith Williams (WVSP Ret.)Lt. Larry Keith Williams 70, of Beckley went home to be with the Lord on Thursday August 11, 2016.Born March 15, 1946 in Dundan, WV in Clay County he was the son of the late Lessell and Mary Virginia Thomason Williams.Larry was born and raised in Clay County; he was a veteran of the United States Marine Corp. Serving proudly during the Vietnam War. Following...
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Gloria June Painter

June 2, 1952 - August 10, 2016

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Margaret Ann Veid

April 15, 1921 - August 10, 2016

Margaret Ann Peters Veid, of Glen Morgan, was pronounced alive on arrival on August 10th, entering Gloryland with her Lord at last! Margaret turned 95 on April 15, 2016. She was the daughter of the late Sam and Ethel Peters. Margaret was known for her wonderful sense of humor and being able to find the good in everything. She was a loving mother, faithful wife, and dedicated member of...
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Brian Gene Wood

March 6, 1971 - August 6, 2016

Brian Gene Wood, 45, of Beckley, passed away Saturday, August 6, 2016. He was the son of Michael and Pamela Wood.Born March 6, 1971 in Mullens, WV. Brian enjoyed hunting, fishing, socializing and spending time with his daughter. He prided himself in his tree cutting and plumbing abilities.Preceding Brian in death is his uncle, Gary Young.Those left to cherish his memory include his parents,...
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Rodney Lee Acord

July 25, 1955 - August 5, 2016

Rodney Lee Acord, 61, of Charleston/Glen White, passed away on August 5, 2016.Born, July 25, 1955, he was the son of Myrtle Richards and the late Leonard Acord.In addition to his father, he is also preceded in death by his beloved wife, Sylvia Cochran, and his brother, Arnold Acord.Rodney loved to travel. He enjoyed hitchhiking around the country, but finally settled in Charleston with his...
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Ivan Luther Basham

June 24, 1933 - August 5, 2016

Ivan L. Basham of Sophia died Friday August 5, 2016 surrounded by his family at Bowers Hospice House following a severe stroke. Ivan was born in Woodbay, West Virginia on June 24, 1933 to the late Ivan McKinley and Anna Jeanette (Young) Basham. Ivan spent his life in Sophia and graduated from Sophia High School in 1951. He briefly worked construction and spent most of his life working in the...
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Kenneth Conley O'Neal

January 23, 1957 - August 1, 2016

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Jon Richard Bradford

September 12, 1980 - August 1, 2016

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Mary Gayle Helmondollar

February 2, 1934 - July 31, 2016

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Gloria Gay Payne

January 22, 1929 - July 30, 2016

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Gloria Gay Payne

January 22, 1929 - July 30, 2016

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Pamela Ann Taylor

January 27, 1960 - July 28, 2016

Pamela Ann Taylor, 56, of Beckley, passed away Thursday, July 28, 2016. Born January 27, 1960 in Beckley, WV. She is the daughter of Myrna Taylor and the late Paul Taylor. She was a very loving mother to her son, Chad. Proceeding Pamela in death is her father, Paul Taylor. Those left to cherish her memory includes her mother, Myrna Stover Taylor; son, Chad Taylor; sister, Paulette Hazle ...
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David Porter

June 14, 1972 - July 27, 2016

David William Porter, 44, of Page, formerly of Sophia, WV, passed away Wednesday, July 27, 2016. He was the son of Samuel Porter and the late Patty Bagrich Porter. Born June 14, 1972 in Beckley, West Virginia. He enjoyed Nascar and traveling. He was a graduate of Independence High School and attended Beckley College. David was known for being strong willed and very independent. Proceeding...
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