Williams-Blue Ridge Funeral Home

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.


Our Obituaries

Henry Lee Watkins

August 10, 1985 - July 20, 2016

Henry Lee “Boomer” Watkins, 30, of Coal City, passed away Wednesday, July 20, 2016. He was the son of the late Henry Lee Watkins and Ruby Bailey Watkins. Born August 10, 1985 in Beckley, WV. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, riding motorcycles & ATVs and being with his family and friends. Those left to cherish his memory includes his biological parents, Phyllis Howard and step...
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John Nickolas Libert

July 26, 1944 - June 26, 2016

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Jimmy William Baker

May 28, 1936 - May 28, 2016

Jimmy William Baker, 80, of Middleburg, OH, passed away, Saturday, May 28, 2016. He was the son of the late Clarence and Laura Baker. He was born May 28, 1936 in Gauley Bridge, West Virginia. He enlisted in the Army in 1957 and was honorably discharged in 1960. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife Shelby Lambert Baker; sister, Sharon Fletcher; brothers, Mack...
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Leslie Thomas Lilly

August 18, 1953 - March 7, 2016

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

April 21, 1921 - January 6, 2016

Ruth Lee Chamberlain Lambert, 94 of Beaver, passed away, January 6, 2016 following a short illness.Born April 21, 1921 in Blue Jay, West Virginia, she was the daughter of the late James “Jake” and Rada Shamblin Chamberlin. Ruth was a member of Glenview Independent Baptist Church. She enjoyed gardening, quilting, cooking and being with her family.In addition to her parents, she is...
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Jackie Delane Norman

August 24, 1953 - December 29, 2015

Jackie Delane Norman, 62, of Cool Ridge, passed away December 29, 2015. He was the son of the late Colen Norman and Jessie Meadows Norman. He was born August 24, 1953 in Wyoming County, West Virginia. He worked as a roof bolter in the coal mines. Jackie enjoyed hunting, fishing and 4-wheeling. He is preceded in death by his parents, Colen Norman and Jessie Meadows Norman; brother, Robert...
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Ruby Dolinger

April 24, 1935 - November 26, 2015

Williams Blue Ridge Funeral HomeSophia, WV Ruby Jewell Dolinger Ruby Jewell Dolinger, 80 of Midway passed away on Thursday, November 26, 2015. Born March 24, 1935, in Fireco, WV, she was the daughter of the late, Frank and Mertie Evans Dolinger. Ruby enjoyed fishing and walking her dog, Mimi. She also took care of the Midway Community Flower Fund and served the Midway Community in every way...
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Chet Robertson Howerton

April 18, 1970 - November 6, 2015

Chet Robertson Howerton, 45 of Charleston, passed away November 6, 2015. He was the son of Carlos Howerton and Nancy Greer Howerton. He was born April 17, 1970 in Beckley, West Virginia. Chet was a graduate of West Virginia University where he received his master’s degree in chemistry. He proudly served in the United States Army. Those left to cherish his memory are parents, Carlos...
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Franklin Keith Ferguson

May 29, 1964 - November 3, 2015

Franklin “Keith” Ferguson, 49 of Josephine, passed away November 3, 2015. He was the son of the late William “Harvey” Ferguson and Gladys Reedy Ferguson. He was born May 29, 1966 in Mullens, West Virginia. Keith enjoyed fishing, riding motorcycles and 4-wheelers, working on engines and being with his friends and family. He was of the Baptist faith. In addition to...
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Rose Ella George

November 15, 1941 - October 24, 2015

Williams Blue Ridge Funeral HomeSophia, West VirginiaRose E. George Rose E. George (Cricket, Murry, Mossy, Mother-dear, mamaw), 73, of Princewick, WV born November 15, 1941; she went to heaven Saturday, October 24, 2015. Rose enjoyed collecting antiques of all kinds. She loved dolls, toys, and animals. She is preceded in death by her mother, Sarah Christeen King, 4 brothers, Wilie King;...
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Wilbur Mason Reed

April 2, 1930 - October 11, 2015

Wilbur M. Reed, 85, of Sophia, passed peacefully at Bowers Hospice House Sunday night with his wife and three children by his bedside. He was born April 2nd 1930.Wilbur served his country doing a tour of duty in the Marine Corps and went to work as a coal miner over 35 years, making his home in Sophia. When Wilbur retired he enjoyed volunteering over 10 years at Raleigh General Hospital. Wilbur...
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Glen Blankenship

December 24, 1926 - September 28, 2015

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Arlie Dale Green

July 28, 1929 - August 13, 2015

Arlie Dale Green, 86, of Coal City, passed away peacefully on August 13, 2015 at Princeton Community Hospital.He was born July 28, 1929 to the late John Pierson and Ida Mae Lester Green.He graduated from Herndon High School and then volunteered for the Navy. Dale served his country faithfully during the Korean War and received an honorable discharge. He was married to the late Frances Angel...
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Jimmy Foley

May 25, 1946 - August 6, 2015

Jimmy Dale Foley Jimmy Dale Foley was called to his Heavenly home following a long illness due to heart disease. Jimmy was born May 25, 1946 at Herndon, WV to the late Sam Foley and Melba Mills Dempsey. He worked 29 years for Black Diamond Power Company at Sophia, WV and was a U.S. Marine Veteran. He was a member of the Midway First Church of God and taught adult Sunday school class; was a...
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Carol Ann Levin

April 17, 1935 - August 5, 2015

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William F. Mills

December 23, 1949 - July 23, 2015

A loving man like no otherA loving husband, parent, grandparent, and brotherA man with strong beliefs and tough loveA Veteran to serve our country, watches from aboveA man that finally reaches homeNo more pain or suffering and not a moment aloneReaches Heaven with many left with his loveAnd we may pray we see him in that wonderful place above. William Francis “French” Mills, 65, of...
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Mary Hayes

December 7, 1967 - July 2, 2015

Mary Ann Hayes, 47, passed away on Thursday, July 2, 2015. Mary was born in Mullens, WV to the late Monterville and Alice Marie Snyder Lusk. She was a kind woman who loved completing puzzle books, and playing horse shoes and poker. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sisters, Debra Adkins and Norma Lewis, brother-in-law, Doug Reed, an infant brother, and her dear...
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Lonnie Lawrence Lilly

October 29, 1921 - June 3, 2015

Williams Blue Ridge Funeral HomeSophia, WVRev. Lonnie L. Lilly Rev. Lonnie L. Lilly, our Dad and Grandpa went to be with the Lord on June 3th, 2015 at Bowers Hospice House with his loved one’s there at his side. Born on October 29, 1921, he is the son of the late Douglas Lilly and Maude Lunford Lilly of Coal City. Mr. Lilly served his country in the United States Air Force in World War II...
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Ruth E. Acord

September 10, 1930 - April 3, 2015

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

December 9, 1962 - March 17, 2015

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

March 10, 1932 - January 31, 2015

LORENIA CAMPBELL Lorenia Campbell, 82, of Midway, WV went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, January 31, 2015. Born March 10, 1932 at River, KY she was the daughter of the late Victor and Olga Vanhoose Preston. Lorenia loved working in her yard; she was a member of the Bethel Freewill Baptist Church where she loved working with the youth. ...
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Roberta Wickline

June 24, 1970 - December 19, 2014

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Kathalee Francis Massey

March 14, 1924 - December 6, 2014

Kathalee Francis Massey, 90 of Coal City, went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014.Born March 14, 1924, she was the daughter of the late Joe and Beulah Lilly Wills.Kathalee loved being with family, especially around Christmas. She was employed as a cook for Shoney's.In addition to her parents, Kathalee is preceded in death by her husband of over 50 years, Emery Vincent Massey;...
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Eva Marie Buckle

March 29, 1957 - November 2, 2014

Williams Blue Ridge Funeral HomeSophia, WV Eva “Cake” Crump Buckle Eva “Cake” Crump Buckle, 57 of High Point, NC went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, November 2, 2014. Born March 29, 1957, she was the daughter of the late Luther and Sue Hansford Crump. Eva loved shopping, traveling, cooking, spending time with friends. She loved coming home to moms cooking on...
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Jessie Faye Sargent

September 16, 1942 - October 26, 2014

SARGENT, Jessie Faye, age 72, of Rhodell, went home to be with the Lord on October 26, 2014 in Beckley. She was born on September 16, 1942, in Ury, the daughter of the late Willard and Mildred Lester. Faye was a graduate of Mark Twain High School. She worked as an EMT and was a member of the Sophia Volunteer Fire Department. Faye was of the Baptist faith and attended the Rhodell Church of God...
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Lloyd Schoolcraft

December 15, 1942 - October 6, 2014

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Martha Lucille Harold

March 12, 1926 - August 16, 2014

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Norma Jean Powers

December 11, 1932 - July 25, 2014

Norma “Jean” Powers, 81 of Sophia WV, passed away on July 25, 2014, after a short courageous battle with cancer at the Bowers Hospice House in Prosperity, WV.She was a member of Sophia Freewill Baptist Church and the Ladies Auxiliary where she previously taught the Junior High Girls Sunday School Class. Other highlights include being a Den Mother of Sophia Cub Scouts in the 50’s...
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Norma Jean Powers

December 11, 1932 - July 25, 2014

Norma “Jean” Powers, 81 of Sophia WV, passed away on July 25, 2014, after a short courageous battle with cancer at the Bowers Hospice House in Prosperity, WV.She was a member of Sophia Freewill Baptist Church and the Ladies Auxiliary where she previously taught the Junior High Girls Sunday School Class. Other highlights include being a Den Mother of Sophia Cub Scouts in the 50’s...
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Donald Ray McGann

April 8, 1951 - June 18, 2014

“It is a curious thing, the death of a loved one. We all know that our time in this world is limited. And yet it is always a surprise when it happens to someone we know. It is like walking up the stairs to your bedroom in the dark, and thinking there is one more stair than there is. Your foot falls down, through the air, and there is a sickly moment of dark surprise as you try to readjust...
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Buster Hampton

November 5, 1924 - June 16, 2014

Buster Hampton, 89 of Beckley passed away Monday, June 16, 2014. Born November 5, 1924, he was a son of the late Issac and Rowena Smith Hampton. Buster was an avid coon hunter, enjoyed farming and fishing. He retired from Slab Fork Coal Company and was a member of the UMWA Local union # 6108. Buster was the owner and operator of the Hampton’s Laundromat in Mac Arthur. Buster never met...
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Delma Ruth Worley

April 30, 1930 - May 19, 2014

DELMA RUTH WORLEY Delma Ruth Worley, 84, of Beckley, formerly of Coal City, passed away May 19, 2014 following a short illness. She was born in Blue Jay, WV and was a longtime member of the Maynor Freewill Baptist Church. She is the daughter of the late John Henry Jackson Hatcher and Rosie (Smith) Hatcher. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by...
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Velma Rosetta Frost

April 23, 1929 - April 24, 2014

Velma Rosetta Frost Velma Rosetta Frost, 85 of Midway passed away on Thursday, April 24, 2014 at Bowers Hospice House in Beckley following a short illness. Born April 23, 1929 at McAlpin, WV, she was the daughter of the late Fred and Gaye Radford Farley. Velma was preceded in death by her husband, David "Hoot" Frost; a sister, Joyce and daughter-in-law, Sharon Hensley Frost. Those...
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Carlile Moye

July 1, 1931 - April 8, 2014

Williams Blue Ridge Funeral Home Sophia, WV Carlile Moye Carlile Moye, 82 of Sophia went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 after a short illness. Born July 1, 1931, he was a son of the late Paris and Hallie Ellison Moye. Carlile enjoyed fishing and hunting. He was a 1949 graduate of Stoco High School and a 1955 graduate of Concord College. Carlile received his...
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Cecil "Bee" Boyd Sears , Jr

January 2, 1935 - March 19, 2014

Williams Blue Ridge Funeral Home Sophia, WV Cecil "Bee"Boyd Sears, Jr. Cecil "Bee" Boyd Sears, Jr., 79 of Midway departed this life to forever praise his Savior on Wednesday, March 19, 2014 following a long illness. Born January 2, 1935 in Sophia, he was the son of the late Cecil and Melvinie Polk Sears. Mr. Sears was a U.S. Army Veteran as well as a retired coal miner. Bee also had...
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Violet Leona Chamberlain

May 20, 1931 - March 7, 2014

Williams Blue Ridge Funeral Home Sophia, West Virginia Violet Leona Chamberlain Violet Leona Chamberlain, 82, of Huntington, WV, a precious mom and now guardian angel to four children, six grandchildren, and one great-grandson, passed away Friday, March 7, 2014. Born May 20, 1931, Violet was the daughter of the late James and Delta Poe. Violet was an avid Bingo player...
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Carol Ann Bower

July 14, 1938 - February 25, 2014

Williams Blue Ridge Funeral Home Sophia, WV Carol Ann Bower Carol Ann Bower, 75, of Coal City, passed away on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 after a courageous battle with lung cancer in the arms of her loving family. Born on July 14, 1938, in Lillybrook, she was the daughter of the late William Mays and Virgie Pearl Basham Mays. Carol was a retired teacher's aide of 29 years for the...
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Helen Vipperman Bryant Cline

June 11, 1922 - February 7, 2014

Helen Vipperman Bryant Cline Helen Vipperman Bryant Cline, 91, of Sophia, our loving mother and grandmother, passed away Friday, February 7, 2014 surrounded by her family at her daughter's home in Crab Orchard, WV. Born June 11, 1922 in Sophia, WV, she was the daughter of the late Meldon and Maude Conner Vipperman. Helen was a member of Sophia First Baptist Church where she was active in...
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Norma Janice Blankenship Fann

September 18, 1933 - December 22, 2013

Williams Blue Ridge Funeral Home Sophia, WV Norma Fann Norma Fann, 80, of Amigo went home to be with the Lord On Sunday, December 22, 2013. Born September 18, 1933, she was a daughter of the late Luther and Orpha Prince Blankenship, and step-daughter of Louise Cantalina Blankenship. Norma enjoyed taking care of friends and family, going on vacation in Tennessee and Christmas time...
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George William Doss, Jr.

April 28, 1959 - December 8, 2013

GEORGE WILLIAM DOSS, JR. George William Doss, Jr., 54, of Oakland, Maryland, passed away Sunday, December 8, 2013 at his home. Born April 28, 1959, he was preceded in death by his parents, Buddy and Shelby Doss; his brother, Wayne Doss; maternal and paternal grandparents, Barney and Geneva Geneseo and George and Annie May Doss. Those left to cherish his memory include his sisters, Terri...
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Eslie Thompson

March 4, 1926 - December 4, 2013

ELSIE THOMPSON Elsie Thompson, 87, of Coal City, passed away on Wednesday, December 4, 2013. Born at Killarney, WV on March 4, 1926 to the late John and Ida Buchanan. Elsie lived most of her life in Coal City. Elsie was employed by the late Dr. John Hedrick for 35 years. She was a member and served as Treasurer of the Coal City Church of God. Elsie was an avid solver of crossword...
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Robin Ann Milam

September 15, 1953 - November 29, 2013

ROBIN ANN MILAM Robin Ann Milam,60, of Rhodell, loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend went home to be with the Lord on Friday, November 29, 2013. Born on September 15, 1953 in Mullens, WV she is a daughter of the late James and Shelma Roark Wood. Robin loved watching the news, enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, and spoiling her grandson, Shawn. Robin was...
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Lawrence Asbury Parker

March 23, 1926 - November 13, 2013

Lawrence Asbury Parker Lawrence Asbury Parker 87 of Barger Springs, WV passed away on Wednesday, November 13, 2013. He now walks with Jesus and his beloved wife of 64 years, Latha Parker. Born March 23, 1926, Lawrence was the son of the late Joseph and Kate Kraft Asbury. He was later adopted by Albert Parker. Lawrence enjoyed spending time with his family. He was a graduate of Stoco...
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Robert "Bob" Fann, Sr.

April 20, 1931 - September 25, 2013

ROBERT "BOB" FANN, SR. Robert "Bob" Fann, Sr, 82 of Amigo, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, September 25, 2013. Born April 20, 1931 at Covel, WV he was a son of the late Stokley and Beulah Hylton Fann. Bob loved playing and listening to Blue Grass Music, he was a beekeeper, working on antique cars, gardening, and rebuilding old buildings with his brother. He was of the...
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Lois Jean Tipton Harmon

December 4, 1938 - September 24, 2013

LOIS JEAN TIPTON HARMON Lois Jean Tipton Harmon, 74, of Daniels, died September 24, 2013 at the Bower's Hospice House. Who treated us and cared for her with the greatest compassion. Following a long battle with breast cancer. Born December 4, 1938 at Hot Coal, WV; she was the daughter of the late Charles and Goldie Tipton. Mrs. Harmon was a caregiver to the elderly in her younger...
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Emma Grace Proffitt

June 10, 1914 - July 27, 2013

EMMA GRACE PROFFITT Emma Grace Proffitt, 99, of Midway, passed away on Saturday, July 27, 2013 at the Heartland Nursing and Rehabilitation Center of Beckley. Born June 10, 1914 in Green Cove, VA; she was a daughter of the late Luther and Emaline Dolinger Barr. She was a homemaker; a member of the Sophia First Baptist Church; and a resident of Midway for 63 years. In addition to her...
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Melvin O. Blackburn

March 18, 1942 - July 20, 2013

Melvin O. Blackburn Melvin O. Blackburn 71, of Beckley passed away Saturday July 20, 2013 at his residence following a short illness. Born March 18, 1942 in Tams WV he was the son of the late Burton and Mable Shelor Blackburn. He attended Mark twain High School, was a veteran of the United States Army, and the Army reserves, he was employed for 19 years at Slab Fork No. 10 mines, and retired...
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Lois Brewer Mitchell O'Neal

July 24, 1923 - July 18, 2013

Lois Brewer Mitchell O'Neal Lois Brewer Mitchell O'Neal, 89 of Lester, Maple Meadow, WV, went to be with her Lord on July 18, 2013. Born July 24, 1923 in White Top, VA, she was the daughter of the late Luther Brewer and Ethel Dinkins Brewer. In addition to her parents, Lois was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Virgil C. O'Neal in 2006; her brother, Cleve Brewer and seven...
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Beverly Annie Sapp

August 2, 1941 - July 16, 2013

BEVERLY ANNIE SAPP Beverly Annie Sapp, 71, of Sophia, passed away Tuesday, July 16, 2013. Born August 2, 1941 at Hot Coal, WV; she was a daughter of the late Cleophaus and Bertha Mae Doss Steele. Beverly loved Betty Boop, and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She was of the Baptist Faith and attended the Clifftop Baptist Church on...
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Donna Faye Stump

January 8, 1955 - June 21, 2013

DONNA FAYE STUMP Donna Faye Stump, 58, of Coal City, went home to be with the Lord and was reunited with her beloved husband, Jim. Donna was born January 8, 1955 in Beckley to Frances Ann Underwood Chaffin and the late Jack Chaffin. She loved doing crafts, quilting and reading, but above all spending time with her grandchildren In addition to her beloved husband, James Lee Stump, she...
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Norma Jean Cook Fink

August 6, 1935 - June 11, 2013

Norma Jean Cook Fink Norma Jean Cook Fink of Soak Creek passed away at 06:00 PM, June 11, 2013 at CAMC in Charleston, WV with immediate family members present until her passing at her bedside. She was born August 6, 1935, in Otsego, WV and was the daughter of the late Esaw Paul Cook and Lillie Augusta Tilley Cook. She resided the last 51 years of her life in Soak Creek. Norma Graduated...
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Peggy Grubb

May 21, 1936 - May 13, 2013

Williams Blue Ridge Funeral Home Sophia, WV Peggy Lee Grubb Peggy Grubb, 76 of Farley Hill died Monday May 13, 2013 after a long illness at home. Born May 21, 1936, she was the daughter of Foncie and Frieda Campbell. Mrs. Grubb was born and raised and a lifelong member of the Farley Hill Community and a member of the Missionary Ridge Baptist Church, Princewick. Peggy enjoyed...
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Mollie Marie Dawson

September 6, 1936 - May 5, 2013

Mollie Marie Dawson Mollie Marie Dawson 76, of Beckley went home to be with the Lord, Sunday May 5, 2013, following a long illness. Born September 6, 1936 in McDowell County she was the daughter of the late Walter and Iva Mae Colley Lambert. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her late husband Eugene Dawson, and 7 brothers and sisters. Those left to cherish...
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Sylvia Ellen Fraley

March 26, 2013

SYLVIA ELLEN FRALEY Sylvia Fraley of Slab Fork formerly of Hotchkiss, WV passed away Tuesday, March 26, 2013. She would have been 90 years old on May 4, 2013. Sylvia was preceded in death by her husband, James V. Fraley, Sr; four sons, James "Buddy", Carl, Johnny, and Mark. She was also preceded in death by three brothers, and four grandchildren. She is survived by two daughters,...
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Eddie Wayne Doss

October 7, 1962 - March 18, 2013

Eddie Wayne Doss Eddie Wayne Doss, 50, of Sophia, passed away March 18, 2013 at Cleveland Clinic following a long illness. Born October 7, 1962, he was preceded in death by his parents, Buddy and Shelby Doss; maternal grandparents, Barney and Geneva Geneseo and paternal grandparents, George and Anne May Doss. Those left to cherish his memory include his loving wife of 29 1/2 years,...
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Mildred Lahoma Crutchfield

May 20, 1917 - March 1, 2013

MILDRED LAHOMA CRUTCHFIELD Mildred Lahoma Crutchfield, 95, of Sophia, went home to be with the Lord on Friday, March 1, 2013. She was born May 20, 1917 at Big Stick, WV; she was the daughter of the late Terry Easley Gibson, Sr. and Minneola Jones Gibson. Mildred was a charter member of the Sophia Freewill Baptist Church in Sophia and was a faithful member who loved the Lord, her family,...
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Shelby Doss

November 2, 1938 - February 26, 2013

Shelby J. Doss Shelby J. Doss 74, of McAlpin passed away on Tuesday February 26, 2013 following a long illness. Born November 2, 1938 at Pinman she was the daughter of the late Barney and Geneva Geneseo. Shelby was a loving mother, wife , sister, and mawmaw who her family loved very much. She loved to raise a garden, plant flowers, and sitting in a rocking chair on the porch. Whoever met...
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Kathy Lynn Brewer

February 13, 1950 - February 9, 2013

Kathy Lynn Brewer On February 9th, 2013 our dear mother, grandmother, sister, and friend, Kathy Lynn Brewer, 62, of Sophia, lost her courageous battle of 6 years but earned her wings and Heaven gained an angel. Born February 13, 1950 at Tams, WV to the late William Gordon Cook and the late Frances Louise Gibson Cook. Kathy enjoyed singing and playing the piano, shopping, traveling to...
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Patty Marie Reed

November 28, 1974 - January 26, 2013

Patty Marie Reed Loving mother, wife, daughter and friend, Patty Marie Reed, went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, January 26, 2013. Born November 28, 1974, she was a daughter of Kenny and Gail Godbey Cline. Patty was a graduate of Independence High School and attended the Church of God. Those left to cherish her memory include her husband, Kevin Reed of Amigo; daughter, Amber ...
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Janet Stovall

November 6, 1930 - January 8, 2013

Janet Stovall, 82, of Hilltop Center, formerly of Sophia, passed away Tuesday, January 8, 2013, at Bowers Hospice House. Born November 6, 1930 at MacAlpine to the late Wiley Casey Jones and the late Clara Francis Blevins Jones. Janet loved traveling and exercising. She was a member of the Sophia Freewill Baptist Church. She was a former department manager with Montgomery Ward and a volunteer...
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Gary Dean Cook

May 18, 1950 - December 31, 2012

Gary Dean Cook Gary Dean Cook, 62, of Midway passed away Monday, December 31, 2012. Born May 18, 1950, he was a son of Bertie Lillian Cook and his step-father, Carlos Lilly. Gary enjoyed fishing, working on motorcycles and lawnmowers. He was employed as an auto mechanic and was of the Baptist faith. Those left to cherish his memory include his daughter, Cindy Cook of Beckley and...
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Wilma R. Thompson Jones

August 8, 1933 - December 29, 2012

Our beautiful wife and mother, Wilma R. Thompson Jones, passed away Saturday, December 29, 2012 after a valiant fight with Alzheimer's at home with her family by her side. Born August 8, 1933, she was a daughter of the late Wesley and Oka Meador Thompson. Wilma loved crossword puzzles, collecting stamps and knives. She made friends everywhere she went. Wilma was a 1953 graduate of Stoco...
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Helen Marie Wall

September 4, 1931 - December 22, 2012

HELEN MARIE WALL Loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend, Helen Marie Wall, 81 of Crab Orchard formerly of Helen, went home to be with the Lord on December 22, 2012. Born September 4, 1931 at Arista, WV; she was a daughter of the late Guy and Allie Brown Swaggerty. She was the last surviving member of her immediate family. Helen loved BINGO, baking, and loved...
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Cora Mescal Murphy Adkins

June 22, 1921 - December 22, 2012

CORA MESCAL MURPHY ADKINS Cora Mescal Murphy Adkins, 91, of Coal City, passed away at home with her caregiver Fred Nady whom she loved and he loved her. Born June 22, 1921 at Allen Junction; she was a daughter of the late David Joseph Grubb and the late Janie Thompson Grubb. Cora loved sewing, cooking, collecting dolls and her pets. She was a cook at Pinecrest Hospital, a cashier at...
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Elsie Mae Acord

January 20, 1933 - December 9, 2012

ELSIE MAE ACORD Elsie Mae (Massey) Acord, left this world on Sunday, December 9, 2012 at the home of her daughter, Rita Wix of Fairdale, WV. She was born January 20, 1933 at Slab Fork. She was the daughter of Lula Esther Acord and Pink Massey who preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by her step-father, Simon Paul Acord and her beloved husband, Samuel Austin Acord. She...
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Nathan Theodore Wyrick

July 31, 1936 - December 8, 2012

Nathan Theodore Wyrick, 76, of Beckley, passed away Saturday December 8, 2012 at Beckley Appalachian Regional Hospital. Nathan was born July 31, 1936 at Pemberton, West Virginia. He enjoyed church services at Pinecrest, listening to gospel music and playing his harmonica. The family would like to thank the nurses and staff of the 3rd Floor at Beckley Appalachian Regional Hospital for...
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Dennis Wayne "DC" Cella

August 4, 1959 - November 22, 2012

DENNIS WAYNE "DC" CELLA Dennis Wayne "DC" Cella,53, of Sophia passed away on Thursday, November 22, 2012. Born August 4, 1959 at Akron, Ohio to the late Donald and Helen Franklin Cella. "DC" loved watching NASCAR and FOOTBALL and loved animals. He was a graduate of Independence High School, and was of the Christian Faith. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a...
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Bobby Lee Meadows

August 14, 1941 - November 20, 2012

Williams-Blue Ridge Funeral Sophia Bobby Lee Meadows Bobby Lee Meadows 71, of Slab Fork went to his eternal rest on November 20, 2012 following a courageous battle with cancer. Born August 14, 1941 he was the son of the late Carl and Reba Sizemore Meadows. Bobby lived most of his life in Slab Fork. He was a coal miner for 32 years and was a member of the UMWA. Bobby loved being outdoors...
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Ruth Ann Sears Meador

May 12, 1944 - November 15, 2012

RUTH ANN SEARS MEADOR Ruth Ann Sears Meador, 68, completed her Earthly journey to her new home in Heaven on Thursday, November 15, 2012. Born May 12, 1944 at Sophia, WV; she was a daughter of the late Edward E. and Irene Wyatt Sears. Ruth loved painting, crocheting, arts and crafts, and collecting items with strawberries on them. She was a member of the Pine Hill Church of God in McDonald,...
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Juanita Marie Brakefield

February 10, 1925 - October 24, 2012

JUANITA MARIE BRAKEFIELD Juanita Marie Brakefield, 87, of Coal City, went home to be with the Lord on October 24, 2012. She died peacefully at home and was among her family. Born at Lego, WV on February 10, 1925. She was the daughter of the late Ralph L. Lilly and Aldie Reedy Harvey Lilly. She was a Christian and of the Baptist Faith, Juanita was a charter member of the Princewick...
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Cletus (Altizer) Wall

January 2, 1924 - October 16, 2012

Cletus (Altizer) Wall, 88 of Coal City passed away at home with her daughter Marie and son-in – law, Donald Workman Tuesday, October 16, 2012. Born January 2, 1924, she was the daughter of the late Jasper and Susan Whitt Altizer. In addition to her parents, Cletus is preceded in death by her husband Jack Wall; sons, Jackie Lee Wall and Russell Norman Wall. Those left to cherish her...
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George William "Will" Benfield

June 16, 1930 - October 12, 2012

GEORGE WILLIAM "WILL" BENFIELD George William "Will" Benfield, 82, of Sophia, went home to be with the Lord on Friday, October 12, 2012. Born June 16, 1930 at Pyatt, NC to the late Justin and Maybelle Benfield. He lived and worked in the Sophia area for 64 years. He was a retired coal miner following 42 years of dedicated service, an active member of the Sophia First Baptist Church, he...
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Jonathan Seth Kuhn

November 10, 1988 - July 28, 2012

Jonathan Seth Kuhn, 23, of Sophia went home to be with the Lord on July 28, 2012. Born November 10, 1988, he was the son of John and Mary Kuhn, the husband of Sebrina Kuhn, and the father of Rosemary Kuhn all of Sophia. Jonathan was preceded in death by two brothers, John Emerson Meadows and Michael Andrew Meadows, II; maternal grandparents, Fred and Alma Hammond; paternal grandparents, Jess...
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Arley Lee Underwood

February 28, 1955 - May 16, 2012

Arley Lee Underwood Arley Lee Underwood, 57 of Beckley passed away Wednesday, May 16, 2012. Born in Clarksburg, WV, he was the son of the late Ora and Garnett Gray Underwood. Arley enjoyed going to church, singing, and making plastic canvas crafts. In addition to his parents, Arley is preceded in death by his brother, Delbert D. Underwood. Those left to cherish his memory include...
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Clay Louis Duncan

May 8, 2012

CLAY LOUIS DUNCAN Clay Louis Duncan, 88, of Coal City, passed away Tuesday, May 08, 2012 at Bowers Hospice House following a short illness. Born February 1924 at Gassaway WV, he was the son of the late Earl Austin and Zula Mae Keffer Duncan. Mr. Duncan was preceded in death by his wife, Hester Rose Waddell, a son William Clay Hurd and a daughter Connie Leigh Meade, one grandson Jason...
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Harold Freeman Graham

February 13, 1934 - April 24, 2012

Harold Freeman Graham Harold Freeman Graham, 78 of Princewick, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, April 24, 2012. Born February 13, 1934 in Basin, West Virginia, he is the son of the late Dea and Mary Lambert Graham. Harold was a member of the UMWA Local 1713 and served as President of the local. He served in the US Army from August, 1955 till September, 1976 and he was involved...
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Patrick Wayne Woodie

December 15, 1966 - April 17, 2012

Patrick Wayne Woodie Patrick Wayne Woodie, 45 of MacArthur, WV departed this world on April 17, 2012. He was born December 15, 1966 at Beckley, WV. He attended Independence High School and Raleigh County Vo-Tech Welding School and later obtained his CDL License and Plumbing Certifications. Patrick was an avid sportsman. He truly loved deer hunting and seldom came home empty handed. He...
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Eva Laura Bell

April 16, 2012

Eva Laura Bell Eva Laura Bell, 72 of Coal City, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, April 16, 2012. Born October 5, 1939, she was the daughter of the late Frank and Freda Wendall Newman. Eva enjoyed working puzzles, playing bingo, and crocheting. She loved her dog "Ginger". In addition to her parents, Eva is preceded in death by her husband Clyde Bell; sisters, Carol Bell and...
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William "Bill" Lambert

March 16, 1932 - March 27, 2012

William "Bill" Lambert William "Bill" Lambert, 80, of Sophia, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, March 27, 2012. Born March 16, 1932, he was the son of the late William and Lorain Quesenberry Lambert. Bill enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his wife and grandchildren. He was a retired coal miner and a member of the Sophia First Baptist Church. Bill served in the...
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Patton Clay Hylton

September 14, 1953 - March 26, 2012

Patton Clay Hylton Patton Clay Hylton, 58, of Beckley, WV, went home to be with the Lord on March 26, 2012 following a long illness at Select Specialty Hospital in Charleston, WV. Born September 14, 1953 in Mullens, WV, he was the son of the late Edna May Hylton and Isac William Hylton. He resided in Beckley, WV with his loving wife of 40 years, Mary Hylton. He also leaves behind 2...
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Ondre Lee Murphy

July 17, 1920 - March 4, 2012

Ondre Lee Murphy Ondre Lee Canterbury Murphy, 91, formerly of Sophia and Coal City, WV, passed away on Sunday, March 4, 2012 at the Tucker Hospice House in Kannapolis, North Carolina. Born on July 17, 1920 in Todd, North Carolina, she was the oldest child of the late Walter and Lucy Gentry. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Vernon Canterbury in 1965 and her second husband...
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Mary Oden Poe

August 25, 1919 - March 4, 2012

MARY ODEAN PITZER POE Mary Odean Pitzer Poe, 92, of Sophia departed this life on Sunday, March 4, 2012. Born at Odd, WV August 25, 1919; the daughter of the late Charles H. Pitzer and Gertrude Mae Stover Pitzer Burleson. Mary was a member of the Mabscott Christian Baptist Church, a homemaker, devoted to her family, enjoyed reading, baking, cooking, and flowers, and her favorite...
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Helen Hope Graham

March 1, 1930 - February 27, 2012

Helen Hope Graham Helen Hope Graham, 81 of Midway went home to be with the Lord on Monday, February, 27, 2012. Born March 1, 1930, she was the daughter of the late William and Mabel Evans Hope. Helen enjoyed crafts, cooking, spending time with her children and grandchildren and loved going shopping. Helen was employed with the Raleigh County Board of Education as a cook and custodian. ...
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Thelma Elizabeth Goddard

July 28, 1931 - February 23, 2012

THELMA ELIZABETH GODDARD Thelma Elizabeth Goddard, 80, of Sophia, passed away on Thursday, February 23, 2012 at Bowers Hospice House following a long illness. Born July 28, 1931 at Maplewood, WV, she was the daughter of the late Edgar Anderson and Mary Anderson Parker, and step-father, Ray Parker. Thelma was the last surviving member of her immediate family. In addition to her parents...
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Brack McKee Darnell

May 6, 1929 - February 9, 2012

BRACK MCKEE DARNELL Brack McKee Darnell, 82, of Coal City, went home to be with the Lord and to be reunited with his beloved wife, Mary on Thursday, February 9, 2012. Born May 6, 1929 in Raleigh County, WV; he was a son of the late Braxton Darnell and the late Mamie Hodge Darnell. Brack was a member of the Hilltop Baptist Church and UMWA. He was a retired coal miner from the...
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James Worrell

September 21, 1926 - January 26, 2012

JAMES J. WORRELL James J. Worrell age 85 of Sophia died January 25, 2012 after a lengthy illness. Born September 21, 1926 in Hot Coal, WV, he was the son of the late John and Virgie (Cooper) Worrell. Mr. Worrell was a retired coal miner having last worked for Westmoreland Coal Company. Mr. Worrell was a veteran of World War II serving in the U.S. Army as a Sergeant. He is a born again...
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Ethel Bowles Clemons

December 31, 2011

Ethel Bowles Clemons Ethel Bowles Clemons, 93 of Helen, WV left her earthly home on Saturday, December 31, 2011 to meet her Heavenly Father and join her husband Seldon Clemons who preceded her in death. Ethel was born July 2, 1918 in McDowell County, WV to the late Luther Graham and Eula Blankenship Bowles. She is preceded in death by four sisters and three brothers. She is survived...
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Darnley (Don) Chamberlain

December 29, 2011

Darnley H. (Don) Chamberlain Darnley Chamberlain, 84 passed away December 29, 2011 in Beckley (Raleigh General Hospital) after a long illness. He was the son of the late James William and Rada Shamblin Chamberlain. Mr. Chamberlain retired as a federal mine safety inspector, and also worked as a state mine safety inspector and for various coal companies in the region. Mr. Chamberlain was a...
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Marcella Mae Tipton

January 25, 1943 - December 25, 2011

Marcella Mae Tipton Marcella Mae Tipton, 68 of Sophia, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, December 25, 2011, at her home following a long illness. Born January 25, 1943 in Fireco, she was the daughter of the late Oliver Arthur Hornsby and Dora Alice Church. Mrs. Tipton worked as a health care provider in North Carolina for several years while her health permitted her to. She...
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Harvey Edward Rakes

December 15, 1921 - December 15, 2011

Harvey Edward Rakes Harvey Edward Rakes, 90, of Sophia, went home to be with the Lord on December 15, 2011. Born December 15, 1921 at Crites, VA; he was the son of the late Isaac Rakes and Bertie Edward Rakes. He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 62 years, Mae Rakes; three brothers, Emmett, Louie, and Hansel Rakes; four sisters, Eunice Fain, Callie Hylton, Susie Eddins, and...
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Roy Davis

December 6, 2011

Roy Davis Roy Davis 85, of Acord Mountain went home to be with his Lord, Tuesday December 6, 2011 at Raleigh General Hospital following a short illness. Born July 25, 1926 at Cora WV, he was the son of the Late Thomas and Sara Runion Davis. Roy retired from the railroad after 29 years of service. He was also a member of Akers Baptist Church in Maple Meadows, West Virginia. Roy loved...
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Arbutus "Bootsie" Prunesti

July 23, 1934 - October 2, 2011

Arbutus "Bootsie" Prunesti Arbutus "Bootsie" Prunesti, of MacArthur, formerly of Sophia, went to her heavenly home on Sunday, October 02, 2011. Born July 23, 1934, she was the daughter of the late Robert and Hazel Richards Eller. Arbutus enjoyed traveling, shopping and spending time with her family and friends. She was employed as a Ward clerk and a Pharmacy Tech with ARH Hospital. ...
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William (Bill) Robb

March 13, 1937 - July 25, 2011

William (Bill) Robb, 74 of Coal City passed away Monday, July 25, 2011. Born March 13, 1937 in Columbus, OH. He was the son of the late Leona and George Robb. Those left to cherish his memory include his brother James Robb of Park Falls, WI; daughter Cynthia Wittek and grandson Zachary Wittek of Vernon Hills, IL; stepdaughter Myra Rose daughter of the late Vickie Howerton both of Sophia. ...
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Irene V. Sears

November 28, 1919 - July 25, 2011

Irene V. Sears Irene V. Sears 91 of Crab Orchard went home to be with the Lord on Monday, July 25, 2011. Born November 28, 1919, she was the daughter of the late David and Dona Harris Wyatt. Irene enjoyed planting flowers, gardening, photography, quilting and playing games. She was a homemaker and a founding member of the Church of God of Glen White. In addition to her parents,...
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Sibyl Farley

May 20, 1924 - July 9, 2011

Sibyl Ophelia Walker Farley Sibyl Farley, of Jonben, WV went to be with Jesus and her loved ones on July 9, 2011. She has won the victory over a long battle with Alzheimer’s. Born May 20, 1924, she was the daughter of the late Opie Kenny and Jennie Reba Walker. She was a homemaker who enjoyed quilting. She lived in Jonben for 44 years. In addition to her parents she was preceded in...
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Ronald David Utt

March 31, 1959 - July 8, 2011

Ronald David Utt, Jr. Ronald David Utt, Jr, 52 of Coal City passed away July 8, 2011. Born March 31, 1959, he was the son of Lillian Meadows Utt and the late Ronald David Utt. Ronald enjoyed 4-wheeling, working on cars, target shooting and gun trading. Ronald retired as the Chief of Police for Sophia. He was of the Baptist faith. Those left to cherish his memory include his wife of...
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Grace Ruth Stone

October 10, 1915 - June 25, 2011

Grace Ruth (Barr) Stone Grace Ruth (Barr) Stone of Sophia passed away Saturday, June 25, 2011 at the Bowers Hospice House. Born October 10, 1915, she was the daughter of John and Maude Barr. Grace was a homemaker who enjoyed family and took pride in her flowers. She was a devoted fan of the Atlanta Braves and was a member of the Sophia Methodist Church. Grace was preceded in death...
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Brenda Calliope

April 11, 1952 - June 24, 2011

Brenda Calliope God saw there was no cure to be found so he reached down and peacefully took Brenda by the hand. Surrounded by her family June 24, 2011 at RGH, Brenda Joyce Gambrell Calliope, 59 from Sophia, WV took her heavenly flight. She was rejoined with her precious stillborn daughter Melissa Renee, whom she longed to hold. Brenda was born April 11, 1952 to the late Andy and...
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Betty Sue Parker

December 30, 1936 - June 15, 2011

Betty Sue Parker Betty Sue Parker, 74 of Pemberton, WV passed away Wednesday, June 15, 2011. Born December 30, 1936 at Senath, MO, she was the daughter of the late Ed and Clohia Dowdy. Betty had ten brothers and sisters. Betty had been a resident of Raleigh County since 1976. In addition to her parents, Betty is preceded in death by her loving husband Danny Parker in 2000; 2...
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Sammy Gillenwater

April 4, 1930 - June 12, 2011

Sammy Gillenwater Sammy Gillenwater, 81, of Sophia went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, June 12, 2011. Born in Slab Fork, WV, he was the son of the late Samuel and Evelyn Gillenwater. Sammy retired from the Slab Fork Coal Company after 38 years in the prep plant. He was a member of the Church of God Family Worship Center for 16 years a former member of Calvary Assembly of God for 37...
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