The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


January 10, 2014

Obituaries — Friday, Jan. 10, 2014

Ralph Allen Anderson

SYLVESTER — Ralph Allen Anderson, 87, of Sylvester, went home to be with the Lord, on Thursday, January 9, 2014, at his home after a long illness.

He was born May 6, 1926, at Tennessee, a son of the late Nathan Napoleon and Lavada Lavera Walker Anderson.

He was a U.S. Army Veteran having served his country during World War II. He was elected as the 14th Mayor of the town of Sylvester, W.Va., from 1987 through 1993. He was a Deacon and member of the First Baptist Church of Whitesville. He was a retired coal miner and member of the UMWA. He was the owner of Liberty Lanes in Whitesville, for over 15 years.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Edna Athleen “Sissy” Hughes Anderson; sisters and brothers, Beecher, Hermon, Ted, Lloyd, Flora, and Iris.

He is survived by two daughters, Shelia Anderson and Becky Anderson both of Sylvester; grandson, Chad Bolton and wife, Jacy, and one great-granddaughter, Abby; a sister, Peggy Roberts, and two brothers, Dalton Anderson and Gene Anderson and wife, Nancy.

Service will be 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014, at the First Baptist Church, Whitesville, with the Revs. W. Howard Gwinn and David Minturn officiating. Burial will follow in the Pineview Cemetery at Orgas.

Friends may call 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014, at the Armstrong Funeral Home, Whitesville.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to First Baptist Church, Whitesville, W.Va.

Arrangements by Armstrong Funeral Home, Whitesville.

Michael Chapman

Michael Chapman, 57, of Beckley, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014.

Arrangements are pending completion at Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, 1901 S. Kanawha St., Beckley.

Ivory Delores McGinnis Dickerson

OAK HILL — Ivory Delores (McGinnis) Dickerson, of Oak Hill, entered into heaven on Wednesday, January 8, 2014.

She was born in 1927 at Hazy, W.Va., to the late Pearl Brady McGinnis and Thomas Honaker.

In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her husband of 52 years, Thomas J. Dickerson, and two beloved sisters, Iona Stewart and Glorene Stone.

Ivory was a member of the Mountain View Church of God where she served as greeter and enjoyed taking part in Bible studies. She was also an avid reader and photographer and a member of the Cameras In Action Club of Oak Hill and, over the years, won numerous trophies for her work.

She is survived by her daughter, Sherry Graves of Summerfield, Fla.; two sons, David Hatcher and wife, Lynda, of Wildomar, Calif., and Michael Dickerson and wife, Kathi, of Fairdale; one grandson, Brian Graves of Portland, Ore.; five granddaughters, Deana McCallum of Ocala, Fla., Christy Stone and Kathy Hatcher both of Tucson, Ariz., Cybil Carlucci of Bluemont, Va., and Amy Linville of Eccles; four great-granddaughters; and two great-grandsons. She became acquainted with her sister, Debbie (Honaker) Westfall of Louisville, Ohio, later in life and they became dear friends and sisters in Christ.

Funeral Services will be held 3 p.m. Saturday, January 11, 2014, at Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley, with Reverend Rudell Bloomfield officiating. Following her services she will be laid to rest beside her husband at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Beckley.

Friends may gather with the family from 2 p.m. until time of the service Saturday at the funeral home.

Online condolences and other information can be found by visiting

Blue Ridge Funeral Home, 5251 Robert C. Byrd Drive, Beckley, is honored to be serving the Dickerson Family.

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