The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


September 8, 2012

Obituaries — Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012


Frank J. Belcher

ALPOCA — Frank J. Belcher, 85, passed away Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11, at Calfee Funeral Service Chapel with Elder J.B. Farmer officiating. Burial will follow in Leonard Goode Family Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday, Sept. 10, at the funeral home.

An online guestbook and other information can be found at

Calfee Funeral and Cremation Service is serving the Belcher family.

Carolyn Sue ‘Clark’ Bess

RICHWOOD — Carolyn Sue “Clark” Bess, 62, of Richwood, WV, went home to be with the Lord on September 6, 2012, in Charleston Area Medical Center, General Division, after a short illness.

Funeral service will be Sunday, September 9, 2012, at 2 p.m. at Simons-Coleman Funeral Home, Richwood, WV, with Rev. Troy George and Rev. Sam Gwinn officiating. Interment will be in Richwood Cemetery, Richwood, WV.

Visitation will be Saturday, September 10, 2012, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Simons-Coleman Funeral Home, Richwood, WV.

All arrangements were made by Simons-Coleman Funeral Home, Richwood, WV.

C. Harold Blankenship

C. Harold Blankenship, 80, of Beckley passed away at his home after a short illness on Friday, September 7, 2012. Born September 18, 1931, he was a son of the late Herbert and Maggie Simmons Blankenship.

He has been a faithful member of Beckley Presbyterian Church since 1959.

Harold was an avid golfer and he loved gardening the outdoors and spending time at his beach house in North Myrtle Beach.

He loved Mountaineer Football and Basketball; he was also a St. Louis Cardinals fan for over 70 years. Harold was a graduate of Graham High School in Tazewell, VA.

In addition to his parents, Harold is preceded in death by his brothers, Ellis Pyles, William Blankenship, Carl Lowe, and sisters, Reva Harmon, Opal Cannoy.

Those left to cherish his memory include his loving wife of 47 years, Marlene Blankenship of Beckley; daughters, Sherry Snodgrass and husband Tom of Charlotte, NC, Connie Neal and husband Bobby of Beckley, WV; sons, David Blankenship and wife Angie of Charlotte, NC, Mark Blankenship and wife Danielle of Charlotte, NC, Joseph Blankenship and wife Allison of Powder Springs, GA; 15 grandchildren, Shelley (Samuel), Kevin, Christy, Ryan (Ashlei), Aaron, Brandon (Janelle), Rogan, Payne, Amanda, Madison, Braden, Nicholas, Megan, Joey, and Beau; 8 great-grandchildren, Erin, Anna, Katherine, Ben, Mary Elizabeth, Christian, Connor and Owen.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, September 9, 2012, at Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley, with Rev. John McKinnon officiating.

Burial will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers will be Tom Snodgrass, Kevin Snodgrass, Bobby Neal, Ryan Neal, Aaron Neal, Brandon Neal and Bobby Blankenship.

Friends may gather with the family Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Arrangements by Blue Ridge Funeral Home, 5251 Robert C. Byrd Drive, Beckley, WV.

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