The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


April 21, 2013

Obituaries — Sunday, April 21, 2013

Rupert Leo  Blankenship II

Rupert Leo Blankenship II, 36, of Maple Fork, WV, passed away on Thursday, April 18, 2013.

Born on February 13, 1977, in Beckley, he was the son of Janice Bowyer Blankenship of Maple Fork and the late Rupert Leo Blankenship.

Mr. Blankenship was a coal miner for Alpha Natural Resources. He was a resident of Maple Fork all of his life. Mr. Blankenship enjoyed carpentry work and being outdoors.

Surviving other than his mother are his wife, Tonya  Hughes Blankenship; two children,  Christopher, age 12, and Kelsy, age 5, both at home; two sisters, Janet Lynn Wickelhaus, of  Sandstone, and Rebecca Ellen Russell and her husband, Shawn, of Columbia, South Carolina; and two nephews, Hunter and Mason.

Funeral services will be conducted at the Rose and Quesenberry Peace Chapel in Beckley on Monday, April 22, 2013, at 3 p.m. with Rev. Jim Bowyer and Pastor Brad Williams officiating. Burial will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens at Prosperity, WV. Friends may visit with the family at the funeral home from 1 p.m. until service time on Monday.

Pallbearers will be Michael Bowyer, Bill Daniel, Don Dicken, Michael Morgan, Michael Robinson, and Kevin Voiers.

Private online condolences, floral gifts, and other expressions of sympathy are available to the family via our guestbook at

Arrangements are by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, 1901 South Kanawha Street, Beckley, WV.

Leila Buchanan

INDIAN HEAD, Md. — Leila Elizabeth Buchanan, of Indian Head, Maryland, passed away April 18, 2013.

Leila was born April 18, 2013, the infant daughter of Adam Buchanan and Lindsey Watts Buchanan of Indian Head, Maryland.

In addition to her parents, she is survived by maternal grandparents, Jerry and Rose Watts of Rock Creek, WV; paternal grandparents, Steve Buchanan (Marilyn) of Bluefield, WV, and Elizabeth “Libby” Buchanan of Bradley, WV; paternal great-grandmother Ruby Jean Buchanan of Glen Daniel, WV; Aunt Erica Buchanan of Mount Hope, WV; Uncle and Aunt Butch and Tina McGinnis of Sand Lick, WV; Uncle and Aunt Alvis and Charity Alderman of Rock Creek, WV; several cousins; special friends of the parents J.J. and Becky Dempsey of Crab Orchard, WV, and Sarah and Marvin Howard of Beckley, WV.

She was preceded in death by maternal great-grandmother Ethel Workman; maternal great-grandfather Emanuel “Buck” Mullens; and paternal great-grandfather H.T. “Buck” Buchanan.

The family would like to express a special Thank You to all our friends and family members who have helped during this time and touched our lives.

Funeral services will be Tuesday, April 23, 2013, at 1 p.m. at the Glen Daniel Worship Center with Pastor Donnie Russell officiating. Burial is to follow in the Scarbro Cemetery, Rock Creek, WV. Visitation will be Tuesday, April 23, from 10 a.m. until time of service at the Glen Daniel Worship Center.

Armstrong Funeral Home is in charge of Arrangements.

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