The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


April 22, 2013

Obituaries — Monday, April 22, 2013

Rupert Blankenship II

MAPLE FORK — 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.

Dwight ‘Ike’ Anthony Bowes

RUPERT — Dwight “Ike” Anthony Bowes, 60, of Rupert passed away April 19, 2013, from a car accident.

Born November 11, 1952, he was the son of the late James “Jim” and Elizabeth “Sue” Huffman Bowes.

He was a 1972 graduate of Greenbrier East High School. He was a past scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 82 of Rupert. He was a carpenter who worked on many homes at The Greenbrier hotel and surrounding areas. He was a deer hunter and fisherman. He was a U.S. Army veteran.

Besides his parents, he is preceded in death by his sons Anthony (1992) and Timothy (2013).

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife of 35 years Pamela Crane Bowes. His three sisters: Anna (Howard) Bratton of Crows, VA, Dolores (Rick) Sanford and Nina Bowes of Muddy Creek Mountain. His three brothers: Joe (Mary Lou) Huffman of Lewisburg, Bill (Verna) Bowes of Crawley and Alan (Wilma) Bowes of Muddy Creek Mountain. His aunt Francis Fraley of White Sulphur Springs. Along with several nieces, nephews, other family and friends.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 23, at Big Clear Creek Baptist Church at Rupert with Pastor Les Mullens officiating. Burial will follow at Wallace Memorial Cemetery.

Friends may visit 6 to 8 p.m. Monday,  April 22, at McCraw Funeral Home in Lewisburg.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to help with expenses or make a contribution to the charity of your choice in hiss honor.

Pallbearers will be Melvin Cales, Alvin Davis, Tim Quick, Gene Martin, Jr., Pat Bell, and Aunley Robinson.

McCraw Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

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