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.

Franklin D. Cunningham Jr.

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Our beloved brother, son, grandson and uncle, Frank D. Cunningham, Jr., 46, of Greensboro, NC, formerly of Sophia, WV, went to be with his Lord and Savior on April 18, 2013.

He was born July 29, 1966, in Beckley, WV, to the late Franklin D. Cunningham, Sr., and Edith Bryant Cunningham. Others preceded in death are paternal grandparents Hansford  and Thelma Cunningham, maternal grandparent Richard Bryant, stepgrandfather Bernard Cline and uncles Richard Wayne Bryant and Buddy Lozier.

Frank was a 1984 graduate of Independence High School and a 1989 graduate of Concord College. He had over 20 years employment at Replacements, Ltd., in Greensboro, NC. He will be sadly missed by his work family as they cherished him as much as he cherished them. In the words once written to him by his very special friend, Alice Abbott Mitchell, “You fill the hearts of those around you daily.”

Frank was a compassionate, thoughtful, caring, wonderful man who brought joy and laughter to all that loved him. He was an avid fan of the WVU Mountaineers, Duke Blue Devils and the Dallas Cowboys. He loved traveling, reading, playing volleyball, volunteering for Habitat for Humanity and spending time with his family and friends.

Those left to cherish his memory include his grandmother Helen Bryant Cline. Sisters Trina (Jim) McDaniels, Audrey (Jimmy) Williams, Trixie (Bryan) Jackson, Sherry (Glen) Paugh. Nephews, Jimmy (Jamie) Williams, Jr., Bradley and Brian McDaniels, Jason (fiancée Amanda) Williams. Niece Ashley (Shawn) Moore. Great-nephews Jordan and Justin Williams as well as a multitude of extended family and friends who loved Frank as much as we do.

In Frank’s own words, “It does not matter where I travel in my life; just remember, look only inside your heart to know that I will always be near you.”

Pallbearers attending the services will be Jimmy Williams Jr., Jason Williams, Shawn Moore, Bradley McDaniels, Mike Chandler and Jesse Evans li.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 23, 2013, at Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley, with Pastor Don Kelly officiating. Burial will follow at Hot Coal Cemetery located in Sophia, WV.

Friends may gather with the family Tuesday, April 23, 2013, from 12 to 2 p.m. at the funeral home.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, please make a donation to your local Habitat for Humanity or the Humane Society.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

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

William M. ‘Bill’ Dreger

William M. “Bill” Dreger, 73, of Beckley passed away Friday, April 19th, 2013, after a courageous four-year battle with cancer.

Born December 2, 1939, in Waukesha, WI, he was the son of the late Carl E. and Susan B. Dreger.

Bill served four and a half years in the Army before receiving his B.S. in Electrical Engineering at the Milwaukee School of Engineering.

He worked for various electrical engineering firms before moving to Beckley in 1975 to accept a management position with Fairchild. Bill left Fairchild to found Fan Systems, Inc., which he owned and operated until 2012.

Bill was a member of the St. Francis de Sales Parish and had a Fourth Degree rank in the Knights of Columbus. He also served as Exalted Ruler and Chairman of the Beckley Elks Lodge, member of the Beckley Moose Club, Eagles Club and the VFW in Sophia.

He also taught classes for the WV College of Graduate Studies (COGS) in Ventilation Engineering.

Bill is survived by his loving wife, Judie, with whom he would have celebrated his 50th wedding anniversary on June 22, 2013.

He is also survived by daughter, Debra, granddaughter, Perri, and grandson, Collin, of Greenville, SC, as well as son Scott, and granddaughters, Mallory and Natalie, of Milton, WV.

Bill is survived by brother, Richard and sister-in-law, Dana, of Batavia, IL; and favorite brother-in-law, Thomas and his wife, Sharon, as well as nieces, Dawn, Tammy and Tracy, and nephew, Jeff, all of Wisconsin.

The family wishes to acknowledge a special thanks to family friend Joy Stowers.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to the Bowers Hospice House. A private family service will be provided by Melton Mortuary.

Condolences may be sent to the family’s guestbook at

Marlena Ann Garcia

OAK HILL — Marlena Ann Garcia, 61, of Oak Hill, passed away Sunday, April 21, 2013.

Condolences may be sent to

Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.

Mary E. Knapp Humphrey

LEWISBURG — Mrs. Mary E. Knapp Humphrey, 97, of Lewisburg died Saturday, April 20, at Greenbrier Valley Medical Center following an extended illness.

Born February 13, 1916, at Dawson, WV, she was the daughter of the late H.P. and Mary Alice Woolard Knapp. She was preceded in death by her husband of 43 years Harry J. Humphrey, three sisters Roberta, Frankie and Nell, and a brother Bill Knapp.

She was a member of the Lewisburg United Methodist Church, the Lewisburg Lioness Club, the Willing Workers Church School Class and Circle 5.

She is survived by sons Hubert E. (Kay) Humphrey and Charles H. (Shirley) Humphrey, a daughter Brenda L. (Gene) Campbell, 9 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services will be Wednesday at 2 p.m. at McCraw Funeral Home in Lewisburg with Rev. Joe Kenaston officiating. Burial will follow at Wallace Memorial Cemetery at Clintonville.

Visitation will be from noon til service time.

In lieu of flowers donations to Greenbrier Manor Recreation Fund, 1115 Maplewood Ave., Fairlea, WV 24902, or Willing Worker Sunday School Class c/o Lewisburg United Methodist Church, Lee Street, Lewisburg, WV 24901.

McCraw Funeral Home in Lewisburg is in charge of arrangements.

Linda Sue Rider

CORLISS — Linda Sue Rider, 60, of Corliss, died Friday, April 19, 2013, at Summersville Regional Medical Center, following a short illness.

Born Oct. 19, 1952, she was the daughter of the late Lonnie C. Rider and the late Gertie Johnson Rider.

She attended the Minnie Belle Baptist Church at Corliss and was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star Winolia Chapter No. 59 of Mount Hope.

Survivors include: stepmother, Anna J. Rider of Corliss; three sisters, Cynthia, Victoria, and Patricia Rider, all of Corliss; and two brothers, Lonnie “Mike” Rider of Rainelle and James Rider of Corliss.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 24, at the Wallace & Wallace Funeral Chapel, Rainelle, with Pastor Gene Bennett officiating. Burial will follow at the Bethel Cemetery, Corliss.

Visitation will be from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. Tuesday, April 23, at the Wallace & Wallace Funeral Chapel, Rainelle, with Order of the Eastern Star rites to be conducted at 7 p.m. during the visitation.

Please send online condolences by visiting

Dennis McKay Williams

LESLIE — Dennis McKay Williams, 57, of Leslie, passed away April 9, 2013.

Memorial service will be at 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 23, at Wallace and Wallace Funeral Chapel, Rainelle, with Pastor Philander Moon officiating. Friends may gather with the family from 3 p.m. until service time at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Arrangements by Wallace and Wallace Inc. of Rainelle.