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December 28, 2013

Obituaries — Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013


Cecil Ray Murdock

Cecil Ray Murdock, age 87, of White Oak, West Virginia, passed away at the Bowers Hospice House in Beckley on Tuesday, December 24, 2013.

Born on August 14, 1926, in Middleton, WV, he was the son of the late Milton Murdock and Nannie Winston Murdock.

Mr. Murdock was a retired coal miner with 43 years of service. He was a member of the UMWA and was a U.S. Navy Veteran during WWII.

Mr. Murdock was the last surviving member of his immediate family.

He was preceded in death by his brothers, Dempsey Greer, Dolphus Greer, Johnny Greer, and by a sister Helen McDaniel.

Survivors include his wife of 65 years in which he passed away on their anniversary, Lois Ruby Thompson Murdock.

A son Phillip Murdock and his wife Jo Ellen of White Oak, WV, five daughters, Anna F. Murdock, Regina Murdock, and Mary Yvonne Murdock all of White Oak, Elizabeth “Libby” Blair and her husband Buster “Dick” of Jemison, Alabama, and Michelle Ratcliff and her husband Shawn of White Oak.

Five grandsons, Joseph Blair, Joshua Blair, Stephen Amon, Zachary Amon, Colten Helmandollar, and a granddaughter Heather Ratcilff.

Six great-grandchildren, Jade and Madison Amon, Joseph “Lil Man” Blair, Vicki Blair, and Cayden Helmandollar, and Elijah “Eli” Amon.

Funeral services will be conducted at the Rose and Quesenberry Peace Chapel in Beckley on Sunday, December 29, 2013, at 1 p.m. with Rev. Benny Harper officiating. Burial will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens at Prosperity, WV.

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

Pallbearers will be family and friends.

Private online condolences, floral tributes, and other expressions of sympathy may be directed to the family via our guestbook at

In lieu of flowers, donations may be directed to the Bowers Hospice House, 454 Cranberry Drive, Beckley, WV 25801, in memory of Mr. Murdock.

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

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