The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


January 1, 2014

Obituaries — Wednesday, Jan. 1, 1014

Gerald S. Bennett

Gerald S. Bennett, 80, of Fenwick Mt., passed away Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013.

Services will be Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014 at 1 p.m. in Simons-Coleman Funeral Home, Richwood.

Friends may call Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014 from noon till service time here in the funeral home with Pastor Jack Cole officiating.

Interment will be in Russell Cemetery, Craigsville.

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


John Ray Cox

On Sunday, Dec. 29th, 2013, our most cherished, John Ray Cox, of Daniels went home to be with the Lord after a long Illness. He was in his 81st year.   

One of ten children, John Ray was born on July 19, 1932 at Skelton. He was the son of the late Charles A. and Nellie Sydenstricker Cox. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Carl Hubert Cox, Raymond J. Cox, Howard L. Cox, Samuel T. Cox, Charles A. Cox and sisters, Gracie M. Cox and Glennis Green. He is the dear brother of his surviving sisters, Eva Freeman of Clarksville, Tenn. and Lucille Palmer and her husband, Frank, of Beckley.

John worked for Kroger. He retired with 44 years of service. In his leisure time he enjoyed wood working and bowling. John loved time spent with his family. In his later years, he cherished the time with his grandchildren.

In addition to his sisters, John leaves to cherish his memory, his beloved wife, the former Sarah Lilly. To their union was born a son and two daughters. His oldest daughter, Teresa Ann has preceded him in death. He was the dear father to Susan Jackson and her husband, Andrew of Willamsburg, Va. and John Randall Cox and his wife, Julie of Clayton, N.C. He was the doting grandfather of Andrea Jackson and Savannah Jackson of Williamsburg and Mari and William Cox of Clayton.

Today, Wednesday, New Years Day we will remember the life of John Ray Cox at the Melton Mortuary Chapel. The Service of Remembrance will be conducted at 1 p.m. The Rev. Paul Zutaut will be officiating. John will be laid to rest beside his daughter, Teresa Ann at the Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens at Prosperity. And now, “Oh Glad Reunion.”  Family members and friends will serve as pallbearers. Friends may gather with the family from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Cox family would like to publicly acknowledge the Hill Top Nursing Center for compassion and care they gave to John.

As we, John’s family look to the New Year, we feel a little closer to Heaven.  May he and Teresa Ann forever rest in peace together.    

Condolences may be sent to the family’s guestbook at

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary and Cremation Center, Beckley, WV.

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