The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


January 3, 2014

Obituaries — Friday, Jan. 3, 2014

Basil Junior Casey

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS — Basil Junior Casey, 57, died Dec. 26, 2013, at his home.

Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014, in the chapel of Shanklin Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until service time.

Shanklin Funeral Home, White Sulphur Springs, is serving the family.

Doris Lavain ‘Vannie’ Cook

OCEANA — Doris LaVain “Vannie” Cook, 57, died Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014, at Welch Community Hospital, Welch.

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The family is being served by the Stafford Family Funeral Home, Lynco.

Jacquelyn Fortney

STOLLONGS — Jacquelyn “Jackie” Fortney, 83, died Wednesday Jan. 1, 2014. 

Funeral services will be held Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014, at 1 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Logan, with Pastor Tim Barnhouse officiating. 

Friends may call on the family Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. at Honaker Funeral Home in Logan.

The family will have a private burial service at a later date.

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Honaker Funeral Home of Logan is in charge of arrangements.

James M. Fox

James M. Fox, 73, of Stanaford, died Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014, following a long illness.

Arrangements are pending completion with Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley.

Phyllis Jean Howerton

Phyllis Jean Howerton, beloved wife, mother, grandmother and friend went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014.

Born June 22, 1946, at Affinity, she was a daughter of the late Herbert and Leora Clinton.

Phyllis loved crocheting, reading, spending time with her children and grandchildren. She was a nurses’ aide at Heartland of Beckley for approximately 22 years. She was of the Baptist faith and had a special love for her pets.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, William Wilson Clinton Sr. and Earl Eugene Clinton; nephew, Archie Wilson Clinton; great-niece, Kirstyn Clinton. She was the last surviving member of her immediate family.

Those left to cherish her memory include her loving husband of 49 years whom she married on Aug. 13, 1964, Harold Howerton; four daughters, Deanna “Dee” Maxey and husband, Bobby of Crab Orchard, Dana Howerton and companion, Ronnie Woods of Beckley, Lori Howerton of Coal City, and Brittany Thompson of Beckley; a son, Brandon Howerton of Beckley; two grandchildren, Carrie Maxey of Crab Orchard and Scott Thomas Jr. of Coal City; great-grandchild, Tayven Hall; and her sisters-in-law, whom she loved dearly and looked at them as sisters in Christ, Ruth Iskander, Onita Lose, Barbara Clinton, Connie Howerton and Mae Pugh and the late Sharon Howerton; extended family and a host of friends.

She had inspired and touched many lives on her journey while on Earth and she was known by many as “MawMaw.”

A service to celebrate the life of Phyllis Jean Howerton will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014, at Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley with Pastor Gary Williams officiating. Following the services, she will be laid to rest at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Beckley.

Friends may gather with the family from 1 p.m. until time of the service Saturday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made in her memory to the Muscular Dystrophy Association

Online condolences and other information can be found by visiting

Blue Ridge Funeral Home, 5251 Robert C. Byrd Drive, Beckley is honored to be serving the Howerton Family.

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