The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


June 10, 2013

Obituaries — Monday, June 10, 2013


Ralph Chester Cochran

PRINCETON — Ralph Chester Cochran, 73, of Princeton, passed away Sunday, June 9, 2013.

Arrangements are incomplete at  this time at Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors in Hinton.

James Leon Cornelius

FRANKFORD — James Leon Cornelius, 71, of Frankford, passed away Sunday, June 9, 2013, at Charleston Area Medical Center.

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Lewisburg.

Thelma Virginia Evans

BALTIMORE, Md. — Thelma Virginia Evans, 97, of Baltimore, formerly of Beckley, passed away Friday, June 7, 2013.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 11, 2013, at the Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home Chapel, with Pastor Jonathan Jennings officiating. Burial will follow in the Tyler-Mann Cemetery, Greenville, W.Va.

Friends may call from 9 a.m. until time of the services at the funeral home.

Online guestbook can be signed or condolences may be sent to the Evans family at

Arrangements by Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home, Peterstown.

Virginia Katherine ‘Gin’ Goddard Fitzwater 

Virginia Katherine “Gin” Goddard Fitzwater, 84, of Coal City, passed away on Friday, June 7, 2013, in Louisville, Ky.

Virginia was born on April 10, 1929, in Boomer, W.Va., and returned home to Coal City in 1984 after spending many years in Flint, Mich.

Preceding her in death are her parents, Samuel Lewis Goddard Jr. and Mabel Gertrude Davis Goddard; husband, Calvin Coolidge Fitzwater Sr., son, Calvin Coolidge Fitzwater Jr.; and brother, James Owen “Boo” Goddard.

She is survived by her daughter, Gayle Stuckenborg of Louisville, Ky.; daughter-in-law, Sharon Denise Buchanan Fitzwater of Newland, N.C.; sister, Betty Mae “Ba” Goddard Fitzwater of Beckley; grandchildren, Katherine Joyner of Louisville, Ky., Rev. Chris and Lisa Fitzwater of Charlottesville, Va., and Rebecca Armes of Louisville, Ky.; three great-grandchildren, Davis, Sophia, and Olivia Joyner of Louisville, Ky.; several nieces and nephews.

Services will be held 1 p.m. on Tuesday, June 11, 2013, in the chapel of Blue Ridge Funeral Home, with Bishop Clarence Lee officiating. Burial will follow in the Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

Friends may gather with the family from 11 a.m. until service time Tuesday at the funeral home.

Online condolences can be sent to the family by visiting

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

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