The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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September 25, 2012

Obituaries — Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012


Kenneth ‘Tommy’ Martin

Kenneth Martin, 60, of Beckley, passed away Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012.

A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date. Arrangements by Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley.

Betty J. Reed

Matthew 11:28, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” On Sunday evening, Sept. 23rd, 2012, our most cherished Betty Reed received that sweet rest following a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. She passed away at the Bowers Hospice House. Betty was in her 84th year.

The sixth of seven children, Betty Jean Dobbins was born on August 28th, 1928, at Blue Jay. Her parents were the late Carlos Jackson and Ida Grace Dobbins. Sisters Macie Merle Coleman, Cecilia Arminta Williams, Ceretha Mae Meador and brother James Lambert Dobbins have preceded her in death. Of her original family, her sister Geneva Richmond Light and brother Jack Dobbins and his wife, Mary Kay, all of Beckley survive. Betty was a sweet sister.

Betty’s early childhood years were spent at Cool Ridge. She was a graduate of Shady Spring High School, Class of 1945. In the late 1940s Betty was introduced to Gene Reed by her brother, Jack. Betty and Gene were married on July 19th, 1948. To this union was born a daughter, Martha Jane. Betty began a career in the banking industry in 1953. She would retire from Beckley Federal Savings and Loan with 35 years of service in 1988. Betty and Gene made their home in the Maxwell Hill community since 1968. The family would worship at the Maxwell Hill Baptist Church. Betty was a member of the “Silver Saints.” Tragically, Gene died suddenly at the age of 49 on July 16th, 1978, and now, “Oh Glad Reunion.”

In addition to the Dobbins family, Betty leaves to cherish her memory her only child, Martha Hutchinson; she was the dearest “Dodo” to her granddaughters, Lauren and Lindsay; a niece, Mary Grace Richmond of Beckley, and nephew, Jimmy Meador and his wife, Doris, of Cool Ridge also survive. When asked to reflect on her mother’s life, Martha said, “Mother was a lady.”

This Tuesday evening, Sept. 25th, at 7:30 p.m. we will remember the life of this great lady with a “Service of Remembrance” at the Melton Mortuary Chapel. Pastor Ken Killen of the Maxwell Hill Baptist Church will be officiating. The family will receive friends from 5:30 p.m. until the service hour. On Wednesday morning at 11 a.m. Betty will be laid to rest beside her beloved Gene at the Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens at Prosperity. Those wishing to attend the committal services on Wednesday are asked to meet at the mortuary by 10:30 a.m. Pallbearers will be Jim Hodges, Doug Lovell, William Perry, Duane Sellards, Jimmy Sweeney and Clark Swepstson.

Flowers are more than welcome; if so desired, the family suggests donations of sympathy can be made to the Bowers Hospice House, PO Box 1472, Beckley, WV 25802.

Condolences may be sent to the family’s guestbook at

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary, Inc., Beckley.

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