The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


August 10, 2013

Obituaries — Saturday, Aug. 10, 2013


Cora Buchanan Halsey

Heaven has a new angel. Cora Buchanan Halsey went home to be with our Lord, Wednesday, August 7, 2013, at the Bowers Hospice House of Beckley, West Virginia. She was loved by her family, neighbors, and friends for 102 and a half years; kept house by herself; making pickles two weeks ago — active and alert until a week ago, going strong. 

Cora was born February 4, 1911, in Wyoming County, WV.

She was the daughter of the late Tom and Louisa Buchanan.

She loved her family and friends; her favorite pastime was cooking for family and friends. She especially loved spending time with her granddaughters, Tammie and Vanessa, and talking to her sister Marie on the phone multiple times of the day.

She is survived by her daughter Barbara Hager and her husband Jerry of Pineville, W.Va.; Sandy (Sandra) Akers and her husband Bill of Saraland, Ala.; two granddaughters, Tammie Hager-Melek and her husband Steve of Cross Lanes, W.Va.; Vanessa Hager of Pineville, W.Va.; one sister Marie Stiles of Glen Fork, W.Va.; one brother Jackie Buchanan and wife Linda of Whitesville, W.Va.; Alex Akers whom she considered to be her great-grandson, his mother Stephanie Adams of Pineville, W.Va.; numerous nieces and nephews, great-nieces and nephews and great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews; and dear neighbors, Gene, Freda and Jeff Brewer.

In addition to her parents, Cora is preceded in death by her husband, Cash Walter Halsey, brothers Emmett, Thomas Harding, Jack and Howell Buchanan, her sisters Sadie Olson, Pearl Halsey, Ethel Johnson, Sylvia Hurt, Eva Halsey, Ada Carroll, Ruby Munsey, Lucy Cook and Billie Mathena.

Friends may visit with the family Friday, August 9, from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. and additionally from 10 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. to celebrate her life and legacy at Calfee Funeral Service Chapel, Pineville, West Virginia. Services will be conducted by Elder Bryce Phillips and Rev. Keith Reed. Burial will follow at the Halsey-Brooks Family Cemetery at Coon Fork, West Virginia. Family and Friends will serve as pallbearers.

John 14:2-3 In my Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you until myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.

Memorial contributions may be made in Cora’s name to Hospice of Southern West Virginia, Bowers Hospice House, 434 Cranberry Drive, Beckley, WV 25801.

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

Calfee Funeral and Cremation Service of Pineville is serving the Halsey family.

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