The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


February 9, 2014

Obituaries — Sunday, February 9, 2014

BECKLEY — Helen Vipperman Bryant Cline

Helen Vipperman Bryant Cline, 91, of Sophia, our loving mother and grandmother, passed away Friday, February 7, 2014, surrounded by her family at her daughter’s home in Crab Orchard, WV. Born June 11, 1922, in Sophia, WV, she was the daughter of the late Meldon and Maude Conner Vipperman.

Helen was a member of Sophia First Baptist Church where she was active in the choir, Women’s Circle, and Women’s Sunday School Class. Our mother’s legacy will be her unwavering faith in God and her unconditional love for her family and friends.

She was preceded in death by first husband, Richard S. Bryant, daughter, Edith Cunningham, son, Richard Wayne Bryant, grandson, Frank Cunningham, Jr., sons-in-law, Buddy Lozier and Frank Cunningham, Sr. She was also preceded in death by second husband, Bernard L. Cline, and stepsons, Don Cline and Michael Cline.

She is survived by daughters, Lois Lozier of Beckley, Shirley Shupe and husband, Donnie, Terri McCargish and husband, Alan, son, Pat Bryant and wife, Patty, all of Crab Orchard; 11 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren, and 2 great-great-grandchildren. Also survived by stepdaughters, Lydia Galbreath of Panama City, FL, Nancy Anderson and husband, Sam, of Daniels, stepsons, Bernard Cline and Charlie Cline, both of Beckley; 10 stepgrandchildren, 19 stepgreat-grandchildren and 5 stepgreat-great-grandchildren as well as a host of nieces and nephews who held a very special place in her heart. She also leaves behind special friends, Bettie Aliff, Margie Richards and Phyllis Lambert (caregiver).

Our family would like to express our sincere appreciation to Hospice of Southern WV for their compassion and support.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, February 11, 2014, at Sophia First Baptist Church, 222 First Street, Sophia, WV, with Pastor Charles Gilbert officiating. Burial will follow at Hot Coal Cemetery in Sophia. Family members will serve as pallbearers.

Friends may gather with the family Tuesday from 12 to 2 p.m. at the church.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Arrangements by Williams-Blue Ridge Funeral Home, 101 First Street in Sophia.

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