The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


January 15, 2013

Obituaries — Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013

Randall ‘Bones’ Bennett

BIRCH RIVER — Randall “Bones” Bennett, 52, of Birch River died Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, in the Waters Funeral Chapel at Summersville with Pastor Danny Richardson officiating. Burial with military honors will follow in the family cemetery at Dille. Friends may call at the funeral chapel from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the NCHS Randall Bennett Athletic Scholarship Fund, c/o BB&T Bank, 811 Main St., Summersville, WV 26651.


Bernard Lee Bishop

CONWAY, S.C. — Bernard Lee Bishop, age 84, passed away Friday, January 11, 2013, at his residence.

Mr. Bishop was born in National, W.Va., a son of the late Harold J. and Gladys Irene Bray Bishop.

He was an avid golfer and a member of Grand Strand Baptist Church. Prior to retirement he was employed by Slab Fork Coal Co. in Slab Fork, West Virginia.

Surviving are his wife Violet Bishop of Conway; two sons: Ray Bishop of Elizabeth, W.Va., Kenny Bishop of Scarborough, W.Va.; two daughters: Sharon Collins (John) of Warner Robbins, Ga., Linda Keen (Dusty) of Coal City, W.Va.; five grandchildren: Shannon Bishop, Kevin Collins, Mandy Keen, Sandy Trzicak, Rusty Keen; six great-grandchildren: Emily Bishop, Colby Keen, Ireland Collins, Patrick Collins, Ashlyn Keen, Kylee Trzicak; and a very close family friend, Susie Johnson.

Funeral services will be Wednesday, January 16th, at 3 p.m. at the Melton Mortuary Chapel. The family will receive friends from 2 p.m. until the service hour. Burial will follow in the Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens at Prosperity.

Memorials may be made to Grand Strand Baptist Church Property Fund, 350 Hospitality Lane, Myrtle Beach, SC 29588.

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William Cyrus Cooke Jr.

OAK HILL — William Cyrus Cooke, Jr., 69, of Oak Hill, passed away Sunday, January 13, 2013, at the Beckley VAMC.

Born May 3, 1943, at Oak Hill, he was the son of the late William Cyrus Cooke, Sr., and Ella Marie (Burgess) Cooke.

He served in the U.S. Air Force.

He worked as an office business manager for a trucking and shipping company.

In addition to his parents, William was preceded in death by a sister, Frances Jennings.

Those left to cherish his memory include his son John “Billy” Cooke of Richmond, VA; two brothers Charles Cooke of Oak Hill and Russell Cooke of Clarksburg; two sisters Fonda Thomas and her husband Tom of Richmond, VA, and Adrian Goff and her companion Dick of Fayetteville.

His remains rest at High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, 1435 E. Main Street, Oak Hill, where the family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and where the funeral will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday with Rev. David Edwards officiating. Interment will follow in High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill.

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Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.

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