The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


January 25, 2013

Obituaries — Friday, Jan. 27, 2013


Bonnie Carr Estes

DUNKIRK, Md. — Bonnie Carr Estes, 86, of Dunkirk, Md., formerly of Sewell Mountain, Rainelle, passed away Monday, Jan. 21, 2013.

Born Dec. 18, 1926, in Powellton, she was the only child of the late Rev. Mont and Beulah Mayes Carr.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Johnny Estes, in 1989.

Bonnie worked at the Crawford Superette in Charmco for several years, the Rainelle Tent Factory and was a homemaker. She attended Big Sewell Baptist Church and Sturgeon Branch Baptist Church until she moved to Dunkirk, Md., six years ago and attended Christian Fellowship of Calvert Church in Owings, Md.

Survivors include her son, Johnny B. Estes and wife, Glenda, of Ringgold, Ga.; her daughter, Irlanda Estes Jones and husband, Robert, of Arnold, Md.; her daughter, Denise Bennett and husband, the Rev. Daniel Bennett, of Dunkirk, Md.; her son, the Rev. Dennis Estes and wife, Diana, of Buckhannon; five grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.

Services will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013, at the Smathers Funeral Chapel in Rainelle, with Pastor Kermit Hunter officiating. Burial will follow in the Wallace Memorial Cemetery at Clintonville.

Friends may call two hours before the service from 12 noon to 2 p.m. at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.

Arrangements by Smathers Funeral Chapel, Inc., Rainelle.

Rev. James E. ‘Jimmy’ Fitzpatrick

JUMPING BRANCH — Rev. James E. (Jimmy) Fitzpatrick, 73, of Jumping Branch, went home to be with the Lord Thursday, January 24, 2013, at his home, following a seven-year battle with cancer.

Jimmy was born January 15, 1940, on the Raleigh County side of Sandstone. He was the son of the late Basil and Iva Fitzpatrick.

Jimmy was saved at the Jumping Branch Tabernacle on October 8, 1967. He pastored the Thorny Point Tabernacle at Lockbridge, W.Va., for more than 36 years. From October 2009 until present, he was the Associate Pastor at Wesleyan Chapel on Johnstown Road in Beckley.

Jimmy was preceded in death by one brother, Gordon R. Fitzpatrick, and one half brother, Jerry Bennett.

Those left to cherish his memory are his loving wife of 54 years, Gladys (Penny) Plumley Fitzpatrick; one son, J. Dale Fitzpatrick and wife Lora of Lexington, Ky.; one daughter, Tammy Sue Fitzpatrick and companion Wayne Young of Princeton, W.Va.; one sister Mary Mann and husband Frank of Hinton; one half sister, Jeanie Bennett of Ripley, W.Va.; one granddaughter, Jayme Quintanilla and husband Aaron of White Bluff, Tenn.; one grandson, David Bragg of Jumping Branch; three great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews also survive, as well as many loving friends.

Jimmy was a loving husband and father who loved his family and most of all loved serving his Lord. He was a hard worker providing for his family. He worked more than 23 years for Abshire Lumber Company and also 13 years as a coal miner for various mines. Since September 1988 he worked for Lewis & Goetz (Gooding Rubber Company) in Beckley.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, January 27, 2013, at Pivont Funeral Home Chapel in Hinton, with Pastor John Hart and Pastor James Farnsworth officiating. Burial will follow in Lilly-Crews Cemetery at Nimitz.

Friends may call from 12 noon until time of services on Sunday at the funeral home.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

The family would like to extend a special Thank You to David Moten, Willie Lyons, Wayne Young and to each and every one that helped in any way during Jimmy’s illness.

Online condolences and guest register at

Arrangements by Pivont Funeral Home, Hinton.

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