The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


January 25, 2013

Obituaries — Friday, Jan. 27, 2013


Janet ‘Suzie’ Lewis

Janet “Suzie” Lewis, 55, of Shady Spring, passed away on Monday, January 21st, 2013,  of a heart attack.

Suzie was born in Shady Spring, on April 24, 1957. She graduated from Shady Spring High School in 1975.

Suzie was married to Robert Lewis on June 26, 1989; they were married 23 years.

Suzie collected singing stuffed animals, and she enjoyed puzzles, card games, various computer games, and torturing her loved ones.

Suzie is preceded in death by her father, Willard J.D. Lilly, and her brother, Jack Lilly.

Suzie is survived by her husband, Robert Lewis; her mother, Wanda Lilly; her siblings, John Lilly, Jeffrey Lilly, and Joyce Young; her children, Angel Rosser, Brian Hoffman, and Eric Hoffman; her grandson, Gage Rosser; and other family and friends.

There will be no services or visitation. In keeping with her wishes she was cremated.

Private online condolences, floral gifts, and other expressions of sympathy are available at

Arrangements with Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home Shady Spring Chapel, 729 Flat Top Road in Shady Spring.

Johnny K. Lowe

Johnny Keith Lowe, 81, of Russell Street, Beckley, died Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013.

A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at the Melton Mortuary Chapel, with the Rev. Paul Zutaut officiating. The family will be receiving friends from noon until the service hour.

Condolences may be sent to the family’s guestbook at

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary and Cremation Center, Beckley.

Maurice Lamar ‘Reece’ McCain

On Thursday, January 17, 2013, our beloved son, brother, and friend to all he ever met was tragically taken from us.

Maurice “Reece” McCain, 25, of Oak Hill, was born January 19, 1987, in Beckley. “Reece” was the son of Fannie Mae Gray and Phillip Lamont Gray, also of Oak Hill. Other than his dear parents, his loving sisters, Shanice McCain, and Leslie Hughes, survived him in death.

Maurice “Reece” grew up in Oak Hill and attended Oak Hill High School. There he excelled in football and graduated in 2005. He went on to attend Marshall University and took a job working with special needs adults through ResCare. Reece had a strong relationship with God, believing in the word of The Bible and daily prayer.

To all that knew him, Reece was always there to lend a helping hand, give his time, and help others in any way he could. He was very passionate about fashion, shoes, and music. He always knew the latest and the greatest.

His grandparents Perry Smith, Annie Bell McCain, Lee Phillip Gray, and Carolyn Gray preceded Maurice in death.

Maurice cherished the time he spent with his large family and many friends. Besides his immediate family, his aunts Brenda Brooks, Sharon McCain, Shirley Gray, uncle Gregory Gray, as well as a host of cousins and special friends survived him in death.

Maurice referred to many of his friends as his brothers and sisters. He spent countless hours with his “little buddy” Dietrick Penn and his second family, Jillian and Mon Lynch. The family would like to mention some of Reece’s precious friends: Daryl Vaughn, Daemian Thompson, Marqueese Milstery, Jonathan Fruit, Dewayne Hopkins, Mike Rose, and Neil Woodson, Robert and Wesley Lee, Tammy Jones, Tina Stevenson, Patrice McMillan, Christina “Teenie” Michael, Shayla Lynch, Erica Hartman, Annie, Nuka, and Mya Mickey. Reece was loved by too many people to name, but in your heart, you know who you are.

Reece’s Legacy will forever live on in the many hearts of the people whose lives he touched with his thoughtfulness, laughter, and unconditional love. Rest in Heaven, our Sweet Boy, you are home with your Lord now.

A service to celebrate the life of Maurice “Reece” McCain will be held 12 p.m. Saturday, January 26, 2013, at the First Baptist Church of Harlem Heights, Oak Hill, with Bishop Robert Hicks and Rev. Shannon Robinson officiating. Following the services “Reece” will be laid to rest at Sunset Memorial Park, Beckley.

Pallbearers will be Mon Lynch, Hasaan “Chief” Khaliq, Damian Martin, Daz Martin, Mustafa Smith, and Andre Thomas.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday evening at the church. Flowers are being provided by Bessie’s Floral of Oak Hill.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to “The Maurice McCain Memorial Fund” at any United Bank.

Online condolences and other information can be found by visiting

Blue Ridge Funeral Home, 5251 Robert C. Byrd Drive, Beckley, is in charge of the arrangements.

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