The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


June 30, 2013

Obituaries — Sunday, June 30, 2013

Mary E. Ayers

Mary E. Ayers, 92, of Beaver, formerly of Surveyor, WV, passed away on Friday, June 28, 2013.

Born February 22, 1921, at Green Sulphur Springs, WV, she was a daughter of the late Samuel Andrew Hicks and Leona Hicks.

Mary loved reading, sewing, cooking, and spending time with her friends and family. She was a member of the United Methodist Temple, Beckley.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James T. Ayers; three sons, Lloyd, Keith and Jerry Ayers; and a daughter, Janet Gray; a grandson, Art Gray.

Those left to cherish her memory include her five children, Wilda Wood and husband, Wayne, of Hurt, VA, Alice Boggs and husband, Bill, of Beaver, WV, James W. Ayers of Nashville, TN, Linda Passer and husband, Jake, of Star Valley Ranch, Wyoming, and Kay Neumeister and husband Robert of Reston, VA; a brother, Dennis Hicks of Battle Mountain, Nevada.

She is also survived by 14 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and a host of friends.

Graveside services will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 2, 2013, at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Beckley. Following the service Mary will be laid to rest beside her beloved husband, James T. Ayers, at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Beckley. Family and friends will be serving as pallbearers.

Friends may gather with the family Monday, July 1, 2013, from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley.

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.

Norma R. Ballard

PETERSTOWN — Norma R. Ballard, 91, of Peterstown, passed away Friday, June 28, 2013.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Monday, July 1, at Lindside United Methodist Church with the Rev. Brent Brown officiating. Burial will follow at Peterstown Cemetery in Giles County, Va. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. today, Sunday, June 30, at Wickline Funeral Home in Lindside.

Online condolences may be sent to

Funeral arrangements by Wickline Funeral Home of Lindside.

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