The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


November 30, 2012

Obituaries — Friday, Nov. 30, 2012


Ruth Ann Williams Meadows

Ruth Ann (Williams) Meadows, age 31, of Bradley, passed away Monday, November 26, 2012, following a sudden illness.

Born October 25, 1981, in Beckley, to Earl Williams and Carmella Preston Williams of Bradley.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Carlos and Ruth Williams and Irene Preston.

In addition to her parents, those left to cherish her memory include her husband, Larry Meadows; sons, Triston and Tyler Mills; brothers, Earl Williams Jr. and wife Amanda of Beckley, and Brandon Williams of Bradley.

In keeping with Ruth’s wishes, she was cremated and there will be no services.

In lieu of flowers, donations of sympathy can be sent to Soul Seeker Addiction Outreach, PO Box 517, Bradley, WV 25818 (checks payable to Soul Seeker Ministries).

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

Arrangements with Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, 1901 South Kanawha Street in Beckley.

Tessie Kathleen ‘Tennessee’ Rife

OCEANA — Tessie Kathleen “Tennessee” Rife, 82, of Oceana, went home to be with the Lord Wednesday, November 28, 2012, at her home surrounded by her loving family.

She was born February 20, 1930, in Buchanan County, Va., a daughter of the late John and Polly Mullins Rife.

She attended the Oceana Freewill Baptist Church for over 60 years, and was an inspiration and Godly example to all who knew her. She touched many people singing the praises of God and will be greatly missed.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, Thurmond Rife; her stepfather, Martin Whitt; a brother, Cletus Rife; five sisters, Bonnie Sue Rife, Brenda McMillan, Retha Walker, Judy Blankenship, and Shelby Coleman; two sons-in-law, Danny Belcher, and Troy Cole.

Survivors include four daughters, Pat Belcher of Oceana, Terenia (Greg) Moody of Knoxville, Tenn., Tonya (Danny) Osborne of Cyclone, and Melissa (Steve) Blankenship of Oceana; five grandchildren, Shawn Codie Miller of Oceana, Samantha Miller of Oceana, David Schumann of Knoxville, Tenn., Jon Schumann of Knoxville, Tenn., and Trey Osborne of Oceana; three brothers, Russell (Molly) Rife of Abingdon, Va., Roland (Wilma) Rife of Wytheville, Va., and Andrew (Janice) Rife of Wytheville, Va.; a sister, Ellen Walker of Oceana; Carson and Anna Blankenship who were like her grandchildren; special friends Darlene Hurley and D.J. Davis; and a host of other loving family and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, December 1, 2012, in the Chapel of Stafford Family Funeral Home, Lynco, with Pastor Jackie Grimmett and the Rev. Johnathon Cresong officiating. She will be laid to rest in Palm Memorial Gardens, Matheny.

Friends may gather with the family from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, November 30, 2012, at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be Upper Laurel Ambulance Staff.

The family would like to thank Upper Laurel Ambulance Service, Dr. Suleiman, FMA Dialysis Center, Westside Pharmacy, and Cassie Street, the nurse at Hospice of Southern WV, and all of their staffs.

E-mail letters of sympathy may be sent at

The family is being served by the Stafford Family Funeral Home, Lynco.

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