The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


December 1, 2012

Obituaries — Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012

William Callens

Mr. William Callens, 56, of Beckley, died Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012.

Arrangements entrusted to Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.

Denver Edward Carte

Denver Edward Carte, 70, of Beckley, formerly of Nitro, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012.

A memorial service will be at a later date.

Cooke Funeral Home and Crematorium, Nitro, is assisting the Carte family.

Paul Lee Cook

MCGRAWS — Paul Lee Cook, 66, of McGraws, passed away Friday, Nov. 30, 2012.

E-mail letters of sympathy may be sent at

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

Anthony Alvin Farmer

Go rest high on that mountain, son, your work on Earth is done.

Surrounded by his wife, children, and grandchildren, Anthony Alvin Farmer peacefully entered into his heavenly retirement on Tuesday, November 27, 2012, at the age of 83.

Born July 4, 1929, in Bolt, W.Va., Alvin was the oldest son of A.A. and Icie Tabor Farmer.

He was a 1947 graduate of Trap Hill High School where he excelled at basketball and football. He attended Concord College and was a proud graduate of Duke University “Class of 1952” with a B.A. in Business Administration and Economics. He was very grateful to his parents for the sacrifices they made that allowed him to receive an education at such a fine institution of higher learning. He also served two years in the United States Army.

Alvin owned and operated many successful businesses throughout his life. He ran the family business, A.A. Farmer and Co., upon his graduation from college. He founded A.A. Quality Home Sales, A.A. Quality Home Furnishings, and A.A. Quality Homes Mobile Home Park. He was also an employee of the United States Postal Service.

Alvin was a member of Breckenridge Missionary Baptist Church and was a former Sunday School teacher and deacon. He was blessed with the God-given ability to produce beautiful prayers. He was a founding member of the Trap Hill Scholarship Fund and believed that an education could never be taken away from an individual. He most recently served as a member of Arch Coal Community Advisory Panel.

Alvin savored a good meal and loved to watch “Let’s Make a Deal” and “The Price Is Right.” He also enjoyed sports on TV, and was a diehard supporter of all things Duke. On his last adventures to Florida, he was thrilled to locate a special group of family members, his beloved Aunt Emogene Tabor Gillespie and her children Rose, Gail, and Jimmy. They formed a lasting bond in the short time they spent together.

He loved his family and wanted the best for all of them. Those left to cherish his memory include his loving wife of 57 years, Mary Ann Egich Farmer; children, Alecia Ann (Gary) Peters and Anthony Alvin (Tracie) Farmer II; grandchildren, Jenny, Anna, Travis Peters, Allie, Megan, Joshua Farmer; and great-granddaughter, Kaydence Farmer; sisters and brother Agnes Smith and Annette (Wallace) Carter of Newark, Del., Arlene White of Bolt, and C.C. (Pat) Farmer of Phoenix, Ariz.; and many Farmer and Tabor nieces, nephews, and cousins.

In honor of his wishes Alvin has been cremated.

A celebration of his life will be conducted at 3 p.m. Sunday, December 2, 2012, at the Breckenridge Missionary Baptist Church in Bolt with Pastor Dewey Lowe officiating.

Visitation will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. at the church.

A memorial stone will be placed in the Farmer Cemetery in Bolt by the family.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made in Alvin’s memory to Hospice of Southern West Virginia, Trap Hill–Liberty Scholarship Fund, or a charity of personal choice.

Private online condolences, floral gifts, and other expressions of sympathy may be found at

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

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