The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


October 15, 2013

Obituaries — Tuesday, October 15, 2013



Kenneth Dale Blackburn

OCEANA — Kenneth Dale Blackburn, 68, of Oceana, passed away on Sunday, October 13, 2013, at his home.

He was born April 23, 1945, in Kopperston, W.Va., a son of the late Grover Cleveland and Kathleen Justice Blackburn.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a brother Densel Blackburn and a sister Delores Shrewbury.

Survivors include his loving wife of almost 49 years Rebecca M. Sizemore Blackburn; a daughter Teresa Brinkley of Lynco; a son Dale Blackburn of Bassett, Va.; one grandson Joshua Dale Blackburn of Oceana; and a host of other loving family and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, October 16, 2013, in the Chapel of Stafford Family Funeral Home with Rev. Paul Compton officiating. He will be laid to rest in Palm Memorial Gardens, Matheny.

Friends may gather with the family Wednesday from 11 a.m. until time of service at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made in Kenneth’s name to Hospice of Southern West Virginia.

E-mail letters of sympathy may be sent at

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


Lundy Lewis Boggess

Lundy Lewis Boggess, age 78, of Glen Daniel, passed away Sunday, October 13, 2013 at the Beckley VA Medical Center following a long illness.

Arrangements are pending completion at Rose and Quesenberry, 1901 S. Kanawha Street, Beckley.


Thelma E. Cook

HOTCHKISS — Thelma E. Cook, 88 of Hotchkiss, passed away Sunday, October 13, 2013.

Born on August 14, 1925, at Oxley, W.Va., to the late John and Emma Foster.

Thelma was a homemaker and took great pride in the cleanliness of her home.

In addition to her parents, Thelma is preceded in death by her husband of 46 years, James Lacy Cook Jr.; brothers, Jim and Edward, and sister, Noreen.

Those left to cherish her memory include her sons, James Moran and wife Carolyn of Beaver, John Cook and wife Nancy of Beckley; daughters, Rosemary Eller and husband Ken of Bethel Park, Pa., Betty Osborne and husband Dale of Crab Orchard, Vickie White and husband Rennie of Lynchburg, Va.; sister, Wanda Tindell of Biloxi, Miss.; sisters-in-law, Bessie Cook and Marie Cook of Hotchkiss; grandchildren, Tammy Ratliff and Tina Acord of Beaver, Kenna Altmeyer and Jenny Westerman of Bethel Park, Pa., Della Dancy of Sophia and James Curtis Osborne of Nimitz, Tamber Hodges of Daniels, Aaron White of Virginia Beach, Va. and Kelley White of Richmond, Va.; 15 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, October 16, 2013, at Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley with Rev. Harless Cook officiating. Thelma will be laid to rest at Sunset Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be Tim Cook, Tom Dancy, Tom Halsey, Matt Hodges, Curt Osborne and Robert Ward.

Friends may gather with the family Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Arrangements by Blue Ridge Funeral Home, 5251 Robert C. Byrd Drive, Beckley.

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