The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


October 23, 2013

Obituaries — Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013

Alice ‘Cookie’ Cunningham

SPEEDWAY — Alice “Cookie” Cunningham, 67, of Double Cabin Branch Road, Speedway, died Monday, October 21, 2013, at Bluefield Regional Medical Center.

Born on October 14, 1946 in Tazewell, Va., she was the daughter of the late Gordon Lee Bowling and Mary Elizabeth Bales Bowling.

Prior to being employed by Concord University as a cashier, Cookie worked for Sealy Mattress in Bluefield, Va., for over 38 years.

She loved sporting events, reading and her pets. When her health permitted, she attended the Painter’s Chapel United Methodist Church in Speedway.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, John Raymond Bowling and Dale Bowling and one sister, Maxine Gills.

Survivors include her husband, Daniel Owen Cunningham; one sister, Kay Hayes and her husband Kenny of Yorktown, Va. and a host of nieces and nephews.

A service to celebrate the life of Alice “Cookie” Cunningham will be held Thursday, October 24, 2013, at 1 p.m. from the Painter’s Chapel United Methodist Church in Speedway with Pastor David Damewood officiating. Burial will follow in Roselawn Memorial Gardens in Princeton.

The family will receive friends Thursday from 11:30 a.m. until the service hour at the church.

Jeffery Dale Bowling, Tommy Lee Bowling, Curtis Ray Moore, J.B. Gusler, Bill Walker and Josh Sargent will serve as pallbearers.

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The Cunningham family is being served by the Memorial Funeral Directory and Cremation Center on the Athens Road in Princeton.


Ronald G. Baker

Ronald Gene Baker, 72, of the Bowling Addition, Beckley, died Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013.

Condolences may be sent to the family’s guestbook at www.meltonmortuary. com

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary and Cremation Center, Beckley.


Harry C. Barker

BRIDGEPORT, W.Va. — Harry C. Barker, age 92 of Bridgeport, WV departed this life on Monday, Oct. 21, 2013, at The Heritage in Bridgeport.

He was born in Lincoln County, W.Va., on Feb. 28, 1921, a son of the late Raven R. Barker and Lena (Mullens) Barker.

Surviving are his wife, Clarice (Wylie) Barker, step children; Bill & Gabi Whanger, Larry and  Susan Whanger, Cherie Davenport, Kerry and Tina Whanger, Shane Whanger and Stephen Whanger, three sisters, Ruth Osborn, Edna and Dick McPeek and Shirley and Douglas Crawford, eight grandchildren, several great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

He also was preceded in death by an infant son, Michael and a brother, Denver Barker.

Mr. Barker was a member of the Christ Episcopal Church in Clarksburg. He was a member of Allegheny Lodge No. 136 A F & A M, White Sulphur Springs, W.Va.

He served his country during World War II in the Army Air Force. Mr. Barker was owner of Hobart Sales and Service for many years until his retirement.

Friends may call at the Davis-Weaver Funeral Home, 329 East Main St., Clarksburg from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday. A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m., Friday, Oct. 25, 2013, at the Christ Episcopal Church in Clarksburg with the Rev. Ann West presiding. Interment will be in the Bridgeport Cemetery.

Arrangements by Davis-Weaver Funeral Home, Clarksburg.

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