The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


May 28, 2013

Obituaries — Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Richard Bainbridge

Richard Bainbridge, 69, of Dry Creek, WV, died Wednesday, May 22, 2013, at the Beckley VA Medical Center following a long illness.

He was born September 13, 1944, to the late William and Mary Bainbridge.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Joyce Simpson Bainbridge, and a sister, Joan Deana Kay.

Richard was an antenna and radio repairman of the U.S. Army, and worked as a mechanic for the Allstate Septic Service and Liqui-Sol, LLC, until his accident.

Those left to cherish his memory include his son, Brian Bainbridge; daughters, Michelle Thompson and Angela Bainbridge all of Virginia and Tabitha Henson and husband, John, of Maryland; 7 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; and a very dear friend, Henry Buzzard of Dry Creek.

Services will be held Wednesday, May 29, 2013, at Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley, with Rev. Larry Kinder officiating. Burial will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Beckley, with Military Honors provided by the Beckley American Legion Post # 32.

Friends may gather with the family from 1 p.m. until time of the service Wednesday at the funeral home.

Online condolences and other information can be found by visiting

Blue Ridge Funeral Home, 5251 Robert C. Byrd Drive, Beckley, is serving the family.

Pamela Sue Evans

LOGAN — Pamela Sue Evans, 61, of Logan passed away Saturday, May 26, 2013.

Arrangements are incomplete at this time. Honaker Funeral Home of Logan is in charge of arrangements.

Rachel De Mario Ferris

RICHMOND, Va. — Well-known local educator Rachel De Mario Ferris passed away after a brief illness on May 4, 2013, at Henrico Doctors Hospital in Richmond, Va.

Mrs. Ferris was a longtime resident of Beckley and began her teaching career in McDowell County, then continued in Raleigh County Public Schools until her retirement in 2005 and subsequent relocation to the Richmond area in 2011.

She is survived by Sam B. Ferris, her husband of 62 years, at home in the Richmond area; daughter and son-in-law Jeff and Cathy Ferris McPherson of Glen Allen, Va.; daughter, Diane Spresser of Harrisonburg, Va.; and several cousins. Born on December 5, 1924, Rachel was the only daughter of Paul and Lucy DeMario of Welch, W.Va., who predeceased her. She received her baccalaureate degree from Concord College [now University] and completed post-graduate work with the University of Kentucky and West Virginia University. Once she began her teaching career, she continued post-graduate studies through summer courses and workshops, including National Endowment for the Humanities institutes.

Mrs. Ferris was a dedicated and conscientious teacher who loved teaching; she believed in academic excellence, classroom discipline, and the important role that education could play in improving the lives of her students. She was the recipient of numerous professional recognitions and rewards, including Who’s Who among Teachers in America.

She was a lifelong lover of travel, and with her husband visited six of seven world continents. She also enjoyed books, needlework, and music, having been an accomplished pianist in her youth and early adult years. She was a member of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Beckley, Episcopal Church Women; The Woman’s Club of Beckley, and Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority.

A memorial service will be held at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church on Saturday, June 1, 2013, at 4 p.m. with interment in the church’s columbarium following the service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Stephen’s Memorial Gift Fund, or a charity of your choice.

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