The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


October 13, 2012

Obituaries — Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012



Leonard Hamilton Howard

SWEET SPRINGS – Leonard Hamilton Howard, 74, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012.

Service will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012, at the Longanacre Funeral Home Chapel, Fairlea, with the Rev. Mark Smearman officiating. Burial will follow in the Swopes Cemetery, Rock Camp.

Friends and family may call 11 a.m. until the hour of the service on Saturday at the funeral home.

Arrangements by Longanacre Funeral Home, Fairlea.


Barbara Jean Wallace Korn

FAYETTEVILLE — Barbara Jean Wallace Korn, 70, of Rt 1 Fayetteville, died on Thursday, October 11, 2012.

Funeral services will be on Monday, October 15, 2012 at 2 p.m. at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill, with Rev. Robert Pauley and Connie Holley officiating. Burial will be at High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill.

Friends may call one hour prior to the service on Monday at the funeral home.

Memorial donations may be made to Bowers Hospice House, 454 Cranberry Drive, Beckley WV 25801.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.


Mary Francis Leake (Jo)

LOGAN — Mary Francis Leake (known as Mary Jo), 82, of Logan, died Friday, October 12, 2012.

Services will be 1 p.m. on Monday, October 15, 2012, at Honaker Funeral Home in Logan. Burial will follow in Highland Memory Gardens in Godby.

Friends may call on the family two hours prior to services on Monday at the funeral home.

For e-mail condolences go to:

Honaker Funeral Home of Logan is in charge of arrangements.



Diana Ann Murphy

FAYETTEVILLE — Diana Ann Murphy, 56, of Fayetteville, danced her way to heaven on Wednesday, October 10, 2012, at Bowers Hospice House following a brave battle with cancer.

Born August 25, 1956 at Chillicothe,  Ohio, the daughter of the late Teddy Erskine and Eleanor (Davis) Erskine.

Diana was full of “life and love” to all of those around her. In all things, she demonstrated determination, strength, and was admired by many. She was everyone’s Mammaw. Diana and Mammaw will be sorely missed. Heaven just became sweeter to many.

Diana recently retired as a District Claims Manager with the West Virginia Insurance Commission, where she dedicated 15 years of service. She was a member of Grace Baptist Church in Fayetteville W.Va. Diana enjoyed dancing with her friends at the Beckley Moose Lodge where she was also a member.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Teddy and Eleanor Erskine, as well as nephew Merle Erskine.

Those left to cherish her memory are her children Tracy Murphy of Charlotte NC, Stacey Brown of Oak Hill, Lee Ann and her husband Steve Elkins of Oak Hill and Chassity Young of Fayetteville W.Va. Her beloved and precious grandchildren Randy Murphy of Charlotte NC, Kyle and Kayla Hobbs of Fayetteville W.Va., Jessica Brown of Oak Hill, and Jackson Young of Fayetteville W.Va.

She is also survived by five brothers Teddy Erskine, Terry Erskine, Tommy Erskine, Timmy Erskine, and Tobby Erskine, and one sister Kathy Erskine.

Diana will be missed by those near and dear to her heart. The family would like to thank those who helped with her care during this courageous battle — her sister-in-law Kathy Murphy, her special niece Shonnet Bair, brother-in-law Timmy Murphy, David and Jordon Horrocks, Carla and Averee’ (Stinky) Torres, David, Mookie, Bo and Mike Cox, Mike and Kim Bone, her best friends Don and Linda Price and Patty Woods. A special thank you to Heather Brown and Nurse Debbie at the Bowers Hospice House of Southern West Virginia and her Prince Charming Doctor Maurice Smith at Beckley ARH and Tara Neil, RN.

A celebration of her life will be held at Grace Baptist Church, Fayetteville W.Va. at 3 p.m. Monday, October 15, 2012 with Pastor Delbert Walker officiating. (church is located at the corner of Hresan Boulevard and Kaymoor Bottom Road, Fayetteville, W.Va.)

In lieu of flowers please make donations to the Bowers Hospice House of Southern West Virginia, 454 Cranberry Drive, Beckley, WV 25801 or to Grace Baptist Church, P.O. Box 336, Fayetteville W.Va. 25840-0336.

Condolences may be sent to

Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.

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