The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


January 23, 2014

Obituaries — Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014


Gary Randolph ‘Randy’ Carson

Mr. Gary Randolph “Randy” Carson, 62, of Beckley, died Friday, Jan. 17, 2014.

Born June 11, 1951, in Beckley, he was the son of the late William Hugh and Frances Oliveria Carson Sr., and preceded by a brother, William H. Carson Jr.

Randy served in the U.S. Air Force, worked at the Veterans Adminstration Medical Center, and was a member of Heart of God Ministries.

Left to cherish precious memories are: his loving wife, Nancy; two sons, Ricardo “Ricky” Swain (and his mother Hulda Swain) of Winder, Ga. and Charles Borders; one daughter, Erykah Starks and granddaughter, Trinity Martin both of Beckley; brothers, Elder Bruce (Nina) Carson of Minden, Phillip Carson of Beckley, Steven (Carla) Carson of Harper Heights and Derrick Carson of Beckley; sisters, Anita (George) Morton of Beckley and Mary (Moses) Hubert of Pickerton, Ohio, Linda (Walter) Robinson of Cross Lanes and Stephanie Carson of Phoenix, Ariz.; two uncles, Arthur Carson and Benjamin James Carson of Columbus, Ohio; one aunt, Mary Benson of Mt. Hope; mother-in-law, Ophelia Motley Belcher of Beckley; four brothers-in-law, Ronald (Cordelia) Mason of Beckley, Samuel (Mildred) Mason of Moreno Valley, Calif., Frank (Kathy) Motley of Beckley  and Quincy A. Madison of Beckley; one sister-in-law, Victoria (Rodney) Davis of McLeansville, N.C.; special friends, Donald Thompson, Jacqueline Cousins, James Fink, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Funeral service will be 1 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014, at Heart of God Ministries, 1703 S. Kanawha St., Beckley, with Bishop Dr. Fred T. Simms officiating. Burial will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Beckley.

Friends may call one hour prior to the service at the church.

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Arrangements entrusted to Ritchie and Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.

Catherine ‘Cab’ Claytor

Catherine “Cab” Claytor, age 95, of Beaver, passed away on Wednesday, January 22, 2014, at the Raleigh Center in Daniels.

Catherine was born on October 16, 1918, at Ansted, W.Va., and was the daughter of the late Hollie and Alice Ferguson Claytor.

Other than her parents, she was preceded in death by sisters, Irene Carte, Ruth Gray, Mary Coleman, and Helen Massie, and by a brother, Alvin Claytor. She was also preceded in death by several nieces and nephews.

Survivors include a sister, Virginia Claytor of Beaver, and many nieces and nephews.

She was of the Baptist faith.

The family extends special thanks to the Raleigh Center, especially to Joy.

Funeral services will be conducted at the Rose and Quesenberry Peace Chapel in Beckley on Friday, January 24, 2014, at 2:30 p.m. with  Pastor Bill Jenkins officiating. Burial will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens at Prosperity.

Friends may visit with the family one hour prior to the services on Friday at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be John Sweeney, Denny Burgess, Dakota Robertson, Charlie Ellison, David Phelps, and Al Coleman.

Private online condolences, floral tributes, and other expressions of sympathy may be directed to the family via our guestbook at

Arrangements are by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, 1901 South Kanawha Street, Beckley.

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