The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


February 1, 2012

Obituaries — Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012

Richard Leon Ayers

RAINELLE — Richard Leon Ayers, 64, passed away Sunday, Jan. 29, 2012.

Service will be 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2, 2010, at Chestnut Knob Christian Church with Pastor Marvin Mullins officiating. Burial will follow in the Harrah Cemetery on Backus Mountain.

Visitation will be from 12:30 p.m. until time of service at Chestnut Knob Christian Church.

Please send online condolences by visiting

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Rainelle.


Carl Rufus Carter

MOCKSVILLE, N.C. — Carl Rufus Carter, 71 of Mocksville, passed away Sunday, January 29, 2012.

Services will be 2 p.m., Thursday, February, 2, 2012, at the Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home Chapel, Peterstown, with Rev. John Offenberger officiating. Burial will follow in the Orchard Cemetery, Ballard.

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

Online guestbook can be signed or condolences may be sent to the Carter family at

Arrangements by Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home, Peterstown.


Norma Virginia Elmore

UNION — Norma Virginia Elmore, 72, of Union, passed away Monday, January 30, 2012.

Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Friday, February 3, 2012, at the Groves Funeral Home in Union with Rev. Don Trent officiating. Burial will follow in the New Lebanon Cemetery at Pickaway.

Friends may call at the Groves Funeral Home in Union from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday.

Groves Funeral Home in Union is in charge of arrangements.  


Virginia Elizabeth Gragg

Virginia Elizabeth Gragg, 83 of Beckley passed away Friday, January 27, 2012.

Born in Landisburg, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late John G. and Maxie Shaver Smith.

Virginia loved helping people, volunteering, and traveling. She enjoyed flowers and gardening but most of all she loved being with her family. Virginia volunteered at Beckley Appalachian Hospital for 14 years. She was a lifetime member of the Cranberry Baptist Church.

In addition to her parents, Virginia is preceded in death by her husband Oliver Kenny Gragg; son Randy Gragg; three brothers and four sisters.

Those left to cherish her memory include her daughters, Cheryl Gragg of Ohio, Andrea Centner and husband Mark of Ohio; son Kenny Gragg and wife Debbie of Ohio; 10 grandchildren, Brandy Gragg, Don Twohig, Tanya Zelinka, Randy Oliver Gragg, Amanda Gragg, Danielle Schneider, Matthew Schneider, Jonathan Fakess, Zac Centner, Jen Centner; eight great-grandchildren, Brianna, Joshua, Sierra, Kylie and Lexie, and Luke, Sebastian, Alayna; brothers Jack Smith of Hico and Bill Smith of Phoenix, Ariz.; sister Mae Zickafoose of Nitro, W.Va. and many relatives and numerous  friends.

Services will be held at noon on Friday, February 3, 2012, at Cranberry Baptist Church with Pastor Roger E. Pauley officiating. Burial will follow at Restlawn Memory Gardens, Victor, W.Va.

Friends may gather with the family Friday from 11 a.m. to noon, at the church.

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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