The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


November 4, 2012

Obituaries — Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012


Herbert Edward Bowyer

FAYETTEVILLE — Herbert Edward Bowyer, 78, of Route 1, Fayetteville, passed away Wednesday, October 31, 2012, at his home surrounded by family. Born October 23, 1934, at Oak Hill, the son of the late Jesse Herbert Bowyer and Cleo (Atkins) Bowyer.

He was preceded in death by his parents and three older sisters.

Those left to cherish his memory include his loving wife of over 55 years Zetta Jane (Bernath) Bowyer; three sons David Bowyer of Fayetteville, Herbie Bowyer and his wife Donna of Fayetteville, Mark Allen Bowyer and his wife Olivia of Vineland, NJ; one daughter Deanna Lynne Brooks of Fayetteville; one sister Bertha Mae Compton and her husband Bennie of Ft. Wayne, Indiana; three grandsons; four granddaughters; 11 great-grandchildren; three special sisters-in-law; one special brother-in-law; and many nieces and nephews.

His remains rest at High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, 1435 E. Main Street, Oak Hill, where the visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. today and where the funeral service will be held 1 p.m. Monday with Rev. Joe Cuthbertson officiating. Burial will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens at Beckley with military rites conducted by the Oak Hill V.F.W. Post 3110.

Family members will serve as pallbearers (Buddy, Jesse, James, David, Mark, and Jamie Paul).

The family wishes to thank Hospice of Southern West Virginia and especially Stephanie Isaac and Amy Shumate Lanham.

Condolences may be sent to

Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.

Nancy Cheetham

Nancy Cheetham, 52, of Beckley, passed away Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012.

Arrangements pending with Rose and Quesenberry, Beckley.

Jean Pamela Cowder

UNION — Jean Pamela Cowder, 84, died October 16, 2012, at home in Union. 

Born November 13, 1927, in St. Albans, England, she was the daughter of the late Reginald and Elsie Edith Biggerstaff Dear. In 2001 she was preceded in death by her husband of 36 years, W. Wayne Cowder.

Survivors include two sisters, Sheila Lowther and husband John of Calne, England, and Patricia Hargraves, a nephew and five nieces all of England and one sister-in-law, Lila Warner of Aydlett, North Carolina.

Jean trained as a nurse at the London Hospital and worked there before coming to America in 1954. She was employed in various hospitals in New Jersey as an Operating Room Nurse and then spent four years as a Public Health Visiting Nurse before retiring in 1968.

Jean came to Monroe County, W.Va., in 1976, where she enjoyed raising her farm stock and riding her horses. She was also known locally as a potter and later as a watercolor artist. Her pottery and paintings grace many homes and businesses across the country.  She completed paintings of many of the historical buildings in Monroe County and surrounding areas, and many of the beautiful landscapes. She was commissioned by many homeowners to do paintings of their homes. In support of the Monroe County Bicentennial celebration, she wrote “Women of Monroe” and a play “The Kidnapping of Elizabeth Graham.”

Jean and her husband Wayne started and directed the Monroe Art Gallery, where works of art from the community were placed on display and she would teach art classes. She was a member of the Monroe County Autumn Harvest Festival Board and coordinated the Art Show for children and adults at the Autumn Harvest Festival for many years. In recent years, she served as the First Queen Mother of the Monroe Madams of The Red Hat Society. She was the founder of a local art group known as The Wednesday Artists, where the group supported the efforts of the Monroe County schools in judging and displaying the artworks of grades 4 to 12. Jean would conduct classes and give directions to her group when they met on Wednesday of each week. She was also involved with the community in numerous ways, supporting art, education and historical preservation.

Jean participated in and was accepted by the Human Gift Registry program at the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine in Lewisburg. There will be no visitation.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Union Fire Department or to the Union Rescue Squad.

A memorial service celebrating the life of Jean will be held at the Union Senior Center on November 15, 2012, from 3:30 p.m. until 8 p.m. Please bring a story or tale about Jean to share with everyone.

Arrangements by Groves Funeral Home in Union.

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