The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


June 11, 2013

Obituaries — Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Louie Vernon Ayers

FIRECO — Louie Vernon Ayers, age 75, of Fireco, passed away at the Jackie Withrow Hospital in Beckley on Saturday, June 8, 2013.

Born on December 10, 1937, at Fireco, he was the son of the late Albert Ayers and Melva Altice Ayers.

He was a retired factory worker and a former coal miner.

Mr. Ayers was preceded in death by brothers, Charlie and James Ayers, and Albert Cumbo, and by a sister Daisy Ayers.

Surviving are his son, Michael Ayers of Odd; brothers, Bill Ayers of Odd, Doug Ayers of Coal City, Roy Ayers of Chicago, Ill., Frank Ayers and his wife Argenia of Coal City, Worley Ayers of Pax; sisters, Melva Hylton and her husband Hershel of Coal City, Leona Hall and her husband Charlie of Princewick, Ethel Hooper and her husband Dewey of Shady Spring, W.Va. Several nieces and nephews also survive. The family extends special thanks to the Jackie Withrow Hospital for the great care that was given to Louie.

Graveside rites and burial will be conducted at the Tom Lilly Cemetery at Ghent, W.Va. on Thursday, June 13, 2013, at 11 a.m. with Rev. Randy Sadler officiating.

Friends may visit with the family from 6 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday at the Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home Shady Spring Chapel.

Online condolences, floral tributes and other expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family via our guestbook at

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

Arrangements are by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home Shady Spring Chapel, 729 Flat Top Road, Shady Spring.

Ralph Chester Cochran

PRINCETON — Ralph Chester Cochran, 73, of Princeton, passed away Sunday, June 9, 2013, at his home surrounded by his family following a long illness.

Born December 13, 1939, at Warford in Summers County, where he lived the early part of his life he was the son of the late John Albert Cochran and Effie Lee Forren Cochran Cox and his step-father, Earl Cox who reared him.

He had lived most of his life in Ohio and Iowa and retired to this area 12 years ago. A nine-year member of the WV National Guard where he was called into active duty during the Cuban Missile Crisis, retired machinist for CSX and Burlington Northern Railroads, a member of the Association of International Machinists and the New Hope Church of the Nazarene at Hinton. He was a devoted family man, avid fisherman, hunter and gardener.

Preceded in death by one brother, James Cochran.

Survived by his wife of 52 years, Janet Hall Cochran; four children, Ralph Cochran and wife Patty of Big Creek, Greg Cochran and fiancé Stephanie of Clarksburg, Lisa Diane Marshall and husband Dan of Toledo, Ohio and Kevin Michael Cochran and wife Rebecca of Princeton; one sister, Kay Talbott of Talcott; adopted daughter, Michelle Artripe of Toledo, Ohio; one sister-in-law, Nancy Cochran of Big Creek; 11 grandchildren, eight great grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 12, 2013, at the New Hope Church of the Nazarene, 1301 Summers Street in Hinton, with Pastor Eddie Crews officiating. Burial will follow in the Valley View Cemetery on Powley’s Creek.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, June 11, 2013, at the church and one hour prior to services on Wednesday.

Grandchildren will serve as pallbearers.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.ronaldmeadowsfp. com

Arrangements are by the Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors of Hinton.

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