The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


May 3, 2014

Obituaries — Saturday, May 3, 2014

Mary Ellen Carr

HINTON — Mary Ellen Carr, 50, of 190 Pleasant St., Hinton, died Friday, May 2, 2014.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 4, at Pivont Funeral Home Chapel in Hinton, with Pastor David Culverson officiating. Burial will follow in Upland Cemetery, Upland. Friends may call from 1 p.m. until time of services Sunday at the funeral home.

Online condolences and guest register at

Arrangements by Pivont Funeral Home, Hinton.

John Doran Jr.

John Doran Jr., 49, of Coal City, passed away Wednesday, April 30, 2014.

Condolences may be sent to the family’s guestbook at

Arrangements are incomplete at this time. Arrangements by Melton Mortuary and Cremation Center, Beckley.

Norma Jean Ellis

OAK HILL — Norma Jean Ellis, 84, of Oak Hill, passed away April 22, 2014.

A gathering to celebrate Norma’s life will be at 11 a.m. to noon Tuesday, May 6, at the Blue Ridge Funeral Home in Prosperity. A private entombment will also be at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens after the gathering.

Arrangements by Blue Ridge Funeral Home and Cremations, 5251 Robert C. Byrd Drive in Prosperity.

William ‘Bill’ Harper

William “Bill” Harper, 85, of Beckley, passed away Friday, May 2, 2014, at Cabell Huntington Hospital.

Condolences may be sent to the family’s guestbook at

Arrangements are incomplete at this time. Arrangements by Melton Mortuary and Cremation Center, Beckley.

Troy E. Hodge

AMEAGLE — Troy E. Hodge, age 76, of Ameagle, passed away on Thursday, May 1, 2014, at the Bowers Hospice House in Beckley, after a courageous battle with lung cancer.

Born on May 21, 1937, in Reed, W.Va., he was the son of the late James and Almeada Hodge.

He was a U.S. Army Veteran, and was a retired bus operator for the Raleigh County Schools with 24 years of service. Mr. Hodge was of the Pentecostal faith.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, James Lee Hodge, a brother, Billy Hodge, and by sisters Phyllis Conkle and Nancy Stover McClellan.

Mr. Hodge is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Emma J. Williams Hodge; two sons and their wives, Troy Hodge Jr. and his wife Kelly, and Greg Hodge and his wife Kay, all of Whitesville; a sister, Doris Kessinger, of Alderson; four grandsons, Joshua Hodge and his wife Bre-Anna, Luke Hodge and Jacob Hodge, and Garrett Maynor; four granddaughters,  McKenzie Hodge, Ema’Lea Maynor and her fiancé Travis McKinney, Ashley Hamilton and her husband Steve, and Felicia Bone.

Six great-grandchildren, Kami Hodge, Jordan Hodge, Kylon Hodge, Aiden McKinney, Cameron Hamilton, and Addison Hamilton. Several nieces, nephews, and a host of friends also survive. He also leaves behind his puppy peanut.

Funeral services will be conducted at the Pentecostal Freedom Church at Ameagle on Monday, May 5, 2014, at 1 p.m., with Rev. Gary Maynor and Pastor Jeff Shea officiating. Burial will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens at Prosperity. American Legion Post 32 Honor Guard will conduct military graveside rites.

Friends may visit with the family from 11 a.m. until service time on Monday at the church.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

In lieu of flowers, monetary donations may be made to Mrs. Hodge at 7384 Clear Fork Road, Dorothy, WV 25060.

The family extends special thanks to the Raleigh Regional Cancer Center, his primary care physician Dr. Teresa Workman, and to the Bowers Hospice House in Beckley for the care given to Mr. Hodge.

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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