The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


May 3, 2014

Obituaries — Saturday, May 3, 2014


Odelta Lewis McGraw

Odelta Lewis McGraw, age 92, of Coal City, passed away on Thursday, May 1, 2014, at the Hill Top Center at Hill Top.

Born on September 6, 1921, at Lillybrook, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Benjamin Wallace Bowling and Lenna Bell Archer Bowling.

Mrs. McGraw was a homemaker, and a member of the Grace Primitive Baptist Church at Shady Spring. She had made her home at Coal City most of her life. Mrs. McGraw enjoyed working outdoors and gardening.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, Robert L. Lewis and John McGraw, by a son, Robert L. Lewis II, by a grandson, Robert L. Lewis III, by a granddaughter, Bridgett M. Lewis, and by five brothers and one sister.

Mrs. McGraw was the last surviving member of her immediate family.

Those survivors left to cherish her memory include her sons, Benjamin L. Lewis and his wife Cathy, Thomas H. Lewis and his wife Sharon, all of Coal City. A daughter-in-law, Helen Lewis of Coal City. Grandchildren, Richard and Michelle Lewis of Coal City, B.J. Lewis of St. Albans, Valerie Tomlin of Coal City, Christina Hall of Troutville, Va., Melissa Surber of Hinton and Robyn Spencer of Beckley; 10 great-grandchildren also survive.

Funeral services will be conducted at the Rose and Quesenberry Peace Chapel in Beckley on Sunday, May 4, 2014, at 1 p.m., with Elder Keith Mills officiating. Burial will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens at Prosperity.

Friends may visit with the family from noon until service time on Sunday.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

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.

Barbara Gene Kincaid Oxley

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Barbara Gene Kincaid Oxley, 92, of Grand Rapids, formerly of Oak Hill, died on Tuesday, April 29, 2014, at Porter Hills Village in Grand Rapids.

Born May 6, 1921, at Plymouth, Mich., she was the daughter of the late Virgil Elmer and Viola Bonnie DeLung Kincaid.

Mrs. Oxley was a retired auditor for G.C. Murphy Co. with over 30 years service and was a homemaker. She was of the Methodist faith.

Gene had two great loves, her family and her pets (not necessarily in that order). She was known as “Granny” by all of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and will be missed in every way.

Her husband, Mike Chapler; son, William D. Oxley Jr.; sisters, Velma “Dutch” Holland, Margueritte Hill and Aleriene Burr, and brothers, David V. Kincaid and Thomas O. Kincaid, preceded her in death.

Gene is survived by her loving and devoted family which includes two sons, Thomas M. Oxley and wife, Bev, of Oak Hill and David M. Oxley and wife, Lisa, of Powhatan, Va.; two daughters, Bonnie C. Frommelt of Grand Rapids, and Teresa E. Simmons and husband, James, of Charlotte, N.C.; daughter-in-law, Carol Oxley of Havelock, N.C.; 10 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

Funeral services will be on Saturday, May 3, 2014, at 2 p.m. at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill, with Rev. Harry Fuller officiating. Burial will be at High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill.

Friends may call from 12 noon until service time on Saturday at the funeral home.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the New River Humane Society, PO Box 955, Fayetteville, WV 25840. 

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

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