The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


July 28, 2013

Obituaries — Sunday, July 28, 2013

Henrietta Mae Argabright Brellahan

MINDEN — Henrietta Mae Argabright Brellahan, 78, of Minden, WV, died on Thursday, July 25, 2013, at Plateau Medical Center in Oak Hill, WV.

Born February 15, 1935, at Redstar, WV, she was the daughter of the late Henry Martin and Rose Kozma Argabright.

She retired from Value City in Beckley.

Mrs. Brellahan was a member of the Baptist faith.

Her husband, Michael B. Brellahan, and two sisters, Dora F. Hiltunen and Clara Terry, preceded her in death.

Survivors include two sons, Edward Brellahan of Ohio and Clifford “Ned” Brellahan and wife, Debi, of Mount Hope; three daughters, Debra Settle of Minden, Barbara Brellahan and husband, Frank, of Oak Hill and Margaret Tate and husband, Johnnie, of Umatilla, FL; fourteen grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren. Also surviving are special friends, Bob and Sandy Thompson, Red and Loretta Treadway and Deborah and Jack Clay.

Funeral services will be on Monday, July 29, 2013, at 2 p.m. at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill with Rev. Ronald Richards officiating. Burial will be at Gethsemane Memorial Gardens, Oak Hill. Friends may call one hour prior to the service on Monday at the funeral home.

Family members will serve as pallbearers.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill, WV.


Jessie Cochran

Jessie Katherine Terry Cochran, 88, of Dutch Lane, Beckley, died Saturday, July 27, 2013.

Condolences may be sent to the family’s guestbook at

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary and Cremation Center, Beckley.


LTC Robert David McVey

NOKOMIS, Fla. — LTC Robert David McVey (Ret), 65, husband of Candy McVey, passed away at home in Nokomis, Florida, on May 13, 2013. Bob was born April 13, 1948, the son of Ruth and the late James McVey of Prosperity, WV.

He was a 1966 graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from McKendree University and Master’s Degree from Marshall University. Bob spent his life serving his country in the United States Army with a career spanning 38 years protecting the freedom we all enjoy.

The beginning of his military career he was drafted into the Army serving several tours in Vietnam, completing OCS, Jump School, Jump Master Course, Special Forces Training, Rotary Wing Aviator Course, Military Marine Diver Course and as an officer with Special Forces A team experience in demolitions and all concepts of organization of civilians during insurgencies and guerilla warfare. He was also a professor of Military Science and the last years of his service were spent as an active duty officer with WV National Guard headquartered at the Pentagon.

Some of the awards he earned are: Army Commendation; Army Achievement; Senior Parachutist; Good Conduct Medal; National Defense Service Medal; Sharpshooter Rifle M-16; Vietnam Service Medal; Bronze Star; Combat Infantry Badge; Meritorious Service Medal; Army Aviator Badge; Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal.

Following his retirement from the military in 1991, he continued to support the nation by founding and managing three professional service corporations in the Washington, DC, area, culminating in his retirement in 2012.

Bob was a lifetime Legion de Lafayette member of National Guard Association of the United States, Special Forces Association, and National Guard Education Foundation. He was a 32nd degree member of The Mason fraternity.

He was a proud Godfather to his nephews Billy, Bobby and Payton Edmonds.

In addition to his mother and wife, Bob will be sadly missed by his daughters: Kimberly McVey, Jennifer McVey and Traci Peter. Grandsons, Richard Hayden and Levi Peter; Sisters, Pamela Crawford (Patrick), Stephanie McVey Edmunds (Billy); Brothers Samuel McVey (Pauline), Roger McVey (Judy), Michael McVey (Carol); nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and nephews.

Services for Bob will be August 1, 2013, at 1 p.m. at Arlington National Cemetery’s Memorial Chapel, with full military burial services immediately following. Arlington National Cemetery is our nation’s most hallowed ground to the heroes and the pathfinders who rest in eternal peace and honored glory there. “Where valor proudly sleeps.”

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Bertha Prewitt

PITTSBURGH — Ms. Bertha Prewitt, of Pittsburgh, died Tuesday, July 23, 2013.

Arrangements entrusted to Ritchie and Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.


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