The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


December 29, 2012

Obituaries — Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012


Billy ‘Snake’ Morgan

MULLENS — Billy Aeron “Snake” Morgan, 60, of Mullens passed away Friday, Dec. 28, 2012.

Arrangements are incomplete at Tankersley Funeral Home, Mullens.

Lowell Thomas Russell

HINTON — Lowell Thomas Russell, 74, of Hinton died Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012.

Condolences may be sent to the family at

The arrangements are incomplete at the Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors in Hinton.

James Edward Shaffer

James Edward Shaffer, 74, of Piney View, passed away on Wednesday, December 26, 2012, at his home following an extended illness.

Born November 22, 1938, in Sprague, WV, to the late Clarence and Helen Shaffer.

He served our country in the United States Air Force. He was a proud member of the United Mine Workers of America and was a retired welder from J.O. Lively Construction Company. He also enjoyed traveling and dining out.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers, Kenneth and Lewis Shaffer; sister, Hazel Taylor; and his mother-in-law, Ruby Morris.

Those left to cherish his memory include his loving wife of 50 years, Mrs. Ruth Ann Shaffer, at home; daughters, Mary Ann Bolen and husband Edward of Coal City, and Sarah Jane Redden and husband Jerry of Piney View; son, Douglas Keith Jackson of Harper Heights; brothers, Harold Shaffer and wife Carol of MD, Larry Shaffer of Florida; sisters, Sharon Shields and husband Butch of VA, and Linda Shaffer of Sprague; 8 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great-grandson.

A celebration of Mr. Shaffer’s life will be conducted at 3 p.m. Sunday, December 30, 2012, at the Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Chapel in Beckley with Pastor Cecil Smith officiating. Interment will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens in Prosperity.

Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

Visitation will be held on Saturday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral chapel.

In lieu of flowers donations may be sent to the Bowers Hospice House, 454 Cranberry Drive in Beckley, 25801.

Private online condolences, floral gifts, and other expressions of sympathy are available at

Arrangements with Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, 1901 South Kanawha Street in Beckley.

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