The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


January 29, 2013

Obituaries — Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013


Louresa M. ‘Retha’ Griffin

Louresa M. “Retha” Griffin, 74, of Beckley, died Thursday, January 24, 2013.

Born May 17, 1938, in Slab Fork, she was the daughter of the late William and Ida Mae Motley Yeager.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Charles (Pops) Griffin; brothers, William (June) Yeager, Joe Neal and Dolphus Edwards; and sister, Lillian Fuller.

A graduate of Stratton High School, Retha was briefly employed at Beckley Manufacturing in Beckley. She left her position there to become the primary caregiver of her brother, June. Retha was an active member of New Hope Primitive Baptist.

Left to cherish her memories are sons, Jerry (Terri) Brown of Ellenwood, Ga., and Henry (Tanya Timbers) Clark of Beckley; daughter, Melanie (Ernie Nabors) Berry of Beckley; grandchildren, Shawn of Houston, Texas, Tashaira (Buffy), Tiziana (Lucy) and Jasmine, all of Beckley, and Casey of Ellenwood, Ga.; sisters, Fannie Mae Gordon of Newark, N.J., and Mabel Beckom of East Orange, N.J.; and a host of great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held 12 noon on Wednesday, January 30, 2013, at Welcome Baptist Church, 206 8th Street, Beckley, with Rev. David Allen officiating. Interment will be at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Prosperity.

Friends may call one hour prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, the family request monetary contributions be made to Welcome Baptist Church, 206 8th Street, Beckley, WV, in memory of Louresa Griffin.

Condolences may be e-mailed to

Arrangements entrusted to Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.

Naomi C. Johnson

SUMMERSVILLE — Naomi C. Johnson, 91, of Summersville, passed away Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30, at the Waters Funeral Chapel in Summersville. In keeping with her wishes, her body will be cremated at the conclusion of services.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 921 W. Neville St., Beckley, WV 25801.


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