The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


February 5, 2013

Obituaries — Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013


C.E. ‘Buddy’ Elder

GLEN JEAN — C.E. “Buddy” Elder, 65, of Glen Jean, WV, died on Friday, February 1, 2013, at Raleigh General Hospital in Beckley, WV.

Born June 14, 1947, at Maple Fork, WV, he was the son of the late Fred Thomas and Sara Frances Prather Elder.

He was the retired owner of C&B Auto Salvage.

Buddy was a U.S. Army veteran.

A son, Clarence Edward Elder, Jr., preceded him in death.

Survivors include his companion, Sandra Gill, stepdaughter, Audrey Cook of Minden, two brothers, Wayne Elder of Harvey and James Elder of Clear Creek; and one sister, Drema Smith of Maple Fork.

He is also survived by three step grandchildren, Austin Suttle, Tiffany Cook and Anna Cook, six nephews, four nieces, three great-nephews, six great-nieces and four great-great-nephews.

Funeral services will be on Thursday, February 7, 2013, at 2 p.m. at Tyree Funeral Home in Mount Hope with Rev. Danny Damron officiating. Burial will be at Gethsemane Memorial Gardens, Oak Hill. Friends may call one hour prior to the service on Thursday at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope, WV.

Thomas Milton Hicks

NITRO — Thomas Milton Hicks, 74, of Nitro, WV, went to be with the Lord on January 31, 2013. He was a wonderful Christian man who loved the Lord first and foremost.

Thomas retired as a military police officer in the U.S. Army after 20 years of service and was a supervisor for Guardsmark Inc. for 20 years. He enjoyed fishing, baseball, but his true love was spreading the word of the Lord to others during his 15-plus years as a preacher.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Amos and Nora Hicks, 4 brothers, and 2 sisters.

He is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Carolyn Hicks; daughters Connie (Will) Snyder of Eccles, Michelle Bowles of Nitro, Melissa Vest of Charleston; 12 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren; brother Larry (Bonnie) Hicks of Shady Spring, and sister Carolyn Lilly of Sophia.

Services celebrating the life and ministry of Rev. Hicks will be held on Wednesday, February 6, 2013, at 1 p.m. in the Chapel of Williams-Blue Ridge Funeral Home with the Rev. Dean Adams officiating. Burial will follow in the Slab Fork Community Cemetery, Tams Mountain.

Friends may gather with the family from noon until service time Wednesday at the funeral home.

An online guest registry and other information can be found by visiting

The honor of serving the Hicks family was given to Williams-Blue Ridge Funeral Home, 101 First Street, Sophia, WV.

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