The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


February 7, 2013

Obituaries — Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013


Mary Helen Watson McPherson

KING, N.C. — Mrs. Mary Helen Watson McPherson, 83, formerly of Beckley, died Tuesday, February 5, 2013.

She was born March 3, 1929 in Maybeury, W.Va., to Fred Conley and Anna Dora Belcher Watson.

Helen and S. K. McPherson were long time active members of the United Methodist Temple in Beckley. Helen was employed at Rural Acres Clinic. They were residents of Orchard Avenue in Beckley for 31 years.

Along with her parents she was preceded in death by a son, Richard Wayne (Ricky) McPherson, four sisters, Cora Lee Billips, Barbara Stegman, Kathleen Marti, and Jean Kessinger, and five borthers, El, Ken, C.J., Kurt, and Charles Watson.

She is survived by her husband, S. K. McPherson Jr.; two daughters, Rhonda M. (Dwight) Duggins, and Reva M. (Tim) Halloran; five grandchildren, Cody Duggins, Hannah and Cameron Halloran, Brandon H. (Kristen) McPherson, and Kenzie R. McPherson; two great grandchildren, Emma Grace McPherson, and Sawyer Heath McPherson; one sister, Sue (Jay) Donathan; four brothers, Arthur, Frank, Wes, and Don Watson.

Funeral services will be held 12:30 p.m., Friday, February 8, 2013, at Trinity United Methodist Church in King, N.C. with the Rev. Diane Marsden and the Rev. Tim Halloran officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

The family will receive friends Friday at the church beginning at 11 a.m. and at the home following the service.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Mount Zion United Methodist Church, 1989 Perch Road, Pinnacle, NC 27043.

Arrangements by Slate Funeral Home, King, N.C.

Kenneth Paul (K.P.) Nester                    

Kenneth Paul “K.P.” Nester, departed this life and into the open arms of Jesus with his loving family by his side on Wednesday, February 6, 2013, at the age of 71, due to complications received in an automobile accident November 2, 2012.

Kenny was born on October 5, 1941, a son of the late Edwin Paul and Estelle (Blethen) Nester in Oak Hill, W.Va. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Charles Nester.

Kenny graduated from Collins High School in Oak Hill in 1960. He received a certificate of training in welding where he went on to work and retire as a welder at A.C.F Industries in Huntington after 30 years of service. He also spent time in the Norfolk Naval Yard in Virginia welding on several US warships in the 1960s and ’70s. He also worked part time as a mechanic at Hash’s Service Station in St. Albans.

An avid outdoorsmen, Kenny spent countless hours hunting and fishing all across WV. He was always at peace while he sat in his tree stand on the family farm in Mason County. He also was an avid WVU sports fan going to several home games with his family. He also spent the last several years sitting in his son, John’s garage enjoying WVU football and basketball games with his son and his great-granddaughter, Esabella. He also enjoyed going to jamborees and talking on his CB Radio using the handle (Alley Oop).

A devoted family man, there was never a time that a family member was in need. He would go above and beyond to ensure the repair of a vehicle or give a tow no matter the time of day. He was a man of several admirable qualities. He worked extremely hard for this family and everything he achieved in his life. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend and will be missed by all that new him.

He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 51 yrs, Brenda; son, Edward Nester and wife, Janet; daughter, Terra Shank; daughter, Cindy Bailey; son John and wife Michelle; and daughter, Jennifer and fiancé Kobby all of Scott Depot; sister, Iris Kay Barker and husband, Harvey of Hurricane; sister, Christy Nester of Oak Hill; grandchildren, Anthony and wife, Valerie of Winfield; Jonathan Nester JR and Kenneth Lee Nester of Scott Depot; Brandon and wife, Heather of Hurricane; Brenda Jean Nester; Justin (Fred) Shank; and Danielle Ross all of Scott Depot. Also suriviving are his great-grandchildren, Mason, Esabella, Addison, Payton, Ameila, Brycen, and Aubree. Also surviving are many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, February 9, 2013, at Chapman Funeral Home, 3941 Teays Valley Road, Hurricane, W.Va. Graveside service will be held at 2 p.m.  Saturday, at High Lawn Memorial Park, 1435 Main Street, East, Oak Hill, W.Va. Visitation will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

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Flowers are appreciated or you may also make a contribution to a charity of your choice in his memory.

Arrangements by Chapman Funeral Home, Hurricane.

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