The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


December 12, 2013

Obituaries — Thursday, December 12, 2013



Jerry Lee Cole

Jerry Lee Cole, 56, of Beckley, passed away Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at Bowers Hospice House.

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Arrangements are pending at Calfee Funeral Home, Beckley.


Alice Ruth Crookshanks

RAINELLE — Alice Ruth Crookshanks, 86, of Loops Road, Rainelle, passed away Wednesday, December 11, 2013, in the Heartland of Rainelle Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, following a long illness.

Born April 7, 1927 in Middletown, Rainelle, she was the daughter of the late William Conley and Molly Carter Vestal.

Ruth was a homemaker and a member of the Big Sewell Baptist Church. 

In addition to her parents, Ruth is preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Ira David Crookshanks; five  brothers William Allison, Eugene, Theodore, Woodrow and Franklin Vestal; two sisters Ester Sims and Mary Sims.

Survivors include three sons Warren and wife Sharon of Cedar Bluff, Richard and wife Carolyn of Loops Road, Rainelle and Ira Jr. and wife Billie of Athens; one brother John Vestal and wife Delores of McRoss; one sister Tillie Spence of Charmco; four  grandchildren Richard Crookshanks II of Fairmont, Alexander Crookshanks of Blacksburg, Va., Marisa Crookshanks of Rainelle and Misty Loggins of Athens; and seven great-grandchildren.

The family would like to express their gratitude to the staff at Heartland of Rainelle for the great care given to their mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and sister.

Services will be 12 noon on Friday, December 13, at Smathers Funeral Chapel, Inc., Rainelle, with Pastor Mike Tincher officiating. Burial will follow in the Sims Cemetery on Loops Road, Rainelle.

Friends may call one hour before the service from 11 a.m. to 12 noon at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, donations of sympathy may be made to the Sims Cemetery Fund, P.O. Box 92, Rainelle, WV 25962.

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Arrangements by Smathers Funeral Chapel, Inc., Rainelle.

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