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December 12, 2013

Obituaries — Thursday, December 12, 2013



Charlotte Davis

CHAPMANVILLE — Charlotte Davis, 64 of Chapmanville, passed away Monday,  December 9, 2013.

A Memorial Service will be held on Monday, December 16, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. at Honaker Funeral Home in Logan. Friends may call on the family from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Monday at the funeral home.

In keeping with her wishes, Charlotte is to be cremated.

For e-mail condolences go to:

Honaker Funeral Home of Logan is in charge of arrangements.


George Doss Jr.

MARYLAND — George Doss Jr., 54, of Maryland, formerly of McAlpine, passed away Sunday, December 8, 2013.

Arrangements are pending completion with Williams-Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Sophia.


Dr. Billy Gean Dunn

PETERSTOWN — Dr. Billy Gean Dunn, 82 of Peterstown, formerly of Fairmont, W.Va.,  passed away Tuesday, December 10, 2013.

A Celebration of Life Service will be 11 a.m. Friday, December 13, 2013 at the Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home Chapel, 111 Market Street, Peterstown, with Pastor Jerry Sawyers officiating with a visitation one hour prior to the service. A second Celebration of Life Service will be 1 p.m., Saturday, December 14, 2013 at the Ross Funeral Home, 801 Fairmont Avenue, Fairmont, with a visitation from 10 a.m. until the time of service.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to the Billy G. Dunn Scholarship Fund at Fairmont State Foundation, 1300 Locust Avenue, Fairmont, WV 26554 or online at

Online guestbook can be signed or condolences may be sent to the Dunn family at

Arrangements by Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home, Peterstown.

Joan ‘Cookie’ Powell Edmonds

HENDERSON, N.C. — Joan “Cookie” Powell Edmonds, of Henderson, formerly of Beckley, departed this life peacefully on Saturday, December 7, 2013 at Duke University Hospital in Durham, N.C.

Born in Winding Gulf, W.Va., Joan was the daughter of the late Junior and Elnora Powell of Beckley.

Cookie graduated from Stratton High School Class of 1960.

She accepted Christ at an early age and was baptized at Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Beckley. Joan had an unconditional love for children and devoted her life to providing social services to families in need throughout West Virginia, New Jersey and North Carolina. The children and families that she nurtured and assisted are too numerous to list. Joan possessed a knowledge and passion for bowling and tennis that she passed along to her husband, family and community.

Joan graduated from Essex County College in Newark, N.J., where she received an Associate Business Degree and worked for Public Service Gas and Electric for more than twenty years. Following relocation to Henderson, N.C., Joan worked for the Vance County Social Services Department of Adult Medicaid as a supervisor.  

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sisters, Mary Hannah and Eunice Reeves and brother, James Powell.

Joan leaves to cherish her memory her devoted husband of 46 years, Jerry Edmonds Jr; son, Jerry (Dorcel) Edmonds III of Milwaukee, Wis.; two grandchildren, Jerrica Edmonds of Memphis, Tenn. and Jerry Edmonds IV of Bowling Green, Ky.; sisters, Lynda (David) Powell Cole of  Dallas, Texas and Deborah (Ray) Powell Williams of Grand Rapids, Mich.; brothers William (Myrna) Powell of Baltimore, Md., Nathaniel (Effie) Powell of Baltimore, Md. and Raymond Powell of  St Petersburg, Fla.; aunt, Beulah Chambers of Harrisburg, Pa. and a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

Funeral service will be 1 p.m., Saturday, December 14, 2013 at Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 142 Mool Avenue, Beckley with Rev. Thomas V. Moore and Rev. Nelson Staples III officiating. Burial will follow in Greenwood Memorial Park, Beckley.

Friends may call one hour prior to the service at the church.

Condolences may be e-mailed to ritchie-johnson@suddenlinkmail

Arrangements entrusted to Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.

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