The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


January 29, 2014

Obituaries — Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014

Roger Lee Akers

MAYNOR — Roger Lee Akers, 68, of Maynor, died on Monday, January 27, 2014.

Funeral services will be on Friday, January 31, 2014, at 2 p.m. at Tyree Funeral Home in Mount Hope. Burial will be at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Prosperity.

Visitation will be held at Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope on Thursday, January 30, 2014, from 6 to 8 p.m. 

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope.

Ernest Edwin Ballard

ALDERSON — Ernest Edwin Ballard, age 87, of Alderson, passed away on Sunday, January 26, 2014, at the White Sulphur Springs Center, White Sulphur Springs, following a long illness.

Arrangements by Lobban Funeral Home, Alderson.

Cecil Lewis Bennett

ALDERSON — Cecil Lewis Bennett, 75, of Alderson, after a courageous fight with cancer, went home to be with the Lord on January 26, 2014. He will always be remembered as a loving husband and generous friend. He enjoyed Bluegrass music, quiet evenings on the front porch, visiting with good friends and he especially loved his Percheron and miniature draft horses along with his canine companions, Bubby and Lil Man.

He was born in Monroe County, W.Va., March 28, 1938, a son of the late James Luther and Jewell Ballangee Bennett.

In addition to being a Veteran of the United States Army, he was a retired superintendent for S. J. Groves and a retiree of Dunn and Day along with having served 16 years as a bus operator with Greenbrier County Schools.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a brother, Lee Bennett and brother-in-laws, Lloyd Carter and Al O’Neil.

Those left to remember him include his loving wife of 35 years, Betty Bennett; a daughter, Tammy Whitman and husband, Charles and her son, Joseph; three step children, Barbara Bowles, Rick Shires and wife, Linda, Artie Shires and wife, Carmela; seven  grandchildren, Chrissy, Chad, Bryan, Brittany, Keri, Stacy and especially, Haylee; a brother, Carl Bennett and wife, Wanda; three sisters, Delphia Lemons and husband, Calvin, Doris O’Neil and Carol Carter; several nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Thursday, January 30, 2014 at the Groves Funeral Home Chapel in Union with the Rev. Jonathan Hunt officiating. Burial will follow at the Alderson Cemetery, Fletcher Division at Alderson.

Friends may call at the Groves Funeral Home in Union from 12:30 p.m. until service time Thursday.

Those wishing to make an expression of sympathy are asked to consider donations to; Flat Mountain Missionary Baptist Church, P. O. Box 777, Alderson, WV 24910 or Bowers Hospice House 454 Cranberry Drive, Beckley, W.Va. 25801.

Pallbearers will be Darrell McCallister, Ryan King, Jason Bradley, Charles Bowles, Chad Sams and Bryan Shires.

Honorary Pallbearers, Jim O’Neil, Dempsey Sheppard, William Richmond, Bobby Loudermilk and Donnie Carter.

Military Graveside rites will be conducted by the West Virginia Honor Guard.

Groves Funeral Home in Union is in charge of arrangements.

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