The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


July 15, 2014

Obituaries — Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Texanna Bailey

GLEN FORK — Texanna Bailey, 54, died Saturday, July 12, 2014.

Service will be 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 16, at the Long Branch Freewill Baptist Church, Simon, with the Revs. Delana Daniels and Lonnie Blankenship officiating. Burial will follow in the Conn Cemetery, Long Branch of Simon. Friends may call 6 to 9 p.m. today at the church.

Arrangements by Mounts Funeral Home, Gilbert.

Branda Basham

CHARLESTON — Branda Basham, 22, of Charleston, died Saturday, July 12, 2014. 

Arrangements by Bailey-Kirk Funeral Home in Princeton.

Patsy R. Blankenship Benjamin

OCEANA — Patsy R. Blankenship Benjamin, 72, of Oceana, passed away Saturday, July 12, 2014.

Funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 16, in the Chapel of Stafford Family Funeral Home, Lynco, with Pastor Bill Stewart officiating. Friends may gather with the family from 11 a.m. until time of service Wednesday at the funeral home.

E-mail letters of sympathy may be sent at

The family is being served by The Stafford Family Funeral Home, Lynco.

Samuel ‘David’ Elliott

Samuel “David” Elliott (Grandfish) passed away Saturday, July 5, 2014.

A memorial service will be 2 p.m. Sunday, July 20, at David’s residence on North Fork Road in Green Bank.

Please send online condolences by visiting

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Arbovale.

Suda Ellen Farley

GHENT — Suda Ellen Farley, 91, of Ghent, passed away at her home with family on Saturday, July 12, 2014.

Born March 23, 1923, she was the daughter of the late James Winfred Farley and Betsy Jane Lilly.

Suda had a love for gardening, working hard all of her life, caring for her brother and sisters, and enjoyed spending as much time as she could with her family. Suda helped raise her grandchildren so her daughter could attend college and start her career.

She was a member of Ghent Missionary Baptist Church, but due to her health, she was unable to attend for several years. She shared many memories of walking to church as a young girl with her mother and many friends who have already passed away.

Suda made her home with her daughter Reva and son-in-law Clay.

She was preceded in death by brothers Gilmer, Kellis, Herbert, and Junior as well as her sister Thelma.

Those left to cherish her memory include her daughter Reva Bowman and husband Clay Osborne, grandchildren Christina “Crissy” Wilburn and husband Artie of Ghent; Ralph Carr Jr. and wife Lori of Ghent; Scott Bowman and Anita of Shady Spring; eight great-grandsons, Nathan Wilburn of Cool Ridge; Jacob Carr, Matthew Carr, and Andrew Carr of Hinton; Matthew and David Britt of Ghent; Preston Bowman and Dylan of Shady Spring; one great-granddaughter, Bethany Wilburn of Ghent, and a great-great-grandson, Greyson, who brought laughter and smiles to her in the past couple of weeks. Also left to cherish her memory are her sister Deane Lilly of Daniels and several nieces and nephews.

Special thanks to Roanna, Hospice of Southern West Virginia, and her nurses, Erica, Nikki, and Lori.

Friends may gather Tuesday, July 15, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Blue Ridge Funeral Home in Beckley.

Services will be held on Wednesday, July 16, at 2 p.m. at Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley. Russell Ellison will be officiating with a eulogy by Lilly Warren.

Grandchildren will serve as pallbearers.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Arrangements by Blue Ridge Funeral Home, 5251 Robert C. Byrd Drive, Beckley.

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