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November 28, 2012

Obituaries — Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012



Joseph Arthur Myers

MATHENY — Joseph Arthur Myers, 55, of Matheny, passed away on Monday, November 26, 2012 in Pearisburg, Va.

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


Lillia F. Thomas

Mrs. Lillia F. Thomas, 97, of Beckley, went home with the Lord on Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012, at Bowers Hospice House, following a long  illness.

Born Jan. 24, 1915, in Crystal, W.Va., to the late Julia Ann Hodge and John Millner.

Lillia was a member of  New Hope Baptist Church and she was active in the Raleigh County Commission on Aging, Silver Hair Legislative, she retired from Beckley Hospital as an lab technician in 1984. She also loved to visit the sick and shut-in through the community, she had a  passion for making quilts and crocheting.

She was preceded in death by 11 siblings and her oldest child, Clifton Clay.

Left behind to cherish her memory include her daughter, Garnet Baldwin (Charles) of Beckley; five grandchildren: Shannon Clay Johnson, Shawn Clay Anderson, Florence Clay, Jonica Baldwin Shaw and Charles Baldwin Jr.; special great-great-grandchild, Isaiah Shaw and a host of great-great-grandchildren, nieces, nephew, relatives, and friends.

Services to celebrate he life of Lillia will be conducted at 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012, at Durgan Funeral Chapel in Beckley, with Pastor Sandra Jackson and the Rev. Walter Leach officiating. Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery, Beckley.

The family wishes to extend special thanks to Bowers Hospice House, Beckley.

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Arrangements by Durgan Funeral Home, 1501 South Kanawha St., Beckley.


Marie Toler

ROCKHOUSE — Marie Toler, 88, departed this life Sunday, November 25, 2012, at her home surrounded by her loving family.   

Born March 16, 1924, in Guyan, she was the daughter of the late Clara and Dewey Toler.

Marie was a homemaker and a member of Coal Mountain Freewill Baptist Church.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Buddy Toler; a brother, Kiser Hatfield; and three sisters, Claudia Toler, Junie Godfrey and Tressie Morgan.

Those left to cherish her memory are her husband, James Toler of Rockhouse; 14 children, Virgie (Lonnie) Harper of Brenton, Velma Cline of Coal Mountain, Darrell (Anita) Toler of Elk Creek, Ernestine (James) Christian of Coal Mountain, James (Linda Sue) Toler of Oceana, Elestine (Joe) Ellis of Justice, Arnold (Beatrice) Toler of Elk Creek, Loretta (Carl) Harper of High Point, N.C., Margie (Roy) Brown Greenville, S.C., Phyllis (Samuel) Cline of Huntington, Jessie (Lisa) Toler of Coal Mountain, Randy Toler of Rockhouse, Helen (Greg) Hatfield of Coal Mountain, and Charlotte (Charles) Southard of Coal Mountain; two brothers, Roger Hatfield of Coal Mountain, Wirt Hatfield of Clearfork; 54 grandchildren; 81  great-grandchildren; and 17 great-great grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews and family and friends.

A celebration of Marie's life will be 1 p.m. Thursday, November 29, 2012, at Coal Mountain Freewill Baptist Church with Rev. James Ellis and Rev. Roger Browning officiating. Marie will be laid to rest in Big Cub Missionary Baptist Cemetery, Coal Mountain.

Casketbearers will be family and friends.

The family will receive friends after 6 p.m. Wednesday, November 28, 2012 at the church.

A video tribute guestbook at

Services entrusted to Adam Toler Memorial Funeral Home, Oceana.

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