The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


December 18, 2012

Obituaries — Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012


Evada Lester

Evada Lester, 49, of Lester, formerly of South Carolina, died Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012.

Arrangements entrusted to Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.

Rev. Denver ‘Den’ McClellan Jr.

ACCOVILLE — Rev. Denver “Den” McClellan Jr., 67, a native of Lundale, passed away Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012.

 A celebration of life and resurrection will be at noon Thursday, Dec. 20, at the Becco United Baptist Church at Amherstdale. Burial will follow at Highland Memory Gardens at Godby. Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the church and one hour prior to services.

Online condolences may be made at

Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of the Krantz-McNeely Funeral Home at Man.

Robert Dean ‘Bob’ Merritt

Robert Dean “Bob” Merritt, age 54, of Beckley, passed away on Sunday, December 16, 2012, at the Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, W.Va., following a short illness.

Born on January 16, 1958, in Dayton, Ohio, he was the son of Frank Burnside Merritt of Bernie, Missouri, and Helen Joyce Bennett Merritt of Beckley.

Mr. Merritt was a self-employed carpenter, and had been a Beckley resident since 2001. He enjoyed fishing, building things, and spending time with his family. He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather.

Mr. Merritt was preceded in death by his grandmother, Bessie Bennett.

Those survivors left to cherish his memory include his wife of 28 years, Iris Wooddell; two children, Angeline Rene Goodman and her husband David of Hampton, Va., Anthony Robert Merritt (and JoJo Merritt) of Newport News, Va.; two stepchildren, Carol Hockensmith of Springfield, Va., and Tammy Marie Long and her husband Christopher Long of Springfield, Va.; five grandchildren, Chloe, Dakota, Morgan, Stevie, and Tanner; a sister, Joy Merritt of Falls Church, Va.; a niece, Chelsea Weaver of Hershey, Pa.

A Memorial Service will be held to Celebrate The Life Of Robert Dean Merritt on Wednesday, December 19, 2012, at 2 p.m. at the Rose and Quesenberry Peace Chapel in Beckley.

Friends may visit with the family one hour prior to the services Wednesday.

Online condolences may be sent to our guestbook at

In lieu of flowers, donations of sympathy may be made to the Bowers Hospice House, 454 Cranberry Drive, Beckley, WV, in memory of Robert Merritt.

Arrangements are by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, 1901 South Kanawha Street, Beckley.

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