The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


December 21, 2011

Obituaries — Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2011

Mildred E. Alderman

Mildred E. Alderman, 87 passed away on December 14, 2011 in Bluewater, New Mexico.

Mildred was born on April 24, 1924 in West Virginia.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Walter Alderman; parents, Walter Bell and Martha Boggus Bell.

She is survived by her daughters, Charlotte Russell of Bluewater, New Mexico, Sheila Foust of Granger, Texas, Martha Hare of Lewisville, Texas; son, Charles Alderman of Silver City, New Mexico; sisters, Joan Walker of Crab Orchard, and Connie Bruce of Lavonia, Georgia; and a brother, Andy Bell of Charlottesville, Va.

Funeral will be held on Monday, December 19, 2011, at 2 p.m. at the Grace Baptist Church Inn Milan, New Mexico. Burial will be held in Beckley. Pastor Dale Thatcher will officiate.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, December 22, 2011, from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Blue Ridge Funeral Home in Beckley, with entombment to be held at the Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

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


Loyd Gene Bennett

LEWISBURG — Loyd Gene Bennett, 73, passed away Saturday, Dec. 17, 2011.

Services will be 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 23, 2011, at Morgan Funeral Home, Lewisburg.

Friends may call from 12 noon until time of the service Thursday at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be sent to

Arrangements by Morgan Funeral Home, Lewisburg.


Cory Allen Bradshaw

ORLANDO, Fla. — Cory Allen Bradshaw, 18, passed away Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011.

Service will be 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 23, 2011, at Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Arbovale. Burial will follow in the Arbovale Cemetery.

Friends may call 1 p.m. until time of the service Friday at the funeral home.

Please send online condolences by visiting

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Arbovale.


Bernard K. ‘Bernie’ Burdiss

Bernard K. (Bernie) Burdiss, 72, of Rhodell, passed away Monday, December 19, in Lynchburg, Va.

Born January 30, 1939 in Beckley he was the son of the late John Bernard and Dorothy Calfee Burdiss.

Bernie was a retired construction worker having last worked for the WV Turnpike. He was also employed as a tool maker foreman for Cline Tool Co. in Chicago, IL. He was a member of Laborer's Local Union 453. Bernie loved the WV Mountaineers and Chicago Cubs and enjoyed spending time outdoors. He returned to the area from Chicago in 1976.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his brother, Jack Burdiss.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Glenna (Brenda) M. McGraw Burdiss; son, Gregory K. Burdiss and wife Penny of Walnut Cove, NC; daughters, Lora A. Zickafoose and husband Doug of Culloden, WV and Nicole L. Arrington and husband Chris of Lynchburg, VA; grandchildren, Justin and Jared Zickafoose of Culloden, WV, Cameron and Tyler Arrington of Lynchburg, VA, step grandson, Michael Smith of Walnut Cove, NC; sister, Dana Spencer and husband Jim of Rhodell, WV; brother Arthur Burdiss and wife Ceretha of Flat Top, WV; brothers and sisters-in-law that Bernie had been close to throughout his life, Johnny McGraw of Meade, WV, Danny (Rudy) McGraw of Richlands, VA, Benny McGraw of Meade, WV, Roger McGraw and wife Tresa of Mullens, Diane Cawley and husband Stu of Lester, WV, Talitha Tankersley and husband Richard of Beckley, Kathy Robb and Lenny of Culloden, WV and a large number of nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be 8 p.m. Thursday, December 22, 2011 at the Grace & Truth Chapel in Coal City with Rev. Bill Spencer officiating. Friends may gather with the family at the church from 6:00 p.m. until service time on Thursday.

The family suggests that in lieu of flowers memorial contributions be made to the family to assist with expenses.

Online condolences may be left at

Arrangements by Calfee Funeral Home, Beckley.

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