The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


June 2, 2014

Obituaries — Monday, June 2, 2014


Merle S. Ford

In the early evening of Saturday, May 31, 2014, Merle S. Ford, age 95, of Beaver, WV, was taken into Heaven.

She was born on March 20, 1919, at Grandview, WV, to the late Arthur and Ocie Peters Carper of Grandview, WV.

Mrs. Ford was also preceded in death by three brothers, Vincent, Jack, and Roy Carper.  She was the last surviving member of her immediate family. Mrs. Ford is survived by her husband Burl Ford, in which they were married 74 years. He along with her three children were her caregivers for the past 10 years. She will be sadly missed by her children, Darrell, Della, and Darla.

Mrs. Ford was a member of the Beaver Baptist Church, where she also sang in the church choir.

Those left to remember her are her children, Darrell Ford and his wife Nancy of Beaver, Della Wriston and her husband Roger of Lewisburg, and Darla Whitehair and her husband Ron of Beckley.

Grandchildren, Avery Taylor, Bryan Wriston, David Ford, and Rhonda Bennett.

Great-grandchildren, Brady and Coalton Taylor, Chase and Ian Bennett.

The family wishes to express their appreciation to Becky Harmon for the Love and Great care given to our mom in the last year. Special thanks go to Dr. Richard Whisman and his nurse Blue.

Funeral Services will be conducted at the Rose and Quesenberry Peace Chapel in Beckley on Tuesday, June 3, 2014, at 2 p.m. with Rev. Paul Holstein officiating. Burial will follow at the Grandview Cemetery at Grandview, WV. Friends may visit with the family from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday at the funeral home. Pallbearers will be Avery Taylor, Bryan Wriston, David Ford, Glenville Redden, Bill Richmond, and Phillip Maltempie.

Private online condolences, floral tributes, and other expressions of sympathy may be directed to the family via our guestbook at

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

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