The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


January 22, 2014

Obituaries — Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014

Wayne Bostic

RONCEVERTE — Wayne Bostic, 66, of Ronceverte, passed away Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014.

Postponed services, will be noon Wednesday, Jan. 22, at the Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home in Ronceverte with Pastor Tim Dillon officiating. Burial will follow at the Salem Cemetery at Organ Cave.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Activity Department at the Brier Nursing Home, 601, Rocky Hill Road, Ronceverte, WV 24970.

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Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home in Ronceverte is in charge of arrangements.

Judith ‘Judy’ Karen Brown

The family of Judith (Judy) Karen Brown  of Drews Creek is sad to announce that she passed from this life on Monday, January 20th, 2014 after a long illness.

She was preceded in death by her infant twin sisters, Rebecca and Ramona; her daddy, Quentin Brown; and her grandma, Rebecca Margaret Miller (Margie) both of Drews Creek.

Judy leaves behind her beloved mother (Mommy), Mabel Chloe Brown; a sister, Susan Alice Landy, and her husband, Pete; a brother, Larry Wayne Brown, and his wife, Carol, all of Drews Creek. She also leaves behind niece Nikki Michelle Honaker, her husband, Danny, and their daughter, Faith, all of Drews Creek. Further, she leaves her nephew, Tracy Wayne Brown, and his wife, Jennifer, of Dunbar, W.Va. In addition, she leaves a niece, Joan-Margaret Cooper, her husband, David, and their son, Quin, of Midway, W.Va. Judy also leaves her ex-husband, John Canterbury, about whom she always cared. Furthermore, she takes leave of a multitude of friends. She will be greatly missed by all, especially her aunt, Virginia Bonds, of Drews Creek.

Judy was especially proud of her nephew, Tracy Brown, her nieces, Nikki Honaker, and Joan Cooper, and her great niece, Faith Honaker.

Judy was born at Naoma, on December 8, 1950, to Quentin and Mabel Brown. She was a sweet and loving child who could be depended on to occupy herself and stay out of trouble. Once, when her mother was sick and needed to be in bed, Judy told her not to worry, that she would sit right there by the bed and play jacks. And she did. She could always be depended on to be the first one up on Christmas morning, running around and yelling for everyone else to get up. As an adult, she could also be counted on to stand up for herself and anyone who was the underdog.

Judy spent much of her childhood in and out of hospitals, and having many surgeries. As a result, the good health that she enjoyed for many years as an adult was never taken for granted. Her early illnesses left her much of the time in bed, with nothing to do but read. As a result, she developed a love for reading that lasted throughout her life. She said, “Books are my friends.” She was never a whiner. Even when she was very ill during the last years of her life, she never complained. If asked how she was, she always replied, “I’m good, praise the Lord.” Judy was a graduate of Marsh Fork High School, West Virginia State College, and West Virginia University, where she received her master’s degree. She spent 40 years as a teacher in Raleigh County at Mt. View Elementary, Marsh Fork Elementary, and Trap Hill Middle Schools. Many colleagues at those schools became her close friends, and she missed them greatly when she was no longer able to teach. She was able to love and inspire over 1,000 students during those years, and they impacted her life, as well. Many were special to “Miss Brown," but especially Jodi Griffith and Julie Castle.

Judy was a member of Delbert Freewill Baptist Church on Drews Creek, where she sang with her mother and sister as “The Browns." She was a beloved member of the community, and a friend to many. She always put others before herself, and felt privileged to help countless people during her life.

Since Judy was a very giving person, the family asks that you do not send flowers or gifts. Instead, the family prefers that donations be made in her name to the Bowers Hospice House, where she peacefully spent her last days. Their address is 454 Cranberry Drive, Beckley, VVV 25801.

Services for Judy Brown will be held at Delbert Freewill Baptist Church on Drews Creek on Thursday at 2 p.m., January 23, 2014. Visitation for friends will be two hours before the service in the church, with the funeral immediately following. There will be no graveside rights. At Judy’s request, a dinner will be provided after the funeral for all who wish to attend. It will be catered, as Judy didn’t want her friends and family “to work too hard.”

Armstrong Funeral Home is serving the family.

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