The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


January 28, 2014

Obituaries — Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014

Cecil Lewis Bennett

ALDERSON — Cecil Lewis Bennett, 75 of Alderson, passed away Sunday morning, Jan. 26, 2014.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at the Groves Funeral Home in Union.

Pearl Virginia Richmond Berry

BROOKS — Pearl Virginia Richmond Berry, 89, of Brooks, passed away Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014.

Condolences may be sent to the family at

Arrangements are incomplete at the Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors of Hinton.

Ricky Jonathan Blankenship

BAISDEN — Ricky Jonathan Blankenship passed away Jan. 24, 2014.

Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29, at Lester & Browning Cemetery, Spice Creek. Friends may call 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28, at Mounts Funeral Home Chapel, Gilbert.

Ronald D. Bonar

AMIGO — Ronald D. Bonar, 65, of Amigo, joined the Angels in Heaven on January 26th after a short battle with cancer.

Born on January 31, 1948, in Beckley, he was the son of the late Clifford L. and Lillie Mae Graham Bonar.

Ronnie is survived by his wife of 44 years, Phyllis; daughter, Ginger Smith and husband Kenny of Rhodell; two granddaughters, Brandi and Kristen Smith whom he loved dearly; one sister, Brenda Lambert of Orlando, Fla., plus many more family and friends.

Ronnie had a great love for antique and model cars. He was a sergeant in the U.S. Air Force.

Graveside services will be 1 p.m. Thursday, January 30, 2014, at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens with Pastor Curtis England officiating. Military honors will be conducted by American Legion Post 32 Honor Guard. There will be no visitation.

Pallbearers will be Samuel Muscari Jr., Archie Sturgill, Robert and Robbie Whitt, Arte Burnette and Frank Woolwine.

Online condolences may be left at

Arrangements by Calfee Funeral Home, Beckley.

Ola Shrewsberry Cole

LERONA — Ola Shrewsberry Cole, age 77, of Lerona, formerly of Ghent, passed away at the Princeton Community Hospital on Saturday, January 25, 2014.

Born on June 30, 1936, at Basin, she was the daughter of the late Paris Shrewsberry and  Louise Farley Shrewsberry.

Mrs. Cole was a former head waitress at the Wine Cellar in Columbus, Ohio, for almost 20 years, and was of the Christian faith. She had made her home at Lerona for the past 25 years. Mrs. Cole enjoyed cooking, gardening, and spending time with her family, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald Cole, by brothers, Jasper, Warren, Bennett, Garland, and Gilmer Shrewsberry, and by sisters, Helen Waddell, Wilma Peters, and Pauline Shrewsberry.

Those survivors left to cherish her memory include her daughters, Peggy Cole of Lerona, Donna Cole and her partner Candy Southerland of Lerona, and Barbara Cole of Lerona. A granddaughter, Nichole Pennington and her husband Josiah of Hampton, Va., great-grandchildren, Eleana Lynn Pennington, Lillian Ola Pennington.

Brothers, Basil Shrewsberry and his wife B.B. of Belleview, Florida, Harry Shrewsberry and his wife Charlene of Cary, Ill., Thomas Shrewsberry of Odd, and sisters, Icy May Green of Fletcher, North Carolina, and Juanita Gay Fuller and her husband Joe of Niles, Ill. Her special pets, Shadowfax, Sable, Buddy, Willie, Kelsey, and Sasha.

Funeral services will be conducted at the Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home Shady Spring Chapel on Wednesday, January 29, 2014, at 2 p.m. with Rev. Orville Setliff officiating. Burial will follow at the Paris Shrewsberry Cemetery on the Odd Road, Ghent, West Virginia.

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

In lieu of flowers, donations of sympathy may be directed to the local animal shelter in memory of Mrs. Cole.

Family members will serve as pallbearers.

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 Shady Spring Chapel, 729 Flat Top Road, Shady Spring.

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