The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


February 3, 2014

Obituaries — Monday, Feb. 3, 2014


Delys Janice Ayers Dempsey

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — Delys Janice Ayers Dempsey, 79, of Youngstown, Ohio, formerly of Harvey, died Friday, Jan. 31, 2014.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4, at the Harvey United Methodist Church with the Rev. Gerald Kincaid officiating. Burial will follow in Huse Memorial Park, Fayetteville. Friends may call one hour prior to services Tuesday at the church.

Online condolences may be sent to

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Onalee Mary Dempsey

Onalee Mary Dempsey, 76, of Shady Spring, went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, February 1, 2014.

Born July 25, 1937, at Tioga, WV, she is a daughter of the late Herbert and Lucinda Tyler Curry.

Onalee was a Christian; she was saved and baptized at the Ghent Church of God, where she attended when her health permitted. She loved BINGO, reading, and listening to Audio books, she was an avid  gardener, liked to travel especially flying, she enjoyed camping, fishing, metal detecting, but most of all she loved spending time with her family.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Oran Dempsey; infant son, Harlan Ray Dempsey; a brother, Herbert “Pikey” Curry, and a sister, Helen Louise Jarvis.

Those left to cherish her memory include her children, Alan Jay Dempsey and wife, Angel, of Shady Spring, Cindy Kay Matney and husband, Michael, of Daniels, Patricia Gaye Dickenson and husband, Alan, of Cool Ridge, Payge Ray Dempsey of Cool Ridge, and Dennis Dempsey and wife, Tresa, of Shady Spring; seven grandchildren, Amy Dempsey Bolanos of Birmingham, Alabama, Holly Dickenson of San Francisco, CA, Mattie Matney of Daniels, Kaylee Dickenson of Cool Ridge, Hannah Dempsey of Shady Spring, Lauren Dempsey of Shady Spring, and Candice Meadows of Shady Spring; great-grandchild, Nathan Drake Balonos of Birmingham, Alabama; two sisters, Thelma Peal of Alexandria, Louisiana, and Carol Dillon of Tioga, WV; a brother, Hilbert Curry of Tioga; several nieces, nephews, extended family and a host of friends.

Services to celebrate the life of Onalee Mary Dempsey will be held 2 p.m. Tuesday, February 4, 2014, at Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley, with Pastor Philip Farrington officiating. Entombment will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Beckley.

Friends may gather from 1 p.m. until time of the services Tuesday at the funeral home.

Online condolences and other information can be found by visiting

Blue Ridge Funeral Home, 5251 Robert C. Byrd Drive, Beckley, is in charge of the arrangements.

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