The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


February 5, 2014

Obituaries — Wednesday, Feb. 2, 1014



Donald Lee Page

Donald Lee Page, 83 of Beckley, died February 3, 2014.

He was born December 19, 1930 in the coal camps of southern West Virginia. This industrial arts major from West Virginia Tech combined his schooling with his fascination off working with his hands for a career in promotion and development of arts and crafts, Hiss years of working with the WV Department of Commerce and the Department off Culture and History left a lasting impact providing the foundation for West Virginia’s thriving crafts industry. His influence extended beyond West Virginia working with the Southern Highlands Handicraft Guild, the National Endowment for the Arts and as Chairman of the Board of American Craft Enterprises. Page envisioned, designed, and oversaw the construction of the scenic Babcock Mill. Evolving from his business interests, he was an active miller with Page Mill and candy maker with Mountain Top Fudge.

Surviving is his wife of 57 years Mary Ellen Page; daughter Leah Dawn Page of Orlando, Fla.; sons Gregory Scott Page of Winter Park, Fla. and Jason Todd Page of Beckley; sisters Rosemary Spheres of Colton, CA and Jacqueline Barton of Smithers; brother Larry Allen Page of Newburn, N.C.; grandchildren James Stevens of Orlando, Fla., Andrea Gara of Orlando, Fla., Eric Gonzalez of Orlando, Fla. and Michael Cox of Orlando; great grandchildren James Stevens IV, Samuel Stevens Joel Stevens, Elias Gara, and Brian Cox.

Service will be 1 p.m. Friday at Cross Point Church of God, Crescent Road, Beckley with Rev. Vondie Lee Cook II officiating. Burial will follow in Ward Cemetery, Ward. Friends may call two hours prior the service at the church.

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Harry F. Potter

Harry F. Potter, age 70, died peacefully on January 2, 2014 in Clinton, Tenn.

He was born on October 19, 1943. Harry lived most of his life in West Virginia and was preceded in death by his parents, E.W. (Gene) and Dorothy Potter, both of Beckley at the time of their deaths.

Harry is survived by his brother, Thomas E. Potter of Charleston; sister, Sandra Jones of Knoxville, Tenn.; sister, Judith P. Potter of Clinton, Tenn. He is also survived by his daughters, Jennifer and Molly; his sons, Scotty and Allen; many grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.

Mr. Potter was a 1962 graduate of Nuttall High School in Lookout, West Virginia and earned over 80 hours in political science at Beckley College. Harry served four years in the U.S. Air Force and worked for a time with the West Virginia Air National Guard in Charleston.

During his career he also served at Chief of Police for Mt. Hope, worked for Beckley newspaper, salesman for local office supply, and construction companies. He retired as Regional Manager of the West Virginia State Lottery and relocated to Lake City, Tenn., where he spent his final years enjoying boating on Norris Lake.

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Hatmaker Funeral Home, Lake City, Tenn. is in charge of arrangements.

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