The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


February 11, 2014

Obituaries — Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014

Patricia Sue ‘Patty’ Barber

STATESVILLE, N.C. — Patricia Sue “Patty” Barber, 68, of Statesville, passed away Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014. 

Funeral services will be noon Wednesday, Feb. 12, at the Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Ronald Young officiating.

In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial contributions be sent to the Gordon Hospice House, 2341 Simonton Road, Statesville, NC 28625.

Online guestbook can be signed or condolences may be sent to the Barber family at

Arrangements by Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home, Peterstown.

Opal I. Franco

RICHWOOD — Opal I. Franco, 92, of Richwood, entered into heaven on Saturday, February 8, 2014, at Nicholas County Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, after a long illness.

She was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Albert Franco; grandson, Gary Gordon Jr.; one sister and five brothers.

Survivors include three sons, Gary Gordon Sr. wife, Louetta, Richwood, David Franco, Madison, Tenn., and Brent Franco wife, Nancy, Richwood; a daughter, Kathy Collins husband, Gene Fenwick, W.Va.; 11 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, February 12, 2014, at Simons-Coleman Funeral Home, Richwood. Officiating sons: Rev. Gary Gordon and Rev. Brent Franco.

Interment will follow in Mountain View Memorial Park, Richwood.

Friends may call Wednesday, February 12, 2014, from noon to 2 p.m. at the funeral home in Richwood.

All arrangements were made by Simons-Coleman Funeral Home, Richwood.

Harry J. Halsey

Harry J. Halsey, age 92, of Prosperity, WV, entered Heaven peacefully at the Plateau Medical Center in Oak Hill, WV, on Saturday, February 8, 2014.

Born on May 13, 1921, at Coon Fork, WV, he was the son of the late Andrew Albert Halsey and Sarah Elizabeth Farley Halsey.

Mr. Halsey was a former employee of Cabot Gas, Raleigh County Board of Education, and ended his career as a carpenter for several independent contractors. Mr. Halsey was a WWII Army Veteran who served in the South Pacific as a communications specialist.

Mr. Halsey attended the Skelton Freewill Baptist Church, and the Little Valley Baptist Church. He enjoyed carpentry, was an avid gardener, and enjoyed the Grand Ole Opry Music Legends, and Gospel Music.

Mr. Halsey was a loving husband, dad, grandfather, neighbor, and a simple hard-working Christian.

Mr. Halsey was preceded in death by his wife of 54 years, Rose Marie Adkins Halsey, by brothers, Earl, Cash, and Carson Halsey, by sisters, Carrie Halsey and Ella Mae Miller.

Survivors include his children: Juanita Dooley and her husband Joe of Summersville, Anice Hatfield and her husband Rev. Greg Hatfield of Ballard, and William “Bill” Halsey and his wife Neil of Iron Station, NC.

Two sisters, Pansy Halsey and Wanda Morgan, both of Pineville.

Seven grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, and 2 great-great-granddaughters also survive. His special friends, Keith and Diana Shumate, who helped care for him.

Funeral services will be conducted to Celebrate The Life Of Harry J. Halsey on Wednesday,  February 12, 2014, at 1 p.m. at Rose and Quesenberry Peace Chapel in Beckley, with Rev. Bill Bennett and Rev. Junior Plumley, and music by Rev. Larry and Greta Bolen. Entombment will follow at Sunset Memorial Park Mausoleum in Beckley.

Friends may visit with the family one hour prior to the services on Wednesday at the funeral home.

Grandsons 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, 1901 South Kanawha Street, Beckley, WV.

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