The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


February 20, 2014

Obituaries — Thursday, February 20, 2014

Elsie Akers

Elsie Akers, 99 of Coal City, passed away on Wednesday, February 19, 2014.

Arrangements pending with Williams-Blue Ridge Funeral Home in Sophia.


Betty Miles Allen

Betty Miles Allen, 83, of Temple St, Beckley, went home to be with the Lord on February 17th, 2014. 

Born November 6th, 1930, in Grandview W.Va., she was the daughter of Wilda Shoemaker of Grandview.

Betty worked for 20 years at Beckley Newspaper before becoming a nurse and working for 23 years at Raleigh General Hospital. After retirement she was a caregiver and a devoted church volunteer.

She is preceded in death by her husband Jennings R. Allen of Beckley, mother Wilda Shoemaker, and Grandfather and Grandmother James and Dora Miles.

Left to cherish her memory is her daughter Becky Wheeler and husband Paul of Williamsburg, Va., and her son C.R. Allen and his wife Darlene of Shady Spring; grandchildren Thad Wheeler, wife Kathyrn and son Trenton of Wytheville, Va., Emmy Corbin, husband John and son Jacob of Providence Forge, Va., Allie Cobb and husband Tyler of Williamsburg, Va., Jennifer Dillon, husband Jeremy and son Matthew of Beaver, Renee Dodson husband Robert daughter Carleigh and son River of Crab Orchard.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, February 22, 2014, at the Blue Ridge Funeral Home in Prosperity, with Pastor Dr. Charles Bright officiating.

Burial will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens at Prosperity.

Pallbearers will be Paul Wheeler, Thad Wheeler, Jeremy Dillon, Matthew Dillon, Robert Dodson and honorary pallbearers River Dodson, and J.W. Miles.

Friends may call at the funeral home from 1 p.m. until the time of the service.

Online condolences, floral tributes, and other expressions of sympathy may be directed to the family via our guestbook at

In lieu of flowers, Betty has requested that donations in her memory be made to the Memorial Baptist Church Building Fund or the Grandview Christian Church Building Fund.

Arrangements by Blue Ridge Funeral Home, 5251 Robert C. Byrd Drive, Beckley.

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