The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


February 20, 2014

Obituaries — Thursday, February 20, 2014



Roger McKinney

OCEANA — Roger McKinney, 62, of Oceana, passed away on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at Raleigh General Hospital.

E-mail letters of sympathy may be sent at

The family is being served by the Stafford Family Funeral Home, Lynco.


Juanita Jane Thomas Pace

COVINGTON, Va. — Juanita Jane Thomas Pace, 82, of Covington, passed away Tuesday, February 18, 2014.

Funeral services will be held noon. Friday, February 21, 2014, at the Groves Funeral Home Chapel in Union with the Rev. Jason Cochran and Rev. Jim Rogers officiating. Burial will follow at the New Zion Cemetery at Waiteville, W.Va.

Friends may call at the Groves Funeral Home in Union from 11 a.m. until service time Friday.

The family requests that Memorial Donations be made to the Leauge of Older Americans, 258 South Church Ave., Covington, Va. 24426.

Groves Funeral Home in Union is in charge of arrangements.


LaDale Fitts Parker

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — LaDale Fitts Parker, of Chambersburg, formerly of Beckley, died Saturday, February 15, 2014.

She was born on November 6, 1943, to the late Vernon C. and Viola Fitts. She was one of ten children.

On December 2, 1965, LaDale married the late Charles W. Parker Sr. and to that union were born two children, Charles Jr. and Toy. Charles was a member of the U.S. Air Force and as his wife, LaDale made the decision to be a homemaker. 

While a resident of Beckley she was a member of Heart of God Ministries where she served on the Greeter Board and as Assistant Church Clerk. Because of her love for Christ and continued desire to be a faithful servant she attended several churches when she moved to Pennsylvania.  

In addition to her parents and husband, LaDale was preceded in death by four sisters, Sethree Washington, Mae Glenn, Doretha Jones and Vivian Puriefoy and four brothers, Pete, Jake, Hiawatha and Ronnie Fitts. 

She leaves to cherish her son Charles W. Parker Jr. and his wife Karen Parker; her daughter Toy Lynne Tavarez and her fiancé Devon Lee Draine; five granddaughters: Gaby Parker, Emoni Tavarez, Desiree Tavarez, Katie Parker, and Ella Parker; a brother Franklin Fitts, and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. 

Funeral service will be noon, Friday, February 21, 2014, at Heart of God Ministries, 1703 S. Kanawha Street, Beckley with Bishop Fred T. Simms officiating. Burial will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Prosperity. Friends may call one hour prior to the service.

Condolences may be emailed to

Arrangements entrusted to Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.

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