The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


February 22, 2014

Obituaries — Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014



Gray L. McAlister

Mr. Gray L. McAlister, 86, of Beckley died Friday, Feb. 21, 2014.

Condolences may be sent to the family’s guestbook at

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary and Cremation Center, Beckley.


Reverend James Luther McCormick

“And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love…” 1 Cor. 13:13

On February 20, 2014, James McCormick, age 80, went to heaven to be with his Savior, Jesus Christ.

He was born on August 19, 1933, to the late Rev. Roy Luther and Ximenia Frances McCormick in Mabscott, WV.

In addition to his parents, Jim was preceded in death by a son, Forest Taylor, a special aunt, Ethel Weidensall, and his son-in-law, Perry Coffey.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Lela Verne Harman McCormick, his daughters Cynthia Jan Messemore and husband, Billy, of Nashville, TN, Debra Cheryl Hicks and husband, Paul, of Lashmeet, WV, Melissa Kathryn Dishner and husband, Carson, of Lashmeet, WV, son James Randall McCormick of the home, five grandchildren, Christopher and Heather Hicks, and Isaiah, James, and Micah Dishner. In addition, Jim is survived by his brother, Chuck McCormick and wife Regina of Florida, and two sisters, Betty Toney of Beckley, WV, and Kathy Allen and husband Jimmy of NC.

Jim graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School and went on to lead a productive life in his various careers. A twenty-year veteran of the United States Air Force, he served in Vietnam and as a supervisor in Communications at SAC headquarters. Upon retirement, Jim turned to his first calling, serving Jesus Christ and preaching the gospel in the United Methodist Church. Finally, he continued his education at the University of Virginia and Lynchburg College, earning his Master’s degree in education. He began a career at Princeton High School teaching children with behavior disorders, helping many to turn their lives around through his personal and caring attitude. He also taught college students earning their Master’s Degree at Bluefield State College. In all of his careers and in his personal life as well Jim worked tirelessly and with great passion.

Funeral services with military honors will be held in the chapel at Roselawn on Sunday, February 23, 2014. The wake will be from 1 to 2 p.m. and the memorial service will be from 2 to 3 p.m. with the Rev. Scott Sears officiating.

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Services entrusted to Roselawn Funeral Home and Cemetery, Princeton, WV.

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