The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


February 22, 2014

Obituaries — Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014



Lewis Alonso Pogorelski

OAK HILL — Lewis Alonso Pogorelski, 81, of Oak Hill, WV, died Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, at CAMC Memorial in Charleston, WV.

Born Sept. 21, 1932, at Whipple, he was the son of the late Antoni and Josephine Pogorelski.

Mr. Pogorelski proudly served his country as a member of the United States Air Force. He retired from Cranberry Lumber. He was a faithful member of St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Oak Hill. Mr. “Pogo” was an avid supporter of the Oak Hill Red Devils and enjoyed watching many sporting events.

Other than his parents, he was preceded in death by his six sisters, Anta Hydella, Virginia Casey, Pauline Janisewski, Rose Wojtowicz, Josephine Fiorelli and Elizabeth Burden.

Survivors include his wife, Joleta Pogorelski of Oak Hill; his four children, Lisa Pogorelski of Oak Hill, Walter Pogorelski of Rapid City, SD, Toni Pogorelski of Scarbro, and Kelli Casimir of Falling Waters, WV; five grandchildren, Samuel, Aaron and Antoni Pogorelski and Madison and Maegan Casimir; and one great-grandchild, Zariah Pogorelski.

A memorial service to celebrate Mr. Pogorelski’s life will be held Saturday, Feb. 22, at 3 p.m. at Tyree Funeral Home, with Father Carlos Melocoton officiating.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill, WV.


Roberta Taylor

OAK HILL — Mrs. Roberta Taylor, 93, of Oak Hill died Wednesday, February 19, 2014.

Born December 30, 1920, in Clifton Forge, VA, she was the daughter of the late Lawrence Merchant and Charles Ashwood and Nettie Long and Bessie Ashwood.

She was a homemaker and member of First Baptist Church of Harlem Heights.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Raleigh Taylor; daughter, Margaret Lee Taylor; sister, Nellie Humes; and brothers, Clarence Merchant and Lawrence Merchant.

Left to cherish precious memories are her sons, Charles Taylor of Sterling, VA, Clarence Taylor of Falls Church, VA, Lawrence Taylor of Pineville, WV, Robert Taylor of Fort Washington, MD, and Larry Taylor of Oak Hill, WV; daughter, Sheila Taylor of Upper Marlboro, MD; 11 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Monday, February 24, 2014, at First Baptist Church of Harlem Heights, Oak Hill, WV, with Elder Robert Taylor officiating. Burial will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Prosperity. Friends may call one hour prior to the service at the church.

Condolences may be e-mailed to

Arrangements entrusted to Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.

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