The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


March 5, 2014

Obituaries — Wednesday, March 5, 2013


Walter Anstel Bowyer Jr.

Walter Anstel Bowyer Jr., 69, of Beckley, passed away on Saturday, March 1, 2014 at CAMC Memorial Division following a short illness.

In keeping with Mr. Bowyer’s final wishes he will be cremated and there will be no services.

Arrangements with Blue Ridge Funeral Home and Cremations, 5251 Robert C. Byrd Drive in Beckley.

Harold Cave

Mr. Harold Cave, of Beckley, died Sunday, March 2, 2014.

Arrangements entrusted to Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.

Mona Combs

Mona Combs, 82, of Arnett, passed away at CAMC on Feb. 28, 2014.

Condolences may be sent to the family’s guestbook at www.meltonmortuary. com

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary and Cremation Center, Beckley.


Gladys Mary Davis

Gladys Mary Davis, 90, of Oak Hill, passed away Saturday, March 1, 2014.

She was born August 2, 1923, in Minden, W.Va., to the late Sam and Dora French.

She was a wonderful mother and grandmother and a very hard worker. She attended St. Andrews Episcopal Church.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Bryant Davis, Sr.; daughter, Carol Plymale; and brother, Sam French, Jr.

Those left to cherish her memory are her son, Bryant Davis, Jr.; grandsons, Bryant Davis, III, Joshua William Davis; and granddaughter, Kayleyn Davis.

Service will be 1 p.m. Friday, March 7, at High Lawn Funeral Chapel, Oak Hill, with Pastor Robert Morey officiating. Interment will follow in High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill.

Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, March 6, at the funeral home.

Condolences may be sent to the family at

Donna Gail Byrge Gilpin

BLUEFIELD, W.Va. — Donna Gail Byrge Gilpin, 69, of Bluefield, W.Va., passed away Saturday, March 1, 2014, at her home.

Born July 6, 1944, in Shady Spring, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Earl and Myrtle Smith Byrge.

She was a 1962 graduate of Shady Spring High School and a 1963 graduate of Little French Beauty Academy.

Donna fulfilled her dream of being a wonderful wife, mother and cosmetologist. Her skills as a hairdresser were well known in Bluefield and she was the best at her craft. She enjoyed tending her flower gardens, cooking, sewing, keeping a spotless house and riding on her lawn mower to help with the yard work.

Donna had a great sense of humor and loved listening to music, especially if it was her husband, Larry, singing and playing his guitar. She cherished her family and thought of her brothers and sisters and brother and sister-in-laws quite often. She loved them very much and she will be sadly missed by all who loved her.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Howard Byrge.

Those left to cherish her memory are the loves of her life, husband, Larry Gilpin and son, Randy Gilpin. Survivors also include sisters, Velinda Carlton of Tampa, Fla. and Vivian Esposito of Beckley; brothers, Earl Jr., Jimmy and Eddie Byrge, all of the Beckley area, Doug Byrge of Georgetown, S.C. and Charles Byrge of Georgia, and many nieces and nephews.

A service to celebrate Donna’s life will be held on Thursday, March 6, 2014, at 1 p.m. at Dudley Memorial Chapel with Pastor Tony Reed officiating. Burial will follow in Maple Hill Cemetery, with friends and family serve as pallbearers.

Friends may visit with the family on Thursday at the funeral home from 12 noon until time of the service.

Dudley Memorial is serving the Gilpin family.

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