The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


June 25, 2013

Obituaries — Tuesday, June 25, 2013


Kenneth Kidwell

Kenneth Kidwell of Beckley, formerly of Orgas, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, June 23, 2013 at the Raleigh General Hospital, Beckley.

He was born March 12, 1923, at Whitesville, W.Va., a son of the late Levi and Delphia Workman Kidwell.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded by a son, Michael E. Kidwell; sisters, Betty Osborne, Margie Cartwright; and a brother, Teddy Kidwell.

He is survived by three daughters, Sheila Webb of Pinch, W.Va., Blondena and George Hendrick of Arnett, and Teresa and Cecil Johnson of Franklin, N.C.; former wife, Susie Kidwell; grandchildren, Elden Dale Webb III, Michael Paul Webb, Amber Akers, Chris Hendrick, Susan Ferrell, Rachel Olivarri, Erin Hinson, Tracye Holland, Adam Johnson; two special great-grandchildren, Serenity and Taylin, and 35 total great-grandchildren.

Service will be 3 p.m. Wednesday, June 26, 2013, at the Pineview Cemetery Mausoleum at Orgas. Interment will follow in Pineview Cemetery.

Friends may call 2 p.m. (one hour prior to the service) on Wednesday, at the mausoleum.

Arrangements by Armstrong Funeral Home, Whitesville.

Jo Ann Lawless

PRINCETON — Jo Ann Lawless, of South Wickham Avenue, Princeton, died Friday, June 21, 2013.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Thursday, June 27, from the Burns Wornal Chapel of the Memorial Funeral Directory on the Athens Road in Princeton. Burial will follow in Roselawn Memorial Gardens in Princeton. Friends may visit with the family from 1 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

The Memorial Funeral Directory & Cremation Center on the Athens Road in Princeton are handling the Lawless family.

James A. Lester Sr.

PINEVILLE — James A. Lester Sr., 61, of Pineville, passed away Saturday, June 22, 2013, following a long illness.

Born January 7, 1952, at Pineville, he was the son of the late William Clarence Lester and Edna Louise Spencer Lester.

Mr. Lester was of the Baptist faith. He was a proud member of the UMWA District 17. He enjoyed working on cars, model cars, NASCAR and being with his family, especially his grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Johnathan Edward Lester; grandson, Jonathan Grant Lester; nephew, Cubby Barber; and niece, Sandra Barber.

Survivors include his wife of 40 years, Gloria Thacker Lester of the residence; a son, James Hoey Lester Jr. and his wife, Tina, of Ramey Addition; daughter, Belinda Lester and her fiancé, Kevin Stewart, of Pineville; brother, Bill Lester of Georgia; two sisters, Betty Milam and her husband, Carl, of Pineville, Janet Barber and her husband, Frankie, of Lillydale; two grandchildren, Brian James Lester and Emily Danielle Stewart.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, June 26, 2013, in the Calfee Funeral Service Chapel.

Those wishing to extend their condolences may do so by visiting

Calfee Funeral and Cremation Service of Pineville is serving the Lester family.

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