The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


September 27, 2013

Obituaries — Friday, Sept. 27, 2013

James C. Beard

James Christopher “J.B.” Beard, 89, rejoined his loved ones, daughter Jane Ann Beard, brother, Joe Woods Beard, and sister, Alice Lee Massie, on September 23, 2013.  

Born to John G. and Annie Beard on December 5, 1923, J.B. was a lifelong resident of Beckley.

J.B. graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in 1941 and went on to become the Administrator of Wyoming General Hospital from 1953-1983. He was a devoted husband and father, committed to his family, making sure that all knew of his love and support and he touched the lives of everyone he met with his generous spirit. He had many hobbies, but most enjoyed a good conversation. And with his quick-witted style and a way with words, his stories will forever be in our hearts and memories.

He is survived by Retha, his beloved wife of 40 years; son Patrick (Debra) Sheehan; daughter Kerry (Michael) Hall; brother John G. “Jack” Beard; granddaughter Mallory Mann; granddaughter Rylee Sheehan.

Services will be held at Melton Mortuary on Saturday, September 28, 2013, at 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers please make a donation to the charity of your choice.

Condolences may be sent to the family’s guestbook at

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary and Cremation Center, Beckley.

Robert Lee Blaney

Mr. Robert Lee Blaney, of Beckley, died Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013.

Arrangements entrusted to Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.

Hazel Cook

PINEVILLE — Hazel Cook, 80, of Pineville, passed away Wednesday, September 25, 2013, at Appalachian Regional Hospital surrounded by her family.

Born September 13, 1933, she was the daughter of the late James Quilly Stanley and Tessie Workman Stanley.

Mrs. Cook was a homemaker and was of the Protestant faith. She was a patient at the Wyoming Nursing and Rehab Center at New Richmond. She enjoyed fishing with her husband when she was in good health. Mrs. Cook is the last surviving member of her family.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sisters, Lucy, Mabel, Ethel and Ruth; brothers, Reese, Harry, Jack and James Kelly.

Survivors include her husband, Arlis Cook of Pineville; her sons, Calvin Willard and Nick Stanley both of Turkey Creek, Clyde Dewayne Patrick of Boones Mill, Va., Ray Gillespie of Mullensville; her daughter, Nancy Harman and her husband, Chuck, of Boones Mill, Va.; grandchildren, Medwin Willard, Chris and Cory Willard; a great-grandson, Jordan Willard.

A celebration of Hazel’s life will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, September 28, 2013, in the Calfee Funeral Service Chapel with the Rev. Garland Cook Jr. officiating. Burial will follow at the Jackson Family Cemetery at New Richmond.

The family will receive friends from noon until the time of the service at 2 p.m.

Pallbearers will be Chris and Cory Willard, Kermit Toler, Chuck Harman, Craig Lucas and Nelson Cook.

Those wishing to extend their condolences may do so by visiting

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

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