The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


September 27, 2013

Obituaries — Friday, Sept. 27, 2013


Willa Mae ‘Bill’ Wilson Franklin

OAK HILL — Willa Mae “Bill” Wilson Franklin, 91, of Oak Hill, formerly of Kincaid, died Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Monday, Sept. 30, at the Jones Avenue Church of God in Oak Hill with the Rev. Ralph Shupe and the Rev. Tonya Shupe officiating. Burial will be at High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 29, at Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill, and one hour prior to the service Monday, Sept. 30, at the church.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Violet Pansy McLaughlin Garrett

COWEN — Violet Pansy McLaughlin Garrett, 91, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013.

Graveside service and burial will be 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27, at the West Virginia Memorial Gardens, Calvin, with Pastor Eddie Groves officiating.

All arrangements were made by Simons-Coleman Funeral Home Inc., Richwood.

Belinda ‘Pixie’ Garten

Belinda “Pixie” Garten, 63, of Beaver passed away at BARH, Wednesday, September 25, 2013, after an extended illness.

Belinda was affectionately known as Pixie most of her life. She was born July 10, 1950, to Cecil and Lucille Sizemore.

Pixie grew up in Rhodell and graduated from Stoco High School in Coal City class of 1968.

Other than her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 25 years Dennis Ralph Davis, who passed away December 9, 2000.

Those left to cherish her memory are her loving husband who never left her side, Thomas Garten. Pixie and Tommy were married December 18, 2011; also surviving are her son Chip Booth and his wife Heather, her two beautiful granddaughters Sophie and Caroline Booth and her stepdaughter Lisa Keiling and her husband Brian and two beautiful stepgrandchildren Jessica and Will Keiling.

A celebration of Pixie’s life will be held in the Sanctuary at Oak Grove Church on Friday, September 27, beginning at 2 p.m. with a service at 4 p.m. where Kelly Gowan will preside.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to St. Jude Children’s Research at, an organization dear to Pixie’s heart.

Condolences may be sent to the family’s guestbook at

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary and Cremation Center, Beckley.

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