The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


April 23, 2013

Obituaries — Tuesday, April 23, 2013


Sunner R. Shifflett

LEWISBURG — Sunner R. Shifflett, 81, of Lewisburg, died April 18, 2013.

Services and interment are private.

Arrangements by Stallings Funeral Home, Pa.

Hazel Steele

BRENTON — Hazel Steele, 81, of Brenton, passed away Monday, April 22, 2013.

E-mail letters of sympathy may be sent at

The family is being served by the Stafford Family Funeral Home, Lynco.

Doris R. Van Dyke

SCOTT DEPOT — Mrs. Doris R. Van Dyke, 83, of Scott Depot, beloved wife, grandmother and great-grandmother, died peacefully at home Monday morning, April 22, 2013, after a long illness.

She was born in Beckley, graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School, and attended Beckley College. She was predeceased by her parents, Ballard W. and Gertrude Wooldridge Hartley; sisters, Helen Noor and Billie Jean Hartley, one brother Jackie, whose ship sank in the English Channel in 1944 during World War II.

Gifted with a kind, affectionate nature who bonded with everyone who knew her well, her sense of humor helped sustain her through many years of debilitating afflictions. She enjoyed playing bingo, traveling, calling and visiting with friends and family. She often spoke of others who were undergoing hardships while inattentive to her own suffering, saying, “I am blessed in so many ways, and refuse to feel rained on because almost everyone I meet are rained on in some way.” She was a member of Teays Valley Presbyterian Church for 35 years. She will be grievously missed by so many who knew, and loved her.

Surviving Doris are her devoted husband of over 65 years, John B. Van Dyke Jr.; son, John B. Van Dyke III and wife, Sheila; daughters, Deborah Raines and husband, Noah, Donna Patrick and husband, John, Denise Pope and husband, Steve, Tammy Sowards and husband, Dwayne; eight grandsons, Chad and Eric Raines, Johnny Patrick, Andrew Wallace, Casey Sowards, and Taylor, Tyler and Brandon Grimm; six granddaughters, Brandi Lopez, Ashley Martin, Kelli Wallace, Whitney Patrick, Jessie and Payton Sowards; four great-granddaughters and one great-grandson.

A celebration of Doris’s life will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 24, 2013, at Chapman Funeral Home, 3941 Teays Valley Road, Hurricane, with the Rev. Doug Jenkins and Rev. Dave Lee officiating. Entombment will follow in Valley View Memorial Park, Hurricane.

Visitation with family and friends will precede the service beginning at 1 p.m.

Online condolences may also be made by visiting

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis TN 38105.

Arrangements by Chapman Funeral Home, Hurricane.

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