The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


June 29, 2013

Obituaries — Saturday, June 29, 2013


Bart ‘Battie’ Twohig

PARMA, Ohio — Bart (Battie) Twohig, 93, of Parma, formerly of Springdale, passed away Monday, May 27, 2013.

Born April 14, 1920, at Springdale, he was the son of the late Mike and Mary Griffin Twohig.

Battie worked as an engineer for Conrail Railroad in Cleveland, Ohio. He served during WWII in the United States Army. Battie enjoyed spending six winter months at his home in Hudson, Fla.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 39 years, Alva Williams Twohig; his son Donald Twohig; stepsons Kermit and Charles Harrah; and his brother Daniel Bernard Twohig.

Surviving Battie are his daughter Elizabeth Warswick (Ed) of Parma, Ohio; his stepson Earl Cook (Shelba) of Meadow Bridge; his stepdaughter Lula Harrah of Warren, Ohio; stepdaughters-in-law Linda Harrah of Parma, Ohio, and Christine Harrah of Richfield, Ohio; 15 cherished grandchildren; great-grandfather of 30; great-great-grandfather of two; many nieces and nephews; and his many friends from Ohio, West Virginia and Florida.

A Memorial Mass will be 11:30 a.m. Sunday, June 30, in the Springdale Catholic Church. He was buried in the Sunset Memorial Park Cemetery, in Olmsted, Ohio.

Submitted by Smathers Funeral Chapel, Inc., Rainelle.

Larry Dennis Vass

CIRTSVILLE — We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord. II Corinthians 5:8

Larry Dennis Vass, 75, of Cirtsville, died on Friday, June 28, 2013, at Raleigh General Hospital in Beckley.

Born Nov. 21, 1937, at Cirtsville, he was the son of the late Luther and Eveleno Berry Vass.

He was a retired surface coal miner for Patience, Inc., of Beckley.

Mr. Vass was a member of the New Prospect Baptist Church, Sweeneysburg, where he served as a Trustee at the church for 20 years.

Two brothers, Jack D. Vass and Earnest B. Vass, and one sister, Ina Mae Bowyer, preceded him in death.

Survivors include his wife, Sandra Lynn Wilkerson Vass; two sons, Larry Dean Vass and wife, Angela, of Sweeneysburg and Johnny Adair Vass and wife, Karen, of Bradley; a daughter, Debra Spahn of Florida; two brothers, Roy Vass of Cirtsville and Tommy Vass of Cirtsville; and six grandchildren.

Funeral services will be on Sunday, June 30, 2013, at 2 p.m. at New Prospect Baptist Church in Sweeneysburg with Pastor Gary Williams officiating. Burial will be at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Prosperity.

Visitation will be held at Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope, on Saturday, June 29, 2013, from 6 to 9 p.m.

Grandsons and friends from the church will serve as pallbearers.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope.

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