The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


November 19, 2012

Obituaries — Monday, Nov. 19, 2012


Ruth Ann Sears Meador

Ruth Ann Sears Meador, 68, completed her Earthly journey to her new home in Heaven on Thursday, November 15, 2012.

Born May 12, 1944, at Sophia, WV, she was a daughter of the late Edward E. and Irene Wyatt Sears.

Ruth loved painting, crocheting, arts and crafts, and collecting items with strawberries on them. She was a member of the Pine Hill Church of God in McDonald, Tennessee.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Vernon D. Meador, and a brother, Clinton Sears.

Those left to cherish her memory include her loving daughter, Danita Swafford and husband, Donald, of Riceville, TN; son, Dennis Meador and wife, Diana, of Hobbs, New Mexico; daughter, Kimberly Bohm and husband, James, of Cleveland, TN; 7 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; five brothers and sisters, Russell Sears of Glen White, WV, Daniel Sears, Sr., of Keyser, WV, Connie Permelia of Crab Orchard, WV, Vernon Sears of Bolt, WV, and Timothy Sears of Lexington, NC.

Friends may gather with the family from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. Monday, November 19, 2012, at Williams-Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Sophia, with a Celebration of Life Service beginning at 7 p.m. with Bishop Roy Dale Martin officiating.

Graveside Services will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday, November 20, 2012, at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Beckley. Those wishing to attend are asked to gather at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens.

Online condolences and other information can be found by visiting

Williams-Blue Ridge Funeral Home, 101 1st Street, Sophia, is in charge of the arrangements.

Donald Herbert ‘Herby’ Norman

Donald Herbert “Herby” Norman, 79, of Crab Orchard, passed away Saturday, November 17, 2012, at Bowers Hospice House.

Born October 22, 1933, at Amigo, WV, he was the son of the late Walter Martin and Locy Shrewsbury Norman.

Donald was a retired brakeman for Norfolk and Southern Railroad. He was a member of the Sophia United Methodist Church, the United Transportation Union and a U.S. Army veteran.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a brother, Benny Norman and his wife Betty; sister, Shelby Mann and her husband Luther; brothers-in-law, Herman McMillion and Jack Saunders.

Survivors include his wife, Wanda Arlene Yost Norman; sons, Donald H. Norman, II, of Crab Orchard, Philip Norman and Sherri McGraw of Shady Spring; grandchildren, Scott Norman, A.J. Norman and Courtnee James; great-grandchild, Aiden Lester; sisters, Evelyn McMillion of North Tonawanda, NY, Lillie Saunders of Beckley; brother-in-law, Roger Yost and his wife Ruth of Cool Ridge; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Tuesday, November 20, 2012, in the Calfee Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Ernie Jarrell officiating. Burial will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens. Friends may visit with the family from 11 a.m. until service time on Tuesday at the funeral home.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to Sophia United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 518, Sophia, WV 25921, or Bowers Hospice House, 454 Cranberry Drive, Beckley, WV 25801.

Online condolences may be left at

Arrangements by Calfee Funeral Home, Beckley.

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