The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


December 21, 2013

Obituaries — Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013


Matthew Cromer

Matthew Cromer, 35, of Beckley, passed away Friday, Dec. 20, 2013.

Arrangements are pending completion at the Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, 1901 S. Kanawha St., Beckley.

Dorothy Faye Dillman

HINTON — Dorothy Faye Dillman, 92, of 207 Pleasant St., Hinton, died Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013.

Arrangements are pending completion at Pivont Funeral Home, Hinton.

Roger Allen Fitzgerald

RAINELLE — Roger Allen Fitzgerald, 54, of Rainelle, passed away Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013.

There will be no service at this time.

Arrangements by Smathers Funeral Chapel Inc., Rainelle.

Gary Lee Hanshew

GREEN SULPHUR SPRINGS — Gary Lee Hanshew, 65, of Green Sulphur Springs, passed away Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013.

Services will be 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 23, at Smathers Funeral Chapel Inc. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 22, at the funeral home.

Arrangements by Smathers Funeral Chapel Inc., Rainelle.

Gary Michael Hellems

FOREST HILL — Gary Michael Hellems, 64, formerly of Hinton, residing at Forest Hill, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013.

Condolences may be sent to the family at

Arrangements are incomplete at the Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors of Hinton.

Shirley Henderson

IAEGER — Shirley Henderson, 66, of Iaeger, died Dec. 19, 2013.

Funeral will be at 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 22, at Morningstar Baptist Church, Longpole, with the Rev. Lennis Jackson and the Rev. Clinton Jackson officiating. Burial is in Collins Memorial Cemetery, Rock Branch, Lit War. Friends may gather with the family after 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, with a service at 7 p.m. with the Rev. Clinton Jackson.

Online at

Mounts Funeral Home of Gilbert is in charge of arrangements.

James Patrick Holcomb

FAYETTEVILLE — James Patrick Holcomb, 47, of Kiev, Ukraine, died Friday, Aug. 23, 2013.

Mr. Holcomb was cremated. The family will hold a memorial service at a later date in Chattanooga, Tenn.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Bill Clarence Lester Jr.

YORK, S.C. — Bill Clarence Lester, Jr., 71, of York, SC, formerly of Oceana, WV, passed away on Wednesday, December 18, 2013.

Born August 12, 1942, at Pineville, WV, he was a son of the late Bill Clarence Lester and Edna Louise Spencer Lester.

Bill was a coal miner and served his country proudly in the United States Air Force.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Reitha Illene Lester, and a brother, Jimmy Lester.

Those left to cherish his memory include his children, Kathy Lynn Stewart and Bill Clarence Lester and wife, Anita; grandchildren, Hope Marie Stewart, Nathan Michael Stewart, Kevin Thomas Stewart, Megan Brooke Lester, Chelsea Ragan Lester, Chandler Ryan Lester, and Dylan Thomas Lester; two sisters, Betty Milam and Janet Barber.

Services to celebrate the life of Bill Clarence Lester, Jr., will be held 1 p.m. Sunday, December 22, 2013, at Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley, with Pastor Erwin Gregory officiating. Following the services Bill will be laid to rest at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Beckley.

Bill Lester, Nathan Stewart, Kevin Stewart, Chandler Lester, Carl Milam, and Ricky Allen will be serving as pallbearers.

Friends may gather from 12 p.m. until time of the service Sunday at the funeral home.

Online condolences and other information can be found by visiting

Blue Ridge Funeral Home, 5251 Robert C. Byrd Drive, Beckley, is in charge of the arrangements.

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