The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


December 21, 2013

Obituaries — Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013


Donald Preston ‘Don’ Renfro

MAPLE FORK — Donald Preston “Don” Renfro, 79, of Maple Fork, WV, died Thursday, December 19, 2013, at Bowers Hospice House, Beckley, WV.

Born August 16, 1934, at Oak Hill, West Virginia, he was the son of the late Blaine Preston and Mae Matheny Renfro.

He was the retired owner of Hunting and Fishing Warehouse at Maple Fork, and formerly worked as a welder at Long-Airdox Co. in Oak Hill and Perry-Hylton at Mabscott.

Don was a member of the Kilsyth Free Will Baptist Church and was an avid hunter and fisherman.

Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Pat Stone Renfro; three daughters, Donna Lee Adkins of Beckley, Debra McDaniel and husband, Dave, of Kearnersville, NC, and Denise Renfro of Maple Fork; his grandson, Donald Shuck, who served as his caregiver; two sisters, Lyda Kessler and husband, Tom, of Maple Fork and Eileen Ewing of Beckley; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

The family would like to thank his doctor, Dr. Olu Sangodeyi, and the staff of Beckley Appalachian Regional Hospital and the Bowers Hospice House for their care during Don’s illness.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, December 23, at Tyree Funeral Home in Mount Hope with Rev. Bill Bennett and Rev. Jim Sturgill officiating. Burial will be at High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill. Friends may call from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. Sunday evening at the funeral home.

Donations of sympathy may be made to: Bowers Hospice House, 454 Cranberry Drive, Beckley, WV 25801.

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Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope.

Robert Carl Ripley Sr.

RAINELLE — Robert Carl Ripley Sr., 89, of Rainelle, passed away Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013.

Services will be 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014, in the Rainelle United Methodist Church. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 3, at Smathers Funeral Chapel Inc.

Arrangements by Smathers Funeral Chapel Inc., Rainelle.

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