The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


December 21, 2013

Obituaries — Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013


Bessie Viola Rudisill

BARGER SPRINGS — Bessie Viola Rudisill, 95, of Barger Springs went home to be with the Lord Thursday, December 19, 2013, at Summers County Appalachian Regional Hospital following a short illness.

Born April 28, 1918, at Barger Springs, she was a daughter of the late Harmon and Lilly Tabor.

Bessie was a member of the Rollynsburg Baptist Church. She was a former employee of the State Women’s Prison at Pence Springs, Chestnut Lodge Mental Hospital in Rockville, MD, and had also worked as a social worker for mental health department in Summers County. Bessie enjoyed living on her farm and being outdoors, flower gardening and spending time with family and friends.

Other than her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Harold Bernard Rudisill; one granddaughter, Linda Lou Rudisill; one great-granddaughter, Amy Calendine; one brother, Harmon Tabor Jr.; and one sister, Mary Ann Gwinn.

Those left to cherish her memory include one son, Chester B. Rudisill and companion Teresa Clayton; two daughters, Delma Ciesielski and Brenda Rudisill; eleven grandchildren, thirty great-grandchildren, thirty-one great-great-grandchildren, two sisters, India Rudisill and Genevieve Wood, and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral services will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, December 21, 2013, at the Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors Chapel with Pastor Dana Stalnaker officiating. Burial will follow in the Oak Grove Cemetery. Friends may call from 11 a.m. until service time on Saturday at the funeral parlors.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

Arrangements are by the Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors of Hinton.

Condolences may be sent to the family at

Velma Irene Harmon Terry

Velma Irene Harmon Terry, 86, passed away December 18, 2013. She was born May 14, 1927, to the late John and Sylvia Prince Angyn Harmon.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by brothers, Raymond Harmon, Carlos Harmon, Orville Harmon; sister, Effnie Whitt.

Velma never met a stranger; she deeply loved and enjoyed her church family, watching old movies and taking rides to look at the scenery. She was a Member of the North Sand Branch Worship Center.

Those left to cherish her memory are son, Raynard C. Barrett; granddaughter, Bonnie Barrett; grandson, Henry Barrett; great-grandson, Justin Hall; and a host of friends and church family.

A special thanks is given to her care takers, Ruth and Greg Graef, Vera Plumley, Dr. Jaffary and Dr. Powers and the staff of Stanaford Medical Clinic.

Service will be 6:30 Sunday, December 22, at North Sand Branch Worship Center with Pastor Ken Souder and Rev. Greg Graef officiating.

Friends may call from 5:30 until the time of the service at the church.

In lieu of flower donations can be made in Velma’s memory to the North Sand Branch Worship Center Building Fund.

High Lawn Funeral Chapel, Oak Hill, is in charge of arrangements.

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