The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


December 22, 2013

Obituaries — Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013


James Green

James Green, 63, of 128 Ringleben St., Beckley, died Friday, Dec. 20, 2013.

Arrangements, which are pending, are entrusted to Durgan Funeral Home, 1501 S. Kanawha St., Beckley.

Gary Lee Hanshew

GREEN SULPHUR SPRINGS — Gary Lee Hanshew, 65, of Green Sulphur Springs, passed away Thursday, December 19, 2013, surrounded by his loving family, following a short battle with cancer.

Born April 28, 1948, at Danese, he was the son of Lillian Shuck Hanshew of Green Sulphur Springs and the late Roy P. Hanshew.

Gary graduated from Meadow Bridge High School in 1966 and was of the Baptist faith. He proudly served in the United States Navy aboard the USS Coral Sea CV-43 in the Viet Nam War. Following his service in the Navy, he went to work as a coal miner for 13 years. He then was an electrician for Meadow Gold Dairy for 5 years and retired after 16 years as an electrician for US Can. He was a member of V.F.W. Post #6506 in Rosedale, Maryland, and a member of the Jeptah Masonic Lodge #222 in Essex, Maryland. Upon his retirement, Gary came home to the West Virginia hills he loved.

In addition to his mother, surviving Gary are his loving wife of 41 years, Gail McQuain Hanshew; 3 sons whom Gary was so proud of Kevin (Rosa) of Lincoln, Delaware, Mike (Debbie) of Meadow Bridge and Patrick (Alicia) of Green Sulphur Springs; 1 daughter Barbie Coffie of North Carolina; 2 brothers Roy (Audrey) of Danese and Chris (Ersie) of Green Sulphur Springs; 2 sisters Marge Parker of Orlando, Florida, and Carol Moore (John) of Danese; and 7 grandchildren Whitley, Evan, Mike, John, Jacob, Johnathan and Cody.

Services will be 11 a.m. Monday, December 23, at Smathers Funeral Chapel, Inc., with Jimmy Fleshman officiating. Burial will follow in the Wallace Memorial Cemetery at Clintonville. Military honors will be conducted by the American Legion Post #32 in Beckley.

Friends may call Sunday, December 22, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Smathers Funeral Chapel, Inc.

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Arrangements by Smathers Funeral Chapel, Inc., Rainelle.

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