The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


December 22, 2013

Obituaries — Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013


William Ernest ‘Buzzy’ Rhodes Jr.

OAK HILL — William Ernest “Buzzy” Rhodes, Jr., age 82, of Oak Hill, passed away on Friday, December 20, 2013, at BARH in Beckley.

Born February 11, 1931, at Summerlee, WV, he was the son the late William E. and Minnie Cody Rhodes.

Buzzy was an electrician in the coal industry and a member of the UMWA. He was preceded in death by his wife, Marcelline Mullins Rhodes, by two daughters, Pamela Rhodes and Nancy F. Thomas; by a son-in-law, Jefferson Lee Davis; by five sisters, Virginia O’Boyle, Estel Matullis, Lorene Duncan, Josephine Rhodes and Genevieve McMillion.

Surviving are his daughter, Barbara Bell and her husband Teddy W. of Oak Hill, stepdaughter, Peggy Davis of Grandview, seven grandchildren, Lori Livengood and husband Nathan, T.W. Bell and wife Regina, Shannon Dixon and husband Jason, “Hard Rock” Thomas and wife Stacey, Jason Rhodes and wife Lori, Jeff Davis and wife Lori and Jerry Lee Davis, 17 great-grandchildren. Also surviving are four sisters, Norma Menei, of Mount Hope, Edna Criss and Georgia Fisher, both of Oak Hill, and Irene Elkins of Ohio. A son-in-law, Roscoe Thomas of Summerlee, also survives.

In honoring Buzzy’s wishes he will be cremated and a service will be held at a later date.

Online condolences may be sent to

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill, WV.

Ayron Dale Rutherford

Ayron Dale Rutherford, 18, of Hollywood, passed away. 

Memorial services will be 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 28, at the Groves Funeral Home Chapel in Union. Friends may call from 5:30 p.m. to service time Saturday at the funeral home.

The family requests in lieu of flowers that memorial donations be made to the Shriner’s Hospital for Children.

Groves Funeral Home in Union is in charge of arrangements.

Larry Rodney ‘Lee’ Scales

Larry Rodney “Lee” Scales, 49, of North Beckley died Tuesday, December 17, 2013, of a short illness. He was born May 10, 1964, in Beckley, WV, to Edmonia Scales Oakley and the late Homer Watson Scales, Sr. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Michael Scales and Kip Oakley; two sisters, Judy and Brenda Scales; grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Dewitt and Cordie Scales and Mr. and Mrs. Julian and Lottie Medley.

He leaves to cherish his memory his mother, Edmonia S. Oakley; two sisters, Valerie Long of Raleigh, and JoAnn Scales of New York; five brothers, Homer Scales and Timothy Scales of Raleigh, Darrell Scales of Beckley, Terry (Pamela) Scales of San Pedro, California, and Bobby Scales of Raleigh; two aunts, Gertrude Scales of Columbus, Ohio, and Louise Lockridge of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Companion, Linda Wallace; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Services will be held at 12 noon Tuesday, December 24, 2013, at First Baptist Church of North Beckley. Visitation will begin at 11 a.m. Rev. James Cox and Rev. Walter Leach will officiate.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Durgan Funeral Home, Inc., Beckley. E-mail condolences may be sent to

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