The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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February 21, 2013

Obituaries — Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013



Mary Josephine Turpin Blankenship

Mary Josephine Turpin Blankenship , 78, of Beckley, formerly of Oak Hill, died Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, at Raleigh General Hospital in Beckley.

Born July 23, 1934, at Carswell Hollow, she was the daughter of the late Bentley Turpin and Gay Delphia Turpin Johnson.

Mary had been a 14-year resident of Oak Hill. She was a homemaker and a former member of the Living Word Church, Mossy.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter Eugene Blankenship.

Survivors include one son, Eugene K. Blankenship of Beckley, and two sisters, Pam Souders and Harriet Cramer, both of Circleville, Ohio.

She is also survived by four grandchildren, Melanie Whelan, Crystal Gray, Teagen Nicole Blankenship and Kennedy Erika Blankenship and two great-grandchildren, Addy Gray and William Joseph Whelan.

Funeral services will be Friday, Feb. 22, 2013 at 11 a.m. at Living Word Church in Mossy with Pastor Paul Basham officiating. Committal and entombment will be at 1:30 p.m. at Roselawn Memorial Gardens Mausoleum in Princeton.

Friends may call at the church one hour prior to the service on Friday.

Mike Anderson, Dean Dix, Jared Gray, Ted Martin, Eugene K, Blankenship and Ben Whelan will serve as pallbearers.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.


George Michael Bowens Jr.

MALLORY — George Michael Bowens Jr., 35, died Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013, at Davin.

Service will be Friday, Feb. 22, 2013, at 1 p.m. Eagle Sanctuary, Man, with the Rev. Walter Hawkins and Bishop Anthony Hudgins officiating. Burial will follow at Highland Memory Gardens, Godby Heights, Pecks Mill.

Friends may gather with the family at Eagle Sanctuary at Man today after 6 p.m.

Mounts Funeral Home of Gilbert is in charge of arrangements.


Bonnie Hazel Turner Brown


To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.

A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted.

A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;

A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;

A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;

A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep and a time to cast away;

A time to rend, and a time to sew, a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;

A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.

— Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

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