The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


August 2, 2013

Obituaries — Friday, Aug. 2, 2013


Leona F. ‘Dobbie’ Hall

PRINCEWICK — Leona F. “Dobbie” Hall, 80, of Princewick, passed away Wednesday, July 31, 2013.

Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley, is in charge of arrangements.

Jo Ann Carter Heffrin

BOKEELIA, Fla. — Jo Ann Carter Heffrin, 83, formerly of Eccles, died Wednesday, July 24, 2013, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Debbie Coleman, in Bokeelia. She was the daughter of the late Elisha and Goldie Carter of Eccles.

She was Valedictorian of the Class of 1949 at Trap Hill High School at Surveyor, W.Va. A registered nurse, she was instrumental in establishing several medical clinics in Florida.

She is survived by daughters, Mrs. Debbie Coleman, Jennifer Collins, Elizabeth Tenney; son, Joe Byrd; and sister, Sharon Ray Stevens (Ken) of Cross Lanes; brother, Wallace Carter (Annette) of Newark, Del.

In keeping with Jo Ann’s wishes, she was cremated.

Lee County Cremation Service in Ft. Myers, Fla., was in charge.

William Edward ‘Bill’ Menefee Jr.

William Edward “Bill” Menefee Jr., 78, formerly of Oak Hill, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, July 30, 2013, at Hopewell, Va.

Born December 9, 1934, at Crown Hill, W.Va., Bill was the son of the late William Edward Menefee Sr. and Hazel Haymaker Menefee.

He is preceded in death by his son, James Edward “Jim” Menefee of Covington, Va., and grandson, William Matthew “Matt” Saye of Prince George, Va.

Bill leaves behind his wife of 53 years, Rebecca “Becky” Owens Menefee, a son, William J. Rainey and wife Caroline of Charleston, a daughter, Betty J. Saye of Petersburg, Va., son-in-law, William Jay Saye of Oak Hill, daughter-in-law Michelle Menefee of Covington, Va.; and three grandchildren, Elizabeth Saye of Petersburg, Va., Brendan Rainey of Charleston, and Kate Rainey of Charleston.

He is also survived by sisters, JoAnn Kessler of Fayetteville, Mary Pearson of Oak Hill, Wilma Gelfeld and husband, Paul, of Gaithersburg, Md., Peggy Greene and husband, Carson, of Indiana, Pa., and Nancy Smith of Oak Hill, and two brothers John Menefee of Oak Hill, and Paul “Jackie” Menefee of Oak Hill, along with many nieces, nephews and cousins.

A 1954 graduate of Collins High School in Oak Hill and he was also a graduate of Beckley College with an associate degree in Education.

Bill was the former pastor of Fellowship Memorial Baptist Church in Oak Hill for 43 years. During that time he was actively involved in the Fayette Plateau Ministerial Association and held various offices for several years. Bill was happiest when serving God and helping others. Bill served Fayette County and surrounding areas preaching God’s word and caring for people. He loved spending time with his family, his church family, watching football and enjoying his grandchildren.

The family will receive friends at Fellowship Memorial Baptist Church in Oak Hill on Friday evening, August 2, 2013, from 5 to 8 p.m.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. at Fellowship Memorial Baptist Church on Saturday, August 3, 2013. Burial will be at High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill. Rev. Robert “Bobby” Pauley and Rev. Pete Lokant will officiate.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Fellowship Memorial Baptist Church, PO Box 317, Oak Hill, WV, or Crater Community Hospice, 3916 South Crater Road, Petersburg, VA 23805.

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Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

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