The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


March 18, 2014

Obituaries — Tuesday, March 18, 2014


Judy Lee Jones Thornton

SUMMERSVILLE — Judy Lee Jones Thornton, 71, of Summersville, passed away Sunday, March 16, 2014.

Services will be 2 p.m. Thursday, March 20, 2014, at Mountain Baptist Church at Carl. Burial will follow in the Mtn. Baptist Church Cemetery, Carl.

Friends may visit with the family one hour prior to the service (1 to 2 p.m.) at the church.

Please send online condolences to:

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home in Rainelle.

Otis Toler

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. — Otis Toler, 67, of Fredericksburg, passed away Monday, March 10, 2014, at the Mary Washington Hospital, Fredericksburg, Va.

Arrangements are pending at this time.

Calfee Funeral and Cremation Service of Pineville is serving the Toler family.

Lila J. Upchurch

Lila J. Upchurch, 73, of Daniels, passed away on Saturday, March 15, 2014, at her home surrounded by her family following an extended illness.

Born on the 17th day of April in 1940 in Crab Orchard, WV, she was a daughter to the late Jesse Durham and Ratha Rice Durham.

Lila was a homemaker raising her children and taking care of their home. She also loved her flowers. Lila was of the Pentecostal faith and attended the Shady Spring Pentecostal Church.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond Upchurch; grandsons, Billy Ray Durham and Ryan Stafford; brother, Daniel Durham; and a brother-in-law, Willie.

Those left to carry on her legacy include her children, James “Bubby” and wife Bobbie of Beaver, Billy and wife Cindy of White Oak, Leson and husband Bob of Florida, Linda and husband Randall of Maben, and Cindy and husband Michael of Daniels; siblings, Joann and husband Randall, Martha, and Gene and wife Jewel all of Beckley, Sandra of Shady Spring, and Yvonne of Crab Orchard; 13 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren also survive her.

The family also wishes to thank the wonderful nurses and staff of Hospice of Southern West Virginia for their unconditional care and support throughout Lila’s final days.

A Celebration of the life of Lila J. Upchurch will be conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 19, 2014, at the Blue Ridge Funeral Home Chapel in Prosperity with Rev. Benny Harper and Rev. George Garner officiating. Entombment will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens Mausoleum also in Prosperity.

Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home on Tuesday, March 18, for visitation.

In lieu of flowers the family will graciously accept donations at the funeral home.

Online condolences and other tributes are available to Lila’s family by visiting this obituary at

Arrangements with Blue Ridge Funeral Home and Cremations, 5251 Robert C. Byrd Drive in Prosperity.

Henry ‘Tony’ Anthony Vance

KISTLER — Henry “Tony” Anthony Vance, 37, of Kistler, passed away on Thursday, March 13, 2014 at Logan Regional Medical Center.

E-mail letters of sympathy may be sent at

The family is being served by the Stafford Family Funeral Home, Lynco.

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