The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


March 21, 2014

Obituaries — Friday, March 21, 2014

Beverly Kay Reed Carter

ALDERSON — Beverly Kay Reed Carter, 60, of Alderson, passed away Wednesday, March 19, 2014.

Arrangements by Lobban Funeral Home, Alderson.

Garland Franklin Cook

WYOMING — Garland Franklin Cook, 72, of Wyoming, passed away Monday, March 17, 2014.

Funeral services will be at noon Saturday, March 22, at the Brenton Community Church, Brenton, with Brother Lonnie Compton officiating. Burial will follow in Compton Cemetery, Skin Fork. Friends may gather with the family from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, March 21, at the church.

E-mail letters of sympathy may be sent at www.

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

Aaron M. Deskins

MUSKEGON, Mich. — Mr. Aaron M. Deskins, age 85, formerly of Wyoming County, W.Va., passed away from his battle with pulmonary fibrosis on Tuesday, March 18, 2014.

Aaron was born on April 26, 1928, in Clinton, Texas, to Frank and Thelma (Stephenson) Deskins.

Surviving family members include his wife of 61 years, Juanita “Nita” (Casteel) Deskins; three daughters, Teri Deskins, Ann (Caz) Russell, Lisa (Bill) Arends; five grandchildren, Amanda, Billy and Matthew Arends and Cody and Ashley Russell; and his brother, Darvis (Glenna) Deskins.

He was preceded in death by his two sisters, Kathleen Harper and Klema Perry, and brother, Rufus Deskins.

Aaron grew up in Texas and West Virginia, retaining his beautiful southern drawl and the gift of storytelling. He was a proud Marine. He retired in 1985 as the President of the Bowling and Billiards Division of Brunswick Corporation in Muskegon.

Memorials may be made to The Wounded Warrior Project, 4899 Belfort Road, Suite 300, Jacksonville, Florida 32256, Phone (877) 832-6997,

To view Aaron’s complete obituary or to sign his online guestbook, please visit

Denver F. Gunnoe

Denver F. Gunnoe, 61, of Fairdale, was freed from the bonds of this earth on March 19, 2014. He was born on Nov. 28, 1952, the son of the late Fred Gunnoe and Zella Osborne Gunnoe. He was an Army veteran of the Vietnam War. He worked as a coal miner for many years. Then he worked 15 years as a State Coal Mine Inspector of West Virginia.

He was a lifetime member of the Disabled American Veterans, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4326 of Midway and Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 860 of Beckley. He was a member of Beckley Masonic Lodge No. 95, the Beni Kedem Shriners of Charleston, the Scottish Rite of Charleston, Beckley Moose Lodge, Montgomery Eagles Club, NAACP, Southern Poverty Law Group and American Civil Liberties Union.

He loved life and he loved people. He had an appreciation for all coal miners. He loved animals and loved the outdoors. He was a sports fan, especially football.

He was from a large family. He was preceded in death by brothers, Arlen, Kenner, Clarence, Erman and Cecil, and by sisters, Nadine Toler, Waveline Lusk, Joyce Todd, and special friend Joe Comer.

Survivors include his sisters, Coetta Toler of Glen Daniel, Retha Armstrong of Pineville, Lilly Cook of Beckley, Joselene Stewart of Oceana and Geraldine Aliff of Georgia; brothers, Arvil of Ohio, Dale of Fairdale, Danny of Midway, Hearldine of Naoma, Ricky of Fairdale and Ronnie of California. And he is survived by special friends, Roger Shelton of Sophia, Charlie Randall Canterbury of Lester, Randall Dillon of Glen Daniel, Roger “Snorkel” Clay of Pettry Bottom, and special friends and neighbors, James and Loretta Bragg of Fairdale. And special godson, Ethan Comer of Mt. Hope.

He wishes to thank all the good people he has met in his lifetime.

And to leave this: “Remember any act of kindness and love, however small, never goes away. It lasts for all eternity.”

He believed greatly in the spiritually and salvation of our Christ the Lord.

In keeping with his wishes, his body has been donated to the Human Gift Registry of West Virginia University, School of Medicine. Also in keeping with his wishes, no services will be held.

Any donations of sympathy should be made to Hospice of Southern West Virginia, P.O. Box 1472, Beckley, WV 25802-1472.

Submitted by Blue Ridge Funeral Home and Cremations, Prosperity.

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