The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


November 15, 2012

Obituaries — Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012


Bobbie Johnson

STEPHENSON — Bobbie Johnson, 81, of Stephenson, passed away Tuesday, November 13, 2012, in a Charleston hospital.

Born at Kincaid, W.Va., on July 7, 1931, to the late Archie and Pearl Adkins Johnson.

Bobbie served his country proudly in the United States Army during the Korean War. He had retired from the Norfolk and Southern Railway.

In addition to his parents, Bobbie was preceded in death by a brother, Archie B. Johnson, and three sisters, Oleda Farley, Barbara Beals and Carylon Johnson.

Those left to cherish his memory include his loving wife of 56 years, LaFonda Taylor Johnson; two sons, Robert Johnson of Timonium, Md. and Delbert (Bart) Johnson and wife, Teresa of Daniels; a grandson, Justin Johnson of Daniels; four sisters, Loretta Wagner of Scott Depot, June Eldreth of Mullens, Nancy Settle of Harper, and Judy Kincaid of St. Albans; a brother, James Johnson of Ohio; brother-in-law, Carlos Taylor and wife, Janet of Robson; sister-in-law, Joann Johnson of Stephenson;  and two special nephews, Archie Johnson of Stephenson and David Johnson and wife, Sherry of Oceana.

Services will be 1 p.m. Thursday, November 15, 2012, at Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley, with Paul Lane officiating. Following the services Bobbie will be laid to rest at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Beckley.

Family and friends will be serving as pallbearers.

Friends may gather from 12 p.m. until time of the service Thursday at the funeral home.

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Blue Ridge Funeral Home 5251 Robert C. Byrd Drive, Beckley, is in charge of the arrangements.

Evonda Lynn Walker Kennedy

BRENTON — Evonda Lynn Walker Kennedy, 49 of Brenton, departed this life on Monday, November 12th, 2012, at Welch Community Hospital.

Born January 8, 1963, at Manchester, Ky., she was the daughter of Evelyn Walker Hughes and the late Woodrow H. Walker.

In addition to her father she was preceded in death by one daughter, Tiffany Mae Kennedy; two sisters, Cathleen Nicholes and Tammie Kenneda; and one brother, Adam Cline.

Evonda was a loving daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. She was a certified nursing assistant at the Wyoming Nursing and Rehab Center and also an enviromentalist. She enjoyed fishing, camping, and spending time with her family and friends. She will be greatly missed by all who were previleged to have known and loved her.

Those left to love and cherish the memory of Evonda and to mourn her passing include her loving husband of 32 years, Preston Malone Kennedy Sr.; her son, Preston Malone Kennedy Jr., also known as Jaybird, and his companion, Carmella Brown; her grandchildren: Anthony Jacob Carter, Haley Mae Kennedy and Elijah Jay Kennedy; her mother, Evelyn Hughes; her brother, Verlin Todd Cline; her sister, Adeline Bailey; her niece and nephews, Chris, Brian and Nikki; and a host of other dear family members and friends.

Friends may gather with the family at the Long Branch Freewill Baptist Church at Simon on Thursday, November 15th, after 6 p.m.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, November 16th, at the Long Branch Freewill Baptist Church, with Rev. Tommy White and Rev. Larry Morgan Sr. officiating. Burial will follow in the Kennedy Cemetery at Foundation Fork of Long Branch, Simon.

Evonda will be carried to her final resting place by family and friends.

She is gone from our sight but never from our hearts.

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Arrangements by Mounts Funeral Home, Gilbert.

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