The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

November 26, 2010

Obituaries — Friday, Nov. 26, 2010

Wesley ‘Scott’ Edwards

Wesley “Scott” Edwards died Nov. 20, 2010.

Friends may gather with the family from 6 to 9 p.m. today, Nov. 26, at Williams-Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Sophia. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 27, with Pastor Philip Farrington officiating and Calvin Alexander and Erica Polk singing. Burial will be at Hot Coal Cemetery, Sophia.

Williams-Blue Ridge Funeral Home, 101 1st St., Sophia, is in charge of the arrangements.

James Edward Gill

James Edward Gill, 76, of Daniels, passed away Thursday, Nov. 25, 2010, at the Bowers Hospice House in Beckley.

Arrangements are by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, 729 Flat Top Road, Shady Spring.

Minnie Gillenwater

Minnie Gillenwater, 100, of Beaver died Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2010, at the Bowers Hospice House.

Arrangements are pending completion at the Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, 1901 S. Kanawha St., Beckley.

H. Louis Kirkpatrick

H. Louis “Kirk” Kirkpatrick, Beckley, departed this life on November 25, 2010.

Born February 16, 1925, at Hopkinsville, Kentucky, he was the son of the late Dr. and Mrs. W. B. Kirkpatrick.

Kirk was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 61 years, Mary Hornbrook Kirkpatrick, and his sister, Elizabeth F. Kirkpatrick.

He attended Vanderbilt University and graduated from the University of Kentucky with a degree in Mining Engineering. While at the University of Kentucky, he won the Old Timers Club award, and later was a UK Bowman Fellow and a member of the Engineering Quadrangle Society. During World War II, he served with the Army Air Force. He was a member of the West Virginia Society of Professional Engineers.

Kirk retired from The New River Company as Executive Vice President. He was a former President of the Crab Orchard Water Company, a General Partner in the Kirkpatrick’s Beech Creek Coal Company, and a Limited Partner in Kirkpatrick Mining Company. At the time of his death, he was President of Lillybrook Land Company. He was a former member of the Board of Directors of the Bank of Raleigh and Horizon Bancorp. He also was a member of the James B. Duke Society at Duke University.

He was a member of the Mt. Hope Presbyterian Church, where he served as an Elder and a member of the Board of Deacons and the Board of Trustees.

Survivors include one son, Judge H.L. Kirkpatrick III and his wife, Rebecca; one daughter, Ann Kirkpatrick Price and her husband Donald; two grandsons, John Kirkpatrick and Robert Kirkpatrick; stepgranddaughter, Amber Price; stepgrandson, Tyson Price; and stepgreat-grandson, Keaton Burch.

The family desires that any contributions in honor of Kirk be given to the Bowers Hospice House, 454 Cranberry Drive, Beckley, or to the charity of your choice.

Services will be Sunday, November 28, 2010, at 2 p.m., in the Calfee Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Elizabeth Stone officiating. Burial will follow in Mausoleum A at Sunset Memorial Park, Beckley.

Friends may call at Calfee Funeral Home from 6 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, November 27, 2010.

Online condolences may be left at

Arrangements by Calfee Funeral Home, Beckley.

Beulah Foley Mills

BLACKSHEAR, Ga. — Beulah Foley Mills, 108, of Blackshear, GA, died Monday night, November 22, 2010, at the Pierce County Nursing Home following a brief illness. She was born September 9, 1902.

She was a native of Cabin Creek, WV, but lived most of her life in Raleigh County, WV, before moving to Blackshear, GA, in 2000.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Pearlie Mills, her parents, Elder John Richard Foley and Nancy Tolliver Foley; two daughters, Virginia Cole and Leola Edwards; and a son, James E. Mills; granddaughter Marsha Cole Raines; great-grandson Michael Cole; sisters Mintie Crawford, Rebecca Lilly, Sadie Baker, Tressie Basham, Salome Hill, Augusta Nichols and Janet Waddell; brothers Elder George Foley, Barnett Foley, Raymond Foley and James Foley.

She was a homemaker and was of the Primitive Baptist faith.

She is survived by a daughter, Bonnie Cole, of Shady Spring, WV, and a son, David Mills and wife Vivian, of Blackshear, GA; 11 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; 17 great-great-grandchildren; a great-great-great-grandchild and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, November 27, 2010, in the chapel of Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley, WV, with Elder Keith Mills officiating. Burial will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens. Grandsons will serve as pallbearers. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service Saturday at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Arrangements by Blue Ridge Funeral Home, 5251 Robert C. Byrd Drive, Beckley, WV.

Margaret Radochio

When she was six years old she traveled the high seas to come to America, the same year the Titanic sank. She would see 10 popes, 18 presidents beginning with Teddy Roosevelt, the first passenger flight, six major U.S. wars, moon landings, 26 Olympic games, the right for women to vote, she lived through times, events, a witness to living history for 104 years, one month five days. And so on Monday, November 22nd, 2010, Margaret Radochio “Fought the good fight. She finished her course. She has kept the faith.”

One of nine children, four of whom died in infancy, Margaret Bero was the oldest of five surviving adult children, born to the late John and Margaret Jacob Bero. Born on October 17, 1906, in Csernely, Hungary, Margaret immigrated to the United States in 1912 on the passenger ship, the Hamburg. Her family settled in McDowell County. Her sister, Irene Kuhn, and her brothers, George who died in the Battle of the Bulge and John, have preceded her in death.

The Bero family ran the Commercial Hotel in Welch for many years. They were devoted members of St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Welch.

In the mid-1930s an Italian boy from Hemphill, John Radochio, was the projectionist at the Pocahontas Theater in Welch. During intermissions, song and dance acts were performed at the theater. Margaret, by then an accomplished soloist in the Welch area, sang “Alice Blue Gown.” John and Margaret were married on July 31st, 1936. To this union were born a son John and a daughter Karol.

Margaret Radochio was an energetic woman. A homemaker, she also worked at the National Dollar Store in Welch. When her parents, Pappa and Mamma Bero, came to Beckley, Margaret and John took over the operation of the Commercial Hotel. In 1980, the Radochios migrated to Beckley and settled on Mankin Ave. They became members of St. Francis de Sales Church where Margaret is the oldest living member of the parish. After 59 years of marriage, John Radochio died on March 18th, 1995.

Left to cherish the memory of their beloved mother are her children, John Radochio and his wife, Linda, of St. Albans and Karol Radochio of Beckley. Margaret was the dear grandmother of John Michael Radochio and his wife, Shelia, and David Scott Radochio; the proud great-grandmother of Angela Marie Radochio, Teri Skidmore Kerns and her husband Nick and William Skidmore; she was the fond sister of Helen Decker of Welch; Margaret’s extended family whom she held in high regard are nieces and nephews, Diane Salsbury, Donna Marie Bode, Margaret Ann Kuhn, Rick Decker, John and Michael Kuhn; her cousin, Irene Charney; and sister-in-law, Talmadge Radochio.

The Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated on Saturday, November 27th, at 10 a.m. at St. Francis de Sales Church with Monsignor Samuel Sacus as the celebrant with Fr. Dan Pisano as the con-celebrant. The Rite of Committal will follow in Mt. Calvary Cemetery at the Sunset Memorial Park where Margaret will be laid to rest beside her beloved John.

Pallbearers will be: John Michael Radochio, David Scott Radochio, Johnny Kuhn, Michael Kuhn, Paul Seamann, and Leo Porreca.

The family will receive friends on Friday evening from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Melton Mortuary at 1200 Harper Road, Beckley. The Rev. Mr. Donald Wise will recite a decade of the rosary and offer a prayer service at 8:30 p.m.

The family suggests donations of sympathy can be made to the John Radochio Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o Fr. John Halpin Council 5657, PO Box 493, Beckley, WV 25802.

And now we must say goodbye to this great lady. Perhaps it is only fitting that she passes at this season of Thanksgiving. A life … well lived.

Condolences may be mailed to the family at

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary, Inc., Beckley.

Gene Preston Turner

RENICK — Gene Preston Turner, 82, of Renick passed away Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2010, at his home.

A memorial service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 27, at the Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home in Lewisburg with the Rev. Leroy Crane officiating. There will be no visitation.

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Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home in Lewisburg is in charge of arrangements.