The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


February 28, 2014

Obituaries — Friday, Feb. 28, 2013

Carol Ann Bower

Carol Ann Bower, 75, of Coal City, passed away on Tuesday, February 25, 2014, after a courageous battle with lung cancer in the arms of her loving family. Born on July 14, 1938, in Lillybrook, she was the daughter of the late William Mays and Virgie Pearl Basham Mays.

Carol was a retired teacher’s aide of 29 years for the Raleigh Co. Board of Education, and a member of Princewick Missionary Baptist Church.

In addition to her parents, Carol is preceded in death by her beloved husband, Von Bower; sister, Hilda Wilson; brothers-in-law, Emette Wilson and Eugene Grim.

Those left to cherish her memory include her children, Tamela Ann Sprouse (Chuck) of Princewick, WV, and son, Von Edward Bower at home; 4 grandchildren, Angela Hudnall (Michael) of Princewick, WV, Charlie Sprouse (Ashton) of Coal City, WV, Gregory Sprouse (Jessica) of Madison, NC, Tosha (Kevin) of Fredricksburg, VA; 8 great-grandchildren, Logan Patrick, Kayla Michelle, Casey Ruth, Zachary Charles, Elizabeth Gail, Edward Harrison, Jeremiah Lee and Benjamin James; sisters, Aline (Jim) of Dunnellon, FL, Shirley Grim of Hudson, FL; sisters-in-law, Rosemary Thomas (Jack) of Coal City, Bobbie Helvey (Vernon) of Covington, VA, and Nora Faye (Eddie) of Christiansburg, VA; and a host of nieces, nephews and beloved friends.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 1, 2014, at Williams Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Sophia, with Pastor Shane Roark officiating. Burial will follow at Sunset Memorial Park.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

The family would also like to thank the Hospice Staff of Beckley, WV, and the staff at the Carl Larson Cancer Center, Beckley, WV.

Friends may gather with the family Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Arrangements by Williams Blue Ridge Funeral Home, 101 1st Street, Sophia, WV.

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