The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


March 29, 2013

Obituaries — Friday, March 29, 2013

Charles Adkins

Charles Adkins, 67, of Beckley, passed away Thursday, March 28, 2013.

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

Walter H. Bennett

PETERSTOWN — Walter H. Bennett, 72, of Shanklins Ferry Road, Peterstown, passed away Sunday, March 24, 2013.

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Arrangements are incomplete at Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home, Peterstown.

Segal Willis Browning

VERNER — Segal Willis Browning, 91, died Wednesday, March 27, 2013.

Service will be 3 p.m. Saturday at the Verner Community Church, Verner, with the Revs. Walter Grimmett and Peggy Ryder officiating. Burial will follow in Browning Cemetery, Verner. Friends may call after 6 p.m. Friday at the church.

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Arrangements by Mounts Funeral Home, Gilbert.

Darrell Ray Bumgarner Sr.

Darrell Ray Bumgarner Sr., of Beckley, formerly of Loops Road, Rainelle, passed away Monday, March 25, 2013. 

A graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 30, in the Sims Cemetery on Loops Road, Rainelle. There will be no visitation. 

Arrangements by Smathers Funeral Chapel Inc., Rainelle.

Diana Sturgill Cline

PINEVILLE — Diana Sturgill Cline, 66, of Pineville, a native of Mullens, passed away Sunday, March 24, 2013.

A memorial service will be at a later date.

Those wishing to express their condolences may do so by visiting our website at

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

Maria DeGroff

HINTON — Maria DeGroff, 71, of Hinton, died Thursday, March 28, 2013.

Arrangements are pending completion at Pivont Funeral Home, Hinton.

William Dudley Dugger Sr.

FORT PIERCE, Fla. — William Dudley Dugger Sr. passed away on Sunday, March 24th, 2013, in Fort Pierce. A tinkerer to the end, he was hospitalized with a screwdriver in his pocket. He was born July 7, 1926, in Savannah, Ga., and lived the last 30 years in Mount Hope, W.Va., and Vero Beach, Fla., with his loving wife Margaret Dugger.   

He was a graduate of the University of Georgia and a veteran of World War II, serving in post-war Japan. After the war, he worked for American Cyanamide and later became President and CEO of Beckley Magnetite, a supplier to the coal industry. He went on to create Dugger Enterprises which focuses on real estate development in West Virginia and Florida. A talented engineer and entrepreneur, his passions included flying, motorcycle riding and steam engine restoration.

He and his wife enjoyed traveling, antiquing, and spending time with their family.   

Survivors include his wife and five children: Susannah M. (Johnnie) Merritt, William (Debbie) Dugger Jr., Elizabeth Jane D. (Norman Gordon) Booth, John Alan (Elizabeth) Dugger and Ralph Dion (Sara) Phillips; eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his first wife Lida H. Moore and his daughter, Lillian B. London.  

Services will be held at the North Sand Branch Worship Center, Mt. Hope, on Saturday, March 30, 2013, at 2 p.m.  with the Rev. Ken Souder officiating, and following the service he will be laid to rest at Blue Ridge Memorial Garden, Beckley. Military graveside rites will be performed by the Beckley VFW.

Friends may gather with the family from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday evening at Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley.

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Memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Society of Beckley, W.Va., or other charity of choice.

The honor of serving the Dugger family was given to Blue Ridge Funeral Home, 5251 Robert C. Byrd Drive, Beckley.

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