The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


April 6, 2013

Obituaries — Saturday, April 6, 2013


Barbara Jean Lane

Barbara Jean Lane, 69, of Cool Ridge, passed away Thursday, April 4, 2013.

Arrangements are pending completion at Rose and Quesenberry, 729 Flat Top Road, Shady Spring.

Willard Nathan Lowman

FRANKFORD — Willard Nathan Lowman, 88, formerly of Welch, passed away March 18, 2013.

Memorial service will be at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 13, in the Herzbrun Room at the McDowell Public Library in Welch.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the library can be made.

Please send online condolences by visiting

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

Nancy H. McCormick

SINKS GROVE — Nancy H. McCormick, 73, of Sinks Grove, passed away Friday morning, April 5, 2013.

Funeral services are incomplete at the Groves Funeral Home in Union.

Larry Puffenbarger

GHENT — Larry Puffenbarger, 72, of Ghent, passed away Friday, April 5, 2013.

Arrangements are pending completion at Rose and Quesenberry, 729 Flat Top Road, Shady Spring.

Tracy L. Riffe

Tracy L. Riffe, 88, of Beckley, passed away Wednesday, April 3, 2013. Born November 30, 1924, in Crab Orchard, he was the son of the late Duffey Alderson and Beatrice Stephens Riffe. Following his graduation from Woodrow Wilson High School and Beckley College, Tracy enlisted in the U.S. Navy during which he served in both the North African and Pacific Theatres during WWII.

The majority of his professional career was spent with Beckley Federal Savings Bank where he served as president for numerous years. In addition, Tracy was a member, former Deacon, Trustee and Treasurer of the Crab Orchard Baptist Church. He was also a member of the Friendship Sunday School Class and a member of the Crab Orchard Hunting Club.

In addition to his parents, Tracy was preceded in death by a sister, Hester Plumley, and two brothers, Orval and Ellis Riffe.

Survivors include his devoted wife of nearly 65 years, Martha Jane Riffe; daughter, Sue Ellen Swepston and husband Clark of Flat Top, WV; granddaughters, Emilee Payne and husband Michael of Charleston and Andrea Campbell and husband David of Princeton; international granddaughter, Olga Semenova Allen and Mark of Germantown, MD; great-grandchildren, Elisabeth, Molly and James Payne, Grace, Sarah, Elijah and Erin Campbell and Peter Allen; sisters, Frances Dickerson and husband Ray of Beckley, Alice F. Riffe of Crab Orchard; sisters-in-law, Alice M. Riffe of Crab Orchard and Norma Riffe of Raleigh, NC. He will be sadly missed by a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Sunday, April 7, 2013, at the Crab Orchard Baptist Church with Pastor Mike Sisson officiating. Entombment will follow in Sunset Memorial Park. Friends may visit with the family from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the Calfee Funeral Home, 800 S. Oakwood Ave., Beckley.

Pallbearers will be Duffey Riffe, Greg Riffe, Randy Cook, Rick Cook, Jerry Phipps, Johnny Phipps, Kelly Phipps and Robert Skiles.

The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Crab Orchard Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 446, Crab Orchard, WV 25827.

Online condolences may be left at

Arrangements by Calfee Funeral Home, Beckley.

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