The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


April 6, 2013

Obituaries — Saturday, April 6, 2013


Thomas ‘Tommy’ F. Sparks

Thomas “Tommy” F. Sparks, 73, of Prosperity, died Wednesday, April 3, 2013.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday, April 8, at the Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Chapel in Beckley with Pastor Bryan Bird and Dr. Charles Bright officiating. Interment will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens in Prosperity. The visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday at the funeral chapel.

In lieu of flowers the family asks donations be sent to the American Cancer Society, 921 W. Neville St., Beckley, WV 25801.

Private online condolences, floral gifts, and other expressions of sympathy are available to the family via

Arrangements with Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, 1901 S. Kanawha St. in Beckley.

Harold Joe Via

The big buck can rest a little easier now. The great hunter has laid down his rifle and the Volkswagen King has laid down his tools as our beloved Harold Joe Via went home to be with the Lord, Friday morning, April 5, 2013.

Harold was the most enduring and courageous person we have ever known, having undergone a heart transplant in 1994 and a kidney transplant in 1995. He was a master mechanic of automobiles, an avid hunter, gun collector, auto enthusiast and sportsman. Harold performed his first flight solo to obtain his pilot’s license at the age of 16. He was the first son of local aviator and mechanic Harold R. Via and Edith O. Via, who both preceded him in death.

Harold is survived by his sons, Darold J. Via and Harold Ray Via, daughters Kimberly L. (Sam) Brewer and Terrie A. Bailey. Brothers James W. (Wanda) Via, William “Bill” R. (Kimberly) Via of Beckley, and Ray B. (Karen) Via, sister Sandra J. (William) Acord all of the Beckley area. Harold also is survived by 10 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren, several nieces, and nephews.

Visitation will be at Blue Ridge Funeral Home from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, April 6, 2013. The funeral services are on Sunday, April 7, at 1 p.m. at the Blue Ridge Funeral Home with Pastor Chad Shaffer officiating.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

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

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