The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


February 8, 2013

Obituaries — Friday, Feb. 8, 2013


Wilda Cole Bragg

ANSTED — Wilda Cole Bragg, 93, of Ansted, went home to be with the Lord, Tuesday, February 5, 2013, while surrounded by her family.

Born September 23, 1919, at Sugar Creek, W.Va., the daughter of the late Henry and Bina Cole.

Preceded in death by her late husband E.R. “Shorty” Bragg and son Cordell Bragg; brothers, Otha, Woodrow and Magee Cole.

She was a longtime member of Ansted Baptist Church, a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother. She was a homemaker.

Those left to cherish her memory include her daughters, Rita Phillips, Diana Withrow, Penny Cummins and son-in-law, David. Fifteen grandchildren, twenty-four great-grandchildren, fourteen great-great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral service will be 1 p.m. Saturday, February 9, 2013, at Ansted Baptist Church, with Pastor Jack Eades officiating. Burial will follow at Restlawn Memory Gardens in Victor.

Friends may gather with the family 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, February 8, 2013, at Wallace and Wallace Funeral Home Chapel in Ansted.

Online condolences may be sent to

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Ansted.

Jacqueline Rowan ‘Jackie’ Briggs

GAP MILLS — Jacqueline Rowan “Jackie” Briggs of Gap Mills passed away Monday, Feb. 4, 2013.

Services will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, at the Groves Funeral Home Chapel in Union, with the Rev. Gene Fullen officiating. Burial will follow at the Carmel Cemetery at Gap Mills. Friends may call from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Groves Funeral Home in Union is in charge of arrangements. 

Sue Ellen Francisco

Revelation 21: Verses 1-4 “And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.

And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.

And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.

And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things have been passed away.”

Sue Francisco, our precious Mom and MawMaw, left this life to join her eternal life with her Savior Jesus Christ on February 6, 2013.

She was born on March 26, 1933, in Beaver, and was the daughter of the late Aiden and Mackie Hall Gunnoe.

She was a graduate of Shady Spring High School. On September 21, 1954, she married the love of her life Bob Francisco. He has spent the past 59 years caring, loving, and supporting his wife. She was truly blessed and had a God-centered marriage.

She was a former employee of Grant’s. Most people remembered her from Hill’s Department Store. She was employed there for over 30 years. She led a Christian life and enjoyed singing and playing the piano at church. Sue was a member of the Living Waters Baptist Church where her son served as her pastor.

“MawMaw Sue” will be remembered the most by being the best mom and an even better mawmaw. She had two children Kathy Brewer and her husband John of Beaver, and Mike Gunnoe and his wife Kitty of Mt. Hope. Sue had also raised her granddaughter as a daughter, Yvette Gunnoe. She had seven grandchildren, Heather Brewer Poland, Johnny Brewer, Michelle Pack, Cindy Gunnoe, Shannon Wriston, and Reggie Wriston. She also had 15 great-grandchildren, Lila Kate, Laci, Steven, Nathan, Braxton, Chase, Kai, Riley, Lainey, Nevaeh, Zach, Rachael, Brooklin, Savannah, and T.K. She thought the world of her family and was so proud of them. They were her pride and joy.

Her family wishes to thank everyone who has called, prayed, and sent food to the home. A special thank you to Dr. Jafary who was always there and showed so much compassion toward her. Also thanks to the staff of BARH.

“Those who walk uprightly enter into peace; they find rest as they lie in death.”

A memorial service will be held to Celebrate The Life of Sue Francisco on Saturday, February 9, 2013, at 4 p.m. at the Rose and Quesenberry Peace Chapel in Beckley, with her son Pastor Mike Gunnoe officiating, with singing provided by her great-granddaughter Laci Poland.

Friends may visit with the family one hour prior to the services on Saturday.

In lieu of flowers, monetary donations may be made to the Living Waters Baptist Church, 201 Jennings Street, Beckley, WV 25801, in memory of Sue Francisco.

It was her wishes to be cremated and her cremains to be placed with her mother’s grave space.

Online condolences may be sent to our guestbook at

Arrangements are by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, 1901 South Kanawha Street, Beckley. 

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