The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


November 12, 2012

Obituaries — Monday, Nov. 12, 2012

Henry C. Anderson Jr.

MULLENS — Henry C. Anderson Jr., 89, of Mullens, passed away Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012.

Arrangements are incomplete at Tankersley Funeral Home, Mullens.

Corine Blankenship

KOPPERSTON — Corine Blankenship, 77, of Kopperston, passed away Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012.

E-mail letters of sympathy may be sent at

The family is being served by the Stafford Family Funeral Home, Lynco.

Cerling Bamon Bowling Jr.

MULLENS — Cerling Bamon Bowling, Jr., 82, of 911 Moran Ave., Mullens, WV, born July 5, 1930, in Hiawatha, West Virginia, entered heavenly eternal life on November 8, 2012, at Bowers Hospice House.

He was the son of the late Cerling Bamon Bowling, Sr., and Josephine Gertrude Hale Bowling.

Known by all as “Junior,” he was preceded in death by his wonderful wife, Joyce Anne Robertson Bowling, in 1992.

He proudly served in the U.S. Air Force as a firefighter in Texas, Alaska, and Washington, D.C. After moving back to West Virginia, he worked predominantly as a meat cutter at Thomas Grocery before he and Joyce opened J and J Supermarket in Mullens. At the time of their retirement in 1990, they owned J and J’s and Bowling’s convenience store and restaurant. His sons consider him a great father, an avid golfer, and an excellent cook. He loved spending time with his family and friends. Up until the time of his death, he volunteered as golf ranger at Twin Falls State Park where he considered his co-workers and golf buddies his second family. He was a member of Mullens United Methodist Church, Mullens Masonic Lodge No. 151, and Admiral No. 50 of the Royal Arch Masons.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Irene Louise and Mildred Vorhees Bowling, who were killed with their father in a car accident in 1945. He was also preceded in death by an infant brother Claude Wiley and his dear brother James Robert Bowling.

Survivors include sons, Ronald Bowling and his wife Susan of Mullens, WV, Donald Bowling and his wife Debbie of Pineville, WV, and Greg Bowling and his wife Jennifer of Milton, WV; grandchildren, Lee Anne Bowling-Angle and her husband Billy of Clifton Forge, VA, Cinda Hewitt and her husband Jay of South Charleston, WV, Luke and Erin Bowling of Milton, WV, and Brett Bowling of Pineville, WV; and great-grandchildren, Savannah and Maria Angle of Clifton Forge, VA. Others survivors include a sister, Sylvia Jean Flanigan and her husband Richard of Princeton, WV, and many nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Scott Durham, Dr. Tony Flaim, Dave Harsh, Ken McBride, Gary Runion, David “Bugs” Stover, Robert Toler, and Mike Wikel.

A visitation will be held at the United Methodist Church in Mullens, WV, on Monday, November 12, 2012, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. for family and friends and a funeral service will be conducted on Tuesday, November 13, 2012, at 11 a.m. at the United Methodist Church with Reverend Earl Arthur and Mitch Whitt officiating. Burial services with military rites will be held at the Rose Lawn Memorial Gardens at Princeton, WV, following the service.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Bowers Hospice House, 454 Cranberry Drive, Beckley, WV 25801, and the Mullens United Methodist Church, 118 Guyandotte Avenue, Mullens, WV 25882.

Tankersley Funeral Home is serving the Bowling family.

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