The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

July 22, 2013

Obituaries — Monday, July 22, 2013

Melvin O. Blackburn

Melvin O. Blackburn, 71, of Beckley passed away Saturday, July 20, 2013, at his residence following a short illness.

Born March 18, 1942, in Tams, WV, he was the son of the late Burton and Mable Shelor Blackburn.

He attended Mark Twain High School, was a veteran of the United States Army, and the Army reserves; he was employed for 19 years at Slab Fork No. 10 mines, and retired from the Beckley VA medical center with over 25 years of service. He earned several outstanding service awards during those years. Mel loved watching Cincinnati Reds baseball and WVU football.

In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by his brother Frank Blackburn.

Those left to cherish his memory include his loving wife of 50 years Alma Maybelle Blackburn, his son Timothy Blackburn and his wife Melissa of Glen Daniel, a special granddaughter Kimberly Blackburn of Coal City whom he adored and who was by his side until the end. Three very special Stepgrandchildren Dustin, Justin, and Jamie Barker, his three sisters Mary Helmondollar of Crab Orchard, Ruth Helmondollar of Thomasville, Ga., and Martha White of Corinne, and a host of nieces and nephews and his friends at the VFW Post 4326 whom the family wishes to thank for their many years of friendship.

Due to weather concerns the graveside service will take place at 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 23, 2013, in the Coal City Church of God with the Rev. Vicki Buzminski, and Rev. Danny Helmondollar officiating. Friends attending the service are asked to be at the church by 1:45 p.m.; there will be no visitation. Burial will follow in the Coal City Community Cemetery.

Online condolences can be sent to the family by visiting

Arrangements by Williams-Blue Ridge Funeral Home, 101 First Street, Sophia, WV 25921.


Paul Douglas Blankenship

BALLARD — Paul Douglas Blankenship, 74, of Ballard, passed away July 20, 2013.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 23, at the Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home Chapel, Peterstown. Burial will follow in the Monte Vista Park Cemetery, Princeton. Friends may call one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

Online guestbook can be signed or condolences may be sent to the Blankenship family at

Arrangements by Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home, Peterstown.


Hubert J. Bleigh

Hubert J. Bleigh, 87, of Beckley, passed away Saturday, July 20, 2013.

Online condolences may be left at

Arrangements are pending at Calfee Funeral Home, Beckley.


Rocky Allen Bryant

MCROSS — Rocky Allen Bryant, 51, of McRoss, passed away Wednesday, July 17, 2013.

A memorial service will be 7 p.m. Monday (today) at the McRoss Baptist Church.

Donations of sympathy may be made to the Rocky Bryant Memorial Fund at City National Bank, 1218 Main St., Rainelle, WV 25962.

Arrangements by Smathers Funeral Chapel Inc., Rainelle.


Kathleen C. Collins

ROANOKE, Va. — Kathleen C. Collins, 93, of Roanoke, Va., formerly of Rupert, passed away Saturday, July 20, 2013.

Wallace & Wallace, Inc., Funeral Chapels, of Rainelle, will be handling the arrangements.


Donald Dean Ford

WELCH-PINEVILLE ROAD — Donald Dean Ford, 70, of Welch-Pineville Road, passed away on Friday, July 19, 2013, at Bowers Hospice House, Beckley, WV.

He was born November 30, 1942, in Wolf Pen, WV, a son of the late Oley and Norma Mullins Ford.

He was a painter.

He is survived by two daughters Genene Blankenship, her husband Bruce and son Drake Blankenship of Pleasant View, TN, and Crystal Nichols, her husband Brandon and two sons Garrett and Braxton Nichols of Clarksville, TN; a sister Peggy Ann Taylor and a very special niece Lisa Cloverdale of Nobblesville, IN; and a host of other loving family and friends.

In keeping with his wishes he will be cremated. Burial of his cremains will be held at a later date in Brewster Point Cemetery.

E-mail letters of sympathy may be sent at

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


Mary Magdaline Knight Handy

LINDSIDE — Mary Magdaline Knight Handy, 87, of Lindside, died July 19, 2013.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 23, at the Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home, Peterstown, with Pastors Jim Pearson and Eddie Ratcliff officiating. Burial will follow in the Chambers Cemetery, Lindside. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, July 22, at the funeral home.

Online guestbook can be signed or condolences may be sent to the Handy family at

Arrangements by Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home, Peterstown.


Christine M. Meadows

CLIFTON FORGE, Va. — Christine M. Meadows, 89, of Clifton Forge, Va., formerly of Hinton, died Sunday, July 21, 2013.

Arrangements by Pivont Funeral Home in Hinton.


Irene Columbus Quillen

Irene Columbus Quillen, 91, passed away very peacefully on Saturday, July 20, 2013, with her loving family by her side.

Born October 8, 1921, in Jackhorn, KY, she was the daughter of the late Lum Laxton and Bessie Johnson Laxton Euler.

Besides her parents, Irene was also preceded in death by her husband, Guy F. Quillen; her oldest son, Curtis F. Quillen; and 6 brothers and 5 sisters.

Irene loved attending to her flower garden, watching the birds and wildlife and enjoyed being outdoors. She also enjoyed the holidays, especially Christmas when family and friends could get together.

Survivors include her son, Robert L. Quillen and wife Linda of Pontiac, MI; daughters, Angela I. Tarr and husband David of Goode, VA, and Sharon Nancy Christian and husband Darryl of Montcalm, WV; daughter-in-law, Sandy Quillen of Winifrede, WV; 5 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and her cat and faithful companion, Coda.

The family would like to thank and make special mention to her granddaughter Vickie L. Claypool who loved and faithfully cared for her grandmother unwavering for many years with the support of her husband David Claypool, II, and her great-grandsons David Claypool, III, and Austin McDowell whom she loved very much, who always showed their love by caring, visiting and helping with her care.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 23, 2013, at Sunset Memorial Gardens Mausoleum B. Friends may visit with the family one hour prior to the service.

Online condolences may be left at

Arrangements by Calfee Funeral Home, Beckley.


Afton C. Willis

FAYETTEVILLE — Afton C. Willis, 63, of Fayetteville, passed away Saturday, July 20, 2013.

Condolences may be sent to

Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.