The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


March 10, 2013

Obituaries — Sunday, March 10, 2013

Annabelle Lee Bennett

MOUNT NEBO — Annabelle Lee Bennett, 75, of Mount Nebo, died Thursday, March 7, 2013.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Monday, March 11, in the White Funeral Home at Summersville with Pastor Alva Blankenship officiating. Interment will follow in the Dorsey Cemetery at Runa. Friends may call one hour prior to the services Monday at the funeral home.

Benny Ray Bowles II

CLEARFORK — Benny Ray Bowles II of Clearfork, West Virginia, passed on to be with the Lord March 8th, 2013. He was thirty-six years of age.

Born at Raleigh General Hospital in 1976, he was referred to as a “bicentennial baby.” Though he has lived in other areas, including Florida and Charlotte, Benny settled with his mother in Wyoming County where he spent the later part of his childhood and young adult life as an outstanding athlete in both basketball and especially golf. At the age of thirteen, he was the youngest to ever win the Wyoming County Open, breaking his father’s previous record. In 1993 he helped bring home a State Runners-up title in basketball, and in 1994 he helped take the State Champion’s title for his school, Oceana High. All who watched this sportsman were in awe and respect of his many talents. Benny loved the game, and the audiences loved him.

During his later adult life he remained an instructive coach to so many, a friend to all who needed him, an aid to his Grandmother Dolly, and an amazing Uncle to his nieces and nephew. His knowledge of sports, his love for his family, and his kindness to his friends and community will transcend his sudden departure from us all by the memories we hold in our hearts. A well-known figure of this community, a beloved family member, a protective brother, a cool cousin, a loving nephew, a giving Uncle, a trusted friend, an extremely talented sportsman, a helping grandson, and most of all a much-loved son who had more love in his heart for others than he knew what to do with. Benny Bowles has taught us all that if we shoot for the hole, look for the flag, and aim for the stars, we’re going to make it. Some stars shine forever.

He is preceded in death, but now blessedly joined with, a grandfather, Oliver R. Smith of Kopperston, a grandmother, Pearl Bowles of Lillydale, several uncles, John Smith of Kopperston, Ricky Bowles of Lillydale, David Bowles of Lillydale, two great grandmothers, Dorothy Whitt and Jean Hailston both of Kopperston, one aunt, Mitzy Smith of Kopperston, two great-grandfathers, Leigh Whitt and John Hailston both of Kopperston, a great-uncle, Doug Smith, a great-aunt, Mavis Smith, both of North Carolina.

He leaves behind an uncountable number of family and friends who will deeply miss him. His family includes: a mother, Valerie Bowles of Clearfork, a father, Benny Bowles of North Carolina, his wife Charlotte, a sister, Mandy Fleenor of Virginia, her husband Chris Fleenor and their daughter Mandolin, a grandmother, Dolly Smith of Kopperston, a grandfather, Luther Bowles of Lillydale. Many uncles, aunts and cousins; some include Leigh Smith of Oceana, his wife Debbie, and their daughter Lacey, Mike Smith of Welch and his wife Heather, Christy Fleshman of Kopperston, Brandy and Joey Bailey of Shady Spring and their son Conner, Amber and Nick Colucci of Kopperston and their children Evan and Isabella, Mike Bowles and family of Princeton, Ashley Walters and family of Oceana, Kenny Bowles and family of Princeton, Lori Noland and family of Virginia, Diane Bowles Hazelwood and family of North Carolina, Amy Kendrick and family of North Carolina, Angie Gray and family of North Carolina, April Rickman and family of North Carolina, Kathy and Freddie Brunty of Matheny, Leslie and Jared Whitney of North Carolina, Chris Brunty of Matheny, Toney and Angie Bowles of Clearfork and their sons Corey and Colin, Kristy High and family of Washington, cousins Doug Smith and family, Jerry Smith and family, and Lynda Smith and son, all of North Carolina, Vicki and Larry Mathis of Kopperston, Faye and Richard Davis of Kopperston, Connie and Tom Stickler of Kopperston, Brenda and Connie Cook of Kopperston, Pam Linn and family of Kopperston, Rachel Stickler and family of Jesse, Jason Mathis and family, David Mathis of Athens, Heather Stickler of Morgantown, Belenda Prudohmme and family of Morgantown, Dale Cook and family of Kopperston, Jeff Davis and family of Kopperston, and many, many more. All of his cousins, nieces, nephews, Uncles and Aunts, his grandmother, his grandfather, his old friends and new, the mentors, the teachers, the members of the Clearfork Valley Golf Course, the community he called home, and even those who only heard of him … will admire this rare and talented soul that gave as much as he was given and that loved more than we imagined. The depth of how much he will be missed is endless.

In our time of grief, we have no heart, no strength, no words. To our beloved Benny Ray: As a whole we are with you, as a whole we are by your side. For all the days that were, the days that are, and the promise of days to come, we fly with you. As we take aim in our lives and we shoot for the stars, we will remember what you taught us; we will remember that we can make it. Some stars shine forever…

Evans Funeral Home of Oceana, West Virginia, has been entrusted with his services. Family, friends, and loved ones may come and celebrate his life and memory on Sunday, March 10th, 2013, from 6 to 9 p.m. A funeral service will be held Monday, March 11th, 2013, at 1 p.m. The burial will be at Farley Hill, West Virginia.

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