The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


October 1, 2013

Obituaries — Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013


Erica Lilly

Erica Lilly, 31, of Beaver, passed away Saturday, September 28, 2013.

Arrangements are pending completion at Rose and Quesenberry, 729 Flat Top Road, Shady Spring.

Sylvia May

WILKINSON — Sylvia May, 80, of Wilkinson, passed away Friday, September 27, 2013.

Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday, October 2, 2013, at 1 p.m. at Honaker Funeral Home in Logan, with Pastor Jimmy Stroud officiating. Burial will follow at Miller Cemetery at Sweetland, W.Va. Friends may call on the family from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday at the funeral home.

Arrangements by Honaker Funeral Home, Logan.

Margaret L. Mills

MULLENS — Margaret Louise Hollins Mills, 73, of Mullens, passed away Monday, September 30, 2013 in a Charleston hospital following a short illness.

Arrangements are incomplete at Tankersley Funeral Home, Mullens.

Rev. Calvin Moore Sr.

Rev. Calvin Moore Sr., 77, of Beckley, died Sunday, September 29, 2013.

Arrangements entrusted to Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.

Pat Junior Murphy

OAK HILL — Pat Junior Murphy, 62, of Oak Hill, died on Sunday, September 29, 2013.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. on Thursday, October 3, 2013, at the Oak Hill Church of the Nazarene with Rev. Mike Legg and Rev. Benny Bleigh officiating. Burial will be at Gethsemane Memorial Gardens, Oak Hill.

Visitation will be held at Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill on Wednesday, October 2, 2013 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Robert L. Riffe

LOCUST GROVE, Va. — Robert L. Riffe, 84 of Locust Grove, died peacefully at his home on Saturday, September 26th, of heart failure.

Bob is survived by his wife Jean of 62 years; his sons Robert (Pam), Richmond, Va., Brian (Pam), Fairfax Station, Va.; Timothy (Robin), Lake of the Woods, Va. and Steven, Jeannette, Pa.; 12 grandchildren: Rene’, Matthew, Karen, Daniel, Erin, Richard, Michelle, Christopher, Steven, Sean, Samuel, and Cole and three great grandchildren, Lennox, Gabriel  and Norah. He was preceded in death by his brothers Phillip and Noel “Babe” and is survived by his sister Betty Lou Daniel. Lester, W.Va.

Robert was the son of Haskell O. Riffe and Beatrice (Richmond) Riffe of Lester, W.Va., near Beckley.

Bob attended Beckley College on a basketball scholarship. After marriage in 1951, Bob served in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Germany. Upon return to the United States, Bob worked first as an Electronics Technician at Melpar and later at the Night Vision Laboratories, Department of the Army at Ft. Belvoir, Va., retiring in 1993.

A 44-year member of Occoquan Lodge No. 310, AF&AM, a member of Edward H. Cann Lodge No. 1752, AF&AM and served as Worshipful Master of both Lodges. Bob also belonged to the Order of the Eastern Star (OES). He was a member of Occoquan Chapter No. 59 Woodbridge, Va. for 43 years where he served six times as Worthy Patron. He also belonged to Fredericksburg Chapter No. 29. Bob served in various committee positions of the Grand Chapter (State of Virginia) of the OES. Bob was frequently sought after for initiations, funerals, and other Eastern Star and Masonic occasions.

Bob was active in St. Paul’s United Methodist in Woodbridge, after moving to Lake of the Woods, he joined The Lake of the Woods Church where he served as a Stephen’s Minister for several years.

Bob was a great father and role model for his four children. Known as “Poppy” to his 12 grandchildren. Daniel Riffe posted the following:. “Poppy you were an inspiration, a role model and amazing grandfather! Your kind heart and gentle nature will be remembered and passed along through your beautiful wife, children and grandchildren. You have made an amazing family and we will miss you deeply but your life, your laugh and your love will live on through each and every one of us! Heaven is lucky to have such an amazing angel, I know you’ll be watching over us!”

A visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, October 3, 2013, at Lake of the Woods Church, Locust Grove, with a Masonic and Eastern Star Service to be held at 7:30 p.m. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, October 4 at the church. Reverend Mike Lemay will officiate. Interment to follow at Quantico National Cemetery, Triangle, Va.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to either Lake of the Woods Church or Lake of the Woods Rescue Squad.

An online guestbook is available at

Arrangements by Johnson Funeral Home, Locust Grove, Va.

Sandra Kay Acord Webb

CLOVER, S.C. — Sandra Kay Acord Webb, 46, formerly of the Sandlick Community, died Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013.

Condolences may be sent to the family’s guestbook at

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary and Cremation Center, Beckley.

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