The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


February 27, 2014

Obituaries — Thursday, February 27, 2014


Raymond Wayne Hensley

Raymond Wayne Hensley, 48, of Beaver, went home to be with the Lord Monday, Feb. 24, 2014, at Appalachian Regional Hospital, Beckley, after a long battle.

Born Nov. 15, 1965, he was preceded in death by his parents, Hassel and Leona Hensley.

He is survived by son, Jeremy Hensley; daughter, Brittany Hensley; sisters, Deliah (Brad) Cantrell and Patricia Dawson; three granddaughters, Rylee, Cadence, and Jazmyne, and many other family and friends.

Funeral service will be 1 p.m. Saturday, March 1, at Curry Funeral Home, 2097 Childress Road, Alum Creek with Pastor Billy Silva officiating. Burial will follow in Lively Cemetery, Sod.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions toward funeral service.

Condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting

Sally ‘Ann’ Kincaid

BACKUS MOUNTAIN — Sally “Ann” Kincaid, 55, of Backus Mountain Road, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014.

Service will be 2 p.m. Sunday, March 2, 2014, at Wallace & Wallace Chapel in Rainelle, with Pastor Floyd Bolen officiating. Burial will follow in the Kincaid Cemetery, Backus Mountain Road.

Friends may call 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home in Rainelle.

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Rainelle.

Helen Catherine Hamrick Knight

STRASBURG, Va. — Helen Catherine Hamrick Knight, 80, a native of Holcomb, W.Va., died Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014.

A memorial service will be 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 28, 2014, at New Hope Fellowship Hall, New Hoope Baptist Church at Fenwick Mountain, W.Va.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to New Hope Baptist Church Ladies Fellowship Hall.

Arrangements by Simons-Coleman Funeral Home, Richwood.

Gray L. McAlister

On Friday, Feb. 21st. 2014, after a long and good life, Gray McAlister of Beckley, passed away at the Bowers Hospice House. He was in his 86 th year. 

Gray Lynn McAlister was born on August 27th, 1927, in Huntington. He was the son of Grover Gray and Dollye Mable Pifer McAlister. 

Gray graduated from Huntington East in 1946. He attended Marshall University. In his early years, Gray worked as a machinist for the C&O Railroad in Huntington. A man of entrepreneurial spirit, Gray became a very successful building contractor in the Huntington area. While attending Marshall, Gray would meet a pretty Beckley girl, Mary Reika Houck. Gray and Mary would marry on June 19th, 1949.

After 40 years in the building business, Gray and Mary would retire to Beckley. Never one “to rest on their laurels,” Gray and Mary would continue to stay busy. Gray would become a chief building inspector for the City of Beckley. Mary would stay busy with Nana’s Shoppe. They had many enterprises along the way. Gray owned Executive Manor (the old Beckley Hotel) uptown and operated Family Raceway and U Putt n Bat. Gray and Mary were members of Memorial Baptist for many years, more recently attending the United Methodist Temple. Life has had its challenges. In recent years Gray and Mary lost Nana’s Shoppe and their home to a devastating fire, endured the loss of their son–in-law, Kenneth Johnson and Mary’s brother, John Houck. But they were strong in their faith and fortitude. On May 10th, 2011, Mary passed away after 62 years of marriage. And now… “Oh Glad Reunion.” 

Those left to cherish his memory are his family. Gray was the beloved father of Karen Sue McAlister Johnson; he was the dear grandfather of Beau M. Johnson and his wife, Carolyn and Kerri Anne Austin and her husband Billy all of Beckley. The apple of his eye in the later years of his life was his only great grandchild, Zoie the daughter of Kerri and Billy. Zoie could always make her “Poppy” smile.

Gray leaves his extended family, the Houcks. He was the fond brother-in-law of Patsy Houck and her children, John Daniel Houck and his wife, Dee Dee and their daughter, Katie Barnes and her husband, Nathan and their daughter, Emerie; Amy Dempsey and her husband, Randy and their daughters, Hannah and Rachael; Beth Jarrell and her husband, Richard and their daughter Laura; David Houck and his wife, Jessica and their children, Elizabeth and Cody; and finally ever so faithful, his little canine companion, Brandee who always brightened his days.

On Thursday, Feb. 27th, at 6 p.m. we will honor the life of Gray Lynn McAlister with at “Service of Remembrance” at the United Methodist Temple, 201 Templeview Drive, Beckley. The Rev. Randy Adkins will be officiating. The family will receive friends from 4 p.m. until the service hour at the church. Committal services will be Friday, Feb. 28th, at noon at the Woodmere Memorial Park in Huntington. 

Condolences may be sent to the family’s guestbook at

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary and Cremation Center, Beckley.

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