The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


July 30, 2013

Obituaries — Tuesday, July 30, 2013


Emma Grace Proffitt

Emma Grace Proffitt, 99, of Midway, passed away on Saturday, July 27, 2013, at the Heartland Nursing and Rehabilitation Center of Beckley.

Born June 10, 1914, in Green Cove, Va., she was a daughter of the late Luther and Emaline Dolinger Barr.

She was a homemaker, a member of the Sophia First Baptist Church and a resident of Midway for 63 years.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 43 years Roby B. Proffitt; two sisters, Ruby Blevins and Louise Barr; three brothers, Ray Barr, Jesse Barr, and Fred Barr; and a son-in-law, Zeno W. Sparks.

Those left to cherish her loving memory include her daughter and caregiver, Elizabeth Sparks of Midway; her sister and caregiver, Eula Proffitt of Midway; grandsons, Randy Z. Sparks and wife, Billie, of Beckley and Richard W. Sparks of Midway; a granddaughter, Donna K. Miller of Beckley; a sister-in-law, Ann Machin of Bristol, Tenn.; numerous nieces and nephews and a friend and caregiver, Mary Polk of Midway.

Services to celebrate the life of Emma Grace Proffitt will be held 3 p.m. Wednesday, July 31, 2013, at Williams-Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Sophia, with Pastor Charlie Gilbert officiating. A private burial will follow on Thursday when Emma will be laid to rest beside her loving husband, Roby, in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Beckley.

Friends may gather with the family from 2 p.m. until time of the service Wednesday at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting

Williams-Blue Ridge Funeral Home, 101 1st Street, Sophia, has been given the honor of serving the family.

Julius Hampton Rider III

ALDERSON — Julius Hampton Rider III, 73, passed away Saturday, July 27, 2013.

Service will be 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 31, at the River of Life Church of God, Alderson, with Pastor Anthony Carter officiating. Friends may call 6 p.m. until time of the service Wednesday at the church.

Arrangements by Longanacre Funeral Home, Fort Spring.

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