The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


March 31, 2013

Obituaries — Sunday, March 31, 2013


Jerry Lee Stafford

RICHMOND, Va. — Jerry Lee Stafford, 70, of Richmond, Virginia, formerly of Wyoming County, passed away Friday, March 29, 2013, in the Bowers Hospice House following a short illness.

Born October 13, 1942, in Matheny, he was the son of the late George Earley Stafford Jr. and Dora Catherine Stewart Stafford of Eccles.

In addition to his mother he is survived by two brothers George Earley “Skip” Stafford III and his wife Yvetta of Cottondale. AL, Eugene Austin Stafford and wife Kelly of Fayetteville. Not to be forgotten his beloved pet Chiquita, and a host of nieces, nephews, and beloved friends.

In keeping with Jerry’s wishes he will be cremated and there will be no services.

Arrangements by Blue Ridge Funeral Home, 5251 Robert C. Byrd Drive, Beckley, WV 25801.

Joanna Webb

Joanna Margaret Ryback Webb of Naoma died Sunday, March 3, 2013.

The funeral liturgy will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 6, at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church. The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until the hour of the funeral Mass.

Condolences may be sent to the family’s guestbook at

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary and Cremation Center, Beckley.

Kendria Lea Williams

SUMMERSVILLE — Kendria Lea Williams, 49, of Summersville died Thursday, March 28, 2013.

The Mass of Christian burial will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 3, in the St. Johns Catholic Church at Summersville with Father Xavier Cooney, SVD, officiating. Burial will follow in the Walker Memorial Park at Summersville. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Waters Funeral Chapel in Summersville.


Elenita Ruth ‘Nita’ Wise

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Funeral service for Elenita Ruth “Nita” Wise, 83, will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 6, 2013, at Fletcher’s Presbyterian Church, Newland, N.C., with burial in Fletcher’s Cemetery. Dunbar Funeral Home, Devine Street Chapel, Columbia, S.C., is assisting the family.

Mrs. Wise returned to her heavenly home on Tuesday, March 26, 2013. Born in Beckley, West Virginia, she was the daughter of the late Roy Ray and Audrey Hazel Wills Ellison and a 1951 graduate of Berea College. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 53 years, Milton B. “Skeeter” Wise.

Left to cherish her sweet memory are son, Milton B. Wise Jr. and his wife, Gloria; son, Timothy L. Wise and his wife, Carrie; daughter, Becky Wise Potter and her husband, Billy; grandchildren, Josh Wise, Allie Wise and Nick Potter; devoted caretakers, Marina Ortega and Bilma Mososco, as well as countless friends and family members she held dear. She will be remembered for her pure and open heart, her unfailingly kind and generous spirit and her deep faith in God’s plan. She leaves behind a legacy of award-winning poetry, a lifetime of volunteer service and three children forever enriched by her unconditional love.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Fletcher’s Presbyterian Church, PO Box 493, Newland, NC 28657.

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