The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


April 12, 2013

Obituaries — Friday, April 12, 2013


Robert D. Minnick Jr.

Robert D. Minnick Jr., 63, of Beaver, went home to be with his Lord and to enter his eternal home Monday, April 8, 2013, at his residence following a courageous battle with lung cancer.

Born February 12, 1950, in Affinity, he was the son of the late Robert Minnick, and Mary Duff Minnick of Illinois.

Robert was a man of many hobbies; he enjoyed his dogs and his pet bird, he was a fan of the Chicago Bears, enjoyed NASCAR, but was a devout WVU football fan. When he came back home from Chicago, he said he would never live anywhere else but WV.

In addition to his father he was preceded in death by his daughter, Cindy Lester.

In addition to his mother those left to cherish his memory include his loving companion, Betty Amick; his 3 sons, Tommy McComas, Joe Minnick, and Josh Minnick, 7 grandchildren, and 3 great-grandchildren, two brothers, Larry Minnick and his wife Kay and Clinton Dale Minnick, a sister, Danielle and her husband, Bob; a very special friend, Corey Kincaid; and a host of aunts and uncles, nieces and nephews, and many beloved friends.

Services will be held Friday, April 12, 2013, at 1 p.m. in the chapel of Williams Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Sophia, with Rev. Hilda Shorter officiating. Following the service Robert will be laid to rest near his father in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens. Family and Friends will serve as pallbearers.

Family will receive friends from noon until service time Friday at the funeral home.

Online condolences can be sent to the family by visiting

Arrangements by Williams-Blue Ridge Funeral Home, 101 First Street, Sophia.

Russell Robert O’Neal

Russell Robert O’Neal, age 98, of Crab Orchard, passed away Wednesday, April 10, 2013.

He was born November 7, 1914, in Crab Orchard, the son of the late Howard and Daisy Snuffer O’Neal.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife, Hazel O’Neal, and daughter, Karen O’Neal.

Brother O’Neal was licensed to the Gospel Ministry by the Crab Orchard Church of the Brethren (First District of Virginia, now Virlina) in December 1949. He was ordained prior to 1961. He has served as a free minister within the Crab Orchard Church and as pastor of the Oakvale Church. He also served as Chaplain at Pinecrest Hospital. He attended classes at the West Virginia Business College in Bluefield, WV, during 1934-35 and at Beckley College during 1935-36. For many years he was associated with the grocery business. He served as store clerk in the Gulf Mining Company Store (1938-1943) and as an assistant manager/accountant at the Carolina Super Market in Crab Orchard (1946-?). According to the teachings of his church, Brother Russell served as a Civilian Public Service worker from December 10, 1943, until July 11, 1946. As a conscientious objector to war, he served on projects of national importance at Lyndhurst, VA, (Blue Ridge Parkway/Forest Fire Suppression) and Bowie, Maryland (Fish and Wildlife Base Camp).

He is survived by three nephews, Larry Priddy and wife Janie of Crab Orchard, Don Priddy and wife Vicky of Prosperity and Max Priddy and wife Glenna of Crab Orchard; close family friends, Jim and Sue Campbell, and caregivers, Linda Muncy, Joe and Karen Birchfield, Sue Lilly, Delores Lowe and Christy Gouge.

Funeral services will be 12 p.m. Friday, April 12, 2013, in the Calfee Funeral Home Chapel, 800 S. Oakwood Ave. in Beckley. Those officiating will be David K. Shumate and Owen G. Stultz. Burial will follow in Sunset Memorial Park. Friends may visit with the family one hour prior to service on Friday.

Pallbearers will be Larry, Don, Max and Scott Priddy, Jim Campbell, Joe Birchfield and Mike Westmoreland.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Church of the Brethren, P.O. Box 386, Crab Orchard, WV 25827.

Online condolences may be left at

Arrangements by Calfee Funeral Home, Beckley.

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