The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


April 12, 2013

Obituaries — Friday, April 12, 2013


Mable Marie Sewell

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Mable Marie Sewell, 80, of Columbia, formerly of Union, passed away Saturday, April 6, 2013, following a short illness.

She was born at Itmann, W.Va., December 18, 1932, a daughter of the late Joseph and Hattie Johnston McGhee.

Ms. Sewell was a factory worker, waitress, caregiver, a member of the Ghent Freewill Baptist Church and Ghent Order of the Eastern Star.

She was preceded in death by three sisters, Anna Mae Mounts, Lucille Walker, Elizabeth Gillespie, and two  brothers, Bob McGhee and Frank McGhee.

   Surviving are two daughters, Gwen Harvey of Columbia, S.C., Nancy Roles and husband, Randy, of Union; two sisters, Betty Parker of Union, Gladys Blevins and husband, Jim, of Shady Spring, and one brother, Jay McGhee and wife, Gladys, of Sweptsonville, N.C.; two grandchildren, one great-grandchild, three stepsons, three stepdaughters and numerous stepgrandchildren.

Memorial Services will be held 1 p.m. Sunday, April 14, 2013, at the Ghent Freewill Baptist Church at Ghent.

Information submitted by Groves Funeral Home in Union.

Delbert Ray Smith

RAINELLE — Delbert Ray Smith, 71, of Rainelle, passed away Wednesday, April 10, 2013. 

Services will be 2 p.m. Sunday, April 14, at Smathers Funeral Chapel, Rainelle. Friends may call 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, April 13, at the funeral home.

Online condolences at

Arrangements by Smathers Funeral Chapel, Rainelle.

Donald Joseph Via

HINTON — Donald Joseph Via, 92, of Hinton, was united with his Lord and Savior and reunited with loved ones and friends on Tuesday, April 9, 2013, following a long illness. “I have fought a good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith.....” (2 Tim. 4:7)

Born in Summers County, March 2, 1921, Donald was the oldest son of the late Avery C. and Bertha Williams Via. He was a member of Central Baptist Church in Hinton. A 1940 graduate of Hinton High School and a machinist with the C&O Railroad, retiring after 40 years of service, he loved West Virginia, his camp on the New River, hunting, fishing, gardening and spending time with his family, especially the grandchildren. In later years his Saturday outings with his brother were the highlight of his week.

A member of “the Greatest Generation,” he loved his country and served with the U.S. Army in World War II. He was in the 75th Infantry Division, serving as an automatic rifleman in the liberation of Europe. He was awarded the Combat Infantry Badge and Bronze Star.

Donald was preceded in death by his wife of 68 years, the love of his life, Lottie McKinney Via, in 2007. Also, preceded by a brother, Howard L. Via, and a sister, Eloise Via Richmond.

Those left to cherish his memory include two daughters, Nana Watkins and husband Richard of Blythewood, SC, and Patricia Kerns and husband Steve of Centerville, OH; four grandsons, Greg Watkins, Lee Watkins (Deborah), Jonathan Watkins (Shannon), and Brian Kerns; two granddaughters, Kristin Watkins and Robyn Kerns Meyer (Philip); great-grandchildren, Elliott Cox; PFC Nicholas Watkins, USMC; Emily Watkins and Alexis Meyer. Also survived by one brother, Norman A. Via of Beckley; two sisters, Mary Via Cole of Shady Spring and Norma Via Bennett (Robert) of Alderson; brother-in-law James A. McKinney (Brenda) of Beckley and a number of nieces and nephews.

The family would like to thank two special people for their attentiveness and loving care during our Daddy’s long illness — Becky Howery of Hinton and Richard Horwath of Beaver. Also, we want to thank the staff (past and present) at Greystone for the wonderful care and comfort you all have given him over the past three years. Thanks to Hospice of Southern WV for their love and kindness these past two months.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 13, 2013, at the Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors Chapel with Pastor Sonny Angell officiating. Burial will follow in the Restwood Memorial Gardens near Hinton.

Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday at the funeral parlors.

Grandsons and family will serve as pallbearers.

Condolences may be sent to the family at

Arrangements are by the Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors of Hinton.

Text Only