The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


August 28, 2013

Obituaries — Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Louise Grace Baker

 On Friday, August 23rd, 2103, Louise Baker of Mankin Avenue, Beckley passed away at the Beckley Appalachian Regional Hospital. She was in her 93rd year.

Louise Grace Baker was born on February 5th, 1920, at Union in Monroe County. She was one of seven children born to the late Samuel Clark and Roberta Grace Campbell Peters. Other than her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John Anderson Baker; two sisters and one brother, Frances Marshall, Harriet Stone and Samuel Peters.  

Louise spent her child in Union, and graduated from Union High School in 1938. She married John Anderson Baker, also from Monroe County, and was a homemaker, raising two sons. Early on the family lived in Mullens, but later moved to Beckley residing on Riley Street and later on Mankin Avenue.  

She is survived by sons, Ronald Baker of Beckley and Michael Baker of Grand Junction, Colo.; grandsons, Ethan and Aaron, also of Grand Junction; as well as three brothers, Charles Peters (Daphney) of Bluefield, Oswald Peters and Robert Peters (Nancy) all of Florida; and a sister-in-law, June Peters of Ronceverte.

Louise was a member of the United Methodist Temple, where she was involved and held office in Circle No. 2 of the United Methodist Women for many years.

Funeral services will be on Thursday, August 29th, at 1 p.m. at the Melton Mortuary Chapel. Burial will follow in the Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens at Prosperity. The family will receive friends from noon until the service hour. Pastors, Sam Stone and Tom Bradley will be officiating.

The Baker family would like to acknowledge the assistance provided by Debbie Adams and their supportive Mankin neighbors.

Condolences may be sent to the family’s guestbook at

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary and Cremation Center, Beckley.

Druzilla Hughes Belcher

OCEANA — Druzilla Hughes Belcher, 92, passed away Tuesday, August 27, 2013, at her home, surrounded by her family.

A lifelong resident of Wyoming County, she was born April 10, 1921, to the late George and Pearl Cline Hughes.

Mrs. Belcher was a member of the Ark of Safety Church of Glen Fork. She enjoyed gardening, watching and feeding birds and cooking.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Ernest Belcher and siblings, Bob Hughes, Easter Adkins, Hazel Belcher, twin infant sisters and son-in-laws, Harold Toler, James Acord, Roy Lovins, and Mark Simpson.

Those left to cherish her memory are her children, Alice Toler, of Roanoke, Va., Helen Acord, of Oceana, Betty Lovins of Clear Fork, Tom Belcher and wife, Linda of Bristol, Tenn., Dallas Belcher and wife, Kathy of Clear Fork, David Belcher and wife, Karen of Lynco and Cindy Simpson of Saulsville. She also leaves behind siblings, Jim Hughes of Sun Hill, Ed Hughes of Bozoo and Celie Toler of Clear Fork; 21 grandchildren; 40 great-grandchildren; seven great-great grandchildren and three very special friends, Murl Darnell, Carol Stewart and Teddy Toler.

A celebration of Mrs. Belcher’s life will be 11 a.m., Thursday, August 29, 2013, at Evans Funeral Home Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Perry Blankenship and Bro. D.J. Belcher officiating. Interment will follow in Palm Memorial Gardens, Matheny. Friends may gather with the family 6 to 9 p.m., Wednesday, August 28, at the funeral home.

Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

On line condolences may be left at

Evans Funeral Home of Oceana is serving the Belcher family.

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