The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


September 1, 2013

Obituaries — Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013


Evelyn Dora Wendell

Mrs. Evelyn Dora Wendell, 86, of Piney View, passed away Friday, August 30, 2013, at her home following a long illness surrounded by her loving children.

She was born September 29, 1926, in Crickmer, WV, to the late Orville and Alice Goddard.

She was of the Pentecostal Faith; she loved talking about the Lord, listening to gospel music, spending time with her children and grandchildren, and embroidering.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her loving husband, Fred Wendell, and a daughter, Mandy Baker.

Those left to cherish her memory include her loving 5 daughters, Anna and Loyd Taylor of Piney View, Kathy and John Justus of Carpentersville, Ill, Patty and Bobby Dotson of Beckley, Brenda and  Chuck Clark of Delaware, OH, and Shelby and Mike Johnson of Charleston; two sons, David and Barbara Wendell of Beckley and William and Sharon Wendell of Piney View; a sister, Dorothy and John Ferguson, Lanark; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Services to celebrate the life of Mrs. Evelyn Dora Wendell will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday, September 4, 2013, at Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley, with Pastors Chester Bird and Lonnie Grear officiating. Family and friends will be serving as pallbearers. Following the services she will be laid to rest at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Beckley.

Friends may gather with the family from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Online condolences and other information can be found by visiting

The family would like to thank Dr. Richard Wiseman and staff, especially Blue and Hospice for their care and compassion.

Blue Ridge Funeral Home, 5251 Robert C. Byrd Drive, Beckley, is assisting the family.

Patricia ‘Pat’ Ann Wykle

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS — Patricia “Pat” Ann Wykle, 69, of White Sulphur Springs passed away on Thursday, August 29, 2013, at Roanoke Memorial Hospital, Roanoke, VA, following a short illness.

Born June 21, 1944, in White Sulphur Springs, she was a daughter of the late Myles Willard and Louise Catherine Koontz Bittinger.

She was a former employee of Hanover Shoe Company in White Sulphur Springs, and also was a retired pastry worker at The Greenbrier. Pat was a member of the Pentecostal Holiness Church on Ingleside Avenue, White Sulphur Springs, and a member of the Church Women’s Ministry Society. She was also a volunteer in the Church Food Pantry Program.

Survivors include her husband, Richard at home; a daughter, Annette Henderson (Rick) of Madison Heights, VA; two brothers, Roy W. Bittinger (Gail) of Bothell, WA, Raymond Bittinger of Christiansburg, VA; five sisters, Alice Jean Snider of Charlottesville, VA, Velma Defibaugh (Robert) of Winnsboro, SC, Ruth B. Cochran (Rev. Thomas) of Buena Vista, VA, Pauline Legg (David) of Covington, VA, and Shirley Thompson (Jimmy) of Charlottesville, VA; and a granddaughter, Makaila Henderson, “Pat’s Little Angel”; and a special sister, Diane Bittinger. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews, great- and great-great-nieces and nephews, many extended family and a host of friends.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, September 3, 2013, at the Pentecostal Holiness Church on Ingleside Avenue, White Sulphur Springs, with Rev. Gene Sizemore, Rev. James Black, and his wife Rev. Connie Black officiating. Interment will follow in Mapledale Cemetery, Rt. 92, White Sulphur Springs. Visitation will be on Monday evening, September 2, 2013, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the church.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Pentecostal Holiness Church Building Fund or to the Food Pantry Program.

Shanklin Funeral Home, White Sulphur Springs, is serving the family.

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