The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


October 28, 2012

Obituaries — Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012


Laura Esther Hendrick Mullins

Our beloved “Auntie Esther” passed into her heavenly home Thursday, October 25, 2012, at the Courtyard at the Villages of Greystone in Beaver.

She was the last surviving member of her immediate family, and was preceded in death by her first husband, Ivan Willis Hendrick, and her second husband, Esten Mullins.

Born on April 10, 1919, at Montcoal, to John Porter and Marietta Bone Acord.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by three sisters, Vione O’Neal, Ruth Gyovai, Velma Bland, and four infant brothers and sisters.

Because she had no biological children, her nieces and nephews were her dearly loved “children.” “Auntie” Esther was precious to four generations of nieces and nephews, and will be sadly missed by all of them. A longtime resident of Daniels, she attended the Calloway Heights Baptist Church. A gifted musician, most of her life was devoted to music ministry in gospel music. She composed hundreds of songs; one of them, “Think of Him,” was recorded by the Chuck Wagon Gang. She sponsored and participated in many singing groups and provided music and manuscripts for other composers, and was singing in a quartet and choir at age 80.

When struck by illness, it became the privilege of her niece, Marianne Turner, and her family to become her caregivers. Besides Marianne and Marvin Turner of Rock Creek, who were like her “daughter” and “son,” she is also survived by the great-nieces who assisted with her care and were like her granddaughters: Carrie (Ron) Bradley of Dry Creek, Kristy (James) Clendenin of Goode, Va., and Karla (Philip) Lafferty of Conover, N.C. Special niece, Carolyn Humphrey (Don) of Georgetown, Ind., and special great-nephew, Glenn Meadows (Carla) of Connelly Springs, N.C.

Dearly loved nieces and nephews, Steve (Nancy) Gyovai, of Naoma, Kenneth Gyovai, Hartwood, Va., Margie Gyovai, Naoma, Ellis (Jo) O’Neal, Ruth, Paul and Larry O’Neal of Sparta, Tenn., John (Betty) Hendrick of Wayside, Carol Faye (Charles) Jarrell of Ravenswood, numerous “great” nieces and nephews spanning three generations and many other relatives and friends.

Special thanks to other loving caregivers through the years: staff of Bayberry Inn, where she resided for five years, staff of the Villages of Greystone, her last residence, “Cookie” and the staff of Hospice of Southern WV, and Cecilia Wills. 

As the words of one of Esther’s songs expressed her deep and abiding faith, “Don’t weep for me, don’t shed a tear, For I’ll be through with pain and fear; Now don’t be sad, when I take my flight, I will live for aye in a land of day, where comes no night.”

A celebration of her life will be held at the Rose and Quesenberry Peace Chapel in Beckley on Sunday, October 28, 2012, at 2 p.m., with Pastor Jeff Canterbury officiating. Burial will follow at Sunset Memorial Park in Beckley. Friends may call at the funeral home from noon until service time on Sunday. 

Family members will serve as pallbearers.

Online condolences may be sent to our guestbook at

Arrangements are by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, 1901 South Kanawha Street, Beckley.

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