The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


October 29, 2012

Obituaries — Monday, Oct. 29, 2012

Karen Ann Barley

MAPLE FORK — Karen Ann Barley, 71, of Maple Fork, passed away Friday, Oct. 26, 2012.

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Arrangements by Calfee Funeral Home, Beckley.

Derrick Dewayne Blackburn

OCEANA — Derrick Dewayne Blackburn, 25, of Oceana, passed away Friday, Oct. 26, 2012.

Funeral services will be at noon Tuesday, Oct. 30, in the Chapel of Stafford Family Funeral Home, Lynco. He will be laid to rest in Cook Cemetery, Lynco. Friends may gather with the family from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29, at the funeral home.

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The family is being served by the Stafford Family Funeral Home, Lynco.

George R. Brooks

RAINELLE — George R. Brooks, 77, of Rainelle, West Virginia, passed away early Saturday morning, October 27, 2012, at his home, following a short illness.

Born June 9, 1935, at Rainelle, WV, he was the son of the late William Jennings and Margie Lee Dean Brooks.

George served 53 years in the Rainelle Volunteer Fire Department, having served 20 years as their Fire Chief. He also served as a Councilman for the Town of Rainelle. He had worked as a produce manager for A & P grocery stores, also for Westmoreland Coal Company and the Town of Rainelle. In his younger years, he had coached Little League Football and Baseball. Mr. Brooks was one of the leaders of the Greenbrier County Fire Association and a former member of Rainelle Rotary Club. He was an avid lifetime fan of WVU sports, particularly football, and enjoyed spending his spare time at his camp on the Greenbrier River.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Virginia I. Wood Brooks, in 2001, and infant sister, Anna Lee Brooks, and two brothers, John “Bub” Brooks and Bill Brooks.

Those left to cherish his memory are 2 sons: George Ray Brooks, II, and wife Mary of Rainelle, WV, and Steven Brooks and wife Sue of Moscow, PA; his fiancee: Betty Crawford of Blacksburg, Virginia; 2 sisters: Cora Spencer of Alpharetta, Georgia, and Barbara Jones of Hebron, Ohio; 5 grandchildren: Pamela Hanna (Jeff) of Clintonville, WV, Joe Brooks of Alderson, WV, Jeremy Brooks and fiancee Kristina of Pittston, PA, Tanner and Olivia Brooks of Moscow, PA; 2 great-grandchildren: Zachary Hamrick and Serenity Brooks.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, October 30, 2012, at First Baptist Church of Rainelle, with Pastor Bob Scharnhorst officiating. Entombment will follow at Wallace Memorial Mausoleum, Clintonville. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday evening, October 29, 2012, at Wallace & Wallace Chapel in Rainelle.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations of sympathy be made to: First Baptist Church, 309 Seventh St., Rainelle, WV 25962.

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace of Rainelle.

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