The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


October 31, 2012

Obituaries — Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012

Louella O. Saunders Amar

Louella O. Saunders Amar, 82, of 221 Glenn Ave., Beckley, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012.

The family will meet at 103 Grant St. in Beckley. Services will be 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, at St. Paul Baptist Church, 129 Rice St., Beckley, with the Rev. Walter Leach officiating. Burial will follow at Sunset Memorial Garden. Friends may call from noon until time of the services.

Online condolences may be sent to

Arrangements by Durgan Funeral Home, Beckley.

Robert ‘Bobby’ Eugene Brooks Sr.

ALVON — Robert “Bobby” Eugene Brooks Sr., 78, of Alvon, passed away Thursday morning, Oct. 25, 2012.

His memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, at the Alvon United Methodist Church in Alvon with the Rev. Lewis Brooks officiating.

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

Clara Cynthia Harrah

Clara Cynthia Harrah, 104, of Beckley went home to be with the Lord on October 29, 2012.

Born August 13th, 1908, she was a daughter of the late Henry and Mae Moses Higginbotham.

Clara enjoyed reading her Bible, and loved her blueberry tea. Clara raised 12 of her brothers and sisters from the age of 15 after her mother died.

She was retired as a nurse’s aide from Pinecrest Hospital after 19 years of service. Clara was a member of Calvary Assembly of God in Beckley.

In addition to her parents, Clara is preceded in death by her husband, Leonard Harrah; son Paul Pete Harrah; daughters, Voneda Grose and Ella Mae Higginbotham Underwood; 6 sisters and 7 brothers.

Those left to cherish her memory include her granddaughters, Linda Toney of Valparaiso, IN, Karen Fink and husband Michael of Shady Spring with whom Clara made her home the last year of her life, Vicky Becker and husband Michael of North Carolina, Crystal Talarowski and husband Steve of Delaware, Brenda of New York, Carol Davis and husband Mike of Fayetteville; grandsons, Keith Harrah and wife Lois of Delaware, David Harrah of Delaware, Jeffrey Harrah and wife Elizabeth of Delaware, Joseph Underwood and wife Maxine of Daniels; numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

The family would like to give a special thank you to niece Bonnie Workman, great-grandson, Randi Fink, and wife Ashley Fink for the love and special care they showed her while she was living.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, November 2, 2012, at Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley, with Pastor John Jordan officiating. Entombment will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens.

Friends may gather with the family Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Arrangements by Blue Ridge Funeral Home, 5251 Robert C. Byrd Drive, Beckley, WV.

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