The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


November 1, 2012

Obituaries — Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012


Ruth A. Stokes Eye

Ruth A. Stokes Eye, 88, of Beckley went home to be with the Lord on Monday, October 29, 2012, following a short illness.

Ruth was born on August 30, 1924, in Harlan, Kentucky, the daughter of the late Andrew and Elsie Rose Stokes.

In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her husband, Harold Eye; three sisters, Evelyn Morrison, June Biggs and Thelma Prestridge; one brother, Herman Stokes, and two infant siblings, Hobert and Willie Jean Stokes.

Ruth was a member of First Baptist Church of Beckley, where she participated in First Place and mentored children in the after-school program. She was also a member of Senior Friends at Raleigh General Hospital. Ruth was a 60-year member of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority, Alpha Master Chapter, where she most recently achieved the highest degree of Torch Bearer.

During WWII she worked in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, on the top secret Manhattan Project, where she was employed as a Calutron girl at the Y-12 plant. She was retired from Sophia Electric.

Ruth was very active throughout most of her life and enjoyed participating in sports such as bowling, golfing, and swimming to name a few. She loved traveling, playing cards, and working crossword puzzles. She adored her grandchildren and enjoyed the time she spent with them.

Those left to cherish her memory include her son, Edward Eye and his wife, Anisha, of Beckley; grandchildren, Ethan Eye, Colten Prince and Ashlyn Prince all of Beckley; sister, Allene Carr of Cincinnati, OH; brother, Tommy Stokes of Tallahassee, FL; and many nieces and nephews including two special nieces, Cheri Herald of Cincinnati, OH, and Wanda Kelly of Venice, FL.

Memorial Service will be held on Friday, November 2, 2012, at 2 p.m. at Blue Ridge Funeral Home in Beckley, WV, with Pastor Donald “Doc” Adkins officiating. The Beta Sigma Phi Memorial Ritual will be read and burial will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens.

The family will receive friends Friday, November 2, 2012, from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. at the funeral home.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

Donations may be made in Ruth’s memory to: Blanchette Rockefeller Neurosciences Institute at WVU, Eight Medical Center Drive, Morgantown, WV 26505-3409, or

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Arrangements by Blue Ridge Funeral Home, 5251 Robert C. Byrd Drive, Beckley, WV 25801.

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