The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


July 17, 2013

Obituaries — Wednesday, July 17, 2013



Bessie Irene Cawley Corder

FAYETTEVILLE — Bessie Irene Cawley Corder, 99, passed away Monday, July 15, 2013, at Raleigh General Hospital, Beckley.

Born on December 29, 1913, at Poca, she was the daughter of the late Charles H. and Canna B. Cox Cawley.

Mrs. Corder was a longtime member of Cotton Hill Missionary Baptist Church at Beckwith. She was the oldest living graduate of her class at East Bank High School. Mrs. Corder and her late husband, Otis, were owners and operators of Corder’s General Store at Beckwith. She was a past matron of the Order of Eastern Star Chapter 107 at Oak Hill.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Otis Meade Corder on June 27, 1978.

Left to cherish her memory include her two sons, Otis Meade Corder Jr. of Oak Hill and Robert Allen Corder of Fayetteville; one grandson, Timothy Corder; one granddaughter, Tiffany Turpin; and two great-granddaughters.    

Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m., Thursday, July 18, 2013, at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens at Prosperity with Pastor Mack Canterbury officiating. The family will receive friends from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Blue Ridge Funeral Home at Prosperity.

A “Memorial Service and Celebration of Her Life” will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, August 17, 2013, at Cotton Hill Missionary Baptist Church at Beckwith.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in her memory may be made to Cotton Hill Missionary Baptist Church — Ladies Circle; PO Box 884; Fayetteville, WV 25840.

For those wishing to express their condolences to the Corder family, you may do so by visiting our website at

Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, 350 W. Maple Ave., Fayetteville, will be assisting the family.


Gary Wayne Evans

Gary Wayne Evans, age 53, of Ghent, departed this life on Monday, July 15, 2013 at his home following a sudden illness.

Born on June 29, 1960, in Columbus, Ga., he was the son of Fern Sizemore Evans of Grandview and the late Gary L. Evans.

Mr. Evans was former owner and operator of Evans Motor Sales in Beckley. He was a life time resident of Raleigh County, and was a property owner in Glade Springs, Daniels, W.Va. Mr. Evans was an avid golfer, NASCAR fan, and enjoyed all sports, and spending time with his children.

In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by an infant brother in 1957, by  uncles Earl Evans and Bill Drumheller, by maternal grandparents, Kelly and Mossie Sizemore, and by paternal grandparents, Vaden and Juanita Evans.

Other than his mother Fern Evans, survivors include his children, Tyler Evans of Beckley, and Sydni Evans of Beckley, a brother, Eric Evans and his wife Angie of Shady Spring, aunts and uncles, Jean Drumheller of Beckley, Polly Woodie of Covington, Virginia, Sue Halsey and  her husband Karnis of Sophia, Jim Sizemore and wife Linda of Sophia, Mark Sizemore and wife Kathy of Midway, his companion Linda Lively of Ghent, several nieces and nephews, numerous cousins, and other family and friends.

Graveside Rites and Burial will be held at Sunset Memorial Park in Beckley on Friday, July 19, 2013, at 1:30 p.m. with Mr. Rick Snuffer officiating. Friends may visit with the family at the Rose and Quesenberry Peace Chapel in Beckley on Friday from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m., where a funeral procession will then immediately leave to travel to the cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Tyler Evans, James and Mark Sizemore, Mark Tredway, Tony Gibson, and Chris Bolen.

Private online condolences, floral tributes, and other expressions of sympathy may be directed to the family via our guestbook at

In lieu of flowers, donations of sympathy may be directed to the Saint Jude’s Children’s Hospital or to the First Tee Junior Golf Program in Beckley.

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

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