The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


March 7, 2014

Obituaries — Friday, March 7, 2013


Ila B. Hamons

Ila B. Hamons, 85, of Beckley, passed away Wednesday, March 5, 2014.

Arrangements pending with the Blue Ridge Funeral Home and Cremations, 5251 Robert C. Byrd Drive in Prosperity.

Natalie Austin Hankinson

Natalie Austin Hankinson, a former Beckley resident, died Jan. 26, 2014, in Tarpon Springs, Fla.

Her burial was in the Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, Fla.

Condolences may be sent to the family’s guestbook at

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary and Cremation Center, Beckley.

David Daniel Jones

BREVARD, N.C. — David Daniel Jones, 72, passed away on Saturday, March 1, 2014.

David was the son of Velma Hungate Jones and the late David Jones. He was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara Lacy Jones.

He proudly served his country as a military police sharpshooter for the U.S. Army. He was a N.C. State Trooper. He was an SBI Special Agent for 30 years and served as a captain for the Transylvania County Sheriff’s Office for 15 years. He was a member of the American Legion and a member of the Crime Stoppers organization. He was an avid golfer.

Surviving in addition to his mother are his son, David D. Jones Jr. of Forest City, N.C.; daughter-in-law, Kristi Jones, of Forest City; sister, Brenda Whitt and husband Tommy of Coal City; and his grandchildren: Eric, Sidney and Suzanne Jones.

Funeral services will be held Friday, March 7, at 1 p.m. at Moody-Connolly Funeral Home with the Rev. Glen Wilson officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Burial with military honors will follow at Blue Ridge Gardens of Memory.

Online condolences may be left at

Moody-Connolly Funeral Home and Crematory, Brevard, is in charge of arrangements.

Billie B. Lafferty

PAX — Billie B. Lafferty, 81, of Pax, died Saturday, March 1, 2014, at Raleigh General Hospital, Beckley, after a short illness.

Born May 22, 1932, at Pax, he was the son of the late Homer and Willie Opal Huffman Lafferty.

He was a retired coal miner having worked for Milburn Colliery and was a member of the Packs Branch Baptist Church. Billie was a U.S. Navy veteran of the Korean War.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Ellen Hicks Lafferty; two daughters, Debra Lynn Pritt and husband, Lawrence, of Lively and Mary Kathleen Coll and husband, John, of Fayetteville; grandchildren, Shane Pritt of Bradley, Jason Pritt and wife, Georgie, of Salt Rock, Lorainne Lafferty of Omaha, Nebraska, and Kendra Lafferty of Richmond, Virginia; great-grandchildren, Savannah Pritt of Salt Rock and Kali Lafferty of Omaha, Nebraska; three sisters, Melba C. Thomas of Anchorage, Alaska, Shelby J. Weekly of Fayetteville and Charlotte L. Lewis of Portland, Indiana.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Saturday, March 8, 2014, at Tyree Funeral Home in Mount Hope with Pastor Sam Vance officiating. Burial will follow at Willis Branch Community Cemetery at Pax.

Friends may call one hour prior to the service at the funeral home on Saturday.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial donations be made in Bill’s memory to the Packs Branch Baptist Church Missionary Fund.

Online condolences may be sent to our website at:

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope.

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