The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


November 15, 2013

Obituaries — Friday, Nov. 15, 2013


Bessie Elizabeth Fox

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — Bessie Elizabeth Fox, 99, formerly of Summersville, passed away Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013.

Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, Fayetteville, will be assisting the family.

Samuel Jason Graham

On Tuesday, November 12, 2013, our youngest son Sammy went with Jesus to Heaven to join his older brother, Larry, who died September 11, 2011. Sammy was born December 14, 1975.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Larry; grandparents, Sam Colagrosso and Lawrence and Frances Graham Sr.

He is survived by one son, Dylan T. Graham of Pennsylvania; his parents, Lawrence Jr. and Mary Jo Colagrosso Graham; his maternal grandmother, Marilyn Colagrosso; his aunt, Bonnie L. Colagrosso; uncle, JW Clemons and wife Nikki; cousins, Erica Gourley and husband Chris and daughter, Mirabella, Ashley McRae and husband Blake and daughter, Dahilia, Elizabeth and Lucas Hunter Clemons; nephew, Matthew Lawrence Graham, and his brother, Tyler Hughs of Gassaway, W.Va.

Sammy went to Woodrow Wilson High School and was a graduate from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, Pa. He also graduated from a Truck Driving School where he drove cross country and up and down the east coast. Sammy was an accomplished tattoo artist.

Relatives and friends are invited to a celebration of Sam’s life from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m.  Saturday, November 16, 2013, at the First Church of the Nazarene, Johnstown Road, Beckley.

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

Jack D. Honaker

DELAND, Fla. — Jack D. Honaker, 85, of DeLand, Fla., formerly of Beckley, went home on Monday, Nov. 11, 2013.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 50 years, Nellie; his parents, Bertie and Albert Honaker; 11 brothers; four sisters; and one granddaughter.

Survivors include his three daughters, Vivian Stover, Debra Garrett and Cheryl McMillion; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

Memorial service will be 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013 at Trinity United Methodist Church in DeLand, Fla. Interment will follow in the spring at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, Fla.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Haven Hospice, 211 B. North Alabama Ave., DeLand, Fla. 32724.

Service is under the direction of Lankford Funeral Home, 220 East New York Ave., DeLand, Fla.

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