The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


October 1, 2012

Obituaries — Monday, Oct. 1, 2012


Shawn DeWayne Rucker

Mr. Shawn DeWayne Rucker, 32, of Beckley died Thursday, September 27, 2012.

Born July 10, 1980, in Bluefield, WV, he was the son of Gregory Rucker Sr. and Deborah Rucker (Milton) Percell, all of Reidsville, NC.

He was preceded in death by a son, RaShawn Anthony Rucker; two brothers, Gregory Rucker Jr. and Jerome Leon Rucker; aunt, Cynthia Bonds; uncle, Michael Frances; maternal grandparents; paternal grandparents; great-grandparents and great-great-grandparents.

In addition to his parents, he will be lovingly remembered and greatly missed by three daughters, Shawnte` and Jamia Rucker and Ashante Johnson, all of Beckley, and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, other relatives and friends, including special friends, Lorenzo “Tutz” Anderson, James “Pank” Pankey and Raushan “Jellybread” McDougald.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday, October 3, 2012, at Heart Of God Ministries, 1703 So. Kanawha St., Beckley, with Pastor Sandra Jackson, Rev. Waymon Rucker Jr. and Bishop Fred T. Simms officiating. Burial will follow in Greenwood Memorial Park, Beckley.

Friends may call one hour prior to the service at the church.

Condolences may be e-mailed to

Arrangements entrusted to Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.

James Henry ‘Pee Wee’ Turley

GLEN JEAN — James Henry “Pee Wee” Turley, 53, of Glen Jean, died Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2, at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill. Friends may call from 1:15 p.m. until service time Tuesday at the funeral home. Mr. Turley will be cremated following the service.

Online condolences may be sent to

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Evna A. Whitt

CORINNE — Evna Athlene (Harmon) Whitt, 89, of Corinne, passed away Friday, September 28, 2012, at her residence following a long illness.

Born April 17, 1923, at Tommy Creek, she was the daughter of the late John Harmon and Sylvinia (Prince) Harmon Anglin.

Mrs. Whitt was a homemaker and a member of the Amigo Missionary Baptist Church. 

In addition to her parents, she is also preceded in death by her husband, Harod “Hap” Whitt; a son, David Whitt; a grandson, Robert Whitt; and two brothers, Carlos and Orville Harmon.

Those left to cherish her memory include her daughter, Susie Hill of Beechwood; two grandchildren, Stefanie Hill of Beckley and James Hill of Texas; and a sister, Velma Terry of Crab Orchard.

Services will be 12 noon Tuesday, October 2, 2012, at Tankersley Funeral Home Chapel, Mullens, with Rev. Gilbert Dodson officiating. Burial will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Beckley.

Friends may call one hour prior to services at the funeral home.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

For those considering an expression of sympathy, the family requests contributions be made to Hospice of Southern WV, PO Box 1472, Beckley, WV 25802-1472.

Online condolences may be expressed to the family at

The family of Evna Whitt is being cared for by Tankersley Funeral Home, Mullens.

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