The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


April 7, 2014

Obituaries — Monday, April 7, 2014

John Franklin Graham

MOUNT NEBO — John Franklin Graham, 71, of Mount Nebo died Saturday. April 5, 2014.

Funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 8, in the Waters Funeral Chapel at Summersville. Burial with military honors will follow in the Adkins-Graham Cemetery at Persinger. Friends may call one hour prior to the service Tuesday at the funeral chapel.

Julian Shawver ‘J.S.’ Gravely Jr.

ONA — Julian Shawver “J.S.” Gravely Jr., 95, of Ona, died Friday, April 4, 2014.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 9, at Henson & Kitchen Mortuary, Barboursville. Burial will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens in Prosperity. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 8, at Henson & Kitchen Mortuary, Barboursville,

Daniel Ray Hopkins

Daniel Ray Hopkins, 66, of Beaver, born on December 22, 1947, in Stickney, WV, son of the late Archie and Lena Hopkins, has passed away on April 4, 2014.

Daniel was a graduate of Marsh Fork High School and attended Concord College. He was one of the first persons in the state of West Virginia to offer mine safety instruction to both surface and underground miners. He was a member of the Beckley Masonic Lodge #95, Beckley Moose Lodge, an Eagle Scout, and also a member of Grandview Christian Church.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his sister, Delores Montgomery; and brothers, Donald and Joel Hopkins.

Those left behind to carry on his legacy include sons, Kevin and Greg Hopkins and wives respectively Beverly and Melissa; sisters, Ruth Goble, Judy Dritsas and Linda Thames; grandchildren, Jada and Damon Hopkins, Leslie and Zachery Lilly; stepgrandchildren, Willow Long, Wayne Long, Jessica Richmond, and Nicholas Smith; also a host of many nieces and nephews.

Services will be conducted at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 8, 2014, at the Blue Ridge Funeral Home Chapel in Prosperity with the Rev. Will Davis officiating. Interment will be held privately on Wednesday at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens also in Prosperity.

Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers the family will graciously accept donations at the funeral home.

Online condolences and other forms of sympathy may be made to the family by visiting this obituary at

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

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