The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


May 8, 2014

Obituaries — Thursday, May 8, 2014

Vivian ‘Vicky’ Berger

BOOMER — Vivian “Vicky” Berger, 53, of Boomer, died Saturday, May 3, 2014.

A mini service will be held from 6 to 8 p.m., Friday, May 9, 2014, at First Baptist Church Boomer, Boomer.

Funeral service will be 12 noon Saturday, May 10, 2014, at Heart of God Ministries, 1703 S. Kanawha Street, Beckley with Bishop Fred T. Simms officiating. Burial will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Prosperity.

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

Condolences may be emailed to

Arrangements entrusted to Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.

Betty J. Bowman

ELGIN, S.C. — On Sunday, May 4th, 2014, our most cherished, Betty Jean Bowman of Elgin, formerly of Bolt, passed away in a South Carolina hospital following a short illness. She was 49 years of age.

Betty was one of seven children. Born on April 27th, 1965, in Beckley, she was the daughter of  the late James Hubert and Ora Blanch Summers Bowman. Her brothers, Paul Bowman and Roger Cyrus have preceded her in death. Her brothers, Ricky, Rocky and Jimmy Bowman of Glen Daniel and Bobby Cyrus of Elgin survive her. 

Betty loved to be outdoors. 

Betty was the loving mother to her two children, Stephanie Fretel of Bolt and Danny Bailey Jr. of Dameron. The father of her children, Danny Bailey Sr. survives as well. There are several neices and nephews who she loved dearly. Betty’s faithful canine companions, “Her babies” Dixie and Dozer meant a great deal to her. 

On Friday, May 9th, at 1 p.m. we will honor the life of Betty Jean Bowman with a “Service of Remembrance” at the Melton Mortuary Chapel. The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. until the service hour. Betty will be laid to rest in the Sunset Memorial Park in Beckley. 

Flowers are a wonderful gesture, but due to Betty’s unexpected illness and passing, any monetary gifts given to Melton Mortuary to help defray the funeral expenses will be greatly appreciated by the family. 

Condolences may be sent to the family’s guestbook at 

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary and Cremation Center, Beckley.

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