The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


September 30, 2012

Obituaries — Sunday, Sept. 30, 2012


Emily Eades Norford

FAYETTEVILLE — Emily Mae Eades Norford, 93, of Fayetteville, went home to be with the Lord on Friday, September 28, 2012.

She was born on October 13, 1918, at Ansted, WV, to the late Roy and Bessie Eades.

Mrs. Norford worked as a clerk for the town of Fayetteville for 20 years. She was an active member of Fayetteville United Methodist Church since 1953.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Everett (Pete) Norford, in 2002. Also preceding her in death are brothers, William Eades, Virgil Eades and Roy Eades; sisters, Thelma Nuchols, Hazel Crist, Ethel Schultz, June Pennington, and Virginia Crane.

Left to cherish her memories are her sisters, Geneva Parsons of Bel Air, MD, and Bessie Skaggs of Trenton, Ohio. She will be greatly missed by many nieces, nephews, friends, and neighbors.

Her nieces, Terry, Amy, Crista, and Lori, rejoice in the love, kindness, and life lessons Aunt Em shared with them throughout her life. She was a gift!

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, October 1, 2012, at the Fayetteville United Methodist Church with Rev. Clare Sulgit-Horn, Rev. Roy Gene Crist, and Pastor Jack Eades officiating. Burial will follow at Huse Memorial Park, Fayetteville.

The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the church on Monday.

Memorials may be made in Emily’s memory to Bowers Hospice House, 454 Cranberry Drive, Beckley, WV 25801.

For those wishing to express their condolences to Emily’s family, you may do so by visiting our website at

Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, 350 W. Maple Avenue, Fayetteville, will be assisting the family.

Mary Caperton Banks Smith

Mary Caperton Banks Smith, formerly of Glade Springs and The Villages of Greystone, celebrated her Hallelujah Day on Monday, September 24, 2012, at the Bowers Hospice House in Beckley.

Mary Cape was born in Raleigh, W.Va., on November 17, 1920, the daughter of Dr. McRae C. Banks and Caroline Caperton Banks. She was raised in Raleigh, and graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in 1939. She attended Sullins College in Virginia and married Dr. Clyde A. Smith on February 8, 1941.

During World War II she was appointed to act as liaison for the American Red Cross working with wives and other relatives of prisoners of war from this area. She again became active with the Red Cross during the Korean Conflict as Recruitment Chairwoman of the Red Cross Donor Program.

Mary Cape was a founder of the Y.M.C.A. in Beckley which opened on September 1, 1963, at the Armory, later moved to the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Building and finally found its current home on East Main Street. She served 18 years on the board at the Y and three terms as Y board president. She was the first woman president of a Y.M.C.A. in the United States.

Mary Cape was also a founder of the hospice organization in the area which started as a shared phone in a shared office at the Beckley Presbyterian Church and has since grown into Hospice of Southern West Virginia, Inc., which operates the Doug and Lucy Bowers Hospice House and provides in-home services for terminally ill individuals and grief support after the loved one passes. She was also a founder of the Women’s Resource Center in Raleigh County serving on the board for seven years, four as Vice President and two as President.

Mary Cape was a lifelong member of the Beckley Presbyterian Church where she has served as an Elder, sang in the choir and was President of The Women of the Church. She was a member and past President of the Highland Garden Club, a member of the Beckley Woman’s Club and a member and past President of the Auxiliary of the Raleigh County Medical Society. In addition she helped organize a graduation celebration for students of the Alternative School in Raleigh County.

Mary Cape was recognized for her many contributions by being selected as the second Y.M.C.A. Spirit of Beckley in 1988 and as Golden Eagle by the Alumni of Woodrow Wilson High School.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Dr. McRae C. Banks and Caroline Caperton Banks, and her husband, Dr. Clyde A. Smith, one brother, Col. William M. Banks (USAF Ret.), and her sister, Cornelia Powers.

She is survived by her daughter, Caroline Smith Morton and her husband, Dr. D. Holmes Morton of Strasburg, Pa.; her son, Clyde A. Smith Jr. and his wife, Cathy E. Smith of Daniels; and by her five beloved grandchildren, Mary Caperton Morton, Sarah McRae Morton and her husband Nikolas Muenke, Paul Holmes Morton, Jennifer C. Smith of Chesapeake, Va., and Julienne C. Smith of Daniels; she is also survived by her brother, Dr. J.W. Banks and his wife Lois of Union, W.Va.

Visitation will be at the Beckley Presbyterian Church on Sunday, September 30, from 5 to 7 p.m. with funeral services at the church on Monday, October 1, at 1 p.m. with the Rev. John McKinnon officiating. Burial  will follow at Sunset Memorial Park.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in Mary Cape’s honor to the Caperton Banks Smith Fund at the Beckley Area Foundation, 129 Main Street, Suite 203, Beckley, WV, 25801; to Hospice of Southern West Virginia Inc., P.O. Box 1472, Beckley, WV 25802-1472; the Beckley Presbyterian Church, 203 South Kanawha Street, Beckley, WV 25801; or the Women’s Resource Center, P.O. Box 1476, Beckley, WV 25802-1476.

Online condolences may be sent to our guest book at

Arrangements by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, 729 Flat Top Road, Shady Spring.

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