The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


April 11, 2014

Obituaries — Friday, April 11, 2014


Norma J. Gilbert

Norma Jean Gilbert, 76, of Covel, passed away on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at Wyoming Nursing and Rehab Center following a long illness.

Born November 21, 1937 at Matoaka, she was the daughter of the late Freeman V. and Ora (Hedrick) Thornton.

She was a homemaker, a member of the Covel Missionary Baptist Church, and was a longtime resident of Covel. 

In addition to her parents she is also preceded in death by her husband, Perry M. Gilbert; one daughter, Carol Yvonne Thompson; and one brother, Nathan Thornton.

Those left to cherish her memory include one daughter, Joyce Jewell and her husband, Terry of Lahoma, Okla.; four sons, Ricky Gilbert and his wife, Joann of Lewisburg, Jody Gilbert and his wife, Barbara of North Carolina, John Gilbert of Virginia, and Perry V. Gilbert; two sisters, Judy Webb and her husband, Charles and Sue Snyder and her husband, Dale both of Virginia; three brothers, Lindo Thornton and Buddy Thornton and his wife, Shirley both of Virginia and George Thornton of West Virginia; seven grandchildren; and several great grandchildren.  

Services will be 12 noon, Saturday, April 12, 2014 at Tankersley Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Eddie Simpson officiating. Burial will follow in Woodlawn Memorial Park, Bluewell.

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

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers. 

Online condolences may be expressed to the family at 

The family of Norma Gilbert is being cared for by Tankersley Funeral Home, Mullens.

Carole Joan Foster Gravely

Carole Joan Foster Gravely, 72 of Beckley, passed away on the morning of April 8, 2014.

Born December 31, 1941, she was the daughter of the late Margaret Mae Creed Foster and Ernest Paul Foster of Prosperity.

Carole was a real estate agent since 1976. She worked for Century 21 First Choice for many years until her retirement. She was also a member of the Beckley Moose Lodge and a graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School Class of 1959. Carole was also a very skilled and talented artist. She enjoyed oil painting.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by three sisters, Sherry Foster, Burah Pack, and Tammi Butterworth.

Those left behind to carry on her legacy include her loving husband of 54 years, Mr. Robert Lee Gravely; son, Robert Lee Gravely Jr. and wife Vicky of Beckley; two granddaughters, Stevie and Lindsey Gravely of Beckley; sisters, Betty Warner and husband Ralph, Ginger Jones and husband Larry, all of Beckley, Alice Scarafino and husband Jerry of Charlotte, N.C.; brother, James T. Foster and wife Julia of Wharton, W.Va.; brother-in-law, Roger Butterworth and wife Mary of Beckley; sister-in-law, Kay Hall of Las Vegas, Nev., Linda Hicks of Beckley, and brother-in-law, John Gravely of Beckley.

Services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 12, 2014 at the Blue Ridge Funeral Home Chapel in Prosperity with Rev. Paul Zutaut officiating. Interment will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens also in Prosperity.

Pallbearers will be served by family and friends.

Friends may call from 12 to 2 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Online condolences and other tributes 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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