The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


April 11, 2014

Obituaries — Friday, April 11, 2014


Robert Owen Hefner

LEWISBURG — Robert Owen Hefner, 94, of Lewisburg, passed away Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Visitation will be held at 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, April 11, at the Henning Church of God, Vago Road, Frankford, W.Va.

The funeral will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, April 12, 2014 at the Henning Church of God with burial following at the Henning Church of God Cemetery. 

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Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home in Lewisburg, is in charge of the arrangements.

Ernest William Hinkle Jr.

Ernest William Hinkle Jr., 74, of Beckley, passed away on Wednesday, April 9, 2014, at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Beckley, following a short illness.

He was born on August 11, 2039, in Lillybrook, W.Va. He was preceded in death by his father Ernest (Pete) William Hinkle and mother Lockie Williams Hinkle Alderman.

Ernie is survived by his wife of 53 years, Virginia (Jenny) Rose Hinkle. Those left to cherish his memory include his children: a daughter Sherry Lynn Hinkle Gregg and her companion Billy McEachern, of Mabscott, W.Va., and a son Robert Allen Hinkle and his companion Bernadette Maminta, of Mossy, W.Va.; two grandsons, Jason Robert Gregg, of Charlotte, N.C., and Adam Michael Gregg, of Beckley.

Ernie was the ultimate sports fan. He loved the Mountain State University Cougars, and was a diehard WVU Mountaineer. Additional sport events that he attended or followed religiously included the Miners baseball game, Cincinnati Reds, and he also played softball at Fitzpatrick Park up until he retired. He coached Beckley Little League. After retirement he volunteered for the MSU men’s basketball program as manager. During this time he received a total of four NAIA championship rings while volunteering for the National Champion Cougars. In addition he also found time to volunteer with the MSU women’s softball and volleyball teams. One of his proudest moments came on September 26, 2004, when Ernie was inducted into the MSU Alumni Association’s Hall of Fame with the Distinguished Friend Award for his loyal volunteer service to Mountain State University.

In addition to sports he loved spending time with his family going out to eat, going to flea markets, picking blueberries at Blueberry Hill and going every year to the West Virginia State Fair.

Ernie was a veteran of the United States Marine Corps from 1958-1962. He graduated from Woodrow Wilson in 1957. He was a retired Master Electrician for 40 years until his retirement on March 31, 2002. He was a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), the Loyal Order of Moose, and has served as president, secretary, and board member for the Beckley Bowling Association. As a volunteer firefighter, he was a past president of the Mabscott Fire Department.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 12, 2014, when we will honor the life of Ernie with a Service of Remembrance at the Melton Mortuary Chapel. Pastor William LeGrand will be officiating. Burial will follow at Sunset Memorial Park.

Friends may visit with the family from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, April 11, 2014 at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be Jason Gregg, Adam Gregg, Thomas Cox, Jim Okes, Ritchie Milam, Micky Bragg, James LeGrand, and TJ Higginbotham.

The family would like to thank the entire staff of the VA Medical Center for their wonderful care and compassion during his time of need. The family would also like to recognize and give special thanks to Bruce Blankenship for all his help and support. Also a special heartfelt thank you to Ernie’s very best friend, his buddy Billy McEachern.

Condolences may be sent to the family’s guestbook at www.meltonmortuary. com

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary and Cremation Center, Beckley.

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