The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


April 26, 2014

Obituaries — Saturday, April 26, 2014

Ronald ‘Aniello’ Averson

 1 Corinthians Chapter 13 Verses 4-7 and 8

4 Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,

5 Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;

6 Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;

7 Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.

8 Charity never faileth…  

On Thursday, April 24th, 2014, Ronald “Aniello” Averson passed away.

His Going Home Service will be Sunday, April 27th at 2 p.m. at the Victory Worship Center at Drews Creek at Naoma. Pastor, Ed Bolon will be officiating.

He was preceded in death by his father, Ronald Averson; his paternal grandfather, Andy Averson Jr., and his maternal grandparents, Dallas and Hazel Brown.

Left to cherish his memory is his surviving family, mother, Lelia Tolliver and her husband, Jackie Tolliver; sisters, Tammy Averson (James) of Hickory, N.C. and Tracie Averson of Beckley; paternal grandmother, Rosalee Averson of Whitesville; three step sisters, Julie Tolliver  of Fairdale, Lisa Tolliver of Naoma and Kelli Tolliver of Stickney; uncles, Jack (Betty) Bonds, Carl (Mary) Brown, David Brown , Maxie (Margie)  Brown, and Melvin (Cammie) Brown; aunts, Carmen (Greg) Cooksley and a very special aunt, who loved him dearly, Patty (Harvey) Williams; nephews, Nick, Josh, Tristan, Jordan, and River; niece, Jaiden; great nephew, Kaiden and a very special niece, Jasmine.

“If Love could have saved you, you would have lived forever.”

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

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary and Cremation Center, Beckley.

Betty Jo Cook Bailey

“Who can find a virtuous woman? For her price is far above rubies… Her children arise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.” Proverbs 31.

CRANY — Betty Jo Cook Bailey, 64, of Crany, went to be with her Lord and Savior surrounded by her loving family on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at Raleigh General Hospital, Beckley.

She was born September 19, 1949 in Kopperston, a daughter of the late Dewey and Virginia Billings Cook.

She was an active member of the Lillyhaven Baptist Church, where she served the Lord and loved her church family.

She is preceded in death by her parents Dewey and Virginia Billings Cook.

Those left to cherish her memory, is her loving husband of 37 years Avary Bailey; a daughter Leslie and her husband Rev. Scott Kennedy of Glen Daniel; son Jason Bailey and his wife Roncheski of Crany; two brothers Rev. Algie R. Cook and his wife Peggy of Crany and Dennis Larry Cook, Sr. and his wife Brenda of Crany. She also leaves behind host of nieces and nephews, as well as several aunts and uncles and a many other loving family and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 27, 2014 at the Lillyhaven Baptist Church, Lynco, with Rev. Valdis Bailey, Rev. Johnny Jones, and Rev. William Cook officiating. She will be laid to rest next to her mother and father in the Kopperston Community Cemetery, Kopperston. Friends may gather with the family from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, April 26, 2014.

Pallbearers will be her nephews JoBuck Cook, Naman Cook, William Cook, Larry Cook Jr., Francis Bailey, Nathan Short, AJ Cook, Larry Joseph Cook, and Travis Cook.

E-mail letters of sympathy may be sent at

The family is being served by the Stafford Family Funeral Home, Lynco.

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