The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


December 28, 2012

Obituaries — Friday, Dec. 28, 2012


William ‘Hooks’ Howard Donald

William “Hooks” Howard Donald, 76, of Beckley, West Virginia, died Wednesday, December 26, 2012, at 8:30 a.m. at Raleigh General Hospital, Beckley, after a long illness.

Born October 8, 1936, in Rocky Mount, Virginia, he was the son of the late Howard Charles and Virginia Holland Donald.

William was a member of First Baptist Church of Rhodell, WV, and was a coal miner for 36 years. He was an avid fisherman, and loved spending time with his family and his church family at Rhodell. William was also a devoted husband, father, brother, and friend to all.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, James Edward Donald.

Those left to cherish his precious memories are his loving and devoted wife of 55 years Daisy Hale Donald of Beckley, West Virginia; his son, William Michael Donald of Norfork, Virginia; his daughter, Darlene (Paul) Matthews of Beckley, West Virginia; brother, Charles (Betty) Donald of North Carolina; sisters, Geneva Green and Bessie Donald of Brooklyn, New York; Annie (Wilbert) Berger of Dayton, OH; Patty (Eugene) Gray of Beckley, West Virginia; his nieces, Regina, Alexis, and his nephew Ondrae`; grandchildren, Latasha, Keyisha, Demetrius, and Ashley, his great-grandchildren, Jada, Benjamin, Dwayne, and Amiah, and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Saturday, December 29, 2012, at Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 142 Mool Ave., Beckley, WV, with Rev. Calvin Moore Jr. officiating.

Burial will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Prosperity, West Virginia.

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

Condolences may be e-mailed to

Arrangements entrusted to Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley, WV.

Reba Icey Elkins

Reba Icey Elkins, age 93, of Beckley, WV, passed away on December 25, 2012. Born at Powellton, WV, she was the daughter of the late Wyatt V. Oxley Sr. and Mattie W. Smith Oxley.

Reba was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. She loved taking care of her home, gardening, and cooking. She spent many hours helping to prepare and serve luncheons at the United Methodist Temple where she was a member.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Virgil, Daughter Mary Dee Littlejohn, brother Wyatt V. Oxley Jr., and  sisters June Williams and Louise King.

Those left to cherish her memory include her daughters, Karen S. Schneider and her husband Donald of Bella Vista, AR, Brenda K. Ritch and her husband Autrey of Beckley, and a son Gregory K. Elkins and his wife Heather of Raleigh, NC. Sisters, Juanita Harrah of Beckley, Shirley Grose of Crab Orchard, and Bette Jo Sturgill of Beltsville, Md. Brothers,   Tom Oxley of Indian Trail, NC, Donald Oxley of Orange Park, FL, and Phil Oxley of Chesapeake, Va. Grandchildren, Todd Littlejohn, Dennis Ritch, Darren Ritch and Angela Ritch. Great-grandchildren, Molly, Mattie and Macey Littlejohn, Olivia Ritch, and Braden Ritch. Stepgreat-grandchildren, Brittney and Alaina Liendo.

The family will receive friends on Saturday, December 29, 2012, from 1 p.m. until 2 p.m. at the Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home in Beckley with services following at 2 p.m. with Rev. Betty Lusk officiating. Burial will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens at Prosperity, WV. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Reba’s memory to the Beckley Area Foundation Trail Scholarship Fund. Online condolences may be sent to our guestbook at

Arrangements are by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, 1901 South Kanawha Street, Beckley, WV.

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