The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


January 1, 2013

Obituaries — Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013


Annabelle Lee Chapman

ANSTED — Annabelle Lee Chapman, 93, of Ansted, passed away Monday, December 31, 2012, at Raleigh General Hospital in Beckley, following a long illness

Annabelle was born March 14, 1919, at Rowan, W.Va.; she was the daughter of the late Edwin and Martha Jane Ellis Wood. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jennings Porter Chapman; a sister, Sarah K. Legg; two brothers, Edwin Wood and Clyde Wood.

She was a member of Victor United Methodist Church of Victor and a homemaker.

Survivors are a son and his wife, Brian and Robin Chapman of Ansted; grandchildren, Christopher Porter Chapman of Victor and Jessica Robin Chapman of Ansted; great-grandchildren, Tyler Zickafoose and Cassidy Chapman.

Services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday, January 2, 2013, at Wallace and Wallace Funeral Home Chapel in Ansted, with Pastor Pat Grey officiating. Burial will follow in Restlawn Memory Gardens at Victor.

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Wallace and Wallace of Ansted are in charge of the arrangements.

James William ‘Jimmy’ Furrow

PEMBERTON — James William Furrow, 55, of Pemberton, passed away Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 4, 2013, at the Rose and Quesenberry Peace Chapel in Beckley, with Bishop Clarence Lee officiating. Burial will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens at Prosperity. Friends may call from 11 a.m. until service time Friday at the funeral home.

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Arrangements are by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, 1901 S. Kanawha St., Beckley.

Dennis Gibson Jr.

OAK HILL — Dennis Gibson Jr. , 49, of Oak Hill, passed away Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012.

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Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.

Clarence Olen Gwinn

MEADOW BRIDGE — Clarence Olen Gwinn, 83, of Meadow Bridge, passed away Monday, December 31, 2012, in the Raleigh General Hospital in Beckley, following a short illness.

Born December 5, 1929, at Meadow Bridge, he was the son of the late Lake and Esta Gwinn.

Olen was a member of U.M.W.A., a member of Rainelle Moose Lodge 1647 and a member of the Lane United Methodist Church. Olen was an avid gardener.

Survivors include his wife, Deloris “Ducky” Crane Gwinn; a son, L.L. Gwinn and wife Antonette of Beckley; a daughter, Shelia Ames and husband Doug of Cortland, Ohio; two  sisters, Vergia Callison of San Jose, Calif., and Gracie Dotson of Mansfield, Ohio; four  grandchildren, DeeDee Gwinn of Durham, N.C., Taylor Gwinn of Beckley, Melissa Dailey and husband Tom of Deerfield, Ohio, and Michael Ames and wife Melissa of Warren, Ohio; three great-grandchildren, Tommy and Tyler Dailey and Jackson Ames; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, January 2, 2013, at Smathers Funeral Chapel, with Rev. Roger Booth officiating. Entombment will follow in the Wallace Memorial Mausoleum at Clintonville.

Friends may call today from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

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Arrangements by Smathers Funeral Chapel, Inc., Rainelle.

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