The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


January 1, 2013

Obituaries — Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013


William Carol ‘Gabby’ Lane

William Carol “Gabby” Lane, 76, of Beckley, passed away Saturday, December 29, 2012, in a local care facility following a long illness.

Born February 10, 1936, in Summers County, he was the son of the late Robert and Elsie Fox Lane.

Carol worked for Kirby Lumber Company of Layland, and Brooks Mining in Clifftop. Carol loved gospel music and was a past member of the Board of Directors of the West Virginia State Gospel Song Convention in Mt. Nebo.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by two brothers and three sisters.

Those left to cherish his memory include his daughter, Karen Miller and her husband Eddie of Beckley, his son, Bill Lane and wife Martha of Russellville; five grandchildren, Scott Miller and his wife Meredith of Spartanburg, S.C., Amanda Moore and husband Steve of Oak Hill, Daniel Asbury, Joanna Asbury, and Tanner Carte; two great-grandchildren Hayden Moore, Brody Miller, and his sister Robin Canaday of Beckley; a special cousin Patty Angle of Forest Hill, and a host of nieces and nephews and beloved friends.

Services celebrating Carol’s life will be held Wednesday, January 2, 2013, at 1 p.m. in the chapel of Blue Ridge Funeral Home with the Pastor Fred Lovell, and his grandson Rev. Scott Miller officiating. Burial will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

The family will receive friends noon until service time Wednesday at the funeral home.

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Arrangements are in the care of Blue Ridge Funeral Home, 5251 Robert C. Byrd Drive, Beckley.

Louise Viola Paris Lester

Mrs. Louise Viola Paris Lester, 59, of Beckley, died Friday, December 28, 2012, at Beckley Appalachian Hospital Beckley, after a long illness.

Born May 1, 1953, in Beckley, she was the daughter of the late Turner William Paris Sr. and Dorothy Jane Davis.

Louise worked as an independent Mary Kay Consultant, at Ames, and was a homemaker.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Those left to cherish her precious memories are her husband of 25 years, Bland Lester Sr.; daughters: Veronica (Torrence) Casey of North Carolina; Rachel Valentine of West Virginia; and Tanesha Smith ( Marcus) of North Carolina; her two stepchildren: Jill Lester of North Carolina; and Bland Lester Jr. of West Virginia; three sisters, Billy (Alfred) Taylor of Beckley, Antoinette (Ernest) Gray of Ohio and Carla (Steve) Carson of Beckley; two brothers, Turner Paris Jr. (Charlotte) of West Virginia and Dennis Goodson of North Carolina; 11 grandchildren and one great-grandchild, and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

Funeral services will be 12 noon Thursday, January 3, 2013, at Heart of God Ministries, 1703 S. Kanawha Street, Beckley, with Bishop Fred T. Simms officiating. Burial will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Prosperity.

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.

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