The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


January 1, 2013

Obituaries — Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013


Edwin ‘Eddie’ Harland Rose

PEARISBURG, Va. — Edwin “Eddie” Harland Rose, 54, of 1212 Pulaski Giles Tpk., Pearisburg, passed away Monday, Dec. 31, 2012.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Wickline Funeral Home of Lindside.

Robert L. Saunders

LEWISBURG — Robert L. Saunders, 80, of Lewisburg, passed away Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012, at Greenbrier Valley Medical Center in Ronceverte, after a short illness.

Born May 5, 1932, in Covington, Va., he was the son of the late Daisy Saunders.

Bob graduated from Alderson High School in 1950 and served in Korea in the U.S. Army. He retired from the Federal Bureau of Prisons in Alderson.

He was an active member of Lewisburg Baptist Church where he and Janet had the Jolly Seniors for over 18 years. He was also a member of the Senior Circle at Greenbrier Valley Medical Center, where he served as President of the Board.

He is survived by his wife, Janet Saunders, and stepson, Bobby Cohernour.

Funeral services will be 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, at Lewisburg Baptist Church with Pastor Jonathan Comer officiating. Burial will follow in Rosewood Cemetery at Lewisburg.

Visitation will be from 12 noon to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, at Lewisburg Baptist Church.

Donations of sympathy may be made to Lewisburg Baptist Church Building Fund, 113 Montvue Drive, Lewisburg, W.Va. 24901.

Online condolences may be expressed at

Arrangements by Morgan Funeral Home, Lewisburg.

Dorothea Lucille McGinnis Slates

OAK HILL — Dorothea Lucille McGinnis Slates, 84, of Oak Hill, passed away on Sunday,  December 30, 2012, at Bowers Hospice House in Beckley.

Lucille was born on June 25, 1928, in Parkersburg, W.Va., to the late Herbert P. and Mary Ellen Riddle McGinnis.

Left to cherish her memory are her beloved husband of 62 years, the Rev. William Dean Slates of Oak Hill, and children Janet Slates Bowland and husband Greg of Oak Hill, and sons John Slates of Amarillo, Texas, and Philip Slates and wife Debra of Morgantown, W.Va. Lucille was very proud of her four grandsons Dr. Adam Bowland of Monroeville, Pa., and Alex, Ben and Matthew Slates of Morgantown. Surviving nieces and nephews include Bonnie Uhl of Cincinnati, Ohio, Linda Uhl Tirk of Cleveland, Ohio, and James and Steve McGinnis of Parkersburg, W.Va.

Lucille was a 1946 graduate of Parkersburg High School and received a B.A. in Spanish and education from WV University in 1950. She was Spanish, English and substitute teacher in Weirton, Bramwell and Greenbrier East High School and for Fayette County Schools. She was a dedicated United Methodist Pastor’s wife serving churches in Fort Ashby, Hurricane, Bluefield, Oak Hill, Lewisburg and Morgantown. She was a member of the Oak Hill United Methodist Church and served nine years on the board of the United Methodist Women of the WV Annual Conference. She loved to travel and she and Bill made many trips to Europe and Africa and every state in the U.S. Throughout her lifetime she served as a Sunday and Bible school teacher and she enjoyed birding, gardening and doing crossword puzzles. In 1990 the couple retired to Oak Hill. She enjoyed her time as a volunteer at the New River Gorge Convention & Visitors Center in Oak Hill.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sisters Helen McGinnis Uhl of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Jeannette McGinnis of Parkersburg and Leonard and Howard McGinnis of Parkersburg.

For the many years Lucille fought the brave battle of Alzheimer’s disease. A celebration of her life will be held on Saturday, January 19, 2013, at 1 p.m., at the Oak Hill United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Dr. Charles Miller officiating. Donations in her memory can be made to the Oak Hill United Methodist Church Food Pantry or to Bowers Hospice House.

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