The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


January 1, 2013

Obituaries — Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013


Thomas Ray ‘Fudzy’ Underwood

Thomas Ray “Fudzy” Underwood, 59, of Dry Creek, passed away Friday, Dec. 28, 2012.

Service will be 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013, at Armstrong Funeral Home, Whitesville, with the Rev. David Cook officiating. Burial will follow in the Brown Family Cemetery, Dry Creek. Friends may call two hours before the service Wednesday at the funeral home.

Arrangements by Armstrong Funeral Home, Whitesville.

Willard E. Wright

Willard E. Wright, 79, of Beckley, passed away Saturday, December 29, 2012, at Heartland following a short illness.

Born September 15, 1933, in Ophir, Ky., he was the son of the late Sank and Lina Wright.

Willard was a graduate of Man High School, served our country in the U.S. Air Force, worked 38 years in the mining industry retiring from Pittston’s Buffalo Mining, and was of the Baptist faith. He was an avid hunter, had a great knowledge of firearms and was a proud member of the National Rifle Association.

Willard deeply loved his family and was a mentor, not only to his family, but to those around him. He was always willing to pass along his vast knowledge of mining, hunting, horses and guns.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by sisters, Thelma Francis, Italy, Mag, and Letha; brothers, Sankie and William E.

Those left to cherish his memory are his loving and devoted wife of 57 years, Loretta Hill Wright of Beckley; his precious daughter, Rhonda Wright Caron and husband, Mike, of Bolt; grandchildren, Shane Caron and wife Desiree of Fairdale, Sheena Caron and partner Jennifer Sloan of Beckley, Steven and Savanna Caron of Bolt; great-grandchildren, Makiya and Colten Caron of Fairdale; also his beloved dog, Sara.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, January 3, 2013, at Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley, with Pastor Dewey Lowe officiating. Entombment will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

Friends may gather with the family Wednesday from 6 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home and one hour prior to the service on Thursday.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Arrangements by Blue Ridge Funeral Home, 5251 Robert C. Byrd Drive, Beckley.

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