The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


May 10, 2013

Obituaries — Friday, May 10, 2013


William Timothy ‘Bill’ Shank

GREEN BANK — William Timothy “Bill” Shank, 75, passed away Tuesday, May 7, 2013.

Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, May 11, at Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Arbovale, with the Rev. Julian Rittenhoue officiating. Interment will follow at the Arbovale Cemetery with military honors by the Pocahontas County Honor Guard. Friends may call 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 10, at the funeral home.

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Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Arbovale.

Bud Spears

Bud Spears had a personality that could light up the room, and although he’s gone, those who knew and loved him will carry that light throughout their lives.

Howard L. “Bud” Spears, age 78, of Beckley, passed away Thursday, May 9, 2013, following a life of simple enjoyments and a true belief that life is best spent in the company of family and friends.

Bud was born April 15, 1935, in Logan, W.Va., to the late Lewis Herold Spears and Athaline “Granny” Bryant Spears, both of Logan. He shared much of his childhood with his beloved Grandma Bryant in Beckley. As a young man, Bud met the love of his life, Mona Kay, his wife of 56 years, at the Lyric Theatre in downtown Beckley.

Bud could sell milk to a cow — his abilities as a salesman and businessman came naturally, and he invested much of his time and interest in his adopted hometown of Beckley. As a young man he worked as a cashier at A&P Grocery before he began his four years of service in the U.S Air Force in 1956. His service for his country took him to Alexandria, Louisiana, and then to the Thule Air Base in Tooley, Greenland. Following his military service, he was a sales representative at May Office Service. He later became owner of Business Supplies and Ideal Construction, where he built Ridge Homes and American Standard Homes. As an employee at Meadows Construction he helped build Memorial Baptist Church, a project that always held a special significance in his heart. Bud was a West Virginia State Road Supervisor and an Account Executive at WOAY-TV. His position as publisher for the West Virginia edition of Builder/Architect magazine led him on many architectural adventures throughout the state prior to his retirement.

He was a former member of the Jaycees and Civitans, former Chairman of the Raleigh County Republication Party, and a recent delegate for the WV Silver Haired Legislature.

Bud found solace at the beach. He visited Oak Island and Carolina/Kure Beaches in North Carolina for over 30 years, and loved walks in the sand with his wife and family followed by fried seafood platters and cold beer. Since retiring, his typical morning consisted of coffee and conversation with friends at McDonald’s; a heaping bowl of Cheerios over The Register-Herald; and stocking his bird and squirrel feeders with corn and seed. He loved afternoon walks with the family dogs, westerns and mysteries on TV Land, and his mother’s fried cauliflower (a family tradition). His charming smile and contagious laugh brought joy to many.

Survivors include wife, Mona Kay Turner Spears of Beckley, daughter Lesa K. Spears of Beckley, son Howard K. Spears and Patricia Bair of North Carolina, granddaughter Valerie L. Spears-Jarrell and husband Jeremy Jarrell of North Carolina, brother Michael Roger Spears and wife Judy of Virginia, sister Donna L. Spears Logan and husband Nick of Florida, brother Estele H. Spears and wife Missy of Maryland, brother Lewis H. Spears Jr. and wife Kathleen of Virginia, sister-in-law Loretta Turner Blankenship and husband Darrell of Beckley.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to The Bowers Hospice House, 454 Cranberry Drive, Beckley WV 25801; 304-250-6040. The Spears family would like to extend their heartfelt gratitude to the staff and volunteers at Bowers Hospice House who went above and beyond in their care for Bud.

Thank you to family and friends for your support and care during this difficult time.

Visitation will be held 5 to 6 p.m., followed by a memorial service from 6 to 7 p.m., Saturday, May 11, 2013, at Melton Mortuary in Beckley.

Condolences may be sent to the family’s guestbook at

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary and Cremation Center, Beckley.

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