The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


September 4, 2007

Obituaries for Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Mary M. Atkinson

OAK HILL — Mary Marie Atkinson, 79, passed away Friday, Aug. 31, 2007.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern WV, Box 1472, Beckley, WV 25802-1472.

In keeping with Mary’s wishes, she has been cremated.

Online condolences and other information available online at

Arrangements by Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, Fayetteville.

Ralph H. Brooks

Ralph Henry Brooks, Master Sergeant U.S. Marine Corps (Retired), se-renely left us Thursday night, Aug. 30, 2007, at 9:16 p.m. at his home in Cocoa Beach, Fla., while holding the hand of his son, Beau Brooks, Lieutenant U.S. Navy, and in the company of his daughter-in-Law, Jennifer Brooks, and grandson, Chase Brooks.

Ralph was born on Oct. 23, 1925, in Bolt, W.Va., in a small house on the Blue Ridge Mountains where he grew up with his family living off of the land. Throughout his life, he was a proud American who faithfully served his country in the United States Navy on the USS Slater from June 8, 1943, through March 8, 1946, during World War 11, and the United States Marine Corps from Sept. 11, 1946, through Dec. 31, 1963, during the Korean War, where he earned the Purple Heart for wounds he received during combat.

The only thing that he loved more than his beloved Marine Corps was his family and friends, and after the recent death of his darling wife, Nancy Karen Brooks, on May 14, 2006, he was eternally heart broken.

A country boy at heart, he loved the outdoors and the beauty of nature, and he spent his remaining time with us here, gardening around his home, fishing the Banana and Indian Rivers of Florida with son, Beau, and anxiously awaiting the birth of his grandson, Chase, which he finally met on July 26, 2007, three days after his birth.

Ralph Henry Brooks was a true American hero, but most of all he was an unconditionally loving father and husband and a dear brother to William O. Brooks and Ann Hendricks, both of Beckley; Betty Sizemore of Baltimore, Md.; Don Brooks of Grafton, Ohio; and Alex Brooks of Weston. We will love and miss you always and forever, and promise to never forget what you have taught us. Please tell Nancy when you see her that we love and miss her very much, Love, Beau, Jennifer, and Chase. Semper Fi!

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