The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


September 20, 2007

Obituaries - Friday, Sept. 21, 2007


Members of Whitesville Masonic Lodge No. 162 will serve as pallbearers. Roger and Adam Fraley will serve as honorary pallbearers.

Friends may gather with the family 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

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

Basil Joseph McKinney

BUD — Basil Joseph McKinney, 64, of Bud, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, Sept. 20, 2007.

Born Ap-ril 17, 1943, in Wyoming County, he was the son of Maudie Belcher McKinney of Cool Ridge and the late Dasil McKinney.

Basil gave his life to the Lord in January 2007. He enjoyed playing fast-pitch softball where he was a pitcher for 20 years; he enjoyed the water, boating, fishing and watching NASCAR and baseball and he loved spending time with his grandchildren.

He graduated from Herndon High School and attended Beckley College. He was the owner and operator of Alpoca Water Works Inc. and managed coal preparation plants for over 40 years and the last five years for ICG Coal Co.

In addition to his father, Basil was preceded in death by a sister, Bonnie Trotter.

Those left to cherish his memory include his loving wife, Patsy McKinney; two daughters, Rhesa Shrewsbury and husband, Scotty, of Princeton and Melissa Shrewsbury and husband, Randall, of Cool Ridge; a son, Basil Joseph “Joey” McKinney Jr. and wife, Miranda, of King, N.C.; three granddaughters, Kristen, Kaylee and Savannah; two grandsons, Nickolas and Randy; two sisters, Brenda Bishop and husband, Ronnie, of Richmond, Va., and Betty Olmstead and husband, Galen, of Virginia Beach, Va.; best friend, Jesse “Jay Bird” Maynard; several nieces and nephews; and a host of extended family and friends.

Service will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, at Blue Ridge Funeral Home, 5251 Robert C. Byrd Drive, Beckley, with Pastors Butch White and Ray Stewart officiating. Burial will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Beckley.

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