The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


April 8, 2011

Obituaries — Friday, April 8, 2011

Sam Blackburn Acord

PETERSBURG, Va. — Sam Blackburn Acord, 49, of Petersburg, formerly of Glen White, W.Va., passed away unexpectedly on April 3, 2011.

Born April 24, 1961, he was the son of the late Earl Acord and Ellen (Connie) Acord of Petersburg, VA.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Rodger (Maria) Acord.

Sam is survived by step-daughter Ashley Young of Lewisburg, W.Va.; brother, Charles (Debbie) Acord of Argillite, Ky., and five sisters, Earleen Rink of Lincolnton, N.C., Vickie Cohron of Kings Mountain, N.C., Mary (Carlos) Garten of Beckley, Willa (Coy) Willis of Maysville, N.C., and Neta (Bill) Pressley of Leesburg, Ga.; and numerous nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews.

Sam was a carpenter/painter and mechanic by trade. He enjoyed fishing, working with leather, playing his guitar and doing paralegal work.

A celebration of his life will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday, April 9, 2011 at the Glen White Missionary Baptist Church, Glen White Rev. Kenneth Parent officiating.

Online condolences and other information can be found by visiting

Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley is assisting the family.


Franklin S. Bailey

 MABEN — Franklin Scott Bailey, 30, of Maben died Wednesday, April 6, 2011.

Arrangements are incomplete at Tankersley Funeral Home, Mullens.


George Lee Ballard

BOLT — George Lee Ballard, 81, died Feb. 11, 2011.

A memorial service will be 2 p.m. Saturday, April 9, 2011, at the Eccles Community Church, with speakers, the Rev. Vondie Cook II, the Rev. Robert Mattox, the Rev. Jim Pridemore and Ken J. Gregory.

His body was donated to medical research at Marshall University in Huntington.


Mona Belcher

BRUNO — Mona Belcher, 81, died Monday, April 4, 2011.

Service will be 1 p.m. Friday, April 8, at the Sandlick Freewill Baptist Church at Bruno, with the Revs. James Ellis and Bill Cantrell officiating. Burial will follow in Forest Lawn Cemetery, Pecks Mill.

Arrangements by Mounts Funeral Home, Gilbert.

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