The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


December 4, 2013

Obituaries — Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013


Debra Ann Shaffer Hodges

Debra Ann Shaffer Hodges, 53, of Beckley, died Sunday, December 1, 2013, at a local hospital following a sudden illness.

Born February 16, 1960, in Beckley, she was the daughter of Mrs. Betty Jo Shaffer of Beckley and the late Teddy Luther Shaffer. She was also preceded in death by a sister, Cathy Jo Simpson.

After working several years at the local Veterans Administration Hospital, Debbie assisted her husband, Charles Edward (Eddie) Hodges, in his administrative duties with Beckley Moose Lodge No. 1606. A member of Beckley Chapter No. 822, Women of the Moose, for 19 years, she had earned all degrees of merit.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a son, Teddy Ray St. Clair and wife, Katherine, of Stanaford; sister, Judy Bragg of Beckley; stepson, Charles (Chuck) Hodges, II, and wife, Christi, of Kennesaw, GA; stepdaughter, Sheila Hodges Pack and husband, Scott, of Peach Tree City, Ga.; four stepgrandchildren; a niece and two nephews. Debbie was anxiously awaiting the birth of her first grandchild in March. Debbie was an avid Dallas Cowboys fan, and she loved animals, especially her black lab Dusty.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, December 5, 2013, at Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley, with Rev. Ken Hawes of the Oak Grove Christian Church officiating with a special service of remembrance performed by Women of the Moose. Entombment will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens.

Friends may gather with the family Thursday from 12 to 2 p.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Raleigh County Humane Society, 325 Grey Flats Road, Beckley, WV 25801.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

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

Bettina Virginia Breeden King

Bettina Virginia Breeden (Snootie, Toonie) King went to be with the Lord suddenly at 9:14 p.m. Saturday, November 30, 2013. She was born on March 29, 1927, at home in Glen Hedrick, now Beaver, WV. She was the youngest of 7 children born to the late Joseph Henry Breeden and Roxie Allie Narcissus Chissum Pack Breeden.

She was a 1944 graduate of Shady Spring High School and attended Beckley College.

She married the late Joseph Ellis King, Sr., of Lyman, MS, on February 8, 1952, in Daniels, WV. They met at the Beckley Veterans Administration Hospital where they both worked and she was one the first employees hired.

Her two children survive her. Her son, Joseph Ellis King, Jr., and his wife Martha of Houston, TX, and her daughter, April Dianne King of Daniels, with whom she made her home; one grandson, John and his wife Susanne, and 2 great-grandsons, Carsten and Christian, and by her beloved dogs Daisy and Bandit along with her service dog Cessna.

She worked most of her life as a legal and medical secretary and lived with her family in New Jersey, Ohio, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas before again making West Virginia home for the last 30 years.

She was an avid horsewoman, dog and cat lover and loved the outdoors and traveling to 48 of the 50 states and Canada in her RV. She loved working and playing on the computer and blogging with friends.

She was preceded to heaven by her parents and 3 sisters, Cora Mae Breeden Pettry, Fay Olivia Breeden Meador, Gaye Breeden Lewis, and by her 3 brothers, Henry Myrl Breeden, James Breeden and Jack Charles Breeden, Sr.

She is also survived by nieces and nephews, Freda Krise, Margaret Pettry, Peggy Turner, Martha Butts, Bobby Pettry, Lois Covey, Dotty Gaye Kantor, Mary Lee Cromer, Ginger Smith, Jimmy Breeden and Karen McLeod, along with many great- and great-great-nieces and nephews.

The family would like to give a special thanks to  Rhonda’s Pharmacy and the most caring Dr. Todd Bramlee.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday, December 6, 2013, at the Gospel Chapel, 1134 C&O Dam Road, Daniels, WV, with Pastor Luke Richmond officiating. Burial will follow in the Phillips Cemetery at Shady Spring. Friends may visit with the family from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the Calfee Funeral Home, Beckley.

Online condolences may be left at

Arrangements by Calfee Funeral Home, Beckley.

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