The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


May 26, 2013

Obituaries — Sunday, May 26, 2013


Billy Ray Durham

Billy Ray Durham, age 32, of White Oak, WV, passed away on Thursday, May 23, 2013.

Born on September 17, 1980, in Beckley, he was the son of Billy C. Durham and Cynthia Susie Boothe Durham of White Oak.

Mr. Durham was a former auto body repairman. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and motorcycle racing. He was a graduate from Shady Spring High School in 2000. Mr. Durham loved taking care of his dogs.

Other than his parents, survivors include his sister, Chandra Clark and her husband Boyd of Daniels, WV. One niece, Skylar O’Connor, two nephews, Kaine Durham, and Jaiden O’Connor.

Paternal grandparent, Lila Upchurch of Daniels, maternal Grandparent, Betty Boothe of White Oak.

Several aunts, uncles, and cousins also survive. He was preceded in death by grandparents, Raymond Upchurch, and Grant Boothe, by great-grandparents, Jess and Ratha Durham, Guy and Macy Basham.

Mr. Durham was also preceded in death by an aunt, Dorenda Meadows.

Funeral services will be conducted at the New Life Baptist Church at White Oak on Wednesday, May 29, 2013, at 3 p.m. with Pastor Rodney Allen officiating. Friends may visit with the family at the church from 1 p.m. until service time on Wednesday. Private online condolences, floral tributes, and other expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family via our guestbook at

Arrangements are by Rose and  Quesenberry Funeral Home Shady Spring Chapel, 729 Flat Top Road, Shady Spring, WV.

Sgt. Jonathan Chad Ferris

Feb. 1, 1982 - Sept. 29, 2012

A memorial service will be held at Arlington National Cemetery to honor the life of Sgt. Jonathan Chad Ferris on Tuesday, May 28, 2013, at 10 a.m.

Chad was born February 1, 1982, in Beckley, WV, the son of John C. Ferris of Hagerstown, MD, and Debra J. McClain Williams of Williamsport, MD.

Chad was a member of the First Baptist Church of Hagerstown, MD, having made a profession of faith at the age of 7.

After graduating from South Hagerstown High School, in June 2000, Chad entered the United States Marine Corps. He served in the 2nd battalion, 2nd Marine division, where he completed 2 tours of duty in Iraq, attaining the rank of sergeant in the infantry. Chad was completing his apprenticeship as an electrician with the IBEW Local 307.

Chad loved motorcycling. He owned 3 Harleys, and had been promoted to President of the Virginia Chapter of the Avengers Motorcycle Club. Chad also loved to hunt and fish, rock climb and raft. He pursued his passion for the great outdoors at every opportunity.

Chad was also a member of the American Legion, Clopper-Michael Post 10, Boonsboro, MD. Chad had expressed how much he enjoyed spending time with veterans, sharing their experiences.

Chad is survived by his son, Jonathan Cash Ferris, born January 21, 2013, and Cash’s mother, Krystal L Gale; sister, Holly J. Seitz, her husband Eric and their daughter Emma of Waucoma, IA; maternal grandmother Nancy D. McClain of Rochester, NH; and paternal grandparents Gene and Bobbie Ferris of Crab Orchard, WV; and his loyal dog, Gunner. He was predeceased by his maternal grandfather, Holly H. McClain.

God provided Chad with a wealth of devoted family and friends. From grade school through his military deployments, and his apprenticeship, there were many who shared his journey. Chad valued and appreciated each and every one of them as an important part of his life.

Those planning to attend the memorial must arrive at Arlington National Cemetery before 9:30 a.m.

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