The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


March 26, 2013

Obituaries — Tuesday, March 26, 2013



Gavin Michael Bailey

CRAIGSVILLE — Gavin Michael Bailey, 17-month-old son of Travis and Cassandra Smith Bailey of Craigsville, passed away Saturday, March 23, 2013.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Thursday, March 28, in the White Funeral Home at Summersville, with Pastor Eddie Groves officiating. Interment will follow in the Bailey family Cemetery on Woodbine Road. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers donations may made to Nevus Outreach at

Condolences may be sent to the family at


Patricia Ann Blake

HINES — Patricia Ann Blake, 63, of Hines, passed away Wednesday, March 20, 2013.

Services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 27, at Smathers Funeral Chapel. Friends may call one hour before the service from noon to 1 p.m. at the funeral home.

Arrangements by Smathers Funeral Chapel Inc., Rainelle.


Collett Cook

DURHAM, N.C. — Collett Cook, 99, of Durham, formerly of Pineville, passed away Monday, March 25, 2013.

Arrangements are incomplete at this time. Calfee Funeral and Cremation Service of Pineville is serving the Cook family.


Frederick Constantine Corey

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — Frederick Constantine Corey, 90, died at his home in Santa Barbara, on March 14, 2013.

He was born in Beckley, W.Va., in 1922. Fred met Dorothy Stauff Corey while they were attending Carnegie Mellon University, to whom he was married until her death in 1995 (49 years). His schooling was interrupted when he served in the Army Signal Corps in WWII. He enlisted as a private and rose to the rank of 1st Lieutenant. He later served in the Korean War as an Army Aviator. He completed his B.S. in Electrical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon, and later earned a Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering at Southern Methodist University.

Fred, an aerospace engineer, worked at Chance Vaught, later at Autonetics and Northrop Grumman, among others. He was responsible for avionics on the F-5, F-20, and YF-17 fighter aircraft and classified missile programs. He also taught engineering courses at UCLA and USC. Retiring in 1988, Fred worked as a consultant and taught classes at Santa Barbara City College. He was a member of the Cosmopolitan Club, the Santa Barbara Yacht Club, and the Men’s Garden Club of Santa Barbara.

Fred is survived by his four children: Carolyn, Christopher, Marilyn, and Claire; six grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and his brother Constantine Corey of Charlotte, N.C., and sister, Vivian White of Savannah, Ga.

He was preceded in death by his sisters, Margaret Zegeer, Kaleel (Edna) Jamison, Aileen Corey, and a grandson, Jarrod S. Cochran.

He enjoyed playing golf, woodworking, traveling, and instructing others in computer operation. His memory lives on in the important contribution he made to the aerospace industry and in the hearts of his friends and family.

Memorial services will be held at Valle Verde in Santa Barbara on Thursday, March 28, at 2 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Sansum Diabetes Research Institute of Santa Barbara, the Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care of Santa Barbara, The United States Department of Veteran’s Affairs, and/or the Cancer Center of Santa Barbara.

Arrangements by McDermott-Crockett Funeral Home, Santa Barbara.

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