The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


May 22, 2013

Obituaries — Wednesday, May 22, 2013


Dr. Paul Ellis Prillaman Jr.

Dr. Paul Ellis Prillaman Jr., died on Monday, May 20, 2013, after a brief illness.

A private memorial service is planned.

Paul was born in Beckley, W.Va., the son of Dr. Paul E. Prillaman Sr. and Sally Haller Prillaman.

He was a graduate of Greenbrier Military School and the University of Virginia where he received his undergraduate and medical degrees. After completing his surgical residency and thoracic surgical fellowship, he joined his father in surgical practice in Ronceverte, W.Va. In a partnership spanning ten years, they provided selfless medical care to the residents of Greenbrier County. From 1972 until his retirement, Dr. Prillaman was a partner in Bradenton Surgical, working at Blake Medical Center and Manatee Memorial Hospital in Bradenton, Florida.

Paul’s greatest joy was his family, serving as their constant support. He will be remembered for his generous and humble spirit, as well as for his wonderful sense of humor.

He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Ginger; three children, Elizabeth Woolford and husband, Jim, Sarah Prillaman, and Paul Prillaman and wife, Hannah; five grandchildren; two sisters, Sally Bauer and Jacqueline Oler; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Tidewell Hospice/Philanthropy Department, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota, Florida 34238 or to the charity of your choice.


Gary ‘Duke’ Reed

Gary “Duke” Reed, 65, our beloved Duke passed away early on Sunday morning May 19, 2013. While sleeping peacefully, he quietly left this world and went to be with his Lord and Saviour.

He was born on February 25, 1948, in Montcoal, W.Va., the son of the late Elmer and Martha A. Bonds Reed. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Joe Bradley, Roger Reed, and his twin brother, Jerry; two sisters, Oleta Miller and Edith Tucker.

Duke was a proud Member of the UMWA, he worked for Armco Steel and later Peabody Coal, alter he worked for Coalfield Services until he retired.

Recently he started working as a Tour Guide for the Beckley Exhibition Coal Mines. Even though he only worked there a short time he really enjoyed the job and his co-workers.

In February 2007 Duke gave his life to the Lord. He really loved serving the Lord and his church family.

He belonged to the Order of Eastern Star Bethelen Chapter #71 and the Boone Lodge #162 Whitesville, where he was a member for 36 years.

He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Jane Tolliver Reed; three daughters, Annie “Dinkie” Reed of Crab Orchard, Jennifer Reed and companion, Nathan Joseph of Whitesville and Jill “Leonard” Pettry of Daniels; nine grandchildren, Kayla and Ethan Pysz, Autumn, Summer, Madison, and Morgan Cole, Zach, Jenna and Trace Pettry; three sisters, Elizabeth Grogan of N.C., Margaret “Dave” Clay of Shady Spring  and Janet Gunnoe of N.C. and one brother, Donnis Reed of N.C.; his mother-in-law, Virginia Tolliver of Glen Daniel; numerous nephews, nieces, in-laws and cousins.

Duke made many friends throughout the years. He never met a stranger. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.  

Service will be 1 p.m. Thursday, May 23, 2013, at the Armstrong Funeral Home, Whitesville, with the Rev. David Cook and Pastor Jerry Brown officiating. Singers will be John and Linda Hapney.

Burial will follow in the Pineview Cemetery at Orgas, with Masonic Graveside rites by Boone Lodge No. 162, Whitesville.

Friends may call 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Arrangements by Armstrong Funeral Home, Whitesville.

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