The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


October 16, 2013

Obituaries — Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013

Jean Bell

SISSONVILLE — Emma Jean (Stapleton) Bell, aged 77, of Sissonville, passed away on October 12, 2013.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday, October 16, 2013, at the Long and Fisher Funeral Chapel in Sissonville with the family giving eulogy. Interment will follow at Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens in Cross Lanes.

Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. and last until service time on Wednesday at the funeral home.

Online condolences and tributes may be made to the family via

Arrangements with Long and Fisher Funeral Home, 6837 Sissonville Drive, in Sissonville.


Della Kathleen Bragg

EXPORT — Ella Kathleen Bragg, born on October 11th 1934, in Export, W.Va., was called to be with Jesus on her birthday of this year. Della was living in South Carolina, with family, but she always considered West Virginia as her home.

She was the daughter of the late Charles Edward Jones and Elsie Leona Smith Jones.

Della was instrumental in getting the grandparents rights law passed; she also was very involved in her church and volunteering at local food banks. She will be sadly missed by her family and by everyone who knew her.

She was preceded in by death by both of her parents, one sister, six brothers and ex-husband Omer Bragg.

She leaves behind daughters: Betty Whitt of East Kingston, W.Va., Ruth Sears of Summersville, W.Va., Juanita Reynolds of Florence, S.C. and Elsie Whittington of Charleston W.Va.; son Joseph Bragg of Allenhurst, Ga.; 10 grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, October 17, 2013, at Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, Fayetteville. Burial will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Prosperity.

The family will receive friends from 12 noon until time of service at funeral home.    

For those wishing to express their condolences to the Bragg family, you may do so by visiting our website at

Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, 350 W. Maple Avenue, Fayetteville, will be assisting the family.

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