The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


November 29, 2013

Obituaries — Friday, Nov. 29, 2013


Lura Jirldean Taylor Durham

Lura Jirldean Taylor Durham, age 92, of Grandview, formerly of 523 Bero Avenue, Beckley, went home to be with the Lord on Nov. 26, 2013.

Lura was born on January 5, 1921, to parents Julia Brevard Taylor and Emerson Taylor in Greenbrier County.

Lura worked at The Nature Shop, Piggly Wiggly, Quickies Market, G. C. Murphy, Beckley Manufacturing and was a successful Avon Representative. Lura also attended Beckley College.

Lura had many interests including flea marketing, yard sales, painting and flowers. She was a member of the Beckley Art Group and Women’s Auxiliary Post 32. She was also very active in her church and attended the First Church of the Nazarene in Beckley.

Lura was preceded in death by her loving husband Martin A. Durham; brother, Emerson C. Taylor; her father, Emerson Earl Taylor; her stepfather, Talmor Egnor; and her mother, Julia Brevard Taylor Egnor.

Left to cherish her memory are her twin sister, Luella Iidean Hornsby of Milton, Ohio, and Lura’s four children, Martin Emerson Durham and his wife Ina, of Beckley, Michael Gene Durham and his wife Robbin, of Flat Top, Gary Dean Durham and his wife Cathy, of South Charleston, and Kimberly Luella and her husband Roger W. Redden, of Grandview.

Lura was very caring, giving and tender-hearted and loved her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren very much. She treasured her eight grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. Her grandchildren include Michael Dewayne Durham, Rachel Durham Pauley, Merlin Gene Durham, Laura Jane Durham Barbera, Travis Lee Durham, Carrie Jeanette Durham Ray, Andrew Martin Redden and Matthew Guy Redden.

Funeral services will be conducted at the Rose and Quesenberry Peace Chapel in Beckley on Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013, at 1 p.m. with Pastor Richard Wagoner officiating. Burial will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens at Prosperity.

Friends and family may visit with the family from 11 a.m. until service time on Saturday.

In lieu of flowers donations of sympathy may be directed to Hospice of Southern West Virginia, P.O. Box 1472, Beckley, WV.

Private online condolences, floral tributes and other expressions of sympathy may be directed to the family via our guestbook at

Arrangements are by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, 1901 South Kanawha Street, Beckley.

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