The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


December 1, 2013

Obituaries — Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013


Robin Milam

RHODELL — Robin Milam, 60, of Rhodell, passed away Friday, Nov. 29, 2013.

Arrangements are pending with Williams-Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Sophia.

Jayden Lee Mullins

Jayden Lee Mullins, 2 weeks, passed away Thursday, November 28, 2013, in the Bowers Hospice House in Beckley.

Born November 14, 2013, in the Raleigh General Hospital at Beckley, he was the son of Emma Bumgarner and Rodney Mullins.

Other family are his big sister, Alexis Mullins of Danese; grandparents Robert Bumgarner of Danese, Debbie Bumgarner of Meadow Bridge, and Beverly and Tim Ballenger of Danese; and his aunt Tijah Bumgarner and uncle Dan Carlisle of Charleston, aunt Tanya Ballenger and aunt Chassity Ballenger, both of Danese, and lots of extended family and friends.

Services will be 1 p.m. Monday, December 2, at Smathers Funeral Chapel, Inc., with Ronnie Patterson officiating. Burial will follow in the Patton Memorial Cemetery at Meadow Bridge.

Friends may call one hour before the service from 12 noon to 1 p.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, Emma and Rodney request that donations of sympathy be made to Bowers Hospice House, 454 Cranberry Drive, Beckley, WV 25801, or the Women’s and Children’s Hospital, 800 Pennsylvania Avenue, Charleston, WV 25302.

Online condolences at

Arrangements by Smathers Funeral Chapel, Inc., Rainelle.

Anthony G. ‘Tony’ Passerby

Anthony G. “Tony” Passerby, 75, of Beckley died on November 29, 2013, at the Bowers Hospice House, ending his 7-month battle with cancer.

Tony was born in Lachine, Quebec, Canada. His career as a professional golfer brought him and his family to West Virginia. He began working as a caddy at the age of 8 and turned pro at the age of 18. He met his wife, Irene, when she began taking golf lessons from him. Tony worked as a pro at golf courses and country clubs in Quebec, Florida, Virginia, and West Virginia. In the late 1970s, Tony relinquished his pro status and began his career in sales, in which he remained until his retirement in 2012. Although he enjoyed watching all types of sports, golf was his passion and he played the game as often as his health allowed.

Tony enjoyed reading, gardening, playing Bingo, and visiting his grandchildren. He always had a funny story to share and had a special talent for the game of Black Jack, another passion of his.

Tony is survived by his wife of 49 years, Irene Stevens Passerby, two sons: Mark (wife Salwa) of Bridgeport, WV, and Kevin (wife Joanna) of Kingwood, WV, and five grandchildren: Micah, Andrew, Emily, Aisha, and Adam. Tony is also survived by his older sister, Gloria Inglis of Vancouver, British Columbia, and his younger brother, Ernie Passerby (wife Karen) of Clarksdale, AZ.

Tony chose to donate his body via the WVU Human Gift Registry to the WV School of Osteopathic Medicine for the advancement of medical education and research. A private memorial service will be held at a later date.

If so desired, donations may be made in Tony’s memory to the Bowers Hospice House, 454 Cranberry Drive, Beckley, WV 25801.

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