The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


May 9, 2013

Obituaries — Thursday, May 9, 2013


Betty Claudine Schrader Nelson

Betty Claudine Schrader Nelson, 86, of Crab Orchard, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, May 7, 2013.

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

Alfred Albert Torres

Alfred Albert Torres, age 55, of Beckley, passed away Wednesday, May 8, 2013, following a sudden illness.

Arrangements are pending completion at Rose and Quesenberry, 1901 S. Kanawha Street Beckley, WV 25801.

Harold Walters Jr.

SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. — Harold Walters Jr., 66, of Sevierville, formerly of Wyoming County,  passed away on Friday, April 26, 2013.

In keeping with his wishes he was cremated and a short graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, May 9, 2013, in Palm Memorial Gardens, Matheny.

E-mail letters of sympathy may be sent at

The family is being served by the Stafford Family Funeral Home, Lynco, and Atchleys Funeral Home, Sevierville, Tenn.

James Edward Wilkerson

OWINGS, Md. — James Edward Wilkerson, 90, slipped peacefully into eternal rest on Sunday, May 5, 2013, at the home of his granddaughter and grandson-in-law, Lisa Lewis-Bertha and Brandon Bertha, in Owings, Md., following an extended illness.

Born December 27, 1922, in Long Branch, he was the son of the late Willa Ann Laury and Cornelius C. Wilkerson.

Mr. Wilkerson was a member of Morning Star Baptist Church and a retired coal miner.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Lucille Stanton Wilkerson; brother, Willie Wilkerson; and three sisters, Ruth Moore, Edith Cottrell, and Dorcas Thompson.

James leaves to cherish his memory his three children, Robert R (Florence) Stanton of Buffalo, NY, Kay (William) Payne and Jeanette (Dwayne) Turner, both of Upper Marlboro, MD; a sister Mattie Bolling of Columbus, OH; seven grandchildren; fourteen great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren; five nieces and two nephews.

Funeral service will be noon, Saturday, May 11, 2013, at Morning Star Baptist Church, Skelton, with Rev. Charles E. Gore officiating. Burial will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Prosperity.

Friends may call one hour prior to the service at the church.

Condolences may be emailed to

In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made to Calvert Hospice, 238 Merrimac Court, Prince Frederick, MD 20678.

Arrangements entrusted to Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.

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