The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


August 11, 2013

Obituaries — Sunday, Aug. 11, 2013


Robert Clayton Davis (Joe)

Robert Clayton Davis (Joe), age 93, passed away Aug. 9, 2013, at Heartland in Beckley after a short illness. He was born Nov. 25, 1919, at Lawn, W.Va. He was the son of the late Henry and Victoria Davis.

Mr. Davis served in World War II and was awarded the Purple Heart among other medals. He was of the Baptist faith.

Other than his parents, he was preceded in death by 4 sisters, Dora Vandall, Roxie Campbell, Myrtle Wooldridge, and Fannie Bryant, and 3 brothers, Sammy, Alfred, and Ray Davis.

Those left to cherish his memories are his loving wife of 50 years, Reba Davis, 3 daughters, Barbara Davis and Beverly Davis of Lawn and Betty Halsey and husband Donnie of Meadow Bridge, 2 sons, Billy Davis of Lawn and Bobby Davis and wife Caroline of Rainelle. One sister, Ida Cox of Rainelle, and a brother, Thomas Davis of Lawn. Also surviving are several grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Services will be 1 p.m. Monday, Aug. 12, 2013, at Smathers Funeral Chapel with Pastor Roger Thornton officiating. Burial will follow at the McElhenney Cemetery at Grassy Meadows. Friends may call from 12 to 1 at Smathers Funeral Chapel, Rainelle.

Special Thanks to the doctors and nurses at Greenbrier Valley Medical Center and to Dr. Berry and the nurses at Heartland in Beckley, W.Va.

Arrangements by Smathers Funeral Chapel, Rainelle.

Online condolences at

Pauline Dunbar

Pauline Dunbar, 83, of Beckley passed away at her daughters home August 9, 2013.

She was born October 12, 1929, a daughter of the late Clyde Burgess and Mary Williams Burgess.

Pauline was a homemaker and Christian.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband Harlow Dunbar, a granddaughter Mary Pearl Scarbrough, two daughters-in-law, and several brothers and sisters.

Survivors include two sons, Terry Dunbar of Lanark, WV, and Jeffery Dunbar and his wife Jean of Novelty, MO; four daughters, Nina Dunbar and Marshall Blackenbeckler of Maynor, WV, Lesa Dunbar of Stanaford, WV, Tina Dunbar-Lilly and husband Van Lilly of Clear Creek, WV, and Belinda and husband Denver Scarbrough of Artie, WV, grandchildren Terry Lee and Eric Dunbar, Paula Tyree, Mike and Kathy Thompson, Allie Dunbar, Derick and Blake Dunbar, Megan and Destany Scarbrough, nine great-grandchildren, two brothers Edwin and Annie Burgess of Sparks, NV, Wayne and Sue Burgess of NY, and a  sister Venice Burgess of Artie, WV. Two very special friends Bob Humphries and Juanita Dunbar.

The family would also like to thank Hospice of WV for the love and care they provided to our mom.

Services will be 1 p.m. on Monday, August 12, 2013, at the Workman’s Creek Church in Workman’s Creek, WV, with the Rev. Jerry Tyree officiating. Burial to follow at the Dunbar Cemetery.

Visitation is from 11 a.m. until the time of service at the church on Monday.

Armstrong Funeral Home of Whitesville is assisting the Dunbar family.

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