The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


June 7, 2013

Obituaries — Friday, June 7, 2013

Brenda Louise Athey

Brenda Louise McKinney Athey, 63, of 205 North Pike Street, Beckley, died Monday, June 3, 2013 at Hilltop Nursing Home after an extended illness.

Born January 20, 1949 in Mullens, she was the daughter of the late Walter Delbert McKinney and Mary Francis Howerton McKinney.

She was also preceded in death by two brothers, Walter D. McKinney Jr. and Bruce Thomas McKinney.

Brenda was a 1966 graduate of Mullens High School.

Those left to cherish her memory include her three sisters, Carole Sue Bandy, Mrs. Glen Lusk (Kay) and Mrs. Kenny Sisk (Sandy) all of Beckley. She is also survived by a very special friend, Donald Blair of Crab Orchard.

We would like to thank all of the people who took care of her in any way and are too numerous to mention.

Graveside rites will be held at a later date for the immediate family.

Online condolences may be expressed to the family at

The family of Brenda Athey is being cared for by Tankersley Funeral Home, Mullens.

James Elbert Bragg

James Elbert Bragg, age 78, of Piney View, passed away on Wednesday June 5, 2013, following a long illness.

James was born September 23, 1934 in Summers County. He was the son of Elbert Bragg and Bertle Cantrell.

Mr. Bragg retired as a Sergeant 1st Class from the United States Army Reserves. He was employed at the Department of Health and Human Resources for 32 years. Mr. Bragg attended Piney View Bible Church.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Calvin Bragg and sister, Charlotte Ayers.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife of 57 years, Helen Bragg; his children, Gary Bragg and wife Danita of Bradley and Teresa Armentrout and husband David of Piney View; sisters, Geraldine Harris and Christina Holland.

Services will be held Saturday, June 8, 2013 at 2 p.m. at Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley, with Pastor Cecil Smith officiating. Burial will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

Friends may gather with the family Saturday from 1 to 2 p.m. at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Arrangements by Blue Ridge Funeral Home, 5251 Robert C. Byrd Dr., Beckley.

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