The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


March 25, 2013

Obituaries — Monday, March 25, 2013

Billie Kathleen ‘Sissy’ Davis

MOUNT HOLLY, N.C. — Billie Kathleen “Sissy” Davis, 56, of Mt. Holly passed away March 23, 2013, at Gaston Memorial Hospital, Gastonia.

She was born in Raleigh County, WV, daughter of the late George Allen “Bud” and Willie Kathleen “Kitty” Thompson.

All services are private.

She had served as a child custody advocate and was very passionate about children. She loved her grandchildren, to read, and help others.

Mrs. Davis is survived by: her loving husband of over 19 years, Benjamin Davis of the home; son, Jackie Allen Bragg and wife Elizabeth of Rock Hill; daughter, Heather Anne Pychon of Statesville; brother, George “Buddy” Thompson of Beckley, WV; sisters, Tammy Butler of Prosperity, WV, Cheryl Hodges of Fredericksburg, VA; grandchildren, Courtney, Jodi, Cameron, Justin, Jake, and Ben.

Arrangements are with the South Chapel of Greene Funeral Service and Crematorium, Gastonia. A guest registry is available at

Billy E. Henard

ITMANN — Billy Elijah Henard, 70, was called home on Friday, March 22, 2013, at his residence surrounded by his family following a short illness.

Born February 13, 1943, at Rogersville, TN, he was the son of the late Elijah Henry and Lucille (Lawson) Henard.

Billy was a former coal miner, having last worked at Keyrock Energy at Kepler Processing, retiring with 43 years of service in the coal mining industry, was a member of UMWA and was a member of the New Life Missionary Baptist Church, Rogersville, TN, and attended the Mountaineer Baptist Church. In his leisure, he enjoyed fishing, hunting and feeding and watching birds.

When we pause to remember Billy, we shall remember his love for his church work and especially his love and enjoyment for gardening, where he was known throughout the community for his large and beautiful garden.

In addition to his parents, he is also preceded in death by a sister, Joyce Ann Henard Wright.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife of 11 years, Donna (Dancy) Henard; a daughter, Robin Shumate and her husband, Richard, of Beckley; a son, Billy Henard and his wife, Lisa, of Rogersville, TN; two stepsons, Jason Dancy of Itmann and Matthew Dancy of Jesse; two sisters, Betty Jo Helton and her husband, Ralph, and Sylvia Singleton and her husband, Billy, both of Rogersville, TN; six grandchildren, Michael and Ryan Shumate, Ashley, Jeremiah and Nicholas Henard and Kristen Meade: and one great-grandchild, Teagan Meade; and Billy leaves behind numerous friends.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 26, 2013, at Tankersley Funeral Home Chapel, Mullens, with Pastor Buddy Milam and Pastor Charles A. McKinney Jr. officiating. Burial will follow at the Still Run Cemetery, Itmann.

Friends may call today from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Tankersley Funeral Home.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

The family wishes to offer special heartfelt thanks to the Hospice Care Team and to Dr. and Mrs. Manuel Barit.

Online condolences may be expressed to the family at

The family of Billy Henard is being cared for by Tankersley Funeral Home, Mullens.

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