The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


September 27, 2012

Obituaries — Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012


Howard Ray Osborne

Howard Ray Osborne, 75, of Nettie, passed away Tuesday, September 25, 2012.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, September 29, 2012 in the Olive Branch Baptist Church at Nettie, with Pastors Stuart Stover and Larry Gawthrop officiating. Interment will follow in the Fields Cemetery at Nettie.

Friends may call at the Olive Branch Baptist Church in Nettie on Friday from 6 to 8 p.m.

Arrangements by White Funeral Home at Summersville.

Jacqueline B. Bowman Richmond

Jacqueline B. Bowman Richmond, 79, of Beckley, passed away Wednesday, September 26, 2012, at Bowers Hospice House.

Online condolences may be left at

Arrangements are pending at Calfee Funeral Home, Beckley.

Flora Alice Short

RURAL RETREAT, Va. — Flora Alice Short, 62, of Rural Retreat, formerly of Wyoming County, passed away Tuesday, September 25, 2012.

She was born in Welch, W.Va., on September 2, 1950, the daughter of the late Herbert Short and Grace Foster Short.

She is survived by her husband, Raymond Lee Short; son, Garland Baker of Panama City, Fla.; step-daughters, Brenda Reed, Lisa Blackburn, both of Pineville, Joy Lee Morgan     of Gilbert, W.Va.; a sister, Helen Curry of Wyoming, W.Va., and two grandchildren also survive.

A graveside service will be held 11 a.m. Friday, September 28, 2012 at the Mountain View Cemetery in Rural Retreat, with Pastor Lynn M. Garrison-Mullins officiating.

 The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m.  Thursday evening at the Lindsey Funeral Home, Rural Retreat, Va.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Arrangements by Lindsey Funeral Home, Rural Retreat, Va.

Mary Caperton Banks Smith

Mary Caperton Banks Smith, formerly of Glade Springs and The Villages of Greystone, celebrated her Hallelujah Day on Monday, September 24, 2012, at the Bowers Hospice House in Beckley.

Mary Cape was born in Raleigh, W.Va., on November 17, 1920, the daughter of Dr. McRae C. Banks and Caroline Caperton Banks. She was raised in Raleigh, and graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in 1939. She attended Sullins College in Virginia and married Dr. Clyde A. Smith on February 8, 1941.

During World War II she was appointed to act as liaison for the American Red Cross working with wives and other relatives of prisoners of war from this area. She again became active with the Red Cross during the Korean Conflict as Recruitment Chairwoman of the Red Cross Donor Program.

Mary Cape was a founder of the Y.M.C.A. in Beckley which opened on September 1, 1963 at the Armory, later moved to the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Building and finally found its current home on East Main Street. She served 18 years on the board at the Y and three terms as Y board president. She was the first woman president of a Y.M.C.A. in the United States.

Mary Cape was also a founder of the hospice organization in the area which started as a shared phone in a shared office at the Beckley Presbyterian Church and has since grown into Hospice of Southern West Virginia, Inc., which operates the Doug and Lucy Bowers Hospice House and provides in-home services for terminally ill individuals and grief support after the loved one passes. She was also a founder of the Women’s Resource Center in Raleigh County serving on the board for seven years, four as Vice-President and two as President.

Mary Cape was a lifelong member of the Beckley Presbyterian Church where she has served as an Elder, sang in the choir and as president of The Women of the Church. She was a member and past President of the Highland Garden Club, a member of the Beckley Women’s Club and a member and past President of the Auxiliary of the Raleigh County Medical Society. In addition she helped organize a graduation celebration for students of the Alternative School in Raleigh County.

Mary Cape was recognized for her many contributions by being selected as the second Y.M.C.A. Spirit of Beckley in 1988 and as Golden Eagle by the Alumni of Woodrow Wilson High School.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Dr. McRae C. Banks and Caroline Caperton Banks, and her husband, Dr. Clyde A. Smith, one brother, Col. William M. Banks (USAF Ret.), and her sister, Cornelia Powers.

She is survived by her daughter, Caroline Smith Morton and her husband, Dr. D. Holmes Morton of Strasburg, Pa. ; her son, Clyde A. Smith Jr. and his wife, Cathy E. Smith of Daniels; and by her five beloved grandchildren, Mary Caperton Morton, Sarah McRae Morton and her husband Nikolas Muenke, Paul Holmes Morton, Jennifer C. Smith of Chesapeake, Va. and Julienne C. Smith of Daniels; she is also survived by her brother, Dr. J. W. Banks and his wife Lois of Union, W.Va.

Visitaion will be at the Beckley Presbyterian Church on Sunday, September 30, from 5 to 7 p.m. with funeral services at the church on Monday, October 1, at 1 p.m. with burial at Sunset Memorial Park, following the funeral service.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in Mary Cape’s honor to the Caperton Banks Smith Fund at the Beckley Area Foundation, 129 Main Street, Suite 203, Beckley, WV, 25801; to Hospice of Southern West Virginia Inc., P.O Box 1472, Beckley, WV 25802-1472; the Beckley Presbyterian Church, 203 South Kanawha Street, Beckley, WV 25801; or the Women’s Resource Center, P.O. Box 1476, Beckley, WV, 25802-1476.

Online condolences may be sent to our guest book at

Arrangements by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, 729 Flat Top Rd., Shady Spring.

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