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December 7, 2013

Obituaries — Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013


Johnna Reese Harvey

SUMMERSVILLE — Johnna Reese Harvey, infant daughter of Max and Kimberly Dawn Politakis Harvey of Summersville, died at birth Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 9, in the Waters Funeral Chapel at Summersville with Pastor Joey Sheppard officiating. Friends may call one hour prior to the service Monday at the funeral chapel.


Emory Virgil Hoke

HOLLYWOOD — Emory Virgil Hoke, 71, of Hollywood, Glace, passed away Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013.

Funeral services will be 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 9, at the Groves Funeral Home Chapel in Union, with Pastor Donnie Dowdy officiating. Interment will be at the Clay Hoke Family Cemetery at Glace. Friends may call from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 9, at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorial donations be made to Glace Chapel Church, HC 83 Box 83G, Glace, WV 24983.

Groves Funeral Home in Union is in charge of arrangements.

Evelyn (Lynne) Stanley Murphy

Evelyn (Lynne) Stanley Murphy, 63, last residing at The Villages at Greystone, died at 10:35 a.m. on December 5, 2013, following a 20-year battle with Multiple Sclerosis.

Born December 22, 1949, in Midway, she was the daughter of James Stanley and the late Ruth Persinger Stanley.

She is survived by her husband of 42 years, Eric Murphy, children, Jackie, Whitefish, MT, Sherri, N. Ft. Myers, FL, Paula, Rumford, ME, and Ron, Atlanta, GA, nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, sister, Patricia Barnhouse of Spencer, Debbie Williams and husband, Mike, of Mabscott, and brother, Phil Stanley and his wife, Rosa, of Charlotte, NC; nephews and nieces and great-nephews.

Lynne received Christ at the age of five clearly understanding the message of God’s love and salvation.

She served with her husband in Christian ministry both in the United States and in Hungary in Europe. Noted for her musical ability as a concert pianist, vocal soloist, song writer and arranger she impacted the lives of tens of thousands on two continents. As a speaker and a director of many ladies conferences she brought messages of encouragement to many women. A gifted interior decorator, active in the creative arts, a gracious hostess and tour guide, she provided memorable experiences to all whose lives she touched.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers that donations be made to the Lynne Murphy Memorial Fund for Needy Campers and Camp Promotion be made to Life Impact For Eternity, 3984 Manatee Avenue East, Bradenton, Florida 34208. Lynne dearly loved children and loved to bring smiles to their faces.

Funeral services will be held at The Church of the Brethren on Brethren Church Road in Crab Orchard, on Monday, December 9, at 2 p.m. with Reverends Mike Calhoun of Word of Life and Eric Murphy officiating. There will be no evening visitation. Friends may call from 12 noon on Monday at The Church of the Brethren. Burial will follow at the Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Beckley. 

Private online condolences, floral tributes and other expressions of sympathy may be directed to the family via our guestbook at

Pallbearers will be Reverend Patrick Haynes, Reverend Wayne Peters, Reverend Don Kelly, Reverend Ed Tennent, Reverend Jim Sturgill, Reverend Don Gibbs, Reverend George Smith, Reverend Jimmy Mitchell and Lay Speaker Jim Campbell.

Arrangements are by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, 1901 South Kanawha Street, Beckley.

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