The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


October 8, 2013

Obituaries — Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013



Jimmy Ray Blankenship

BAISDEN — Jimmy Ray Blankenship, 66, died Oct. 3, 2013.

Service will be 3 p.m. today at the Full Gospel Church of God, Baisden, with the Revs. Jonas Trent and Winford Bradford officiating. Burial will follow in the Blankenship Cemetery, Mud Lick section of Gilbert Creek.

Arrangements by Mounts Funeral Home, Gilbert.

John ‘Gene’ Crawford

HICO — John “Gene” Crawford, 78, of Hico, passed away Saturday, October 5, 2013, at his residence.

John was born October 30, 1934, at Edmond, W.Va. He was the son of the late John Jefferson Crawford and Elizabeth Syner Crawford. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Rebecca Sue Crawford on April 1, 2010.

He proudly served our country in the U.S. Army, he was a retired coal miner of 31 years, a member of UMWA and a member of Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church of Mt. Lookout.

Gene is survived by his wife, Ruth Crawford of Hico; two sons, John Robert and Kelly Crawford of Hico, Duane Evans and Lisa of North Carolina; a sister, Evelyn Josephine Workman of Lansing; three grandchildren, Katelin Settle, Jerod Settle and Emma Evans.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m., Wednesday, October 9, 2013, at Wallace and Wallace Funeral Home Chapel in Ansted with Pastor Mark Secrist officiating. Burial will follow in Restlawn Memory Gardens in Victor.

Friends may call at Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home Chapel in Ansted, Tuesday, October 8, 2013, from 6 to 8 p.m.

On line condolences may be sent to

Wallace and Wallace of Ansted is in charge of the arrangements.

Jack Givens

MADAMS CREEK — Jack Givens, 87, of Madams Creek, Hinton, died Monday, October 7, 2013 at Main Street Care in Hinton.

Arrangements are pending completion at Pivont Funeral Home, Hinton.

Mark Dewane Lafferty

Mark Dewane Lafferty (Boomer), 47, of Cowen, passed away Saturday, October 5, 2013, at Raleigh General Hospital, following a courageous battle with cancer.

Born April 6, 1966, in Welch, W.Va., he was a son of the late Ross and Shirley Douglas Lafferty.

Mark enjoyed being outdoors and spending time with his family. 

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Robert Eugene Lafferty and a sister, Cheryl Lynn Griffith. 

He is survived by his wife of 28 years, Juanita Holcomb Lafferty; two sons, Daniel Lafferty of the home and Cody Myers of Nelsonville, Ohio; three daughters, Samantha of the home, Kathryn McCartney and husband, Pat of Camden and Whitney Ledsome and husband, Chris of Craigsville; his sister, Annette Tilley and husband, Joseph of Ravencliff and a brother in law, Mike Griffith of Glen Rogers also survive. Also mourning his loss are Mark’s three nieces, Selina Wimmer and husband, Joey of Fairdale, Delilah Brown and husband, Chad of Bolt and Cecilie Griffith of Glen Rogers. Mark had three beautiful grandchildren who were the apples of his eye, Riley, Alyssa and Colton McCartney and a very special niece, Emaly Starr Brown.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m., Wednesday, October 9, 2013, at Pine Grove Baptist Church with the Rev. Kevin Francis officiating. Interment will follow in Pine Grove Cemetery.

Friends may gather with the family from 11 a.m. until time of service Wednesday, at the church. 

Mark’s family would like to give great thanks to everyone at the Carl Larson Cancer Center in Beckley.

Online condolences may be left at 

Evans Funeral Home of Oceana is serving the Lafferty family.

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