The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


October 9, 2013

Obituaries — Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013


Mary Elizabeth  Paxton

SUMMERSVILLE — Mary Elizabeth Paxton, 88, of Summersville, died Sunday, October  6, 2013, in the Summersville Extended Care Center.

She was the daughter of the late Roy and Stella Johnson Smith and was born at Swandale, December 3, 1924.

She was a homemaker and former employee of Wal-Mart and Bright of America in Summersville. Mary was a faithful Christian and member of the Summersville Baptist Church.

She was also preceded in death by her husband Denzel H. Paxton, daughter Patricia Gale Dorsey and brothers James, Bob and Jerry Smith.

Surviving are a son, Gary Paxton of Summersville; two daughters, Carolyn Hope Litton of Gassaway and Lois Groves of Canvas; three sisters, Shirley Smith of Louisiana, Lin Reavis of South Carolina and Kay Mann of Charleston; eight grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren

Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday, October 9, 2013, at 11 a.m. in the Waters Funeral Chapel at Summersville with Pastor Dana Gatewood officiating. Burial will follow in the Mt. Vernon Cemetery at Glade Creek.


Arrangements by Waters Funeral Chapel, Summersville.

Anna Opal Richards

Anna Opal Richards, 90, of Beckley, passed away Sunday, October 6, 2013, at her residence.

Born February 22, 1923, at Island Creek, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Zachariah Taylor and Emma Jane Smith Blankenship. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Mason L. Richards and a grandson, Johnny Isbell. She was the last surviving member of her immediate family.

Anna had a strong devotion to her family and loved the time she was able to spend with them. During World War II she was a Rosie the Riveter making tail fins for bombs for General Machinery Ordinance Corporation at the Naval Ordinance Plant in South Charleston, W.Va. After the war she became a homemaker but worked for a while as a hostess at the Beckley Glass House.

Survivors include her sons, Curt Richards and Troy Richards and his wife Connie, both of Beckley; nephew whom she raised as a son, Paul Isbell and wife Ginny of Columbia, S.C.; grandchildren, Patrick and wife Beth Richards of Crab Orchard, Michelle Cochran and husband Brad and Marshall Richards of Beckley and James Isbell; great-grandchildren, Daniel and Allison Richards, Ellen Cochran, Alexandra and Taylor Richards and a special caregiver, Dixie Thompson.

A funeral liturgy will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, October 10, 2013, at St. Francis deSales Catholic Church, 614 S. Oakwood Ave., Beckley with Monsignor Samuel Sacus officiating. Burial will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens. Friends may visit with the family from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. at Calfee Funeral Home, Beckley.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

Anyone wanting to make a memorial contribution instead of flowers may do so to Hospice of Southern West Virginia, P.O. Box 1452, Beckley, WV 25802.

Online condolences may be left at

Arrangements by Calfee Funeral Home, Beckley.

Peggy Evans Roush

ORLANDO, Fla. — Peggy Evans Roush, age 91 of Orlando, formerly of Beckley, passed away on Monday, October 7, 2013, in a Altamonte Springs, Florida care faciility. 

Arrangements are pending completion at the Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, 1901 South Kanawha Street, Beckley.

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