The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


August 29, 2010

Obituaries — Sunday, August 29, 2010

Johnny Eugene Bennett

Johnny Eugene Bennett, 63, of Statesville, N.C., passed away Saturday, Aug. 28, 2010, in the Gordon Hospice Center in Statesville, N.C.

Service will be 1 p.m. Monday at Smathers Funeral Chapel. Friends may call one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will follow in the Plumley Cemetery at Abraham.

Arrangements by Smathers Funeral Chapel, Rainelle.

Emogene Richmond Copley

Emogene Richmond Copley, 73, of Oak Hill, died Friday, Aug. 27, 2010, at the Bowers Hospice House, Beckley, following a short illness.

Arrangements are incomplete at Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Eugene Guyer ‘Gene’ Larrick Jr.

OAK HILL — Eugene Guyer “Gene” Larrick Jr., 84, of Oak Hill, died on Thursday, August 26, 2010, after a long, full life.

Born October 16, 1925, at Beckley, he was the son of the late Eugene Guyer Larrick Sr. and Nellie May Harlow Larrick.

Gene was a 1943 graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School in Beckley. He was a proud veteran of World War II serving in the U.S. Marine Corps in the South Pacific.

Mr. Larrick worked at Long-Airdox Company of Oak Hill for over 40 years serving as comptroller and treasurer until his retirement.

A member of the Oak Hill United Methodist Church, Gene served on the Trustee Committee and Administrative Board. He was also past mayor of Oak Hill serving from 1987 until 1995 and was active in many civic and charitable groups. He was a life member of the Elks Club of Beckley and past president of the Oak Hill Rotary Club where he was awarded the Paul Harris Fellow in 1998.

His wife of 52 years, Dorcas Prilliman Wheeler Larrick, and a brother, Don Larrick, preceded him in death.

Survivors include one sister, Patty Larrick Cook of Beckley; two sons, Gregory Larrick of Dallas, TX, and Tim Larrick and wife, Susan, of Summersville; five grandchildren, Lindsey Duke of Richmond, VA, Kristen Larrick of Morgantown, Timothy Larrick, II, of Summersville, Molly Larrick of Dallas, TX, and Caroline Larrick of Dallas, TX; and one great-granddaughter, Ava Leigh Duke of Richmond, VA.

Services will be on Monday, August 30, 2010, at 11 a.m. at the Oak Hill United Methodist Church with Rev. Dr. Charles D. Miller and Rev. James E. Shepherd officiating. Burial will be at Sunset Memorial Park, Beckley, with military graveside rites by Oak Hill VFW Post #3110.

Visitation will be held at the Oak Hill United Methodist Church on Sunday, August 29, 2010, from 6 to 8 p.m. and on Monday from 10 to 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the American Red Cross, Fayette-Nicholas Chapter, PO Box 355, Oak Hill WV 25901.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

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