The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


December 5, 2012

Obituaries - Wednesday, December 5, 2012


Vernon Jones

MT. HOPE — Mr. Vernon Jones, 63, of Mt. Hope, died Tuesday, December 4, 2012.

Arrangements entrusted to Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.

Verna Lee Lambert

PINEVILLE — Verna Lee Lambert, 81, of Pineville, passed away Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012, at her residence following a short illness.

Born July 24, 1931, in Wyoming County, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Amanda Bryant Arthur.

Mrs. Lambert was a member of the Coon Fork Church, Keyrock. She enjoyed gardening, crocheting and needlepoint. She also loved being with her family especially her grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Paul E. Lambert; two infant daughters; a granddaughter, Lisa Lambert; and a sister, Ruby Hughes.

Survivors include two sons, Stephen Lambert and his wife, Patsy, of Keyrock and David Lambert and his wife, Sarah, of Rockview; a brother, Cleveland Arthur of Virginia; three grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

A celebration of Verna’s life will held at 11 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, at Calfee Funeral Service Chapel, Pineville, with the Rev. Bill Goode officiating. Burial will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Beckley.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

Family will receive friends from 6 to 9 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012, at the funeral home.

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Calfee Funeral and Cremation Service of Pineville is serving the Lambert family.

John Randall ‘J.R.’ McGraw

John Randall “J.R.” McGraw went home to be with his lord Monday, December 3, 2012, from the Salem Rehabilitation Center at Salem. John was 51 years old and shared his home in Heavener Acres with his loving wife, Regina Channell McGraw. John and Regina were married on January 12, 1986, and enjoyed 26 years of marriage.

J.R. was born Wednesday, March 29, 1961, in Mullens, a son of the late Susie Claiborne McGraw and Paul McGraw. Also preceding him in death was his only son, Dewey Lee Mann during 2005, three sisters, Laura, Patty, and Suzanne, and two brothers, Samuel and Paul Jr., and his mother-in-law, who loved him as a special son, Dorothy Channell.

Left to cherish J.R.’s memory besides his wife, three brothers, Kenny McGraw and wife, Yvonne, of McGraws, Rick McGraw and wife, Judy, of Clairmont, N.C., Andy McGraw and companion, Paula, of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; three sisters, Jan Shumate and husband, Mike, Maridonna, and Caroline, all of McGraws, his father-in-law, Eugene Channell; several nieces and nephews, and a very special cousin that J.R. thought the world of, Hurk McGraw, a special little girl he referred to as his little “Peanut Butter,” Olivia, little buddies, RJ, Jacob, Anthony, Kyle, and Alavana.

J.R. was a high school graduate having attended the schools of Wyoming County. Although he was disabled, he loved being around kids and playing Santa. He coordinated the “kids’ games” for the McCords Family Reunion and was the Bingo caller for the Montgomery Reunion. He enjoyed collecting stuffed, as well as, ceramic pigs, having collected about 2,500 of them.

Visitation will be held at the Randolph Funeral Home on Thursday, December 6, 2012,  from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., the funeral hour. The Rev. Hurk McGraw and Rev. Randall Montgomery will officiate. Interment will be held on Friday, December 7, 2012 at 1 p.m. at the McGraw Family Cemetery at McGraws.

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The Randolph Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 100 Meadow Lane, Valley Bend, W.Va., has been entrusted with the arrangements for John Randall “JR” McGraw.

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