The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


December 8, 2012

Obituaries — Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012

Ligao Chen

OAK HILL — Ligao Chen, of Oak Hill, passed away Wednesday in Princeton Community Hospital following a long illness.

Born November 20, 1934, in China, he was the son of the late Bao-cen and Shum Chen.

Li came to the United States in 1990. He was a retired chemist for Lamplighters Industries in Oak Hill, WV, and a substitute teacher in Fayette County for many years. Li was a member of the Oak Hill Baptist Church, the Chinese-American Association and the American Chemical Society. He had a joy for gardening and chemistry research.

Survivors include his wife Amelia Jean Jones Chen; stepsons, George A. Metz, Jr., of Charleston and T. Aaron Metz of Morgantown; son, Wei Chen, as well as a daughter, brother and grandchildren all of China.

A graveside service will be 1 p.m. Sunday, December 9, at Calfee Cemetery in Mt. Tabor with Rev. David Snead officiating.

Online condolences may be left at

Arrangements by Calfee Funeral Home, Beckley.

Don Keith Gilkeson

WEBSTER SPRINGS — Don Keith Gilkeson, 81, of Webster Springs, passed away on Thursday, December 6, 2012, at Webster County Memorial Hospital. He was born February 2, 1931, in Ansted to the late Lacy E. and Hallie Kirk Gilkeson.

He graduated from Ansted High School in 1948. Among the jobs he held early in life were those of driver for Elite Dry Cleaners, tipple worker at Nuttallburg, a telegraph operator, and freight agent for the C & O Railroad. In 1958 he became a Conservation Officer for the then Conservation Commission of West Virginia, serving in Webster County. He held the position of Reclamation Inspector for the Department of Natural Resources from 1968 until his retirement in 1996. He was a member of Elk Valley Soil Conservation District and was voted Farmer of the Year in the 1970s. He loved raising gardens, raising cattle, putting up hay on the family farm, and weaving reed chair seats. He was a member of the Bergoo Baptist Church, where he served in several positions through the years.

Don was preceded in death in October 2009 by his wife of 60 years, Doris G. Barker Gilkeson. He was also preceded in death by his sister, Mary Haynes; brothers John and Gene Gilkeson, and an infant grandson Skye Star McCoy.

Surviving are his four children: Donna (Bradley) McCoy of Ravenswood, Debbie Minnich of Webster Springs, David (Glenda) Gilkeson of Webster Springs, and Dale Kirk (Alesia) Gilkeson of Cowen; 9 grandchildren; and 7 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother Gary (Tommie) Gilkeson of Charleston; sisters-in-law Eva Gilkeson of Ansted and Judy Gilkeson of Elyria, OH; and several nieces and nephews.

Friends may join the family for visitation on Saturday, December 8, 2012, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Dodd & Reed Funeral Home. Funeral Services will be held on Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Bergoo Baptist Church with Rev. Bennie Cowger officiating. In keeping with his wishes, the body will be cremated and his ashes will be buried at Restlawn Memorial Gardens in Victor at a later date.

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