The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


December 14, 2012

Obituaries — Friday, Dec. 14, 2012

J. Gordon Alderman

QUINWOOD — J. Gordon Alderman, 75, passed away Monday, Dec. 3, 2012.

A memorial service will be 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012, at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, White Sulphur Springs, with Father Chaffin officiating.

Arrangements entrusted to Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Rainelle.


Kent Wayne Darby

CINCINNATI, Ohio — Kent Wayne Darby, 50, formerly of Beckley, passed away Dec. 11, 2012.

Arrangements are incomplete.


Estel Ray Edwards

Estel Ray Edwards, 93, left home for Heaven on Monday, December 10, 2012.

Born in Fireco, W.Va., on January 10, 1919, he was the son of the late Harden and Stella Canterbury Edwards.

Mr. Edwards lived most of his life in West Virginia, moving to Florida in 1997. After failing health, he retired from construction work. An Army veteran of WWII, he served in the Pacific 586 Quartermasters Special Troops 42nd Infantry Division.

He was a kind and gentle man, and was loved by all who knew him.

He was preceded in death by six brothers and one sister.

Mr. Edwards leaves behind his wife of 61 years, Bertha; daughter, Barbara Perry (Ernie) of Charlotte, N.C.;  grandsons, Evan and Ian Perry; three sisters, Alice Boring and Stella Falvo (Tony) of Princeton, W.Va. and Betty Ellison of True, W.Va., and multiple nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Thursday, December 13, 2012, at 11 a.m. at Conway United Methodist Church, 3401 S. Conway Rd., Orlando, Fla. Interment was at Woodlawn Memorial Park, Gotha, Fla.

Visitation was held from 10 a.m. until service time Thursday at the church.

For those who wish, memorial contributions may be made to VITAS Hospice.

Online at www.carey

Services entrusted to Carey Hand Colonial Funeral Home, Orlando, Fla. 407-898-2561.


Roberta Jean Peak Taylor Elkins

Roberta Jean Peak Taylor Elkins, 63, of Beckley, passed away Tuesday, December 11, 2012, following a sudden illness.

Born January 27, 1949 at Helen, W.Va., she was the daughter of Retha Pierce and the late Bruce Peak.

Roberta was  a floral designer for Kroger. She was a member of the Jones Memorial Baptist Church, a breast cancer supporter and loved to crochet gifts for family and  friends.

Survivors include her husband, Mickey L. Elkins; sons, David Taylor and wife Roxanne of Pikeville, N.C., Scott Taylor and wife Dannette of Middlesex, N.C.; grandchildren, Eric and Keisha Taylor of Pikeville, N.C., Abigail Taylor of Middlesex, N.C.; brothers, Conley Peak of Fla. and Robert Peak of Ohio; sister, Winifred Acord of Christiansburg, Va. and numerous nieces, nephews and close friends.

Funeral services will be 4 p.m. Sunday, December 16, 2012, in the Calfee Funeral Home Chapel, with Pastor Rick Metrick officiating. Burial will follow in Sunset Memorial Park.

Friends may visit with the family from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be Doug Vandall, Doug Cipoletti, Gordon Ross, Jimmy Quesenberry, Barry Milam and Curt Edwards; alternates will be David Kirby, Fred Quesenberry, Denny Cook and Paul Horny.

Honorary pallbearers will be the Women’s Bible Study Group from Jones Memorial Baptist Church, Anna Lou Kirby, Karen Bozarth, Jennifer Milam, Betty Metrick, Karen Metrick, Tammy Womack, Melodie Ross, Kathy Quesenberry, Missy Edwards, Ruth Loving, Lois Slygh, Melissa Simmons and Debbie Caplan.

 The family suggests memorial contributions be made to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation, 60 East 56th Street, 8th floor, New York, NY 10022 or an animal benefit organization of your choice.

On line condolences may be left at www.calfeefh. com

Arrangements by Calfee Funeral Home, Beckley.

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