The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


January 8, 2013

Obituaries — Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013


Eva Smith

Born in Rush Run Mountain on June 4, 1918, Eva Loyal Smith, 94, of Oak Hill, went to be with our Lord and Savior on January 3, 2013, at Bowers Hospice House.

To all who knew her, Eva was known as “Granny.” She was an avid Bingo player, loved gardening and canning, and took great joy in her family and friends.

Eva was preceded in death by her parents, Lucy and Clark Berry; all of her siblings; her daughter-in-law, Lane Cochran; and her pride and joy, her only child, Herman “Shorty” Cochran.

Eva is survived by four grandchildren, Raymond Cochran of Barstow, Calif., Margaret Hildebrand of Oak Hill, Debbie Fleming of Oak Hill, Aaron Cochran of Elyria, Ohio, and their spouses; 11 great-grandchildren, Amy Cochran Zahaczewski, Trista Cochran, Amaris Cochran, Regina Zamora, David Cochran, Chris Jauss, April Morris, Amber Reveal, Samantha Knapp, Trina Tellez, Brittany Beezley, and their spouses; 23 great-great-grandchildren; family members, B. Jo Kreft, Sue Gilkerson, Cora Morrison, Angie Loeffler, Dennis Williams, Doris Goins, Georgia Williams, Norma Seabolt Jr. Williams, Roy Lee Williams, and Billy Gale Skyles; special friends, David, Mary, Alysa, Kelsey and Jody Johns; and many other extended family and friends.

Graveside services will be held at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, January 9, 2013, at Bibb Cemetery, Gatewood, with Rev. Joe Cuthbertson officiating. There will be no visitation.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Bowers Hospice House, 454 Cranberry Drive, Beckley, WV 25801.

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Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Lena Lucille Minnich Smith

OAK HILL — Lena Lucille Minnich Smith, 89, of Oak Hill, passed away Monday, Jan. 7, 2013.

Condolences may be sent to

Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.

Mary Garnet Stanley

NIMITZ — Mary Garnet Stanley, 84, of Nimitz, died at 5:46 a.m. Monday, January 7, 2013, at the Raleigh Center, at Daniels, following a long illness.

Born October 14, 1928, in Hinton, she was the daughter of the late Tanner David and  Virginia Rae Bowling Lilly.

Ms. Stanley was a 1946 graduate of Hinton High School and attended the Jefferson School of Commerce in Charlottesville, Va. She was a former bookkeeper for the National Bank of Summers in Hinton, and a proof clerk and stenographer for the First National Bank of Hinton. She was also a former employee of the Jumping Branch/Nimitz Public Service District for several years. She was a member of Grace Baptist Church at Nimitz and had lived most of her life in Summers County.

She was preceded in death by three brothers, David H., Arnold F., and Leonard R. Lilly, and one granddaughter, Alex Brittany Noel Ward.

Survivors include her husband of 62 years, S.E. “Gene” Stanley; one daughter, Lana Karyn Stanley Ward and husband Teddy of Greenville, N.C.; one brother, Rev. Thomas L. Lilly and wife Loretta of Greenville, N.C.; six grandchildren, Jonas Kenton Ward, Shawn Jenae Ward, Noah Eric Ward, Gabriel Ryan Ward, Benjamin Isaiah Ward and Joseph Micah Ward.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, January 9, 2013, at Pivont Funeral Home Chapel, in Hinton, with Pastors Andy Davis and Bill Ballengee officiating. Burial will follow in Lilly-Crews Cemetery at Nimitz.

Friends may call from 6 until 8 p.m. Tuesday evening at the funeral home.

Grandsons, nephews and Joe Willey will serve as pallbearers.

Online condolences and guest register at

Arrangements by Pivont Funeral Home, Hinton.

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