The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


December 12, 2012

Obituaries — Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012

Elsie Mae (Massey) Acord

Elsie Mae (Massey) Acord, left this world on Sunday, December 9, 2012, at the home of her daughter, Rita Wix of Fairdale, W.Va.

She was born January 20, 1933, at Slab Fork. She was the daughter of Lula Esther Acord and Pink Massey who preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by her step-father, Simon Paul Acord and her beloved husband, Samuel Austin Acord.

She is survived by her two children, Dwaine Acord and wife, Carolyn of Lester and Rita and her husband, Jesse Wix of Fairdale; grandchildren, Garie Joe Shrewsbury and wife, Jennifer of Florida, Cathy Criddle and husband, Reginald of Glen Morgan, Dana Quickle of Tornado, W.Va., Jessica Wix and fiancé Timmothy Taylor of Lester, and Megan Acord of Beckley; great grandchildren, Cade and Carly Quickle, Holt and Hunter Criddle, Megan E., Emily, and Melanie Shrewsbury. She is also survived by four brothers, Lacy Massey and wife, Nola, Junior Massey and wife, Jayne, Sherman Acord and wife, Barbara, Harless Acord and wife, Beverly of Michigan, and a sister, Linda Gray and husband, James of Glen View; a host of nieces and nephews, extended family and friends.

Services will be 1 p.m. Saturday, December 16, 2012, at Williams-Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Sophia, with Rev. Allen Terry officiating. Following the services, she will be laid to rest at the Acord Mountain Cemetery in Slab Fork, W.Va.

Timmothy Taylor, Lendy and Mike Acord, Holt Criddle, Cade Quickle, and Gary Riley will be serving as pallbearers.

Friends may gather with the family from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Online condolences and other information can be found by visiting

Williams-Blue Ridge Funeral Home, 101 1st Street, Sophia, is in charge of the arrangements.


Billy Gerald Berkhouse

FAYETTEVILLE — Billy Gerald Berkhouse, 83, of Fayetteville, passed away Sunday, December 9, 2012, at the Bowers Hospice House, at Beckley. Billy was born October 6, 1929, in Roane County, the son of the late Rome Berkhouse and Hazel (Dye) Berkhouse.

Billy was retired from Elkem Metals Company at Alloy, W.Va.

He was a member of the Cotton Hill Baptist Church at Bethwith.

In addition to his parents, Billy was preceded in death by two infant brothers and another brother Charles Berkhouse.

Those left to cherish his memory include his loving wife of 62 years, Betty Berkhouse of Fayetteville; son, Richard Berkhouse and his wife Velda of Fayetteville; daughter, Deborah Lemon and her husband Kevin of Oak Hill; brothers, Bobby Berkhouse and his wife Bonnie of Colorado, Garland Berkhouse of Ohio, Gene Berkhouse and his wife Karen of Left Hand W.Va., Jack Berkhouse of Left Hand, and Larry Berkhouse and his wife Diane of Left Hand; sister-in-law, Geneal of Elkview, W.Va.; sister, Sue Burns and her husband Allen of Looneyville, W.Va.; grandchildren, Jennifer Berkhouse of Fayetteville, Melinda Tolliver and her husband Bill of Page; Rebecca Lynch and her husband Jared of Fayetteville, and Joshua Lemon of Oak Hill; and great grandchildren, Kierston Tolliver, Christopher Tolliver, Arabella Lynch, Tristen Lynch, and Rosemary Tolliver.

His remains rest at High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, 1435 E. Main St., Oak Hill, where the funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Thursday, with Rev. Danny Sears and Rev. Morris Nutter officiating and where the family will receive friends from 1 p.m. until time of the service. Entombment will follow in High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill.

Condolences may be sent to

Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.

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