The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


March 2, 2013

Obituaries — Saturday, March 2, 2013


Virginia H. Brown

MULLENS — Virginia Houck Brown, 96, of Mullens went to be with her Lord on Thursday, February 28, 2013, at Bowers Hospice House, following a short illness.

Born September 15, 1916, at Bowers Ridge, now Twin Falls State Park, she was the daughter of the late Henry Martin and Minnie Ray Houck.

Jennie was the last survivor of fourteen children. She had resided in Mullens for the past 54 years where she was a member of the Mullens United Methodist Church, the United Methodist Women, and had been a past Adult Sunday school teacher. She was a 29-year employee of the Wyoming County Board of Education, having taught at several schools within the county, and retiring from Mullens Elementary School.

In addition to her parents, she is also preceded in death by her husband, H. M. Brown II; a son, H. M. Brown III; and a grandson, Scott Brown.

Those left to cherish her memory include her daughter, Dinah Saunders and her husband, Delbert, of Roanoke; and her son, Malcolm Brown of Mullens; a daughter-in-law, Beverly Brown of Beckley; four grandchildren, Dylan Saunders and his wife, Kim, of Mullens, Pamela Hetland and her husband, Forest, of Athens, Ga., Shelley Brown Culicerto of Princeton, and Debbie Brown of Beckley; and six great-grandchildren, Hannah and Casey Saunders of Mullens, Allison, Ashley, Benjamin, and Jenny Culicerto of Princeton. Jennie also had many relatives from the Mary Halsey Family, the Blanche Jenkins Family and all the Houck Family.

Services will be 11 a.m. Monday, March 4, 2013, at Mullens United Methodist Church with Rev. Earle Arthur officiating. Burial will follow in Sunset Memorial Park, Beckley.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the church and one hour prior to services Monday at the church.

Pallbearers will be Terry Houck, Gary Houck, Brad Houck, Mark Houck, Jeff Halsey, Kilroy Houck, and Casey Saunders.

Online condolences may be expressed to the family at

The family of Virginia Brown is being cared for by Tankersley Funeral Home, Mullens.

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