The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


June 16, 2014

Obituaries — Monday, June 16, 2014

Lowell Douglas Billups

Lowell Douglas Billups, 72, of Hico, passed away on Saturday, June 14, 2014 at the Hubbard Hospice House in Charleston following a long illness.

He was born on March 26, 1942 in Ramsey, W.Va., he was the son of the late Esmond and Elizabeth Hesse Billups.

Mr. Billups was of the Baptist faith. He was in the United States Army, a truck driver working for the Department of Highways for 35 years. He loved to do mechanic work, watching NASCAR, wresting and golf. Lowell was a loving husband, father, grandfather and loved his many friends.

Other than his parents, he is preceded in death by one sister, Alice Lovett and two  brothers, Darrell Billups and Jerry Billups.

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife, Sandra Campbell Billups of Hico; three sons, Doug Billups of Hico, Travis Billups and Olivia of Phoenix, Ariz. and Jason Billups and Ayunnah of Boomer. He was a loving grandfather to four grandchildren: Joshua, Tyler, Desmond and Haley. Also left to cherish his memory are three sisters: Ruth Stover and Jay Yeagor of Marion, Ohio, Joann Novak and  Frank of Reynoldsburg, Ohio, Barbara Hinkle of Columbus, Ohio; four brothers: Danny Billups of Ramsey, Elmer Billups and  Pandora of Canvas, Larry Billups and  Martha of Oak Hill, and Scott Billups and Kay of Brunswick, Ohio.

Services will be held on Tuesday, June 17, 2014 2 p.m. at the Wallace & Wallace Funeral Chapel in Ansted with Pastor Jim Dempsey officiating. Friends may visit with the family one hour prior to service from 1 to 2 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will follow at the Cliffy Cemetery at Hico.

Please send online condolences to the family at

Wallace and Wallace of Ansted, are in charge of arrangements.


Thomas Bryant

 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:  Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness which the  Lord, the righteous judge shall give me that day:

On June 12th, 2014 at home with his family members at his bedside, Thomas E. Bryant, age 79, of Daniels, received his crown of righteousness.

  Thomas was born in Shady Spring on December 23, 1934, to the late Cecil E. and Melva Bair Bryant. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by brothers, Johnny Mack and Shelvie Bryant.

Thomas also known as “Tommy” and  “Bubby” loved to work. He began driving a coal truck when he was 16 years old and many years later had a small fleet of coal trucks known as Bryant Trucking. He worked for Hawley Fuel and White Ridge Coal Companies. He was also Co-owner of B&C Construction. After semi-retiring he loved working with his dozer, loader, and back-hoe and has completed numerous landscaping projects for family and friends in the Shady Spring area. Thomas was also an avid Nascar fan.

Mr. Bryant was a member of the Grace Baptist Church, where he served as Deacon and sang in the choir until  his illness denied him of the pleasure of participating in church activities.

Thomas is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Shirley Shrader Bryant; one daughter Teresa Croy and husband Bill of Daniels; one grandson Jason Croy and wife Tonya of Shady Spring; one precious great grandchild that was the light of his life, Chloe Nicole Croy; one sister Wilda Ratcliffe and husband John of South Carolina; one brother James and wife Sue of Shady Spring, and his special pet, Snuggles.  

Funeral services will be held on Monday, June 16, 2014 at 1 p.m.  at the Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home Shady Spring  Chapel with Pastor Ernest Calfee Jr., whose ministry Thomas was saved and baptized under, officiating. Burial will follow at the Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens in Beckley, where friends and family will serve as pallbearers.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 on Sunday, June 15, 2014 at the Shady Spring Chapel.

The family would like to extend a special message of gratitude to Jan Care Ambulance, Raleigh General E.R., CAMC Neuro I.C.U. and Hospice of Southern WV for their wonderful care and support.

Private online condolences, floral tributes, and other expressions of sympathy may be directed to the family via our guestbook at

Arrangements by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, 729 Flat Top Road, Shady Spring.

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