Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

Obituary Archives

November 6, 2012

Willis Kenneth Harrison

NEMOURS — Willis Kenneth Harrison, 68, of Bluefield (Nemours), died Friday, Nov. 2, 2012 at Charleston Area Medical Center. Born March 9, 1944 at Rock he was the son of the late Ken Harrison and Florence Thorn Harrison.

He was the owner and operator of Harrison Plumbing and Heating in Princeton for 30 years. He was a member of the Nemours Ruritan Club. He enjoyed farming and taking care of his animals.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one daughter, Janie Harrison-Giberson and several brothers and sisters.

He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Joyce McBride Harrison; three sons, Kenneth A. Harrison and wife, Dagmar of Morgantown, Robert W. Hovatter and wife, Darlene of St. Albans, and Timothy S. Hovatter and wife, Marchia of Beaver; three daughters, Willa Thomas and husband, Alex, Sonja Hovatter and Kendra Hampton and husband, Charlie all of Princeton; one brother, Willard Harrison and wife, Countess of Salem, Va.; one sister, Ruth Wilson of Lugoff, S.C.; 14 grandchildren; five great-granddaughters and a great-grandson to be born in December.

Funeral service will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012 at the Rowland H. Bailey Funeral Chapel of the Bailey-Kirk Funeral Home in Princeton with the Rev. William Davis officiating. Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Gardens in Princeton. Grandsons and nephews will serve as pallbearers.  

Friends may visit at Bailey-Kirk Funeral Home in Princeton from 1:00 p.m. until the service hour on Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012.

Arrangements by Bailey-Kirk Funeral Home in Princeton. Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Text Only
Obituary Archives
  • Ms. Bessie Stacy Keene

    CEDAR BLUFF, Va. — Ms. Bessie Stacy Keene, age 92, of Cedar Bluff, Virginia departed from this life on Saturday, April 19, 2014 in a local Richlands hospital.

    April 21, 2014

  • Leonard (Bob) R. Richard Jr. Leonard (Bob) R. Richard Jr.

    SUMMERFIELD, Fla. — Leonard (Bob) R. Richard, Jr., 69, went to be with the Lord Thursday, April 17, 2014.

    April 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • Rev. Aaron Thomas Godfrey Rev. Aaron Thomas Godfrey

    CHICAGO, Ill. — Rev. Aaron Thomas (Tommy) Godfrey, of Chicago, formerly of Bluefield, W.Va. made his transition on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 in the Vistas Hospice Unit of Mercy Hospital in Chicago.

    April 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • Earl French Hadden Earl French Hadden

    WILMINGTON, N.C. — Earl French Hadden, of Wilmington, NC died April 17, 2014 at Lower Cape Fear Hospice and Life Care Center.

    April 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • Frances Loredith Yates Frances Loredith Yates

    BIG ROCK, Va. — Frances Loredith Yates, Age 77, Big Rock, Virginia passed away on Friday, April 18, 2014 at Heritage Hall Nursing Home, Grundy, Virginia.

    April 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • Sonja Fay Kirk Davis

    NORTH TAZEWELL, Va. — Sonja Fay Kirk Davis, age 36, of North Tazewell, VA died Thursday, April 10, 2014 at her home.

    April 20, 2014

  • Lurinda Virginia Whittaker Walters Lurinda Virginia Whittaker Walters

    BLUEFIELD — Lurinda Virginia Whittaker Walters, 87, of Bluefield, died Sunday, April 13, 2014  Kissito Healthcare of Bland County in Bastian, VA.

    April 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • Janice Ann Ollis

    BLUEFIELD — Janice Ann Ollis, 61, of Bluefield, formerly of Bramwell, passed away Sunday, April 13, 2014 at the home of her daughter.

    April 20, 2014

  • Helen JoAnn Lester Helen JoAnn Lester

    PANTHER — Helen JoAnn Lester, know to most as "Grandma", 76, of Panther, WV, passed away peacefully April 17, 2014 at her home.

    April 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • George Pearis Damewood III George Pearis Damewood III

    WARRENTON, Va. — George Pearis Damewood III of Warrenton, VA passed away April 16, 2014 at Sunrise Assisted Living, VA on his 88th birthday.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo