Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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May 6, 2006

Sunday, May 7, 2006


Beatrice Blankenship, 82, of Pittsburgh, Pa., formerly of Iaeger and Hanover, died Friday, May 5, 2006 at the home of her daughter. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday at Mounts Funeral Home Chapel in Gilbert. Entombment will follow at Palm Memorial Gardens, Matheny. Visitation will be at the funeral home Monday from 11 a.m. until the time of services.

Voris Caruso, 73, of 901 Stafford Dr., Princeton, formerly of Pinoak, died Saturday, May 6, 2006 at Princeton Community Hospital. Arrangements are incomplete at Bailey-Kirk Funeral Home in Princeton. Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Bradley E. Pennington, 23, of North Tazewell, Va., died Saturday, May 6, 2006 at his home. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Peery & St.Clair Funeral Home of Tazewell.


Edward A. Bender Jr.

BLACKSBURG, Va. — Edward A. Bender Jr., 77, died Thursday evening, May 4, 2006 at his home in Blacksburg.

He was born May 3, 1929 in Bluefield to Emma Herrmann and Edward A. Bender Sr.

He is survived by his wife, Emily Warner Bender and four children, Edward Daniel Bender, Floyd, Va., Samuel Craig Bender, also of Floyd, Margaret Rebecca Bender, Blacksburg, and Ellen Louise Bender, Roanoke, Va.; one granddaughter, from Blacksburg, Emily Davidson Bender. Also a sister and brother-in-law from Bluefield, Betty and Isaac Fuqua; brothers-in-law and wives, Joseph H. and Joan Warner of Blue Ridge Summit, Pa., Laurean H. and Constance Warner of Lancaster, Pa.

Mr. Bender graduated from Virginia Tech in 1951 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. From 1951 to 1953 he served in Korea in the armed forces as a 2nd Lieutenant. From 1953 to 1958 he was enrolled in a program with the Pennsylvania Railroad as a Junior Engineer. In 1958 he accepted a position in the Engineering Fundamentals Department at Virginia Tech. He retired early in 1978 to pursue his real love, farming. He raised cattle and sheep on his farm in Floyd County, Va. He studied the latest techniques in farming from Virginia Tech. His son Dan is now carrying on his love of farming. He was a long-time member of Northside Presbyterian Church and especially loved singing in the choir.

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