Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

Obituary Archives

January 8, 2008

Wednesday, Jan. 09, 2008

Deaths

Charles William Brown, 85, of 104 West Concord St., Athens, died Monday, Jan. 7, 2008, at his residence. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Seaver Funeral Home in Princeton.

Willie (Junior) H. Cole Jr., 60, of Princeton Health Care Center, Princeton, died Monday, Jan. 7, 2008 at Princeton Health Care Center. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Mercer Funeral Home & Crematory of Bluefield.

Arnold Lee (Calger) Hale, 79, of Narrows, Va., died Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2008 at Carilion Giles Memorial Hospital in Pearisburg, Va. Riffe’s Funeral Service in Narrows is in charge of arrangements.

Wilda Irene “Billie” Nicewonder Martin, 84, of Lawrenceburg, Ky., died Monday, Jan. 7, 2008 at her residence. Ritchie & Peach Funeral Home of Lawrenceburg is in charge of arrangements.

Jamie Mildred Gross Okes, 87, of Knob Street, Princeton, died Monday, Jan. 7, 2008 at Princeton Community Hospital. Arrangements are incomplete at Memorial Funeral Directory & Cremation Center on the Athens Road in Princeton.



Obituaries

Raymond E. (Ray) Blankenship

LANCASTER, S.C. — Raymond E. (Ray) Blankenship, age 71, of Lancaster, S.C. and formerly of Bluewell, went to be with the Lord on Monday, January 7, 2008 at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte.

Born on December 2, 1936 in Crumpler, he was a son of the late Cager and Thressie Robinson Blankenship. He had been a resident of Lancaster for 17 months and was a retired coal miner with 21 years of service at Consol Coal Co. He was a member of the UMWA.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by four half-brothers and two half-sisters.

Survivors include: Wife of 47 years: Shelby Craft Blankenship of the home; one son: Michael Ray Blankenship and wife Sherri of Bluewell; two daughters: Tamra Jean Roland and husband Tommy of Bluefield, Shelley Marie Hager and husband Larry of Lancaster, S.C.; two granddaughters: Melissa Blankenship of Bluewell and Kallie Marie Hager of Lancaster, S.C.; four sisters: Dell Fizer and husband George of Gaffney, S.C., Betty Angle and husband Jimmy of Princeton, Tessie Johnson of Princeton, Rosemary Shrewsbury of Lancaster, S.C.; one brother: Bill Blankenship and wife LuAnn of Winston-Salem, N.C.

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