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6C - Mountain Messenger - December 10, 2011 - The Weekend Pa per For The Greenbrier Valley Bonnie Mae Blankenship Lewlsbttrg-Bonnie Mae Blankenship, 69, passed away Friday, Dec. 2, 201 I. at home after a long illness. Born Apr. 6. 1942, in Ronceverte, she was the daughter of the late Lacey Wilber and Lula Lawhorn Terry. Mrs. Blankenship had been a resident of Lewisburg for several years, had many brothers and sisters at Ronceverte Moose Lodge of which she was an active member, enjoyed crafts, cooking and helped everybody and was a homemaker. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband. Darryl Mutt Blankenship in 1996; and two brothers, Lester Terry and Ralph Terry. Survivors include: five daughters, Deborah Lynn Morgan of Lewisburg, Linda Pierce of Gap Mills. Jennifer Kay Osborne of Lewisburg, Judith Michelie Waid and husband Raymond Steven of Prince George, VA and Joy Hall of Lewisburg; three sons, Jimmy Hall of Lewisburg, Danny Hall and wife Barbara of Lewisburg and Darre] (Buddy) Blankenship and wife Samantha of Frankford: three sisters, Margaret Terry of Fort Spring, Diane Long of White Sulphur Springs, Mildred Pittsenberger of White Sulphur Springs and Nancy Falls of Fairlea; brother, Larry Terry of Fairlea; 22 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. Services were held Tuesday. Dec. 6 at the Longanacre Funeral Home Chapel, Fairlea, where Rev. Stewart Farley officiated. Burial was in Greenbrler Memorial Gardens Cemetery at Lewisburg. Visitation was Monday evening, Dec. 5 at the Longanacre Funeral Home, Fairlea. Pallbearers were Dakota, Sammy, Justine. Josh, Tommy and Mike. Margaret Cox Ronceverte-Margaret (Peggy) Cox, 72, born Mar. 24, 1939, in Ronceverte died at home of a short illness with her fmnily by her side. Peggy grew up at Davis Stuart, was a homemaker, enjoyed sewing and being with her family. She was a loving mother and will truly be missed by her family and friends. She was a member of the Ronceverte Presbyterian Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, John N. Cox, II and her loving son, David Lee Cox. Left to cherish her memories are: her children, two daughters, Dorina- Brown and husband Edward of Ronceverte and Dianne Waid and husband Larry of Ronceverte; two sons, John Cox, Ill and Michael Cox both of Ronceverte; three grandchildren, Melissa Short ridge, LaiTy Waid. Jr. and Nickolas Waid, A service was held Wednesday, Dec. 7 at the Longanacre Funeral Home Chapel, Fairlea, where Rev. Mike Estep officiated. Burial followed in the Riverview Cemetery at Ronceverte. Visitation was Tuesday evening, Dec. 6 at the Longanacre Funeral Home, Fairlea. Ella Faye Knapp Kirby Alderson-Ella Faye Knapp Kirby, always known as Faye, 89, passed away on Sunday, Dec. 4, 2011, at her home in Alderson, following a long illness. Born Aug. 9, 1922, inAlderson, she was the daughter of the late Albert W. and Mary Margaret "Mamie" Hedrick Knapp. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by four brothers, Calvin Knapp, Clarence Knapp, James Knapp and Ervin Knapp; five sisters, Grace Allen, Gladys Thompson, and three sisters who passed away as children; and two very special people in her life, sister-in-law, Edith Knapp and brother-in-law, Carmel Kirby. Mrs. Kirby was the last member of her immediate family. Mrs. Kirby lived in Rainelle for over 40 years where she worked in the sewing factory and was a homemaker. Alter retiring, she moved back to Alderson. She was a member of the Old Greenbrier Baptist Church. Alderson, where she had been a Sunday school teacher, sang in the Church choir and served on various committees. Mrs. Kirby was a member and past President of the Alderson Woman's Club and was a former 4-H Leader and Girl Scout Leader. She enjoyed sewing and reading. Those left to cherish her memory include: her husband of 71 years, Dolin Kirby of Alderson; daughter, Charlotte Melton and husband Ron of Alderson; grandson, Anthony Bowden of Alderson; granddaughter, Amanda Bowden of Alderson; great-grandson, Remington Bowden of Alderson; two sisters-in-law, Bonnie Kirby of Alderson and Flossie Knapp of Clear Creek; loving nieces and nephews who thought of her as a second mother; and a host of other family and friends. The family would like to give special thanks to Dr. Marflyn Glaser, Sandra Sams and the st~ff of Alderson Family Medicine for their care and support through the years, but especially during the last month. Appreciation for their service and dedication goes out to HospiceCare. Funeral services were held Thursday, Dec. 8 at Lobban Funeral Home Chapel. Alderson, where the Rev. Dr. Bill Bryan and the Rev. Clay O'DeU officiated. Burial was in Greenbrier Memorial Gardens, Lewisburg. Friends called Wednesday evening, Dec. 7 at the funeral home. Serving as pallbearers were Arnold Knapp, Randolph "Joe" Baker, Ronald "Buck" Qufllen, Johnny Surgeon, Eddie Whitt and Jim Bowden. In lieu of flowers, for those aries considering an expression of sympathy, donations may be made in memory of Mrs. Kirby to the Building Fund. Old Greenbrier Baptist Church. P.O. Box 456, Alderson, WV 24910 or to HospiceCare, 223 Maplewood Avenue. Lewisburg, WV 24901. Joan Wardrop Thrasher Ronceverte-Joan Wardrop Thrasher, 77, passed away Thursday, Nov. 10, 2011, at the Brier Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Ronceverte following a long illness. Born July 10, 1934 at Golconda, IL, she was a daughter of the late Russell and Velma Barger Wardrop. She attended Southern Illinois University and was a homemaker. In ~ddition to her parents. Joan was preceded in death by her husband, Leroy C. Thrasher, Jr and a sister. Barbara Wardrop Halter. Survivors include: sons. David L. Thrasher and wife Nora of Houston, TX, Kevin R. Thrasher and wife Mary of Vienna, VA and Larry C. Thrasher of CaldweU; grandchild, Leslie Collins and husband Mitch of Clermont, FL; two great-grandchildren;and two nieces. A memorial will be held Saturday, Dec. 10 at 1 p.m. at WaUace & Wallace Funeral Home in Lewisburg. In lieu of flowers, donations of sympathy may be made to the American Diabetes Association, Charleston WV Office, P.O. Box 238, Hurricane, WV 25526. The family will receive friends at Colby Taylor's residence on Saturday, Dec. 10, immediately following the service. Please send online condolences by visiting www. Sanford Eugene Tincher Alderson-Sanford Eugene Tincher, 66, went to be with the Lord at 11:50 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 2, 2011, at Greenbrier Valley Medical Center, Fairlea, following a long illness. Born Apr. 1, 1945, on Big Branch Road, Alderson, he was the son of the late Jesse James and Nellie Bryant Tincher. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Jesse Tincher and Elmer Tincher; and' one granddaughter, Bethany Suzanne Parker. Mr. Tincher worked for the Dr. Pepper Company, Alderson, driving a truck until he became disabled at 32 years of age. After he became disabled he enjoyed being outdoors with his wife. family and friends. Mr. Tincher was an avid hunter and really enjoyed teaching his hunting skills tobhis grandsons. He also enjoyed helping his grandson, Isaiah on the farm, gardening and sharing with his friends. Mr. Tincher was of the Baptist faith. Survivors include: his wife of 47 years, Rebecca Burns Tincher of Alderson; six children, David Burns and wife Donna. Scott Tincher, Valerie Parker, Edgar Tiflcher and wife Geneva, Chris Tincher and Billy Tincher, all of Alderson; 13 grandchildren, D.J. Burns of Alderson, Brad Burns of Morgantown, Isaiah Parker of Alderson. Jacob Parker of Alderson, Andrea Tincher of White Sulphur Springs. Anthony Tincher of Alderson, Brittany Tincher of Gauley Bridge, Samantha Price of Ronceverte, Rebekah Morgan of Ronceverte, Alexis Tincher of Alderson, Megan Tincher of Alderson, Maddie Tincher of Inwood and Bentley Tincher of Alderson; great-grandson, Jaden Tincher of White Sulphur Springs and was awaiting the birth of his second great-grandson due Apr. 4, 2012; sister, Gladys Williams and husband Lyall of Al. derson; three brothers, Lloyd Tincher and wife Gladys of Clayton, Frank Tincher and wife Gertrude of Organ Cave and Harold Tincher of Hardy, VA; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held Tuesday, Dec. 6 at the Lobbari Funeral Home Chapel, Alderson, where Preacher Eddie Harris and Pastor James Combs officiated. Burial was in Alderson Cemetery, Alderson. Visitation was Monday evening, Dec. 5 at the funeral home. Serving as, pallbearers ~rere his grandson, Jacob P~.tkex and members of the A1d~mon Volunteer Fire DepartmentZend EMS. Honor Guards from .U~on Ambulance served durinK :the services. o, Wilmer Nelson Vaughan Lewisburg-Wflmer Nelson - Vaughan; 89, beloved hus~d, father and grandfather went home to be with the Lor~l on Nov. 30, 201 I. A member of the Re'nick Church of God, Wilmer was a devoted Christi~ n who lived with integrity and love. "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith," 2 Timothy 4:7 is the verse that epitomizes his llfe and passing. Born Sept. 7, 1922, to Guy and Anna Vaughan in Vago, Wilmer spent his youth on the family farm and left to Join the army. A veteran of WWII, he worked for 38 years, as a heavy equipment operater for the WV DOH. He was preceded in death by his parents, Guy and Anna Boone Vaughan; sister, Mary White; brothers, Paul Lee, Tom and Cecil. Survivors include: his wife, Anna Adwell Vaughan; daughters. Carol Perdue (Donald) ofLewisburg and Linda O'Brien (Nicky) of Organ Cave; grandson, Phlllip Boggs (Linda); two granddaughters, Sherrt Workman (Billy) and Shannon Kirk (Richard); six great-grandchildren, Lauren and Nathaniel Workman and Zoe, Tristan, Joshua and Ellsabeth Kirk; sister. Veda Perdue (Kenneth) of Clarksburg, and brothers, Frank (Clydene) of Columbus, MS and Samuel (Francis) of Rocky Mount, VA. A service was held Saturday, Dec. 3 at the Longanacre Funeral Home Chapel, Fairlea, where his Pastor Mac Riggins officiated. Burial was in Rosewood Cemetery at Lewisburg. Pallbearers were: Phillip Boggs, Donald Perdue, Richard Kirk, Billy Workman, Joe Hayes and Wayne Jones. 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