The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.


July 25, 2012

Obituaries - Thursday, July 26, 2012


Oscar Atwood

Oscar Atwood, 85, of Mt. Hope, died July 16, 2012.

Born Feb. 17, 1927, he was a son of the late Thomas and Maude Prater Atwood. Oscar also was preceded in death by his wife, Stella Ruth Atwood; son, Ralph Edward Atwood; and grandsons, Ryan Matthew Atwood and Preston Atwood.

Oscar enjoyed building and working around the house with his special helpers, Haley and Abigail.

He retired from Westmorland Coal Company after 31 years of service.

Oscar was a member of the Full Gospel Church at Scarbro.

Surviving: daughter, Peggy Jones and husband Kester of Scarbro; son, Donald Ray Atwood of Mt. Hope; daughter, Phyllis Diane Sheets of Mt. Hope; son, Thomas H. Atwood and wife Margaret of Scarbro; son, John F. Atwood of Crab Orchard; eight grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; brother, Clayton Atwood and wife Nedra of Rich Creek, Va.; and sisters, Virginia Vaughn of Roanoke, Va., and Aloma Trolley of Riverview, Mich.

Services were July 19 at Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley, with Rev. Dorothy Osbourne officiating. Burial followed at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens.

Memorials in Oscar’s name may be made to the Bowers Hospice House, 454 Cranberry Dr. Beckley, WV.

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Arrangements by Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley.

Norma Gay Bandy

Norma Gay Bandy, 85, of Manchester, Tenn., formerly of Lavista, died July 13, 2012, in a Manchester hospital.

Born Dec. 17, 1926, in Ivaton, Lincoln County, she was the daughter of the late George B. and Carrie H. Darling Clark. She also was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence Lee Bandy Sr., in 2007; brothers, Linzey and Howard Ervin Clark; and grandchildren, John Asher Starr and Clarence Lee Bandy III.

Mrs. Bandy was a member of the First Baptist Church of Manchester, and loved to play Bingo, do yard work, and crochet. She also loved her poodle, Mitzi.

Surviving: sons, Clarence Lee Bandy Jr. and wife Carol, of Manchester, and Charles Kent Bandy and wife Rebecca Lynn of Lookout; a sister, Lenora F. Wilkinson of Cape Coral, Fla.; grandchildren, Vicki Cullop and husband Bill of Roanoke, Va., Veronica Starr and husband Bart of Manchester, Charles L. Bandy of Nagoya, Japan, and C.K. Bandy of Hico; a great-grandchild, Leeanne Starr; and a special friend and caregiver, Shelley Davidson.  

Private graveside services were held at Restlawn Memory Gardens, Victor, with Rev. John Massey Jr. officiating.

Arrangements by the Wallace & Wallace Funeral Chapel, Ansted.

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