The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.


December 12, 2012

Obituaries - Thursday, December 13, 2012

Billy Berkhouse

Billy Berkhouse, 83, of Fayetteville, died Dec. 9, 2012, at the Bowers Hospice House, at Beckley.

Billy was born Oct. 6, 1929, in Roane County, the son of the late Rome Berkhouse and Hazel (Dye) Berkhouse. Billy also was preceded in death by two infant brothers and another brother Charles Berkhouse.

Billy was retired from Elkem Metals Company at Alloy.

He was a member of the Cotton Hill Baptist Church at Bethwith.

Surviving: his loving wife of 62 years, Betty Berkhouse of Fayetteville; son, Richard Berkhouse and his wife, Velda, of Fayetteville; daughter, Deborah Lemon and her husband, Kevin, of Oak Hill; brothers, Bobby Berkhouse and his wife, Bonnie, of Colorado, Garland Berkhouse of Ohio, Gene Berkhouse and his wife, Karen, Jack Berkhouse, and Larry Berkhouse and his wife, Diane, all of Left Hand; sister-in-law, Geneal of Elkview; sister, Sue Burns and her husband, Allen, of Looneyville; grandchildren, Jennifer Berkhouse of Fayetteville, Melinda Tolliver and her husband, Bill, of Page, Rebecca Lynch and her husband, Jared, of Fayetteville, and Joshua Lemon of Oak Hill; and great-grandchildren, Kierston Tolliver, Christopher Tolliver, Arabella Lynch, Tristen Lynch, and Rosemary Tolliver.

Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13 at High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill. The funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home, with Rev. Danny Sears and Rev. Morris Nutter officiating. Entombment will follow in High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill.

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Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.

Ligao Chen

Ligao Chen, of Oak Hill, died Dec. 5, 2012, in Princeton Community Hospital following a long illness.

Born Nov. 20, 1934, in China, he was the son of the late Bao-cen and Shum Chen.

Li came to the United States in 1990. He was a retired chemist for Lamplighters Industries in Oak Hill, and a substitute teacher in Fayette County for many years.

Li was a member of the Oak Hill Baptist Church, the Chinese-American Association and the American Chemical Society.

He had a joy for gardening and chemistry research.

Surviving: his wife, Amelia Jean Jones Chen; stepsons, George A. Metz Jr. of Charleston and T. Aaron Metz of Morgantown; son, Wei Chen, as well as a daughter, brother and grandchildren, all of China.

A graveside service was held Dec. 9 at Calfee Cemetery in Mt. Tabor with Rev. David Snead officiating.

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Arrangements by Calfee Funeral Home, Beckley.

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