The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.


August 28, 2012

Obituaries - Thursday, August 23, 2012

Franklin Ray Blankenship

Franklin Ray Blankenship, 73, of Swiss, died Aug. 16, 2012.

Funeral services were Aug. 20 in the White Funeral Home at Summersville with Pastor Alva Blankenship officiating.

Arrangements by White Funeral Home, Summersville.

Richard Burl Craigo

Richard Burl Craigo, 64, of Oak Hill, died Aug. 16, 2012.

Born March 27, 1948, at Scarbro, he was the son of the late Elbin Craigo and Elberta Johns Craigo. He also was preceded in death by his son, Richard “Richie” Craigo, in February of 2011.

Richard was a coal miner, having last worked for Babcock Coal Company until being injured; he then went back to college and graduated with a degree in Medical Lab Technology. Richard then went to work for Montgomery General Hospital until retirement.

Richard was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, and a member of the Oak Hill Masonic Lodge #120 A.F. & A.M. with Scottish Rites, and was past president of the United Steel Workers Local 14310.

Richard loved softball and fairness in sports; in 1993 Richard and his good friend, Johnnie Ferri, fought for and helped win the right for the girls to have a softball team at Oak Hill High School.

Richard was an awesome softball coach; he was dedicated to the Oak Hill Little League, and touched so many young girls’ lives with his joking and stern way of teaching them how to play ball. Most of all, he taught them sportsmanship no matter the outcome of the game.

Thirty-eight years ago he married the love of his life, Jean Harris, whom he cherished and adored. There are no words to describe the sadness in our hearts, but he is rejoicing in Heaven with the angels.

Surviving: his wife, Jean Harris Craigo of Oak Hill; his mother-in-law whom he called Mom, Evelyn Harris; daughters, Christina Louisos and husband Alex, and Heather Foster and husband Gary, all of Oak Hill, and Jenny Bragg and husband Ernie of Eccles; grandchildren, Spc. Michael Craigo, Sarah Chaffin, Karli Louisos, Brian Dickens, Kayla Louisos, Michael Dickens, Ryan Foster, Jesse Foster and Tristen Louisos; great-grandchildren, Hannah, Justin, Arianna, Jaydon, and Aiden; brothers, Ted Craigo of Beckley and Terry VanBuskirk and wife Rita of Oak Hill; and a sister, Zelma “Sissy” Reid and husband Johnny of Maple Fork.

Funeral service was Aug. 19 at Spirit and Truth Ministries on Main Street in Oak Hill, with Bishop Samuel Calloway officiating. Burial with Masonic and military rites followed in Gethsemane Memorial Park.

Due to the long illness Richard has gone through, a request has been made that in lieu of flowers donations be made to the family.

Online condolences may be sent to

Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.

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