The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.


June 27, 2012

Obituaries - Thursday, June 28, 2012


Betty J. Sweeney Cook

Betty J. Sweeney Cook, 64, of Oak Hill, died June 20, 2012, following a long battle with cancer.

Born June 8, 1948, in Beckley, she was a daughter of the late William Roy Sweeney Sr. and the late Juanita Kincaid Sweeney. Betty also was preceded in death by her husband, Charles “Pete” Luther Cook; a son, Charles “Chuck” Cook; a brother, William “J.R.” Roy Sweeney; a sister, Connie Jean Sweeney; maternal grandparents, John and Effie Kincaid; paternal grandparents, George and Myrtle Sweeney; two nephews; and a niece.

Betty loved needle point, embroidering, birds, and gardening.

She was a member of the Kilsyth Apostolic Pentecostal Church.

Surviving: her sons, Charles Emery Cook of Oak Hill and Robert Lee Cook of Arcadia, Fla.; daughters, Connie Lyons and husband Larry and Terri Cook of Kearneysville; a grandson, Brian Lanham and his fiancée, Aimee, of Oak Hill; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; a brother, Stanley Sweeney and wife Tammy of MacArthur; sisters, Sharon Sweeney of Durham, N.C., Carol Nesmith and husband Chuck of Metter, Ga., Kathy Daniel and companion Dawn of Boone, N.C., Evelyn Smith and husband Larry of Richmond Hill, Ga., and Debra Covey of Mabscott; 20 nieces and nephews; many great-nieces and nephews; extended family and a host of friends.

Services were June 22 at the Kilsyth Apostolic Pentecostal Church, Mt. Hope, with Pastor Robert Ayers officiating. Following the services Betty was laid to rest at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Beckley.

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Arrangements by Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley.

James Donald ‘Big D’ Ervin

James Donald “Big D” Ervin, 50, of Scarbro, passed away at his home on Sunday, June 24, 2012.

He was born Nov. 7, 1961 at Oak Hill, the son of the late Clyde Austin Ervin Sr. and Barbara Ann (Brabban) Ervin.

Donnie was a local businessman and owner of the former Murdock and Ervin Starter & Alternator Shop, and the current part-owner of Allied Exterminating.

Donnie loved everything Harley Davidson, including riding his own Harley, and he enjoyed the friendships he made with his riding buddies.

Those left to cherish his memory include his brothers William Keith Ervin and his wife Terri of Oak Hill, and Clyde Austin Ervin, Jr. of Oak Hill; three aunts Brenda Ervin, Sandra Jones, and Alice K. Bennett; two uncles Everette Steele and James Murdock, Jr.; one niece Miranda Ervin; and two nephews Zack Ervin and Clyde Austin Ervin III. Donnie also leaves behind his faithful companion Henry Owen, a Jack Russell Terrier.

His remains rest at High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, 1435 E. Main Street, Oak Hill, where the funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, June 28, 2012 with Pastor Dorothy Osborne officiating and where the family will receive friends from noon until time of the service. Interment will follow in High Lawn Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be Homer Nicely, Loren Cox, Mike Davis, R.C. Maynard, Mike LaRocco, Matthew Bowyer, Spencer Miller and Chris Falls.

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Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.

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