The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.


November 13, 2013

Obituaries — Thursday, November 14, 2013


James Darrell McGraw

James Darrell McGraw, of Ansted, died Nov. 6, 2013, after a long battle with complications due to black lung disease.

Born Jan. 16, 1937, he was son of the late Raymond and Hazel McGraw. He also was preceded in death by a brother, Clinton “Pete” McGraw.

James was a wonderful husband, father and grandfather.

He was an ordained deacon at the Antioch Baptist Church. While serving there he enjoyed teaching Sunday school and assisted with the youth.

Surviving: his wife of 55 years, Patricia Skaggs McGraw; daughters, Debra McGraw Tompkins and husband Donnie, Brenda McGraw Bridges and husband Todd, and Kim McGraw Hogg and husband Gary; grandchildren, Kristie Lane Possinger, James Lane, Ray “Bud” Gray, Lesley Campbell, and Garrett Hogg; great-grandchildren, Morgan Possinger, Owen Gray Cameron, Kaeli Ann Lane, and Benjamin Burns; sisters, Carol Hankins, Joyce Keithley and Ruth Hess; and special mention to his special friend and fellow deacon, Melvin Withrow, with whom he loved to go fishing and hunting.

Viewing was Nov. 9 at Wallace and Wallace Funeral Home Chapel in Ansted. At his request, James will be cremated.

His family requests monetary gifts of love be sent to the American Lung Association, 1301 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W. Suite 800, Washington, D.C. 20004.

Online condolences may be sent to

Arrangements by Wallace and Wallace of Ansted.

Mary Elizabeth Miller

Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Miller, 93, of Charlotte, N.C., formerly of Harlem Heights, died Nov. 8, 2013.

Born Oct. 5, 1920, in Longacre, she was the daughter of the late Otis and Mary Agnes Bryant Nelson. She also was preceded in death by her husband, Ernest James Miller, on May 16, 1996; and brothers, Charles Otis Nelson on Dec. 24, 1991, and Joseph Sampson Nelson on Dec. 23, 1993.

Mrs. Miller was a homemaker and a member of First Baptist Church of Harlem Heights, Harlem Heights, Oak Hill.

Surviving: her daughter, Sandra Lee Bledsoe and son-in-law John Edward Bledsoe of Charlotte, N.C.; grandson, Kevin Edward Miler of Charlotte; sister-in-law, Willie B. Nelson of Harlem Heights; four great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren, three stepgrandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Funeral service was Nov. 13 at the First Baptist Church of Harlem Heights, Broadway Ave., Harlem Heights, with Rev. Freddie Davenport officiating. Burial followed at Meadow Haven Memorial Park, Ingram Branch.

Condolences may be e-mailed to

Arrangements by Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.

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