The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.


December 25, 2013

Obituaries — Thursday, December 26, 2013


William Ernest ‘Buzzy’ Rhodes Jr.

William Ernest “Buzzy” Rhodes Jr., 82, of Oak Hill, died Dec. 20, 2013, at BARH in Beckley.

Born Feb. 11, 1931, at Summerlee, he was the son of the late William E. and Minnie Cody Rhodes. He also was preceded in death by his wife, Marcelline Mullins Rhodes; by daughters, Pamela Rhodes and Nancy F. Thomas; by a son-in-law, Jefferson Lee Davis; and by his sisters, Virginia O’Boyle, Estel Matullis, Lorene Duncan, Josephine Rhodes and Genevieve McMillion.

Buzzy was an electrician in the coal industry and a member of the UMWA.

Surviving: his daughter, Barbara Bell and her husband, Teddy W., of Oak Hill; stepdaughter, Peggy Davis of Grandview; grandchildren, Lori Livengood and husband Nathan, T.W. Bell and wife Regina, Shannon Dixon and husband Jason, “Hard Rock” Thomas and wife Stacey, Jason Rhodes and wife Lori, Jeff Davis and wife Lori and Jerry Lee Davis; 17 great-grandchildren; sisters, Norma Menei of Mount Hope, Edna Criss and Georgia Fisher, both of Oak Hill, and Irene Elkins of Ohio; and a son-in-law, Roscoe Thomas of Summerlee.

In honoring Buzzy’s wishes he will be cremated and a service will be held at a later date.

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Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Bessie Jean Young Withrow

Bessie Jean Young Withrow, 82, of Oak Hill, died after a long illness on Dec. 18, 2013.

She was born Dec. 2, 1931, at Mammoth.

Bess was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. She was greatly loved and will be missed by many. She loved to visit with her children and grandchildren.

She also enjoyed reading and working at Cook’s Department Store in Oak Hill.

Surviving: her husband, Jewell Withrow; her children, Larry Withrow and his wife, Gail, of Fayetteville, Sherri Morris and her husband, David W., of Oak Hill, and Kerri Wriston and her husband, Ermel, of Kincaid; her grandchildren, Kristy Withrow Naternicola, Lindsay Morris Williamson, Jarred Morris, Casey Grubb, and Jayme Grubb; and great-grandchildren, Alex, Brooke and Chesney.

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Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

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