The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.


March 21, 2013

Obituaries — Thursday, March 21, 2013

‘Betty Lou’ Shelvy Jean Braxton

“Betty Lou” Shelvy Jean Braxton, 71, of Los Angeles, Calif., formerly of Mt. Hope, died March 16, 2013.

Born Oct. 23, 1941, in Mt. Hope, she was the daughter of the late James Braxton and Minnie Kathryn Burrows.

She lived her life in Los Angeles as a vegetarian, cook, writer, lecturer, health and beauty consultant and manufacturer and always enjoyed teaching others the lifestyle of natural eating and living. She had a professional career in cosmetology for more than 40 years. Much of her success was attributed to the miracle ingredients in garlic and aloe vera.

Surviving: sons, Charles Maurice (Rose) Baker of Owings, Md., and Kenneth Tompkins of Louisiana; daughters, Melina Estep (Eric Sr.) Jackson of Cheltenham, Md., and Tonya Tompkins of Houston, Texas; four grandchildren; one great-grandchild; brothers, James Braxton of Columbus, Ohio, and Michael Braxton and Dwayne Braxton; sisters, Judith of Boomer, and Linda Burrows; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, special acquaintances and friends.

As per her request, she was cremated and there will be no service or visitation.

Sympathy cards can be sent to: Tonya Tompkins, P.O. Box 300266, Houston, Texas 77230.

Submitted by Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.

Leslie Howard Davis Sr.

Leslie Howard Davis Sr., 61, of Maple Fork Road, died March 14, 2013, at CAMC General Division, Charleston, surrounded by his family.

Born May 12, 1951, he was the son of Lockie Worrell Davis of Hilltop, and the late Howard (Tine) Davis. He also was preceded in death by a brother, Leo Davis, and by a brother-in-law, Joe Bair.

Mr. Davis was a retired miner and a member of the United Mine Workers of America.

He loved the outdoors and was always lending a helping hand to others. He enjoyed having lunch with or just sitting and talking with all his Mount Hope buddies. But more than anything else, he loved and enjoyed his grandchildren, Kendal, Kamryn, Ethan, Caden and his soon-to-be grandson, Evan. They were the love of his life.

Surviving, in addition to his mother and grandchildren: his wife of 38 years, Doretta Davis; his son, Leslie Howard Davis Jr. and wife Tracy of Beckley; his daughter, Kimberly Sharp and her husband, Patrick, of Fayetteville; sisters, Kay Bair and Karen Bragg and husband Rick; brothers, Eddie Davis and wife Leatha, Buck Davis and wife Nellie, Rick Davis and wife Patty, and Rob Davis and wife Mary; and a very special aunt, Dorothy Mae Ellison.

Funeral services were March 18 at the Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope, with Rev. Jerry Tyree officiating. Burial followed in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens at Prosperity.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope.

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