The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.


July 11, 2012

Obituaries - Thursday, July 12, 2012


Mary ‘Mickie’ Ellen West

Mary “Mickie” Ellen West, 49, of Hilltop, died July 1, 2012, at Plateau Medical Center in Oak Hill.

Born Feb. 19, 1963, in Oak Hill, she was the daughter of Cora Mae Massey West of Pea Ridge, Oak Hill, and the late Robert William “Bill” West. A sister, Janet Lee West, also preceded her in death.

Mickie was a former CNA who continued throughout her life to give love and care to her family and friends. Those who knew her knew she was a truly loving and generous hearted person who will be dearly remembered and sadly missed.

Surviving, in addition to her mother: her son, Paul Zachary West of Atlanta, Ga.; her daughter, Jenna Marie Beauchemin and husband Brandon of New York; her companion of over 20 years, C.L. Craft Jr.; sisters, Carol Day and husband Mike of Radford, Va., and Kathy Bragg and husband Mick of Fayetteville; brother, James West and wife Cindy of Beckley; grandchildren, Haylee Naylor, Urijiah Beauchemin and Zayne Beauchemin; and nephews and nieces, Levi and Katlyn Day, Brandon and Ben Bragg and Hannah West.

Services were July 7 at Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill, with Preacher Mark Secrist officiating. Burial followed in Gethsemane Memorial Gardens, Oak Hill.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

William Bryant Wooldridge Jr.

William Bryant Wooldridge Jr., 79, died peacefully in his sleep at his home in Gainesville, Va., on June 25, 2012, with his wife of 55 years, Barbara Ann, at his side.

He had struggled with complications from a stroke for the past eight years. He was known by his brothers and sisters as “Bryant Jr.” and also by others, affectionately, as “Blue.”

Born April 22, 1933, in New Hall, he was the son of the late William Bryant Wooldridge Sr. and Margaret “Maggie” Ford Wooldridge. He also was preceded in death by his brothers, John Wooldridge and Charles Wooldridge, both of Bradley; and sisters, Virginia Nary of Beckley, and Gladys Wilkerson of Mt. Hope.

William married his bride, Barbara Ann (Janiszewski) Wooldridge, on May 18, 1957, in Oak Hill. They had three sons.

William joined the Marines in 1951 and was discharged in August of 1955. He had attained the rank of Corporal and had spent 18 months on the front lines of Korea during the worst of the Korean conflict. He was a “machine gun man” and was usually positioned in the most dangerous locations of the conflict. He told stories of how lucky he was to survive at all, given that just a “few steps this way or a few steps that way” saw the end of many of his fellow Marines.

William returned to the States in 1955 and eventually married, had a family, and studied to become a licensed high pressure Steam Boiler Engineer. He moved his family to Arlington, Va., in the early 1960s where he became a member of the International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 99. He worked for 20 years at the world famous Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C., and then another 20 years at the Capital Hilton, also in Washington.

All three of his sons attended St. Anthony’s Primary School in Falls Church, Va., and graduated from Bishop Denis James O’Connell High School in Arlington, Va.

William always loved his home state of West Virginia and found many opportunities to go back. He loved the annual State Fair held in Lewisburg, and often attended with his family. He was a proud West Virginian, and a proud Marine, and loved to talk with strangers and friends alike. His last words to his family were simply, “Remember me…” And this we will.

Surviving: his wife and all of their sons and their wives, and eight granddaughters and one grandson. His oldest son, Joseph B. Wooldridge, lives with his wife, Shelley (Mahon) Wooldridge, and children Laura, Joseph Jr., Kelsey Mahon, McKayla and Loni, in Stanardsville, Va. His middle son, Paul D. Wooldridge, lives with his wife, Julie (Mummert) Wooldridge, and children Jennifer DeSimon and Justina, in Elizabethtown, Pa. His youngest son, Mark S.  Wooldridge, lives with his wife, Darcy (Sloan) Wooldridge, and children Allison and Sarah in Warrenton, Va. He also is survived by two sisters, Patricia Lovelace of Stevens City, Va., and Marie Lilly of Mt. Hope.

Services were held at the High Lawn Funeral Home in Oak Hill on July 7. Father Paul Yuenger from Saints Peter & Paul Catholic Church presided over a short ceremony with a small procession to the burial plot and blessing of the ground.

William always made donations to the Christian Appalachian Project. They can be found at

Online condolences can be sent at

Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

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