Recent Thaxton obituaries

Charleston Gazette (WV) – April 19, 2009

Mary Kathleen “Kate” Beaver, 78, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her loving family, Thursday April 16, 2009, at Hubbard Hospice House after an extended illness.

She was a devoted wife and mother who loved her family.

She was preceded in death by her parents, James and Ruby Shamblin Thaxton.

She is survived by her husband, Carl; two daughters, Victoria L. Wilson of Virginia Beach, Va., and Helen F. Stowers and her husband, Donnie, of Charleston; one son, Carl E. Beaver II and his wife, Marie, of Hurricane; one brother, Dana Jordan of Stow, Ohio; two sisters, Dorthey McNiel and Gladys F. Thaxton, both of Charleston; and godchildren, Joshua and Caleb King of Charleston.

A tribute to Kate’s life will be held at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, April 19, at the upper mausoleum chapel at Cunningham Memorial Park, St. Albans, with the Rev. Michael Ross officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to Hubbard Hospice House, 1606 Kanawha Blvd. W., Charleston, WV 25312.

Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting

Harding Funerals & Cremations, 514 50th St. SE, Kanawha City, is serving the Beaver family.


Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (PA) – April 13, 2009
Deceased Name: THAXTON — GREGORY
62, of McKeesport, PA, departed this life on Wednesday, April 8, 2009 in the Allegheny General Hospital of Pittsburgh. He was born February 23, 1947 in Blythedale, PA and was the son of Theresa Mitchell Thaxton of Blythedale and the late James Clemen Thaxton. He was also preceded in death by his brother Lorenzo Thaxton. He was a 1965 graduate of Elizabeth Forward High School and graduate of Indiana University at Bloomington, IN. He was a member of their 1969 Rose Bowl team. He was a retired Industrial Engineer of the General Motors West Mifflin plant and was also a member of their golf club and was a member of Ebenezer Baptist Church of Blythedale. Surviving are wife, Laura Paoletti Thaxton of McKeesport; daughter, Ainsley Thaxton Ross of Baldwin, PA, stepdaughter whom he reared, Tammy Mann and grandson, Mylan Mann both of Indianapolis, IN; sister, Joyce Thaxton Bradshaw of Blythedale; brother, Milton (Syrathia) Thaxton of Pittsburgh; aunt, Mary Mitchell of West Mifflin, PA; nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and many friends. Friends will be received from 2-4 and 6-9 p.m., Tuesday, April 14th at the Robert A. Waters Funeral Home, 2326 Jenny Lind St., McKeesport, PA. Services will be held at the Ebenezer Baptist Church, Blythedale, PA. on Wednesday, April 15, 2009 at 1:00 p.m. with Rev. Charles Wade officiating. Interment will follow in the Round Hill Cemetery, Elizabeth, PA.

Charleston Daily Mail (WV) – April 7, 2009

There’s magic in a Mother’s touch,

And sunshine in her smile.

There’s love in everything she does

To make our lives worthwhile.

We can find both hope and courage

Just by looking in her eyes.

Her laughter is a source of joy,

Her words are warm and wise.

There is a kindness and compassion

To be found in her embrace,

And we saw the light of heaven

Shining from our Mother’s face.

Mary Ellen Ballard Bryant, our loving mother, passed away at 8 a.m. Friday, April 3, 2009, at Quarry Manor in Charleston.

Formerly of Cleveland, Ohio, Mary made her home in Cedar Grove for the last 21 years. Our mother was born to her parents, George H. and Alma Thaxton Martin on April 21, 1923. Our mother was a homemaker, providing a warm and loving home to her eight children.

Mary was predeceased by her parents; stepmother, Ethel Martin; husbands, Howard Ballard and Ford Bryant; sister, Hazel Martin; and brother, Henry Martin.

Mary was a Christian and Protestant by faith.

She is survived by daughters, Peggy Morton of Charleston, Alma Richards (Emory) of Cedar Grove, and Glenna Ballard of Tennessee; sons, Howard Ballard Jr. of Cleveland, Ohio, William R. Ballard of Charleston, James Ballard of North Carolina, George Ballard of Charleston, and David Ballard (Yon) of Charleston; brothers, William Martin of Ripley and Floyd Martin of Whitesville; as well as 15 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; her special daughter-in-law, Yon Ballard; as well as her special son-in-law, Emory Richards.

Mom had some very special friends, including Wanda Hackney and Diana Merrill of West Palm Beach, Fla., and Francis Thomas of Charleston.

Mary’s family wishes to express special thanks and appreciation to her caregivers at Quarry Manor, Francis Thomas, Jeannie Green, and Cleo Morgan, as well as the remaining Quarry Manor staff and to the wonderful professionals at Hospice Care.

Service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 7, 2009, at Cooke Funeral Home Chapel, 600 Old Fort St., Cedar Grove, with the Rev. John Massey officiating. Burial will follow in Kanawha Valley Memorial Gardens, Glasgow.

Friends called from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, April 6, at Cooke Funeral Home Chapel, Cedar Grove.

Condolences may be sent to the family via

Cooke Funeral Home & Crematorium Cedar Grove is in charge of arrangements.


Charleston Daily Mail (WV) – April 3, 2009

Charlie Thaxton, 84, of Wolf Pen, Charleston, passed away April 1, 2009, at his residence.

He was a lifelong resident of Thaxton Hollow, Wolf Pen.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Romie and Goldie Thaxton; brothers, Hillard and Bobby Thaxton and infant, James Thaxton; and sisters, Linda Thaxton Beane, Dorothy Marie Vanhoose, and Betty Harrison.

Surviving are brother, Paul Thaxton; sisters, Brenda Whittington and husband, Jimmy, of Kanawha Two Mile and Genevieve Workman of Dayton, Ohio; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be 3 p.m. Saturday, April 4, at Cunningham-Parker-Johnson Funeral Home, Charleston, with the Rev. Walter Means officiating. Burial will be in Thaxton Cemetery, Wolf Pen, Charleston.

Visitation with the family will be one hour prior to the service Saturday at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Cunningham-Parker-Johnson Funeral Home is serving the Thaxton family.


State, The (Columbia, SC) – March 28, 2009

PAGELAND – Calvin Lamar Thaxton, 85, died March 27, 2009.

Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m. Sunday, March 29, 2009, at First Presbyterian Church. The family will be receiving friends at the home.

Son of the late Lamar and Ora Katherine Mattern Thaxton, he was predeceased by a son, James D. Thaxton. He was an Air Force veteran, Owner/Operator of Thaxton Insurance Agency, a past deacon and elder at First Presbyterian Church in Pageland and a 50 year member of the Masons.

Survivors are his wife of 63 years, Katherine D. Thaxton, Pageland, SC; sons, Cal Thaxton (Alice), Camden, SC, Bill Thaxton (Janice), Monroe, NC; sisters, Mary Ellen T. Christenberry, Bay Minette, AL, Gertrude Victoria T. Morris, Corpus Christi, TX; daughter-in-law, Karen Thaxton, Greenville, SC; grandchildren, Emily Otting, Katie Stogner, Jeslyn McFadden, Trey Thaxton, Molly Thaxton, Alice Curtin Thaxton; great-grandson, Preston James Otting.

Sutton Funeral Home is taking care of the family.

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