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Bessie Melinda Belton Heatherly
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Birth: Feb. 7, 1913
McDowell County
West Virginia, USA
Death: Sep. 10, 2012
Marion County
West Virginia, USA

Bessie Melinda Belton Heatherly, 99, of Pleasant Valley, died Monday (Sept. 10, 2012) at the Fairmont General Hospital.

She was born Feb. 7, 1913, in Hemphill near Welch, and is a daughter of the late Walter Benjamin Belton and Lucinda Cox Belton. She was preceded in death by her husband, Fred Heatherly, who died March 24, 1978.

Mrs. Heatherly was a homemaker and member of the Valley Chapel United Methodist Church for over 50 years. She was a past chairperson on the Evangelism Board, member of the Administrative Board and member of the United Methodist Women.

She worked for the Hercules Powder Plant in Pulaski, Va., during World War II and then worked as a home care giver in Fairmont. She was a charter member of the Pleasant Valley Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary, where she catered many dinners and helped with several fundraisers. She was a longtime volunteer and a former chairperson of the Fairmont Food Pantry. Mrs. Heatherly was well known as the "Toboggan Lady." Every year she made hundreds of toboggans that were given to local charities.

Bessie is survived by a brother, William Belton of Summerfield, Fla.; a sister, Mildred Craig of Orlando; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by five brothers, Arthur Belton, Walter Belton, Clarence Belton and two infant brothers along with two sisters, Anna Belle Walker and Elizabeth Elgin.

The family will receive friends at the Ford Funeral Home, Ford Chapel, 201 Columbia Street, Fairmont today from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. The casket will lie in state in the Valley Chapel United Methodist Church, 1511 Pleasant Valley Road on Thursday from 10-11 a.m. The funeral service will be held in the church at 11 a.m. with Pastor Andrew Tennant officiating. The committal service will follow in the Beverly Hills Memorial Gardens in Westover. Online condolences may be made to the family at

Times West Virginian, online, September 12, 2012.

Beverly Hills Memorial Park
Monongalia County
West Virginia, USA
Created by: Charles Fry
Record added: Sep 12, 2012
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