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Raleigh County
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Cemeteries and Memorial Sites of Politicians in Raleigh County

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  • Private or family graveyards
  • Beckley Unknown location
  • Beckley Sunset Memorial Park
  • Beckley Wildwood Cemetery
  • Clear Creek Dunbar Family Cemetery


    Private or family graveyard
    Raleigh County,


    Unknown Location
    Beckley, Raleigh County, West Virginia
    Politicians buried here:
    Roy Lee Harmon Roy Lee Harmon (1900-1981) — of Beckley, Raleigh County, W.Va. Born in Boone County, W.Va., October 7, 1900. Democrat. Newspaper editor; radio commentator; writer; member of West Virginia state house of delegates from Raleigh County, 1947-48, 1951-54, 1957-61; resigned 1961. Baptist. Member, Moose. Poet Laureate of West Virginia. Died in April, 1981 (age 80 years, 0 days). Interment somewhere.
      Relatives: Son of Albert Sidney Harmon and Nettie May (Lucas) Harmon; married, August 11, 1934, to Dorothy M. Ball.
      Image source: West Virginia Blue Book 1951


    Sunset Memorial Park
    Beckley, Raleigh County, West Virginia
    See also Findagrave page for this location.
    Politicians buried here:
      Joseph Luther Smith (1880-1962) — also known as Joe L. Smith — of Beckley, Raleigh County, W.Va. Born in Marshes (now Glen Daniel), Raleigh County, W.Va., May 22, 1880. Democrat. Printing business; newspaper publisher; banker; mayor of Beckley, W.Va., 1904-09; member of West Virginia state senate 7th District, 1909-12; U.S. Representative from West Virginia 6th District, 1929-45; West Virginia Democratic state chair, 1944-47; alternate delegate to Democratic National Convention from West Virginia, 1952. Presbyterian. Member, Freemasons; Elks. Died of a heart and circulatory ailment, in Beckley Hospital, Beckley, Raleigh County, W.Va., August 23, 1962 (age 82 years, 93 days). Interment at Sunset Memorial Park.
      Relatives: Son of Hulett A. Smith and Angeline (McMillion) Smith; married, September 9, 1914, to Christine Carlson; father of Hulett Carlson Smith (1918-2012).
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Find-A-Grave memorial
      Erland Harold Hedrick (1894-1954) — also known as E. H. Hedrick — of Beckley, Raleigh County, W.Va. Born in Mercer County, W.Va., August 9, 1894. Democrat. Physician; real estate business; U.S. Representative from West Virginia 6th District, 1945-53; candidate in primary for Governor of West Virginia, 1952. Member, American Medical Association; American Legion; Moose. Died in Beckley, Raleigh County, W.Va., September 20, 1954 (age 60 years, 42 days). Interment at Sunset Memorial Park.
      Relatives: Son of Clowney Spotts Hedrick and Sallie (Thompson) Hedrick; married, June 23, 1943, to Myrtle Adelle Wade (1893-1980).
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Find-A-Grave memorial
      Robert Johnson Ashworth (1909-2008) — also known as Robert J. Ashworth — of Beckley, Raleigh County, W.Va. Born in McDowell County, W.Va., May 8, 1909. Republican. Lawyer; served in the U.S. Navy during World War II; chair of Raleigh County Republican Party, 1949-54; alternate delegate to Republican National Convention from West Virginia, 1956; president and part owner, Richmond Cleaners and Laundry; circuit judge in West Virginia, 1988. Baptist. Member, Lions; Elks; Moose; Freemasons; Shriners; Phi Delta Theta. Died in Beaver, Raleigh County, W.Va., October 2, 2008 (age 99 years, 147 days). Interment at Sunset Memorial Park.
      Relatives: Son of Dr. Robert A. Ashworth and Darthula (Johnson) Ashworth; married to Virginia Isabel Hill (died 1986) and Blanche Woods.
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial
      J. LeRoy Huffman (1878-1962) — also known as Roy Huffman — of Raleigh County, W.Va. Born in Washington College, Washington County, Tenn., August 30, 1878. Democrat. Lumber dealer; member of West Virginia state house of delegates from Raleigh County, 1939-42. Methodist. Member, Freemasons; Knights Templar; Shriners; Kiwanis. Died in 1962 (age about 83 years). Entombed in mausoleum at Sunset Memorial Park.
      Relatives: Son of H. B. Huffman and Martha Ellen (Ball) Huffman; married, May 1, 1940, to Cleo M. McConnell.
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial


    Wildwood Cemetery
    Beckley, Raleigh County, West Virginia
    See also Findagrave page for this location.
    Politicians buried here:
      Clarence Watson Meadows (1904-1961) — also known as Clarence W. Meadows — of Beckley, Raleigh County, W.Va.; Charleston, Kanawha County, W.Va.; Fort Lauderdale, Broward County, Fla.; Clifton Forge, Alleghany County, Va. Born in Beckley, Raleigh County, W.Va., February 11, 1904. Democrat. Lawyer; member of West Virginia state house of delegates from Raleigh County, 1931-32; Raleigh County Prosecuting Attorney, 1933-36; West Virginia state attorney general, 1937-42; circuit judge in West Virginia, 1942-44; Governor of West Virginia, 1945-49; delegate to Democratic National Convention from West Virginia, 1948, 1952; campaign manager for Claude Pepper, in 1958 U.S. Senate campaign. Baptist. Member, American Bar Association; American Judicature Society; Phi Alpha Delta; Alpha Kappa Psi; Pi Kappa Alpha; Freemasons; Shriners; Elks; Moose; Lions; Rotary. Died, following a heart attack in Chesapeake and Ohio Hospital, Clifton Forge, Alleghany County, Va., September 12, 1961 (age 57 years, 213 days). Interment at Wildwood Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of Isadore Meadows (1871-1908) and Ida (Williams) Meadows; brother of Howard Prince Meadows (1905-1993); married, April 27, 1935, to Nancy Ryals Massie (1912-1986).
      Epitaph: "The Lord is my Shepherd."
      See also Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Find-A-Grave memorial — OurCampaigns candidate detail
      Alfred Beckley (1802-1888) — of Raleigh, Raleigh County, W.Va. Born in Washington, D.C., May 26, 1802. Democrat. Physician; preacher; general in the Confederate Army during the Civil War; delegate to Democratic National Convention from West Virginia, 1876. Died in Raleigh County, W.Va., May 26, 1888 (age 86 years, 0 days). Interment at Wildwood Cemetery.
      Relatives: Married to Emily Craig (1814-1845).
      Epitaph: "Thou shalt have sweetly rest / In the calmest repose / Undisturbed by life's cares / And unpierced by its woes."
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial
    H. P. Meadows Howard Prince Meadows (1905-1993) — also known as H. P. Meadows; "Friday" — of Beckley, Raleigh County, W.Va. Born in Beckley, Raleigh County, W.Va., December 21, 1905. Democrat. Insurance business; member of West Virginia state house of delegates from Raleigh County, 1951-52. Baptist. Member, Freemasons; Moose; Elks. Died July 4, 1993 (age 87 years, 195 days). Interment at Wildwood Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of Isadore Meadows (1871-1908) and Ida (Williams) Meadows; brother of Clarence Watson Meadows (1904-1961); married, November 25, 1927, to Elizabeth Newcomb Woodroe (1903-1992).
      Epitaph: "I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills."
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial
      Image source: West Virginia Blue Book 1951


    Dunbar Family Cemetery
    Clear Creek, Raleigh County, West Virginia
    Politicians buried here:
      William S. Dunbar — of Raleigh County, W.Va. Member of West Virginia state house of delegates 6th District, 1863; member of West Virginia state senate 9th District, 1864-65. Interment at Dunbar Family Cemetery.


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