Dorothy Mae Graybeal

Dorothy Mae Graybeal, 75, of Rock House Road, Lester, died Thursday, March 11, 2010, in a Charleston hospital following an extended illness.

Born on December 17, 1934, in Montcoal she was the daughter of Generva Greiner Beard of Charleston and the late Nelson C. Beard. She was also preceded in death by a brother, Charles, this past January.

Dorothy was a 1952 graduate of Marsh Fork High School and also graduated from West Virginia State College. She, along with her husband, operated Graybeal Auto Supply from 1976 to 1990. She also worked in the Purchasing Department of Massey's Elk Run Coal Company from 1988 until her retirement in 1997. In her leisure time, she enjoyed painting and making quilts.

In addition to her mother, she is survived by her husband of 57 years, Joseph Graybeal; two sons, Joseph Graybeal Jr. and wife, Melody, of Peytona and Kevin Graybeal of Houston, Texas; a daughter, Cindy Runyon and husband, Archie, of Grandview; six grandchildren, Matthew Graybeal and wife, Nikki, of Peytona, Stephanie Graybeal of New Smyrna Beach, Fla., Evan Graybeal of Albuquerque, N.M., Erica Grippin and husband, Derrick, of New Smyrna Beach, Fla., Grant Runyon of Hinton and Galen Runyon of Grandview; and five great-grandchildren, Autumn Stout of Seth, Zack Britt of Peytona, Phoenix Paul and Kallie Lockhart, both of New Smyrna Beach, Fla., and James Runyon of Hinton. She is also survived by a brother, Frank Beard and wife, Jean, of Beckley; and four sisters, Mary Armstrong and Maude Sweeney and husband, Homer, all of St. Albans, Gloria Saddler of Charleston, and Doris Withrow and husband, Pete, of Columbus, Ohio.

Dorothy will be sadly missed by all who knew her.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 14, at Sylvester Baptist Church with the Rev. David Minturn and the Rev. Dewey Lowe officiating. Burial will follow in Pineview Cemetery, Orgas.

Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the Melton Mortuary and one hour prior to the service time at the church.

Condolences may be e-mailed to the family at

Arrangements are by Melton Mortuary, Beckley.
Dorothy Mae Graybeal

Contributed by Dan Harless