OBITUARY

Sonya Elaine Simpson

August 18, 1977January 3, 2021
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Sonya Elaine Simpson, age 43, of Mount Hope, WV, passed unexpectedly of Covid-19 on January 3rd, 2021 at Raleigh General Hospital in Beckley, WV She is survived by her loving husband Darren Simpson and their two sons Brodie and Garrett (Mount Hope, WV); her mother, Leslie Blackhurst (Belle, WV); as well as her grandparents on her mother’s side, Louie and Betty Hutchinson (Belle, WV). Siblings, Jason Blackhurst and his wife E, their children Elaina and Finn (Westerville, OH), James Blackhurst and his wife Kitty and children Shaylea, Jack, and Brynlee, as well as step-children Dean and Laila (Belle, WV). Father-in-law Roger Simpson (Tunnelton, WV); Sister-in-law, Brandi Bucklew her husband David, and their children Corey and Hayden (Morgantown, WV). She is survived by a whole gaggle of Cousins, Aunts, Uncles, and distant relatives who loved her so very much. Also, one dog, which she occasionally lovingly referred to as trouble. Sonya was predeceased by her father Bruce, as well as her grandparents on her father’s side, Jack and Alice Blackhurst. Sonya was born to Bruce and Leslie Blackhurst in Charleston WV on August 18th, 1977. From her father Bruce, she learned that objects you own are not symbols of status, but should serve a purpose. From her mother Leslie, she learned the care for others; sometimes at the expense of one's self. She reflected these lessons throughout her life, on occasion nearly to a fault. She grew up in Holley Lawn, WV, a small neighborhood nestled between Pizza Hut and the stables. From an early age, she was responsible for mediating the lives of two mischievous youth, her brothers James and Jason Blackhurst. Little did she know this would serve as a prescient glimpse into a future with a heart full from caring for others, including her loving sons. She thoroughly enjoyed playing softball as a youth. Coached by her father Bruce, the two shared a close bond. Softball also strengthened her ties with many teammates; creating lifelong friends able to resume the conversation where it was left sometimes years prior. Her care of others hit another peak at DuPont High School where she led her friends through group sessions seeking expert help. In this case in the form of her mother Leslie, a nurse and trusted confidant, who helped answer important life questions deemed unfit to pose elsewhere, a trend that continued in college. She attended Glenville State College, graduating in December of 1998, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Social Work. There she entered into the sisterhood of the Delta Zeta Sorority. Sonya married Darren Simpson in 2002 and they made their home in Mount Hope, WV; raising their two exemplary boys Brodie and Garrett. Family was of utmost importance to Sonya, and the time they spent together will allow those of us that knew her to see her live on in their humor and selflessness. Sonya, Darren, and the boys were members of the congregation of the United Methodist Temple. She worked for FMRS Health Systems, as a well respected Social Worker / Waiver Supervisor where she continued her care of others. Due to the pandemic, there will be no service or visitation open to the public. Stevens and Grass Funeral Home, Malden will host a live stream of the service through Facebook beginning at 1:00 PM on Friday afternoon, January 8th, 2021. Pastor Charles Bolen will be conducting the services. Sonya will come to rest at Kanawha Valley Memorial Gardens, alongside her father Bruce. Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, it is mandated by the Governor and the CDC that proper facial coverings be worn and that social distancing be observed. Temperatures will be taken upon entry to the funeral home. In lieu of flowers donations to fund Brodie and Garrett’s education would be a welcome gesture. Donations can be made to: Care of Brodie and Garrett Simpson United Bank 4261 Robert C Byrd Drive Beckley, WV 25801 A celebration of Sonya’s life will be held at a later date. Family was of utmost importance to Sonya, and friendship was a close second. While we can’t name and thank all of her friends, we owe a special thank you to Amanda, Berta, and Laura for having a recent outsized impact on her life. Thank you to family, friends, and co-workers who have helped us all through this difficult time. The online guest book can be accessed at www.stevensandgrass.com.

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  • Private Family Funeral Service

    Friday, January 8, 2021

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Danielle Richmond

January 11, 2021

There aren’t words to express how deeply sorry I am to the family for your loss. Sonya was a dear and precious friend and the world has truly lost an angel on earth. She was the greatest boss you could ever have, but she was so much more than that, she was the most precious and devoted friend. Sonya was one of those people who I truly believe changed the world just by being present. She impacted each individual she interacted with so profoundly and they in turn have gone on to impact the lives of others. I will forever love and appreciate her for the things she taught me and the ways she helped me through the hardest times in my life. She took me in and made me part of a team and a family as a new social worker and shaped how I would view service to others for the rest of my career. Her light and love will be missed by so many.

Julie Meadows

January 9, 2021

I just wanted to say how sorry I am. We have been friends for several years and played softball together and went to school together. She was always a kind, compassionate person, always helping anyone she could. I will forever remember her smile. It will forever warm my heart. Sending lots of love and hugs.

Amber Tharp

January 8, 2021

This world has lost an absolute treasure. I was given the pleasure to work as an employee for Sonya; she not only provided guidance and support in her role as a supervisor, but also compassion and kindness that is unmatched. Such a patient and tenderhearted woman who offered open arms and a listening ear to anyone who needed them. I am so thankful for Sonya and the multiple times she offered me whatever it was that I needed in that moment. I am heartbroken over this tragedy. My heart, thoughts and prayers are extended to Sonya’s family and friends who loved her dearly. Rest peacefully, Sonya. You take up a lot of room in many hearts - and you are irreplaceable. We will miss you.

Erika Washington

January 8, 2021

To Sonya’s family,

I wish I had some comforting words but I’m at a loss. She was a wonderful, caring person and I know your hearts are hurting. I hope you can cherish the memories and find some hope in knowing she is now in an eternal home. I’m praying for your peace and comfort during this difficult time.

Vicki Griffith

January 8, 2021

Leslie my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family on this day.

Lorraine Kaack

January 8, 2021

Darren, Brodie, Garrett, Leslie, Betty and Lou, Jason and James, and all grandchildren, family, cousins, friends, we send our condolences to you all. We first met Sonya at Jason and Elicia's wedding rehearsal party. She welcomed us warmly into Jason's family as Elicia's parents. On several other occasions we met with her in West Virginia at family events, and always, she was that person who always greeted and made a person feel welcome. She had a shining light surrounding her that will forever be part of her legacy.
With sadness, we sadly send our sympathies to her family.
Elicia's parents: Lorraine and Pete (Ingo) Kaack

David Ellis

January 8, 2021

Darren, to you and all your family, I extend my deepest sympathies and warmest regards on such a terrible loss. I am truly so very saddened by hearing of this tragedy to your family. I will keep you and family in my most heartfelt and personal daily prayers.

May your heart find peace. With my most sincere regards,
David Ellis

JJ Teron

January 7, 2021

There's a light that shines on all people/Sees them through/It waits and watches them move /Through their lives like people do/There's only so much we can be sure of/We can see/The rest belongs to time /And things that are meant to be/When the clouds surround you/And you know you've found your rainy day/Oh, the blues are bound to make you feel/Just like they're here to stay/All through your life/Anything that's meant to be will be/When tomorrow comes/Once again you'll see/That there's a light that shines on all people/Sees them through/It waits and watches them move/Through their lives like people do/When the clouds surround you/And you know you've found your rainy day/Oh, the blues are bound to make you feel/Just like there here to stay/Oh, you should know/There ain't much a broken heart can see/When tomorrow hides/The dream beyond this dream/Oh, there's a light that shines on all people/Sees them through/It waits and watches them move/Through their lives like people do/ "There's A Light" By Michael McDonald 1977/ Sonya will be your light, as She always has been, until you meet again!! And it will brighter than a thousand Sun's!! So sorry for your loss, it's not right!! She was and always will be remembered as a Beautiful Person by all who knew her and her Wonderful Loving Family! God Bless, Love, Peace and Happiness JJ Teron

Sherry Hopkins

January 7, 2021

I worked with Sonja multiple years ago. She was a compassionate and caring person. I’m truly sorry for your loss. Prayers for family and loved ones.

Tonya and Gene McNeely

January 7, 2021

Sonya was our middle daughter’s friend that spent many hours at our house. She became such a close friend but she was almost like a member of our own family. Her laughter brightened up our house and she joked and played around with our girls. We watched Sonya grow into such a beautiful, loving, and smart woman. She will be missed by us as well as many others. We pray that her family will receive peace and comfort from God.


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