Death – Obituary: Yoak, Irwin Roy “Flash”

Death – Obituary

BARBOURVILLE, KY (WTAP) – Irwin Roy Yoak “Flash”, 65, of Barbourville, KY, formerly of Five Forks, WV passed away unexpectedly on Monday, December 20, 2021. He was born Oct. 4, 1956, to Adelphia and Joy R. Yoak who preceded him in death.

Irwin was a graduate of Calhoun County High School with the class of 1974.He retired after many years in the oil fields and as an over-the-road truck driver.

Irwin is survived by the love of his life Patsy Yoak, whom he married on April 5, 1985. He is also survived by one sister Bessie Hinzman Welch, brothers Lynn Robert (Zelma) Yoak of Five Forks and Derwin J. (Ron Stephens) Yoak of Parkersburg. Uncle Delmas (Cindy) Radabaugh of St.Clairsville, Oh. and hisBest friend of many years Rick Shilling of Marietta, Oh. Children Karen (Steve) Cumberledge, David (Norma) Brannon, Joseph (Diana) Kuehner, and Eric (Anita) Kuehner. Grandchildren Matt (Jackie) Brown, David Denver (Kristen) Brannon, Jacob Brannon, Kyle & Sharee Kuehner, Jordan Gomes-Kuehner, Casey, Kayla & Joseph Cumberledge. Six great-granddaughters and four great-grandsons. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one sister Cathy Sue Yoak, and brothers-in-law Kent Hinzman and James Welch.

Stump Funeral Home & Cremation, Inc., Grantsville, WV, will conduct a funeral service on Monday, December 27, 2021, at 1 pm, with visitation beginning at 11 am, at the Nobe Chapel Baptist Church on Nobe Road, at Five Forks, WV with Eric Kuehner, Jason Riggle & Kevin Church officiating.  Interment will be in Nobe Cemetery. 

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What Is An Obituary

In national newspapers an obituary (obit for short) is a news article that reports the recent death of a prominent person. Although it tends to focus on positive aspects of the subject’s life this is not always the case. According to Nigel Farndale, the Obituaries Editor of The Times: “Obits should be life affirming rather than gloomy, but they should also be opinionated, leaving the reader with a strong sense of whether the subject lived a good life or bad; whether they were right or wrong in the handling of their public affairs.”

In local newspapers, an obituary may be published for any local resident upon death. A necrology is a register or list of records of the deaths of people related to a particular organization, group or field, which may only contain the sparsest details, or small obituaries. Historical necrologies can be important sources of information.