Mrs. Doris  Royster Leftwich Venable
Mrs. Doris Royster Leftwich Venable left her earthly home on Saturday, January 4, 2020 to meet her heavenly Father and His son, Jesus, and to join her mother, father and brother, Robert D. Royster, who preceded her in death.

Doris was born September 1, 1937 in Alpoco, WV to the late Robert and Evelyn Banks Royster.

Doris graduated from Byrd Prillerman High School in 1955, where she was a cheerleader for four years.

Doris also graduated from Uni-Teq Institute of Automated Learning in New York as a keypunch and console operator.

Doris, while in New York, she joined John F. Kennedy Democratic Club in Harlem. She was considered a good organizer and fundraiser. She worked with Bobby Kennedy, Percy Sutton, Charlie Rangel, George Miller, Basil Patterson, and Clayton Powell. Doris headed a campaign headquarters in Harlem in 1968 where she met Hubert Humphrey who was running for President at that time.

Doris returned to WV in 1973, where she met and married Loyce Venable. They were married for 46 happy years. She was an avid reader and enjoyed working in her flower garden and taking care of her family.

Doris, after working for 27 years, retired from Kroger in 1999 and was a member of New Hope Baptist Church in Beckley, WV.

Doris leaves to cherish her memory her husband, Loyce Venable; sons, Michael (Sharon) Leftwich and Scott Leftwich, both of Covington, GA; daughter, Charlene (Larry) Neal of Whitehall, PA; sister, Clarice Royster Witten of Beckley, WV; grandsons, Charles Lamont (Tina) Leftwich of Covington, GA, Scott (Anna) Leftwich II of Marietta, GA, Larry Neal Jr of Baltimore, MD and Phillip Neal of Whitehall, PA; granddaughters, Christi Leftwich of Los Angeles, CA, Latasha Brown, Shereka Brown, Kiah Leftwich Ross and Catrina Shotwell of Covington, GA; special nephew, Jesse Tyrone Witten of Beckley, WV; 14 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; two special daughters, Shirley Randall Crowe and Francine Wooten Sinozich and a host of aunts, cousins, and friends.

Funeral service will be 12:00PM Saturday, January 11, 2020 at New Hope Baptist Church 305 Worley Road Beckley with Rev Walter Leach officiating. Burial will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Prosperity.

Friends may call one hour prior to the service at the church.

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Arrangements entrusted to Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley
Published on January 9, 2020


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Brenda Moore
Jan 13, 2020 condolences to you and family on your loss. May God surround you with His love as you go through 🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽
Jamal Hasan
Jan 13, 2020
My Deepest Sympathy To You My Sister, Michael, And Your Family.
MAY God Console All Of You During You Time Of Grief....With Deepest Love
Gary Wooten
Jan 12, 2020
My condolences to Uncle Loyce and the entire family.
I will always remember Aunt Doris....the laughs, her smile and her warm hospitality.
Angela Artis
Jan 12, 2020
At the time of need I'm praying for the family for strength and comfort.
Tonya L. Roberson
Jan 11, 2020
From the entire Bennett family you all have our deepest condolences. Praying for strength and comfort for you all during this most difficult time.
Peeks Chapel Baptist Chruch, Conyers GA
Jan 09, 2020
Prayers that God's promises will bring you comfort at this time and the days ahead.
Prayerfully submitted,
Peeks Chapel Women's Ministry