The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

November 8, 2012

Obituaries - Thursday, November 8, 2012

Frieda Ann Adkins

Frieda Ann Adkins, age 78, of Shady Spring, passed away at the Beckley Appalachian Regional Hospital on Tuesday, November 6, 2012.

Born on January 27, 1934 at McDowell, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late James B. Whittaker and Ida Mae Bolen Whittaker.

Mrs. Adkins was a homemaker, and a member of  the Salem Primitive Baptist Church at Mt. View.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Dasil Mitchem, by children, Jerry Lee, Kathy Lynn, and Linda Gail Catlett Woods, and by a granddaughter Christine Mitchem.

Those survivors left to cherish her memory include her husband, Basil G. Adkins Jr.;  sons, Eddie Darrell Mitchem and his wife Rosie of Daniels, Timothy Dasil Mitchem of  Shady Spring, Burley Dale Mitchem and his wife Tina of Sweeneysburg Road, Marvin Wade Mitchem and his wife Jackie of Mead, W.Va.; daughter, Debra Anne Terry and her husband Patrick of Indiana; two step children, Kevin E. Adkins and his wife Dana of  Kershaw, S.C.,  Nancy Adkins Bennett and her husband Kermit of Beckley; a brother, Roy V. Whittaker of Tennessee, and a sister Willie K. Crownover of Maryland; 25 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren, and a very special friend Mindy Crews of Pemberton.    

Funeral services will be conducted to Celebrate The Life of Frieda Adkins on Saturday,  November 10, 2012 at 1 p.m. at the Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, Shady Spring Chapel, with Elder Tommy Pack officiating. Burial will follow at the Mt. View Cemetery at Mt. View.

Friends may call at the funeral home from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

Online condolences may be sent to our guestbook at

Arrangements are by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home Shady Spring Chapel, 729 Flat Top Road, Shady Spring.

Erma Phyllis Brown

Erma Phyllis Brown, 81, of Maple Fork, passed away Monday, November 5, 2012 after a brief illness.

Born November 16, 1930 at Eccles, she was the daughter of the late Roy Lee and Blanche Newman Lester.

Erma was a homemaker and a 1948 graduate of Trap Hill High School. She was a member of the Church of Christ on Carriage Dr. in Beckley where she also taught Sunday school.

Erma loved music, gardening and the outdoors.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Howard Vernon Brown; brother, Lloyd Lester and sisters, Daphna White and Castilee White.

She is survived by her two sons, Michael H. Brown and wife Kylette of Beckley and Gregory V. Brown and wife Debra of Tuscaloosa, AL; grandchildren, Erin McRae Buckland and husband Greg  and Michael Kyle Brown of Beckley, James Gregory Brown and wife Shelley and Melissa Brown Miller and husband Gavin of Tuscaloosa, AL; great-grandchildren, Landon McRae Buckland, Julie E. Brown, Gregory Dalton Brown, Cole B. Styron, Caleb G. Miller, Ethan J. Miller and McKenna C. Miller; sister Joyce Terreo and husband Tony of Wheaton, Ill.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Friday, November 9, 2012 in the Calfee Funeral Home Chapel, with Minister Jim Wilson officiating. Entombment will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens.

Friends may visit with the family one hour prior to service on Friday at the funeral home.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

The family suggests memorial contributions be made to Alzheimer’s Research, 22512 Gateway Center Drive, Clarksburg, MD 20871.

On line condolences may be left at www.calfeefh. com

Arrangements by Calfee Funeral Home, Beckley.

Chris Chalos

RICHMOND, Va. — Chris Eugene Chalos, 70, of Richmond, was born April 30th, 1942 in Montcoal, West Virginia. He went to be with his Lord and Savior on November 6th, 2012.

Preceded in death by his parents Myrt and Jim Charles, a Greek immigrant coal miner, his brother Ray, sister Phyllis and his twin brother Mickey.

Survived by his beloved wife of 49 years, Kay, who was by his side from the age of 16 until the very end. She will love him forever. Together, their love produced four wonderful children, whom Chris loved without condition: Philip (Melissa), Christy (Debby), Dewey (Towonica) and Stevie (Heather). Chris is and will always be “Poppy” to nine grandchildren, who were his pride and joy: Kenneth, Julia, Nicholas, Grace, Jackson, Maridith, Carson, Clint and Mickey.

Chris is also survived by two sisters, Irene (Harvey), Alice, and his brother, Terry Chalos, along with a host of brothers and sisters in-law, lifelong friends, church family and co-workers who will miss him dearly.

An 8-year veteran of the United States Air Force (1960-1968), Chris served and loved his country with devotion to the end, so much that he filled out an emergency ballot and voted from his hospital bed in the 2012 election, which took place on the day he died.

A computer engineer for NEC of America in Richmond, Va., Chris loved the challenge of working on the AFIS (Automated Fingerprint Identification System) and appreciated all the fine folks at the Virginia State Police headquarters.

Chris loved the Lord and lived out his faith in kindness and service to others. He possessed a keen sense of humor that never failed, even up the end. There is no ‘in lieu of flowers’ here because Chris liked flowers.

The family will receive friends Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Bliley-Staples Mill, 8510 Staples Mill Road in Richmond, where a funeral service will be held, Friday at 2 p.m. Internment to follow at Greenwood Memorial Gardens in Goochland, Va.

Vincent ‘Vince’ Dixon

PEORIA, Ill. — Vincent “Vince” Dixon, 91, of Peoria Illinois, formerly of Oak Hill, passed away Wednesday, October 31, 2012, at East Peoria Rosewood Care Center.

Born November 8, 1920, at Ansonia, Connecticut, son of the late Joseph Dixon and Ellen (Fitzgerald) Dixon. Vince was the last surviving member of his family.

Vince married the love of his life Myrtle Hiller in 1940.

He served in the U.S. Marine Corps, and he was a World War II veteran.

For 50 years, Vince constructed homes from the ground up in many states. His friends and colleagues would testify that he was the best concrete finisher.

In addition to his parents, Vince was preceded in death by his wife Myrtle (Hiller) Dixon, his brother Joseph Dixon and his sister Elenore Dixon.

Those left to cherish his memory include three sons Joseph Dixon and his wife Esther of Oak Harbor Washington, Vincent Dixon Jr. and his wife Sandy of Houston Texas, Richard Dixon of Charleston W.Va.; two daughters Diane King and her husband Walt of Centerville, Iowa and Ellen Steffan and her husband Gregg of Toulon, Illinois; eight grandchildren; and 13 great grandchildren.

His remains rest at High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, 1435 East Main Street, Oak Hill where the funeral will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, with Father Paul Yuenger from Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church of Oak Hill officiating. Entombment will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Beckley, with military rites conducted by the Oak Hill V.F.W. Post 3110.

Condolences maybe sent to www.highlawnfuneral

Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.

James McArthur Ferguson

James McArthur Ferguson, 68, of Stanaford, passed away Tuesday, November 6, 2012.

Services will be Saturday, November 10, 2012, at 11 a.m. at Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley.

Visitation will be Friday, November 9, 2012 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Arrangements by Blue Ridge Funeral Home Beckley.

Robert E. ‘Bobby’ Hunt

PINEVILLE — Robert E. “Bobby” Hunt, 35, of Pineville, formerly of Iaeger, W.Va.,  passed away Sunday, November 4, 2012Friends may call at the Chapel of Fanning Fuenral Home in Iaeger, Friday evening, November 9, 2012 from 6 to 9 p.m.

Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, November 10, 2012, at 11 a.m., with Rev. Jonathan Hunt officiating at the Chapel of Fanning Funeral Home in Iaeger. Burial will follow in Woodlawn Memorial Gardens at Bluewell, W.Va.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.fanningfuneral

Fanning Funeral Home in Iaeger, is assisting the Hunt Family.

Barbara Nicole Johnson

ALDERSON — Barbara Nicole Johnson, age 25, of Alderson, formerly of Blountsville, Ala., passed away on Thursday, November 1, 2012, at Greenbrier Valley Medical Center, Fairlea, following a sudden illness.

Born October 26, 1987 in Birmingham, Ala., she was the daughter of Kathy Fields Castillo of Alderson, and the late Junior Wayne Johnson. In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents and her maternal grandparents.

Barbara was a former employee of Gadd’s IGA, Alderson, and had been employed at several fast food restaurants in the area. She attended Appalachian High School in Oneonta, Ala. and was of the Pentecostal faith. She enjoyed listening to music and she loved to shop for clothes. Barbara will always be remembered for being a sweet, kind, and loving, daughter, sister, and friend.

Survivors include her mother, Kathy Fields Castillo of Alderson; two brothers, Robert Wayne Johnson of Alabama and Dillon Glen Johnson of Alabama; special friends, Arthur Allen, Danny Johnson, Jeremy Fountain, Crystal Gill, Crystal Willy, Brenda Cole, and Bob and Anna Williams, and a host of friends.

Funeral services will be Friday, November 9, 2012 at 2 p.m. at the Lobban Funeral Home Chapel, Alderson, W.Va., with Pastor John Parks officiating. Burial will follow at the Alderson Cemetery, Alderson.

Friends may call Thursday, November 8, 2012 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Lobban Funeral Home, Alderson.

Serving as pallbearers will be Arthur Allen, Danny Johnson, Jeremy Fountain, Davey Burns, Kevin Starcher, and Donald Boone.

Arrangements by Lobban Funeral Home, Alderson.

Cheryl Kessinger

MOUNT HOPE — Cheryl Kessinger, age 65, of Mt. Hope, passed away Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at Bowers Hospice House.

Arrangements are pending completion by Rose and Quesenberry, 1901 S. Kanawha Street, Beckley.

Brenda Lou Pack

Brenda Lou Pack, 68, of Beckley, passed away Wednesday, November 7, 2012.

Arrangements are incomplete at Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors in Hinton. 

Percy Saunders

OAK HILL — Mr. Percy Saunders, of Oak Hill, died Tuesday, November 6, 2012.

Arrangements entrusted to Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.

Danny Stafford

WYCO — Danny Stafford, 55, of Wyco, passed away Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at his residence.

Arrangements are incomplete at Tankersley Funeral Home, Mullens.

Harriet T. Williams

Mrs. Harriet T. Williams, 91, of Beckley, died Thursday, November 1, 2012 at Bowers Hospice House.

Born April 28,1921 in Staten Island, N.Y., she was the daughter of the late Archer and Alean Ricks Thomas.

Mrs. Williams was a Therapy Assistant in New York. She was a member of Ebenezer Baptist Church, Beckley, member of the Choir, Service Guild, and Missionary Society, Shepard Center, Friendly Few, and Eastern Star.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James Williams,  brothers, Archie Thomas, Frederick Thomas, Kenneth Thomas, and William Thomas,  sisters, Helen Miller, Ida Mae Spicer, and Arlene Harris.

Those left to cherish her precious memories are her sons, Richard Thomas of Staten Island, NY; James L. Williams of Las Vegas, Nev.; daughters, Dolores Carter of Beckley, and Rhoda A. Williams of Staten Island, NY; brother, Edward Thomas of Georgia; sister, Florence Grant of Waterbury, Conn.; 18 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m., Saturday, November 10, 2012 at Ebenezer Baptist Church, 770 S. Fayette St., Beckley, with Rev. Dr. David McDowell officiating. Burial will follow in Sunset Memorial Park, Beckley.

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

Condolences may be emailed to ritchie-johnson

Arrangements entrusted to Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.