The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

November 9, 2012

Obituaries — Friday, Nov. 9, 2012

Jackie Eugene ‘Hager’ Adkins

Jackie Eugene "Hager" Adkins, 58, of Beckley, passed away Thursday, November 8, 2012 at Beckley Appalachian Regional Hospital.

Arrangements are pending completion at Rose and Quesenberry, 1901 S. Kanawha St.,  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.


Dreama Lynn Eplin

LOGAN — Dreama Lynn Eplin, 55, of Logan, passed away Tuesday, Nov 6, 2012.

 Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m., Friday, November 9th at Honaker Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, November 10th, 2012. Entombment will follow at Forest Lawn Cemetary at Pecks Mill.

For email condolences go to www.honakerfuneral

Honaker Funeral Home in Logan is in charge of arrangements.


James Ferguson

James McArthur “Ferg” Ferguson 68, of Stanaford, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, November 6, 2012, in Raleigh General Hospital, following a long illness, surrounded by his loving wife and children

Born May 18, 1944 on Ellison Ridge, in Summers County. He was the son of the late John Marshall and Vira Matilda Lilly Ferguson.

James was a decorated Army Veteran serving during the Vietnam war, he was very proud of his service to his country. After returning home, James worked as a plant operator for the city of Beckley he retired with over twenty years of service to the town. James loved the Lord, and was of the Baptist faith.  James loved being outdoors, hunting, watching the deer, he also loved to talk politics and joke and have a good time with all those that knew him, but he dearly loved his family, and he was a very devoted “Paw Paw” to all of his grandchildren.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by nine siblings.

Those left to cherish his memory, include his loving and devoted wife of 44 years, Joyce Elaine Ferguson, his three children James Andrew Ferguson and wife Lisa of Stanaford, Eric Mathew Ferguson of Stanaford, and Gwendolyn Denise Hensley and husband Charles of Beckley. Six grandchildren Shalynn, Kendra, Jessie, Justin, Michael, Brett; two great-grandchildren, Miley, and Carter; two sisters, Orpha Blevins of Beckley and Florence Caudill of New Smyrna Beach, Florida, and a host of nieces and nephews and beloved friends.

Services celebrating James life will be held on Saturday November  10, 2012 at 11 a.m. in the chapel of Blue Ridge Funeral Home with the Rev. Shaun McGurie officiating. Entombment will  follow in the chapel of Faith in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens Beckley. Military honors will be performed by the Oak Hill VFW.

Friends may gather with the family from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, November 9, 2012 at the funeral home.

The family would like to thank the nursing staff of Raleigh General Hospital in the step down unit and the sicu unit for their wonderful care they showed James through his illness.

A online guest registry and other information can be found by visiting www.blueridgefuneral

In lieu of flowers donations can be made in James memory to the National Kidney Foundation.

Arrangements by Blue Ridge Funeral Home 5251 Robert C. Byrd Drive, Beckley.


Margaret Warton Fraley

BRECKSVILLE, OHIO — Margaret Fraley (nee Warton), 89, of Brecksville, born Jan. 6, 1923, in Mifflin, W.Va., passed away Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012, at the Cleveland Clinic.

Survived by her daughters, Patricia Fraley Distel (Joseph) of Newnan, Ga.  and Brenda Fraley Kolchin (Michael) of Tannersville, Pa.; grandchildren, Kimberly Grace Distel, Cynthia Margaret Distel Burkhart, Joseph Ishmael Distel, Deborah Margaret Hamm Ahern, Geoffrey Scott Kolchin and Kathleen Margaret Kolchin; great grandchildren, Grayson Price, Worthington Alan and Brooks Joseph Burkhart, and Alexis, Ashelynn and Addyson Ahern, and Joseph Kyle and Walker Randall Distel; her brother-in-law, Roger (Kathleen); her sister-in-law, Lois Young (Clyde and Denver Barker, both deceased); loving aunt of many nieces and nephews.   

Preceded in death by her husband, Ishmael Worth Fraley; and her daughter, Marian Fraley Hamm (Fred, of Stockbridge, Ga. surviving); her sisters, Kitty Welling (Howard), Marie Rosinski (Dr. Al), Helen Hartman (Art and Cecil Walker), Rosie Novak (Tony) and Nellie Toney (Woodrow); her brother-in-laws, Randolph (Georgie), Dariel (Josephine) and sister-in-laws, Madge Robinson (Sam) and Wilma Saunders (Marvin and Joel Atha). Margaret was a 1940 graduate of Clear Fork High School and an active member of the Colcord Presbyterian Church.

Services will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, November 10, 2012 at Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley. Following the services Margaret will be laid to rest at Sunset Memorial Park, Beckley.

Friends may gather with the family from 1 p.m. until time of the service Saturday at the funeral home.

Blue Ridge Funeral Home, 5251 Robert C. Byrd Drive, Beckley, is in charge of the arrangements.


Ethel Lois Hiser

CRAIGSVILLE — Ethel Lois Hiser, 81, of Craigsville, died Wednesday, November 7, 2012.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. on Sunday, November 11, 2012 in the White Funeral Home at Craigsville. Interment will follow in the Rider Cemetery of Corliss, W.Va.

Friends may call at the funeral home one hour prior to the service.

Arrangements by White Funeral Home, Craigsville.


Danny Ray Kennedy

It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Danny Ray Kennedy, 54, of  Beckley, who died on November 4th, 2012 at 5:30 a.m.

Danny Ray Kennedy was born on October 30, 1958 at Iaeger. He was the son of the late Mason and Ilene Elizabeth Blankenship Kennedy.

Danny was a retired coal miner and loved to hunt, but his greatest love was spending time with his grand babies.

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife Diane Lynn Morgan Kennedy, two sons Jason and his wife, Heather of Coal City, Chad and his wife, Stephanie of Beckley. Danny was blessed with three grand babies Zack, Lexi and Krys.

Danny leaves his surviving brothers and sisters, Junior Kennedy of Simon, Joseph Kennedy of Rock House, Bobby Kennedy of Simon, Ruth Ann Estep of Hanover, Peggy Sue Morgan of Simon, Earnestine Cline of Simon, Sheila Kennedy of Lynco.

Funeral services will be Sunday, Nov. 11th at 11 a.m. at the Jesus Name Church at Long Branch. The family will receive friends on Friday and Saturday nights, Nov. 9th and 10th at the church from 6 to 11 p.m. Burial will follow in the Calfee Cemetery at Mt. Tabor.

In these troubled times, the family has requested in lieu of flowers please send donations to Melton Mortuary to help defer the cost of the services.

Condolences may be sent to the family’s guestbook at

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary, Inc., Beckley.


Cheryl Kessinger

MOUNT HOPE — Cheryl Kessinger, 65 of Mount Hope, passed away peacefully at the Bowers Hospice House on Thursday, November 7, 2012, following an extended illness.

Born July 9, 1947 in Guyandotte, Mich., to Erma Bennett Waddell of Bradley and the late William Waddell.

Cheryl enjoyed gardening especially planting her flowers. She also enjoyed raising shelties and collies. She was also of the Baptist faith.

In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by a sister, Pam Cooper.

Those left behind to cherish her memory include her husband of 44 years, Jerry Kessinger, at home; a daughter, Christina Kessinger of Mount Hope; and also some special friends, Debbie Smith, Karen Thompson, Pam Reynolds, Sandy Gunther, Sue Turtly, Diane Elswick, and Sherry Williams.

A service to celebrate the life of Cheryl Kessinger will be conducted 11 a.m. Saturday, November 10, 2012, at the Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Chapel in Beckley, with Mike Kessinger officiating. Interment will follow to Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens in Prosperity.

The gentleman serving as pallbearers will be Mike Arrington, Eric Morris, Jamie Wheeler, Brian Wheeler, Larry Reynolds, and Roger Thompson.

Friends may gather with the family on Friday evening from 6 to  9 p.m.

Private online condolences, floral gifts, and other expressions of sympathy are available at

Arrangements with Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, 1901 South Kanawha Street in Beckley.


Alice ‘Porkey’ May Myers Holstein Kinder

TAYLORSVILLE, N.C. — Alice “Porkey” May Myers Holstein Kinder, 61, of Taylorsville, formerly of West Virginia, entered her mansion in the sky with her sister Sue holding her hand.

She was born May 15, 1951 at Highcoal, W.Va. a daughter of the late Alfred and Betty Henderson Stacey.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Pedro.  

She is survived by a son, Robert Lee Holstein Jr.  and a daughter, Amy Lou Holstein, both of Arnett; three grandchildren and one great grandchild; a sister, Deanna Sue Morris and husband, James of Hickory, N.C.; a special uncle, Dallas Henderson and wife, Pat of Whitesville; a special thanks to cousin, Tammy Florentz and all her cousins whom she loved very much. Alice was a very special person who never met a stanger and was a friend to all.  

Service will be 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012, at the Naoma United Methodist Church, Naoma, with the Rev. David Cook officiating. Interment will follow in the Adkins Cemetery, Naoma.

Friends may call one hour before the service Saturday at the church.

Arrangements by Armstrong Funeral Home, Whitesville.


Lois Jean Lowe

MT. NEBO — Lois Jean Lowe, 60, of Mt. Nebo, passed away on Tuesday, November 6, 2012.

Calling hours are from 6 to 8 p.m., Sunday, November 11, 2012, at the Wallace & Wallace Chapel in Rainelle.

As per her wishes, the body will be cremated.

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace, Inc. of Rainelle.


George G. Luttrell

NORTH WILKESBORO, N.C. — George G. Luttrell, 90, of North Wilkesboro, died on Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, November 9, 2012, at 11 a.m. at the Melton Mortuary Chapel. Burial will follow at the Jonben Cemetery.

Family and friends may call one hour prior to service.

Condolences may be sent to the family’s guestbook at

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary, Inc., Beckley.


Brenda Lou Pack

Brenda Lou Pack, 68, of White Oak, loving wife, mother, NaNa, and great-grandmother passed away at home Wednesday, November 7, 2012 after a long battle with cancer,  surrounded by her family.

 She was born May 6, 1944, in Summers Co. and was preceded in death by her parents, Guy W. and Macy Basham; her brother, Billy Basham; her sister-in-law, Doris Bennett; and her niece, Dorenda Meadows. Brenda was a member of Little Bluestone Primitive Baptist Church since 1977.

Those left to cherish her memory are her husband of 51 years, Leo B. Pack (Ralph); her children, Julie and husband Lawrence Young; Beth and husband David Browning; and Mathew Pack and wife Jessica; grandchildren Sarah (Jeff) and husband Casey Hughes, Amanda (lil Bit) Gardner, Benjamin (Mr. Bean) Browning, Samantha (Ms. Sam) and husband Brandon Smith, and Joshua (Joe) Browning; one great-grandchild Remington (Little Ray) Smith; her sister Betty Boothe; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Services will be held at the Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors Chapel, Hinton, on Saturday, November 10, 2012, at 11 a.m., with Elder Jerry McGrady officiating. Visiting hours will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral parlors. Burial will follow in the Lilly-Crews Cemetery, Nimitz.

Those serving as pallbearers will be Mathew Pack, Benjamin Browning, Joshua Browning, Lawrence Young, David Browning, Casey Hughes, Brandon Smith, Herman Pack, Kenny Boothe and Brian Edens.

In lieu of flowers, make donations to Little Bluestone Primitive Baptist Church, P.O. Box 202, White Oak, WV 25989.

 Condolences may be sent to the family at www.ronald

Arrangements are by the Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors of Hinton.


Bill Porter Park

Bill Porter Park, 90, long time resident of Wilson, N.C., died Sunday, November 4th in Brooks, W.Va.

Born November 25, 1921, at Enunclaw, Wash., he was the son of the late Walter E. and Bernice E. Park.

Bill served as a medic in the US Army during WW II in the European Theater. One of the highlights of his service was giving an injection to Gen. Patton. He later became a nurse anesthetist working in Florida and then at Wilson Memorial Hospital.

Very creative and extremely precise, he enjoyed working with ornamental iron, carpentry, and small motors. Nature photography was his main hobby. He was an active member of the Wilson Seventh-day Adventist Church where he served as head deacon.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers Horace and Elmer Park.

Left to mourn are his wife of 64 years, Cecil Walter Park; daughter Beverly Jewell of Palm Springs, Calif. and son Gary Park of Wilson, N.C. He also leaves a brother Tom and wife Ginny of Morganton, N.C.; a sister Betty Park of Brooks, W.Va.; a nephew John Richard and wife Magaly Park of Miami, Fla.; a niece Sharon Spink of Hudson, N.C., and many friends.

A memorial service will be held at the Beckley Seventh-day Adventist Church, Beckley, W.Va., at 2 p.m. on Saturday, November 10, 2012.

Online condolences & guest register at

Arrangements by Pivont Funeral Home of Hinton.


James Darnell ‘Chubby’  Payne

CHARLESTON — Mr. James Darnell "Chubby" Payne, 43, of Charleston, died Wednesday, October 31, 2012.

Memorial services will be 12 noon Friday, November 9, 2012, at 912 Carver Street, Robson, W.Va.

Arrangements entrusted to Anderson- Hairston Funeral Home, Montgomery.


Jessie J. Shumate

 MCGRAWS — Jessie J. Shumate, 89, of McGraws, passed away on Wednesday, November 7, 2012, in a Beckley, hospital following a short illness.

 Born October 26, 1923, at McGraws, he was the son of the late Riley and Willie Lafferty Shumate.

Mr. Shumate was a former railroad employee, retiring after 42 years of service as a trackman. He was a member of Ravencliff Church of God of Prophecy and in his leisure, he enjoyed reading his Bible, attending church, and gardening.

 In addition to his parents, he is also preceded in death by his wife, Martha Shumate; a son, Jimmie Shumate; four sisters and five brothers.

Those left to cherish his memory include two daughters, Mildred Sue Webb of Winston Salem, N.C. and Betty L. Gregorio and her husband, James, of McGraws; one son, Larry D. Shumate of Broadview Heights, Ohio; 11 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, and eight great-great-grandchildren; and a brother, Buddy Shumate and his wife, Wanda, of McGraws.

Services will be 1 p.m. Saturday, November 10, 2012, at The Ravencliff Church of God of Prophecy, with Pastor Michael Dempsey officiating. Burial will follow at the Oak Grove Cemetery, Ravencliff.

Friends may call one hour prior to services Saturday at the church.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

Online condolences may be expressed to the family at

The family of Jessie Shumate is being cared for by Tankersley Funeral Home, Mullens.


Millie Ryder Waybright

BOYER — Millie Ryder Waybright, 79, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012.

Service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012, at the Boyer Community Church, with the Rev. David Rittenhouse officiating. Burial will follow in the Boyer Community Cemetery.

Friends may call 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at the Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Arbovale.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made ot the Boyer Cemetery, c/o Lori Wayne, HC 63 Box 49A, Arbovale, WV 24915.

Please send online condolences by visiting

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Arbovale.