The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

August 30, 2013

Obituaries — Friday, August 30, 2013


Frank Eugene Adams

BRENTON — Frank Eugene Adams, 79, of Brenton, passed away Wednesday, August 28, 2013, at Beckley Appalachian Regional Hospital following a short illness.

Born February 11, 1934, in Wyoming County, he was the son of the late Enoch Adams and Amanda Walker Adams.

Frank was a member of the Indian Creek Community Church. He enjoyed going to church, hunting, fishing, being with his grandchildren and spending time with family and friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife Bonnie Trent Adams; a great-grandson, Jadon Brown; two brothers, Willard Adams and Ora Lee Adams; two sisters, Ruby Lester and Louise Lester; and son-in-law, Junior Smith.

Survivors include two sons, Jeff Adams and his fiancée Rhonda Moore of Summersville and Joey Adams and his wife, Dawn, of Pineville; a daughter, Diana Hart and her husband, Jackie, of Coal City; two sisters, Ella Shields of Pineville and Mary Helen Criner of Odd.

He is also survived by seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

A celebration of Frank’s life will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, August 31, 2013, in the Calfee Funeral Service Chapel with Pastor Scott Cline and Pastor Bill Rose officiating.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Palm Memorial Gardens, Matheny.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

 Military graveside rites will be conducted by the Wyoming County Honor Guard.  

Those wishing to extend their condolences may do so by visiting

Calfee Funeral and Cremation Service of Pineville is serving the Adams family.

Danny Alfred Ashmore II

FAYETTEVILLE — Danny Alfred Ashmore II, 23, of Fayetteville, died Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013.

Graveside rites and committal services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, at Huse Memorial Park in Fayetteville with Pastor Justin Seay officiating. Burial will follow. There will be no visitation.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the funeral home to assist the family with expenses.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

David D. Brumfield

GLEN FORK — David D. Brumfield, 57, passed away Tuesday, August 27, 2013, at Raleigh General Hospital after a long illness.

David was born January 5, 1956, to James and Faye Brumfield of Skin Fork.

David was saved when he was a small child and always felt the Lord with him throughout his entire life and strived to do his best for the Lord and for others. David was an avid fisherman and loved being in the woods with his dog, Logan, who passed in 2011. He also loved visiting with his buddies.

He was preceded in death by a brother, James Brumfield.

David is survived by his wife of 33 years, Pamela Francis-Brumfield, and his little dog, Sammi. Survivors also include two brothers, Donald of Turkey Dip and Dallas of Skin Fork, and three sisters, Peggy and husband, Johnny, of Wolf Pen, Shelia of Skin Fork and Charlotte (“Charlie”) and husband, Mike, of Ohio. He is also survived by his special mother-in-law, Loretta Francis of Glen Fork; four brothers-in-law, Coy of Glen Fork, Kevin and wife, Nina, of Glen Fork, Tim and wife, Kim, of Charleston and Keith and wife, Lois, of Buchannon; and three sisters-in-law, Darlene and husband, Randall, Linda and husband, Joe, and Angie and husband, Tommy, all of Glen Fork. Nieces and nephews include: Matt, Shawna, Nathan, Josh, Jared, Benji, Dana, Domini, Joy, Amber, Ashley, Millie, Caleb, Chad, Shelley, Brittany, Zach, Cassie, Ethan, Garrett, Kayla, Kori, Michael, Glenna, Jennifer, Faith and several very special great-nieces and nephews.

Graveside services will be held 1 p.m. Friday, August 30, 2013, at Glen Fork Community Cemetery with Kevin and Keith Francis officiating.

Online condolences may be left at

Evans Funeral Home of Oceana is serving the Brumfield family.

Lewis Alexander ‘Bud’ Fleshman Jr.

ALDERSON — Lewis Alexander “Bud” Fleshman Jr., age 91, of Alderson, W.Va., passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family, on Sunday, August 25, 2013, at his home near Blue Sulphur Springs, following a short illness.

Born November 19, 1921, in Alderson, W.Va., he was the son of the late Lewis A. Fleshman Sr. and the late Garnett Cook Fleshman. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 52 years, Helen Chenoweth Fleshman; two sisters, Virginia Diehl and Roberta McClung; two brothers, Otho Fleshman and Lee Fleshman; a son-in-law, James L. Dodd Jr.; and a precious grandson, Alex Fleshman.

Bud was a lifelong beef cattle farmer and served 20 years as weighman at the Alderson Livestock Market. He also worked various times at the Ronceverte and Beckley livestock markets. He was well known for being an honest, hardworking man of integrity. When Lewis A. Fleshman Sr. passed away in 1964 as an elected member of the Greenbrier County Court, Bud was appointed to serve the remainder of his term in that capacity. For many years, Bud was a member and director of the Greenbrier County Farm Bureau and also served multiple terms on the board of the Farmer’s Home Administration. Bud was a longtime member and trustee of the Coe Memorial United Methodist Church in Blue Sulphur Springs, W.Va.

Survivors include a son, David Fleshman of Alderson, W.Va.; three daughters, Sue Fleshman of Alderson, W.Va., Doris Griffith and her husband, Larry, of Alderson, W.Va., and Martha Fleshman of Lewisburg, W.Va.; a sister, Rebecca Lineberry of Alderson, W.Va.; a brother, Jim Fleshman and his wife, Joan, of Alderson, W.Va.; five grandchildren, Robert Adair, Kristi Crouch, Amy Brooks, Amanda Griffith, and Taylor Carter; four great-grandchildren, Levi, Darren, and Alana Brooks, and Chase Crouch; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be Saturday, August 31, 2013, at 11 a.m. at the Lobban Funeral Home Chapel, Alderson, W.Va., with the Rev. Sam Groves officiating. Burial will follow At the End of the Trail Cemetery, Clintonville, W.Va. Friends may call Friday, August 30, 2013, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Lobban Funeral Home, Alderson, W.Va.

Serving as pallbearers will be David Fleshman, John Fleshman, Toby Fleshman, Johnny Deem, Charlie Arbaugh, and John Bennett.  

Arrangements by Lobban Funeral Home, Alderson, W.Va.

Layla Joyce Graham

BASIN — Layla Joyce Graham, 65, of Basin, went to her mansion in heaven on Tuesday, August 27, 2013, after a long, courageous battle with illness.

Born June 4, 1948, she was the daughter of the late Lessie McKinney Lusk and Rev. Paul Lusk.

She was preceded in death by stepmother Wilma Stover Lusk.

Layla grew up in the coal camp of Bud, W.Va., before her family moved to the small community of Milam’s Creek.

She was a faithful member of the Spruce Grove Missionary Baptist Church where she was a Sunday School teacher and active in Children’s Church.

In 1976 she married the love of her life Ray Graham. Together they raised two children and shared many memories of their home in Basin. For the past 13 years she worked for the Wyoming County Board of Education. One of her greatest joys was working with the children.

Those left to cherish her memory are her husband of 37 years, Ray, of the home. She is also survived by daughter, Becky Workman and husband, Larry, of Westfield, N.C.; son, Jeffrey and wife, Wendy, of Bolt, W.Va.; father, Rev. Paul Lusk and wife, Ellen, of Bud; brothers, Lacy Lusk and wife, Delores, of Beckley, Rev. Lenuel Lusk and wife, Faye, of Yadkinville, N.C., and three beautiful grandchildren that always kept her laughing, Alisha, Angel and Brandon.

Mommy was an angel on earth and now has her wings in heaven.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, August 31, 2013, at Spruce Grove Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. Gilbert Dodson, Rev. Grover Morris, and Danny Lusk officiating. Burial will follow in the Rube Howerton Cemetery.

Friends may call Friday, August 30, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Tankersley Funeral Home, Mullens, and one hour prior to services Saturday at the church.

In lieu of flowers, the family would like Layla’s memory to live on with donations to Herndon Consolidated Preschool, PO Box 309, Bud, WV 24716 (funds to be used for special needs of Preschool students), or SECU Family House (Hospitality House), 1970 Baldwin Lane, Winston-Salem, NC 27103.

Friends and family will serve as pallbearers.

The Family of Layla Graham is being cared for by Tankersley Funeral Home, Mullens.

Louise Griffith

Louise Griffith, 89, passed away Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013.

Arrangements are pending completion at Rose and Quesenberry, 729 Flat Top Road, Shady Spring.

James L. Hall

James L. Hall, 77, of Beckley, passed away Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013.

Online condolences may be left at

Arrangements are pending at Calfee Funeral Home, Beckley.

Virginia Lee Davis Hinton

HINTON — Virginia Lee Davis Hinton, 90, of Madams Creek, Hinton, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, August 28, 2013.

Born August 12, 1923, in Hinton, she was the daughter of the late Luther Ray Davis and Nora Albany Harvey Davis.

Besides her parents she is preceded in death by one son, Grant Lee Hinton; one brother, James Garfield Davis, and four sisters, Frances Mae Keffer, Margaret Marie Meador, Anna Belle Davis and Mary Ellen Davis Thompson.

She is survived by her loving husband of 70 years, Wyatt K. Hinton; one son, Thomas J. Hinton Sr. and wife Rhodetta of Hinton; one daughter-in-law, Bonnie Hinton; four grandchildren, Janet L. Hinton and James A. Miller, Christopher (Chris) G. Hinton and wife Michelle, Lou Ann Hinton and companion Bo Donohoe and Thomas J. (Joe) Hinton and wife Jennifer all of Hinton; five great-grandchildren, Matthew (Matt) D. Hinton, Crisa L. Hinton, Dalton L. Hinton, Caleb E. Hinton and Harley Brown; one sister, Lillian Vass of Hinton; and several nieces and nephews.

She attended the Madams Creek (Gilpin) School and was an active member of Brooklyn United Methodist Church and the United Women’s Society. She was a loving, caring, devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend. She and husband (Wyatt) ran the Hinton Dairy for 25 years. Together they won the Farm of the Year award given by the Southern Soil Conservation District. They spent many years maintaining the Hinton Farm. She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, gardening and housekeeping.

Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Friday, August 30, 2013, at the Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors Chapel with Elder Tom Pack officiating. Friends may call one hour prior to service.

Pallbearers will include Trevor Richmond, Eddie Ratliff, John Keith Bowling, Josh Bowling, Joseph Bowling, Ed Cole and Jack Hellems. Honorary pallbearers are Kent Hellems, Mark Meador and Sammy Ball.

In lieu of flowers, Mrs. Hinton requested donations be made to the American Cancer Society.

Condolences may be sent to the family at

Arrangements are by the Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors of Hinton.

Fannie L. Gilbreath Johnson

Fannie L. Gilbreath Johnson, 83, of Harper Heights, W.Va., departed this life and went to her home in glory on Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013, at home following a long illness.

She was born May 17, 1930, in Metalton, W.Va., to the late Yancey and Margaret Gilbreath. She was the sixth oldest child of 13.

She was a 1949 graduate of Stratton High School; later she received certificate of certification from the Beckley Beauty Academy. On August 25, 1954, Fannie married Harry Johnson and to this union five children were born. Mrs. Johnson worked at Appalachian Regional Hospital and later retired from the Commission on Aging.

Fannie professed Christ and became a member at Militant Pillar Ground of Truth Church of God under the leadership of Pastor Ruby Berry. In 2008, she became a member at Free & Independent Holiness Church under the leadership of Bishop Ernest Stewart. Fannie was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother, a true missionary that loved the Lord. You would often hear her singing ‘I’ll Let Nothing Separate Me From The Love of God” and “Your Grace and Mercy.” She would often quote “The Lord surely has been my tower of strength, through the good times and bad times, He has always been there.”

Fannie was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Harry Johnson; son, Charlie Johnson; daughter, Emma Johnson; five brothers and five sisters.

Fannie leaves to cherish her memories: one son, Otis Johnson (Stacie) of Columbus, Ohio; two daughters, Jacquetta Johnson, at home, Harrietta Johnson of Beckley, W.Va.; seven grandchildren, Tracie Smith of Beckley, Kenneth Johnson, Nicho Clark, Otis Davis, Emily Johnson, Malcolm Johnson and Isaiah Johnson, all of Columbus, Ohio; four great-grandchildren; one brother-in-law, Edwin Phoenix of Brockton, Mass.; a sister-in-law, Peggy Gilbreath of Springfield, Ohio; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013, at the Church of God Militant Pillar Ground of Truth, Harper Heights, W.Va., with the Pastor Ruby Berry and Bishop Ernest Stewart officiating. Entombment will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens Mausoleum, Beckley.

The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 30, 2013, and one hour prior to the services at the church.

The final funeral arrangements are entrusted to Durgan Funeral Home, Beckley.

Zernie Fred Lowe

Zernie Fred Lowe, 77, of Stanaford, went to take a peaceful walk with Jesus after a sudden illness on Wednesday, August 28th. Zernie was born on April 14th, 1936, in Mabscott, W.Va.

He spent the majority of his life in Raleigh County. He was the chief electrician; mine foreman for the Pittston Coal Company at Ranger Fuel # 4. After retiring from Pittston, he owned and operated The Wood Works on Eisenhower Drive.

Zernie was preceded in death by his mother, Demetria Schaub, and his father, Douglas Lowe.

He leaves behind to cherish his memory his loving and caring wife, Karen Lowe; his son, Michael Lowe of Florida; daughter, Donna Gardner and husband Roger of Florida; son, John Farrell and wife Cindy of Cranberry; daughter, Angela Harris and husband, Mike, of Stanaford; nine grandchildren, Evan, Heather, Alex, Kaylie, Zach, Sara, Cailee, Logan and Christian, and one great-grandchild, Sydney Paige; sisters, Marilyn, Sharon and Shirley; brothers, Doug and Gary.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, August 31, 2013, at Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley, with Pastor Mike Thevenin officiating. Burial will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens.

Pallbearers will be Jim Canterbury, William Thompson, Mike Harris, Mark Thevenin, Chris Thevenin and Hunter Thevenin.

Friends may gather with the family Saturday from 12 noon to 2 p.m. at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

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

Greta Marcella Richardson McAlpine

Greta Marcella Richardson McAlpine, 66, of Daniels, passed away Wednesday, August 28, 2013, at Raleigh General Hospital following extended illness.

Born March 6, 1947, in Stotesbury, W.Va., to the late Wilton Richardson and Bonnie Kamits Richardson.

In addition to her parents, preceded in death by a brother Harold Richardson; sister, Shelby Wooten.

Survivors include her son, Isaac Atwood and wife Rebecca and reside in Japan where he is stationed; sisters, Doris Epperly of Virginia, Barbara Wooten of Crab Orchard, Anna Mills of MacArthur, Patsy Ratcliff of North Carolina; three grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews.

Services to celebrate the life of Greta will be conducted 1 p.m. Saturday, August 31, 2013, at the Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Chapel in Beckley with Elder Keith Mills and Rev. Joe Blevins officiating. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Park in Beckley.

Pallbearers will be family and friends.

Visitation will be held on Friday evening from 6 to 9 p.m. at Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home in Beckley.

Private online condolences, floral gifts, and other expressions of sympathy are available to the family via

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

Alex Eddie Parsons

Mr. Alec Eddie Parsons, 79, of Beckley, died Monday, Aug. 26, 2013.

Services will be at a later date.

Arrangements by Durgan Funeral Home, Beckley.

Robert (Bob) L. Perdue

SURFSIDE, S.C. — Robert (Bob) L. Perdue, 84, of Surfside, died on Friday, August 23, 2013, after a recurring illness.

Bob was born on July 5, 1929, in Charleston, W.Va.

He received an Associate Degree from Beckley College after graduating from high school in Orlando, Florida.

Bob was a loving husband to Patty Perdue (Sutphin) whom he married on March 5, 1954, in Pearisburg, Va.

He had a lifetime of service devoting to 22 years (1950-72) to the Beckley Fire Department, retiring as a Lieutenant, and 10 years as a Knox County Fire Inspector. Bob served as Military Police in the Marine Corps in the Korean War. He became a member of the Beckley Presbyterian Church as a young boy and retained membership throughout his life.

He adored the ocean. When he was no longer able to walk on the beach, Patty would take him on the short drive from their house to watch the waves crash on the beach. Often, he was seen driving around the neighborhood in his golf cart.

Bob is survived by his wife, Patty, and their three children. He was a caring father to Rick Perdue and Peggy of Surfside, S.C., Robin Perdue Thompson and Tim (Ox) of Klamath Falls, Ore., and Terri Perdue and Henry Williams of Murrells Inlet, S.C., and grandchildren and great-granddaughter.

He is also survived by his brother Tom Perdue and wife Anita of Charleston, W.Va.

Bob is preceded in death by his mother Donna Drown, father William Reeder Perdue and sister Virginia Perdue Vinson.

He was cremated and a private family service was held.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to: Bob Perdue Firefighters Relief Fund, IAFF Beckley Firefighters, P.O. Box 659, Beckley, WV 25802-0659.

Arrangements by Goldfinch Funeral Home, Beach Chapel, Murrells Inlet, S.C.

Macie Helton Proffitt

Macie Helton Proffitt, 84, of Midway, died Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013.

Arrangements are pending completion with Blue Ridge Funeral Home, 5251 Robert C. Byrd Drive, Beckley.

Juanita Frances Vest

Those we hold most dear

never truly leave us.

They live on in the kindness they showed

And the love they brought into our lives.

Mrs. Juanita Frances Vest, 82, of Stanaford, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, August 28, 2013, after a short illness, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born to the late Samuel Adkins and Lina Biggs Adkins Ellison on August 8, 1931, in Terry, W.Va.

She leaves to cherish her memory her beloved husband of 62 years, Clyde; her son Randy and wife, Debbie, of Thomasville, N.C.; her daughter, Barbara Kay Brown and husband, Ricky, of Dorothy, and Pam Smith of Beckley, whom she raised like a daughter, and  grandchildren, Billy Vest of Charlotte, N.C.; Carolyn Trieglaff of Thomasville, N.C.; Ricky Brown Jr. and wife, Tiffany, of Crab Orchard; Derrick Brown of Dorothy; Erica Bratcher and husband, Patrick, of Dorothy; Brian and Mendi Sheets; Dana and Stephanie Koontz; and Mack and Jamie Vanover, all of Bradley.

Survivors include her sisters Barbara Sue Adkins of Stanaford and Kay Deason and husband, Robert “Bob,” of Dixon, Tenn.; and one brother, Emory “Sonny” Ellison Jr. and wife, Sandy, from Tennessee Ridge, Tenn. She also leaves behind 11 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Vest was preceded in death by parents and her mother’s second husband, Emory Ellison Sr., her sister Janet Baker, and one brother, Jimmie.

Mrs. Vest was retired from Stanaford Elementary where she worked as secretary for nearly 20 years. She is fondly remembered by all students, parents, teachers, and staff for her  courteous, caring, and efficient manner. She always had a kind word and smile for everyone.

Always Mrs. Vest was totally devoted to her family and friends. She left no stone unturned when it came to helping someone in need, visiting the sick, or reaching out to her church family and folks in the community.

Funeral services will be conducted at the Stanaford Missionary Baptist Church on Saturday, August 31, 2013, at 1 p.m. with Pastor George Wood officiating assisted by Rev. Bill Vest. Entombment will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens Mausoleum at Prosperity.

Friends may visit with the family from 11 a.m. until service time on Saturday at the church.

Private online condolences, floral tributes, and other expressions of sympathy may be directed to the family via our guestbook at

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